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MRggp^ '" t t ,',T 67 (AP)~M»»ni JNBA)— MMM N«*igi AM «. HOPE, ARKANSASjfRltjAY, JANUARY 1,1082. St» of Mop* M»»t Mop* £M|f few, »&_ Ha, PRK HOLIDAY DEATH T Schaefer, Professor, Is Suicide Victim S Life by Shooting 4in Aiteandance at New ftv - Year's Party ANY H1EAR SHOT ' Note and Poem Found by ' Police; Contents Not „ * Revealed ',' FAYETTEVILLS, Ark.- (/P) -Row- liutd BenjSmln Schaefer, 25, of Mil' wailkee, Wis, Instructor in English and ,<3erman at the University of Arkansas, committccd suicide early " t, following a Now Year's watch y, when a young woman whom he dtakcn to the party left with an- cscort. shot himself in the head in a upstairs, while other guests after ' playing bridge had gone out on a porch ttt watch a fireworks celebration. / ' The sound of n shot was heard but H was believed at the time to have been just another fire cracker. ' The body was found later and officers wcr* notified. They said, the case was obviously Suicide and no inquest would be necessary. Schaefer left a'note and a poem, the contents Of which wer*e not made public! Another note directed the return ol an engagement ring he had just bou ' an engagement ring he hsd just • bought to a local jeweler. jfedy of Missing ^ Merchant Founi To Speak Here O. L. Bodcnlmmcr each ers Discover John Catling of Forrest City Had Been Shot 0. L Bodenhamer To Speak Monday El Doradoan Will Be Luncheon Guest in Hope Monday Noon O. L. Bodcnhame of El Dorodo, pasl national commander of the American Legion, will speak in Hope Monday noon at a luncheon to be Riven in his honor at Hotel Barlow by the local Legion post, it wai announced here Friday. Major Bodenhnmer is beginning a speaking tour about the state in the interest of the Arkansas department Legion membership. He will be joined at Hope Monday by R. W. Sisson, tUmArttnen( adjutant of Little Rock, Xe "Commander "'Armstrong of Fort Smith*. ' . Although speaking here at noon this time, Major Bodenhamer ex- County Judges To Lose "Turnback" Fund From State State'* Share Drops Two Million Dollars for Year 1931 SALARY ""BOOSTERS" Raising of Gas Tax to 6 Cents Proves to Be Disastrous Raid With a decline of nearly 2 million dollars for 1931 in the net revenue of the State Highway Department, reports from Little Rock Friday morning indicated that the state was planning to seize the "turnback" fund of the counties in order to bolster up a threatened default in road bond interest payments. Following publication of the rumor, county, president of the County Judges association, said he would call an emergency meeting of the association to determine what action the judges might take. The "turnback" fund, which had been a juicy plum to the county judges ever since they preyed on the state's gasoline tax bond program beginning with 1927, was still further expanded in 1931 when the judges persuaded the legislature to increase the gas tax from 5 to 6 cents a gallon. Under the new high tax the state still obtained only 5 cents, while all of the extra cent was "given to the county judges. Judges Hike Salaries Through a series of salary hikes which carried the Hempstead county judge's stipend up from $1,800 to $2,400, until today it is $3,000, the judges had Improvished their local treasuries and in obtaining the new high gas oline tax they stipulated that,at leas half of thel rowrt salaried might be pnid out of the "turnback" fund. Thus, Hempstead county which in 1930 received $28,000 turnback money i FORREST CITY—Pierced by two bullets, the body of John Batlin, aged 43, Forrest City business man miss- Ing since December 19, was found Thursday morning in the L'Anguillc river, about n mile from the old bridge where his abandoned car was found. The body -was recovered by Russell Williams, Al Slovene and John "Threat, who have been search- in gthe river daily since Catling's disappearance. A coroner's jury rendered a verdict that he had come to his death from gunshot wounds inflicted by "unknown hands." Dr, J.. O. Rush and Dr. N. C. McCown /conducted the autopsy which reeealed that a .25 caliber stucl jacket bullet 'lodged in his vertebrae. Mr. itlin's watch was found in his pock- as were his knife, a 55 bill and a papers. No notes were discovered jor was any trace of pistol found. Gatlin left home for hls_ office December 19 as usual. He was not missed until about noon when his wife called at his office for him. Negro Suspect Held A negro farm tenant was arrested late Thursday for questioning in connection with Catling's death. The ne- gro, John Season, worked on Catling's farm near where the missing mer- chant'a automobile was found on the night of December 19. Chief of Police Russell Williams said Beason told 'three conflicting stories after his ar- ;ttst, and that he was known lo have had trouble with uGtling. Five medical examiners failed to find water in the lungs, which indicated, they said, that aGtling was de.ad when his body reached the water, * Director J. O. McDougal and Investigators Jack Benton and S. L. Todhunter Jr., of the state Bureau of Criminal Identification, were called to essist in the investigation. At the time of Catling's disappearance, his family advanced a theory that he Plight have committed suicide, although theer since has not come to light any reason for such an act, Williams said. Member of Old Family Mr. Catling was a member of one of the oldest and best known families in eastern Arkansas. He was a stockholder in the Forrest City Grocery Company, owned several farms and a peach orchard. He was a member of th? Episcopal church, and had been a vestryman. Several years ago he served two terms as treasurer of St. Francis county. He was educated at the University of Arkansas where he was a tnembPi- of Sigma Elpha Epsilon fraternity. sr of Man Slain at El Paso Is Found PASO, Texas.— (#>) —Detectives Thursday succeeded in locating the "ier of Bethman H. Moller, slain Monday night while riding in an „. on a dtowntqwn Street. She rife* Emma Hosea Moller, and gave ' - 5 as box $» Station O, " pects to return to Hope for a night address later in his tour. "Bodie," as he is affectionately known throughout the Legion, was national commander in 1929-30 when the organization, under his leadership, broke all preceding membership records with a total of 887,754, the next highest record in membership up to that time being in 1920 when the mark of 845,186 was attained. The past national commander is giv- in gtwo weeks of his time to an intensive membership drive sponsored by Department Legion headquarters in an effort to reach the quota of ap- proximuately 11,000 members assigned tc Arkansas by national headquarters. The campaign is part of a national program to exceed last year's high record of more than 1,000,000 members. All World War veterans in this section are invited to hear him discuss the Legion's program for disabled veterans and their dependents, community activities and other undertakings in which the organization is interested. He is one of the most forceful spcuk ers in The American Legion. His addresses are in argumentative stylt with hammer-like blows in nailing home the points he wishes to make. Illustrative of this were his speeches during his administration on the universal service in time of war, whch resulted in congress authorizing a special commission for a study of and report on this subject of national defense and as a guaranty of peace. His election as national commander was but a further recognition by lis comrades of the sterling qualities ol ability and leadership which have characterized his service to the Legion, to his country in time of great na- ticnal peril, and to his community in time of peace. Giant Marble Block Marks Grave of Unknown Soldier This giant 50-ton block of marble, seen here as it was hoisted into place will rest atop the grave of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Va. An entire year was required to quarry the huge slab and bring it down the mountainside at Yule, Colo. A corner of the Arlington Amphitheater may be seen in the background of this picture. CLAPPER FANNY SAYS : nca. u. B. PAT. OFF. from the state, was scheduled to re ceive 545,000 in 193, of which Judge L. F. Higgason was allowed by law to pay $1,500 toward his $3,000 salary. Judge Higgason announced early in 1931 that he would take the full amount allowed by law, and subsequently did do so. At that time he estimated the proceeds from the 6- cent tax due Hempstead county as being$17,000, added to the general "turnback" fund of 528,000, making a total turnback to this county of approximately 545,000. The effect of raising the gasoline tax from 5 to 0 cents a gallon began to appear disastrous early in 1931, as each succeeding monthly report showed the gross return on the 6-cent tax to be less than for the 5-ccnt tax the year previous, although the state was only getting five-sixths of the gross in 1931. State Loses 2 Million The full extent of the state-wide disaster appeared at the close of the calendar year Thursday when reports from Little Rock showed that the combined total of the stale's automobile license sales and the state's five-sixths share of the gasoline tax was 51,850,000 less than at the close of 1930. 'Although the stales gasoline and vehicular license tax revenues had been pledged to secure its highway note indebtedness, the raiding efforts of the County Judges association had finally succeeded in imperilling the state's credit by cutting away from a quarter to a third of the entire revenue of the highway department. The revoking of the entire "turn- back" fund is permissible, however, under a clause of the "turnback" law which stipulates that the fund may be seized to meet interest payments on the state debt. This now seems like- A tabulation of the movements of the auto license and gasoline tax receipts for the last seven years, follows: License Receipts 1924—52,425,424 1925-53.071,554 1926-53,842,585 1927-53,619,481 1928-54,118,619 1929—54,168.087 1930-54,140,917 1931-53,368,901 (iusoline Tax Receipts 1924— (Under 3-cent Harrelson law tax) 52.594,232 1925-53,604,942 1926-54.231,368 1927—54,338,747 1928—(under 5-cent Marlincau law tax) $5.608,883 1929—56,681,028 1930—56,761,907 1931—(under 6-ccnt tax. state receiving but five-sixths) 55,686,019. Fruit Trees Blooming in Clarksville Area CLARKSVILLE, Tex.— For the firs! time within the memory of old timers, the end of a year in Red River county found flowers blooming, grass green and some fruit tree* is bloom The present winter season bus been wiilyn the memory «f the Critical Stage Is Reported in India Situation Has Posibilities of Causing Declaration of Martial Law BOMBAY.-r(/P)—A critical stage in Indian affairs was reached Friday when the Nationalist congress declared for a boycott on all government utilities and Cord 1 Witlingdoh, viceroy was rushed by air from Calcutta, to call 'a meeting of the executive council. Unconfirmed reports sai dthe government might deport Gandh ito Aden if the civil disobedience campaign was renewed and other Nationalist leaders would be xiled to Burma. If the situation becomes acute authorities may declare martial law. Democratic Tariff Bill toBe Pushed Measure to Get Right ol Way Next Week in the House Oklahoma Mail Case Given to Jury Deliberations to Open Friday in Trials at Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA CITY—(VP)-A fedora: court jury was given the Universal Oil and Gas company mail fraud case Thursday night with instructions from Judge Edgar S. Vaftght to begin deliberations Friday morning. Judge Vaught said he would be ready to receive the verdict at II a. m. Friday if one were reached by that time. He asked that the jury not begin deliberations Thursday night. Of the 19 persons originally indicted for mail fraud in conection with stock sales operations of the Universal pro-organization syndicate, eight including S. E. J. Cox, spectacular oi promoter, and his wife, were triei Others, including J. C.. (Jack) WaV ton, impeached Oklahoma governor Richard E. Enright, former New York police commissioner, and Henry Knight Miller, magazine editor, were reed by dismissal of charges. Guilty pleas further diminished the list o defendants. Those on trial with the Coxes were i. A. Goreger, T. A. White, W. W ;dwards, F. J. Lingcinann, James L Wcolson and John Standish. Federal Officials Begin Investigation of Bomb Menaces Plots Directed Against Italian Officials and Public Men DYNAMITE~7$ FOUND Two Death Traps Found Friday Under Houses of Notables (By the Associated Press) The menace of apparently widespread bomb plot, directed against Italian officials and public figures, prompted Federal and other officials Friday to begin an extensive hunt for the perpetrators, following the discovery of five or more infernal machines. While plans for the investigation were going forward a dozen dynamite •sticks were found under the house of a Bcllaire, Ohio merchant and another dynamite trap was found under a Cincinnati Italian leaders house. Lost Man Found In Death Cell On-A Democrats ariff measure will be given legis atlve right of way in the House nex with a tax increase bill to cor*y soon••tmreafter,as possible. ; ~ Determined to expedite House ac ion on these and other economl measures, Democratic leaders plan t ubmit the tariff proposal to the joint Senate-House Policy Committee on Monday. The advisory group is expected to .pprove the proposal drafted during the Christmas holidays by Speaker 3arner, Senator Harrison of Missis- ippi, ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, Representa- .ive Dainey of Illinois, Democratic louse leader and Chairman Collier of ;he Hous Ways and Means Committee. With approval, Chairman Collier will introduce the bill and immediate- y call his committee to consider the measure. Hearings are not expected lo occupy much time as rate schedules are not to be opened. Both rainey and Collier affirmed the plan to put the tariff measure ahead of the tax bill. They indicated that if the Ways and Means Committet reported the tariff bill early next week, it could be brought up for consideration almost immediately. The proposal is designed to provide for reciprocal tariff arrangements with fooreign nations and would direct the Tariff Commission to recommend changes in duties to Congress instead of to the president as under the existing law. An international conference on tariffs may be proposed, No general revision of rates is contemplated. The Dtmocratic leaders previously have declared that under the present political situation with a Republican president, it would be futile to undertake such a measure in view of certain veto. ,V Winter Weather General in West Snow, Sleet, Rain From the Canadian Border to Texas Panhandle KANSAS CITY.— (fi>)— Snow, sleet and rain extended from the Canadian border to the Texas Panhandle Thursday. Ranging from the Pacific?, coast to the Mississippi valley, the storm left - -' Stranger than fiction is the story of Everett T. Mull, above, Morgantown, N. C., contractor, who disappeared last May. • Search for Mull ended recently when letters from him revealed that he is in the death cell at Nevada penitentiary awaiting execution under the name of John HalL He was convicted of killing a man at Las Vegas in a quarrel over money. -drifts- a£-1tti^^reet'iif sdme sections Of Idaho, blocking highways, grounding airplanes, endangering 'human life and catching llpestock away from shelter. In western Nebraska, snow was drifted over the housetops. Lena Haas, 16, was found frozen to death about a mile from her ranch home 17 miles northwest of Cortez, Col., Thursday. Her father, Abe Haas, told officers that the girl had volunteered to go to the home of a negihbor to get hint headaches powders. The Cortez region was under three feet of snow and the temperatures were around 10 below zero. In some of the mountainous sections of the West, temperatures went to 18 and 20 degrees below zero. Many houses in the Lake Tahoe region of northern California collapsed undei recent heavy snows. With scores of persons marooned in that resort area, the situation had become acute through, food, shortage. No mail, freight or express has reached the Lake Tahoe region for nine days. JL R. Henry Joins Roy Anderson Co, Two Well Known Insurance Men Join in One Agency James R. Henry, prominent in the local insurance field for the last five years, lias associated himself with Roy Anderson & Co., with offcies at 214 South Main street, an announcement said Friday. Mr. Henry is maintaining offices with the South Main street firm, where he will receive former insurance clients in the future. The combination of Mr. Henry and Roy Anderson gives to the agency two experienced and well known business men handling all lines of liability-underwriting with nationally known insurance companies. Mr. Anderson began his insurance career many years ago in the underwriting departments of local banking houses, and' Mr. Henry entered the insurance business in 1926. Farmer Accused of Slaying Bride Young Wife Insured fo $450 Not Killed by Train, Says Sheriff JACKSON. Tenn.— (ff) —Bonnie Wheeler. 28, farmer of Perry Switch. was accused Thursday of slaying Ir- zella Meales Wheeler, 22, his bride of three months, whom he had reported killed by a freight train on December 16, just three weeks after he obtained a small insurance policy on her life. Sheriff Fred 1 Exum, who held the young husband on a warrant charging first degree murder, said Wheeler carried a $450 double indemnity insurance policy on his wife's life and that bruises found in her mouth indicated that her death was i|ot accidental. He said there were no marks about her body to indicate that she was killed by a train when she and her , ----- . . bu:b«nd were caught in the middle in the country. The entire production Sammy Yocum of Spring Hill Is Dead Well Known Resident Succumbs Following a Lengthy Illness Sammy Yocum, aged 49, of Spring Hill, died at his home at 11 o'clock Thursday morning, following an illness of several days. Mr. Yocum is well known in Hope and throughout Hempstead county, having lived in this community his entire life. For 25 years or more Mr. Yocum served as correspondent for various Hope newspapers, and up until a short time before his death was a writer for The Star. Funeral and burial services were held Friday afternoon at Huckabee cemetery, six miles south of Hope, He is survived by his mother, who lives at Spring Hill, and several brothers and sisters and other relatives. Simon M, Sutton In Sheriffs Race Hope Druggist First .Candidate to Announce for 1932 Campaign The opening gun in Hempstead ounty politics was fired the first day of 1932 when SimpiliM. Button, Hope druggist, announced'Friday as a>can» didate {or sheriff and collector. ' Mr. Sutton, manager of the Crescent durgstore, 225 South Main steet, made his formal announcement in today's political column; of The Star.' JTfie announcement/ "cgnfi«n«el'-stre«t seportp for'.several Months back that \wheniHe sheriffs contest was due Mr. Button's' hat would be in the ring. The candidate will offer the following platform during his campaign for the Democratic nomination .at the primary election August 9, and which he says will be his code of ethics m the event that he is elected to the sheriffs office: "1, To adopt the word service in its largest and fullest sense, as the watchword of my administration, striving at all times to apply it to my dealings while in office. "2. To remember that protection of human lives and property depend upon my loyalty and honor in the performance of my duty and that the good name that the chief law enforcement officer of pur county sohuld have would be jeopardized by my failure to observe the strictest care and precision. "3, To recognize a reputation for honesty, integrity and ethical conduct as the highest achievement, of a sheriff and to direct all my thought and enegy toward achieving such a reputation. "4. To recognize the people as my friends who have placed their confidence within my keeping and to so serve the mas to keep faith and justify this confidence in me. "5. To exact from the office of sheriff and collector, only fair and just legal compensation, remembering that the good name of the entire personnel of which I would be the main part depends upon my dealing fairly and honestly with all men. "6. To recognize my duty as sheriff and collector and to stand ever ready to perform the full duty of a good citizen and law enforcement officer by participating in every worthy move, helping every worthy cause and actively supporting ever worthy man, "7. To choose the golden rule as my guide in the conduct of my official and personal affairs, to the end htat any success which may come to me shall have been farily earned and shall not have come at the expense of my fellow man. "8. To recognize myself as a representative of the people of Hempstead county, remembering that any dishonorable conduct charged to me mu?t Accidents on Water and; Claim Many Celebration* of Earls End Fatally for TtaM%H NUMEROUS QT1 Several Single Tragedies to (By Death by than three 1 score of i water and in the ftU bade goodbye to 1931 ^ the arrival of 1932. *y Nine persons were'' 5 , an automobile plunged met rivet in Illinois. ' Three person* enjd feast in a/cave M when the fire ust-djor, turkey, crumbled' cave and they wer& A passenger plane field, Ohio, took four, li ically- injured the The lives of snuffed out by Mich. Four young killed^in a train near Philadelphia. \ ' J A large' number -of, double fatalities vjereja Robbers ', - * ;/*,!,,*? . Accuse Each Other ing fessed to robbing the low of more than $600 W young men are in Jail Marion Pence., aged 29,'OlM and Everett Pence was capturpd Wed two hours aftey the robfeery,. dows was arrested 'ab Thursday at the hon>e,of- Only Tobacco LONDON.—England has only one tobacco grower, and he's A. J. Brandon, of Church Crookham. hi Hampshire. He has been, growing tobacco for 20 years and hi§ is the only crop t a 1 .;ng trestle a# was reported by i >•' <••"• - nij " "» vw li * UJ ° P ouuds Small Child Held Captive; Attacked Kept in Garage Several Hours by Unidentified White Man COLUMBUS, Ohio.- (/P.) -Seve n hours after she was kidnaped, Ada Ruhl, eight, returned dazed to her home early Friday. She was taken to a hospital by police who said she had been criminally assaulted. Officials said the girl told them she also be charged to my administration and that the lowering of my own ideals for pecuniary gain will be reflected in a lowering of the ideals of the entire administration which I would head." Fletcher Meadows, at Big Frp&;( ford county, live miles soutl Washington county line. Sheriff Harley Cover headed % J which arrested Meadows. ," 1 Bushmaier of Van Buren, couney, aided in Pence's'! Officials of the bank $666 was taken. Officers repor found $900 at Fletcher Meadow Officers said they are virtual] tain the money is net thafc 1 the bank, but do iwt know loot has been hidden, Meadows said Pence had the mo in the car he was driving wJ»e»/j rested, and Pence said Meadows i the money and two pistols when fled on foot through the wooded hi side a few minutes after the robber J. W.Hull to Head" Russellville Teql Well Known Vocational! Agricultural Instructor Named by Board. RUSSELLVILLE-J. W. Hull, spector in vocational agriculture Danville High School, was elect) president of Arkansas Polyteonj! College at a meeting of th» Board, Trustees here Thursday, He succeed E. E. Tomlinson, head pi Botany Department, who haf b acting president since the resjgB»tt«»\ ; of Dr. James R. Grant last summer,, , Col. Henry Stroupe of Paris, prf**- dent of the board, said. that Mr. HuU would assume his duties here as sooa as he can be relieved at Danville. Mr. Hull is widely known in A|?j kansas as a teacher and agriculture! leader, recently having been gWfl** nation-wide prominence as the ifls . structor of Glenn Farrow, Yell county y's was $f%ed while on an errand for ts; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Fred BuM, earjy Thursday night and held «y,el hours in a garage by man. Emory Thompson | Appointed Agent Fulton Man to Represent Southland Life in This District DALLAS, Tex.—Emory A. Thompson, of Fulton, Ark., has been appointed agent for the Southland Life Insurance Company. The, Southland Life is ope of the Strongest comawues i» the South and "£-~ ~ 4^-, to ,3^ b«*qpre thanliwWfcWfl ta»uw« « «^**«gL * tW * youth, who was selected by the sas City Star as the "star America." Mr. Hull is a gradfl the Mississippi A. & M. CoUej of George Peabody College for ?f . ers, where he receivtd a masters * gree sevral yars ago. H taught ttaes . years in Arkansas before going tP Danville as vocational agriculture teacher. In recognition of his outstanding work he was wade master teacher of vocational agriculture U» Arkansas and his chapter. No, I FU.J ture Farmers of America, won fir» place in the United States. American Ambassador to Japan Will QttH . eron Forbes, American ambasswias ~

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