Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on January 29, 1932 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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Friday, January 29, 1932
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Sibeck Testifies $2,500 Is Given Gas Tax Slush fund Drew Contribution From Ass'n. Head Gift Came From Ragsdale, Union County Judge, Says Sibeck PRESIDENT IS SILENT Ragsdale Refuses to Talk When Interviewed at El Dorado County judgos'over the state contributed money to a $17,300 slush fund with which to get the 6-cent gasoline tax passed by the legislature last year, Former Judge William F. Sibeck of Pulaski county revealed Thursday in criminal court proceedings at Little Rock. The Pulaski official, on trial for subornation o£ perjury, and who was removed from office several months ago, testified that J. G. Ragsdale, of El Dorado, Union county judge and president of the County Judges association, contributed $2,500. Whether similar contributions were received from individual judges, or the $2,500 given in Judge Ragsdale's name merely represented a "jack-pot" gotten up from the members of the association over which he'presided, was ^ wled. JRagsdale, interviewed by the ,. fc Gazette and the El Dorado I M J .lews Thursday night, refused to com* ment on Slbeck's testimony. • : ,, Bulletins CHICAGO, IH.-(£>)-RalI presidents and labor union representatives adjourned Friday without reaching nn agreement, tlio presidents retired, subject to a call from the unions to resume deliberations. POCAHONTAS, Ark.-(£>)_ As difficulties were encountered In the selection of a jury to try John Slnyton, ousted police chief on nn accessory ' charge, another jury, >vhlcli Thursday received the case of Earl Decker, charged with the murder o[ night marshal Manlcy Jnckson, dohtlnucd deliberations. WASHINGTON-(/P)-Thc Senate Finance Committee decided not to press any gcnerql veterans relief measure this session. Sibeck Jury Get Added Instructions Judge McGehee Warns Body They Must Decide This Case HOPE, ARKANSAS New El Dorado Postoffice Ooened Hope. County' Judge ~L. F. Higgason told Hope/Star' December 22 last that he attended a meeting of .the County Judges association in Little Rock one vcar ago when the 6-cent gas tax lobby was being set up. Judge HiggasoBT told The Star that he at- tendgd/only one meeting, and voted nprtnst the judges' proposal to ask the , ^"legislature to increase thu tax from 5 * to 6 cents a gallon. But when asked if it weren't true that the sole purpose of the lobby meeting was to increase the gasoline tax, Judge Higgason refused to cqm- mcnt. As n result of the efforts of the county judges, the legislature increased the tqx, turning the extra cent back to the counties, Hempptend's annual share being approximately $17,000, out of which Judge Higgason paid half his 1931 salary of $3,000. Prior to the extra-cent gas lax, the salary had been $2,400, having been raised from $1,800 several years before that. Although the county judges' lobby was attacked and exposed by The Star and other newspapers, it was the Arkimsas Gazette that uncovered the actual cash payments behind the statewide organization that put over the G-cent gas tax. The Gazette's evidence figured prominently in Prosecutor Bailey's case against Judge Sibeck, now on trial at Little Rock. Part of the Gazette's story of Friday morning reads as follows: Sought Increased Tax The first task of this lobby wus to brinp about the passage of Act G3 of 1931, which levied the additional tax of one cent per gallon on gasoline for the bonefit of counties and road improvement districts formed since the Martineau highway law became effective in February, 1927. To promote this legislation, Sibeck imported Bohlinger from Yell county, the ex-judge said. He credited Bohlinger with drafting three bills, the last of which is Act 63 of 1931. . "He was here about 70 days and worked in the legislature," was •Sibeck's explanation of the allotment to Bohlinger out of the lobby fund. Only the cold cash was handled by Sibeck and his fellow lobbyists, he said. In soliciting successfully $4,004 from Grocer Weber; Sibeck merely telephoned Weber to have the money, and, the ex-judge said, "I think I went out there and got it." "I called upon Webber and 555 for money because I knew they had been getting the biggest volume of business (roan the county," Sibeck said, but he denied that there was an understanding that either firm would pad its claims sufficiently to take out of the county treasury a sum equal to or greater than the donation. Wcbtr Favored "I told Henry Hilliard (purchasing agent under Sibeck) to give the biggest business to Weber because he had made a contribution for legislative purposss," Sibeck admitted. It was shown that while Sibeck was in office, Grocer Weber, with a retail establishment at 824 Chester street, collected county warrants for approxi- (Continued on page three) LITTLE ROCK.—(yP)-In disagreement on a verdict in circuit court the ury in the trial -of former County Judge William F. Sibeck, on a charge of subornation and perjury, were given additional instruction at noon Friday. ;' This case ftst J>e decided by this jury, Judge Wroeheo said. jers Killed in Wreck Three Die in Crash in Florida as Ship Goes Into Spin MONTICELLO, Fla.— (ff>)— A barnstorming pilot and hrs two passengers were killed here late Thursday when a plane went into a spin and lost a wing. The dead: Fred Weishefr, 28, pilot, of Hartford, Conn. Harvey Watson, 24, Monticello. Bill William-Sergeant, 32. Monticello, formerly of Ohio. The Monticello men had hired the plane for a sightseeing trip. Witnesses said the ship appeared 0 develop motor trouble, went into 1 spin, /and lost a wing. It crashed in a tree and the men were dead when extricated from the wreckage. Hempstead County Gins 29464 Bales Only 13,375 Bales Reported for Same Period Last Season A report received by W.'M. Brummet, from the department of commerce shows a total ginning of 29,164 bales of cotton in Hempstead county from the 1931 crop report prior to January 16, 1932 as compared to a total of 13,375 for the same period last season. El Dorados new $400,000 post office and federal building was formally opened Friday afternoon with nn se celebration und ™ ene ray house celebration under the auspices of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce^ InviSs officials and citizens of a score of South Arkansas and North Louisiana towns^and large inspection qf the federal building as well as the Union county court house .'anH th?M we out in federal building has -been occupied since"shortly- 7 before S^b^'for^ ** ™ ^^ ^ hM "» neW opening was delayed ±r±° f ^ EI D ° rad ° diViSi ° n Unlted Stat ° S 6oUrt ' w "t- ^icT o^lrk^rhld^ved u^ S after new FLAPPER FANNY SAYS.- HEQ. U.K. PAT. OFF. 5NU School Patrons Ask Resignation Petition to Be Presentee Board-Asking Removal . of Superintendent ' i i ...• ... ' I ' .' * ' '-• , HAZEN-JAbbut 150 patrons of : the tfftzen .puHJllc.. jschadl, -Jaeetthfc^Jit a, heater Thursday night, demanded the resignation of Supt. Ben B. Row.land, withdrawal of Mrs. Rowland as eachcr and reinstatement of Miss ioraine Whitehurst as a teacher.' The meeting, which was open to all patrons, but from which all students were excluded, was presided over by Clyde E. Bowman, editor of the Grand Prairie Herald. Mr. Bowman frequently had to call for order, as the patrons were violent in their expressions against the superintendent and members of the School Board, who have remained silent during the week of turmoil caused by the release of Miss Whitehurst as a teacher and appointment of Mrs, Rowland in her place. A committee was appointed by the patrons to deliver a transcript of the proceedings to the School Board, a written copy of the charges against Miss Whitehurst, signed by members cf the School Board and the superintendent, is demanded. The committee, composed of M. L Page, merchant, as chairman; L. M. Culpepper, druggist; Sid Martin, dairyman; Mrs. Ed Jackson, cafe operator; Mrs. Joe Crowly, assistant mail carrier, and Mrs. Ernest Pit-tie, wife of a farmer, has asked the School Board to meet in joint session at 1:30 p. m. Friday in an effort to reach a decision n the case. Miss Whileluirst was present at the meeting and answered questions regarding her dismissal. She said that a letter sent her by the School Board said that charges causing her dismissal had been filed with the secretary of the board, but that when she asked the secretary what the charges were he said no charges had been filed with him. Miss Whitehurst said her lawyer had told her that she could continue to draw her salary until her contract expired although she did not attend school. She reported at the school Thursday. The School Board has not made a statement but is expected to take formal action Saturday. Haste to Reinstate Li|e Insurance ,Vain •'liaJw.'- ; MONTGOMERY, Ala. —(#>)— Ed Williams, negro, fell in a well. His son, Charlie, hurled to the Insurance Company of Alabama's office and reinstated Ed's $375 policy by paying'up bacjc premiums. Montgomery firemen ,. later brought Williams to the surface dead. 'U.oi< • "/^fflfl^'t^uJ^fjjWKifrW^, VV4*»C.^^f'.rfJJ^^. -f ^ wr insurance money ToVuicom- ing, Charlie sued In Montgomery Circuit Court, denied knowing that his father was in the well and said he died after being removed from the well. ,. The question before the jury- was Williams dead at the time his son reinstated the policy Montgomery jury said yes and found for defendant. ion —GENTRY Municipal Judge Discusse- North Arkansas Count tyf Scandals Thugs Loot Bank of $17,000 in Raid atHaynesville,La. When a girl buys hosiery, she doesn't expect to gel u run fw her money. Telephone conversations Friday morning between Hope friends of Miss Loraine Whitehurst, who lives in this city, and Clyde E. Bowman, editor of the Grand Prairie Leader at Hazen. revealed, that the Prairie county city is standing solidly behind the Hope girl teacher. Mr. Bowman explained over I he- telephone that \yhen Miss Whitehurst was called home to Hope by the death of her father just before Christmas, the superintendent placed his wiie in her position temporarily, and when Miss Whitehurst returned the official attempted to discharge her and maintain his wife in the teaching post. It was alleged in u letter to Miss Whitfhursl that charges had been filed against her. but when dlucns discovered from the secretary of the school board that no charges had been filed, they called a mass meeting Thursday night, at which time the resignation of the superintendent was de- wanded. Hope Abandoned For Sub Victims No Chance for Life of 60 Men Aboard, Officers Declare LONDON.-(tf>)-It was 'announced ''riday in view of a report received rom the Rear Admiral in charge of ubmarines, that it'was no longer pos. sible to hope for the rescue of any of the 60 officers and men abq>ard the Submarine M-2, when it sank off of Portland, in the English channel and their deaths must now be presumed. Quail Hunting to End Here Saturday Fur Dealers and Trappers Have Until Feb. 10 to Dispose of Pelts LITTLE ROCK.-(tf>)-The open sea. son on quail and fur-bearing animals will close Sunday but the actual shooting season will end at sundown Saturday, the final day of the season falling on Sunday, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced recently. Reports from wardens throughout the state indicate that an unusually large number of qua'il hunters have been out during the past two or three weeks. Birds have been plentiful in some sections but, take nas a whole, the supply is far below former years. Trappers and fur dealers will be allowed until February 10 to dispose of pelts on hand at the end of the trapping season. „ against most is not dishonest 'pub^c of ficials, but dishonest voters who toler ate such officials, Municipal Judge U A. Gentry told Hope Rotary club Fri day noon at Hotel Barlow. Judge Gentry, who was invited to speak on .a program sponsored by R L. (Bob) Gosnell, recalled the words of Circuit Judge J. F. Koorie, of Clinton, Ark., who, while directing grand jury investigations into corrupt public ^officers In North Arkansas countes said: s • "Corrupt officials may be ousted and corrupt rings may. be broken up provided the yoters become arousec .and exercise their franchise to the end that right shall prevail. But when the voters themselves become corrupt, and through: their ballots perpetuate dishonest men in office, there is no remedy. Eventually only one thing can happen—the government controlled by and for grafting politicians must col- lapce, but only, after the taxpayers have been bled dry and all other resources of the political unit have been sapped," Commening oh this crusading jur- flst, Judge Gentry said that Judge Kqone found the citizens were not incensed over the revelations of corruption, but "were sore because) they didn't get their share." Every private citizen, said Judge Gentry, sometimes feels that the worry and grief of public problems shouldn't concern him. But no good citizen can dodge his responsibility to the community in which he and his chldren must live, the speaker concluded. Dr. W. R. Anderson, pastor of Firs Presbyterian chursch, gave an im pressive discussion of the Sino-Japa nese crisis, in which Japan appears t have broken her treaty obligation .with the Great Powers, and is taunt ing China into a declaration of war in order to justify acts of aggression al ready committe. It is essentially a problem produced by .the fact that the nations of the world are closer together than ever before in history, Dj. Anderson said. Townsmen Battle Fleeing Robbers, but Fail to Halt Escape PHYSICIANJNJURED Automobile Used by Robbers Is Found Near Junction City HAYNESVTLLE, La -(£>)- Raiding the planters Bank and Trust company, one of the largest in north Louisiana, lust past noon Thursday, four robbers stole about $17,000, left a bystander slightly wounded and escaped in a fast moving automobile. Dr. W. L. Waller, physician who has offices in the bank building, was wounded in the leg by birdshot while armed residents were firing on the fleeing quartet. Fifteen or 20 shots were fired in the direction'of the bandits as they fled n their automobile. The robbers returned the fire wfthout effect. One of them slumped into the car as if a bullet had hit him. The automobile used by the robbers was found abandoned on the highway >etween Junction City and Summerfield. The four men, unma'cked, drove up o the bank in an automobile. One emained in the car with the mo unning and three with pistols wu. nto the bank in the heart of the bus3 ness district. At their-command to ie on the floor, A. H. Southern, resident of the bank, crawled into the directors' room, got out a window and ummoned citizens. ;• Three others, F; 12. Rankin, vice president and' two ellers, E. A. Gotham and C. K. Talley; beyed the dbmmand. The robbers took all the money in the r tills,, but, did jnot have time' td enter? the-vault, observing that.cit- izehs were preparing to attack them. the win- Couldn't Cwk Myra Rossiter (above) frankly admitted she could not cook, but promised to learn every housewifely art when Bert Armstead's salary became large enough for them to marry. What happened is told hi the new serial, "The Dime-a-Dance 'Girl/' be- gOfthlng Wednesday evening in the Hope Star. United Stat Britain Exi Jointh signed a denied tms i still going after the s have gone .... The Chinese- Was 'in fl^ines that hundreds'.' day,n!ghts **" Army Ship Forced Down in Arkansas BISCOE, Ark.—(#>)—A tri-motored army plane en route from Chamilc field in Illinois to San Antonio. Tex., was forced down by fog in a pasture near here Thursday and slightly damaged. The pilot, Lieutenant Denials of Chanute field, and three other cccu- pants of the plane escaped injury. The center engine and propclU-r \\crc damaged when the plane nosed over in the soft ground. A propclliT was ordered from Little Rock. L. Ellis Re-Joins Star Office Staff Well Known Hope Young Man Takes Charge of Circulation Leonard Ellis, formerly an employee of the Hope Star, has returned 1 to ths staff, where he has been placed in charge of the circulation department. Ellis was with The Star from its purchase in January. 1929, until June 1930. Prior to that time he had been on the stuff of the Hope Daily Press. He attended the local high school for several terms, and was, a member of the football team. During the past few weeks, he has been doing special work in the circulation department of this newspaper. He wax made this week. circulation manager Mississippi House Voids Tax Penalty Amended Senate Bill Also Extends Payment Time Limit JACKSON, Miss •-(#>) - Working against the time limit of February 1, when first installment taxes fall due, the Mississippi House Thursday unanimously passed an amended Senate bill combining repeal of the six per cent extra penalty, for delinquency and jrantnig a five-day extension of the 10-day limit allowed sheriffs to defer, seizure of property of tax delinquents. The House previously had passed he six per cent repeal in a bill of its own. The combined bill was immed- ately sent to the Senate for concur- ence. The Senate Thursday passed, 24 to 9, a bill calling for local option on he proposition of electing county wards of supervisors from the coun- y at large, instead of from districts. Senator Winter,said that the bill was step toward the county unit, rather han the old district scheme of coun* y government and would reduce ounty operating expenses. The Senate also endorsed, with but our opposing votes, the bill changing he name of Mississippi A. and M. to Mississippi State College. The bill as passed the House. Senator John Kyle of Sardis nounced that the awaited program fo raising the necessary $21,000,000 in rev enue estimated to be needed for run ning the state in the next biennium would be introduced in both branches new week and that on passage the legislature would then get down to Charily Campaign Meeting Response Steve Carrigan and Harry Lemley Repor Steve Carrigan and Harry' Leroley began their" canvass of. Y th<&at3r; of Hope Friday morning for thi Red i-ross ana; Associated ^Charities, seeking^to raise\$l,000 for relief needs in- side'the cityk ' > 'A ^M•J W. 4 . .V _ .. » ' were meeting It? the*. response, despite « cold, driving rain'which fell all morning. The charity organizations have asked for immediate help to,take care of those who heed food antt! clothing •the last 60 days of winter, and, MivCiJrri- gan and Mr. Lemley consented to undertake th> drive;at the request of the request of the financial committees who met early this week. The campaign will be continued through Saturday. Hope citizens are asked to give now —otherwise it will be too late. This is the pnly charity campaign Hope has enaged in this winter, and with prompt response now, , needy families can be carried to April 1, when relief no longer will be needed, the committees said. An' the harbor arid'- from Manila sto' already there. In London i Great Britain , „ woukTact jomtljfitl. tect the international,.! both nations haytiVi Chinas' represent, of Nations inydkedV'! in another^ effdrf ,fo* settlemenfanoMt 1 >i neutral members' of $ _ suggested th'atjthe'Wl sadors a,t Tokyo gV totjp ly to investigate tig fa > Troops" • HARBIN.'Mai! "' go JTapanes^Ni dentsaid fddayjtl nese,factional'l« manager of'the and Kirin. To sure from the British governments Japan has foreign rights in the Sn$e__ tlement and Shanghai will;! ed. J r '*Secretary 'Stlmson ment after a prolonged cabinet with the business of appropriations in which c nn n Wednesday a probable $6,500,000 reduction from the ' 1 ' ' T — — -?•• "»»*•• »* W*4t 111C y<4||VUU}~ 000 of the past biennium. Many forms of new taxation are expected to be recommended in the revenue-raising program, including levies on malt, soft drinks, gas and electric light bills, a general sales tax of between one ad two per cent, and lowering of the income tax brackets so as to include narried a.nd single persons now exempt. The House considered and defeated a bill aimed at partial repeal of the lepotism. law; unanimously passed he "padlock bill" aimed against gas- •hne bootleggers, and approved a bill mending—instead of repealing as the >enate has done—the absentee voters aw by extending the right of absentee feting only to citizenb whose busi- icsses force them out of the state on lection days. Shock Fatal For Accident Victim Oklahoma Bus Passenger, Injured Sunday* Sue-; cumbs in Hospital .LITTLE ROCK-Houston ' HowelL aged 61, of Seminole, Okla., died at 6 a. m. Thursday at a Little Rock his- pital from injuries suffered Sunday night when a bus in which, he was riding collided with "an automobile at North Harrison and Q streets, Or. Paul J. Coyne, chiropractor, 622 Cic- tory street, driver of the automobile, and E. Santee, driver for the Little Rock-Fort Smith Transportation Company, whe were charged with reckless driving after the accident, were charged with manslaughter by police Thursday afternoon. The bus was overturned when it was it was reported there were ferences over what steps taken,in the Manchuriah sjt Ruth Judd Si as Mistrial swerved in an attempt to avoid the accident. , At first physicians did not believe Mr. Howell's condition serious, although it was found that he was suffering greatly from shock, which caused death. Mr. Howell j s survived by four sons, Homer of Shawnee, Okla.; Robert and J. C. of Seminole, Okla., and Jim of Warvel, Ark; two daughters, Mrs. Maggie Garner, Houston, Miss., and Mrs. Irma Collins, Welty, Okla., and a brother, Monroe, Aberdeen, Miss. Court Recessed Because of llli Three Jurors PHOENIX, Ariz.-(#HWinnle* Judd, accused "trunk murd$; made a morose court appear Thursday and saw the legal b^ttk her life on the brink of jnlstriajf cause of the illness of three 1 ! ' Superior Judge Howard C...J man convened his court br consider the situation, then a recess until Friday mornj. hopes to-be able'to determine •„„, er the two least ill of the jurors J be able to qarry on, Mrs. Judd sulked obviou she entered the court, apd ,. she was running "a temperature* cause Sheriff J, R. McFadden"' not call a hairdresser to her i During the 10 minutes she spent the courtroom, where for ejght , J ~ attorneys had wrangled over- Arizi, demand that she forfeit hep jife killing her friend, Agnes Anne Mrs. Ju.dd tapped her foot ly. Measure to Give Cash to Dependents Approved WASHINGTON-(/p)-A bill to give ash allowances to dependent widows, rphana ^^ dependent parents of Wld war veterans was approved nursday by the house veterans com- nttee. Kills Brother_WhUe Playing Hollis, Oklaoux-brought In ....edM HOLLIS, Okla.-(^)-Garland York, 7, was shot fatally by his U-yesr-old brother, Roger, here Wednesday while the two boys were playing with a small caliber rifle. •MHBr City Attorney Selected At BlytheviiPe Judge -Ivy M. Craw- . ford. city attorney here for several years, has been appointed municipal judge to fill the vacancy caused by death W ' D " ' " Manatt was named city attorney. Navy Considers Selling LosAngelf Would Use Money ed for Enlarging £RS» !• Report WASHINGTON.-officials are considerinf airship Los Angeles aw money they receive for it to the ZRS-5, sister ship to jtbe Akrpn. In his testimony before the Naval Committee Friday Garland Fulton of the navy's division read a letter from miral Moffett suggesting Akron's sister ship, now under struction, be increased to the « one million cubic feet larger V that of the Akron to ''frrfSfy the > ships cruising radjjus from eighty hunderd to eleven thousand ftve-Wj|flJ! dred uautical miles, - "^' '.sat*

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