MOPE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESPAY^EBRUARY 3,1032 * Judges Will Fight To Retain 6-Cent Levy On Gasoline "High TaxTobbyisti" Resist State's Attempt to Recover Loot STATE ASKS ACTION Highway Co mm is s i 0 n Wants Special Session to Seize Tax LITTLE ROCK.—The county judges of Arkansas, who put the 6-cent tax on gasoline for their own benefit last year, met at Hotel Mattton Wednesday to prevent the state taking it to apply on Arkansas' indebtedness. During the day an executive committee of the County Judges/ association met with Governor Parnell to discuss the State Highway Department's proposal for a special session of the legislature .to authorize the refunding of old road district bonds and the seizure by the state of the extra cent tax on gasoline. Spokesmen for the county judges are fighting the state's proposed seizure—but there has been bitter criticism of the stat efor permitting the judges' lobbying association to put through the 6-cent gas tax for local spending purposes, when it is contended, if the tax were raised at all, it should have gone toward 1 debt retirement. The judges' committee in session at Uttjj! Jtock Wednesday is headed by . Trudge J. G. Ragsdale, of Union Ooun- ty, president of the a through whom, according to • revealed 1 at the trial of former-' jWllliam Sibeck, of..Pulaski, n. JJ2.500 was made to a legislatl fund of $17,300 which "put ~ > bill raising the gasoline tax I 6 cents one year ago. N,ot' all the judges are al e Wednesday's session, wTlich I str,icted piinoipaUy.to a .igpe Judge R. M. Ruthven, Baxter county; Judge J. Q. Hill of Pope county; Judge S. A. Lynch of Sebastian county; Judge Charles J. Mitchell of Poinsett county; Judge J. J. Crow of Saline county and Judge R. Q. Wortham of Nevada county. Dntn Being Compiled It was apparent that the Highway Commission will not attempt to obtain a hasty decision on the question of a special session. The Accounting Division of the department now is engaged in compiling complete financial data regarding every road Improvement district in the state. This compilation probably will show the amount of bonds outstanding when the MartineaU law was passed, the amount of principal and interest paid in each district and the amount of bonds outstnading at the first of this yenr, together with maturities of principal and interest In each district during the next 10 years. Highway officials and other state officials have said that receipts from automobile license fees and March gasoline tax collections will provide ample funds to meet bond service requirements March 1, when approximately $1,318,000 will be duo. The next heavy payments after March 1 will be due August 1 and September 1, and it is not believed probable any proposed legislation would make the refunding plan operative before August or September, In a statement issued at Mountain Home Monday, Judge R. M. Ruthvcn of Baxter county, secretary of the association, said the county judges will resist any such effort "to the last ditch." He took the position that the state, in effect, has assumed payment of the old road district bonds in such a manner that they cannot be turned back on the land owners. He said there may be merit in the refunding proposal, but added that the plan would have to be figured on some basis other than the taking of the portion of the gasoline tax set aside by the last legislature for the benefit of county road funds. President Arrives Early The committee meeting Wednesday was called by Judge J. G. Ragsdale of Union county, president of the association. He arrived, in Little Rock Tuesday night but said he knew of no definite plans that will be considered at the meeting. He added that it merely was a meeting of a group of the judges to launch plans to resist any attempt to take away the one- cent gasoline tax. He said a meeting of the entire membership probably will be called within the next two or three weeks. Shanghai's Theater of War Creek from the international settlement, residence of. 4000 Americans. Mrs. Judd Attacks Witness at Trial chiatrt«t Who Declar- Bounced Wall •)—Winnie Ruth murderess," late psychiatrist wlt- ja kick af. her promised" "my tl^c rnprn- . The surprising action by the young woman, who is on trial for the murder of Agnes Ycrol, her friond, occurred in a hallway, of the courthouse, following adjournment of court for the day. ; • . Dr. Paul E. Bowers, Los Angeles psychiatrist, apparently had aroused Mrs. Judd's anger by contradicting the insanity claim by which her counsel hopes to save her from the gallows. Dr. Bowers had testified the young defendant was sane. She knocked him bouncing against a corridor wall, 'kicked at Sheriff J. R. McFadden. She was taken to her cell while the astounding psychiatrist rubbed a bruise on his chest. Dr. Bowers, called in rebuttal by the state, testified he found no evidence of the dementia praccox to which defense alienists had ascribed her erratic actions. Texarkana to Hold Poultry Meeting Several From Hempstead Association Plan to Attend Several members of the Hempstead County Poultry Association .have received invitations to attend a poultry meeting ut the Miller county courthouse in Texarkana Thursday night. A nationally known speaker, Walter Burton, of Dallas, is to speak on Coolidge Sworn in Twice as President WASHINGTON-(yP)-Almost 10 years after the incident, a former justice of the District of Columbia Supreme Court smiled reminiscently Tuesday as he tbld how he administered a second presidential oath of office to Calvin Coolidge. The traditional Coolidge silence surrounded the ceremony until it was related in n recent- boo£ by Harry M. Daugherty, attorney general in (he Harding and Coolidge administrations. •, • '\H "*"-wi<.-••• !-.-•<• v**^i-*.'' •.•-*. l <»t|..Ur'J~-.r/.,~' x -^.-. .• ., A- A.'vJwhllng, . Jr., •'• now a Washington attorney, said Tuesday the second oath was administered after the legality of the first had been questioned. It had been taken by lamplight in a New England farm house .early on the August morning after the death of President Harding. John Coolidge, the president's father, administered the first oath, watching proudly as his son raised his hand. The elder Coolidge, now dead, was a justice of the peace and (ho point was made that he had authority to swear in only state officers. , Poultry Producer* of Arkansas Organized LITTLE BOCK.-(/P)-John Pride, Pulaski county poultryman, was elected president of the Poultry Producer* Association of Arkansas, which w»s organized at a meeting here Tuesday. Other officers are C. S. Brannon, Little Rock, vice president; W. C. Ed- wocds, Little Rock, secretary treas- lUB.W.CIubto Sponsor Gardening State President Expected to Attend Meeting Here February 16th Mrs. Robert E. Cain, of the Citizens National Bank, was hostess to the Hope Business & Professional Women's Club Tuesday evening in the private dining room of Hotel Barlow. The large roun ddining table was bright with decorations of red and green which emphasized the St. Valentine motif. A huge centerpiece of Japonicas in a green glass bowl was flanked on either side by tall red candles in green holders. Place cards Advantages of a pure bred Poultry flock. Plans for the formation of a mar- at this meeting also. A number of local poultry fanciers plan to attend. FLAPPER FANNY SAYS HEP, u, B. I-AT. orr. Idle thoughts comp from unemployed long candy arranged in tripod fashion. Following the dinner, Mrs. Cain introduced Mrs. Charles R. Wilkin, who gave a beautiful piano solo, "Vienna Waltz," (Friedmann-Gartner), and Miss Lois Ferguson, expression teacher in the Hope schools, who read a selection from ''Smilln' Through," by Shipman. Miss Maude Lipscomb and M|ss Ferguson won prizes in two clever Valentine contests. During the business session, with the President, Miss Mary Arnold, in the chair, it was announced that the club plans for furthering home gardening and cunning by rural girls, and Mrs. Harry Shiver (Mary Buechley), has consented to supervise the work. A premium of $5.00 is to be given by the club for the best work done by a Hempstead county girl. This is one of the results of the recent observance of Thrift Week by the Hope club, and received its inception during a thrift program two weeks ago, with Mrs. Frank Hicks in charge. The club is also cooperating with other civic organizations to beautify the Missouri Pacific right through the city. of way Miss Theresa Urban Will be hostess for the meeting of February 16, at which time the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington will be celebrated. Eeach member of the club is asked to bring another, as Mrs. Margaret Simms McDonald, state president, will be present, and Mrs. Ella Quigg, of El Dorado, district chairman, has also advised that she will be here. Mole Is Blamed For Break in Levee Approximately 150 Bales of Cotton in Fields Is -' Destroyed TEXARKANA—The burrowing of a mole has been charged with the loss of the only levee along the Red liver's Arkansas system during its' ? recent rampage. . • , ,, ;'•-'. ; :=,-The animal's -small Ilunheungs- at the base of> the" rebuilt OrM-leve'e' in southeast Little River county, about three miles northwest of Fulton, caused about 50 feet of th,e dike to wash out, it is claimed. The effect was that of a "blow out," generally caused by natural seepage. Workers endeavored in vain to plug the inner mouth of the mole tunnel, until finally the entire section crumbled and the river swept through. Although Little river backwater ahd previously covered a large portion of the Orton, Temple and Sanderson farms protected by the levee, it was the alkaline, red mud of the main river that ruined approximately 150 bales of cotton still in the fields. The brassy solution of the river act as a poison upon growing cotton, it is claimed, in addition to washing it out; whereas an overflow of the comparatively purer Little fiver docs not necessarily kill cotton. Some tenants have returned to the area since the water began to recede. The statge at Fulton was exactly flood stage, 28 feet, Monday, and the river had retired within its banks except for backwater still dammed up at various points. ' Two Children Die as Truck Overturns Other Occupants Escape as Loaded Truck Leaves the Highway NEWPORT, .- (/P) -Two children drowned in a roadside ditch in Which a truck loaded with household goods overturned 15 miles from here Tuesday night. The dead are, Goldie Marie, 7, and R. L. Jr. 10, children of Mrs. R. L. Johnson, who with a third child and two other occupants escaped a similar fate. Killed, Thirty Injured in Series of Earth Tremors Property Damage Heavy; Almost Every Building Is Damaged „ RELIEF^ISPATCHED Cuba 'Government Officials En Route to Stride* -; en Area Wednesday ^SANTIAGO, Cuba.—(#)—Early es- s of casualties in a> series of „. ... shocks which struck this city o|rly Wednesday with issuance of an dfficial announcement, which placed trfe deaed at six and the injured 1 at , property damage was extensive and feW buildings escaped unscathed. Ambassador Guggenheim and a number of government officials went to the stricken area to participate in relief for the sufferers. Farm Board Co-Op Sells 1931 Cotton V^ill Quit Sustaining Mar- I ket for Non-Members, Says Creekmore NEW ORLEANS—(/P)—E. F. Creek- rnore, vice president and general man- of the American Cotton Coopera- Commands 31st Infantry tiye Association, said Tuesday night that cotton delivered by 200,000 farmers to the association this season is- being sold at current price levels,"as ^has been demonstrated. that the Bffljngr «peratfons "oC/the, 'pa'sfiwV year* 'benefited the non-members at the expense of the members." He made, the announcement in an address -before the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Banking following an all-day meeting of the co-operative's Board of Directors, attended by James C. Stone/chairman of the Federal Farm Board. This' new policy of the Co-operative Association, Creckmore asserted, is designed "to eliminate speculation as well as to discontinue sustaining the market during the harvesting season at'the expense of the member." "However," he added, "finances would not have permitted us to do otherwise." Three million bales of cotton from previous years being held by the cooperative and the Farm Board Bunder an agreement with Southern bankers who are helping to hold an equal amount off the market, are not affected by the change in policy, Creekmore said, He said that "if we return to the members an average of more than $5 a bale above the amount advanced, we shall feel that our operations this year will be successful. At this time, it looks as if we shall have a successful season." Creekmore staunchly defended the co-operative movement an dthe Federal Farm Board in their handling of cotton, estimating that the two agencies sustained the market by about ?20 a bale in 1929, when, he said, "some 5,000,000 bales of non-member cotton was marketed at the sustaining price." The same operation in 1930, he asserted, sustained the market "from $7.50 to 115 a bale," adding "it should be re- nembered that co-operative members made this operation possible by advancing some $10,000,000 in margin on cotton delivered by them to their associations." His address to the bankers consti- uted a plea for a wider farm-par- icipation in the co-operative plan. Col. Lorenzo D. Gasser Is commander oftthe 31st U. S. Infantry, totalling 1000 men, which has been ordered to poceed to Shanghai, aboard the Army Transport Chaumont, for the protection of American citizens in the beleaguered Chinese port. Slayer of Section Foreman Convicted Louis .McBride, Negro,,to Die in Chair for Brutal • ^Murder Near Gurdon ARKADELPHIA —-Lpuis McBride, negro, rmist pay with his life for the death of Yfill, McClaln.vMissouri --Pacific- section foreman, whose body, terribly beaten, was found near Gurdon last December 4. McBride was found guilty by a jury' in Circuit Court, the verdict being returned by 9 Tuesday night. McBride, a member of the section crew, was arrested in Gurdon by the city marshal the day of the crime. His actions aroused the suspicion of the oficer. McBride admited the 1 killing and told where the body could be found. Mr. McClain apparently was pursued some distance while being beaten to death with a spike, maul. There were'signs of a terrific, struggle. Officers sought to connect the slaying with the wreck of a freight train near Gurdon several days before thte killing. It was believed the slayer might have thought the section foreman knew who caused the .wreck and" sought to cover up by killing McClain. This theory was discarded. Fred Moore was found guilty of grand larceny and given one year in the penitentiary. Beaten Policeman Is Out of Hospital MENA. Ark.—W. E. Harris, night policeman of Mena, who was beaten on December 29 by five young Mena men, was able to leave a Fort Smith hospital Sunday and return home. City's Bills Given Approval by Council Hope city council approved monthly bills and transacted other routine business in a 40rminute session Tuesday night at the city hall. The aldermen convened at 7:40, and by 8:20 were through. Chinese xgfNh Fort f ' i> 1 , Bulletins DEQUEfeN, AjrJc-(;pj-"Ait in- dkiment /charging Fulton Green, ex-coMvH wl«h the robbery of the bank of Horatio tat April was returned by the Scvler county / • grand juty and his trial Is expect' ed to be held early matt week. . WASHINGTON.- (/p) - DBM^ cratic leaden in the Senate Wednesday agreed to offer a $7S6,M»,- OW road construction and unemployment relief measure as a substitute for a |3?5,<ltt,»Mi bill for direct aid to the jobless. Fall Must Serve Full Prison Term Federal Parole Board-Declines to SKorten Ex- Secretary's Sentence WASHINGTON.-^)—Albert B. Fall Tuesday lost his last hope of freedom before the end of his sentence for ac. cepting a $100,000 bribe from Edward L. Doheny when the Federal Parole Board declined to shorten the imprisonment jOf the former secretary of interior, with an'assertion that such action would be "unjustifiable an3'in- compatible with the welfare oft society." Chairman Arthur D. Wood and Irvin B. Tucker, anil Dr. Amy N. Stannard announced their decision in a tersely phrased statement issued by the Department ol Justice, "TEbB* bttotfj ,marked:, i, <• f t, , ,*,„, . "Whether or not'others eqyally. guilty have not been punished is beside the'issue entirely." , Thus tht 70-year-old Fall, first; and. last to be convicted in numerous trials following.the oil land lease scandals of the .-Harding administration, must remaini,prisoner 6,991 in'--the New Mexico, state .penitentiary until next May 8, when his year and a'day prison term expires, allowing time off for good behavior. But he has not paid his $10,000 fhie. Should he continue in default he must serve an extra 30 days and take the pauper's oath to be released, Emphasizing the high position:Fall held, the board said he was the first cabinet member to be convicted of crime. "Corruption of public trust in high places," itadded, "acts akin to treason, and affecting the entire nation, cannot be tolerated on condoned. It appears conceded as a fact established during several thousand years and not to be philosophized away, that, the fabric of justice cannot enure if mercy be .permitted to set aside the penalties meted out in our gravest criminal cases by our highest law 'tribunals. The case is one of personal guilt, aggravated by near perjury in the course of the proceedings leading up to trial and conviction." Two Other En< fn+ 4 -&L *$f Ships Damaj Buflelhr Japanese Clai FortlsReduci of Scrap CLAIM MANY Proposals to Settle Japanese Conflict Be Presented ?<df SHANGHAI -(£>)- _.. from the fort at Wooftun&-* anese destroyer to the'-bo Whangpo river, Chinese headgi announced here, Wednesc&y" Wu Further than that the arinoti ment said the Chinese still"! fort despite the raking file'ft anese,Warships in«fte;river1;< Chinese headquarters saldlf at the fort repulsed'an-'ef( ashore a landing party stroyers and in'additionH of the crafts, scored two others, ( , At the same time the Jap) command reported' the the fort had been fedticecM scrap iron and that,more'tt orthe defenders hadA "^* J the five hours bombari i >v> Arkansas Rail Board Denies Rate Increase LITTLE ROCK.— (IP)— The Arkansas railroad commission Tuesday refused to grant increases on freight rates on intrastate shipments of stave and heading bolts. After a hearing in which the railroads and shippers testified, the commission permitted increases on rough timber materials and products, to become effective February 4 when recently granted increases go into effect coal, ores, stone, sand and gravel, lumber, fertilizer and brick. CHAPTER I A milk wagon rattling along Pine street brought Ellen Rossiter wide awake. The Rossiter apartment was five floors above the street, but Ellen thought irritably even in the moment of waking that the clanking dfniQjCl-dgnr.Q ( 195? below was sufficient dead. to wake the It was going to be another scorching day. The girl's face, rosy from sleep", was faintly damp and her thick tawny hair was live and beautiful with heat curls. She was conscious only of discomfort as she thrust it back and rolled over hastily to look at the clock. Only 20 minutes to seven. Twenty blessed minutes more. Ellen stretched luxuriously, assured herself that the alarm was set for seven, and snuggled down again. As she was closing her eyes she noticed that the adjoining bed was empty. Myra had already risen and slipped quietly from the room. Ellen had sleepily decided that her sister intended to bathe before leaving for the library when she heard from the kitchen Myra's voice raised high in expostulation. Something was wrong again. Ellen did not know quite what, but that particular note in Myra's voice always meant inevitably a difference of opinion between Myra Rossiter and Molly Rossiter. Ellen sighed, tossed back the sheet and in one leap was out of bed. She grabbed a green cotton crepe negligee and streaked for the bathroom. The door was locked. Michael, aged 12. was inside. The one male of the family, the adored and spoiled little brother, he had special prerogatives and was not timid in enforcing them. "I'm studying," he called out. "In the bathroom!" "In the tub." He added plaintively, "I'll get out if you want me to. Only it's so cool in here and I'm always being interrupted no matter where—" "All right, darling. Stay where you are for 10 minutes. But after that I'll have to rout you." Ellen Rossiter was three days past 20 on that morning in late July-three days past 20 and already beginning to be afraid that the. wild and careless dreams of her teeris would not be fulfilled in her twenties. It was money, of course. The Rossiters had more than their share of good looks, from Molly Rossiter who had once been I Molly O'Seilly, the prettiest girl in the whole of County Cork, to baby Mike, but they had nothing else. The three children—Myra. ihe eldest and Ellen and Mike—had from their father their thick, copper hair and wide, thick-lashed blue eyes, and h-om their mother their creamy skin. The peculiar, arresting way they walked and stood, the nervous movements of their hands, the confident, arrogant ease with whi$h/they faced the world—all these were Hossiter ways, as Ifailyi who was a Rossiter by marriage', said so often. The unconscious air of distinction that was shared by all of them was from their father too. It was Charles Michael Rossiter who had given them an unmistakable look of race. . There once had been money. Myra as 26 could remember surroundings quite different from the down-at-the heel Brooklyn Apartment, could, with a pang in her heart, remember the glorious years before her father's death, the soft spoken servants, the gleam of candlelight on old silver (sold long since), and rugs so deep that all sound of foptsteps was lost in them. (Continued on page four) Manchuria, , ,„ wa annouricedl Wednesday. , Thursday he ^wilT^prese diplomatic representatives J' participating in proposals t Sino-Japanese conflict, 1 a r form of a series, of counter propi suggesting modification -of,, vc'e-j points odjectionable to,,Japan.; ri 'Chinese officials at Nanking havt cepted proposals for a se'ttUjrriep the controversy. Rotary to Attem NashvJJle Meeti • f , , fs Ashdown and DeQuc Also to Be Present^ Thursday Nigb^'K Hope Rotarians will go to'Nad)V Thursday night for a four»clty'jd meeting, with Nashville < Rotary.-^! host. Nashville has invited the v from Hope, Ashdown and DeQueen,' making it a Southwest Arkansas meeting. Last month the Hppe Club f. attended 100 per cent at u meeting the Prescott.* and Gurdon clubs : Prescott. Walker Sales Co, Buys Billingsley Will Reopen East Second Street Store to, Public Saturday The T. R. Billingsley $ Co. general merchandise stock has been purchased by C. T. Walker, owner of WaJJkjjjr Sales company of Texarkana, an^.WJU be re-opened for business Saturday, February 6, in the Billingsley storu op Past Second, stieet ne<t Uj &$ ^ pqstoffice, Mr. Walker announced. ' Wednesday. Walker Sales compay was in buiU ness in Hope most of last year ac* quiring liquidated mercantile stock? and selling them locally. Mr. Walker said 1 more detailed; anr nouncements of the BiUingsley ba]e would appear later. American Legion ta Meet Thursday Night The regular meeting of the American Legion is announced for Thursday night, beginning ?t 7:30 at the city hall. Every merabro is urged to be present at this meeting by Post C unwind,, er J. L. Stringer. A large stteACTaace is an encouragement to j# of the post officials and membare owe U to the organjfitioa to attend t&e meetings.
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