Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor — Alex- H. Washburn No Santa Claus ? Yes There Is ! T O those who missed our silent hint lust year when we omitted publishing' letters to Santa Clans we regretfully say— No Santa Claus letters will be printed this year, either. Our reasons ought to be explained to the little folks; but the difficulty is that only the grownups would understand. The Star needs some help, on this score; in every home that reads it. Newspapers began publishing Santa Glaus letters many years ago. Now it is a very fine thing to write a letter to Santa Claus, and it is a fine thing to be able to publish the letters that little folks write, so all the grownups may rend and see what is going on between the youngsters and Old Nick. Hope Star WEATHER. Arkansas — Cloudy, rain Thursday niyht, probably east Friday,' colder Thursday niyht in east, Friday in south, — ® Britain Prepares to Send New Fleet to China Waters Aim "to Rehabilitate Brit- Prestige" in the Far East JAPANESE PUSH ON They Send Naval Patrol to Honor Dead of Gunboat Panay By the Associated Presto While Japanese diplomats were trying to alleviate foreign tension on Thursday, there was no letup in the flctuol warfare with China. Japanese field troops continued to batter at the Chinese defenses beyond captured Nanking, and mopping-up operations were pursued relentlessly in the conquered territory. In London, there wns a movement on foot to have Great Britain dispatch more worships to China waters to "rohlbiliate British prestige." :' A' flotilla of river craft bearing the dead and wounded, and most of the other survivors of the Panay bomb- Ing, was moving down the Yangtze. It was expected to reach Shanghai some time Friday. Meanwhile, in Spain, the insurgents | were engaged in a wide-spread conflict with government forces as civil war hostilities were resumed along the Arngon and Madrid fronts. Pnnny Mnchine-Cunned WASHINGTON—(/I"')—Secretary Hull' announced Thursday that official reports had confirmed dispatches saying that Japanese surface vessels machine- gunned the American gunboat Panay after it had been bombed from the dir by Japanese naval fliers. Japs to Honor Dead TOKYO, Japan— (H'1— 1 no Japanese nnvy ministry announced Thursday that a company of bluejackets would be detailed to honor the victims of the Panay bombing at the spot on the Yangtze river where they were killed. •The admiralty issued a statement reiterating Japanese regret over the incident, adding that the navy "has decided to detail a company of blue- jackets to the spot to honor the dead." A formal naval salute will be the unprecedented gesture which author- But jiliis—Old Nick is tremendously big, and the little folks who follow him faithfully arc an army equally big; but this is only ti little newspaper . . . and so we broke down and had to quit. f think the last Christmas-lime we published Santa Claus letters there were 3,000—mid we published (hem all! But don't you think for one moment, because The Star isn't publishing yodr letter, that there isn't any Santa Claus. For there really is—he was born in the .hearts of men and women and little children; and he lives today, bigger and jollier than ever. And in one way it may be a very good tiling that we have .stopper! publishing the letters the little folks write him. It's so easy to write a letter- but so hard Jo actually do the things that please Santa Claus and really count for something. Maybe there isn't so much to this letter-writing business after all. I said one year The Star published H.OOO letters. But do you suppose all Ihnse 3.000 little folks were really just as good as their letters pretended they wore? I remember some of the schoolteachers even, had their classes write letters tp Santa Claus as an exercise. But that only exercised the editor. I imagine ; Santa Claus likes letters sometimes, but I imagine also that he f> different from us ordinary folks—and that he doesn't pay mtieh allenlion^to what people fay or write about themselves, but looks right into their hearts and sees what they really arc, how they've been doing the last few months, how they are doing now. . . . and then he .decides what he is going to do for.them—when the . great /lay comes. ' ' VOLUME 39—NUMBER 65 HOPE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16,1937 PRICE 5c COPY- TRUCK-DRIVE Farm, Labor Bills Facing Deadlock Neither Will Reach F. D. Bebore Special Session Ends WASHINGTON -M 1 )— Administration lenders in congress tried hard 7'hursday to complete the writing of the farm and wage & hour hills, but Speaker Bankhead said there was little chance that either would reach the White House before the special session ends next week. The speaker sairl he was informed itics said was the highest possible vol- the senate hoped to pass its crop con- untary tribute of one nation to an- trol bill within a few days. The house oilier. Jnp Admiral Removed SHANGHAI, China—(/I 1 ) -Japanese authorities Thursday announced that Rear Admiral Mitsunaini, chief of Japanese aerial operations, had been relieved of his post as a result of the bombing of the United Stales gunboat Panay. The government (has acted to carry out its pledge to the United States that officers responsible for the Panay attack would he pumshod, said the Japanese News Agency. Milsunami was recalled since most air bombings in China have been carrier! oul by naval planes. Tokio dispatches announced thai Emperor Hirohilo had received Iho Japanese naval minister, Admiral Yonai, in audience. Naval authorilics would not say whether the audience was concerned with the Panay attack. Checkered Cafe Is Held Up at 1 a. m. by a Boy Robber "He Was as Scared as I Was," Says Buck Powers, Night Man GETS $67~fN CASri Reported Headed Up Little Rock Road, Robber Makes Escape A young and nervous robber held up the Checkered cafe at 1 o'clock Thursday morning, and escaping with $07.15 in cash. A boy 20 or 21 years old, the robber was unmasked and bare-headed. He was sandy-haired and nicely dressed in a gray suit—and, according to Buck Powers, might manager of the Checkered, "Me .seemed to be as scared as I was." The robber apparently laid his plan's carefully—but still he had a narrow escape from being caught red-handed. He came to the restaurant about o'clock Wednesday night, look a table, drank a milk-shake, and read newspapers and magazines until 1 a. m. During those three hours there were several local boys seated .'it adjoining tables—but by 1 o'clock Buck Powers, the night man, was alone in the restaurant except for the kitchen help. The Holdup The bandit got up from his table, walked over to Mr. Powers and paid him H dime. As the restaurant man took the dime the robber pulled a revolver and said, "Dish it out." Powers put his hands up—and the robber nervously told him, "I said dish the cash-register out—don't keep your hands up." Afterward, Powers said, "Now what?" "Got busy wiping the tables off as if nothing is happening," said the robber. Powers obeyed—and the boy bandit melted into the heavy fog that shrouded all southwest Arkansas Wednesday night and Thursday morning. He had been gone hardly 10 minutes when State Ranger Copeland drove up in a state patrol car—and the chase was on. Believed Seen on Road A woman passenger aboard the Missouri Pacific bus arriving here from Little Rock a little later said she saw from the bus window a man answering 11 ic description of the robber walking up tlie highway toward Kmmct. Officers covered the road, but picked up no trace of him. It was the first robbery Proprietor W. M. Ramsey had sustained in nine years of operating a 24-hour restaurant. The loss was insured. New WPA Gymn Gives Patmos All-Weather Basketball Sport; Patmos Wins Two Games, Emmet One, Wednesday Night Patmos, playing at home Wednesday night in its brand-new WPA gymnasium, won two out of three games from Emmet. The Patmos senior boys defeated the Emmet team 48 to 27 (top photo). The undefeated Emmet girls team, state title contender for the last two years, kept their record "clear this season by beating the Patmos girls 32 to 11 (two photos below). In the preliminary game the Patmos junior boys won over Emmet 23 to 6. —Photo by The star Kiighmcl Ixuili.s to U. S. LONDON, Eng.—(flV-The question of American assistance for Great Britain in event of war was raised Wednesday in the House of Lords. The Duke of Montro.se asked: "Are we certain that we shall he able, if another war came, to count on the resources of the United States as long as our debt to America remains unpaid?" Earl de la Warr, government leader, replied that the government realized the "vital importance" of the question of supplies which is "under consideration." The duke, a Liberal, was concerned with Britain's supplies of gasoline and oil, and pointed out that the bulk of (Continued on Page Seven) is struggling over the wage & hour measure. A new attempt to discard the administration-backed wage & hour bill in favor, of an entirely different measure plunged the house into a heated debate. Representative Lamncck, Ohio Democrat, offered the substitute. The .senate debated a substitute by Senator Lee, Oklahoma Democrat, for the cotton control provisions of the pending farm bill. New Nevada Co. Oil Well Is Brought In Mary Jackson No. ] Is Reported Flowing 200 Barrels Daily 1'HE.SCOTT, Ark. After a cessation of several months, Benodum & Trees Wednesday drilled the plug and brought, in their Mary Jackson No. 1, flowing 200 barrels of oil daily from the Tokio sand at a depth of 2,2(10 feet. The well is located in the northeast quarter of the northeast quarter of Section 9-14-20 in the new Nevada county field. The rig was being dismantled Wednesday afternoon and will be placed in the south side of Section 4-14-20, where Benedum & Trees will begin their Mitchell No. 1. The new producer is being standardized and will be on the pump next week. The new field is producing 1,200 barrels of oil daily from the Tokio .sand. Three Danger Zones I, Women between 15 end SO whoso tuber GS' ORE culosis mortality Is one and one-half tlmea higU- cr than that for young men in the flame age group. 2. Working men between 20 and 45 for whom it is tha leading cause of death. 3. Negroes whose mortality is three and one-halt times that oC white people. Christmas Seals are lighting in theso danger zones. 1. Who is the present Pope of the Roman Catholic church? 2. Where is Grunt's tomb? 3. Can you name the capitals of Alabama, California, Maine. Norlh Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming? * 4. Is a British gallon larger or smaller than an United States gallon, or they identical? 5. In a dice game what are the gambler's chances of throwing a seven on Ihe first roll? s uu Classified 1'iige Stan Stanley Will Play Here Friday Large Crowd Expected to Hear Famous Orchestra at Elks Hall Since revival of the Elks dance here last month, one of the largest crowd.' in recent years is expected to bo prcs- lyil Friday night lo hear Slan Stanley i.'-'tCliis Ki-pieco band. , Jt-cdy Unison, sponsoring the prc- Chri.stma.s frolic, said Thursday tha indications pointed tn a large attend ance from surrounding towns as wcl as a big turn-out from I lope. The dance gets under way promptly at 10 p. m. and will continue lo 2 a. m. I Stan Stanley and his orchestra comes to Hope direct from Tyler, Texas. The band is completing a lour of Texas, having filled engagements at Houston, Galveslon, San Antonio, Dallas and other cities. From Hope, Slanley and his musical organization goes to Memphis where they open a two-weeks engagement at the Pcabody hotel December 20. Besides Ihe 13-piecc orchestra, the or- guni/.alion carries two floor entertainers. The dance here Friday night is the first of a series of holiday events. Rose Jenkins Is Freed of Charges All Counts Dropped Against Oft-Tried Alleged Poisoner LITTLE RfpCK —t/Vi— Prosecuting Attorney Frifd A. Donham dropped Thursday all charges against Mrs. Minnie Rose Jenkins, three times tried and twice convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the 1934 ixiison deaths of her four children. Both convictions were reversed by the State Supreme Court. The third trial ended when the jury failed lo agree on a verdict. 3 Others Injured When Truck Hitl Another Over Hill R. L. Guilliams Killed in Truck He Parked OVer Brow of Hill HIT BY J. SIMPSON Fog and Closeness to Crest. of Hill Blamed for Fatality A -truck driver was killed, atld three other persons injured in a highway accident about 630 &. m. Thursday six and a half miles south, of Hope' on the Lewisville road. '^ It was the second fatal highway acci-, f "J dent near Hope within 48 hours. Mrs. Florence Stone, 50, of Detroit, Mich., was killed Tuesday morning five miles northeast of Hope on Highway 67. The latest fatal mishap claimed the life . of R. L. Guilliams, 27 -year-old WPA truck driver of 321 North Hamilton, street, Hope. The injured are: pbiphus Hatch, 35, of Hope. He was in Julia Chester hospital with severe abrasions and bruises about the body. His condition is not serious. A, : R. (Buddy) Hill of Hope was taken to his home at 216 South Hervey street suffering from lacerations on the right hand, the left leg and a wrenched back. He is not seriously hurt. •-.... ' Jim Simpson, 20, of Hope, was treated at Josephine h'qspital for cuts on the right hand and' ear. His 'in juries are' minor. He was released from the hos» pital after , receiving treatment.^ ' , . ,, Parks Over HiU. Itwas'repprted •t |-| Ills 'true 5 just over a hill and had walked to the rear of his machine to take on several WPA employes who were standing near the road. Guilliams' truck was headed south. A truck driven by Simpson, and also headed south, came over the hill and plowed into the rear of the WPA truck. Guilliams was killed instantly. His body was horribly mangled. Both sides of his chest were crushed. He sustained, a deep gash on the right temple. The left hip was broken. He sustained numerous lacerations about the body. Rufus Herndon, Jr., undertaker and ambulance driver, said he reached the scene Just before daylight. He reported that visibility was extremely poor due to one of the heaviest fogs in recent months and because of rainfalL Herndon said he found the WPA truck parked just over the hill, and was unable to see it until within a few yards of the accident scene. Guilliams is survived by his widow and three children. The complete list of his immediate survivors could not be learned. Hope Furniture company undertakers said at noon that funeral arrangements were incomplete, Washington Man Hurt ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — (<P) — The collision of two automobiles at a filling station four miles south of here Wednesday injured three men. They were Gordon Gardiner, 21, Waco, Texas, driver of one .machine, who suffered a brain injury; Sam Hartsfield, 45, Washington, Ark., passenger in Gardiner's car, who received a broken leg and bruises, and Robert I. Todd, of Wisconsin, driver of the other car, who suffered a broken leg, cuts and bruises. A Thought Penton Negro to Die on February 4 s, To Be Electrocuted for Slaying of Block at Garland City LITTLE ROCK. - I/I')-A gubcriia- lorial proclamation Thursday fixed Friday, February 4. for the electrocution at Tucker Prison Farm of Foster I-en ton, nesro. who was convicted March 8, 1937 in Miller circuit court of the slaying of Charlie Block, white man, at Garland City. The supreme court recently affirmed Ponton's conviction. Charge Liner's Crew, Wrecked, "Got Drunk" WASHINGTON — (/P)— The senate joint maritime committee Thursday ordered an investigation of reports that the crew of Ihc Dollar liner President Hoover became drunk and terrorized women and children after the ship ran aground near Taiwan. Formosa, last Friday. A bathing beach on what once was desert has been established on the I shore of Lake Mead, behind Boulder dam. Coffee was originally used by the Arabians to keep them awake during the long Mohammedan religious exercises. Cotton NEW ORLEANS - t/] 3 i - December cotton opened Thursday ai 8.32 and closed at 8.40, quotation expiring at noon. Spot cotton closed steady !' points higher, middling 8.40. Mrs. W.G. Caldwell Succubms, Rosston Funeral Services Held Thursday in Nevada County Mrs. W. G. Calciwcll, 74, died at her home ;al Rosslon Wednesday after a long illness. Death ended 57 years of married life. She was the mother of Roy Caldwell, salesman of Hope Auto company. Funeral services will be held at Holly Springs cemetery, Nevada county, at 2 p. m. Thursday. Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Crawford of Tcxarkana and Mrs. James Blakely of Rosston; three sons, C. P. Caldwell Verdict Near in M'Donald's Trial Juror Tells Judge Decision Expected Late Thursday LITTLE KOCK-(/P,-A member of the jury trying former Secretary of £tute Er! l'\ McDonald on a charge of fake pretense told Judge Abner McGehce in Pulaski circuit court at noon Thursday he believed a verdict would be reached during the after- Northern Chile is the driest area on earth of which there are authentic records. When completely filled, Lake Mead, created by the Colorado river backing and B. J. Caldwell of Rosston, and I up behind Boulder dam, will be 115 Roy Caldwell of Stephens, j miles long. Heaven lies about us in our fancy.—Wordsworth. J^othing sown on Christmas Eve will jierish even though the seed is planted in the snow, according tp an ancient Netherlands superstition.
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