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John T. Flynn Says: Coster Swindle Evil Enough, But Legal Robberies Worse By JOHN T. FLYNN NBA Service Staff Correspondent Almost everything has been said about the amazing episode at McKesson and Bobbins, but there remains one important observation. Fabulous, rascally as the whole adventure seems ns it takes form, it is not one of the tilings wo htivc rcnlly to be greatly disturbed about. June 1938: Nation Reads New Books, Sees Old Movies Colleges Honor Walt Disney—Shirley Temple Visits F. D. R. V) A WAGE-HOUR ACT Second Spending-Lending Program Is Begun by Government nope Star Arkansas — Fair and warmer Saturday niyht; Sun-day fair, 'warmer in extreme cask, colder in northwest. VOLUME 40—NUMBER 62 HOPE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1938 PRICE 5c COPY By VOLT A TORREY A!' Feature Service Writer In June, 1938, America read "My Son, My Son!" and "The Yearling." Movie-goers saw "The Sheik" again, along with "Blockade." Colleges honored Walt Disney. Shirley Temple visited President Roosevelt and allegedly asked if ho ever got tired, as she did, of smiling. Joe Louisikayoed Max Schmcling in 2 minutes, 4 seconds. Five-year-old James Bailey 'Skeegie Cash, stolen from his Princeton, Fla. home, was found dead after $10,00( ransom had been paid—and soot Franklin Pierce McCall, 21, truck driver, was found guilty in the kidnaping New York's G-man Leon G. Turrou resigned after doing the sleuthing for Uncle Sam that led to 18 person's indictment for espionage. Jersey City's Mayor Hague suggested "a camp in Alaska" for aliens who disapproved of American ways. This Year's Kisses Eight-year-old Rev. Charles E. Jayncs. Jr., officiated at a "wedding." And June brides and grooms included: Anne L. Clark and John A. Rooscvel,; "Bubbles" Luckcnbach, million-heiress, and William Dobbs, butter-and-cgg salesman; Manuela Hudson, of San Francisco, and Alfred Gwynno Van- dcrbilt, multi-million-heir; and Countess Vcra Fuggor von Babonhausen and Xurt Schuschnigg. A wage-hour law that the President ® The McKesson & Robbins looting was different wholly from all of the great financial disasters of the last 10 years. It was quite an old-fashioned crime. In its essential features it was just plain stealing. The criminals merely looted the great drug co'm'pany of its physical slocks—took them out like any burglar and carrcd them away. About that kind of crime we do not have to trouble so greatly. The public is absolutely opposed to it. The laws denouncing it are plain and there is n district attorney's office and a police force which goes to work on it sooner or later with inevitable vigor. Make U Harder for Safe Robbers There will bp demands for this reform and that one, this amendment and that to the law. And the laws will be slightly improved and the way of the burglar—the fellow who steals physical assets or who actually rifles a safe— will be made n little harder, which is as it should be, in spite of the fact that it is already quite hard. But when all is said and done the McKesson & Bobbins crime amounted in the end to 10 or 15 or 20 million dollars—yet to be determined—but merely a flea bite. What really is serious are those fat- more intricate, 'm'orc subtle forms of stealing which arc not against the law, which arc, indeed, more or less respectable and which run the national loss into perhaps billions of dollars each year. It is all the difference between the 'ellow who breaks into a bank at night and makes off with the cash and the nsidcr who, by clever, legal but deadly levices, manages to permit the bank's is-scts to trickle slowly into his hands. The disturbing feature of this is that there are no laws against much of this cind of crime, which is loosely included under the head of exploitation, even after all the skullduggery of the 20s and there is little demand for doing anything about it. Many Robberies Without A Gun U is still unlawful and messy and rude to go into a store, bold up the owner at the point of a gun and loot his cash register. But there are ways of going into a store, pointing a stock certificate at the owner and muking him hand over the GERMANY BACKS called the most far-sighted program ever enacted for workers' benefit, except perhaps for the social-security act, was whooped through. Congress adjourned. -And 22 hours later Senator Boyol S. Ccjpe'flnd died. Labor trouble halted Ringling Broth- crs-Barnnum & Bailey's tour. Cleveland's relief situation was acute. Homer Martin's faction suspended five United Auto Workers unon officers Townsenditcs rallied in Los Angeles Wheat was the cheapest it had been for five years and a record harvest was foreseen. . Commencement Month Federal spending was sped up, eredi loosened up, and stocks started up "There have been a few raindrops, Mr. Roosevelt said of business. "Pos sibly they will be followed with much-needed shower." The Massachusetts professor who had become famous years before by advising college grads to marry the boss's daughter told the class of '38 to gel on the public payroll. Campaign Checker-Upper Sheppard frowned at reports that Deputy WPA Chief Williams had urged relief workers to keep their friends in power. And Iowa's Senator Guy M. Gillette beat New Deal Rep. Otha Wearin in a headlined Democratic senatorial primary The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul's crack "Olympian" passenger train cracked up in Montana and 47 persons died. A California gold prospector found wreckage of a TWA airliner lliat had been lost since March. Here and There Sweden's Crown Prince Gustav Adolf became ill while crossing the Atlantic and his son, Prince Bertil substituted for him as the 300th anniversary of Swedish and Finnish settlements in A'm'crica was celebrated. The Yellow river overflowed and halted the Japanese. Canton \va: bombed unmercifully. Mme. Chiang, Kai-shek sent silver spoons to he Wellesley, Mass., classmates' reunion declaring: "A spoon may be licked but China can't." Spanish loyalists allegedly threatened to attack German and Italian towns. More British ships were sunk. Lloyd George likened England's rulers to "a bevy of maiden aunts fallen among buccaneers." And Nazis scribbled a June jingle on frontier posts, addressed to Czech President Eduard Benes: Uduard, save up your pence For Adolf soon will be over the fence! cash with a smile, but which deprives the owner of his cash as effectively— and essentially as criminally—as if it were done with a blackjack. The McKesson & Robbins thriller cost no lives, save Coster's, made perfectly thrilling reading and cost only a few millions. But it filled us with a fever for refoiYn,'—although not for reform of the cute schemes by which less interesting but infinitely more costly burglaries arc committed. 172 Families Will Receive Gifts From Goodf ellows Drive Charity Campaign Comes to an End With a $487.05 Contributed 203 CHILDREN AIDED City Prepares for Christmas—Business Houses to Be Closed Monday Roy Anderson, general director of the Goodfellow's campaign, said Saturday that 172 families of which there are 203 children, will receive aid and Christmas gifts fro mthe fund which rose to §487.05. Late contirbutions were received from Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Nichols, $2; cash $1; and J. Fitzsimmons, 50 cents, which brought the final total to 5487.05, The campaign this year was one of the most successful drives to aid the needy in many years. Mr. Anderson expressed appreciation and thanks to al Ipersons donating to the fund and to all persons who aided in any way. "We have received hearty co-operation in the drive and I only hope that those who aided got as big a kick out of the drive as I did," was Mr. Anderson's comment. A special committee headed by Mrs. Arch Moore was in charge of the wrapping and distribution of the gifts which were being delivered Saturday by employes of the Hope water and light plant. \ I nthe meantime, the city prepared for the observance of Christmas and the week-end holidays. As Christinas falls on Sunday this year, the legal holiday will be observed on Monday with the suspension of all local business. Special services have been arranged Sunday in each of the churches. V\ay Be tvicted From Matanuska 9 Believed Killed Which Deb Would You Take? in Crash of Army 2-Engined Bomber Midnight Mass Service to Be Held at Local Church A public service will be held at Our Lady of Good Hope church, Third and Walker streets, at midnight Saturday, conducted by Father William iarvin. The public is cordially in- itcd. Water's Weapon in Bank Robbery Opposition Seen on Rails Report Wheeler and Norris Indicate Fight When It Reaches Senate A Thought It is with our judgments as with our watches: no two go just alike, yet each believes his own.—Pope. Some of the following statements are true. Some arc false. Which are which? 1. A bellicose person is one given U> tears. 2. Port side of a ship is left as you face the bow. 3. Eros is the god of love. 4. Genuflection refers to the action of light rays. 5. A Mickey Film is a Cuban cocktail. Answers (in IHIJJO TWII WASHINGTON.-M'J— Congrcssiona opposition developed Saturday on some recommendations by President Roosevelt's special committee on railroac legislation. Chairman Wheeler, Montana Democrat, of the senate interstate co'mmerce committee, and Senator Norris, Neb raska Independent, said they woult fight any effort to repeal the long-and short haul rate clause of the intcrslati commerce act. It is estimated thaal elementary school buses of London cost the cit; an annual expenditure of $2,000,000 Walter Pipple, who wants out of .he co-operative marketing agreement of the, Matanuska, Alaska, colony because he made 511,000 in two years, may be evicted from the project in court proceeding! Jaa. 9. Swindler's Only Escape Is Death Coster Goes the .Way of Kreuger, Stavisky and C. C. Julian Chapter Six of a Month-by- IMonth Review of 1938. Wreckage Scattered Over 60 Acres in Uniontown, Ala., Disaster BLAST IN MIDAIR Big Bomber Comes to Grief on Flight East From California UNIONTOWN, Ala. — (IP)— Broken 'its of bodies recovered over a 60- cre area indicated Saturday that even, and possibly nine, men died •today night in the explosion and rash of a twin-motored Army bomber wo miles southeast of here. Effects recovered from the wreckage indicated that nine persons migh lave been killed although reports Tom Hamilton Field, Calif., said only seven ^soldiers left there Friday en route to Mitchcl Field, N. Y. A terrific explosion, apparently Defore the plummeting plane strucl the earth in a rainstorm, scatterec wreckage over a wide area. Bodie were broken and mangled beyond rec ognition, although pocketbooks am other bits of identification were found at first for four men. Frank Glass, Uniontown businessman, said earlier it was "entirely possible" seven men had met death, and declared he was "inclined to believe more than four had died in the tragic accident. At Dallas, Texas, it was reported seven men were aboard the big B-18 type plane when it left Hansley Field there. It cleared Barksdale Field Shreveport, La., without landing, and cials^ wcic Htscertah; whether it had landed between there and the Texas city. It was en route to Maxwell Field at Montgomery, Ala., from Hamilton Field, Calif. Clothes were blown completely from the dismembered bodies found about the wreckage, Glass said, and tentative identification of passengers was possibly only by pocket, check and note books found in the vicinity. "We are inclined to believe," he said, "the plane exploded before hit the ground, although there is some uncertainty." O Threatening to blow up a Chicago bank with two vials she said contained nitroglyccrin, Mrs. Alary Schlicli, 30, obtained a $5000 check, and (lien was arrested, The "iiitro" WHS WilllT, MIND Your MANNERS T. M. Reg. U.-S. Pat. OH. Test your knowledge of correct social usage by answering the following questions, then check against the authoritative answers below: 1. Should a guest who has been walking in rain or slush, wipe his feet carefully before 1 entering a house'.' 2. Should a guest wearing rubbers or goloshes, leave them either on the front porch or in the cntcr- ance hall? 3. Does a courteous person avoid splashing water on pedestrians when he is driving in bad weather? 4. If the host has a car and guests who have stopped in for the evening have not, should he take them home? 5. Should a hostess complain that visitors track up her rugs if she doesn't have a mat that they can wipe their feet on? What would if— You are on your way to dinner and a car splashed dirty water on your clothes— (a) Turn around and go bacg back and change them though it will make you half an hour lat? (b) Go as you are—and make a good story of what happened? (c) Skip the dinner? Answers 1. Yes. Rugs and floors can be ruined if sand and slush art- ground into them. 2. Yes. 3. Yes. 4. Unless they live too far away, or insist that they would rather not haev him do it. 5. No. Best "What Would You Do" so- luliun—(b.i. By JACK STINNETT AP Feature Service Writer NEW YORK—when the bubbles ourst, the swindle kings can't take it. When F. Donald Coster, president of McKesson and Robbins, stood before bathroom mirror in his palatial Fairfield, Conn., home and ended his amazing life of crime with a 38-caliber pistol, be became the fourth great fraud to lake "the easiest way out" in the last seven years. A fifth jumped bail and fold but was captured before his ship cleared port. In less than n fortnight of investigation Coster's financial machinations within the 586,000,000 drug firm were bared. Almost simultaneously came the discovery that the greatly respected, luxury-loving wizard o£ finance was really Philip Musica, twice-convicted swindler. The house of cards which the onetime Italian cheese importer had been building foci 12 years under the name of Coster crashed even before all of Coster's fantastic ups and downs could be uncoverd. Match King Tumbles In March 1932 Ivar Kreuger, the Swedish Match King and international industrialist, shot himself in his [ sumptuous Paris apartment. ' Aftcr- vard it was discovered that the assets if "one of the world's richest men' vcre mostly ledger manipulations, tinning into hundreds of millions. In January 1934, in a cabin in the ittle Alpine village of Chamonix, the x>dy of Scrg "Handsome Alex" Stavis- was found. Police announced that he central figure in the $12,800,000 French municipal pawnshop scandals lad taken his own life. In tlie early summer of the same year, C. C. Julian, one-time million- dire oil promoter in California and Oklahoma, drank poison in his Shang- lai hotel room. He was a fugitive from ederal justice, a virtual prisoner in Shanghai's International settlement, me of the few places in the world from which he coull not be cxtradictcd. Charles Ponzi is one of the few great bogus financiers of the generation who is still alive, having been deported lo his native Italy in 1934. But eight years earlier when the state of Massachusetts sought to send him to prison for from seven to nine years, the 'little wizard" jumped bail and ship- lied for Genoa, Italy. He was caught when the ship touched New Orleans. Like to Swindle Many of the men and many of the scandals created by their swindles have had much in common. All lovec luxury. Kreuger's palaces and apartments were filled with art treasures he was said to live, with a check book in his hand. Julian, at the height of his wealth lived like an oriental prince. Stuvis Auto Testing Law Good, Says Bailey Might Be Modified, B Should Be Retained, Governor Thinks u Ickes Incident" Closed in Spite of Early Nazi Threat Germany Propaganda Minister Indicates No Further "Reaction" CHECK REBEL DRIVE Wilma Baard, left, and Brcndu Frazier, two girls whose comingout parties arc getting most attention this season. Wilma: Blond, 19 years old, 5- foot-8, 117 pounder. Reared on father's barge. She's a model. "Debut" at night club sponsored by 14 "uncles." Brcnda: Brunei, 18 years old, 5- foot-8, 116 pounds. Reared in the Best Places. She's a glamor girl, Debut at RHz-Carlton to be sponsored by<. mother. "Big Stick 11 Is Poor Trading Argument, as JapanFinds Out And the United States Is Trying to Live Down Its Own Record of Harshness Toward South American Republics By PRESTON GROVER WASHINGTON.—Statesmen, particularly the semi-skilled ones, prefer using the big stick in diplomatic negotiations because it gets temporary results faster. But the policy of slow and persuasive treatment like that being applied at Lima has good precedent just .now—in the reverse. Japan began using the "big stick" on£) China even before the onset of the Spanish Republic Apparently Stops Moor- Italian Campaign By the Associated Press Germany marked the "Ickes incident" diplomatically closed Saturday; and, while two great armies fought a crucia,! battle in Spain, Pope Pius expressed "bitter sadness" over relations between the Vatican and the Italian government. Although regretting that Sutaner Welles, acting United States Secretary of State, had "left a sting behind" in rejecting the German protes tagainst attacks by Harold L. Ickes, a German Propaganda Ministry spokesman said there would be no further official "reaction." The pope, in a Christmas message to the cardinals, lamented vexations which, he said, were the "mistreatment which he said, were the "mistreatment" of the Catholic Action—an organization of laymen—and the "wound- ng of the concordat" between Italy and the Hoy See by Premier Mussolini's promulgation of a law forbidding marriages between Aryans and non- Aryans. Rebels Arc Checked j At Hendaye, on the Franco-Spanish j frontier, government resistance, it was . reported, had checked a great insur-. j genfoffenrive "along ;tha frozen Pyrei" nees front from 1 Tremp to Balaguer in a momentous battle of Spain's civil Var. News filtering across the border into France said the big push, led by Insurgent Generalissimo Franco's Moors and Italians, had come to an abrupt halt. Italy and France remained at loggerheads over Fascist demands for French possessions, made acute by a defiant Italian note calling off the 1933 French-Italian agreement concerning Tunisia. LITTLE ROCK—Modification of th state's compulsory automobile testing law to authorize operation of testing stations by the state was suggested by Governor Bailey Friday in the face of an impending fight to repeal the law during the 1939 session of the General Assembly, "I do not think the testing should be destroyed," Mr. Bailey told a group of legislators at the final of eight conferences with members of the next legislature. He said most of the complains against the law, enacted by the lKi7 legislature, resulted from the "way the law has been administered." An attempt of the 1938 special legislative session to nullify the testing law by prohibiting collection of the 50-cent inspection fee was held invalid by the Supreme Court. More than a dozen legislators have aid they would seek repeal of the aw when the legislature convenes wo weeks from Monday. present century, but particularly a little more than 20 years ago. Diplomatic observers here who have watched Oriental developments over a period of years are convinced that if Japan had pursued a different policy she Might easily have had China trade largely for herself without making so many enemies. It was in 1915, while the allies were busy in Germany, that Japan suddenly exacted from China a compliance with the 21 demands. Their terms were as harsh as those imposed upon Czechoslovakia, but the hulking republic, still muddled in revolution, knew no way o fescape and had Ixien cautioned by Japan against seeking outside aid. The thing was almost a fait accompli when the United States and other powers discovered the siu- (Continund on Page Three) ation and stopped it. although their dicve William Simpson Dies In Litle Rock Hospital William Simpson, father of Mrs. E. ). Wingfield of Hope, died at noon Saturday in a -Little Rq.ck hospital. He suffered two heart attacks dur- ng the morning, the second one prov- ng fatal. Mr. Simpson was formerly of Hope. Jeing connected with the cotton busi- less here years ago. No funeral arrangements had been announced early in the afternoon. representatives hardly could 1 their ears. Could Have Reached Terms One important observer here who was virtually a participant in thai uf- fair, said that if Japan had simply gone to China with a cool proposition of rcciproca Itrade, it would have been accepted. Japan Wight simply have, pointed out her own increasing needs for raw materials and .her increasing capacity to supply manufactured goods lo China. China had the raw materials anil a desire for the manufactured guilds, especially cotton goods, which Japan was becoming so skillful in producing. Instead, the threat of the 21 demands renewed in China a complete distruct Licenses 1911 Car MOUNT AYR, Iowa.—(/P)—Asa Rains drove up to the courthouse to get 1939 license plates for his 1911 automobile. It is a two-clinder single sealer with neither tpo nor windshield. He said it gives him interrupted service. of Japanese purposes which hai shown signs of abating. Now Japan is so desperately extended in China in her attempt at conquest that it is hard for observers here to see as uccessful way out for her. She cannot withdraw without completing the conquest. To do so would leave her a beaten third class nation, financially stricken by the costly, useless war. And yet more than one authority on Oriental affairs seriously doubts that Japan can keep China subject for a period long enough to make the conquest worth while. Situations Are Similar The parallel between the United States and her relations with South America stops far short of the Oriental .situation. But many similar elements are there. For years the southern republics have distrusted the "colossus of the north" and some still do, as evidenced by the refusal of various nations at Lima to go it whole hog with the United States in a defensive understanding. This country has been guilty of using the heavy hand in the southern territory in more than one instance and will spend generations fully living it clown. But so far there never has been served on the southern republics anything like the 21 demands through which Japan sought to gain commercial and political control in China. This country is pursuing the slower policy of persuading the republics to the south, which didn't grow quite so fast as we, that there is prosperity and peace in mutually good relations. Both Parties Beat Hasty Retreats Eskimo CCC Boys Build Refrigerators ANCHORAGE, Alaska.—(/T)—When JUNEAU. Alaska. — </Pj — The sales- Nick Lane, roadhouse operator at Pelers Creek, heard a noise in a shioi he thought it was a neighbor helping himself to moose meat. Lane rushed into the shed in the darkness, grabbed an intruder, then he found he had a hand full of fur from a large and active brown bear. Lime dashed out, yelling loudly. Two bears departed with equal speed in the opposite direction. Finds New Varieties ' BATON ROUGE, La.—(/P)—Dr. C. S. Pen\bertoii, entomologist of the Hawaiian Sugar Plainters' experiment station, Honolulu, told the world sugar congress here he discovered 3,000 new varieties of suga rcane in a six-month .search of the islands of New Guinea. NEW YORK—(/?)—The production of automobiles and trucks in the United States and Canada in IHiiS wua the smallest in five years. The trade estimates roughly 2,1350,000 units ran off assembly lines during the latest 12 months period, compared with better than 5.000,000 in 1937 and 1,986,000 in man who bragged he could sell ice to the Eskimos would be out of luck these days, for the natives are making their own refrigerators. Harry Sperling, forest service official, says that near Noatuk and Kotzc- bue natives in the CCC program art digging tunnels and chambers in hillsides where the Arctic frost is alway: within a few inches of the surface There they keep reindeer meat anc other perishables. Other Eskimo CCC projects include building airplane landing fields, reindeer corrals and shelter cabins, ajic controlling predatory animals. Navy in Atlantic . WASHINGTON.—(/P)—The navy announced Friday at a momenet of grave friction with Germany, that its temp- 6rary squadron in the Atlantic would soon become a permanent fleet unit o£ 35 warships. Study is being given here to economic weapons, including a complete embargo which could be used if relations between the two countries became much worse. The State Department emphasized that relations could deteriorate further only if Germany acted, inasmuch as there was no inclination here to continue the controversy over Sectary lakes' recent criticsm of the Nazi dictatorship. The temporary Atlantic squadron was created last spring soon after Germany marched into Austria. It aroused some criticis'm! in circles believing the navy should not be divided. However, the navy said Friday that the temporary squadron would become a permanent one on January 6. It will include four battleships, eight cruisers and 23 destroyers, now being organized into the unit at Norfolk, Va. Lewis Sees Red-Fascist Alliance Senators Lewis (Dem., 111.), and Reynolds (Dem., N. C.), returned from Tication trips to Europe Friday with nixed views of the situation.. Lewis said the United Slates soon would face combination of Germany, Russia, :taly and Japan unless peace was arranged through conference. Reynolds said the United States must stop its hat wave" against European dictatorships. He said it was endangering and larming this country. Roosevelt Blamed The National Council for Prevention of War issued a statement declaring that President Roosevelt was fully responsible for recent official criticism of the Nazi regrm'e, and added: "The quesction may well be jaLsed whether recent statements by administration officials are part of an effort to create an international spirit of fear More than one-fourth of the bearing Icomn trees of North America are lo rated in l.os Ani'les county, Cnlil and hate which will overcome rising opposition to the president's armament program, and to excite the American people to a point where they would be willing to fight a foreign war." A little known and never used section of the 1930 tariff law would permit the president to ban all German produce and completely kill German .shipping to the United States u he decided "the public interest would be served thereby." German Press Threatens BERLIN, Germany—(«rV-The controlled Nazi press warned Friday nigh! that Secretary of Interior Ickes' "course" might lead to a break in diplomatic relations between the United (Continued on Poge Three)

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