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For Nearly A Century Has Set The Pace For Mississippi Journalism Prints All The News That's Fit To Print And Prints It First FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT JACKSON, MISS., THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 9, 1936 ESTABLISHED 1837 9 T The Daily Washington Merry-Co-Round By DREW PEARSON and ROBERT S. ALLEN ' Authors of 'Washington Mer-ry-Go-Roond" and "More Merry-Co-Round" ME Pan-American Prima Donnas of Peace in Tug-of-War Over Parley Date; Townsend Evpose Drying up Organization's Revenue, Creating Revolt; Wall Street has New Gag to Dodge Surplus-Spreading Purpose of Tax; FDR Was Just "Feather-Duster to Harvard "Gocdy" Who Made his Bed. WASHINGTON, April 3 All Pan-America recognizes that there are two great prima donnas of peace in the Western Hemisphere. One is Cordell Hull, secretary of state of the United States, the other Saavedra Lamas, secretary of state-of Argentina. Both desire to lead the Western Hemisphere toward permanent peace at the coming Pan-American Conference. Simultaneously, both have other conferences important to their political and personal future. In Geneva, Saavedra Lamas desires to attend the League Assembly in early September, has been promised the exalted position of League President. In Philadelphia, Cordell Hull has been drafted by Roosevelt to put important Party principles before the Democratic Convention in June, keep in line conservative Southern Democrats. In order that he may get away to Geneva, Saavedra Lamas wants to hold the Pan-American Conference early. But in order that he may remain in Philadelphia, Cordell Hull wants to hold the Pan-American Conference late. Result has been a polite tug-of-war between the prima donnas of peace. British Boat So far, a provisional date has been set for July 15 in Buenos Aires. Mr. Hull" thinks that by June27 he can finish holding the Democratic Party together in Philadelphia , and set sail. Only trouble is that the ship sil-ing on June 27 flies the British flag. An American ship sails on July 4, but this is too late to get to Buenos Aires. So Mr. Hull is in a predicament. He can ask Comptroller General (Continued On Page Seven) $ T PLEA r i r-fc r i n. . nesiramer is tierusea by; High Court to Give Lobby Committee Victory' WASmNGTON, April 8 (TP) The senate lobby committee scored a direct court victory over William Randolph Hearst today, and in simultaneous hearings disclosed a select group of wealthy industrialists contributing heavily to anti-new deal organizations. Hardly waiting to hear the ar- (Continued on Page Eight) MISSISSIPPI Thursday, rain and slightly warmer. Friday, partly rloudy and warmer, scattered showers in .northeast portion. Louisiana: Cloudy and slightly warmer Thursday, rain in north and east portions in morning: Friday partly cloudy and wa'rmer, probably showers in extreme north portion. Alabama: Rain Thursday; Friday cloudy and warmer. Extreme northwest Florida: Rain Thursday; Friday cloudy. Arkansas: Occasional rain and slightly .warmer Thursday; Friday partly cloudy, probably scattered showers, warmer in east and south portions. Weather bureau records of temperature and rainfall for the 24 hours ending 8 p.m in the principal cotton growing areas and else COURT DENIES HEARS WEATHER where: High Low JACKSON 55 42 Atlanta 60 36 Birmingham 52 36 Chicago .. 50 22 Denver 64 42 Jacksonville 6S 54 Little Rock 50 33 Memphis 50 33 Meridian 4i 44 Miami 82 72 Mobile 60 50 New Orleans 5t 52 New York 43 30 New York 43 30 Vicksburg 48 46 0.54 0.C0 0.00 o o J : 0 00 0.50 0.90 o.oo 0.00 MISSISSIPPI RIVER Flood Pres't 24-Hour Stage Stage Change St. Louis 30 16.3 unchgd Memphis 34 36.3 0.7 rise Ark. City 42 33.4 0.6 rise Vicksburg 43 33.4 0.5 rise Natchez 46 36.7 0.5 rise Bato.i Rouge . ..35 26.4. 0.4 rise Donaldson ville . .28 20.C 0.3 rise Reserve 22 14.6 " 0.2 rise New Orleans . ..17 10.7 0.2 rise OHIO Cairo . 40 52.2 0.2 rise Grand Jury May Soon Look Into Gas Early grand jury investigation of Mississippi's alleged "gasoline tax racket," with the possibility of the criminal indictment of several persons, loomed as a strong proD- ability yesterday, as Hugh Gilles pie, district attorney ior uinas county, sat down in a conference with the legislative committee probing gasoline tax evasions and refund abuses. Neither Mr. Gillespie nor mem bers of the committee would reveal in detail the nature of the conference in the committee's quarters in the capitol. Senator Stewart Watson, of Lexington, chairman of the joint committee engaged in the investigation, admitted that the committee conferred with Mr. Gillespie . relative to facts the probers have developed thus far, but that was about all he wrould say about the matter. The district attorney spent an hour with the committee. Soon after leaving . the capitol, Mr. Gillespie denied that he contemplates "immediate" action by the grand jury of Hinds county. No plans have been made' for convening the grand jury in special session, the prosecutor said, pointing out that regular meeting of the body for the May term of the circuit court will be held on May 4. Meanwhile, Senator Watson stated that his committee will turn its attention today to the automo bile privilege tax phase oi the in vestigation and he hinted that the committee "might have an im portant announcement" by to night. Under questioning by newspaper men. Senator Watson nnauy aa mitted that the conference with Mr. Gillespie was not confined to a, single phase. of the record, com piled bv the . committee r thus far in its probe, but covered" the whole field of possible criminal action "Several persons" whose names have cropped out in connection with the committee investigation were said by Senator Watson -to be "under suspicion" of having been criminally connected with the eas tax "racket." He declined lo name me ltcx zvixz vu . wiiua be referred. The committee chairman deciar ed that the committee has found pvidence of wholesale frauds, for geries and evasions of the gas and motor vehicle tax, .but he said the full information will not be di vulged until it is submitted to the proper officials for possible prosecution of the individuals involved In this connection, Senator Watson stated that . under the special act of the recent legisla ture creatine: the probe commit tee, there is no requirement that the prosecutions, if any, be conducted in Hinds county. Instead, he caid. the narties may be pros ecuted in other jurisdictions and that the committee will follow the advice of the attorney general in tumine over its records and evi dence to prosecuting authorities of the state. The progress of the investiga tion, since the committee was enlarged from a senate group of three to the proportions of a joint mmmittee of four senators and fcur representatives, according to F.rnator Watson, has not served to diminish the evidence of frauds and evasions, but rather has tend ed to accentuate the startling evidence uncovered by the former committee. The old senate committee of three reported before adjournment of the legislative session that there was ample indication that the state had been losing around $2,000,000 annually on gas and motor vehicle tax evasions and frauds. " STORM AID SENT BY DELTA COUNTY GREENVILLE. April 8 JP) Washington county tonight " had raised $900 in cash and collected a large amount of clothing that has been forwarded to storm-torn Tu- 0 00 pelo. 0 . 00 Mayor Milton C. Smith announc-0.00 jed that city council had appro-O.OL' priated $250. to storm victims and 0.00 J provided tranportation for cloth-0.48; ing assembled here by church workers. Clarksdale and Greenville base ball teams will play a benefit game here tomorrow with proceeds going to the storm sufferers. . The local Woodmen of the World Camp will give a benefit dance Friday night for the disaster victims. t BRITISH FIRM PAID WASHINGTON, April . The Washington Post says the Delta and Pine Land Company of Scott, Miss., which received approximately $177,947 from the government in 1933 and 1934 "for not growing cotton," is a British controlled concern. Control is held by the Fine Spinners and Doublers Association of Manchester, Englandthe newspaper adds. Tax Matter- TAX PLANS GET FRESH ADVANCES Actual Writing of Bill. Goes Forward With Indebted Firms Favored TREASURY PLANS ARE BEING DENIED Chairman Doughton Pre- diets New Bill On House Floor by Next Week WASHINGTON, April 8 (JP) Buckling . to the task of actually writing the new tax bill, demo crats of the house ways and means committee indicated tonight they would Ignore treasury pleas and give corporations saddled with debt special treatment to ease their load. - Emerging from a meeting which republicans were barrecf, Chairman Doughton (D-NC) said he thought the. committee would "aim", in the direction of a 221-2 per cent tax on the ' portion of corporate income which must be used to meet standing obligations. Repeatedly at the open hearings on the administration's. $799,-000,000 revenue program, treasury officials asserted that cases of (Continued on Page Eight) keeTonheld under guard Convicted Woman at Home While Sheriff Awaits Orders From Pen LAUREL, April 8 (IP) Sheriff Charles H. Thompson said today that Ouida Keeton, whose life sentence for the murder of her widowed mother, Mrs. Daisy Keeton, was upheld by the state supreme court this week, Is being allowed to stay at her home under guard. The sheriff said Ouida was taken last night to the Keeton family home, the same place where it was contended during her trail that her mother was murdered and the body dismembered and burned. "She will remain there under guard until I get other orders from tne supreme court or the state pri son authorities send for her," he said. Her counsel is expected to file a suggestion of error with the supreme (Continued on Page Eight) ACCUSED MAN IS ARRAIGNED Orleans Man Charged With Killing Sweetheart De- ' nies Guilt in Court NEW ORLEANS, April 8 (JP Paralyzed from the waist down as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Julius Wendling, 42, was brought into Judge J. Arthur Charbonnet's section of the criminal district court on a wheel chair today where "he pleaded innocent to a charge of killing . of his sweetheart, . Miss Mae Ethel 'Saucier, 26, last November 9. On the afternoon v of November Wendling is said by police to have followed his sweetheart and as she alighted from a bus at St. Bernard avenue and Industry street and to have fired four bul- ets into her back. He escaped on i bus. About 11 hours . later Wendling is said to have attempt ed to end his life by. firing a bullet into his abdomen while In an alley between University Place ana Baronne street. He is said to have told police he shot Miss Saucier because I loved toer." MUTE EVIDENCE OF TORNADO'S FURY AT TUPELO Children at Tupelo, Miss., didn't go to school today and for very good reason. There wasn't any school house. The picture at top shows what the deadly tornado did to it. Below, is a view of utter ruin left in a residential section by the terrific wind that killed nearly 200 persons in that city. (Associated Press Photo). Jackson Adds $7,000 To Red Cross State - Ca mpaighForjnds Despite the handicaps of overcast skies and cold rain, 47 volunteer members of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Hinds county Red Cross chapter and various ether city organizations yesterday amassed a total of $7,149.05 to be used in aiding surviving citizens of the state s tornado stricken areas. That amount, which was reported An urgent appeal was made here yesterday to the graduate nurses of the State of Mississippi by the state commander of World War Nurses of the American Legion through Mrs. Luther Manship, organization chairman. Her statement is as follows: The wonderful response of 30,-000 grduate nurses to the Red Cross call for volunteers during 1917-18 prompts me to issue a similar call to this group of women who are trained to alleviate suffering. Many nurses have already answered the emergency call and are busy on the field of disaster at Tupelo ministering to the storm victims. . But to those who cannot volunteer their services, I make this appeal that they give generously to the Red Cross disaster fund. One day's salary from each graduate nurse in the state would amount to a considerable sum. at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, exceeded the Hinds' quota by over $2,000 and was raised in a single Cay. Ray E. Baird, chapter chairman, stated that efforts would be continued today and that the present amount may be raised to some extent. He added that there were funds, already taken but yet un reported, and in one instance that he knew, nearly $200 had been col-:ected. The Red Cross chairman held high praise for Swanee B. Lawrence, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and the men who volunteered to work with him. That body, urged into action at a banquet Tuesday evening, swept the city yesterday and netted in contribu- (Continued On Page Eight) Easter Egg Contestants Begin Annual Pilgrimage Big eggs, little eggs, hen eggs, duck eggs, all colored in bright colors and artistically designed, have started their annual Easter pilgrimage to the offices of the Clarion-Ledger where an Easter Egg Coloring Contest is underway . Each year at this time the Clarion-Ledger offers a series of prizes to boys and girls for coloring Easter eggs. All the young folks take a keen interest in this contest which has revealed no small amount of artistic ability among the younger generation. The rules of the contest are simple and the list of prizes are well worth trying for. There is no hard work connected with entering the contest, no letters to write or no subscriptions to get. All that any child needs to do is bring the egg he or she has colored down to the Clarion-Ledger office, not later than 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon April U. . . s- STATE W.M.U. IN SESSION 800 Delegates and Visitors Hear Leaders in Inspirational Addresses With "Spreading the Light" as the predominant theme, more than 800 delegates and visitors atT the Woman's Missionary Union swung into the program of the conference proper yesterday after an opening session Tuesday night. Meeting in the spacious First Baptist church, the conference filled the auditorium as they heard addresses from leaders in their work, both in home missions and in foreign fields. Nor were the church young people ignored in the program of the conference as the delegates heard from six young women in declamations on stewardship and later participated in a "golden sunburst" banquet, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Sunbeams. In charge of the young people's program for the evening was Miss Fannie Traylor, state executive secretary, with prominent members of the conference listed as speakers. Opened With Prayer The Wednesday morning program opened with a v pre-session season of prayer with Mrs. J. H. Street as leader, lasting from 8:45 to 9:20. Immediately following was a short period of meditation and the call to worship. . The devotional program of the regular session was led by Miss Nannie David, missionary to Africa. Feature of the . morning session were addresses by Mrs. Ned Rice (Continued on r Page Eight) Thousands of eggs are colored annually by the children of -Jackson and Mississippi. Easter baskets include many different colors and designs and are eagerly anticipated by the little tots eacruyear but seldom is the opportunity offered children to have fun coloring eggs and at the same time stand the chance of winning a valuable prize. Prizes have been listed as follows: Prettiest egg, $5 cash; smallest egg, $2 cash; largest egg, $2 cash; most originally colored egg, $2.50 cash. Second prize in each division Is a two week's pass to the State theatre. - It's simple and easy no catches or work to be done. Just color your eggs as you always do but be sure an enter your selection in the contest not later than Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Prizes will be given as soon as 5 the judges have had time to make - their decision s. FRANCE FIXES PEACE PLANS New Proposal Is Advanced As Mussolini Resolves On 'Total Annihilation' By The Associated Press A new plan for peace in Europe, this one by France, was disclosed Wednesday as Premier Mussolini announced only the "total annihi lation" of Ethiopia's armies would satisfy him. Almost as quickly as it was an nounced the French program for liquidating the crisis caused by Germany's remilitarization for the the Rhineland was rejected in Berlin. Advanced in reply to Adolf Hit ler's counter peace proposals, the French memorandum based hopes of peace on a "collective security' system, backed up by an international armv supervised by the League of Nations. The plan was sent to Great Bri tain. It warned Hitler to leave Austria, Danzig and Memel alone. This proposal was put forward as a committee of the League of Na tions resumed an attempt to end the Italo-Ethionian war. At the Instigation of Great Britain a subcommittee was appointed to in vestigate charges Italy is killing Ethiopian civilians with poison gas and a negotiator was instructed to interview Italian and Ethiopian representatives on their terms for peace. Britain, through Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, Insisted upon a cessation of hostilities as soon as is ocssible. Mussolini told a special session of his cabinet ' that Italy, in the interests of colonial security, must destroy the Ethiopian armies. He also asserted "the battle against sanctions proceeds everywhere with the areatest decision and success. The British government, which most Frenchmen think has not backed them fully in the Rhineland crisis,, moved to counteract oer-man svmnathy in England by dis closing that the Reich had delayed for nearlv two years negotiations for a European air force limitation treat?. A eovemment white paper dis closed that Hitler had expressed fear of a Russian air attack in which Berlin "might easily be re duced to a heap of ashes." A domestic attack upon the British government's foreign policy was continued in the House oi Lords by Lord Snell, laborite. He asked "whether Italy is to be allowed to continue to spread Christian civilization in the manner in which she is now performing in Ethiopia?" " PARTS, April 8 (JPh-France demanded that Germany pledge to keep "hands off" the rest of Europe today as the price ior tTance s signature of new peace accords. A memorandum in answer to Adolf Hitler's peace plan cited the danger of Germany following up her occupation of the Rhmeiana witn action against Austria, Danzig and Memel and claims for colonies. Renunciation of designs on those Dlaces must be given, the memor andum said, before "any plan for yeace can be constructed. The pro posal was sent to Great Britain, to whom Hitler submitted his counter peace proposals. France submitted her own peace - (Continued on Page Eight) Toll Increases As Missing Are R ecovered Dead Huge Task of 'Digging Out'j Yields More Victims In Tupelo Storm Area By PURSER IIEWITT TUPELO, April 8 Chins up and backbone straight, residents of Tu pelo marched forward, today with the task of cleaning and clearing up their storm-swept city blocks, and the task of rehabilitation is defin itely going to be expedited. From business-like little Mayor R. P. Nanney on down to the humblest negro family, Tueplo is taking heart from the wonderful co operation and assistance which Ivlississipplans and federal agencies are pouring into this town in a steady stream. No hysteria is evident as the re' construction plans . are being laid. This program will follow immediately the present cleanup process, which is taking longer than was expsct- ed. desnite the presence of a vent able armies of - CCC boys, Wi'A workers, national guardsmen, Leg ionnaires and other co-workers. Additional bodies were found today, sending the known dead toll slishtlv above the 200 mark. Still others are believed still under the untouched mountains of debris which still stand in some nortions of the storm belt. The sagging wans or tne jjttsi Bantist church are likely to be razed with the help of explosives, if these can be set off to satisfy engineers 'that the blast will not wreck other tottering buildings. Gum Pond still holds some sec rets, but these are due to be ex plored shortly, and further deatn tell names probably will be added to the list when this lake of water is drained. Adjutant - General John A- CKeefe was named co-ordinator of the agencies at work on the field today, and he will remain in charge of the situation for an in definite period. Order continues splendid, ana experienced disaster workers of the Red Cross are expressing amazement that the town is ex periencing no more trouble than has yet turned up. Orderly conduct is seen in every undertaking, and Mayor Nanney's office, open to all legitimate calls and conferences, is proceeding (Continued on Page Ten) PROTEST ACT IQ RFIFfTFn Russia Ignores China's Note Against Pact; Claims Move "Unfounded" MOSCOW, April 9 (Thursday) (JP) Russia rejected China's protest against the Soviet-outer Mongolian mutual assistance pact, a communique early today disclosed, but asserted the treaty does not signify any territorial claim by the Soviet Union over China or outer Mon golia. Foreign Commissar Maxim Llt- vinoff termed the Chinese protest unfounded" In a note which he delivered to the Chinese charge d' affaires, Han Ju Wu. The govern ment communique declared the Nanking protest was made Tues day. The Soviet government organ Izvestia said yesterday that Jap anese army leaders, plotting to drive a wedge between -uropean and far eastern Russia, had brought pressure to bear on the Chinese government to protest against the Soviet-Mongolian pact. Izvestia asserted that the Jap anese plan, formulated by a part of the military command, would fol low the outline of the Ul-iatea campaign of Baron Unger in 1921 by an attack on the Lake Baikal region from outer Mongolia. The paper added that the Soviet Union, therefore, acted in the legi timate interests of self defense in completing a mutual assistance treaty with the Mongolian peoples republic Although asserting the Nanking government's protest could not be accepted by the U.S.S.R., Litvin- off declared the Soviet-Mongolian mutual aid agreement was not directed against the interests of anv third country. The pact, he said, would lead to action only if either the U.S.S.R. or the outer Mongolian peoples republic were to become a victim of aggression. Kussia said the protest was not well founded," and stated the treaty does not contradict the Peking agreement of 1924, in which (Continued oa Page Two) I Clear Skies in Georgia Sec- tor Accelerate Operations in Erasing Scars BY TIIE ASSOCIATED PRESS The mammoth task of erasing scars left by the south's worst tornado season was accelerated Wednesday as clearing skies eased the tension of threatened destructive j floods in the section. I Rebuilding was under way in the maimed cotton manufacturing cities of Tupelo, Miss., and Gainesville. Ga, where funeral processions moved through debris cleared streets to graveside services for many of their nearly 400 dead. In other parts of the storm-harassed south several thousand persons were routed from lowland dwellings in Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Kentucky and Georgia by flooded streams. At Barlow, Ky, 200 families were driven out by the swollen Ohio river. More than 500 families abandoned their homes on the Tennessee side of the Mississippi river. Five drownings, two in North Carolina and three in Tennessee, resulted from flood waters which spread over hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile bottom lands. Communities along lower reaches of some South Carolina streams prepared for the worst floods since 1928. Weather observers said, however, improvement in the weather diminished the possibility of any widespread destruction. The Tennessee river climbed past flood stage at Chattanooga. Some homes were vacated at Rome, Ga., where the Oostanaula and Etowah rivers flow together to form the Coosa. An anticipated flood of serious proportions failed to materialize at West Point, Ga, when the Chattahoochie was at a standstill below flood stage. Ministers from neighboring communities aided in burying Gainesville's storm victims. Private services were held throughout the day (Continued On Page Two) BODY PROBES TRAIN WRECK Investigators Search in Vain For Clues in Crash of Giant Air Liner UNIONTOWN, Pa, April 8. VP) Investigators examined in vain today every fragment of the demolished nine-ton T. W. A. liner, Sun Racer, for a clue to indicate the cause of the disastrous end of Its flight. Relatives claimed the bodies of the eleven persons nine passengers and two pilots who were killed when the lost transport crashed against a mountainside. Only three survived and one of them is in serious condition. After hours of search of the wreckage. Major R. W. Schroeder of the department of commerce, said: "In my opinion, the cause of this catastrophe never will be. known. (Continued on Page Nine) o ABE MARTIN 4 A. LA A husband will often say thfngs In a burst o hunger that he fully regrets after he has bought his breakfast downtown. You kin fool most any actor with promises. but a trained seal takes so chances. 7"!' 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