The Austin American from Austin, Texas on February 7, 1940 · 1
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r. : ' Weather Partly Cloudy Wednesday The Am iVolume 26 PRICE 5 CENTS AUSTIN, TEXAS, imencam Austin's Traffic Dead 1939 13 1940 1 I Days Since Last Traffic Death WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1940. 12 PAGES Number 253 I Ft MS 0)H n 1 Russian English Defy Irish; Pair To Hang The News In A Nutshell The news in brief, as gathered by- he Austin American staff and iree wire services: FOREIGN: Guided by campfires, mnish fliers bombed Russian ood concentrations as five as- ults by Russians on the Finnish nes failed. French leaders added iel to a campaign to lend aid to le Finns, and a shipment of Italian irplanes went through France on he way to Finland. Irish terrorism flared anew in ngland. Two members of the out- wed I.R.A. will be hanged Wed- rsday morning. NATIONAL: Rep. Hook, apolo-zed to the house and withdrew larges that linked Chmn. Dies of se un-American probers with the iti-Semitic Silver Shirts. Vice res. Garner voted with economy rces to break a tie and take $115,-9 from an appropriation previous-voted by the house for the civil ronautics authority. The American Federation of ;ibor announced a plan to drive for iO.OOO new members in the south nd west. The drive will concen-ate in these fields: textile, retail ade, marine workers, office and hite collar workers, government mployes. teachers and "miscellane-is industries," Pres. William Green .id. STATE: San Antonio city police ill receive $257,311 cash on back ay claims, Mayor Maury Maverick nnounced. Carl E. Lehmann, who ecame lost during a blizzard Jan. , was buried at Smithville. His ody was found on a ranch. The San Antonio Ministers' as-iciation adopted resolutions asking mtinuation of the hearing on morals charges" against Dr. W. J. ohnson, superintendent of the San Kntonio hospital for the insane. LOCAL: Gunnar Mykland an-ounced contracts amounting to 485,832 for additions to the white nd negro low-cost housing projects ill be signed Wednesday. Dr. M. E. adler. chairman of the public wel- ?tre board, resigned because, he am. demands of the office were so :reat it would not be fair to his hurch to continue. Details of a merit system submit-d by the public welfare department to meet federal reauirements or federal matching were consider- d by U. S. social security board egional officials and welfare de- lartment officials. State deficit will reach $30,051,852 y Aug. 31 of the general tax dona-ion law is upheld. State Auditor Pom King said In a report. The hamber of commerce heard a proposal to spend $200,000 for additions o Brackenridge hospital without in- reasing the city tax rate. htreet cars on the old main line vill go out of service Wednesday ifternoon to be replaced by buses. Employer's Estate Left to Employes AMBLER, Pa., Feb. 6. (UP) ames Harvey Gravell. who gained lational attention as the "ideal em ployer" when he paid debts of all us workers as a Christmas gift in 36. left the bulk of his $3.OO0,O0Q state to 15 employes, according to lis will on probate Tuesday. Hook Backs Down On Charges Dies Tied to Fascists Solon's Apology Clears Record of Letters Admittedly Faked By The United Press WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 Rep. Frank Hook, (D-Mich.), apologized to the house Tuesday and withdrew from the congressional record fake letters purporting to show a conspiracy between Chmn. Martin Dies of the house committee on un-American activities and William Dudley Pelley, leader of the anti-Semitic silver shirts. The apology, a rare occurrence in either house or senate, followed the appearance before the rules committee of the heretofore elusive Pel- ley, who denied having an understanding with Dies whereby his committee would not investigate the silver shirts. Hook conceded that the documents which he inserted in the record in support of his collusion charge were spurious, that he inserted them "innocently" and "I deepfy- regret that I did." This was after he heard Pelley testify and after he heard Pelley's one-time Washington representative. David B. Mayne. admit to the rules group that he had "manufactured" the documents in question "out of thin air." Hook, after a wrangle with Reps. Clare Hoffman. (R-Mich.), and Frank B. Keefe, (R-Wis.), won unanimous consent to expunge them from the record. The documents were inserted on Jan. 22. Hoffman and Keefe blocked their withdrawal until Hook could be pinned down to an apology. Washington developments Tues day: Democratic national committeemen were received at the White House but obtained no indication of Pres. Roosevelt's political plans. The house appropriations committee cut $2,285,010 from presidential estimates in approving a $107,379,000 supply bill for the state, justice and commerce departments and the courts. The report disclosed that J. Edgar Hoover had described the Miami, Fla., area as a mecca for "vicious hoodlums" and criticized local authorities. Vice Pres. Garner resolved a tie vote in favor of economy advocates as the senate debated the appropriation bill for independent offices. The senate passed a $57,541,300 deficiency appropriation for emergency defense activities and sent it to the White House. The house committee investigating the labor board decided to ask for $50,000 more to continue its inquiry. A C.I.O. spokesman opposed any change in the Wagner act before a senate committee considering amendments. Federal Security Officials Talk Over 'Merit System'With Texas Department of Public Welfare j U. S. social security board regional officials conferred with ex ecutives of the Texas public welfare department here Tuesday on details of a merit system submitted by the department to meet federal jequiremens for continuance of federal matchingt of state old-age assistance grants to 112,000 aged Texans, ' : Main phases of the plan appar ently had found favor with federal authorities, but the prospect of final agreement was complicated by the disagreement within the state board over adoption of a merit-system plan, Roberts Dissents Newly-appointed Member Frank S. Roberts of Breckenridge, according to public records, has consist ently opposed adoption of the merit system, and voted against adoption forgeries told j Dr. Sadler Quits Silver Shirts' Fuehrer Ac njvnnfw On Appears Before The WI1W-IUI v" Rules Committee Wo favo KnavH Demands of Office T TT..U T1 I tne P'an as approved Dy a twu-I OO MUCH, Declares I majority of the board. Resig-Prparhpr MpmllPr nation of Dr. M. E. Sadler, chair- xredcrier mcuiuci , ft h fnled on the public welfare board, and the attitude of the new member, when chosen, will determine the majority attitude toward the plan. Mr. Roberts favored greater latitude on the part of the state agency You Have A GREEN LIGHT on Want-ad Results Dr. M. E. Sadler, Austin pastor, has resigned as member and chairman of the Texas public welfare department. His resignation was effective Feb. 1. It had been tendered three months ago, but withheld for a time because of the retirement of Judge Beeman Strong of Beaumont, another member, and first chairman of the board. Dr. Sadler, from his sickroom in a hospital here Tuesday confirmed his retirement from the state office. Demands of the office had been so great, he said, that he felt it was not fair to his pastorate to continue. Later Tuesday Gov. O'Daniel issued a statement that Dr. Sadler had resigned before Judge Strong, but to avoid further changes in the (Continued on page 2, col. 5) University Student Reported Missing Flatonia Youth Fails to Return From New Orleans A University of Texas student, missing since Jan. 28, was causing his father and roommate much worry Tuesday. The student. Robert Drenner. 13, of Flatonia, left Little Campus dormitory, where he lived, for New Orleans in company with Leo Ruz-icka of Abbott, also a university student, on Jan. 28. Tuesday Bob Drenner of Flatonia, the missing boy's father, asked police to help in locating him. Vincent Krejci, the boy's roommate, said that he had not been heard from since he left. Ruzicka was reported as having said that they hitchhiked their way to New Orleans and that they split up on the road. Young Drenner was last seen in Smithville. San Antonio Records 3rd Traffic Death SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 6. V-Bexar county's third traffic fatality of the year was recorded Tuesday with the death of F. P. Scekatz. 87. of Rio Medina, who was killed when the truck he was riding in crashed into a bridge abutment on the new Castroville road, four miles west of the city. (Continued on page 2, col. 6) Ministers Want Johnson Probe To Be Continued Preachers Disclaim Political Aims In Asking Inquiry San Antonio Ministers' association, which asked the state board of control hearing of "morals charges" against Dr. W. J. Johnson, superintendent of the San Antonio insane hospital. Tuesday adopted resolutions asking that the hearing be continued, it was announced. The hearing was postponed by the board of control pending a decision in Travis county district court whether the board itself has legal power to conduct the hearing on which an ouster order, if the charges were sustained, may be written. Chmn. Harry Knox of the board said the hearing would be deferred until the courts decided Dr. Johnson's injunction suit, whose legal phases were argued last week before Judge J. D. Moore. San Antonio reports said the ministers' group disclaimed political connections of any kind in asking that the morals charge be investigated. The hearing had been under way for several days before the injunction case was reached in the court. Attorneys for Dr. Johnson contended that ouster proceedings would have to be conducted as an impeachment by the legislature, or any hearing as the basis for a removal order would have to be before a court and not before an administrative board. Bombings Follow Refusal To Grant Execution Stay Mass Meetings Held In Effort To Get Reprieve for Men SEVEN INJURED Bitter Civil Warfare Feared as Result Of Hangings By the Associated Fresi LONDON, Feb. 6. A new series of terroristic bombings struck England Tuesday just as the British crown, defying threats and rejecting appeals, prepared to hang two members of the outlawed Irish republican army Wednesday morning. Police blamed the blasts upon the I.R.A. and, with the feeling of Irish nationalists running the highest in years, took widespread precautions to avert another bloody chapter in the age-old Irish-British independence fight at a time when the em pire is at war with Germany. Refusal of Home Secy. Sir John Anderson to reprieve the two condemned I.R.A. men, who are scheduled to be hanged in Birmingham Wednesday was followed swiftly Tuesday by blasts in London, Birmingham and Manchester reminiscent of last summer's widespread pre-war bombings. Prison Guarded The condemned men are Peter Barnes and James Richards, convicted of participating in a bombing at Coventry Aug. 25 in which five persons were killed. The prison and nearby streets were under heavy police guard to prevent any attempt to kidnap the prisoners. In London Tuesday two acid-type bombs like those used pre- 7? yP if f 4 r -lit v i Stir v ST .-- t jiv. " J- j-W -u i -WJl J t """; :fwW "- i - ' j CUTTING A CUTE FIGURE, Erna Anderson, talented Norwegian figure skating stylist, is among the attractions at Sun Valley, Idaho. Miss Andersen, whowas trained by the same instructor who coached Sonja Henie, is also better than a fair hand at skiing. Mew ) '4 W Why not take advantage of the GO AHEAD signal, by placing a result getting ad NOW. FREE MESSENGER SERVICE Today Until 4 P. M. DIAL 4-3-9-1 Miss Ad Taker will be glad to assist you with your ad. THE Al'STIN AMERICAN THE Al'STIN STATESMAN "Classified Conic?'" Seventh and Colorado Postmaster Dies GALVESTON, Feb. 6. UP Robert A. Lyons, Jr., 55, Galveston postmaster since 1933 and long prominent in local business and civic affairs, died here at 5:15 p. m. Tuesday after an illness of several months. JOBS OF FOl'R Ol'STED EMPLOYES ABOLISHED Majority action of the state board BANK Bl'RGLARS GET I of control luesaay aDonsnea lour $3,000 AT GAINESVILLE .Positions wnicn naa oeen occupied GAINESVILLE, Mo., Feb. 6. (UP) Bank of Gainesville officials discovered Tuesday that thieves had burned a hole through the vault door Monday night with an acetylene torch and escaped with $3,000, virtually all the cash on hand. The loss was insured. $200,000 Addition to Hospital Without Increasing Tax Rate To Be Recommended to Austin A $200,000 addition to Brackenridge hospital and its facilities will tic recommended to Austin, and can be secured without an increase in the tax rate, Dr. G. F. Thornhill, chairman of the health committee of the civic affairs bureau, told Austin Chamber of Commerce directors Tuesday night. Mayer Tom Miller, who addressed the com merce board, also added that bonds by veteran employes previously dis charged. Chmn. Harry Knox, Jr.. and Member Frank Davis, appointed by Gov. W. Lee O'Daniel. voted not to refill the posts of Clark Wright, director of eleemosynary construction; A. G. Barry, public building inspector, and E. M. Williams and H. W. Olsen, consulting engineers. Minutes of the executive meeting disclosed Member Tom DeBerry, named by Former Gov. James V. Allred, voted against the action. Asserting the action would save the state $11,800 a year in salaries, Knox declared there was no need for eleemosynary construction supervision since no building of that kind was scheduled. BEXAR RESIDENT DIES SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 6. ) Mrs. Mattie Racey, 71, resident of San Antonio since 1907, died Tuesday at her home. Continued on Page 7, Col. 7) Temperature Here To Rise to 64 After Early Drop to 38 Cooler weather is promised for Austin and Central Texas for Wednesday morning with a minimum temperature of 38 degrees, or five degrees lower than Tuesday's minimum, in prospect, according to the local U. S. weather bureau. The temperatures are scheduled to rise slowly during the day to a maximum of 62 to 64 degrees, or about five to seven degrees higher than Tuesday's 57-degree maximum, the bureau announced. The official forecast for Wednesday was partly cloudy and warmer after being cooler Tuesday night. No rain was anticipated to add to the 1.69 inches of precipitation received here last week-end. Abandoning Alcatraz Favored by Official WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. (UP) Dir. James V. Bennett of the federal prison bureau was revealed Tuesday as favoring abandonment of Alcatra; as an island penal institution. "There was a long period of time when people thought an institution could be best located on an island, but that is an exploded theory," Bennett told a house subcommittee considering justice department appropriations. Judge Allred Sick; Court Is Recessed CORPUS CHRISTI, Feb. 6. (Pi-Federal district court was in recess here Tuesday due to the illness of Judge James V. Allred, who is confined to his hotel room with a severe head cold. Meantime, a federal grand jury continued consideration of a number of Corpus Christi division cases, including complaints against five local physicians on charges involving illegal narcotics transactions. $485,832 Contract For Housing Job To Be Approved Signing Agreements For Work Booked By AHA Today Contracts totaling $485,8,12 for construction of additions to the white and negro low-cost housing projects here will be signed Wednesday, Gunnar Mykland, manager of the Austin Housing authority, announced Tuesday afternoon. Mykland's announcement came after he received from Nathan Straus, U. S. housing administrator, a letter notifying the Austin Housing authority of federal approval of low bids on the two project additions. Bids for construction of 76 new units for the white project and 70 new units for the negro project were opened Dec. 22 by the local housing authority. Construction is expected to start within 10 days on the negro project addition, and before March 1 on the white project, Mykland said. A. M. Campbell and Company of Tyler received the general construction contract on the white project addition with a bid of $193,840. Will O'Connell of San Angelo was winner of the general contract award on the negro project addition with a bid of $198,400. Plumbing contract award on both projects went to John L. Martin of Austin on a bid of $73,870; and Curtis Electric company of Austin received the contract for the electric work on both projects on its bid of $19,722. Mgr. Mykland also announced Tuesday that Austin is the first city in the nation to have all of its low-cost housing units filled. Eighty-five of the 86 units in the present white project are rented and the 86th unit is being used as an office. Also the 60 units in the negTO project and the 40 units in the Mexican project have been rented for several months. Completion of the additions, scheduled to be started this month will bring the total number of units to 332. French Campaign To Help Finland Gaining Ground Campfires Guide Fliers in Dark To Rival Troops New Attack Technique Employed by Finns Is Swift, Deadly SOVIETS MASSED No Shelter Provided For Russian Troops In Summa Sector By the Associated Press HELSINKI, Feb. 6. Guided by the snow-reflected glare of hundreds of campfires, Finnish airplanes Tuesday night bombed massive red army Infantry concentrations before the Mannerheim line after repelling Soviet tanks and manpower which broke five times in futile assault against any single Finnish base. This new technique of attack swift, brief and deadly by the Finnish air force was begun Monday night, and was resumed after the early twilight fell Tuesday. Open Fires Puilt Countries from the front lines said the campfires of the Soviet attackers were the key to success of the raids. They explained that the Russians had massed great numbers of infantrymen in the Summa sector, 20 miles south of the Finnish held city of Viipuri, without adequate provision for shelter against the cold and that the troops were forced to shiver about open fires in order to keep from freezing. These fires made splendid targets for the Finnish bombers. Other, farther-ranging planes mean- 50 Carload Shipment ' 'Continued on Page 7, Col. 1) ui Italian Fianes j State Deficit Mav ' Headed for Front! in nti jpo By the Associated Press ' PARIS, Feb. 6. A campaign for widespread allied military aid for Finland gained momentum in the French parliament Tuesday as the shipment through France of 50 carloads of Italian-made airplanes for the Finnish army was disclosed. Premier Daladier's own radical-socialist party called upon the government to give Finland all the help needed to "fight and win" her war against Russia. "The definite defeat o the Soviet aggression against Finland will hurt our enemies in their military power as well as in prestige," a radical-socialist resolution declared. Press Agrees This coincided with similar demands in the French press. The planes which were shipped through France were the same ones which previously had been halted by nazi authorities while enroute through Germany. They were sent back to Italy and re-routed through France. - Thaw Halts Action A thaw on the western front halted almost all action and soldiers took up spades to dig drainage ditches in anticipation of spring floods. . Meanwhile, France made a second protest to Japan against the repeated bombings on the French-operated Yunnan railway in southwestern China, informed sources said. New Record Seen If Tax Donation Law Is Upheld The state will reach an all-time record deficit of $30,51,852 by the end of its fiscal year, Aug. 31, "if the general tax donation law is upheld. State Auditor Tom King said in a report Tuesday. Civil appeals court at Dallas Tuesday sustained a ruling of Atty. Gen. Gerald C. Mann that the tax donation law is unconstitutional. It would have diverted about $5,000,-000 a year from the general fund. King said the general fund deficit was $21,769,777 last Sept. 1, an increase of $4,514,000 in this deficit during the past year. He projected estimates of expenditures and receipts to indicate, if the tax donation law is applied, the 30 million dollar deficit on Sept. i, 1940, and of $39,350,000 on Sept. 1, 1941. Not including the tax donation law, if the present decisions stand, the indicated deficit would be $25,000,000 this year and $29,000,000 in 1941. San Antonio Riot Halted, Cop Hurt SAN ANTONIO. Feb. 6. (UP) A police riot squad quickly quelled an incipient outbreak Tuesday at the picketed Alazan federal housing project after Police Investigator George T. Martin suffered head injuries when struck with a hammer. Jose Ramirez, laborer, was arrested in connection with the attack on Martin. French observers expressed the tj ,J. T TV-..1.1 3 be i ji u wuci liLlUUUCU opinion that the matter would settled without further complica.-tions since Japan was understood to have accepted a suggestion the matter be submitted to a mixed investigating committee. SZZ Now They Live on Memory Lane Main Line Trolleys Go Out Today With Gay Farewell From Citizens tax rate, and predicted their general approval. The plan would provide 100 additional beds, and better clinic facilities, Dr. Thornhill indicated. Physicians of Austin are working in cooperation with the hospital, Dr. Thornhill stressed. Figures Studied The question of a further bond issue for other public improvements is now being given a fact-fjnding study by the civic affairs bureau. Vice Pres. E. B. Moody said, and both Mr. Moody and Mayor Miller said the question of the citizens' wishes with respect to such additional bond issues and improvements and the necessary changes in (Continued on Page 7, Col. 5) By RUTH LEWIS The Austin American Staff The old Main Line will become Memory Lane Wednesday afternoon. Over it will travel many an oldster who remembers when a ride over the same route meant getting out and pushing while Spanish mules strained at the long pull over Austin's hills. They will ride in both the old and the new the last trolley cars of the Main Line and then the modern new buses which after Wednesday afternoon will replace forever the big yellow electric cars. Occasion for the ride will be the switch from trolley to bus service over the Main Line Wednesday by the Austin Street Railway company, (now the Austin Transit company) and the company and the Chamber of Commerce are making quite an occasion of it. After the trolleys, leaving from Sixth and Congress, make the complete round trip, the passengers will then transfer to the first buses for a last and first ride in the same day. Ceremonies will start at 12:45 p. m. at Sixth and Congress where tables will be placed for people who once rode the mule cars, which preceded the electric cars on the Avenue, to register. These persons will take the rides Wednesday afternoon as guests of the Street Railway company: others will pay the usual fare. A little before I p. m., official starting time for the ceremonies, members of the University Long-horn band, under Dir. George E. Hurt, will play. At 1 o'clock A. B. Spires, Chamber of Commerce president will introduce Mayor Tom Miller, who will act as master of ceremonies. He will introduce Co. Judge George Matthews, J. F. Springfield, presi- Pioneer Days of Air Mail Here Recalled as Austin Marks Service's 1 2th Anniversary A small group of people, gathered in the sunshine at municipal airport Tuesday afternoon waiting for the incoming mail plane, naturally tcok to reminiscing. The sunshine and moderate temperature, they recalled, were in marked contrast to the blustery cold day 12 years before when the first mail bag was put aboard a j northbound plane. On that day, Feb. 6, 1928. which ! marked the beginning of air mail i service, the wind was so wild that the plane was two hours late. Those j who waited for the plane, so that i the 45 pieces of mail that comprised the first air mail shipment out of Austin could be put aboard, shivered in the cold. Reminiscing in Order Reminiscing was in order at the dent of the Street Railway company. Wallace and John Tobin, sons of the man who once owned the company, and Glen M. Shipe, son of the late Col. M. M. Shipe who , operated the first electric cars in ; airport Tuesday since the group Austin. 1 gathered there were present to As the "honor guests" those who : mark the occasion of the 12th an-once rode the old mule cars regis- I niversary of airmail service with ter, they will be given badges upon ' appropriate ceremony. which will be inscribed the dates , Max Bickler. chairman of the "Feb. 7, 1870 Feb. 7. 1940" and will carry a picture of a mule car. Sixteen big buses were registered here Tuesday, these to replace the (Continued on page 2, col. E) Chamber of Commerce aviation committee, was present, as he was in the same capacity 12 years ago. Others of his committee included (Continued on Page 7, Col. 2) At New York Polls NEW YORK. Reb. 6. (P Earl Browder, the American communist leader under a 4-year federal prison sentence, was defeated overwhelmingly for congress Tuesday in a special election. The winner was M. Michael Edel-stein, a Tammany democrat who pledged support of the new deal. Uncle Sam and John Bull may be first cousins alright but that's no reason for John Bull to act like a step-father . . . (Besides it's discourteous for even your own wife to open your personal mail) . . . Chamberlain may have felt free to just draw a -draft on his rich Uncle for anything at anytime but the letters he has been getting from the government haven't been so "Cordell" on the matter ... Nope. Mr. Chamberlain, "things ain't like they usta was" . , , We didn't mind living on love and promises for the first hundred and more years but now we've kinda gotten tired of the experiences . . . In fact, the United States is just about in the mood at the present time to take it's own, personal "Dove of Peace" and place it in an underground fortress like the one in Kentucky for safe-keeping . . . (Which isn't a bad idea, do you think?) , . , v

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