Iola Daily Register And Evening News from Iola, Kansas on February 7, 1933 · Page 1
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STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY. ' C 0 M P . - TOPEKA .KAIIi. THE VOLUME XXXVI. No. 87. Successor to The lola Daily Resistar, Tha lola Daily Record, and lola Doily Index. BUSINESS BE ADVANCED BYNEWCLUB PROFESSIONAL MEN AND MERCHANTS GO TOGETHER '•A 10LA COMMUNITY CLUB' Organization Is Perfected Last Night to Promote Trade _ The lola Community club, an or- gnnlzatlon 'to promote and advance the and civic Interests of the comniuniiy of lola," came into being a.s a result of the meeting of •j' lola business and professional men held last night at the Portland hotel.: The first regular meeting of the club Will be held next Monday night /at which lime ihe membership roll _ will be formed and officers for the coming year will be elected. Here is the plan/of organization of the new club ais decided upon last night: 1. The name w^ill be, "Tlie 161a Community Club." 2. Its alms and purposes are "to promote and advance the bu.sinci!s and civic interests of the community of lola." 3. Membership dues will be $1 a year. ^ 4. Any individual who lives in lola or lola's trade teiritory: is eligible to mcmberehip. Clerks in a stjore are just as 'Welcome ; _ as owners or managers. Farmers • , ' '• are as eligible as bank presidents. Only Throe Officers. 5. Tlie club will have no board of directors, only three officers: a president, ilce-president. apd . .secretary-trea.surer. No salaries _ will "be paid to any of the officers. 6. Regular mectinBS of the club will be'held at 8 p. m. the. second Monday of each montji ill u plabe to be decided by the officers of the club, usually at / • whichever hotel a Current Top"' its club meeting is being held the same evening. Special m( et_ ings may be called at any t me by the officers of the club. 7. "AH matters shall be decided by a majority vote of t^ose present at a duly called meeting." The keynote to the. mann ;r in wlilch the club will operate is carried In this last statement that "all ' matters" .shall be decided by f ma— Jorlty vote of the members—n at by action of committees, officers?, an executive committee, or,a board of directors. To Call Meetings Only. The articles of organlzatioiji; are carefully drawn with this ei^d. in view. Almost the only pbwer the officers have Is to call meetiiKs of — the- membership. There is cnl; ^ one standing committee, and that is a committee through which sbecial meetings of the. membership mliy be called promptly and efficiently. No officer or group has the power at any time to speak in the name of the club or make decisions for it. No business (beyond Investigdtlons by committees specially appointed for that purpase) can be transited except by a vote of the membership. This radical departure fronj the ;. standard fonii of club.organlzition, it was pointed out at the meeting last night, will makfe it impossible for the charge ever to be made that • the club is being "run" by any fjroup or clique. If businefe only cah be transacted by the membership, if anyone can be a member who [jives in lola or its trade territory, and if • dues are only a dollar a yeari-bb- vlously It will be impossible foil any group to control the policies or the club. If the club ever,does siny^hing i that is not in agreement with the ^Syiews of any member, it will eltlier - be that member's opinion • is in the minority or bccausche has : failed to be present at a meeting at which his opinion rtiight have been rpRistcred by iiis vote. The hope was also expressed that ; this type of organization would re- lOLA, KAS., TUESDAY EVENING, FEBRyARY 7, 1933. Tbs Weekly Kerster, Established 1867 The lola Daily f Register, Established 1897 FOUR PAGES suit in maintaining a more active Interest on the part of all the members of the club and wbuld produce a wider variety, of ideas and suggestions for club action. Result of First .Meeting. The action last nJght grew out of a meeting called a.week;previously for the piirpose of deciding whether or not a club of this type shoujd be organized. At this first meeting the vote was "yes," and a committee was appointed to draw up a plan of organization for consideration a week later. TTiat report was submitted last niglit and adopted after careful discussion and a few changes. It was decided at the meeting last night to hold the election of officers at the first "regular" meeting of the club which will be next Monday night following the Current Topics club meeting fit the Portland hotel, the second Mosday of the month. At that meeting the membership roll will be formed.- simply by the receiving of one dollar from all those who care to join, which will be payment of their dues for the year 1933. Officers will then be elected by those who have thus become members oT the club. No nominating commltteo has been appointed; nominations will be made from the floqr by any memljer who cares' to make them. Since the meeting Monday night is the one at which the final organization of the new club will be effected and officefs elected, it is earnestly hoped that everyone in lola who is interested in tiie movement attend. FIRE DESTROYS PIQHA SCHOOL Catholic Church, However Saved by Bucket Brigade Fire, the ever-present threat in especially cold weather, apparently passed lola over today, although it's Ved-tongued scourge destroyed the Catholic, schoolhouse in Piqua and did an estimated damage of $500 to the home occupied, by the Sisters of Merc>' adjacent to the schoolhouse. Effective work by vol- luiteer, bucket brigades which extinguished the blaze in the home probably saved the big Catholic church there also, valued at $50,000. Tl>e fire In the schoolhoUse was first discovered at about 9 a. m. The approximately eighty children who atterid the school were in the church itself at the time the alarm was soimded. Sisters, farmers, and townsfolk hurried to the scene but were unable to stop the onslaught of the flames In the school building. It was soon decided to concentrate all efforts on checking the spread of the fire and although the honie w^as' damaged by the blaze, the bucket brigade using water from a nearby well saved most of the house and prevented the conflagration from spreading . to' the church, a large, costly structure. Total damage incurred in the loss of the school and' a part of the home was estimated at $2500. A call was sent to the lola fire department asking its aid in fighting the fire. Upon advice of Mayor Hannon Hobart, however, it was decided to keep the apparatus At home., It was pointed out later that the reason the lola fire department did not answer the alarm is because so little water was available at the scene of the fire as to make the senices of the departOMnt virtually useless. The pump truck is equipped with only atwut twenty feet of intake hose, and members of the department said that only the smallest kind, of fire could be extinguished with the water which can be of>tained with that-length ol hose from the average well. Had l^n adequate supply of water been available\ the call would have been answered, members of the force said. Tlie department • answered one call today, to a house oh East street, but Jound that there was no fire. The occupants of the house had become alarmed when they smelied pine smoke and had called the department before finding that no part of the house was anrc. SCOUT ACTIVITY ON INCREASE AS BOYS ORGANIZE Attention Focused on the jMovement Because of Anniversary Week MEMBERSHIP SURE Legion Pledge Assures !ol4 Place in Sekan Area Council WEATHER and ROADS FOR KANSAS— Generally f.iir to{ rlgbt and Wednntiday; not so cold v, Wednesday afternoon. Tcmpcralurc!—Highrst yesterday •. 55. lowest; night —6; normal for today 31;^ excess yesterday 18; excess since January 1st. 452 dc.' reos: this date jT .ar—highest 64. lowest 35. Precipitation for thi- 24 hours i ending, at 7 a. m: today. .14; total for this year to date, 1.66; excess or deficiency since Janu'ary 1st .00 .• Inches. ~ Relative humidity at 7 a. m. to- Jday 02 per cent; barometer reduced < to .sea level. 29.9^ inches. Sun rises 7:21 a. m.; sets 5:52 p. \ra. Kansas Weather-and Dirt Roads. Emporia, cloudy, roads snow cov- ;crcd. Ottawa, snowing, roads snow co\-- rcred. ^ ; coffeyville, snowing, roads snow f fcovercd, •f Manhattan, snowing, roads slight' ly drifted, but open. : Topeka, cloudy, roads snow covered; open. Salina, partly cloudy, roads snow •bound. : Pittsburg, cloudy, roads slick, snow • covered. Arkansas City, 'Wichita, cloudy, 'roads snow fovc-rert BARRY MUST LEAVE Immediate Removal of Sergeant-al- Mroi Recommended by Committee •Washington. Feb. 7. (AP)—Immediate removal of Davis S. Barry as senate sergcant-at-arms for writing in a inagazlne article that some members of congress accept bribes was recommended today by the senate judiciary committee. The case comes up In the senate automatically late this afternoon for final determination. It was generally conceded the committers recommendation would be adopted; Barry already being under suspension. A motion by Senator Koblnson (R., Ind.>, to recommend permitting the 73-year-old officer to resign was rejected by a vote of 11 to 4. THEATER IVIEETING DELA'VED Formation of Little Theater Gnild To Be Tuesday, Probably. The meeting for the purpose of forming u Little Theater guild in lola which was to have been held Friday has been postponed, according to Mns. Lillian 'Wright, a sponsor of the movement. Mrs. 'Wright said that the meeting -will probably be held in the Portland hotel next Tuesday nighfi, but that a definite announcement will be made later. The Friday meeting was postponed because several other gatherings liad also been scheduled for that time. Mrs. Wright said. Although the twenty-third annl- versai-y of the birth of Scouting in America which comes tomorrow will not be observed here with any special ceremonies by local troops, the day has called to" mind the revival of interest in the movement in the city. February 8 is the birthday of Scouting ip the United States, and the week of February 8-14 is known as Scout anniversary •week. Over 5 million boys have been Scouts since the charter was first granted by congress in 1910. All Scouts ha'ving uniforms are urged to wear them throughout the week. On other occasions the uniform is to be worn only 6n, special Scout work. •With the first meeting and organization of a t>resbyt^dn troop last night, the total of" troops in lola was raised to five. At present all the troops in the city are sponsored by churches, the Methodist, Christian, TriiUty Methodist, United Brethren, and Presbyterian denominations having troops under' their support. i Lepion Guarantees Membership. The Rev. 'W. E. Van Patten, member of the Sekan area council, announced today that the Leslie J. Campbell post of the American Legion lastT night niade final decisiou on a pledge of $50 towiird membership for, the community In the area, bringing the total to $300, the required amount. The Rotary club had. previously pledged $100, Mr. VanPatten said, and business men and the churches sponsoring troops will make up the remainder. "Strong approval and backing of the movement was expressed' at the Legion meeting last night and by the Rotary club and others previously," Mr. Van Patten said today. "It seems practically^ guaran- tc«l that the movement has gone over and that lola w^ill be a member of the area." i Membership by commurilties In the area is necessary before troop charters may be obtained and the troops operate as full-fledged Scout organizations. The services derived from the area membership Include supervision of national headquarters as well as from the area office, training schools for Scoutmasters, access to the summer camp, field days, and many other benefits, according tp Mr. Van Patten. Under a Ten-Year Plan. The Seltan area includes six counties in this section. The Scout executive is Arnold Dryer, whose office is in Independence; The work of scouting is at present undergoing a ten-year program which has as its goal to keep boys in the organization for at least four years. The program has been in progress for one year. A boy must t>e at least 12 years of age to become a Scout and therefore the object is to retain his membership in the troop until he is 16. The lola troops, with the exception of the Methodist, are hi the .stage of organization.. The Methodist troop was recently reorganized, but Ls much further advanced than the otliers. Scoutmasters have been engaged for all troops, however, ind comitiittees named from each church. According to the report of the' various Scoutmasters inbre boys arc registering each weefe.' Local Council Formed.- A local council was formed recently and Uicludes the following: W. E. Van Patten, chairman, J. A. Fleming, C. C. Hite, Earl Knock, Joe Littrell, Dr. A. B. Chambers, Nat Arme), and.B. P. Hcigele. Tlie Rev. A. V. Howland Is chairman of the leadership committee for the Sekan area. Charles Wilson has been chasen as Scoutmaster for the Presbyterian troop. He said today that ten boj-s were out for the first meeting last night, indicating great Interest considering the weather prevailing. The Presbyterian troop committee Includes; the Rev. R. D. Snuffer, Dr. A,. R. Chambers, W. W.j Perham, Major T. F. Llmbocker, and E. E. Lynri. I J. B. Bruce Was recently installed as Scoutmaster for the Methodist troop, with iRobert Langsfbrd, Reed Maxsoh. and Bud Roberts :aa assistant scoutmasters. The troop committee Iricludes: tiie Revl W. P. Wliarton, chairman. B. P» Heigele, Dr. O. L. Garlhighousc, arid Dwi^t McCartj'. I Mark Trinity Leader. The Trinity Miethodlst, groiip has Kenneth Mark as Bcoutmiister aiid Albert Alley assistant scoutmaster. The committee: E. H. Finlty, chairman, L. A. McMillan, and Glen Anderson. I Harold Henderson is the Scoutmaster for the Christian troop. The committee members arel- Frank Taylor, chairman. Earl Slfers, the Rev; J. Lee-Beleford, Orville Swinford, and Earl Hayes, Mr. Howland is acting as Scoutmaster for the United Brethren or- garilzatlon, •with Melvln Hayes as assistant. E. F. Knock, Le^r Melrose, Dewey Peck, and Raymond Hayes are members of the committee. Texan May Hea^ R.F.C. in Roosevelt Adniinis|tration Gossip and Rumor Fly From Temporary Democratic Head, quarters Under James A, Farley in Miami as President-elect Goes Cruising: on iShort Vacation. Miami, Fla., Feb. 7. (AP)—Jesse A. Jones of Texas appears destined to head the Reconstruction Finance corporation under, the Roosevelt administration. Through this giant agency ftiid its billions of credit, Mr. Roosevelt ifi looking for a strong hand in )M plans for assisting the nation on the upward swing which he believes will result from his "new deal." Selection of Jones for chairman'' ship of the board means the dlsJ placement of Atlee Pomerene, OhlQ Democrat. The latter's appolat- [jnent by President Hoover iraa blocked together with all other nominations by this session of thei senate. This and o^her gossip emSfiiate<|i early today from the temiJora^ Democratic national headqiiarteiS established here by James A. Farley, national chairman, during, the fishing cruise of President-elept Roosevelt in southern waters. The wWrl of speculation among Democratic leaders also put Wil- TAG REDUCTION UP TO LANDON Governor Is Expected to Sign Measure Cutting Car Fees in Half IP YOU MISS THE REGISTER CALL 1 .57 OR 520, I . : Topeka, Feb. 7. (AP)—Only Governor Alf M. Landon's signature and publication of the bill were needed today to make effective the 50 per cent reduction, voted by the legislature in automobile license fees. [Senate pa.ssage of the bill by a, vote of 38 to 1 late yesterday nmde the measure ready for the governor's signature. Altliough the chief executive declined to say whethier he would sign It, administration leadei-s predicted he would despite the legislature's failure to carry out his recommendation for a scale of fees graduated upward fBom a 60- ccnt minimum on small cars. Signing of the bill by the chief executive and its publication would make it effective immediately on 1933 registrations, thereby enabling motorists who have postponed Uwlr applications for more than a month to buy a hew set of plates at the reduced rates. Those who already have paid at the higher rates will, under terms of the measure, receive refunds; Administration leaders have estimated the 50 per cent cut will result in a saving of approximately 2 million dollars a year to motorlstij. Under the bill, the jnlnimum fee will be reduced to $4, with 25 cents added for each 100 pounds or major fraction thereof a vehicle weighs in excess of one ton. Fees for light trucks will be reduced, and those for heavy ones increased. The scale of truck ifees will range from $5 on those of 1.030 pounds capacity to $150 on five-ton ti-ucks. Fifty dollars will be added for each ton of capacity or fraction thereof in excess of five. ' Before passing the bill, the senate rejected amendments proposing flat $2 or $3 fees. Several other amendments proposing minor changes in the bill passed earlier in the Session by the house also were rejected. Ham H.. Woodin: of New York In the cabinet'i as secretary of comr merce, and brought out the names of Henry L. Stevens of North Carolina, former commander of the American Legion, for secretary of •R -ar and Archibald McNellj of Con- nectlciit and O. Max .Gardner of North Carolina for secretary of the Navy. I • There Is every indication that the president-elect Is leaving the war and Navy posts to the end in his selection of cabinet memcers. while Intensely Interested in these offices, he' is giving primary consideration to the yital state, treasmy, and justice department portfolios. It now appears that Senators Hull of Tennessee, Glass of Virginia, and Walsh of Montana, respectively, wiU fill these key positions. • In this connection, reports have it that J. Bruce Kremer, national committeeman from Montaiia, will succeed Walsh as senator from Montana to team with Burton K. •Wheeler of that state. ; The "baby cabinet" talk brings in a wide variety of n^mes. Bert E. Haney of Portland, Ore., is mentioned for secretary or assistant secretary of interior; William T. Kemper of Kansas City and Justus Wardell of San Francisco for other assistant cabinet posts.' It was Ar- deU who battled it out with WiUiam G. McAdoo for the senate nomination int California, and later buried the hatchet in the national campaign. Woodin of New York, who is now regarded as a certainty f^r sccretaor of commerce, is president of the American Car and Foundry company and has been at the elbow of Mr. [ Roosevelt for the last five weeks m a discussion and study of the railroad problem. Jesse I. Straus, New York merchantman, also is prominently mentioned for the same office and there segns to be no doubt that the post lies between the [two. Hopeful of having a leader of the Republican independent bloc in his cabinet, it is , believed Roosevelt is still looking to Cutting of New Mexico for this place. COLDEST SINCE 19l7REC0kDED FOR FEBRUARY Mercury Falls 61 Degrees In 12 Hours to Minimum of 6 Below ALL OVER COtNTRY Blizzard Strikes Large Area Blocking! Roads With Snow Six degrees below zero, the lowest the mercury has fallen; in February in lola since February 2, 1917, was reporte<i here today by the United States weather bureau,! records of which i]|istltution also are authority for the jl917 low mark, iwhlch was 9 degrees Ijelow. The temperature fell ifrom a maximum ojt 55 degrees above zero, the highest jreported during the day, to a minimum of 6 below^, a swing of 61 degrees in about twelve hours. Home owners were counting the cost of the cold wave today in frozen arid broken water pipes and in stalled automobiles. Those who sought professional assistance found themselyes fortunate if they were able to get a plumber and his blow torch beifore evening. Every plumbing shop in lola reported, business at a new high peak for 1933. Snow, I falling over aj coating of sleet wlfich I fell yesterday evening, made dijiving hazardous. Those motorists who were able to start their machines this morning proceeded cautiously, finding the gohig difficult beckuse of drifts. Meagdr reports indicated that the high wind which followed the cold is driftlipg snow over even the main highways to a point which may make them nearly impassable by morn- hig. COUWr ALBiiRT APPONYI Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 7.. <AP)—Count Albert Apponyi, Hungarian statesman, died here today after a brief illness. He was 87.' Apponyi was born at Vienna on-.May 29, 1846, and received his education at the tiitra-Jesuistic college at Kalksburg, near the Austrian capital. LIGHTNERS MY COME BACK HOiE UP TO CITIZENS TO GIVE WIDOW HAPPINESS AGAIN LEGION SPONSORS FUND Register to Handle Contributions to "Back' To lola" Ch^st: BRITISH IN THE AIR Three Planes En Route to Distant Points on Record Hops (By the Associated Press.) Tiiree British planes which started from England yesterday and today were zooming southward to trans-equatorial points in quest of new records today. Capt. J. A. MoUlson .left Agadir, Morocco, on the third leg of his proposed three-and-a-half day flight to Natal, Brazil. The only man to make the westward North Atlantic passage , by plane alone expects \ to complete his last 3,000-mile ocean leg tomorrow, hopping off from French Senegal. He stopped td refuel last night at Barcelona, Spain, and was head^ for .Villa Cisneros, Spanish African coast town, today. The British iroyal air force fller.i. Squadron Leader O. R. Oayford and Flight Lleuteniant G. E. NicholetUs, shooting for ai new long distance world record, [were across the Sahara desert arid going strong in their dash toi Cape Town from Cranwell. England. Their goal is 6,198 miles; the present record of 5,012 miles wasiset in the New York- Turkey flight by Russell Boardman and John Polando, Americans. They gave their distance as 2,770 miles at 3:35 d .r m. Eastern Standard Time today and their position over the northern boimdary of Nigeria. A mess^e to the London air ministry an hour and a half later was too faint to be deciphered. , Victor Smith, young South Airi- can, started at 2:10 a. m. E. S. T., today from Southampton, England, in an effort to beat Amy Johnson Mollison's record of four da/s, six hours; 54 minutes for the flight to Cape Town. If the British air force fliers reach there. Smith's aqjl l£cs. Molllson's flight by stages 'will; be out of the record class altogether. Life for Solt Murder. Kansas City, Feb. 7. (AP)—Cfcaries Bindom, 24, Negro, 'was sentenced to I^e imprisonment today for murder, after he told Judge Thomas A. Seehom he bad slain an tmidentl- fied Negro last night to obtain the good suit 6^ clothes worn by bis vJctim. JUDGE IN OIL SCANDAL Oklahoman One of Four Trying to Lift Proration In Sooner Fields, TesUmony Shows Oklahoma City, Feb. 7. (AP)—The name of a western Oklahoma coun- 'ty Judge was brought into the alleged attempt of certain oil men to "corrupt" the corporation commission for the purpose of runnhig iUegally produced oil from Oklahoma City as state senate investigators questioned Ellis C. Duncan today. Duncan testified that county judge John O. Mayberj-. of SajTe was one of four men who allegedly attempted to deal with two niembers and the secretary of the commission to lift,proration for $100,000. An additional $125,000 to be raised through "short selling" •of crude oil was to t>e split fom- waj-s ijetween Duncan. Judge Maybery; Philip Plaxman, oil broker, and Ray C. •Walker, a cousin of Governor Murray's wife, Duncan charged. He asserted the project fell through 'bocause Flaxman "made excessive demands for expense money upon 'Walker" and refused to continue negotiations with large oil companies and export brokers with a ^iew of raising the $100,000 necessary "to pay off the commissioners. The commissioners, he testified, were to lift proration for a period of several weeks for the purpose of breaking the crude oil market so a profit could be ritade on "short sales." KIDNAPERS SOUGHT Four Men and Woman Believed Abductors of Professor's Wife. Los Angeles. Feb. 7. (AP)—Four men and a woman were sought by police today in connection with the strange kidnaping of Mrs. Mary B. Skeele, 65-year-old i wife of a college professor. A former student in tlio cla.sses of the professor, reported to have had difficulties with members of the family, was being questioned by police. 1 Mrs. Skeele was returned last night to the home of her husband. Professor Walter F. Skeele, dean of music of the Universitj;. of Southern California. 'While 500.police were seeking her, she was released blindfolded, just a short walk from her home from the same black Sedan in which .she was abducted 24 hours earlier. The bandage was whipped from her eyes and the abductors jumped back into the car and sped away, OPTICAL EXPERT SUCCUMBS Founder of .Sonthwestem Optical College Long an Expert. Kansas City; Feb. 7. (AP)—Dr. S. Wright Lane, 78. who founded the Southwestern Optical college here in 1893, died last night from a cerebral hemorrhage. Bom on a farm In Greene county. Mo., be studied both medicine and law before he became a specialist in optics. He originated some of the teclmlque now employed in examination of the eyes and many instruments used In, the profession are the result of bis work. His widow. Dr. E. Alma Lanev a member of the faculty at the college, and a sister. Mrs. Jeannette Grieen, Mountain Grove. sur- •ylYO. :y the Aasoctated Press.) A bltirig gale and blinding snowstorm s vept across the midland plains t< day, trailed by the sharpest sub-zero wave of several seasons. The mercury plunged 30 and 40 degrees jclow zero along the frozen Canadiai border states. , A vast black area on the "weather map from Pocatello tol Pittsburgh and froii Corpus Chrlstl to Duluth denoted an almost solid area of snow ard rain. In that great expanse oily a tiny oasis around Dodge City, Kas., was marked '•clear.' A blibard blocked trains and highway! in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and North Texias and aircraft were grounded in most, of the Prairie states. Street car and motor traffic w a« demoralized in Kansas City and Chicago. Oklahoma City children were told by radio to stay home fr)m school. Memicjl, Mfam., at 41 degrees below was the coldest in i three years and thermometers at Moran, 'Wyo., in the ublands below Yellowstone Park, re »rded a new low at 55 below zero. ' The east had not yet felt the blast, 1}|ut awaited the predicted drop to .the zero regions Wednesday. More than 7 inches of j snow fell overnight at Chicago, wherie the temperature was a genial 22 alKive. and heavy snow was to continue all night while the mercury recedes to a predicted ^b-zero rarige. Only South Central Texas and the Gulf Coast escape(i the freeze but was still In danger.; Typical temperatures in the cold zone ran: jBismarck, N. D., 36; Cheyenne, Wyo., 22; Duluth, 30; Fairmont, Minn., the warmest In the state, 20; Pampa, Texas, 10; Amarilio.'S; Kansas City. 7; Wichita. 10; Omaha, 14; Des Moines, 8; Sioiix City, la., 16; Aberdeen, S. D., 31; Rapid City, S. D., 25; Jamestown, N. D„ 37, and Norfolk. Neb. 21, all below zero. St. Louis, 17 above; Chicago 22 above; 27 above at Detroit. Crop experts 'in Nebraska expressed fear of damage to wheat by the high wind, vfiVa. little protection frorii snow. Trains in Iowa were as much as four bom's late due to drifts. Fire trucks were hampered in reaching a blazing mill at Morristown, Minn., and it was destroyed at a loss estimated variously from %mm to $250,000. A police patrol in Chicago got stormbound and some day Mrs. Susan wlest's baby will tell how she was bcjrn in a blizzard on the way to a hospital. An a^utomobUe fatality in Omaha was blamed on the snow, and traffic accldehte were plentiful where snow covered a sheet of ice In Chicago. The snowfall brought no special cheer tlo unemployed in Chicago, for the city treasury could not afford to hire ejjtra Btreet cleaners. Street railway and bus lines, however, employed {help to keep theirj lines clear. A motorist angered at being struck by a snowball chased a Chicago boy and cracked his head with a pistol blitt. Another boy bitched on a street car and was killed when it jumped the snow packed! track. ENGLAND MAY PAY IN ONE SUM Reports From London Interest Official Circles In ^Y ^shington Washington, Feb. 7.' (AP)—Widespread interest was created here today by dispatches from London describing, a prospective British War debts settlement plan oi? a lump sum basis involving amounts from 1,250 mUllon to 2 biUion dollars. For some time reports have been current that Great Britain would make some lump sum offer for a final settlement,; but usually |he sums mentioned have been under 1 billion dollars or more in line w-ith the Lausanne reparation-^ agreement. In each ca.=c, however, official Washington maintained a strict silence and that was true today.- The present administration Is con- cemed now only with arranging the preliminaries for President-elect Roosevelt's forthcoming discussions with the debtor nations. Mr. Roos- evi'lt has kept-his own counsel, but the general impression is that he intends to exact trade concessions in exchange for any revision. A .sum of 2 billion dollars would represent a sum slightly less than 50 per cent on the total amount now due. Whether congress could be induced,to accept such an arrangement with or without tariff concessions is a question. The opposition against cancellation or reduction as expressed more than a year ago certainly'has yielded little, if any. ' i Obser\'ers today were inclined to place stress on the fact that reports of the new British offer came to light at the same time as Sir Ronald Lindsay, ambassador to Washington, went into conference .with Prime Minister MacDonald and other members of the British! cabinet.' He supposedly had with him .a vast amount of information direct from Mr. Roosevelt himself, gathered at a personal meeting with the inconi- ing president at Warm Springs, Ga. Another question put forth in the informal, tiiscussions here today was whether the reported British plan would have any bearing on what other nations might propose in.their debts talks.. The British have salid that they were ha^py to talk dellts here in March, but could not make binding agreements on economic subjects to be taken up at the world economic conference until all nations to bo there have been consulted. The German reparations pay-, ments were scaled down 90 per cent by the Lausanne agreement, leavlrig a payment of 750 million dollars. This agreement, however, was conditional upon a "gentlemen's ap-ee- mnnff' that an adjustment .should be worked,out with the United States.on <var debts, nOUSEWJfFE SHOOT.S GUNMAN Bullet Fired Through Rear Window of Automobile Docs Work. I NO HOPE FOR GENTLEMAN JIM Famomi Heavyweight Champion III of a Heart. Aliment. New [York, Feb. 7. <AP)—Hope for the recovery of Jaines 3. Corbett, former j heavyweight champion who is seriojusly ill with a he^ ailment, has been abandoned by [bis physician. Dr. O.'wmard Dickie. "His 1 condition is such that he might go at any time, or linger a week or even a month," Dr. Dickie said last night. John] McGraw of the iNew York National league baseball club, friend of Corbett, visited Corbptt yesterday ancl found him in good spirits. "Corbett is making a great fight for life." he said, "and if gameness counts, be will win." ' Charlotte, N. C, Fob. 7. (AP)—A fast-shooting housewife, Mrs. Lon Buchman, sent u bullet into the forehead^ of a man she accused of assailing her husband with gun and Mack/ack' today. The wounded man, who .said ho. was "Shorty" Williams of Enid, Okla., told police he and a companion who escaped were hired to come here from Washington, D. C, and "scare" Buchnjan. He refused to disclose the "hlgh- er-up«" who hired him, but police remehibered- that Buchman had been arrested several times on charges of ri'nning a lottery, and they indicatcii they would seek the men In the ranks of lottery racketeers. < _-r Buchman said he was retumirig from a bridge .party and had driven his car Into his garage, when two m.en with blackjacks and revolvers jumped into it. Struggling, he cried but, and his wife dashed out of the house. Pressing the muzzle of a gim against, the rear window of the car, she shot Williams in the head. The other man Ijeat her and her husband •with a blackjack before fleeing, she said. Williams, before Iseing operated upon • on the bare chance to save his life, -was asked for the names of bis accomplices. "Copper," he said, fl like you a lot, but I can't tell you that." Mrs. Cecelia Lightner ai^ her chUdren will come back to lola—if the citizens of the town and of Allen county want her to. : Mrs. Lightner, the wido 'ffiOf a iLeglonnaire who' was killed when a tree fell on him 13 months ago, is visiting her relatives in France and jaccordhig to a letter received here, is more than, anxious, to return to her adopted countrj-. ; J. .D. Buchanan, to whom Mrs. Lightner apjjealed for help through a recent letter,' presented hef case before the Leslie J. Campbell post bf the American Legion last-night, and at that meeting it was' decided that the post will sponsor a fund, to be contributed to by any ilerson. and to be used to pay the expenses of Mrs. • Lightner and her children back to iola. For the sake of convenient!, The- Register, at the request of the Legion post, has agreed to accept and hold the contributions as theyicome In. It was decided that no names' of contributors will be published In The Register, although an acciurate record bf such contributions will be kept. The total amount of money in the fund will be published 'Urom time to time, but the namcS will be withheld. No Names Published. i Names will not be publlshRd in order that no person will feel, hesitant In making a contribution because the amount he Is able td give is not as much as some of the other gifts. Names will be kept on record, together with the amounts .{;lvcn. in order that an accurate accounting may always be available. This record will be kept strictly 6onfi- dontirJ. '' , How larce a fund will be neces- ; sary in order to pay all of the family 's expenses is not known, and cannot be determined until word is received from various steamship companies with which negotiations for reduced fares are* pending;. Rail e.vijcnses, however, liave already been reduced to a mitilmum through the action of J. F. Dlcicensheets, lola B.^nta Fe agent, in applying to hi.; company for charity rates fqr the Lightner family. Mr. Dickensheets was, notified yesterday by the general pas.senger agent of the Santa Fe that that Company will arrange with the Baltimore and Ohio to make it possiblo for the. family to travel at ^minimum rates from the coast to jola. ; It was pointed out, howevef, that trahsjiortation will not be the only itcrns of pjqDense for Mrs. Ll^tner. She will of course have to ptay for food and other necessities during the course of the journey. Consequently, the fund /will have to- amount; to considerable proportion's. Many Persons Interested. Scores of persons have alreadj-' indicated their interest In Mrs. Lightner and have said that they , \\ill contribute to the fund for bringing her back. Today the fund stands at a total of $1, made ,ln two 50-ceiit contributions. It gifts like the first two that will go a long way toward accompllswhg the end in mind. . Mrs. Lightner was bom in t^anco and when Clay Henry LlRhtner, then a .soldier in the A. E. P., saw her a romance ensued which resulted in their marriage while he wa.s still in France. They returned to this country after the war was over and settled in lola. They lived here happily and during the years that followed Mrs. Lightner became the mother of four children. Fate. struck year, however, when her husband was cutting wood on a Legion uncmploj-ment project. Be darted under a falling tree in an effort to retrieve an ax he highly prized: Ho was not quick enough, however, and the tree plnne(J him, t.'iklng his life Instantly." Shoulder to the 'Wheel. Mrf. Lightner was left with no means of support. She shouldered her l.nsk manfully, however,' and succeeded in making a llvirig for herself and her children, one bf whom, however, died last sujnmer. All the time she had a desire to return to her native country, to live with those who spoke her own language, and who were of her own flesh and blood. She flnally-went. several months ago, but the 'move proved to be a heart-breaking mistake. i Instead of finding a welcome .av/alting her at the home of her si.ster wit-h, whom she has been staying since she arrived in Ftance. she found them all changed. She has not been allowed to work,'since she is an American citizen, aed her relatives have not been gliid to have her. Finally, at her wit's end, she.wrote t0 ;Mr. Buchanan, dispairlngly asking hlm^ to help her . return to America. The campaign for the fund is the result. "When the fund ' has been raised and the famllv re- tiUTied to the country which has l?een glad -to adopt her, theii wlU those who help to bring her hack to happiness see for themselves the go (jd they have done.

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