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L TwIce-A-Week Visitor The Semi-Weekly Morning Light carrlei local, state and world news into thousands of rural homes In Navarre and surrounding counties twice each week. Every worthwhile Item of news from every point Is thoroughly covered. fl Home of the Daily Sun and Semi-Weekly Homing Ughtfl FU1L LEASED WIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS SERVICE Fifty Years of Service The Semi-Weekly Morning Light has been an outstanding progressive newspaper, working for the advancement of the rural communities of Navarre and adjacent counties for more than fifty years. Its success It oound up with the growth of Rural life. VOL. LIL CORSICANA. TEXAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2&.1938. —TWELVE PAGES NO. 120. <r ERMAN PROTEST IS REJECTED © © © © © © © © CORPUS CHRISTI OFFICIAL IS INDICTED •I. INVESTIGATOR FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARGEDJN FRAUDS RUFUS OLIVER IS AMONG LARGE NUMBER FACING MAIL FRAUD INDICTMENTS NEW YORK, Dec. 22.— (iP) —A federal grand jury today .indieted Rufus Oliver special investigator for the local district attorney in Corpus Christi, Tex., and 21 other persons on charges of mail fraud and conspiracy growing out of a $100,000 race track confidence swindle. Federal officials said victims mostly elderly persons in California and other West- ates who were taken in_by Ancient nebulous promise of fortunes to be made on "fixed" races at American, Canadian and -•Cuba tracks. Assistant U. S. Attorney John \ k J. Dowllng said Individual swln- Vdles ranged from $1,000 to $25,000 Prosecution of the ring was Initiated In New York after Postal Inspector Herbert N. Graham dls- . covered that much of the defend'•\ ant's mall was cleared through Vilocal post offices. Dowllng said ' \the ring operated chiefly from Corpus Christi. Those named in the .indictment r , ..i addition to Oliver, included ', ^Emery Scott King, alleged to be a< director of the operations; Jack P^olda^WUliam^O.JAgwd, Aarnes W («,„' S.HEi ONE KILLED, EIGHT HURT WHEN BUS OVERTURNS ICOSTER DECLARES DRUG FIRM BILKED BY BANKERS, OTHERS HEAD OF M'KESSON &. ROBBINS SAYS HE WORKED HARD TO PREVENT INEVITABLE One man was killed and eight persons were injured when a bus collided with an automobile near Chicago and rolled over several times. The bus bowled over several gasoline pumps, one of which may be seen in the foreground. The man killed was the driver of the automobile. JAPAN PREPARED TO AID IN ABOLISHING CHINA_PRIVILEGES EXTRATERRITORIALITY ENJOYED BY SOME NATIONS FOR NEARLY CENTURY ... _ Rob'fiPt Fuller all of Hot Springs, Ark., Roberl Kohler, Joseph Ordens, Charles Gardner, Slsto Ouidotti, George R. Barnett and 11 other persons whose names were not known. Dowling said five of the defendants were in custody. Oliver, King and Reynolds have been ordered removed from Corpus Christi to New York, he said, and Alexander is held at Hot Springs. Fuller is in custody here. Elderly Persons Fleeced. Dowling explained that accomplices, known as steerers, picked up victims, usually elderly persons with a few thousand dollars in savings, and convinced them they could win largo sums on "fixed" races. As a , "come-on" a small bet would be made and the "winnings" reinvested. When the supposed winnings became sufficienly large, victims were told that profits could be collected In Corpus Christi by posting a certain amount of money or securities to Indicate good faith in making the original bets. Once the se- (curity -was posted, Dowllng said, ',a final "bet" would be made yhich invariably wiped out the ^victim's profits and security, r/yHe said the victims were then turned out of town and led from one place to another, sometimes for months, on telegraphic promises of restitution. Dowling said securities which victims turned over were mailed to New York to be converted into cash. Several of the victims have testified before the grand jury as to how they .met strangers who Introduced themselves, then found connections with "race track experts and commissioners" who knew about "good '/A. See OLIVER, Page 11. TOKYO, Dec. 22. ler Prince Fumlmaro Konoye declared today that Japan was prepared to help China abolish the foreign concessions and extraterritoriality, the system of special privileges enjoyed by some foreigners in China for nearly a century. In a formal statement on the future of Japanese-Chniese relations the premier concluded: "Japan not only respects the sovereignty of China but is prepared to give positive consideration to the question of the abolition of extraterritoriality and of concessions and settlements, matters which are necessary for the full independence of China." By China the premier manifestly referred to the state Japan already has announced she expects to emerge from her current conquests, linked in a strong political, economic and cultural bloo with Japan and her protectorate, Manchoukuo. Such a state, under Japanese direction, is expected by Japanese leaders to replace the Chinese government of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, which now has its capital at Chungking. Konoye's statement was believed to embody decisions reached in November by the imperial conference, super-government organ for prosecution of the China war, meeting in the presence of Emperor Hirohito. (The United States has no concessions in China, but American citizens participate In administration of the international settlement of Shanghai and Americans enjoy extraterritoriality, the right to be tried in their own courts If they run afoul of Chinese law.) Konoye's statement coincided See SINO-JAP, Page 11. AMERICAS DEFENSE PROGRAM HANGS IN BALANCE AT LIMA ARGENTINA "DEFIANT IN REFUSING TO ENTER ANY MILITARY ALLIANCE NEW YORK, Dec. 22.— (/P) —F. Donald Coster, born Philip Musica, said in a suicide note made public today tha,t "bankers, lawyers, auditors, appraisers and in- THOUSAND ffiESTS REPORTED IN BIG SPANIS_HSPY CASE INSURGENT "SPAIN ROCKED BY ALLEGED 'CASE OF THE DIRTY SHIRT' LONDON, Dec. 22.—W) —Official reports reaching London today asserted that "approximately 1,000" arrests had occurred in insurgent Spain in a great spy By ANDREW BERDING LIMA, Peru, Dec. 22.— (ff)— The issue of co-operative defense for the Americas hung In the balance today between a defiant Argentine declaration thrown dramatically before the Pan-American conference and a second declaration to which the United States and most of the other countries agreed. United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull arrived early at the conference hall and conferred with Dr. Carlos Concha of Peru, conference chairman, and Afranlo Mello Franco, Brazilian delegation chief, in an endeavor to break the deadlock. From Dr. Isidore Ruiz Moreno, chairman of the Argentine delegation, the other three leaders demanded official and exact Information about the Argentine See CONFERENCE, Pago 11. FINAL SETTLEMENT FRANK DRANE ESTATE HAS BEENCOMPLETED PARTITION SUIT DISPOSED OF WITH JUDGMENT ENTERED DISTRICT COURT OPE READ, LAST OF WRITING CONTEMPORARIES MARK TWAIN AND EUGENE FIELD, TURNS 86 7 / "Finis" was written Wednesday afternoon In the Thirteenth judicial district court involving the nuge Drane estate when a judgment was entered by Wayne R. Howell, district Judge, whereby the Navarro Community Foundation and Hugh A. Drano partitioned and divided the estate of Frank Neal Drane, deceased. Attorneys admitted each of the two parties would receive approximately $800,' CHICAGO, Deo. 22.—<#•>—Still full of marrow and humor, Opie •Read, the last of a writing m.d .-' palavering tribe which included Mark Twain, Eugene Field, Josh Billings and Artemus Ward, turned 86 today. Having no health trouble except a recent touch of "Rockefeller stomach" which he remedied by judicious dieting, the white-haired author is free to devote his time to reading, writing and conversation, prime pleasures of his crowded years. "You know," he said, "I once told Rockefeller that he'd out-live all his physicians. That didn't strike John D. as either sound orophesy or very funny. But many •ears afterward he recalled my iiwrk and admitted, 'well, you ere right. I have outlived those doctors,'" Settling into a rocking chair •••sturdy enough for such a giant of a man, Ople Read tossed off, "philosophy is the undershirt of truth," and added bitingly that a lot of American politicians were running around in a rather shock- Ing state of intellectual decollet- honestly think we should frer be governed by anyone who pas not known the influence ot great books," he asserted. "It is not that I would wish, us to be ruled by merely bookish men, but to my way of thinking profound leadership comes from the man who has* in his mind the influence of noble literature." Being better acquainted with himself at 88, Road said, "I have not that old self-confidence and cockiness. "I know now that self-assurance Is not everything. Many an immortal thing-has been written In tremulous timidity. Ignorance nearly always has had more confidence in itself than cultivated Intelligence, and supreme Ignorance always believes it is favored by the Lord." Prepared now to publish his "Autobiography of the Devil," or "Satan's Side of It" (which he says already has caused "the preachers to kick up a fuss,") Read was inclined to talk shop, "Our literary scene doesn't He em very promising to me," he observed, "We may, of course, develop a literary of which we at present have no conception, yet nobody believes there ever will be another Shakespeare. The literature of the future may be a different species; It may go hand in hand with sclenco," 000 each. Testimony was offered by a number of witnesses Wednesday afternoon, with particular emphasis being placed on the dates that the late Mr, Drane effected his will and established the Foundation earlier this year. Mr. Drane was found dead at his home, Arcady Farms, northwest of Corsicana, Dec. 1, this year. He perfected tho organization of the foundation May 28, this year, after making his will earlier in the sprlng.< Tho settlement was not con' tested and was heard before Judge See DRANE, Page 11. Blanton Named Speaker Annual Banquet C. of C. W. N. Blanton, general manager of the Houston Chamber of Commerce, will be the principal speaker for the annual membership meeting of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce and the date has been set as February 10, according to an announcement made Thursday by R. W. Knight. Special entertainment will be provided for the evening by Walter Jenkins of Houston, well- known singer and choir director. Further details of the program will be announced In the near future, OVER TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS OLD AGEJTOONS AVERAQE CHECK FOR PAST TWELVE MONTHS NAVARRO COUNTY WA§ ,$13.03^ Navarro countlans over the age of 65 years received a total of >207,844 from the Texas Old Age Assistance commission during 1938, a perusal of the records of the office of Lonnie L. Powell, county clerk, reveals. Monthly reports are made to the clerk's office from the State comptrol- er, giving the name, amount and number of each check received each month by every person. A total of 15,945 checks were received in Navarro county during this year, for an average amount of $13.03 per check. The monthly average checks was 1329. The average amount per month was $17,317. Following arc the number and amount of checks received monthly for 1938: January „ ....1350 $17,533 February 1332 17,361 March" ; ...1333 17,331 April .............. 1237 17,154 May .'. ..1344 17,316 June 1342 17,288 July .1330 17,271 August .., .1335 17,280 September 1320 17,109 October 1342 17,438 November 1339 17,418 December 1332 17,325 Total 15,945 $207,844 Monthly Average.. .1329 $17,317 Average che'ck $13.03. October was the largest month In the amount with $17,438. May was the peak month In the number of vouchers^ with 1344. Committee Heads Named. TULSA, Olcla., Dec. 22.— (O*)— The new general president of the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, J. C. Hunter, of Abilene, Tex., has named Raymond M. Myers, of Dallas, Texas, chairman and Forrest M, Dorrough, of Tulsa, vice chairman of the Association's new standing committee on wage and hour laws. The directors created the committee at an annual meeting here Monday. ecutives have bled McKesson and Robbins white." The amazing swindler who shot himself to death in his Connecticut home when his activities were discovered said the company which he headed "should have been In receivership at the time of the crash one year after Its reorganization." "I have tried to hold it up to stave off the inevitable," he wrote. "No man has ever worked harder or received less pay to make something work out for the Interest of all. "There has always been friction within the board of directors because the wholesale business Is a rotten business at best — the wholesale part wrote off millions of bad debts and Inventories. competent high salaried ex-| hunt which authoritative persons here suggested might affect the entire course of .he Spanish civil war. The arrests were the sequel of what the London informants called tho "case of the dirty shirt." The shirt in question was found n the baggage of Harold Goodman, British vice-consul at Sau Sebastian, when he was stopped at Irun, on the French border, ast Monday. Inside it was "Incriminating Information" which led to the arrests. An official statement from the nsurgent foreign ministry fit Burgos said documents found in Goodman's valise when he reached the border en route to France were "designed to Inform tho enemies of Nationalist flnsurgent) Spain about our future military operations." For weeks reports from both sides In Spain have told of great insurgent preparations for a major offensive by which it was said Generalissimo Francisco Franco hoped to end the war. The offensive has been unaccountably delayed, although bjtC -.vei:'hor has been cited as an explanation. The Burgos foreign ministry said preliminary inquiries disclosed the existence of "a vast organization to communicate with the enemy." It added that British authorities were given the Burgos government all passible assistance in the investijfation. Sec SPANISH ,Pago 7~. CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TO BE OBSERVED IN CORSICANA MONDAY MAJOR PORTION BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY ACTING SECRETARY STATE WELLES SHARP IN REPW TO NAZIS SAYS APOLOGY1REQUEST OUT OF LINE WITH TACTICS OF NAZIS THEMSELVES There was nothing said about that, just that tho 1929 crash was responsible." The note exonerated hlg brothers in masquerade and asserted he was "the victim of Wall Street plunder arid blackmail in a struggle for honest existence." The note was made public by Samuel Reich, Coster-Muslca's attorney. The note asked that "the world judge if bankers, lawyers, auditors and appraisers that got millions out of the company knew nothing." Denies Alcohol Involved. Coster-Musica denied that narcotics or alcohol was involved In his deals and asserted that "I have not tried to ruin the company or the stockholders." "If I did," Coster-Musica wrote, "I would have sold my holdings in 1928 for over $3,000,000. Instead, I am a ruined man through the treachery of legal intrigue." Regarding his concealemcnt of his masquerade from his wife, See COSTER-MU3ICA, Page 7. BATTERED BODY OF MISSING GIRL WAS FOUNDJN CREEK TUNKHANNOCK, Pa., Dec. 22.— (/P)—A half a hundred troopers were called Into a search of this ilosated, snow-covered countryside today for the slayer who strangled attractive, 19-year-old Margaret Martin and attempted to conceal her nude, battered body In a creek. Investigators expressed belief the slayer cither was a sex-maniac with a cruel, distorted mind or a round-up man for a white slave ring, who killed the girl when he feared ho would be caught. Slashed and mutilated, tho body of the brown-haired business school graduate was found yesterday in a burlap bag, partially submerged In three feet of water under an abandoned bridge. A naked hand, protruding from the crudely sewn sack, caught the attention of a young trapper as he wandered along the stream setting traps. James Hagan, 48, is shown after he was charged with assaulting Mayor LaGuardia In New York. Ha- tjan's face shows the effects of the beating given him by spectators. ITALY AWAITING CONCESSIONS FROM FRANCEJN TUNISIA FRENCH WARNED ROME WILL USE FORCE IF FRANCE" WANTS TO FIGHT See GIRL, Page 7. DOUBLE ISSUE OF RELIEF AND SOCIAL SECURITY BE HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE IN NEXT CONGRESS EDITOR'S NOTE: Thll il tho third of four articles on thn problems ot tho next eontrrf'Ba. It riven tho background of the relief and twciul security pro- grama. The la«t will take up economic and farm legislation.) By W. B. IIAGSDALE WASHINGTON, Dec. 22.—(/P)— The double issue of relief and social security will bo highly explosive in the next congress, Just as it was In tho November election. Aspirants for office used their own thoughts, inspiration or ideas of what the voters In their own areas wanted when they went on the stump to talk about these two subjects. What they said about them may or may not have jibed with their party platforms. On these Issues, It was pretty well a case of eevry man for himself. Relief and the WPA method of administering It came in for a lambasting; by. many democratla candidates as well as by republicans. Particularly was this true In tho primaries and In the hard fought campaigns in the south whore the democratic primaries are all powerful, Want None to Starve. But WPA also was supported by men of both parties. In the wind up, no word came through to Washington of any candidate who said he favored doing away with relief regardless of who might starve in tho process of abolition. The most bitter points of attack were complaints at tho cost of WPA and charges that WPA funds were being used to foster the political hopes of favored candidates. These charges were made not only in campaign speeches, but wore poured Into the records of the senate campaign funds committee. Tho report of that committee to con- See CONGRESS, Fag* J, Corsicana residents are preparing for a double holiday for the second successive year occasioned by most establishments taking Monday as a special day as a result of the memorable date falling on Sunday. Last years Christmas Day fell on Saturday and a double holiday resulted. Members of the Corsicana Re- tall Merchants' Association, both banks, and a major portion of other establishments will bo closed all day Monday. Postofflce officials announced that both Sunday and Monday would be observed as holidays. No windows will be open on either day and only one collection will be made from boxes in tho ' downtown business area. Mall will be distributed to boxes and outgoing mall despatched as usual. Officials said that every effort would ho made to deliver belated gift packages on both Sunday and Monday. Following a long established custom, no editions of cither the Corsicana Daily Sun or tho Semi- Weekly Light will bo published Monday, allowing all cmpoyes of the Sun-Light papers their single holiday of the year. Most Corsicana churches are scheduling special services on Christmas Day and the tradi ROME, Dec. 22.-«P>— Italy waited today for France to offer concessions after giving notice that the fascist government considers invalid the 1935 Mussolini- Laval convention concerning Tunisia. The authoritative fascist editor Gaydn. warned the French that Rome would meet "with equal arguments and equal force" France's "Insidious fury" if France wanted to fight. The firm Italian stand considerably Impressed diplomatic quarters, where It was felt Premier Mussolini, determined to make tho Rome-Berlin axis benefit him, was in great earnest in the matter. (The convention assures Italians In Tunisia—the French north African protectorate for which Italians started a campaign Nov. 30—their right to Italian citizenship until 1965. It never has been ratified by tho French parliament but French diplomatic experts consider that it has been in force since It was signed In Rome January 7, 1935). Diplomats expressed the viewpoint that Premier Mussolini felt his position strengthened after WASHINGTON, Dec. 22. — (fP) —Sumner Welles, acting secretary of state, disclosed ' today the United States had rejected Germany's demand for an official apology for Secretary Ickes' speech in Cleveland last Sunday attacking dictatorships. Welles told Dr. Hans Thomsen, the German charge d'affaires, that the request came with singularly ill grace and Impropriety from a government which had so persistently permitted its controlled press and officials to attack American leaders Including Presidents Wilson and Roosevelt and present members of the cabinet. The acting secretary of state advised Thomson that Ickes' remarks represented the feeling of an,overwhelming majority of the American people who had been profoundly shocked by recent events in Germany. Welles' statement to the Gorman envoy was couched in strong and uncompromising terms which the United States rarely uses in diplomatic discussions with a frlenly government. He told Thomsen that the German government must now surely know that the recent policy pursued, m Bormtuiy had nhooked ;>nd confounded public opinion hi" the United States more profoundly than anything that had taken place in many decades. Welles warned Thomson that expressions of public Indignation such as Ickes' were incvkable. Ickes had said Germany's treatment of Jews carried that nation back to "a period of history wher. man was unlettered, benighted and bestial." The interior secretary also criticized acceptance of German decorations by Henry Ford and Charles A. Lindbergh. Welles snid in talking to Thomsen that this criticism of Ford and Lindbergh was a purely domestic question in which Germany could have no concern whatever and which he would not discuss. And, Welles added, so long as attacks against American officials continued In Germany the German government had no right to suppose that attacks of the same character would not continue in the United States. Tho exchange brought an extremely sharp new strain on Correlations already withdrawal the the four-power division of agreement on Czechoslovakia Sept. 29 and might be considering the use of force to achieve some striking success. No linger Valid. PARIS, Dec. 22.— (IP) —The foreign office announced today that tho Italian government had notified Franco through Andre Francols-Poncct, ambassador to See ITALO-FRENCH, Page 7. of ambassadors of both countries and Germany's response to increasingly Insistent recent American notes. The state department considered the latter unsatisfactory. Thomson had told Welles he trusted the government of the United States would make public an official expression of regret for Ickes' statement. This Welles flatly refused to do. The acting secretary replied that for several months he had closely followed the German press and hud rarely read more unjustifiable criticism or open attacks See PROTEST, Pnge 11. tional family dinlngs unions will be held and as usual. The championship game of the University Interscholastlo League at Dallas on Monday Is expected to draw a largo number of Corsicana residents. Co-Operation Of General Public Is Asked By Police Co-operation of the general public was asked Thursday by Chief of Police Bruco Nutt in eliminating all unnecessary noiae in the vicinity of tho three hospitals in tho city. The chief said there were some critically 111 people In each of tho institutions and some complaints had been received of unnecessary noises such as fireworks and automobile horns. He declared that he believed the people of Corsicana would be prompt to respond to the appeal but that If complaints continued It might be necessary to file charges In oases ot disturbance ICC APPROVAL OF LARGE LOAN TO KATY RAILROAD CAME OVER OBJECTION FINANCE DIVISION WASHINGTON, Dec. 22.—(/P)— I Interstate Commerce approval of an RFC loan to tho Mlssouri-Kan- sas-Tcxas railroad, it was disclosed today, camo over the objection of a majority of the ICG's three-man finance division. Tho full commission hold Monday that the railroad was not in need of reorganization, and thus was entitled to borrow $2,824,000 from the RFC. The vote was 7 to 3, and commission officials disclosed today, tho minority Included Commissioners Charles 13. Mahafflc and B. H. Meyer. These two, with Commissioner Claude R. Porter, compose tho finance division Mahaffio reported that In view of his belief "that charges must pay interest on funded debt, taxes rentals, equipment-trust principal and to maintain working capital. Mahaffio said the Katy's present annualy fixed charges wore about $4,300.000 and that during the five-year period 1933-37, aside from interest on its adjustment bonds, It failed to earn these charges by $5,126,000. "The prospective earnings," he said, "except so far as they can he determined from tho past are, of course, largely a mutter of judgement, x x x In the case ot this applicant there Is tho additional question whether it Is ob- tnining, and can bo expected In the future to obtain, Its relative or ma neiier -inai cnargcs nuia ,,,. ()po ,. llon of . ra iroad traffic In be expected ultimately to be met ,'„„,„ hwPKtn , n rf ,M 0 n." from the earnings of the property the Southwestern region." rather than from Government I funds x x x I am not able to concur in tho certificate." | A spokesman for tho finance dl- j vision said the case was taken to the full commission Immediately ! after tho divisional vote in order to shorten procedure. Ho explained that had the division's opinion been announced, tho railroad could have carried tho case to the full j commission. 1 .The Katy asked the loan to SHOPPING DAY TILL CHRISTMAS

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