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SESSION OPENS IN APPARENT HARMONY; PROBLEMSJORESEEN WOODUL PRESIDES IN SENATE; MORSE IS ELECTED SPEAKER OF HOUSE AUSTIN, Jan. 10.- The forty-sixth Texas legislature sailed away at noon today on a four-months voyage, of law-making. As gavels of presiding officers banged in senate and house of representatives all on the surface was back-slapping harmony and goodwill but old heads warned there were breakers ahead in the form of old age pension and tax problems and storms of controversy wore certain to develop. There was a big question mark in the minds of the legislators, who were gathered for their first session since election last summer, when the name of Governor- Elect W. Lee O'Daniol, the Fort Worth flour merchant, was mentioned. The man who will be Inaugurated Jan. 17 to succeed Gov. James V. Allred had not disclosed the recommendations he will present to the legislature but had said he would endeavor to make old age assistance the first business of the 'biennial meeting. A flood of bills, which for tho session probably will total about 1,600, and proposals to amend the constitution, which may number scores, were ready for introduction, hut it will be a long time before they are considered. First must come organization of the legislature, including appointment of commttees, and then public hearings, which may be exhaustive. Lieutenant-Governor Walter F. Woodul of Houston rapped the senate Into life at 12:05 p. m., while Secretary of State Edward Clark performed the same function in tho house of representatives one minute later. House Gallery Filled. The house gallery was filled several minutes before the session began and the floor was crowded with members of the lower legislative branch and their wives, daughters and friends. Rep. Roy I. Tennant, Jr., of Longvlew, the shortest member of the house, was in the seat occupied at the last session by Llnd- ley Beckwortb, now the "baby" member of congress. "Maybe I'll go to congress, too," the tiny East Texan jokingly remarked. Chairs on the house floor were at a premium. Advising Secretary of State Clark was Mrs. Oveta Gulp Hobby of Houston, expert former par= llamentarlan of the house who will serve again in that capacity for a few weeks. Dr. Guy H. Wilson of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of Marshall, prayed that God give the legislators "the faith and courage to do right though the heavens fall." • • Retiring Governor Allred was warmly applauded when presented by Clark. Allred rose but did not talk. Time*for Courage. Clark told the house members , that this is a time when we need I courage, optimism and faith in order that a resistant and still fearful Industrial world may resume Us forward progress." ..He next read the long list of temporary employees'. In the senate the Rev. Theodore Drees of Taylor, post chaplain of that body, gave the invocation. . • On the rostrum with Lieutenant- Governor Woodul were Coke Stevenson of Junction, who also on Jan. 17, a few minutes before the oath of office is administered to O'Danlel, will succeed Woodul. Mrs. Stevenson sat besldo her husband, to whom presiding, over .a legislative house will be no novelty. Stevenson is. the only man who ever was twice speaker of the Texas houes of representatives. All 31 senators were present. Senators Take Oath. .The eight new senators and those re-elected lined up before Woodul and slowly repeated after him the words of the official oath, which last summer the people,,, by constitutional amendment, revamped to omit the famous clause declaring, one never had fought a . duel or had assisted In one. 1 The gallery, sparsely occupied when the senate 1 convened, filled as, opening ceremonies progressed Former Senator Tom Holbrook of Qalveston, for many years senate dean, had a seat In the.gallery.. ' A round of applause followed completion of the oath taking. Senator Franklin Spears of San Antonio then placed .the. name of Senator Waver Moore of Houston m>nomination for the office of president pro tempore. The president , protempore will be the presiding . officer during the session when the»lieutenant governor is absent. ..^Described as Hard Worker. Spears described Moore as one , of* the hardest workers In the' sen* ate, asserting he mode the state* mint gladly "despite differences ! of-.opinion we have had on polltl- <c*l matters.", • • • • • - ,,ppears is a warm friend and ~ pporter of Governor Allred while has been^a sharp critic of Joore has served in the senate r years and 'before that served terms in the; house, , caucus report was adopted .un.. iimously. Bob Parker was re- ejected secretary. 'a; Senator Moore expressed deep —preolatlon for the honor be- ed on, him; i view of the nice things said at me," he said, "I suppose I , have to 1 pursue the course of ting the senate ruh'oVer'me as he past I had resolved on re- >j and Intended not to wet it ppen any more." Many Bills Prepared. • • • , ny of the. house members eady had prepared bills hut re was no chance of introduo- them until later-in the week, ep. George F. Howard of ton had 16 dealing with Ju' reform. Bailed Ragsdale of e.tt was-obtaining signatories - proposal to appropriate ' for soil conservation, i Morse's name was reached " call,, members applaud- p,us - f job7pf nesi both . alphabetical "~~~ jBttht) Payr Advertise, Even For Rain, Jayton Paper JAYTON, Jan. 10.—W)—Editor I* F. Wade of the Jayton Chronicle knows what he Is talking about when he argues It pays to advertise In the Chronicle. His last Issue carried a full page advertisement sponsored by local firms. It rend: WANTED—A good, soaking general rain that will cover Kent County." Soon nft«r the paper hit the street It started raining. It didn't stop until an Inch and » half had been recorded. house for the first time In many years. Morse was nlaced in nomination by Rep. G. H. Little of Amarlllo. Mrs. Morse, a striking figure in black, was escorted to the rostrum along with her distinguished husband. The nominating and seconding speeches set a record for brevity. The only seconding speech was by Houston McMurry of H«nri- ctte, representing new members. The veteran Howard Hartzog of Port Lavaca moved that nominations close and Morse's formal election followed. The rebel yell was Bounded as Morse was presented to the house In another brief talk by his close friend, Rep. E. H. Thornton of Galveston. Fledges Co-Operation. Responding, Morse pledged "every reasonable cooperation" to Governor-Elect W. Lee O'Danlel and the senate. A gavel made from a limb of the treaty oak in Austin was presented to Morse In behalf of the house by Rep. Homer Leonard of McAllen. Mrs. Morse and a son, Robert Emmett, Jr., freshman at A. and M. college, was Introduced to the house amid applause. Tho first resolu*'-. adopted by the house made permanent today's seating arrangements. The second called for temporary appropriations and rules committees. Then the mileage and per diem bill was introduced and the temporary committee Immediately retired to consider it. Senator Will Pace of Tyler sent up a resolution granting Stevenson the privilege of the floor at all times prior to his Induction into office, and the Lteutenant-Gov- ernor-to-be was presented by Senator -Morris Roberts of Pettus as "one of the fairest presiding offices who ever served the legislature." In part, Stevenson replied: "I realize there Is a great deal t must learn about operations of the senate." Senator Collie submitted a resolution adoptln" temporarily the rules of the 48th legislature while Senator Joe Hill of Henderson proposed as a substitute adoption of rules of the 44th legislature. Hill commented briefly that the rules of the last legislature "hamstrung" the senate. A motion by Senator Moore to table Hill's substitute prevailed and rules of the 45th legislature were adopted. Uncertainty Marked Legislature Opening AUSTIN, Jan. 10.—(ff>—The 46th Texas legislature assembled today In an atmosphere of uncertainty caused by failure thus far of- Governor-Elect W. Lee O'Danlel to disclose where he wants to get the money with which to enlarge old age pensions. Pensions, other social security programs, taxes and appropriations were the principal Issues as the 181-mcmber body embarked on a session which may go down in history as one of the most tumultous of the present generation. O'Danlel, tho radio entertainer whose election last year amazed the nation, is a newcomer to politics but old heads wlll.be In direct charge of both house and senate, One of the first things on the house schedule after convening of the legislature at noon was election of R Emmett Morse of Houston, a seventh-termer, as speaker. Coke Stevenson of Junction, the only man in recent history to serve :wlce as speaker, will preside over :ho senate after his inauguration next Tuesday as lieutenant governor. There was no shortage of successful politicians in either branch. Seventy-two of the 160 house members and 23 or the 31 senators were members of the legislature which 16 months ago turned down retlr- ng Governor James V. Allred's request for higher taxes for old age )enstons and other purposes. Morse Unopposed • Aside from the house's choice of Horse, who was unopposed, and he senate's selection of a president pror tempore, probably Weave aoore of Houston, the only impor- ;ont matter on today's program was the scheduled announcement of personnel of the various senate committees named by Stevenson. The house expected to choose their elective employes and determine how many othor employes they will have but that was of comparatively little significance. ' . In fact, the legislature won't do Much all week except get organized and make preparations for O'Danlel's gala Inauguration next Tuesday. The fireworks will start after the new governor's initial message the following day. O'Danlel said at Fort Worth last night his message would answer the question of whence, in his opinion, the old age pension money should come. 'Tm going to toll them where they can get the money," he asserted after announcing completion of the first draft of the document . The new lawmaklng body contained two women members whereas the last legislature had none. It also had a twin brother team, Senator Doss Hardln of Waco and Representative Ross Hardln of Prairie Hill, in place of the father »nd son team In the preceding; leg- slature of Sen. W. R. Newton and Rep. George M. Newton, both of Cameron, There was not a republican or independent in the lot Means Higher Taxes Two senate leaders, Morris Roberts of Pettus and John S. Reddltt of Lufkln, took a quick look at the recently completed budget recommendations' of the state board of control and concluded that if old age pensions were liberalized it meant higher taxes. The question in which the pub- ip was most Interested was whom *e taxes would hit. Levies most discussed were, higher imposts pn natural .resources and a general sales tax, Robert W. Calvert, now out of the legislature but the immediate, past speaker, voiced tht ~ 1-1 rt t t MB CORSIOAKA SBMI-WflEKLY ETggfr, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1989, ww^'^rv*^ • ^2ps •"* T . *, '•*'' ^ '$* i opinion there would be a deadlock on old age pensions and taxes with the result no change would be made in either. "If the deadlock is broken," he said, "it will be in favor of a sales tax, not taxes on natural resources." Rep. Eugene Worley of Shamrock, .chairman of the House OH and Gas committee of the 46th house, was another holding the opinion the legislature probably would not levy additional taxes. "I seriously doubt," he said, "that provision will be made for aiding dependent children or the blind or matching teachers' contributions to their retirement fund. The house probably will favor boosting natural resources taxes around $2,000,000 a year for old age pensions but the senate likely will propose some form of sales tax and the long session will end with taxes as they are at present." Eighty New Members. AUSTIN. Jan. 10.—</P>—Eighty new members will be found in the new Texas legislature. The house with a membership of 161 has 72 "freshman" members and the senate with a membership of 31 includes eight. New senators are W. C. Graves of Dallas, William E. Stone of Galveston, Rogers Kelly of Edln- burg, It. C. Lannlng of Jacksbcro, George C. Moffett of Chlllicothe, Jesse E. Martin of Fort Worth, Penrose Metcalfe of San Angclo and Doss Hardln of Waco. Working Schedule. AUSTIN, Jan. 10.—WV-Here is the legislature's working schedule as laid down by the constitution: First SO days for Introduction of bills and resolutions. Next 30 days for committee hearing on bills and resolutions. Final 60 days for action on bills and resolutions. Exceptions to this order are when 'the governor submits any subject as an emergency and when either branch of the legislature votes by a four-fifths majority to change the schedule. Would Speed Court Action. AUSTIN 4 Jan. 10.—(^—Proposed jonstitutional amendments to speed litigation In the courts popped up in the senate today. Both were written by Senator George Moffett of Chlllicothe. One would allow direct appeal from the trial court to the supreme court where validity of a aw Is attacked solely on the basis of unoonstltutlonallty. Since the supreme tribunal has ;he final say in such contests they should be rushed to it, skipping sometimes delayed consideration In civil appeals courts, Moffett said. His second proposal would allow the court of criminal appeals to sit any time during the calendar year, Instead of from October to June. Moffett pointed out the supreme court which can sit any time is gradually clearing Its congested docket. Youth and Age. AUSTIN, Jan. 10.—(/P)—Youth and age combine to make tho 46th .Texas legislature. The years of house members range from 22 to 72 while In the senate they begin at 27 and run to 54. Three representatives are on the minimum level of 22, Lester Clark of Breckenrldge, Leighton Cornett of Clarksvllle and Harold L. Kennedy of Palestine,- all are now members. In the senate Doss Hardln of Waco, beginning his first term at 27 years of age, is the youngest. The senate director lists as :he oldest the Veteran Clay Cotten of Palestine, 54. New Senate Problem. AUSTIN, Jan. 10.—<;P)—One problem which tho senate will mve at the general session of :he legislature has not been written up as have pensions, taxes and the like. This problem will be to find appropriate places to hang 'poi 1 - :raits of President Roosevelt, Vice President Garner and Jesse Jones, chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.- • The portraits have been stand- ng on unvarnished racks in .the senate chamber since they were received several years ago because the walls of the hall are filled with other portraits and iroup pictures of the senators. A resolution of the senate • Is necessary to give them formal and final disposition. Woodul Has Advice.. AUSTIN, Jan. 10.—(fl 1 )—Walter . Woodul has a bit of advice o give Coke Stevenson when the atter takes over. Jan. 17. as lleu- onant governor and president of "-.he senate. This is the a'dvlce: "Maintain ordor. and keep a whlphand." Senators who served while Woodul presided In the lost four years will agree that Woodul did ust that. He was ' a Martinet 'or discipline. Regarding the advice, Woodul explained tho "acoustics' In the senate chamber are not the.'best n the world," also he said that f the senate "gets out of hand t's just, another headache."" Rain* Help Solans AUSTIN, Jan. 10.—(ff)—Senator George Moffett of Chlllicothe, .a armer, sees in • the -recent rains n many parts of Texas a good sign for the legislature. "Peoples' feelings are not easily rritated after a good rain," he says. AUSTIN, Jan. 10.— (JPt— The organization set up. by the. Hardln wins to work for more liberal old ..age pension In Texas will be abandoned, Rep, Ross Hardln of ?rairie Hill announced today. A membership fee of 26 cent's lad 'been charged to pay for ra- ilo broadcasts by Representative Hardln and his brother, Senator Poss'Hardln. N "We will carry on our fight for jenalons and for an increase in :he chain store tax," Hardln said, 'and 'various independent' merchants will pay the bill for radio ime, but we are discontinuing the original organization." AUSTIN, Jan. lbT-W>)-A *7,BOO appropriation for additional survey work In the Pease river flood control district was -proposed today . by Senator George x Moffett of Chlllicothe who said flood damage to highways and railroad irldges alone was. mora , than 1100,000 In the last four years. AUSTIN, Jan. 10.—(ff>—Hmmett torse of Houston today was eleoti ad speaker of the Texas, house/ of representatives and Weaver Moore Of Houston president pro tempore of the senate. ' Both men were chosen by mation, ' SUM $725,000,000 WOULD BE SET ASIDE TO GARRYJIN WORK SUBCOMMITTEE LOPS OFF $150,000,000 AND NO MOVE MADE TO RESTORE IT WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 — (IP) —A house appropriations subcommittee - agreeo today on a $725,000,000 appropriation to jarry the WPA through June 30. The sub-committee loppec $150,000,000 from the $875,000,000 President Roosevelt had asked. Tho reduction still must be approved, however, by the full appropriations committee, which meet Thursday to consider the relief measure. Administration leaders at the capltol, who had been prepared In advance for the subcommittee's action, showed no immediate disposition to start a battle for restoration of the cut. Whether they would mak» an attempt to bring the figure back up to $876,000,000 when the bill finally reaches the house floor, was a question unanskered. Chairman Taylor (D-Colo) of the appropriations committee said tho relief measure probably would bo laid before the house Friday. He hoped to obtain passage, he said, before the end of the week. There was a probability, however, that prolonged debate might delay final action until next veek. The committee acted behind closed doors. In a brief house session, republicans assailed various new deal policies. Rep. Treadway (R-Mass.) open- Ing a Republican attack on the administration':) reciprocal trade treaties, predicted today the present minority party's membership would be strong enough in 1040 to repeal tho program. "The doubling of the represen, tatlon of the republican party in the present congress shows that the people are beginning to :eal- ize what the new deal Is doing to them," Treadway told the house, "In the next congress, we are going to have more than enough republicans to wipe out the present trade treaty program, which is so detrimental to the Interests of our people, and restore the republican policy of protection under which our country has prospered for a century and a half." Treadway opened the second day of the republican speeches against President Roosevelt's administration while tho house awaited Its first piece of legislation—the emergency-relief bill — which Speaker Bankhead said might not bo ready for debate until next week. The senate, meanwhile, stayed n session just long enough to complete Its committee assignments and to receive a few nom- natlons from the President. It will meet again Thursday. The nominations include Spurille Braden to be ambassador to Colombia and Frank P. Corrlgan to be ambassador to Venezuela. Before the senate and house convened for tho day, a group composed of Military committee members from both bodies beard first accounts of International developments from Ambassadors Joseph P. Kennedy and William C. Bullltt. The session was secret, but those who heard said the diplomats painted a "dismal" picture of European affairs. Kennedy is home on leave from London and Bullltt from Parts. Moving Toward Showdown. With tho relief measure still be- br'e a subcommittee, congressional economy advocates and crit- cs of "politics in relief" moved rapidly toward an Initial showdown with Roosevelt forces over the Works Progress Administration. Interest in the outcome was heightened on Capitol Hill by the -act that It will afford the first :est of the president's strength in loth house and senate. On the house side, the issue was a draw by Mr. Roosevelt's request or an $875,000,000 appropriation to finance WPA until June SO, and on the senate side, by his nomination of former WPA armlnistra- or Harry Hopkins to be secretary if commerce. Influential members of a house subcommittee considering the WPA appropriation predicted a mailer sum would be recommended some wanted to cut It as low as- $600,000,000. The subcommittee was called to- jether at 12 noon Central Stand- ird time to make its decision. Democratic members of the group leld a private conference yester- lay afternoon with Speaker Bank- lead and Floor Leader Rayburn mt there was no indication wheth- ir those administration representa- ives succeeded in holding them in Ine or. whether a compromise flg- ure was agreed upon. Operations At Variance. WPA Administrator F. C. Har- Ington declared the sum requested >y the President was necessary f WPA was to make no drastic reduction in relief work. He was understood to have .advised the subcommittee that at the present 3,000,000-pob level , there were still 1,000,000 persons eligible for work who were not getting It. Rep. Woodrum (DlVo.) subcommittee chairman, said on the other hand it was his belief that 'the WRA can stand a substantial curtailment of Its program with- ut causing any great suffering by he people who are in need." Meanwhile, members of the senate commerce committee were studying the report of the campaign expenditures committee/ which charged thes WPA with po-* itlcol activity, perparatory ;t.o questioning Harry Hopkins lomor- ow, ' - ; After voting yesterday to request the former WPA admlnls- tartor to appear, some committee-' men hinted they were interested- n learning how much of the al- eged political activity had -been known to the "hlph-ups" her*. The campaign committee's re- iort avoided,any criticism of Hopkins personally, although it referred at some points to Aubrey: Williams, .national youth • adralnlsl ration chief .who was his first assistant, ' '' There appeared no likelihood Hopkins'-nomination would be disapproved, although most Republican senators "and probably a few conservative Democrats were expected to vote against confirms/. lon* S 7*\ jAj.in the case-of HpjplUnl. spqed, wfes Ja/.At'Aiiiiu! A> >f, i, i-, * '* V fo^'-'V f °v w s% «* • A GOVERNOR ALLRED ASKS INVESTIGATION UNO OFFICE FUNDS NEW LAND COMMISSIONER DECLARES MOST OF FUNDS FOR YEAR ALREADY SPENT AUSTIN, Jan. 10.—(fl 5 )—Governor James V. Allred anounced today he was requesting Attorney General Gerald Mann and State Auditor Tom King to Investigate uses to which certain appropriations for the general land office had been put in tho last four months.. Tho announcement followed disclosure several days ago that some public land had been sold or leased by William H. McDonald a few days before his term as land commissioner expired and the office was taken over by Bascom Giles. McDonald has said his actions all accorded with the law and any Investigation was welcome. Governor Allred forwarded to the attorney general and the state auditor a letter which he has received from Commissioner Giles stating that of $27,160, appropriated for the fiscal year ending August 31, 1939 for supplies, equipment and contingencies approximately three-fourths had been spent to Jan. 1 of this year, on in four months. He said the department would bn seriously handicapped unless additional appropriations were made. Giles letter to the governor follows: "Attached hereto you will find a report showing the condithion of each of the accounts for supplies, equipment and contingencies appropriated to the general land office for the fiscal year ending August 31, 1939. "Said report shows the amount appropriated of these funds, and the accounts for which were Issued on each of these funds prior to January -1, 1939. The balance In each account is also shown. "There was appropriated for these six accounts $27,160.00. You will note that In four.months' time warrants have been .issued against :hcse appropriations. for $17,948.44, leaving a total balance of $9,211.58. This balance will be further depleted by the issuance of warrants in payment of bills received since January 1, 1939, for expenses incurred prior to that date, and probably others yet to be received, covering requisitions for items which have been delivered but for which vouchers have not yet been forwarded to the comptroller for the Issuance of warrants. "The total of said bills received to date is $1,147.33; which would leave a balance In all accounts of $8,064.23 instead of the above balance of $9,211.56. "You will note from this report hat approximately three-fourths of the appropriation for the en- Ire year has been expended in the 'irst four months, or one-third of ,he time. This department will be seriously handicapped in its operations during the next eight months unless these accounts are supplemented by an additional ap- iroprlation "I submit this matter for your kind attention and for whatever disposition you see fit to make of O'DANIELHASTWO TEETH PULLED GET RID PAIN IN NECK FORT WORTH, Jan. 11.— Governor-elect W. Lee O'Danlel >elleved today he was well on he way toward getting rid of a mln In the neck that has trou- >led him for some time. And in this instance, he wasn't referring to a job-hunter or any other w.ho may have been pester- ng him. He meant a real, personal pain in the neck. Liniment, massages and other remedies had no effect on a stiffness and constant soreness n his neck muscles. So O'Dan- el has K-ray pictures made of Us teeth. Two were obsessed. There was his trouble, the den- .1st said, and advised removal of he teeth. So O'Danlel will go Into the governor's office next week minus two teeth, a wisdom tooth and Its molar sidekick, but also minus a pain in the neck, If the .mprovement noted today continues. Life Sentence Passing Forged Check Affirmed AUSTIN, Jan. 11.—<ff>-The court of criminal appeals today affirmed a life sentence given R. C. Gilbert in Liberty county on conviction .of passing a forged check. \ • The extended penalty was assessed because it was Gilbert's third conviction on a similar of- 'ense. was expected in -action on. the nomination of Prof/Felix Frankfurter of Harvard to be a supreme court justice. A judiciary subcommittee started hearings today. Chairman Neely (D-W Va)-said most of those who asked to 'testify were against the appointment on the ground that Frankfurter, a New Deal adviser, was "too radical." . '/ A meeting of another judiciary subcommittee was called to decide whether hearings would be held on'the nomination of former Gov. Frank Murphy of Michigan to be attorney general. The subject of national defense, which President Roosevelt will llscuss in a special message. later .his week, • came before a secret olnt session of the senate and louse military committees. They nvited Joseph P. Kennedy and William C. Bullltt, ambassadors to Britain and France, 'respectively, o report on .the European sltua- lon and -Its' relation to -the' United States. Win the legislative program still n the fromattve stage, there was Ittle ,worH for the senate and house thamnelvM, ' SENATE COMMITTEE SDOWS IMPATIENCE WITHJITNESSES THREE WITNESSES MAKE OBJECTIONS CONFIRMATION OF FRANKFURTER WASHINGTON, Jan. 10.—</P>— A senate judiciary sub-committee, demonstrating marked impatience with some witnesses, heard object- Tons today to the nomination of Felix Frankfurter for the supreme court of the United States, to succeed tho late Justice Cardozo. Witnesses before the committee were Gorge E. Sullivan, Washington attorney; Collls O. Redd, who said ho represented the "constitutional crusaders of America," and Wade H. Cooper, Washington banker-attorney. Dean G. Acheson, Washington attorney serving as counsel for Frankfurter, carefully took notes of the testimony, but said he would make no statement unless asked by the committee. Sullivan said he was testifying as "an American citizen and an active practicing attorney." He said he objected to the nomination because Frankfurter was alien burn. (Frankfurter was born In Vienna 56 years ago.) He said the nominee also had "alien-minded affiliations" with such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union. Frankfurter's espousal of such causes, Sullivan said, "accords with his willingness to have as collaborators x x x a number of notorious Reds, including William E. Foster, communist candidate for president of the United States (In 1928)" The witness said the appointment of Frankfurter, who Is a Jew, to the high court would "wrong our Jewish Americans generally." Redd told the committee Frankfurter had originated the original NRA program, and that "he must have known it was contrary to our American institutions." Redd read several published references to the fact that Frankfurter was a Jew. WASHINGTON, Jan. 10.—,, A senate subcommittee considered a half dozen protests today against :he supreme court nomination of Felix Frankfurter, liberal Harvard law professor and a new deal adviser. The investigating group agreed to hear several witnesses who have objected to the nomination and to receive a report on Frankfurter's qualifications from Dean rt , Acheson, Washington attorney. Frankfurter declined an invitation to attend the hearing at 9:30 a.m. central standard time, saying lie had no wish to testify as to his own qualifications and would prefer not to leave his classwork at Harvard. There have been no objections to Frankfurter's nomination from subcommittee members, but several expressed a wish to question ilm on his attitude toward the Soosevelt court bill, shelved by tho senate In 1937. PLAN WPA PROJECT FOR REARRANGEMENT OF COUNTY RECORDS DITTER ATTACK ON MURPHY HEARD DY HOUSE_WEDNESDAY REP. HOFFMAN, MICHIGAN, SAYS FORMER GOVERNOR BETRAYED HIS PEOPLE County Judge Paul H. Miller was authorized by the commissioners' court to sign a project agreement with the WPA for the •e-arrangement of the records and •e-fillng of old cases In the coun- y clerk's office. Commissioner 3. M. Fitzgerald was authorized .o advertise for bids for one or more road malntalners for his precinct. Claims were allowed except as noted on the claim docket, another deadlock In the select. on of a county farm superintendent ensued, and other matters were considered at the Monday afternoon meeting. Lyda Reed, county clerk, appeared on behalf of the proposed ,VPA project, similar to one now nearlng completion in the district clerk's office. The project is expected to cost Navarro county ibout $75 while the payroll for :he work will be about $2,900, glv- .ng six men work for approximately nine months. New^ jackets -and re-arrangement of the records alphabetically and numerlcal- y will be carried out in the new project A motion by Commissioner C. O. Slaughter for the raising of he salary of Miss Cornelia Hardy, deputy county clerk, from $95 to (100, died for want of a -second. Another tie. the ninth one, resulted when the matter of hiring of a county farm superintendent was considered. Bach commissioner nominated his favorite, as on the previous eight ballots. Another meeting wlll'be held Thursday in an -effort to agree upon a superintendent. C. B. Powell, constable, Precinct 1, presented a deputation for two deputies, Oscle Renfrow at a salary of $75 and Roger Cruse at $40 per month. The deputation was tabled. No action was taken. . County Auditor B. Y. Cunnlng- lam was authorized to call for payment of bonds Nos. 39, 40 and II, in tho sum of $1,000 each, for Etoad District No, 12, maturing March 1. The advertising for cash bids for one or more 80 or more h. p. road malntalners to be used in Precinct 2 was authorized to be •ecelved and opened Monday, Feb. ' Man Electrocuted [n Dynamite Death Trio little Girls NASHVILLE, - Tenn., ' .Jan. 11.— «V-Whlte Miller Tolwett, 28, was executed today for the' dynamite death of three little glrla. Malnalning his innocence and composure to the end, he was calm in a last > minute .visit with relatives -before walking to the state's electric chair. Tolweet was convicted with ihree other persons of dynamit- ng the. home of Harmon,. Gouge near Ellz'abethton, Tenn.rTast January. Gouge's three 'children, Sonia, 0; Luenn, 7, and Boma Jean, e- ' 1 -- WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 —Administration members defended Frank Murphy in the House toSay during an attack on the new attorney general's sitdown strike record. Rep. Hoffman (R-Mich) said selection of Murphy "as legal adviser of the president means, If it means anything, that the president approves of a government by men, by expediency—not a government by law under the constitution." Rep. Rayburn of Texas, the majority leader, heatedly asked Hoffman to cite "one Instance In which Governor Murphy broke the law.' Opening a suit case full of homemade weapons, Hoffman shouted: "Was Murph- enforcing the law when he allowed the strikers to have these?" One by one, Hoffman waved a knotted rope, Iron bludgeons and other improvised weapons, which ho said ho obtained from Michigan state police. WASHINGTON, Jan. .—— The house heard a bitter attack today by Rep. Hoffman (R-Mlch> on the labor policies and political background of Frank Murphy, former Michigan governor recently nominated as attorney general. "the record shows that Frank Murphy failed to perform his duty as governor of the state, that ho betrayed the people, that he left many of them to the mercy of the armed invaders," Hoffman said in a speech from the floor. Murphy's nomination to head the justice department already has been approved by a senate judiciary subcommittee. With the senate in adjournment until tomorrow, three of Its subcommittees were at work today on President Roosevelt's nominations to high offices. One approved former Senator James P. Pope of Idaho for the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors. Another heard Harry i» Hopkins testify that he had done everything in his power "to keep petty, partisan politics out ' of WPA." Answering questions concerning his qualifications for secretary of commerce, an office to which he just Has been named, Hopkins said "If anybody has had an Intimate experience with business during the last six years it has been myself." Roosevelt* Dangerous Radicals. Mrs. Elizabeth Dllllng, who described herself as an author of anti-communistic books, told a third subcommittee considering tho nomination of Felix Frankfurter to the supreme court that she could prove that President and Mrs. Rooseelt were "dangerous radicals." Mrs. Dilling said Frankfurter, a Harvard law professor, is an associate of "Red revolutionaries." ' Hoffman's speech in the house against Murphy opened the third day of attacks by Republican house members on the Roosevelt administration. The house, meeting an hour early, will take up tho $725,000,000 work relief bill tomorrow, leaders announced. They expressed hope of disposing of it by Friday night. Meanwhile, administration forces openly doubtful of victory, endeavored to restore to the relief bill $150,000,000 lopped off by a rebellious house subcommittee. May Offer Floor Amendment*. House leaders said that if the full appropriations committee failed to make the restoration tomorrow, one of its members would offer on the flor an amendment to appropriate the full $875,000,000 which President Roosevelt requested to keep WPA going until June 30. There were indications, however, that the administration would take .a licking In its first test of strength In the house, which may send the bill to' the senate 'by Friday night. Over In the-senate, too, trouble was storing up for the relief measure in two spots: . 1. Chairman Byrnes (D-SC) said he would submit to the senate unemployment committee a formula for distributing relief funds to the states. An attempt may be made to write it into the appropriation bill. Inflation From McNary. 2. Conservative Democrats received what appeared to be an Invitation from Senator McNary (R-Ore), the minority leader, to work with Republicans In erasing politics from relief. In a radio speech last night, MoNary said Republicans would "join hands with .any group to drive the political racketeer and spoilsman out of «the administration of relief." A similar viewpoint was Indicated by Rep. Martin, ot Massachusetts, Republican floor leader in the house, who appealed. last night for an end to ''this relief scandal." There was no doubt'that Presl- dent Roosevelt still wanted an $875,000,000 WPA fund. When a reporter guessed at a press conference yesterday lhat 60,000 persons might be dropped from relief rolls because of •the house subcommittee's action, the president suggested he check again. Mr. Roosevelt added that In his position he had to think not only in -terms of dollars but also In terms of human-beings—a factor which he described as important. Some relief experts were..understood to believe that as many as 460,000 might be dropped by a $150,000,000 reduction in WPA funds. SHU Another TacU. The relief Issue took still another tack In the senate commerce committee which asked Harry L. Hopkins to appear for questioning about his qualifications to be secretary of commerce. He'was WPA administrator until he was placed in the cabinet last month..: A senate judiciary subcommittee approved unanimously yesterday another presidential, appointment: rr-that'Of Frank Murphy to bo attorney general. Another group still was. hearing protests against the designation ot Felix Frankfurter, Harvard la.w professor, as a supreme'court justice. The senate was in recess for the day, and the house, was Idling, w|th Republicans using the 'time 4«. l_1» ,«i_U_l.»*._4 _V.*4_ .4 _ <_.J J. ' NEWSPEAKEROF TEXAS HOUSE VEI FDPULARLAWMAKE R. EMMETT MORSE, POSED, COULD HAVE WON IN ANY KIND OF CONTEST By HAKBE1, E. LEE AUSTIN, Jan. 10.— (#)— If the race for speaker of *< the house had been instead a popularity contest or one to ascertain which member knows most about house j procedure, the result, in the !> opinion of many, would have been the same. Soft-drawling R. Emmett Morse of Houston, they say, undoubtedly would have come in ahead. Morse, prematurely gray at 43, ban been on the losing side in several bitter house fights but that has not altered the high • regard In which ho is held by his ' colleagues. Perhaps the clearest demonstration of his popularity was his ability to push through tho unwilling last house a bill to legalize sale of hard liquor by the drink in counties desiring In tho final analysis, however, ..... . "breaks" played a large part in ' giving Morse without a stretch race the honor to which he had aspired for several years. Twoi.t" possible strong opponents for the speakership decided not to run for rcnomlnatlon to the house ' and two others were defeated. •/ I Morse is the first "big-city" f \ speaker since Chester H. Terrell of San Antonio In 1913. All other things being equal, legislators usually won't vote for a Houston, Dallas, San Antonio or Fort Worth man for the speaker- ship. The small city representatives feel that views of the "big city boys" generally are opposed : to their own. Is Not A Lawyer. * The new speaker also is T an ' exception to the rule in that he Is not a lawyer. A real estate man, he Is the first non-lawyer .1 speaker in some time. Slightlyv ••'• more than half the members o£ the new house are not attorneys. . The easy-going Houstonian first was elected to the legislature in 1926 and has been coming back ever since. That gives him an advantage in continuous service on all of his colleagues except C. E. Nlch-, olson of Port Neches, who is up on him by one term, and R. A. Fuchs of Brenham, who is even. For service not continuous, W. E. "Uncle Elmer" Pope of Corpus Chrlstl i.-. first, Nicholson second, and Morse, Fuchs and Alfred Petsch of Frederlcksburg tied for third. Morse does not Intend .to either actively support or oppose any legislation. He explained ho would not need to steer legislation applying solely to Harris county because some other member of the Houston delegation could take care of it. Mrs. Morse will be here for .the legislative session but neither of their two children will. Eugenia, ' 18, is a sophomore at Rice' and Robert Emmett, Jr., 17, a fresh man at A. and M. Likes to Hunt. The new speaker is one of tnl most respected participants in" the domino sessions frequently held In the house after the law- naklng sessions have adjourned. tie likes to hunt both deer and birds. A back Injury suffered in an automobile accident a few years ago ended his golfing and jowllng. While representatives generally prize appointments to choice ;ommlttees, Morse asked that he 30 relieved of all committee assignments both In 1935 and 1937. He wanted -more time to devote to bills of which he was author, i The veteran Houston lawmaker ™ conslstenly has opposed higher taxes. While a "liberal" on moral eglslatlon he is a conservative on economic matters. His committees, to be announced later this i week, can be expected to give a * full hearing to opponents of proposed heavier tax burdens on lusiness. . ...... Morse's speakership campaign was concluded to all practical purposes last August 17. On that date Bob Alexander of Chlldress, a warm personal friend, was do- 'eated for renominatlon and the Houston man's last formidable opponent was removed. Earlier n the year, Morse- had driven to all parts of the state in the "nterest^of his candidacy. assortment of administration pol- Icles and programs. Seek Appropriation For Red River WASHINGTON, Jan. __..„.,... At least two Oklahoma and Texas! members, of 'congress plan to seek ( congressional appropriations tort tho government's $56,000,000 Red' River dam project between the :wo states despite opposition by Governor Leon R. Phillips of Ok- ahoma. Reprosantatlves Raybiirn (D- Tex) and Cartwrlght (D-Okla.). . said they would ask funds for an early start on construction of .the dam, which, the governor told his state's legislature yesterday, would nundate rich southern Oklahoma farm lands, •<""''' Cartwrlght said he was willing .hat Oklahoma, be given a hear- ng by congressional committees - >efore funds were appropriated. > Phillips urged the legislature to -, ask congress for a hearing; ; Rayburn, who supported the hydro-electric, project at' the time , songress authorized its construe- \ Jon, said "it seems more that),. passing strange that they arej jullding. dams in Oklahoma and :here has been no kick about cpVr ering up rich soil until we gel; >, a dam which would generate*a. s large amount of power." i \ • Rayburn said there was-a likelihood .some- proposed dams ~ Dklahoma on tributaries' of Red River would.not be provide for If congress failed to appropr ite funds for the big flood con :rol project at Denlson, "'•" ' . . • • . ••*.!. the Windshield Wiper Service >* Don't take chances while it raining. 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