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ff s ? <» Twice-A-Week Visitor The Semi-Weekly Morning Light carries local, atate and world news Into thousands of rural homee In Navarro and surrounding countlce twice each week. Every worthwhile Item of news from every point Is thoroughly covered. Fifty Yeara of Serrie* The Semi-Weekly Morning LJght hoi bMa an outstanding progressive newspaper, working fox the advancement of the rural communities of Navarre' and adjacent counties for more than fifty years, It* success U oound up with the growth of Rural Ufa, FULL LEASED WIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS SERVICE VOL. LH CORSICANA, TEXAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1939. NO. 128. ]i\ r », O'DANIEL STARTED BUSY WEEK © © © © © © © © MANY LIVES ARE IMPERILED BY STORMS MOUNTAINOUS SEAS DRING SOS SIGNALS FROM JIGHT SHIPS TWELVE PERSONS DIE ON ENGLISH SOUTHWEST COAST; '* RESCUE CREW DROWNS SENATORS LISTEN TO DEBATE LONDON, Jan. 23.— UP) SOS signals crackled from eight* ships in the Atlantic today as mountainous seas, propelled by her- r|f»vc gales, imperiled the -/fives of more than 300 seamen and passengers and ,)i killed twelve persons on the southwestern coast of England. Lloyds reported that these ships were in difficulties: The Chilean motorvessal Acon- cagu^a, 7,230 tons, with an estimated crew of 200 and an unknown number of passengers. The Greek cargo boat Turkla, 1,911 tons, crew of 25. The Danish steamer Svend PII, 1,800 tons, crew of 25. The Netherlands steamer Park- laan, 3,807 tons, crew of 30. The' Greek steamer Stamos, 3,800 tons, crew of 30. The British steamer Bramhill, 1821 tons, crew of 20. The British steamer Terllngs, 2,280 tons, crew o( 25. The Gulf steamer- Avra, 4,652 tons, crew of 35. Tho Aconcagua, enroute to Liverpool from Valparaiso, messaged that her steering gear had been damaged by heavy seas. She gave her position as 200 miles west of i • the Irish coast. Two British tugs m went^to hnr aid. ,f Jfc- The Tarkia sent an urgent mes- lU^T sage that gave her position as 200 r - ' miles off Land's End. Tha Ger- GOVERNOR O'DANIEL WANTS POWER NAME DIRECTORJF DUDGET WOULD HAVTSTATE AUDITOR NAMED BY LEGISLATURE INSTEAD OF GOVERNOR O'DANIEL SIDESTEPS STRAIGHT STATEMENT ADOUT DORSE RACING SAID, HOWEVER, OPPOSED TO MAKING STATE 'PARTNER WITH CRIME' mlles away, changed her Bourse to go to Tarkia. The Danish steamer Svend PII also" was approximately 200 miles of Land's End. She requested help and the British steamer Manaar, 120 miles away, hurried to her aid. In mid-Atlantic, the Netherlands Parklaan reported she was leak- Ing badly after heavy seas had cracked one of her 12-foot plates and three frames In tho stoke, hold. Call From Greek Steamer The steamer American Merchant picked up an SOS at 3:13 a. ,.; m. Sunday, (GST) from the Greek steamer Stamos, reported to be about 200 miles off tho northwestern tip of Spain, The British steamer Terlings, en route from Barry Roads to Bordeaux, drifted helplessly in the j See STORMS, Page 2 One Dead, Eight Injured In Four Car Highway Crash GLADEWATER, Jan. 23.—W)— ' Travis Dillon Jones, 20, was killed and eight others injured, four seriously, in a four-car automobile crash five miles south of here yesterday, Jones, riding with Doyle Crab- ;.,trec, 17, O'Neal Simmons, 18, and i Sam Sharp, Jr., 17, was killed ai- llriost Instantly when the automo- {bile\ and one occupied by Earl .Markham 22, were in collision iiatop a hill on the new Glade- rwater-Kllgore highway. t Two other automobiles ' crashed into the wreckage. Their occupants were not badly hurt. pjeno.tars^ are pictured.; abt^y.e as ithey sat In their seats on the senatS>fioor, ! i1ait£!nlng. to- debate on confirmation ; o(-Harry Hopkins as secretary of commerce. At the time this:'was taken from the gallery Senator Guy Gillette (D-Ia) was talking. Shown in the picture (front to back) are Senators Kenneth McKellar (D-Tenn), Albcn Barkley (D-Ky) and J. Hamilton Lewis (D-I11). AUSTIN, Jan. 23.—(#)— Gov. 'W. Lee O'Daniel urged today that the state auditor be appointed by the legislature instead of the governor and that the governor be empowered to name a budget director. The chief executive said, in his second message to the legislature, he considered it the responsibility of the legislature to determine what the taxpayers' money Is going to be spent for and "the business of the governor to stay on the job and see it is not spent for any other purpose." Submitting the auditor and budget director subjects as emergencies, the new governor said he hoped "to establish a businesslike control of the taxpayers' money in thia state, to tho end that we may be able to give .the taxpayers not only assurance that money has been honestly spent but also that It has been efficiently spent," O'Daniel promised to submit at a later date "my suggestions concerning what can be done and what I think should be done to bring about elimination of many useless special funds and ,consolidation of these funds." ' Such a. step, he said, would make It possible fo'r me v legislature "to have a more definite control over public expenditures." Neew Strong Budget Law "It is very Important," the governor laid, "that we have In this ECONOMY ADVOCATES GUESSING WHEN WPA FUND FIGURE SET THAT IS CHARGE MADE BY SENATE ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTERS WASHINGTON, Jan. 23.—(/<P)— Administration supporters charged today that congressional economy advocates had arrived at a $725,000,000 relief appropriation by "guesswork" and that a precipitate drop in WPA activities would occur if'it was approved by congress. The statements were contained In a report filed by Senator McKellar (D-Tenn) as a member of the senate appropriations committee which approved the relief fund Saturday. The senate was expected to take up the $725,000,000 relief measure, already approved by the house, after disposing of the nomination of former WPA chief Harry Hopkins to be secretary of commerce. Hopkins, object of considerable criticism by republicans and anti- administration democrats, was vigorously defended today by Senator Schwellenbach (D-Wash) a new deal supporter, who asserted Hopkins was "due an apology from those trying to smear him." Vice President Garner nearly See CONGRESS, Pago 7 PROPOSED INCREASE IN ARMY STRENGTH OF UNITED STATES TO RAISE NATION'S STANDING TEN RESCUED FROM SUNKEN FLYING BOAT CAVALIERSATURDAY THREE OTHERS, TWO PASSENGER AND CREW MEMBER, WERE DROWNED^ AUSTIN, Jan. 23.—W— Questioned about his attitude toward proposed re- legalization of horse race betting in Texas, Governor W. Lee O'Daniel said today he was opposed to any measure which would place the state in "partnership with crime " A number of bills to re-legalize betting on horse racing are expected to be introduced in the legislature, which two years ago repealed a legalization statute after a bitter controversy. There has been much Interest in the governor's attitude, especially whether ho would at leasl sign a re-legallzatlon bill if he would not actively endorse re- legalization. A press Interview on the subject started off with a question B.E to whether ho would favor the return of horse race betting. "It is for tho legislature to do the enacting," ho replied "Would you sign a re-legallza- tlon bill," ho was asked. Ho laughed, "It looks too rainy and the track Is too muddy," he said, glancing out the window at a gray sky, "to talk about that." Another question was whether he would submit wagering relegal- Izatlon as an emergency matter. Last week he submitted an astonishing transaction tax as an emergency • state a strong budget cover law only NEW YORK, Jjtn. 23.— OP)—Safe after one of the most dramatic rescues in the annals of trans-oceanic air travel, five men and five women survivors of the sunken flying boat Cavalier approached New York today aboard the tanker Esso Baytown. They had been expected to arrive about 9 a .m. but later advices indicated the tanker might not reach Its North river pier until about 3 p. m. because of rough weather. Gale-swept seas slowed the rescue vessel bringing the ten who lived in the memory of nearly 10 terror-filled hours spent clinging to rubber lifebelts until the tanker hove to in the darkness, drawn by their cries. Joy over their own miraculous rescue was tempered with sorrow at the fate of three other persons—two men passengers and a steward—who slipped beneath Icy waves, apparently too weak from Injuries for the long struggle expenditures not >te government but aiso OL all local units of government, and I think it is equally important that we provide for an efficient method of auditing public expenditures of the state. "x x x I should like to see the auditor selected by a legislative committee and made directly responsible to the legislature for performance of his duties." O'Daniel said he believed "we should realize that all good budget procedure would place on the governor the responsibility of See MESSAGE, Pago 7 GOVERNMENT CIVILIANS TO QUIT SHARES IN RUPPERT ESTATE WASHINGTON, Jan. 23,—(VF)— The 45,000 Increase strength projected In In army President Rooaovelts defense program, off! olals said today, would mova the United States up three notches In the list of worlds active, mlll- •tary forces. A proposed addition of 27,000 .•'ofjtloers and men to the air corps, ; 13,000 or more to the Panama , 'Canal garrison, and 5,000 to other Congress Doings By the Associated Press TODAY • Senate Votes on nomination of . Harry jibpklnst to be secretary of com- erce, (after 12 noon, EST). . Takes up $725,000,000 emergency relief bill. i .House jntlnues debate on deficiency Appropriation bill (noon.). Subcommittees hold hearings on ree, regular appropriation bills branches would swell the regular army to almost 230,000 officers and men. Ten countries now have larger standing armies than the United States, on the basis of newly revised official figures. Disregarding increases which others may make in the meantime, the Unt- ed States will rank eight in two years if congress aproves the $552,000,000 armament recommendations. When trained reserves are Included, the United States ranks only nineteenth, and offIclals anticipate no relative advance In this respect. The air forces,'the United States with 29,895 officers and men In actual service and In trained reserves, ranks seventh and probably will continue to do so. , The proposed $300,000,000 expansion of the army air corps likely will be the first part of the defense , program ready ; for house action. Chairman May (D-Ky) of tho house military committee said he hoped to complete hearings late thU week. ' against tempest winds and terlng water. bat- Eight coast guard vessels gave the three up for lost last night after a thorough search of the seas where motor trouble forced the giant Bermuda-bound Imperial British Airways craft to pancake Into the Atlantic ocean 300 miles .southeast of Cape May, N. J,, during a gale Saturday afternoon. It sank in ten minutes, forcing the 13 persons aboard to leap Into the water before they could don llfesavlng equipments Wives See Husbands Die. Among the survivors were the wives of the two missing passengers. They w'ere recuperating from hysterical horror engendered when, helpless to aid, they saw their weakened husbands slip See CAVALIER, Page 7^ Two Trusty Conyicts Escaped From Prison Farm Early Monday HUNTSVILLE, Jan. 23.— (^)— Two trusties, Pete Rowland and Juan Villalobas, escaped from the Blue Ridge prison farm south of Houston today, officials of the prison system announced. Rowland, 33, was serving five years for murder In Nueoes county and Villalobas, 26, was serving three years for felony theft BARCELONA INSURGENT ARMIES REPORTED WITHIN FIFTEEN MILES OF CAPITAL CITY HENDAYE, France, (At the Spanish Frontier) Jan. 23.—(ff>— The Spanish government today ordered evacuation of the civilian population of its capital, Barcelona, under tho threat of insurgent armies a little more than 15 miles from the city gates. Premier Dr. Juan Negrln's cabinet, after a long night meeting, announced the ministers themselves would remain at the capital to fight to the bitter end, The government proclaimed a "state of war" throughout the territory. The effect of this measure, taken after two and one-hall years of civil war, was not at once apparent but border observers believed it meant full martial law. Generalissimo Franco's armies pressed on persistently In the campaign to take the great coastal city, which became the capital after the government moved first from Madrid and then from Valencia to escape the Insurgent menace. Both Madrid and Valencia remain In government hands. Insurgent planes bombed Bar- See SPANISH, Page. 7 'I assure you that I won't," he said. Last fall, after his election, there' was a sensation when he said ho had an "open mind" on the matter of re-legallzatlon. Storm of Criticism. Avdocates of legalized betting nterpreted the comment as indication he might not oppose efforts to bring the ponies back to Texas and a storm of criticism emanated from church organizations and others. ' Some suggested his "open mind" statement was merely the slip of tho tongue by a man not accus- See HORSE RACING, Page 2 BITTER COLD WAVE DISASTROUS GALES ON WEATHER MENU SCORES DEAD FROM STORMS ON LAND AND SEA OVER WORLD By The Associated Press, A bitter cold wave, accompanied by disastrous gales plummeted the mercury to sub-freezing points today (Monday) as ocean storms brought a series of "S. O. S." calls from Imperilled ships on the North Atlantic. Storm fatalities reached Into the MOST IMPORTANT APPOINTMENT AND NEW MESSAGE SENT i ASKS FOR POWER TO NAME BUDGET DIRECTOR; COLLINS HEADS HIWAY BOARD Helen Wlnthrope Weyant (above), a• comparatively. unknown actress, was revealed as one of three who will receive the bulk of the estate of the late Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees, The estate was estimated to be worth from 30 to 70 million dollars. Two nieces were tho other principal beneficiaries. AUSTIN, Jan. 28.—tfP)— Gov. W. Lee O'Daniel today; made his most important appointment, signed his first bill into law and sent his second message to the legislature. The senate committee on governor's nominations meanwhile prepared to hold a public hearing later In the day on two previous O'Daniel appointments and most recess appointments of former Governor James V. Allred. The house ordered an afternoon session • to .arrange a committee schedule so con- , slderatlon of Important legislation may begin. O'Daniel's major appointment was that of Carr P. Collins of Dallas as chairman of the highway •commission. Some opposition had been expressed to the Dallas man because of the fact Harry Hlnes, who spends much of his time in Dallas, already, Is on the commission. It was not known, therefore, whether appointment of Collins would be speedily confirmed. • The second O'Danlol message did not lead to anything like the uproar caused by the one last weeki proposing transactions tax. The latest message asked that the state auditor be selected by the legislature Instead of the governor and tha governor be given the assist-» ance of a budget mrootoiv '>•- •'.*«•»., Bill Is Signed The bill signed by the governoH would authorize transfer of the old court records of Judge R. E. B. Baylor from the courthouse -eft Waco to the Baylor Museum. Mrs. CARR P. COLLINS NAMED CHAIRMAN OF HIGHWAY MISSION JOE KUNSCH1K ALSO NAMED STATE LABOR COMMISSIONER BY O'DANIEL STATE DEPARTMENT EDUCATION CHARGED WITH GENERAL WASTE REPORT OF~PROBERS SAY SEVERAL INSTANCES VIOLATIONS ORDERS FOUND AUSTIN, Jan. 23.— Appointment of Carr P. scores. Mountainous waves lashed the Eastern seaboard from Cape Hatteras to north of Maine, causing widespread distress, and delayed the arrival of the rescue tanker Esso Baytown en route to New York with the 10 survivors of the Bermuda-bound Airways flying British boat Imperial Cavalier, which sank with a loss of three lives Saturday. "S. O. S." signals crackled from eight ships tossed on the Atlantic, and nearby craft turned to their aid. The lives of more than 300 passengers and seamen were In Jeopardy. Twclvn persons were killed on the southwest coast of England, where the storm struck with par- See WEATHER, Page 9 BROAD APPEAL COOPERATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT-BUSINESS BEING SPREAD ACROSS COUNTRY Collins of Dallas as chairman of the State Highway Commission and Joe Kunschik of Austin 'as State Labor Commissioner was announced today by Governor W. Lee O'Daniel. Collins Is an insurance company executive and a close friend and political advisor of the governor. His appointment Is one of the most Important the now chief executive had to make. Salary of a highway commissioner Is $4,000 a year. Collins' appointment will be effective Feb. 15. He will succeed John Wood, an appointee of Gov- errior Miriam A. Ferguson. A highway commissioner's torn Is six years. Other members of this Important government admin Istratlve body are Robert Lee Bob bltt of San Antonio, present chair man, and Harry Hlnes of Wichita Falls, both appointees of former Governor James V. Allred. Governor O'Daniel said hewouli send the appointments of Collins and Kunschlk to the senate today for confirmation. Asked if Collins had any new plan for application in the highway department, the governor' replied: "Ho has some ideas for more efficiency." He went on to say there was "not much criticism" df the department, for It was "doing mighty fine job." "But the department-Is spending $45,000,000 . to $50,000,000 a year," ho said, "and surely some form of efficiency can be Instituted that will give us more for our money." Kunschlk, who replaces the Allred labor commissioner, Fred Nichols, is an employe of the Southwestern Boll Telephone Company, His appointment will bo ef- AUSTIN, Jan. 23.— UP)— The state department of education was charged with "a general policy of waste and extravagance" by a house of representatives c o m m i,t t e e investigating committee today. The charges were In a report signed by Reps. Bowlen Bond of Falrfield, Alfred Petsh of Fred- orlcksburg, Marvin F. London ol Montague and Virgil A. Fielden of Mount Pleasant. Tho report alleged several Instances of violations of legislative has been an utter dls regard In many Instances of sal artes set by the legislature for the department," tho report said, citing an item where the salary o a department porter allegedly was raised from $680 a year specified by the lawmakers to $067. Sea EDUCATION, Pago 7 orders. There Vlargaret Harris Gordon of ..—. me of two women members of tho eglslature, was Its author. The house received an Investigate ng committee report charging th« tato education department with '» general policy of waste and eJC« ravagance." O'Daniel said concerning proposals to relegallzo horse race betting that he opposed any measure which would place tho state in "partnership with crime." He did not amplify. The senate quickly approved and sent to tho house a bill authorizing •efundlng of $1,375,000 In state re- lef bonds at an interest rate not to' exceed 2 per cent. Son. George Moffett of Chlllicotho, Its author, estimated tho Interest savings would 30 $101,000 for the life of the bonds. They now draw 4 per cent Interest* AUSTIN, Jon. 23.—</P>—GovernoH W. Lee O'Daniel declined to com- See LEGISLATURE, Page 7 " . : Harvey, Mayfield j Lunch With Texas. I Delegation Today I WASHINGTON, Jan. 23,—W)-&sTr< Six representatives of the YoutUJffS" ,« Democratic Clubs of Texas, hera' for a meeting tomorrow iOL o, IllCUllUft HJitiw* *V«YY . "••"•Tiij. James A. Farley, Democratic na-,v, tlonal chairman, had luncheon to- # day In the Capital with members »; of congress from their state, .' ' Among those In tho group from ,: Texas were Earle B. Mayflold, *• Jr., Tyler, national committee- , ! man; F. H. Harvey, Jr., Coral* " cana, state secretary. By W. B. RAGSDAI/E. WASHINGTON, Jan. 23,—(/P)— A broad appeal for cooperation between business and government Is being spread across the country by a number of administration officials. In 1 a series .of speeches by cabinet officers and department executives, business men are being • told that another breath- Ing spell has been ordered by President Roosevelt and that now Is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their coun- ' Far back In the office of departmental publicity men, other such speeches are in course of preparation. On various occasions during coming weeks, they will be brought out. In these days of modern government, a speech does not just happen to get made. Its subject matter Is not left to the accidental functionings of a brain that may be called upon to do an extemporaneous job, The modern political speech See BUSINESS, Page fectlve Jan. 31. Surprise at Representatives Appol Intment. ' tho Texas Stato Federation of Labor, ex pressed surprise at tho appointment of Kunschlk, and indicated opposition. A statement by H. W. Acreman, Stato Federation secretary, said Kunschlk had no known labor connection, unless It was a company union, which form, It said, had been outlawed by congressional act. Joe Steadham, secretary of the $ee COLLINS, Page X LABOR FEDERATION TO CARRY ITS CRITICISM OF NATIONAL LABOR BOARD INTO CONGRESS WASHINGTON, Jan. 23.—(/P)— pointing the way toward Industrie? The American Federation of Labor will carry to congress this week Its criticism of the national labor relations board. AFL officials, who have contended the board Is partial to tho CIO, said today amendments had been prepared which would restrict the agency's power and makfl substantial changes In Its methods of acting on labor cases. Senator Burke (D-Neb), an outspoken congressional critic of the board, disclosed that he hnd some additional changes In mind, but he did not detail them. B'irke said that he expected the AFL recommendations would cause tho senate labor committee to Investigate the board and that he would not renew his 1938 proposal for a special Inquiry, "Tho board has demonstrated Its weakness so conclusively that I do not think special hearings will bo necessary," he said. Burke made- public yesterday a letter he had written to J, Warren Madden, board chairman, charging that "Instead of diminishing the causes ot labor dispute* and. peace, you have multiplied such, causes and produced a condition approaching Industrial anarchy." An AFL official said tho amendments to bo offered would embody prlnclplts approved by the Ieder«, 'J ation convention last October. Ma» jor changes proposed Include a, requirement that tho board must grant one craft or class of workers the right to select Its bargaining representatives my majority vote and a limitation on tha board's power to invalidato union contracts, coupled with a requirement that tho board notify all interested parties before passing on a contract in dispute. Children Treated In Freeman Clinic Alton Murray Rlchland; Betty Joe Williamson and Aubry Crowder were carried to Treeman Clinic, Dallas, for treatment, It was reported Saturday by Mrs. H. G. Brown,, local representative of tha Texas 89* doty, for. Crlppjed Children.

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