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Twinkles We understand that the younger generation Is going to the devil. At any rate, if the depression lets tip enough to give the older folks leisure, the youngsters are going to be called several kinds of little devils. It never falls. Disasters and floods are becoming more numerous, gvling renewed hope that normalcy is really just around the cottier and that we are approaching the corner. Experimenting ig on with inexperienced legislators wh|o have good Ideas but they seemingly arc forgetting that the authors of the State constitution didn't intend to tolerate any trifling with property rights. Some of our ancestors are not as dead as we sometimes imagine. Serving Pampa and Nbriheasiem Panhandle THE NEW Fastest Growing City la TeMa—Panhandle Oil and Wheat Ceatef wiootxnMXr HOME NEWSPAPER Established April 6, 1907 Official Publication, Pity of Pampa • VOL. 28. NO. 257 » (Full (AP) Leased Wife) PAMPA, GRAY COUNTY, TEXAS FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 1, 1935 (Twelve Pages Today) PRICE FIVE CENTS * Reilly Now Claims Fisch Did Not Write Ransom Notes In 'Snatch' LONG APPLAUDS ATTACK Rumors that the Harvesters would be given another name if the wheat crop is short again are probably false. Last reports were that Uncle Sam woUld not perrait Importation of a new Italian wheat which purportedly made 122 bushels to an acre. To call Mr. Roosevelt a dictator as ho asks for billions to spend is .hardly accurate. He's a glutoon for punishment and puts to shame -the solons who suffer agonies in dishing out their small patronage. Musing of the moment: The Indians once migrated with the . buffalo herds in this section and got along pretty well. But instead of turning the country back to the Indians, we might find seme descendant of an old chief and ask him to apply that common sense which once impressed the pioneers. . . . We sometime.? wrongly assume that knowledge is a guarantee of governing ability, and that scientific wonders are sheer blessings. It isn't smart to devise something that Is too dan- gerous'to use. Brevitorials £N ISSUE of the hour in Texas, despite the oft-repeated opposition of Governor Allred, is the proposed sales tax. The West Texas chamber of commerce, through its far-flung directorate, has overwhelmingly voted in favor of a constitutional amendment to permit a 2 per cent general sales tax. We've been asked to explain the reason- Ing behind this proposal. . '. . It should be assumed, at the outset, that property taxation — especially .local • taxes—has reached the point of confiscation and that normal building is discouraged. A large • per cent of the unemployed would be absorbed, In-ft building program. But as long as building is mainly confined to pub'Hs spending, the problem is aggravated rather than helped, since the public tax burden rises and ad valorem taxation is placed on the old private property. ipHE PROPOSITION . adopted by the West Texas chamber of commerce follows: '"That the West Texas chamber of commerce by constitutional amendment favor a 2 per cent general sales tax on the last retail sale, providing the state uses the revenue equitably to fund the outstanding indebtedness . of all cities,, counties, and schools, and providing the local ad valorem tax bills be reduced in accordance with the amount of debt relief secured." This is not as new as it seems. One per cent of the state gasoline tax is diverted to assume, equitably at least in theory, a portion of the road bonds voted by counties and spent on designated highways. The WTCC proposal would extend the sales tax to a general, last-sale basis and apply the proceeds equitably on city, county, and school indebtedness. rplIE BASIS of equality is not specified and would have to be defined by law. We will assume, for this discussion, that it would be according to the amount of sales tax paid by each county, and not according to the debt of the several political sub-divisions within the counties,. . . . The reasons givSu for the proposal follow: 1. SomcUwmg must be done to relieve the unfair burden of taxes on real estate. 2. This proposal enables maximum relief on these taxes. 3. The proposal is a supplanting tax and not an additional tax. 4. Title amount of sales tax would be limited'by con- stitutionaLinhib.it,iQ>i.-' 5. The whole program is 'practical and in line wijth What other states are doing. •''TT IS OP COURSE true that real estate and other visible property now bears nearly all of the burden pf city government, county government, most of school costs, and much of the cost of state government. Ad valorem' taxes produce more than 75 per cent of the money raised by taxes in this state. These are paid or assessed regardless of whether the property makes or does not make a return. In West Texas, government tax liens against non-productive property have reached the staggering total of more than $50,000,000, . . . You don't pay pay an income tax unless you earn it; your real estate tax mounts year bjf year even though your land, for instance, wouldn't support a jackrabbit and you couldn't sell it for 10 cents on the dollar. TT SHOULD be noted that the •*• proposed sale tax would not entirely supplant the ad valorem tax. It is not so intended. It is intended to take over the interest and stoking fur % 1 requirements of bonds voted for various public im. provements. The operating expenses would continue to be borne by ad valorem taxation. . . . The total amount of outstanding debts of political subdivisions of the state is estimated at $130,000,000. Inr terest and sinking fund require- AFL WILL 'NOT ACCEPT' AUTO CODE SIGNED BY ROOSEVELT "Tumblebug" LAWYER NOW ASSERTS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHO IS GUILTY (A complete running account of the qiH'.sUon-aml-answcr testimony in the Uaiiptmiinn trial can be read on page 5.) Hy WILLIAM A. KINNEY FLEMINGTON, N. J., Feb. 1— The combined opinion of eight slate experts that Bruno Richard Hauptmann wrote the Lindbergh ransom notes was disputed today by the first defense expert, and Hau$tmann['te attorneys formally disclaimed part of the so-called "Fisch myth." Former intimations that the dead Isador Fisch might have written the notes or kidnaped and slain Baby Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., were wiped away by the defense Chief Edward J. Reilly during a recess argument. Reilly held, • nevertheless, to a contention that Fisch, not Hauptmann, was the receiver of the futile $50,000 Lindbergh ransom. John M. Trendley, the expert, declared it was his opinion that the important first ransom, note, known as the nursery note, "was written by a left-handed man trying to disguise his handwriting." He charged, moreover, that the chart prepared by Albert S. Os'- born, the chief handwriting expert for the state, which was used by Osborn and other experts to Illustrate basis for comparing the ransom notes with Hauptmann's handwriting, ignored all but three words in the first note. Up to the noon recess, when he was still undergoing indirect examination, Trendley took up the nursery note line by line and word by word to show why be believed Hauptmann was not the writer. Xmas Card Shown Reilly declared: "We never contended Fisch wrote the notes or that he perpetrated this crime. I believe he got the ransom money. We don't know who wrote the ransom notes." The argument concerned, a Christinas card handed to Trend- ley with a query as to any possible similarities between the handwriting on it and the handwriting in the 14 ransom notes which, followed the kidnaping and slaying of Baby Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., of which Hauptmann is accused. The state objected. The card was not immediately identified, though the discussion that followed indicated it was from Fisch. Reilly argued: "We are not here to prove who wrote the ransom prove Hatuptmann them." Trendley testified notes, but to didn't write that the first See HAUl'TMANN, Page 5 lie was her "dearest ufus" and her pet "tumblcbug." she was his little "salami herring," but she canceled their marriage plans, Robert ilsaacson, economist turned liquor jobber, shown here in Chicago court, sadly declared in his $100,000 balm suit against Mrs. Mary B. Alexander, Harvester magnate's widow. Mrs. Alexander, in Florida, is ignoring the suit. ALLRED ISSUES TO SAVE Clerk's Date Error Is' Rectified By Governor AUSTIN, Feb. 1. (/P)—Governor James V. Allred today intervened to prevent any possibility of the electrocution of Cecil Short, who found himself under death sentence from Dallas county because of a typographical error in a commutation proclamation. Thn governor said he was reissuing the proclamation commuting the Denton county youth's sentence to life imprisonment. The pardon board had recommended such action. Former Governor Miriam A. Ferguson had issued a commutation on January 8. but a stenographer in copying the proclamation dated it "19U4" instead of District Judge liams of Dallas '1935 ' Noland G. Wil- pronouncpd the January Building Totaled $25,710 Pampa building permits for tho first month of the new year totaled $25.710, according to the report of J. R. McKinley, building and utility inspector. This figure was exceeded last year only by December. It included 14 building permits, repair and remodeling permits, and new construction. The larger permits were to Montgomery Ward, for $3,000 worth of remodeling, and to H. B. Carson, for a modern tourist court The total was believed to be one of the largest in Texas for cities of this size. The inspector also issued 12 plumbing permits, 7 gas permits, and 13 electrical permits. A partial permit was taken out for the construction of a three- apartment house by E. E. Plank. Construction work will begin immediately. The building will be 26 by 60, Mr. Plank said. It will be erected at the corner of West Francis avenue and Purviance street. Material is being moved in. J Heard • • Howard Neath cracking that Curbstone Coach H. H. Hicks is broken-hearted at not being named line-coach of the Harvesters. He urges friends to be considerate of the doctor's condition and humor him as much as possible. % Mr.s. Bob Mullen doing consiii- lerabte ".out-loud" worrying aixwt, her torn cat, which broke its yesterday. death sentence against Short Wednesday. H<; said the mistake doubtless could bn corrected and he was pfraicl that any other action at the time might result in the youth's going free. License Plates For Cars May Be Bought Here Now This will imswer the questions of those who have been wondering when they would have to pay auto license lees. A new state law makes March 30 the deadline, instead of January 31. The new licenses, of a maroon and white combination, are here and may be purchased, but they cannot be used until April 1 and afterward. This is still 1934 insofar as license tags are concerned. There is no change in the fees, although, as usual, there is talk of reductions in the legislative circles. President Green Flings Defiance at White House in Senate Meeting. WASHINGTON, Feb. 1. (/P)— William Green, president of tho American federation of labor, announced loday organized labor would "not accept" Ihe automobile codo extended by President Roosevelt last night until June 1C. He made Ihe statement to a senate judiciary subcommittee considering the Black 30-hour week bill In these words: "We protest ngalnsl this code. We will not accept it, not recognize It, not yield on it." Green said the code had "absolutely failed" to spread work "because under it the workers are compelled or required to work almost unlimited hours at the discretion of the automobile manufacturers." A recent ballot conducted among automobile workers by the national automobile labor board showed 90 per cent of workers voting in nine plants recorded themselves as not affiliated with any labor organization and slightly more than five per cent affiliated with A. F. of L. Votes cast numbered 46,211. Potential Gains 7,121 Barrels in Panhandle Field Potential of tne Panhandle oil field continued its upward marcli during January, when 7,121 barrels of new • production was added, according to the February 1 summary released by the'local office of the Texas Railroad cbrnpjijBsiOn'tluS morning..': ;i-' •--,"• /fv^/ : •':'-.-"-.•{.••'-.W-i The field allowable re'rtialrig^ -3$ =58,800 barrels whicl^ necessitated reducing the percentage factor from 8.83 per cent to 8.42 per cent. New production, from 31 wells, was distributed over the entire field with Gray county leading the way with 15 completions good for nearly 4,000 barrels of production. Totals of the new report; read: 8,188 wells, 881 marginal wells, 313,223 barrels potential, 33,288 barrels marginal oil, 2,112 barrels exempt oil, 277,823 barrels proratable oil. .«. ^ 'Singing Slayer' Dies on Gallows NEW ORLEANS^ Fell. 1 (AP) — Kenneth Neu, singing slayer, dropped through the trap at tho Orleans parish jail at 12:05 p. jn. in payment for the murder of Sheffield Clark, prominent Nashville, Tenn., business man. The 28-year-old former night club entertainer was led from his cell to the death chamber at 12:01. Between guards he marched (he 40 feet to the death chamber slowly and mounted the gallows. Hangman Henry Meyers adjusted the noose and at a signal sprang the trap. He took his position on the gallows and shouted a terse farewell to Ihe witnesses. Meyer 'mediately adjus'Upt the black noose around Neu's neck. A minute later the trap clicked and the body plunged from view a dozen feel below. As Meyer adjusted the ropo Neu shouted "ffood-bye" to Ihe spectators. DECISION DUK SATURDAY TYLER, Feb. 1. M')—A decision on an injunction sought by the eastern states petroleum company against the state railroad commission, seeking to prevent interference in the movement of 200,000 barrels of crude oil, is expected to be made tomorrow by Bryant. federal Judge Judge Bryant Randolph yesterday Hitler Comes to Aid of Actress BERLIN, Feb. 1. M 1 )—Reichs- fuehrer Hitler personally came to the aid of Pola Negri, Polish motion picture star today, overruling the propaganda ministry's order prohibiting the actress from working iu Germany on the grounds that she was suspected of having Jewish blood. Hitler ruled that Miss Negri could enter Germany and act in a new German film in which she is to be starred. The actress had applied personally, several days ago, to Joseph Goebbels, minister of propaganda, for permission to make the picture but her application had been refused. Miss Virginia Mason has returned home from Wor^ey hospital, where she underwent a ,tonsll!ectomy the first of the week. granted a restraining order preventing the commission from interfering with the movement of 178,000 barrels of crude owned by A. D. Sadler of Kilgore. OIL NU1S ASKS LEGISLATURE TO DESIGNATE HIM AS REPRESENTATIVE AUSTIN, Feb. 1. (/!•)— The Texas senate unanimously adopted today a house resolution . which was amended to provide for ;vn extensive investigation inlo official conduct of legislators and stale officials. AUSTIN. Feb. 1. (ID— Tho legislature today Ravp Governor James V. Allrrd authority lo participate in conferences concerning interstate oil compacts. A resolution adopted by botli houses specified, however, that proposed compacts should be confined to prevention of physical waste of natural resources and should be "without price fixing and without the. creation or perpetuation of monopoly or regimentation." Senator W. K. Hopkins of Gon- zalqs said that while the resolution did not contain the words "federal control," the "whole purpose of it is to oppose it." Earlier Governor Allred requested affirmative legislative action delegating him or his representatives authority to participate in such conferences.. Allred said three oil producing states, Oklahoma, New Mexico and California, '.and authorized their governors to negotiate with other gqvernors locking toward an interstate >"nnipact : f an - ^hs conservation i - J ^""iieum and natural feas. : Stfiteii'W. J. Holloway, former governor of Oklahoma, would come to Austin February 2 for a conference relative to an interstate compact. He would represent Governor E. W. Marland of Oklahoma. "Prior to my inauguration, I participated, unofficially in two conferences called by the governor- elect of Oklahoma to discuss a possible interestate compafct between the oil producing states," Governor Allred said; ""It is possible that as governor. I have the authority to continue such negotiations, but I do not Wish to do so without the authority and approval of the legislature. "As stated in my opening message to the legislature, I believe that the state, and the state alone, has the constitutional right to regulate the production of oil and gas, and I am sure that we in Texas propose to do this thing ourselves. I believe, however, that we should at all times stand ready to cooperate with our sister stales lo achieve the Irue purposes of conservation. LATE NtWS LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 1. (/P) By unanimous vote, the Arkansas senate today .joined the house in inviting- Secretary of Agriculture Wallace lo outline his "supreme court of llic people" idea before a joint session of the assembly. HONKONG, Feb. 1. (/P) — Two Russian guards aboard HID S. S. Tung-chow, currying- 75 American, British and Scandinavian .school children, were killed by pirates according to a report today to the China Navigation company agents in Shanghai. All the children were reported safe. WEST TEXAS: Generally fair tonight and Saturday; somewhat colder in north and east portions tonight. Closet Where Ransom Money Lay MURDER PLOT HEARING OPENS; BOURGEOIS ARRESTED The broom c'i'.set in the Bru'io Hauptmann Bronx home, in which the prisoner claims he placed the box containing Lindbergh ransom money which he so,ys was left with him by the Isidor Fisch is shown here, in a facismile of the photo- graph which the slate placed in evidence In llic Flcminglon trial. The bo>}. according to Hauptmann's statement, lay for some lime in a spcl almost beneath the sink, in the lower right-hand corner of the photo. Blames Administration for Loss of Markets A'broad; Expert Hits at New Deal. DALLAS, Feb. 1. (/P)—Defenders of the new deal, expertly criticised yesterday, .planned a rebuttal today at the closing session of the "cotton crisis" conference of the Arnold Institute of public affairs. Cotton program critics, dominant at the opening session, gathered to hear E. D. White of the cotton production section of the department of agriculture, offer a defense for the administration's cotton control program. Other .speakers listed were Dr. A. B. Cox of the University of Texas. Dr. A. B. Conner of the Texas A. and M. college experiment station and Dr. M. F. Bum-ill of Oklahoma A. and M. college. Tht» institute is sponsored by the George F. and Ora Nixon Arnold foundation of Southern Methodist university, solely for a study of cotton problems. Peter Molyneaux, southern economist and editor of the Texas Weekly, said Texas and the southern cotton growing areas are facing the greatest crisis since the civil war, in a speech yesterday. "This ruinous situation inherent in the cotton crisis results from the persistence of thn present administration, as the Hoover administration, in following the traditional American commercial policy based on the naive assumption that foreign trade is not a significant factor, in our prosperity as a nation," Molyneaux asserted. He blamed the United Stales refusal to meet the world half way in the interest of international trade by lowering tariffs for the loss of cotton markets aboard by by Teas. FALLS, BREAKS LEG Joe Smith, Sr., long-time Pampa resident, is in Pampa hospital with a fracture of the lower thigh bone. Mr. Smith fell yesterday afternoon while walking by the side of his building on Russell street. He spent a fairly restful night and this morning his condition- was satisfactory. an Clyde Peterson of Mobeetie was a Pampa business visitor yesterday afternoon. CONGRESS TOLD 'ASIATIC DICTATORSHIP AND TERROR HOLD LOHSMM IN CLUTCH Soys TrouWes 'Foreshadow Conflict that Will Be Fought Throughout U. S. WASHINGTON, Feb. 1. Comparing- the present regime in Louisiana to "Asiatic" dictatorship, Representative --Jared Y, Sanders Jr., said today that the troubles there foreshadow " a conflict that will soon be fought throughout the United States." In his maiden speech in congress, the Louisiana democrat and, longtime political foe of Senator Huey P. Long, asked: - "Shall we discard democracy and set up a government by dictatorship?" "Democratic institutions and the orderly processes of democratic government are rapidly disappearing in Louisiana," he asserted. "The American ideal of a democratic government 'with all power lodged in the people with each community electing its own officials, is being displaced by the Asiatic conception of government of an all powerful chief executive who rules tho whole people for the benefit of the dominant faction or class." He termed martial law in Baton Rouge, his home town, a "great outrage" and said the Louisiana state militia was ''merely the • arm of the dominant political faction." "Any community in Louisiana," he continued, "in which there is decided opposition to the present regime, lives in daily and hourly expectation of a declaration of martial law, to be followed by complete annihilation of that community's right of lopal self-governrnent. That is what is actually happening on this day and hour in Baton Rouge." TARIFF WALLS How to Obtain Peace In American Life Is Discussed "Thn price of peace is the creation of an informed public opinion for a spirit of good will and fair play," said Bishop Robert E. Luccy of the Amarillo Diocese in an address at the Rotary banquet at the Schneider hotel last night. Rotary Anns and presidents of other civic clubs were honor guests. Industrial p?aco can be secured through abiding by the ruling of the majority. Cut-throat competition must be eliminated and labor must be organized to eliminate dissention within the ranks of the organizations. "Organized labor has suffered almost as much from the racketeers and bad leadership within its own ranks as from the outside," he said. The solution lies in the proper organization of capitol to control trade practices, manufacturing methods and credit, and in proper teeth put inlo the decisions between capital and labor by the state or national government. The church must help in teaching- justice and charity. To secure economic peace lariff walls, which prevent trade among nations, must be lowered. "For a nation to pay us money we must buy from them nr travel in their countries in order that they may secure money." The U. S. nation-.d pride must be changed in order to give some consideration to peoples of other nations and the race for armaments is keeping governments' funds depleted with the huge expenditures. "We must teach our children the glory of peace instead of the glory of war," he concluded. Music was provided by the high school orchestra and by a vocal trio composed of Mrs. A. N. Dilley, Mrs. J. W. Garman and Mrs. W. L. Patton. Bob Clark of Wheeler entertained the group with card tricks and other "Feats of Magic." Earl O'Keefe, president of the club, acted as toastmaster. •»» BILL WOULD PROTECT POSTMEN FROM DOGS AUSTIN, Feb. 1. (IP) — Postmen and other persons whose duties legally require them to enter private property would be protected, financially, at least, from biting dogs by a proposed' act of the legislature. A bill introduced by Senator W. R. Poage of Waco would make owners of "vicious or bad 1 dogs" liable to recovery of damages by persons bitten by the carnivorous animals. - 4* - Mrs. Charles Thomas underwent a major operation at pital this morning-. hos- BATON ROUGE. La., Feb. 1. (/P) Mrs. Ernest J. Bourgeois, wife of tlin prcsidcnl of the antl-Huey Long square deal association, said today following her husband's arrest by slale police, thai her husband iiad telephoned her he would be held for Ihe resumption of Long's "murder plol" hearing at 2 p. in. and Ihcn released. NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 1 (AP) —Huey Long arrived in New Orleans today from; Washington and got off of the train at the railroad dcpol surrounded by a throng of bodyguards whose first act was lo bcal up a news photographer and sma^h his camera to pieces on the concrete flooring of the railroad shed. The photographer was Leon Trice of the staff of the Associt- ed Press, who had taken a picture of Senator Long stepping off the train from Washington. As he snapped the picture, Joe Messina, Long's chief body guard, struck Trice in the mouth with his fist. Trice, who was no match physically with the husky bodyguard, dropped his camera. Long, who was looking on, shouted: 'Give it to him, Joe! Do anything you want to with him!" With that, Messina struck the photographer with a. blackjack on. the back of the head and knocked him down. The bodyguards then destroyed the camera and stalked off with the senator. The cameraman was struck with the blackjack as he leaned over to pick up his camera. It came without warning as the bodyguards had not said objection would be made to pictures. Trice was taken to a hospital where his wounds were dressed. Senator • Long declined to say anything bearing on the military- political state of affairs and hurried off to his hotel surrounded by a group of guards and followers. He was expected to go to Baton Rouge later in the day. . BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 1 (AP) -Backed by heavily armed national guardsmen, Senator Huey P. Long hurried into Baton Rouge today from Washington and struck swiftly at his opponents with the arrest of Ernest Bourgeois, leader of the Square Deal association which has been demanding the end of his dictatorial rule of Louisiana. The militant Bourgeois was arrested by a detachment of national guardsmen at the Square Deal association headquarters here. He was taken to military headquarters in the state house apparently for questioning by Bri- Sco HUEY LONG, Page 6 Poll Taxes Paid By About 2,600 More than half of the Gray county voters will be able lo go to the polls, after all. The total of poll taxes paid was approximately 2,600. The normal vote in this county is B.bout 4,500. The tax office remained open until after 10 p. m., as also did the school tax office. Both collectors were well pleased with the results. The demand for poll taxes was keen throughout yesterday. Penalties on 1934 taxes not paid on the split-payment plan began this morning and will gradually increase up to June 30. 11 Saw Hartman who aspires to footballer as well as a ".»- farmer" (?), and "Red" Funning, both in football togs kicking and passing the pigskin just to keep In practice. Items in the Clovis News- Journal which stated that Dee C. Blythe, former Pampan, of the editorial staff of that newspaper was with the posse that captured two bad bandits near Olovis, Wedne . . . Mack Stanton, publisher, ' Dee turned in "more copy tn sleep than some I i&yg 'turn in awake."- . . . Qn.q Dee wrote the bandjt stor every gun use<J J»y the.l was 4^rjU)«!4 *(

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