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Corsicana, Texas
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Tuesday, February 7, 1939
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•'i; ? «*Sr Twice-A-Week VUitor The Semi-Weekly Morning Light can-let local, state and world newi Into thousand! }Ot rural homes In Navarro and surround- counties twice each week. Every worthwhile Item of news from every point 1* thoroughly covered. -• — -^ -^^-^^y^ *,.-,,,, • 11 .i.»^ •»....- UHomeofthe Daily Sun andSeml-WeeXty Morning light FU1L LEASED WIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS SERVICE Fifty Yeari of Service The Semi-Weekly Morning Light has been an outstanding progressive newspaper, working (or the advancement of the rural communities of Navarre and adjacent counties for more than fifty years. Its eucceis 1* oound up with the growth of Rural life. VOL. LJL CORSICANA, TEXAS, TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 7, 1939—TEN PAGES NO. 131. BIG DEPARTMENT SUPPLY BILL SPANISH PREMIER FOLLOWS DEFEATED FORCES INTO FRANCE HOPES CONTINUE WAR WITH FINAL STAND BEFORE CITY OF MADRID WEST VIRGINIA TOWN CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO FLOODS PERPIGNAN, France, Feb. 6.— VP) —Premier Juan Negrin of the Spanish gov- ' ernment called a conference today with British and French envoys to Spain, presumably to take up mediation of the Spanish civil war. Negrin's foreign minister, Julio Alvarez Del Vayo, joined in arranging for the late afternoon .noting while Negrin's defeated .talonian army poured into 'ranee. With Catalonia abandoned to the armies of Insurgent Generalls- ^' slmo Franco, the Spanish government leaders were believed by diplomats to be discussing possibility of ending the civil war by surrender of their remaining one- fourth of Spain. It was presumed Negrin and Alvarez Del Vayo would draw up terms on which surrender of the Central and Southeastern "Island" territory might be carried out. The meeting coincided with reports frpm Madrid that General Jose Mlaja, supreme commander in Central and Southeastern Spain, had conferred at length with all civil and military authorities for that territory. The government's remaining one- fourth of Spain embraces Valencia and Altcate as well as Madrid. Government forces there are estimated to number 500,000. The broken government forces started their disorganized flight Sunday afternoon when French authorities decided to permit them entry, to disarm them and to put them in concentration camps until i their future could be arranged. ,*', Twenty thousand had crossed in- »' to France this morning along with , I tthe continuing flood of civilian refugees. Sixty thousand more were expected. The rest of the northern vT-'force of 20,000 had died, deserted • b.-'lpr been taken prisoner. i'f\"' The greatest flood of refugees and soldiers entered France at Le Perthus, about 15 miles Inland from the Mediterranean. At Bourg-Madame, about 60 miles inland, France and Spanish border officials decided to permit entrance into France of about 20,000 govern See SPANISH, Page 2 JOHNNY GARITTY . NAMED PREUDENT DOYS' CONFERENCE . CLOSING SESSIONS HELD SUNDAY MORNING WITH INSPIRATIONAL SPEECHES More than 300 persons fled from historic Point Pleasant, W. Va., shown inundated by high waters from two rivers. The town Is at the confluence of the Ohio river (left background) and the Kanpwha river (foreground). ' • O'DANIEL DEFENDS HIS REPRIEVE TALK SUNDAYJROADCAST CLAIMS HORRIBLE STATEMENT MADE MERELY FOR REPEAL PURPOSES Ishment. He said By JAMES WILLIAMSON Dally Sun Staff Johnny Garitty, of Corsicana, was elected to the presidency of the 1940 North Central Area Older Boys' Conference by the delegates from 16 Texas cities who closed their 1S39 conference in Corsicana Sunday noon. Garitty will lead the assembly next year when the boys meet for their annual conference In a city that will be selected by them at their area HI-Y camp this sum- officers elected were mer. Other ,V George Smith, Waco, first vice- president; Fred McBrlde, Dallas, second vice-president; and David Dorchester, Donlson, secretary. Closed Sunday The conference closed Sunday 1 ',noon after a morning of devo- See CONFERENCE, Page 2 AUSTIN, Feb. 6.— (ff)— Gov. W. Lee O'Danlel, defending his storm provoking action in delaying execution of a condemned negro pleaded with his constituents today to ^holp abolish capital pun he deliberately had sought to arouse public opinion to the horrors of taking a human life by reprieving Winzell Williams, negro convicted of slaying his employer, because "few forms of punishment could be more harsh than to see certain death staring you in the face day and night'for 30 days." In a Sabbath broadcast he said: 'I gave the negro boy all the life I could, 30 days to live, not being of political mind, I did not caro to resort to the usual polished diplomacy but my frank, open, and honest disposition prompted me to prepare a statement which would arouse public opinion x x x. "I therefore dragged tho ugly skeleton out of the closet and said In plain English what our polite government officials have never dared to say—that this reprieve meant 30 days of cruel punishment, tho same cruel punishment that the prisoner has suffered every day since his sentence was pronounced...." The statement, issued Wednesday, begot a storm of controversy. O'Danlel said in the first wordj of his statement announcing the reprieve that Williams had been convicted of a "heinous crime for which I do not believe any punishment could be too severe." O'Daniel said the "staring death in the face" was not his sentence of the negro. "That was the sentence already given him by the court and jury and included In their contemplation because they knew a 30-day reprieve was all the governor could give him," he said. Irrevocable Life Sentence. O'Danlel favors substitution of an irrevocable life sentence for the death penalty. He said he believed the death penalty violates the Biblical commandment "Thou shalt not kill;" the spirit of the See O'DANIEL, Page 2 New Designation For Highway 31 Is Being Planned Plans for the construction of a new Highway 31 from Corsl- cana In a westerly direction to intersect with the new pavement in McLennan county through Hill county and the early completion of Highway 22 from near Eureka to Anderson county were outlined at a conference here Monday. Harry Hlnes, member of the Texas Hlgbway Commission, accompanied by his secretary, B. H. Hllburn, Monday conferred and checked with J. N. Edens, chairman of the highway committee of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, and others, with reference to the two highway projects for Navarro county. Highway Commissioner Hines was quoted as saying: "Plans are now under way by the highway commission whereby an entirely new site for building Highway 31 from Corsl- cana to Waco In order to take care of tho growing traffic of North and East Texas on a new right-of-way.." New details will be given later with the hope of early activity to start on this road, the commissioner added. "It is true," the Commissioner stated, "that considerable repairs have been made on the present location of Highway 31, but this was done to satisfy traffic requirements until the new location has been made and new road constructed. In discussion of Highway 22, he Commissioner Is reported to have stated that the commission was looking to "the early com- jletlon of Highway 22 between Sureka and Palestine to relieve ;raffic on Highway 31 to East Texas." SEVERANCE GRANTED IN TRIAL MAYOR OF SAN ANTONIO, OTHERS ARGUMENT UNDER WAY ON MOTION TO QUASH INDICT. MENT OF QUIN By OLEN W. CLEMENTS SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 6.—(/P)— District Judge R. D. Wright of 'La redo today granted a severance In the trial of Mayor C. K. Quin o San Antonio and L. P. Bishop am R. Neill Campbell, city employes on charges of misapplication o" public funds. Mayor Quin's case was called first and attorneys for the stocky gray-haired chief executive of tht city promptly filed a 26-page mo tion to quash the indictment. Tho attorneys claimed Mayo Quin was "not legally charged will any crime" in the indictment whicl alleged misappropriation of $348 during the July democratic prl mary. The indictment charged 40f political workers were paid th money from a special payroll, ap proved by the city. At the time the Indictment wa returned, Mayor Quin Issued statement charging tho true bl was "a vllo political framoup in stlgated by former Congrcssma Maury Maverick because I fough him and defeated him." Maverlc was defeated for re-election by Pau J. Kllday, a brother of San An Sen QUIN, Page 9 SONS OF PIONEER VIGILANTES OF CATTLE COUNTRY SEEK WAYS HANDLE NEW CATTLE RUSTLERS BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 6.—W—In Idaho's rough and tumble days cattlemen saddled their horses, strapped on six-guns and with hempen lariats at their knees rode out after their old-time enemy—the cattle thief. The trail often ended under a stout tree limb. The sons of some of these cattlemen have started to ride again —on a train' to the \»tate legislature seeking new law\ jjo put the cattle rustler "out on allmfa." Lending the fight against rustling, a well-paying business In Idaho, is Max D. Cohn of Arlmo, president of the Idaho Cattle and Horse Growers' Association. Cohn recalls whun his father, the late 'Myui'B Cohn of Malad, and his contemporaries "wasted no time on Itnown cattle thieves." "Father on several occasions saddled up with some of his riders—and • they were plenty tough characters—strapped on their six I juna and went out after the rust; lers. It wasn't very often, but '(('when they did get the goods on them—goodnight—they appeared,"' Just 'dla- Gone are the posses of the early days. Also gone are the old methods of rustling. Cattle thieves in fast trucks steal, kill seven or eight head, speed away on modern highways and sell the meat before the theft hardly has been noticed. Cohn estimated 700,000 head of cattle valued at $25,573,000 graze on Idaho rangeland. Rustlers take approximately $250,000 worth of livestock annually. . Cohn and the association advocate no such drastic, action as hanging for the moduvn rustler. All the cattlemen ask Is strict enforcement of two provisions: . •!. That the hide must be attached to the carcass when H is sold. 2, Before a sale the beef have the Inspector's stamp on the carcass to show the animal was properly identified by the owned before It, was slaughtered. Alto Lumberman Dies, ALTO, Feb. 6.— (IP)— Funeral services were held here today for E. M. Decker, 62, Alto lumberman and extensive landowner in East Texas, who died yesterday; APPROXIMATELY HALF OF HUNDRED CITRUS LADEN TRUCKS MOVE TRUCKERS HELD AT VALLEY POINTS AS RESULT ALLEGED OVERLOADING FALFURRIAS, Feb. 6.—(/P)—Approximately half of the 100 citrus- ladon trucks delayed here by weight inspections started moving northward early this morning after truckers were notified they could plead not guilty at Alice and proceed bv posting bonds. A number of the truckers said they would remain here awaiting Instructions from their employers. They appeared to be in a good humor, but anxious to proceed with their perishable loads, The truckers were told Inspection stations had bqen set up at Fremont, 10 miles north of here; at Alice, and at Klnka,vllle, on a cut-off road to Corpi-s Christ!. For several days Inspectors have been weighing trucks suspected of being operated with loads In excess of the law-set limit of 7,000 pounds. LANS FOR LARGER FAIR NEXT OCTODER ANNOUNCED MONDAY 1L OFFICERS REELECTED; EVENT WILL RUN FOR FIVE DAYS IN 1939 GENERAL VIEW OF TRAGIC FIRE Plans for nn enlarged second ditlon of the annual presentation the Corslcana Livestock and Vgrlcultural Show were Initiated londay morning at the first meet- ng of the new board of directors f the organization. Expansion of the lOS^from four o five days was authorized and he dates were set as October 3-7, ncluslve. Contracts were approv- d for several entertainment fea- .ires which will augment the ag- icultural and livestock exhibit ectlons. J. N. Edens, first president of he organization, presided at the •neeting Monday and expressed lis sincere appreciation for the wholehearted co-operation of ev- ry member of the board of direct- >rs In the staging of the initial how and also paid his respects o the outstanding manner in which the general public accepted and participated in the show. Larger Show Planned. He declared that the first year's experiences and achievements would make the way much easier for the staging of a much larger show on a more economical basis and ho was confidently looking orward to such an event. The directors decided against ho erection of more permanent >uildings nt the fair grounds at :hls time, and authorized reserva- :lo nof sufficient tentage In the mmedlate future to provide ample accommodations for the poultry, lairy cuttle, hogs and sheep, and joys' calf entries during the fall show, with the announcement that :he entire modern livestock barn would be devoted entirely to Herefords. It was announced offers from many ,_of . the leading Hereford breeders of the nation to participate in the show each year would be accepted, and plans are now under way for the exhibiting of a sufficient number of blooded cat- See FAIR PLANS, Page 2 TEXARKANA, TEXAS WINS GAS RATE CASE IN SUPREME COURT MUST SUPPLY TEXAS CITY AT SAME RATE CHARGED ON THE ARKANSAS SIDE APPROPRIATION OF 11,8911512,769 IS ASKED]N_MEASURE SUPPLY BILL FOR INDEPEND. ENT OFFICES REPORTED BY COMMITTEE MONDAY Curious crowds mingled with fire apparatus In tho heart of the Syracuse business section as firemen fought a blaze In which eight of tholr number were entombed In the basement of a five-story building by collapsing walls. The State Tower, Syracuse's tallest office building, appears In left foreground of picture, looking east on Genesee street. DILL WITHDRAWING STATE SCHOOL LANDS FROM LEASE PASSED WILL WITHDRAW ALL SUCH LANDS FROM SALE OR LEASE FOR PERIOD OF TIME CHINA IS BUILDING NEW NATION, USING DIG JU CREDI' NEW STRATEGY ADOPTED T WEAR DOWN JAPANESE ATTACKING CHINA WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. China Is building a new nation In the comparatively undeveloped Interior beyond Immediate reach of Japanese forces, utilizing $25,000,000 credit extended her In December by the American Export-Import Bank. Well-informed persons, who disclosed today for the first time what China was doing with tho credit opened in Now York, said that nation's only chance of defeating the Japanese was to wear them out by creating a virtually new China In what was once the hinterland, Natives carried machinery with them when they evacuated manufacturing centers, and "are setting up new factories In cities virtually unknown to tho ocldent. Now they are buying machinery in the United States with which to equip the factories. Some of the machinery probably will be used In making arms and ammunltlln. Between 1,000 and 2,000 freshly- ordered trucks will be used to connect China with the sea. over See CHINA, Page 9 ' Forty Truckers Post Cash Bonds Monday ALICE, Feb. 6.—Wh Forty truckers charged with violating provisions of the state 7,000-pound load limit law posted cash bonds, today and rushed perishable loads of citrus fruit to northern states from the Lower Rio Trando Valley of Texas. ' Two who pushed their lumber- Ing vehicles past the weighing str lions without stopping were caught by highway patrolmen and returned here. Approximately BO more trockero held their vehicles at Falfurrlas, 36 miles south of hero on the principal highway s7e~;r:RUCK8, Congress Doings By.the Associated Press TODAY. Senate. Considers .$22,000,000 deficiency approprlatlve bill. Debate nomination of Floyd Roberts to be federal judge In Virginia. Probably will hear discussion of administration foreign -policies. Interstate commerce subcommittee questions Thomas R. Amlle on qualifications to be ICC members. Monopoly committee begins study of life Insurance companies. House, Considers funds for Independent federal agencies. Ways and means committee resumes hearing* on social security 'revision. WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.—(/P)— Texarkana, Texas, succeeded In the Supreme Court today In its effort to compel the Arkansas and Louisiana Gas Company to put into effect gas rates as low as those It charged In adjacent Texarkana, Arkansas. A rate of 45 cents per 1,000 cubic feet is in effect in the Arkansas city. In the Texas municipality the rate now Is $1 for the first 1,000 cubic feet and 47 1-2 cents a thousand for the next 149,000. Texarkana, Texas, claimed the franchise contract It had with the gas company required rates as low as those in the neighboring munclpallty. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hold, however, the disputed 3lause In the contract was unenforceable because tho city could not bind tho city council not to exercise Its powers as a rate regulating tribunal. This ruling was reversed today by the Supremo Court In an opinion delivered by Justice Reed. Rates charged In excess of tho Arkansas scale between 1930, when the litigation was begun, and July 14, 1937, were estimated to total $150,000. Justices McReynolds and Butler dissented, contending the Circuit Court opinion should have been affirmed. Justice Frankfurter did not participate. Reed said the utility contracted to furnish the Texas city gas "at the same rates as Arkansas consumers enjoy." "There appears no' reason why such an agreement should not be enforceable and, in our view of the law, It is," he added. "If the utility has entered into a binding contract as to rates, Sea SUPREME COURT, Page 9 *• Senate Rejected Roberts Be Judge Of Federal Court WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.—W)— The senate rejected today President Roosevelt's nomination of Floyd H. Roberts to be a Virginia federal judge. Senators Glass and Byrd, Virginia democrats, had objected to the appointment. The senate judiciary committee had disapproved the nomination by a vote of 15 to 3. Glass and Byrd testified before the committee that the nomination was "personally offensive" to them. AUSTIN, Feb. (1.—(A 1 )—Senate approval of a house bill today will withdraw from snlo and lease all free school lands when and If Gov. W. Lee O'Danlcl signs tho measure. The bill, recommended by Gov, O'Dnnlel and Land Commissioner Bascom Giles, was urged In both branches of the legislature on grounds statutes pertaining to sale of vacancies and leasing for mineral development needed revision Each branch gavo it an overwhelming majority vote, making it effective upon signing by the governor. It would remain In effect until 90 days after the end of the general session of tho legislature. In the meantime legislators See LEGISLATURE, Page 6 EMERGENCY RELIEF AGENCIES SHELTER FLOOD REFUGEES AN ESTIMATED 30,000 PERSONS ROUTED FROM HOMES BY FLOOD WATERS ALLEGED OIITLAM IRISH REPUBLICANS SPONSOJHNGS BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY, HIGH OFFICIALS, BUILDINGS ARE GUARDED CINCINNATI, Feb. 8.—(/P)—New refugees wore moved from tho path of the flooded Ohio river homos at Huntlngton, W, Va., and other up-river spots today. Light, general rains fell In the valley as WPA trucks evacuated some 250 Cincinnati area families In towns along tho serpentine stream. Because of falling or stationary stages from Pittsburgh to Portsmouth, O., the rain "Is not the type to cause any alarm," said W. C. Devereaux, this city's veteran mctoorologlst-flood forecaster. An estimated 30,000 refugees were cared for by emergency relief agencies. Marshall college co-eds evacuated a dormitory at Huntlngton, W. Va., city officials mobilized "mop- up" squads to clear debris loft there by high water. An estimated 2,000 Huntlngton refugees began similar tasks In their homes. Schools were dismissed in many rlvnr communities. Tho threat of serloui flooJ disaster abated 'today as the Ohio river flattened out from Pittsburgh to Portsmouth, O. Already lapping at lowland homes from Point Pleasant, W. Va., to Carrollton, Ky., downriver residents prepared for tho oncoming high tide On the basis of a 58 to BB-foot crest from Huntlngton, W. Va., to Carrollton, weather forecasters at Louisville estimated tho crest there at 34 to 35 feet, as against a 28-foot flood level. Serious damage does not result, however, unless the water goes beyond the 35 foot stage. Rain was forecast for tonight In West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Sea FLOODS, Page 8 LONDON, Feb. 6.—<fl>—Allegations that the outlawed Irish republican army had formed a plan to blast the British out of Iro- land were made in the Bow Street police court today as Scotland Yard guarded tho Brtlsh Royal family, high officials and public buildings against bomb outrages. At the trial of 12 men accused of conspiring to cause explosions, the prosecuting attorney spoke of a mysterious "aluminium power,' a now arrest of "considerable importance," and a plan, designated as "X" and described as "most comprehensive and covering every field of public activity." All the defendants weer hold for further hearing of evidence February 14. The attorney said the plans were discovered In a search of the homo of Michael O'Shea and road: "In order to exercise a maximum world effect, tho diversion (presumably bombings) must bo carried out at a tlmo when no major or world crisis is on, but If it is carried on when trouble is anticipated, with the jumpincss and nervous expectation of tho government as well as tho nervous potential panic of tho people, t can be exploited to tho full." Tho alleged plan gavo details 01 i four-day ultimatum sent Foreign Secretary Viscount Halifax on Jan. 13, four days before three explosions occurred in various parts of tho country. Tho ultimatum, which referred WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. —(/P)—The house received from its appropriations committee today a recommendation that it supply $1,- ' 898,512,769 to run the government's independent offices through the next fiscal years. These offices—separate from reg- .liar departments—include such old- timers as the civil service commission and newcomers like the labor •elatlons board and tho civil aoro- mutlcs authority. For the veterans administration, .he committee recommended $561,003,000. Other items ranged downward to Include $450,950 to maintain the white house and pay salaries of the president and vice president. Although the total was $298,000,000 above that for tho current year. it was $1,580,070 below tho budget bureau's estimate. Representative Rayburn of Texas, house democratic leader, said tho house probably would pass the bill tomorrow night and Thursday would start debate on a measure embodying most of the suggestions In President Roosevelt's $552,000,000 national defense program. President Roosevelt's nominee for the interstate commerce commission, Thomas R. Amllo of Wisconsin, told a senate sub-committee considering his appointment that h« believed In public ownership of railroads. Amlio, former progressive representative from Wisconsin, disavowed, however, all sympathy with the communist party and dismissed as "ridiculous" the Wisconsin legidla* ';irp'R charp-e he wfis a'-PopyHiir!»«.•. ^ * The house ways and mwiiui com- *•*< mlttee 1 , continuing Us hearing, of proposed substitutes for the social security system, called the Rev. Thomas E. Boorde, president of the General Welfare Federation. Mr. Boorde recommended the federation's pension idea as non- octarlan and non-partisan, help- ill alike to young and old. Pon- ioning tho old folks at from $30 o $60 a month, he said, would help horn directly and would be an In- Soe CONGRESS, Pago 2 NEW PRESIDENT OF TEXAS UNIVERSITY TALKS LEGISLATURE FREE PUBLIC" EDUCATION BULWARK OF DEMOCRACY DR. RAINEY DECLARES AUSTIN, Feb. 6.—<./P>—Dr. Homer Price Rainey, native Texan whom regents picked to head the state's biggest school—the University of Texas—today told tho legislature free public education wan the chief bulwark of democracy. The head of the American Youth Commission who will become president of the university early next summer, also outlined at a point See BOMBINGS, Page 7 session of the lawgivers "special opportunities" for ftva the rapidly expanding inssltutlon as follows: Development of wact-flndlng research Institutes. Provisions of an outstanding graduate school. A Pan-American Institute. Expansion of the school of fine arts. Educating practically all youth who aHk for prlvlllgos of higher education. See RAINEY, Pngo B SENATORS PITTMAN AND NORRIS DECLARE ENEMIES OF ROOSEVELT BACK OF FOREIGN POLICY FIGHT By WILLIAM B. AKDEBY. WASHINGTON, Fob. 6—(/P>— Senators Plttman (D-Nev) and Norrls (Ind-Neb) asserted today President Rosevolt's adversaries aro trying to Injure him politically by deriding his handling of foreign policy, The men, both administration supporters, expressed this opinion IIP, tho Eotiato awaited a thorough airing of Mr. Roosevelt's latest enunciation of his stand on International problems. Open senate debate on the foreign situation was postponed, however, when the senate recessed after a brief session until Thursday. The president's opponents "are thinking mostly about 1940," Nor- rls declared. "They want to kocp Roosevelt or anyone favorable to him from being nominated for the presidency." Plttman, chairman B prof of th e senate foreign relations committee, told reporters controversy over tho country's foreign policy Is political. Criticism of Mr. Roosevelt's direction of foreign affairs by republican legislators, ho said, Indicated the republican party was seeking to build up a case against the pre»l» dent for the next campaign. Plltman commended tho outllno of foreign policy which the president Issued Friday. Mr. Roosevelt said this nation opposed entangling alliances and sought armaments re- ductlon, maintenance of world trade and peaceful retention of po« litical, economic and social Inde- pendcnce of nations. A republican—Senator Townsend, of Delaware—said an effort un- doubtcdly would bo made to "get to tho bottom" of a secret conference between Mr. Roosevolt and tho senate military committee last week. The president has termed "a de< liberate lie" any statement that ho told tho committee this country's frontier was on tho Rhine or in Franco. Stophen Early, President Roosevelt's press secretary, said today the White House had received no request from any member or the senate military committee that tho pledge of secrecy concerning the conference January 31 bo lifted. See FOREIGN POLICY, Page

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