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I' " 4 rt '' v '* ,_*" *V ' I Twlce-A-Week Visitor The Semi-Weekly Morning Light oarrlei local, state and world news Into thousand! of rural home* In Navarro and surrounding counties twice each week. Every worthwhile Item of new* from every point U thoroughly covered. Fifty Year* of Service The Beml- Weekly Morning Light baa. beta an outstanding progressive newspaper working (or the advancement of the rural communities of Navarre and adjacent counties for more than fifty years, tts success U oound up with the growth of Rural life. FULL LEASED WIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS SERVICE VOL. LIL CORSICANA, TEXAS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1939. —TWELVE PAGES NO. 132. ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY ® ® ® ® ® ® ® ® SENATE REFUSES TO CONFIRM SMITH TAHOKA MAN TURNED 4 DOWN FOR INSURANCE _ COMMISSION HEAD COMMITTEE HAD RECOM- S MENDED CONFIRMATION OF TRUETT SMITH FOR PLACE AUSTIN, Feb 9.—(#)The Texas senate today re- fushed confirmation of Truett Smith of Tahoka, Gov. W, Lee O'Daniel's nominee Tpf life insurance commis- ,'' 'sioner. - The announcement was ;>>. made after a half-hour executive session. The committee on governor's nominations had recommended confirmation. It was the second rejection of a gubernatorial nominee, the senate having turned thumbs down on Carr P. Collins of Dallas, O'Daniel's choice for chairman— member of the highway commission. On the other hand the upper branch of the legislature confirmed appointment of Joe Kunschlk of Austin as labor commissioner, a selection which brought protests from organized labor groups who claimed Kunschlk was a member of a company-sponsored union. The objectlfln to Smith was not known, members maintaining a rigid silence. There were unconfirmed reports some objected to a claimed lack of experience in Insurance matters. Smith, an attorney, was a former law partner of Senator G. I. H. Nelson of Lubbock who had sought unsuccessfully to defeat .a motion ordering the executive session for the vote on Smith. Nelson was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant-governor last summer. 'PRESIDENT'S PLAN SALARIES TAXATION MEETSJPPOS1TION REPUBLICANSSAY THEY FAV- OF PLAN BUT THAT AMENDMENT IS NECESSARY AND THEY MAY BE FOUR SOON FORCES OF FRANCO REACH DORDER AS LOYALIST FLEE PREMIER NEGRIN CROSSED INTO FRANCE AND THUS ENDED HIS REGIME Mama and papa and baby make three—the Milo G. McDonnell family In Kansas City, but they may be four soon. A son, James Charles, was born to Mrs. McDonnell. Her doctor said a twin would be born. Nearly a week later they still were waiting for the second child. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9—(/P)— President Rosevelt's proposal for reciprocal taxation of salaries of federal, state and municipal em- •fl ployes encountered opposition In the house today from members who demanded a constitutional amendment. Republicans, who said they favored the principle of subjecting the Incomes of all governmental ' employes to federal and state Income taxes, contended It should be accompanied by a constitutional provision rather than by an act of congress. Some democrats said that the reciprocal tax bill rested on somewhat shaky ground, but urged Its passage nevertheless so the supreme court could make a decision on the point Involved. President Roosevelt recommended to congress the reciprocal taxation of governmental salaries last year and again last month as a jmeans of removing 'obvious injustices" In Income taxation. President Roosevelt, meanwhile, "picked another federal court noml- ' nee not recommended by a democratic senator from the stttte. See CONGRESS, Page 7. CONFIRMATION FOR ALLRED PIOCKED ' DY SENATOR KING DECLARES HE IS OPPOSED TO 'CARPET-BAGGER' JUDGES; ACTION MONDAY WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. — (/P) —Senator King (D- Utah) today blocked senate confirmation of former Governor James V. Allred of Texas named by President Roosevelt to be a federal judge in the southern district of Texas. When Allred's name was called for expected confirmation the Utah senator asked "that the name go over." This delayed senate action until Monday. King told reporters he would vote against Allred but would not demand a roll call vote. The Utah senator said President Roosevelt had Ignored suggestions of the two Texas senators, Connelly and Sheppard, In appointing the former governor. "I've had a large number of letters from Texas objecting to the Allred appointment. King said, adding that he supported the objection of Representative Martin Dies (D-Tex) that Allred was not a resident of the judicial district in which he was appointed. "I'm opposed lo carpet-bagger judges,'' Kink said. "In my state he had some of them. I don't believe in sending a judge Into a district who Is not a resident." The senate judiciary committee, of which King Is a member, Ignored Dies' protests after .both Texas Senators said they would not oppose Allred. King said he was not present when the judiciary committee voted on Allred and that he would tell the commltte of his objections See ALLRED, Page 11. COLD WAVE SPREAD OVER MIDWESTERN U.nHURSDAY TEXAS GET "HEATED COLD WAVE BY FRIDAY NIGHT IS LATEST REPORT By The Associated Press. A shifting wind drove a cold wave northward into Canada today after it had given many communities record cold readings for the winter. Subzero readings, however, were general today throughout northwest and Plains states. Farther east they were well below freezing and forecasters predicted severe cold for northern New England tonight. The cold wave was moving toward the Atlantic seaboard when the wind shifted to the Northeast and pushed the subzero mass over Ontario and Central Canada. Temperatures today Included 46 below at Medicine Hat, Alberta, and 42 below at Calgary, Alberta. A cold wave, brewed in the icy MacKenzle river basin of Canada, spread over the mldwestern plains today en route from the Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic seaboard. Many communities in the frigid belt reported their lowest temperatures of the winter. LE PERTHUS, French- Spanish Border, Feb. 9.— (/P) —Insurgent Generalissimo Francisco F r a n c o's troops, conquerors of Catalonia reached'the French- Spanish border at Le Perthus at 2:05 p.m. (8:05 a. m., C.S.T.) today and planted their flag at the Spanish side of the boundary. Just two hours earlier the Spanish government premier, Dr. Juan Negrin, had left his house In Le Perthus, a foot from the French border, and entered France. The Insurgent troops occupying the Spanish part of Le Perthus included Falanglstes and Carllsts from Pamplona. They were commanded by a brother of Juan Ignacio Pombo, who flew across the Atlantic from Spain to Mexico In 1935. Nearly 200 truckloads of government war materials were wait- Ing to cross the frontier when a column of 200 Insurgents was sighted marching up the highway from La Junquera. Wlth yells of warning, government troops riding on the trucks jumped down and raced for the frontier. Carablneros and other border guards ran with them. A few scattered shot were fired frdm 1 "'ttie THTls "at the Insurgem column when It first appeared but they were not returned. Insurgent occupation of the frontier zone took approximately 40 minutes. SPANISH GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS GIVE UP ARMS This picture, sent by radio from London, shows French soldiers at LePerthus stacking rifles abandoned by Spanish government troops which sought refuge In France as Insurgents marched through the northeastern province of Catalonia and draw near the French border. BADGETT QUADRUPLETS FACING LONG AND FULL LIFE; DOCTOR IN CHARGE IS VERY OPTIMISTIC By OLEN W. CLEMENTS- GALVESTON, Feb. 9.—(/P)—A long and full life lies ahead of the Badgett quadruplets, the stork's latest sensational achievement, Dr. Francis Garbade believes. The doctor, who will look after the medical upbringing of the four little, girls, said today health of the 'nine-day-old quads was perfect. , j The quads' chance of reaching maturity, Dr. Garbade said, are good if not better than the Dl- onne quintuplets of Callander, Ontario, had at birth. Tho quads outstripped the quints In aggregate weight at birth. The quads weighed 16 pounds, 3 ounces. The quints weighed 10 pounds and three ounces. That weight advantage, the doctor said, assured the four little girls of more strength to cope with th# complex problems of life in Its early stages, .Doctors, nurses and the Badgett imily have found it impossible to stlngulsh Jeraldlne, Joyce, Jeanette and Joan apart. None has de- yeloped. any persoealUy traits oc habits yet and they are Identical In appearance. Their father, W. E. Badgett, 35, a construction foreman who earns $16 a day, said he had declined offers totaling $1,000,000 to exhibit his babies. "I never thought I would turn down a million dollars," he commented, "but it doesn't bother me a bit to do It in a case like this." A milk company today signed a contract that will give Badgett money enough to educate inu quadruplets. That money, be said, will 'be put In trust for the quads. It assures them of a sizeable sum If the father should be incapacitated, An insurance company has insured their lives free, and two schools, Baylor University at Waco, and Hardln Simmons University at Abilene, Texas, have offered them scholarships. A bank gave them savings account! and Badgett's employer added $100 to it yesterday, Papa Badgett started, today to See QUADRUPLETS, Pf* 7. PERPIGAN, France, Feb. 9.—(/P) —Insurgent Generalissimo Francisco Franco today began withdrawal of large numbers of troops from Catalonia, where his conquest is virtually complete, In pre paratlon for a major offensive against the Madrid-Valencia zone still in government hands. Insurgent forces including Italian legionnaires who have been See SPANISH, Page 7. ONE DEAD, ANOTHER CRITICALLY INJURED IN HIGHWAY CRASH OKLAHOMA. CITY MEN'S AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT SENATE SPEEDED UP PASSAGE BILL TO AID STATE fENSIONERS SELLING OF $900,000 IN WARRANTS PROVIDED IN BILL PASSED AUSTIN, The senate Feb. 9.— •<#)•— sped to final Congress Doings By the. Associated Fress See COLD WAVE, Page 7. INSURGENTS TAKE CHARGE ISLAND OF MINORCATHURSDAY BRITISH CRUISER DEVONSHIRE LEAVES AFTER COMPLETING ITS MISSION BURGOS, Spain, Feb. 9.— Spanish Insurgents today announced landing of their troops on the Balearic Island of Minorca, for whose surrender negotiations with* the government had been proceeding aboard the British cruiser Devonshire, The landing on the strategic Island was said to have followed an uprising of Spanish government troops who gained mastery over a large part of its area. The announcement said the Insurgents landed at Cludadela, on the west coast of Minorca, ' and were joined by units of the local garrison which had risen against the government authorities. LONDON, Feb. 9.— (/P)— Great Britain was reported reliably today to have taken new peace terms from the Spanish government to the insurgents after the latter had landed forces on the Balearic Island of Minorca. The Insurgent landing occurred after departure of the British cruiser Devonshire from the Island, where she had been sent to help negotiate a surrender. The new peace terms reported offered by Dr. Juan Negrin, Spanish government premier now in France, centered mainly on clemency for his followers. From Burgos, Insurgent capital, word came that Generalissimo Francisco Franco, while still demanding an unconditional surrender by his foe, promised there Sea MINORCA, Page .7, "f t * One man was Instantly killed and another critically Injured about 8 o'clock Thursday morning near Angus on Highway 75 when an automobile collided with a parked truck, officers reported. The truck, officers said, was disabled due to a wheel being broken down. Flares and lights were reported burning by Deputy Sheriff Jeff Spencer and State Highway Patrolman M. R. Reid who answered the call. A. H. Meek, Oklahoma City, salesman for the National Commission company, was Instantly killed. His body is at the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home awaiting arrival of relatives. No funeral arrangements had been make early this afternoon. Oad Colbert, also of Oklahoma City, operator of a feed mill, friend of Meek, was rushed to the P. and S. Hospital in a Sutherland-McCammon ambulance suffering critical Injuries. Colbert's address was given as 1808 West Eighteenth, Oklahoma City, while Meek's address was reported at 108 Exchange Building Oklahoma City. Little hope Is held for Colbert's recovery. Meek's death is the first traffic fatality in Navarro county 'In 1030. Five Entombed In Pennsylvania Mine District POTTSVILLE, Pa., Feb. 9.—W —Five men were entombed In makeshift coal holes today In west ern Sehuylklll county. Rescue workers dug through two falls of rock . without finding out whether the-'men were living or dead. As one crew cut through rook that fell more' than 24 hours ago In a hole at Goodspring, other rescuers were called to a second accident In an anthracite pit only a few miles away, passage today a house bill authorizing the old 'age assistance commission to sell $900,000 in warrants to obviate a possible 28 per cent cut in assistance checks beginning in March. The house later concurred unanimously in a senate amendment providing a schedule for paying :he warrants, paving the way for :he proposal to go to the governor's office Monday. Governor W. Lee O'Danlel meanwhile opened the way to immediate consideration of abolishing the death penalty by submitting an emergency recommendation for substituting an Irrevocable life sentence. He told the legislators in message the recommendation was In response to an "avalanche" of letters and telegrams from "those who believe they have a right to express;their wishes to the legislature." The senate also authorized refunding a 1.0 per cent Interest approximately $1,300,000 In warrants now pending against the pension fund, Under the bill the commission would begin repayment of the $1,300,000 beginning In October, Impounding $200,000 a month from current revenues until the obligation was paid. The $900,000 issue would be paid See LEGISLATURE, Page 7. Dies Committee Gets $100,000 To Continue Probe WASHINGTON, Feb. 9.—</P>— The house voted today to give the Dies committee on unAmprlcan activities $100,000 .to continue Its investigation. A resoluton providing the fund was approved on a voice vote which sounded almobt unanimous. Chairman Warren (D-NC) of the accounts committee presented the money resolution to the house, assorting that while he personally favored a smaller fund, "We gave them $100,000 so there would be no future alibi." Chairman Dies (D-Tox) of the investigating committee, replying to criticism ,of the methods used in conducting the inquiry, had contended'the committee had been XODA.Y Senate. May, discus's foreign policy. State offlicals oppose removal of tax exemptions before finance subcommittee. Naval committee considers' defense plans. . Monopoly committee studies Insurance agents' activity In company elections. House. Considers $100,000 appropriation for Dies committee and bill for reciprocal taxation of state and federal salaries. Judiciary committee may continue study of Secretary Perkins impeachment resolution. Rules committee arranges for debate on defense bill. Jesse Jones discusses RFC land- Ing power with banking committee. > Trucking interests appear before Interstate Commerce committee on transportation legislation. Yesterday. House passed $1,881,000,000 supply bill for 40 federal agencies. Secretary Perkins upheld own record before house judiciary committee. Senate subcommittee completed hearings on Thomas R. Amlie appointment to ICC but delayed the vote. Monopoly committee heard Insurance agents charge forgeries In company elections. Senator Glass (D-Va.) declared President trying to unseat him and colleague. ROOSEVELT IGNORES STAUNCH SUPPORTER iNNAMINGMDfiEl NOMINATION OF ALLRED BE FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKED TEMPORARILY GOVERNOR O'DANlEl 1 WOULD REPEAL LAWS CAP1TALPUNISHMENT MATTER SUBMITTED AS AN. EMERGENCY IN SPECIAL MESSAGE THURSDAY hampered funds. by lack of sufficient When the. committee was created at the ]ats session of congress, tho house gave It $25,000. Warren took occasion to hand a mild robuke to government departments. He called the attention of the house to a provision asking-that the head of each department, provide such legal, export and clerical help as the investigating committee deems necessary. SNOWSLIDE DURIED NINETEEN PERSONS UTAHWMUNITY ONE WOMAN DEAD, THREE PERSONS MISSING AND FIFTEEN WERE RESCUED BINGHAM, Utah, Feb. 9.—W~ A blizzard born snow avalanche killed at least three persons near this mining community last night, but rescuers today found a youth alive who had been burled ten hours wrapped In his bedclothes. One man Is missing. At Blngham City a man froze to death after his automobile stalled. The blizzard covered all of Utah, Isolating several small communities and blocking highways. The known dead are Mrs. Stana Tomas, 41; her daughter, Helen, 11, und Sam Narlch, 42, a boarder, caught when tons of snow slipped down the narrow canyon shearing off the top of the Tomas home, Duchln Tomas, 19, was found this morning by copper miners who had dug all night. He was still In bed, wrapped in blankets and breathing despite the heavy layer of anow that covered him. Physicians said his condition was critical. At least 19 persons In all were trapped in the avalanche at Highland Boy near the top of the canyon where Is located the Blngham Open Cut Copper Mine, largest of Its kind In the world. Many quickly extricated themselves. Under treatment for Injuries and' exposure are Eli, 17, and Mllka Tomas, 13, and George Gerner, 62, trapped as he passed the- Tomas house. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 — (ff) —In the midst of a bit ter quarrel with Virginia' Carter Glass over judgeship appointments, Pre s i d e n Roosevelt disregarded an other senatorial recommen dation today in nominatiiu Francis Blddlo of Philadelphia fo the federal bench, In this Instance It was one o Mr. Roosevelt's staunchest sup porters, Senator Guffey (D-Pa whose single choice for a vacanc on the third United States circuit court was overlooked In favor of Blddlo who was special counsel to the congressional committee which Investigated the Tennessee- Valley Authority. Guffey said he had suggested "only one man," Judge Michael A. Musmanna of Pittsburgh. But unlike the controversy with Glass, whon he and his colleague, Senator Byrd (D-Va), declared Mr. Roosevelt's chalce "personally offensive" and the senate rejected nomination of Floyd H. Roberts to be federal district judge 72 to 9, Guffey did not Indicate opposition to Blddlo. On the contrary, Guffey said: "I know Mr. Blddle very well. Ho Is an able lawyer and, In my AUSTIN, Feb. 9. overnor W. Lee O'Daniel in a special message to the legislature today recommended abolition of the v death penalty. He submitted as emer- ; gency legislation the svtb- lect of repealing the laws which mthorlze capital punishment and substituting "an Irrevocable life sentence." His message follows: ' "On behalf of the thousands of citizens of Texas from whom I have just received an aval nch'S' of letters and telegrams wl o be- lleve that they have the right to express their wishes to the legislature, and acting In my official capacity as governor, I desire to i Inform you that we are opposed to inflicting the death penalty for any crime. "First, because wo do not believe the state has the moral right to take the life of anyone. "Second, the study which I have made leads me to believe that the death penalty has been Ineffective In preventing crime. "Third, .we .believe that to stitute an irrevocable life, ' lenco for the death pnalty wo more- effectively serve, to prave crime and.Aunlsh.,the criminal, "I thereWfo-- subAlfj to-' emergency- legislation Ihf of repealing the/law,s wHloh _ thorlze the death penalty, and substituting In lieu thereof an irrevocable life sentence." Sunday the governor said In ft broadcast he would recommend doing away with capital punishment In Texas; which he long had advocated. j At the same time he also waa explaining a statement he made In, connection with a 30-day .re- he granted Wlnzell Williams, condemned negro murderer. The statement had been sharply criticized. -. Gives Explanation -•' In It the governor said he had granted the reprieve so the negro could suffer the punishment Of seeing death stare him In tho face 30 days. He explained he opinion, jurist." will make an excellent A few minutes after tho Biddle nomination, Senator King, CD- Utah) blocked senate confirmation of Former Governor James V. Allred of Texas, named by the See APPOINTEES, Page 7. See MESSAGE, Page 7. Plans Completed " Annual Meeting^ Local Chamber Final preparations for the nual membership meeting of the Corslcana Chamber of CommeMlpJ were Hearing completion Thurr day and everything was expeotei to be in readiness wltilln a few,* hours for the banquet to be he" " Friday evening at 6:45 In tl cafeteria of the senior high school. Tickets were reported goln rapidly Thursday and a capaqjt crowd was Indicated. Officials'at nounced no tickets could be i cured Friday unless had been made Thursday. •• Frank S, Garothers of HoUtt will be the principal speaker, ai entertainment features 'will bflH, supplied by Walter Jenkins, aUo.*>f of Houston. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT PUSHING SHOWDOWN WITHIN PARTY; WILL, TEST ALLEGIANCE TO HIMSEI See SNOW SLIDE, Page 7. By W. B. RAGSDALE WASHINGTON, Feb. 9.— President Roosevelt, with sharp persistence, Is pressing for a showdown within tho democratic Issue after Issue that will test allegiance of democrats to the chief executive Is being pushed upon congress. A record Is being written on relief, on appointments, on spending, that must be laid before tho country iri 1940. How long the party will withstand the strain of the presidential tug In one direction and a stout congroHsional leaning in the other is a question puzzling veteran members of congress. They feel that either capitulation or a real slugging match must come eventually. The president, by throwing a new relief demand to congress, by denouncing the senatorial rejection given his appointment of Judge Roberts to the federal bench in Virginia, is showing little disposition to compromise or allow capitulation. Some of- his opponents In congress are not thinking about compromise, either. They are still re- sentful of the blows he gave-'aj few democrats In last year's primaries. ,' Without a party truce whlphf will bring President Rooaevelf solidly behind the democrat/ nominee in 19-10, observers not too optimistic about prosp for a democratlo victory. T| are willing to go a long way ward capitulation to get a coipr promise, but that does not mer they are willing to go ail the wa Nor does it mean that 14 Roosevelt will get his relief tm , without at least the semblance,'; of a fight, or that the battle over the Virginia judgeshlp U ended. it In the relief row, Mr. Roos velt asked for $876,000,000. ~~ gresn gave him $725,000,000 that If an emergency arose, could come back for more, now says an emergency does,, and tho extra $150,000,000 Is r,e ed. Quite a few of those watch the processes of cong from the inside think he wl It after a few Infinitives been split. See ROOSEVELT, P»ge ..j. .,"'•,, j-iif'

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