Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light from Corsicana, Texas on February 17, 1939 · Page 12
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Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light from Corsicana, Texas · Page 12

Corsicana, Texas
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Friday, February 17, 1939
Page 12
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' i £ "~ OOWJTCAtTA ' ' ' * y - *f- _ y __ .CI.GHT, VRTB&y, 1TJ9BRUARS' IT, WELL ORGANIZED AND ENTHENIMINU.S. INVESTIGATOR FOR DIES CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE MAKES ADDRESS HERE By JAMES WILLIAMSON Dally Sun Staff. "The story of front-page America Is not that it can or will happen here, but that it Is happening here." John C. Metcalfe, nazl and fascist investigator for ' the Dies congressional committee, told Legionnaires find others Monday night at the Senior High Auditorium that "Nazlinm Is with us now." Metcalfo's appearance was under the sponsorship of the John' son-Wiggins Post of the American Legion and was one of the four addresses he will make in Texas. "It Is happening here," he asserted repeatedly during the evening and continued to emphasize this statement with facts and figures. Trosonted Facts. Speaking quietly with a minimum of elocutionary brimstone, Metcalfe stated facts that had been assembled by him as a special federal investigator—an investigation that took him into the membership of the German-American Bund where he posed as a sympathizer to acquaint himself with the inner workings of un- American organizations. Newspaperman by profession and recipient of the National Headliner's Club award for the best news reporting In 1938, Metcalfe undertook the investigation first as a journalist and then as fi congressional investigator. Ir eighteen months he covered 50,000 miles from Mexico City to Canada. Have Many Members. "We know today," he said, "that there are eighty posts ol the German-American Bund in the United States with an active membership of 25,000." Metcalfe explained that although a 25,000 membership may seen a comparl- tlvely small number In a country Of 130 million but that there were also 100,000 so called Americans who attend bund meetings. "This number I have seen myself," he stated. For each member interested enough to attend a public meeting, there are four sympathizers, bringing the total to • more than a half-million people, he continued. From this membership, the German-American Bund can muster in its own ranks a uniformed army of 6,000 storm troopers which in time of necessity, could be augmented with strong-arm detachments of allied groups, such as Italian Black Shirts, Silver Sttirts, Ukranian Brown Shirts, and the like, Metcalfe explained. It is from the manpower of this force that the Bund, working hand in hand with the nazl government can draft men for a sabotage machine and spy net to be put into operation in the event that the United States government should ever find it necessary to go to war with Germany, he continued. Metcalfe stated that during his operations he discovered persons working In the Brooklyn Navy Yards who had been successful in securing positions which placed them in direct possession' of secret plans for the construction of the United States battleships of the latest type-and who had been assigned to trial runs on these American battleships. Most Serious Aspect. "The most serious aspect of the nazla picture In America is the closely-knit relationship existing between the German government and the German-American • Bund through the activities of the nazl consuls in our country," Metcalfe said. He stated that consuls representing nazl Germany have repeatedly Interfered In our > domestic affairs and have done • much to stir up racial and- religious antagonism and haVe permitted their 'offices to be used as centers for alien propaganda activities. Metcalfe stopped briefly at this ..point to explain the reason for Hitler's continual* religious .and racial persecutions.- "Dictatorships are based on'a sustained interest of the people. They must be fed like an all-consuming fire," •he explained. "People ' are aroused with petty hatreds and under-, this detracting screen,- the -dictator marches on." One hundred and thirty-five .un-American organizations' have been'found, Metcalfe stated. "Approximately 75 per cent of these are rackets," he said.' The danger of these activities lies In the fact that under strong leadership' they could be organized into a powerful anti-democratic force, he explained, ' One of the most 'ambitious programs of the German-American Bund Is the plan to consolidate all fascist elements In America .into one great movement which the Hitler-Inspired Bund Is to lead, Metcalfe stated. ' ' President Deserves Loyalty. Metcalfe believes that any militant steps taken by the President of the United States- to rid the country of "these poisonous rodents" will be to the Interest and protection of the • country. "In this the President heeds and de, serves our unswerving loyalty and support," he stated. "Successful democracy Is the answer to the boobs of the right and the left. It is our best weapon to crush the agitators of all alien isms without and within," Metcalfe aald in conclusion. • C. E. McWIlllams, post ' commander, introduced the • speaker, Invocation was given by Dr. Albert B. Horn. Entertainment on the program was by Miss Linda' Sims who played an accordion number. Dr. J. Wilson David led » the audience in- singing and Bill - Elliott accompanied oh- the piano, ^Powell Methodist- .Baptist Women's SS Class In Session :"The Methodist and Baptist Wo's Sunday School class met he, Methodist church Monday rnoon' with a very 'good .at- lance. Mrs. Dick Bush, who president, had charge of the » * M "~ COUNTY ELECTION OFFICIALS NAMED BY COURT MONDAY PAYMENT BILLS PRECINCT WHERE SUITS THREATENED ORDERED Appointment of election officials In the forty-eight voting precincts of Navarro county for the ensuing year, payment of several bills owed by Commissioner C. O. Slaughter after a thre'at that a suit would be Instituted, and purchase of a pickup truck for use by Commissioner J. N. George featured the Monday afternoon session of the Navarro county commissioners court. After T. A. Farmer, assessor and collector of taxes, had explained the McFarlane-Bundy H. B. No. 185 before the Texas legislature whereby the state tax board would have the final say on taxable redltlons, the court voted strong opposition to the proposal and authorized the writ- Ing of letters of protest to the representatives and senators from this district in the legislature. The bid of the Glllen Chevrolet company of Blooming Grove for a Chevrolet pick-up truck for $684, allowing $160 for an old truck trade In, was accepted. The pick-up is for the use of Commissioner George. Three Claims Allowed Three claims for Commlssoner Slaughter, aggregating slightly less than $500, were allowed after the commissioner had declared he would not stop work now unless his machinery was attached and had threatened a suit to force 'payment of . bills of approximately $3,000 owed by his precinct. Precinct 3, Slaughter's territory, Is out of money but not out of budget due to old debts against that division of the county of a number of years standing. The remainder of the court recently have failed and declined to pay bills unless terracing or other receipts were available. The overdraft against that precinct, had been allowed until this year. Commissioners T. P. Hayes, C, M, Fitzgerald and Slaughter voted to pay the trio of bills, but Commissioner George declined to vote on the proposal, E. T. Cunningham, county auditor, was authorized to advertise for bids for the county depository. The bank building at Barry was designated as the site for holding court in Justlnce Precinct 7, L. W. Varnell, judge, and the third Saturday of each month was designated as court appearance day. Election Judges Named The following election judges were appointed for the year: Precinct No., town, presiding judge: 1. (Corsicana), W. F. Morris. 2. (Corsicana), H. W. Carson, 3. (Corsicana), A. N. Justlss. 4. (Corsicana), J. D. Carroll. 5. Angus, D. C. Bray. 6. Barry, D. H. Bell. 7. Blooming Grove, H. S. Whorton. a Black Hills, W. M. Cook. 9. Bazette, C. C. Mills. 10. Blrdston, E, F. Browning. 11. Cade, A, C. Harris. 12. Cryer Creek, Tom Arnett. 13. Chatfield, Joe Hodge. ' 14. Corbet, J. E. Slone. 15. Dresden, L. M. Clark. 16. Dawson, C. O. Weaver. 17. Eureka, J. A. Bonner. 18. Zlon's Rest, E. Palmer. IB. Frost, G. E. Moore. 20. Kerens, tan McCluney. 21. Drane, J. H. Sutton. 22. Emhouse, C. -W. Collins. 23. Montfort, D. D. Wylle. 24. Mildred, T. G. Allen. 25. Navarro Mills, Will Thorn. 26. Oak Valley, J. T. Garner. 27. Powell, R. I* Jones. 28. Pursley, Lee Pursley. 29. Petty's Chapel, G. H. Blanktn. ship. 30. Purdon, H. E. McNabb. 31. RIchland, W. L. Cunningham. 32. Currie, J. C. Tyner. 33. Rural Shade, J. R. Bruner. 34. Roane, Chas. Burks.' • 35. Rice, T. B. Blount. 38. Navarro, Deb Montgomery. ' 37. Rushing, J. C. Weaver. 38. Spring Hill, Virgil Matthews. 39. Tupelo, Monroe Williams. 40. Winkler, Oliver Steele. 41. White's Chapel, F. P. McCuls- ton. • • 42. Emmatt, Frank Ballew. 43. Rodney, E. A. Seale. 44. Westbrook, Tom Warren. 45. Efdorado, Clinton Lankford; 46. Raleigh, W. F. Pevehouse. 47. Phillip's .Chapel, J. T. Garvln. 48. Retreat, S. A. Norwood. Tractors Cause Damage Members of the commissioners court Monday afternoon reported considerable damage was being done bridges and county roads in varloqs. sections of the county by persons operating tractors equipped with lugs on the wheels. The attention of tractor owners was strongly called to the illegality of operating tractors equipped with lugs on bridges and roads, and unless such practices .are stopped, criminal action may be necessary. Lug-equipped tractors rip large sections of the flooring in bridges and cut-up the couhty roads badly, It was pointed out,' necessitating considerable added expense of maintenance. Tractors equipped with pneumatic tires do not cause serious damage to bridges and roads, it was further pointed out. Foultrymen to Meet O'Danlel. FORT WORTH, Feb. 15.—<#)— John B. Collier, president of the Texas poultry federation, said today officers and, directors -of the group had been called to a conference with Gov. W. Lee O'- Danlel in Austin tomorrow. General improvement of the poultry industry in Texas and the, state's participation . In the world poultry congress which opens at Cleveland July 28 will be discussed Collier said. —: . • ——• Senate Passed Bill. AUSTIN, Feb. IS.-W-The senate, passed a bill today authorizing Potter county to -refund approximately $40,000 in road warrants. House approval Is necessary before the bill can go to the governor. time of this writing approximately $67.00 has been raised for this cause, Mrs. Luther Wright gav« a Scripture reading which was followed by an interesting journey through Blbllca lands with Mr. 8. Stuoker. ' Mrs. .Morgan Lowe and Mrsi' Milton Johnston were appointed to make out a visiting list for the preacher for an entire year. Bach' member of this class 'and visitors are urged' to • • come and work.wUh these faithful women. The /next,meeting will be; March 6 >n»the home of -Mrs, I.- Ellett at a o'clock- —Reporter, NEGRO SENTENCED. DEATH FOR RAPE IS . FREEDJY COURT CASE REVERSED AND DISMISSED BECAUSE NO NEGRO ON GRAND JURY AUSTIN, Feb. 15.—W— The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals today reversed the death penalty of J. D. Johnson, a negro convicted of rape in Hill county, and ordered prosecution dismissed because, among other reasons, no negro 1 " served on a grand jury in that county for more than 30 years although a number were qualified. The state's highest tribunal In criminal matters also found other trial procedure errors In the case. Johnson was charged by Indictment with rape of a white woman on April 9, 1938. In their appeal, his attorneys also stated no ne- gro served on the jury which convicted him. Johnson's attorneys claimed the defendant had not been afforded equal protection under the laws as guaranteed by the U- S. constitution and bill of rights. The attorneys asse: ted the defendant had brought himself within a rule announced by Chief Justice Hughes of the U. S. Supreme Court in an Alabama case where evidence showed no negro had served on the grand jury "a long number of years." '"That testimony," the appeal quoted Hughes, "made a prima facie case of denial of the equal protection which the' constitution affords. The criminal appeals court opinion cited another Texas case In which it had ruled "we are bound to recognize the fact tht.t the federal court and the laws of, con- FT. WORTH TRIPPERS VISITED CORSICANA THURSDAYMORNING MAKING TOUR EAST TEXAS INTEREST FAT STOCK SHOW MARCH 10 TO 19 Approximately forty Fort Worth business men, mainly members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of that city, visited Cor. alcana for a half hour-from 10:80 to 11 o'clock Thursday morning In the Interest of the Southwestern Exposition and Fat. Stock Show to be held from March 10 to 19. After a short tour of the business district the big chartered bus and the pilot automobile were parked alongside the Navarro Hotel where the reception committee of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce headed by Chairman Ralph R. Brown greeted the visitors. An •Impromptu program of music and speeches ensued while' the visitors mingled with the local business men who accompanied the reception committee. The party left Fort Worth early Thursday and had made stops in Waxahachle and Ennls before reaching Corsicana. The trippers were slated to continue their tour At the Phons Som gress enacted thereun *.cr are the supreme law, so far as we are concerned. Although we • -;• differ with that learned tribunal .In the construction... .amendments, still their Interpretation thereof is the paramount law and It is our duty to follow it, and administer It fairly and impartially." Finding no reversible error, the criminal court affirmed the death sentence assessed Ladell Rhodes, convicted of murder in a Harrison county court of murder in the slaying, April 25, J938, of Willie Mae Fields. • ' Into East Texa* during the xf- ternoon, and then back Into Fort Worth Friday afternoon after a noon stop in Shreveport, La, Other members of the local reception committee Included J. N. Garltty, J. H. Roberts, C. W. Taylor, Mayor J. S. Murchlson, Charles T Banister, Paul H. Miller, John R. Corley, John M. Slbley, C. S. Dickens, Fred D. Prince and others. The Fort Worth group was headed by Carl Holcombe, Junior Chamber president, and Russell Bell, trip chairman, and Included Clyde Weed, Ed Baty, J. Edgar Deen, Jr., Ed Fleming, Dan Tucker, Allen Lewis, Harold Evans, Luther McClung, John Hendrlx, L. Brown, Joe Mulholland, Fred Edelbrock, Howard Collins, James. Allen, J. M. Wllhtte, L. C. Eastland, Marvin Brown, Jr., Fred McCown, Don Kyler, Pete Ellis, Harold Banks, N. H. Rlyelre, Ed Ernest, Campbell Simmons, Reed Sass, Frank Montgomery, W. L. Renshaw, Ruel Johnson, Leon Stewart, Deen T. Carpenter, Virgil Loaf man, Bill Parr, E. C. Jordan, and Charles G. Gotten. Local residents Invited the party back to Corsicana In October for the second annual fair and rodeo to be staged here. ^ Freight Bates Fight Basis. AUSTIN, Feb. 18.—(/P)—The basis for a possible interstate fight on freight rates was laid in the Texas senate today. Sen. George Moffett,, Chllllcothe farmer, Introduced a resolution which would memorialize congress to adopt legislation eliminating "discriminations" in rates as between Texas and East and East Central States, Moffett said the Indiana legislature had appropriated $10,000 to fight efforts of Southern States seeking lower rates. He added Minnesota had taken similar action. , Mof felt's resolution charged Texas' and other Southwestern States were paying from 60 to 85 per cent more for freight than eastern commonwealths and the difference was a penalty against farmer, laborer and business. "It costs no more to operate railroads In Texas than in the east," he said. FORMER RESIDENT OF DAWSON IN EXCHANGE SHOTS WITH BANDITS ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY FAILURE WHEN OFFICIALS OFFER RESISTANCE A former Dawson resident, Eddie C. Garner, assistant cashier of the First National Bank at Ringllng, Okla., participated in a gun battle Monday In which three armed bank robbers attempting to hold up the Institution, were routed before securing the money demanded. Garner is the son of E. P. Garner of Dawson and a brother of Miss Carrie Garner of Corsicana. He was reared at Dawson. Dispatches fom Ringllng, Okla., stated that bank employees, Including Garner, shouted, defiance at three pistol-waving robbers, and the bandits, made panicky by the courage of their Intended victims, fled without loot after an exchange of gunfire, i The dispatches stated that the three armed and unmasked robbers entered the bank an hour before closing time and after finding the cages locked, ordered Cashier A. C. Swinney to open up. J'Go to hell," said Swinney, the Associated Press reported, and surprised, the bandits hesitated. "Then E. C. Garner, assistant cashier, darted behind the counter and came up with a pistol. The outlaws broke for the door as he fired and escaped after returning his shots. The other employee was C. V. Hamilton, assistant cahhler," the news story continued. Thre suspects were arrested near Graham, Carter county, less than two hours after the .attempted holdup. Bank employees identified them positively as the fugitive trio. Officers, it was reported, had gone to the home of two of the suspects, brothers, to question them about another robbery. They DEFENSE TESTIMONY WOULD MAKE YOUTH AGGRESSOR IN ROW DALLAS, Feb. 18.—WV-A patron of the tavern in which Chappel Musslewhlte, bartender, shot young Oscar Bergfeld last April testified today she saw Bergfeld walk around the bar apparently to attack the bartender with a beer bottle he clutched. The witness at Musslewhlte's murder trial, Mrs. M. E. Dunlap, also said two other men were slugging Arley Watklns, proprietor of the place, with beer bottles. Three city officers testified Mus- slewhlte, who pleaded self-defense, bore knots on his head after the shooting and that a blackjack had been taken from Bergfeld's pocket. Watklns, 41, part owner of the Club Buffet, where the shooting occurred, testified yesterday he slugged Begfeld with a blackjack during an altercation in the place three nights before the youth was slain. P. J. Tallaferro, garage mechanic, said Bergfeld told him he was go- Ing back to the tavern to get even. An ambulance driver, C. Ralph Estep, testified he took a blackjack from Bergfeld's pocket at the hospital. The state contended Bergfeld was unarmed and was retreating from the establishment when the fatal shot was fired. found no one. On the way back, they received radio reports of the attempted stlckup, returned and seized the three without resistance. Deputy District Clerk E. B. (Pet) Dawson, a life-long resident of Dawson, related Tuesday morn- Ing that Eddie was a fearless redheaded youngster as a kid and was not surprised at his seizing a gun and shooting it out with the bandits. Spencer Corsets And Supports Individually Designed for You. MRS. C. R. LLOYD Phone 1514,1 tflOO Maplewood Ave. JAMESP.HUTCHINS SUCCUMBS LINGERING/ 1 ILLNESS WEDNESDAY James Polk Hutchlns, aged 30 years, deid at the P. and S. Hospital Wednesday night following a lingering Illness. Surviving are his wife, two sons, James Morris Hutchlns, and Remus LaRow Hutchlns; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hutchlns:'] three brothers, J. O., R. C. and *_ F. L. Hutchins, and a sister, Mrs. Tom Crabb, all of Corsicana, Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon *Hh Interment in Oakwood cemetery.! v* The rites will be conducted by "• Rev. E. C. Wilson, Nazarene minister. Pallbearers will be L. F. Flynn, Hugh Fullerton, Jesse Robinson, Richard Harwell, B. McBroom, Sam Crabb and Chas. R, Cravtns. Smarter, Lovelier, Better Buys 7han Ever! \ • • ' -' . New Spring Fashions in An Enlarged Dress Department Ladies Leather """ 50' Cement • Sewed • Tacked Work Guaranteed 108 EAST FIFTH Shop With Large Elec Shoe Marcy Lee Dresses O98 Famous Marcy Lee dresses, noted for their beauty and fine quality. In attractive print*, spun rayons, cotton and ray on mixtures. 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