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•:r--. ;•'/,*;- t V Twict-A-Week Visitor The Semi-Weekly Morning Light earrle local, atate and world new* Into thousand of rural homes In Navarro and surrounding counties twice each week. Every worthwhile item of new* troto every point thoroughly covered. Home of the Daily Sun and Momina Uiih Yean of 8«ml*W«ekty an outstanding working for tha i communltiM of N tie* for more thai [drain* Light hu bMa irive- newspaper, ement of the rural kvttrro and adjacent coun- flfty year*. Its mcoeii 1* growth .ural II FULL LEASED WIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS SERVICE VOL. UL CORSICANA, TEXAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1939 NO. 135 NAVAL AIR BASE BILL COMES BEFORE HOUSE THIS WEEK NEW EVIDENCE DETERMIN TION TO BOLSTER NATIONAL DEFENSE GIVEN *« * V determi- nationai •\. v . V 1 WASHINGTON, Feb. 20. The $53,800,000 naval air base bill sped forward in congress today new evidence of nation to bolster defense. Speaker Bankhead and •Representative Rayburn of Texas, the house majority leader, announced the house would devote tomorrow and Wednesday to consideration of tho legislation. They acted after the rules committee voted iwianimously to ask the house to q£art voting after six hours of general debate* Senator Nye (R-ND) proposed meanwhile to write Into law army •and navy regulations against release of military aircraft to foreign governments. Chairman Vinson (D-Ga) of the naval committee and Rep. Maas (R-Minn) ranking minority member, said they would grant "ample time" for arguments of opponents of the $5,000,000 Item for developing a seaplane harbor at Guam. Presidential hints of threatening developments abroad acted as a damper on congressional controversy over American foreign policy, but there was no doubt the Guam project wouFd be criticized. Vinson told the rules committee the Guam Item was the only controversial section of the 11-alr base program. The Japanese press has looked with disfavor on any proposal to strengthen this far-Pacific outpost of tho United States and critics of this country have declared It would be provocative to do so, Conference Reported Due Bankhead and Rayburn said a senate-house conference report on the first deficiency bill will come up Thursday, and debate will begin <PrJday cti tke- annual treasuiy- postot'fice appropriation bill. Three Florida democrats—Senator Andrews and Representatives Peterson end Cannon—testified before the house ways and means committee in behalf of the Townsend old age pension bill. Pensions based on the Townsend idea, they declared, would provide for old people, open up new jobs tor younger ones, and help prevent juvenile crime by keeping children In school. National defense was still the big topic In Washington, although debate was not as keen as It had been. Administration senators found support from gome republican See DEFENSE, Page 7 ENITRE NAZI PRESS ATTACK ROOSEVELT RESULT STATEMENT BERLIN, Feb. .20.—(ff)—The entire German press struck at President Roosevelt today for reports he might shorten his cruise in the Caribbean because of word reaching him of developments ftbroad. All America, the press said, was excited by "new baiting by peace- disturber Roosevelt" and a "theatrical coun^ in Washington." Nachtausgabe asked whether the Presidents "ceaseless war gossip" was intended to push Europe into war to aid the Americans arms Industry. Boersenzeltung said the Presl- lent's views of the European situation showed him as "a man who thoughtlessly seized all means .to hold his tottering position and who systematically attempted to .',,*ow trouble In the world in order i-to assist the dark forces which aupport him." It added that a "statement of Rabbi Perlzweig before the Lon- See NAZI PRESS, Page" 7 HUNTER NOMINATION WAS MAIN INTEREST IN SENATE MONDAY O'DANIEL WAS SILENT ABOUT SENATORIAL CRTICISM IN SUNDAY BROADCAST AUSTIN, Feb. 20.— will the senate do about appointment of J. C. Hunter aa chairman of the state highway commission? This waa the burning question in Austin as the legislature got up steam today for the final two- thirds of its four.-months general session. There also was much interest in whom Gov. W. Lee O'Daniel would appoint state life insurance commissioner in lieu of Truett Smith of Tahoka, who, like Carr P. Collins of Dallas, the governor's first choice for the vacancy on the highway commission, failed of confirmation by the senate. Aa last week's legislative session ended, there waa a great uproar in the senate from certain senators from East Texas because the governor had appointed Hunter, whose home is at Abilene in West Texas, instead of an East Texan. The senate committee on governor's nominations is expected to make an early report on the nomination of Hunter. Chairman of the committee Is Senator Allan Shivers of Port Arthur, one of the group which castigated the appointment of Hunter. Senator John R. Redditt of Lufkin, another who denounced the selection, is a committee member. Committee Action Not Final. Action of the committee- Is not, however, always Indicative of what the senate may do with an appointment. Both Collins and Smith were recommended by the committee and turned down by the senate. For the confirmation a two- thirds majority of tha elected membership is necessary, and 11 negative votes, therefore, may bring £jbout rejection. Some observers thought Hunter certain of rejection; others that See HUNTER, Page 5 PERUVIAN CABINET MINISTER ATTEMPTS SEIZE GOVERNMENT SHORTLIVED REVOLT FOLLOWS ABSENCE PRESIDENT ON VISIT TO EUROPE THOUSANDS RUSH THROUGH 'GATES' AS PRESIDENT OPENS FAIR LIMA, Peru, Feb. 20.—(ff)—Precautionary measures were enforced today following a short- lived attempt by Interior Minister General Antonio Rodriguez to seize the government In the absence of his old friend, President Oscar Benavldea. General Rodriguez was killed by Sergeant Major Alzo Patron who challenged Rodrlquez' assertions he was the chief executive because Benavldes was sailing for Europe. One police officer, two patrolmen and a Japanese pedestrian were reported killed and 36 .persons wounded in the brief fight- Ing that followed. The attempted coup d'etat occurred early yesterday when the general seized the presidential palace, proclaimed himself head of the government and Issued manifestoes explaining his plan for far-reaching measures to replace the Benavldes administration, Rodriguez ordered Captain la- modes, chief of the machine-gun section quartered at the palace, to relinquish the command to a new chief. Ismodes, pretending to follow orders, telephoned presidential quarters for troops, locked him- Soe PERU REVOLT, Page 6 WILD DASH OF RUNAWAY FREIGHT LOCOMOTIVE ENDS IN DEATH FOR ENG1NEMEN ON PASSENGER TRAIN . 1 i - HARLAN, la., Feb. 20.— The wild down-grade dash of a "riderless" freight locomotive into a speeding Minneapolis-bound passenger train, resulting in, two deaths and injury to 23 persons, clamed the attention of federal, state and railroad investigators -'here today. r ' V " Kilted late Saturday night in the weird accident on the Great Western Line near here were Henry Miller, engineer, and A. D. Sellers, fireman, both of Clarion, la,, and both on the passenger engine. Vrfl The freight locomotive got away from its crew while switching ars near Tennant, la., four miles }rom the scene of the impact. A team pipe burst, Fireman Ed Sharp related, while he was adjusting the automatic stoker. Sharp said he was forced from the cab by escaping steam. John .Anderson,, the engineer, was trap- /tfjed and critically burned, \-M The fireman said ho returned .,;..•. (.-•-.-• #.-•' • ' • * v- i :'.*.-> -'.' », - ' " Xfri.: • I'i^'T 1 > '£"h--- ' » .-IP-- to the cab and dragged the engineer to safety before the back- Ing train orashed Into some other cars. This impact, Sharp continued, derailed five cars and apparently 'olted back the reverse bar and ammed the throttle at full speed ahead. While the trainmen stood helplessly by, the wild engine roared by them, picked up a car of corn on the main track and aped through the darkness to meet the oncoming passenger train. Officials estimated that the locomotive, Its light blotted out by the corn car, was going 50 miles an hour when it rammed Into the passenger train. Besides Anderson, two others were injured critically. They are Walter I. Taylor of Minneapolis, Minn., negro porter, and James Connors, Council BluffB, Iowa, paa- •eng«r braksman. Rushing through the "Golden Gates" Into the Court of Reflections thousands of visitors welcomed official inauguration of the Golden Gate International Exposition. As Governor Culbert L. Olson of California turned a Jeweled key In the symbolic Golden Gates, President Roosevelt gave a three-minute address over the radio welcoming opening festivities at Treasure Island. The President spoke from Key West, Fla. Opening program for the Exposition was "jammed" with interest from 9 a. m. until 2 a. m. the following morning. DEMAND MADE FOR REMOVAL INEQUALITY TEXAS PRQRATIONS EAST TEXAS OPERATORS DECLARE THAT AREA HAS BEEN LONG SUFFERING AUSTIN, Feb. 20.—<#>—A demand that inequalities in allow- ables of Texas oil fields be removed was voiced at a statewide oil hearing here today. F. W. Fisher of Tyler told the commission a great many fields had been granted allowables greatly out of line with the East Texas field, especially in the Gulf Coast area, and he believed the situation merited examination. "I want to call the commission's attention to gross inequalities pertaining to East Texas," he said. "We have been long suffering. We have gone along with the commission because we feared a price cut. "East Texas today Is being given an average allowable of 13 barrels. The commiscslon Itself says through its records that these wells can produce 15,000 to 20,000 barrels dally, "If every field in Texas was prorated on that schedule, we would have no complaint. Bur that is not true. Many fields in Texas are given allowables far out of line." Fischer said he had heard that after general monthly proratlon hearings some operators would come in and obtain increased al- lowables on grounds they had contracts with foreign purchasers of oil. Voices Sentiment of Operators. "I voice tho sentiment of 00 per cent of the Independent operators See PROBATION. Page 5 PARALLEL POLICY THREE BIG POWERS IN EAST DEVELOPS • FRENCH, BRITISH AND UNITED STATES PROTEST OCCUPATION OF HAINAN / WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.—(#>— A . parallel policy among the United States, Great Britain and France In the Far East has developed to the point where diplomatic representatives here are giving It close attention. Diplomatic circles have been struck particularly by American Ambassador Crew's demand on the Japanese foreign office last Week to learn Japan's intentions. In occupying the Island of Hainan. Significance of his action is not merely that it immediately followed a similar step by Britain and France. The significance Is that It was taken despite the fact no such step was made when the Japanese occupied Canton, which actually Is a little closer to the Philippines than Is Hainan, 750 miles away. Ambassador Grew called Japan's attention to the fact there were Americans on the island of • J3oe HAINAN," Page"! e f Secret Marriag Of Football Star ^ Ends In Tragedy TULSA, Okla.. Feb. .20. -The secret marriage of Tommy Thompson, star quarterback and forward passer of the University of Tulsa football team, ended in tragedy today as Ruth Breeno Thompson, 24, his bride of two weeks, swallowed poison at the Thompson homo and died 15 minutes later. County Investigator H. W. Cul- llson said the death was suicide. Her grief-stricken husband, also 24, said he know of no motive for the act and that she left no note and made no statement to relatives or friends. Thompson told reporters and .police he and his wife were married a short time after taking out a license here Fob. 4. When the marriage license record appeared both Thompson and his wife denied they were married. They Insisted also they "had not used" a second marriage license issued to them at Sapulpa, Creek County. A school rule would have made Thompson Ineligible for football next year If he had been married. Detective Felix Al'Taffer, personal friend of the Thompsons, said he talked with Mrs. Thompson yesterday and she seemed In good spirits. "She might have been depressed because she recently had quit nor work aa a dentist's assistant or because a recent automobile accident had loft a scar on her face," Al'Taffer said. University officials said the no- marriage rule for athletes went into effect the season of 1936 when Vic Hurt came to the university as head coach. At that time several players on the football squad, including Morris White, star halfback, were married and these men wore allowed to remain on the squad. At present one married man, Corporal Jones, Is on the team. KIDNAPER IS SAVED TEMPORARILY RESULT ACTIONGOVERNOR FRANKLIN P. M'CALL WAS SCHEDULED DIE IN ELECTRIC CHAIR TODAY RATFORD, Fla,., Feb. 20. Franklin Pierco McCall, his head shaved for the electric chair, today was granted a stay of execution until next Friday to permit an appeal to the United States Supremo Counrt of hia conviction in the death of five-year-old James Bailey Cash, Jr., who was kidnaped and killed last May. McCall was to have died at the state prison farm here today. Superintendent L, P. Chapman of the prison said ho acted after a telephone conversation with Governor Fred P. Cone. The stay was obtained after rel* atlves bade tearful goodbyes yesterday to the youth who confessed kidnaping the Cash child at Princeton, Fla. ( last May 28 and collecting $10,000 ransom after his victim was dead. McCall was neighbor of the Cashes at Princeton, Fla. His arrest followed a sensational manhunt under supervision of Fed- oral Bureau of Investigation Chief J. Edgar Hoover. All but $5 of the ransom was recovered. Indicted for kidnaping and murder, ho pleaded guilty to the for- See McCALL, Page 2 Congressman Dies Greatly Improved e neaas WASHINGTON, Feb. 20. Ropresentatlve Dies (D.-Tox.) who underwent an appendectomy Fri day, was reported greatly improved today. Aides of " the congressman quoted Mrs. Dies, who visited the hospital this morning, as saying her husband had a "good night and was doing fine." Gold Wavi Eastward Monday -* "' * -t.rv — - .,•<-» - - -' - J To Dispel Warmth (By The Associated Press) A cold wa.ve over tho middle west headed eastward today in tho wake of rain, snow and abnormally warm weather. Coldest point on tho weather map was Detroit Lakes, Minn., with 31 below zero. Forecaster H. A, Downs of Chicago said subzero weather prevailed In tho Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and down to Nebraska. He predicted near zero weather tonight In Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana and said the east, basking In a February "heat wave/' would be Jolted rudely out of it tonight and tomorrow by "decidedly colder" weather. A storm area which centered over the Rocky Mountains Saturday had moved to the upper St. Lawrence Valley today. It brought precipitation over the week-end to nearly every section of the nation, Lander, Wyo., had eight inches of snow and Denver, Colo., five Inches. New Mexico state highway crews battled through 22 miles of snow-blocked roads to got food to the isolated town of Hlckman. Now York City resident perspired with temperatures In the middle 80s but awaited rain and "much colder" weather tonight. Farmer Is Killed. LINEVILLE, Ala., Feb. 20.— (JP) —One man was killed and property damage was widespread today in a storm which struck a farming area southeast of here. Henry Garrett, 35, was dead when neighbors pulled him from tho debris of his homo. Mrs. Garrett and two children spent the See COLD WAVE, Pago 7 FMNCO PLANNING I' WAGE-HOUR LAW ADMINISTRATOR PREDICTS GUARANTEED ANNUAL WAGE CONTRACTS WILL RESULT NAME CABINET OF EIGHTI ER5 WASHINGTON, Feb. 20. Wage-hour administrator Elmer F. Andrews predicted tod.ay wider use of "guaranteed annual wage'* contracts by , seasonal industries might result from the fair labor standards act. A guaranteed annual wage contract Is one under which em- ployes are paid on an annual or semi-annual basis. Under the wage-hour act such employes cannot be required to work more than 1,000 hours In six months or more than 2,000 hours In one year, Andrews based his prediction on a formal memorandum prepared by Calvert Magruder, general counsel for the wage-hour division, interpreting two sections of the Jaw, The memorandum was Intended to serve, Magruder said, as a guide to the administrator unless the courts direct otherwise. Andrews Indicated the guaranteed annual wage basis would be- come attractive to employers by giving them the right to step up production In emergencies without paying employes overtime. He emphasized that the exemption from overtime payments, however, applied only to Industries whose employes worked under union contracts calling for specific -wages and working periods over long terms, •••••HM Wlmi Congress Is Doing By The Associated Press. TODAY. Senate. Considers appropriations for Independent federal agencies. Military committee continues hearings on defense program, House Considers extending lending powers of RFC and affiliates. Ways and means committee hears Townaend pension plan advocates. INSURGENT GENERALISSIMO BE CHIEF OF STATE AND ARMY COMMANDER PERPIGNAN, France — (Near the Spanish Frontier)—Feb. 20. —(#)—National 1st Generalissimo Franco was said today by "informed border sources to plan naming a new .government of eight cabinet ministers under the nominal direction of his brother-in- law, Serrano Sunner, as premier. The generalissimo, these sources said, will retain his title as chief of state and supremo commander of the army. Franco has filled moat of the posts on paper, these reports declared, but the actual change may not take place before tho central zone of Spain Is occupied. Sunner U presently minister of interior and one of the outstanding leaders of the Falangists (Fascists). The new cabinet, these reports said, will Include general Francisco Gomez Jordana, now Fran- See FRANCO, Page 7 ITALIAN DECISION REP. DWYER LOOSED INCREASE GARRISON SHARP CRITICISM OF CRITICS OF O'DANIEL SPURS DRITISH ON THIRTY THOUSAND ADDI- SENATE SPEECHES TERMED! TIONAL TROOPS BE SENT "OUTRAGEOUS" AND VIO- INTO LIBYA IS REPORT LATIVE OF FAIR PLAY LONDON, Feb. 20.—(fl*)—An Italian decision to aend "30,000 more troops" to Libya, in North Africa, was Announced today In the house of commons as the British government sought approval of Its costly rearmament program. R. A. Butler, undersecretary for foreign affairs, said Italy had informed Lord Perth, British Ambassador to Rome, she was "sending 30,000 more troops to Libya x x x to provide for the security" of the North African territory. Thirty thousand troops had remained in Libya aCter reductions In the force had' been effected under the Anglo-Italian accord ratified.last November. (BritlEh officials Feb. 16 Jiad disclosed Italy was sending reinforcements to Libya. They said I tad Ian Foreign Minister Count Gnleazzo Ciano had told Lord Perth the troops were being sent because of "information received" that French forces in Tunisia, neighbor of Libya, had been Increased.) Butler declined to agree with Laborlte Arthur Henderson's suggestion that the Italian action was a breach of the pact "because the Italian government did reduce her troops in Libya" as prescribed by the accord. AccepU Rome's Reason. He added that Lord Perth had accepted Rome's reason for the move. Opposition members laughed when Butler indicated Italy never had promised to reduce Libyan garrisons "in perpetuity." Henderson asserted Butler's reply was unsatisfactory and announced ho would Initiate a debate on the issue at an early date. Butler's disclosure was made before common^ opened full dress debate on/loo' coat and -progress of Britain's rearmament program, set against a background of in- See BRITISH, page 5 FRENCH EFFORTS AT PEACE IN SPAIN ARE ABRUPTLY FRANCO'S DELEGATES MAKE DEMANDS THAT WERE IMPOSSIBLE PAHIS, Fob. 20.—(ff)—France and Britain today sought a new approach toward peace in Spain and a basis for recognition of Ntlonallst Generalissimo Franco's regime aa the legal Spanish government. Senator Leon Behard, French emissary, and Sir Robert M. Hodgson, British commercial agent to Nationalist Spain, conferred In Burgos after talks with the Nationalists had snagged on persistent Nationalist demands for unconditional surrender by tho republican government. A showdown was expected Wednesday when tho two planned a further interview with General Count Francisco Gomez Jordana, Franco's foreign minister. Franco's representatives last night reiterated the Generalissimo's ruling that only unconditional surrender of tho republican government in the last one- fourth of Spain It holds or final victory for Nationalist arms could end tho two and one-half- year civil war. The French senator had been instructed to «oek a promise of leniency toward tho republican side as well as assurances Spain would be rid of Italian and Gor- 'AUSTIN, Feb. 20, A sharp attack waa loosed on the house floor today by! Rep. Pat Dwyer of San An* tonio against East Texas senators who last week criticized Governor JV. Lee, O'Daniel. The San Antonio representative termed the senate speeches "out* ragous" and vlolatlve of th» principles of "decency and fair play," Dwyer sought adoption of a resolution deploring the senators* attacks on O'Daniel but his fellow townsman, Rep. Preston Anderson of San Antonio, raised tho valid point of order that the resolution* period had expired. The proposal perhaps will come up again tomorrow, i*!**-!**! Several East Texas senators last Thursday bitterly assailed O'Daniel for his appointment of a West Texan as chairman of the state highway commission. "I rise," said Rwyer, "to defend the fair name of Texas which has been besmirched by the outrageous attacks made on the distinguished governor In tho senate last Thursday, x x x "I am still well aware of the fact that Loo O'Daniel is not a politician; that he has been busy throughout ton years earning an honest livelihood and guard- Ing and protecting his dear family and educating hla children, and I am aware of the fact that when the people of Tex a 3, to the amazement of the professional politicians, selected him as their governor that the professional politicians determined to destroy him, Should Fight Fairly. :A^,, "Regardless of their jealousy 1 ' and envy of Lee O'Daniel, if It is their cldslve to fight him they should fight fairly ^according .to •the -ruled 3bt comtnbit decency which should control the conduce' of all honest men," Sen. Allan Shivers of Port Arthur, chairman of the senate com* mittoe on governor's nominations, was absent and It appeared the group would not consider O'Dan- Jul's highway commission select- Ion before tomorrow or Wednesday. Before Dwyer fired his blast, th« house adopted a resolution asking: the "experts" who helped draft O'Danlel's tax program to appear before house committees now considering the program. Rep. W. J. Galbreath of Wharton, who offered the resolution, said the governor had stated a, See LEGISLATURE. Page 7 Freezing Weather Predicted North Texas Tonight See SPANISH, Page 6 DALLAS, Feb 20. United States weahor bureau forecast a cold wave would strike Texas tonight, dipping Into South Texas but avoiding tho Lower Rio Grande Valley. Harbinger of tho wave wac a slcgo of cold In the Panhandle. Snow mell at Borger and Amarillo, which registered temparturea of 10 and 16, respectively. Blizzard Conditions Prevail . OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 20.— (fl*)— Snow and icy north winds brought blizzard conditions to parts of northwest Oklr.homa and tho Panhandle today. Temperatures dropped near the zero mark* At Witynoka, a driving snow storm reduced vlsitiblllty to one- fourth of a mile. Guymon, In tho Panhandle, also. reported heavy, drifting snow. Temperatures ranging from zero to 10 above wore forecast over the state tonight. TWENTY-FOUR BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT PROBLEM IS GIVEN LITTLE ATTENTION BY PROBERS WASHINGTON, Feb. 20.—Mr>The federal monopoly committee in its insurance study all but burled a 24 billion dollar Investment problem under odds and ends of other testimony. What It adds up to U this: The Insurance companies of the nation have about 24 billion dollars, representing premiums paid by policy holders. The companies have to keep converting this money Into safe investments. As a result, they own vast amounts of real estate mortgage*, and huge batches of bonds of var- >v ous descriptions, federal, state, municipal, utility, railroad and other corporations. They also own great tracts of farm lands, big stacks of farm mortgages. In the last four years, insurance companies are said to have bought two billion dollars worth of private securities. It was a field of investment outside the limits patrolled by th« securities commission. This agency had no control over U, nor did any other federal agency. Still, It waa well Inside tho boundaries set up by the states to control insurance company Investments. Thus the questions asked of insurance company officials In the committee hearings were aimed at presenting a picture of the op- erailonA of this huge fund. Some commit to members trlod to show the economic power 24 billion dollars might exert. They illuminated certain phases of Insurance Investments to show tha power that Insurance executives might exert on some of the nation's most Important arteries ot trade If they had a mind to use It, On their side, the insurance officials tried to chow their actions wero perfectly Ipglcal, and that laws pretty well -guided tho direction of their Investments. Beyond that, they emphasized S«t INSURANCE, Pagt 5 *i 1 r -• IF . -<•. - 1 ', i 1 -l 'I .1 , I iV^VjV'V../.' ?"- »,. . %i . •"''

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