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teXAS: Partly cloudy Sunday and Monday. . THE NEW PAMPA fastest (Jfbwlag City tit Texas—Panhandle OH and Wheat Center Serving Pampa <md N&rtheasiem Panhandle WMOWtHM HOME NEWSPAPER Established April 6, 1907 . Official Publication, City of Patttpa i VOL. 28. NO. 264 (AP) Leased Wire) PAMPA, GRAY COUNTY, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING,'FEBRUARY 10, 1935 (14 PAGES TODAY) PRICE FIVE CENTS * MRS. MORROW TESTIFIES AS TRIAL Supreme Court Announces Gold Decision Will Not Be Handed Down Monday TORNADO DEVASTATES EAST TEXAS-LOUISIANA SECTION KILLING 12 PERSONS Awaits Fate -® UNTOLD DAMAGE DONE TO PROPERTY OVER GREAT AREA BY P. D. ELDKED, Associated Press Staff Writer. GRAPELAND, Feb. 9 (/P)—Tor- nadlo winds, ripping: an erratic trail of destruction through East Texas and part of Louisiana last night, brought death to 12 per- rons, injured more than 70 and caused untold property damage. A driving rain storm, expending into other parts of Texas and ac- cortipanled by thunder squalls,, was raging when a funnel-shaped cloud vented its fury on a negro plantation community in the Trinity river bottoms 15 miles west of Grapeland. Nine negroes, caught in their cabins, lost their lives and 40 others were injured there, some so badly they may die. The community is on the Murray plantation in Houston county. The dead:' P. M. Bass, adult. John Campbell, adult. Sam Johjnson, adult. . Aunt Lissie Murphy, adult. Cosle Lewis,'girl. Chester Warfield, boy. Emma.Lewis, girl, . 'Another Lewis child. Ardell Lewis, adult; died en route to a hospital. In* Reynard community, a few miles away, Ella Hayden was injured fatally, dying today in a Pal- stine hospital. Mrs. Guy Parker and her baby were killed when a tree fell an their house at Schwab City in the Livingston cil field. Parker was stunnsd and children sleeping in another part of the house wer-n unhurt. • A survey today revealed that the winds struck communities and towns scattered from the gulf to Marshall, hundreds of miles north. At Nineveh, a farming town in L"0n county, 15 negro tenants were hurt. Twelve Groveton (Trinity county) residents were injured. Orange, en the coast, reported four injured, Belief agencies, with the Red Cross sending workers into the stricken area, swung into action to provide shelter for the hundreds of homeless and medical treatment for the injured. 50 Familiei Homeless. It was found that about 50 fam- illes were made homeless in tl-,e negro community west of Grapeland, where the destructive disturbance took its heaviest toll. Weather observers s$ld it was probable that a number of separate tornadoes formed during the night, dipping down to cause devastation and casualties at the widely-separated points. Tornadoes are an an T nual menace to 'this part of Texas ~ See 1 TORNADO, Page 6 Cockrells Hurt In Car Accident Extent of injuries, and cause of the automobile accident in which Mr. and Mrs. Younger Cockrell were injured near Erick, Okla., late yesterday afternoon, had not been learned here last night, The two small Cockrell children were uninjured. Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Ingrum, parents Of Mrs. Crockrell, left for Eriok immediately after learning of the accident.' Last night two G. c. Maione Ambulances left for Erick to bring Mr. and Mrs. Cockrell to Pampa. Mrs. Cockrell received a fractured leg and other injuries. Mr. Cockrell was cut and bruised and probably received Internal Injuries. They were returning from Dsnton where Mr, Cockrell's parents reside. f Heard .. Shattering glass as Buck Koonce went through a glass door in the sheriff's office yesterday morning. Buck wasn't looking where he was going as he charged through the doorway just as the door was being closed. The big fellow always appears in a hurry, regardless of Whether he is, going any place. Blgh.s o| de&pair as farmers in the city yesterqay Ipoked at the clear? ing sky and, noted the «h(f$)p wtaa. ' "Ho time," they Facing the jury which toon will decide his fate on a charge of minder, Maj. Charles A. Shepard lirmly denied that he was in any way icspomJble for the death of inn second wife, attributed by tho government to mercury poisoning. Shtpard is t'hown here in federal couit at Top^ka, Kansas. GAS SITUATION HOLDS INTEREST IN LEGISLATURE Rep. Worley - Visits' Here; Talks At Shamrock Rep. Eugene Worley of this the 122nd legislative district spent the" week-end in Gray and Wheeler counties discussing the gas situation with his constituents. Yesterday, Mr. Wortey addressed about 100 land and royalty owners in a meeting at Shamrock in which he explained the situation at Austin, and also discussed the various bills relating to the gas industry that 'have been introduced in the legislature. Mr. Worley announced that in the gas hearing at Austin this week, Vice-President Chase of the Lone Star Gas company, while on the witness stand answering a question asked by the Shamrock legislator, announced that his company plans to raise the price of gas In the Panhandle from two to four cents per thousand feet. Tlie house 1 committee of which Mi 1 . Worley is a member next week will begin to draft legislation to correct the enormous gas waste in th>3 Panhandle. He said no solution of the situation that would be favorable to both sides is in sight. He said that a bill recently introduced that would prohibit carbon block plants from using any gas except sour-gas had not been reported out of tile committee and would stand practically no chance of passing. Mr. Worloy spent last night In Pampa. .«. Public Land Is Withdrawn From UseByF.D.R. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. (IP)— In preparation for a nation-wide con- sfrvation program, President Roosevelt today withdrew all remaining public land from use. His order, completing that of last November, affects about 1,200,000 acres, and puts the final touch on withdrawal from settlement, location, sale or entry of the entire 165,695,000 acres of public domain. The November order was to make possible segregation of 80,000,000 acres as permanent livestock grazing areas under the Taylor act. The president said today's withdrawal, applicable to 12 states, was "pending determination of the most useful purposes to which they may be put in furtherance of the land program and conservation and development of natural resources." He added that this land, not suited to profitable growing of crops, was destined for conservation and development of forests, soil, and other natural resources, the creation of grazing districts, and the establishment of game preserves and bird refuges. «. Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Gregg announce the bU'thj of a daughter on Feb. I, The baby has been named Evelyn. Ann, , ..... DISSENTING OPINIONS BEING SLOWLY PREPARED BY RICHARD L. TURNER, Associated Press Staff Writer. WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (IP)— The supreme court's awaited-for- wucks gold decision will not bo announced on Monday. For a second time the high tribunal tonight departed from its usual course to let it be known that its next regular opinion day. will pass without the announcement of thfit tensely awaited verdict. The nine austere members of the bench met for their customary Saturday consultation. For nearly five hours they were closeted in their closely guarded discussion room. Then while his colleagues climbed into waiting automobiles, Chief Justice Hughes repaired to his office and summoned the court's clerk, Charles E. Cropley. Their conference was brief. Cropley returned to his own office, crowded with newspapermen. Sensing the suspense which gripped the group, he leisurely seated himself, lolled back in his chair, and, at last said: "There will be no statement, but I am authorized to say that Yio opinions will be announced on Monday." "Tl\at means no opinions of any kind?" as newsman asked. "That's it." "How about Tuesday?" "I said Monday'.' Cropley went on to make it plain 'that he was speaking only of opinions, that "orders" may be handed down, announcing whether other cases will or will not be reviewed by the court. Just as was the case a week agp, the capital had become keyed up to the expectation of a Monday decision. A short statement by Chief Justice Hughes last Saturday abruptly provided the anti-climax. While the court was meeting today, Attorney General Cummings spent two hours with President Roosevelt going over the plans which have been drawn for immediate action in the event the decision goes against the government. Informed of the court's further delay, he declined to comment. The government's plans for action, if necessary, were ready a week ago, the product of many hours consultation between treasury, justice department, and reconstruction finance corporation expsrts. The government, it has been made clear, is ready for any eventuality the opinion may produce. Although Cropley's half-laughing answer to questions on the possibility of a verdict on Tuesday, was hardly taken as an indication of what is in prospect, the chance remained that the announcement might come any day next week after Monday. There is ample precedent for such a course. In usually well informed circles the delay in handing down an opinion was attributed to the slowness with which the dissenters^—which ever side they represented—were preparing their disagreeing views. The court will be in session all next week and will meet Monday, February 18. to deliver opinions before taking a two weeks recess. The general- belief was that the tribunal—knowing the uncertainty in the financial world thje delay is causing—would endeavor to hand down the decision then. Duke To GiveAid To Seth SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9. The Duke of Gloucester, third son of Britain's king George, was swept into an unscheduled adventure today when the cruiser Australia steamed for a spot 300 miles north of Tahiti, where 'the radio broadcast schooner Seth Parker was battling a storm and apparently riding it out. The cruiser—a unit of the Australian navy with the Duke as a passenger—turned off her course after Phillips Lord, entertainer and master of the widely publicised schooner, sent out a stream of messages saying he believed his vessel in danger because of heavy seas. The schooner, a four-master, did not send out SOS calls, however. At 1:35 p. m. (Eastern Standard time) the radio of the Seth Parker was heard to say "everything O'. K. now." It added, however, that the "owner" didn't think so. The sender expressed the belief "he (the owner) should go to sleep now. Has been up all night." An hour later the schooner's wireless reported the situation was the same. This was construed by listeners to mean the ship was considered in no danger but that the owner still was worried. The cruiser, taking the Duke to Tahiti from Australia, was about .200,, miles,, from.,the Seth ...Parker, when she turned off.- her course to offer assistance. '' Naval stations here and at Honolulu intercepted messages which told of a battle with a storm. "jThere was no mention of injury to • any of the 13 persons aboard nor damage to the schooner except that the regular radio apparatus was out •of order. The schooner was built in 1918, at Portland, Ore., and first engaged in Pacific coast trade under the name ol Georgette. She is 187 feet long with a displacement of 757 tons, and is fitted with an auxiliary motor. Present owners are listed as the Vagabond Enterprising corporation. Compromise Is Agreed Upon In Oil Controversy WASHINQTON, Feb. 9. (/P)—After wrangling for days over oil control legislation, the house interstate commerce committee agreed today on a compromise measure. Taking up the Connally oil bill which passed the senate, the committee clipped off all but one paragraph and substituted entirely new provisions. Oil men described these as providing less stringent federal control than the Connally bill. The committee bill merely would direct the president to forbid interstate transportation of oil and its products produced or withdrawn from Storage in excess ctf quotas fixed by state laws or agencies whenever he., found excess oil was "an undue burden on interstate commerce" by reason of causing a "lack of parity between supply and demand." The Connally bill, in contract, would forbid outright the interstate movement of oil and deriva- ties produced, processed or handled in excess of amounts stipulated by the states. Tom Kirby of Jeriohp spent yesterday transacting business here. SAYS AMERICA, GREAT BRITAIN COULD KEEP PEACE CAPETOWN, Feb. 9. (AP) — America and Britain, working together, could keep the lid clamped down on the Pacific, the world's new danger spot, General Jan Smuts said here tonight. ' "If Japan knew that treaty or no treaty there existed in fact a policy of practical cooperation between the British and American groups, he 1 told the South African Institute of International Affairs, "that knowledge of itself would in all probability suffice to insure peaos in the Pacific." Asserting Japan's present policy holds within it the possibility that virtually the entire world may become embroiled in the Pacific, the South African soldier and statesman said: "The dominions desire the closest association possible between Great Britain and the United States in world affairs for their own future security. "They look partly to the United States," he added, "for they feel sure that what happened in the great wlir woultyiappen again,.and that in any grave crisis of the future and in any hour of danger these two groups would be found side by side, treaty or no treaty." At the same Mine, General Smuts declared the "sensitiveness" of Asiatic nations necessitates a "double dose of charity" on the part of Europe and America. "Japan's situation calls for a large measure of patience, good will and cooperation between the United -States and the British commonwealth," he said. Delegates to the imperial press conference, which closed its Capetown sessions today, were among the audience which heard General Smuts, who has just recovered from illness. A practical policy of cooperation between Britain and America in the Pacific, he told his hearers, "for the maintenance of the integrity of China and future peace Is the most important step that could be taken in international affairs." "Unle'ss the United States lend its cooperation in the economic or other isolation of an aggressor which has been marked down by the machinery of the League, the 'Paris peace pact will remain the pious hope it has been so far." .«» Highway Topping Will Begin Soon City Manager C. I/. Stine yesterday announced that topping of Highway 33 through the city would probably begin next month. Mr. Stine conferred with J. W. Van London, state engineer, in Amarillo Saturday and was given assurance that the project would be started soon. The city manager also attended the pond and terracing meeting and the PWA meeting while in Amarillo. Both meetings were to urge action rather than to accept projects. Pampaiis attending the meetings were Mr. Stine, George W. Brlggs, C. P, Buckler, R. B. Fisher, A. H. Doucette and Roger McConnell, Intimidation of Witnesses Claimed In Agent's Death ®- DALLAS, Feb. 9. (AP) — The sheriff who killed a federal narcotic agent at Post in West Texas Friday pleaded not guilty to federal murder charges here today. The same plea was entered by the veterinarian in front of whose office the shooting occurred, and a Post physician, both charged with complicity in the ki'llng.. The federal agent. Spencer Stafford, was killed by four slugs from a machine gun in the hands of Sheriff W. P. Oato of Garza coun-r ty, in front of the office of the veterinarian, L. Wi Kitchen, where be, had been going over narcotic records. The third defendant was Dr. V. A. Hartman. They were 1 brought to jail here from Post today by United States Marshal J. R. Wright. Formal hearing- was passe^ Monday when the government announced it was not ready. Counsel for the defense demanded proof and 'announced the three West •Hexans were "not waving anything." N. 0. Outlaw, Sheriff Cato's lawyer, said, he was preparing a motion for habeas corpus to "be presented to United States Judge- W. H. Atwell in MI effort to obtain' , Oiyd,e SfestuA ney, said he would resist bond for any of the men. Sheriff Cato has limited himself to a declaration that he fired only in self defense. He has referred questions on other points connected with the shooting to his attorney, who declined to talk. Eastus said efforts had been made to Intimidate certain government witnesses, and announced that persons making such attempts would be prosecuted. "We are not going to stand for that sort of one minute," he said. The prisoners, brought here; by WITNESSES, fttge 8 SHEPARD CASE GOES TO JURY; FATEDUE NOW Verdict Is Expected 'Anytime Today, Says Judge By GEORGE V. M'INTYRE Associated Press Staff Writer TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 9. «P)—A jury slept tonight on the fate of Maj. Charles A. Shcpard, facing a possible seiitci^e of death by hanging on the government's charge that he fatally poisoned his second wife to be free to wed a Texas blonde. The jury retired to study the two weeks' testimony at 7:03 p. m. but Judge Colin Neblett advised the Kansas tradesmen and farmers he would not receive their verdict before Sunday. "I will be available tomorrow at anytime," he said. The jury, if' it agreed with the guilty verdict returned in Shepard's first trial four years ago, had the added task of deciding whether the retired army tuberculosis expert should be assessed a penalty of life imprisonment or hanging. The.pre- vious jury, at Kansas City, Kan., decided against the death penalty. "Circumstantial evidence," the court told the 14 jurors, 12 or whom will pass on Shepard's guilt, "is to be considered the same as direct evidence because crimes are often clone in secret, with no witness to the actual deed. "The. federal statute provides that murder done by poison is first degree murder and the penalty may be either life imprisonment or death." The jury's first consideration, Judge Neblett said, was to determine whether Mrs. Separd died of poison. If it found that she did not, he said, they go no further and would have to return a verdict of not guilty. If, however, they found that she did die of poison, he said, they should then proceed to possible motives and the possibility of Shep-i ard's having committed the crime. Burglars Loot Unlocked Autos Pampans became careless ' about locking their cars last night and as a result the police department spent a busy night receiving reports of losses and making investigations. An unlocked house also was ransacked early in the evening. "No matter if you plan to be absent for only a minute or two, lock the doors of your car," Chief of Police Art Hurst again urged motorists. A medicine kit was stolen from Dr. W. B. Wild's car, parked on a downtown street. Police believe a "dope" took the case in the hopes of finding some narcotics. A slijort time after Dr. Wild had reported his loss, A. J. Isaacs reported that a pair of shoes, large sack of groceries, bundle of clothing and a' case of tabacco and been taken from his car, also parked in downtown Pampa. The man was absent for only a few minutes and had not locked his car. Bill Everett reported to police the loss of a tool kit from his car, parked near the postoffice. The residence of Joe Cotton, on East Browning avenue, was entered last night and two shotguns, a new Remington and a Winchester, valued at $85 and a traveling bag filled with) clothes, were taken. The bag belonged to a woman who l<ad arrived earlier in the evening to visit Mr. and Mrs. Cotton. Police are looking for a bicycle, owned by Douglas Stark, which was stolen from in front of the Rex theater Friday night. ^ BANDIT ROUTED AMARILLO, Feb. 9. (/P) -Hugh Craig, cashier of an Amarillo grocery, early tonight disarmed and routed a bandit. .In the struggle for possession of the bandit's gun, it was discharged. No one was injured, Two grocery clerks and two butchers watched the struggle. ''I'll keep the gun," Craig told the cops, Reclaims Voice VERDICT IS POSSIBLE BY MIDDLE OF WEEK No longer will Marina Schubert, above, be the unknown singing voice that apparently comes from famous actresses in the movies. For she liasl stopped ''loaning" her voice and is using it herself. In fact, this daughter of Mme. Nina Kushctz, famous Russian singer, promises to become one of our star actresses, as recent films liavc proved. CONTINUE WAR ON RELIEF ACT Shrewd Politician Is' Certain Bill Will Be Passed WASHINGTON. Feb. 9. (/P)— Tlie scJiism between organized labor and the administration over recovery codes appeared today to be headed toward a wider gulf of disagreement over the $4,880,000,000 work relief bill. With administration leaders claiming sufficient strength to overturn the senate appropriations committee decision for prevailing wages in whatever communities public works are undertaken, woud passed around the capitol that the White House was in for one of its hardest battles when this issue reaches the floor, regardless of what the committee does. Counter-balancing this was the prediction of one of the shrewdest politicians in the senate that, generally speaking, the republican independents and democrats would join to put the bill through in virtually the same way it passed the house. This authority, who preferred not to be quoted by name, under-scored his forecast even after taking into account the tendency among democrats themselves to balk at many of the broad provisions in the measure. "Look at the world court vote," he said. "The democrats took one strike-on that. They won't take two strikes and get that far away from the White House. A lot of them want to come back." Senator McKeller (D-Tenn.1, after a conference with President Roosevelt, predicted the prevailing wage clause would be eliminated by the committee when it takes up the bill Monday for final action. "I don't think we should- entice men to leave regular jobs to go on work relief," he said on leaving the White House. WhlletSenator McCarran (D-Nev.), author of the amendment approved Thursday 12 to 8, doubted the reversal could be accomplished, he conceded presidential pressure might do the trick. There was plenty of evidence today the executive was doing all he could by telephone to ditch the amendment. Organized labor had its representatives at the capital trying to counteract whatever switches the president's adherents were accomplishing. Lonnle Fiegenspan of Skellytown was a, Pampa visitor last night, By JOHN FERRIS Associated Press Staff Writer FLEMINGTON, N. J., Feb. 9. (/P) The case against Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the Lindbergh baby murder was completed today, five weeks and three days after It began. With Mrs. Dwight W. Morrow, the baby's grandmother, as a witness, the case ended—except for the legal oratory which will last through Monday and part of Tuesday—on a note of sharp contradiction. . The final day's testimony concerned itself not with Hauptmann, the Bronx carpenter accused of horrible crime, but with the memory of two persons dead—the little Isador Fisch and the Morrow maid servant, Violet Sharpe, who committed suicide. When it was not seeking to show that neither Fisch nor Miss Sharpe had any guilty knowledge of the kidnap murder of March 1, 1932, the state in its last day of rebuttal testimony, ripped at the • "lumber:" evidence which the defense had presented. Hauptmann, never demonstrative,' sat -through the final day of the trial which may mean his life showing little emotion. Ann On Stand In contrast with the defendant were Mrs. Morrow and her daughter, Mrs. Anne Lindbergh, who sat through both sessions today displaying keen interest in all proceedings. Mrs. Lindbergh, the baby's mother, was making her second appearance in the old Hunterdon county courtroom. She was one of the first witnesses of the state. Colonel Lindbergh, on the other hand, has been a constant court attendant, sitting behind the state counsel's table in a position from which he could look almost squarely at the witnesses as they paraded, 141 of them, through 29 days of testimony. The presentation of evidence came to an abrupt close at 2:30 p. m. when the state announced it had finished its rebuttal evidence and the defense, headed by Edward J. Reilly of New York, announced It would offer no sur-rebuttal. Justice Thomas W. Trenchard called a recess until Monday when Anthony M. Hauck, Jr., one of the See HAUPTMANN, Page 6 Less Than Million Will B e Eligible For Age Pensions WASHINGTON, Feb. 9. (IP}— The administration today sent to the capitol an estimate that less than a million persons would be eligible for old age pensions and that the total cost to the states would be about $111,000,000 annually. Some congressmen have estimated that the pension plan would cost arolund $450,000,000 yearly. The table, drawn up by the economic security committee, was based on the number of persons above 65 who are receiving relief In the states, plus those getting old age pensions in states that have pension systems. For Virginia, where Senator Byrd (D-Va.) had estimated the cost would be between $12,000,000 and $20,000,000 a year, the committee estimated that $356,000 would be re* quired. This was on the basis of a state contribution of $20 a month, distributed in the same proportion as relief now is in that state. 1 Saw ... "Nursery" pa,lnted on a door at the back of the Rex theater's new ticket booth in which Mrs. Gertie Arnold was working last night. The door is one, of the,new fixtures ojf the remodeled theater front. Joe Stribling said th door would ba re-painted. '•-. ' And heard famed Pianist Baue* play Ohopin's Troiseme Ballade In Amarillo, and it th|s corner knows that composition at all, there is at Jeast one musician jji pa-rapa, May Foreman Cfatjt who " rings around h&n irtwn. she " ' cjasslc reyenyy jjj ~

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