Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light from Corsicana, Texas on March 3, 1939 · Page 12
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Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light from Corsicana, Texas · Page 12

Corsicana, Texas
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Friday, March 3, 1939
Page 12
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fM YOUTH IS HELD CONNECTION 1 SXTORTJN THREAT FEDERAL AGENTS SAY MAN T toELD HAS MADE STATE; : MENTINCASE r DALLAS,~llarch 1.—OT ;'—E. E. Conroy, agent in charge of the Federal .Bureau of Investigation of; fice here, today announced 1 the arrest of a farm youth, • ih; connection with an alleg- , ed attempt to extort $2,000 from H. J. Malouf, wealthy Knox Glty, Texas, merchant. Conroy said Malouf received a letter mailed from O'Brien, Texas, Feb. 23, in which he was warned • 'his; daughter, LaRue, 9, would be • harmed if he did not pay $2,000. ; The youth, described by Cdnroy as the son of a wealthy. Rochester, 'Texas, farmer, was arrested by ;• City Marshall J. J. Stephens of -" Knox City and FBI agents last night at O'Brien. Conroy said he had signed a statement in connection with the case, and that he wpuld be brought before a United States commissioner here this afternoon for formal filing of charges. : Conroy said the youth was mars rled and the father of a 5-montha . old boy. The youth told the federal agent he wrote the letter because he needed money. ' .The federal agent refused to say what pointed the finger of susplc- . ion' at the youth -in custody. But Conroy did say the extortion letter was mailed from O'Brien and .directed that the money be placed at a point about 400 yards from the home of the suspect. Parts of Letter. Conroy gave out parts of the letter in which the writer said: '. ''"It you do not do this as In'•'strutted, when you least expect it you will never see your youngest • child again." : ; : : At another point the letter said, ' '"Beware, do this or your young- V'est.. child - will ever reach the age --.iof.lS.'.' . . , ; ; : The letter specified that the .payoff was to be made between 9 " ' 10 p. m. on the night of Feb—iy 24. „ "Maximum penalty under the *; charge is 20 years in the peniten- ~y or J5,000 fine, or both, Con- JfiK.immed'lately upon receipt of the ll&jletter. Malouf notified Knox City IS!' Parents Announce Recent Marriage Of Willie Dean P.qole Mr. and Mrs. 1 £ Poole ; announce the marriage of their daughter, Willie Dean, tp D. A; Wllltrout, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Willtrout of Monroe City, Tex. The couple were married in Cor- slcana, Monday, Feb. 20. Mr. Willtrout, who has been In the U. 3. Navy the past two years, is employed by Brown and Root Construction company. They will make their home in Monroe Clty.r-Con- trlbuted. officers and FBI headquarters in Dallas. A guard was sent to the Malouf home In Phoenix, Ariz., where lived Mrs, Malouf'and the couple's children. Leaves for Phoenix. Friends of Malouf In Knox City said last night the merchant had left by plane for Phoenix yesterday. The extortion letter, officers said, was written on regular tablet paper, in neat handwriting. Only misspelled word was the name' of the merchant, Malouf. Officers working on the case said they belleveed at th start the letter was the work of an amateur because the writer repeated directions as to where to place the money and repeated the threats. The extortion note directed that the $2,000, in bills of Jl to $100 demonlnatlon, be placed in a cigar box in a culvert "10 telephone posts north of" a certain cross road north of Rochester about 2 1-2 miles. A culvert was found at the exact spot described. Officers working with Stephens and FBI agents included Sheriff Louis Cartwrlght of Benjamin, Orvllle Capehart, chief deputy sheriff; City Marshal Doss Fuller of Ruel and Constable Ollle Kltt ley of Ruel. Stranger to Malouf. PHOENIX, Ariz., March 1.—VP) —H. J. Malouf, Knox City, Tex., merchant, said here today the 18-year-old youth arrested for writing him a $2,000 extortion letter was a stranger to him. He did not know of the arrest until informed by the Associated Press. Malouf came here from Knox City where he received the letter demanding the money on threat of kidnaping his nine-year-old daughter, La Rue. The intended victim of the extortion plot said he thought he was acquainted with the father of the suspect. Malouf's family came here aboul a month ago for Mrs. Malouf's .health. Malouf said his plans for the future were indefinite. THRIFT SECTION On THIRD FLOOR ."Little. Money" Fashions With Lots Of Stylet AGE PENSION PROBLEM IN HANDS OFlBJOMMinEE SENATE SOLUTION OF VEXING LEGISLATION EXPECTED RESULT AUSTIN, March 1.—WV-What might turn out to be the senates solution of the vexing old age pension problem was In the hands of a subcommittee today which labored under orders to report a plan by March 13. Proposed constitutional amendments dumped into a subgroup last night included a 2 per cent sales and service tax to support possibly expanded pensions, a straight 2 per cent sales levy for $15 state pensions to all persons over 65 years old and a 1.6 per cent transactions tax similar to but not identical with that of Gov. W. Lee O'Danlels' proposal, to Support universal pensions; Out of the three, the subcommittee was ordered to report one plan, If necessary incorporating provisions of all three, for the whole committee's consideration. The transactions tax proposal was not discussed but Senators R. A. Welnert of Seguln and L. J. Sulak of LaFrange explained their sales tax suggestions to the com mlttee. Senator Sulak contended there was statewide support of his 2 per cent sales levy for universal pensions. Only Just Solution. "Paying pensions to all over 6! is the only Just solution ot this problem," Sulak- said. "Let's put the question to the people. It would ask them simply 'do you want to tax yourselves for pensions to the old folks?' We ought to pay them to all people, whether they are citizens or not since everybody will bo • taxed for them under my plan." Sulak estimated the tax would return revenues in excess of $30, 000,000 a year. He said the fed oral government could match only those state funds paid to the needy. Welnert's proposal, as explained by- the author, would tax retail sales, with few exceptions, 2 per cent and place a similar levy on hotel room rent, transportation on commercial carriers, amusements athletic events, advertising and brokerage commission. Annual Allotment*. Fixed amounts of the revenue would be allotted annually as follows: $15,000,000 to pensions, $1,- Warranty Deeds. Ned Johnson, et ux, to E. M. Vestbrook, 1-5 acre in the H. Bush survey, $10. C. E. Kirk, et a!., to W. H. larrlson, part of Lots 3 and 6, Block 588 Corslcana, $626. Walstein Smith, et ux., to W. '. Layfield, et ux, Lots 5 and 6 Block 110, Kerens, $1,000. Marriage License. Carl Samuel Brldger and Edith Davidson. Fashion right dresses in a fino 'quality •• rftyon alpaca • weave.-.•„.,• smart new numbers-that emphasize thevvogue for femininity, alijw .w,aJ8ts, 'full skirts, 4 tucks. and. pleats. Every one an authentic copy of a higher priced: dress success:.,. .you'll, find thejn a clever buy how because they can be worn immediately- and -right through tHe -sunnier.. •:.. Make your; choice from' th'e most popular shades of 'the season..'.;,, rose, aqua, chartreuse, beige; 'caprl bhie,,havy, Courthouse News FAIR TRADE ACT IS GIVEN APPROVAL BY COMMITTEE TODAY STORMY HEARING BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE ON PRICE FIXING Justice Court. One was fined Thursday morn- ng by Judge A. E. Foster on a peedlng charge. Holiday Thursday. All departments at the court- louss, with the exception of the aw enforcement agencies and the AAA offices, were closed Thurs- tay for the observance of Texas ~ndependence Day. 00,000 aid to dependent children, 500,000 aid to the needy blind, $2,100,000 to Confederate pensions, 2,800,000 as the state's share of eachers' retirement and the remainder to the public schools. State property tax for Confederate pensions would be abolished and the property levy for school >urposcs reduced 3.5 cents per 1100 valuation each year after .940, The tax would become ef- 'ectlve after Sept. 1 If approved by the electorate on July 15. Welnert pointed out the amendment would provide $ff,000,000 more a year for pensions than now Is being spent and asserted the limits on all social security acts thus would be pegged to 'where the legislature .would no longer be harassed by the problem." Meanwhile, advocates and opponents of Increased natural resource taxes propounded arguments befgore a house committee. Condemns Sales Tax. Rep. G. C. Morris of Greenville condemned a sales tax as a 'burden oh poor people," and urged subhtsslon of a constitutional amendment Increasing the tax on sulphur from $1.03 per ton to £1.50, on gas from 3 per cent of value to 5 per cent, on oil from 2 3-4 cents a barrel to 5 cents and on cigarettes 1 cent a package. Morris estimated the levies would yield about $16,000,000, some (12,300,000 being allotted pensions and the remainder to other social security needs. Sulphur company representatives, Including Lewis Mims of Freeport, Harry C. Webb of Houston and Kenneth McCalla of Houston, asserted a higher levy on sulphur would be "class legislation" and that their industry could 111 afford to bear additional tax burdens. Goldwyn Marshals Legal Talent For United Artists Suit HOLLYWOOD, March 2.—(/Pi- Samuel Goldwyn, colorful Hollywood producer, marshaled his legal forces today for a fight in New York to cancel his film distributing contract with United Artists corporation. Goldwyn's assistant, Jock Lawrence, confirmed a report a lawsuit would shortly be filed In Goldwyn's behalf by Attorney Max Steuer. Such a suit would array Goldwyn's producing company, wholly owned by himself, against United Artists, in which he had a one- fifth interest along with those of Mary Plckford, Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Alexander Korda. The onetime glove salesman was understood to feel he was entitled to a greater control in the distributing company because Miss Plckford and Fairbanks virtually have retired as producers, while Chaplin is just starting his first film in three years. Sick and Convalescent. Miss Vitula Miller of Kerens underwent an operation at the P. and S. Hospital Wednesday. She was reported resting well Thursday. Garfleld Cheney underwent an operation at' the P. and S. hospital Wednesday night. Green Names New Member Committee Labor Settlement WASHINGTON, March 2.— (IP}— William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, appointed Thomas A. Rlckert, second yIce-president of the federation today to replace Daniel J. Tobln'of the AFL committee to meet in new peace conferences. Green announced Rlckert's selection after Tobln, head of the Brotherhood of Teamsters, declined to serve on the three-man negotiating committee because of the press of other work. • Rlckert is president of the United Garment Workers Union. AUSTIN, March 1.—<£•)—Establishment of a minimum price structure on trade-marked commodities, effected by contractural agreement between the manufac- :urer and retailer, swept towards ;he floor of the Texas senate and louse' early today by favorable committee action on the fair trade act. The senate committee, at the end of a stormy hearing Interrupted by booing, catcalling and shouts of "liar," voted unanimously to report the bill favorably to the senate floor. The house committee, split widely on certain amendments, met on Into early morn and finally reported the bill out favorably, 6 to 1. Representative Mays of Atlanta, fighting the bill as "a subterfuge to get around anti-trust laws" and decrying It as a burden on the consumers, brought a round of booes from the crowded galleries with his assertion the proposed legislation would raise the cost of living 20 per cent in Texas. Senator J. Franklin Spears, author of the senate bill, pleaded with demonstrators to remain quiet, warning that: "The first thing you know, you are going to lose four or five votes in this committee—and I've worked hard on this bill." Former Senator Frank Rawlings of Fort Worth led the fight against the act, shaming the legislature for having banners supporting the bill In Its halls and backing legislation "that will raise prices to all the men, women and children in this state." Referring to the highly criticized "loss leaders" used by some stores, Rawllngs asked the committee: Sharp Criticism "Why in the name of God don't you write a bill to regulate such a practice, if, it isn't wanted, instead of giving to the manufacturers of New England the right to set our prices down here In Texas. "I never thought I'd live to see the day that the legislature would attempt to raise prices insead of protecting its consumers. Why, merchans have been led to believe this bill would provide a panacea for them, that overnight clouds would disappear and the little merchants "would become big ones.' "I don't think the manufacturers ever dreamed before that there really was a Santa Glaus but if you pass this bill, they'll know there is." Senator Spears, closing argument for the proponents, denied the bill would raise the cost of living and cited the automobile industry to bolster his contention. He said automobiles sold at the same price to everyone, regardless of locality, and addec that the prices of cars have "gone down beyond the pale of reason in the last few years." He quoted frequently from a supreme court decision by former Justice Brandels which said the law applied only to trade-marke< articles; denounced loss leaders as a means of creating a false Impression and stressed that there was no element of compulsion in the act—that It was voluntary with the distributor If he wanted to enter'into a contract with manufacturers. _ Only Woman Taking Part Pony Express Ride Disqualifiec OLNEY, March 2.— (IP)— T. 3 Sykes of Devol, Okla., led th pony express riders into thl town last night and departei early today for Throckmorton. WICHITA FALLS, March 2.— W)—The California gold rush—o Its $750 silvery equivalent—was on today as 17 horseback riders head ed for Oakland, Calif., and th Golden Gate Exposition. The only woman competitor, 16 year-old Bennle Greenwood o Nocona, was disqualified las night becouse, saddle-weary, sh rode in an automobile. She sale she would continue '' i trip tc the fair by motor. Shorty Hudson of Knox City led the way, averaging about J miles an hour for the first 4 miles from the starting point Nocona to Wichita Falls. • Each rider was allowed twc mounts, the spare riding In an auto trailer. The 1,700-mile ride— at the end of which Is a $75 prize for the winner—will requlr about 30 days. ^ Easy, convenient, Cheap - - Jus Phone Your Want Ad to 16S. Little Navarro Girl Observed Her Sixth Birthday at Party La Verne Scruggs of Navarro ntertained a host of little school rlends with a birthday party n her home on Tuesday after- oon, Feb. 28th. Several games were played, one f which was a "Treasure Hunt," onslsting of tiny packages of as- orted candy and' chewing gum, whloh was delightfully enjoyed by he primary guests and their hoses;. After unwrapping and admiring he much appreciated. gifts, the aonoree, followed by the rest of he children, found their places round the table on which was entered a beautiful white cake opped with six tiny green can- les. "Happy Birthday to You" was sung by the guesta, after which the honoree blew out her FLOWERS of SPRING". 1 .. jewelry/for pretty ^throats and wrists Necklace/and bracelet,Inspired by Schlaparelll. Llghtand dainty L ln new jprlng costume tones. [NECKLACE • ..,», I.»B BRACELET r% Xl.OO PIN .... t*> , 1,00 candle*,-and the enUre group WM served cake and hot chocolate. Those present were little Mary Frances Montgomery, Jo Nell Fouty, Anna Joyce Bottoms, Ernestine Fuson, Joyce Mae, Maudie Fae, and Maydell Hannah, Jo Ann, Betty Jean and Patty Sue Daniels and O. B. Scruggs, Jr.—Reporter. Richland PTA Will Meet on Tuesday The Richland P. T. A. did not meet in Its regular program Friday night, Feb. 24, due to the bad weather and so much sickness in the community. Everyone Is Invited to attend our regular business meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 7. Miss Galnes will her room rro- gram at .1:30, which she had planned for Feb. 24. After her program, we -will have a speaker from Dallas to speak on "Safety Education." We are sure this will be of interest to. every one in the community, and we are es pecially inviting each of you ' attend.—Reporter. Washington Board Education May Permit Negro To Appear WASHINGTON, March 2.—(fl 3 )— A committee of Washlngtons board of education took under advisement today appeals for rescinding its refusal to allow Marian Anderson, nogro contralto, to give a concert In a high school auditorium. J The matter was referred to a\ committee after a hearing yester-*' day, in which Sidney Katz, secretary of the Washington CIO, compared the board's refusal with treatment of Jewish arllsts in Gemany. HOUSECQ *f To make you look as fresli •;,„,, ' < and young as the morning! You'll look like a bouquet in prints that remind you of an old fashioned garden.' Wrap around and zipper styles with skirts that flare gracefully, giving you that willowy line. Perky puffed sleeves, j Seersucker, broadcloth and novelty, cottons that will tub beautifully./ \ Special March Buy! PAJAMAS OF UNUSUALLY FINE BROADCLOTH 00 Fashioned of a superior quality broadcloth ordinarily found only in 1.50 and more grades. Comfortably cut, roomy, and well tailored. In a nice choice of colors and patterns. Men's Store Main Floor \ *£,", T i ,!t . \ > /""K" ' '• • • -•-"-- . . „ ' , y f j, v

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