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F ^ > THE VALLEY FIRST—FIRST IN THE VALLEY—LEASE D WIRE SERVICE OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS—(fF)
THIRT* Y-SIXTH YEAR—No. 339 BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1928 FOURTEEN PAGES TODAY 5c a COPY
Oil Magnate Cleared; Attorney Scores Persecution9
k—k_ A A A A A A A A A A A A A
STEWART NOT
COMPELLED TO
ANSWER QUIZ
Jurors Hold Se n a t e
Committee Question
On Liberty Bonds
Not Pertinent
WASHINGTON. June 14.—<JP>—
Robert W. Stewart, chairman of the
board of the Ind:ana Standard Oil
company, was acquitted today by a
jury in the District of Columbia su
preme court of charges of refusing
to answer questions if the senate
oil committee concerning Liberty
bond oil profits of the Continental
Trading company.
The wealthy oil man was charged
with a misdemeanor ?*r alleged vio
lation of section 1>J2 of the criminal
code which provides nunishment for
a regularly s.ummored witness to re
fuse to answer pertinent questions
asked by a congressional committee
Stewart maintained ihe questions
asked last February by the committee
were not pertinent.
Stewart arose bs the jury filed
into the court room after being out
since 1:05 yesterday afternoon. As
yj ,-the foreman pronouncad him "not
F guilty" a smile wreathed his face
and he walked over and shook hands
with each of the eight men and four
women who had cleared him of the
charges.
Stewart was surrounded by his
counsel and friends nlio congratulat
ed him upon the .".cquittal that cli
maxed his fight against questions
asked by the senate committee which
the oil man held nad nothing to do
with the subject of the inquiry and
in reality were only inquiries con
cerning his private affairs. He de
clined, however, to make any state
ment. saving that oossibly later in
the day he would have something to
say at his hotel.
Frank H. Hogan, counsel for Stew
art declared:
"This is another case Of the citi
*ens of the District of Columbia re
senting in an unqualified manner the
era of political persecution born in
senatorial investigation committees
and sent to the* courts with sena
torial orders to convict. It is time J
that the Walshes. Nyes and Norrises '
should learn that procedure of that
kind cannot prevail in this capital
city.
"The defense did not challenge a
mar. or woman on the jury. The
jury was picked by the court and '
the case was picked by the senate. ,
Notice should be taken by the sen
ate and everyone tha. you cannot
railroad innocent men in this dis- (
triet ”
Acauittal of the misdemeanor
chaige does not entirely clear Stew
9 art of charges that resulted from his
appearance before tne senate com
mittee. His testimony on the occa
sion of his first and last appearance
was certified to the district attor
ney and presented to the grand iury.
An indictment on a charge of per- 1
jury was asked of the grand jury
which is expected to return its deci
sion to the court wilnin a few days.
OUTRAGE, SAYS NORRIS
WASHINGTON, June 14.—<jP>-The
acquittal of Robert W. Stewart was j
termed an “outrage against justice" (
by Senator Norris, republican, Ne
braska. chairman of the senate ju- i
diciary committee. I
“It is «n outrage against justice,” ,
he said. “It demonstrates clearly
that if you have money enough to
hire lawyers, you will be found not .
guilty, even though you admit that
you are guilty.” <
K I WEATHER ,
» For Brownsville and the Valley:
Partly cloudy to somewhat unsettled
• tonight and Friday; not much change
1 in temperature. Light to moderate
southeasterly winds on the west
coast .
For East Texas; Not received ini
time.
RIVER FORECAST
There will be no material change «
In the river during the next few days.
Flood Present 24 Mr. 24 Mr
Stage Stage Chng. Rain
Eagle Pass .. 16 2.6 -0.1 .0.'.
Laredo . 27 6.3 -0.1 .00 j
Fio Grande •• 21 4.7 0.0
Mission . 22 4.9 -0.2 .00 :
fan Benito .. 23 3.1 -0.6 .00
Brownsville .. 18 4.9 -0.7 .00 i
TIDE TABLE
High and low tide tomorrow, under i
normal meteorological conditions: <
High . 2:47 •• m•
.7:38 p. m. i
MISCELLANEOUS data
OPfunrist tomorrow . 5.371 i
* FIRST PICTURE OF THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION AS IT CONVENED
This picture was shot just after the first session of the national republican convention was convened in
Kansas City. Bishop S. C. Partridge, of the Episcopal church, is delivering the invocation.
Platform Pledges Market Aid, Dry
Law Enforcement; Dodges Fee Issue
HALT BUILDING
, BY INJUNCTION

San Benitans Oppose
Rail Terminals In
Residence Area
A temporary injunction restrain
ing the San Benito and Rio Grande
! railway from erecting roundhouses,
shops and ether terminal facilities
in a restricted residential section in
the northern part of the city of Sim
Benito, was granted by Judge A. M.
Kent of the civil district court
Thursday morning.
Fir.al hearing on the injunction
case is set for July 16.
A large number of San Benito
property owners are backing the ef
fort to prevent the erection of the
proposed railroad improvements in
that section of the city, it was
stated at the hearing Thursday morn
ing. The proposed site lies in the
northern part of the city between the
boulevard and the reraca, and it is
understood that practically all lots
(Continued on page two.)
Blanton Launches
Race For Senate
HUNTSVILLE. Te::.. June 14.—(VP)
—Maiming to have been the first
man to investigate the affairs of1
former Secretary of the Interior A1-:
bert B. Fall. Congressman Thomas
L. Blanton, candidate 'or the United
States senate, made a vigorous ap
peal for votes in his speech here to
day.
Blanton said he had the bureau of
standards cooperating with the Uni
versity of Texas to find commercial
uses for wraste products on the farm
such as wheat and oat straw, peanut
shells and cotton *»'lha
F - V
LATE BULLETINS
II
WOMAN SLAIN IN BEAUMONT; HUSBAND HELD
BEAUMONT, Tex., June 14.—(AP)—Murder charges were filed here
today against W. W. Norvell, member of a prominent Southeast Texas
family, following the death of his wife, who received fatal stab wounds at
their home here last night.
ANNOUNCE AIR MAIL ROUTE PLAN
SAN ANTONIO, June 14.—(AP;—Plans for an air mail freight and
baggage line between Mexico City and New York, via Chicago and Laredo
were outlined to the annual Junior Chamber of Commerce convention here
today by Jack Beretta of San Antonio. Beretta said that he would go to
Mexico City to confer with Mexican authorities on schedules for traffic
between Mexico City and this country.
NEGRO CONVICT BELIEVED INNOCENT; FREED
AUSTIN, June 14.—(AP)—Believed innocent of the robbery charge
which drew him a 15-year sentence, one year of which already has iwn
served. Jack Davis. Potter county, was granted a full pardon today by
Governor Moody.
LOUISIANA LAD AVENGES FATHER’S DEATH
ROBSON. La.. June 14.—(AP)—A double slaying in which a 22-year-old !
son avenged the death of his father on the latter’s fifty-fifth birthday took'
place on the Phillip Lalena farm here today. The victims are Phillip Lalena
and Henry Prudhomme. Prudhomme killed Lalena after an argument and 1
soon afterward was himself slain by Marine Lalena. The younger Lalena
is in the parish jail at Shreveport.
Four Decide To
Stay In Race to
Defeat Hoover
KANSAS CITY. June 14.—(JH—The
four presidential candidates oppos
ing Herbert Hoover’s nomination,
calling themselves the ‘‘allies.” de
cided today after conferences, to
have their games cffcced in gemina
tion in the face of almost certain
defeat.
Some of the candidates favored
withdrawing their nominating
speeches and retiring from the race
before the balloting started, but to-j
day the candidates. Watson, Goff.
Curtis and Lowden, agTeed to go
forward with their original program
of having their names placed before
the convention.
*
No Contests Filed
In Dems Convention
HOUSTON, June 14.—(>F>—No con
tests over delegations to the demo
cratic national convention here June
26 have been filed, end only one is
rumored, Clem Shaver, chairman of
the national democratic executive
committee said today.
Mr. Shaver made this statement as
he issued a call for a meeting of
the national executive committee on
the morning of June 25.
Tucker Operated At
Temple; Is Resting
S. C. Tucker, who underwent an
operation at a Temple. Texas, hos
pital today, “stood the ordeal very
well ” according to a telegram re
ceived by G. C. Richardson, man
ager of the local "hamber of com
merce from W. F. Tucker, his son.
pho made the trip to tempi*
* _____
Prohibition, Farm
Relief Are Hard
Problems
• _____________
KANSAS CITY, June 14.—Ig
noring any mention of the contro
verted equalization fee or the Mc
Nary-Haugen bill but pledging every
assistance in the reo-ganization of
the farmers’ marketing machinery,
the platform upon which the republi
can candidate for president will
stand in the November elections was
presented to the convention today
for approval.
The farm plank, agreed upon after
long and tedious acurs of labor in
the resolutions committee, declares a
big problem faces the farmer, but
instead of the equalization fee which
prompted President Coolidge twice to
veto the McNary-Haugen bill, it pro
poses 'enactment of legislation cre
ating a federal farm board clothed
with power to set up farmer-owned
and controlled stabilization corpora
tions or associations to prevent and
control surpluses through orderly
distribution.
The much-discussed topic of prohi
bition, which, like the farm question,
proved a problem in the resolutions
committee discussions, is disposed of
in a law enforcement plank pledg
ing the party and its nominees to
the "observance and vigorous en
forcement” of the Eighteenth amend
ment.
. Pledges Farm Aid
"The agricultural problem 1s na
tional in scope,” the farm plank de
clares, “and, as such, is recognized
by the republican party which pledg
es its strength and energy to the
solution of the same.”
The farm question also is touched
upon in the tariff plank, which de
clares a “protective tariff is as vital
to American agriculture as it is to
American manufacturing.”
President Coolidge end Secretary
Mellon are singled out fjr individ
ual praise by the platform makers.
“We ndorse without qualifications
the record of the Coolidge adminis
tration,” the platform reads. The rec
(Continued from page one.)
THRONG BOID
TO PARLEY AH)
GANG ESCAPE
Traffic Cop Seriously
Hurt; $60,000 Lost,
Officers Say; Tear
Gas Routs Robbers

KANSAS CITY, June 14.—(JPh-Six
or seven bandits today held up the
Home Trust company at 1119 Wal
nut, in the downtown district here,
and escaped with loot estimated ap
proximately at $60,000. Two police
men and a bystander were shot by
the robbers as they fled from the
bank.
Walnut street was crowded with
delegates and others on their way to
convention hall, six blocks away, for
today’s session of the republican
national convention when the hold
up occurred. The jammed down
town streets aided the robbers in
their escape.
J. B. Smith, traffic officer at
Eleventh and Walnut, was shot in
the neck and shoulder. His condi-1
tion was reported dangerous. Pa
trolman Wiggins was shot in the leg,
and an unidentified woman, standing
more than a block from bank, was
wounded in the leg. The bandits
fired with shotguns in their race
away from the bank building.
There was n. shooting in the bank.
After the robbers had scooped up
the money in the teller’s cage, sev
eral employes hurled tear gas bombs
and the bandits retreated through
the overpowering fumes.
The gas was so heavy in the bank
30 minutes after the holdup.that it
was impossible for bank officials to
enter and make an accurate checkup
of the loss.
Alexander Rieger, president, esti
mated that the loot amounted to
$60,000.
Six of the robbers entered the
bank shortly after it opened. Swing
ing levelled shotguns and operating
with perfect precision, they lined up
most of the bank’s 40 employes
working on the main floor, while two
of their number hurdled in cages
and gathered all the money in sight. {
Operating swiftly the bandits fled
the bank within a few minutes after
entering, and jumped into their car,
left in charge of one of their con
federates at the curb.
The direction the bandit car took
in its flight could not be determined
because of the jammed streets, and
traffic snarl that resulted.
BODY FO
IN RIO GRANDE
Remains Identified As
Missing Soldier
Of Mexicc
The badly decomposed body of
Maximo Molinos, a Mexican soldier,
was removed from ihe Rio Grande
late Wednesday afternoon at a point
jrst above the post laundry in Fort
Brown reservation. An inquest was
held by Justice of the Peace Fred
Kowalski, and the verdict was death
from accidental drowning.
The body, floating down with the
current, became fastened on the line
of a fisherman who drew it to shore
and immediately notified the civil of
ficers. Identification was establish
ed by the military officials of Mata
rnoros. It was buried within an hour
efter being taken from the water.
Matamoros military officials stated
that Molinos was detailed to take a
number of cavalry horses to the river
for water, and is believed to have
fallen in and struck a snag or to
have been kicked by one of the ani
mals. There was a flesh wound on
the crown of his bead but the skull
was not fractured. The body is be
lieved to have caught on a snag and
was later released and carried down
stream by the current.
17 Airplanes Lost
In Storm In France
LE BOURGET, France, June 14.—
UPl—Seventeen military airplanes of
a squadron of 21 were forced down,
five being wrecked and one observer
killed, during a night flight from
Nancy which ran into a violent storm
in the Paris region.
Twelve of the planes have not yet
reported, but it is hoped that they
made safe landings in the eountrv
district*.
! FINAL i
EDITION
convention]
i ODDITIES 1
(By The Associated Press.)
A cloud of white feathers drift
ing down from the heights of Kan
sas City’s tallest buildings stirred
conjecture among startled pedes
trians below as to whether angels,
ma>hap. had come to help the farm
ers who seek to help themselves,
or whether this were a barnyard
version of Manhattan's ticker-tape
frenzies.
In spite of the East's so proudly
vaunted superiority in matters of
all-round modernity, it has not
yet achieved the magic secret of
hot-weather telephone booth com
fort that Kansas Citrus treat as
commonplace.
With the click of a closing door
behind the telephone user, a soft
bur-r-r resour,ds above his head
and an electric fan cs well as an
electric light is turned on auto
matically.
The Oklahoma delegation in
cludes an ‘‘original American dele
gate ” Mrs. Lilah D. Lindsay of
Tulsa, who is Cherokee and Creek
with part Scotch ancestry.
F. SLAVITCHEK
DIES IN AUTO
- I
Pioneer Resid e n t of
City Stricken By
Heart Failure
Funeral services for Frank Slavit
chek, 56, who died suddenly Wednes
day afternoon, will be held at 3
o'clock Friday afternoon from the
residence of his mother, Mrs. Eliza
beth Slavitchek, 103 St. Charles
street.
Slavitchek died from heart failure
while riding down Elizabeth street
in an automobile with Bill Heideman,
agent for the Humble Oil company.
The two men were enroute to the
new gateway bridge where they in
tended making a tour of inspection.
He was born at Corpus Christ!,
June 3, 1872, but moved to Browns
ville 23 years ago, shortly after the
building of the railroad. He was suc
cessively agent for the Waters Pierce
Oil company and the Gulf Refining
company. During a period of the
World war, he spent two years man
aging a cigar store owned by his
brother, Harry Slavitchek. who was
in the service of the United States
army.
Upon his brother’s return, ha be
came local agent for the Humble Oil
company and resigned that position
only a month ago on account of ill
health.
Surviving are his mother; one
brother, Harry Slavitchek, and seven
sisters. Miss Bertha Slavitchek of
Brownsville, Mrs. Robert Weitzel of
Skidmore. Mrs. John Zowarka of Bee
ville, Mrs. Sam Barkley and Mrs.
Anna Morgan of Houston, Mrs. Henry
Mayfield of San Antonio and Mrs.
Ben R. Schuyler of Hibbings, Minn.
Effort to Raise
Memorial Fund Is
Lauded in Letter
“I am glad you started this good
work," was the statement of Mrs. A.
W. Cunningham of Harlingen in a
letter to The Herald in which she
enclosed a check for the Horace
Johnson memorial fund.
It is understood that drives are
being launched in several Cameron
county cities and communities to
swell the fund which will be turned
over to the widow of the gallant
officer who lost his life in a battle
with liquor smugglers near La Feria
last Saturday.
Those who have not made contribu
tions to committees are requested tc
deliver or mail their checks to The
Herald office immediately. The fol
lowing contributions were received
by The Herald Thursday:
Previously reported . S1S5.00
Sam A. Robertson .. 5.0q
Maria Robertson . g.00
Mrs. A. W. Cunningham .... 2h.OO
Total . 1218.00
DEFEAT FIGHT
OF WEST FOR
FARM AID FEE
Convention Adjourns
Until 7; Nomination
To Be Tonight; War
On Dry Law Fails
CONVENTION HALL. Kansas City,
Juna 14.—(>P)—The fourth session of
the republican national convention
ended at 2:46 p. m. today after a
session lasting four hours and 47
minutes. At the fifth session to- *
night at 7 p. m.. Chairman Moses
announced, nominating speeches will
be made and a candidate for presi
dent nominated. After rejecting
minority agricultural and prohibi
tion enforcement *planks. the con
vention today approved the party
platform as reported by its resolo
tions committee.
Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler made
a short speech advocating repeal of
the 18th amendment instead of its
enforcement. No one replied to him,
and by a viva voce vote the motioa
was laid on the table.
By BYRON PRICE,
Associated Press Staff Writer.
CONVENTION HALL. Kansas City,
June 14.—UPt— Advancing with swing
ing stride toward the nomination of a
ticket and final adjournment by noon
tomorrow, the Hoover majority in the
republican national convention to
day rallied in overwhelming num
bers to repel a final, spectacular at
tack by western insurgents and mem
bers of the McXary-Haugen block of
an . administration party platform
omitting mention of the equalization
iee.
In a floor fight of real proportions,
the dissenters made repeated sallies
at the steadfast ranks of the Cool
ldge-Hoover forces, with the farm
relief plank as their central objec
tive. Linked as it was with the pro
test of. the allied candidates against
Hoover himself as the party candi
date, the farm plank warfare com
pletely overshadowed a lesser dis
pute over the prohibition plank.
Young Robert M. La Follette of
Wisconsin, following in the footsteps
of a father whose insurgency spread
its record during his lifetime on the
history of • whole string of repub
lican conventions, took the lead in
the assault on the tentative platform
draft submitted by Smoot of Utah,
ch-irmun of the platform committee.
Offering a complete platform of his
own, in which farm relief took the
Hare of greatest prominence, the
Wisconsin senator was smothered un
der a chorus of "noes” after the con
vention had paid him the personal
trii„t«. of a rousing ovation at the
end of his speech. He did not ask for
a r.-ii call.
The second major attack was
launched under leadership of Earl C.
Smith of the Lowden-pledged Illinois
delegation who spoke for a minority
plank supported by fifteen members
of the platform committee, and ap
proving the twice-vetoed equalization
fee for agriculture.
It was this proposal which precipi
tated a division of the convention all
along the line, between the Hoover
and foolidge delegates supporting
the presidential vote, and the dele
gates of the allied forces standing
out against the Hoover majority.
The fighting speech of La Follette
was one of the most colorful of the
convention. In a manner of delivery
reminiscent of his fsther, “Bob” the
elder, the young senator kept the
attention of every delegate as he
pleaded for the policies of the insur
gent Wisconsin republicans. At on#
point, when he mentioned President
Coolidge’s veto of the McNary
Haugen bill, the speaker was show
ered with ironic applause from the
administration delegates, led by the
Massachusetts delegation in the front
row just before the speakers stand.
“I* *o unusual for a delegate
from Wisconsin to receive applause
in a republican convention.” he re
plied, smiling down on Massachu
setts, “that I thank you from the bot
tom of by heart.”
No reply was msde to the La Fol
lett# speech, the convention voting
overwhelmingly an instant later to
reject out of hand his minority re
port.
Smith laid down what sonnded like
a direct challenge to the administra
tion when he said that if the party
hoped for success at the polls in
November, it must go further than
the majority had gone in the tenta
tive platform draft.
“If you expect the support of the
republican farmers of the great re
publican middle western states, you
must face thig issue fairly and
squarely,” he r»L' “We are through
with generalities.”*!
Senator Smcot of Utah, head of
the platform committee and center of
the day and night unsuccessful
struggle for a .compromise farm re
lief plank that would avert a floor
fight was one of the earliest arriv
als. Looking even taller and leaner
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