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Harlingen Parleys
Talk Sale of Light
Plant (Pro and Con9
Sale Would Wipe Out
City Debt, Lower
Service Rates, Meet
Of Women Told
Harlingen municipal water and light
Plant to the Central Power & Light
company, which proposition is to be
placed before the voters here Tues
next week, would not only
wipe out the $1,580,000 indebtedness
of Harlingen, but wouta bring a low
dr water and light rate, according
to statements made by Frank C. Lud
den Valley manager, at a meeting of
Harlingen women at the women's
club building here tv ednesday after
Ihe meeting was called by request
of the Central Power &. Light com
P»ny, for the purposes of discussing
the proposed sale of the plant.
Mr. Ludden said that a reduced rate
would be in effect, because Harlin
gen has been promised the same rate
** ot|»er cities in the Valley, and the
rate is being cut throughout the Val
l?y ,*° a fi*ure lower than that of
Harlingen’s at the present time.
The reduction will be from 14 cents
to 12 cents per kilowatt hour, he
Mr. Ludden declared that taxes
should be cut to approximately one
what they are now, because the
Central Power & Light company is
offering to assume all the indebted
ness of the city of Harlingen.
Mentioning the fact that his com
pany now owns a large ice plant in
Harlingen, and has a big payroll
here, Mr. Ludden said that the com
pany plans to construct a large cold
storage plant in Harlingen, which
will bring more business and in
crease the amount of work done here.
In discussing the statement made
here that the Harlingen plant earned
as much as $90,000 over expenses
last year, he said that "there is a
difference between earnings and prof
its. In counting earnings certain
sums must be set aside for deprci
ation, repairs and improvements.
IV hen that is done, all the excess
cash over cost of operations may bj
used up, and more needed. A suc
cessful utility company privately
owned must take all of these things
into consideration and a municipally
owned plant also should do so."
He declared, in speaking of the
“free service” on city lignts, etc.,
that “there is no such thing as free
service. Some one, some place, and
in some way must pay for it. If the
city itself does not pay to the elec
tric light and water departments for
what it gets, the bills of private con
sumers—you, who have city lights
and water service, each month have
to include the cost of the so-called
free service.
He went into the basis of valuing
the plant, stating that there is an
investment in it of $355,977, or $242
for each of the 1463 users of water
and light in the city.
He mentioned that the charge for
lighting, fire hydrant service, and
other services to the city would be
be $2073.50 a month, “paid by the
city as a whole, not merely by those
who use electricity and city water.”
He declared the power to reduce
rates is “right at home.’ and said
that the history of the company is
one of cutting rates, the present rate
being 50 per cent less than the rates
or.ee were in the Valley.
The city of Harlingen is now pay
ing $94,800 annually in interest on
debts, which will be eliminated if
the sale is made to the Central Pow
er & Light company, he concluded.
B-irometric pressure this morning
was moderately high over the east
ern half of the United States, rela
tively low over the far Southwest
and over North Dakota, and moder
ately high over the far northwestern
states and British Columbia. Cloud
iness was more general in the cen
tral states and Texas at the morn
ign observation, but precipitation
within the last 24 hours was still
negligible. A further slight to mod
erate rise in temperature occurred
since alst report in the west Gulf
states, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and in
the far Northwest. Subnormal read
ings still continue in the northeast
ern quarter of the United States,
and locally in the Plateau region.
weather bulletin
First figure lowest temperature
last night; second, highest tempera
ture yesterdav: third, wind velocity
at 8 a. m.: fourth, rainfall past 24
Abilene . 60 80 10 .00
Amarillo . 48 74 — .00
Atlanta . 48 66 — .00
Austin . 66 80 — .00
Boston . 36 58 10 .00
BROWNSVILLE . 61 83 — .00
Chicago . 38 52 — .00
Corpus Christi .. 70 80 — .00
Dallas . 52 80 — .00
Del Rio . 56 78 — .00
Denver .. 38 58 — .00
Detroit . 38 50 — .06
Dodge City . 40 62 — .00
El Paso . 52 82 — .00
Fort Smith . 52 76 — .00
Galveston . 70 74 12 .00
Helena . 34 58 — .60
Huron .......... 32 58 10 .00
Jacksonville ..... 54 72 16 .00
Kansas City .... 46 58 10 .00
Louisville . 38 58 — .00
Memphis . 50 72 — .00
Miami . 63 "3 — .00
Montgomery —.. 50 72 — .00
New Orleans .... 58 72 — .00
New York . 38 56 18 .00
North Platte .... 40 54 — .00
Oklahoma City .. 56 78 12 .00
Palestine . 56 80 — .00
Pensacola . 60 *2 10 .00
Phoenix . 56 88
Pittsburgh . 38 48 — .04
St. Louis-... 42 62 - .00
St. Paul . 32 52 12 .00
Salt Lake City .. 44 58 — .1
San Antonio .... 60 80 — .00
Santa Fe . 33 60 — .00
Sheridan . 34 50 .00
Shreveport . 62 78 .00
Tampa . 58 74 — .00
Vicksburg . 52 .4 — .00
Washington. 38 60 — .00
Williston . 30 58 — .00
Wilmington . 46 6» — -OO
NEW YORK. Oct. 25.-W-The
Sinclair Consolidated Oil corporation
concluded an arrangement with Ar
thur W. Cutten of Chicago and asso
ciates at a meeting of the board of
directors today whereby the Cutten
interest* will acquire a substantial
inerest of the corporation’s common
stock. It was announced that Mr.
Cutten will be elected to the board
of directors at the next meeting.
Plant Sale Would Be
‘Bad Business/ Op
ponents State In Cit
izens Meeting
(Special to The Herald)
HARLuSGEX. Oct. 26—The first
cannonaue against the proposed sale
: of the Harlingen water and light
plant to the Central Power & Light
* company web loosed here Thursday
night, before a meeting called by the
Harlingen Municipal League. T. E.
Harwell, secretary of the league,
David B. Traxler, and Judge J. C.
Myrick were the three speakers to
oppose the sale of the plant.
The arguments against the sale
centered mainly around statements
i that it would be bad business, that
Harlingen would lose her principal
asset, tnat the city would have to pay
8 per cent on the sale price of the
plant, and it made no difference to
the power company how large that
sale price was, and that the city
would lose the power to regulate
The last statement brought forth,
at the conclusion of the meeting, a
denial from Claude Carter tnat
courts would throw out rate con
tracts, on the ground that, if they
tailed, according to company figures,
to show a reasonable profit, that they
were confiscatory. He was drowned
in a roar of boos and the audience
walked out while he was trying to
talk, after Judge Myrick had arisen
in reply to his question, and asked
him if courts had not held that rate
contracts of public utilities, where
the utilities did not show a profit,
were confiscatory, and hence illegal.
Some of the statements brought
out at the meeting summed up were
these; •
That the Central Tower &. Light
company, if it spreads the price of
the plant here out over the entire
V alley, will then go to Brownsville
and pay three, four or five million
for the plant there, and then spread
that cost out over the Valley, and
Harlingen people will pay part of it.
That in Weslaco and Edinburg
there are proposals to start munici
pal plants again in competition with
the Central Bower & Lignt company.
That the Harlingen plant has in
creased in value fl,000 a day since
the Central PoPwer & Light company
made its last offer, according to the
offer of the company.
That, based on the rate of growth
during the past two years, the plant
i in the next few years should be
worth five million dollars or more.
That if it will be worth that much
in the near future, its potential value
! to Harlingen is equal to that now.
Harwell opened the meeting, and
during the course of his talk read
messages from cities which own their
water and light plants urging Har
lingen not to sell. He characterized
the cut in rates by the Central Power
&. Light company announced recent
ly as only an inducement to get Har
lingen people to vote for the sale,
and denied the statement that the
power company could produce elec
tricity cheaper than Harlingen, say
ing that if it could it would be only
a fraction of a cent, and would not
reflect in the price paid by the con
He declared that the Central Power
& Light company several years ago
built an ice plant in Harlingen, and
cut the rate to 30 cents a hundred
[ to force competition out of business,
1 and then raised the rate to 80 cents.
“This is a little trick we can look
for, and it can be easily handled,”
he said.
Traxler dwelt' particularly on the
expected increase in population of
Harlingen, and hence the increasing
value of the plant. He said he did
not believe the tax rate would be cut
if the plant is sold. “If the plant i.i
such a loss, why does Mr. Insull want
it?” he said. He urged putting off
the sale question until next year, and
then having competitive bidding
for it.
Judge Myrick, the last speaker,
said that he would talk on general
principles. He mentioned buying a
Isouse and renting it back, and said
that he knew hundreds of persons
who would pay ary price. $1,000,000
for a $2500 house, if they had a guar
antee of renting it back to the for
mer owner at 8 per cent or. the in
DALLAS, Tex.. Oct. 26.—<7PV— Miss
Virginia Anderson, soprano, and Hu
bert Woodward, baritone, both of
Dalian, have been declared winners
in the north Texas Atwater Kent au
dition after completion of the tabu
lation of ballots from listeners and
votes of the judges.
They will not compete in the dis
trict audition to be held from Ra
dio Station WFAA on Nov. 17.
In the north Texas contest, held
last Saturday evening from Station
WFAA, Miss Anderson's identity was
No. 69, and she sang “The Charming
Bird.” Woodward was known as No.
65. and his selection was “The Even
ing Song,” aria from Tannhauser.
OSLO, Norway, Oct. 26.—(JP)—
Seven children were drowned when a
party of ten skating on a lake at
Ballangren crashed through the ice,
says a message received today from
Narvik. Spectators saved three of
the %’:aters.
Good News
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Ocean Waves In
Cameron Roads
Being Removed
^Special to The Herald)
HARLINGEN, Oct. 26.—One of
the moat famous stretches of the
“Ocean Waves” in Cameron coun
ty's highway is due to pass out of
existence—in fact the process of
elimination has been started.
This is the stretch from the city
of Harlingen to the Arroyo Colo
rado bridge.
A crew of workmen were on the
job this week, and the kick was be
ing taken out of the waves on this
stretch of road.
It is slow work, apparently. The
crews work on one side of the high
way at a time, end slowly tear out
the old paving for a space of a half
foot or so on either side of the
junction of the concrete slabs,
where the buckling took place.
Then these places are filled with
paving materia!, and smoothed
Although that part of the road
which has been repaired is still
far from smooth, it is possible for
a car to pass over it at a speed of
around 20 miles an hour without
the back seat being thrown through
the front windshield on the second
or third bump.
Adjust Trouble
ternal dissension apparently adjust
ed, delegates to the state association
of chiropractors, which dosed its
convention last night awaited the
opening of the national convention
of chiropractors here late today.
Dr. Hugh Warren, who resigned
from the board of directors during
the state convention because he said
he was not given the proper co-op
eration, was placed on the board by
acclamation at the closing session
Rev. S. M. Erickson, D. D., a mis
sionary from Japan, will speak at the
First Presbyterian church next Sun
day, 7:30 p. m.
Dr. Erickson has spent twenty
three years in Japan in which time
he has had a varied and interesting
experience. He is just completing a
tour of the Valley which has taken
him into every Presbyterian church
in this part of the state.
“Dr. Erickson is an interesting and
forceful speaker, and his addresses
are highly educational,” Rev. E. P.
Day, pastor here. said.
He will also address the Woman’s
Auxiliary of the local church Monday
at 3:30 p. m. A special invitation is
being extended to the women of the
other churches of the city.
PORT ARTHUR. Tex. Oct. 26.—UP)
—Fireman E. Purgahn, 22, was in
stantly killed Thursday when he
was crushed between two steel beams
at the Texas company refinery.
7 Warants Sworn Out
In Bombings and
KANSAS CITY. Oct. 26.—(JP)—
Warrants for seven men, named In
grand jury indictments as alleged
participants in recent bombings,
slugging* and other racketeering ac
tivities here, wore in the hands of
Sheriff John Miles today. Officers
said they expected some of those
named to surrender voluntarily for
The Jackson county grand lurv
yesterday returned the indictments
naming ten men, three of whom were
arrested and arraigned forthwith
The bills were brought in at the con
clusion of a month's investigation of
recent outrages here understood to
have centered largely around bomb
ings of buildings constructed bv
non-union labor, an apartment, and
slugging of two employers of i >n
union labor.
Judge Thomas J. Seehorn ordered
names of the seven men not arrest
ed withheld until they were appre
The three men arraigned were
Robert Jackson, alleged racketeer
and W. H. F. Doerr, charged with
second degree arson, and James Mar
tin, gangster, indicted for sec % l de
gree arson, and as a habitual crimi
Jackson and Martin were arrested
recently as they ran from an vaft
ment building in which they are al
leged to have set off a bomb. Doerr
was alleged to have been seen leav
ing the empty apartment three day*
before the explosion.
Among the acts of violence under
grand jury investi-ation was the al
leged betaing of F. A. Taylor, a con
tractor, in a downtown hotel Octo
ber 28 last.
Other acts investigated included
the slugging of H. M. Koontz. a con
tractor, and bombing of a cleaning
and dyeing establishment.
Martin was ordered held without
bond last night, Jackson's bond was
set at $22,500 and Doerr’s bond fix
ed at $10,000, which be gave and was
DALLAS, Tex.. Oct. 26.-<>P)-Trap
ped under a falling roof while fight
ing fire at the Ideal theater here
early today, two firemen were slight
ly injured and rescued from the blaz
ing debris only when fellow fire
fighters turned two hose on the im
prisoned men and their rescuers.
H. B. Durham. 30, was buried com
pltely, and Captain C. C. Archer, who
also was caught beneath the roof,
directed firemen in their rescue work.
Durham suffered cuts and leg in
juries, and Archer a sprained back.
Loss was estimated at $40,000.
The first air mail plane in the
new service between Amsterdam.
Holland, and the Dutch East Indies,
carried more than 600 pounds of
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Radio Board To
Clear Ether For
Election Returns
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26.—<*V-Be
cause of “widespread public interest
in satisfactory reception cf election
returns, the Federal Radio commis
sion today took steps to insure clear
reception conditions from 8 p. m.,
Nov. 6 to 12 noon Nov. 7.
Each amateur and experimental
station, including television sets, was
asked to cease opesation during the
period “if and to the extent that each
station causes interference with re
cption from broadcasting stations.”
Broadcasting stations not engaged
in sending the returns were request
ed. so far as consistent with the car
rying on of necessary communica
tions to conduct their stations with
the minimum of interference.
EDINBURG, Scotland, Oct. 26.-(JF)
—A decree of divorce has been grant
ed Lady Northesk, the former Jes
sica Brown, from the Earl of North
esk. The suit was undefended. The
ground of the action was misconduct
by Lord Northesk in Paris in Janu
ary of this year. The couple were
married in Chicago in July, 1923.
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