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Death Follows Long
Illness; Built Up
Huge Business;
Made Many Gifts
NEW YORK, Jan. 8.—</F)-Benja
lain N. Duke, tobacco manufacturer,
died at hit residence here today aft
, er a lengthy illness.
' Mr. Duke was ia his 74th year.
*/ Funeral arrangements have not been
* completed, but burial will be Thurs
day in Durham, N. C.
Mr. Duke's benefactions Included
largo gifts to Trinity college, now
Duko University at Durham, and to
Guilford college.
Benjamin N. Duke was one of two
eons of Washington Duke who help
ed extend their father’s inconspicu
ous business to such proportions
that it made the family name known
throughout the world.
Star Factory
The father, almost impoverished
by the war between tbe slates, had
raised tobacco on his farm and the
prod not was sold to country mer
chants by his sons, Benjamin N. and
the lata James B. Duke. This busi
ness toon afterward was expanded to
inclad* the manufacture of the raw
product on a small scale.
Continued prosperity enabled the
father a few j cars later to move to
Durham, K. C., where he started a
small factory. That was the actual
beginning of the business that
eventually was rulucd in millions.
The little factory was a success
from the start and was extended
from time to time until Washington
Duke at his death was regarded as
one of the country's most prosperous
tobacco manufacturers.
, With the death of the father the
■uyintsa passed to the two sons and
Haovatiens were introduced. James
Inaugurated the manufacture of cig
(.Continued or. page two.)
Chilean Volcano
Erupts: Find Five
Dead; 22 Missing
BUENOS AIRES. Jan. 8.—{/T>—’
With fiv ehodies recovered from the
ruin caused by the eruption of the
.*t'hilean volcano t'albuco near Lake
Llanquihue. it appear*d possible to
day that tho lava had taken a toll
of 12 lives.
Dispatehes from Puerto Montt said
that Carbineers had unconfirmed re
prots that five families, totalling 22
parsons, were missing. These fam
ItiM lived in the region which was
heavily damaged when the volcano
poured lava and ashes over it. Oth
er dispatches said that many injured
hda been taken from the stricken
area to Puerto Yaras, across Lake
All boats on the 30-mile-wide lake
were pressed into service for the
rescue work. After the people hai
been brought to safety cattle were
being taken from the grating laid
upon which the hot ashes were pour
ing. Hot water was also streaming
from the snow-clad volcano into the
lake. ^ t .
The disturbance was stated to be
subsiding today.
Mercedes Gets
Headquarters of
Valley Council
^MERCEDES. Jan. 1,-BfiJqMIten
fifth* Valiev Boy >couts Council will
b« moved from Harlingen to Mer- j
radae. the move having been author
ilfd by unanimou* vote of tha council ;
•t a meeting here Monday night, at
which O. E. Van Berg of Mercedes, j
recently elected president, presided.
Practically every town in the Val
ley was rerresentedp Piscuss;on cen
tered on financing the budget for
1929 and making up the small deficit
in the 192S budget. An active cam
paign will be inaugurated.
Quarters for the Valley council
have been secured in the municipal
building, the citv having volunteered
tha use of the library room for that
purpose. Tbe room is well furnished
and equipped, and »at pronounced
Leonore Longley of Maywood,
III., known as “Lindy's girl" when
Charles A. Lindbergu flew the St.
Louis-Chicago mail, has been mar
ried to Harold Knout of Cleve
land, a mail pilot. After Lindbergh
spanned the Atlantic, Miss Long
ley said the airman was only a
friend. He had roomed at the
Longley home.

Mail Route to Bring
Passenger and Ex
press Service
Regular schedule air passenger and
express service between Brownsville,
Tampico and Mexico City will be
established simultaneously with the
establishment of the Mexican air
mail through Brownsville, was the
announcement of the Mexican Avia
tion Co., with which the Mexican
government it expected to close an
air mail contract this week.
According to plans announced by
the company this will be a daily
'crvict and the planes will operate
on regular schedule.
Practically no passenger or ex
press business has been generated
over the Laredo route, it ia stated,
duo to the many hazards and the
cost of operating planes at a high
While no definite announcement
has been received from either Mex
ico City or Washington, it is under
stood there will be no delay In
establishing the route as soon as the
contracts are signed at the Mexican
capital. The Mexican Aviation com
! pany has announced it is prepared
j to place a tri-notered plane in ser
(Continued on page two.)
Fddinger. Noted
U. S. Actor Dies
PITTSBURGH, Jan. $.—(**—'Wal
lace Eddtnger, noted actor, who had
been suffering from rneumonia in
the Presbyterian hospital here since
January 5, died today.
Contracts For 17 Mil
lion In Road Work
To Be Let By State
At Jan. 21 Meeting
AUSTIN, Jan. 8.—(A*)—Contracts
for fl.722,000 worth of road con
struction, including three bridges.
14 miles of concrete paving rnd 125
miles grading and drainage struc
tures, will be let at th« January 21
22 meeting of the state highway
Tho bridges will be built in Gol
iad and Victoria counties on high
way 12 and San Patricio county on
highway 16. Tho concrete pavement
will be laid in Runnels county on
hlgnway 30 and Cameron county,
nighway 100.
Tne other work will be in the fol
lowing counties: Cherokee, highway
37; Leon county, highway 32: Nue
ces county, highway 12-A; Hale
county, highway 28; Cameron county,
highway 96; Young county, highway
79; Ellis county, highway 6, De
witt county, highway 119; Grayson
county, highway 41; Throrkmorton
county, highway 79; Ward county,
highway 82; Winkler county, high
way 82.
The Cameron county projects in
clude five miles of paving on high
way No. 100. the Barreda-Point Isa
bel road, and 7 1-2 miles on highway
No. 96. from Combes to the Willacy
county line.
State aid will be received on No.
96, but the county will defray the
cost of paving on No. 100, the fund
for the latter to be made up from
the Point Isabel nrecinct’s pr< rata
of the last $1,000,000 supplemented !
by additions from the county road
(Continued on page two.)
Alleged Forger
In Bet Killing
On Trial Today
DALLAS, Tex., Jan. 8.—<F>—Ben
C. Richards, Jr., went to trial here
today for forgery, a charge growing
out of the slaying here Sept. 1 of
Orville Mathews, bank employe and
stakeholder in a $2,000 bet on the
Tom-Connally-Earle B. Mayfield sen
atorial election. *
Richards and A. A. Crabb, the
state charges, forged the name of
“Clyde R. Vest” to two $1,000 checks
one of which had been posted by V.
Ray Adams. Bartlett farmer, charged
with killing Mathews after Mathews
I told him the money had been paid
to "Vest."
After preliminary skirmishes as
' to whether the defense had seen a
copy of the indictment, Richards' at
torenys filed a motion to quash it,
and court recessed until 2 p. m.
LONDON. Jan. 8.—(4*»—No bul
letin was issued at Buckingham Pal
ace this morning, but it was stated
authoritatively that King George had
passed a good night and his condi
tion remained the same.
the Pcrty is complete—brother, sister end the new
puppy! IN The Herald Wont Ads. tinder the classi
fication—“Pogs, Poultry and Pet Stock.” you will find
many ads that will help you in selecting a Pup for
your kiddies. In buying or selling "pets” of any kind.
use The Herald Want Ads as
your market place. It reach
es 30.000 readers daily, and is
sure to produce satisfactory
RESULTS, because it does for
Boy, Man Injured;
20 Unhurt When
Plant Is Wrecked
SAN* ANTONIO, Jan. 8.—(JP)—An
ton Rathman, owner of a packing
plant here, was killed, one workman
and a boy were seriously injured,
and twenty other workmen escaped
injury when the boiler at the plant
exploded today and fell through the
roof of the building among the men.
The boiler was leaking and Rath
man sent Jim Wilson, fireman, to
the front of the building for some
tools. Rathman crawled on top of
the boiler. Just as Wilson reached
the front of the building he heard
a terrific explosion.
Rathman was blown fifty feet
back of the building and was dead
when taken to an infirmary a few
minutes later.
John Bohenblas was standing near
the rear door. He escaped with
minor injuries. The boiler dropped
at the feet of John Carter.
A boy, known only to the work
men as Joe. was rushed to the hos
pital suffering from a broken leg.
* * *
* * *
RENO, Nev., Jan. 8.—(/P^—After
a flight from the coast in a spe
cially chartered Western Air Ex
press tri-motored plane, George A.
Henshaw, Jr., Texas oil million
aire, and Miss Caladonia Clay Pul
lian, San Francisco, took out a li
cense to wed here shortly before
five p. m. yesterday. Whether
they were married could not be
determined as neither would say.
Included in the plane’s passen
ger list was a 14-piecc jazz band
which furnished music on the trip
over the Sierras and which, hotel
attaches said, would undoubtedly
be pressed into service for the
wedding. The couple had a lavish
dinner at the Riverside hotel last
evening which was attended by the
members of the party.
Injunction Suit
Of Griffin Set
For Trial Jan. 11
AUSTIN, Jan. 8.—Hearing of
Gordon Griffin’s injunction suit to
restrain Secretary of State Jane Y.
McCallum from counting general
election returns of the Hidalgo
county judge’s race, was set in dis
trict court today for January 11.
Griffin, and other “citizens’ indepen
dent” candidates, are contesting elec
tion of a democratic administration
slate in the county. Griffin being the
district judge candidate lo?t< to
Jv § • 4 E. Leslie, incumbent.
DONNA, Jan. 8.—A meeting of the
Agricultural Worker« club of the
Lower Rio Grande Valley will be
held at the Tiffin room in this city
Wednesday night at 7:30. An inter
esting program, covering various
phases of Valley agricultural activ
ities. has been prepared.
The club is composed of sgricul
| tural workers, leaders and the out
standing farmers of the Valley. In
vitations have been extended to a
number of non-members, and an ef
fort will be made to secure a repre
sentative membership, covering every
section of the Valley.
—Two men were arrested here today
in connection with the slaying Sun
day of Mr. and Mrs. John Oser of
near Canal Fulton, Chief of Poliee
McNicholas announced. He said
Youngstown police had seixed an au
tomobile sought sinco th« killing.
One of the suspects, Donald Mc
Candless, 21. of Fort Wayne, Ind.,
admitted be had worked on farms in
the neighborhood of Canal F lit on,
McNicholas said.
The other suspect is Steve Stav
roiakis. 32, of Youngstown. Police
[did not reveal the reasons which lad
to Us arrest.
Question Mark Lands
After 150 Hours
Off of Earth
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8.—UP)—The
human engine is after all superior to
the mechanical one in endurance
That question, one of the many
put to the army's monoplane, Ques
tion Mark, was answered beyond a
doubt when the great Fokker gave
up the battle yesterday afternoon
and settled to earth after a glorious
triumph in the field of aviation, a
record-shattering flight of 150 hours,
40 minutes, 15 seconds and nearly
12,000 miles safely completed.
Neither the astounding distance
or endurance performances of the
remarkable ship were regarded by
her army sponsors as the primo
accomplishment, however. That dis
tinction went to her thorough proof
of the theory that refueling of air
planes while in flight ia practical.
None of the three 225-horsepower
motors was entirely airworthy when
the crew finally nosed the ship down
to earth at 2:07:1 p. m. after a
flight which lasted nearly a full
week. On the other hand the five
men aboard were pronounced physi
cally fit by army physicians who
said they needed only rest.
The Question Mark's crew kept
the great ship aloft until the very
end of its endurance, bringing it to
earth with one motor dead, another
failing rapidly and practi Uy pow
erless. and the third able to make
but 1.300 revolutions per minute.
Landing at the Metropolitan air
port here guaranteed the crew of
official recognition for record-break
ing performances made by the ship,
which flew 32 hours longer than air
craft ever stayed aloft 1 efore, and
85 hours longer than an airplane
ever before had flown.
PAN ANGELO. Tex„ J*n. 8.-LF1- j
Cheered by news that his son. Cept. !
Ira Eaker. chief pilot of the “Ques- i
tion Mark." had brought the record j
breaking plane to earth safely after j
a flight of more than 150 hours, j
Y. Y, Eaker. father of the pilot
awoke today from tho first goo 1 J
sleep he had since the flight started
a week ago.
Mr. Eaker is in a hospital here j
suffering from mastoid trouble. Mrs. *
Eaker. the pilot’s mother, expressed
gratification and pride when told of
the landing. She spoke over long
distance telephone from their hom>
at Eden. Texas.
Will Decide C
Minister’s Trial
TEMPLE. Jan. S—<A»>-Elders of
the Central Texas Presbytery will j
decide her# today whether the Rev. I
H. G. Kenney of Cameron. Pres- j
byterian minister of Cameron, will
be tried on charges of heresy, but
the meeting will be secret and the
decision may not be known for some
time. The specific chargee against
the minister have ae >r teen made
public, but they are understood to
involve his views oa modem ques
The Rev. H. G. Kenriedy, thirty
nine-year-old Presbyterian minis
ter of Cameron, Texas, has been
summoned before the Cent.^1 Tex
as Presbytery in Temple to an
swer charges on which it is be
lieved heresy will be alleged. His
sermons are said to have irked
some of his fellow-churchmen.
Old Rio Grande Row
Halts Secretary’s
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8.-<;P>-The
old fight over the middle Rio Grande
conservancy district in New Mexico
broke out anew today in Congress
to delay action on the nomination
of Roy O. West, as secretary of the
Mr. West's official actions sinco
he became secretary of the interior,
came before* the senate Indian af
fairs committee and a depute arose
over whether to hear at this time
testimony by Louis Marshall, New
York attorney. Finally the commit
tee decided by a vote of three to two
to postpone the taking of this tesi
mony until New Mexico's senators
could be heard.
Explaining correspondence he pro
posed to offer, Marshall said that
in spito of his insistence that a con
tract with the middle Rio Grande
conservancy district of New Mexico
for flood control and drainage of
the Valley conld not be made until
an appraiser’s report was available,
the contract had been made by the
secretary two days before the report
was filed. Marshall said he repre
sented six Indian tribes of the dis
trict who were affected by the con
Senator Wheeler, democrat, Mon
tana, said he did not "think confir
mation of Mr. West should bo made
until thia matter is heard.** and Sen
ator Thomas, democrat, Oklahoma,
then moved postponement of the
Meet of High Council
In London Today to
Consider Broader
Rules For Order
Jan. 8.——The high council of the
Salvation Army met here today to
reach two momentoua decision*.
These were whether the venerable
head of the organization, General
William Bramwell Booth, should re
main in that powerful post or should
step down because of being incapaci
tated by age and illness and whether
the present constitution of the army
should be broadened.
One of tho earliest arrivals was
Catherine Booth, the aged general’s
daughter who has bean prominently
mentioned as his successor if the
present regime is victorious in the
The general, as had been an
nounced, was too ill to leave his sea
side retreat and com* and take up
up the cudgels for himself as, with
his well known fighting spirit, he
would like to have done.
Commander Evangeline Booth,
head of the American delegation and
leader of the movement for a reform
of the administration system, reached
Sunbury some time before the hour
set for calling tha council to order.
NEW YORK. Jan. 8.—(/P>—Today’s
meeting of the high council of the
Salvation Army at Sunbury-On
Thames to determine whether Gen
eral Bramwell Booth ahall be deposed
opens one of the most dramaatic
charters in the Army’s history in
which afsfirs in the United States
have played an important part.
For years the Salvation Army,
founded by the present leader's fath
er, William Booth, has prospered un
(Continued on page two.)
Coldest Weather
Of Year Is Felt
In Many Sections
NEW YORK. Nov. f.-UP>-Th*
coldest weather of the winter was
experienced by most of the country
From the northwest where the
temperature dropped to 28 degrees
below zero at Devils Lake, N. D., the
cold spread eastward and southward
to the Atlantic coast and the Gulf
Chicago axpericnced the coldest
weather of the winter when the
temperature dropped to three below
with predictions of colder weather.
In the south, Asheville, N. C., reg
istered the lowest temperature, the
mercury there dropping to 20 do
(frees above zero.
Operate on Boy’s Brain
To Correct Criminality
CLEV ELAND, O., Jan. 8.-HFV—
Death, or freedom and a new
chance awaited Arthur Berry, 15
year-old “bad boy” convicted of
robbing the mails, as be ley in a
hospital here today fighting for
recovery from an operation for re
moval of an abscess from his brain
performed in an effort to correct
his tendencies to crime.
With the entry of en order by
Federal Judge Peal Jones today
deferring execution of a sentence
of ono year at the Washington
army training school for robbing
the new Philadelphia postoffiec,
the government enters into the ex
periment whereby It Is hoped the
led can he cured end act aright.
Arthur will be given the oppor
tunity. if he recover*, to return to
his home, and if he doe* recover
he will go with the good wishes of
Miss Ireao Nungesser, assistant
....Hi.dfcim.. Hi.it. ...mu... . .
district attorney who urged thnt
the operation be performed.
She became interested in the
case when tha boy admitted tak
ing sixty letters from a mail box
of tho Ohio Cities Telephone com
pany containing 11,000 in checks.
He cashed one of the cheeks but
destroyed the others and told Miss
N'ungesser that he knew of no rea
son fer taking them. After hie
trial two weeks ago and his com
mitment to jail sentence was im
posed he began to complain of
headaches and when Miss Nunges
ser learned of it she arranged an
X-ray examination which revealed
tho absass.
The operation was performed a
week ago. Tho boy was to havo
bean sentenced today, but Judge
Jonas agreed to defer the sentence
to await the outcome of th® ex
Oath Given hew
As Session Opens
AUSTIN, Jan. 8.——(P)——W. S. Barron of Bryan was
elected speaker of the house of representatives over W. R.
Montgomery of Edinburg, today. The vote was 87 to 59.
AUSTIN, Jan. 8.—(P>—-The 41st biennial session of
the Texas legislature convened at noon. Both houses start
ed work of organization.
Mrs. Jane Y. McCallum, secretary of state, rapped for
order in the house and will preside until a speaker is elect
Lieutenant-Governor Barry Miller began his third
term as presiding officer in the senate.
The house was quick to start preliminaries to clear
the decks for balloting for speaker. Both W. R. Mont
gomery of Edinburg and W. S. Barron of Bryan, were
confident of election.
After the invocation had been pronounced in the
senate by Rev. W. H. Doss, the roll was called. Thirty
senators answered to their names. H. F. Triplett of Beau
mont recently died and a successor has not been named.
Fourteen new senators were administered the oath
■of office.
There were only four absentees in
the house. One hundred and forty
six members answered roll call. Mrs.
McCallum administered the oath in
a body, the members repeating that
part of the pledge that they had not
since the adoption of the state con
stitution “fought a duel with deadly
wespons within thia state ncr out of
it, nor have I acted as second in car
rying a challenge or aided, advised or
assisted any person thus ofefnding.**
Nominating speeches for speaker
were started, with Representative
Charles Shaver of Huntsville placing
the name of Montgomery before tha
house, and Fred H. Minor of Denton
offering Barron. A long list of sec
onding speeche* were scheduled.
Senator Walter Woodward of Cole
man was elected president pro-tem
of tha senate over Gus Kussek of
Schulenburg. The vote was 16 to 14.
Friends of the two candidates for :
the speakership were up early this
There were still enough votes not I ',i
pledged to either W. S. Barron of
Bryan, or W. R. Montgomery of
Edinburg to tip the scales in favor
of one or the other. g
Cecil Storey of Vernon, of whom
there has baen considerable t*.k aa
a likely eleventh hour candidate, waa
importuned by his friends, who ara
supporting Barron to second tha
nomination of the Bryan man. It
was indicated that Storey would ac- !•
cede to their wishes.
R. L. Bobbitt of Larsdo, speaker
of the 40th house of representatives, '*
is in town and will be on hand to see
his successor inducted.
Governor Dan Moody finished his
message last night and will appear
in person to deliver it Wednesday
before a joint session of both houses.
It is a lengthy review of his two
years administration and contains
many recommendations of legisla
Governor Moody will be inaugu
rated for his second term next Tues
day. The ceremonies will be simple,
unlike his induction into office two
year* ago, when he succeeded Mrs.
Miriam Ferguson, Texas’ first wo
man governor.
AUSTIN. Jan. 8.——Three big
problems crowded each other for the
"spot'’ in the 41st regular session of
the Texas legislature, getting under
way here at noon today.
Highway building, the formulation
of water rights policy and a revision
of laws governing lease and sale of
Texas University lands formed a
three-headed dragon which the solons
will slay or appease during the two
months meeting.
Additionally, the legislative rou
tine, including appropriations ex
pected ultimately to total around
f50.000.000 must be disposed of.
One feature—politics—formed only
a dim outline in the background. In
tha past, fights between politicians
almost have dominated the entire
proceedings, but this time, with th#
administration aeated safely for am.
other two ycara without aerioua ops
position, no statewide feud is in
Speaker Rare Hot
Representatives today chiefly
were interested in tha outcome of
(Continued on page two.)
For Brownsville and the Valley:
Mostly .loudy and unsettled .©night
and Wednesday, probably with occa
sional rains this afternoon and to
night; not much change in tempera
ture. Light to moderate cast to
southeast winds on the west coast.
For East Texas: Cloudy tonight
and Wednesday with local rains;
warmer tonight in northeast por
tion and on the east coast. Light
to moderate easterly winds on the
There will h© no material change
in th© river daring th© nett few
Flood Present 24-Hr. X4-Hr.
Suae Stage Cbrg. Rain
Eagle Past .. Id 3.0 -0.1 .90
Laredo . 27 -02 0.0 .00
Rio Grande .. 21
Mission . 22 3.3 -0.3 M
Sen Benito ..23 10J -0.2 .27
Brownsville . 18 3.4 -0.2 .14
High and low tida at P*Iat Isabel
tomorrow, under normal meteorologi
cal conditions:
High ..8:10 p. m.
Low .. 3:32 a. m.
Sunset today . 8:88
Soariso tomorrow .. 7:10

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