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ATCHINO the situation at La
redo, it now seems that Mex
ican officials intend to penalize
town of Laredo for the action
Of District Attorney Valla in an
nouncing his attitude toward Calles.
Senor Calles passed through La
redo yesterday without stopping. On
ine heels of that the Chamber of
i Commerce has been denied the pri
vileges of vises to the interior and
announcement has been made that
Nuevo Laredo will not take part in
Laredo'* Washington Birthday ce
All of which la very regretable in
asmuch as it shows that the Mex
ican people do not seem to under
stand that the action of Judge Vails,
while he is honest in his con
victions, represents that of one of
ficial and not of the entire city of
Border people of the two nations
understand each other more than
national officials of each nation
probably do, but it seems there is
still ample room for Increasing that
friendship. All of us along the bor
der ahould keep the idea of under
standing and harmony In mind at
all times. It will make for good.
• • •
FOM Pharr today comes a letter
with reference to Christmas de
corations. It la signed Mrs. E.
C. B.
In part it says: “The thought oc
curred to me that If every one in
the Valley would use a few tanger
ines, and a few small oranges as
trimmings on Christmas trees, how
beautiful they would look. We used
to tie oranges on with cords, but
they can be cut with enough stem
to tie a cord to. A few leaves left
I with the fruit will also add to the
favorable impression "
Not only will this help from a
standpoint of beauty, but it will add
a little cash to the citrus fruit grow
ers income. We appreciate ideas, and
are glad to pass them on. Thanks
Mrs. E. C. B.
ft ft ft
NOW is the appointed time of for
warding that Christmas package
of grapefruit or oranges to
friends, whose lot of living has been
placed in the land of icicles and
snow. Do not forget to put on your
government inspection stamp so the
packages will sail across state lines,
o. k.
• • •
IN mailing Christmas packages there
is the Christmas seal. Thirty
two million of these, bearing the
double barred cross have been sent to
Texas for distribution. The fund
Is for the prevention of tuberculosis
lid in which is probably needed
ilong the border as much as any
^ Which brings to mind that there
te a bit of promiscuous spitting on
the sidewalks of Brownsville and
maybe on the streets of other towns
of the Valley. One place to begin
stopping the scourge of tuberculosis
is to stop that spitting.
• • •
rlE Christmas spirit has reached
Brownsville and the Valley and
there is no better way of enter
ing into it than by helping a little
others not quite so fortunate as
One opportunity of doing this is
to give something towird the
Charity home Christmas dinner
Mrs. Volney Taylor reports that
these donations will be cherished
either in cash, or in food. They can
be made at Willman's pharmacy.
Giving to others as well as to in
timate friends and kith and kin
brings you to your own Christmas
dinner, or around the Santa C;aus
i stocking, if one may be so fortunate
as to have little ones, with a feeling
| that not only has providence been
I kind to you. but you have passed it
I along to someone else. If you have
never done it’, it will bring you a
greater pleasure than you imagine.
InTATISTICS are usually dry things.
\ For Instance Income figures to
w the effect that there are eighty
billion bees in Texas. Now who
cares how many bees there are in
Texas. But wait a minute, these
i bees live on 45.000 farms and pro
\ duce annually 6,000,000 pounds of
t honey. That is different. In this
\ instance the meat in the cocoanut
la found in the honey that is in the
la comb.
1 * # *
r «R. R. Cantu Lara, Mexican con
\ sul at Dallas, writing in the De
u cember issue of the Commercial
News, states that Mexico is anxious
to purchase Texas-made goods. He
says in part: "The United States, a
country renowned throughout the
world for its progressive and aggres
sive business methods, being our
neighbor, we are extremely
rfLrx'ps to establish better trade re
* *■ latino* with you."
Now that is talking good sound
business «nse.
Each of the two nations has some
thing the other needs and something
to emulate as little as Americans
may consider the last named. This
writer onOt visited seven governors
in Mexico and wound up with Obre
«on at Mexico City. The same key
note was soknded in that day. As
on* governor put it, what Mexico
ftA needed from America were her
1KL of education, transportation,
and her almost superstltutious clean
1UOff hand America could use a
nttle of Mexico’s raw materials, and
her politeness and^ hospitality.
CHRISTMAS comes but once a
year. Let’s all Join hands now
Lnd declare an accident truce
during that period. Let every man
nSSuD his nlnd that he will be
™ careful while hunting that no
harm will come if his gun does go
iff Ui every driver follow a vow
git he will drive so
if he does hit some one it will be
jj, Visy That the worst will be only
I fender se* *wry.
SAN ro
Charles Sandell Is Not
Expected To Live
A£ter Crash
HARLINGEN, Dec. 17—Btruck
by a Missouri Pacific passenger
train as his truck apparently stall
ed on the tracks near San Benito
about 8:30 this morning, Charles
Sandell. 55. is in the Valley Baptist
hospital here not expected to re
cover. and his son, Dave, 18. is suf
fering from deep cuts to his head.
The elder Sandell'a head is
crushed, and little hope is held for
his recovery by hospital authorities.
His son received first aid treatment
in San Benito but is not confined to
the hospital.
According to report of Missouri
Pacific oficials. passenger train No.
13, due to arrive in Brownsville
about 7:30. and running several
minutes late, struck the truck
broadside as it failed to clear the
tracks at Morgan Shearer cross
ing, two miles south of San Benito.
The train stopped immediately.
The injured men were taken to
San Benito, from where Sandell was
rushed to Valley Baptist hospital in
a Thompson ambulance.
Sandel is a farmer, residing one
mile south of San Benito.
Train Schedule
Change I# Granted
AUSTIN. Dec. 17—oPH-The rail
road commission announced today
it had granted petitions of the
Wichita Valley Railway to discon
tinue double daily train service be
tween Wichita Falls and Abilene
and of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas
to take off two trains between Waco
and Stamford.
Harlingen Directory
Received By Herald
The Herald has received a copy
of the new Harlingen city directory
for 1930 .an attractively compiled
volume complete in detail as to re
sidents. business houses, streets, and
Harlingen’s population is set at
11,071 !n the drectory. A marked
increase is shown in its business
and professional listings.
Officer* Search For
Slaying Su*pect*
LLANO, Dec. 17— UP> —W i t h
bondsmen offering $200 reward for
their capture, officers today search
ed for D. K. and B. F. Ellison,
father and son. charged with slay
ing L. C. Callaway, Llano plumber,
Sept. 17. . .
The search started yesterday
after the eider Ellison failed to ap
pear for trial. His $10,000 bond
was ordered forfeited.
The son. sentenced to five year
imprisonment in connection with
the shooting, was out on appeal
Crew Land* Safely
WELLINGTON, New Zealand,
Dec n—(£*)—Two hundred passen
gers and crew were landed safely
when the steamship Manuka 4,534
tons was wrecked today at Long
Point, between Bluff and Dunedin.
The cargo including a collection of
British pictures valued at $25,000
apparently was lost.
Congress Speeds Work
Unusual Activity In House And Senate Comes
After Hoover’s National Message
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17.—The hum of activity in the house and
senate bespoke today the response the seventy-first congress has made
to legislative recommendations of Herbert Hoover.
Just two weeks ago the thirty-first president set forth in a 12.000 word
document his views on the “State of the Union.’’ and in the 12 interven
ing working days congress has moved with a speed seldom equaled in
recent history.
Tax reduction h%s been completed. The stroke of the chief executive’s
pen laafc evening piaccu upuu me*
statute books an order for a one
per cent reduction in the tax rate
on corporation and normal Indi
vidual incomes.
In the house—where the republi
cans won 103 more seats in the
Hoover victory than did the demo
crats—the Elliott bill to expand
by upwards of $200,000,000 the pub
lic buildings program initiated in
the Coolidge administration has
been enacted. It awaits senate ap
On the other hand, in the senate
where a democratic-republican in
dependent coalition has caused
much trouble for administration
republicans over the tariff, the
president’s proposal for creation of
a commission for study of the ad
visability of the transfer of the
prohibition activities of the treas
ury to the department of justice
has been authorized. The house Is
expected to endorse it.
Only in one instance has the
White House view failed to receive
whole hearted sympathy in the
propositions so far placed before
congress. This has been in connec
tion with sugestior for a commis
sion to study the situation in
Haiti. In line with Mr. Hoover’s
special message. Cfnairman Porter
of the house foreign affairs com
mittee approved the proposal
Dem Committee Tries To
Block Effort*
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Dec. 17—
VP>—The State executive committee,
which excluded Senator J. Thomas
Heflin from the 1930 democratic
primary by barring candidacies of
those who did not support the
party's presidential nominee last
year, today was confronted with
the project of combatting indepen
dent campaigns by Heflin and oth
ers affected.
The senior senator from Alabama
said in Washington when informed
of the decision that he would seek
re-election, and John A. Locke,
Birmingham attorney, who has an
nounced his candidacy for governor
and who also was counted out of
the primary by the committee rul
ing said he still would make the
All candidates for federal, state,
district or circuit offices, who “bolt
ed” the presidential ticket were
excluded by the committee from
the primary next August, but the
matter of determining upon quali
fications of those seeking county
offices was left to county com
Million Asked in Aid
Texas Citrus Fruit Growers Exchange Files
Application For Loan
(8pecial to The Herald.)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17.—Application for a facilities loan of one mil
lion dollars, to finance construction and equipment of citrus fruit pack
ing plants in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, was filed today with the
Federal Farm Board by the Texas Citrus Fruit Orowers Exchange, of
which John H. Shary of Mission is president.
The application outlines a three-year program, for which approxi
mately three hundred and fifty thousand will be necessary each year.
This would provide four to five modemly equipped packing plants each
Margaret Weber. 16. of Santa
Monica. Cal., visited 14 nations in
65 days Just for the fun of it. She
is shown returning to Los Angeles.
Franklin Murder
Jury Completed
COURTHOUSE. Moutain View.
Ark., Dec. 17.—(JP)—A Jury of moun
tain farmers was completed today
to try five men on charges of mur
dering Connie Franklin nine months
The trial was halted temporarily
while Sheriff Sam Johnson sought
additional veniremen after the ques
tioning of forty-eight had resulted
in acceptance of only nine jurors.
Crowds began forming at daybreak
and an hour before court convened
the little court room was packed
to capacity and the halls of the
courthouse were filled.
Matamoros Traffic
Victim Improving
Eduardo Garibay, of Brownsville
and Matamoros, who suffered a
broken arm while trying to intro
duce traffic signals in Matamoros
Saturday evening, was reported to
be recovering rapidly Tuesday.
Garibay was on his way home
Saturday evening. Before turning a
comer, he thrust out his arm to
inform the driver behind of his in
tention. However, the other driver
sideswlped Garibay’s car and broke
his arm. The car was badly dam
.season, assuring establishment of
co-operatively operated plants In
the major shipping centers of Hi
dalgo. Cameron, and Willacy coun
The application states the ex
change already has shipped in ex
cess of five hundred cars and esti
mate for the season's total Is fif
teen hundred cars.
“For the season of 1930-1931 the
packing facilities should be doubl
ed.” the applicant stated, “and we
desire this loan for the purpose of
being able to take care of our pres
ent membership and their Increas
ing production, as well as that of
others who desire to Join our asso
Officials Insist Upon 70 Per
Cent Of Fleet In U. S.
a spirit of friendliness and good
will the United States and Japan
faced each other over a conference
table today in an effort to settle
as many as possible of their naval
problems which will come before
the London disarmament confer
ence next month.
Since arrival of the Japanese of
ficials yesterday morning, it has
already been indicated authorita
tively that the Tokyo government
places submarines and 10,000 ton
cruisers ahead of all categories of
auxiliary ships and is ready to make
considerable concessions in other
classes of vessels, such as smaller
cruisers and destroyers, in order
to keep what it considers a “Min
imum defensive armament" in un
dersea boats and large cruisers.
Insistence upon a strength equal
to 70 per cent of the largest fleet
of auxiliary warships, was voiced
by Reljiro Wakatsuki. head of the
delegation. This was coupled with
the intimation that 80,000 tons of
submarines—approximately Japan’s
present undersea strength— would
be offered as a minimum at the
London conference.
Complete abolition of submarines
was shown to be held undesirable,
but abolition of capital ships, which
has been agitated ever since the
airplane became an important wea
pon of war, was represented as a
pleasing prospect.
Gas Tax Evasion In
San Antonio Probed
AUSTIN, Dec. 17—— Attorney
General R. L. Bobbitt, assistant at
torney general R. M. Tilley and
comptroller S. H. Terrel will go to
San Antonio tomorrow to begin an
investigation of reported activities
of some refineries and other di
stributors to evade the gasoline tax.
This is the beginning of a stren
stenous campaign to ferret out and
prosecute all persons who are boot
legging gasoline and evading the
payment of the tax, they announc
ed. They said they had been ad
vised distillates and other deriva
tives of petroleum which are sub
stitutes for gasoline were being sold
and distributed in order to evade
| the tax.
Lodge To Conduct
Jose Garza Rites
Funeral services for Jose Garza,
only son of Mr. and Mrs. Telesforo
Garza, are to be held at 4 p. m.
Tuesday at the Immaculate Con
ception church, with interment at
the city cemetery. The deceased was
a juvenile member of the Wood
men of the World, and the '^dge
will take charge of the services.
The boy was 14 years of age. He
died at the home of his parents
at 8:30 a. m. Monday, from bron
chial pneumonia, which developed
Saturday afternoon.
Wreck Of Grounded
Ship Is Examined
PORT ANGELES. Wash.. Dec. 11
—(/P)—The coast guard cutter Sno
homish left here today to examlxu
the wreck of the steam schoonei
Skagway, purposely run aground
near Cape Flattery, Wash., yester
day so its crew might escape from
a fire.
Captain E. Strandquist was per
suaded to leave the burning ship
only after it had been given up ai
a total loss, and other members o:
the crew, 26 in all, were broughi
here last night on the Snohomish
Morrow In Post Of
New Jersey Solon
Dwight W. Morrow, today formally
announced his acceptance of th<
appointmfnt as Senator from Nev
Jersey upon resignation of Baird.
The ambassador to Mexico wil
assume the new duties as soon a
his work as a delegate to the Lon
don Anns Conference has beei
Long Legal Battles To
Precede Final
With two citations upon the P.
P. Collier and Son Publishing com
pany already quashed, at least three
legal skirmishes will be fought be
fore the R. B. Creager-Collier’s
$1,000,000 libel suit can go to trial.
The last development In the case
came at Houston Monday when
Federal Judge S. C. Hutcheson. Jr.,
quashed a citation served upon F. C.
Spaulding at Houston qa "agent of
the publishing company." The hear
ing on this motion was held by
Judge Hutcheson when the federal
district court was in session at
Brownsville. He kept the motion
under advisement until he returned
to Houston.
Spaulding was served the second
time when he appeared as a witness
here. The last citation alleged
Spaulding to be "the agent of the
distributing corporation which Is
the agent of the publishing com
pany.” This the defendants deny,
holding that Spaulding is merely
the collector of the distributing
firm which is "not the agent of the
publishing company."
Action Soon
Judge Hutcheson Is expected to
act on this third citation some time
this week at Houston.
Meanwhile, the defendants have
filed two new motions. The first
asks for a change of venue on the
grounds that a fair and impartial
Jury could not be picked in the
Valley. The second asks in case
the change of venue is not granted,
that a special Jury be selected from
other sections of the district.
As the case now stands, Creager
has the distributing corporation in
court as defendants, but not the
the publishing company. Creager.
na’Joqal republican committeeman,
says: “I regret the fact that the
publishing firm is striving to keep
out of court Although at first they
stated they were ‘ready to go to
bat.’ they have been using dilatory
tactics since. I have done nothing
to delay the trial and that will
continue to be my attitude.**
It would be impossible to get ser
vice on high officials of the publish
ing company in the east, attorneys
for the plaintiff state. However,
that would mean that another suit
would have to be filed in the dis
trict where the citation was served,
they add. This would separate the
suits against the two firms.
Tourists Invited
To Party At C.-C.
A general invitation to tourists to
attend the weekly bridge party at
the tourist club rooms in the cham
ber of commerce is being issued by
Mrs. Ada Nolan Mayer, hostess.
She is planning a party for 2:30
p. m. Wednesday, and wants all
visitors in the city to attend, whe
ther they play bridge or not. Other
games are to be provided, and an
opportunity will be given to meet
congenial people also visiting here
as well as townspeople.
The Self Culture club, one of the
leading women’s clubs of the city
1s to visit at the party Wednesday
and assist In entertaining the out
of-town guests. Prizes are to L;
offered for the successful players.
Plans for a Christmas party will
be discussed Wednesday. Mrs May
er said. She expects to have one
more elaborate social affair during
the holidays.
Chambers Trial Is
Continued Until Jan.
Trial of E. B. Chambers, brother
of Mayor C. M. Chambers, on an
indictment charging conspiracy to
violate the Dean Liquor Law was
continued until January 6 today
because of absence of a state wit
Resolution Delayed
.WASHINGTON. Dec. 17.—<*>—
Consideration of the Nye resolution
to unseat Senator Grundy of Penn
sylvania was deferred today by the
senate elections committee until aft
er the Christmas recess, when a
quorum was unobtainable.
Temperature In Fiftiea I*
More than a week of summer
weather will be broken Tuesday
night with a drop into the fifties,
W. J. Schnurbusch. chief of the U.
8. Weather bureau in Brownsville
predicted Tuesday morning. A long
warm spell of nearly two weeks haa
Intervened since the last cold snap,
' the thermometer hovering in the
; upper sixties, and at times going
as high as 80. Cloudy and unset
tled weather which has ;revailed
for several days will continue Wed
nesday. Schnurbusch forecasts.
Heavy rains in the upper end ol
the Valley during the past few day!
• are sending a slight rise in the
■ river on down. 1 io Grande City
s reported a crest of 10 feet at noor
’ Monday, with a chan;, of .1 foot
since that time. The river had riser
[ 5.8 feet ftt Mission when the Tues
> day bulletin was made up at 8 a. m
i Insurance a Timely Godsend
Rio Grande Valley Turat Co,—Adv
Trade Here to be Hiked
Brownsville Will Be Materially Aided By
Diversion Of Laredo Traffic
The closing of the Laredo con
sulate is such a tremendous thing
as to seem incredible, in the opin
ion of L. Lope® Montero, Mexican
consul to Brownsville.
“Laredo is one of the oldest and
most important ports of entry on
the border,” Montero said today.
“Fees collected there sometimes
amount to $14,000 dally, which
means that $140,000 worth of freight
passes into Nuevo Laredo within
24 hours.”
Brownsville will be materially
aided by trade which will be divert
ed from the Laredo port here if
the consulate remains closed, said
Mr. Montero. The bulk of Ameri
can exports to Mexico pass through
Laredo, particularly those manu
factured in the mlddlewest. This
trade would automatically switch
to Eagle Pass and Brownsville if
the Laredo office remains closed,
the consul believes.
*1 cannot believe that the Laredo
consulate will be closed for lone."
Montero continued. "Some method
of getting around the delicate si
tuation growing out of District
Attorney Vails’ action will be work
ed out."
Mr. Montero will also attempt to
get for Brownsville the Immense
tourist traffic crossing dally at
Laredo. The privileges previously
extended Laredo Chamber of Com
merce will be sought for the cham
ber here.
During the history of the fore
ign service this Is the first time a
consulate has ever been dosed, Mr.
Montero believes. The office at
Laredo was established In the mid
dle of the nineteenth century and
has been functioning constantly.
Rafael de la Collna la Mexican
consul at Laredo.
Fliers Span Atlantic
Spanish Airmen Forced Down In Brazil After
3660-Mile Voyage Over Ocean
RIO JANEIRO, Brazil, Dec. 17.—'The Tranz-Atlantlc flier*. Ma
jor Tadeo Larre-Borgec and Lieutenant Leon Challe, who left Seville,
Spain. Sunday on a non-stop flight to Montevideo, Uruguay, made a forc
ed landing last night at the village of Maracuja in the state of Rio Grande
Do Norte, near Natal on the northeast tip of Brazil.
From Information received here, it appeared both fliers were injured,
one more seriously than the other. This morning the director of the Na
tional Telegraph of Brazil received advice* from Maracuja that both
mere were receiving meaicai care.,
The governor of the state of Rio
Grande Do Norte, rushed a special
physician from the quarantine sta
tion to Maracuja and several offic
ers to find out exactly what hap
pened to the airmen.
Although the fliers failed of their
purpose to make a non-stop 0,000
mile hop to the capital of Uruguay,
they achieved the sixth successful
crossing of the South Atlantic and
covered a distance of approximate
ly 3,600 miles.
That they made the 2,000-mile
ocean hop by just a narrow margin
was indicated by the fact they were |
forced to land near Natal, which is
on the extreme tip of the 8outh
Amervan continent nearest to Af
rica. It was along this part of the
Brazilian coast that Captain Fran
cesco Iglesias and his companion,
Captain Ignacio Jimenez, landed in
ctober of this year on a similar
flight from Seville to South Ameri
MARSEILLES, France, Dec. 17—
i/P/—Captain Dieudonne Coste and
his companion Paul Cod os landed
at the Istres aviation field today
after setting a new world's record
for a closed circuit flight of 8.100
kilometers or approximately 5,062
The airmen were in the air for
52 hours and 34 minutes and dur
ing that period covered a wide cir
cuit that carried them over Avig
nin. Nimes and to the Istres fly
ing field. The figures given cut after
today's flight were unofficial.
colnshire. Eng., Dec. 17—(jP)— A
Royal Air Force monoplane piloted
by squadron leader A. G. Jones
Williams and flight lieutenant N.
H. Jenkins left here at 8 a. m. (3
a. m. E. S. T.) in an attempt to
establish a long distance non-stop
flight record to South Africa.
Weather conditions were favor
able. The plane was expected to
reach South Africa before nightfall
Tide Turns Against
Chinese Mutineers
SHANGHAI, Dec. 17—(£*)—T h e
battle-worn nationalist government
appeared to be on the offensive
in China again today after follow
ing up its triple victory over three
rebeiious factions wbch almost
caused its downfall.
Instead of being in the precarious
defensive position disclosed by re
ports of a few days ago, advices in
dicated the tide had turned In favor
of Nanking and nationalist soldiers
were entering rebellious territory
with hostile forces apparently
Decoration Of Homes
And Lawns Is Asked
HARLINGEN, Dec. 17—The clvi<
committee of the Harlingen Cham
ber of Commerce, John T. Poster
chairman, has requested that 'll
homes and lawns be decorated ap
propriately to properly usher in th<
Christmas holidays.
Mrs. W. M. Hundley, of the Wo
men’s Chamber of Commerce, is ar
ranging decoration of lawn treei
and grounds of the Chamber o:
Commerce building.
LAREDO, Dec. 17—<*V-Of U
aliens deported through Laredo sev
eral days ago by the United State:
Immigration Service, 11 were ex
, convicts.
Life Taken With Bullet
Through Brain
(Special to The Herald)
McALLEN, Dec. 17—The body of
Orville W. Lowry, 39. of Mission,
who fired a bullet Into his brain
Monday afternoon in a Reynosa,
Mexico cafe and died instantly,
will be forwarded to Dallas tonight
for funeral rit.i and burial by
Kreidlers Undertaking establish
ment. Dallas -•latives of Lowry, his
parents and a brother, have sent
Instructions 'sr arrangements to
friends of the dead man.
Despondency over the recent death
of his brother, Col. R. C. Lowry,
who was killed In an airplane
crash near Mexico City, Nov. 4, Is
believed to have caused Lowry to
take his life, ending a long period
of brooding over the tragedy.
According to friends, Lowry and
his bride of four months visited
Reynosa on a Christmas shopping
tour. They met several friends from
Mission and Edinburg and were
In a cafe engaged in conversation,
when without warning, Lowry Is
said to have pulled a small re
volver from a holster, placed the
muzzle against hls temple and pul
led the trigger.
The tragic death of his brother
had been the occasion for deep
grief to Lowry, hls friends say. made
harder to bear by the many dif
ficulties he experienced in return
ing the body to Texas for burial.
For Brownsville and the Valley :
Cloudy, unsettled, and colder tonight
and Wednesday, probably with oc
casional rains; lowest temperature
tonight probably in the fifties. Mod
erate to fresh southerly winds shift
ing to fresh northerly probably late
For East Texas: Cloudy tonight;
rain in south and extreme east por
tions; much colder; cold wave in
north portion with temperature 20
to 25 degrees; Wednesday partly
cloudy and colder except rain In
lower Rio Grande Valley.
There will be a moderate rise in
the river at San Benito and Browns
ville tdday and tonight to nearly
half bankfull. At and above Rio
Grande City the river is falling and
will continue to fall slowly during
the next few day*.
Flood Present *4-Hr. 34-Rr.
Stage Stag* Cling. Bain
Eagle Pass 16 L2 40.1 00
Laredo 27 1.7 -0.6 .05
Rio Grande 21 8.2 40.1 0.0
Mission 22 10.3 *53 .00
San Benito 23
Brownsville 18 4.1 40.1 .00
High and low tide at Point Isabel
tomorrow, under normal meteorolo
gical conditions:
High.6:19 p. m.
Low.9:44 a. m
miscellaneous data
Sunset today..5:42
Sunrise tomorrow...J:ll
Imports And Tourist
Traffic Seriously
LAREDO, Dec. 17——The Mex
ican consulate here was closed to
day upon orders from Mexico City,
Issued shortly after General Plu
tarco Ellas Calles, former president
of Mexico, had arrived m Nu- j
Laredo, Mexico, across the R.o
Grande from the Texas county
whose prosecutor had threatened
his arrest upon a conspiracy charge
in connection with the deaths of
two Mexican army officers m La
redo in 1922.
Ruining nearly 12 hours ahead of
schedule, the special train fearing
Calles and his party sped through
Laredo last night without stopping.
It was transferred to the Mexican
lines at Nuevo Laredo, and after a
brief stop continued to Mexico City.
After the special had left behind
a reception committee of officials
and cltlsens of Laredo, which had
learned of the intended earlier ar
rival of the train, at the railway
station here, a telegram cancelling
authority of the Laredo Chamber
of Commerce to issue tourist cards
for entry Into Mexico was received
rrom the Mexican commissioner of
Immigration by Charles Muaun,
secretary of the chamber.
YaBs Blamed
The Mexican official in the tala
gram blamed the attitude of Dts
trist Attorney John A. Vails towards
Calles for the move. The chamber
was given permislon by the Mexi
can government to Issue the per
mits In June, 1938.
Another retaliatory movement
against Laredo was seen In action
of federal and municipal officials of
Nuevo Laredo deciding that that
city would take no pert in Laredo's
annual Washington’s birthday cele
bration. The celebration during the
past few years had been participated
in by the two cities.
Thanks Crowd
During his brief stop at Nuevo
Laredo. Calles appeared on the
platform of his car and thanked
those that gathered for the friendly
demonstration. He expressed a de
sire to reach his Mexico City home
as soon as possible.
The conspiracy charge against
Calles was filed several years ago by
Vmlls after the prosecutor had made
an extensive Investigation Into the
slaying of General Luclo Blanco and
Colonel Auerlio Martinet, whose
bodies were found handcuffed to
gether In the Rio Grande.
Calles. who passed through here
several months ago enroute to Eu
rope. eras not questioned in any
way by Webb county officials. Valla
at that time being district Judge,
He said any move on the charge
would have to be made by the dis
trict attorney.
Arrest Threatened
While Calles waa in Europe Valla
took over his old duties as district
attorney and threatened to arrest
the general should he pass through
Laredo. He gave up this plan only
after he was told the United States
government would protect tta dip
lomatic visitor with armed force if
necessary. When Informed Calles
had passed through Laredo without
stopping, the district attorney
merely replied he had expected he
A detachment of American ma
rines. two officers and eight men.
which accompanied the party from
New York, left the train at Nuevo
Laredo. _
Action of the Mexican govern
ment in closing the consulate and
withdrawing permission to issue
tourist passes might be expected to
seriously affect imports and tourist
travel through Laredo.
Haiti Commission
Is Given Approval
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17—<#WThe
House Foreign ' flairs committee
t-day approved the revised Porter
resolution to authorlw the presid
ent to appoint a commission of
seven to investigate conditions in
Haiti and report within six months.
Severe Earthquake
Recorded At Yale
NEW HAVEN. Conn.. Dec 17—(#7
—An earthquake of severe inten
sity lasting one hour was recorded
on the Seismograph of Peabody
Museum. Yale University at 6:W
a. m., today. Estimated distance
from this city was 1.7S0 miles, wltn
direction undetermined.

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