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THE VALLEY FIRST—FIRST IN THE VALLEY—LEASE D WIRE SERVICE OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS-1</P) * __
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THIRTY-EIGHTH YEAR—NO. 169 BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1929 TEN PAGES TODAY 5c A COPY
IN OUR
VALLEY
By CHARLES HALL ■
WATCHING the situation at La
redo, It now seems that Mex
fican officials Intend to penalize
> town of Laredo for the action
District Attorney Vails in an
nouncing his attitude toward Calles.
Senor Calles passed through La
redo yesterday without stopping. On
the heels of that the Chamber of
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's Washington Birthday ce
lebration.
All of which Is very re gre table 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
Laredo.
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 should keep the idea of under
standing and harmony in mind at
all times. It will make for good.
• • •
M Pharr today comes a letter
ith reference to Christmas de
corations. It is 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
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.
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
aid in which la probably needed
along the border as much as any
rvere else.
Which brings to mind that there
is 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.
m * m
THE Christmas spirit has reached
Brownsville and the Valley and
there is no better way of water
ing Into It than by helping a little
others not quite so fortunate as
yourself.
One opportunity of doing this is
to give something toward the
Charity home Christmas dinner.
Mrs. Volney Taylor reports that
these donations will be cherished
either in cash, or la food. They can
be made at Willman's pharmacy.
Giving to others as well as to in
timate rriends and kith and kin
brings you to your own Christmas
dinner, or around the Santa Claus
stocking, if one may be so fortunate
as to have little ones, with a feeling
that not only has providence been
kind to you. but you have passed it
along to someone else. If you have
never done it, it will bring you a
greater pleasure than you imagine.
STATISTICS are usually dry things.
For Instance income figures to
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
bees live on 45,000 farms and pro
duce annually 6,000.000 pounds of
honey. That is different. In this
Instance the meat in the cocoanut
la found in the honey that is in the
entnb.
AAA
SR. R. Cantu Lara. Mexican con
sul at Dallas, writing in the De
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
nearest neighbor, we are extremely
anxious to establish better trade re
lations with you."
Nor that is talking good sound
business sense.
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 once visited seven governors
in Mexico and wound up with Obre
gon at Mexico City. The same key
note was sounded in that day. As
one governor put it, what Mexico
fhrt needed from America were her
Jjfr of education, transportation,
and her almost superstitutious clean
liness .
Off hand America could use a
little of Mexico’s raw materials, and
her politeness and hospitality.
• • •
/CHRISTMAS comes but once a
■ .year. Let’s all Join hands now
v and declare an accident truce
during that period. Let every man
make up his mind that he will be
so careful while hunting that nd
harm will come if his gun does go
off. Let every driver follow a vow
that he will drive so careful!'*
if he does hit some one it will be
so easy that the worst will be only
a fender set awry.
SAN BENITO
FARMER DIES
OF INJURIES
Truck Is Hurled From
Tracks When Struck
By M. P. Train
f Special to the Herald)
HARLINOEN, Dec. 17— Charles
Sandell, 55, of San Benito, died in
Valley Baptist hospital here at
12:30 Tuesday after the truck car
rying Sandell and his son had
been struck by a Missouri Pacific
passenger train near San Benito
at 8:30 a. m. Funeral arrangen^nts *
in charge of Thompson Mortuary
of San Benito, have not yet been
announced. It is understood here
that Sandell is survived by several
children in Harlingen and San
Benito.
Sandell's son, Dave, 18, suffered
deep cuts in his head when the
truck was hurled from the railway
tracks, where It had apparently
stalled.
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 /ailed 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.
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
ago.
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 hails of the
courthouse were filled.
Officers Search For
Slaying Suspects
LLANO, Dec. 17— (JP) —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 elder 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 cn appeal
bond.
Texas Reported In
Sound Condition
DALLAS. Texas. Dec. 17—(/Pi—A.
A. Horne of Galveston, president of
the Texas State Bankers association,
reported to officials and directors of
the association today that Texas and
its entire trade area are in a sound
financial condition.
Next year, he said, will see a dis
tinct curbing of loans for specula
tive purposes, but banks will have
ample money for legitimate loans.
Texas Citrus Growers Ask
Million Dollars in Loan
• _ A
Application Outlines Three-Year Program To
Provide For Four Or Five
Packing Plants
(Special 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 Growers 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
PLANS HOP
(Associated Press Photo.)
Bob Wark will attempt a flight
across the Pacific from Tokyo to
Seattle next May in a monoplane.
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.
Train Schedule
Change Is Granted
AUSTIN. Dec. 17—{*)—'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 Palls and Abilene
and of the Mlssouri-Kansas-Texas
to take off two trains between Waco
and Stamford.
Hoover Nominates
New I. C. C. Officials
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17—rA*>—
Joseph B. Eastman of Massachus
etts and Robert M Jones of Ten
nessee were nominated by President
Hoover today to be members of
the Interstate Commerce commis
sion. j
Congress Speeds Work
• — i ■ i
Unusual Activity In House And Senate Comes
After Hoover’s National Message
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17—(9^—'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 has been completed. The stroke of the chief executive's
pen last evening placed upon the:
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
proval.
On the other hand, in the senate
where a democratic-republican in
dependent coalition has caused
much trouble tor 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 authorised. The house is
expected to endorse it.
Only in one Instance has the
White Igouse view failed to receive
whole hearted sympathy in the
propositions so far placed before
congress. This has been in connec
tion with sugestiot for a commis
sion to study the situation in
Haiti. In line with Mr. Hoover’s
special message. Cnalrman Porter
of the house foreign affairs com
mittee approved the proposal:
HEFLIN MOVES
Dem Committee Tries To
Block Efforts
MONTGOMERY, Ala.. Dec. 17—
(£•>—'The State executive committee,
which excluded Senator J. Thomas
Heflin from the 1930 democratic
primary by 'oarring 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
race.
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
offioes was left to county com
mittees. <
•season, assuring establishment of
co-operatively operated plants in
the major shipping centers of Hi
dalgo, Cameron, and Willacy coun
ties.
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
ciation.”
Tangerines Shipped
(Special to The Herald.)
HARLINGEN, Dec. 17.—For the
first time in the history of the Val
ley, solid carlots of tangerines
have been shipped, according to A.
B. Waldron, executive general agent
of the Missouri Pacific lines. Two
cars were shipped this past week.
A total of 270 cars of fruit and
vegetables left the Valley last week
over the Southern Pacific and the
Missouri Pacific lines. Vegetables
took 138 cars, and 132 cars were
loaded with citrus fruit.
The season s totals are 2,125 cars
of fruit, and 878 carlots of vege
tables. Last year, for the same pe
riod of time 631 cars of fruit had
been shipped, and 366 cars of vege
tables. This season’s shipments are
a decided increase over last year.
Nation-Wide Hunt
Fails To Net Burke
ST. JOSEPH, Mich., Dec. 17.-W*)
—A nation-wide man hunt today
, had failed to bring about the cap
ture of Frederick Burke, alias Fred
erick Dane, bank robber and killer
who Saturday night fatally wound
ed patrolman Charles Skelly of St.
Joseph, who sought to arrest him
after a traffic accident.
Burke is alleged to hare had a
part in the holdup November 7 of
the Fanners and Merchants Bank
at Jefferson. Wis., in which $352,
000 in securities was stolen, the St.!
Valentine's day massacre at Chicago
last February in which seven gang
sters were lined up against a garage!
wall and mowed down with machine
gun fire, and numerous other crimes
in middle western cities.
Police in various cities of the,
middle west, on the lookout for
Burke, expect "fireworks’* if he is
recognized.
13 Prisoners Taken
To Leavenworth Pen
H. R. Jefferds. deputy U. S.
marshal, accompanied by four
guards, left Monday evening with
13 prisoners for the Leavenworth
penitentiary. The majority of the
men were convicted of liquor char
ges during the recent term of fed
eral district court.
Two men scheduled to make the
trip did not go. Imposition of their
sentences was suspended until the
next term of court by Federal Judge
J. C. Hutcheson. Jr. They are Mat
iaj Trevino and Felismo Sanchez,
both of Brownsville.
Fighting In East Halts
Consular Officials
TOKYO,” Dec. 17—(£*)—Fighting
of Chinese troops with Russian
cavalry in northwestern Manchuria,
reported today, forced the foreign
consular officials to give up for the
present their attempts to penetrate
the area west of the Khlngan
mountains to learn the condition of
foreigners.
The foreigners have been Isolated
since the Russian invasion of Man
churia began November 20, and It
is not known how they have fared
during clashes of Russian and Chi
nese fences.
Wreck Of Grounded
Ship Is Examined
PORT ANGELES, Wash., Dec. 17
—UP)—'The coast guard cutter Sno
homish left here today to examine
the wreck of the steam schooner
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 as
a total loss, and other members of
the crew, 36 In all. were brought
here list night on the Snohomish
Morrow In Post Of
New Jersey Solon
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17—UP>
Dwlght W.f Morrow, today formally
announced his acceptance of the
appointment as Senator from New
Jersey upon resignation of Baird.
The ambassador to Mexico will
assume the new duties as soon as
his work as s delegate to the Lon
don Arms Conference has been
completed.
FATE OF 66 MEN
UNDETERMINED
IN MINE BLAST
Screams Of Women
Pierce Air At
Mine Shaft
McALESTER, Okla., Dec. 17MfP)
—Fate of sixty-six men, trapped by
an explosion today in the Old Town
coal company's mine at North Mc
Alester, remained in doubt as res
cue crews rushed efforts to reach
the slope where most of the men
were known to have been working.
Fear was expressed that few of
the entombed men would be found
alive because of poison gases believ
ed to have spread through the mine
following the blast.
The body of Frank Parker oi
Krebs, mining engineer, who was
not with the other men, was brought
from the mine shortly after the ex
plosion. His was the only body re
covered at noon.
First word of the disaster was
brought when two miners, Charles
Penfleld and Joe Qriffn, signaled
Fred Benson, hoisting engineer, and
rode from the mine on the trip.
The two, who were 3,000 feet down
the slope, said they were driven out
by smoke from the explosion, which,
they said, occurred 3.500 feet down
the slope, where most of the min
ers were working.
69 Went to Wort
Sixty-nine men were known to
have gone to work in the mine this
morning. Only three of these, the
two who came out alive, and Park
er, had been accounted for at 1
p. m.
Rescue equipment was rushed by
trucks to the scene from the bureau
of mines station here and rescue
workers recruited hurriedly from
throughout the coal mining section.
Wreckage in the mine and the
danger of poisonous gases slowed
the work of rescue crews as they
attempted to reach the barrier
which imprisoned the workmen.
Many hours, it was estimated, would
be required to dig through the
barrier.
Wives Are Frantic
A crowd of several hundreds per
sons, many of them frantic wives
and children of the entombed men,
gathered at the mine entrance.
Screams of the women pierced the
:lr as the rescue work went for
ward.
Cause of the Explosion was not
determined immediately. The min
ers worked with electric lamps.
The mine, formerly known aj the
Little Bolen, is one of the oldest
coal properties in Oklahoma, hav
ing been opened before statehood.
It is what is J iwn as a “slope”
mine, slanting from the entrance
for a distance of 3.500 feet. At that
point, there is a level chamber of
180 feet which graduates Into an
other slope of 2,400 feet.
Officials of the Old Town com
pany refused to discuss the ex
plosion.
Relief work was organized by Red
Cross workers.
Miller D. Hay. state mine in
spector, started from Oklahoma
City here by automobile.
Ha If •Minute
Interviews >
SPITZ CLARK, vice president
Valley Amateur Basketball league:
"The newly formed basketball loop
should fill an athletic need of the
Valley. Heretofore, the athletes not
participating in school contests
have had little opportunity to work
out. Thl# league will give the for
mer high school and university
players a chance to limber up and
take part in contests once more.”
W. L- PENDERORAFT. chamber
of commerce officer: "Plans are
going rapidly ahead for the ‘Battle
of Grapefruit.’ Tickets are being
distributed to all of the cities of the
Valley. This is the first project of
its kind that unites this section and
it should mean much in developing
cooperation between the various
towns.”
E. R. JEFFERDfl. customs of
ficer: “Gosh, I’m glad Christmas
doesn't come but once a year.”
"MIKE” MANAHAN. state super
vising inspector in tick eradication
work: "We are now laying preli
minary plans for the tick eradica
tion work which will begin Mar. 1.
Approximately 65 vats will have to
be located at various points over
the county."
A. A. HAROROVE. proprietor of
Hargrove’s stationery and book
store: "I think a deep water port
is one of the biggest projects now
on foot for Brownsville and the
Valley, for what it would mean in
freight rate savings. I have con
tinual Illustrations right in my own
business. Nationally advertised
goods which must sell at fixed
prices, can be shipped Into Galves
ton and Houston by water, while
I have to pay high rates by rail
from the East. With a difference
of perhaps three dollars per hun
dred weight, where do I come out?
That’s Just a practical example.”
A. V. SMITH, of the U. 8. depart
ment of agriculture: “I’d like to
see Fifteenth street paved, and the
cross streets between Fifteenth and
Thirteenth. That would take most
of the heavy travel in that section
out of the mud, and incidentally,
keep off a lot of the mud which
slops up the downtown streets.”
Insurance a Timely Godsend
Rio Grande Valley Torsi Co.—Ad v.

MEXICAN CONSULATE AT
LAREDO CLOSED TODAY
• .--- - ■ —.-.-.
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. Lopez Montero. Mexican
consul to Brownsville.
“Laredo Is one of the oldest and
most important ports of entry on
the border,” Montero said today.
“Pees collected there sometimes
amount to $14,000 daily, 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 middlewest. This
trade would automatically switch
to Eagle Pass and Brownsville If
the Laredo office remains closed,
the consul believes.
I
‘*1 cannot believe that the Laredo
consulate will be closed for long,”
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 closed. 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 Is Mexican
consul at Laredo.
Fliers Span Atlantic
Spanish Airmen Forced Down In Brazil After
3600-Mile Voyage Over Ocean
RIO JANEIRO. Brazil. Dec. 17.—(AV-The Trans-Atlantic fliers. Ma
jor Tadeo Larre-Borgeo and Lieutenant Leon Chaile, 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 Orande
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 advices from Maracuja that both
fliers were receiving medical carej
The governor of the state of Eio
Orande 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 6,000
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 South
Amerran continent nearest to Af
rica. It was along this part of the
Brazilian coast that Captain Fran
cesco Igleslas and his companion,
Captain Ignacio Jimenez, landed in
ctober of this year on a similar
flight from Seville to South Ameri
ca.
FRENCH FLY 5,062 MILES
MARSEILLES. France, Dec. 17—
(iF>—Captain Dieudonne Coste and
his companion Paul Codos 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
miles.
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 out after
today's flight were unofficial.
BRITISH SEEK RECORD
CRAMWELL AIRDROME, Lin
colnshire, Eng., Dec. 17—(JP)— A
Royal Air Force monoplane piloted
by squadron leader A. O. Jones
Willlams 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 recoid to South Africa.
Weather conditions were favor
able. The plane was expected to
reach South Africa before nightfall
Thursday.
Hundred Million As
Bonuses Expected
NEW YORK. Dec. 17.—(tfV-The
New York World says today that
more than $100,000,000 will be dis
tributed as Christmas bonuses in
the financial district, mostly to
clerks and bookkeepers In broker
age offices and banking institu
tions.
A survey Indicates the payments
will be as large or larger than 1938,
the largest on record. Despite the
crash In stock values many firms
will make new records for net prof
its In 1939.
J. P. Morgan A Company, which
never fails its bonus plans but Is
reputed to have paid a year's sal
ary as bonuses for several years,
was reported as likely to follow the
same policy this year.
Tide Turns Against
Chinese Mutineers
SHANGHAI. Dec. 17—<*V-The
battle-worn nationalist government
appeared to be on the offensive
in China again today after follow
ing up its triple victory over three
rebelious factions whch 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
crumbling. »
JAPAN GIVES
NAVYDEMANDS
Officials Insist Upon 70 Per
Cent Of Fleet In U. S.
Parley
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17—<AV-In
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 categoric^ 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 Reijiro 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.
Helene Costello Will
Wed Lowell Sherman
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17——
Helene Costello, daughter of Mau
rice Costello and sister of Mrs.
John Barrymore, and Lowell Sher
man, motion picture actor, will be
married during the latter part of
March and will spend a honeymoon
abroad. Announcement of the en
gagement and the tentative wed
ding date was made yesterday by
Miss Costello, screen player.
FALL EXPECTED
Temperature In F if tie* I*
Predicted
More than a week of summer
weather will be broken Tuesday
night with a drop into the fifties,
W. J. Schnurbuach. chief of the U.
& Weather bureau In Brownsville
predicted Tuesday morning. A long
warm spell of nearly two weeks has
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 -e veiled
for several days will continue Wed
nesday. Schnurbusch forecasts
Heavy reins in the upper end of
the Valley during the past few days
are sending a slight rise In the
river on down. J u Grande City
reported a crest of 10 feet at noon
Monday, with a chan, of .1 foot
since that time. The river hat’ risen
5.8 feet at Mission when the Tues
day bulletin was mad• up aft 8 a. a.
TOURIST CARD
AUTHORITY IS
CANCELLED
Imports And Tourist
Traffic Seriously
Affected
LAREDO, Dee. 17— — Gov
ernor Du Moody, in a Ion*
distance telephone conversation
today with the president of the
Laredo Chamber of Commerce
promised to a* the State De
partment to take op with the
Mexican government the closing
of the MexJcu consulate z*
Laredo today.
LAREDO, Dec. 11—UP)—The Mex
ican consulate here was closed to
day upon orders from Mexico City,
issued shortly after General Plu
tarco Elias Calles, former president
of Mexico, had arrived ua Nuevo
Laredo, Mexico, across the Rio
Grande front 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.
Runnng nearly 12 hours ahead of
schedule, the special train 'reading
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 citizen* 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 reeeived
from the Mexican commissioner of
immigration by Charles Mumm.
secretary of the chamber.
Vale Blamed
The Mexican official in the tele
gram blamed the attitude of Bto
trist Attorney John A. Valla towards
Calles for the move. The chamber
was given permlslon by the Mexi
can government to issue the per
mits in June, 1928
Another retaliatory movement
against Laredo was seen In action
of federal and municipal officials of
Nuevo Laredo deciding that that
city would take no part 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
Vails after the prosecutor bad made
an extensive investigation Into the
■laying of General Lucio Blanco and
Colonel Auerlio Martlnei, whoae
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THE WEATHER
For Brownsville and the Vallear:
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
tonight.
For East Texas: Cloudy tonight;
rain In south and extreme east por
tions; much colder; cold wave in
north portion with temperature 20
to 35 degrees; Wednesday partly
cloudy and colder except rain in
lower Rio Grande Valley.
RIVER FORECAST
There will be a moderate rise in
the river at San Benito and Browns
ville tdday and tonight to nearly
half bankXull. At and above Rio
Grande City the river is falling and
will continue to fall slowly during
the next few days.
Flood Present 24-Hr. 24-Br.
Stags Stags Chng. Halo
Eagle Pass 16 ¥3 *0.1 .00
Laredo 27 1.7 -0.6 .05
Rio Grande 21 8.2 *0.1 0.0
Mission 22 10.3 *5.8 .00
8an Benito 23
Brownsville 18 4.1 *0.1 .00
TIDE TABLE
High and low tide at Point Isabel
tomorrow, under normal meteorolo
gical conditions:
High.6:19 p. m.
Low ..9:44 a. ra
MISCELLANEOUS DATA
Sunset today.8 :42
Sunrise tomorrow .1:11
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