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THE VALLEY FIRST—FIRST IN THE VALLEY—LEASED WIRE SERVICE OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS—tJP) ' |l
THIRTY-NINT HYEAR_NO. 96 BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7,1^30 EIGHT PAGES TODAY 6o A COPY
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IN OUR
■ VALLEY
Bt C. M. HALL
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11JELL folks, the deed of sale of
wl the Adams tract has been filed
and the Valley seem* iu ior
further land development.
W. T. Adams Sr. has sold the
land tp the National Farm and
(Home Savings Association of Nev
ada, Missouri. The sale of this land
means much to Harlingen. La Feria
and Sant* Rosa directly, but it*
settlement and cultivation alsc
means increased business activity
to the entire Valley.
It is the opinion of the engineer
of this column that the Magic Val
ley now has plenty of cities and
towns. What now remains is to sup
port and build them greater.
11TITH boasting in the air where
■w boasttng usually comes from, it.
” might be said that the sale of
the Adams tract not only was print
ed September 25. but several times
before by several publications. Also
it was once printed that it was
sold to Earl Bacon. But the deal
failed to materialise.
The big news of the transaction
today is that the trade has been
closed and the deed filed for rec
ord.
WONDER why the wherefore of
all these amateur panaceas
for Mexico. Have seen printed a
few things like miscarriage of Jus
tice because men to be executed
had not been found guilty by a
Jury’, when in such cases there is no
jury trial. Such things make one
wonder why the outburst.
Mexico as never before in its his
tory is making strenuous efforts to
develop in education and from an
industrial standpoint. Mexico is
cur neighbor with whom we will
have opportunity to do much more
i trading and are already doing
much. Goodwill should be the
slogan. And whether one statement
or another is true. Mexico will res
pond to harsh criticism from for
eigners just about as much as the
.Unted States would, except in un
friendliness.
D’JEVER notice that when a Tex
an sets sail into the East, his
coming so often is looked upon
, as that of a per
son with a ten
gallon hat, woolen
shirt open at the
throat with a red
bandana handker
chief, high boots
and spurs long
enough to keep
him from rolling
out of bed?
With this In
mind. Texans go
ling East some
times dress for
II&C 03 uw w wnr a viio
appointment. But when a Texan
goes East dressed tn accepted stage
style, he generally leaves behind
background such as you see in the
accompanying picture.
UP and down the Valley many
children under the ag* of fif
teen are seen driving automo
biles. This is unlawful and offers
attermaths of an accident almost
as unpleasant as the accident it
self. Permits for children to drive
are procurable after parents show
they have ability and Judgment
enough to do so. But the trouble is
that officers usually find it hard to
turn down applications from close
friends. The proposed state driver's
license law would greatly help to
simplify this situation.
And while we are on travel and
foreign countries, we might as
well call the class in Valleyol
ogy to order. How about a little
emphasis on traveling today?
HOW TO TRAVEL
Tourists traveling from Mex
ico City to points in the East
by rail'can save half a day by
coming by Brownsville Instead
of Laredo They will be in Hous
ton the same time as they
would bf in San Antonio going
by Laredo.
A half a day saved means that
much time for other things, and
many things have been done in
that length of time. And besides,
doesn t one get to sec the Valley?
AND furthermore on travel, ex
perts tell us that if all the
power in one gallon of gasoline
I a a ere used, we poor people, who still
rive sand yachts instead of air
planes, would get 450 miles per
ration. When this Is added to the
met that a locomotive gets about
15 per cent efficiency out of steam.
Dr did when we wer. in school, we
can see something of the waste that
la still going on in the world.
liriTH reference to errors pro and
*Y con. the editors have a great
time of it Sometimes how they
fe&lly occur is marvelous to the
Kiltor. but the public thinks the
icribe knows no better. Editors hate
irrors. but they will occur.
Reminds us of the time a man
ippeared in an Arkansas newspaper
ifflce noted for its care in watch
ng details, and pointed out a
%tory" that he was dead.
“You see I am not dead." he said
“That seems to be the case *, said
Ihe editor, “but the big question is
rhat to do about it.'
After long debate, the editor fin
lily agreed to carry the name of
ihe “dead'’ man in the births the
text day.
INTMATED Annie says that "In
4 business, when a man falls to
'* come through, he is."
if ’ Flier* Take Off
KANSAS CITY. Oct. 7.——
lias Laura Ingalls. St. Louis avia
rtx attempting a transcontinental
light record for women, took off
If* t 8:43 a m. <C. S. T.) today for
nchita, Kansas
lit.
WIRE TAPPING
COMPLAINT IS
HURLED AGAIN

Senate Probe Leader
Says Red Herring
Is Dragged
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7. —(*>
Again charged with wire-tapping,
this time in connection with its
Nebraska inquiry, the senate cam
paign funds committee planned to
day a program for further investi
gations.
Demands are before it for a study
of expenditures in six states and
Chariman Nye expected to confer
with Senator Patierson, Republi
can, Missouri, and Senator Wagner,
Democrat, New York, to determine
how these requests are to be met.
Iu response to the latest accusa
tions against the committee, made
bv Charles E. Matson of Lincoln.
Nebraska, in a letter to vice-pres
ident Curtis, Nye entered a denial
and complained of a “persistance
in dragging a red herring across
the trail to conceal the worthwhile
things resulting from the commit
tees investigation.
The chairman said he would re
turn to Nebraska before election
and would then subpoena Matson.
The trip to Nebraska is planned to
determine the source of money spent
in behalf of George W. Norris, the
broken bow grocer who failed, but
was not permitted to run for the
Republican nomination against
Senator George W. Norris.
The chairman said he intended
to hear W E. Murray, a represen
tative of the Republican National
Committee, to ascertain what he
was doing in Nebraska before the
senatorial primary. Nye has ex
pressed a suspicion that some Re
publican leaders may have been res
ponsible for the candidacy of the
second George Norris to defeat
Senator Norris, because of his
party irregularity.
Besides the Nebraska hearing,
the committee is faced with Investi
gations of the senatorial expendi
tures in North Carolina, Tennessee,
Massachusetts. Colorado and West
Virginia. An inquiry requested Into
campaign expenditures of Senator
f hall. Republican. Minnessota.
Nye said, may be disposed of here
without a trip west. The other
states probably will be assigned to
sub-committees.
Edinburg Murder
Trial Is Opened
•Special to The Herald.)
EDINBURG. Oct. 7.—Selection of
a jury to try Gregorio Guzman of
Grenada Ranch, near here, charged
vith th murder of his uncle. Aurelio
Enrijuez. at the Hidalgo bridge the
night of November 3, 1929. got un
der way here this morning in 79th
district court.
According to files in the office of
Assistant District Rogers Kelley
Guzman is charged with having slain
his uncle In a drunken brawl at the
bridge after the uncle had refused
o go home with the younger man.
Guzman, in n alleged signed con
fession given Mr. Kelley, declared
that he and his uncle were both
drunk and that he slew his uncle
with -* auto pump in their car. He
said. In the statement, that his
uncle began to strike him and that
he 'Guzman) ran across the road to
a store near the bridge and picked
up two broom sticks with which to
defend himself. He struck his
uncle with the sticks, the statement
continues, and knocked the man to
the fround. His unc!.\ Guzman said
in the confession, grasped one of the
b’ j. - sticks and tried to ward "ft
the younger man’s attack. Guzman
said he then picked up the tire
pump and began to beat his uncle
over • head with 1t.
Amarillo Sells Big
Bond Issue at Par
AMARILLO. Tex., Oct 7.—
Par and premium of $8,200. with a
10-year optional clause, was paid
Potter county Monday for $420,000
bonds voted August 30, proceeds to
be used in constructing a new court
house The bonds bear 5 per cent •
interest.
Trial Still On i
The trial of Constable Porter <
Eubanks and Deputy Constable 1
Julian Villareal, both of Harlingen,
on charges of extortion had not
gone to the jury here at noon
Tuesday. The trial was begun Mon
day afternoon.
The Harlingen officers are alleged
to have demanded payment from :
proprietor of a dance at Combes
for a •‘license’*, which the indict- i
ment. alleges w^s not legal. *
LIGHTNING HITS BROWNSVILLE CHURCH
Here is the First Presbyterian church
struck by lightning last night. The bolt tore
into the upper part of the spire, and early
today the extent of the damage had not
been estimated. Lights were put out and
one soldier killed in the rain storm that
struck the city last night.
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Soldier Killed in Storm:
Lightning Strikes Church
Sentry Walks Into Live Wire to Meet Death
While Bolt Tears Into Spire Of
First Presbyterian Church
A heavy rain and electrical storm Monday night resulted in the deat,h
of a soldier stationed in Fort Brown, a corner of the Presbyterian church
on Elizabeth and Palm Boulevard being struck by lightning, and the
heaviest rain since May of 1929.
Robert Anthony Melchione. 28, was instantly killed about 10 o'clock
Monday night when he walked into an electric light wire that had been
blown to the ground during the storm. The man was on guard duty,
and had been sent to investigate a suspicious sound one of the guards
FACTORY SEEN
FOR CAMERON
Announcement was made bv the
local chamber of commerce Tues
day morning that a new Industry
Lhe canning of Irish potatoes,
would In all probability locate in
Brownsville.
The building and equipment will
:ost approximately $10,000. but the
total investment, it was estimated
todav. would probably be around
150,000.
The project is being sponsored by
the Industrial department of the
Central Power and Light Company.l
and a special representative was
in this section Monday investigat
ing possible sites, G. C. Richardson,
secretary of the local chamber,
said that it was highly probablr
that Brownsville would be chosen
as a location.
The canning process is entirely
lew, and was perfected after thr?e
rears of . experimentation. Two
plants are in operation in Florida
it present, and it is said that the
demand for canned Irish potatoes
ran not be supplied. This is the
reason given for the installation of
a plant In the Valley, where suf
ficient potatoes are raised for the
purpose. Only No. 3‘s are to be
ised. small potatoes. This will aid
potatoe growers Immensely, as in
the past these small potatoes have
had no market and have beer
distinct losses.
The companv will be known as
ihe Southern Potato Products com
panv, it was announced
The local plant will distribute its
products over the entire United
States.
Calles Dedicates
Don Martin Project
LAREDO. Tex.. Oct. 7—</&— In
;he presence of prominent Mexican
officials and a large group of oth
ers. General Plutarco Elias Calles
former president of Mexico, actlny
is the personal representative of
President Rubio, yesterday dedicated
:he $15,000,000 Don Martin irriga
:ion project near Camaron. 70
■nlles southwest of Laredo in Mex
,co.
The project was built to irrigate
55.000 acres of land and will be
jpened to use November 1.
--—
Mate Seeker Gets Another Bid
A swain from Pharr meant busi
ness when he applied for the hand
of the fair 28-year old blonde in
Brownsville who is seeking a hus
band.
A letter received by the U. S
Employment Bureau, which is a
semi-matrimonial bureau at pres
ent. from the man in Pharr was
explicit. It said that the writer did
not want his letter to be printed
In the newspapers, but handed di
rectly to the fair blonde, as he
meant business. And he asked for
an immediate answer.
Cuban Monsees. superintendent
of the local employment bureau,
has complied with the man's re
quests.
To date, the Brownsville woman,
i who is working ar.d supporting
herself, has received four appli
cants. two from Brownsville, one
from Weslaco, and one from Pharr
The identity of the woman has
been kept secret by the local bu
reau at her request.
The blonde has been in the
matrimonial 11- 'light for about a
week, and says she is well satisfied
with the number of applicants for
her hand. Three of the men have
been around 30 years old. but the
age of the man from Pharr was
not known.
So far. she has not intimated
which of ih-s four she will accept
“for better or worse.” However, i*
was thought that she would decide
In the near future. 1
■naa neara. me ciettrit ugnw
I earning 110 volts, had fallen into
a pool of water. Melehione, in
company with Corp. Mitchell, was
walking around trying to locate a
sound a third guard had heard,
when the accident occurred. A si
lent death was instantaneous.
It was later found that the sound
w ich attracted Melehione to his
deat was caused when a mounted
guard several hundred yards away
came in contact with a light wire,
the horse receiving a shock and
bolting.
According to Major Grow Mon
day morning, Robert Anthony Mel
chione was serving his second en
listment. and was in Troop A. He
was a native of Philadelphia, and
had arrived in Fort Brown first in
1926. Relatives have been notified,
but no definite arrangements for
his funeral have been made as yet
Church Is HU
The lightning whicch struck the
tower of the Presbyterian church
about 8 o’clock, during the height
of the storm, was one of the few
recorded instances of lightning
ever striking in the Valley. The
bolt was terrific, and lights all over
the city flickered and in some sec
tions went out altogether, staying
off for several hours before repairs
were made. The lightning hit the
northwest comer of the tower, tear
ing off a large portion of the ledge,
the brick and mortar flying in ev
ery direction. Fortunately no cars
were passing at the time along
Elizabeth street, and no one was
inured.
Fearing that a part of the tower
overhanging that which was struck
might fall Into the street, police
immediately roped off a large por
tion of the street and placed red
lanterns to divert traffic. Work
men were busy Tuesday morning on
repairs, and school children were
warned away. The church is di
rectly across the street from the
junior college building and near
the high school and junior high.
Records show that it has been
many years since lightning last
struck in the Valley.
Heavy Rainfall
The rain, which lasted from 6:30
to well after one o’clock, was the
heaviest since May of 1929. the to
tal precipitation being 3.35 inches
in Brownsville and 4.12 inches at
the airport east of the city. Both
figures are official.
Heaviest rainfall was between
6:30 and 7, and 8 and 8:45, accord
ing to Weather Chief W. J. Schnur
busch. Rain fell in sheets, and
storm sewers failed to carry it off
last enough, water at times being
over the curbs and the sidewalks.
Street lights in some sections went
off. and it was impossible to see 25
yards ahead. Cars experienced dif
ficulty In running, forcing water
over the running boards and up into
the engine. Several were drowned
out along the main streets.
No serious accidents, however,
were reported.
Up the Valley, rain was localized,
some sections reporting heavy down
falls, others practically none. At
San Benito, the official report
showed 1.51 inchces, wnile Mission
showed but .08 An unofficial re
port from La Feria said that dur
ing the afternoon a minor cloud
burst occured.
River Rising
A considerable rise in the river
was predicted Tuesday by Mr.
Schnurbusch. Heavy rains over the
Rio Grande watershed have re
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TORNADO’S TOLL
PLACED AT 26
Texas Village of Latero
All But Swept Away
By Twitter
_
HOUSTON, Oct. 7.—VP*—A South
east Texas farming hamlet, Latexo,
was ail but swept away by a. tor
nado reported to have injured 26
persons late yesterday, while Hous
ton and much of the remainder of
the area were assaulted less severe
ly by wind and rain.
None of the Latexo victims, ac
cording to available reports, was in
a dangerous condition. The storm
there came out of the southwest,
missed the town of Crockett, near
by. and dragged a lethal tail some
300 yards wide for more than six
miles. It skirted the school house
by a quarter of a mile and disap
peared with a roar in the woods.
In Houston, a much less destruct
ive windstorm shrieked over 200
blocks in the thickly populated
south end. wTecked servant houses
and outbuildings, tore up power
and phone lines and damaged roofs.
A cloudburst ahead of it had flood
ed many of the streets, filled base
ments. halted street car. intra-city
bus and automobile traffic. Fire
apparatus, answering several minor
alarms were stalled. No one was re
ported injured.
From many surrounding towns
came stories of deluges, flooded
highways, and the like. West Col
umbia, some 55 miles away, advised
in addition a windstorm that dam
] aged a number of outbuildings, but
hurt no one.
The isolation of Latexo, in the
“piney woods" made it difficult
for relief parties from Crockett to
get there. The roads, too. were
blocked with fallen trees and to
make things even harder, a rain
storm had filled the creeks and
gullies and the roads.
However. F** C. W. Butler, med
ical supervisor of the Texas State
Prison system and operator of a
clinic in Crockett, said after a check
i. was “practically definitely de
termined” that nobody was killed.
He knew, he estimated, of some fif
teen who had been hurt slightly,
but only three—C. B. Spence, C.
B. Sper.ce, Jr., and Will Norris
remained in the Houston County
Sanitarium. The doctor, whose clin
ic furnished emergency treatment,
was unable to recall the names of
all his patients, due to the rapidity
of the work
The list of the reported Injured
follows:
C. B Spence and C B Snence. Jr.
Will Norris, Walter Patton family,
numbering five; Charlie Sims, Mrs.
Sims, and their three children;
three unidentified children, Mrs
Bob Westbrook and three of her
children; Walter Taylor. Jessie
Rainey and four unidentified ne
groes.
OPELUSAS. La. Oct. 7.—(JP'—A
small tornado today swooped down
in the vicinity of the Opelusas
Compress Company on the outskirts
of the city and collapsed the shed
on hundreds of bales of cotton. No
one was reported hurt in first re
ports.
Heavy rain accompanied the blow
but It was not felt in the city
proper, a quarter of a mile away.
debris blocked the Southern
Pacific railway tracks.
Sailors in Irons
On Mutiny Charge
LONDON, Oct. 7— VPv—Dispatch
es from the Riviera today said that
40 sailors from the British battle
ship Revenge, lying off Golfe Juan
harbor, near Nice, had been arrest
ed after trouble with their officers.
One version was published in a
Nice dispatch to the Paris Edition
of Chicago Tribune, which said
that 100 men aboard the cruiser
had revolted against excessive pun
ishments and had left the ship Sat
urday. Forty who returned were
placed In irons. Police rounded up
others and returned them aboard
the ship, but 25 were said to be
stil! at large.
j "
Mr. Agent. Dr. of Insurance
i Bio Grande Valley Trust Cow—Ad?.
FOX HEARING
IS DELAYED
BY DEMURRER
Judge Leslie Holds
New Plea Under
Advisement
After hearing law points argued
all day, Special Judge J. E. Leslie
in the esse of Cameron county vs.
J. J. Fox. county tax collector,
struck out the defense's plea In
abatement and took under consid
eration a general demurrer.
He is not expected ‘o rule on
the general demurrer until after
the conclusion of the old OJo de
Agua land suit now pending. This
means that It will probably be the
last part of the month before the
suit against Fox will get back into
court.
The county through its attorneys
Special Counsel Harry Faulk and
County Attorney M. R. Hall. Is at
tempting to obtain fees of office
from Fox which it claims is due
it. The suit is said to be similar
to numerous other conflicts over
the old fee bill now in progress
over the state.
Fox is represented by 8eabury.
George and Taylor, while his
sureties are represented by West
and Hightower.
The plea in abatement challenged
the authority of Special Counsel
Faulk, among other things.
Fast Car Ready For
Highway Officer
A large, sleek - look!n„ black
roadster, capable of making 110
miles per hour, with Traffic Of
ficer E. E. Sadler at the controls,
will patrol Cameron county high
ways after Tuer4ay.
The new car. a Buick straight
eight. was expected to be delivered
to Officer Sadler Tuesday noon by
the Knapp Motor Company.
The previous speed-wagon was a
La Salle, and after showing better
than 150.000 miles on the speed
ometer. speeders began leaving it
hi the dust. Cameron county of
ficials decided to do somethin'
about It. and purchased two Eulck
straight-eights, model 8-94. capable
of making better than a hundred
miles an hour. The second ctr !r
to be delivered to Officer Anglin
In the north end of the county
Saturday. It is a similar to the
car Officer Sadler is to receive to
day.
.
Chinese Government
Takes Rebels’ Base
NANKING. China. Oct. 7.—Un
official announcement was made to
day that government forces last
night captured Chengchow, head
quarters of Feng Yu-Hsiang, lead
er of the northern coalition which
has been in military revolt against
the Nanking government.
Storm Anniversary
Tuesday, Oct. 7. is the 67th an
anniversary of the total destruction
of Bagdad, on the Rio Grande, it
was revealed today.
The thriving little city of Bag
dad. at the time much larger than
Brownsville or any other town in
this section, was totally destroyed
by a terrific gulf storm in 1863.
Dancy Answers
Grand Jury Rap
County Judge Blames Politics for Failure
To Gain Indictments in Clearing
County’s Money Affairs
Answering the slap the past grand Jury took at the Cameron county
commissioners* court. County Judge Dancy stated today that inaction of
past grand juries had blocked criminal prosecution in cases against
county officers.
In its official report, the past grand Jury scored the commissioners’
court, holding that it had not taken proper steps toward prosecution
of county officer?.
In answer. County Judge Dancy stated that ten civil suits had been
DEFENDS BODY
JUDGE OSCAR DANCY
ALABAMA JURY
FREES TEXAN
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala.. Oct. 7—
VP—A Marshall county Jury today
returned a verdict of not guilty In
the case of James F. Neely, 70
charged with murder for the al
leged slaying of Hiram Cooley 47
years ago.
Neeley was placed on trial yes
terday. testimony and arguments
being completed in half a day, and
the jury taking the case early last
night but retiring before starting
deliberations.
Speaking in a low voice, Neely
told a simple and dramatic story
of his fight with Cooley, pleading
that he fought in self-defense after
Cooley himself had made 'he ren
dezvous to “settle the trouble be
tween them.”
Neely said the fight started * x
Cooley attempted to hit h!m with
a hoe handle and that they fough*
with hands and fists for severs’
minutes before Cooley attacked
hi: with a knife, stabbing him 1
thv, right hand and right hip.
Chicago Mayor s Wife Robbed
Thug* Stick-Up Mr*. William Hale Thompson
While Body Guard Looks On
CHICAGO, Oct. 7.—(IP)—The crime wave reached brazen heights today
with the robbery of the mayor’s wife, Mrs. William Hale Thompson, in
the very doorway of her Gold Coast home.
She was stripped of jewels valued at approximately $20,000, and was
so shaken by the experience as to become hysterical. Her policeman
chauffeur was robbed of his star and his revolver, and narrowly es
caped a bullet death. The three thugs escaped.
Mrs. Thompson had attended the theatre with her sister, Mrs. William
WAR CLOUDS
Brazil Struggles to Gain
Upper Hand in Revolt
RIO DE JANEIRO. Brazil. Oct
7.—— The government, faced
with a growing revolutionary move
ment in both south and the north,
announced today it would call out
today the first and second classes
of army reserves.
All foodstuffs have been requisi
tioned by the federal government in
the capital city. Authorities alleg
ed that retail merchants were
charging excessive prices for their
wares owing to communications
with the state of Minas Geraes
being interrupted.
Although official news is scanty,
it was known that the government
is working feverishly to obtain the
upper hand in the situation, fed
eral forces are marshalling slowly
toward Minas Geraes. but their
progress is delayed because of the
many bridges and,track which has
been destroyed along the Century
railway.
The war ministry announced that
General Lavane Wanderiey, com
mander of the seventh military
region, had died of wound' receiv
ed while fighting the revolution
ists in the state of Pernambuco.
Revolutionary armies moved to
day toward the two greatest cities
of Brazil, gathering ' * as they
traveled for what their leaders be
lieved would be decisive battles.
curKna.ai. tier cnauneur, reter
J. O'Malley, had picked them up
and driven them north along the
Lake Shore drive which at that
hour—shortly before last midnight
—teemed with the traffic of limou
sines and cabs, home bound from
an evening in amusement places.
Mrs. Burkhardt had been dropped
at her heme. O'Malley continued
north on Sheridan road, turning
west into Barry avenue and draw
ing up at the Barn’ avenue en
trance of the apartment hotel In
which the mayor and Mrs. Thomp
son make their home.
He stepped out and walked
a und the rear of the limousine tc
open the door for Mrs. Thompson
A man stepped from the darkness
nd stunned him with a blow on
the head. This robber stood guard
over O'Malley as two others order
ed Mrs. Thompson out of the car
Jewels natched
At pistol points they forced hex
to walk into the entrance of the
building. Roughly they snatched
her Jewels. Including a diamond
i bracelet and a diamond pin.
Several minutes were required
Mean hlle the robber who held a
un on O'Malley observed the of
ficer’s police holster.
at are you doing with that?’
the robber demanded.
“•fust- carrying it.” replied the po
liceman.
His coat fell open, revealing hi
polic star.
"You're a copper” snarled th<
rofc’er.
T said O Malley. “I'm Just i
(Continued on page 81
med and that tne matter nad been
brought to *he attention of prac
tically every grand Jury for th*
past ten years.
1 opposition, by crying poli
tics, has always been able up until
the last grand Jury, to retard In
dictments. the county Judge stated
In speaking of the civil suits filed,
Judge Dancy said the law delay was
“very unsatisfactory."
‘ We filet a suit In December,
1922. got trial In the district court
in January. 1923, and collected the
money in 1928 after almost six
years," he stated.
Nothing Personal
-I want It understood that I am
not anxious for Indictments, also
.hat there is no human being for
whom I have 'it i for' that I want
to see go to the penitentiary. But
I do want a clean courthouse, and
it takes indictments and stripes
to bring it about, then I am for
such lndictmnets and stripes," the
county judge stated.
Judge Dancy’s statement follows:
-It is indeed regrettable th 4
the first grand jury that has taken
the real initiative towards enforc
ing the law within the four walls
of the courthouse should go out
of Its way to make a most un
justified and unwarranted attack
upon the commissioners' court, of
which I am a member, being the
chairman thereof, and therefore
the one most responsible, in case
of any dereliction of duty, on the
part of said court.
“I make the positive statement
that the commissioners* court has
done everything that could be
asked of reasonable officials in
enforcing this law requiring re
ports to be made as well as col
lecting moneys due the county. We
have taken off of the pay roll of
ficers who failed to make these
reports: have filed numbers and
numbers of civil suits: in fact ten
in all and have through either
the county Judge, the county at
torney or fhe county auditor, had
the matter brought to the attention
of practically every grand Jury for
the past ten years.
“This fact of falling to make
reports Is so old that it has whis
kers.
Defends Commissioner*
-While I was county attorney I
began my efforts to get these re
ports to be made, and >eared
before numbers of grand Juries „p
until 1925 when, by reason of vot
ing such large bond issues for flood
control and road improverent be
ing no super-man, I felt, that it
was my duty to give greater at
tention to the bond issues which
were to be paid off by a future
generation than to matters of more
small moment affecting our people
right now. But since that time the
matter has been taken up by either
the county attorney or th county
auditor before practically every
grand Jury.
“There Is only one thi-- that the
commissioners* court could have
done that it has not done—and
they really are under no more
moral obligations to do that than
any other tax payer—and that Is
to go before the district attorney
or his assistant. (The matter be
ing official misconduct coming
more clearly within the district at
torney’s Jurisdiction than the
county attorney's! and make com
plaints and have examining trials
and get these officers nund over
to grand Juries. At all events It
had to go before the grand hirles,
; either with or without -omnlaints
Mistake to File
"N’pw, suppose some of us had
made criminal complaint. As it
takes nine out of the twelve to
Indict, it would have be i easy to
secure four sinkers and prevent
(Continued on page 7.)
j WEATHER {
For Brownsville and the Valiev:
Partly cloudy or fair tonight and
Wednesday; not much change In
temperature.
For east Texas: Fair tonight
and Wednesday; not much change
tn temperature.
Light to fresh northerly winds
on the coast.
RIVER FORECAST
There will be a moderate or pos
sibly a considerable rise In the river
from Rio Grande City down during
the nex* one to three days.
Ftooo Present «-tir 14-Hr
Stage 6tate Chart* Ram
Eagle Pass ..16 14 8 *5 3 43
Laredo . 27 3 7 *2 2 48
Rio Grande .21 26 -01 .00
Mission .... 22 3 4 -0.7 48
San Benito 23 9.1 *0.5 141
Briwnsvllle . 18 31 +0.6 335
TIDE TABLE
I High and l+w tide at **0011 Isatel
tomorrow under normal meteorolo
gical conditions:
1 High . 314 a. m.; 4 33 p. m.
Low . 9 40 a. m; 10:07 p. m.
MISCELLANEOfS DATA
Sunset today .8:10
i Sunrise tomorrow ..8:26
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