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1 IN OUR
VALLEY I
L«*b bi c n hall !
WITH another vegetable crop to
be sold this winter, which will
. - in turn roll into the beginning
4 of another business year, growers
ind business men of the Valley are
keenly watching the trend of things
in order to guide themselves dur
ing the next cycle.
So much has been said of the
business slump, what it is. when the
upward trend will start, how far
the pendulum will swing back and
how prices will follow business, that
seme of it seems contradictory, and
some blatant attempts to boost by
picturing a flowery condition just
around the corner. Past experience
of both grower and business men
new causes many to wonder what
to buy and how much
From all the advice comes the
concensus of opinion from those
supposedly in a position to be able
to know how to predict that the
upward trend in business will be
started next summer.
Business has ever moved in a
cycle, and prices have ever followed
the business movement.
• • •
rESE business cycles can be trac
ed through various periods.
There are periods of depressions
and periods of elevation. The sur
prising thing in it all is how much
alike each cycle is to that which
went oetore.
A chart produced by the ’ Busi
ness Bulletin” of the Cleveland
Trust company over a period of fifty
jears presents an almost exact dup
licate of business from 1879 to 1904
when that of from 1905 to 1930 is
compared to it. That is so far as
oscillations are concerned It is sur
prising the sameness of the fluc
tuations From this it can be pre
~ dieted that an upward trend of
business, with prices ever following
the swing, can be predicted simply
because the market is now at one
of Its low levels.
HOWEVER, according to this same
chart the downward stroke of
business pen on the chart lacks
about one level of being as low for
1930 as it hit in 1920, and with this
history (repeating itself as a basis*
the question remains whether that
lower level will still be reached be
fore the upward swing starts.
» • •
HERE in the Valley, because of
producing our living from the
soil we have been more at the
fixed end of tha pendulum and have
not felt the bakiess oscillations so
keenly as son1* other sections of
the country. Bub we have known
it was changing. But we are far
from the bread line class.
The result over the country as a
whole will probably be a few more
bank crashes, of business houses
going to the wall. But when these
are announced they should not be
the cause for alarm of a further
unusual downward trend. These
crashes follow the cycles of business
depressions and are but the burst
ing of the boils of loose business
methods and management.
In other words business Is still
sound and it is all just this ages old
economic world re-ad lusting itself
alter a big business drunk.
• • •
rE big valleys and peaks seem
to come regularly every ten
years.
Up at McAllen it is said that some
bankers there have expressed them
selves as feehr.g that business in
the Valley has hit its low level and
is starting back. In Brownsville it
has been said that without some
change the upward trend should
start immediately after the first
year. If this is true it will again
prove that the Valley is always the
quickest to recover from any busi
ness blow.
• • •
ANIMATED Annie says the reason
the business depressions come
every ten years is that people
buy stuff on the installment plan
and It takes them seven years to be
gin to default, and three years more
for it to be felt.
BUT why worry about business in
the Valley. Sheriff Frank Brown
and members of the police de
partment poured out thousands of
dollars worth of booze yesterday.
Somebody is said to have asked the
sheriff for a bottle for rubbing pur
poses. but it seemed to rub him the
wrong way.
• • •
OP in Arkansas they never worry
about business or rum. If the
fishing isn't good in one place
they move further back into the
hills. If you can spean their lan
guage they will offer you a drink
—in a gourd Out of a cedar bucket.
It will be white and as pure looking
as the fresh water from the spring.
But dear friends don't ever gulp it
hurriedly thinking it water.
It will sizzle and fume gomg down
like a crazy cracker on a sidewalk,
and when th® first drop hits bottom
the explosion will knock the unin
[ mated cockeyed
Up in the hills they use it for
social purposes and down in the bot
toms they use it for medicinal pur
poses For medicinal purposes they
mix it with rock candy and quinine.
It is said that after quaffing it the
mosquitoes won't even bite theiH.
I; is a mighty race of men up In
Arkansas or they would never have
survived the first "drap."
• • •
WHICH brings us down to foot
ball. Football unlike business
does not go in cycles It is one
continuous upward trend. All the
games Saturday went about "ac
cording to Hoyle.’’
Worst of all in this game is Notre
Pame. There is absolutely no orig
inality to her. The sports editors
just set a big headline: “Notre Dame
Wins'* and leave it standing for
re-use by the month,
Mexican Border Farmers
To Get Money Loans Free
Governor Pictures Many Business Changes
Including New Taxation System For
Matamoros: Banquet Tonight

Farmers in the Matamoros district, who have suffered the loss of
crops due to rams and floods, will be loaned money without interest b?
the federal and state government. It was revealed by Governor Fran
cisco Castellanos. Jr., during an interview Saturday.
Gov. Castellanos further announced that the roads now under con
struction in Tamaulipas should be completed during the early part of
1931. and would be open to tourist traffic.
The farmers in the Matamoros district, estimated at approximately
---—--— *13,000 men. women and children.
SPILLS HIS RUM
r HER IFF fra:*i brown
Many a powerful ‘drap’* of
liquor, some of it aged for three
years in the Cameron county
court house went down the sink
of the court house basement yes
terday. Sheriff Brown all after
noon superintended the pouring
and smashing of many a bottl\
the possession of which is the
cause of many a man being in the
penitentiary. The bottles were
dumped into the sink, smashed
with a hammer, glass cleared
away, and another load dumped
_
COTULLA JUDGE
KILLS HIMSELF
South Texas Lawyer Fires
Bullet Into Brain In
View of Friend*
COTULLA, Tex., Nov. 15.——
Former Judge Covey C. Thomas.
60. unsuccessful candidate for chief
justice of the supreme court of
Texas last summer and one of the
best known attorneys and ranch
men in Southwest Texas, shot and
killed himself here this afternoon.
Several persons saw Mr. Thomas
park his automobile in the heart of
the business section, walk to the
pnKtoffice a block away, return to
his automobile and fire a bullet
from a 45 caliber revolver into his
head He fell to the sidewalk in
front of a fire station, and was
dead before assistance could reach
him.
Mr. Thomas had held many mi
nor political offices, and four years
aeo was a candidate for judge of
the court of civil appeals, but was
defeated. He likewise was unsuc
cessful in a subsequent race for the
supreme court.
Brother In Hospital
Several years ago an accident
caused amputation of his left leg,
but he continued his legal practice.
About a month ago, he suffered a
nervous breakdown, and since then
he had been despondent over iil
health.
A brother, Woodlief Thomas,
well known ranchman, was in a
hospital at Rosenburg suffering
with a broken hip at the time of
the death. Several other brothers
and sisters, in addition to the wid
ow. survived. Funeral arrange
ments were not announced imme
diately.
Justice of the Peace W A. Kerr,
who happened to be half a block
away, was among the first to ar
rive on the scene of the shooting
and took a revolver from Thorrl’.s'
left hand. He returned a verdict
of death caused by a self-inflicted
wound.
Suffered Losses
Close friends said Thomas had
sustained considerable losses in his
cattle business during the past
vear on account of a drastic decline
in prices.
Thomas was bom in Dewitt coun
ty. but was reared in Lasalle coun
ty. He was a graduate of the Uni
versity of Texas, finishing with t'S*
189fi law class. He served four
•ears is countv attorney and
lfi yc as county judge of La
salle county. Under an appoint
ment of Governor James E. Fergu
son, he served two terms as district
iudge of the 81st district, comoiis
ir>g the counties of Atascosa, Frio.
Karnes. Lasalle and Wilson.
The funeral was set for Bunday
afternoon her®.
are in some instances suffering
from actual want because the re
cent cotton and vegetable crops were
destroyed by heavy rains and floods |
of the Rio Grande. This district,
the governor said, includes a terri
tory which stretches from Rio Rico
to the Gulf, and from San Fernando
to the border.
6(H).000 Pesos Needed
An attempt to relieve this condi
1 tion through loans to the farmers
was the real object of the governor's
visit to Matamoros, he disclosed,
and the recently announced open
| in? of the federal bank will be to
advance the necessary money.
“At, least 600.000 pesos are needed
to adequately relieve the conditions
I find existing here.” ne said, 'and
although the state and federal gov
ernments will not be able te advance
the full sum. it will be a gesture of
confidence on our part that will'
persuade the private interests to
advance additional loans. We in
tend to lend our money without in
terest.”
He said that comprehensive in
vestigation had shown that about
140.000 acres were under cultivation
in the Matamoros district, and that
with money enough to tide the far
mers over the present depression
conditions next year will be greatly
Improved.
Road Work Pushed
When questioned as to business
! conditions in Mexico, the governor
j said that business was bad but that
border towns were in reality better
ofi than those on the interior. He
added that the United States de
pression had doubtless affected
world markets, and influenced Mex
ico slightly.
He then turned to the extensive
road development in northern Mex
ico, in which project he is vitally
interested, and explained that the
road from Matamoros to Victoria Is
progressing rapidly, with 150 kilo
moters already completely graded
and necessary bridges constructed
The remaining 132 kilometers should
be completed during the early part
cf next year, at which time the road
will be opened for traffic.
Victoria to Benefit
‘Tourists desiring to go on to
Monterrey and Tampico will be able
(.Continued on Pa^e Two>
Identity of Arroyo
Body Still Unknown
County officers are further away
from solving th identity of the Uxly
found in the Arroyo Colorado Wed
nesday than ever before, as the re
sult of eliminating possibility that
the body might have been that of
Paul Beck or Will C. Brummitt.
Beck, a prohibition agent, had
been missing *ince last June when
he disappeared at Shreveport. A
check with his relatives on his per
sonal effects revealed that they
were not the same as those found
on the drowned man.
Friends state that they saw Brum
mit in Harlingen Tuesday and that
he left the Valley. The body was
badly decomposed and officers de
clare that it could not have been
Brummitt for he would have had
!time to be in the water only one
day.
The body found in the water cor
responded generally to the descrip
tion of both of these men and there
was a ' B ’ on the beltbuckle.
RUSSIAN REDS
DECOY BLACKS
INTO ANARCHY
Banish Chirst From
Skies Slogan Of
Propaganda
ATLANTA. Nov. 15. —The
statement that communists have
made more progress in enlist
ing the support of the negroes than
he had anticipated, was made today
by Representative Fish of New
York, as the house committee of
which he Is chairman completed
hearings in three southern industrial
centers.
Mr. Fish said he was somewhat
surprised but not aiarmed at the
negro situation. He gave close at
tention to R. C. Miller, Atlanta
negro, who said he was a former
communist organizer operating
.rom Charlotte, N. C.
"Our condition,” said Miller, ,'ts
miserable and the negro will put
teiigion aside and join anything
to better himself.”
He said the communists claimed
the support of 100.000 negroes at
the time he ieft the party because
he did not desue to swear allegiance
to Soviet Russia as against the
united States in event of war. So
cial equality and determination v»->
• banisn Christ from the skies and
capitalism Irom the earth" were
communist slogans, he said.
John Hudson, assistant county
solicitor general gave the commit
tee de.ahs of capital charges pend
ing here against Joe Carr, io.mer
.y of Wheelng W Va. and M. H.
Powers, formerly of Duluth. Minn.
Hudson was requested to furmsn a
copy of an 1808 Georgia statute
under which the two reputed com
munists are being prosecuted for
• attemp ing to incite to msurrec
t.on against the state"
Representathe Bathrr.ann of W
Virginia, and Representative Hall
of Mississippi, were designated as a
sub-cemmittce for a Monday hear
ng at New Or.eans and possibly »
Memphis hearing Tuesday.
Chairman Fish said he would re
urn to Washington to study a pro
posed commi’ ee trip to Mexico.
Federal Inspectors
War On Fruit Fly
The fruit fly situation in the
Valley is well under control, it was
announced Saturday by M H Ford
and G. K. Townsend, federal ins
pectors.
During the fiscal year which
ended Sent. 30. a total 3.534 flies
in various stages of development
had been caught in this district,
mainly in Matamoros and sur
rounding territory. In Brownsville
90 flies were found in traps and
fruit, but these wpre all in one
section and the danger was almost
immediately eliminated by quar
antine. killing of trees in the
Infected area and burning cf fruit
The necessity for continued
quarantine and investigation was
emphazized by federal inspectors
Ford and Townsend, who stated
optimistically that the situation
was well under control and that
infestation which might break out
later could be handled by the
large staff working here.
A. V. Smith. Brownsville, is in
charge of activities here and has
compiled statistics and figures for
the report made public today.
San Antonio Man
Gets 10-Year Term
SAN ANTONIO. Tex . Nov 15.—
Of—J. B Conner, charged by in
dictment with robbery by assault
with firearms, was found euilty by
a jury in 94th District Court late
todav and his punishment was
fixed at 10-years in the penitentiary.
FAIR DUCHESS TO FAIR
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MISS LOl'ISE DIETERT
Among the many duchesses who have been named for the coronation
at the Harlingen Fair is Miss Louise Dietert. who will represent Port
Isabel. Miss Dieted is a resident of Harlingen. She will be the pink
pearl duchess. Carroll Bennett has been named as princess from
Port Isabel Attendants to the duchess will be Misses Megnyon Wilson
and Marie Sapp.
Corpus Wins Canal Meeting
Extension of Route To Border Embodied
In Resolutions; Federal Aid Asked
NEW ORLEANS. Nov. 15.—<JP—Increased federal appropriation for
national water ways, extension of the Louisiana-Texas canal route from
Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande, and acceleration of the Atlantic sea -
board canal construction, were recommended today by the Intracoastal
Canal Association, in the final convention session.
The association embodied the recommendations in resolutions unani
mously adopted, re-elected all existing olficers for life, and selected
Corpus Christi as its next meeting place.
* Roy Miller, active vice-president
DRIVE TO OPEN
Red Cress Drive Workers
Composed of Women
The annual Red Cross drive for
funds begins Monday, Nov. 17, and
approximately 20 local women have
volunteered to canvass the city
during the week, according to Rev.
R. O. Mackintosh
Headquarters during the cam
paign will be in the Cromack build- 1
ing on the first floor, and contri- ;
butions may either be left there or i
turned over to those canvassing
the city.
The local quota is SI.500 this
year, and the drive will continue
for one week, stopping at mid
night Saturday.
Those women who have agreed
to aid in the campaign are Mes
[ dames Pedro Chapa. H. L Yates.
1 C W Colgin, J. J Young. Augustine
Celava. Sr. Harbert Davenport.
Rov Ruff. G S. Stell. O. K Mason.
Pearl Nuckols, O V. Ltwrence,
Katherine Stringfeller. F T Yates.
[ R. C. Morris. H. L Fitch. Thomas
Sweeney, Louis Brulay. H H.
Banker. Hurt Batsell, John Arms
1 trone. J. K. Wells^
Old Weather Signs
Were Correct
BY JACK RUTLEDGE
GRANDPA was courting grandma. He came by for her in a shiny buggy and to
gether they went driving. That is.they were driving until by force of habit
Dobbin stopped under a certain elm tree, dropped his head and prepared to sleep for
8 *A Iso * b v ff orce^o f habit, grandpa’s arm c rept around grandma’s narrow waist. Both
■iighed deeply and grandma, intensely romantic, glanced up at the moon.
"Ah!” she'murmered. "How beautiful the moon is.”__
Grandpa looked up. ,
"Urk!" he gasped lor maybe it
was "awk!"> “We must dash mad
ly home. There is a halo around
the moon, and that is an infallible
sign of ram.'’
And grandpa wasn't so far wrong,
at that. Of course, he didnt have
to ‘dash madly home"—maybe he
didn't want to stop under the elm.
anyway—but a halo around the
moon does presage a ram or a
storm.
Old Signs Dependable
Other signs used by our ancestors
to predict weather, modem science
has discovered, were accurate and
dependable. With but few excep
tions. grandpa s weather signs were
almost uncanny in their faithful
ness.
W. J. Schnurbusch. weather chief
stationed in Brownsville, ha- re
vealed that science has made an :
exhaustive study of this matter, and i
(Continued on page 6) J
Evidence Ends In
Butler Murder Case
FLORESVILLE, Tex., Nov. 15—
(^—Evidence ended in the case of
Dr. O. W. Butler, medical superv
isor of the state prison system, on
a charge of the murder of R, W.
Lorenz of Stockdaie, Feb. 12, to
day and district Judge W. P. Mur
ray adjourned court out of respect
to Judge Covey Thomas of Cotula.
news of whose death was received
here.
Whether Lorenz was shot in the
chest or the back became controver
sial. Two state witnesses said all
four bullets entered the chest from
the front.
Insure In Advance
Rio Grande Valley Trust Co. (Air.)
Roswell Man Dies
In Auto Accident
LUBBOCK. Nov. 15.—R
Crunk, 37, of Roswell. N. M. was
killed instantly late today when the 1
automobile in which he was riding
turned over three times on the
highway near Bronco
Mrs Lester B Lynch, also of Ros
well. and her three children were
in the car, but were not seriously
hurt.
Former Spy Dies
TAHOKA. Tex.. Nov. 15.-+.P
N. P. Metcalf, who was in the
service of the Union Army in the
war between the States and per
sonaly acquainted with General
Grant, died here toda’-. Metcalf
was a Chicago newsboy on the
••50'a” and a Texas ranger and
Indian fighter in the "70 a."
the canal sponsors, suggested
before President C. S. S. Holland
brought down the closing gavel,
that a one-day conference might
be held in Galveston about the
middle of the year, and that tnc
executive committee would report
later cn the idee Galveston en
gaged in a warm contest with
Corpus Christi for the annual con
vention.
Officers Elected
Officers re-elected were: C. S. S.
Holland, of Houston, president;
Roy Miller, active vice-president,
Ccspus Christi, and Rene F. Clero.
New Orleans, vice-president.
Members of the executive commit
tee chosen v. c:e: C. S. E. Holland,
chairman, C A Bliss, Port Arthur;
G. J. Donahue, Houston: J. G. Pal
mer, Houston; Rene Clero. T. Sem
mes Walmsley, and A. M. Lockett,
the last three of New Orleans.
The series of final resolutions
contained a memorial to the federal
engineers to push construction of
the coastal canal eastward from
New Orleans, through Florida, and
up to the Atlantic seaboard. The
government also was called on to
Increase national waterways devel
opments appropriations.
Work Progresses
Concrete reports of physical pro
gress of construction of the Louisi
ana and Texas Intracoastal canal,
were made at the closing session by
Major M. P. Fox. United States
district engineer for Texas, and Ma
jor R. F. Fowler, United States dis
trict engineer for Louisiana.
Both reported much actual work
of construction already had been
done, and that plans and specifica
tions for the completion of the en
tire project were being rapidly evolv
ed Major Fowler predicted the
completion of the Louisiana section
of the canal within two years
Many Addresses
In a brief talk. Vice President Mil
ler said there was no end in sight
cl the mtracoastal canal associa
tion’s usefulness, regardless of the
prospective completion of the pro
ject for which it had labored for
2o years He explained the associa
tion must now turn its attention to
government development of a huge
national connected inland water
system, of which the Louisiana and
Texas canal would be a link.
Addresses alse were made by John
W. Carpenter, of Dallas. D. L. Mc
Pherson. of Abbevville. La., and J. A.
Bcddeker, of Galveston.
Botts Is Unopposed
As Harlingen Mayor
< Special 13 The Herald)
HARLINGEN. Nov. 15.—Although
several have come forward fo run
for two places on the city commis
sion in winch the terms of office
expire, Mayor Sam Botts is yet un
opposed for re-election.
A. J. Rabel, Dr. J. A. Palmer, Mr.
Seagrove. Georee Waters and T. E.
Harwell are runnine for places on
the commission in the election Dec.
9. Waters and Harwell are In
cumbentt
CYCLONE HITS
HARRIS C< IUNTY
Man And Wife Blown From Home and Injured
Without Knowledge of Happening Until
Rain and Pain Revive Them
HOUSTON, Tex,, Nov. 15.—(VP)—Three persons were Injured when ft
small tornado ripped its way through western Harris county this after
noon leaving a trail of wreckage.
The victims were Mr. and Mrs. George Hoffman, who live on a farm
three miles from the ullage of Addicks, and Joe Sagavia, 35, owner of
an adjoining farm.
All were brought to a hospital here. Physicians said Mrs Hoffman
was the worst hurt. She had sustained severe scalp lacerations and
-Kpossibly a fractured skull, they said.
TEXAN SHOT BY
FATHER-IN-LAW
Wife Witnesses Killing Of
Husband By Father
At Port Arthur
PORT ARTHUR. Nov. 15.——
Francis M. Hooper, 38, was shot to
death here today and M. S. Adams,
his father-in-law, was pOaced in
Jail under charges ol murder.
Hooper's wife and his mother-in
law witnessed the shooting in
Adams’ home, investigators said.
In a statement to police, who ar
rested him at his home, Adams
said he fired in 6elf defense.
“He came over to my house
brandishing a revolver, so I grabbed
my shotgun *nd let him have it.”
Adams told the officers. Hooper lived
back of thft Adams house on an
other street.
Detective Davis said he took a 38
caliber revolver from the dead man j
hand It had not been fired. Adams
turned over his shotgun to ponce.
It had been fired once.
Family Quarrel?
Chief of Police M. B. Word said
Mrs. Adams told him the shooting
was a result ol a family quarrel be
tween her husband and her son-in
law which began Friday afternoon
and was continued today.
Adams, however, denied quarrel
ling with Hooper.
T was sitting in my room read
ing the paper,” Adams told news
papermen, •‘when Francis came in
the door with a revolver in his hand.
I asked him what was the trouble,”
Adams said, “and he replied that I
would soon find out.
“He then turned as if to walk
from the house, and I got up from
the chair.
Grabs Shotgun
“As I got up he threw a pistol on
me. I happened to be near a corner
in which a loaded shotgun, wnlch
had been left there from a hunting
trip, was leaning against the wall.
“I grabbed it and ‘let hun have
it'.” Adams said.
Chief Word filed charges of ,
murder against Adams before Just
ice of the Peace T. A. Butler, who
set preliminary trial for 10 a. m. j
Monday.
Both men were employed at the
Gulf.
Hooner Is survived by a widow:, I
Mrs. Leola Hooper, two sons and one
daughter.
Woman Is Implicated
In Bank Robbery
PERRY. Okla., Nov. lS.—O*,—
Mrs. Marie Ware, young divorcee,
was placed in the Noble county jail
here tonight to await arraignment
on a formal charge of being a
principal in the robbery of the
Marland State Bank In which one
robber was killed and another
wounded.
The charge was filed by Edward
Bowles. Noble county attorney,
along with a similar charge against
Carter Camp. 22 year old youth
who is in a Ponca City hospital re
covering from five bullet wounds,
received when he and Jimmie Jack
son. 24. who was killed, left the
bank and walked into an ambush
of officers who had been "tipped'’
by Chris Weidekeur. convicted
Ponca City bootlegger.
Bowles said Mrs. Ware probably
would be arraigned Monday and
preliminary hearing would not be
set until Camp could be removed
from the hospital.
Quick Action Sought
For Highway Aid
AUSTIN. Tex.. Nov. 15.—i/P —
Despite a damper from Gibb Gil
christ State Highway Engineer, the
prospect of expenditure in the
near future of approximately $10,
000.000 of federal funds on Texas
highways, continued to stir inter
est here today.
His attention called to Gilchrist's
statement that Washington dis
patches were misleading. Governor
Dan Moody declared he had under
stood the purport of the Washing
ton advices when he made his
optimistic statement earlier this
week
Gilchrist had called attention to
the fact that the $10,000,000 was
not an "additional" sum but merely
represented the 1932 fiscal year
apportionment of federal aid to
Texas, made available for im
mediate use
The governor declared today the
state should take advantage of
this amount as quickly as feasible,
and trust that congress would ap
portion more money to run the
highway department during IMS.
Her husband's right leg was brok
en at the knee and his face w'as
deeply gashed. Sega via was bruis
ed about the body and his face was
a ma.ss of cuts and contussions.
The tornado first dipped to the
ground in the vicinity of Alief.
about 20 miles west of Houston and
cut its swath along the ground in
a northwesterly direction. No re
lative estimates on the damage
could be made tonight.
Couole Blown Away
Although suffering from shock,
Mr Hoffman described the tornado
from his bed in the hospital He
and his wife were in their home,
he said, when thev heard a rumbl
ing roar. The couple started to
gether toward the door, the wo
man walking on the crutches she
has been using while convalescing
from the effects of a broken ankle.
"The next thing I knew." he said.
"I was lying in the garden a long
distance from the wreckage of our
home. I heard the cries of mv
wife and tried to get up to go to
her. but discovered my leg wns
broken. I dragged myself over
ground to the spot where she lay
in a pool of water.”
The injured man was unable to
explain how he and his wife were
swept clear of the wreckage of their
home A torrential rain followed
directly in the path of the whirl
wind. adding to their pain and dis
comfor. as they lay helpless upon
the ground.
Port Isabel Awaits
Action On Port Loan
(Special to The Herald >
SAN BENITO, Nov. 15.-Hopes
that the $10,000 advance from the
Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation
District accepted by Major Milo P.
Fox of Galveston, district U. S.
army engineer, subject to approval
bv the U. S Board of Army En
gineers. will have its effect In has
tening work on the harbor at Port
Isabel, was expressed by officials
of the district Saturday.
Offer of a $10,000 loan was made
some time ago. As soon as the
Board of Army Engineers anprcv'3
acceptance of the loan it Is thought
that, survey work on the tumin?
ba-un and channel will start.
Congressional appropriation for
the work will not he available for
seme time and it Is hoped to get
the undertaking started sooner br
means of the loan.
W. E. Brown, engineer for the
district, already has done some pre
liminary surveying of the channel
and turning basin. He also has
worked out a docking and wharf
age arrangement.
Deer and Turkey
Season Is Opened
Today witnesses the opening of
both deer and turkey season in
the Valley, and although the cold
weather predicted by weather chief
W. J. Schnurbusch will aid in
hunting, the accompanying showers
will be a detriment to hunter's
pleasure and success, It was said
today.
Duck and geese season has been
opened for two weeks, but inclem
ent weather has resulted in few
ducks being killed, compared to
other seasons.
Pre-season predictions on deer
and turkey are that deer are plenti
ful in Cameron county in certain
sections, and turkeys as well as
deer are numerous in Hidalgo and
upper counties. There are very few
turkeys In Cameron county, but
some parties recently stated that
thev had seen several flocks.
The cooler wave predicted by the
weather chief is to be mild, he
said, and rains nothing but oc
casional showers '
Bureau Campaign
To Open Monday
HARLINGEN, Nov. 15.—The cam
paign lor a $50,000 two-year budget
for financing a Valley Better Busi
ness Bureau is expected to get un
der way at an organization meet
ing to be held Monday night, ac
cording to B. M. Holland, president
of the bureau and director of the
drive.
Officers and directors of the bu
reau together with the campaign
committee, are to be present for
working out details of the drive.
Representative citizens of every
city in the Valley are expected to
be enlisted in the campaign.
It is hoped to raise $25 000 in
cash and the remainder in cash
and pledges to insure operation of
the bureau for two years.
1 WEATHER j
For Brownsville and the Valley:
Mostly cloudy and unsettled tonight
and Sunday, probably with local
rains; colder Sunday. Fresh south
erly winds today and tonight on
the west coast, shifting to fresh
northwesterly Sunday,
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