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THE WEATHER The » mu* m. • I jsm t ,he : xl r, £*£ «rz I S -sw,ssss 3* as a: t&^ssL a I K * been on a three and four-day basis. M FORTY-FIRST YEAR—No. 69 BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1932 EIGHT PAGES TODAY 6c A COP'SJ I COUCH INDICTMENTS ARE DISMISSED U ********* *********************** * m !in our VALLEY ] HARBOR PROJECTS ARE ONE step further along as the result of the signing by the governor of Senate Bill No. 49 which remedies the question of title raised by the federal government to the chan nel and spoilage disposal areas. Relinquishment by the state of any possible oil rights in connec tion with these areas will not cost the state anything and will satis fy the government. So that is that. The bill, pushed by the Browns ville Navigation district following conferences with Douglas Mc Gregor, assistant U. S. district at torney, benefits alike both the Brownsville and the Port Isabel 8an Benito harbor projects. Alike benefitted. also, are all navigation districts by House Bill No. 81. approved by the governor, which qualifies these districts un der the self liquidating clause of the federal law authorizing loans by the Reconstruction Finance corporation. Officials of the Brownsville dis trict have made r.o secret o! their Intention of applying to the R. F. C. for a loan which will enable t% district to get Its project un der way. Now that the last legal barrier has been hurdled. It is not too op timistic to say that chances for some action in the immediate fu ture appears more than passing fcHoht • • • GOOD NEWS COMES FROM all Valley points— Where citrus has been #t;pected and subjected to the state test. Fruit is running to the larger sizes, 96s and better, according to all reports. Which, if your memory will carry you back to last season. When a plentitude of small sized fruit. Cut down the price to Valley growers and shippers— Means better prices this year. All other things being equal. Not speaking as a Pollyanna— But as one who believes in the Valley through 18 years of resi dence here. We maintain that all signs point to the approach In the near dis tant future— . Of times so much better than they have been— That they deserve to be called good. It's largely up to us and the way In which we get going. THOSE WHO ARE INCLINED to think that the country has gone radical with a bang were probably upset in their calculations when thwt read the returns of the Re publican primary in Wisconsin. The LaFollettes have long bf#n pictured as the country's leading exponents of liberalism. And the LaFollette who is now governor was defeated for the GOP nomination by Walter J. Kohler. Sen. Blaine, backed by the La Follette group, also went down In the overturn. Tlie country has not gone rad ical—the country is simply against those who are in—not particular ly for those who are out. Check the election returns, not only the Texas returns where this certainly held true—but the re turns from all sections of the coun try. and you will find that almost without exception this is a mighty poor year to be asking for re-elec tion. whether you be a candidate for constable or for U. S. senator. The discontent vote is in power • • • KOHLER AS GOVERNOR OF Wisconsin, Win bring back memories to the Valley— Of the days when Wisconsin de cided that the Valley, Was drawing too many of Wis consin's citizens to itself. And stopped Valley land com panies from operating up there in the dairy’ state. That little matter has been set tled, And Texas and Wisconsin have sipped the loving cup. Smoked the pipe of peace. An# are going arm and arm along the paths of friendship. Fliers At Dallas DALLAS. Sept. 22 Three Cuban army goodwill fliers land ed today at Hensley field, the armv airport near Dallas, after hopping from Sau Antonio. They were er route to Washington and planned to continue their Journey at noon Rumor Brownsville Navigation Dissolution Try I A#___— ■— - - . ----- --- ----- V _ 1 H OPPONENTS OF PROJECT SEEK 3 CANDIDATES, Movement Seek* Bond Cancellation Say* Rumor Rumors that opposition candi dates to the present commission ers of the Brownsville Navigation district would be put in the field! at the next district election on a platform pledged to the dissolution of the district were today partial ly affirmed by some whose names had been connected with the movement. Others who had been identified by rumor with the program re fused to talk for publication. Candidates Not Chosen All questioned concerning the rumored opposition ticket and its i platform calling for the dissolu ! tion of the district stated that r.o j l candidates had been definitely j ' chosen. According to information re | cened by The Herald from various , sources, it is planned to put an opposition ticket of three in the j field, and prospective candidates ' who have been approached by j leaders of the movement have been I questioned closely as to their at titude towards dissolution. Confirmation of the rumor that a sentiment was bemg worked up in favor of the dissolution of the 1 district was given The Herald by C. C. Wentz, who stated that he had heard talk in the El Jardm district of such a movement "on condition that the Port Isabel har bor project goes through.” i Mr. Wentz, whose name had | been mentioned as one of the candidates for navigation commis sioner, stated emphatically that he is not and will not be a candidate for the office. Judge E. I. Bucklin of Los Frcs i nos told The Herald over the | , telephone that "there has always ■ been talk of an opposition ticket" , to the present commission, but . stated that he had not heard of • Continued cn rag-.* tfevt-n* Sterling Signs Port Measures (Special to The Herald) I AUSTIN, Sept. 22 — Senate Bill No. 49 and House Bill 81. both ! sponsored bp the Brownsville Navi gation district, have been signed by Gov R. S. Sterling. Under the terms of Senate Bill No. 49 the state relinquishes any i right to possible oil and gas pro duction in the channnel and 1 spoilage disposal areas of the Brownsville or Port Isabel-San Benito port projects. The bill was introduced following objection to the title to this prop erty by DourIss McGregor, as sistant U. S. district attorney, who examined the titles for the federal government. House bill No. 81 is designed to enable the Brownsville and other navigation districts to qualify un , der the self-liquidating terms of the law authorizing loans to such districts by the Reconstruction Fi nance corporation. No change in the date of holding the election of commissioners s contained in the bill as finally signed by the governor. The ori ginal draft of the bill provided that ; commissioners should be elected In July. 1933 and in succeeding odd years. Gov. Sterling is understood to 1 have objected to this provision and 1 to have sent the bill back to the ; legislature where the provision was removed and one substituted which places the .'ection in December, , 1932. as has been the case with the i Brow-nsville Navigation District ; since its organization. - Negro Arrested As Bank Robber SAN .ANTONIO. Sept. 22.—UP'—A trail of $20 bills, followed from Crys tal City to San Antonio and other Koints. led to the arrest of a negro ere last night in connection with the theft of $3,000 in cash from the i Zavala County State bank. I The theft occurred a month ago, : it was learned, when the money ' was believed to have been inad j vertently dropped in a waste basket beside a teller s cage, but its loss ! was not discovered until several days later when accounts of the : bank were checked. Legion Meeting The John Hanson post of the American legion will hold its reg ular meeting at 8 p. m. Thursday , at the Legion hall. Several subjects arc due for dis 1 cussion. Some iniormation in re gard to the National convention jusr closed in Portland is expected to be received. All former service ; men are urged to attend. SPENDING SPREE r- ■ ■■■ ■■ i ■■ ■ "i — With $1000 she picked up in her father’s bank in German town, Wis., Mae Bruss, 12, be low, and her chum. Pauline 1 Dunst, 15. above, both of Ce darburg, Wis., wont on a two weeks’ spending spree wliile po- . lice sought them as kidnaped. Five-dollar tips to taxi drivers ! were the girls’ undoing when cabmen led police to their fash ionable apartment in St. Louis. They admitted having spent $856 buying clothes and candy, traveling and stopping at lux urious hotels. 5 YEARS GIVEN IN DEATH CASE Youth Convicted of Murder At San Benito Dance Hall Inocenclo M. Gonzalez. San Be nito youth, was given live years in the penitentiary for the murder of Jesus Pena, f6 lowing his convic tion by a jury in the criminal dis trict court here Wednesday after noon. An assault charge, in connection with the wounding of Antonio Pena, brother of the deceased, remains pending against Gonzalez. Another Wounded Testimony showed that Gonzalez shot Jesus Pena to death at a dance in San Benito and also wounded Antonio. Gonzalez claimed that the two brothers had persecuted him fol lowing a cotton picking trip with them. The defendant said one of the brothers took a bottle of liquor away from him at the dance, say ing “This stuff is for men—not boys.” Gonzalez said the man drove him away from the dance, threat ening him with death if he return ed. The defendant testified that he went home, obtained a pistol and returned to the 'lance Assault to murder charges aeaiti'* Miguel Tijerina were reduced to ag gravated assault and the defendant pleaded guilty, paying a fine of $25 Trial Postponed The old murder count against Reuben Cortez is scheduled for trial Friday. The case was called Thurs day but absence of Cortez’ attorney. H. L. Yates, prevented it from going to trial. Cortez was indicted in 1922 for the murder of Fernando Me drano. He fled and was caught about a year ago. The defendant was tried at the past term of court but th? case -exulted in a mistrial. The court will continue consider ation of jury cases for the next three weeks. Lightning Kills Big Spring Women BIG SPRING, Sept. 22. <JPy— Lightning killed Mrs. J. C. Ulmer and rendered her husband un conscious yesterday near their home north of Big Spring. They had been picking cotton when a violent electrical storm occurred. They were struck as they ran for shelter. Mrs. Ulmer was 37. Her husband regained consciousness in about an hour. Woman Killed DALLAS. Sept. 22. —UP)— Miss Amelia Walton, of Heame. was killed last night when the car in which she rode collided with a cot ton seed truck parked on the side of the highway near Lancaster. Four other occupants of the car were injured. FARM STRIKE PARADE WILL GREETHOOVER ‘Have Right To Hold Him Responsible’ . Says Leader DES MOINES, Ia., Sept, 22.—(IP) —Milo Reno, national president of the Farmers’ Holiday Association which is conducting a ••strike” for higher prices, has asked Iowa farm ers to assemble here for a “protest” parade Oct. 4 when Pres. Hoover is scheduled to deliver a campaign address. He said he hoped 20,000 farmers would take part. ”We have a right to hold Presi dent Hoover responsible for exist ing conditions,” Reno told mem bers of the Iowa Farmers' Union last night. Brrwkhart Attacks "It is time" he said, "that we educate those responsible for this this condition of agriculture. We have a right to portray the real i conditions that exist in this coun try." Meanwhile. Sen. Smith W Brook hart was delivering an attack on the administration. Wall Street and the banking system at a farm gathering at Moville. la., attended by agriculturists from northwesv Iowa, nearby communities in Minnesota and South Dakota. The senator declared for federal purchtse of surplus farm products. He said congress should appropriate j five miilwn dollars for handling the exportable surplus and urged fhe holding of a special session o! congress to deal with the farm problem. Activities Quiet The farmers present adopted a legislative program in which they | urged a special session of congress, an immediate moratorium on farm chattel mortgages, an increase in the amount of currency, refinanc ing of agricultural loans with the control of the refinancing agencies resting with the farmers, a public construction program, repeal of "nuisance" taxes, and prices for farm products “at least equal to the cost of production." Farm strike activities, meanwhile mere quiet, little activity was noted at Worthington. Minn., scene of picketing early this week, and at Montevideo. Minn. where 200 farm ers established picket stations ves terdav. only one minor clash ma^ rej>orted. Girl’s Death Fall Probed HOUSTON. Sept. 22. —1&\— The body of a woman identified as Miss Eloise Haden. 35, of Dallas, was held in a morgue here today while police and Justice Campbell R. Overstreet pieced together circum stances of her plunge from the 12th floor of the Gulf Building here yes terday. Investigators reported Miss Haden came to Houston only 20 minutes before her body was seen to hurtle through the air and strike a crowd ed sidewalk. Death was instanta neous. Wire Flashes AUSTIN. Sept. 22. The suit of Governor R. s. Sterling against Mrs. Miriam A. Ferguson, involving the democratic nomina tion for governor, was dismissed without prejudice on motion of the plaintiff this afternoon. M. M. Crane of Dallas, attorney for Gov. Sterling, filed the mo tion. s. A. Philquist, Travis coun ty district clerk announced. Philquist said Crane requested the clerk's offic** attaches to re main in the office tonight, indi catiBR a ne\. suit would be filed to replace the original one. Gov. sterling contended in his suit that he had received a ma jority of the votes cast in the August 27. runoff primary. Mrs. Ferguson had been declared the nominee by the party state con vention by a majority of more than 3,000. Dist. Judge W. p. Robertson acted on the motion to dismiss. Judge Robertson is an appointee of Gov. Sterling and an uncle of former Gov. Dan Moodv, who campaigned for the governor. It was considered Lkely a new suit would be filed in another court. It had been expected Gov. Sterling's attorneys would file an amended petition today to the original document setting up the l complain w Hunger Strike Settlement Is Believed Near POONA. India. Sept. 22. (AV Prospects for a speedy settlement of Indian electorate issues which would end Mahatma Gandhi’s hunger strike were reported this evening by members of r. special committee of caste Hindus and representatives of the best class es. The entire committee visited the mahatma in his cell and talked with him for two hours. “We had a long, satisfactory, heart-to-heart talk with Mr. Gandhi.” said one of them as they left, ‘and we hope to re turn tomorrow with a final set tlement. In the "condemned” cell of Yeroda Jail, to which Gandhi was moved yesterday because it offered more commodious quar ters for the many visitors who came to see him, the spare and emaciated leader of India’s mil lions continued to squat cross legged on a webbed cot, but his voice was growing weaker when the last of his callers left him last night. TURMAN CHARGE LIST MOUNTS Automobile Theft, Assault To Murder Added In Two Indictments Two more Indictments have been returned against Van Tur man. Waco man already indicted on a conspiracy charge growing out of the affair in which Ed Chance was shot and killed at Santa Rosa. One of the indictments charges Turman with theft of an automo bile from William Mootheart of Edinburg and the other charges him with assault to murder in connection with the shooting at Santa Rosa. The fire of Nightwatchman Boynton Flemming was returned after Chance had been shot. The car in which Chance was killed has been identified as one stolen from the Edinburg man the day pre vious. G. C. Ellis, former manager of the Brownsville water and light plant, Fred Turman, N. L. Sm’th am and Leo McNeese are the oth ers charged in the conspiracy to burglarize indictment returned yes rd & v The grand jury completed its work for the term Wednesday aft ernoon, returning 14 true bills. Content of these bills have not been made public, pending arrests. Harlingen Man Dies In Wreck (Special to The Herald ) HARLINGEN. Sept. 22. — Roy Coats, operator of a market here, was killed late Wednesday when his automobile overturned on a dirt road near San Benito. Coats was alone at the time. Doctors said death probably was instantaneous. J. T. Virdell. near whose home the accident ook place, said Coat's head was jammed between the door and body of the car. There' were no witnesses to the accident. Coats is survived by nls widow and one child. Machray Sentenced On Theft Charges WINNIPEG. Man.. Sept. 22.—</P) —John A Machray. former bursar of the University of Manitoba, was sentenced to seven years' im prisonment on each charge today after he had pleaded guilty to theft cf *901.175 frcm the university and of $60,000 from Heber Archi bald. his former law partner. The sentences will run concurrently. Feeble and ill. Machray made his third court appearance this morn ing. He leaned heavily on his cane as he rose while the charge was , read. Mr*. Borah Worse, Doctor* Report BOISE. Idaho. Sept. V2.—UP\— Th« condition of Mrs. William E Borah, wife of the senior senator from Idaho, grew worse today un der an attack of psittacosis or parrot fever. Her physician. Dr. Ralph Falk, said she had not held the Improve ment she exhibited yes erday. Her condition was more toxic, he said and her temperature was up again Three physicians were called In ' to consultation on the case. . - G 0 P HARMONY FADES; SPLIT ACTION BEGINS Creager - Grant Tiff Blamed for Open ‘Revolution’ DALLAS, Sept. 22. <&■—George W. Armstrong of Fort Worth, independent candidate for gov ernor, said today he expected to receive the votes of three-fourths of the republicans of Texas in the Nov. 8 general election, BY R W. BARRY AUSTIN. Sept. 22.—(JP>—All Is not harmony within ran’. : of the Texas republican party by any means. The democrats are having one of their major internal rows of all time over the gubernatorial nomination, but the Grand Old Party dandies are fretting a bit over a rucus in their ranks. A faction has become disgruntled over the party's nomination of Orville Bullington of Fort Worth to carry' the gubernatorial banner. The complaint has gone forth, as it has many times, that R. B. Creager of Brownsville. Texas na tional republican committeeman, is so bossy in his party affairs that his attitude has become that of czar. Grant Complains John H Grant, Houston lumber man. wanted his party gubernatorial nomination. It seems Mr. Creager told Grant he would be for him. The convention nominated Mr. Bullington. Mr. Grant complained that Mr. Creager hvi gone back on his premise. Mr. Creager told the convention that nominated Buliington that he was comitted to Mr. Grant and would stay hitched if Mr. Grant chose to contend with Bullington for the nomination. Mr. Grant did not oppose Mr. Bullington. Now, Mr. Grant, Joined by Mrs. Florence Griswold and other repub licans who have either incurred Mr. Greaser's political enmity or decided to pull away from his lead ership. are holding meetings for the purpose of setting on foot a Mr. Creager and organize “a militant party organiza tion.” •Family Troubles’ Mrs Griswold, whose home Is in San Antonio, was republican na tional committeewoman until this year, when she was deposed ar Mr. Creager s direction. She was succeeded by Mrs. J. E More, whose home is in Mr. Creagers Brownsville. While the republican revolt prob ably isn't as extensive as the demo cratic unpleasantness it is not do ing Mr. Bullington's campaign for governor as much good as were his - party undivided. Anyway, the democrats are not tContinued on Page Seven) League to Delay Jap Consideration GENEVA. Sept. 22.—A’)—Consid eration of the report of the league commission of inquiry on Japanese military operations m Manchuria, j the dominating problem to come before the council of the league when it meets here tomorrow, prob ably will be postponed until next December, it was indicated teday. The councils session, which be gins three days before the opening of the 13th regular session of the league assembly, will be presided over by Eamon De Valera, presi dent of the Irish Free State and native of New York. 11 Directors Of Loan Board Named WASHINGTON. Sept. 22—(/T> The home loan bank board hai selected 11 directors .'or each o! the 12 banks in its system but fc withholding announcement of th* names until acceptances have beer 1 received from the appointees. Telegrams were dispatched yes terday to the prospective director’ i but renlies have not been received In sufficient number to permit the . board to announce complete dt S rectorates. Father Cox. Stumped By Campaign Costa ALBUQUERQUE. N M. Sept. 71 —/JP—Father James R. Cox. presi dential candiclite on the Jobless ticket whose campaign party of ter was stranded in New Mexico yes terdav planned to leave here todai -y plane for Pittsburgh to confei with other members of his parrs about campaign expenses. The other members of the part\ will remain here and probably wi! conduct a political meeting. The) hope to raise additional funds with 1 which to continue their tour. y ! BOTH CLEARED ! v .' . E. C. Couch (above* of Hidalgo county i today were dismissed on grounds ' of insufficient evidence; and John T. Lomax <below) president of the closed Valley State Bank at Harlingen and other bank of ficials, who were bound to the grand Jury shortly after the bank j closed, were no-billed. SCARFACE’AL BACK IN JAIL October 19 Sot to Hoar Capone’s Now Pica For Freedom ATLANTA. Sept. 22 l/Tt — A! Capone, who shyly covered his handcuffs wtfh his hat while going to federal court to seek his release, was back in prison today and the government prepared to fight the j gangster's plaas for freedom from ' the 10-vear sentence for violation of income tax laws. The former Chicago gang leader ' appeared in United States district , court yesterday after a petition for his release or. a writ of habeas corpus had b«en filed unexpected- I ly by his attorneys. Judge Marvin i Underwood designated Oct. 19 for tlte habeas corpus hearing. Capone's attorneys contended he was illegally 'etained because of the statute of limitations. Hal Lindsay, assistant district attorney, said today the govern i rnent’s contention, “briefly, is that the issue must have been raised in a trial court and appealed on through in order to have merit, and that the question cannot be raised by a petition for a writ of habeas corpus." Capone's contention—the same > that was used in h;s trial in fed ' eral court in Chicago—is that the ; statute of limitations prevents his imprisonment on charges of vio lating the Income tax laws in 1925, 1927 and 1928. 'j Suspect Delivered LONGVIEW, Sept. 22.— I*)— A bank robbery suspect giving his j name as John P. Mizell has been ' returned to Huttig, Ark. to face a charge cf participating in the S3.900 holdup of the First National Bank ihere. Mizell, who was arrested In a Longview hotel lobby, was identified by Mason Tucker, hank clerk, as one of the men who took part in the robbery Tuesday. Tornado Damages ARKANSAS CITY. Kans. Sept 22. iJP>—A small tornado accom panying 149 inches of rain last night destroyed several bams and garages in and near Arkansas City and crippled electric power trans- ; mission lines, several head of cat . tie were killed by the storm west lot tha city. VALLEY STATE BANK CHIEFS ARE NO BILLED Csrand Jury Drop* Charges Against Officials Indictments returned in Hidalgo county charging E. C. Couch. Hit dalgo county judge, with abstrao* tion of funds from the Delta Stats bank of Edcouch and with forgery, were dismissed by Dist. Judge Os C. Wcstervelt here this morning on j motion of D. S. Purl, district at torney. Both cases had been transferred to the Cameron county district court by Judge R. M. Bounds of Hidalgo county who refused to grant a motion to dismiss filed by Bryce Ferguson, county attorney of Hidalgo county. ‘Insufficient Evidence' In ms motion to d-smisa the Couch charges Dist. Attorney Purl stated that "there la not auificient evidence upon which to secure a conviction." and ns a part of hie motion to dismiss incorporated the motion filed before Judge Bounds by Ferguson. Included in the Ferguson motion were affidavits from “all of tl^l material state's witnesses v hick affidavits contain statements which would exonerate the defendant/* the Purl motion said. Under one indictment Judgg Couch was charged with abstract ing 20 shares of the capita! stock of the Security State bank of Wes laco from the Delta State bank, thk stock certificates having been at tached as security for a note. According to affidavits made by officials of both banks, this stock was taken to the Security State bank on call from the state bank ing department, the bank being in process of reorganization. Receipt issued by the Security State ink was attached to the note. Signing these affidavits were V, M. Sutphen. W. C. Pearcey, L. R. Crockett and S. V. Brandon, di rectors of the Delta state bank, and James Howze and A. C. Lk Duke, president and director of the Security state bank. Second Indictment The second Indictment charged the Hidalgo county judge with having forged the name of C. 15. Kelly to a note for $2,500 held by the Delta State bank. Kelly wak the son-in-law of Couch and died shortly after the note, a renewal, was signed. According to affidavits of V 54. Sutphen, L R Crockett and 6. V. Brandon, directors of the bank, the note was signed by Couch for Kelly with the consent and knowledge of the directors of the bank. At that time Kelly, who later died from the effects of a brutal attack while leeping in the Couch home at Weslaco, was helpless and unable to take care of his affairs. The note, which was a renewal, was signed by Couch for Kelly in order to put it In good shape, according to statements made by Couch at the time the Indictments were re turned. Couch was represented this morning bv West and High*owe» of Brownsville. Strickland. Ewer* and Wilkins of Mission and J. T. Canales of Brownsville. Hidalgo county was n«. repre sented for the nroseeution. Both transactions on whlcl In dictments were based had the ap proval of the s’ate banking de partment. Couch has stated. Judge Couch is a member of the Good Government party of Hidalgo county and is a candidate for re election. winning the nomination (Continued on Page Sever. > MARKETS A T GLANCE - ,a NEW YORK ^ 8tocks: Irregular, ralla resist’ pressure. Bonds: Easy, ralla heavy. Curb: Irregular, profit-taking checks rise. Foreign exchanges: Irregular Canadian dollar firm. ( Cotton: Steady, trade buying^ higher cables. h Sugar: Steady, trade buying. | Coffee: Steady, commission house buying. CHICAGO | Wheat: Easy, disappointing export trade, reaction stocks and cotton. t Corn: Easy, liberal country * sales, bearish weather forecast Cattle: Steady to weak. Hogs: Strong to higher.