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iJpRTY-FIRST year—No. 182 BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1938 EIGHT PAGES TODAY Ik A COPY)
AM TMXM IA BEING WRITTEN
•«rlf—-that is fairly early— this
Th* ai' infiff*st1.1"1.A miio M
Hassse of representatives of Tex*
•* wanted to help us all out.
A» U fiamri • bdl extending the
tuns har.it for paying license lees
For M days.
Araate of Texas wants to help
iib all out.
Aa n passe* a tall extending the
tame limit for «0 days.
Hettiier house has passed the
baS paw-'* by the other.
Time limit expired Wednesday
"A Mm unine you read in this issue
6 the Herald.
That :ne amate hts passed the
Or that I hr bouse pas passed the
And that the governor has signed
You are outside the pale of the
Uakas you have those pretty
•range and white tag*.
Affixed to your auto.
Which reminds us.
Thai our now tags are rest mg
In the hark seat of osr jitney.
And that me had probably better
get thee: put an.
Or do some explaining to «om»
A • •
AfirttENTB OF CABBAGE
the Valin. have Slowed up
hit Um have not slowed up
of being cal m hall
IMF aMuM o* col clean off.
j»o m-arn in shipping cabbage to
hr* Fork. for maunce. wnen the
•'Off * selLnc for teas than freigh:
Fa: n>rr» s hould refuse to cut.
ghH*^rt» .should refuse to consign.
Crbhage marge? slaay* slumps
In January, usually rise* a little
Mi to* early * win* months of Feb
wary and March.
mop shipping and encourage the
0 arget to sullen into some sensible
f * * ’
W ttl*<Mv ARE GOING TO PICK
m, n tins running for congres*
Rhonif, very shortly.
C«et.!iiM» date fixed for April
Too primary dates are being fix
ed at Uvalde today .
And candidates who have been
more or <«* unofficially.
#n»u: mg the countryside for
Will proceed to cut dom to rock
Iks*1* ^ -
And to his the vote-getting trail.
Amac..*: the things which Is caus
ing worry to all of the boys,
Who «"tl] to the lucky man to get
Ur support o* Webb county?
Th*- ouniy. with it* large La
mw. orrr. considered in the bag
«f Rohm Lee Bobbitt.
Ru: Rjhoiu has not announced
sad ruxor says he will not.
Ross of Lin* district seems to be
fetriy veil Lived up.
As far as minor political groups
• • •
aswtn w b in order lor Harry L
Brmioe. kmgtime resident ol
Browne* ilk, tagt.mc associated
with The Browne* ilk Herald, who
*f.-wara to hr elated to be the next
oLxur or custom*.
^ppeC tooi ii up and down the
VdUry for h» aemcee while a
ewaidwut here, and well known lor
)go association with Speakei John
Garner Harry will come to his new
j*h wen aojuajQted with his dis
■naat: and with the duties it cat
• • •
AMD HUMOR BRINGS US THIS
pa* i that there is going to be
plenty old Ned .'sued here, there
r«m everywhere before this rumpus
photo federal farm loans here in
ner Valley is aettlad.
Another rumor wants to have a
joCrral imaatigauon ol the enure
M-ppM UHftiiiry of the Lover Rio
j)mh4» Valley Thia particular
ij^or tnmks that certain large
m^mrn* liras are out to break the
aaot of fit* industry by continuing
to skip cabbage at a laas.
I:; which connection we respect
tmSH 3.Ml out, tbit the beat way
Ih fund the truth of a rumor la to
«0«atk:4iad an Page Two)
Farmers in Many Sections Gain Moratoriums *
'Birth of New America’ Plan
Outlined by President-Elect
Growers and Shippers
To Meet With Heads
(Special to The Herald*
SAN BENITO. Feb. 2— A gen
eral mass meeting to which ship
pers. growers, business men and
railroad officials are invited will be
held at the San Benito Hign
School auditorium at 2 p. m. Sat
urday to hear an outlined plan for
obtaining lower freight rates ana
higher prices for Valley vegetables
The meeting was called this
morning by a committee of the
Highland community, named at a
community meeting held Wednes
day night, at which some 75 grow
ers of the community were present.
W E. McLanahan was named
chairman of the group, with C. E.
Talbert, secretary. Other members
o* the committee are A. O. White.
C C. Wood. Orville Wood. H. W
Leslie. 4 B Nosier. Frank Duncan,
The committee met for several
hours this morning and outlined
the plan in detail which will be
presented at the mass meeting
Back In Valley
Gen W W. Atterbury. president
of the Pennsylvania railroad ana
perhaps ^he best k noun railway
executive in the U. S.. returned
here Thursday by Pan-American
plane after a short stay in Mexico
He was accompanied by R B
Creaeer and Wm. ft We>t of
Brownsville, and three members oi
his own staff.
Gen. Atterbury and party plan
ned to leave Brownsville Tnursday
night for the East in a special car
over the Missouri Pacific lines.
The rail executive came hern
from San Antonio Tuesday morn
ing. taking the Pan-American piane
out to Mexico City.
Publisher of Denver
Post Dies Suddenly
DENVER Colo.. Feb. 2.—<&>—
Frederick G Bonfils. publisher of
the Denver Post, whose picturesque
career has been linked with many
of the spectacular events of the
Rocky Mountain region for more
than a quarter of a century, died
at his home here today.
A dynamite crusader, he built
up the Pot. with his late associate
owner, H. H Tammen, from a small
daily which they purchased in
1892 to a newspaper with circulation
covering the Rocky Mountain re
Death came unexpectedly, follow
ing a brief illness due to a com
i plication of influenza and an ear
BAN ANTONIO. Feb. 2.—
His habit of smoking a cigaret in
bed just before going to sleep was
believed to have been responsible
for F D Southgate, 55. a semi
tnvalid, bumwig to death in his
bed here last night.
Mrs. M. J. Sonka. at whose horn#
Southgate lost his life, said she
was awakened bv his cry.
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For 35 Years
Thirty-five years ago. Mr. and
Mrs. Pete Lambert began as sub
scribers to The Brownsville Her
ald. They resided at Point Isabel,
now called Port Isabel, where Mr.
Lambert was an assistant light
house keeper. Later he was
transferred to Battery Gladden
In Mobile Ala., where he serv
ed as a government employe for
several years, having his paper
sent to that address.
Mrs. Isabel Lambert, his widow,
returned to Brownsville in 1912
and has continued to be a sub
C. of C. Is Denied
Harlingen, Feb. 2—Seventy-five Harlingen business
men, city officials and others assembled here last night
and heard attorneys and others explain to them how it is
legally impossible to turn over the Chamber of Commerce
to business men of the city.
200 Men Put On Job On
North Floodway By
Thing'; are humming in the Cam
eron county engineer's office these
days as work of repairing levees
weakened by the long siege of high
water gets under way.
A dragline began work Tuesday
near Villanueva on relocated loop
levee which will be about 700 feet
long and seven feet high. There
was considerable erosion at this
point during the floods and it is
considered one of the most hazard
ous spots along the river front.
Approximately 200 men began
work in the north floodway Mon
day morning rep./, mg the Sebas
tian break. This woi| is being
done with R F. C. labor supplied
by the city of Harlingen and Wil
lacy county. Although this is un
employment relief work, it is being
supervised by the county engineer s
office. The Sebastian break took
out 265 feet of levee and created a
hole about 35 feet deep.
A levee 1.013 feet long and about
12 feet high is being constructed
around this break. The work is
being done entirely by hand in or
der that relief workers will obtain
the maximum benefit. The em
ploying of these workers is being
done entirely through the Harlin
gen and Willacy agencies.
Right of way work, preparatory
to construction of a river front
levee just below the San Benito
pump, is now being cleared away.
It is estimated that this levee will
be three-quarters of a mile long.
This was one of the critical
points in the past floods. At one
time the county had 125 men
guarding against a break in this
Case Bonds Are Set
Appearance bor.ds for Geo. Von
Stein and R W. Glozier. Browns
ville men charged with state liquor
law violations, have been set in
♦he sum of $1,000 each by Jus. of
the Peace Bertram Combe.
The men had been uanble to
make bonds up to Thursday noon.
There is a possibility that examin
ing hearings will be htld this
The men were arrested by Traf
fic Officer E. E. Sadler Tuesday
night just north of San Benito
after an attempt had been made
to burn a liquor loaded car. Von
Stein now has a liquor case pend
ing in federal court.
Subject of Meet
(Special to The Herald>
HARLINGEN. Feb. 2—Commit
tees from the retail merchants,
chamber of commerce and Harlin
gen Labor league will hold a sec
ond meeting here Feb. 9 in an ef
fort to provide work for the unem
At the first meeting tentative
plans for a labor headquarters
Ty Cobb Promises
Solons Pay Slash
(Special to The Herald»
OOTULLA. Feb. 2.- Declaring
that the first bill he “will Introduce
in congress will be one to reduce
salaries of congressmen from $10,000
to $5,000 per year.'* Moulton <Ty>
Cobb, Mission, urged support oj
Cotulla citizens in his race for
John Garner's post here today.
Cobb will speak at Laredo to
night, completing his llth speech
. The charge that the chamber of
commerce is run by politics, was
vigorously denied by H. J. Goetzke,
president of the chamber, and oth
Charging that a newspaper in
question would not print the an
nual report of the chamber of
commerce, "which showed that its
work was thoroughly businesslike
and not political,’* Mr. Goetzke
read this report in lull.
He then took up the list of di- j
rectors, declared that each of them j
is an outstanding citizen, and a
leader m his line of endeavor, and
that the chamber of commerce is
run purely for the benefit of the
city as a whole.
Mr. Goetzke explained at the
meeting last night that Valley cit
ies have tried chambers of com
merce supported by subscriptions
from merchants and in every in- j
stance they failed to work. The
subscriptions gradually stopped, he ;
said, and the organizations ceased i
Other speakers discussed the
matter and another meeting was
set for Feb. 13.
A. B. Ewing, long in chamber of
commerce work in other cities ex
plained that it Is impossible to take
a tax supported institution out of
the hands of the people and place
it in the hands of any particulai
Polk Komaday. Harlingen city
attorney, in discussing legal phases
of the matter with The Herald to
day said that as long as the cham- !
ber of commerce is tax-supported, I
the directors must be selected by
the city commission, as provided by
Mr. Hcrnaday said the city com
mission has the power to levy or
not to levy a tax for a chamber of
commerce. He said a charter
amendment could be voted permit
ting the people to elect the direc
tors by direct vote, but this is the
only change which could be made
other than cutting it out entirely
as a tax-supported institution.
Mayor Sam Botts. in an inter
view with The Herald today said
the city commission has "always
tried to name directors we believe
are outstanding civic workers in
various lines of business and we
believe we have done so.’’
JAPS TO FIGHT
League Dispute Hits Plans
For Domination Of
TOKYO, rt*b. 2—^—confront
ed by the prospect of secession
from the League of Nations, which
would involve the question of equa
torial Pacific islands held under
league mandate. Japan's determi
nation was becoming manifest to
day to retain the islands regardless
of possible attempts in Geneva to
The islands, lying between the
United States and the Philippines.
I figure prominently in the navy's
plans for domination of the west
ern Pacific and although Admiral
Osumi. minister of the navy, evad
ed direct questions as to whethfr
the islands would be retained the
strongest insistence on their reten
tion originated in naval circles.
OKLAHOMA CITY. Feb. 2. ■¥,—
Phillip Flaxman, Sayre, Oltla., oil
man. who gave sensational test!*
mony in yesterdays state senate
proration inquiry, declared today
his life had been threatened aUer
he agreed to appear before the
Flaxman. who detailed a pur
ported $100,000 plot, which never
was consummated, to break pro
ration, said the threats were de
livered at Sayre last week-end.
F. D.’s Dream
WARM SPRINGS. Ga.. Feb. 2 —
uP—A gigantic experiment design
ed to provide 200,000 Job6 and her
ald the birth of a new America
from which the curse of unemploy
ment would be lifted was proposed
today by Pres.-Elect Roosevelt.
The rugged highlands and fertile
industrial valley of the Tennessee
watershed were chosen by the next
president for this ‘ most interest
ing experiment a government has
Seated before the blazing fire
place of the “Little White House,’
he told newspapermen of lus dream
lor a vast internal development
encompassing reforestation, recla
mation. water power and agricul
tural rehabilitation. The aim is to
balance the national population
anew between cities and the coun
Mr Roosevelt expects this hug«
laboratory experiment to provide
employment for 200.000 men in tht
Tennessee valley alone. More than
this, he hopes to carry the scheme
into other sections of the nation
from Alleghenies U> the Pacific
coast and through it to re-estab
lish American life on a basis that
will mean the end of unemploy
ment. the decentralization of In
dustry and a people protected by
the watchful eye of a government.
The great Tennessee valley proj
ect involving half a dozen states
Is to include:
2 — Creation of flood contr/
basins in the upper valleys, first
at Cove Creek to the Clinch river
3.—Water power development to
b» available for cities, states and
4 —Reclamation of the fertile
bottom lands of agricultural use.
5.—Elimination of the unprofit
able marginal lands from farm
6—Eventual flood control of thr
great Mississippi River.
7. — Eventual improvement oi
Mr. Roosevelt announced that as
soon as he takes office next March
4th, he will ask the various gov
ernment departments involved to
make surveys with a view to put
t.ng the proposition up to congress
at an early date.
Confident .that the whole project
will be self sustaining, he has no
doubt of the ••bankability” or it
and the availability of bonds for
• If it is successful, and I am
confident it will be,” he said, ”1
think this development will be the
forerunner of similar projects in
other sections, particularly to the
Ohio and Arkansas valleys and to
the Columbia river basin of the
‘ We have about 12.000,000 wage
earners unemployed. If we return
immediately to the high level of
1929 I think we would still have
5.000.000 men out of work and on
a dole. Our populatoto is out of
balance. If by government activity
(Continued on Page Two.)
Chief Asks $15,000
The $15,000 damage suit of Jose
Matias Chacon, Matamoros chief
ol police, against Miss Elizabeth
Kruze as the result of a traffic
smash-up May 30 at the intersec
tion of the Primera road and High
way 48 got under vay in the civil
district court Thursday morning
before Judge A. M. Kent.
The Matamoros officer is seeking
$12,500 actual and $2,500 punitive
damages for personal injuries which
he alleges he sustained in the
Miss Kruze. formerly a resident
o! Weslaco, is represented by Joyce
Cox of the firm of Terry. Cavin &
Mills. Galveston, and Marvin Hall
Legislature Act To
Friendly state governments and
successful demonstrations to pre
vent mortgage foreclosure sales
were hailed with joy today by far
mers in widely scattered sections
lighting to save their homes and
In the south the Arkansas leg
islature prevented foreclosure mea
sures by passing a moratorium sus
pending jurisdiction of circuit and
chancery cour t
legislatures Show Signs
The situation has been recognized
by the legislatures of Alabama and
Georgia and sympathetic state
ments for the farmer have come
from the governors of Texas. Vir
ginia. North Carolina. South Car
olina. Georgia . Alabama, Ken
tucky and MissiSvSippi.
In Georgia moratoria on all farm
mortgages were declared by 15 life
insurance companies doing business
in the state.
From other states came reports
of mortgage sales that did not suc
At Cherokee. Okla., such a sale
resulted in the organization of a
farmers’ marketing association with
the Rev Claude R. Hill, the pro
moter. He obtained a 60-day leave
of absence from his duties as pas
tor of the First Christian church.
10 Onts High Bid
At Aurora. Neb.. 10 cents was top
bid as farmers banded to prevent
competitive bidding for implements
(Continued on Page Two)
■‘Gun Girls’ Do Planning For
LIBERTY, Feb. l.—iX*— Seven
men and two women were under
arrest today as suspected members
of a Texas and Louisiana bans
robbers’ gar.g. and two other sus
pects. a man and a woman, were
The seven men held were In
dicted yesterday by the Liberty
conuty grand jury in connection
with two robberies of the first Na
tional Bank of Cleveland, Texas
The two young women. Private
i Investigator Norman York slid,
were considered the actual "brains’
of the organization. ‘They do the
planning.” he said.
George Hubbard, alias C. TC
Wilson; Travis Moody; Paul Turn
er. alias Walter Cornwell; Dan T.
Davis, alias Douglas Davis, alias
Jay Norton, alias L. C. Goble; anu
Gerald Cranser. alias George Car
ter. alias R. C. Lindsey, were in
dicted for the $1,239 holdup of the
bank on January 6.
Ivy Morgan, alias Albert Lee. and
Earl Joiner, alias Robert Rhodes,
alias Earl Joyner, were billed fo»
the $1,705 robbery of the bank on
September 14. last.
(Special to The Herald)
SAN JUAN. Feb. 2 —A 1 300-gal
lon gasoline truck belonging to the
Pure Oil company exploded here
Wednesday evening as the gasoline
was being transferred to the Good
Oil company pumps.
The explosion did considerable
damage and attracted much atten
tion. The driver and station atten
dants escaped without injury and
the flames were placed under con
The large truck was an almost
The truck came to the Valley
from Corpus Christ!.
Aileen Pringle Says
Was Bound, Robbed
SANTA MONICA. Cal. Feb. 2 (/P>—
A thorough investigation of a rob
bery reported by Aileen Pringle,
wealthy actress who has appeared
on the screen infrequently during
the last two years, was promised
tcday by Chief of Police Clarence
Miss Pringle said four men weal
ing green masks entered her home
Tuesday night, bound anti gagged
her and a dinner guest. Howard
Deitz. film advertising man anu
robbed the latter of $1,000. Noth
ing was taken from her. Miss
Back in Mole
Take H from the groundhog,
the Valley and the natiton are
due for a lot of unpleasant
weather in the next few weeks.
And this time he has the
weather bureau to back him up.
for the official forecast tonight
is colder in the Valley and
The weather sage came oat of
bis hole this morning and squar
ed himself around so aa to get a
good, clear shadow.
"See that cast, boys?" he ask
ed. "I haven't made a clearer
one In years and it means many
of you will have plenty of skat
ing in March.
“We have had a lot of unsea
sonable weather this year. I can
tell. It has been much wanner
than normal, but there'll be a
change soon and shorts will go
into the moth balls.
•There'll be snow in the north,
mixed with a lot of ice. Bliz
zards are due and winter will not
only linger In the lap of spring,
but it will chill summer’s knees,
The old sage was right at l“**t
about the warm weather he has
been dishing out so far this win
The Brownsville weather bu
reau’s report shows that the past
January was 4he third warmest
in the Valley since 1871. Mean
temperature for January was
65.8. In 1880 the mean tem
perature for January was 70.8; In
1921 It was 65.8: and in »923 it
was 67.6. Lowest mean tempera
ture on record for the month wwa
in 1911. 36.2.
The bureau’s report reveals
that there were 23 days in Janu
ary in which the maximum tem
perature was above 70 degrees;
only three when the minimum
was bcKrw 50: and 12 days were
typical “shirt sleeve” days.
Although cloudy days pre
dominated during the month,
total precipitation for the month
wa* only lUf inches.
Highest temperature of the
month was 78. recorded on the
24th; and the lowest for the
month was 30. recorded January
Jury Still Out
(Special to The Herald*
EDINBURG. Feb. 2—A district
court jury was still out this aft
ernoon after deliberating for more
j than 20 hours the trial of Anto
nio Zamora, charged in connection
with the ambush slaying of Fran
cisco Ramon on fhe night of Jan
The case reached the jury yes
Ramon was shot twice from am
bush as he walked along the Mil
itary highway near Mercedes.
SPENCER. Okla., Feb. 2. <.-¥»)— A
50-year-old village blacksmtih,
Jim S .Doyle, shot and killed one
of four burglars as they emerged
early today from the Spencer
The others escaped as Doyle's
shotgun jammed Officers were try
ing to id ntify the slain man. de
scribed as about 38 years old.
PARIS Feb. 2.—i/P\—A new
and untrammeied silhouette, de
signed to leave the modern wo
man "free in her clothes" was
displayed by Patou in his gala
show last night.
The designer, who recently
launched a war on the bign
waist line, showed a silhouette
with a semi-low waist line Just
above the hip bones, easily ftt
tlng bodices, and skirts that dis
carded ciosely moulded lines.
His hats with crowns some
times four inches high in back
and lower in front, shattered the
old decree of low crowns.
Flat wools, linens, silk crepes,
bright plaid, and striped taffetas
were widely used for blouses and
Measure Goes fo
AUSTIN. Reb. t.—</P>—The Tex
as legislature today passed a bill
extending the time for payment of
the 1933 motor vehicle registration
fee until April l.
Quick House Work
The house passed a senate bill
extending the time sixty days from
February 1 by vote of 113 to i
The bill was passed In the senate
27 to 3. receiving sufficient votes
in each house to become effective
immediately with th signature or
Gov. Miriam A. Ferguson.
Gov. Ferguson had indicated she
would sign the bill without delay,
although the executive office was
reported to be in favor of a 90 day
The bill was passed in the house
under suspension of all the rules.
The bill had arrived from the sen
ate only a short while before noon
and the house stayed in session to
allow its highways and motor traf
fic committee meet, report the bill
favorably and then suspended the
rules to permit its immediate con
Under existing law, persons who
operated their automobiles after
Feb. 1 with old license plates were
subject to arrest, and penaCiea
when they did pay their registra
tion fees The extension was ad
vocated as a relief measure for
persons unable to meet payments
at this time.
The bill will not get to the gov
ernor before tomorrow. It must be
signed in presence of the house
ar.d senate members by the speaker
and lieutenant governor. Botn
branches had adjourned until to*
Get Public Hearing
AUSTIN. Feb. 2.—«TV-The sen
ate committee on governor’s nomi
nations, meeting in executive ses
sion today, decided to start publie
hearings tomorrow on protests
against the confirmation of two
appointees named by Gov. Miriam
The appointees to be considered
are F. L. Denison of Temple, named
chairman of the highway commis- >
sion. and R L. Daniel of Victoria,
selected life insurance commis
sioner. Senator George Purl of Dal
las asked for the hearing.
Marion Nixon Asks
Divorce From Hubby
LOS ANGELES. Feb. 2.—(JP)—
Marion Nixon, screen actress, has
filed a suit for divorce against Ed
ward Hillman, Jr., son of a Chica
go merchant, obtaining a tempo
rary order restraining Hillman
from entering the couples Beverly
hills home or from molesting her.
Her complaint charges Hillman
with using abusive language to
ward her and indulging excessively
in intoxicants on occasions to the
detriment of her work. It asserts
on last Thanksgiving he struck
French Arms Plan
Debated at Geneva
GENEVA, Feb. 2. (iPt — The
world disarmament conference re
convened today launching a gen
eral debate on the French disarma
Rene Massigli, the French rep
resentative. explained again his
country’s desire to obtain reduc
tion of armaments simultaneously
with a series of security parts.
Hugh Gibaan represented the
United States and Maxim Litvm
off attended for Russia.
TEXARKANA. Feb. 2.—<A»>—
Kidnaped by an escaping prisoner.
Deputy Sheriff E. A. Jones of
Pauls Valley. Okla., was forced to
drive the fugitive to Texarkana
last night at the point of a pistoL
Deputy Jones said the prisoner.
Homer Bramblet. put him out of
the car on a downtown Texarkana
street and continued his flight in
the car. Bramblet was suspected
of complicity in the robbery last
December of the First National
Bank of Lindsay, Okla.
An instructed verdict for the de
fendant was returned in the civil
district court here Wednesday in
the case of Nathan Powell vs. W.
T. Hodge. It was a suit attempt
ing cancellation of a note.
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