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THE WEATHER I tloo la Audited |
I• Brownsville and the Valley: Fair { fered In the Valley 1
Wednesday night; Thursday partly j Only by The Her- I
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c4 those things and all that sort of
And “Cotton" Boling, ramrod of
the Mercedes Chamber of Com
merce, is all three of them.
Noting that "In Our Valley" is
more out than in the Valley,
He comes through with some
suggestions that h« thought we
“might use some time”.
Suffering not so much from an
overdose of ethics as from the fear
that we might get caught at it—
We refuse to do anything but
turn the rest of this column over
to “Cotton”.
What he has to say is well worth
Here he comes
b * * *
r (By L. r. BOLING)
1920 to make my home, and found
that practically every remark made
in the course of conversation was
prefaced by the little word "IF”.
A list of these "IF'S” of that time
will show that we have been able
to eliminate many of them, and
that others are right now in the
process of elimination.
Maybe we ought to count our
r Fifteen years is a short time in
L the scheme of things.
• * *
■down hero.
IF we can advertise our Valley
^ tftmaie.
IF we can get another railroad.
, r3’ we can get a standard gauge
railroad to Port Isabel.
IF we can get a deep water port
IF we can get better international
relations with Mexico.
IF we can get hardsurfaced roads
in the Valley and a hardsurfaced
connection with San Antonio and
North Texas.
• • •
freight rates.
IF we can get rid ol the differ
IF we can get better schools.
IF we can get mosquito control.
IF we can get the Intra-Coastal
IF we can get a channel up the
Arroyo Colorado.
IF we can get water conservation
and flood control.
• • •
jF we can get canneries to locate
IF we can form a successful co
operative marketing association.
IF we can get the colonization
companies to come down on the
per acre price of land.
IF we can promote diversified
• • •
utility service in our Valley cities
and towns.
IF we can get the right sort of
tourist attracting publicity.
IF we can better finance our ir
rigation districts.
17 we can get time to help put
all these things over, we will put
this section of Texas far ahead of
Florida and California.
• • •
ftsens have and are taking time to
work out these things.
Taxes are being lowered, freight
•-tes are coming down, land prices
are at rock bottom, more people are
coming here every year.
We are attracting nation-wide at
tention In canning, oil and ship
ping circles.
Cities, counties and Irrigation dis
tricts are being refinanced.
In fact, most of our ‘TPS'’ have
been eliminated, and we are on the
verge of a steady, healthy develop
ment. beyond the dreams of our
pioneers •
• • •
If you don’t like the Valley, leave
It, and after a year or two up
IF you live, you will come back—
IP you have the money, and—
IT you can fin da plaoe in which
tijBftvo here.
: • • •
And IP you have time, please write
w another column some day right
Rio Waters Division Bill to Be Signed Soon
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$4,700,000 Will Be
Used To Complete
River Harnessing
To Protect Crops
Representative West (D-Texas) said i
Wednesday he was hopeful for ear
ly signing by the president of his bill
authorizing the state department to
negotiate a treaty with Mexico with
reierence to division of waters of the
Rio Grande.
The West bill has passed house
and senate and is now on the presi
dent’s desk. In addition to author
izing negotiation of a treaty it pro
vides for construction of any works
or projects along the river neces
sary to carry out water division as
outlined in the treaty.
The state department also would
be authorized to proceed with flood
control and water conservation
measures on the river.
The Lower Rio Grande Valley
Wednesday looked forward to begin
ning at an early date of work on a
$4,700,000 federal flood control proj
I ect in this section, following re
ceipts of communications from
Washington that the enabling bill
has passed both houses of congress,
and is now on the desk of President
[ Roosevelt.
ITie president Is expected to sign
the bill shortly.
Give* Legal Statu*
This bill will give the Valley’s
iiood control work a definite legal
status, and will make possible some
provision for maintenance of any
I permanent works that are built.
The International Boundary com
! mission is now completing a $2,000.
000 emergency program, *vhich con
sisted mainly in repairing and
strengthening levees throughout the
Valley on the system that was built
1 by the counties several years ago.
The state department, under which
the boundary commission operates,
has approved a permanent flood con
(Contmued on Page Two)
Giant Expenditure* Made
In Valley to Produce
'Liquid Gold’
(Special to The Herald)
McALLEN. Aug. 14.--Oil develop
ment in the Rio Grande Valley
during the past year has resulted
In the expenditure in Hidalgo and
Starr counties of more than $3>
000,000. Brad Smith. Hidalgo county
correspondent for The Brownsville
Herald, told the McAllen Ro»ary
club at its regular Wednesday
Smith recounted the oil develop
ment In the Valley during the past
5 years, briefly reviewing the dis
covery of the Los Olmoo shallow
pool; the Texas company's Roma
pool: the Rio Grande City pool;
the Sun Oil company’s Las Cue vitas
pool; the Barbacoas pool, all in
Starr county; the Samfordvce field;
the Mercedes deep pool and the
Gulf States Oil company's Edin
burg pool, all in Hidalgo county,
iie had covered all of these develop
ments as reporter for The Herald
and several upstate newspapers.
(Continued on Page Two)
Wednesday high
At Bro»/svilIe
91 degrees
Tuesday com
Brownsville 93;
Abilene 88: Ama
rillo 88; Chica
go 78; Corpus
Christi 90; Dal
las 84; Del Rio
94; Denver 90:
El Paso 92;
Houston 90;
Kansas City 88;
Los Angeles 88;
Miami 88; New
Orleans 88; Ok
lahoma City 88;
Phoenix 92; San
Antonio 98.
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Doubly Serious
About Career
Two heads are better than one
when they're as pretty as Mar
gon's and there's serious work
ahead The little Mexican star,
whose twinkling toes won her
international fame, has a rea
son for sober reflection. She’s
in Hollywood to- make her
debut as a dramatic actress in
a picture built around a glam
orous bandit of the gold rusb
days of *49_
$500,000 Terminal Facilities
Figures to Be Opened
On August 21
Eleven contracting concerns in
Texas and Louisiana have slgni
f.ea their intention of bidding for
contract to construct the $500,000
terminal facilities of the Browns
\iiie port, according to information
given out at the Brownsville Navi
gation district office.
Bids are to be opened at the office
here on August 21.
Nine of the concerns will bid on
the contract for building the
wharves, docks, transfer sheds and
oil dock, the major portion of the
Two other concerns are to bid
an the railway terminal work alone,
along with the nine which are bid
ding on the other work.
Concerns bidding on the entire
Job are:
McKenzie Construction company
of San Antonio. J. DePuy of San
Antonio. Briggs-Darbv Construction
Co. of Pharr. Dodds & Wedegartner
Of San Benito. Keliher Construction
(Continued on Page Two)
Here and There
By Garvin Elrod of Harlingen
• * *
DAY and NIGHT for weeks
a a a
HOPES & PLANS have been
a a a
Towering HIGH as SCOUTS
a a a
a a a
National Scout jamboree
a a a
At Washington this month;
a a a
THEN from a CLEAR sky
a a a
Plashed a blue BOLT that
a a a
Left them completely dazed,
a a a
As infantile PARALYSIS
a a a
NECESSITATED cancellation;
a a a
BUT the SAME qualities
a a a
That BUILD good Scouts,
a a a
Gives 42 Valley boys a
a a a
Sense of REASONING; thus
a a a
Prevailing conditions are
a a a
Being taken for granted as
a a a
Scouts continue to SMILE
Three Boats Now Can
Tie Up To Wharfs
At One Time For
An additional 300 feet will be added
to the length of the Brownsville 1
turning basin, making it 1300 by 1000
feet, it is indicated in a letter frcm
Lieutenant Colonel E. H. Marks, dis
trict engineer, to R. J. Cummins, con
sulting engineer of the Brownsville
Navigation district.
The additional 300 feet of length
was in the original plan, but was cut
out when bids for the dredging con
tract were opened in order to keep
this contract within $1,455,000.
Dredge Contractor Willing
Colonel Marks in his letter states
“the pre-dredging surveys for th
Brownsville channel dredging Job
have recently been completed and I
am pleased to inform you it is in
dicated there from that sufficient
savings will be made on the original
estimated yardage to enable the bas
in to be extended in lfngth towards
Brownsville to the length of 1300
feet originally projected.
“The dredging contractor has been
contacted informally, and has indi
cated that he will be willing to un
dertake this additional work at the
contract price (8 47 cents per yard)
under supplemental agreement upon
the predication that the work can be
made continuous and without inter
Col. Marks set forth approval of
the PWA must be secured to the
change, and it is expected this will
be arranged immediately. The Navi
gation district is taking the initiative,
as suggested by Colonel Marks, in
getting the extension
The additional length on the
Brownsville turning basin will make
it possible for three freighters to
dock at the wharves, and to dis
charge and take on cargo at the
same time, while fcur or five other
boats may be anchored in the turn
ing basin.
New Depth Held Up
Announcement also has been re
(Continued on Page Two.)
Body of Veteran Physician
Forwarded to Paris
For Last Rites
The body of Dr. George 6. Stell.
67. who spent the major part of his
active life In Brownsville, and who
died here at 2:45 Tuesday, was
forwarded Wednesday morning to
Paris, Texas, where burial wifi be
made in the family plot, beside the
body of his son.
Dr. Stell was born in Paris. Texas,
where he operated a sanitarium for
a time. later going to Mexico to
practice. His brother. William, is
still a practicing physician in that
He came to Brownsville in April,
1909 and lived here since then. |
The body was accompanied from
here by R . L. Stell, a brother, and
by Dr. Stell's widow. They will be
Joined in Paris for the funeral by
Dr. Stell's daughter. Mrs. Ellis Her
ron of Humble, Texas.
Dr. Stell was well known in the
medical profession of the state,
and among the lay public he was
held highly for his charity work.
During the influenza epidemic in
Brownsville he worked night end
day on rich and poor alike through
out the entire period of sickness.
He was a member of the Meth
odist church of Brownsville and of
the Woodmen of the World.
Dr. Stell's hobby was chess, and
he ranked high among players In
this section.
Certificates Transfer
Is To Begin Thursday
(Special to The Herald)
SAN BENITO. Aug. 14—.Forms
for exchanging tax exemption cot
ton certificates within the county
have been received here, it was an
nounced Wednesday by County
Agent Henry Alsmeyer. Transfers
are to be handled at the cotton of
fice in the Stonewall Jackson hotel
beginning Thursday, it was an
Legal owners of tax exemptions
must be present with their certifi
cates together with the buyers, and
the sale mast be made with Prentiss
Edmiston. assistant in cotton con
tracts work, witnessing the trans
fer. The transfer value of the certi
ficates is five per pound, and can
not be transferred for either more or
less than that price.
Boy Lion Trainer Signs Contract
To Appear in Jungle Life Movie
Corporation Which Made Clyde Beatty Pictures to Come To
Brownsville To Make Shots Of Manuel King
Announcement was made here
Wednesday in a telegram from W.
A. (Snake) King that he has
signed contract in New York for
the making of a moving picture
which will he built around Manuel
King, his 11-year-old son who is
now appearing with his lion act
at Atlantic City.
Young Manuel, billed as the
world's youngest lion trainer, is
putting his 12 lions and a dog
through their paces daily at
Young's Million Dollar Pier at
Atlantic City, headlining the at
tractions there.
The contract for the picture
was signed with the Mascot Pic
tures Corporation, which made
the "Big Cage" featuring Clyde
Beatty, and "The Lost Jungle,’’
also with Beatty.
Production will be started at
Brownsville about November 20,
according to word received a
Snakevllle here by Bill King, an
other son of Snake King.
Preparations are now being
made for the filming, the first
work consisting of building an
African Jungle near here. In the
filming, the entire set will be en
closed with a fenoe 60-feet high,
and telephone poles are now
being secured tc build this fence.
Three baggage cars will bring
the sound equipment, cameras
and other equipment, and about
25 persons will come here to
work on the picture.
The work in Brownsville will
require from four to six weeks,
depending on the weather. The
entire troupe will then be moved
to Hollywood, where four or five
weeks' additional work will be
done on the interiors and other
Details of the story were not
available here, but the fiim will
be built around Manuel.
Manuel is to remain at Young's
Pier until September 5 .when he
will go to Lancaster. Ohio, to ap
pear at the State Fair there. He
will be back in Brownsville about
November 20.
By coincidence, his 12th birth
day falls on September 5, the day
when his work at Young’s pier
ends, and a big celebration is
being planned for that day.
Manuel King’s rise to fame
has been sensational, just as his
work with the big cats has been
equally sensational. He started
working with lions during the
winter of 1933-34, and by the
summer of last year was good
enough to make a tour of the
This summer, as a seasoned
trouper, he left here with his
house cars, animal trucks and at
tendants for Atlantic City, where
he has been all summer. He en
tered into negotiations last
spring for the making of a mov
ing picture, and contract has
Just been signed.
In preparation for Manuel’s
further work, more animals have
been received at Snakeville. Bill
King pointed out. A grown Ja
guar has just been received, alofg
with four male lions, two of
them grown, and the others about
, half grown.
Also added to the stock of lions
are three cubs which are now
only a few days old. and which
will make future material for the
boy lion trainer.
Cameron’s First Deep Test
To Be Spudded In At
Rio Hondo ~
(Special to The Herald)
RIO HONDO, Aug. 14—Several
hundred persons were expected to
gather here late Thursday to witness
the spudding in of Cameron county's
first deep oil test, the Joseph F.
Anderson Brcwne Tract No. 1, sche
duled for 5 o'clock.
The 122-foot steel derrick has been
erected and machinery installed on
location in block 397. Browne Prop
erties. Contract depth is 5.000 feet,
although the equipment will permit
drilling to 12,000 feet if necessary,
officials say.
Approximately 4,500 acres have
been leased near the well, situated
on the salt flats only a few miles
from Rio Hondo.
Rio Hondo merchants have agreed
to close their stores at 4 o’clock
Thursday afternoon, an hour before
the well is scheduled to be spudded
in. A barbecue and speeches will
follow the spudding-in.
Seven trucks were required to move
the heavy derrick to location, and
about 20 truckloads of additional
equipment, including timber, boilers
and machinery, were brought to the
site. Drilling contrfctors are Herbert
J. Jones and Jack Modesett.
Plans have been made for three
shifts to begin drilling on a 24
hour schedule, employing from 15
tc 18 workmen. A canal Just a few
feet from location Is expected to pro
vide an adequate water oupply.
Several thousand persons have
(Continued on Page Two.)
Position of the dredges cutting
the Brownsville ship channel on
Wednesday. Aug. 14 was:
Orleans. Station 78 plus 545 or
total advance of 65.545 feet.
Texas. Station 60 plus 635. or total
advance of 47,635 feet.
The Orleans is now 1.79 miles,
and the Texas 5.17 miles from the
Brownsville turning basin site.
♦ * * * *
* * * * *
CALLENDER, Ont., Aug. 14. <&)
—Dr. Allan R. Dafoe had told
Hollywood ‘nothing doing” In
response to overtures to have the
Dionne quintuplets appear as co
stars with Harold Lloyd In a film,
he said Wednesday.
The physician, who is one of
the legal guardians of Callender’s
most famous children, confirmed
reports Hollywood was seeking the
services of the quintuplets but said
a contract which nets them a
lucrative income covers all picture
Holland Saya He Received
Permission to Test
For Shrimp
A formal complaint to Henry
Kraus.se. acting American consul
in Matamoros. of American shrimp
ing boats being fired upon in Mex
ican waters below' the mouth of the
Rio Grande Sunday afternoon was
placed in the mail Wednesday by
W. P. Holland of Port Isabel, man
ager of the Gulf Coast Fisheries.
A complete investigation of the
incident is expected to be ordered
v/hen the complaint is lodged In
proper channels.
Antonio P. Orta. Matamoros game
warden, cleared up the mystery of
the shooting Tuesday when he an
tounced that he had fired on the
beats in order to run them out of
Mexican waters. Orta, who I ys he
had no intention of wounding oc
cupants of the boats, fired on the
boats 17 times with a pistol and a
Developments uncovered Wednes
day indicate that the shooting prob
ably resulted from Orta and Hol
land misunderstanding the onrase
(Continued on Page Two)
Texans to Vote on Steps
Toward Social Security
(Editor’s Note: This is the second
of a series of four articles explain
ing the seven constitutional
amendments submitted to a vote
at a special election August 24).
• • •
AUSTIN. Aug. 14. (/P>—Two of
seven proposed constitutional
changes on which Texans would
ballot 10 days hence were designed
to bolster the social security of the
state's aged and poor.
One placed at the top of the bal
lot would authorize the legislature
to provide old-age assistance. It
would be optional.
The other would permit submis
sion of constitutional amendments
at special legislative sessions to
meet extraordinary emergencies,
a function now allowed only at
biennial or regular sessions.
The pension amendment would
permit maximum payments of $15
monthly to Texans over 65 years
cf age who had resided in the
state at least five of the past nine
years and continuously for (me
year Immediately preceding the
Habitual criminals, habitual
drunkards and inmates of state
supported institutions would not be
Unlike most states with cld-age
pensions, the Texas amendment
would not make Indigency a prere
quisite bo eligibility. Statutes es
establi&hlng a system could, how
ever, invoke that or other restric
tions. The amendment would em
power the legislature to fix “such
limitations and restrictions and
regulations as may be deemed ex
pedient” in addition tc constitu
tional Inhibitions.
The S15 monthly maximum was
prescribed in view of provisions of
the federal Social Security Act
promising an equal amount to
match state funds.
What an old-age pension system
would cost Texas could not be es
timated in advance of statutory re
strictions on eligibility. California.
(Continued on Page Seven)
Valley-Wide Court of Honor
Slated to Be Held At
San Benito
(Special to The Herald)
'SAN BENITO. Aug. 14.—Members
cl thirty Boy' Scout troops from all
parts of the Valley will assemble here
Wednesday night for the annual
Valley-wide Court of Honor, one ol
the most impressive spectacles of
the year.
The event will take place at the
football field here, under the flood
lights, with spectators sitting on each
side of the field.
The Scout Bugle Corps of Harlin
gen will open the program, coming
onto the field and taking a position
in front of the Court of Honor, which
will consist of officers of the Valley
Scout council, and the local court of
Close to 500 Scouts are expected to
take part In the event.
Rev. Leslie A. Boone of Harlin
gen is to deliver the principal ad
dress at the meeting.
Merit badges and other awards
are tc be presented after Rev.
Boone's talk.
(Special to The Herald)
MERCEDES, Aug. 14 —Question
naires were being sent out from the
Valley Scout headquarters here Wed
nesday to parents and sponsors of
the Valley Scouts whc had planned
to make the Jamboree trip to Wash
(Continued on page Two)
NEW YORK. (AP)—Joe Moore’a
home run with two on haw in the
second inning, the rlimax of a
four-run rally, enabled the Giant*
to defeat the challenging St. Louis
Cardinals 6 to 4 in the first game
of a double header Wednesday.
BOSTON. (AP)—The Braves
hunr an 8-1 defeat or Cincinnati
in the first game of their double
header here Wednesday. Frank
house allowed the Reds eight hits
but kept them well scattered.
sistent hittltig gave the Pitts
burgh Pirates an 8 to 1 victory
over the Phillies in the first game
of Wednesday's double header.
Centerfielder Hafey. of the Pirates,
made a home roll.
BROOKLYN. (AP) — Watson
Clark blanked the Cubs with one
hit in the last five inning* while
the Dodgers rallied to score five
times In the seventh and eighth
and defeat the Cubs 9 to 5 in the
first game of a double header Wed
Fund For pio Grande
Project ** Approved
The senate foreign relations com
mittee Wednesday approved the
Hrteh-Chavez bill authorizing $1,
000000 toward construction of the
Pio Grande canalization project
from the Cabello reservoir site In
New Mexico to the international dam
rear El Paso. Texas.
The bill would authorize carry
ing out of the project for equitable
division of the waters of the Rio
Grande in accordance with the
treaty of 1906 with Mexico.
Senate Gives Utility
Control Figure One
More Chance Before
Taking Action
—Howard C. Hopson failed to
appear before the senate lobby
committee at the 3 o’clock dead
line set by the committee, bat
Chairman Black also waa still
absent Wednesday and no ac
tion was Immediately taken.
Howard C. Hopson, long missing
"master mind” of the Associated Gas
and Electric System. Invited senate
contempt proceedings Wednesday by
falling to report to a senate sub
poena to appear immediately before
the senate lobby committee.
After waiting more than an hour
for the heavy-set utilities magnate
to appear on an “lnstanter” sub
poena, the committee announced lit
would meet again at I o'clock and tf
he did not show up then It would
cite him to the senate for contempt.
Strengthens Power
Both Harry P. Sinclair, ail mag
nate, and William P MacCracken,
former assistant secretary of com
merce. have served Jail terms far
While the committee was waiting a
resolution to strengthen itg power In
questioning He peon and dRiers was
adopted by the senate.
A subpoena was served on him
Wednesday morning afte- he testi
fied to the house rules committee.
Some time later he had not shown
up and senators began talking of
citing him fer contempt.
Presented by Chairman Black of
the lobby committee, the resolution
amended the original Investigation
proposal to authorise inquiring into
corporate and financial structures,
salaries and stock transactions be
tween companies.
Controls Lobbying?
Black said Hopgcn would be “cited"
If hs did not appear in response to
the summons.
He said Hopson and persons reply
ing to a committee questionnaire had
questioned the right of congress to go
Into private transactions publicly.
He told Senator Hastings (R-DeD
the committee would show that
"Hopson was directly controlling and
mapping the entire program of
lobbying all over the country."
Wire Flashes
(Special to The Herald)
MERCEDES. Aug. 14. — The
Mercedes 1’nion No. 1 American
Land and Irrigation company was
coring in hard sandy lime at
7600 fret at noon Wednesday.
tion control for potatoes, the na
tion’s fourth food crop, was ap
proved by the house Wednesday
by a 173 to 165 roll call vote.
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GOSHEN. N. Y. <%P> —Coming
from behind with a great bunt of
speed. E. J. Baker’s Greyhound,
urbeaten trctter from St. Charles,
III.. Wednesday won the ninth
renewal of the 133.000 If a ruble
tcnian taking the serond heat in
2:02*i after capturing the first
mile in 2:02'i.
Brownsville: The Capitol—Arline
Judge and Kent Taylor in "Coliego
Scandal." The Queen—Jean Harlow, Wil
liam Powell and Pranchot Ton# la
"Reckless." The Dlttmann—Jean Ar
i thur in "Most Precious Thing in Life."
San Benito: The Rif oil—Ann Hard
I lng and Herbert Marshall In "The Flame
Harlingen: The Arcadia—Mary Brian
and W. C. Fields In "The Man On the
Flying Trapeze." The Rialto-Robert
Teylor and Jeaa Parker in "Murder in
the Fleet."
La Fens: The Bijou—Fred Mac Murray
, and Madge Evans in "Men Without
| Names ”
RaymondvUle: The Ramon—Ann
Harding and Herbert Marshall in "The
Flame Within."
Donna: The Plaza—Lionel Barrymore
I and Elizabeth Allan In "Mark of the
j Vampire."
San Juan: The San Juan—Ana
Harding and Frank Morgan in "En
chanted April."
Mercedes: The Capitol—Ida Lupino
and Kent Taylor In "Smart Qlrl."
Weslaco: The Rltz—Ida Lupino and
Kent Taylor In "Smart Oirl."
McAllen: The Palace—W C. Fields
and Mary Brian In “The Man On the
Plying Trapeze" The Que«n —Claudette
Colbert and Charles Boyer In "Private
Mission: The Mission—Paul Robeson
In "Sanders of the River."
Home-Delivered Circulation of The Brownsville Herald Is More Than Double That of Any Other Valley Newspaper

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