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(By U S. Weather Bureau)
Brownsville and the Valley: Partly
cloudy Monday night and Tuesday;
not much change in temperature.
The Talley firet—Ftrat ta the Talley
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Flood Recedes Leaving One Dead, Huge Damage
Buildings Flooded In
Houston Bayou
Area By Record
Rise of Stream

HOUSTON. Dec. 9 — /P— Flood
waters of the normally sluggish
Buffalo bayou receded slowly Mon
day. leaving in their wake one
known death, several reported
drownings and property damage j
estimated at more than 92.000,000. !
The stream, which empties into
the Houston ship channel, went on
a rampage late Saturday after
torrential rains had fallen m
northern Harris county, ol which
Houston is the county seat.
100 Blocks Flooded
The flooded bayou inundated 100
blocks of Houston, including a large
area of the downtown section.
So far. only one death in the
swirling torrent had been confirm
ed but there were reports of sev
eral others \;hose lives were fear
ed to have been lost.
The known victim was a Bay
City man. Arnold Holub, 26. who
fell into the West Bernard river
iSee FLOOD On Page Three)
‘Th ree Mass Meetings
Will Wind Up Heated
Election Campaigning
Voting places in Tuesday's city election in Browns
ville are:
In County Election Precinct No. 16, Fitch's garage,
West Seventh and St. Francis streets.
In County Election Precinct No. 17, including also
that part of County Election Precinct No. 3 lying within
the city limits, Magnolia filling station, corner of N. W.
Second and Elizabeth streets.
In County Election Precinct No. 18, J. A. Champion
store, St. Charles street between S. E. Fifth and Sixth
In County Election Precinct No. 19, Central Fire Sta
tion, corner Tenth and Adams streets.
In County Election Precinct No. 20, O. Rangel store,
S. E. Jefferson streel at corner of Fourteenth.
In County Election Precinct No. 21, Fire Station No. 3,
S. E. Ringgold street between S. E. Thirteenth and Four
teenth streets.
In County Election Precinct No. 28, No. 903 S. E.
Jefferson street, at corner of Ninth.
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Building Associations
Incorporations In
Spite of Wishes Of
State Invalidated
WASHINGTON, Dec. §.—‘A*—
Almo>t the last avenue of escape
from electrocution was closed to
Bruno Richard Hauptmann Mon
day when the supreme court re
fused to review his conviction of
kidnaping and murdering the
Lindbergh baby.
section of the Home Owners Loan
! Act of 1933 authorizing federal in
corporation of building and loan
j associations, despite a state's wish
‘ es. was invalidated Monday by the
! supreme court.
In an unanimous decision hand
ed down while a crowded court
room awaited all-important argu
ments on the AAA. the highest
court struck another blow at the
New Deal.
#rgy that has gone into the process
of making Weslaco one of the finest
cities anywhere—
Has been pulled out of the bag
by Gus Kaufman and his able
assistants and put to work.
To make Weslaco's 16th Birth
day party and celebration,
One of the top events of the
Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Starting Wednesday and contin
uing through Thursday,
A sparkling series of interesting
events is on the docket.
A complete program of events I
has appeared in the press of the
Valley and will appear again be
fore the celebration opens.
Pick your spot and go to Wes
laco either Wednesday or Thurs
ly both.
• • •
Doesn't seem so long ago that
we cranked up Lizzie and chug,
chugged over the dusty roads of
Hidalgo county to the town in the
What is now the business section
Of Weslaco was practically all clear
ed from the brush, but the resi
dence section showed cactus ana
brush that merged without a single
line of demarcation into the sur
rounding territory.
A few shacks erected, foundations
being layed for permanent build
And tents everywhere, occupied
by those pioneering souls determin
ed to get in on the ground floor.
* • •
tlers of Weslaco were native Texans.
And the atmosphere of Brown
and Coleman counties still per
meates the city and surrounding
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—By Staff Photographer
This mass of twisted and blackened sheet-iron is all that remains of the Banks L. Miller grain elevator which
was constructed this year at Adams Gardens near Harlingen at a cost of $30,000. The blaze, which was report
ed about 6:30 o'clock Sunday morning, spread rapidly and the building was a mass of flames before firemen
could reach the scene.
$30,000 Adams Gardens
Structure Is 8urned
To Ground
HARLINGEN. Dec. 9 —Fire of un
determined origin swept the Banks
L. Miller grain elevator at Adams
Gardens early Sunday morning, leav
ing a blackened mass of twisted
sheet iron where the 00-foot tower
had stood.
Harlingen firemen were notified
of the blaze about 6:30 o'clock Sun
day morning but the structure was
a mass of llames by the time they
reached the scene. The blaze, ap
parently originating in the eleva
tor shaft, spread quickly to woodwork
of all parts of the building. The
elevator collapsed and tumbled to
the ground.
Two thousand. five-hundred
bushels of ccrn and a quantity of
lumber were destroyed in the flames.
Firemen were recalled to the scene
Sunday niRht when it was feared
the heat from the twisted metal;
would set fire to the Rio Grande
Valley^ big gas line, over which the
elevator was situated. Officials fear
ed the line would become ignited,
which would have cut off gas fuel
supply to the Lower Valley.
The Adams Gardens elevator,
along with others at Pharr and at
Port Isabel, were constructed to han
dle the Valley's large corn crop by
boat. Grain was collected at the ele
vators. trucked to Port Isabel and
shipped by boat to eastern markets.
Polar Airplane
Is Wrecked In
Take-Off Try
ATLANTA. Dec. 9. (yp)—A plane
intended for use in the search for
Lincoln Ellsworth, missing Antarctic
explorer, was wrecked here early
Monday in the takeoff of Pilot Rus
rell W. Thaw for Brownsville. Texas.
Thaw, the son of Evelyn Nesbitt
Thaw, and his mechanic. William
Henry Klenke, Jr., escaped injurv
as the ship plunged from al low alti
tude just after clearing the west end
of Candler Field, the Atlanta muni
cipal airport
Airport attendants said the en
gine cut out shortly after the ship
left the ground. It struck a tree.
Thaw flew the plane here Sunday
from Caldwell, N. J.
Keep a Level Head!
Tomorrow the voting citizens of Brownsville go to the
polls to climax a 60-day political campaign, and cast
their ballots for mayor and city commissioners.
Always a partisan city, with its citizens quick to take
sides and equally quick to express themselves in behalf
of their favorites and against their opponents, Browns
ville has followed the accepted lines of political cam
paigning during the past 60 days.
Many things have been said that very probably
might have been better left unsaid, but on the other
hand, thoughtful discussion of the problems of the city
has featured many of the campaign utterances. '
Up to this time, leaders and adherents of all three of
the city tickets have kept a most level head. There have
been few outbursts of physical over-enthusiasm, prac
tically no disorders of any kind.
Tuesday and Tuesday night will see the end of the
campaign, the actual casting and counting of the ballots
which will determine either the election of candidates
or the sending of certain candidates into a run-off elec
Just as Tuesday will see the climax of the campaign,
so most naturally will Tuesday bring about a climax in
enthusiasm among the adherents of the leaders in the
balloting and of disappointment among the followers of
the losers.
The real test of citizenship is upon us, the test of the
sportsmanship of the winners and of the losers.
In the heat of election day it will be very easy to lose
self control, to say things that calm reflection would
disdain, to do things that sober consideration would
For after all, we are all citizens of Brownsville, all
proud of our city, and all determined that our city shall
Election disorders would cast a blot upon our com
munity that would require years to erase, and that in
the meantime would result in a serious setback to the
community’s advancement and to the personal fortunes
of every citizen of Brownsville.
Speaking for the great Brownsville of the oast,
present and future, The Brownsville Herald asks every
leader and every adherent of the three parties to bear
these things in mind that no shame may come to them
or to their city as a result of over-zealous partisanship.
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Brownsville people will go to the polls Tuesday and give
I he answer to two months of active campaigning.
The voters will select a mayor and four commissioners
to run the city for the next two years. ■
With three complete tickets in the field, there will be a
•State Rights Invasion*
In some quarters, the ruling was
1 viewed as a possible guide post to
the extent of federal power over
state affairs. It was the first opin
ion this term on a New Deal law.
The justices affirmed a ruling
by the Wisconsin supreme court
that three Milwaukee building and
loan associations must remain un
der state control because they were
chartered as state corporations,
i (See COURT On Page Two»
Man Held in McMichael
Killing Continues
Flat Denials
A suspect arrested Saturday night
in connection with the murder of M.
H. McMichael. 71. operator df the
Pennsylvania Filling Station and
Grocery store, continued to staunch
i ly deny any knowledge of the brutal
attack here Monday.
Officers, who tock the man into
custody Saturday night at a place
between Los Fresnos and Browns
ville. believe the man in custody was
in the truck which carried the mur
derer away from the scene of the
shooting, about a quarter of a mile
north from the Brownsville golf
The suspect's alibi of being in oth
er places at the time of the shoot
ing was being checked by officers
A ''rattle-trap” truck carrying
three men passed the Tourists' Auto
Supply, south of the scene of the
murder, a short time before 'he
murder, passed Barreda a> short time
I following the shooting and was seen
j in San Benito later, according to of
ficers. In West San Benito one of
the men flashed a 45 similar to the
cne with which McMichael was slain.
Ofiicers are working on the theory
that the suspect now held was one of
the three men in this truck.
First Veniremen Called
In Shooting of Jack
Roe at Alamo
(Special to The Herald)
EDINBURG. Dec 9—The first
venireman was called just before
noon Monday as efforts to obtain a
jury for the trial of Jerry Stugard
charged with murder in connection
with the fatal shooting of J. S. Jack
Roe of Alamo, were started in dis
trict court here. The venireman
called was J. T. Smith of Hargill.
Of a total venire of 200 called, alt
except 59 were excused for various
The trial is being conducted be
fore Judge Bryce Ferguson in 92ntl
district court. The state is represent
ed by District Attorney Rogers Kel
ley and Assistant District Attorney
Gene Catlett. Defense attorneys am
E. * A. McDaniel of McAllen and.
Franklin Ewers of Mission
Roe. a citrus shipper at Alamo,)
was killed on September 23.
Hunter Drowns While
Swimming For Duck
(Special to The Herald )
LOS FRESN06, Dec. 9— Felib
Ruiz. 22. drowned in a resaca on the
Major Russell farm, six miles east
of here. Sunday afternoon when he
attempted to recover a duck brought
down by his gunfire.
Ruiz, a farmer, swam across thr
resaca. recovered the duck and waj;
swimming back when he suddenly
cried out and sank from sight, ao
cordmg to companions.
Oificers. including Chief Deputh !
Sheriff Will Cabler. were called arii'
the body was finally recovered it -
seven feet of water.
Funeral services were to be he W
at the family heme Monday.
Crop Estimates
Lowered By Board
WASHINGTON. Dec. 9._)/|»_Tlae 1
agriculture department M o n d a, y |
estimated the 1935 cotton crop at 10l- j
734,000 bales, a reduction of 4O7.0B0
sales or about 3.7 per cent from t he
forecast a month ago.
The crop estimate is about 1.09f| - *
XX) bales greater than production in 1
1934 <
‘Political Profiteer*’ Seek
To Pit Cities Against
Farms, Avers
CHICAGO. Dec 9. <7P>—President
Roosevelt declared Monday that
• political profiteers" are seeking to
stir up city people in opposition to
the New Deal farm program, which
he defended at almost the same hoar
that it approached its crucial test
in the supreme court.
The program aimed, he said, “to
stop the rule of tooth and claw that
threw farmers into bankruptcy, or
turned them virtually into serfs.”
Points to Farm Income
As evidence that it is succeeding,
he asserted that farm income “has
increased nearly $3,000,000,000 in the
past two and half years."
Endorsing the new Canadian trade
treaty, he said:
“Agriculture, far from being cruci
fied by this agreement, as some have
told you. actually gains from it.”
While Mr. Roosevelt addressed the
American Farm Bureau Federation,
the supreme court at Washington
moved to open oral arguments in the
Hoosac Mills case, in which consti
tutionality of the whole AAA is chal
lenged and defended.
Evidently striking at his oppon
ents' contention that AAA is an un
warranted encroachment of federal
power intc the domain of the states
fa point at Issue in the Hoosac caso.
the president said the 48 states, act
ing separately, are powerless to at
tain a balanced agriculture.
Picturing the whole American
economy as a “seamless web.” he de
clared that higher farm prices con
ferred “net benefits" on consum
?rs. though he hit many retail prices
is ‘‘toe high.”
“Lifting prices on the farm up to
:he level where the farmer and his 1
family can live is opposed chiefly by
(See ROOfSEVELT On Page Three'
, 4 U*i-Ui 1 IU11VOD V/liC KJl UK- UVIVCTtO LU"
tains a majority in the first election.
The run-cff, in the event one is
necessary. will be held between
December 23 and January' 1, date
to be set by the city commission on
December 13. when the vote is can
The election comes at the end of
one of the most heated campaigns
in the city in a quarter century.
Mass meetings have been held over
a period of six weeks, and the
campaigns will come to a close
with three mass gatherings Mon
day night.
The "Peoples’ Party” ticket will
hold a mass meeting on the vacant
Vote Party to Be
Held At Courthouse
Tuesday night’s election party
to be given by The Brownsville
Herald and Valentin's department
store, will be held on the court
house lawn instead of at The
Herald building on 13th and
and Adams streets as previously
Through the courtesy and co
operation of Sheriff Art Goolsby
the change was made in order to
be able to comfortably accommo
date the crowd expected to attend
the party and at the same time
to avoid unnecessary congestion
of the streets.
A loud speaking outfit. ■Illlflir
to the ones that have been used
for mass meetings during the
campaign, will be installed and
returns will be made immediately
available to the crowd when re
No persons will be allowed n
side the courthouse, Sheriff
Goolsby stated.
lot across from the county jail.
The "Citizens’ Party” ticket will j
hold a mass meeting at the court
The Administration ticket will
hold a mass meeting at the Dream
land theatre.
Polls open at 7 a. m. Tuesday and
close at 7 p. m
Voting is expected to break all
records in the city, with the total
vote estimated variously at from
3.000 to 4.0'X). Each of tfce three
tickets is expected to have super
visors and challengers at the polls.
The three tickets to go before
the voters Tuesday are:
Administration —R. B* Rentfro
for mayor; W. T. Aldridge. Arthur
Hipp. Frank Alcedo and H. L.
Thomas for commissioners.
(See ELECTION on Page 2)
and west by the fertile lands of the
old West tract of the American Rio
Grande Land and Irrigation com
And on the south and east by the
equally fertile lands of the Llano
Grande tract,
Weslaco soon took a lead in the
gxming and shipping of vegetables
that has bee* held and increased
in recent years.
To Weslaco came branches of
many of the larger produce houses
of the north ana east—
First to buy. later to buy and
also grow vegetables for their re
spective markets.
To them and to the growers of
the Weslaco territory must be giv
en credit for the first commercial
production of many of the unusual
and uncommon varieties of vege
That have brought hundreds of
thousands of dollars into the bank
accounts of the Valley.
Broccoli, kohl rabi. and many
other varieties, are examples.
• • •
surrounding grew and prospered,
to the city itself has become one I
of the most modern of the Valley's
many fine communities.
Just lately it has been announced I
that the main business street of!
the City is to be remodeled along
Spanish architectural lines—
A prime example of the city pride 1
ind resourcefulness that has ever
tharacterized Weslaco and it* dt
laenshlp. ; i
• • •
rhich its citizens might very prop
irly boast—
Weslaco and surrounding tern- |
ory have never held aloof—
Have never once attempted to
Weslaoo ahead at the expense
>f the general welfare of the sec
Any Valley wide project. lar*e
>r small, may always count on Wea
aco, its individual citizens, its city
jovemment, its several civic or
For hearty and unqualified sup
• • •
Veslac’* in its Birthday Party—
Giving to Weslaco the same sup
©rt that Weslaco has always given
o the Valley—
p-oud in the progressive develop-.
seat of a Valley community. J
Grand Jury Probe Of
Slayings Scheduled
TULSA. Okla. Dec. 9 (A*—Pour
district judges, sitting en banc, an
nounced Monday they will call a
grand jury to investigate vice condi- j
lions in Tulsa as an aftermath of1 he
slaying of two men at the Sheridan
Club last Wednesday.
Albert Fall Near
Death After Collapse
EL PASO. Dec. 9 — Albert B. Pall
club to life Monday after a relapse
physicians feared would prove fatal.
The 74-year-old secretary of inte
rior under President Harding rallied
late Sunday night after members of
his family had been summoned
Col. H. F. Pipes, government
hospital commandant, reported Fall
• was gaining ground." and appeared
in no immediate danger.
Fall, who served a prison term for
accepting a bribe in the Teapot
Dome oil scandal, has been ill for
months, suffering heart disease,
pleurisy, arthritis of the spine and
general ill health.
EDMONTON. Alta.. Dee. 9. (API
—Fifty-si* men. trapped below
ground when flames swept the
heist house at the Kent mine,
attempted to reach the surface
through the air cent Monday.
LONDON. Dee. 9. (API—The
t'nited States Monday proposed
a 20 per cent redaction in the
wcrld^^geat^iiavks bm^Japan
I Brownsville: Tne Capitol—Wallace
Beery and Lionel Barrymore In "Ah.
• Wilderness." The Queen—Clarice Gable.
' Jean Harlow and Wallace Beery in
.‘‘China Seas."
San Benito: The Rlvoll—Dick Powell
und Ann Dvorak in ‘ Thanks a Mil
j lion.”
Harlingen: The .Arcadia—Wallace
Beery and Lionel Barrymore In "Ah.
Wilderness.” The Rialto- George O Bnen
and Dorothy Wilson m "When a Man’s
a Man ”
La Ferla: The Bijou—Loren* Young
in "The Crusades ”
RaymondvUle: The Ramon—Charles
Farrell and June Martel m Fighting
Donna: The Plaza—Wheeler and
Woolsey in The Rainmakers."
San Juan The San Juan—Dick Powell
and Joan Blondell In "Broadway Gon
Mercedes: The Capitol-Wallace Beery
and Lionel Barrymore in “Ah, Wilder
Weslaco: The Ritz—Will Roger* In
"In Old Kentucky "
McAllen: The Palace—Dick Powell
and Ann Dvorak In "Thanks A Million.*
The fihieen—Fredrlc March In "Lcs
Edinburg: The Valley—Charles Laugh
ton. Clark Gable and Pranehot Tone in
"Mutiny On the Bounty." The Aztec—
Oeorge Raft and Joan Bennett in "She
Couldn’t Take It.”
Mission The Mission—Preston Foster
and Dorothy Wilson in "TO* Last Hay*
Jot Pooped.’* . -V
Liquor, Beer Sale
Banned On Tuesday
The sale of hard liquors f nd full
.trength beer Is prohibited all day.
md the sale of 3.2 beer is prohibit
'd between the hours of 7 a. m. ana
l p. m., Tuesday, according to an
nterpretation of the law given by
bounty Attorney Charles C. Bowie
The office Interpreted the law
is prohibiting the sale of intox
cants on election days.
Ml Rose Bowl
Seats Sold Out
Dec. 9. (JP>—A1 Masters. Stanford
traduate manager, announced Mon
lay that every one of the 84,474 seats
n Pasadena's Rose Bcwl had been
old for the New Year's Day football
:am*» between Stanford and South
m Methodist.
"My Pasadena office telephoned
ne that they haven’t a seat left,
tut that applications are still pour
ng in by tha thousands," Masters
Records lumble As Silver
King Goes on Big Rampage
ords went by the boards here
Sunday as mighty silver kings
struck with complete abandon and
were landed in sufficient num
bers to surpass any accomplish
ment of anglers in the past.
Pour anglers on the Gulf Rang- j
er. with Captain J. W. Pate as
guide, hung up an all-time record j
for tarpon brought in one boat
Sunday when they caught ten of
the big fellows. There was no
horsing in of little fellows. Seven
of the tarpon were over six feet,
and one of them was 6 feet 84
inches, setting a record for the
Ion c t tarpon. The ten tarpon
weighed 1140 pounds. .
OuuUixUDg partoraat « tha
day was Ray Walt, Port Isabel
postmaster, who accounted for
five tarpon scalps during six hours
of almost constant battling. He
caught the record fish.
“Loss of tackle finally stopped
us.” Pate said. 'The tarpon whip
ped Wait down, and the others
had to quit for lack af tackle.”
Those fishing with Wait were
John Owen of Chicago, who land
ed three of the big fish, includ
ing one measuring 6 feet 8 inches;
Thurston Lunderberg of Chicago,
landed one; and J. Adams Asch
of Edinburg, who caught one.
Other tarpon were caught Sub
day. A group of Oklahomans fish
ing with Bill Pattee as guide
landed three, and soma others
vara reported atuibk

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