Moberly Monitor Index, April 17, 1933

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Moberly Monitor-Index (Newspaper) - April 17, 1933, Moberly, Missouri Home Edition and MOBERLY EVENING DEMOCRAT -INDEX I 8 Pages VOLUME 14 MKMBF.R ASSOCIATED PHKSS VUL.IJ LEASED WIRE SERVICE MOBERLY, MISSOURI, MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 17, 1933 MOBERLY MONITOR, ESTABLISHED MOBERLY INDEX. EST. 1O10 JUOBEULY DEMOCRAT. KST. 1873 NUMBER 244 REVIVAL OF CRUSADING ERA URGED State Official, in Easter Message Here, Sees Need of Militant Christians GIVES ADDRESS TO KNIGHTS TEMPLAR More Virile Church to Come of 'Purging' Period, Says Dwight Brown Dwight H. Brown, Missouri's secretary of state, asserted that "we need to throw into present day movements the same enthu- siasm as characterized the cru- sades of the Middle Ages" in an address at the Knights Templar Easter services yesterday after- noon at the Central Christian 'Jake the Barber' Can't Pay Big Ransom for Son CHICAGO, April 17 (Jake the Barber) Factor, fight- ing extradition to England on charges of swindling investors out of told authorities it would be impossible for him to raise the to be demanded by kidnapers for the. return of his 17-year-old son, Je- rome. "If they come down to abound it will be a different he declared as he explain- ed how he couldn't raise a large amount of money. Factor made his statement in his exclusive 5100-day apartments atop a loop hotel. The youth, a Northwestern C'ni- versity student, was kidnaped from in front of his mother's apartment. Factor's wife, last Wednesday night. He was a millionaire in his own name due to a trust fund him by Factor. established for Here yesterday, Mr. Brown ap- peared in an unusual role IhaTvt' a politician delivering a sermon. The sermon "A New Crusade" was an impressive one and ably delivered. Despite an all-day rain, a fair- siEed crowd attended. The rain, however, prevented the scheduled parade of Moberly Knights Tcm- plar preceding the services. Many Turn to Worship. The Knights Templar service one of many religious services licre which drew large crowds in spite of the iineaster-like wca'.her. Cantatas and special services at Doth Protestant and Catholic churches were well attended at tooth morning and night hours. The rain, falling almost con- tinuously, spoiled the day for those to whom Easter means sim- ply an opportunity to new outfits. The few who did venture forth without the protection of slickers and umbrellas found new hats drooping, light coats and dresses spotted, and light slippers epattercd. Downtown streets -were deserted during most of the day. The service at which Secretary Brown delivered his address also was marked by exceptionally good musical selections by the Central church choir under the direction of Miss Bertha Jaeger, the Civic Concert chcstrv. C. F. Osterloh, a quartet composed I of Irwin Umlauf, Dr. F. B. Tons- saint, E. O. Boucher and Lieian Crump, and a solo by Mr. Umlauf. Invocation was by Dr. Crayton S. Brooks and the benediction by the Rev. Allen Duncan, both Knights Templar. Text From Mark 16 Mr. Brown's address was pre- faced by reading of the 16th chap- ter of Mary by the Rev. Mr. Dun- can, which recounts the going of Mary Magdalene to the tomb of Jesus after lie had arisen. "Nineteen hundred years ago to- day that drama was said Mr. Brown. "Undoubtedly that is the greatest demonstration of deity and of Christ being the spirit of deity incarnate. "From the fall of man until the coming of Jesus it was a story of suffering, a yearning for some- thing the world failed to have." Here the speaker recounted the etory of an ancient Persian em- peror who sent his wise men to write the story of man. After more than half a century, during which the cages were ordered again and again to condense their writing from volumes down to a single sentence, the sages told the story of man to the dying emper- or, "Man is born. He suffers. He dies." "Until the coming of the young man with a new doctrine which shook the entire world, this was the story of declared the secretary of state. "I think it is a definite call to Knights Templar and to all Christ- endom to greater service. We arc coming put of a period of extrem- ities. The world wants to see a militant Christianity to make Christianity a real, true thing. >Tced God as Fact. "Some of us think of God as a sort of mysticism. Do we Teally know God, Christ? Are we devoted to the blessed doctrine? "My thought is that we need- in a more determined way '.o (Continued on Page 7) BREAK1NG.O.P. RANKS WIDENS FEDERAL JOBS WILL COME SOON Becker Assails Meeting of 'Regulars' at Macou Called by Clements Marshals and Postmasters to Be Named in Next Week or 10 Days HELVERING WILL GET PRIZED POST Park Expected to Hold Up Appointments Until Leg- lature Adjourns WASHINGTON, April 17 The Administration was said au- thoritatively today to have decici cd upon Guy T. Helvering, a for- mer representative from Kansas for Commissioner of Internal Rev- enue. At the same time it was said that Vincent Dallman of .Spring- field, III., was slat'.d for Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, to suc- ceed Seymour Lowman, of Ile-v York. Edward McGrady, Icgir-la'.ive of tu American Federation of Labor in Washing- ton, is to be given an important post in the Department of Labor, possibly as Assistant Secret .ry. Harry Mitchell of Great Falls, Mont., vas describe :1 ns likely to become an Assistant Secretary of Interior. The name of A. C. MiYier, a member of the Federal Reserve Board, was mentioned in specula- tion for Governor of the Boa.-o. He is a close friend of President Roosevelt. "It also was indicated thr.t the Ad: unistration's policy of ting cfficent Republican to finish out their terms would not apply in general to other Federal offic.s such as lis- trict attorneys, marshals and col- lectors. No official '.atement has V icr i how Within a week or ten 'lays t.'.tc appointment cf postmasters, dis- trict attorneys, marshals and otlier ials is likely t. in a steady stream. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Apri April 17 possibility o no further appointments from the 'c--or tieie-uju jaecKe- 'or executive office until the legisla gubernatorial nomination.' Becker Jure was, seen Navy Will Give Up Search for Akron Wednesday WASHINGTON, April 17 navy will abandon its earch for the Akron Wednesday unless searching craft are more successful meanwhile in combing he Atlantic off Barnegat Light, New Jersey. Admiral William V. Pratt, chief of naval operations, said that Meces of the dirigible's outer cov- ering were found yesterday after- noon within a ten-mile area of the ".pot, where the airshp plunged in- .o the ocean, carrying 73 men to .heir deaths. Pratt said he was hopeful that yesterday's find would lead to re- covery of the main part of the airship, but that if no more wreckage is found by Wednesday the search would be called off as The navy's court of inquiry which has been sitting at Lake- New Jersey, will be recon- vened here tomorrow to finish its 'nvestigation into the Akron dis- JEFFERSON CITY, April 17 bitterness between the "regular" and the Charles U. Becker wings of the Rupublican party in Missouri was again to the fore today as politicians gossiped ever Becker's statement in which he attacked a meeting held Satur- day night at Macon, home town of Dr. Edward B. Clements, na- tional committeeman, to which Becker said he was not asked. "I was not the three- time secretary of state said in a formal statement. "At the proper time the Republicans of the state will reorganize the party, but the icorganzation will not be for the benefit of A. M. Hyde for the United States Senate in 193-1, Ed Winter for governor in 1936, Ar- thur M. Curtis for state chairman and Dr. E. B. Clements for na- tional comrnitlecman, for which Macon meeting seems to have been organized." The factional fight reached a climax after last year's primary in which Winter, then, heuionsnt- cieieutcci aster and also the crash of b'imp J-3. the HERRSOT SAILS TRAIN IS DERAILED EAST OF PARIS Eight Wabasti Cars Turned Doesn't Catch Fire He Will Lay Groundwork j baL, Damages to Wabash equipment amounting to approximately resulted when eight: cars of freight train No. 82 were derailed and turned over a half mile east of Paris Saturday night at o'clock. The wrecked cars were just ahead of the caboose, but trainmen escaped uninjured. Three of the cars were loaded with gasoline and kerosene, out they did not catch fire. The re- maining five were empty coal and box cars. The wreck occurred on a high embankment, and one ol the cars of gasoline rolled 150 teet from the track to a point near Highway 24. A defective arch bar on one car of gasoline is thought to have caused the wreck, oilicials nere said today. About 1000 feet ol track was torn up. The line was closed to traffic for 12 hours wniie the Moberly wrecker and crew rff- paired the tracks, necessitating re- routing freight train No. 98 Dy way of St. Louis instead of Hanni- bal. Passenger service was not delayed, as there arc no night pas- senger trains from here to Hanm- Rope of Sheets Becomes Shroud for Gangster Trying To Escape From Police NEW YORK, April 17 "Big Eddie" Horstman's last words were: "So long, kid." When the knock came at his hotel room door yesterday morn- ing he was chatting with Peggy Lee, a dancer. He knew that knock was the "law." The detec- tives wanted him to answer that charge down in Charleston, S. C., where an indictment named him a rum running as a member of syndicate. By the time the knock was re- peated, louder this time, he had tossed two loaded pistols out the window to the roof of a building 12 feet building separ- ated by several feet from the wall of his hotel. He knotted sheets together hastily. He tied one end to the radiator. Twelve feet to the roof, and he could recover his weapons and flee. A six-story drop yawn- ed between the two buildings, but he could swing over. He crawled over the ledge of the window. He grinned. To Peggy Lee he said: "So long, kid." He slid out of sight. The offi- cers were pounding at the door. The rope of sheets tightened un- der "Big Eddie's" great weight. It snapped in two! The door flew open. The offi- cers entered, pistols in hand. They saw a young woman standing before a mirror expertly putting the finishing touches to her Easter toilette. They ran %o the window and looked down. Six stories, the sheets lay like a shroud over Big Eddie Horstman. A. B. MEADOWS IS GIVEN REPRIEVE for Move to Pay Lump Sxim on French Debt refused to support Winter in his unsuccessful race aganst Gov. Guy B. Park and the latter, in making his Republican appointments to non-partisan boards, has consist- ently rewarded the Becker fac- tion. To jcn Headquarters Plans for opening permanent state headquarter; in Jefferson City were discussed by the Re- publican leaders .-ho wc-e guests of Dr. E. B. Clements. No definite decision was reach- ed, but ar other ineeting will os held in e near 'uture, when he plans will be taken up for final action. Headquarters have beeu maintained in St. Louis for several years. Among those a1; the conference were Edward H. Winter, guberna- torial n' -.inee in t'.ie recent tion, and Arthur M. Curtis, state chairman. Several other promin- ent Republicans also were pres- ent, but their names were not given out by Dr. Clements. The group, selected by Dr. Clements, is working out party re- organization plans with full auth- ority from the state committee, it was said. Among the subjects discussed was the possibility of submitting the McDowell-Hamlin Congres- sional Bill to a referendum, and the work of the present Demo- cratic legislature. A spokesman for the group said a formal statement regarding par- ty plans probably would be issued within the next few days. Fail to Identify Injured Men as Killer Suspects SPRINGFIELD, Mo.. April 17 Add to Fund for Salaries at M. U. JEFFERSON CITY, April 17. Senate todav increased Irom to the appro- priation for salaries at the Univer- sity of Missouri during the present biennium. This increased the ap- propriation for total personal ser- vice, including agricultural cxten- tion and experimental activities, from to An item of for the pur- chase of land for the College Agriculture was eliminated, reduc- ing the appropriation for additions Belief that the two men in- from to b volved in an automobile accident tthis morning near Marionville, Mo. Senator Bales, chairman of tne appropriations committee, said the were desperadoes wanted for the for personal service slaying of two peace officers I was approxirnately 30 per cent less i -----approximate.., L.-_ Thursday at Joplin, proved a false. than expended during the alarm this afternoon. Officers from Springfield recog- nized one of the injured men, in a hospital at Aurora, as Charles Young of Springfield. The other, regaining consciousness, said he was R. L. Walton of Oklahoma City, who met Young here and started on a westward trip witn him this morning. Aurora officers pursued and caught a Marionville man who took the injured men to the hos- pital at Aurora and then flcci. They said they believed the car he was driving had been stolen in Springfield night and that this fact accounted for his flignt. 1931-32 biennium. The total appropriation for university was fixed by the Senate at today when Gov. Guy B. Park fail- ed to announce several appoint- ments already past due. Although Governor Park had been quoted in Kansas City Sun- day as saying he was returning to Jefferson City to make several appointments that the names might be sent to the senate for confirmation he said today the se- lections would not be announced at this time. Major appointments pending are: One memer of the public service commission. Commissioner of the health de- partment. Game and fish commissioner. Food and drug commissioner. Superintendent of the highway patrol. Agriculture commissioner. Should the governor delay the appointments until adjournment of the legislature it would not be necessary for him to ask senate confirmation of his selections un- til the next legislature convenes in 1935. LEHAVRE, France, April 17 Edouard Her- riot left for Washington today to lay the groundwork for an event- ual French proposal to pay a lump sum for the outstanding war debt owed to the United States. He was aboard the lie de France, which sailed today for New York. His instructions are to be an observer instead of a nego- tiator, as the French representa- tive in the i-ternational confer- ences with President Roosevelt on world problems. But he will lose no opportunity to present the French case and pave the way for later negotia- tions through Andre de Laboulaye, the new French ambassador. Debts, although admittedly only a part of the worK recovery plan, loom large in the French parlia- mentary and press discussions. France's debt to. the United States stands at with in default. defaulted portion, consisting of in- terest, was due last Dec. 15. The Moberly wrecker again went to Paris today to transfer tne gasoline and kerosene 1'rom the de- railed cars into other cars, I Hanging Postponed Until May 19; Doomed Man Is Wanted as Witness BUFORD BILL VETO URGED BY O'BRYAN Randolph Countian Warns Governor Rate Regulation Is Endangered PUSHED BY UTILITY LOBBY, HE ASSERTS special pump for this sort of work was obtained from Docatur, 111. Ah except the gas and kerosene cars were righted and brought back to Moberly Sunday morning. No. 82 was cnroutc from jroDer- ly to Hannibal when the crash took place. The train was in charge of Conductor L. C. Wull- schlegcr, 60S West Coates street, JEFFERSON CITY, April 17.T reprieve until May 19 today Attempt on Life of Hitler Thwarted by German Police BULLETIN BERCHTESGADEiN, Germany, April 17. police said was an attempt on the life of Chancel- lor Adolf Hitler was frustrated this afternoon and Paul Orlowsky was arrested. The chancellor is spending the Easter .holiday here. The authorities said narcotics, a loaded revolver and false papers were found in Orlowsky's posses- sion. The criminal police arc investi- gating. NO CLUE TO PARIS ESCAPED PRISONERS PARIS, April (Monitor-In- dex Special clue has been found to the whereabouts of Stanley Fifcr, Madison bank ban- dit, or'D. H. Owens, Indiana car thief, who broke from Friclav night. jail here Deputy' Sheriff Russell Wilkes stated this me that the sher- except for the increase for per- iff from Terre Haute, Ind.. carne Saturday and took back with him the car which was stolen Tuesday from the Auburn-Cord Sales Co, of that city. Owens' companion, Mrs. Mabei Phillips, signified a desire to re- turn to Terre Haute and was per- mitted to return with the officer since the authorities here had no reason for keeping her and .is sonal icc and the elimination i of the item for land, the House bill was not changed. THE WEATHER MISSOURI: Cloudy to partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday. P'ig'.-.tly cloudy toj-irM an-' Tues- day. Slightly warmer charges which could be brought against her. The story told by Owens con- cerning the" theft of the car tallied with that told by the sheriff with one exception. Owens had con- tracted to buy the cr.r. saying he would not call for it until the fol- '.iwing day. HP hid in the building which the alcsroom that night and later drove the car out. instead of stealing it from in front of the salesroom, "as lie had stated. Thousands of Acres of New- ly Planted Land Near Poplar Bluff Under Water POPLAR BLUFF, Mo., April 71 (JP) The rising waters of the Black River today drove a number of families from their homes. in East Poplar Bluff and flooded thousands of acres of newly plant- ed bottom lands. The river reach- ed a stage of 17.8 feet, the high- est in five years, but was expect- ed to start falling shortly after noon. A motor bus from St. Louis, de touring via 'Highway 60, ran into back water two miles cast of here at 4 a. m. and turned over. Five passengers and the driver escapee uninjured. They were transferred to another bus. The St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad tracks were covered with water in places and service wa: temporarily suspended between Poplar Bluff and Cape Girardeau and Piggott, Ark. The Missouri Pacific Railroad's main line between Poplar Bluff and St. Louis was threatened ror a time when four inches of water covered the tracks in places, six miles north of here. The water later fell. The St. Francis River spread to the streets of Greenville, Mo., yes- terday and it was expected to rise to the highest stage in four years in Dunklin County and northern Arkansas. Extensive preparations are be- ing made by government engi- neers to supervise the levees in Dunklin County. The St. Francis at Fisk this morning stood at 24.7 feet or .5 of a foot higher than the rise in January. It was ex- pected to go to 26.6 feet. Highways 60 east, 67 north and 53 southeast out of Poplar Bluff were blocked by flood waters this morning. and Engineer Oscar Fulton avenue. Oswalt, 515 15-Year Sentence for Steal- ing From Mrs. McLean Affirmed WASHINGTON, April 17 The of Columbia Court o> Appeals today affirmed a sentence of 15 years imposed upon Gaston B. -Means following his conviction on charges of stealing from M Evalyn Walsh McLean. Means was convicted of having taken the money on his promise to effect return of the kidnaped son of Charles A. Lindbergh. He was given in cash by Mrs. McLean and more for expense money. Means' story before the couit when he -was ivied was that hi had given to a man who jumped on the running board of bis automobile near Alexandria while he was enroute from North Carolina to return to Mrs. Mc- Lean her money. He insisted he thought this man was acting as an agent for Mrs. he asserted tins was granted to Andrew B. Mea- dows, under f .itence to be hang- ed Thursday in St. Louis City for u'der in connection with the burning of the Buckingham Hotel Annex, in December, 1927, with a 1 of seven lives. Today's stay of execution was the second grantee to Meadows In addition, the Supreme Court rtayed the sentence from July 15, 1932, the original date of execu- tion, to Aug. 12, which was fol- lowed by a reprioT by ex-Gover- nor Caulfield. At the Governors office, it was said one of the rea -ons for the re- prieve was the illness of Meadows' attorney. Another reason for it ,it was said, is that Meadows is need- ed as a witness in the second trial of Ralph Pierson, once ser.tcnod to dr-Mi fo- f-.he fire. Pierson was a re-v 'rial b" prcme Court late 14, and sec trial is scheduled for Mon- day. Meadows, one of the principal state witnesses against Pierson, testified that he had been promis- ed to set the Annex fire a plan to collect insurance. He said he received about Pier- son was one of the owners of the Buckingham Hotel and Annex, while Meadows was employed as a night watchman at the hotel. Hay to Become City Counselor of St. Louis 5-DAY WEEK BILL GOES TO HOUSE Senate Refuses Call to Re- consider Measure by by 52-31 Vote WASHINGTON, April 17 The Senate today refused to re- consider passage of the five-day week bill and sent it to the House where important modifications are in prospect to meet administra- tion suggestions. The vote against reconsidera- tion, 52 to 31, removed a serious obstacle to the administration farm bill as the motion had been pend- ing more than a week and four previous efforts to brings it up had met with Republican opposititon. The Senate passed the bill April 6 by 50 to 23. The motion to reconsider made by Senator Trammell, Dem- Me: ..ean and -or h signal arranged by Mrs. McLean so that Means would know he was dealing with her agent. 2 British Officers Slain by Pirates Near Chinese Port HONG KONG, China, April 1" 7P__Two British officers and one Chinese officer were killed and several sailors were wounded to- day when the cruiser Read, which recently joined the Chinese mari- time customs, was attacked by pi- rates after being grounded 15 Rainey in Favor of Expansion Through Silver WASHINGTON, April 17. Speaker Rainey said today that he personally favored some expansion of the currency and preferred it to be undertaken of silver. on re-monetization Arms Embargo Plan Adopted by House WASHINGTON, April 17. The House today adopted the arms embargo' resolution granting President Roosevelt power to pre- vent shipment o' arms to. warring nations. miles from Macao. The vessel disappeared and it was believed that the pirates had sailed it away. There have been numerous inci- dents recently in connection with a sudden spurt in smuggling. M. W. Hallums, a European com- manding a Chinese customs cruis- er, is awaiting trial on a charge of manslaughter as a result of fir- ing on a junk in Hong Kong wa- te: and killing the small daugh tcr of the junk master. From Macao it was reported that one of the British officers killed by the pirates was named Pcarce and the other, formerly of H.M.P. Hermes, was named Bald- win. Baldwin, it was said, died of his wounds some time after the Macao is an important seaport on the Canton river about forty miles from Hong Kong. Note Purporting to Be From Akron Prbably a Hoax LAKEHURST, N. J., April 17 Commander Jesse L. Kenworthy of the naval air sta- tion said today the message found Saturday in a glass jar, purport- ing to be from the U. S. S. Akron survivors, probably was a hoax. The jar and its message, found at Beach Haven, had been studied carefully, Kenworthy said, add- ing: "I can almost say that it had nothing to do with the ship." The message read: "We arc adrift way out here. Come quick or it will be too late. We arc dead east by the ?un." The signature was U. S. S. Akron. ST. LOUIS, April 17 Charles M. Hay, widely known lawyer and Democratic leader, an- nounced today he probably wouia accept appointment as city coun- selor, tendered yesterday by May- or-elect Bernard Dickmann. Hay was Democratic nominee for U. S senator in 1928 and was an un- successful candidate for the nomi- nation last year. Legislature May Adjourn Wednesday JEFFERSON CITY, April 17. -JP unexpected difficulties with the remaining appropriation bills, sine die adjournment of the legislature Wednesday or Thurs- day today appeared probable. The Senate appropriations com mittee has completed the drafting of amendments to the House bills putting the Senate in a position to wind up its work today or to- morrow. Because every one o: them has been amended, all the bills must return to the House for concurrenc.e Failure of the House to agree readily to the Sen- ate amendments might prolong the session considerably, but be- cause members of both branches are anxious to get away this is not believed likely. When the Senate had finished its work, more than will have been trimmed from the House appropriations payable out of general revenue. ocrat, Florida, who press an amendment sought to to include foreign articles in the proposed interstate commerce ban against manufactured products made witn labor working longer than five days a week and six hours a day. A similar amendment was defeat- ed 41 to 39 before the Senate passed the bill. The administration has endorsed the principle of the bill, but wants It made more elastic.with the lim- itation ever it ship on an industry. on hours extended wher- would work undue hard- Abolition of 3 Jobs Causes More Wabash Changes The position of traveling Inspec- tor for the Wabash store keeping department held by Roy Madden of Moberly has been abolished and Mr. Madden is now working as storekeeper at Moberly. change became effective last Thursday. Mr. Madden exer- cised his seniority rights and 'dis- placed A. B. Smith as storekeeper at the local shops. Mr. Smith, ac- cording to reports from local rail- way officials, has not yet displaced a junior employe, but probably will go to Toledo, Ohio. Abolition of two other positions on the Wabash went into effect yesterday. An assistant yardmas- tership at Kansas City held byvG. L. Smith was one of the jobs at- fected. Mr. Smith has not exer- cised his seniority rights. He will be unable to "bump" on a Moberly job. The second job discontinued was that of an operator in the freight and passenger Omaha, Nebr. agent's office at This position was held by L. E. Wilkerson, who will displace some junior telegrapher on the Moberly division. Egg Rolling Held at White House Baseball Scores NATIONAL LEAGUE Brooklyn at Boston; postponed, rain. St. Louis at Cincinnati; post- poned, rain. New York at poned, rain. (Only games AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 000 100 Ixx WASHINGTON, April 17. The White House gates swung aside at this morning for the annual Easter egg rolling. The number of children tnat rushed into the grounds was com- paratively small, for a rain drench- ed Easter Sunday had made egg rolling chances look dubious. The skies this morning were a: first lowering, but the sun came out just in time for the party to start as usual. The White House grounds were soggy. President Roosevelt paid a sur- prise visit to the children. Pending Cases Would Bs Ended, Delaying Reduc- tions, He Says Urging veto of the Buford bill abolishing: the Missouri Public Ser- vice Commission, Representative Redick O'Bryan of Randolph coun- ty yesterday sent a letter and brief to Governor Park pointing out that if the governor signs the bill, every case pending before the commission involving the reason- ableness of rates charged consum- ers would automatically end. There are fifty major cases now in process of adjudication before the Public Service Commis- sion, all of which will be final- ly determined in the near future, Mr. O'Bryan said. Among tlie concerns whose valuation and rates involved are the Mis- souri Power and Light Company, which serves Moberly and a num- ber of nearby communities. "Since the institution of this the letter said, refer- ring to the Missouri Power