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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1938, Abilene, Texas VOL LVI I, NO, 302, _ flflfje Abilene Reporter OFFENSE TO FIENDS OR FOES, WE SKETCH.YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT _ ABlLENg, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 20, FIRST CONVENTION- SECTIONS. rim inn MioI II PL I .iiw Sllr i> FINAL VOTE APRIL District Groups Renominate Directors Of West Texas Cotton Growers' Association Insure Tribunal New York's Bar Asks Guarantee For High Court NEW YORK, March drive to amend the United States constitution to guarantee the fu- ture independence ot the supreme court was pressed today by an in- fluential unit of the American bar. The federal legislation commit- tee of the New York City bar as- sociation. In a communication to (he Judiciary committees ol both houses ol congress, asked these three things: 1. A constitutional amendment definitely setting the number ot justices at the present figure, nine. RETIREMENT CLAUSE 2. Another amendment making retirement of justices mandatory at a set age, preferably "not less than 15" years. 3. Adoption of R law creating >n independent agency.to handle.the court finances, which now go through the department of Justice, an administrative branch of the ex- ecutive arm of the government. Action should be taken now, the bar committee report which ac- companied the'ccmmunicatlon said, so that the problem "can be con- sidered calmly on its merits, free from the confusion and contro- versy" which attended President Roosevelt's sudden court reform campaign of 1837. Roosevelt's effort was character- fed by the report as an attempt "to bring about retirements by other methods intended to be quick" but appraised by the people as "dan- gerous." Behind the committee report was the full power of the bar of the nation's largest lawyers. The proposal to make retirement of aged Justices mandatory was in line with President Roosevelt's plan, but there were difference of de- tail. The bar committee advocated, for example, that We compulsion not apply to Justices now on the su- preme The president pro- posed the opposite. The Roosevelt plan called for re- tirement'at 10. The bar commit- tee said it should be -not lea thin 75.. Negro Gunman Wounds Former PARIS. Mar. Rake- straw, 36-year-old farmer, was shot and critically wounded tcday by an apparently-crazed negro, officer said, who later was killed in a gun battle. The negro, oJhn Howard, formerly of Dallas, was shot by Deputy Sher- iff Clyde Shelton and Policeman Troy McCormlch, who said they walking near the wound- PRICE 5 CENTS Says In Talk Over Radio U. S. Concern 'FREE DEATH' FOR ROSS KILLER Sheriff John Toman of Cook county, Chicago, shown at left, is an obliging fellow. He assures Warden Frank Sain, right, that use of his new and highly mod- em electric chair for ciectrocu- tion of John Seadlund, kidnaper- killer of. Charles Ross, "won't 'cost the government a nickel" if it is wanted. The chair has neither straps nor buckles. A lever operates clamps for wrists and ankles, and a condemned man can be tightly secured in it in four and one-half seconds. Seadlund has ben sentenced to die for his crime. ME .'FROM Heads Teachers ALPINE. March D. Lokey, ol Fabens. was elected presi- dent of the Trans-Pecos division of the state teachers association to- day. Old directors of the West Texas Cotton Growers' association were re- nominated In meetings held Satur- day. Reports from eight of the nine meetings held In the nine districts showed members nominating old ril- The directors rectors for reelection, will be voted on in Abilene April 12. a meeting In At Abilene Ed Gist was rrnoml- natcdI by n small gathering of mem- bers from district 1-Taylor, Calla- han and Eastland counties. District 2 members, from Jones, Shackclford and Stephens counties, met at Anson to rcnomlnstc C. W. Barllett, who Is also vice president WTCQA. E. W. Grumpier presided for the meeting. Fisher, Nolan and Coke county members convened In n district 3 session nt Roby to rename J, C. Simpson as dlrccto- District Haskell, Stonctvall and King coiinllcs-was held at Haskell, with B. Wallers of Rule, who has served as director since the association was founded, being renomlnatcd. At Snydcr J. L. Carreil was re- nominalttl director of district 6 composed of Scurry, Kent nnrl Dick- ens counties. District 7-Mitchclt. Howard. Mar- (In and Midland was held at Colorado, when E. Bar- ber of spade wns rcnomlnated di- rector. At Balllnger W WTCOA repre- sentatives from Runnels. Concho Coke nnd Tom Green counties rc- nomlnntcd o. Y. txt of Eden. J. L. Wilkinson of Coleman, iircsi- dcnt o! the WTCOA, was renoml- nnted as director from district 9 by delegates from Colomnn. Drown, San and McCuUoch. counties. What Is Your NEWS I. Q.? Each question counts 20; each part of a two-part question. 10. A scc-re of M is fair; 80 good. Answers on Page 1. 1. Who Is this newly appointed as- sistant oi the president ol West Tex- as oilmen's association? What does he plan us his first objective In of- fice. 2. The city of Abilene recently sold .he last half of the Fort Phantom Hill lake bonds at a bid lower than the first scries. True or false. 3. Civic flubs will sponsor bas- tetball tournament Monday and Tuesday with the proceeds going to benefit the
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