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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1938, Abilene, Texas                               t.) 322. "WITHOUT, OR WITH OFFENSE TO FKJENDS OR SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES "-Byron EVIDENCE LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN FDR- ABILENE, TEXAS, SATURDAY MORNING, (MM rnw CCTI WASHINGTON, April 8-W-The administration took a terrific by their vole, should not send over VJViJ V Cl L WASHINGTON, April 8-W-The administration took a terrific beating when the house rose up against the government reorganization bill tonight and sent It back to a special reorganization committee. Democratic leaders admitted that action would kill the bill, They tald it would be Interpreted as meaning the house had voted lack of confidence in the president. It was the third major setback the house hid handed the adminis- tration since December. The first was when It recommitted the wage hour bill; the second when it revolted against placing a special surtax on family-owned and closely-held corporations. Tonight's vote was announced by Speaker Bahkhead as 204 to He and Majority Leader Rayburn, Just before the roll was called, had marched dramatically down into the well of the chamber to assert that i democrats, by their vole, should not send over the nation a message thlt the president no longer was kader of his party. The death of the bill was all the more spectacular In contrast with the somewhat lethargic debate which preceded the climactic vote Ad- ministration forces, with little trouble, had succeeded In shunting aside virtually every opposition attempt at amendment. Then, when Representative Taber (R-NY) offered his motion to send the measure-one of the key items 'on the president's legislative slate-Jnto the discard, rebellious democrats teamed up with republicans progressives and farmer-laborites to put the motion across. Chairman O'Connor (D-NY) of the rules committee, ordinarily one of the triumvirate of the leadership, clinched the bill's defeat by getting the legislators to table a motion U> reconsider the recommilal voti PANHANDLE BURROWS OUT- Pew denied one of the major factors in scuttling the measure was Uie enormous outpouring of measages from constituents back home. All house members are coming up for reelection In November, and the first Primary In Illinois is only a few days off. j was unable for many minutes to obtain sufficient order to wind up the.Miston. h'ad'.idmoruaned the house only a few moments before to consider the Issues, involved In the bill In a "calm, dispassionate way." v He Mid its purpose was merely to let the president bring some eem- Vt5t number of wxl'Wnclw that have grownup in the government over the yeahi We would merely make the' president our he said. "When W" to "y 'he. prsldent after he made recommendations, 'we will pass judgment on whether they are sound PRICE 5 CENTS Bill or recommit would be a "lethal blow" and admon- IP" "house of l Apr" roll call vote by which the hous. lowing- reorganization bill tonight showed the fol- Texas democrats for sidetracking the measure- Garrett Lanham, Mahon, Mansfield. Patton, Sanders South West Texas democrats against sidetracking the bill: Dies, Johnson Luther Mamick' OPage' Death, Cattle Loss, Crop Pisaster In Storm's Wake Charge Sooner Banker Misused School Monies Allege Of Oklahoma City Funds Embezzled DALLAS, April McCauley Scruggs, 43. vice presi- dent of an Oklahoma City bank, and city school beard treasurer, pleaded quilty today before United States Commissioner John Davis on a charge of embezzlement. of 000 and signed a removal -waiver. Scruggs was specifically charged etnbezlement of the In monies, funds, and credits of the First National Bank and Trust Co. of Oklahoma City. His bond was set at Officers said he may be return- ed to Oklahoma City tonight. A court order will'be necessary..He was arested here'last night. "III do my best to-salvage what 1 can out of my properties to apply on the Scruggs' said to newsmen. PREVIOUS OFFENSE Earlier Scruggs had been charg- ed- in City district-court .with selling and converting to his owri use In bonds'held as a school district sinking fund In- vestment. Judge Ben Arnold of the district court had Issued'a writ of attache ment for W50.0M lrT "government bonds reportedly held under Scruggs' name In the First Nation- al Bank and Trust company'of Oklahoma City. Officials of the' bank said the In government bonds al- ready had been turned "over to the sheriff. County Attorney Lewis Morris said an additional "00 In property had also been located, .which would leave about J470.000 of the total unaccounted for. Morris said he understood some or the balance had been invested in oil properties. The petition filed In the 'Okla- homa City district court by Frank Wilkins, attorney for the school board, charged Scruggs with con- verting the proceeds of the bonds to his. "personal use and benefit" by means of "fraud and decep- tion." Torso Slayer Kills Eleventh Victim CLEVELAND, April 8. _ ftn _ Cleveland's demented, surgically- skilled torso slayer had claimed his cleveoth victim' tonigh't. A WPA worker, Steve Morosky, 35 was on his 'way to visit a ferryman in the ramshackle, bridge-shadowed section near where Cuyahoga river empties into Lake Erie at the. edge of the business district. He saw something while In Ihe river. He poked at the object with a discovered a dismember- ed leg. "It Is another torso victim said Coroner S- R. Gerber. He Immedi- ately started an x-ray examination to determine definitely If It was from the body of a woman. Order Sailors Held April S.-MT- The U. S. district court Issued war- rant? today for the arrest of 16 seamen who have tied up Ihe Nor- wegian freighter Wind since March 15 by a sit-down strike. As Mayors Ask WPA CHIEF HOPKINS URGES PERMANENT SECURITY PROGRAM WASHINGTON, April Ad ministration "spenders" scented victory today In their long under- cover struggle with the "budget- balancing" school of Roosevelt ad- visors. They received powerful support from the United States conference of mayors, which asked 000.000 for work relief In the year beginning July 1. The mayors Informed the presi- dent between and workers had lost their jobs In the period from last September to Feb- ruary, and that relief rolls had not yet felt the full effects of the busi- ness slump. Roosevelt himself declared at a press conference he would have to Increase his previous estimate for next year's work relief, but he did not disclose how far he would go toward meeting the may- ors' request. One phase of his new recovery program completed a fast congres- sional journey today. House action sent to the White House a virtual "blank check" for of long-term Industrial and public works loans Intended to prime busi- ness. At his press conference Roosevelt confirmed reports that, in addition to this loan fund to be administered by the Reconstruction Finance, corporation, he was considering a program of loans to cities, states and other political sub- divisions for public works that could be started quickly. Harry L. Hopkins; the adminis- tration's spender, advised a con- gressional committee today 000 men, women and children were now receiving public assistance. The WPA administrator said this com- pared with a peak of per- sons in the winter of 1933-34. He urged congress to provide a permanent "security program" which American citizens unable to obtain private jobs would accept "as a matter of no feel- Ing of social Inferiority." FRENCH PREMIER-DESIGNATE- Daladier Seeks Union Cabinet Senate Bringsl Blum's Downfall Early Abilene Attorney Dead Civic And Party ;Leader Succumbs 'To1 .Death ended jesterda'y the iife of one of West Texas' widest known pioneers, an early day at- torney, a leader of the democratic party in this section, and advocate of advanced methods of agricul- ture. Fred Cockrell, 82. died early yes- terday morning following an ill- ness of five months. Although con- fined to his bed during that time he had been In falling heallh for several years. Known familiarly as Judge Cockrell, although he never held a judgeshlp, he was revered by sccre.s of attorneys for the help he had been In failing health for career at the bar had never de- tered him from helping beginners In his profession. During the active period of his life, Mr. Cockrell was a political leader and staunch supproter of his party In Abilene and Texas He was one of the first and strong- est advocates for a plentiful water supply for Abilene. He was head of the company which built Lytle lake See COCKRELL, Pg. Col. 7 Senate Tax Vote Delayed To Today WASHINGTON, April Senate consideration of the tax bill slowed to a snail's pace today, forcing leaders to until to- morrow a vote on passage. Senator Barkley of Kentucky, the democratic leader, predicted the bill would be passed tomorrow. Because it differs from the house-approved revenue bill in many important respects, the Jen- ate measure then will go to a con- gressional conference committee for adjustment of senate-house differences. Would Quit- Canal WASHINGTON, April 8.-W, _ Major General Smedley D- Butler told the senate naval committee to- day the United stales should aban- don defense of the Panama canal and let American shipping take care of Itself on the high seas. REVIVING MEMORIES- Stamford Exes Gather Today April Collegiate fashions outmoded two dccadcj ar.d more live again tomorrow in memories of old STamfoi-a college's ex-ctudotit, A chalk talk on that subject Is me of the principal topics on reminiscent for the stu- dcnU' second annual reunion More than 1M cl ths ests msdj with Cotr.ella Johnson, attendance chairman. Their meeting, for which only an Informsl program has been ar- hew et MelhodUl church. .T. T. CrisTOld of Clyde, who MS president of Ihe esrly-day l kwtttaHoD, will MM of the principal speakers. Another will be Marvin Fergus, Kllteen banker, chosen president of the ex-students' association at their first meeting last year In Abilene. Stamford college opened Its doors In September, 1907. It went out of existence April 10, 1918, when the administration bulWini burned. At least 30 persons from Abilene are etpccled here, and Inquirits concerning the reunion have been rcedvrt from as distant as Hollywood, Calif., ind Washington, puncheon will fce served PROBERS BACK AT STARTING POINT IN FROME MYSTERY Officers Eliminate All Earlier Clues, Cheek Victims' Activities .Since ,lqn. 1 r were tec k wheJt they .started nearly a week ago They have gradually eliminated one by' one each as it has ippeared in the baffling torture killings of Mrs. Weston and found !P th Sheriff Chris Fox, In command jf the widespread probe, under- took today the start of a pains- taking campaign to back track the trail of the Frome women as far back as the beginning of the year. "The first step In' solving the case now must be the locating of the luggage which was missing from their car.'" SEARCH WIDE AREA On this search, scores of of- ficers, private citizens and state police were literally -combing the desert over a 66-mile stretch of highway between Van Horn, near where the bodies were found, and Balmorhea, In the area where the Frome car was abandoned. In checking back on the private lives of the victims, Fox directed the investigation to Los Angeles, where Mrs. Frome and her daugh- ter visited for a month early In the year. Authorities at both Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif., the home of the women, have tjeen directed to check up on all friends and ac- quaintances. Meanwhile, authorities-abandoned their latest of blood stained tissue handkerchiefs and tire tracks Into the desert near Van Horn. Britain Demands Oil Firms Be Given Back MEXICO CITY, April Britain totiay refused to follow the United States' "good neighbor" lead in recognizing Mexico's right to expropriate the for- eign oil Industry. In formal representations, the British government branded Ihe ex- propriation as a "denial of justice" and demanded prompt return of British owned properties taken over by President Lazaro Cardenas on March 18. WASHINGTON. April Britain's strong note lo Mexico de- manding return of the expropriated British oil properties dropped ser- ious problems Into the lap of the state department tonight. By adopting a menacing attitude Mexico's seizure of the British oil companies, Britain plac- ed the United states In a delicate position. Truck Kills Child .110-GRANDE CITY. April 8- W-Eevcn-year-old Roberto Perez was run over and killed by a truck joaay as he was crossing the street In front of .hts home. Find Dentist's Body GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.. April body of Arthur Bcarrts- ley, dental technician missing since Jan. 3, wt.s found Icviay tn the Col- orado river, with a bullet In the orain, and Sheriff Charlti t.umley "Id "It lookj like murder." Sales Pass To Benefit Play With ticket sales already past the J150 mark, students of Abll-ne Christian college will continue their drive today to refinance the Parent Teacher association milk fund. Monday night the senior class of the college will present a benefit performance of the three act comedy, "Putting It at the Sewell aucjtorlum. All proceeds from the showing will go to pro- vide for undernourished school children. The Abilene' Boosters club took a bloc of 500 tickets to the play yesterday to sell students and teachers In each of the ward schools and in high school. The P-TA was forced at the end of March to discontinue dis- tribution of milk to the children, due to finances. 'Since then a steady flow of meager donations has made it possible for the fund to give milk to a few of those most needing It. Donors sending In their contri- butions yesterday were the Ella Osborn circle. First. Christian church, 11; anonymous, Vet- erans of Foreign Wars, >25. Crown M Royalty COIiEGE STATION, April J._ Hall, senloi- 'student from Hectra, was crowned Kins Colton here tonight as a feature of the annual cotton pageant style show, and ball, held' at Texas A. and M. Miss Mary Ann Walker of Wichita Palls was crowned miccn. The Weather Ax" Satirtir Mlir- "rltsr TM., K? tin fcttflmrnc fattrrtj- MKxico: A.M It 11 Mtnd.y In4 r.M. fftltfcnt Vnd P. m. nZ-II. Mi.Vtl (OdAji 1 tH. -'Leftists Bitter Unprecedented April Blizzard Makes Its Exit Await Warm Weather To Measure Loss Rising temperatures are expected to break an :unprecedented April cold spell In central West Texas today. Last midnight temperatures were well above freezing, and the norlh wind had dropped to a 20-mlle-per- hour speed. Skies were practically clear. Still a conjecture was the extent of dainag; 'to wheat and oats crops. Mere advanced wheat was feared severely damaged, and oats wheat fanners In'few cases were'able to say what losses would be. All'were awaiting' rising temperatures, for sure signs of life or death are lack- until xeturnVof 'warm Iweather. practl- PAHIS, -April .who holds the confidence ind support of France's armed forces, undertook tonight the for- lation of a national union cabinet to succeed the fallen government socialist Leon Blum. Even as the square-Jawed premier designate accepted the charge from President Albert Le- brun, the Job of forming a govern- ment and keeping order and dis- cipline in France became more dif- ficult. The people's front union of leftist parties.called the people of Paris to a mass demonstration Sunday against "the reactionary old men of the senate" whose bitter feud with Blum led to tht crisis. Radical-socialist Daladler said he thought a new ministry would be formed by Sunday morning, then declared: T trust that all Frenchmen will listen to my appeal for discipline, calm and-order." RED FLAGS HOISTED Strikers, many whom hoisted red flags over factories which their pickets occupied, Increased to 000 In the Paris region. The powerful general confedera- tion of labor, strong, called a-meeting to decide labor's posi- tion. Daladler Is attempting formation of France's I05th cabinet In the 67 years of the third republic. The senate forced'Blum out on the 26th day of his second term as. premier. The upper house, by M3 votes to 49, refused to discuss In de tall Blum's bill for drastic financia powers. The need for speed In forming a new government was stressed oh all sides "with helchsfuehrer Adolf HitlCT'j plebiscite on man union scheduled Sunday. Many Frenchmen feared the plebiscite might be followed by new nati -expansion" In centr Europe unless France had a strong government. destruction; Summer will; be lessened considerably, because of the freeze, and killing ofless hirdr trees fe feared. .8. J. division highway engineer, 'reported last night-that all highways ih'hli bail- iwick had been cleared for travel Highway. had beeri closed between Haskell and points north- ward by 'heavy, snowdrifts Thurs- day, but was .reopened Friday afternoon. At Anson'the highway to 'Hamlln was'patrolled to turn back motorists headed for points In the snow-bound Chlldress area but local traffic to Hamlin and vicinity moved unhindered. Residents .of .Haskell welcomed Clearing skies and rising tempera- tures Friday afternoon, after la- boring throughout the day to ex- tricate cars and trucks marooned In snowdrifts; north of there Thurs- day night. -An automobile belonging to T C. Stewart of Haskell was destroy- ed by fire directly attributable to the traffic Jam. The machine, equipped with mud chains, was being used 'to tow stalled cars along the highway. Loose chains snagged a leak In the gas tank and the fuel was Ignited from the exhaust. All Haskell schools were: dis- missed at' noon because of the weather. Further north, Knox county's See WEATHER, Tg. it, Col. 7 Former Solon Dies .MUSKOOEE, Okla., April W. Hastings, 72, former Okla-' l' homa congressman and veteran ot 4J years In public service, died here today of a gall.bladder itlment. Newsman Killed AUSTIN, Apl! t.  5-cent gas rate in effect will before Judge Boynton tomor- row. Wage Talk Knotted SAN FRANCISCO, April Negotiations between the San Cisco- Oakland Newspaper Publlah- ers' association Oie Northern California Newspaper guild for a 933 wages and working agreement ended In a deadlock :20 o'clock tonight, i   

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