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El Paso Herald Post (Newspaper) - January 7, 1914, El Paso, Texas El Paso Herald U. S. Forecast: Mostly cloudy tonight and tomorrow. (Details on Page 5.) .VOL. LXI, NO. 6 EL PASO, TEXAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1941 DELIVERED IN EL PASO ISO A WEEK THREE CENTS IN EL PASO FIVE CENTS ELSEWHERE Priest Finds A Way- Mexican Baby Baptized On International Bridge Left to right, Father Gregory, god-parents with baby and parents. Father Gregory baptizes the baby. Fastest Trial On Record— Gets 80 Years For Ice Pick Slaying Of El Paso Girl Select Jury, Present Evidence, Obtain Verdict In Three Hours Eustacio Hernandez, thin and 33, must spend 80 years in the Texas Penitentiary for the ice-piek slaying of his onetime sweetheart, a jury in the Thirty-fourth District Court decided today in the shortest murder trial on record. The trial was completed—from selection of the jury to the verdict—in three hours. *- Hernandez was charged with laying Juana Garcia, 22, of 4124 Madera street on the afternoon of Nov. 23. Hernandez pleaded guilty. The State introduced testimony of seven witnesses. The defense offered none. Assistant District Attorney Newsom made an argument of 10 minutes, urging the jury not to “take this case lightly” because of the defense action in offering no testimony. District Attorney Jackson * was to follow the defense attorneys with the closing argument, but Tom Lea, a defense attorney, waived argument and the case went to the jury. Mr. Jackson was left with his argument still in his system. "I’ll have to take something,” said (Continued on Page 10, Col. 6) Pastor And Parents Set Around Law With Border Line Ceremony Father Gregory, Catholic priest of Fort Hancock, couldn’t go to Mexico because of Mexican law that permits only one priest to a district. Mr. and Mrs. Norbeta Oliva of Porvenir, Mexico, couldn’t cross to Fort Hancock because of American immigration laws. They wanted their baby, Raul, seven-months-old, baptized. So Father Gregory thought of a way. He arranged with U. S. and Mexican immigration officers to have the baptism on the Fort Hancock international bridge. The baby was baptized Saturday. Father Gregory appeared on the international line of the bridge in church robes. A table to serve as an altar was set up, complete with a crucifix and candles. The mother and father remained on the Mexican side of the bridge to watch the ceremony, while Father Gregory, under the kind eye of American officers, stepped a foot or bo across the line. While Raul’s god-parents held him. Father Gregory baptized the child. The god-parents are Manuel Flores and Antonia Hernandez of Porvenir. After the ceremony, all knelt on the bridge and prayed for the child to grow in the ways of God and be a good Christian. Navy Eipects To Md 4000 Plans By Eid Of Year Boost Of Only 445 Made During 1940, Admiral Reveals By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 1. — Rear Admiral John H. Towers, chief of naval aeronautics, told Congress today that the Navy expects to increase its strength by 4000 planes this year but that it still has “very few” completely modern warplanes. The Navy added only 445 planes net to its airforce last year, he told the House Naval Affairs Committee which opened an investigation of the progress of American naval rearmament. Most of these planes were obtained in the last three months. Since Dec. 4 they have been on the highest priorities ranking. The fleet air arm totaled 2590 planes of . all catagories on Jan. 1, 1941, Towers said, but he declined to disclose the exact number of first-line planes on the ground it was inimical to the nation's defense. Dissatisfied With Progress Towers told Chairman Carl Vinson of the committee that frankly he was not satisfied with the progress. “I am very impatient about it,” he said. Vinson’s inquiry was part of a double drive by legislative and executive departments to speed rearmament. Later in the da^ President Roosevelt planned to set up the new super defense agency to co-ordinate the effort. Towers said that pilot training has been speeded up by shortening the course from 12 to seven months, and specialization. Representative Melvin Maas of Shanghai Gay But Tense As Aliens Flee Miss Sandy Tittmann Miss Sandy Tittmann Back From Orient, Describes Scene How! By Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 7.—A tall bronzed man walked into an office of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. “You chief title clerk?” he asked Ben Friedman. Friedman, chief title clerk of automobile registrations, nodded. “Me Chief Thunder Cloud,” the man said. Friedman wrote a certificate of title for the automobile of the chief, a Miami Indian from Peru, Indiana. Outstanding Young Men In U. S. Listed By United Press HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 7. — B i n g Crosby, Representative Martin Dies, Col. Charles A» Lindbergh and Dr. George Gallup were listed today among the “10 outstanding young men of America.” The others were Jack Frye, 36, president of TWA Airlines; Oren Root, 28, attorney and adviser of Wendell L. Willkie; Fulton Lewis Jr., news commentator; Mark Stanley Matthews, 34, president of the U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce; Arch Oboler, 32, radio dramatist; Dr. Guy C. Suits, 32, director of the General Electric Research Laboratory. Tourists Hurt In Valley Car Crash Auto Leaves Highway And Strikes Bridge Two California men were critically injured in an automobile accident, one-half mile east of Ysleta early today. Forrest Ernest Stemm, 37, and W. T. Marcee, both of Los Angeles, received head injuries when their automobile veered off the highway, struck two guard posts and crashed into a canal bridge. The men were taken to City-County Hospital in a Peak-Hagedon ambulance. Hospital attaches said their condition was very serious. Mr. Stemm received internal injuries in addition to a skull fracture. The automobile was traveling west. Bob Bailey, deputy sheriff who arrived at the accident soon after it occurred, said the driver apparently went to sleep at the wheel. Germany Disclaims Irish Bombings Promises Dublin To Investigate Charge By Associated Press BERLIN, Jan. 7.—Germany disclaimed today any responsibility for bombs dropped near Dublin the night of Jan. 2-3, but said it was possible that German planes might have flown over neutral Ireland (Eire) the* night of Jan. 1-2, authorized sources said. The German government promised the Irish charge d’affaires in Berlin that it would continue negotiations concerning the flights and reported bombing, and would offer regrets and reparations for possible damage, if investigations show r ed German fliers were to blame. There is starvation in Shanghai. It is expected to increase when winter sets in. Miss Sandy Tittmann said today on her return from the Orient where she spent the past year and five months. Miss Tittmann and her aunt, Mrs. Minnesota asked Towers whether|Milton J. Helmick. w-ife of a U. S labor unrest had been a serious I federal judge at Shanghai, are at factor in delaying naval plane pro- \ Hillsboro. N. M„ with her parents duction. | Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Tittmann, former “Strikes have not been a serious ¡El Pasoans, factor so far.” Towers replied. They sailed for San Francisco, Find No Sabotage ¡Dec. 10. on the President Cleaveland, He added that there were ‘‘small j a boat packed with American women groups” among the workers whojfrom China. Manila and Japan were “restless.” Towers said that na-1 after the request was made that tionalization of the aircraft industry would be “a major calamity.” “Have you any evidence of Fifth Column activity in the production of naval aircraft 0 ” asked Representative James W. Mott of Oregon. “No,” said Towers. “There have been some cases that looked like sabotage but which were shown to be carelessness.” ITALIANS Swiftly, Attack Town's Defenses New Empire Force Thrown Into Fight For Naval Center By United Press CAIRO, Jan. 7.—British mechanized forces, supported by fleets of Royal Air Force bombers and fighters, struck hard today at Italian defenders of Tobruk, Libya’s vital naval base 60 miles west of Bardia, and threatened to surround it preparatory to a siege and an assault. Units of * the British Mediterranean fleet prepared to give the R. A. F. and the army of the Nile the same support at Tobruk that had aided in the fall of Bardia. By United Press CAIRO, Jan. 7.—The Royal Air Force reported today that the Italians have evacuated El Adam, air base for Tobruk, and that 40 Italian planes blasted by British air attack have been captured by British troops. The RAF said that the Italians had evacuated the air base because of the powerful British bombing attack. All the capiured planes had been put out of commission by RAF bombs, it was said. Bombs Damage Church House By Associated Press LONDON, Jan. 7. — Church House. Westminster, new administrative headquarters of the Church of England, was seriously damaged and six persons were killed in a recent Nazi air raid, it was disclosed today. Texas Pensions Up In Amount, Number International News Service AUSTIN, Jan. 7.—A total of 122.059 old age pension checks have been ordered for January, the Department of Public Welfare announced today, with an average payment of $13.93 and a total of $1,69*9,751. This is compared with 121,123 checks during December for an average of $13.77 per check. With 802 names removed from the rolls last month—639 throu gh deaths—the net increase over last month was 936. Royal Air Force Bombs Valona By United Press ATHENS. Jan. 7.—British Royal Air Force planes rained bombs on the vital Italian Albanian port of Valona. coincident with intensification of Greek attacks on the Tepe- leni-Klisura front, dispatches reported today. An R. A. F. communique said that British planes bombed warehouses and jetties at Valona. starting several fires. (Continued on Page 10, Col. 6) Balkans Say forks Balk Nazi Invasion Read War Of Nerves In Bulgaria Rumors By United Press LONDON. Jan. 7.—Balkan sources said today that Turkey six w^eeks ago made known to Sofia that Turkey would enter the war at the side of Great Britain if German troops tried to cross Bulgaria. These sources said that Germany was aware of Turkey’s attitude. They cited this factor in support of their belief that Germany is encouraging the circulation of alarming rumors about the Balkans as part of a war of nerves at a time when large-scale military operations are not feasible in Europe. The Balkan diplomats continued to insist that they had no confirms-tion of reports that Germany has given Bulgaria an ultimatum concerning movement of Nazi troops into that country or that Bulgaria has yielded to such an ultimatum. (Continued on Page 5, Col. 6) Binnie Is Practically Outraged Actress Says She W Duped Into Appearing In Film In Scanties Private Bucks By Associated Press FORT DEVINS. Mass.. Jan. 7.- Family Given $20,725 For Camp Property The Carmen Macias family of Alhambra Heights addition, northeast of Ft. Bliss, was awarded $20,725 Draftees here learned todav th,iti f " r holdings cimdemnrd by the U. . . ,, , .. S. Government for expanding of one of their ‘buck private buddies! pj, 31^; The holdings include a dairv. The By United Press LONDON, Jan. 7.—British military authorities an nouneed today that British mechanized forces were now in contact with the outer defenses of Tobruk, Italy’s important naval and airplane base in Libya 60 miles west of Bardia. A new British army was reported speeding across the Libyan desert for a full scale attack on Tobruk before the batttered Italian African army could effect a re-organization after its defeat at Bardia. Dispatches from Egypt indicated that medium and light tanks, armored cars and Bren gun carriers u^ere roaring westward along two coastal highways while an entirely new empire force was cutting in toward the road from the desert south of Bardia. It was planned that the mechanized and armored forces should form the spearhead of the main body, basically infantry, which was moving northward and westward from the interior desert. Infantrymen by thousands were reported moving in trucks toward the new front, only tw'o days after the final collapse of all resistance at Bardia. The full extent of the British victory became apparent today. Military authorities estimated that eight Italian divisions had been made prisoner or destroyed during the offensive between Sidi Barrani and Bardia. They estimated that in all 94,000 Italians had been captured, killed or wounded. The 94.000 men eliminated, according to the authorities, were 39.000 Italian regulars, 24,000 Fascist militiamen, 14,000 Libyan troops. 7000 mechanized troops and 10.000 soldiers of the Italian service of supply. By FREDERICK C. OTHMAN United Press Hollywood Correspondent Hollywood, Jan. 7.—Charging that she had been duped into appearing on the screen in black underwear, with lace around the edges, Binnie Barnes today demanded that Columbia Studios remove her and her unmentionables from public view, or face an injunction suit. Her husband was kicking, she sa^d. Otherwise she wouldn’t have minded. At least, not so much. Director Alexander Hall, who persuaded Miss Barnes to let Gloria Dickson rip off all her outer clothing while the camera whirred, said he wouldn’t be surprised if her charges added up to a press agent stunt. “He’ll think press agent stunt when I get a court to suppress the picture.” Miss Barnes retorted. “He’ll hfeye still another think when Mike catches up with him. I had no idea I was to appear in the screen, practically naked. I thought he was taking a silhouette. I thought only my shadow would appear on a wall. And there I am in person. And I mean in person. All I’ve got on is panties and a brassiere. And to make it worse, they’re black. It probably wouldn’t be quite so bad, but here I am, a bride, and Mike is furious.” Mike is Mike Frankovich, the football star turned radio sports announcer, to whom Miss Barnes was married a few weeks ago. Director Hall, who has produced some of Hollywood's most sophisticated film comedies, said he had so much regard for the feelings of brides and grooms that he had special, modest panties made for Miss Barnes. “Why, she had on more clothing than any girl on the beach,” he mm r/->, ill!® Binnie Barnes said. ‘ She looked fine, too. reason I had her wear. black derwear, was for photograj values. You know—white ai black. ,r Miss Barnes said Hall had alternatives. He could the scene altogether. Hie make it, with her not losing many garments. Or he could to court and discover for how a judge feels about a director taking advantage- of bride. mo^ is heir to part of a $1.500.000 estate left by his father—and that he is quite content to remain in khaki to complete his year of training. Edward B. Alford Jr., 23, of Brookline, a Harvard University graduate, was one of the first selectees to volunteer for immediate service in the original peacetime draft call on Nov. 18. The elder Alford died Nov. 24. His will, recently probated, be-1 queathed his entire estate to his, widow, his son and his daughter. | judgment was handed dow T n in Fed oral district court today. William E. Swift received $4850 for his home, also located in the Alhambra Heights addition. The two cases were the first to bo acted upon of the condemnation suits filed to clear the land for Ft. Bliss expansion. Nazis Say Roosevelt Trying To Stampede Americans Into War Complain F. R. Determined To Crush Foes T* 4 ! •*» International Neios Service BERLIN, Jan. 7. — President Roosevelt's message to Congress produced no changes in the international situation “beyond illustrating his determination to use every means to stampede the American mind into the war,” informed Berlin quarters commented today. They also charged that the President's speech showed he was determined to “terrorize all opposition by his threat to apply the big stick or brand his political foes as traitors.” Italians Charge Ideological War International News Service ROME, Jan. 7.—President Roosevelt’s message to Congress “amounts (Continued on Page 5, Col. 4) Plays Baseball, Too . Blind, He Earns His Own Living As He Whistles His Way Through Life By BETTY LUTHER He earns his own living. He also is an entertainer. With his state-authorized white stick tap-tapping, he goes gaily and independently about the streets of Oakland, Cal. He plays baseball for his own entertainment. And he talks about his life on the West Coast with the exuberance of a young person who never had a handicap to whip. He is Roberto Espinosa, blind, who is here on a vacation to see his mother, Mrs. Maria Espinosa, and his sister, Mrs. Rebecca de Lujan of 3229 Oro street. Roberto Espinosa is the pro tege of the Lighthouse for Blind and the El Paso Council of Jewish Women. Because he whistled like a bird in spring, the Lighthouse and the Council, having taught him a trade at the Lighthouse, recommended him to the State Rehabilitation Division which sent him to Los Angeles to study at the School for Artistic Whistling. It was a six-month course. “I finished in three months,” Roberto smiled today as he talked of his good life in California where he is making his way. “I left Los An- •fc There Roberto went to work in the State Workshop for the Blind. He had learned reed work and chair caning in the El Paso Lighthouse. He was invited to whistle at the San Diego Lions Club through an introduction of the El Paso Lions and the Council of Jewish Women. He whistled for other clubs. He whistled his gay tunes for programs. Mexico Army Plans Mass Maneuvers Ity A ss<n-1a ted Press MEXICO CITY, Jan. 7.—The Ministry of National Defense reported today that 10.000 troops would be concentrated in the Mexico City zone soon for the first of a series of mass maneuvers. In units of 10,000, the ministry said, the entire army of 52.000 will hold maneuvers to train in the latest tactical developments demonstrated in the European w r ar. Snow Forecast For Mountains Of N. M. Snow was forecast today for the mountains of New Mexico while She Doesn't Care * * * * * * But The Police Do, So They're Going To Send Adventurous Girl Home U. S. Releases 100 Planes For Greece By JOHN MIDDAGH The slight. 18-year-old goldenhaired girl leaned against the wall at the Police Station, not much both ered about all the fuss she was causing among police officers. She refused a proffered chair. She smiled as she heard Policewoman Callie Fairley and Captain FitzGerald discuss her case, asking each other what should be done with a girl who just didn’t care. The girl, Irene Bangle of Gilby, N. D., wandered into El Paso a week ago. She had left her home town—which consists, she said, of a drug store, a grocery store and a new dance hall—because she got tired of the life of a farmer’s daughter in a country where you had to make every penny count if you clouds were scheduled to hang over were going to live radio; El F’aso tomorrow. 1 There will be a slight rise in El The state superintendent for re- Paso's temperature, ibilitation of the blind, R. V. Rain was forecast for the South-, handler, heard Roberto's whistling west portion of New Mexico, geles and went to San Diego where! He sent for him later to come to j Showers were predicted for West I have relatives.’’ % (Continued on Page 5, Col. 5) Texas. Lost Interest In Working She visited California and other Western states before she arrived in El Paso. Mrs. Fairley had her picked up when she ijoticed her in a downtown cabaret, a little confused by the boisterous crowd. She * came to El Paso, the girl said, because she heard it was easy for a nice looking girl to make a living in the cabarets. Since her arrest, she's lost interest in working, Mrs. Fairley told Captain FitzGerald. Mrs. Fairley obtained a place for her in an El Paso home, but Irene decided she would rather stay in jail. Captain FitzGerald notified her father she w'as being held here until some arrangements could be made for her transportation back to North Dakota. # She Knows A Man At first, Irene wanted to hitchhike back home. She knew a man who would “watch out for her,” she told Mrs, Fairley, but Mrs. Fairley decided that might not be so w ? ise. “She’s a good girl, Captain,” Mrs. Fairley told Captain FitzGe a Id. “I’d hate to see her get off on the wrong foot. We’ll just hold her until we hear from her father.’ Irene didn’t say anything. List lessly, she went back to jail. Acts To Implement Pledges Of Help By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 7.—The Ad? ministration moved quickly today- tc fulfill President Roosevelt’s pledge of “ever-increasing” aid for democracies. by releasing to Greece an undetermined number of war-planes now in production for the American Army. ’ Less than 100 planes are involved and the Greeks will pay cash for them. The release became known less than 24 hours after President Roosevelt in his annual message to Congress, promised more ships, more planes, more tanks and more guns to the nations fighting the “new order of tyranny” and defied the dictators to prevent fulfillment of that promise by threats. Such aid is not an act of war, he said. British Purchasing Commission officials have been negotiating for, war materials for Greece for about a week. « The Army and Navy may get unlimited authority to make available to countries needing it, whatever material aid they consider prudent in the light of American defense. Greek Forces Sain On Albania Coast By Associated Press ATHENS, Jan. 7.—The Greeks re* ported new gains today both in tie coastal sector and north of Klisula and said the Italian hold in 4* Tepeleni-Klisura region of Albania, was weakening. f An advance northeast of Chimaij^ dispatches from the front said, threatens to cut the Italian communications between Tepeleni and Valona, the Greeks’ next major oj>* jectlve in southwestern Albania.« . North of Klisura, they said, cap«» ture of a 5500-foot height ga^e Greek forces command of a large area to the rear of Italians st|U holding out around the town. Th® peak is near another . 4500-fo$j| height reported taken the day tot» fore in that zone, where t*» Italians admittedly are putting strong resistance*. .* • . ™ .* t-. #.>
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