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El Paso Herald Post (Newspaper) - January 9, 1914, El Paso, Texas SCRIPPS - HOWARD■ T| Paso U. S. Forecast: Partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow; not much change in temperature. (Details on Page 9.) VOL. LXI, NO. 8 EL PASO, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1941 DELIVERED tN EL PASO 150 A WEEK THREE CENTS IN EL PASO | FIVE CENTS ELSEWHERE BRIEF SKITS REVIVE SHORTER SKIRTS All-American Style Draped ‘FASHION FUTURES’ TURN FUTURISTIC By JOAN YOUNGER United Press Staff Correspondent _ MEW YORK, Jan. 9.—Having launched a draped, ^ but not droopy, shoulder line and raised the skirts of women overnight, New York today recovered from the first round of the international free- for-all for the title of fashion center of the world. Calling their punches with enough ballyhoo to put a Barnum to shame, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and the fashion group whirled into action last night, with “Fashion Futures,” a super-duper spectacle of spring styles which included 400 gowns, furs, hats and accessories sported by 150 models and shown to 2000 merchants and stylists from all over the country. With no holds barred* “Fashion Futures” slapped playfully at the so-called best dressed women, naming them “upper bracket clothes horses,” hit the press behind the stage, and, then shadowboxed with the mayor himself, bringing out a new feminine fedora, modeled on .ti* the big-brimmed hats the mayor has worn for 30 years. W * * * IN 18 short skits, banked with appropriate scenery, clothes for daytime, business, traveling, sports and evening were revealed. One whole scene was devoted to the new trend in softer shoulders, with the quarterback effects of yesterday definitely out. Hemlines on all day dresses were pegged at 17 inches off the ground, while two formal frocks from Germaine MonteU hinted a revival of the old dip-in-the-back and up-in-the-front style of 1929. Significant too was the accent on blaring colors, “caveman” colors according to the audience. Bold “poison” green was worn with “tricycle” red and “pin wheel” purple. An entire scene was given tover to the importance f>f checked fabrics for the Easter parade, had checks, good checks and bouncing checks in soft wool suits with gently moulded lines. Tossed into the ring, too, was a collection of vividly red accessories, including red wigs, to be worn, like a Christmas tree, with green, or, conservatively, with navy blue. Biggest laugh was the Ilka Chase commentary which started with a collection of the “screwier” hats. Included in this was a so-called crystal chandelier model made of vinylite, a yeUow “coal scuttle” bonnet and a turban so lengthy that a small boy strode behind to carry its orange and green streamers. City Employes’ Strike Called Off In Chicago Mayor Announces Agreement Reached With Labor Unions By Associated Press CHICAGO, Jan. 9.—Mayor Edward J. Kelly announced late today that the strike of municipal employes had been called off after city officials had reached an agreement with labor leaders. Says Direct Road To Mexico City Will Be Built In Short Time ETHIOPIAN ENGLISH imi By United Press CHICAGO, Jan. 9.—A strike of more than 4000 city employes paralyzed some city services today and brought striking bridge tenders into conflict with the U. S. War Department. Army engineers stepped in when 386 tenders of the city's 57 bridges began striking at 10 a. m., in sympathy with fellow electricians who were demonstrating against a proposed economy cut in municipal salaries. Michael (Umbrella Mike) Boyle, head of the Electricians Union, ordered the tenders of 37 to raise their bridges. Because the major part of the city’s Loop business district is cut off by the curving Chicago River this would have caused incalculable confusion. Police Commissioner James P. Allman, however, sent two policemen to each bridge tower with orders to keep the bridges down. Only one rose and it came down half an hour later. The police action caused a navti-a b 1 e waterway to be obstructed and that was where the War Department came in. Chief Army Engineer C. R. Andrew notified U. S. District Attorney Albert J. Woll that three vessels were blocked by closed bridges. Woll told the City Corporation Council’s office he would give the (Continued on Page 9, Col. 4) The Amazing Mr. Boltz—No. I— Pious Financial Wizard Rich And Poor Of Philadelphia Substantial Citizens Shocked To Find* They Have Been Duped By Bible Reading Socialite By GILBERT LOVE Scripps-Howard Staff Writer PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9.—In this city’s annual Mummers’ Parade the other day, one of the prize-winning costumed groups called itself “Two Nuts Looking for Bolts.” To outsiders that had little significance, but Philadelphians translated the last word into “Boltz” and hooted their appreciation. To Five-Year Term Former Utility King Moans, 'Oh, Oh, Oh' iy United Press NEW YORK, Jan. 9.—Howard C. Hopson, who ran $300,000 of borrowed money into a $1,000,000,000 utilities empire, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment today for looting the Associated Gas & Electric system of nearly $20,000,000. The short, fat, bald, 58-year-old master of bootstrap financing was sentenced by Federal Judge Alfred A. Coxe in the same court where* just a week ago, he heard a jury pronounce him guilty on 17 mail fraud counts. The indictment, on all but two counts of which he was convicted, charged that the former Fort Atkinson, Wis., high school honor student began looting the far-flung Associated Gas & Electric System with its 200 subsidiaries almost from (Continued on Page 9, Col. 2) 4T y po graphical Error, No Doubt By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 9. — The Navy Department released an important statement entitled “expediting national defense” and then its face got red. At the end of the release, the following appeared: “Will be there with bells on. ‘"With (without) lady (?) friend.” No one knew how it happened, hut a mechanic hurried to inspect the mimeographing machine. Rim Road Group Fights For ‘View ! Communications Under Secretary Inspects Work A direct Juarez-Mexico City highway will be finished in the next two or three years, Vicente Cortes Herrera, under-secretary of communications and public works of Mexico, said at Hotel Cortez today. Mr. Herrera came to El Paso in ai six-passenger Bellanca plane with a pilot and engineer. He is on an in-¡ spection tour of railroad, highway and harbor construction and improvement underway in Mexico to be finished during the six-year administration of President Avila Camacho, he said. Yesterday he inspected the Rio Grande Valley, Elephant Butte and Caballo Dams. He will motor today to Chihuahua City to inspect the Juarez-Chihuahua City highway and discuss further construction with officials, returning to El Paso by plane. Tomorrow, he will fly to Mexicali. “The highway, which will connect El Paso with Mexico City, will be completed in the next two or three years,” said Mr. Herrera. “We also will connect the Pan-American Highway at Monterrey with the Juarez-Chihuahua City Highway under a federal project. When we have completed our main highway projects, there will be three great highways across the Republic of Mexico, one of them connecting the Pan-American Highway with Guatemala. These three will be the Central Highway system, from Juarez, to Mexico City, the Pan-American Highway from Laredo to Mexico City and from Acatlan to Guatemala, and the West Coast Highway along the Gulf of (Continued on Page 9, Col. 5) Opposes Construction Of House On Bluff Residents of the Rim road district today asked the City Council to help them preserve the view on the Rim road—both for themselves and sightseers. The City promised to “see what can be done,” and now it is up to the property owners and the City’s legal staff. The Rim road has beautiful and expensive homes—on the north side. On the south, there is a narrow strip of caliche and mesa bluff — intended originally for a parkway. But when a construction shack went up at what theoretically is Kansas street and Rim road— theoreaically because Kansas street hits the mesa bluff there—Rim road residents became apprehensive. They found that C. H. Teague had obtained a $6000 building permit for a rock residence at 1711 North Kansas street. Now the Rim road residences want the City to buy the strip of property so that there will be no construction on the south side—and they are willing to help. A. W. Norcop, who owns no nearby property, said he is interested as (Continued on Page 14, Col. 3) Where Did Their Money Go? BARNUM might have amplified his adage that “there's a sucker born every minute” by observing that the crop is not confined to the lowly, poor and uneducated. Some of Philadelphia’s leading citizens have been proving the latter fact in one of the most amazing stories of high financing and quick returns since the days of “Bushel Basket” Ponzi and his famous Boston swindle. One of the best known “financiers” is missing —and some of the best known citizens of a community long famous for its big crop of lawyers, bankers and financial wizards are trying to find what became of the money they gave him to invest in a private promotion that seemingly earned fabulous returns. This is the first of a series of articles telling about the amazing case. Less than three months ago, no one would have thought of making fun of Robert J. Boltz in a Mummers’ Parade. For Mr. Boltz then was regarded as one of the city’s most substantial citizens. Member of an old Germantown family, graduate of Germantown Academy and the University of Pennsylvania, a lawyer, a church trustee, he was a highly respected member of Philadelphia society. Furthermore, he had a reputation as a financial expert, and was much sought by the city’s great and near-great, who wanted him to supervise the investment of their surplus funds. This reputation was no flash-in-the-pan. It went back to the late 1920s, when Robert Boltz, then a practicing attorney, reported to his friends that a new investment trust organization with which he had become associated was enjoying unusual success. The organization, called North American Investment Fund, Inc., apparently continued to prosper right through the stock market crash of 1929, and friends gave Mr. Boltz much credit for help- Mishaven Long-Range Bombers Attack Naples And Palermo, Sicily Robert J. Boltz ing to guide it across the difficult financial shoals. They began giving him money to invest, and invariably got large returns. As this word spread, others sought his acquaintance and services. A few bought shares of North American Investment Fund, Inc., but most of them simply turned their money over to Mr. Boltz with the understanding that he was to treat it as his own in playing the stock market, pooling all funds received where that seemed advisable. Six per cent was the minimum return on money placed with Mr (Continued on Page 8, Col. 4) Ask New School For Army Mens Children Officers Hike Revenue Through Valley Cases By MURRAY NEAL Officers who “practice” in the Justice of the peace court at Ysleta specialize in the infractions of the law which bring their respective * departments the best revenue, the docket of Justice of the Peace Abe Alderete showed today. Mr. Alderete collects on all sides— hL} for every case he tries, if the Coun-ty Attorney has a staff member on hand for dismissals and acquittals. Through the sundry filing of cases by all the law enforcement officers operating in and around Ysleta, Mr. Alderete had the best month of any justice of the peace in El Paso County during December. He turned in collected fees of $488. Trial fees to Mr. Alderete for the month amounted to $156. Principal business of the court _ Was in traffic violations. There were fined who paid off. There were 17 vagrancy cases in which none of the defendants paid fines assessed. There were 10 cases involving drunks—five paid fines and five served out the fines in jail. There was one abusive language case. In five drunk cases, and two traffic complaints, the defendants were dismissed. In all of these Mr. Alderete received his $2.50 per case (Continued on Page 8, Col. 1) Court Denies Second Ad Tax Hearing The Eighth Court of Civil Appeals today overruled a motion for a rehearsing in the suit by J. R. Miller and others against the County for an injunction to restrain collection of the five-cent maximum advertising tax. The court recently upheld a district court decision ruling that the advertising tax is legal. The suit will go to the Texas Supreme Court. In the second test suit on the County’s development programs, attorneys for Leon D. Adams filed a motion for a writ of error to the Texas Supreme Court in the suit against the County for an injunction to prevent issuance of time warrants for construction of a livestock building. The court recently affirmed a lower court judgment upholding the County’s right to issue such warrants. Attorney General Mann ruled that warrants would be invalid. He also had ruled against the advertising tax law. FBI Investigates Draft Evasion Men Fail To Send In Questionnaires The Federal Bureau of Investigation tomorrow will step into an investigation of failure of El Paso County men, registered for selective military service, to return questionnaires. Officers of the FBI and the U. S. District Attorney's office will meet with the chairmen of El Paso County’s five draft boards as guests of Sheriff Fox. The meeting was called at the request of Chief Deputy Sheriff Harry Wiley, chairman of Draft Board Five. Officers who have accepted invi-(Continued on Page 9, Col. 3) Evicted Hotel Guest Blasts Self To Death By United Press BUFFALO, N. Y., Jan. 9.—Wil liam D. Wright, 40, of Rochester, committed suicide today by blowing himself to bits with dynamite in the lobby of a downtown hotel. According to police, Wright had been evicted from his room last night for non-payment and had spent the night sitting in the Ford Hotel lobby. * Nobody but Wright was hurt and the lobby was little damaged. .S. Cooley District Wants Structure; Need $253,500 Construction of one new school and additions to three others at an estimated cost of $253,500 for the complete program, was proposed today by three County districts af-iected by an increase in scholastics due to Ft. Bliss expansion. County School Superintendent Hinton said the Ysleta, Winkler and Cooley School Districts will ask the Federal Government to pay the bill and the State Education Department to aid in operating expenses. The new school, proposed to be built near the 200-unit housing proj-ecst at Womble boulevard and Montana street, would be in the Cooley district. Mr. Hinton said school officials expect 300 new scholastics when the housing project is completed. Application for Federal funds proposes an eight-classroom building with a cafeteria, library, gymnasium, auditorium at a cost of $87,000. Equipment was estimated at $7500. The Cooley District also proposed a three-classroom addition to the Cooley School on Alameda boulevard at a cost of $18,000 and equipment to cost $1500. New school buses and other items boosted the Cooley District total application to $141,800. The Winkler District proposes to build four new classrooms at the Winkler school near William Beaumont Hospital at a cost of $24,000, and an auditorium to cost $25,000. (Continued on Page 9, Col. 3) Churchill Depends On American Aid Army Of Nile Opens Siege Of Italian Naval Stronghold Compiled from U. P. and A. P. Dispatches By United Prent British long range bombing j CAIRO, Jan. 9.—Great Bril Dianes attacked naval dock-1 ain’s Imperial Army o£ Nile closed in around Tobi today and British forces by Ethiopian rebels. drovi Italian troops from frontier stroi points on two East African froxd Britain’s swiftly advancing <£< troops have driven 120 miles Italian Libya, the British coi in Cairo announced today, ing the Fascist airport at G< 40 miles west of besieged Tobi Thirty-five Italian planes were taken at Gazala, an R. A. F. com-munique said, and 40 planes at* abandoned airdrome at El Adem, miles south of Tobruk. -f& At the same time the first cessful action of Ethiopian forces against the Italian tion troops was reported. The rebels attacked an II garrison at Gubba, just north Kenya Colony, and were repoi closing in on the fleeing II garrison. On Italian Africa’s northern British patrols driving in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forced the Italians to abandon a post noi east of Kassala and then occtij the position themselves. There was no indication whether the spurt of British Ethiopian action against Benito Mussolini's East , empire was a prelude to portant drive similar to t ready in progress against from the Royal Air Force» By United Press LONDON, Jan. 9.—Prime Minister Winston Churchill said today that “the future of the whole worlc and civilization . . . depends upon relations between the British Em pire and the United States.” He spoke at a Pilgrims Society luncheon in farewell to Viscoun; Halifax, newly-appointed ambassa dor to the United States. “The identity, purpose and persis tence of the resolve prevailing through the English-speaking world would more than any other fact determine the way of life open to generations and perhaps to the centuries which would follow our own,” Churchill said. “If co-operation between the m-pire and the United States were to fail, the Empire might hew its way through against' the spirit of totalitarianism and preserve its life and strength for inevitable renewal of conflict on worse terms under an uneasy truce. But the chance of setting the march of mankind clearly and surely along the high road of human progress in the world would be lost and might never return*” The Prime Minister paid tribute to President Roosevelt and called him a “pre-eminent figure.” Churchill also paid tribute to Halifax, who was foreign secretary until he was selected for the Washington post. He said he hoped he would prosper on “a mission as momentous as any that monarchy has entrusted to an Englishman in the lifetime of the oldest of us here.” yards at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany, during the night and caused many explosions and large fires, the British Air Ministry said today in London. The Italian High Command announced that British planes had raided Naples and Palmero, Sicily, striking 15 buildings at Naples and killing five persons and wounding 30 there. There were no casualties and no important damage was done at Palmero, it was said. More than 20 fires were said to have been started at the docks at Emden. Bomb Airdromes Other British aircraft bombed the German airdrome on the Island of Borkum, where barracks were hit and a fire broke out, it was reported. Berlin reported that British planes.last night bombed a northwest German coastal area, killing 11 civilians and wounding 14 others. The British raiders dropped explosive and incendiary bombs, the German High Command s^id, but “they hit mainly residential districts/’ It was admitted that at one point damage was done to an industrial plant. Italians Admit Damage The Italian High Command admitted “slight damage” in British bombing raid! on Benghazi and Tripoli. A church, and a hospital ship in the harbor were hit at Naples. At Tripoli, three persons were killed. At sea, the Italian High Command announced an Italian torpedo boat rammed and sank a British submarine and credited a Fascist submarine with sinking- a 3600-ton “enemy” auxiliary cruiser in the Atlantic. The British Admiralty last night announced the submarine Regulus, which carried a normal complement of 50 men was overdue and must be presumed lost. -r- Wallace Outlines Good-Will Tour By United Press WASHINGTON. Jan. 9. — Vice President-Elect Henry A. Wallace said today that he hopes to visit each of the Latin-American countries in an endeavor “to promote mutual prosperity and peace in the Western Hemisphere. * r ■ Greeks Continue Gains In Mountains Inside Job By United Press KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 9.— Police assigned an undercover man today to track down the thief who stole $400 worth of corset samples from the car of Salesman W. G. Dunyee of Chicago. By United Press ATHENS, Jan. 9.—Italy has ed an air offensive along the whc Albanian front, but Greek are continuing their gains in mountain sectors, undaunted by bombing and machine gunning, the skies, a government said today. The Greeks were said to made substantial advances in Klisura sector, where they ed many prisoners. The said they retained the all sectors but that action in. places consisted of isolated against Italian lines and stroi holds. Italian planees, besides at the Greek front lines in wav< striking deep into the interior Greece. Bombs feU on second largest Greek city, hospital Many wounded It diers were in the hospitaL The government spokesman Greek troops had mopped up (Continued on Page 14, ' Congress Rushes Bill For Aid To Britain Names Workers To Raise Greek War Relief Fund By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 9.—Aid-to. Britain legislation, carrying a broad limit on appropriations to finance the program, may be ready for introduction to Congress tomorrow. One phase of it still being discussed, it was learned today, is a plan for a commission to handle the lend- Just Look At What They Use For Water! Mrs. P. M. Chavez of 511 South Virginia street put a bottle of water on the City Council table today and asked Council members to take a look. The water had a sickly yellow color. The bottom of the bottle was coated with a fine film of mud. “That,” said Mrs. Chavez, “is what the people on Cencepcion street and Valverde avenue use for water.” Mrs. Chavez, whose five brothers live on Valverde, took the bottle of water to the Council meeting with a request that the City extend its water mains to the 400 block on Valverde and the 300 to 400 blocks on Concepcion to serve an estimated 25 families. The water now in use is from shallow wells. “The Water Department wants us to pay $1500 for bringing the water down there,” said Mrs. Chavez. “The people can’t pay anything like that. “We pay taxes, and we live in the City. Do people in the City have to use water like that?” Mrs. Chavez said the El Paso Electric Co. provides electric serv ice and the Texas Cities Gas Co. has assured gas service at no extra charge for putting in the lines. She said that in the irrigation (Continued on Page 14, Col. 1) ing of munitions after considering our own defense needs. Such group, in effect, would determine priority. Its membership would include the Army chief of staff, the chief of naval operations, production experts of the National Defense Commission, and top-ranking members of Congress. Agreement on all other parts of the legislation was understood to have been reached and if the commission plan is ironed out today at a series of scheduled conferences, the bill may be ready for Congress tomorrow. General congressional reaction to the proposed expenditure of $17,-485,528,049 in fiscal 1942 for regular and “total defense” items was favorable, but there was a cool reception to the President’s proposal to lift all statutory debt limitations. The House Naval Affairs Commit-(Continued on Page 14, Col. 2) Hail Discovery Of Influenza Vaccine By Associated Press CHICAGO, Jan. 9—The accidental discovery of a new vaccine against influenza was hailed by medical authorities today as “one of the most promising practical leads in research of recent decades.” The Journal of the American Medical Association places this valuation on the preventive inoculation and reported that it gives scientists some radically new ideas about immunity against disease. Dr. R. L. Horsfall Jr. and Dr. E. H. Lennette of the Rockefeller Foundation, who discovered the vaccine recently, found in later studies that it stimulates the development of immunity against several types of organisms. At Lawrence, Kas., physicians were completing the inoculation of 1200 students and officials of the University of Kansas to determine the effectiveness of the new vaccine. The vaccine is administered in a single dose and is expected to immunize for five or six weeks. HOPKINS IN LONDON By United Press LONDON, Jan. 9.—Harry L. Hopkins, President Roosevelt’s personal representative, arrived in Britain by plane today from Lisbon* Workers to conduct an intensive drive to raise $7000 for Greek war relief were appointed today fey A. J. W. Schmid, chairman. The drive will be conducted in the El Paso Southwest. It will run two weeks. The goal for this section is $10,-000 of which approximately $3000 has been raised. “We want to raise the money swiftly,” said Mr. Schmid, “and workers will work hard to our goal in about 10 days.” Workers will solicit funds. Contributions may also be to The Herald-Post The mi received by the newspaper be turned over to Mr. Schmid, less otherwise ordered, tions will be acknowledged in Herald-Post. Mr. Schmid will send all (Continued on Page 14, Cel. I) ¡am Help The Greeks! The Greeks are stubbornly fighting on all fronts a today, pushing forward in the snow and ice i heroic effort to drive the Italians out of Albania They would feel a lot better if they knew ers, wives and children back home were being Like all brave men, they do not mind loved ones are comparatively comfortable. Nothing could hearten the Greek word that Americans had given $10,000,000 to aid the peo pie at home while they are fighting freedom-..... the mountains and along the Adriatic shore of This section, including Southern New Mexico Texas, has been asked for $10,000 as its share o: modest total. * The Herald-Post will be glad to receive cdri and see that they get to the proper place. “ turned over to the district committee ixe* Commissioner A. J. W. Schmid and he wUI the Greek War Relief Association in Please send in your gifts now. The tfjfSSf % a
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