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El Paso Herald Post (Newspaper) - January 16, 1914, El Paso, Texas ’ . . - ! rtirr .rfr ■■■ imr>< - M ! SCRIPPS -HOWARD El Paso Herald ■ U. S. Forecast: Fair tonight and tomorrow; colder tonight. (Details oi\ Page 9.) VOL. LXI, NO. 14 EL PASO, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1941 DELIVERED IN EL PASO 15« A WEEK Home Editi THREE CENTS IN EL FIVE CENTS ELSEWHER] Is Traced To Denting, N. M. Mrs. Louis Carr Is Believed Safe On Motor Trip Mrs. Louis Carr, 52, wife of a wealthy Alamogordo lumber dealer, reported lost with her son and her son’s friend, left Mimbres Hot Springs near Deming for Alamogordo this morn- Pi mg, Bower Miller, manager of the Park Hotel at Deming, told The Herald-Post today. He said that Mrs. Carr checked into the Park Hotel Tuesday night and left Deming yesterday afternoon for Mimbres Hot Springs. “Nothing has happened to them Mr. Miller said. “It is all a false report.” Police of four states today were seeking the whereabouts of Mrs. Carr, her son Sam Buster, 20, and Sam’s friend, Ray Osborne, 17. The trio left Silver City, N. M., 200 miles west of Alamogordo, at 7 a. m. Tuesday, to return to Alamogordo. They had not arrived home ^ a search was started. Police departments and sheriffs offices in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California were asked to look for the Buick black sedan carrying the three when they were last seen. In addition to officers, several citizens in the Alamogordo district today joined in the search along the 200-mile stretch of highway be-. tween Silver City and Alamogordo. Jr} Arroyos and ravines on all highways between Alamogordo and Silver City were to be searched today, in the event the trio might have been in an auto accident. In El Paso Sheriff Fox and Police Chief Robey ordered a special lookout for the black sedan. The Carr Lumber Co. is one of the largest in the Southwest, with extensive holdings in Southern New Mexico. Depot Directors Work On Station Remodeling Widow Weeps At LoVers* Lane Gives Council Another Squeeze The City is Having a "hard time with “lover’s lane,” a dead-end block of Hudnall way in the new ^ Kern Place addition/ First, the City Council received a petition asking' that the street be closed because it was used only as a parking place for lovers. The City agreed, and appointed Deputy Tax Assessor Zach Collier to appraise the value. Mr. Collier set $125, to be paid lay Mrs. Sue Lattner Bush and Tal-man Andress, adjoining property owners. The price finally was cut ^ ; to $100. W* Mr. Andress gave the City a check for $50, his half. E. W. Earl, attorney, wrote the' City Council today that Mrs. Bush* does not be lieve she should pay the $50, that she does not believe the City has any right to sell the property, that it should revert to the adjoining property owners, and that, besides, she has changed her mind and wants the street left open. Council members said they don’t know what to do next. By United Press ^ AUSTIN, Jan. 16.—A bill to abol-A ish corporal punishment in the Tex as Prison System was prepared today by Representative Sam Hanna of Dallas for introduction in the Legislature. Hanna’s bill would make it a mis demeanor for any prison guard, agent or other employe to inflict whippings on inmates. In Houston, Dr. Sidney M. Lister, chairman of the Texas Prison Board, said that the board, at a special meeting on Feb. 4, will consider abolition of whipping as a form of discipline in the State Prison sys tem, Senator Rogers Kelley’s bill to raise the truck load limit from 7000 pounds to a weight computed according to a formula based on wheel space and axle weights drew No. 1 on the Texas Senate calendar. Another early bill was offered by Senator Clem Fain of Livingston to prohibit whipping of state convicts. Mrs. Charles Leavell Sr. presents the $25 check from the Chamber of Commerce Woman's Department to Louis Deauble Jr., El Paso architect, winner In the contest sponsored by the ladies for a sketch showing the El Paso Depot remodeled on Southwest lines. Woman's CC Cheered By Letters From Board Head And Railroad The Union Station board of directors is “working on the matter” of remodeling and beautifying the El Paso Union Depot and “hopes something will develop,” J. R. Skillen, president of the board, wrote the Chamber of Commerce Woman’s Department. Mr. Skillen’s letter, in answer to a letter from the Woman’s —- ■■■.....................................■»Department written Dec. 9, asking the board to remodel and páint the depot property on Southwest lines, was read at a meeting of the Woman’s Department at the College of Mines Museum today. Mrs. Earl Rogers, secretary of the department, read Mr. Skillen's letter and two from E. J. Engels, president of the Santa Fe railroad. Mr. Engels said that the representative of the Santa Fe on the depot board “is alive to the situation and that the ladies’ request will “have the most sympathetic consideration at his hands.” Mr. Engels emphasized that the remodeling project is one on which no railroad represented on the board can take independent action. “There must be a general agreement among the owners before any comfnitment can be made.’’ he said. Mr. Engels said that the matter of remodeling and improving the station had received careful consideration “only a few months ago,” but because of large expenditures railroads that own and use the station had felt obliged to defer the work until conditions were favorable. He said the project “is now under the review” of the board. Louis Daeuble Jr., winner of the prize offered by the department for a sketch of the proposed remodeled depot, today was presented with the award of $25 by Mrs. Charles Leavell, chairman of the architectural committee. Mr. Daeuble told the ladies that the present depot is well designed and constructed although “terribly outmoded in style and not fitted for this locality.” Gateway to Mexico “The depot has fine proportions adaptable to the style in the sketch,” he said, indicating the winning sketch on exhibit at the meeting. The main change proposed in his sketch is in the tower which dominates San Francisco street, Mr. Daeuble said. The tower would be torn down to the group level of the building and rebuilt of brick and stuccoed, he said. The proposed depot desired by the ladies would be more fitting for a city which is the “gateway to Mex-said Mr. Daeuble. Witnesses Tell About Rows Before Stabbing In a hot and stuffy court room crowded with curious spectators, Mrs. Mabel Schneider wept when she heard her neighbors describe her quarrels with her husband, Alfred .A. Schneider, the last of which ! on Jan. 9 ended in death for Mr. Schneider. The hearing was before Justice of the Peace Crawford to prepare preliminary trial testimony for submission to the County Grand Jury. Mrs. Schneider is charged with slaying her husband with a butcher knife during a violent quarrel at their apartment at 412 Wyoming street. Mrs. Schneider listened to the testimony with bowed head, her eyes covered by her handkerchief, her face reddened by weeping. Occasionally her shoulders shook as she sobbed. Her hand was covered with bandages and medical tape. A big, red scar showed over her right eye. Roomers told how she got (Continued on Page 11, Col. 3) Governor Seeks Power To Fire State Employes Demands 'Clean-Up' In State Government And Slaps Bureaus By United Press AUSTIN, Tex., Jan. 16.—A five-point program to “clean up this Texas state government” was proposed today by Governor O’Daniel in his first message to the 47th Legislature. The message was broadcast. “It is time to clean up this state government,’* said the governor. “The people want it cleaned up, else there would not be so many new faces here.” The five points were: 1. Extending to the governor the power to discharge any state employe which the governor appoints. 2. Establishment of a budget director appointed by the governor and appointment of a state auditor by the Legislature instead of the governor. 3. Consolidating tax-collection under the comptroller and various special funds into the Treasury. 4. Requiring that the comptroller certify that money will be available to pay each appropriation made of state funds to halt debt-building. 5. Establishment of a merit system for state employes. Urges Poll Tax Abolition Two other favorite O’Daniel proposals of two years ago were repeated—recommendations for abolishing the poll tax and substituting irrevocable life sentences for the death penalty in criminal cases. The governor recommended a 14,00-pound truck load limit instead of the present 7000 pounds, on the theory that one truck is safer than two on the highways. He suggested an “over-aH” weight basis with fees for commercial haulers high enough to pay their proportionate part for building and maintaining roads. The governor spoke at length concerning the “fourth division” of government, the numerous appointive state boards, and of the “third house”—lobbyists. Neither can be eliminated, he said, but lobbyists can be “ignored” and the “fourth division” brought under effective control by a governor vested with the authority to fire as well as hire. Submits Two Bills The present government set-up, O’Daniel declared, “works for the benefit of a selfish few.” Asking divine guidance for steps to come, the governor asserted: “some of the same conditions and practices that caused the downfall of some nations across the seas, and some nations of ancient history, exist here.” O’Daniel submitted two bills and (Continued on Page 14, Col. 6) War Secretary Sees Danger ... WARNS U. S. " T . £ DUE IF BRITAIN F AL British Cruiser Sent To Bottom After Nazi Raid English Navy Sinks Warship Wrecked By Dive-Bombers By United Press LONDON, Jan. 16.—The Admiralty today said that the cruiser Southampton was a total loss as a result of the attack by German dive- bombers in the Mediterranean. During the attack by the German planes off Sicily, the Admiralty said, fire broke out aboard the 9100-ton cruiser and “attained such portions that it became necessary to abandon ship.’* The Admiralty said that the Southampton subsequently was sunk by its own forces when it was found impracticable to tow her to port. A great majority of the cruiser’s crew was saved, the Admiralty said. The Admiralty's first report on the Southampton, which had a complement of 700 officers and men, had admitted that the vessel was damaged by hits scored ,by German dive-bombers in the course of a great dive bomber-warship battle last Friday off Sicily. The Admiralty also reported that the British submarine Pandora, 1475 tons, sank two Italian supply ships, each of about 5000 tons, in the Central Mediterranean. The Italian ships were southbound, the Admiralty said, presumably carrying supplies to aid Marshal Rudolfo Graziani in Libya. One of the Italian ships, the Ad- (Continued on Page 14, Col. 4} Hoover Asks Congress To Define Powers Of F. R. In Arms Bill Says Unity Will Be Advanced By Specific Outline Of Limits On Aid To England And Others By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 16.—Former President Herbert Hoover appealed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee today to re-assure an “apprehensive and confused’* public by defining at once the specific powers to be granted President Roosevlt under the aid-to-Britain bill. He disapproved of “our joining the war,” but favored ex- - : -»tension of “every practicable aid short of war” to Great Britain. Billion Approved For Navy Building House Group Speeds Funds For Warships R. A. F. Cripples Wilhelmshaven British Pound Nazi Navy Base All Night International News Service LONDON, Jan. 16.—Wilhelmshaven, strong German naval base, was blasted into uselessness and Emden, Bremerhaven, and half a dozen other key Nazi centers were badly damaged during the night as the RAF resumed powerful and widespread raids on the Continent, the Air Ministry announced today. In. a record assault—greatest of two score which have pounded the mighty German nest for sea raiders—Wilhelmshaven was so sadly crippled that “considerable time will be required before it will be able to resume normal war work,” the Air Ministry asserted. One of the greatest single air attacks ol the entire war. the raid on Wilhelmshaven lasted all night. Tone of high explosives and hundreds of incendiary bombs were poured on the port, while the RAF also blasted an unlisted number of Nazi invasion and bombing centers on the Continent. Britain struck by air as Germany likewise resumed attacks on a broad (Continued on Page 11, Col. 4) Emperor Announces By United Press LONDON, Jan. 16. — British advisers to Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia said today that he had reported from his general headquarters at Khartoum in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan that 90 per cent of his tribesmen were ready to revolt against Italian rule. London newspapers reported that revolt already was in full sway in Ethiopia. F. R. Asks Funds By Associated Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 16.—President Roosevelt put in his formal request to Congress today for authority to build a fleet of 200 merchant vessels “upon an emergency basis,” and asked for an appropriation of $313,000,000. The Chief Executive already had disclosed at a press conference that the program was in the making. The program would be in charge of the Maritime Commission, which has estimated its cost at $350,000,000. The balance would be made up from an emergency fund placed at his disposal by Congress, plus $36,000,-000 which he said would be available on July 1, 1941. Authorize 30-Year Lease For Airport The City Council today authorized Mayor Anderson to sign an agreement with Hollis Thompson, regional vice president of the American Airlines, for a new 30-year lease for Municipal Airport facilities. Mr. Thompson is waiting authority from American Airlines to conclude the agreement. The proposed agreement would take the place of the 50-year contract negotiated in 1936, when the City acquired the present Municipal Airport property from American Airlines. Under the proposal, the City would receive cash for its original airport property, which it traded to American Airlines in 1936, a schedule fee for additional plane schedules, and title to the American Airlines hangar and office at the present airport. ICO, $5 a Year Theft of a $10 bill on Dec. 27 cost Albert Pruitt a two-year term in the Texas Penitentiary today. A Thirty-fourth District Court jury found Pruitt guilty of snatching the bill from Carlos Jaime of 405 East Fifth street. It Seemed Colder El Paso’s temperature dropped’ to only 36 today but it seemed colder because a 13-mile wind blew. Colder weather was forecast for tonight. The Southwest was fair but cold. Mexico Federal Workers Lose Their Siesta By Associa led Press MEXICO CITY, Jan. 16.—That treasured privilege of Mexican government workers, the siesta, is no more. The Ministry of Interior ruled today that all public offices must remain open straight through the day, with no locking up to go home for a nap. By way of consolation it eliminated the old-style night office hours in order to conserve electricity. Japanese Papers Scream At U. S. Demand Preparation For 'Developments' By United Press TOKYO, Jan. 16. — Newspapers, demanding that the government prepare the country for “all possible developments” in view of America’s program for aiding Britain, charged today that the United States was challenging Japan, Germany and Italy. Angry headlines showed the reaction from the statement made by Secretary of State Cordell Hull yesterday to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urging fullest aid to Britain. Unofficial commentators in diplomatic quarters said that the United States, not Japan, sought to dominate the Pacific. The Foreign Office regarded Secretary Hull’s statement as so important that they declined to comment on it pending receipt of official dispatches from the embassy at Washington. Newspapers in editorials combined with their demand for full preparation for developments, a demand that Japan speed negotiations with The Netherlands East Indies to thwart alleged Anglo-American attempts to disrupt Japan’s program in the South Seas. Their line of argument, in edi-(Continued on Page 11, Col. 2) Elect Hardie Head Of Knife-Fork Club The board of directors of the Knife and Fork Club today elected Thornton Hardie president of the organization to succeed Dan White Jr. New officers took office immediately. Lytton R. Taylor was elected vice-president and Frank F. Klohs was named secretary-treasurer. New members of the board of directors who were elected: Col. George M. Edwards, C. M. Harvey Dr. Felix P. Miller, D. A. Roderick and Roy S. Nelson. New officers and Mr. White also serve on the board. By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 16.— The House Naval Affairs Committee today approved a $1,209,000,000 emergency authorization program for more ships, ship yards, gun and armor factories and protection of the Fleet from air attack. The new naval expansion bill, together with another new measure to increase the number of naval officers, was given precedence in the House. House Democratic Leader John W. McCormack announced that these measures would be considered next Tuesday or Wednesday and nothing would be permitted ahead of them except the inaugural ceremonies. The committee urged speedy enactment of the final draft of the measure which was worked out after a brief meeting with Navy officials. The bill would authorize: 1. Construction of 400 important auxiliaries at a cost of $400,000,000. The Navy will build only 280 of the most “urgently needed” craft this year but wants authority for 400. 2. Expenditure of $315,000,000 to provide the shipyard facilities for these craft and to supply the additional yards facilities needed to push the “two-ocean Navy” ahead of schedule. 3. Allocation of $194,000,000 to build the factories necessary to meet British demands for cargo ships, guns, great quantities of guns and armor needed for this nation’s naval expansion. The committee approved a bill yesterday authorizing the Navy to spend $300,000,000 to improve the fleet’s protection from air attack. Chairman Carl Vinson advised the committee that it would be necessary to postpone its investigation of defense production lags in (Continued on Page 11, Col. %) Who Has Found Jane’s Kitty? Little Jane Spier, 4, is very unhappy. Her little kitten has disappeared. The six-month-old cat romped away yesterday afternoon. Little Jane worried all night long, until today her mother telephoned The Herald-Post and asked that if anyone has found it to return it to Jane at 918 McKelligon avenue, or telephone Main 4336. Because many citizens of “high patriotic thought and experience 1 fear that the bill empowers the President to involve the United States in war “as distinguised from declaration of war by Congress, Mr. Hoover said, it is urgent that the committee draft positive definitions of what powers are to be granted and specifically exclude those that will not. Also Policy On Use Of Navy He asked especially that the committee signify whether it is contemplated to allow the President to give away American battleships or to assign them to convoy duty in war zones. Mr. Hoover’s appeal was made in a letter to Committee Chairman. So! Bloom and made public by Mr. Hoover in New York. Secretaries of State and the Treasury Cordell Hull and Henry Morgenthau Jr., told the committee yesterday that Great Britain was the only bulwark between the United. States and a ruthless dictator intent upon world conquest and that Britain could not pay for purchases in the United States after this year, Mr, Hoover’s letter to Bloom saic the committee, in the interest of national unity, should define specific powers immediately to enable con crete debate on the blU and. elimi nate much controversy and bitter ness. For example, citizens of high patriotic thought and experience who desire to support the President believe that under the hill and even without any supplemental action by the Congress: “That battleships and other naval vessels could he given away; “That it opens American ports to repair of belligerent vessels and makes such ports bases for belliger ent operations and may become the objective of them; “That the bill could cancel jiarts of the labor laws, the Johnson Act, the Neutrality acts, the Hague con ventions and possibly other laws” Mr. Hoover suggested that if the committee drafted into the bill positive definitions of what these powers are and specifically exclude what they are not, it would contrib ute greatly to national ui^ity . Says Arms Measi Would Grant Power To. Transfer Ships By United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 16. Secretary of War H Stimson said today he he United States would be very great danger of in 1 by air in the contingency British navy should be < or surrender.” Stimson testifying before House Foreign* Affairs Co: i~ support of* the Admin aid-to-Britain. bill, made ,fhe meiit in response to a qu Representative Hamilton New York. Fish said advocates of the seemed to base their supp< the fear of invasion and he Stimson’s opinion of the of invasion. Opposes Delay “I think we are in very-danger of an invasion by the contingency that the navy should be destroyed or rendeF,” Stimson replied. Fish asked Stiiuson* if he oppose an amendment to that the West Indies and other ' ish possessions be taken security for any aid extended to London government. Stimson said that such an ment would emit# “great Cactus Is Insignia Of ‘Columbia* Troops Men Of 260th Regiment Trained On Border During World War The present cantonment at Ft. Bliss is far superior to the cantonment that housed militiamen at the post in 1917, officers of the 260th Coast Artillery Regiment (AA) of the District of Columbia National Guard, found. Some of the men of the 260th are World War veterans who trained on the border in 1917, and the regimental insignia ^bears a cactus in memory of bor-‘ der service. Tells Of Mine ‘Deal’ To Deny Fraud Charge Dapper, gray-haired Luther Bent Island shortly after W. E. Clayton Ledgerwood today took the witness u s assistant stand in his own defense during the second day of his trial on charges of using the mails to defraud, after his attorney’s motion for an instructed verdict had been denied by Federal Judge Boynton. Ledgerwood, 52-year-old self-styled mining promoter, is charged in a Federal indictment with obtaining $3000 from Dr. J. T. Phillips, Long Beach, Cal., physician, on the promise that he would return three-fold profits through the purchase and resale of Chihuahua Indian tribe gold and silver bullion. The Government charges the bullion was non-existent. The defendant was called to the district attorney, rested the Government’s case. The Government’s final witness was T. D. Gates, former Chicago businessman, who testified he gave Ledgerwood $5000 to invest in Mexican gold and silver, and that he received in return, instead of promised profits, $10 at one time and $5 at another. He testified he never received For an hour Ledgerwood testified, relating a rambling story which included a dozen ‘‘deals,” during one of which he said he contracted to furnish crude oil for the British government in 1936. This deal later (Continued on Page 8,Col. 4) Two Held In $1300 Theft From Tourist Two youths were held in the County Jail today, and police said County Probation Officer Guinn believe they solved a $1300 theft from an automobile in downtown El Paso Saturdaj'. Leo D. Stanley, a tourist from Oregon, told police 13 expensive suits and three overcoats, with a value of $1300, had been taken from his auto. Mr. Guinn said his officers arrested a 16-year-old boy who had one of the overcoats. Hammer Tobruk International News Service CAIRO, Jan. 16. — Tobruk today was subjected to ceaseless artillery hammering and repeated attacks by Australian patrols, while the remainder of the African forts were comparatively quiet except for aerial activity on both sides. The capital city regiment's first contingent, 30 officers and 180 mep,. arrived at dawn today by special train and made camp at the new anti-aircraft training center .in. Logan Heights. Mountains Beautiful Lieut. Col. Perry Huff, commander of the second battalion, in civil life a Government employe, headed today’s arrivals. “The mountains behind the camp were tinted beautifully by the rising sun,” said Colonel Huff. “I feel we are going to like Ft Bliss very much. The camp appears extremely comfortable.” Major Anthony B. C. Graves, second battalion executive officer, said the new cantonment is much better than the one he lived in here in 1917. Delight To The Eye “This one seems to have licked the bugs,” he said. “Bacfc in those days we had plain tents without floors. There was no hot water» and there was running cold water only in the stables and mess halls. TSJiese new mess halls, with gas heat and everything, are a delight to the eye.” The tents at Ft. Bliss now have wood floors, frame and screen sup ports for the canvas top, and indi and that speed andjmn&k; is required “in war He said for this seriously opposed to tions. " ?,,* - T/ %i Smaller Than Dutch Army Then Fish asked about the in defense production. Stimson “there has been a lag and always will be a* lag.” He America had “preferred to live peaceful democracy instead ol armed camp” and the switch economy “can’t be done oi or it can’t be done in a year.**' 4 ** 1 Stimson became angry wl Fish sought to discount the < feat of Holland and Belgium 1 cause their boundaries were tiguous to Germany’s. Sttbi| frepMjf the witness chair and facing Fisliy^ Stimson said: * “The Army of the States today is nowhere near aji| large as the army of Holland was*’-last May! • - - ^ “The Army of the United Stated, today is not as larfe*a* the of Belgium was last May—an nowhere near as well trained!** . Whose fault is it?** Fiih “Our fault,** said Stimson. “BP United States of America.** Fish said he understood the na*f tion was to have had- an Army oij 1,400,000 early this year. “You’ve been a soldier, Mr. Fish,* Stimson said, “and I*ve been soldier. You know the difference between that number of men an Army. 1 You speak as if we pass a conscription law and in weeks have an Army! “The problem to me is not much keeping America out of as keeping war out of America.” Earlier Stimson had told the mittee that the United» States make a supreme effort to arm 11 and at the same time work at speed” to arm Britain “for the which is confronting her this or summer.” Explains Bill's Effect He said that the American production problem was more sing now “than* it was in 1917.** added that the British aid would help achieve the dual objec*j tiae of making America impre and assist in the preservation f the British” fleet “as .a bulwark the Atlantic ocean;” _ Stimson, in response to Fi&’i (Continued on Page 14, Col. 5)* Épi pis Wants Library Open Early For Lunch Reading Mrs. Lizzie May Hilburn of 121( Circle drive wants the City to oj the Public Library at 7:30 m,' daily so that workmen may books to read at lunch time. < Mrs. Hilburn wrote the Council a letter requesting change in hours. It was referred the Library. “Because reading and privileges are more or less a l\ vary to the working man,” Mrs. bum wrote, “I suggest that the brary open at 7:30 a.‘m, so that working man can get a book on way down to his job and read iV i noon while he eats his cold Mrs. Hilburn also requc pointment as an assistant to .Lawrence, who is collect (Continued on Page 8, Col. 2) ¡linquent personal ] % ;
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