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El Paso Herald Post (Newspaper) - January 30, 1914, El Paso, Texas r 'if* 9âSSS^s/Xiâà* >■- '-“î’-c. } :^ WKÿKÎEfffÂ - V ';’ , &'' ; ’¿" ! V-^í' ; r:-^v.;v^. i .. " ¡/-f, .*,- '„V.^ 1 - Y.,'’- : C¿ -'¿‘s.-- , <>?^--'ï vs " ■’-'•■ ' -’ - i ■••"• - ------- 4 ',•>■ " / --y ........ . " -" -■ ■ ■ El Paso - ’4 U. S. Forecast: Partly cloudy tonight and tomorrow; not much change in temperature. (Details on Fage 9.) VOL. LXI, NO. 26 EL PASO, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 1941 DELIVERED IN EL PASO 15e A WEEK iiA& : ? y SüPM i íU ■ THREE CENTS INJ3L PASO FIVE CENTS ELSEWHERE :.ï * Firm’s Head In Mexico; Court Orders Of Handling Of Funds Sig N. Schwabe’s Company Cited On Complaint Of Veterans' Bureau Attorney County Judge McGill today cited the American Safe Deposit Co. of 213 Texas street to appear in Probate Court for an investigation of alleged mismanagement of funds in 10 guardianship cases. Funds involved in the cases amount to $18,409. Sig N. Schwabe is president of the American Safe Deposit Co. Schwabe was reported to be in Mexico City. Judge McGill issued citations and filed them with County Clerk Lowry, ord#ing the American Safe Deposit Co. to appear and show cause why it should not be removed as guard- _;_—--—-#ian of the estates for “gross neglect.” Nine guardianships involving war # ,* ' ■ — [NEA Telephoto] Ann Skelplovich, 13, of Gary, W. Va M who will be "Cinderella guest" at President Roosevelt's Washington birthday party. Born on the same day as the President, Ann wrote him her congratulations. FRD replied, but before the girl got the letter her brother added a postscript inviting her to the White House. Her parents bundled her off to Washington. The President heard the story and invited her to be his guest at the various- celebrations on the night of his ¿9th birthday, her I4tk 0 In Indictment # Big American And German Firms Named By Federal Jury By United Preis NEW YORK, Jan. 30.—The Federal Grand Jury investigating defense materiel bottlenecks returned indictments today charging that the Aluminum Company of America combined with the German dye trust and other companies to produce a situation in which Germany ¡into Arizona got at least four times as much magnesium a year as did the United States. Magnesium is the lightest commercial metal known and without it high-strength alumirfum alloys cannot be produced. Government experts said it was of inestimable value in defense and aid to Britain. veterans or relatives of veterans, over which the U. S. Veterans Administration has supervision, are involved in the 10 cases. Judge McGill set the hearings for Feb. 10 in the Probate Court. Confers With Attorney The citations had not been served late today. Schwabe’s attorney, Jack Rasber-ry. conferred with Judge McGill today. Judge McGill issued the citations in the guardianship cases after a conference with W. F. Cheek of Albuquerque, attorney for the Veterans Administration. Judge McGill said Mr. Cheek informed him that he had investigated the guardianship after Schwabe had talked to him about estate funds. Mr. Cheek told Judge McGill that he had nine cases “of mismanaged estates” in which he wanted an investigation and asked for a hearing on the removal of the guardian. Protected By Bonds In his citations. Judge McGill said: “It has been called to my attention by W. F. Cheek, chief attorney for the Veterans Administration of Albuquerque, N. M.. that the above estate has been possibly mismanaged by the American Safe Deposit Co., present guardian of said estate, and that the said guardian has been guilty of gross neglect in performance of the duties as guardian ...” Judge McGill said all the estates involved are fully protected by good surety bonds. The cases in which citations were issued: John J. Carey, J. A. Hall, Ruby Lowe, Pedro Maese. William F. Morkim, Arthur Nobles, Jose Quintana, Roberta and Aubrey B. Smith, Frank Kautz, Claude E. and Audrey M. Dove. The Dove case is not a Veterans Administration case Judge McGill said. 36 Years in Business Sig N. Schwabe has been connected with the investment business in El Paso for the last 36 years. For many ye*rs he was connected with the American Mortgage Co. and in 1928, while vice president and general manager, he bought the company, which was originally organized as a branch of the now defunct American Bank & Trust Co. Mr. Schwabe moved bis company’s offices to the 200 block of Texas street in 1928 and sub-let part of his space to the American Safe Deposit Co. In 1933 Mr, Schwabe sold the American Mortgage Co. tp a group of El Pasoans and the company then obtained a $2,200,000 RFC loan to finance construction of the Western Gas Co. pipe line from El Paso HITLER MORE ABOUT ALCOA On Page 14 J* ß £ The grand jury stated its belief that the United States defense program was “hampered” and American production of aircraft “impeded and delayed” through the alleged restrictive agreements among the defendant companies. It specifically accused them of violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act in what prosecutors said was the most important case to come before the Department of Justice in the last year. Accuses Big Companies The grand jury handed up three indictments to Judge Edward A. Conger containing five counts charging control of magnesium products by the following six corporations and nine individuals: The Aluminum Company of America, with Arthur V. Davis, chairman of the board; R. A. Hunt, president; I. W. Wilson, vice president and Wilfred D. Keith of the patent department. The Interessengemeinschaft Far-benindustrie Aktiengesellschaft of Frankfort, Germany, the world’s largest producer of magnesium and synthetic fertilizer, better known as the German dye trust. Also its chairman of the board, Herman Schmitz and Gustav Pistor, a member of the management board. The Dow Chemical Co. with Willard H. Dow, president and Earl W. Bennett, vice president. Other Firms Named The General Aniline and Film Corp., a New York firm, allegedly controlled by the German dye trust. Magnesium Development Corp. in which both the Aluminum Company and I. G. Farbenindustrie «re interested and its president, Karl Hockswender. The American Magnesium Corp., (Continued on F!age 12, Col. 4) Building Doubles The City Engineering Department closed its books for January today with a total of $223,032 in construction values for the month, almost double the January figure of 1940. Home building accounted for $166.-520 of the January total with 35 residential permits issued — more than one a day. English Forces Occupy Italian Port In Libya Plunge Ahead For Benghazi, Fascists' Last Major Point By United Press CAIRO, Jan. 30.—B r i t i s h general headquarters reported that the capture of Derna was completed this morning. The capture of Derna, 130 miles west of Tobruk which was taken with 25,000 prisoners by the British only last week, leaves Benghazi as the only major point in Eastern Libya still in the hands of the Italians. British troops already are well on their way to the attack of Benghazi, beyond which the Italians face only desert between Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. Derna is the port'of a fertile area heavily colonized by the Fascist regime and developed at great expense by Premier Benito Mussolini. It is one of the most important fresh water sources in North Africa. _ British headquarters said that "in Italian Somaliland, in all sectors, work is progressing on improved forward roads in support of our advanced patrols whose activities across the frontier are continuing unabated.” The communique said that in Eritrea the concentration of British forces in the Agordat-Barentu sector was proceeding smoothly. It was said that “in Ethiopia intensive patrolling continues east of Metemma.” British Capture Buys Beer For Tommies As Planes Drone Overhead Willkie Scorns Air Raids For By NED RUSSELL United Press Staff Correspondent LONDON, Jan. 30 —Wendell L. Willkie laughed off repeated air raid alarms in the London area today, strode down quaint shepherd market—London’s Greenwich village—and had a gay time in a »aloon buying beers for soldiers while German planes droned high overhead. Willkie played darts with a construction laborer, drew his own beer and joked with a pretty bar maid as German planes resumed repeated forays against the British isles. He was unrecognized when he entered a pub and ordered a pint of beer. But soon he made himself known with the offer: “Have one on me, boys.” A group of soldiers en route to home leave immediately gathered around the visiting American. Glasses filled with foaming sudis bought by Willkie were raised with cries of “Best wishes to you, sir.” “To you, lads,” Willkie responded. On invitation of the proprietor, Willkie (Continued on Page 8, Col. 3) To Reduce Job Insurance Tax Sent To Governor Measure Expected To Save Millions For Texas Employers By United Press AUSTIN, Jan. 30.—A bill to reduce Texas employers’ payments for unemployment compensation by $10,000,000 a year was finally passed by the Legislature today and sent to the Governor. The House also sent to the Governor after final passage a bill to prevent assignment of warrants by Harris County teachers. A House bill, sponsored by the State School Land Board, to allow leases by the War Department of state lands was finally passed and sent to the Senate. An amendment was added to provide that public hearings must be held before such (Continued on Page 9, Col. 6) Poles Get *Everything* From Red Conquerors Communists Seize Property, Separate Families In Poland * eye- By WILLIAM PHILIP SIMMS Scripps-Howa.rd Foreign Editor WASHINGTON, Jan. 30.—The first comprehensive witness account of what happened in the eastern half of Poland after the Russian invasion has been received here, via London. As described, it was a nightmare. At 2:15 a. m. on Sept. 17, states the report, Waclaw Grby-bowski, Polish ambassador in Moscow, was summoned to the Kremlin. There a note was read to him by Assistant Commissar Potemkin. The note said the Polish state had ceased to exist, and that Soviet troops had accordingly been ordered to cross the Polish border. The note said also that the nonaggression pact between Russia and Poland, which was not to have expired until 1945, had ceased to operate. On entering Poland, the account proceeds, the Red Army behaved with relative moderation. This led the Poles to believe the occupation would be Simms only temporary. But once all points were securely in the hands of the invaders, things began to happen with appalling swiftness. Under the leadership of the OGPU, the dreaded secret police, houses were taken over. No room was to have less than two occupants. The inhabitants’ belongings were catalogued, one change of clothing and underwear being deemed sufficient for an individual. Everything in excess of the barest needs was liable to confisca-(Continued on Page 8, Col. 4) House British Aid Bill, 17 To & Beauty On At Snow Elva Jane Alford, left, and Queen Muriel Parker on skis at the College of Mines Snow Fèstivàl held at Cloudcroft yesterday. (Story on Page 7,) American-Mexican War Pact Rumored Fire Teacher. Suspected Of Being Red By Associated Press SANTA FE, N. M., Jan. 30.— Col. Hugh M. Milton, president of New Mexico State College, told a joint Senate-House appropriations* By Associated Press MEXICO CITY, Jan. 30.—Ambassador Francisco Castillo Najera sped home from Washington by plane today for conferences which informed sources and were preparatory to „ _ - 44 , . , . , A1 _ . ¡committee hearing here today that signing an agieement setting allout- he recently removed a professor whom he suspected of Communist leanings. Asked by Senator Mullis if the college had any “Communist professors,” Colonel Milton replied: “No, sir. We have been very careful about that.” “The reason I ask,” continued Mullis, “is that reports have come to me from students about Communists teaching at the college.” “I don’t think we have any radicals or communistically inclined teachers there now.” Colonel Milton said. “About a year ago I did think we had one man, but I told him he had just so much time to find a job elsewhere.” Mullis said that “probably the standing issues between Mexico and the United States. The ambassador was summoned to confer with President Manuel Avila Camacho following conversations with United States Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles regarding settlement of claims arising from Mexican expropriation o<* lands owned by United States citizens. He talked with Welles before his hurried departure from Washington last night. (In Washington, the conversations between Castillo Najera and Welles were understood to have covered proposals for a mutual defense system similar to that between the United States and Canada, (Whether any contemplated agree-;reports I heard ail involved this ment would involve settlement of claims by United States oil companies for properties expropriated by Mexico in 1938 was not disclosed either in Mexico City or Washington ). Since 1927 Mexico has expropriated 5.000,000 acres of American-owned land—an issue that has been handled apart from the oil expropriation. Hopkins Talks, Dines With King And Queen By United Press LONDON, Jan. 30.—King George VI received Harry L. Hopkins, President Roosevelt’s personal observer, at Buckingham Palace today and after a conference Hopkins had luncheon with the king and queen. The king will receive Wendell L. Willkie next week, but the day has not yet been fixed. one person. “We are very strict about that matter,” said Colonel Milton. “We pride ourselves on the absolute patriotism of the school.” Colonel Milton appeared before the committee in behalf of budget requests for more than $100,000 above the current allotment. The largest single increase, $60,000, would be for construction of a new chemistry building. For the current fiscal year, the college division was given $152,100 of state funds. Colonel Milton asked $272,450 for the next fiscal year and $214,750 for the fol-lowing period. FLU SUBSIDES International News Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 30.—The influenza epidemic reached its peak during the week of Jan. 18 and is expected to be over within a week or two, the U. S. Public Health Service announced on the basis of latest available figures. War Declaration Stands By Mussi By United Pr— B1 should the people of continent ënter. the wî 20,000 on the 8th sumption of power “If the United send help we say with or withoüt convoy By United Press DEARBORN, Mich./ Jan. 30. — Henry Ford will never voluntarily turn his plants over to the Government, Harry Bennett, personnel director of the Ford Motor Co., said today. “They'd have to take it (the company ) away from him,” Bennett said in commenting on a report that Ford would let the Government operate his plants for $1 a year if National Labor Board decisions forced him to operate them as union closed shops. Bennett said Ford had not seen William S. Knudsen, to whom the statement purportedly was made, when Knudsen was here several weeks ago. He denied Ford had charged the Government with trying to compel him to accept a closed shop or that he had declined to meet Sidney Hillman, labor leader and associate director of th^ Office of Production Management. Gerard Fears Nazis Will Seize Mexico If They Win War fljf United Press WASHINGTON, Jan. 30.-The House Foreign .Affairs Committee today approved the Administration’s momentous British-aid bill with minor amendments and ordered it reported to the chamber for debate, possibly starting next Monday. The vote was reported to be 17 to 8. Committee approval of the measure came 20 days after the bill was introduced in Congress; and a few hours after German Chancellor Adolf Hitlpr had warned that American supplies for Britain would be “torpedoed.” Most members of the committee were working on the measure in closed session at the time of Hitler's speech and were unaware of his words. Reject Monetary Limit It was pointed out that under present neutrality regulations American ships are forbidden to carry supplies to Britain, and that they must be carried there by British ships or those of other nations allied with Britain. ’ Prior to approving the measure, the House committee today rejected an amendment By Representative Hamilton Fish of New York which would have restricted,spend** ing for British aid to $2,000,000,000. Leaders expected the House to approve the bill, without major changes, by the end of next week. Senate debate will begin soon thereafter. ' . Fears Seizure of Mexico The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, meantime, continued its hearings on the measures. James W. Gerard, World War U, S. Ambassador to Germany, testified that if Germany conquers Britain she may “seize” Mexico in an attempt to menace this country. Gerard told the committee that “Germany hates us like poison— hates us from the last war.” Stressing what he considered the danger of German aggression in this hemisphere, particularly in Latin America, Gerard told the committee that Brazil has about 2,000,000 inhabitants of German descent and an Italian element comprising 35 per cent of the entire population. He added that the German government is “spending enormous (Continued on Page 9, Col 2) States aid to 2—German* sa force and land this spring one way or 3—Germa*!# a » armed and armed" and who seeks to destroy Ge: get a rude vawal^Dpg^*' r Mkramy; lias tary " for her opponents. ( 5—Italy Stands firmly at many's side and hopes for in Italy § * ' ’ * attempt an invasion of the nent from which, Jie asserte “have been chased out.” ■ “j only wish they would let know in advance,” he s^id, would talk the one language ? seem to understand.” The democracies, he suffering from “brain can never hope to cr dreds of millions of people (Continued on Page 12, CoK CLU Censoi America Celebrates— ‘Cuff Links Gang 9 Attends Birthday Dinner For F. IR. • The Central Labor Union virtual censorship on its actn today involving the picketing International Brick Co. the Teamsters Union Local The CLU met last night a letter from the Teamsters:! support of' the picketing International Brick* owned operated by the Bricklayers, and Plasterers International but there was no official act But CLU affici alswere any discussion of the pick« ‘Nothing For You* M. B. McGowen, business for the Teamsters, said any of the meeting would have to from officers of thè CLU. R. C. Scott, president of the.? refused to discuss thè meet walked off when questioned the meeting. “I haven’t got anything fòli he said. V J The CLU has a publicity^ mittee appointed to 5 handle of its meetings and other i “Who are the members,’ was asked, -i “I don’t know/’ hè saidJ<^ Johnny Hauswald i? the but he wasn’t there»** Asked for a statement on \yh< the CLU considered the Teams request Mr. Scott said: “Why you ask McGowen? He*s blowing,] horn.” ‘Told A Thing Or Two’ Informed that Mr. McGowen hi referred all questions to officers, Mr. Scott said: “He’d bei not say anything—he was tol thing or two last night.” “Ask Mr. Scott,” said Geo: Webber. CLU secretary, when qi (Continued on Page 12, Col. International News Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 30.—President Roosevelt was celebrating his 59th birthday today with the enthusiastic assistance of most of the nation. Millions of citizens tonight will be dancing, attending sports events, barbecues and many other festivities to raise money for the National Infantile Paralysis Foundation while the President is having his own private birthday party at the White House. The party arranged for the chief executive by Mrs. Roosevelt will be a dinner, the guest nucleus of which will be the President’s old “Cuff Links Gang.” This latter group first became associated with the President in 1920 when he was an unsuccessful vice presidential candidate, and each of the “gang” owns a pair of gold cuff links upon which The President’s birthday anniversary speech will be broadcast in El Paso by KTSM and KROD between 9:15 and 9:30 p. m. ari his tials. own and the “boss’s” ini- Under guidance of the late Louis Howe, the Cuff Links Gang each year put on a small gridiron show (Continued on Page 12, Col. 6) Open Phone Drive For Mexico City Tour * A Chamber of Commerce mittee today started a telep] campaign to obtain 125 reservat for the good v^ill tour to M< City Feb. 12. C. of C: Manager E. H. said “as many businessmen as si ble in thè Southwest will be tacted in an effort to get a. sentative group of visiters ; section.” " Forty -eight resei been made. The dea< ing reservations is Feb. imately 10 members V0 1 Chamber of. Commerce stre, to make the trip. * __¡
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