San Antonio Express, September 23, 1924

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San Antonio Express (Newspaper) - September 23, 1924, San Antonio, Texas SILO FILLERS ".WHIRLWIND LINE" IN STOCK S. A. MACHINE SUPPLY CO. VOLUME 267 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 23, PAGES HAY TIES BB1GHT NEW GOODS BEST QUALITY-LOW PRICE PROMPT SHIPMENT F. W. HEITMANN CO. HOUSTON ESTABLISHED 1865 1TH1NK 'What we call "death" is In essence as simple as changing, one's clothes. Tie soul casts aside its outworn gar- ments and ID the next room dons the beautiful garments fit for the occu- pations of the new day. God, the soul, and love dp not change ALONG with its other industries, the Lower Rio Grande Valley now has its own coffee roasting plant, and the growing of coffee for market may not be as far in the fu- ture as some may imagine. The Valley produces some wonderful crops and coffee is not an impossi- bility. SAN ANTONIO firms are joining those of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in making the Mid-Winter Fair at Harlingen, Dec. 2 to 8, an International Exposition, with dis plays of manufactured and raw products of both the United States and Mexico.. Members of the San Antonio Reai Estate Board who vis ited the fair last year were so en thusiastic over possibilities of tha section they immediately a "Valley Week" in San Antonio with beneficial results to both th' Valley and to San Antonio. The! enthusiasm spread the Valley' fame throughout Southwest Texa to such an extent that the fair man- agement is going to be taxed to care for visitors this year, and also ar- range their exhibit space to care for San Antonio displays. ROSPERITY without a Herbert Hoover's prediction is rapidly coming true in Southwest Texas. With great crops in every section, and other large crops of winter vegetables to be planted at once throughout Southwest Texas; with new highways being built, streets in almost every town being 0 O.S.PUHI1TO WIPEOUT DEBT Complete Retirement In 25 Years Is Program, Says Treasury Official. BANKERS' AID ASKED Attempt to Interfere With Wide Market Will Defeat Aim, He Tells Bankers Driver onRunningBoard Jerks Girl From Death Sept. Raymond Steinmetz, quick wilted motorist, saved the life of a. five-year-old girl by snatching her from in front of a moving train while driving his. car from the running board with one hand, at 30 miles an hour. The rescuz occurred at a crossing near Emporia. ..-_'' The child, daughter of the lev. and Mrs. R. H. Gearhart of Chicago had wandered on the tracks directly in front of a pas- senger train. When Steinmetz saw the child the train .vas bear- ing down on her. Throwing his legs over the side of the car Steinmetz stood on the running board, opened the gas throt- tle and while holding the wheel with one hand grabbed the child with the other. He jerked the child to safety just as the train whizzed by. So close was the rescue that Steinmetz's car bears a small dent on the rear fender where the locomotive grazed it as the au- tomobile cleared the track. By Associated Tress. CLEVELAND, Sept. plete retirement of the gigantic publii debt of the United States in the nex 25 years is now contemplated by the Treasury. Federal fiscal affairs have reachec the stage, Assistant Secretary Dewey of the Treasury disclosed in a state- ment prepared for Collins at the an- nual convention of the Investment Bankers' Association Monday, where .the Treasury has been warranted in mapping out n prosram contemplating the wiping out of the entire debt, now about twenty-one and one-half bil- lions in the next quarter of a century. To put through such a program, Dewey said, the Treasury must have.the full co-operation of all. He told the investment bankers that any effort to interfere, seriously with the present wide market for govern- ment securities would upset the plan, and he urged them to aid in combat- ting any movement that would result in the trading off by their holders of the government securities. Pointing'out that the government has had to pay approximately one billion dollars a one- fourth of its entire ness houses going up at every j intcrest its pubiic debt, the assist- corner, mercantile stocks being secretary declarer! that outlay lareed, and good prices prevailing must be reduced if material tax re- duction is to be an accomplished fact. "It is with a view to this situa- "P paved; new homes and new busi- Pastor Admits Love Pact To Kill; Wife of Parishioner Held must have had Southwest Texas in mind when he he said, 'that the Treasury has made this prediction at the be- mapped out a program looking to _the ginning of the present year. Texas coming second among the States in exports during the first six-months period of the year, the prediction has been made that it will surpass New York State for the last half of the year. The great cotton crop now being harvested and a good clip of wool and mohair all point to added and increased exports and a great- er prosperity for Texas. Dad Asks Son's Defeat at Polls 3v Associated Press. MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. an open letter to voters of Min- nesota, Rev. Thomas M. G. Birm- ingham of Milford, Neb., has ap- pealed for the defeat of his Bon, Merle Birmingham of Minneapolis, candidate for the United States Senate from Minnesota on a beer- wine platform, it was learned Mon- day. ultimate retirement of the public debt in nbout 23 years. Through the use of the sinking fund and other known sources of revenues, this can be ac- complished, provided we maintain the popularity of government securities. "But it itj absolutely necessary if this program is to :be successfully carried out that the government should be able to sell its securities at a low rate of interest and conduct its vast refunding operations under favorable circumstances without un- due disturbance of market conditions. It will seriously interfere with this _________ program if a successful effort is made Grande at this place is at the highest to dislodge government securities! stage of the year. Monday afternoon from the hands their present hold- the water was within four inches of YEMDEL Heavy Rains Put River at Highest 1924 Stage, Up Inch Each Hour. Special Telegram to The Express. DEL BIO, Tex., Sept. Rio W W HEN M. V. Hodges recently had to abandon harvesting his cot- ton crop to carry his son to a hos- pital, his friends and neighbors at- Pecan Grove, near Lampasas, went into his fields, gathered his crop and saved it for him. Forty-eight of Hodges' neighbors picked three bales of cotton in one day. This is an excellent definition of the word "neighbor" in Southwest Texas. HILE Governor Neff's protest against a hearing to determine distribution of the waters from the upper Rio Grande unless Texas be represented at the conference is entirely proper, it also is true that if the water falling in Texas and pouring into the Rio Grande after every downpour were properly con- served the State could declare its independence from waters of the stream originating in New Mexico. Only a comparatively small area near El Paso depends upon the New Mexican waters. On the other hand the rainfall, scant as it is, between the Big Bend an.d the Lower Valley frequently comes in such downpours the river is filled tank full and enough water for thousands of acres rushes down to the Gulf. An agreement with Mexico which will make possible conservation of this water and also reduce the danger of floods in the lower stretches of the river is an imperative need. u 'SE of commercial fertilizer on some fields in San Saba Coun- ty has doubled the yield of cotton this year. Commercial fertilizer of the right kind and used in con- nection with best seed and right cultivation is a good investment, but always it must be remembered that the fertilizer is only one factor. The same fertilizer that helps cot- ton also helps the Dewey said thnt inasmuch as about eight billions dollars in government the international bridge, and was ris ng at the rate of an inch an hour. About a year ago the bridge was securities mature during the next! away here, but the new bridge four years, practically 75 per cent y.'as built more substantially than the of which wilt -have to be refunded, the treasury will continue to be in- folved for some years in the later phases of wartime financing. The affect of any movement to divert bond holdings to industrial invest- ment, he warned the bankers, would be to force down the question of gov ernment securities and compel thn the pay a higher rate of interest on its new issues. "Mike" Lyvers Withdraws Disclaimer of Guilt and Reverses Self. B.v Associated Press. TEXARKANA. Tex., Sept. The trial of Harold I. (Mike) Lyvers, Harry N.'Morris and Otto L. Morris, charged with use of the mails to de- fraud and conspiracy in connection with Arkansas oil field operations, which was started in the United States courts here Monday, came to a sud- den end Monday afternoon when Ly- vers withdrew his plea of not guilty and substituted a plea of guilty. Lyvers and the Morris brothers were charged with fraudulent mail promotion of the Camden Land .Own- ers' Association and the Mike Lyvers Syndicate, The jury had been obtained during the morning session of the court. Im- mediately after the noon recess Ly- vers made the chahge in his plea, which was followed by the presenta- tion statement of the case by Gov ernment counsel and opening address by defense counsel. Before any further procedure could be taken, a halt was called for a con- ference between Harry L. Morris and his counsel, following which Morris Continued on Page 4, Column 3. Daugherty Probe Witness Disappears After Many Statements. DOOR IS BARRICADED Wheeler Claims Detective Indicates He Has Start- ling Charges to Make, Cider Bluff Is Called By Haynes Action Planned Kept Dark Secret old one and it is not believed that there is any danger at this time. Heavy rains west and northwest o! Del Rio Sunday afternoon and night are the cause of the rapid rise. It is reported that a large volume of water is coming down the river and it may go over the bridge by Tuesday ing. Special Telegram to The Express. RIO GRANDE CIT1', Tex., Sept Rio Grande, having fallen back to six feet from last week's rise had an additional four-foot rise here Monday. Reports frc. up the river state general rains fell all around the border Sunday night and Monday. The river continues to rise slowly, .weather cloudy and unsettled. Japanese Plan Pacific Flight TOKIO, Sept. Imperial Aviation Society has announced plans for flights by Japanese aviators across the Pacific Ocean, and from Japan to London, and possibly around the world for next year. Yakitsuna Sanada, now residing at Oakland, Cal., will attempt the flight from the Pa- cific Coast of North America via Ha- waii and Midway Island to Japan in May, 1925, according to the society. The flight from Tokio to.London, which will be made via India and may be extended to around the world trip, will start in the spring. The cost of the flights, estimated at half a million yen; will be raised by pub- lic subscription. The party will in- clude the ablest army and civilian fly- ers, who will be supplied with spe- cially constructed machines. Jy Associated Press, MOUNT VERNON, 111., Sept. 2'- Rev. Lawrence M. Hight ua signed a new confession late Mon day in which he said he poisoned hi vife, Anna, and bought poison whic Irs. Wilford Sweetin killed her hus land with. They had planned to be married, th minister admitted. Mrs. Sweetiu was arrested at In and brought to the county jail her shortly before 6 o'clock when Stat Attorney Thompson, who had returne with the woman began to questio her. When arrested Mrs. Sweetin wa not informed that Hight had made statement implicating her in the deat of her husband. As the midnight hour arrived th .ights in the jail were turned out an the questioning of the- woman, begu early in the evening, ended withon bringing the prosecuting authoriti' any closer to findiftg the missing lin n the alleged poison plot. It was intimated at the sheriff's office that the clergyman, held in jail iere since last Friday night, might be removed from this town. it was said no direct cause for fearing for-his life was at hand, his removal was merely discussed as a precaution- ary measure. It was reported here that threats had been made against tiis life iri Ina, 12 miles south of here, i-bere he had his charge and where Mrs. Sweetin lives. At the close of tonight's grilling, State's'Attorney Thompson announced that Mrs. Sweetin had denied the ac- cusations made by the minister in his confession, that their plot had been inspired by mutual desire to marry. She also denied that she had anything to. do with the poisoning of her hus- band, and denied that she had ever used the kind poison that was ad- ministered her husban. Mrs. Sweetin was questioned in a basement room of the jail building, ad- joining the street. Throughout-the examination a crowd stood outside, where the words of the prosecuting at torney and the answers of the woman were plainly audible. Unusual inter- est is being shown by outsiders, anc it was not until the lights were turned out in the room that the crowc began to disperse. 3r Associated Press. 'WASHINGTON, D. C., Sept. 22 Gasto'n B. Means, star witness of the Daugherty investigation, after mak- ing a statement repudiating the sen- sational testimony he gave there, Mon day added a new chapter to the long and colorful story of his connection with the celebrated case, by spreading long trail of mystifying doubts as to whether he was going to stick to his repudiation, or in turn, repudiate it Means Monday night apparently bad made one of his quiet disappear ances. He was variously reported on his way to his home at Concord, N. C or in seclusion, in the well-appointe house he maintains on fashionabl Sixteenth Street, about n stone's throi from the White House, guarde' against questioners by his servitors, o en route somewhere for "a confer ence." Means' repudiation of his testimon before the Daugherty committee wa in a signed statement given out Sun Continued on Page 4, Column 1. .SDRLD FLYERS 0 Smith Rushes to Mee Mother and Father As Soon As He Lands. y Associated Press. WASHINGTON, Sept. ition Commissioner Haynes, in a for- lal statement late Mondaj-, declared :iere could be no doubt that Repre' entative John Phillip Hill of Balti' lore had violated the prohibition tatutes in making cider which h ccently- announced had an alcoholic trength of 2.75 per cent, challenging lie commissioner to prosecute him. Haynes said a definite course o action had been agreed upon between jrohibition authorities and the De ;artment of Justice. Neither Hayne or the Department of Justice, how ever, would discuss, what cours would be followed. .Hill, who has been endeavoring t obtain an authoritative ruling on th legality of home-made 2.75 per cen fruit juices, in announcing his "cide party" for last Saturday, declared that "anybody who wants to help me to force Prohibition Commissioner Haynes to testify for 2.75 per cent beer and is willing to take a chance of arrest, is invited to inspect and try a gloss" of the cider, which, he made from apples grown on his prop- erty. He challenged the prohibition commissioner to' have him arrested or concede that his contentions were justified. The party, which was attended by about guests, was not molested, and Monday's statement by Commis- sioner Haynes was the first indication given since that action was contem plated. It was issued, he said, "in reply to numerous- requests" for some expression concerning the Hill case. "The prohibition it stated "has at all .times kept in close touch with the activities of Representative John Philip Hill in the manufacture Continued on Page 4, Column 1. Wales Lauds Women of U. By United News. OTTAWA, Canada. Sept. "Never in my life have I seen such charming women. The fair sex fairly stunned me.'' Thus the Prince of Wales paid tribute the charms of American womanhood en route to his West- ern Canadian ranch. "I could not have been treated better than I was in the United he told newspaper men. "I found the people most charming." The Prince declared that he was planning another trip to the Western and Mid-Western sec- tions of the United States soon He intends to return to Ottawa for two days as the guest of Loni Byng before sailing for England Validity Of Law Raised By Nominee [Evidence Taking to Be Started Tuesday REPRIEVED YOUI9 flyers for service in the World War Earlier m the day the Ina clergy- there rnmajns a great man had signed confession had administered poison to both his wife and Sweetin. Until Monday aft- RAINS Rains were reported Monday as follows: Westhoff, 3 inches; Smiley, good rain; LaGrange, 1.75 inches; Thrall, 1 inch; Brackettville, 1.50 inches; LaPryor, 1.15 inches; Car- rizo Springs, l.S inches; Marble Falls, heavy rain; Loma Vista, 1 inch; GeorsctowBj good rain. Continued on Page 4, Column 3. ROCKWELL FIELD, SAN DIE- GO, Cal., Sept. round the world flyers returned Mon- day to Rockwell field, San Diego, from which they took off last March to start on their globe encircling trip. As to give good measure to an achievement already heralded far and wide, the flyers got in ahead of. the announced schedule, disappointing part of a large crowd which was assembling to meet and cheer them, but there was enough of a crowd on hand to make the welcome a real one and the aviators made it plain that they appreciated the reception. The announced plan is for the fly- ers to resume Tuesday their trip to- wards Seattle, the official starting point of the flight around the world. They expect to leave for Santa Mo- nica at about noon. At a. m. Lieut. Lowell Smith, commander of the squadron, dropped the wheels of his aircraft on the ground of historic Rockwell Field, where the army turned out many Attorney Says New Proof Shows His Client Not Guilty of Murder. Three Score Lose Lives When Storm Hits Middle West 37 Mounting trough the day as new reports came in, the death toll of Sunday's storms in. Minnesota and Wisconsin stood Monday night at three score persons, with sections of the latter State bearing the brunt of the grim burden. for the training. of aviators. Nelson, wingmate of entire world voyage, brought his ship to the field at 10: followed by Lieut. Leigh Wade, Llano and Ranger Men Must Face Court In Missouri. By Associated Press. KANSAS CITY, Sept. names of three Texas men indicted in St. Joseph, Mo., last week with G. M. Smith and L. C. Smith, in connection with the failure of the Commonwealth National Bank, were announced here Monday by C. S. assistant United States district attorney. The men are Matthew M. Moss, president of the Llano National Bank, Llano, Tex.; J. C. Stribling, cattle dealer and owner of oil properties, Llano, Tex.; John W. Tburnmn, Ranger, TeS. Walden said the three men had noti- fied him they would arrive in Kansas City some time this week to answer the indictments. Judge Albert L. Reeves Monday fixed Moss' bond at on each of his two indictments. .Bond for Thurman and Stribling was set at 10 :35 o'clock. Amid the crash of the band, the jeers of the npect.itors and the roar of the propellers as Lieutenant Smith taxied his ship up to the dead came a cry from the lips of Jasper Smith, mother of the flight commander "I want my From his seat in the forward cock- pit, Smith, grime covered, eagerly scanning the crowd for the sight of those two he loves best, saw his mo- ther and father wildly waving tiny American flags to attract his "atten- tion. Maj. Shepley W. Fitzgerald, com- manding Rockwell Field, sprang onto the lower wing section, reached through the strut wires and shook Smith's hand. "Let me get down, said Smith. "I want to get to my mother." Jumping from the plane, Smith rushed into his mother's arms. "My boy, my wonderful boy She whispered, as she kissed the flight 'commander time and'again. Smith's father, reaching the only spot on the army aviator's face that was not bej ing smothered with kisses by his wife, reached his arm around both and planted a resounding smack on his boy's right ear. It was more than Lieutenant Smith could stand and not give vent to his feelings. The man noted throughout the American Air Service, for his steel nerve, his stoical demeanor in the face of the Known dead .in Wisconsin reached 53 Monday .night, while Min-' nesota's total remained at five, but the continued isolation of many Wis- consin communities caused the fear that the list in that State might be further increased. Patchwork wires permitted only meager details to trickle out of the devastated countryside in sections of Central and Northern Wisconsin, gradually swelling the list of casual- tie's and sending into high figures the estimates of monetary, damage. Besides the many dead, perhaps an equal number suffered injuries atten- tion, for from the Thorp-Given dis- trict alone, 25 seriously injured per- sons were sent to hospitals, princi- pally at Chippewa Falls, Stanley and Owen, Wis. nullified wire the stricken By Associated Press. AUSTIN, Tex., Sept. purported to have been written by Mrs. Miriam A. Ferguson herself were introduced in court here Monday 111 an attempt to show that there had been an agreement between Mrs. Fer- guson, and her husband that the lat- ter would be Governor in case of the former's election. Quotations from the "Ferguson purported to have been writ- ten by Mr. and Mrs. Forguson, were contained in a supplemental petition tiled by the plaintiff, Charles M. Dickson, who brought the injunction :o have Mrs. Ferguson disqualified :o .hold the office of Governor, One article quoted said: "The issue in this campaign is the Ferguson issue and the Ferguson, name, and we need not quibble over first names. Jim Ferguson is the only candidate for Governor who has been telling the people about all this business (government economy) for the last two years. 'Ask for a Fer- guson ticket whether it begins with Jim or Miriam." Another .statement quoted .as writ- ten by Mrs. Ferguson was: "I promise to carry out the plat- form and be (Jim) will help me to give the people of Texas .the best administration that our ability can produce.' Jim wants another chance and you will elect me, he will consecrate himself to your service." These statements .will be relied on by the plaintiff to sustain their al- legation that Ferguson will be the the real Governor .and. son only "a figurehead." The defense started an attack on the validity of the law under which. Dickson brought his suit and on the jurisdiction the court. After the afternoon had been consumed by W. G. Love, attorney for Mrs. Ferguson, in argument, it was decided none of these law points would' be determined until all the facts had been intro- duced. Judge I. W. Stephens, rep- resenting Dickson, will start the case Tuesday at 9 a. m. for the plain- tiff, introducing all the evidence for his side and presenting the arguments. The defense will then take up its arguments on jurisdiction and conr stitutionality and the question of, whether a woman' has the right .to hold office, which is declared to be the foundation of the case. Love argued for Mrs. Ferguson that Dickson bad no right to bring the suit under the statute because the question is a political matter for the law officers of the State and be- cause Mrs. Ferguson's election would not damage him in any way. On the other hand, if it is held that he has a right to bring the suit, the con- tention is that the law is unconstitu- tional because it attempts to Test the power of election contests in a pri- vate individual. The Mayfield injunction case, in which it was sought to prevent the name of United States Senator May- fild from going on the ballot, was cited. In that case, the court held the suit could brought by a private individual. Assistant Attorney General John C. appointed by Secretary Wilbur, under j VFall, for the defense, argued that if By Associ.ited Press. CHICAGO, Sept evi- dence which ma.y not only lift the death sentence from young Bernard Grant, but win his freedom, is in the hands of Thomas E. Swanson, Grant's attorney, the lawyer announced Mon- day. Grant, with Walter Krauser, has been sentenced to hang October 17 for the slaying .of a policeman dur- ing a holdup. Grant a few days ago was given a 90-day reprieve bs Governor Small after thousands of ap peals had been received, interest, in his case having been awakened bj the life sentences given Nathan pold and Richard Loeb, and after Krauser repudiated a confession nam ing Grant as his accomplice. The new evidence consists, Attorne Swanson said, of the name of the rea person who was with Krauser in the holdup. Navy Defers to Army In Naming Aircraft Board By Associated Press. WASHINGTON, IX C., Sept. 22.- Selection of the special board to be instructions given Agencies of aid directed their en- ergies all day to the work of relief, counting the toll taken by the late seasou storm, giving surgical atten- tion to the many injured, and finding shelter for those made homeless. It was in Wisconsin.around Thorp and Owen that the heavy burden fell, for there the storm communication with parts, and automobile couriers found their progress impeded by tree-strewn highways and occasionally washouts. Violent wind and rain storms pre- vailed generally over Wisconsin, Min- nesota and the Dafcntas and extended southward into Northern Iowa, the en- tire district suffering damage to trees, some coru crops and wire communi- cations. Around St. Paul the wind attained a velocity of SO miles hour, and the result was seen in Streets block- aded by uprooted trees, fences and signboards toppled over and hundreds of windows, caved in. i In the Thorp region in Wisconsin, an area seven miles'southwest'of that town extending from 12 to 15 miles toward Owen, was swept clean in many spots over a width of 300 to 400 feet. Continued Page 4, Column. 4. In South Dakota, Wntertown re- ported heavy property damage to the section south and east of thnt city including the destruction of severs buildings in Clear Lake and on farms in' that vicinity Coolidge, to make an intensive study of the relative value for National de- fense of aircraft and capital ships, will be held Secretary Wilbur until he learns whether Secretary Weeks thinks it desirable to name a member to represent the army. Weeks is not expected to return to Washington from his New Hampshire home until September 30, and it was indicated that Secretary Wilbur might not await an opportunity to confer with him personally, but would com- municate with him and ihcreby expedite the board. LAW AND ORDER HEAD HELD FOR GIGANTIC LIQUOR CONSPIRACY By Associated NEW ORLEANS, Sept. agents Monday seized thousands ol cases of liquor at Mahdeville anc Bayou Lacimbe, across Lake Pon- chartrain from New Orleans and un- earthed, they said, a gigantic con spiracy to ship liquor by carloads t< the large cities in the South and Middle West. Ernest Prieto, wealthy, prominent member of thi St. Tammnny Parish Law and Ordei League and parish political leader, wni arrested. Agents said they foun< thousands of bottles of wine iri th< storeroom of his general store at Man deville. him by President one voter could maintain this suit, a million suits might be brought against Sirs. Ferguson and the will of the people be completely thwarted. "Socialists could destroy this ROV- ernment if every voter could bring such a he said. "Republicans who did not want to see Mrs. Fer- guson elected could almost stop the processes of our elections in this manner." It was argued that the only body to consider election contests and the qualification of the candidates is the legislature, since it is a political ques- tion and not for the courts. LABOR BOARD TO HOLD RAIL EMPLOYES VOTE By Associated Press. CHICAGO. Sept. the first time in its history the United States Railroad Labor Board is to conduct en election among the employes of a railroad system to determine who, in the eyes of the board, may legally rep- resent the employes in a dispute be- fore the board. This step was taken Monday In the controversy between the telegraphers and the management of the Pennsyl- vania Railroad. Hitherto, the board has always left the question of rep- resentation'to the decision of the par- ties involved, but in an effort to settle the long standing contest as to repre- sentation in disputes over'wages and rules on the Pennsylvania lines, board decided to oversee directly i election ordered Monday. ;