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Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 9, 1938, Abilene, Texas •VOL. LYN, NO. 322. Wbt Abilene Reporter ~jErtus _WITHOUT,    OR    WITH    OFFENSE    TO    FRIENDS    OR    FOES, WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES”~Byron VI H KB /V—y NO tiNdiM frm (Ari ABILENE, TEXAS. SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 9, 1938. —TEN PAGES Tutu* Piw. tm PRICE 5 CENTS EVIDENCE LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN FDR—    --- New Deal Pillars Shaken As House Discards Government Reform Bill WASHINGTON, April I—(A*)—'Th® Administration took a terrific heating when the house rose up against the government reorganization bill tonight and sent it back to a special reorganization committee. Democratic leaders admitted that action would kill the bill. They said it would be interpreted as meaning the house had voted lack of confidence in the president. It was the third major setback the house had handed the administration since December The first was when It recommitted the wage hour bill; the second when it revolted against placing a special surtax on family-owned and closely-held corporations. Tonight’s vote was announced by Speaker Bankhead as 204 to 196 He and Majority Leader Rayburn. Just before the roll was called, had marched dramatically down into the well of the chamber to assert that democrats, by their vote, should not send over the nation a message that the president no longer was leader of his party. The death of the bill was all the more spectacular in contrast with the somewhat lethargic debate which preceded the climactic vote. Administration forces, with little trouble, had succeeded in shunting aside virtually every opposition attempt at amendment. Then, when Representative Taber <R-NY) offered his motion to send the measure—one of the key items on the president's legislative .slate—into the discard, rebellious democrats teamed up with republicans progressives and farmer-laborites to put the motion across. Chairman O Connor < D-NY) of the rules committee, ordinarily one of the triumvirate of the leadership, clinched the bill s defeat by getting the legislators to table a motion to reconsider the recommits! votePANHANDLE BURROWS OUT Few denied one of the major factors in scuttling the measure was the enormous outpouring of messages from constituents back home. All house members are coming up for reelection in November, and the first primary in Illinois is only a few days off. Speaker Bankhead was unable for many minutes to obtain sufficient order to wind up the session. It was he who had admonished the house only a few moments before to consider the issues involved in the bill in a “calm, dispassionate way.” He raid its purpose was merely to let the president bring some semblance of order out of the vast number of bureaus and agencies that have grown up in the government over the years. We would merely make the president our agent.” he said. “When congress would rererve the power to say to the prsident after he made his recommendations, “ we will pass Judgment on whether they are sound or unsound.” . u    * ?otion recommit *ould be a “lethal blow” and admon ished the legislators that blazing headlines would proclaim- “house of United ’ States ” ** democratic vote*’ has repudiated the president of tho .. WASHINGTON, April    The    roll    call    vote by which the house sidetracked the government reorganization bill tonight showed the following: Texas democrats for sidetracking the measure:    Garrett,    Kleberg. Lanham, Mahon, Mansfield. Patton, Sanders, South. West Texas democrats against sidetracking the bill: Dies, Johnson. Luther Thomas*°Th Oma son ’ J°ne*' Maverlclc’ Patm*n. <>P»ge, Rayburn, Sumners.Wake As Mayors Ask $3,000,000,000 Relief- Banker Mkirad WPA CHIEf H0PKINS URGES PERMANENT SECURITY PROGRAM Unprecedented L/Ulll\UI IIJUJUU    April    8-P-(period from last September to Feb-| sent to the White House a virtual    r    3liZZ0FCl Makes Its Exit School Monies Administration Allege $25,000 Of Oklahoma City Funds Embezzled >ce*)ted ruai% and that relief rolls had not; blank check” for $1,500,000,000 of rnvp-    a-ifh    I"    ye / the ful1 effects of the busi" lonP*t#,n” industrial and public ha'snrtn^    if    o    n    j"    ne«S    slump-    works    loans intended to prime busl- balancing    school of Roosevelt ad- , Roosevelt himself declared at a    ness. .    I    press conference he would have to    I At his press conference Roosevelt ST1 *upportI increase his previous $1,000,000,000    confirmed reports that, in addition ^JS^XnS^gSP. nen-yrUS    1*» thls S- * * administered 000,000 for work relief in the year would go toward meeting the mav-beginning July I.    ors’    request. The mayors informed the presi- > One phase of his new recovery dent between 3.500 000 and 4.000.000 program completed a fast congres- but he did not disclose how far he by the Reconstruction Finance corporation, he was considering a $1,500,000,000 program of loans to cities, states and other political sub divisions for public works that could FRENCH PREMIER-DESIGNATE— Daladier Seeks Union Early Abilene Attorney Dead Civic And Party Leader Succumbs To Long Illness Death ended yesterday the life DALLAS Anril fl 1 ,nrir.r. t, .7 * ....    I    tuwipicvcu    a    last,    congres-    a    I    visions    IOT    public McCauley Scruggs, 43 vice 'prest-!    J    ln    the    Monal    Journey    today    Home    action    be    started    quickly dent of an Oklahoma City bank, and city school board treasurer, pleaded qullty today before United States Commissioner John Davis on a charge of embezzlement of $25,- 000 and signed a removal waiver. Scruggs was specifically charged with em bedemen t of the $25,000 in monies, funds, and credits of the First National Bank and Trust Co. of Oklahoma City. His bond was set at $60,000. Officers said he may be returned to Oklahoma City tonight. A court order will be necessary. He was arested here last night. “Ill do my best to salvage wnat 1 can out of my properties to apply on the deficit,” Scruggs said to newsmen. PREVIOUS OFFENSE Earlier Scruggs had been charged in Oklahoma City district court with selling and converting to his own use $750,000 in bonds held as a school district sinking fund investment. Judge Ben Arnold of the district court had issued a writ of attachment for $250,000 in government bonds reportedly held under Scruggs name in the First National Bank and Trust company of Oklahoma City. Officials of the bank said the $250,000 in government bonds already had been turned over to the sheriff. County Attorney Lewis Morris said an additional $30,000 in property had also been located, which would leave about $470,000 of the total $750 000 unaccounted for. Morris said he understood some of the balance had been invested in oil properties. The petition filed in the Oklahoma City district court by Frank Wilkins, attorney for the school board, charged Scruggs with converting the proceeds of the bonds to his "personal use and benefit” by means of “fraud and deception.” Harry’ L. Hopkins, the administration’s ace spender, advised a congressional committee today 18,000,-000 men, women and children were now receiving public assistance. The WPA administrator said this compared with a peak of 27.000,000 persons in the winter of 1933-34. He urged congress to provide a permanent security program” which American citizens unable to obtain private Jobs would accept "as a matter of right—udth no feeling of social inferiority.” Farmers’ For Rich Grainmen Await Warm Weather To Measure Loss Hopes Wheat Harvest Vanish Damage Inestimable; Entire Areas Snowbound, Living Routine Disrupted PROBERS BACK AT STARTING POINT IN FROME MYSTERY Officers Eliminate All Earlier Clues, Check Victims' Activities Since Jan. I HL PAF? April 8,—{^—Investigators in the Frome murder case tonight were back where they started nearly a week ago. ,nuraer Case ha?r ^dually eliminated one by one each lead as it has By The Associated Press Blizzards brought eight deaths, inestimable cattle loss, ruin-Rising temperatures are expected    ed cr0Ps and suffering Friday to a    Texas    panhandle    and plain* J to break an unprecedented April    country that for 24 hours absorbed    a    buffeting    from    April’s cold spell in central West Texas    worst weather attack. *|    •    today.    Snow    piled high over the plains, isolating entire sections. I    Kin /vt    T,!    Sheared BheeP and *PrinS lay dead by the hundreds. The Ne CL Jjl net -I*    b.e,,t whea.t cr°P 6ln'e 1931 WIM' threaded with ruination. Scores hour speed. Skies were practically trapped motorists were nuclear.    rooned in highway snow banks 8tlll a matter of conjecture was    that mounted to 20 feet in the extent of damage to wheat and    spots. oats crops More advanced wheat Encircled by a five - foot *,?, fT^T';OTln    drift- oil field ree.dence four oats destroyed. However, wheat  __*    , -»    , farmers In few cases were able to miEes cf Pampa became a say what losses would be. All were morgue for eight, including awaiting rising temperatures, for four children. Gas fumes sure signs of life or death are Jack- asphyxiated them as they slept. .....'    SHAMROCK ISOLATED Senate Brings Blum's Downfall Leftists Bitter At Senate, Call Ma's Protest of one of West Texas* widest appeared in the baffling torture killings of Mrs. Weston O. Frome and know'n pioneers, an early day at- her daughter, Nancy, whose bodies were found in the West Texas tomey. a leader of the democratic dfsm Sunday. party In this section, and advocate ; Sheriff Chris Fox, in command |-   __-—„ of advanced methods of agricul- °* the widespread probe, under-ture Fred Cockrell, 82. died early yesterday morning following an illness of five months. Although confined to his bed during that time took today the start of a painstaking campaign to back track the trail of the Frome women as far back as the beginning of the year. “The first step in solving the he had been in falling health for case now must be the locating of several years. __    „    the luggage which Known    familiarly    as Judge from their car ” Cockrell, although was missing Torso Slayer Kills Eleventh Victim CLEVELAND, April 8.  __ Cleveland’s demented, surgically-skilled torso slayer had claimed his eleventh victim* tonight. A WPA worker. Steve Morosky, 35. was on his way to visit a ferryman in the ramshackle, bridge-shadowed section near where Cuyahoga river empties into Lake Erie at the edge of the business district. He saw something white in the river. He poked at the object with a stick—and discovered a dismembered leg. ’’It is another torso victim,” said Coroner S R. Gerber. He immediately started an x-ray examination to determine definitely if it was from the body of a woman. Order Sailors Held PHILADELPHIA,, April 8.—(if)— The U. S. district court issued warrants today for the arrest of 16 seamen who have tied up the Nor-v egian freighter Wind since March 15 by a sit-down strike. he never held a Judgeship, he was revered by scores of attorneys for the help he had been In failing health for career at the bar had never de-tered him from helping beginners in his profession. During the active period of his life. Mr. Cockrell was a political leader and staunch supproter of his party in Abilene and Texas. He was one of the first and strongest advocates for a plentiful water supply for Abilene. He was head of the company which built Lytle lake See COCKRELL, Pf. ie. Col. 7 Senate Tax Vote Delayed To Today WASHINGTON. April 8.—(ZP)— Senate consideration of the tax bill slowed to a snail’s pace today, forcing leaders to delay until tomorrow a vote on passage. Senator Barkley of Kentucky, the democratic leader, predicted the bill would be passed tomorrow. Because it differs from the house-approved revenue bill in many important respects, the senate measure then will go to a congressional conference committee for adjustment of senate-house differences. Would Quit Canal WASHINGTON, April 8.—</P) _ Major General Smedley D Butler told the senate naval committee today the United States should abandon defense of the Panama canal and let American shipping take care of itself on the high seas. SEARCH WIDE AREA On this search, scores of officers, private citizens and state police were literally combing the desert over a 66-mile stretch of highway between Van Horn, near where the bodies were found, and Balmorhea, in the area where the Frome car was abandoned. In checking back on the private lives of the victims. Fox directed the investigation to Los Angeles, where Mrs. Frome and her daughter visited for a month early in the year. Authorities at both Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif., the home of the women, have been directed to check up on all friends and acquaintances. Meanwhile, authorities abandoned Tile P-TA was forced at the end of March to discontinue dis- their latest lead*-discovery    of due^” °f ****    chlldren’ blood stained tissue handkerchiefs I *t*adv° flow^of**' KnCe thW1 * ti,-*,     *____ svraay    now    or Sales Pass $150 To Benefit Play With ticket sales already past the $150 mark, students of Abilene Christian college will continue their drive today to refinance the Parent Teacher association milk fund. Monday night the senior class of the college will present a benefit performance of the three act comedy, “Putting It Over,” at the Sewell aucltorium. All proceeds from the showing will go to pro- «t    . vide .or undernourished school    SSS calm and order.” RED FLAGS HOISTED Strikers, many whom hoisted red flags over factories which their pickets occupied, increased to 60,-000 in the Paris region. The powerful general confederation of labor, 5.000,000 strong, called a meeting to decide labor's position. PARIS, April $—ZP)—Edouard Daladier, who holds the confidence and support of France's armed , forces, undertook tonight the formation of a national union cabinet to succeed the fallen government of aoclalist Leon Blum. Even as the stocky, square-jawed premier - designate accepted the charge from President Albert Lebrun, the Job of forming a govem-I ment and keeping order and discipline in France became more difficult. The people’* front union of leftist parties called the people of Paris to a mass demonstration Sunday against “the reactionary old men of the senate” whose bitter feud with Blum led to tht crisis. Radical-socialist Daladier said he thought a new ministry would be formed by Sunday morning, then declared: ing until return of warm weather. *^4 I°Ul pract,‘ i j*e'fby vhamrock was a towmof, rally alt r^s. and few spring gar- 3 OOO let Olde bv itself. Snow baEn dens escaped destruction. Summer had isolated it for 24 hours Onh I foliage on tree* will be lessened considerably because of the freeze, and killing of leas hardy trees is feared. children. Tile Abilene Boosters club took a bloc of 500 tickets to the play yesterday to sell students and teachers in each of the ward schools and in high school. and tire tracks into the desert near Van Horn. Britain Demands Oil Firms Be Given Back MEXICO CITY, April 8 —ZP— Britain today refused to follow- the United States’ “good neighbor” lead in recognizing Mexico's right to expropriate the $400,000,000 foreign oil industry. In formal representations, the British government branded the ex- meager donations has made it possible for the fund to give milk to a few of those most needing it. Donors sending in their contributions yesterday were tile Ella Osborn circle. First Christian church, $1; anonymous, $2, Veterans of Foreign Wars, $25. Crown A & M Royalty COLLEGE STATION, April 8 — —Val ton Hall. senior student from Electra, was crowned King Cotton here tonight as a feature of REVIVING MEMORIES— Stamford Exes Gather Today STAMFORD, April 8— (Spl.)_ Collegiate fashions outmoded two decades and more will live again tomorrow' in memories of old Stamford college’s ex-student. A chalk talk on that subject is one of the principal topics on a reminiscent program for the students’ second annual reunion. More than IOO cf the eses have made reservations with Cornelia Johnson, attendance chairman. Their meeting, for which only an Informal program has been arranged. wil be held at St. John’s Methodist church. J. T. Griswold of Clyde, who was ! second president of the early-day I *ducalion§l institution, will bt one i of the principal speakers. Another will be Marvin Fergus, Killeen banker, chosen president of the ex-students’ association at then-first meeting last year in Abilene. Stamford college opened Its doors in September, 1907. It went out of existence April IO, 1918, when the administration building burned. At least 20 persons from Abilene are expected here, and inquiries concerning the reunion have been received from points as distant as HoUywood, Calif., and Washington. Luncheon .ill b. served et 12:10 J Arado*’ rtv*r ’^with ‘fin!’ «*ybmfn. end Sheri!I Chalt propriation as a “denial of justice” j the seventh annual cotton pageant, and demanded prompt return of British - owned properties taken over by President Lazaro Cardenas on March 18. WASHINGTON, April 8 —,>?>> Britain’s strong note to Mexico demanding return of the expropriated British oil properties dropped serious problems Into the lap of the state department tonight. By adopting a menacing attitude toward Mexico's seizure of the British oil companies Britain placed the United States in a delicate position. style show, and ball, held at Texas A. and M Miss Mary Ann Walker of Wichita Falls was crowned queen. The Weather 8 J. Treadaw-ay, division eight highway engineer, reported last night that all highways In hi* bailiwick had been cleared for travel. Highway 4-30 had been closed between Haskell and point* northward by heavy snowdrifts Thursday, but was reopened Friday afternoon. At Anson the highway to Hamlin was patrolled to turn back motorists headed for points in the snow-bound Childress area, but local traffic to Hamlin and vicinity moved unhindered. Residents of Haskell welcomed clearing skies and rising temperatures Friday afternoon, after laboring throughout the day to extricate cars and trucks marooned In snowdrifts north of there Thursday night, An automobile belonging to T. C. Stewart of Haskell was destroyed by fire directly attributable to the traffic Jam The machine, equipped with mud chains, was being used to tow stalled cars along the highway. Loose chains snagged a leak in the gas tank and the fuel was ignited from the exhaust    ^ All Haskell schools were dismissed at noon because of the weather. Further north. Knox county's See WEATHER. Pf. IO. Col. 7 Former Solon Dies I telephone and telegraph facilities functioned. No trains, buses or automobiles had touched its limits since Thursday. Forty pupils spent Thursday night in Plainview- rural school west of Shamrock, when the school bus stalled In snow-. Nearby farmers reached them with food and blankets. Snow-continued in a blinding whirl Friday    of    the    frame    residence    In    th* Empire oil camp and saw the vie* Urns. Gas Fumes Kill 8 Cold Refugees 2 Pampa Families Asphyxiated In Snowbound Home PAMPA, April 8—iJP)—Two oil field families—eight persons—were wiped out today when gas fume* from brightly-burning fires filled a snow-bound home four miles W’est of here. Neighbors soliciting the wclfar* of their friends looked in the win- night Rescue crews, driving heavy oil field trucks ani    tractors, inched along highways outside of Pampa to reach stranded automobiles. The sun suddenly chose to help the expeditions and the temperature rocketed upwards    after the worst siege of years. School buses which yesterday were feared to have been stranded with scores of children were finally reached by tractor parties. Seven__ children reported    stranded in one    ner,    8. bus were found at    the home of the 1    »Ir driver Jess Morris, who piloted the machine into the yard of his home Pampa officials stressed that it They called help and broke in the door. The bodies lav in various room* of the little structure, and officer* said all but one of them apparently died in their sleep. The dead: Mr and Mrs. J. Orvi] Turner. Their two children, Leroy Turner, about IO, and Anora Fay Tur- and Mrs. W I Martin, of Bristow. Okla. Their two children. Edwin Mar- was virtually certain none of the tln* 10* and Betty Jo Martin, 6. Daladier is attempting formation of France’s 105th cabinet in the 67 years of the third republic. The senate forced Blum out on the 26th day of his second term as premier. The upper house, by 223 votes to 49. refused to discuss in detail Blum’s bill for drastic financial powers. The need for speed in forming a new government was stressed on all sides with Kelchsfuehrer Adolf Newsman KillrH Hitler's plebiscite on Austro-Ger-    »»nan    Willed union Kheduted Sunday.    AUSTlN    Ap),    ,    _    ^    _Hpnry Frenchmen feared the Hurr, Columbus. Texas, newspaper plebiscite might be followed bv a 1 -    * MUSKOGEE, Okla , April 8 - JP, —W w Hastings, 72, former Oklahoma congressman and veteran of 43 years in public service, died here today of a gall bladder ailment scores of school children and motorists caught in the snow barrage had spent the night on highways. All found warmth in oil field homes, they asserted. LOSS IN MILLIONS Damage couldn’t be counted at this time. It probably will mount into the millions. Wheat took terser PANHANDLE. Pf. IO, Col. 4 Ask Dam License Mrs. Turner and Martin still breathed when the rescuers came. Mrs. Turner died before reaching a Pampa hospital and Martin succumbed a few hours later. Firemen used an inhalator fruitlessly. A five-foot snowdrift shielded the house from view, and rescuer* said it appeared the families had Joined in the Turner home to spend the frigid night. WASHINGTON, April 8.—yP)— The Brazos river conservation and reclamation district, Temple. Texas. asked the power commission today for a license for the proposed Possum Kingdom project on the Brazos river in Palo Pinto county, Texas. Dish Meet Put Off SWEETWATER, April 8. ..    .    „    .    , Publisher and past president o’f the events scheduled* irT The diatrioAs new nazi expansion” in central Texas Press adiation, was k‘" '1    ‘    3    -    ^neauiea    m    tne    distrlct    5 Europe unless France had a strong , In an automobile crash near government.    Orange at 7:40 o'clock tonight- tea imerscnoiasuc league meet here La J this weekend were postponed because of the blizzard. IN ISOLATED PANHANDLE- Truck Kills Child RIO GRANDE CITY, April 8.->T)~Eleven-year-’old Roberto Pere;-w as i un over and killed bv a truck today as he was crossing the street in front of his home. Find Dentist's Body ORAND JUNCTION. Colo., April 8.—(>P)—Tile body of Arthur Beardsley, dental technician missing since John* Methodist church. said “it looks like murder.” in the Lumley AMLCX*: AND VICINITY I Saturday fair with ruin* t* m|»rratam. VV t ST TCX AM:    lair, u armer Satur day ; Sunday fair, warmer In north and ca»t portion. LAST ILYAS: Lair, ruin* temperature e wept on lower roam Saturday Min day fair, warmer. Moderate norther!) wind* on the roaat, beeomlnc ea«terlv I Sunday. OKI.YHOMA:    Lair, rising temperature "oi Sa»tirdn> and Mindav. NI VV MI XKO:    lair Saturday and Stiti(fa> ; warmer Sunday. flange of temperature yesterday: VM.    HOI    K    r.M. 28      I      S« ........... S      .id ll ........-•••    .......... St l] ............ J      ** -7      s      sa ............ «      va I] ............ 7     » :7      *      87 3*      »      37 ™      Id    ....... 8i ......... ii     ;; Noon ... SS Midnight .... Id MI then! and lowest temperature* to H P. nt. \e- terday. 38-17: game dale a tear ago. 82-11, Mungei yesterday, 7:»g, sunrise toda-, C:i ; sun*et t-d .y, 7:01. f“r 34 hours ending al 9 p bi. Humor, Heroism And Pathos Crop Up In Blizzard AMARILLO, April    There I Scores of    stranded motorists I    Amarillo after their    mitnmrthn*.* re traces of humor, heroism and    found refuge    in country stores,    had    stalled pathos in stories t -g told in the    school houses and farm homes. H. E    “We    had a eood fir* '--.<4 tm- nartv p.nh.nm, country tnnuht.    Whit. S.n.r.l    ...tor, op,r„0r ,,    had »m,    (cif wig    Mrs    cTdyl It was said the country    store    Washburn, did    a booming business    Lindsay of    California stove, the crack-r bim’ and the    Thursday night. It was the first head of cheese came back ito their    time his store    had been open at own during the 48-hour blizzard    night in years. which had just about -pent itself Eight persons broke their way in- A story of hero.sm came from the t0 d*Pot at Washburn and spent Thursday night there. E northeastern Panhandle after a rescue pi rf found Fred Ro bens, boy scout <*xecutl”--- Nadine Layton, teacher: and three children safe in a farm house. Roberts. Miss Layton and the children spent more than 24 hours in the iso. a ted Taz school, 22 *’les south of Pen:    v. without foc j. Fuel gave out Fridc. worning and Roberts tore down the w-ood shed so the fire could bs kept burning. ^    ^    p    Berry tonight who volunteered to uke four persons from the store. IOO yards distant ran his car into a snow drift on the way back to the store and sUrted out on foot. Ho aid he thought he was walking way from the car but bumped into it three times. One couple from New York, three persons from California and a couple from Canada ire In the Tony Ridge rural school east of So did some of the others. We all divided it. and had a meal ” As the Fort Wor-h r-d Denvers freight train No. 45 rumbled southward near Carey about mt^'r’tt Thursday, Engineer Frank Cascar-lili of Amarillo heard screams. He brought the train to a stop and found 14 children besin'    stranded bus. He took them all up in the cab of the locomotive and ga-e them a ride to Childress. Lieut. P. S. Lyons of the U. S. coast guard headed ba ’ for El Paso tonight after learning he had arrived too late to be of service in searching, by plane* for marooned motorists, CIO Sympathizers Terrorized In West GRASS VALLEY, Calif., April 8. — P)—Several persons were kicked, beaten and driven from town by more than 150 unidentified men whose leaders today warned persons with CIO tendencies to stay away from this gold mining region. The crowd went through Gras* Valley establishments looking for CIO sympathizers last night. One bartender was hauled into the street and struck in the faco by the crowd. When he fell, observers said, he was kicked repeatedly and told to “get out of tow-n.’* El Paso Loses In Gas Rate Squabble EL PASO, April I—(JP)—Federal Judge Charles A. Boynton overruled today the city of El Paso’* motion to quash proceedings of the Texas Cities Gas company to have a new gas rate set aside Hearing on the gas company’s application for an injunction restraining the city from placing the 55-cent gas rate in effect will be held before Judge Boynton tomorrow.    4 Wage Talk Knotted SAN FRANCISCO, April 8—(/Pi— Negotiations between the San Fran-cisco-Oakland Newspaper Publishers' association and the Northern California Newspaper guild for a 1938 wages and working conditions agreement ended in a deadlock ak 9:20 o'clock tonight. ;