The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger (Caldwell, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 22, 1939 Page: 1 of 6
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AND THE BURLESON
FIFTY-FOURTH YEAR—NUMBER XI
JUNE 22, 1939
PRICE $1.59 A YEAR—#
otes for Equal
110 for Proposal, 23
Against, in Election Held
Sentiment for the equalisation of
tie school tax rate over the entire
aldwell Independent School Dis-
■ict was overwhelming, as demon
titrated by the vote of 110 for the
propoaal and only 23 against it.
The election—the flrat of a series
of there to be held in an effort to
¡xaue new bonds totaling $25,000
for school improvements—was held
The school tax rate is now $1.44
per $100 valuation in the city—85
cents in the rest of the district.
Authorities now have the power to
•pread the tax rate now prevailing
In the city over the entire district.
v ■ % lallaa Capera, Jr.
W AUSTIN.—The people of Texas
won another notable victory over
the special interests and Gov. W.
Lee O'Daniel, when the House of
Representatives rejected for the
sixth tinv the lobby-inspired sales
tax constitutional amendment last
week-end. With adjournment set
for Wednesday, June 21, the opin-
ion of best informed observers here,
%a this column is written over the
week-end, was that the plan to
freeze a $60,000,000 tax program
into the Constitution was finally
d?ad. Proponents, led by Ely Thorn-
ton of Galveston, gave notice they
would seek once more before ad-
journment to siS*pcnd the rules
and reconsider House de^at of
the constitutional sales tax plan,
ut in view of the fact that pro-
ponents lost strength on the latest
attempt, most observers here (rave
th'-m only an outside chance. Pre-
ponderance among informed opin-
ion was the session would end with
no taxation legislation.
Worn by the long session, both
House and Senate set a precedent
by adjourning until Monday, after
the Thursday test vote in the
House. This automatically doomed
v,ll lulls not already out of com-
Jsmittees, and also spelled death for
<7many measures on the calendars of
both houses, as special rules went
8<nute Passes Fair Trades Act
) The Senate filibuster which has
Hocked passage of the. so-called
fair trades act" sponsored by Sen-
ator Franklin Spears, and financed
[by out-of-state manufacturers and
wholesalers finally broke down, and
he bill sailed through the Senate
to final passage. The House quickly
concurred in Senate amendments,
and sent it to Gov. O'Daniel, who
i* expected to ask Attorney Gen-
eral Gerald Mann for an opinion
before signing or vetoing it. O'Dan-
iel pledged his support to such a
law during the campaign, but later
indicated, in a speech at Houston
that he didn't favor it, so, as usual,
observers were in a quandary as to
(Turn to No. 3, column 3, page 3)
What's ths Answer?
Br EDWARD nMCH
BEFORE the time when people ac-
quired Individual name* they
were known simply by the symbol
of their tribe or clan. Thla symbol
was usually an animal, as for in-
stance, the lion, and the people of
that tribe which had adopted the lion
•s their symbol were known merely
is Lion. They put the Hon on cloth-
j, bodies, cooking utensils, any*
ig belonging to them much as we
iuld write our name on our per-
gonal possoaslons. Each tribe had
its own pole on which was carved
their "totem" or "family token" by
which they were known.
O Western Newspaper Union.
Remember Sarajevo? Just 25 Years Ago
Twenty-five years ago next Wednesday Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and HU wife were
assassinated at Sarajevo,' Serbia, by Gavrillo Princip. a student. The murder precipitated a World
war within six weeks. Photograph at left, historically famous, shows the archduke and his wife
about to enter their car just before the assamination. Other photograph shows the car as it looks
now in a Sarajevo museum, its bullet hole* marked with white paint.
Legislators Agree '
On Hot Check Law
With Teeth In It
Burleson County business men
along with bualneas men through-
out Texas read with interest last
week the announcement that the
Senate and the House at Austin
had agreed tentatively on a hot
check law which is expected to put
a stop to the practice which here-
tofore haB been fairly safe for the
hot check writer.
The agreed bill makes it a mis-
demeanor to give a worthless check
for less than $6 punishable by fine
up to $200 or not more than two
years in jail ar both.
For giving a worthless check
from $5 to $50 the penalty is a
fine up to $600 or a jail sentence
not exceeding two years or both.
In a second offense a jail sentence
is provided of from thirty days to
two years and a third draws a
?ionitentiary sentence of from two
o ten years.
For giving bad checks for more
than $60 under the second and third
offenses the bill re-enacts the
present law calling for imprison-
ment for from two to ten years.
If a person asks for dismissal
of a complaint on a promise to
make good he commits a mis-
demeanor and subjects himself to
a fine from $100 to $600 under the
Very Few Apply
For Pensions Here
Under New Law
Mrs. Ruth Murphy, Old Ago
Assistance investigator for Burle-
son county, stated this week that
very few applications under the
new pension law have been filed
with her iti this county.
The new law recently passed by
the legislature makes old folks
eligible for pension regardless of
the financial status of theiv chil-
dren and therefore renders many
■ Id folks in line for pensions who
here-to-fore were not eligible.
Mrs. Murphy said that it would
lie necessary for all such persons
to registei' at this time even though
they had previously applied and had
been denied. She stated that she
would not be in her office Monday
Tuesday and Wednesday of next
Laddie Plasek, 27, Ends
Life Monday With Rifle
A bullet, self inflicted, ended the
life of Laddie Plasek, 27-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. John Plasek
of the Porter's Chapel community,
Monday afternoon. Plasek was vis-
iting in the home of his brother-in-
law, Joe Maticek, in Lee county,
when the tragedy occurred. He shot
himself in the forehead with a 22
rifle. No motive was given for his
Funeral services were held at
the family home Tuesday after-
noon. Rev. A. S. Broaddus officiat-
ed and Harvey-Schiller was in
charge of arrangements. Burial
was in the Porter's Chapel ceme-
Besides his parents, he is sur-
vived by five sisters and three
Farmers Invited To
Rrenham To Hear
About Insect Control
Burleson county farmers have
been invited to attend an all-day
program on cotton insect control
with a barbecue at noon next Mon-
day, Juno 26, at the Royal Garden
The conference is sponsored by
the East Texas Chamber of Com-
merce, ard will be addressed by
specialists from this organization
and from the Extension Service of
A. A M. college.
The forenoon will be taken up
with the showing of motion pic-
tures relating to the subject, and
talks by the various experts. The
afternoon will be devoted to dem-
onstrations o.' various cotton dust-
ing machines and preparations.
Representatives are expected to
be nresent from the following
counties: Williamson, Milam, Ro-
bertson, Travis, I<ee, Brazos, Madi-
son, Bastrop, Fayette, Austin, Colo-
rado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Walker,
Montgomery, Waller, Harris and
, C0URT HOUSE HEWS
New Automobiles Registered
P. A. Budnik, 1939 Chevrolet
Hays Bowers, 1939 Chevrolet
S. C. Bowden, 1939 Chevrolet
Win. C. Skrabanek, 1939 Ford
W. W. Mcllroy, 1939 Ford Tudor
J. W. Lewis, 1939 Ford four-
Marriage Licenses Issued
Kur-cl Salist>erry and Nancy
K11 i> Ward and ' ucy Wilson.
•loe Willie Duffie and Christine
Janus Henry A11 *n and Ruby
Estate of John J. Ondrasek, de-
ceased. Application of Mrs. Fran-
ces Ondrasek to be appointed ad-
ministratrix. Set for June 26, 1939.
Estate of Wni. Pennington, de-
ceased. Application of Preston O.
Pennington to Probate Will; set
for July 3, 1939.
J. C. Kleb vs. Mrs. Mary Kleb.
Collie Gerdes vs. Mrs. Dorothy
Harold Reeves vs. Mrs. Eloise
Mrs. Pearlic Whitehurst to Ida
B. Listón. Lots 6 and 7, Block fl,
Clay, Texas; $150.
Sons of Herman l/odge to State
Highway Commission, 2.93 acres on
Highway 36, at Underpass on HA
TC Railroad in Caldwell; $160.
The Texas Company to John
Boedeker and wife; release of oil
lease on 281.7 acres S. C. Robert-
son League North Chriesman.
John Sefcik to K.J.Z.T. Lodge,
assignment of $3000 note on part
lot 4 block 6 between Buck A Must-
ang Streets in Caldwell, Texas.
I.ouis Weiderhold and wife to
Fritz Miman and John C. Seibert.
Lot 7 Thos. Watson Addition to
Joe H. Baker and others to R. E.
Phalcn. 10-year oil lease on 120.82
acres Alfred Kennon survey, below
Scouts Back From
Camp at Bastrop
Boy Scouts from Caldwell and
surrounding communities who spent
the past week at the scout camp
at Bastrop State Park, returned
to their homes last Saturday. The
boys onjoyed all the pleasures of
camp life and received excellent
training in the fundamentals of
The following boys passed their
first class tests, Douglass Smith,
Ben Sullivan, Jimmie Marks and
Harry Harvey Bowers. Merit
badges in public health went to
Bahe Cobb, ,L W. Skrabanek and
T. G. Rockett. Jimmie Marks and
Bahe Cobb also received pathfind-
ing merit badges.
Mauretania Makes Her Debut
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A new stoip with an old name, the 34,000-ton Cnnard-White Star
liner Mauretania is shown in her dock at Birkenhead, England. The
new liner left Southampton Saturday on her .maiden voyage to New
Expect no Indian war cries. It's
merely Elaine Shepard, film ac-
tress, wearing the new standard
television makeup. For food tele-
vision production it was found
neccssary to use white high-lighting
around the nostrils, eyes and throat
hollows. Lips, eyebrows and eye-
lashes are blue-black. Checks have
a bluish tinge. Ordinary types of
makeup bave been found Impracti-
cal for television Reproduction.
I Give You Texas
By BOYCE HOUSE
Wild Fox May
Be Killed Here
New Law Now in Effect
In Burleson County
A bill permitting the taking of
wild fox in Burleson County was
recently passed by the Texas Legis-
lature and is now in effect, Game
Warden Paul Bogusch said here
"During the past few years it
has been illegal to kill fox in Bur-
leson county," Mr. Bogusch said,
"but they have been so destructive
that the law was lifted by the legis-
Bogusch said the closed season
on deer is still in effecet in Bur-
leson county, but that deer are be-
Persons violating this law will
be prosecuted when apprehended,"
An effort is being made at this
time to perfect an organization in
Burleson county for the conserva-
tion of wildlife, Mr. Bogusch stat-
For J. E. Pollack
Held at Dallas
News of the death of J. E. Pol-
lock, 79, who spent the first fifty-
four years of his life at Cook's
Point, was received here last week.
Mr. Pollock, son of the late John
and Selia Pollock, early settlers of
the Cook's Point community, died
at Dallas, where he had resided for
more than twenty years.
He is survived by the following
children: Lonnie. Edgar and Homer
Pollock, and Mrs. Charles Pummer
of Dallas, Mrs. George Hamilton
and Mrs. Gus Schultz of Fort
Worth, Oscar Pollock of San An-
tonio and Mrs. Mary White of
Funeral services were held
Thursday at Dallas, with burial in
Grove Hill cemetery.
To Visit Here Monday
A caravan of Rockdale citizens
advertising the American Legion's
Annual Fourt of July Celebration
In that city, will arrive here Tues-
day evening, June 27, at 8 o'clock.
All of the features of the cele-
bration will be presented here, it
was said. The Sons of the Legion
Drum & Bugle Corps will accom-
pany with boosters.
Co-ops' Annual Meet,
Barbecue To Be Held
At Bryan, June 27th
The annual meeting of the Brazos
Valley Cotton Cooperative Associa
tion will be held at Bryan, Tuesday,
June 27, according to C. B. Oliver,
Caldwell branch manager. The
pieeting which will be held at the
American Legion Park near Bryan,
will start at ten o'clock a.m. with
the morning session being devoted
to the transaction of association
business and the election of direc-
tors. Following n barbecue luncheon
at noon, the afternoon session will
be devoted to a discussion of co-
operative activity and general agri-
cultural subjects of particular in-
terest to producers at this time.
A .D. Stewart, general manager of
the Mississippi Cotton Cooperative
Association, will be the principal
All Burleson County members of
the organization are urged by Mr.
Oliver to attend the meeting and to
participate in the election of direc-
tors and in the discussions and
batters before the annual member-
chip meeting. The Brazos Valley
Cotton Cooperative Association has
had another year of successful op-
eration in face of conditions inci-
dent to government loan activities,
and has rendered a protective and
beneficial service to cotton growers,
Greater interest is being manifest-
ed in the services and facilities of
cotton cooperative marketing
throughout the BVCCA at this time
than ever before, it is said.
It has been said that there is a
sidewalk cafe in Paris, France, and
if you sit at one of the tables long
enough, you will see everybody in
the world—no doubt, a slight ex-
aggeration. Pretty much the same
statement however could be made,
as far as Texans are concerned,
with regard to Austin hotel lob-
Over there is Paul Holcomb,
fiery, crusading El Campo editor,
given the lion's share of the credit
for the defeat of T. J. Holbrook,
who was the "dean of the Senate,"
and here comes smiling Clmrles
Devall, Kilgore editor. There's
Colonel Ray Leeman, erect and
military-looking with his mustache;
he's executive vice president of the
South Texas Chamber of Commerce
—and did you know ho used to
wr>te poetry? It was quite some
tine ago when he was C of C sec-
■etary in his native town of Min-
eral Wells and his poems pro-
claimed the glories of the resort
Others: Jim Gaddy Norria, Fort
Worth attorney and son of the
celebrated Dr. J. Frank Norris; Dr.
W. J. Danforth of Fort Worth,
past State American Legion com-
mander: Curtis Hill, tall, slow-talk-
ing, droll Dallas awyer, former as-
sistant Attorney General. Lots of
interesting folks visit Austin.
Readers sent in the following
nominations for the "oldest joke"
A man, who had beaten up an
acquaintance, was before the judge.
"Why did you do it?" the judge in-
quired. "Because he called me a
hippopotamus," the defendant re-
plied. "But that was a year ago,"
the injured man said. "I know it,"
the other answered, "but I hadn't
seen a hippopotamus until yester-
A stranger, strolling through a
cemetery, read a tombstone inscrip-
tion: "Here lies a lawyer and an
honest man." The visitor comment-
ed, "Ground must be scarce around
here; they're burying 'em two to
An old farmer consulting
lawyer about a prospective law
suit said, "I'll just give you the
facts and you can put in the lies
to suit yourself."
Caldwell Boosters, Ac-
companied by Band, To
Make Series of Tours
The first of a series of
tripB to neighboring towna
communities in the Caldwell
territory will be made by
Caldwell Chamber of Commeie*
Thursday evening, June 29, when
members of the civic organisation
and the Caldwell high school band
will go to Lexington, where the
band and other local entertainaes
will give a one hour program.
John W. Schiller, chairman of
the entertainment committee of the
chamber of commerce, is in charge
of arrangements, and announced
that the complete program wiU be
available for publication next week*
The Lexington program will be-
gin promptly at 8 o'clock. Those
who intend to make the trip are re-
quested to notify A. T. Autrey, sec-
retary-manager of the chamber of
commerce, at their earliest con-
venience, in order that transporta-
tion for the band members may be
Deadline Is Near
For Rendering of
A warning that property owners
must render their holdings before
July 1 or lose the right of appeal
from changed valuations was issued
today by Tax Assessor-Collector 1.
"We have one more week before
the deadline," Mr. Fuchs comment-
ed. "Then everything not listed by
property holders goes on the un-
"The valuations on this unran-
dered property will be set accord-
ing to the best judgment of the
county's appraisers and can not be
changed if it doesn't suit the own-
er. I urge that all property owners
render their property before this
M. J. Lesikar
San Antonio Community
Farmer Succumbs Monday
M. J. Lesikar, 55, a resident of
the San Antonio community for B4
years, died at St. Francia Hospital
in Brenham Monday afternoon aft-
er a brief illness. Mr. Lesikar was
born in Austin County.
Funeral services were held Wed-
nesday morning from the Harvey-
Schiller Funeral Home, with Rev.
A. S. Broaddus and Rev. H. E.
Beseda officiating. Burial waa in
the S. P. J. S. T. cemetery at San
He is survived by his widow;
three sons, J. D., George and Ed-
ward Lesikar; one daughter, Mrs.
Lydia Kristoff; three sisters, Mrs.
John Japp, Mrs. J. J. Kristoff and
Mrs. John Sefcik; two brother, Vin-
cent Lesikar and John Lesikar, and
two grand-children, Betty Jean
Kristoff and Lloyd James Lesikar,
all of this county.
Sunday ia the only day that most
citizens have a chance to get out
with their families and really en-
joy the use of the highways that
their money has built. They go
picnicking, visit relatives or just
drive around and view the scenery.
The presence of big trucks on the
highways on that day adds a traf-
fic hazard to the congestion, hence
the well-received suggestion of
State Railroad Commissioner Jerry
Sadler that such trucks should not
run on Sunday unless handling
perishables or doing other emergen-
The May term of district court
was adjourned last Friday, after
a five weeks' term. The November
term will open Monday, November
13, District Clerk Fred Ellis said.
Approximately 27 criminal casea
of consequence remained on the
docket when court was adjourned.
Fear* tm Scotland
Pearl-bearing mussels abound la
Scotland's many rivers, analor cen-
turies valuable pearls have frequent-
ly been found. In the Nineteenth
century Scottish pearl fishers often
made fnrr SflO to $150 weekly.
Istanbul's harbor Is formed by the
Golden Horn, sn arm of the sea
which divides the city into two
(Prices subject to change)
Cotton, strict middling
Cottonseed, per ton
Cottonseed Meal, sack .
Cottonseed Steal, ton _
Hulls, per ton
Hogs, p«!r pound
Hides, per pound 6Vie
Eggs, per dosen llc-Pc
Butter, per pound _ 40c in trade
Hens, per pound 7c«9c
Fryers, per pound ...
Bakers, per pound
Turkeys, No. 1
rurkeys, No. 2
Toms, No. 1
Butterfat, No. 1 .
Butterfat, No. 2
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