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^✓ol. 21—No. 22
Borger, Texas, Friday, Doc. 20, 1946
(Ton Pages Today)
Bilbo's Secretary Testiiys
Edward Terry, right foreground, former secretary o Senator
Theodore Bilbo as he appeared at the senate war investigating
hearing in Washington, D. C. In the loft background is Senator
Bilbo who waived any objections to Terry'* testimony after Ter*
ry'i attorney asked that Terry be prohibited from tettifing.
'9 (NEA Telephoto)
Salesman Admits Paying
75 Cents for Frames He
Sold to Widow for $72
By JACK ROBERTS
Mrs. X of Sanford rherlshed that only photograph of her
deceased husband, who lost his life in the Pacific during
World War II. Mr. X lived in valor and died in defense of
He believed in the principles of justice, froedom and de-
mocracy. He lived by the Bible and based his life on the
* Golden Rule.
Mrs. X hpd only ono phonograph of her husband. She
and her small boy would tak'e the photo out dally and look
sad-eyed at the smiling man who would never return home.
r — —r
Cold Wave Loosens
Grip on Texas, But*
Frig'fl Night Seen
1'HE ASSOCIATCO PRESS
Cold weather bee,an to Kjo*«!'1
its clasp on IVx.'tn today, but un-
other algid night was in pro*
Moving eastward slowly, th®
cold wave luid it* heaviest hand
last night ,r n Lubbock WKtv a
lew of 23 degtrees was recbrdel
Abilene hail 20.
Precipitation, which include':!
li we* of snow in north cefctro;
Texas yesterday, was light—4>let«*
than .10 inch anywhere in |tlv
Mate. El I'oso, in the extrtim
wet, was the state's v.arirtesl
1 oint yesterday, with a high of 56
degrees. Brownsville's top was !}1.
Lows last night included: Amt<-
rillo 2« decrees, Austin 30, Cor-
pus Christi 43, Brownsville 47,
Sought on Military
WASHINGTON, Dee. 2t£ 1
President Truman callcd h,
advisory commission on un.\;rai
military training into *«* • in j
the White House today to begin
• survey or civilian opinion o .
that hotly debated proposal.
Mr. Truman asked the nbv;
member* to consider not only th';
need tai such training but also
various plans for putting it intj
When it* survey is complete'!
the commission will submit rec-
ommendations to the chief execu-
tive, who himself asked congress
a year awo tor legislation of some
.vort to create u pool of militari'/
The war department already has
o bill written calling for six
months of technical training «,r
service in some military organi-
Homer A. Pool Dies
In Dumas, Following
Heart Attack Today
DUMAS, Teg., Dec. 20—^)—
Homer A. Pool, 44, principal of
the Duma* high school, died of a j
Recently, a traveling phpto sal-
esman stopped at the X home. He
took an order for three photos
Pom the original at a cost of $23.
Mrs. X had the man promise to
bring the original picture back.
No, she didn't want the three or-
dtritd photos framed.
About two months later, tho *ij^-
esrmm-fstoMWNl with the '*4 j«-
tures. He explained thii or-
iginal had been lost btu, ' i.ere
ore three just as pood and look at
the lovely frames."
It was either pay for the fram-
es or not have the pictures. The
salesman knew he had the wom-
an in his clutch. She was inform-
ed that she owed an additional $72
for the frames, which were made
of cheaply constructed material.
Mrs. X wrote a check for the
money and wept as she did so
benuse her precious photo had
been lost and sho had only $90
in the bank.
The salesman took the check
and hurried t > the bank and cash-
ed it. But Mrs, X began to think
of the purchase and reported the
case to Constable Fred Compton.
Upon investigation yesterday,
Compton learned that the sales-
man had violated no law. The
man had sold merchandise at his
own price and the woman had
paid. However. Compton found
the salesman and after a lengthy
conversation, the latter refunded
the S ?2 for the frames, which the
constable delivered to the widow.
"How much did those frames
cost you?" Compton asked the
"Oh, they are very expensive—
about $70 each," replied the sales-
Compton said the man finally
admitted the frames cost him 75
Today the constable issued a
wnrr,ing to local residents to bo
on lhp lookout for such sales-
men. He repeated that no law
is being violated but the prin-
ciples of humanity are being
"If Mrs. X's husband had been
alive, he surely would have caus-
ed the salesman trouble. The
whole incident is enough to make
anyone angry — the sidesman tak-
ing advantage of the widow in or-
der to fatten his profits," Comp-
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20—</P>—
Clashing testimony about payment
of $1,500 in a narcotics case held
the Bilbo investigation wide open
today as the stormy public hear-
ings recessed for the Christmas
"1 have nothing to hide," Sena-
tor Theodore O. Bilbo (D-Miss)
lolil tin- Semite War Ins estig itmg
committee yesterday as he denied
repeatedly any knowledge of pay-
ments reported to have been made
to him l > v ,i doctor (m i id mi i u go t
a narcotics permit for a Natchez,
Chairman Mead (D-NY) an-
nounced after Bilbo'i testimony
that thn hearing* were "recessed
i object to call of the chair." But
Senator Ferguson (R-Mich), told
a reporter later that additional
testimony definitely will be
"It looks like the first Monday
after Christmas (Dec. 30)," Fer-
guson said, adding that the final
decision is up to Mead.
Bilbo, after nearly n 1)^ day of
testimony spiced with > > de-
nunciations, denials ant coanter-
charges, finally acknowledged to
the senators investigating his fi-
nancial dealings with Mississippi
war contractors, that he had re-
ceived money from Dr. A. J. Po-
desta, Vicksburg, Miss., who had
requested the narcotics permit.
He vehemently denied, however,
that it had any connection with
Harry Holt, a treasury special
agent, said lie had interviewed
both Dr. Podesla and a man he
identified as John Carp. Dr. Po-
desta told him, Holt said, that ho
had sent the request for a nar-
cotics permit to Bilbo and that la-
ter Carr told him he wanted to
"do something" for Bilbo.
Turning to his conversation
with Carr, Holt said the patient
told him that in December, 194S,
ho had paid Dr. Podest either
Sl.SOO or SI,000 on tho doctor's
assertior that he had to make
Labor Measure Proposed
Borger Children Visit With
Santa in Make-Believe World
By TROY MARTIN
Camera fans will find a wealth of aubjecta If they observe
the emotional display of Joy, faith, and childish Innocence seen
on the faces of Borger children as they visit with Santa Claus
who sits resplendently draped in all his finery In the lobby
of the Southwestern Public Service building.
Santa, personified this year by
heart attack this morning, Bclu
Po«| was form#, ft*
idalou, Anion, Tut**
Miheriotr 'IV s, ami Conn
atiouul diractor at H"U'*fr
toot ball couch and high
principal hi Mixtion, ')>'
11 lUll M OlVll lll'llll IIIJll two
all couch t
Pulton, and i
ll. • wat I
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CAROLS BRING YULE
SPIRIT TO BORCANS
Scores ofBorgans, hurrying
aboul lhei#WChristmas shopping
in r.ownlown Borger ynsterday.
tarried a moment to listen tothe
strains of "Silent Night" and
rther Christmas sonas coming
from S loud speaker located in
front of the Meijerl Music store I
en Mr,in tt'«et, Tliey paused
and then rushed on as the music
ri Minded! tiiein lh«l Ihern w«re
enlv four n ore shopping d*ys !
• I 11/ i.l H Mil t.< III,
T#*'< l4(w til" i/fi ' ~ I
W. H, Lane, an Investigator for
the senate committee, testified that
last October 18. Dr. Podesla told
him of «iving Bilbo >'ten one-hun-
uiony, he was pressed for art ex-
planation by B'ergUHOn, He Insisted
he could not remember getting the
hundred dollar bills, or show n
record of this in the churCh par-
sonage bank account,
Pastor To Recount
Christmas Story In
It i.t significant that the first
Christina* began with a song oh
the liquid notes of heavenly
music floated down to the shep-
herds of Betblcheirt, and the joy-
ful news rang through the land
that the Messiah wa born. It
is al?o noted that almost every-
where the little Prince of Galilee
made his appearance, his arrival
v/as marked by song and glad-
For the past few seasons the
Phillips community has made it
a practice to commemorate tho
anniversary of the birth of Christ
with a community program to
which everyone is Invited. The
program lor this year will be
presented at 7:30 p. m. Decem-
The Reverend J. tt. Crawford
will tell the most beautiful story
ever recorded in the annals of tho
Christian world. He will tell of
Joseph and Mary, the Immaculate
Conception, and the lowly birth
<>f a mighty prince.
Twenty five voices of tho Phi-
lips Men's chorus will be heard !n
(.pptopriate Christmas songs. The
chorus, to be presented by the
Phillips Lions club, Will be wear
ing, for the first time, uniforms
purchased for them with contri-
butions made by Borger and
Judges Begin Tour
Of Borger in Home
Walter Weddington, has sat i
the Southwestern Public Service
building far the past six seasons.
Although he listens to the requests
of upwards of 2,500 children a
year, he never seems to tire of
it. Each child receives a bag oi
candy, and Santa listens to his
petitions us Taptly as if it wero
the first time a child had ever
sat on his knee and poured its
heart out to him.
The boys, says Santa Claus, a.-c
pretty nonchalant about the whole
matter, but now and then he runs
into a tough customer.
The most common request
trom boys are tor tootoaiis,
toy nuns, scooters, and bicycles,
but on* lad made Mr. Claus
scratch his head *nd ponder
when he demanded a mocking-
bird and a bird cage flat!" re
luting to accept a substitute.
Some vouthful scientists have
been requesting chemical sets,
end the bays with an eve to
building request construction
* ' -v
The little girls seenr to j vtowi
exactly what they want and are
specific to the least detail. Most
of them want dolls, and they de-
scribe the <.' s#ired baby from hair-
do to complexion. Only this morn-
U,g a tiny red-head with frwkle >
fprinl'.l'Tl across he \\v0-<
puse,„ perched on Santa's loiei,.
give him a winsome sipile re-
vealing the absence of tWo front
teeth, and announced that she
would like to have a fl«U for
Christmas. Not just any old doll
By Strike Threat
instead of eight, union shops and Smith said his new bill is de-
dues checkoff provisions, reduced #'Mned to cover the entire labor sit-
area wage differences, and im-iuu"on,|
red with $45.10 for all mon'ifuc-
rlng, $54.12 for automobiles,
proved vacation and pensions.
Beirne estimated the $12 weekly
increase would raise the industry's
wages by 33 percent. He said they
now average 44.10 weekly, com
$59.91 for automobile
$00.33 for printers.
Asked whether the demand
would cause telephone rntes to in-
crease if granted, Beirne said rates
are constantly being adjusted and
no ono would be "foolish enough
to say that the telephone com-
panies won't have to ask for in-
WASHINGTON. Dec. 20—(/P)—
A sharp split among soft coal op-
erators over whether to negotiate
now for a new contract with John
L. Lewis dashed today for a quick
nationwide peace between the in-
dustry and its miners.
Producers whose pits yield 00
per cent of the country's coal held
themselves readv to deal with the
United Mine Workers chief "at
any convenient date", without
waiting for a supreme court do
cision on his legal troubles arising
'from the November walkout.
But the powerful Southern
Producers Association, whose
mines produce a third of the
600,000,000-ton annual supply,
broke away from the majority
with a decision to hold aloof
until the courts have had their
,/flf am'-pfT'iHyr ''W-
(•ated fney would go ; Ing with
The high court will hear on Jan.
14 Lewis' appeal from $3,510,000
in fines against himself and the
wouTd "mf her or'der* No sirT The1 United Mine Workers, Imposed rtU01 ^ _
dolj that she had in mind must St^lJ wder to head off'stattl Heullh Officer George W.
have lonu. eurlv hnir. must be able district touit otaci to neari ou _ ♦„,in« <<ann<4ari a in.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 20—(/V>—
The nation's telehone industry to-
day faced union demands, backed
up by the April 7 strike threat, for
an estimated $250,000,000 in wage
and other concessions.
Joseph A. Beirne, president of
the national federation of tele-
phone workers, said he expects an
aerecment before the strike dead-
In New York, the American Tel-
ephone and Telegraph Co., and
New York Telephone Co., would
not comment on the union's an-
Beirne said his union represents
320,000 telephone workers.
His chief demand "is for a $12 a
week raise for each one due, he
said, to compensate for living cost
increases and to adjust telephone
wages with pay in other industries,
In addition, the union is asking njneer"'strikes
payment of top wage rates to
workers after five years service
Strike Control Program
Bans Closed Shop, Asks
WASHINGTON, Dac. 20 (AP)— Rap. Howard W. Smith
(D-Va), co author of the War Labor Disputaa Act, today out-
lined a peacetime strike control program that would baa
closed shops and provide indirectly for compulsory arbitra-
Smith sketched out details of his proposed measure dur-
ing a conference with President Truman yesterday but de-
clined to sty what, if any, reaction it m^t st the White Houm-
The Virginian told reporters he plans to lntrcdure hi« bill
when the new congress meets two weeks from today.
With Senator Connelly (D-Tex\
Smith wrote the wartime labor act
which became law over President
Roosevelt's veto. It gives the gov-
ernment power to seize plants in-
volved in labor disputes and to
proFecute union leaders who on-
to seized indus-
II would sharoly revise the
Wagner labor relations act and
contains some provisions of the
vetoed Case bill, the invalidated
I.ea-Petrillo radio act and the
shelved Smith anti-strike bill
of the 79th congress.
Its general previsions would:
Death Delayed as
Asked for Negro
Disease Rate Up-*•"*-*
AUSTIN, Tex., Dec. 20— (/P)
1. Prohibit industry-wide co
lective baragining and outlaw the!
closed shop which permits the. j
employment of union workers on ;
2. Deny collective bargaining
rights to employes with the status
oi employer - representatives or I
superviapty oftlciuls; ii> eff< -t, tin-1
nave long, curly hair, must be able
to open and close its eyes, wet
its diaper, and suy, "Mama".
Sometimes when one of the
children reels off long lists of
expected gifts, and Santa sees
a shake of the head from th«
watching parent, he reminds Uij
little fellow of all the little boys
end girls who will be left out
if he eaves too much under one
To children recreating bicy-
cles and scooters, Santa gives
sage words rf advice on keep
ing out "f the streets. Before h-
will aqrec !o comoly with their
wishes ho makes th«m promise
to play with their tovs some-
where besides on th« street.
For a few shurt davs each year
Sunta Claus lives with the child-
ren in their world of make-bo-
lieve. Who can say that their
world is not the most sensible
one after all?
Capital of Brazil
ItIO DE JANIERO, Dec. 20—OP)
—A series of anti-communist dem-
onstrations last night — during
which mobs stoned the party's
headquarters, burned a Russian
llag, wrecked election billboards
and beat a guardsman—followed
the recent 17-day strike.
between thcSouthern association,
biggest single producing unit in
the national negotiating commit-
tee. and the remainder of, the In-
dustry broke into the open at a
nine-hour meeting yesterday.
Some operators suggested the
UMW might be willing io reach
a separate contract with the ma-
jority on the theory that it
would serve as a pattern for
dealing with the rest of the in-
Henry Warden of Bluefield, W.
Va., speaking for the Southern
group, told reporters that If the
other operators made a contract
he supposed "we would have to
seek an agreement also."
Warden explained that his group
was not opposed to meeting Lew-
Is, but differed with the majority
over "the timing." Lewis, he said,
told the miners when he called
off the strike that their interests
would be protected in any nego-
tiations "within the limitations of
See Number ONE Page 2
Cox today reported a general in
crease in the incidence of com-
municable diseases in Texas in
Texas in November over the pre-
There were 5,463 cases oik influ-
enza reported for November while
October showed a total of 3,748
cases. Other "cold weather" diseas-
es such as pneumonia and scarlet
fever also showed a significant in-
crease, Dr. Cox said.
"For some undetermined reason
the number cases of bicillarv dvs-
cntery reported jumped from 625
in October to summer-time level
of 1,427 cases In November," he
Other major diseases showing
an Increase for the past month
were tuberculosis, typhoid, indu-
lant fever and whooping cough.
There were three cases of smallpox
reported during November as com-
pared with a like number of cases
for the previous five-month per-
iod. Poliomyelitis remained essen-
tially the same, with 76 cases for
November comparing 77 cases in
The only disease which decreas-
ed was malaria.
Russia Rejects Canada's
Proposal for Compromise
Require all collective biireuin-
■ig contracts involving public util-
ities or essential industries to con-
tain a provision to submit all dif-
'i rem cs to arbitration without res-
cation of operation. Failure to sign
such a contract would constitute
an unfair labor practice and de-
prive the refusing party of protec-
tion under the national labor re-
lations act. In effect, Smith said,
this would amount to indirect
4. Prohibit the use of force, vio-
lence or intimidation in labor dis-
uuten; mass picketing in such
form as to threaten violence or in-
timidation; secondary boycotts and
5. Require labor unions to reg-
ister and file annual financial
6. Make provisions oi the Lea-
Petrillo act — restricting activ-
ities of union musicians in the
radio industry — applicable to
all business instead of to the
broadcastinq industry. A Chi-
cago federal court held thr '
unconstitutional because it i
led out radio workers.
7. Prohibit discrimination ag i,
workers because of members!)
or non-membership in a union.
IS. Create the post of udministru
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20~U%-
Two negro murderers died !r.
the electric chair today, bu' th •
execution of Joseph D. Mcdir. •
was d(flayed while his atorney
.nadc frantic efforts to save hi
Jail Superintendent Curtis Raid
tillered the electrocution of M'
fey delayed at «e*t Jirtt.
in the day pen
court of appeals. <;
a lunacy hearing
The court denied a similar a
peal luM night. *
It wa* Medley's lata}
'"i icdhu.iiK that Ileadfci to-
ward the electric' th. -ir. r'
yrrSw -tht? ♦«ta :*h«dthig
uster-in-law, and .'.liu« Fli
32, the so-called W« -Jiir gtt>n
Cathedral murderer, died in the
District of Columbia electric cha'
at 9:30 a. m. and ft:46 ft. in. <CST/
Medley was sentenced to deatn
for the fatal shooting of Mr*.
Nancy Boyer, 50-year-old d i vo.ro
ee, in Match, 1045. He wu> in-
dicted but never tried for tho
murder of a woman in New Or-
leans and was wanted in Chicago
for questioning about a third..
The nude bodies of those two
both were found in hotel bath-
tubs and both, like Mrs. Boyi*'1,
nad red hair.
Television, Bui Not
For General View
LONDON, Dec. 20—(^Pi—Tho
British Bioadcasting corporation
announced today that it h.d
successfully experimented with
;ypriotism by television that th-2
fcot would not be tried in a
The ex;>«riinent was carded 6'it
I on a closed circuit—not publicly
tor of the national labor relations televised—this week by Pet
LAKE SUCCESS, N. Y., Dec. 20
——</P)—Soviet Russiu today rcject-
Lleginning at six o'clock tonight,
Judges will tour the city of Uor-
ger and the surrounding commun-
itia* to dat - i iniii, the v. «,. ,i i i
the Christina* home decoration^
conic* i upon sored by the Borger
chamber of con unci'a and tlu
«• «• >«
irotn her Moscow embassy, at
Foreign Minister Paul Fernan-
des said yesterday that Ambassa-
dor Brandao in Moscow had
agreed to release his second sec-
retary, Joao Batista Soares De
Pinu, but said he believed the
secretary was not responsible for
a street fight in which he was re-
ported to have been involved.
The foreign minister said he had
asked for an official report on
the incident and expressed fear
the aacretary "may have been im
prisoned and mistreated."
City Comminion Heart
said he was gratified at the Ca-
nadian proposal and that he would
- , , accept it.
posal, calling for action on the British delegate Sir Alexander
"principles" of the American atom- Cadogan and Australian delegate
ic control plan, and demanded u , ->8ul Hasluck also supported the
vote on her own proposal for a Canadian plan
postponement of uny decision onj Gromyko had asked that a vote
the U. S. plan at the present time, be delayed for "six or seven days."
Tho Soviet position was stat-
ed bv Andrei A. Gromyko, who
blasted hopes for unanimity on
the Canadiar proposal, already
accepted by several delegations
to the United Nations Atomic
Energy commission, including
United States and Great Brit-
Under the Cum.
the commission wi
"principles" in tt
Gromvko nid i
iuld vote on the
le U, S
Gromyko said he was not pre-
pared to speak on th<! sub-
stance of the U. S. atomic con-
trol resolution today and sug-
gested that action be delayed
for "six or seven days."
Gen. Andrew G. L, McNuughton
of Cunuda took the floor immodi-1
ately and supported Gromyko'i]
in.,no im .' delay He said he I
act. with the duty of investigating
and prosecuting violations ot the
proposed law, with the national
labor relations board itself to
serve as the trial body.
In addition, Smith said, the leg-
islation "restores to employers the
right of freedom of speech with
the (national labor relations'
board over the years as a fixed
policy has sought to deny."
While it proposes no criminal j
penalties on employers or cm- j
ployes, the legislation would deny j
to violators the protection afford- j
ed by the Wagner act, the Norris-
La Guardia anti-injunction law
and th( Clayton anti-trust act.
Cusxor.. In the first test a do/ft
volunteers from the BBC sta C
subjected themsalyes to the hyp-
notist and five of.Jthem went into u
hypnotic sleep, BBC said. In u
second test, Casson made a direct
'•ttempt to hypnotize six person4
vatehing the scrceu in a darken'.!
loom. Four went to sleep and
these, two had to be awakened.
IOOF Christmas Party
For Children Saturday
Mombci • of the IOOF and R"
beV ill lii.'d a Chi istmas p; .
t.v for tlx; children of memb<
at the IOOF hall tomorrow eve.
ing at 8 o'clock.
. :n ill lie given by t
children under tlit direction r,
,vlr«, Pete Ridg( way, and trea s
will be pros ided lot ail chddri i
attending the party.
COLLEGE STATION, Tex.. OKtf,
20—(/P)—Dr. A. A. Jakkula, direc-
tor of the Texas A. M. college re-
search foundation, has announced
that a group ot Angeline business
concerns have donated 9500 each
to the foundation.
Jakkula said the contributions
were solicited by E. L, Kur
Lufkln businessman and a
her of the foundation's board sit
ted the U. S
should be h
to be ktU'llcO
>ly' aim li
mt to a com-'
i legal again
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