The Mexia Weekly Herald (Mexia, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 49, Ed. 1 Friday, December 7, 1928 Page: 1 of 8
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VOL. XXX, NO. 41.
MEXIA, TEXAS, Friday,
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CASH TAKEN IN
RAID IS FOUND
Boys, Just Out of High
School, Accused of
Cashier Leads Posse
> in Search for Two
> &UPULPA, Okla., Dec. <5 (UP).
/'—-Two boys, just out of high school
who gave their names as John Eld-
ridge and Dennis William*, were
captured by a. posse in a field near
Iielleyville leSs than two hours af-
ter they allegedly robbed the bdnli
of Kelleyville early Thursday.
About $1,000 in paper money and
silver was found by H. H. Harvey,
cashier of the robbed bank, near the
place where the two boys were cap-
tured. Eldridge and Williams were
identified by Harvey as the two
who held him up when he came
to the bank about 8 o'clock Theyl
. were in the budding when Harvey
The bandits forced Harvey to
open the safe frejn which they took
all the money except $10 which
they apparently overlooked. Harvey
then was locked if the vault. When
they took the money from the cash
drawer a burglar alarm was set off
the posse wus forjned.
Harvey .calleo officers over a tel-
ephone in the bank vault and then
Harvey, Itogetner with the Kel-
leyville toqn u.urshals and rein-1
forcements fcrotu Supulpa ar.u Bris-
tow tracku trie bandits and found
them in ,ne bushy area on the
nanks of / creek a mile and a half
The 79 boys exchanged shots
with thiposse and then surrender-
BBeal to bell
to Be Built to
Be Gasoline from
KCKSONVILLE, Dec. i>.—The
|7e Gas and Fuel Company 1< is|
lie a deal with the Humble,,,(iU.,.
Hipany whereby naturul na-:|
\_l>ni the wells in the Boggy Creek I
Hid will be distributed to East
exas towns. The Dixie has a line
'/tinning near the field. t
It is understood u plant will .u.;l
built near Neches for extracting
'the gasoline, enabling the Hum! lei
Company to sell dry gas to the I
Dixie Gas Company for dist.rilm-
Activities are brisk in . the oil
Held. The Humble Company ad 'eci I
*.n ninth producing well Saturd<t}
'hen 4Todd No. 1 wus briught in.
The next well of interest is/the
me being drilled in the Necnes
Aiver bed. Casing has been set
'Mid the hole cemented.
Other wells now being drilled
lie as follows: Lizzie Smith No 2
in shale at 3,700 feet, Peter Hall -
way No. 2, roaming at depth of
3,880; Coleman No. 1, rigging.
H0PT0E BUTLER ON WITNESS STAND
MEXIA'S CHAMPION EGG LAYER
■i J; • ■ <t
This is the famous Lady Mexia IV, owned by J. W. Hart-
ley, Mexia, who holds an official record of 325 eggs in 12
months time at John Tarleton National Egg Laying Contest
which ended recently.
But the number of the eggs is not the record, although
that is sufficient reason for fame, but this biddy lays 25
ounce to the dozen eggs, making a total of 676 ounces of
eggs laid during a year. This is the world's record.
This hen is valued at $2,000 and her eggs sell for $5
each. There is? renewed interest in poultry in this section.
Day for First
Members Asked Come
to Church and Sign
PALESTINE, Dec. 6—The Hup.
ble Oil and Refining Company is
opening offices in the Royall Na
tional Bank Building in connecti n
with the pipe line being built om
the Boggy Creek field to Groea-
beek, and has also establish*".!
two canips for workmen in tlm
county, each to accommodate 11)0
SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 0.—Devel-
opment of a major oil company
Jfli headquarters probably h. re
was aeen Wednesday in sale oi
the Grayburg Oil Company, !arg-
ett independent oil concern in this
section, to the Indiana Oil and Gv-
Company, subsidiary of American-
Controlled Oil Fields, Inc. Ruimrs
that the Grayburg, in the deal
being negotiated, was headed f-n
distance below the Simpson.
off Her Bandits
CHICAGO, Dec 6 (UP).—Thai
toll of bandits killed by police here
since John Stege became Deputy
Commissioner of Police was
brought to a dozen Wednesday
night as Thomas Stephens, NO, was
killed by Detcetive Simon Kennedy
when the bandit returned to the
home of his former landlord to get
revenge for his tippin off the po-
The board of stewards of the
First Methodist church in a large-
ly attended and enthusiastic meet-
ing Tuesday night made plans for
a large program of activities in the
First church. Under the leadership
of Dr. Geo. W. Davis, pustor, and
David Murphy, r.hairman, it is the
theory of the board that there is
only one way to go and that is for-
ward. The First church has ample
resources in personnel, talent and
mipiiej^ "fff'fRit <mt-
vlce that will reach out ill the spirit
of good will V.nd Christian bene-
ficence to blew* every home in thf
The board adopted a new method
of financial campaign that is meet-
ing the enthusiastic approval of the
entire membership. Next Sunday
has been set aside- as "Pledge Day,"
when every member of the church
will be expected to sign a pledge
showing what part he oi she
writ have in putting over this great
program. Instead of the stewards
going to the hemes, where fre-
quently it is inconve/iient or- the
folks are away, everyone is expect,
ed to come to the church anytime
Sunday afternoon where pledge
cards will be furnished, to sign up
for every. mem>.er of the family.
Pledgers can (to to' the church,
make their pledge and leave in five
minutes or linger longer as they
choose. The hoard is' looking for
100 per cent attendance rehiring the
Alice months of extreme vigil-
ance against kidnaping, Mrs. Hose
•Clark, of Prossaic, N. J., allbwei
her son, Arthur, six, to play out
of doors and the child climbed into
a big sedan and drove away with
its occupant. Police have bee.i
seeking Chris Clark, the boy's
father, who disappeared last Jan-
uary.' Arthur was very fond of
his father, asking for him ct>«-
Clerk Kills Man,
Hints Love Tangle
ATLANTA, Ga.v Dec. 6 (UP).—
W. L. Shippey, a grocery ware-
house clerk, shot and killed G. Had
Davis, Atlanta automobile dealer,
in a downtown street here Thurs-
With the smoking pistol in hie
hand Shippey turned to a frier.d
and said, according to reports,
'•That's one man who will never
break up another home,"
He then went to a police sU-
tion and surrendered.
Three Beat Guard
and Escape Prison
SAN PEDRO, Dec. « (UP).-
Three prisoners, one of them be-
lieved to be wanted in the %eet
for murder, escaped from the
United States immigration stati c
jail here Thursday after beating
a guard unconscious with an iron
bar. The prisoners were held here
for investigation of their entry
into this countfy.
New York Factory-
Goes up in Blast with
Fear Others Hurt or
Killed in "Kill-All"
NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UP).—An
explosion jarred the plant of Kill-
All Disinfecting company here
Thursday. At least four men are
believed to be killed, six injured
and fifteen unaccounted for.
The Kill-All plant, a one-story
structure, is in the industrial dis-
trict of the East side. The one-
story building and an adjoining
building occupied by a junk com-
pany were demolished.
The explosion was felt through
the greater section of the upper
East side. Many persons in the vic-
inity were knocked down and win-
Police reported the groans of in-
jured persons filled the debris and
could be heard even after ambu-
lances had carried away a number
of the injured and dead. Scores of
police were recruited and started
digging thru ttie debris.
Cause of the explosion was not
' KING BETTER
General Condition Is Slowly
Improving, Says Report
LONDON, Dec. 6 (UP).—King
George's general condition is im-
proving slowly, an official bulletin
issued at Buckingham Palace said
Thursday. The King passed a fair
night and his temperature was low-
er Thursday morning. The tense>
atmosphere which followed the feel-
ing of suspense last night was dis-
pelled by the rooming now* from
the sirk room.
PLANS TO PUT
UP BIG TREE
Large Lighted Tree to
Be Placed Soon on
S. P. Plaza
Water Troughs For
Farm Teams Planned
by City Council
. ¥ /- • . | Special attention to the Christ-
tont ession iWUde mas holiday plans of the Chamber
Man Held in Detroit
Directs Police to
of Commerce was paid at the meet-
OWN STORY OF
Scott Reed Testimony
Ruled Out by Judge
Frank Thompson Says
Gwen Taylor, New
ing of the directors at- 10 o clock : 8Ctregg( piaceg i,he cost of a broken
Thursday morning at the Chamber j }leart at $100,000. She has declared
Miss Nettles Is
Hostess to Girls
in Shiloh Party
Other Events of Near-
by Community Told
«fly Now* Specinl CorrcMHOiwfeiit I
SHILOH, Dec. 0. —Miss Helen
Nettles ^entertained her friends
with a slumber party at the home
of her sister, Mrs. Cone on
Thanksgiving right. Games of all
kinds were played. A mid-night
luncheon was served. Those enjoy-
ing the hospitality were: Misses
Ila New, Claudie Gibson, Bessie Mc-
Elroy, Rny Sawder, Amy McElroy,
Elma Causey, Hazel Danghcrty,
Thelma Causey, Nettie Sunday, Lil-
lian Young, Lovcna Whisenhunt,
Myrtis Beenc, Vera Sawyer, Pau-
line Wells and Helen Nettles.
Sunday with Miss Lillian Causey.
Mr. and Mrs. George Thornton
and family spent Sunday with Mr.
and Mrs. Masters.
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. New are the
proud parents of a baby bey born
December 3. Both mother ar.d babe
are doing well.
N. B. Boyd of Wortham spent
Sunday afternoon with his daugh-
ter and family, Mrs. T. J. Daugh-
Mr. and Mrs. J A. Byrd, Mr. and
Mrs. Jim Barficld and Mr. and Mrs.
Willie Speight iett Thursday morn-
ing for San Antonio to attend the
State Teachers association and to
spend Thanksgiving. They report
a nice time. They returned to their
homes Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Daugherty
spent Thanksgiving with her par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Been* vf
Taken in Shale
NEW YORK, pec. ti (UP)—Tne
bedy of Joseph Storeili, 7, who
was murdered and buried in the
meadow swampland near Secaucus,
N. J-, was found by detectives
Thursday. The detectives began
searching for the body at davn
after they received word from De-
troit police that Peter Kudcinowski
had confessed to kidnapping the
boy, slashing his throat, and hurl-
ing the body from the Susquehann
The body of the boy, who lived
in New York, was found near the
Susqueliana railroad embankmert.
The throat had been cut from ear
to ear, so deeply his head was
nearly severed. A blood-stained
that she is planvng a suit against
a prominent millionaire, who jilted
I her, for that amount.
Among the nutters that came up
for action ami ciscussion was the
allowance of $100 for the purchase
of lighting equipment for the
Chamber Community Christmas
tree that will be installed in the
North end of the Southern Pacific-
plaza December 15. This amount
will go toward giving Mexia the
largest and best lighted tree the
city ever has had. Further discus- . .
Chamber official# was held. A com-; Limestone Baptists to
mittee was appointed numbering J-- Hear Dr. Colcomb in
I. Riddle, Val Horn, Frasier Hen-, PHdflV Spvmon
drix and Rodney Tidwell to raise r 11(ld.V °el m0n
funds for taking care of other in-'
cidentals of the Christmas holiday
season sponsored through the work j'
of the Chamber.
A special committee also was ap-
I Workers conference of the Lime-
stone county Baptist association
will be held at Coolidge Friday,
December 7, at 10 oc'lock at the
, First Baptist church. - ~ - ..
knile was found nearby. It was a pointed at the session Thursday t Church rep0rts, will be read, as-
small knife like a butcher uses. ' morning to work on the plans for , aocjdtjoru,i mjJ;ij&r, offerings will be
At dawn a squud of <30 police- j aiding the completion of the negro , takcn> anc( tj,e tiew gtate Secretary
Dr. T. L. Holcomb will preach the
men clad in banting togs began u college West of Mexia, that has
search of tlie meadows under tlie been given funds for resumption of
Core to Test Black
direction of Captain William llo-
gue of the Jersey City police force,
Inspector Jdhn Underwood and
Captain John ,Stark.
After an hour of search Capti'n
Hogue came upon the body hidden
under a brown overeoat.
Core was being taken at 3:30 o
clock in tlie W. K. Black No. 1 shal
low test 2,001* f\11 Southeast of the [
Tehuacana rock crusher after a
core, at 2,590 feet had shown the
bottom six inches saturated shale.
The drillers immediately went back
into the Hole for another core. The
results of the second core should be
known at about 4:30 o'clock Thurs-
day afternoon, W. A. Keir.er, op-
erator of the shallow test said.
The derrick is virtually complete
and spudding in will be started the
first of the week on the Mary For-
rest No. 1, located in the Northwest
corner of the Northwest 10 acres
of the 87-acre tract two miles North
of Tehuacana. The location is 150
feet either way from the W. M.
building. Money was given by Wil
bur Thomas, wealthy negro of
Tulsa, Okla., formerly a resident
of Mexia, to complete the building
of the school and it's equipment.
HILLSBORO, Dec. 6. (Sp.)
Hugh David "Hoploe" Butlet
took the witness stand on his
own defense, in an attempt
to further strengthen the
«elf-defense plea entered by
his counsel in his trial for the
killing of Ben Long and Les-
ter Bolton at Groesbeck Oc-
I tober 2, 1926, shortly before
noon Thursday. He was un-
dergoing an examination at
the hands of his attorneys,
Martin and Collins at the
The morning session Thursday
was taken up with the introduction
of many defense witnesses, whose
testimony concerned mainly, threati !
that tlfe slain youths are said to '
have made against the defendant. !
Reed Ruled Out
The feature of the morning tics- <
sion came when District Judge 1
Wray of Hillsboro county, before j
whom the trial is being held, ruled ■
out ttye testimony of former Coun- j
ty Attorney Scott Reed, of Groes- j
beck, Judge Wray had heard th« '
testimony in the absence of the jury y
and held that it was not ailmi^sa- .
ble in the present trial. Testimony |
of Bud Thompson, taken at a prev-1
ious trial, was read into the rec- 5'
ortia. Frank Thompson, aiiothei ,i
witness for the defense, testifier t
Thursday morning that Mill'on ?
Long, a brother of Ben Long. earn. 3
him and asked bim lor h..- }
V')1 - J L ft/ L gue and are making plans for Roy
fillled oy nephew to put in full time on instru
mental and musical instruction it
LONGV1EW, Dec. 6 (UP).—Ike
Killingsworth, wealthy cotton
farmer living five miles northeast
of here was killed at the home of
Wiley Page, 25, Thursday.
Page, a nephew of Killings-
worth, who killed his own son a
year ago, surrendered to Harri-
son county officials. No reas.n
is known for the slaying.
principal sermon of the conference.
The program will be opened with
the devotional led ty Rev. W. H.
Sealy of Kosse. "The Women as a
force in our Association,' will be
, the topic used by Miss Emma
The committee is composed of J. j wrjght of Mexia. "Asaociational j to
Sandford Smith, David Murph.N > women's Work" will be the title of ' knucks, but Thompson Lestiiieo
and John H. Swc-att, i the general discussion of the as-1 tha.t he refused to let him have
The directors endorsed the boys' j aemblage.' 'them. Thompson said this fcappeneu
band of Mexia organized through j "Old Fashioned Sermon," is the ' on October 2, 1026, the d .y of Lli
the work of George Royster of Tea- title of the feature sermon of the shooting.
meeting, to be pleached by Dr. Hoi- < Failed to Find Knucks
comb. . M. C. Long testified that he
Dinner will be held at the ground, ; searched Bolton's car for an a;:e
it is> announced by the workers as- j handle and knucks for Butler, but
sociation officials. Following this, j failed to find tbem.
the women's conference will be ; George McGee, owner of the con-
held. (cession where the killing took place
Dr. John A. Held, pastor of thy swore that he did not know that
Butler's shot gun was in the conces-
sion before the shooting took place.
McGee testified that he saw the
The matter of providing water-
ing troughs for horses of farmers
driving to Mexia was left up to the
city upon the recommendation of
j* , u '.l tv -, ! Baptist enurch of Mexia, will
Sandford Smith, mayor. The^c.ty ^ ^ ^ ..IWnt umJ
will provide two, one back of the j0utlook of ^ Baptists „
Bishop Hay to
at Noted Grave
FAIRFIELD, Dec. 6. — Large
crowds are expected here Sunday
to do honor to the late Mrs. Sallie
Philpott, who was prominent in the
work of the Methodist Women's
Missionary Society, Sunday nfter-
noon at the unveiling of a monu-
ment at the Futrfield cemetery.
Bishop Sam K. Hay of Houston
is to be the principal speaker at
the service which begins at 2:80
p. m. Mrs. Philpott was one of the
founders of the Methodist Women's
Society in Toxas and was well
known. A large monument has been
erected in her honor arid it. will be
publicly unveiled Sunday.
The program is as follows:
Hymn by congregation.
Scripture reading and prayer by
Rev. W. W. Watts.
Quartet singing special hymn.
Memoir of Mrs Philpott lead by
Mrs. J. W. Mills.
Unveiling of monument by two
of the officers of- the Texas Con-
ference, Women's Missionary So-
Hymn by congregation.
Memorial address by Bishop Sam
Hymn by congregation.
Ask $15,000 for
Whipping of Boy
KANSAS CITY, Dec. 6 (UP).~
The third, trial of the school b y
whipping case neared an .na
Thursday with the $15,000 damag,
suit brought by James Edwin
Christman, 11, against Miss Mar>
Hickman, teacher, epected to go to
the jury in the afternoon.
Witnesses for the defendant hai
denied charges of the boy that
lie was permanently injured by a
whipping Miss Hickman gave hin
when he refused to give the an
swer to the question of how many
times four goes into thirty-t>«o.
The mother of the boy alletv*
that the left leg of the youth wt< >
fractured by the beating.
Records of physical examination
at the , school where James a'
tended showed he had gained coo
sistently in height and weight
since the last three years. The
whipping occurred May 1! , *020
Two x-ray specialists also testi-
fied there was nothing abnormal
about the boy's leg.
Mi's. W. M. White and Mrs, J. I.
Riddle talked to the assembly of
the Sumptcr street school Thurs-
day morning, urging singing of
Christmas Carols. The students
joined in singing the Christmas
Several musical .-elect/ion." w*re
given on the program.
for Driving Drunk
CHICAGO, Dec. 6 (UP).—The
ongineer of a Chicago and Eastern
Illinois suburban train were, sent
to jail Thursday after their '.rain
swept through a block signal nd
crashed into a Pennsylvania train
and endangered the lives of manyl
The police surgeon said Williar.i
Capbell, of Williamsburg, Mich.,
who was at the controls of the
train, had been drinking. He was
charged with criminal negligence.
J. R. Couch of Danville, Illinois
the fireman, was booked on *
charge of disoiderly conduct.
city hall and the other at th$ corn-
er of Main and Belknap streets.
for Lions Club
Play Is Started
"What Happeend to
Jones" Second Comedy
by Lions Players
Ticket sale fer the Lions club
home talent production ''What
Happened to Jones," which will be
staged at the municipal auditorium
December 13, at 6 o'clock, has been
opened, according to those in
charge of this part of the business.
Members of the cast have tickets
for sale, and they will be sold from
several places in Mexia. Members
of the pep squad of the Mexia high
school also will aid in the ticket
Proceeds from the play will go
toward defraying the expenses of
the unnual gridiron banquet which
is to be held at the Liontarmn Inn
Thursday night, December 20.
Sweaters have been purchased for
the Mexia Black Cat letter men by
the Lions and will be presented
that night. The expenses of the
banquet also wdl be borne by the
Lions club, where the admission
price does not cover the coat. Ex-
penses of the speaker, som? Souths
west conference coach, also are to
come out of the proceeds from this
There are to be no reserved seats
kept for the production. First come
first served, the ones in charge of
the play have announced. Every-
one who wishes to help the Mexia
football team ■ urged to purchase
SOME MORE TURKEY
PLAINVIEW. Texas. Dec. « (U
P).—Thanksgiving season turkey
shipments from this city aggregat-
ed 243.0UU ouunds.
Roll call and reports of churches . defendant point the gun at Lnni
1 in the association will be n-.ade fol- j and shoot him when he was abo
lowing Dr. Held's addresss.
25 feet away..
The meeting will be closed with |
the selection of the location of the ■.
next worker's conference.
Concern Felt over
Mt. Vernon Man
MT. VERNON, Texas, Dec. 0
(UP)—Deep concern was felt hero
Thursday for tho safety of O. 11
Lee, Mt. Vernon grocer, who ha.',
been missing since Tuesday night.
At that time he closed his store
and. phoned his family he would
bt late getting home. He said he
was going to the home of a friend
to sit up with a sick man.
Wednesday morning he failed to
open his door and investigation
Showed he had not visited the
Relatives fear he has been the
victim of foul play.
Ben Long, McGee said, was com-
ing toward Butler with a stick, and
Butler was telling him to go back.
McGee said he and his partner
left as Butler was telling tho crowd
to "stand back" McGee's descrip-
tion of the shooting of Bolton was
very much as other witnesses hail
Butler was on the stand when
court re-convened at 1 o'clock
Found by Police
Saturday, Dec. 8
TOM MIX ,
the Wonder Horse
A class pin, from the Texas
Presbyterian College with the d ;te
of the founding, 1902, has been at
the Mexia police station since it
was taken from a burglar who h'ul
Visited several Mexia homes. The
class pin, with the initials, ' M.
W." engraved on the back hf.d
been in the office of Chief A. R
Mace since 1920. The owner may
have same by proving ownershij
at the Mexia Daily News.
COTTON ° MARKET
NEW YORK, Doc. 6.—New York
Next Mon^ Tues.
Francis X. Bushman
and a Big Cast
futures closed fairly steady:
Next Wed.. Thurs.
"The Circus Kid"
KRANKIE BAR HO
and Ail Star Cast
10c— Prices —2
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