The Mexia Weekly Herald (Mexia, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, April 27, 1934 Page: 4 of 6
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THE MEXIA WlSJSKLY RERALv
THE MEXIA WEEKLY HERALD
Entered at the postoffice at Mexia, Texas, as second
class mail matter under act of March 3, 1879.
Office with the NewH Publishing Company
C. L. TATUM, Publisher
WHERE OPPORTUNITY LIES
| TEXAS, we are told, ranks fourth among the states in
production of fruits and vegetables, but ranks thirty-
fifth in commercial canning.
Fresh fruits and vegetables bring a good price when
produced early, before a surplus floods the market. Some-
times conditions arise that bring less than nothing for sur-
plus produce shipped to market from Texas growing sec-
tions. * ' ■« 'v :
Commercial canning plants would do two things: sal-
vage something out of the surplus that is now wasted, and
by taking up surplus tend to maintain the fresh vegetable
and fruit market longer.
Most of Texas' canned goods is shipped into the state.
Often the freight charge is more than the raw product
costs in the fields—and sometimes half th« retail price.
While canning in Texas would mean a smaller market for
those now supplying this state, it also would mean greater
consumption of the products—and a better balanced diet for
the people. <
One of the principal industries of the cooperative 1#I'm I
community to be established near Mexia sfton will b« a
commercial canning plant. The plan is to irrigate about
300 acres of land which will produce vegetables tor the.
fresh vegetable market and also for canning purposes. The
canning plant will also be able to handle some of the pro-
ducts of farmers not in the colony who cooperate.
A survey shows good opportunity for marketing od
cf canned beans in this territory, as well as spinach, tur|
nip greens, carrots, tomatoes and tomato juice.
Of course, the canning pjant will be but one of the in-1
dustries owned and operated cooperatively by the 100 fam-
ilies, but it will be a mainstay for the first few years, at
least. The farmers in the cooperative colony will have the|
advantage of being the grower, the packer, the worker, and
There is room in Texas for many nidustries it' wise sur-
veys are made to prevent overcrowding of a single line.
fKID AY' Ar-wr.6 mt,
OF SLAYING OF
SHERIFF IN 76
An interesting account of law
enforcement of many years ago is
given in a letter to Sheriff Will
Adams from J. P. Flourney, Sr 222
Milam street, Shreveport, La., a
former sheriff and tax collector
there. Says the letter:
"I am anxious to know if Mrs.
John Love, the widow of John
Love, sheriff of Limestone county
in 1876, is living. I was a deputy
sheriff of this Parish in 1876 when
he was killed here by 3 desperate
negroes from your county and our
<hief of police, who was with him
in a hack conveying the three ne-
groes from this city to Waskoni in
Harrison county to get them into
Texas before they could sue our
writs of habeas corpus to get ihem
out of his hands. These negroes
had murdered and jobbed a ranch
gwner named Approwhite in Grons-
beck and got away from Texas into
this state and had lived here sever-
al years when I found and arrest-
ed them. A yellow negro named
Tom Walker killed Love and Giles
Trammel and his brother, Ph'll-p
Trammel, shot Chief Denning. The
killing took place 14 miles west of
this city near a little town where
I was reared, Greenwood, La. After
killing Love they took his .45
Army guns and belt of cartridges
•nd also Chief Dennmg's weapons
and took to the woods.
"The citizens turned out to fol- j
low them and I was the luck man
to come upon them in a ratton vine
thicket and we shot it out at less
than 10 steps. The vines turned the
Pistol bullets but my Mo. 12 Colls
pump shot gun came in handy. 1
killed all three in two minutes.
"Tom Walkers, who killed Love,
•hot at me first. 1 killed him first,
He only got one shot at me. I then
killed Giles Trammel and tfce oth-
er negro last. They shot 18 times
at the posse, but only shot my
father through the leg. Chief Uen-
Bings got well. 1 had previously
•hot Phillip Trammel with a .40
Colts Army pistol in arresting him.
"I was on the border at Camza
Springs three years ago and .-ame
through Mexia from Austin and
made inquiry of Mrs. Love but it
had been so long no one could give
me any information. 1 was deputy
•heriff here for 2o years, chen
•heriff and tax collector 12 yeais.
Never had any oppononts after my
firtt term and the present sheriff,
Thomas K. Hughes, was a deputy
under me 12 years and succeeded
me and has held :.he position
years with two years yet to serve.
I voluntarily retired in 19J« (July;
on account of old age — 63—1 am
now 81 in fine healtth and happy.
Wat tax assessor of this county
ten years, lived here 81 years and
have seen our city grow from a
town to a city of 100,000.1 was at
college with Charles A. CulberUon.
Haywood Newby. at the Virginia
Military Institute at Lexington,
Vs., class of 1876. I have relatives-
in your state.
"I know every decent citizen in
your state feels sorry for the de-
cent citisens of Louisiana. Senator
Long lived in this city and is well
known io us all...
"If you know anything of John
Love's family please write me.
Sheriff Adams says he finds ho
trace of the family of Sheriff Love
Mid few who can remember any-
'Ving that far back.
IN LAND BANK
Federal Land Banks and Land
Bank Commissioner's farm mort-
gage loans in Texas have refinanc-
ed farmers' indebtedness upon
which annual interest charges for-
merly from S to 9 per rent in most
cases, it was shown in an analy-
sis by the farm Cerdit Administra-
tion of more than half the loans
closed from June 1, 1933, through
March 31, 1934.
The highest rate farmers now
pay on the mortgages into which
these debts have been refinanced
is 5 per cent and on a large propor-
tion it is only 4Vi Per cent. The
savings resulted from reduced in-
terest charges applies, of course,
not merely to one year but to the
life of the loan.
The analysis deal only with in
terest rates paid on first and sec-
ond mortgages, and upon short-
time commercial bank loans. It did
not deal with other classes of deb
or many other untraceable items
bearing upon the cost to farmers
of carrying their debts, such a*
loan and renewal fees. The total
of loans closed from June of last
year through March of this year
in Texas was about $67,400,000.
While the bulk of the loans car-
ried rates from 5 to 9 per cent in
a number of the localities and ill
the cases of a number of loans, in-
terest rates of 10 per cent, and ir<
a few instances, above 10 per cent,
were paid by farmers on their
The average rate paid by farm-
ers on mortgage debts refinanced
with land bank loans in Texas was
6.3 per cent, while the average paid
on short-term, commercial bank
loans was 8 Per cent. Correspond-
ing figures for mortgage and short
term debts refinanced with Com-
missioner's loans were, respective-
ly, 6.9 per cent and 8.8 per cent.
The average charge on all the in-
debtedness refinanced with land
bank loans was 6.4 per cent. A-
gainst this rate farmers pay on
their land bank loans 4*/4 per cent
interest until July 11, 1938, after
which the rate becomes 5 per cent
Borrowers who obtained their loans
directly from Federal land banks
instead of through national farm
loan associations pay a rate of
of 1 per cent higher.
The average interest rate on f.ll
debts of farmers refinanced with
Commissioner'* loans was 7.1 per
cent, against which the farmers
now pay a rate of 5 per cent.
SHOT TO DEATH
CROCKETT (U.R)— Frank Brit-
by, negro on trial for murder, was
shot to death today by Ben El lit,
nephew of the man the negro al-
Ellis leaned across a railing in
the court room and fired once with
Brisby fell mortally wounded.
The bullet passed through hit body,
puncturing hit lung.
The ahot, which narrowly mist-
ed Senator Nat Patton, one of the
defense lawyera, threw the court
room into confusion. Sheriff ilax-
let quickly cleared the room of the
1,500 spectators Many of them
gathered outtide the building and
officers did not attempt to move
the negro to a hospital, about n
The negro lay on the floor of the
court roo mabout an hour before
he died. District Attorney Ben
Greenwood said latar that officeis
feared violence if they attempted
to remove the negro.
Ellit had been charged witjj as-
sault to murder before the negro
died.. He made $1,000 bond on that
charge without leaving the court
room. He was not rearrested im-
mediately after the negro died.
Shortly before the negro was shot
Sheriff Hazlett took a pistol l'roni
Garland Ellis, brother of J. M.
Ellis, brother of the man the ne-
gro was accused of slaying.
J. M. Ellis was killed April 7
near here. He had gone to Brisbv's
home, near the Trinity river to col-
lect a $3 debt. A charge of buck
thot, fired from the doorway of the
negro's home, killed him.
Ben Ellis is the son of Garland
Sheriff Hazlett revealed soon af-
ter the shooting that he had antic-
ipated an attempt to kill the negro.
The negro was taken from the
jail last night and placed in the
court house attic, where he was
chained until time to take him to
the court room.
The sheriff said he did not want
to run the risk of anyone shooting
his prisoner while being take'i
from jail to the court house.
MR. AND MRS. KENDRICK AND MR. BUCK
ENJOY LUNCHEON IN WHITE HOUSE AS
GUESTS OF FIRST LADY OF AMERICA
DAY ON LOANS
All applications for emergency
crop production loans mutt be in
the district office in Corticana by
Friday, April 27, H. R. Slaughter,
field tupervitor, sayt in a letter
to The News.
"It seems that borrowers -this
year have been waiting on their
rental checkt from iha AAA and in
order to avoid a last minute rush
we would urge filing of applica-
tions now," he tayt. A few dayt
are required for examination. The
loan period endt April 39, and ail
applicationi mutt have been com-
pleted by that time.
Applicanta should apply to their
local committee. Representatives
of the committee are ;n every town
of Limettone and Friisstone noun-
QUIT TEXAS CO.
NEW YORK. (U.R)—An end to
the management fight of Texas
Corporation, half-billion dollar oil
company, was seen today through
retirement of R. C. Holmes as a
director and resignation of J. H.
Lapham as chairman cf the ex-
Holmes, former chairman of
the company- had fought bitterly
against control of the so-called
Lapham group. The campaign
was waged with tremendous pub-
licity campaigns. ,
Directors retiring from the
board were announced as R. C.
Holmes. G. C. Allen, T. J. Don
aghue, William A. Fisher, Al-
bert Rockwell, E. M. Stevens and
H. ,T. Klein. Nominated as dir-
ectors were G. N. Aldredge, vice
president of the First National
bank in Dallas, W, J. Cummings,
chairman of the Continental Il-
linois Bank & Trust Co., Chicago,
W. S. Gray. Jr., president of the
Central Hanover Bank & Trust
Co.. W. G. Horton, C. A. Mc-
Cullouch, president of the Par-
melee Co., P. H. O'Neill, and R.
C. Shields, representing the Fish-
er Interests of Detroit.
Mr. and Mrs, W. B. Kendrick
of Mexia, and G. W. Black of
Thornton, Mrt. Kendrick't fath-
er, had the honor of a White
Houte vitit last Thurtday, ac-
cording to newspaper dispatches
and letters to relatives here. One
special story from Washington
gives this account of the visit;
It'a not everyone who it invited
to take lunch at the White Houte
and fewer still who are given a
personally conducted tour through
the mention of the Firtt Lady.
Both honort were enjoyed
Thursday by G. W. Black, 82-
year-old patriarch of Thornton,
Limettone county, who is here on
hit firtt visit to the nation't cap-
ital at guest of his daughter and
son-in-law, Ruby A, Black and
Mr. Black sat on Mrt. Roose-
velt's right- Ruby on the left- at
lunch, after which the first lady,
escorted them to the executive
office to meet the president, who
iunches there on busy day*.
Secretary of Treasury Morgen-
thau and Budget Director Doug-
las were talking with the presi-
dent when the party arrived and
Mr. Roosevelt introduced tliem
all. Mr. Black's other daughter
and son-in-law of Mexia were in
the luncheon party. They are Mr.
and Mrs. W. B. Kendrick.
Walking back from the execu-
tive office, Mrt. Roose/elt stop-
ped at the new swimming pool
where the president takes nit
morning dip and explained all the
latest innovations of the pool.
Returning to the mansion, Mr.
Black was taken thropgh all of
the historic rooms, including the
Lincoln study, which the presi-
dent now uses as his house of-
fice on holidays and at night.
In the afternoon, the Texas
visitors went to the capitol to
witness senate and house pro-
ceedings from the gallery and
meet their congressman, Luther
A. Johnson. Mr. Black's daugh-
ter- Ruby, is a United Press as-
sociation writer, attached to
"cover" Mrs, Roosevelt, which ex-
plains their intimacy.
She accompanied the first lady
on her recent flight to Puerto
Rico and the Virgin Islands as
well as all other trips made by
Mrs. Roosevelt since entering the
White House. ,
Mr. Black is a former mayor
of Thornton and former member
of the legislature. Mount Ver
non and his granddaughter proved
his most delightful surprises
next to the White House lunch-
eon. His daughter is a prominent
writer, corresponding for a num-
ber of newspapers in addition to
contributing to magazines. Her
husband writes for the Scripps-
Howard newspaper as well as to
TYLER (U.R) — A heavy guard
was placed about the Smith county
jail here today following reports
an attempt might be made to seise
at 19-year-old oil field worker jail-
ed here on charges in connection
with a criminal astault upon a 14-
NIGHT AT PARK
ON BYRD CAMP
WASHINGTON tll.R) — Inter-
ests associated with the drive for
silver legislation were revealed in
two instances to own blocks of the
metal in a partial list of silyer
holders sent to the Senate today
by Secretary of Treasury Henry
The list showed that the Conti-
nental Can Company, whose board
chairman, Carl Conway, was one
of the hosts last night, at a dinner
to silver bloc legislators, held 200,-
Robert M. Harriss, of the New
York brokerage house of Harriss
and Vote and a member of the com
mittee of the nation also was a
host. His firm was shown to hold
long commitments as of May 1
The dinner was given at a down
town hotel and members of both
House and Senate were present.
Father Charles E. Coughlin was
one of the speakers.
In addition to itt long poiition
Harriss and Vote were recorded in
teveral instances to be the deposi-
tor for tilver held by others .
LITTLE AMERICA, Antartcita,
— (Via MaKay Radio) (U.R)—Rear
Admiral Richard E. Bird, isolated
in a tiny hut 123-miles from this
base was enveloped today in dark-
ness that will endure until August
The sun set for the last time this
Antarctic authmn Friday. The
temperature was 63-degrees below
Byrd was confident he would get
through his vigil .safely, and be
able to Content himself until next
spring — October — when he is
to be brought out. However, a trac-
tor was equipped to start at any
moment if Byrd should call by wire
less for help.
Byrd said before he was left a-
lone that no one should be anxious
if he did not report, because he is
not a wireless expert and he
thought it possisble his gets might
The camp here is comfortable.
The shacks are snug and fires art
CROCKETT (U.R) - Floyd Ham-
ilton was charged here today with
assisting in the escape of his no-
torious brother, Raymond Hamil-
ton, and four other prisoners from
the Eastham farm near here last
The charges cite him as an ac-
complice in slaying of Guard Ma-
jor Crowson, killed in the gun bat-
tle purportedly led from the out-
side by Clyde Barrow, and with
abbetting the escape of five pris-
CROCKETT. (U.R) —Ben Ellit,
who thot a negro to death in
district court here yetterday, was
at liberty under $2600 bond to-
day on a charge of murder.
FOR THE RELIEF AND COMFORT OF YOUR EYES AND
FEET—See Dr. Joe B. Williams, Specializing in Eye Fit-
tings, Dr. C. A. Lehwald, Registered Foot Specialist. Office
in Mexia every Saturday, Nussbaum Bldg.. Office in Corsi-
cana every Sunday, 1161/jj W. 6th Ave. First stariw^y west
of Palace Tneatre, Phone 21%.
Monday night at 8 o'clock the
firtt game of the Mexia Play-
ground Softball League will be
reeled off when the Magnolia
meets the National Guard.
The diamond it in excellent
condition and everything it in
readiness for the opening battle
tonight. Indicationi are that there
will be more interest, if such ia
postible, in the league than there
was latt year. There will be eight
teams entered in the league thit
year divided into two division!.
The firtt divition which will play
on Mondays include:. Magnolia,
National Guard, Knighta of Py-
thias and the Tramps datt. The
tecond divition will be compoted
of: Pure Oil- Liont and Stano-
lind, Rotary and Texas Utilities
and Texas company. The second
division games will be played
on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
On Wednesday night of each
week there will be a game be-
tween a picked team from each
The League this year is com
posed of practically the same
teams as that of last year with
the exception of the American
Legion, who sold their franchise
to the Pure Oil Co.
This year's league will last for
18 weeks, the 19th week being
the week during which the play-
off takes place.
Following is a complete sche
dule for both divisions:
April 23—Magnolia vs. Nat'l
April 24—Pure Oil vs. Lions
April 26—Rotary vs. Texas U.
& Texas Co.
April 27—K. P. vs. Tramps.
May 1—Lions vs. Rotary.
May 3—Pure vs. Texas U. &
May 4—Nat'l Guard vs. K. P.
May 7 — Nat'l Guard vs
May 8—Lions vs. Texas U. &
May 10—Rotary vs. Pure.
May 11—K. P. vs. Magnolia,
May 14 — Magnolia vs. Nat'l
May 15—Pure vs. Lions.
May 17—Rotary vs. Texas U.
May P. vs. Tramps.
May 21—Magnolia vs. Tramps
May 22—Lions vs. Rotary.
May 24—Pure vs. Texas U.
May 25—Nat'l Guard vs. K. P.
May 28 — Nat'l Guard vs
May 29—Lions vs. Texas U.
May 31—Rotary vs. Pure.
June 1—K. P. vs. Magnolia.
June 4—Magnolia vs. Nat'l
June 19—Lions vs. Texas U.
June 21—Rotary vs. Pure.
June 22—K. P. vs. Magnolia.
June 25—Magnolia vs. Nat'l
June 26—Pure vs. Lions.
June 28—Rotary vs. Texas U.
June 29—K. P. vs. Tramps.
July 2—Magnolia vs. Tramps.
July 3—Lions vs. Rotary.
July 5—Pure vs. Texat U.
July 6—Nat'l Guard vt. K, P.
July 9—Nat'l Guard vs. Tramos
July 10—Liont vs. Texat U.
July 12—Rotary vt. Pure.
July 13—K. P. vt. Magnoiia.
July 16—Magnolia vs. Nat'l
July 17—Pure vt. Liont.
July 19—Rotary vt. Texas U.
July 20—K. P. vt. Trampt.
July 23—Magnolia vg. Trampt.
July 24—Liont vt. Rotary.
July 26—Texas U. vs. Pure,
July 27—Nat'l Guard vt. K. P.
July 30 — Nat'l Guard vs.
July 31—Liont vs. Texat U.
August 2— Rotary vs. Pure.
August 3—K. P. vs. Magnolia.
August 6— Magnolia v . Nat'l
August—7 Pure vs. Liont.
August 9—Rotary vs. Texas U.
August 10—K. P. v . Tramps-
August 13 — Magnolia vs
August 14—Lions vt. Rotary.
Augutt 16—Pure vs. Texas U.
August 17—Nat'l Quard vs.
K. P. , ;
The pity-off will start Augunt
5—Pure vs. Lions.
7—Rotary vs. Texas U.
8—K. P. vs. Tramps.
11—Magnolia vs. Tramps.
12—Lions vs. Rotary.
14—Pure vs. Texas U.
15—Nat'l Guard vs. K. P.
18—Nat'l Guard vs.
THIRD MAN IS
BY BIG POSSE
WINIFRED, Texas (U.R) — Two
sutpected kidnapert were captured
here today and one other escaped
after the wife of a service station
proprietor threatened to thoot the
C. M. Kella, 23, Fort Worth, was
liberated trom tW> "turtle-back" of
hie own automobile. lie said he had
been kidnaped in Fort Worth las:
night by three men.
Both of the captured men aaui
they were from Fort Worth. One
told Martha] B. F. Robinson his
name was "Hamilton."
The marshal said he anticipated
quick capture of the third suspect
whom he said fled into a field.
Roberson declared about 50 arm-
ed citixens had joined him in the
Neither of the two men arrested
were armed, and they offered no
retistance. However, the third man
was said to to be heavily armed.
The suspected kidnapers drove
up to tne filling station of "Doc"
McKee here and ordered 10 gallons
of gasoline. They had no money to
pay for the fuel, they said and of-
fered to sell McKee several urea
and a pistol. McKee objected but
accepted a tire. Mrs. McKee, stand-
ing in the doorway of the filliug
station during the negotiations, be-
came suspicious and obtained her
She threatened the n.en with the
gun and forced them to leave the
automobile. McKee and his wil'e
heard a "thumping" in the rear of
the automobile and liberated Kclla.
The three suspects then ran from
the scene, despite McKee's thrsat
to shoot. He fired several shots,
but none struck the men.
BEEN IN TEXAS
FOR PAST WEEK
BACK IN RACE
Tom Hunter, Wichita Fall«,
who ran third in a race for gov-
ernor two years ago- is back in
the race this year with an open-
ing campaign address in Clifton,
Bosque county, Saturday.
MORE GAS FOUND
TOMBALL, Tex. (U.R)—Winth-
rop Rockefeller, 21, grandson of
John D. Rockefeller- is eating
the fare of a refinery worker
He hag been living in a cottage
with a geologist here for the past
week, it was discovered today, and
eating the 35-cent meals at the
Humble Oil and Refining com-
pany's combination boarding
house and commissary for the
Dressed in the universal khaki
of the refinery workers the oil
king's six-foot grandson, who
withdrew at mid-term from Yale-
passes as "one of the hoys."
Young Rockefeller, "Winnie"
to those who know him best, has
not yet been assigned regular
duty in the camp but it is under-
stood he is scheduled for work
in the field. There he would get
a first hand view of producing
the crude which has made the
His venture into the oil field
here is the second time young
Rockefeller has attempted to start
from the ground floor in learn,
ing the family's business. Last
summer he was slated for a job
in the company's Baytown refin-
ery but a report of a kidnap
plot ended his brief visit in the
He was whisked away in an
airplane, accompanied by a Texas
Ranger and returned to the saf-
ety of his eastern home.
TOM IS FAVORED
DALLAS, (U.R) — Congressman
Joseph Weldon Bailey, Jr.- today
donned his fighting togs and
actively entered his campaign for
the senatorial post now held by
Junior Senator Tom Connally.
Accepting a cnailenge of ad-
ministration support, plainly evi-
denced by the president in Wash-
ington a few days ago when Mr.
Roosevelt slapped Connally on the
back and referred to him in
glowing terms of friendship,
"I saw with my own eyes the
president's friendly gesture to-
ward Connally when the Texas
Full House Special delegation
called on him. There it no doubt
at to its intent and purpose. The
pretident did it becaute of Con-
nally't vote on the independent
office bill, and it wat a getture
promised him because of hi*
Bailey voted to override the
pretident't veto of the meatura
rettoring part of the pay cutt to
government employet. Senator
Connally voted to tustain the
F. D. R.'S POTKAIT IN BEADS
HARRISV1LLE, N. H. (U.R) — A
portrait of Pretident Roosevelt,
made entirely of beads, has been
completed by George E. Duncklue.
It took 27,000 beads to make the
U) hy 12 portrait
FAIRFIELD. — More gas sand
was cored Friday in the Daniel
Oil and Royal Company No. 1
Ball, Freestone county wildcat
which showed Thursday for a siz-
Operators were reported to
have cored from 4-846, total depth
when test was made, to 4,854
feet. From 4846-51 feet no re-
covery was obtained, although the
formation cut like sand. From
4851-54 feet, two feet were re-
covered, the first foot being fine-
grained gas sand and the second
foot, lignitic sand. Drillers had
gone in for another core.
Later reports on the drill stem
test credited the test with show-
ing an estimated 8.000,000 to 4,-
000,000 cubic feet of gas through
% inch choke with estimates of
the well's possible capacity open
around 30,000.000 cubic feet. The
well filled nine thribles of mud in
two minutes, indicating consider-
Test was made of Woodbine
sand topped at 4,812 feet, with
gas sand topped at 4,829 feet.
Elevation is 427 feet, placing top
of the Woodbine at minus 4,385.
The other wildcat of strong in-
terest at the present, the Byrd-
Frost, Inc.- and Stanolind Oil &
Gas company No. 1 Mrs. Alice
Scott in the Slocum area of An-
derson county was running seven
inches at 5,465 feet Friday. D.
Harold Byrd- president of the
company, was enthusiastic about
the possibilities of .oil production
in the area upon his return from
the East where he had been with
the Texas good-will party.
Total depth was 5,500 feet,
where operators had cored after
topping sand at 5,455 feet, "wiih
gas sarid with oil odor and cut
encountered in a core between
5,455-70 feet. Additional gas sand
showing oil on other test was en-
countered below this. Elevation is
TO BE CURBED
WASHINGTON. (U.R)—The kid-
naping of the LincJcergh baby
retulted in improved, modern
federal kidnaping lawi, and, it
appeared- today, the bloody hands
of John Dillinger would bring
•bout the writing of a new ser-
ies of federal crime billt.
While interett of the country
in the depredations of this mur-
derer and hit callous band -vat
at fever heat in the houte judic-
iary committee contidered the
bills to give, federal offioers
greater powers. Chairman Hatton
Sumners said he wat the only
person offering opposition to
them. He felt the states were
about ready to put their own
houses in order and handle their
own crooks. Gangsters* he said,
can operate only with the aid
of crooked officials.
Joseph B. Keenan, assistant at-
torney general and ace prosecutor
of gangsters and racketeers, de-
"The federal government needs
greater power in dealing with
such criminals," he said. "We
cannot apply prairie schooner pol-
itical philosophy to present day
The 12 point program includoe
bills giving federal agents auth-
ority in cases of criminals cross-
ing state lines, engaging in rac-
keteering, interfering in inter-
state or foreign commerce, trans-
porting stolen property across
state lines, or crossing state
lines to avoid prosecution or hav-
ing to give testimony.
Another bill makes it a feder-
al offense to kill or assault a
federal officer on duty and pro-
vides punishment for assisting in
a riot or escape at federal penal
KILLED BY POLICE
DALLAS (U.R) — Police today
attempted to identify the body of
a negro purse-snatchar who was
shot to death here laat night when
he tried to escape from the arrest-
ing officer, Detective Lawrence
The negro was killed as he stile
a purse from Miss Nell Dobbs, af-
ter roughly handling her. A gold
watch of Miss Dobbs' and some
money were found in the negro's
Officers said, the negro, about
25, was believed to be the same one
who has stolen about 15 purses
from women in East Dallas within
The eighteen contestants Jf
Dunbar High School who went
to Prairie View College last week
to compete among more thaP"
seven hundred other negro schools
throughout the state were suc-
cessful in bringing back three
gold medals signifying first plae^
four silver medals, signifying
second places and $2.50 in canh
prizes, and two fourth places, at
well as one state officer of tha
N. F. A. state organization. Win-
ners and events were as follows:
Robert McBay, and Clarence
Sparks, first place fn tennis. W.
A. Thomas, second place in mils
Dorothy Hardin and Bessie
Mae Ranson, second place in de-
bating. Ruth Taylor, second place
in .senior declaiming. Henry King,
first in egg judging and fourth
place in plant identification.
Woodie Wiley Wiley was elect-
ed reporter of State N. F. A.
organization. Claud Carroll won
fourth place in 440 yard dash.
Wilson Johnson won first place
in 220 yard dash in first heat
but was eliminated in second on
account of an ankle injury.
The meet was the greatest in
history of interscholastic league
and many thousands witnessed
FORT WORTH (U.R) —Funeral
services for T. T. D. Andrews, 83-
year-old pioneer and early day
civic leader here, will be held here
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