The Lampasas Leader (Lampasas, Tex.), Vol. 39, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, November 5, 1926 Page: 1 of 8
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Lampasas, i exas, Friday, November 5,1926
BIG BERTRAM FIRM
On Saturday morning the big mer-
cantile and private banking firm of
Potts & Ater Bros., of Bertram, clos-
ed their doors and this week have filed
a voluntary petition in bankruptcy
before Commissioner Sandstrom, of
Austin. The liabilities of the bank-
£ g department are approximately
$ 3,000 and the total liabilities in-
cluding the fnercantile business and
banking department are approximate-
ly §200,000. The assets are listed at
§300,000. The firm has been operat-
ing’ a large business at Bertram ’ for
many years and are well known citi-
zens and business men of Central
Texas.—'Williamson County Sun.
$100,000 TO BE SOUGHT FOR
STATE SENILE INSTITUTE
Austin, Texas, Oct. 29.—Because
bate insane asylums are badly over-
rowded since the discontinuance of
be state senile hospital here, the 40th
igislature will be asked to make an
ppropriaticn of about $100,000 to
rect an emergency building, Br. H.
[. Harrington, chairman of the state
oard of control, has said.
Legislative action abolished the
tate ’ senile hospital here last' August
nd the properties have since been
iven to the University of Texas,
tate insane asylums over Texas are
adly overcrowded, necessitating the
ousing of senile persons with those
ctually and violently insane, Doctor
Many others of the senile_are being
ept in jails because there is no place
o take care of them, he said.
The state institute at Wichita Falls
; filled to capacity and practically
11 the negro senile and the white
len in the same class are being taken
rom “pillar to post” be' ause of lack
f facilities, Dr. Harrison said.
If the legislature makes the desired
ppropriation of $100,000 or more a
enile institute will probably be
rected at Rusk or San Antonio, ac-
ording to Dr. Harrington.
DALLAS FORD PLANT
DALLAS, Tex., Oct. 29.—The Ford
Motor Co., plant here, employing 1800
men, has been shut down temporarily,
it .was admitted today by W. C.
Proctor, assistant general manager.
He refused to say why the plant was
closed or how long it would remain
It was officially reported here sev-
eral days ago that the plant employ-
es had been “laid off.”
CHARGES AGAINST TEACHERS .
WITHDRAWN AT SAN ANGELO
CAN YOU QUALIFY
AS A SYLPH? TRY
THE “THUMB RULE’
Rev. E. A. Hunter and Rev. W. E.
isher returned home Monday morn-
ig from San Angelo where they have
een attending conference. Rev. Hunt-
- goes to Kingsville and Rev. Fisher
sent to San Antonio this next year.
Rev. Hunter will leave this week
)r Kingsville and occupy the pulpit
lere at both the morning and even-
ig hour next Sunday. Rev. W. L.
arr, pastor of the church at Corpus
hristi, was appointed as Presiding
ilder to succeed Rev. Hunter, and his
ousehold goods will arrive here this
reek. The Bishop has combined this
istrict with the Kerrville territory
nd it will hereafter be known as the
Jano district but the Presiding
Ilder will continue to make his home
a Lampasas. Rev. Fisher goes 'to
San Antonio to serve as pastor of
he Alamo Church and Rev. M. H.
[een, formerly of that church, comes
o Lampasas as pastor.
The combining of the districts was
one upon the suggestion of the Bish-
p, arid the plans and details of this
rork will be worked out by Rev. Barr
ipon his arrival here some time this
Presiding elder, W. L. Barr; Art, A.
1. Vetter; Bertram, W. A. Dunn;
Briggs circuit, J. II. E. Willmann;
Burnet, C. C. McKinney; Castell F.
i’oerster; Cherokee circuit, H. H.
files; China Creek, circuit, H. E.
doreland, supply; Fredonia, M. P.
Burton; Fredericksburg, F. W. Ra-
[etzky; Goldthwaite, E. P. Neal; Har-
>er, J. A. Foster; Johnson City,' J. H.
fiark; Kempner circuit, E. J. Sloan:
1/ampasas, M. H. Keen; Leander, Ben
3arker, supply; Liberty Hill, Val T.
Sherman; Llano, J. J. Mason; Lorneta,
;. E. Wood; Marble Falls, L. O. Mat
Lis; Mason, J. J. Richards; Mullin,
s’. C. Gibbons; Richland Springs, J. E.
Suck; San Saba, C. E. Marshall; Star
ffld Center City, F. G. Clark.
FOURTH CAR OF PECANS
Stokes Bros. & Co., shipped on Wed
sday of this week their fourth car
pecans. This firm will handle at
mpasas this season something like
cars of pecans which will put more
an one hundred thousand dollars
;o circulation, and will undoubtedly
iterially increase the Lampasas
San Angelo, Texas, Oct. 29*—The (
Methodists attending the sixty-eighth
annual West Texas conference here
heard Dr. C. C. Selecman, president
of Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, preach Thursday afternoon,
motored later to Sanitorium and on
Thursday night participated ir, the
anniversary of the Board of Educa-
tion. These events followed a stormy
morning session during which the
resignation of Dr. II. L. Gray, teacher
of Bible in Southwestern University,
Georgetown, was demanded in a reso-
lution by the Rev. H. S. Goodenoug’h
of Edinburg, that was withdrawn only
after a two-hours’ discussion, made
dramatic by the defense of Dr. Gray
by President Sam Barcas of South-
Dr. Gray was invited to attend the
conference before its adjournment
Sunday-and state his religious beliefs
and explain why he declined to sub-
scribe to the articles of faith adopted
by the last general Methodist confer-
ence at Memphis’ in May.
Dr. Barcus, president of Southwest-
ern, in defending Dr. Gray’s stand,
said it also was his own. When he ex-
plained that critical illness of Mrs.
Gray and the family’s financial straits
prevented Dr. Gray from attending
the conference, the Rev. H. E. Draper,
presiding elder of the San Angelo dis-
trict, started a fund “for our brother
in distress.” Whether or not Dr. Gray
will be able to appear before the
conference was not knov/n late Thurs-
Culver City, Cal., Oct. 28.—If
you measure twice around the
thumb around the wrist, twice
around the wrist around the
neck, twice around the neck
around the waist, you are almost
a perfect photographic subject.
This is the “thumb rule'” em-
ployed^ by Cliff Robertson, cast-
ing director for Metro-Goldwyn-
Mayer studios, in testing the
eligibility of applicants for parts
in a forthcoming release depict-
ing the life of a public dance
hall girl and depending upon
the sylph-like figures of several
hundred extras for most of its
C. M. SESSUMS IS DEAD
AFTER FOOTBALL GAME
Waco, Texas, Nov. 1.—Struck in
the head during a fight at the football
game here Saturday afternoon be-
tween the Texas Aggies and the Bay-
lor Bears, Charles M. Sessums, 24,
lieutenant in the A. & M. cadet corps,
died in a local sanitarium at 9 o'clock
Sunday morning. The melee between
the Baylor and A. & M. students oc-
curred soon after the first half of the
game had ended.
Sessums sustained a scalp wound
and a fracture at the base of the
skull. It was the latter injury that
resulted in his death.
While he could be aroused at times,
the young cadet never wholly regain-
ed consciousness. The physician at-
tending him expressed the belief Sat-
urday night that the injury would not
prove fatal and he appeared to be
holding his own until shortly before
A pathetic figure of the young man’s
death was that his parents and other
immediate members of the family did
not learn that he was dead until
their arrival here early Saturday af-
This was young Sessums’ last year
at A. & M., he being a member of the
class that is to graduate next June.
LOCAL ALL-STARS WALLOP
GOLDTHWAITE SUNDAY, 6-0
The Lampasas football fans had a
real treat Sunday afternoon when
Elmo Littlepage brought his huskies
down for a little entertainment and
the All-Stars furnished practically, all
o fthe entertainment. Lampasas’ line
contributed a large part to\Vard win-
ning the game, smashing through
time after time to throw the huskies
back for losses.
The All-Stars’ aerial attack was
too much for the Goldthwaite team
to solve. Lampasas All-Stars scored
their only touchdown late in the third
quarter when Hetherly passed beau-
tifully to Cornie Rathman over the
goal line. It was a thirty yard pass
to the weak side. Brown, All-Star
halfback, snatched two passes that
netted about seventy yards. The All-
Stars played on Goldthwaite’s terri-
tory all the time. The feature of the
game was the stone-wall defense of
Goldthwaite’s line after Brown caught
a pass and raced within one ioot-of
the goal line. Lampasas failed to
plunge over in four downs. Another
time Lampasas needed only two feet
and did not have thd punch to put it
The All-Stars will go to Gold-
thwaite next Sunday and will appre-
ciate very much, having anyone inter-
ested to go with the team. We will
promise you a real game.
Cornie Rathman, in behalf of the
All-Stars, wishes to express his ap-
preciation to the people of Lampasas
for their liberal patronage Sunday
SABINAL WOMAN IS
EASTERN STAR MATRON
Mrs. Marjory Peters Wofford of
Sabina!, past associate grand matron,
was elected grand matron of the
Grand Chapter of Texas, Order of.
Eastern Star, at the closing sessions
of the fourty-fourth annual conven-
tion of that body here Thursday.
Frank Holt of Waco was named
grand patron of the organization.
Mineral Wells was selected as the
1927 meeting place of the state order.
Mrs. Wofford has been active in the
O. E. S. during the 20 years of her
membership arid has served in vari-
ous official capacities in the state body
for the past 10 years. She was the
first matron of her home chapter at
Sabinal. She attributes her election
to the memory of the Masonic work
of her father, the late Louis M. Peters,
member of the Scottish Rite bodies in
Other officers elected are: Mrs. Lulu
LaFan of Greenville, associate grand
matron; L. E. Tennison of Clifton,
associate grand patron; Mrs. Birdie
Easterling of Del Rio, grand con-
ductress; Mrs. Beulah Rawlings of
Leaky, associate grand conductress;
Miss Cora Posey of Indian Creek,
grand secretary; Mrs. W. I. Pearson
of Burnet, grand treasurer; Mrs. S.
C. Vodrie of San Antonio, grand trus-
tee of the O. E. S. home at Arlington;
Mrs. Fay Stevenson of Jackson and
Jesse Edmondson of San Marcos,
grand examining committee.
Mrs. Cassie Leonard, who has been
grand secretary of the order for the
past 24 years, resigned her post at
the closing session. She was elected
grand secretary emeritus. The entire
day Thursday was consumed with the
hearing and discussion of reports of
the committees on jurisprudence,
chartered chapters, finance and cre-
A drill by the Rainbow Girls, an
organization sponsored by the vari-
ous Masonic bodies, and the instal-
lation of the newly elected officers
Thursday night brought to a close the
44th session. Officers reported it the
best attended and the most success-
ful meeting ever Held by that body.
A total of 666 chapters in Texas
with a membership of approximately
64,000 was reported at the final meet-
About 4,000 persons were in attend-
ance at the sessions held at the city
auditorium Thursday. Most of .them
will leave for their homes Friday
CONFIDENCE IN GRAY IS VOTED
San Angelo, Texas, Oct. 31.—The
West Texas Methodist Conference
here Saturday unanimously voted
confidence in the “integrity, life and
charatcer” of Dr. II. L. Gray, and
later, after lengthy debate, voted 121
to 79 against a resolution requesting
his resignation as professor of Bible
in Southwestern University. In a
solemn service earlier, eight ministers
were admitted to full connection and
took the vows of their office.
At the conference’s invitation ex-
tended Thursday, when a resolution
requesting his resignation was with-
drawn, Dr. Gray Saturday further ex-
plained his reasons for not signing a
paper setting forth the churche s ar-
ticles of belief. He also answered to
the satisfaction of a majority of the
members questions by the Rev. W. F.
Bryan of Austin relative to his belief
in the Virgin birth of Christ and the
resurrection of the body.
Notice is hereby given that an elec-
tion will be held in the City of Lam-
pasas, Texas, at the Court House
therein on Saturday, November 20th,
A. D., 1926, for the purpose of de-
termining whether the City of Lam-
pasas snail or shall not abolish its
Said election will be held in pur-
suance of an order made by the
County Judge of Lampasas County,
Texas, on the 28th day of October, A.
M. W. Howard will be presiding
Judge of said election and he will
select two judges and two clerks to
assist him in holding said election and
make due returns thereof as required
Those who vote at said election
shall have written of printed upon
their ballots the words “For abolish-
ment of said Corporation,” and
“Against Abolishment of said Cor-
poration,” to be voted as the elector
may desire by erasing the opposite
matter or words to their intention of
All persons shall vote at said elec-
tion who are legally qualified electors
under the laws of Texas and Lampas-
as county and are resident property
taxpayers in the present corporate
limits of said Lampasas City, as may
be shown by the last assessment rolls
of said city.
This notice is hereby given of said
election in pursuance of an order as
above mentioned and this notice of
said election is hereby given by the
County Judge of Lampasas County,
Texas, this the 28th day of October,
A. D„ 1926.
[Seal] J. TOM HIGGINS,
County Judge of Lam-
pasas County, Texas.
Miss Merle Stinson returned home
Friday morning from Zephyr where
she has been visiting her sjsters,
Misses Edna and Virena Stinson.
Detroit, Mich., Nov. 1.—Harry Hou-
dini, the magician, died Sunday.
The noted escape artist, whose
adeptness at freeing himself from
strait-jackets, chains and cells, mysti-
fied audiences in all parts of the
world, died after a second suigical
attempt had been made to save his
life from the effects of peritonitis.
Houdini was operated on last Mon-
day for appendicitis.
Although it was known the magi-
cian was ill when he arrived here 8
days ago, the seriousness of. his con-
dition was not known until he col-
lapsed at the end of his opening per-
Houdini, popularly supposed to be
of Oriental birth, was born in Wis-
consin in 1874, the son of the Rev.
Mayer Samuel Weiss. His theatrical
name was early acquired through
As one of the outstanding person-
ages of the American stage and lead-
er of magicians, his popularity lasted
for a quarter of a century. Beginning
his stage career as.a trapeze perform-
er, he toured the world. His rersa-
tality was evidenced by his winning
the Australian Aeronautical Associa-
tion prize in 1910. It was during his
journey through Asia that he became
interested in mysticism and shifted
his role to that of a magician.
Houdini counted among his audi-
ences the royalty of Europe and
Asia. He wrote numerous treaties
intended to expose spiritualism as a
fraud. His book, “A Magician Among
the Spirits,” created a furore among
professional spiritualists by his as-
sertions that the practice was “l ank.”
WHEELER - SHEPHERD
Miss Mary Lou Shepherd and Mr.
Ewell Wheeler of Lampasas were
united in marriage by Rev. McHenry
Seal, October 20, 1926. The cere-
mony was performed at the Baptist
parsonage.—San Saba Star.
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COLLIER IS RELEASED
ON A 30-DAY FURLOUGH
Austin, Texas, Nov. 1.—Frank Col-
lier, former mayor of Wichita Falls,
was released from prison at Hunts-
ville Saturday on a 30-day furlough,
and is on his way to his heme in
Wichita Falls, according to informa-
tion received here Sunday night. He
is serving a sentence for the slaying
of his son-in-law, Elsie'*Robertson, in
Governor Ferguson granted him the
30-day furlough because of his illness
from influenza, it was stated at Hunts-
ville. He has been occupied as book-
keeper in the machine shop of the
Mrs. O. S. Porter left Friday
morning for Caco where she will visit
before returning to her home in Dal-
las. She has been visiting with her
sister, Mrs. R. F. Senterfitt, while
JUDGE SAYS LIGHT SENTEN-
CES HINDER LAW ENFORCING
“Law enforcement officers can’t do
very effective work when juries fail
to do their full duty,” declared Judge
Felix D. Robertson of the Criminal
District Court No. 1, Thursday after-
noon when a jury brought in a ver-
dict of four years in the penitentiary
against Plez White, alias Plez Buch-
anan, young negro who was charged
“This negro against whom you have
seen fit to assess only four years is
one of the worst criminals that has
ever struck this town. He may not
have broken into your house but he
did rob the houses of other people. His
kind comes into your homes in the
dead of night to rob and to kill if nec-
essary to get away. They go armed
and are killers, every one of them. I
hope you will remember this little lec-
ture if it is ever your duty again to
serve on a burglary case.
“When a jury hands out a light sen-
tence to a burglar they in effect pat
him on the shoulder and encourage
others to continue their career of
crime. They are willing to take a
chance of getting a light sentence and
when they get out again they will
again become a prey upon society and
a menace to the life of any man who
should attempt to protect his home
from nocturnal depredations. When
you get a chance don’t, for God’s sake,
see how little you can give them, but
see how much you can give' them.
“I am going out of this office in
January. For four long years I have
sa’t here and watched juries bring
in insufficient verdicts. During that
time not one night has passed but that
there were from one to a dozen bur-
glaries and they will continue as long
as t’ne^ criminals see that they can
get off with light sentences. Consider
that they come armed into your home
in the dead of night and think of the
women and children whose lives are
endangered when burglars are on
their predatory tours.”
White had already been given a
20-year sentence and a 2-year sen-
tence by two other juries in burglary
cases earlier in the day.
Judge Robertson and Robt. L. Hurt,
assistant district attorney, compli-
mented the jury which brought is
the 20-year verdict.
“You have done your duty well, but
I am sorry you did not put this man
away for life,” the judge commented.
“Of course the negro may be turned
loose by the powers that be before the
first of the year, but that’s not your
fault, at least I hope it isn’t. You
had a chance two years ago to elect
a man Governor who wouldn’t have
In this case White was alleged to
have broken into the home of Tom
Mills on February 16th, taking five
diamond rings valued at $1,800 and
clothing valued at nearly $1,000.
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