The Electra Daily News (Electra, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 639, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 16, 1914 Page: 1 of 5
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- FEDERAL INJUNCTION WON BY
CRANE /C'OMPANY' IN FRAN-
CHISE TAX CONTEST.
Worth, Deo.? 15.—All three
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Judges concurring,,ythe. United States
Court jhere this morning granted the
injunction sought- by the Crane Com-
panw of Dallas to“restrain the Attorn-
ey General of Texas from enforcing
the collection of^ the State franchise
tax arid from, cancelling the company's
permit to transact .business in Texas.
The decision in effect holds uncon-
stitutional Articles, 3837 and 7394 of
the statutes requiring,foreign corpo-
rations doing business in^theState to
secure a permit to operate in Texas
and to pay a franchise tax based on
the total stock -of !the corporation
’whether-employed in business in Tex-
as or outside;ofsit.;’’
. The case was styled'the Crane Com-
pany of Dallas and Chicago vs. Ben.
P. Looney, as Attorney General of
Texas, and P. C. Weinert, as Secretary
of State of Texas. It was heard before
Judges Richard .;JV. Walker of New
•" Orleans, J. M. Call of Florida and
. Edward R. Meek of the Northern Dis-
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■ trict of Texas, who gave the opinion
-■*' WThe Crane Company's permit will
; 'expire on Jan. 5. The tax provided in
:and- cited a number1 of decisions;^'
.Hero is , one quotation: “The V
State can not say to-a'corporat-
ion, ‘you may do business within
* our borders if you/permit your
property to be taken without due
process of, law, or you may trans- /
act business in intra-state com-
merce- subject Jo regulatory pow-
er of the State.' ..To allow a State
to exercise such' authority, would
permit it Jo deprive the corpo-
rations ..of ..their ..fundamental.
rights to which they are entitled
under the Constitution.”
It was contended by the Crane
Company that it did an interstate as
well as an intrastate business and that
the amount of capital used in Texas
is little more than $600,000,'whereas,
under the. Texas laws, it is required
to pay a franchise tax on the entire
capital stock, amounting to about $17*
OOO^pQO, and $8,139,000 in surplus and
undivided profits, a large part of which
is not used within the State.
The Judges today held that,.such a
tax is clearly unconstitutional.
The franchise tax the Crane Com-
pany would have to pay to meet the
provisions of the Texas statutes would
amount to about $150,000.’
The 'tax comes due every ten years.
the. law is $50 on the first $10,0001 MEXICANS MUST STOP ALLOW-
and $10 for each additional $10,000 of j ING FIRE OYER BORDER,
capital stock and ^lton each $1,000 up !
to $100,000, and $2 on each $5,000 in
Washington, Dec. 15.—A
, - „.rtrtnnft .... .. -land decisive plan of' action w OWiu
excess of $100,000 capitalization, con- „ „ f _ - . ^
■ Mexican bullets from flying over the
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Ijcmgue^^tA^eTl^envj^'Biptel ;last! even-
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About 44! assembled in-/the, ladies’
parlor up" stairs-and ^bout 9; o’clock
Mrs. Fred McDaniel began playing ,a
march on the piano, when the’ corii-
pany,’ led- by Chief C. G. ‘-Denniston
stituting, it was contended, in effect a
Judges wrote quite a long opin-
ion covering the legality of such ia tax
tt The beautiful home,-talei
* “FARM FOLJ
tt Augmented by hopre-talent spec-
ie ialties and mu^^c by orchestra.
t: THE CHIEF’S LO^
United States border at Naco was de-
cided upon by the Administration at
today’s Cabinet meeting.
, Orders were telegraphed Gen. Bliss,
commanding the border, this afternoon
by Secretary Garrison7 who will make
j them public after they rriach Bliss.
! That the policy adopted by the Prcsi-
! dent and his cabinet will not entail
any clash, between United States and
Mexican forces was stated emphatic-
ally by Cabinet officers.
It is understood that an ultimatum
terse and forceful, will be sent fhe war
ring Mexican Generals, Hill and May-
torena. It will be so couched as to
insure obedience. The warning will
indicate that the United States has
reached the end of its patience and
will no longer tolerate firing into tois
DISTRICT COURT HOLDS
LUNACY LAW INVALID
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tt ......YILLE, TEXAS
tt Lubin Comedy
Houston, Dec. 15.—Judge Master-
son in the Fifty-fifth district court to-
day held the state law providing trial
to” ’unatics before physicians was un-
constitutional. Trials, he says, must
be before juries in the old way.
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and.‘ladyj followed next by-toe/officers
arid ,.tih:en the members, proceeded to
the dining room-, where the manage-
ment of the JDenyer had prepared an
excellent feast, the menu follows:
Crisp California Celery
Roast Young Turkey
Cranberry Sauc.e Oyster Dressing
• * " Wheat Bread .
Almond Ice Cream
^his was greatly enjoyed by the
members and their guests.
Chief Denniston then gave a history
of the fire company, the equipment,
when organized, the growth of the
company and betterment of the pres-
ent equipment. Mr. Denniston’s re-
marks were pleasing and enjoyed by
the company-and visitors,, but it. was
hal’d for them to pay the speaker as
marked attention as he deserved when’
»just *in front of them was the beauti-
fully decorated table with so many
good things to eat,, awaiting his clos-
After ample justice'had been done
the bounteous and delicious repast,
other speakers were called, as fol-
Bart Magee talked upon the*’future
of the fire company. Secretary of the
Commercial Club Carrington then ad-
dressed the gathering on, “like Benefit
of the Fire Department,” and gave\a
talk that was wel? received. The
next speaker was Prof. A. B. Corder,
who talked on the efficiency -of our
fire company, reviewing the excellent
work he had seen .them do in saying
property since their organization.
J. H. Ossenbeck, talked to the la-
dies, -requesting that they get their
husbands out to the regular meetings
of the company.
Clarence McDannald addressed the
assembly, stating what the company
had done for the city, the excellent
service they had rendered in saving
property, and responding promptly to
calls. He regretted, in behalf of the
, City Commissioners that the city was
not in a condition financially to render
them more assistance, but hoped that
when the water works system is com-
pleted they would be in position'to as-
sist them in equipping better for fight-
Fred McDaniel complimented the
company very highly upon the efficient
work they (had" done, and saich they
were the -best he had seen in any town
of our size.
The piano solo by Mrs. Fred Me
Daniel was greatly appreciated and
v^No' nation:.‘can -become .truly^p^os-
j^ous’and-.exert' a j)oWerf^l influence I-
for-r,peace and prosperity^;that;jdpes,
not produce, an-abundance of food of
the right kind/'1 It /requires foods to
produce’ work, civilization "arid intel-
'lect and no, people with meager food
will ever .amount to, anything in toe.
world's history. , A nation may' import
a large, percent of its* foods for a
time,'but there will be a tinfe when-
the supply will be inadequate. This
causes the natioh that imports foods
to be dependent upon other produc-
ing nations. *
If our .government is wise and
strategic it: will not be moved, by the
“jingoes” and-manufacturers of war
armament to waste millions^ on in-
creased expenditures- for war,, but
will pass laws to encourage econom-
ic rural credits; give encouragement
rural credits; give encouragement for
for more'xiotton manufactures and the
development of our natural resources
iat home. Our greatest strength as a na
tion will continue to be in Christian
civilization ,and in the production of
'intellect rather than armament,
-Difficulties between nations in the
future will be settled by conferences,
by diplomatsJand by intellect,-not by
arms. “They that take up the sword
shall’perish with the sword.”- There
is no hope for a nation that bases
its claim for existence upon militar-
ism. For examples ^of imperialism
and militarism we have only to recalll
the.\history of ancient Greece, Rome
and Spain. The empires founded up-
on conquest and aggression flour-
ished for a time, while right was
might, but these governments that
had taken the sword perished with
There never ^,was a time in the his-
tory of our‘country .when we needed
in congress men of vision, unselfish-
ness; slow to anger, firm in their con-
victions, determined to render effi-
cient service to their country. Future
generations will be the judge of the
work we do today. Will our con-
gressmen give us constructive legis-
lation and go on record now in em-
phatic manner that the United States
1 does not want and will not tolerate
In the meantime let us as citizens
of a great nation do our part in solv-
ing the problems of marketing, rural
credits, and the conservation of our
own wealth. We can if we will. We
must if we would meet our opportun-
—FARM AND RANCH.
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Give Us ^iChanee At Your
irS/pV' I TV * *;•
Dry Goods Business
Free Ford Votes
The Leading Stor<
II. S. RUSHES MORE
TROOPS TD HE BORDER
....Washington, Dec; 15.—^Three regi-
ments of infantry and three batteries
of. artillery were ordered to Naco this
afternoon by Secretary of War,•‘■Gar-
rison to reinforce General Bliss.
.The infantry to be sent goes from
Galveston, while one battery of 4.7-
inch guns and two batteries of 4.7-
inch howitzersj»o from Fort Sill. Ok.
Secretary of War Garrison made
“In view of conditions on the border
as he sees them, Gen. Bliss has re-
quested that* additional infantry and
artillery be sent there. In compliance
with this request, the troops are being.
dispatched to and placed un<ffcr his
command. These reinforcements are
being requested and sent as a major,
precaution.” _ /
The total strength of the reinforce-
ments is estimated to be (about 3500
men, bringing the total of the army
assembled at Naco up to about 5000.
Secretary Garrison said that the de-
cision Jo reinforce Gen. Bliss had been
reached at today's cabinet meeting.
He declined to discuss whether -the
sending of reinforcements involved a
change in the policy of “watchful
waiting” at Naco.
AS IT SHOULD BE
OF COURSE—WHY NOT?
“Will good times ever return?” In
quired a. pessimist in speculating on
his expenditures. t
Of course they will. Why not
Here's the why of the will:
1, There is just as much money in
the country now as there ever was.
2. The farmers have just harvest-
ed one of the biggest crops in history
The entertainment was a great sue- j and are, gelling at good prices.
show, buy or nt>
Richardson Drug Co
cess and was-* very much enjoyed by
all who attended and the ladies were
anxious to know when the fire boys
would be ready to give another such
a pleasant evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Byres have been
loudly praised for the excellent service
and the nice arrangement bf the table
r200 COLORADO MINERS
RETURN TO WORK AFTER
CESSATION OF THE STRIKE.
Denver, Dec. 14.—Two hundred mi-
ners throughout the state have ob-
tained employment since the strike
was called off last week, according to
an -estimate today by John R. Lawson,
Colorado member of the international
executive board of the United Mine
Workers of America.
A new committee has been appointed
to supervise the termination of the
strike. This committee* consists of
Frank J. Hayes, John R. Lawson,
Adam Wilkinson, D. A. Frampton and.| that
Robert Harlan, all members of the
international executive board. A
statement issued by the new commit-
tee announces sweeping restrictions
in benefits. '
3. Federal reserve banks have been
opened and millions of dollars of new
money will be placed at the disposal
bf the banks of the country.
4. The banks in turn will have
plenty of money to loan to big manu-
facturing and other industries for op-
5. These concerns in turn will
start the wheels of commerce to roll-
ing and the millions of unemployed
men and women will return to work.
In the school house in Belleville,
Wis., a few evenings ago, upon motion
of the Catholic priest, the Method-
ist minister was elected president of
the social center for the coming win-
Then three basket ball teams were
formed, including the priest, the min-
ister, the blacksmith, the editor, a
farmer, the keeper of a village res-
taurant, a dentist-a clothier, a team-
ster, a druggist, a g>arage owner?
the banker, the saloonkeeper, a hard-
ware merchant and a house painter.
They differed in religion, in poli-
tics, in income, in social status about
as widely as men can differ. But in
free democracy of the social center,
they agreed to lay aside their differ-
ences for the novel purpose of discov-
ering how much good fellowship there
was in meeting together, now and then
as equals, as brothers.
In the democracy of play, in the
democracy of frank fair discussion of
public questions, they are .finding out
that, as human beings, they are amaz-
ingly alike, once you get below the
And out of this agreeable discovery
will come more tolerance, more kind-
liness* of feeling, more give and take
than had- ever been known before.
Even when they shall differ again—as
HOW WE GET THE NEWS
Day before yesterday a lady called
us up and with tears in her voice re-
proved us for not mentioning tihe.
fact that she had a friend visiting her
last week. We told her that she did
not let us know anything about it
and therefore we did not know that
she had a. visitor. Then she said,
“Well, you should have known. ' I
thought you were running a news-
paper.” Wouldn’t that rattle your
slats? Some'1 people think that an
editor ought to be a cross between
Argus and Anna Eva Fay. They seem
to think thiat our five senses are aug-
mented by a sixth and that we ought
to know every thing that happens,
the common school - building, in the«l»even if we see, hear, feel, taste or
6. Forejigpygovernments are plac- s of course they ofteh will—it wont be
smell it not. Dear lady, editors are
only human, or, at least, almost hu-
man. If you have a friend visiting
you, or if you are going away or
have returned from a visit out of
town, if Johnny falls and breaks his
arm, if husband chops his toe instead
of a stick of wood, if anything hap-
pens that makes you glad or sad, hap
py or mad, call us up. Tell <as about
it. That’s the way to get it in the pa-
THE FARMER AND HIS PAPER
ing heavy ordeis for all kinds of sup?
plies needed in prosecuting their war.
7. Other orders for American made,
goods are pouring in from alb parts
of the world.
8. The financial situation has clai^
ified, banks are opening up their
vaults, and great manufacturing in-
dustries are preparing to open again
on an expensive scale, many of them
even now calling in employees who
were laid off weeks ago.
Yes, you can dig down and spend
Christmas money without any
fear of where the next dollar is com-
ing from—It is on the way and hit-
ting only the high places.
Edgar P. Haney, editor of the Wiehi
ta Searchlight and Daily Tribune, and
Representative in the state legislature
of this district was in town today and
was a caller at the News office/ Even
though one does aspire to high ^office
and is elected, they ^et will condescend
to recognize £he -poofr <Jown trodden
printers, et al. "* * ’
Prior to December 1, 1914, Wichita
county had ginned 11,699 bales of
cotton. Archer county had ginned
7,691 bales of cotton.
Prior to Necember 1, 1913, Wichita
county ihad ginned 5,568 bales of cot-
ton and Archer county had ginned 3,
831. This shows a very material in-
crease over last year. ’
with as much bitterness, as much big-
otry,' as iriuch mean hate as it was or
Does it look right to you to see
a peddlar jcoriie to town, upack his
trunks on\a prominent street'corner
and sell his inferior goods to the
public, simply by paying a paltry pum
into the city treasury?
It does seem to us as if there should
bfc some means provided by the state
to put a tax high enough on this
“street merchant” to keep him away
from a* town and thus not give the
merchants in a town unfair competit-
ion. He will be on his way to the next
town, by the time you get your goods
home and examine them and find that
you have been'stung.
W. F. Willis and Mr. Holiday of
Burkburnett were in the city this
morning on business.
Subscribe for the News.
W. It. Zachary was a business visit/
or to/Verpon this morning.
“The farmer of today is entirely dif
ferent from the farmer of yesterday,'”
said Secretary C. L. Mcllvane of the
South Dakota State Fair, “and-'I.
really- believe that the country news-
papers have been of the greatest aid
to the farmers and made therif what
they ai*e today. There is no .better
or quicker way to get an education
than to read the papers. If a. man
is away from his home town, ihis home
paper comes* to him like a long'losi
friend. It just seems to me when I
read my home paper as though I war
shakirig hands with a chum. I think
I the articles written by Peter Radfore
have done more-for the farmers than
any articles I have ever read.”
SMALL TOWN GIRLS.
Miss Ethel Marchant gave a theatre
party for the members of the “Small
Town Girls,” Monday night. After
the show the party retired to the homo
of the hostess and spent a most de-
lightful hour. •
A dainty repast was served to the
Misses Neva Ray, Edna Mae Zachary
Abbie Mae Cramer, Trulah Kennedy,
Mary McGann, Lizzie Malone, Lena
Thurston and Lillie Goodman,
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Sheldon, A. H. The Electra Daily News (Electra, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 639, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 16, 1914, newspaper, December 16, 1914; Electra, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth892959/m1/1/: accessed January 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Electra Public Library.