The Delta Courier (Cooper, Tex.), Vol. 46, No. 6, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 8, 1927 Page: 1 of 4
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THE DELTA COURIER
BfAX T. TURBEVILLE, Publisher.
COOPER, DELTA COUNTY, TEXAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1927.
VOLUME 40, NO. 6.
MOORE AND DALE CALL TO ORGAN
MANY KNEW OF 1'KAl’,
AUSTIN, Feb 4.—VV. W. Cham-
berlain, Houston optometrist, testi-
fied Friday before the special com-
mittee to investigate a charge of
bribe taking againts two of its mem-
bers. that on Wednesday night he
banded Representative F. A. Dak* of
Bonham $1,000 to assure the defeat
of a certain House bill.
C. M. Bartholomew, vice president
and cashier of the Austin National
Bank and Ranger Captains Frank
Hamer and Tom Hickmah al -o tes-
tified Friday afternoon.
Chamberlain, the first witness of
the investigation, also gave details
of transactions which he declared
preceded this, and continued his story
through seeing Ranger Captain Frank
Hamer, whom Chamberlain said he
had informed as to “what was go-
ing on,” tell Dale he wished to speak
(with him. The name of Representa-
tive H. II. Moore of Cooper was also
collected with the transaction by
Chamberlain, although it was with
Dale, he said, that he dealt.
Chamberlain was questioned bv D.
A. Simmons, First Assistant Attor-
ney General. John Shelton had
change of the case for Dale and
Moore. Judge E. R. Sinks of Gid-
dings, chairman of the special com-
mittee presided. The hearings will
be resumed Saturday morning in the
House of Representatives, where the
Friday afternoon session was held.
♦ • *
Chamberlain Tells Story.
It was almost 3 o’clock when the
hearing began. Simmons asked that
all witnesses on both sides be sworn
but, as Shelton objected, waived the
rule. The resolution und.'r which
the committee is acting, and House
bill No. 270 were introduced in evi-
dence. This bill, introduced by Rep-
resentative Moore by request, seeks
to amend the law as to»optometrists
and would compel each optometrist
to pay an occupation tax. C. L.
Stone, attorney for Chamberlain,
tendered his client to the committee
for the purpose of the investigation
and the witness took the stand.
Chamberlain’s testimony, on di-
rect examination, was substantially
He is and has for thirty-two years
been an optometrist at Houston and
is legislative chairman for the State
optometrist Association. He came to
Austin early in the session, saw
several persons inimical to the asso-
ciation ‘milling “around” and learned
a day or two later that House bill
No. 270 had been introduced. This
was week before last.
Chamberlain learned the bill had
been referred to a committee of which
Dewey Young of Wellington is chair-
man. He made an appointment with
Young and also had a talk with
Moore, at the latter’s desk in the
House of Representatives.
* • •
‘‘See Dale” Was Written.
“Moore said if I would see another
party to whom he could send me,
that he could hel^p me out with the
bill,” Chamberlain said. “He reach-
ed infco his desk, drew out a pad,
wrote ‘See Dale, Room 218, Texan
Hotel,’ on a sheet, tore it out and
gave it to me.”
Chamberlain identified what pur-
ported to be this piece of paper.
Mocre told him he could find Dale
at the hotel that morning, but Cham-
berlain did not go until after dinner.
Missing Dale there, he went to the
Capitol, met Dale and made an ap-
pointment to have dinner with him.
^At this dinner, Dale said: “Things
\are fixed to have the bill reported
favorably. Those interested have
agreed to pay $750.” Chamberlain
asked what could be done, and Dale
replied he thought the hill eould be
reported unfavorably if Chamberlain
“could raise $1,000.”
Chamberlain demurred, remarking
that it was a lot of money, but Dale
replied the optometrists had sent out
I am calling a meeting of everyone
in Delta County interested in rais-
ing poultry to be held in the Agri-
cultural and Trade Council rooms,
Friday night, Feb. 11 at 7 o’clock.
The object of the meeting is to or-
ganize a Delta County Poultry As-
sociation. which shall have for its
object encouraging poultry raising,
better stock, b t:er marketing and
co-op rative marketing.
Everyone interested is urged to be
RUBE S. WELLS, Secretary.
LARGE CROWD WITNESSED
AT HIGH SCHOOL.
circular letters and had made art as-
sessment of $.r>0, and that this was
generally known in the House.
Chamberlain “aid he went to see
Representative Young, chairman of
the committee, with two other opti-
cians, R. A. Terrell of Dallas and
Tom Ward of Austin, secretary or
the association, at 8 o'clock Wednes-
day morning of last week. They re-
quested that the hearing on their bill
be postponed and Young promised to
reset it fir the following Wednes-
day, which he did.
“I did not see Dale or Moore again
that week.” Chamberlain said.
He did not tell Terrell cr Ward of
the proposition which had been made
to him, but did tell Dr. J. Howard
Clark of Houston, president of the
association, that it “looked like a
frame-un’ to him He did not tell
Dr. Clark of his negotiations with
* * •
Arranges for Money.
Chamberlain went home after see-
ing Young and did not come back
until Tuesday. He did not see either
Dal? or Moore Tuesday. He went
to the Austin National Bank, told
C. M. Bartholomew, vice president
and cashier, that he might want
$1,000 jn bills in a hurry, and_ asked
Bartholomew to have copies of the
descriptions of these bills made for
him. Bartholomew agreed.
Chamberlain said he told his wife
rf Dale’s proposition and that he
also told C. D. Waide, a Houston
newspaper man; Speaker R. L. Bob-
bitt of the House, Rane r Captains
T im Hickman and Frank Hamer and
Col. .Take Wolters of Houston, who
is now in Austin. He got the mon-
e\- Wednesday afternoon and show-
ed it to the rangers, who went over
the descriptions with him.
Chamberlain called un Moore Wed-
nesday morning and asked him to
bring Dale and have lunch with him
Un to this time, he had said nothing
to Mcore about his dealings with
Dale. Nothing was said about the
monev, and Moore asked if it would
be all right to bring “Mr. Ander-
son” along. Moore said he might
not be able to come and did not, hut
Dale and Chamberlain had lunch to-
gether at the Driskill Hotel in Cham-
berlain’s room. Chamberlain told
Dale he did not have the money, but
‘.vould try to get it that afternoon.
Chamberlain went to the House of
Representatives and called Dale to
‘be door twice that afternoon and
Dale said: “Moore refuses to come
to your room, but wants you to come
to his room. 924 Austin Hotel.” Dale
suggested they meet at 6 o’clock, hut
Chamberlain said he might have to
be a little later, as he had an en-
gagement to meet his son at the Uni-
versity The hearing on the bill had
been set for 7:30 that night.
* • •
Check in Evidence.
The money was obtained that aft-
ernoon on a check for $1,000, signed
by J. Thomas Ward, secretary of
the Texas Optometric Association,
and a check that fitted the descrip-
tion was identified by Chamberlain
and placed in evidence.
Chamberlain said he went to
Moore’s room at the Austin Hotel at
6:40 o’clock. Rpnntnr Charles R.
Floyd, Moore and Dale were in the
room. He went downstars to find
his son. found another son and gave
him sdlne money for his brother.
When Chamberlain went to room
924 again he found only Moore, and
Two of the fastest basket ball con-
tests ever staged in Cooper were
played at the Cooper High School
gymnasium la t Friday night. The
championship of the county for se- ;
nior boys was at stake and the large
crowd that was present thoroughly
enjoyed the contests. Good sjp-irts-
j man ship was in evidence everywhere
and the contesting teams fought ev-
ery inch of the game. Th rq was no
In 'he firsf game Pecan Gap de-
feated Klondike 28 to 18. Dotson
was the referee.
In the second game Lake Creek de-
feated Cooper High 20 to 17. Referee,
After these game? the Charleston
girls defeated the Klondike girls.
Miss Sylvia Robb was the referee.
The Pecan Gap boys and the Lake
Creek boys will meet at the Cooper
gym Wednesday evening, Feb. 9th,
to settle the Class B championship.
The winner will then play the Yow-
ell team, the rural school champions.
An admission fee of 25s will be charg-
F AST TEXAS CUBS
The Cubs of the East Texas State
Teachers College Training School and
sub-college defeated the Cooper High
School five here last Friday night
57-19. The Cooper team is really
a good one, say* the Commerce
Journal, far superior to the Green-
ville basketeers. who recently play-
ed in Commerce.
Price of this city was high point
man for the visitors, while Parker
was high point man of th? cubs with
24 points, while his team mate,
Stringer, was next with 17.
Price and East Ward
Price boys’ five defeated East
Ward boys Monday afternoon 18 to
East Ward girls defeated Price
girls 28 to 0.
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 2.)
DeKalb Exchange Bank
Fails to Open Doors
TEXARKANA, Texas. Feb. 5.—
The Exchange Rank, privately own-
ed institution at DeKalb, failed to
its doors for business Saturday
morning. Early depositors found a
statement fastened to the door ex-
plaining that “for various reasons
the officials had thought it best to
close the bank and that it would not
open until further notice.” Will
Sanders, who became president four
years ago following the death of his
father, Dr. W. W. Sanders, remain-
ed at his home in DeKalb, refus-
ing to see any one and declining to
give any reason for closing the bank.
It was established in 1887 by his
father and had not been incorporated.
N. K. Fury was cashier and his wife
Following are the attendance and
collections at the Sunday Schools in
Cooper last Sunday:
M. E. Church.........-166 $10.46
Baptist ................135 10.61
M. P. Church .......... 75 2.92
Christian ______________ 69 7.53
Presbyterian____________ 40 3.04
Church of Christ ______25 1.60
TOTAL ..............510 $36.16
PHERE Iv. WARNER.
Lo.-t! What? Five hundred mil-
lion dollars. Where? Somewhere
in the South and the Southwest.
Who lost it? The cotton farmers!
If some city had been set on fire
by a band of bandits for the sake of
the loot they could* get out of it, and
five hundred million dollars worth
of homes and furniture and clothing
and comforts and conveniences and
schools had been wiped out and
thousands of men, women and child-
ren had had their hard earned sav-
ings and their just hopes turned into
useless a3hes, the whole world would
have been shocked by the terrible
tragedy. Detectives would be on the
track of the bandits and Red Cross
supplies would have been rushed to
the scene of the tragedy.
Not so with the cotton tragedy
that has bcfalled our whole country
the past year. There seems to b?
no legalized detectives on the trail
of th? bandits that have caused this
awful tragedy to the hard working
cotton farmers of the South and the
Southwest. There seems to be no
Red Cross «uppli;s flowing into their
homes to take place of the shoes
and stockings, the winter clothing
and the home supplies that these
$500,000,000 would have brought to
them. And there seems to be no
homes or school houses rising up
from the ruins of this disaster. Nor
does there even seem to be much
concern or symTathy on th? part of
the average citizen for this tragic
and un-American sjtuaton. The
Frank Norris trial in Texas, the
“Aimee Simple” trial of California
and th? dead and buried Halls-Mills
murder case of New Jersey have
caused more comment and filled more
ne\vspap?r columns than this half
billion dollar loss to the nation and
then men, women and children who
have worked with their hoes and
harrows, on their feet and knees and
hands to produce the finest and best
cotton crop the country has known
for many, years.
Instead of even an intelligent
sympathy for the cotton farmers
some of our pressmen waste their
ink nointing out to the world that
the Texas farmer has this year (with
orices disgracefully low) made over
$300 per capita for every man, wo-
man and child on the farm. Well,
what of it? It means only $25 per
month per capita, to feed, clothe,
dress, house, keep warm and educate
the family beside all the expense of
running the farm. Who ever wrote
that is probably getting $300 a
month instead of a year for putting
out just such agricultural propagan-
Nor can th? loss on the cotton be
measured in dollars and cents. To
get a vision of what such a loss
means to the cotton growers of the
South and Southwest you must get
down to the cold facts of what r. half
billion dollars clear profit would have
meant to the people and their homes.
Fir“t of all it would have meant the
raying of millions and millions of
dollars of honest debts which in
turn would have paid millions and
millions of dollars of other people’s
debts. There is no limit to the fin-
ancial loss to every community in
the entire South becuse of the 1926
cotton disaster. Everybody is suffer-
ing whose business is touched by
agriculture. The merchant, the bank-
er, the lumberman, the furniture
man, the doctor, the minister, the
church, the school, the whole coun-
try, And for this very reason ev-
erybody ought to want to know why
i‘ happened. Who is responsible for
this awful calamity that has made
it impossible for millions and millons
of honest people to pay, their debts.
Hundreds and thousands of half paid
for homes will be lost this year be-
cause the men who have struggled
thus far to own their own home can
not carry the burden of debt any
longer. Hundreds and thousands of
eotten farmers’ families will go
without the necessary amount of
cotton clothes to make them feel de-
cent in civil society because the sell-
ing price of their cotton will not meet
the buying price of the finished pro.
The legislative investigating
committee recommended the ex-
pulsion of Representatives H.
H. Moore and F. A. Dale in its
report to the House Monday.
On account of the gravity of
the situation the House de-
cided to proceed with cau-
BE MADE PUBLIC
j J NAMES WILL BE GIVEN
IF PROPOSED BILL
I want your trade.—G. Fred Turner.
HUNT AND RAINES
Austin, Texas, Jan. 2. — A bill
granting an extension of time for the
payment of 1927 county and state
.axes in Hunt ond Rains counties was
introduced in the House Tuesday by
Representative S. E. Barnett of Lone
Oak. The bill provides for an ex-
tension cf 230 days after such taxes
become delinquent under 'he present
law and according to this act no
penalties or interest shall accrue on
non payment of such taxes, until af-
ter the expiration of the above stat-
ed, time which expiration date is
It is declared by the author of the
bill that the extension will be a great
benefit to the delinquent tax- payers
of Hunt and Rains counties. He cites
in his bill the failure of crops, the
low prices of farm products and the
failure of the banks in the counties
in recent weeks, which make it nece-
ssary that such extension be granted
to those that are unable to pay their
The biTl carries an emergency
clause, and an effort will be made to
push it through both houses at the
very earliest date.
Recital of Juniors
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 31.—Senator
Charles R. Floyd of Paris said Mon-
day he is preparing a bill which he
“ale of medical whiskey and aDo re-
will offer this week to restrict the
quiring the names of all persons re-
quiring th? names of all persons re-
ceiving whiskey prescriptions 40 bo
filed with the Cousty Clerk.
Each drug store would be limited,
und.r the bill, to twenty-five gallons
of whiskey a year, Floyd said, and
the druggist would be compelled to
certify the names of persons using
the prescriptions to the County Clerk.
A similiar bill in the thirty-ninth
Legislature provided for the publi-
cation of the nam?s cf all persons
rcceivisg whiskey prescriptions, but
Floyd said that provision would be
eliminated in his measure.
Floyd is making an investigation
to determine whether cr not he will
insert a clause in th? bill limiting
the number of whiskey prescriptions
that can be written by a doctor.
Senator Lloyd Price of Texarkana
was one of the authors of the bill in
the Thirty-Ninth Legislature. He
said Monday that his whole purpose
was to limit the price to be charged
for whiskey by drug stores, and that
no attempt should be made to restrict
the amount of whiskey sold on pres-
criptions, any more than the sale of
quinine or other medicine should be
restricted. He said it was an out-
rage that bona fide sick pe-rsons
were forced to pay $6.50 a pint for
whiskey when prescribed by a doc-
tor. He wanted the price materially
reduced and then a maximum fixed
Mesdames Camilla Hendrix, Jewel
Walls, instructors in piano, and Miss
Tom Lambeth, instructor in public
speaking, presented their junior pu-
pils in recital at the High School
building Monday morning at chapel!
The program consumed 45 minutes
and showed excellent work for these
little tots who were from six to eight
years of age.
Farm For Sale
Owing to the fact that I have
equipped myself for other work than
farming and find renting and keep-
ing up a farm undesirable, while
engaged in other work, I offer my
125 acre farm for sale.
It has plenty of wood and water,
a very good house equipped with
Delco lights and is located on High-
way 39 five miles east of Cooper.
This place is ideal for cotton, feed,
poultry and dairying. Near a cream
station. On a rural route and tele-
For a family; with • children to
educate, this i3 ideal, convenient to
Cooper High School, E. T. S. T. C.
at Commerce, business college and
Junior college at Paris, and S. M. U.
and Baylor Medical College at Dal-
las, thus enabling parents to edu-
cate their children through the best
schools of the State, without bvnr
more than four hours distant from
them, via Ford.
If interested, come look it over.
r5c6 R. W. SINGLETON, Cooper.
Mrs. J. R. Wright and Mrs. Max
Huffman wish to announc to the pub-
lic that they will do ail kinds of
serving, fancy and plain and will
continue to do all styles of hem-
stitching, pieoting and scalloping.
We will operate our business at the
same place, fourth door west First
National Bank on Depot Street. rtf
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 4.)
A. M. Skeen, who moved with his
family to near Durant, Okla., last
week, writes that they mnde the trip
fine and like the country. He asks
that The Review be sent from Coop-
er to Durant, Okla., route 2.
With the idea of “living at home”
in mind, Ed R. Bumpass of Terrell,
president of the State National Bank
in that city, has suggested to his
tenants the following crop rotation:
Each tenant farming forty arces
to have four to six acres of pas-
ture, one team, one brood sow, one
cow to give not less than three gal-
lons of milk per day, the team and
cow to be fed twice a day. There
shall be no yokes on stock. There
shall be no charges for the forego
ing and none for firewood.
The following planting schedule
for an acre garden is suggested:
One-fourth acre in Irish potatoes,
one-fourth acre in sweet potatoes,
one-fourth acre in onions, and the
rest to be in variety, of garden truck.
(No charges for rents.)
Six acres in oats, soon as harvest-
ed land to be turned close and deep.
Eight acres in corn, all to be plant-
ed in peas, pumpkins and cushaws.
Two r( "o'-gbum.
I acres or row crops.
The rest to be planted in cotton.
For the use and rent of said prem-
ises, one-third of all grain and one-
fourth of all cotton and cotton seed.
Mr. Bumpass will, in addition to
the use of the premises for the rents
mentioned, offered the following
Best kept premises during the, 12
months $5, best oat patch $5, best
corn patch $5, best sorghum patch
$5, best row patch $5.
A committee will award the prizes.
—'Wills Point Chronicle.
Moving to Paris
Mrs. T. F, Miller and daughters
will leave today (Tuesday) to join
their husband and father in Paris
and they will make that place their
home. Mr. Miller has a position in
Paris and only comes home for the
week end, so he decided to have his
family move tfl Paris.
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Hart, W. D. The Delta Courier (Cooper, Tex.), Vol. 46, No. 6, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 8, 1927, newspaper, February 8, 1927; Cooper, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth978973/m1/1/?q=%22moore%20and%20dale%22: accessed August 16, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Delta County Public Library.