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Burlington Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1932, Burlington, Iowa WEATHER—Unsettled, rain, continued mild. IOWA’S OLDEST NEWSPAPER. 96th YEAR. THE BURLINGTON GAZETTE RIVER STAGE—7 feet, rise of 2 Inc&e% “THERE WITH THE NEWS.” ESTABLISHED JULY 10, 1837. 10 PAGES. BURLINGTON, IOWA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1932. MISSING PRICE—3 CENT? FIRE SENATE BEATS BINGHAM MOVE FOR BEER VOTE Democrats Oppose Plan So Committee Can Proceed Regularly. Washington, Dec. 23.—(\. I\)— The senate refused to take up beer legislation today. It rejected a move by Senator Bingham (Republican, Connecticut) aimed to get immediate consideration for the 3.2 beer bill passed by ihe house. The vote was 48 against to 23 in fat or of taking up the bill. The Democratic organization opposed Bingham’s attempt on the ground that regular procedure of study by committee was desired. The vote was decisively against the tall Connecticut opponent of the prohibition laws, although but a few minutes before he had declared that if the measure went to the judiciary and finance committee for study and hearings, “it will Just drag along.”. Fears Long Delay. “if it gets back here by the middle of February we’li be lucky,” ho said, adding that he felt the hill “couldn't be got through before March 4.” With the remark “I see nothing to be gained by having hearings," Bingham contended sufficient evidence had been gathered during the past year by various house and senate committees that had studied beer hills. The vote was not considered by senate leaders as a test on the beer issue, because many senators on both sides of the aisle insisted the beer bill should take the normal course of committee action. Many Leave Capital. Washington. Dec. 23—(A.P.)—The spirit of Christmas gripped congress today, with dozens of senators and representatives dashing for home-bound trains even before formal moves to recess over the holidays hu<| been made. Speaker Garner was doubtful as he prepared to call the house together that enough representatives would he on hand to transact business, but if there were efforts were to be made to complete action on the interior department supply bill and possibly take up the compromised Philippine independence bill before taking a brief three-day recess. Sennit* leaders planned a for that branch. l>e Priest Blocks Bill. Final passage of the interior department measure was blocked ycs-1» rday by Representative De Priest of Illinois, in a parliamentary move which showed a lack of a quorum. De Priest sought to have an item of $460,000 added to the measure for Howard university, Negro institution supported by the government. Philippine independence in ten years was approved yesterday by the senate and only house action now is necessary to send It to President Hoover. Some Republican senators expressed the belief the president would veto it. garner has insisted that because of pressing business the house ate leaders planned a ten-day recess and be decided last night to order the arrest by the sergeant at arms of members absent next Tuesday in the event a quorum is not present, after answering the roll call the arrested members would he released. Santa Will Need Truck, Not Sled, If Forecast Is Right Des Moines, Dec. 23.—(A.P.)— Santa Claus had better trade in his sleigh and reindeers for a motor truck if the weather man’s prediction is correct. For, says the government forecaster, the outlook Is rain and warm temperatures anywhere from 6 to 19 degrees above normal for this time of year. The lowest temperature in the state Thursday was at Sioux City when the reading was 24 degrees above zero. The warmest spot was Davenport with 48 degrees above. Rain has been general all over the state with the most at Keokuk where there was 1.4 inches. Davenport .62, Dubuque and Des Moines .26 and traces were recorded at Sioux City, Omah.i and Charles City. CHICAGO Dr. Homer Seerley Dead PAUL-BONCOUR Irk approval Chamber of Deputies Gives Him Good Majority on Vote of Confidence. GRAIN WORTH MILLION BURNS; FIND 2 BODIES Six Story Elevator Catches Fire in Chicago After Explosion. Paris Dec. 28.—(A.P.)—Premier Paul-Bonconr suddenly and dramatically virtually launched debt negotiations with America today by personally calling upon United States Ambassador Edge at the embassy. He asked that Mr. Edge take the matter op with Washington so that France may help in reaching a solution of the debts question. Cftristmas (Customs Jran FOREIGN LANDS Paris, Dec. 23—(A.P.)—Without a battle or even a skirmish, Premier Joseph Pani-Boucour has obtained a substantial majority in the chamber of deputies, authorizing him to pursue debt negotiations within limits already set by its votes, and approving other items in his program. As far as was ascertainable, however, few, if any deputies knew of the Hoover-Roosevelt correspondence made public yesterday, before they voted. (President Hoover abandoned his plan to reopen the debt question with European countries, postponing action ou the problem until after President-elect Roosevelt's inauguration.) New Test Coming. The good impression made by M. | tenday recess Paul-Bonconr In the chamber wasj echoed iu the press generally today; but it was observed the real test will come when llenry Cheron, the new minister of finance, produces his financial "medicine” in January,! tor which Socialist support was considered doubtful. The lioover-Roosevelt correspondence was given certain prominence in the morning papers but there were no comments published. The llfo of the Paul-Boucour government was prolonged by a vote of 365 to 215, cast last night after six hours' debate on the premier’s program. Follows Deputies View. He announced debt negotiations with the United States would bo conducted “with an extreme prudence” owing to the present political situation in that country. He bid for support of the chamber, which overthrew Premier Herriot on the debt issue last week, by declaring the chamber's debt stand "traced out” the course he would follow. The chamber voted against making this month’s payment to the United States until a new debt conference was assured. A movement was under way today to have the new cabinet replace Ambassador Claudel at Washington by a younger man with a knowledge of changing conditions in the United States. Chicago, Dec. 28—(A.P.)—One man was fatally burned today and firemen made frantic efforts to find 80 others missing as flames raged In a six story grain elevator on the sonth branch of the Chicago river. The wooden elevator and Its contents of wheat, corn, oats and barley became a torch, its flames reaching 100 feet above the tower, soon after a severe dust explosion blew ont a portion of the building. In less than an hour the blaze ,. D had swept from top to bottom, men- DK. HOMER H. SEERLEY. acing nearby structures. One man Cedar Falls Ta tw o- was carried, fatally burned, from the ceaar halls, la., Dec. 2„. (A.P.) elevator and another’s body was • * ,om er H. Seerley, 84, president thrown to a dock on the nearby Chi-emeritus of the Iowa State Teachers cago river by the explosion, college, died this morning after an Fire tugs and motor apparatus extended illness. brought by a half dozen special! Doctor Seerley had been president alarms poured a tremendous volume I of the State Teachers college 42 °f w’ater in the burning building years when he retired with the title from a snarl of hose lines but their, of president emeritus in 1928. fight seemed to be useless. The two He was widely known as an educa- I tugs had to move to safer locations tor and also was a recognized au- when the west wall of the elevator tnority on Iowa and Iowa history, j threatened to collapse, tiring his long service at the col- I Explosions Scatter Flames, ege he was head of a number of j Minor explosions in the great store of wheat made lire fighting GIRL FOUND SLAIN AT MOLINE The body of Miss Rose Gendler (right). 22-year-old Rock Island, HI., girl, was found, gagged and the nead crushed, in a sack on the ice under a Rock river bridge. Police investigated a theory of kidnaping and muraer by extortionists. At left is shown the scene of the grewsome discovery. Miss Gendler was last heard from at night when she telephoned her mother as she was leaving a store in Davenport. Ia., where she worked. (Associated Press photo). DEBTREFUSAL STORY DENIED BY ROOSEVELT President-elect Did Offer tt9 Co-operate with Hoover, He Asserts. STERI RIFFLES INVESTIGATORS amiss» FOR CAUCUSES Albany, N. Y., Dec. 23— (A.P.)-* Franklin D. Roosevelt, after pondena ing until late last night President! Hoover’s statement, that tho prcsl* dent-elect had found it "undesirable’* to approve the white House plan fof* co-operative action on foreign prob* Terns, has affirmed his willingnes» to co-operate with the president and expressed regret at the chief ex/* ecutives utterance. Iu a formal statement, issued ad hour before midnight, Mr. Roosevelt said he felt it was “a pity” from an international standpoint "that any; statement or intimation should bo given that I consider it undersirabl» to assent to co-operative action on foreign problems.” Offered Program, He Says. The president-elect, having rejeot-» ed the Hoover proposal for joint action with the president toward setting up a commission to deal Jointly with world debt, disarma-raent and economy problems, declared he had offered a practical program for approaching the problems and had made a "definite offer teacher's and educational organizations. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Clare Seerley, a son. Dr. Clem Seerley of Bozeman, Mont., and two daughters, Mrs. A. B. Clark of Cedar Rapids and Mrs. C. E. Cully of Le Mars. (1 he late John Seerley of Burlington was a brother of Dr. Seerley). hazardous and scattered the flames through tho buildiug. More than 30 lire department crews battled against the tire. One of the dead was taken to the Moline, 111, Dec. 23—(A.P.)—Who killed Miss Rose Gendler, 22-year-old department store clerk and why were questions that puzzled investigators today as they sifted the Damage was estimated :it a minimum of $1,000,000. Firemen fought for hours to control the tire from spreading to an adjacent granary In England, the plum pudding is king of Christmas Day Faces light up with pleasure and little mouths water on the entry of the majestic monarch, crowned with holly and exhaling a steamy perfume. SHOPPING CM/ UNTIL CHRISTMAS Homer H. Seerley was born on a farm near Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 13. 1S48. In 1854, his father. Thomas Seerley, moved his family to a farm which he had purchased near South English, Ia. Here, amid the hardships of pioneer life, his eldest son, Homer, learned the lessons of self-denial and self-reliance, and acquired the habits of industry which later marked his career. By working at manual labor Dr. Seerley was able to complete the course of study and was graduated from the state university at Iowa City. Little did the university au-(Continued on Page Eight.) DR. CLYDE CASEY GETS NEW TRIAL youthful killer, __TWICE CONDEMNED, Illinois Supreme Court Sets GIVEN NEW TRIAL Aside Win 14 Voar Pri Dn « Springfield. Ill, Doc. 23.—(A.P.)— ASiae ms 14-Year Prison Russell McWilliams, 17-year-old Sentence. Rockford slayer. twice sentenced to die in the electric chair, today won a new trial as the supreme court reversed his case, and ordered a change of venue to another court for a third trial. slain when she repulsed advances oi her kidnapers. Henry Beck, cuiled by two youths who found stains on the bridge, found the body bound, gagged with a dirty cloth and stuffed into the State Chairman Huston Acts ot for Democrats in State Assembly. morgue and another body was buried iu W , nown fac,s a b«>ut her death in in the ruins. There were 34 men in * „ 1 ho f e of *° lv,n S the mystery, tho elevator and warehouse building body, stuffed in a burlap bag, when the explosion occurred. At ioun(1 > esterda y beneath a river least six were injured, three of them ' ,,er s kull was crushed, being taken to a hospital. ' investigation knew she had i Police foared several bodies ! teiei),,oniHl her dressmaker from the j might have been buried iu the flam- store "bere she was employed about; ing structure. ;t bright Christmas dress last! FAnifFD HIDVAlfAT Wednesday night, that she also fUKlflljK 1/11 LUlflAI talked to an unidentified man with j ■*“ H wlllfl 1 whom she made an appointment, but whether she ever kept it or not re-! Des Moines, Dec. 23—(A.P.)* be hv^ the C fnn Ul \f ra f ( , tur . e cau *®d f 0r caU cuses of the Democratic mem by the fall of the body from the ____, , bridge to the ice on the river, the s sta f e legislature to police believe. ; held here Jan. 7 were issued today An inquest, opened this morning, by StAte Chairman Char'os D. Hus- wus suspended upon the order oj. ton. (Continued on Page Eight.) i , The caucuses of tlie house mem- surprised at tho White House statement issued this afternoon," his statement said. "It | is a pity not only for this country but for the solution of world problems that any statement or intima-Calls tion should be given that I consider it undesirable to assent to co-operative action on foreign problems. “I have made to the president tha definite suggestion that he select his representatives to make preliminary studies. I have asked to be kept advised as to the progress of these preliminaries. I have offered to consult with the president freely between which also contained about a million j n,a bicd unknown but they did kuow that she never kept au appointment with the dressmaker, whose Christmas dress will be Miss Gendler’s shroud. The police said they were convinced that ransom was not the motive for the brutal slaying, although a note demanding $2.000 was found by her parents, almost a* the same time the body was discovered. One theory was that the girl was DEAD IN INDIANA bushels of wheat. The dead were Walter Brazel, a laborer, and an unidentifled man. Witnesses said they believed Charles Duval, another worker in the elevator. had been killed. Brazel was believed to have been standing at the time on the explosion at n window or cn’rancc high up in the elevator. His body was tossed to the river dock by the blast. Henry Lane Wilson Served as U. S. Envoy to 3 Nations in His Time. Springfield. Ill, Dec. 23 (A.P.) — A fourteen year prison sentence imposed on Dr. Clyde 1« Casey of Ia« Harpe, for kiliiug the man who brought his 16-year-old daughter home, allegedly intoxicated, was set aside by the supreme court today in reversing Judgment of the Hancock county circuit court. A new trial w’as ordered. TWO RELU K LOAM8. Washington, D, C, Dec. 23—(A.P.) —The reconstruction corporation today authorized relief loans totalling $1,81 1.243 to the states of Minnesota and Indiana for relief needs during January and February, BROTHERS ADMIT KILLING OF CHILD Itinerant Preachers Choked Her to Death Trying to “Drive Out Devil.“ Flashes o/ Lile By Tha Associated rrest. SAYS DEPRESSION HELPS TUT WAVE Idleness and Worry Contrib ute to Spread of Epidemic. Doctor Asserts. Dea Moine«. Economic atre* Dec is 23. (A.P.) — affecting our Indianapolis, Dt>. -3.—(A.P.)— Henry Lane Wilson, former Luued States minister to Chile and Belgium, and Ambassador to Mexico prior to his* retirement in 1911. is dead. In poor health for several years, the 76-year-old diplomat died at bis home here late yesterday after an illness of five days with pneumonia. He will be buried in Crown Hill cem-next Monday morning. Appointed by President McKinley in 1897 to the post in t'hile, Mr. W ilson's diplomatic service was continuous through the next 17 years. During that period, he aided in bettering relations between the United Slates and Chile, and was in charge of the hers will be at li a. m. and the senators will convene at 2:30 p. in. The house caucus will select the now and March 4. party nominees of speaker, speaker “I hope that this practical pro-pro-tem. and chief clerk and will gram and definite offer of co-opara-natne a house patronage committee tion will be accepted." as well as transact other business. Issues Statement- The .senator caucus will make nom- Mr. Roosevelt thought over the inations for president pro-tem and president’s utterance at the execu-secretary. With two seats contested the senate now stands 25 Republl-cans and 23 Democrats, with the lieutenant governor and presiding of-| ficer a Democrat. However, the Dem-' ocrats with this lineup hope to or-the upper brunch sonic of Hie leaders stated. Huston pointed out, in a letter to ten. five mansion last night where he was in eonipany with Justice Samuel 1. Uosenman, who was formerly governor's counsel. There was no hint that he was preparing a statement until Justice Rosenman telephoned newspaper men about 11 o’clock and dictated what the governor had writ- national health, believes Dr. John H. 'embassy in Mexico through the trou-Peek of Des Moines, president of the ; bled administrations of Diaz, Dr h. National Tuberculosis association 1 ** ' Temperature drops, rain and snow are easily withstood, the doctor as- Linden, Tex, Dec. 23.—(A.P.) — Despite a purported confession, officers today continued an investigation of the death of a 5-year-old girl, allegedly at Ihe hands of two itinerant preachers who sought to "drive out the devil'* they believed responsible for her partial paralysis. Murder charges were filed against tho two—Paul Oaks and his brother Coy Oaks—and precautions taken to prevent possible mob vengeance. Sheriff Nat Curtrlght snld tho two acc used men, described by him as of the Apostolic faith, admitted they had choked the child to death in au at tempt to cure her. iCoulinucd ou 1‘a^c Eight.) Toot! Toot! ( hicago—What the country really needs in the opinion of Otlatppe Martino-Roast, baritone of the Philadelphia opera company, is more melodious railroad whistles. Arriving here after a railroad trip he said: "If only the locomotive whistles were a soothing middle, rather than the rasping of a basso, off key, the entire country would benefit. “(itiens' dispositions would be milder; farm cows might give sweeter milk. "The possibilities are endless,’* Starting Day Wrong. ( hicago.—Mild husbands s&s&ed their wives and growled at them. It was breakfast time on Chicago’s south side, and it was the taste In the coffee that mode the husband so annoying to their wives. Arthur K, Gorman, water purification engineer, found the husbands were drinking crude carbolic acid. He said it got into the water probably from refuse discharged from ammonia stills of by-pioduct coke plants, Hurra! Murra! Newark, N. J —An alarm turned In foi a trivial fire atarted something indeed; A fire engine trying to pass through a maze of pushcarts rammed a bakery truck. Engine and truck sorted, but ideiness and worry are the main cause* or cold and influenza cases this year. The doctor estimated that there arc at present 200,000 cases of influenza in the United States. And the doctor anticipated such a condition two years ago, he said, with the statement that “we would struck a parked automobile. An auto ** oouer or later see the effects of tm then took different path« and each struck the fire truck from behind, then bounced Into another machine. Pushcart peddlers scurried out of the way. A small boy was slightly hurt. A 20-gallon still was found by firemcu. ( upid Starts Bunin. Chicago.—Cupid is on the "up and up.” There has been a decided increase in the number of marriage licenses Issued, and some officials look upon that as a good sign. A Little Stiff. Elk horn, WIs.—The white horse Ralph I’olkan looked upon made him aee red. One day last fall he saw the white horse on a farm and offered to trade his buckskin Uor»e for It, but the farmer said no. Came another day recently and he saw . the farmer again. "How'a the white horse?” Tolkan asked. ’’.Not quite ao spry and a little stiffer,” he quoted the farmer, whereupon a trade was arranged. later Tolkan came before a judge and said: “As he’d said before, it was a little stiffer than usual. 1 went hack of the barn and there was the white horse—slouo dead.” depression on the health of our citizens».” "Visiting nurse’s association over the state report from one-fourth to one-half increase in their calla, mostly because of the common cold.” the doctor continued. ’’Sioux City tuberculosis clinic has kept records which show an increase of 46 per cent in the last year in attendance there. “Three years from now the tuberculosis death rate will reflect these economic conditions.” Barra, Madero and Huerto. He resigned in 1911 because he differed with the Democratic administration of Woodrow Wilson as to tho policy toward Mexico. A lifelong Republican, Mr. Wilson took an active part in six national campaigns. His political beliefs included antagonism to the primary election and to prohibition. HOOVERS LEAVING FOR SOUTH TONIGHT President s Party Will Spend Holidays on Fishing Trip. Washington, D. C., Dee. H—(A.P.) —With a party of seven, President and Mis. Hoover will leave at 8 o’clock tonight by train for Sav* aunah, to sail oq a Christmas holiday fishing trip. There will be no itinerary, it was said today at the White House, but the party will merely drift along oft Georga and Florida coasts and the KLEMME RESIDENT IS KILLED BY AUTO i Klemme, la. Dec. 23—(A.P.)—Tom Nelson, Sr., of Klemme, was killed last night when struck by a car driven by Leo Brown ou a highway near here. It is believed tiiat Nil* son, walking on the highway, was I blinded by ttie lights of Browu’s car. At the time Nelson was killed, the i body of his step-daughter, Mrs. Hans j Hanson, who died in a Mason City hospital, was beiug brought here. (OUKWS RUBBER) Independence, la., Dec, 23.—(A.P.) J -Sheriff Bay Burch announced that I and Mrs. AuMiu, *Msrk Sullivan, Thomas Eckler. 42. had confessed writer. Dr. Joel I . Boone, the White j dynamiting the nafe of the county, House physician, and Lawrence j treasurer’s office 8*pt 27 and taking Richey, on* of ihe president s se*-in cash. zetanes. the Democratic mernbers-elcct, that the call “had no hearing whatever upon any candidacy for speakership or other office iu the house,” and n.erely was handled by the stut*> I headquarters as a means of facilitating the organization. The speakership is being '-ought by 10 announced candidates and a clom contest for the post is anticipated in the caucus. HERRING TO TAKE OATH ON JAN. 12 Adjutant General Grahl Making Plans for Inaugural Ceremonies. Des Holies, Dec. 23.—(A, J’.i -inaugural ceremonies for Governor-elect Clyde I, Herring and Lieut. Gov. N. G. Kraschel probably will be held Thursday. J m. 12. Adjt. Gen. Charles H. Graht said today. Ihe oath of office will be admin- j istered at a joint atscnibiy of the legislature Thursday uftcrnoon, and | Governor-Elect Herring will deliver I his inaugural address at that time. 1 During the evening the customary 1 state house reception will be held. DAVENPORT JLRY GETS LUCE’S CASE Defendant on Triel for Alleged Killing: of Ethel Col-licott 8 Years Ago. Hi« close friends, ho#eve”. had previously, ex pressed regret concern* ing the White House remarks, saying i|ey felt the president’s words did not express their views of the meaning of what Mr. Roosevelt Lad «aid in hi« correspondence with Mr. Hoover. They pointed out that Mr. Roosevelt’s replies contained what they interpreted as a definite sug-i gestion that the president should proceed through his own represents-if vet to inquire into the foreign »It- ! nation. White Boone Mlent, It Islington, Dec. 23.—<A-P.)—At the White House a strict silence w.n maintained today upon the din-cUKSions between President Hoover • nd President-elect Roosevelt as to war debts procedure and the state-me,it last night by the latter expressing surprise at Mr. Hoover’s fateinent that lie had declined to cooperate. “There i« no comment on that,’* was nil that would be «aid. Secretary Sumson entered a c«m-erence with tho president shortly before the »tart of tho customary Fi dav cabinet session. Walking quickly through the lob-ty of the executive offices, the sec-ictary of state also declined comment upon Ihe dihcuHaions between Mr. Hoover and the pre»ident-eloct. FIND 2 BEAD IN MINE I Scranton, Pa., Dec. 23.—(A.P.)— t Rescue gangs today removed the , bodies of two men from workings of ¡the Lackawanna mine, a branch of ¡the Coalbrook colliery, at Simpson, where a cave in and squeeze occurred last night. THE WEATHER into their inland waterways whenever the fish bite best. The presi* dent expects to rernuiu away until January 3 or 4. Those to accompauy the president and first lady will be Justice Stone of the supreme court, and Mrs. iitoue. Senator Austin of Vermont Iowa; Unsettled in northwest; rain probable m east and southern portions tonight and Saturday. Somewhat warmer iu extrema northwest portion today, Illinois: Rain tonight ami Saturday; colder in south portion Saturday afternoon. Missouri: Rain tonight and Saturday; somewhat colder In south from Justice for more than eight, and central portions Saturday, years, guilty of Collleotl’a slayinc RIVER STAGES, .mu by the defence as n man false- Dubuque—1.8; rise 0 1 ; ly accused and the victim of "plant* Keokuk—>1.0; rise *ed ' evidence io convict hau. ix>ui»—1,0; lall J.&, ? ' • Davenport, la., Dec, 83.—(A PI-■ The fate of Norman A. Luce, »on of a Wisconsin minister, charged wth the »laying of Ethel Oollicott, used car dealer here eight years ago was placed in the hands of the jury of nine man and three women shortly before noon today. The trial closed this morning following final arguments by both »ides. The defendant was pictured to the jury by the state as a fugitive » 0 1* à 0 j f I 1 is. ? ’ I A
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