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Burlington Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1932, Burlington, Iowa WEATHER-Unsettled, rain, continued mil 6*. IOWA'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER. RIVER STAGE-7 feet; rise of 2 ttt�lf% 96th YEAR. THE BURLINGTON GAZETTE "THERE WITH THE NEWS." 10 PAGES* ESTABLISHED JULY 10, 1837. BURLINGTON, IOWA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER L>;;, HK52 PRICE-3 CENT3 MISSING FIRE SENATE BEATS BUM, MOVE FOR BEER VOTE Democrats Oppose Plan So Committee Can Proceed Regularly. Washington, Dec. 23-(A. F.)- The senate refused to take up beer legislation today. It rejected a move by Senator Bingham (Republican, Connecticut) nimed to get immediate consideration for the 3.2 beer bill passed by the house. The vote was 48 against to 23 in fa\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 tho tall Connecticut opponent of the l>rohlbition laws, although but a few minutes before he had declared that if the measure went to the judiciary and linance committee for study and hearings, "it will Just drag along.". Fears Long Delny. "If it gets back here by the middle of February we'll be lucky," he said, adding that he felt the bill "couldn't be got through before March 4." With the remark "I see nothing to be gained by having hearings," Bing-ha-n contended sufficient evidence lnul been gathered during the past jear by various house and senate committees that had studied beer bills. 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 had been made. Speaker Garner was doubtful as ho prepared to cajl the house tope I her that enough representatives would be on hand to transact business, but if there were efforts were to bo 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. Senate leadors planned a tenday recess for that branch. De Priest Blocks Bill. Final passage of the interior department measure was blocked yesterday 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 houso action now is necessary to send it to President Hoover. Some Republican senators expressed the belief tho president would veto it. garner has insisted that because of pressing business the house �(e leaders planned a ten-day recess and be decided last night to order (ho arrest by the sergeant at arms of members absent next Tuesday in the event a quorum Is not present, after answering tho roll call the arrested members would be released. Christmas (Customs J^t FOREIGN LANDS 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, Omaha and Charles City. PAIIL-BONCOUR WINSAPPROVAL Chamber of Deputies Gives Him Good Majority on Vote of Confidence. Paris, Dec 23___(A.P.)-Pre- infer Panl-Bonconr suddenly and dramatically virtually launched debt negotiations with America today by personally calling upon United States Ambassador Edge at tbe 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. Paris, Dec. 23- (A.P.) -Without a battle or even a skirmish. Premier Joseph Paul-Boucour has obtained a substantial majority in the chamber of deputies, authorizing bim to pursue debt negotiations within limits already set by its votes, and approving other items in his pro-grain. As far as was ascertainable, how-over, few, if any deputies knew of tho Hoover-Roosevelt correspondence mado public yesterday, before they voted. (President Hoover abandoned his plan to reopen the debt question with European countries, postponing action on the problem until after President-elect' Roosevelt's inauguration.) New Test Coming. The good impression made by M. Paul-Boncour in the chamber was echoed in the press generally today but it was observed tho real test will come when Henry Cheron, the now minister of finance, produces his financial "medicine" in January, for which Socialist support was considered doubtful. The Hoover-Roosevelt correspondence was given certain prominence in tho morning papers but there were no comments published. Tho 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 be conducted "wilh an extrome prudence" owing to the present political situation in that country. lie bid for support of the chamber, which overthrow Premier Herriot on the debt issue last week, by declaring the chamber's debt stand "traced out" tho course he would follow. Tho 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 cubluet replace Ambassador Claudel at Washington by u younger man with a knowledge of changing conditions in the United States. BROTHERS ADMIT KILLING OF CHILD Itinerant Preachers Choked Her to Death Trying to "Drive Out Devil." 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 DAy* UNTIL CUQISTMA5 Dr. Homer Seerley Dead DK. HOMER If. SEERLEY. Cedar Falls, la., Dec. 23.-(A.P.)- Dr. Homer H. Seerley, S4, president emeritus of the Iowa Slate Teachers college, died this morning after an extended illness. Doctor Seerley had been president of the State Teachers college 42 years when he retired with the title of president emeritus in 1928. Ho was widely known as an educator and also was a recognized authority on Iowa and Iowa history. During his long service at the college he was head of a number of teacher's and educational organisations. 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. (The late John Seerley of Burlington was a brother of Dr. Seerley). 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 tbe hands of two itiner ant preachers who sought to "drive out the devil" they believed respou sible for her partial paralysis. Murder charges wore tiled against thu two-Paul Oaks and his brother Coy Oaks-and precautions taken to prevent possible mob vengeance. Sheriff Nut Curtrlght said tho two accused men, described by him as of the Apostolic faith, admitted they had choked the child to death in an aiicmpt ti> euro her. ^Continued on Pasc Eight.) Homer II. Seerley was born on a farm near Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 13, 1S4S. In 1854, his father, Thomas Seerley, moved his family to a farm which he had purchased near South English, la. 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. Littlo did tho university au-(Continued on Pago Eight.) DR. CLYDrTCASEY GETS NEW TRIAL Illinois Supreme Court Sets Aside His 14-Year Prison Sentence. Springfield, 111., Doe. 23--(A.P.)'- A fourteen year prison sentence imposed on Dr. Clyde L. Casey of La Harpo, for killing the man who brought his 16-year-old daughter-homo, allegedly intoxicated, was set aside by the supreme court today in reversing judgment of the Hancock county circuit court. A new trial was ordered. GRAIN WORTH MILLION BURNS; FIND 2 BODIES Six Story Elevator Catches Fire in Chicago After Explosion. 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 south branch' of the Chicago river. The wooden elevator and Its con-tents of wheat, corn, oats and barley became a torch, its flames reaching 100 feet above the tower, soon after a severe dust explosion blew out a portion of the building. In less than an hour the blaze had swept from top to bottom, menacing nearby structures. One man was carried, fatally burned, from the elevator and another's body was thrown to a dock on the nearby Chicago river by the explosion. Fire tugs and motor apparatus brought by a half dozen special alarms poured a tremendous volume of water in the burning building from a snarl of hose lines but their fight seemed to bo useless. The two tugs had to move to safer locations when the west wall of the elevator threatened to collapse. Explosions Scatter Flames. Minor explosions in the great store of wheat made fire fighting hazardous and scattered the flames through tho building. More than 30 fire department crews battled against the fire. One of the dead was taken to the morgue and another body was buried in the ruins. There were 34 men in tho elevator and warehouse building when the explosion occurred. At least six wore injured, three of them being taken to a hospital. Police feared several bodies might have been buried in the flaming structure. Damage was estimated at a minimum of $1,000,000. Firemen fought for hours to control the fire from spreading to an adjacent granary which also contained about a million bushels of wheat The dead were Walter Brazel, a laborer, and an unidentified 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 a window or entrance high up in the elevator. His body was tossed to the river dock by the blast. YOUTHFUL KILLER, TWICE CONDEMNED, GIVEN NEW TRIAL Springfield, 111.. Dec. 23.-(A.P.)- Russell McWilliams, 17-year-old Rock ford 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. TWO RELIEF LOANS. Washington, D. C, Dec. 23-(A.P.) -The reconstruction corporation today authorized relief loans totalling $1,811,243 to the states of Minnesota and Indiana for relief needs during January and February. Flashes of Life By The Associated Fresg. Toot! Tool! Chicago-What the country really needs iu the opiniou of Gulseppe Martino-Itossi, baritouo of the Philadelphia opera company, is more melodious railroad whistles. Arriving here after a railroad trio be said: "If only the locomotive whistles were a soothing nilddlo, rather than the rasping of a basso, off key, tbe entire country would benefit. "Citiens' dispositions would be milder; farm cows might give sweeter milk. "The possibilities are endless," Starling Day Wrong. Chicago.-Mild husbauds sassed their wives and growled at them. It was breakfast time on Chicago's south side, and it was the taste In tho coffee that made the husband so annoying to their wives. Arthur E. Gorman, water purification engineer, found tho husbands were drinking crude carbolio acid. Ho said it got into the water probably from refuse discharged from ammouiu stills ot by-product coke plants. Hurra! Wurra! Newark, N. J.-An alarm turned In for a trivial fire started something indeed: A lire engine trying to pass through a maze of pushcarts rammed a bakery truck. Engiue and truck then took different paths and each struck a parked automobile. An auto struck the firo 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 firemen. Cupid Starts Boom. 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 SUA. Elkhorn, Wis.-The white horse Ralph Tolkan looked upon made him see red. One day last fall he saw the white horse on a farm and offered to trade his buckskin horse for it, but the farmer said no. Came another day recently and he saw - tho farmer again. "How's the white horse?" asked. "Not quite so spry aud stiffer," he quoted the farmer upon a trade was arranged. loiter Tolkan came before a judge and said: "As he'd said before, it was a little stiffer than usual. 1 went back of the barn and there was tho white horse- stouo dead." Tolkan a little , where- CHICAGO GIRL FOUND SLAIN AT MOLINE The body or .Miss Rose Gendlcr (right), 22-year-old Rock Island, 111., girl, was found, gagged and the head crushed, in a sack on the ice under a Rock river bridge. Police investigated a theory of kidnaping and murder by extortionists. At left is shown the scene of the grewsome discovery. Miss Gendlcr was last heard from at night when she telephoned her mother as she was leaving a store in Davenport, In., where she worked, tAssociated Press photo). MOLINE MURDER M STERY BAFFLES INVESTIGATORS 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 few known facts about her death in the hope of solving the mystery. Her body, stuffed in a burlap bag, was found yesterday beneath a river bridge. Her skull was crushed. The investigation knew she had telephoned her dressmaker from the store where she was employed about a bright Christmas dress last Wednesday night, that she also talked to an unidentified man with whom she made an appointment, but whether she ever kept it or not remained unknown but they did know-that she never kept an appointment with the dressmaker, whose Christmas dress will he 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 at the same time the body was discovered. One theory was that the girl was slain when she repulsed advances or. her kidnapers. Henry Beck, called by two youths who found stains on the bridge, found the body bound, gagged with a dirty cloth and stuffed into the bag. The skull fracture was caused by the fall of the body from the bridge to the ice on the river, the police believe. An inquest, opened this morning, was suspended upon the order of (Continued on Page Eight.) FORMER DIPLOMAT DEAD IN INDIANA Henry Lane Wilson Served as U. S. Envoy to 3 Nations in His Time. CALK ISSUED FOR CAUCUSES State Chairman Huston Acts for Democrats in State Assembly. SAYS DEPRESSION HELPS TLU' WAVE Idleness and Worry Contribute to Spread of Epidemic, Doctor Asserts. Des Moines, Dec 23.--(A.P.) - Economic stress is affecting our national health, believes Dr. John H. Peck of Des Moines, president of the National Tuberculosis association. Temperature drops, rain and snow-are easily withstood, tho doc-tor assorted, but idelness aud worry are the main causes of cold and influenza cases this year. Tho doctor estimated that there are at present 200,000 cases of influenza in the United States. And the doctor anticipated sucn a condition two years ago, he said, with the statement that "we would sooner or later see the effects of tne depression on the health of our citizens,." "Visiting nurse's association over the state report from one-fourth to one-half increase in their calls, mostly because of the common cold," the doctor continued. "Sioux City tuberculosis clinic lias 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 retlect these economic conditions." Indianapolis, Dec. 23.- (A.P.) - Henry Lane Wilson, former United States minister to Chile and Belgium, and Ambassador to Mexico prior to his* retirement in 1914, is dead. In poor health for several years, the 76-year-old diplomat died at his 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 Chile, Mr. Wilson's diplomatic service was continuous through the next 17 years. During that period, ho aided in bettering relations between the United States and Chile, and was in charge of the embassy in Mexico through the troubled administrations of Diaz, l)c hi Barra, Madero and iluerto. He resigned in 1011 because tie differed with the Democratic administration of Wood row 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. H 0 0 VERS^ LEAVING FOR SOUTH TONIGHT President's Party Will Spend Holidays on Fishing Trip. Des Moines, Dec. 23-(A.P.)-Calls for caucuses of the Democratic members of the state legislature to be held here Jan. 7 were issued today by State Chairman Charles D. Huston. , The caucuses of the house members will be at 11 a. in. and the senators will convene at 2:30 p. m. The house caucus will select the party nominees of speaker, speaker pro-tern, and chief clerk and will name a house patronage committee as well as transact other business. The .senator caucus will make nominations for president pro-torn and secretary. With two seats contested the senate now stands 25 Republicans and 23 Democrats, with the lieutenant governor and presiding officer a Democrat. However, the Democrats with this lineup hope to organize the upper branch, some of the leaders stated. Huston pointed out, in a letter to Die Democratic members-elect, thu I the call "had no bearing whatever upon any candidacy for speakership or other office in the house," and merely was handled by the state headquarters as a means of facilitating the organization. The speakership is being sought by 10 announced candidates aud a close contest for the post is anticipated in the caucus. DEBT REFUSAL STORY DENIED BY ROOSEVELT President-elect Did Offer til Co-operate with Hoover, He Asserts. KLEMME RESIDENT IS KILLED BY AUTO Klemme, la. Dec. 23-(A.P.)-Tom Nelson, Sr., of Klemme, was killed last night when struck by a car driven by Leo Brown on a highway near here. It is believed thai Nelson, walking on the highway, was blinded by the lights of Brown's car. At the time Nelson was killed, the body of his step-daughter, Mrs. Hans Hanson, who died in a Mason Citj hospital, was beiug brought here. confesses kohheky Independence, la.. Dec. 23.- (A.P.) -Sheriff Hay Hindi announced that Thomas F.ckler. 42, had confessed dynamiting; the -safe of the county treasurer's ohiee Sept. 27 aud taking �1,000 iu easti. Washington, D. C, Dec. 23-(A.P.) j -With a party of seven, Presl- ( dent and .Mrs. Hoover will leave at ' 8 o'clock tonight by train for Sav- ; annah, to sail on a Christmas hoii- j day fishing trip. There will be no itinerary, it was \ said today at the White House, but the party will merely drift along off the Georga and Florida coasts aud into their inland waterways whenever the flsh bite best. The president expects to remain awuy until January i or 4. Those to accompany the president and first lady will he Justice Stoue of tho supreme court and Mrs. Stoue, Seuator Austin of Vermont and Mrs. Austin, Mark Sullivan, writer, Dr. Joel T. Boone, the White House physician. and Lawrence Riehey, one of ihv ineMdeut's secretaries. HERRING TO TAKE OATH ONJAN. 12 Adjutant General G-rahl Making Plans for Inaugural Ceremonies. Des Moines, Dec. 23.--1.A. !'.�--Inaugural ceremonies for tioveruor-ulect Clyde L. Herring and l.ieut. Ciov. N. 15. Kraschel probably will be held Thursday, Jan. 12. Adjt. Ucu. Charles H. Grahl said today. The oath of oflice will be administered at a joint assembly of tho legislature Thursday afternoon, and Governor-Fleet Herring will deliver his inaugural address at that time. During the evening the customary state house reception will be held. DAVENPORfJUR/ GETS LUCE'S CASE Defendant on Triel for Alleged Killing- of Ethel Col-licott 8 Years Ago. Albany, N. Y., Dec. 23- (A.P.)-^ Franklin D. Roosevelt, after ponden* ing until late last night President! Hoover's statement that tho prcs|* dcnt-clcct had found it "undesirable'* to approve the White House plan fof} co-operative action on foreign prohw lems, lias affirmed his willingnese to co-operate with the president and] expressed regret at the chief exr* ecutive's utterance. In a formal statement, issued an 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 undesirable to assent to co-operative actioa P� foreign problems." t 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* ment and economy problems, der clared he had offered a practical program for approaching the problems and had made a "definite offer of co-operation." "I am rather surprised at the 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 Intlma* tlon should be given that I consider it undesirable to assent to co-operative action on foreign, problems, j "I have made to tbe president the i definite suggestion that be select his representatives to make preliminary studies. I have asked to be kept advised as to tbe progress of these preliminaries. I have offered to consult with the president freely between now and March 4. "I hope that this practical -program and definite offer of co-operation will be accepted." Issues Statement. Mr. Roosevelt thought over the president's utterance at the executive mansion last night where he was in company with Justice Samuel I. Hoscnman, 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 Written. \ His close friends, floweve*, had previously,expressed regret concern* ing the White House remarks, saying tJj^ey felt the "president's words did not express their view,s of the meaning of what Mr. Roosevelt had said in his correspondence with Mr. Hoover. They pointed out that Mr. Roosevelt's replies contained what they interpreted as a definite aug-, gestion that the president should proceed through his own representatives to inquire into the foreign situation. White Hoo.se Silent. Washington, Dec. 23.-(A-P.V~At! the White House a .strict silence : was maintained today upon the djs-cushions between President Hoover, and President-elect Roosevelt as to , war debts procedure and the statement last, night by the latter ex -pressing surprise at Mr. Hoover's! statement that lie had declined to Cooperate. ' "There is no comment on that,'' ; was nil that would bo said. I Secretary Stimson entered a con- l ferenco with tho president shortly J before tim start or tho customary Friday cabinet session. I Walking quickly through the lob-ly of the executive offices, the 6ec-iclary of state also declined comment upon the discussions between Mr. Hoover and the president-elect. FIND a IttAD IK MINE Scranton, Pa., Deo. 23.-(A.P,)- Roscue gangs today removed the bodies of two men from working* of the Lackawanna mine, a branch of the Cpalbrook colliery, at Simpson, where a cave in and squaesn curred last night. Davenport, la., Dec. 23.- |A.P.)- The faie of Normau A. Luce, son of a Wisconsin minister, charged with the slaying of Kthel Colllcott. used oar dealer here eight years ago was placed in the hands of tbe jury of nine man and three women shortly before noon today. The trial closed this morning following final arguments by both sides. The defendant was pictured to the jury by the state as a fugitive from justice for more than eight years, guilty of Collicott's slayluK and by tho defense us a man falsely accused aud the victim of "pluut-64" evideuco to convict bim. THIS WEtATHDBR j Iowa; TjBMfc. tied innorthwaat; rain prebnJMJt 4� ��st and imtliini portions taJMjfct and SatardM, Somewhat warm* er la �(** northwest for* tioa todaj* i llUuototHfU south portion Missouri; Kate urday; somewhat aud central portion* RIVEit 8T, Dubuqu*~1.8: visa St. LouWl.O
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