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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 23, 1931, Mason City, Iowa                                n t ft L 0 M E R H I S MEM A AflT North Iowas DAILY PAPEE Edited for the Home VOL XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS ME EDITION ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 23 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO 118 m Sperm May Go Soviet Rumors Show Liking for Russian Form By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON Feb 23 Fearsome rumors flit about the diplomatic colony in Washington that a soviet gov ernment may yet evolve itself out of the growing disorder in Spain To folk who know something of Spanish indus trial working class sentiment it would not be surprising Long before revolution looked like a serious probability in Russia syndicalism was strong in Barce lona Valencia Bilbao Ferrol Bur gos and Seville The urban masses were quite thoroly saturated with something decidedly more radical than merely republican leanings AS EUROPEAN correspondent at the time for an American news agency I was rushed to Madrid as long ago as 1908 or 1909 it was be fore the Portuguese monarchys overthrow at any rate to cover what was described as an an archist revolt the term Com munist not having then come into style It was a revolt of some sort cer tainly Madrid was comparatively quiet as it usually is being mainly a gov ernmental center like Washington but the turbulent Catalan provinces were boiling and so was the mining region at the other end of the Pyre nees particular outbreak finally i ended with the military execution at Montjuich fortress Barcelona of the reds leader Francisco Ferrer a celebrated radical iri his day but it amounted only to a temporary was not Turn to Fata 2 Columh CAPITAL HONORS FIR President Attends Services at Washingtons Old Home WASHINGTON Feb 23 With holidays for all but President Hoover and congress the capital devoted itself today to celebrating in earnest the 199th birthday of George Washington President Hoover remembered the father of his country yesterday by attending divine services In Alexan dria He occupied the pew in Christ church in which George Washing ton often sat With him were Mrs Hoover and their oldest grand child Peggy Ann The broad avenues of the capital were lined with stars and stripes waving in a brisk breeze Here and there the flags of foreign nations fluttered their tribute from the em bassies and legations This morning a military mass at the church of the Immaculate Con ception was the principal service attended by a large body of Ameri can Legion members Part of the picturesque ceremony was a presen tation of massed colors While devoting most of the day to work congress set its meeting house early to permit the annual exercises In the house Departing from the pattern of accepted cus tom reading of Washingtons fare well address was dispensed with and an address by Representative Beck of Pennsylvania substituted All government departments re mained closed for the day AUNT HET By Robert Quillen x Mary an Joe will get aheacJ You neednt worry about young married folks that has foresight enough to start out with a sedan in stead of a coupe POISON KILLS 2 AT DUMONT Senate Approves Muscle Shoals Conference BILL READY PRESIDENT HIS Act Passed Twice but Called Back for Debate Feb 23 senate today approved the com promise Muscle Shoals bill complet ing congressional action The measure now goes to the white house Some of its advocates have expressed fear of a veto de spite President Hoovers silence The senate adopted the conference report on a record vote after ap proving it hurriedly without debate earlier in the day and then recon sidering Opponents Napping The first vote caught opponents of the measure napping The recon sideration was asked by Senator Bingham republican Connecticut and agreed to by unanimous con sent The bill is the second providing for operation of tha governments power and nitrate plants passed during the 10 years of controversy over what to do with the huge war time investment on the Tennessee river in Alabama The bill provides for government operation of the power plant and construction of transmission lines over which the power would be dis tributed with preferential sale to municipalities Would Bo Leased The nitrate plant would be leased for quantity production by private interests of fertilizer if a lessee could be found within a year If no lease could be negotiated within this time the government would operate the plants for experi mental manufacture of fertilizer The bill also provides for con struction of the Cove creek dam on the Clinch river In Tennessee at an estimated cost of Approval of the bill by the senate had been forecast but the speed with which it went thru was with out preecdent H CONVICTS AT LARGE IN DESERT One Murderer in Gang Which Escaped From Arizona Prison FLORENCE Ariz Feb 23 Fourteen convicts including one murderer who clambered over the state penitentiary wall here yester day while a guard was not watch ing were being tracked thru sage brush and cactus of surrounding desert today Fifteen escaped hut one was cap tured A steel girder taken from a prison construction job enabled the convicts to climb the wall and drop 20 feet to the ground outside Warden William Delbridge im mediately released bloodhounds and a guard detail He personally re lieved the wall guard J M Daly whom he described as Inattentive A baseball game had been in pro gress in the yard and several hun dred prisoners had been taken from their cells to witness it The warden said the escape plot apparently had been hatched on the spur of the moment The captured convict was a Mexi can whose name was not given serving a life term for murder Nine were Negroes The convicts scat tered in groups of two or three One robbed the prison farm stable of a horse Ives to Plead Guilty to Killing Des Moines Grocer During Holdup DES MOINES Feb 23 Chet Ives 30 who has confessed the killing of George Cordaro local grocer will enter a plea of guilty when arraigned tomorrow Sheriff C F Keeling indicated today The sheriff believes Ives will en ter the guilty plea seeking a prison terra rather than demand a court trial and face the possibility of hanging Cordaro was shot Jan 10 during a scuffle that foliowed Ives at tempt to rob the Cordaro grocery GUNWOMAN GOES TO PRISON This telcphoto shows Irene Schrocder gungirl being taken from tho county Pennsylvania jail to Rockvlew penitentiary where she was electrocuted Olwerve hardcuffs and perfect composure Mrs Schroeder and Dague Calm to End as They Pay fo r Dea t h of Pa tro Iman Pair Electrocuted in Petmsylvania Prison By L K UNDGKEN ROCKVIEW PENITENTIARY BELLEFONTE Pa Feb 23 and collected Irene Schroeder and Walter Glenn Daguc went to their deaths In the electric chair at Rockview penitentiary to day just after break of dawn The state claimed of them the supreme price for the killing of a guardian of its highways The woman went to the chair first at 6 a in C S T one con tact was made and she was pro nounced dead at Dague was placed in the chair at and five minutes later was dead Mrs Schroeders face was pale almost ghastly except for a slight bit of rouge on either check as she was brot into the death chamber Her eyes were open until she was seated in the big chair then she closed them and kept them closed until the death hood was placed over her head Stride Was Steady Dagrue came in with steady stride and as he sat down in the chair gazed left and right at the witness es Then the hood was adjusted and the electric contact was made while the prison chaplain still was offer ing up a prayer for the condemned Neither of the slayers spoke nor was any word spoken to them The woman who once wielded a gun with her gunman lover in mer ciless bloodshed was as unflinching at her doom as ever she had been during her days of banditry and subsequent flight and fight for life Iron Irene they termed her at the trial Iron Irene she was un til the end The spirit that bore her up when the jury in the Lawrence county courts pronounced death as her sentence held with her as she walked into the grim chamber of death here and surrendered her life for the life of Corporal Brady Paul Turn In 2 OnUimn Woman on Trial for Murder of Husband in Quarrel Over Bridge KANSAS CITY Mo Feb 25 JFi Myrtle Bennett went on trial today charged with killing her husband John G Bennett perfume salesman in an alleged quarrel over a bridge game The state announced it would not seek the death penalty Selection of a jury proceeded HOUSE REFUSES TO GIVE UP BILL Move to Drop Act to Refund County Road Taxes Defeated DES MOINES Feb 23 a vote of 4g to 55 the house rejected the report of its committee on roads and highways recommending indef inite postponement of the house bill to refund taxes levied by counties from the primary road fund The house adopted committee re ports recommending indefinite post ponement of two measures One was an act providing for the paying of paving connections between cities and towns to primary roads The other related to ordinances fixing compensation of city employes The refund measure now goes on the calendar without recommenda tion Balloting followed a lengthy de bate in the morningsession Rep resentative Roy Shields of Clark re ported for the committee Report Adopted By a vote of 66 to 19 the house adopted the report of its commit tee recommending indefinite post ponement of the senate bill doub ling the penalty for the theft of hogs and chickens Representative R L Rutledge of Webster county speaking for the bill said this would make such thievery a dangerous pastime By a vote of 79 to 17 the house adopted the committee report in definitely postponing action on tin Short and Forslingbill which woulc permit cities of over 40000 to make a onehalf mill levy for band pur poses provided onethird of the sun raised went to other musical organl zatlons A bill provided for redistricting of the states senatorial districts was introduced by Representative A H Bonnstetter Kossuth It would create 13 one county dis tricts 25 two county districts and 12 three county districts By a vote of 41 lo 35 the house again referred to the committee on schools and textbooks the Whiting bill which would permit the merger of rural school districts into union high schools Torgeson Overridden Fighting to prevent adoption of the indefinite postponement report on his bill abolishing the road poll tax Representative S R Torgeson Turn la Fast 2 Column MOVE TO PROBE MFARLANE LAID ON HOUSE TABLE Resolution Set Aside by Roll Call Vote of 61 to 28 DES MOINES Feb 23 res olution for an investigation of the activities of Lieut Gov Arch McFarlane in soliciting coal con tracts for the Arch McFarlane Coal company was tabled in the house of representatives today on a roll call vote of Gl to 28 The resolution was introduced by Representatives W M Short Woodbury P H Donlon Palo Alto and Victor Felter War ren Short requested the roll call After the house had tabled the resolution it defeated by a vote of 60 to 36 a motion Representative H M Greene Pottawattamie to expunge from the record the resolu tion Speaking for his motion Greene said this Is no place to air person al grievances Short Gives Talk The motion to table wasmade by Representative R L Rutledge Webster county Speaker Francis Johnson ruled that the motion was not debatable when Short rose and began to talk after demanding a roll call He then made his remarks under the right of personal privilege Short declaredin speaking lender tho rule of personal privilege that there were two contending forces operating at the state capitol He said the one was those who regard public office as a sacred trust to be conducted in the fullest light of publicity so that the people may all know the whole truth In the other he said there is a tendency to use public office pri marily as a means of personal pre ferment and gain Tho Woodbury representative also referred to an exchange of letters regarding an invitation of the lieu tenant and his wife to himself and Mrs Short to be their dinner guests He said the invitation had been de clined The resolution for the Investiga tion was as follows Authorizes Committees That the committee on judiciary of the house be and it is hereby authorized and directed to make a Turn In IOKO 2 Column Davenport Child Dies After Hit by Truck DAVENPORT Feb 23 Adrian Timmerman Jr 4 died this afternoon shortly after being struck by a delivery truck near his home The boy was ridingon a tricycle and came out of an alley directly into the path of the truck Young Woman Falls to Death in Hotel Court 21 Charges in UProbeGiven to Committee Marshall Is Witness at Fiery Opening Session By THEODOOKE F KOOP Associated Press Staff Writer DES MOINES Feb 23 Twentyone charges of maladminis tration against officials of the Uni versity of Iowa and the state board of education were laid before the university investigating committee today by Verne Marshall managing editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette The accusations which were the first testimony In the probe were similar to those contained in the or ginal resolution passed by the louse of representatives The ma jority related to financial irregu larities while others accused Pres ident Walter A Jeasup of the uni versity of responsibility for the schools ouster from the Big Ten athletic conference and for forcing out prominent faculty members Session Fiery The opening session was a fiery one punctuated by several clashes aetween Dennis Kelleher Fort Dodge the committees attorney and Emmet Tinley Council Bluffs representingthe state board of ed ucation Tinley attempted to make an opening statement Regarding charges which he said would come before the committee but was no permitted to do so Representative Byron G Allen committee member proposed the motion by which he was refused this privilege It was adopted by i vote of four to two with Senators W F Baird Council Bluffs and L H Doran Boone opposing it Senator Baird made repeated ob jections to the procedure of the morning session which did not get underway until after 10 oclock He endeavored to question Marshal during the latters testimony but was overruled by Senator H B Car roll Bloomfield chairman Baird Outraged All the rules of evidence have been violated so far Baird said when Tinley objected to some of Marshalls statement which he termed heresay testimony At another point Bair asserted if were going to fight lets fight Im ready replied Marshall When Marshall went on the stand he endeavored to find out in what capacity Attorneys Henry Walker Iowa City and Karl Geiser Council Bluffs who were sitting with Tinley were present It was pointed out that Tinley was the only one who would be paid by the state and Tinley said that the position of his colleagues would be brot out as the investigation proceeded Earl Wisdom assistant attorney general was present to aid Kelle her Charges Hank Marshall charged that the Iowa City bank of which W J McChes ney university treasurer is presi dent had failed to account for 762 interest on Rockefeller medical funds and that the board of educa tion had twice approved this action CHICAGO Feb 23 A young woman expensively dressed plunged to death today in a court of the Morrison hotel Efforts to identify her or determine from what room she leaped or fell wero unsuccess ful ROGERS HOLLYWOOD Cal Feb Here is what George Washington missed by not living to his one hundred ninetyninth birthday He would have seen our great political system of equal rights to all and privileges to none working so smoothly that seven million are without a chance to earn their liv ing He would see em handing out rations in would have reminded him of Valley Forge In fact we have reversed the old system We all get fat In war times and thin during peace I bet after seeing us he would sue us for call ing him father Yours B int PLEADS GUILTY TO RANSOM PLOT Whiskers Sentence to Await Trial of Other Three Defendants CAMBRIDGE HI Feb 23 TV Orville Whiskers pleaded guilty to day to the kidnaping of Earl Yocum Galva bank president Captured on a farm near Spencer Iowa Saturday he was brot bacl and arraigned in Henry county where his three alleged confederates in the 550000 ransom plot of las October were to go on trial today Sentence was withheld pending the result the trial of the othc three Yocum was a captive of kidnap ers five days last October but the demands for for his free dom were foiled by his wife and the Henry county authorities Soon afte his safe return three men wer rounded up T5y posses and chargei by the grand jury with kidnaping for ransom an offense punishable by death Whiskers eluded captur until Saturday The defendants on trial today are Vernon Ahlgren Lloyd Winslow and Harry Whiskers cousin of Orville OPERA STAR DIES DAME MELBA Singer One of Pures Sopranos Opera Has Ever Known CTDNEY Australia Feb 23 The curtain was rung down to day on the life of Dame Nelll Melba one of the purest soprano grand opera has ever known after weeks abed with a strange illnesf which baffled her physicians Seventyone years old the famou prima donna for several days hat fought a losing battle with a skii malady which seized her in Egypt and was aggravated by a long jour ney home from Europe and the heat of the Australian summer Friends believed she hastened her own end with insistence upon spent ing Christmas in her native Austral in disregarding the advice of hei physicians in Europe under whost treatment she was growing better She became ill again aboard ship in Melbourne She was happy however ir spending almost her last hours it Melbourne near where she was borr and from which she took her stage name Melba Her real name was Nellie Porter Mitchell changed by her marriage in 1882 to Armstrong Known to all the world as the successor to Patti and Jenny Lind Melba sang last in America at the New York Metropolitan in Faust in 191718 and after that was seldom heard in public Her most famous roles were as Gildn in Rigoletto Violetta in La Travlata and Lucia Her life with Capt N F Arm strong her husband was not en tirely happy Reconciled to Son Shortly nfter the birth of her son George Nesbit Armstrong she be came separated from both and in April 1800 Captain Armstrong ob tained a divorce She later became reconciled with her son r She was made a dame of the British empire in 1922 in recogni tion of her war work and on King Georges birthday in 1927 she re ceived the grand cross of the order of the British empire She was stricken with a severu attack of influenza in February Turn to FIIKO 2 CoHinm DIE IN NORTH OWA TRAGEDIES OVER WEEKEND ar Upsets on Road Near Bancroft When Tire Blows Out EVEN persons met violent deaths in North Iowa over the week ends as the result of poisoning or njuries received In accidents Sev eral persons were also injured Phree persons were killed in acci dents two children were poisoned one person was run over by a train ind one was fatally hurt falling downstairs The dead Tina Behrcnds Diimont Hen IlRhrcmls Diimont Mrs Bessio Walker Carney MH Mrs Wilbur Cox Crystal Lake D Swenson Dccoruh Phillip H Curtis Marshall i town I Mrs Joseph Chirk Waterloo The mysterious poisoning of fiva children and their mother was being nvestigalecl by officials Monday at Dumont So far the cause of deaths of two children and illness of fouc others has not been determined Tina Behrcnds 12 and Ben Bell rends 16 died Sunday from poison ing at their home one and onehalt miles east ot Dumont Henry Beh rends father of the children loft the home at 10 oclock Sunday morn ing When he returned at about 6 oclock Sunday evening he found Tina dead and Ben and his wife ii an unconscious condition HlSjjvvlfa recovered consciousness later buf3 officials thbt her condition ser ious and they did not wish to queg lion her Ben died a short time aftei his father returned Three Will Recover Fanny Henry and John olhep children were also ill but will re cover One child Minnie who wag at home and Carrie who is attend ing consolidated high school at Du mont and was not at home are other children in the family They were not ill Officials said they were unable to state whether the children came to their death from eating poisoned food or from taking medicine Several of the children had been ill recently with influenza Sheriff H W Burma and Coroner S C Whit taker nre investigating the case The Behrcnds family had a bunk ruptcy sale recently and have been forced to move March 1 Funeral services will probably be held Tues day for the two children at tho church Killed AN Cur Upsets An accident which occurred neap Bancroft proved fatal to two per sons Sunday afternoon Mrs Bessie Walker of Carney Mo was in stantly killed and Mrs Wilbur Cox received fatal injuries when the cai rn which they wero riding turner over three times three and onehalf miles east of Bancroft The acoident occurred when u left rear tire blew out Wilbur Cox Crystal Lake step father of Mrs Walker was driving the car He said he was going abouti Iun In THRU I Column Bodies of Two Dubuque Boys Found in SI o u g h Funeral Rites Planned DUBUQUE Feb 23 tives completed funeral prepara tions today for George Huber 9 nnd Merlyn Poise 8 whose bodies were recovered by firemen yester day from a slough The boys failed to return to their homes Saturday and the discovery of fishing polcrf on the bank led to dragging of the water Police believed that one of the boys fell into the slough nnd tho other lost his life In an attempt to rescue his companion IOWA WEATHER Mostly cloudy tonight anil Tuesday possibly rain in ex treme southeast portions slightly warmer Tuesday in and extreme west porJ tions LOCAL STATISTICS American Beet Sugar company weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morn ing Maximum Sunday 15 Above Minimum in Night 26 Above At 8 A M Monday 20 Ahovn Figures for 21 hour period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum Satiiriliiy 41 Above Minimum in Night 37 Above The balmy weather continues Tha GlobeGazette conlinues to receive reports of the return of spring birds te ia 5C fa ir tb   

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