Friday, April 5, 1935

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 5, 1935, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME ii LOU E R i a M E i A liT OF I THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLI FIVE CENTS A COPY D PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY APRIL 51935 SECTION ONE NO 150 Hurley Good for a Story Curtis Refuses to Talk When Asked About Hoover By HERBERT PLTJMMER ASHINGTON April 5 UK There are two telephone num bers in Washing ton which news papermen always call when Mr Hoover makes a statement from Palo Alto The first is District 1144 for the former vice president of the United States Charles Curtis They get exactly nowhere there for Mr Curtis carefully avoids comment these day on anything political The second is National for Patrick J Hurley secretary of war during the Hoover administration National 1447 always is good for a story It may not be political of course Mr Hurley may Insist on telling you about his horses and his estate in nearby Virginia Unless hes steered in another direction hell talk indefinitely about his jumpers or the time the Admiral was clocked for the mile Shies at Mention When mention is made of Mr Hoover or the chances for G O P in 1936 Mr Hurley immediately becomes cagey Insistent queries finaly elicit the response from him that I or no one can speak for Mr Hoover As for the chances of the repub lican party in 1936 Hurley is more loquacious The republican party will make a mistake he said in a speech in Detroit not so long ago if it at tempts to assimilate either of the extremes of the democratic party Our party should in 1936 support the changes necessary to correct strengthen and perfect not to de storoy the American economic sys vVi ftiAs will enunciate these the 36 presidential campaign is says Hur ley another question entirely Still Some Future One gathers the impressions however on hearing Hurley talk along these lines that the republi can campaign slogan of the 32 in his mind As for his stake in the coming still remembers that there was a Hurley boom for the second place on the republican ticket in 1932 When he saw George Dern of Utah installed in his place as secre tary of war on March 4 1932 Hur ley told intimates as he left the war department My political future is behind me Reminded of that now hell say it stillholds but with a wink he ad monishes Only dont stress it too much Strike Continues in Power Light Firm CENTRALIA Bl April tralia and Mt Vernon went into their third day without gas today as Illinois Power and Light corpor ation employes continued their strike in a number of central and southern Illinois communities Two Women Injured in Picketing Battle f LOS ANGELES April 5 Two women were injured today as rioting broke out in the Boyle Heights district ofthe citywhere housewives were picketing butcher shops in protest of high meat prices FORECAST IOWA Cloudy to partly cloudy Friday night and Satur day possibly showers Saturday in extreme northwest portion somewhat colder in southeast and south central sections Fri day night slightly warmer Sat urday in extreme west MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy Friday night and Saturday probably occasional snow in north portion and rain or snow Saturday in southwest little change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum Thursday 42 Minimum in Night 33 At 8 A M Friday 34 Rainfall Trace HOUSE APPROVES RELIEF REPORT Three Stores Destroyed by Fire at Stacyville 3 OTHER TOWNS SEND TRUCKS TO BATTLE FLAMES Nearly All of Contents in Structures Saved by Volunteers STACYVILLE April Fri day morning swept through the business district of the town of Stacyville destroying three build ings seriously damaging another and scorching several others For a time it was reared the flames would leap across the street and thres other towns sent apparatus and firemen here to get the fire under control about 10 oclock in the morning The buildings destroyed were the Louis May poultry house the Bill Koenig cafe and pool room and the H H Stehn general store All were two story frame structures and the cafe and poo room were in a double front building The Stacyville State bank was damaged by the flames Practically all of the contents were saved from the structures keeping the loss at an estimated insurance men said About a third of the businesses in opera tion here were destroyed by the flames Flames Spread Rapidly Flames started in the rear of the cafe in the kitchen A strong wind flames and they jumped etsreen Jt thewind shiited the fire tookStehns store which burned rapidly Some of the flames from the poultry house reached over and damaged the bank building which also was a two story frame structure Calls were sent out for aid and St Ansgar Riceville and Osage fire departments sent firemen and fire trucks to aid local firemen in fight ing the blaze Houses on the west side of the street the opposite side from which the blaze occurred were damaged some by smoke and some of the windows cracked Water Supply Firemen were handicapped con siderably by shortage of water in fighting the flames and it was feared for a time that the supply Turn to Page 2 Column 3 CHARGED WITH THREAT TO F R Laborer Who Sent Letter to President in Hospital for Observation BOSTON April 5 F Murphy 29 a laborer of Cam bridge Mass was arrested by United States secret service agents today on a charge of sending a threatening letter to President Roosevelt and after arraignment was committed to a psychopathic hospital for observation Murphy was held in personal bail of after arraignment before TJ S Commissioner Harry F Outer man He was examined by Dr George F Houser of the Boston state hospital who signed the pap ers committing him for observation Suffering Hallucinations The physicians report said Mur phy was suffering from hallucina tions of persecution by a former employer Murphy was brought to secret service headquarters in Boston by John J McGrath the agent who arrested him at his home and was questioned thereby McGrath and Harry Parker head of the force of agents here The agents said Mur phy admitted writing the threaten ing letter The letter was mailed March 27 to the president at Washington Agents said it was three pages long andconcluded with the following sentence I will assassinate you if I dont receive any answer Unable to Get Job In his communication tie writer complained because he was not able to get a job and of not getting sat isfactory treatment at employment offices of private industry He also complained of other matters The letter was unsigned but bore a return address It was turned over to the secret service and Mc Grath was assigned Today he went to Murphys home and placed the man under arrest Putting Out Flames at Stacyville BILL FOR TAX ON CHAINS BACKED BY COMMITTEE State Senate Completes Final Action on Basic This scene taken at the rear of structures destroyed Friday by flames at Stacyville shows firemen throwing water on flames still in the ruins of the structure Four fire departments St Ansgar Osage Kicevllle and Stacyville joined in fighting the blaze which for a time threatened to wipe out the town Three business buildngs were destroyed Photo by Lock Engraving by Chicago Center of Manhunt for 4 Train Bandits Robbers Wound 1 Man and Get Nearly Loot From Passengers CHICAGO April 5 Search for four daring bandits who held ap passengers of the Louisiane IU1 between Chi ing nearly arid wounding one man was cen tered here today with the finding of the automobile commandeered in their flight The automobile its gasoline tank empty was found abandoned on the Northwest side It belonged to Al exander Goetzler of Kankakee whose son Edward 26 was kid naped by the bandits and let out near Wheaton geek Fifth Member The police were also seeking a fifth member of the gang who joined the quartet as they leaped from the train near Kankakee The wounded man was George Kerra salesman from Chicago shot in the leg when he resisted the gunmen in the apparent belief that they were only kidding He was taken to a local hospital His con dition however was not regarded as serious One of the gunmen shot him when he lurched against a robber The bullet penetrated his billfold which contained He was com pelled to surrender the money but the punctured wallet was returned Fire Several Times Firing wildly several times to put Ifce fear of death into their vic tims the gunmen three of whom donned masks shortly before the train reached Kankakee carried out the raid with the precision of a typical Jesse James robbery of days gone by terrorizing the brakeman and a porter and systematically robbingthe passengers in the buf fet car and three coaches The quar tet was believed to have boarded the train in a Chicago suburb As the train slowed down for the stop at Kankakee the four men leaped off and disappeared later to be joined by a confederate Two of them seized Goetzler near the hos pital only a few minutes before Kerr their wounded victim was brought in for treatment 2 Bandits Who Lost in Effort to Hold Up Bank Sought ROBELINE La April 5 Two bandits who lost trying to hold up the bank of Robeline were being hunted by peace officers cit izens aviators and bloodhounds to day Walking into the Dank yester day they asked Cashier George English to change a a bill then pointed a pistol at him English stepped back on a bur glar alarm It did not sound but the holdup men fled with only 50 cents of their change Assails Homestead Tax Exemption Bill DES MOINES April 5 Gerard S Nollen president of the Bankers Life company of Des Moines termed the homestead tax exemption bill passed by the senate discriminatory legislation Mississippi Nears Mood Stage in Southeast Iowa Another Foot Rise Muscatine to Halt Dam Work By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The highest stage of the Missis sippi river in five years at Musca tine 131 feet Friday forced resi dents to desert cabin boats A rise of another foot was expected to stog the Coffer dain for aamTf abcty Muscatine Arise of 6feet was reporteddur ing the last 24 hours and water be gan to seep into cellars of South Muscatine liomes With a stage of 162 feet at Du buque the crest of the Mississippi river flood stage was believed to have been reached there Friday The river was expected to recede slowly from now on The Dubuque flood stage is 18 feet Basements Pumped Out Pumping of water from base ments of several business houses became necessary at Clinton due to seepage from the Mississippi which had there attained a stage of 142 feet above low water mark The Raccoon river was below nor mal at Van Meter and Tracy Thurs day Possible showers in the extreme northwest portion of Iowa are fore cast for Saturday Cloudy Over State It will be cloudy and partly cloudy throughout the state Friday night Somewhat colder is predicted for the southeast and south central sec tions Friday night and slightly warmer in the extreme west Satur day Temperatures will be 26 and 28 degrees above zero in northern Iowa and 34 in the south and Des Moines There was a trace of rain yes terday at Mason City Alta Esther vllle Inwood Forest City and Bur lington Burlington was the warm est point with a temperature of 58 and Estherville and Inwood the coldest with 30 HOUSE CONCURS ON ADJOURNMENT Iowa Legislators Vote ior Appointment of Sifting EXECUTE GREEK REVOLT LEADER Major Volanis Faces Firing Squad After Conviction in Court Martial SALONIKA Greece April 5 UB Volanis convicted yester day by a court martial of complic ity in the recent Greek revolt was executed by a firing squad today Volanis execution took place in Eptapyrghion prison after the in signia had been ripped from his un iform The major was the first of the accused rebels to be condemned to death After sentence was pronounced yesterday the former army officer appealed to President Zaiznes for clemency Hia appeal failing to pro duce any result Major Volanis faced the firing squad courageous ly Bank Runner Robbed hy Gunman of KANSAS CITY April 5 gunman held up Chester Conrad 35 bank runner and took in cur rency from him today in the lobby of the Commerce Trust company here DES MOINES April 5 Iowa house today concurred in the senate resolution for adjournmen of the legislature April 23 at 5 p m and then approved a measure under which its sifting committee will function The adjournment resolution was called up by Representative W J Johannas D of Osceloa It was approved 94 to 0 The sifting committee under rules provided in a resolution passed 85 to 4 became effective at the close of business today Speaker John Mitchell this after noon announced the appointment of seven democrats and two republi cans as members of the committee Named on Committee Democrats are Andrew Stewart of Calhoun A H Bonstetter of Kossuth Leroy S Mercer of John son R G Moore of Harrison Hen ry M Hartman of DesMoines Charles Putnam of pottawattamie and M J Gaughen of Delaware Republicans are B B Hicken looper of Linn andDon V McLean of Marshall All remaining bills in the house will go to the niha man committee with exception of appropriation measures senate bills reported for passage in the house and emergen cy legislation on bills on the calen dar or later reported out by the emergency legislation committee 250 Pending Bills The action meant that about 25 pending measures would be dumped into the sifting committee tonight and hereafter no new bills can be acted on unless they are reportec out with the sifting groups ap proval Although cither house com mittees may continue to function their actions must go into the sift ing committee before reaching the floor Among import ant legislation which will come under the commit tees control will be al pending li quor and beer law revision bills Measures such as the chain stor tax and motor truck bills becaus they carry an appropriation clause probably will be acted on indepen dently Wilson Changes His Plea to Not Guilty ST PAUL April 5 J Wilson Chicago the only one of 1 defendants in the Edware G Bremer kidnaping case whc pleaded guilty on arraignment Tues day today changed his plea to no guilty in federal court Grand Jury Expected to Report Saturday GLENWOOD April 5 grand jury investigating the death of Edith Kuhl 13 was expected t report Saturday it was announcei hers No jury session was scheduled for today due to a death in the family of one of the jurors ociences DI DES MOINES April 5 Amendment and passage of the HarringtonBurington chain store ax bill was recommended today by the senate ways and means com mittee The report proposed virtually the same features as had been suggest ed by the same committee in the house With its suggested amendments he bill would levy a flat occupa jonal tax on chain stores based on he number of stores so operated and also a graduated tax on the otal amount of business done The senate completed final legis ative action on the controversial jasic science bill by voting to con ur in house amendments and re fusing to accept two further hanges proposed by senate meas ures Has Some Opposition The principal house ameudement that allowing the examining board to waive examination of applicants had passed courses in the basic sciences in colleges approved by the north central association carriec over some opposition The amendmentssuggestedfrom the senate floor and defeated to eluded orieby Senator jehirCalhouh R of Keosauqua which woulc have allowed persons holding li censes to practice in every tax sup ported state institution It was de feated 11 to 30 The senate refused to concur in house amendments to the bill to consolidate the state fish and game commission and the board of con servation and sent the measure back to the house Study Initiative Bill A move to defeat the public ini tiative and referendum resolution by increasing the percentage of voters required to obtain action developed today as the measure was called up today in the Iowa house The resolution proposing to amend the state constitution to give the people the right to initiate new laws or repeal statutes passed by the assembly is sponsored by six democrats and four republicans The measure which would require approval of two sessions of the leg islature and then a vote of the peo ple was called up as a special or der of business by Representative C L McKinnon D of Henry Debated Only Briefly It was debated only briefly before being laid over to Monday because McKinnon one of its chief sup porters was called away to the li quor investigation As introduced the resolution pro vides that petitions for public initia tion of new laws should contain sig natures of 5 per cent of the quali fied electors residing in each of two fifths of the counties of the state The committee on constitutional amendments which reported out the measure without recommenda tion accompanied it however by a proposed amendment that petitions should bear signatures of 20 per cent of electors in each of three fourths of the counties Opposed to Resolution Representative Paul Cunningham R of Polk speaking in support of the amendment said he realized this would emasculate the bill and met with his favor because he felt the resolution should not pass McKinnon warned that if the Turn lo pane 2 column 31 lowan Finds Real Estate Taxes Higher TAX BOX SCORE Amount Tot So Paid in Far This March Year 324 55S 5asollne 190 568 State net income 298 Property 1st half 5098 5098 ersonal property lity poll 100 100 ligarct 48 138 Old age pension 400 400 bounty head tax 50 50 Auto license fee 1700 Telephone 04 30 Other taxes 35 65 DES MOINES April 5 Iowa Daily Press Average Jowans 1935 real estate taxes are slightly higher than those he paid in 934 despite three point tax law re ilacement of the state levy the tfarch tax box score revealed to day Direct tax payments of during March of which 5098 was the first half property tax on his lome were recorded in the box score Twice the or 10196 represents the years total real es tate taxes Property Tax Higher Last year this typical Iowa citi zen paid taxes on his home or less than he was assessed for this year It had been expected that 1935 taxes would be lower be cause of the removal of the entir state levy for the year made pos sible by use of sales and net in come andcorporation tax revenu for state government purpose County and local increases howeve more than offset the reductio caused by removal of the state levj March payments of repre sent nearly half the salary of ap proximately which Mr Av erage lowan earned during the pe riod The even he has paid s far this year in taxes totals mor than 22 per cent of his income fo the first three months of 1935 These percentages however are too high to be typical because in only two of the four quarters of the year will real estate tax items appear Sales Tax Sales tax payments during the month totaled bringing the to tal for the three month period to At this rate the average citi zen will pay in sales tax dur ing the year Mr Average lowan is not a myth He is a citizen of a smal Iowa city has a wife and two chil dren drives a car owns his own home and earns approximately 600 a year The tax box score presents a faithful picture of the amount of direct taxes he pays each month of the year Follow the tas box score from month to month in the GlobeGazette VOTES 317 TO 70 FORBILLTOSEND TON TO SENATE Social Security Measure Emerges From House Committee WASHINGTON April 5 he conference agreement on the 4880000000 workrelief program approved todayby the house Senate action alone remained to peed the bill to President Roose elt The house vote for approval of he conference report was an ounced as 317 to 70 Only an hours debate preceded ouse acceptance of the conference eport containing the compromise greement on the controversial ork issue in the provision alloca ing for nonfederal rejects Taken lo Scnarc House clerks prepared immedia ely to carry the huge money bill o the other end of the capitol where enate leaders waited to press its approval Just as the relief bill neared the ongressionai finish line another ad ministration measure emerged from he house ways and means com mittee It was the much rewritten social security program which cial calculators believed would mean 5800000000 in new taxes in 1937 and a minimum of by 1949 The official business of the house still was the McSwaln war profits bill while the senate debated the Copeland pure foods and drugs leg islation Other capital EARLY V MORE SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL HOMESTEAD BILL MAY BE VETOED Exemption Act Would Spoi Budget Balance Plans Say Opponents DES MOINES April 5 homestead tax exemption bill whic its opponents contended would i approved cripple the state govern ment financially today had cleare its final legislative hurdle and wa ready for consideration by the gov ernor In statehouse circles discussion indicated a strong possibility tha Gov Clyde L Herring might veto th bill which passed the senate as ac ministration leaders worked wit the chief executive in plans to bal ance the state budget Under the bills provisions Up t the first of the assessed valu ation of rural and city homestea properties would be freed of taxes This would require it was estima ted 513000000 of the raised by the retail sales and net in come taxes leaving only the 000 earmarked for relief purposes No Changes Made Senate approval was by a 39 to vote and without any changes in th provisions as passed by the house short time previously Senate Homer Hush R of Essex joine with eight democrats in votin against the bill while 19 democrat joined with 20 republicans in ap proving passage Senator John K Valentine turn to raic 2 Column 3 income over the same month of last year was reported by the treasury Denies Intimidation Intimidation and coercion charges were denied to senate investigators by Mrs Anna Dickie Olesen Min nesota NRA compliance director who placed responsibility for her actions on Washington recovery headquarters Organized state utilities commis sioners of 46 states and the District of Columbia strenuously opposed be fore the house interstate commerce committee parts of the Wheeler Rayburn bill under which they said state powers would be emasculated and devastated Laurence R Wilder a shipbuilder declared before the senate muni ions committee the Morro Castle was a fire trap but might easily have been built so there would have jeen no necessity for loss of life Longfellow Grandson Pleads Not Guilty to Morals Charge CAMBRIDGE Mass April 5 UP Wadsworth Longfellow Dana author lecturer and grandson of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famous poet today pleaded not juilty to a morals charge involving a 16 year old boy and was held for rial in Middlesex county superior court WASHINGTON If there is an outstanding char acter in the history of this country concerning whom every American should be informed it is George Washington Everyone knows he led the armies that won our inde pendence that he was the first president and that his birthday comes on Feb 22 but that is about as far as mos tpeople can go Here is a booklet that tells every essential fact concerning this great man and that is enriched with nu merous anecdotes Especially valu able in the preparation of address es and in the writing club pa pers and school essays and compo sitions The Mason City GlobeGazetU Information bureau Frederic J Haskin director Washington D C I enclose 10 cents in coin carefully wrapped for a George Washington booklet Name Street City State Mail to Washington D CJ