Thursday, February 27, 1936

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 27, 1936, Mason City, Iowa E R I I S I E 1 t OF I 3 NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLII FIVE CENTS A COP1 ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIKE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 122 Convention Fight Seen Demo Session May Be Wilder Than Reoublican CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON democratic nat ional c o n v e n tion in Philadel phia in June may after all be a more vicious affair than the republican c o n vention in Cleve land which will have preceded it shortly Concerning the repub Means choice of a pres idential candi date there will be uncertainty tc the last minute Few politicians question that the democrats will renominate Presi dent Roosevelt In that the democratic selection can be calculated so accurately in advance and that the republican se lection cannot the latter partys gathering will have an interest sur passing the formers But the republicans possibly will be fairly decorous in their proceed ings The democrats possibly will ex perience some rough house G O Ps Big Five There notably are five republic an presidential aspirants Borah Landon Knox Vandenbcrg and Dickinson Landon Knox Vandenberg and Dickinson have been reasonable po lite contenders among themselves They will fight but they will fight according to Queensbury rules with no illfeeling each for any of the others Borah is an independent scrap per However if named there is no prospect that orthodox republic anism will bolt him And if he isnt named but is given a moderately co herent voice in dictating the G O P platform it is the consensus that he will support the republican ticket Odds irid Ends Jjs and ends of if is a candidate they are not taken seriously short though there will be a Cleveland contest signs are that it will not be ugly The assurance of Al Smiths pres ence on the Philadelphia convention floor guarantees something more than a mere sham combat among the democrats Al will not win Roosevelt will be renominated But any row that Al starts in the convention will have an aftermath during the camapign and maybe on election day Will Get Together Whereas republican dissentients in their convention will get together subsequently democrat dissentients will stay at outs Speaker Joseph W Byrns of the house of represent atives once told me why in his opinion republicans are so much more harmonious than democrats Democrats he said have prin ciples which they stand by But their principles do not agree Con cerning them they clash among themselves Republicans simply want to get into office They dont care whether they break in by the cellar window or climb in through the attic Later they may quarrel over the division of the loot but theyre a unit as to breaking in Be that as it may the Roosevel tans greatly need the important state of New York in the coming eiection Al Has Strength Political dope is that they wont get it up state but that they may carry the whole commonwealth if they get a sufficient majority on potent Manhattan island Can they get a Manhattan island majority of sufficient size however with Tam many againstthem can they swing Tammany against Al Smith Al also has a deal of strength in some of New Yorks sachusetts for example Briefly Al wont signify at the democratic convention except as a disturbing element But he will sig nify as a disturbing element that the other side hasnt got The democratic nomination wont be on his sayso As to election results his voice may count a good bit Aged lowan Struck by Train and Killed PACIFIC JUNCTION rison Fitch 84 was killed when a Burlington passenger struck him as he was walking across a railroad crossing deaf FIGHT NEW BLOCKADE OF DRIFTS RAIL AND MOTOR TRAFFIC SLOWLY GETSIDERWAY North Iowa Roads Badly Drifted Icy in Rest of State North Iowa fought Thursday to restore highway and railroad traffic through a new blockade of snow drifts The worst of the drifts built Wed nesday afternoon and night out of a heavy wet snow by a wind that ranged 40 and more miles an hour in velocity extended from Mason City west and from the Lincoln highway north Icy highways throughout the re mainder of the state resulting from wet snow and rain frozen by low ered fie temperatures hampered traf Traffic Paralyzed Both railroad ans motor traffic in this section paralyzed by the sudden new onslaught of winter were slowly getting into operation Thursday The thermometer how ever only went to a minimum of 2 degrees above zero and one inch of snow fell after 8 oclock Wednes day morning The local temperature was 13 above at noon Thursday aft er rising to 15 above zero during the forenoon There was a little hope of better weather in the weathermans fore cast which said temperatures would probably sink back to 5 below in northeast Iowa early Friday to zero in the northwest and to 10 above in the southern half of the state Temperatures will rise Friday he said but snow is in prospect However he added the way things look nowthesnow wont be heavy and probablywont drift Open S Directions Highway engineers succeefip early in the day in getting j open east to Charles City west K Clear Lake and north to state linebut No 65 to the south was expected to remain blocked throughout the day No 9 was reported open from Forest City to Riceville Snow removal equipment from other sections of the state started Fire Destroys Coal Company Warehouse Coal Company Structure Gutted by Fire This shows Ihe southwest corner of the Consolidated Coal and Coke company building aftr fire had gutted it early Thursday morning during a blizzard Vern Mott manager is shown pointing in one of a number of automobiles destroyed in the fire It was estimated the loss was between and Photo by Lock Kayenay Engraving moving toward Mason City and vi cinity Thursday to cope with the situation This equipment included two rotary plows one from Iowa City and another from Vinton This will place four rotary plows at the disposal of the local highway com mission engineers Found Their Way Push plows had succeeded in find ing their way amono cars a short distance the stalled beyond the here Fitch was slightly I Lung Punctured in Fencing Accident A M E S Richard Bcatty sophomore student at Iowa State college from DCS Moines is in a hos pital with a punctured lung suf j fered in a fencing class when a foil broke Schermerhorn farms by noon Thurs day when a rotary plow brought to Mason City from Forest City was sent into action Another rotary which spent the morning hours clearing out an un derpass of snow and buried automo biles on No 69 at Solberg went in o action on No 65 northward from Hampton at noon The expectation was that this section of the highway would be cleared by mornnig The fact that the highway imme diately south of Mason City for sev eral miles was strewn with some 50 stalled automobiles added to the difficulty of opening the road Strewn With Cars The fact that this stretch of highway is strewn with stalled automobiles will add to the diffi culty of opening the road We cant just plow these cars nto the ditch said Raymond Zack district engineer of the high way commission We will have to stop and dig each one of them out That will be a big delay County and highway commission snow removal equipment fought in vain to release the blockaded cars during a blinding snowstorm Wed PAROLED CONVICT SLAIN BY OFFICER Policeman Wounded When He Interrupts Attempted Tavern Holdup CHICAGO paroled convict was shot and killed Thursday by a policeman who was himself wounded when he interrupted an al leged holdup attempt at a westside tavern The slain gunman was identified by fingerprint records as Frank McNally 31 paroled in November 1935 from Joliet prison after serv ing eight years of a ten year to life sentence on charges of robbery and assault to kill Policeman Patrick Beckham was shot in the right shoulder nesday afternoon The sudden blizzard which blew up at noon Wednesday made high way work perilous throughout the afternoon and evening one of the commission plows was struck by Iowa iXij mi of Osage McGregor ftiamier in judges and the eliding to tion shall make a here Vn of their nomutoo fion as its open lection MetKhe day A plow v c por road No 20 in trom Charles rfeired fiingand later re of thae remainder of the ion fop where the storm lf tle had been opened vllirterloo to No 65 was One plow left Manly for the Min nesota line and then returned to Mason City encountering some 25 stalled cars in the road Another went west on 106 to the county line Later reports were the highway was open to Albert Lea Additional snow removal equip ment was on its way to Mason City from Waterloo to assist in the battle with drifts Mr Zack stated he planned to place one of the truck plows in operation in Cerro Gordo county and another in Winnebago county To Get Bridge Down County Engineer R E Robinson once more routed the county plow up the Rock Falls and Plymouth road and planned to go down the Portland road afterwards The old bridge left on the Shell Rock river ice four miles below Portland while a new bridge was be ing erected will have to be removed before a thaw or it will cause an ice jam he said Railroads were slow in resuming their normal schedules after the convulsions of the storm Some got into action by early afternoon while others expected to keep battling the big bad drifts until nightfall and later and annulled all trains for the day Normal by Night W F Ingraham division super intendent of the Milwaukee stated normal schedules would he in oper ation on that railroad by Thursday night A snowplow sent to Calmar early in the morning had come back on its journey westward early Thursday afternoon closely fol lowed by No 11 and No 3 consoli dated into one train We are ordering trains out on schedule all along our division Thursday night said Mr Ingra ham All trains on the M and St L were annulled when two snowplows operating south of Mason City be came stuck in snow drifts One plow which started northward out of Hampton got a distance of three miles while another working north from Marshalltown got more than it could handle in a drift near Geneva Snoivplow in Action A made its way from Belle Plaine to Mason City Thurs day and plans were made to get trains into operation Thursday evening Great Western traffic wag tied up by the snow with the expectation of having a plow through here late Thursday afternoon Rock island traffic was approach ing normal except for a drift of snow at Flint some 10 miles south I canyons in that area blown full of of Mason City where 140 men were at work With the opening of this the Rock Island will be getting to normal schedule Delay in opening the track at Flint was caused by the derailment 6f several cars of No 83 north bound train into the snow there wedhesdiy afternoon No 59 was waiting back of No 83 for the opening of the track Floods in Southeast In southeast Iowa local floods re sulted from ice jams along the Des Moines river but freezing weather was slowing up the runoff and les sening the danger Temperatures in the northwest fell below zero early Thursday Sioux City reporting i degree be low and Spirit Lake 3 below The rest of the state measured minimums ranging from zero up to 16 above temperatures losing their severity the farther southeast the reading Fort Dodges report was typical of the northwest All highways were blocked The Illinois Central rail road canceled all service west of Waterloo until snow plows could open up the drifts Other roads did likewise It still was snowing and blowing Highways Closed At Sioux City virtually all high ways were closed and train service halted but railroads expected to get going by this afternoon Charles City reported highway 14 blockaded but other highways open Train service there was halted Like reports came from Ida Grove Rockwell City Spirit Lake Emmetsburg and a number of oth er northwest Iowa points Near tumwa jam several miles long choked the Des Moines river which rose nine feet behind the jam in a few hours Several highways in that vicinity were flooded The new blockade in northwest Iowa caught literally hundreds of motorists out on the highways and stranded them Walk to Next Town Near Sioux City10 men ma rooned for a day in the Rock Branch filling station on highway 20 at the intersection of Wood bury county road K Thursday morning started walking to Cor rectionville eight miles east and made the journey in a few hours The wind had died down and the weather otherwise moderated E W Dunn district highway en gineer advised the men to try to reach farm homes in the vicinity that it would be several hours be fore a snow crew could rescue them Reports so far indicate stranded motorists have been able to gain shelter in farm houses though 35 automobiles were stranded on a five mile stretch of highway 65 south of Iowa Falls Louis Smith farmer along this stretch put up 63 motorists at his home Wednesday night Traffic at Standstill In the Webster City area all trains bus and motor traffic was at a standstill Fiftyone motorists spent last night at oil stations lo cated at the Blairsburg corner Twentyfive found shelter in a farm house north of Jewell and 32 other ers were marooned at the Michel son farm north of Duncombe Spirit Lake reported the drift Eddyville just above Ot in southeast Iowa an ice FORECAST IOWA Increasing cloudiness and not so cold in central and west portions Possibly snoiv in extreme northwest portion Thurs day night Friday unsettled ivilh rising temperatures Snow except in extreme southeast MINNESOTA Snow beginning Thursday night or Friday not so cold Thursday night except in extreme northeast and ex treme southeast rising tempera ture Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S oclock Thursday morning Maximum Wednesday 37 Above Minimum in Night 2 Above At 8 A M Thursday 5 Above Snowfall 1 inch Precipitation 12 of an Inch snow again and all schools closed again Highway commission engineers admitted Thursday the wind fooled them a little Wednesday The snow one engineer ex plained was so wet we didnt ex pect much drifting But a 40 mile wind will drift even wet snow Be ing wet it was packed into drifts that will be even harder to buck out than the drifts weve just got open Flood Waters Rising Flood waters were reported rising in the Green Bay district a lowlajid section along the Skunk river north of Fort Madison Residents were moving out Flint creek near Bur lington went out of its banks Wed nesday night and Lost creek to the south of Burlington flooded Bur lington railroad tracks Keokuk reported the Mississippi river fell a little there but rose 39 feet at Hannibal Mo or a little above flood stage All weather bureau stations re ported clear skies early Thursday but clouds started drifting as the day progressed Remember the weatherman warned the ides of March are upon us Weather conditions can and will change quickly during the next few weeks TWO CARLOADS OF COAL THREE TRUCKS BURNED Damage Set at to Firemen Work in Blizzard Fire gutted the Consolidated Coal and Coke company warehouse and office building 115 Seventh street southeast early Thursday morning while a blizzard ragcd here and the entire building a frame structure of metal veneer three large coal trucks two carloads of coal consid erable feed and a large number of beer cases and barrels were de stroyed The estimated loss was be tween 515000 and A high wind whipped flames to nearby buildings and a barn near the building caught fire about 10 times during the early morning hours but was saved Persons living in bouses near the scene of the fire began moving out household goods before the fire was brought under control Sparks from the fire were blown as far as the Milwaukee rail road station and roundhouse several blocks away Building in Flames Firemen received the alarm about 10 minutes before midnight anil found the entire building burning from one end to the other upon ar rival The metal veneer had evident ly held the fire from view until it was well underway Both shifts of the fire department were used the day shift being called at oclock Thursday morning soon after firemen arrived nt the scene and all equipment with the exception of the aerial truck was brought into use Two lines of hose were laid to the front door and two linns were brought from the south The barn which was only a foot from the southeast corner of the building offered the hardest job in the way of buildings t6 save Police Aid Firemen Captain Leo Risacher of the po lice department with four patrolmen helped firemen carry hose and as sisted throughout in fighting the fire when firemen were forced to stop now and then for frozen fingers and toes All equipment of the department was used since streams of water had to be brought from considerable distance since the fire hydrant at Seventh street and Pennsylvania avenue a half block from the fire was frozen to within about a foot of the top of the hydrant Streams of water were played on the fire until about oclock in the morning and the last truck to leave was the Combination Engine No 2 at oclock Thursday morning Cause Undetermined The cause of the fire was unde termined It was the first serious fire of 1936 in Mason City and the building stood in ruins Thursday morning with only the sheet metal walls standing while the roof and the interior partitions were com pletely burned Some of the coal in rins was saved and some of the met al beer kegs were also saved Fire men were unable to reach any of the trucks stored in the rear of the building Vern Mott manager of the com pany stated that some insurance vas carried on the building but here was no insurance on the con ents Finedfor Beer Sale IOWA CITY T The police court fined Clarence Heisner of Iowa City and costs for selling beer vithout a license A similar charge against Paul Walden arrested with Heisner in a raid was dismissed Three Believed Killed in Second Idaho Snowslide ON THE INSIDE HENRY MOKGENTHAU Treasury Announces Plans for Financing ON PAGE 2 R R Branch Open Few Hours Blockaded Again ON PAGE 3 Bruno Identification by Taximan Doubted ON PAGE 2 State Jaysee Court Meet to Open Again ON PAGE 13 House Approves Farm Program Compromise ON PAGE 2 Mae West ON PAGE 10 Iowa Republicans to Convene on Friday ON PAGE 18 Four Candidates Out for School Directors ON PAGE 11 DISINTER BODY To Seek New Evidence in Poison Death of Woman at Bedford BEDFORD county authorities Thursday disinterred the body of Mrs Floyd Horton 37 year old farm wife whose death Feb the state charges was caused by poisoned capsules Her body buried at Clearfield was brought here for examination for new evidence Floyd Horton and Mrs Anna Johnston his confessed paramour are held in the Taylor county jail charged with plotting Mrs Mortons murder County Attorney Roger Warin refused to disclose what new evi dence officials are seeking He said physicians will perform a thorough post mortem examination Mrs Johnston has confessed par ticipating in the plot but denies she administered the poison Hor ton has maintained innocence since his arrest WALLACE Idaho Three persons were believed to have been filled Thursday in the second snow slide in two days in this section The first avalanche Wednesday night engulfed a Northern Pacific assenger train killing three The second avalanche demolished ive houses at Burke a mining town seven miles northeast of here and several miles north of Borax scene hope was held they could be brought old Donald Stalwick out alive Five year Iowa Union Miners Not to Be Asked to Dig Coal Saturday DES MOINES Clyde L Herring said Thursday Iowa union miners will not be asked to dig mergency coal again next Satur day as they have done the last four Saturdays at most mines throiigh i out the state The coal shortage emergency ap past the governor de who was playing in his yard also was buried He was dug out in half an hour apparently not badly hurt clared since I have no requests for emergency mining this week and brought to a hospital here Crews of rescuers dug frantically into the debris above the Erickson home Two of the five homes demol of Wednesday nights slide i ished were reported to be unoc Mr and Sirs Olc Erickson and cupied Residents of the other three their 5 year old son Edwin were except for the Kricksons and the Find Little E in Probe of Lobbies WASHINGTON house rules committee reported Thursday its lobby investigation showed lit tle or no evidence of improper eon tracts between holding companies REBEL SOLDIERS YIELD TO LOYAL TROOPS INTOKIO Commence Evacuation of Buildings Occupied by Insurrection SITUATION AT A GLANCE By The Associated Press of the re bellious young army officers who Wednesday assassinated four high officials was communicated to the Domei news agency surviving ministers and supreme war coun cillors sought to form a new gov ernment to succeed that of the slain Keisuke Okada establish ment of an ultrapatriotic nation alist government seemed immi nent under martial law and pa trolled by loyal troops Tokio was quiet additional soldiers and sail ors maintained order death of a fifth statesman Kantaro Suzuki was believed only a matter of time LONDON reaction to the uprising lay in the ques tion Will war eventuate Some political sources saw danger of a dictatorship determined to master all Asia France was concerned over signature to a mutual assis tance pact with Russia in view of friction between Russia and Ja pan over outer MongoliaMan choukuo border incidents government newspaper predicted the attempt ed coup would mean a further shift toward military fascism officials believed if the younger militarists gained control in Japan they could not remain in power long ported to have hrcu buried when the j Stalwick boy arc believed to have j battling the utility bill last session snow engulfed their cottage Little escaped land members of the house By GLENN BABB Copvriplit by xiip AssocJMod TOKIO two days of the gravest crisis in a generation Tokio slept easier in the early hours Fri day confident that sunrise would find the rebel soldiers who assassin ated four government dignitaries Wednesday back in their barracks They capitulated Thursday night to a government request that they quit police headquarters where they had barricaded themselves in defi ance of loyal troops The threat of bloodshed in the capitals streets was averted Confident Danger Past Ranking military authorities said they were confident that danger was past since under an arrange ment between the rebels and the war office the former promised to re turn to their barracks and retain their arms thereby escaping the dis honor of being disarmed The insurgents began before mid night the evacuation of the build ings they occupied That quarter of the city was shut off from all outside observers be hind soldiers armed with rifles and fixed bayonets Accept Peace Terms The capitulation was said by the official source to have followcdupon the mediation of high military au thorities on behalf of the national government These authorities pre vailed upon the insurgents to ac cept terms of peace in order to avert bloodshed The attention of the whole nation was riveted on those efforts of medi ation going on in the secluded heart of the bustling rumorridden city The imperial palace was silent be hind military barricades of soldiers and loose rolls of barbed wire Only an occasional automobile bearing a statesman or a high army officer was admitted into the palace grounds Maude of Snow With the mantle of snow which lies over the country clinging to the hoary stone walls rising from tho broad moats and topped with an cient fantastically gnarled pines the pilace enclosure looked like a Japanese print of a medieval scene far removed from the twentieth cen tury political and military crisis Previous to their capitulation tha rebels self styled direct action party members had withdrawn Erom some of their formerly helcl positions before the threat of the loyal troops of Lieut Gen Hokei Kashii commander of the Tokio garrison and the man entrusted with enforcement of martial law in the city of Tokio Brother of Emperor Prince Chichibu the eldest of tho emperors three brothers was au thoritatively credited with being one of the chief reasons that the rebels save in since tho prince who took Iarl in the negotiations is person ally known by many of the rebels Prince Chichihii made a long train trip from Aomori prefecture whero ne is an officer in the armys cightlj