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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 26, 1936, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLII FIVE CENr A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 26 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 146 OPENING INSTALLMENT CHAPTER 1 MARGALOS performance was superb of course I had known it would be for she has a fashion of accepting her roles seriously Even now taking her last curtain call she still was Maggie fahand more than a littlf embarrassed by the applause There was a shy half smile on her lips as her fingers touched the gold watch pinned to the bosom of her plain black I sat for a moment or two waa far from the fame she had the curtain finally went down wmie the audience poured into the aisles There was no need of hurrying It would take Margalo at least half an hour to change She loathed being hurried after a performance vv e were doing nothing special except dining Where I did Mar galo would have to decide that ine haunts I once had known places I had liked in the old the Once far I had wild glorious dedicate my first book to her I had In the 10 years that followed there had been others inscribed to various people who meant little or nothing to me In those days of my youth there had been also a passionate promise that I would write a play for Mar galo This however had never been fulfilled My forte was not the the ater A voice at my elbow me from my reverie I 1 r probablv would be gone now A lon0 time since I had been in New York A large city changes rapidly ana j it had been 10 years j looked up Even Margalo was not the same Been a long time There was something more settjf since I saw We shook hands about her more mature A USD corjjaiiy rone from her eyes person in the world I more too something I couldn L rd ever run jnto in New fathom yet because we had had so j he said with a smile short a time together at j vou came back luncheon her breakfast j here Ten years since 1 had seen her Then I remembered I had expected her to be the same tnat only this morning when I had Queer the trick the years play on through the papers I had us The wav she had looked at me seen van Every mentioned some r t i TKo knew I had changed too what prominenily The Dispatch Youre Bettinggray she hacj had a long story about a fa had said 1 was but I had never mous ne had purchased for hd mv few white hairs mentioned some fabulous price Seventy thou franklv before Yes I was getting j dollars and according to the Wav But 37 is entirely too young paper the highest price ever paid an to besin feeling old Mar for a single ruby ralo was 37 too Probably now she Hear youve been doing s didnt admit to that age but she financing in nevertheless I some I jibed knew Probj indeed I had read the story in its abhher gave out that j entirety because I knew Van Every Miss Younger was not a day over am knew his love for gems Yes Come up to my house and VISIT HAUPTMANNS HOUSE Not Sure Capsules Held Cold Medicine 30 She looked 30 I thought Easily that And when a woman looks 30 snow it to he invited He these days when no woman claims j knew also my interest in the sub more than 25 hoary years she is ject In Florence where we had met careless It was unlike Margalo to sonie years before he had a villa be careless I one I had seen the Khoni ir snrt T were ettin toj var diamond one of the finest in the Sddle ate I s heS as I had world Before that jewels had been a do although I know very merely baubles to me but after eee wef there is no such thing as age i mg that stone I found myself with a wen uieie i tremendous interest in jewels I al ways attributed this to Van Every Not that I bought any When I asked Now if you Im sorry out Im just going around to the stage door to get Miss I cant quite Once long ago very long ago it seems now because the span of la years is not so tenacious in our memoriess older years she and I had been in love Young love it only a summer and then we both came to our senses I say both I mean Margalo first but The thought I remember that she made the discovery first rather stung at j the time Later I entirely recovered completely that when I think of our realization now it seems per fectly evident we both decided at once that we were quite the worst kind of fools I without a sou just out of college She just starting on her career If our love had been a little make it Bring her if you ruby it in my safety de capsujes SLAGLE ON STAND IN FLOYD NORTONS TRIAL Admits Not Watching Mrs Johnston All of Time BEDFORD Hortons attorneys gained from Ruth Slagle young rural school teacher who lived with Hortona paramour Mrs Anna Johnston an admission Thurs day that she was not certain the powder Mrs Johnston put in cap sules she prepared for Hortons wife was cold medicine Horton 38 year old farmer is on trial here for the poison capsule murder Feb 15 of his wife Elta 37 Mrs Johnston widowed neighbor of the Hortons confessed purchasing the poison which the state contends killed Mrs Horton but claimed her lover actually gave it to his wife Both have admitted numerous illicit relationships The buxom widow is awaiting sentence at the conclusion of Hor tons trial on a first degree murder charge to which she pleaded guilty Lawyer Dramatizes Act Defense Attorney Homer S Ste phens dramatized for the jury the preparation of the capsules Miss Slagle playing her own role Ste phens that of Mrs Johnston The shy young teacher measured off the approximate length of the i buffet at which she said she and j Mrs Johnston stood while the sules were prepared told the j jury that the widow was the first to suggest that Mrs Horton should take a different cold medicine than she was taking and offered to pre pare it Didnt Stephens asked have your back turned much of the time while Mrs Johnston filled the posit vault Then Ill have to come tonight eh If you want to see it I suggested he accompany me back stage He assented adding that he had enjoyed Margalos per 5 pn stronger we probably would nave formance and shouid ike to meet braved it but I think we both were her a little frightened Margalo had a to be I was a moony boy liv C on dreams and eating where 1 might We agreed alter when we came to earth and could talk about it sen sibJy that what had happened was for the best Since then we have been friends Very good fnends We have written occasional notes sent occasional presents Ten years ago when I saw Margalo in Paris after word Margalo was slipping into a heavy mink coat when we reached her dressing room She nodded po litely when I introduced Van Every but her face reflected immediate in terest when she learned he was the owner of the Camden ruby and that she was invited to see it this even ing As she was hungry we pro ceeded to go to a small restaurant that was near the theater the three of us You dont mean to say Mr Van Every that youve left your ruby at she asked He laughed a short quick laugh that was characteristic of him My dear Miss un guarded At the present he a hjs the war we mentioned not a of love Indeed we both knew very well we didnt love each other That had gone It was of the past didnt try to resurrect it Tonight we would talk and plan what we would do in the week I had in the city Most of the time I knew I would spend with her Indeed Margalos company would be all 1 would need The business I had come over for would be quickly transact ed Then I would go back to Paris Already I was homesick for my adopted home The trip over had been lonely but I was used to loneliness Then the city which I tad known so well in watch Soon is my I was a stranger now looking on this city of my birth with almost alien eyes My business over I would hurry back Margalo was like an oasis in a desert of lineliness I had not writttn that I was com ing so Margalo was surprised this morning She had a right to be My last note to her was from India months before And at that time I had had no more idea of returning to New York than of flying across the Atlantic Sometimes it seemed incompre hensible to me that she who loved domesticity had not married It might be that she had changed more than I bargained Now and I then I had read rumors of her gagement to someone only later to see these rumors denied Her name in lights outside 1 had smiled when I it flickering on and off on Broadway Fifteen years ago I had coached her in a small part her first real I could re member her lines still repeat them letter perfect The agony of that night was with me every time I sitting near my safe a gun on his I remembered Soon He was with Van Every in Florence a silent Chi ness ageless he seemed to me his face furrowed with a thousand wrinkles his hair as black as night The more I had seen of Soon the more I appreciated what an ad mirable servant he was Where Van thought of Margalo She had been so intense about it so anxious Her big chance And so it had proved From that part she had gone stead ily upward until now these lights of hers had joined the great incandes cent glow that was Broadway Margralo famous I well I too had had some recognition although said the teacher I was turned away from her part of the time I saw her pour out the medi cine on a piece of paper so she could scoop it up in the But you are not absolutely cer tain the powder Mrs Johnston placed in the capsules was the cold medicine said Stephens replied the witness I thought it Earlier in direct examination James R Locke special prosecutor brought from Miss Slagle the state ment that Horton who a witness yesterday said had admitted un faithfulness to his wife with other women besides Mrs Johnston asked her once for a Asked Her for Date He asked me How about a date for a show she said What did you reply asked Locke I told him absolutely said the teacher Locke offered as an exhibit this morning the envelope in which Miss Slagle said she sealed the capsules after Mrs Johnston prepared them He called the jurys attention to two tears one of which he said was made by Mrs Horton when she re moved the capsules after they were brought to her by her husband The other was a small tear at the cor ner under the flap The state con tends a capsule was removed through this corner tear by Horton and the medicine in it substituted with poison Sister Takes Stand Claudia Severn 46 sister of Mrs Horton took the stand after the defense finished with Miss Slagle She testified that her sister was in good health prior to her death though she had a slieht cold Dr Scth A Walton coroners physician was the next witness He he was called to the Horton home by Coroner Floyd Shura and found Horton Mrs Johnston and Ruth Slagle there I asked Horton what had hap Dr Walton said and he replied my wife just took sick and I asked him if she had been sick At first he said but later said she had been sick 10 days He said she had suffered no pain in either head or Dont Just I told him that she must have had something that people just dont He told me then that his wife died after taking some medicine I obtained from the Dr Walton said he found Mrs Hortons body with the jaws set fingers clenched arms akimbo feet with toes pointing downward Horton asked me what caused victims were believed headed to rej her the doctor testified port for work i and I told him we would have to ON THE INSIDE MELVIN W ELUS Iowa Banking Neanng Normal Ellis Reports ON PAGE 3 Davenport Defeated in Basketball Tourney ON PAGE 13 Cerro Gordos Safety Council Is Organized ON PAGE 15 Iowa State Brands Business on Increase ON PAGE 17 lowan Claims Patt of Money Found for Bank ON PAGE 3 TOWNSEND CLUB INQUIRY STARTS AT send his wifes stomach City I was afraid the to Iowa medicine Every had picked him up I didnt know In the villa at Florence his household consisted of Chinese ser vants except for a French gover ness for his niece It was strange there to see these yellow people I had commented on it then but Van Every said they traveled every where with him TO BE CONTINUED 2 DIE IN CRASH AT MUSCATINE When Car Is Hit by Train at Crossing MUSCATINE GW Charles D Wiegand 36 and a second man ten tatively identified as William C Jones also of Muscatine met In stant death Thursday morning on a railroad crossing when the car in which they were riding was struck by a westbound Milwaukee freight train The accident happened at a cross ing near dam No 16 where the two given her wasnt cold medicine Agrees to Examination first Horton said he couldnt bear to have her body but later agreed to a post mortem ex amination when I explained that it cant hurt Horton was showing signs of strain as his trial rounded into its third day During the long testimony re counting the death scene and the tortures Mrs Horton suffered from her poison death in their storm bound home Feb 15 Horton was visibly hard put to maintain his composure Tears frequently broke from his eyes as three of hisneighbors re lated from the witness stand their march through snow drifted fields in subzero weather to the Horton home to find the defendant sitting by a window the body of his dead wife lying on a cot Gulps and Sijrhs He gulped and sighed alternately His fingers nervously twisted a handkerchief which he frequently put to his mouth Frank Cubbage one of Hortons neighbors testified to a conversa tion with the defendant in which Horton jokingly remarked about having dates with women other than his wife and Mrs Johnston Miss Slagle self conscious on the stand spoke so low that District Judge Homer A Fuller prompted her to speak The witness said that Mrs John ston learning Mrs Horton had a cold declared Ill give her some quinine and some capsules to take it in so it wont be bitter Envelope Was Sealed Miss Slagle who boarded and roomed at the Johnston home said she was present when Mrs John ston prepared the capsules the day before Mrs Hortong death Anna put the quinine into capsules from paper torn from the corner of a she said She said after the capsules were filled Mrs Johnston handed them to her ana asked her to put them into an envelope I sealed the she testified Horton ate dinner at the Johnston home that day Miss Slagle said She declared the defendant and his par amour were alone in the kitchen where the capsules were at least three times asserting I was busy and didnt watch Prompted About Visit During the afternoon she said Mrs Johnston prompted her about a visit she had planned to neighbors She quoted the widow as saying if youre going youd better Cubbage related Hortons descrip tion of his wifes agonized death Cubbage testified that Horton didnt want to call a doctor or the coroner after his wife House Committee Given Tax Program Framed by SubGroup WASHINGTON JPI Congress turned the public gaze Thursday upon the inner circle of the Town send pension movement and details of the new tax plan Opening hearings in a in vestigation a special house commit tee questioned Robert E Clements who has just resigned as coleader of the Townsendites He called Dr F E Townsend a brilliant physi As a basis for hearings to start Monday on new taxes the house ways and means committee accept ed without change the program shaped by a subcommittee in secret sessions Would Levy Taxes It would levy corporation taxes to yield a year and re capture AAA taxes which were avoided by some firms but the new processing imposts suggested by President Roosevelt were not includ ed Other developments President Roosevelt appointed a new committee to study results and accomplishments of the outlawed national recovery administration Government revenues for this fi which began last July 1 passed The commerce department said transport pilots had expressed satisfaction with federal aviation supervisory personnel Issue Wanted Notice The justice department broad cast a wanted notice for William Mahan considered by J Edgar Hoo ver the remaining principal of the Weyerhaueser kidnaping Senator Minton a mem ber of the senate lobby committee accused William Randoph Hearst the publisher of prostituting his newspapers for his own private in terests Minton made his accusation in a speech on the senate floor as the committee was preparing to file its reply to a suit brought in District of Columbia supreme court by the publisher to prevent use of certain of his telegrams seized by the com mittee in its investigation into lob bying Could Not Campaign Senator Borah decided not to en ter the California republican presi dential preference primary because it would be impossible for him to campaign in that state My friends think I ought not to do so unless I can spend at least a week in he told re porters In view of the Illinois and Ohio I have already would be utterly im A bill to establish a flood rehabil itation administration to make up to in loans to corpora tions and individuals was intro duced by Senator Davis Fewer Auto Deaths Fewer automobile fatalities this year than last were reported for 86 leading cities Clements resigned coleader of the S200amonth old age pension movement was called before a house investigating committee head ed by Representative Bell who has called the plan fantastic impossible and Bell whose committee has been granted to sift the financing and other angles of old age pension movements promised startling revelations Accounts for All Clements who resigned after a split with Dr Townsend an nounced he had collected in his organizing drive and had ac counted for every postage Rexford G Tugwell the resettle ment administrator announced a committee is considering a plan for double benefits for farm families who have been in distress If the plan is approved approximately of these clients would not only receive rehabilitation loans to make them self supporting but get full subsidies under the new soil conservation plan Another Washington development was a prediction by Senator Van denberg that both the big Florida ship canal and the Pas samaquoddy tideharnessing power project in Maine will be discontin ued permanently Both were start ed with relief funds allotted by the Defense to File Answer to Quevli Suit in Death of Wife Who Had Trances Nels Quevli Lakefield at torney filed suit late Wednesday in district court here on two counts for an aggregate of damages against Josephine C and Frank P Finn cousins of his deceased wife alleging that they failed to notify him of the illness or death of his wife Anna M Quevli on March 2 1934 Fitzpatrick and Barlow local law firm representing the Finns stated Thursday that a special appearance would be filed for the defendants attacking the original notice served upon them The notice according to Dan FitEpatrick is not in compli ance with Iowa statutes Meanwhile Mr Quevli stated that the case is in process of settlement and will probably be withdrawn for 2 Days Mrs Quevli became ill on Feb 28 two days before her death when the house at 224 West State street in which she rented a room from Miss Finn was damaged by fire Mr Quevli alleges Without consulting or informing him Mr Quevli charges his wifes cousins then took her to a hotel and following her death placed her in charge of an undertaker She was past her seventythird birthday when she died In his petition Mr Quevli further alleges that both he and his wife were subject to fainting spells and suspended and that they had fully agreed that each should protect the other from the attacks of the in case of death or apparent death Encouraging It was further agreed upon by Mr Quevli and his wife the peti tion states that in case of death or apparent death the survivor should not permit any undertaker to touch the apparently dead body for three days during which time such apparently dead body should be watched over by the survivor and be kept at the house either at Lakefield or Mason City very com fortably dressed with the tempera ture at 85 degrees and the survivor should now and then speak some sympathetic words of encourage ment to the apparently departed as if still The Finns Mr Quevli alleges had specifically agreed to report by tele gram or telephone to him at Lake field in case of any injury or illness of his wife that might happen dur ing his absence Fail to Notify Him time of his wifes injury incurred in the fire the petitioner states and did not send any message to him un til several hours after her death At that time he received a telegram stating Anna passed away overcome by signed by Miss Finn Mr Quevli replied by wire Do not allow undertaker to touch Anna until I see her tonight or in morn he asserts and tried unsuc cessfully for more than an hour to get in touch with by tele phone to prevent delivery of his wifes body to an undertaker who would destroy the life that was in FORECAST IOWA Snow in northwest portion and showers in northeast and extreme east portions Thurs day night colder in west and south portions Thursday night Friday fair and colder in east and south central portions MINNESOTA Cloudy snow or rain in south portion Thursday night and snow in north Thursday night and probably Friday morn ing somewhat warmer in north cast portion Thursday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum Wednesday 44 Minimum In Night 29 At 8 A M Thursday S5 Snowfall Trace Precipitation 03 of an Inch Those who make the mistake of expecting good from March were disappointed when they arose Thurs day morning to a snowy landscape Falling through dust laden air the individual snow flakes had a brown ish cast to them when they hit the earth charge of and maintaining her Driving to Mason City as soon as possible after receiving notice of his wifes death Mr Quevli to his great surprise extreme grief sor row and disappointment found his home damaged by fire and his wife laid away and embalmed by an un Used Poison Liquid He further charged that the de fendants upon his wifes death had immediately handed her body over to a stranger known as an under taker who removed from her body every drop of blood and replaced it with an extremely poisonous liquid known as embalming Mr Quevli identified himself in his petition as a registered pharm acist who has made a special study of life and biology in the last 50 years as his hobby Cell Intelli gence the Cause of Evolution and Enzyme Intelligence Whence and Whither being the chief books which he has written on these sub jects Both these books were dedi cated to his wife he stated FARMER FORCED TO CASH CHECK Hands to 2 Bandits Under Threat of Harm to SHENANDOAH gun men Thursday forced M C Wood fil Strahan farmer to cash a check under a threat of never see ing your wife and children and hand them the money While Woodfil cashed the check in the Security Trust and Savings bank the men stood outside the Job by with guns leveled at him he told police Woodfil said he was approached at his farmyesterday about board ingpolo and a tentative date was made to complete the deal here today He met two of the supposed polo players on the street They took him to a hotel to see a third man des cribed as the owner of the ponies Woodfil said he refused to join a card game and that two of the men marched him at the point of con guns through a crowded to the bank He said he walked back to the ho tel with the bandits who divided the money warned him to keep quiet and fled Woodfil is an uncle of Mrs Otha Wearin wife of Congressman Wear in of Hastings Iowa Japanese Threaten to Intervene and Crush Red Army in China PEIPING sudden unex pected appearance of the vanguard of the communist army campaign ing in China at the frontier of in ner Mongolia evoked sharp words of warning from Japanese militarists Thursday of possible intervention Major Takeo Imai Japanese mili tary attache in Peiping announced the Japanese army will take the most effective steps necessary to deal with the situation if the com munists menace the pf ace of Hopei and Chahar Nothing Noteworthy on Southern Front ROME Pietro Bad oglio commander of the Italian forces in Ethiopia reported Thurs day that the Italian armies in the north were conducting intense avia tion activities but that there was nothing noteworthy happening on the southern front president The senate balked recent ly at granting more funds to con tinue the Florida program READ STORY ABOUT MASON CITYS GAME The story of Mason Citys first game at the state high schoocl basketball tournament at Dee complete boxscore will be carried in the North Iowa edition of th GlobeGazette for sale on the shortly after oclock Thursday evening HOFFMAN AIDES VIEW NAILHOLES IN ATTIC JOISTS Check Evidence Linking Bruno to Lindbergh Kidnap Ladder Copjrtshl 1036 by The Associated NEW YORK Harold G Hoffman spent almost five hours in Bruno Richard Hauptmanns Bronx home Thursday checking evidence connecting the convicted Lindbergh kidnap killer with the kidnap ladder The examination was not conclusive the governor said We have been looking at the wood and no conclusion can be drawn until we make further he declared as he left the house The governor with his aides and Attorney General David T Wilentz and prosecution officials had been busy in the Hauptmann house from 9 a until p m Check on Nailholes The primary reason for the gov ernors visit to the two family house in the Bronx was to check on the prosecution testimony at the Hauptmann trial that four nailholes found in rail 16 of the kidnap lad der fitted exactly with nailholes in the Hauptmann attic joists where the state claims that rail originally was nailed down The governor was represented as desirous of having this evidence carefully checked so that the court of pardons could have a report of his examination when it considers Hauptmanns second appeal for clemency in the next few days Hauptmann had been sentenced to die in the electric chair Tuesday night Has littleto Say Attorney GeneraWilentz had lit tle to say on the examinations made in the house The prosecution said he felt they had no part in todays investigation but had a fear be cause of the improper questioning of at least one of the state police officers by a person or agency with out authority and unknown to Arthur Koehler federal wood technologist testified at the trial that the ladder rail had been cut from the floor board part of which remained in the attic at the time of Hauptmanns arrest The grain of the rail matched that floorboard he swore and the ladder rail nailholes fitted nailholes ir the joists Fishers Car Outside William Lagay the governors secretary and Lieut Arthur Kea ten of the New Jersey state police were in the house with the gover nor The car of Lloyd Fisher chief defense counsel was parked near the two family house where Haupt mann lived at the time of his ar rest in September 1934 Meanwhile a close personal friend of Dr John F Condon the Jafsie of the ransom negotiations ex pressed surprise at Governor Hoff mans refusal to accept the condi tions which Condon outlined for the interview with him the governor has been seeking Nails Fit Perfectly Koehler testifying regardingthe railholes in rail 16 said at the Hauptmann trial those nails fit perfectly Now that indicated with out any doubt in my opinion that the rail had at one time been nailed down there on those joists There are four nailboles a certain distance apart and a certain direction from each other and in my opinion it wouldnt be possible that there would have been another somewhere with cut nailholes in it spaced ex actly like those nailholes are in the joists the same distance the same direction from each The nails he said fitted not only as to direction and spacing hut The distance between the nailholeg was irregular he pointed out HOFFMAN NOT TO ACT ALONE TO SAVE HAUPTMANN TRENTON N Har old G Hoffman said late Wednes day he will not act alone to save Bruno Richard rom the electric chair a second time While no gubernatorial reprieve will be forthcoming he said a situation may arise which would warrant some action by the court The governor made his statement about two hours after Hauptmanns lawyer C LJoyd Fisher filed with the court of pardons clerk a second appeal for mercy The court reject ed the first appeal on Jan 11 Hoffman at the same time said he would not see Dr John F Jaf sie Condon ransom intermediary m the Lindbergh case in Bronx home and would not agree to Dr Condons suggestion that questions be put to him in writing Doesnt Want Chat the governor said answer Jhe auegUofig if
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