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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 1, 1936, Mason City, Iowa III KSCQN E R I S ME i A ij l T 0 F I c Y n NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLII K1VB CENTS A COP ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 11936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 151 Sidelights on Probes Townsend Plan and A T and T Get Headlines By CHARLES F STEWART ASHINGTON The Townsend plan the American Tel ephone and Tel egraph company and the bigin dustries which have been arm ing in anticipa tion of labor trouble have been getting con siderable undesir able publicity out of pending con gressional inves tigations The Townsend quiz might not be particularly dam igaing to the pension planners ause if it were not for the split which occurred just at the psycho ogical moment between Dr Fran B Townsend himself and the ichemes business manager R E Elements The TownsendCleroents has its aspects of the n iiculous in that it is advertised as esulting from the elderly doctors ealousy of his junior associates i Vrowing reputation as the real of the plan It was an inci Jlent however which perhaps would blown over except for the m Fil vesUgation of the pension proposi ion right in the midst of it to keep of it alive Merits Not on Trial Briefly the inquiry and the row oordinated in a way to do one an other the most good The investigation in its nature lever was calculated to make out much of a case The Townsend program may or i nay not be workable It is not dis uted that the Townsendites are en itled to advocate it anyway Its ff nerits are not on trial before Rep Bells committee AH V that tie committee is at liberty to I determine is Is it a racket Few folk if any who have met Dr Town lend believe him to be a racketeer tjdssibly but honest I Thus the investigation was lun I estined to get anywhere Break Is Emphasized Nor would it have been so ex as a means of emphasizing the lireak between the doctor and Cie Mortons Brothers Testify for Defense HAUPTMANN CASE BREAK SEEN break presents the Town and plan in the light of a joke It is no advantage to a crusade to broadcast as a joke The A T T is unlucky in hav iv had its president Walter S Gif ird chosen as former President ioovers first minister of economic ecovery T was present at a conference or ewspapermen with president Git ord shortly after his selection to ioht the depression in its earv ays and heard him argue for the maintenance of jobs and wages to ieht the then incipient slump Now he is revealed as head ot fivebillion dollar corporation rmong the leaders of wagecutters nd employment slashers of depres ion years Barrels of Money time when the A T T barrelsful of money At a vas making 3 It was rather inter view with Walter Gifford He was smoking a cigar The newspaper hoys pressed him pretty rtrongly What was he going to do His cigar kept going out and he kept relighting it Finally he put it in his mouth fire end first There is this to besaid for Gif On the pan before a gathering of newspapermen or a congressional committee he is reasonably meek Some of his underlings are sassy he has better sense Private Armies Industrys private armies are disagreeably advertised by investi gations into the coal and coke and steel trades They have been attacked on con stitutional grounds in past times Their legality is doubtful Congressional inquiry proves that they exist however These congressional inquiries un doubtedly do uncover a great deal of information that is nobodys bus iness At the same time some of it is very interesting PROBERS LEARN TOWNSEND SAW MILLIONS IN IT Committee Gets Letter to Clements on Age Pension Move WASHINGTON written statement by Dr F B Townsend that it looks to me as if there might be millions in it was submit ted Wednesday to the house com mittee investigating the Townsend old age pension plan The statement was made in a letter to Robert E Clements re signed national secretary and co founder of the movement In the letter Dr Townsend urged sending out organizers to obtain member ship wholesale James R Sullivan the commit tees counsel commented that the reason Dr Townsend did not want to replace Edward J Margett San Francisco area manager as sug gested by Clements was because Margett was one of the best pro ducers Accused of Larceny Three indictments returned against Margett were submitted to the committee by Sullivan They accused him of grand lar ceny and accepting the earnings of a prostitute Earlier the investiga tors had heard that he received from to 52100 monthly in commissions fvom the pension drive On taxes Clyde Conley Ohic bridge manufacturer warned th house ways and means committee holding hearings on the program that the proposal to levy on corporation income in relation to the amount not passed on promptly to stockholders would drive independent fabricators from the steel industry Other developments The National Geographic society said President Roosevelt would present its Hubbard gold medal to Lincoln Ellsworth explorer Consider Appropriations The house considered appropria tions to meet next years operating expenses in the state justice labor and commerce departments The senate turned to debate on the appointment of Lamar Hardy as United States attorney for Legislators in both chambers heard with interest that republican leaders tentatively have selected former Governor Frank 0 Lowden of Illinois as keynoter for the re publican national convention in June The aim of the leaders it was said was to obtain a keynoter ac ceptable to all factions in the party SenateBattleSeen A possible senate battle involving the social security act was fore shadowed by an announcement of Senator Clark DMo that he would fight at this session to force action on an amendment to protect existing private pension systems The idea is to grant refunds of certain social security taxes paid by companies and employes which have pension plans of their own j Pressing on with their inquiry in to the American Telephone and Tel egraph company investigators of the communications commission said they would devote attention to lob Aged Father of Victim Is 13th Juror BEDFORD call W A Hatchett the thirteenth juror n district court here where Floyd Horton is on trial for the poison capsule murder of his wife Elta 37 Twelve jurors sit in the jury box their duty to decide whether thc 38 year old farmer should be nanged sent to prison for life or freed The thirteenth juror sits in the front row of the courtroom benches years ol age work and grief weighing down his once big framed body his faded sun squinted eyes fastened intently upon Horton ai the state parades testimony of Hor tons illicit love life before the court The thirteenth juror is Hortons fatherinlaw father of the attrac tive wife he is accused of killing in their snowbound farm home Feb 15 Had 7 Children Once he was Bud Hatchett a cattle feeder and farmer with seven children Now only three children remain One died when a baby Another was drowtied A third vanished The fourth died in poison produced convulsions He talks but little as the second week of the trial wears away But each morning he slides into a seat where he can watch Horton with out interference Perhaps he listens to state witnesses tell of his son inlaws unfaithfulness to his wife and to his paramour Mrs Anna Johnston the 195 pound widowed neighbor who pleaded guilty to complicity in the murder testified against her erstwhile lover Eyes on Horton But his eyes seldom leave Hor ton who weeps squirms mops his wow or sits slumped in his swivel chair Mother and me he said were verv happy Then Mildred died when a wee baby Then Eldon left us He was 32 drowned out in Utah Then Manford left was before Elta married 14 years ago never came back We dont know where he went We used to jet letters from him from Omaha where he said he was making good in a flour mill Then his letters SHOP EARLY EASIER bying in connection with state leg islation Suggestions on Laws Samuel Becker the commissions special counsel said Tuesday that telephone officials at New York headquarters sent suggestions to associate Bell companies concerning pending state legislation and that often such suggestions have been incorporated in the laws The capitals latest lobby got away to a flying start as Thomas Riggs Jr Princeton university stu dent came here to buttonhole mem bers for payment of a bonus now to the veterans of fu ture wars He said that if the fu ture veterans do not get satisfaction pretty quickly therell be a bonus march stopped Now Eltas dead 3 Daughters Left Its nearly too much for mother and me Were getting old His big farm work gnarled hand brushed at his eye The three Hatchett children re maining to Bud Hatchett and his wife are married Since the trial opened Hatchett has refrained from commenting about his soninlaw unless ques tioned and then he is likely not to CLAIM HE WAS BROKEN UP BY DEATH OF WIFE Lawyers Indicate They Will Make Issue of Oyster Supper BULLETIN BEDFORD Hortcm told from the witness stand Wed nesday his version ot his wifes death the wife he is on trial for murdering with poison He emphatically declared he did not know what was in Ihe jar ot medicine his paramour Mrs Anna Johnston testified she pre pared for him and his wife BEDFORD Hortons attorneys laid the groundwork for their defense of the 38 year old farmer today by seeking to estab lish that Horton was all broken up after his wifes death Horton depicted by the state as a philandering farmer unfaithful to both his wife and his paramour is on trial for the poison capsule mur der Feb 15 of his wife Elta 37 State witnesses testified he seemed little moved by his wifes death Guy Horton 30 Floyds brother testified he went to the Horton home the day after his brothers wife died and that Floyd look it awful hard I never saw Floyd and Elta have an argument or scrap he said and I worked for Floyd and lived them a whole ycjsj All in Fun Floyd often joked tlta but it was all in fun He also declared his brother told Mrs Anna Johnston Floyds 195 sound stern faced widowed para mour Anna you hadnt better stay You better go home State witnesses testified Horton called Mrs Johnston to the Horton home immediately after his wife died and that the neighbor woman with whom he has admitted illicit relationships remained there until VIrs Horton was buried Clyde Horton 46 another brother also testified that Floyd was all broken up after Eltas death crying and talking wildly He declared his jrother and his wife were always friendly1 Reached for Gun In cross examination Special Prosecutor James R Locke brought out that Floyd told his brother lyde that he and Elta quarreled the day before she died that he reached for the question once the thirteenth juror hear But said I liked Floyd when he and Elta were marriedl thought he was all right ON THE INSIDE VINCENT HARRINGTON Harrington Runs for Lieutenant Governor ON PAGE 3 Cliff Hathaway to Be With Minor Loop Club ON PAGE 9 Latimer Family Routed From Bed House Burns ON PAGE 14 Lowden Expected to Be G 0 P Keynoter i ONPAGE 5 Mason City Auto Show Set for April 9 to ON PAGE 8 12 Points Without a Point April 1 Gift ON PAGE 7 24 HOUR BATTLE field undertaker who prepared Mrs Hortons body for burial Saw No Hats Prosecutor Locke objected when Crew was asked if Mrs Johnston told him is foolish to have a post mortem done on his wife Crew was allowed to answer how ever and said he didnt remember such a conversation He further testified he had known Horton for many years and that Floyds reputation for truth is good He admitted in cross exam gun and said lets i ination that he knew of Hortons BORDER AT END Threat of New Russo Japanese War Seen in Clash By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A 21 hour battle which informed soviet sources asserted contained the danger of another RussoJapa nese war was reported in Moscow to have ended Wednesday The battle was fought on the border between Manchoukuo the Japanese created empire and outer Mongolia the soviet advised state which the Chinese national govern ment still claims is a part of China Russian sources said the battle was fought in Mongolia the Japa nese general headquarters in Hsinkingclaimed it was fought in Manchoukuo Each Accuses Other Each party to the dispute claimed the other had used airplanes anc one Japanese source implied that the Mongols used poison gas Official advices received in Mos cow from Mongolia said the Man choukuoans and Japanese had been forced to retreat from Mongolian territory Mongolia recently concluded mutual assistance pact with Russia under which the red array is pledgee to go to the assistance of Mongolia in case of unprovoked aggression A soviet spokesman sairt seri ous responsibility wouid dcvolvc on the Japanese government if the fighting i Mongolia continued I de Neivs Printed The inaccessability of the area of conflict as well as evidences of cen sorship prevented a detailed account of what was taking place Japanese newspapers for ex ample printed little news concern ing the conflict Competent authorities qlose to the war and foreign c in Tokio said that if Mongol claim of invasion was ivere inclined to belk on the border had Okies orders In N J Picture 16 Pound Baby Bom to Clear Lake Family CLEAR LAKE Clear Lake claims a heavyweight champion in Henry Linne Jr a youngster who tipped the scales at 16 pounds at birth Sunday morning He is the son of Mr and Mrs Henry Linne 314 South Elm street Dr F A Barber attending physician stated that he is the largest new born babe that he had ever seen WEATHER PLAYS APRIL 1 TRICK Zero or NearZero Readings Forecast as Snow Falls on Whole State DES MOINES T Wednesday was April fools day And April widely known for its showers fooled lowans by mantling the state with snow Temperatures also turned downward the weatherman fore casting zero for the northwest sec tion five above for the northeast 10 above for the southwest and 15 above for the southeast by early Thvrsday Snow during the last 24 hours ranged from a trace at Keokuk up to more than two inches at Sioux City and Des Moines It continued failing during the day though at some points it turned from rain to snow and back again as tempera tures varied Its snowing over the entire state the weatherman said and up in North luwa there will prob ably be S to 10 inches on the ground by Thursday for there was six to eight inches already piled up at some points in that section As for Thursday the weatherman was hesitant It may snow quite a bit more and then it may not But he was certain it was going to be colder end it all that Elta replied Im not ready to die yet Clyde also admitted Floyd and Elta has spats sometimes and that she kidded him about other women Indicating they would make an issue of an oyster supper Mrs Johnston testified she served Hor tonj his wife her father Lem Ross Ruth Slagle young school teacher who lived with her and her farm hand Frank Ladd defense attor neys questioned Herbert Owens pharmacist who earlier testified he sold Mrs Johnston the poison she confessed purchasing Poison Tastes Bitter Owens said the poison found in Mrs Hortons body tastes bitter and that a cathartic Mrs Johnston testified probably was spilled into Mrs Hortons oyster stew tastes salty and bitter The defense brought up the oyster supper in winding up their cross examination of Mrs Johnston the inference being that the widow at tempted to poison her lovers wife previous to Mrs Hortons death from poison contained in a cold cap sule Mrs Johnston admitted prepar ing for her The state contends Horton substi tuted poison obtained from his paramour in the cold capsule De fense attorneys indicated in cross examination they would seek to es tablish that Mrs Johnston filled the capsule with poison instead of medi cine and that Horton knew nothing about it Tasted Her Soup In redirect examination the state brought out that Mrs Johnston tasted Mrs Hortons soup threw it out and refilled her bowl that Hor ton twitted his wife about her taster but did not taste the soup himself In turn defense attorneys brought out in questioning Mis Slagle that Mrs Mortons bowl was different from the others placed on the table affairs with other women The defense recalled Frank Ladd Mrs Johnstons farm hand and brought from him that he never saw on Mrs Johnstons farm or observed any poison Mrs Johnston testified she brought the poison to kill rats Secretive on Plans Defense Attorneys Homer S Stephens and James A Lucas were secretive as to their defense plans but said they would call about 15 witnesses and that Horton would takethe stand They held a long conference with Horton Tuesday night District Judge Homer A Fuller denied the defense request for a directed verdict when the state rested its case late Tuesday There is abundant evidence in the record at this time to sustain the state the judge ruled if a verdict of guilty were returned against this defendant and the highest penalty assessed either or the theory that the defendant was an accomplice with Anna Johnston rr on the theory of a conspiracy be tween them and that she herself ad ministered the poison As the state brought its case to a close new testimony of Hortons unfaithfulness was given the jury Mrs Grace Adair the dead wo mans sister testified between sobs that Horton made advances upon her five years ago Have a Little Fun Under the questioning of Special Prosecutor James R Locke Mrs Adair said Hot ton came to her and said he came out to have a little fun Q What did you say to him A I told him Uiat I didnt want to disgrace my husband and my little girl and I didnt want to dis grace my sister Mrs Horton I Asked Hortons ieply to her re thc witness answered Severe Earthc Paciff in MANILA P earthquake ten south of Manila region of the Cel on CHARLES ZIED Wonders confession later re pudiated 1o the Lindbergh kid napmtirder gave Bruno Kichard Hauptmann a few more days of lifn when a Jersey grand jury asked more lime to study it before Hatrptmaims execution Zied Philadelphia cop killer who was to have preceded Haupt iann to the electric chair was iranled a 30 day reprieve by ipv Harold G Hoffman FORECAST IOWA Cloudy snow Wednes day night and possibly in extreme east portion Thursday morning colder Wednesday night continued cold Thursday MINNESOTA Cloudy to part ly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday possibly snow in south and cast central portions Wednes day night and slightly colder not so cold Thursday in extreme north west IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figres for 24 hour period ending at oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday 25 ahove Minimum in Night 18 above At 8 A M 21 above Snowfall 5 Of an inch Precipitation 05 of an inch The weathermans little April fool joke on Mason City assumed the form of a half inch of snow Wednesday morning which was added to during the forenoon variiage Estimated at Close to Caused at Fort Dodge FORT DODGE dam age estimated at close to 530000 resulted from the attempt of two yeggs to crack an empty safe at the A R Loomis and Sons produce plant here Tuesday night The two robbers escaped but police believe one was injured in the premature explosion The two broke into the plant ELECTROCUTION ONFRIDAYH SNEPROGRAM Grand Jury Session Put Off Detention of Wendel Probed HAUFTMANN AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press Sensational developments prom ised to come from the Mercer county grand jurys investigation of the repudiated confession of Paul H Wendel With the grand jury in adjourn ment until Thursday there were widespread rumorg that it would be the source of a new break which might affect the fate of Bruno Hauptmann saved from death Thursday night by the un precedented action of the warden in postponing execution The execution was set Wednes day for 8 oclock Friday night Erwin Marshall the prosecutor announced the grand jury will in quire into Wendeis detention in a home for feebleminded and the confessions obtained by Ellis Parker nationally known Bur lington county detective chief As the possibility that Haupt mann might escape the death chair beyond Friday night grew his wife Anna went to the prison to visit him again William Lagay secretary to Governor Hoffman said several telephone calls were received Tuesday threatening an after math if Hauptmann is executed and 500 messages had been re ceived urging the governor to stay tlie execution In Washington Arch W Loney PWA materials expert said he i had urged Governor Hoffman to investigate the origin of the hoard from which part of the kidnap ladder reportedly was made He said he understood a board had been purchased from a Bronx lumber company a week after Hauptmsnns arrest and said it looked as if someone put it in Hauptmanns home The lumber company said it had no record of such a purchase Robert W Hicks one of Hoff mans investigators Joft for North Jersey where he said he would check the movements of Wendel which were described as the most important angle right now Both Hauptmann in the death house and his wife Anna in a Trenton hotel spent a restful night Bruno slept until after 10 a m By DALE HAKKISON Cfipjrliht IIKIG by The Associated PrcSR TRENTON N J sensa tion soaked Lindbergh case stilt reeling from the literally last min ute halting of Bruno Richard Hauptmanns execution Tuesday night was threatened with further startling developments Wednesday The new break the nature of which was not disclosed promised to come from the Mercer county grand jurys investigation of charges that the murder of the baby Lind bergh was done by Paul H Wendel now held under a formal charge in the county jail here The Mercer county prosecutor Er wtn Marshall announced that the jurys investigation scheduled to iuc w have been resumed Wednesday af about 9 oclock and surprised Night I temoon had been deferred until Watchman John Nydegger as he j Thursday morning to permit him to made his rounds While one of the inquire into circumstances sur Imrglars guarded Nydcgger the other set to work on the safe Shortly after Nydcgger said the man trying to open the safe cried Come and get me out of here Nydegger said he heard the men flee Breaking his cords he went to the office which he fiunu in flames The fire through the wooden ting the building by Mrs Johnston buke A court battle developed when the He said he didnt mean no harm defense called Ralph Crew Clear by it State Treasurer Holds Up Illinois Pay Checks SPRINGFIELD 111 sands of employes in departments under Governor Horners jurisdic tion faced a payless payday Wed nesday as State Treasurer John Stelle held up their checks until we can investigate padded pay rolls We have discovered more than 3000 names of payrollers who arc not actually working for the state and are turning the matter over to the attorney generals office Stelle said Stelle a candidate for lieutenant goveinor on the regular demo cratic primary ticket sponsored by Mayor Edward J Kelly of Chicago and Patrick Nash democratic na tional committeeman in opposition to Governor Homers campaign for renomination has been caustic in his attacks on the governor in the primary campaign which closes April 14 The order did not extend to em ployes of Stelles office Secretary of State Hughes staff or Auditor Barretts employes These three are members of mary ticket Homer the KcllyNash pri opposed by Governor rounding Wendeis detention at Mt Holly in February by the na tionally known Burlington county detective chief Ellis Parker Conducts Own Probe Parker conducting his own unof ficial investigation of the Lindbergh i murder in the firm belief that Hauptmann was not guilty of the crime is the man who obtained the 1 three confessions which Wendel subsequently repudiated but which were largely the basis on which the grand jury won the delay in Haupt manns execution plans Tuesday night The exact nature of the develop ment could not be made public im mediately a high source said but it was indicated it would be sensa tional With Marshalls announcement that witnesses would appear in con nection with the detention nf Wendel in Burlington county It was apparent that all cluding the murder charge against the man in Mercer come before the grand jury Wants to Testify John Kafes Wendeis attorney announced Wednesday that Wendel had asked the grand jury frr per mission to appear before it and said that he believed lie could shov the alleged confessions were un