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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 3, 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 CENTS A COPS ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JUNE THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 203 Says Solons Overdid Job Stewart Convinced Probe Was Aid to Townsendism In By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON CP A house of repre sentatives com mittee on investi gation of the Townsend plan fell into an error which congres sional investigat i n g committees are rather prone to It overdid its job of heckling its victims and produced an ef fect opposite to the one at which it was aiming One doesnt need to be a believer in the Town send old age pension program to realize that the representatives in crairy into it was political in its mo tive The plan was rolling up a follow ing which alarmed many of the law makers who did not care to sub scribe to most of them both democrats and republicans However though they regarded it as too much of a crackpot idea with which to become identified they were fearful that their reelection chances would be endangered if they refused to do so Make It Ridiculous Accordingly they hit on the scheme of trying to make it ridicu lous That was the real purpose of Chairman C Jasper Bells commit tee The Townsendites were given a modicum of representation in its membership but not enough to have any significant voice in its proceed ings The majority were totally un concerned as to the propositions merits and demerits They already were convinced that it was unwork able Their whole purpose was to give it plenty of unfavorable adver tising At this task they were quite suc cessful until they tackled Dr Fran cis E Townsend Good Beginning First they uncovered a row be tween the doctor and some of his leading associates making it appear that the plan was badly split within itself Then they made it look very much as if several of the doctors helpers had been far less interested in old age pensions than in lining their own pockets All accounts agree that this tech nique greatly weakened the plan Contributions to it seem to have fallen off tremendously Presumably this implied a diminution in its fol lowing Where End Was The committee should have begun to call off its dog right there Its real work was accomplished It had presented Dr Townsend in the light of a wellmeaning old suck er being exploited by a ring of rack eteers to whom he inadvertently had given a few suggestions Of course the doctor also had to be questioned but it should have been done gently diplomatically Anyone who ever has talked with Dr Townsend for five minutes should recognize that he is an honest fanatic He looks crabbed He is pretty snooty when skep tically questioned as I heard him queried at a National Press club luncheon Not Money Maker But sincerity is branded all over him It is manifest that if anyone made money out of his plan he is not the one who made it But the committee foolishly tried to pan the doctor to pin the stigma of racketeering on him It ought to have known better politically speaking It created sympathy for him not only among Townsendites but among folk who poohpooh Town sendism The committee had Townsendism on the run for awhile Now by its clumsiness it has strengthened it The doctor is a martyr It is an outstanding example of political fatheadedness Forecast Continued Fair Weather Little Temperature Change DES MOINES A clear sky stretched over Iowa Wednesday and the weatherman forecast continued fair weather Wednsday night and Thursday with little change in tem perature That means cooler temperatures for a high pressure area sent the mercury sliding down Tuesday night until it reached 37 at Inwood The high temperature Tuesday was 84 at Burlington Dubuque re ported 06 of an inch of rain during the last 24 hours JOIN STRIKE IN FRANCE SOCIALISTS GET READY TO TAKE ON GOVERNMENT Paris Threat ened With Food Milk Water Shortages PARIS strike movement which embraced workers and 300 factories rolled over France Wednesday as socialists and radical socialists prepared to take over the government These figures were estimated by authoritative sources at 4 p m as the strike developed throughout the country The capital itself was threatened with a shortage of food milk water and meat Ice supplies were cut off the workers in pumping stations threat ened to quit and bakers considered joining the strikers The new developments prefaced the resignation of Premier Albert Sarraut and his cabinet Thursday in POLICE USE TAXIS PARIS were used to transport prisoners Wednesday when the drivers of police patrol wagons went on strike Among the forces occupying a biscuit factory where many wc oaen are employed were two doz sn babies whose mothers went on strike preparation for the designation of Leon Blum socialist leader as pre mier Milk Supply Threatened Paris milk supply was threatened as refrigerating and ice manufac uring plants started shutting down The ice strike caused anxiety be cause of meat stocks valued at francs on hand in the packing plants The suburb of Nanterre was de prived of gas War industries were affected Em ployes quit work in the munitions factory at Valenciennes Others quit work at the shipyards in Marseilles Industrial regions around Paris and in northern France showed promise of being paralyzed American Firms Occupied The branches of several American firms were occupied by strikers Among these firms were the Richard Hudnut perfumery the Matford Automobile company which is related to the Ford com pany and the Crane Plumbing Fix ture company The United States embassy said none of the company officials was molested and that no assistance had been asked The Sarraut cabinet will meet at 4 p m Thursday in the ministry of the interior then will march across the street to the Elysee pal ace to submit its joint resignation as soon as Edouard Herriot who is the only candidate is elected pres ident of the chamber of deputies Will Call Blum Presiaent Albert LeErun then will call upon Blum to form the new cabinet The number of persons on strike more than doubled during the morn ing with employes esti mated idle in 230 factories The demands of strikers in all in dustries were identical Among them were higher wages a 40 hour week with abolition of overtime recognition of union representatives in the factories and pay to dis charged workers Follow Paris Lead In other cities workers followed the lead of the Paris strikers Two thousand five hundred employes of the FiveslUle company and artisans in the Peugot plant near Lille struck while 600 workers at Melun and 100 at Vierzon laid down their tools The power supply in Perpignan southern France was threatened when workers in a hydroelectric plant threatened to strike unless their demands were met Negotiations continued mean while between workers and em ployers representatives in the metal industry Work was resumed without inci dent in plants where agreements have already been reached Saturday Adjournment Hopes Revived Davis Holds Farmer Has to Have Aid DES MOINES C Davis said Wednesday that until foreign markets are restored farm ers must be helped to shift opera tions with an eye to the effective foreign and domestic We must the AAA administrator told a meeting of bus inessmen and farmers that we need to restore our foreign trade and that foreign commerce to flour ish on a permanent basis must be on a sound foundation of twoway trade and mutual benefit That prin ciple cannot be Davis continued the discussions of administration farm and foreign trade policies which he began upon his return last week from two month tour of 11 European coun tries He assailed proposed substi tutes for administration farm and trade policies which he said are be ing discussed McNaryHaugen BilL Recalling that from 1922 to 1929 he supported the McNaryHaugen two price system farm program Davis said that the turn of the decade brought changes which made a two price system impractical The postwar export volume wag high he said because of heavy loans to for eign countries We are actually giving our farm products away to whatever extent the foreign nations did not repay the Davis said and you know how much that was To that extent it wasnt really a foreign market it was foreign relief work at the expense of American inves tors and Davis said four propositions all of vital importance to are being discussed today The first he said would be adoption of a two price system second the adoption of higher farm tariffs the third criticism of production control as economics of and the fourth abandonment of present reciprocal trade agreement policies Would Not Work Concerning the first proposition Davis said a two price system would not work because foreign markets are closed This plan he said has been abandoned by administration leaders and was fought bitterly by republican leaders from 1923 to 1928 I do not see Davis said the forces which opposed the two price plan can seriously consider in dorsing it as the program for agri culture The administrator argued that higher tariffs and a national policy of exclusion can only be disastrous or our He denied that AAA production control was based on economics of scarcity Martin Norton May Get Prison Release DES MOINES Martin Norton 29 has found work he will be released Sunday from the Ana mosa reformatory The state par ole board has ordered his release as a reward for bravery in rescuing C H Hall a guard from a madden ed prisoner last January but upon the condition he has found employ ment CONGRESSMAN DIES AT HOME A P Andrew Was Director of Mint for Few Months Under Taft GLOUCESTER S Representative A Piatt Andrew died at his home here early Wednesday He was 63 and unmarried Andrew came home from Wash ington April 25 suffering from influenza He ap parently was on the road to re covery when he suffered a re lapse two weeks ago and his con d i t i o n became steadily worse While a staunch r e p u b 1 ican he supported much of President Roosevelts early legislation Andrew a wealthy man was di rector of the mint for a few months under President Taft and during the same administration was as sistant secretary of the treasury under Secretary Franklin Mac Veagh but only briefly leaving the post to accuse his superior of in competency Wallace Manager of Soo Line Dies MINNEAPOLIS E Wallace 57 vice president and gen eral manager of the Minneapolis St Paul and Saulte Ste Mary Railway comDany died early Wednesday Look Inside For WILLIAM HAINES Former Actor Blames Mob Attack on Gossip ON PAGE 2 North lowans High in Annual Brain Derby ON PAGE 8 More Hope of Enduring Peace Seen by Dawes ON PAGE 2 Dickinson Has Bettter Chance as Darkhorse ON PAGE2 Murray 8th District Democratic Nominee ON PAGE 3 3 Republican Races to Go to Convention ON PAGE 14 AWAIT REACTION ON WAGE RULING President Contends Supreme Court Has Stake Off No Mans Land WASHINGTON Pres ident Roosevelt contending that the supreme court majority has staked off a no mans land which no gov ernment can enter the new deal watched carefully Wednesday for public reaction to the courts in validation of the New York mini mum wage law for women President Roosevelt gave no in dication as to what if any future move the administration may make to extend government power into the zone he mentioned though new demands for constitutional amend ment were heard among some leg islators The chief executive contented himself with expressing the view at his press conference that deci sions of the supreme court majority had interpreted the constitution in such a way that states and federal governments had no power to es tablish minimum wages While the president declined to answer a reporters question as to How can you make this situation conform with new deal other administration officials left no doubt that they hoped the pub lic mood would be such that some thing would be done eventually FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Wednes day night and Thursday little change in temperature MINNESOTA Partly cloudy Wednesday night and Thursday little change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday 62 Minimum in Night 41 At S A M 55 The mercury in Mason City got dangerously near the frost level Tuesday night At the sugar plant north of town the minimum tem perature was frosts have een recorded at that temperature HOUSE REACHES AGREEMENT ON RELIEF MEASURE Senators Confident of Final Vote on Tax Bill Thursday BULLETIN WASHINGTON sen ate Wednesday gave tentative ap proval to provisions of the tax bill which would increase surtaxes on all incomes in brackets beyond WASHINGTON UP With both parties bent on speedy adjournment of congress the vital tax and relief bills were driven Wednesday toward completion House democrats and republicans reached an agreement which sped the reliefdeficiency bill to conference for adjustment of differences with the senate Senators expressed confidence they could finish talking about the tax program and vote upon it final ly Thursday The capital took the Saturday ad journment talk even more seriously as President Roosevelt set aside most of Thursday and Friday for ac tion on a possible push of last min ute legislation Restrict Large Benefits Several measures which the ad ministration labeled must were gent to the senate floor but prospects for their enactment this session remained The senate agriculture commit tee approved an amendment to the soil conservation act to restrict large benefit payments President Roosevelt and Secretary Wallace had recommended the restrictions be considered In another eleventh hour report the senate labor committee ap proved the Wagner bill to authorize a long term low cost housing pro gram in conjunction with local au thorities Guffey Substitute Urged Enactment of the proposed price fixing substitute for the outlawed Guffey coal control act was urged before the senate interstate com merce committee by Charles F Hos ford chairman of the national bituminous coal commission The same bill was up for debate in the house before nightfall In the drive to go home house leaders planned action during the day on reports from committees which have been trying to reconcile differences with the senate on two flood control measures and an anti lobby bill Other developments Interview Subscribers The communications commission was told that Ohio Bell Telephone representatives interviewed sub scribers to create good will toward the company and that those who talked the loudest about company matters were attended to Legislation bringing grain cotton and other commodity futures ex changes under more rigid govern ment regulation was sent to the white house A bill to abolishcompulsory mil itary training in schools and col leges was opposed before a senate committee by a war department spokesman on the ground that it would strike at the fundamentals of the national defense May Write Mason City Symphony Meredith Willson San Francisco general musical director of the western division of the National Broadcasting company and Mrs Willson shown in the yard of the latters mother Mrs F P Willson while visiting in Mason City Lock Photo Kayenay Engraving Meredith Willson Plans to Continue Composing Directed Symphony in New York on Visit East Hearing to Decide Plane Ownership to Be Resumed June 17 PEORIA of the Peace Frank Ford continued to June 17 the hearing to determine ownership of a yellow Laird bi plane which landed at Mt Hawley airport here after it was reported mysteriously missing from the Chi cago municipal airport Frank Bohart Peoria tavern own ed who said he held a claim against the ship obtained the hear ing on a writ of replevin The de fendants in the action the Burling ton Airport company A C Hart man of Burlington Iowa and R H Vandevere and H S Wagner of South Bend did not appear at the hearing so it was continued Samuel Darling Dies PORT MADISON Samuel E Darling 71 superintendent of the shoe department at the state penitentiary died in a hospital here Meredith Willson San Francisco general musical director of the west ern division of the National Broad vasting company and Mrs Willson are spending a few days with the latters mother Mrs F P 320 First street northwest while on their way west after a six weeks vacation that included the Panama canalcruise and two weeks amid familiar scenes in New York was taken as a celebra tion of thecompletion of Mr Will sons Symphony No 1 in F a Symphony of San the premiere of which was presented by the San symphony or chestra under his own direction April19 The 33 year old musician inti mated that he planned to continue his composing activities Who knows I might write a Ma son City he said Ma son City has plenty to crow about I like it better every time I come Directed New York Band While in New York he directed the N B C symphony orchestra in Radio City Although he and Mrs Willson had slipped off quietly on board the S S Virginia out of San Francisco hoping for several weeks of rest the boat had no more than reached the Atlantic side of the continent when he began receiving radiograms out of New York asking him to broadcast a program So I with my native New Eng land thrift had to prepare my radio program by radiogram at 21 cents a he said Mr Willson will probably make another trip east this summer by for the opening perform ance of his symphony by the New York Philharmonic orchestra Has Tone Coloring His symphony which was given an enthusiastic ovation at its pre miere is contemporary in its treat ment of theme but scarcely could be called modern in the generally ac cepted sense of the world It draws its beauty from melody and rich tone coloring Developed in the customary four movement manner the full length work utilizes accepted methods of the masters in depicting the life of San Francisco Although descrip tive it avoids the dissonances and cacophony employed by some less conservative composers of today and seeks and attains the beauty of structure characterized by Mr Will sons other works I wont say hsthsr or not some of the ultra modern compositions are right or Mr Willson de clared for history has shown that some new styles in music which were scoffed at when they were first played later were widely her alded Such was the case with Wag ner But I do Believe that music first of all should be pleasing to hear For a it may be inter estingto carry on eight themes at once or indulge in highly technical accomplisments but people in gen eral are looking for something of beauty in the music they CAPTURE CITIES IN NORTH CHINA MarcK of Canton Armies to Northward Reported by Japanese Advices SHANGHAI ad vices from Canton stated Wednes day night that South China armies advancing northward had captured North China cities along Hunan frontier There was no immediate indica tion as to how many cities had been captured or as to what resistance the South China armies had en countered Earlier in the day Japanese sources said Canton govern ment troops were marchingin three directions toward Fukien and Kiangsi provinces National government authorities at Nanking immediately denied the Japanese reports on hostilities To Probe Charges in Arkansas Disputes WASHINGTON UP Attorney General Cummings Wednesday or dered an investigation of complaints that federal criminal laws had been violated in disputes between planta tion owners and sharecroppers in Arkansas STORY OF POOL ES SLAYING Dean Testifies in Probe of Black Legion Over Lawyers Protest DETROIT ia Dayton Dean who confessed he fired the shots that killed Charles A Poole young WPA worker a few weeks ago and thus unwittingly exposed the exis tence of the Black Legion hooded terror order took the stand over the objections of his counsel at the ex amination of himself and 12 others Wednesday on murder charges and said a one way ride was prear ranged for Poole Dean said Harvey Davis a col onel in the black hooded organiza tion told him It will be beat to hang him Keeps Eyes Averted Dean his face haggard and his eyes averted kept wetting his lips continuously as he told of the meet ing of the Black Legion members at which the punishment of Poole was decided upon Immediately after taking the stand Dean was silent for a moment and the court asked him if he want ed Prosecutor Duncan C McCrea to question Nodding Dean said under ques tioning Davis told me Poole had broken his wifes ribs and blacked her eyes He said there would be a meeting that night and told me to be there He said he would take Poole Lawyer Opposes Move Before Dean took the stand his attorney Bernard Cruse told the court he desired to withdraw be cause his client was acting con trary to his instructions Judge Ralph W Liddy told him to make a formal motion after Dean was heard Why did you want to shoot or hang him asked Prosecutor Mc Crea Why for what he did to his Dean declared there was no other reason but McCrea has charged Poole was killed because he knew too Dean related that after reaching the meeting hall Davis made a speech asserting that Pooie had beaten his wife and asking what should be done about Some said whip him some said hang and some shoot Dean testified Ordered to Get Him Then Davis ordered me and Lee Go get Poole and bring him and asked for volunteers to go with The courtroom was jammed by the tfaae Dean began his narrative of the ride to the lonely county road where Poole was shot to death the night of May 12 He said Lee drove one of the cars to the spot with Poole in the back seat between Urban Lipps and and that Davis and three Others whose names he said he did not know were in another car Asked if Poole had not thought the actions of the party strange Dean said I guess he knew what it was all about all right but he said it was kind of funny maneuvering He didnt try to get out though Two Cars There There were two cars there when we finally stopped after going over a lot of crooked roads Lee got out and walked back and some of the others did too They were looking for the car with the paraphernalia the rope and so After a long Dean went on Davis said he guessed the oth ers must have got lost He told me to get Poole out so I pointed both my guns at Poole and said Toole get out of that He said o and got out Davis said to bring him over to Mm and told him that he would never have a chance to beat hia wife again TTou must have me Poole told him My wifes in th4 Started to Shoot When Davis stopped talking I thought he was through with him so I started shooting because I was supposed Dean told his story in a matter offact way slouching down in the witness chair Lee shot he continued and Davis was supposed to have had a gun Dean said Poole did not say a word after the shooting started He fired seven or eight Dean said was nervous I Dean told of returning to thei city where some of the group went to a beer garden
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