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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 21, 1936, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLH1 FIVE CSaMS A COPY ASSOCIATED PAESB LEASED WIPJB gCKVlCJt MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 21 1936 THIS PtfXR CONSISTS OV TWO SECTIONS SECTION OMB NO 65 POPULAR VOTEPLAN Election Change Scheme Likely to Fail Again By CHARLES P STEWART A S HIN GTON ff CPA Soon after congress meets the at tempt usual in late years at every session will be launch ed to amend the constitution so as to provide for the election of future presi dents by na tional popular majorities And as usual it presently will become appar ent that such an amendment 100 per cent effective is an im possibility An approach can be made to it but the plans best friends if at all familiar with the facts in the case realize that the plans ac complishments in its entirety is impracticable while population re mains distributed as at present unless the American constitution is scrapped completely Calls System Unfair That the existing system is liable to work unfairly nationally speaking is obvious For example New with nearly 000 population has 45 presidential electors Nevada with pop ulation has 3 electors Suppose that New Yorks 45 win by majority and Nevadas three win by majority on the opposite side This would mean that the joint New YorkNevada majority would be a popular majority but an enormous electoral majority for New York It Has Occurred As between New York and Ne vada such figures are preposter ous They are only illustrative But it is possible for the popu lous states with small popular majorities to outvote the less pop ulated ones reckoning in the elec toral college Not only is it pos sible It has occurred a time or two Nationalists who believe the president should be picked by the whole people think that the whole countrys vote should be tallied as cast nationally But the ballots cannot be count ed into two national piles They must be counted state by York 45 Nevada 3 and so forth Still Xot Perfect This can be done if the consti tution is Assuming that New York is counted not in toto but as per district 25to20 or some such calculation and that Nevada could be calculated 2tol or It still does not mean a flat 50 50 vote for the president The states various influences remain mixed up in the contro versy Has Veto Power It may seem as if the small states should favor national rep resentation Far from it A small state like Nevada has a much larger representation with its three electoral votes as against its population than New York in the electoral college The other small states feel sim ilarly The small stales then as to have a veto on the large states Sometimes the large states feel a sense of superiority but sometimes the small states do too Small States Control Of all the advocates of a con stitutional amendment making popular presidential election the foremost consideration Congress man Clarence F Lea of Califor nia is conspicuous It can by a con gressional he agrees but it cant be ratified by the states with small populations There are enough of them to veto It is not a supreme court issue the small states simply have the whiphand over the big ones HOUSE REJECTS APPOINTMENTS Fear Mounting Toll in Salvador Earthquake TOLL OF DEATH OVER WEEKEND AT LEAST 200 Buildings and Homes of San Vicente Shattered by Heavy Shocks SAN SALVADOR El Salvador expressed fears Monday of a mounting death toil in the devastating earthquake which razed almost all San Vi cente and killed at least 200 per sons over the weekend Persons arriving in San Salva dor from the stricken provincial capital told stories of wholesale ruin of shattered buildings and homes and of rescuers digging cut some 200 bodies in the first few hours after the quake How high the deaths would reach no one would estimate but government officials dispatched all relief available to the area Accurate reports were made in creasingly difficult to obtain be cause of the disrupted communi cations between the quake area and San Salvador Lines Kipped Down Telephone and telegraph lines were ripped down by the quakes and information could be had only from those who fled inland fron the scene The quake which first struck the sleeping city of San Vicente Saturday night crashed in build ings and shook the earth in vil lages nearby eyewitnesses said Refugees with their families and fled along rural roads trying to reach safety from the ever menacing volcano Santa Rita southeast of San Vicente which some refugees said was erupting Adding to the fears of molten lava pouring from the volcano over the wrecked city was the specter of epidemics Much of San Vincentes supply of drinking wa ter was poisoned by sulphur ap parently exuding from the smok ing volcano after the quake Return From Area Government officials returning Sunday night from the disaster area said the widespread wreck ge was impeding rescue work making virtually impossible Cheer Fund Is Still Far From Goal Previously H D R Crair 50 Madison School r T Jefferson Child Study Circle Central Heights GetTogether Club A Friend A Jean Alice and Elizabeth Chuck Sinclair P G and E and SI C C L Ry Co Employes A Friend K S B Bob Green Unnamed Friend Deckers Trimming Room Candy Sale S L Wright New Total Receipts Needed to Reach Goal DAYS LEFT AND HOLLY BUY age and any accurate estimate of the prop erty damage and loss of life Among the neighboring villages damaged according to radio re ports Sunday night were Vera Paz Guadalupe Apastepeque Pe titan San Sebastian San Lorenzo and Pecoluca A special Red Cross train with rescuers and modern equipment was sent from San Salvador to San Vicente Those returning from the scene said the quake leveled all but one of the citys main buildings Left standing they said was the tower in Central park wtih the hands of its clock stopped at 10 minutes to 10 President at Scene The president of Salvador Gen Maximiliano Hernandez Martinet trained for the scene to assume personal charge of the rescue work Accompanying him was Minister of the Interior Calder non DUR days remain until Christmas but the giving for the Christmas Cheer Fund must all be accomp lished in three days if Mrs Ma bel Blaise is to h a ve sufficient time to complete her part of the assignment She is in charge of the purchase and delivery of toys foodstuffs and clothing for Ma son Citys neediest families And none knows quite so well as she who those neediest families are i for she has daily contact with them as a part of her job A good many are wondering some doubting whether the 000 goal established for this years Christmas Cheer Fund can be at tained Those connected with the fund believe that it can though they frankly cant tell you where exactly the necessary mon ey is going to come from They only know that in the eleven years since this project was started there has never been a failure Last year four days in advance of Christmas the total in the fund stood at This is a little more than above the amount listed above When the fund was clos ed on Christmas day the total last year had mounted to Times are better than last year There is no reason for LOOK INSIDE FOR W W AKERS Akers Named Head of State Crime Bureau ON PAGE 2 Davenport Blue Devils at iMason City Tuesday ON PAGE 13 Highway Toll in Iowa Reaches Total of 486 ON PAGE 11 SKell Fired at Erie Mistake Says Byers PAGE 4 COL 2 Army and Navy nurses also were sent into the de vastated areas The first shocks of the earth quake were felt at about 10 p m They diminished refugees said but began again Sunday after noon Residents who fled San Vicente said the volcano had been active of late and uneasiness had increased among the inhabitants of the city lest it erupt Earthquake The casualties were feared to be numerous because of the con struction of the citys dwellings some of which however had been built to be earthquake Most of the houses are one or two stories and built with thick walls which when crushed in ward by the quake would have buried occupants under tons of debris The town founded three centur ies ago is about 10 miles in from the Pacific ocean and about 40 miles from San Salvador It is one of the major stations in the narrow guage Internationa Railways of Central America own ed by United States interests doubting that the Good Fellows of 1936 will do as well as their pre decessors of 1935 The largest amount received from one group of donors thus far in the only the Mason City Elks with their from the em ployes of the P G and E and the Mason City and Clear Lake rail way A group at Deckers worked out an ingenious candy sale and in a painless way contributed This too was appreciated In the same mail with this con ribution was a note in childish scrawl from S F of Lehigh Row explaining that the writer had been a good girl this year and that she had 2 more sisters and 3 brothers you wont Whether she and her brothers and sisters are forgotten depends pretty Jnuch on those more for tunate than they and their wi dowed mother three days in which to put this fund over the top That means something like a day Can It be done Sure youll do your part Warmer Weather and Clear Skies Iowas Tuesday Prediction DES MOINES weath erman forecast that Iowa would have clear skies Monday night and Tuesday and that while it would be slightly colder Monday night it would be warmer Tuesday He forecast a minimum of 10 degrees in northeast Iowa Monday night 15 in the northwest section 20 in the southeast and 25 in the southwest The low early Monday was 24 at Charles City the high Sunday 40 at Keokuk and Sioux City Temperatures Monday averaged about 7 degrees above the normal BIERMANNTALKS TO FARM BUREAU Hall Elected President at Annual Meeting of Local Organization Members of Cerro Gordo coun tys Farm Bureau Monday after noon elected R M Hall Lincoln township president for 1937 in their annual business meeting in the Mason City Y M C A build ing Fred Biermann Decorah fourth district representative in con gress was the speaker at the meeting His address he said was to deal with the problem of farm ownership and tenancy Ludeman Vice President R A Ludeman was nominated and elected by acclamation for the office of vice president and S A Mathre and Shirley were reelected as secretary and treas urer respectively For voting director to the state federation the members chose their new president Mr Hall with Mr Mathre as alternate Preceding the election of offic ers the minutes of the 1935 an nual meeting were read and ap proved by Secretary Mathre as were the treasurers report and the 1937 resolutions prepared and read by Reuben Holman chair man of the resolutions committee Directors Elected i Another feature of the after noon session was a series of hu morous sketches presented by Charles Files Directors were elected as fol lows in verification of township selections Howard Cook Leslie Irving Ashland Lincoln Leslie Van Note Lime Creek Waller Wood Clear Lake A H Steil Lake Elgar Haight Mason Paul Spotts Portland P V Miner Union Cecil Avisc Bath Fay Thompson Owen Richard James Grimes and Clarence Ulum Nominations had not been made in Falls Mount Vernon Geneseo and Dougherty and present directors were designated to hold office un til their successors are chosen Mrs Wildman Dies MARSHALLTOWN W R Wildman wife of J W R Wildman head of the business staff of the Marshalltown Times Republican died after a long ill ness from is survived by her husbandand three J W J Lloyd Dies DENVER Lloyd 38 former general man ager of the mountain division of the Western Union Telegraph company died hereafter a three weeks illness Lloyd formerly was employed as a telegraph operator in the Dubuque and McGregor offices of the1 company PLANES WRECK SIGHTED 2 MEN BELIEVED DEAD Rescue Party Organized in Idaho to Go to Isolated Area on Foot SPOKANE na tional guard pilot advised Felts field by radio Monday that he had sighted what he believed to be wreckage of the missing Northwest Airlines transport plane near Calder Idaho A pilo and copilot were aboard the air ship when it disappeared early Friday The brief message said only that he had found the ship anc that he could not determine whether Pilot Joe Livermore anc CoPilot Arthur A Haid were alive but expressed the opinion they were dead The national guard pilot Lieut Byron C o o p e r reported the wreckage on Cemetery ridge in St Joe national forest midway between Wallace and Calder Idaho It is heavily timbered with white pine From reports received from forest workers and others avia tors here believed the big Lock heed Electra plane carrying mail from St Paul to Spokane crashed about 5 a Pacific standard time Friday morning as Pilot Livermore sought in fog to return to the radio beam he was follow ing to Spokane He was Mown off his course A rescue ganized at Kellogg north of the ridge to go into the isolated area on foot All planes searching for the missing ship in the mountain country south of Calder were im mediately called in by A R Men sing division superintendent of Northwest Airlines upon receipt of Coopers advices Sergt A G Rylent was with Lieut Cooper as observer Both are attached to the 116th observa tion unit of the Washington na tional guard AMELIA EARHART PUTNAM JOINS IN UTAH SEARCH SALT LAKE CITY Earhart Putnam bobbedhaired conqueror of two oceans joined Monday in the search for a West ern Air express transport plane missing seven days with seven persons The tall freckled woman flyer arrived unexpectedly with her technical adviser Paul Mantz He participated two days last week in Jie hunt over Utah and eastern Nevada They departed immediately for Milford Utah 180 miles south west of here Air operations were jased there today shifting from Salt Lake City A week long lane search of northern Utah had pro duced nothing I have no idea how long I will there or just what lave happened to the lost the aviatrix said Admitting every clew Roosevelt and Landon Chat for Nearly Hour Defeated Candidate as He Enters Leaves White House WASHINGTON near ly an hour Monday President Roosevelt and his defeated repub lican rival for the presidency Gov Alf M Landon of chatted in the white house about Christmas and children Telling reporters about his visit the governor said The president talked about his grandchildren and I talked about mine but not my Landon who was here for the Gridiron club dinner Monday night shook his head and said No when asked whether poli tics the campaign relief the drought or other subjects had been discussed Swap Fishing Lies The the governor volunteeredvtold me a good deal about his South American trip and I told him about my fishing trip to We swapped fishing he added with a broad grin Did the president say he was sorry you didnt win He didnt have any ideas about Landon was in a jovial mood as he entered and left the white house Dozens of stenographers and clerks strove to get a glimpse of him Smiling broadly the governor drove up to the executive offices in the automobile of William undersecretary of Hoover administra Castle state in the tion Pictures After posing for dozens of photographs Landon greeted a woman correspondent for a Maine newspaper Elisabeth May Craig he said smiling If Id you were here I would aave had some news for the When a photographer tugged at Londons sleeve for one more pic ture he took the arm of the woman reporter and said Wait a minute this is you As the newsreel men ground away a flashlight bulb held by one of the still photographers burst causing the governor to re mark Now we dont want any acci dents boys I got through the cam paign all Invited to Call Mr Roosevelt invited his for mer republican opponent to call ihortly after the latters arrival rom Baltimore where he was a guest Sunday night at a dinner of Maryland fare Both winner arid loser will make off the record speeches at Monday nights dinner of the rridirprf club Their combined presence will ot be without precedent Presi ent Coolidge and John W Davis The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday slifhtly colder in east and north central portions Monday night rising temperature in central and west portions Tuesday MINNESOTA Fair colder in northeast portion Monday night Tuesday increasing cloudiness with rising temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum Sunday 34 Minimum in Nirht 21 At 8 A M tonday 23 Figures for 24 hour period end ing at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum Minimum in Night At 8 A M Sunday 37 20 ACTION DELAYS LEGISLATURES EXTRA SESSION Herrings Message on Job Insurance Measure Is Made Public BULLETIN DBS MOINES house credentials committee rejected Monday afternoon appointment by Gov Clyde L Herrinr of six representatives to fill house va cancies for the special session DBS MOINES house credentials committees belief that there are some legal difficulties over seating new members held up any action Monday by the special legislative session called to pass an Iowa unemployment insurance act John Mitchell house speaker and Lieut Gov Nels G Kraschel conferred with the committee members Mitchell said they all agreed that there is some legal question involved in the appointment of six new members to fill The committee continued in session while the house recessed returning at p m Failure of TALK ON RADIO To Give Christmas Message Despite Doctors Plea to Remain QuJet VATICAN CITY Pope Pius announced his intention Mon day of broadcasting a Christmas message to the world Thursday to prove we are still The Broadcast wiH p a CST through a microphone sat up m the popes study adjoining his bed room where he has been confined wfth circulatory congestion and fever The 79 year old holy father will be carried to his desk and placed in an armchair in front of the microphone The pope persisted in making arrangements for the Christmas broadcast despite the pleading of his doctor to remain absolutely quiet were contrary to medical orders for absolute quiet after the pontiff suffered s faint ing spell as he lay in bed Sunday His Heart Irregular The attack was caused doctors said by his irregular heart action the result of circulatory stagna tion The holy fathers personal physi sician Dr Amanti Milani has tened to the papal apartments early today to examine his pa tients fever chart checking anx iously to see if the epidemic of in flenza in Rome had added the pope to its victims Sunday he called Senator Nic ola Pende professor of medicine at the University of Rome and widely known European authority TEXT ON PAGE 24 The text of Governor Her rings message to the special session of the Iowa legislature will be found on page 24 vere guests of the Gridiron club j jn endocrinology and constitu lausted Western Air express of icials offered a reward of effective until noon Jan 4 for discovery of the transport plane Maine Governors Veto of Aged Aid Bill Is Sustained Maine of representatives AUGUSTA Maine house late Saturday sustained Gov Louis a billauthor izinga age assistance appropriation iaised JO per cent on liquor The vote was 85 to 45 on strictly parti san lines SHRAPNEL HITS MADRID CENTER nsurgent Artillery Starts Fresh Bombardment of Spanish Capital MADRID artil lery batteries opened fresh bom bardment of Madrid Monday four shrapnel shells falling into the center of the capital One fascist shell struck near the telephone building Spains tallest commercial Socialist troops moved into strong positions in the western suburban sectors 2 Men Are Charged With Grand Larceny IOWA CITY County Attorney E A Baldwin Monday charged Ray Miller Iowa City hospital employe with grand larceny after Miller and another hospital employe Kemper Blair were arrested Saturday night and charged with thetheft of J Clark Hughes oil station Blair was freed early Sunday after Baldwins investigation disclosed that he was riot in the room where the money was n 1924 after they ran against each other and William Howard Taft and William Jennings Bryan at tended after the 1908 campaign Had Met Before The president and Landon had met Des Moines on Sept 3 when the governor was among midwestern officials at tending Mr Roosevelts drought conference The campaign then was nearing its height Henry L Mencken the writer and critic was Landons dinner host at Baltimore where the gov ernor had returned to keep a campaign He had said during a rear platform talk there last fall that some day he hoped to be in the city long enough to try its famed cuisine Mrs Muench Three Others Plan Appeal to Escape Sentence ST LOUIS Mrs Nellie Tipton Muench 44 year old for mer society matron and three others convicted with her in Mis souris long drawn out gift of God baby case pinned their hopes Monday on an appeal to escape possible 25 year prison sentences Muench her husband Dr Ludwig O Muench Wilfred Jones an attorney and Mrs Helen royer a friend were found guilty of mail fraud by a federal court jury here Sunday The govern ment charged they used the mals in an effort to extort sums of money from Dr Marsh Pitzman wealthy bachelor physi by was the child Mrs Muench claimed she had bornel tional diseases to check the popes condition Well informed circles said the pontiff had gradually been brought to the point where he ex erted himself only enough to re ceive Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli the secretary of state and his per sonal secretary for two short hours daily Cardinals Kept Away Only a few of the 25 cardinals resident in Rome came to thevati can to see the pope Most of teem were kept away by the orders restricting audiences to the 10 cardinals who are prefects or chairmen of executive bodies Even among these 10 only one or two appeared One of the reasons for the set back in the holy fathers condition Sunday was ascribed to his rest lessness because he couldnt cele brate his own anniversary mass himself He was compelled to listen from his bedroom to the mass honoring his anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood as it was recited in an adjoining chapel by Monsiguor Vennmni one of his secretaries The pope is 79 years old Daughter Is Bom 10s Wife of Saiga Hungarian Duelist BUDAPEST W Frau Franz diminutive Sarjja wife of the me against nine duelist gave birth to a daughter Monday at St Johns hospital Sarga whose successive affairs of honor wasthe talk of Budapest for weeks was momentarily crest i I had hoped for another duel be said V the committee to report delayed presentation of Gov Clyde L Herrings message to the special assembly The governor previously made public the text of the mes sage Appointed to Vacancies Xhoseappointed tafillvacancies in the Harlari C Foster R Mount Pleasant W A Whitney D Somers Frank S Lovrien R Humboldt Walter Dietz D Wal cott Bert M Dodds R Burling ton and Chester L Johns D Ot tumwa In its session the senate seated without argument seven new members appointed by Governor Herring to fill vacancies and elec ted permanent officers all in 20 minutes By the time the house was ready to resume the credentials commit ittee was in session behind closed doors interrupting its work only long enough to send out for boxed lunches Word from the inside indicated the committee report might ask that the six appointees be refused seats and that further action would be left to the house mem bership if the report of the com mittee was sustained Start Over Arain Representative La Mar Foster democrat of West Branch plunged the lower house into the discussion when he complained that the house opened without first hear ing the governors proclamation calling the session Such action he said was unconstitutional Anybody who knows anything about the constitution knows that this house cant do anything un said A H Avery republican of Spencer argument was set tled when the house adopted a motion to erase all of its proceed ings and start over again by hear ing the clerk read the governors proclamation Drafts on Deaths Then nearly an hour after the senate had finished organization the house appointed a committee to examine the credentials of its members appointed to fill vacan cies On the desks of house and sen ate members when the session started were printed drafts of an unemployment insurance bill drafted by an unofficial commit tee The house ran into additional delay when its credentials com mittee apparently deadlocked over the question of seating six new by Gov ernor Herring to fill vacancies Gustave Alesch D of Mar cus chairman of the committee said before it met that there was some question in his mind that such appointments were legal Senate Gets Action Until Monday there were five vacancies in the house The gov ernor received the resignation of Charles C Ayres D of Ot tumwa and appointed Chester L Johns Ottumwa democrat to suc ceed him The senate credentials commit tee approved without argument the seating of seven new members and they were immediately sworn in The new senators are G R Hill R Clarion Frank Pelzer R Marne J J Gilliespie D Des Moihes Hugh G Guern sey D Centervffle Ed   

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