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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 4, 1937, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOM E EDITION VOL XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE Plans Stir Discussion Labor Secretary Seeks to Force Better Relations By CHARLES P STEWART PAS KING TON v if Labor Sec retary Frances Perkins and Senator Robert M La Follette get all the leg islation they desire it is not altogether ap parent how either Mine Perkins or the Wisconsin so lon will be able to compel bet ter relations between big in dustries and their workers Secretary Perkins plan to force employers and employes to get to gether when they clash or threaten to do so promises to tie in effec tively with the La Follette com mittees disclosures of employers alleged infringements upon their employes civil rights That is to say the secretarys plan and the senators disclosures are comple mentary But what can they actually ac complish Public Has Stake Secretary Perkins says quite truly that the public has a stake in capital and labor disputes and that when one arises each side should be required to appear be fore an impartial board and state its case When summoned how ever one group or the other usu ally balks The secretary then proposes that the recalcitrant be subject to also to a term in jail for its representa tives if they dont come and an swer all questions put to them This should make a lot of wit nesses pro or con tell many things that they would prefer not to tell Yet even so Suppose that the party which is decided against answers We dont accept the verdict What will Mme Perkins tri bunal do about that Amendment Needed Similarly suppose it is revealed as perhaps it HAS been revealed that employerFBave spied on em ployes organizations What of it It may be unethi cal but is it illegal Competent authorities not alone of capitals but on labors side of the argument say they cannot see any illegality in it SEEK BASIS FOR NEGOTIATI GOV KRASCHEL Cairo Flood Watch May Last 2 Weeks OPENS PROBE OF THOMPSONCASE Alleged Torture Murderer With Month to Live Denies Guilt DES MOINES to a death cell plea that I am in nocent of any Gov Nelson G Kraschel ordered an investiga tion Thursday of the guilt or in nocence of Tony Thompsbn sen tenced to hang a month from Thursday Because I want to be sure in my own the governor sent his personal agent Frank Moorj head to Fort Madison peniten tiary to interview Thompson who unless Kraschel grants clemency must die for the torture robbery murder of Martin Wolz Oakville farmer With only a month to live un less his sentence is commuted Thompson wrote to the governor my own story of the crime which placed him in his death row cell more than two years ago Warden Discusses Case The condemned prisoner out lined in detail his version of the murder case which has been shunted about in Iowa courts since the night the elderly farmer died July 22 1933 Col Glenn Haynes Fort Madison peniten tiary warden drove over icy Ozark Farmhand Blames Nighthawk for Murder Former Gov Clyde L Herring set the execution date a month ago after he decided a purported confession which declared Thompson was the victim of a frameup was false Herring de creed after state courts had re fused to relax the death penalty that Thompson must hang March 4 In the hands of the governor was Thompsons inside story declaring that two men conspired Declares Mysterious Man Forced Him to Write Ransom Note KANSAS CITY gaunt young Ozark farmhand charged with first degree murder in the kidnapkilling of Dr J C B Davis insisted Thursday the 67 year old country physician was abducted and slain by a mysterious hill country acquaiitance he dubbed The slim 20 year old prisoner Robert Kenyon who led officers to the doctors bullet torn body in OHIO IS WITHIN 4THOFINCHOF PEAK EXPECTED Army Engineers Confident of Victory Five More Bodies Found CAIRO walled flood fighters holding some claim on victory but still on guard against disaster entrenched them selves Thursday for watch duty thicket near j that may last nearly two weeks Wednesday clung stubbornly to his alibi that Nighthawk forced him to write and mail a ransom note Held in solitary confinement here for safekeeping before his Army engineers charted the peak at less than a quarter inch above Thursdays stage but Col R G Powell chief of the Ohio river division said the river is spread out over so much terri arraignment Kenyon said he tory that the present flood stage never had seen the doctor Willow j may be here for 12 or 13 Springs civic leader whose kid At 5962 feet the water was less naper spumed family offers to pay lhan from a demanded ransom the concrete A tempor Garbed in Coveralls ary bulwark stood three feet Garbed in oversized coveralls j higher DR J C B DAVIS Kidnaped and Murdered with Paul Hake under life sen tence for the murder in this Tallent Signs Statement i Thompson said of the purported less and until the constitution is rf amended An employers spy upon his em ployes may indeed be required to register as a would advertise him and make him useless as a secret that is a matter for state not fed eral restriction It has been tried repeatedly and invariably it has fizzled because of the federal state distinction Value of Publicity Publicity Joes signify An investigation by an execu tive bureau or a committee may congressional uncover facts which are too damaging for industry to stand out against Secretary Perkins principally desires publicity This frets other publicity seek ers Nevertheless wlia1 irritates them is the superiority of her competency at getting what they desire Secretary Perkins demands compactly for example the La Follette committee more what asks than the LaFollette commit tee has demanded It she obtains all that the La FolMteites demand plus her mvn demands she will have all that the La Folletteites demand and more too It makes them wild that her publicity is so good Nevertheless her program is so jsood that it overshadows the pro grams of other groups iTAeWeather FORECAST IOWA Fair and rising tem perature in western portion Thursday nijrht Friday in creasing cloudiness with temperature MINNESOTA Generally fair colder in northeast rising tem perature In west portion Thurs day night Friday cloudy snow in northwest portion rising tem perature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures lor 24 hour period ending at S oclock Thursday morning Maximum Wednesday 22 Above Minimum in Night 3 Below At 8 A M Thursday 2 Below Snowfall 3 Inches Precipitation 15 or an Inch Wednesday ran the gamut of winter possibilities Starting with a balmy condition in the fore noon the day developed in quick succession a fluffy snow then a stiff south wind and lighter snow then a really strong northwest wind and drifting which brought snowplows into action Thursday dawned clear cold and with brisk northerly wind under life sentence for the mur der that I dont know what part of it can not be found Two months ago Tallent signed a statement saying he and Hake alone committed the crime and in volved Thompson who had bten their superior at a St Louis fac tory because Thompson caught them stealing from the establish ment A Louisa county district court jury found Thompson guilty of the murder after a trial in which I REJECT CHANGES IN MORATORIUM Senate Refuses to Accept House Amendments by 42 to 2 Vote DES MOINES senate refused Thursday by a vote of 42 to 2 to accept house amend ments in the bill extending the farm mortgage moratorium until March 1 1939 The upper chamber sent back to the house If the house re fuses to back down from its stand the bill must go to a conference committee Senator Sam D Goetsch D of Decorah and Senator A E Aug ustine D of Oskaloosa were the two senators who voted to support he house amendments house change would have extend ed provisions of the measure to cover mortgages written before Jan 1 1936 The senate insisted the date should be Jan 1 1934 Criticize Campaign Republican criticism of the and munching hungrily a meal of scrambled eggs and bacon the youth recounted his weird story in typical rustic idiom to officials and newsmen This Nighthawk feller knowcd I stole a motor car over by Roila Kenyon drawled He said if I didnt write the ransom note hed turn me So I done it Then the federals caught me in the postoffice mail ing it And thats all I had to do with the business I dont know this here doctor and I never saw Kenyonwas1 rushed here imme diately Rafter the doctors body brushland 14 miles southwest of Willow Springs in the dark dawn of yesterday The victim lying face downward bore two bullet wounds in the head and four in the body Stunned by Crime Shocked Willow Springs Davis had faithfully attended its inhabitants for Mrs Susan Holcroft housekeeper of Wolz identified Thompson as the man who fired the death shot But Thompson in his inside story Thursday said Picture Was She had previously testified oiip naci previously Ltrbuiiiuu before the grand jury that she was legislation practice of state officers solicit ing campaign funds from em ployes flared on the senate floor Thursday but action on a bill to prohibit the practice WoS deferred The house adjourned for the day after a morning of routine Level About Stationary Another day of d r e d g i n g brought five more levee workers bodies from the spillway down streamin southeastern Missouri raising to 20 the death toll of a Saturday night barge accident With the Mississippi holding a level about stationary more than three feet below the topof the 51 foot levee at New Madrid that areas battle against inunda tion resolved into a lookout for leaks or breaks A radio network was set up to speed After surveyingthe Cairo situ President Roosevelts flood All of North Iowas Main Roads Clear All main highways were being j kept open in North Town in ths i face of a strong northwest wind that was causing the snow to drift according a survey Thursday morning by the office of district No 2 of the Iowa highway com mission The report covered 13 counties from Emmet to Allama kee From 2 to 4 inches of snow fell over This snow of a light and dry character was drifting readily Four snowplows were placed m I operation out of Mason City Wed j nesday night and resumed work Thursday morning County En gineer R E Robertson planned to I put county plows into operation as soon as the wind subsided to the extent that the snow would not be drifting Mason City had a minimumof i 3 below zero early Thursday No Trains at Forest City There have been no passenger trains through Forest City since Tuesday noon it was reported although the star mail route driver is able to get through Heavy drifts were reported on the highways but main roads were open with plows at work The minimum at Forest City was 4 below Thursday At Garner highways 69 and 18 were reported passable Thursday with plows forced to work slowly County plows will go out when the wind subsides it was stated Sideroads were reported badly drifted A minimum temperature of 6 below was reported Wearent expecting much of a warmup until the weatherman said as he announced increasing cloudiness with rising Will Not Contest temperaturesis anticipated for EvansVille then Harry L Hopkins a member of j stunned by the brutality of crime Since Jan 26 when the the so excited she could not identify anyone When she was put on the stand atNmy trial she said the rea son she did not identify my pic ture was because it did not look like me yet the picture was per The condemned man througn out his district court trial more than two years maintained his ago innocence staunchly He claimed he was at a party in St Louis the night of the crime The state supreme court refused to re verse the sentence after its pend ing action had delayed the execu tion originally set for Oct 29 1935 In his plea to the governor Thompson asked that an un prejudiced investigator look into the case and ead the district court testimony in which he claimed state witnesses contra dicted themselves FASCISTS STAGE MALAGA DRIVE Spanish Insurgents Launch Land Sea Air Attack on Seaport GIBRALTAR and i Discussion ol campaign funds started when the house debated a bill by Senator E P Dqnohue R of New Hampton prohibiting sol icitation from state employes Donohue said the practice should be Several democratic senators quizzed Donohue on the bill as serting they believed parts of it unworkable Action was deferred to permit Senator T F Driscoll D of Fannington to prepare an amendment Senate Passes 5 Bills In its morning session the sen ate adopted five bills including one to require counties to pay the costs of election contests in which incumbents lost The house finally decided to vote pay for extra help it prev iously had hired and passed two bills one providing for issuance of refunding DavenportRock Is land bridge bonds and the other to legalize a Story county trans fer of funds The senate adopted a bill ap propriating for expenses of the inauguration of Gov Nel son G Kraschel one restricting the power of guardians of veter ans in investment of funds and one to legalize payment last win ter of by the city of Sioux City for snow removal socialist troops contending for oc cupation of the southern seaport of Malaga clashed Thursday in fierce fighting along the Mediter ranean coast Reports reaching Gibraltarsaid insurgent soldiers driving east ward from Marbella occupied Oj town five miles north The fascist forces launched an attack on land sea and in the air in their campaign to take the southern port Their fleet of warships steamed out of Algeciras shortly before dawn enroute to a position off the socialist controlled shipping point I J acksorr Horror Parade as Lesson to Drivers JACKSONVILLE A five mile parade of wrecked ambulances hearses and floats showing dead and dying will move slowly through Jacksonville Saturday After the parade the city jail will be thrown open to visitors Officials said the affair is planned as an object lesson to careless reckless drivers physician responded to what proved to be a false medical sum mons the peaceful hill town had hoped he would return alive But calmly without show of re morse for his admitted part in the plot Kenyon held up Thursday under the continued questioning of federal agents and state troop ers He refused chewing tobacco but puffed on a cigar given him by an officer and said Sure Mighty You all sure are mighty gen erous fellers around here but you all cant help me much unless you catch this nighlhawk Officers turned to science in their hope of piecing together a rational reconstruction ofthe crime The mountain boys clothes were scrutinized for possible blood and mud stains His back ground was investigated closely Federal agents seemed little impressed by Kenyons claim he was only an accomplice At Washington J Edgar Hoover di rector of the federal bureau of in vestigation said thecase was closed and no othersuspects were being sought Met Him In Cafe Keuyon said he met Night in a cafe at West Plains near Willow Springs last wee k he said threatened to disclose him as a car thief if Kenyon would not write and mail the second of two ransom notes in the case Thus intimidated Kenyon said he car ried out his part Officers said one of vthe most damaging pieces of evidence against Kenyon was a writing pad found in his pocket which bcra the imprint of the second ransom note At Willow Springs Dr Davis broken family found consolation in the soothings of their country neighbors A sister begged tearfully Why why must he have been mur dered He was the kindest of the commission said WEA work ers would help with the cleanup job can be sure we are standing by until the 140 Boats Ready From Cairo to Hickman 140 coast guard boats stood ready for rescue work In Cairo itself barges capable of holding persons each were in line on the Mississippi lever with gang planks down Army engineers who are direct ing the nations greatestantiflood offensive remained confident of victory but pointed out the crests now passing will hit hun dreds of miles of burdened un tested levees before they reach the gulf some two weeks hence Danger lurked at every bend in the mile sweep from Carre to New Orleans arid there was no relaxation of effort among the pick and shovel laborers working day and night on the em bankments protecting the souths most fertile farm lands 15 Below Expected The mercury was expected GEORGE A WILSON to Edward ONeal to Speak DES MOINES A ONeal American Farm Bureau president will discuss the farm tenancy problem at a national farm institute here Feb 19 and 20 Des Moines Chamber of Com merce officials announced Lutherto Hear Sandburr DECORAH Carl Sandburg Chicago poet will lecture at Luther college here Monday night LOOK INSIDE FOR OZE SIMMONS Simmons Cage Team m Auto Crash One Killed ON PAGE 13 Verdict Given in Algona Damage Suit ON PAGE 3 Iowa Hardware Dealers Prepare for Convention ON PAGE 11 register 10 degrees below zero in northwest Iowa tonight 15 be low in northeast 5 degrees below in southwest and zero in south east While fell throughout the state Wednesday Iowa Falls re ported about inches the greatest amount the weatherman said Keokuk reported the highest temperature in the last 24 hours 32 degrees above and Sioux City and Iowa Falls both reported 4 degrees below the lowest early Thursday In the extreme eastern portion ot the state Davenport reported some snowfall Thursday morn ing NEUTRALITY AND TARIFF LINKED Some House Democrats Aid Republican Opponents of Reciprocal Plan WASHINGTON leaders studying proposed exten sion of the reciprocal tariff law best heard the administration trade policy closely linked Thursday with neutrality legislation Bernard Baruch financier and war time chairman of the war industries told the house military affairs committee belligerents should not be barred from buying other than a cash and carry basis He said a ban on sales of all might influence ria WONT TRY TO OUST KRASCHEL Wilson Says Contest Would Impose Heavy Burden on Citizens DES MOINES A unsuccessful republican candidate for governor iii the last Thursday he will not contest the vote because the filing of a contest would im posea heavyburden upon the ordinary citizens of the Wilsonlost to Gov Nelson G Kraschel democrat by a majority in the official canvass of votes by the legislature He had until Feb 13 to fine a contest In a formal typewritten state ment issued Thursday Wilson I have delayed announcing my decision in order to give full con sideration to the views of those loyal men and women who have desired that I contest aswell as those equally loyal men and women who deem a contest inex The statement continued in part has been made of some irregular practicesin dulged in in the recent election As a result of that investigation many citizens of Iowa believe that I was elected governor It a continue for two or three months It could do otherwise than delay hinder legislation It would in volve a large expense to the tax payers I cannot escape the sincere conviction that an election con test would not serve the best in terests of the whole people of the state arid after all that is much more important than the person al ambition of any Governor Kraschel has my tions to make trade with countries other agreements lhan the United States inorder to be as Man Resembling One Sought in Kidnaping Is Held at Hamburg HAMBURG Iowa Chief Will Stacy of Hamburg Thursday said he had arrested a roan resembling in some re spects the description of the pect sought in the Charles Matti son kidnaping and slaying case at sured of nonmilitary war time Tacoma supplies Stacy said the man arrested on Some Democrats Opposed the street here Tuesday night told Hanlontown Here a cellmate heleft Everett Consideration of extension of I a month ago but declined to an thc reciprocal tariff law for three swer questions asked by Stacy years was the principal business Tne department of justice bu on the house Some dem ocrats joined the militant republi can minority in the house to op pose extension tatives Connery Wil cox and others approval of this trade bargaining power lor President Roosevelt by early next week was taken for granted Shoe imports displeased Connery and Wilcox found agricultural im ports from Cuba not to his liking Senate Takes DayOff The senate tookthe day off alt er sending the relief deficiency bill into conference with the house late Wednesday for of differ ences This measure awaited by the WPA to replenish iunds for aiding flood sufferers will have rightofway to the white house once the conferees agreement is reau of investigation office at Om aha declined comment Man Hit by Car Dies DES MOINES C Pollard 83 died in a hospital of injuries suffered when struck by a car Tuesday night Ernest Mills lagle 21 Des Moines was not held after reporting to police that t was impossible to avoid striking the man accepted by both branches at the capitol The senate rejected an amend ment to make cities and states prove their inability to care for the jobless before granting them new federal aid Senator Vandenberg joined Senator Bailey to support the re quirenjent AUTO WORKERS LEADERS CHIEFS CONFER Corporation Lawyer Holds Up Petition for Writ of Ejection AUTOLABOR AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press General Motors and leaders in prolonged conference seek basis to negotiate strike settlement Corporation attorney with holds petition for writ to eject strikers defying injunction by occupying two body plants at saying be believes union will ask its men to leave the plants Fli73t police chief deputizing several hundred reserve po lice to remain on call to maintain law and No indication of progress by confereesin closely guarded Detroit court Both sides increase represen S Knudsen Don aldson Brown financial officer and John Thomas Smith legal counsel appearing for corpora tion John L Lewis C O leader Homer Martin W A president and Lee Pressman C I O strikers Governor Murphy presides Authoritative sources say cur rent negotiations are seeking not settlement Civic and union representa tives at Flint sign truce to lessen possibility of violent outbursts Auto workers sirike unrer lated to General Motors dispute settled at Canton reopen ing and indirectly to more than workers CONFERENCE RESUMED AFTER BRIEF RECESS confer ence from which Gov Frank Murphy hopes to restore peace in the General Motois automo tive strike reassembled at p m S Thursdayafternoon after a brief recess fon lunch The S Knudsen Donaldson Brownand John Thomas Smith for General Motors and John L Lewis Homer Martin and Lee Pressman for the to say what progress hadbeen made during a Jour hour session before the recess Governor Murphy aso declined to be led into an extensive dis cussion of the negotiations He said that progress had not been as rapid as Wednesday when two long meetings were held but added that everyone is trying to be Always Optimistic Asked if he was optimistic he replied that I am never anything The entire union board of strategy kept in close reachof the conference room Thursday Among those outside the confer ence chamber were John Brophy a director of the Committee for Industrial Organization and Wyndham Mortimer vice nresir ent of the UnitedAutomobile j Workers union who joined Lewis and Homer Martin strike leaders as the meeting recessed j The four walked five blocks I from the courtroom to a corner i drug store where ihey lunched on sandwiches and coffee To all questions Lewissaid See the Pending result of the confer ences General Motors was with holding a petition for an eviction writ against sit down strikers at Flint Mich Seek Basis lor Peace As the conference wasseekmg a basis lor peace negotiationsPolice Chief James Wills at Flint re sumed the deputizing or police but emphatically de clared the action was not a mo bilization ofvigilantes In this he was supported Har old Bradshaw who is holding to its truce agreement of last night 100 per cent The men are being deputized but they are not being issued arms Arms will not be given them until a grave emergency requires Flint said Wills wants no repetition of the Herein mas sacre We want a force available capable of coping with any emer Discussions of the possibility 01 martial law in Flint Save been carefully avoided by officers ol the national on duty there as well as by Governor Murphy from whom the order lor such ac tion wouldhave to come It was known however that the guards menare prepared to make it ef fective on a moments notice should the order issue Eviction Writ Prepared GeneralMo tors attorney said petition for   

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