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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 17, 1937, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDIT 10 N VOL XLIII FIVE CENTS A copy ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PHESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTION ONE SECTIONS Majority Is Splitting As Is Custom Into Many Majorities x By CHARLES P STEWART ASHING TON CPA The senate shows an i n c r easing tendency to split into blocs The a m c tendency is no ticeable among representatives but not so de cidedly This is partly because the senates com paratively small member ship makes its trends easier to calculate than shifts in senti ment at the other end of the cap itol building An investigator na turally can poll 96 senators faster than he can check up on 435 rep resentatives Senators More Outspoken Besides the average senator is more outspoken than the average Generally speak ing he is politically a bigger independent than the rcpresentatorial type A few man agerial representatives are sizable with any senator but it isnt the rule The rankandfile of repre sentatives are kept knocked over The nose by their respective party organizations Party discipline is much looser in the senate Anyway when an antiadminis tratior insurrection starts it in variably starts at the north which is the senate end of the capitol How Majorities Split Such trouble does not start all at once even in the senate how ever A That is to say a majority does not split squarely in two What happens is this A little group breaks off on some one issue Another group breaks off on some other issue Others break off on other issues For purposes of mutual benefit they combine from time to not altogether agreeing but recog nizing that they must unite in or der to stand Tha otherwise helpless minority usually has the sense to lend aid to the majoritys not necessarily from sympathy but to be helpful in raising heck It is a gradual process But next thing the majority it no longer is a depend ablemajority Qtiick Changes Made In 1923 it appeared that the G O P was nearly as predomi nant as the new deal seems to be now Democratic leaders actually ad mitted that they were afraid their party was finished as a national political factor They hoped that they might be able to keep it go ing as a minor opposition organ ization mainly sectional in char acter but that was about their best guess The late Speaker Joseph W Byrns of Tennessee was chairman of the beaten congressional cam paign committee then The he told me are bound to win because they havent any principles that they wont sacrifice for the sake of vic tory We democrats have princi different kinds among ourselves and we quarrel over i hem So we j Lmle as lie was affecI known on capito hill j was discouraged Immediately thereafter the re publicans formidable congres sional majority split into blocs as overwhelming majorities incline io do Two years following that melancholy interview I had with Uncle his side was in con trol of the house of representa tives and presently he was in the speakers chair MEN PLUNGE 200 FEET INT Restaurant Racket Secrets Disclosed in Trial LINDYS SAFELY LAND AS STORM SWEEPS DESERT Officials at Airport Were Previously Worried by Delay JERUSALEM JP Reports from Baghdad Wednesday night said Col and Mrs Charles A Lindbergh had made a safe forced landing in a sandstorm near Rutnah Wells in the Syrian desert Airport officials at Baghdad had expressed anxiety when the fa1 j mous flyers were halfanhour j overdue on the trip from Cairo j The officials said a sandstorm was blowing in the desert between Damascus and Baghdad I Rutbah Wells is on the motor I route between Damascus and Baghdad in the Syrian Almaza Field officials at Cairo Egypt said they were not able to contact the Baghdad airport be cause the wireless station there had been closed down temporar ily The Lindberghs flying a brand new orange and black sports plane started out from England on the first of February on an unherald ed air tour that has taken them through Italy across the Mediter ranean to Tripoli to Egypt and thence to Syria enroute to Bagh dad Iraq They spent Colonel Lindberghs thirtyfifth Rome where Lindy met and chatted with General Italo Balbo Italys premier ace The day be fore they had landed at ancient Pisa after skirting a storm over the Alps the first ac tual forced landing of the flight al though the Lindberghs bucked a 65 mile an hour gale in flying from Rome to Sicily last week SKIES CLOUDED OVER IN STATE Weatherman Says Lower Temperatures in Store for Easlern Iowa DES MOINES skies clouded over Wednesday as tem peratures averaged about 12 de grees above normal and light rains fell in the extreme western por tion The weatherman forecast rain or snow for the eastern portion and colder mercury readings Wednes day night In store for Thursday he said are lower temperatures in the ex treme eastern portion and partly cloudy weather Minimum temperatures antici pated for Wednesday night North west Iowa 10 degrees above northeast 15 above southwest 15 above and southeast 20 above Lowest official temperature early Wednesday was 18 degrees above reported by Charles City while the official high of the last 24 hours 40 above was reported by Sioux City Iowa Senate Against U S Court Change DES MOINES Iowa senate voted 29 to 20 Wednesday to condemn the request of the i president for a change in the per sonnel of the supreme court Senator Sam D Goetsch D of Decorah voted with the 28 re publican senators while remaining democrats solidly opposed the res olution which besides censuring the proposed court change praises United States Senator Guy M Gillette D of Iowa for his oppo sition to the presidents court pro gram Before the resolution was adopted the senate by the same vote turned thumbs down on a democratic amendment which would have urged congress to act favorably upon the request of the president for progressive legisla Since the resolution as finally adopted was in the form of a sen ate resolution it will be sent to Iowa members of congress with out action by the house The house last week turned down a similar resolution of censure LOOK INSIDE FOR JOHN BARRTMORE Great Lover of Screen in Bankruptcy Petition ON PAGE 2 3 Member Conservation Commission Proposed ON PAGE 7 Mason Citys School Election on March 8 ON PAGE 16 Trojans Beat Frosh in Extra Long Game ON PAGE 11 300 Businessmen Hear Jimmie Gheen Speak ON PAGE 16 Jap Boat Sends SOS Signal Following Its Collision With Whale YOKOHAMA Japan lowing a collision with an enor mous whale a 102ton Japanese whale boat flashed an SOS Wed nesday reporting she had sprung a bad leak and was sinking Two steamers reported were rushing to the rescue they Awarded Judgment SfOUX CITY A judgment against the city was awarded Wilfred Whitten cause of a coasting accident in which his sled struck an open sewer The court found that the boys teeth were permanently in jured in the The boys mother Mrs Evelyn Whitten sued for No Reduced Tuitions INDIANOLA Earle E Harper president of Simpson col lege announced that the college will discontinue the practice of granting reduced tuition to stu dents whose parents are ministers and faculty members Dr Harper TWO SEIZED IN ALCOHOL RAID Rudd Doctor Charles City Man Face Charges Here Dr Charles H Cords of Rudd and George C Ryan of Charles City each waived preliminary hearing before Police Judge Mor ris Laird Wednesday and were bound to the grand jury on charges of illegal transportation of alcohol following the seizure oC 46 gallons of alleged alcohol in a raid staged here agents and local police officers Tuesday night The officers seized the car of Dr Cords near the intersection of Seventh street and South Federal avenue at oclock in theeve ning The car a 1936 Chevrolet coach was owned by Dr Cords In the seizure were 36 gallons of alleged nontaxable alcohol in containers and 48 half pints of tax paid alcohol in a case Ryan also had two gallon cans of alcohol in his hand when the officers made the raid on the car The alcohol and car will be con fiscated and the men will facecharges ofvio lating the Iowa liquor control act and the federal liquor taxing act of 1934 Fails to Identify Man Held as Suspect on Charge of Murder DES MOINES bu reau of investigation agents said Tuesday Frank Robertson of New ton to identify Clarence 37 whom officers are at tempting to link with the Carlisle strawstack murder Robertson a Hartford farmer at the time of the slaying July 24 1925 rtold officers a man working on the motor of an auto mobile ona road near the straw stack the night the stack burned The agents said Robertson who viewed Gift at the Warren county jail in Indianola asserted Gifts EVIDENCE GIVEN BY INFORMER REVEALS FACTS First Mobster in Decades to Speak Frankly Says He Was Errand By EDWARD J NEIL NEW YORK sweetest j informers song since Bald Jack Rose pinned the murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal on Police Lieut Charles Becker and four gunmen in 1912 echoed Wed nesday through New Yorks restaurant racket trial Just as Rose made the case for District Atty Charles S Whitman mafle him governor of New York state as has Mobsman Louie Beitcher built for Special Rackets Prosecutor Thomas E Dewey a sensational wall of damning testimony around eight defendants Hes the man with the marble with a crys tal memory as well Husky and stonyfaced dressed in the flaring colors of a motion picture mobster Beitcher frankly admits his part as a small time collector in the racket that is alleged to have made millions yearly for the slain Dutch Schultz and his gang Hopes for 10 Year So his seat on the witness stand in Justice Philip J McCooks state supreme court room has been more like lighted stage of atheater forthe pasttwo days Paul McNutt 30 HOUR WEEK also announced an increase in tuijface is flat while the man I saw tion to a semester had a full ed guilty and hoping now for a modest of ten years or so has woven picture of what Prosecutor Dewey charges is one of New Yorks richest and most vicious rackets of fake un ions stench bombs and picket of violence that brought the biggest restaurants on the White Way meekly into line Without changing expression baffling the horde of lawyers tear ing at him for the defense the 45 year old witness has spiced his tale with references here and there to the killings of Schultz and his right hand man Jules Martin the murder of a waiters union offi cial Abe Borson and the suicide of one ofthose indicted Sam Pin cus on the eve of the trial Just an Errand Me I llfcs just a a week errand says Beitcher straightening his maroon tie with tan squares against the broad front of his blue gray suit When I got the job Sam Krantz told me there was nothing to wor ry about no killing Me I never carried a gun in my life You didnt have to threaten them with a Krantz allegedly the chief col lector for Schultz is still at large the only man Dewey sought who got away Schuite went down un der a volley oC shots in a Newark N restaurant and the body of Martin was found one morning tied hand and foot in a snow drift outside of Troy N Y There was a bullet through his head Who Got Schuite Beitcher explained that Martin a few days earlier liad complained out loud about the boss demand ing from the union treasury at a time pickings were lean No one ever has been certain who got Schultz later and why About the murder in 1933 of secretary of the waiters union Well Beitcher testified he demanded on behalf of the gang from a Fortysecond street restaurant that picket lines were organized and when he finally collected a compromise Borson refused to withdraw the pickets The lines were with drawn though after Borson was found murdered But I had nothingto do with says Beitcher went where I was told and contacted people I got a Bit Reitaurants Victimized His memory fascinates and likewise thrills Prosecutor Dewey Available alike to the racket the defense are photo stats of a chart listing the 50 or more restaurants allegedly victim ized famous NewYork places such as Lindys Jack Dempseys the Hollywood Steubens cafeteria and restaturant chains where most of Manhattan eats at least once a day Lawyers read off a name Eeit cher knows the address knows to whom he talked there how much he got He estimates collecting mostly and at a time that he took in himself V Nominated as Commissioner WASHINGTON Roosevelt nominated Paul V Mc Nutt former governor of Indiana Wednesday to be United States high commis sioner to the P h i 1 i ppine Is lands McNutt will fill a place that has been vacant since late last summer when Frank Murphy was given a leave of absence from the post to run for governor of Michigan McNutt com pleted a four year term as governor of Ind iana last month The Indianan visited the white house Wednes day Later he said he would remain here a month before going to Manila Mission to Arrive McNutt said the president want ed him to be here when the Phil ippine mission headed by Presi dent Manuel Quezon arrives to discuss future trade relations be tween the two countries Asked if there was an under standing he would remain on the assignment for he said I wont comment on The former governor said he had given his answer to the presi dents offer Wednesday He will leave Ind iana by the way of Pittsburgh where he speaks Thursday night Lawyersoldier McNutt is 45 years old He was national com mander of the American Legion in 1928 Harvard Law Graduate He was graduated from Har vard law school in 1916 and was dean of the Indiana university school of law from 1925 to 1933 He holds several foreign mili tary decorations During the World war he served as artillery instructor in the officers train ing corps and commanding offi cer of three separate units of the field artillery reserve division McNutt said he would take his family with him to Manila The high commissionership pays 000 a year A new resi dence for the commissioner is now being constructed on a bill overlooking Manila bay Since Murphy left the post J Weldon Jones of Texas former financial adviser to the high com missioner and former insular auditor has been acting commis sioner DEMAND OF E WORKERS Demands in Contrast With Operators Proposal to Extend Hours NEW YORK United Mine workers Wednesday manded a 30 hour worjc week for miners in the soft coal in dustry The mine union opening ne gotiations with bituminous oper ators on terms for a new wage and hour scale agreement also demanded 1 A wage increase of 50 cents a day for miners paid by the day 2 An increase of 25 cents a ton for pick mining 3 An increase of 13 cents a ton for coal loaders and 2 cents a ton for cutters 4 A guarantee of 200 work days each year and 5 Two weeks vacation with full paid by the ton to receive a day during Vacations Contract Ends in March The present contract ends March 31 The miners demands contrast ed with a proposal by the oper a definite i atels to extend the present 35 hour week to 40 hours with no Rhodes Pleads Innocence in Murder Case IOWA CITY H Dusty Rhodes confessed slayer of his wife Mable 31 entered a pleaof not guilty to the alleged crime before Judge James P Gaff Paul McNutt spoke before a joint gathering of the American Legion and Auxiliary in Mason City several years ago He also addressed the Iowa department of the Legion at a state conven tion at Dubuque a few years ago TteWeather FORECAST IOWA Mostly cloudy rain or snow in eastern portion colder Wednesday nifht Thursday partly cloudy colder In extreme east portion MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy snow In extreme east portion colder Wednesday nijht Thurs day partly cloudy risinr tem perature in northwest portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday 30 Above inNight 15 Above At 8 A M Wednesday 29 Above Another day of melting Tues day had reduced the Mason City level to 7 inches from a maximum of inches recorded earlier in the month Clouds took command of the situation Wed nesday forenoon and the temper ature modulating under a wind from the south reached a point 36 degrees above zero by oclock in the afternoon as the snow level continued to recede He car tell instantly the places Krantz coveredin person Jack Dempsey positively he never met inhis So with the end of the prose cutions case in sight Beitcher first mobsterto talk this frankly in court here in a couple of dec apparently has made young Deweys job easy a republican has been change in tonnage rates but a 15 per cent cut in hourly rates Philip Murray vice president of the Mineral read the miners proposals which also called for a 2 year contract time and onehalf for overtime crea tion of a joint minersoperators commission to adjust rates for machine mining and adjustment of wage differentials between and within districts John L Lewis president of the union still pate from the oad cold he contracted while negotiating the settlement of the General Mo tors strike sat on the sidelines while his first lieutenant read the demands Miners Operators Meet Previously the joint conference had organized to start negotiations that coal men generally expect will last with until the deadline at midnight March 31 About 200 miners and 200 oper ators assembled in the music room of a hotel Biltmore here for the conference Having won an agreement for the United Automobile Workers with the General Motors corpora tion the C I O head who also is president of the United Mine Workers of America now is setting out to obtain shorter hours and higher pay for his own soft coal miners After this task is completed he expects to tackle to try to win recognition for the Amalga mated Association of Iron Steel and Tin wjrkers as the exclusive representative of all steel mill employes May Strike The present agreement between miners and soft coal operators ex pires at midnight March 31 Un less a new agreementis signed before that time or the present pact is extended miners may go on strike April The United Mine Workers Jour nal however called strike pre dictions foolish in an editorial printed Tuesday No one knows whether there will be a suspension of operations on the first of April or any other the editorial said Only time can determine that question and all of this wild guesswork now being indulged in is the merest rot Lewis added at a press confer ence Tuesday night in Washing ton I abhor strikes We dont plan any strikes now or in the future If these are ney at the arraignment here at 8 oclock Wednesday morning accused man is being held on bond which was set by Judge Gaffney Trial Time Uncertain The judge did not set the time of the trial but said that he would confer with the attorneys of the state and the attorney for the de Will J Hayek before setting any definite time for the trial Judge Gaffney said that he j would confer with the attorneys within the next day or so Rhodes arraignment was ori ginally scheduled for Monday but was continued at that time be cause the defendant had not coun sel or attorney Had Confessed Murder Gaffney at the time appointed Will local attorney to defend the former tavernpropri etor at his request Arraignment started promptly at 9 oclock Wednesday morning and was concluded at Rhodes confessed to tricking his wife into pulling the trigger of a dynamiteloaded shotgun in the state bureau of investigation of fice at Des Moines last Sunday The crime was alleged to have been committed in the Rhodes Iowa City home last Tuesday af ternoon cessful and theworking unsuc agree ment is not renewed v our men simply will be out of The contending that increasing competition from fuel oil natural gas and hydroelec tricity makes reduction of mine costs imperative went intp the negotiations with a demand for in the work week from 35 to 40 hours without change in weekly or tonnage pay rates This would mean a cut of about 15 per cent in hourly rates Former lowan Dies In Idaho BOISE Idaho H 81 of Boise died here Tuesday night He was born in prominently mentioned as guberMechanicsville Iowa and came to natorial material 1 Idaho in a covered wagon trainv NONE HURT AS SHIPS COLUDE ItalianShip and American Freighter Crash m Columbia River PORTLAND W The Italian motorship Feltre and the American freighter Edward Luck enbach collided in a gale on the Columbia river early Wednesday the Feltre sinking up to her prom enade deck and the Luckenbach grounding on lonely Cottonwood island All hands were saved on both vessels The Edward Luckenbach had a crew of 38 and the Feltre had about 26 Neither boat was reported to have carried any pas sengers Reports trickling from the scene said at least half the of the Feltre was taken off by ihe tug Warrior The Warrior was stand ing by Cause Not Known Cause of the collision 40 miles down the river from Portland could not be ascertained immedi ately taut may have been the work of winters worst over Jie tQ San Frsnciscos harbor CATWALK FALLS AT NEW GOLDEN GATES BRIDGE Eight Bodies Tlouyht to Have Been Swept to Ocean SAN The construction catwalk of the vast Golden Gate bridge collapsed Wednesday and several men were believed to have plunged into the ocean The victims fell 200 feet and bridge officials said ihey did not believe the men could have sur vived Eight bodies were thought to have been swept to sea and a re port said a coast guard had picked up two men It was not known whether they were alive Crashes Through Nets The wslk used in building the giant span crashed through part of the safety nets We dont know how many nien were carried the engin eers office attendant at the scene reported The men were stripping away the timbers when something gave way suddenly with a loud Fell Into Water Seven or eight men were be lieved to have falien about 200 feet to the watfr but this could not be verified until the roll was called The catwalk for men to trav erse the bridge while working ran beneath the two giant suspension cables The safety nets were placed be neath the long span to prevent men from toppling into space They already had saved lives of 11 workers Witnesses said the timbers arid materials from the catwalk sud denly tore loose and fell into the safety The nets were lipped loose and the mass of debris fell into tne Workers were stripping tempor ary steel and wooden formsfrom the bridge deck when a carrier wheel snapped Forms Sway Dizzily j The forms swayed dizzily and I then crashed into the safety net I The net swung under the bridgeto prevent workers from toppling to their deaths was un able to withstand the terrific strain With a roar the mass dropped and tore away feet of the center span net The twisted wreckage and help less men the water at the entrance to San Francisco bay Strong tides swept the victims to sea while rescue boats put out in an effort to recover the bodies The accident was the first seri ous one since construction began Joseph B Strauss engineer had ordered that all precautions be taken in efforts to establish a safe ty record Safety nets had proved successful in catching workers who lost their footing and lelJ Worlds Longest Span The Golden Gate bridge is the worlds longest single suspension span stretching feet from tower to tower across the entrance broad Columbia The Luckenbach pictured in reports as grating into the sands 35 000 000 of Cottonwood island after the crash her bow stove in The river was thought to be about 35 feet deep at the scene of the collision which would ex plain the sinking of the Feltre only to her promenade deck The also a passenger car rier presumably had none but her crew aboard Disaster struck as the Feltre picked her way down the river while the Luckenbach slowly steamed toward Portland At the rivers mouth the storm so violent that observers classed it as Coast guard cutter Ononadaga hurried up river from Astoria 80 miles away at the riv ers mouth Luckenbach Lancer The bridge is to be onened in May Its cost has approximated including financing and equipment It reaches from Old in the San Fran cisco Presidio to the rocky shore of Marin county and will be traffic short cut to northwestern California It is the first bridge ever con structed the entrance to a major world The deck is 214 feet above high water at the span canter The towers which support the yardthick cabes are 746 feet high Georgia Democrat in ition to F R Stand on Judiciary The sinkingof the Feltre and I WASHINGTON IF Senator the apparently lesser fate of the Luckenbach was explained by the fact thatthe Luckenbach is a third as large again a craft Her tonnage is against only for the Feltre Itwas the worst ship accident in many months on the Colunbia inland water gateway to Oregon andWashington Much worse in maritime was the disaster which sentthe freighter Iowa to the treacherous sands ofthe rivers mouth Jan 12 crew of34 1936 with her Polling her prow out of the Col in whose winds ragedv up to 90miles an hour the Iowa sank with all hands leaving only her nasts to stick like tombstones above her burial ground George joined the oppo sition to President Roosevelts court reorganization program with a statement Tuesday that thepro posal to increase the supreme court was unwise and would impair the independence cf the federal judiciary I have not hestitated to say to all those who have written to me that in my opinion this particular recommendation of the president and that if approved will impair the independence of the federaljudiciary In the loBif rrun court free from both congres will be found more useful to the people than the immediate enactment of any legis lative program however A subservient is i worse than no judiviary at alL   

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