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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1937, Mason City, Iowa                                II HIS MEM 8 P r OF I n NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLIII THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WWES MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 6 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 130 FEAR GANG EFFORT TO FREE RUNYON FIGHT MOVE TO TAKE SUSPECT TO SIOUX CITY Attorney General Appeals to High Court Heavy Guard at Local Jail North Iowa officers Saturday intensified their precautionary measures in guarding Thomas Runyon 31 Bethel Minn held here lor the murder of James Zrostlik Brilt farmer following official notification that gangsters in two states were mobilizing in an attempt to free him Let em come was the chal lenge issued by the sheriffs of fice Saturday Were ready for them if they want to try any thing tersely said a representa tive of the sheriffs office Extra guards consisting of po lice sheriffs officers and state agents have been placed about the county jail where Runyon awaits his murder trial at Garner At the same time Cerro Gordo and Hancock county authorities indicated they would utilize every legal means to avoid releasing Runyon to Sioux City authorities on a habeas corpus writ Appeals to High Court Ally Gen John Mitchell ap pealed to the supreme court at Des Moines Saturday to forestall a move he said he feared would bring a gangland attempt to free Runyon He asked the court to nullify a writ of habeas corpus which would require the state to lake Runyon toSioux City for a hear ing The court set a hearing on his lequest for 5pm Satuxddy information which indicates eans at St Josepli MoAandSt for an attempt to shoot Jtunyons way to freedom on a tup fiom Mason City where he is rlield now to Sioux City Mitchell told the Press WW Akers state investigation bureau chief said lie believes theyre starting to move in on us now Gibson on Loose Glair Gibsoiiison he loose Akers said He wasone of Riui yons closest pals Hes wanted for the same job Youll notice we broadcast a lookout warning for liira today Weve got bis car license number and lucre is an off chance peace officers may pick up his trail W D Daly Hancock county at torney and Frank W Seneff spe cial prosecutor started preparing arguments for submission at the court hearing at which the state will seek to have the court set aside the habeas corpus writ granted by Judge P H Rice at Sioux City Friday They included in their petition for a court review of the writ a county attorneys information charging Runyon with the murder of Zrostlik on the morning of Nov 2 1935 31 Stale Witnesses The document listed 34 state witnesses including seven mem bers of the Eppo Greminer family Gremmer n Woden farmer and his family were held up by the three gunmen who killed Zrostlik fpr his car as Zrostlik and his wife were driving to an early morning church service We are going to ask the death penalty Daly said We are con vinced that the men who killed Zrostlik are members of the num ber one bank robbery gang of the middlewcst and we agree that if Runyon is taken to Sioux City there will probably be an attempt to free Mitchell said agents have linked the name of Maurice Denning described by peace officers as Iowas No 1 public enemy with the north Iowa robbery gang and added that there is an indica tion Denning would be tied up with i jailbreak attempt Identified in Minnesota The state attorneys said they expected liunyon would be rep resented at the hearing Saturday evening Melvin Passoit chief of the slate bureau of criminal appre hension at SI Paul Saturday dis closed Runyon has been identified as one of two men who participat ed in Minnesota robberies Run yon had previously admitted he robbed the Eyota bank last Nov LOOK INSIDE FOR JOHN L LEWIS Calls C I 0 Meeting to Talk Over Campaign ON PAGE 2 Overtime Battles at Sectional Cage Test ON PAGE 9 Lehigh Plant to Start Operations on March 1 2 ON PAGE 1C Train Crew Blamed in Fatal Boyd R R Clash ON PAGE 8 Mason Citys School Election on Monday ON PAGE 10 Mesenbritik of Scott county also examined Runyon Murder Takes Precedence Passoit said the Iowa murder accusation doubtless would take precedence over any Minnesota bank robbery charge Passoit also was informed by Dansingberg that Runyon was identified in connec tion with the robbery of the Krusc Lumber company at Rochester Minn last fall The Minnesota department of criminal apprehension touched off thehunt for Gibson broadcasting a report that he was seen in Min nesota driving a 1933 Pontiac sedan bearing a Minnesota license The Minnesota broad cast from Redwood Falls picked up b ythe Iowa station at Storm Lake said Gibson was traveling under an alias Warning Broadcast Akers immediately broadcast a warning to all Iowa officers to be on the lookout for Gibson warning them to use extreme care in approaching him Akcis disclosed early this week after the arrest of Runyon at Wichita Kans that Runyon Gibson and Robert Marquard are suspected of being the Zrost lik slayers Paul Gruber stale agent who arrested Runyon and returned him to Iowa said that several persons who saw the Zrostlik slayers identified Runyon as one of the highwaymen and pictures of Gibson and Marquard as those of the other two men ember Passoit said that witnesses to the Shakopee bank raid in Janu ary said the Bethel man looked Hike the bandit involved in that holdup Hayes Dansingburg Olmsted county attorney and Sheriff G R Gcleatt both of Rochester Minn questioned Runyon at Mason City Friday with two oper atives of the slate bureau Wit nesses of the Shakopee stickup accompanied by Sheriff A F MANY BELIEVED DEAD IN RAIDS Government Held City in Spain Target of Rebel Planes Bombs MA MID persons wcro believed dead Saturday in the government held city of Aran jucz after a night of terror in which insurgent planes making repeated visits dropped more than 50 bombs The attacks on Araivjuez which at the dinner hour Friday night and lasted intermittently un til after 2 a m Saturday were the most severe of a series in a broad semicircle of insurgent air raids on the central Spanish front Aided by a star studded sky the bombing squadrons dropped ex plosives with telling accuracy into Villaneuva del Pardillo 15 miles west of Madrid Alcala de Henares 15 miles to the east Tarancon 50 miles to the southeast on the Val encia highway and other points near Madrid and the Valencia highway 6 Governors and F R in Relief Parley WASHINGTON white house visit by six governors to plead against slicing works prog ress rolls appeared likely Saturday to bring a restatement or clarifica tion of the governments relief policy The governors of New York Massachusetts Rhode Island Illi nois Wisconsin and Minnesota re quested the conference with Pres ident Roosevelt after declaring state and local governments al ready were hard put in trying to care for needy uncmployables They said their states could not stand having this burden in creased by cuts in WPA which enlists only distressed employ ables The governors held a strategy meeting in a hotel room prior to their meeting with the president at luncheon at 1 p m Has Announced Plans Harry L Hopkins WPA admin istrator has announced plans to reduce federal relief rolls by 550 000 before June 1 cutting the total from 2150000 to 1600000 President Roosevelt however has made no statement while studying figures for next fiscal years relief appropriation He ex pects to send his relief message to congress late this month Hopkins told a house committee the contemplated reductions were based on continued recovery and assumed a good agricultural year that would make drought relief unnecessary To Suggest Solution asked Tiot only foi an opportunity to protest cuts but to suggest an efficient and sound solution Asked for his views before go ing to the white house Gov Phil ip La Follette Wisconsin progres sive said the federal government should provide work for all on re lief rolls and that none be dropped unless taken into private employ ment Gov Elmer Benson Minnesota farmeriaborite said The unemployment situation in Minnesota is serious The federal government nevcrhas assumed its full responsibility in caring for the unemployed Burden Is Unbearable Gov Henry Homer Illinois democrat said his states burden is becoming unbearable Another matter of concern he said is the reluctance of WPA employes to take private1 employ ment when offered because if they lose such employment they cannot get bad on WPA without again going on the relief rolls This should be corrected Latest WPA figures based on official reports and estimates shoxv state expenditures for relief have dropped from in January 1Q3G to 16880000 last September Have You Read Your Newspaper SENATORSMAKE PLANS TO FIGHT COURTGHANGES Opponents of Reorganiza tion Mass Their Attack on Two Fronts WASHINGTON torial opponents of court reorganization massed their attack Saturday on two fronts The presidents call foi immediate action and the ap proach of crucial public hearings on the issue Senator Burke DNebr told reporters there would be a new alignment of parties in this coun try by 1938 if Mr Roosevelt should carry his point The presidents foes carefully preparing to trade blow for blow arranged a series of addresses cul minating in a mass meeting next Friday at Carnegie hall New York They also hinted they had lined up a prominent surprise wit ness to lead oft their side nf the case before the senate judiciary committee They would not dis close his name Fight to Bitter End While Burke and his colleagues were serving notice of a fight to the bitter end the president and his chieftains went ahead wilii their campaign to sell the court program to the nation Mr Roosevelt worked on the fireside chat in which he will make his second plea to the coun tiyTuesdax night v On Capitol prepaied to follow up with supporting testimony before the committee hearings beginning the next day Opponents announced replies to the presidents speeches would be given by four democratic senators from as many sections of the country at the New York meeting Walsh New Kccriiit The speakersthey said would include Walsh ofMassachusetts publicly at least a new recruit to their cause The others are George of Georgia Copeland ot New York and Burke On Wednesday night Senator Wheeler DMont will reply to the president from Chicago Burkes suggestion of a realign ment of parties was the first open comment ot that kind There was little support however from other opponents of the president Hadio addresses by partisans of both sides were made last night in the wake of the presidents Thurs day night speech to democratic victory dinners Johnson to Stay Calm Gen Hugh S Johnson former NRA administrator said While f am for the proposal and usually like to light into it 1 Paul Runyon was accused of the murder of James Zrostlik near what North Iowa town 2 What actor and actress won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards for the best film performances of 1936 3 Prof Fred D Fagg Jr was chosen to succeed whom as di rector ot U S bureau ot air commerce 4 What local manufacturing company announced a 7 per cent wage boost 5 Who was the fiflh person convicted at Elkader in connec tion with the murder of Dan Shine Littlcport farmer 6 General wage increases in what industry were believed to have averted a huge strike i7 Claude Stanley Walter F Scholes and Peter Kies were appointed to the Iowa unem ployment compensation commis sion The state senate eon firmed two of the appointees but rejected which one 8 James F Toy prominent banker of what Iowa City died in California 9 Jewell Young of what Big Ten university broke the confer ence basketball scoring record 10 Slurring remarks about Adolf Hitler by the mayor of what American city brought a protest from Germany ANSWERS ON PAGE 2 iard in a speech Im going to try not to get hct up on this one Its ioo serious It certainly is important to keep that supreme court alert and alive to developments in this country The judges hare Hie last word on the fate of this nation on this side of heaven There is no appeal Fix the Umpire Representative Guyer RKans called the presidents appeal for enactment of the program an al most insolent demand and an at tempt to fix the umpire Senator McAdoo sup porting Mr Roosevelt declared 5 to 4 supreme court decisions re sult in letting a single justice the constitution mean what he says it means An organized labor leader Sid ney HiJlman president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers advocated the reorganization in advance of a convention of labors nonpartisan league The group will meet here Monday tn discuss support of the Roosevelt program Iowa Bill for Bridge Purchasing Reported DES MOINES The Iowa house comimttee on interstate bridges reported out Friday after noon for passage a bill providing for the use of 4 per cent of state primary road funds for the pur chase construction or mainten ance of interstate bridges 2 Boys Leap to Safety as Bridge Goes Out ABOVE An Ice gorge Frl lay iiiirhl look out this steel liiidfc 5 miles north of Kock forrt carrying one span 100 roils downstream AT These wo boys Glen Kricffei left and lunioi Graver stood on the bridge watching the ice jam until the structure began to way r Th en they ran the entire IcntU home Is nearthe castcridbf the brlOsre and Junior whose iiome is in Kockfortl was spiiid inp the weekend with him When the bridge started going down one of the boys saiii we didnt think we could make it but we started running for the farthest end cause that was the way toward home Both are sophomores In ftockford lush school Photos by Lock Kayenay Engraving Waters Fall Back Slowly at Ottumwa Generally Fair Weather in State Seen for Over WeekEnd High Waters Maroon 700 Basketball Fans WILTON JUNCTION OTAp proximately 700 basketball fans attending the sectional tournament here were forced to spend the night here Friday because of the impassable condition of the high ways in the flooded lowlands OTTUMWA waters which poured from the Des Moines river through the Central addi tion here Friday night driving nearly 100 persons from then homes receded slowly Saturday Families from lie flooded area lowevericmained stranded from their homes Many were under the care of the Red Cross having been forced to leave their homes with out taking any of their belongings The water rose nt the rate of a foot an hour Friday night after an ice gorge 18 miles Jong broke south of Eddyvilie releasing a flood which had backed up for days National guardsmen and civil ian conservation corps workers used trucks to rescue many of the lowland families when the river quickly mounted about the nine foot flood stage Many families spent the night in the coliseum while others went to the homes of friends and relatives Damage of 550000 City officials expected the dam age to equal the caused by a similar flood in 1335 Earlier Friday hundreds of per sons gathered along the Eddyvilie levee to watch the water come within inches of the top The ice jam broke late Friday afternoon and formed again a few miles downstream Early Friday night the second jam loosened and the river dropped quickly in that area Several highways in Mahaska county remained blocked by ice cakes after the water which cov ered them had receded The body of 3 man not yet iden tified was removed from the Cedar river at Waterloo The coroner said the bodys condition indicated it had been in water several months At Des Moines Charles D Reed Iowa meteorologist reported the Des Moines river stage Saturday was 147 feet more than 55 feet above normal nivcr Foot Higher He said the river stage at Des Moines was 34 feet a half a foot Iiieher than Friday night throughout the slate averaged about 14 degrees above normal Saturday Reed said IOWANS STAGE ANNUAL PICNIC California Celebration Post poned Feb 27 Because of Wet Grounds LOS ANGELES acres of grass became Little Iowa here Saturday Under skies thai promised ideal picnic weather former lowans to the number of possibly assembled for their annual winter reunion at Lincoln park Former President Hoover and Gov Frank F Merriam headed the list of invited Hawkeye na tives Whether Mr Hoover could attend was problematical but the governor rarely misses the Iowa picnic wiicn he is in these Headquarters for each lowi county were liid out in Ilic pnrt with long registers waiting to be filled The picnic was postponed from because of wet grounds He forecast generally fair weather Saturday night and Sunday with somewhat higher mercury read ings in the extreme northwest sec tion Saturday night The mercury is expected to drop somewhat in all sections of the state Sunday afternoon the met eorologist said Lowest official temperature reg istered in the state early Satur day was 32 degrees at Charles City while the high of the last 24 was 72 degrees at Sioux City Council Bluffs reported 70 de grees Minimum temperatures antici pated for Saturday night North west Iowa 35 above northeast 32 above southern half 40 above The Weather FORECAST Generally fair Satur day niRlit anil Sunday somc warmer in Uic extreme portions Saturday nldil somewhat colder Sunday afternoon MINNESOTA Generally rail Saturday nigIil becomins un settled Sunday somewhat cold er in west and south portions Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figure for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum Friday 52 Minimum in NiRlit 32 At 8 A W Saturday 37 Why the streams ol North Iowa arc all out of their banks is told in the foregoing figures For iliu first time in many weeks the mercury passed the 50 degree mark Friday The romnining snow in tiiis section is confined to drifted or sheltered spots WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO out look for the period March 8 to 13 ior the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri fair except some precipitation likely middle of week and Ohio valley Monday colder Monday followed by temperature mostly near or above normal Mark Requa Leader inGO P Succumbs IOS ANGELES L CQIM of Santa Barbara long a dominant figure in republican politics died Saturday at St Vin cents hospital Damage BRIDGE WASHED OUT BY WATERS lARROCKFORD Mason City Railroad Bridge Damaged and Basements Here Flooded PICTUKE ON PAGE 10 Although indications Saturday were that North Iowa would es cape serious losses from floods at several points it was reported ice jams in swollen streams iiad caused some damage A bridge at Rockford was washed out a Ma son City railroad bridse was dam aged and some Mason City base ments were flooded and some olh was reported Most North Iowa waters were not rising Saturday although as the ice was just going out in some places there were possibililipi that seme jams might provide n threat to further damage and in undations of small areas What is known as the Buni gardnei bridge 5 miles north nf Rockford on the Prairie Center road was washed out about fi oclock Friday night This struc ture with an overhead girder span of about 100 feet was taken down stream about 10 rods Two TJoysLeap Two 15 year old boys were on the budge over the Shell Rock river when it started to go out but tiiey leaped to safety They weue Jumoi Gruvei son pf Einesfc and Glen Kreger5cm ot Mi and Mis Enlest and weie watching the ice accuniulatF Strangely enough at further down s t re a in the ice had not gone out yel Saturday morning The bridge was built many years ago Water rose to a 9 toot level in the WPS I Park area of Mason City early Friday night measured ba ttle height above the P G E dam on Willow creek and drove several families from homes in the lowlying sections of tiie cily but no casualties were reported Salvagemcn from the Mason City fire department moved fivn families along the Willow creek section in the northwest part nf the city including one expectant mother who was moved to safety on a raft constructed of barrels and planks Bridges Damaged Water rose with such rapidity late in the afternoon thai piers from the Chicago Great Western railroad bridge south of the Great Western and Rock Island passen ger station were taken out Steel girders had already been sent to Mason Cily for repairs on this bridge in case of emergency The M and St L railroad bridge was also weakened by the flow of water and ice nnrl traffic over it was stopped until a re pair crew could put it in condi tion The cicw worked on the bridge throughout the niRhl Although the water receded Inter ii Hie evening Lieut John Cunningham and Firemen Hprolrf Hutchison and Carol Tonkers found it waist deep when they rescued families from their homes early in the evening Rabbits Rescued Sixteen rabbits taken from the basement of the William Blake residence 525 Van Buren avenup northwest however escaped with out injury and were none the worse for their experience Other persons taken from their homes were Mrs W K Laupitz who was stranded in her dence at 521 Van Buren avenue northwest Mr and Mrs Andrew Rossman and their three children and a house fiuest at 41fi Van Buren avenue northwest Mrs L W Michaels nt fill Tyler avenue northwest and Miss Dorothy kins wliowas trapped the W T Phillips home where she has been visiting No damage is reported in MIR East Park area although the Win nebago river and Willow creek anks were filled H was neces sary to remove the gas heater from the Howard A OLeary res idence at 525 East State street when water entered the basement of the home and reached a depth of three feet in his garage Blast Opens Channel Blasting ot the ice Thursdiiy night and Friday aided in open ng the channel so there was lit tle danger of increased flood waters The water had receded considerably Saturday morning Firemen police and other em ployes of Ibe city worked through out the night to avert damage to property As William Crawford 3 was recovering Saturday at Hampton   

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