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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 13, 1939, Mason City, Iowa                             H 1ST MEM ART OF IOWA COMP HOINES IA OES NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLV ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS rULl LEASED FIVE CENTS A COPY Wood Resignation Shows Turnabout WASHINGTON turnabout in administration business policy lay deep behind the sudden de parture of General Robert E Wood the Sears Roebuck presi dent from the new deals inner circle He was temporary busi ness advisor to Harry Hopkins the commerce secretary and official business appeaser but not much yet Woods resig nation carried the usual polite ex pi ana tion about pressing Paul Mallon private busi back in Chicago and a very poignant re gret that he had not seen Hopkins oftener As such it rated no more attention than a squib on page 8 under the funeral notices But those who know both Wood ana the situation understand the whole course of business appeas ing upon which the Hopkins busi ness advisoiy council had been working has been dropped A new and less appeasing approach is being worked up the exact na a nui jei Q1SC10S It is probably along labor planned originally oc Decision Made Quickly These sudden turns have oc curred several times during the past six years but never faster Ihe final decision was reached apparently last Sunday when Hopkins and Justice Douglas went down the river on the presiden tial yacht Wood left Tuesday at which time the possibility of the de parture of other businessmen like tatteson in and Haries also ifhas be come evident nobusiriess tax ap peasement program is poused downtown to be es Developments will undoubtedly cwesks taklnStheir full form out there is now no question about appeasement being out of the win dow if it was ever in arid no doubt that further aggressive ac tion is being planned Steelmans Personality The quiet selfeffacing man who has handled the coal strike clinkers for Mr Roosevelt is a unique official Dr John R Steel man does not want constantly in creasing appropriations from con gress for his conciliation senice t the labor department He fig ures he can work better with his small force of oO conciliators Last time he went before the house appropriations committee the chairman asked a republican member if he wanted to ask Steel man any questions The republi can waved his hand and said Meelman can get anything he wants as far as Im concerned Thats why this is one govern ment bureau that functions Last year it settled 4281 strike situa tions an increase of 60 per cent over the previous year Dr Steelman calls everyone and goes about concili ating the same way Once he attri buted his successes to his total absence of authority We have no law to enforce1 lie said have no police power cant make anyone do any thing The result is we are wel come anywhere In only six in stances last year were our ser vices declined In one case where a small tex tile mill was having trouble with workers Steelmans conciliators found the textile machinery was not functioning properly and this was one of the causes of the la bor dispute One of his engineers actually fixed the machinery so it would run and other matters in dispute were readily conciliated This simple levelheaded de sireto be of service has gained the conciliation service a widely rec ognized reputation inside but somehow constructive accomplish ments seerri to get less outside publicity than mistakes Mr Roosevelts lecture to the senate for increasing farm parity payments and refusing to carry out its promise to raise the monev by taxation was all not all Down at Mr Wallaces agri culture department you will hear another version Tis said the ex cuse for the senate running out on its promise was provided by Mr Roosevelts own treasury secre tary if not Mr Roosevelt himself When processing taxes seemed possible this session Mr Morgen thau dashed to the white house with a protest against them He rightly called them a sales tax on consumers Both the president and treasury secretary made their objections The proc essing tax movement died f Copjiljtt sini Fuuru inc THE NEWSPAPER THAT ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY MASON CITY TH6 BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 185 HALFBREED QUIZZED IN MURDER 4 ft j 15 OPERATORS SIGN CONTRACT FORUNIONSHOP 6 Other Associations Quit Appalachian Conference Group NEW YORK union shop agreement was signed Saturday between the United Mine Workers of America and a majority Appalachian operators Ratification the contract by the Appalachian joint wagehour conference with six southern op erators associations withdrawing meant that a majority of 340000 eastern miners along with 126 000 western miners will return to the mines on Monday ending the threat of a national fuel emergency Withdrawing Groups Listed The associations withdrawing Uere part of the socalled south ern high volatile group They are Southern Appalachian Coal Op erators association of eastern Ten nessee and eastern Kentucky the Virginia Coal Operators associa tion the Harlan County Coal Op erators association Kentucky the Hazard Coal Operators as sociation of eastern Kentucky the Big SandyEIkhorn Coal Opera tors association of eastern Ken tucky and the Kanawha Coal Op erators association of southern West Virginia 15 Vote Aye The dissenting associations pro duce about 75000000 tons coal a year as compared to the total Appalachian production of 310 000000 They employ from 70000 to 80000 men The other 15 associations oE the region voted aye and after the six dissident groups had with drawn W LvHobisonchairman of the conference announced that the contract had been unanimously approved TheUnited Mine Workers rep resentatives in the conference voted aye for each of the 11 dis tricts in the area and for the in ternational union Robison called HITLER GETS ONE VOTE ELIZABETH CITY N Car ff LOOK INSIDE FOR ALVA B ADAMS Senator Hits Stand of F R on Argentine Beef PAGE 2 and warmer weather the full joint conference to order at a m E D T andannounced that the questibn before it was whether to adopt the report of the negotiat ing subcommittee which Friday completed the draft of the union shop contract approved by John L Lewis president of the U M W A and by Charles ONeill and other negotiators for the op erators After a few minor changes had been voted in the proposed con tract correcting grammatical er rors Thomas Kennedy secretary treasurer of the U M W A and secretary of the conference called clear and no precipitation the roll called was eported in the ast houR PUTNAM TELLS OF ABDUCTION THREATS BY 2 Late Amelia Earharts Husband Told to Stop Printing Hitler Death BAKERSFIELD Cal If Bound and gagged George Palmer Putnam 52 Hollywood publisher and husband of the late Amelia Earhart was found in an incom pleted house here Saturday a few hours after he was kidnaped from his North Hollywood home Putnam unhurt said the kid napers demanded the name of the author of the anonymous book The Man Who Killed Hitler and suggested it would be healthier if he cease printing it A statewide search for the pair and for Putnams car in which they brought him here was or dered by sheriffs deputies Didnt Hough Me They were very decent to me Putnam declared They didnt rough me at all The publisher said lie refused their demands and recalled rue fully that he had thought the other warnings were phonies About 5 oclock he recalled my secretary Miss Josephine Berger received a telephone call supposed to have come from Hex Cole Hollywood actors agent and friend of The caller said Cole had an important matter to discuss and wanted me to come to his house Shortly before I walked into the garage There two men jumped on me and pushed me into the car They blindfolded me and tied my hands We drove for about an hour They conversed in Ger man but both spoke English one fluently and in an educated way I asked ihejn what ihey and reminded them that kidnaping was a serious offense Finally they stopped the car One of them got out I am not sure but I believe he went to talk with someone in a car which was following mine Soon he returned Welcome news to outin golf d we drove on They did not and tennis enthusiasts the bureau threaten but suggested that I said temperatureswould rise Satfve g Publishing the book Then urday night in centra and west couldtel1 we were driving off portions andbe definitely warmer Saturday The mercury got up only to the 69 degree mark Friday at Atlantic while Friday nights low was 30 degrees at Iowa Falls Light frost was reported in northeastern Iowa at Charles City and Iowa Falls All temperatures were below normal Saturday morning Skies North lowans Rank High at Ag Congress PAGE 8 Prep Sports Climax Seen in May Session PAGE 9 FORECAST FOR FAIR WARMER Weetend m Iowa Announced DES MOINES weather bureau Saturday weekend special announced a for fair 1 ORNITHOLOGISTS MEET SPIRIT LAKE Members named the 1940 convention city was the main road Less Hands Taped They walked me blindfolded for a short distance and then made me lie down on a board They taped my legs and hands and mouth tightly and left telling me I would be found in the morning I managed to work loose ban dage on my mouth after an hour or so Im not sure how long I called for help and some people came Then they called the offi cers I discovered when they freed me that because I was in an un finished house I would have been found as soon as it was daylight Obviously they did not intend to hurt me Putnam was found but a few minutes after Los Angeles police had issued a statewide teletype that he was missins Hold Thot Line Angler mors the member of the Izaak Walton cSwas a bit of ru fislun season opening Atondav when the nfm Preparation for the Iowa ness to J A Judge Grimslcy a lihe bc in he front line Monday morning be fnrrntf1 will men misrate to Clear Lake hc evcnT day whcn undrcds of fisher Slept Over Hiding Place of Body Jack Indian Gordon is shown handcuffed above be tween Deputy Sheriffs Stanley McClintock left and Cal Dwan who arrested him after he had reported finding the body of John Larson with the forehead crushed in the scale pit auove which Gordon had slept Friday night Gordon is being held in the county jail Miille officers in vestigate what they believe was a murder Photo by Lock At the right above is an ex terior view of the scalehousc within which Ihe body was found and in which Gordon spent the night In the lower picture is a view of the scale pit in which the body was found The head and shoulders of Dep uty Sheriff McCHntack can be seen in the center of the picture He is standing on the spot where the body was lying The pit was covered with a plank which Gordon said he lifted before he saw the body In the lower right hand corner Deputy Sheriff Dwan with hat Is standing in the scalepit itself Clear Lake photos by Kayenay Camera Store KayenaV engravings POLITICIAN IS HELD IN PROBE Questioned on Giving Likely Victims Names to Poison Syndicate PHILADELPHIA Peppe 37 democratic city com mitteeman was questioned in jail Saturday about reports that he had been terrorized into supplying the names of likely victims for a gang which murdered more than 100 persons for their insurance Capt James Kelly of the homi cide squad who took Peppe into custody said the politician had supplied 11 names to the murder ers after one of the leaders Paul Petrillp had threatened to put the evil eye on him and kill his sisters Peppes is a political party job equivalent to that of a ward work er in other cities He would neces sarily be acquainted with many people in his district including the type on which the murderers and superstiti ous married women who could by seduction or bribery be in duced to help insure and poison their husbands No charges had been filed against him but he was held along with 24 prisoners who were deeply involved in the wholesale murders and several others who like Peppe were being questioned Kelly said Peppe had been so frightened of Petrillo who ran a tailor shop in south Philadelphia and had a reputation in the neigh borhood as a witch doctor that he had served the murder ring as an errand boy The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair Saturday night and Sunday not so cool in cen tral and west Saturday night warmer Sunday MINNESOTA Generally fair Saturday night and Sunday ex cept considerable cloudiness in north Saturday nifht somc warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics maximum Friday 63 Minimum Friday night 32 At 8 a m Saturday 58 YEAR AGO Maximum 61 Minimum 35 WEEKLY FORECAST Outlook for May 1520 inclu sive Northern and Central Great Plains Not much precipitation in dicated temperatures mostly above normal first half cooler lat ter half ot week MOBILIZE GUARD FOR KENTUCKY Chandler Issues Order After Reading Lewis Statement on Policy FRANKFORT Ky for 557 Kentucky National guards men to mobilize in Harlan county Sunday to enable coal mines to resume operations were issued Saturdaj The formal order came alter Gov A B Chandler had declared the troops would go on n peaceful mission and referring to John L Lewis C I Q and U M W head said no one can tell our people to work or not to work and no one can come into this state and cause trouble Chandlers statement came after he had read Lewis statement that public policy requires that tiiey keep those mines closed where union contracts which included the union shop clause had not been signed Granary Fire Toll Stands at 9 CHICAGO death toll in the granary fire Thursday stood at nine Saturday David Marvin an employe at one of the five grain elevators de stroyed dted Friday night from sums Eight other persons per shed when trapped in Ihe struct ures V 1 tion ot district officers L Schmitz Mason City is the reti ing district commander State department officers also are expected to attend including red Long Clinton department commander Ray Echternacht Monhcello department inspector and Elmer Smith DCS Moinos de partment adjutant Other members from outside the district arc com ing from Waverly Marslialltown Sort Dodge and Waterloo The business meeting will open at o clock Sunday afternoon in Y j W naU Thc banquet is scheduled for oclock to be followed by an entertainment and dance NDIANGORDON HELD IN PROBE AT CLEAR LAKE Body of John Larson 52 Found Under Scales With Forehead Crushed Jack The Indian Gordon half French and halt Chippewa Indian was being questioned by sheriffs officers Saturday afternoon iu connection with the murder of John Larson 52 whose body was found in the scales pit of the Mil waukee stockyards two blocks east of the Clear Lake Milwaukee station Gordon was held on suspicion because of conflicting stories he told officers according to Deputy Sheriff Cal Dwan Also held were three transients two of them Negroes The Negroes were James Connor 50 of Mis souri and Robert Bell 62 of Kentucky The third held was John Williams 58 of Alton The three were found in the stockyards Saturday and arrested by sheriffs officers Hit by Blunt Instrument Deputy Sheriff Dwan who ar rested Gordon said that there was no doubt that the Clear Lake man had been murdered The left half of his head was crushed in lie said and he had evidently been struck across the forehead by a blunt instrument The officer placed the time of the murder at approximately 2 oclock Saturday morning six hours before the body was found The body was lying on an old quilt and a piece of wrapping pa per which were soaked with blood Part ot an automobile steering wheel lay nearby Gordon notifiedCleacLake of ficers of the slaying He told po lice officers he slept on the scales during the night and found the body when lie awoke I smelled something and lifted a plank to see what it was he told Clear Lake Chief of Police Jesse Buttleman Arrested Near Scaleliousc Gordon was arrested at Saturday morning by Deputy Sheriffs Cal Dwan and Stanley McClintock near the scalehouse within which the corpse was found Gordon who had been in the vicinity of Clear Lake recent ly formerly resided near Em metsburg Sheriffs officers fin gerprinted him Saturday and were checking with the federal bureau of investigation on a possible criminal record It was nearly noon before the body was identified by Mrs Tillie Larson Clear Lake Irom whom the victim was divorced last Oc tober She said that she had last seen him about two weeks ago and that he spent the winter in Mason City coming to Clear Lake about 10 days ago to do odd jobs in connection with the opening of the resort area for the sum mer season Freed From Jail April 25 He also was identified by H E Freeman Clear Lake realtor who siid he him on the street Fri day wearing two coats and re marked to a friend Something ought to be done to take care of that fellow Larson was released from the Mason City jail on April 25 in the custody of Frank OHearn inves tigator for the county overseer of the poor Police said they under stood that he was to have been taken to the county poor farm He was held for investigation police said and had applied for lodging many nights during the winter Mr OHearn reported that Lar son had opposed being sent to the county farm saying that he had several jobs in view at Clear Lake but would report back later necessary The investigator also VFW DISTRICT MEETING HERE To Elect Department Heads to Attend Sunday Sessions The annual spring district meet ing of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be held Sunday in Ma son City Delegates are exnectpd from Independence Oelwein and also Decorah to take part in the elec 5 the vlctlm was nearly t nn nf H J tJ T uGaf Police Hunting Man With Bees CLEVELAND arc looking for a man with hives He stole them and the bees too from Joseph SclaUko Sued Former Wife He was committed to the slate hospital at Cherokee about five years ago but was released about a year later He recently filed suit in district court here against his former wife charging that she had him deed t6 her while he was still mentally incompetent a quarter section of land which he owned in the northwest corner of the county He sought to have the deed set aside Larson was born near Forest City Feb 13 1837 A brother Carl of near Forest City and a sister Sirs Louis Olson of near Ven tura survive Kennedy Chamberlain Together on Weekend LONDON States Ambassador Joseph P Kennedy drove to Chequers Saturday to spend the weekend with Pdme Minister Chamberlain in his coun try home   

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