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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 2, 1936, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS iEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 2 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 152 GOV HOFFMAN AND WILENTZ TESTIFY WIND AND RAINS Hort on Admits Wife Refused J GRAND JURY IM M T SWEEP GEORGIA TAKE 40 LIVES Clear Lakes 16 Pound Infant jusecl by Over Million Dollars m Damage Is Caused Spring Storm CORDELE wind and rainstorms killed an estimated 40 persons in the southeast Thurs day and caused more than 000 property damage with the major loss centered at this south Georgia city At least 33 were killed in Cor City Manager John Brown said eight while persons and 25 Rescue agencies swung into ac tion immediately proceeding to the scene by train and over rain drenched highways Seven storm deaths were report ed elsewhere in Georgia Alabama and South Carolina A new baseball stadium dedicat ed only Wednesday and cheers of a throng was converted into a hospital to take care of those unable to find room at other Cordele hospitals R L Dekle an undertaker said seven bodies had been taken from splintered homes Ambulances trucks and other motor vehicles are being pressed into service to bring in the dead injured and dying From the appearance of the mangled victims it is amazing that the death toll is as low as it has HENRY LINNE AND MOTHER DEMOCRATS SET FOR CONVENTION State Meeting Program to Display Cartoons Taking Rap at G 0 P DES MOINES G O P goat head lowered in a butting at titude is aimed at an attractive Miss G O P in the pro gram of the democratic state con vention here Friday The scene in which the unnoticins young woman is about to receive a forceful jar is one of four which cover the back page of the eight page official program Mr Spangler also had a conven is their caption And all loyal democrats know that Harrison Spangler is republican chairman and that the opposition party re cently held a state convention Cartoon Carries Legend To be certain the import of the goat butting cartoon isnt Over the G O P convention turned down two women and put only men on ifs goat is labeled state convention and the cartoon car ries the legend Republican women were handed a fine In another cartoon a republicans sits lorkcd in the stocks of Liberty league special privilege and wishes for the democratic partywhile Boss Spangler towers over him unre lenting Sam Old Boss The same old boss is still at the says the legend In a third cartoon an irate farmer shouts dont try to steal my donkey go back to your as derby hatted Iowa G O P convention at tempts to drag the democratic party farm program donkey from an un identified stable Little WillieIowa voter in a fourth cartoon turns thumbs down on a dose of political bunk medicine offered by Father Gop preferring the huge ice cream cone of demo cratic achievement of Roosevelt A vignette portrait of President Roosevelt centers the front page Inside the cover is a page of Roose velt quotations titled Roosevelt The last two inside pages carry information on new deal achievements in the state and na tion More pretentious than previous convention programs it is intended democrats said also as a sort of souvenir of the occasion Boy Weighing 16 Pounds at Birth Fifth in Family Henry Linne MAKE CONTACTS FOR ENDING WAR Italy Negotiates for Peace BEDFORDS WIFE Henry the 16 pound young ster that arrived at the home of Mr and Mrs Henry Linne 314 South Elm street at 2 oclock Sun day morning is the fifth child in a family of sturdy youngsters Henry is believed to be about tie heaviest baby ever bom in this sec tion of the country out his young sister Gertrude Marie 5 years old was only 3 pounds short of his weight when she was born League of Nations By ANDRTJE SEEDING Associated Press Foreign Staff ROME informed sourc es said Thursday Marshal Pietro When Henry was photographed I Badoglio had reported the result of Tuesday evening the four little first contacts made with emissar of the household Linnes of the household that wel corned him were on hand to watch Trina Walmcna JO Robert John 9 I George Henry 8 and Gertrude Ma rie were very proud of their big Little Gertrude said Hes I almost big enough to to kinder Bfiys Have Aspirations The boy had ditferent aspirations for the young heavyweight how for they could see him swing his fists a Henry oblivious to all this talk however commanded attention now and then by a pair of lusty lungs that would do justice to a six or eight weeks old child Only once did Henry pay any at tention to what was going that was after the click of the first pho tograph But it is not every baby that is photographed two days after ies of Emperor Haile Selassie for negotiating peace outside the league of nations These sources said Badoglio in formed Alessandro Lessona under secretary of state for colonies now with the high command in East j Africa of these negotiations Details as to when the contacts j were made and the results were not immediately made known Preliminary Contacts Lessonas visit to East in formed sources said was made for the expressed purpose of attending the preliminary contacts i Fascist sources said meanwhile i that a noticeable turn for the j worse in ItaloBritish relations i become evident in recent days Several thousand students tried I to demonstrate Thursday before the British consulate here but were prevented by scores of police from his birth i reaching the building Mr Linne of German descent is The British embassy also jHoTi been rruarded heavily a woman wuh many of the Tense typical of pioneers of state MM informed source said IUIo Linne who came to country were reaching a from Sweden is a hard woikmg to arpcnter At present he is engaged Polnt slmlar in building the new schoolhouse at Cloar The Linnes have resided in Clear Lake for many years Mr Linne Is Proud Mr Linne is particularly proud of j scvcre against Italy painful reaction last hom ean the tense moment September after the British fleet reached the Mediterran He gave also an impression that Prance was tending to become more the child and said this would be bis news to his folks brick home in Sweden Dr F A Barber Clear Lake said the boy was the largest newborn babe he had even seen When the photographer arrived at the home there was a problem of whether to photograph the baby alone with the other four children with the mother or the father or wih the attending physi cian but Henry settled the whole situation by refusing to leave A most painful reaction was created in fascist circles by British Foreign Secretary Edens accusation in the house of commons Wednesday that Italian planes churches hospitals and other civil centers in the Ethiopian city of Harar TteWeather Despondency Blamed for Sheldon Suicide SHELDON City Cor oner Jongeward blaiied desponden cy over ill health for the suicide of Fannie Wegter 17 daughter of Ger rit Wegter Hull farmer who fa tally shot herself FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Thursday nicht and Friday slightly colder in northeast nnd cast central por tions Thursday night not quite so cold Friday afternoon MINNESOTA Cloudy to partly cloudy Thursday night and Fri i day slightly colder in east Thursday night not quite so cold Friday in west and south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum Wednesday 54 Minimum In Nijfht 19 At 8 A M Thursday 21 Snowfall Frecipitatioo 08 SHOP EARLY 8 More Shopping Days Until EASTER CASE NEAR JURY Mrs Johnston There as Defendant Asked for Separation BEDFORD Prosecu tor James R Locke wound up his blistering cross examination of Floyd Horton Thursday by wringing from the farmer accused of the poi son murder of his wife the admis sion she had refused to give him a divorce The defense allowed Horton to step down from the stand flushed and shaken without further ques tioning Hortons fate it appeared soon would be in the jurys bands Pros ecutor Locke said the states rebut tal testimony would be short De fense Attorney James Lucas re ported five more witnesses would be called but it wont take much time for Prosecutor Locke established what he claims was Hortons mo killing his wife in Hortons admission that she would not give him a divorce Asked for Divorne he said you asked your wife for a divorce so you could go away with Anna Johnston didnt you I asked her for a Hor ton answered That was in presence of Mrs Johnston Horton replied And your wife told Anna John ston You can go keep house for Floyd but youll probably besorry for it I wont give him a Locke turned then to Hortons worries over the fact that Mrs Johnston tnld him she thought she was going to be a mother Mrs Johnston never told you she wasnt going to near you a child until after your wife died did she Locke asked No Good Horton answered Id asked her before that and shed say no good news Lockes questioning also indicated officers employed a hidden device to record statements during their investigation of Mrs Hortons death He told Horton a device planted in the room where the inquest was held disclosed Mrs Johnston said to we might as well tell the whole truth Horton however emphatically de nied Mrs Johnston made this state ment The farmer also denied he said before Im proved guilty Ill go be fore the insane as ofifcers previously testified He declared I dont remember what i told those officers I was 5 Character Witnesses Defense attorneys called five character witnesses after Horton stepped down from the stand These were Lawrence Kirby J A Hens ley Henry Longfellow Homer Rnn barger and Mrs Russell Henderson They testified either that Horton and hig wife were friendly that Hortons reputation was good or that Mrs Johnstons reputation was bad When Locke resumed his cross examination Thursday morning he dwelt at length on the capsules the state claims contained the poison which killed Mrs Horton charged Locke you told the jury you never saw a cap sule before you brought those two your wife took for a cold from Mrs Johnstons home and your wife poured them out of an envelope onto the Had Seen Capsules said the 38 year old farmer on trial for the murder of his wife who died in poison induced convul sions at their snowbound home the night of Feb 14 You mean to tell this the prosecutor lashed out that you a farmer never saw capsules given stock replied Horton Ive seen them given And you told Locke continued that your wife poured those poisoned capsules that killed her out onto the living room table didnt you I did Horton fired back She poured them out on the kit chen Story of Deftth Locke who began his cross ex amination late Wednesday after noon after Horton told his story of his wifes death and denied he poi Manchoukuo in Warning to Mongolia By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two Asiatic nations whose poli tical lives are sponsored by separate world pokers found their relations further threatened Thursday Manchoukuo sponsored by Japan warned outer Mongolia advised by soviet Russia that unless the Mon golian government takes immed iate steps to terminate all kinds of provocations against Manchoukuos frontiers the relations of the two countries are threatened with the most serious The warning grew out of a series of border incidents which were cli maxed with a pitched battle Tues day and Wednesday between rival forces of Mongolians and Man cboukuans The Manchoukuans stated that the Mongolians crossed the ill de fined border between the two coun tries and attacked Manchoukuan Japanese border patrols The Mon golians accused the Manchoukuans and Japanese of a similar violation of Mongolian sovereignty Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charge Against Vera Stretz NEW YORK Cornel ius F Collins Thursday denied a de fense motion in the murder trial of Vera Stretz 32 year old university graduate to dismJss thefirst Miss Stretz admitted shoot ing her 43 year old lover Dr Fritz Gebhardt but has pleaded de fense He was killed she testified during a struggle in his skyscraper apartment early last Nov 12 ON THE INSIDE FRANK T VASEY Former School Head for Mason City Dies ON PAGE 2 Taxes and Townsend Probe Hold Spotlight ON PAGE 14 Wide Interest Shown in New Soil Program ON PAGE H soned her stressed this point as to which table the capsules were on The state contends Horton sub stituted a poison filled capsule for one of those his paramour Mri Anna Johnston testified she pre pared for her lovers wife to doctor a cold During the cross examina tion Locke tried to show time and again that Horton had the chance to switch capsules while they were on the table Horton however maintained lie never had such opportunity declar ing that he only returned to the house twice while he did the chores that evening and that Mrs Horton was in the times Locke Reviews Events Thoroughly Locke reviewed events of Mrs Hortons death from the time Horton said she took the second of two capsules about p m In direct examination Wed nesday Horton testified his wife asked him to engage in the marital relationship with her after taking the second capsule said she retired I about 10 p m and took sick short I ly afterwards Try as he might however Locke could not pin Horton to any definite i statement of time after p m 1 Horton declared his wife did not die for three hours after taking sick The states expert witnesses testi fied a dose of poison as large as that taken by Mrs Horton would have killed her within an hour The prosecution aisp contends Horton did not call neighbors in cluding his to his home soon after his wifes death as he claimed to have done Answered Questions snapped Locke answered questions before the cor oners jury concerning a capsule you found in your dead pocketbook didnt you replied the farmer You said it looks exactly like one of the empty ones I dont said Horton The state charges that Horton ob tained an empty capsule and the poison from his paramours home Has Pleaded Guilty Mrs Johnston testified also that Horton asked her to plant an empty capsule in his wifes pocketbook af ter she died so it will look like she done it The buxom widowparamour has pleaded guilty to a murder charge She will be sentenced when Hortons fate is decided Horton held hia newfound calm for the most part Thursday but flared back at Locke on one or two occasions Heretofore a weeping squirming emotional defendant he told Wed nesday of his wifes death in a mat teroffact manner until he came to the moment of death when he sobbed necessitating a short re I cess Iowa Will Fight Against Breakup of M and St L Delegation From North Iowa Has Backing of Railway Commission DES Iowa state railway commission late Wednesday gave assurance that it would provide funds whereby the Iowa viewpoint in the current attempt to dismem ber the Minneapolis and St Louis railroad would be effectively pre sented A delegation from North Iowa headed by Burt Thompson Forest City and former Gov John Ham mill Britt and including B J Dmmmondand W Earl Hall of Mason City and John Mitchell and Traffic Manager L M OLeary of Fort Dodge J L Lichty G S Bu chanan A Sanford and Albert Schneider of Luverne appeared be for a combined meeting of the state executive council and the commis sion Sold for Fraction Mr Thompson and Mr Hammill told of the likelihood that the M and St L system with an appraised value of nearly would be disposed of to a group of com peting roads for about Mr Drummond outlined plans for the reorganization of the railroad whereby without material aban donment the property could be made to pay a reasonable dividend on a reasonable investment without ale turbing the present setup as to ice or personnel Atty Gen Edward L OConnor ruled that the executive council would not have authority to approp riate for employment of necessary legal and investigational talent but that the railroad commission does possess such authority Hearings Are Scheduled The tirst a series of hearings on the question of dismembering the M and St L is scheduled be fore a representative of the Inter state Commerce commission at Min napolis April 6 Subsequent hear ings will be held at Fort Dodge and other points It would be nothing short of crim said Mr Thompson if this deal was permitted to go through without resistance Iowa has an enormous stake in this matter and as the situation now stands that stake is not being Commission All There There was a full representation of the railway commission and execu tive council members present in cluded Governor Herring C W Storms Leo H Wegman Ray Mur ray and Attorney General OConnor Just before the conclusion of the meeting former Governor Hammill directed a question to the commis sion as to what its attitude would be Does our case and our asking sound reasonable It does and were for re plied a spokesman for the commis sion Governor Herring added that ac tion looking to the employment of a timelawyer would be started no later than Thursday CONTINUES STUDY OF WENDELS CASE Attorney General Declares There Is No Basis for Indictment New Delay in Execution of Bruno Hauptmann Expected HAUPTMANN SITUATION AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press Governor Hoffman appeared before the grand jury considering Paul Wendels repudiated confession A high state official said the arrest of a member of the gang which wrung a confession from Wendel was expected shortly Whether Hauptmann will be executed Friday nightor withir sev eral weeks was reported uncertain in informed circles Hauptmann refreshed by a second night of uninterrupted sleep told guards he was certain he would not die Friday In Albuquerque N the services of Dr Florence woman tree ring expert were offered to Hoffman in checking identi fication of the kidnap ladder Prosecutor Anthony Hauck accused Hoffman of blocking his efforts to investigate an assault and battery case by withholding in formation concerning five men who visited the Lindbergh at Hopewell Wednesday Prosecutor Marshalls office reported Dr John F Condon was enroute to appear before the grand jury but he was found it his Bronx home It was learned he had received no such request Mrs Bernard Finnigan wife of the attorney for Stephen Spite convicted forger who claimed to have purchased worth of bergh ransom money said Hoffman provided the money to obtain Spitz release from a Chicago jail Spitz was enroute to New Jersey After testifying for two hours before the grand jury Attorney General Wilentz questioned its right to investigate the Lindbergh kidnapslaying Kimberling said if grand jury was still in session Friday night he would again postpone execution By DALE HARBISON Copyright by the Associated TRENTON N Mercer county grand jury now so deeply j into an investigation of the Lindbergh baby murder that it may bring another death hour execution stay for Bruno Richard Hauptmain Fri day night heard GOV Harold G Hoffman and Atty Gen David T Wil entz Thursday and it appeared more and more likely that it would carry its inquiry into Friday When the attorney general came from the room where the grand jury is considering whether to indict Paul H Wendel for the Lindbergh baby murder he said there was no basis for an indictment in this county even accepting Wendels confession as The confession claims the child died a natural that it fell from bed after it had been kept here for four the attorney gen eral said That doesnt spell murder in this Testimony Not Disclosed Governor Hoffman who was in the jury room more than an hour preceding Wilentz did not comment and the nature of his testimony was not disclosed When the jury recessed for lunch shortly after oclock Thursday afternoon it had heard three witnesses the third having been Dr Car roll T Jones superintendent of the hospital for the feeble minded where Wendel spent several weeks prior to his being brought here late Satur day night and charged with the baby murder With the statement by the ney general that the jury did not appear near completion of its in quiry the belief that Hauptmann would again escape the chair Friday night was greatly strengthened Kimberling to Delay Col Mark O Kimberling prison warden said he would delay Haupt manns execution as long as was in his power provided the grand jury was still undecided on the Wendel case but that he could not delay it beyond the week of March 30 without legal authorization He himself would seek legal advice if the jurys consideration of the case i should be extended beyond this week j he said The jury plunged into its renewed consideration of the Wendel case WINTER HOLDS SWAY IN IOWA Three to Five Inches of Snow Blanket Ground More Falling DES MOINES Though it was spring by the calendar all oth er signs disclosed that winter held sway in Iowa again Thursday Three to five inches of snow blan keted the ground Minimum tem peratures ranged from 10 to 25 de grees early Thursday It still was snowing in the eastern half of the state Icy highways made travel dangerous over much of the state The forecast however for clearing weather slightly colder Thursday night in the cast and northeast andnot quite so cold Fri day Springs return immediate offing was not in the the weatherman said although some melting may set in Friday Among low temperatures report ed was Inwoods 11 Estherrilles 12 and Altas 13 The high Wednes day was 33 at Burlington Central Iowa apparently meas ured the heaviest snowfall Des Moines recording 4 inches during the last 48 hours Ames andMar ihalltown reported 5 inches while charges were popping that Governor Hoffman was blocking ef forts to probe an alleged on the caretaker at the Lindberghs abandoned Hopewell place of the Lindbergh baby kid Farker Awaits Call Awaiting call before the iury was Ellis Parker the Burlington cunty detective chief whose in vestigation of the Lindbergh baby murder led to the Wendel arrest AT guard stood beside Parker to pre vent his talking with other witness es while he was waiting to enter the jury room Dr Jones superintendent of the state colony for feeble minded at New Lisbon testified briefly He prodneed a statement signed by Wendel in which Wendel said he was enteringthe hospital voluntar ily M Hauck the Hun terdon county prosecutor who was chief assistant to Wileriti in the Hauptmann prosecution at Fleming ton early last year charged at the statehouse that Gov Hoffman was blocking his efforts to learn who committed an alleged assault and battery Wednesday upon Joseph Lyons the caretaker at the Lind bergh estate Mar Hopewell 5 Men Visit Estate Hauck said five men visited the estate in defiance of demands by Lyons that they get out When they left Hauck said they drove their car so that the caretaker was forced to leap from its pfith or ba run down An effort to learn from the state motor vehicle department who owned the car in which the five in rode was met with the statement that Governor Hoffman record of registration and tbat it could be ob tained onlytrom iim While these developments wero Hauptmann niniaelf wMi just awakeningfrom an 11 hour sleep Guard Mid he retired at oclock Wednesday falSny asleep immediately and Jtir ring during the night He appeared greatly refreshed the guards ;