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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 4, 1936, Mason City, Iowa E R J T 0 F I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLII FIVE CENTS A COHTt ASSOCIATED PRESS U5ASED WlKfi SEKVICE MASON CITY IOWA SATUKDAY APRIL 4 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 154 BEDFORD PAIR GIVEN LIFE SENTENCES Labor Party in 4 Years Lewis Not Ready to Support Move for This Campaign By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON h i 1 e this does not ap pear to be the right year for a new political par ty to make much of a start if any there are signs of the birth of a new one in time to make a form idable showing in 1940 In fact John L L e w i s declara tion that he is unwilling to sup port a labor par ty movement dur ing the coming campaign strongly implied that he may be willing to do so four years hence Any movement to which the United Mine Workers president finally does give his support un questionably will be a movement of plenty of importance nothing in which Lewis takes an influential part is to be regarded otherwise than seriously If such a party does evolve itself it probably will be a farmerlabor party rather than exclusively a la bor party Swing ah Election When Lewis launched his fight for the reorganization of labor out of craft and into broad industrial units it immediately was apparent that a setup1 of the type he contemplates partisan ship as the XF of L always has succeeded in doing And that he is progressing rapWly with hisindustrial unionization pro gram is obvious If he attains his expected 30 to 40 million membership tin all indus tries and if the outfit votes as a unit and if the farmers then are added to his he swing an election Farmers Individualistic I have no doubt Lewis will effect unionization maybe not to the im mediate tuneof 30 or 40 millions but running into substantial figures Im not so sure of the farmers they are an individualistic crew Still it is conceivable There is a farmerlabor party already with a senator a quarter of a dozen repre sentatives and a nu cleus for as highpowered an organ izer as John L Lewis Yet even Lewis cannot assemble a majority of Americas votes on too exceedingly short notice A couple of years probably is none top long an estimate for his consolidation of industrial unionism plus s year or two longer to annex the farmers Lewis account is that he is satis fied for the present with President JURY DECLARES mm GUILTY IN WIFES DEATH Its a Lie Declares Farmer Convicted of Poison Slaying BULLETIN BEDFORD Judge Homer A Fuller Saturday after noon sentenced Mrs Anna John ston to life imprisonment for the poison capsule murder of Mrs Floyd Horton wife of her para mour BEDFORD jury of 11 men and one woman found Floyd Horton guilty of murderinghis wife poison Saturday and recom nended he be sentenced to serve ife in prison Horton broight into the court room shortly before the jury re iorted met the verdict which saved lim from a hangmans noose with a bitter comment to James R Lucas one of his attorneys Its a lie he savagely declared Anna Johnston is the one who cnows Thats all Ive got to say slumped lower in his chair puli ngat his fingers the muscles over lis jaws bulging as he chewed at lis ever present wad of gum File Into Courtroom The jury filed into the courtroom a minute or so after 11 a m Hor on searched each jurors face with nervous bloodshot eyes He glanced up at the clock It was a m he said to Lucas thats the time the armistice was signed Horton war veteranwas wounded Jn France Examination of the verdict how ever disclosed it was incorrectly written The jurors returned to the jury room corrected their verdict and returned to the courtroom a when it was read by Distric Judge Homer A Fuller 8 Jurors Farmers The jurors who received the case at p m Friday after a nigh court session deliberated until a m Saturday before retiring They returned to the jury room at Eight of the jurors were farmers like Horton One was a store clerk one a merchant and one a telephon exchange manager The woman was a farmers wife Prosecution attorneys admitted the verdict was a disappointment We asked for the death penaltj for Horton Special Prosecutoi James R Locke said because we believed Horton deserved it Defense Attorney James R Lucai said We certainly will appeal this ver diet Take Four Ballots Jury members reported their de cision was reached on the fourth Roosevelt and wants to reelect him after which he will have no com mitments Time Not Ripe My own guess is that he does not deem the time ripe for a third party It isnt Farmerlabor isnt an overly good name for a political party Manv folk who work for a living are not farmers and are not recog nized by labor as laborers but only as whitecollarites Where do they get off at speaking colloquially However maybe John L Lewis will hit on some more inclusivi designation The right terms are conserva tive and liberal the conservative shading off into reactionaries and the liberals into radicals Line Not Clean Cut The dividing line is not clean cut As Secretary of State Cordell Hull a liberal I think I once remarked to me when in the senate About 75 per cent of our side are right and 25 per cent are wrong about 25 per cent of the other side are right and 75 per cent are wrong there isnt an exact distinction The situation in 1940 will depend on conditions in the meantime If there is a bulge in business and employment employment and wages especially there will not be a chance for a new L Lewis or any other left wing leaders Contrariwise a new group may decide the 1910 election ballot The first ballot they said stood nine to three for conviction Judge Fuller said he would allov the defense time to file for a ncv trial before sentencing the Worl war veteran depicted by the prose cution as a sex glutton who sac nficed his wife on an altar of un holy lust The state based its murde charge against Horton largely o the testimony of Mrs Johnston 19 pound grim faced widow who con fessed illicit relations with Horton said she bought poison and claime that Horton took it from her home She has pleaded guilty to a murde charge The prosecution contended Hor ton substituted this poison for med ieine in cold capsules Mrs Johnsto prepared for her lovers wife treat a cold Unfaithful o Both Producing testimony that Horto not only was unfaithful to his wil but to his paramour the states a torneys charged that Hortons mis statements as to his wifes death his reluctance to allow a post mo tcm on her body his failure to ca a doctor or neighbors to aid he while she died in agonized convu sions clearly indicated his guilt They also cited Mrs Johnston testimony that her lover asked h to plant an empty capsule in h wifes pocketbook so it will loo like she done it herself Horton while admiting illicit re lations with Mrs Johnston stead fastly maintained I love my wife and contended he knew nothing about the poison his paramour pur chased Tried Once Before His attorneys bent their efforts to establish that Mrs Johnston killed her lovers wife They declared she previously tried to poison Mrs Horton at an oyster supper party They emphasized that Mrs John ston suggested she prepare cold capsules for Hortons wife Wulf Coroner W F Skelley said AS Mrs Johnstons motive they there will be no irfquest 1 said was the desire of a penniless Man Separated From Wife Commits Suicide DAVENPORT Wulf 24 said to be despondent over a sep tration from his wife committed suicide in the garage at the rear of his fathers home Firday night The body was found by his father Hftns Found Guilty Hoffman to Press for Legislative Probe FLOYD HORTON ANOTHER SNOW IN NORTH IOWA VIore Snow and Cold States Unspringlike Forecast for WeekEnd North another Iowa was covered 2 inch blanket of with Saturday as the state weather bu reau at Des Moines announced now or rain accompanied by around freezing temperatures as the unspringlike forecast for the weekend Skies were cloudy Saturday and additional ern Iowa snow fell in northeast More snow or rain was NEW BROADCAST STATION IS SEEN FOR MASON CITY Examiner Favors Globe Gazette Sees Need for Facilities Erection of Mason Citys own radio station was forecast in a re port filed Friday afternoon at Washington D C by Examiner Melvin H Dahlberg with the fed eral communications commission declaring that Mason City needed radio facilities of its own and rec ommending that the application of the Mason City GlobeGazette for a license to operate such a station be granted Opposing applications filed by the Mason City Broadcast company and the Northern Iowa Broadcasting company should be denied by the commission according to the recom mendation of the examiner who heard the evidence in the three causes at a joint hearing held at Washington on Jan 23 and 24 Backed by Finkelstein The application of the Mason City Broadcast company is one of some 15 or more such applications filed in as many midwestern cities by what is known as the Dean Abeles group of which Robert Dean operator of radio stations at Huron Watertbwn and Aberdeen 3 Dak and Abeles Minneap olis attorney are the moving spir its and which is said to be backed by the Finkelstein theatrical inter ests of Minneapolis The Northern Iowa Broadcasting company the other applicant whose cause was passed upon by the ex aminer in Fridays recommenda tion is a corporation owned jointly by Col Hanford MacNider of Mason City and Gene Dyer well known radio operator of Chicago 111 in prospect for Sunday when tem peratures dip lower countering a Friday suggestion that spricg was on its way back Dubuque received half an inch of snowTemperatures ranged from 14 above at Iowa Falls and Mar shalltown up to 10 at Clarincia Ma son City had a low of 12 above widow to get a man who was fi nancially sound They declared no man could give his wife poison and thenengage in the marital relationship with her as Horton testified he did just before she died Choice of Verdicts The jurors had the choice of two verdicts guilty or innocent In case they found him guilty they were re quired to recommend either the death penalty or life imprisonment as murder by poison under the Iowa law is presumed to be first degree murder Investigation of Mrs Hortons death was started after Dr Seth A Walton coroners physician re fused to sign a death certificate Ex amination of her viscera disclosed the presence of poison Horton and Mrs Johnston were arrested and grilled four days Mrs Johnston confessed Horton though admitting his iliciflove life contended he was innocent Both pleaded innocent when ar raigned but Mrs Johnston two days before she was to be brought to trial changed her plea to guilty and turned states evidence Hortons trial opened March 23 SHOP EARLY More Shopping Days Until EASTER Fourth Application A fourth application for a license to operate in Mason City was on file previous to the hearings in January that of C E Wilkinson local radio shop proprietor Thii application was subsequently with drawn and since then the Wilkin son Broadcasting company Inc has been initiated and a new appli cation in the name of the corpora tion will presumably be filed Wil kinson though his application was not then on file with the commis sion appeared through his attor ney at the January hearings as an intervenor At the conclusion of the Wash ington hearing Mr Dahlberg whc is the principal examiner for th broadcast division of the commun ications commission gave counse for the different applicants am respondents 30 days in which t submit briefs and proposed fac findings which were taken unde advisement with the record mad at the hearing The report sub milled shows a careful and detailei study of the Mason City situatio and while his recommendation must find approval with the com mission his findings are regarde as a long step toward assuring reasonably prompt erection of stalion here Opposing applicants have 15 day in which to file exceptions to th examiners report and should sin1 exceptions be filed the issue wi probably then go to a hearing b1 fore the broadcast division of th commission itself EXAMINER INFLUENCED BY THREE FACTORS WASHINGTON D factors apparently led Radio Ex aminer Melvin H Dahlberg to rcc ommend to the federal comrmmica tions commission that it grant th application of the Mason Cit GlobeGazette for a constructio permit and deny the application of the Mason City Broadcas company and the Northern low Broadcasting company They are as set forth in his n port 1 Mason City an important agr cultural industrial trade and cu tural center has no radio static and receives no programs of loc interest 2 M L Finkelstein and Son Inc of St Paul principal financi backer of the Mason City Broai cast company of which Emmon L Abeles is secretary is legal disqualified from being a partm in the company Best Qualified Have You Read Your Newspaper 1 To what crime did Paul H iVendel reportedly make a later epudiated confession 2 In what country is Lake Tana 3 What Mason City basketball player was chosen on the Iowa 3aily Press allstate first team or the second year in a row 4 What two world powers were oncerned in the border clash be ween Outer Mongolia and Man choukuo I 5 Who wrote a letter to Robert E Clements about the Townsend ld age plan saying it looks like heres millions in it 6 What local attorney announc ed he would seek the republican nomination for state senator 7 What Mason City man was elected a delegate to the national democratic convention 8 How did Charles Zied sched uled to die in the electric chair in New Jersey Tuesday evening es cape that fate 9 Who is W A Hatchett 10 What position did Mrs Pearl Tannar resign ANSWERS ON PAGE 2 ublic service and usefulness to its ocal community as compared vitli Abeles and with the Northern owa Broadcasting company headed iy Hanford MacNider The examiner seemed to feel that either the GlobeGazette or he Northern Iowa company would be qualified in every respect to pro vide good radio programs for Ma on City but chose the Globe Jazette on account of its many of close and constant asso iation with the personal agricul ural industrial and commercial nterests of the area and its local ewsgathering facilities Of the Northern Iowa group the xaminer commented upon Mac aiders outstanding financial worth nd that he is willing to back the proposed station to the limit He also recounted MacNiders public ervice as assistant secretary of war and minister to Canada Dahl berg commented that Gene T Dyer of Chicago owner of the other half of Northern Iowas stock planned to remain in Mason ity if the application should be ranted and that he has had con siderable radio experience Depositions Are Cited The examiner cited the deposi tions from many prominent people n favor of the GlobeGazettes ap plication and commented It is ipparent that the conduct of this newspaper was such that it has cooperated for a number of years ivith various local organizations in their interests The public activities of Lee P oomis and W Earl Hall were also cited as well as the proposed cooperation of the station with ocal civic organizations in which these men play a prominent part Mould Not Interfere Either the Mason City Broadcast company or the Northern Iowa Broadcasting company might in terfere with the proposed Water loo stations on the frequency sought The GlobeGazettes re quested frequency 1210 kilocycles would not be subject to interfer ence Dahlberg said While each of the three applicants was said be legally financially and techni cally qualified to operate the pro posed station the Finkelstein cor poration has no power to partici pate in the Abeles group Dahlberg said citing laws and precedents He added that the other members of the Mason City Broadcast com pany are not residents of Mason City or of Iowa and thus not fa miliar with local needs therefore it is believed that it would be to the best interests of that commun ity to not recommend the granting of the facilities requested by them1 At the hearing the government was represented by Tyler Berry Ira E Robinson former communica tions commissioner and Ben S Fisher both of Washington D C acted as attorneys for the North ern Iowa Broadcasting company James H Hanley former communi cations commissioner of Washing ton D C and Emmons L Abeles of Minneapolis on behalf of the Ma son City Broadcasting company Stanley T Comfort of Mason City represented C E Wilkinson and John A Senneff Jr ITALIAN PLANES ATTACK POINTS ALONG RAILROAD France Couples German Dispute With War Sanctions By ROY I PORTER Associated 1ress Foreign Staff Italian planes launched an aerial attack Saturday on two main points on the Addis AbabaDjibouti rail way Ethiopias sole link with the outside world as France coupled its dispute with Germany to existing war sanctions against the fascist nation Italian troops on the northern front have routed all Ethiopian troops commanded by the negus Marshal Pietro Badoglio reported to Rome The fascist commander declared Emperor Haile Selassies forces are in desperate flight southward and are being harrassed by the entire aerial force in the north Raid Addis Ababa Five Italian planes attacked an Ethiopian airdrome near Addis Ababa after circling the negus cap itol and throwing the population into a panic One plane was fired by incendiary bullets and the Surkak hangar burst into flames Diredawa also was reported havebeen attacked from the air to gather with Jijiga 75 miles south east of the midpoint on the railway In Paris diplomatic sources sai PierreEtienne Flandin French for eign minister would confront Grea Britain with a demand that sane lions either be imposed on Germanv for its Rhineland action or lifted from Italy for its East African ag gression Rejected at London A formal French request for an other meeting of remaining Locarno signatories at Brussels was turned down at London The aerial attacks followed indi cations from the British govern ment at London that it is prepar ing to demand additional sanction against Italy after asserted proof that the Italian forces in Ethiopia are using poison gas One authority declared thai fascist gas attacks began March 1 resulting in injury to many citi zens during air bombing raids This source asserted the British now have absolutely clear evidence of the use of gas by the Italians West Union Man Dies WEST G Arch er 74 died Friday after a Ion period of declining health culminat ing in a stroke three weeks ago H was born in this locality and had re sided here all his life ON THE INSIDE VERA STRETZ At Home of Father Following Acquittal ON PAGE 3 Gerro Gordo Countys Tax Receipts Increase ON PAGE 12 Dr Long Hampton Dies of Pneumonia ON PAGE 16 FORECAST IOWA Snow or rain Saturday night and Sunday slightly warmer in extreme northeast portion colder in extreme east Saturday night colder Sunday MINNESOTA Unsettled Sal unlay nijjht and Sunday snow probable in central and south por tions colder in cen tral and south Sunday and in southwest and westcentral por tions Saturday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximun Friday Minimum in Night At 8 A M Saturday Snowfall Precipitation 28 17 2 Inches 20 It can be said that North Iowa has been getting most of its March weather in the first week of April Mason City waked Saturday morn ing to look out upon a 2 inch blan ket of snow Is 3 The GlobeGazette is bcst torney for the Mason qualified to supply a wide scope of i Gazette company WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO weather out look for the period of April G to 11 For the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys and the northern and central great plains Precipitation rather frequent in most sections especially first pnrt acted as atj of week temperatures mosily be City Globe low normal especially north por i lions LOSS IN TITONKA BLAZ Fire Departments From Fou Nearby Towns Help to Fight Flames Loss estimated a 535000 resulted from a fire whic started at oclock Friday nigh and destroyed the W F Callies es tate store here Fire department from Algona Britt Wesley an Buffalo Center came to help figh the flames The store a single story doubl front structure 44 by 120 feet wa filled with smoke when the fire wa discovered in the basement Smok prevented efforts in halting th flames the origin of which was no known Nearby Structure Damaged The roof of the Wilson restauran to the north caught fire severa times and once the blaze got int the inside of this building Littl damage aside from smoke resulte there however Titonka has been installing a wa terworks and use of water from th newly constructed wellwas said t have been a vital factor in preven ing destruction of a block of th town The Britt fire departmci placed a hose in the well and pump ed the water directly out The store was operated by Mi Bertha Callies widow and her tv sons Leonard and Lester It a general store Loss of the stoc none of which was saved was esti mated at 525000 and the building at partly covered by insur ance Two Are Overcome In attempts to get some of the records out of the burning struc ture Leonard and Lester Callies were overcome by smoke Theit condition was not serious however A large crowd including many from surrounding towns watcheil the firemen fight the fire which was not brought under control un til 4 oclock Saturday morning Farmers who were here for the Buf falo township soil conservation meeting added to crowd the size of the Work for Local Option DFS MOINES political advisory committee of the Iowa AntiSaloon league voted to seek legislative support of a local op tion liquor sale bill in the next leg islature AKES STEPS TO CLOSE BOOKS OF LINDBERGH CASE rlrs Hauptmann Will Send Brunos Ashes to Germany By DALE HARRISON Copyriclit 1IM liy AModnlcd Press TRENTON N J TVGov Har Id G Hoffmans office announced aturday he would press for a legis ative investigation of the handling the Lindbergh kidnapmurder ase now that Bruno Richard Hauptmann is dead At the same time the governor ook the first step to close the books the Lindbergh case itself He di ected Col H Norman Schwarz opf state police superintendent to ubmit to him recommendations for layment of the 525000 reward for he apprehension and convictions if Bruno Richard Hauptmann The state legislature in May 932 offered the reward Three men iave filed claims for it Quiet Probe Demands Earlier Saturday there was a growing belief in Trenton that iauptmanns execution Friday night would quiet demands for a legisla tive investigation of the case But William S Conklin the gov ernments press aide said the gov ernor would confer Monday after noon with Assemblyman John Ker ner Union republican and ask him to introduce the already drafted resolution for a thorough investi gation both of his own activities in Lhe Hauptmann case and the con duct of tie whole kidnaping inquiry The governor also struck back sharply at critics of his candidacy for deiegateatlarge to the republi can national convention in June Candidacy Challenged The candidacy was challenged Saturday by former Representative Franklin W Fort who annormced he would oppose the governor in the May primary solely on the issue of Hoffmans activity in the Haupt mann case When a governor makes a mock ery of our courts and juries and drags his high office into the mire Fort said I cannot remain silent Henry P Du Bois vice president of the Associated Republicans of Bergen county telegraphed the gov ernor urging him to withdraw as a candidate to protect the republi can party of contamination from the ghastly situation which haa arisen Thegovernor replied he had fought for those things I believe to be right and said he would run ii he received only 10 votes Wendel Case Remains Technicalities in the strange case of Paul H Wendel who repudiated a of the kidnaping re mained to be cleared away The Mercer county grand jury which heard Wendel assert that four men abducted and tortured him until he signed the document is ex pected to free him Tuesday of the murder complaint and warrant Mrs Anna Hauptmanns last min ute affidavit in Hunterdon county accusing Wendel of the kidnaping also must be quashed Wendel will go to Brooklyn Tues day to nid officers in locating the house where he said he was held prisoner for 10 days Taken o Iarkcr Home From there he asserted he was taken to the Mount Holly home of County Detective Ellis Parker who was ciosely associate with the gov ernor in his Hauptmann investiga tion The governor who in January re prieved Hauptmann for 30 days held a long conference late Friday with Atty Gen David T Wilentz the Bronx carpenters prosecutor As a result of that meeting speculation arose that the two men reached an armistice and that they would not carry their controversy over the case any further Hauptmanns widow declaring an innocent man had been put to death remained in seclusion in her Bronx homo She instructed a New York undertaker to call for her husbands body at the prison during the afternoon She decider not to come to Trenton herself to claim the body and was represented in stead by C Lloyd Fisher the Hauptmann attorney The prison undertaker embalmed the body in accordance with the prison routine It was rlothed in new blue gray suit made in th prison Bruno Hauptmanns ahes even i tually will be taken to Germany ;