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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 7, 1937, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME VOL XLIU ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APEIL7 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OFTWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 155 DEATH NODES MMENDED IOWA CITY MAN HELD GUILTY OF WIFES MURDER Slight Drop of Head Only Sign of Emotion by Doomed Man IOWA CITY H Dusty Rhodes was found guilty of the first degree murder of his wife by a Johnson county district jury Wednesday and the death sentence was recommended The case was given to the jury at p m Tuesday afternoon At a m Wednesday morn ing after 18 hours of deliberation the foreman of the jury announced that it was ready to give its ver dict Rhodes was charged with the first degree murder of his wife Mabel whom he married after a teacherpupil romance in a rural Iowa school near Toledo in 1926 7 Men 5 Women A jury of seven women and five men returned the verdict of guil ty of murder of the first degree and recommended the death pen alty The jury foreman who made the announcement of the jurys verdict was J Zeni shek District Judge James P Gaff ney set April 14 as the time for sentencing the former Iowa City quarry worker Other members of the jury were J A Zenishek John Hebl Katherine Barrow Mrs Car rie K Joe Sedlacek Mrs Bertha Stricter Mrs Mary E Droll Emora Attig Mrs Bertha Hudachek Mrs Agnes M Dolezal and Mrs Vema S Records Father in Court Rhodes his father and brother were in the courtroom when the verdict was read by JudgeGaff ney The defendant hancimted showed no risible emotion oiher than a slight drop of his head when the word death was read He appeared tired and haggard after pacing his cell in the John son county jail the greater por tion of the night He said Tuesday that he hoped the jury would give him the life sentence rather than the death Mrs Rhodes the mother of two small girls the oldest of whom is 5 years died horribly mangled after a shotgun loaded with dyna mite discharged and burst in her hands the afternoon of 9 Find No Buckshot Officers called to the home that afternoon were puzzled when they failed to find buckshot in evidence in the room where the explosion occurred An examination of the slain womans body failed to reveal any traces of lead pellets which are packed in shotgun shells An investigation revealed several lead pellets in the bottom of a toilet stool in the room where Mrs Rhodes was slain Rhodes was questioned shortly after his wifes funeral at Toledo Feb 13 He signed a confession admitting the crime Feb 14 in the state bureau of investigation of fice at Des Moines Unattentive to Wife Rhodes in testimony produced by key witnesses called by the state was depicted as being un attentive to his wife and a man who for several weeks had har bored the thoughts of snuffing out her life in order to make It more easy for him to press his suit for the hand of another woman Mrs Mable Skriver 32 year old blond divorcee testified that the former alcohol runner had kept company with her almost every day during the month of De cember and that the Saturday before Christmas Rhodes had given her a diamond engagement ring Clifford Kritta Iowa City in surance agent testified that he had written out two policies of and each bearing double indemnity clauses One issued to Rhodes named his wife as bene ficiary and the policy issued to Mrs Rhodes named her husband as beneficiary Claim for Insurance A claim signed by Rhodes for benefits due under the policy had been received by the com pany upon the death of Mrs Rhodes I am guilty of the crime and am going to have to pay the pen Walter Rhodes told Sheriff Don McComas according to tes timony of the Johnson county of ficial Will Hayek defense attorney Tuesday surprised spectators by resting his case without offering any witnesses or even a final plea to the jury in behalf of his client Delay iulip Festival PELLA for Pellas annual tulip festival has been changed from May 2 to May 10 because of the late spring Slayer and Death Weapon Murphy Announces Reo Strike Settled Walter Dusty Rhodes Iowa City convicted of the murder of his wife is shown here with pieces of shotgun left after the wea pon loaded with a dynamite cartridge exploded when Mrs Rhodes fired the sun Governor Benson Answers Newspaper Senate Critics t J ACCIDENT DIES Girl Dies in Hospital Here After Both Legs Are Amputated Helen Despard 24 who was so severely injured in an auto acci dent east of Nora Springs about 3 oclock Wednesday morning that both legs had to be amputated died shortly after noon Wednesday at a Mason City hospital where sue had been taken for treatment Miss Despard whose home is in Leroy had been working in Charles City At the time of the accident she was standing with Frederick J Ford Cedar Rapids at the rear of the parked car which was struck by a car driven by Charles Graff Marble Rock The pair were crushed between the two cars Mr Ford receiving a leg fracture His condition was reported as fair Wednesday Roy Martin who gave his ad dress as Chicago was in the front ofthe car at the time of the accident Two girls reported by officers to have been with him ran away following the ac cident Highway patrolmen and a deputy sheriff from Mason City investigated the accident UNDER SENTENCE FOR DRIVING WHILE DRUNK CHARLES Ira vies Graff of Marble Rock driver of the car that caused the death of Helen Despard of Charles City is under a suspended sentence for driving while drunk according to County Attorney Jens Grothe The county official stated that Graff pleaded guilty in January 1936 and was fined 3300 and costs or 30 days in jail but be cause Graff a World war vet eran expected a call to a vet erans hospital for treatment he recommended a suspension of sentence His drivers license was taken away According to Sheriff B F Atherton a state officer granted Graff a new license about six weeks ago over the protest of the sheriff Graff is being held in jail here TNotes Artificial Hysteria as Result of Peoples Lobby Sit Down ST PAUL Elmer Benson in defense of the state senate sit down strike by the peoples lobby Wednesday accused critics of preferring the perfume of the corporation lawyer to the taste of the farm and Lashing out at newspapers and spokesmen of the conservative senate majority Governor Benson charged a great deal of articifial hysteria has arisen out of the 15 hour occupation of the senate chamber by a peoples lobby del Scored in Resolution Earlier Wednesday a resolution backed by conservative mem bers of the senate was introduced criticizing the governor as the in spiration behind the peoples lobby seizure of the The peoples lobby demanded that the legislature appropriate for relief Itappears that a few hundred of these people occupied the sen ate chambers at a time when the senate was not in session and remained there over Gov ernor Benson said in a statement Left for Homes They readily departed for their homes when I requested them to do least a full hour before the senate session was due to be gin All records were left intact and in The peoples lobby comprised of farmers laborers and unemployed some 300 strong took over the senate chamber Monday night and walked out Tuesday morning fol lowing a plea by Governor Ben son who assured them of his sym pathy in their endeavors Strike in Second Day DES MOINES sit down strike of employes in the dry cleaning and press ing departments of the United Laundry here entered its second day today Negro Preacher and Former Slave 94 Is Granted Divorce DALLAS Y Lynn Negro preacher and former slave who was awarded a divorce Tuesday at the age of 94 was un certain Wednesday whether he would marry again but in case he does he knows the kind of a girl he wants I dont want any wife who drinks likker smokes cigarets or dips he said He was granted a divorce from Mary Lynn 63 He and Marywere married in 1900 he told the but the knot slipped in 1929 and they separated then RESULTS WELL YES FOR rm house Phone 1646 This little 60 phone much business that the advertiser RENTED the house one hour after the paper was out Yet there was nothing magical about this particular Want Ads are just good business JUST CALL THE AD TAKER AT 3800 ANNUITY BILL IS VOTED IN HOUSE Tuesday Action on Teach ers Measure Reversed by 5452 Ballot DES MOINES its position of yesterday the Iowa house Wednesday restored to the proposed teachers annuity bill provision for a maximum monthly payment of from state funds Tuesday the house approved a yearly appropriation of as the states contribution to the annuity program which will be enhanced by 1 per cent contri butions of the teachers them selves In its aboutface Wednesday the house again heard charges of lobby influence but voted 54 to 42 to reconsider the amendments adopted before adjournment Tuesday night which reduced the maximum state contribution to Senate Passes 3 Bills In a harmonious session the senate passed three bills to sup plement the social welfare de partments proposal passed last week The bills would abolish the present state old age assistance commission and old age boards and the present state re lief setup One of the measures would transfer Hie child welfare division of the state control board to the proposed state welfare fdeuarJt ment and make the division eli gible for a annual federal grant Centralization of the agencies under state and county welfare boards was provided in the wel fare departments biii Unspent Relief Funds In one section of one of the measures passed Wednesday the senate voted to turn over to the proopsed emergency relief divi sion approximately in unexpended relief funds which together with appropriations in the horcetsead tax relief bill would bring the state relief fund for the next two years to a total of By its action on the teachers pension proposal the house also restored to the bill provision for a maximum monthly payment of to rural teachers whose par ticipation under the reduction would have been limited to Restoration of the measure drawn on an actuarial basis to its original shape permitted the house to near an early and final vote on passage or rejection However thirtyone members were pre pared to speak for and against the controversial proposal which has been before the house since last Thursday Tabling Motion Rejected The annuity plan survived by a vote of 67 to 19 a motion to table and another move to forestall an immediate vote by deferringaction until Thursday was defeated by acclamation Representative C G Johnson D of Marathon whose amend ments reduced the states contri bution to pensioners fought vig orously to avert a reconsideration and charged the move up to lob by Declaring his the only possible protection to Iowa Johnson assailed the teachers lobby Rep E L Came D of Coun cil Bluffs who moved for recon sideration found ample support from the floor in Rep B B Hick enlooper R of Cedar Rapids and others who said they were con fused in adopting the Johnson reduction Bicker 30Minutes They explained they believed the reduction placed a limited tcjling only on benefit payments to disabled teachers Before voting on the reconsid eration move the house bickered for 30minutes deciding whether it would permit the acceptance of sealed votes of two members away on an appropriations committee junket Opposition eventually was over come and by a vote of 58 to 25 the two votes were recorded in favor of reconsideration To clear the record ihe house voted again on adoption ofthe Johnson re duction and defeated it 57 to 38 Amendments Rejected Several other drastic amend ments were proposed during the forenoon debate on the bill Wed nesday but each in turn was re jected One would have excluded from state benefits those teachers whose average yearly earnings British Send Destroyer to Warn Rebels By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Renewed Spanish insurgent bombings of British warships and merchant vessels and charges by Italy of Francosoviet violations of the hands off Spain agree ment threatened serious interna tional reverberations Wednesday Opposing Spanish armies clashed in two of bloodiest battles of the civil war Great Britain demanded a quick and satisfactory explanation from insurgents for two aerial attacks on her destroyer Gallant off the east coast of Destroyer Dispatched She dispatched the destroyer Garland to Palma Maliorca held by insurgents to back up her warning that she will not tolerate interference with her shipping The Gallant was bombmed twice yesterday but was nothit Britain also considered making a formal protest over the shelling of the British steamer Thorpenhall by insurgent vessels in the Bay of Biscap Tuesday In Rome government controlled newspapers said that because other nations had violated the agreement not to send arnns and volunteers to Spain Italy might feel forced to take counteraction Might Withdraw Usually informed sources said Italy and Germany might with draw from the 27 nation agree ment in protest against alleged foreign aid to the MadridValen cia government particularly by France and Russia Italy and Ger many have themselves been ac cused of repeatedly breaking neu trality pledges the Spanish embassy declared it had received confir mation of the reported landing of Italian troops at Cadiz Spain as aid for insurgents for March 22 23 and24 Basques Retreat Meanwhile northern Spanish in surgents led by General Emilio Mola fought fiercely in their drive toward Bilbao forcing basque defenders of strategic mountain passes along the Durango Road 16 miles from Bilbao to retreat up the sides of Ambato peak In the southern province of Cor doba government troops repulsed insurgents in a bloody battle and advanced within three and a half miles of Villa Harta EVICT 300 SIT DOWN STRIKERS HersKey Plant Cleared by Farmers NonUnion Workers and nonunion workers of the Hershey Chocolate corporation evicted 300 sit downstrikers from the companys model plant Wed nesday with clubs and bricks Many strikers members of the ChocolateWorkers union an af filiate of the C I were bruised and cut as the farmers pathetic workers swung clubs plant One doctor re ported treating seven men for wounds Strikers marched from the plant with hands high in the air The strikebreakers marched them to waiting streetcars which carried them out of town John Loy C I O organizer and an officialof the localunion was the most seriously injured He was carried unconscious into the Her coiruminity hospital where a score of injured men were treated Note Left by Osage Boy Is Discovered note Jelt by Gerald Frazer Flack 12 who disappeared Tuesday night was found Wed nesday The note said he had sold his bicycle and was leaving town The boy is the son of Mr and Mrs Bob Flack His father works jm the postoffice amounted to Another would have made it optional with the teachers in joining the bene fit system Launching final debate on the measure the house heard from its proponents the demand that Iowa had long been delinquent in re cognizing its obligation to the teachers while those opposed charged that it would add in taxes to each quarter section Pumps Water at Building Show Among the 27 exhibitors at the Building and Home Furnishings show which opened at thehigh school gymnasium Wednesday af ternoon is the Mason City water worts Carl B Patcnen super intendent of the department is shown pacing the finishing touches on a corner of the booth where an apparatus has teen constructed to show how water is pumped from the deep city wells The show continues through Friday Lock Photo Kayenay Engraving CHRYSLER PACT TERMS USED AS BASIS OF TRUCE iudson Ticup Only Major Strike Remaining in Auto Industry LANSING nor Frank Murphy announced Wednesday the 28 day strike ecting employes of the Reo itotor Car company here was set led by an agreement substan tially following the Chrysler trike truce and that sit downers vould evacuate the plant imme diately The agreement like that achieved Tuesday night in the Chrysler controversy provided for eeognition of the union as the jargaining agency ibr its members and the unincn in o refrain from supporting strikes or permittingits members in the Reo plants to strike during the one rear term of the The governors announcement came less than three hours after he called leaders of the United Auto mobile Workers of America he company which manufactures motor trucks into conference One Strike Left Awaiting Murphys attention was the only remaining major strike of the automobile indus try affecting more than em TorrentiaFRams in Everglades Damage Truck Crops Badly WEST PALM BEACH rains flooded the rich black mucklaads of the everglades Wednesday destroy ing truck crops and causing dam age estimated at more than Reports filtering from outlying regions nv the Lake Okeechobee district told of freakish ranging from steady ruinous tor rents of rain to hail and heavy winds Destitute farmers their bean pepper crops washed out appealed to the Red Cross and federal relief agencies for aid No lives were reported lost but crops were believed to have been at least 90 per cent destroyed Damage was greater than that caused by the 1928 hurricane which pushed over Lake Okeecho bee waters out of their banks to submergewide areas of farm land The rains came at a time when crops werebeing prepared for market and at a time of attractive prices POSITIVE IRWIN WAS MURDERER Police Report Fingerprints in RpbirbSame as Those at Gedeons NEW YORK UP Finger in a room RobertIr win occupied in Canton N identical with ones found in the apartment Veronica Ged eon 20 year old artists model her mother and a lodger were lolled Easter Sunday police said Wed nesday Officers described the finger prints ias evi dence against the young sculptor as they continued their hunt for him Irwin left Canton two days be fore the triple slayings on Beek man hill LOOK INSIDE FOR FRANCES PERKINS Hails Auto Strike End as Victory of Reason PAGE 7 Dick Daniels to Meet Trickle in Legion Show PAGE 11 Spring Road Breakup Is Less Than Usual PAGE 10 Schlossman Weiss Given Prison Terms in Weridel Kidnaping NEW YORK offrom 20 years to life in Sing Sing were imposed Harry Weiss and Martin Schloss man of Brooklyn whowere con victed ofparticipating in the kid naping of Paul WendellTrenton attorney in a sequel to the Lind bergh baby murder case The Weather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy rain Wednes day night and prohably in ex treme east portion Thursday morning somewhat colder in west portioK Wednesday night MINNESOTA Generally fair in west cloudy in east Wednes day nightand Thursday rain or possibly snow in east and portions Wednesday nigfctslightly colder in central portions Wednesday nighl IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday 49 Alove Minimum in Night 36 Above At 8 A ML Wednesday 40 Above Rainfall 13 of an Inch Tuesday brought a break in tin monotony of temperature which had marked the first week of ApriL The mercury rose to 49 de grees 12 than the previous maximum for the month The 7 de than any previous minimum thus far in ApriL The nights rain brought the April to tal precipitation to an inch GUILTY OF FELONY LANSING senate of the Michigan legis lature Wednesday passed bills which would make sit down strikers guilty of a forbid employers from negoti ating with workers engaged in a sit down strike ployes of the Hudson Motor Car company at Detroit cials of the Hudson company were atUie governors office pre pared to discussthat strike which beganMarch 8 same day as the Chrysler The Reo strike started March 10 with U A A members holding their positions inside the plant in an attempt to enforce demands for exclusive bargaining rights The Chrysler settlement spurred corporation officials to complete plans for the return to work of ap proximately workers af fected directly or indirectly by the month old shutdown Homer Martin international the union indicated in a statement that sit down strikes in Michigans automobile plants were at an end No More Sit Downs The agreement provided the A W A no more sit down strikesin Chrysler plants and that the corporation would recognize union bargaining rights for its employes who are members of the U A W A Further negotiations on issue not settled wers planned B E Huichinson Chrysler chairman said the pact was non exclusive and the corporation ia free to hire union or non union men It doesnt preclude our dea1 ing with other unions except for the purpose of undermining U A W Martin however interpreted document as giving his union ex clusive bargaining rights although he said it did not set up a closed shop At East Peoria III a strike at the Caterpillar Tractor company of the largest of its kind in the more than men away from their jobs Combination Strike The was a com bination sitdown and walkout was attributed by officials and Joseph Dernoncourt organizer for the Amalgamated Association of Iron Steel and Tin Workers ol America to failure to reach an agreement on the unions request for collective bargaining At Toledo Ohio one man slugged and three taxicabs were overturned when two of the three major companies tried to resume operations after settlement of strike failed The drivers outmarch 15 to wage increaseSemahdE Five raisers went back to the Springfield m Wednesday day Officials oi Miners of they had contract agreement with opera tors The workers liaddemanded ;