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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 17, 1937, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FU1O LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY AUGUST 17 1937 CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 268 Court Choice Surprise Experienced Guessers Missed Mark HEAVY RAIN BREAKS H By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON any thing ever struck Wash ington all of a heap it was President R o o s e velts nomination of Senator Hugo L Black of Al abama to a seat on the United States supreme court bench Experien c ed guessers had suggested a list of possibilities a quarter ot a column long but Blacks name was not on one ot them Which as one of his fellow sen ators remarked to me with a strict injunction as to anonymity Just goes to prove that the Alabaman is estimated at only about 22 cali ber For as my informant added All the guessing was done on the supposition that the ap pointee would be a big man Constitutional Expert Nevertheless Black generally is commented on as an excellent lawyer and especially a constitu tional expert His age is Also he has been more than an average good New Dealer which was particularly noticeable in him as a southerner There have been other southerners who have stood by the New Deal for reasons of party regularity although nobody believed they sympathized witn it Black however has been positive ly enthusiastic In fact he has been so enthusi astic that reports from Alabama had indicated his renomination to senate next year was doubt iul Prosecutors Temperament Black always denied a rumor that persisted whenhe first en tered thd senate in 1927 that he MyYetthecirpumstance thgt lie necessary t6 strongly hinted that he knew the rumor was in circulation As a senator Black has been as an He shone as chairman of an Inquisi torial committee He has the prosecutors temperament At crossexamination of witnesses lie has been both clever and merci less He has been witty too in a cutting way Argued With F D R Despite his senatorial New Deal erishness there are stories to the effect that he has disputed the wisdom oE a few New Deal poli cies and has told the president so Such reports cannot be con firmed though they rest on good authority Anyway when it has come to NORTH IOWA IS EXPECTING CROP OF CORN Downpour of Great Help to Agriculture in This Section A heavy rainfall Monday night broke Iowas second major heat wave and assured North Iowa of a bumper corn crop The rainfall which reached U inches over a large section sur rounding Mason City makes cer tain that corn in this area will mature County Agent Marion E Olson stated The rain which soaked down several inches helped seeding fall pastures lawns late gardens and otherwise contributed to excellent outdoor conditions The rain which started falling in the early evening tame at the close of a day in which the mer cury climbed over the centur mark Precipitation measured 168 inches at the KGLO transmitte station 106 inches at the Crysta Sugar company and 148 inches a a downtown gauge In Mason City Monday afternoon the mercury reached a peak of 101 degrees hottest this summer Hail at Norlhwood Some storm damage in Nortl fowa was reported A hard rain and a hail storm hi in the vicinity Northwood On and ninetenths inches of vain fell during the miniature cloudburst and hail caused considerable dam age southwest of Northwood The hail damage was confined to a narrow area extending about six miles southwest of Northwood Clarence Foley a farmer living in the area estimated the loss to his corn at about 50 per Some corn flatteneS wind The storm prevented the open ing of afternoon and evening pro grams at the Worth county fair It ruined the large display booth under the grandstand as a high 1200 Marines Ordered From U S Biermann Honored Fred Biermann of Decorah was named by Sen ate Majority Leader Albcn W Barklcy as one of 10 men com prising a committee of senate and house members to represent the congress of the United Slates at the InterParliamentary union scheduled from Aug 30 to Sept 8 in Paris This union embraces 30 na tions which employ the parlia mentary form of government Purpose of the union is to pro mote a better understanding amonff self governing countries Blr and Mrs Biermann plan to sail from New York on Aug 25 Klan Charge Is Presented by Copeland Issue Against Black Is Denounced in McGill Response WASHINGTON fP Senator Copeland DNY raised the Klan issue in the senate Tuesday against the nomination Senator Black DAIa to the supreme court and was denounced by Sena tor McGill DKans for basing his opposition upon prejudice Defending Blacks qualifications for the supreme court McGill said it ill behooves Senator Copeland to come on the floor the sen ate and complain simply because Senator Black is a liberal and be cause his name was sent in by President Roosevelt Copeland opened his attack on Black with the charge that he was a ktan sympathizer at the outset of Tuesdays session He was fol lowed by Senator Burke DNebO who argued that Black was not eligible and also that he did not have an impartial mind Based on Prejudice McGill said Copelands speech did not appeal to him because it was based on prejudice and in tended to prejudice the American people against a man who was to Boy Charged With Murder wind accompanied the rain 368 at Forest City Forest City had one of heaviest rainfalls recorded the the showdown he always proNew Deal has been IB1 sit on the court Senator Schwellenbach D AUSTIN Minn IClinert Lindely alias Clarence Anderson admitted to officers of Mower county Minnesota and Worth county Iowa that he was partly responsible for the death of his brother Ellert whosebody was found in the ruins of his burned farm home near Northwood In his statement Lindely told officers he and a companion Jim Nelson entered his brothers home the night of the tragedy after having driven around and having had several drinks Asked if Drinking As he entered the house his brother asked him what have you been doing drinking again An altercation ensued according to KHnert in which he knocked his brother down three times Then Nelson struck Ellert over the head with a chair KHnert said A lamp overturned during the scuffle causing the fire to brrak out said Klinert in his statement He went to obtain some water for his brother he said but Nelson who had taken a purse containing S172 from Ellerts prone form told him not to bother it doesnt make any difference said the man who was captured at Yellowstone na tional park by rangers recently Previously Denied Part In a previous statement Klinert had denied having entered the farm home during the night of the tragedy Officers who arrested him at Yellowstone also took into cus tody an Austin Minn woman whose name has not been made public Klinerts arrest had followed an investigation launched by Sheriff Ira Syck of Mower county upon receipt of a tip causing him to be lieve the Austin man was impli cated in his brothers death Klin ert was returned to Austin by Wower and Worth county officials The fire occurred July 22 precipitation measuring 368 inch es The rain relieved a torrid tem perature of 102 during the day At Lake Mills lightning struck and destroyed a barn on the Baken farm northeast of Lake Mills At Wesley the volunteer fire de partment answered three calls within seven hours only one of which was due directly to the lightning and rain however At Monday afternoon a straw stack on the Ray Otis farm one mile and a half north east of Wesley caught fire when it was ignited by flames from a thresher nearby The entire years yield with the exception of five loads of bundles was destroyed in the blaze Mr Otis had nearly completed his shocking for the year Five hours later the depart ment was called to the same farm when neighbors became alarmed at what proved to be embers from the original fire Hits Stack at Wesicy Lightning struck a straw stack on the Anton Goetz farm one mile and a half northwest of Wesley tenanted by Lester Larson and his family at Monday night during the height of the storm Fighting the blaze for three hours throughout the electrical storm the volunteers succeeded in pre venting the fire from spreading to farm buildings A heavy fire truck just pur chased for the department be came stuck in the mud and it was necessary to have a tractor pull it out Crops in the vicinity were aided considerably by the first good rain in months Hurt at Emmetsburir A severe electrical storm struck Emmetsburg and J S Atkinson a mailman was hit by lightning while serving a train He suffered severe shock and his arms and shoulders were temporarily par alyzed A tree under which Atkin son was standing was destroyed Rainfall measured one and one half inches Temperatures plummeted as much as40 degrees overnight as cooling rains fell in many sections of the state Mondays 100 degree NEGRO LYNCHED AT COV1NGTON Six Men Take Victim From Sheriff on Highway in Tennessee COVINGTON Ky IP The bulletpunctured body of a 35 year old Negro slaying suspect was found hanging beneath a high way bridge 12 miles east of here early Tuesday The Negro Albert Gooden was taken from Sheriff W J Vaughan by a band of six masked men late Monday while the sheriff was bringing his prisoner by auto mobile from Memphis to Coving ton Gooden was accused of slaying Marshal Chester Doyle of Mason Tenn July 17 and was being brought here for a hearing Tues day after having been held in Memphis for safekeeping iMen Not Recognized Sheriff Vaughan said an auto mobile carrying the six men drew abreast of his car about eight miles from here and forced him to stop While two of the masked marauders held pistols on the sheriff and a companion Gooden Wash interjected to suggest that Copelands speech was not in tended to appeal to the senate but to an electorate in the offing Schwellenbach to Copelands candidacy for mayor of New York Raps for Order mark crealeH a stii HLtrTe criamber and caused the presiding ofncer to rap for order Senator Copeland charged Black with mental bias basing his contention upon the klan charge The New Yorkers remarks about the klan drew the attention of Dr Hiram E Evans imperial wizard of the klan who was quot ed in dispatches from Atlanta as saying that Black was not a klans man nor as far as he knew a sympathizer was hauled from the officers automobile The sheriff said he did not rec ognize the men did not get the license number of their car and could not explain how they knew he was moving the Negro Sheriff Makes Plea The sheriff said he begged the men to let the law take its course explaining Gooden prob ably would get a speedy trial and a death sentence Td hell with that one of the men replied Gooden terrorstricken broke from the masked men and fled down the highway Two of the men overtook him pounded him over the head with the butts of their pistols and dragged him back to their automobile They left the sheriff and his companion a Covington merchant on the roadside Feeling Runs High Among Students in Slaying at Berea BEREA Ky ran high among students and towns people here Tuesday over the am bush slaying of pretty 18 year old Opal Sturgell Bcrea college soph omore and Police Chief Earl T Hays said he was taking precau tions to avoid what he feared would be an outbreak of violence against her slayer Miss Sturgell a country girl from Houckville in Lawrence county WHS slain as she strolled on the college campus Sunday night with William Anderson 18 a stu dent at Berca academy George E Wells 20 a Berea senior is beinj sought on a murder warrant signcc by M L Sturgell welltodo farm er father of the slain girl When and if he Wells is ar rested Im going to take him to the jail at Richmond Madison county for safekeeping Chie Hays said I received a tip by telephone yesterday warning me not to bring him Greene Man Loses Life While Filling Oil Truck Munsou was burned to death almost instantly Tuesday afternoon when fire broke out in the truck which he was filling with oil in the Stan dard Oil companys bulk plant here Munson was scorched beyond recognition by the blast of fire which originated from the truck Officials were at a loss Tues day to explain the mysterious fire which resulted in Munsons death He was seen filling the truck from a lank when for no appar ent reason a sudden burst of fire shot from the truck Shortly after all that remained in the inferno of fire was the badly burned body of Munson the truck which was al most a complete loss and a par ially burned platform Munsons father had operated the same truck before his death Munson a World war veteran is survived by his widow one sis lei Mrs George Hesalroad of Alli son and his mother H E Bruce manager of the Mason City division the Stan dard Oil company and other com pany officials from Mason City were at Greene Tuesday investi gating the mysterious blaze BODYFOUNDlrK SMALL TRUNK iscovery Made by Clerk at Rail Station After Trunk Is Checked NEW YORK still nude body a young man ith wavy brown hair was found Tuesday afternoon doubled up in small trunk which had just been becked in at a railway express gency office behind Pennsylva ia terminal The body was discovered when clerk noticed blood dripping rom the trunk which he had just eceived from a tall young man vilh red hair who brought the runk in a taxi and ordered it ihipped collect to Joe Marshal MemphisTenn No Signs of Violence Superficial examination by an HAROLD BEST Youth 15 Confesses for 3rd Time to Killing Sister readings set high marks tor the season in many cities A top of 108 degrees was reported at Logan The weather bureau said tem peratures Tuesday probably wouldnt reach above 80 degrees in the north and western part ot the state and would stay in the low 90s in the east Second Wave in Summer The heat wave Monday was the second major one of the summer a previous hot spell holding tem peratures up for several days in June A total of 419 inches of rain fell between p m Monday and 8 a m Tuesday at Arnolds Park bringing the mercury there down to GO degrees this morning Pocahontas received 126 inches of rain up to a m Tuesday the weather bureau reported The mercury fell from a high of 101 degrees at Charles City to 68 degrees Tuesday morning as 32 inches of rain fell SOUTH DAKOTA CROP FAILURES REPORTED PIERRE S Dak with eyewitness reports that drought conditions over the west ern threefourths of South Da kola are the worst in years state officials made ready Tuesday to seek additional relief funds from the federal government Gov Leslie Jensen who heard from commissioners of 41 counties a dismal story of crop failures farmers without cash and depleted county budgets pledged vipport of his office in an effort to pro vide adequate aid during Ihe com ing winter Gomez Pitches Win After Mother Die NEW YORK Gomez pitching with the knowledge tha his mother had died Tuesdaj morning in Rodeo Cal shut on the Washington Senators wit Ihree hits as the league leadin Yankees won the first game o Tuesdays doubleheader 80 Bi Dickey and Tony Lazzeri hi homeruns for the Yanks in th second inning assistant medical examiner showed no signs of violence and no indi cation of the cause death al hough blood still trickled from he mouth The dead man ap peared lo be about 25 years old Police rushed his body to Belle morgue for a scientifically borough examination They also ook his fingerprints for identifi cation Wedged with the body in the trunk which was less than three and one half feet in its longest dimension were a blue shirt three pillows and a dark pair of pants Streets Were Crowded The redheaded man who seemed to be about 30 years old helped his taxi driver drag the trunk which was old and battered to the loading platform at Ihe agency office on Tenth avenue a Thirtythird street Nearby is the railroad terminal the genera the Hotel New Yorker and other places where throng gather The streets were crowded The man seemed not at all nerv ous He was calm and careful ii spelling out the name to Clerl Michael Bertadotti and he ex plained that this was his name and that he would call for am pay for the trunk in Memphis Hearing Is Planned by Attorney at Prairie du Chsen PRAIRIE DU CHIEN Wis UP Attorney J H Cullen planned an immediate murder hearing against 15 yeardld Hacqld Best Tuesday on the strength of the youths third confession that he killed his sister Mildred 11 Harold made his third confes sion Monday night when Sheriff Oliver White resumed questioning after finding a 22 caliber rifle shell at the farm home of Orla Shaw uncle of the children where the shooting occurred June 4 Sheriff White said the boy ad mitted intimate relations with his sister and killed her because she was going to tell Thought Someone Shielded Twice previously Harold told Sheriff White he killed Mildred but repetition ot both stories under lie detector and truth serum sts cast such doubts on his ver city that authorities sought new lews Criminologists said the tests in icated Harold was shielding omeone Shaw at whose home the child en lived died two weeks after dUdreds slaying Perplexed au lorities exhumed his body and a tate toxicologist reported traces f arsenic When Shaw died in a ospita at Soldiers Grove the at ending physician said it was ervous breakdown and other nat rat disorders Evidence of the poison was pre enled to a coroners jury but au horities said they were more be vildered lhan ever Told of DiscardiiiE Shell Sheriff White continued to in all phases of the variou tories Harold told him in the lo Sweethearts 50 Years Ago at Osage Wed in Nebrask GERING Nebr a century ago Mrs Helen A Rogers 66 and Charles W Douglas 74 were sweethearts near Osage Iowa Tuesday they were newlyweds Mrs Rogers of Morrill Nebr and Douglas Upton Wyo rancher eloped to Gering and were married Tuesday by County Judge C O Lyda Speaking of protests of their children Mrs Douglas smilingly said as she left the judges ofDce Some of my children did not asfe my consent when they wer married so I dont see why should ask theirs The couple separated in IBS Mrs Douglas then Helen A Shef neer was married and left Iowa Douglas also married and settle at Upton Death took Mrs Douglas fir husband whose name was no known here and also her sccon R W Rogers Douglas1 first wi died They will live on Douglas ranc at Upton al jail Harold told him once he illled Mildred because shi tepped on my toes After repudi ation of that story Harold con essed again because she was go ng to tell about intimate rela ions he saidthey had In one of the confessions Haroli said he threw the shell from th death bullet into the barnyard be ween the chicken house and Ih garage Sheriff While found such a she i the barnyard and confronte LOOK INSIDE FOR EDDIE CANTOR Comedian Begins Work as Leader of Labor PAGE 2 Fairs Are Under Way at Northwood Nashua PAGES Mason City Shows Big Construction Increase PAGE 5 SO THEY Max Berger 70 who plucked feathers from live rooster on New York subway Im not hurting him Im a retired barber and hairdresser Im an expert at all kinds of plucking and trimming Willis Van Devanler retired justice of the supreme court I believe it certain that In the fu ture this number nine supreme court justices will be so far ac cepted that there will be no ef fort to make any further change That Is the thought and hope I have Senator Copeland speaking in senate on Senator Hugh Black nomination to supreme court saic he felt outraged by this proposa to put a klan sympathizer on the supreme court Fate of Stunt for Airplane Crash in Doubt at Iowa Fair DES MOINES fate of the Iowa state fairs plan of pre senting a staged airplane crash as the feature of its thrill clay per formance was in doubt Tuesday The Iowa aeronautics commis sion ordered the fair board to cancel the performance on the grounds that such a stunt would endanger the lives of spectators A R Corey slate fair secre tary replied that the stunt would be presented as scheduled re gardless of the commissions views The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy to cloudy Tuesday local thundcrshowcrs Tuesday afternoon or nisrht in south and extreme cast becom ing Rencrally fair Wednesday cooler tonight except in ex treme northcentral portion MINNESOTA Generally lair Tuesday night and Wednesday somewhat warmer Wednesday and In northeast Tuesday nielil IN MASON CITY Figures for the 21 hour period ending at 8 a m Tuesday Maximum Monday minimum in Nifrhl lifi At 8 A M Tuesday 66 Precipitation 168 Japanese Warships Open Bombardment Many Killed WASHINGTON Hull said Tuesday this govern ment had ordered 1200 marines to sail from San Diego to Shang hai to protect American nationals from violence Hull also announced the depart ment was asking congress to ap propriate 5500000 for all the nec essary relief and evacuation ex penses arising from the Chinese Japanese emergency The marines will sail within in days Hull said He added that it would require five weeks to land them in Shanghai The secretary made it plain that the reenforcement of American guards already in strategic places in China was being taken primar ily as a precautionary measure and for use possibly as replace ments for guards who are there Approximately 1400 American women and children are expected to be evacuated from Shanghai by the end of this week Hull said It was understood most of them would be leaving on commercial vessels 100000 FIGHTING IN SHANGHAI FIRES OCCUR SHANGHAI splint ers home areas and great guns roared out terror Tuesday night lor neseJapaneie battlefield Shanghai One hundred thousand men with guns and bombs fought on to a goal none could foresee Fires ringed the city Unconfirmed reports said Chi nese troops had pressed hard on Japanese positions along the lines northeast of Shanghai facing the Whangpoo river beyond the inter national settlement In some places they were believed to have pene trated Japanese advance positions Darkness also disclosed three huge fires started by Chinese bombs and shells within Japanese lines Leave Fire Unchecked One raged in Chapei across Soochow creek from the interna tional settlement The other two roared skyward uncontrolled in the mill district northeast of Shanghai International settlement fire fighters withdrew to south of the creek leaving the Chapei blaze unchecked to protect the settle ment itself from the advancing domes Japanese big guns boomed after dark in n renewal of the duel which earlier Tuesday threw shell fragments into the French con cession where most Americans in Shanghai live Collapse in Business Concession police were unable o learn the number dead or njured but estimated 50 persons 11 Chinese were struck by shrap nel or shell splinters More than 2000 American and British women and children fled rom Shanghai They played hide ind seek with death down the Vhangpoo river to reach waiting incrs under the blazing guns of he Japanese fleet Sunset found French town for another dark night ot siege Foreigners md Chinese c n repetition of Mon day nights terrific battle over ootung industrial area across the Whangpoo river from the conces sion Bombardment Is Started At dusk guns of Japanese war ships in the river began a terrific jombardment The direction the shell could not be ascertained There were no estimates of cas ualties in outlying areas but it was believed many were added to the thousands already killed and wounded in the five day battle ChineseJapanese air duels shook the city until early in the afternoon spraying hot steel throughout the French concession The Welch fusiliers a British battalion about 850 men trans ferred at the Woosung anchorage to the H M S delight and were landed upriver at Shanghai British take Refuge They marched from the Bund lo the racecourse in the heart of the international settlement British tenders following in the wake of the American reached Ihe refugee ship Rajputana which had withdrawn about 6 miles to ward the sea The Rajputana her refugee passengers safely aboard ;