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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 2, 1936, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NIWSPAPIR THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION FIVE CENTS A COPX f ASSOCIATED PKSSB WJKE MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 49 CAPITAL VOTE D C Taxpayers Feeling Discriminated Against By CHARLES P STEWART A S HIN GTON CPA For years the resi dents of the District of Co lumbia have been complain ing that they ought to have the ballot like the residents of any other state in the country a state being what the dis trict practically amounts to Its area is small to be sure but it has a popula tion con sider ably larger than the respective populations of several states which send a couple of senators and a representative or TWO each to congress Just now these complaints are bitterer than usual They amount to a howl in fact For one thing perhaps District of Columbians were reminded of their votelessness by the recent election However a still acuter grievance so far as property own ers are concerned is the circum stance that the district undoubt edly is grossly discriminated against in the matter of taxation Price Too High It is true that Washington is the city it is with more than half a million of inhabitants who have been reasonably prosperous even through the depression exclusive ly because it is the seat of the federal government Still the taxpayers believe that they pay an exorbitant price for their advantage Structurally the capital consists largely of buildings devoted to the administration of Uncle Sams business These properties are tax free It taxable they would assess up to a billion dollars at a conservative calculation The districts argument is that any city in the United States would be bankrupted if it had to deduct a billion or so from us rolls before beginning to levy taxes Pay Big Taxes The folk who do pay taxes would have to make up the dif ference The district reasons that thev could not stand it The federal government recog nizes this It makes a federal allowance to supplement the districts expenses But that allowance istoo niggard ly the district insists Running Washington municipally includ ing for example schools for the children of government workers here fire protection for govern ment buildings and the water de partments services for all federal requirements costs about 000 annually 5050 Splitting Time was when Uncle Samuel split with the district 5050 Now he allows a measly 000 Does this make the district tax payer holler Ill say so But hasnt any voice in the matter His executive corresponding to a mayor or city manager is a commission gen erally of nonresident members appointed by the president His board of aldermen is composed of the members of the senate and house district committees elected hundreds or thousands of miles away Far be it from me to say that the members of these committees in general intend to be unfair to the district Friends of District Senator William H King is chairman of the upper house com mittee Congresswoman Mary T Norton of the committee in the lower house Both are good friends of the district But Senator King He hails from Utah Of whatadvantage is it to him to go back to his Mor mon constituency seeking reelec tion saying I have been a good legislator in the interests of Wash ington D JOHN RINGLING OF CIRCUS DIES SHOPPING DAYS IE FT TO SELECT CARDS I LAST OF SEVEN BROTHERS WHO RAN BIG SHOW King of Sawdust Ring Born it McGregor Iowa 70 Years Ago NEW YORK Ring ling whose name was synonymous with the big sawdust ring and circus spangles from coast to coast died Wednesday The circus magnate succumbed at the age of 70 to a brief illness of bronchial pneumonia the last of seven brothers whose backyard playtime show in Baraboo grew to become perhaps the na tions largest entertainment com bine At Ringlings bedside at his Park avenue home when death came were Mrs Ida Ringling North his sister John Ringling North a nephew Dr Maurice Costello his physician Frank Hennessy a lifelong friend and his servants The funeral service of the Episcopal church will be held at a Friday at Campbells undertaking establishment The body will be temporarily interred at Englewood N with the final resting place yet to be de termined by the family Born in McGregor Ringlings interests during his last years were not devoted en tirely to the show business for he owned extensive real estate in Florida railroad stock and was a collector ofart masterpieces Sar asota became the center of his interests Ringlings first wife died in 1929 and in December 1930 he was married to Mrs Emily Haag Buck from whom he was di vorced The sixth son of a German born harnessmaker whose name origin ally vyas August Rungeling John Ringling was born at McGregor Iowa but his family moved to Wisconsin when he was a small boy At the age of five he collected pins for admission to the per formances he and his brothers gavein their fathers backyard John also played the bass viol in these shows Four Join Show In the early a wagon show visited Baraboo bought harness from the Ringling boys father and departed without paying the bill After them went four of the boys to collect They joined the show The Classic Concert company was their first real venture in the show business Successful in this they formed the Ringling Broth ers Comedy Concert company and a short while afterward bought a full fledged circus of their three old spring wagons home made tents seats stakes and rigging John Ringling showed a genius for transportation details and it was this faculty that enabled him to enlarge and build up the ex tensive show business that netted him a fortune Mounted on Rails In 1890 the Ringling venture was mounted on railroad cars labeled the greatest show in the it became a rolling stock from coast to coast They man aged to make every little feature distinctive in some manner The merger of the Ringling brothers circus and the Barnum and Bailey show made famous by the famed Phineas T Barnum took place in 1907 The brothers paid for their rival busi ness and soon brought the shows to Madison Square Garden John Ringling joined with the late Tex Rickard in 1925 in con structing the present Madison Square Garden Interested in Art His attentions turned to art and he stocked his Sarasota home with masterpieces including paintings by Rembrandt Murillo Velasquez and Raphael From this move grew the art museum he founded there as well as an art school In 1929 he effected the pur chase of the SellsFloto Robinson HagenbeckWallace Sparks and Al C Barnes shows The venture involved several millions of dol lars His last years saw him involved in numerous law suits including an action by the federar govern ment to collect in come taxes it alleged were past due This suit Is still pending Circus Man Dies JOHN RINGLING Dubuque Woman 78 Is Killed in Tumble DUBUQUE alone in a third floor apartment Miss Mary A Kane 78 was killed Tuesday when she fell dpwn a stairway fracturing her skull BOMBERS KILL FROM 30 T0100 Fascists Raid Madrid by Air After Land Force Is Repulsed MADRID fascist bombers smashing Madrid houses to splinters killed between 30 and 100 men women and children in a swift and terrible air raid Wed nesday The emergency Red Cross sta tion said the known dead totalled 30 and that the list might go as high as 100 Manyof the victims were women and children Bombs that fell in Ferraz street destroyed three houses in Valle Herraosa stieei three others were ruined Others exploded in the section around Montana bar racks Hospitals coped with what au thorities called the first gas cases of the siege 50 Bombs Dropped In all close to 50 heavy bombs were dropped by the 16 roaring Capronis mostlyin the universi ty Resales and Cuatro Camino workers sectors Two visiting British members of parliament narrowly escaped fly ing shrapnel The said the defense jun ta had made no secret of the fact their presence in the capital had kept Madrid from being bombed to They explained Wed nesdays raid the first daylight attack since they came to the capi tal as spurred by an announce ment from the insurgent Seville radio that they had left Madrid Tuesday Reinforced government troops earlier repelled a violent fascist attack on the capital and claimed a successful counter offensive Power Undermined Socialist officers declared the insurgents striking power ap peared seriously undermined and possibly broken after the most bitterly fought battle in the nearly month old siege of Madrid Tfw fascists stronghold in Uni versity City the medical clinic building was blown up by dyna mite mines sapped under the hos pital through sewer mains Government reports said fascist troops in the battle scarred northT weslprn section of the city5 were scattered Government tanks artillery and trench mortars surged into the fascist dominated area from the Pasea de Isaac PeraL Government war communiques also reported victories on fronts elsewhere in Spain AttackIs Crushed A fascist attack on suburban Humera and Pozuelo de Alcacorn northwest of Madrid was re ported crushed Government mil itia claimed important progress in outlying districts around the cap ital On the Taiavera la Rema front the socialist forces reported blowing up a 32 car train loaded with materials for the attack on Madrid The air ministry also said government bombers destroyed seven fascist war planes in an at tack on the Taiavera airdrome Dispatches from Gijon reported a detachment of Asturian miners had resumed their drive toward insurgent held Oviedo after heavy rains held them up several days Raid Fascist Capital Government advices said the attack on Vitoria fascist provin cial capital in the far north also hadbeen reopened Strong forces of Basque militia fromBilbao the dispatches said advanced to thecitjfr gates cap turing three fascist cannon arid many machine Reports from Bilbao said Vi toria already had been Another socialist army attack ing Burgos capital of the fascist Cabinet Seeks Showdown With King IR STARTS ON RETURN TRIP TO UNITED STATES First Stop Scliettoled at Montevideo Uruguay on Thursday BUENOS AIRES dent Roosevelt ending a visit of allAmerican peace in Argentina boarded the United States cruiser Indianapolis Wednesday afternoon to start back to the United States The Indianapolis sailed at p m p m C S Mr Roosevelt was cheered by rain drenched thousands along the route over which he motored from the United States embassy His first stop on the way home was to be at Montevideo Uru guay where he was scheduled to spend a few hours Thursday Then ie was to halt again at Portpf Spain Trinidad before reaching the United States As his last formal act prior to his departure President Roosevelt honored Argentine President Ag ustin P Justo at a luncheon Discusses Meat Embargo Discussing the United States sanitary embargo against Argen tine chilled subject on which this great meat producing nation has been waiting to hear him Roosevelt declared c Every nation has the right and duty to adopt such measures as may be necessary in the interest of its own citizens in order to prevent the entrance rltorjr or infectious diseases prejudicial to animal or plant life But it is equally clear that quarantine or sanitary regulations should neither be used as dis guised tariff measures nor should they ever be applied except in ac cordance with strict Argentines lined the route of the presidents automobile cara van to the cruiser Indianapolis Attends Funeral Rites Before leaving Buenos Aires President Roosevelt attended fu neral services in the United States embassy for his bodyguard Au gust Gennerich The body was then taken aboard the cruiser to be returned to the United States The first official meeting of the conference will be held Thursday when the steering committee composed of the chiefs of all del egations will discuss formal pro cedure for the forthcoming meet ings The vigorous compliments from the delegates followed a tumultu ous reception for the two pres idents Tuesday night when the conference was convened in the stately hall of deputies of the Ar gentine congressional palace Would Support League President Justo proposed that the interAmerican conference at tempt to coordinate American peace machinery with the league of nations urging improvement of relations between American and European nations Mr Roosevelt was the guest of honor at an official banquet given after themeeting by President Justo in the Argentine govern ment house executive is sued a public invitation to the Ar gentine president to visit him at Washington The conference opens without hate rancor or differences and desire ofany one country to Mr Roosevelt said in his conference address Torn With Hatreds The sessions if they can give tangible form and substance to our will for peace justice and fair will see the accomplish ment of a memorable thing in this hour whenthe wbrld is torn with he declared 1he draft of a proposal to es tablish aninterAmericancourt of justice which at the start may be limited to Central1 America was completed Tuesday night at a meeting of several Central Ameri can delegates The proposal would set up a tri bunal for conciliation and arbitra tion of any question which might lead to a dispute among the coun tries supporting the court It was discussed with American delegates enroute to Buenos Aires who gave partial approval to the suijgestion some souces said Protection Furnished by Beer Dealer Sonderleiter Des Monies Distributor Makes Charges DES MOINES Sonderleiter Des Moines beer dis tributor charged Wednesday that another distributor here promises protection for his buyers and fur nishes Sonderleiter did not name the distributor but declared he is put to get control of the beer bus iness in Des Moines by force if Shortly after Sonderleiter voic ed his charges Gus Gordon a beer distributor here issued a statement in which he said he had increased the sale of his beer here but added Naturally to show an increase I hav taken business from other beer agencies and of course you know how they feel about Meanwhile the Polk county grand jury continued its investi gation of reputed protection pay offs and rackets in Des Moines by subpenaing seven beer tavern operators and five druggists as witnesses Flans Big Brewery In prohibition days Sonder leiter was Kenneth the treasure chest man who advertised im ported liquors and whiskies and mailed his customers embossed advertising cards through the mails At present he is head of Kenneths Distributing company Recently he announced plans for a brewery Sonderleiter said Wednesday he had not been subpenaed by the provisional government was said to have bombarded the railroad station at Miranda de Bero 44 miles from Burgos tellallhe knows aboutthe beer business in Des Moines if he is called I know what its all he said Ive been around Ive received threats galore but I dont pay any attention to them any more If I did Id go Sonderleiters wife was called before the grand jury Tuesday Wife Doesnt Know I dont know whatthey wanl her he commented She doesnt know anything about Scnderleiter declared there are at least 50 tavern operators in Des Moines who wont buy my beer at 10 cents a case less than this other distributor sells for be cause he tells them they can sell beer on Sunday Take a he continued a1 the citys records and see how many beer permits have been re voked because the holders sold beer on Sunday You wont find many That fellow has power And lies getting more all the time He can get more privileges than any other dealer in Gordon denied that he seeks a monopoly on the Des Moines beer business and that he ever offered protection to anydealer He also cited the city records saying Theyll show that more places selling my beer are raided than places selling other types of Denies Big Gifts He also denied that he has put thousands dollars into cam paigns for city officials elected last March I he said contribute to campaign funds of fourmembers of the present council but in no case was the amount more than u Police Chief Henry A Alber joined in the argument after hear ing of Sonderleiters charges and Gordons answer He said he had heard stories about the fate of tavern opera tors who dont handle the Tight kind of but added dont pay much attention to them You usually hear them when a fellow begins to develop a pretty good beer business As soon as he starts to sell more beer than the rest rumors that you have to buy his beer or else fly thick and Open Safe and Get at Estherville ESTHERVILLE Burglars obtained after blasting the safe at the North Western railway station here following a futile search for money at Farmers CoOpefative creamefj at Ring stead Eight Sailors Drowned France Eight sailors were drowned Wednesday when theyattempted to disem bark in a small boat from a Brit ish trawler grounded off Calais i LOCAL LAWYER BANKFOOLEDBY CHECK FORGER Penman Writes Out Order Against Account of Attorney Gaining entrance to an attor neys office here by unlocking a seldomused door on leaving after retaining the attorney to handle a spurious business deal a man forged a check for on the at torneys own check blank stamp ed it with the attorneys check protector cashing it at a Mason City bank while the lawyer was on his way to Waterloo in connection with the business Although the forgery was ac complished Nov 4 the day fol lowing election it went undiscov ered until Tuesday Dec 1 when the attorney R F Clough exam ined his bank statement and can celed checks for the month of No vember With its discovery came the ex planation of the business of an other local attorneys client Shipley Also Retained On election day the same day that Mr Cloughs client first ap peared John C Shipley was call ed upon by a man who retained him to handle a legal transaction On comparing notes the two attorneys discovered that had been waiting simultane ously but at different hotels in Waterloo for their mutual clients aunt an alleged resident of Washburn Iowa When the to materialize after an eachattorneyhac returned to Mason City skeptical but unable to discover any rea son for having been payed cash retainers merely to make a trip to Waterloo Any intended forgery upon Shipleys account had been pre vented by M E Laird local po lice court Judge whose offices are with Shipleys in the First Na tional bank building Last one to leave the offices at noon Laird had noticed that the door leading from the corridor direct to Ship leys office was unlocked Laird Notifies Police After locking the door Laird notified the police and then tele phonedShipley at Waterloo How ever despite their apprehension at the obvious scheme to get Ship ley cut of town strengthened by the discovery of some easily de ciphered code on the wall of the corridor near Shipleys door di recting that it be left unlocked subsequent events in the Shipley incident failed to develop any evi dence of attempted foul play or fraud No trace of the client could be found by police and the incident was practically forgotter until Shipley happened to tell Clough Tuesday of his experience Comparison of the two attor neys stories brought out the fact that their client had used virt ually the same names and set ol circumstances in conferring with the two lawyers To each of them he had implied that Mason City property belong ing to his aunt was worth approx imately or but he knew very little about it and considered it advisable for the at torney to confer with the Lived Near Waterloo His the forger said liv ed in Washburn a village near Waterloo arid had the deeds and abstracts for theproperty at her home there but would bring them to the Waterloo hotel the Presi dent in Cloughs case and the Russell Lamson in Shipleys case Both attorneys wrote letters to the Washburn woman in an effort to determine the nature of the property Cloughs letter was re turned a few days later marked while Shipley after waiting several days for a reply to his letter made a trip to Wash burn where he learned that no such person as the aunt existed He reclaimed his letter at the Washburn postoffice The forger described by Ship ley and Colugh as a well dressed man in his early of dark complexion and not quite six feet in height had identified himself to Clough as George Miller of Ce dar Rapids Used Name Baker He used the name Baker in forging the indorsing it and again forging Cloughs sig nature underneath the indorse ment This second forgery al though of no value in a check negotiable servedto sup port the authenticity of the check and the identity ofthe bearer Both the forgeries approached perfection the forger apparently LOOK INSIDE FOR CAEL COOK Contributions to Iowa G 0 P Drive Listed ON PAGE 10 Thornton to Dedicate School Friday Night ON PAGE 12 Legion Boxing Ticket Ready Thursday Night ON PAGE 11 Germany Gets Drastic Set of Economic Laws ON PAGE2 PfNNSBEN IS CHAMP BARROW Berkshire of Pennsylvania State College Bestin Stock Show CHICAGO Ben a heavyweight Berkshire exhibited by Pennsylvania State college won the grand championship for barrows at the 37th International Livestock exposition Wednesday The victory of the Pennsylvania school broke a string of five con secutive wins by the agricultural department of Purdue university LaFayette Indiana where a fine of Chester Whites have been developed Pennsylvania State never before took a barrow grand champion ship at the International The Weather IN MASON CUT IOWA Generally fair Wed nesday night rising tempera ture except in extreme east central portion Thursday un settled possibly showers in north portion warmer in south central and extreme east por tions MINNESOTA Unsettled Wednesday night and Thursday probably occasional rain or snow rising temperature in east and extreme south colder in extreme northwest Wed nesday night much colder Thursday or Thursday night FORECAST GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday 34 Minimum in Night 21 At 8 A M Wednesday 22 Snowfall Trace having copied the signature from the receipt which Clough had giv en hinr wnen he accepted a retainer fee Miller had paid Shipley a S25 fee and had received a receipt for that amount over Shipleys signa ture bvut was evidently deprived of the opportunity of usingit by Lairds locking the office door No Stub in Book The checks which the master penman had taken from Cloughs obtained fronvthe back of the book their theft not being divulged until Clough found that there was no corresponding stub in the book for the check The first National bank which must stand for the loss has turned thfr matter over to State Bankers assoclatkm case is now in the hands of Burns detective agency Mason City po lice and sheriffs officers have re opened invetsigationof the MAY RESIGN IF HE REFUSES TO GIVE UP WALLIE Prime Minister Calls On Edward Stock Market Is Affected LONDON Minister Stanley Baldwin called upon King Edward at Buckingham palace Wednesday night for what was reported to be a showdown in the constitutional crisis causedby the monarchs friendship for Mrs Wallis Simpson The plainspoken pipe smoking premier was believed to have in formeoMhe bachelor king that the cabinet with the backing of par liament is preparedto resign un less Edward surrenders any plan he may have to wed the Ameri can born divorcee It was the second time this week that Baldwin had visited King Edward after dark to dis cuss the unprecedented situation between the government and the crown of the worlds greatest em pire Sees Lord Beaverbroofc Shortly before the audience the prime minister known to his in timates as honest jour neyed to Fleet street and closeted himself with Lord Beaverbrook powerful press baron who re cently cut short a visit to Amer ica and rushed back to London It was reported he had returned with news of the alarming re action in the United States and lanada to the kingSimpson situ ation At the same time a spokesman for the American embassy asked about a published report that the white house had given an expres sion of opposition to a marriage between the king and Mrs Simp son said Stock Market Drops We know nothing of any al leged white house expression of views In fact we know nothing whatsoever about Mrs Englands stock market dropped sluggishly Wednesday reflecting Brokers said the growing concern lest King Edwards romancewith Mrs Simpson result in resignation of the cabinet or even the abdi cationof the As worried British ministers met the London Times hinted at possible breakup of the realm with the Duke and Duchesi of York as king andqueen of Scot land and the question of tutional crisis openly and the Yorkshire Evening Post This latter newspaper one of the directors of which is the fa therinlaw of Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden warned National Concern Grows National concern will be deep ened by the implication in some responsible comment that the con stitutional issue may issue of the readiness of the Icing to be guided by his ministers in regard to any step wherein the welfare of the throne and the commonwealth may be The stock exchange Englands traditional barometer was rife with discussion of the Bishop of Bradfords speech Tuesday in which he expressed concern over the kings awareness of his need for Gods Brokers said they expected the downward tendency to continue and grow worse unless the mean ing of the bishops remarks with all its implications should be made clear to the business world Want to Know In other words the brokers said they want to know in pounds and pence sit uation means The general dull tone brokers ascribed to the uncertainty over what might happen in the sup posed conflict between Prime Minister Stanley Baldwins gov ernment and over his American born friend King Edward meanwhile wardly unruffled over the unpre cedented invasion of his private affairs inspected the new blue walking designed for Englands soldiers to wear at his coronation The Times editorial was pegged to the visit of the Duke and Duch ess York to Edinburgh for the St Andrews day Msisonic ban and concluded Welcome Is Emphuized This visit of the heir presump tive to the en tourages speculation a er the time may not some day when historic honors rha be used again in thecrowning Ft ;