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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1936, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLII1 KIVE CENTS A COPY SSOC1ATED PRESS LEASED WIRE BEKV1CE MASON GITY IOWA TUESDAY DECEMBER 8 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 54 PLENTY OF PROBES Investigation Season Is Under Way Already By CHARLES P STEWART A S H INGTON CPA The congressional i n v e stigation season is open ing as usual somewhat in advance of the convening of congress itself A couple of the inquiries are in progress already More them will be in ses sion before the two legislative chambers are called to order just after the first of the year on capitol hill Various extracongressional probes by such bodies as the fed eral communications the federal trade and the securities commis sions cilso are going on under a full head of steam Hold Better Show Ordinarily however a quiz by a federal commission is not so good a show as one by a congres sional committee I never saw a commission which did not show a certain amount of judicial consideration for its wit nesses It is not their custom to put these folk actually on the Their proceedings may be important in their results but theyare not sensational in action Their multimillionaire or other wise superprominent victims do not so visibly and violently squirm on the stand A congressional committee has no hardandfast rules of pro cedure Its members ask whatever questions they please whether technically proper or not The dis tinguished witness may stand on his constitutional rights and re fuse to answer lest he incriminate himself but the more he dodges the more he is incriminated You Can Guess A committees chairman is pretty much the whole He has a majority with him or he would not be chairman If he is friendly to a witness ne can pro tect him even against the clamor of the minority Otherwise heaven Jjclpthe witness He is incriminated whether he incrim inates himself or not For Let a republican chairman in vestigate a contesting democrats election returns to a seat in con gress and what are the chances that the ostensibly winning re publican candidate wont get the decision Or vice versa I never knew the betting odds to be other than one way One Sided Affair This makes investigations of campaign expenditures and meth ods primary and subsequent ra ther flat There is no element of suspense Illustratively Senator Augus tine Lonergan is this seasons democratic chairman ol the com mittee engaged in investigating the latest campaign There are co pious charges by republicans of unfair democratic tactics to say the especially in Pennsyl vania If the committee finds any every politician in Washington will be in fact I do not intend to imply that the inquiry not be strictly accord ing to Hoyle All the inquiries are Still I would gamble within my means on how it will come out An Impartial Thus a partisan investigation cannot be very exciting it is too cutanddried The best of the current winters probes undoubtedly will be Sena tor Burton K Wheelers as chair man of the super chambers inter 7 BURN TO DEATH AT MGREGOR FIRE DESTROYS 2 ROOM HOUSE OFWPAWORKER Father Mother and Five Children Dead One Girl Survives McGREGOR mem bers of a family of eight which oc cupied a two room home here of a WPA worker lost their lives Tuesday when a fire caused by a kerosene explosion leveled the building trapping all the victims except the lone survivor The dead are Jay Anderson 48 the father his wife 37 Betty Belle 10 Stanley 4 Richard 2 and Alice 15 The parents Betty Belle Stan ley and Richard perished before help reached scene while Er win died at oclock and his sister Alice at oclock The lone survivor is Gertrude 13 the only person to be able to flee from the burning structure She is suffering mostly from shock and minor burns it was said at the hospital Physicians indicated that she is clearly out of danger Brother on Farm The explosion and ultimate fire was said to have occurred at about 7 oclock Tuesday morning with the mother being the only occu pant of the home who was dressed at the time A ninth member of the family Cleophus 18 the oldest child does not live at home He is working at the Henry Samek farm near here as a hired hand and it is there that he makes his home The tragedy is believed to have occurred when the mother at tempted to start a fire in small coal stove by pouring kerosene on some kindling wood which she had previously ignited but which had iaHedto born explo sion followed and the rest of ths family all of whom were occu pying beds in the small structure were trapped when the building was enveloped in flames Only Gertrude who was just leaving her bed at the time the blast oc curred was able to escape Neighbors Hear Blast Neighbors living nearby heard the explosion and saw the fire which immediately followed but before help could reach the scene the parents and three of their children were burned to death Two neighbors Frank Curiel and C O Gerndt were credited with having rescued Tlice and Erwin The two men it was said managed to reach the burning structure in time to re move Alice and Erwin through i window before the intense hoat prevented their going closer for additional rescues Curiel rescued Alice as she was standing crying near a window according to Gertrudes story Gerndt who is Curiels step father was said to have risked his life by reaching through a window to grab Erwin from a bed on which he was lying uncon scious A short time after the two chil dren were removed from the building the fire scaled the fate of the five persons still in the building Sounds Fire Alarm Curiel it was reported ran to the nearby home of Otto Duball where he sounded the alarm for the fire department but before LOOK INSIDE FOR J P MORGAN May Summon Morgan to Washington Again ON PAGE 2 Cleaners Defend Cage Crown in City League ON PAGE 13 Spent on Iowa Primary Roads ON PAGE 12 Taxpayers to Form County Association ON PAGE 16 WOMAN DIES OF CRASH INJURIES Mrs John Walsh Former Mason Giiyan Victim of Accident PICTURE ON PAGE 8 Mrs John Walsh formerly Miss Lila Stott of Mason City died at a hospital in Washington D Tuesday morning from in juries received in an automobile crash Sunday Details of the accident have not been learned by relatives Dr L N Stott brother of Mrs Walsh learned of his sisters death by a telephone call from Mr Walsh Tuesday morning Mrs Walsh was well known in Mason City where she was born and reared Funeral services will be held at New York where Mr and Mrs Walsh had made their home a number of years for 55 Gallons of Alcohol Confiscated Here Baldwin Sees Edivard to TAKES OFF FOR SIMPSON HAVEN state commerce committee into liremen arrivca the home was a the national railroad situation f This isnt exactly a partisan in vestigation It is agreed by dem ocrats and republicans new deal ers and radicals liberals conservatives and reactionaries alike that railroad financing has been for so long a century and so completely jumbled and so re peatedly hotaired that the status of most of the lines is practically incalculable He Offers Solution As the only solution Senator Wheeler and others have suggest ed the governmentalization of the whole transportation system Of course the thought of gov ernmentalization horrifies conser vatives and some liberals of both parties Contrariwise it is favored by folk of both sive or radical democrats as well as republicans My guess is that this investiga tion will tend toward governmen talization 300 Dead Homeless in Flood ANKARA Turkey ing flood waters of the Seyhan river left 300 dead and per homeless Tuesday In Adana southern Anatolia Thousands of terrorstricken women and children wandered aimlessly halfnaked in the se vere cold mass of flames and no one could enter because of the intense heat Firemen waited several hours for the debris to cool before at tempting to remove the bodies from the pit Coroner Leslie Oelke of Elkader supervised the removal He said he was certain ah inquest would be held just for the He agreed that the tragedy was the result of an explosion caused by Mrs Ander son pouring kerosene on a fire which she had previously started The father was a World war veteran He had been employed lately as a woodcutter on a WPA project near here Previous to that time he had worked at odd jobs for several years barely making enough money to support his large family close friends of the family said Survivor Tells Story From her hospital bed Ger trude the lone survivor of the told the following story I was just about ready to get up I should say it was about 7 oclock Mother was building a fire in the kitchen stove I saw her pour kerosene on the wood and then the explosion came The room was a mass of flames and when I jumped out of bed I could hear my mother screaming in the next room but I couldnt see her because of the flames and smoke In a short time the other room was on fire and I could hear screaming from all sides It was Dies in Snowdrift ATLANTIC E Hammack 52 of Council Bluffs a Rock Island railroad fireman was found dead in a snowdrift Death was caused by heart disease on fire while I was trying to find my way around in the smoky room The flames got hotter all the time and I couldnt hardly stand it any longer where I was so I ran outside and rolled in the snow I didnt know what to do then after I had put out the fire on my clothes but I wanted to do something to get everybody out of the building before they would be burned to death Hears Father Cry I returned closer to the house and then I heard my father say to someone inside get a blanket lot of Then there was a screaming inside and I cocfld hear my sister Alice crying help me but I couldnt sec her any plate because of the smoke Then two neighbors Frank Curiel 20 and his stepfather C p Gerndt came into the yard They were the first ones I saw Then they pulled Alice and Erwin through a window but it was too hot and the smoke was getting so they couldnt get any Frank ran to the where he called the fire department While Re was gone the screaming kept on for a while but by the time Frank got back after THOUSANDS ARE LEFT DEAD BY FLOOD WATERS Peaceful Farming Valley in Philippines Turned Into Graveyard By RAY P CRONIN MANILA The peaceful farming valley of Cagayan was a devastated graveyard of untold dead Tuesday Flood waters of the mighty Ca gayan river largest in the Phil ippines swept thousands to their death official Philippine army ad vices said and left other thou sands missing Officials marshalling the com monwealths relief agencies ex pressed fear the full extent 01 what they termed the greatest disaster the Philippines Iras ex would never be known Populations of entire suburban clusters of native were wiped out The river swelled by the northern Luzon islands heaviest rainfall swept down the populous valey at 4 a m last Fri day trapping most of the victims as they slept Caught by Torrents Entire families were caught by the unexpected torrents after math of a typhoon They were toward thesea The unprecedented flood covered more than 100 miles of rich to bacco and rice farming lands northeast of Manila Fiftyfour villages were known to be inundated A large part of tion on Luzon island Bad not been heard from The provincial military com mander of Isabella fought his way through flooded and debris strewn areas for four days to send out the first word He said is was the yeatest flood in the history of the valley He reported the largest section of the valley which stretches 50 miles across between two ranges of mountains was yet to be heard from Thousands Are Missing Thousands of persons were carried he said Other thousands were reported Houses full of people animals and trees were swept helter skel ter toward the sea Twenty bodies were recovered in the of Cauayan The government typhoon relief board met in emergency session in Manila Maj Gen Basilio J Val des and Dr EugenioHemando chief of the bureau of health were dispatched to make an aerial sur vey of region Customs officials prepared to rush a cutter northward with re lief workers food and clothing calling iiear was the firemen all I could the fire I knew then that Alice Erwin and myself were the only ones to get alive And here11 The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday no de cided change in temperature MINNESOTA Cloudy fc part ly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday not so cold Wed nesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum Monday 11 Above Minimum in Night 7 Above At 8 A M Tuesday 16 Above Above are shown three officers of the Mason City police department gazing at the 55 gallons of alleged alcohol which they and Tmen confiscated Monday afternoon in two raids W J Moersch was being held on a federal charge of transportation and possession of untaxed alcohol and Mrs Edith Ellison on a state charge of illegal possession as a result of the raids Left to right are Detective Har vey Fitzgerald Capt Leo Risacher and Detective James Buchanan Photo by Lock Kayenay Engrav STORY ON PAGE TWO Tried to Keep Liquor Away foomMother DAYS BUY CHRISTMAS THAT f OR HER DES attemp of a 25 year old law student t prevent his mother from obtaining iiquor resulted in his death citj detectives said Tuesday The slain man was James OBrien son of a former as sistant Polk county attorney He died of a basal skull iracturp which Coroner William Carpenter aid was inflicted by a blackjack implicated by a deep stab wound n the abdomen Police were holding Harold Wheeler 40 an automobile sales man whom they said admitted striking OBrien during an argu ment but denied he had hit him with anything except his fist Found Man There OBriens father said Jame must have thought that someone was delivering liquor to his moth er when he came home and found man Mrs he said is a periodic inebriate We have taken ler everywhere we thought she might receive the best treatment 3ut it has done no good She is in an alcoholic stupor much of the Ime When we are at home we an look after her but when we are gone she calls up bootleggers and has them deliver her The attorney said that he found a bottle half full of whisky when he returned homeafter receiving thecall that his son had been in jured Mrs OBrien was in a dazed condition and unable to recall what took place he said Struck in Driveway Neighbors who reported the slaying to police said that OBrien was struck fh the driveway in front of his home After the alter cation they said that the man who struck the son ran to a car parked nearby and drove away Wheeler was arrested By a check of the li cense number turned in by neigh bors Detectives said that Wheeler ad mitted visiting the home but de clared he had gone there to try to sell a car They said he denied taking liquor to Mrs OBrien The slain man would have com pleted a law course next June He is survived by his parents and a brother John P OBrien a stu dent at Cowling college Reese Cleared of Payoff Charges DES MOINES ffi Owen Reese city safety department of ficial was cleared by the city council of charges that he had tempted to negotiate a payoff with Hal burlesque the ater manager Edward P Dills Dies PLANT CITY ward P Dills 67 president of the Perry Iowa state bank and mem ber of the Perry school board died here of heart disease GOLD HOLDS UP FASCIST CHARGE SpaniilL Insurgent Lines Rakectby Artillery of Government ar tillery batteries raked insurgent lines with heavy fire Tuesday The bombardment was concen trated against insurgent fortifica tions in the Moncloa and Cuatro Caminos districts Bitter cold delayed expected fascist infantry assaults around the capitals outskirts The emergency defense council disclosed 21 persons were killed duringan insurgent aerial attack Sunday on Guadalajara provin cial capital northeast of Madrid The raid it said destroyed a for mer royal palace of early Spanish architecture Attack From Air The defense junta reported a minor attack from the air on El Escorial northwest of the capital by insurgent bombers Monday The expected fascist attack government commanders predict ed would probably originate from sector They declared the fascists would probably move against the univer sity city barricades preparatory to an attempt to strike again at for tified socialist positions in the northwestern section of the city Fighting Breaks Out Rifle and machine gun fighting broke out again in devastated Uni versity city but there were no de cisive results Cheer Drive Gets Off to Best Start Previously Jleporlrd Business and Professional Womens Club Women of the Moose Mason Chapter D A R Mrs Fladiiess H E O Club Cronin Dexter Auxiliary MO New LWAYS in the previous 10 years of the Christmas Cheer Fund so licitation there has been a quiet period for a few days after the first announce ment This year the campaign is off to its best start in history but all of the momen ta m developed can be lost unless there are shoul ders at the wheel For the acounted for in the tabulation above the Mason City Elks club is responsible for almost a third Its contribution was To Stage Minstrel On Dec 16 and17 this organ ization is going to stage a minstrel to replenish its welfare fund from which the donation to this cause was drawn It is to be hoped that many lov ers of this oldfashioned but never out of date form of entertainment will find an added reason for pat Fascists continued their drive ronaSe in the knowledge that the agans Guadaaara about 35 miles northeast of Madrid indi cating the possibility an even tual effort to pierce the Madrid defense line might come from op posite directions The sector had been comparatively quiet until re cently Fascist and defense artillery batteries exchanged shot for shot in a duel along the Madrid front for a short time Military authorities declared the troops holding the insurgents front line were all Germans Lodge New Protests Julio Alvarez del Vayo foreign minister of the socialist govern ment will lodge new protests against Italy and Germany with the league of nations well formed sources said They said he would submit pho tographs which he contended would show fragments of torpe does used in an alleged submarine attack on a government cruiser off lartagena and bombfragments which landed in the city The pictures he said would be used to sustain his allegations Germany and Italy are aiding the Spanish fascists Fire Destroys School NEWTON two room ichoolhouse at Ira near here was destroyed by fire The loss partly covered by insurance is estimated at realized comes back to the needy of this community There is no question whatever that organizations will do their part toward this Christmas Cheer fund They have made a grand start The shortcoming thus far is in gifts from individuals A Lot of More than a few donors to the cheer fund down through the years have acknowledged to the director of the solicitation that the dollar or two here invested brought a greater dividend than any other Christmas purchase Its a lot of one giver once expressed it to know that youve brought some happiness to a Once more let it be said No gift too large none too small Bring it to the GlobeGazette of fice or mail it to this address Christmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa Embezzler Receives Five Year Sentence DBS MOINES E Toson former steamship agent in Des Moines was sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary aft er pleading guilty to charges of embezzling funds entrusted him by several Italian residents of Des Moines If King Chooses Abdication Sudden Flight Might Be Tipoff By FRANK H KING LONDON Minister Stanley Baldwin reached Fort Belvedere Tuesday moned by his to receive the final decision of Ed ward VIII on renunciation of either his throne or Walks War field Simpson The premier hastened over the icy roads from London in an hour and 15 minutes to entathe gates of the royal lodge inthe gathering darkness while suspense hung heavy over London England and the empire It generally was believed the decision even if given Tuesday night at Fort Belvedere would be withheld from the public until Baldwin has an opportunity to communicate it to commons Might Give Tipoff If is abdication the king might give the tipoff by quick flight from the country Edwards youngest brother the Duke of Kent was believed to have participated in Tuesday nights crucial meeting He drove alone to Fort Belvedere Tuesday morning There also werereports that the motor car of the Duke of York Edwards heirpresumptive had been seen entering a side en trance of the estate in Simpsons statement of her will ingness to sacrifice the king rath er than hurt the sovereign or the throne the British public was hopeful its monarch had decided the crown comes first Only Breathless Waiting But there was no certainty only breathless waiting Earlier a chartered airliner which airdrome officials said car ried two home office officials and a physician took off from Croydon of Cannes Mrs Simpsons French haven It reached LeBourget and later was reported at Lyoh still headed toward Cannes but con taining only the pilot Reaching Marignane near Marseille Tues day night he said he would re main there overnight In commons speaking for Bald win Home Secretary Sir John Si mon declined to add to the prime ministers statement of Monday in which Baldwin openly granted the king time to decide between Mrs Simpson and his crown Connected With Affair Some informed persons said they believed the plane flight un doubtedly was connected with the critical affaire Simpson which the lady in question says she is willing if necessary to end Despite Hie airdrome kientifi sation it was believed Tuesday night that those in the plane were Theodore Goddard of the firm which handled the granting tn Mrs Simpsons decree nisi from Ernest Aldrich Simpson Sidney Banon his cleric and Dr Doug las Kirkwood Goddard it was reported con ferred Monday night with the kings solicitors and several of ficials of the treasury Flag of Cornwall The fluttering flag of the Duchy of Cornwall which the Icing uses to signify the self established de marcation between his state and private life flew over Fort Bel vedere At Cannes Mrs Simpsons friends said the American divor cee and the king both were deter mined to fight for the morganatic marriage which the government vof England would deny them short of abdication This despite Mrs Simpsons announced wil lingness to give up the king rather than harm either her royal suitor or the mighty throne he In what may be decisive consul tation with the king were Sir Edward Peacock receivergen eral of the Duchey of Cornwall Walter T Monckton the mon archs legal adviser and his per sonal solicitor Albert George Allen Strikes New Note In London Clement R Attlee leader of his majestys opposition in commons presided at a private meeting of labor parliamentarians for a full discussion of the consti tutional position of king and ernment Attlee is supporting the attitude of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin but has expressed no public opinion and has not been asked for his views Striking a new note in the em ;