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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 22, 1934, Mason City, Iowa I E 0 M E n r o F i NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES At1 VOL XLI FIVE CENTS A COPT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WtRB MASON CITY IOWA SATU1 Inquiry to Be Held Up House Members in Judicial Probe Defeated By HERBERT PLUMMEK ASHINGTON Dec 22 While federal judges as a rule have no particu lar personal in terest in the out come of an elec tion at least three were vital ly concerned In what happened this year The subcom m i 11 e e of the house judiciary committee which had been looking into the official conduct of three federal judges in niinois was all but wrecked at th epolls The chairman Representative McKeown of Oklahoma was swept out of office after 16 years of serv ice and Lehr of Michigan a mem tier of the committee also was re tired Nothingfurther can be done un til these vacancies are filled in the next congress Sumners of Texas chairman of the full committee says it will be necessary to start all over again with the investigation Four federal judges are under house scrutiny The inquiry of one in Florida has been completed and awaits action by the judiciary com mittee The other three in Chicago face further quizzing 16 in Limelight Room 16 at the state department for years just a drab ordinary gov ernment office overnight has be come an important center of the capital Its all because the supreme court of the United States had some rather caustic things to say about room 16 recently Room 16is the place where the of all laws passed by con gress as well as executive orders are sent for filing and printing The supreme court intimated that the executive orders are handled so carelessly after they leave the white house that it is almost impossible to find out anything about them Theres nothing John Brauner the man in charge at room 16 can do about it however Already he Is doing as much as he has authority to do Its the system which seems at fault Now that the supreme court has called attention to it a general house cleaning may result Elevator All His Own Vice President Garner is to have a brand new elevator all of his own in the next congress Its been in stalled and is waiting on the sen ate of the capitol Cactus Jack however doesnt go in for that sort of thing very much Usually he chooses the ele vator nearest where he happens to be or uses the steps Former Vice President Curtis was the only presidingofficer of the sen ate in recent times who insisted on using his private elevator Curtis a stickler for that sort of thing had a native Kansan put on the car as operator He was an old time crony of Cur friend of the days when the former vice president rode the race tracks of Kansas as a jockey FORECAST IOWA Probably rain chang ing to snow Saturday night or by Sunday Slightly warmer in east colder in northwest por tion Saturday night Much cold er Sunday and Monday with cold wave in northwest portion by Sunday night MINNESOTA Snow probable Saturday and Sunday severe cold wave Sunday with much colder Saturday night in cen tral and west IN MASON CITY Weather figures for 24 hour per iod ending at 8 oclock Saturday morning Maximum Friday 30 Minimum in Night 19 At 8 A M Saturday 24 Snowfall Trace WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO Dec 22 weather outlook for the period from Dec 24 to 29 For the region of the Great Lakes most of week probably not much precipitation after Monday For the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys and the northern and central great plains regions Cold most of week espe cialy in north portions not much precipitation likely VANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION 22 1934 NO 62 CHRISTMAS TRADE SHOWS War Department Not in Favor of Munitions Nationalization By NATHAN ROBEHTSON WASHINGTON Dec 22 senate munitions committee its last dollar spent investigating the arms industry indicated today it was pin ning its hope on world opinion to bring further inquiry here and abroad The inquiry winding up its six weeks of preChristmas hearings yesterday received an emphatic as sertion from the war department opposing nationalization of the mu nitions industry as a policy which would fail in war and therefore does not appear logical in peace Approved by Dern The statement presented by Lieut Col C T Harris and approved by Secretary Dern argued it would cost 1000000000 at the outset to na tionalize the industry and provide for equipping 4000000 soldiers The upkeep was estimated at 580000000 annually which the army high com mand contended would double the peace time cost of national defense Chairman Nye R N Dak im mediately replied his committee would shoot this argument full of holes With the committees gone however it was up to the senate to say whether the inquiry would go in Committee members planning a request for more funrjf say at least 550000 additional is needed British Plan Probe Before meeting today to decide whether they would couple any rec ommendations for legislation witn their request for more money com mittee members expressed satisfac tion that Great Britain had set up a royal commission to investigate munitions Some of the senators ex pressed hope the British nquiry would not be a whitewash Recent discussions in France also have led the senators to believe they say that an investigation there may be on the way Several foreign embassies have asked for transcripts of the hearings here in cluding some South American United in Demand Although the committee was united in its demand for further in quiry any attempt to get together on a legislative program was threatened with difficulties Half a Turn to Page 2 Column 6 YouHaveOne More Day to Give to Fund Total Reaches but Need Is Much Greater Previously reported Admits Kidnaping Baby Boy Senate Munitions Committee Runs Out of Funds PINS HOPE WORLD OPINION TO PUSH PROBE 4 KILLED WHEN TRAIN HITS CAR High School Students Are Victims on Way Home From Dance CANONSBURG Pa Dec 22 UPj Four high school students coming home from a school Christmas dance were killed early today as their automobile was struck by a Pennsylvania passenger train at a downtown crossing The dead Kenneth Culp IS center and star player on this years Canonsburg high school football team William McKee 17 son of John A McKee superintendent of the local plant of the Continental Can company Fern Harris 16 daughter of Samuel Harris prominent Canons burg merchant Jean Marshall 16 Culp McKee and the Harris girl were killed instantly as the engine hurled their battred car 200 feet down the tracks Miss Marshall died two hours later in a Canonsburg hospital Though a heavy fog the students were returning in McKees car from the schools annual holiday dance The train enroute from Pitts burgh to Washington Pa struck the car broadside as it started across the tracks at the center crossing in the heart of the town Investigators said the train was late and expressed the opinion the driver may have thought all trains for the night had passed by There was some mist about the crossing 1 they added A Friend Employes Independent Baking company McKinley F T A Independent Union of All Workers L L M Lillian E Mrs Grace Blythe Mason City Baking com pany Merchandise Iowa State Brand Cream eries Inc Merchandise Palais Royal Merchandise Garfield Child Study Circle Buster Shirley and Doug las William Johnson Wesley GG Carrier Unnamed Friend Mrs C W Harris Grace Evangelical Ladies Aid Milwaukee Machinists and Helpers Huwkeye Lodge 300 200 300 300 JOO 1000 1000 2000 3000 100 100 100 200 200 T H Federal Sleat Inspectors In Mason City J C Penney company em ployes Wilson Child Study Circle Elizabeth Peoples Gas and Electric Company office and Sales Employes 300 550 200 200 Sooo HAT the Christ mas Cheer Fund will reach the 51500 mark seemed assured Saturday after noon when a flurry of cash contributions sent the total almost to Cash donations willbe welcome up to 9 oclock Christmas morning and merchandise contributions will be acceptable according to Mrs Blaise of the fund throughout Christmas week Mrs Blaise and a force of work ers were busy until midnight Fri day making final preparations for the Christmas distribution and a like task lay aiead of them for Sat urday Sunday and Monday Re membrances to the individual fam ily so far as possible are going to be based on their specific needs un derstood by Mrs Blaise through her routine contacts with Mason Citys needy homes Last Minute Gifts Expected In a number of offices Saturday it was learned a solicitation of workers for the fund was under way Reports on these will be in cluded in the Monday list As in past years employes of the various departments of the GlobeGazette will be represented with a generous contribution Another of Mondays donations to the fund will be from The Farm night club at the western edge of the city where onefifth of the re ceipts on Thursday Friday and Sat urday nights of this week are being saved out for the Cheer Fund In checking on the Friday addi tions to the fund it is discovered that Hobert Duncan Jr should have been credited with instead of The error is regretted Only Cash Counts There The competition between Mason City and Waterloo on the size of their Christmas funds developed a little note Saturday from E R Moore managaing editor of the Courier in which there was an ex Tlirn tn Pajte 2 Column 1 Beefsteak Rebellion in Jail Quelled and Quiet Reigns Again WAUKEGAN HI Dec 22 The beefsteak rebellion was quel led today and quiet reigned in the Lake county jail Bean soup and stew were on the bill of fare but not a whimper said Sheriff Lawrence Doolittle had been heard from the prisoners It all started last week when the sheriff invoked a new rule forbid ding affluent prisoners dissatisfied with prison cuisine from sending out for steaks mushrooms and other delicacies to cook on electric grills in their cells Mrs Dorothy Marsh J9 was charged with kidnaping and jailed in Indianapolis after detectives said she confessed abducting a four day old baby boy William Joseph Bobbins son of a relief project worker and his wife as part of a plan to regain her husbands affec tionsby an assumed motherhood The victim is shown with his parents afterhe Tiad been retunifei iyom theescapade Asso ciated Press IOWA WILL HAVE COLD CHRISTMAS Santa Wont Be Bothered by Falling Snow When He Visits State DBS MOINES Dec 22 Santa Glaus probably will have icicles in his whiskers but wont be bothered with falling snow when lie drops in to fill the Christmas stockings of lowans Monday night Federal Meteorologist Charles Reed pausing long enough In his last minute shopping to put on an extra warm muffler and peek at his weather instruments decided to night that Christmas will find Iowa back in the frigid zone Colder temperatures will descend tonight on northwest Iowa and spread over the rest of the state Sunday and Monday he predicted A cold wave is forecast fnr tlie northwest section by Sunday night and when Meteorologist Reed says cold wave he means from 20 de grees down to zero In his weekly weather outlook announced today Reed said Christ mas week will be cold with much precipitation likely F R IN BATTLE TO TRIM RATES Tokio Renunciation of Navy Pact and Race Riot in Weeks News nut RAID FOR LIQUOR IN SHELBYVILLE Officers Determined to Keep Tennessee Town From Riot Renewal SHELBYVILLE Tenn Dec 22 to keep liquor from flowing in the shopping crowds here today and adding to the tenseness of this mob swept town a squad of local officers raid ed 27 Negro houses this morning in search of bootleg whisky and made four arrests Three of the Negroes arrested were held on liquor charges City Judge C C Smith said and the fourth on a charge of loitering around a disorderly house Beard Oldest Living Yale Alumnus Dies NORWALK Conn Dec 22 The Rev Augustus F Beard Yales oldest living alumnus and reputed to be the oldest Congregational min ister in the United States died to day at his home He observed bis one hundred first birthday anniver sary on May 11 THE WEEKS BIGGKST NEWS Roosevelt Fights Utilities Rates Tokio Ends 553 Naval Pact Four Killed in Riot By WILLIAM J EADS NEW YORK Dec 22 ident Roosevelt allied himself with New York City in its fight for lower utility rates Tokio voted to end the 1922 naval limitations treaty an attempted lynching by a Tennessee mob and an Iraq plane crash took 11 lives Atlantic storms continued to harass shipping These high spots in the weeks news were interspersed with further recovery efforts by both business and government a German morals purge additional executions in Rus sia the publication of testimony that little Gloria Vanderbilt hates her mother and a physicians report that President Roosevelt apparently is thriving on his fare of hard work Opening Gun Fired The opening gun in New York Citys battle with the utilities was fired when the companies filed a rate rise to meet in city relief taxes Mayor Laguardia said he saw in the move an effort to compel thepeople of New York to pay for losses of the Insulls Next the bids of nine utility com panies for the citys 1935 require ments were rejected as exorbi tant The president invited city of ficials to the white house ana con ferences there led to plans for the Turn io rnge 2 Column 7 SLP Jeal Letter 5 6 MASKED MEN ROB 2 OUT OF 3 BANKS OF TOWN Oklahoma Bandits Get in Daring Double Coup OKEMAH Okla Okla Dec 22 masked men robbed two ot Okemahs three banks of an esti mated at 9 a m today and escaped leaving 13 employes bound and gagged in the First National and Okemah National banks At each bank three men lay in wait and trussed up employes one by one as they entered the bank cleaning out the vaults when the time locks opened A B S Bontty vice president of the First National bank said They told us once they were going to rob all three banks in town but we found later when we turned in an alarm they had robbed only two The Citizens State bank wasnt robbed Authorities knew nothing of the robbery until the men had fled At Oklahoma City Sheriff Stan ley Rogers awaited a description of the bandit car before sending out his airplane patrol Alivays Failed Before OKLAHOMA CITY Dec 22 Pi Four times in the gory history of Oklahoma banditry outlaws have tried to execute a double bank rob bery but the coup always until todays double robbery at Okemah Pretty Boy Floyd recently slain in Ohio was credited with robbing two banks on Jan 14 1932 but the banks were located in two Castle and Paden Outlaws who met disaster in seekingthe double include the in famous Dalton bothers whose fail ure at Coffeyville Kans in October 1892 cost eight lives four of the gangand four vigilantes failing Betty Gow Believed Aboard Aqmtania on Her Way to New York GREENOCK Scotland Dec 22 conviction grew here to day that Betty Gow former Lin 3 bergh nurse was on board the iin er Aquitania due in New York Sun day afternoon where she is expect ed to testify in the kidnaping case against Bruno Richard Hauptmann It had been reported she would sail on the Duchess of York but that vessel left for Halifax without Miss Gow as far as could be learn ed Close scrutiny of each embark ing passenger failed to disclose her presence among them A relative here said she had sail ed on the Aquitania under close guard MOB FAILS TO MAKE GOOD ON THREAT TO SEIZE 3 PRISONERS ANDALUSIA Ala Dec 22 of mob action against two white men and a Negro held in jail here in con nection with the slaying at Laurel Hill Fla failed to ma terialize early today and offi cers said they were expecting no trouble The three men were brought to jail here late yesterday Chief Deputy Sheriff Breck Gantt said after being arrested at Opp Ala on advices that they were wanted in Florida Names of the trio were not made public by the sheriffs of fice Gantt said no special officers were on guard at the jail here but added that Three or four of us were on duty in the sher iffs office and at the jail WILL PROSECUTE 4THINSULLCASE Government Gets Its Third Rebuff in Acquittal by Jury of Martin CHICAGO Dec 22 question Will there be a fourth Insull prosecution brought af firmatives from prosecutors today Rebuffed for the third time succession by a jury which ad judged Insull management of their two billion dollar power empire and acquitted Martin Insull yesterday of embezzling 5344720 the states attorneys staff pointed to the Jan uary court calendar l It listed further embezzlement trials for Martin on Jan 9 and for Samuel Sr freed last month along with bis son and 16 associates Jn federal court of mail fraud charges on Jan 15 Strongest Cases Lost But their reputedly strongest cases had collapsed the mail fraud indictment the Middlewest Utilities embezzlement charge against Mar tin and the first Insull case which resulted in acquittal of Marshall E Sempsell of an embezzlement count had been acclaimed the prosecu tions heavy artillery The others were to be held in re serve Prosecutors studied them in tently today weighing their chances after three successive defeats But they ignored current reoorts that the last Insull had faced a criminal court jury when Martin won victory yesterday Sixtyfour year old Martin happy over his exoneration of theft from Middle West Utilitys company yes terday after jury deliberations of 14 hours in which 11 ballots were tak en beamed thanks in the courtroom to the jurymen for giving him a Merry Christmas Plans Not Disclosid What his future plans were he Shoppinq Day til Christmas Iowa Overdrafts for p did no disclose But it was report Uperating hxpenses jed 516 would not resist deportation Not Thought Likely DES MOINES Dec 22 uty State Comptroller Fred C Por ter believes state finances for gen eral operating purposes will com plete the fiscal year ending June 30 1935 without overdrafts unless un forseen expenses arise He said an approximate SDOOOOO balance is on deposit with the state treasurer but added that sales tax payments to the state from the tax board as property tax replacements are expected in time to forestall a cash shortage to Canada As a British citizen he was extradited to the United States from the dominion on the embez zlement indictments only U S District Attorney Dvvight Green who unsuccessfully prose cuted the Senior and Junior Samuei Insulls and 16 codefendants on mail fraud charges last month was the opinion that he could proceed with the same indictment against Martin unless he left the United States within 30 days Likewise the federal charge of transfers of as sets from a bankrupt concern Tlii3 indictment also faces the other two Insulls Day Shortest in Year as Winter Arrives Officially WASHINGTON Dec 22 day was the shortest day of he 3ear and the beginning of winter for which the weather bu reau sees no indication of especially cold weather For sticklers Its all due to the fact that Mother Earth is on a perpetual slant Instead of spinning in a straightupanddown position her axis is leaning at an angle of more than 23 degrees from the verticle As she circles the sun the north pole is leaning toward the sun for half the year which brings warm wealh er in the northern hemisphere and away from the sun the other half which brings winter With the north pole leaning away j sunlight shines on the northern i hemisphere for a shorter time was the best diiy for the i and night ice of equal length only about the seasons the official time to button up tlie overcoat and start shivering was a m Thats when the north pole which had been lean ing farther and farther away from the sun since Tune 21st JeaneJ awav the farthest Winter began at Today BUSINESS WELL AHEAD OF 1932 AND LAST YEAR Estimates of Gains in Some Places Exceed 1930 or 1931 Copjflflll IBM ly Tin Awclnlert Trent Dollars falling with reassuring regularity into the tills of Ameri cas retail business houses this month have established a Christmas trade reaching prosperity peaks A nationwide survey conducted by the Associated Press reveals numerous reports pointing to a volume of retail shopping business ranging from not unprecedented in some sections to enthusiastic es timates of gains greater than 1930 or 1931 at some points Percentage Not Knoivn Although the exact percentage of gain this year over previous years will not be known with final ity until well into 1935 when books are rechecked merchants in most cases declare their business will be 10 to 25 per cent greater than last yearand decidedly ahead of 1932 There are spots on the American business map where trade is about the same as last year These points however are in the small minority Trade Condition Healthy Of much wider extent are the areas where gains are definite and point to the healthy condition of trade Boom spots appear where lo calized conditions such as reem ployment good cash crops and oth er aids to prosperity lend assist ance to the advance Reports of a larger number of in divirtual sales are and in many sections where total sales are lower the average amount of indi vidual sales are higher Many merchants note a new opti mism in the faces of shoppers and declare buoyant buying is an in dex to a change in the psychological attitude of customers this year ACCUSEPRIESTS OF ESPIONAGE Japanese Destroy Several Catholic Churches on One of Islands TOKIO Dec 22 by rumors of an alleged case of inter national espionage for which Cath olic fathers were blamed several hundred inhabitants of the island of AmamioShima destroyed sev eral churches on the islajjd the newspaper Kokumin Shimbun said today The newspaper said a boycott had been started against Catholics and added that foreign Catholic priests and missionaries were evacuating the island for safety Confirmation of the reported vio lence was not obtainable There sre 35 Catholic churches on the island and also a number of Canadian Catholics AmamioShima is a large Japan ese island 200 miles southeast or Kyushu For Holiday Parties As the holiday season advances the number of parties for both youngsters and oldsters increases Each of these parties presents a problem in entertainment The guests will not dance all the time and many of them will not dance at all Then comes the inevitable proposal Lets play a game and the counter inquiry WhatIl we play This booklet which can be procured only through our Wash ington Information Bureau under takes to answer that last question It includes more than 100 games and stunts that will fit into almost any or occasion Send 10 cents in coin Use coupon lighting nine hours I and 25 minutes of daylignt twice 23 a year March 21 and Sept The GlobeGazette Information Bureau Frederic J Hnskin director Washington D C I inclose 10 cents in coin carefully wrapped i for the booklet Lets Play a Game Name Street City State i Mail to Washington D C ;