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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 26, 1934, Mason City, Iowa Mil E ft i i r i c I K i M V NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XL FIVE CENTS A COPY 50 PRESS LEASED W1KB SEKVIUS MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 261934 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 64 TRAIN MISHAPS BOOST HOLIDAY TOLL Precedents Are Argued Seat Reserved for Youngest Senator Just in Case By HERBERT PLUMMER Dec 26 Ed Halsey the genial shepherd of the democratic flock in the sen ate has reserved a seat on the floor in the next congress for the baby Rush D Holt of West as he I puts it just in case Young Mr Holt it will be remembered i s the 29 year old lad who defeated Senator Hatfield in the Nov 6 elections but who will not attain his senatorial majority of 30 years un til June 19 1935 Despite the fact that Holt during th campaign justified his candi dacy upon the grounds that he be lieved the senate composed of a democratic majority would seat him notwithstanding the fact he will not be able to reach the age require ment until June 19 1935 he may run into difficulty The constitution is plain on the point Section 3 of article 1 states explicitly No person shall be a senator who shall not have attained to the age of 30 years and been nine years a citizen ofthe United States anc The Case of Clay Holt points to the fact that Henry Clay of Kentucky was seated in the senate before he was 30 as a prece dent Clay however was appointee and not elected There doubtless will be those to contend that the gover nor of Kentucky and not the senate in the exercise of his constitutiona powers was satisfied that Clay had all the qualifications required of a senator Other precedents will be cited against the senatorelect in all prob ability if he attempts to claim his seat at the opening of the seventy fourth congress There are able law yers in the senate jealous of the traditions of that body quick to spring to their defense Even those of his own party might aglign themselves against Holt for this reason After all the democrats will not need his vote and thus will feel free to follow whatever course they may choose Adverse Decisions Albert Gallatin was elected to the senate by the legislature of Virginia Turn 1o pare Z column 3 North Iowa Subzero Weather Continues NORTHWOODHAS LOWEST RECORD WITH 17 BELOW 15 in Mason City as Drifting Snows Tie Up Traffic Subzerotemperatures continued Wednesday in North Iowa follow ing a night of extreme lows as a blustery anticlimax to a Christmas program Accompanied by high winds flurries of snow succeeded in some places in blocking roads The lowest official temperature in North Iowa was recorded at Northwood with a 17 below early Wednesday Mason Citys minimum was 15 below Minimum tempera tures throughout North Iowa sank considerably below the zero mark Comparatively moderate tempci atures prevailing Monday and early Christmas day gave way late in the afternoon and throughout the en tire state thermometers suffered acute sinking spells as a frigid wave spread across most of Uie Mississippi valley Eveleth Coldest Spot The coldest spot in the United States was Eveleth Minn where the temperature dropped to 39 be Jow closely followed by Bemidji Minn with 37 below Devils Lake N Dak recorded 34 below Other subzero temperatures were Du Minneapolis 18 Crosse Wisf 12tlrr below was recorded at Dawson In Chicago the temperature drop ped from 28 at midnight to 2 above at 9 a m with weather bureau of ficials predicting a drop to 5 be low in the city and 10 below in the Mrs Roosevelt Brings Cheer to Capital Yule Party FORECAST IOWA Fair in east in creasing cloudiness in west portions rising temperatures in central and west portions Wednesday night Thursday mostly cloudy with rising temperatures Possibly snow in northwest portion MINNESOTA Increasing cloudiness probably snow in northwest Wednesday night or Thursday and in east and souih Thursday rising temperature late Wednesday night and Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Christmas 29 Above Minimum in Night 15 Below At 8 A M Wednesday 15 Below Snowfall 1 Inch Precipitation 08 nf an Inch Figures for 24 nour period ending at S oclock Christmas morning Maximum Monday 21 Above Minimum in Night 5 Below At 8 A M Tuesday 16 Above The weather mans forecast of colder weather came true with a vengeance Christmas day With the temperature only slightly below the melting point snow began falling at 10 oclock in the forenoon and con tinued into the noon hour Then the northwest wind began to get in its work In only a little more than 12 hours the mercury was dropped 44 degrees one of the most precipitous declines of recent years Between stalled motors and steaming radia tors garage repairmen Wednesday had one of their busiest days of 1934 At 3 p m Wednesday the mercury stood at 5 below zero suburbs Wednesday night A fine light snow preceded the cold snap in Chicago A letup in the local sit uation was predicted for Thursday with the temperature rising to ap proximately 15 above Down From Canada Driven down from Canada the icy blast Wednesday was penetrat ing Indiana Ohio and the north and middle Atlantic states The wave advanced as far south as the IowaMissouri boundary C A Donnel Chicago weather forecast er said and was felt in northern Texas and Arkansas In many sections of the country the cold snap was hampering both train and highway transportation Temperatures tumbled in Kansas and Missouri as the mercury drop ped 19 degrees in six hours in Kan Tnrn pace 2 column 4 FREEZES TO DEATH LOST NATION Dec 26 Daniel Devine 65 was found frozen to death at the rear of his home at oclock this morning He had lain exposed to the weather all night Devine a bachelor had lived alone since the death of his sis ter two years ago JOHN E ANDRUS SUCCUMBS AT 93 Former Member of Congress Known as Millionaire Straphanger PICTURE ON PAGE 2 YONKERS N Y Dec 26 Pi John E Andrus millionaire strap hanger died at his home at S a m today He was in his ninetyfourth year and had been ill three days Andrus who made a fortune es timated at one time at in ore timber medicine banking and real estate gained the title or the millionaire straphanger be cause he rode the subway daily for many years in going to and from his Manhattan office In 1927 he abandoned the subway for an automobile But he continued to take an occasional subway ride in order he explained to keep In trim The subway he once said was safer than any other mode of travel In the spring of 1927 however he suffered a leg injury when knocked down in a subway jam That was the beginning of his abandonment of the underground trains Andrus served terms in congress and as mayor of Yonkcrs It was a red letter day in the lives of a number of crippled children in the nations capital when Mrs Roosevelt wile qfthe ptatfdenV visited the Christmas party given for them Krwanis club at a Washington highTchooI In the group standing left to right are Mrs Roosevelt Lewis T Bruenlnger president of the club William S Shucker as Santa Claus and Evelyn Davis as Alice In Wonderland James Anderson in wheel chair was one of the many little guests Associated Press Hogs Soar and Prices of Grain Follow Upward Commodity Markets Mirror Effect of Cold Wave Cut Receipts CHICAGO Dec 26 of grains corn in particular was stimulated today by a sensational advance in the prices of live hogs and hog products as commodity markets mirrored the effect of cold wave which reduced livestock mar ketings and increased demand for feed Corn futures soared more than two cents in the early trade De cember selling at 93 cents a bushel and closed near the top while May wheat rose to above Lard Goes lip Influenced by a jump of 50 to 75 cents in hog prices lard futures year program of public works in Urge Unification of All Electric Lines in U S Move Seen as Aid Stability and Much Cheaper Power By MELBOURNE CHRISTEKSON WASHINGTON Dec 26 far reaching proposal for federal control of the transmission of the entire electricity supply of America was urged upon President Roosevelt today in a report by his Mississippi valley committee The group of scientists and tech nicians whom the president directed to study ways of developing re souces in the great valley urged unification of all electric lines as a means of creating a giant pool of cheap power and of promoting sta bility 20 Year Program It also suggested a billion dollar vanced 50 cents a hundred pounds on the board of trade the maximum permitted for one day At the high May lard sold at a hundred weight With hogs selling at includ ing the 5225 a hundredweight pro cessing tax trade authorities point ed out the ratio between the price of corn and hogs was much more fav qrable for feeding corn Hog prices were within 95 cents of the seasons peak reached more than three months ago Decrease on Farms It was pointed out the underlying strength in the hog market was the apparent decrease in hog population on farms with a sharp decrease in the fall pig crop and an expected curtailment in the coming spring brood H C Donovan a commission housecommentator pointed out higher meat prices may set in soon er and be more pronounced than ex pected and that this in turn might be a factor in augmenting consump tion of wheat products North Western to Cut Time Between St Paul Chicago CHICAGO Chicago and Dec North 26 Western rail way announced today that two hosirs and 50 minutes will be slash ed from its schedule between Chi cago and St Paul by a new train the 400 which will be put in service Jan 2 Standard equipment capable of carrying a loaded train in excess of 100 miles an hour will make the run in seven hour The train will be completely air conditioned the valley and recommended that all dams be built to aid navigation or flood control be used to generate power as well Even the remotest hydroelectric developments would be tied into the common nationwide system under the plan Headed by Morris L Cooke Phil adelphia consulting engineer the committee emphasized the plan does not involve the question of public or private ownership of eith er generation or distribution Government control of trans mission however it said is fun damental This goal does not involve necessarily any great increase in the number of publicly owned lines es pecially if the private companies co operate in effecting Public Works Figures Meanwhile from the public works administration figures were garnered showing that allotments totaling 547000000 have been made for municipal power plants and nearly for federal pow er works PWA officials made plain they would continue to assist cities where municipal projects face legal battles The vast long range program ad vanced by the Mississippi commit tee included a proposal to spend 5100000000 for rural electrifica tion The report also suggested that perhaps 5 per cent of the 20 year billion dollar construction pro gram would be for power installa tions The remainder would include flood control navigation aides and other efforts to develop water re sources No list specific projects was advanced Poverty Lnnpcessary BIG SPENDING ON RIVERS OPPOSED No Value Seen in Attempt to Make Mississippi and Missouri Navigable WASHINGTON Dec 26 The Mississippi Valley committee today held there was no economic justification for the extensive ex penditures to make the Mississippi and Missouri rivers navigable but said the future might tell a differ ent story The committee made public its de tailed and comprehensive analysis of the Mississippi valley with rec ommendations for regional plan ning for a wide range of activities to assure utilization of land and wa ter to best advantage for all the people for generations to come Professor at Iowa Sherman M Woodward profes sor of hydraulics at the State Uni versity of Iowa was a member oi the committee which recommendec such a control of rivers as would make for a larger measure of secur ity and freedom for human life It reviewed a myriad of water prob lems in the Mississippi basin Navigation projects on the up per Mississippi it reported have cost the federal government to June 1934 a total of more than 5126000000 for construction alone to which the completion of existing projects will add another 000 At the present no strictly eco nomic justification can be found for this expenditure it is possible that the future will tell a different story Comment Is Similar Similar comment was made of F R SEEKS WAY TOHELPPRIVATE OWN ED UTILITIES Hopeful of Stimulating Sales of Electrical Appliances WASHINGTON Dec 26 TVAn etfort to find means of stimulating purchases of electrical appliances through regular private utility channels is being made by President Roosevelt He said today at his regular press conference that the government is seeking to be helpful to private utilities in setting up a similar to that of the electric home and farm authority in the Tennes see aid in financing pur chases of electrical appliances His theory is that by encourag ing the utilities to produce applian ces for the home and farms on a large scale the price can be con siderably reduced Willing to CoOperate The presidential attitude was in terpretcd as a distinct willingness by the administration to cooperate with private utilities in efforts to obtain cheaper power Some of the utility heads have pledged cooperation to Mr Roose velt The Edison Electric Institut recently proposed that the govern ment join the industry in a suit t test the constitutionalty of the ac which set up the Tennessee valle authority An adminiatratipn spoki this idea Howeve Newton D Baker and JameS M Beck as counsel for the institute declared the TVA act is uncon stitutional Meanwhile the President begai a final series of talks with aide on the legislative programs for th new congress meeting next week Plans Several Talks He said there would be no on general conference on the congres sional program but rather a numbe of talks with cabinet members th director of the budget the leader of the senate and house and other While no decision has been made it was said at the white house would be a good guess that the Pres ident would read his message per sonally to congress Until that message is read then will be no definite announcemen administration plans for the fu ture In response to inquiries Mr Roosevelt said he had been unable over the weekend to read the re port of the White Sulphur Spring business conference but would do s as soon as possible To Charge Committies Mr Roosevelt also said he wa seriously considering charging loca communities a share in the cost o a flood control and navigation im provement Likewise he said he was seeking to establish the prinicple that boats using the water highways should pay a small share toward the cost of developing and maintaining these routes He feels that if Federal State or local governments make private property free of floods there might be a just right in asking that the owners pa3 a share of the cost Mr Roosevelt emphasized that the proposition was still in the study stage He pointed out that in the case of city property owners they shared part of the cost of 7 Lose Lives When Car Is Hit by Train At Least 15 Killed in Rail Collison Near Hamilton Ont CHICAGO Dec persons all believed to have been workers in the Illinois Emergency elief station in Chicago Heights vere killed today when the auto mobile in which they were riding was struck by the International rimited of the Grand trunk line at a crossing near suburban Harvey The automobile was driven by John Burk of Chicago a new em ploye of the relief station From ist of missing employes of the sta tion furnished to Harvey policethe other victims were believed to have been Mrs Ruth Greenberg Mrs Hope Hines Harvey Friedmann Mrs Marion Riggs Miss Mary Mc Cann and Wendell Tarkoff all oi Chicago Body Under Engine The bodies of four women anc1 two men were taken to a Harvey undertaking establishment Harvey police said attempts were being made to extricate another body lodged under the locomotive Because of the mangled condition of the bodies difficulty was exper ienced in determining the actual number of dead The accident occurred at a m as the train an hour late from Toronto sped toward Chicago Bodies of the victims were strewn along the right of way Three of the women were decapitated it was said by an undertakers assistant Driver Ignores Signal Edward Lyon the crossing watch man told highway police that the flasher signals were working The crossing has no guardinggates Lyon said the autoroobile came from the north at about 45 miles an hour anc continued on to the crossing de spite the warning William Murifield Port Huron Mich conductor of the train said the train was running behind time A statement issued by officials o the Grand Trunk railway verified the list of victims Burkes age was given as 27 and the ages of the others as follows Friedmann 24 Tarkoff 19 Mrs Greenberg 21 Mrs Hines 32 and Mrs Riggs 22 The statement asserted that the flashing signals and bells at the crossing were functioning properly at the time of the crash and that the engineer previously had applied brakes and reduced speed through Harvey Search for More Victims HAMILTON Ont Dec 26 The splintered wreckage of a Christ mas excursion train was searched today for additional victims as offi cials of the Canadian National rail ways opened an investigation of a collision last night which took at least 15 lives More than a score of persons were injured some critically when the Detroit to Toronto express tore into the rear of the stationary excursion train on a siding at Dundas 7 miles from Hamilton Five women were among the man gled victims of the disaster whose bodies have been recovered but as yet are unidentified Additional deaths were feared Open Switch Cause Officials of the railway said the cause of the accident apparently Turn In imge 2 column 1 street improvements Life in the Mississippi valley of j report said ths future need not be poverty I be taken to Missouri river navigation efforts Although large sums have been spent it said in improving chan nels along the Missouri system the commercial usefulness of the river has not been great as yet Until the value of further improvements costing about is de termined no further projects are recommended The upper Mississippi river re gion however was viewed by the committee as a project par ex cellence for a comprehensive re gional planning of water utiliza tion Would Promote Planning The committee recommends its Panel of 48 Jurors Drawn for Trial of Bruno Hauptmann FLEMINGTON N J Dec 26 JP In Hunterdon countys century I old courthouse a special panel of 48 prospective men and 21 drawn today for the forthcoming trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann on Jan 2 The panel was selected at the di rection of county Judge Adam O Robbins from the general panel list of 150 names but it was considered unlikely that the panel of 48 would be sufficient for the selection of the jury because of the expected chal lenges and dismissals by both pros ecution and defense LIST OF DEATHS MOUNTS GRIMLY HITS 170 MARK of Day Killed in Auto Crash Mother Shoots Boy By the Associated Press The Christmas holiday death toll mounted grimly Wednesday when an automobile was struck by a train at a crossing near Harvey a Chi cago suburb killing seven persons The seven automobile occupants were believed to have been work ers in the Illinois emergency relief station at Chicago heights The crash brought the Christmas holiday death list to at least 170 sersons Bride ot Day Killed A bride of one day Mrs Margaret Skeltor Serls 34 of Spartanburg S Car killed in a highway acci dent near Greenville S Car The automobile in which she and her husband were taking their wed ding trip overturned In Kingstree S Car Sam Snow den Jr 17 was killed when his gun discharged while hunting ducks Mother Slays Boy Behind a locked door in a miners home at ConnellsviUe Pa Robert Adams 11 was found slain and his mother Mrs Stella Adams critical ly wounded Police said the mother had shot the boy then turned the weapon on herself A train wreck near Hamilton Ont resulted in the loss of at least 15 lives while fires motor car accidents drownings suicides and other tragedies turnedthe day joy to sorrofflrior scores of famifre throughout the United States As is usual on holidays the heavy traffic on highways caused the most of the fatalities at least 115 of the dead perishing in motor mis haps Auto Death Toll The auto death toll by states showed Indiana 3 Pennsylvania 6 Mis souri 13 North Carolina 3 Louisi ana 5 New York 5 New Jersey 2 Ohio 6 Arkansas 10 since Sun Michigan 14 since Texas 5 Washington State 7 Ida ho 3 Utah 2 Oklahoma 4 Georgia 3 California 14 Illinois 2 Mas sachusetts 2 and one each in Flor ida Alabama Kansas Maine Connecticut and Oregon Fires in Missouri and other sec tions helped considerably to swell the death total A mother and her three children perished in flames at Sedalia Mo Another mother and her three children were burned to death at Joplin Mo Chicago counted two dead in fires A 4 year old girl was burned fatally at San Diego Cal and a 72 year old farm er perished in the same manner near Madison Minn at Albany N a woman was asphyxiated while preparing her Christmas breakfast and an Albany man was burned to death in his shack Blaxfi in New York A blaze in New York City which started from a short circuit in a Christmas tree lighting sys tem caused injuries to four per sons Three were hurt in an explo sion and fire in a Newport R I tenement and three others were that immediate steps j promote the de Call Public Hearing On Soft Coal Code WASHINGTON Dec 26 NRA today ordered a public hearing velop i Jan 4 nn revision of the hitumin to pncr 2 column 8 Turn f pnge 2 column 3 i ous coal code REPORT FLIGHT OVER ANTARCTIC EllsworthW i 1 k i n s Expedi tion Plans Great Time With Byrd Party WELLINGTON New Zealand Dec 26 Ellsworth ant arctic explorer and his pilot Bernt Balchen were reported today to have made a successful flight across the antarctic from Deception island to the Bay of Whales The flight was made yesterday Christmas day The report did not say whether Sir Hubert Wilkins the partmer of Ellsworth on the expedition was in the plane with Ellsworth and Bal chen It did however say that the members of the expedition intended to have a great time in their en counter with the expedition headed by Admiral Richard T Byrd at Lit tle America The steamers Bear of Oakland and Jacob Ruppert of the Byrd exI pedition and the S S Wyatt Earp of the EllsworthWilkins group will meet at the Bay of Whales in the next few weeks Turn to Oil i S PLAY GAMES The play period in the lives of human beings extends from the cradle to the grave That is why Lets Play a Game has been caii ed a booklet for old or young and girls 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