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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1929, Mason City, Iowa 3 Edited for the Home VOL XXXVI wvs CEKTS PER COPT PRESS WIRE SEgvgE MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 87 1929 HOME EDITION UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO fiR Sleuth Wont Mop Frisco Agents Should Be Among Strangers Writer Thinks By CHARLES P STEWART Dec 27 Prohibition officials generally are all the better for being new to localities where enforcement rork requires their presence It is nearly impossible for a dry Jlaw functionary to behave with the sternness among folk whom he ISITLOWS well as among utter strang SJesidea people are less afraid of s old acquaintance The difficulty always has been to U8l5nUst satisfactory agents who are to be jumped around here there and Tfirst then hated presently moved elsewhere to experience no improve ment There are nomads who do not mind it but most of them are un t desirable ALF OFTENDAHL proved to be an exception Beginning as an internal revenue 4 inspector from Oregon in 1919 he developed almost immediately into It an ideal dry sleuJh His heart was in his task he was and is honesV efficient and intelligent His salary climbed from 1506 to 000 a year His assignments took him from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic and back again Any place a prohib j ition commander was needed in an emergency there was Alf Often dahl ALF had a good name for thepro hibition service for one thing Just as a regular policeman tradi tionally ought to have an Irish name even so are Swedish names associated prohibition history ANYHOW on one of his flying trips Alf brot up in San Fran cisco and it was there that an ap pointment overtook him to he in ternal revenue collector for that dis trict of California It seems it had been decided in Washington that the Golden Gate city had had a wet reputation plenty long enough Alf was considered the very indi vidual to alter it He was right there TURN TO PAGR 8 COLUMN 1 WHALENrSls CHICAGO ANGLE New Yorker Wants to Know Who Ordered Yale Mar low Killings NEW YORK Dec 27 ice Commissioner Grover A Whal en was on his way to Chicago today seeking information concerning a killer for hire who made his clients sign contracts His trip was prompted by the statement of Police Inspector Jo seph J DonoVan that Frankie Yale and Frank Marlow New York gang sters were killed by a Chicago gun man under the terms of a contract signed by Cira Terranova known to police as a Bronx racke teer Donovan testifying at the police trial of Detective Arthur Johnson for dereliction of duty yesterday said that the holdup of a testimonial dinner given hy Magistrate Albert Vitale was staged at Terranovas I orders to recover the contract i Johnson who was a guest at the dinner Dec 7 is on trial for losing his service pistol to the holdup men and failing to report the crime promptly 4 Donovan said that members of the police secret service bureau had that Terranova had paid MELLON ASKED TO RESIGN France Jutlines Stand on Naval ion ibnly of the stipulated sJn the contract for the slayings of Tale and Marlow and that the Chi cago gunman had threatened to turn document over to police If the was not forthcoming AUNT HEX i By Robert Quillen Postponing the weddin wont bother Billy much but poor little Ethel will have a hard time convincin folks she didnt let him get away 5 MAIN POINTS TO POSITION OF PARIS EXPERTS Work of Conference Sub servient to League French Believe pARIS Dec 27 foreign of flee memorandum published to day setsforth the French position relative to the forthcoming London naval conference Certain tenets which have char acterized the American attitude to ward the conference are discarded by the Quai DOrsay which ad vances certain other propositions as the basis for proceeding toward the projected fivepower agreement French Points Listed Principal among the points ad vanced are the work of the London conference 5s to he within and sub servient to that of the league of na tions France regards the Kel logg pact as insufficient guarantee of national security to form a basis for a disarmament agreement Such an agreement however could be based on the covenant of the league of nations the principle of desig nation of naval strength by means ot mathematical ratios such as were evolved at the Washington iiaval conference is A unsatisfactory In stead national needs must dictate naval strengths the memorandufti mentions considerable needs of the empire corelation of land and sea strength and the necessity TURN TO PAGE 8 COLUMN 3 REVEAL GIANT LIQUOR GRAFT Officers Frown on Reports of Diversion of Alcohol CHICAGO Dec 27 law enforcement officials frowned today upon reportsof a diver sion of industrial alcohol ultimately poured out in the east and west by a reputed illicit liquor syndicate The investigation into the re ported diversion three Chicago newspapers said yesterday was so widespread as to include more than 1000 business men prohibition of ficials politicians and bootleggers Alexander Washington his undercover agents credit for the expose Jamie chief of prohibition unit the and version are given of the di However Jamie told the Associ ated Press that as far as I know there isnt any particular truth to the report On the other hand United States district attorney George E Q Johnson gave both denial and ad mission saying What there is to it is before the grand jury and cannot be dis cussed But I can say that what there is to it is nothing at all like the report in the papers The report it the papers re ferred to was accounts of the case carried by the Times News and Post which said the liquor was di verted into the channels of a liquor syndicate that operated thruout the middle west and from New York jto Denver Will Rogers BEVERLY HILLS Dec The white house fire burned awhile due to the follow ing When Mr Hoover discov ered that soma I kind ol condi tion existed he sent out letters inviting all tha fire depart ments in Wash II ng t on and jwhen they ar rived appointed them on a com mission to investigate and rec ommend remedies They did in vestigate and on account of there being no prominent busi ness men on commission they turned in their report ftitr ly quick We find a fire does exist and in keeping with the spirit of every amendment recommended nothing but water to extinguish it Of course by this time the house had burned down but it was nevertheless gratifying to Mr Hoover for it was the first commission that he had ever ap pointed in his life that had real ly ever turned in a report So he figures the loss of the building well worth it It will renew his faith in commissions Yours WILL ROGERS FINANCIAL WIZARD SURRENDERS Divorced Wife of Sherwood Anderson Found Dead in Bed CHICAGO Dec 27 see Mitchell Anderson 52 Chicago sculptress and divorced wife of Sherwood Anderson the novelist was found dead last night in her studio in the artists colony on the near north side Despite the appearance of blood stains on the pillows of the bed on which Mrs Andersons body was found death was believed to have been from natural causes The death certificate had riot been signed early today but the coroners office indi cated there would be no inquest Death according to coroners phy sicians was caused by hemorrhage COOPSLACK OF HELPING SELVES Real Danger Is Lack of CoOperation of Producers 1ITASHINGTON Dec W Chairman Legge of the farm board said today that contending factions within the farm coopera tive groups gave more opposition than outside influences Speaking before the American Farm Economic association Legge said that lack of concerted action was a major handicap to the for mation and working of farm coop eratives He sketched the policies of the board emphasizing its work with cooperatives in the market ing of various types of farm pro ducts Legge said that by reduction at haphazardous shipping the Cali fornia Citrus growers had advanced the condition of that industry with in a few years from a situation just as deplorable as any today to a point where comfortable if not exorbitant profits were being made Agriculture has not yet learned the dangers of over production ho said explaining that industrial concerns had analyzed the demands for their products and reduced out put when consumer demand slowed up while the farmer was not able to detect this situation The farm board chairman said objections or opposition on the part of old line traders in certain com modities were not disturbing They are notdisturbing at all he re peated The real question as to how far this work may go and how suc cessful it is going to be is not based on what opposition we get from the outside he continued The great is how far will the pro ducers really get together and act and collectively hold together to the end that they may get the benefit that they may obtain thru a coop erative processing or marketing of his grain or his products whatever hey are Fresh Air Not So Fresh After All Says Scientist Elmer S Hucklns midwest financial wizard who has been re ported to pay as high as 53 per cent interest to investors in his mys terious business lias surrendered to police officials at Wautomn Wls charged with obtaining money under false pretenses Photo shows Huckins left ns he gave himself up with his attorney K S MUner of Cedar Rapids Hucklns son George who Is ili at Ex celsior Springs Mo1 has also been named in Privileges of Foreigners S Wont Oppose Trials IOWAN SHOT AT DETROIT PARTY Des Moines Man in Serious Condition Engineer Being Held DETROIT Mlci Dec 27 Thomas McDonald believed to be from Des Moines was in a serious condition in receiving hospital here today from a bullet wound in the chest suffered during a quarrel Christmas eve in front of the apart ment of Miss Dorothy Harrison As a result of the shooting Leon ard Vollbracht engineer for the city board of assessors is charged with careless handling of firearms Should McDonald die the charge would be changed to manslaughter according to tha prosecutors office Miss Harrison Vollbracht and other members of the party where the shooting occurred said McDon ald was wounded when the gun was discharged during a scuffle with Vollbracht following the latters discovery of McDonald at the party in the girls apartment Twelve Miners Escape Death in Explosion BECKLEY W Va Dec 27 Twelve miners escaped safely from the Stotesbury mine of the C C B Smokeless Coal company 8 miles from here two hours after a local explosion inone entry of the mine Two engineers were unaccounted for but officials believed they were in another section at the time of the blast SARGENT SCORES MERGER PLANS Railroad Combine Is Not Necessary Says North western Head CHICAGO Dec 27 re cent report of the interstate com merce commission calling for con solidation of several railroads was attacked as unnecessary today in a statement issued by President Fred W Sargent of the Chicago North western railroad The report of the commission is made because of the requirement of a law the transportation act passed nearly 10 years ago the rea sons for the enactment of the law have largely ceased to exist Pres ident Sargent said Problems of weak lines have been obviated by the American Railway association he said so that now the 239000 gross miles of railroads in the United States arc operated to a great extent aa a single system Hunt Indian Slayer LAKE ANDES S Dak Dec 27 Black Moon 25 Sioux In dian was hunted today for the slay ing of his young wife who was shot thru a window last night as she played cards witli three other In diana Under Jurisdiction of Chinese WASHINGTON Dec 27 The American government will stand on its previously announced policy regarding extraterritoriality rights in China which expressed its readiness to enter into negotiations to devise a method of gradual re linquishment of these privileges Secretary Stimsons attention was called today to dispatches from Nan king saying the central political council had decided to abolish the extra territorial rights in China on Jan 1 Under these rights foreign ers are permitted to have trials in that country under the jurisdiction of their own nationals A note to China on Aug 10 ex pressed the readiness of the Ameri can government to participate in ne gotiations to find a method for grad ual relinquishment of extra terri torial rights This expression how ever was stated to provide that the relinquishment should proceed at the same time as steps were taken by the Chinese in the enactment and effective enforcmnt of laws based on concepts of jurisprudence The conversations which went on between Minister Wu of China and officials of the state department on the subject were emphasized by officials not to have taken the form of negotiations Unofficial indica tions have reached Washington from China that steps toward abolition of the privileges would be taken by the Chinese Jan 1 But these indications also led to the impression here that the steps to be taken would not be applied to American or British rights under existing treaties with the Chinese republic POLICE HUNTING HOOSIERASONE OF DEATH TRIO Abandoned Car Is Clew to Slayers of Bank President BOWLING GREEN Ky Dec 27 announced here to day that they were searching for Elmer Grayson of Indianapolis sus pected of being one of the three men who robbed the Oakland bank yesterday and killed J Robert Kir by 45 president of the Farmers bank at Smiths Grove Grayson whose ramlly lives in the Three Forks section of Warren county near Oakland scene the bank robbery had often visited here driving a Ford car with an In diana license In the car which the three rob bers abandoned on the road before they fled into the hills yesterday was found an official Indiana auto mobile license identification tag hearing Grayaons name Indianapolis police have been asked to search for Grayson MRSFOGARTY LOSES HER CASE Tunney Given Judgment in Breach of Promise Suit BRIDGEPORT Conn Dec 27 in favor oC James J Gene Tunney former heavyweight hoxing champion of the world was given in superior court today in the breach of promise suit filed against him by Mrs Katherine King Fogarty Counsel for both sides had agreed to the judgment in a stipulation signed yesterday The stipulation also agreed that an injunction should be issued against the Fort Worth Texas di vorcee but this was not acted upon immediately by Judge Carl Foster He said he would read the nrepared injunction carefully before affixing his signature NORRIS THINKS NEW PERSONNEL IS CHIEF NEED Secretary Not in Sym pathy With De clares Nebraskan Dec 27 resignation of Secretary Mel lon was demanded as the first step in a clean up of prohibition en forcement today by Senator NorriS Or it may be seasoned with rock of Nebraska a republican dry who powder hurled by a volcano years joined with Senator Borah rcpubll asro with nnirls snrnvoM in nr can Idaho in condemning thn TIRT mr Humans Breathe Tons of Pul verized Rock Associa tion Told By OSCAIl LEIDING Associated Press Feature Ser vice Writer DES MOINES Dec 27 lung full of fresh air may be taken jwith a grain of salt ago with acids sprayed in by light ning or the ashes of millions of shooting stars that daily flit across the heavens Dr w J Humphreys of the United States weather bureau Washington today sifted pure air before the American meteorological society meeting with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and found it pure fiction ocean thru its evaporated spray makes a salt mine of air that we breathe he said With every breath we inhale millions of microsticks and microstones Breath Tons of Hock From spring to fall we must take into our lungs the tons of pul verized rock that winds sweep up from the deserts bits of thousands of trees and plants and spores and microbes that are everywhere A volcano explodes and tons of rock powder will drift far away for weeks months or years As if the dust the world itself stirs up is not enough the atmosphere to its out ermost limits is filled with the ashei TURN TO PAGE 8 COLUMN 3 can Idaho in condemning the per sonnel of the enforcement service The Nebraskan blamed politics in the enforcement service for what he described as the failure of en forcement When asked where he would start in reorganizing he re plied quickly with Andrew W Mellon I dont say the law is not en forced everywhere said Norris who is chairman of the judiciary committee but I do say It is not generally enforced and I think there is evidence that the politicians are meddling too much I dont think Andrew Mellon who is the chief en forcement officer is in sympathy forcement officer is in sympathy hibition cranks Wvj No Cninlts In Service In fact I dont want any cranks in the service but I want an admin istration of that law which Is free from political influences The prohibition storm continued to rumble in the capital today Sen ator Jones republican Washington called ujou the law enforcement REVEALS FOCHS SECRET LETTER muicaieu ny Kei Note to Doumergue Warns Pittensc commission to urge nnvfigrjyrrpcit b Against Evacuation of Rhineland PARIS Dec 27 by It However leader failed to find Chairman Wickersham and a majority of his commission on hand and he made an appointment for a return call early next week Opposition to a plan announced by the treasury to reduce the num ber of ports of entry from Can ada was indicated by Representa Minne Senator Shepparcl democrat Texas n coauthor of the Eighteenth amendment entered the lists wijtli an assertion that enforcement is a success as measured by the stand aucixss as measured ay tne stand warning by the late Marshal Focli ard of a majority of people obeying aETainHh Tirpmnfllrp nf In nnfl t against premature evacuation of victions Believes In Hoover He said he believed President WOULD HURRY t vcivnnLiuii vjj LUC law ailu II IHMJUllLy OL CaS6 the Rhineland was revealed in the against offenders resulting in con French chamber of deputies today and precipitated a parliamentary storm Aristkle Briand foreign sum ne neueveu minister expressed amazement that Hoover is doing everything within know1 of the docuhis power to improve enforcement that ha is In intimate touch with the men directly responsible and that these agencies are entitled to public confidence and support Senator Harris democrat Georgia who precipitated the pres ent discussion by demanding a pre liminary report on prohibition from the Hoover Law Enforcement com mission has asserted that Increased funds will solve the problem and make possible the employment of more capable enforcement officers I C C POSITION Spokane Wash Man Is to Return to Practice of Law WASHINGTON Dec 27 Johnston B Campbell member of the interstate commerce commis sion since 3921 has tendered his resignation to President Hoover and will retire from office as soon aa a successor has been selected He will return to the practice of law in Spokane Financier Man Returns to Cedar Rapids Without Extradition CEDAR RAPIDS Dec 27 County Attorney Carl Hendrickson today said he would confer here Saturday with R S Milner attorney for Elmer S Huckins who is facing extradition from Wisconsin to Cedar Rapids on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses The conference is to discuss the possibil ity of Huckins returning without extradition procedure Milner was quoted by officials as saying Huckins would return volun tarily if they do not get too rough on bond and the time of the trial Huckins is under 517000 bond of ment The marshals warning was made in a note to President Doupiergue and Premier Poincare in October 192G M Briand reproached M Reibel former undersecretary of state for the liberated regions for reading the note He said it created a sorry situation Marshal Fochs letter said that l Germany daily was becoming a more populous and stronger von quished nation which wishes re Lvenge Guided by a temperament different from ours for her might is right he wrote She remains a redoubtable neighbor and peace will be maintained only by the risk she runs in revenge The letter declared that the Rhineland occupation guaranteed Frances security but added that when the French troops return to their territory France would find herself in an exceptionally grave situation The letter continued to explain lhat as the French army was being reorganized and the frontier unde fended the time of the evacuation provided for in the treaty of Ver sailles must not be advanced of Shotgun Wounds MONTEZUMA Dec 27 Palmer farmer died late yesterday from a shotgun wound in the abdo men accidentally self inflicted at his arm home near here Dec 18 charge against him and his son George in connection with their mysterious 26 per cent interest bus iness New jersey Police Chief Kills Himself ENGLEWOOD N J Dec 27 body of Police Chief Michael ONeill 53 was found in a clump of woods today after a search of several hours started at the request of his wife when he failed to return home Police said he had shot him self thru the head because of worry over ill McNaught to Announce His Decision on Jan 7 DES MOINES Dec 27 P McNaught superintendent of the Iowa AntiSaloon League said to day he would announce on Jan IT in Detroit at the national league meeting his decision on acceptance or rejection of the proffered super inLendency of the Indiana AntiSa loon League McNaught denied that he had in dicated in a letter to Frank Wright author of the Indiana bono dry law lhat he would not accept the post He had been quoted thus in a dispatch from Indianapolis Tukes His Due MEMPHIS Tenn Dec 27 UP pastor of a prominent church here recently preached a sermon on Giving the Devil his Due while a robber ransacked his home escap ing with money and heirlooms the law and a majority of cases Wea IOWA FORECAST Mostly fair night and Saturday slightly colder Fri day night in southeast portion rising temperature Saturday in cast and south portions LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Highest Thursday 45 Coldest in Night 2f At 8 A M Friday 31 Trace of Precipitation With the end of the month al most within sight the mercury in the GlobeGazettes maximum ther mometer Thursday crept up to the 45 degree mark for the December high record The previous maximum for the month was 42 established on the afternoon of Dee 4 There was a bit of mist late in the after noon Thursday and when it fell on icy spots in the streets it led to much slipping and sliding by motor ists Friday morning however the aun was back on duty and another excellent December day had begun ;