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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1934, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLI FIVE CENTS A COPT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED W1KB SEKV1CI MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 27 1934 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 65 Note Views of Jurist Washington Guesses How New Congress Will Act By HERBERT FLUMMEK WASHINGTON Dec 27 With everyone in Washington guess ing about the deportment of the in coming congress s p e cial interest has been attach ed to recently expressed views of M i s s o u r is new senator Judge Harry 3 Truman Truman whose election on No vember 6 made it possible for the once dominant rebel democra cy of Missouri to assume com plete control of the states repre sentation in the senate after a lapse of 16 years has made it clear how he proposes to conduct himself Speaking recently in Kansas City he said he proposed to kMp his feet on the ground when he came to Washington to take up his duties as a senator Just a farmer boy from Jackson county is the way hedescribed himself to his audience Calls It Hooey For on to keep his feet on the ground in Trumans opinion is one of the hardest things to do for a United States senator All this precedence and other Sooey accorded a senator isnt very good for a republic If he isnt care ful he ceases to be a citizen of his home state and becomes a foreign er The association with dressedu diplomats has turned the heads o more than one senator I can tel It may be that Senatorelect Tru man will make good his promises ir Washington Hell find however there are many of his colleague who will disagree with him perhap violently about all this precedenci and other hooey accorded a sens tor of fact Judge Tru mans least worryfor a while ye will be over such things As one o 69 senators jammed almost elbow to elbow on the democratic side of the dividing political aisle and on elected for his first term as well hell probably have ample oppor tunity to be and act as he says a senator should And that is Be a dignified person when seated on the senate floor but af ter that be no more or no hetter than any other person Helped Road Project Advance notices reaching Wash ington on Truman would seem ti indicate such a role would be ver H much to his liking These represent him as a man who will arrive on the national political stage with lit tle more than a local background His friends say he is a skillful campaigner with little aptitude for political oratory of the kind which long made Missouri famous His education was acquired in public schools supplemented by reading later in life He is a tireless worker andnever has had time to develop hobbies He is credited in Missouri with being largely responsible for the carrying out of a county road program and for the buildirg of a courthouse in Kan sas City Thomas J Pendergast democrat ic boss of Kansas City is credited with being responsible more than CALL IN WARRANTS SOLD TO BEH Widow Accused in Slaying Vandalism Blamed for Wreck of Train in Ohio TWOMENKILLED PASSENGER HITS EMPTY BOXCARS anyone else for Trumans elevation to the senate Injured in Fall GARNER Dec L grath employed by Charles Sel A South of Garner while crossing the street fell on the icy pavement dis locating his left shoulder He was taken by a local doctor to a Mason City hospital Wednesday for xray for a possible fracture FORECAST IOWA Some probability of local snows Thursday night or Friday colder Friday and in central and west portions MINNESOTA Generally fair in north mostly cloudy in south Thursday night and Friday with Snow in extreme south Thursday night colder in west and south Thursday night moderate cold wave in west colder Friday in cast and extreme south IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum Wednesday 3 Below Minimum in Night 8 Below At 8 A M Thursday 3 Above The south wind had begun Thurs day morning to get in its work The 8 oclock temperature was 8 degrees higher than at the corre sponding hour Wednesday and the nights minimum fell 7 degrees short of Tuesday nights low mark At Least 12 Injured as Train Runs Through Open Switch COLUMBUS Ohio Dec 27 cm Engineer H S Beach Mount Ver non and A B Eckles of Cleveland foreman of engines were killed to day when Pennsylvania passenger train No 614 ran through an open switch and crashed into a string of empty boxcars on a siding At least 12 were injured Fireman John Skolan of Cleveland was tak en to a hospital in a serious condi tion F H Krick superintendent of the Cleveland division of the railroad blamed vandalism for the wreck Both railroad and police officials began an immediate investigation into the charges of sabotage Switch Locked Open Preliminary investigation Krick a switch hac indicates that someone locked the switch open with the intention of causing tne said A semaphore arm in the switch which woCild have warned the en gineer that the track was not clear was found to have been torn off Trackage along the right of way was torn up as the locomotive af ter striking the empty boxcars top pled over carrying the combination said disclosed that been locked open Our information passenger1 car with it Two of the passenger coaches were derailed Mass of Wreckage The locomotive and the freight cars were a mass of wreckage as also was the passengerbaggage car A R Turner who said he was the first to reach the scene said two of the railroad men were thrown clear of the wreckage He found the engineer he said in the wreckage hemmed in by a steel bar which had crushed his head For a time after the crash there was much confusion as to the iden tity of the dead engineer The su perintendents office at Cleveland said the engineer was Beach but the superintendents office here said it was J W Steel of Columbus Boys Escape Injury Later it was found that the re port sent here from Cleveland in dicated that Steel was to have pi loted the locomotive but a last min ute switch placed Beach in the cab and Steel was riding deadhead on the train returning to his home here Two small boys Byron Vickers 12 and Tommy Costello 10 playing football in a field east of the tracks narrowly escaped injury as they witnessed the wreck Riding in Head Car Steel was riding in the head car when the accident occurred It didnt seem so bad up there as I was surprised when I got out and saw the wreckage he said It was worse than I thought Alex Powell a conductor for the railroad said he was sitting in hi home when he heard the crash I knew immediately what had hap pened be said and telephoned of ficials without even going to the j5 Dead and 40 Injured in Explosion Over 100 on Train When Locomotive Blows Up MONTGOMERY W Va Dec 27 miners were killed and at least 40 injured today by the explosion of a locomotive of a train taking workers to a mine of the ElkhornPiney Coal company in the heart of this mountain country The fireman and engineer were among those killed The blast said to have been caus ed by the buckling of a fire box cover and the subsequent loosening of the boiler tubes echoed through out the valley along which the little train daily hauled the workers to and from their homes Blown 100 1ards Pieces of the locomotive and cars were blown 100 yards away and the flyng debris cut or bruised those of the workers who were able to flee the wreckage itself More than 100 men were riding on the three coach train Of the dead only the fireman and engineer were identified immediate ly They were W M Blankenship about 51 of Montgomery the en gineer D L Oxley 35 formerly of Lincoln county W Va the fireman The blast hurled dozens of the passengers clear of the tracks and the injured cried out in pain as they lay exposed to a chilling cold Bushed to Hospital Company officials rushing to the scene in autos trucks and buses quickly gathered jured and rushed them toa hospital here At the hospital an attache said We are afraid a number of the injured men will die Within an hour the streets in front of the hospital were filled with men women and children who rushed from the mining settldhients looking for their loved ones One woman holding a baby to her breast to protect it from the cold moaned I am sure my husband must be in there I havent been able to find him A 39 year old Chicago ynuth James Senese second from told Chicago police he shot and killed George Ericksen a tavern keeper at the instigation of Mrs Ericksen who he suid promised to pay him as his share of from an insurance policy The widow denied complicity in the affair Elmer Ivrueger second from left also was taken into custody with Senese as his alleged assistant Associated Press window to see what damage been done had TEMPERATURE IN IOWA MODERATES State Has Local Snows and Another Chilly Spell in Store Relief from the subzero weather hat gripped Iowa Wednesday was statewide Thursday with a moder ate wave moving eastward across he state raising temperatures 12 o 24 degrees in 24 hours Mason Citys temperature rose from 8 be ow during the night to 3 above at a m Local snows and dropping tem leratures were in prospect again Thrusday night and Friday how ever Meteorologist Charles Reed of Des Moines reported The wea ther change was to move into the west portion of the state Thurs day night and advance into the Mississippi region some time Fri Tiirti lo 3 Column 4 Death Estimates Vary The explosion occurred at a m EST a few seconds after the puffing locomotive paused to get up steam There was some difficulty defi nitely establishing the number of dead some estimates placing the toll at 13 and some at 15 Col R Stahl division superinten dent of the coal company said The boiler left the trucks and ame down on the first coach kill ng and injuring a number of men There are 15 bodies in the mor gue I dont know whether any of he others will die Heart of Coal Area Montgomery a town of about 2200 inhabitants is about 50 miles southeast of Charleston the state capital andis in the heart of the mountain and bituminous coal re gions of the state The explosion occurred 11 miles below here The railroad belongs to the coal company which is a subsidiary of the Koppers Coal and Transporta tion company of Pittsburgh It is a standard gauge line which hauls the workers to and from their jobs morning and night and carries coal from the mine to Montgomery dur ing the day The mine is the third largest of 25 operated by the company employs about 900 men and Report Ellsworths Antarctica Hop Held Up by Bad Weather NEW YORK Dec 27 New York Times and the North American Newspaper Alliance in copyright dispatches said today that a projected flight across Ant arctica by Lincoln Ellsworth had been prevented by clouds hanging low over Snow Hill Island in the Wendell sea Ellsworth the dispatches from the island said is anxiously waiting for the weather to clear in order to make the flight Dispatches from Wellington N Z yesterday said Ellsworth along with Bernt Balchen had success fully made the hop of about 2000 miles across Antarctica from Decep tion Island to the Bay of Whales where the Byrd expedition is en In a radio conversation with the United States the Byrd expedition reported last night it had received no word from Ellsworth concerning the flight SEVEN MILLION Counsel for Libby Holmans Son Accepts Reynolds Family Plan WINSTONSALEM N Car Dec 27 for Christopher Reynolds posthumous son of Smith Reynolds today filed formal notice of acceptance of a proposed settle ment of the tobacco fortune heirs estate under which he would receive The acceptance was filed by R C Vaughn as next friend of the infant son of Libby Holman Rey nolds The proposal was made by the surviving heirs of R J Rey noldsfounder of the vast cigaret industry bearing his name and ap proved by the Cabarrus Bank and Trust company coguardian of Anne Cannon Reynolds Second Smith Reynolds daughter of his first marriage to young Anne Can non member of the wealthy Con cord and Kannapolis textile manu facturing family Anne and her mother Mrs J F Cannon who is coguardian with the bank for little Anne have filed answers bitterlyattacking the pro posal Under its terms little Anne would receive minus a release settlement made at the time her mother ob tained a Reno divorce Libby Hoij mans son would receive Libby herself would receive 000 and the balance about 000 would go to a brother and two sisters of Smith Reynolds with the understanding it would be used to establish a charitable foundation The Safe Deposit and Trust company of Baltimore guardian for Smith Reynolds who died still a minor from a bullet wround received after a party at his home two years ago also opposes the proposal Delinquent Tax Sale Postponed Again by Black Hawk County WATERLOO Dec 27 Black Hawk county delinquent tax sale scheduled for this morning af ter being postponed from Dec 3 was again postponed to Feb 11 jecause not all cornhog checks lave been distributed yet PRICEIIXPJS RULED ILLEGAL NRA Receives Setback in Kansas City Federal Court Decision KANSAS CITY Dec 27 Code price fixing under the NRA was ruled illegal by Judge Merrill E Otis in federal district court here today Congress has now power to fix prices even in transactions un doubtedly a part of interstate com merce Judge Otis held in his opinion The ruling was made in denying a temporary injunction sought by the government against Robert Suther land and Mae G Sutherland opera ting as the Sutherland Lumber company The company with head quarters here operates lumber yards in Oklahoma Iowa and Nebraska on a cash and carry basis It lost its NRA blue eagle last March for con tinuing its scale of retail prices be low those fixed in the lumber code but was not charged with violation of the wage or hour provisions of the code Maurice Milligan United States district attorney filed a petition for the temporary injunction June 29 He asked that the company be re strained from selling at prices below the code list ive Iowa Convicts to Miss Next Show FORT MADISON Dec 27 Five convicts of the state peniten tiary here saw The Prison Min strels staged each Christmas by the inmates from front row seats They are not scheduled to see next years performance The men are condemned to hang before next Christmas 3 Little Girls Bum to Death When Oil on Stove Boils Over MISHAWAKA Ind Dec 27 Uf little daughters of Harry Hammon 34 a truck driver were burned to death today when a can of oil boiled over on a stove in his humble one room home Hammon was heating the oil for use in his truck engine The dead are Betty 4 Esther 2 and Mayme 6 weeks Hammon him self was severely burned and is in a critical condition Mrs Hammon wife and mother escaped with minor burns The blazing liquid scattered to all parts of the little house and the childrens clothing was set afire More Than 450Jowa Farm Youths Attend Ames Short Course AMES Dec 27 than 450 Iowa farm youths registered here for the Iowa 4H hoys annual short course today which swung into a round cf livestock and grain judging contests to select county teams for the final events State officers were to be elected late today and the annual 4H boys banquet is to be held tonight TROTZKY TO BE SAFE IN FRANCE FROM RUSSIANS Exile Accused of Part in Scheme to Upset Stalin Rule PARIS Dec 27 of ficials said today that Leon Trots ky exiled former communist le er was safely hidden in France and even if the Soviets ask his ex tradition he will not be surrender ed The soviet government announc ed at Moscow that Leonid Nicoiai eff confessed slayer of Sergei Kir off at Leningrad bad implicaiC Trotzky in a plot to assassinate various leaders of soviet Russia The officials said the widely known revolutionary was a long distance from Paris livingquietlj and closely watched They said secret service men were on guard both toprotect him and to prevent him from engaging in undcsirahlt activities Trotzky is kept in France it woc explained because no other coun try is willing to take him France because of her tradition al policy of harboring political ref ugees was said to be unwilling to force him to leave on the ground that such action would be equiva lent to sending him to death or t prison The French government said So VietRussiahad notasked Trotzky extradition and that the soviet em bassy insisted it regarded Trotzkj as a private person and not a so viet citizen and that it did not ex pect any instructions to seek hi extradition or even to request his deportation Russia Acts Speedily MOSCOW Dec 27 so viet government acted speedily to day against a band of young com munists charged with having plot ted the assassinations of Joseph Stalin and other high leaders with the aid of the exiled Leon Trotzky The assassinations were to be followed the government alleged by the intervention of capitalistic powers Fourteen alleged plotters includ ing Leonid Nicolaicff held since the slaying of Sergei Kiroff high party official at Leningrad Dec 1 were turned over to a military col legium of the supreme court for trial Swift justice for terrorists and immediate execution of those con victed has been ordered by the gov ernment in its determined drive to stamp out terrorism and 103 al ready have been sent to firing squads since Kiroffs death After weeks of grilling Nicolaieff members of his family and associ ates government officials issued an announcement that he had con fessed implicating the others and Trotzky now in hiding in France WILL RENOUNCE PACT SATURDAY Japanese Unofficially Advise British of Their Plans on Naval Treaty LONDON Dec 27 Jap anese unoffically advised the Brit sh today that the Tokio government vould renounce the Washington laval treaty of 1922 this Saturday it Washington The delegates to the preliminary laval conversations among Great Sritain the United States and Japan ong have been given to understand jy the Japanese that the Washing on treaty will end Dec 31 1936 By the terms of that treaty any enunciation must take place before 3ec 31 of this year consequently he Japanese have been expected to make their formal move toward ending the treaty before the end of this month Admiral Yamamoto of the Jap anese delegation is taking steps to obtain a conference with the British in the next day or so Cheer Fund Just Misses 65 Per Cent in Cash and Remainder in Merchandise While it is likely that a few mer chandise contributions from soiled or shopworn stocks will boost it the total Thursday for the GlobeGa zettes Christmas Cheer fund stood at according to a report by Mrs Mabel Blaise administrator of the fund Of this amount 95076 or 65 per cent was in cash and S51S65 was in merchandise foodstuffs clothing toys shoes and the like In checking through the day to day reports Mrs Blaise discovered a failure to credit several contri butions Among these were the fol lowing Meat cutters and butcher work mens union 535 P E 0 DZ chapter Rockwell friend SZ class of Lincoln school two unnamed friends in merchandise The amount raised for the cheer fund was about in excess of the final amount at Waterloo A point is made however by E R Moore managing editor of the Courier that the fund total there did not include merchandise And so it must stand as one of those no decision bouts As has been the custom in the past Mrs Blaise will report in the early part of January on her ex penditure of the fund to bring Christmas cheer into the homes of Mason Citys needy families MrsBlaise expressed her grate ful appreciation to all who have contributed to the success of the venture from the giver of one cent to the giver of It strengthens us in our task she suggested to have such elo quent proof that the community is back of us with financial as well as moral support FIRE DESTROYS FIVE BUILDINGS 20 Patrons of Hotel Driven Into Streets in Sub Freezing Weather ASHLAND N H Dec 27 ire today leveled the 50 room 3quam Lake Hotel the hotel annex housing a drug store the hotel gar age and two residences in the bus ness district causing damage esti mated at by Fire Chief arl Vrowley The fire which fire men said began in the hotel garage at 4 a m was under control at 9 a m Twenty patrons of the hotel who ost practically all their belongings were driven into the streets in sub reezing temperatures along with several occupants of the residences destroyed None was injured Firemen from six neighboring communities and 100 employes of wo factories in Ashland along with he Ashland fire department fought the blare which swept by a strong east wind of gale proportions far time threatened to wipe out the business district 4 Counties Get Checks DES MOINES Dec 27 TV Four Iowa counties received sec ond payment cornhog benefit checks totaling SS77000 Washing ton 5169000 Poweshiek Buchanan 557000 and Hardin 000 ixtra Employes Not to Be Hired for New Years Liquor Rush DES MOINES Dec 27 icials of the Iowa liquor commis ion decided today to handle the anticipated rush for preNew Year mying without the addition of ex ra employes in state retail liquor stores Christmas business nl hough it pressed store and ship ing workers was handled satis actorily by regular forces they aid Receipts of the Christmas will not be known until De ember reports are made riplets Brought by Santa Claus Will Be Named for Reindeer PHILADELPHIA Dec 27 The triplets Santa Claus left at Stanley Beckers farm in nearby Bensalem are to be named after the jolly old samts reindeer Danc er Prancer and Dasher The blessed event unusual in bo vine circles occurred Christmas eve The mother is Daisy 5 year old Guernsey cow STATE PLANS TO LOOK FOR CUT IN INTEREST RATES Herring Announces New Issue to Be Offered DES MOINES Dec 27 Clyde L Herring today announced that the state intends to issue 500000 of refunding anticipatory sinking fund warrants and call in a previous issue Tecently sold to the Carleton D Beh company of Des Moines The issue was decided upon in a conference between the governor and State Treasurer Leo J Weg man and will be made under the provisions of chapter 139 of the acts of the fortyfifth general assembly providing for the issuance of re funding sinking fund warrants Deny Any Illegality Both Governor Herring and the state treasurer emphasized that the new issue is not contemplated be cause of any illegality in the pre vious allotment but comes in an ef fort to reduce the interest rate on the warrants sold to the Beh com pany Announcement of the sale to the Beh company was made last week by Wegman who said that 000 in sinking fund anticipatory warrants had been purchased by the Des Moines concern at par plus 5 per cent accrued interest from Nov 1 Give Banks Chance We are giving banks and invest ment brokers who are complaining of the high interest rate in the pre vious issue a chance to justify their claims that such an Issue could be floated at a considerably lowerin terest figure Wegman said Wegman is preparing advertise ments on the new issue to he pub lished in Iowa newspapers and will receive bids on all or any part of the entire allotment accompanied by a certified check for 10 per cent of the amount of the bid As soon as the refunding Issue is marketed in part or in whole funds received from such sale will be turned over to the Beh company and warrants for the amount of such funds will be called immedi ately Interest will be paid the Beh company from Nov 1 until the date of tie call Result of Protests The action of the two state offi cials today came as a result of pro tests made by bankers following the announcement of the sale of the original issue to the Beh company Gov Herring following receipt or preliminary protests ordered an In vestigation of the sale and said later that the issue was perfectly legal We are giving the persons who protested on the first issue an op portunity to make tfoeir bids and possibly save the state of Iowa some interest money the governor said adding that tentative offers had been made for part of the new Is sue at several per cent lower inter est rates than the 5 per cent rate of the first allotment Six Cars Damaged TABOR Dec 27 Clapper of Tabor was seriously in jured and six cars were damaged in a double crash on a highway two miles north of here PLAY GAMES Few hostesses have escaped the experience of having a party sud denly go sour Nice people are the guests and they have been happy and gay but all at once they are as deflated balloons when someone says Lets play a game and someone else says Its a swell idea but whatll we play In a situation such as that it will be fortunate for everybody concerned if there is to be found in the house a copy of our famous booklet Lets Play a Game Use coupon The GlobeGazette Information Bureau Frederic J Haskln director Washington D C I inclose 10 cents in coin carefully wrapped for the booklet on Lets Play a Game Name Street City State Mail to Washington D C ;