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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1932, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home VOL XXXIX FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED iREBS LEASED W1BB SERVICE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AtL NOIITH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 31 1932 TII13 PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 73 Davis Leads Whole Field Expected Choice as New Secretary of State By CHARLES P STEWART WASHINGTON Deo 31 CPA the race looks to Washington Norman H Davis has forged well ahead of the entire field in the sweepstakes for the portfolio of state inthe Roosevelt cabi inet It is a peculiar situation Governor Roosevelt has made it clear that he does not desire to bind his administra tion in advance to acceptance of any foreign debt policy President Hoover may initiate and un dertake to be queath to him Nevertheless he shows the keen Norman Davis est interest in the reports made to him by Norman H Davis tile mosttrusted of Presi dent Hoovers active negotiators on this very subject ft r Davis to be sure probably is a closer personal friend of the gover nor than of thepresent white house yHe also werei fellow mem bers of the little cabinet Pres ident Wilsons president elect as assistant to Secretary of the Navy Daniels Davis first as as sistant secretary of the treasury then as undersecretary of state and for a time as acting head of the de partment in Secretary Lansings absence abroad The two men were extremely chummy Acquainted In War Davis acquaintance with Presi dent Hoover also dates back to the war period The Californian was not the individual to let a mere mat tsi of difference in party affiliation stand in his way when he needed a reliable representative to carry on financial conversations abroad Davis was and is admirably equipped for this sort of work He had the training of a banker and an international big business man He likewise was an intimate adviser of President Wilson ia con nection with American governmen tal financingabroad both during and immediately following the war And while there are critics who say that subsequent developments speak none too highly as to the astute ness with which these transactions were handled Dans knows all their details anyway having had much to do with shaping them Hud Delicate Duties The fact that he is rich and con sequently able to figure creditably in old war diplomatic society gave him additional availability Accordingly President Hoover conscripted him despite his Jeffer as an outright pleni potentiary but for the decidedlv more delicate duties an unof ficial observer For example Davis acted as Americas unofficial observer at Tnm io FHRB 2 Column 8 AUNT HET By Robert QuiJlen I knew that long sermon was givin Pa fidgets He aint set still for that long in five years without his feet on a table DEMOCRAT CHIEFS PLAN PARLEY Urges U S to Assume Care of Jobless Youths COUZENS WOULD PUT TRANSIENTS AT ARMY POSTS Says Wandering Boys of America Among Its Big Problems WASHINGTON Dee 31 Open the army posts and facilities to Americas jobless youths so they can be cared for by trained officers This is the proposal of Senator Couzens wealthy Michigan republi can who has become deeply con cerned with the host of unfortunate young hoys who wander from city to city seeking work In saying today that he introduce legislation to have them cared for and fed by the army Couzens dis closed that hehad discussed his plan vylth President Hoover and Red Cross officials and would piess forearly action in congress Transient Boy Problem He characterized the transient boy problem as one of the most important before the country and estimated on the basis of incomplete figures that at least 300000 to 400000 hoys under 21 years of age are tramping the highways The transient boy has been the cause of much writing discussion and concern Couzens said Real izing the value of the boy I called on President Hoover Dec 22 to see if there was not some way that the federal government could interest itself in him While OTrne think it is a stale problem it is entirely impossible for the states separately to take care of the situation The mere an nouncement that a state was pre pared to look after the welfare of these transient boys would undoubt edly bring about a trek to that state Urges Federal Action Therefore it seems to me it mutt be solved through action of the federal government My sugges tion Is not made from any charitable or philanthropic motive because Im convinced that many of these boys would not subject themselves to any such treatment The problem should not be dif ficult of solution by the war de partment With all the forts tents and other facilities they have and with a staff of army officers with plenty of time and trained in hand ling groups they could with moder ate appropriations feed these hoys and keep them in training as long as economic conditions make it necessary AFRICA ROOKED BY EARTHQUAKE People Flee in Panic When Shocks Crack Houses Open in Natal JOHANNESBURG UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA Dec 31 Large areas of South Africa were rocked this morning by one of the worst earthquakes in its history Houses were cracked open in Na tal the east coast province of the union The Orange free state inter ior province to the south of here and Zululand north of Natal also were affected Four distinct shocks were felt in this section oE Transvaal The first occurred at a m Greenwich mean time a m People rushed out of their houses in a panic The duration of the main quake was one minute and do seconds The quaxe was also reported to have affected southern districts of the Orange free state No damage was reported there WantsArmy in Readiness to Curb Reds Connolly Insists That Was Statement of Pat Hurley WASHINGTON Dec 31 Senator Connally D Tex reiter ated in a statement today that Sec retary Hurley had said the removal of troops from Marfa Texas to Camp Knox Ky was due to a de sire to concentrate soldiers near populous centers to cope with pos sible red disturbances Connally told the senate yester day in protesting the transfer of the troops that when he asked Sec retary Hurley for an explanation Hurley told me it was their policy to concentrate these troops in a few great posts near the centers of population and the secretary of war with a glitter of fear in his eye referred to the reds and the possible communists that might be abroad in the laud Hurley Denrea Statement Hurley in a statement last night said he had never told him Con nally that this country or any part of it was in any danger from communism or bolshevism I know it is not the war sec retary added Since ho has men tioned it I think the country is suffering more and will continue to suffer more from pork barrel poli ticians than it will from any threat that he has mentioned Connallys statement today said Expert on Pork of War Hurley in to days press denies that he made fitly statement to me that it was desir able to have troops concentrated near the centers of population be cause of the existence of commun ism and reds who are inimical to our form of government Mr Hurley knows that I cor rectly quoted him Those who were present also know what he said Of course he will deny it Newspaper men and the public understand such denials Mr Hurley makes some refer ence to politicians and pork bar rels The secretary is an expert on pork High army officers were on the point of moving the army school of fire from Port Sill Okla to a point elsewhere Troops in Oklafionni Mr Hurley is from Oklahoma His inordinate appetite for pork prompted him as secretary of war to use the tremendous power of his office to stop the removal and keep the troops in his beloved Oklahoma He knows that to be true although he may possibly make another denial For pork barrel purposes Secre tary Hurley is willing to keep troops in Oklahoma where their presence is not needed for defense purposes In order to keep troops in Oklahoma and satisfy the mili tary autocrats who control him he is willing to leave the people of Texas undefended from border raids and open to danger of loss of life and destruction of property This is the brand of Mr Hurleys pork barrel religion ASKED TO BE KING Associated Prens Photo VISCOUNT HOTHERMERE Memoirs Disclose Overtime Made to British Publisher Rothermere Reported Will ing to Accept Crown of Hungary BUDAPEST Hungary Dec 31 Schiller private secre tary of the late Eugene Rakosi blind Hungarian publisher has made public the latters memoirs in which it was related that overtures were made to Lord Rothermere British publisher in early postwar years urging that he become king of Hun gary The memoirs said Rother mere was a willing candidateund decidedly approved of Rakosis ef forts to get him the crown The postwar dispute over the crown of Hungary resulted in Lord Rothermere issuing a Christmas message in 1928 in which he drged the Hungarian people to elect some foreign prince as their king in stead of a scion of the house of Hapsburg which ruled Austria Hungary before the division of the empire Councilman Not to Serve Jail Sentence MADISON Wis Dec 31 The six months Jail sentence im posed on E R Branigan Beloit councilman for criminally libeling Circuit Judge George Grimm was commuted today by Governor La Follette Brangan will not have to serve the jail sentence under the governors decision but be must pay a fine of Fire Destroys Elevator ONEILi Nebr Dec 31 The E D Leach grain elevator here was destroyed by fire this morning The loss was estimated by Leach ill at his home with influenza at 55000 HOUSE WILL GET ALLOTMENT BILL BY WEDNESDAY Agriculture Committee Plans to Meet Again on Monday WASHINGTON Dec 31 Chairman Jones announced after a meeting of the agriculture commit tee today that a domestic allotment farm relief bill will be reported to the house not later than next Wednesday The committee took no action to day confining its work to a study of the detailed provisions of the proposed bill which would pay a bounty to producers of wheat cot ton hogs and tobacco on their share domestic consumption WH1 Meet Monday We Will meet again Monday and nope to act Tuesday Jones said While the bill under considera tion contains the four great staples recommended for inclusion in the plan by organized farm leaders Jones said that whether all will re main in the bill to go to tho house was undecided The committee has not yet voted on what commodities io in clude he explained but for the purposes of the committees work all four have been included Increase Buying fownr The bill is designed to increase the purchasing power of the farm er and give buying power a start that will help lift the country out of the depression Jones said The bill contemplates paying the farmer a bounty on the basis of domestic consumption sufficient to raise the purchasing power wheat cotton hogs and tobacco to their prowar parity with industrial commodities To accomplish this an adjustment charge equivalent to the difference between present nrices and prices necessary to ob tain the desired parity would be levied on the processor Estimate of Billion Jones said he was unable to esti mate how great a fund would be raised in one year but some esti mates have rim between 000 and The 5100000000 agriculture de partment appropriation bill was passed by the house and sent to the senate Friday The measure was reduced 986 during debate by the house and the appropriations committee had nared about R7000000 from budget estimates The bill carries about less than that of iast year Most of the reduction was In road funds Celebration Honors Minister BOSTON celebration in honor of tho Rev John Eliot the Apostle of the Indians who trans lated the Bible into the Indian languages recently was held in his old church in Roxbury Roosevelt on HisLastDay as Governor PresidentElect to Be Private Citizen for Two Months Ky WALTER T BROWN ALBANY N Y Dec 31 The last of the naval pictures that for four years have adorned the ex ecutive office and the governors study at the mansion have been sent to Hyde Park and Franklin D Roosevelt officially ends his term as the fortyninth goveror of New York today He returns to private life at mid night tonight for two months On March he will be inaugurated president of the United States His desk cleared of official busi ness some of which will go to the files of the Incoming governor Her bert H Lehman Mr Roosevelt will visit the capitalto bid goodbye to who have been his aides during his term as governor Tonight he was to entertain the state cabinet at dinner and after wards look in on the inaugural ball at the tenth regiment armory IrotmbSy ISo Asleep The presidentelect will see the old year out and the new one in as he travels in his motor car from Al bany to his home at Hyde Park Perhaps he will not see the passing of 1932 He said Ill probably be asleep in one corner of the seat and the missus in the other Mr Roosevelt Monday will return to Albany for the formal inaugura tion of Lehman After that cere mony the presidentelect will re turn to Hyde Park The public re crption which usually foIowa the inauguration and which has been attended by the outgoing as well as the incoming governor was called off yesterday because of the death of Lehmans sister in New York City Reluctant to Ixsave Lehman was to take the private oath of office Unvght In New York City administered to him by his brother Judge Irving Lehman o the court of appeals The public oath will be administered by Sec Tiirn tn Inen 2 Column R Iowa Tax Collection Suit to Be Tried in State District Court DES KOINES Dec 31 I suit of the state to collect gasoline taxes alleged to be due from the MonaMotor Oil company of Coun cil Bluffs today was remanded by Federal Judge Charles A Dewey to the Pottnwattamie county district court for trial The federal court judge ruled that the cnse brought by State Treasurer Ray Johnson against the oil company clearly was within tho Jurisdiction of the state courts MASON CITY INDUSTRIES IN NEW ACHIEVEMENTS Confident the increasing stability that has developed in both com modity prices and industrial operations throughout the country in the last six months is evidence of a gradually returning prosperity Mason City enters 1933 with faith in the future of its industries and its position as a distributing center for North Iowa That Mason City is better situated in its industrial activity than most communities in this section of the country is generally conceded While drastic retrenchments were necessary during 1832 in some lines of manu facture others were of a nature that a capacity schedule operation could be maintained The really big thing about the industrial activities of the year how ever was not the fact that the J E Decker and Sons packing plant paid six million dollars to farmers for hogs that the American Beet Sugar company manufactured forty million pounds of sugar or that the North western States Portland Cement company closed the year in the strong est financial condition In its history Phase of the year in Mason City factories was some thing that js difficult to measure in dollars or numbers It was the man ner in which heads of local industries joined in the fight to hold unem ployment at the lowest possible figure Work was spread to as many employes ns possible even though thia tended to cut down the efficiency There were also instances in which operation was maintained against the best interests of the stockholders In order to keep men at work Not only that but Mason City corporations have been generous in their support of welfare agencies as well as of other civic institutions They have demonstrated that even a corporation may have a soul Knowing it has industries that not only are in strong condition to weather out the remainder of the economic storm but also that their managements have the interest of the community at heart Mason City faces the New Year with unbounded faith in her institutions knowing that when the depression over the country lifts they will be in position to respond immediately to increasing activity and knowing that until that time comes they will do their share In the effort to help those In need With these things in mind it in difficult to keep from suggesting that those who consume Mason City made goods arc adding that much more to Mason Citys industrial stability Will Rogers BEVERLY HILLS Cal Dec good joke on us we thought congress had adjourned and here they are in session now thats the kind of congress we want one where we dont know if they are in session or out of session See where Insull is going to do like a movie star he is going to make a personal appearanco tour all over Europe France loaned Austria almost as much as she waa to pay us but she is wet nursing four or five those little nations they dont have tn pay her back till the next war You see in Europe they are al ready choosing sides on account of tho depression France can get a lot of nations signed up mighty heap now Yours WILL ROGERS Copyright 1932 McNnught Syndicate Cold Wave Hits State on Final Day of Old Year Mercury Plunges to 5 Below in Mason City After 27 Above Night Before The last day of 1832 saw North Iowa cercurics plunged below the zero marx arter about two weeks of mild weather Mason Citys unoffi cial reading Friday night was 5 be low zero after a moderate 27 above the night before The mercury started sliding all over the state late Friday afternoon but the weather bureau forecast was for an end of the cold wave on Sunday The minimum official reading was reported from Charles City where It was 2 below zero and the highest point the mercury reached Friday was 38 above at Davenport and Keokuk Rising mercury was prophesied by observers for Sunday with con tinued fair weather IOWA CITY YOUTH MAY SERVE LIFE James Martin 16 Convicted of Slaying Oil Station Proprietor MUSKEGON Mich Dec 31 tlPi James Regis Martin 16 year old Iowa City Iowa youth today faced a probable life sentence for the mur der of Hans Nielsen gasoline station proprietor of which he was con victed by a circuit court Jury early today J A defense of insanity had been offered in the boyfl behalf and nu merous defense witnesses several ot them Iowa physicians testified that they believed the youth was suffer ing from dementia praecoy and wa unable to distinguish right from wrong No attempt waa made to deny that young Martin shot and killed Nielsen In an attempted robbery on Nov He was taken from a Chi cago bound bus in Benton Harbor the next day and confessed His parents Mr and Mrs James n were with him during the trial Hia mother was deeply moved by the verdict but the unemotional demeanor young Martin had main tained during the trial did not change Gna Tux Receipts Drop DKS MOINES Dec 31 cclpts from the state gasoline tax dropped off more than as compared with 1031 records of Stato Treasurer Ray Johnson show ed ROOSEVELT AND AIDES TO MEET NEXT THURSDAY Conference on Congress Program to Be Held in New York WASHINGTON Dec 31 Presidentelect Roosevelt has made plans to confer next Thursday night in New York with a large group of his party lenders Representative Rainey of Illinois the democratic floor leader today made public the date of the confer ence Originally it had been planned to have the meeting in Albany but to accommodate the members of congress the Incoming president will go to New York to meet them prob ably at the Biltmoro hotel Leaders Will Attend Among those who will attend the conference are Speaker Garner the vice presidentelect Senator Robin son of Arkansas the democratic fkior leader in the senate sentatSve Rainey1 Byrnes of South Carolina arid Harrison ol of tbo house ways and means committee Chairman Byrnes of the house appro priations committee Representative McDuffie of Alabama the democrat ic whip and probably Chairman Sumners the house judiciary com mittee Several other senators are to make the trip It is likely the conference will em brace a full discussion the cratic legislative program including budget balancing economy submission of a repeal amendment farm relief and beer legislation Itevcnue Plans The conference In New York comes a day after Chairman Collier plans to lay before his committee the problem of finding sources reve nue to balance the budget The Mississippi democrat plans to have the committee survey needs of the treasury and it Is ex pected that most of the conference will deal with revenue measures the democrats will seek to enact at thn short session Some democrats are very anxious to have the budget balanced during Turn to Pnffo 2 Column 6 Postoffice Will Be Closed Here Monday No deliveries will be made by city or rural mall carriers Monday ft was announced by local postal officials The main postoffice will be closed but outgoing mail will be dispatched as usual Wea IOWA WEATHER Generally fair Sunday KIs injr temperature LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGazette weatber figures for 24 hour period ending at 3 oclock Saturday morning Maximum Friday 28 Above Minimum in Night 5 Hctow At 8 A M 3 Below One of the most sudden temper ature drops of the year was exper ienced in North Icwa Friday after noon In an hour the mercury dropped some 12 degrees and landed at 5 below for the night WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO Dec 31 outlook for the week beginning Jan 2 For the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri fair weather most of week except unsettled with some snow north por tion about Tuesday warm Monday colder Tuesday or Tueeday night and continued cold until near close For the northern and central great fair most of week except possibly snow flurries extreme north portion about Mon day night warmer Monday colder Tuesday and continued cold unliv near close ;