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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 1, 1936, Mason City, Iowa AH LOW E R 113 MEW 481 D P T OF S MS H t NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLH FIVE CENTS A COFX ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11936 TtOS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SKCT1ON ONE NO 100 3 BELIEVED DEAD IN BANCROFT BLAZE A F of L Out on Limb Will Meet Trouble Trying to Curb Lewis By CHARLES V STEWART ASHINGTON Feb 1 CPA Signs are that the executive committee of the American Feder ation of Labor recently in ses sion at Miami enticed the A F of L dangerously out on a limb when it ordered Chairman John L Lewis com mittee for indus trial to terminate its activities The industrial organizat ion committee obviously will not quit As soon as the industrial commit tee defiance becomes too noticeable to be it will not be will the A F of L do in a disciplinary way There will not be much that it can do except to drop the backers of the insurrectionary movement from affiliation with the A F of L Would Lose 1000000 What however will the A F of L be sacrificing if it does expel the recalcitrant unions Well the A F of Ls member ship is approximately 3500000 Out of this number approximate ly l000000 are grouped under the industrialists United Mine Workers with John L Lewis as president the International Typographical union the Amalga mated Clothing Workers the Inter national Ladies Garment Workers ihe United Textile Workers the Oil iield Gas Well and Refinery Work ers the Cap and Millinery Depart ment of the United Hatters Cap and Millinery Workers and the In ternational Union of Mine Mill and Smelter Workers Thus if A F of L unloads its rebellious element it cuts itself from a membership of 3500000 to a membership of 2500000 at one chop And the rebels start in 1000000 strong Also Admits Itself Moreover A F of L if it cuts itself down to a membership of 2 500000 or so cannot grow much being limited to oldtime crafts manship which is increasing little if any The A F of L is a labor aristoc racy Like all aristocracies it neces sarily is small That has been the complaint of commoner labor The A F of L has been too exclusive John L Lewis policy is to take in not narrow crafts but whole in dustries at a classes of automobile makers all classes of steel workers all classes of rubber all classes of aluminum workers each class inclusive of all specialists in its own particular field Great Numbers Overlooked Illustratively the A F erf L con tends that an electrician is an elec trician whether employed as an electrician in the building trade in a mine or for some public utility Lewis proposition is that a build ing electrician is affiliated with the building trade that an electrician for a mine is affiliated with the mine workers that an electrician for a street car company is affiliat ed with public utilities On any alternative basis Lewis contends great numbers of workers sre sure to be overlooked and re main unorganized Probably there are 10 times as many of these derelicts counting agriculturally and industrially as the A F of L includes in its ranks They date back to the Wobblies Lewis Group to Grow John L Lewis setup if he can get it going should increase at a membership of 1000000 per shot A F of Ls if cut by 1000000 should remain stationary Incidentally President William Green and Secretary Frank Morri son of A F of L are respectively with the United Mine Workers and the Typographical of which organizations are industrial as against craft unionism Their position is embarrassing Whos who in the labor situation n short requires analysis Britons Plan to Climb Worlds Highest Peak AH Found Guilty FORT DODGE Feb 1 youre arrested in Fort Dodge its a hundred to one youll be found guilty Arrests made by the police department last year totaled 1491 Of these 1471 were found guilty THREE MEN AND ONE WOMAN ON BOAT FOR INDIA Nine Other Members of Expedition to Follow From London By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press Foreign Staff LONDON Feb 1 for the last great adventure on earth the first members of the 1936 Mt Everest expedition left here today enroute to Darjeeling India for a new assault on the worlds highest mountain Three men and one woman de parted and the nine other members of the party will follow in a few days The woman Mrs Noel Hum phreys will accompany her hus band Dr Humphreys only as far as Darjeeling1 Hugh Ruttledge veteran leader of the 1933 expedition again will lead the drive up the perilous snowbound heights toward the 29 000 foot pinnacle which has defied four previous attempts and has taken nine lives Expect to Make It I believe well make it this time he said quietly standing in the crowded boat train station With any reasonable weather Im confident of success In the 1933 attempt Ruttledges party fought its way to within 1000 feet of the to be driven back by a monsoon which broke nearly a month ahead of schedule Native Tibetan belief has it that demons reign over the towering giant of the Himalayas and Brig adier General E F Norton leader of the ill fated 1924 expedition re cently told of inspecting the Rong buk monastery at the base of Mt Everest where he saw crude wall frescoes depictingdemons pushing a white man down the mountain Laugh at Superstition Members of the present expedi tion laughed at the superstition yet several of them conceded that they felt alight qualms of uneasiness when mention was made of the mys terious fate of Mallory and Irvine members of the 1924 expedition When last seen Mallory and Ir vine were going strong rapidly neaving their longsought goal Rutt ledge has estimated they were with in 60 feet of the crest Never Seen Again Suddenly the great white plume which almost always hangs over the peak lashed down and engulfed them Vanishing in the mist they never were seen again Nine years later in 1933 an ice ax owned by one of them was found on the great northeast ledge but there was no trace of their bodies or other equipment A solution of the mystery is one of the major objectives of the 1936 expedition 14 MEN TRAPPED IN TUNNEL BLAST Ambulances and Physicians Go to Railroad Project Disaster Scene CAMBRIDGE Ohio Feb 1 A terrific explosion trapped 14 men today in a railroad tunnel project near Kimbolten 14 miles north of here First reports did not indicate whether the men were dead or alive The tunnel was being put through to relocate the Pennsylvania rail road rightofway in the Muskingum watershed conservancy district Ambulances and physicians went to the scene from Cambridge and Newcomers town Meager reports indicated that the blast caused a rock slide blocking the entrance to the tunnel There were no telephones in the vicinity and information concerning the blast was lacking 3 7 Killed in India in Fire Explosion CALCUTTA Feb 3 Four British one Italian and 32 Indians were killed in a fire and explosion at the Loyabad colliery in Jharia Bihar province an official announce ment said today The disaster occurred Thursday night Illinois Governor Urged to Order Prison Probe Public Welfare Chief Says Leopold Not in ON THE INSIDE OSCAR M HARTZEIX Hartzell and Seven Others Found Guilty ON PAGE 2 North Iowa Tourney Finals Saturday Night ON SPORTS PAGE Commission Reduces Iowa Liquor Prices ON PAGE 8 Coal Miners Extend Work Week in Iowa ON PAGE 2 Fear of Plot JOLIET 111 Feb 1 gation by an impartial commission i of conditions nt Stateville peniten i tiary as an outgrowth of Richard i Loebs slaying was recommended to i Gov Henry Horner today by A L Bowen director of the state depart ment of public welfare who said the governor agreed to the plan The two will confer Monday Bow en said on the personnel of the com mission which Bowen said he had proposed consist of five members including one expert prison man possibly Warden Lewis EJ Lawes of j Sing Sing penitentiary j The governor agreed it should j be done immediately Bowen said The plan for this form of investi gation came in the midst of multi ple inquiries into how and why Loeb 1924 thrill slayer was killed in a fight in Stateville on Tuesday Other Recommendation Bowen said he had made other recommendations as a result of his a 730 000 000 tax bill to meet farm relief and bonus costs Back New Deal On the political front the United Mine Workers aligned itself formal TRUCK ROBBED NEAR OTTUMWA Road Blocked by Trio of Highwaymen Who Get About OTTUMWA Feb 1 men early today stopped a Cedar Rapids truck on highway No 63 3 miles north of Ottumwa and robbed the driver Virgil Strofton Cedar Rapids of between and Strofton told local police that the outlaws drove their car past his truck and blocked the roadway in the middle of an overhead bridge Two of the trio emerged from their car carrying guns The victim an employe of the Co lonial Bread eonipam was unable to see the license number he said Have You Read Your Newspaper 1 What governor successor to leadership of Huey Longs politi cal machine died the past week 2 What ruler dethroned after the World war celebrated his sev entyseventh birthday 3 Who is the chairman of the federal reserve board confirmed by the senate the past week 4 In what form will the soldiers bonus be paid 5 What was the text of Sen ator Joe Robinsons reply to Al fred E Smith 6 What notorious convict was stabbed to death in Illinois state prison 7 Who appealed to President Roosevelt to intervene with Presi dent John L Lewis of the United Mine Workers to stave off a re ported coa shortage threat 8 What Kansan potential can didate for the republican presi dential nomination delivered his first speech of the campaign 9 For what office did Secre tary of Agriculture Ray Murray announce himself a candidate 10 What defendant in th e Drake estate fraud trial declined to take the stand ANSWERS ON PAGE 3 INFLATION BLOC VOTES TO WORK FOR NEW MONEY United Mine Workers to Back Roosevelt for ReElection WASHINGTON Feb 1 flationists demands that the 249000000 bonus cost be met by printing new currency divided at tention today with developments in the presidential campaign A bloc of two score house mem bers backed the plan to hand the veterans new money instead of bor rowed funds that would have to be repaid eventually by taxation They coupled with their stand a declaration that any new taxes were entirely unnecessary Presi dent Roosevelt only yesterday bad given the word that he would like to see congress at ita present ses sion enact levies to raise at least for the new farm pro Other administration sources own investigation They included Shorten the working day of prison guards to eight hours Study the possibility of raising guards salaries Establish a 30 day training school for new guards The chief of the states penal in stitutions added that he is con vinced Warden Joseph E Ragen un der fire since Loeba death at the hands of a fellow convict hsa corn peteritly managed the Staleville Labor to do likewise ly with the new deal It voted in convention to indorse the presi dent for reelection and to con tribute to the democratic campaign fund John L Lewis the union pres ident suggested it might be well for the American Federation of prison Has Prison Enemies He scoffed at the idea that Loebs partner in the 1924 crime Nathan Leopold Jr was in fear of a simi lar prison death and quoted Leo pold as saying Of course I have some prison enemies everyone had But none of mine would attempt murder The surviving member of the LoebLeopold case told of their 12 years in prison after declining to talk about Loebs death last Tues day in a fierce fight with convict James Day As for the killing Bowen said Leopolds only statement was Had No Privileges I dont know anything about the murder or the facts that led up to it I tell you that on my word of honor As for the charges of Edward Powers investigator for the Will county states attorney that the two millionaires sons were able to buy prison luxuries Leopold was quoted as saying We have never had any special privileges Or the contrary were de nied the usual ones because of the notoriety given us Guards and offi cers have been particularly careful not to show us any preference be cause we were Leopold and Loeb Makes No Complaint We have never had any com plaint to make we realized that any privileges to us would reflect upon the prison officials We have always been treated decently fairly and honestly As for having easy jobs the records will show that for five years we were kept at hard prison labor in the prison shops We have always eaten prison fare in the mess hall with the rest It was entirely on merit that Loeb was allowed to inaugurate a correspondence school in which Leopold assisted Leopold declared The 31 year old convict who joined Loeb in 1924 in murdering 14 year old Bobby Pranks for a thrill told Bowen Im not trying to brag about Loeb but I think he was the only man in prison with the education and ability to organize and carry out such a school Able to Do Them We had those jobs for the ob vious reason that prison officials deemed us able to do them Leopolds only contributions to the multiple investigations of Loebs Bowen con vinced he said that Days story is not to say that Loeb never had a razor Day insisted Loeb produced the razor when they battled in Loebs private bathroom Bowen said Leopold volunteered a statement supporting Warden Ragen The state cabinet member quoted the convict as saying Discipline in the past year has Replying to expressed fears that he was about to back out of the Ohio presidential preference cam paign Senator Borah of Idaho said with emphasis that there is no in the Ohio situation The house inflationists counted heavily in their currencybonus drive upon the reluctance of many members of congress to vote new taxes in an election year No DissentingVote There was no dissenting vote as Representative Patman D leader of the house inflation group put the question to approximately two score representatives present The understanding is of course that we are going to be faced with taxes soon Patman told the group The question is are we going to sit idly by and let the bankers get an other rakeoff on the debt to the vet erans Representative Blanton CDTex as asserted that the only reason fi nanciers prefer the issuance of bonds to pay the bonus rather than currency expansion is because they get 3 per cent interest on the bonds and a bonus out of manipulation of bonds The resolution adopted was pro posed by Representative Greenwood DInd who said Oppose Wild Inflation Many of fact all of do not believe in wild inflation that would see government credit and purchasingpower imperiled But we could issue notes on the metallic base that lies in the treasury and be longs to the government After consultingPatman before the meeting opened Senator Thom as DOkla announced a similar movement would be initiated in the sena te We are going to start a m lent in the senate he said to block all tax legislation and the is Takes Pauper Oath As a last formality in her re lease from the federal detention farm at Milan Mich after serv inga two year sentence lor har boring the slain John Dilllnger Evelyn Frechette the gangsters took a The formality was necessary to release her from a fine im posed at the time of sentence Miss Frechette says she intends tfi begin life anew away from the public BERT JOHNSON HELD GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER BULLETIN CLAHINDA Feb 1 dis trict court jury today returned a verdict holding Bert Johnson yorktown farm youth guilty of manslaughter for UKJ New Years eve slaying of his father Elmer Johnson McDonald Sentenced to 15 Years for Part in Bremer Kidnaping ST PAUL Feb 1 W McDonald Detroit Mich engi neer convicted as a conspirator in the kidnaping of Edward G Bremer St Paul banker today was sentenced to serve 15 years in Leavenworth prison McDonald was charged with ex changing approximately onehalf of the ransom money in Cuba He was convicted Jan 24 I Supreme Court Holds ove r Forecast for Iowa Is More of Same Cold DES MOINES Feb 1 weatherman did a little predicting today about another weather pre dictor as he forecast more of the same cold weather Iowas been hav ing The groundhog he asked Well if that fellow does venture forth tomorrow hell probably see his shadow and hell freeze his nose to boot And whether you believe in the groundhog or not theres still no sign of a return to normal tempera tures The mercury over Iowa had its customary sinking spell Friday night Spirit Lake reporting for the state minimum Charles City Sioux City Daven port Council Bluffs and Des Moines and Keokuk Temperatures would go down to 15 below in the northeast and 10 below over the rest of the state again Saturday night he fore caster said Mason City had a 14 below mini mum Friday night PROBE SEEN N TRAIN COLLISION 30 or More Passengers Hurt in Headon CrasH at CINCINNATI Feb 1 two fold investigation appeared likely to day into the cause of a headon col lision between the Louisville ana Nashville lines Southland and the Chesapeake and Ohios Sportsman last night in which 30 or more pas sengers were injured and part the train plunged 60 feet from a trestle into the street Several of the victims were be lieved seriously hurt Scores more were shaken up Treated in Hospitals A score of those hurt majority of them on the Southland returning from Florida points were treated in hospitals Seven were aided by the Cincinnati life squad which accom panied police and fire ambulances to the scene Four passengers on the Sportsman refused medical assist nce Four Negroes members of the dining car crew on the Southland suffered internal injuries The Sportsman had just left the terminal for New York and Wash ington after being delayed about an hour to permit connection with other trains On Single Track The crash occurred on a single track trestle approach connecting Cincinnatis union terminal with the C and O bridge over the Ohio riv er Both locomotives were derailed Railroad officials were silent as to the probable cause of the wreck which was the first of a serious na ture here in several years Police reported difficulty in ob taining a thorough check on the list of injured A number failed to ive their names BODIES OF AGED COUPLE FOUND IS Saturday Conference The Weather suanceof any more interest bearing WASHINGTON Feb 1 oonds until the treasury has issued currency against the idle gold and Bloc on Record supreme court held its usual Sat urday conference today preliminary t0 an opinion session Monday which may produce a ruling on the The Greenwood resolution placed constitutionality of the Tennessee the inflation bloc on record as valley act Viewing continued issuance of in1 One picce f bllsineSH confronting I been stricter than at nny since Ive been in prison time terest bearing bonds with alarm Favoring sound and adequate currency controlled at all hazards Reaffirming that notes should be issued against the governments gold and silver so that no tribute would be paid large banking corpor ations Deploring new taxes as entirely unnecessary Instructing chairman Patman to appoint a steeling committee to cai piece of the nine justices at the closed meet ing was a decision on whether to review a challenge of the 1933 se curities act providing federal con trol of security sales 5 Die in Collision of Car With Train ry through the program r Ga Feb 1 r1 Scoff nt Drive residents of Savannah were Democratic leaders continued to i killed a 3 a m tod1v bv tne if Shell Shocked Veteran of War Thought to Be 3rd Victim BANCROFT Feb of Air and Mrs E M Johnson were recovered today from the ashes of heir farmhouse 2 miles south of Bancroft while a search was marie for the body of their shellshocked son Walter who was also believed have perished in the flames Neighbors nearest to the Johnsons lid not learn of the tragedy until sometime afterward First word the tragedy was received in Bancroft at oclock this morning when Mrs Pat Mulli gan who lives across the road and a short distance up the highway telephoned to town Herman Soder berg another neighbor said he had seen Ihe house intact at oclock Two women in Bancroft saw a light in the sky at about 5 oclock and it was thought lhat the fire occurred at about that time Found on Bedsprinjjs Because what remained of the bodies of Mr and Mrs Johnson was found on bedsprings it was believed the two had suffocated and burned without awakening Johnson was 73 and his wife 71 Walter a shell shocked World war veteran was 42 years of age He had lived with his parents since returning from overseas as he had been unable to work because of his physical condition The two story Johnson house on highway 169 was well known throughout jtltii section It was an attractive place and was remark able because of the beautiful lilac hedge in front of the place planted in the shape of a large horseshoe The farm which the Johnsons owned consisted of SO acres Help Sent Out Soon after word oC the tragedy was received in Bancroft help was dispatched to the farmhouse and county officials notified Soon manv cars were parked on the paved highway near the house Sheriff Carl Dahlhauser Coroner R A Evans and County AUurney M C McMahon all of Algona ar rived at the Johnson place and started an investigation They also directed the search for the body of Walter The bodies of Mr and Mrs John son were found about oclock this morning They had slept in that part of the house which was not over the basement Fixed JbJre in Night Walter had slept in that part of the house which was over the base ment Heat which remained in the basement made work of searchers in that section difficult Mr Soderberg said that he knew Johnson was in the habit of getting up about 3 oclock in the morning and fixingthe fire This fire was in the stove directly under the bed room in which Mr and Mrs John son slept Before going to war Walter was a telegraph operator and worked for a railroad He saw considerable ac tion overseas and had been suffer ing shell shock since ihe war Speni In Algona Another son Leonard had been living at home but had not returned j to sleep there Kriday night thus narrowly escaping the tragedy that j befell the oilier members of this family Leonard spent the night in Algona where he had gone Friday afternoon Another son Oscar lives oti the road between Hurt and Bancroft Mr and Mrs Johnson had lived FORECAST IOWA Fair Saturday and Sunday except some clomli in this vicinity about 40 years Neighbors said that Mrs Johnson i had seldom gone visiting and they i believed it had been 20 years since she had left the home place 3 Others Burn to Three other lives and several thousands of dollars property dam age also resulted from fires in Iowa GlobeGazette weather figures i the past two days for 24 hour period ending at 8 I One victim of the fires waq Le Roy Dixon 75 year old recluse burned to death in a vacant store building in which he resided at Strahan Neighbors who attempted to rescue the man found the house ness collier in cxtrcnic southeast Saturday night MINNESOTA Generally fair Saturday night and Sunday not quite so cold Sunday IN MASON CITY oclock Saturday morning Maximum Friday 5 nliove Minimum in Xiplit II Brlou 8 A M Saturday 13 Below February got off to a good chilly start Saturday morning a bad lision of their car with a freight habit the weather adopted in the doors locked His burned body found about six feet from the front door Coroner Frank Raynor of Glrn woml said he believed the fire start ed from A heating stove Children Victims Similarly two small children 000000 bonds in new money and the plan today He said among i outlook for period of Feb 3 to S I Theodore 3 and James Mrs scoff at the inflation drive declaring it had no chance But Patman also scheduled for consideration the ques tion of forming an alliance between those who would pay the S2249j ard presidential advisor criticized j CHICAGO Feb 1 j train backing across the highway at Port Wentworth last half of January WEEKLY FORECAST fatm inflationists The senate agriculture committee reported the AAA substitute plan to the floor 15 to 2 and debate is expected to open next week George N Peek former AAA administrator other things For the upper Mississippi and low Tbe suspicion arises that one er Missouri valleys Cold weather in purpose is to influence the coming dicated most of week not much pre election by keeping a horde of fedcipitation north portions but prob era political rangers and propaably one or two periods south por in the states tions Hilda Reid died in their burning home at Stanwood the house locked while their mother had gone to the postoffico for mail A third child Louis 2 was binned not critically Mrs Reid fouic ;