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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 3, 1936, Mason City, Iowa ll LON E H S M E M 5 j HT OF i NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLII CENTS A ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 31936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE No 101 Where Will Smith Walk Observers Puzzled About Program of Liberty League By CHARLES F STEWART ASHINGTON Feb 3 CFA What after all does the Ameri can Liberty league propose to do According t o Al Smith the democrats in its ranks will take a is to say they will bolt the official democratic tick e t if President Roosevelt is nom inated at the head of it next June But that leaves a deal to the imagination The question where their walk will take them remains to be an swered and if the league know what the answer is it hasnt told The Liberty league nominally i nonpartisan In reality it is under the auspice of conservative democrats like Smith John J Raskob and Jouett Shouse It has to be sure the fi jiancial support of some rich repub Means such as the du Fonts but the outfits inspiration is antinew deal democratic not republican Has Little Hope What it would like best of all would be to beat President Roosevelt for renomination but it hasnt more than the ghost of an idea that it can do that Assuming him rcnominated Then what A What kind of a walk Will antinew deal democrats simply stroll about on Nov 3 con tenting themselves with not voting at all It isnt a form of days work which would seem to have much at traction for a fighter like Al Smith Or will they cast their ballots for toe republican candidate A few willfperhaps if isto their liking However it is not cer tain that he will be For example a democrat who draws the line on President Roosevelt is not likely to be won over to Senator William E Borah should he be the G O P nominee Independent Slate Then as to an independent con servative democratic slate such as Palmer and Buckner in 1896 Palmer and Buckner did what they were intended to do 40 years Their mission was not to be elect ed no one expected but to give bolting democrats some place to o to beat William J Bryan incidentally William McKinleys election to the presidency was in volved but Bryans defeat was the main consideration and Palmer and Buckner turned the trick However that an effective bolting democratic ticket can be framed up now is no certainty An outstanding bolting candidate is doubtfully available Al Smith says he wont accept the responsibility Roosevelt Luck The late Senator Huey P Long have carried two or three states but he is no more Roosevelt it is cynically hut sincere ly said Gov Eugene Talmadge of Georgia is about the only alternative Or maybe exGov J P Ely of Massachusetts But it is doubtful that Talrnadge could make a dent Ely possibly could swing New England but New England is anti new deal anyway In short the antinew dealers though on the offensive dont tel what they are trying to accomplish They do not know in detail My guess is that after the two major party conventions it will be too late for them to launch an inde pendent movement and that their walkout will be pretty scattering FOORHELDFOR THEFT OF MAIL Des Moines Men Arrested and Letters Recovered at Ames AMES Feb 3 held four men for federal authorities to day after the theft of four sacks of mail from the North Western rail road station platform here The mail was recovered The men gave the names of Wil liam L Wiley Paul K Norman H W Chandler and Roy Mickle Three of the four have criminal records police said and at least one of the quartet is from Des Moines They were arrested about half an hour after the mail including one sack of registered letters was tak en from the station Saturday night When surprised in a parked car they were riflingone of the sacks said WOULD REPEAL AAA ALLIED DILLS Subzero Weather Will Return to Iowa Again WINTER ATTACH CHANGED FROM COLD TO SNOW Local Mercury Fails to Go Below Zero First Time in 2 Weeks Mason Citys mercury failed to go under the zero mark Sunday night and early Monday for the first time in more than two weeks Winter shifted its attack on Iowa from bit ter temperatures to snow but the weatherman warned it was only temporary and subzero weather would be back with us Monday night and Tuesday Mason City had four inches of new snow and the total on the ground was approaching the one foot level by late Monday afternoon The low temperature recorded Sunday night was 3 above after a maximum dur ing the day of 13 above The low Saturday night was IB below zero The snow began early Sunday night or early Monday over most of the state although it held to rain for a time at Davenport and other points in east central Iowa accord ing to the Associated Press Four or Five Inches The weatherman said it would mount up to four or five inches Sioux City reported 12 inches by 9 a m Spirit Lake reported three inches Keokuk Des Moines Du buque and Council Bluffs all meas aTialf ineli or more Charles City reported a 5 above zero reading Sunday night Du buque Davenport and Sioux City all reported 6 above Des Moines and Council Bluffs had low readings of 3 above Keokuks minimum was 18 above But Monday night the weather man forecast the mercury would sink to 10 below in the northwest section 5 below in the northeast zero in the southwest and 5 above in the southeast To Continue Decline And the weatherman said tem peratures probably will continue their decline tomorrow as the heavy snowfall lets up The Iowa highway commission at Ames reported Monday morning that all trunk highways are open for traffic but rallied its snow fighters as the new snowfall spread over the state Sleet in some sections reports in dicated already had made highways slippery and dangerous Sleet they said lays an ice coating over the snow that is apt to make it impossible for game birds buried in snow banks to dig their way out Moreover sleet and new snow will cover up the grain already distributed to save starving pheasants and quail Roads Still Closed Reports from throughout the state particularly the northeast and north central sections indicated that many side roads and secondary highways still are unopened to traf fic Sleet on highways in central Illi nois made automobile travel haz ardous in that area the state divi sion of highways reported The icy pavement condition ex tended from route 15 to territory north of Peoria Walter Wells Dies QSKALOOSA Feb 3 ter Wells 72 veteran Oskaloosa plumbing firm head and son of a pioneer merchant died at his home THANKS FOR THIS By E K PITMAN In Northwood Anchor The Mason City Daily Globe Gazette has inaugurated a re form in newspaper makeup that should have been common with newspapers and magazines long before this The plan is to com plete every first page story on that page or if too long to start it in the right hand column of the first page and carry it di rectly to the first column of page has been customary in bound book continuations Much irritation is caused by the con tinucd on page 6 lines when to turn the leaves to that page means unfolding and refolding a paper for comfortable reading And when the continuation of the story happens to be on page 9 instead of on page 6 as some times happens with the best reg ulated can you blame a reader for being a trifle disgusted All newspapers should make reading easier for pa trons Bancroft Fire Ruins Where 3 Burned to Death Ruins of the E M Johnson farm home 2 miles south of Bancroft in which Mr and Mrs Johnson and their son Waiter met death are shown above Not even ho nearest neighbors knew of the fire until after Ihe home was destroyed Vapor can be seen rising from the ruins as the result of snow which was shoveled on the hot embers to make possible the search for the body of the son which was not found until Saturday afternoon Photo by Will F Brown Algona w COURT FAILS TO GIVE TVA RULING To Decide Securities Act Rules Stock Held by RFC Taxable Feb 3 supreme court concluded delivering opinions today without passing on the constitutionality of TVA That made next Monday the earliest pos sible date for delivering the long awaited decision The supreme court agreed to test the constitutionality of another new deal securities act of 1933 provides for federal control of securities sales In an opinion further clarifying the relationship between the federal and state governments the court held today that Maryland may tax preferred stock of the Baltimore National bank owned by the recon struction corporation Decision Is Unanimous The unanimous decision applica ble in all states was delivered by Justice Cardozo Marylands highest tribunal the court of appeals had held the stock was subject to state taxation State tax commission attorneys contended to the supreme court that the RFC did not perform an essen tial governmental function and hence its of stock should be taxed Not Public Function It cannot be denied they said that the mere lending of money to industry has heretofore been ex clusively a private and not a public function much less a function of the federal government Asserting that no state may tax the property or instrumentalities of the United States the bank con tended the RFC is an arm or de partment of the federal government and is an appropriate instrumental ity to acquire property for and on behal of the federal government 3 Seamen Missing After Explosion on Tuna Clipper Sought SAN DIEGO Cal Feb 3 Three seamen missing after an ex plosion shattered the tuna clipper OJimpia were hunted today amid debris strewn waters off Cape San Lucas at the southern top of lower California Five other members of the crew blown clear of the wreckage were reported by radio to have been picked up late yesterday by the Ro manicia another purse seiner Radio reports said a fuel tank in the Olimpias power plant blew up splintering the 65 foot craft to bits as it sailed inbound Cape San Lucas with 50 tons of tuna Rites to Be Tuesday for Fire Victims BANCROFT Feb services for Mr and Mrs E M Johnson and their son Walter who were burned to death early Satur dayv when in which theylived was destroyed willbe conducted at oclock Tuesday afternoon here at the Lutheran church Burial will be in Green wood cemetery The charred remains of the three victims have been placed in a sin gle casket which has been closed Bodies of Mr and Mrs Johnson were found Saturday morning but that of the son was not discovered until in the afternoon by Donald Owens of Centcrville one of the workers of the CCC camp here called in to assist Unexpectedly the body of the son was found only about five feet from his fathers body instead of in the ruins of that section of the house where he or dinarily slept Sheriff Carl Dahlhauser said the location of the bodies provided a puzzle A surviving son Oscar said he felt there was considerable mys tery in connection with the fire be cause it apparently burned very fast and because the three bodies were found together Walter was a shell shocked World war veteran and unable to work Another son Leonard who had been living with his parents was taken to Algona the day be fore the fire and spent the night in jail there officers said in connec tion with action against him of driving while intoxicated No one witnessed the destruction of the home The Weather FORECAST IOWA Heavy snow probable Monday night afld Tuesday cold er MINNESOTA Fair in west snow in east and north south Pope Pius Cancels Public Audiences VATICAN CITY Feb 3 Pope Pius today canceled public possibly heavy in southeast er Monday night Tuesday fair in north possibly snow in south colder in southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum Sunday 3 Aliove Minimum in Nislit 3 Above At R A M Monday 4 Above Snowfall 2 Inches Precipitation 18 an Inch Figures for 24 houf period ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum Saturday 3 Above Minimum in Night IB Below At 8 A M Sunday 6 Below For the first time in more than two weeks Mason night was treated City Sunday to a minimum temperature which fell short of the zero mark The letup in the severe audiences so that he may rest after cold however was accompanied by a tiring weekend However he gave i an allnight snow which had de private audiences to several pre lates Yesterday his holiness participat ed in the annual celebration of the feast of purification of the Virgin Mary posited 2 inches of feathery flakes and IS of an inch of precipitation in the GlobeGazettes measuring gage on River heights And the snow continued Monday through the READY TO NAME MYSTERY MAN Governor Reported to Know Identity of Person in Lindbergh Case TRENTQN N J Feb Gov Harold G Hoffman was re ported ready today to identify the mysterious man with the handker chief in the Lindbergh kidnaping and possibly to order his arrest Sources close to the governor in dicated he would ask state police either to arrest the man or to clear him of any suspicion in the crime The mysterious man was seen by Col Charles A Lindbergh outside St Raymonds cemetery in the Bronx the night Dr John F Condon paid the futile ransom for the return of Lind berghs infant son After hearing the colonels account of the man police in their first investigation of the crime set him down as a mere passerby Identity Discovered Governor Hoffmans investigators are reliably reported to have discov ered his identity recently Whether he actually had any connection with the case was not disclosed Recently the governor asked Col H Norman Schwartzkopf superin tendent to get all others connected with the Lindbergh crime Governor Dissatisfied The governor made it plain he was dissatisfied with the slate po lice investigation which led to the arrest and conviction of Bruno Rich ard Hauptmann to whom Hoffman granted a 30 day reprieve from sen tence of death during the renewed investigation Sources close to the governor said he would disclose the identity of the man with tlie handkerchief to Colonel Schwarzkopf this week probably at a conference at which the state police head will be asked to report on the progress made in the latest inquiry Pickets Throw Bricks and Deputies Bombs PEKIN 111 Feb 3 75 pickets threw bricks and 25 deputy sheriffs tossed tear gas bombs more than 200 employes of the American Distilling company plant returned to work today after 8 MEN BURN TO DEATH IN BLAZE AT PARKER DAM Others Feared Dead as Fire Sweeps Through Dormitory LOS ANGELES Feb 3 Eight men burned to death in a dormitory fire at Parker Dam on the Colorado river the Metropolitan Water district was informed today It was feared others had perished A score or more were injured said a brief telephonic message from the Six Companies headquarters Ninety men were asleep in the dormitory A high wind swept the flames through the structure and carried the blaze to the moss hall and commissary which were also destroyed No Names Given No names were given in the re port to the district headquarters Parker Dam is beingbuilt ap proximately 300 miles south of Boulder Dam to divert a portion of the Colorado river into the J20000 000 aqueduct being built by the Met ropolitan Water district of Lo An geles and nearby communities Search for bodies was started by Jellow workmen in the isolated con struction village Trappefl In Bunks The fire broke out at a m and in a few minutes the dormitory was in flames the victims being trapped in their bunks An appeal was sent out for doc tors and nurses from hospitals along the 242 mile aqueduct The fact that a prolonged winter dry spell allowed the desert sun to bake make the frame dormitory it highly inflammable and creased the seriousness of the blaze Food Dropped From Airplane to Tangier Island Fisherfolk WASHINGTON Feb 3 quaint fisherfolk of Tangier island cut off from the rest of the world in the ice locked lower reaches of Chesapeake bay had a supply of food today to help them face one of the worst winters they can remem ber Dirigible and plane yesterday dropped 1800 pounds of food for the 1500 natives and staved off threatened distress The general health of the rugged islanders said to be descended from 14 families of Cornish fishermen was reported good a strike weeks shutdown of almost two Pilot Two Others Reported in Crash BUCHAREST Feb 3 pilot and two other persons were reported unofficially today to have died in a crash in the Carpathian mountains of a passenger plane sound from Arad Rumania to Bucharest The ship has broken in two wa are falling was the last radio message received last night from the plane nbetween Price on Iowa Liquor Sought DES MOINES Feb 3 state liquor control commission ex plained that in fixing new liquor retail prices it is seeking prices low enough to discourage bootlegging and high enough to discourage ex cessive consumption Playmates Tell How Boy Was Buried Alive in Cave SEAL BEACH Cal Feb 3 Jackie Wards sobbing playmates told today how the 8 year old boy was buried alive forgotten and crushed to death while they franti cally burrowed in the sand to save Boys weve got to get Bill out said Stewart Lawhcad So he and his four playmates digging with their hands slowly tunneled their way to Billy Taylor 10 They tore the earth from his blanched face and pulled hinj free ON THE INSIDE A EDWARD VIII Pictures Tell Slory of New Kings Life ON PAGE 3 Hundreds Go to Farm and Home Week Ames ON PAGE 8 Iowa Auto Death Toll For 1936 Reaches 37 ON PAGE 2 2nd Worst Cold Spell on Record in January ON PAGE 3 Byers Gives Views on Peace Prospect ON PAGE 4 State Mine Board to Study Coal Shortage ON PAGE 2 City Council Names Rena Mack as Clerk ON PAGE 10 Further Gain Shown in Postal Receipts ON PAGE 7 BVIIDO IIPPETT Dl MnoLIbbtll Wife of Murdered Publisher Says Governors Gang Ordered Crime MINNEAPOLIS Feb 3 Mrs Walter Liggett testified the witness stand that her iat jus Dand former weekly newspaper publisher would not have been mur dered unless Governor Olsons gang ordered it or permitted it Isadore Kid Cann Blumcnfeld a liquor salesman and former boot egger listened attentively as his counsel cross examined the widow I called my mother after Wal ler was shot the widow testified and said Governor Olsons gang got Walter Mother She asked me Do you know who did it I said Yes Kid Cann1 Do you associate the defendant wii Governor Olsons gang de fense counsel Thomas McMcckin asked the witness An objection by the prosecution was overruled and the witness re plied My claim is the murder would not have been committed without Governor Olsons permission Mean ing they either ordered it or per mitted it a companion so he could breathe He was chok They thought he had gone home jing Seven boys thp oldrst 11 dug a sandhill cave near Anaheim Land ing several days ago But recent rains weakened the oarth and yes terday the them Its a good thing Jackie went home someone said Then Billy got his breath He didnt Billy gasped Hes cnve collapsed burying i right here beside me forenoon I Five caught nrar the entrance quickly freed themselves Frantically the boys dug in again but Jackie was dead when they reached him Charles City Youth Escapes at Eldora j ELDORA Fob 3 tics reported thn escape of Jrwin Kelly ir of Charles City from thfr Iowa industrial school horr A car which he reportedly used was found 1 later at Charles City PRESIDENT ASKS PROMPT ACTION IN HIS MESSAGE Senate Votes to Pay Up Farm Benefits House Gets Farm Act WASHINGTON Feb 3 President Roosevelt recommended to congress today the prompt re peal of the Bankhcad cotton con trol act the Kcrrsmith tobacco act and the Warren potato act of 1935 He said these laws were auxil iary to the agricultural adjustment act which was declared invalid by the supreme court The Bankhead acts constitutionality is now pend ing before the tribunal A jammed supreme court cham ber waited in vain today for the long delayed rulingon TVA The court handed down numerous other decisions including one making the kidnaping nf an officer to avoid arrest a violation of the Lindbergh law To Pay Farm Benefits Even as the presidents repeal message was enroute to capital hill the senate voted 5296185000 to pay farm benefits under old AAA contracts It was part of a deficiency appropria tion which included for expenses incident to paying the bonus and 542664500 for social security The amount for paying AAA con tracts already had been approved by the house but other amendments to the deficiency bill including the bonus cost will necessitate sending the measure to conference to recoh die differences The house agriculture commit tee speeded action on the AAA sub stitute by reporting its bill for passage Senate Action Delayed Action in the senate was delayed temporarily by illness of Senator Bankhcad D Ala who had planned to rail up his farm measure this afternoon The house measure was broad ened beyond the Bankhead bill to provide for an expansion of foreign and domestic markets The house committee also wrote in a provision in the amended soil conservation act that funds can be used for bovine tuberculosis eradi cation and control of Bangs dis As approved by a 17 to 6 ballot cutting party lines the house bill limits the temporary subsidy pro gram to soil conservation soil re building and promoting economic use of land delaying until tie per manent program takes effect two years hence the maintenance of a continuous and stable supply of ag ricultural commodities adequate to meet domestic and foreign consum er requirements at prices fair to JOth producers and consumers and reestablishment of maintenance of farmers purchasing power May Become Effective The permanent program may be come effective Chairman Jones explained as soon 33 a sufficient number of states have provided to cooperate to make the jian effective but the temporary soil erosion plan cannot be used longer than Dec 31 1938 The bill outlines a more com plete method of state cooperation under which an approved program can be made and put into effect when sufficient plans are prepared to substantially accomplish the pur poses Jones explained It pro vides that in the meantime a plan similar to the original bill can be carried out but limited to the pur poses of soil conservation soil re building and economic use of the land The senate passed and sent to thfe house the Smith bill authorizing 560000000 for 1936 seed and feed loans The measure offered annually by Chairman Smith DS Car of the agriculture committee was approv ed without a record vote Seed and Feed Loans It authorizes the Farm Credit ad ministration to make 52 per cent loans up to 51000 to individual farmers in the United States Alas ka Hawaii and Puerto Rico with borrowers giving a first lien on j crops or livestock as security Further outlining provisions of i the revised house bill Jones said Wo provide that the secretary of agriculture when he finds it no essary to carry out the purposes of the other sections shall use any part of thr funds for the expansion of domestic and foreign markets the seeking of new or additional markets or for tie removal and dis position of surpluses The measure retained a provision I for use of ft domestic allotment plan j of paying bounties on domestically consumed portions of the farmers ;