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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 8, 1935, Mason City, Iowa rfl NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION It VOL XLI FIVE CENTS A ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8 1935 THIS PAPJ5H CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 102 HARLES CITY VIEWS RUINS OF FIRE IEFENSE RESTS REBUTTAL ATTACK STARTS jjj Witness Claims He Saw Ladder and Man Was Not Hauptmann Ji i i s4 By WILLIAM A KINNEY CMtjri5ht 1035 by The Associated Iress FLEMINGTON N J Feb S LT surprise testimony that i lhat Lindbergh kidnap ladder was m the back of an automobile near aopewell 20 hours before baby j Charles A Lindbergh Jr was kid il haped and that a man Jin the auto was not Bruno Richard defense rested to fcjday in the trial of Hauptmann for murder The state immediately launched its rebuttal attack on the defenses alibi and other witnesses A New Jersey state policeman identified a photograph he said he made on March 8 1932 of the famed rail 16 a part of the kid nap ladder and which showed four ail holes This was to rebut an ex srt for tiedefense who said there as only one nail hole in the rail when he examined it on March 13 1932 The state had charged the four nai holes proved the rail was ripped from the flooring of Haupt manns attic Saw Four Nail Holes Harold S Betts of the United States forestry service testified he saw four nail holes when he exam jined the rail on May 23 1932 In cross examination of Betts e defense charged a wood expert department of the interior ad been refused permission by the retary of the interior to testify fter he had rendered a report toich would have been favorable to MJjhe defense Betts said he had not of that and Justice Thomas IV Trenchard instructed the defense iiot to ask such a question again Alfred Budreau of Yonkers came 0 rebut the story of Mrs Bertha off who testified for the defense at he was with the late Isador I p3Fiscb when the latter called onher I1 Jate in 1933 at Bayside L L car lilstfying bundles The defense impli being that Fisch had the ransom money and was to get rid of it Budreau said never knew Fisch and never Vy Sailed on Mrs Hoff though he new her Denies He Has Epilepsy Budreau denied on cross exam nation that his fainting spell in the ourtyesterday was due to epilepsy Implications left by the defense hat Fisch had part in the kidnap ng were attacked through the tes imony of Joseph Levenson Bronx real estate man who said he saw JJisch at the home of Mr and Mrs 3Andrew Young on the kidnap night The defense used two practical umbermen to dispute the testimony if a state wood expert that part of he kidnap ladder came from Jauptmanns Bronx attic One of these was the last defense witness Edward J Reilly chief de ense counsel waited for the poli ng of the jury after a brief recess hen announced loudly The defense rests State Begins Rebuttal The state immediately began re mttal with Joseph J Farber a New ork insurance mat on the stand Sis testimony sought to refute that f a defense witness who said he aw the dead Isador Fisch leap over Bronx cemetery wall where and the 550000 Lindbergh ransom ias paid The defense used in all 53 wit nesses many of them alibi witness j and required 11 court days to jve its answer to the states fharges The defense case in brief was 60 Miles From Scene IjHauptmann was in the Bronx jfore than 60 miles from the scene Mason City Fire Fighters Aid Neighbor Town Wf y FORECAST I IOWA Cloudy Friday night Saturday Probable local snow or rain No decided Change in temperature I MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy tFriday night and Saturday warmer in extreme southeast Friday night I IN MASON CITY flobeGazette weather figures for hour period ending at 8 oclock ay morning axlmum Thursday 23 inimiim in 14 it 8 A M Friday 17 iiowfall Trace Reversal of ReliefWage Vote Sought Bonus Issue Up With Potman Challenge of Belgrano WASHINGTON Feb 8 lief problems more particularly the 5400000000 work bill today con tinued the all absorbing capital leg islative topic Harry L Hopkins relief admin istration had enough cash to carry on until Feb 20 Then he must rely upon the 5880000000 for direct re lief attached to the work relief measure But the lumpsum bill still was in the inquisitive senate appropria tions committee with administration leaders seeking to reverse a vote requiring the prevailing local wage to be paid labor on public works projects for which the money would go After settling this dispute ap proval was likely But that left the of the senate floor still ahead McKellar Sworn In Senator McKellar D Tenn just returned from the Philippines was sworn in by the senate and rushed back to the appropriations commit tee to help administration forces stem the tide of opposition amend ments to the big money bill The bonus issue recently quiet bobbed up again today with a state ment by Representative Patman D Tex that his bill for cash payment in new money would pass within 24 hours if Commander Frank N Belgrano of the American Legion would withdraw his opposi tion As Patman spoke the Veterans of Foreign Wars in a statement by Commander James E Van Zandt formally indorsed the Patman bill as the soundest method of paying the socalled bonus Backs Vinson Bill Belgrano has supported the Vin son bill which would pay the bonu out of treasury funds but does not specify how the money would be raised The house ways and means com mittee concluded hearings on the administration social security pro gram and next Monday will start writing a final draft of the bill Opposition to enactment of the 30hourweek bill was voiced by manufacturers representatives ap pearing before a senate judiciary subcommittee as a step in the wrong direction For Townsend Plan A Denver Otto Moore the house ways and means committee that 65 per cent of the voting population of Colorado have signed petitions for the Townsend a month pension plan Congress was asked by the grain futures administration to approve legislation for strict government control of commodity exchanges so that the government might have some real authority behind its in quiries into improper practices in the markets The house voted a appro priation for expenses of a special committee to investigate real estate bondholders organizations CLAIMS DIONNES BROKE CONTRACT Worlds Fair Tour Bureau Head Sues Parents of Quintuplets CHICAGO Feb S 000000 suit for breach of contract was filed against Oliva and Elzire Dionne parents of the famous quintuplets today in United States district court Ivan I Spear head of the Cen tury of Progress Tour bureau filed the complaint Named as codefendants with the Dionnes were Dr Allen Dafoe sev eral Chicago newspapers and sev eral officials of the Canadian gov ernment At the time the suit was filed Oliva and Elzire were making their first stage appearance at a local theater They had spent the morn ingg rehearsing after a two day holiday in Chicago during which they saw the sights Elzire mother of the five baby girls whose birth aroused the won der of the world struggled with the English language on the theater stage as her mentors sought to leach her how to thank the audi ence for the kindly interest of the American people in the quintuplets SEVERAL LOADS OF SPECTATORS FOLLOW TRUCKS Engine Company Reports for Orders to Chief at Charles City It is not often that Mason Cityans drive 30 miles to see a fire but that was the case Thursday night when the Mason City fire department went to the assistance of the de partment at Charles City in fighting the Hildreth hotel fire Several carloads of local persons followed the screaming sirens all the way to Charles City chief among them being the Dr Hardy Pool family which hugged the rear end of the engine company all the way The Mason City company received its call at oclock from the Charles City chief who reported that the Hildreth hotel was on fire and asked the Mason City depart ment to send an engine company House Watch Alone House Watch Samuel P Perkins was alone at the station since the local department had been called to a fire at 979 Virginia avenue south east where Mrs Bridget Forshee received burns on the upper part of her left arm This call had come in RECEIVE THANKS Mayor W K Carr of Charles City called the Mason City fire department Friday morning and thanked the members for their services in fighting the Hildreth hotel block fire Thursday eve ning at oclock and although the fire was out when the department ar rived the salvage crew had re mained to give first aid Police Office Glenn D Hamblin who was formerly with the fire de partment came into the station at about oclock and House Watch Perkins asked him to notify Chief Dan Shire Policeman Hamblin found the chief backing his car into the garage of his home upon return ing from the fire on Virginia ave le Lieutenant Pierce in Charge Chief Shire immediately went to the station and ordered Engine Com pany No 2 the reserve engine into service at Charles City with Lieut Clifford J Pierce in charge The en gine was driven by Leland A Finn Other firemen riding the engine to Charles City were August C May John Cunningham and Lyle King They were ordered to report to the chief at Charles City and the com pany rolled out of the station at oclock House Watch Perkins was ordered to call the offshift to duty When the local firemen arrived at Charles City it reported to the Charles City chief who ordered the firemen to lay into the fire from the southwest corner of Kelley and Main streets across the street from the park The company laid 750 feet of hose from this hydrant and took up a position on the roof of an apart ment building across the alley west of the hotel to extinguish the fire on this roof as it was starting to burn in several places Charles Citj Pumper Down The Mason City engine pumpedat 150 pounds pressure through 750 feet of 21 inch hose using a inch nozzle The stream was re ported by Lieutenant Pierce as doing fine work until oclock Friday morning when Charles Citys pumper broke down and this line was worked on the south side of the hotel When the local company went into service at the fire occupants of the apartment were carrying furniture fromthe building as they Turn to Face 2 Column 7 Nashua Firemen Have Busy Night at Home and at Charles City NASHUA Feb had the Nashau fire truck returned early Friday from assisting in fight ng the Charles City blaze when an other call was received A beer truck Tom Dubuque caught fire near the David Konken oil station Occupants ot the truck who were sleeping were awakened and escaped An oil stove in the truck originated the blaze Little damage resulted THE BLAZE IN PICTURES 9 Dead 13 Hurt in Crossing Collision FORT WILLIAM Orit Feb 8 members of a highway construction crew are dead and 13 others are suffering from injuries received in a collision between their motor truck and a Canadian Na tional railways train at a grade crossing Hearing Is Postponed 9 Injured and More Than 100 Rescued as Vessels Collide PHILADELPHIA Feb S Nine persons were injured and more than 100 rescued as the steamer London Corporation of the FurnessWithy line collided with the Reading railroad ferry boat Cape May in the Delaware river Killed in Collision WASHINGTON Feb 8 j DES MOINES Feb 8 Iowa railroad commission postponed a hearing on the proposed new Burlington bus line between Daven port and Council Bluffs on highway 2 until Friciay in Des Moines Votruba 54 Des Moines was killed and his soninlaw Jack Jacobs 20 Des Moines was injured when the truck Votruba was driving crashed headon with a streetcar Recall Early Grandeur of Razed Hotel Hildreth Theater and Hotel Peacocks of North Iowa CHARLES CITY Feb veying the smouldering ruins of the Hildreth block here this morning Charles Cityans harked back to the days before the turn of the century when the Hildreth hotel and the Hil dreth theater were the peacocks of North Iowa The hostelry acquired a wide spread fame among traveling men by reason of its ornateness and its cuisine Some of the outstanding personages of the American among them Guy Bates Post Otis Skinner Fiske OHara May Robson in person on the Hil dreth stage Started in 1XJ2 The block was started in 1892 and completed the following year by A B F Hildreth pioneer publisher and businessman here It was designed to be and was a memorial to his business acumen Times were extremely hard al most paniclike and it was neces Tnm to Puce 1 Column S by Kuyrnny TOP view was taken at the height of the fire from a position down Main street toward the fire The crowd in the foreground was held back by ropes although the terrific heat generated by the flames would have served the same purpose Nearly 20 streams of water were playing on the two buildings when this picture was taken bv Safford Lock MIDDLE PICTURE This shows the dreary scene upon which Charles Cityans looked Friday morning The picture was taken by Mr Lock soon af ter daybreak from a position in front of the Ed Mattison garage which was menaced by the flames throughout the night and attacked unexpected ly early Friday morning Po lice were maintaining a close guard to protect the hundreds spectators later in the day from the flimsy brick walls left standing LOWER PICTURE This view shows the Hildreth hotel and Hildreth theater as they were known to Charles City for the two score years since their construction by A B F Hil dreth in 1892 Both hotel and theater were known as the best in North Iowa at the time of their building and for a num ber of years thereafter having been erected bv Mr Hildreth pioneer businessman of Charles City as a memorial to his busi ness acumen BROADEN LAWS IN MORATORIUM Iowa Senate Passes Bill to Include Property Sold Under Contract DES MOINES Feb S Broadening of Iowas moratorium laws to include real estate sold un der contract was approved by the state senate 47 to 0 at its morning session today Immediately upon passage the bill was made ready for messaging over to the house in an effort to speed enactment The emergency legislation committee sponsored the measure The house of representatives moved rapidly to clear a crowded calendar passed five bills and pro ceeded to discussion of a dozen measures recommended by the ju diciary committee To Memorialise Congress The members voted to memorial ize congress to revise federal land CTiirn to Pace 1 Column 3 SEEKS ORIGIN OF S200000HOTEL HEATER BLAZE Ruins Still Smoulder Rebuilding at Early Date Expected CHARLES CITY Feb Charles City puzzled today over the origin of a fire which last night destroyed the Hildreth hotel and Hildretb theater buildings with toss approximating pro prietors of the half dozen business establishments left without shelter were considering their abrupt ne cessity of finding new quarters The sensational fire last the greatest in the history of the viewed by a great crowd many from Mason City and other surrounding towns This morning hundreds of spectators viewed the smoldering ruins of what at the turn of the century was the architectural pride of Charles City Only a shell remains Replacement Expected There is universal assumption that there will be an early rebuild ing of the destroyed property big ger and better than ever but the owners of the hotel and theatei could not be reached for specific confirmation of this The business houses aside from the hotel and theater affected by the fire which was combated by the fire departments of Nashua and Mason City as well as the lo cal firefighters include a hamburg er shop asmokeshop a barber shop a beauty parlor and a clean ing and tailoring establishment Flames nroke out anew this morning in the rear of a garags adjoining the Hildreth block but little damage resulted as firemen again played water on the blaze The ruins were smouldering today Estimates of Loss Estimates of the loss varied from to From the standpoint of oroperty damage it surpassed any fire in the citys his tory Following is a tabulation of the individual losses computed by striking an average of the esti mates offered by a number of per sons in a position to judge Hotel Hotel furnishings 10000 Unique 1000 Hildreth Smokesliop 5000 Hildreth Barbershop v 3000 Numode Beauty Parlor 4I 2500 Hildreth Hamburger Shop 3000 Theater building 15000 Theater furnishings 10000 TOTAL A number of theories were being advanced today with respect to the origin of the fire but they were al most as divergent as they were numerous Explosion First Heard Janice Russell who was waiting alone on trade at the hamburger shop was the first to report the fire According to her there was an explosion in the basement It was not very loud however and was not heard far She saw smoke and quickly rushed to an adjoining jarage notifying Ed Mattison who called the fire department J Hershel Hardy owner of tha hotel could not be reached today Turn to Psjje 2 Column 2 ENGLISH LANGUAGE The English language especially as written and spoken in the United States is richly larded with words phrases and sayings that lend it touches of humor and add immeas urably to its color and graphic quality Here is a booklet Familiar Sayings fhat brings together sev eral hundred of the expressions giving their sources or origins It is divided into topics such as the Army the Navy the Bible indus try commerce geography etc and it has been carefully indexed to make it readily available for reffr nce purposes The booklet costs but 10 cents a copy to cover cost and postage Use coupon The Mason City GlobeGazette Information bureau Frederic J director Washington D C I enclose lOc in coin careful ly wrapped for the new booklet on Familiar Savings Name Street City State Mail to Washington D Q ;