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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 24, 1937, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24 1937 HOME EDITION THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 121 Record Mail on Courts Stewart Is Surprised at Great Interest Shown By CHARLES P STEWART ASH IN G T O N CPA The average Ameri can is to a sur prising extent more interested in the United States supreme courts fate than I at least would have expected It is under standable that lawyers for cx ample should be violently alert to such suggestions a s President Roos RESIST HOMESTEAD evelts for eralization lib of the high tribunals membership Big businessmen of course are wide awake to all its implications So are college professors students in general Labor and farm leaders naturally sense everything that the presidential plan means These folks are especially train ed to grasp the significance of a proposal as the white house ten ants for reorganization cf the na tions judicial machinery But I would have supposed it would be too techinal greatly to excite our average Not a Good Guess I could not have made a worse guess The volume of mail and tele grams received by senators and representatives appropos the pres idents supreme court message has been absolutely unprecedented I have had about a bushel bas ketful of letters on the subject my self The bulk of these communica tions are not from highbrows but the rankandfile of citizens and They are ex pressed remarkably wellinform ed fashion too We are a better educated people than I had thought I believe also that we have as tonished most of our legislators Up on Constitution I did not realize that so many of us were familiar with the federal constitution We must have streaked it on short notice for works of refer ence to read up The U S constitution I would bet has been a bestseller in re cpnt weeks overwhelming verdict at the outset unquestionably was against the presidential plan My notion is that this is because we still are a conservative country in principle to change We are not so conservative as we were but tradition counts yet It counts more in some spots than in others but apparently it counts considerably everywhere Opposed Vehemently Anyway theres nowher as in dicated by congressmens letters from home that supreme court ad ditiuns have popular support In most constituencies it is opposed vehemently This is not to say that a consti tutional amendment is not de manded It is But not the addi tions As spokesman for the American Federation of Labor William Green has expressed himself pro presidentially So has John L Lewis as head of his rival indus trial setup Their utterances have not made much difference if the home folks correspondence signifies Tabcr on Other Side U S LOANS AND GRANTS SOUGHT INHOUSINGPLAN Roper Comments on Labors Growing Use of Sit Down Strike WASHINGTON Two demo cratic leaders asked congress Wed nesday to set up a billion dollar low rent housing and slum clear ance program Introducing a bill to authorize federal loans and grants to local authorities to aid in housing fam ilies of small incomes Senator Wagner DN and Represent ative Steagall declared they bad the indorsement of many sectors of the federal govern The authors of the measure would create a new United States housing authority under which they said the president could gather the scattered organiza tions now empowered io engage in They believed the federal funds recommended would bring about of nonfederal loans They figured family dwel ling units requiring about each could be provided Comments on Strikes The growing use of sit down strikes as a weapon in labor con troversies won comment from Sec retary Roper Wednesday Any sit down strike that under Man Quizzed After 8th Torso Slaying takes to take over private prop he said is a serious and fundamental thing and in my opinion would not be long en dured by the Roper spoke at a press confer ence He stressed that the views he expressed were personal Secretary Roper also hinted the govarnment might produce its for use in building navy ships Asked whether tariffs might be lowered to permit imports for navy building he replied it would be more likely to look for governj ment production of Debate Trade Policy Republicans and democrats re newed in the senate Wednesday their campaign debate over recip rocal trade agreements Senator Harrison made light of Governor Landons campaign warning against compe tition from the babassu nut oil of Brazil Senator Vnndenberg replied that the state department has made it impossible to tax this oil from Brazil which presents a competitive danger to our home Many another campaign argu ment was heard again while the republicans sought to amend the proposal to extend the presidents power to negotiate trade pacts for another three years Democratic leaders declared the measure would pass unchanged Action on Court Blocked Objections by Senators King DUtah and McNary LOOK INSIDE FOR DR JAMES B CONANT 90th Anniversary of S U I Is Observed ON PAGE 2 Holy Family Winner in Champion Tussle ON PAGE 11 222 at Swea City Hit Iowa Retail Sales Tax ON PAGE 10 POLICE SEEK TO FIND TRAILS OF PLAN TO CALL EXTRA ELECTION To Fill Vacancy in State Senate Due to Death of Driscoll DES MOINES Nelson G Kraschel said Wednesday he will call a special election to fill the vacancy in the senate caused by the death of State Senator T F Driscoll democrat of Farming ton Tuesday night Senator Driscoll 40 one the youngest members of the senate died at Mercy hospital here from a heart attack suffered while he was recovering from influenza He was taken to the hospital Feb He was elected to the senate in could Lee county in 1934 defeating for mer Senator Joe Fraley republi Sex Maniac Is Blamed for Decapitation Murders in Cleveland CLEVELAND on an intensive search for the sex crazed maniac blamed for eight Cleveland torso slayings since September questioned a man Wednesday concerning the disappearance of twice married Mrs Anna Zibert After a search of missing per sons files police said she was one of two women most closely re sembling the latest nude torso severed with surgical skill was found late Tuesday on the Lake Erie shoreline in Cleve lands eastside No charges had been placed against the suspect who knew the woman well detectives said Missing Since Jan 15 The disappearance of Mrs Zi bert missing since Jan 15 was reported five days later by her father Thomas Latkovich Her physical description and the fact that she was listed as the mother of two children police said closely fitted the description giv en by Coroner Samuel Ger ber Detectives also sought to learn whether Miss Flavia Pillot 28 who came here from Canton Ohio last Friday to stay with her brother John couldbe the eighth victim of the mad next brother told detec ives after she was reprimanded i for coming to Cleveland unan1 nounced I Jn Water Short Time Police Lieut William Sargent said the latest torso apparently had not been in more than a day or two before it was discovered only a few miles from Not Identified as Carroll Slayers Witnessesto the dice same slaying of Earl Heider at Carroll failed to identify Paul Schroeder 31 left and his brother Everett 26 as the men who killed Heider The Schroeder brothers arrested after a gun battle with Oskaioosa police are shown in jail at Ot tumwa where they are charged with the robbery of a drug store Iowa Daily Press Photo where second lived One previous victim was found at almost the same spot Themu tilated bodies of five others were left in the desolate Kingsbury Run section several miles away The maniac blamed for the eight slayings can be charged only with violation of a health ordinance Detective Sergeant James Hogan declared Wednes day Even if the slayer Hogan asserted that wouldnt help us any Violation of a health ordinance is the only charge we SUIT AGAINST jlfllNf F EN1 er told detec T j M 3 s reprimanded j Judge U rants Motion Made by Peggy Garcias Attorney PICTURE ON PAGE 2 NEW YORK Gar cias breach of promise suit against Dave Rubinolf ended abruptly in supreme court Wed nesday when Justice Salvatore A Cottillo granted a motion to dis continue made by her counsel Bernard Sandier Sandlers decision to drop the action against the radio violinist occurred while Peggy was on the stand relating the details of her marriage in 1925 to Taylor Vance Justice Cottillo broke in and said There is no desire un my part to continue this trial and drag in dirt and have the names of inno cent persons dragged into it Why Mrs Zibert married a time four months ago can Fort Madison by 325 votes Fraley previously served in the legislature for 20 years He was the coauthor of a bill blocked action in the senate now pending in the legislature to nesday on legislation which would i raise state income tax exemptions permit supreme court justices to retire voluntarily at 70 with full pay The retirement bill which al has been passed by the house has been approved by President Roosevelt although it is not a part of his broader pro L J Taber master of the gram for putting new blood into lional Grange has proclaimed himself antipresidentially That has not seemed to make much dif ference either The rule has been from the first that lawmakers from work ing class bailiwicks have had a larger proportion of antipresiden tial mail than those from the rural sections Nor does it appear in cither case to be manufactured letters The overwhelming majority of these read as if they were composed by the very individuals who signed them Afraid to Come Out ths high tribunal The measure came up during consideration of bills en the cal endar requiring unanimous con sent for their approval Both King and McNary objected King has expressed opposition to the presi dents program Motion Not in Order A moment later Senator Mc Carran attempted to move to take up the bill but Mc Nary the republican leader con tended the motion was not in or der The Nevada senator is expect ed however to get the court bill who say their correspondence is at least 5050 propresidential The rest report an antipresidential trend of 1 to 10 or 20 or 100 anti Nevertheless plentyot lawmak ers from antipresidential realms are afraid to come out antipresi dentially They are fearful of a shift in popular feeling They are appre hensive of a landslide the other way if they commit themselves Thsy susptct in short that the president will prove as the situ ation develops itself to have been a craftier politician than they are ht will be in an ultimate majority lowan Hants Himself Simpson 35 Columbia Iowa few legislators i UP Thursday or the next day a senate civil liberties commit tee studied documents submitted by Robert Travis United Au tomobile Workers organizer To investigate his statements that General Motors have become more vicious toward union workers since the sitdown strike ended they adjourned hearings for a week While its foreign affairs com mittee called new witnesses in its hearings on neutrality legislation the house considered minor bills Child Suffers Burns MARSHALLTOWN IP Der rol Kaufmann 2 suffered severe burns when a sheet of his crib caught fire from an electric plate The plate had been placed near farmer took his life by hanging tne crib to boil water used in at his home treatment of the boys cold on incomes to for single persons and for heads of families Born afc Belfast Iowa Nov 18 1896 he attended grade and high school at Farmington was a farmer and stone quarry operator Surviving are his wife and six daughters Governor Krascbel said nomin ations to fill the unexpired term ending in 1938 will be made by both parties either at conven tions or by the party senatorial Thats a fine of and 30 days in the Although several of the pre vious seven were identified Ho gan said no friends or relatives could be found who could swear from the witness stand that the slain persons had once been liv ingbreathing human beings in good For this reason he said no murder charges could now be filed even if the surgically skilled maniac weer captured He gives one regularly ev ery four commented De tective Orley veteran of the police homicide squad Coroner Samuel R Gerber said the woman victim was between 25 and 35 years old offair com plexion and slight build weigh ing about 110 pounds and had been s twice mother 4 Seized in Raid Report 288 Scarlet Fever Cases in Iowa DES MOINES state department of health said Wed nesday there were 288 scarlet fever cases reported in Iowa for I raid by local room SPANISH SHELL HURTS BRITONS Bursts on Quarterdeckof British Warship During Valencia Battle LONDON admiralty announced Wednesday five mem bers of the crew of the British battleship Royal Oak including several ranking officers had been injured when a shell burst on the quarterdeck during the Spanish insurgent air bombardment of Valencia Tuesday The shell apparently came from a Spanish government antiair craft gun which was firing on the attacking planes The planes dropped incendiary bombs on the port section of Valencia with damage described in Spanish ad vices as Capt T B Drew three other officers and one seaman aboard ths Royal Oak were slightly hurt by shell splinters it was Later the battleship put out to sea It was the second such incident in the last two weeks On Feb 15 it was announced the British Hav ock and Gypsy had fired on a plane believed to have been an insurgent craft which tried to bomb them near Cape Tenez off the Algerian coast doesnt counsel make a motion to announced was discontinue In discontinuing the case Jus tice Cotillo said that the minutes of the testimony would be sent to the office of District Attorney Wil liam C Dodge for consideration Marriagre Law Direst Sandlers action followed a di gest by Justice Cotillo concerning marriage laws in the Vir ginia where Peggy admitted that she wed Guinn in the city of Salem The digest A marriage contracted by a fe male in the state of Virginia at the age of 12 years without the con sent of her parents even though there has been no cohabitation and even though after the marriage ceremony the parties separated is still only a voidable marriage and is binding and conclusive upon both parties unless set aside by a court of competent jurisdiction in an action where both parties to the contract are The discontinuance took place over the objections of Abraham Halprin Rubinoff s attorney who DES MOINES per that serious charges had To Hold Inquest OP The Black Hawk county coroner will hold an inquest into the death of Paul Klineof LaPorte City shot by the LaPorte city marshall Harry Kruse Saturday night sons were arrested and a quantity of liquor and drugs seized in a the week ending Feb 20 Forty two cases were in Polk county ing houses Those under arrest wereheld for investigation KGLO Helps Officers Capture Theft Suspect KGLO brings em back i so to speak with all due apologies to Frank A least this is the way Mr and Mrs R Z who reside miles west of Nora Springs feel about the Mason City station For Mr and Mrs Nicholes awoke Wednesday morning to find a corduroy coat a Waltham watch and two other watches and a Remington rifle And perhaps it should be men tioned the hired man was also missing Since the hired Haroldbecause of lheradio report Hart who had been working at the farm about two weeks was asleep when the family returned home Tuesday evening and was missing Wednesday morning the evidence was too conclusive for the Nicholes to pass up They immediately telephoned to the Mason City police the proper procedure in this kind ol a situation and the police put the information on the air over KGLO Within Sheriff F C Schwieger of Hampton reported that Hart taken into custody been made against his radio vio linist client by girl and he wanted an opportunity to prove they were not true Too Much In dismissing the jury which had listened to testimony for the last ten days the justice said that he Ihought he did the bestthing In the interest of1 justice andthat plenty of dirty testimony would have been brought out and the trial would have dragged on for two orthree Cornelius 67 year old WPA employe Peggys father tes tified that he could not exactly remember to a day when his daughter the eighth and last of his children by his first wife was born As near as he could recol after seeingthe record in the books of Dr M P Rucker of Bed ford City the obstetrician at Peggys birth the father said he thought Peggy was born in Bed ford City on Jahi 6 J 914 which would havemade years and The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy to cloudy Wednesday nijrltt and Thursday not much change In temperature MINNESOTA Cloudy and un settled Wednesday night and Thursday not much chance in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday 23 Above Minimum in Nijrht 4 Above At 8 A M Wednesday 8 Above Trace of Snow The mark of Tuesdays weather was the large amount of dust in the air andon the communitys snow blanket The snow was more gray than white as a matter of fact Whether it was Dakota Kan sas Oklahoma or Texas dust is a matter of controversy Cold Eases Iowa Flood Conditions DES MOINES cold weather continued to ease the flood situation Wednesday swirling waters of the Skunk river rolled through levea breaks over the Green Bay district south of Burlington Charles D Iowa meteo rologist said flood threats of the Des Moines river at Tracy and Ottumwa continued o diminish as the river dropped more than a foot at both points He also said biilow freezing temperatures in southeastern Iowa slowed down the runoff water feeding streams and rivers in that section Partly Cloudy Weather He forecast partly cloudy to cloudy weather for Wednesday night and Thursday without much change in temperatures As skies were cloudy throughout the state except in the extreme southern section were reported Wednesday by Charles City and Davenport The weatherman said the mini mum temperatures anticipated for Wednesday night were North west Iowa 10 degrees above northeast five above southwest 15 above and southeast 18 above Low temperatures reported early Wednesday included 4 de grees above at Mason City and Forest City and 6 above at Charles City while the highest reported in the last 24 hours was 36 degrees above at Council Bluffs Over Acres More than acres of bot tom land were inundated as the result of dike gaps on both the north and south sides of the river which empties into the Missis sippi through the broad fertile but often inundated Green Bay bottoms flood plain Flood waters also rose out of the Mississippi at Davenport and out of the Cedar river near Mus catine At Davenport police took to boats to rescue Charles Har vey 64 Merle Walker 64 and Mrs Elizabeth Minder 72 from their Mississippi water encircled homes in west Davenport Thir teen families were forced out of their homes Meanwhile North Iowa reported its first dust storm of the year which swept over the area from South Dakota as far east as Charles City and as far south as the white snow blanket a dirty yellow Still Battle Drifts In northeast Iowa jnow crews still battled drifts piled up by the weekend storm Virtually all main highways were open for at least one way traffic but many country roads still remained to be cleared for traffic In the Green Bay district near ly a score of farm homes ware surrounded by water and several of them were flooded The Green Bay school was closed The flood swept into the area so quickly I through the broken levees that several farmers were unable to drive their livestock to higher ground or move out their families before escape was cut off Rescue workers stood by ready with boats to bring marooned the water should rise much higher Plant Shut Down Across the Mississippi from Davenport the Rock Island river forced a shutdown of the Sears power plant and flooded several families from their homes in South Moline 111 Muscatine county engineers useddynamite to ease the pres sure of ice gorges in the Cedar river which threatened to dam age several bridges Several thou sand acres were flooded by the Cedar but no serious damage was reported The Rock Island railroad suspended service on its branch line between Muscatine and Nich ols 22 miles west The Des Moines river crept back to its channel Wednesday the freezing weather robbing of flood water Workers continued trying to dynamite gorges at Eddyville which remained a threat in case of high water again HOUSE REJECTS EFFORTS TO CUT RELIEF AMOUNT Brown Defeated in Fight to Set Aside Funds for Other Purposes DES MOINES Iowa house stubbornly resisted Wednes day attempts to the estima ted annual allocation for reduction of property taxes of farm and city owners pro vided in the homestead tax relief bill Representative Ed Brown R of Des Moines fought a lone battle to take from the fund appropria tions for other purposes but the sentiment of the chamber became apparent when his first proposal take out yearly for aid to dependent and crippled defeated 9 to 93 Time and again he took the floor to defend his position demanding Why deprive the tenants of Iowa of any benefits under this act Why take money from all the peo ple of the who pay sales and income hand it over exclusively to home own ers Assailed by Sours Four members of iis own party assailed him during debate Repre sentative Roy J SCvirs R of Charles City charging that he would take from the homstead fund with the amend ments he has on When Browns second proposal came to a vote only a lew scat tered voices supported him the house turning down an amend ment which would have di verted dollar a year to a state office bulding fund Other republicans who joined the attack on Browns amend ments were of terset Leonard Moore of Bedford and Dewey Goode of Bloomfisld At one point Goode shouted Every time you take a penny from this fund you help the big corporations youre He MeetsOpposition Later Brown replied I want to inform the gentlemaithat I do not represent a single corporation in the and then reaffirmed a statement that when the bill itself comes up for debate Ill vote for Brown met stony opposition a third time when the house voted down 13 to 85 his proposal that five million dollars yearly be tak en from the homestead fund for state aid to public schools Before the voe was taken Goode declared If youll give your assurance thst the sales tax will be repealed Ill vote against the homestead Major Revenue Source The sales tax provides the ma jor source of revenue for the three point tax fund which the bill would use to allot year ly for old age pension payments yearly for elief and the estimated for homestead tax reduction A fourth defeat came when the chamber voted down 42 to 55 Browns amendment to exempt bread and milk from the sales tax The vote came after he asked Why tax those on relief to pay those on relict The Isst amendment offered by the Polk county representative met with less disfavor on the floor but was withdrawn by the maker ft be inserted in another sales tax bill Some Make Money It would the turn all sales tax money col two months old at the time of her alleged first marriage Defense counsel had contended that Peggy was married when she charged Rubinoff promised to mar ry Rubinoif and his three brothers j left the court room smiling at abrupt ending DR TOWNSEND FOUND GUILTY BULLETIN WASHINGTON jury convicted E send Wednesday of contempt of the house of for walklnr out of a committeeV hearinglut May u Jected under the assumption as stated by Brown that certain people are making money on the He found support where prev iously hewas vigorously opposed Representative Robert D Blue R of Eagle Grove charged that one clasr of business is now making as itiuch as SO per cent sales while Repre senitive Goode said he was in sympathy with the plan but that the provisions should be inserted elsewhere Representative Gustave Alesch of Maicus and Representa tive O E Johnson CD of Kana wha urged adoption of the pro posal Paid His Rent A grocer I tallied with about the sales Alesch said told me candidly he made enough from it to pay his Johnson told of a certain chain restaurant in Des Moines Vhich admitted it made as much as a day on the tax They are for u and hope it wont be Another corrective change by Representative LeRoy S Mercer D of Iowa City for the benefit of the city of Davenport wasun der discussion when a noon recess was taken This amendment would merely take care of the difference between the city andcounty ;