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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1935, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME LON I ME U S NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLI FIVE CENTS A COPT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED W1RH BEKVJCI MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY FEBRUARY 25 1935 SECTION ONE NO 116 SNOW BLOCKS NORTH IOWA HIGHWAYS Busy Behind the Scenes One House Not Idle While Other Holds Spotlight Chose Death to Meet Men They Loved By HERBERT PLUMMEB ASHINGTON Feb 25 The opposite sides of the capi tol offered a striking study in contrasts with the senate up to its neck with the presidents work relief plan and the house dron ing along in an effort to kill time Its been that way or vice versa throughout the session When the house has been plunging along at break neck speed sen ate leaders have been forced to ad journ because there was nothing to do But while apparently little has been happening on the floor of each house at such times actually be hindthescenes on both sides of the capitol there has been activity of tremendous importance One has only to make the rounds of commit tee rooms during lulls to realize this fact Both senate and house only now are beginning to move into high gear The administrations social se curity bill will be waiting on the doorsteps when workrelief is out of K the way K TheVprderof the day from now on P bVactknr it Shadows iSTb two men in Washington were more relieved when the last word of the gold case decisions finally was read than a comparative youngster who serves as clerk of the supreme court and a veteran printer who set up the momentous rulings in type Charles Elmore Cropley the youngest man ever to serve as clerk of the nations highest tribunal con fessed it was the most trying ordeal he ever had experienced I knew just enough about what was going on confessed Cropley to be almost afraid to open my mouth to any one I even was fear ful at times I might say something in my sleep It was terrible Cropley was liaison man between the court and the press during the trying dayswhen the whole world expectantly awaited the decisions As for Jim Bright the printer he had hallucinations at times that he was being followed to his home by someone seeking advance informa tion As a matter of fact he did ac cost one individual who lives in his neighborhood and accuse him of shadowinghim Courtrooms Last Drama Incidentally the gold decisions probably will be the last drama of such historic importance ever to be enacted again in that dimlylighted and austere court chamber The scene of many another toric event in the past the chamber shortly is to be vacated by the court for its new quarters across capitol hill and according to present plans will be converted into merely an other show place for tourists to gaze upon during their excursions through the capitol Formerly the chamber of the United States senate the debates leading up to the Mexican and Civij wars boomed through its stillness TEXAS OUTLAW SEIZES 3 FARM BOYS IN FLIGHT Ray Hamilton Escapes Police Ambush Takes Along Hostages MCKINNEY Texas Feb 25 JF Raymond Hamilton elusive des perado who narrowly escaped death n a police ambush near here last night was reported fleeing west to day with three abducted farm boys after spending part of the night at a farmhouse three miles west of ielina The three captives were said by officers to be J C Loftice 16 Bus ter Mayes and J C Harlow Hamiltons companion in Sun days gunfight still with him today was not definitely identified but police said they thought he was a West Dallas hoodlum Wounded in Jaw Hamilton was reported wounded in the jaw in the barrage laid down by ambushing officers Sunday Search through the night for the killer who fled the Texas prison deathhouse last summer and a month ago escaped another trap in Dallas was unavailing Today offi cers learned that after abandoning the bullet riddled car near Weston Hamilton and his companion had held up Loftice and driven away in his roadster to the farm of Bill Mayesihree miles west of Cellna TheWeather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Mon day night and Tuesday slightly colder in north central and ex treme east portions Monday night not so cold Tuesday and in extreme northwest portion late Monday night MINNESOTA Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday slowly rising temperature Tues day and in west portion Mon day night IN MASON CITY Weather figures for 24 hour per lod ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum 24 Minimum in Night 4 At 8 A M 5 Snowfall 4 Inches Figures for 24 hours ending at 8 oclock Sunday morning Maxium Saturday 42 Minimum in Night 24 At 8 A M Sunday 34 Kinney Take Farmers Son At dawn they left taking with them Mayes son of the farmer Harlow and Loftice The district attorneys office here was advised Hamilton and his com panion were armed with two auto matic rifles and two pistols The automatic rifles were stolen about a week ago from the Beaumont na tional guard armory HELL WEEKDUE FOR OVERHAULING University Officials Demand Change in PreInitiation Fraternity Hazing IOWA CITY Feb 25 lations governing fraternity proba tion or hell week at the Univer sity of Iowa are due for an over hauling this week because univer sity officials are demanding the change it was evident today Members of 17 social fraternities expressed themselves as favoring fraternity hell week as it is now carried on Questionnaires answered by 165 fraternity members showed 104 were in favor of continuing under the present probation system Only 26 were opposed to the system as it is now carried out and of these 21 favored abolishing it altogether Must Change Tactics It was conceded however the university would require fraterni ties to change their preinitiation tactics and probably would abolish probation for pledges entirely as the result of a complaint of a moth er of a fraternity pledge to Presi dent Eugene A GUmore last week In a letter to President GUmore the mother charged her son and other pledges of a fraternity were abused Her letter stated their backs were a solid mass of black and blue blisters from beating that their eyes were sunken and bloodshot and that they were forced to wear gunny sack suits over their wounds The mother who is the wife of a university faculty member chargec further that at the same time the boys were forced to take enormous doses of castor oil and some emet ic Unfair and Unjust Sme twothirds of the fraternity men who answered the question naires however declared that the letter was unfair and unjust Fifty of the fraternity men ad mitted that the statements might be true as applied to one fraternity but the situation described was not common A freshman who had just con cluded his period of probation ob served that one side of Hell Week Tnm to rage 3 Column 6 2 GirlsLeap From Plane Held Suicide Coroners Jury Hears Two Letters Left for Father By GAYLE TALBOT ROMFORD Eng Feb 25 Ilizabeth and Jane Du Bois who jlunged from an airplane to death ast week visualized their suicides as a pretty straight corridor to he dead men they loved A coroners jury today returned a joint verdict of suicide while of unsound minds after it had heard contents of two letters which the girls had intended only for their father Coert Du Bois United States consul general in Naples and their mother The father tightlipped and white knuckled attended the inquest The mother stayed alone at a hotel still unaware of the complete details of her daughters plunge from a com mercial transport ship Tell of Their Grief In their letters the two beautiful American girls told of their grief for the deaths of Flying Officer John A C Forbes and Flight Lieut Henry L Beatty who were killed at Messina Sicily two weeks ago when their royal air force flying boat Ace of Diamonds crashed into a hillside One of the notes said that Flying Officer Forbes engaged to another girl was going to break off his en gagement inorder to marry Jane The read publicly over the Gowen United States consul Gowen argued the letters should be submitted to the jury privately as Coert Du Bois father of the two young women had hoped that their contents might not be made public The father Gowen said wished later to read the communications quietly to his wife Alternate Paragraphs Each girl had written alternate paragraphs in the letters one of which was addressed to the father and the other to the mother The letter to Du Bois beginning Darling Coert read We never explained things to you aa we should Theres been so much doubt and worry Youve been kind to us and forgiven us and youll forgive us this as you must feel a little of what we did when we heard of the flyingboat crack ing up Do you remember Charles fly ing officer John A C Forbes one of the two aviators killed in a crash at Messina telling about the corri dors The one before us seems pretty straight Charles was en gaged to another girl and he was going to break it off and we would have been married this summer probably Never Anyone Else There never will be anyone else for me We heard of his death in Paris on Monday We came on to London the next morning and came to the Ritz We did not want to see any one Comfort mother with all your strength I think she will feel as ve do Luck is with you now Betty and Jane The second letter read Mother Darling Do not doubt that we are with you now and always and with great love Please do not think that we have done anything wicked for we were given proof that if there is a rule an exception has been made for us Pray for Two Men We went to St Martinsinthe Field a church at the corner of Trafalgar Square because they were to pray for Charles and Dick during the service They knew we had not been confirmed but they let us take communion and be ab solved from our sins The lesson was the parable o the laborers In uie vineyard Yot must have known when you hearc that the crash in Sicily would pul us over a line which has never been wellenough defined for us I think you knew that Charles and I were going to spend our lives Torn to Page Column 1 Air Suicides in Recent Photos Dies of Crushed Skull After Auto Accident DES MOINES Feb 25 Gunder Rullestad 31 of Huxley died here of a crushed skull suf fered when the car he was driving crashed into a telephone pole Two companions a brother James anc Elmer R Erickson escaped injury SAYS DEMOCRAT CHIEFS SEEK TO DECEIVE PUBLIC Senator Hastings Denies Prevailing Wage Cost Much Greater JANE DU BOIS ELIZABETH DU BOIS Kecent photographs of Jane and Elizabeth Du Bois show the sisters who leaped from an airplane In England in what was believed a suicide pact resulting from grief over the deaths of two British airmen They were daughters of Coert Du Bois United States consul at Naples Italy Father and mother are grief stricken 2 MISSIONARIES REPORTED SLAIN Australian and Wife in China Kidnaped andJMurdered SIAN SHENSI China Feb 25 UP Unconfirmed reports received by the local office of the China in land mission today said two mis sionaries the Rev and Mrs S C Frenchman stationed at Ningiang in southwest Shensi province had been kidnaped and murdered Mr Frenchman is an Australian from Melbourne and his wife a for mer resident of London Both are less than 30 years old They have been married not quite a year Concern was felt in view of the reports for the safety of two Amer ican women missionaries stationed at Fenghsien in West Shensi The Americans Miss R V Thompson of Nevada Iowa and Miss Mary Aritbery of Chicago were reported to be missing They evacuated Fenghsien Feb 18 and have not since been heard form Within the past few days 25 American English Australian and Canadian missionaries have been evacuating western and southern Shensi under harrowing conditions as the result of heavy snowfall and bitter temperatures The where abouts of a majority of them in cluding women and children is not known Iowa Woman Writes Home NEVADA Feb 25 Parents of Miss Ruby V Thompson mis sionary now feared lost in China last heard from their daughter about three weeks ago they said today The parents Mr and Mrs T O Thompson said their daughter in her last letter to be received re ported she and a companion Miss Mary Aritbery of Chicago had been advised to leave their station at Fengshi in West Shensi Miss Thompson 42 has been with the Inland China Mission board for about 16 years She attended school here and for several years taught in Story county schools 4 THOUGHT DEAD IN BLAST ON SHIP Many Others Injured When Case of Explosives Blows Up TUNIS Tunisia Feb 25 Four men were believed dead and many others injured when a case of explosives blew up today in the hold of the French government S S Gouverneur General Jonnart as it was unloading at its pier FIRE DESTROYS 6 CARS OF TRAIN Blaze Resulting in Total Los of Contents Starts in Car oT OTTUMWA Feb 25 UPl Six ears of a 77 ear eastbound Milwau kee freight train were destroyed by a fire which followed a derailmen of the six near Gault Mo 95 mile southwest of here on the main line of the Kansas City division it wa reported here today The blaze which resulted in the total loss of the contents of the six cars was caused by the ignition o a car of gasoline Intense hea made useless theef forts of the Ot tumwa crew to extinguish the fire and prevented efforts to clear the tracks until early hours this morn ing It was believed that the line would again be passable by noon Officials of the Milwaukee saic that the cause of the derailment had not been fully determined It was believed meantime main line pas senger trains and others were being detoured over the Rock Island be tween Seymour Iowa and Polo Mo Two Persons Killed andFive Injured in Earthquakes in Crete LONDON Feb 25 per sons were killed and five injured as a result of earthquakes early to day in outlying districts of Candia and Crete There was also considerable prop erty damage according to reports from Athens Strong earth shocks were report ed from a wide area in the region of the Mediterranean sea and the sea of Marmora Clinton Man Hurt in Resisting Officer Is Moved to Iowa City CLINTON Feb 25 G Hickenbottom 37 relief client wa moved Monday to Iowa City fo treatment for a broken jaw suffere when he attempted to resist arres after a complaint from his family that he was intoxicated Police sail he sought to defy them with i hammer WASHINGTON Feb 25 Senator Hastings RDel assert ed in the senate today democratic eaders were trying to deceive the public with claims the prevailing wage amendment would add great y to the cost of the relief program now sidetracked in committee Replying to a statement issued Saturday by Senator Robinson the majority chieftain Hastings took exception to his contention the amendment would necessitate rais ng the appropriation to 000 and added No Such Authorisation I contend no such authorization s needed and I want to protest all effort to deceive the public which is now supposed to so express itself as to cause senators to change their minds First returns from the country as assembled in senatorial mail bags were represented as abou evenly divided on the prevailing wage issue which has deadlockei the administrations work relief bill So far most found the country attitudehad not been reflected a greatly increased mail F K Watches Crisis With President Roosevelt watch ing the crisis in the legislative sit nation from his home at Hyd Park democratic leaders insistei retention of the prevailing wagi would be too heavy a drain on the treasury and make impossible th substitution of work relief for thi dole for 3500000 distress roll em ployables Chairman Glass D Va of th appropriations committee mean while had made no definite ar rangements to call his group to gether to report out a separate di rect relief measure A meeting wa expected later in the week how ever after more time had been giv en for public reaction to set in Bear Out Prediction Bearing out the prediction o some leaders that state governor and mayors would come to the ai of the presidents public works pro gram Paul V Betters director the United States conference of mayors issued a statement sayin if the action of the senate mean the killing of the works program it means the sen tencing of 3500000 American citi zens who want work instead of free groceries to a term of involun tary idleness A resolution proposing an inves tigation of farm income and agri cultural conditions generally was approved by the senate and sent t the house Introduced by Senator Wheele D the resolution wouli authorize an appropriation of 5150 000 for the inquiry Inquire Into Decline The trade commission would b directed to inquire into the declin in farm income during recent years the comparative income of agricu tural processors the proportion c total consumer cost received by th farmer the financial position an organization of processing com panies the extent of monopoly i the processing industry the effec of cooperative agencies in process ing and marketing The resolution declared farm in come had decreased while the earn ing and profits of processing com panies had increased or decreased to a smaller degree and cited charges Tiim lo raitr 3 Column fl Struggle to Reach Harbor After Storm Eight Ships Crippled by Gales Two Lives Lost at Sea By The ASSOCIATED TRESS Eight crippled vessels struggled o reach port Monday in the wake of howling gales which swept the vtorth Atlantic and Bay of Biscay off the French coast Two persons lost their lives at sea in the storms Ten were kill ed ashore in France as the violent winds whistled in from the ocean causing widespread damage Many were injured and damage resulted estimated to total several million francs The 2993 ton Greek steamer Eftichia Vergottis sent out a wire ess appeal for assistance saying ler steering apparatus was dis abled The vessel gave her posi Uon as about 46 north latitude 8 west longitude in the Bay of Bis cay Battered by Seas In the same area the Italian steamer Caterina Madre terrifical ly battered by mountainous seas as she wallowed helpless from loss of her propeller broadcast an SOS This afternoon will be too late said the message picked up by Lloyds in London at a m p m Sunday BST The same vessel encountered dif ficulties last Friday and a tug was sent to its assistance Another Italian steamer the Speitro reported she was in dis tress in the Mediterranean sea Her SOS was picked up by the Casa blanca radio station In Trouble Again The Ottioge a British vessel was in trouble for the second time three Her message Lloyds said she had broken from her tow Ifne andwas in urgent neei of aid from a ship to pump oil to the windward and quiet the seas crashing against her superstruc ture The Ottinge lost her rudder off Lands End Friday night The United States Shipping board freighter Oakman reported she lost her rudder 700 miles north of the Azores but was in no im mediate danger The S S New port News was standing by Add Their Messages The Greek steamer Delphoi the Swedish steamer Delphinus and the British freighter Hillcroft added their messages to the steady stream of distress signals which flashed over the stormlashed seas Some confusion existed over the names Delphoi and Delphinus am it was considered possible thej may designate the same vessel DEATHS BROUGHT BY BAD WEATHER Blizzards Dust Storms am Tornadoes Rip Through Middlewest TRAINS UNABLE TOGETTHROUGH AT TWO POINTS Entire State Blanketed Charles City Has 9 Inch Fall A wind of near blizzard propor ions swept over North Iowa and louthern Minnesota leaving blocked roads Monday and piling up of drifts several feet in depth Trains were unable to get through at two points The entire state was blanketed The heaviest snowfall was reported at Charles city with 9 inches In all of North Iowa snowplows were called out but found that soon after had been cleared they quickly illed up again Most main high ways were made passable however Where the nearblizzard was strongest the snow piled into drifts six and seven feet deep along the highways Some roads were blocked and the state highway commission at some points warned against at lempting automobile travel Conditions Generally Fair Additional snow was falling early oday in several areas in eastern Iowa as the center of the storm moved in that direction but the bit ng wind had died and generally fair conditions prevailed Highway commission snowplows moved out of Mason City in all four directions Monday morning to battle drifted highways While the snowfall in the Mason City vicinity was estimated at 4 or 5 inches reports of 12 inches of snow in Allamakee and Winneshiek counties caused the local mainten ace departmentto send the large rotary snpwplpw eastward The east and west highways were in the worst condition many of them being blocked and early Mon day drifted in again soon after the plows passed through By noon however most of the main high ways out of the city were deemed passable The temperature in Mason City sank to 4 degrees above zero during the night and was slowly rising Monday morning At Forest City the temperature went to 2 degrees above zero with the heavy drifts seriously impeding train service M and St L trains one from the north and the other from the south due Sunday night had not yet arrived Monday About 7 inches of snow had fallen drift ing is inches deep in town and as much as four feet on some rural roads Stalled Near Nashua Four persons spent the night in stalled cars near Nashua William Backwith proprietor of the Charles City bottling works his wife and daughter Betty 8 were in a car stalled on highway 218 and Dale Parrish teacher of Ionia com ing from the opposite direction stalled his car at the same time A Turn to 3 Column 2 The Gouverneur General Jonnart ip a French government steamer at tached to the ministry of marine and is of 4513 tons gross register and was built in 1922 at Brest France Johnston to Visit A broad to Boom American Trade WASHINGTON Feb 25 car Johnston Mississippi cotton planter will sail Wednesday night for Europe to talk with trade ex perts of several countries about buying more American farm pro ducts especially cotton Johnston is one of the New Deals most ardent internationalists Experienced in the law and bank ing as well as cotton growing he was made director of finance for the agriculture administration ta May 1933 Ever since then he has contended that restoration of world trade is essential to permanent re covery for the American farmer Johnston said today that his efforts abroad would be directed at restoring normal world trade in this countrys farm products Prospects for an international cotton agree ment with India Egypt Brazil and Argentina will be discussed The United States at present has a cot ton surplus of 3500000 bales KANSAS CITY Feb 25 UP Blizzards tornadoes and dust strange weather mix their passage with death in the midwest today Four persons were killed am more than 130 injured by storm which struck between the Mississip pi and the Rockies Tornadoes ripped over a narrow triangular course from Wichita Kans to Commerce Okla an Joplin Mo last night leaving clam age estimated unofficially at mor than 5200000 Mrs Ellen Teague 69 was kille in a tornado which swept the min ing communities of Commerce an Douthat Okla Dies in Accident Ruby Reiff 16 Ordwar Colo died with the overturning of he motorcar in a highway sand drift Two women were killed in Chi cago traffic accidents attributed to a wet blinding snow Dust snow sleet and rain storms presented a baffling hodgepodge over western Kansas Eastern Colo rado and the Panhandle country as a norther pushed rapidly toward the Texas Gulf coast Delayed by Dust Trains buses and motorcars were delayed by the heavy veil of dust Planes were grounded Tem for a week in much of the toward zero Forecasters predicted one of the worst snowstorms of the winter for northern and centra Illinois High way maintenance crews worked throughout the night in Iowa fight ing steadily growing drifts Coloj rado Wyoming and southcentral sections of Nebraska reported bc twen six and eifrht inches of snow Foot Troubles Avoided Everybody ui or should be inter ested in proper care of the feet for this is a matter of prime import ance to health and comfort It is equally true most of the foot ills from which so many people and practically every one has foot trouble of one kind or another at some time in his be eas ily avoided by preventive measures every one should know This book let Care of the Feet tells you all about them Feet are the most neglected and most abused parts of the human body and it seems very difficult to impress this on the average man or woman The feet actually are the foundation of the human structure and when anything goes wrong with them there s real trouble in store This booklet is obtainable only through our Washington Informa tion Burean Send 10 cents in coin to cover cost handling and postage Use coupon The Mason City GlobeGazette Information Bureau Frederic J 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