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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 15, 1931, Mason City, Iowa H I S i F S MEM ART OF I QWA MO I N ES I A North Iowas DAILY Edited for the Home VOL XXXVII THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAHES ALL NORTH IOWANS NBiaHBOKS HOME EDITION CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JAN 15 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO 85 When Dole Is Not Dole WKen Red Cross Is Donor3 Thinks Hyde By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON Jan 15 CPA is a dole not a dole Why when it is doled out by the Red Cross of course Thats Secre tary of Agricul ture Hydes ans wer to the puzzle anyway He has ex plained it in de tail to congres sional investiga tors oj t h e drought stricken farmers straits If the federal government h e says hands out money to feed a hungry farmer and his family thats a dole and its tendency is to pauperize its recipients If the Red Cross hands it put it pauper izes no one and is quite all right Some of the congressional inves tigators said they saw tha point some not OECRETARY HYDE draws a sharp J distinction between doles to feed farmejrs and their families atld money furnished by the federal gov ernment to enable the farmers to buy seed for next falls crops and to feed their livestock But if a farm er uses any of his seed and live Tiim to Fago 6 Column WATERWAY MEN END CONFERENCE Urge Congress to Spend FloodControl 11 Money Now 7 ing jnwations Codify plansof army engineers to the Mississippi river the Tsecond Chicago watel way and flood jcontrol conferende finished its busi ness today Eight resolutions drawn by a committee headed by James M Thomson New Orleans publisher were passed Thay included a state ment that three years after pas sage by congress of the flood con trol act the pfoject is not only un completed but is said to be un suited to the purpose and the dan ger to life andproperty still Im Complaint was made against dilatory tactics and the spending of for a spillway at Bonnet Carre near New Orleans wbich the resolution said is madb useless by the governments to remove three railroad embankments and two main line highways across the spillway ob structing the expected flow of wa ter Hammill Will Remain in Iowa Expects to Live in Des Moines DES MOINES Jan 15 Hon John Hammill whose six years as governor of Iowa ended today has announced he will remain in Iowa and probably will live in Des Moines Governor Hammill and Mrs Ham mill plan to visit Britt their home he said to look after business and farming interests The retiring gov iernor said he was considering sev eral propositions to enter business AUNT MET By Robert Quillen I try to act right in pub lic but when a waiter pushes a chair under me I just cant set down without Iqokin back to make sure Ill hit it J CLEAR LAKE FARMER KILLED New York Liquor Ring Does Mail Order Business DURANCHARLES CITY DIES FROM GASOLINE BURNS Workmen Are Forced to Catch Man to Put Out Fire pHARLES CITY Jan suffered when his clothing caught fire while spraying gasoline at the HartParr factory resulted in the death of John Duran at 1 oclock this afternoon In the Cedar Valley hospital When Mrl Durans clothing burned he ran about the building in which he was working and other employes were forced to catch him in order to extinguish the flames Funeral arrangements have not been made Mr Duran who had worked at the factory for about two years came here from a farm He is survived by his widow and a son Shirley 13 The accident occurred late Tues day afternoon Mr Duran suffered burns on his head body and back burns were deep and his phy siciana stated his condition was critical from the first He was con scious until oclock this morn ing Markets at a Hffd s Glance NEW YORK leaders fall 2 to 7 points rails fractionally higher utilities lead de cline Foreign French franc drops to lowest point in nearly a year trade support liberal spot offer ings trade selling CHICAGO bearish Kansas and Oklahoma reports larger Nebraska of ferings favorable weather to strong to lower GALLAGHER HAS DISPUTED SEAT lowan Who Promised Not to File Expense Account State Solon DES MOINES Jan 15 P Gallagher democrat today was per manently seated as state represim tative from Iowa county His seat had been contested by L W Hatter republican who claimed that Galla gher had bribed the voters by refus ing to accept any expense money The motion to seat Gallagher was made by Representative Simmer Wapello republican who headed the contest committee which made a unanimous report The report was adopted unanimously Hatter claimed that Gallagher had violated an old Iowa supreme court decision by which a county of ficer had been deprived of his office because he had said during the campaign that he would accept no fees Gallagher told voters that he neither would accept any expense money but would support a bill to repeal the act providing for this ex penditure Wins by 11 Votes Gallagher won by 11 votes over Hatter who was a member of the 1929 session The committee held that a repiev aentative is not required to file an expense account and that not being compelled to file an expense ac count a promise that he would not file an expense account would nnf be offeringthe voters of his county anything of value as set out in the law constituting1 one of the ground0 of election contests Activity in the senate this morn ing was confined to the introduc tion of three bills Doran of Boon presented two one to take the en forcement of the noxious weed law Turn to ruse 3 Column AS 75000 RETURNED TO WORK Better times in the industry are assured as workers in Jletroit plants are called fxinlt to their jobs This photo was snapped as 7iinnft men returned to work at the Kivcr Kougo plant of the Ford Mo tor company and shows the first shift goinjj to work before daylight Stairways to tho factory were crowded for the first time in months us tha plant resumed production NORTHERN IOWA CahiH Laird and Members Plead to Committee By RADFOKD E IMOBLEY Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON Jan 15 Need for a veterans hos pital to be located somewhere in northern or central Iowa were pointed out here today in a hearing before the house veterans hospital subcommittee by Maurice Cahill Cedar Rapids state Legion com mander and R J Laird Des Moines department adjutant The lowans were backed by a solid delegation from the state in cluding Senators Brookhart and Stock and Representative Campbell eleventh district who is the author of a pending bill authorizing 000 for a new hospital Cahill and Laird urged the com mittee to recommend new facilities for Iowa at the earliest possible op portunity pointing out unusual needs at present They testified there is an average waiting list of 174 World war veterans within the state Cannot Take Overflow Cahill said state hospitals were incapable at present of taking care of the overflow Other spokesmen for the delega tion included Senator Brookhart and Tnrnlo roue B Column CLARA SOBS ON WITNESS STAND Flapper Heroine Testifies de Boe Was My Best Friend LOS ANGELES Jan 15 Clara Bow the target of recrimi nations clung today to her role as a prosecution witness in the trial of her former Daisy de Boe on charges of grand theft Alternatively sobbing and stamp ing a foot while testifying the red headed actress yesterday sought to show Miss de Boe stole 516000 of her money and attempted to obtain from her in an extortion scheme The flapper heroine of motion pic tures seemed on the verge of hysteria under searching question ing of Miss de Boes counsel Nathan Freedman Cant Help Cryinfr She was my best friend sobbed the actressafter an indignant out burst She was my best friend in the world Im sorry to be crying but I cant help it Then she daubed at her nose with a powder puff Miss Bow had been recalled to the stand to testify concerning an alleged attempt by Miss de Boe to fTiirn lo Pago 5 Column WIFE ACCUSES RIM Deathbed Statement May Be Basis of Charges of Murder ELLIOTT Jan IS deathbed statement of Mrs Arthur Benshoff was seen today as the pos sible basis for murder charges against her husband Until five years ago the Benshoffs parents of 11 children lived here Benshoffs father Paul Benshoff resides here i Officers in Torrington Wyo pres ent residence of the family said Mrs Benshoff on her deathbed charged her husband threw gaso line on her clothes and then set firo to them The man denied the charge say ing that he was cleaning clothes and that some gasoline splashed on his wifes dress Believingit was water he said she went to the stove to dry the garment and the fumes were ignited 2 Men Held at Cedar Rapids Are Released CEDAR RAPIDS Jan 15 Perry A Keister and Joe Catan zaro arrested in connection with the attempted burglary Monday night of the home of Justice John M Grimm of the stata supreme court have been released The two denied participation inthe affair THURSDAY IN SENATE Plans to debate 530000000 ship modernization bill Public lands committee takes up resolution to inquire into oil shale charges Commerce committee resumes hearings on unified board patrol Wednesday Review Approved drought re lief bill without additional 515 000000 for food loans Senator Walsh democrat Mon tana announced plan to seek recon sideration of vote by foreign rela tions committee postponing world court HOUSE Continues debate on war depart ment supply bill Judiciary committee considers several measures Wednesday Review Debated war department appro priation Passed bill to authorize 000 for extension of national parks road system Naval committee approved 574 030000 for new construction Judiciary committee heard wit nesses on measure to excludu aliens from census count for rcapportion mnntn TURNER FAVORS STATE CONTROL OVER UTILITIES New Governor Repeats Stand for Income Tax in Iowa DES MOINES Jan 15 ulation and municipal owner ship of public utilities as a part of his tax revision program were recommended today by Gov Dan W Turner in his inaugural address The new chief executive reiter ated his stand for a personal and corporation state income tax to re duce the general property levy de claring it must be a replacement tax He also advocated a program of economy in government In order that the peoples inter ests may best be served the gover nor said public utilities including transmission lines and telephone and telegraph company must be supervised by the stateHe pointed out that Iowa is one of the few states not regulating such corpora tions Rates Variable In this state rates vary in the different communities determined bycontracts made with the munici palities he said On account of tHe utilities elaborate and intricate financial setup and their involved itis obviously impossible under our present ays tern to obtain fair and uniform rates A survey and study of the various rates in force in the munici palities of the state discloses the fact that there is no relation be tween the cost of production plus a reasonable profit and the rate charged This is grossly unfair Public utilities are rapidly ex tending their services to the coun tryside and our rural population is required to pay for such service the price asked by the utility which Is serving them x x x We must see to it that the public is guaranteed a fair and reasonable rate for the services rendered law Is Needed This question ought to be given serious consideration at this session and a law enacted which shall pro vide for state regulation of all pub lic utility companies so that the public shall be guaranteed just Ttim to Page 11 Column 1 Prophet Is Honored in Home Town Financial Genius Gets Big Profits for Investors BELVIDERE III Jan 15 Albert W Benham is a financial prophet honored in his own home town reputedly paying Interest rates of 20 to 50 per cent on the life savings of neighbors who knew him as an obscure clerk during most of his 45 years Every Monday they gather In Benhams office located in a small garage on the main street of this community of 8000 to give him their wages and savings receive his shorttime judgment notes as se curity or collect their interest at double or triple the usual rates Benhams business which he des cribes as bargains began two years ago among fellow workers in a factory here and has extended to Rockford Elgin Joliet Kankakee Chicago and other nearby cities The first complaint he said was from local bankers who said his high fi nancing had caused withdrawals of 5310000 from Bclvidere banks Omar H Wright president of the Second National bank here former president of the Illinois Bankers as sociation and director of state fi nances asked an investigation of Benhams affairs States Attorney A J Strom of Boone county interviewed Benham and then said the grand jury would look into his affairs Jan 26 he added that the states attorney of WinnCbngo county would bring tlie Blackhawk Finance company re cently organized by Benham in nearby Rockford before the county jury there today NEW GOVERNOR DAN TURNER Congress Is Still Torn Over Food Loans s Issue WASHINGTONJan 15 drought relief appropriation bill was speeded toward the white house today leaving congress still torn with dissension over its principal is sue government loans for food Speaker Longworth signed the measure which appropriates 000000 or loans to farmers of the drought area Vice President Cur tiss signature was a formality pre paratory to sending the bill to President Hoover Meanwhile Senator Robinson of Arkansas the democratic leader prepared an amendment to the in terior department appropriation bill to provide for the dispensa tion of relief thru the Red Cross He was confident of enough votes for approval Frazier Is Lengthy Senator Frazier North Dakota an independent republican had the senates attention with a lengthy speech oposing the appropriation of for the modernization of three battleships The house wag at work on the an nual appropriation bill for the war department now carrying 000 for the next fiscal year Two cabinet members testified at house committee meetings Postmaster General Brown urged the building committee to approve a for government owner ship of postofficc stations branches and garages OH Foes Present Secretary Wilbur and Ralph S Kelley who flung many verbal brickbats at each other a few months ago were present at a meet ing of the house public lands com mittee They were called to advise Turn o FUKO 5 Column fl Smuggling of Dope Bossed by Telephone C O D Packages Sent By Express and Freight NEW YORK Jan 15 mail order liquor ring that shipped its wares C O D to all parts of the na tion and an international narcotics syndicate that used the transAt lantic telephone to direct its smuggling were under investigation by federal authorities today Federal agents arrested two men and a woman in a Times Square of fice building and seized records which they said showed the ring netted millions annually by supply ing customers thruout the country particularly in Texas Washington Maine and Illinois Ship by Express Under successive names of the B and O Novelty company Henry Miller company and southern agen cy the agents said the principals have solicited trade for three years from a mailing list of more than 1000 customers and filled their ord ers by express or freight billing shipments as general merchandise Daniel M Lefkowitz Benjamin Williams and Pauline Paris alia Weiss were held on charges of main taming a nuisance The narcotics conspiracy was dls closed by Assistant United State Attorney Henry Gerson on the basi of testimony given before a federn grand jury by a convict Cnnvict Confesses Jacob Bloom serving an eigh year sentence In Atlanta peniten tiary for smuggling1 confessed Ger son said that he wai employed b a French organization which pliec a trade annually between Paris and New York Bloom told Gerson the ringpacked narcotics in special trunks in Paris and shipped them under forged cus toms stamps By cable and phone Paris agents notified New York agents in code and vice versa Gerson has seized cable records showing the remittance in recent months of from the New York agents to their employers in Paris Four indictments are ex pected LEE FISTLER IS TO DEATH Will Rogers COLUMBUS Ohio Jan Boy maybe you think it aint cold back east Me and my little Hollywood hen skin suit The cut is perfect but it just lacks depth Scenical ly its a dream but surgically its uninhabi table Flying all day over Oklahoma and the poor red clay hills of Mis souri and then Indiana Looking down on those dejecied desolate anemic looking itnied farm houses nowhere to vOk and no crops for six months yet you donh wonder how they eat You wonder how they keep warm If the government thinks its un sound to feed em maybe they could compromise with their con science by giving em some coal Yours WILL ROGERS NEW YORK TOWN SETS GOLD MARK From St Louis to Boston Sun Comes Up to Greet Frigid Day By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tupper Lake N Y in the Adir ondacka was the coldest town on record in the United States Thurs day but its duringthenlght read ing of 21 below zero was merely the nadir of a fairly countrywide thermometric depression From St Louis to Boston the sun came up to greet a frigid day It was below freezing at 8 a m even in New Orleans where the tempera ture was 30 degrees Jacksonville Fla with 28 and Norfolk Va with 24 Owlshead N Y another hamlet in upstate New York had a readin of 20 below zero It was eight above this morning in Boston 12 in New York and Chi cago 16 in Philadelphia St Lou and St Paul 18 In Kansas City an 20 in Washington Many New England communities reported the coldest temperature of the season The general forecast for th shivering area was slightly warm er tonight Vlan Crawls Thru Fence Gun Discharged by Accident LAKE Jan 15 Lee Flstler tl farmer living north of Clear Lake was instantly killed his morning when a gun with which 10 was hunting accidentally dis charged blowing his head off His jody was found immediately after ward by his nephew William Fest er who was in the yard finishing the chores Mrs Fistler was called out from the house by the boy Mr Festler was hunting rabbits on his farm six miles northeast of Clear Lake this morning When hia body was found the clothing was badly torn as if It had become en tangled on the barb wire while he tried to climb over the fence In his efforts to wriggle loose it is that the gua was accidentally discharged Coroner Called Dr J E McDonald Cerro Gordo county coroner was called and stated that death was caused as the result of an accident The bullet entered Mr Fistler3 head first striking his left temple and then veering to the right Be cause the shot spread a portion of the head was taken off Coroner McDonald stated P W Fistlor manager of the Clear Lake Independent telephone company brother of the victim who arrived soon Latter the accident slated that hla brothet evidently held the gun below hfsbody while he attempted to clear the fence Moved Week Ago He is survived by his wife and three daughters Marie Elizabeth and Patricia The family moved to Clear Lake last week from Union They purchased the Ambrose Sher man farm on the Hanlontown road Mr Fistler son of Mrs Marian Fist ler was reared in Clear Lake mov ing to Clarion about 18 years ago and later to Union He is also survived by his mother Mrs Marian Fistler two brothers P W and Reuben Clear Lake two sisters Mrs Henry Fiers Bradley Ncbr and Gertrude Fistler No funeral arrangements have been announced The body ig at the Ward Funeral home East Main street General Balbo and Fleet Land in Bay at Rio de Janeiro RIO de JANEIRO Jan 15 General Italo Balbos transAtlantli air fleet landed in Botafogo Bay a oclock this afternoon p m C S T completing a flight of 0194 miles from Orhetcllo Italy Fighting Reported in 3 South China Provinces SHANGHAI Jan 15 ing between government troops and marauding armies of reds was re ported from three south China prov inces today Amoy reported 200 communists bandits had been slnin at Yunting Alcoholism Suggested as Cause of Death of Talkie Goods Magnate LOS ANGELES Jan 15 death of Col Charles J Ross 53 New York vice president of R C APhotophone manufacturers of film talkie apparatus was reported today and was followed by an or der from the coroners office to in vestigate reports he died either from alcholism or a heart attack IOWA WEATHER Partly cloudy Thursdays night nnfl Friday warmer Thursday night and In extreme east por tion Friday LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum Wednesday 21 Above Minimum in Night 8 Above At 8 A M Thursday 15 Above On a comparative basis it can al most be said that Mason City is in a tropical climate While St Paul and other points thruout the coun try are reporting record minimum temperatures for the winter the mercury in Mason City was doing u rapid climb up the column in tnt GlobeGazettes weather shelter Wednesday nights minimum of 9 above was 11 degrees higher than that of the 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