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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 20, 1937, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLIH ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE IQWA WEDNESDAY JANUARY THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 91 F R PLEDGES END if INJUSTICE II FIND KIDNAPED OFFICERS BODY ONLONELYROAD Paroled Convict Sought for Slaying of Michigan State Trooper MONROE bullet pierced body of Michigan State Policeman Richards F Ham mond was found handcuffed to a mailbox on a lonely country road Wednesday five hours after he abducted by a former convict he had taken into custody A posse of more than 200 offi cers from Indiana Ohio and Mich igan combed wooded areas ior Alcide Frenchy Benoit alias Joe La Rue who was paroled from Michigan state reformatory a Ionia a year ago Airplanes piloted by Detroit po lice and Indiana state police joined the search and Michigan state po lice issued radio appeals for farmers to arm themselves and search their outbuildings for the fugitive Halted Two Men Hammond a husky six foot trooper with a fellow officer Sam Sineni halted two men while blockading the highway at Monroe shortly before Tuesday midnight in search of two gunmen who abducted Fred Williams a used car salesman in Detroit and left him tied to a tree in Toledo Hammond took Benoit in the state police patrol car while Sineni entered a car operated by the second suspect John Smith alias Mike Delberto formerly of Flint and also a former convict Enroute to the state police bar racks at Erie Benoit sud denly overpowered Trooper Ham mond and sped away with him in the motorcar Trooper Sineni pursued the fugitive patrol car for 10 miles exchanging shots with Benoit until the pursuing car was ditched Escapes Into Woods Two Monroe county deputy sheriffs Joe Dansard and Robert Navarre came upon the hunted car near Lulu again a unbattle ensued with Benon finally abandoning the patrol car He escaped on foot into nearoy woods In the bloodstained car was the uniform coat of Trooper Ham mond It was saturated with blood At 5 a m Wednesday officers patrolling rods in the area came upon the body of the missing trooper Hammond had been shot through the head His body was slumped against a rural mailbox and bis wrists were shackled with his own handcuffs to a steel post Seek Frenchy Benoit Capt Lawrence A Lyon of the Michigan state police who is di recting the search identified Be noit as the mansought ile said Trooper Sineni brought Smith to ihe Erie barracks after the gun battle and then the search for the former mnvict State police identification bu reau records show that Benoit was first arrested in Nashville Nov 7 1930 on a charge of transporting a stolen automobile across the state line Because he was a juvenile Benoit was com mitted to the Michigan boys vo cational school at Lansing for two years In 1833 he was sen tenced to the state reformatory at Ionia after conviction in De troit ot carrying concealed wea pons and of receiving stolen prop erty Benoit wfts released on on Jan 2 1936 Used Stolen Car Smith was sentenced at Flint in 1932 to serve 2 to years in the state reformatory Both Benoit and Smith had re sided in Detroit in recent months Captain Lyon said the motor car in which Benoit and Smith were arrested Tuesday night was stolen from Williams the Detroit used car salesman in Toledo Hammond whose home was in Hanover had been a mem ber of the state police for 13 months Hopes for Parley on Auto Walkout Revived Pittsburgh Plate Glass Strike Ends By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Settlement of the 98 day old strike of Pittsburgh Plate Glass employes and prospects of a peace conference in the huge General Motors strike Wednesday encour aged conciliators striving to put men back to w o r k throughout the nation Six thousand flat glass workers agreed to return to their jobs for a wage increase of eight cents an hour and a company guarantee there would be no discrimination against union employes Glen W McCabe union leader said he believed the agreement would open the way for settle ment of the strike of em ployes of the LibbeyOwensFord company whose glass furnaces have been idle Since Dec ID Enroute to Capital High officials of the General Motors corporation Homer Mar tin president of the United Auto mobile Workers of America and John Brophy director of the Com mittee for Industrial Organiza tion were enroute to Washington to seek a basis for a peace con ference The union men were asked to report at the capitol by John L Lewis head of the CIO of which the automotive union is a unit Settlement of two strikes Tues day was offset by two more shutdowns of CMC plants a sit down strike at the KellySpring field Tire companys Cumberland plant and a halt of produc tion in the steel products plant of the Firestone Tire and Rubber company at Akron a wage dispute was raised by crane workers Six hundred were idle there The controversy at Cumberland threw employes out of work Buick Plant Closes The Buick Motor company an nounced its Flint plant employing close Wednesday night For lack of ma terial assembly lines in the Fisher body plant at Baltimore stopped and employes began to leave their benches Company officials said the entire shop would be j closed by evening A week old strike at the Briggs Manufacturing company in De troit ended after a clash between pickets and police Tuesday Some workers including a number who had been laid off were to re sume work at the automotive body plant An agreement achieved after three weeks of negotiations ended an 18 months old strike at the A J Lindemann and Hoverson com pany Stove Works in Milwaukee The accord involving 600 strikers called for maintenance of strikers seniority rights recognition of a shop committee adjustment of piece work rates and a bonus for 1937 2 Strikers Arrested A clashbetween pickets and deputy sheriffs at the Berkshire Knitting mills atReading re sulted in injury to one striker and arrest oC two others Tuesday night Rioting broke out when nonstrikers emerged from the plant Striking lumberjacks upset two loads of timber bound for Cloquet mills They voted against a peace plan proffered by pendent jobbers and operators Gov Elmer Benson named a com mittee to seek settlement of the dispute affecting Some men remained idle in the Pacific maritime strike This dispute involving other maritime workers on the Atlantic and gulf coasts continued 14 DEMOS GIVEN CHAIRMANSHIPS IN IOWA SENATE Republicans Claim Charges of Partisanship Thus Are Refuted DES MOINES repub licancontrolled senate committee on committees describing its ac tion as nonpartisan Wednesday handed democrats chairmanships of 14 of the 40 senate standing committees and gave the minority party control of several of Senator George Hopkins R of Guthrie Center chairman of the group said when the committee re ported to the upper chamber think our selection will re fute any charges that ihe forma tion of a committee on commit tees was a partisanship measure We gave democrats two more committee chairmanships than the democratic lieutenant governor gave us in the last One Negative Vote The report of the committee was adopted without comment and with but one negative oral vote After the report was submitted the senate started organization of its committees to begin work on the 24 measures now before the upper chamber Meanwhile the house marked time awaiting determination of contests for seats and selection of its committees by Speaker La Mar Foster Foster said he probably would not have his assignments ready until the first of next This will restrict the house to filing and introduction of bills To Await Decision Foster said he would wait until all the nine contests for house seats are decided before disclosing his standing committee appoint ments pointing out that he might name some representative to a committee who would be elimin ated from the session by the vote check Earlier in its session the senate received a number of bills in cluding one to make imposition of poll taxes optional with boards of supervisors Organizations of the committees left the senate ready to start con sideration of bills wiping out aid for Iowa Farm Bureaus extend in the mortgage moratorium and period providing for homestead tax exemption and other matters Mrs Alex Miller Reported Improved DES MOINES at tendants reported Wednesday Mrs Alex Miller secretary of state seriously ill with pneumonia was Identify Robber Suspect RED OAK Ed Leemkuil of OBrien county said two railway passenger agents had identified Duane Hite Red Oak as the man who held them up and took at Sanborn last month Hite was taken to jail at Primghar Fifth Air Transport Crash Victim Dies LOS ANGELES T Owens copilot of a Western Air Express liner wrecked on a moun tain near the Burbank airport Jan 12 died in a hospital aT Glen dale late Tuesday night Martin Johnson noted ex plorer and three others also died of injuries received in the crash Gets 10 Year Sentence OSKALOOSA Thompson of Sigourney received 10 year sentence to Anamosa reformatory for aiding a jail break a week ago Thompson had only 30 days of his jail sentence left to serve FASCIST PLANES IN MADRID RAID Score or More Killed and Many Seriously Hurt by Bombs MADRID score or more persons were killed and many others seriously wounded WedI nesday when a fascist fleet bombed the southern section of the capital p Soon after the attack the bodies of the victims began to ar rive at hurriedly established emergency hospitals Among the first to be brought to the first aid station at Puente de Vallecas south of Madrid proper were the bodies of six women and five children ft DOLLAR DAYS at Mason City Stores Thursday Friday and Satur day of this week Sensational values for every Hasxthe President Changed Since March PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MARCH 4 North Iowa Roads Open but Motoring Hazardous PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT JANUARY 1937 Rain Sleet and Snow Highways Cold Wave Seen for State Although highways were open motoring Wednesday was hazard ous in North Iowa Snowplows were at work out of Garner clear ing the roads Rain and sleet fell during the night and some drift ing was reported on the roads Highwayswere passable however Freezing of snow windshields caused and sleet motorists to drive slowly At Garner22 above was reported Plows also went out of Hamp on the highways Wednesday after 3 inches of snow fell Roads were open At where a temperature of 12 above was reported during the strong wind blew some drifts on the highways Snowfall measured 2 inches At where 4 inches of snow drifted considerably high ways were inan uncertain condi tion Snow and Sleet Snow sleet and rain ported at Ackley where the ther mometer registered 25above at 9 oclock Wednesday morning De spite some drifts highways were passable Highway commission plows were placed on the main high ways out of Mason City early Wednesday morning County En gineer R E Robertson stated he and his assistants were watchirJg developments with the view of putting plows to work should the drifting of snow reach such pro portions as to interfere with auto mobile traffic With a tempera ture of about 25 degrees above zero the snow ws wet and threat ened to make highway surfaces slippery Ice on Highways Sleet and freezing rain glazed central and east Iowa with a top dressing of ice snow fell in the western part of the state and the weatherman warned that a severe cold wave would follow Wednes day night plunging temperatures below zero The state highway commission warned motorists the highways if possible Sioux City Council Bluffs Spirit Lake reported from an inch to two inches of snow mixed with sleetMount Ayr Des Moines Iowa Falls Dubuque Davenport reported sleet or rain that froze on lowan Freezes to Death The weatherman forecast 10 be low in northwestTbwa for nesday night however 5 below in the northeast section zero in the southwest and 5 above in the southeast The cold wave he said will hold on Thursday although it was expected to bring an end to the snow and sleet and leave part ly cloudy skies Winter took one lowans life and came near to claiming another Tuesday night P J Sinson 82 Jackson county farmer was found frozen to death near his home at Lamotte Iowa by a neighbor Sin son apparently fell when he went outdoors to get some water and was unable to get back into the house Adolph Beversdorf 45 was found with both hands and both feet frozenin ashack on the out skirts of Dubuque The Weather FORECAST Cloudy ruin turning to snow in central and east portion followed by partly cloudy Thursday severe cold wave Wednesday night and Thursday MINNESOTA Cloudy snow Wednesday night and probably in northeast portion Thursday morning severe cold wave Wednesday night and Thurs day strong shifting winds be coming northwest Wednesday nipht IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday 12 Above Minimum in Night 12 Afcove At 8 A M Wednesday 23 Above Snowfall Inches 17 of an Inch The figures given above look they are more or less The mercurystarted at10 below Tuesday morning worked to 12 aboveduring the that being the reading at 7 oclock in the evening During the night the temperature kept rising At 11 oclock it had reached 15 above and Wednesday morning it stood at 23 above Thus the 7 oclock temperatureTuesday evening was both the highest tem perature for the day and the low est temperature for the night Thats how it all happened The snow which began falling in the early morning Wednesday a wet variety continuing Wednesday forenoon POPES USE OF HIS LEGS LOST SuffersIntermittent Pain as Doctors Report Him Incurably VATICAN CITY Pope Pius described as suffered Wednesday frominter mittent pains in his swollen legs the use of which reliable sources said has been completely Adding to the pontiffs discom fort was weakened heart action and increased difficulty in breath ing Vatican sources reported Two heartening developments lifted1 a part of thegloom which spread through the Vatican after the 79 year old holy father spent one of his worst nights since he became seriously ill early in De cember Milani the pontiffs physician expressed belief lie could keep the pope alivefor some time to come The pope himself attempted to take hismindfrom the agonizing pain by conferring on church mat ters with prelates including Car dinal Pacelli papal secretary of state and Adolf Cardinal Bert ram of Breslau The holy fathers condition was reported worse today after he passeda critical period during the early morning hours Hines Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder at Elkader ELKADER jury found Jim Hines 28 charged with a part in the murder of Dan Shine Lit tleport farmer guilty of second degree murder Wednesday after deliberating 10 hours and 20 min counsel was granted 60 days in which to file for a new trial Trial of Minnie Hines 43 Jims common law wife also charged with a part in the murder wasset lor Feb Hunt for Kidnaper Centers m Seattle SEATTLE TheMattson kidrapslayer hunt appeared cen tered Here Wednesday when more and city of ficers started an intensive search of all shacktowns and hobo jungles in and around Seattle Withinan hour three menhad beenfailed without charge for questioning Japan Fears Iron Famine TOKIO a pig iron famine Japan is considering the suspension of its tar iff on theproduct suf ficient amount to carry on indus trial expansion plans WHAT CONGRESS IS DOING By The Associated Press recessfor in auguration Tuesday Passed legislation presidents devalue ithe dollar and coata oiing the stabilization funJLjj LOOK INSIDE FOR Kiver on Rampage 6 States Menaced by Rising Flood Waters Spin Nelson Replaces Klomp on Local1 Card ON PAGE 33 Mason City Is Fifth in Number ofNew Homes ON PAGE 17 Record jn Land Bank Iowa Farm Sales ON PAGE 8 TAKES OATH TO SERVE COUNTRY 4 YEARS MORE Spectators Brave Driving Rain to See Historic Inaugural Show TEXT ON PAGE 16 WASHINGTON n D Roosevelt renewed his presi dential oath Wednesday and pledged his second administration to blot out cancers of economic injustice Froma white columned stand below the towering capital dome the chief executive tolda rain drenched I assume thesolemn obligation of leading the American people forward along the road which they have chosen to advance x The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it iswhether we provide enough for those who have too Mr Roosevelt to speak after placing his hand on an old family Dutch Bible and repeating the presidential oath to black robed Chief Justice Hnghes Only minutes bef ure Vice President Garner was sworn Senator Robinson the democratic leader In Covered Stands the covered about the chief executive leaders of the fed eral government heard Mr Roose velt say that millions of poor dwelt under the pall of family He warned that the persist jce of our purpose and demanded that the United States be strong among the nations in its example of the We are the dentsaid after reviewingprogress since hefirst took the presidential oath to make every American citizenthe subjectof his countrys interest and Fronting the white columned stand arranged for the simple but impressive inauguration ceremon ies spectators braved a driving rain to witness the historic event Judges in Robes i Senators and representatives met in their legislative halls to file in a body into the cold outdoor air Justices of the supremecourt robed intheir old capitol cham ber for Mr Roosevelts outdoor induction for another white house term Crowds gathered slowly along Pennsylvania a v e n u e s long reach cheering the presidents passage with the congressional ar rangements committee They awaited the inaugural parade a column of military display West Point precision and the navys blue This year Mr Roosevelt re called marks the one hundred fif tieth anniversary of that funda mental charter The forefathers found it a way out of the chaos that followed the revolutionary war he said adding Powers of Action They created a strong govern ment with powers of united action sufficient then and now to solve problems beyond individ ual or locol solution A century and a half ago they established the federal government in order to promote the general welfare and procure the blessings of lib ertv to the American people we invoke those same powers of government to achieve the same In these last four Mr Roosevelt said we have made the exeicise of all power more for we have Taegun I to brinj iprivate autocratic pow ers in their proper subordination to the putties government The legend that theywere in and beyond the processes of democracy has been shattered They have been challenged and Courts Referred to Mentioningthe democratic pro cesses it another point he made this which occasioned some speculation as to whether the courts itt mind essential democracy of nation and the safety of our people depend not upon the ab sence of power but uponlodging it with those whom thepeople can change or continue at stated intervals through an hon est andfree system of elections The constitution of 1737 did not make our democracy impotent The address made no reference to foreign affairs Mr Roosevelt said greatest change in recent eventful years was the change in the moral cli mate of America With this change in our moral climate anc our rediscovered ability to improve pur economic wehave set ;