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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 31, 1936, Mason City, Iowa I O MLM OF l I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PKESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 31 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 99 How G O P Race Looks Landon Appears to Have Slight Lead Over Field By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON Jan 31 CPA A I f Landon of Kan sas still seems to me judging from chats with many influential repub licans to lead the the field for the G O Ppresiden tial nomination If he leads it he loads it by only a nose how ever Senator Will iam E Borah is right after him and Col Frank K n o x Chicago publisher follows closely Senator Arthur H Vandenberg is regarded as the likeliest compro mise if the foremost trio offset one another But there are those who say that Senator L J Dickin son has certain claims to consider ation as the most consistent anti new dealer in congress Few repub lican politicians like to recognize former President Hoover as a pos sible choice Others mentioned ear lier in the preconvention campaign now seldom are referred to Not G O P calculators reckon that with good management their party can carry all of New England New Jersey and Delaware They count cr Pennsylvania as still more em phatically in the bag They rate New York Ohio and Indiana as 5050 Michigan as safely republican This isnt enough the farther west must be formidably broken in to even if the republican candidate swings all of the doubtful more easterly states Strategists agree that Borah yvtould be as strong a standard bear etas picked as to the are take to York particularly probably Jersey Dela ware and Massachusetts The truth is that he isnt so very radical but he has that reputation Besides his TO Landon Would Please Landon is the kind of business man who wouldnt alarm the east and yet should please the farm belt He is under 60 Already there is democratic talk of smearing him as an oil pluto crat but it will be easy to prove that he was an independent who fought the big companies The bj companies are not indeed espe cially enamored of him as a presi dential aspirant but I have it from authoritative oil sources that they would not actively oppose him It is charged against him that his radio voice is poor but he and his family film lively little household an attractive Mrs Lan don likable children He has an edge undoubtedly which is not however the same thing as the nomination The governors chief campaign adviser by the way is said to be one Dutch Schultz I may spell his name incorrectly for he is un known in described as political writer for the Topeka Journal and apparently he is a very wily individual Knox Good Politician Colonel Knox evidently is a good politician It is hard to explain his promi nence in the race otherwise for his popular appeal is inconsiderable One doesnt hear him much talk ed about by the rank and file of folk nevertheless party managers by no means poohpooh him He as suredly will enter the June conven tion with a sizable block of dele gatestrength behind him and the general impression is that he can command a deal of campaign mon ey which party leaderships look on very respectfully From all accounts he has an ef fective personality if he can get it into action but he needs more ad vertising Can he get it fast enough Thats a question Senator Vandenberg as a com promise is at the advantage of hav ing said nothing that can give of fense to anyone Enemy of None He has said nothing to hurt Lan dons feelings nothing to hurt Bor ahs and nothing to hurt Knoxs He isnt radical enough to alarm any ordinary conservative he is so far liberal that Borah might sup port him He has been friendly to a number of new deal policies That is where he differs from Senator Dickinson Dickinson has fought every new deal some which have been ratler popular with the Towa constituency Borah is not so consistently an antinew dealer much less Vanden berg Landon and Knox not being in national public life are not on rec ord but Dickinson is unqualifiedly i IOWA GOAL SHORTAGE NOT ACUTE Roosevelt Says Congress Must Find New Taxes WANTS BILL TO MEET COSTS OF FARM PROGRAM Democratic Leaders Say Inflationists Beaten From Start WASHINGTON Jan 31 Tax raising a job from which campaign year congresses usually shy was thrust toward Capitol Hill today by President Roosevelt He said at his press conference that congress at its present session should provide at least of additional revenue to wind up the AAA and apply on a new farm program The president disclosed as well a study is being made to determine the wisdom of imposing new levies now to pay the bonus bill Cling to Hopes In the face of this congressional inflationists clung to hopes that reluctance of their colleagues to en act new taxation in an election year would bolster proposals to pay with newly printed currency These portents of a battle royal between inflationists and advocates of orthodox financing divided at tention with the political whirl When miners in convention cheered President Roosevelt Ed ward F McGrady assistant secre tary of labor shouted back answer moneybags of Wallstreet More Political Activity Decision by Senator Borah not to seek republican convention dele gates in Pennsylvania a union leaders prediction that President Roosevelt would be reelected and a telephone call from Governor Lan don made for continued political ac tivity Talking from Topeka for 10 min utes with Representative Hope of his state the Kansas governor evi dently had farm policy on his mind Another development was a com munications commission decision to study the antinew deal speech broadcast Wednesday by Governor Talmadge of Georgia to determine whether it violated provisions of the communications law The com mission said a complaint had been received Birthday Balls Pay The president heartened by news that thousands of dollars to combat infantile paralysis were raised last night by birthday balls given in his honor had a busy day He kept in touch with labor diffi culties on the Pacific coast and gave thought to a new program to stimu late home building There was no prospect of immediate action on the latter however he told newsmen Say Inflationists Beaten Inflationists were dragging up their heaviest artillery but high democratic leaders were saying pri vately the battle was over before it started They said inflationists were whipped The fact that congressmen dis play strong revulsion against laying new tax burdens on their constitu ents this campaign year encouraged currency expansionists in their drive to pay the bonus and attack the farm problem with new money Representative Patman DTex as summoned his inflationary steering committee to discuss means of getting a vote on legisla tion to pay the bonus bill by printing currency Urges Money Senator Thomas DOkla urged President Roosevelt to announce that he would seek to restore prices to the 1926 level and then issue or so in new money to keep them there While highplaced democratic leaders said neither proposal had a chance some of them suggested that new taxes would not be levied this year either They argued that the national income would be higher next year and better able to stand additional levies Italy Plans to Retaliate on Sanctions WAR AT A GLANCE By The Associated Tress Premier Mussolini will discuss before the fascist grand council Saturday night his pro gram of retaliation against furth er war sanctions against Italy Informed sources predicted the plan may include severance of diplomatic relations with sanc tionist nations GENEVA A pamphlet from the Italian government contain ing photographs purporting to show that Ethiopians have com mitted atrocities on Italian sol diers was published by the league of nations ROME A communique from Marshal Pietro Badoglio fascist commander in East Africa re ported systcmizing continues along the war fronts as Ethiopian chieftains and warriors continue to surrender to the invaders PREDICT PROGRAM OF ITALIAN RETALIATION Informed sources at Rome pre Fertile Quintet in Quarterfinals With 4622 Victory Friday Fertiles high scoring quintet be came the first team to reach the quarterfinals of the Class B prac tice tournament being held at the high school and Y M C A as it romped over Carpenter 46 to 22 vault and trussing up Riordan a Friday afternoon at the high school jgirl bank clerk Mrs Ruth Johnson court S Sheimo led the winners i arrived They hastily pushed her with 14 points and Hoveland was unbound into the room with the next with 11 others and fled fl dicted Friday a program of retalia tion including possibly severance of diplomatic relations may be Pre mier Mussolinis answer to further war sanctions against Italy As three new taxes became effec tive to bolster he nations economic policy the Italian premier prepared to advance his plan of opposition before the fascist grand council Saturday night On the war fronts the Italian command reported continuation of interspersed with minor engagements between invaders and defenders Continue Surrendering Reconnaissance columns between Neghclli and Dawa Parma captured scattered groups of the enemy Marshal Pietro Badoglio fascist j commander reported Galla Borana chiefs and notables continue surren dering to Neghelli authorities with warriors Nothing new on the Erit rean northern front A pamphlet from the Italian gov ernment published at Geneva by the league of nations contained photo graphs purporting to show that Ethiopians have committed atroci ties on Italian soldiers New Italian Taxes The new Italian taxes added to levies on increased use of gas and electricity on bachelors and coal and coal byproducts duties Financial circles were discussing possibility of a new capital levy consisting of a tax of 25 per cent on the value of all property similar to the tax imposed in 1920 by the gov ernment of the late Giovanni Gio litti antifascist leader The capita levy if voted would be spread over 10 to 20 years it was reported BANK ROBBERS SEIZE Break Into Bank in Night and Bind Employes as They Arrive ST CHARLES 111 Jan 31 Four bank robbers who broke into the St Charles National bank some time during the night today bound five employes as they came to work waited for the vault to open at S a m and made a getaway with be tween and in cash The invaders carrying shotguns were waiting inside the front door when Fred Ogborn the janitor ar rived at a m They trussed him up gagged him and bundled him into a small side room Chief of Police Harold Coval sky reported Shortly before 8 oclock the bank cashier C K Marvin arrived I opened the door and saw a short stocky man pointing a gun in my face he asserted afterward Before I knew what was happening I was overpowered tied up and thrown into a room A few minutes later Marvins as sistant William J Riordan entered the bank and was forced to open the vault which was freed of its time lock In the midst of these operations art Larson a teller entered aiid was bound and tossed Into the room with Ogborn and Marvin As the robbers completed scoop ing up silver and currency from the ON THE INSIDE DAVID T WILENTZ Wilentz Says No New Lindy Case Evidence ON PAGE 2 Veterans Warned of Blue Sky Stock Sales ON PAGE 5 Miners Leader Calls Herring 111 Advised ON PAGE 2 Hurt in Railroad Accident ON PAGE 2 100 Veterans File For Bonus in Mason City ON PAGE 14 1 000 Attend Ball on Roosevelt Birthday ON PAGE 14 Goodell and Rock Falls Run Wild in ON PAGE 9 ourney Palmer Gets 90 Day Term for Threats in Letters to Roosevelt NEW YORK Jan 31 Phelps Palmer retired electrical en gineer of Park avenue today was sentenced to 90 days in the federal detention house for sending threat ening letters to President Roosevelt The maximum penalties which Fed eral Judge Robert P Patterson could have imposed were five years imprisonment and a SI000 fine The court imposed the sentence after a plea by Palmers attorney that the 51 year old man be ex tended extreme leniency Palmer wrote letters to the presi dent in which he blamed the gov ernment for his financial reverses and threatened to strangle Presi dent Roosevelt with his own hands The receiver of such a letter can never know whether the writer is serious or not1 said Judge Patter son in passing sentence 20 NEGROES ARE FATALLYBURNED IN CONVICT CAGE Two Seriously Injured After Explosion of Gasoline Drum SCOTTSBORO Ala Jan 31 OPI Negi convicts burned to death today in the cage of a prison transfer truck through ex plosion of a 30 gallon drum of gas oline Two other convicts were serious ly injured and guards Middlcbrook and Wasson were seared on the hands and face in attempting to rescue the victims Reports as to the cause of the fire varied Guards said sliding of the truck on the icy highway apparently sloshed gasoline to the floor where it was ignited by heat of the burn ing coals in a fire bucket placed to shield the convicts from near zero temperatures Struck a Match At Montgomery Ala however State Highway Engineer Istcr said a Negro had struck a match near the gasoline drum The first thing we knew of anything wrong Guard Middle brook said we heard the Negroes shrieking for help As soon as I could stop the truck I dashed to the rear and and I unlocked the door 1 and attempted to pull them out1 Two near the door we could save but both are badly burned The rest could not be reached as the gasoline roared like an infer no The convicts described by Mid dlebrook as bad were being trans ferred from camp C at Scotts boro to a state road project on the Lee highway Cages nn Wheels The prison trucks used in Ala bama Texas and several other southern states are cages on wheels equipped with benches for the prisoners Usually there is pro vision for manacling of the con victs The accident occurred near the city where Ozie Powell and eight other Negroes accused of attacking two white women on a freight train in 1931 have seen much of the litigation which has left them Icngin the shadow of the electric chair Powell is recovering at a Birm ingham hospital from a bullet wound in the head suffered in an attempt to escape from his guards in a motor car last week Iowa Mercuries Cling to Subzero Levels Most of Main Highways Passable Iowas temperatures clung to sub ziro levels Friday after a bitter arc tic wind lashed them down Thurs day night Snowplows are clearing highways in North Iowa counties with most main highway roads pass able Temperatures will slip back The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair in northeast por tion soniewhiit unsettled in west and south portions Friday night and Saturday not so cold in ex treme south Friday night and in cast Saturday Minnesota Generally fair Fri day night and Saturday contin ued cold IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S oclock Friday morning Maximum Thursday 1 Below Minimum in Night 20 Below At 8 A M Friday 19 Below Frigid weather is becoming wore and more entrenched as a bad habit in North Iowa Mason City has ex perienced just a fortnight now with minimum temperatures below zero every night Fourteen above zero is GIVE ARGUMENTS IN JOHNSON CASE Trial of Iowa Farm Youth for Slaying Father Nears Jury CLARINDA Jan 31 case of Bert Johnson Yorktown farm youth charged with slaying his father Elmer neared the jury today Prosecutor Willis Glassgow at down again Friday night the wea therman told the Associated Press as this worst cold wave of the pres ent century finishes with January He predicted a 25 below minimum in the northeast section a 15 in the northwest and southeast sections and a 10 in the southwest Lowestat Spirit Lake While there was no snow reported Thursday the wind which reached a velocity of 40 miles an hour in some areas drifted snow and blocked high ways particularly in North Iowa The highway commission at Ames reported trunk highways were be ing kept open with difficulty Spirit Lake where the nights low temperature of 25 below was record ed said that some secondary roads only recently opened had drifted full again with six foot banks of snow Northwood reported a minus 21 and Mason City a 20 Passable Near Mason City Primary roads were pronounced passable for traffic by the mainten ance department of the district of fice of the highway commission in Mason City Friday morning H J Kassell division mainten ance engineer stated plows worked up until 11 oclock Thursday night and by that time had highways opened after the heavy driftingthat occurred in the afternoon and early evening Another checkup of the highway condition was made Friday morning There may be places where the cuts have not been widened to full width of the road hut all the pri mary roads in this vicinity are pass able said the engineer Crew Again at Work The crew of R E Robertson county engineer went to work again Friday morning in the fight to get snow off the county roads Mr Robertson stated he was con centrating on the trunk lines In places the county roads are badly drifted and no assurance that any of them were pasable could be made Friday There will be stretches of open road and then we run into large drifts said the county engineer Roads East Blocked Several highways in eastern Iowa were blocked and on others there was only one way traffic Highway 136 from Cascade to Wyoming was closed and similar conditions were reported for high way 38 from Monticello to Center Junction and highway 261 from Lisbon to Martelle The highway commission said there was one way traffic on No 218 from Cedar Falls to Vinton Keokuk county officials said de tour No 22 was closed and that several other roads were open only to one way traffic Main Highways Open Main highways in districts 1 2 and 4 were open except for No 44 near Armstrong Highway officials expected that road would be cleared some time today Robert Kirschbaum foreman for the highway commission at Garner said roads drifted considerably in Hancock Thursday and motorists had trouble getting through in the evening Plows were out early again Friday working on the roads E A Patton and J B Kohl of Mason City I who were injured when the car they were riding in turned out to pass one tacked credibility of Johnsons tes timony in his statement to the jury yesterday and final arguments in the case were expected to be com Glassgow attempted to impeach j of the plows being taken to Britt the youths testimony that the j for repairs and were struck by a shots fired into his fathers body i truck from Waterloo were taken to were fired accidentally and cited young Johnsons purported confes sion that he intended to kill his father Mason City for treatment Jurors Are Dismissed Main highways only were passable i after the drifting Thursday at The alleged confession was adj Northwood and trial jurors for the mitted as grounds for impeachment of Johnsons testimony but not as part of the testimony against the youth The slaying occurred New Years eve after the car in which young Johnson and his father were re lowa Forest Area Not Given Approval WASHINGTON Jan 31 national forest reservation commis sion failed to approve the 40000 acre forest purchase area proposed the highest temperature recorded in for southern Iowa but it sanctioned that time with the average temper ature between 9 and 10 degrees bc ilow zero purchase of an additional 116694 acres for national forest areas in 15 i states and Puerto Rico January term of Worth district court were excused subject to call if notified by Judge M H Kepler who is presiding at the court Im passable roads and severe weather conditions were the reasons for the order C H Dwelle weatherman at Northwood said that the present cold wave was the worst since 1912 there having been 14 consecutive days of cold weather This cold spell is the second coldest tabulated in the 40 years that weather records have been kept at Northwood Many schools were dismissed re luctantly by boards of education which pointed out that many days of absences already must be made letter carriers at Rudd who tried to make their routes with car sled and walking could not get through the high drifts Funeral Is Postponed Swaledale schools were dismissed Thursday and no classes were held Friday as roads were nearly impas sable A funeral was postponed until Saturday Thornton schools and many rural schools in that vi cinity were closed because of the weather while at Plymouth a com bination of coal shortage cases of illness and impassable roads neces sitated closing the schools Clarion school authorities sent the rural pupils attending Clarion high school home Thursday noon because of the high winds which were filling the already nearly im passable sideroads with snow The school bus driven by Ernest Sharp was able to take home all but two children when he was stalled in a drift They had to he taker to their homes by a team Strong Wind Dies Marshalltown Estherville Charles City Bclmond and Waterloo all re ported drifting Thursday night but the wind died down by Friday morn ing Webster City and Charles City re ported 20 minimums Thursday night At Ottumwa the mercury stopped at 19 below Waterloo re ported 18 Council Bluffs 16 Des Moines 11 Sioux City Dubuque Davenport and Keokuk 10 It was cloudy over western Iowa but the weatherman didnot think thesnow expected Thursday would materialize Too cold he explained Gas Taxes Slump The Milwaukee railroad cancelled train service to Des Moines Thurs day night because of drifts south of Storm Lake Des Moines train dis patchers said several trains were late Friday night The Rock Island pulled several trains through Estherville with two engines A North Western passenger train was held at Hawarden The state treasurers office pro duced a reflection of the cold wave in gasoline tax figures for January It collected in gasoline taxes during the month as compared to during December The decline it was said apparently was due almost entirely to cold weather and bad roads STRONGMAN OF GREECE DIES Troops Guard Against Any Eventualities on Death of Kondylis By ALEXANDER SEDG1VICK Copyright liCtG y The Associated ATHENS Jan 31 George Kondylis 55 year old former strong man of Greecedied sud denly today from a heart attack and the Athens garrison was or dered to stand by on guard against any eventualities Authorities said no trouble threat ened immediately but they took the precautions in statement by view of a Kondylis recent which caused considerable apprehension that he had intended to use force if necessary to prevent the liberal Venizelists who won Sundays elec tions from gaining control Has Heart Attack The general long a sufferer from asthma died at noon after a heart attack during the night Reflecting the troubled political situation rumors soon circulated that Kondylis was poisoned by polit ical enemies hut this was quickly denied by his own associates These sources said Kondylis for mer regent who split with the re called King George after taking a leading part in the restoration of the Greek monarchy was affected greatly also by his recent political break with Jean Thcotokis once his coleader in the populist party Active Up o Election The 55 year old general and for mer premier the strong man who downed last Marchs revolution was active politically until last Sundays election for a new assembly In that election his faction gained only 63 of the 300 scats in parlia ment while the liberal Venizelist group won control of 142 scats Fire Destroys Building IOWA CITY Jan 31 up The Rudd school was closed j destroyed a throe family apartment shortly before noon Thursday be1 building here causing an estimated i cause of the drifting snow Rural S2000 damage DES MOINES AND NEARBY AREAON SHORT RATIONS Herring Still Seeks Way to Boost Production in Iowa Mines STORY ON PAGE 2 DES MOINES Jan 31 shortage of coal in Iowa apparently is centered in DCS Moincs and cen tralsouthern Iowa a survey dis cosed today and results principally from lack of Iowa coal DCS Moincs eoal dealers all con tinued to report they are running from three days to a week behind in deliveries and are selling direct from mines in this territory to consumers They saiei that eastern coal also is scarce but that deliveries of the higher priced fuels are not running1 FO far behind although it is being trucked direct from car to consum er Reserve stocks of coal they said are entirely depleted Kclicf Orders Filled The Polk county relief office re ported that all relief orders have been filled so far but that deliveries have been cut from a ton to a half ton Dealers said they have been able to supply some coal to all persons actually out of coal but declared it would be impossible to do so over the weekend if the miners do not work tomorrow Although those on relief have been burning almost twice the amount of coal normally allotted to them there has been no indication of shortage in Mason City said A C Peters Cerro Gordo county relief director the coalmer chants have informed us of a Jikcly coal shortage Supply ta Hold Out Muscatine reported the coal sup ply there will hold out for the pres ent but said if rail deliveries should delayed a shortage might devel op Waterloo coal dealers said there is no acute shortage there Kastern coal is coming in they said am dealers whose supplies were low at the onset of the cold wave are re stricting deliveries to a ton Diibuque Davenport Clinton Council Bluffs Fort Dodge and Iowa City all reported no danger of a shortage unless rail shipments are halted by storms Cedar Rapids reported little Iowa coal used there except for relief cases and that relief orders are ne ing promptly filled A shortage dealers there said would result only if heavy snows should hold up rail shipments Danger Is Past At Burlington a threatened coal shortage last week disappeared when rail shipments arrived Marshall town reported that coal shortage there isnot acute except in cheaper grades Several smaller towns in this territory reported lack of coal but said it was not serious as yet Centerville a coal miningcenter said no suffering has resulted yet from lack of coal there Orders are being filled more rapidly Charles City dealers reported plenty of coal though some are short on Iowa mined fuel No Dire Need Ottumwa said there is no dire need for coal there though yards and mines are behind on orders and relief orders are being filled a half ton at a time There was no report of failure to supply relief orders One Des Moines dealer explained the shortage in the centralsouthern mining section of the from the sudden call on larger Iowa mines to supply a demand formerly filled by Missouri truckers and the inability of small Iowa mines to deliver their output because of snow blocked roads Shortage at Garner New Hampton dealers reported they have plenty of coal The shortage of coal in Garner is getting to be quite serious accord ing to dealers who added that one car at the Milwaukee road was un loaded in small quantities Thurs day Patrons were requested to take as small amounts as possible in or der that the supply reach around Coal haulers made many trips with small loads during the day Coal was hauled in bob sleds trailers automobiles childrens sleds trucks and wagons and one patron used a stoneboat with a team hitched to haul a jag A coal shortage was reported at Kwea City When a carload of coal arrived Wednesday night only 500 pounds was allowed each customer and there was a steady stream of farmers in town for coal Towns people who could get along without coai for a few days were asked to withhold orders for those in need ;