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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 28, 1933, Mason City, Iowa I A M 10 I l 3 ML M OF North Iowas Edited for the Home THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES Ait NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBOKS HOME EDITION VOL XXXIX FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON IOWA FRIDAY JULY 28 1933 PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 253 Democrats Must Unite Crucial Test Will Come Early in House IOWA EMPLOYERS SICN PLEDGES By HERBERT PLUBOIER jASHlNGTON July 28 Po litical observers despite the fact that the next ses sion of congress is as far distant as January al ready have be gun to speculate as to what steps the democratic leadership In the house will take to weld Itself into a more com pact alignment That a crucial test Is to come early in the ses sion is a predic tion heard often Speaker Rainey Floor Leader Byrns and others high in the coun cils of the party had a compar atively easy time of it In the special session Party leadership came from the other end of Pennsylvania avenue In the person of the presi dent himself This is perhaps no better illustra ted than what happened in the clos ing days of the session when the presidents economy program was endangered by the rebellion on vet erans compensation White House Meeting It was following a white house conference with house leaders that word went out that either the house would stick by the president on the veterans proposition or else it must levy increased taxes on its consti tuents The house reluctantly accepted the former alternative but not without rumblings of discontent Rainey succeeded to the speaker ship and Byrns became floor leader after a party battle that left scars And almost immediately they were led into so swiftmoving a legis lative drama that there waa little opportunity or neie d for compact KIDNAPER TO DEATH CELL REGIONAL ADVISER Charges Made in M B A Suit Denied by Clark CLAIM WAS PROMISED COMMISSIONER Tipton Plaintiffs Charge Conspiracy in Merger With Foresters CountyWheat Groups to Be Formed Soon Wallace to Announce Percentage of Cuts Within 10 Days DAVENPORT July petition alleging payment of 19080 in a conspiracy in connec tion with the merger of the Inde pendent Order of Foresters of Tor onto Can and the Modern Brother hood of America former Mason City concern was on file today in the Scott county district court Defendants named in the action included E W Clark present state insurance commissioner and offi cers or directors of the Modern Brotherhood and officers and mem bers of the Order of Foresters at the time of the merger of the two fraternal beneficiary societies in 1931 Clark in a statement issued after the petition was filed late yesterday denied any connection with the al leged conspiracy saying Never Received Money In the first stagea of the gaine the democrats unhesitatingly ap proved legislative procedure that had the effect of throttling debate and permitting legislation to be en acted often without so much as a change of a word However when the regular ses sion convenes in January things are likely to be different Permanent legislation then will be enacted The magic word emergency which had so much to do with the success of the Roosevelt program in the special session is not expected to carry the same weight It may require tact and skill then on the part of the leaders to keep the house in line YOUTH PAYS FOR GIRLS MURDER Dies in Electric Chair for Strangling 12 Year Old Child in 1932 MICHIGAN CITY Ind July 28 Donald Shustrom for mer Galesburg 111 high school pupil paid with his life in the elec tric chair at the Indiana state pris on early today for the murder in April 1932 of a 12 year old girl Alberta Knight of Whiting Ind Shu Strom was alleged to have at tacked the Knight girl at whose home he roomed and to have strangled her to prevent her from telling her parents Accompanied by two Catholic priests Shustrom entered the death room at a minute after midnight He waa pronounced dead at AUNT MET By Robert Quillen I guess he was called He couldnt preach well enough to keep folks awake here at home but the heathen wont know the difference Never under any circumstances have I received or been promised any money or was anything of value offered to me or accepted in the Modern Brotherhood Independent Order of Foresters merger or in connection with any other transac tion as commissioner of insurance The suit waa brought by Spencer G Frtnk France and William G Markemspn allof Tip ton certificate holders in the Order of Foresters The same plaintiffs earlier in the day filed a petition in the Cedar county court claiming a special reserve fund of had been wrongly set up in connection with the merger In the Scott county suit the plaintiffs alleged that a pretended contract was entered into as a step in the consummation of a con spiracy to effect the payment of a secret bonus to certain officers and or directors of the Modern Brother hood to E W Clar1 Leslie H Al den and to other parties at this time unknown to the plaintiffs Sam Sparrow Named Alden who was not otherwise identified is named as one of the defendants who also included Sam Sparrow then general attorney for the Modern Brotherhood C R Parks of Chicago and the C R Parks Service company The M B A officers or direc tors named included Albert Haas James A Hanley A L Sherin E A D Bell W Pingree Curtis Frank C Parnell Willard A Knight P A Bedour and Escar Floyd The officers and members of the executive council of the Modern Brotherhood named as defendants included Frank E Hand Victor Morin John H Laughton John F Lang Alex Stewart C B DIckson W H Miller J Joseph Rossbottom and T H Saunders Pretended to Provide The contract which was said to have been entered into by the Or der of Foresters with the Parks j company in December 1931 was de clared in the petition to have pre tended to provide for the pay ment of to the company for about reinsurance business The plaintiffs alleged that 300 000 claimed to have been paid the company was not for services per formed but was intended to be secretly distributed by the C R Parks company to certain of the defendants named in this action The petition named as a part of the defendants to whom the 000 was to be secretly distributed Clark Hass Sparrow Parnell Cur tis Knight and other of the de fendants at this time unknown to these plaintiffs Two Checks Used Two checks dated Dec 15 1931 totaling were used by the Parks company in effecting the un lawful distribution of funds to the defendants named in this connec tion the plaintiffs asserted In furtherance of the ged conspiracy the plaintiffs asserted In furtherance of the alleged con spiracy the plaintiffs claimed sec ret contracts were entered Into between the Order of Foresters and Sparrow Parnell Curtis Knight Bedour Floyd Hanley Bell Alden and Sherin Without Consideration It was contended that all of these contracts were wholly without con WASHINGTON July 28 County wheat production control as j sedations the mainspring of the I voluntary domestic allotment plan I will be set up speedily in wheat iA I producing states in the next three weeks by farm administrators as the next step In their campaign to cut down wheat production Instructions to extension workers and special representatives in coun ties without agricultural agents went forward today following up Secretary Wallaces overnight an nouncement of wheat allotments for 42 states and 2233 counties One other announcement is neces sary before the campaign of admin istrators to obtain agreements from farmers to reduce their acreage for harvest next year will be in full swing Will Go Ahead Wallace determined to go ahead with his plans without any further wait for an international wheal acreage reduction agreement said that within 10 days he will announce I what percentage of reduction farm ers will be required to agree to make in order to qualify for cash payments His announcement came after the decision of the London wheat con ference to recess until Aug 21 without having reached agreement The maximum reduction which Wallace will require will be 20 per cent with that because of this years light prod tic tlbri of the grain he may select a smaller figure Consumption Estimated Each county producing wheat has been given an allotment represent ing a share in the estimated human domestic consumption of the grain for the coming year In some counties the allotments are small and reduction campaigns may not be undertaken there spe cifically If farmers there and in other counties growing small quantities of wheat wish to join in the plan they will be permitted to form control associations with a larger area than a single county Must Keep Pledge A farmer who signs an agreement to cut his wheat acreage and foils to live up to it after receiving pay for doing so will be in danger of go ing out of the farming business In the contract he signs there will be a provision now being put into final form that will give farm administrators a claim against the farm for the amount paid in case of nonfulfillment of the contract by the grower It will have the effect of a lien on the farm Administrators said this was be Turn In PngR 2 Column 1 DICKINSON SAYS NATION SHOULD BACK NEW DEAL Senator Addresses Picnic Sponsored by Clear Lake Group By STAFF REPRESENTATIVE CLEAR LAKE July it Is a duty of of his confidence in the ultimate soundness of the philosophy in cooperate with the new deal was the contention of Senator L J Dickinson of Algona last night in an address at a picnic on the island off Bayside sponsored by the Clear Lake commercial club In his introductory remarks the senator stated that while he had both voted and voiced his opposi tion to several features of the Roosevelt program he would dis cuss it from a nonpartisan and non political viewpoint giving both sides as best he could No Obstructive Tactics TJscd should be understood he pointed out that there were no filibusters or other attempts t block the democratic program si far as the republicans in congres Walter H McGce ringleader In he kidnaping of Bliss Mnry Mc Elroy daughter of ttie city manager of Ktmsns City two months ago photographed us he was being led to the death cell n the Jackson county jail by two deputy sheriffs A jury of 12 men 10 married und six of them fathers sentenced RIcGee to din on the gallows the first death penalty ever given a kidnaper In the history of the United Stales Central Press Photo Tnm to Paee 2 Calumn Z Seek Settlement of Second Strike in Film History Half Dozen Stars Refuse to Work With Strike Breakers HOLLYWOOD July 29 second strike in the history of Hol lywoods movie making was shuttled to New York City today for settle ment Meanwhile a half dozen film stars were reported by Harold V Smith head of the sound mens local to be refusing to work with technicians hired to take the place of men who walked off the job at the start of the week following disagreement over wages and hours of work He listed Mae West the Marx brothers Nancy Carroll and John Stahl as among players and pro ducers refusing to work with the nonunion technical men His report was without confirmation from those he named or from the studios Patrick Casey labor representa tive of the producers announced he had told Richard J Green repre sentative of the International Alli ance of theater stage employes the whole matter would have to be re ferred back to the International La bor union heads in New York and to the labor committee of producers in New York That followed an initial meeting between the two which had been scheduled as a tentative try at an agreement ADOPT LIMIT ON GRAIN CHANGES Board of Trade Agrees to Maximum Suggested by Government CHICAGO July 28 of the board of trade today adopted the proposed maximum daily price fluctuations suggested by the gov ernment These are 5 cents a bushel on wheat rye and barley 4 cents on corn and 3 on oats Previously the board had fixed its own fluctuations permitting a spread of 8 cents on wheat and rye 5 cents on corn and barley and 4 cents on oats Two Killed When Bus Plunges Down Bank HEARING MOVES MORE RAPIDLY More Witnesses Called Court in Decorah for Grattan Case to TURN TO PAGE 10 An account of the remainder ot the picnic program will be found In the regular Clear Lake section this edition FRANK W MURPHY HOLYOKB Mass July 28 A passenger bus plunged down a 100 foot embankment last night killing two persons and injuring 15 Will Rogers BEVERLY HILLS Cal July the London conference closed It just disbanded yester day but it ended the day it started You will hear a lot of em say that it didnt accomplish anything But it did they stayed in session till every nation got thoroughly disgusted with each other There is no place in the world to find out the shortcom ings of each other than a confer ence Now every delegation goes home and tells tales on the oth ers Of course we leave as the principal villain we were sup posed to bring the pie that they were to cut When we didnt bring it the banquet was a total loss Where is the next confer ence We just love to confer Youra WILL ROGERS rCnpyrlcliC 1833 McNauRht Syndlcnle DECORAH July pre liminary hearing in the M T Grat ton case moved more rapidly today as the three witnesses to the shoot ing completed their testimony yes terday and others were called today Gratton is charged with the mur der of Claude Meade Reginald Pearson secretary of the fair association and Larry Keefe Ward RIma and Emmett Glass who were not present in the barn at the time of the shooting but heard part of the argument or the number of shots fired were among witnesses to be called today Wesley Vleade Fred Thomas and George Westcott completed their testimony yesterday Thomas testified he had heard Meade and Gratton arguing and saw Claude Meade with a pitchfork in his hands chase Henry Grattan out of the horse barn at the fair grounds Then M T Grattan came from behind and shot Claude Meade he asserted Westcott said he heard part of the argument Barney Graham racehorse owner who em ployed Meade described his ac quaintance with Meade Officials be lieved that the preliminary hearing might continue another day or so Grattan in spite of his 85 years stands up well under the stress of the moment Less than two weeks before his eighyfifth birthday he was seriously ill and spent a day or two In bed The illness was caused by a railroad accident which he was in some time ago and was so seri ous at the time that physicians ad vised him to give up driving horses Mr Grattan has not owned a race horse for several years John OBrien father of J G OBrien of Waulcon Grattans at torney is married to a half sister of M T Grattan He was a visitor in the courtroom yesterday were concerned There was a recog nition on our part that something had to be done and the democrats had been elected to do it The speaker outlined the princi pal features of the various recov ery acts beginning with the agri cultural measure and advancing to the industrial and monetary infla tion programs The base of the farm relief hopes he said is that through acreage curtailment there may be an effec tive crop control He explained how the processing tax operative now on wheat and about to become op erative on cotton would provide rental for land taken out of pro duction The setting of a minimum price on grains rests more on gov ernmental influence than on author ization by law it was suggested Wanted Lower Interest In discussing the federal pro gram for refinancing mortgages the senator called attention to a mistaken report to the effect that he had sought an increased inter est for the government The reverse of this is true he declared The interest rate in the bill is per cent and I insisted that it be reduced to 4 per cent The records will show this and I am hoping that my position may be made clear Sponsors ofthe measure pointed out that this would involve an ad ditional but my conten tion was and is that such expendi ture would be more justified than money spent on conservation camps or battleships A TwoHorned Dilemma The big problem of the federal authorities it was observed lies in arriving at a scale of land appraisal sufficiently generous to be helpful to the farmer who is about to lose his home and sufficiently prnctlca to enable the government to come out whole on the transaction Referring to the industrial recov ery act the speaker pointed to the live possibility of a disproportionate Influence on the part of the big fellow in determining the code to be adopted hy the various groups Turn In Pane 2 Column 3 STARTS DUTIES IN PUBLIC WORKS Republican Progressive From Minnesota Responsible for 6 States WASHINGTON July 28 A Frank Murphy a progressive re publican from Wheaton Minn to day prepared toshoulder his re sponsibilities as regional public works adviser for Iowa Nebraska South Dakota North Dakota Min nesota and Wyoming Murphy doesnt pretend to know all about his new job but he has some definite idens about the pub lic works program It means putting people to work their self respect and re building their morale he says Arid there must be no gouging The tall strong jawed attorney expresses determination to keep he public works program a mile rom the pork barrel He says the expenditure of will not bring an oppressive tax burden n the future if projects arc select id judiciously Duties of regional advisers have not been established definitely but Murphy will serve as the federal public works administrations rep resentative in those six states working with state advisory boards His headquarters will be in Omaha but he expects to make frequent trips to the other states Commercial Treaty for Russia Spain Is Looked for Soon MADRID July 28 tions for a commercial treaty be tween Spain and Russia were seen today as a result of Madrids rec ognition of the soviet regime Foreign Minister de Los Rios who dispatched a note to Foreign Commissar Maxim Litvinoff at Moscow saying the Spanish govern ment recognized de facto and de jure the soviet government said a trade pact is looked for soon as a basis for commercial relations The newspaper La Vox in this connection said Spain buys about worth of petroleum from Russia and the Soviets use about worth of Spanish butter annually and hoped an improve ment in the trade balance could be achieved GROUPS IN CITIES OF STATE DRAFT NEW SCHEDULES Eveiy Businessman Will Get Chance to Sign Agreement By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS Postmen throughout Iowa Fri day began the distribution pledges of cooperation and em blems to be displayed in the nation wide drive under the national Indus trial recovery act Every employer in the state will be reached and given the opportu nity to sign and return the cards agreeing to participate in the pro gram of recovery by maintaining wages and shortening working hours Meanwhile reports continue to echo from many towns and cities of action on the part of individual businessmen and trade associations efore signing the cards Liaison Bureau At Boone the Chamber of Com lerce is acting as a liaison bureau or all industries participating Gro ers and butchers have already dopted the code act shorter hours f work and asked for the coopera ion of the public and other business he automobile merchants have ormcd a permanent organization to adopt the code and beauty operat ors shoe and clothing merchants Iry goods dealers and restaurant operators have held preliminary meetings or will in the near future A mass meeting for all workers was scheduled for Friday under the sponsorship of the Central Labor as sembly At Crefton V 102 businessmen agreed to abide by an agreement calling for an operating week of 59 hours Add more Clerks Des Moines retail grocers be gan adding additional clerks to their payrolls following the adop tion of an agreement settinghours of operation from S a m to 6 p m The DCS Moines electric light com pany and Des Moines gas company drew up new schedules of work for employes which were to be referred to the board of directors C A Le land general manager of the com panies estimated adoption of the schedules would add 100 additional workers to the present staff of POO VV T Jensen Iowa manager of the Farmers Automobile Interin surance exchange said about ICO additional salesmen are to be added to the organizations present work ing force Asks Interpretation W S Kessinger of Des Moines president of the Iowa Dental Lab oratory association in a petition Friday to Gen Hugh Johnson recovery administrator at Washing ton asked that one section of the national code be interpreted to re strict the opreating hours of both Turn Column 4 Workers in Cotton Mills Are Strong for New Code MACON Ga July 28 Why the difference will DRAFT COOE FOR AUTO INDUSTRY Johnson Says 35 Hour Week Basis of Plan Drawn Up in Detroit DETROIT July 28 Hugh S Johnson national recovery administrator here to confer with eaders of the automobile industry announced today that directors of the national automobile chamber of commerce had agreed on an indus trial code which had as its basis a 35 hour week The code will provide for a mini mum wage of 13 cents an hour for cities of 500000 population 41 Vi cents for cities under 250000 There will be no child labor Johnson who made the announce ment after a second conference with directors of the N A C C said the code Is now up to the government for acceptance sands of cotton mill workers in the deep south opened their pay envel first many of them re ceived under the new textile code of the industrial recovery said they thought the recovery act was a dandy Idea Do I like the textile code said a young mill worker repeating a question Well Ill ask you Who wouldnt like hours a week less work and more pay You see I used to get 15 cents an hour worked 60 hours a week and got n week Now I work only 40 hours a week five get S12 a more than pay my rent in the vil lage One of Georgias outstanding tex tile operators W C Anderson president of the Bibb Manufactur ing company who presented the cose of the southern operators at the conference on the code says he Is enthusiastic over the recovery act To those who ask will it work I say It is working right now Anderson stated The textile In dustry is 100 per cent behind Presi dent Roosevelt in his recovery pro gram and the business people of the country are behind it too IOWA WEATHER Fair slightly warmer In south central portion Friday night Saturday unsettled LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending a 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum Thursday 00 Minimum in Night At 8 a m Friday 11 ;