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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 29, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME R H 1ST WEU ART OF COUP oes UOIKES u THE NSWSPAm THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NHGHBOHS VOL XLV ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUIi LEASED WIRES MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JULY 29 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 250 WOMAN QUIZZED IN DREHER MURDER Fort Dodge Suspect Is Wife of One of 2 Men Held at Cherokee THE ByPAULMALLON Garner Foes Tried to Injure Reputation has been no secret that the Garner opposition has been trying hard to get the idea that he plays poker and takes a drink im bedded in the public mind so as to injure his popular politi cal position Scandal han dlersb egan slipping what they thought was the poison out months ago at the trine when the polls first showed the vice president ECONOMY BLOC PLANS ATTACK ON LEND CLAN Jubilant on Victories Reducing Measure Demo Party Caucus Held Paul Malion leading the pack of democratic contenders But if it had any ef lect it must have improved Gar ners standing as the polls subse quently increased his lead Politi cos on all sides here generally ex pect thesame result from the John L Lewis attack Even a wise and experienced al derman never uses this kind of attack in modern politics It has notbeen considered quite bright since Grant won the Civil war and presidency twice against the same t C merely because they havelearned it is foolish and usually fatal to their causes Offsets Implications Their reasoning is convincing Such attacks are designed pri marily to turn the church people against a public man but are not likely to succeed in this instance because Garners place in the public mind is built upon his un usual sobriety sanity and clear headedness in public affairs as his public record has established the picture in 40 years service His career which is known to everyone is more than sufficient to offset the scandalous implica tions Then such attacks invite WASHINGTON The sen ates bipartisan economy bloc jubilant over victories which stripped from the ad ministrations lend ing bill sought Saturday to make additional reductions and send the measure to a doubtful fate in the house With republicans working with economyminded democrats the senate Friday night threw out President Rooseveltfs superhighway program by a vote of 42 to 38 and then turned down a proposal to let the reconstruc tion finance corporation buy up to worth of railroad equipment and lease it to the railroads The vote on this was 45 to 32 Will Press Advantage Members of the coalition con tended they had eliminated the features the legislation thpy considered the most objectionab They planned to press their ad vantage however with a drive to knock out a proposed authorization to the exportim port bank for financing American odious comparisons No one including Mr Lewis will propose that a man be barred from the presidency for poker playing or taking a drink Certain ly Mr Lewis is not going to purge anyone who drinks or plays poker from the privilege of paying dues in the CIO or his revenues are going to be sharply curtailed 9 Superior Judgment Further Garners reputation for being able to take a drink and play poker is not founded on the mere fact that he has been known to do these that he did them well Far more than a majority of all political men in Washington do the same thing in varying and similarly inconse quential degrees But whatever reputation Garner has in penny ante circles of the senate is found ed on respect for his proved su perior judgment Disciples of the Gamer for president movement may in fact make excellent use of this point as poker seems to be what the nations of the world are playing these days Garners objection to sitdown strikes is what brought him to his first disagreement with Mr Roose velt and he has never made any secret of it He could have ex pected no votes from CIO and some of his associates are au thority for the comment that Gar ner would have denounced Lewis somewhere along in the campaign if Lewis had not played into his hands by making the cleavage clear The result is therefore likely to be the forcing of more persons to Garners side than might otherwise rally there if the attack had not been made 4 Wont Approve Embargo The revealing fact behind Mr Hulls move to terminate the com mercial treaty with Japan is simply this No embargo can be applied against Japan without congres sional approval and congressional approval cannot possibly be ob tained No less than six bills proposing an embargo were introduced this last session but they did not have enough backing to cause their serious consideration Copyright King lac nigHfs seriate whichended shortly before night developed a series of angry arguments between administration lieutenants and their opponents Sidestep Showdown House democrats met in caucus and sidestepped a showdown on the question of whether they would support the lending meas ure and the administrations ac companying bil to increase the borrowing authority of the Unit ed States housing authority from to A resolution by Representative Gavagan D N Y originally called for party indorsement o the two bills but these pledges o support were stricken out unani mously when Gavagan acceptei a proposal by Representativi Woodrum D Va to eliminat them Criticize Republicans With the controversial section tossed aside the caucus then adopted a resolution criticizing the republicans and pledging ou continued support of and devotion to the great social and economi program as enunciated by th president of the United States Franklin D Roosevelt There was much talk of demo cratic harmony after the meet ing but some who attended plain ly spoke the word with their tongues in their cheeks Some described the caucus a very successful Others callei it a fizzle Injured n Truck Pier Wreck Is Dead Sixteen year old Catherine Vlyrtle Robinson who never re ained consciousness since being njured when the truck in which he was ridingstruck the middle ier of the Chicago Great Western ailroad viaduct on Twentyfifth treet northwest late Wednesday vening died at a ocal hospital at oclock Satur day morning She vas Cerro Gordo countys seventh Cerro Gordo County Traffic Victim No For 1939 i i g h w a y f atal ty of 1939 Miss Robinson vas in the vehicle driven by James Duane of Faith S Dak Three others n the truck escaped with minor njuries The Mason City girl who re sided with her parents at 509 street southwest would lave been 17 years old in August She is survived by her parents Wr and Mrs Edward Robinson sislers Mrs Marion J iVaggner of 1629 Washington ave nue northwest Mrs Elva son and Betty Lou at home and a brother James at home Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 oclock at OBIE GOVIG IS RELEASED FROM STATEHOSPITAL North lowan Who Killed Wife in 1937 Will Not Live Here By STAFF REPRESENTATIVE Picture on Page 2 INDEPENDENCE Burton Obie Govig Clear Lake and Mason City grocer was released Saturday from the state hospital for the insane at Independence to which he had been committed after his confessed slaying his wife Feb 26 1937 His release was gained by a writ of habeas corpus against Dr R A Stewart superintendent of the state hospital who testified at the hearing on the writ that he and his staff of six doctors were con vinced that Mr Govig is sane Judge R W Hasncr Waterloo who presided at the hearing re leased Mr Govig immediately after questioning oC Dr Stewart had been completed The superin tendent was the only witness called and the entire proceedings lasted approximately onehali hour Not to Live in North Iowa Mr Govig informed a Globe Gazette reporter alter the hearing that he was leaving immediately with his attorney John Senneff Sr MasonCity for Waterloo and CATHERINE KOBINSON Tongue of Girl Is Stuck in Beer Can LOS ANGELES JP Seven year old Joan Viehl has not per fected the technic of drinking from a beer can Her tongue became stuck in the opening when she tried to drink water from a can The harder she tried to pull it out the harder it stuck Hospital attendants cut the can away LOOK INSIDE FOR The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair Saturday night and Sunday somewhat warmer Saturday night except in ex treme northeast portion warm er Sunday except in extreme northwest portion MINNESOTA Increasing cloudiness possibly light show ers in northeast portion Saturday night or Sunday wanner Satur day night except in extreme northwest portion warmer in southeast and extreme east portions and cooler In north west portion Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday go Minimum Friday night 54 At 8 a m Saturday 70 YEAR AGO Maximum 85 Minimum 53 WEEKLY FORECAST Weather outlook for period of July 31 to Aug 5 1939 For the Upper Mississippi and Lower Missouri Valleys generally fair first half week occasional showers latter half cooler in north wanner in south portion Monday cooler in south portion Tuesday warmer middle of week cooler in north portion at close flay or he neveragain to Jiv in North Iowa In the near future he intends to pay a visit to a sister in Ar kansas and may spend some time traveling around to find a likely place to settle he said His two sons Billy 7 and Richard 5 are now with their mothers parents at Britt In your opinion and that o your staff is Mr Govig sane Mr SenuefE asked Dr Stewar during the hearing Absolutely yes was the ans wer Brought on by Worry The doctor explained that Mr Govigs previous insanity was o the type which was brought on by worry and overwork that be fore his transfer May 18 1938 from the state hospital for thi criminally insane atAnamosa hi was examined by a number o experts who agreed that he wa not of the dangerous type County Attorney Charles W Barlow who represented Cerrc Gordo county at the trial brough up the question of whether or no Mr Govigs transfer from the An amosa hospital was legal or no but was told by Judge Hasne that the only question to be con sidered at the hearing was wheth er or not Mr Govig now was sane Barlow Refused Hearing Mr Barlow applied to th court for the right to intervene i the proceedings in behalf of Cerr Gordo county but the applicatio was opposed by Mr Senneff am denied by the court Mr Barlow asked for a contin uance until afternoon so he coul bring a psychiatrist from low City to testify but the judge re fused saying that Cerro Gord county had no jurisdiction County Attorney John L Cher ny of Buchanan county took n part in the proceedings other tha to attend and made no attempt t oppose the granting of the writ Mr Govig left the courtroom with Mr Senneff and Dr Stew art who accompanied him to a Independence bank to identif him so he cash a check JOHN THORNBURG Human Bomb Gives Self Up to Ofiicers PAGE 2 Klemme Ayrshire to Sponsor Celebrations PAGE 8 Softball Teams Will Open Playoff Monday PAGE 9 FAIR WEEKEND IS PREDICTED Highest Temperature in State Is 88 Estherville Coolest DES MOINES weath cr was in prospect for Iowa ove the weekend according to th government forecaster Temperatures stayed below degrees over the state Friday wi Atlantic Council Bluffs and Bur lingtpn reporting a high of 88 Friday nights low was 50 Estherville The weather bureau said lov temperatures in the last 24 hou had averaged four degrees belo normal Relatives Gather at Dreher Home r J man slain In Des Moines were made by the C the back row to Dava PnlsUlvln Puls 6 Puls and H RITES MONDAY Burial of Local Man Killed in Des Moines to Be at Nora Springs Funeral services for Harold John Dreher who was mysteri ously murdered early Thursday morning in Des Moines will be leld at the Patterson funeral home Monday afternoon at oclock with the Rev William Salbreth associate pastor of the irstMethodist church in charge Burial willbe at the Rock rove cemetery southeast of Nora Springs Mr Dreher was born Nov 8 1895 at Nora Springs He had Deeri a resident of Mason City for the past 37 years Identifies Coat Mrs Dreher identified the rain coat which was thrown from the death car and was used as a pil low under Mr Drehers head as his raincoat The coat was brought to Mason City Friday night by Chief Harold Wolfe on his return from Des Moines where he iden tified Mr Drehers body Friday Capt Leo Risacher who also went to Des Moines Friday to as sist with the identification was informed Saturday by Mrs Dreher that Mr Dreher had left Mason City Wednesday noon with the intention of purchasing furni ture in Des Moines Mrs Dreher said that her hus band took a shiny black suitcase in which was a Society Brand gray suit with a faint pencil stripe The suit was size 42 Cornell style double breasted II had been cleaned a number of times Watch is Missing A gold watch was also taken by Mr Dreher but was not found upon him It was 16 jewel open face Elgin watch the movement number 15069287 and the case number 11470824 Mrs Dreher said she did no1 know how much money her hus band had with him but it was reported he made a deposit on the furniture purchased in Des Moines One of two hats thrown out o the death car was also identifier by Mrs Dreher as Drehers I was the straw hat A light felt of cheap make also found near Mr Dreher has not been identi fied The body of Mr Dreher was brought to Mason City Friday night from Des Moines by atten dants at the Patterson funera home ALIENS AKE DEPORTED MINNEAPOLIS group of 10 aliens boarded a Great Northern train Friday night to begin the journey back to their native lands The group includec seven Minneapolis relief clients who voluntarily submitted to de portation Harold J Dreher was a flower enthusiast and greatly enjoyed working in his garden and yard Shown above is airs Dreher with some flowers that he had grown sitting at a table on which he fre quently arranged the flowers which were his pride and growlnof which was his principal diversion Lock pjiolo Kayenay engraving Boy Experimenting With Motor Killed Conn experiment with an electric toy motor cost II year old Benjamin Orricchio his life He attached the motor to a small fourblade pro peller apparently intending to see how it would work in a bath tub filled with water Police ex PRINTS FOUND IN LOCAL MANS CAR AT BLUFFS Gun of Questioned Suspect Same Caliber as That Killing Dreher Developments moved swift ly Saturday in the investiga tion of the murder of Harold J Dreher Mason City sales man as officers in many cities cooperated in pressing the search for the slayers The late developments in cluded 1 Arrest of Mrs Henry De Pew 29 at Fort Dodge for questioning in the case followingthe arrest of her husband and another man in Cherokee 2 Making of fingerprints from Drehers bloodstain ed car found at Council Bluffs Fingerprints were rushed to Cherokee for com parison with those of two men held there 3 Continued questioning of DePew 23 and Dale L Oilman 25 The arrests of the DePews and Gfilman were characterized by officers ias the cluesin the case Fingerprints which were found in the Mason Cityans car discovered Friday in Council Bluffs Saturday aft ernoon were being rushed to Cherokee to be compared with those of DePew and Oilman Ballistics tests of the six guns which the two men carried and the bullet which killed Dreher were also planned by officers Have Police Records The DePews have police records at Fort Dodge on minor charges Although Mrs Depew main tains she has been at her home in Fort Dodge throughout the week detectives from Des Moines asked that she be held for questioning No charges have been placed against Mrs Depew but she is being held in the Fort Dodge jail Quiz 2 at Cherokee Attention in the search for the slayer ot the Mason Cityan also was Saturday at Chero kee Iowa where Des Moines po lice and localcounty officers were to question two men taken into pressed the beliet the shock hurled him part way into the tub causing him to drown WILL BE ABSORBED NEW YORK exclu sive Todhunter school of which Mrs Franklin D Roosevelt has been associate principal for the past 12 years will be absorbed soon by the Dalton schools an other private institution QREHER LEFT HOME IN MASON CITY IN NORA f SUSPECTS FROM FT SHIFTS SATURDAY TO FORT WOMAN IN CHEROKEE CAR FWW IN BLUFFS FRIDAY Points in which the farflung investigation of the murder of Harold J Dreher was carried on arc shown an the above drawing by Allen Patton From DCS Moincs and Mason CHy the InauirvFrf day night shifted to Council Bluffs and on Saturday to Cherokee and Fort Dodgcf Jn1urr T K custody there Friday Meanwhile a au tomobile was being held at Council Bluffs Iowa Authorities said it was Drehers car and that he had been shot in his own auto a few minutes before he was pushed from a car on Keosauqua way near the downtown business district in Des Moines Inspector of Detectives Jack Brophy said the two men at Chero ;