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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 23, 1931, Mason City, Iowa i L0 V E R 5 M t i i T f T OF f A f s i f 5 i FATHER TELLS HOW BOY WAS SLAIN North Iowas DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS EDITION XXXVII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JUNE 23 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE No 188 PERRY i ANDERSON STATES i VICTIM REVEALED STORY OF CRIME Gruesome Slaying of 6 Year Old Boy Given in Detail to Officers in All Night Session v y ORVILLE ANDERSON 49 father of the murdered boy LeRoy was in jail Tuesday following his statement to officers early Tuesday morning that the voice of God i and the spirit of the slain lad had revealed to him the details s of the crime The boy whose mutilated body was found in the Winnebago river in the rear of the Anderson home Saturday noon was tHrown off the 30 foot cliff immediately after being cut in the abdomen and lower part of the body the father said AT GARNER TELLS OF SONS MURDER TIIOTO T1V KIRK boy told me I was inno oeBt of his death Anderson stated but he kept on talking to me and telling me jtocU place Then he put in his hands Once Dr Stam cut in on the conversation between An derson and the sheriff but the former did not realize it for several the boy tell you he statement was made Sheriff G E Cress Policeman Har lold Wolf and Leo Risacher and Jstaie Investigators Nieman and Questioned Anderson The officers had questioned An since early in the evening ut had got nowhere with him His Answers were evasive but gave no clew to the solution of the murder The state investigators had placed he father and mother of the boy n custody immediately after the funeral for the boy Monday after noon The mother was questioned briefly and then released while Anderson was retained for further querying The officers had talked with him lil after midnight They talked religion and other subjects Mr Atkins turned to Anderson and asled him Have you ever heard the voice of God OTHER PICTURE ON PAGE 4 The question seemed to open up a new avenue of revelations Tears started streaming down the fathers face Yes God had talked with him for 12 years Gradually Jthe conversation was directed to m the crime Dr N C Stam of the LPark hospital staff was called to I help in determining the mans men tal condition I God Talked to Him In answer to the officers ques tions Anderson stated that God talked to him Saturday morning and told him that the boy was go ing to be destroyed soon Immediately after the crime was committed the spirit of the boy started to communicate with him Anderson said He sat with his head erred anbVcDaUged thestatement No there were two men One of them wore womens shoes They changed shoes afterwards What did the man look like He wore overalls Described Himself Then apparently realizing that he was describing himself Ander son stopped Where did this happen Right above the cliff where the boy was found The boy told me he was thrown over the cliff and clothes wadded into a roll anc thrown down where I found them Did the man take the boy by one arm and one leg and throw him Yes that is the way it was How was the boy killed First he was struck in the fac with a fist Then a knife was use to cut him There was no blood be cause the had an oilcloth and some rags Murder Long Planned There waa an Indication that the murder had long beenplanned and brooded over by the murderer Every trace of the crime liad ap parently been removed It even had aspects of the perfect crime They wore gloves so their finger prints would not show he con tinued One wrapped up the blood AUNT HET By Robert Quillen My notion is marriages would turn out better if brides bad more gingham aprons an not so many silk nightgowns and the knife put it in his shirt front and walked away It was hid up north about a mile A fence post was lifted up and the package put in the hole and the post lifted back Then came a challenging state ment When the knife and oilcloth is found the murderer is going to con fess This statement caused a stir among the group of officers To Make Search Tuesday forenoon Sheriff Cress announced that every effort was go ing to be made to find this corro borative evidence But in this connection there was also the disturbing fact that the family went to Ventura Saturday evening and spent the night He may have disposed of the evidence somewhere while on this trip said one of the officers Two or three times during the long conversation with Anderson the latter seemed to deviate from the line of talk on which he started I threw the boys clothes down over the cliff he stated on one oc casion according to the officers I Anderson admitted that he had read up quite thoroly on the Hick man and the Loeb and Leopolc murder cases Mr Atkins endeavor ed to turn his attention and recely ed much support from Anderson on the philosophy of forordination Talks Forordination He led the father into conversa tion on the contention that tha which is forordained must happen If God rules that you are to d a thing you do it no matter what is dont you he asked Even i God should want you to go and ki to 4 Column FRANCETOHAVE COUNTER PLAN QUIZ CONGRESS Hoover Seeks Attitude of All Members on War Debts tARIS Juno 23 i tion in diplomatic circles indi cates France is now working on a definite counter project to the Hoover war debt proposal which will be submitted to tha cabinet tomorrow This counter plan it was said to day is based upon Hoovers princl pie helping Germany but it also takes into consideration Frances desire to keep on with tho Young plan and to assist Germany by pay ments thru the bank for interna tiona settlements The underlying idea is that un conditional reparations payment could be received and then paid bac to Germany thru the bank for in ternationai settlements It was reported that the cabine at its meeting today agreed to th broad lines of this formula but th details must be worked ar subject to modification31 V010 Re sumption Thcl Difficult PARIS June 23 state ment issued by the finance minis try tonight in explanation of the French understanding of the Young plan in relation to President Hoov ers war debt proposal declares that the application of the Hoover proposal would make it difficult to resume the Young plan at the end of a year lobe Flyers Start Off on Hop to Berlin Ruth Nichols Spine Cracked in Plane Smashup HARBOR GRACE N F June 23 Post and Harold Gatty of Oklahoma City Okla hopped off for Berlin Germany from the lying field here at p m Newfoundland daylight time The flyers took off hut a few hours after they had flown here from Roosevelt field New York Their takeoff was without event and they soared off oceanward with Berlin as their goal on a round he world trip The circumstances surrounding their arrival and takeoff made the flight one of the most hasty in 1he history of transoceanic flights No sooner had the flyers landed than they began making preparations for a takeoff They ate a hasty meal rushed back to the flying field sup ervised the refueling of their plane the Winnie Mae inspected it warmed it up and hopped off They were even too busy to pose for pho tographers and evidently gave little or no thot to weather conditions SMITH WILL FACE INSURANCE FRAUD CHARGESAT ADEL Manufacturer Refuses to Reveal What Happened Feb 3 When Charred Body Was Found in Truck Near Denison G I HU UiiUi HURT NOT SERIOUS CANVASS LEADERS WASHINGTON June 23 President Hoover is making a com plete canvass of all members of the senate and house to ascertain their attitude toward his proposed war debtreparations holiday It was said at the white house today that Mr Hoover had talked to all members of the house and senate in Washington and had con sulted with many of thorn by tele phone Those he could not reach by those methods he has telegraphed or cabled The white house did not indicate how complete the poll was up to date but it was said that over 50 per cent of the two memberships had replied NEW pictures today revcaifS that two vertebrae of Ruth Nichols spine wero cracked when she crashed yesterday at St John N B Her doctor reported by telephone how ever that while the injury was painful it was in no way serious as the cracked vertebrae svcrc not dis located and would mend easily and quickly The doctor said that as soon as the extreme soreness incident to the spinal injury wore off Miss Nichols would bo tightly bandaged and could then leave at once for home It was indicated that this might be in there or four days Ruth Will Try Again ST JOHN N B June 23 Miss Ruth Nichols said today she will make another attempt to cross the Atlantic As soon as T obtain enough money to recondition my ship and get out of this bed Ill be on my way she said ARNER June 23John M Smith Perry disinfectant manufacturer who has eluded officers since Feb 3 when he vanished as his truck burned near Denison started at oclock this afternoon for Adel in custody of Sheriff C A Knee to face prosecution on a charge or attempting to defraud an insurance company thru the substitution of a body Smith was found bound near here about midnight Monday His identification today was accomplished by officers work ing with many handicaps Smith attempting to hide behind a wall of forgetfulness it After he was positively identified he was willing to talk on any sub ject except that involving what happened on the night of Feb 3 when his containing ford I filed in Dallas county following ceipt ofword that Smith had been found at Garner Constant grilling by officers today left them still much puzzled on the attitude and motives of Smith He has given no explanation of his whereabouts since February beyond mumbled references to being cooped up in basement with a still by those TAKEN TO ADEL AWAIT WEATHER Accepting tho challenge of tho hoys father W Orvllle Anderson shown to tho rijjht above who said that when the corroborative evi dence of the crime is revealed the murderer of his son LcRoy left above will confess officers were Tuesday nftcrnoon again comblnjr tho river bank above the place the lad was found in tho Winnebago river Saturday noon Leo Allstot policeman is shown in the picture standing where the father says ho found tho boys clothes pointing to tho nlace In the wnicr where the body was taken out Ships Surgeon Says He Has No Thearies as to Death of Beauty NEW YORK June 23 G Jameson Carr surgeon of the Cun ard line today had the role of star witness before a grand jury investi gating the death of Miss Starr Faithfull The doctor said he had no theories as to the death of the beauty on the Long Beach coast He refused to make public letters which he had upon his arrival yesterday One in which Starr apologized for getting drunk on the Franconia May 29 was given out before his arrival Stanley E Faithfull Starrs step father branded the leter as false The letter was not in Starrs style he said Collects for Electrocution FORT DODGE Jan 23 Solamon Kipfer who sought 553180 damages after his wife was elec trocuted when she stepped on fallen wire last summer settled Monday with the Iowa Public Serv ice company for 3 GERMANY RESTING By LOUIS P LOCHNER BERLIN June 23 officialdom declared a one day mor atorium from overwork today with the realization that Ber lin or the hub in resppct to the Hoover debt pro posal The whole world waits for Paris Mittagzeitung announced in Tum tn 4 Oiltimn HARBOR GRACE N P June Hilllg and Holger Hoiriis will hope off for Denmark early tomorrow morning if weather conditions are favorable they said today The flyers arrived here yesterday after making their first atop from New York at St John N B JOHN SMITH Markets at A Glance Two Drown and Third Dies of Injuries Received in Diving By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two Iowa youths were drowned Monday and a third died of injuries received while diving Gordon Taylor 13 of Clinton was drowned in Clintons municipal pool His body was found by a girl swimmer one of 700 in bathing a the time Ainsworth Walker 16 Negro was drowned in the Mississippi river near East Davenport when hu stepped into deep water while wad ing The body was recovered Robert Gruntland 23 of Des Moines died shortly after he had cut a gash in his chest while diving into a clay pit ROGERS Former Official Sentenced ALBIA June 23 E Smith former Monroe county deputy treasurer was sentenced to serve 10 years in Anamosas mens re formatory after his conviction last week on charges of forgery of I school fund warrants I BEVERLY HILLS Cal June 23 we go again America run ning true to form fixing some oth er countrys business for em just as we always do We mean well hut will wind up in wrong as usual When some nation wants us to help em out they use the same old gag that we should exert our moral leadership and we like a yap be lieve it when as a matter of truth no nation wants any other nation exerting a moral leadership over cm even if they had one If we ever pass out as n great nation we ought to put on our tombstone America died from a delusion that she had moral leader ship Yours NEW YORK leaders yield to profit taking German issues sag realizing checks advance Foreign Exchange Irregular sterling sags German mark firm weak cables and favorable weather poor spot demand easier Brazilian cables CHICAGO improved Cana dian weather lower stock market easier cables and favorable weather to lower Young Iowa Man Killed by West Virginia Train CHARLESTOWN W Va June 23 D Lamb 30 Bloomfield Iowa died Monday of Injuries received when he fell un der the wheels of a railroad train at Harpers Ferry The young man had left a train for a sightseeing trip and was late returning He at tempted to board the train as it was 1 moving and fell under the wheels DEVELOPMENTS IN SMITH CASE SINCE DISCOVERY OF BODY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Feb 3 owned by John M Smith of Perry burned near Denison with body believed to be Smiths in cab Feb burled at Perry as that of Smith March request of insur ance companies body exliumed for coroners inquest March revealed body not that of Smith but of unidentified man and that em balming fluid indicated an em balmed body had been placed in the truck March D Garnen mar shal at Rippey reported he had seen Smith at a Rippey garage Feb 4 March learned that Smith had sent a telegram from Coon Rapids to his wife In Perry Feb 3 Mrs B E Rid dle reported that a man resem bling Smith had spent the night of Feb 3 at her rooming house in Denison March failed to gain any clews to Smiths whereabouts after questioning Mrs Smith March Otis Smith brother testified he had last seen John M Smith Jan 31 March eludes posse when he attempted to meet his wife near Perry three men who tossed me out their automobile last night Officers present said Smith did not recognize Knee when they met at first but later the Perry man in dicated previous acquaintance him They had known each other at Perry before Smiths disappear ance Knee carried with him a warrant for Smiths arrest Puzzling revelations were made in the questioning of Smith by Sheriff Hanson and County Attor ney H C Meyer Smith talked about almost everything but tho placing of the body in a truck which was burned near Denison Feb 3 and this body was first believed to have been him and an effort was made to collect insurance on his death Authorities stated that Smith would be taken back to Dallas county for prosecution Officers were of the opinion that tho eva sions to questions put to him were indications that Smith was n good actor rather than suffering from amnesia Fingerprints Are Used Positive identification of Smith was made thru fingerprints brot by Harold Gcssell expert of the state bureau of identification The finger prints which Geasell had were ob tained from his army records When asked by a newspaper man if he had1 seen his wife lately Smith replied No I havent Id give a hundred dollars if I could Then he was asked if he had Sure I have it In reply to the question where IE was he said Its in a bank When pressed further for nn answer he said A bnnk at Perry of course County Attorney Meyer asked him if he cared to talk to his wife but he lcplied in the negative Turn In 1BRn 4 Column fi Unemployment Reduced in Germany by 53000 BERLIN June 23 June and June 15 unemployment in Germany dropped 53000 to ap proximately 4000000 according to official figures made public today IOWA WEATHER Mostly unsettled Tuesday night nml Wednesday probably occasional nhoxvers and thun derstorms not quite so warm Wednesday in extreme north west portion LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum Monday 92 Minimum In Night 69 At 8 A M Monday n At 3 oclock the mercury had climbed to 91 j ;