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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 29, 1931, Mason City, Iowa HARLOM E R HIS MEM 4 ART DEPT OF Or S MO I A North Iowas Edited for the Home NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XXXVII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 29 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE 193 IOWA MERCURY HOVERS AT 100 MARK j LOST i IN FIRE STARTED FROM SPARKLER Community Leaders Predict New and Finer City to Spring From Ruins of Old Uniform Plan of aef Reconstruction Considered j By STAFF REPRESENTATIVES jl QPENCER June conflagration which swept away 1 worth of property and disrupted the business life of the I community residents of Spencer have already laid plans and are starting lea work on a program from which will develop a finer and more beautifu city thanever tjjA A 10 cent sparkler lighted by an unknown youngster set fireworks stored in the Bjornstad drug store and started a fire which demolished a ma quarter of a block of buildings in the immediate vicinity and then jumped Main street to spread its devastation two full blocks before it was brot the under control shortly after 6 oclock s The flames however continued J rage well into the night and the ruins smouldered all day yesterday Estimates of the damage Sunday Tanged from a million and a half to two million and a half The only available itemized estimates how ever of the Individual losses gave a total of 51482000 i leads Nome Not Revealed The name of the youngster who Started the conflagration could not It never will be the p art of anybn6 to brand as a destroyer The future Spencer therefore may de I bate about the origin of the fire as Chicago has argued for lo these many years whether or not Mrs OLearys cow was at fault The flames and smoke were vis ible for 30 miles and were plainly seen at Spirit Lake 20 miles away A crowd estimated at 15000 per sons gathered to watch the fire and throngs were held back from the ruins Sunday by ropes and special police Plans for rebuilding were started Immediately by community leaders who predicted a new city finer than the old springing from the ruins Leo C Dailey secretary of the Spencer Commercial club has planned to call a meeting of busi nessmen to consider immediate plans Construction of the business sec tion according to a uniform plan is considered A city planner is to be employed to make the most of the opportunity to rebuild the entire business section with the utmost in beauty and practicability according to the plan Much of the work will be done before winter and many of the businessmen have already ex pressed their desire to have their stores ready in time for the Clay county fair according to E L C White editor of the Spencer News Herald who is one of the active leaders in plans for rebuilding the community Will Be Fireproof The new Spencer will be rigidly fireproof Mr White suggested City ordinances already provide for fire proof construction and additional fire walls will be built according to plans businessmen are contemplat ing The building will start as soon as Insurance adjustments can be made If the city plan is adopted the con Tam o Face 2 Column ITEMIZED LOSSES AUNT HET By Robert Quillen I didnt even know theyd rrmrried yet until I seen her without no rouge on an him needin a shave SPENCERS SMOULDERING FIRE RUINS Undaunted Spencer Makes Plans for Rebuilding HEAT WAVE FATAL TO 41 DROWNING CRASHES TAKE 17 list contains the names o 1 the 75 Spencer busincsse which suffered a complete loss in the devastating fire of late Satur day afternoon With each name i an estimate of loss including build ings fixtures equipment and mer chandise While the estimates wer hurriedly drawn the person who di ft was conversantwltlf values and the total 1 to be considered a fair guess at th total cost of the conflagration In the figures where more tha one business or office occupied building the value of the buildin has been added to that of the stoc and furnishings of the largest con cern in that building The othe estimates are on the value of stocl and furnishings alone This first set of losses include buildings on the west side of Mai street between Fourth and Fift streets where the fire originated Otto A Bjornstad drug store Bell telephone office and heac quarters 485000 Graham department store 000 Stemen department store 000 American Legion hall Clay County National bank 000 Cornwall and Cornwall law o flees Baldwin and James law office Kon Kail photograph studio 000 C Bon Bjornstad hardware 000 Al of the followinglosses were incurred on the east side of Main street between Fourth and Pine streets East side of Main between Fourth and railroad tracks distance of two blocks Rexnll drug store Dr C A Flllgraf dental office Mayors office and council rooms ScottMItchelltree real estate of fice Flindt clothing store K and D Bootery Fraser apartments Bee Hive L C Burr department store 000 Grand opera house Grand Indoor golf course Grand poo hall Woolworth store Dr C E Golly dental office 000 Twetten furniture store Johnson drug store Electric shoo repair William C Steel clothing store Marlposa beauty shop Gus cafe Moore apartments Solon theater Spencer car storage Bob Wallace mercantile store North Iowa Grain company of fice Spencer dry cleaners Bob Sands welding shop Miller pinning mill Mrs Vicks millinery shop 000 Spencer Gas company offices Hirdemon Jewelry store Gordons restaurant Red and APs barber shop Judds cafe to rsjo z Column Anderson to Await Trial at Anamosa Pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity Before Clark These two pictures tell morn than columns of type uuout what to many another community would ho regarded as a great catastrophe To Spencer however it was ut a challenge Plans for rebuild Ing along more ambitious lines were being drawn while thesmoke from these ruins was still present Tho upper view is from the roof of the Tangncy McGinn hotel nt Main and Pine streets It shows tho two blocks on tho cast side of Main street which were wiped out except for corner buildings in tho one block Tho structures in tho foreground appar ently arenot greatly damaged but they were gutted and it is doubtful if even tio walls can lie salvaged In tho lower picture tlio GlobeGazettes camera was pointed northeast from Fourth street at apoint just off Main street In tho immediate foreground is what remains of the Otto Bjornstad drugstore where the flames originated from a lighted sparkler dropped into a stock of fireworks by an unnamed hoy Tho desolate appearing wall beyond was help ful in checking the march of the fire down the west side of Main fitrect Tiio flames however spanned the 100 foot street to the Rexall drug store und mowed down practically everything la that block and In the block to the north Fire departments from seven towns prevented a further spread Tremendous crowds limved u scorching tempera ture of more than 100 degrees Sunday to view the cheerless ruins semiseriously Will Is First of Candidates to Quit Field SANTA MONICA Cal June 29 you do me one favor if you see or hear of anybody proposing my name either humorously or political office will you name said party and send mo the bill Life magazine and I had a lot of fun last time run ningfor office but I am certain ly not going to try and Impose the same comedy twice My friend on C o 1II e rs George Creel it is by the w that writes that clever Kcyhola WILL ROGERS column in Col liers says that I am taking this running serious George thats the worst slam you ever took against my sense of humor I certainly know that a comedian can only last till he either takes himself serious or his audience takes him serious and I dont want either one of thoso lo roue t Column UJOTAKENO COUNTER PLAN French Council Has Report on Conference Belgium Accepts Plan WASHINGTON June 29 Acting Secretary Castle of the state department announced today that the United States would accept no counter proposal to President Hoo vers debt moratorium plan which did not fall completely within the purpose the chief executives proposal No agreement has yet been reached with France for the reason there are still some technical points to be settled Castle said in a for mal statement The United States will accept no offer which does not fall completely within the spirit and purpose of the presidents proposal The statement was issued after the acting secretary talked by transAtlantic telephone with Secre tary Mellon in Paris Because of a bad connections the conversation was unclear but it af forded Castle sufficient Information on the progress of tho Franco American negotiations in Paris for him to give a report to President lo JPase Z4 Column Globe Flyers Start North PacificJump KHABAROVSK Siberia June 29 the last long hop of their aerial clash around the world Wiley Post and Harold Gatty left here at 5 pm Shanghai time 3 a m CST today hoping to reach Nome Alas ka 2100 miles distant without a stop Behind them lay About 9250 miles of land and sea over which they had flown in four days 21 hours and 31 minutes Ahead of them was approximately 5750 miles including the hazardous trip across the straits of Tartary the Sea of Ok hotsk the Kamchatka peninsula and the Bering Sea which stood be tween them and Nome Far ahead of their 10 day sche dule when they encountered their first trouble at Blagoveshchenck the stop immediately preceding the Khabarovsk landing Post and Gat ty had experienced two costly de lays when they left here Their monoplane Winnie Mae stuck jn a mud hole at Blagovesh chensk and it took 144 hours to get it out and ready to start Here they spent previous hours over W Orville Anderson who Satur day made a complete confession to the slaying of his 6 year old son LeRoy June 20 pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity when ar raigned before Judge Joseph J Clark in the district court Monday morning Anderson will be committed to the hospital for the criminally In sane maintained In connection with the state reformatory at Anamosa until he is brot back for trial on the question of his sanity in the district court here in September according to the order of Judge Clark Shortly after tho hearing was over Sheriff G E Cross and State Agent George Atkins left with the prisoner for Anamosa Rcslsts Arraignment The arraignment of Anderson was resisted in court by M E Laird who by court order was ap pointed as attorney to defend the confessed murderer Mr Laird who Saturday afternoon filed an insan ity information against Anderson argued that the question oE the de fendants sanity should be decided by the sanity commission first and that if Anderson be found Insane he should be sent to the hospital for the insane at Cherokee at once and not be held In the local jail pend ing atrial in the district court next September Mr Lairdtilted court cases in which he argued the judge had the discretionary powers for this Coun ty Attorney Roe Thompson resisted the motion citing cases to show that the question of the mans san ity should in actions of this type be passed on by the district court rather than the sanity commission This too was Judge Clarks view with the result that Mr Lairds motion was overruled Rends Information The county attorney then read the Information which he had filed tarly Monday morning and which charged the defendant with first degree murder The information charged that Anderson on June 20 1931 while engaged in perpetrat ing the crime of mayhem killed LeRoy Anderson by cutting and wounding him Mr Laird then stated the defend ant would waive time and immedi ately pleaded not guilty Both the state and the defense agreed that the matter should come up for trial In the September term of court The question of where An derson should be held then came up The county attorney argued that the safety of the public demanded that Anderson be sent to Anamosa Hoofing Is Found A R Foster 1102 North Hamp shire avenue stated he turned over to authorities a section of composi tion roofing he found above tho cliff where Anderson confessed ho killed the boy The under side of the piece was stained with blood according to Foster who also said he found traces of blood on the shrubbery above the cliff whera Anderson admitted he threw the boy into the river Anderson stated in his confession Saturday that he killed the boy by cutting him and throwing the body off a 30 foot cliff Into the Wlnne bago river In the rear of his home 1430 North Carolina avenue Mason City Sets New Season Record of 104 Toll of Nations Seven Day Heat Wave About 200 No Hope of Immediate Relief By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THE blazing sun piled up an ap palling death toll today as the heat wave started on its second week Many aged persons ex hausted by the long battle to sur vive the oppressive temperatures succumbed The death list stood at 20 for the last two days and brot the total for the present wavo to 41 Four persons died at Dubuque and three at the old soldiers home in Marshalltown The dead Sunday were John Robertson 50 Ankcny farm hand Edward Sourwlne 09 Bur lington Mrs Bessie Bleucher 40 Dulraquc D B Stage 82 Stratford Wencil Novak 80 Cedar Bap Ida Miss Iano Hagen 72 Cedar Rapids Samuel E Peck 89 Mnrslnill town BOldlerr home Sirs Caroline Jackson IT Tils rah all town soldiers home Mrs Penelope Thompson 89 Marsh nil town soldiers home Edwarth Smith 49 North Uberty Jncob Van Kulzen Fella Gilbert McKlnnon 12 Cedar Rapids Mrs Gus Stamp 53 Clinton James E Hoffman 70 fell dcnd while plowing corn at Lis bon Leslie Gregory 55 Esther vllle farmer Mrs Mary Relchcrt 88 Du ll uque Mathlas Weltc 75 Dubuquc Mrs T E Rhombcrg DH buquc D A Huencke 69 St Don atufi farmer Frank Shannon 80 Water loo Sunday brot no relief as lowan jammed summer resorts and swim mlng pools in an effort to get coo No rain was reported from any weather bureau station In the state and the lowest maximum tempera ture reported by them was 97 at Creston Inwood and Waterloo reported the highest marks 106 Other high tem peratures were Mason City 104 a Markets at A Glance 103 IN MASON CITY Tho mercury had climbed to 103 degrees In Mason City at oclock Temperatures reported at 2 p m In other Iowa cities In cluded Clinton 103 Davenport 102 Marshalltown 101 Esther ville 101 Iowa City 100 NEW YORK pivotal shares lose 2 to 5 points rails and for eigns recede profit taking brings decline Foreign Exchanges Irregular sterling sags CHICAGO high tempera tures forecast decreased Argentine acreage bullish weather decreased visible supply Most Beautiful Woman in Poland Takes Poison WARSAW June 20 Eugenie Levicka gymnast instruc tor and known as one of the most new record Cedar Rapids Mar shalltown and Iowa Falls 103 Alta Esthervllle Fort Dodge Sioux City Clarinda Charles City Decorah Dubuque Forest City Iowa City and Davenport 102 Lamoni and Burlington 101 Boone and Keokuk 100 Dea Molnes 99 and Carroll Atlantic and Albin 98 FIvo Prostrated Two heat prostrations were re ported at Burlington Two also were reported at Dubuque Dick Kruse was overcome with heat near Crystal Lake while plow Ing potatoes His parents found him lying In the field He is improving A number of farmers near Bricc lyn Minn arc going to the fields at 4 oclock in the morning to work before the Intense heat starts About a dozen horses were lost by farmers near Titonka as a result of the heat Rendering plants over the state reported an excessive num ber of animals being received Crops thruout the state were be ginning to feel the heat accom panied by the dearth of moisture Unless rains are forthcoming shortly considerable damage is ex pected to oats wheat and even corn Temporary Relief Wind and rain brot temporary re lief Monday to parts of a parched midwest The loss of life toll how ever still mounted past 200 aa most of the nation sweltered in the on slaught of heat and sun Chicagos fevered brow was cooled by ft Lake Michigan wine that drove the temperature down 10 degrees to 83 at 11 a m The res By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS EVENTEEN persons died in Iowa accidents and drowninga Eight were victims of automobllli accidents seven were drowned vas killed by a train and one died if burns The dead Auto accidents Hnrlcy Morfort 32 Chicago George Greonley 1C Chicago Elmer Gail 33 Ottumwu Mr and Mrs N Sclmffman Davenport Mrs Adeline Hatik GG Mus cat inc Josluiv Hceny 74 Wlndham Mrs Ruth Creager 34 Dex ter Drowned Herman Jcnncwlne 26 Breda rgarct Shulz 16 Burling ton Earl Dunham 21 Burlington Jack Fnhre 26 near Burling ton Richard Cunnings 17 Hutch Ins Jeffrey Wcstfall S3 Rock Island 111 Alfred Christcnson 20 Ham Hn Killed by train Wlllard Smith 23 Wcllmjin Dlerfoftburnsr James liPannally IS buquc Richard Cummingj 17 son of and Mrs Howard Cummings wad drowned Sunday noon in tho gravel pit two miles west of Hutchins Cummings and his two cousins who arc visiting hero from tho southern part of the state went to tho grav el pit to swim Cummiugs jumped Into tho pit which was 20 feet deep but could not swim Several men tried to sava him but were unsuccessful Two physicians were called but could not revive him The body was hrot to Brltt to Treganza Wilkinson undertaking parlor Cummins was working foe Fred Welland who lives south of Britt Dronncd In Pit Herman Jcnncwlne was drowneil In a sand pit near Carroll while twoi companions tried to rescue him Edward Sourwine 69 died in Bur ngton Sunday following a heat Tostration Margaret Shulz and Earl Dunham verc drowned while swimming in he Mississippi river at Burlington unday night Harley P Morfort of Chicago wasr tilled in an automobile collision at faquokcta late Saturday night and lis companion Miss Edna Graul of Davenport was badly Injured George H Greenley of Chicago vas killed In an auto crash at Van Horn Sunday afternoon when the ar in which he was riding skidded Virgil Alberts of Watkins who was driving received a broken leg and possible Internal injuries Killed By Train Willard Smith of Wellman was tilled by a Rock Island freight rain near Wellman early Sunday morning He was believed to havs one to sleep on the tracks Elmer Gail of Ottumwa died Sunf ay from injuries received Friday MHvmnl J IVJL U1JU H14UVYU um nlw 41IUOI L i II hauling their plane resting and beautiful women in Poland died Plte was ony for a waitjpg for advantageous weather today of selfadministered poison Tam to Paso i coiamn Turn to 2 Column IOWA WEATHER Mostly fair and continued warm Monday night and Tucs day except possibly thunder storm and cooler Tuesday In in extreme northwest portion LOCAL STATISTICS GloaeGazettc weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Monday morning Maximum Sunday 101 Minimum In Night 77 8 A M Monday 89 Figures for like period ending a8 8 oclock Sunday morning Maximum Saturday 10 Minimum in Night 85 Sunday afternoons maximum was the highest by three degrees oj any thus far in 1931 but Mondajl started as another sizzler At oclock Monday oftemoort the temperature was 103 and apparl ently moving upward v ;