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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 4, 1936, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 127 Says Byrd Is Optimist Stewart Sees Little Hope in War on Bureaus SOUTHERN IOWA FLOODS RISING By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON CPA Senator Harry F Byrd of Virginia start in a congres sional investiga tion to determine how much money can be saved by various consoli dations of govern mental adminis strative units and the abolition of as may be found to be wholly useless certainly is an optimist if he really expects to accomplish any saving Since early in American histor there hardly has been a session ol congress at which lawmakers have failed to demand curtailment m the proportions of Uncle Sams execu tive establishment d throughout this whole period Uncle Samuels executive establish ment has continued to increase its Cabinet Doubled president Washington started with five cabinet members Now there are 10 departments each vastly larger than the entire original five And theres agitation for one or two more education and public welfare for example Bu never mind the departments What of the extradepartmental federal commissions offices admin istrations systems corporations boards councils committees insti tutions bureaus and authorities There were few or none of these in oreCivil war days Then they began to sprout and then to over the Wash ington landscape There were 19 of them in Presi dent TaEts time Multiply in War Under President Wilson with World war conditions they surely did multiply President Coolidge in herited 53 cf them When he quit there were o9 President Hoover considered this altogether too many and put up quite a vigorous fight for the elimi nation of overlapping agencies and of downright uselessness Indeed his secretary of the in terior Dr Ray Lyman Wilbur on retiring gave it as his opinion that his department had outlived us raison It had so little left to do he said that other depart ments easily could divide up and at tend to its handful of remaining duties He favored its extinction Grows and Grows Nevertheless President Hoover went out of office with 10 depart ments still doing that as previously remarked not enough some folk argue As for the interior which Secretary Wilbur thought ought to be thats one of the most active of all under Secretary Ickes one of the most strongly manned and one of the most expensive True President Hoover did pretty well toward discouraging a length ening of the list of independent of fices and as the congressional directory describes them It was a list which he had planned to shorten He didnt suc ceed in doing that but it lengthened in spite of him by only seven Increase of Twelve President Roosevelt then took over 66 of these crews of independ ents Today there are 10 Some of them are governmental pewees like the FSBC but others like the RFC are as important as any cabinet subdivision handling billions In short If 10 cabinet departments are too many How much too many are 8 in dependent offices an d establish quote the congres sional directory Cry But Wont Cut Senator Byrd a Wilsonian demo crat evidently thinks that anything above 53 is an excessive figure That was the Wilson maximum An investigation probably can prove that 53 were excessive But whats the use in proving it Legislators yell about a redund ancy in executive jobs but gener ally speaking they wont vote to abolish any of them because they want get their influential constituents appointed to They 11 yowl but they wont abolish Maybe Senator Byrd is an excep Spent for Iowa Relief in 1935 WASHINGTON prelim inary report on the cost of direct relief for 1935 showed Iowa spent a total of of which per cent came from the fed eral government per cent from the state and 25 per cent from lo cal sources OneThird Levy onUndivided Profits Discussed SUBCOMMITTEE OF HOUSE TAKES UP NEW TAX ACT Senate Considers Morris Proposal for Rural Electrification Ice and Water Flow Across South Omaha Bridge Road WASHINGTON tax which would take on the average 3313 per cent of profits made by corpor ations but not passed on promptly I to stockholders was considered by congress Wednesday to meet Pres i ident Roosevelts request for an ad I ditiona of permanent j i revenue annually j First legislative licks on the tax program were put in by a house Sub 1 committee as the senate considered j the plan Of Senator Norris R i Nebr i for a 10 year rural electri I fication program and minor business held the house floor Possibilities of the per cent average levy on undistributed cor porate surpluses with no portion of the surpluses to be exempt were i discussed by the subcommittee with treasury experts i Other developments Borrowing Oversubscribed Secretary said the i treasurys borrowing j this week was oversubscribed from five to seven times i Gen Malin Craig the armys chief of staff who recently dis i ciplincd Maj Gen Johnson Hagood jfor criticizing work relief policies told a house committee that recent efforts to obtain WPA money for i needed army housing had failed Before the compromise i 000 rural electrification bill had ta ken a half dozen steps on the sen ate floor Wednesday Senator King I i D Utah introduced a substitute tn trim the io year program to i League Dolsters threat or I T I Engagement Of special counsel to i represent the senate lobby commit tee in a court test with Silas H Strawn over a blanket subpoena for his law firms telegrams was planned by Chairman Black Ala i Conferences on Friday The cabinet invited President and Mrs Roosevelt to a surprise dinner I Tusr west of the Iowa School for the Deaf Council Bluffs Mosquito creek flood waters bearing hupe of ice floxv the paved highway from highway 275 to the making it im passable The picture was taken looking west The o verpass th6 ground Fences damaged by ice can be seen at the left Iowa Daily Tress Photo PLfilMftFTEt FOR OIL EMBARGO Wednesday night to celebrate the third anniversary of the new deal Conferences were arranged Fri day with a French air mission in Sanctions as It Awaits Peace Reply By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS league of nations streng its threat of sanctions Italy Wednesday at Geneva while awaiting a reply from Italy and Ethiopia to the conciliation committees plea for East African peace The sanctions committee of 18 assembled to instruct its technical The thened day with a French air mission m committee to proceed with a draft tercstcd in establishment of a trans Qf a detailed plan for enforce Atlantic service The treasury centralized its buy ing of Canadian silver A large increase in airmail pound age during 1935 was reported Senator Harrison of Mississippi an administration leader was call ing on opponents of the administra tion to support the presidents tax program asserting it was a corn plete answer to those who have been shouting about unbalanced I Assault Upon Thrift Senator Vandenberg assailed it as the administrations final assault upon Some democrats did not like all features of the program which would pay a annual bill for farm subsidies and the soldiers bonus by levying on undivided profits of cor porations and dividends of stock holders Some democrats talked of mak ing important changes in the ad ministration program There were suggestions that banks and insur ance companies might be exempted from the tax on undistributed levy designed to force these profits out of corporation treasuries in the form of dividends to stockholders The dividends then would be subject to income taxes including surtaxes Relief Next Issue Besides taxes the other major is sue appropria tions for next be tossed into the lap of congress within a couple of weeks President Roose velt said he would forward his es timate of relief needs some time be tween March 10 and 19 Although the American Federa tion of Labor estimated that persons were jobless in January the government predicted a sizeable pickup in jobs in private enterprise government road build ing and PWA projects in the spring Hence Relief Administrator Harry L Hopkins announced the works progress relief rolls would be thinned by persons in the next four months ment of an oil embargo to have it ready in the event that the cam paign for conciliation failed Whether the oil embargo plans TeacherKey Witness for Poison Trial B E D F O R D CT Prosecutors Wednesday disclosed a signed state ment showing Miss Ruth Slagle school teacher boarder at the home ofMrs Anna Johnston will be a key witness at the trial of Mrs Johnston and Floyd Horton for the poison murder of Mortons pretty wife Although Miss Slagles statement touched point by point events lead ing up to the night when Mrs Hor ton died of poison capsules she took for a cold the school teacher appar ently did not know of illicit love ad mitted by the buxom brunet widow and the husky blonde fanner Officials who asserted Miss Sla gle is not under suspicion declined to make public the verbatim an wflcLner uie un umuaigw ever would be used league sources i swers of Miss Slagle on two key depended primarily on Premier i points but the content of her state ii u Tirill H Mussolinis answer to the league appeal for immediate opening of negotiations to end hostilities and a definite East African settlement Protest to Ministry The German embassy at Rome Wednesday protested to the press ministry against publication by the ofifcial Italian news agency and all Italian newspapers of reports of a supposed visit to Italy by German Foreign Minister Konstantin von fteurath The embassy explained it was not the German foreign minister but his son of the same name an at tache at the German embassy who was coming there en route to his post Diplomatic sources said however that the German foreign minister himself was due to come to Rome Big Paving Project IOWA CITY W Crum secretary of the Iowa City Cham ber of Commerce declared work oa a million dollar paving project on Highway 61 between here and An amosa will begin this summer within a few weeks The leagues appeal for peace was received by the Ethiopian gov ernment at Addis Ababa and trans mitted to Emperor Haile Selassie Wednesday The emperor is now at the front and government officials made no comment Expected to Agree The Reuters correspondent in Addis Ababa reported however that it had been learned semiofficially that the emperor probably would agree to peace negotiations within the framework of the league Such an agreement would be in reply to the leagues invitation Italys war expenses meanwhile mounted into billions of lire as the campaign in Ethiopia entered its sixth month Few fascist authorities however gave evidence of concern over the financial situation Sweeping banking measures adopted by the cabinet Tuesday were designed to give the govern ment complete control of the na tions wartime finances Sports Shoes Stolen WATERLOO here searched for women with suspicious looking sports shoes A sample case containing 20 pairs of the shoes was stolen from the car of George S Brady a local salesman ment showed she will be asked to testify To Ask About Rats 1 Whether as Mrs Johnstons confession said a bottle of poison nnd empty capsules lay on the cup board shelf of the Johnston home where Horton bad access to them 2 Whether there were rats about the Johnston farm and whether Miss Slagle had ever heard Mrs Johnston speak of poisoning rats Mrs Johnston said in her confes sion that she had purchased a bot tle of poison at a Bedford drug store last December to kill Judge Homer A Fuller has grant ed separate trials and set the trial date as March 16 but the prosecu tion has refused to disclose wheth er it will elect to try Mrs Johnston or Horton first Both pleaded not guilty to murder charges Quotes Mrs Johnston Thus rar signed statements of the stony faced widow Horton and Miss Slagle have failed to disclose whether poison pellets were substi tuted for two capsules containing harmless cold medicine which Hor ton said his wife removedfrom a scaled envelope and took shortly be fore her death At one point Miss Slagles state ment said Mrs Johnston asked her five days after Mrs Hortons death I wonder if Floyd Horton would see if the report from Iowa City came back yet I am anxious to know the report on the contents of the bottle of cold The state toxicologist at Iowa City examined Mrs Hortons viscera and found it contained poison Claims Horton Knew Mrs Johnstons statement de clared emphatically that Horton knew she had purchased poison to kill and that she had told him she would leave it on her cupboard shelf after he had said Til get it that after be had THREE DEAD IN MINNESOTA FIRE Another Badly Burned When Blaze Destroys House at Tracy TRACY per sons died and one was badly burned in a residence fire Wednesday The victims were Mrs Andrew Stahowiak about 50 a daughter Victoria 30 and a son Frank 21 The only occupant of the house to escape was the father Andrew Stahowiak who was badly burned The father who is expected to recover was burned while tryingto save his family after he had jumped from a second story window He said all were asleep upstairs when the flames awakened him He said he ran to a window and leaped into a snowbank and then when he tried to reenter the house he was burned Frank Stahowiak published the Tracy Reminder a triweekly pub lication Another son Edward lives in Chicago BUILDING STRIKE TO OTHER CITIES Mayor Sees Quick End to Walkout Labor Chief Less Optimistic NEW YORK threat of a nationwide strike of building ser vice employes was added Wednes day to indications by strike leaders that the walkout of building work ers in New York might be extended to other labor fields George Scalise international vice president of the building service em ployes union announced receipt from international headquarters of the organization in Chicago the fol lowing telegram If necessary and at your discre tion we will call out every building service employe in the United The developmentcame shortly af ter Mayor LaGdtrma voiced belief that the strike would be terminated Wednesday and James J Bambrick local head of the union expressed a less optimistic view of the matter Ready lor Fight If the real estate board contin ues to show the same rotten arro gance Im going to say lets fight it out in the Bambrick as serted The telegramseceived by Scalise read Your battle has electrified the country The entire resources of the International Building Service Union is behind you both financially and morally The executive board met in Chicago and made this de cision at 2 oclock this Wednesday morning that if necessary and at your discretion we will pull out ev ery building service employe in the United Clash With Police Sharp clashes between police and ON THE INSIDE LEW E WALLACE Wallace Outlines War on Lunatic Motorists ON PAGE 16 Winter Pheasant Loss Is 60 to 75 Per Cent ON STATE PAGE Stars of Tourney on Jaysee Honor Squads ON SPORTS PAGE Milton G Wimmer 44 Succumbs in Hospital ON PAGE 2 Robinson Replies to Dickinsons Charges ON PAGE 3 Cement Bags Available for Flood ON PAGE 12 some She asserted gotten it the he toldme he had gotten but Horton de nied knowledge that his widowpar amour had the poison The three statements agreed on one pertinent Mrs Johnston had told Mrs Horton she would fix her up some capsules for her and that Horton had been designated to take them to his wife from the Johnston farm The statements said the conver sation between the poison victim and Mrs Johnston took place at the Horton home one day before the farmwife died with Horton and Miss Slagle present Agree on Details The statements of Mrs Johnston and Miss Slagle agreed on details of preparation of the capsules Miss Slagle told how Mrs Johnston had difficulty in opening the cold medicine bottle and how after the capsules were filled Miss Slagle put them in an envelope and sealed the envelope The school teacher said she wrote directions on the outside of the envelope and signed it Doc tors Slagle and which she said was written just for Hortons statement declared that to his knowledge the envelope was not opened after he took it from the Johnston home until his wife tore it open to take her cold medi To Ask About Location The text of Miss Slagles state ment showed she will be asked to tell whether she knew the location of the envelope from the time it was sealed until the moment Hor ton picked it up When she told of the visit to the Horton home on the day before the farmwife took the capsules Miss Slagle said that as they were leav ing Mrs Johnston scolded Horton for allowing his wife to carry wood from a showcovered pile to the farmhouse when she had a cold The school teacher quoted Mrs Johnston as saying You hadnt ought to let Elta Mrs Horton pack in the wood that Bambrick in sounding the pos sibility of what he termed a gen eral added that he would confer late Wednesday with lead ers in other labor unions at which we may reach a decision which will extend the strike to other The clash between strikers and police came during a parade down fashionable Park avenue which fol lowed a mass meeting of strikers Appeal to Police Frightened tenants and building superintendents appealed to police for protection and radio patrols and squadmen were rushed to threat ened areas A police barricade was thrown across the avenue in front of the building where Gov Herbert H extending to mud1 Miller Confirmed as Marshal by Senate WASHINGTON senate onfirmed the appointment of George E Miller as United States marshal for the southern Iowa dis Lehman has his dence A strong part time rcsi concentration of patrolmen massed behind the bar ricade As the crowd marched down the avenue hurling stones through win dows and smashing doors of sky scraper apartment buildings police patrols assailed them from the flanks and succeeded in shunting small units into side streets Parade Broken Up When the marchers reached the barricade at Seventysixth street repeated police charges broke up the demonstrators and drove them westward to Central park Throughout the early morning emergency squads patrolled the East side and alerts were broad cast as reports of small maraud ing groups came into police head quarters police recorded a total of 600 in trict FORECAST IOWA Fair Wednesday night Thursday increasing cloudiness and rising temperatures possibly showers in extreme west portion Thursday afternoon MINNESOTA Fair not so cold in north Wednesday night Thurs day increasing cloudiness rising temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday Minimum in Night At 8 A M Wednesday 19 A 6 inch reduction was brought about in North Iowas snow level Tuesday when the mercury touched the highest point recorded since the early stages of the winter stances of violence and disorder and arrested 75persons Edward F McGrady assistant secretary of labor who is repre senting the government in efforts to settle the strike later was re ported meeting secretly with Bam brick Richest Baby in World May Be Most Costly Om LONDON little Count King Edward and the five other HaugwitzReventlow already known specialists in the Countess case do as the worlds richest baby may also be the worlds most costly baby an authoritative source said Wednesday His mother the former Barbara Hutton who is now pronounced well on the road to recovery after com plications followed the birth of her first child is likely to pay about in doctors fees for him this source will have an op portunity to contribute more to hospital chanties as a thanks offering British specialists such as Lord Horder physician in ordinary to not discuss actual fees These are arranged by the family doctor who called in the specialists one of whom said they are prob ably a good deal less than they would be in The all time high for medical fees is believed to have been reached by a certain Dr Dimsdale who was paid a fee of pounds about traveling expenses of pounds about anda life pension of 500 pounds about a year for vaccinating for mer Empress Catherine of Russia HUNDREDS HAVE TO QUIT HOMES 2 LIVES CLAIMED Missouri Valley Hard Hit With 250 Families Moving Out DES MOINES choked flood waters two lives already lost in their depths crept higher and higher Wednesday driving scores of lowland dwellers from their homes in southern and western Iowa The flood took its toll of life at Ottumwa and Anita At Ottumwa Leon Hardy 21 drowned when the current swept his boat over a dam in the Deg Moines river Falls Into Creek At Anita John Davey 14 fell into the swollen Turkey creek while playing on a bridge Carl Benson 14 tried to rescue him but barely escaped from the turbulent stream with his own life MissouriValley caught between the Boyer river and Willow creek was hard hit The exodus started there late Tuesday as the ice in the Boyer river jammed into a mounting dam where it flows into the Missouri southwest of the city The ice jam wag inevitable as the Missouri river still is frozen over Many Caught Unaware The rising caught many families unaware and rescue work was started about midnight as the water backed into the Seaton and ODell additions on the south edge of Missouri Valley Then a jam formed in Willow creek west of the city flooding Willow park CCC men manned boats aid rowed through the darkness to scores of homes throughout the area guided by calls for help By Wednesday morning 250 fam ilies had been moved out of homes in which the water had risen high enough to float first floor furniture The refugees brought to dry land by boats were loaded into trucks and brought to the city hall and the American Legion headquarters Hospital Established A hospital was established in a vacant house where physicians care Ior those suffering sickness when removed from their homes or who became ill through exposure About 75 families had been taken into homes of relatives or friends this morning Relief authorities also had a prob lem of reassembling members of families separatee during the night Several children unable to find their parents sobbed with fright as their fathers and mothers searched anxiously among the refugees for them Gas Supply Cut Off The citys gas supply was cut off by the flood which mounted into the gas station The water also was threatening to inundate an electrical substation which would cut off electrical ser vice to Logan Woodbine Dunlap Little Sioux Mondamin and several other towns in the area IowaNe braska Light and Power company engineers said Missouri Valley could be supplied directly from its power slant here which is not threatened the flood The citys water supply also was believed to be safe from contamina ion None Drowned Yet Officials in charge of the work said tney believed no one had been drowned yet but were worried concerning farm families living along the river to the south Several head of livestock were reported drowned Traffic to Council Bluffs was cut off by the flood which washed over highway 30 Though the rapid rise slowed up Wednesday morning the water still was deepening more than an incb an hour Army Cots Sent Adjt Gen Charles Grahl in charge of Iowas emergency flood office here reported Wednesday he has dispatched 100 army cots and 200 blankets to Missouri Valley He said the state health department was sending a sanitary engineer there A nurse also will be sent there he said to help care for several per sons who had to be taken from their homes even though they were sick with scarlet fever Health he addea also must guard against colds and pneumonia among the refugees for many of them were soaked and temperatures there last night were below No Use to Blast Grahl declared there was no use trying to blast out the ice jam m the Boyer river until the ice goes out of the Missouri nver Bed Oak on the East Nishnabot ;