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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 4, 1937, Mason City, Iowa OF lf 80 I u f NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION S 4 I j 4 I fe ii VOL XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 4 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONt NO 128 BRITT SLAYER SUSPECT HELD HERE 1 TO HAVE TRIAL AT GARNER ON MURDER COUNT Runyon 31 Identified by Four Persons as One of Zrostlik Killers Identified as one of the trio who murdered James Zrostlik of Britl Thomas J Runyon 31 of Bethel Minn was brought Thursday aft ernoon from Sioux City to Mason City where lie will be held until his trial opens at Garner Hancock county authorities stated that Hun yon is being charged with the slay ing Runyon is being kept in jail at Mason City because Hancock county does not have a jail Before being taken to Mason City Run yon was arraigned at Garner be fore Justice of the Peace H V Reed and waived preliminary hearing He was held to the grand jury for the term of Hancock dis trict court opening Monday Runyon Denies Guilt I didnot kill James Zrostlik Runyon told a GlobeGazette re porter from behind the bars in the Cerro Gordo county jail Confident that he would be proved Innocent at the time of the trial Runyon declared that he has never before been in this part of the country that he never wielded amachine gun the Zrosllik killeivs had one and that he had never fired at anyone in his life Frank ly admitting the robbery of two Minnesota banks he nevertheless disclaimed any rough stuff dur ing theholdups saying 1 dont believe in no sense in cant do you any good Identified by Four Gruber an nounced that Runyon had been identified by four persons in con nection with the Zrostlik murder Those identifying Runyan were Eppo Gremmer and his three sons at whose farm home near Woden the three robbers who held up ana killed Zrosllik stopped about an liqur afterthe killing The three ate a meal at the Fremmer home and when they left they took the Gremmer familys automobile and a shotgun Grcmmcrs sons Stoffer Jerry and Henry identified Runyon as having been one the three who stopped at their home A charge against Runyonof en tering the Morningside State bank inSioux City with intent to rob was dismissed in Sioux City mu nicipal court Thursday by Judge Bernard A Brown Runyon imme diately was rearrested by State Agent Gruber for the robbery of the Kyota Natipnal bank at Eyola Minn In Custody of Officers W D Daly Hancock county at torney returned to Garner from Sioux City and Runyon was brought to Mason City from Sioux City by State Agent Paul Gruber Hancock Sheriff Leslie M Brower and State Agent Graham With the bringing of Runyrm lo trial foithe slaying of Zrostlik Nov 2 1935 Hancock county au thorities expressed the hope of the arrest of two more involved in tMe shooting the young Brill farmer Since the murder a search for the slayers has been conduct ed throughout the midwest with the arrest of many suspects who were subsequently released On Way to Church The young Britt farmer was shot while he was driving with his wife and child to Duncan to at tend mass The shooting occurred shortly before daybreak Zrostlik had been hailed to stop but the murderers shot him in his car be fore he had an opportunity to comply with their orders The shooting occurred near a rural graveyard Zrostlik was slain because the bandit trio needed his car A short distance from the shooting lliey had abandoned a car they had just wreckedand which they had stolen from a Des Moines hunting party near Bclmoncl Terrorized Gremmer Family After getting Zrostliks car the bandit trio went on until they came to the Gremmer farm There they terrorized the family made the Gremmers feed them washed up and then stole the Gremmer car which was found in South Dakota At the time the Zrostlik slay ing North Iowa authorities ex pressed the idea that the quick trigger characteristics of the trio indicated the bandits were of a seasoned and desperate nature and might have planned a bank hold up that day in Worth Iowa When they realized they had slain Zrostlik and also had wounds of their own to care for after wreck ing a car it was Jliought they might have canceled the bantc holdup plans Runyon Brought to Mason City Thomas 30 Bethel Minn was brought fo Mason City Thursday afternoon to be kept hern until his trial opens at Garner for the slaying of James Zrostlik Brill farmer Left to right are Sheriff llm Plialcn of Cerro Gordo county Hancock Sheriff Leslie M Brower nnd Runyon cnlcrinsr the Cerro Gorflo jail Note that Brower and Runyun are still handcuffed to each other just as they were when they made he trip from Sioux City where Runyon had been held Photo by Lock Kaycnay Engraving MnSZROSTLIK LIVES IN BRITT Still Remembers Vividly MorningWhen Husband Was Slain hope tlial the slay er of her husband be brought to justice was expressed Thursday afternoon by Mrs James Zrostlik i who has relived in her imagina j tion many times the horrible mor ning that hewas shot down beside her in a car For many nights following the slaying she was haunted by the sudden appearance of the slayers nnd still is nervous as the result of the shock of the tragedy For the past eight months Mrs Zrostlik has been employed al the George Quinnresidence in Britl doing housekeeping Living with her is her son Clarence James now 2 years and 8 months of age The boy was with her at the time of the shooting LOOK INSIDE FOR FRANKLIN M KREML Evanslon Police Officer Receives Safety Award ON PAGE 2 Mason City Is Rated as Sales HighSpot ON PAGE 15 Minnie Hines Guilty in Shine Murder Case ON PACK n Cleaners Take Year Crown in Y1 League ON PAGE 13 Pittman Bill Substitute in House Likely WASHINGTON anni versary Fresiclerit Roosevelts emergency keyed first inaugura tion found democratic leaders working Thursday to make per manent the new policies developed during the first tour years Senator Pittmans peace act of 1937 permanent legislation which embodies some of the neutrality aims written into emergency laws under the pressure of trouble abroad received Ihe senales in dorsement 62 to 6 But house leaders aware that Ihe pressure of other days had eased predicted their colleagues would substilule Ihe bill of Kep resenlalive McRcynolds which would give the president broader discretion in restricting war shipments to belligerents Debate Navy Bill House members prepared mean while to debate the navy appropriation bill which in cludes money for the building of several new ships and for airplane purchases The president himself will ob serve Friday night the anniversary of his first inauguration with a speech to democratic victory din ners Indirectly officials said he will touch the major issue of the day the court reorganization program His address will be broadcast between and 10 oclock C a T Another approach lo permanent rather than emergency solutions was Secretary Ropers suggestion that the business advisory council call meetings to coordinate the approaches of commerce labor and agriculture to the problems of wages hours child labor and pro duction control WriteNew Laus Two senate committees seeking to build a factual ground work for writing new laws continued their inquiries Chairman Wheeler DMont of the senate railroad finance committee asserted that 3 P Mor gan and company jockeyed around financing of the vast Van Sweringen rail and Industrial in terests among New York banks The Morgan firm supervised the u n d e r w r i t i ng of worth of Van Sweringen securi ties Johi W Young president of Federal Laboratories Inc told the senale civil liberties committee his company has shown committee agents only a part of the records subpoenaed During an earlier senate inquiry he charged some records were stolen from his files and he wanted to prevent that happening again Chairman J Warren Madden of the National Labor Relations board told the senale courts are in conflict over labor law in junctions Of 87 petitions to re strain the board Madden said 52 have been denied 18 granted tem porarily and two permanently Brings Fire o Station CEDAH RAPIDS S Imcs drove six miles to his fire to the fire station NolicVig a fire in the rear sent upholstering nf his car Imcs hurried lo Lhe sta tion There was little damage Traffic Bill Changes Rejected BITTER DEBATE ON ACT STAGED IN IOWA SENATE House Puts Off Final Vote on Homestead Tax Aid Act to Friday BULLETIN DES MOINES of the motor vehicle bill in the Iowa senate defeated late Thursday a motion to defer further action on the bill until next Thursday The vole on the prcposal was 24 to 24 DES MOINES Iowa senate after a bitter debate de feated Thursday attempts to strike from the lengthy motor vehicle bill proposed new speed light brake and traffic regulations Meanwhile the house turned down attempts to1 change drasli cally the Homeslead tax relief bill With the bill ready for final de bate the house adjourned until Friday morning The senate voted down the pro posed change in the motor ve hicle bill 19 to 29 The decision retained a 76 page section of the 212 page measure which one sen ate group soughtto erase Under an agreement however senators might later seek to eliminate the proposed new speed law Sponsored by Bycrs The amendment which would have wiped out the proposed changes in the Iowa laws of the road was sponsored by Senator Frank C Byers R of Cedar Rap ids who asked the senate to keep the law of the road provisions which our supreme court already has interpreted Why turn to something new which no one can understand Senator William S Beardsley R of New Virginia opposed the Byers move stating the proposed safety sections of the bill have the endorsement of the stale safety council the P T A and other or ganizations interested in reduc tion of the highway death rate We dont have any fifteen thousand dollar lawyer lo lobby for us Bcattisley said Were thinking merely of the safety of the people of Iowa Lawyers in Discussion Throughout the lengthy debate lawyers in the senate discussed how the new proposals would af fect automobile accident damage suits As a whole the bill would cre ate a separate slate motor ve hicle department enlarge the state highway patrol and revise traffic safety laws It is one of the largest measures ever introduced in the senate As finally prepared for a vote in the house the homestead bill was almost word for word as it came from the senate H grants exemption on the firsl of assessed valuation Again firmly opposed to any radical changes Ihc house clciill harshly with such proposals as were made Thursday However before il can reach a final vote the chamber must act on a motion by Rep C G Johnson D of Marathon to substitute his tax exemption bill for the senate piece Exempt NonKcsiilents The Johnson bill would exempt nonresidents from the sales tax but also would restrict them from any direct property tax cuts Just before adjournment John son look the floor in support of his measure contending that 33 per cent of Iowa property is held by nonresidents and that the house would regret ils action if it passes the senate proposal whicl he said would work great in justice on Iowa farmers Before hearing Johnson Ih house voted 73 lo 22 lo defeat move by Rep Henry L Da via R of Winlersct to substitute a gross receipts tax of 1 per cent for the sales tax which is re enacted by the homestead bill The gross receipts tax would re place all other direct axes ex cept excise inheritance and those levied on beer Another attempt was made by Rep Claus Randall R of Manly to insert in the bill provision fo the retention by merchants of per cent of their sales tax collec tions as a means of alleviating the northern Iowa border situa tion in which merchants hav threatened an April 1st si down strike on tax collection Randall however later withdrew the proposal indicating he would append it to another sales tax plan InwaiMinncsnla War Still another amendment apply ing to Ihc lowaMinnesoia mer A Dogs Iowas Flood Waters Many Rivers and Streams of State Overflow Banks 50 Families Leave lniK a cake floating iee ami without benefit of rudder these two iloffs came floating down llic flooded river near lUvcrton They were rescued by flood onlookers apparently none the worse for their ride Frnm whence they came no one yet knows Iowa Daily Press Photo LEAST 2 LIVES 4 Tenants and I 1 Firemen Injured During Blaze in 2 Tenements NEW YORK rag ing through two five story tene ments on the lower east side claimed al least lives Thurs four ten7 ants and II firemen and drove 200 residents lo the street in their nigh clothes Two bodies were found both charred beyond recognition Fire men beginning mopup opera tions expressed belief that many more bodies might still remain in Ihe smouldering ruins The blaze discovered shortly after 3 1 m by i girl tenant and her escort returning from a party spread swiftly through the two structures at 137 nnd 139 Suffolk street nnd burned with such jn lensily Uiat firemen had difficulty Belting near enough to fight the flames at close range The Weather FORECAST mostly cloudy Thurs day iiiglit and Friday somewhat colder Thursday night in south east portion rising temperature Friday MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy anil unsettled Thursday and Friday rising temperature Thursday nishl and in cast and south portions Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning maximum Wednesday 41 Above Minimum in Night 25 Above Al 8 A M Thursday 30 Above Precipitation Trace chants war was proposed by Rep resentative W J Johannes D of Ashton who said he as well as oilier northern Iowa legislators were on the hot seat in Uiis sales tax problem Johannes proposed lorevise Ihe bill lo provide that in the sale of new automobiles the sales tax would be paid by Ihe purchaser direcl lo Ihe counly treasurer This he explained would halt the exodus of lowans into Minnesota where cars might be bought with out the sales tnx imposition They might go into Minnesota to buy their cars he said but if they did they would have lo pay Ihe sales lax before they could regisler llicm This would give our dealers an even break with the Minnesota dealers This proposal also was withdrawn for later sales tax consideration Oilier Moves Defealcd Other moves made and defeated Thursday included one lo limit the Homestead millage credit lo 25 mills on the theory cities and towns would have an advantage over rural areas and a proposal to exempt all foodstuff purchases up lo 50 cents The first lost by a xote of 57 lo 49 the second by 80 to 19 but both aroused a storm of debale Proponents of Ihe millage change clnsherl sharply with representa tives of urban nreas who lield Ihe farmers now nie getting he best of Homeslead cxemplion at Missouri Valley as Waters Rise DES MOINES IIP Many lowi rivers and streams swollen by runoff waters overflowed thcir banks Thursday and flooded parts of two towns and spread ovev thousands of acres of lowlands Af Missouri Valley the back waters of the Boyer river crept four feet deep in Odells addition in the southwest section of the city Approximately SO families left their homes ahead of the ad vancing waters The flood waters moved slowly eastward into the Scalon district in the southeast section of the city No families however bad left the threatened section eaily Thursday afternoon New Break Oniiiirs A new break occurred on the south banks of Boyer early Thursday diverting part of the waters south of town spreading over hundreds of acres of farm land At Eddyville in south central Iowa waters of Ihe Des Moines river poured over a levee into the south section of Ihe town The Soldier river overflowed a mile norlh of Mondamin The Chi cago Norlh Western railroad traces were threatened by he flood While the East Nishna river re ceded slightly al Farragul il con tinued Jo run over ihe Burlington railroad tracks north and souHi of Riverton AVnsl Nishna Rises Hamburg residents close lo the IowaMissouri border in Ihe southeast part of the stntc omi nously watched the vising Wcsi Nishna which joins wilh the Knsl Nishna shortly upstream from Hamburg With both rivers at flood stage Hamburg feared many homes will have to be evacuated The weather bureau said the Des Moines river will rise rapidly from below Boone downstream to Eldon late Thursday and Friday with considerable overflow into lowlands from Des Moines south east to Eldon The ice gorge in Hie Des Moines river for the last 12 days al Tracy broke up and moved downslrcnm where it piled on the 15 mile gorge extending from Chillicothe upstream lo Ihe Eveland bridge Above Flood Slage The DCS Moines river slage nl Tracy was 1ft feel a foot above Hood laRc nnd the gorge at Eve land bridge had risen IS feel during the night an average of four inches an hour In the Eveland bridge sector all bottom lands were flooded Eight homes were surrounded by water Downstream at Eddyville the river singe was 19 feel an 8 foot rise since Wednesday Wilh the rivers flood stage at this point being 16 feet waters flowed over the Eddyville levee into the south section of town The Raccoon river which empties into the Des Moines had risen 91 feet in the last 48 hours at Van Meier and was conlinuing lo rise The weather bureau said the flood stage of 10 feet was expected to be passed in Ottumwa Friday Slightly Cnldcr Seen Mostly cloudy weather Thurs day night nnr Friday with some what colder temperatures in Ihc southeast portion Thursday night DECKERS GIVE PAID VACATIONS Hourly Workers Entitled to 1 lo 3 Weeks According to Years Service Fred G Duffield general man ager of Jacob E Decker and Sons Thursday announced a new liber alized plan of vacations for hour ly workers at the plant The Jacob E Decker and Sons vacation plan has been liberalizec so that hourly workers in the packing plant will receive one weeks vacation with pay after two years service and two weeds va cation with pny Eiftcr five years1 service Mr Duffield staled Those having 20 years service will receive Ihrcc weeks vacalion with pay This new niranEcinen was brought about at the rcqucsl of the elected representatives ol Ihe employes p laut conference board in the packing plant Alive Because Tram Was Behind Schedule DFS MOINES C McCormick 43 should never com plain aboul a liain being late Police found McCormick lying across a railroad track here a a m The train due at 11 a m wns 30 minutes lale McCormick wns held for cilion wore forecnsl by the wejithcrmni who said rising temperatures are in slore for Friday Minimum temperatures anlici pated for Thursday night North west Iowa 25 above norlhens and soulhwesl 30 above anc southeast 32 above Davenport and Keokuk re ported rain Other points whicJ recorded rainfall during the las 24 hours included Sioux City Council Bluffs Mount Ayr Des Moines Charles City Dubuque and Keokuk The official low early Thursday was 30 above nt Sioux City while the high of the last 24 hours was G2 nbove at Keokuk GALENA NOT LIKELY TO REACH FORMER CREST GALENA III rising Galena river menaced lliis cit again Thursday but the crest wa expected lo fall considerably shorl of Ihc flood two weeks ago The river rose during the morn ing lo slages of 2155 feet nl B a m 2185 al 9 and 2205 nl 10 n m The crest was expected abou 1 p mt however since the rive was falling upstream The cres of Ihe Feb 21 flood in whicl Ihree persons were drowned wa more than 27 feet Little dnmage was expectcc since merchants forwarned b heavy rains removed stoci from stores along Commerc street Few persons were reporlcc homeless Hockford III reported Al o an inch of rainfall during 111 night The rain iind ceased thi morning throughout northe Illinois The Rock river nl nock ford wns up several inches In slill two feet below Ihc all tim high established on Feb 21 RIVALRY AMONG UNIONS OFFERS RESH THREATS Iteel and Auto Firms Say C I 0 Not to Be Sole Bargaining Agency LABOR AT A GLANCE By The Associated Tress WASHINGTON American Bedcrntion of Labor reiterates opposition to John L Lewis committee for industrial organ ization C O moves to union ize all steel automotive oil and textile workers PITTSBURGH More steel firms hike wages and cut hours CarnegieIllinois Steel Corp announces it will continue to deal with all employegroups despite recognition of C 1 O CLEVELAND T h e Cleve land Federation of Labor sus pends five member unions affil iated with C f O PROVIDENCE R beaten and trucks burned in by striking Rhode Is land truck drivers D E T R O 1 MuiTy Corp strike affecting fi500 strike closes Briggs Mfg Co factory United Automobile Workers union H C 1 O unit d e m a n cl s recognition from Chrysler Motor Corp SARNIA Out Sixtysix persons jailed aftciclash be tween unionists and nonunion workmen nt Holmes foundry mnny injured some seriously Agreement between Northern States Power company and International Electrical Workers union ends eight day power strike BV THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Spurred byhour and wage con cessions in thesteel leather and automotive fields for hew union ization Uuusls in oil textiles and oilier industries labor leaders Thursday saw fresh threats of union rivalry developing Possibilities n dissension al ready marked between the John Lewis Committee of Industrial Organization and the nlder craft inions under domination of Wil liam Green widened with an nouncement Hint Ihc Carnegip illinois steel employe representa tion plan contemplated formation of an independent union Sloan Stand Similar Following steel managements statement thai ils negotiations with the C 1 O did not recog nize that group as the solo bar gaining agency Alfred P Sloan Jr president of the General Motors corporation announced its position was similar It empha sized recognition of the C f O as bargaining agent only for those employes who were members of the United Automobile Workers union Agreements paved Ihe way for prompt return to work in several strike sectors Ainons Ihcin worn 1200 rubber workers nt La Crosse Wis 15000 autn body workers in two Detroit plants several lum riiccl power employes in Minne apolis bindery workers in Chi cago and foundry men in Snrnia Out The Tennessee Coal Iron and Railroad company big southern subsidiary of U S Steel corpor ation joined in the industrys new wage and hour program for 15 000 of ils employes New Strikes Start New strikers started in three Detroit plants of the Bohn Alumi num company and in n subsid iary the Michigan Smelting and Refining company affecting 1200 persons In Akron Ohio the Fire stone Tire and Rubber company plant No 1 closed down forcing idleness xipon 8000 employes Upwards of 40000 workers worn idle in disputes affecting a half hundred business nnd industrial firms Supporters of Lewis snirl 1hn drive in the stool industrywould be extended lo Ihc nil nulo motivc and t c x e i I e industries C I O units sought recognition ns the sole bargaining agencies tor Chrysler Motor corporation and General Electric corporation em ployes A shoe union was pro jected by the New England C I O council More Wase linosts Several additional steel firms announced higher wages Among them were the Laclcde Steel com pany employing 1400 in factories at Alton and Madison 111 Shef field Steel corporation employing 2500 nt Kansas City American Steel and Wire 325 nt Anderson Ind Colorado Fuel and Iron 7 000 at Pueblo Colo A siirlown strike of 6000 night shift workers halted operations at a Delinil plant of tlif Briitns cor poration builders of automobile hnrlics A union official snici tha ;