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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1931, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas Edited for the Home HARtON ft HIS MEM ART DEPT NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XXXVII FTVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASOH CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH 61931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTALSERVICE NO 128 POTTER AND HAYES DIE IN FIRE Big in Politics Chewing Gum Cause of Speculation by Sol Bloom By CHARLES P STEWART and chewing gum philosop hized Congressman Sol Bloom are sim ilar That is to say explained the representa tive from the nineteenth dis trict in solicit ing votes as in selling gum ones appeal shouldnt be too highbrow Vending gum continued the Manhattan islander is prof itable nrovided it can be vended in More money ade out of gum than out different kinds of fancy of all candies put together Fivecent cigars top are the Dig revenue producers not the 25cent brand or three for half a dollar Theres millions in a good nickel drink once popularized champagne never piled up any huge fortunes VET THERES this to be said 1 admitted the New Yorker for expensive confectionery tobacco find liquid refreshments There IS a market for them Its restricted but it does exist Its adequate to afford a living to the producer who for one reason or Bates Tells of Rentals by U COBB AUDITOR TOO ILL TO GO STAND AGAIN Witness Suffers From Breakdown After Testifying TOWA CITY March 6 of W H Cobb university of Iowa auditor today shifted the legisla tive investigation of the school to activities of Secretary W H Bates who began testimony on the rtota of 35 residence properties Bates went on the stand after Emmet Tinley attorney for the board of education announced Cobb had suffered a breakdown and needed a brief rest Ennis Kelleher attorney for the legislative committee quizzed Bates on the receipts from each residence The report for last year noted that rentals totaled about but added experience has shown that about 510000 in rentals due are not collected Made No Report Explaining that he had not made a report Bates said he believed the estimate was high and that that loss was very little Inquiry the first property on the list showed rent totaling 5600 with repairs and insurance aggre gating Bates said he would not O1 CONSEQUENTLY said the con Vgressman an appeal for votes must be a jitney appeal just like a chewing gum salesmans appeal for business A chewing gum salesman by ad dressing the intelligentsia might possibly catch the patronage of a Turn i 1uco lli Column RESIGNATION OF LEGOE ACCEPTED Vice Chairman Stone Is Seen as Possible Chief of Farm Board WASHINGTON March 6 President Hoover has accepted the resignation of Alexander P Legge as chairman of the farm board Hoover planned to make a formal announcement later in the day It could not be learned whether he would announce Legges successor then Vice Chairman Stone has been often mentioned as the next chair man Legge sent his resignation to the white house nearly two weeks ago President Hoover is understood to have attemped to persuade him to remain another year Yesterday Legge conferred with President Hoover for more than an hour The resignation creates the first of four vacancies expected soon of the farm board C C Teague representing fruits and vegetables Sam R McKelvie grain and William P Schilling dairy are expected to retire this summer NORMAN E BAKER saldJ Asked by Representative George Miller of Shelby county why this particular house had been purchased Bates said it was in an area oC university development Then why spend money for im provements Miller inquired If we have no immediate plans for use of the land Bates replied we find it wise to fix it up Goes Into Income Before going into the rental ques tion Kelleher went over sources income of the university business of fice He asked Bates about the re lationship of the school to the Daily lowan student newspaper Bates said it was published as jounalism laboratory work by Stu dent Publications Inc and that its business office wag not connected with the university He was unable to give the names of the stockhold ers The lowan pays monthly rental for use of a university build ing Bates explained The school is not liable for any of the papers losses he continued but he was not certain about the disposition of profits Tells of Accounts He told of other campus accounts Memorial union cafeteria hospital and storehouse receipts all of which pass thru his office AUNT MET By Robert Guillen None of our folks was agnostics or atheists but Cousin Ben used to say he wouldnt believe a preacher no quicker n he would any body else Committee members interrupted the examination frequently with questions Senator W S Baird of Council Bluffs at one point asked Kelleher to expand his line of ques tioning Are you reprimanding me Kelleher said You may take the examination if you wish We can do it if necessary Baird responded Senator Doran read a report pre pared from Bates records by Earl Wisdom assistant attorney general which said that tlie repairs on the home of W J McChesney univer sity treasurer owned by the univer sity exceeded those on an adjacent Turn 10 Inge 2 Cnlumii 41 Examiner Advises Radio Commission to Refuse License WASHINGTON March 6 Ellis A Yost chief examiner of the Federal Radio commission today recommended that the application of KTNT Muscatlne for renewal of Norman BakSririacEapplieci for reV riewal of It had been ex tended from Jan 31 pending de cision by the commission The action of the examiner is not final must be passedupon by the com mission Yost said the use heretofore made by station KTNT of its frequency of 1170 kilocycles does not warrant the further assignment of this fre quency to the applicant station He contended KTNT was serving pro grams which subordinated the inter ests of the listening public to the interests of the licensee He said a license to operate a radio station was in the nature of a public fran chise and should be used in the in terest of the public and not for the personal interest of the owner In the broadcasting of station KTNT public interest convenience and necessity have been made a mere adjunct to the personal busi ness of the licensee Yost said The American Medical associa tion having disagreed with Bakers theories and practices in connection with the Baker said became the subject of venomous broadcast attacks by Baker from station KTNT the association being referred to as Amateur Meat Cut ters association and medical trust and members without excep tion being held up to the public as being unscrupulous immoral inef ficient moneymad malpractition ers SHEPPARD ASKS DEMOCRATS TO BUCK WET PLAN Calls on Whole Party to Defeat Suggestion of Raskob WASHINGTON March 6 An appeal for all democrats wet or dry to unite in a movement to de feat the suggestion of Chairman Raskob for a party platform propos ing state control of liquor was is sued today by Senator Sheppard of Texas a dry leader Sheppard issued his appeal in a formal statement after Senator Caraway democrat Arkansas as serted that Raskob had lined up on economic issues with the ex treme stand pat portion of the re publican party The Texan characterizing the program which Raskob named the home rule plan as wet urged the democratic party to devote it self to the overthrow of capacity monopoly and greed The dissension which occurred at the recent meeting of the demo cratic national committee when Ras kob proposed his wet plank is but a feeble forerunner of what will happen if he succeeds in procuring the recommendations he desires Sheppard said On the crest of furious storm which shook the of the committee Ghairin ax RaskoE i Yesterday thre iv down the prohibition gauntlet call ing upon the party to espouse a plan of state liquor control He named it the home rule plan A roar of denunciation followed applause Senator Robinson of Ar kansas the 1928 vice presidential candidate repudiated the whole Raskob platform Cordell Hull of Tennessee exrepresentative now senator and once chairman of the national committee took Raskob to task for bringing up the one issue on which the party would divide Senator Cameron Morrison of North Carolina joined in calling for the party of Joe Robinson and Jack Garner Alfred E Smith standard bearer two years ago chided his Arkansas running mate for jumping all over Raskob GandhisGoal Is Complete Independence Plan Allows India to Stay in British Empire NEW DELHI India March 6 independence is Mahat ma Gandhis goal in hia dealings with Great Britain he told news paper correspondents today His plan for complete selfgovern ment with disciplined rulo from within makes it possible for India to remain within the British empire he said but our partnership with England must be on terms of abso lute equality May Be Visionary Some of my associates believe British statesmenwill never recon cile themselves to absolute equality for India he said I may be a vis ionary but I hold differently I see the day when New Delhi and not Downing street will be the center the Indian nation When we achieve independence It will not be under tho British flag but under a common flag As a visionary I see the day when there will be no armies but it will not come during my lifetime Fenrs No Invasion I fear no invasion by the bolshe viks If they are trying to establish a revolution in India that presup poses that the Indian people arc more gullible than they really are Gandhi said he hoped tho first part of the new round table con ference would ba held in India and thesecondpartinLondonsrelterat FORMER MAYOR AND GUEST SUCCUMB AS FLAMES GUT FOREST PARK RESIDENCE irig tuatithe nationalists will press for complete indepenaence during its sessions Markets at a Glance MRS BENNETT IS NOT GUILTY Woman Accused of Bridge Game Slaying Bursts Into Tears KANSAS CITY Mo March 6 Myrtle A Bennett 35 wag acquitted bya jury today in connection the slaying of her husband John G Bennett follow ing a bridge game quarrel The verdict was brot in at p m The jury took the case at oclock last night Mrs Bennett burst into tears when the verdict was announced Then her tears changed to smilea I and shortly she was in tears again BANKS WAIVE ON OLD VETS LOANS Issuance of 50 Per Cent Note Does Not Make First One Collectable WASHINGTON Marcli 6 Banks increasing loans to veterans from the 22 Vfe per cent of the old law to the present 50 per cent of certificates face value waive their collection rights on the old paper The veterans bureau decided today a bank could not issue a new note for half the certificates value cov ering an old loan and present it im mediately for collection Bureau officials explained that the regulation requiring banks to hold the notes for six months before submitting them for collection re mains in force The combined loans in a new note are considered as a new loan eligible for collection six months after issuance The federal reserve board has ad vised Administrator Hines that simplified instructions have been issued to member banks to expedite handling loans The board said loans would re main eligible for discounting1 under the old law provided they should be treated as any other commercial paper altho the new interest rate is lower than the majority of negotiable banking credits NEW YpHK Standard Oil of New Jersey at 1931 low foreigns strong oils weak trade buying CHICAGO good snow Kansas and bearish farm reserves steady large Argentine exports and bearish farm reserves to lower ROGERS 9 BEVERLY HILLS Cal March 6 finally found how to keep from calling an extra session of con all the money a the last one That little fellow Einstein gailet away for Germany yesterday and we sure do miss him in California The radios the banquet tables ant the weeklies will never seem th same He came here for a rest anc seclusion he ate with everybody talked with everybody posed fo everybody that had any film left attended every luncheon every din ner every movie opening every marriage and two thirds of the dl vorces In fact he made himself such good fellow that nobody had th nerve to aak him what his theor was Yours SOUTHERN IOWA GETS BLIZZARD March Snowstorm Is Swept From Rockies Into Valley of Mississippi DES MOINES March 6 larch snowstorm swept across the outhern half of Iowa and tha northern part of Missouri today orne from the Rockies on a brisk vind Altho the fall reached 6 inch s at Omaha and Council Bluffs and inches at Creston dwindling to 4 nches at Keokuk farmers rejoiced The moisture is expected to be ispecially beneficial to new seed ngs and winter wheat for with no rost in the ground every drop vould soak into the soil farmers laid Western counties of Nebraska covered with eight inches of snow on the level which in some laces hampered motor cur traffic Drifts began to form in the nortli ortion as the storm moved into owa Northern and western Kansas also reported heavy falls At Phil ipsburg Kana where the snow be gan falling yesterday telephone nes were down Rain fell at Kan sas City last night and government forecasters predicted snow for east ern Kansas and western Missouri today Less than an inch oC snow fell In Des Moines and Sioux City and Davenport reported onetenth inch The coldest temperature reported in the state Thursday night was 24 de grees at Charles City Sioux City reported 26 Des Moines Dubuqvie and Keokuk 28 and Davenport 30 Slightly colder weather was fore cast for central Iowa tonight Tem peratures probably will range from 15 in the north to 20 in the south west and 25 in the southeast part of the state it was indicated Bodies Found When Firemen Battle Their Way Thru Burning House Potter Funeral Saturday A POTTER 60 three times mayor of Mason City organizer of public utility companies and prominent political figure and William Hayes former clerk of the district court here were burned to death in a bedroom of the Potter home 50 Beaumont drive early Friday morning The Potter home was completely gutted by the flames Friday afternoon following an iu which included the in terrogation of personswho were with Mr Potter Thursday evening is sued a statement saying death was caused by accidental asphyxiation by carbon dioxide gas at about 3 a m caused by fire in the room immediately below the bedroom in which tho men wera found The bodies were found by firemen who were called to the fire at oclock At that time the building was a mass of flames On learning from Frank Pearce soninlaw of Mr Potter who lives two doors to the north that Mr Potter was in the east bedroom oJ the house tho firemen concentrated their efforts on getting into this section of tlie ome Heat Was Terrific With water from two hose the re fighters soon got the fire suf ciently under control so one of lem could mount a ladder to the edroom window Finding it impos ble to enter the room even with as masks because of the terrific eat the firemen broke thru tho ront door and succeeded ia reach the bedroom thru smoke and uffocating heat While the body of Mr Hayes was ound in one of the twin beds in te room tho firemen after groping oout for sometime discovered Mr otters body lying against the feat wall He had evidently got up nd endeavored to reach a window le had knocked down a bridge WILLIAM R HAYES s Mr Potter and Mr Huycs succumbed from heat nnd Huf focntion in the Potter Iimnc which was gutted by fire curly Friday morning ROCKFORD BEATS MANLY 36 T016 Garner Downs Northwoot by 22 to 10 Northwood Leads at First Rockford defeated Manly 36 to 16 In first round of the class A teams In the sectional basketball tourna ment at the Mason City high schoo gymnasium Friday afternoon Garner downed Northwood 22 t 10 in the second class A game Fri day afternoon Bunkofske was higl man with 5 field goals WILL SELL ROAD BONDS ATLANTIC March 6 Cass county will sell 5620000 in rond bonds on March 20 The block vill be the last of an issue of 1500000 voted by the county in June 1D29 The last block will be used in surfacing U S highway No 74 across the county Right Now Youd Better write a poem about BIG SISTER SEE DBAILS ON PRIZE CONTEST ON TAOE 2 TODAY PICTURES The edition of the Globe Gazette to be printed at 6 oclock this evening will carry excellent pictures of the Potter home These were taken early in the forenoon rushed to Waterloo by automobile and are being re turned in time for the 0 oclock edition These papers will be on sale on the streets and at the newsstands POTTER FUNERAL TO BE ON SATURDAY AND HAYES ON MONO AY Funeral services for T A Pot ter victim firo in his home Friday morning will be held at the Congregational church at oclock Saturday morning with the Rev W L Dibble ia charge The body will be taken immediately to Waucoma where burial will take place in the afternoon with the commitment service in charge of the Knights Templar organization of which Mr Potter had been a member The pallbearers for the servlcB to be heldjwere follows George Pehsbn John Senneff Fred1 Duffield G M Woodruff Willis G C Bagley Frank Hanlon Carfield Breese and B C Way The funeral for William R Hayes guest at the Potter home at the time of the fire will be held Monday morning at oclock with burial in the St Josephs cemetery amp in the corner of the room Not even the covers on the Hayes bed lad been disturbed Mrs Potter who had been suffer ng from a bad cold for several days ms been staying at the homo of icr daugiiter Mrs Frank Pearce 22 Beaumont drive Call for Hcffner Mr Potter had been at the Pearce lome for dinner in the evening and lad then gone up town according to members of the family Later in he evening he returned with Mr Hayes and Ralph Finch insurance agent who lives at Clear Lake About 11 oclock Mr Hayes called J M Heffner manager of the PaV ace theater and asked him to come out for lunch and a game of pino chle Mr Heffner did not get thru with his work until 12 oclock how ever and not having an automobile went to the police station to as certain the possibility of getting a ride with a policeman who might be making his regular rounds thru Forest park Mr Heffner was unable to gei a car until oclock and as he was approaching the Potter home another automobile was driving out He found Mr Potter and Mr Hayes in the den on the cast side ot the house Were you sending a car for me ho asked No thats Finch he had to leave he was told Stayed 25 Minutes Mr Heffner said he stayed at the Potter home about 25 minutes and then left He was evidently the last man to see the two victims the fire The first call to the fire station on the matter came from the Mercy hospital where Dr C B Tice there for an operation saw the flames and told a nurse to put in the alarm Mrs C E Burrets who lives next door to the cast heard the crackling of the flames and called to her husband She rushed down im mediately nnd put in an alarm but was told that tho call had already been put in Mr Burrets was among tlie first to reach the sceno of tha fire A few minutes later Mr Pearce and others reached the house just as firemen started working Mr Pearce was awakened by tha arrival of the fire trucks Had Been Dcid Long Time After finding the bodies of tho two men in the bedroom the fire men sought a physician Dr T A Burke was the first doctor to ar rive and he stated the two men had been dead for a considerable period of lime Dr J E McDonald county coro ner arrived soon afterwards and made arrangements to take tho bodies out of the house Ho said an inquest would not be necessary but stated he was getting in touch with Mr Heffner and Mr Finch ill order to interrogate them about tho matter Chief Dan Shire of the fire depart ment stated there was no tangible evidence to indicate Hie origin of the fire which started in the liv ing room which is just below tha bedroom where the two men went to bed The general conjecture i3 that a cigar or cigaret was left smoldering on a rug or chair Died From Suffocation All of the furniture and fixtures in the living room were consumed The floor was practically gone es pecially in the west end of the room Turn to IHRO 2 Column J a IOWA WEATHER Inrtly cloudy slightly colder centnil portion Frlihiy night Saturday partly cloudy slightly warmer west and north central portions LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGsizelte weather figures fop 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum 3t Above Minimum 28 Above At 8 A M S5 Above The stormy weather slated for these regions failed to materialize Thursday altho the day was pre dominantly cloudy with a definite threat of precipitation in some form or other The sun broke thru tho turn to higher temperature levels clouds Friday forenoon and a turn to higher temperature levels seemed to be under way ;