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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 15, 1929, Mason City, Iowa pn 13 North Iowas DAILY PAPER Edited f fte Some AND MASON CITY VOL XXXV CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE REPORT MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAYMARCH 15 1929 FINAL EDITION UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE BLAST RAIL BRIDGE NO 135 JAM Only triMbama Rescued From Water CITIZENS TAKE REFUGE ON TOP OF OWN HOMES High Waters From Thre Streams Inundate Elba Ala By THE ASSOCIATE PRESS towns in southern Alabam were tinder water today with th fate of tho residents in doubt a creeks and rivers continued to rise Hesular channels of communlcatio were cut off and reports of condition were received mainly from refuse and from outposts of the nationa guard which was in charge of rescu work Mo check ot tho number c dead or injured was possible At Elba Ala where 4000 person marooned by ths high water a observer who communicated with th national guard base from a tree mile away reported that only the top of taller buildings could be seen abov the water He could hear tho scream of the marooned citizens Communication Cut Off Ala was under water an communication was cut off when th telephone exchange on the secon floor of a building was flooded Othe towns flooded included Plomaton Cas tleberry andBig Crcok Thirtyfive rescued a to saletj found seven women In flooded store Tying the motor boa they were operating to tho outside o the building they went in In rowboat and rescued them Efforts to carry on radio communl cation between airplanes anil the res cue 7iarties were made but the planes were forced to return to tholr base because of heavy fog XVhile Alabama was hardest hit many other sections of the country were suffering from floods Com munilibs In Isebraska Iowa and III nois felt the effects of spring freshets but unless rains set in no trouble was expected ItCvcr Rising Rapidly Tho Mississippi was rising rapidly At Memphis the river was more than Uvo feet above Hood level Jt was indicated that the crest the stvollen waters would be reached there by the middle of next week In New Bngland the Connecticut and other rivers were rising the Mo hawk in New Tork state being above flood level FATE IS IN DOUBT y Ala March 15 of MOOO residents ot Elba Ala 60 Hiles south here was uncertain this morning as every rescue party at tempting to enter the flooded town TURN TO PAGE Z COLUMN 3 Wea IOWA FORECAST Cloudy allfrliHir rolifar rtny generally fnir and tent perature in north anil west por tions LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGnzetta weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S oclock a m PYiday Highest Thursday 19 Degrees Jxiivesf in Xight 28 Degrees At S A M Friilar 33 Dedrees Truce of Precipitation in Jslght Thursday afternoon brot the highest temperature of several months to Xorth Iowa Mason Cityans in the flooded area are congratulating them felvea on their good fortune In thefact that such warmth did not come two rr thieo days previously when there wrts a large stock of snow to be melted nnd turned into Willow creek Thurs day WHS predominantly clear with wind from theemith Friday inorulnpr hid shifted into the north niul cloudft obscured tho sui FLOOD BULLETINS 3 Persons Rescued MONTGOMERY Ala March is national guardsmen has succeeded in rescuing 37 per sons a majority or them women and children from the inundated regions around Elba Governor Bibb Graves advised at a m The reacuo party was composed of the vanguard of guardsmen Bent from hero early yesterday Victims Perched on Roots MOBILE Ala March IB The high water is up to the eaves of houses at Csstleberry Ala bamas strawberry center accord ing to a message received by the American Telephone and Tele graph company and residents there were perched on roofs and In attics Twelve feet of water was re ported in low parts of the city Bill Jackson noted long distance swimmer rescued a lineman from drowning according to the report here Houses Under Water 1IOBILIS Ala March 16 The last telephone connection with Browton Ala went out at a m At that time several houses were entirely under water The water reached the second floor of tho telephone exchange and the operators were rescued by 40 loxvans Marooned IOWA CITY March 15 Rain during the night swelled Jpwa river hers about six leec abaya tFortymembers of of the city by three feet of water on the load Three large barges were swept over the dam here and demolished The city park Is entirely under water Iligli Singe by Sunday MEMPHIS Tonn March 15 IP a new rise moving down the Mississippi river and indica tion of a gauge ot 60 feet at Cairo by Sunday river followers today predicted the crest will be reached at Memphis by the middle of next week Iowa River Goes IJowu March IS reachngr K stage oC almost 18 feet the highest since 1918 waters in the Iowa river here legan to drop today The high point was reached Thursday when an Ice jam west cf Liscomb 15 ihiles north of here was broken and tons of water released Planes Drop Supplies J1OBILK Ala March o The Mobile Register was advised liy telephone today that seaplanes from Pensacola naval air station were flying over Brcwton and Flomaton Ala dropping bread to marooned inhabitants of Ihe flooded areas River Covers Highway KEOKUK March 15 rising DCS Moinet river has col ored the main cement highway TURN TO PAGE 2 COLUMN 2 HOUSE PASSES FLETCHER PLAN FOR HIGHWAYS Michael of Ottumwa and Crooks of Boone on State Boards BUJLLETJV DBS MOINES March 15 0 II Michael of Ottumwa was ap pointed ot tho state board of con trol and John S Crooks of Bound to the state board of parole for six year terms beginning July 1 Governor llanuulll today Michael a republican succeeds J II Striuf of Sioux City while Crooks democrat wilt replaco Kmcst Hamilton of BULLETIN MOINES March IS The Iowa somite today killed tho Patterson fjilj ivliieli make military training optional at the University of Iowa and Iowa State college It voted 32 to 14 to ac cept the committee recommenda tion fur indefinite postponement By I C KARTACK Associated Press Staff Wrltcf MOIXBS March 13 Iowa house of placed its official approval on Attor plan to palory in asum not to ex ceed 560000000 in action taken today when the bill passudBS to nO The vote was a baro constitutional majority necessary for passage Un less the vote by which the house passed the measure is reconsidered to morrow the bill will go to the senate for concurrence Proponents Of tlm Fletcher bill sought to null down the passage oC the bill immediately after the vote but failed to table a motion for con sideration SO to 54 Bill Was Amended Before passage the bill was amend ed several times the two more im portant added provisions being tho granting of authority to banks and trust companies and insurance coin pnnicg to invest surplus moneys In this form oc securities Under tlie Fletcher plan ot financ ing no moie thnn could he issued In warranls This represents estimated primary road revenue from TLRN TO PAGE COLUMN S Will Rogers XEW YORK March prison is kicking because Miss VVillcbrandt been sanding In government spies disguised as pris oners to ste bow the place is run Now I have been getting lots of otters from mends In there Every one of them rate it the best jail they were ever in They all say the warden could go out on his own and open up an inde pendent jail and have it filled In no time with WuiTTOoWS th type of jails They tlonL Utck on associating with bankers and even politicians but dont want in the same jail with spies NowI know and I know my friends in there and T just want to get it settled if I ran Jt will just ruin that jail causa everyone of them write me if kept up ihey would never jrn hark to Hint jnii aprnin So rto you can for cm Mabel Yours t mo Rebels Move Out to Meet Calles Troops Americans Stranded in Tor reon Cant Get Any Money From Banks 111JLIETIN MKXTCO CITY March 15 Ricnrdi Tapn chht f presidential staff an nnimcci at noon today Hint cav alry constituting the advance Kuan of General Calles1 army oc cupied Durango this moriiiiiff The forces of Hie rebel Gen Junn Getalliertn were stated o have Ilcii from UuraiiRo on the approach of lie federals going north Ijy THE ASSOCIATED PKESS Battle lines between federals and revolutionists around the strategic city of Toneon grew closer today as powerful rival armies were reported advancing on one another In an effort to come to grips Tha wide encircllnsr movement o leneral Calles federal commanderin chief to close In on Torreon and cut off the rebel retreat northward de veloped steadily General Calles himself was wirhin 20 miles ot Dftrahgo He hoped to capture a shortly and I lieu to cnn Imift northward along the Mexican national railway to Torreon Men Hold City DuranKo however mny bo a hnrd nut to crack It Iq strong stratti glcolly and Is ioported guarded bv 000 rebels Knur other federal armies wore ilso advancing on Toneon thVos from tf fail arKf onl from Ihc south Ths Kiv TURN TO PAGE 2 COLUMN 3 Mason Citys High Water in Pictures f A T T IIPfT1ITIT1C3 IXr PICTURES BY In this view the photographer caught one of the blasts above the First street south west cement bridge Ice for a considerable time constituted the principal hazard in con nection with the riseof the stream but eventually city officials with dynamite succeeded in clearing the channel Here is one of those venturesome souls who attempted to motor thru the flooded streets in the southwest section of the city This picture was snapped nt the corner of First street southwest and Monroe avenue looking to the east In the viaduct dip a block further west the water was 6 feet over the road bed Rridges along Willow creek became dams Wednesday evening when the flood waters descended upon Mason City Here is shown the Monroe avenue span at the end of West btale street Water found its principal outlet at the north end of the bridge filling the street between State and First street north The channel of the stream was outlined by the bed of ice which had risen to tho surface and refused to budge further LIGHTING IMPERILED BY HIGH WATER ON THURSDAY EVENING Cooler Atmosphere Causes Flood to Recede Crescent Drive District Flooded WITH tho waters In Willow creek receding after going on a wild rampage Thursday night that came within two inches of putting the city in darkness the workmen were making headway Friday afternoon in their efforts to break up ice jams at the railroad bridges in the northwest part of the city Tho ten blockade at tha Rock Island bridge was tha first to assaulted and attacks with dynamite will be mada on tho huge Jco cakes at tha North and Great Western bridges The crew had succeeded In breaking he blockade at First street northwest and tho field oC ice In West park At Z oclockFriday afternoon the water had fallen 10 Inches from tha islght reached in tha forenoon when there was ii general rise over a period t srjeral hours being two feet above tho top or tho dnm Thursday night ivater was four feet above the flam M Weather la Cooler at the brldgq spanning First street A cooler atmosphere during ae night and Friday morningwas given aa the causs of tho relief in the eltu Bridsa repair men were rapidly get tins tho Jt St L bridge into con dKlon again following the tearing out by the ice ot part of ths supports cakes Thursday night Residents ot the flooded Crescent J rive area warn making ralaixu to re turn homes history of yrhlcb waters In the Una Big Margin With the water lowed Friday the electric light plant had a large margin of safety attho Thursday night an other two inches of water would have forced the workmen to shut down ac cording to w J Hughes chief en gineer Aa the water continued to rise early In the evening His work nen at the plant wcro moving small motors In retreat of the threatening flood and making preparations tor a shutdown An Ico Jam beloiv the dam and Just abovo the bridge at the Red Mill D up Lime creek Kave way Thurs day night causing the water level thoro to drop 14 inches The fields on each side of tho creek are still in undated and tha water was again rising Friday morning However with tho water level two feet lower Friday morning the situ ation hecama less serious Attempts wore made to blast the Pennsylvania dam early Thursday night to owor the water level at tho gas atid electric company plant but all efforts vere without success Try to Ulast Dam tags of dynamite were lei ilown Hong the concrete wall or the dam but several blastings failed to bring results Then tho conduits thru which lectric cables had run were given Ibcrel loadings of dynamite hut this oo proved ineffective as tha charges esulted In mere puffs of energyless owdcr when tho blasts came out thru oth ends ot the conduits is the P G and E was preparing o call tha hotels hoapkala factories and larger business houses to give warningof a shutdown tho water be pan to recede and continued to go own until Friday morning At Us Igh mark Thursday night the water imclied a level of four within bout one foot of the top of the con rpte wails Due to the height or thB water level bova tho top oC tlie dam Thursday Ight it was Impossible to drill thru he concrete for blasting Blasting Rcsiimcil The city street department under rie direction ot City Manager p F lopklns and Engineer Carl fatchen Friday morning centered its attention n the Ico Jams at the railroad ridges In the west part of the city rter breaking up a large layer of ice northwest This action was doomed necessary la view of tha fact that tlie water lovel was at a standstill between and b oclock a m Friday nHbo It had receded about two feet since Thursday evening The stationary lev el for that period of time was a good Indication that a rigs will follow in the opinion ot City Manager Hop kins who is devotlns bigentire tlmra to the cause ot alleviating the condition cVeelc now Vasfree flow from the bridge at First street northwest but above the railroad bridgo thoro are a number of Ico jams which will bo blasted Friday Following the blast Ing of tho ico Jam at tho First Btroat bridge northwest Engineer Patchcn and his crew of 12 men will attempt t open tho Ice blockades at tho Kivk Island Northwestern and Great AVcsi ern railroad bridges 1n tiiat orlDr When the brldgea have jams at thcso been cleared an effort will be made t0 blast tho largo pv pannes of lea in the regular channel of tho creek which as yet hnj io nialnod Intact with the widened flow or water passing over it and around t In taking tho shortest course he Lween bridges Use Scind TlalluM The chief difficulty now as viewed jy City Manager Jlopkine lies in the ce blockades at the railroad bridges and tho pressure at tlie Monroe nuo bridge Between 40 and 50 tons of sand were dumped on top of tho anchor bolls of tho Monroo avenue irldgo Thursday afternoon and evi ling to prevent it from giving way tn ho swift current IVTS finding tho passage underneath the bridge ton in all Should this bridge torn out the looa condition would present a Bitiia tion unprecedented in tho present flood period ns the hulk of tho still lies Imprisoned by Ice Jams far ther west it Is felt liy Mr Hopkins The Chlneso bridge In Kast park wim washed out Thursday afternoon and the park become a rtumplnr ground for all the debris carried by the high waters ot tho creek Small trees wash tubs ioe cakes and otlwr Items have coirm o rest tliRro after bofnsr given n thrill ing rldrt over the dairi and tbe swift rapMH fovmnd ly Ice Had Xnrrow Kscnpo Uinn Ifl vffer tha TCKN TO PAOK 2 COLUMN 1 Easter Sunday March31 13 shopping left AUNT HEX By Robert Guillen I wouldnt live in a big city for nothin big an1 slow as am Ever time I have to go Llini a revolvin door 1 spank myself ;