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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 21, 1935, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLI FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 21 1935 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 137 BLAST WRECKS HOME WOMAN HURT RELIEF STRIKERS VOTE TO GIVE UP RED LEADERSHIP Confronted With Threat of Losing All Union Labor Support Confronted with the choice of losing the support of the American Federation of Labor unions or giv ing up their communist leadership the Mason City relief workers in a meeting at 226 South Federal ave nue Wednesday night voted unan imously for the organized labor pro posal Abe Butler unemployed council organizer who earlier in the meet ing denounced the press and defend ed Harry Owens communist strike leader arrested Wednesday by po lice and sheriff deputies left the session when he saw that control had passed to the union labor lead ers Chicagoan Arrested Harry Oeadenko 21 alias Harry Owens Chicago was arrested at the relief strikers headquarters Wed nesday He is being held for inves tigation until word is received from Washington D C where his finger prints have been sent Owens admitted that he came from Russia but said that he came to this country as a minor and that his father was a naturalized citizen thus making him one also He stat v ed that he is not paid for his ser II vices but that he was furnished food 1 and a place to sleep by the strik t ers Owens admitted being sent to Mason City by Ira Meade Des Moines communist candidate for governor in the last election Meade Sends Wire i The arrest and detainment of Harry Oweritefteldorganizer of the an FtO smash and solidarity ofunemployment and the American Federation of Labor Meade wired local officers The breach between organized labor leaders who have participated in the attempt to end the strike of relief workers and the communist leadership of the unemployed has been growing ever since the walk out on March 1 when the reduction in the wage scale was made from 50 to 35 cents Wednesday night however union labor staged a coup and took over the situation Approximately 40 members of the butcher workmans union walked in to the relief workers headquarters as the meeting was in progress Raymond Buck corresponding sec retary of the union took the plat form and asked the relief workers to designate their choice Vote Nearly Unanimous If you are going to have these communists in charge of your meet ings we are pulling out he said How many want to keep the sup port of the A F of L he The vote was practically unani mous George Johnson business agent of the butcher workmen then explained that it was his purpose to organize the relief workers into a hod carriers and common labor union John Paul was selected by the re lief workers to take the place of the deposed Butler Await Next Move With these changes taking place among the unemployed the relief Turn lo pace fi column 3 France Asks League to Put Germany on Trial Iowa Peat Land Growers Open Annual Convention Problem of Acreage TAeWeather FORECAST IOWA Increasing cloudiness nnd slightly warmer Thursday night Friday cloudy probably showers In cast and central por tions warmer in extreme east section MINNESOTA Fair colder in northeast portion Thursday night Friday increasing cloudi ness followed by showers in southeast portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Thursday morning Maximum Wednesday fil Minimum In Night 34 At 8 A M Thursday 38 Rainfall Trace While the south and western parts of Iowa suffered from a se vere duststorm Wednesday this section of Iowa felt little discom fort or inconvenience The sun was obscured in the afternoon but the eiust was so high that little of it settled on this community The inch or more of precipitation in the past few weeks has been helpful in keep ing North Iowas soil from taking to the air Control and Seed Discussed The problems of seed fertilizer spraying and acreage control were discussed at the opening session of the seventh annual convention of the Iowa Peat Land Vegetable Growers association at the Hotel Hanford Thursday The job of battling wind which swept up thousands of tons of rich Iowa soil last year and the new one of crop control got the center of the stage before speakers had progressed far into the program of the convention New legislation for potato crop control was explained by Kris P Bemis Washington D C in charge of the potato work of the AAA at the Thursday morning session Used at Show Room The coffee room of the hotel was used as a show room for choice veg etables raised by the peat land growers while in the BirumOlson garage to the north of the hotel a large exhibit of the latest type of machinery for planting cultivating and harvesting was shown W A Hendrickson Estherville president of the association pre sided as the convention session got underway in the small diningroom of the hotel Interest of the delegates centered on the annual supper of the as sociation to be held Thursday eve ning at 6 oclock at which Prof A T Erwin Ames will give an illu strated lecture on A Little Journey to Old Mexico ExGov John Ham mill Britt will preside jr tato sections mostly the southeast but sufficient addi tional representatives from the west and north so that 16 states were represented met and requested the agricultural adjustment administra tion to draw up a bill which would make potatoes a basic commodity without benefit payments or proces sing tax Mr Bemis stated The compulsory principles of the Smith tobacco act were suggested As a result a bill has been intro duced in congress carrying out this idea the speaker stated The bill provides for a tax on the first sale of potatoes at the rate TUMI to PaKfc 3 Column 7 WEATHERBlEAU MEASURES DUST Storm From Southwest Ends as Strong Winds Die Down in Iowa Iowa Daily Press Bureau DES MOINES March lowans soon may be looking up from the evening papers to say I see where we had a quarter inch of dust today Charles D Reed United States weather bureau observer here started something new in weather bureau annals Wednesday when he placed a receptacle on the roof of the federal building here to meas ure the severity of the storm of yellow dust which engulfed most of the state and Kansas Nebraska Missouri and Oklahoma Weighs Up Dust Reed said his plans call for com puting the exposed surface of the receptacle today and the weighing of the captured dust The weight of dust an acre then is to be com puted Asked as to his guess con cerning the amount of top soil which Iowa farms and auto tops alike fell heir to Wednesday Reed said the figure probably will be in the tons an acre classification Strong winds died down and the dust storm from the southwest which arrived in Iowa yesterday ended today Forecast Cloudiness The weather bureau forecast in creasing cloudiness and slightly warmer in the state tonight fol lowed by cloudiness and probably showers in the east and central portions and warmer in the ex treme east tomorrow The dust storm at Waterloo was blamed for a traffic accident in volving four automobiles and a streetcar The autos were smashed together when the streetcar its wheels sliding on the greasy dust mixture on the rails crashed into the rear machine The dust was so severe that masks were placed on several hospital patients C L FITCH Iowa State College Ames SAM KENNEDV Clear Lake Vegetable Grower Girls Attacked in Their Sleep Are Near Death Pair in Hospital With Skulls Fractured Boarder at Home Held COUNCIL BLUFFS March 21 W Edith 13 and Helen Kuhl 16 sisters who were victims of a mys terious attack last night as they slept were near death in a hospital here today Both have fractured skulls and little hope is held for the life of either Both were beaten on the head and on the body with a blunt instru ment The attack occurred as the girls lay asleep in their beds at their boarding house at Pacific Junction They were found unconscious by Clarence Price 45 their uncle also a boarder at the home of Mrs Letty Graham Price was held without charge in the investigation of the attack Mother in Illinois Mrs Graham recently went to Illinois to visit a sister and left the girls in charge of the house Price was the only other boarder He had been boarding at the Graham home for about five months The girls daughters of William Kuhl farmer boarded at the home while attend ing school at Pacific Junction Officers were called to the Gra ham home after Price had tele phoned George Durkee living across the street asking him to come to the home immediately as some thing terrible has happened to the girls Found Unconscious CHARGESNATION WITH VIOLATION OF OBLIGATIONS Reich Ignores Notes of Protest From Italy and France Copyright 1335 by The Associated PITHS PARIS March today bluntly accused Germany of viola ting treaty obligations a a note which the reich refused to consider and at the same time asked the league of nations to put Germany on trial The French government requested an extraordinary session of the league council ror the examina tion The note to Germany said the Ger man action was clearly contrary to treaties and agreements and raised the most formal protest The French communication was similar to one of the Italians de positedin the Wilhelmstrasse by the ambassadors of both France and Italy but the Berlin foreign office announced officially that neither note would be considered Disregard Arrangement Whereupon the French govern ment disregarded an arrangement with Berlin and published the note which covered three typewritten pages It warned Germany that the de cision to reestablish its army was clearly contrary to the contractual Durkee found Edith unconscious He called and Helen Sheriff De Moss who arrested Price and then arranged for the girls to be brought to a hospital here A window into the bedroom of the sisters was broken and the screen was cut Sheriff De Moss said De Moss said he was told by the father of the sisters that Price two weeks ago had told him an attempt had been made to enter the bed room of the girls Kuhl said he loaned Price his shotgun to guard against a possible attempt The shotgun was found on the hallway floor outside the bedroom Sheriff De Moss said it Frances duty to raise the most formal protest against these meas ures with regard to which it now had formulated every reservation Ambassador FrancoisPoncet left the note at the German forgein of fice which accepted the document but told the ambassador that the note disregarded the real situation and that therefore could not be ta ken into consideration To Answer Neither This was taken by French of ficials in Berlin to mean that neither the French nor the Italian notes would be answered further than by acknowledgements of their receipt The German actions said the note are equally contrary to the declaration of Dec IS 1932 where by the reich government voluntar ily recognized that a general stat ute of armaments carrying equality of right for Germany with all na tions should not1 be made without the establishment of a security gime for all France insisted that the negotia tions between herself and England were completely free and fully compatible with respect of treaty right for the establishment of con tractual means of a new arms statute for Germany in a general settlement of the problem of sec urity and of armament and that the government of the reich had ap Tnrn to pace 6 column 21 Blast Shatters Horne to Kindling AT 9 OCLOCK CITY high schools auditorium will be open to bas ketball fans AT OCLOCK CITYS Mohawk bas ketball team will take the floor at Cedar Falls in fourth quest for a state basketball title WHOLE story will be brought to Mason City through the cooperation of Mason City high school and the GlobeGa zette over the GlobeGa zettes special telephone wires direct from the state tourna ment floor loudspeakers wfil make it possible for everyone in the high school auditorium to hear the basketbybaskel story as the Mohawks meet In dependence SERVICE on the state tournament will not include com plete broadcasts of the night games the evening service available will not include main Iowa radio stations CITY high school and the GlobeGazette welcome bas ketball fans as their guests THURSDAY EVENING AT 8 OCLOCK NO ADMISSION CHARGE Above Is a closeup of the Meurs home showing he bed on which Mrs Alex Meurs was lying when she was blown from the second floor bedroom The walls beneath on the south and west side ofthe house had been blown away and the floor tumbled to the ground To the right will he seen the piano blown on to the front porch by the force of the blast Below is a general view of the house taken from the street a short time after the explosion occurred The entire east wall of tho home was blown away by the blast leaving the second floor balanced on the inner wall The roof of the front porch is shown blown across the sidewalk Flying walls did extensive damage to the homes on either side Photos by Lock cuts byKayenay Engraving company TAX REJECT State Senate Votes 27 to 20 Against Increasing Exemptions DES MOINES March 20 The state senate this afternoon de feated the Invin bill to increase ex emptions to the state income tax The vote was 20 to 27 Previously an amendment to in crease the tax on net incomes over from 5 to 6 per cent was written in the bill by a vote of 30 to 20 Sponsored by Senator H L Ir win D of DeWitt the measure was taken up as a special order of business Irwin said his bill was not un friendly to the present state income tax but would serve instead to make the existing law more work able and more satisfacatory to the people of Iowa Affect First Payment He said in his opinion the bill if enacted would affect the first state income tax pavment which is due March 31 Under the Irwin bill single per sons would be allowed an exemption of 51000 from net income the head of a family or married person SlSOO exemption and S200 credit addition al would be allowed for each child or dependent The present law provides that sin gle persons may deduct 56 and married couples 512 from the amount of the taxon gross income Tnrn to 3 oliimn A Increase in Relief Bill Is Rejected WASHINGTON March 21 The senate today rejected the La Follette amendment to add S5000 000000 for public works to the 880000000 relief bill The vote was 78 to 8 Those voting for it were Bilbo Costigan Neely and Thomas Utah democrats Lafollette progressive and Cutting Frazier and Nye re publicans Complete Disagreement In urging the addition La Fol lette told the senate he was in complete disagreement with those who say the unemployment emer gency can be met successfully through imposing taxes at this time The workrelief program de sired by President Roosevelt al ready much modified still faced ef forts to add silver purchase pro visions The house expected to get down to some trial ballots on the cash bonus issue Advocates of payment through currency expansion claimed cnousjh votes to win but followers of the American Legion bill to leave the method of payment un defined refused to concede defeat Study London Report Down Pennsylvania avenue ad ministration officials were studying a report from the London embassy giving British reaction to the European tumult over Germanys rearmament plans Other developments James A Emery counsel for the national association of manufactur ers told the senate labor committee Turn runt3 Column 3 PHONE TALK WITH COOPER RELATED Collins on Stand to Tell of Being Promised Job by Liquor Chief Bv GEORGE MILLS lima Daily Press Bureau DES MOINES March mony concerning an alleged promise of Harold M Cooper liquor com mission chairman to give a candi date a job in return for withdraw ing from a state representative race in 1934 was scheduled to be offered this afternoon before the liquor in vestigating committee Attorney Floyd Page Denison who is directing the investigation said J H Collins Fonda defeated candidate for state representative in Pocohantas county and Mabel Kenning a Fonda stenographer were to testify when the committee resumed its probe of the states liquor affairs this afternoon Tell of Conversation Attorney Page verified a report that Collins and Miss Kenning would testify to a transcript of a telephone conversation in which Collins and Cooper are said to have participated and which Miss Ken ning is said to have taken in short hand while sitting in on the con versation unbeknownst to Cooper Cooper would not comment today when questioned concerning the re ported telephone conversation The defeat of Marion Bruce Rolfe In the republican primary in 1932 with Jens Thompson the vic tor in the same primary ami later in the general election set the stage Turn 1o pnsf ft rolnrmi X AT LOCALHOSPITAL Leak in Gas Pipe Seen as Possible Reason for Explosion Mrs Alex Meurs 44 years old 18 Twelfth street southeast is in a serious condition at the Park hos pital where she is recovering from injuries received when her home was crushed by a terrific explosion at oclock Thursday noon The cause of the explosion was undetermined Thursday afternoon It was believed that a leak in the gas pipe might have caused the house to become filled by the fuel but a check at the Peoples Gas and Electric company offices showed no gas leak reported Was Lying In Bed Mrs Meurs was lying on a bed on the second floor in the southwest corner of the house at the time of the explosion and was hurled to the round when the entire lower PREMONITION The nine guests at a dinner party given at the J R Wishard home 1105 South Federal ave nue were discussing what ap peared to be a premonition of tragedy in the mind of Mrs Alex Meurs victim of an explosion which destroyed her home at noon Thursday Have you noticed that smell of gas in our house she in quired of her husband during the course of the evening Mr Meurs replied in the neg ative Well I have she L Continued It seems she continued that I get used to it when I stay in the house but when I go outdoors and then come back in I can smell it very distinctly I wonder if it would be pos sible for us to have an explo sion she inquired of the group There was assurance from somebody that if the leak wasnt great enough to be more easily detected there wasnt any great danger Anyway she concluded if I go on smelling that gas tomor row Im goingto call the P G and Inquiry at the P G and E fol lowing the explosion elicited the statement that there had been no call from Mrs Meurs structure of the home blown out and four walls gave way com pletely The force of the explosion ap Deared to come from the basement oward the front of the house The entire structure was lifted off its foundations and tilted back from the street toward the northwest The spreading of the outside walls caused the second floor to fall al most to the level of the ground on he southside while the south wall was tilted back over the ruins Force in Center The force of the explosion seemed to be concentrated in the center sart of the house so the top floors Turn D 3 Colu 1 Know the Rules Parliamentary law bewildering as t is to many lawmakers is easy to earn when it is explained to you in clear nontechnical language with plenty of examples of its practical application That is what our booklet on this subject brings to you Armed with it you can preside over or participate in any meeting and be sure that you will conform o the established rules of proced ure Every American is a joiner and sooner or later he will find that he needs this booklet Send today for your copy enclosing 10 cents to cover cost and postage coupon Use this The Mason City GlobeGazette Information Bureau Frederic J Haskin director Washington D C I enclose 10 cents tn com carefully wrapped for a book let on parliamentary law Name Street City State Mail to Washington D C i I ;