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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 25, 1931, Mason City, Iowa North Iowas DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home MEM A ART or IOWA MOINESokW VOL XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AM NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION t of Mall Ships Heavy Pennsylvanian Sees Cause of Postal Deficits The second of two articles deul hig with proposed Increase of postal rates By CHARLES P STEWART A S H IN G T O N March 25 CPA busi ness does not actually want to wreck the postal service in Con gressman Clydo Kellys opinion For all that the Penns y 1 v a n i a representative is frankly doubtful of the average ultra conserva tives willingness to have a coop erative enterprise overly successful lest It breed a popular aemano for the coopera tive principles extension to other utilities especially telephones and the telegraph which most upto date countries already consider as naturally governmental as the let ter mail Indeed the Pennsylvanian him self refers to telephones in a fashion to make a private ownership stand patters flesh creep It cannot be denied says tho Keystone State congressman that the business is a great success from a strictly financial standpoint It has a great advantage over the postoffice in that only those per sons receive its service who pay a fixed monthly charge for an instru ment and they must pay that charge whether or not they use the instrument But would it be Sug gested that each American fam ily ought to be charged a regular monthly fee for a mail box Rath er it could be argued not that postal charges should be modeled Tuni to Fftffo 4 POLICEMANDIES s pflRolice and Students Wounded in Four Hour Battle MADRID March 25 a four hour battle today in which one policeman was killed and a score of police and students were wounded rebellious students of the San Carlos medical school aband oned the fortified building Police made no effort to detain the students but surrounded the vicinity of the building to guard against further rioting Eight police were known to have been seriously wounded and j perhaps 20 students Two of the i youths were in a critical condition 1 The trouble started after polics j refused the students permission to parade t Lack of Funds Likely to Halt Smith Probe PERRY March 25 bility that further investigation into the identity of the burned body buried here Feb 6 as that of John M Smith missing resi dent would be halted by lack of funds was seen today following the refusal of the Dallas county board of supervisors to vote funds for a second exhumation ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON fHTV THWA WPTTMTTCm A V TVT OK 1 noi 111 x 1UWA MARCH 25 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NQ 144 SENATE PASSES INCOME TAX ACT Fire DestroyPlighSchool FLAMES SPREAD FAST ORIGIN OF BLAZE UNKNOWN Insurance Held by Board Little Is Saved pHARLES CITY March destroyed the Charles City high school building here this morning in a short time gutting the three story structure and leaving only part of the walls standing on three sides Insurance on the structure amounted to SO000 The blaze was discovered at oclock this morning by neighbors At that time the east side of the basement and the northeast corner of the assembly room were in flames When firemen arrived fire was coming Irom the windows It is thot by firemen that the blaze started in the furnace and boiler room altho the origin of the blaze is unknown The structure had been built for many years and the floors oiled many times buined rapidly Flames Spread Quickly Firemen could do little to stop the spread of the flames which quickly went from the assmbly room to the entire structure The floors of the Buildings and the desks served to kindle the blaze The roof wag burned and the en tire east wall where the fire was first seen fell in The front walls and portions of the end walls are high school Plans will progress rapid v on this new structure The board had planned to use the old high school building for a junior high when the new structure was com pleted Erected In 1899 The high school was erected in 1899 and was of brown brick con struction No one was in the build ing when the fire broke out An ex plosion occurred In the chemistry room after firemen were fighting the flames The only thing which was saved from the burning structure was a file of records in the superinten dents office locatedIn the north west corner of the building Next week was scheduled for spring vacation by the students It is expected that the school board will make arrangements for hous ing tie classes after vacation Band Instruments Destroyed A large number of band instru ments were destroyed in the fire Whether or not this will have any bearing on Charles City high schools participation in music con tests has not been determined Journalists of the high school had completed copy for the annual and were ready to send it to the printers but left it in the building JURY HEARS LINGLE SLAYING CASE AaacitttdPieaPtata Hero isthe jury which is hearing tho trial In Chicago of Leo V Brothers St Louis on tho charire that Chicago newspaper reporter Left to right front row Edward Brown w w n Edseworth David Tatcel Herbert Thompson Lars Aadnesen Hear Herman Isaac son H w Crotaer Kclsgy Stone Jacob Schlosser Edward Larson Phillip Hagerman FOSTERS NAME HEARD AGAIN AT BROTHERS TRIAL Witness Claims He Saw Pair After Lingle Shooting COURT BUILDING CHICAGO March 25 Tin name of Frank Foster Chicagi gangster at one time accused of th Lingle slaving was brot into tin Leo Brothers niurde retrial today by t saw It was burned Two hours after the fire the First Search Flightof Balchen Not Successful ST JOHNS N F March 25 IP Balchen and his airplane crew were back at their base at Cor nerbrook today after an unsuccess ful first flight over the ice filled waters of White bayin search of Varick Frlssell and others missing from the wrecked sealer Viking AUNT HET By Robert Guillen It dont pay to get mad A taxi driver sassed me for not tippin him once when I was in the city an I wore out a brand new umbrella school was nothing but smoldering ruins A large crowdof spectators gathered in nearby streets during the morning LAKE REGION IS AFTER HOSPITAL Selfish Interest Submerged for Good of Entire Area Bedell Points Out SPIRIT LAKE March concerted effort under way by the OkobojiSpirit Lake region for the veterans hospital authorized for the north cefttral states was De scribed by Walter Bedell promin ent local Legionnaire In a report made last night at the annual meet ing of the Commercial club We stand shoulder to shoulder in this campaign he pointed out Our contention is that the hospital ought to be brot to this region and we are not arguingthe case for any community or any tract until we obtain a reaction from those who will have the say In deciding the location of the institution Then It is up to all of us to get back of that location with all our might South Dakota Bidding The support of every county in the region of the lakes was claimed by Mr Bedell even Plymouth coun ty adjoining Woodbury which is bidding for the hospital South Dakota Mr Bedell said is making a strenuous campaign for prefer ment Requirements call for tracts Turn o Fnga 2 Column after Alfred JLItigle was assassin ated Otto Bohemian cook had previously identified Brothers as the man he saw loitering near the entrance to the subway the man who jostled him Swoboda as he ran down into the tunnel ant the man who rushed into traffic ant disappeared after the shooting Swoboda had said that he saw another man with Brothers as he stood with his left hand in his pock et near the entrance to the tunnel The other man the witness said helped Brothers light a cigaret so that he did not have to take his hand out of his pocket On cross examination Swoboda testified he had seen pictures of Foster who was brot back from the west coast to be indicted in connection with the Lingle case and that Foster was the man he saw with Brothers Swoboda was the second witness to identify Brothers as the man who ran away after the assassination Warran Williams yesterday said a man ran within a few feet of him immediately after the shot was fired in the Randolph street pedestrian tunnel and he too pointed out Brothers as the man In cross examining Swoboda De fense Attorney Cantwell of St Louis went into the witness past life in detail He brot out the fact that Swoboda had been out of employ ment for long periods and that one of these periods included the date of the Lingle slaying ManHeldand One Sought in Death of Girl NEWPORT R I March 25 Jf young man was in custody while another was sought today for the slaying of pretty Verna Russell 20 a student nurse The body was found in a ditch in a dreary spot The medical examiner determined she was strangled Vernon Victor Galvin of Fall Riv er Mass former New Hampshire State college vfootball star fur nished the states Investigators with virtually all the information they had relating to the case and his story resulted in the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Elliott R Hathaway 28 of Fall River son of a member of the Massachusetts state legislature Galvin was held in bail as a material witness Unable to raise the security he was committed to the county jail Galvin told police that Hathaway told him that while he was driving with Miss Russell they were beset by two men who took the girl away from him and told him to beat It Hathaway took him to the scene and pointed out the girls body Five hours later Galvin took this story to the Fall River police ROGERS Soys BEVERLY HILLS Gal March have often thot my friend O O Mclntyre gave more space in his column to his little dog than I do to the U S senate But it just shows Odd knows human nature better than I do Ho knows that everybody at heart loves a dog while I have to try and make converts to the sen ate In London five years ago old Lord Dewar a great humorist and character and the biggest whisky maker in the world gave the chil dren a little white dog Seallng ham saying If the dog knew how well he was bred he wouldnt speak to any of us We have petted him complained at him called hlrna nulsahcp When we burned1 him tiad bravery wal his undoing He lost to a rattlesnake but his face was to wards him Vonrs Tammany Plans Defense Against Albanys Attack NEW YORK March 25 Tammany made plans today to meet the attack launched in Al bany by the legislatures decision to investigate the citys off Icia life Mayor Walker is to leave Palm Springs Cal Sunday and return home five days before he planned Governor Roosevelt Is expected to regard the charges of the city af fairs committee against the mayor as independent of the impendin legislative inquiry The governor still is awaiting the mayors an swer to the charges Walker Is Defended Samuel Untermeyer counsel for District Attorney Thomas C T irain in the governors investiga ion of Crains conduct in office undertook a defense of Walker in a speech last night before the league for political education There were aughter and boos He argued tBat i breakdown in some city depart ments could not be blamed on May or Walker and the district attorney any more than the president and he attorney general of the United States were to be held responsible or the breakdown In the prohibi Mon enforcement Representative Fiorello H La Juardla in Washington declared tha eglslative Investigation would un earth a system so corrupt as to be jeyond control and curbing of any one city official even if he wanted o break it Would Challenge Courts If the legislative committee hould attempt private hearings Tammany It is understood would hallenge in the courts its right to ubpoena witnesses and compel estimony Members of the legislative com mittee are yet to be appointed Esti mates are that its actual work will tart in about a month Meanwhile inquiries by Samuel eabury who will be counsel for he committee will continue As ji commissioner for the governor he is investigating District Attorney Crain and as a referee of the appel late division he is investigating magistrates courts LAUER GIVES HIS VERSION OF BIG TEN DIFFICULTY Denies Iowa U Tried to Throw AH Blame on Belting DES MOINES March 25 H Lauer University of Iowa athletic director was the first wit ness today after resumption oE the legislative committees investigation of the schools administration iKHe Q vbuster froni theiJiBig TenTcohforence ih 1929 Attorney Denis Kelleher endeav ored to obtain assertions from Lauer that the university tried to placo the entire blame for the athletic sit uation on Paul E Belting who pre ceded him as athletic director Lauer denied that this was the correct as sumption altho he said we blamed Belting for what he was responsible tor Goes Into Detail Kelleher went over in detail the conference meeting at which the school was suspended and subse quent meetings of the Iowa athletic council at which the question was discussed Lauer said Belting had agreed to go with him to the Big Ten directors meeting to help pre pare a four year football schedule but that ho was not present Lauer was examined about the brief which he and other members of the council submitted to the Big Ten as a plea for reinstatement Werent you trying to show that with Belting dismissed the offenses had been eliminated Kelleher asked No we went into all the charges Lauer answered The only practice we could not satisfac torily explain were the Belting fund notes Voluntarily Presented The witness brot out that the ex istence of these notes was voluntar ily presented to Major John L Grif fith Big Ten commissioner If we aad shut up about them he said no one would have known about them Lauer testified that at first he did not believe students who took mon ey unknowingly from the Belting fund should be disqualified from athletics and that the council at first acepted his opinion After the Big Ten rejected Iowas plea for re instatement in December 1929 he Turn to 2 Column PLANlHST IN CONVICTS DEATH Air of Unrest Continues to Hang Over Two Prisons at Joliet JOLIET HI March 25 air of unrest still hung over the two state prisons here today as author ties prepared to hold an inquest in o the death of Raymond Barney Vegro convict who was killed in ast Wednesdays Stateville uprls ng Guards continued their close sur cillance as reports that some con victs kept to their cells since the utbreak were planning to burn heir mattresses and thus force guards to release them so that they might run riot in the yards again State highway police continued to atrol the prison grounds NORTH DAKOTAN ADMITS EXTORTION PLOT Youth Gives Himself Up in Minneapolis After Long Search MINNEAPOLIS March 25 Police today announced Gordon A Bjornson Wahpeton N Dak athlete has signed a confession ad mitting he kidnaped Mr and Mrs O E Leach Wahpeton and ex tored from the banker The 23 year old youth who sur rendered to police early today said he would waive extradition and re turn to Wahpeton to face charges of kidnaping and extortion The confession was made to Wal ter S Gordon head of a private de tective agency here and Frank Forestal assistant captain of detec lives He related the authentic said the details of the kidnaping May 20 1930 but as to conversatioi with Mr and Mrs Leach he said h didnt know everything happenec so fast everythingis a blank Gross Exaggerations After he surrendered Biornson first characterized the story of thi extortion and kidnaping aa gros exaggerations He walked into police headquar ters with O H Friswold Minne apolis and Oscar Aamondt Hals tad Minn Upon returning to th state Bjornson said he went to th Friswold home Tuesday night AfterFrIswold snowed him news gaper Concerning th decided upi The story ot the extortion wa disclosed 10 days ago by Arnold C Forbes county attorney at Wah peton who said that on May 2C 1930 a masked man forced Mr and Mrs Leach to drive out in th country There the man demanded under threats of kidnaping Mrs Leach and1 her husband agreec to pay Btmk Robbed The next Jiight Leach threw ou a package of bills at a designatec spot along the highway to Fargo N Dak Eight days later the Citi zens National bank of which Leach is president was robbed of 56700 In the course of the insurance com panys investigation of the banks books it was discovered that Leach had drawn a check for against his personal account Under a pledge of secrecy Leach told the investigators of the cir cumstances and the affair was not made public until several weeks ago after Bjornson left Wnhpeton Sheriff to Take Youth WAHPETON N Dak March 25 D S Mcllwain was to leave here for Minneapolis today to return Gordon Bjornson held by police in that city to Wahpeton J A Heder of this city attor ney for Bjornson will accompany Mcllwain as will Arnold Bjornson Wahpeton brother of Gordon Markets at a Glance NEW YOIIK Stocks irregular American Can touches years high Bonds irregular small gains in moderate trading Coffee higher Brazilian support Curb irregular changes narrow Butter steady Foreign exchanges easy Mexico peso firm Cotton easier southern selling Sugar steady commission house selling Chicago Wheat firm strength northwest markets Corn higher bullish government weather report Cattle quiet hogs steady 4 New Hampton Men Arrested on Liquor Raids Free on Bonds WATERLOO March 25 Four men arrested yesterday by federal prohibition agents near New Hampton were released today on bonds after arraignment here before U S commissioner J E Dempster The men are Charles Koltoff ftarlea Llpp Thomas Metghan and Jack Meighan CHARLES P FIAJNKKTT RearAdmiral Who Silenced Big Guns Dies Shattered Morale of German Army With Naval Cannon WASHINGTON March 25 W Rear Admiral Charles P Plunkett whose efforts silenced Big Berthas bombardment of Paris during the World war is dead at 67 a victim of heart disease In command of the naval railway battleship trundlingthem up to wreak havoc along the front lines Admiral Plunkett born In Wash ington Feb 15 1864 the son of an army major was graduated from the naval academy in 1881 He had 48 years of service and was retired for age on Feb 15 192S Awarded Medals The Distinguished Service medal the rank of Commander of the Le gion of Honor and the Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword were awarded him along with a ci tation for his war record Altho muzzling the longrange 3erraan guns perhaps wag more pic uresque the most important work of the naval railway batteries was considered in the official naval his tory of the war as bombardment of Montmedy Conflans and other centers along the German main line of communication west of Metz and Sedan Highest Hope Gained Gen John J Pershing wrote that our highest hope was gained in his work which left the enemy nothing but surrender on an armi stice to forestall complete disaster Admiral Plunkett died last night n the naval hospital here He is iiirvived by his widow two sons Charles Plunkett Washington and W Clement Plunkett Boston and i daughter Mrs Whitney Barbara ulsa Admiral Plunkett will be buried vith military honors tomorrow in he national cemetery at Arlington group of high ranking naval of icers will act as honorary pallbear rs AMENDMENT TO COMBINE ISSUES ATTACHED TO IT Property Tax Deductions Rejected in Other Amendments BULLETIN BBS MOINES March 25 Tho stato income tax bill in cluding un amendment provid ing for u county assessors sys tem to icplace the township as sessors was pussed by the Iowa senate today 29 to 21 TYES MOINES March 25 An amendment attaching the county assessors bill to the income tax measure now before the senate was approved by that body today 30 to 19 J Thru tho action the senatei will vote probably late today on the complete tax revision system The senate previously had passed the county assessors bill and the house had defeated it but kept it alive by a motion to reconsider The house has passed the Income tax bill The amendment to combine fha bills sponsored by Senators Bennett Wenner Htcklin Stanley and McDonald Measures Parallel Tho sponsors spoke in behalf of their proposal asserting that it would effect a reduction in the ad ministration and collection costs of tho income tax and that the two systems would work properly together Senator Hicklin said that the two measures were parallel1 and the ductiqa in cost of FARMS TO SHAPE BOARDS POLICY Amount of Wheat Planted to Have Effect on Sales Says Stone HUTCHINSON Kans March 25 amount of wheat planttd his year will shape to a large ex ent the farm boards policy for dis osing of its 200000000 bushels of tabllization purchases Chairman Stone speakingtoday cfore a joint meeting of the Farm rs CoOperative Grain Dealers as ociation of Kansas and the Farm rs CoOpcrative commission com pany said What wheat growers cio at plant Ing time this spring and next fall will be an Important factor in de termining the aales policy for stabi lization stocks Murder Assault Dropped DES MOINES March 25 Judge Ralph L Powers haa dis missed a charge of assault with in tent to commit murder against James Whalen of DOS Moines Wlial en was held here pending an inves tigation of a shooting alleged to have occurred in his apartment last i Friday I raised ment otfeoth Mouses was for tax revision and tax reduction Leaders of the fight for the in come tax also indorsed the amend ment Senator C L Clark of Lina county declaring that the combina tion was reasonable and that tho amendment was in good faith The measure as now constituted contains provisions for a personal income tax a 1 per cent tax on in comes of corporations and pro visions for 99 county assessors to replace the present township assess ment system Roll Call Given The roll call on the county as sessors amendment was Ayes Bairl Bennett Black ford Booth Carroll Clark of Linn Clarlc of Marion Clearman Coch rane Cole Frailey Hager Hicklin Ickis Kent Klemme Langfltt Lowe MacDonald McLeland My ers Higby Ritchie Stanley Ste vens Stoddard Tabor Topping Wenner White Noes 19 Anderson Beatty Ben son Bissell Garden Christophel Clark of Cerro Gordo Cooney Coykenclall Doran Gunderson H121 Irwin Kimberly Leonard Moon Patterson Quirk Wilson Resuming consideration of amend ments interrupted by adjournment yesterday the senate rejected 39 to 30 a proposal by Senator C A Ben son of Clayton county that no profit be considered accruing on property purchased before Jan 1 if tho pur chase price exceeds the value real ized Senator C A Clark of Linn coun ty chairman of the tax revision committee maintained it was cov ered in tho bill Amendment Loses The senate then defeated 21 to 27 an amendment by Senator F JM Battey and R E Stevens It would allow deductions of real estate earn Turn to Inxo 2 Column tl IOWA WEATHER Increasingcloudiness Wed nesday Somewhat warmer In southwest and extreme west portions Wednesday night Thursday cloudy followed by ruin except turning to snow and colder In west portions LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGazette weather figures for 21 hour period ending at 8 oclock Wednesday morning Maximum Tuesday 37 Afiovo Minimum In Nijjht 27 Abovo At 8 A M WedncHdny 81 Above Trnco of JiainfiiK After a period of five cloudy days the stars appeared on the scene Tuesday night and Wednes day dawned clear The wind waa from the northwest and bore a sug gestion of chilliness ;