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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 30, 1937, Mason City, Iowa U fit ON E ft HIS MEM fi D F P T OF I i i q 11 n si F 9 NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLIII FJVE CENTS A COPV ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PKESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 30 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION OHE NO 149 Suggestion Is Sensible Stewart Likes Princeton Experts Court Plan By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON CPA Prof Edward S Cor win Princeton university ex pert on consti tutional 1 a w testifying recently before the senate judi ciary commit tee in connec tion with Presi dent Roosevelts plan to reor ganize the fed eral supreme court made a really construc tive suggestion which has gone practically unnoticed He proposed a scheme thai never will be adopted to be sure and wouldnt work anyway If it were a possibility however it would have some sense in it Dr Corwin argued in short that selections for seats on the su preme bench should be made ab far as practicable from the ranks of law college professors rathei than from those of veterans Jong experienced in actual practice a the bar or as advisers to private clients big or little Means Bis Clients Parenthetically the Princetonian meant big clients of course fey it any legal advisers of petty cli ents are chosen for supreme cour honors The point is Dr Corwin want students as distinguished from practitioners One may say that the doctor himself being a professor is try ing to limit the range supremi court eligibles to his own coterie Maybe so Nevertheless his idea has merit A bitter complaint of the su preme court membership is that i has been recruited largely fron the classification of corporatio lawyers Naturally it has thes are the lawyers who have mad large incomes and become con spicuous Open to Suspicion it ithe suspicion justified or other wise of more or less honest pro gudice The late Senator Hobert Howell of Nebraska once put it t me like this Long before a seat on the fed eral bench is to be filled big bus iness has made its selection fo the place Hes an honorable man He isnt open to a word of critic ism But he THINKS right There are on the opposite ham socalled labor lawyers i Whom big business is desperate ly afraid Havent Had Chance As yet they have not had much chance on the supreme bencli There have been liberals have worried big businessmen but not yet an outandout radical Thats the kind of a majority that business is afraid of What Professor Corwin is fear ful of is a supreme court split be tween judges who temperament ally are ultraconservative and ultraradical He wants a neutral tempera ment His notion is that a college pro in the employ of a big corporation never affiliated with a labor be just this kind of a neutral Moderate Liberals It might be so Incidentally collcge professorial lawyers generally are moderate liberals But as presiously remarked whocould expect the supreme court to be liberalized by that method It could not be done by consti tutional amendment It would be queer to limit ap pointees to the supreme court to college professors wouldnt it EARLYSOUJflON TO CASE SOUGHT Officers Quizzing Mattson KidnapSlaying Suspect Are Secretive TUCUMCARI N Mex Sheriff Fred White who arrcstcc and held Veyn Charlton of Wash ington state in connection with the kidnap slaying of Charles Matt son said Tuesday we expect tha this thing will clear up by Tues day night The Quay county peace officer who has worked closely with Alex Street veteran department of jus tice operative from El Paso woulc not amplify the statement It was taken to mean however that developments were expects outside this eastern New Mexico town Street who locked himself in his hotel room Monday night an refused to answer any calls wa equally taciturn Tuesday He only smiled and changed the subjec when asked whether other opera fives were expected to arrive b airplane LAUDS HIGH COURT FOR COURAGE Davey and Grupp Win Seats in Council HOUSE PUTS ALL BILLS IN HANDS OFSIFTINGBODY flcEnaney One of Group Iowa Motor Vehicle Act Debate Resumed BULLETIN DBS MOINES Iowa house voted 60 to 39 Tuesday to increase fhe state motor patrol force by 50 men This would give the state patrol system a total force of 103 or 50 less than provided for by the senate DES MOINES to devote remaining days of the Iowa legislative asembly to only those proposals of general importance he Iowa house of representatives Tuesday approved immediate formation of a sifting committee In its next step to expedite work the house moved to refer to hat committee at once all re maining house measures except those now scheduled as special or ders of business claims and appro priations bills Action by the house places ap proximately 400 undisposed of proposals in the hands of the com mittee which from this time on will map out the daily legislative program Such action furthermore precludes any additional standing committee action except by the appropriations and claims groups Similar action was taken last week in the senate McEuancy on Group Speaker La Mar Foster named the following six democrats and three republicans E A Moore Harlan representative E J Maniece Estherville Represen tative F K Bruene Tama Rep resentative M J McEnaney Ma son City Representative Eugene Reilly Dubuque Representative J Hamlin Garland in West K ONeill Keosauqua Republicans Representative STORY ON PAGE 3 Hanilin Garland whose books contain manv vivid scenes ob served by him when he icsided n Osage is pictured here at his home in Hollywood Cal with his daughter Constance and her children He Is reading stories to the children The venerable sase of the midwest has fonfl recollections of early days of Mitchell county prairies He is nearly 77 years of age 16Prospective Jurors Called in Rhodes Trial RUN FAR AHEAD OFOTHERTHREE OH CITY BALLOT Two Winners Carry Seven Precincts Stubbs at Top in Eighth TABLE ON PAGE 2 Leo Davey was reelected and Carl Grupp elected city council men for a three yeaiterm begin ning April 1 1938 in Mason Citys municipal election Monday The total vote for the five can didates in the race was as fol lows Carl Grupp 1BH Leo Davey 1478 Div L N Stott 854 A W Stubbs GJB Stanley Comfort 598 Mr Grupp and Mr Davey car ried seven of the eight city pre cincts the north end food shop proprietor leading in five of the voting areas and Mr Davey in two Mr Stubbs who is superintend ent of the Odd Fellows home led the field in the second precinct of the fourth ward with Mr Grupp econd The total vote cast was 2855 he lightest in a city elecfion since he adoption ot the city manager orm of government The total vote in the last six elections has been as follows Win Council Seats Roy J Sours Charles City Rep resentative Jens Thompson Rolte and Representative O N Hull man Stanlon Representative Moore a veteran in the Iowa house will serve as le committee chairman While the house was moving to asten passage of remaining ma or proposals the senate worked t high speed during the morning 3 pass 18 bills and two resolu ons Claims Bills Passed Included in the bills passed claim bills calling for appro nations totaling bringing he claims appropriations passed y the senate in two days to Panel to Hear Wife Murder Trial IOWA CITY pros pective jurors were called Tues day tor questioning as the selec tion of a jury for the Walter H Rhodes murder trial got under wayhere at 10 oclock Tuesday morning County Attorney Harold Vestermark prosecuting for upper chamber passed a 00 The esolution calling lor state coop ration with the Greater Iowa ommission but clipped from the iroposal a suggested appropria ion of yearly for the com missions activities Speedy action by the house to expedite its unfinished legislative program came just at midday aft er that body had spent three more ours deliberating upon provisions of the motor vehicle act to regulate owa highways and automotive equipment used upon them Major Change Debated Many more amendments were adopted and the house was work ng upon a major change when a recess was taken It xvas proposed by Rep Dean W Peisen R of and would relieve drivers iom the present provision that when they failed to satisfy judg ments for damage or personal in ury the state might seize their li censes and driving permits Urging its adoption Peisen con demned the clause as making a collection agency out of the state The plan already approved by the senate was also revised to re duce from 18 to 1G years the age of student bus drivers and anoth er amendment to strike from the bill the prohibition banning from the highways trucks unable climb stipulated grades at a speed of more than 20 miles an hour Safety Features Appended Several safety features were ap pended one requiring pedestrians to use the left side of the highways at all times another banning the use of posters or stickers on wind shields The house deferred action on another suggestion to revise the uniform arm signal system now used by motorists and another to fix a maximum speed limit of 65 miles an hour The house also de feated a motion to limit the length of trucks or combined trucks and fix a fee of for trucks under 2 tons used only occasionally by farmers W the state spent one hour and 30 min utes questioning five jurors se lected from the regular panel De fense Attorney Will J Hayek will auestion the jurors independent ly upon completion of questioning ay Vestermark All Five Married All five jurors questioned Tues day are married and have fami lies They all indicated they fa vored the death penalty if the facts presented were justifiable Rhodes 31 is charged the first degree murder of his wife Mabel also 31 who was histeach er in a rural school near Tama before their marriage He has signed a statement ad mitting he loaded a shotgun with a dynamite filled cartridge and in duced his wife to pull the trigger She was killed by the explosion in the basement of their home here Feb 9 Almost Perfect Crime The arrest of Rhodes four days after his wifes death provided a dramatic climax to what William W Akers chief of the state bu reau of criminal investigation termed the almost perfect crime1 Sheriff Dan McComas saic Rhodes admitted he had asked an Iowa City woman Mrs Mabe Skriver to marry him after he had borrowed a total of about 000 from her at different The sheriff also said Rhodes had taken out a doubleindemnity in surance policy on his wife naming himself as beneficiary The Rhodes had two children the oldest 6 who are living with their grandparents near Tama The seed you plant in the want ads this Spring needs no watering Response is the greatest in seven years and prices are the BEST its no Pennies from Heaven business just dol lars from the good earth Use the mighty mites called want aids and youll be mighty glad FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Tuesday night and Wednesday rising temperatures Wednesday MINNESOTA Generally fair Tuesday night and Wednesday except possibly light snow in northeast portion early Tuesday night not much change hi temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum Monday 42 Above Minimum in Nifrht 23 Above At 8 A M Tuesday 35 Above CLAIM GAINS ON THREE FRONTS Spanish Loyalists Withstanc Attacks or Push Back Insurgents 1927 1829 1031 1933 4633 3030 3520 5648 4928 1D37 2855 Mr Grupp will succeed to the place oYr thecouncil now occupied y Mayor W S Wilcox who has another year to serve and whodid not run for reelection Mr Davey made iiis first appearance on the council in 1335 and has another year to serve on his present term Counting of the ballots started when the polls closed at B oclock Monday evening The first pre cinct to report the completion of he count was the first precinct of the first ward 3 Year OW Boy Dies of Burns at Denison DENISON Pne 3 son of Mr ind Mrs Dallas Poe died of burns suffered when his clothing became ignited while he was playing in his home The burns covered twothirds of his 6ody Mrs Ppe suffered burns on both hands in extinguishine the flames that enveloped her child MADRID Government sol dier pushed back insurgents or withstood attacks on three widely separated fronts Tuesday They loosened the besiegers grip on Madrid itself government commanders said by driving a fighting force part way behind the insurgents in the university city and Casa de Campo regions on the northwestern and western out skirts of the city repulsing a series of insurgent assaults and improving their own positions in the Aaravaca district On the upper Guadalajara front far northeast of Madrid govern ment soldiers pushing along the left side of the Aragon highway drove the insurgents from front lines Then government shovel brigades threw up new breast works in an effort to enable Madrids troops to hold their ad vances In the center of the southern front government troops pressed I forward against insurgents as Al caracejos north of Cordoba and along the PozobJancoViUaharta road in the same district 18 Year Old Youth Confesses He Killed Mary Ellen Babcock BUFFALO N Y Commissioner James W Higgins announced Tuesday that an 18 year old Buffalo youth had con fessed that he killed Mary Ellen Babcock 18 whose knifed body was found in a field here Feb S Newcomb said that the young prisoner had made a complete statement admitting the killing He said no charge had been placed against him however LOOK INSIDE FOR WALTER P CHRYSLER Report Agreement in Sight in Auto Strike PAGE 2 Tie Is Recorded With Vote at Eagle Grove PAGE B Judge Landis to Hear New Baseball Disputes PAGE 9 Walker Iowa City Mayor as Nearly 6000 Vote PAGE 10 CAKL Giturr SON ACCUSED Of KILLING FATHER Throws Mother Downstairs and Wounds 2 Slate Troopers TROY N Y investi gation of the slaying of an ngcd man was climaxed Tuesday by a gun battle in which two slate troopers were wounded and John Ireland 40 was arrested and charged with first degree murder Six state troopers were called to the home of the victim Edward H Ireland 75 after the Rev Michael J Dwyer 76 year old Catholic priest heard shots as he was saying mass in his nearby church and notified officers Inspector Edward O Hageman of the state police who preferred the charge of first degree murder said John Ireland a former pa tient at the Hudson River State icsptlal for the insane had fntal ly shot his father thrown his mother downstairs and wounded two troopers at the Ireland home at Lathams a suburb Troopers P J Fitzpatrick and C J Konior who wentto inves tigate the first reports of shooting at the Ireland home were taken to a Troy hospital where officials reported that Fitzpatrick had re ceived 75 shot in the shoulder and one Koniors eyeballs had been penetrated Konior also wns wounded in the forehead and right hand See Flood of Minimum Pay Laws Pushed WASHINGTON of laws setting minimum wages for women declared Tuesday their intention to seek new acts in many states to conform with the Wash ington state statute upheld by the supreme court Government attorneys said they believed the decision called to life a District of Columbia law invali dated by the high court 14 years ago That decision was overruled by Mondays majority opinion in tiie Washington case Of course there are no to administer the District of Co lumbia law commented Charles E Wyzansky ot the solicitor gen erals office so congress would probably insert a reenactment clause if it decided to appropriate funds Plan New Bills Both Senator King D Utah and Rep Norton D N J said they were ready lo introduce new bills for the district if necessary Gov Herbert Lehman of New York said the decision clears the way to prompt enactment of a similar law there A New York law intended to meet the courts objections against the District ot Columbia law was held unconstitutional last June The court also had ruled against wage laws passed in Arizona and Arkansas Bills covering minimum wages and other provisions to make strikes unnecessary will be intro duced in the Michigan legislature soon said Gov Frank Murphy at Lansing Texas and Minnesota Sponsors of minimum wage laws prepared to seek their enact ment in Colorado Texas Minne sota Massachusetts Maryland and Pennsylvania A Nevada bill setting an wage for women became law Mondaywith Gpyer nor KirnfanVsignature Controversy over the Ohio law already had been appealed to the supreme court but authorities said Mondays decision probably would make a hearing unneces sary The law was upheld by a lower court Like an Illinois law the Ohio statute was patterned after the New York measure Value of Services 4 When the court found the New York law unconstitutional last June President Roosevelt said a no mans land of social legisla tion had been created in which neither state nor federal govern ment could operate The New York law required employes to pay no more than the value of services rendered The Washington act however com pelled employers lo pay a suffi cient wage to provide the neces sary cost of living and to maintain the workers in health Book Containing 100 Names Latest Clew in Triple Murder NEW YORK of a memorandum book containing names in the Bcekman Hill apartment where 20 year old ar tists model Veronica Ronnie Gcdeon her mother and a roomer were slain Easter Sunday provided the only new clew Tuesday to New Yorks latest murder mystery While detectives still questioned George Frenchy Gueret squat husky chauffeur at nearby 51sl street station house Lieutenant Martin Owens announced that pol ice will question every person list ed in the book Son of Shell Company Head Burns to Death ST LOUIS Fraser 13 year old son of Alexander Fra ser president of the ShellPetro leum corporation died of suffo cation Tuesday in a fire which swept the rambling 21 room fam ily residence in suburban Clayton CLAIMS JUDGE ACCEPTED FEE Solon Tells House Chicago Jurist Got From Firm WASHINGTON ative Kelly DII1 told the house Tuesday that Federal Judge John P Barnes ot Chicago received a 535000 fee from the Chicago Title and Trust company while sitting on the bench A special house committee which las investigated real estate bond holders proleclive committees said Representative OMalley D Wis knew about the fee The Chicago Title and Trust company OMalley said had han dled a large number of real estate reorganization cases in Chicago most of which find their way be fore certain federal judges A member of the committee OMalley had risen to defend it and Chairman Sabath DI11 against charges raised against them in the house Thursday by Representative Church Earlier Sabath asserted at a ju diciary committee hearing that disinterested judges had admitted a racket existed in the courts in connection with handling real estate reorganizations Lake Mills Twins Birthdays Come in Different Months LAKE and Al vina Bolstad daughters of Ed Bol stad are celebrating their birth days this Esther will cele brate her birthday March 31 while her sister will celebrate hers April 1 They are twins yet each has a birthday in a different month LAW PROFESSOR FROM HARVARD HITS F R PLAN Stevens Quits Tariff Board to Aid Supreme Court Reorganization WASHINGTON Erwin N Griswold ol Harvard law school told the senate judiciary committee Tuesday the supremo court should be commended toe its courage in reversing itself oil minimum wage legislation The 32 year old educator was questioned at length by the com mittee members after he had tes tified in opposition to the Roose velt court bill and suggested as an alternative a constitutional amend ment to limit the terms su preme court justices to 18 years Griswolds comment on the courts minimum wage decision came during cross examination as friends and foes of the Roosevelt bill cited Mondays ruling to sup port their varying conclusions Letter From Clerk Before the Harvard professor began his testimony Chairman Ashurst DAriz placed before the committeo a letter from the supreme court clerk showing the dispatch with which the court is currently disposing of its business and listing rules recently adopted by the high tribunal to speed its procedure Speaker Bankhead said Tuesday he believed Mondays court de cisions were unlikely to sway Ilia people one way or the other on the presidents court program Wo still have lots of old blood in the court probably heassert ed I dont think that the court infallible and I still thinkjt is often swayed by economic predi Becoming More Liberal He remarked however that suddenly the court is becoming a little more liberal in interpreting statutes The letter from the supreme court was written by Charles El more Cropley clerk in response to a request from the judiciary committee for a report on the sta tus of the courts docket for each year since 1925 Opposing the Roosevelt bill Griswold said it would break down the barriers which have protected Hie independence of the supreme court The way will lie broad and open he warned for the first manwho would be dictator whatever his name may prove to be Quits Tariff Board Just before the Harvard pro fessor loolc the witness chair in the large committee room the white house announced that Ray mond B Stevens of New Hamp shire had resigned from the tariff commission to take an active part in behalf of the presidents court problem Addressing Stevens as my dear Ray the president said he ac cepted the resignation with reluc tance and praised the high char acter of the commissioners ser vices 1 cannot omit the president added to lake cognizance of the high minded considerations which prompt you to relinquish youi membership on the commission at this time Court Not Behind Cropleys letter noted that the once familiar condition of cases being heard during a term but not decided until the next term dis appeared beginning with the Oc tober term 1929 Senator Minton an ad vocate the Roosevelt irtll con tended the courts 5 to 4 decision Monday upholding the Washington state wage law and reversing its previous position showed it is n human institution and proves what the president has been talking about Senator Burke a leader of the opposition drew dif ferent conclusions from the min imum wage decision and the unan imous approval of the revised FrazierLomke farm mortgage moratorium and the railroad labor act Legislation Not Needed First he said the rulings il lustrated the present court can and will interpret the constitution lib erally in the light of modern con ditions so legislation to affect the majority if it were not needed Second sound procedure is to draft legislation carefully as was done with the substitute mortgage law to meet constitutional points made in adverse court decisions In effect Griswold seconded ob jections to the administration pro posal made Monday night by Sen ator Glass DVa in a radio ad dress No threat to representative democracy since the foundation of the republic said Glass has ex r ;