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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 31, 1936, Mason City, Iowa f A Si ION R V IS MEM A iff EPT OF M a I w NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLII FIVE CENTS A COPT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 31 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 150 JUDGE REFUSES HAUPTMANN STAY ACLUIS Consistent Battles for Rights of Conservatives or By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON CPA con sistency is a vir tue the American Civil Libertie union is a virtu ous outfit Generally i t activities are it behalf of radicals who have clashec with authority because radicals rather than con servatives a r i the folk who do most of such clashing The result i that conserva tives usually class the union as dont think it is it certainly is fan atically constitutionalistic And now and then conservative have constitutional rights to defend Whenever a situation of this sor presents itself the union is just ai ready with its offers of support as ir instances of the opposite type Con servatives ordinarily do not need help as often as radicals do but the former do need it the union is loyal Its Policy Explained Back in the days when the K K K noticeably was beginning to lose popularity a handful of klus sur vivors got into a jam with the po lice somewhere on Long Island for no worse offense than preaching the Mans doctrines and the union rushed to their aid VeNgrbund thatwhile it dis rcjrrwith them pitto express themselves as suit nvOger Baldwin head of the A C U discussed thiscase with me lortly afterward liberals he said mistaking le for a radical are enthusiasti on the unionsside when it is in the cause of liberality sfut you are very critical when occa jion arises for a fight for the rights f what you consider reaction True to form the union is filling 0ie mails with its publicity in op position to the title of Senator Hugo IA3LBlacks investigating committee paw through the telegraphic cor 1 tracts respondence of everyone interested in pending legislation incongress This legislation is mainly pronew the new dealers do act j want it opposed it assumes that its I opponents are reactionary lobbyists jj Newsmen Scooped I rnn What of it reasons the A C L U It is the constitutional priy j ojirt ilege of unbelievers in it to mobil jze their forces without interfer ence with their correspondence It is queer that the Black com mittees overhauling of private tele graphic files had been going on for weeks before newspapermen in Washington learned of it Thet committee scooped them for fair By the timethe scribes had learn the investigators were do enabling them to object to it the investigators had done it al New SenatorRobert M La Fol lette starting an investigation in to supposed violations of civil liber ties Itwill be a queer contact between Black and La EolJette oldtime democrat and traditional defender of civil liberty attacking civil rights La radical assailant of individualism leading their de fense Mrs Tannar Resigns as County Schools Head DEADLINE HERE INCOME TAX State Returns Must Be in Mail by Midnight Says Local Field Man State income tax returns were being rushed to completion Tuesday final day for payment without in terest and penalty Midnight Tuesday night is the deadline for the income tax returns D A Geisen field representative of the income tax division of the state board of assessment and review stated returns mailed to Des Moines postmarked before midnight would be considered as complying with the law Mr Geisens office on the second floor of the courthouse has been be sieged the past week for blanks on which to make the returns and for assistance in computing the tax Monday and Tuesday were particu larly busy days for his office RESIGNATION TO TAKE EFFECT ON MAY FIFTEENTH Superintendent Will Go Into Moline Business With Brother Mrs Pearl M Tannar Cerro Gor do county superintendent for near ly 12 years Tuesday presented her resignation to Arthur Harris coun ty auditor to take effect May 15 The statement of her resignation was as follows To Arthur Harris county audi tor and members of the county convention of 1936 I hereby present my resignation as county superintendent of schools of Cerro Gordo county to take ef fect May 15 1936 Yours truly Pearl M Tannar county superintendent To Enter Business Mrs Tannars term would have expired Sept 1 but she is giving up the office several months earlier for the purpose of entering busi ness at Moline 111 with her bro ther May 15 was selected as the date of resignation in order that her suc cessor for the remainder of the term may be chosen at the same time that the school convention meets on May 12 to elect a super intendent for the next three year term The county superintendent is elected the secondTuesday of May in each third at made up of the township and independent school districts Call for Convention The call for the convention is issued by the county auditor at least 10 days in advance In the call this year Auditor Harris will speci fy the convention will elect a su perintendent to fill the unexpired term of Mrs Tannar as well as a county school head for the next term as would normally have taken place of Mrs Tannar is expewi to precipitate a rush of candidates into the field The only candidate who has announced him self thus far is Charles M Neveln instructor in business psychology and industrial economics at Hamil ton school of commerce and former ly engaged in rural and township public school work Several other prospective aspir ants for the office have had the matter under consideration but as long as Mrs Tannar remained as a potential candidate for reelection they refusced to enter the race Tuesdays announcement was ex pected to bring several announce ments of candidacies Succeeded Newcomb Mrs Tannar has held the office of county superintendent since Sept 1 1924 succeeding R E Newcomb Her work has been characterized chiefly by efforts to better the work of and procure more effective equipment in the rural oneroom schoolhouse I Drama contests among the schools health education and spell ng contests were among the activi ties she sponsored Throughout the eriqd she has been in office she las continued to hold strong support among school patrons being re elected each time by overwhelming jluralities at the county conven Jons rlying Cadet Loses Life in Plane Crash MT CLEMENS Mich ng Cadet Charles E Kramer 23 of Selfridge field was killed Monday when thepursuit planein which he was making a solo training flight crashed two miles north of New Baltimore Kramers home is at Ful ton Ky Three Bandits Get Away With CHELSEA Mass UP Three men grabbed in cash at the Chelsea city treasurers office Tuesday and fled after beating a olice guard with the butt of a pis ol Hit by Truck Dies AMES suffered when he was struck by a truck as le wheeled his stalled motorcycle along the highway near Huxley roved fatal to Gordon Funck Iowa Itate college engineering student rom Osccola Ryan Says Norton Tried to Place Murder Blame on Mrs Anna Johnston BEDFORD Ryan Iowa special agent testified Tuesday that Floyd Horton while being questioned by officers attempted to lay the blame for his wifes poison death on his 195 pound paramour Mrs Anna Johnston Ryan the twentyseventh state witness told the jury trying the 38 year old farmer for his wifes mur der that Horton asked him Dont you think Anna was tak ing chances sending up capsules of poison Why I might have taken one The special agent then recalled Horton said that Anna warned me the capsules were for my wife the salve for me Anna Killed Elta Ryan testified Horton told offi cers Anna killed Elta but he could not explain after making this statement why he asked Mrs John ston to come to his home immedi ately after his wifes death Special Prosecutor James R Locke brought out through Ryan another discrepancy in Hortops statements concerning his wifes death Ryan quoted Horton as saying his wife suffered the tortures of hell and that I asked her if she had taken something and she said no but I think Im going to die Dr Seth A Walton coroners physician earlier testified Horton told him his wife had not suffered in her death throes The state contends Horton sub stituted poison for medicine in cap sulesMrs Johnstonprepared xor his wife to treat Vcold State Nears Close County Atty Roger Warm said Tuesday the state would not wind up its case until Wednesday as 12 prosecution witnesses still remained to be questioned Ryan on the stand Monday quot ed Horton on the discovery of an empty capsule in his wifes pocket book as saying Its a plant He said Horton while looking for ON THE INSIDE MARILYN MILLER Report Stage Screen Actress Near Death ON PAGE 2 Jurors Selected for April Term of Court ON PAGE 8 Mourn Tragic Poison Death of Onawa Girl ON PAGE 2 AllState Teams to Be Listed on Friday ON PAGE 9 Spirited Elections in Towns of North Iowa a picture of his wife examined her pocketbook My God whats this he quoted Horton as saying Examination disclosed an empty capsule wrapped in a piece of news paper Horton was quoted Could Murder Her Take me now Its a plant If you dont take me I wont be here any way You can convict me but Im not guilty I could go down there and murder her now His reference was to Mrs Anna Johnston the black haired neighbor widow with whom he has admitted illicit relations Mrs Johnston has pleaded guilty to first degree mur der charges and is awaiting imposi tion of sentence Mrs Johnston testified last week she planted the empty capsule in Mrs Hortona purse at Hortons in sistence so it will look like Elta done it Entered as Evidence Further details of the capsule dis covery were entered as evidence when District Judge Homer A Fuller admitted a transcript of Hor tons testimony before the coroners jury investigating Mrs Hortons death Horton was quoted as saying I looked into the little purse There was a little piece of paper on top of some money Warin unrolled the paper and there was a little capsule I nearly fell out of my chair At another point the transcript quoted the defendant as saying Elta hadno sexual desires He was asked you think your wife committed suicide I do not Hortons reply was quoted BRITISH CABINET REPORTED SPLIT Divided on Plan for Military Dickering With France and Belgium Copyright 1936 by The Associated Press Britains cabi net awaiting Adolf Hitlers final reply to the Locarno power program for a Rhineland settlement was re ported seriously split Tuesday over the plan for military negotiations with France and Belgium Authoritative sources said Prime Minister Stanley Baldwins govern ment reached a tentative decision to start next week the AngloFran coBelgian defense conversations proposed in the Locarno plan to which Hitler had offered objections With der fuehrers formal coun terproposals promised for some time today however several minis ters were reported to view with misgivings the parallel plan for British French and Belgian army general staff conferences The Daily Mail said there was danger of a cabinet crisis over the issue Both this newspaper and the Laborite Herald named Home Sec retary Sir John Simon Labor Min ister Ernest Brown Lord Chancellor Viscount Hailsham and Sid Godfrey Collins secretary of state for Scot land as among ministers feeling some apprehensioin concerning the proposed military talks ON PAGE 14 IOWA COLD AS MARCH CLOSES Slowly Rising Temperatures in Prospect for First Day of April DES MOINES Freezing temperatures and forecast of snow gave March its anticipated lionlike characteristics for its exit in Iowa Tuesday The weather bureau here saw rising temperatures in prospect for the reception of April however pre dicting an upturn in the mercury Wednesday in the western part of the state and a gradual rise follow ing for the rest of Iowa Early Tuesday the thermometers dipped down to a state official low of 12 above at Sioux City while the high for Monday was 44 above at Keokuk Reading of 10 above in the north west and northeast 15 in the south west and 20 in the southeast were in prospect for Tuesday night BEST SPRING IN SIX YEARS US TRADE OUTLOOK Business Shows Gain in Last Quarter Despite Severe Winter By CLAUDE A JAGGER Associated Press Financial Editor 1H3II bj The AMitrlulFd Irtss NEW YORK eco nomic recovery has forged ahead in the quarter of 1936 ending Tuesday leading business analysts generally to anticipate the best spring in six years Despite an ex ceptionally severe winter with storms blocking the arteries trade regardlcs of spring flood tying up railway and wrecking in dustrial equip ment in a numbe of eastern manu factoring cities in face of fresh Claude Jagger political and eco nomic tension abroad and uncer tainties incident to vital legal an legislative decisions in Washington commerce has continued to expand Steel production reflecting in par the accumulation of demand during theflood interruption has just risen welirover 60per cent of capacity fo the1 first time since the summer o 1930Merchants of manycities re port that Easter shopping has al ready swelled to the largest voluau in several years Relief Rolls Laree Unemployment and relief rolls still loom ominously large Yet the stirrings of activity in heavy indus try still responsible for much of the nations idleness have become pro nounced in recent months Service and miscellaneous lines of employ ment which account for most of the remainder lag pending restora tion of a broader prosperity Automobile production according to present estimates ran well over 1000000 units in the first three months of this year and is only about 30 per cent under the firsl quarter of 1929 The effect of new manufactures was notable during the first quarter of the year in use of electric power which set a new high record some 10 per cent over 1935 and all of 13 per cent over 1929 Building Shows Gains Building one of the laggard heavj lines upon which recovery hopes lean heavily made pronouncec strides The movement of of the favorite measures of the total volume of to have gained about 5 per cent over the first three months of 1935 some 26 per cent over 1933 but held some 3 per cent under 1929 Capital has continued to pile up in the investment markets and dur ing the first two months of the year the stock market advanced almost steadily reaching new highs since the summer of 1931 10 Million Jobless Unemployment according to the latest estimate of the national in dustrial conference board still hov ered around the 10000000 mark This compared with an average of 10136000 during the first three months of 1935 and of 12946000 in the first three months of 1933 ac cording to the boards tabulation How soon heavy industry may re vive new manufactures develop and miscellaneous services expand to make a substantial dent in these totals remain one of the big ques tion marks facing business and finance Bruno Hauptmanns Executioner SHOP EARLY EASTER Crime provides u steady grist for Robert 3 Elliott the official executioner for six states The man who will execute Bruno Richard Hauptrnann is shown above TAeWeather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy probably snow in central and ivesfc portions Tues day night and Wednesday and in extreme east Wednesday rising temperatures MINNESOTA Fair in north increasing cloudiness in south snow in rising temper ature in south Tuesday night Wednesday cloudy snow in south somewhat warmer in southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum Monday 26 Above Minimum in Night 11 Above At 8 A M Tuesday 16 Above Snowfall Trace To give March a lionlike depar ture the weatherman Monday night turned loose a cold wave that drove the mercury down to 11 degrees above zero a minimum surpassed only twice during the entire month Townsend Rapped by McGroarty for His Break With Clements WASHINGTON tive McGroarty author of legislation to carry out the plan to pay 200 a month pensions to ev eryone past 60 Tuesday quarreled publicly with Dr F E Townsend He said 200 Townsend supporters would have been elected to congress in November had not the move ments founder broken with Robert E Clements who has resigned as national secretary STORMS BREAK OVERTAX PLAN Threaten Pittsburgh Mayor With Eviction From House Hearing WASHINGTON that have been gathering for weeks over the 5799000000 tax program broke with full fury Tuesday Mayor William M McNair of Pittsburgh was threatened with eviction from a house committee hearing on the tax bill He urged the committee not to tax the shirts off our backs and angered some of its members by interrupting as they peppered questions at him Other developments The postoffice department an nounced a fraud citation against the national conference on legalizing lotteries headed by Mrs Oliver Har riman New York society leader and the Golden Stakes with which Al Smith Jr is associated Hearings will be held April 1 and 2 After five minutes consideration the senate voted 523299428 to pay legislative operating expenses This included for senators sal aries and for representa tives The bill now goes to a con ference committee for adjustment of differences with the house The house passed and sent to the white house the senate bill to in crease the capitalization of the com modity credit corporation from 53000000 to Postmaster Kecommended WASHINGTON e n a t o r Louis Murphy recommended ap pointment of George Harder as Key stone Iowa postmaster Meredith Willson Will Direct Own Symphony Former Mason Cityan Will Lead Frisco Orchestra SAN FRANCSCO The youngest ever to direct the San Francisco symphony orchestra 33 year old Meredith Willson will lead lie 85 piece organization here Sun day afternoon April 19 in his own Symphony No 1 in F Symphony of San Francisco The former Iowa musician was overjoyed at so early a production of his finished it only a ew weeks even a little sxirprised at finding the symphony irashed The scoring was done by Willson himself The symphony which is in our movements will take about 42 minutes in performance Willson was born May 18 1902 in Mason City Iowa learned to play he flute while still a youngster and lid his first conducting when only 2 years old j He has been flutist with the New sical director for radio stations and York Philharmonic orchestra mu1 a Hollywood music writer MEREDITH WILLSON BRUNO SOBS AS HIS IRON NERVE CRACKS AT LAST Has No Change to Make in Story Proclaims His Innocence HAUPTMANN AT A GLANCE By the Associated Tress Justice Thomas W Trenchard denied Bruno Richard Hauptmann a stay of execution Tuesday re moving his last hope of escaping death in the electric chair Tues day night Hauptmanns iron nerve crack ed as the hour for his execution approached and he wept freely as he insisted he was innocent and had absolutely no change to make in his story After a restless night the con victed slayer of the Lindbergh baby sent for Col Mark O Kim berling the principal keeper of the state prison and was in tears when the warden entered Kimbcrling said Hauptmann re iterated he was innocent and said any changes in his story would be a lie He wanted to make a radio appeal to the public Kira berling said he told him His wife Anna apparently had given up hope and was making no efforts to save him from the chair Gov Harold G Hoffman made known through his press aide he planned no action in the case but would remain in Trenton until af ter the execution Looking worried and wan Mrs Hauptmann expressed the hrf she might again see her hush and Governor Hoffman execution but appeared doomed to disappointment The governor said he had no plans to see the condemned mans wife and War den Kimberling had already an nounced he did not intend to per mit another visit to the death cell A relative said Mrs Haupt mann still feels there is some hope that Bruno will escape exe cution Hauptmann ate no breakfast and when asked what he wanted for his last meal Tuesday njgJtt said Id like to have the last meal sent to Dr Condon He referred to Dr John F Condon who was one of the principal state witnesses at Hauptmanns trial During the morning Hauptmann was visited by his chief counsel C Lloyd Fisher and his spiritual adviser the Rev John Matthie sen While there is life there is hope said Fisher after his visit and you cant tell what might break in our favor Colonel Lindbergh in England spent the day deep in the study a mechanical heart as an aid to science to prolong life Hauptmanns mother in Ka menz Germany reiterated her be lief in his innocence as she bent over a washtub at her home Paul H Wendel Trenton who repudiated a purported confes sion attributed to him still was held in the county jail at Trenton although authorities took no court action By DALE HARRISON Copyright 1830 by The Associated Press N J Court Justice Thomas W Trenchard Tuesday denied a stay of execution for Bruno Richasd Hauptmann in what was conceded to be his last le gal recourse before his execution Tuesday night In denying the stay Justice Tren chard referring to tie repudiated confession of Paul H Wendel up on which the pica was based largely declared They the Wende papers do not justify any arrest of the execu tion Trial Not Justified papers the aged who presided over Hauptmanns Flemington trial said do not jus tify any rule to show cause why a new trial should not be granted much less granting a new triaJ It seems pretty plain to me that this Wendel confession is incred ible on its face out of harmony with the known facts of the case and without the slightest coTTOboration with respect to matters which could easily be corroborated C Lloyd Fisher and Judge Fred erick A Pope appeared for Haupt mann and Atty Gen David T Wi entz hurriedly summoned from his Perth Amboy home represented the prosecution Iron Nerve Cracks The iron nerve of Hauptmann with death in the electric chair only a few hours away snapped Tuesday but his sob wracked story of inno ;