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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 15, 1939, Mason City, Iowa H if I ON E R v H IS r MEM Afl T OF lOVifA COMP DES M 0 I H E S I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY TH8 BRIGHT SPOT VOLXLV ASSOCIATED FBESS AND UNTIED FREES FULL LEASED VIBES WVB CENTS A COPV MASON GITYIOWA MONDAY MAY 151939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 186 GORDON CHARGED WITH MURDER i Wallace Maneuver Against Wheat Vote Wallace greatest escape artist in the his tory of government vodvil it is not fading here yet will re lease himself from a wheat referendum This is prob ably the most difficult feat of the agriculture jecvetarys car eer but he wil perform it or shine even if chained and locked in a safe Paul BlaUon in Potomac channel What is more he will do it without any outside aid using only a small pencil and a piece of paper Those who sat backstage when Mr Wallace escaped the corn ref i erendumlasl fall will not be amazed but then all tricks look the Harlan simple when you know how they protection are done This one is a little more difficult as the law says a refer endum vote on quota restrictions must be held whenever Ihe wheat supply reaches 950000000 bush els and it is now about 1018000 000 The crop reporting board es timates the winter wheat crop at 543000000 the carryover esti mate is 275000000 the spring wheat crop estimate is 200000 O00 Deterioration Factor If you do not think he can do it listen The secretary now is making a restudy of the spring wheat situation and can discover the crop is deteriorating which will reduce the supply by the ex tent he thinks deterioration has developed The crop reporting board has made no inescapable es timate yet only an estimate based oh1 planted acreage and normal yield i Wallace iwill make a ihishimselfIfHe at bartering anywhere from25000000 to 100 000000 bushels But if all else fails arid Ihe gods of grain ordain that the crop is going to be embarrassingly good Mr Wallace is empowered by the law to adjust his figures for current trends All this of course is that the law is a farce and that the ag riculture secretary can have or not have referenda largely as he pleases son Small Business Loans Reconstruction finance Chair man Jesse Jones experiences with small business loans would make your eyes pop but you will never see them starkly presented in his official documents Congressmen who have heard and seen however are convinced that the small loans are Ihe worst of Hie lot thai apparenlly every one who has one inch of political pull is trying to get government backing for financial doodling that even the mothers brothers sisters and aunts of political au thorities are sending around rela tives and even casual friends to the government grabbag This is underslandable when you consider Jones cannot make a small loan uniil a bank has lurned it down Neverlheless Jones is reported siding around toward the Mead bill now being rewritten by the jugular squad to insure small loans through further indication that the administration is about to promote a campaign for its adoption Apparently Jones believes bank insurance 3000 Bent On Picketing Mines Turned Back GUARDSPOSTED WITH MACHINE GUNS IN HARLAN Pickets Trying to Gather in Numbers Are Told to Disperse HARLAN Ky thousand coal miners bent on picketing were turned back by national guardsmen with machine guns Monday as men returned to the Harlan county pits under troop No coal will be brought from the mines until Tuesday or Wednes day operators said Operators in Ihe Harlan Cield where one man already has been killed and anolher wounded re fused lo sign an agreement with the United Mine Workers last Sat urday in New York when 15 oth er soft coal operating areas ap proved a union shop Monday was the first time most of Ihe mines had been open since work slopped April 1 at the start of negotialions on Ihe contract Call 200 More Guards Civil and military authorities said the killing and shooting had no connection with labor diffi culties but orders were signed calling 20U rdditionai national guardsmen to duty militiamen were sent to mines throughout the county during ihe night Machine gtms were i set up Tong the roadside and anyeffort ptctetsto gather in quick 1 mAets to HspeTSC Colonel RoyW Easley of the state trdODs said Ship With King and Queen Steams Under Forced Draft Last 700 Miles of Voyage JOHN VOSS We will allow peaceful picket ins in reasonable numbers but will not permit the massing of men at any one point The colonel warned that if the men continued to loiter about Harlanstreetstheywill be given military escort out of town George Titler secretary and treasurer of the Harlan U M WV was taker district declared he died Instead of peace and no timidation the troops will not let us go within six miles of a coal camo They have a bridge blocked a mile and a half from Kills and are blocking slate highways Called Blflody Harlan Colonel Easley said troops had een posled as guards along the lighways entering Harlan coun ty to prevent on influx of miners from other fields Even before the test between operators and union miners as to strength in this field torn for years by labor strife the county again lived up to bloody Harlan While national guard ordered here by Gov A B Chandler 557 strong rolled in on trucks from Tuans Towns in the southern end of the state one nonunion miner was killed at Services for Blast Victim to Be Tuesday Funeral services for John Voss 63 who died at oclock Sun day morning of injuries suffered when dynamite he was investigat ing Saturday exploded will be held at the chapel of the McAuley and Son funeral home Tuesday morning at 10 oclock with the Rev Hoy W Peyton pastor of the Presbyterian church in charge Burial will be at Arthur Wis near his former home at Platteville shortprayer service also will bo cemetery at Arthur oclock Tuesday afternoon Mr Voss and his son John Jr and a hired man Glenn Miller were dynamiting rock Saturday af temoon in one of his fields five miles west of Mason City when the accident occurred His son told a deputy sheriff that the fuse for the charge had splintered and Mr Voss believing it had gone out went to fix it when it exploded in his face He was taken to a local hospital where Liner Free From Fog andIce Which Delayed Arrival by Two Days QUEBEC Que Em press of Australia bearing King George and Queen Elizabeth on a precedentbreaking visit to the new world steamed at forced draft Monday oh the last 700 miles of its voyage to Quebec The liner free at last from the hazards of fog and ice which de layed its scheduled arrival by two days passed Gallantry Head at 19 knots and approached Cape Ray at the entrance of the Gulf of St Lawrence King Watches Activities The king took advantage of the mornings fine weather to stand on the promenade deck and watch the activities aboard the two cruisers convoying the liner to America A cool westerly breeze invigor ating after the dense fog through which the Empress had passed cleared the atmosphere and made the snowcovered hills of New foundland and the French islands isible in the brilliant sunlight The master of the empress ra oed that he expected to doc lere at midnight Tuesday Airplanes Eeconnbiter While the king and other mem rs the royal party watche ailors on the cruisers engagedi are his widow a would lessen the doodling phase political and daughter Dorothy of Algona a son John Jr at home three sis ters Mrs Callie McReynolds of Kennewick Wash Mrs W H Klulow of Port Stanley Wash and Mrs Hattie Howard of Por Huron Mich and a brother James of Kennewick Wash WHEATGlWER VOTE RULED OUT Wallace Declares Indicated Supply Wont Necessitate Referendum WASHINGTON Yancey and his brotherinlaw Wallace ruled Monday Ihe indi heir morning exercises airplanes vere catapulted from the Soulh mpton and Glasgow on reconnoi eririg flights over the Gulf After determining whether the gulf is clear of ice the planes will eturn to the cruiser and report They soared over the Empress everal times their silver wings Hashing before roaring away The king took a brisk walk around the deck after watching he takeoffs Will Carry put Reception In Ottawa Prime Minister Mac kenzie King announced in the louse of commons that the recep ion program planned here would be carried out despite Ihe liners delay in arrival He said their majesties would spend Thursday in Montreal and go to Ottawa Friday to attend a state dinner that eve ning and a parliament dinner Sat urday night Jean Francois Pouliot created a storm in commons finally being shouted down when he blamed the delay on the admiralty which he saidwas in charge of the liner instead of merchant marine offi cers who knew the waters Hundreds of newspaper repor ters and photographers as well as thousands private citizens awaited the arrival of the king and queen here Thousands of po lice and soldiers will line the routes over which their majesties will travel FARM BLOC IS OPPOSINGWAGE ACT PROPOSALS Charge Amendments Would Intensify Agriculture Problems WASHINGTON fP Strong farm bloc opposition threatened administration plans to rush through wagehour amendments in the house Monday under pro cedure which required a two thirds majority for adoption No changes in the amendments approved by the labor committee were permitted by the seldom applied rules Should the house defeat thi plan Chairman Norton DN J of the labor committee announcei she would make no further at tempt immediately to carry ou LOOK INSIDE FOR BURROUGHS A WALTKIP suggestions of Elmer F Andrews administrator for the operation of the Delwein Man Killed in DBS MOINES Oelwein man was kjlled and five other persons were injured at noon Mon day when their automobile turned over three times after a collision on highway No SB ten miles northeast of here Robert I Day 21 was fatally injured as the car ne was driving rolled over in the ditch before corning to rest on its Weighed down by waterfilled hip boots Hans6ri fought to keep his abpve wctef until lie was department IH resJbrMinfcw to i swift wheels Mrs Mitchellville Robert Griffith of Iowa driver and lone occupant of the other car was not injured Fisherman Rescued at Fort Dodge After Falling Into River FORT DODGE open ing day of the fishing season near ly claimed a victim here Monday when Howard Hanson 30 fell from the Fort Dodge Gas and Electric dam into eight feet of turbulent Des Mpines river water alarnv given by a nearby fisher man Hanson was near exhaustion when taken from the water Stunt Pilot Dies in 6 Story Plunge From Burning Hotel Room MEMPHIS Tenn plane Stunt Pilot Clarence Mc Arthur of Tampa Fla died Mon day shortly after plunging six stories from a burning hotel room Only Sunday he had thrilled spectators at the Cotton carnival air show with his antics in a 1910 model plane Baby Is Drowned in 5 Gallon Can of Milk PANORA Iowa LaFleur 15 months old drowned Monday when she fell into a five gallon can of skimmed milk at the farm home of her parents Mr and Mrs Lewis LaFleur near here wagehour simplifying scvenmonthold act Object to Amendments I Farm members backed by the American Farm Bureau federation and other leading farm organiza tions objected to amendments in tended to clarify the exemptions pertaining to agricultural labor In a letter to every house mem ber spokesmen for five national farm organizations declared the proposals will greatly intensify the present hardships confronting agriculture The law now exempts from the vages andhoursprovisions farm ing operations in the of pro as defined by Andrews Difficulties in administration in duced the committee to substitute a section exempting 16 specified farm operations so that employes performing that work could be on duty a maximum of 60 hours a week before the overtime provi sions for pay on time and a half would apply Farm Test Shares Up Representative Andresen R Minn and Coffee DNebr contended that this arnendmen would make all of agriculture im mediately subject to the minimum wage of 25 cents an hour outlinec in the act as well as the progres sively higher minima of 30 cents and 40 cents in the next two years Another test of farm strength was shaping up in the house ove approving the which the senate added to the agricul lure department appropriation bill Economy advocates sought to block the extra money most of Only Miracle Can Save Radio Chapel PAGE 2 St Ansgar Circuit Conclave Is May 19 PAGE 3 North Central Baseball League Season Opens PAGE 9 which would be used for parity payments designed to increase the farmers purchasing power The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair some what warmer in vest and north central portions Monday night Tuesday Increasing cloudiness showers in northeast and east central portions by afternoon warmer In south and extreme cast MINNESOTA Showers in east and north cloudy in soutii ivcst somewhat warmer In cast and south Monday night Tues day cloudy and cooler showers in east IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather sta tistics Maximum Sunday 75 Minimum Sunday night 41 At 8 a m Monday 53 YEAR AGO Maximum 64 Minimum 43 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 69 Minimum Saturday 31 At 8 m Sunday 63 YEAR AGO Maximum 62 Minimum 44 Rain 64 inch In the Dawns Early Light at Clear Lake For Robinson Bill Correction Treasury Undersec retary Hanes did not attend the Julius Barnes luncheon is not espousing the Barnes plan to work out some decentralized local com munities program of reemploy ment under federal sponsorship The column of May 10 was wrong about that Hanes was invited and those who attended were told he would Jead the government con tingent but his secretary did not even tell him of the invitation Contingcrs who did attend in cluded HOLC Chairman Fahey Henry I Harriman and some one or two from the commerce de partment whose names are hard to ascertain in view of the extreme priv y of the affair Hopkins who speaks only for Mr Roosevelt has spoken an inside word approval for the heretofore obscure Robinson bill proposing a expansion of economic research II means the bill may pass Most of the money 51200000 would go to financing research various state universities and the rest would expand the domestic commerce division in the com merce department CCopjrijht tilnf Futvrci IDC jailed for the fatality Wouldnt Submit to Arrest A deputy sheriff told of having shot a young man on a main street of the city within a block of national guard headquarters when he refused to submit to arrest for drunkenness Chief Deputy Sheriff Chad No lan said the man killed at Yan cey a short distance south of Har an was Treed Bates 33 year old motorman for a coal company foian said the man was shot once in the head in front of the lome of Walter Rowe 25 his jrotherinlaw Rowe was placed n the county jail Refusal of the Harlan Hazard and Big Sandy operators along with representatives of certain fields in West Virginia Virginia and Tennessee to sign a union shop1 contract wiih the United Mine workers when 15 other op erators units did in New York Saturday developed quick action by Governor Chandler who prev iously had announced he would send troops to operate the mines if there was no agreement by thi ated supply of 1933 wheat was lot large enough to require a grower referendum on marketing quotas to restrict sales of the crop Wallace estimated the total sup ly on July 1 would be 974000000 bushels and remarked that the 939 marketing quota level estab ished under the farm act of 1938 was 1021000000 bushels The quota level is 135 per cent of a normal years domestic con sumption and export of 756000 000 figure equals average yearly domestic consump tion and exports during the ten year period ending June 30 1938 Wallace said the estimated total upply on July 1 included the cur rent crop estimate of 704000000 bushels and a July 1 carryover estimated at 270000000 date Lewis Condemns Action This brought condemnation for his action on the governor from John L Lewis head of the UMW and the CIO who warned agains operating the mines without a union contract as against publii policy and informed Chandle soldiers will not operate thesi mines Chandler retaliated with the declaration No one can tell our people t work or not to work and no one can come in this state and cause trouble This is not a political mission but a peaceful mission V Mother of Feller Suffered No Fracture When Struck by Ball CHICAGO William Feller mother of Bob Feller speed ball pitcher with the Cleveland Indians suffered no fracture Sun day when struck in the head by a foul ball as she watched her son defeat the Chicago White Sox 9 to 4 Dr Phillip Kreuscher after ex amining xray pictures said Mrs Feller would be able to return to her home in Van Meter Iowa within three or four days Seven stitches were required to close the gash over her right eye She was filling in a box be twcen first base and home plate when Marvin Owen White Sox third baseman drove the foul in the third inning Earlyrising disciples of Izaak Walton anxious to cast their lines during the first minute of the Iowa fishing season which opened Monday braved nearsunrise coolness to enjoy their sport at Clear Lake The day gave way to clear weather with a north breeze ruf fling the lake surface and was nearperfect for fishermen who crowded the waters and shores Lock photo Kayenay cngravins CONFESSION OF SLAYING MADE BY HALF BREED Further Investigation of Case Is Indicated by Authorities A preliminary charge of second degree murder against Jack The Indian Gordon was prepared Monday by County Attorney Charles W Barlow The action followed Gor dons Sunday evening confes sion that he murdered John Larson 52 of Mason City and Clear Lake According to the written confession the half breed Indian struck Larson four times with a homemade blackjack after an argument which developed when Gordon stumbled over the other man Will Continue Probe ThR attack occurred about 4 oclock Saturday morning in the scalehouse in the Mil waukee railroads stockyards at Clear Lake where both men had slept that night according to Gordons confession which was made to Deputy Sheriffs Cal Dwan and Stanley McCIintock after 30 hours of continuous grill ing Monday morning the county at torney and two deputy sheriffs took Gordon back to the scene of the crime and had him reenact the slaying and events preceding it Pictures were taken his tions the courity attorney said r May Call Grand Jury Tile further investigation may lead to the filing of first degree murder charges the official said indicating that he was not yet en tirely satisfied with the Indians confession The county attorney also suggested that he might call the grand jury into special ses sion on the case According to the Indian he be came involved in an argument with Larson and struck the vic tim four times with a homemade blackjack or sap which was con structed of rubber and had a lead weight Took 5115 From Body I realized lie was dead said the swarthy Gordon and I went through his pockets and found a little purse with a paper dollar a dime and a nickel in it I took the purse and contents The perfect crime might have been in Gordons mind officers theorized pointing out that the brutally slaying pro ceeded to dispose the body ajirt its clothes returned to the livestockyards w here he shaved conversed with tran sients there and FOUR HOURS AFTER THE MURDER told of ficers he smelled the body the victim Circumstances in the Larson murder and that of Bert Anfinson of Corwith in 1935 were so identi cal that officers questioned the halfbrecd concerning that crime but he denied any of it Anfinson a Corwith beer tavern operator was found near railroad tracks his head crushed by a blunt instrument No one was ever convicted the crime although Frank Welder a suspect is now sening a sentence in Fort Madison state penitentiary on an arson charge Another ironic angle in the case was tlic fact that Gordon Thursday night saw a picture Persons in Hiding based on a book by Chief GMan J Ed Ear Hoover and intended to curb little more than a day later Gordon killed Larson The Indian who was a World war sergeant and told officers he has served time in Leavenworth federal penitentiary on a desertion charge confessed after a brilliant investigation which was in charge of Deputy Sheriff Dwan who with Deputy McClintock arrested Gor don Saturday morning after he had notified Clear Lake officers of the finding of Larsons corpse which he told them he smelled First Flaw in Story That was the first mistake in Gordons story for according to officers and physicians there is no odor to a corpse for at least four to five days The statement caused sheriffs officers to wonder at the remainder of the Indians story and they took him into custody at Saturday morning as he loitered near the scene the crime Gordon was brought to Sheriff Tim Phalens office in the court house near noon Saturday and he was grilled throughout Saturday and through Sunday noon but steadfastly denied guilt declaring ;