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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 29, 1934, Mason City, Iowa COUP HARLON E II US MEM ART OLPT OF1 North Iow9 norm lowers DAILY PAPER w Edited for the Home THE NEWSPAPER THAT BIASES AJLL NORTH JIOHANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XL FIVE CENTS A COPI ASSOCIATED PKESS LEASED W1KE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 29 1934 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 199 lowans in Washington Gillette Gets Word of Damage From Drought By DON McGTJIRE ASHINGTON May 29 Serious drought conditions now extending into western Iowa have resulted in renewed study of methods to halt permanently the seemingly peren nial lack of mois ture over a great part of the coun trys richest food producing sec tion Representative Gillette chair man of the bouse drought subcom committee has hit upon one plan of checking the rapid drainage of surface water through the build ing of small earthen dams in dry runs After a heavy rainfall small gullies in the area become raging torrents for a short time The dams would act to check the rapid flow to large permanent streams where the water would be drained from the area completely The suggestion came to him from a northwest Iowa farm owner who had found the method effective in maintaining the water level in his own land He wrote Gillette that the effect of a little earthen dam was notice able in the level of a well a half mile away Prevent Rapid Erosion While such small dams as sug gested would not check the drainage of the water for any considerable period of time they would givea portion of the water a chance tu seep into the soil Likewise thcf have the effect of preventing rapid erosion of the rich top soil along the gully Secretary Wilbur head of the in terior department under President Hoover advocated such a plan while in office iuggesfSng that dams Be built at every possible spot to cheek the flow The main problem and the one which would throw the probleminto federal is the fact that wholesale installation of such dams might have some effect upon the flow of navigable streams into which the gullies ultimately empty Another angle is the danger of floods if the dams were faultily con structed and liable to be washed away by a heavy rain Will Hold Over The suggested naming of an as sistant to Federal Judge George C Scott will have to go over until the next session of congress if any ac tion is taken The proximity of campaign sea son with much necessary legislation still on the calendars precludes the possibility of such a local bill find ing a place in the congressional de liberations Substitute judges from other dis tricts probably will continue to serve in Judge Scotts district if he is unable to hold court 8 Students at Iowa State on Probation AMES May 29 of the 12 Idwa State college students charged with improper conduct dur ing a recent off campus day cel ebration which resulted in rowdy ism on the Ames campus today were under conduct probation here Dean M D Hesler announced More severe punishment may be meted out later and tosix others whose names were added to the list of offenders Dean Hesler said He declined to give names U S AND RUSSIA URGE ARMS CUT No Drought Aid Seen for Iowa Farmers OTHER FEDERAL PLANS OPEN TO THOSE IN NEED Regional Administrator Goes to St Paul to i Attend Meeting By KOI P PORTER Associated Press Staff Writer iKA FORECAST IOWA Somewhat unsettled Tuesday night and Wednesday not much change in tempera ture anNNESOTA Generally fair Tuesday night and Wednesday slightly cooler along Lake Su perior Tuesday night some what warmer Wednesday In east portion LOCAL STATISTICS GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum Monday 93 Minimum in Night 66 At 8 A M Tuesday 74 Rainfall Trace Again the weatherman has dis appointed Mason City by banking the northwest with angry looking clouds which yielded only a few drops of rain This was late Monday evening Tuesday forenoon the sun was obscured by clouds a part of the time stimulating rain hopes anew DES MOINES May 29 Iowas application for drought re lief will probably not be approved unless conditions in the state be come a great deal more serious T J Edmonds regional federal emer gency relief administrator said to day However Edmonds said farmers whose fields have been seared by hot sunshine and lack of rain may look to other federal plans for as sistance statement came just prior to his departure for St Paul where relief officials of states offi cially entered in the1 drought area are to confer on final procedure Two Departments The problem of aid in Iowa draws two governmental depart ments into the question the admin istrator declared with the depart ment of agriculture headed by Secretary Henry Wallace on one hand and the federal emergency relief administration headed by Harry Hopkins on the other At the present moment Ed m6ndsaid we will let Henry take care of lowaTfirough the agricul tural program That leaves the Da kotas and other regions for Harry to look af tei Edmonds revealed that there was an application in Washington now to name Certain Iowa counties as emergency and secondary coun ties under the drought program He said that he had seen the appli cation buthad not officially approv ed it The approval of the regional administrator is necessary before the Washington office grants final approval Dispose of Stock The request made last Sunday by a group of western Iowa farmers at Logan to place Harrison county in the drought area was before the field representative The same re quest made at a meeting of more than 1000 farmers also urged im mediate preparations to furnish suf ficient feeds to make it unneces sary for debt stricken farmers to dispose of their livestock at present bankrupt prices The FERA realizes that the drought condition in those western counties is bad and perhaps may become worse in the event that the region receives no rain However at the present time the situation in I the Dakotas Minnesota and other sections is critical The FERA is moving rapidly to whip its program into action before all the cattle die In Critical Areas We feel that our primary con cern is with the critical areas Oth er counties may have tobe added later but not at the present time The administrator outlined pos sible assistance for Iowa farmers in the four point rural relief program in which both the FERA and the AAA play a part The program in cludes Supplying feed for livestock such as hay corn and oats releasing com sealed on farms under corn loan contracts for use as feed sup plying seed for forage crops and Tum to Page 2 Column 1 MERCURY HERE MOUNTS T0101 Temperatures Around 100 Mark All Over State as Iowa Bakes Temperatures climbed over the 100 mark as Iowa continued to bake Tuesday in the premature midsum mer heat Mason City had 101 de grees for a new season record At Des Moines Marshalltown and other points the 100 mark was in the afternoon The temperature reached 101 at Sioux City 100 at Iowa City 102 at Ottumwa Inwood recorded Mon days high of 102 Ben Hill 50 farm laborer em ployed near Shelby dropped dead as he worked in a hay field Inspect Drought Damage in North Central States Relief Activities Held Up Awaiting Action by Congress ST PAUL May 29 representatives of federal relief agencies arrived here by airplane to day and went into immediate con ference regarding the drought sit uation with state officials leading farmers and representatives of rail roads and packing houses in sota and the Dakotas The trio are Dr E W Sheets emergency relief director Dr Law rence Westbrook assistant federal relief administrator and Dr O E Reed head of the bureau of the dairy industry Officials made no effort to con ceal their concern over new weather and crop reports which indicated conditions are growing more ser ious Governor Berry of South Dakota recommended that the white man take a lesson from the Indian and convert part of the cattle in the drought area into jerked beef Dean W C Coffey of the Univer sity of Minnesota College of Agrl culture Minnesota director of emer gency drought relief said the state needs 134355 tons of roughage and 54121 tons of grain immediately for livestock and poultry He added these needs threaten to be mag nified Near Virtual Stalemate WASHINGTON May 29 Further inspections of drought dam age in north central states pro ceeded today while federal relief ac tivities approached a virtual stale mate awaiting congressional action on appropriations execute the work planned The weather bureau reported a continued lack of rain with little or none in prospect in the immediate future Federal coordinators sent out last week to assist in adminis tering the program outlined sent back reports which were anything but optimistic It was emphasized by members of the emergency committee here that action in the plan to purchase and move or slaughter cattle in the drought area was becoming more acutely necessary every day They were rushing to completion the schedule of rates to be paid for cattle and other details in the hope that appropriation of funds for the work would coincide with its an nouncement Wheat Advances Over Cent Above Mondays Close Corn Recovers Early Loss Wheat Hits Dollar Mark in Minneapolis CHICAGO May 29 prices surged upward more than a cent above yesterdays close after drifting in a wave of profit taking and bearish sentiment most of the session today Advices that the soviet govern ment was buying wheat and flour in Australia received within 15 minutes of the close of trading precipitated a rally that sent prices to two cents and more above the days low fig ures In addition to the bullish news that Russia was on an importing basis were assertions of crop ex perts that the American drought unless relief came soon might be come a national calamity September wheat closed at cents better than a cent above yesterdays peak which was reached on a maximum days rise of 5 cents Corn closed virtually unchanged although 1 to 2 cents above the days low figures the prices ranging cent off to cent up Oats showed a fractional advance Excited buying at the close cli maxed a session in which bears had held sway Dollar Wheat Again MINNEAPOLIS May 29 Dollar wheat visited the Minneapolis grain market today for the first time since last July Amid a chorus of cheer from traders July wheat futures were posted on the board at the opening at SlOO to Con tinued drought throughout the North American spring wbeat area coupled with a stimulated initial de mand due to a large number of buy ing orders not executed at the close yesterday brought on an advance from yesterdays close at 994 MAY BE ENVOY The United Slates may send a second woman envoy abroad She is Mrs J Borden Harri man democratic na tional committeewoitjan for the capital Her name was linked with speculation over the post of minister to the Irish Free State Associated Press JOHNSON WILL STICK TO POST White House and NRA Make Inquiries Into Reports Being Published WASHINGTON May 29 Administration sources reaffirmed today there was no expectation of Hugh S Johnsons early departure from NRA Published reports to the contrary not carried by the Associated Press led to inquiries at both the white house and NRA It was made plain forthwith that the admin stration does not consider his work on the recovery program anywhere near in shape to turn over to a suc cessor and has made plans to re main at the helm for a further ex tended period There has been no indication that President Roosevelt wished to sup plant him with anyone else espe cially with the development of new policies now under way in the code making sections of NRA and exten sive strike threats Johnson has not as yet taken a direct part in the more recent strike possibilities affecting steel textile and other industries However he had left the automo bile negotiations in their earlier stages to the national labor board and later was compelled to give that situation almost full time to assist the president in working out the settlement which was effected GENERAL STRIKE CAN BE AVERTED Says Union Main Issue After Talking With Steel Chiefs WASHINGTON May 29 After a conference with steel labor leaders Chairman Wagner of the NRA labor board expressed confi dence today that a general strike in the industiy could be averted and that the controversy hinged large ly on union recognition Wagner who also serves in the senate from New York spoke to re porters at a time when Hugh S Johnson NRA chief was planning to confer with President Roosevelt at the white house on revision of the steel code Officials were concerned mean while over the refusal of the Wil mington Del federal court to en join the Weirton Steel company from interference with choice of representatives for collective bar gaining by workers at the plant The justice department said the question of an appeal to a higher court would depend upon a careful study of the decision Wagner planned further confer ences with leaders on both sides of controversy in the steel industry but said he was not prepared at this time to go into details regarding any program for prevention of a strike TROOPS HELD READY TOLEDO May 29 guard troops prepared to meet new threats of violence today as federal mediators divided their forces in at tempts to break the deadlock in the automotive strike and to avert a walkout of electrical workers called for Thursday A crowd of 100 assembled at the Bingham Stamping and Tool com pany early today with piles of rocks and jeered the 260 employes enter ing the factory Threats were hurled that Youll be able to gst in but it wont be so easy to get out Brig Gen L S Connelly in charge of soldiers guarding the Electric AutoLite plant said two of his officers are watching condi tions at the Bingham factory We have a force in reserve at the armory downtown he said and at the first sign of violence these troops will be rushed to the Bingham company The general said he appreciated the possibility that strike sympa thizers might attempt a seige of Bingham workers such as occurred at the AutoLite plant a week ago but expressed the belief that his troops could handle the situation 3 Quizzed in Girls Torch Death Freed Victim Daughter of State Treasurer of California SACRAMENTA Cal May 29 1 questioned three young men through the night concerning the death of attractive Virginia L lohnson 22 whose kerosene drenched burned body was found in a garage last night but said they had reached no solution of ths mystery District Attorney Neil McAllister dismissed Leonard Titus 19 Robert W Meckefessel 19 and James Cogswell after fingerprinting them The prints of none matched those found on a jug partly filled with kerosene near the girls body he said Believes Girl Slain McAlliser expected to determine at the autopsy whether the girl was criminally attacked before she died The district attorney said he be lieved the girl had been slain but that there were several angles to the case that also pointed to suicide He hesitated definitely to accept either theory Relatives however were confi dent Miss Johnson had been slain although there was no evidence of a struggle The girl was the daughter of Charles G Johnson California state treasurer Found In Garage The body was found last night in a garage one of five in the rear of un apartment house owned by C E former countysupervisor Mrs Mahoney made thediscovery when she was showing some pros pective tenants about the place She said she had taken her motor car out of the garage about p m and did not put it back when she returned The doors of the building were closed but not locked Near the body police found five burned matches and six that had not been struck and a jug about onethird full of kerosene Delicate Fingerprints Small delicate fingerprints on the kerosene jug furnished the only clew to aid investigators Experts said the prints were made either by a woman or a man with long taper ing fingers Relatives had been unable to shed any light on the girls death other than that she had suffered a nervous breakdown three months ago Her father candidate for gover nor of the state collapsed in San Francisco when informed of her death THREATEN WALKOUTS Murphy Has Chance to Scan Nomination of John Studebaker WASHINGTON May 29 SenatorMurphy D Iowa said to day he was starting an investiga tion of the qualifications of John Ward Studebaker of Des Moines newly appointed federal commis sioner of education The appointment was referred back to the i senate education com mittee yesterday to permit Senator Murphy to submit his recommenda tion 1 do not know Mr Studebaker personally Mr Murphy said but I am looking into his qualifications and will make my recommendations as soon as I have completed my in quiry Families Driven Into Their Homes by Fire PHILADELPHA May 29 The usual procedure of families be ing driven from their homes by fire was reversed in South Philadelphia blaze chased a score of families into their homes Gasoline leaking rom a fuel truck was ignited by a brush fire covering the street with flames for nearly a block By ASSOCIATED PRESS Organized labor bore down Tues i day with threats of three general strikes In the textile and steel indus tries and in Toledo shops unions threatened to strike unless their de for were met The lash of strike violence whip ped other Cleve land where taxicab drivers are out and New Orleans and the Pacific coast where longshoremen are striking Oppose NRA Order Francis J Gorman vice president of the United Textile Workers of America said a general strike of 300000 textile workers would be Turn to 3 Column 2 Approve Plan to Set Up Board for Ruling of Communications WASHINGTON May 29 The administrations proposal to set up a federal commission to regulate communications systems was ap proved today by the house inter state commerce committee A similar measure already has passed the senate Chairman Rayburn Tex said he expected to obtain house ac tion this week and final congres sional action by early next week Dern Declares Army Not Ready to Defend U S Secretary of War Indorses Bill to Boost Number of Men Officers WASHINGTON May 29 Secretary Dern told the house mili tary committee today that he be lieved the army as at present con stituted could not perform its neces sary mission of national defense In his first appearance before the committee Dern indorsed a bill by Representative Thompson D Tex to require an increase from 130000 to 179000 in the number of officers and enlisted men Making clear that he did not speak for President Roosevelt Dern said the armys military functions are 1 To protect outlying possessions 2 To train civilians for senice in wartime S To repel invaders until new forces could be trained and put in the field I dont believe the army as at present constituted could perform all those functions simultaneously Dern testified I have become convinced that the army as at present constituted is below the minimum necessary to carry out its mission R K Bliss Named Drought Aid Chief AMES May 29 K Bliss director of the Iowa extension serv ice was appointed director of drought relief for Iowa by E W Sheets drought relief director for the AAA GIVES U S STAND NORMAN H DAVIS HOT ON TRAIL OF JOHN DILLINGER Department of Justice Has Aid of Beth Green in Gang Hunt CHICAGO May 29 ment of justice agents are close on the trail of John Dillinger it was learned today from a reliable source Agentsworking underMelvinH Purvis chief of the Chicago bureau of investigation are following his track with the aid of Mrs Beth Green widow of Dillinger gang ster slain at St Paul Removed Secretly Mrs Green was brought here se cretly a week ago after receiving a small prison sentence at St Paul for her hiding Dillinger Purvis as always would not dis cuss the search nor tell where his men had been assigned but it was understood that the trail which has spread over many states was now narrowing and the most feared out law in the land might be dead or in custody before long 3 Girls in Chicago It was also learned that the three girls captured after being deserted at the little Bohemia resort in the north Wisconsin woods where Dil linger escaped a federal trap are now in Chicago Whether Purvis is using them as volunteers or con scripts in the Dillinger hunt could not be ascertained The three were given suspended sentences and placed under proba tion by a federal judge at Madison and were believed to have come to Chicago under supervision of a fed eral probation officer 3 Days of Prayer for Rains Begun m Minnesota Section FERGUS FALLS Minn May 29 three day period of prayers for rain began in Fergus Falls and surrounding communities today Ministers of this city called upon residents of this section to join in prayers for rain and spiritual aid through this period of drought and uncertainty Nondenominational prayer serv ices were held AMERICA READY TO JOIN PACT IN GOVERNING SALE Soviet Spokesman Asks Complete Abolition of Armaments By JOSEPH E SHAUKEV Associated Press Foreign Staff GENEVA May 29 United States offered the world as sistance in the reduction and con Lrol of armaments today and soviet Russia advocated the complete abol ition of armaments in proposals made before the international dis armament conference The American suggestions were nade by Norman H Davis United States ambassadoratlarge The Russian proposal was made by Maxim Litvinoff foreign commissar 1or the soviet union Urges Permanent Body Litvinoff proposed that the eon crence be macie a permanent body Lo safeguard the security of all na tions and safeguard peace He said that the conference nou faced the problem of whether it would continue or collapse He said he believed that the present nou ceconciliation oC divergent opinion made it Impossible to find a solution of the problem of disarmament and declared Armed peace is only an Armis is a negation of the basic principle of the Kellogg antiwar pact Then he suggested complete re nunciation ot armaments Sees National Policies The soviet official painted the world as seeking goals of national policies and asj sometimes undertak ing hostilitiesTvithin the borders of neighboring states Jh suggesting that the conference be made a permanent conference of peace he warned the world that this machinery is necessary because there are dangers of a bloody war or rather a series of wars which include all continents and all hu manity Litvinoff also proposed a univer sal or European pact of security upplemented by regional agree ments of mutual assistance Barthou to Speak The conterencc adjourned this evening until tomorrow afternoon when Louis Barthou French foreign minister and Sir John Simon Brit ish foreign secretary will speak In the morning the league council will consider the question of the war in the Chaco between Paraguay and Bolivia Ambassador Davis told the na tions that the United States is will ing to Join them in a substantial and proportionate reduction of nav al tonnage and is likewise willing to join an international agreement regulating sales of war materials His statement regarding naval reductions were anticipatory of the great naval conference of 1935 which will seek to supplement the present naval agreement by which Great Britain the United State find Japan are armed at sea On S53 ratio Kegulute Arms Sale Ambassador Davis announced tbat the United States is willing to Turn to Pntffi 2 Column 31 CAPONE LOSES FREEDOM PLEA Appeal of Former Chief of Chicago Gang Denied by U S Court NEW ORLEANS May 29 Al Capone American No 1 public enemy of prohibition times today lost his appeal for release from the federal penitentiarv at Atlanta Ga The United States district court of appeals here denied the appeal of the former gangster chief of Chi cago for release from the peniten tiary on a writ of habeas corpus where he is serving a 10 year sen tence for evasion of the income tax i laws The former beer and liquor baron sought the writ on the contention that 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