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Moberly Weekly Monitor (Newspaper) - April 2, 1931, Moberly, Missouri VOLUME 62 MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS FULL, LEASED -WIRE SERVICE MOBERLY, MISSOURI, THURSDAY APRIL 2, 1931 MOBERLY MONITOR ESTABLISHED ISflS MOBERLY INDEX EST. MOBERLY DEMOCRAT EST. 1873 NUMBER. 14 Mayor Rothwell Dies Suddenly 9 COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR Democratic City Organiza- tion to Meet' Tonight to Fill Vacancy DOUBT EXPRESSED AS TO PROCEDURE Victorious Six Times, Death Deprives Mayor Rothwell of His First Unopposed Election If Mayor Rolla R. Rothwell had] the party and then -was lived until next Tuesday, he elected--without opposition in the have been elected mayor of Moberly for the seventh but for-the first time -without op- position or final elec- tion. It was an ironical fate that cheated, him of election, finally without opposition either within or -without ty. the Democratic par- .Atty.O'Bryan Favors Spe- cial Election.Others Believe Party Leaders Can Act Selection of a candidate for mayor of .Moberly to flit the va- cancy on the ticket caused by the death of Mayor Rothwell .will be considered at a meeting of the members of the Democratic city committee to be heldv at o'clock this evening at the'-.-offices of Edmund Burke, chairman.' No- tice: of the meeting was given by :.-'Miss Irene Butterly, secretary of the committee. The city election is next Tuesday. W. B- Stone, city attorney, stat- ed It as his opinion that, the city committee is hot created by law but is purely a .party organiza- tion and therefore 'it is rather confusing to know whether it has the right such vacancy. At- torney Redick O'Bryan suggested the vacancy, not be- filled by. the committee; butivthat action a mass meeting 'to be held later, special i election to follow. x Others Support Committee .'.-.Several other attorneys iyere of the opinion the vacancy could be i'fllled-- by the party committee.' '.'.They point, out thf-.t the commit- tee, meeting. Many a hard fight was waged by antagonists of the Rothwell policies, but only once, so far as could be determined today from the city records, was; he defeated for city office In a. popular bal- lot. This was in 1925, when J. M. Jeffries was elected mayor in a special election, by a margin of 2342 to Once Won by 57 Vofes In 1927 Mr. Rothwell had his next closest call, when he defeat- ed Mr. Jeffries in the' party pri- mary by 57 votes. He defeated W. P. Sparrow in the that year by 2218 votes to 1846. The mayor's terms were not 'continuous. "-They were inter- spersed in a period of 24 years from 1907 to the present; It was-'in 1907'that the Roth- well name, first appeared on the city ballot as a candidate for may- or; j, He won the party in'va spirited contest with- A. C. Dingle and George W. Sparks, and itf the election won over George AV. Chase" by a vote of 1077 to 444. He again had primary opposi- tion in 1909, but. was unopposed in the city election. Beaten. fop: County Clerk In the fall'of mayor was a; candidate, for county, clerk. He, was'; defeated 'by Green Terrill. mayor he was succeeded by P. Cave in 1911. Again: in 1913 he entered the .race for; mayor, was nominated in city election: While still serving his third term, Mr. Rothwell again sought nomination for county clerk In 1914, and this time he defeated Mr. Terrill. He served as county clerk until January 1, 1919. In that period he was called upon to act as chairman of the selective service board passing upon en- listments in the World War. In the fall of 1918 he sought re-nomination, for county clerk but was defeated in' a three-cor- nered race in which George Jack- son and .Rich R. Correll were the other candidates. Mr. Jackson was nominated and. elected. Victorious 3 Times More Itrwas not until 1923 that the three-times mayor sought, his fourth term. Victorious, in. the party primary, he was elected at the city polls in April and serv- ed until April, 1925. "He was not a candidate for: re-election at that time and. Dr. S. P. Towles was elected mayor. Dr. Towles, after presiding at a meeting the city council, was found dead of a heart attack in his car the morning following his induction office. It. was at a special election' held May 12, 1925, to fill this vacancy; that Mr. Rothwell' was defeated, by Mr'. Jeffries. His nomination over Jeffries and. his election over Dr. Sparrow followed in 1927. Mayor. Rothwell was re-elected to his terni on April 2; 1929; after defeating E. P. Hutch'inson party primary and winning over Arthur E. Marriott In the city electon by a vote of 2567 to 1659. This year Mr. Rothwell had 'no opposition, for nomination to his seventh term, arid-'no one. filed as a i candidate against.-.him- in the city election to be Tues- day; (Continued on Page 2) BRUNKASKS 30 DAYS TO PREPARE iequest Made at Bar of Senate Starts Big Debate TREASURER SAYS TIME IS NEEDED cies'on the .ticket. The candidates to. file by petition' ex- pired last week and the question has been raised whether the name of a- candidate selected by the committee now can be placed .on the printed ticket. It also argued that in case no candidate the voters might write In names at 'the election, and that the one receiving the highest number of votes would be of the number of votes cast. Mr. Burke, chairman of the city committee, was out of, the city today but it was said he would be back in time for the meeting to- night. The other members of the committee are Miss Butterly, third ward; H. T. Engle and Mrs. PearV Broaddus, first -ward; J. M. "Wisdom and Mrs. Pat Riley, sec- ond Ray McDonald and airs. John Lynch, Jr., fourth ..ward.. Cavanaiigh to Act H. H. Cavanaiigh, president pro tern of the city council, will serve as acting mayor until a new may- or Is elected. Mr. Cavanaugh stated today that, at first he had been inclined to believe a special election would have to be called for selection of a mayor, but that i on further consideration he be- lieved the state law j empowered the respctive party committees to fill any vacancies -occurring in their tickets within fifteen Oays of the tion _ authorized to paste .printed slips the name of the new candi- date in tho proper place on the ticket. GOESTOJURY State Says No Penalty Is Too Severe for Man Held for Lingle Murder CHICAGO, April 2. murder case against-Leo Brothers, charged with the assassination of the police reporter, Al- fred Lingle, was placed in the hands of a criminal court jury at p. m. today. The-'twelve men, qualified for the death penalty, were told in the prosecution's last argument, that "no penalty is too severe" for "this cold blooded, cowardly mur- der." The last to speak for Leo Broth- ers, Attorney Louis Piquett, plead- ing, with a jury to set Brothers free on the charge of murder of Lingle, said today that the arrest of the young St. Louisan was the result of.a "great conspiracy." His bushy hair waving as he pounded the table, stopped after almost every sentence by objec- tions of the'state, Piquett describ- ed a ADMIT TO EASTER SHOWS Pox Grand and 4th Street Theatres to Have Special Matinees "Saturday Final arrangements are being made and a committee has been named to aid in the annual Easter Egg Matinee, at the Fox Grand arid Fourth Street theaters -on Satur day, T. P. Davis, manager of the theaters, and Mrs. George Robin- son, president of the'Moberly Pub lie Health and Welfare Associa- r u, big spider web" that he said date of an election. The elec- was formed after the killing June judges, he- believes, can be 9 of Lingle, Chicago Triounc re- Senate Approves !Two Bills Today JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 2, (A. Missouri Senate today passed two bills, sending to the Houses of Representa- tives for further .consideration.. One of the measures, by tor McKittrick, Increases the fees paid to i local registrars for filling out birth and death certificates from 25 cents to 50 cents. The second, by Senator provides for'method-by which the county superintendent of, schools can district school bonds in case of a tie. Sew Speed Record PARANA DE LOS P ALMAS, Ar- x gentina. April 2 (AP) A new 'speed boat record was claimed for Kayo Don, English speed driver, this afternoon. His pen'ding compilation of of- ficlal figures, -was calculated at 103.73 land miles an hour. THE WEATHER MISSOURI: Partly cloudy to. cloudy tonight and Friday, with showers. Slightly warmer tonight in extreme east portion; cooler Friday in west por- tions. AVeather and Roads (Compiled for The Associated Press by the Automobile Club of Missouri) ALL POINTS: Cloudy, roads fair. porter. "But this spicier didn't wait a week or a month, it waited ten months, picked out this young man and then closed around dered the defense lawyer. thun- Girl Strikes Out Ruth and Gehrig CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., April 2 Mitchell, 17-year old girl pitching star, made her debut into big timev baseball to- day by striking out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrij in succession, as the New York Yankees and Chat- tanooga met in an exhibition game. Going into the game in the first inning to pitch only to the Babe, she forced the mighty king of swat to swing twice and then caught him flat foote'd with a pitch straight down the middle of the plate. She- also chose to pitch to.Gehrig, striking the Yankee first baseman out on three pitched balls. She walked Tony Lazzeri before being taken out of the box. MARSHALL MAN IS KILLED IN CRASH MARSHALL, Mo., April 2. (A- W. Vaughan, about 70, of Marshall, was fatally injured to- day on Highway No. 65, 10 miles west of when the motor car he was driving- left the high- way and turned over three times. Vaughan's sVull was fractured and his chest crushed. H. C. Kinyon .of Mo., who was riding with him rcce.'vcd injuries about the neck, and. shoulder. Vaughan was brought here and shortly afterward in a hospital._____ The egg. matinees an annua feature of the; Fox Friendly The aters and special programs arrang ed for the kiddies. Although one colored egg or tw fresh eggs will admit any chil under 12 years of age to the egg matinee each child may bring a' many as he desires. Either two fresh or one boiled egg willbe ac cepted for admittance to the mati nee, but all' boiled eggs must be colored. The eggs are to be dis tributed to the poor of the city b> the members of the Health an Welfare organization. Last yea more than 2000 eggs were receive at the theaters at the ''egg mati p.ce." Members of the association wh will furnish cars for distribu tion of the eggs are Mrs. Alber Mahan, Mrs. Temple Stephen Mrs. L. W. Coleman, Mrs. Ches ter Wilhite, nmVMiss Addie White Those who will assist in the distn arc Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. M. W. Burke, Miss Alice Prcll, 'Miss Una Rice, and Mrs. W. J. Tallen. Figures Large- ly in Setting Date for the Trial QUAKE DEAD ESTIMATED AT 600 Bodies Recovered from Ruins by Ma- rines Today DeatH Ends' Public Career 5 SURGEONS OPERATE FOR FIFTEEN HOURS City Virtually Deserted- Survivors Camp Nearby in Improvised Tents JEFFERSON CITY. Mo., April question of final djoumment of the Missouri Icgis- ature and disposition of legisla- ive business before the general sscmbly was injected into the dis-, ussion, in the state senate today, n motion of counsel for State 'reasurer Larry Brunk for thirty ays in which to prepare- and file n answer to the articles of imp- eachment against the state treas- rer. Brunk appeared with his coun- el John G. Madden, of Kansas ity, before the bar of the Mis- senate in answer to a. sub- ipena served on him Tuesday .ight by the. senate. The treasurer and Madden were ireceded in the senate -by the six ouse impeachment managers, who tvill prosecute the house of repre- entativcs case against Brunk. ?hey were seated in chairs ar- anged before the bar of the sen- Madden, in filing'a plea of not guilty for Brunk and a motion for hirty days time'in which to .pre- lare an answer, made a stateiiient o' the upper house in "which he mid he was not asking for a single lay that was not needed. Pica.. ''The "proceeding had., its incen- :ion si'x'pl' seven-Jnonths ago. Since t was started'the here las been investigated by the at- torney the finance de- partment, the governor's office, and finally thev house of reprcsen-; atives. Under the :hirty days is not an unreasonable time to grant the treasurer to pre- >are his defense, examine records, interview witnesses and be ready for trial on these articles of im- peachment so' general in char- acter." Reprecsntative Stanley P. Clay, Democrat, Joplin, speaking for th- liouse managers said there was no disposition on the part of the managers to hamper the defense counsel, and that they were will-' ing to leave to the senate the question of'time. Senator B- T. Gordon, Democrat, Clay County, moved that the de- fense be given eleven days to pre- pare and answer. A substitute (Continued on Page 2) By WILLIAM H; EWING, Associated Press. Staff Corresr pondent. (Copyright, 1931, by The Asso- dated Press.) 'MANAGUA, Nicaragua, April 2. six hundred bodies recovered from the' ruins'; Colonel Frederick'1 ,U. S. M.-C.j of the) relief work to- the total deadfrrtn .the earthquake at 2.000 persons.. For fifteen from noon Tuesday' until three o'clock. Wed- nesday, five surgeons, stood over their, tables amputating 'arms' and legs and treating fractures and in- ternal- injuries: They were Lieutenant- Com- mander W. B. Hatfield, Lieuten- ant' Commander W. T.. Brown, Commander G.: D. HaleV ant Commander H. B, Boone, all of the Navy, and Major Hawley of the States Army at- tached the Nicaraguan canal survey. operating was carried on under the.-; most- adverse conditions because tremors as the surgeons worked. During the fif- teen hours the five', men perform- ed 150 major opera- tions. There was no time for .sterilization-.' other than chemical. Lieutoiianfr Commander Hatfield and others were 'high in their praise of "the enlisted men who stood sterilized their in- struments and assisted in .other ways. Much speculation arose as to what -might have happened the military forces' had not been on hand to take charge. v There now is plenty of food in the city. Seven -thousand natives were given breakfast by the Ma- rines today. City Deserted. Razed by earthquake, gutted by fire, Managua today is an almost deserted city of smouldering crumpled; ruins, its.debris littered streets peopled largely by grim, ROLLA R. ROTHWELL STRICKEN LASTNIGH1 AT DINNER DOWNTOWN Death-Due to Cerebral Hem- orrhage About P. H. in Recreation Cafe HAD DISTINGUISHED CAREER IN POLITICS- jln Paving Conference at Time of Attack-Had Serv- s" ed as Mayor 12 Years Funeral services' for Mayor Rothwell will be held at 3 p. m. .tomorrow the Central Christian Church. Details mp-. pear in an adjoining column. J silent Marines and National Guards. Nicaraguan On the hills about the: city, stand tents, 'made in' some cases from bed clothes, and other hastily erected temporary shelters in which more than of. the stricken city's population are camped, fearful of return to (Continued'on Page 11) ROTHWELL UYED FOR HIS FRIENDS He Knew No Sacrifice Too Great for to Aid All at Central Christian Church--All Stores to Close By Mayor for his. Chester A. llradley Rbthwell -lived- and died friends and- his home town. He- was thinking, and plan- ning" for both until the end. About, noon' yesterday one or two men kept passing to and fro by tho Monitor-Index office. They wero city job-seekers. There are more of them than ever this year and most of them are not .the usual rank and file of "job-seek- ers. "It looks'like you're about to Tributes to Mayor Rothwell P. K. Weis: While associated with' Rolla Rothwell as a fellow employe in the old Monitor news- paper office twenty-five years ago, I grew to. admire Mm for his abil- ity and to love him for his fine personality and his thoughtful con- sideration of others. The friend- ship formed then continued throughout the years. I believe that Moberly has never had a more loy- al, forceful champion her inter- ests, and his death is an. immeas- urable loss. ne of his outstanding characteris- tics. He loved his city and was vllling .to, and did, make many sacrifices for; its welfare and be- came one of its real leaders. B? lis death, Moberly has sustained an inestimable loss. Cleveland to Get Title Fight CLEVELAND, O., April 2 (AP) today was virtually selected as the scene of the Max Schmelling-W. L. Stribling fight July 3 'following conferences Joe Jacobs, manager of Schmelling, George H. Bender, manager of Cleveland's new 3 million dollar municipal stadium and others. W. B. Stone: Mayor Rothwell has occupied a very prominent place in the history of our city. He was probably better .versed in municipal affairs than any other man in the city. It has been my pleasure to serve with him during one of his administrations, and with his many friends and co- workers I shall mourn his pass- ing. JL U. FRESHJTEX 10 MEET CENTRAL DEBATERS COLUMBIA, Mo., April 2 Alice Evans, St. Louis, Martha Wright, Pierce City, and Laura Whitlark, Tarboro, N. C., repre- sentatives the University of Missouri freshmen women's debate squad, will meet the Central Col- lege women's team at Fayetto to- night. 'They will uphold tho. af- firmative side of the question, "Resolved, that the nations the world shouU adopt a policy of freo trade." Attorney Kills Self WARRENSBURG, Mo., April 2 C. Littlefield, 62. of Knobnoster. prominent Johnson county attorney, shot and killed himself at his home this morning. Oak Hunter: I have known Rolla Rothwell intimately from hood, went to school with him and served as city atorney when he was city clerk. It has been my ob- servation that he has always been a fighter for the principles for which stood, fearless and una- fraid to take a position on all pub- lic questions. I was shocked to learn of his sudden death. Moberly has lost a valued citizen. G. 0. Perry: In the death of May- or Rothwell, Moberly has lost a native son who never shirked a duty nor wearied of doing some- thing for his-home city. He knew no class nor creed but was "a friend to man." Arthur B. Chamler: I have known Rolla Rothwell since we were boys together in the Moberly grade schools, and I have always found him to be a -trustworthy friend, independent in his thinking open and above board and always willing to stand fearlessly convictions. He never betrayed a friend or, cause, and loyalty, was J. F. Curry, who served as city clerk during; Mayor ,Rothwell's irst and second terms as mayor: Mayor Rothwell was a progressive nayor. He was always boosting for Moberly. Lawrence Citizens go-on, the firing I. said to Mayor. "They're: worrying mo to. death and. it hurts me can't do something for all of he replied. "Why he continued "there is a stream 61! men coming to .my home night they stop me on tho they come in here, I can't turn without hear- ing-the plea of somebody for a place on tho street force, police fire "department or other most all of them-are good, deserving men, men who have been friends all'iny life. There never wero so many as there, are this time. I wish that I could work them all, .-solve their prob- lems, but I can't and I. wish to .goodness I could get 'on, a boat and go I wouldn't meet a I know until-after city appointment, are he concluded.'. The Mayor was sincere as al- Rolla R. mayor of for six terms, -suddenly at: o'clock last: .night, -a few moments after he had been stricken with cerebral hemorrhage while at, J dinner at the Recreation Cafe. He was 57 years old. Mayor-Rothwell was havinjr'.din.- ,fi. ncr with John Heiman, president, of the Trinidad .Asphalt paving contractors; of St. Louis; i Edward Fox of St.. Louis, with ecame a resident of Moberly in 1871, coming here .from Callaway, where the Rothwells bad. settled on their arrival from Ken- tucky. His. mpther.'befo're her marriage, was Miss Elizabeth M. Raglanu, member of a pioneer Monroe county family. She was also close-' ly related, to the Buckners, an-' other'family prominent in Monroe' county.1 Both of Mayor Rolhwell's par- ents, taught in the old Mount Pleasant College at Huntsville, of i which W. R. Rothwell, uncle of' the mayor, was president. W. R.- later was president William Jewell College at Liber-" ty. Father in Congress G. K.- Rothwell, 'Sr., law after' his .marriage, his' profession in Moberly for, many, years. He was elected to Congress' from this district, and was-a member of the board curators of the University of Mis- souri during the reconstruction. period-after the disastrous fire v which destroyed- tho administration building. For his services as chairman, of the! executive board in charge of" the rebuilding, the elder Rothwell, was made the recipient of ant'' honorary degree fromvthe'Univer- sity, in addition to the one witlf- which he was graduated from the samo institution.. Rothwell nasium" at Columbia is named for, him. Rolla Renfro Rothwell was v, born at the G. F. Rothwell home on South Clark street, in Moberly.r? on October 13, 1873. He was ed- ucated in the -Moberly grade schools, and the high school, attended Missouri Military emy at Mexico and the of Jtissouri. At the University (Continued on Page 2) ___f ;