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ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH M'ELROY KIDNAPING Walter H. McGee (left), whom Kanftas City police charged was the ringleader of a gang which kidnaped M-j ear-old Mary MeElroy In Kail saw City, was arrested In Amarlllo, Tex., and sent to Kansas City in custody of officers. Four others arrested with him were (left to right) Mrs. L. R. Gilbert, L. R. Gilbert, Wendell Johnson and Mra, Hazel Johnson. (Associated Press Photo). CHINA TO GIVE AN OUTLET FOR COTTON SURPLUS Arrangements Made For Loan Of $50,000,000 For Buying Commodities. Washington, June 5.—(#)—Under President Roosevelt's direction, the Reconstruction Corporation has arranged a $80,000,000 loan for China to buy American cotton and wheat, a significant step in the campaign for foreign farm markets. This long-sought deal, calculated to lift a big share of the country's cotton surplus at least, was concluded In the recent personal conferences held by the president with Chinese Finance Minister T. V/ tlonal exchanges preparatory to the London world economic conference. Secured by Taxes. It was announced however, at midnight last night, Washington time, which made publication of the deal In Europe Impossible before this afternoon and therefore delayed foreign reactions, awaited by officials here with considerable interest A significant feature of the agreement is that the loan will be secured directly by Chinese taxes. It has first call on revenues from roll tobacco, flour, cotton yarn, match, cement and other taxes on Imports, which netted China $22,000,000'In 1932. Bearing five per cent Interest, is to be repaid in three years. It will make possible at present prices Chinese purchase of 900,000 bales of cotton and 12,800,000 bushels of wheat. That will put a big dent In the estimated cotton carryover this year of 13,000,000 bales but will be less vital in wheat reduction, since the United States carryover now figured at 363,000,000 bushels which is more than half of the world carryover. Administrators of the new farm act, keeping official silence but privately well pleased at the transaction, showed belief that tbla outlet for surplus would not be sufficient avoid levying processing taxes to finance a general program of acreage reduction. Death Penalty To Be Sought For Kidnapers Kansas City Prosecutor Won't Compromise With Girl's Abductors. Kansas City, June 5. — (IP) — "Death and nothing less" Is the punishment T. A. J. Mastin, county prosecutor, will ask for the kidnapers of Mary McEIroy. He made this determined announcement as Walter H. McGee, 28 year old former convict, and Clarence Click, confessed leaders In the plot, were being brought to his of- flce fs#-th «'fnin8"»' charges. "I will never consent to let McGee and Click or any of the actual kidnapers plead guilty and receive a sentence of life imprisonment," he continued. The other actual kidnapers, named In the confessions attributed to McGee and Click, are George McGee. brother of the principal and Clarence Stevens, fugitives. Must Exterminate Rats. The prosecutor said he intended to ask for the extreme penalty In the case when the kidnapers go to trial "The only way to stamp out kid­ naping," Mr. Mastin said, "la to invoke the law which calls for the extreme penalty of death. If the court and jury will cooperate with me, some headway will be made in fighting this terrible menace of our homes." Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Gilbert and Mr. and Mrs. Wlndell Johnson, ar rested with Walter McGee In Amar­ lllo, Tex., and Indicted.Saturday by a federal grand jury, today were released by the Kansas City police de partment. T. J. Higglns, chief of detectives, said the police will pay their fare back to Oklahoma, where they became Involved in the events of the kidnaping by starting on a "Joy ride" Into Texas with McGee. R. E. Vetterli, department of justice, bureau of Investigation, said the government would ask dismissal of the indictment against the couple. RAILROADS TO SEEK TO LOWER WAGE SCHEDULE Prevented From Reducing Number of Employes it it Only Way of Saving. New York, June 5. —The perennial battle of statistics between railway managements and organized labor over wages is in the offing. Under present agreements, railway officials will be free to start negotiations "for a new wage contract on June 15. In the latter part of 1931 managers jiougfct v #, 4«p«rj»l ^reduction in the rates of pay for contract workers, following a series of adjustments which had been made with the unorganized forces. After prolonged negotiations a voluntary agreement was signed, effective Feb. 1, 1932, for a 10 percent deduction from the basic contract rates to run for a period of one year. This later was extended for an additional nine months, or until Nov. 1, 1933. The restrictions against reducing employment, recently inserted In the administration's railway coordinator bill, have focused renewed attention upon the importance of the entire wage question. Managers point out that If the number of employees cannot be reduced because of a legislative mandate, the only saving in the railway wage bill must necessarily come from lower rates of pay. Strenuous opposition to any such program is inevitable, observers state. Railway employees in February— the latest month for which interstate commerce commission figures have been tabulated—totaled 941,544. This compared with 1,075,662 for the corresponding month of the previous year and with an average of more than a million and a half for the full year 1930. The February, 1933 payroll was $106 ,836 ,999 as against $130,019,847 in February, 1932. Not Guilty Pita Entered

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  1. The Hutchinson News,
  2. 05 Jun 1933, Mon,
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