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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME EDITION VOL. XLH1 FIVE C'SaMS A COPY ASSOCIATED PAESB LEASED WIPJB gCKVlCJt MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1936 THIS PtfXR CONSISTS OV TWO SECTIONS SECTION OMB NO. 65 POPULAR VOTEPLAN Election Change Scheme Likely to Fail Again. By CHARLES P. STEWART A S HIN GTON, ff (CPA) — Soon after congress meets, the attempt, usual in late years at every session, will be launched to amend the constitution so as to provide for the election of future presidents by national popular majorities. And, as usual, it presently will become apparent that such an amendment, 100 per. cent effective, is an impossibility. An .approach can be made to it, but the plan's best friends, if at all familiar with the facts in the case, realize that. the plan's accomplishments in its entirety is impracticable while population remains distributed as at present, unless the American constitution is scrapped completely. Calls System Unfair. That the existing system is liable to work unfairly. nationally speaking, is obvious. For example: New York., with nearly 12,600,000 population, has 45 presidential electors. Nevada with 91,000 population, has 3 electors. Suppose that New York's 45 win by 1,000 majority and Nevada's three win by 90,000 majority on the opposite side. This would mean that the joint New York-Nevada majority would be a popular majority, but an enormous 'electoral majority for New York. It Has Occurred. As between New York and Nevada' such figures are preposterous. They are only illustrative. But it is possible for the populous states, with small popular majorities, to outvote the less populated ones, reckoning in the electoral college. Not only is it possible. It has occurred a time or two. Nationalists, who believe the president should be picked by the whole people, think that the whole country's vote should be tallied as cast nationally. But the ballots cannot be counted into two national piles. They must be counted state by state—New York 45, Nevada 3. and so forth. Still Xot Perfect. This can be done (if the constitution is amended): Assuming that New York is counted, not in toto, but as per district 25-to-20, or some such calculation — and that Nevada could be calculated 2-to-l or thereabouts— It still does not mean a flat 5050 vote for the president The states' various influences remain mixed up in the controversy. Has Veto Power. It may seem as if the small states should favor national representation. Far from it. A small state, like Nevada, has a much larger representation, with its three electoral votes as against its 91,000 population, than New York, in the electoral college. The other small states feel similarly. The small stales, then (as to population)," have a veto on the large states. Sometimes the large states feel a sense of superiority, but sometimes the small states do, too. Small States Control. Of all the advocates of a constitutional amendment, making popular 'presidential election the foremost -consideration, Congressman Clarence F. Lea, of California, is conspicuous. "It can be.indorsed by a congressional vote," he agrees, "but it can't be ratified by the states with small populations. "There are enough of them to veto it." It is not a supreme court issue; the small states simply have the whip-hand over the big ones. HOUSE REJECTS APPOINTMENTS Fear Mounting Toll in Salvador Earthquake TOLL OF DEATH OVER WEEK-END AT LEAST 200 Buildings and Homes of San Vicente Shattered by Heavy Shocks. SAN SALVADOR El Salvador, (7P)—Officials expressed fears Monday of a mounting death toil in the devastating earthquake which razed almost all San Vicente and killed at least 200 persons over the week-end. Persons arriving in San Salvador from the, stricken provincial capital told stories of wholesale ruin, of shattered buildings and homes, and of rescuers digging cut some 200 bodies in the first few hours after the quake. How high the deaths would reach no one would estimate, but government officials dispatched all relief available to the area. Accurate reports were made increasingly difficult to obtain because of the disrupted communications between the quake area and San Salvador. Lines Kipped Down. Telephone and telegraph lines were ripped down by the quakes and information could be had only from those who fled inland fron the scene. The quake, which first struck the sleeping city of San Vicente Saturday night, crashed in buildings and shook the earth in villages nearby, eyewitnesses said. Refugees, with their families and household"- belongings • fled along rural roads trying to reach safety from the ever menacing volcano Santa Rita, southeast of San Vicente which some refugees said was erupting. Adding to the fears of molten lava pouring from the volcano over the wrecked city was the specter of epidemics. Much of San Vincente's supply of drinking water was poisoned by sulphur apparently exuding from the smoking volcano after the quake. Return From Area. Government officials returning Sunday night from the disaster area said the widespread wreck- ge was impeding rescue work making virtually impossible Cheer Fund Is Still Far From Goal Previously Reported J571i.50 H. D. R. 5.00 Crair W. .50 Madison School r. T. A 1.00 Jefferson Child Study Circle 1.00 Central Heights Get-Together Club 1.50 A Friend (A. F.) 1.80 Jean. Alice and Elizabeth . . 2.00 Chuck Sinclair . .. 1.00 P. G. and E. and SI. C. C. L. Ry. Co. Employes , . ; ""I.*3 A Friend (K. F.) ' I.W S. B. O. 3.00 Bob Green £.00 Unnamed Friend .. . 1.00 Decker's Trimming Room Candy Sale Vi.;t S. L. Wright, Hollywood 30.00 New Total Receipts SMK.SJ Needed to Reach Goal SHOPP/NG DAYS LEFT AND HOLLY W/?EATMS BUY CWR/STMAS age and any accurate estimate of the property damage and loss of life. Among the neighboring villages damaged, according to radio reports Sunday night, were Vera Paz, Guadalupe, Apastepeque, Pe- titan, San Sebastian, San Lorenzo and Pecoluca. A special Red Cross train, with rescuers and modern equipment, was sent from San Salvador to San Vicente. Those returning from the scene said the quake leveled all but one of the city's main buildings. Left standing, they said, was the tower in Central park, wtih the hands of its clock stopped at 10 minutes to 10. President at Scene. The president of Salvador. Gen. Maximiliano Hernandez Martinet trained for the scene to assume personal charge of the rescue work. Accompanying him was Minister of the Interior Caldernon. DUR days remain until Christmas but the giving for the Christmas Cheer Fund must all be accomplished in three days if Mrs. Mabel Blaise is to h a v'e sufficient time to complete her part of the assignment. She is in charge of the purchase and delivery of toys, foodstuffs and clothing for Mason City's neediest families. And none knows quite so well as she who those neediest families are i for she has daily contact with them as a part of her job. A good many are wondering, some doubting, whether the $1,000 goal established for this year's Christmas Cheer Fund can be attained. Those connected with the fund believe that it can be—although they frankly can't tell you where exactly the necessary money is going to come from. They only know that in the eleven years since this project was started there has never been a failure. Last year four days in advance of Christmas the total in the fund stood at $691.73. This is a little more than $40 above the amount listed above. When the fund was closed on Christmas day, the total last year had mounted to $1,035. Times are better than last year. There is no reason for $1000. $750. ',$500. i$250. LOOK INSIDE FOR- W. W. AKERS Akers Named Head of State Crime Bureau ON PAGE 2 Davenport Blue Devils at iMason City Tuesday ON PAGE 13 Highway Toll in Iowa Reaches Total of 486 ON PAGE 11 SKell Fired at Erie Mistake, Says Byers PAGE 4, COL. 2 Army and Navy physicians.and nurses also were sent into the devastated areas. The first shocks of the earthquake were felt at about 10 p. m. They diminished, refugees said, but began again Sunday afternoon. Residents who fled San Vicente said the volcano had been active of late and uneasiness had increased among the inhabitants of the city lest it erupt. "Earthquake Proof." The casualties were feared to be numerous because of the construction of the city's dwellings, some of which, however, had been built to be "earthquake proof." Most of the houses are one or two stories and built with thick walls, which, when crushed inward by the quake, would have buried occupants under tons of debris. The town, founded three centuries ago, is about 10 miles in from the Pacific ocean, and about 40 miles from San Salvador. It is one of the major stations in the narrow guage Internationa] Railways of Central America owned by United States interests. doubting that the Good Fellows of 1936 will do as well as their predecessors of 1935. The largest amount received from one group of donors thus far in the solicitation—excepting only the Mason City Elks with their $50 check—came from the em- ployes of the P. G. and E. and the Mason City and Clear Lake railway. A group at Decker's worked out an ingenious candy sale and in a painless way contributed $12.70, This too was appreciated. In the same mail with this con- .ribution was a note in childish scrawl from S. F, of Lehigh Row explaining that the writer had been a "good girl this year" and that she had "2 more sisters and 3 brothers you won't forget." Whether she and her brothers and sisters are forgotten depends pretty Jnuch on those more fortunate than they and their widowed mother. Remember—only three days in which to put this fund over the top. That means something like $100 a day. Can It be done? Sure —if you'll do your part. Warmer Weather and Clear Skies Iowa's Tuesday Prediction DES MOINES, W)—The weatherman forecast that Iowa would have clear skies Monday night and Tuesday and that while it would be slightly colder Monday night, it would be warmer Tuesday. He forecast a minimum of 10 degrees in northeast Iowa Monday night, 15 in the northwest section, 20 in the southeast and 25 in the southwest. The low early Monday was 24 at Charles City, the high Sunday, 40 at Keokuk and Sioux City. Temperatures Monday averaged about 7 degrees, above the normal BIERMANNTALKS TO FARM BUREAU R.M. Hall Elected President at Annual Meeting of Local Organization. Members of Cerro Gordo county's Farm Bureau Monday afternoon elected R. M. Hall, Lincoln township, president for 1937 in their annual business meeting in the Mason City Y. M. C. A. building. Fred Biermann, Decorah, fourth district representative, in congress, was the speaker at the meeting. His address, he said, was to deal with the problem of farm ownership and tenancy. Ludeman Vice President. R. A. Ludeman was nominated and elected by acclamation for the office of vice president, and S. 'A, Mathre and Shirley Stanfi^eld were re-elected as secretary and treasurer, respectively. For voting director to the state federation the members chose their new president, Mr. Hall, with Mr. Mathre as alternate. Preceding the election of officers the minutes .of the, 1935 annual meeting were read and approved by Secretary Mathre, as were the treasurer's report and the 1937 resolutions, .prepared and read by Reuben Holman, chairman of the resolutions committee. Directors Elected, i- Another feature of the afternoon session was a series of hu- ' morous sketches presented by Charles Files. Directors were elected as follows, in verification of township selections: Howard Cook, Leslie Irving Ashland, Lincoln; Leslie Van Note, Lime Creek: Waller Wood, Clear Lake; A. H. Steil, Lake: 'Elgar Haight. Mason: Paul Spotts, Portland; P. V. Miner, Union; Cecil Avisc, Bath; Fay Thompson, Owen; Richard James, Grimes, and Clarence Ulum. Nominations had not been made in Falls, Mount Vernon, Geneseo and Dougherty and present directors were designated to :hold office until their successors are chosen. Mrs. Wildman Dies. MARSHALLTOWN, W)—Mrs. W. R. Wildman, wife of J. W. R. Wildman, head of the business staff of the Marshalltown Times- Republican, died -after a long illness .from cancer.,- She is survived by her husband-and three sons.' J. W. J. Lloyd Dies. DENVER, Colo., (IP)—W. Lloyd, .38, former general manager of the mountain division of the Western Union Telegraph company; died hereafter a three weeks illness. Lloyd formerly was employed as a telegraph operator in the Dubuque and McGregor offices of the 1 company. PLANE'S WRECK SIGHTED, 2 MEN BELIEVED DEAD Rescue Party Organized in Idaho to Go to Isolated Area on Foot. SPOKANE, Wash., (,f)—A national guard pilot advised Felt's field by radio Monday that he had sighted what he believed to be wreckage of the missing Northwest Airlines transport plane near Calder. Idaho. A pilo and co-pilot were aboard the airship when it disappeared early Friday. The brief message said only that he had found . the ship, anc that he could not determine whether Pilot Joe Livermore anc Co-Pilot Arthur A. Haid were alive, but expressed the opinion they were dead. The national guard pilot, Lieut. Byron C o o p e r, reported the wreckage on Cemetery ridge in St. Joe national forest, midway between Wallace and Calder, Idaho. It is heavily timbered with white pine. .From reports received from forest' workers and others, aviators here believed the big Lockheed Electra plane, carrying mail from .St. Paul to Spokane, crashed about 5 a. m., Pacific standard time, Friday morning as Pilot Livermore sought in fog to return to the radio beam he was following to Spokane. He was Mown off his course. A .rescue, party,".was..being ^organized at Kellogg, north of the ridge, to go into the isolated area on foot. All planes, searching, for the missing ship in the mountain country south of Calder were immediately called in by A. R. Mensing, division superintendent of Northwest Airlines, upon receipt of Cooper's advices. Sergt. A. G. Rylent was with Lieut. Cooper as observer. Both are attached to the 116th observation unit of the Washington national guard. AMELIA EARHART PUTNAM JOINS IN UTAH SEARCH SALT LAKE CITY, (£>)—Amelia Earhart Putnam, bobbed-haired conqueror' of two oceans, joined Monday in the search for a Western Air express transport plane missing seven days with seven persons. The tall, freckled woman flyer arrived unexpectedly with her technical adviser, Paul Mantz. He participated two days last week in Jie hunt over Utah and eastern Nevada. They departed immediately for Milford, Utah, 180 miles southwest of here. Air operations were jased .there today, shifting from Salt Lake City. A week long lane search of northern Utah had produced nothing. "I have no idea how long I will •emain there or just what migb.1 lave happened to the lost plane," the aviatrix said. Admitting "every clew Roosevelt and Landon Chat for Nearly Hour Defeated Candidate Jovial* as He Enters, Leaves White House. WASHINGTON, (jP)—For nearly an hour Monday, President Roosevelt and his defeated republican rival for the presidency Gov. Alf M. Landon of Kansas— chatted in the white house about Christmas and children. Telling reporters about .his visit, the governor said "The president talked about 'his grandchildren and I talked about mine, but not my grandchildren." Landon, who was here for the Gridiron club dinner Monday night, shook his head and said "No" when asked whether politics, the campaign, relief, the drought or other subjects had been discussed. Swap Fishing Lies. "The president," the governor volunteeredv-'-'told me a good deal about his South American trip and I told him about my fishing trip to Florida." "We swapped fishing lies," he added with a broad grin. "Did the president say he was sorry you: didn't win!'" "He didn't have any ideas about that." Landon was in a jovial mood as he entered and left the white house. Dozens of stenographers and clerks strove to get a glimpse of him. Smiling broadly, the governor drove up to the executive offices in the automobile . of William undersecretary of Hoover administra- Castle. Jr., state in the tion. .„.,.. Poses,f.or. Pictures. After posing for dozens of photographs, Landon greeted a woman correspondent for a Maine newspaper, Elisabeth .May Craig. ;4 Well," he said smiling, "If I'd •mown you were here I would aave had some news for the boys." When a photographer tugged at London's sleeve for one more picture, he took the arm of the woman reporter and said: "Wait a .minute, this is Mr,ine, you know."' ^ As the, newsreel men ground away, a flashlight bulb held by one of the still photographers burst, causing the governor to remark: "Now we don't want any accidents boys; I got through the campaign all right." Invited to Call. Mr. Roosevelt invited his former republican opponent to call ihortly after the latter's arrival 'rom Baltimore where he was a guest Sunday night at a dinner of '•enowned Maryland fare. Both winner arid loser will make "off the record" speeches at Monday night's dinner of the "rridirprf club. Their combined presence will ot be without precedent. Presi- ent Coolidge and John W. Davis The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday; slifhtly colder in east and north central portions Monday night; rising- temperature in central and west portions Tuesday. MINNESOTA: Fair, colder in northeast portion Monday night; Tuesday increasing' cloudiness with rising temperature. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Monday morning: Maximum Sunday 34 Minimum in Nirht 21 At 8 A. M. ?tonday 23 Figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum Minimum in Night At 8 A. M. Sunday 37 20 ACTION DELAYS LEGISLATURE'S EXTRA SESSION Herring's Message on Job Insurance Measure Is Made Public. BULLETIN. DBS MOINES, (/P)—The house credentials committee rejected Monday afternoon appointment by Gov. Clyde L. Herrinr of six representatives to fill house vacancies for the special session. DBS MOINES. (#)—A house credentials committee's belief that there are "some legal difficulties" over seating new members held up any action Monday by the special legislative session called to pass an Iowa unemployment insurance act. John Mitchell, house speaker, and Lieut Gov. Nels G. Kraschel conferred • with the committee members. Mitchell said "they all agreed that there is some legal question involved in the appointment of six new members to fill vacancies." The committee continued in session while the house recessed. returning at 1:30 p. m. Failure of TALK ON RADIO To Give Christmas Message Despite Doctor's Plea to Remain QuJet. VATICAN CITY, (*') — Pope Pius announced his intention Monday of broadcasting a Christmas message to the world Thursday to "prove we are still "The 'Broa'dcast wiH *be 12:30 p. m., (5:30 a. an., CST) through a microphone sat up m the pope's study adjoining his bedroom where he has been confined w!fth circulatory congestion and fever. The 79 year old holy father will be carried to his desk and placed in an armchair in front of the microphone. The pope persisted in making arrangements for the Christmas broadcast despite the pleading of his doctor to remain absolutely quiet. •His- actions were contrary "to medical orders for absolute quiet after the pontiff suffered s fainting spell as he lay in bed Sunday. His Heart Irregular. The attack was caused, doctors said, by his irregular heart action, the result of circulatory stagnation. The holy fathers personal physi- sician, Dr. Amanti Milani, hastened to the papal apartments early today to examine his patient's fever chart, checking anxiously to see if the epidemic of in- flenza in Rome had added the pope to its victims. Sunday he called Senator Nicola Pende, professor of medicine at the University of Rome and widely known European authority TEXT ON PAGE 24 The text of Governor Herring's message to the special session of the Iowa legislature will be found on page 24. vere guests of the Gridiron club j j n endocrinology and constitu- lausted" Western Air express of- icials offered a reward of $1,000, effective until noon, Jan. 4, for discovery of the transport plane. Maine Governor's Veto of Aged Aid Bill Is Sustained Maine, (#) —The of representatives AUGUSTA, Maine house late Saturday sustained Gov. Louis P.'Brann's, : ,veto,of a bill- author- izing'a $200,000.'old ; age assistance appropriation i-aised through:a; JO per cent ,sales,}tax on liquor. The vote was 85 to 45 on .strictly partisan lines. ' : '' '.'-. SHRAPNEL HITS MADRID CENTER nsurgent Artillery Starts Fresh Bombardment of Spanish Capital. MADRID, OT—Insurgent artillery batteries opened fresh bombardment of Madrid Monday, four shrapnel shells falling into the center of the capital. One fascist shell struck near the telephone building, Spain's tallest commercial structure.. Socialist troops moved into strong, positions in the western suburban sectors. 2 Men Are Charged With Grand Larceny IOWA CITY. (#)—Johnson County Attorney E. A. Baldwin Monday charged Ray Miller, Iowa City hospital employe, with grand- larceny after Miller and .another hospital employe, Kemper .Blair, were arrested Saturday night and charged' with the'theft of $26-from J. Clark Hughes' oil station. .Blair was freed, early "Sunday, after- Baldwin's investigation disclosed that he was riot in the room where the money was hidden.- n 1924 after they ran against each other, and William Howard Taft and William Jennings Bryan attended after the 1908 campaign. Had Met Before. The president and Landon had met before—at Des Moines on Sept 3, when the governor was among midwestern, officials attending Mr. Roosevelt's drought conference. The campaign then was nearing its height. Henry L. Mencken, the writer and critic, was Landon's dinner host at Baltimore, where the governor had returned to keep a "campaign promise," He had said during a rear platform talk there last fall that some day he hoped to be in the city long enough to try its famed cuisine. Mrs. Muench, Three Others Plan Appeal to Escape Sentence ST. LOUIS, ({?)— Mrs. Nellie Tipton Muench, 44 year old former society . matron, and three others convicted with her in Missouri's long drawn out "gift of God" baby case, pinned their hopes Monday on an appeal to escape possible 25 year prison sentences. •Mrs. Muench, her husband, Dr. Ludwig O. Muench; Wilfred Jones, an attorney, and Mrs. Helen Ber^ royer, a friend, were found 'guilty. of mail fraud by a federal court jury here Sunday. The government charged they used the ma;ls in an effort, to extort /unspecified sums of money from Dr. Marsh Pitzman, wealthy bachelor physi- zian,. by was the father",of,'a child Mrs. Muench claimed she had bornel tional diseases, to check the pope's condition. Well informed circles said the pontiff had gradually been brought to the point where he exerted himself only enough to receive Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, the secretary of state, and his personal secretary for two short hours daily. Cardinals Kept Away. Only a few of the 25 cardinals resident in Rome came to the- vati- can to see the pope. Most of teem were kept away by the orders restricting audiences to the 10 cardinals who are prefects, or chairmen of executive bodies. Even among these 10, only one or two appeared. One of the reasons for the setback in the holy father's condition Sunday was ascribed to his restlessness because he couldn't celebrate his own anniversary mass himself. He was compelled to listen from his bedroom to the mass honoring his fifty-seventh^, anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood as it was recited in an adjoining chapel • by Monsiguor . Vennmni, one of his secretaries. The pope is ;79 years old. . . Daughter Is Bom 10 s Wife of Saiga, Hungarian Duelist .BUDAPEST, Hungary,, W .— Frau Franz diminutive Sarjja, 'wife 'of the "me against nine duelist, gave birth to a_ daughter Monday at' St John's _• hospital. Sarga, whose successive affairs of honor was-the talk of Budapest for weeks, was momentarily crestfallen.- -. i "I had hoped for another duelist," be said. V the committee to report delayed presentation of Gov. Clyde L. Herring's message to the special assembly. The governor previously made public the text of the message. Appointed to Vacancies. ; Xhose-appointed -ta-fill-vacancies in the house"Were: " Harlari C. Foster (R) Mount Pleasant; W. A. Whitney (D) Somers: Frank S. Lovrien (R) Humboldt; Walter Dietz (D) Walcott; Bert M. Dodds (R) Burlington and' Chester L, Johns (D) Ottumwa. In its session the senate seated without argument seven new members appointed by Governor Herring to fill vacancies and elected permanent officers, all in 20 minutes. By the time the house was ready to resume the credentials commit- ittee was in session behind closed doors, interrupting its' work only long enough to send out for boxed lunches. Word from the inside indicated the committee report might ask that the six appointees be refused seats and that further action would be left to the house membership if the report of the committee was sustained. Start Over Arain. Representative La Mar Foster, democrat of West Branch, plunged the lower house into the discussion when he complained that the house opened without first hearing the governor's proclamation calling the session. Such action, he said, was unconstitutional "Anybody who knows anything about the constitution knows that this house can't do anything unconstitutional," said A. H. Avery. republican of Spencer. Finally^the argument was settled when the house adopted .a motion to erase all of its proceedings and start over again by hearing the clerk read the governor's proclamation. Drafts on Deaths. Then nearly an hour after the senate had finished organization, the house appointed a committee to examine the credentials of its members appointed to fill vacancies. On the desks of house and senate members when the session started were printed drafts of an unemployment insurance bill drafted by an unofficial committee. The house ran into additional delay when its credentials committee • apparently deadlocked over the question of seating six new members,'appointed by Governor Herring to fill vacancies. Gustave Alesch (D) of Marcus, chairman of the committee, said : before it met that there was some question in his mind that such appointments were legal. Senate Gets Action. Until Monday, there were five vacancies in the house. The governor received the resignation of Charles C. Ayres, Jr., (D) of Ot-. tumwa and appointed Chester L. Johns, Ottumwa democrat to succeed him. The senate credentials committee approved without argument the seating of seven "new members and they were immediately sworn in. The new senators are: G. R. Hill (R) Clarion; Frank Pelzer. (R) Marne; J. J. Gilliespie, (D) Des Moihes; Hugh G. Guernsey (D) Centervffle; H.-W. Ed-

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