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Mason City, Iowa
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Monday, December 28, 1936
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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THI NIWSPAKR THAT MAKIS ALU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME EDITION VOL. XLI11 F1VS CENTS A COF1 ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED W1J1B MASON CITY IOWA, MQNt)AY, DECEMBER 28, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 71 BURDEN OF RELIEF Congress Has to Decide Where II Should Lie. PLAN CONTACT WITH KIDNAPER By CHARLES P. STEWART T ASHINGTON, ' (CPA)—The 1937 session of congress will see no tougher fight than the one involved in the national ad- ministra t i o n's plan to turn a much larger! share of the j . burden of work relief back from the federal government to local governments—s t a t e , county and municipal. It may seem queer, in a way, that local communities should so much prefer to pass the relief load on to Uncle Sam rather than take care of each of their own proportion of the whole country's needy. In the long run the bill must be footed by taxation anyway. What difference does it make say to a given~city whether it pays directly to nwet its domestic requirements or pays into a common federal fund, fairly contributed to the entire republic's taxpayers, for indirect distribution by Uncle Samuel? Number Is Identical. Either way the problem is looked at, the number of folk to be relieved is identical—whether they are considered as a national total or as 48 groups, by states, added altogether. The summed-up cost would seem to be about the same, from whichever angls it is viewed. But- Each locality, from the states on down, hopes to set more than its $28,000 ASKED FOR RETURN OF TACOMABOYJ Deranged Former Patient of Wealthy Physician Abductor Suspect. TACOMA, Wash., (if)— A police official, who declined to allow the use of his name reported Monday the Dr. W. W. Mattson family has of^teasl 50 Urged been directed to make with the contact Charles Monday kidnaper of Mattson, 10, some time afternoon. He said the contact was ordered established through publication of a want ad in a Seattle newspaper. The official said the instructions were included in the note left by the kidnaper when he abducted Charles from the Mattson living room Sunday night. He also confirmed that the note demanded 528,000 ransom. Of this, the official said, the kidnaper demanded 510,000 in old bills of small denomination (two or five dollars) and the remainder in old bills of $50 or over. In each case, the official said were ordered to be "old or wrinkled." Scheduled Hunt Canceled. He refused to disclose any additional information about the ransom note, or to say where the j rendezvous, was set. I His statements came in the , Wreck of Missing Plane Is Sighted in Mountains; No Sign of 12 Occupants fair share of relief for less than its j mid j le of a day previously marked fair share of contributions into the < by no developments in the wide- federal "kitty." j sprea d search for the missing boy. In short, each state hopes to i A sc heduled "foot-by-foot 71 hunt flim-flam the oiher 47 states, pro- through a wooded ravine adjoin- portionately. as to population. ing ^ Mattson city estate was And each county and city hopes cance i e d shortly after dawn. The Mattson home was rounded by city police who eluded all but members of similarly to flim-flam all other communities in like proportion. Has Sense Enough. The administration has sense enough to see ;.hrough this psychology. Ditto a- good many senators and i the grounds. sur- ex- the family. Department of justice agents and state police made numerous unexplained trips through some represeniatives The legislators' difficulty is that, however economically astute they In" Seattle police and federal operatives checked fingerprint and other criminal records, lead- may be. the instant they under- mg to all unconfirmable report take to be logical, their home folk that investigators had found the turn tte '"heat" on them. There is r.r. element of sound oviii reasoning in the home folks aiti- | SOI1 home, tud/e, too. I Suppose (if imagination wi,i j stretch that far) a community j does want to be fair: all other! communities will take . much, or more, advantage of it. In self-defense it has to be hoggish. Federal Advantage. In one respect, it is true, the federal government has the better of local administration. It prints its own money Nominally it borrows kidnaper's fingerprints on the ransom note he dropped in the Matt- Know His Identity. LOOK INSIDE FOR- CHANG HSUEH-LIANG Will Be Restored to Command of .Armies ON PAGE 2 Says Missing Algona Girl in Fort Dodge ON PAGE 5 Too Early to Value Buenos Aires Parley PAGE 4, COL. 2 .*Airliner Fourth Large Ship to Crash in West in Last 3 Weeks. BURBANK, Cal., iff) — The wreckage of a missing airliner 'carrying 12 persons was sighted in the mountains about 18 miles north of here, United Airline officials announced 'Monday. R. E. Dickinson, member of the party searching for the long overdue ship, told airline officials he saw the wrecKage while flying 'er the mountains near Saugus. The wings of the transport lay on a ridge about two miles east of the emergency airfield at Saugus he said, and the rest of the Diane was "all spread out" in the valley below, the fourth large airplane to crash in the west in the last three weeks. ' Attaches of the Saugus airfield over said a squadron planes circled the of scarchini spot shortly after Dickinson made his report. No Signs of Passengers. Dickinson said he could see no signs of the passengers. The report climaxed a frantic search which began Sunday night when the giant United airliner, flyng from San Francisco to Burbank with nine passengers and a crew of three, disappeared into the stormy night a few minutes before it was scheduled to land at the Union Air terminal. The ship was due at 7:39 p. m. (PST) slightly late. It messaged for a radio beam to direct it into the port That was the last heard of or from .the,,plane. , Although regular transport planes flying 'between San Francisco and Los Angeles were ordered to watch closely for signs of the missing ship, an intensive and widespread hunt did not get under way until this morning, when It has as much as it wants within reality, however, it creates it. Seatt'c police were informed iust that I Tacoma police believed they knew the kidnaper's identity from the description furnished by Charles brother, sister and a Seattle girl friend of the family. The suspect was described as a partly demented former patient of Dr. Mattson. Seattle police scanned a coffee cup, saucer and water glass for fingerprints and watched for a tan coupe after a hamburger stand it. In rational limitations, which have- not been approached yet. State and lesser governments can't do this; they can exhaust their credit. So can the federal government, but it has not been a probability in recent years. Local governments arc in a position to say to the federal government: "Well. YOU c-i.n borrow: we ian"t keep it up indefinitely." However, federal borrowings mean subsequent i'ederal taxation. Federal Taxes "Easier." Even federal taxation, in general, is les:; irritating than local- taxation. The federal income tax is pretty aggravating, to be ?ure; and so are such levies as . the undistributed profits tax. But the:-* imposts do not affect a of folk. Local taxes multitude— Taxes on your taxes; . price of a package of cigarets ridiculous. These are the taxes that local authority wants to sidestep. They "are too obvious. Loc;:l authority hates then!. Passing them on to bnulc Sam is simpler. lovvan Saved From Death in Icy River a man the descrip- considerable number are what fret the _. home; school sales taxes, that make the operator said he waited on answering "to a 'T' " the c tion of Tacoma's latest kidnaper. Irvin York said the man entered the sandwich shop on Capitol Hill about 6 a. m., gulped coffee nervously while reading of the abduction of 10 year old Charles Mtntson. "He !-:ept one foot on the floor as if he were ready to run, ;ind read the paper a.-, he drank." York said. "When some customers cnmc in, lhe mail paid his bill and walked out immediately. I grew suspicious and checked with the description I had of him. It tallied to a 'T'." May Hide in Seattle. Seattle authorities worked on the theory Charles' abductor may hide in Seattle, awaiting ransom SNOW AND RAIN SEEN FOR IOWA Temperatures to Continue About Normal, Weather Bureau Says. DES MOINES, — Snow and 55 MILE STATE SPEED LIMIT IN IOWA PROPOSED Safety Council Will Make Recommendations to Legislature. DES MOINES, (/P)—A state highway patrol of at least 150 men, and a 55 mile an hour speed limit on the highways, Monday were recommended by the Iowa State Safety council. The recommendation will be presented to the Iowa legislature which convenes Jan. 11. Meeting here Sunday, the council presided over by W. Earl Hall of Mason City, voted to increase the highway patrol to three times its present size. It recommended immediate salary increases for patrolmen from 5100 to $125 a month, and provision for gradual increases up to S150 a month. Long Term Job. Also recommended was the establishment of an independent motor vehicle department under the direction of a chief who would be appointee! by the governor "for a long term." The council asked for the enactment of laws requiring motorists j to dim their lights while passing, and asked that no truck be permitted to operate which is :iot capable cf traveling up a 3 per cent grade at a speed of 20 .rales an hour. v An incresie in drivers license fees from 25 cents to $1 was suggested as a means of paying for the'proposed increase in number and salaries of the highway p itrol. Other Recommendations. Other recommendations included: A law requiring a distinctive marking for school buses. An increase of age from 15 to 16 years for the granting of drivers Ex-Kaiser and Consort Today visibility cleared sufficiently. Gradually Concentrated. licenses The hunt was gradually concert- A minijnum spac ing of 330 feet trated in the mountainous region ' This is the most recent photo of former Kaiser Wilhclm ol Gcr- roanv and his wife. It was taken in the garden of the.r castle at Uoorn, Holland. Although the former kaiser still receives notables from the country he once ruled, he does not openly show any interest in its affairs. rain were to move into Iowa Monday night from the northwest, the weather bureau here forecast. Delayed 24 hours by freakish weather conditions, the snow and rain were certain to close in on all Iowa by Monday night, the bureau said. Temperatures, h o w c v e r, were to continue around normal. Skies were cloudy over the | state Monday and Davenport and i Keokuk reported slight precipi- ! tation. Those cities reported the highest temperatures for the last 24 hours— 42 degrees. Sioux City and Charles City reported 22 degrees lor the states low mark during the night. negotiations, as was done last IOWA CITY, (/P) Walter year by the kidnapers of George Weyerhaeuser, then 9, of Tacoma. City and state patrol cars continued the careful check of highways and side roads begun Sunday night as additional privately owned boats nosed through inlets I of Pugct Sound on the chance the i kidnapers might have secreted | young Mattson on one of the doz- | ens of island or in a secluded I cove. I The Malison family, remaining ! at homo, also declined statements, | a friend acting as spokesman for them said Dr. and Mrs. M&ttson were "bearing up well" under the strain. Breaks Into Room.^ The masked intruder broke into the living room, searched the chil- observation. Mathess rescued Holmes from midstream after seeing him plunge into the from bridge. Police said Holmes ap- Holmes, *0, saved fro.n the ice m fQund none _ caked Iowa river by N°"aU snatching the boy, cried: Mathess, Iowa City Palter was •* something better than at University hospital Monday for money „ He threw the note to the floor, lifted the boy into his arms and fled toward the waterfront through the same French window by which he entered. Charles' sister, Muriel, 14, and her friend, Virginia Chatfield of Seattle, were sitting on a davenport hear the window when the man first appeared. William Mattson, 16, elder brothT*r of the Iddnaped child, was seated in a chair at the other end of the room with his back to the window. He parently own life. attempted to take his Suffers Broken Lei;. DES MOINES, W—Mrs. Nellie Raymond. 35. suffered a broken right leg and her husband, Edwin, 34, a nose injury and injuitd hand when the car in which thtfy were riding struck a parked car. was wearing night clothes and a bathrobe. Mask Slips Off. The children said the man's mask slipped from his face while he was in the room, enabling them to see he had a dark complexion and a heavy beard. They described him as slightly built, middle aged, poorly dressed and wearing dark' trousers, a blue jacket and a light tan cap. The two girls told police 'they saw the kidnaper run over the top of the terrace toward the waterfront. They disclosed that Chancs, a boy with an intriguing smile-, had told of seeing a man in the kitchen of the home only a few minutes previously. Sent on Errand. Sent there on an errand for the other three, ho returned with the story of having seen a man lurking in the dark. Brother and sister laughed at him. The family also said Dr. Mattson surprised a man in his garage more than a week ago and Hound a fully-packed medical kit missing. William Mattson asserted the kidnaper acted as though he was under the influence of either alcohol or narcotics. A member-of the family said th* letters on the kidnap note were nearly an inch high, the paper or- north and west of Burbank, focused there by the reports of persons who said that last night, about the time the ship was due to land in Burbank, they saw rf flash in the mountains and heard an accompanying explosion that sounded like thunder. Those aboard the airliner: A. L. Markwell, diamond broker, Los Angeles, returning from a Christmas visit with relatives in San Francisco. Edward T. Ford, Jr., San Marino official of Standard Oil company at Pasadena, and son of Edward Ford, president of the Grace lines steamship company. Mrs. Edward T. Ford, Jr., University of California graduate whom Ford married in 1935. John Korn, El Centre, Cal. Alex Novak, El Centro, Cal. H. S. Teague, Hollywood, Cal, Mrs. W. A. Newton, Los An- gclcs. M. P. Hare, San Francisco businessman. Miss Evelyn Valance, Los An- gclcs. Pilot Edwin W. Blom, Burbank. Co-pilot Robert McLean, Burbank. Stewardess Yvonne Trego, Alameda, Cal., from Hastings, Mich. Flyinr With Brother. J. M. Dickinson, who was flying with his brother when the wreckage was discovered, gave this account of the find: "With my brother, R. E. Dickinson, manager of the Santa Paula airport, I left in a plane early this morning and a few minutes later, while flying east, we saw the wreckage about two miles west of Weldon canyon, near Saugus. "We bad been flying low, looking into canyons and along ridges when my brother, looking out of the left side of the plane he was piloting, said 'Here it is.' 'We turned and flew at an alu- | port plane between trucks traveling in caravan style. A more rigid law against passing on hills. A jail sentence for driving while license is suspended. A stiffened penalty for driving while intoxicated. A compulsory report o£ accidents to the motor vehicle department as well as to locr.l peace officers. An increased regulation of bicycles on streets and highways. A law permitting cities and towns to provide speed limits above the state maximum. A constitutional amendment prohibiting the diversion of taxes and other funds intended to.- highway construction, maintsn- ance and safety. Ban on Fireworks. A more rigid enforcement of traffic rules against juvenile drivers. A law sale or use of fireworks in Iowa except under supervised cort-'ol by qualified exhibitors. The business session was preceded by an f.ddress by Mrs, Alex Miller, secretary of state, in which the motor vehicle department's views on numerous problems covered by thp -.recommendations subsequently adopted were presented. She placed her approval on a separation of the motor vehicle department from her office. More than 50 representatives of local safety clubs and civic organizations from all parts of the state attended the meeting. Folice Judge Named. DES MOINES, (£>)— Gov. Clyde , L. Herring's office announced Monday the governor has appointed Arthur O. Leff of Iowa City as judge 01' the police court there. TO CONVOY MERCHANT SHIPS Germany Not to Seek War; 6 Power Navy Patrol of Spain Sought. EUROPEAN AT A GLANCE. By the Associated Press LONDON: A u t h o ri t a t i ve sources declared Russia, Italy, Germany and Portugal may be asked to join Great Britain and France in a coastal patrol to "keep volunteers and arms out ol Spain.' 1 BERLIN: Germany, avoiding war measures against socialist Spain, will probably allow volunteers to sail for Spanish battlefronts and will convoy merchant ships with torpedo boats in the Bay of Biscay. BAYONNE: Basque authorities at Bilboa, supporting the M a d r i d-Valencia government, said the master of the interned freighter Palos had destroyed "compromising" documents before last week's capture, that she carried contraband of war, and that there was no question of her release. HOPE FOR SOLUTION OF j WAR THREATS GROWS j LONDON, 1*1 — Hope grew | Monday in the foreign offices of Europe's great powers for diplomatic solution to the threatened spread of he Spanish civil war through German intervention. The continent focused its attention on snow covered Berchtesgaden .n Bavaria where Adolf Hitler pondered problems which may decide the question of peace or war for Europe. London circles pointed out the decision der fuehrer must make in his Christmas retreat might go far beyond any question of going to the aid of the Spanish fascists. In effect, these sources said Hitler faced the alternative of leading Germany back to wesern cooperation for peace or plunging his country into deep isolation. Decision Up to Hitler. Firm refusal of the Spanish socialist governmen to heed a German ultimatum to free the captured steamer Palos in Uie face of Weather FORECAST IOWA: Snow probable Mon- dtr niffht and Tuesday, except rain or «now In wrath portion; slightly warmer Monday nlrht and in extreme east Tuesday; colder in extreme northwest portion Tuesday. MINNESOTA: Snow probably Monday night and Tuesday; not quite so cold in west portion Monday night and in east portion Tuesday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour 'period ending at 8 o'clock Monday morning: Maximum Sunday '*6 Minimum in Night 20 At 8 A. M. Monday 24 Figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum Saturday 55 IMinimum in Nifht N 24 At 8 A. M. Sunday 25 Rainfall -19 Precipitation in the form of rain has "totaled .48 of an inch in the past week and the December to- IOWA 1936 TOLL 502WITHDEATH ON ROAD HERE VanHorn, 68, Resident of WPA Camp, Struck by Stoecker Car. Newton VanHorn, 68, died at a local hospital .about 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon from injuries received when struck by an automobile driven by Al Stoecker of Mason City, Iowa State college football player, near the entrance to the WPA camp north of Mason City. The accident occurred about 6:30 o'clock Saturday evening as Van Horn, who had been residing at the camp since last February, was walking south from the camp toward Mason City. Stoecker said the man must have been walking at the edge of the pavement. The driver said he was watching the line in the center of the highway so as not to crowd an approaching car and did not see the pedestrian, Mr. VanHorn was taken to the camp hospital by Stoecker and later he was removed to the hospital in Mason City. Has Son at Ferry. Surviving Mr. VanHorn is one . son, Milo, Perry. Funeral services had not been arranged. The body was taken to the Patterson funeral home. Twenty-one Jowans met violent deaths last week, eight of them in week-end holiday accidents on the highways. The, week's highway toll brought the total for the year to 502, with four more days of 1936 remaining. Last year 556 died in highway accidents. At Boone Sunday, Tommy McCaskey, 18, Iowa State college freshman student, died in a hospital from injuries suffered when he wrecked the new car his parents gave him as a Christinas present. Three companions were only slightly injured when the car overturned on. loose gravel near Ogden. Dies of Broken Neck. Mrs. Ira Siddall, 67. Lauren?, died of a broken neck when the car driven by her husband and one operated by Allen Vickers collided at a Laurens intersection. Four persons were injured in the collision. Lawrence Brodsac, 32. Fort Dodge, died early Sunday in a Hartley hospital from injuries suffered when his car struck a tal of precipitation now stands at 1.02 inches. The foggy, misty weather which characterized Christmas has given way to weather which is decidedly chilly but still cloudy. dinary foolscap. DUDDV tude of about 200 feet and could see where big oak trees .along the ridge had been-broken off by the lyings of' the ship that were strewn over the hillside. Could See Fuselage. "In the bottom of the canyon, we could see the fuselage that had not been broken up. It looked all right, but although we flew over the spot for several minutes, we couldn't see any signs of life." The Dickinsons returned immediately to Burbank with reports of their discovery. H. E. Dickinson returned to the scene-of the wreck in an operations plane to assist in guiding ground crew;; to the spot. Shortly after Dickinson made his report, the skies lowered again and a heavy rain began falling, hampering the searching parties, As "the kidnaper fled a spaniel 2 Bodies Recovered. barked fruitlessly at nis The search continued Monday ' for a western air express trans- with seven persons. It was believed to have crashed in Utah. Bodies of the pilot ond co-pilot of a Northwestern Airlines plane, which crashed in Idaho Dec. 18, were being taken on toboggans Monday to Calder, Idaho. They were tound Sunday. Six Brali^ff Airways officials and employes were killed near Dallas, Dec. 23, while testing a plane. United Airline officials expressed belief that Ed Blom, pilot of the California plane, crashed while trying to land last night in the emergency field at Saugus. The weather at the time was foggy .inco Dec 15 nazi threats of "reprisals" was be- since EW. lb l . and rainy: Automobile parties were dispatched to Saugus from Union air terminal, also four nurses and two doctors. Frank Nance, Los Angeles ccunty coroner, left for the scene alter notifying three undertakers. placed lhe immediate decision of backin? the insurgents to the limit up to Hitler. Adding to the seriousness of the question were the reported demands of, the fascist leader, Gen. Francisco Franco, for 60,000 troops to aid his drive on Madrid. But France and England hoped offers to aid Germany's economic and colonial needs in return for non-intervention would weigh heavily. • Day of Grate. In the face of the German warning to free the Palos, interned in Bilbao harbor as a carrier of contraband of war, the Spanish socialists answered, through the embassy at Paris: "There is no question of releasing the Palos." Germany gave Spa'n another day -of grace before determining what action she would take. to Spanish waters was reported but the nazi foreign office remained noncommital. Resumption of normal routine in the German, capital, however, led to hopes there might soon be some hint as to what orders hud been dispatched to the .German fleet. Not in Hurry. Hitler seemingly was in no hurry to communicate any decision he might have reached to Europe's waiting capitals, leading to the belief delay • was increasing the chance for a favorable settlement. One highly placed official who always travels with der fuehrer indicated the question of intervention might be delayed "until Jan. 10 or 11." Unofficial reports from Rome that Italy would co-operate in the Franco-British demand that Germany halt movement of volunteers to Spain was considered as a favorable omen- Authoritatively Denied. While this was authoritativery denied, the belief grew that if Hit- powers in localizing the Spanish war, he might find himself isolated with only the Spanish insurgents for allies. Should der fuehrer go to Franco's aid, either with large numbers of nazi troops or with warships in retaliation for the Palos' capture, Europe's worried statesmen wondered how long France would remain inactive if faced with a big increase of German forces across her southern border in Spain. snow plow Friday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Brodsac were driving from Sibley to Humboldt when the crash occurred. Mrs. Brodsac is in a Hartley hospital, Roy Scott, 43, Beacon farmer, took his own life by hanging Sunday, while at Bedford, Coroner Floyd Shum investigated the death of M. O'Dell. 70 year old Newmarket carpenter, after returning a preliminary report of suicide. Found Dead in Car. O'Dell was found dead in his car Tffe coroner said that the car, parked in the O'Dell garage, had all doors locked and the motor running. O'Dell relatives believed that he might have been killed and robbed and the car driven into the garage to make death appear as suicide, the coroner said. Robert R. Smith, 49, railroad employe, shot and lulled himself at his home in Council Bluffs Sunday, and Arthur Meade. 71, retired farmer, took his own life by hanging at Clear Lake Saturday. Cecil Tevis, 18, Mason City, died when his car upset at Clear Lake, and Elizabeth Fitzgerald, 18. Pocahontas. was lulled in an automobile collision at Mallard Friday. Officers at Pella said that Herman Grootveld lulled his wife and old daughter Long Man-lures Celebrated. MOKTROSE, Colo., (UP)—Four local couples celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversaries here within the space of a'few weeks. They were Mr. and Mrs. Gus Frost, Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Lathrop. Mr. and- Mrs. R. A. Gibson and Dr. and Mrs. Fred Schermer- Movement of German warships ' horn. ' died after setting fire to his home Thursday. Mishap New Clarion. Mrs. S. G. Overholt, Royal, died in an automobile collision at Spencer, and Ben Stout, 37, Thompson, suffered fatal injuries when his car struck a bridge near Clarion Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wente, Waverly farm couple, were killed when their car and a .truck collided, Thursday night. Ray Hempc, 49, and A. C. Ellis, 75, both of Montour, died when a .train struck their truck at a crossing in Montour Wednesc- day evening. ''"' At Council Bluffs, Hans Peterson, retired farmer, was killed by a car Wednesday night as he stepped from the curb after mailing Christinas cards. Mai-tin Flannery; Sioux City, died of injuries when struck by a

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