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Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, December 31, 1936
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6 : 4 A • * ^ *v v v - *v < J ;; H 5 j. i „. * ^ i:? '''-% v~a ASSOCIATED *«&«£ LEASED WIMSBRVICE "THI KIWSPiHK THAT MAKIS AU NOMH IOWAHS NiUSHIOTS" MASON CITY. IOWA. THURSDAY, DECEMBER NEW YEAR'S EDITION THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF FOUR SECTIONS—A-B-C-D NO. 74 NAVAL REARMAMENT RACE ON GREAT BRITAIN Rumors of Kidnap Negotiation^Confltcting — ' ' ~" _ • •^.^••B •fetffclfltf READY TO BUILD WITHOUT LIMIT Washington 1922 Treaty and London Pact of 1930 at End. NAVAL AT A GLANCE By the Associated Pi ess LONDON — Great Britain stood ready to build up its sea n-i-er.'th without limit as soon ^s the only checks on naval armament - the Washington treatv of 1922 and the London trcat'v of 1930—expire at midnight. On Jan. 1 keels will be l?fd for two 35,000-lon capital ships to join the world's greatest tonnage. ROME—-Italy. Grout Britain's rival for supremacy in the Mediterranean, was expected lo use its freedom to bring its strength nearer Britain's heavy- we-i'ht rtaiidarc'.. PARIS—France, entering the race with a S572.000.000 pro- Tarn to supplement ••normal naval expenditures, has authorized heavy battleship building . to nu.tch German rearmament i BERLIN—German shipyards ' already are working overtime i m' give the reich its msximurn i sea strength under the 190a : Anglo-Gcimi'n treaty. 'BRIT 41 v TO REBUILD HER 'PACIFIC NAVAL BASES : LONDON, (#>)—Great Britain I will announce in Januai-y a new I program of rebuilding her Hong! kong and oiher Pacific naval I bases. ' informed sources said Thursday on the eve of expiration of a 15 ycsr attempt to re! strict naval tonnage by treaty. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden will make the announcement i to commons soon after it con| venes Jan.-19. these sources said. 'Great Britain, it was stated, does not expect a Japanese reply to her proposal for extension of article 19 of the dying Washington naval treaty, which provided for the maintenance of the status quo of Pacific fortifications. The Washington treaty, signed in 1922, and the London treaty of 1930 e.xpire at midnight Thursday night. All Barriers Down. From the dawn of the new year, j technically, all barriers to naval j LOOK INSIDE FOR- SENATOR VANDENBERG Opposes Discretionary U. S. Neutrality Act ON PAGE 2 Mason City Athletes Rank High During '36 PAGE i, SEC. r> Butter Thefts Major North Iowa Crimes News PAGE 12, SEC. A OWN COMRADES CAUGHT IN FIRE Insurgent Pilots Machine Gun Fascist Trenches Near Oviedo. ST. .JEAN DE LUZ, France, i>P) , —Spanish socialist government i sources reported Thursday insur- Plan Rousing Welcome for Coming Year NEW YORK, (ff}— A note of prosperity was in the air as the nation ushered another old year toward its exit and went gaily about preparations to sound a rousing welcome for the new year Thursday night. From coast to coast there were reports indicating the arrival of 1937 would witness.a new years eve celebration perhaps unparalleled in the country's history. The more populous centers expected record turnouts for parties more numerous and elaborate than in previous years. There was feverish activity on Broadway as the major, domes of entertainment strained "bv&ry effort to provide New Yorkers with newer and noisier fun. Prices Range Upward. Prices ranged slightly upward in most cases above the levels of a year ago, but hotels, theaters ard night clubs experienced a ru^h for reservations that promised a sellout of space even with t h e increased accommodations provided. Times Square merchants boarded up their windows as protection against the press of the crowd that gathers there traditionally. Police made arrangements to handle an outpouring of a million or j more persons in the mid-town I area, . - . _, I The New York Times estimated I the cost of New York's party "may jrtin well above $10,000,000." I Some Plan Breakfast:,. Ne-,v York .and Chicago night spots were preps red to- entertain patrons until we'll into the morning with breakfnscs .in some places to those who stay that long. Extra supplies of liquor and cordials were laid in. Neighborhood liquor stores reported booming sates presaging a wide consumption of festive "spirits" and a possible bumper crop of morning-after ills. Entertainment prospects ranged from the flamboyant girl shows on a full-rigged circus under canvas in a Park avenue hotel. The annual watch nifint services in the great cathedrals and Phot., K»yen»y Enfr.vini 'WAY UP THERE!—By day or by night this 290 foot tower of KGLO at the western edge of Mason City, on the north Gear Lake pavement, is visible for miles in nil directions. building would be lifted as the London treaty of 1936, signed by the United States, France and Great Britain, had been ratified only by the United States. Europe's shipyards hummed v ith preparations for unbridled competition in strengthening the nation's naval arms, permitted after the treaties die at midnight. Great Britain stood foremost among the expected builders of sea power—embittered because it believes the dying pacts gave other great powers an advantage so great the empire's first line of defense has been \veakened. Few Hopes Left. < The only hopes for slowing down rearmament rested in the possibility other powers would sign bilaterally with Great Britain, under the unratified 1036 treaty, binding themselves to tlv; provision for annual exchanges of information regarding new construction intentions. Great Britain and Francs set their shipyards to work not only to increase the strength of their sea defenses but also vastly to enlarge them. Italy concentrated on heavy construction to match the formidable weight of Great Britain's first line ships. Britain in Lead. Germany strained its resources to build to the limits of its 1935 agreement with Great Britain, which restricted the reich to 35 per cent of British naval power. Jane's Fighting Ships forecast put Britain in the lead of contemplated building 99 warships under construction or planned. It ranked the others in this urdcr: United States, 83; Italy, 66: France, 43: Germany. 39: Japyn, 38. Nothing will remain in force from the dying treaties, denounced by Japan Dec. 27, 1934, except part IV of the London pact stating rules of international law accepted by the five Washington powers —the United States. Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan— which govern the conduct of submarines during times of war. That section remains in force without time limit. It was reaffirmed last November by the Washington powers and other maritime nations were invited to adhere to it—an invitation accepted thus far only by Germany. About to Lapse. Article 19 of the Washington treaty also is about to lapse, presenting new dangers of a fortili- cations race in the Pacific ocean in which the potential competi- gcnl pilots had slaughtered 71 their own comrades when they trenches lOWAfl SAYS HE KILLED FRIEND AND HID BODY Corpse of Ottumwa Man Recovered From Shaft of Deserted Mine. OTTUMWA, (.<P)—The second local murder case in a month unraveled itself before Wapello county authorities here Thursday as Claude Foutch, 42, Chariton, signed a confession admitting he lulled Earl Nichols, 53, Ottumwa, by striking him over the head with a hammer, the day Nichols disappeared from Ottumwa, Dec. 24. Nichols' body was recovered from the air shaft of the deserted Alpine coal mine, four miles I southeast of lure, shortly after) noon Thursday. It was there Foutch had led officers, including C. E. Harding of Wapello county, and told them he threw the body down the shaft. First efforts to find the corpse had been unsuccessful. Owners of the land said the shaft was 100 feet deep, with nearly 50 feet of water standing in it, Tries to Kill Self. 1'oulch was taken into custody by Chariton officers Tuesday night, after he was found half dead from asphyxiation by inhaling gas in the washroom of the gas company plant there. Brought to Ottumwa, Foutch underwent a three hour grilling late Wednesday night before he broke, and offered to lead oiii- cers to the place where he said he had disposed of the body. The confession later was made out and signed by Foutch in the presence of Sheriff Harding and County Attorney Ed J. Grier, now- occupied in district court here with the prosecution of Franz A. Jacobsen, in the Leahy murder case. Jacobson shot and killed Catherine Elizabeth Leahy here on the night of Nov. 30. Result of Quarrel. Await Return of Kidnaped Boy While federal agents and scores of state police continued their hunt ?or the kidnaper of Charles Mattson, 10 year old Tacoma, Wash bov William and Muriel, his brother and sister, eagerly Awaited news that the boy had been found alive. William andI Mur.el were in the Mattson home when the masked gunman seised Charles^ Crisp and Clear Weather Promised New Year's Eve POPERALLIES, SLEEPS BETTER , machine-gunned fascist i near Oviedo. Thirteen planes of the insur- : gent air fleet were said to have | swooped down on the city Sunday in a raid intended to demoralize the government troops whose positions encircle the city. Mistaking ground signals, the reports said, the planes spattered their own trenches with the deadly lead. The government sources said captured prisoners described the fatal mistake in graphic detail. churches provided a more sober i |jt ,, lu ,^ v , note that will appeal to thousands j ljcved lo have who will quietly see the new year tors would be the United States, Japan and Great Britain. Great Britain will start the naval race New Year's day by lay- in? the keels for two 35,000 ton battleships to supplement its world's largest tonnage of 1.222,164. Both ships—the Prince of Wales and the George V—will mount 14 inch guns "regardless of what other nations do," an admiralty spokesman said. He referred to a Jane's prediction two new United States battleships would carry 16-inch guns, despite the London agreement giving Japan until April 1 to decide whether to agree to a -14 inch limitation for battleship armaments. Plan 70 Cruisers. Great Britain aims at 70 cruisers as a nucleus for its sea defense, setting the figure as a minimum requisite. Bids already have been asked on two other battleships and 10 cruisers are under consideration now. Five other vessels—to be con- LINDY RANSOM NOT GOLDBAGKS Hoffman Knows "Nothing About" Report Money Has Been Found. TRENTON, N. J.. (IP)— A formal statement -from Governor Harold G. Hoffman Thursday said he knows "nothing about" a published report that a S21.650 "goldback" cache of Lindbergh kidnap ransom money had been found by a Tvcw Jersey state trooper. Col. Mark O. Kimberling, state police superintendent, said "there's nothing to this latest thing" and described the Lindbergh investigation as "quiet." Says "No Comment." Earlier, through William Conk lin, his press aide, the governor had issued a terse "no comment" to the report published by the Philadelphia Record that a part of the ransom money had been found and that Governor Hoffman would "tell all" Thursday about the reputed new developments in the case. The governor's statement said: "I know nothing about this story. It is undoubtedly another murder of Nichols is be- UL-VCU to have resulted from a quarrel which followed his* orders lo Foutch to "stay away" from the Nichols home in Ottumwa. 1 Foutch, a friend of Nichols lor j 20 years, had been a frequent visitor there. Although Foutch recovered an amount of money in cash something less than $200 according to him but nearer $400, the Nichols family believes, from the body after the confessed "killing, he has consistently refused to admit robbery was a motive. Butcher at Morrells, Nichols had for many years been a butcher st th? local plant of John Morrell and company, meat packing firm. His wife, two daughters and four sons survive. Foutch, a resident of Chariton for 26 years, was born near Melrose. For about 15 years he had worked as an engineer in the Lucas county coal fields, Foutch has a wife and six children, including a married son, all of whom live at Chariton. Sun Takes Over Skies in Iowa After Winter - Claims State. DES MOINES, (7P)—The weatherman promised Thursday a crisp, clear night for Iowa's New Year's eve celebration. The sun took over the skies Thursday morning after winter chased the springlike weather provided for the Christmas season out of.the state. Wednesday. Temperatures over the state all were below freezing, with Sioux City reporting a 10 above low for the minimum. The mercury remained well below freezing Thursday and by early Friday the weatherman said the northwest section probably would record a 5 degree minimum, the northeast 10 degrees, the southwest 15. and the southeast 20. The sky also probably will remain clear Friday, with no decided change 'in temperature, ne said. The onrush of winter Wednesday laid a snow blanket ranging inches at Sioux City up to six ; . The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Fair Thursday niRht and probably Friday; no decided change in temperature. MINNESOTA: Generally fair in south, unsettled in north Thursday night and Friday, snow in extreme n o r t h e a.s t Thursday niifht; colder In north over the northwest section of the state. Over the rest of the state, however, the ground still was practically bare of snow. In the Mason City area, where •he mercurv reacned a low of 11 above zero "early Thursday, there was only a trace of snow. MARSHALlANG GIVEN 10 YEARS Sentenced to Prison for Revolt Against Chiang j Kai-Shek. ' NANKING, (fP) —Marshal Chang Hsueh-Liang was sentenced to 10 years in prison and lost his civil , -. . jtvi j • •»" **-• — - , verted into anti-aircraft ships— one O f the long list of journalistic have been retained by invoking | p j pe dreams conceived,in confu- thc Escalator clause of the London treaty as well as 40,000 tons of over-age destroyers. A personnel increase -of 2,500 officers and men has been ordered to bring the navy to a total of 97,892 men. Japan and the United States similarly have invoked the Escalator clause to retain over age ,hips. "Humanizing" Clause. The "submarine humanizing' clause of the London naval treaty binds signatories: 1. To observe rules of international law under which surface vessels operate. 2, In the use of submarines, not "to sink or render incapable of navigation a merchant vessel without having first placed passengers, crews and ship's papers in a place of safety." except in the case of persistent refusal to stop on being duly summoned or of active resistance to visit or search. sion and designed to further mislead the public in its understanding of the Lindbergh case. Like \ViU Rogers. "Like the late and beloved Will Rogers, all that I know is what I read in the papers and I have read in the public press that the Lindbergh case has been completely solved and that all of the ransom money has been accounted for. In view of this, there can not possibly be any truth to the story." Discussing the "goldback" cache of bills, which the Record said were "believed to be Lindbergh ransom money," informed sources pointed out that the $50.000 Lindbergh ransom contained not a single goldback bill. this fact figured in testimony at the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, who was executed for the Lindbergh murder. Thursday niglit and in north- cast Friday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures tor 24 hour period ending at 8 oVlock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday Minimum in Niplit At 8 A. M. Thursday Precipitation Snowfall rights for five yeai-s for leading 41 11 17 .06 .10 Nineteen thirty-six brought itself to a close with a day that was briskly cold despite a bright sun. It was in striking contrast with preceding days of the past week, which were* balmy, cloudy and, much of the time, either foggy, misty or sleety. Readers who give daily attention to this feature of the paper will be interested in a detailed review of the weather which is featured with bannerline and appropriate pictures on an inside page of this issue. a military rebellion and imprisoning Generalissimo Chiang Kai- Shek, autoritative sources reported Thursday. At the same time, foreign dispatches-from Hankow described fresh outbreaks of disturbances west of Sianfu, Shensi provincial capital which was the scene of .the military overlord's detention. The ! nature of the disorders was not 1 disclosed. 1 Missionaries, including some Americans, were reported evacuating Sianfu for Fensiang, 100 miles west of the Hensi capital. Reliable reports, of the rebellious young marshal's conviction were followed quickly by declaration that the central government tomorrow would pfardon the mutineer. Such action, a high official said, is "possible but not assured." Refreshed Enough to Begin Drafting New Year's Greetings. VATICAN CITY. (/Pi — Pope Pius XI was reported semi-officially Thursday to have rallied and slept better during the night than at any time since his illness took a turn for the worse. The aged holy father, after hearing mass, was said to have felt refreshed enough In begin drafting his New Year's greetings to sovereigns. Despite the improvement shown in his sleep, he was reported in a losing battle with death at the dreary dawn of one of the saddest year ends in the history of the Catholic church. Frequently mild opiates eased the pain in his legs to bring sleep he has been missing for the past week. Not Mucli Belief. But even with the brief periods of relief and the reports his night's sleep was "better than last," he was said not to have got a great deal of rest. At dawn the pontiffs attendant sadly shook their heads when asked if there was any betterment in his health. Throughout the night lights burned in the windows of the pope's apartments where the staff of vigilant doctors and nurses assembled by Dr. Amanti Milani, the chief physician, labored to counteract any further decline m the holy fathers now admittedly flagging condition. At Special Ceremony. Gloom penetrated the farthermost quarters of the holy see as it was realized there would be no Mew Year's celebration for the tiny city this year. . Usually the Vatican is colonul with visits of high prelates and diplomats coming to wish his holiness happy new year. Thursday they were invited instead to the Basilica of St. John Lateran to attend a special New Year's eve ceremony. The easing of the pontiffs pain was attributed in part to the dis- TACOMA BOY'S FAMILY SILENT, MORE CHEERFUL Early Release Predicted; Some Sources Report Ransom Paid. TACOMA, Wash., f^i—The family of kidnaped Charles Mattson held to a cheerful silence Monday amid assertions from various sources that 528,000 ransom had been paid; that the boy would be 'released immediately, and that the father had failed to contact the abductor. The apparent cheerfulness of the family stood out, however, and some observers took this to j'ore- shadow an early return of the 10 year old youth, carried from his sumptuous home Sunday night by a bewhiskered, pistol wielding abductor. Dr. W. W. Mattson, the boy's father, said he had mado no statement about ransom negotiations. Lieut. Col. Gus B. Appleman, .' , close friend of the doctor and a i visitor at the home Thursday, said i if the contact with the kidnaper j had been made he wa:; not told of i it, Flurries of Excitement. • Flurries of excilem'ent came and went without outsiders learning definite informaUon on the status of the case. Officers chased down every clew, every 'Jp given by any person—but a.'?pv.rently did not know the boy's <j-: his kidnapers' whereabouts. x A messenger boy left a message at the home. Appelman arrived soon afterward, tit left. Then Dr. Mattson. alone, departed in his green coupe, the same in which he ! made two mysteuous trips with his ' elder son, William, Wednesday. It was learned many telephone lines in the neighborhood had been tapped. Newspapermen; using telephones, were interrupted con| stantly by the sound of another in- i strument cutting in. Predicts Early Return. One sotu'L'a. a daily visitor at thw house, predicted the boy would be returned Thursday. Another intimated the ransom had been paid. Others declared the doctor was ready arid willing to pay and has sought to establish contact through a newspaper classified advertisement, but received no response from the abductor. Capt. John S. Strickland, retired Tacoma police captain, private detective and neighbor and friend of Dr. Mattson, went into the home after the doctor left and soon reappeared. He had no comment. A second messenger and a young woman in a brown fur coat were others.who entered, then left the house. Two men and an elderly woman in an old model sedan stopped near the house and inquired of observers: "Where can we find those G- men." Two Enter House. They were directed to the house. One man and the woman went in while the other man remained in the car. The two were in the .house about five minutes. The younger man, remaining in the car, said his name was Clifford Young of Tacoma. The car license was issued to another name. They would not comment on their mission. A series of flashing lights, reported at Issaquah, southwest of Seattle, sent state police cars scurrying from Seattle shortly after midnight The exepdition brought no known results. . Mrs. Mattson reported Tuesday to be near a breakdown, slept soundly through the night, the visitor said, after mingling with friends most of Wednesday. Muriel. 14 year old sister of Charle?, where it probably would react suddenly and fatally. Gets 10 Year Term on Car Theft Charge CEDAR RAPIDS, (IP)— Forrest Waitman, 24, identified by a shag of hair found in the car of Dr. H. N. Grim of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 10 years in the state reformatory, for car stealing. Officers found the wad of hair in the wrecked car owned by Dr. Grim. Appeal Notice Filed by Polk Candidate DES MOINES, 6?)—Mrs. George Harnagel, candidate for Polk county representative in the last election, filed notice of appeal with- the secretary of state. Mrs. Harnagel claimed that absentee votes were counted illegally and that there were errors in the tabulation. An official vote canvass gave Ed R. Brown, republican, the election over Mrs. Harnagel by a 767 vote'margin. about ransom negotiations. Informed he .had 'been quoted as saying no contact with the kidnaper had been established, Dr. Mattson said, "Any such reports are untrue. I have made no statements ... I have nothing to say now." The new confidence that Charles would be returned safely was manifested as the movements of a strange automobile stared beliefs actual payment of the $28,000 ransom demanded for Charle* re'ease might be under way. Coupe Moves Awayy The small coupe mowj away frorn the house late WedflWOay In it were a middleaged man 1

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