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North Iowa's Edited for the Home . ,. '.I i j · ii .v : l L O M E R' . . 11 I G W E U : A 3 T C i P T 0 F ' I 0 iV A * ' MO I N ES. I A "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL, .NORTH IQWANS NEIGHBORS' H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XXXVII CENTS PER COPY PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY. IOWA. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE - -· · - ' ...-in i . ii... · -- m i l l · · -- '"-- - - . . - · . . , . -- ~ L- I .j _ . NO. 102 ··ii OPENING INSTALLMENT MAD LAUGHTER , ItEUMSED BY CESTWA1, rflEri «30aATiaV_CW«tl!J1T, 1"» , ~ -- . -- k v t ! A tHRlLLING MYSTERY STORY ·+ by MILES BURTON A LTHO the fog was so thick that, from the pavement one could scarcely see the lights of the vehicles in the roadway, Mr. Thomas Herridge, known to his intimates as Pussy, hurried confidently on nis way, avoiding collisions with a peculiar lithe dexterity. He crosed Oxford Street, and was at once swallowed up in the deep yellow murk which filled the gaps between the houses like the depths of some turbid sea. Here, foot passengers were much less frequent, hut, curiously enough, instead'of quickening his pace, Mr. Herridge slackened it. And yet, perhaps, this was natural enough. Even the most expo, rienced Londoner might have been excused for losing his bearings. Once awav from the railings which guarded the area steps, one was lost, as it in some uncharted land. The taxi drivers had long ago given up their hopeless attempts to find their way, and the side streets were practically deserted. At intervals a dim halo would loom out of the fog, marking the position o£ a lamp-post. Beyond this the wayfarer had no heacon by which to guide his uncertain footsteps. . ·But it was not any doubt of his whereabouts that caused Mr. Herridge to modify his haste. He seemed to be in possession of 'a sixth sense, which, tojd him unfailingly of his locality. He was, in fact, in Woodbridge Square, surrounded by tall and dignified houses, from behind whose closely curtained windows came no single gleam .of light. Mr. Herridge walked slowly round the Square twice, every sense on tho alert. He saw for a fleeting moment the lantern of a policeman on beat, he heard the steps of one or two cautious · pedestrians feeling their way along the railings; now and then a faint whiff of cooking reached his nose thru an area window. And, at last, apparently satisfied, he paused beneath a lamp-post to consult a neat silver watch, which he carried on his wrist. It was half-past eight. ' For-an instant he stood tense and listening. The fog was like a curtain rour/d him, thru which an indistinct roar came to him in muffled waves of sound. But his sharp ears could detect no footsteps in his vicinity, and with a smile of satisfaction he started to walk again, counting his steps carefully. Thirty yards SAYS BANK OWES IOWA U Says Butler Is Reckless Stewart Describes Personality as Magnetic Hoover Rejects Compromise on Aid Issue CARAWAY ASKS HOUSE MEMBERS TO REPEAT TALK Arkansas Senator Says Cramton Hung Up Phone. from the limp-post lie crossed the pavement with outstretched hands untii he felt the masonry of a. pillar. One more tense pause, and then, with 'incredible agility and swiftness, he swarmed up the pillar into the darkness. But fog and darkness had no ter. ·' rors for Mr. Herridge. Reaching the X-. -ibB 'of-the-: : pillar,;he. flung out ?·» % " " ' e ' p f / - - diid.ielt for : thei feclge'.p£' Jetting" Doping:'' Grasping this, he swung himself up, and In a couple of seconds found himself on the balcony above the porch of Lord Hardway's town house. His first action on reaching the balcony was unexpected. From the pockets of his raincoat ho produced a pair ot light gymnasium shoes. Then, swiftly unlacing his boots, he drew them off and slipped on the shoes. Finally he divested himself of his coat, and laid this and the boots carefully in one corner of the balcony. Peer as he would, he could find no gap thru which he could see anything of the room within. But his experience told him that no curtains shaded a window so completely oa to hide every glimmer of a lighted (Turn (o rune 8, Column 3). Nine Men Feared Lost in Wreck of Seaplane PLYMOUTH, Eng., Feb. 4. Nine men in the crew of a royal air force seaplane were feared lost today when the ship went into a dive while maneuvering over Plymouth sound, struck the water with great force and was wrecked by an explosion. Wolheim Made to Rest Nervous Breakdown By CHARLES P. STEWART · A S H I N G T O N , Feb. 4. (CPA)--· Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler not only is desperately strenuous. He has one of those magnetic personalities, too. If he is anywhere around it is impossible to miss coming into contact with him. The first time I ever met him, we happened to get into the same elevator. T h e minute I looked at · him I rec- "Smed" Butler.'It is true I had seen pictures of him. However, one may easily see a man's picture, then see the man himself and not put the two together; but not in the case. of. ·"Shied"- Butler. I .'.'spotted".-iim immediately. At that point .a muteia acquaintance introduced us, so there was no doubt about it. Yet "Smed" is an individual of no especially imposing presence. Ha, is only medium-sized. The solely con spicuous thing about him is a tricl he has of sticking his under lip ou quite prominently, but anyone can do it. It is his personality that makes "Smed" noticeable, rather than his appearance. * *- * T O VISIT with for awhile, as he and I and our mutal acquaintance did for half an hour, upon getting out of the elevator, "Smed" is highly likable and entertaining. He has led an adventurous lite and tells about it very picturesquely. As a steady diet, I would imagine hat he might pall on a person who ccasionally wanted a little of the .ttcntion on his own account. Wherever "Smed" may be, only wo classes of folk are present-Smed" and his audience. If it is a veil-behaved, respectful audience (Turn rii I'URe 8. Column ·)). WASHINGTON, Feb. 4. (.!')-- The.senate today rejected the nomination of George Otis Smith to be chairman ot the power commission, preparatory to testing his right to office in tho courts. ^WASHINGTON, Feb. 4. (IP}-- E£- W forts to compromise the con- ^.ressional deadlock over relief funds were in an uncertain stage today while both houses worked away at other legislative problems. Senatoi- Watson oJ Indiana anc Senator McNary of Oregon, leader and assistant leader of the republicans, returned from the white house and reported compromise sugges tions had been greeted coldly by the president. Senator Norris, independent re publican, Nebraska lashed out at thi outgoing 1 representatives in thi house with a speech asserting th federal drought relief fund approve: by the senate would hava beer passed by. the house, if the member ship elected last fall were in office Davl a Bill Passed. . :MeauwhH9^,tbe»boiuaa;paBsed sev eral minor measures . including ..· bill to authorize SIOO^OOO -for cp dification o£ Indian laws and aske for a conference with the senate on the $138,000,000 appropriation bill for the state, justice, commerce and la.bor departments. The senate- found itself in agreement ou a bffl by Davis of Pennsylvania to require that government contractors pay their labor at the prevailing local wage scale. The measure was passed and sent to the house. Senator x Caraway of Arkansas reviewed his battle with Representa- PUBLIC HEARING IN BUTLER CASE KEFLSN DEMAND Senator Reads Italian Paper Verifying Story. ALFALFA BILL AND HIS 'KERNEL' FLETCHER PLANS TO 01 Associated Press Pltoto NEW YOIltt, Feb. 4. (/Pi-Charles A. Lindbergh, businessman, planned today to spend a typically American birthday, lie expected to put In moat of it at his desk in his office here. A family dinner was on tho program for tonight with a cake--eligible to receive 29 candles--as, the dessert. W byNe HOLLYWOOD, Cal., Feb. 4. ;? A nervous breakdown has compelled Louis Wolheim, motion picture tor, to drop a part in a film in production here. Dr. Roland Cummings his physician, said his illness was due to overwork and he would need a month's rest. AUNT HET By Robert Quillen "I wasn't surprised. A woman that powders her face white an' leaves her neck yellow is more'n likely to have closets that smell mousey." FORMER HUSBAND BREAKS UP HOME Wounds Woman and Kills New Husband Week After Wedding. SALAMANCA, N. Y., Feb. 4. (/T) ·The honeymoon of less than a week of Wesley Dieter, 42, and Mrs. Vivian King Dieter, 30, was brot to a-.tragic end in a farmhouse near here last night. A charge of buckshot, fired thru a window while the .bride was sitting on the knee of her husband, critically wounded her and another charge fired at close range as Dieter rushed to the porch killed him. Sheriff Frank A. Annis -and a hastily formed posse stalked the woods in the snow and early todaj came upon Darwin King, 35, formei Husband of Mrs. Dieter, hiding in an abandoned barn. Annis said King readily admitted that he hud done the shooting and had hidden the gun. Mrs. Dieter obtained a divorce from King nine months ago and was married to Dieter last Thursday. The couple then went to the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Wilber, to spend their honeymoon. A small boy by Mrs Dieter's marriage to King was being cared for by the Wilbers. Young Claims He Does Not Want Presidency (Turn to 1'nRe 2, Column 2). Manly Police Officer Auto Gas Fatality MANLY, Feb. 4.--Carbon monoxide gas, thrown off from bis automobile after he had started it, caused the death of Henry Miller, 61, marshal of Manly, here last night. His son, Morey Miller, found him asphyxiated in a garage with the 'doors closed. The county coroner was called and stated death was the result of carbon monoxide poisoning. · Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon at St. Paul's Evangelical church. Burial will be in Memorial park cemetery near Mason City. Business District Searched. Marsnal Miller was found about (i o'clock last night,after his son had searched the business district for. him. Mrs. Miller became alarmed when her husband did not return to the house after he had been gone, an hour and a half and informed her son, who came in late yesterday afternoon, that nis father was missing. Since Marshal Miller had gone down to the business district on business, the son searched in several (Turn to 1'nRe 2, Column fi). May Shelve Expense Account Repeal DBS MOINES, Feb. 4. UP)--Indefinite postponement of the Stoddard bill to repeal the legislative expense account act was recommended to the Iowa senate today by the committee which has been studying the measure. Senator Stoddard has another bill on file, however, which would repeal the-expense account law and "also raise the salaries of legislators from ?1,000 to 51,500 beginning in 1935. The committee has not yet reported on this bill. The committee recommendation of indefinite postponement of the first measure will be voted upon tomorrow. If the report should not be adopted the bill will be placed on the calendar for further consideration. Subject to Controversy. The legislative expense account law has been the subject of controversy since its passage. Some members of the last general assembly returned the money they received under the act and others were made defendants in suits charging that the law was unconstitutional. The senate passed a bill by White of Benton for a $1,000 deficiency appropriation for blind students in colleges. The last assembly allowed $4,000, which was found insufficient. Previously the senate held that Senator L. H. Doran of Boone termed its first funeral of the session, voting to postpone indefinitely his bill to permit widows to receive money from the workmen's compensation fund even tho they remarry. Tax Bill Offered. A tax committee bill for a 1 mill tax on the value of stock of mutual building and loan associations was WASHINGTON, Feb. 4. Iff)-Secretary Adams today signed tho charges on which Major General Smedley D. Butler must stand court martial trial. · ASHINGTON, Feb. 4. UP)--An open hearing of the charges against Major General Smedley D. Butler was demanded by Senator leflin, democrat, Alabama, in the senate, today "in the name o£ justice and fair play." Heflin read to the senate a statement published in the II Nuovo i-Iondo, anti-fascist paper at New York, declaring Butler's charge that Premier Mussolini, of Italy, ran down a child without stopping, was true. 'Let the American people sit m on the trial," he said. "Let us know ii this mad monarch is to have the world kow towing to him." Butler Avoids Cameras. "I submit to the senate and the country," he said, "when General Butler was making a speech to his friends, talking about world conditions and enemies of peace anc commenting on .this . very bruta performance,, he hafl a right %to: ex press his views." . Meanwhile, Butler played hide- and-seek with newspapermen in the capital, with himself and his counsel, Maj. Henry Leonard, mostly on the winning side. "This man is a chip off the old block and comes nearer typifying the old American spirit than anyone I know," Heflin told the senate. Regrets Apology Expressing regret that this country had apologized to Mussolini, Heflin said, "I don't want my country to accept such an attitude as that, and the American people are growing weary of it." The state department today received a letter from Cornelius Van- Assoctafed Press Pfioto Will KoEcrs railed upon Governor Murray ot Oklahoma mid they hart lunch off "Alfalfa. Bill's" desk. Then the governor made Rogers :\ colonel on his staff--"chief of the nut brigade." New Zealand Earthquake Death Toll Reaches 400 Reports of Damage in' Napier Realize _' . . . I'.ear.s. ..,.· ... derbilt regarding the Butler case. Department officials declined to disclose its contents and said it had been placed in the department files. Any information on this communication, they added, must come from Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt is reported to have made remarks similar to those of Butler regarding Mussolini. 10H SEAS (Turn to PnRC I, Columo 1). WASHINGTON, Feb. 4. Owen D. Young said today "I am not a candidate for the presidency." His reference to efforts to prevent his candidacy was to printed assertions of his connection with power interests. BLIND MAN SETS FIRE TO HOUSE Dog Leads Firemen to Body of Master, Dying of Wounds. PPTTSBURGH, Feb. 4. (.T) -- Neignbors watching firemen in a futile battle to put out the flames consuming the home of George 75 year old blind man, tried Markets at a Glance to quiet the dog that had led him about for years. And when he would not be still, they followed him to a thicket nol far away. In a clump of bushes they found Meyers, dying from a shotgun wound. Meyers set fire to his home; then snot himself, the coroner reported. NEW YORK Stocks firm; Eastman Kodak advances more than 4 points. Bonds firm; governments buoyant; second grade domestic strong. Curb firm; utilities slightly higher. Butter weak. Foreign exchanges firm; sterling strong. Cotton higher; foreign buying and dry weather. Sugar easy; liberal spot offerings. CHICAGO Wheat easy; forecast rain Kansas. Corn easy; larger offerings and disappointing cash demand. Cattle steady to higher. Hogs steady to lower. Injuries to German Seaplane Will Postpone Flight Two Weeks. LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands, Feb. 4. (/P--Crippled by giant waves in Bahia Gando, several miles from here, the DO-X, German 12 motored seaplane, appeared today to have been thwarted in its trans-Atlantic flight project for two weeks at least. Some doubt evistcd here as to the extent of injuries sustained by the plane yesterday morning as it attempted to take off for Porto Praia, Cape .Verde islands, enroute to Rio de Janeiro, but it was understood that both motors and superstructure were damaged. ' M. Bernier, Dornier engineer at Lisbon has been asked to proceed at once to the Canary islands to aid in the repairs to the plane. He inferred before his department that repairs might take several weeks since parts would have to be imported from Germany. Captain Christiansen attempted yesterday morning to taxi here from Bahia Gando but found the water too rough and returned. He said that the trans-Atlantic trip would have to be postponed any way until the next new moon. (H?) -- Preliminary estimates of the death toll at Napier and Hastings jumped to 400 today when surveys of the damage caused by yesterday's earthquake and fire had onlj begun. Eye witnesses reported it was impossible to give 'any accurate figure at present, but agreed there were at least 300 dead in Napier and 100 in Hastings. The number of injured at Napier was estimated at 1,000. No figure on injured at Hastings reported' but the numoer was believed to run into the hundreds. Fcurs Realized. Fears prompted by scattered reports from the stricken area were more than realized in information collected from refugees arriving here today. Survivors said the quake wrecket nearly all the stone buildings in Napier and that the fire, fanned by a breeze swept inland, destroying everything in its path. Napier streets were piled will debris and buildings which did no collapse from the first shock leaned at dangerous angles. A heavy pall of dust arose from the ruin and mingled with the smoke tron burning buildings to create addition al terror. Ordered Evacuated. As soon as the earth tromor ceased desperate efforts were mad to rescue those entombed in tlr ruins of buildings. Both the injured and dead wer laid in the streets. Tonight a general order was issued for the evacuation of Napier within two days. The sewerage system has been destroyed and the authorities feared a serious outbreak of disease if. the inhabitants were not compelled to leave the city as expeditiously aa possible. JWILL- ARDMORE, Okla., Feb. 4.-From all the pictures in the papers of these admirals that are to be at the Smedley Butler trial in full dress, why it'« not a. legal procedure, it's a social triumph. When yoxi see an admiral going along the street with those wide gold braided, tasseied springboards on his shoulder, why we don't know if he's going to a %vedding or a hanging. Poor old Smedley. He just seems to have a mania for getting in bad in peace times. But you let a war start and there don't ever seem to be any kick about what he does. Yours, IBM ItctUw" S FUNDS NEEDED Old Friend of Bishop First Hearing Witness WASHINGTON, Feb. 4. (,T)--The first witness to appear today before the church board inquiring into charges against Bishop James Cannon, Jr., of the Methodist Episcopal church, south, was George P Adama, of Blackstone, Va., a lifelong friend of Bishop Cannon. ROYAL SALESMEN ARE BANQUETED British Princes Treated as Their Father Was 40 Years Ago. KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 4. (IP) --Banqueted and feted here in just fashion as was their father, now King George, 40 years ago, the Prince of Wales and his brother Prince George, will leave here this evening for Panama in continuation of their Spanish American tour. The Oropesa, which brot them from Sanauder and Bermuda, wil take them to Cristobal, Canal zone where an airplane will carry them across the isthmus to Panama Citj for the first of their official visit outside the British colonies. A crowd of 50,000 which hai gathered from all over Jamaica me the princea when they arrived yes terday noon aboard the Oropesa an watched while officials cxtende the welcome of the island. House, Senate Committees Plan to Prepare Joint Resolution. DES MOINES, Feb. 4. (/!)--The resolution for an investigation of the University of Iowa administration today was put under the scrutiny of the senate and house educational institutions committees to bolster its appropriation section. The two groups planned to pro- are a special joint resolution call- ng for sufficient funds to conduci he probe, because of the objections f some legislators that a concur- ent resolution cannot appropriate noney. It appeared probable that the in ·estigation resolution will be callec up in the senate tomorrow, if al ;oes' well at the joint committe meeting. Should the senate adop t without its appropriation section .he resolution would be returned t :he house for agreement. Then the joint resolution fo funds, which was approved yesterday by the house committee, would be introduced. The investigation can get under way aa soon us the sennte passes tho first resolution nnd a special committee is appointed. $30,562 in Interest Was Waived by Iowa U Administration. D ICS MOINES, Feb. 4. (IP)--Attorney General John Fletcher said today he believed tho First National bank of Iowa City owed the State University of Iowa the interest on the Rockefeller foundation medical funds which the state board of education had waived. The attorney general said he had not decided on what action to take, but expected to turn the report submitted to him today by Budget Director Oscar Anderson to the legislative investigating committee when one is finally established. Fletcher explained that the audit had been started at his request before any legislative inquiry had been considered. Left to Committee. He added, however, that he felt the matter should be placed in the committee's hands rather than having his department take immediate action. · Interest on the funds was waived in, favor of profits on investments, investigators from the office of State Budget Director Oscar Anderson said in their report today. Anderson transmitted the report to Attorney General John Fletcher. The inquiry was instigated following charges that the interest money tad been illegally waived by the board of education.. i State Accountant; H^TF, Brown..... '/·and Assistant Budgei:plreCtor?\ M; -- ' Hanson made the investigation, Brown hi his letter to Anderson said: Advises Department. "In view of the fact that you did not take charge of this department until February, 1929, the writer wished to advise that this department since its origin has had knowledge at nil times of the transaction of this fund and knows that the interest was waived in lieu of the profits from investments." It was charged thut $28,762 in Interest on the daily bunk balance had been waived in, favor , of the First National bank of Iowa City, where the money was kept. The investigators found, however, that if all the interest on these daily balances had bueu. collected it would have amounted to ?30,562.55. Had the money been deposited on. interest at the usual bank rate and not invested it would have yielded $158,860.81. Total Is Larger. Officials of the bank maintain tlmt the money never accepted (Turn In I'nso 2, Column IS). Cing of Italy Takes 22 Years to Decide Ownership of Island PARIS, Feb. 4. (IP)--After 22 years the King of Italy, Victor Smanuel, agreed upon by France and Mexico as an arbiter to determine ownership of tiny, tiesolalo Clipperton Rock, Pacific ocean island, lias found againat Mexico and awarded Uie island to France. Hia decision, filed yesterday at the Quai D'Orsay, rules that the Mexican government, which has kept a small garrison of men there since 1897, must quit the island and surrender sovereignty to the French government. 3Kt Episcopal Diocese to Meet at Des Moines DAVENPORT, Feb. -1. (/T)--Des Moines was selected for the 1932 annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa at the closing session of the convention here today. This action amended that taken yesterday fixing Davenport as the meeting place. IOWA WEATHER V:\\r Wednesday nljfht; Thursday increasing cloudiness, not much cliungc in temperature. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figure* for 21 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum Tuesday 45 Above Minimum in Night 21 Above At 8 A. M. Wednesday 22 Above

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