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Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, July 10, 1935
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, JULY 10 BH 1935 NINE Watch Your Hitch-Hiker, Roving Scribe Warning Iowa Remains Easiest State to Bum Rides, He Maintains. By W. E. BURBANK Roving Newspaper Scribe Although every influence imaginable is being exerted to drive hitchhikers from the highways, there appear to be more today than any previous summer and it becomes every Mason City motorist to exercise precaution in regard to picking up strangers if inclined to follow the practice at all. This nation-wide crusade sponsored by the American Automobile association, motor clubs in every city and insurance companies in particular has my indorsement because while the vast majority of itinerants are as harmless as kittens there is a small minority who it --would be a dangerous risk to take into any automobile. My opposition to traveling via the thumb-wagging method is based on actual experiences and observations while touring more than 35,000 miles in 41 states. While it may be a risk to pick up anyone promisuously, it is equally so to slep into an automobile with a stranger. Names Suitable Slogan. "Watch your hitch-hiker, or regret your generosity, perhaps," is a suitable slogan for Mason City mo; torists to paste in their hats, if they ' stick to it. Experiences in old Iowa have taught me thai il remains one of the easiest stales in which to "bum" a ride on the highways. Outside of Albert Lea while waiting for a lift towards this city a fast-lraveling and expensive car slowed down suddenly where I was standing and an elderly gentleman threw open the door with an invitation to ride. In the rear seat were . two women. Immediately, I realized thai it was an Iowa car because it would be almost a miracle for any party to stop for a hitchhiker in any other section of the country. Many states have enacted laws 'forbidding autoists from picking up ^strangers and in some the laws are ""strictly observed. In Minnesota going north from La Crosse to St. if Paul I stood in one spot almost six i hours until finally a young man . stepped and whisked me clear to my destinalion. Most every driver glared at me as though they felt "that I should be shot at the post the ' following- dawn. Much Psychology. . As a result of the "tuffness"-on the east border of Minnesota I came .back from Minneapolis over U. S. S5 and wasn't I surprised to make 100 miles in five hours. There is a whole lot of psychology about this hitch-hiking game. If a driver is in the right mood when a rover flags 1 him ok«y. If not he may speed past and before he gets out of sight stop Cor someone else. That happens frequently. Now that must have been the case when an old gentleman picked me up as he jammed on the brakes of his car and yelled "Get in imick, can't you see I'm in a hurry" ind off he started, soon reaching a 30 mile an hour clip. He was a perfectly good driver, however. It isn't safe to let a stranger occupy the rear seat, that is, if you still pick 'em up, motorist. Another newspaper man and myself were driving in the beautiful Evangeline section of Louisiana one At Half Price Her Majesty Pattern 1847 Rogers Bros. SILVERWARE Regular $46.50 Chest SERVICE FOR EIGHT .25 JEWELRY CO. Foresters Bldg. day when he stopped for a well dressed chap and let him bop in behind us. At the first cross road a gun was thrust between our heads with a command to turn off at the next crossroad and follow his directions. Helped Him Escape. For more than 40 miles we drove until he finally said: "Stop! I'm leaving you here and if you tell anybody about seeing me I'll get you both some day." We were 40 miles out in the Styx and upon again reaching civilization learned of posses being organized to hunt down a young man who had committed murder the night before, unconsciously we had assisted in his escape, but kept mum. Many persons ask me if women driving alone ever stop to give me a ride and my reply is "Yes, in some parts of the country." What surprised me most, however, was one day recently when I was slow ly plodding along U. S. 66 between St. Louis and Chicago--one of the hardest stretches of highway in the land to stop cars on--a car slowed down and a girl of college years asked "Wouldn't you like to ride a ways?" I would, of course. When I expressed surprise at her boldness she explained that she wasn't in the habit of picking up anyone but I looked so much like her father that she just couldn't pass me by. That was a lucky break for me as such resemblances to another often land a man in jail somewhere. Nevertheless it was a carclesi thing to do, I contend. Women Dangerous. On the question of women ] have learned that it is just as dan gerous to pick them up as it is men and under certain circumstances if they are inclined they can create much' more trouble. Many young and flappy damsels are out just looking for some sap to pick them up and rob him. One afternoon while sitting at a filling station I asked a traveling salesman if he would carry me into the next city and he replied "Sorry, old chap, but my boss don't let me carry anyone." That's the rule of many concerns and I chirped back, "Okeh." Before he got out of sight, however, he stopped and assisted a couple of stylishly dressed girls into the car. They had been waiting for more than an hour to get a ride. It wasn't long before that chap returned, sadder and perhaps wiser. He related how, as soon as a deserted spot in the highway was reached one of the girls asked him to stop a minute. As he did so the other whipped a revolver from her hand bag; and ordered him to hanc over what cash he had, Ms watch and diamond scarf pin. After he had complied they hopped out, tell ing him: That's the Low-Down. "Now drive along like a good boy and if you call the law we'll com plain that you attempted to as sault us." That's the low-down thej can get on a man, if disposed to do so. Anyone who goes out on the highways to get a lift with anj driver gullible enough to stop for him cannot be choosey about th cars in which he rides nor the company with which he asso ciates. However, had I known that a young man who stopped for me one day last August was then Pub lie Enemy No. 1 and being sought by police the country over my reply would have been "No, thank you." As I stood at a cross road south of Clarinda, Iowa, on my way from Omaha to Kansas City, a car wheeled on to the pavement from the west and stopped directly in front of me. It was driven by two girls and a gallant young man oc cupied the rear scat alone. Open ing the door he said "Jump in anc we'll carry you a piece down the line." 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' Had to Lie Down Every Day "When I was young, mother gave me your Vegetable Compound and it helped me. I am now 44 and the mother of six healthy children. I got rundown 60 that I had to lie down every day. I took the Compound again and feel much stronger. I can do all my work and I am in good spirits." Mrs. Sophie Kieman, Boat Louise Schumann, Pierji, East River, New York. Was All Run Down "I used to be all rundowri'with pains in my back and sides. Since I took the Vegetable Compound I am getting along fine. My skin has cleared up and my color is good."-Mrs. L. M. Wiggins, Route 1, Box 37, Ackcrly, Texas. Society News D-L 4-H CLTJB IS ENTERTAINED Kathlyn Bergman entertained the I-D-L 4-H club at her home when a program was presented including a report of the state convention by Dorothy Bergman and a talk on "Blue Monday 1 ' by Bonnie Broers. A group discussion was held on "Meal Planning." Plans were made for a program to be given at the regular Farm Bureau meeting, July 16. Refreshments were served. BRIDAL COUPLE GIVEN CHA1UVARI About 100 friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Butler gathered at their home Tuesday night for a charivari. Refreshments were served and the time spent informally. MISS ALTA SPOTTS HOSTESS TO CLUB Portland Snap girls 4-H club met at the home of Alta Spoils Tuesday wilh 15 present. .The time was spent rehearsing the program to be presented at the Farm Bureau meeting Thursday. Refreshments were served by the hostess. The next meeting will be Aug. 1 with Jean Bittermau. Honored at Shower. SWALEDALE--The Catholic Ladies Aid gave a shower Monday afternoon at Mrs. Maggie Mann's home for Mrs. Vincent Mason. She was married June 27. Anniversary Is Observed. SPILLVILLE--Mr. and Mrs. Will Riehle celebrated their thirty-first wedding anniversary at their farm home Sunday afternoon with 58 present. Several Are Guests. LONEROCK--Mr. and Mrs. E. C Bierstedt, accompanied by Mrs. Winifred Sigsbee and daughter, Ruth Ann, of Algona and Henry Wegener of Tocoma, Wash., spent the past few days at the William Wegeners in Clinton.' Will Meet'Thursday. ROCK FALLS---The L. U. G. A club will meet Thursday at the John McKee home south of town. practically no conversation ex changed the car slopped and let me out, turning eastward. Then the experience passed from my mind. It Was "Pretty Boy." In Kansas City the following Sunday one of the newspapers carried an illustrated article about the na tionwide hunt for Charley "Pretty Boy" Floyd and it told how he had escaped a police trap in southwest ern Iowa the week before after rob bing a small town bank of $500. The article said that he fled from th scene of that holdup in a car driven by two girls. There before me was "Prettj Boy's" picture and I immediatel; identified it as the lad with whom had ridden that short distance a few days before. Since then I hav learned in his home town of Sail saw, far out in the wild Cookson hills of eastern Oklahoma, that one of his traits was never to pass a hitchhiker if he had room in his ca: for another person. Should Be Careful. It could be figured, too, that hi knew the police -.vould be watching lor a car with three occupants anc if he had a fourth they might le it pass, thinking it to be anothe: machine altogether. As the result of that and othei unpleasant experiences--although i didn't know about many of them until after.vards--I contend tha hitchhikers should be careful with whom they ride or be sorry thej were picked up, perhaps. While Irying to get from Terrel to Dallas, Texas--46 miles--one aft ernoon a car stopped and as I ran towards it one of the three occu pants stepped out, looked me ove: critically and then ssked in a gruf voice "What yer got in that case, a machine gun?" indicating my hand baggage. Then he wanted to know if I had a pistol in my pocket. "All right, get in," he said, "and we'll carry you to Dallas." After we got started and they learned my identity the trio burst into hilarious laughter and told me that had I been a walking arsenal they'd have carried me to Dallas just the same because they were deputy sheriffs. That's the precaution every motorist should take--especially to learn if possible whether a man has dangerous weapons before picking him up. Most driver's can't take that time and hence it's advisable to pass 'em all by. Hitchhiking; days are Hearing the end, however, and in another year it's a safe prediction that it will be impossible to get a lift in any state, with the possible exceptions of good old Iowa an'j Wisconsin, the second easiest state in which to travel by the thumb-wagging method. She Still Has Her Doug EXTRADITION OF COYIER REFUSED Visconsin Governor Wants Positive Identification in Elma Probe. DES MOINES, July 10. (/Pi--The tate bureau of investigation re- eivcd word today that Gov. Philip aFollette of Wisconsin has denied xtradition of Lloyd Coyier, former- y of Rocltford, wanted in connec- on with the robbery of the Pooles' Savings bank of Elma, May 5. Governor LaFollette once granted xtradition but withdrew It, saying e would require bank officials to ositively identify Coyier as one of he bandits. They were unable to do Two witnesses of the robbery had dcntified him. Coyier was held at Dodgcville, Vis. she Newest photo of Lady Sylvia Ashley, ex-British barmaid, murtc as waited at Vancouver, B. C., for return of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., to her side from Los Angeles visit. Film colony gossi'pcrs said Doug made overtures to ex-wire Mary rickford while there, but was told to return to his lady friend. (Central Press Photo) Chief Is Not Encouraging 'Busted'Publicity Agents Is Not Mason City's* Responsibility, He Contends. The question: "What is Mason City's responsibility to hitchhikers'?" was given a rather negative answer Tuesday evening when Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Neilsen and their 30 year old daughter, Eveleth, of Minneapolis, dropped in at the police station in quest of a night's lodging. They displayed credentials from the Minneapolis mayor and clippings from a twin-city paper publicizing their intention to hike 1,100 miles as a means of getting off from relief. But Chief E. J. Patton still couldn't-see that they were Mason City's responsibility. Couldn't See It. "I can't feature Minneapolis sending out a publicity agent busted," said the chief Wednesday in discussing his call. "Neither can I figure the workings of a father's mind who would have a sweet little daughter lodged in a jail cell as a means of obtaining personal publicity. We don't need publicity to get our jail filled with moochcrs." Chief Patton said he let Mr. Neilsen know in no uncertain terms that he didn't approve of his "racket" although he did not refuse to let him and his family remain for the night. He suggested the transient camp but Mr. Neilsen was not in favor of that. Early Wednesday morning the Minneapolis man called the Globe- Gazelle news room to report that he had accepted the hospitality of a resident in the south part of the city. They Had Trailer. "The only inhospitable person we met in your town was your police chief," he said. · The Neilsen equipment consists "of a two wheel trailer with an attachable bicycle wheel in front, making it possible to pull the trailer when no ride is available. The little daughter was equipped with a pair of roller skates. All of the equipment was the gift of Minneapolis business houses, according to Mr. Neiisen. But they were without; funds. Chicago was their objective. CITY BRIEFS Sam Kaizes has left for a three weeks' business and pleasure trip to Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Cincinnati. C. A. Everett, C. A. Hahn and L. D. Beckett, representatives of the federal housing administration, left Tuesday evening for Waterloo after spending two days in Mason City taking applications for loans under Title 2 of the act. A large number of applications were filed with the government men, who maintained offices in the Chamber of Commerce rooms while here. Birth certificates have been filed in the office of the clerk for Gerald Eugene, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Truman Lovik, -134 Fifth street southwest, born June 30. and Edward Earl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Carl Jorgenson, 323 Jackson I avenue, born July 4. | Body of Man Found Floating on River KEOKUK. July 10. (/P)--The body of Charles Wright, 48, retired Bur- lir^-.on railroad freight conductor was found floating in the Mississippi near Sandusky, five miles north of here this morning. He had been residing with his father-in-law at Sandusky since his retirement. I His shirt", trousers and shoes ! were found on a log near the body which was some fifty feet fron shore. In his pockets were a watch and an empty revolver. There wen no bullet wounds however. He had been in poor health for two years. Body Found on Steps of Fire Escape Back of Hotel in Chicago CHICAGO, July 10. CT)--Clac only in a pair o£ white shorts, th body of Edward Garvey, 26, Mil waukee, was found early today o the fifth floor steps o£ the fire es cape at the rear of a northsid hotel. Deputy Coroner Samue Dude'/ said Garvey apparently ha fallen to his death from his room on the fourteenth floor after slash ing his wrists and ankles with razor blade. Arrives From Clinton. FAULKNER--C. A. Craig of Clin ton arrived Saturday at the J. R Wallace home. He was accompanie home Sunday by Mrs. Craig, wh had visited here two weeks wit her sister, Mrs. Wallace. Sell it at Blanchards and get the highest cash price. U. S. License D-E12-2577 WATCHES DIAMONDS S WEST STATE Bright and Attractive . . That's the way you want your Summer Clothes to IOOK . . . and that's the way they will look it you send your Dresses, Suits, Blouses, Trousers and other apparel to us for expert cleaning and pressing. You'll be delighted with "Band Box" service . . . makes your clothes more attractive. Bond Box Cleaners 29 1st Street S. E. Phone 349 re-elected Mrs. Edna Landon of Council Bluffs as their president. Other officers chosen by the federation were: First vice president, Clarence Haskett, DCS Moines; second vice president, Donald Dunn, Sioux City; third vice president, Omar Weaver. Ottumwa; fourth vice president. C. J. Knowles, Oelwein; firth vice president, Ralph Coppack, Iowa City; secretary- treasurer, C. E. Harrington, Ottumwa. Harold Holle, retiring president of Clinton, and Ralph Putls of Iowa Falls, for the men, and Mrs. Landon for the women were chosen as representatives of the federation at the national convention in Atlanta on Labor day. The auxiliary elected the following additional officers: First vice president, Mrs. Nona Harrington, Ottumwa: second vice president. Mrs. P. C. Kakert, Davenport, und third vice president, Mrs. J. P. A!strand, Fort Dodge. iollan Elected Head of Iowa Federation of Postoffice Clerks DAVENPORT, July 10. (JP)--Elec- ion of LeRoy Hollan, of Cedar Rapids, as president of the Iowa state federation of postoffice clerks "caturcd the closing session of the three day convention here yesterday. Members of the state auxiliary Ford V-8 Superiority Again! When the gain's tough, and the hauling heavy--when schedules must be made day In and dnj- out . . . dependable transportation Is absolutely essential! That's why the big . . . 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