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:-i I S M E M 4 , L P T OK I · ·· n \t n i v r · A.'i NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1936 THIS TAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SUCTION ONE NO. 92 Nye Leads in Dispute 'Undiplomatic" i n Attack Against Wilson. By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , Jan. 23. (CPA)-It probably was undiplomatic of Chairman Gerald P. Nye of the senate's munitions investigation committee to charge that President Wilson and Secretary of S t a t e Lansing "falsified" rela- t i v e to their knowledge of the allies' plans to make over the map of Europe after defeating Germany. However, Senators Carter Glass and Tom Connally, in attacking Nye for his utterance, scarcely Were in a position to deny what he said. Their contention merely was that he shouldn't have said it, anyway That there were certain inconsistencies between Wilson's and Lansing's statements during the war period and documents they signed at the same time (just made public by the munitions investigators) is hard to get away from-but maybe it was overly harsh to call them "falsifications.' Unprecedented Bitterness. The bitterness with which Glass and Connally denounced Nye was something almost unprecedented in the senate's history, but the fact is that democrats of the Wilsonian school are rather angrier at Senator Bennett Champ Clark than at the North Dakotan. For Clark who defended the latter, himself is a democrat. They can assert at Nye, a republican, is actuated by partisan malice, but such an accusation doesn't fit in Clark's case. What the Wilson- ians do argue, among themselves, ···'.fa-*that-.dark is.willing to see Wil- · -son'*" memorjL'-^srneared' 1 because thB-wartlme f .cJiief^eoutive defeated ' 1 ^ Ms father; the' late ·Speaker Clark, for the democratic presidential nomination. Indebted to Clark. The truth is that Nye is greatly indebted to Clark, his fellow committee member, for his support during the assault on him by Glass and, Connally. The Dakotan is one of the best investigators who ever sat in congress, but he is not very well able to take care of himself in a free- for-all, being too mild of voice and manner. Clark, on the opposite hand, is an extremely competent fighter. It may seem queer that as gentle an individual as Nye should be an efficient inquisitor, but the Dakota doesn't bully his wit- said, "I have decided to enter primary for renomination on statesman nesses. Intends to Campaign on Record as Secretary of State. By FRANK L. HUGHES. DES MOINES, Jan. 23. U--Mrs. Alex Miller, Iowa secretary of state, announced today that she would be a candidate for third term nomination i n t h e democratic p r i- maries next June. Mrs. M i l l e r , only Iowa woman to hold an elective office entitling her to sit on the state executive council, was the second member of the council t o a n- nounce for office. Gov. Clyde L. H e r r i n g a n MRS. MILLER nounced Sunday he would be a candidate for United States senator in the democratic primaries. Opposition Is Unlikely. Mrs. Miller's announcement virtually assured her a place on the Iowa democratic ticket, since ;it was considered- unlikely ';lh "Official · quarters that she would haye;mucH opposition in the primary campaign. Announcement of two other executive council members for renomi- nation in the democratic primary was expected momentarily in view of court action late yesterday at Sioux City, dismissing the gambling conspiracy charges against Attorney General Edward L. O'Connor and the perjury charge against State Treasurer Leo J. Wegman. O'Connor is expected to campaign on a "vindication" platform. Announcement Is Brief. Mrs. Miller's announcement was brief: 'After careful consideration," she the the democratic ticket for my present position as secretary of state." She said she intends to campaign on her record in office during the last four years, emphasizing the economy and efficiency of her department and her work to promote highway safety. Mrs. Miller was elected Iowa secretary of state--her first venture into politics--in 1932 and was returned to office in 1934 with the largest majority of any candidate on the democratic ticket. Her home is in. Washington, Iowa. Sponsored License Test Law. She sponsored the drivers'- license examination law in 1933, and saw the state highway safety patrol bill through passage in the forty- sixth general assembly. Mrs. Miller organized the first Iowa Highway Safety patrol placed under her supervision Aug. 1, 1934. It consisted of 15 patrolmen. The present highway patrol which she also organized consists of 53 men. It took to the highways Aug. 1, 1935, under the leadership of Patrol Chief John Hattery. Received Wide Recognition. Mrs. Miller's highway safety work has received national recogni- . tion. She was called to President Roosevelt's National Safety congress in Washington, Dec. 9, 1935, by Secretary of State Roper. At present she is assisting in the development of the Iowa State Safety council. Mrs. Miller has also been active in women's organization work and has served as national and state president of the PEO Sisterhood. Lew Wallace, appointed head of the Iowa motor vehicle department by Mrs. Miller, is president of the National Association of Motor Vehicle administrators, and has aided her in highway safety work in Iowa. Formerly Taught School. Mrs. Miller was born in Washington county. Iowa, the daughter of Nathan L. and Ophelia Smith Bobcock. She is the wife of Alex Miller, editor of the Washington Democrat, newspaper correspondent, lecturer and democratic candidate for governor of Iowa in 1926. Her two daughters. Mrs. George Gallup, wife of the director of the American Institute of Public Opinion, and Mrs. Edward Benson, live in 16S yrars ago. The razor has been j New York City, used and handed down from father | Mrs. Miller was educated in pub- to son for six generations. ' lie schools, Washington academy Senator Hugo Black, for example, as chairman of the senatorial lobby investigating: committee, is more like a prosecutor. Nye is the antithesis of this type. Nevertheless, he gets what he goes after. A Newspaperman. What makes Nye so formidable perhaps is due to the fact that he isn't a lawyer, but a newspaperman. Illustratively, the late Senator Tom Walsh has a great reputation for his inquisitorial successes, as in the Teapot Dome inquiry, and it is true that he was exceptionally able, but his legal training made him very respectful of the rules of evidence. Apparently he would rather do with- fl out information he desired than obtain it through any disregard of all lawyerly technicalities. Nye has no such compunctions. The thing be wants is his "story." and he .doesn't care how he gets it. He was a committee member, by the way, under Walsh's chairmanship, during the Teapot Dome probe, and kept the Montana lawmaker in a constant state of irritation by the questions he kept asking. Answers to them frequently would have been enlightening 1 , but, as Walsh told me at the^ time, a lot of them were "improper." Mistake of Democrats. Where the democratic majority made its capital mistake, of course, was in letting the Dakotan have the chairmanship of the munitions Quiz, " It isn't customary gressional group in power to give chairmanships to members of the minority party, but Nye began the investigation. The majority didn't realize the sensation he would create by it, so they permitted him to take the principal part in running They might have foreseen that he would cause trouble. TEMPERATURES TO RISE SLOWLY ON THE INSIDE WILLIAM R. GREEN lowan Is Author of Original Bonus Bill ON PAGE 7 Propose Probe Giving Aid to M. and St. L. ON PAGE 5 Mitchell Enters Race for Attorney General ON PAGE 3 960 on Iowa's Aged Pension List Have Died :ON PAGES. Permanent Group to Direct Roosevelt Ball ON PAGE 6 Automobiles Marooned in Drifts Mrs. Alex Miller Candidate for Third Term OPPOSITION NOT* LIKELY IN RACE FOR NOMINATION for the con- Same Razor Is Used by Six Generations NEWTON. Kans.. Jan. 23. (.'D-The Rev. R. R. Shrciber shaves daily with a razor purchased by his great-great-great grandfather MOTHER AND FIVE CHILDREN SLAIN Father of Farm Family Sets His House on Fire and Kills Himself. DANVILLE, 111., Jan. 23. (--A farm mother and five children were found dead, apparently murdered, after William A. Albers, father of the family, killed himstlf today at the approach of a party of neighbors. Albers set his farmhouse on fire before shooting himself. Officials said Albers 1 wife and his five children had been dead a week or 10 days, the father continuing- to live in the house. It was the official theory that he killed the six others. Teachers in Sidell high school began the investigation which ended iu today's gruesome solution, when John and Wilfred Albers failed to return to classes after the Christmas holidays. A party of four called to ask why the boys were not in school but Albers refusing admission to the group, said "the entire family is in quarantine in Champaign." Sheriff Roy E. Hess of Paris was asked Wednesday to investigate, but was unable to reach the farm in the blinding snowstorm. Danville attorneys said proceedings were started some time ago for a sanity hearing for Albers, Ed O'Connor Freed, May Seek Office SIOUX CITY, Jan. 23. (If)--Ot- ficial Iowa awaited with interest today possible political developments growing out of the acquittal of Attorney General Edward L. O'Connor on gambling conspiracy charges. Wholly unconfirmed reports at the statehouse in Des Moincs said O'Connor would announce his can, didacy for re-election in a few days as a result of his acquittal. John H. Mitchell, speaker of the last Iowa house, today declared himself a candidate for the democratic nomination for the post O'Connor now holds. A district court jury for O'Connor's second trial returned a verdict of acquittal yesterday at the direction of Judge F. H. Rice. The first trial ended after seven weeks of testimony taking in a hung jury which stood 10 for acquittal and two for conviction. Other Indictments Dropped. At the same time Judge Rice dismissed perjury indictments against Leo J. Wegman, state treasurer; William Arthur, agent for the state bureau of investigation; and Joe Siegel, former Sioux City's beer parlor operator. The same grand jury which indicted O'Connor, his first assistant, Walter F. Maley, and two score others after a prolonged investigation into graft charges brought the. indictments against Wegman, Arthur and Siegel. The cases of Maley and several other "graft" defendants were stayed by the state supreme court :arid.liave_not..corne-.to,. trial., OlCoa? nor stood 1 , separate trial.' Graft Conspiracy Charged. O'Connor, Maley and a majority of those indicted were charged with having participated in a graft . conspiracy which collected $1 a week from slot machine operators for protection from state interference, and levied assessments for gambling protection. The attorney general's trial originally was set for today, but he renewed his request for a new trial yesterday and a jury was seated. County Atty. Maurice E. Rawlings moved for a directed verdict of acquittal. This the judge granted and the jury returned the verdict clearing O'Connor. Cost Over .il2,79J. Judge Rice brought out in the ruling that the cost of the first O'Connor trial amounted to more than 512,791, that all of this has not been paid, and that Woodbury county is required to pay the costs. Another trial would probably cost as much more, the judge said. He said the county attorney does not have any evidence which was Telephone Operator Acts Quickly to Save Mother, 2 Children DUBUQUE, Jan. 23. (.PI--Quick action on the part of a telephone operator here Uiis morning probably saved the lives of a mother and two of her children. Mrs. Theodore Haupert. partially overcome by gas from a faulty furnace, crawled to a telephone in her home, but was unable to talk. A telephone operator notified fire headquarters and firemen arrived in time to revive the woman and children, Richard 4, and Kay 1, with a pulmotor. They will recover. not presented at the first trial, and "does not believe .that under the existing circumstances here is any justification for placing the taxpayers to the additional expense of making search for further or additional evidence." Believed Wegman .Innocent. Judge Rice said that since the county attorney had expressed belief that Wegman was innocent of perjury there would be no chance of proving the defendant guilty. Wegman's indictment was based on his testimony before the Woodbury county grand jury concerning a meeting of the state executive council at which appointment of a special investigator to investigate the grand jury was discussed, and as to the date on which he first saw an affidavit made by Lynn Geil, a state witness. The indictments against Arthur and Siegel were based on testimony they gave to the grand jury about a visit O'Connor was alleged to have made to Hattie shack here. Brown's chicken Search for Corning Man Who Began Walk to Farm Wednesday CORNING, Jan. 23. (.PI--Two hundred men, headed by Sheriff John Angus, are searching today for Wilt Devore, 62, retired farmer, missing since Wednesday morning when he started to walk to his farm one mile northeast of here. Officials expressed fear for his safety, pointing out Devore recently was very ill and the strain of bucking low temperatures, deep snows and a stiff wind might have exhausted him. and Iowa Wcsleyan college. She [ Although he was warmly dressed, taught in public schools before her marriage. She is a member of the Methodist church. Daughters of the American Revolution. Daughters of Union Veterans and the Business and Professional Women's club. officials fear he may have perished. Heavy drifting of snow might have covered his body, they said, although the 200 men have tramped practically the entire roadway and ajoining him. NEW FARM BILL MEETS SHOW OF SENATE DISCORD Members of Committee Believe Act Is Not Constitutional. WASHINGTON, Jan. 23. (.T)_ Discord among- senators over the stop-gap farm subsidy bill and the m u n i t i o n ? investigation burst forth today while the house disputed over allotting $1,000,000 for control of potato production. The administration discovered its AAA substitute would either have to be drawn more strictly or face protests that it does not square with the constitution. A closed senate committee meeting revealed such friction that some members declined even to serve on a subcommittee to study the plan. Senator Smith (D., S. Car.) reluctantly accepted the chairmanship of the subcommittee. McJTnry, Norris Refuse. Smith, who is chairman of the full agriculture committee but who deferred to Senator Bankhead (D., Ala.) to introduce the soil-improving subsidy measure in the senate, told reporters after a closed committee meeting. "I'll support this bill when it conforms to. the constitution." ....Smith ..said Senators McNary.of Oregon; 'the republican leader, and Norris (R., Neb.) declined to serve on the subcommittee of five which was named to study the plan and report back to the full committee by Saturday. Call Wallace, Davis. The subcommittee, composed only of democrats--Smith, Bankhead, Murphy, Iowa; Pope, Idaho; and Hatch New Mexico--immediately went into session and decided to call Secretary Wallace and Chester Davis, who administered AAA, for examination at another closed session. Coincidently, the house agriculture committee, at a closed meeting of the new legislation, decided -to hear Davis tomorrow. Chairman Jones (D.-Texas) said "There will be some changes" in the bill but declined to forecast what they might be. There were indications language might be added to specify that the present measure is to be followed by a permanent program based on state co-operatioin. Insists on More Funds. Senator Nye (R.-N. Dak.) put opponents of the munitions inquiry on notice that he would insist on more funds to carry through. A "violent demand" from the public supported him, he said. The senate itself worked on minor legislation. In the house. Representative Ludlow (D.-Ind.) argued the potato act "is positively on its way out," in urging that no enforcement funds be voted. "There was a time when a million dollars was regarded as an enormous sum," he said. "Here is a chance to do a good turn for the taxpayers by saving a million." Bond Bonus Studied. In downtown departments as he spoke the cash bond bonus bill was being studied for reports to be made to the president. Treasury officials considered how to raise the money in time to start redeeming the vet- ] erans certificates June 15, if the bill becomes law. | Secretary Morgenthau said the situation created by this potential demand for almost 52,500,000.000, on top of some $877,000.000 expected to be. required to straighten out the post-AAA confusion, had his men bending over their desks. In several weeks, he expects to "see things much 'more clearly." Still Be! on Veto. For one hing, it should be clearer then whether new taxes can safely be attempted or it would be simpler to rely on borrowing. And Mr. Roosevelt will have had his say on the bonus. Every one was trying to guess what was in the president's mind with regard to the full payment measure which emerged from congress yesterday and was laid on his desk. Most of his intimates continued "bet" ho would veto the $2,491.000,000 bill which would pay off Scores of automobiles were marooned on ih( highways around Mason City ns result of Wednesday's terrific, storm. The abovi car, found in the middle or the highway nt Central Heights, is an example. Courthouse records showed the car belonged to Val S. Alberry, who lives in Central Heights. (Lock rhoto, Kaycnny Engraving) Body of King George Is Brought Back to London Edward VIII Follows* Sadly After Coffin on Foot. By.BCRDETTE JOHNS; ,,. (Copyright, 1036, by The Associated Frm) LONDON, Jan. 23. Iffl--King j George V came home in death today for last sad rites in the capital of his empire, followed sorrowfully afoot by his first born son, now Edward VIII, the new monarch of Great Britain and her dominions. This morning his body lay in the tiny vine enshrouded church of his Sandringham estate, where he died. This afternoon, brought over the hundred miles to London, it lay in state under the 500 year old arched wooden ceiling of Westminster hall, where George's subjects, until late Monday night, will be permitted to pass in silence to pay their last respects. ditches without finding j?,,500,000 bonus certificates with S50 I bonds cashable after next June 15. Kode Through Streets. On a warm, sunny day last May, King- George, smiling- and buoyantly happy at the outpouring of love and devotion from his subjects in celebration of his silver jubilee, drove with his queen through, the same streets over which he was carried today in death. Today, grim and bleak weather overhung the ancient city. The cheering of eight months ago gave way to murmured prayers: "God rest your majesty." Bright summer garments were supplanted by the deepest mourning. In May, the crowds strained on tiptoe to get a glimpse of the royal pageantry. Today, men and women dropped to their knees and prayed and wept unashamed as the funeral procession passed. Queen at Buckingham. The widowed queen mother, overwrought by grief and despair, had not the strength to follow her late liege's body all the way through the streets on which she once so proudly rode with him. Accompanied by her royal daughter and three daughters-in- law, she retired to Buckingham palace for a half hour's rest before joining her four sons in Westminster hall for the lying-in-state serves. Then. 20 minutes after the body was placed in the purple-draped catafalque. King- Edward, his mother and the rest of the family returned to the palace from the hall. Flag Covers Coffin. An honor guard of ten giant Grenadier guardsmen, each 6 feet 3 inches in height, and a dozen artillerymen--an escort for the funeral gun carriage--provided the sole touch of color for the hour-and-a- half procession. The imperial crown was brought to lie atop the royal standard covering the coffin. Bearded yeomen of the guard in crimson and gold, with their pikes HEAVY mm ON AFRICA FRONT Ethiopians Report Several Thousand Italians Have Been Killed. By ROY P. PORTER Associated Press Staff Writer Stimulated fighting- in northern Ethiopia was reported Thursday in official communiques from both the Italian and Ethiopian governments. The Italian communique said only that a fascist division was engaged in brisk fighting, but the Ethiopian announcement claimed ".several thousand Italians have been killed." There wtre indications that the fighting was somewhere west of Makale in the Terobien region. Another Italo-Ethiopian encounter took place at Geneva, but it was purely pacific and diplomatic. Baron Pompen AJoisi, the Italian representative, reversed his previous precedent by remaining in his seat near the Ethiopian representative when the council considered phases of the war between the two nations. The Halo-Ethiopian war was partially responsible for a flar^up in the league cf nations council earlier when Maxim Litvinoff. foreign commissar of Russia, criticized Italy as "an aggressor nation." Baron Aloisi declared the Russian's language should not be admitted into a council discussion. Win DENVER, Blue Ribbons. Jan. 23. JP)--Gaited saddle horses owned and ridden by Mr. and Mrs. Theodore B. McKee of Muscatine. Iowa, won blue ribbons in the National Western horse show here. MIDWEST STILL HELD IN GRIP OF COLDEST WAVE 26 Below in Mason City as Frigid Wave Moves on Eastward. Mason City and North Iowa were still in the grip ot the winter's coldest wave Thursday, with the promise, however, of rising- temperatures later in the day. The night's minimum of 26 degrees below zero in Mason City was ·f degrees improvement from the cold of the day previous, but the fury of the northwest gale, which added so much to the effectiveness of the cold Wednesday, abated during the night. At 2:30 p. m. the local temperature was 14 below, "Temperatures will rise quite a bit," the Iowa weatherman said, "but they've a long way to go to get back to normal. Northeast Iowa can expect 10 below zero Tr.irsday night and the rest of the state just about zero along with snow." Coldest Since 191.2. The Arctic cold wave which swept the state early Wednesday, bringing the bitterest weather since 1912. rolled on eastward as the night wore away, covering the whole midwest. Joseph Halligan, 39, Mooreland, died in a Fcrt Dodge hospital three hours after he was overcome by cold as he tried to dig an automobile out of a snowdrift. "The heart of the cold," the weatherman explained, "spread out over the Ohio Valley and lost some of its -intensity, .which, is the reason Iowa didn't record its coldest weather of record Wednesday nig-ht, for Iowa was in the center of that frigid blast." Temperatures rose slightly late Wednesday from the lows recorded over the state Wednesday morning and sank but little during tho r.'ght except in the northeast section. Cetlar Rapids 30 Below. Cedar Rapids reported the lowest reading today. 30 degrees below at 6 a. m. After that the mercury started a snail-like climb upwards. Waterloo's low was -27. Charles City reported a minimum of 26. At Charles City the mercury rose five degrees in two hours and at Mason City it stood at 23 below at 8 a. m. Marshalltown, Emmetsburg and Spirit Lake all caught the mercury at 25 below during the night. That was 11 degrees above the 36 below at Emmetsburg early Wednesday which made that point the officially coldest spot in the state. The Spirit Lake low reading was at 7 p. m. Wednesday. By 9 a. m. Thursday the mercury rose to 17 below, 15 degrees higher than the -32 low of Wednesday morning. Some of the town schools in North Iowa which discontinued regular classes Wednesday because of the blizzard resumed sessions Thursday, although attendance was greatly reduced at some points. Some children who attempted to brave the storm Wednesday were kept indoors as frostbitten faces were treated. Rural Schools Closed. The majority of rural schools in this section made plans for holding The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Snnw Thursday night and Friday. Slowly rising temperatures. Al 1 A JN E S O X A: Increasing cloudiness, snow Friday and in west and south Thursday night; slowlv rising temperature. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period pending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday 21 Below Minimum in N'ight 26 Below At 8 A. M., Thursday 23 Below Between 8 and 9 o'clock Wednesday morning, the Globe-Gazette of- Friday, but gave up at- to g-ather Thursday for reversed, and the honorable corps Ificial-type thermometers registered of gentlemen-at-arms, with the 130 below, which was the lowest tcni- points of their halberds touching- the ground, made a splash of color around the purple-draped catafalque, flanked by four candles. On Lutheran Council. BUFFALO. N. Y., Jan. 23. f.-TV- Dr. E. H. Rausch of Duhuque, Iowa, was elected a member of the executive committee of the National Lutheran council in session here. peraturc recorded in downtown Mason City in the 11 years this newspaper has maintained its weather station. At about 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the mercury rose to 21 below and during the night the low mark was 2fi below. Thursday forononn t h r temperature was definitely on thf iiptrrnd hut a subzero minimum for Thursday night seemed certain. sessions tempts studies. Snowplows were out in all North Iowa counties, opening up the highways. Because the strong wind had packed the snow hard, considerable difficulty was reported in getting through. Most north and south main highways were open and east and west roads were being opened. It was expected that some 'sideroads will not be opened for several days yet. State highways in Chickasaw county were open by noon Thursday. The minimum at New Hampton was 28 below zero. Public school attendance at New Hampton was 50 per cent of normal Thursday. Belmond faced a shortage of milk Wednesday, when few dairies could send their-usual shipments to town. The minimum Thursday morning at Belmond was 26 below but the mercury had climbed to 20 below at 7 a. m. East and west highways were blocked but 69, north and south, was open although on much of the road this was only one way traffic. Roads Still Blocked. Clarion's Thursday minimum of 25 below had risen to IS below at 10 o'clock in the morning;. State highways were reported open although county roads u-cre still blocked. All main highways leading out of 1 Mason City were reported"cleared ; Thursday morning as highway com- i mission plows worked a large part

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