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North Iowa's Edited for the Home 'k. 1.1 ' l 'Tf ^ ~ ~ 1 ; r--~r H A R L q N . E R ' H ! S ME...M A R T O E P T O F I O W A ·' MO I N E S I A "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E EDITION VOL XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO. 104 COUNCIL MAY MAKE U PROBE Russell in Hard Luck Man Fired By Power Board Still Out of Job By CHARLES P. STEWART . A S H I N G T O N , Feb. 6. (CPA)-Charles A. Russell was referred to recently in the senate, by several of its members, as having saved the American public $500,000,000. T. h e y added that he was fired for doing it. That he still is out of a job and in hard luck was not mentioned, but he is. In fact, Russell's case is not one to encourage.TJncle Sam's hired man to go to the mat for their boss. Praise from progressive sources is all right, as far as it goes, but it pays no grocery bills. * * * pHARLES A. RUSSELL formerly ^-» was a Montana lawyer. He entered the government service a few years ago on the interstate commerce commission's legal staff. Proving exceptionally capable, he subsequently was made solicitor for the original federal power commission, consisting of the secretaries of war, the interior and agriculture, in connection with their cabinet duties. He was highly efficient in this position, too, but presently it began to be complained that he was unmanageable. * * * ' T O MAKE»the situation'clear: Whenever a private outfit procured the right to develop a government power site, part of the . commission's work was to check ' over the concern's report of its in' vestments In the property, to prevent "padding." This was on the theory that rates to power consumers ought to yield , 'fair dividends on the amount of v \ {Tunv to .Page 8,_ Column 4) ' . . . Marquette's Vision of Waterway Nears Reality EXECUTIVE BODY File FOR JOB, THINKS SENATOR TOLD"BYHAND" Secretary Addresses Group of Deaf Thru Medium of Interpreter. WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. (/P)--Secretary Wilbur chuckled today as he related to friends how swiftly flying fingers wrote into the air yesterday a speech he was delivering. Wilbur was speaking to a group of deaf persons. His audience apparently hung on his words, for the interpreter's nimble hands were kept at full speed and the bright eyes followed the quick digits. Smiles gleamed on the faces of his hearers as Wilbur told them lit; didn't know exactly what he vaa saying to them--that was the interpreter's work--but that if anything wasn't right, to blame it on the translator. The secretary's address was made before inmates of the Columbia institution for. the deaf, on the birthday anniversary of the late Edward Miner Gallaudet, the founder. Bishop's Son Freed of Murder Charges NEW YORK, Feb. 6. UP)--James Matthew Maxon, Jr., bishop's son, today stood acquitted of charges of killing David Paynter, 73, last April 18, in a lodging house brawl. The verdict was returned last evening ay a jury of 12 men, mostly middle- aged executives. LURES OF OTHER PLACES CHANGE POLITICAL MAP Oil, Movies, Sunshine Cause Need of New Apportionment. By LEO RYAN Associated Press Staff Writer. The siren call of grinding wheels, the pot of gold at the gusher's mouth, the glamour of Klieg lights and bright sunshine inviting harried men with graying hair have set state legislative jig-saws awailing this winter to cut a new congressional map of th,e United States. Mostly it is a few of the lustier youngsters of Uncle Sam's family, grown gargantuan in the last 10 years on the pap u of changing times, which make it necessary to alter the representation of 33 states in the national house of representatives. The 193a census taker, as he went his rounds for the first time sines 1920, found that things had been happening. Southern California, once a desert, had become a thickly populated part of the United States. Florida's palms had called some of the people who used to be found upon the middle plains. Don't Like Job. ·""' Detroit, New York and Chicago, where machinery groans and dollars ring, had won many another lad from the milking school. . iThrubut most of the wide belt ot states; between.;.ths :: tw^r-coasts redistricting is felt.to nieaii;dwindling- sectional prestige. Missouri loses three members; Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Pennsylvania lose two each; Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin each lose one. '· California gains nine seats, most of thorn around Los Angeles and Hollywood. Michigan gains four; FILM AIDS "BEER BARON" sa Photo Joe SnHis, known as the "Boer Baron" of Chicago, wns acquitted of a vagrancy charge after he had shown a lilui iii a Chicago court dc- ·picting himself as a farmer. Seated is Judjjo J. F. McCarthy. Standing-, left to right: Assistant States Attorney James Brown; James Burke, Saltis' attorney, nnil Saltis at the movie machine. (Turn (o Fafte 2. Column 3). AUNT HET By Robert Quillen "I ain't never bought knit underwear for Pa since the time I started to pull a thread off of his collar in church an' unraveled him down to the middle." ONLY ONE ROAD FOR SURVIVORS Evacuation of Quake Area Is Carried on Under Great Hardship. NAPIER, .New Zealand, Feb. G. (#)--Evacuation of Napier and Hastings proceeded today attended by almost every conceivable har,d- ship and discouragement. Only one road is open and that is cracked and full of fissures.' It is badly congested with hundreds of vehiclea, all proceeding from the area stricken by Tuesday's earthquake and the tremors which have ceased hardly for an hour since. A number of the dazed and nerve- shattered' refugees, unable to continue along- the " Via Dolor^a" have fallen* by the way an3 died where they fell. Pathetic rude crosses have been placed over shallow graves dug for them.' , Within the two towns the grim work of excavation of bodies of victims and identification is proceeding. In mari^ cases the bodies are so badly crushed that recognition has been impossible and it is believed probable that a number of victims who perished in the falling hotels never will be identified. Forty-eight persons were buried yesterday in a single grave. Eight^ babies have been born to mothers' in a public' park where they went when the tremors forced them from their homes. Securities, deeds and instruments worth millions are believed to have been destroyed in banks and legal offices o£ Napier and Hastings. Anarchist Admits Planning Attempt on Premier's Life ROME, Feb. - 6. UP)--Michele Schirru, arrested Tuesday night for possession of fire'arms and explosives, confessed today, p o l i c e said, that he had planned an attempt on the life of Premier Mussolini. He had brot two high explosive bombs here for that purpose, police said he had told them. B o m b s w e r e found in hotel rooms which he occupied, police said. Schirru who said he was an anarchist was arrested after a gun fight with police and there were rumors at the time that he ha-J planned an attempt on Mussolini's life, but these were denied by tae authorities. The police said Schirru drew a revolver while he was being searched at the police station,"wounded three policemen and attempted Jsuicide, inflicting a serious wound in his head. Police said Schirru was born in Sardina and was a naturalized citizen of the United States. He will be tried by a special tribunal under the defense of the state act which provides a death penalty for the crimes of which he is accused. H. M.USSQLW1. WILL PONCA, CITY, Okla., Feb. 6.-Five thousand feet in the air and Hawkes is starting a dive for the field to land at Ponca City. Played Thursday morning at the best agricultural school in America, Oklahoma A. and M. Their cattle win all the shows, and their boys win all the judging contests. It's not a raccoon coat college. Say what's the news? I don't get to read. We are moving too fast Have the admirals got dressed for Butler's trial yet? How does Mr Hoover stand on prohibition this week? I was down in west Texa: last week and they B.T feeding goats the Wickersham report. Yours, SENATE DICKERS WITH HOUSE TO BREAK IMPASSE Hope for Drought Aid Compromise Still Runs High. W ASHINGTON, Feb. 6. UF)--Sen- ate leaders began bargaining with the chieftains of thejiouse today for a compromise to break the impasse on relief legislation and avert a special session. Hope that a solution for the problem would bo found still ran high. President Hoover maintained his silence on the agreement reached by senate leaders and submitted to him yesterday. The agreement calls for the addition of 525,000,000 to the drought loan fund already approved. This would replace the $25,000,000 appropriation for relief thru the Red Cross demanded by the democrats and approved by the senate. Tydings Flays Brys. , Senator Tydings of Maryland again flayed the drys, asserting it was legal to produce wine in the ome and that the farm board had oaned money to California grape 'rowers, selling a fruit concentrate or this purpose. Senator Sheppard t Texas, a co-author of the .elgh- flenth amendment, took exception. Meanwhile, the house worked on he District of Columbia appropria- ·iontr biH, · planning-.. to - pass, it in ; 'a. snort time and ttch take up.inlScel- laneous .legislation. Republican leaders in both IN JUDGESHIP ROW Ottumwa Man Commits Suicide Because Girl Went With Other Men OTTUMWA, Feb. 6. (JP)--While'a young worhap. companion looked on, Raymond L. Stansberry, 29, former garage owner, committed suicide last night a mile south of Ottumwa. The girl, Feme Hanford, 21, said Stansberry had threatened to kill himself before if she did not quit seeing other men but that she doubted his sincerity. Sheriff Ralph N. Baker accepted the girl's story. POLICE INQUIRE INTO SHOOTING Des Moines Woman Dies After Denying She Had Shot Herself. DES MOINES, Feb. 6. (.T)--Police today began an inquiry into the death of Mrs. Frances Foreman, 26. following an early morning shooting at a friend's apartment last Tuesday. Mrs. . Foreman died last night 1^4 after she had told her sister, Mrs. L. Hadad of Omaha, that she had not shot herself. Previously Mrs. Foreman and other occupants at the apartment at the time of the shooting had said it was a case of suicid'e. SOVIETS SEEK TO Federal judgesliip controversy has been raging: in Washington over Ernest .Michel, above, Minneapolis attorney. Senator Thomas D.Schall, "progressive" republican of Minnesota, Indorsed Michel for a federal judgeship. Attorney General William 0. Mitchell, "conservative 1 ? republican,- also of Minnesota., said he did not bc- lievo Michel tho best man and refused to pass on the selection to President Hoover. The Minnesota, congressional delegation. · ' · baelis "SchaUV:-" : ·'. : " : y : ··--···;^" v ; Big Ships to Sail on Great Lakes, Rivers Most of Work on Dam and Lock Projects Already Let By VICTOR T. HACICLER. CHICAGO, Feb. 6. lfl'1--A vision that Pere Marquelte wrote home about in 1674, a vision of ships of commerce sailing the Great Lakes, threading thru a canal to the Illinois, the Mississippi and the Gu!f of Mexico is Hearing reality. After centuries of planning, some working and much despairing, the waterway conceived by the first white explorers, has entered the final stages of fulfillment in the hands of government engineer and builder. Of the five main dam and lock projects, only one has not been awarded to contractors. Work has been started on two and within the last week the contracts have been let for the other two, calling for the expenditure of more than $1,260,000. Hopes Are High. tranches agreed to expedite action on a $10,000,000 veterans' hospitalization program, recommended by Veterans Administrator Hines in anticipating- for future needs, St. Paul Lease. The Elaine committee investigation of postoffice leases went fur- (Turn to 1'ngc 2, Column 4), Legge Says Russians Aim for Controlling Position in Market. WASHINGTON, Feb. 6.--Chairman Legge of the farm board said today he viewed Russia's official grain exports statement as an indication that the Soviets were turned toward a dominating position In the world wheat market. "The American farmer cannot compete with Russian wheat in the world market," he said, "and if ho attempts to he will have to give up riding around in automobiles" Samuel R. McKelvie, grain member of the board, joined in asserting that American producers could not compete with Russian wheat, because of Russia's "free land and free labor." McKelvie said there was " question but that Russia, with unlimited virgin land, could produce great quantities of wheat, cheaply for many years at least with no labor cost." MAN DROWNS IN BOAT EXPLOSION Several Reported Injured as Glass Bottom Boat Burns, OCALA, Fla., Feb. 6. OT)--One man was drowned and several reported injured today when a glass bottom boat caught fire from a gasoline explosion at Silver .Springs, near here. J. A. Perkins, 65, Oak Park, HI., was drowned when he jumped from another boat during the excitement, vitnesses said. Occupants of the burning boat nlso leaped into the water but all were believed rescued. Ambulances and medical aid hurried to the scene. The extent of injuries was not immediately available. Between 15 and 20 persons were believed .to have been aboard the boat. Nora Springs Defeats Mason City B Five to Open Tournament Here Nora Springs high .school defeated the Mason City B squad basketball team 14 to 9 Friday morning to open the B. class practice tournament at the local high school. Des Moines Man Slays Wife and Commits Suicide DES MOINES, Feb, 6. fi--Win- fred Clemens, 49, today shot and killed his estranged wife, Ada, 42, and then committed suicide, police said. The shooting and suicide occurred on a downtown street as Mrs. Clemens was on her way to work. Police said witnesses told them the couple had separated a week ago and that Clemens shot his wife following 1 an argument. Robert Kelcher, a witness, said that as the couple approached the United laundry where Mrs. Clemens worked, her husband pulled a shotgun from beneath his overcoat and fired at her. Mrs. Clemens started to.grapple with him, Kelcher said, but Clemens gave his wife a violent shove and fired two shots into her body as she fell to th,e ground. He then killed himself. Mrs. Clemens died on the way to tho hospital. "I have the highest hopes," said Lieut. Col. W. C. Weeks, United States engineer, "that the entire project will be open for navigation in the early summer of 1923." Pere Marquette and Louis Joliet In 1673 went up the Illinois and Des Plalnes rivers, carried their canoes across the Chicago portage, lowered them into old Mud Lake ami descended, to Lake Michigan. VTlie next year Pere Marquette wrote back to France , that .here was an Ideal place for a "cut o canal" connecting what he callcc the "Lake of the Illinois" and th river he knew as the "St. Louis. The advantage of being able to bull a boat in Lake Erie and sail it t (Tarn t* Page 2, Column 3). Senate Votes to Take Up Resolution on Tuesday. D ES MOINES, Feb. 6. (A 1 )--Senator C. L. Rigby of Cedar county today proposed that the state executive council, instead of the legislative committee, conduct an investigation of the University of Iowa administration. Rigby filed an amendment to tha house resolution calling for the inquiry. Tha resolution read: "Whereas, the governor of Iowa has, by special message, recommended that tho general assembly investigate rumors reflecting upon the official conduct of tho stato hoard of education and its administration o£ the State University of Iowa and Intended For Task. "Whereas, the legislature of tho state has heretofore made provision for the removal of any appointiva officer by majority vote of tha executive council of the state ot Town, and "Whereas, the general assembly la at the opinion that an investigation \ by a regularly constituted tribunal established for that purpose will better serve the ends of justice and he purposes of the state than an nvestigation made by the general assembly, in the light of the multitudinous duties imposed upon tho general assembly during the briet period that it remains in session: "Now, therefore, be it resolved that the executive council of tha Statp o ? I° w ^ ; I* · heroby reque · "«1 t.a Red Cross Has Relief . Total of $6,511,971 WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. (m-- Red Cross receipts in its drought relief campaign for 510,000,000 today totaled $6,511,971. Eighmey, Former Head of Waterloo Bank, Dies WATERLOO, Feb. 6. UP;--Frank J. Eighmey, 68, former president of the. First National bank, died at 1:40 a. m. today. He underwent an operation on his stomach a week ago. Possibility of Breaks in Drought Seen by Bureau I, GEORGE LAND IN PANAMA Royal Tourists Climb Into Plane for Crossing of Isthmus. COLON, Feb. G. W)--Steaming into this harbor this morning, while the coast guns boomed a salute, the steamship Oropesa came alongside her pier and discharged the Prince of Wales and his brother, Prince George. ^ The royal tourists, who are on, their way to South America for the British trade exposition at Buenos Aires next March, stayed on tho pier only long enough to acknowledge the welcome of diplomatic and military officials. Going to France field, the airport, the brothers climbed into a Pan- American airliner and took off for Panama City. They, will board the Oropesa again at the Pacific end of the Panama canal. BUTLER TRIAL IS NOT FOR RADIOS Effort of Broadcasting Group Meets Cold Turndown From Navy. WASHINGTON, Feb. 6. f/P--The energetic efforts of one of the large broadcasting groups to obtain permission for putting the Butler court, martial on the air have met with a cold turndown at the navy department. Secretary Adams refused to have the trial of the marine general, which will be held in Philadelphia a week from Monday, taken into homes everywhere via microphones and radio receiving sots. Incidentally friends of General "Butler today computed that if the courtmartial resulted in the most severe penalty of dismissal from the service, the marine's remark about Premier Mussolini, of Italy, would cost him just about $100,000. General Butler's base pay is $8,000 a year. He is 49 years old, having served 32 years in the marine corps. A marine officer of Butler's rank is eligible for retirement on request after 30 years of service. His retired pay would be $6,000 a year. If he resigned with the expectation of living to the age of 70, he would receive §120,000 for the 20 years. Dismissal from the service would prevent his receiving retired pay. r , - . - b e filed, before" it again at' the/ "board of education or any of its members, and take such action with respect thereto as may be justified by the evidence." The executive council is composed of the governor, Secretary of State G. C. Greenwnlt, Auditir J. W. Long, Treasurer Ray E. Johnson and Secretary of Agriculture Mark G. Thornburg. Set' Ditto for Debute. The senate previously voted to take lip consideration of the reso- (Xtirn t* 1'nge I, Column B. MINNESOTA HAS 5TH MAIL THEFT Postal Inspectors Co-Operate With Police' to Catch Thieves. RACINE, Minn., Feb. 0. UP)-Thieves stole another mail pouch here early today, the fifth postal robbery in, Minnesota in five days. The pouch carrying letters for local distribution, contained no registered mail, postal authorities .said and the monetary loss was small. Postal inspectors from tho St. Paul office are co-operating with, county and local officers in an effort to apprehend the thieves whosa operations have included St. Paul, Morris, Marshall and Waltham. Rewards of $2,800 are out for tha robbers. DES MOINES, Feb. 6. (^--Possibility of a break in the long winter drought was seen today by the government weather bureau following light sprinkles of rain and snow, reported from various stations, which in some cases continued today. The heaviest precipitation during the night was given as .04 inch at Des Moines with light sprinkles reported at each of Sioux City, Wa- terloo and Council Bluffs. In several instances, the bureau said, the rain was not heavy enough to measure. Rain or snow was looked for over the week-end with temperatures continuing above normal. Before winter returned to normalcy: A pair of wrens in S. F. Peterson's yard in Rock Rapida are recent parents of twins. New Trial for George Huckins Set in March CEDAR; RAPIDS, Feb. 6. im--A new trial for George E. Huckins convicted of-gaining money under false pretenses, has been schedule! for the March term of court, County Attorney Carl Hendrickson. announced. Markets at a Glance , NEW YOUK: Stocks firm; rails ease in late trading. Bonds firm; investment issues fractionally higher. Curb firm; oils and specialties rally. Butter firm. Foreign exchanges strong; Sterling at new 1031 high. Cotton lower; weak cables and local selling. Sugar steady; Cuban buying. Coffee steady; trade support. · CHICAGO: Wheat .easy; forecast heavy snow southwest. Corn steady; unfavorable weather and moderate receipts. Cattle steady; hogs higher. IOWA WEATHER Unsettled Friday night and .^alurday; probably occasional rain except snow or rain in ' north portion; not much change in temperature. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures fof 2'1 hour period ending at 8 o'clocH Friday morning: Maximum Thursday 45 Above Minimum In Night 24 Aliovo At 8 A. M. Friday 2fi Above Friday morning brot the first real snow of February. In large flakes it descended thruout the forenoon. There was a substantial blanket ot white. Some of the flakes were an inch or more in diameter--young snowballs, in fact. Thursday wag both clear and warm.

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