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H I S M E M OF vo I (t A il'l 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 COPV ID PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 30/1936 SECTION ONE NO. 98 Democrats Fear Nye Afraid of What He Will Dig Up in Arms Probe. By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , Jan. 30. (CPA) --Chairman Gerald P. Nye's senate committee on investigation o f the w a r munitions -industry is a c o n s id erable e m b a rrassment to the Roosevelt administration. It is beginning to be recognized by d e m o cratic politicians t h a t they made a serious mistake in permitting a republican (Nye of North Dakota) to be placed at the head of this inquisitorial body. By good rights, partisanly speaking, the chairmanship should hove gone to a democrat. Initially, however Nye suggested the quiz. The democrats failed to realize how effectively it might be developed, and allowed him to be put in charge of it. They confess today that this was a misjudgment. The North Dakotan has made a first-class piece of spec- tacularity out of the inquiry, and, owing nothing to the majority, he is unmanageable. Dispute on Neutrality. The administration would not object to neutrality legislation within what it considers moderation. But it holds that Nye is immoderate. . It's notion is that the white house should be congressionally authorized to define neutrality and enforce it, as per its own definition, very much like President Wilson in World war days. Nye's argument is that Wilsonian neutrality didn't work very well. He insists that congress ought to do the defining in advance, with no option left .to the .president but to stick'.'to' 5 congressional orders.; - HERRING APPEALS TO ROOSEVELT Says German Military Independence Restored ^The'present'-heutraifty law, which expires March 1, isn't very binding. It requires a ban upon American shipments of actual implements of war to foreign belligerents. But cotton, copper, steel, oil and various other commodities are as essential to military operations as guns and prefabricated ammunition. Nye seeks an airtight embargo and is trying to have the neutrality law amended accordingly. The Dakotan is willing that other, non-military stuff and passengers should go to belligerent countries at the shippers' and the passengers' own risk, but he asks that their acceptance of their own risks be more strongly emphasized than hitherto. Would Bar Loans. Also he demands that American loans and credits be cut off from belligerents. One might think that overseas war loans and credits would be barred automatically in any future war, by. the fact that a dozen billions of. them are in default from the last conflict. Is it imaginable that Americans will advance still more money to a group of creditors whose obligations already have been so enormously dishonored? But Nye is taking- no chances even with foolishness. Moreover, he is bringing out the idea that a democratic administration (President . Wilson's) was dragged into the last war as a result of its acquiescence in loans and credits to the European, belligerents. Risky--For Democrats. Democracy might have known, when it permitted Senator Gerald P. Nye to gain control of the munitions investigation, that it was risking grave trouble. Superficially the North Dakota senator is a mild-mannered investigator. As a matter of fact, he is a wily enough senator to be making a reputation as a republican--as a republican chairman of a democratic committee at a critical time in a democratic administration. NEW TAXES AND INFLATION MAIN CAPITOL TOPICS Patman Promises Battle for New Currency to Pay Bonus. WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (/P)--"Inflation or taxes?"---a question high in many legislators' minds--was asked today in connection with the AAA substitute and an appropriation to pay the soldiers bonus. "Taxes," answered Attorney General Cummings insofar as the new farm plan is concerned. A program to provide funds will be sent to congress within a week. "New currency," urged Representative Patman (D-Texas) in the wake of President Roosevelt's request for $2,249,000,000 to pay the bonus. He promised a "battle" to provide the cash by issuing currency against gold now idle in the treasury, instead of borrowing. Monetary Problem. The senate agriculture committee, shoving the subsidy-soil conservation bill toward debate, sent along a statement that the agricultural problem is "very largely a monetary one." Democratic leaders discounted the significance of this, emphasizing that the statement was not a part of the measure itself. Of the presidential request -for Sonus · f undsj'TSpeifcer: Byrns'-'saiij-at bis press conference: May Need Taxes. "If they need the money, congress will have to appropriate it. If they need taxes, congress will have to levy them--ultimately." He decided not to read the appropriation request to the house because he considered it "nothing more than the usual letter." "Wouldn't you, personally, rather not see a tax bill this session?" he wag asked. "Who is it that wouldn't?" the speaker shot back. "Would you say that politics has something to do with congressional reluctance on taxes?" "If I said 'of coruse not,' would you believe m e ? " the speaker chuckled. Has Tax Plan. Byrns said Secretary Morgenthau told him only last night he would not go to the capitol to discuss taxes unless invited, but that he was ready and had some plans. Chairman Doughton of the ways and means committee, has given him no indication Morgenthau might be asked to appear.- Terming the bonus request "no worse than t)ie three or four billions the president is going to come after later in the year," Representative Taber. ranking republican on the appropriations committee, told reporters also: "We can never balance the budget without raising the money for the bonus and that three or four billion." lowan Badly Hurt m Arizona Auto Crash .TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 30. -(.T)-Ben J. Meylink of. Hull. Iowa, is in a critical condition in a hospital here as the result of injuries suffered when the auto in which he was riding with Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rikkers, believed to be of Los Angeles, plunged into an irrigation ditch 20 miles west of here. Meylink and the Rikkers suffered critical head and internal injuries. Youth and Age Battle Zero Cold AVinter's icy blasts have no respect for age. As if in keeping with such an axiom, a candid cameraman in New York found a youth, with blankets wrapped tightly around his body, and age, with a heavy coat thrown over his head--braving the elements. Hartzell Declines to Go on Stand in Drake Trial Firemen Save Autos, Horse, Mule, Rabbits WATERLOO, Jan. 30. (.T)--Firemen saved four automobiles, one horse, one mule and 150 rabbits from fire which destroyed the garage of Ernest L. Power at 2:10 a m. today. Loss was estimated at J200. FOUR BURNED AS FREIGHT ENGINE HITS PASSENGER BOONE, Jan, 30. (H)--Four dining car employes were burned, one possibly fatally, when a North Western freight locomotive rammed a westbound passenger train near here today and toppled over several cars which caught fire. Names of the injured, who were removed to a Boone hospital, were not learned immediately. They included two cooks and two porters on the passenger train. No. 15, | westbound, Chicago to Denver. j The most seriously injured, third j cook on the diner, suffered burns about the body. Passengers on No. 15 were shaken when the freight plunged into their train. Windows in the third coach, first hit, were shattered, the diner was overturned and the freight stopped just after hitting the last car of No. 15, a sleeper. The Boone fire department was called to fight the blaze. 21 Defendants Out of* Original 41 Left as Defense Rests. CHICAGO, Jan. 30. JP--The defense rested today'after Oscar Hart. "Drake syndicate," 'declined' to take the stand in the federal trial of the managers and collectors charged with defrauding mid-westerners of $1,350,000 in the "Drake swindle." Twenty-one defendants remained of the 41 who went to trial before Judge Philip L. Sullivan early in November. Judge Sullivan entered directed verdicts of acquittal for 20. The case is being heard by a jury. The indictments charged use of the mails to defraud. Hartzel, convicted in a similar case in Sioux City, in 1933, and his brother, Canfield, are principal defendants. For Legal Expenses. More than 70,000 "investors" donated money to the Hartzells and their associates, the government charged, for "legal expenses" incidental to the procuring of the estate of the Elizabethan gentleman pirate, Sir Francis Drake. Otto Yant of Manson, Iowa, one of the last to take the witness stand before defense attorneys announced they had completed their case, indicated in his testimony the confidence of the Drake donators in their 5,000 to 1 gamble. When Oscar Hartzell was indicted in Iowa, he testified contributors from many states poured additional money into the syndicate headquarters for a defense fund for the man REOPENS PROBE Governor Reiterates Beliej Kidnaping Was Not One Man Job. TRENTON, N. J., Jan. 30. (!PI-Gov. Harold G. Hoffman virtually reopened the investigation of the kidnaping and slaying of Charles A. Lindbergh. Jr., today. The action was taken two weeks from the day he granted Bruno Richard Hauptmann, convicted murderer of the child, a 30 day reprieve from execution in the electric chair. In a letter to Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, superintendent of the New Jersey state police -- the body of men which played an important role in the crime and Hauptmann investigation of the the apprehension of -the governor reiter- the government accused of cheating them. About S70,QOO came in for the defense fund, he said. In Safe Deposit Box. "To the best of my knowledge about 550,000 went into a safe deposit box." Yant said. The difference between the two figures was not explained. Prosecutor Austin Hall brought out that after Oscar Hartzell's entry into Leavenworth penitentiary, he worked under orders sent from New Yok by his brother, Canfield. The "Drake syndicate" contended that the estate had not been given the rightful heirs, but had been handed down for generations. in a family not entitled to it. Grown to billions over a period of centuries, the story continued, the estate has been trace! by Hartzell to a true descendant of the sea rover, who had signed it over to Oscar Hartzell for a modest consideration. HITLER SPEAKS ON THREE YEARS OF NAZI CONTROL Nation C e l e b r a t e s on Anniversary of Rise to Power. By WADE WKKNER Associated Press Foreign Staff. BERLIN. J a n . 30. (.T 1 )-- Reichs- fuchrer Hitler declared to the German people today: "Whoever opposes us now does it not because we are nazis but because- we restored military independence to ermany." His statement marked the national celebration of the third anniversary of Adolf Hitler's installa- :ion as chancellor 3f Germany. Twenty - s i x thousand of his nazi storm troop i-eterans assembled from all a v e r Germany stood before him as he spoke from the steps of the Did museum on the. edge of the ated his often expressed view that he does not believe the kidnaping ' was the work of one person alone. He called upon the head of the state police to continue "a thorough and impartial search" for ."every person connected" with the kidnap- murder of the Lindbergh baby. "The crime was a horrible one that shocked the world," read the governor's letter, "and no person connected in any way with it should receive sympathy--or escape punishment." The governor said he didn't believe the crime was committeed by "any one man." and said there was "ample evidence, direct from the record, that the chief witnesses and those who were engaged in the prosecution share my belief." Gets 4 Year Sentence. WAHOO, Nebr., Jan. 30. (.Pi- Pleading guilty to robbing a boxcar at Ashland, Clyde Leftridge, 30, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced by District Judge H. D. Landis to four years in the slate penitentiary. Iowa, Delegates Robbed. WASHINGTON, Jan. 30. vP--An armed bandit held up and robbed John Conn and Thomas Sellers, Iowa delegate* to the United Mine Workers convention, of $218. Talmadge Followers Seek Plan to Push Him for Nomination MACON, Ga., Jan. 30. IS"*--Followers of Gov. Eugene Talmadge sought a plan today to further him as a democratic presidential possibility on the strength of the grass roots rally which invited him to become a candidate. "We are trying to work out some practical plan to put Gene before the American people," said Hugh Howell, c h a i r m a n of the Georgia ·state democratic committee. The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Fair Thursday night and Friday except snow in extreme west portion Friday afternoon. Colrter in central and cast portions Thursday night. Rising temperatures in west Friday. MINNESOTA: Fair Thursday night and Friday; colder in enst. Thursday night: continued cold Friday. 'IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday Zero Minimum in Night G Below At 8 A. M. Thursday .. 3 Below. Wednesday night's minimum was the highest recorded in a fortnight of what will go down in history as one of the most prolonged cold stretches ever known in Iowa. Thursday forenoon a brisk wind had taken control of the situation and loose snow was being swirled about, blizzardlike Adolf Hitler Hundreds of thousands of other brownshirts stood at -attention around radio loud speakers throughout the reich to hear their leader's words. Have Had Confidence. "Others are surprised at the miracle of Jan. 30, 1933," said Hitler. "Not we. For more than a decade we had looked forward to it confidently. x x x "All that I am, I am through you; all that you are, you are through me. Never has there been a closer bond between a leader and followers than between you and me." The reichsfuehrer's speech was preceded by a brief address by Pa.u! Joseph Goebbels, minister of propaganda, who declared he was proud to say t h a t Berlin now was a German city after having eliminated Jews and Marxists. G-oebbels reviewed the events of three years ago when the late President Paul von Hindenburg entrusted the chancellorship to the nazi leader. Tribute to Troopers. The propaganda minister paid tribute to the storm troops as "the conscience of the national social socialist revolution." He added: "The storm troop organization accompanies its leader to its last breath in his difficult task, with its love and boundless faith in him." Hitler spoke 25 minutes in all while his uniformed followers stood rigidly before him. "We seek peace because we love it," the.reichsfuehrer declared. "But we insist on our honor because we do not live without it. Whoever believes he can deal with us as slaves will find we are the most obstinate people imaginable. We are no longer defenseless helots (slaves) but self confident world citizens, x x x Unity Into Germany. "Never in the history of Germany has approximately as much been accomplished as in the three years of our regime." Hitler claimed for the nazi movement that it "has brought unity into the nation." Then Hitler told his men: "Our movement no longer depends upon one person. I was merely one clarion voice which called to millions You, my storm troop comrades, arc the guarantors of the future." ON THE INSIDE GOV. ALFRED M. LANDON Kansans Hail Landon for U. S. Presidency ON PAGE 2 lake 507 Game Law Arrests in 2 Months ON STATE PAGE Committee Approves Munitions Probe Funds ON PAGE 7 Truckers' Attend First Traffic School Session ON PAGE 11 Lindberghs Left U. S. to Avoid Camera Men EYE OBSERVING, PAGE 4 Drifts Piled Up on North Iowa's Roads Highways were drifting badly in this area Thursday afternoon as a northwest wind fanned the snow into the cuts recently made by snowplows, adding to the problem of both state highway commission the roads and county in keeping open. At 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon primary roads were reported open we have received no for traffic. "At least SITUATION OVER EUROPE QUIETED Secret Political Talks Held by Eden With Visiting Dignitaries. By CHARLES P. NUTTER (Copyright, 193(3. by Tlio Associated Vress) LONDON, Jan. 30.--An authorita- :ive source said today the secret lolitical talks Anthony Eden, foreign secretary, has held with visit- ng dignitaries during the last few days have successfully quieted the olitical situation in western Europe. These talks, according to this au- hority. have strengthened a British belief that there is no likelihood of .ny thrust by Germany into the demilitarized Rhineland. Belief of Fenr.e. It was indicated that this belief peace, for the present at least, is ,he result of conversations Eden had with Pierre-Etienne Flandin, foreign minister of France, and Konstantin von Neurath, foreign minister of .ermany. No specific assurances were exchanged in these talks, it was asserted, but definite progress was made to allay the existing suspicion. The net results of the talks appeared to be von Neuratb's reaffir- nation of German loyalty and support of the Locarno pact, indicating that Reichsfuehrer Hitler is not prepared to scrap it by a coup in the Rhineland. Reassure von Neurath. For their part, the British were reassured von not tampering with the Locarno pact through any exclusive bilateral pact with France. I The latter point was specified to word that any of the roads were blocked,' 1 said Raymond Zack, district engineer of the hgihway commission. The highway commission officers ventured no prediction, however, on how long roads would remain passable if drifting continued. Plows were being kept in readiness and in operation where needed. Plows Have Trouble. County plows were encountering difficulty with the constantly drifting snow, which was filling up the narrow cuts and making most of the roads impassable. School at Thornton was dismissed at 10:30 o'clock Thursday morning when drifting of roads became severe and it was feared that otherwise the children could not be taken to their farm homes. When bus drivers of the consolidated system made their rounds Thursday to pick up I lie children, they encountered considerable difficulty but were anxious to prevent any greater number of absences in the schools. ,, Thornton schools had, been, .closed .since Tuesday and already a week had been missed. Several rural schools in the Thornton vicinity were closed Thursday on the way to Meservey but the operators said the snow was drifting back over the roads nearly as soon as they could clear it up. Plymouth School Closed. At Plymouth, where many days of school have been missed, the school had been closed because of coal shortage and several cases of illness. Weather conditions over Marshall, Hardin and Grundy counties were reported at noon to be the most trying of the winter. With the mercury at 1 below at noon, a high northwest wind was causing roads to drift full again and motorists reported that at times it was impossible to see half a dozen feet ahead. Consolidated schools at Liscomb, Union, Green Mountain, Albion and Beaman were closed early in the day and parents drove to the schools in'bobsleds for their children rather than wait for school buses. Many j work crews employed in the oper. were discharged from work during understood to have Neuralh they were rj . 1 I 1 U 1 H L L C I U U I I I L w n.7 .IJJCV^llltu \.ir He said that sacrificesj must, be , R Gcrmanv further that the re- nde in the future bin that there t Uia , m i l itary aid understand- ^.. ^ _. .«..i-. n tnn 01ir«l C a r T l f l J ^ n C *^IH. Ill i.tfci.1'.* * J the morning. 3S"o End to Cold. SAYS DANGER OF COAL SHORTAGE IN IOWA ACUTE Reports Denied in Towns Claimed Faced With Lack of Fuel. DES MOINES, Jan. 30. (.T)--Gov. Clyde L. Herring appealed to President Roosevelt today for aid in averting an acute coal shortage in Iowa. The governor telephoned the president and asked him to intercede with John L. Lewis. United Mine Workers of America president, who Monday refused to allow Iowa union miners to extend their 35 hour work week in order to increase coal production. Herring turned to Roosevelt after conferring with seven coal operators, who told him that if Iowa miners would work Saturday mining coal for relief agencies, the prospect of serious suffering from lack or fuel would be averted, To Appeal Personally. The governor said if President Roosevelt prevailed upon Lewis to relax the union miners' contract he would appeal personally to Iowa miners, asking them to work Saturday. Meanwhile, reports from some of the cities allegedly suffering from or in danger of a coal shortage indicated that the situation was much exaggerated. Several, including Waterloo, Fort Dodge and Council Bluffs, reported there was no shortage at present and not likely to be one. Before agreeing to carry the Iowa ^emergency to Washington, Governor Herring' asked the operators why they were unwilling to put the 2,000 miners union officials claim are unemployed to work. Virtually Jtmpossible. Sam Ballantyne, Iowa coal optra- tors association president, told the governor this would be virtually impossible, explaining each miner has his own territory in the shift to work and is paid on the basis of the amount of coal he digs. If an extra shift is put on Saturday, the coal the regular miners have "shot" but not removed Friday night will just be so much profit to the extra shift, he said. Other operators declared they believed the estimate of 2,000 unemployed is an exaggeration. Has Some Foundation. Governor Herring said Ballantyne's argument apparently had some foundation, as he had received a telephone call from the operator of the "Old King Cole" mine at Centerville. Informing him that this mine put on a 25 man night shift Tuesday night and that the next day the 100 regularly employed miners refused to work until the night shift was discontinued. The conference brought forth pointed comment concerning the now was a guarantee such sacrifices would not be in vain. Meanwhile, the end of the bitter, below zero cold wave still was not in sight, the weatherman reported as he forecast a temperature retreat to 20 below zero for Thursday night. Temperatures Wednesday night kept on speaking terms with the plus side of the thermometer, sinking- to a mere 10 below at Charles City, to 8 below at Davenport, Dubuque and Keokuk, 5 below at Des Moines and 4 below at Sioux City and Council Bluffs. Mason City had a 6 below minimum after a high of zero on Wednesday. It was 5 below at noon and rose to 3 below at 2:30 p. m. Io«-a Skies Clear. Skies were clear Thursday over the entire state, the weatherman said, but there's a new high pressure area sliding in from northwest Canada to give the mercury another sinking spell. Snow Friday will bring a temperature rise in western the weatherman said. The 20 below reading Thursday night was expected in the northeast section. The northwest was ex- slow Iowa. Emmetsburg Man Fractures Skull and Shoulder in Tumble EMMETSBURG. Jan. 30. (/Pi- Worry piles up for Bert Higgins, 29, Emmetsburg clothing salesman. It was cold in the house so he decided to fix the furnace. ing reached between Great Britain and France was only concerned with Italy and did not involve any understanding affecting Germany or future developments. Seven to Seek Job of Clinton Postmaster WASHINGTON, Jan. 30. (.T)--The civil service commission announced that seven Clinton, Iowa, residents I have filed applications to take post- Guffey Coal act, which limits miners to 35 hour work weeks: Herring at first suggested asking Harry Hopkins, federal relief administrator, to appeal to Lewis, but C. T. Carney, an operator, said he believed an appeal through the president would be more effective because Lewis "is in great debt to the administration." Is In Washington. "Of course," commented Herring, "Hopkins can tell Lewis about the Iowa emergency, but you must remember Frank Wilson, Iowa mine union president, is in Washington, D. C.. and he can tell Lewis about these 2,000 unemployed miners." The operators assured the governor that if miners worked Saturday and got out enough coal to care for relief orders an acute shortage and its resulting suffering could be averted. Herring assured the operators in turn that -temporary extension of the work week only could be accomplished "in the name of a relief emergency." The governor alpo wanted to know why you operators have made no bv secuon. me nnnnw^i. »u * preparation for an -emergency pected to record In helow and the ', ', , __..»,. u.,i» ,,« ,,.- M » l « !,, 0-ot nff ?lonn f? cnal - . _ . _ south half of the stats to get off with 10 below. ! Taxicab Too Slow to Beat Stork at Boone BOONE, Jan. 30. (.Pi--A taxicab driver drove as fast as he could over slippery streets and through below zero temperature here early today, but it wasn't fast enough to beat the stork. Before thf cab arrived at the hospital, Mrs. Ralph Clark save birth Descending the basement steps master examinations. They are Har- he simnbirrt and fractured his skull I ry C. Kreim. Mrs. Evangeline N. , , . and shoulder. ; Drresen, Otto H. Henningsen, P e t e r ! \n a baby girl. Physicians said both Physicians said his condition i s j H a t z o n . Marvin J. .lacohscn, Joseph · Mrs. Clark and her baby are "doing critical ' F. Cahill, William L. Northrop. ! well." ring Out put Cut Down. "The Guffcy bill," replied John Shuler, Des Moines operator, cut us down to 35 hours of mining a week and we can't turn out as much coal as needed." Other operators pointed out that Iowa coal does not store well: that the Iowa market is off in summer and that this emergency could not be foreseen. "Besides," commented A. E. Hollingsworth, Des Moines operator, "we weren't getting government loans to enable us to store coal.' He also explained that before thn heavy snows m a n y lowans were getting non-union mined coal hy truck from Missouri. Now that it

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