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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. XLI FIVE CENTS A. COPX ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1935 THIS PA*ER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 250 lowans in Washington Blackstrap Fighting Word to Fred C. i Gilchrist. By MUNRO KEZEB limn Associated TrM* Correspondent. . A S H I N G T O N , Aug. 1. UP)-Blackstrap mo- lasscg is a fighting expression to Rep r e s e ntative Fred C. Gilchrist, Iowa republican. Almost since the day he came to congress, Gil- Christ has been ready to go to bat for legislation against imp o r t a t i o n of blackstrap molasses into the United States. The r e c e n t house debate over a new federal alcohol control bill gave Gilchrist a chance to fight out the issue on the floor. He lost his battle but he thinks that perhaps the opening-wedge has been driven toward a realization of the importance to the middlewest of a new national attitude toward importation of the low priced product. "I know very little about the whisky industry," Gilchrist told the house, but "there is one thing we all know and must agree to, namely that there is an enormous combine that is controlling blackstrap molasses, and the manufacture of distilled spirits from blackstrap molasses. Controlled in England. "It is, perhaps, the most gigantic trust now in this world. It is controlled by an English syndicate. "These people are also in combine with the Cuban industry that sends over here most of our blackstrap molasses, out of which alcohol is distilled. "I had hope dthat when we came to right the alcohol business after the NRA codes were held unconstitutional some suggestion or some help would be given to those who raise vegetables and grain and who want these vegetables and this grain protected against the blackstrap molasses industry, which comes here .from foreign shores, the excessive profits of which jjo into the pockets 1 of foreign syndicates." Would Forbid Use. Gilchrist elaborated' on various phases of the issue as he tried vainly- to include, in the federal alcohol control regulations provisions which would forbid use of imported blackstrap in American manufactured alcohol. He said "I want the people of the west, of Colorado and other states, who produce molasses to have it used in this alcohol industry if they want it so used. - "I want the people of the south, of Louisiana and other states, to make alcohol if they want to out of their blackstrap. But I would like to prohibit the use of distillation of imported molasses that conies here from foreign countries, from the West Indies and from the Orient, where half caste labor, half civilized labor, is employed in competition with our farm people." "Absolutely Negligible." Gilchrist contended that the present tariffs are "absolutely negligible" but acknowledged efforts to change that situation probably could not be made in the control bill. "If we cut out the use of imported molasses in the distillation of alcohol," he said, "then the product will not raise much in price. Blackstrap was at one time, as you know, a waste or mere garbage, and was considered an expense to the sugar industry. "They now make alcohol out of it and they can and do raise the price of their distilled alcohol up or down to meet the price of-alcohol which is distilled from grain, so that they are just a little bit below grain alcohol at all times, and those of us in the United States who want to use alcohol in industry would have to pay but very little, if anything, more." Declared Honor Man. KLEMME, Aug. 1.--Donald W. Baack, who enlisted in the navy in June at the Mason City recruiting office under Officer O. O. Cleveland, was declared honor man in his company at San Diego, Cal., 'or his work during the month of July. UTILITY ABOLITION VOTED DOWN Recruiting for Ethiopian Army Started T/^Weather HIGH CHIEFS SAY IT PI BE TOO LATE FOR PEACE League Circles Forecast Settlement Plan in Next 24 Hours. ADDIS ABABA, Aug.' 1. Mass recruiting for the Ethiopian army began today in the capital. The recruiting was preceded by a military review and a mass meeting in front of the ministry of war. The action was taken following a war council by the high chiefs of Ethiopia, who were reported tc have told Emperor Haile Selassie they believed "it may be too late now to prevent war." One source said the emperor was gravely concerned by mounting evidence that tens of thousands of his warriors were eager for open hostilities at once to avenge what they regarded as an Italian "slur" on their ancient kingdom. Haile Selassie, apparently anxious to do nothing to increase the tension, rebuked sternly some of the more rash leaders who were understood to have urged a breaking off of diplomatic relations with Italy. Held "Unacceptable" (CopyricM. 1935. by The Associated Press.) GENEVA, Aug. 1. -- Certain league of nations' circles predicted today, following a long distance telephone conference between Premejr. Laval of France "and" Premier Mussolini of Italy, that a formula for the settlement of the Italo-Ethiopian dispute would be agreed upon within 24 hours. The impression grew that II Duce had proved somewhat conciliatory in his talk with Laval. This optimism was expressed despite the fact that only a few hours earlier the Italian delegation to the special session of the league council, summoned to attempt a solution to the crisis, had declared an Anglo-French formula "entirely unacceptable." Prepared Overnight. The formula had been prepared overnight by Anthony Eden of Great Britain and Premier Laval of France. The test of the formula was communicated at once to Premier Mussolini in Italy. A spokesman for the Italian delegation told the Associated Press: "The atmosphere (Turn to rase 3, Column 1) Lobbyist Sought FORECAST IOWA: Local thundcrshowers probable Thursday night and Friday; somewhat cooler in extreme east portion. MINNESOTA: Unsettled, thundershowers probable in west and south portions Thursday night and Friday and in northeast portion Friday; somewhat cooler in extreme east Thursday night. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday 92 Minimum in Nifrht 67 At 8 A. M. Thursday 76 G-Men Will Guard Small Town Banks By WILLIAM M. yiNKEKTON Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON, Aug. l. (.W--The arm of the justice department agent is expected to reach out soon to protect the small town bank, long victimized by America's 5,000 known bank robbers. The "G-Men" who collared nearly 140 robbers of national banks last year, are called upon to shield another 518,000,000,000 (18 billion) under a provision tucked away in the new banking bill, now in conference between senate and house. Extends Protection. The bill extends to all banks insured by the federal deposit insurance corporation the "G-Man" protection given last year to national banks and federal reserve member banks. "Country bankers" have feared, since the federal agents were put on the job last year, that the bank robber, frightened away from "big jame," would redouble his attack on the small town bank. Under the new law, the agents would be given orders to track down robbers who steal any of the $41,000,000,000 (41 billion) deposits in 14,280 banks, national and state. Sharp, Steady Drop. Since the entry of the agents into the bank sector of the war on crime, there has been a sharp and steady drop in the number of bank robberies, justice department figures say. The violent ending of the careers of Dillinger, "pretty Boy" Fioyd, the Barker brothers and other hoodlurns _was one step this campaign. .'"'" ' Bank robberies have decreased more than 50 per cent. The American Bankers' association records disclose that there were 16 robberies a month in 1933. When the federal agents took up the trail of the ,._ T1VTT , 0 . T m -or, bank roDber in 1934. the monthly _,,_ MOINES. Aug. 3. '· fp) --TM- average dropped to 11.1. Seven r. lice reported today that ^o^Falls | mont £ was h ' e rccord for the first half of this year. Fingerprint on Door. A lone fingerprint on a door or Search for Howard C. Hopson, "dominant figure in the As«ochit- ed Gas and Electric system, was placed in the hands of "G-men" by the V. S. senate lobby investigating committee, when testimony before the committee indicated Hopson has been in direct charge of anti-holding company bill activities. The committee received testimony also that Hopson and his private companies had received profits of ijiotiO.OOO a year after stock dividends had ceased. AUTO IS FOUND .JITWFALLS Officers Probing Murder Told Man Asked Directions to Manly. officers have discovered the missing automobile of John LeClair, slain Des Moines garage mechanic. RAIN FALLS AND MORE EXPECTED Slightly Cooler Weather in Iowa Sees Increase in Humidity. DES MOINES, Aug. 1. UF-- Young- August brought rain and slightly cooler weather to Iowa today. A torrential rain of 4.51 inches deluged Atlantic during a severe electrical storm. Unofficial observers said a four inch rain fell at Schleswig, and three inches were reported at Ida Grove. Elsewhere relatively light rains lowered temperatures several degrees, but as the thermometer began to rise again the humidity increased, adding to the discomfort. A welcome rain of .20 of an inch fell in Des Moines last night and today. Sioux City had .16, Council Bluffs, .02. Charles City .01, and a trace fell at Davenport. The weather bureau forecast additional local showers tonight and tomorrow and slightly cooler weather in the extreme eastern portion of the state. Clouds veiled tne sun from most of Iowa today. Weather bureau officials said they expected temperatures to keep within the 100 degree mark. Atlantic reported the highest reading of 101 degrees on the final day of July. Council Bluffs had a top of 100. A new recorded high for the year, 111 degrees, blistered Phillipsburg, Kans. Topeka saw the mercury climb to 106. It was 105 at Lincoln. In contrast to the muggy heat of the midwest. Portland, Ore., had a cool top of 66 degrees. j Reported heat deaths in 11 mid| western states reached 108. Des Moines detectives, Iowa spe- cila agents and fingerprint experts immediately drove to Iowa Falls to check the car and attempt to discover fingerprints, which they hoped would reveal identity of the person who shot the young mechanic and tossed his body into a roadside weed patch early Tuesday. LeClair disappeared from the White Line Transfer company garage, where he was employed, some time after 1:30 a. m., Tuesday. His car also disappeared. . Standing in Driveway. LeClair's car was standing in the driveway of a cornerib belonging to the Farmers Elevator company at Iowa Falls, fairly well screened from the street. Iowa Falls police reported they found no blood stains or other marks of violence upon it. They said the railroad ticket agent reported a man had asked directions for reaching Manly, Tuesday night, which led officers here to the opinion the man they seek might have continued his flight by train. Hunt for Lanninr. Meanwhile detectives continued to search for Donald Lanning, 20, and Lawrence Briscoe, who they said are wanted for questioning. Detective Tom Pettit disclosed Will Hay, Anamosa filling staation operator, tentatively identified Lanning from a picture as the man who drove a car resembling LeClair's into his station at 10 a. m., Tuesday, obtained gas and oil and then threatened Hay with a shotgun as he left without paying. Slough Dragged for Body at Burlington BURLINGTON, Aug. 1. "(.ll-- Search was being continued today for the body of Charles B. Chapman, 32, Burlington milk truck driver, who was drowned when a rowboat sank as he and a compan a fishing trip late ion started on Wednesday in O'Connell's slough two miles north of Burlington. Chapman's companion, Albert Dickson, who dived from the boat and swam safely to shore was helping drag the slough, an inlet of the Mississippi river. Nazi Flag Struck as German Liner Sails money tray may send a bank robber to the penitentiary when tlie agents, with their collection of 5,000,000 prints, start working on the case. Working on 126 bank robberies in the first year of their assignment to this gigantic task, the agents solved 96 of the crimes, officials said by the middle of last June, 6S persons had been convicted, seven had been killed, 63 were still awaiting trial and only one had been acquitted. TAX COLLECTION TO BE CHECKED White Collar Jobless to Be Given Jobs in Seeking Out Evaders. WASHINGTON, Aug. 1. (.-Pi- President Roosevelt today allotted $5,112,125 of work relief funds to the treasury department for a threefold drive to tighten up on tax collection. Included will be an intensive checkup on income tax returns of the "little fellow," and a drive against "evasions" of liquor taxes. White collar jobless will be employed in the work. Officials said they hoped the studies would bring increased tax revenues. The largest allotment was $2,448,290 for a survey of delinquent taxes and "nuisance" tax collections in 2C large cities. The bureau of internal revenue also received $1,577,894 to check small income tax returns; and 51.086.941 for a nationwide study of retail liquor tax evasions. White Collar Projects. Two other white collar projects also received funds, the census bureau getting allotments of $1,804,948 for an alphabetical index of the 1900 census, and 5293,000 to determine any improvement in retail trade during the past two years. The census index is to be used in the government's old age pension program. Coincidentally, Corrington Gill, assistant works progress administrator, announced that a large number of other surveys also would be carried out to provide additional white STREETCARSRUN AGAIN IN OMAHA, COUNCIL BLUFFS Power Line Broken Twice as Strikers Try to Block Move. COUNCIL BLUFFS, Aug. 1. (.-?)--. Streetcar service was resumed on the Council Bluffs to Omaha line of the Omaha and Council Bluffs Street Railway company today after striking organized employes of the company twice broke the power line. Service was suspended on the line July 19 to end rioting here. At 4:20 a. m., the strikers pulled down a trolley pole two blocks west of the barn at twenty-eighth street and Avenue A, breaking the power circuit. Crew Patches Break. A repair crew patched the break without interference from the 20 men who pulled the pole down. The patched wires were attached to another pole by ropes. A short time later the ropes were cut down by the strikers and the repair crew went back to patch the line up a second time. The line was not molested after the second repair job was completed and at 6:15 a. m., the first car, carrying five non-strikers as guards I and followed by an automobile load-1 ed with company police, left the j barn. Traffic Is Light. Passenger traffic on the line was -lightrvthtoughout the morning, the trams carrying an average of three or four persons a trip. As the first cars moved out of the barn a group of 75 to 100 strikers and strike sympathizers booed loudly and a number of women pickets begin singing "America." The song ended with a series of boos. The men made no effort to stop the car or to engage the 30 guards around the car barn in battle. Handbills Distributed. Striking- Council Bluffs streetcar workers last night distributed mimeographed handbills urging their sympathizers to meet at the car barn early today to "stop the trams." City and county officials promptly joined forces in an attempt to prevent violence. Policemen were ordered to report for duty or to hold themselves in readiness. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Joe Perry ordered all his deputies to the barn. They were reinforced with 25 private guards, employed by the Omaha and Council Bluffs Streetcar company. Iowa. Guard Promised. S i m i l a r handbills, distributed Tuesday night by the strikers, brought about 30 persons to the car 'earn yesterday morning but there was no violence as the tram company made no attempt to start streetcar service. Sheriff Perry said that Gov. Clyde Herring of Iowa promised yesterday to bring the national guard here if local law enforcement agencies cannot prevent violence. The streetcar strike here and in Omaha, Nebraska's largest city, involves 268 union employes. It began April 20 and has defied all attempts of settlement by arbitration. Chair Looms GERALD THOMPSON Report Slayings of 5 Mexican Agrarians MEXICO CITY, Aug. 1. I.TI-- Mexico's turbulent political situation produced reports today of the slayings of five Agrarians in the state of Colima. Dispatches from Colima said that the Agrarians were killed. Supposedly in an ambush, while returning to Ocotillo after conferring with President Lazaro Cardenas on Agrarian problems. NEW YORK, Aug. 1. i.Tj--The house had been set up to prevent Hamburg-American 'liner Deutsch- duplication of activities, land sailed for Germany early to- Provide Suitable Moans. day. its nazi swastika flag struck, Declaring that projects of the after police guarded the pier to pre- j type approved by the president to- vent anti-nazi disorders. i (Tim to raft 3, column s Can't Beat It! (E. P. Chase in Atlantic News-Telegraph) The Iowa countryside is certainly a thing of beauty just now, especially since the rains of the past few days. There is no more attractive panorama than that which greets the eye just now as one travels over the Iowa highways. SLAYER IS UNDER DEATH SENTENCE Thompson Found Guilty o: Ravishing and Killing Peoria Girl. PEORTA, Aug. ]. O 1 )--The electric chair loomed for Gerald Thompson, 26, today as atonement for ravishing- and killing Mildred Hallmark, 19 year old convent graduate the night of June 16. Only seven weeks after the girl's battered and denuded body was found in a cemetery ditch, Thompson was under sentence of death ordered by a circuit court jury which deliberated less than four hours last night. Only two ballots were reported taken. Indifferent or evasive during a 10 day thrill filled trial during which his counsel fought to put into the record the defendant's own account of scores of attemts to despoil Peoria women, Thompson broke after the court pronounced sentence. Tears appeared in the toolmaker's eyes as he waited in Judge Joseph E. Bailey's chambers for his return to jail. New Trial Sought. The trial ended with an unusual touch when Judge Daily, unwilling to wait while Ren Thurma.n. Thompson's attorney, was located, entered a motion, for a new trial on behalf of the defendant and set Aug. 12 to hear the plea. Thompson, described by his counsel and a few witnesses as a "sex crazy" youth, appeared bewildered as sat awaiting the verdict. He remained dry eyed and unshaken during the brief polling of the jury, reading of the verdict and the court's motion. Prominent men and women of the city suiTOunded State's Attorney Edwin V. Champion to congratulate him ou outcome of the trial. Claim Sex Insanity. Thurman had offered as the only defense a claim that Thompson WHS insane in matters of sex and sough; to show that incontrollablc desires made him irresponsible, for his attack on the pretty cafeteria hostess. In support of his claim he made an unsuccessful attempt to 'introduce Thompson's diary, and admitted the story of the attack on Miss HaM- mark as contained in the youtli'F 2.500 word confession. Champion fought back with the claim that Thompson was "legally sane." Thompson's confession told of picking up Miss Hallmark as she waited for a streetcar, taking her to a lonely section, beating her into unconsciousness as she resisted nis advances, tearing off her clothes, and then throwing her body into a cemetery ditch. Dwarf Held in Default of $5,000 Bail OSAGE, Aug. 1.--The law took Marshall (Shorty) Bascombe, 27 ·car old dwarf, at whom everybody lad laughed since he was "old :nough to know" seriously today. Lacking $5,000 bond, he was held n jail awaiting a grand jury inves- igation of the shooting of Marie Mcggctt, 24, pretty waitress, who :old" him to "stay away" from her and refused to accept his gifts. He vaived to the grand jury when ar- ·aigned before Justice Donald Che- lock on a charge of assault with in- ent to kill, filed by County Attorney Carl Conway. R. G. Cummings Osage is his attorney. In Critical Condition. The girl, who won a prize in a July 4. beauty contest, was in a crit- cal condition at Nissen hospital here, following the shooting Tuesday night at the Wendell Tubbs residence, where she roomed. The ullet was removed and physicians said she would recover if infection did not result. Bascombe hoped today that she A-ould recover. His ever mounting resentment against the fate that left him 3',« feet tall and the people who looked down and twitted him drained away Tuesday night when he sho~ :he girl from his ambush of jealousy on the front porch of the home where she lived. Doesn't; Blame Girl. "It isn't any of her fault." 'Shorty" said. "Marie's a good kid She didn't know." He told how he had been included on parties which the waitress a 1 , tended. "You couldn't hardly say we. ha ever gone together," he said, "bu she was as nice to me as she wa to any of the others for a while She didn't laug-h at me as much a the others when someone started kidding me about my size like they've done since I was old enough to know. Meant to Kill Self. "But she wouldn't have datej with me when I finally asked her. And she wouldn't take the things I wanted to give her. "I went to her house moaning to kill myself so she could see. But when I saw her sitting there, something came over me. I was ;ad at the whole world. So I shot her instead." County Attorney Conway said today he had talked with Miss Meg gett. Asked to Be Wife. "She told me," he said, "that two weeks ago "Shorty" had asked her to marry him: "It was then, the girl said, she realized how the dwarf felt towards her and told him to keep away." County officials took precuations to prevent Bascombe from attempting to take his own life after he had asked for a gun to kill himself AT LEASTSEVEN DEAD IN WRECK Derailed Freight Catches on Fire and Oil From Tank Cars Feeds Flames. TEMPLE, Texas, Aug. 1. (.P)--At least seven men were believed today to have perished when a Missouri-Kansas-Texas freight train was derailed and caught fire last night near Bruceville, Texas. Eight men, six of them Negroes, were injured when 30 of the 80 cars in the train left the track and piled up along the right-of-way. Oil from several tank cars in the wrecked section fed the flames and rescue workers said they probably would not be able to start clearing away the wreckage until late today. Sheriff W. B. Mobley of Waco, who arrived at the scene soon after the wreck, said survivors told him they were positive seven persons were trapped in the burning cars. All of the members of the crew escaped injury. Two Iowa Counties Get Corn-Hog Checks Bv ASSOCIATED PRESS. HOUSE REJECTS MOVE TO AGREE TO SENATE PLAN Suggested "Whispering Campaign" Against F. R. Revealed. WASHINGTON, Aug. 1. (.Pi- Continuing its opposition to Presi- ent Roosevelt's wishes, the house efused again today to accept the rovisions in the utility bill to abol- sh "unnecessary" holding compan- es. This action was taken in rejecting motion by Chairman Rayburn of the interstate commerce committee o instruct house conferees on the egislation to agree to the section pprovcd by the senate by a one vote largin. Rayburn said if his motion were ejected "we may not" complete ac- ion on the utility bill this session. Vote 155 to 209. Representative Huddleston (D- Ala.) said the issue between the louse and senate bills was "orderly ixecution for mob murder." The vote against the Rayburn mo- ion was announced as 155 to 209. That was a majority of 54 against. Previously the house rejected the abolition clause by a 70 vote major- ty. Today was the first time a roll call was taken, however. Later Huddleston (D-Ala.) offered a motion to instruct the house conferees that they insist on a conference "under just fair conditions" and that they might insist if they see fit that no one be present other than conferees. Point ot Order. Speaker Byrns overruled a point of order raised against the Huddleston motion by Representative Elan- ton (D-Texas) with the declaration "the chair hopes this house has the rig-ht to dictate the conduct of its members in conference." E. P. Cramer, New Jersey advertising man, told senate lobby investigators today he had suggested that utility companies start a "xvhisper- ng- campaign" that President Roosevelt is insane. The suggestion, Cramer testified, was made last March, and was part of a detailed program to defeat the new deal. He said the whispering campaign was not carried out. Paid to Learn Ropes. On the other side of the capitol, .he house lobby committee heard a Chicago utilities official testify he lad paid a Washington lawyer 5500 o teach him his way around Wash- ngton so he could work against the utility holding company bill. In the midst of these developments, the president issued a statement expressing hope that the dispute between Italy and Ethiopia would be adjusted. The house today moved toward de- jate on the new 5270,000.000 tax Dill. Meanwhile, Secretary Morgen- thau declined to tell the senate finance committee whether the measure disregards the president's recommendations. He agreed the treasury would have to be satisfied with whatever bill congress enacted. Bridge Builder Dies. METUCHEN, N. J.. Aug. 1. -·?-- Gustav Lindcnthal, who climaxed his life as a bridge builder by de| signing and constructing the Heli I Gate bridge in New York, died last | night at his home. He was 85. College Education Every year thousands of youths abandon the ambition to enter college merely because they are without accurate information as to present day costs and expenses, or because they fail to realize how ir.ajiy opportunities exist on every campus for financial self-help. ' To assist ambitions and determined youngsters "over the hump" this season, the Globe-Gazette offers a timely new service booklet, "How to Get a College Education.". Just off the press; carries detailed tabulations on tuition fees. board and room, and incidental expenses in all the principal colleges and universities from coast to coast; scores of practical suggestions nn ways and means of financial self- help on the campu?. Inclose 10 cents to cover cost, handling and postage. Use coupon. Additional first payment corn- hog checks were being distributed in "two Iowa counties Wednesday. Humboldt county farmers received checks totalling S2.338, and an ad- j dttiona! 56,000 in checks were received in Monroe county. The second consignment of checks brings Monroe's total to 546,191. The Mason City Globe-Gazette Inormation bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, director, Washington, D. C. In inclose herewith 10 cents In coin (carefully wrapped) for the new booklet, "How to Get a College Education." Name Street. City, Siaie (Mail to Washington, D. C.)

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