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February 13, 1936

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E R ' U S M E M !. i · T O f · · 3 M-1 I · A il · K A NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH lOWAN'S NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A COPX ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. no Norris May Have Effect His Jab at Farley Nonpartisan in Character. DICKINSON OUT FOR PRESIDENCY By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , (CPA)-- Senator George W. Morris' warning that James A. Farley, as p o s t m a s t e r general, will cost President Roosevelt "millions of votes" next November is a suggestion that plen- 1 ty of democratic politicians wish the white house would heed. On the other hand there are competent political judges who believe it is too late to unload Farley now. They wanted him jettisoned a couple of years ago, which would have given the public some time to forget his cabinet connection. At the present writing, however, they reason that the damage he has done cannot be repaired, and that dumping him overboard simply would amount to an admission that it ought to have been done sooner. No one else could have deplored the postmaster general nearly as effectively as the Nebraska senator. Pro-administration democrats cannot afford to deplore him at all. Norris Is Impartial. It is taken for granted that insurgent democratic statesmanship will deplore him; that brand of criticism discounts itself. Republican criticism also is recognized as to be expected. But Senator Norris certainly is impartial. I'd use the word "honest," but I don't like to imply that the others are DIS-honest. Rather they are open to the suspicion of bias, which he isn't. At 74, it is not even assured that he is a candidate for re-election to the senate, though as good an authority as President Rooseyelt says 'that Nebraska-.. should - continue senainjrhini to'Washington as long as he lives. He is not an insurgent democrat; he has always been elected as a republican, though in reality an independent Yet he is a pro- Roosevelt independent. Notwithstanding his objection to Farley, he still is pro-Roosevelt. Indeed, he complains of Farley far less for himself alone than because he considers him a new deal blight and peril. Roosevelt in Agreement. The queerest part of it is that President Roosevelt apparently has been from the first in agreemenl with Norris on the proposition thai politics and public office should not TRAINS BEGIN TO CATCH OP WITH MAIL, EXPRESS State Gets More Snow but Predicted Cold Wave Absent. Several carloads of coal arrived m Mason City Thursday from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky fields, while the repair of a breakdown on a Rock Island passenger train at Garden City. 67 miles south, paved the way for large shipments lowan Presidential Candidate his term the president mix. Early . established the rule that chairmen of state democratic party committees must not accept federal appointments without surrendering their chairmanships. Otherwise, as he justly pointed out, they would be open to the charge of filling merit positions with political favorites. As a matter of fact, several state chairmen were compelled" to resign their chairmanships, to qualify for federal posts that they coveted. But, from the beginning of the Roosevelt administration its national political chairman, James A. Farley, of 48 times the importance of any single state chairman, has functioned as postmaster general. Postal Service Neglected. In the meantime the postal service, neglected utterly as a service, has gone completely to hades. Anyone who relies on a daily handful of mail is aware how hopelessly it is disorganized. Many patrons thought that its efficiency had hit a minimum low under Walter Brown, Farley predecessor; they know better under .'Farley. Brown surely did do his best toward subordinating the postal service to politics. But he was an amateur in comparison with Farley. The postal rank-and-file has fought like blazes to maintain its integrity. It is to the clerks and messengers and carriers that the public is indebted whatever. to any service out of the southern part of the state for arrival here Friday. Meanwhile railroads in general were beginning to catch up on the delivery of the huge accumulated quantities of mail and express and nearing normal schedules of operation. An inch and a half fall of snow during the night, apparently was no hindrance to motor traffic Thursday. Rising temperatures Thursday indicated the predicted cold wave missed North Iowa. From a minimum 01 zero during the night, th* mercury rose to 7 degrees above zero at S o'clock. Train Expected. No. 17. Rock Island passenger train, which was scheduled to arrive in Mason City at 3:30 o'clock Thursday morning^ was slated for shortly before 3 o'clock in the afternoon, following the repair of the broken drawbar. No. 32, southbound train, which ordinarily passes No. 17 in Mason City, had to be taken around by Nora Springs, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and West Liberty to get to ·Des Moines.- .--'-*·. , . _ . ..-. The Rock Island, has received/five carloads "of coal, three cars coming up by way of Nora Springs and Manly and two by way of Duluth. A number of cars of coal were included in a freight train on the North Western, three of them consigned to Mason City and others to points farther north. Three Hours Late. The North Western's morning passenger was three hours 'ate. cue as much to the heavy accunvhation.s of mail and express as to the added fall of snow, officials stated. The Great Western announced the opening 1 of the last blockade of ;-now below Clarion making it possible to operate from Minneapolis to Council Bluffs. Freight trains have been in operation on the road both ways as far as Clarion. The southbouno passenger due at 1 a. m., was two hours late Thursday. The M. and St. L. was getting back to normal operation of freight and passenger trains. It received three carloads of coal Thursday, one from Iowa mines and two of steam coal from Indiana for the city water works. On the Milwaukee line No. 11 from Chicago, due at 4:25 a, m., arrived at 5:50 a. m., while the 9:10 a. m. train was two hours late. The eastbound train Wednesday night was three hours late. Watch for Drifts. Although continuing to have their eyes on roads that have been cleared because of the disposition of the recently fallen snow to drift, highway commission engineers continued Thursday to open new highways. The rotary plow, which has to do the heavy work in several North Iowa counties, was Thursday battling its way south from Clear Lake to Thornton, after having cleared the mammoth drifts from the highway around Clear Lake to Bayside Wednesday. After the rotary has cleared this road, it will have the primary highway situation well in hand in Cerro Gordo county and probably will go into Hancock to open up the roadway from Britt to Crystal Lake and Woden. Two Plows Busy. The highway commission kept two plows on the main highways out of Mason City, one going north i and south and the other east and west. Attention was called to the fact that the roads are still only onewa.y lanes and prospects are they will remain so for some time. The only piow that could widen the path through the big canyons of snow is the rotary plow and it has some two weeks' of work to be done in other parts of the district before it can turn to the task of widening the openings. The county also is making excellent progress in the battle with snow, considering the mammoth proportions of the task. One of the county plows reaching Rock Falls Wednesday and Thursday was assigned to open up the road from No. 65 east to Cameron SENATOR LESTER .1. DICKINSON EMBARGO ON OIL HELD UNLIKELY U. S. Unwillingness to Take Part Is Expected to Block Action. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Observers at Geneva said Thursday they believed an embargo by the league of nations against oil shipments was unlikely in view of the improbality that the United States government would take part in such an embargo. League experts, investigating whether such a new sanction would serve to interfere with Italy's campaign against Ethiopia, decided that |«nd Hanford. Another plow, which ton, was remaining in the Thornton vicinity, cleaning up rural roads. · ·:', . - ,_Ventura Roads .Open;; r -A 'third plow stationed in the west part of the county has opened up roads 8 miles north and 5 miles south of Ventura and also pushed 6 miles north from the fish hatchery toward Fertile. "It would have been impossible for us to make the progress we have made without the excellent assistance we have received from farmers in the sections where w-e have operated," said R. E. Robertson, county engineer. "This volunteer help has made it possible to shovel off the crust on :op of the drifts and thus making it possible for us to get through at a much more rapid rate. I certainly want to express my appreciation to those people who have helped." One of the significant incidents of voluntary help was the work of 65 shovelers out of Thornton, who met the plow as it worked west from Rockwell. Bus drivers found the snow was drifting in places Thursday, but continued their scheduled routes. No Iowa Cold Wave. The Iowa cold wave expected early Thursday "went to pieces" Wednesday night, but snow continued falling over much of the state and the threat of drifting winds remained to worry railroad and highway men. "A low pressure area which moved in from the southwest," the weatherman explained, "proved stronger than the high pressure area from the northwest and the high disintegrated. "Hence temperatures held above zero over most of the state early Thursday, so far above on the average that it was the warmest night Iowa has experienced since Jan. 22 when winter laid down this barrage of snow and cold we've been having." Snow fell intermittently over Iowa throughout the night. The new blanket ranged from an inch up to four inches. Winds Grow Stronger. The weatherman expected north erly winds to grow stronger as the day progressed, becoming "fresh to strong," and a "fresh to strong" wind ranged from 7 to 25 miles an hour, sufficient to produce considerable drifting. Temperatures would hold up within striking distance, of zero Thursday night, he forecast, sinking to a mere 10 below in the northwest, five below in the northeast, and holding at 7.ero in the southwest. The southeast probably would "bask." the weatherman quipped, in 10 above weather." Spirit Lake Low. Spirit Lake's -7 was the lowest temperature reported early Thursday. Sioux City came next with -4. Mason City had a zero, but the temperature here was up to 8 above at 8 a. m. Fort Dodge reported 1 below. From there on minimum temperatures mounted rapidly, Council Bluffs reporting 2 above: Charles City, 4 above; Ottumwa, 5 above; Waterloo, 6 above; Clinton, 7 above; catine, 18 above and Davenport, 21 "But there's -still a cold wave lurking in western Canada," the weatherman warned, "and it may get down this way i n - a couple of days." Reports on new snow Wednesday and Wednesday night were: Charles City 3.5 inches; Fort Dodge 2 inches; Ottumwa 1 inch; Waterloo 1 inch; Cedar Rapids 1 inch; Clinton 2 inches; Council Bluffs 2',i inches; Marshalltown 3. inches; Centerville 1 inch: Muscatine 1 inch; Des Moines 1.5 inches; Davenport 1.3 inches; Mason City 1.5 inches. The first Great Western train to reach Fort Dodge from Minneapolis pulled in there Thursday morning At Nashua, fear of fire mounted as the city water supply was shul off after the main water pipe froze It must remain shut off until repairs can be made. PAN SAYS HE WILL NOT ENTER ANY PRIMARIES Does Not Expect Much Opposition to Senate Nomination. GREENSBORO, N. Car., .'T-- cnator L. J. Dickinson (R-Iowa) Thursday tossed his hat into the republican presidential nomination ·ing. but with the announcement he would not seek pledged delegates. Here for a Lincoln day speech Wednesday night, the temporary chairman of the republican national convention in 1932. naid in an in- crview that he was an aspirant for the nomination, but would not enter any primary. "I do not wP.nt pledged delegations," he said. "If I am nominated for president, I desire it to be because the people believe I am the man who should be nominated and the type that can beat combat the ·nan in the white house and prevent he catastrophe that would follow lis re-election. Up for Re-Election. "I come up for re-election in the senate in Iowa. Our primary is June 1 and the republican convention will open in Cleveland June S. 1 do not expect any serious opposition to my rcnomination to the senate. "I plan to spend much of the time between now and June in Iowa, campaigning 1 for re-eJcction to the senate and for the republican party in that slate. "Then I shall visit in other states, trying to make friends, just as I am here trying- to make friends. I am,.confident-that.the delegations named to the republican convention from Iowa will be my friends, and that they will be ready to bat'tle for my nomination. Battle in Primaries. "Other candidates may go ahead battling in primaries for votes. I do not want anyone at the convention to be forced to vote for me because he is so instructed. I want him to do so because he thinks I am the man. "My experience has been that you cannot possibly enter primaries for the nomination without making enemies. I do not want to have any enemies when the convention convenes." R. M. Evans Waiting for Corn-Hog Orders DES MOINES, JH--R. M. Evans chairman of the Iowa corn-hog board, returned from his home af Laurens to Des Moines to await thi go ahead order from treasury offi cials to resume the audit of 193.') Iowa corn-hog contracts still unpaid. State Commission Must Pay Expenses of County Old Age Pension Boards DES MOINES, (/PI--The state supreme court Thursday ruled that the state old age assistance commission must pay the expenses of county old age pension boards. Its conclusion was reached .in interpreting a section of the state old age assistance law stating that the commission must pay the pensions of aged needy and "other expenditures provided for in this act." The supreme court held that provision was made in that section for the necessary traveling expenditures of the county boards and salaries of local investigators which the board was empowered to cm- ploy. The opinion by Justice J. M. Parsons, with six "justices concurring, stated that the case came before the court for interpretation of provisions of the old age pension law. Ditty °r Commission. A f t e r declaring 1 validity of the section holding the state commission liable for expenses the opinion added: "So if the bill presented is a proper bill it was the duty the. board of supervisors to not of pay it' but the duty of the commission to pay it." The supreme court's decision upheld a Floyd county district court decision in a suit brought by Wcs- ton E. Jones, a taxpayer. The specific issue was whether the county board of supervisors should pay from the county treasury a SI3.40 claim presented by Emil Thcno, a member of the county board. The ease was before the supreme court once before and the higher tribunal at that time sent it back to Floyd county for retrial because the state commission -was not made a defendant and a ruling therefore · upon pensas of the board. The decision did not cover that point. Judge J. J. Clark held that the state old age commission was liable for the expense of county old age assistance, boards, in the district court trial of the Floyd county case. The case previously had been before both district and supreme courts. Judge M. F. Edwards, in the first suit, ruled the county was not responsible for county board costs. The supreme court sent the case back for retrial. Pay All Expenses. Jens Grothe, Floyd county atlor ney, contended in his supreme court argument that the legislature intended for the state board to pay all expenses incidental to administration of the act. He based his argu- mnt on a section of the statute which said the commission should pay from its funds the pensions approved and "other expenditures provided for in the act." Rader argued t h a t since no specific provision was made for the expenses of county boards, administration within the county "comes under the general poor laws of the state," to be paid for by the county Rader also contended that the ok age assistance fund is a trust fund and no payments could be made from it without specific direction in the law. $250,000 Paid Out to Aged in Pensions DES MOINES. i.T)--Superinten- dent Byron G. Allen reported the Iowa old age pension commission is paying out $250,000 in pensions 17,000 persons this .month. to TA^Weather FORECAST IOWA: Snow probably Thursday night and Friday with possibly winds becoming fresh to strong. Slightly colder in extreme southeast section Thursday night and in extreme northwest Friday. MINNESOTA: Snow Thursday night and Friday; no decided change in temperature. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 2-1 hour period ending at 8 o'cloc!; Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday Minimum in Night At 8 A. M. Snowfall 22 LIVES TAKEN BY FIRES, BUST Merry Making Restaurant Throng Becomes Fear Maddened Mob. BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Twenty-two deaths and 71 injured, many of them seriously, were 1 listed Thursday as the result o f ' three fires and an explosion. A fire that turned a merrymaking throng in a New York restaurant into a fear maddened mob left five dead and 41 injured before it was brought under control Thursday. At Lakewood, N. J., the official count of deaths resulting from the burning of the Victoria Mansion hotel was increased to 15. At least 20 other persons were injured in the blaze Wednesday, Two workmen were killed and seven others injured in an explosion that wrecked a portion of a tunnel being dug for a new sewer, in Chicago Wednesday night. Three nuns were burned as fire swept a convent at Montreal. it. Have Spent JJll 0,000. Byron Allen, superintendent of the state commission, estimated county boards have spent $110,000 in their investigations making about 50,000 investigations at an average of more than S2 each. County boards are charged with the duty of investigating pension applicants and certifying 1 their findings to the state commission. The opinion held that there was no liability for the commission to pay additional wages for a new duty added to an office already in existence unless specific provision is made. It cited as an example the requirement that assessors list the names of all persons over. 21 years of age for collection of the pension head tax. Asst. Atty. Gen. Leroy Rader, who represented the state in the action, said he will petition the court immediately for rehearing of the case. Ruling Not Retroactive. He also expressed belief that the court's decision is not retroactive and that the state commission could not be forced to pay the past ex- Conference Report on Seed Loan Bill Adopted by House WASHINGTON, (.T)--The house Wednesday adopted a conference report on the S50.000.000 seed and feed loan bill and sent the measure to the senate, for final approval. The bill authorize. 1 ! loans up to SfiOO to a farmer. The government takes a first lien on his crop. 8 Above Zero 1 Above 1.5 Inches Heart Attack Fatal to Snow Shoveler Precipitation .13 of .an Inch The heralded blizzard of Wednes- MANSON. '.7)--Garret Carsten, day night failed to take serious di- j aged 70. dropped dead of a heart at. mensions although there was an tack while shoveling snow in front mensions although inch and a half of snow, which for a time swirled around the corners with considerable briskness. Thursday dawned clo-.idy. ivith tempcra- the success of an embargo depend on American action. would ! Wednesday pushed away the snow ! Centerville. 10 above: Cedar Rapids, | ture 10 or 15 degrees higher than 1 in the road from Rockwell to Thorn--14 above; Kcokuk, 17 above; M u s - i o n previous mornings. of his home Thursday. Firr Loss Sl.flflfl. OSKALOOSA, i.Ti -- Fire d a m a g e d a junkyard here an estimated $1,000. ON THE I N S I D E DK. W. C. BOONE State Conservation Board Member Dies ON PAGE 9 Need of New Housing Legislation Discussed ON PAGE 2. Republican Caucuses on Monday, Feb. 17 ON PAGE IS Marooned Freight at Coulter Is Dislodged ON PAGE 3 SNOWDRIFTS ARE NO OBSTACLE WHEN IT'S CASE OF NECESSITY EMMETSBTJRG--A group of Emmetsburg township farmers, isolated-for nearly .a weeK. six..miles west of here, arrived in town Wednesday afternoon, frostbitten and weary. The.y made the trip with four teams and bobsleds and because of impassable rural roads, had used six sets of wire-cutters in cutting their way through pasture fences over a long, winding trail to TALK COALITION CABINET IF NEW DEAL IS BEATEN Senator Robinson May Be Demo Convention Keynoter. WASHINGTON, /P -- Henry P. Fletcher, republican national chairman, said Thursday he had "heard talk" about a coalition cabinet it the new deal is defeated in November. He declined to discuss the subject. While political oratory in honor of Abraham Lincoln subsided, Fletcher met with reporters in prcas conference. Questions about cabinet plans were induced by a welcome extended Wednesday night by Senator Vandcnbcrg of Michigan in New York to co-operation from "Jcffer- sonian democrats:"--not alone in. the campaign, he sairl, "but the council chamber after next November's victory is won." In the democratic fold, plans to enter Roosevelt delegates in important primaries appeared to be expanding. Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, and New Jersey were named among 1 the states where these tactics will be pursued. Aim Is Twofold. The aim apparently would be twofold. Rolling; up of goodly numbers oehind administration d e l e g a t e s might be counted on to have some psychological effect, and at the same time preclude possible difficulties if the question of new deal support were left out oE the pre- convcntion considerations. Charles West, undersecretary ot Emmetsbur; They stag! ;ered, half-frozen, into i local store. "Couldn't stand it out ;here much longer without any," one of the men told the clerk. "Out of food at your farm?" she asked. "Nope." "Are you out of f u e l ? " Again a negative reply. "Well, what can I get you?" the clerk asked. "Chewing tobacco," paid the spokesman for the group. "Load us all up with it. We got to start right back home." MAN KILLED, TOO Explosion Razes Swift Gas Plant in Stockyards Area of Chicago. CHICAGO. (.!')--One man was reported killed and two others seriously injured Thursday when an explosion, razed the hydrogen gas plant of Swift and company, at Forty-first and Justin streets in the heart of the huge Chicago stockyards area. Officials nf Swift and company said they believed only the three men were in the one story plant when the explosion "blew it out like a box." Fire equipment from the region raced to the stockyards on reports that as many as 40 employes were trapped when the building collapsed, but the packing company officials said a very small crew was maintained in the gas plant. the interior, had already told Ohio democrats- 'Ve intend* to see that Roosevelt delegates" are seated if credentials contests develop at Philadelphia. Fletcher told reporters in his office ".lim Farley and those fellows will have to start it, if there is to be a 'dirty campaign.' " "How's the money coming in?" the G. O. P. chairman was asked. "Pretty well," he replied. "The committee intends to raise just as big a campaign fund as' we can get. "Won't Be as Big." "No matter how large it is, it won't be as big as the other fellows will have." The committee has about $200,000. and plans a "pay-as-you-go" campaign, Fletcher explained, with expenses no larger than contributions. He indicated the c o m m i t t e e would continue, its attempts to obtain such radio time as it wanted. "Freedom of the air is going 1 to be as important as freedom of speech," he said. Commenting on the appointment of Arthur Curtis of Missouri to a committee office. Fletcher said he was a "good lawyer" and probably would be invaluable when contests for seats arose at the Cleveland convention next June. Depends on Limdon. Whether .John Hamilton, vice c h a i r m a n of the national committee, retained that post depends, he said, upon whether Governor Landon of Kansas wishes Hamilton to help him obtain the presidential nomination. T h e convention a r r a n g e m e n t s rommittce would meet March 16 in Cleveland. A l l convention committee meetings will be held in the. Cleveland auditorium instead of at scattered hotels. Democratic sources paid Senator Robinson of Arkansas might be the keynote speaker at Philadelphia June 23. With an early preview of G. O. P. sentiment promised for April showing with both Colonel Frank Knox i arid Senator Borah entered in the Illinois primary, there was evidence of further broadening: of activity on the part of the veteran Idaho senator. Gird for Action. His forces were girding for action i in Oregon. Wisconsin and Nebraska. · They previously had made definite !" Although acknowledging he as- j pired to the nomination. Senator i Dii-kinsnn i R., Jowa i at Greens- 11 Injured in Auto Crash Near Wyoming WYOMING. Inwa. .Tl--Mr?. Carl Onage of Maquoketa suffered a fractured knee and 10 other persons received minor injuries in an automobile collision a m i l o east of here. |Six nf the injured were guards " t j h r , r o N Car _ tol(1 ,-eporters he ! the Anamosa reformatory, acting as | , d []nt SMk p)( , d£r ed delegates in pallbearers for a. fellow guard. Cyrus | sut( , imarics Delegate con- C. Irwin. who died Monday. ; lpsts rflen bcRct cn e m ies, he reminded, and he wants only friends in the Cleveland convention. Knox. publisher who has been making almost daily anti-new deal speeches, declined Wednesday to say in what states besides his own he, would seek presidential convention Kucharo President of Iowa Retail Clothiers DES MOINES. (.-Pi--Herman Kucharo of Des Moines is the 1936 president of the Iowa Retail | delegates. Clothiers association. "--'- I Kepori Whisky Theft. 1 BLOOM1XGTON. ill.. /!'--W. R. Hiley and Harold Schofield, Lenox, ! Iowa, t r u c k drivers, reported t h e f t .'of .?7.noo in whisky hy four men [carrying machine guns. Lincoln day for the most part was given over to republican speeches in honor of the 127th birthday of tho Civil war president, in which there was a general assault on the administration and frequent references to the constitution. Such words as "toryisra," "tics-

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