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Thursday, February 20, 1936
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. -I-./P . .'. - i L O N E R "' i I 3 M E . M -5, A;? !' : I^T OF I -.1 -v 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.XLH FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 116 Alien Bill Is Discussed Terror Reign Under Provisions Seen as Possible. By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , (CPA)-- Senator Robert R. Reynolds of N o r t h Carolina is sponsor of the latest bill further restricting i m m i- gration into t h United States, to deport thousands of aliens already in the country a n d requiring registration of all the rest. T h e s e n a t o r proposes to cut present quotas by 90 per cent, almost closing the American door against more newcomers. He demands the expulsion of habitual criminals, of all aliens who are on relief and of all who "occupy positions which should be filled by Americans." And, to weed these classes out, he insists that compulsory registration is essential. Nobody is likely to argue that habitual criminals or public charges shouldn't be deported. Habitual criminals have only themselves to blame and Americans can't reasonably be criticized for not liking to have overseas indigents, even if they are no worse than unfortunate, dumped on their hands to support. Some Question Seen. There is some question, however, as to whether the virtual exclusion of desirable applicants for admission can't be overdone. And aliens who are earning livings here ?--usefully employed. They would classify as occupying "positions which should be filled by Americans," and a clean sweep would be made of them. First they ·would be fired. Then, having been reduced to indigency, they could be shipped back -home! If they are going to stay nere, ~r do · think they should adopt citizenship, : but. at least I'd give ;them a chanca to-do s o . . . - . · As for compulsory registration, it undoubtedly would be the entering- wedge for the compulsory registration of sll hands--citizens and aliens alike. Once Considered Asset. Time was when immigration was considered an asset to the United States. The republic has latent resources to be developed. New workers were welcome. Thus population grew. Production had to hustle to keep up with this growth's needs. At the war's end, with production at its peak of efficiency, growth was clamped down on. Population is ap- proachino- the static. Consequently demand dwindles, but production increases its speed. The machine is put in reverse over-rapidly. An immigrant, with a job in the United States, is not exclusively a producer. He is a consumer,. too. H he holds an American's job, he provides jobs for other Americans, supplying his needs, at a price. Fire and depart him, and he ceases to be a domestic consumer. A Keign of Terror? Senator Reynolds complains that, without compulsory registration of aliens, it is impossible to know how many aliens we have here. He quotes the immigration commissioner as putting the figure at 4,920,000, but other authorities as estimating the total as'high as 7,500,000. Yet, imagine, a start made on a registration system! Any alien' With a job would be open to attack, by others, who wanted his job, AS an alien. He would claim American birth, of course---and .bicth certificates are too recent in this land to make the question easy'of proof either way. He probably, could not establish his case, but a case could be established against him.' ' Couldn't Prove Birth. For example, I couldn't prove, nor could my wife prove, where we were born. Doubtless we would be accepted as Americans, but we have a daughter, born abroad. She couldn't establish her citizenship without establishing ours--a technical impossibility. Cases of ths kind could be found in thousands under a hidebound law. A reign of terror obviously would be created, among Americans of the alien second generation, by a rule like Senator Reynolds. At best, Americans, as well as aliens, would have to be registered. Unless both were registered, they could not be told apart except in the most obvious cases. This would mean the registration, shortly, of everyone. It is a system which prevails in most of continental Europe. I don't believe it would be popular here. Oskaloosa Man Dies From Hip Fracture OSKALOOSA. (,-B--.7. W. Padgett of Oskalooss! died today of a hip fracture suffered in a fall two weeks ago. ; SAYS LONG LOST AVIATOR FOUND Taxes and Relief Big Issues Left to Congress JAPAN WILL PUT MORE SOLDIERS Denies Movement of Two Divisions Caused by Soviet Tension. BY GLENN BABB. (Copyright, 1'jafi, by The Assncllltcd Prcfifl.) TOKIO--An early movement of two Japanese army divisions from Japan to the Japanese advised state of Manchoukuo was announced Thursday by the Toki 0 war office. A war office spokesman said the troop movement involved only the annual replacements, was not connected with Russo-Japanese tension over far eastern border incidents and would not increase the Japanese forces in Manchoukuo. A communique said Emperor Hirohito sanctioned the dispatch of the divisions. According (n Schedules. The replacements will be carried out in accordance with schedules followed for the last three years. Non-Japanese military authorities expressed an opinion that the movements were not associated with frontier difficulties, believing to the contrary that this adherence to normal schedules indicated the Tokio high command was not worried over the Russo-Japanese situation. Japanese' suggestions for establishment of a mixed commission to fix^ihe soviet-Manchoukuoan frontiers were rejected in an official announcement from Moscow made public by Izvestia, tie Russian government organ. Fixed by Treaty. The announcement s a i d the boundary between soviet far eastern territory and the Japanese sponsored state of Manchoukuo was already fixed by treaty. It suggested, in turn, that Man- choukuoan and Japanese military authorities withdraw white Russian agents, allegedly sent into soviet territory as spies and terrorists. The recent capture and conviction of some of these agents, the announcement said, established proof that they received arms and money from Manchoukuo and Japanese military authorities in Manchoukuo. Two Nurses Are Felled and Operating Physician Is Almost Overcome. WOBURN. Mass., (.T)--Two nurse.s fell unconscious, a third was almost overcome, and a doctor nearly collapsed from inhaling some form of gas that filled the operating room of a hospital during the delivery of a baby Wednesday night. The mother and child, whose identities were withheld by the physician and officials of the Choate Memorial hospital, apparently were unharmed. Dr. Thomas F. Halpin, who was made ill by the fumes and was almost unable to breathe, was revived somewhat by fresh air that entered the room after the third nurse stag- 'ered to a door, and opened it. He then completed the delivery. Dr. Halpin said he believed he and the nurses were affected by carbon monoxide gas. but he said he could not suggest where it had originated. Mrs. Edith L. Mnrgan. superintendent of the hospital, said engineers were investigating the cause of the trouble. She said the condition of the nurses affected was satisfactory but refused to reveal their identities. Both she and Dr. Halpin said the mother and child were in good condition. Mrs. Morgan declined to discuss details of the affair. The parents of the child were young and the infant, a robust eight pound boy, was their first. " Railroad Man Struck by Switcb Train Dies COUNCIL BLUFFS. CT)--Martinus Christiansen. 45. car inspector for the Milwaukee railroad, died Thursday morning in a local hospital from a badly mangled left leg and pelvis suffered when he was struck by a Burlington switch train as he was going to work at about 15:45 a. m. Cold Wave "Badly Bent, Says Weatherman; All Railroads Near Normal With the weatherman staling Thursday that the cold wave was "badly bent," if not broken, railroads into North Iowa made good use of the improved conditions to rush the shipments of coal and other goods. All railroads were in operation at a schedule close to normal Thursday, while highway crews were continuing their battle to clear the snow from roads not yet opened for traffic. All main roads out of Mason City were open. Low temperatures over the state bore out the weatherman's statement. In Mason City the mercury only sank to 1 below during the night and at 8 o'clock Thursday morning was i degrees above zero. It had risen to 11 above here at noon. Emmetsburg 5 Above. At Emmetsburg the mercury held up to 4 above. It may be recalled the mercury sank to 36 below to usher in the cold wave at Emmetsburg, which was the second lowest temperature ever recorded in this state. The lowest reading this morning was Ottumwa's 7 below. Sioux City and Dubuque both reported a mere 4 below. Minimum temperatures generally were around zero or above and the mercury started climbing early toward readings the weatherman said would range from 15 to 30 degrees above over Iowa. "We may even see some melting," he chuckled. "But we'll sec some freezing again Thursday night," he added, "for temperatures will sink below zero again early Friday, probably to 15 below in the open country of the north section and to 5 below in the south." Coal Shortage Bases. The coal shortage eased /materially .Thursday, several - points reporting large shipments of fuel that ended the necessity of emergency distribution. Highway clearance which allowed delivery of coal to isolated points also speeded up. The Milwaukee railroad reported it had 80 carloads of coal on the way to towns along its lines. The Great Western had four carloads Thursday morning from eastern mines and expected more later in the day. Seven carloads of coal arrived on the M. and St. L. early Thursday and four more later in the day. Seven cars came in on the North Western. The Rock Island got two cars of coal from the docks on Lake ON THE INSIDE SAMUEL LEIBOWITZ Bruno Looks at Chair; Leibowitz Not to Aid ON PAGE 2 Iowa Plan Would Aid Small -Businessman ON PAGE 12 Hancock County Man, Shoveling Snow, Dies ON PAGE S Cook Claims Polar Discovery Authentic ON PAGE 11 Iowa Demo Committee Supports Roosevelt ON PAGE 5 I Superior and several more from the south. In Better Humor, "This respite, even if it doesn't last, is giving us a chance to move some of this ancient stuff that has been congesting traffic," said one railroad agent. "Also, it puts us in better humor." Both freight and passenger trains were getting back to regular sched- j ules. The highway commission plows were continuing their way southward from Clear Lake on 107, opening the way to Thornton and Meser- vcy. County plows worked toward these communities from Rockwell, planning to assist the state plows on the other highway. The rotary plow, most effective of the snow clearing equipment, was continuing its job of widening No. 65 between Mason City and Hampton. Exact Zero Recorded. For the first morning in 33 days, the mercury Thursday did Jiot dip below zero at West Union. An exact zero was recorded as the minimum, however. A light snow was falling during the morning with a moderate south wind. At Osage the Thursday minimum temperature was a degree below zero. Two inches of snow fell. Roads are all open. The mercury climbed to 6 a,bove at Garner Thursday morning at 9 o'clock with an inch of snow on the ground. Coal shipments were still anxiously awaited. Above ,zero readings at several points ended nearly a month of nightly zero or lower temperatures. At Council Bluffs, for example, the low was 4 above, ending 29 consecutive days of zero or lowqr readings curing the night. Low Marks Reported. Spirit Lake, where the temperature has huddled down far below zero nearly every night since the cold wave washed into the state Jan. 22, had a mere zero early Thursday. Other low temperatures reported included: Charles City, zero; Waterloo, 2 below; Marshalltown, 3 below; Fort Dodge, 1 above; Cedar Rapids, 2 below; Clinton, 1.5 below; Davenport, 4 above; Muscatine, 6 above; Burlington, 3 above. Light snow, ranging from a trace up to an inch, was reported during the night at several points, bearing out the weatherman's forecast, but t was clearing over the entire state Thursday and the weatherman said it would be clear Thursday night and Friday. The wind was but a zephyr compared to the blizzard blasts of the last month and left the new snow lying in place, so there was no drifting to hamper highway and railroad clearance. Would Like Thaw. "If it will thaw just a little-so the snow will freeze down." the weatherman said, "then we will be relieved of this constant danger of drifting-at least until it snows again." Railroad dispatchers r e p o r t e d main line trains running "practically on time once more." Fort Dodge, which closed its schools and curtailed business to conserve its coal supply, reported coal moving into the city and the probability that the shortage there soon would be allayed. Frank Wilson, Iowa mine union president, granted union miners permission Thursday to dig coal next Saturday. After conferring with Gov. Clyde L. Herring, Wilson wired all local mine union presidents, instructing them "to co-operate in the relief of distress and suffering resulting from the present coal shortage. "While the coal shortage is improving," Herring said, "we can't take chances on another tieup. We've got to get a little reserve supply on hand." Highway Board Optimistic. j The highway commission was op- I timistic. "Another 24 hours." main[ tenanco engineers said, "and we I should have the drifts still plugging [ trunk routes in northwest Iowa bucked out." Just by way of warning, the weatherman cited some of Thursday morning's temperatures up to- TOWNSEND PLAN HEADS WELCOME Munitions Probers Hear About Army Macbine Gun Sales. WASHINGTON, .T--Last minute revelations in the munitions inquiry and preparations for an investigation of the Townscnd old age pension movement Thursday enlivened congressional proceedings. S e n a t e munitions inquisitors heard testimony that thousands of mutilated but repairable machine guns were sold by the army while the justice department was investigating their disposal. House members, hearing Townsend leaders welcomed an investigation as "wonderful publicity," looked to Speaker Byrns to appoint four democrats and four republicans to examine pension movements generally. Undertone of Politics. There was the usual undertone of politics. A luncheon meeting with Chairman Farley of the democratic national committee enabled President Roosevelt to discuss with him a slate of presidential primary candidates in California. The soil conservation-subsidy substitute for AAA was up for further house debate preliminary to a final vote expected Friday. The senate worked on routine matters. Up to now tnis session of congress has been one of the calmest since the World war, but it appeared that the Roman candles and firecrackers of hot controversy might begin to go off within a few days. The big fights, some legislators believe, may center around two programs as yet unshapcd by the white house--taxes and relief. Next week, it is believed the president may pass along his recommendations for taxes to finance the new $440,000.000 farm program. Senator LaFollcttc (pro-Wis.) wants such a program to carry sweeping revisions of the income tax setup. No Indication Made. If the administration does not recommend this (and there has been no indication that it will) LaFollette and other liberals are prepared to fight for it. Last year LaFollette vainly proposed to boost income taxes on the wealthy and to tax several million incomes now exempt. He wanted the latter done by lowering the exemption for married couples from $2,500 to $2,000 and for single individuals from $1,000 to ?800. Senators intending to fight any sharp slashes in relief appropriations for next year are expected to use in their arguments figures made public Thursday. These show sharp increases in the numbers on work relief. The total is 3.737.000, nearly 300,000 more than the 3,500,000 goal originally set for the $4,000,000,000 work relief program. However, officials ^aid the 3,500,000 figure was set up as an average to shoot at, not a maximum. They said they had expected for some time that the relief jobs total would jump in winter. "Liberal" senators have been arguing that relief needs will be great for some time. Welcome Townscnd Probe. Officials of the Townsend movement for $200 a month pensions for the aged slated they welcomed a congressional inquiry as '"wonderful publicity." The house, by a 240 to 4 vole, set up a committee. Wednesday to investigate this and [ other old ago pension plans. "These monkeys arc playing right into our hands." said Robert E. Clements, a co-founder of the movement. "We shall be exonerated, and our pension plan forced to a vote." The senate munitions committee started a search for methods to curb the traffic in machine guns and other arms. Wednesday it received testimony fro.Ti Jacob Palcv. New York junk dealer, that 3.831 machine guns--disabled but repairable--had been offered for public sale at $7.75 each. The guns had been bought from the army for junk. Report Long Lost Flyer Found I'AXJL RKDFERN AND MRS. KEDFEIIN Last31 Day Period Sets Cold Record Listen, dear readers, and you shall hear Of (he coldest nionlh in many a 3'Car. Except for the desire tn keep to the rhyme and the poetic sentiment, more could be said of the 31 da.y period beginning Jan. 20 and ending on Feb. 19. It's been not merely the "coldest month in many a year" but the coldest month ever recorded in Mason City. The temperature has averaged 7 degrees below zero, night and day, with 30 below zero registered at 9 o'clock a. m., Jan. 22, the lowest temperature recorded. On only one night of the 31 has e mercury failed to reach the zen mark. On an even dozen days, the mercury failed to get as high as zero. Far Below Normal. Mason City's normal temperature r January is 14.7 degrees, for February, 18.6 degrees. Contrast these figures with the 7 below figure, for the period covered by the following day to day temperature extremes: Date Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Max. Min. Jan. 22 7 Jan. 23 Jan. 24 Jan. 25 Jan. 26 3 Ian. 27 -5 Jan. 28 1 fan. 29 14 Ian. 30 0 an. 31 -1 Feb. 1 5 Fob. 2 3 Fob. 4 Feb. 5 eb. R Feb. 9 Fob. 10 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb 13 Feb. 14 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 17 Feb. IS Feb. 19 -4 -5 . 18 . 0 -2 . n , 4 . s. 21 -7 -5 -5 -4 , 0 -20 ·-6 -29 -26 -19 -22 -21 -14 -12 -14 -fi -20 -14 -16 -IS -2(5 -12 ~'l" -3 -IS -15 -15 -5 0 -20 -15 -25 -13 -20 -19 KiPRHINEUNDER DIES, AGED 36 Society Startled in 1929 by His Marriage to Negro Girl. NEW YORK, (.-PI--Leonard (Kip Rhinelander, member of a socially prominent family involved in a sensational divorce ease in 1929, diec today of pneumonia at Long B e a c h , L o n g Island. H e w a s 36 years old. In 1929 Rhinelander was granted a divorce decree in Las Vegas, Nev., from Alice Jonc.% who testimony showed RHINELANDER was the daughter of a Negro cab driver. Society was startled by their marriage on Oct. 14, 1924. Rhinelander, ivho had come into a fortune, then was 22 and his bride was 23. Rhinclancr had been ill only a few daj's. and his condition was not considered serious until Wednesday. He died at the home of his father. Philp Rhinelander. descendant of one of the oldost families in tlT! state. He had been working in the office of the Rhineiander estate which controlled large real estate holdings in New York and on Long island. Sentenced to Death for Drunken Driving MOSCOW. 7P)--K. Urazov, a chauffeur, was sentenced in city court Thursday to death by shooting for driving- hU automobile into a wagon, killing the horse and injuring thiec- persons in the wagon. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. TfeWeather A n o t h e r Chapter. wards the spawning place of Iowa's cold in northwest Canada. They ranged down into the forties below zero. "So," ho said, "while its warmer | and probably will remain that way, there's still a chance for it to get colder. "Moreover," he added, "we're still 10 to 15 degrees below normal no ma'ctor how comfortable you feel in these above zero temperatures." Another chapter could be written about the snow offering of this same period, leading to the tallest drifts known in North Iowa in modern times and an average snow level which approached 27 inches in Mason City Thursday forenoon. In 1929 this figure was almost exactly the same as now but the drifts were not as groat and road maintenance was not such a task, as the highway commission's records will show. FORECAST IOWA: Generally fair Thursday night and Friday, somewhat colder Thursday night and in southeast portion Friday. MINNESOTA: Fair Thursday night and Friday: colder in cast and extreme south Thursday ""' IN MASON CITY Globe-GazOtte weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday m o r n i n g : Maximum Wednesday fi Above M i n i m u m in Night 2 Below At 8 A. M. Thursday -I Above Snowfall 1.3 inch Precipitation .fll of an lucll A n o t h e r inch Slid a h a l f of snow up to S o'clock Thursday morning and the lla.-snn City snow love! stood i a t 26'i inches--within an inch of i the record established in late Feb' ruary of 1929. WRITER'S STORY ABOUT REDFERN DEED 8Y PILOT Reporter Says American Is Held Captive by Indian Tribe. GEORGETOWN, British Guiana, JP)--Alfred Harrcd, reporter of the newspaper "Banier" of Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana, claimed Thursday that he had seen and talked to Paul Rcdfern, long lost American flyer, but Harred's account was denied by Art Williams, former U. S. army flyer, who, Harrcd said, piloted him into the jungle. Harrcd, in a dispatch to his raper, declared that he and Williams found Rcdfern living with an Indian tribe which would not allow him to leave. Williams, however, denied that he had seen Redfcrn. ( A t Washington, the state department reported receipt of a message by the Brazilian foreign office in \vhich a Brazilian official said Williams and another American had been in the village where the aviator Rcrifcrn is supposed to be.) Wreck Near Village. (The British embassy at Rio de Janeiro, in a telegram from the governor of British Guiana, received word that "Williams stated his conviction that the wreck of Redfcrn's plane is in the neighborhood of the village of Sakopot, Indian headman in Brazil.") "I do not know Harred," Williams said, "and he most certainly did not accompany me on. my recent seaxch. ""I took two Djukos (Surinam bush Negroes) with me to act as interpreters and a red Indian who had given us certain new evidence." Harred claimed to have been a member of the Dutch section boundary commission, engaged in surveying the frontier where British Guiana, Dutch Guiana and Brazil meet and whore Harred claims to have found Redfern. The story is that Redfern is Jiving in the Tumuc Humac mountains in western Guiana. The story is similar to that first told by Tom Roch, German-American explorer, two years ago. Harrcd's story, in substance, as published by the Banier and reported in Georgetown, follows: Tolls His Story. "Art Williams, two Indians and I took off in a plane Feb. 6. After a couple of hours we landed on a tributary southwest of the Main Amazon stream and started to trek across to Tumac Humac mountains in a southerly direction, fully supplied with provisions for the journey as well as for Redfern's return. "After several days we came to a village where all Indians were completely nude. We saw an airplane caught in the branches of a big tree. A few hours later we met Redfcrn. He was dressed in a ragged singlet and underpants. "By his hair and beard on his shoulders o.nd chest, he looked like a man over 40, hobbling on rude crutches made of tree branches and liana. Difficulty In English. "He found difficulty at. first speaking English, but evidently he had been expecting to be found. Williams gave him a biscuit and some tinned meat. After Redfern, who had learned the language of the Indians, told, them not to harm us. he told us he had been forced down by a leak in the gas tank, and had been forced to land on the tree, being unable to reach the river. His legs and arms were broken in the crash, but medicine men cured him. They treated him well, refusing to touch the plane-, believing it was a 'Great i Spirit. 1 i "Paul said he was in as good health as could be expected. He had married an Indian woman and has a son who looks very much like him. Threatened With Spears. "When the Indians suspected we intended to take Paul away they threatened us with poisonous spearg and arrows and on Paul's advice we withdrew, leaving him with provisions and clothes. "We hung about the district four dsys, but the Indians seemed to become more hostile so we left with | the intention of returning. "It must be realized that any rescue must mean the use of force w i t h probable death of Rcdfcra since the Indians will kill him before wo could get to him. or if he succeeds in getting away safely, it u-onld moan the sacrificing of his native wife and child, and Paul i seems to care a lot for the boy. | "The chief immediate difficulty 1 i,? Paul's crippled condition." ; Father Is Pleased. i Dr. Frederick C. Redfern said ' "that's very fine' 1 when informed of

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