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Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 25, 1936
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TWO MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 25 M 1936 When a lexicologist reported poison In the woman's viscera, a coroner's jury Friday summoned Horton, Mrs. Jtihnston and Miss Ruth Slaglc, 20, school teacher who lived at the Johnston home. Miss Slagle was released after questioning. From Friday until Monday officers grilled Mrs. Johnston and Horton almost continuously. Both Horton and the widow said Tuesday they had been "treated with the utmost respect during the questioning." Warin filed murder charges against Horton and Mrs. Johnston Monday afternoon after a coroner's jury recommended their arrest on finding "Mrs. Horton came to death as a result of a felonious killing." Miss Ruth Slagle, 28 year old school teacher who lived with Mrs. Johnston, was held as a material witness, but absolved of any implication in the slaying. Attorney Is Appointed. District Judge Homer A. Fuller appointed Frank Wisdom Mrs. Johnston's'attorney. Horton asked for more time in which to obtain counsel. Mrs. Johnston expressed a desire to plead guilty on arraignment. Judge Fuller told her she had a right to demand counsel, but she said, "but I don't see what good an attorney would do after what I did." She later asked for counsel. Horton emphatically denied implication in the plot, asserting with tears in his eyes, "I am not guilty." Relations Are Admitted. Warin said that both Horton. and Mrs. Johnston admitted illicit relations with each other since Nov. 1, 1935. The county attorney said Mrs. Johnson asserted she had told Horton shortly before Mrs. Horton's death that she feared she was going to bear him a child. Under questioning, she later admitted, Warin said, that she didn't tell Horton her fears were groundless until after Mrs. Horton had teen buried. -Warin quoted her as saying that on learning this Horton remarked, "Well, that is one worry off my mind," adding, "if I can get out of the other one." Confession Is Told. The county attorney related Mrs. Johnston's confession as follows: Mrs. Johnston and Horton planned the crime after Horton had told her "he did not care for his wife much," and that "they had not been getting along very well together." . She said Horton once told her "maybe something will happen so that we can live together," and that "if it wasn't for my wife, we could have a better time together." Mrs. Johnston purchased strychnine at a drug store after 'she and Horton had talked about using poison. She said she placed the bottle of poison in a. cupboard in her home and told Horton where it was. She charged that Horton had free access to her home. Also Took Capsules. . One day she visited her sister east of Bedford. ."I »m .i;uite sure," Electric Motor Repairing By Experienced Men New Motors Bought and Sold Zack Bros. ELECTRIC CO. 306 Second S. W. Phone 977 she said, "that it was on this day that Horton came to my house and got that strychnine. He also took some empty capsules from the bookcase." She said nothing happened and she thought Horton had lost his nerve. "When I asked him about it all he would say was 'I ain't had a chance yet.'" After Mrs. Horton's death she said Horton came to her home, kissed her and gave her an empty capsule. She said Horton told her to place the empty capsule in Mrs. Horton's purse, "so it would look like she done it herself." The accused wgman said she followed Horton's instructions four days after Mrs. Horton died. Address Tag Showed. Warin said Horton later found the capsule while he and officers were searching the house. He said Horton exclaimed at the time, "My God, what is this?" The attorney said the capsule was wrapped in a piece of newspaper so torn that the Horton address tag showed. Warin said he believed Horton waited until his farm home was isolated by snowdrifts and communication was shut off. Workers had to shovel their way to the Horton home after her death. Warin said Horton told him his wife took one capsule shortly after 7 p m . the night before her death; another at 9:30 and at 9:40 they retired. According to Warin, Horton said he awoke at 10:30 p. m. to find his wife writhing with convulsions. She died at 1:30 a. m. Judge Fuller said the case will be resumed Friday morning. Sullivan vs. Crawford Damage Suit Settled for $3,500 and Costs Attorneys reached a settlement of 53,500 late Monday in the damage suit brought by Jack Sullivan, local real estate agent, against F. J. Crawford as a result of a broken hip and other injuries which Sullivan received when he was struck by an automobile driven by Crawford the night of last April 26 on North Federal avenue at First street. Costs of the action were assessed :o the defendant, who was represented by Fitzpatrick and Barlow. John Senneff and Lester Dibble rep- ·esented the plaintiff. Judgment for $17,500 was asked n the original petition. Dr. Powers, Hampton, Is Present at Eighth Region Scout Meeting KANSAS CITY, UP--Committeemen of the eighth Boy Scout region including Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Wyoming, Iowa and Kansas met here with the national scout executives Monday to plan a new membership drive for the regional Boy Scout organization. Iowa committeemen present for the meeting were Col. B. N. Richardson,. Davenport, Iowa, and Dr. J. C.- Powers, Hampton, Iowa. Day in Congress By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate Debates bill to increase capital stock of commodity credit corporation to $100,000,000. Banking committee hoars testimony on proposal to extend unlisted trading privileges in registered securities; agriculture committee continues investigation of cotton trading. Senate and house conferees discuss farm bill. House · Continues general debate on agriculture appropriation bill. Appropriations committee meets on regular departmental supply bills. MONDAY Senate Passed bill prohibiting local tax authorities from levying on bank obligations held by 'the RFC. House Passed minor bills and started general, debate on agriculture de- I partment appropriation bill. Appropriations committee continued study of regular departmental supply bills and reported agriculture appropriation measure. Final Survivor of Iowa Regiment Dies HURON, S. Dak., L3t--Jacob Cramer Hatfield, 89, last survivor of his regiment, the third Iowa cavalry, in the Civil war, died at his home here Monday. Why Not Prepare Business Career APPROXIMATELY EIGHTY PER CENT OF THE PEOPLE OF THE U. S. A. ARE ENGAGED IN SOME PHASE OF BUSINESS. The President of a great mid-western university recently said in effect:. Every year an increased number of alert young men and women select business as their field of . opportunity. This field offers many advantages in addition to higher earning power. Those who would enjoy these opportunities will find it highly important to make thorough preparation. The best time to enroll in any school is at the beginning of a semester or quarter. THE SPRING QUARTER OPENS MARCH 2 The Hamilton School MASON CITY, IOWA WANT TO STOP BORDER FIGHTS Soviet Suggestion to Take Immediate Steps Laid Before Japan. MOSCOW, UP)--A. soviet suggestion that immediate steps be taken to halt incidents on the borders of Manchoukuo and outer Mongolia confronted Japan Tuesday with a virtual Russo-Mongolian joint stand against any Japanese-Man- choukuoan aggression. Vice-Commissar for Foreign Affairs B. S. Stomoniakoff proposed to Japanese Ambassador Tamekichi Ota, in a week-end conference, that a mixed commission be appointed to study means for preventing the clashes on the Manchoukuoan-Mon- golian frontiers. Consulted by Wire. While the Japanese ambassador consulted the Tokio government by wire concerning the suggestion, neu. .ral observers gave special attention to Stomoniakoff's assertion that soviet relations with outer Mongolia have been "unalterably friendly." They interpreted this as an open jidication that Moscow would not tolerate any invasion of the far eastern buffer state, delivering an advance answer to any question as to whether Russia would intervene in the event of an attack on Mongolia. Wants No Neutrals. Ota, after receiving the suggestion for an inquiry into Manchou- kuouan-Mongolian incidents, informed Stomoniakoff that the Japanese government could not accept a soviet proposal for inclusion of neutrals in a mixed commission to investigate the Jan. 30 clash on the soviet far eastern and Hanchouku- oan bordr. The soviet vice-commissar agreed that Russians would participate in a commission consisting only o: Japanese, Russians and Manchou kuoans if the soviet delegation was equal to the combined Japanese and Manchuokuoan delegations. Ota also consulted his govern ment on this stand. HISTORIC GOLD Caught in Snow Avalanch That Kills 3, Injures at Least 4. CURAT, Colo., CT)--Historic Camp Bird gold mine, where the late Thomas Walsh "struck it rich" in 1896, was a shambles Tuesday caught in the crush of the Colorad 1 Rockies' second death bearing snow avalanche in eight years. A snowslide three miles wide sho down "Chicago slide" and crashec through the camp Monday, killing three persons and injuring at leas four. On Feb. 16 the Hesperus gol mine. 50 miles south of here, was struck by ah avalanche that killed six. Breaks From Peaks. Breaking loose from the craggj peaks rimming a canyon above here the Camp Bird slide swept througl the lower floor of a two story bunk house, demolished a S100.000 mil and a- snow tunnel connecting build ings of the camp and piled up a half mile farther down the moun tain. A second slide narrowly missei the camp, then joined the first aval anche to pile tons of snow, batterec timber and other debris against th mine entrance, temporarily trap ping 25 miners on the lower level They freed themselves. Camp Cook Killed. Mrs. Rose Israel, the camp cook was killed when, hearing the slid "crack loose' 1 a half mile abov camp, she stepped on to a porch t watch the down-rushing snow. Sh was enveloped in the mass and he body was carried 40 feet down th mountain where it was recovere later. The other victims were Chapp E Wood, mill foreman, and Ralp Klinger, blacksmith. Their bodie have not been recovered by sur vivors, digging in the tons of debrf for them. W. A. Funk and Richard Dun were buried alive in snow when th avalanche crushed a work shop an adjoining tunnel. They were rcscuei GOVERNOR SUED IN MINNESOTA Bank Accounts of Officials Garnished by Strike Closed Firm. MINNEAPOLIS, «P--The Strut- wear Knitting company late Monday garnished bank accounts of Gov. Floyd B. Olson, Mayor Thomas B. Latimer and Adjutant General B. A. Walsh shortly after it had brought a 5101,500 damage suit against them. The damage suit grew out of closing of the knitting company plant. Labor difficulties have kept the jjlant closed since Aug. 18, 1935. Basis of the complaint is that the hree officials, by failure to provide dequate protection to plant em- oyes who desire to work and clos- g it up between Dec. 27 and Jan. 8 with the national guard in charge eprived the firm of its property nd liberty without due process of w. The firm asked that ?69,000 be warded it as damages for loss of he use of the plant during the pe- od the national guard held it. Triple Damages Sought. This is three times the actual vale of the use of the plant, the com- aint set forth, but triple damages ere asked under a statute permit- ng such action where malice is aimed. It also asked 57,500 cost for federal court suit started last .onth to oust the national guard, id $25,000 damages for deprecia- on of the firm's good will because was unable to fill orders. The complainants assert failure y public officials to maintain law nd order between Aug. 17 and Dec. 7 when the national guard was or- ered 'by Governor Olson to take large, prevented them from mak- ng lawful use of their property. One of the chief points in the com- laint is that the city officials failed provide protection for the em- oyes who wanted to continue their ork. Deprived of Property. In charging they were deprived of heir property, the Strutwear offi- als used a phrase employed by i deral court which a month ago ranted the Strutwear company an junction restraining Governor Ol- jn, Mayor Latimer and General alsh from interfering with use of leir property. The national guardsmen had been -ithdrawn Jan. 28, a few days be- ore the injunction decision was anded down. The court criticized he state, city and national guard of- cials involved sharply for virtually reventing them from using their wn property. Operations in the plant had been uspended several months earlier, ut guardsmen closed the plant to 11 workmen in a move, they said, to revent injury to persons and detraction of the property. The court eld this action .was virtual protec- .ion of mob action. Responsibility Admitted. The complaint also quotes a statement by Mayor Latimer of Dec. 9 by which he admitted responsibility for maintenance of law and order in the city and invited the Strutwear concern to resume its business. Despite his statement, the complaint goes on, pickets continued to surround the building and prevent the em- iloyes from entering. Basis of the original difficulties m August was a charge by union leads that Strutwear officials discriminated against union members. Officials of the company have reiterated repeatedly their opinion that a majority of the plant's normal force of more than 1,000 had no concern with the dispute and wished to return to work. RAPSHSSURE PUT ON SCHOOLS Hard Coal Operators and Union Heads Seek New Work Agreement NEW YORK, /P--Hard coal operators and union leaders strove Tuesday to reconcile their differences and draft a new working agreement for the vast anthracite industry. Meeting behind closed doors, the joint committee representing operators and workers, started work Monday on a contract to replace the five year one ending March 31. LEGION NOT TO SEEK PENSIONS Vlurphy Says Fear of Union of Veterans in Attempt Is Unfounded. DES MOINES, (JP)--Ray Murphy of Ida Grove, national commander of the American Legion, enunciates the Legion's policy as opposed to asking for a general pension. In a speech here Monday night Murphy said the Legion will "participate in no action" to fight for passage of a general pension law for World war veterans. "That passage of the bonus payment will bo the signal for the veterans' organizations to combine in a fight for passage of a general pension laxv is an utterly unfounded fear,'' he said. MORE RAIN SEEN FOR CALIFORNIA Thousands of Acres Flooded and Hundreds Homeless . in North Part. SAN FRANCISCO, cj)--More rain was foreiast Tuesday in the flood stricken section of northern California where hundreds were homeless and thousands of acres of fertile farm land were under water. Swollen to flood stage by rains which have fallen for 16 consecutive days, the Sacramento 'iver and its tributaries burst through weakened levees, forcing farm families and workers to flee. No new fatalities were reported. Four persons drowned over the week-end. More than 500 persons were homeless. Unofficial estimates placed total damage to crops and property at more than $1,000,000. Health officials warned refugees to take precautions against a possible typhoid fever epidemic. Three hundred asparagus harvss- ters camped beside the levee of the San Joaquin river near Antioch were driven from the lowlands. The water was from 6 to 10 feet over the inundated area. Beer Parlor Owner Held. IOWA CITY, (JPi--Police asserted Paul Walden. owner of a beer parlor just outside the city limits, on a charge of selling beer without a license. They confiscated a quantity of alcohol and beer. CONGRESSMEN NOT IMMUNE TO TRAFFIC LAWS, BORAH SAYS WASHINGTON. UP) -- The idea that a policeman can't do anything to a congressman who parks in front of a fireplug or otherwise misbehaves appeared Tuesday to be doomed, if Senator Borah is correct. The Idaho senator, student of the constitution, declared that a member of congress has no more immunity from arrest than any other citizen. The constitution says, to be sure, that congress members cannot be arrested during a session, or traveling to and from one, except in cases of "treason, felony and breach of the peace." But Borah held that the exceptions covered "all infractions of criminal law." The subject came up because of newspaper articles complaining that congressmen were breaking the traffic laws and that policemen were keeping hands off because of special congressional license tags on the solons' automobiles. Shell Rock Man Hit by Tram and Killed SHELL ROCK, CT)--Frank Lewis, 62, was killed by an extra freight train Monday while walking on the track of Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railway one-half mile east of Waverly Junction. Lewis was deaf. ACTRESS' CHILD IS THREATENED Home of Virginia Bruce Is \ Guarded After Woman Brings Warning. HOLLYWOOD. UB--The home of Virginia Bruce, film actress, was under police guard Tuesday, after her 2 year old daughter, Susan Ann Gilbert, was reported threatened with kidnaping. Gladys Hall, film writtr and t/L-ss Bruce's personal repi esentative, told detectives an unidentified woman had warned her the blond player and her child were in "great danger and must be notified." Miss Hall said the woman approached her at her home and insisted that she be given Miss Bruce's telephone number and street address. When Miss Hall told her to contact the actress through ber studio, the woman reportedly exclaimed, "No, no, they are watching tbe studio. If I should see her there, I would have to leave town to escape them." Miss Hall said the woman intimated there was a plot to kidnap Susan Ann, Miss Bruce's daughter by her marriage to the late John Gilbert. The woman left hurriedly when she attempted to question her further, Miss Hall said. The actress, Gilbert's fourth wife, was bequeathed with her daughter, the bulk of the late actor's $250,000 estate. llenn Frank Hits Both Right and Left Groups for Interference. ST. LOUIS, (.T)--Right and left wing pressure in schools was protested here by Dr. Glenn Frank, president of the University of Wisconsin, before several thousand of the nation's educational executives who were in session. Dr. Frank made his defense of a free school system at the opening session of the department of superintendence, National Education association, whose convention theme is "The Function of the Schools in the Democracy." "Those on the right," Dr. Frank said, "want the schools to become agencies for their particular conservative concept of the traditional social order; those on the left want them to become agencies of propaganda for their particular brand of new stfcial order based upon some measure of collectivism. 'I am against both these groups. The schools will cease to be social .nstitutions if either gains control." Meanwhile, Prof. George S. Counts of Columbia university assailed the American Liberty league, the Daughters of the American Revolution and several national figures as "subversive agents" against freedom of thought and expression. 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