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North Iowa's DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home "~° "THE NEWSPAPER THAT HAKES ALL XOK'IU IOWAKS NEIUHBOttS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XL FIVE CEXTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE! MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1933 TI11S PAPEH CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 61 Ban on News Not Success Morgenthau Calls in Newspapermen to Halt Rumors. By HERBERT FLUMMER. A S H I N G T O N , Dec. 19.--When H e n ry Morgen- Uiau, jr., clamped down his "censorship" ban on treasury news u p o n becoming actiug secretary, Washington correspondents immediately c o n - centrated on his department. Those who formerly dropped in at the treasury on the rarest oc- c a s i o n s began making it their business to call daily. Attendance at Morgenthau's press conferences increased perceptibly. They started writing stories, too --many of them not concerned with routine treasury business or coming through official channels which the acting secretary had set up. As a favorite theme, many of these stores dealt with the changes or hinted shake-ups in personnel under Morgenthau. His moves to surround himself with advisers of his own choosing encouraged the reporters to anticipate who would be the next to go. There were indications that this finally got on the acting secretary's nerves. Oil On the Waters. The climax came when word went out that Walter J. Cummings, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance corporation, had resigned and would accept the chairmanship of a bank board in Chicago. Obviously disturbed at the report of Cummiugs' resignation, Morgen- thau sent out a call for newspapermen regularly assigned to cover the treasury to come to his office. When they had assembled he immediately disclaimed any knowledge of Cummings'' departure from the $' .vbrk 'and' expregse'd the hope that he would remain in the treasury "as long as I do." He requested newspapermen to make public his attitude. He would "appreciate it" if they would. What seemed odd about the whole affair was that no denial was made that Cummings would resign. Despite the acting secretary's agitation the report persisted that he would get out before very long. Entirely Unofficial. The seriousness with which Mor- genthau talked to the newspapermen was relieved by another visitor to the secretarial chambers in the shape of a very fine cocker spaniel dog. During the whole of the interview the cocker spaniel frisked and scampered about the chamber climbing over the newspapermen to receive friendly pats or jumping in and out of vacant chairs. When Morgenthau had concluded, someone asked: "Mr. Secretary, is the dog a new acquisition to your official family?" Morgenthau smiled wryly and replied: "No, he belongs to my daughter, but--must that go into the story?" Ask Postponement of Pistol License Bill DES MOINES, Dec. 19. .V)-The house judiciary No. 1 committee-today recommended for indefinite postponement the Hartman hi! which would require the licensing of all sellers of pistols. The bill also would require registration of purchasers, all of whom would be licensed. Peace officers would be exempt from the bill's provisions. Relief Rolls Gut in Half by CWA Jobs WASHINGTON, Dec. 19. .1»--fn several Iowa cities the civil workf program has absorbed about hal: the cases previously on relief rolls A report here shows Sioux City 53 per cent of relief cases transferred to civil works: DCS Molnes 42 per cent transferred and Sioux Falls, S. Dnk., 62 per cent transferred. IOWA WEATHER Generally fair in extreme west portion, unsettled in central and east; snow probable In southeast nnd extreme east Tuesday night nnd Wednesday, somewhat warmer Wednesday. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning: Maximum Monday 40 Minimum in Night 16 At 8 A. M, Tuesday 20 TURBINE EXPLODES; 4 MEN HURT Iowa Senate Votes 38 to for' ON CHAIN STORE LEVY PROPOSAL Half of Amendment by Patterson of Burt Is Defeated. DES MOINES, Dec. 19. UP)--The state senate today voted 11 to 38 to retain the retail sales tax provision in the interim committee three point tax program. The vote taken in committee of tlie whole rejected the first half of an amendment proposed by Senator George Patterson of Burt and others. Senator Patterson proposed the striking of the retail sales tax from the bill and the addition of a chain store tax. No action was taken on the second half of the amendment, that providing- for the chain store levy. Opposed In Debate. Major test that the interim tax committee bill has undergone so far, Patterson's amendment was determinedly opposed in today's debate. Elimination of the retail sales tax would hiive stricken from the bill the principal revenue raising feature. Sponsors of the interim bill have estimated that the 2 per cent tax on retail sales would raise $14,500,000 a year while the provisions for a 1 to 5 per cent net personal income tax and a 2 per.cen,t net cor- ioratlDrrinBoaie~~t6x"5^tS}flia account Made 2 Questions. Division of the Patterson amendment into the two questions was accomplished in parliamentary maneuvering at yesterday afternoon's session, the move left advocates of the interim bill hopeful not only of retaining the retail sales tax but of adding the chain store tax which it was estimated would bring- in §700,- 000 additional. After defeating the Patterson amendment the senate following regular procedure would have considered the second question. However it was decided to defer further action on this matter until tomorrow and to take up other amendments this afternoon. The vote on the amendment- to eliminate the retail sales tax was as follows: McArthur Votes No. Ayes--11. Aschenbrcnner, Beardsley, Cftlhoun, Hill, Hopkins, Hush, Husted, Leo, Patterson, Ritchie, and Wilson. Noes -- 38. Anderson, Baldwin, Bennett, Booth, Byers, Carden, Chrystal, Coykendall, Doze, Elthcn, Fisch, Frailey, Geske, Harrington, Hicklin, Irwin, Kimbcrly, Klemme, Knudson, McArthur, Meyer of Bremer, Miller of Buchanan, Miller of Jones, Moore, Mullaney, Nelson, Pendray, Reese, Roelofs, Schmidt, Shangle, Stanley, Stevens of Decatur, Stevens of Wapello, Topping, Tripp, Valentine and Wenner. Absent or not voting: Beatty. The portion of the amendment which would strike the retail sales tax wag determinedly opposed by Senator John K. Valentine of Centerville, chairman of the interim committee, and was staunchly supported by Senator Patterson. Reviews Discussion. In renewing their discussion Valentine said he did not believe Senator Patterson favored taking any (Turn to I'nKe 2, CVilumn 4) SHOOTING NEAR HAVANA PALACE Gangs of Negroes Carrying Sticks Force Shops to Open. HAVANA, Dec. 19. I/PI--Shootin^ Lroke out near the presidential paf- nce in Havana shortly after noon today as gangs of Negroes armed with sticks roamed the streets, forcing shops which had closed to open. Violence which saw seven bomba exploded in the city last night was extended into today. Armed soldiers and sailors patrolled the streets as the government attempted to stop the new disorders. One Negro, eating in a nearby .estaurant, was killed by a stray bullet, and another was seriously wounded. LINDBERGHS LAND IN FLORIDA S ^Wzo^ 1 to Retain Sales Tax CLYDE STILWELL RECEIVES BASAL SKULLFRACTURE Col. Charles A. Lindbergh and his uife, Anne, as they reached Miami after Ihelr flight over the Caribbean from San Pedro de Mncoris, Dominican republic, completing the 901) mile flight In 0 hours unil 48 minutes. Lindys at End of Adventure "SUm,"Anne, Red and Spic EndLongHop Complete Their Air Journey of About 25,000 Miles, · BULLETIN NEW YOKK, Dec. 19. (ff)-Col. am] Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh, finishing it dramatic, 25,(100 mllft journey over- much of the globe, came home today to Imng the baby's stocking up for Christmas. They lighted in the Ennfc river near College Point, Queens, nt. 2:38 p. ni., eastern standard time. NEW YORK, Dec. 19. UP)--A mail and his wife and a plane came today to the end of great adventure. These are the Lindberghs-- Charles, who was "Slim" when he flew the mail from St. Louis to Chicago not yet a decade ago, and Anne, patrician daughter of a man who was a "Morgan partner." Written on the blackboard of the skies is the story of their flight that touched 31 countries and colonies, Twenty-five thousand miles, in round numbers, measures their journey which began July 0 from New York, Red and Spic. Their monoplane, Red and Spic, took them over Labrador's sounding shores, Greenland's ice; through North Atlantic's bitter cold, England's fog; along the languid equator where the trade winds die, to Brazil; northward again--the West Indies, Miami, Charleston and finally home. Scientists of the machines that fly will pore over the records and note.i of the Lindberghs' flights, and from them will evolve answers to many questions of Inter-continental, trans-ocean flying. It was to acquire such data that the Lindberghs undertook the adventure under the auspices of Pan-Americnri Airways. Infallible 1'rcclslon. Again, as in his New York to Paris solo, the accuracy of the Lindbergh navigation and the smoothness of the Lindbergh flying skill was notable. With infallible precision he lifted his plane and set it down at his destinations. Two score major hops were made, and many side trips, with no worse mishap than slight damage to the propeller. The Lindberghs, sometimes with the smiling Anne at the controls, but mostly with the wind- burned, sometimes grumpy colonel at the stick, took the north Atlantic in easy jumps and leaped the south Atlantic in one 1.87.T mile hop. Anne Works KiWilo. Mostly Mrs. Lindbergh worked the radio, sending out from the trailing' nntaenna reports of the (Turn tu I'ltge '4, Column U) KILLS FRIEND'S WIFE AND SELF Slayer of Young Married Woman Found Dead in His Garage. CHICAGO, Dec. 10. M»)--The slaying in a suburban Lyons beer tavern today of a young married woman was followed several hours Inter by the suicide of the man police identified as her killer. The principals in the double tragedy were Mrs. Irene Hard, 24, of Lyons, and Wilfred Belanger, 51, identified by the former's husband. George Hard, as "my best friend." Begin to Quarrel. Joseph Talafous, proprietor of the Camp Grill tavern, said the couple returned to the place after taking Hard home and that as they sat drinking- they began to quarrel. Going to the booth he said he saw Belanger draw a revolver at which the tavern keeper rushed to a telephone to call police. While he was putting n call through he said a shot was fired and he found Mrs. Hard lying on the floor nnd her companion gone. Police went to the Hard home nearby and aroused the husband who had retired and from him learned the identity of his wife's companion and then hurried to hi.s apartment in Chicago to arrest him. Slumped Over Wheel. But they were too late as when they arrived they found Eclanger slumped over the wheel of his automobile in the garage. He had shot himself after an apparent futile effort to end his life by inhaling carbon monoxide gas. The tavern operator said he believed the quarrel started when Belanger began forcing his attentions upon Mrs. Hard and urged her to desert her husband and go nway with him. Tradesman Shot to j Death by Racketeers NEW YORK, Dec. 19. OP)--Giuseppe Minardi, a 47 year old bread dealer, was .shot to death shortly after he opened his store on East Fourteenth street today, and police believed he wns the victim of racketeers. His wife, Mary, wns a witness to the killing. Helen Keller 111 in Scotch Nursing Home GLASGOW, Scotland, Dee. IS. I.T) --Helen Keller, the famous blind American educator, is ill in a nursing home here. It was stated that her condition was not serious and that she wns expected to he able to leave the institution before the end of the week. Church Play Pushes Fund Near $500 Day's Total Largest Since Solicitation Was Started. I'revlouKly Ueportert.. . ?S78.05 St. James Lutheran I'liiy 05.00 Tenth District, Iowa Stale Registered Nurses ... lo.OI) Mil-son City Howling Club 5.00 fieorge Jung, Sheffield. . 1.00 Just u Mite (Best Wishes) ;;.00 Hetty Gcer 2.1)0 H. r i.oo Wesley Johnson, (llobe- (iiiMitta Carrier at Wesley 10 W. C, 2.00 Gult Frloml (to help the cause along) 1.00 J. II . LOO Diamond Chili, Mid-Continent Petroleum Company Mrs. Tom Fatlaml... H. !· Uiirficlil Child Study Circle Aincrlcun Club, MIISUH City High School 'i.5(» First"National IJunl; Kmjiloyes ID.00 DECLARE TRUCE IN CHACO WAR UNTIL DEC. 31 Bolivia and Paraguay to Send Delegates to Peace Parley. GENEVA, Dec. 1C. OTI--The Lioague of Nations wns informed officially today that Paraguay nnd Bolivia had accepted terms for an armistice to begin nt midnight. The League was informed i-epre- senatives of the two countries engaged in the long Gran Chaco warfare would meet soon at Montevideo to negotiate conditions of peace nnd security. The information wns contained in a cablegram from Juan Antonio Vuero, general secretary of the League of Nations' pence commission now nt La Paz, Bolivia. The me sage follows: Pence mid Security. "The president of Paraguay sent to the Chaco (League) commission a teljgram proposing first, a general armistice which would begin Dec. 19 at midnight and which would last until Dec. 30 at midnight, am!, second, an invitation for the commission to convoke immediately a meeting of the belligerents with the object o£ negotiating on conditions of peace nnd security. "Bolivia has accepted. The commission is convoking the belligerents in a meeting at Montevideo." The news of the armistice cheered leaders of the League of Nations more than anything else since the League win: formed. They regarded the news as a proof of the usefulness of the League which was the more striking at this moment when the League is being moat fiercely attacked. Dwell on Slgnific-niicc. Leaders dwelt upon the significance of the Chaco armistice as a consolidation of world peace. They spoke particularly of the usefulness of the anti-war pact advanced by Argentina and Paraguay nnd of the great co-operative support of the United States. The opinion was expressed tlint Latin America had shown Europe that the method of consolidation against war can he followed and that this path might be applied to the problem of disarmament. AGREE TO TRUCE MONTEVIDEO, Dec. 19. (/! Paraguay and Bolivia agreed today to halt their bloody war in the (Tun o Pafic 2, OihinMi 2.00 1.0(1 1.00 1.00 A"«w Total $l!)7.25 Both in the total amount and the total number of contributions. Tuesday's addition to the Christmas Cheer Fund exceeded' any previous day in the present solicitation. A lion's share of the credit for tliis showing goes to the St. Jnmes Lutheran church and its play, "The Ho.id Back," reproduced at Monroe school for a net profit slightly in excess of .?(!;. An account of the play appears on another page in this issue. Another slantiaj donation represented I n the foregoing list is from the registered nurses' organ i n a t i o n , which could find no better possible use for $lfl in its treasury than helping- insure Christmas cheer for every needy nnd deserving child in this community. Another admirable example of group giving is supplied by the em- ployes of the First National bank, also represented In the list with a 'Turn tf» 1'asr '!, Column 3) IOWAN TO HEAD RESERVE BANK Schaller of Storm Lake Elected as Acting Governor. CHICAGO, Dec. 19. (7! 1 /--George J. Schaller, Storm Lake, Iowa, banker; today was elected acting governor of the federal reserve bank of Chicago. Schaller will take over the pos Jan. 1. At the same time the Chicagi federal reserve bank board voted an extension of the leave of absenc granted last March to Gov. .lamef B. McDougal, who is ill. Health Not Good. "While Governor McOougal is im proving in health," said Chairman Eugene M. Stevens, "he has not suf ficiently recovered to resume his dii ties at the bank, and the director. i voted today to extend his leave o sub- absence to March 1." Schaller is expected to retire from the presidency of the Citizens Firs ·National bank of Storm Lake, ant will probably be succeeded there by his son, Harry. Class A Director. Since 1929 Schaller has been (i cluss A director of the Chicago Federal Reserve bank. He was born in Iowa of German parents in 1874 and was educated in the Storm Lake schools. In 1902 he nnd his father organized the Citizens bank of Storm Lake and he has been affiliated with it continually since, as cashier, vice president, .and .tincn the death of his father in 3522 as president Will Rogers Says-- BEVERLY HILLS, Gal., Dec. 19.--I see where Jesse Jones and his TUTC (Redistribution Finance Corporation) are not satisfied with the way the banks are just sitting counting their money. So to make the banks ashamed of themselves, the RFC is going to make loans to industries. The banks will about be so humiliated that they will be the first ones to borrow all the money Jesse has. Jesse, you been a banker 3'ourself. You ought to know you can't shame a banker, especially a big one. Yours, WILL ROGERS ( C o p y i l l i l i l , 1033, MeXunglil Sjudlrale) ARGUE COST OF IOWA HIGHWAYS Alesch Says Amount Set Too Low and White Charges "Untruths." DEH MOINES, Dec. IS). ; Claims and counter claims on the cost of the state highway system were made at the opening of today's session of the house investigation into the state highway commission. Sitting as a committee of the whole, the members heard Representative Alesch of Plymouth, chairman of the bouse investigating committee, charge that the cost should be close to 320 or 330 million dollars lather than the 2S5 millions as set forth in the committee report. Alesch declared the report, of the highway commission that the cost was 258 millions did not include costs before 11)17, which were 12 millions additional; nor interest of 15 millions, nor 46 millions which were spent In 1932 and 1S33. Hunch of .Scdoolboy.s. "Does Fred White think the legislature is a bunch of schoolboys?" nsked Alesch. Taking- the stand, White, chief engineer of the highway commission, struck by saying "AlcscJi's statement simply illustrates the mi.sstatements, untruths and fabrications of fact contained throughout the committee report." White said Alesch was figuring both maintenance uncl Interest costs and reiterated that up to Dec. 1, 1933, the construction cost was ?2,.300,000. He declared the committee report "full of untruths and distorted facts." Launches Ex|iluiiut)on. White then launched into an explanation and refutation of charges mndn by several discharged commission employes to the investigating committee. He denied a statement by A. O. Smith, a former employe, that Charles Kinderman, JLU employe, bad sold Smith two tires for six dollars. White stated that be had given Kinderman five worn tires from Ills car and that Klncljrman then gave three of these to Smith, who Inter found they were too small. White said that Smith .'10 stilted to Kinderman, who then gave Smith two worn tiros which had been discarded from a commission car, pointing out that Smith was out of work at the time. Kefcr.s t o Statement. Reference then wa-s made to a statement by K. C. Tripp, a former employe, in which Tripp said that Smith was out to get a Mr. Clyde and Kinderman and would use tlie tire.s "to get" Kinderman. White asserted this entire matter was :i "clear di.itorlion of facts." The statement of H. C. Ifcnnick a former employe, was taken vip nnd dittsectc" by While. Regarding a charge that state owned cement had been used to construct a floor in Clyde's garage, he said this material was purchased from an Amos lumber dealer. White said that four men had used about 30 minutes of time to pour tho concrete and Hint Clyde had reimbursed the commission for the time, paying $7.90. An explanation was given by the engineer concerning Hemiicli'.s charges that he had helped lond highway trucks several times with f u r n i t u r e for White's cottage at Clear Lake. White said that on one occasion--a Sat- -day afternoon when the employes do not work-- Kindcmnan had had to take some castings to Hampton, fie aslced Kindfi-man to put some f u r n i t u r e in the fimnll truck for the cottngo. T'irri tr I'ftKr ''· ('"Innm T i Condition of Mechanic at Beet Sugar Plant Is Critical. Four men were injxircd, one seriously, shortly after 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at the American Beet Sugar company plant when UK: main power turbine exploded in the engine room. Clyde Stihvell, 51, master nis;- cknnlc who has been with the company ever since the local plant was constructed, wns thn most seriously injured of the three. He received a basul skull fracture nnd was badly bruised. His condition was considered critical Tuesday afternoon. .Iiimes L. Kiiy, 1213 North Federal avenue, turbine operator, received cuts and burns on the face and hands and bin hip was fractured. H. G. Erick.'Mn, Clear Lake, mechanic, received a scalp wound but was not considered In serious condition. Floyd VanNote, electrician, received an injury to his side. All four were taken to hospitals. Cause CnkiKMvii. No definite reason could be given for the explosion, according to A. R. Finley, plant superintendent, except, that the electric tuvbine was running at too high speed and the centrifugal forces of the machine caused the explosion. All charts in the engine room were uniform and over- speed was believed the only thing that could have caused the accident, as far as engineers could determine. The generator usually ran at a speed of 3,600 revolutions a minute and furnished 760 'KW. Tlie armature was about four feet in diameter and about 18 inches thick. The force of the explosion shattered a one Inch steel casting that encased the turbine. Parts of the generator were thrown in all directions. Tile steam half of the turbine remained intact. Lights Went Out. Shortly before the accident occurred the lights of the plant went out. Plant officials knew immediately something wns wrong with th'c power plant and Superintendeni. Finley stated that lie! started for tin; engine room when be heard a dull tliud and later the sound of falling' metal. Mr. Stilwell, who had been operating Hie machine for 10 years, attempted to shut off the steam valvii to the turbine and had kicked ofC the automatic control nnd was turning the valve when the explosion, occurred. He was struck in the face with flying debris nnd knocked unconscious to the riooj-. Tlie back of his head struck the cement floor iu falling and he was covered with the shattered debris of broken casting. Hits Alrslmft. Mr. Kay wan knocked into K, metal airshafL used for cooling aiut the impact crumpled the shaft lilto cardboard. The shaft was about twu feet square. Following the explosion, every motor in thn plant wan down .for about an hour. The power was then shifted on to another generator anil the mill wns kept r u n n i n g with little loss due to the accident. The plant will remain running although Its capacity will be cut down about two- (Turn til "CARE OF THE FEET" Do you realize how many ailments your feet are subject to-fallen arches, corns, ingrown nails, callosities, warts, athlete's foot, chilblains, blisters? Do you know the many simple causes of Ihefle sometimes serious ailments--improperly fitted shoes or stockings, incorrect standing and walking, lacl of proper exercise? Are you awaro that from the feet spring disorders that sometimes result in permanent injury, or death? The booklet, "Care of the Feet," contains authoritative general information m home treatment ot minor foot ills. 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