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February 26, 1936

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 1

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1 'j U E M ' T C F NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 121 3 JAPANESE CABINET MEMBERS SLAIN Checking Up on Winter All North America Suffers; Mild in Europe. By CHARLES P. STEWART A . S H I N G T O N , (CPA)--To say that the United States has had an abnormal winter is to express it mildly. Forecaster R. Hanson Weightman of the weather bureau's headquarters, in Washington, admits. F o r e c a s t e r Weightman does not concede that, s p e a k i n g o f North America as a whole, a new all time record has been set. The bureau has youngish stations which never have recorded as cold weather as as much of it, but the records of some of its older stations hark back to seasons even a little severer than that of 1935-'36. Averaging the country up, the forecaster estimates that more places have had lower temperatures more continuously in the last few weeks than at any previous time in 30 years. Europe Not Complaining. Europe has not particularly complained. Without having much information available from there, the weather expert surmises that the old world winter has been normal. He explains our own winter in this manner: "The bowlful of North Polar cold air has a way of overflowing by way -of Iceland.-by way. of-Labrador, and Hudson hay, and by way of, the Mackenzie river valley. Here in America we are not concerned with the Iceland overflow. That affects western Europe. But cold waves from Labrador sweep our own eastern states. And Mackenzie river cold waves are felt in our west and north. Then they trend eastward, but are modified in intensity as they travel. Overflow Doivn Valley. "However, after a heavy overflow down the Mackenzie valley, say, the polar reserve of cold usually seems, for a while, to lose its 'pep' and the recipients of overflows from Labrador and Iceland get off easily. Or, if Iceland overflows freely into Europe, we get off easily here." "This passing winter," continued the forecaster, "has been peculiar in that the Mackenzie and Labrador overflows both have been liberal. "The natural conclusion is that Iceland's has been relatively small. "Our northern plains stater, have felt the Mackenzie valley waves in their full force, with temperatures down to 50 degrees below zero. As these waves have spread, temperatures have not been so low, but they have been pretty low. And the east, besides feeling the tail ends of the Mackenzie waves, has had to reckon ·with Labrador waves." Northern Plains Freeze. The northern plains, in short, have squirmed under intensity; the re mainder of the country under continuity. Europe, at America's expense, seems to have been fairly comfortable. Though it has been a cold winter, it has not been an especially snowy one. True, snow has fallen copiously, but not unpreeedentedly so. Nevertheless, the countryside has been quite persistently blanketed. Icy sidewalks, Forecaster Weightman agrees, are an irritation to city folk, but he reminds us that snow- covered fields are a blessing to agriculture. Subject to Damages. "Fall plantings." he pointed out, "exposed to alternate freezings and thawings of uncovered ground, are subject to serious damage. "Snow protects them. "Spring yields should be excellent." But what makes the north polar cold air spill out so eccentrically? "That we don't know," answers Forecaster Weightman. The late Herbert Janvrin Browne, apostle of long distance weather prophesy, believes he had found the answer to the secret of seasonal predictions, but he died recently and the weather bureau disputes the accuracy of his reasoning. Coal Kept in Yard \1 ^ Years Sold in Crisis FAYETTE, (.T)--Coal mined in Wyoming, purchased 17 years ago and since held because no sale could he found for it at its value of $14.50 a ton. was sold by Frank Chittcn- ^ealcr here, during the recent "sis. He disposed of it at a '·* to prevent suffering. New Snowfall Ties Up Highway Traffic MERCORY FALLS AS WIND BEGINS TO PILE DRIFTS More Snow and Below Zero Spell Are Seen for State. Winter snapped at Iowa's heels Wednesday, piling snow over most of the state and wetting down the portions that didn't get snow with rain. Prospects, the weatherman sajd, are for continued snow in the central and north portions and below zero temperatures early Thursday in the northwest section. The low expected in that area was 5 below, the weatherman said, while the mercury probably would hold to 5 above in the northeast, 10 above in the southwest and 15 above in the southeast. A 6 inch fall of snow in the Mason City area was drifting somewhat, particularly after the wind increased during the afternoon and it was necessary to put snow removal equipment on all highways. Highway commission officials advised motorists to stay off the highways, stating that as long as the heavy wind lasted efforts to keep the roads clear were of no avail. Automobiles were reported stalled on highways in all directions out of Mason City Wednesday afternoon. Farmers were being called on to putt .the cars-out of -the .drifts... . - - . plows at Work; "We're Just" trying' -to hold wnat we got," said County Engineer R. E. Robertson, who pointed out that county plows were going over the roads which had previously been cleared including the highway to Rock Falls and Plymouth, the scenic highway up along the Winnebago river, the Portland road and the Rockwell to Thornton highway. Highway commission snowplo\vs were whirling the newly fallen snow from all primary roads, getting over the highways rapidly. No reports had been received at the commission district offices here that the roads were blocked by the new fall of snow. Railroads Get Busy. With the old cuts drifting full of snow railroad again had their snow removal equipment in action, making plans to tie up trains in event conditions got worse. The Great Western had one train fast in snowdrift near Eagle Grove. With word from the western part of the state that conditions were reaching the stage Under which it would be impossible to operate trains, the Milwaukee made plans to tie up all trains until the wind went do\vn. The M. and St. L. held the northbound passenger train in Mason City Wednesday afternoon, while awaiting developments on other traffic. The Rock Island was continuing its operations Wednesday afternoon, having received no report on whether or not night trains were being started. North Western trains were also continuing in operation, with plans to annul trains if conditions got worse. Slightly Below Freezing. The temperature here was slightly below freezing Wednesday after reaching 25 above zero for the night's low. The temperature dropped rapidly as the wind increased. Highways out of Osage were open Wednesday but some drifting was reported. Snowplows were busy but some blockading was threatened, it was said. The temperature was 30 above. At Cresco snowfall measured 4 inches Wednesday morning with the mercury at 24 above. The mercury continued to rise and it was reported still snowing. Five inches of snow fell during the night at Belraond, it was reported Wednesday. The mercury rose to 32 above at 9 a. m. Wednesday, after a jninimum of 26. The snow was reported to be quite heavy. A strong wind struck Clarion at about 11 o'clock Wednesday morning and by 11:30 was blo%ving from 25 to 30 miles an hour. This caused drifting of the half foot of snow that had fallen during the night and in the morning. Heaviest In Northwest. Heaviest snowfall was reported in the northwest section. Spirit Lake measured seven inches of new snow, reported a rising wind with danger of another highway blockade. Emi ir.f-'.sbiirg reported six inches of j new snow and a blustering wind. At i Spencer the wind was stiff and Carrying Latimer Mail \ Rural letter carriers were wondering whether Wednesday's snow might force continuation of using special means to get over their routes. In the above photo, taken at Latimer, are shown Russell Hanson, left, regular letter carrier who has a route ot 45 '/ 2 miles and Mr. Lubkeman, auxiliary carrier, ready to start over their route recently. They covered a 10 mile route to deliver mail to various^ destinations, to which patrons could go to get their mail". Each of the nien carried'about 50 pounds of mail and about 100 pounds of mail was placed on the sled. DICKINSON GOAL IS SENATE SEAT Did Not Intend Remarks as Presidential Candidacy Announcement. That his "primary interest" is the senatorial nomination in Iowa and I that his recent "remarks" at j Greensboro, N. Car., were not intended as an announcement of his candidacy for the presidential nomination at Cleveland next June was the declaration of Senator L. J. Dickinson in a letter received here Wednesday by a friend of the Al- gonan. "As you well know," he stated, "I am keenly interested in being re- nominated to the United States senate. I do feel that we should be in a position to take advantage of whatever developments there might be at the national convention. My primary interest, however, at this time is the senatorial nomination." Emma Willis Freed of Murder Charges in Slaying Father ANADARKO, Okla., .C.B--Emma Willis, IS year old farm girl, was acquitted Thursday of murder charges in the shotgun slaying of her sharecropper father. blowing the new snow though it was wet and heavy. Charles City reported fonr inches of snow, Sioux City three inches, council Bluffs an inch. It continued snowing throughout north and west Iowa while rain or snow fell on the balance of the state, depending- on the temperature. Highways in the north and west were slick with ice and traffic either was slowed down or halted. Sioux City reported a minimum temperature of 18 above. Council Bluffs and Charles City 30; Dubuque an even 32; Des Moines 33, and Davenport and Keokuk. 34 above. The high reported Tuesday was the 42 above registered at Davenport and Keokuk. Flood Threat Lessened. Both Keokuk and Davenport reported thunderstorms Tuesday. Flood threats in midwest sections were lessened with the return of lower temperatures in many sections. Two additional deaths of young children by drowning were reported. A seven year old boy fell through the ice on "a creek at Flint, Mich., and a six year old Negro girl was drowned near Morgantown, W. Va. A woman was drowned near Logansport, Ind., Tuesday. FOREST CITY Waukon Eliminated in First Round Match of State Jaysee Tournament. Waldorf Junior college of Forest City touched off the fireworks in the 1936 state jaysee tournament which opened at the high school court Wednesday afternoon by outclassing Waukon Junior college 43 to 30 to enter the second round. The Forest Cityans will meet Mason City, which drew a bye. in the second round Thursday night. C o a c h "Kippy" Gilbertson's cagers gained: a 12 to 0 lead and never relinquished its margin. The Winnebago county school used its entire squad, alternating two teams. Waukon, coached by Howard Moffitt, former University of Iowa star, was helpless against the Waldorf attack and was hopelessly behind from the start. Don Anderson, who tied with a teammate. Harold Johnson, for high scoring honors with 9 points, was the outstanding player on the floor, shining both on defense and offense. * TheWeaiher FORECAST IOWA: Mostly cloudy with snow in central and n o r t h portions; much colder Wednesday night. MINNESOTA: Snow Wednesday night, possibly heavy in north and east; partly cloudy to .cloudy Thursday snow in north portion; cold wave Wednesday night or Thursday; fresh to strong shifting winds. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning: GOVERNOR SAYS BREEDING MOST HANG APRIL Red Oak Man Refused Clemency in Slaying of His Wife. PICTURE ON PAGE 2 DEB MOINES. (.I')--Gov. Clyde L. Herring Wednesday refused to grant executive clemency and set April 27 as the date on which Arch Breeding, former Red Oak night marshal, is to hang for the murder of his wifffi In a formal statement which reviewed the facts of the crime, Gov- · ernor Herring said: "If, under the law, this is not deliberate, cold blooded premeditated murder of one whom he had sworn to defend, I cannot conceive of first degree murder under any conditions. "The easy path for the executive in an appeal of this kind is to grant clemency, but thi K case, in my opinion, docs not warrant executive interference." His Third Refusal. It was the third time during his term of office that Governor Herring refused clemency and set an execution date for a condemned slayer. Previously he had ordered the hanging of Elmer Brewer and Pat Griffin and of Reginald Tracy. The governor said that circumstances of the shooting, which showed him -Brewing had.contem- plated the crime for several hours indicated the murder was deliberately planned. "I have considered the complete record in the case of Arch Breeding, and have given careful consideration to the appeals of many splendid citizens of Montgomery county, and am sorry for Arch Breeding." his statement said. Shot in Argument. Breeding shot his wife on the night of Oct 5, 3934. during an argument over whether she would continue divorce proceedings started against him because of habitual drunkenness. His daughter, Bernice, now 19. saw the shooting-. She conferred with the governor Monday. Wednesday the governor said: "Miss Breeding is torn between loyalty to the memory of her mother and duty to her father, and under such trying obligations main! tains what appears to her and her ' friends to be the only fair position-that of neutrality." After expressing his sympathy for Breeding, the governor continued in his statement: Waited at Home. "But the .fact remains that he did wait at the home of his wife and daughter until they returned; that some words were had: that he left and went to a place where he was part time employed; t h a t he watched his chance and stole a revolver, the location of which he knew by reason of his employment: that he left this place after stating to a clerk 'don't be surprised if you hear anything- before morning:' that he returned to the home of his wife and daughter, summoned his wife to the door and, in the daughter's presence, deliberately fired the entire contents of the revolver, either at or into the body of his killing her instantly." The governor said the official execution warrant would be sent to Sheriff John Conkel of Red Onk. who under the law must spring the trap sending Breeding to his death at Fort Madison penitentiary. Conferred With Lawyer. During the week the governor has conferred with Breeding's attorney and Walter Maley, who successfully argued against Breeding's appeal in the state supreme court. Shortly after the crime was committed Breeding pleaded guilty to charges of first degree murder. District Judge H. J. Mantz fixed ON THE INSIDE Jaysee Teams Start on State Title Race ON SPORTS PAGE R. R. Crew Works on Buffalo Center Wreck ON STATE PAGE Assassination Act of "Patriotism in" Japan ON PAGE 3 Iowa Falls Sandbags Ready If River Rises ON STATE PAGE $50,000,000 Bill for Seed Loans Is Vetoed ON PAGE 2 Fire Two Commerce Department Officials ON PAGE 2 Firemen Rescue Man Overcome by Fumes ON PAGE 12 Demand for Workers on Farm Has Doubled ON PAGE 12 Slain in Coup the death penalty, ordering that Breeding be hanged Oct. 29, 1935. LeRoy H. Johnson, his attorney, appealed to the supreme court for a change of sentence to life imprisonment. The high court denied the appeal Sept. 21, 1935, with seven justices voting to uphold the death sentence and two dissenting. The supreme court clerk's office said Iowa governors have commuted death penalties in most cases where there was a divided supreme court opinion. Death Penalty Stayed. On Oct. 11 Breeding's attorney filed a notice of intention to ask the court to reconsider the case. Filing of the notice automatically stayed the death penalty, which could not be imposed while legal action was pending. The court, however, ruled on Dec. !19 that the rehearing would not be granted, thereby cancelling Breeding's last hope for judicial clemency in courts of the state. With the death sentence indefinitely stayed, Governor Herring was required under the law either to set a new execution date or commute the punishment to life imprisonment. Johnson asked a commutation hearing and the r e q u e s t was granted. Maximum Tuesday Minimum in Night At 8 A. M. Snowfall Precipitation 30 Above 25 Above 30 Above 5 Inches .45 of an Inch After dropping to 17 inches, under the influence of 3 melting days, the Mason City snow level Wednesday morning was back to 22 inches. Five inches of snow descended during the night and during the forenoon Wednesday it turned to a fine type of flake that closely resembled sleet.. Illinois 'Yawning Woman' Gets Her Third Attack MORRISON. 111., (.TV-Mrs. Harold McKee, the "yawning woman" who twice has attracted nationwide attention because of her peculiar affliction, is suffering a third attack. This t i m e the yawns are accompanied by vomiting which makes it difficult to gain results with medicine as in previous cases. The present attack began Sunday night when she started to yawn eight to eleven times a minute. The vomiting lessened somewhat Tuesday night and she was able to retain food at least for a time. Mrs. McKecs' first yawning spell in 103-i lasted nine days and the second in IflSS. continued" 11 days. It was more severe than the first. The McKee family recently moved to Morrison from Round Grove, 111. Worry and strain over care of an i invalid husband and a diabetic schoolboy son are blamed for her ' affliction 2 FLEETS CALLED FROM HIGH SEAS TO DO GUARD DUTY State of Emergency Declared After Young Officers of Army Assassinate Premier and Two Aides "to Remove Corrupt Influences." JAPANESE SITUATION AT A GLANCE By The Associated Press TOKIO--Premier Okada and two other cabinet ministers assassinated by young- army officers apparently angered by civil opposition to the military's policies in China; government announces order restored but declares state of emergency; two fleets ordered from the high seas to police Tokio and Osaka; emperor orders the nationalist, Fumio Goto, to form new government; two other officials wounded. WASHINGTON--Japanese embassy announces no fundamental change in .Japan's form of popular government would occur; relations with the United States would not be affected. GENEVA--League of nations observers see possible new strain on Russo-Japanese relations, more aggressive Japanese foreign policy. MOSCOW--Japanese embassy told by government 100 younger officers imprisoned for assassinations; rebellion suppressed. Soviet officials mum, but observers fear far-eastern repercussions. SHANGHAI- Japanese embassy spokesmen say coup executed by "few hundred" members of first army division, about to leave Japan for Manchoukuo. Chinese officials express fear of break in bettered · Sino-Japanese relations. LONDON--Japanese embassy says Tokio situation in hand, vrith police wartime control of city. Foreign Minister Eden tells house of commons Bank of Japan has suspended business temporarily. J3y GLENN BABB (CnpyrlslK, WM, by The Associated Press) TOKIO--Three of Japan's most distinguished leaders were assassinated in a snowstorm before dawn Wednesday by young army officers who said they wished "to remove corrupt influences from around the throne." ' They killed the liberal premier, Kejsuke Okada; the lord keeper of the privy seal''and former premierT Admiral Viscount Makoto Saito, and the chief of military education, Gen. Jotaro Watanabe. s · · --# They wounded Korekiyo, minister of finance, and Admiral Kantaro Suzuki, lord chamberlain of the Imperial court. They killed and wounded several lesser personages, together with policemen, body guards, and personal servants in their sudden attempt at a coup d'etat. 80 Reported Killed. (A Japanese consular source in London stated unconfirmed reports from Japanese newspapers said 80 persons had been killed in all. Riichi Takahashi, son of the minister of finance, said in New York he had received a cable stating his father was dead.) All other members of the cabinet escaped unhurt and one of these ministers, Fumio Goto, head of the home office, was made acting- premier by Emperor Hirohito. Goto is a nationalist. A report to the Japanese embassy in London stated, however, Goto and all his cabinet had tendered thoir resignations to the emperor. The government declared a state of emergency and ordered two fleets from the high seas to police duty at Tokio and Osaka. Declare Martini Law. Martial law was proclaimed in the city of Tokio only at 2:30 a. m. Thursday. Lieut. Gen. Kohei Kashii, commander of the Tokio garrison, was placed in charge of enforcing the law. Under the law of the country, a decree of martial law is more drastic than the previously declared "state of emergency" and permits the troops to use any means of force to subdue enemies of the state. Under strong military precautions, the streets of Tokio were quiet early Thursday and the government declared the whole nation was calm. Traffic Is Suspended. This correspondent personally motored around the capital, finding the majority of theaters and restaurants closed, advertising lights darkened, and traffic suspended in several central districts. The insurgent officers who decimated the cabinet said their purpose was to protect the national policy. They said they believed that the government was being torn by financial factions and bureaucrats at a juncture in which the nation was confronted with various difficulties. The officers said in their manifesto that their purpose was to protect the national policy, thereby fulfilling their duties to the throne. Has Control of Police. The premier-designate. Goto, was minister of home affairs--the office which carries with it control of the police--and senior civilian members of the Okada cabinet. Soldiers immediately were ordered out on duty to maintain order. The imperial palace and all government offices were placed under a heavy military guard. The recent parliamentary election, which demonstrated a swing toward liberalism in the Japanese electorate, had established Premier Okada more firmly in power than KEISCKE OKADA MAKOTO SAITO JOTARO WATAXABB

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