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A ' a O " ! E R / I I S I.' E '.1 ,?. t. ''\ '! ' ; ' ;· T O F I ? ·'. 3 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. XLII FIVE CENTS A COP1 ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIKE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 122 Convention Fight Seen Demo Session May Be Wilder Than Reoublican. CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , ( C P A ) -- T h e democratic national c o n v e n- tion in Philadelphia in June may, after all, be a more vicious affair than the republican c o n- vention in Cleveland, which will have preceded it shortly. Concerning the r e p u b M e a n s ' choice of a presidential candidate there will be uncertainty tc the last minute. Few politicians question that the democrats will renominate President Roosevelt. In that the democratic selection can be calculated so accurately in advance and that the republican selection cannot, the latter party's gathering will have an interest surpassing the former's. But the republicans possibly will be fairly decorous in their proceedings. The democrats possibly will experience some "rough house." G. O. P.'s "Big Five" There notably are five republican presidential aspirants: Borah, Landon, Knox, Vandenbcrg and Dickinson. Landon, Knox, Vandenberg and Dickinson have been reasonable polite contenders among themselves. They will fight, but they will fight according to Queensbury rules, with no ill-feeling, each for any of the others. Borah is an independent scrapper. However, if named, there is no prospect that orthodox republicanism will bolt him. And if he isn't named but is given a moderately coherent voice in dictating the G. O. P. platform, it is the consensus that he will support the republican ticket. , .Odds irid Ends. Jjs and ends of 'candiSficiSr'ine/'png ' Hoover's-' i f ' the"ex-presi'i^t is · a candidate --but they are not taken seriously. ·In short, though there will be a Cleveland contest, signs are that it will not be ugly. The assurance of Al Smith's presence on the Philadelphia convention floor guarantees something more than a mere sham combat among the democrats. Al will not win; Roosevelt will be renominated. But any row that Al starts in the convention will have an aftermath during the camapign and maybe on election day. Will Get Together. Whereas republican dissentients in their 'convention will get together subsequently, democrat dissentients will stay "at outs." Speaker Joseph W. Byrns of the house of representatives, once told me why, in his opinion, republicans are so much more harmonious than democrats. "Democrats," he said, "have principles, which they stand by. But their principles do not agree. Concerning them they clash among themselves. Republicans simply want to get into office. They don't care whether they break in by the cellar window or climb in through the attic. Later they may quarrel over the division of the loot, but they're a unit as to breaking in." Be that as it may, the Roosevel- t'ans greatly need the important state of New York in the coming eiection. - Al Has Strength. Political "dope" is that they won't get it "up state," but that they may carry the whole commonwealth if they get a sufficient majority on potent .Manhattan island. Can they get a Manhattan island majority of sufficient size, however, with Tammany against'them ?--and can they swing Tammany against Al Smith. Al also has a deal of strength in some of New York's suburbs--Massachusetts, for example. Briefly. Al won't signify at the democratic convention except as a disturbing element. But he will signify as a disturbing element that the other side hasn't got. The democratic nomination won't be on his say-so. As to election results, his voice may count a good bit. Aged lowan Struck by Train and Killed, PACIFIC JUNCTION, CT)--Harrison Fitch, 84, was killed when a Burlington passenger struck him as he was walking across a railroad crossing deaf. FIGHT NEW BLOCKADE OF DRIFTS RAIL AND MOTOR TRAFFIC SLOWLY GETSIDERWAY North Iowa Roads Badly Drifted; Icy in Rest of State. North Iowa fought Thursday to restore highway and railroad traffic through a new blockade of snowdrifts. The worst of the drifts built Wednesday afternoon and night out of a heavy wet snow by a wind that ranged 40 and more miles an hour in velocity extended from Mason City west and from the Lincoln highway north. Icy highways throughout the remainder of the state, resulting from wet snow and rain frozen by lowered fie. temperatures, hampered traf- Traffic Paralyzed. Both railroad ans motor traffic in this section, paralyzed by the sudden new onslaught of winter, were slowly getting into operation Thursday. The thermometer, however, only went to a minimum of 2 degrees above zero and one inch of snow fell after 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. The local temperature was 13 above at noon Thursday after rising to 15 above zero during the forenoon. There was a little hope of better weather in the weatherman's forecast, which said temperatures would probably sink back to 5 below in northeast Iowa early Friday, to zero in the northwest, and to 10 above in the southern half of the state. Temperatures will rise Friday, he said, but snow is in prospect. "However," he added, "the way things look now--the-snow won't be- heavy and probably.won't drift." Open S Directions. ^.i; Highway engineers succeefip early in the day in getting re* ? ^ j. open east to Charles .City, west 'K. .^. Clear Lake and north to thiS^.^^ state line,- but No. 65 to the south was expected to remain blocked throughout the day. No. 9 was reported open from Forest City to Riceville. Snow removal equipment from other sections of the state started Fire Destroys Coal Company Warehouse Coal Company Structure Gutted by Fire This shows Ihe southwest corner of the Consolidated Coal and Coke company building aftr fire had gutted it early Thursday morning during a blizzard. Vern Mott, manager, is shown pointing in one of a number of automobiles destroyed in the fire. It was estimated the loss was between $15,000 and ¥20,000. (Photo by Lock, Kayenay Engraving) moving toward Mason City and vicinity Thursday to cope with the situation. This equipment included two rotary plows, one from Iowa City and another from Vinton. This will place four rotary plows at the disposal of the local highway commission engineers. Found Their Way. Push plows had succeeded in finding their way amono- cars a short distance the stalled beyond the here. Fitch was slightly I Lung Punctured in Fencing Accident A M E S, I/P) -- Richard Bcatty. sophomore student at Iowa State college from DCS Moines. is in a hospital with a punctured lung suf- j fered in a fencing class when a foil broke. Schermerhorn farms by noon Thursday when a rotary plow, brought to Mason City from Forest City, was sent into action. Another rotary, which spent the morning hours clearing out an underpass of snow and buried automobiles on No. 69 at Solberg, went in:o action on No. 65 northward from Hampton at noon. The expectation was that this section of the highway would be cleared by mornnig. The fact that the highway immediately south of Mason City for several miles was strewn with some 50 stalled automobiles added to the difficulty of opening the road. Strewn With Cars. The fact that this stretch of highway is strewn with stalled automobiles will add to the difficulty of opening the road. "We can't just plow these cars nto the ditch," said Raymond Zack, district engineer of the highway commission. "We will have to stop and dig each one of them out. That will be a big delay." County and highway commission snow removal equipment fought in vain to release the blockaded cars during a blinding snowstorm Wed- PAROLED CONVICT SLAIN BY OFFICER Policeman Wounded When He Interrupts Attempted Tavern Holdup. CHICAGO, yp)--A paroled convict was shot and killed Thursday by a policeman who was himself wounded when he interrupted an alleged holdup attempt at a westside tavern. The slain gunman was identified by fingerprint records as Frank McNally. 31. paroled in November, 1935. from Joliet prison after serving eight years of a ten year to life sentence on charges of robbery and assault to kill. Policeman Patrick Beckham was shot in the right shoulder. nesday afternoon. The sudden blizzard which blew up at noon Wednesday made highway work perilous throughout the afternoon and evening, o'ne of the commission plows was struck by a"cgr/«i, 'Iowa: iXij" -m.i, of Osage ^j.vftadorf, McGregor, f-tiamier in (judges and the eliding- to ,'tion shall make a, here. Vn of their nomutoo. f- ion as its cand/ported open lection MetKhe day. A plow v ^, ·1 c? - por , road? - No. 20 V\ | : in th"Ly trom Charles rfeired fiing- and later re- of thae remainder of the ion fop, where the storm lf, tl'e, had been opened, vllir.terloo to No. 65 was -- .. ^ ,, reported-.^i' One plow left Manly for the Minnesota line and then returned to Mason City, encountering some 25 stalled, cars in the road. Another went west on 106 to the county line. Later reports were the highway was open to Albert Lea. Additional snow removal equipment was on its way to Mason City from Waterloo to assist in the battle with drifts. Mr. Zack stated he planned to place one of the truck plows in operation in Cerro Gordo county and another in Winnebago county. To Get Bridge Down. County Engineer R. E. Robinson once more routed the county plow up the Rock Falls and Plymouth road and planned to go down the Portland road afterwards. The old bridge, left on the Shell Rock river ice four miles below Portland while a new bridge was being erected, will have to be removed before a thaw or it will cause an ice jam, he said. Railroads were slow in resuming their normal schedules after the convulsions of the storm. Some got into action by early afternoon, while others expected to keep battling the big bad drifts until nightfall and later and annulled all trains for the day. Normal by Night. W. F. Ingraham. division superintendent of the Milwaukee, stated normal schedules would he in operation on that railroad by Thursday- night. A snow-plow sent to Calmar early in the morning had come back on its journey westward early Thursday afternoon, closely followed by No. 11 and No. 3 consolidated into one train. "We are ordering trains out on schedule all along our division Thursday night." said Mr. Ingraham. All trains on the M. and St. L. were annulled when two snowplows operating south of Mason City became stuck in snow drifts. One plow, which started northward out of Hampton, got a distance of three miles while another, working north from Marshalltown, got more than it could handle in a drift near Geneva. Snoivplow in Action. A sno%vplow made its way from Belle Plaine to Mason City Thursday and plans were made to get trains into operation Thursday evening. Great Western traffic wag tied up by the snow, with the expectation of having a plow through here late Thursday afternoon. Rock island traffic was approaching normal except for a drift of snow at Flint, some 10 miles south I canyons in that area blown full of of Mason City, where 140 men were at work. With the opening of this the Rock Island will be getting to normal schedule. Delay in opening the track at Flint .was caused by the derailment "6f several cars of. No. -83 northbound train; wjUcfi'rai into the snow there' w'edhesdiy afternoon. No. 59 was waiting back of No. 83 for the opening of the track. Floods in Southeast. In southeast Iowa local floods resulted from ice jams along the Des Moines river, but freezing weather was slowing up the runoff and lessening the danger. Temperatures in the northwest fell below zero early Thursday, Sioux City reporting i degree below and Spirit Lake 3 below. The rest of the state measured minimums ranging from zero up to 16 above, temperatures losing their severity the farther southeast the reading. Fort Dodge's report was typical of the northwest. All highways were blocked. The Illinois Central railroad canceled all service west of Waterloo until snow plows could open up the drifts. Other roads did likewise. It still was snowing and blowing. Highways Closed. At Sioux City virtually all highways were closed and train service halted, but railroads expected to 'get going" by this afternoon. Charles City reported highway 14 blockaded, but other highways open. Train service there was halted. Like reports came from Ida Grove, Rockwell City, Spirit Lake, Emmetsburg and a number of other northwest Iowa points. Near tumwa jam several miles long choked the Des Moines river, which rose nine feet behind the jam in a few hours. Several highways in that vicinity were flooded. The new blockade in northwest Iowa caught literally hundreds of motorists out on the highways and stranded them. Walk to Next Town. Near Sioux City,- 10 men marooned for a day in the Rock Branch filling station on highway 20, at the intersection of Woodbury county road K. Thursday morning started walking to Correctionville. eight miles east, and made the journey in a few hours. The wind had died down and the weather otherwise moderated. E. W. Dunn, district highway engineer, advised the men to try to reach farm homes in the vicinity, that it would be several hours before a snow crew could rescue them. Reports so far indicate stranded motorists have been able to gain shelter in farm houses, though 35 automobiles were stranded on a five, mile stretch of highway 65 south of Iowa Falls. Louis Smith, farmer along this stretch, put up 63 motorists at his home Wednesday night. Traffic at Standstill. In the Webster City area all trains, bus and motor traffic was at a standstill. Fifty-one motorists spent last night at oil stations located at the Blairsburg corner. Twenty-five found shelter in a farm house north of Jewell and 32 other- ers were marooned at the Michelson farm north of Duncombe. Spirit Lake reported the drift TT^Weather Eddyville, just above Otin southeast Iowa, an ice FORECAST IOWA: Increasing cloudiness and not so cold in central and west portions. Possibly snoiv in extreme northwest portion Thursday night. Friday unsettled ivilh rising temperatures. Snow except in extreme southeast. MINNESOTA: Snow beginning Thursday night or Friday; not so cold Thursday night, except in extreme northeast and extreme southeast; rising temperature Friday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday 37 Above Minimum in Night 2 Above At 8 A. M. Thursday 5 Above Snowfall 1 in ch Precipitation .12 of an Inch snow again and all schools closed again. Highway commission engineers admitted Thursday the wind fooled them a little Wednesday. "The snow," one engineer explained, "was so wet, we didn't expect much drifting. But a 40 mile wind will drift even wet snow. Being wet, it was packed into drifts that will be even harder to buck out than the drifts we've just got open." Flood Waters Rising. Flood waters were reported rising in the Green Bay district, a lowlajid section along the Skunk river north of Fort Madison. Residents were moving out. Flint creek, near Burlington, went out of its banks Wednesday night and Lost creek, to the south of Burlington, flooded Burlington railroad tracks. Keokuk reported, the Mississippi river fell a little there but rose 3.9 feet at Hannibal, Mo., or a little above flood stage. All weather bureau stations reported clear skies early Thursday, but clouds started drifting as the day progressed. "Remember.'' the weatherman warned, "the ides of March are upon us. Weather conditions can and will change quickly during the next few weeks." TWO CARLOADS OF COAL, THREE TRUCKS BURNED Damage Set at $15,000 to $20,000; Firemen Work in Blizzard. Fire gutted the Consolidated Coal and Coke company warehouse and office building, 115 Seventh street southeast, early Thursday morning while a blizzard ra,gcd here, and the entire building, a frame structure of metal veneer, three large coal trucks, two carloads of coal, considerable feed and a large number of beer cases and barrels were destroyed. The estimated loss was between 515,000 and $20,000. A high wind whipped flames to nearby buildings and a barn near the building caught fire about 10 times during the early morning hours but was saved. Persons living in bouses near the .scene of the fire began moving out household goods before the fire was brought under control. Sparks from the fire were blown as far as the Milwaukee railroad station and roundhouse several blocks away. Building in Flames. Firemen received the alarm about: 10 minutes before midnight anil found the entire building burning from one end to the other upon arrival. The metal veneer had evidently held the fire from view until it was well underway. Both shifts of the fire department were used, the day shift being called at 12:01 o'clock Thursday morning, soon after firemen arrived nt the scene, and all equipment with the exception of the aerial truck was brought into use. Two lines of hose were laid to the front door and two linns were brought from the south. The barn, which was only a foot from the southeast corner of the building, offered the hardest job in the way of buildings t6 save. Police Aid Firemen. Captain Leo Risacher of the police department with four patrolmen helped firemen carry hose and assisted throughout in fighting the fire when firemen were forced to stop now and then for frozen fingers and toes. All equipment of the department was used since streams of water had to be brought from considerable distance since the fire hydrant at Seventh street and Pennsylvania avenue, a half block from the fire was frozen to within about a foot of the top of the hydrant. Streams of water were played on the fire until about 5:30 o'clock in the morning and the last truck to leave was the Combination Engine No. 2 at 6:30 o'clock Thursday morning. Cause Undetermined. The cause of the fire was undetermined. It was the first serious fire of 1936 in Mason City and the building stood in ruins Thursday morning, with only the sheet metal walls standing, while the roof and the interior partitions were completely burned. Some of the coal in rins was saved and some of the metal beer kegs were, also saved. Firemen were unable to reach any of the trucks stored in the rear of the building. Vern Mott, manager of the company, stated that some insurance vas carried on the building but ;here was no insurance on the con- .ents. Fined-for Beer Sale. IOWA CITY, (.T) -- The police court fined Clarence Heisner of Iowa City $50 and costs for selling beer .vithout a license. A similar charge against Paul Walden, arrested with Heisner in a raid, was dismissed. Three Believed Killed in Second Idaho Snowslide ON THE INSIDE HENRY MOKGENTHAU Treasury Announces Plans for Financing ON PAGE 2 R. R. Branch, Open Few Hours, Blockaded Again ON PAGE 3 Bruno Identification by Taximan Doubted ON PAGE 2 State Jaysee Court Meet to Open Again ON PAGE 13 House Approves Farm Program Compromise ON PAGE 2 Mae West Sued^by Husband--Claimant ON PAGE 10 Iowa Republicans to Convene on Friday ON PAGE 18 Four Candidates Out for School Directors ON PAGE 11 DISINTER BODY To Seek "New Evidence" in Poison Death of Woman at Bedford. BEDFORD. '.-?)--Taylor county authorities Thursday disinterred the body of Mrs. Floyd Horton, 37 year old farm wife whose death Feb. 1:1 the state charges was caused by poisoned capsules. Her body, buried at Clearfield. was brought here for examination for new evidence." Floyd Horton and Mrs. Anna Johnston, his confessed paramour, are held in the Taylor county jail charged with plotting Mrs. Morton's murder. County Attorney Roger Warin refused to disclose what new evidence officials are seeking. He said physicians will perform a thorough post mortem examination. Mrs. Johnston has confessed participating in the plot but denies she administered the poison. Horton has maintained innocence since his arrest. WALLACE. Idaho, -- Three persons were believed to have been filled Thursday in the second snow- slide in two days in this section. The first avalanche Wednesday night engulfed a Northern Pacific assenger train killing three. The second avalanche demolished 'ive houses at Burke, a mining town seven miles northeast of here and several miles north of Borax, scene hope was held they could be brought old Donald Stalwick, out alive. Five year Iowa Union Miners Not to Be Asked to Dig Coal Saturday DES MOINES. t.Ti--Gov. Clyde L. Herring said Thursday Iowa union miners will not be asked to dig mergency coal again next Saturday as they have done the last four Saturdays at most mines throiigh- i out the state. ! The coal shortage emergency ap- past. the governor de- who was playing in his yard, also was buried. He was dug out in half an hour, apparently not badly hurt. clared, "since I have no requests for emergency mining this week." and brought to a hospital here. Crews of rescuers dug frantically into the debris above the Erickson home. Two of the five homes, demol- of Wednesday night's slide. i ished, were reported 'to be unoc- Mr. and Sirs. Olc Erickson and ! cupied. Residents of the other three, their 5 year old son, Edwin, were re- | except for the Kricksons and the Find Little E in Probe of Lobbies WASHINGTON, '.Ti--The house rules committee reported Thursday its lobby investigation showed "little or no evidence of improper eon- tracts" between holding companies REBEL SOLDIERS YIELD TO LOYAL TROOPS INTOKIO Commence Evacuation of Buildings Occupied by Insurrection. SITUATION AT A GLANCE By The Associated Press. TOKIO--Capitulation of the rebellious young army officers who Wednesday assassinated four high officials was communicated to the Domei news agency; surviving ministers and supreme war coun- cillors sought to form a new government to succeed that of the slain Keisuke Okada: establishment of an ultra-patriotic nationalist government seemed imminent; under martial law and patrolled by loyal troops, Tokio was quiet; additional soldiers and sailors maintained order; death of a fifth statesman, Kantaro Suzuki, was believed only a matter of time. LONDON --European reaction to the uprising lay in the question: Will war eventuate? Some political sources saw danger of a dictatorship determined to master all Asia; France was concerned over signature to a mutual assistance pact with Russia in view of friction between Russia and Japan over outer Mongolia-Man- choukuo border incidents. MOSCOW--A g o v e r n m e n t newspaper predicted the attempted coup would mean a "further shift toward military fascism." SHANGHAI--Chinese officials believed if the younger militarists gained control in Japan, they could not remain in power long. , ported to have hrcu buried when the j Stalwick boy, arc believed to have j battling the u t i l i t y bill last session snow engulfed their cottage. Little , escaped. land members of the house. By GLENN BABB Cop.vriplit, jg:i(j, by xiip AssocJMod Press* TOKIO, --After two days of the gravest crisis in a generation, Tokio slept easier in the early hours Friday, confident that sunrise would find the rebel soldiers who assassinated four government dignitaries Wednesday, back in their barracks. They capitulated Thursday night to a government request that they quit police headquarters where they had barricaded themselves in defiance of loyal troops. The threat of bloodshed in the capital's streets was averted. Confident Danger Past. Ranking military authorities said they were confident that danger was past since, under an arrangement between the rebels and the war office, the former promised to return to their barracks and retain, their arms, thereby escaping the dishonor of being disarmed. The insurgents began before midnight the evacuation of the buildings they occupied. That quarter of the city was shut off from all outside observers, behind soldiers armed with rifles and fixed bayonets. Accept Peace Terms. The capitulation was said by the official source to have followcd'upon the mediation of high military authorities on behalf of the national government. These authorities prevailed upon the insurgents to accept terms of peace in order to avert bloodshed. The attention of the whole nation was riveted on those efforts of mediation going on in the secluded heart of the bustling rumor-ridden city. The imperial palace was silent behind military barricades of soldiers and loose rolls of barbed wire. Only an occasional automobile, bearing a statesman or a high army officer was admitted into the palace grounds. Maude of Snow. With the mantle of snow which lies over the country clinging to the hoary stone walls rising from tho broad moats and topped with ancient, fantastically gnarled pines, the p.ilace enclosure looked like a Japanese print of a medieval scene, far removed from the twentieth century political and military crisis. Previous to their capitulation, th'a rebels, self styled "direct action" party members, had withdrawn Erom some of their formerly helcl positions before the threat of the loyal troops of Lieut. Gen. Hokei Kashii, commander of the Tokio garrison and the man entrusted with, : enforcement of martial law in the city of Tokio. Brother of Emperor. Prince Chichibu, the eldest of tho emperor's three brothers, was authoritatively credited with being one of the chief reasons that the rebels save in. since tho prince, who took I-arl in the negotiations, is personally known by many of the rebels. Prince Chichihii made a long train t r i p from Aomori prefecture, whero ne is an officer in the army's cightlj

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