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EXTRA! ·THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XL FIVE CENTS * COPT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRB SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, MARCH 13,1934 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 133 FIRST NATIONAL BANK ROBBED STEVENS, WILEY AND ROBERTSON ARE RE-ELECTED Businessmen Re-Elected on School Board; 2 Questions Carry. R. E. Robertson, Tracy Stevens and R. E. Wiley were re-elected as members of the Mason City school board in Monday's election, defeating a labor ticket by a decisive vote. Following is the total vote cast for each candidate: R. E. Robertson 1,374 Tracy Stevens 1,314 K. E. Wiley 1,304 W. H. Griebling 528 R. O. Dale 516 Both financing propositions carried by substantial margins. Allan F. Beck was re-elected treasurer of the school district without opposition. - Proposition No. 1, proposing to bond the school district for $75,000 in event $30,000 additional PWA funds can be obtained for an extensive school building improvement carried almost two to one, the vote being 1,052 to 551. Has Big Margin 700 Bills Considered During Session 3 Men Saved Out of 113 in Torpedo Boat Rescued Japanese Tell of 8 Still Alive in Hull. (Copyright, 1934, by The Associated Press) SASEBO, Japan, March 13.-With three men rescued out of the 313 trapped in the hull'of the capsized torpedo boat Tomozuru, rescue workers cut doggedly at a steel wall late tonight in the hope that eight more men might be found alive. Officers said, 40 hours after the heavily armed little ship turned, over during maneuvers, that it would be impossible to cut through that hull before midnight to find what lay inside. Report 8 Alive. , They were spurred on in their work by a story from the rescued men that eight of their companions were still, alive in the engine room when they escaped through a hatch under water. The three sailors said their comrades in the engineroom had been too weak to follow their avenue of escape. . The disaster was regarded as Proposition No. 2 proposing- a tax Hkely to Become a serious national levy of ?20,000 for a smaller build- issue _ ing repair program, in event PWA funds were not forthcoming', carried by a vote Of 878 to 663. WOUNDED IN HOLDUP | A 60 per cent vote is required for a bond issue but a tax levy question (carr'wl by majority. : "" businessmen's .ticket : carried ;'ur wards ' by wide . three to one: ahead of their lalxir opponents, while in the second ..-/ard they were more than three to- one in Ibe lead. Mr. Robertsc,"u,~ticket leader, was two to one ahead of the labor candidates in the third ward, closely followed by his two associates. In the fourth ward the incumbents ran ahead by a two to one vote. Robertson Leads. Mr. Robertson, who is county engineer, was at the head of the ticket in three wards, while Mr. Wiley, assistant cashier in the First National bank, was the leader in the fourth ward. Mr. Griebling, who i\ lecretary of the Mason City Trades and Labor assembly, was slightly in the lead of his associate, Mr. Dale, a railroad car carpenter, running ahead in the third and fourth ward and tying with him in the second. Mr. Dale ran ahead of his associate In the first ward. Mr. Robertson, Mr. Stevens and Mr. Wiley were first placed on the school board three years ago when they were elected to succeed three board members who retired voluntarily. Probe Is Started. The navy appointed its distinguished admiral, Kichisaburo No- aura, as chairman of the board of inquiry, which includes other ad- ' . ' ao*t competent ex' - i frem mirals. . *,, o," from Kure" iiaa-fronv otner naval *«s»«. Theiriflndinga are likely to influence a possible revamping of the entire naval construction program. Capt. Fred R. Rogers, naval at- tache of the United States embassy visited the navy office and conveyed the official condolences of his country. K. L. JAMES E. L. James, secretary of the Mason City school board, was wounded in the leg by a s'»ot lired by bandits who held up the First National bank here Tuesday afternoon. Touhy Henchman Taken for Ride; Gang Suspected Refuted ^Give Money to Defend Gang. GOVERNOR SAYS ASSEMBLY HAS DONE GOOD JOB Members Go Home After Senate Rejection of NRABill. SUMMARY ON PAGE 12 DES MOINES, March 13. CSV--A I history making special session of the general assembly was legislative history itself today. The 127 day session, second longest extraordinary session in the state's history, came to an abrupt close at 5:30 p. m. yesterday shortly after the senate had killed the NRA compliance bill. Defeat of the NRA measure was j followed by adoption of the adjournment resolution by both branches and a short time later the gavels of the presiding officers sounded the close of the session. The session began Nov. 6 at the call of Gov. Clyde Herring, stretching out much longer than had been expected as the legislators wrestled with many controversial questions. Cost of the session was estimated today at upwards of 5337,000. 700 Bills Introduced. Selecting from among the nearly 700 measures introduced, the legls- laton sent .into the statutes a, nmn- ^j^ye-Jjer-otimportant layaCA»W:W?3e- 20,000,000 tax law, the liquorvcpn- rol act, and the old age pension ill. FIRST NATIONAL BANK ROBBED Kehoe, Farley, Runs for Head of Schools DUBUQUE, Marca 13. (IP)--P. E. Kehoe, superintendent of public schools at Farley, today announced that he will be a candidate in the democratic primaries in June for the nomination for state superintendent of public instruction. WcS BAN6HART TRIAL DEFENSE RESTS Only One Witness Appears for Gangster Accused of Kidnaping. CHICAGO, March 13. (/PI---With the testimony of one witness, _ the defense rested its case today in a surprise move in the trial of Basil Banghart, Touhy gangster, for the kidnaping of John Factor. The witness was Miss Ella Costner of Cosby, Tenn., a sister of Isaac Costner, Touhy gangster who turned state's evidence and pointed out Bangbart and three others already convicted as Factor's kidnapers. Miss Costner testified Banghart was a guest at the home of her father in Cosby for 10 days during the latter part of last June and the early part of July. Factor was held by kidnapers from July 1 through July 12. A scathing cross examination by Prosecutor Wilbert F. Crowley failed to shake the young .woman's testimony that Banghart was hundreds of miles from Chicago at the time of the kidnaping. She denied knowing any other members of the Touhy gang. FORECAST IOWA: Unsettled Tuesday night and much colder with possible snow in extreme northeast portion; Wednesday generally fair and colder in south central and extreme east portions. MINNESOTA: Generally fair Tuesday night and Wednesday, except light snow early Tuesday night in extreme southeast; much colder Tuesday night; rising temperature Wednesday in west portion. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning: Maximum Monday 71 Minimum in Night 38 At 8 A. M. Tuesday 43 The mercury Monday soared into the summer heat zone with a maximum of 71, reached at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. During the night the south wind was displaced by one out of the northwest and Tuesday morning the sun was obscured by clouds. Give Up Attempt to Stop Jungle- Strife in Gran Chaco Area BUENOS AIRES, March 13. (if)-League of nations conciliators, finding Paraguay and Bolivia "irrecon- ciliable," have abandoned an attempt to stop the jungle strife in the Gran Chaco border area. The league commission, w h i c h has sought for months to settle the age old dispute, announced yesterday it had ended its efforts. The members said they planned to leave for Geneva immediately. CHICAGO, March 13 W)--Charles "Ice Wagon" Connors, one of the Touhy gangsters long hunted for the idnaping of John Factor, was ound shot to death in a remote see- on of the southwest side today. The body, shot twice through the best, the head battered in with bul- ets and another wound through the rm, lay unidentified several hours ,-hile officers tried to compare the eatures with those of the hunted ;angster. Identification finally was made by ingerprints. Symbol for Contempt. In his gloved hand his killers had iressed a penny, their symbol for ontempt. Capt. Daniel Gilbert, chief of the tale's attorney's detectives, ex- tressed a theory he had been done away for refusing to contribute his hare of the loot toward the gang's defense. His was the first killing among iis fellows since the gang roundup legan last summer at Elkhorn, Wis., when Roger Touhy and several con- ederates were captured. Tried and Acquitted. Four of them were tried and acquitted at St. Paul of the William Jamm, Jr., kidnaping, and after the acquittal Willie Sharkey hanged himself rather than face trial at Chicago for kidnaping John Factor. Three of the gang--Roger Touhy, Albert Kator and Gus Shaef er--were convicted recently and sent to Joliei prison for 99' years to pay for their 570,000 "snatch" of Factor. EdwarO 'Father Tom" McFadden, the elder- iy member of the mob, was turned loose--acquitted by directed verdict of the court during the first Factot trial, when the jury disagreed. Another on Trial. Another of the gang: was on trial today for the same crime; Basil Hugh Banghart. And chief among the witnesses against him were Isaac Costner and "Buck" Henrichsen, two of the Touhy aides who turned against their gang. Connors, who also used the name (Turn to Page 2. Column 8) Violence Reported at Alabama Mine: BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 13 (.P)--Violence was reported this morning in mines at Bradford and Porter, in Jefferson county. Sherif J. M. Hawkins with a corps of dep uties went to the former place where mines are operated by the Al abama By-Products company, whil preparations were made to mov troops to both drafts. Saloons, Taverns, Bars in Chicago to Be Prohibitec CHICAGO, March 13. (/P)--With the opening date moved up from June 1 to May 26, World's fair officials announced that saloons, taverns, bars and other establishments having as their prime reason for existence the sale of liquor, will be prohibited. Officials said the opening date was moved up to attract crowds on Saturday, Sunday, and Decoration day. The liquor regulation provide that sale of alcoholic beverages wi! be restricted to restaurants. They also passed, among the im- ortant measures, a $3,000,000 mergency poor relief bill, a new eer law, banking legislation, mall loans act, and legislation to ermit Iowa to co-operate in the ederal recovery program. Nearly all the major objectives et by Governor Herring in his pening address to the assembly rere accomplished and a wide ange of subjects covered in addi- ion. One recommendation made by chief executive which did not eceive approval was that for an utomatic moratorium on fore- losures. Praised by Governor. As they went back to their ,omes, the legislators carried with hem the praise of the governor vho, in a closing message, declarec hat the session has started Jowa government "down new trails." "May.I not repeat the final word hat I sent to you upon the occa- ion of the adjournment of the for y-fifth general assembly regulai ession, that in my opinion tha' ession had enacted more construe ive legislation than any previous me within the history of the itate?" the message stated.. "With complete honesty I can saj ,o you that I believe this extraor dinary session of the forty-fifth gen eral assembly has upheld tha record. "By legislative enactment have started Iowa government down new trails and I am proud to hav jeen a part of this breaking awa from old worn-out traditions an jractices. Will Be Kemembered. 'I predict that in years to com the members of the general as sembly which had to do with th enactment of the more importan measures of this special session wi oe remembered with gratitude b [owa citizenry.'' In its last executive sessio shortly before, adjournment the sen ate confirmed the governor's ir terim appointment of C. B. Murtagl democrat, of Algona, as state comp troller. The same executive session als confirmed the appointments to th newly created state areonautic commission of Charles W. Gatsche of Des Moines, Ralph W. Cram (Torn to Fuse 3, Column 6) outes LOOT OF $25,000 TO $50,000 TAKEN BY SEVEN BANDITS R. L. James Wounded in Leg as Machine Gun Robbers Fire to Keep Back Crowd Gathered to Watch Holdup The First National bank of Mason City was robbed of between $25,000 and $50,000 by seven men armed with several machine guns at 2:40 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. One of the gang was identified as resembling John Dillinger, escaped Indiana convict. R. L. James, secretary of the Mason City school board, was shot through the leg by the bandits firing at random as a large crowd gathered to watch them. With the building protected on the south and west sides by machine guns planted in doorways the bandits herded all the employes of the institution out the back door, surrounded their car with a wall of men and women for protection and drove calmly away. Car Double Parked. The automobile, a Buick, said to carry an Iowa 1933 license number 77-19501, was double parked outside the back door of the bank and stood there probably 10 minutes while the robbers quietly collected their loot and departed. When the bandits left town they were heavily guarded with hostages, including Carroll D. Mulcahy, Francis DeSart, Ralph E. Wiley, Emmet Ryan, Alice Kohler, Anna Stevens and Lydia Crosby. Police gave chase to the bandits to the city limits but were- unable to fire on them. At the edge of town the bandits opened ^ , fire on the police car and forced the officers to abandon the , chase- She bandits continued on MgliHfl^%6bo. l Lwest to Clear N j as ^ tl ^^^^^^.i-.f.:^^-^-r-^.~' : .:y:-^- ll ~--r----^ '..;.--;- -?V S 5f««^w«^ -^';' Hostages BeleafJ cheering IP §: Board to Study Army' Carrying and Make Suggestions. WASHINGTON, March 13. (.*·)-- Addition of two new airmail routes to those operated before the general contract cancellation is contemplated by the postoffice department. Harllee Branch, second assistant postmaster general, told the house ostoffice committee today that ines from Chicago to Spokane and : rom Billings to El Paso were planned under the $12,000,000 appropriation asked for the fiscal year starting July 1. Practically all the old routes would be maintained. Keep 95 Vet Cent. "I am quite sure," he said, "that at least 95 per cent of the routes in operation on Feb. 15 be included in the air may we make up." Branch's outline of plans under private operation followed appointment by Secretary Dern of a committee, including Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, Orville Wright and Clarence Chamberlin, to study the army's carrying the mail and to suggest improvements. He asked it especially to consider "such flying instruments as are deemed necessary for efficient navigation and night, beacon, and radio controlled flights and landings," and in consideration of personnel to weigh "their .training and experience in cross country flying, in night flying, blind flying and in instrument flying, and their understanding and employment of the instruments referred to above." Drum Named Chairman. Major General Hugh A. Drum, deputy chief of staff, was named chairman. Other members are: Major General Banjamin D. Foulois, chief of air corps; Major General George S. Simonda, commandant of the army war college; Major General John W. Gulick, chief of coast artillery; and Brigadier General C. E. Kilbourne, assistant chief of state to charge of war plans. All army members belonged to the "Drum board" which survivec (Tarn to Page 2, Colqmn 7 SENATE DEBATES SEAWAY TREATY Democratic Leaders Do Not Expect Bonus Bill to Reach President. WASHINGTON, March 13. GB-Meeting an hour earlier than, usual, :he senate today sought to hasten . vote on ratification of the St. awrence waterway treaty. The roll call is expected tomorrow night and ratification advocates were extremely doubtful of their chances. Debate started with Senator Clark (D., Mo.) pleading for rejection of the pact. Absolute Limitation. His desk piled high with editorials and data, the son of the late Speaker Champ Clark said the people, of the Mississippi valley wanted waterway development for cheap transportation, but saw in the pending treaty an "absolute limitation put upon the diversion of water from Lake Michigan for all time" and a curtailment on the future development of the lakes-to-gulf waterway. Such a limitation, he said, would make the "inland empire of the Mississippi valley a landlocked and commercially impotent domain." Clark denied any sectionalism or influence from the "big bad wolf of Wall street' actuated the opposition of the treaty. Expect Bonus Defeat. Democratic leaders expressed confidence today that the $2,200,000,000 "greenback bonus" bill will never reach president Roosevelt's desk. Although the house passed the measure late yesterday by. the thumping margin of 295 to 125, the administration chieftains said the senate will kill it.' The president plans to veto the bill if it gets to him. Backers of the bill, which calls for new carrency to pay the ex-sol- (Tnm to Face 2, Column 4) How They Voted in Mason City Election Dale First Ward 103 Second Ward 155 Third Ward 181 Fourth Ward _77 Total 516 Grieb- Robertson Ung 99 155 186 315 501 373 185 Stevens 308 486 346 174 Wiley 310 495 365 194 Beck 300 484 362 188 Prop. No. 1 Yes 219 382 312 139 No 137 185 137 92 Prop. No. 2 No Yes 194 326 244 114 159 209 181 114 Tola Vote 395 631 521 265 CHILDREN GOING TO SCHOOL FIND BODY !N CULVERT OSAGE, March 13.--The body of in unidentified man was found under a culvert this morning by children on their way to school at Mona. His throat was slashed and he fact that a razor was found learby led officers to believe that ie had probably committed suicide. Frank R. Shelledy of Osage, Mitchell county coroner, was called .nd investigated. The body was irought to Osage. When children who were on their vay to school first saw the body, hey told their teacher at Mona, which is about a mile south of Lyle. The teacher investigated and .ben notified Mitchell county of- 'icers. The officers are now attemp- ing to establish the identity of the tan. Officers said they believed the man had been dead for some time, perhaps since Sunday. The man was described as being about 50 to 55 years of age and was wearing overalls. No other marks of identification were found on the ody, a thorough examination by of- 'iciala revealed. he hostages were back stating they :ad been released about four miles outh of Mason City about a half mile east of the pavement. Informing their unwilling passengers to keep their eyes focused in he other direction, the bandits [rove east on the pavement to the oad just on the side of the coun- ry club when they turned south. After going four miles in that di- ·ection the car turned east and con- inued going about a half mile, east if the pavement. The car was then stopped and the he hostages told to get out and to Body of Boy Found ,|^n Railroad Tracks COUTwjli BLUFFS, March 13. ;.5)--Martin Vaux, Jr., 14, freshman iiigh school student here, was found dead last night on the Illinois Central railroad tracks near the Council Bluffs depot. Police said they believed the boy fell under a train while trying to catching a ride. CormMttee Member Resigns Relief Job WASHINGTON, March 13. (K Mrs. Catherine Conner, democratic national committeewoman for Kentucky, has resigned her position with the federal emergency relief administration but will remain a member of tie national committee 528 1374 1314 1364 1334 1052 551 878 663 1812 Deposit Insurance Passed by Senate WASHINGTON, March 13. (.TV- The senate Monday passed withou debate the bill extending for on year from July 1 th-e temporary de posit insurance provision of the 193.' banking act. Four Burn to Death. INDIANAPOLIS, March 33. /P --Mrs. Edna Finch and three of her children were burned to death in a fire at their home here today. WATCH FOR IT! An edition carrying further details of the First National holdup will be on the streets at 6:30 o'clock tonight. ace back. The bandit car disap- earcd in a cloud of dust, apparently continuing eastward. .The then walked back to the ^ iavement and caught a. ride to Ma-. son City. "They kept scattering tacks along :he road, wherever they went," said Mr. Riley. Did Much Shooting. Shots to the floor and ceiling (Continued From rape 11 Beauty Hints pHE saying that beauty is but L skin deep is but a skin deep saying, according to Ruskin, and every beauty specialist and every woman knows it is true. Beauty is. deeply rooted in the general health, and all beauty has its beginnings in a healthy body, and its accompanying condition, a happy mind. But there are many things every woman can do to preserve and to enhance the gifts with which nature has endowed her. The Globe-Gazette offers its readers a booklet, "Beauty Hints." Inclose 6 cents in coin to cover cost and postage. Use coupon. Inadvertently on two days last week, the explanation as to the price of two booklets, "The Hand Letter Writer" and "Seafoods," was left out of the blank which appears daily with the Haskin offering. In both cases the price should have been 10 cents. .Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, Frederic J. Haskin, Director, Washington, D. C. I enclose six cents in coin (carefully wrapped) for the booklet "Beauty Hints." Name Street ,... City State (Mall to Washington, D, C.)

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