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I North Iowa's Edited for the Home VOL. XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N 1Q 1QQ1 TTMTTc-r. Tr^ nc , ^^ " ' -------IM, l^rfl UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL, SERVICE NO. 115 Curtis Can't Risk His Job Vice President. Likely to Prefer Old Toga By CHARLES F. STEWART Central Press Staff Writer · A . S H I N G T O N , Feb. 19. (CPA)-What Vice President Charles Curtis thinks of the G. O. P.'s n a - tional chance in 1932 will be manifested i n d u e season in a fashion there can be no mistaking. If he considers t h e Republican ticket practically certain .to win, he will be a candidate for renom- ination. If the prospects strike h i m as strongly democratic, he will ask I^ansas tq return him to his old senate seat -- not the one on the presiding officer's platform, but behind the desk at which he formerly sat among the 96 working, voting, every-day members of the chamber. * * ' * O F course all good republicans will predict victory for their party next year just as long as there la even a theoretical possibility of it -- that is to say, until the ballots have b^n counted, when, if the G. O. P. is\ -eaten, they reluctantly will have Ho admit as much. Thus their words (for publication) may or may not reflect their real judgment. Curtis will make the same partisan claims as the rest of them, TDut in his particular case everyone will know what his honest-to-go'od- ness opinion is -- if he is running for the vice presidency, his confidence will be genuine; if for the .senate, there will be no question that a streak of profound skepticism modifies it. ! fc :* C URTIS evidently enjoys the vice presidency. It probably was something: of a disappointment to him at first; he ·wanted to be the Kansas City convention's presidential choice. How.. (Turn to t. Column 2). DIES OF INJURIES William Wrede of Plymouth Fails to Recover From Skull Fracture. William Wrede, 62, Plymouth, injured when struck by an automobile Saturday night near Plymouth, died at a local hospital about 11:40 o'clock Thursday morning. He received a fracture* skull and two broken legs. Wrede was struck by a car driven by Mrs. Stephen Fa- gerly, Osage, as he was walking down the pavement. Wrede, who lived alone six miles south of Plymouth, had rented rooms in town and was moving in soon. :· Mr. Wrede spent six weeks in a hospital last fall with a broken hip suffered when he fell from a building while making repairs. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Jury Snatches Insane Killer From Shadow of Arizona State Gallows FLORENCE, Ariz., Feb. 19. IS)-Charles B. Foster of Claysville, Pa. was snatched from the gallows by a superior court jury which found him insane early today. Foster, convicted of murdering Mike Baker of St. Louis, who had given him a lift in his motor car, was to have been hanged at dawn Friday. The verdict was signed by mn» members of the jury, the minimum required for a decision in a sanity case. AUNT HET By Robert Quillen "Amy is the kind that suffers in silence, but she always drops a hint so ever'- body will watch her do it." WOMAN NEAR CHAPIN SHOT State Senate Votes for County Assessor System AMENDMENT TO ELECT FAILS BY 16 TO 30 BALLOT Tax Committee Bill Is Seen as Great Iowa Necessity. MOINES, Feb. 19. UP»-- The *- senate today by a vote of 29 to 17 passed the tax committee bill to establish a county assessor system. The Knudson amendment to elect the assessors instead of having them appointed by the board of supervisors first was defeated 16 to 30. ·The bill was termed by Senator C. F. Clark of Linn county, chairman of the tax committee, as one which would "pull Iowa out of the tax rut of the last 75 years." He said it would modernize the assessment system by replacing: 2,782 township officers with 99 trained assessors. Under the bill as passed, the system would become operative next Jan. 1. Senate Roll Cull. The roll call on the bill was as follows : Ayes -- (298) -- Bennett, Benson, Bissell, Blackford, Carrol, Clark of Cerro Gordo, Clark of Linn, Clark of Marion, Clearman, Cole, Cooney, Fraitey, Gunderson, Hager, Hicklin, Iclcis, Kimberly, Lowe, MacDonald, McCleland, Moen, Myers, Patterson, Quirk, Rigby, Ritchie, Stevens, Wenner, White. Noes -- (17)-- Anderson, Beatty, Garden, Cbrlstiipliel, Coykendall, ; D o r a h - v ' H i l I n - ; V . - K e n t C l e m m e Knudaon, SaSnard, Stanley, Stbd- dard, Tabor, Topping, Wilson. Absent -- ( 4 ) -- Baird, Booth, Cochrane, Langfitt. Under a call of the house, the attendance of all members was required with the exception of those who were ill. Amendment Debated. The amendment of Senator I. H. Knudson, Hamilton, was the only change proposed to draw any debate. Its author claimed that his method would give a good type of assessors who would be free from political control than appointees of the board of supervisors. Answering an assertion that the ballot is too long, Knudson contended that voters know the qualifications of candidates for county offices. Senator C. L. Rigby of Cedar and George Patterson of Kossuth, tax committee members spoke against the amendment. Patterson said that ability rather than popularity is an assessor's first requisite and that the former would have a larger voice under the appointive plan. A four-year term is provided under the bill. Deputies would be selected by the supervisors as required. The senate then passed without debate the Stiger-Mayne-Brown bill to permit the supreme court to is- (Tum to I'nge 2, Column 3). JOBLESS MARCH TO IOWA CAPITOL Unsuccessful Attempt Made by 50 Men to Talk to Governor. DES MOINES, Feb. 19. (/P--Between 40 and 50 unemployed men today marched to the Iowa stats capitol where they made an unsuccessful effort to see Gove. Dan Turner. They desired to urge the passage of the Iowa labor preference bill but were advised to wait until a public hearing is held. The measure was passed by the house yesterday and is now in the hands of a senate committee. The unemployed group, failing to see the governor, called at the state labor commissioner's office. R. S. McClcJlan, a spokesman, urged them to make no demonstration. "We are not bums or panhandlers," McClellan said. "We are all hard working men, looking for an opportunity to work and asking only for what we believe Is right. Other states have the labor preference bill and we believe Iowa should have it." He said he and four others had sought work at the power plant being built for a pipeline station and were refused altho inside the enclosure they saw between 25 and 30 automobiles, only one of which bore an Iowa license. BUTLER MUM ON MUSSOLINI ·* Associated Press Pboti Maj. Gen. Rmertley Rut.l«r, TI. S. marine corns, refused to be drawn into n discussion of the Mussolini "hit und run" iiffuir when he spoke at South Bend, Ind., Feb. 17. It was his first public utterance since he wus reprimanded for his remarks ubout II Dune. General Butler, ivho spoke on crime conditions, is shown with his aid, dipt. John Keller. Backers Aim for Speedy Passage WASHINGTON, Fb. 19. IIP)--Be- ; j?innin|j-;;ppn aidbration~tpday ...of -the 'veterans' loan :blll,'"the*senate was urged fcy its advocates to speed it to. a vote befora nightfall. Senators Couzens, republican, Michigan, and Harrison, democrat, Mississippi, pleaded for quick action to get the measure to President Hoover. However, an attempt by Harrison to get a limit on debate was blocked by Senator Reed, republican, Pennsylvania, an opponent of the measure. Holding a tremendous majority, the sponsors looked forward confidently to over-riding the president's expected veto. Decides fyi Program. Meanwhile, the house rules com- mittqe decided upon a program for that branch of congress bringing up the administration's $30,000,000 BONUS LOAN FACTS WASHINGTON, Feb. 19. I.T)-- The Veterans Loan bill would allow World war veterans to borrow up to half the face value of their bonus insurance certificates. President Hoover and the treasury estimate approximately $1,000,000,000 will be borrowed, if the measure becomes n law. Veterans' Administrator Hines believes 2,550,000 veterans of the more than 3,000,000 holding the adjusted service certificates would avail themselves of the loans. Interest on the loans would be charged at 4% per cent instead of 6 per cent as now. Veterans are now allowed loans up to 22% per cent of value of bonus certificates. The average loan available to a veteran would be 5500. battleship modernization bill and the Jenkins .restricted immigration bill in the remaining fortnight of the session. In the house chambe'r, party bickerings were laid aside for memorial services for members who have died within the last year. Muscle Shoals conferees completed the preparation of their report embodying- the new agreement for government power production and private operation of the fertilizer plant. They planned to introduce it in the house late in the day and ask a vote tomorrow. Former Postmaster General New appeared again before the senate committee investigating postal leases. He was sharply cross-examined by Chairman Elaine. Heated verbal clashes were frequent. Charges Collusion. Elaine asserted there was collusion to prevent a second grand jury investigation of the lease on the St. Paul commercial postal sub-station. The high command of prohibition enforcement. Attorney General Mitchell, Assistant Attorney General Youngqiu'st and Prohibition Director Woodcock told the house expendl- (Tiim to I'age 2, Column 6J. WILL- ROGERS BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., Feb. 19. --Say, -we lost a fine fellow out here .Wednesday; . Louis Wolhelm,;- the great actor. : He was so ugly ' ana tough you loved him on the screen, and when you knew him he was actually beautiful, and you loved him for his character. The senate votes on the bonus bill Thursday. Mellon is supposed to be such a good treasurer, that the senate is saying, "If you are such a good treasurer, you ought to have a billion and a. half. Anybody can be a good treasurer if we don't draw anything out. A good treasurer is a man that has it' when we want it." Spain is a. monarchy today, yea today. Yours, 9 KM UiHlMll ·«*««. tafc MRS, SCHROEDER READY FOR DEATH More Concerned Over New Black Dress Than in Denial of Pardon. NEW CASTLE. Pa., Feb. 19. (/P) --Apparently more concerned about the new black silk dress she Is to wear on the trip to the death house than in the fate that awaits her there, Mrs. Irene Schroeder, 22 blond gunwoman, today prepared for her removal to the prison at Bellefonte. The former waitress, mother of a 5 year old boy, merely shrugged her shoulders when Informed last night that the state board of pardons at Harrisburg had refused her petition for communtation of the death sentence. The same unconcern was shown by W. Glenn Dague, dapper former Wheeling, W. Va., auto and insurance salesman, under sentence to die with her in the electric chair Monday morning for the same crime. Dague's doom also wag sealed by the pardon board yesterday. He refused to see the wife and two children he deserted several years ago. Mrs. Schroeder and Dague were convicted last March of shooting to death Corporal Brady Paul when he sought to question them concerning a store holdup. "Financial Wizard" to Face Jury Indictments BELVIDERE, III., Feb. 19. (.TV- The spectacular rise of Albert *W. Benham from a shipping clerk to a "financial wizard" had an aftermath today in his indictment by the grand jury. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued by Judge E. D. Shurtlcff of the circuit court. WORLD TUNES IN ON CHICAGO FOR ELECTION SHOW "Big Bill" Thompson in Center of Ring With jackasses. EDITOR'S NOTE--This is the first of a series of three , stories on the Chicago mayoralty campaign which will be decided Feb. 24. By VICTOR T. HACKLEIl pHICAGO, Feb. 19. (/£')--A .parade ^ of jackasses, a display of gang weapons, a bitter exchange of personalities and the world tunes in on Chicago again. This time the attraction is the three-cornered .race for the republican nomination for mayor. Mayor William Hale Thompson, older and hoarser but still vigorous, is opposed by Municipal Judge John H. Lyle and Alderman Arthur F. Albert in a contest that combines all the old- time theatricals with ultra-modern campaign methods. As it turns the dials to Chicago and sits back to listen, the world knows it is in for a good show. Chicago is an old, familiar station; it has entertained, amused, sometimes shocked those on the receiving end for many years. News Is Exploited. The gang wars, Dion O'Banioli's dramatic death, the shooting of Tony Lombardo on a loop street, the -Yalentine'B. day^ massacre. o£ S,even gangsters',' - the' "slaying ' of "Alfred Licgle, the nativities of Czar Al Capone, all have been exploited to the far corners of the earth. In a less spectacular but still impressive way, Chicago's news has told of industrial progress, enor- (Turn In Patre 2, Column 1). IOWA YOUTH TO ANSWER CHARGE Confession of Dale Greer Implicates Three Others. FAIRFIELD, Feb. 19. OP)--Officers today expected to take Dale Greer, 18, Mount Pleasant, to that city where he is wanted for questioning in connection with an automobile theft. He had been bound over to the grand jury on the charge. Greer yesterday waived preliminary hearing and confessed participation In a store robbery at Four Corners in Jefferson county Feb. 9. Greer's confession implicated himself and William Yates oC Red Oak, John Monohan of Mount Pleasant, and Estol C. Foster of Cedar Rap- ida In a third theft, of a slot machine from the New London station Feb. 9, and also in the stealing of five automobiles in southwestern Iowa communities. Foster also was sifld to have admitted participation in the Four Corners robbery. Yates and Monohan have not been apprehended. GENElLWLER TO QUIT MARINES Signs Contract to Deliver v Series of Lectures Next Fall. BUFFALO, N. Y., Feb. 19. (/T)-Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler plans to retire from the marine corps next September to become a lecturer. He announced his intention to for- sako his military career for the platform last night when he arrived here to deliver an address, explaining that he had signed a contract to deliver a series of lectures beginning next October. He said the recent Mussolini incident which resulted in an apology to the Italian premier by the state department and a reprimand for Butler from the navy department had nothing to do with his propose;! retirement. His resignation, he said, was contingent upon the consent of the president, adding that some Washington officials were aware of his plans and that he expected no opposition. Woman at Decorah Dies at 99; Services Sunday ' Pioneer in Winneshiek County Spoke Only French DECORAH, Feb 19.-- Mrs. George Donaldson, 89, died yesterday afternoon about 3' o'clock after suffering for two weeks with the flu. Funeral services will he held Sunday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Benedict's Catholic church, with the Rev. Father Martin Hogau officiating, and interment will be in the Catholic cemetery. Mrs. George Donaldson was one of Decorah's pioneers, having been a. resident of Winneshiek county since 1876. As Marie Bausquet she was bora at St. Denis, near Montreal, July 14, 1031. She was married :o George Donaldson at Milton, Quebec, on April 24, 1848. After their marriage they were engaged in terming in Canada for several years. later coming to the United States and settling near Bear Creek, Wis. After farming; there for a time thev j moved to Algona, and to Decorah in 1876. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson, six of them are living, Mrs. Prebe James, Bock, Minn., Henry, Faribault; James, Rochester; John and Robert, Decorah, and Mrs. L. J. Larson, Decorah, with whom Mrs. Donaldson made her home. George Donaldson died in 1882. Besides six children, Mrs. Donaldson leaves 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She had been in excellent health until the past month and had been up and about her home every day. She was able, to read her. prayer book and do some sewing without the aid of: glasses. Mrs. Donaldson spoke only French, knowing very little of the English language. MKS. OEOKOE DONALDSON. Interstate Transit Lines Buy Fort Dodge and Des Moines Firm CHICAGO, Feb. 19. /P)--Interstate Transit lines, owned by the Chicago and North Western railroad, has acquired the Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Southern Transportation company, which operates 38 buses over 550 miles of Iowa highways. The acquisition becomes effective March 1. MARSHALL FIRST PROBE WITNESS Committee Adopts Rule for Hearing of University Charges. DES MO1NF.S, Feb. 19, JT)-Hearings on the University of Iowa investigation will start Monday at 9 a. m., the legislative committee decided today. Verne Marshall, managing editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Republican, will be the first witness. Tho chairman will rule on the admissability of evidence unless overridden by a majority vote, will preside at the hearings and will swear witnesses. It was agreed that one or more, members may hold hearings when advisable, reporting later to the full committee. The group voted to consider as evidence oral testimony, written reports and documents and desposi- tions of persons who are unable to come to Des Moinea. The rules were prepared by Senator L. H. Doran, Boone, Representative Frank C. Byers, Linn, and Representative George Miller, Shelby. Byers moved the adoption. The committee then went into closed session to arrange employment of an attorney and a court reporter but it was announced Unit a report would be expected within a short time this afternoon. Senator W. S. Baird of Pottawattamie county waa absent because of illness. Marshall will present to the committee Monday a list of charges which he made in his paper against officials of the university and of the state board of education. Twenty charges originally were in the legislative resolution calling for the investigation but were stricken out by the senate. The committee plans to base its work largely on Marshall's testimony. Foshay, Who Made Fortune and Lost It, Faces Charges ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 19. .«-- A man who set out to be an artist and then became a financial wizard who built and lost a fortune, today stood indicted by a federal grand jury as the result of his enterprises. He is Wilbur B. Foshay, president of the W- B. Foshay company of Minneapolis, which controlled num eroua^public utilities in the United States, Canada and Central Ameri ca. The company went into the hands of a receiver Jn November, 1029. Indicted with Foshay were six former officers of his companies, all named in connection with the sale of the firms' securities, thru use of the mails. They are H. H. Henley, R. J. Andrus. H. · E. McGinty, Palmer B. Mabry and C. W. Salisbury. Student to Financier. From art student to financier- head of utilities whose stock had an estimated value of §30,000,000 marked the career of Foshay. As a youth he had turned his ambitions to art study but while he waa at Columbia university, his father suffered financial reverses and the son had to go to work. After considerable experience in public utility operation he organized a company In 1927 to own, operate and manage public utilities and to finance them thru sale of Foshay securities to the public. Within u year the enterprise had acquired utilities in Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. Sold In East. These properties were sold to eastern interests and a new chain organized, and the latter was sold in 1927 for a sum represented to bo $25,000,000. Another grouping began and it continued until its affairs became so involved it waa placed in receivership. Foshay now is manager of a granite quarry near Salida, Colo. Government officials who presented the case to the grand jury here, said prosecution would follow as £oon as possible. While the specific counts and charges were not made public, it was understood they centered about use of the mails in' selling securities. Markets at a Glance NEW YORK Stocks strong; steels and coppers led upturn. Bonds firm; rails and governments Improve. Curb strong; specialties and metal shares rally. Butter steady. Foreign exchanges irregular; Spanish peseta strong. Cotton steady; foreign and domestic trade buying. Sugar easy; trade selling. Coffee easy; lower Brazilian markets. CHICAGO Wheat firm; bullish Kansas reports and unfavorable rains Arcen- tlna. Corn firm; decreased country offerings. Cattle irregular. Hogs steady to higher. FARMHAND THEN SLAYS HIMSELF AS VICTIM RUNS Mrs. Deam Loses Eye but Is Expected to Recover. r-HAPIN, Feb. 19.--Officials built ^ up evidence here this afternoon ixplaining the shooting of Mrs. Ira Deam, Jr., 32, who was seriously njured, by Joseph Franklin Smith, 24, hired man at the Deam farm, vho then committed suicide. Mrs. Deam is In the Lutheran hospital at Hampton where physicians stated she would recover. The tragedy,occurred about 0:40 'clock this morning at the Deam lome, a mile east of here. Only Mrs. Deam and the hired man were at home when the shooting took place. Dr. W. R. Arthur, Franklin, coun- .y coroner, who with Deputy Sheriff L,emkc investigated the shooting, itated he believed Smith was Jmv n mentality. "From where we found shots In i tree and empty shotgun shells in -he front yard, it seems that Smith shot Mrs. Deam when the two were n the front yard. It is probable that 10 made advances to her and was ·cpulsed. Unsuccessful, it was na- ·ural that he would wish to get her out of the way. Cody Slumped Near House. "He probably shot at her and then as she ran down the road he turned the gun on himself. We found his body slumped at the northwest corner of the Deam houae. Mrs. Deam had not been attacked." Physicians at the hospital said that Mrs. Deam would live. It was necessary to remove her right eye. Twenty shots. -entered. · xme ?side "of. her face and five entered her skin, near her eye. None of the bullets penetrated her skull. She was suffering considerably from shock and made no statement on the shooting-. Coroner Arthur- stated he would question her when she had improved. Ix;ft Home Early. Mr. Deam left his home early this morning and was buying stock. The tragedy was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. George Van Nest, who live two miles northeast of Chapin, who wen: driving to ,town. As they came along the road they saw the body of a woman tumble nto the ditch about 20 rods from the Deam house. Mrs. Deam's face vas bloody and she was unconscious. Mr. Van Nest ordered her rushed :o the hospital and then went to the Deam home. Sam Myers, neighbor, heard the shots and arrived at the house at :hat time. He and Mr. Van Nest found the body of Smith slumped near the corner of the house with ;tie gun underneath him. He had fired the weapon into his mouth, discharging the gun with the ramrod which was found gripped in his land. Officials were notified and arrived about 10 o'clock, approximately 10 minutes after the tragedy occurred. Mr. Deam was notified of the Weal IOWA WEATHER Probably fair Tlmrsdny night und Friday hut some cloudiness. Somewhat wanner Friday und in tlio extreme southwest portion Thunidiiy night. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday S3 Almvo Minimum In Night 31 Ahovfi At 8 A. M. Thursday 31 Above Precipitation .00 of an Inch With snow turning to slush and a temperature which hovered just above the freezing- point, Wednesday was one of the most completely disagreeable days the winter has turned loose on North Iowa tn date. Thursday morning started out as a duplicate.

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