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. :v "i r I/ C .1 , ' T 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. XLU F1VK CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIKE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA- THUKSDAY, MARCH 5, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 128 WATERS RECEDE AT MISSOURI VALLEY Death Gives Aid to F. R. Passing of Ritchie Is Advantage to New Deal. Bv CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , (CPA) -- To speak of the recent death of former Gov. Albert C. R i t c h i e of Maryland as a piece of g o o d luck for the new deal may be undiplomatic. N e v e r theless politicians a r e s a y i n g t h a t Ritchie, as an anti-new d e a l democrat, might have swung the free state away f r o m a p r o Roosevelt v o t e next November, but that it undoubtedly will give a Rooseyeltian majority with his influence gone. Senator Millard E. Tydings' democratic voice is predominant in Maryland with the former governor's passing. Tydings also has been adversely critical of the new deal, but he is a "party regular"-- uncnthusiastic a? to the present regime, but not a man to fight it, as Ritchie seemed to have made up his mind to do. Backs Administration. Indeed, Ritchie's funeral scarcely ·was over before Lansdale G. Scas- ser president of the Maryland senate' and a democratic power in the state's politics, proclaimed himself 'for the Roosevelt administration. It '---s a significant utterance, coming lid: Following so..soon after · ·'-' ""'· '',. death-it gave-the. m p r i . . ocratic-orgahlzaticHr perhaps had not changed, but at least had made up its mind. Maryland is not exactly a pivotal state, but Ritchie was something of a nivotal character. He was beaten for re-election in his last campaign but he remained democracy's leader in his commonwealth, 'which is rather more democratic than republican. He could easily have staged a comeback: had much prestige: repeatedly had been mentioned presiden- tially. Ally of Al Smith. Moreover,''he was a loyal ally of Al Smith. Al and Ritchie, "taking a walk together at the Philadelphia convention, would have been a formidable couple. Al can't be nearly so effective with no Ritchie to accompany him. possibly he will have other company,' but not in Ritchie's class, by a long shot. Death has been good to President Roosevelt. Ex-Governor Ritchie! Maryland! Senator Huey P. Long! Louisiana, most likely! And possibly Arkansas and Mississippi! He might even have been helpful to Gov. Eugene Talmadge in Georgia. President Roosevelt of course did not want Senator Long assassinated or ex-Governor Ritchie to die. Benefits Him Hugely. For all that, the elimination of Ritchie and Long benefits him hugely. This kind of talk may be gruesome. All the same, it's indulged in in Washington. It is common conversation how conveniently the mortality rate has adapted itself to the new deal's advantage. If an epidemic were to break out now in. .the ranks of the Liberty league the survivors would try to turn it to political purposes. The Liberty leaguers are just that ve- hemen't. Plan 30 Million Acres of Soil Rebuilding Crops BOY FALLS ON TINES OF FORK Lawrence Feldick, Buffalo Center, in Critical Condition. BUFFALO CENTER -- While helping his father to do the chores Thursday morning, Lawrence Feldick, 11, fell on a pitchfork which pierced his abdomen. At the hospital here, where he was brought for treatment, it was said that his chances for recovery were doubtful. The boy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Feldick, who farm northwest of Buffalo Center. His father was in the barn at the time the accident occurred but was unable to explain in what manner the boy happened to fall on the fork. It was believed the pitchfork may j have gone as deeply as the boy's j \ertebrae. He was rushed to the j hospital at once. i FARM PROGRAM IS OUTLINED AT 2 REGION MEETS Wallace Statement Read for Midwest Leaders at Chicago. CHICAGO, OT--Removal from production of approximately 30,000,000 acres of soil depleting crops and an increase of that amount in soil building crops was disclosed Thursday by Secretary of Agriculture Wallace as the 1936 goal of the administration's soil conservation program. A broad outline of the program was submitted by the secretary in a statement read simultaneously before regional conferences of agricultural leaders here and at Memphis, Tenn. The removal. Wallace said, would reduce the soil depleting acreage from a yearly average of 300,000,00 acres to 270,000,000 acres in M36. This, he said, would be ample at average yields to provide the nation a supply of food and fiber equal to domestic consumption in the 1920-1929 period. Same as Last Year. Farm leaders here said the 270,000,000 acres left in the production of major crops would be approximately the same amount farmed last year under the AAA crop reduction program. Similarly, the:3b,OOQiO.OO .acres ,to be devoted to legumes Ji|tesimilar", crops apprpxi- mates-the number of acres retired last year. A classification of crops into two divisions--soil building and soil exhausting--has been worked out and will be submitted to the two meetings, said Wallace. A two point system of conservation payments was proposed, the secretary said. Payment by Acre. First, a moderate payment would be made for each acre, up to a maximum, planted to soil conserving crops. Second, a larger soil improvement payment an acre would be made for land shifted from soil depleting crops to soil conserving crops, with the provision that this payment be made only up to a specified percentage. The actual amounts which could be paid farmers an acre would vary according to the productivity of the soil, said Wallace. In the south it would vary according to the soil depleting crop from which diversion was made. Farmers renting for cash would receive the entire payment. In the case of farms occupied by share tenants or share croppers, the proposal was for the division of payments between landlords and those actually occupying the land. 470 Millions Top. The "definite top" avaiable for the conservation program this year, said Wallace, was ?170,000,000. · "If soil payments are made at the rate of 75 cents to $1 an acre, there payments would total from 75 to 100,000 million dollars, the secretary explained. "Allowance has to be made for administrative expenses in Washington in the field. On this basis, there would be left for distribution as soil improvement payments somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 million dolars." This $350,000,000, divided among the 30,000,000 acres to be shifted to less profitable crops, would mean a national average of between ?11 and $12 an acre, the farmers estimated. Minimum Standard Set. The plan. Wallace said, proposed that a standard of minimum performance be set up to make sure that each farmer participating carried out genuine soil conservation operations on his farm. The program in the field would be administered by committees built around county associations of farmers. In counties which had only one committee under the AAA, this committee would continue to function. In other counties, a new committee would be set up to represent a combination of former AAA committees, to serve pending permanent organization in the field. The entire program, Wallace emphasized, would be made as flexible as possible to conform with needs of the individual farmers. "The 1936 plan," he said, "it is expected, will provide for regional differences in the kind and number of acres to be diverted." More Scientific Basis. Through research and experiment, the secretary said, a more scientific basis would be made available for During Strike in New York With elevator operators O n strike in New York, Mrs. Geraldine Goldin, above, found climbing the stairs to her office too much, so a felloiv worker played the gallant act and carried her up. Orders Strike Extended "Realty Men Refuse to Arbitrate on Closed Shop Issue. ARREST IS MADE Nationalist Leader Accused of Recruiting Soldiers for Revolution. SAN .JUAN, P. R., (.T)--United States Marshal Draughon Thursday arrested Pedro Albizu Campos, nationalist leader, on a charge of recruiting soldiers in a conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States by force. The warrant for arrest also charged Campos, a lawyer and Harvard graduate, with inciting to insurrection. Campos surrendered to the marshal. Warrants on similar charges were issued for six other nationalists. During the last several months there have been frequent incidents involving nationalist and United States authorities. The nationalists »eck independence for Puerto Rico from the United States. Col. E. Francis Riggs. chief of insular police and former army officer, was assassinated Feb. 23 by two self confessed nationalists who were later killed, by police. During the election registration period in January, 12 persons were killed and more than 100 injured. Bar Trucks Carrying More Than Four Tons From Damaged Roads AMES. CT)--Trucks carrying more than four ton loads are barred from traveling on Iowa highways damaged by the recent thaw under a state highway commission ruling. The commission announced it is warning truckers to observe posted roads marked by highway patrolmen. On such roads, the commission said the regulations go immediately into effect. Northwest and north central highways were the main roads affected, but commission officials said the ban probably would be effective throughout the state in the next 10 days. the 1937 program and for later years. Wallace's statement was read here by M. L. Wilson, assistant secretary of agriculture. At Memphis it was read by H. R. Tolly, consultant of the agricultural adjustment administration. With Wilson here were three officials of the AAA--W. F. Callendar, assistant administrator; Gerald W. Thorne, director of the livestock division, and George Farrell. director of the grain division. NEW YORK, (/Pi--Carrying out his promise of a "fight to the finish" following unsuccessful j-.eace negotiations, James J. Bambrick. leader of the building workers strike, Thursday ordered his district lieutenants to prepare to call out employes in three sections of the city, one of them the big midtown office building area. In the midtown or grand central district are located some of the city's largest skyscrapers, notably Rockefeller Center, the Empire State building and the Chrysler tower. Orders for the strike call also went out to field operatives in two other sectors as yet unaffected by the' walkout--Harlem and Washington Heights. Friday, Bambrick declared, the strike zone would be extended to Brooklyn and Queens. He added that he had been notified by officials of the Hotel Employes union that workers in some of the city's largest hostelries would join the walkout Friday. Decline to Arbitrate. The statement of the strike leader, who is president of the local unit of the building service employes union, came after peace negotiations at city hall ended in sharp disagreement. Real estate owners, through representatives, declined to arbitrate on the closed shop issue, one of three demands the union is making. To the realty interest, Mayor La- Guardia, who has strenuously sought a settlement of the strike, said: "I want to appeal to the real estate interests to consider this offer. "The minute the arbitration offer is accepted the union will call off the strike and go back to work. I cannot see how any reasonable persons can reject any such offer." Opens Strike Probe. Bambrick previously had said that if an agreement was not reached by thj conference he would give the order to "tear up tie town.'' Because of Bambrick's statement, District Attorney William C. Dod_ge initiated a probe of strike activity and issued a siibpena "requesting" Bambrick to appear before him Thursday to answer questions concerning violent parade on fashionable Park avenue and "inciting to riot." "There seems to be no possibility of agreement despite the fact that the union has offered to arbitrate any question and return io work Thursday morning." the mayor said. "The union's otter to arbitrate every question has been rejected." The mayor's announcement came at the end of an all night conference at which city and federal officials had tried to end the strike. SUBCOMMITTEE HEARS WAYS TO BOOST REVENUE Senate Approves Norns Program for Rural Electrification. WASHINGTON, (/T) -- Administration experts submitted to a house ways and means subcommittee Thursday suggestions for raising up to .fMG.OOO.OOO additional revenue from income taxes and 5221,000,000 annually from f a r m processing taxes. Chairman Samuel B. Hill (D., fWash.) emphasized to reporters that the figures and schedules were mere suggestions for possible sources of revenue submitted to the subcommittee because it wants complete information on ail methods of obtaining money to meet President Roosevelt's tax proposals. The income tax material came from treasury experts, while agriculture department officials supplied the processing tax estimates. Experts Give Figures. The treasury experts, Hill said, also turned in figures to show how a 1 per cent general manufacturers excise tax would bring in around $180,000,000 a year, while a 5 per cent tax would yield about $910,000,000. Hill said the proposed excise levies would not apply to liquor and tobacco,; already taxed, nor :to food, clothing- a1ia"medicihe. The present yield from excise taxes, he said, "is about 5380,000,000. The senate Thursday passed the $420.000,000 Norris rural electrification bill and sent it to the house. ]0 Year Program. Seeking to undertake a 1 year program to electrify rural America, the bill would authorize lending $50,000,000 a year for the next two years and .$40,000.000 a year for eight years thereafter. Loans could be made to states, rural communities, co-operatives or limited dividend corporations to finance generating and distributing facilities. The bill also would permit loans to farmers for household and farm equipment to use the power. President Roosevelt turned to the big question--how much to spend for relief next year--as congress explored methods of meeting his request for more taxes. Generally regarded as the last major item in his program for this session of congress, relief needs were to occupy a white house conference Thursday night. Secretary Morgenthau and Harry L. Hopkins, the WPA administrator, were among those called to talk about the recommendation Mr. Roosevelt has promised to make between March 10 and 19. Two billion dollars has been mentioned unofficially as the sum that might be sought. Behind Closed Doors. Preliminary work on the new tax program went on behind closed doors of a capitol committee room. Chairman Doughton of the house ways and means committee told reporters "it would suit me" if congress could raise needed revenue by taxes on corporation earnings and incomes of certain processors of farm products, without resort to new levies similar to the outlawed processing taxes. In a surprise move before the supreme court, the government obtained dismissal of its two appeals from lower court decisions that it had no right to condemn land for PWA slum clearance and low cost housing projects. Attack Discrimination. While Senator Borah of Idaho was raising the issue of chain store price discrimination in 'his campaign for the republican presiden- tal nominaton, the federal trade commission took action on a rejated question. It ordered the Goodyear Tire and Rubber company to cease discriminating in price between Sears Roebuck and company and ordinary retail dealers. Possibility of an attempt to revive government regulation of industrial wages and hours at the next session of congress was suggested by a report of a committee in the president's industrial council. It recommended creation of a new commission to direct such regulation. Testimony, that regional employes of Crew Lcvick company, a subsidiary of Cities Servce company, destroyed reports on efforts made to defeat the holding company regulation bill was received by the senate lobby committpp ON THE INSIDE KOKI HIROTA Hirota Given Task of Forming New Cabinet ON PAGE 2 New $2,500 Snowplow ·Gets Stalled in Drift ON STATE PAGE Two Iowa Insurance Firms Lose Licenses ON PAGE 18 School Board Explains $27,500 Tax Proposal ON PAGE 10 House Destroyed, Lakota Man Badly Burned by Blast Explosion Believed to Have Been Caused by Leak m Gasoline Pipe. LAKOTA--W. E. Gutknecht, lo cal hardware dealer, was severely burned by an explosion which shook houses in his neighborhood and caused a fire which destroyed his house here Thursday morning. Mr. Gutknecht, who was in the basement, where the blast occurred, rushed out of the house and rolled on the snow to put out the flames on his clothing. It was believed, according to firemen, that a pipe in the tank in the basement, where gasoline was kept for the stove, leaked. Mr. Gutknecht was in the basement getting a washing machine \ ready for washing. Calls to His Wife. When the explosion occurred, he called to his wife, who was on the second floor, and .she succeeded in getting out without difficulty. She called for help. The impact of the explosion was so great that it blew out the foudation walls on two sides and immediately started flames. Flames spread so quickly that when firemen arrived soon afterward, they found they were unable to save the structure and devoted their efforts to keeping the fire from spreading to nearby houses. The extent of other damage which might have- been done in the house by the explosion was effaced by the flames. Houses in that block were shaken by the explosion and the sound of the blast was heard in most of the town. Both Arms Burned. Mr. Gutknecht was taken to a physician's office for treatment. He suffered second degree burns on both arms, his face and head were burned and he was injured otherwise. He was taken to the home of his parents. Mr. and Mrs. August Gutknecht here. "Our Own Hardware" is operated by Mr. Gutknecht, who is of middle age. He and his wife lived alone in the house and have no children. A sister of Mr. Gutknecht. Lena Gutknecht. is a teacher in JIcKin- ley school in Mason Ci'.y. Iowa Learns That Winter Is Not Over A cold wave moved down upon Iowa from the north Thursday, which the weatherman said would drop temperatures to zero and below readings in the north part of the state. "By early Friday," he said, "the northwest section will record zero, the northeast 10 below, the south- last 5 above and the southwest 10 above. "And that," he added, "should be warning enough winter isn't over." Just Cold Wave. Apparently the cold wave is just a cold wave, for the weatherman said skies would remain clear. It won't last long either, for he predicted rising temperatures in the north and west by Friday afternoon. At Northwood, the mercury dropped to only 3 above zero early Thursday and the minimum in Mason City was 7 above. The temperature here had risen to S above at 8 a. m. and climbed but slowly, despite a bright sun. Mason City's maximum of Wednesday was 29 degrees above zero. Charles City reported 14 above as its early Thursday minimum. All official stations reported freezing temperatures, according to the Associated Press. Arrests Flood Rise. In a special river bulletin, C. D. Reed, federal meteorologist, said the colder weather would arrest the rise of flood waters for the next two or three days at least. He pointed out, however, that very little of the winter's precipitation has run off the upper reaches of the Des Moines, Raccoon and other rivers with headwaters in Northern Iowa. "The ice still holds in North Iowa too," he said, "and warm, rainy weather can yet produce floods." FLOOD WARNING FLIES AT OTHER POINTS IN IOWA Ice J a m s Threaten to Dam Iowa River at Marshalltown. TheWeaihei FORECAST IOWA: Fair Thursday night and Friday; much colder; moderate cold wave in extreme east portion Thursday night; rising temperatures in west and north portions Friday afternoon. MINNESOTA: Fair, colder in extreme southeast, not quite so cold in north late Thursday night; Friday becoming unsettled, rising; temperature. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday 29 above Minimum in night 7 above At 8 a. m. Thursday 8 above Wednesday night's sudden drop of the mercury contained a reminder of February's weather. While there was a little thawing Wednesday, this activity was at a standstill Thursday. A north wind nullified the effects of a bright sun. SELASSIE READY TO MAKE PEACE Accepts League Plea Without Reservations; Italy Will Give Conditions. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The league of nations' appeal for peace was accepted without qualification by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, but an Italian source said Italy would accept it only under certain conditions. Just what those conditions were was not stated, but it was assumed that Italy'would demand the right to keep the portions of Ethiopia she has conquered. On the battlefronts. the Italians reported that they were continuing their mopping up operations along the Takkaze river. The Ethiopians stated that an Italian plane had bombed a British Red Cross unit. Embargoes on Heavy Loads Are Imposed MARSHALLTOWN, (.T)--An embargo fixing a maximum gross weight of 6.000 pounds on county and township roads has been adopted by the Marshall county board of supervisor?, the embargo to be effective at the discretion of the county engineer. Tama county has placed nn embargo with a maximum gross weight of 8,000 pounds. MISSOURI VALLEY, (.T)--Flood warnings flew at several other Iowa points Thursday as the water which washed out of the Boycr river and Willow creeks here Wednesday, driving 600 persons from their homes, slowly receded. Hamburg, on the lower Nishnabotna, reported the river up more than three feet during the night and washing within five inches of the top of levees which protect the south and east sections of the town from inundation. CCC workers from Sidney and Rockport, Mo,, labored to reinforce the flood wall there, Ice dams Threaten. At Marshalltown, ice j a m s threatened to turn the Iowa river into a flood lake, while the Skunk river, rising steadily, warned residents of the Green Bay area north of Fort Madison of damaging floods. Shenandoah. on the east Nishnabotna fork, reported the river still rising over lowlands. At Riverton, near the junction of the east and west Nishnabotna forks, the flood stood more than a mile wide, covering Burlington railroad tracks and baiting service. Flood water also swept over railroad tracks at Coburg, between Red Oak and Shenandoah. C. D. Reed, federal meteorologist at Des Moines, reported that freezing temperatures--expected to go to zero and below in North .Iowa early .Friday--would halt the runoff of thaw water somewhat. Than- SHU Coming. But he warned that little of the heavy snow blanket over the north half of the state has melted away and that floods still arc in prospect on streams with their headwaters rising in the north. The water fell back from a foot to more than two feet in the 50 blocks of flooded dwelling- area in south and west Missouri valley Thursday. Engineers pointed out, however, that the fall was resulting- from a spread out of the flood water over more territory through broken dikes rather than from any great drainage through the ice jam at the mouth of the Boyer river. "The Boyer river valley," they said, "apparently is going to be a lake, from its mouth, 12 miles south of here, to Mondamin, 18 miles north, until the Missouri river ice goes out and the Big Muddy can take care of this water." Rescued From Flood. Dr. Carl F. Jordan of the state department of health, established disease prevention rules for Missouri Valley residents Thursday. Two persons suffering scarlet fever, one with mumps and one with measles, were isolated in the vacant house hospital established Wednesday. They were rescued from flood Surrounded homes. The North Western railroad had more than 200 men repairing 2,500 feet of flood wrecked track south of here. Gas plant employes said they hoped to re-establish gas service from the flooded gas plant by night. Refugees were being fed at a kitchen set tip in the Presbyterian church basement and manned by WPA sewing project women turned cooks. No Typhoid Reported. W. R. Mark of the health department said no. typhoid has been reported thus far. Most of the families in the flooded area were dependent upon weils for water. Health officials warned against using water from surface wells in the area. Harrison county Red Cross officials awaited word from St. Louis headquarters on their appeal for aid in rehabilitation and sanitation. SO Blocks Under Water. More than 50 blocks of the city- proper was under water. Refugee's were housed in temporary quarters hastily provisioned. The Omaha Salvation Army unit imported 275 complete outfits of clothing. Relief agencies were caring for an esti- j mated 600 to 700 refugees in this ' city alone. The heavily flooded, area extended '.wo miles west of Missouri Valley and IS miles north to Mondamin. Another strip three miles further west was partially flooded. Livestock Losses Heavy. Farmers reported heavy livestock losses, mostly fat hogs which killeil themselves by slashing their throats with their feet as they attempted tn swim to safety. No loss of human life was reported in this area. The West Nishnabotna river near Sidney rose to the highest levela

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