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*1 North Iowa's /DAILY PAPER { Edited for the Home ££. L "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" E D I T I O N ; VOL. XL FIVE CENTS A ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED IV1HE 8EKV1UE MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 1934 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 134 ASK HELP OF TWIN CITY POLICE SENATE REJECTS RATIFICATION OF SEAWAY TREATY House Refuses Attempt to Compromise on Vet Benefits. WASHINGTON, March 14. UP)-The senate today rejected the St. Lawrence waterway treaty with Canada. The vote was for ratification 46 to 42 against, which was far short of the required two-thirds. The vote administered the first major legislative setback for . the Roosevelt administration. President Roosevelt had 'urged ratification in 'two communications to the senate as a step toward opening vast interior areas of ,the United States to ocean commerce and providing cheap electricity for his own state of New York, but the opposition of a large group of democrats and republicans proved too strong. To Send Treaty Back. Only a while before the treaty vote he told reporters he would send the treaty back for reconsideration when there is time, the giant waterway Is going to be built anyway and he feared that failure of ratification would place the seaway entirely under Canadian control. To reach the vote, treaty opponents withdrew all reservations to the resolution of ratification, paving the way for a clear cut vote on the Ss^h""? 1 ? trin SS- : - . - . . "S e administration house ^eated Check Descriptions of 7 Bank Bandits WOUNDS BANDIT JOHN C. SHIPLEY Police Judge MayHaveHit One of Gang Bandit Jerked When Shipley Fired Shot During Holdup, The fact that one of the bandits jerked around when he fired the second time led Judge John c. Shipley to ; believe · ttjjt he '/fight iiav s - , j^ Another/ and perhaps more,im_ ·,J! the--to establish in every, sj' allow\ ancea ~n, ,; nPI 3,.*«.nins' and govern, ment employes. Conference Rejected. Democratic insurgents and republicans rejected a move to send the independent offices supply bill to conference to compose differences on $354,000,00X1 in veterans benefits and pay restoration voted by the senate. This threw the bill open for a rect house vote on the senate action. The vote against sending the measure to conference--as desired by the administration--was 247 to 169. President Roosevelt has served notice he would veto the bill if it passed in the form approved by the senate. Boll Call en Pact. The roll call on the ratification resolution follows: For ratification: Democrats: Ashurst, Bachman, Bankhead, Barkley, Black, Bone, Brown, Bulkley, Bulow, Byrnes Costigau, Dill, Duffy, Erickson, Gore, Harrison, Hatch, Hayden, Logan McAdoo, McKellar, O'Hamoney, Pittman, Pope, Robinson of Arkansas, Sheppard, Smith, Thomas of Utah, Thompson, Van Nuys and Wheeler--31. Republicans: Borah, Capper, Cou- rens, Cutting, Fess, Frazier, Gibson, Johnson, LaFollette, Norris, Nye, Robinson of Indiana, Schall, and Vandenberg--14. Farmer-labor--Shipstead--1. Total for ratification--46. Dickinson Votes No. Democrats against: Adams, Bai- 3ey, Byrd, Clark, Connally, Coolidge, Copeland, Dieterich, George Lewis, Lonergan, Long, McCarran. McGill, Neely, Overton, Reynolds Russell, Stephens, Tydings, Wagner and Walsh---22. ; Republicans against: Austin, Bar- (Tnm to Page 2, Column 7) SStf Wea FORECAST IOWA: ancreasing cloudiness Wednesday!, night, becoming unsettled, Thursday. Rising temperatures. MINNESOTA: Partly cloudy to cloudy tonight and Thursday, popsibly , light snow in northeast portion tonight; warmer tonight and In extreme east and extreme' south Thursday; colder Thursday in extreme northwest. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning-: Maximum Tuesday 45 Minimum In Night 13 At 8 A. M. Wednesday 2t Trace of snow. fired from his office on the "third floor of the bank building. ' "The bandit jumped quickly and turned around," Judge Shipley said. "I think I may have hit him. He did not return fire that\time. Of course, he might have had a bullet proof vest on." Judge Shipley told how he had heard the shooting from his office and had gone to the window. He saw a crowd in the street below and many persons standing with their hands in the air. He got an old gun he had in the office.' When one of the bandits was clear of the crowd, he fired. The baadit immediately trained a gun on him and fired, the bullets striking other offices in the First National building. Mr. Shipley ducked but got another shot as the bandits were going down the street. A bystander overheard one of the fleeing bandits state that he was wounded and this seemed to give further credence to the belief that Judge Shipley's second shot had taken effect. 2 Iowa Cities Get Honors in National Traffic Safety Drive CHICAGO, March 14. (.T)--Two Iowa cities received honors in the natonal traffic safety contest during 1933. Dubuque was named second in the group having 25,000 to 50,000 population, led by Fond du Lac, Wis. Davenport was awarded honorable mention in the 50,000 to 100,000 group. Evanston, 111., was named the winner in the national contest. I, W. REYNOLDS DIES IN DETROIT Chairman of State Board of Assessment and Review on Inspection Trip. DES-MOINES, March 14. (JP-Dr. J. W. Reynolds, chairman of the state board of-assessment and review, died suddenly in a Detroit hotel this morning. Members of his family here said they had been informed that death was due to heart disease. Dr. Reynolds and L. E. Roddewig of Davenport, member of the state aoard, were on a trip for the purpose of studying tax systems in other states before setting up Iowa's new tax laws. A democrat, Dr. Reynolds was appointed to the state board first in 3929 by Governor Hammill and he was reappolnted by Governor Turner in 1931 for a six year term. Dr. Reynolds wat a physician by profession, practicing for many years in Creston. 2 MEN DID MOST OF WORK INSIDE DURING HOLDUP Scenes Reconstructed by Officers; Dozens Interviewed. . Sheriff J. M. Robertson and his staff worked with feverish haste Tuesday night and Wednesday on obtaining descriptions of the seven men who robbed the First National bank Tuesday afternoon in an effort to get the identity of the gang established. The scenes connected with the daring holdup of the bank shortly before closing time were reconstructed by the officers as they interviewed dozens of men and women who were inside and outside the bank at the time. Two Were Inside. While there were conflicting ideas at first as to how many men were engaged in various phases of the holdup, employes of the bank in general were agreed that two men did most of the work inside the bank while a third stood in the front doorway and a fourth, believed to be John Dillinger, walked back and forth in front of thei.bank. Three others guarded the rear. those at the re^Lone. .. \saiptiOn shop, the second 'was in 1. 1 street while a third was at the driver's seat in the car. While his associates were armed with submachine guns, the occupant of the car had a larger weapon which he held poised for action but which he had no occasion to use. Descriptions Given. The following descriptions of the men were compiled in the sheriff's office: No. 1 -- Weight about 200 pounds; about 40 or 45 years of age; scar on right cheek which starts from the cheek bone, would say about two inches long, and goes from the cheek bone to the lower part of the jaw, a good sized scar; wore black high top boots, XO'/j size; black or dark blue suit and gray overcoat; height about 5 feet and 11 inches; very stock build; thick dark eyebrows and about two days growth of beard. This information given by Donald Pierce. No. 2 -- Man on outside of building; short and stocky; wore a coat which was of the color of an army coat; wore a dark gray cap. This was the man who shot K. L. James. No. 3-- Dark complexion; medium height; about 30 years of age; gray hat; light overcoat; dark suit; weight about 135 pounds. No. 4-- Fairly good looking man; dark hair; short and stocky build; about 5 feet 5 inches in height; 30 or 35 years of age. No. 5 -- The man in front of hank holding machine gun wore gray overcoat with striped muffler; dark gray fedora hat. Said to resemble John Dillinger, No. 6 -- The man who ordered Mr. Bagley into his private office was short, had a light complexion and wore s cap. No. 7 -- Another man was described as being about 6 feet tall; weight of 185 pounds; wore black hat; light top coat and had a dark complexion. Acted as Witnesses. Among persons listed as witnesses by officers were Mrs. Emil Smith and Miss Marjorie Smith, both of Charles City; John Kathan, who picked up a bullet from a machine gun; Edward Roggermann of Rockwell. Arleight Towne of Eagle Grove, Earl Smith, Arthur Fecney, Donald E. Pierce, C. P. Swardford, F. A. Stephenson, Mrs. William Clark and Mrs. Frank Graham. Most of the interior work connected with the robbery was done by two men with a third looking in from time to time at the entrance, acting as the liason between the leader outside and the operators inside. While one of the two interior operators devoted his time to getting :he money through the assistance of H. C. Fisher, assistant cashier, the other held the bank employes and customers at bay in the front part of the bank. As soon as the money was packed n bags the men walked out surrounded by their hostages. AS THE SMOKE WAS LIFTING Henry Ronnlng Dies. WILLMAR, Minn., March 14. (.T) ·Henry T. Ronning, 65, attorney here 30 years and former secretary to United States Senator Henrik Shipstead, died here today. Top--Four of the hostages taken by the bank robbers Reading from left to right-B. E. Wiley, assistant cashier; Miss Lydia Crosby, investment department; Francis De Sart, teller, and Emmet Kyan, paying teller. (Photo by Wright.) Center Right--This picture, snapped by H. C. Kunhleman, a movie cameraman who was fill- Ing a local news reel assignment when bank bandits arrived en the scene tuesaay afternoon, shows a section of the crowd which swarmed around the First National building as the bandit car, bearing a score of passengers, swung slowly up Federal avenue following the robbery. Mr. Kunkleman was busy grinding Jiway when the gunmen's car drove up. "Ht you," snarled one, "if there's any shooting :o ~jc done, \v 11 do it. Put that thing awaj ' The cameraman folded up his equipment and became an astonished witness of the unbelievable holdup. A news reel containing 700 feet of film taken at the scene of the holdup Is being shown at the Cecil theater. This view is taken from it. The film was developed In Waterloo Tuesday night and rushed back to Mason City by Tom Arthur in the wee hours Wednesday morning. Lower right--Alfred Halspr, auditor; Emmet Ryan, teller, and Tom Walters, guard, examining the entrance to the vault. Above--This shows the marks of a bandit's machine gun on the bullet proof glass on the cage above the office of the president, where Tom Walters, guard, stood. Fairbanks Denies He and "Roxy" Plan Any London "Radio City" LONDON, March 14. UP)--Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., emphatically denied today reports published abroad that he is associated with S. L. "Roxy" Rothafel in plans to build a "radio city" in London. He was ioined in the categorical denial of the reports by young Doug, Jr. 200 Children Saved When Hospital Burns ALBANi", N. Y., March 1-1. .T-Nearly 200 infants and children were either carried or led to safety today as fire broke out in the Infants' home of the Brady maternity hospital in the Pine Hills section of Albany. The fire was extinguished quickly without severe damage. MUSSOLINI AND DQLLFUSS MEET Hungarian Premier Will Be Received in Separate Conference. ROME, March 14. OB--Two little men with big ideas--the square jawed Benito Mussolini master of Italy, and the dapper "Napoleon of Austria," Engelbert Dollfuss--sat down at a polished desk in the venezia palace today for the first of a series of conferences that may write history. A third government leader. Premier Julius Goemboes, of Hungary, was not at the council table as the meetings planned to last through Thursday began. Previously, it had been understood the three would seek in three cornered parleys n solution of Austria's and Hungary's economic and political ills. At the last minute today, it became known II Duce would receive the visitors separately. Regardless of the manner of their meeting, the three hope before Thursday night to reach an agreement which, while proving mutually advantageous immediately, eventually may serve the ends of peace and better times in Europe as a whole. INSULL REJECTS TRAVEL PAPERS Chicago Fugitive Will Be Escorted to Border by Greek Police. ATHENS. March 14. (/T)--Authorities stated officially today that Samuel Insull, Sr., Chicago fugitive, will be escorted by police to the Greek frontier tomorrow. The announcement came after the former utilities operator had defiantly refused to accept an American consular travel document issued in order that he might comply with the Greek government's order that he leave this country by midnight tomorrow. Contrary to the announcement last night that a Greek officer had been received and had handed the travel form over to the former Chicagoan, it was revealed at the foreign office that when a functionary --accompanied by a policeman-called on Insull, he was refused admittance to the Insull apartment. A foreign office spokesman said the functionary pasted the paper on the door. The consular travel form, Issued by the American legation co-operating with the Greek foreign office. is good for six months, ST. PAUL MOB OR DILLINGER GANG BLAMED IN RAID Search of Bank Bandit Car Reveals No Fingerprints; Gun Left by Robber Found in First National OTHER STORIES ON PAGES 2, 11 AND 16 Search for the seven machine gun bandits who Tuesday robbed the First National bank here of $52,000 and wounded two persons started afresh Wednesday when Sheriff J. M. Robertson asked Twin City police to locate Frank Carpenter. Carpenter is said to resemble John Dillinger, Indiana prison fugitive, whom several persons have identified as leader of the bandit gane here. Police here said they had received fingerprints of Dillinger. but had located no good prrnts of the bandit gang here. A search of the bandit automobile found wrecked in a ditch failed to reveal any fingerprints, they said. A 45 Colt automatic revolver, which belonged to one of the bandits was found in the bank following the robbery. The gun is being held by the police for fingerprints. May Be St. Paul Mob. Authorities here believe that the robbers were either members of the Dillinger sang or a St. Paul mob with whom Carpenter is alleged to be affiliated and which is believed to be operating in this, territory. The Buick sedan abandoned by the bandits after it struck a tree four miles southeast of Mason City bore the motor numbers, 988-844 o.f Indiana, thus .bearing out the contention made by several thai the bandits were the Dillmeer gang of bank- robbersi£rom Indiana. A ch/»c ne 'rve£ A*iv-e,^(ber repealed, ^ir? k of the basdic..!,.'t $157,000 in currency in their hurry to escape from the tear gas laden bank room. Hunt in Two States. While two states were being combed for clews of the mobsters, with bridges guarded across the Mississippi, Sheriff Robertson was continuing his work of getting- a complete description tff the seven men who in the midst of a machine gun barrage robbed the bank and carried away the money surrounded by a wall of human hostages. The loot of the raid imirked a new high in a recent series of assaults on midwest banks. · " ~ ~~ * Tactics employed by the gunmen were similar to those used by the bandits who stole between ,$10,000 and $20,000 March 6, from a bank at Sioux Falls. They were also like the methods of robbers who made away with $21,000 at Atchlson, Kans., last Monday. In each instance they took hostages with them as shields. Arriving at the Mason City bank, the bandits scattered a rain of machine gun bullets, injured two persons, scooped up the cash and escaped under the protection of a dozen hostages. The two who were injured, R. L James, secretary of the Mason City school board, shot in the leg, and Clarence McGowan, who wag attempting to pursue the bandit car,, hit in both knees and the abdomen! were apparently recovering in local hospitals. Vigilantes and police withheld their fire as the robbers' car, its running board lined with bystanders and bank employes, drove out of town. The hostages were released unharmed a short time later. Called Him DUIinger. James Buchanan, city policeman, was the first to connect Dillinger with the raid when he said after viewing photos: "I'd stand on a statement that the leader of the bank bandits had the appearance of Dillinger." At least four persons identified the guard who stood in front of the bank door as being John Dillinger. Overlooked in the investigation of the bank robbery until late Wednesday afternoon when she was interviewed by a deputy sheriff, Mrs. Jake Leu, 11G Thirteenth street northeast, gave what was considered as the most accurate identification of one of the machine-gunners yet to be discovered. Examines Pictures. After examining several photographs from the rogues' gallery. Mrs. Leu said that she was positive that the man with whom she talked while being held in the bandit car as a hostage was John Dillinger, desperado. Mrs. Leu was picked up by the same bandit that held C. D. Mulcahy and forced to stand on the side of the escaping car. After a short distance her hat blew off snd she thrust her head Inside tho automobile iu oulor to escape the cold wind. The robber who was holding the machine £im at t'.ic liaol: v/inrjov,- of the sedan remarked to her, sue said. "This Is a fine police fores you got here. They had better quit following i i im tn V3tt j_ column 3). M'GOWAN GETS THREE WOUNDS Condition Not Serious; Stay in Hospital to Be Brief for Holdup Victim. Clarence McGowan, 1403 Plymouth road, carries three wounds on his body as a souvenir of Tuesday's sensational holdup of the First National bank. It was not until late in the evening that he was revealed as one of the casualties of the bandits' visit here, when he was taken to Story hospital for removal of the lead from his two knees and his outer abdominal flesh. Although an anesthetic was required for the removal operation, it was said at the hospital that his condition was in no sense serious and that his stay in bed would be brief. Injured on Leaving. Mr. McGowan's injuries occurred when on leaving Mason City, the bandits in the over-filled car, opened fire on his automobile when he was thought to be coming too close. The shooting occurred on Fourth street in the vicinity of the Denison clubhouse. Accompanying Mr. McGowan were Mrs. McGowan and one of their two daughters, Deniso, 5 years old. Both of them escaped injury, however. The McGowans were attracted by the great number of passengers on the bandit car--variously estimated at from 17 to 21. It looked like a merry party of some sort. Curiosity beckoned Mr. McGowan on to a closer inspection but the machine gun fire discouraged it. Bullet Split. It is believed that a single bullet, splitting on a piece of metal or ·jlass in his car, caused all three of Mr. McGowan's injuries. This was indicated by the size and the shape of the metal removed from his legs and his body. First aid was administered but when it was discovered that some '.ead had penetrated beneath the skin, a decision was reached to remove Mr. McGowan to the hospital. At the hospital Wednesday tho injured man's condition was reported j ns showing improvement.

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