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n t. ft L 0 M E R H I S M E M A A f l T ' North Iowa's DAILY PAPEE Edited for the Home VOL. XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" ME E D I T I O N ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO. 118 m Sperm May Go Soviet Rumors Show Liking for Russian Form By CHARLES P. STEWART . A S H I N G T O N , Feb. 23 (CFA)-- Fearsome rumors flit about the diplomatic colony in Washington that a soviet government may yet evolve itself out of the growing d i s o r d e r i n Spain. To folk who know something of Spanish industrial w o r k i n g class sentiment it would not be surprising. L o n g before revolution looked like a serious probability in Russia syndicalism was strong in Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Ferrol, Burgos and Seville. The urban masses were quite thoroly saturated with something decidedly more radical than merely republican leanings, -. * * * · A S EUROPEAN correspondent at the time for an American news agency, I was rushed to Madrid as long ago as 1908 or 1909 (it was before' the Portuguese monarchy's overthrow, at any rate) to "cover" what was described as an "anarchist revolt," the term "Communist" not having then come into style. It was a revolt of some sort certainly. Madrid was comparatively quiet, as it usually is, being mainly a governmental center like Washington, but the turbulent Catalan provinces were boiling and so was the mining region at the other end of the Pyrenees. * * * ·THAT particular outbreak finally i ended with the military execution at Montjuich fortress, Barcelona, of the "reds" leader, Francisco Ferrer, a celebrated radical iri his day, but it amounted only to a temporary -.sn^athezipg ot-'ttie^fiie.^It was not (Turn to Fata 2, Columh 3). CAPITAL HONORS FIR President Attends Services at Washington's Old Home. WASHINGTON, Feb. 23. W)-With holidays for all but President Hoover and congress, the capital devoted itself today to celebrating in earnest the 199th birthday of George Washington. President Hoover remembered the father of his country yesterday by attending divine services In Alexandria. He occupied the pew in Christ church in which George Washington often sat. With him were Mrs. Hoover and their oldest grand child, Peggy Ann. The broad avenues of the capital were lined with stars and stripes waving in a brisk breeze. Here and there the flags of foreign nations fluttered their tribute from the embassies and legations. This morning a military mass at the church of the Immaculate Conception was the principal service, attended by a large body of American Legion members. Part of the picturesque ceremony was a presentation of massed colors. While devoting most of the day to work, congress set its meeting house early to permit the annual exercises In the house. Departing from the pattern of accepted custom, reading of Washington's farewell address was dispensed with, and an address by Representative Beck of Pennsylvania, substituted. All government departments remained closed for the day. AUNT HET By Robert Quillen '-». x "Mary an' Joe will get aheacJ. You needn't worry about young married folks that has foresight enough to start out with a sedan instead of a coupe." POISON KILLS 2 AT DUMONT Senate Approves Muscle Shoals Conference BILL READY FOR* PRESIDENT; HIS Act Passed Twice but Called Back for Debate. ^WASHINGTON, Feb. 23. trP)--The · * senate today approved the compromise Muscle Shoals bill, completing congressional action. The measure now goes to the white house. Some of its advocates have expressed fear of a veto, despite President Hoover's silence. . The senate adopted the conference report on a record vote after approving it hurriedly without debate earlier in the day and then reconsidering. Opponents Napping. The first vote caught opponents of the measure napping. The reconsideration was asked by Senator Bingham, republican, Connecticut, and agreed to by unanimous consent. The bill is the second providing for operation of tha government's $150,000,000 power and nitrate plants passed during the 10 years of controversy over what to do with the huge war time investment on the Tennessee river in Alabama. The bill provides for government operation of the power plant and construction of transmission lines over which the pow.er would be distributed with preferential sale to municipalities.' Would Bo Lease'd. The nitrate plant would be leased for quantity production by private interests of fertilizer, if a lessee could be found within a year. If no lease could be negotiated within this time the government would operate the plants for experimental manufacture of fertilizer. The bill also provides for construction of the Cove creek dam on the Clinch river In Tennessee at an estimated cost of $35,000,000. Approval of the bill by the senate had been forecast but the speed with which it went thru was without preecdent. H CONVICTS AT LARGE IN DESERT One Murderer in Gang Which Escaped From Arizona , Prison. FLORENCE, Ariz., Feb. 23. /Fl-Fourteen convicts, including one murderer, who clambered over the state penitentiary wall here yesterday while a guard was not watching, were being tracked thru sagebrush and cactus of surrounding desert today. Fifteen escaped, hut one was captured. A steel girder, taken from a prison construction job enabled the convicts to climb the wall and drop 20 feet to the ground outside. Warden William Delbridge i m - mediately released bloodhounds and a guard detail. He personally relieved the wall guard, J. M. Daly, whom he described as "Inattentive." · A baseball game had been in progress in the yard and several hundred prisoners had been taken from th'eir cells to witness it. The warden said the escape plot apparently had been hatched on the spur of the moment. The captured convict was a Mexican, whose name was not given, serving a life term for murder. Nine were Negroes. The convicts scattered in groups of two or three. One robbed the prison .farm stable of a horse. Ives to Plead Guilty to Killing Des Moines Grocer During Holdup DES MOINES, Feb. 23. (7P-- Chet Ives, 30, who has confessed the killing of George Cordaro, local grocer, will enter a plea of guilty when arraigned tomorrow, Sheriff C. F. Keeling indicated today. The sheriff believes Ives will enter the guilty plea, seeking a prison terra, rather than demand a court trial and face the possibility of hanging. Cordaro was shot Jan. 10 during a scuffle that foliowed Ives' attempt to rob the Cordaro grocery. GUNWOMAN GOES TO PRISON This telcphoto shows Irene Schrocder, gungirl, being taken from tho 3La\vrenoe county, Pennsylvania, jail to Rockvlew penitentiary where she was electrocuted. Olwerve hardcuffs and perfect composure. Mrs. Schroeder and Dague Calm to End as They Pay fo r 'Dea t h of Pa tro Iman Pair Electrocuted in Petmsylvania Prison By L. K. UNDGKEN ROCKVIEW PENITENTIARY, BELLEFONTE, Pa., .Feb. 23. /"P)--Calm and collected, Irene Schroeder and Walter Glenn Daguc went to their deaths In the electric chair at Rockview penitentiary today just after break, of dawn. The state claimed of them the supreme price for the killing of a guardian of its highways. The woman went to the chair first, at 6 a. in. (C. S, T.) one contact was made and she was pronounced dead at G:05. Dague was placed in the chair at 6:08 and five minutes later was dead. Mrs. Schroeder's face was pale, almost ghastly, except for a slight bit of rouge on either check, as she was brot into the death chamber. Her eyes were open until she was seated in the big chair, then she closed them and kept them closed until the death hood was placed over her head. Stride Was Steady. Dagrue came in with steady stride and as' he sat down in .the chair gazed left and right at the witnesses. Then the hood was adjusted and the electric contact was made while the prison chaplain still was offering up a prayer for the condemned Neither of the slayers spoke, nor was any, word spoken to them. The woman who once wielded a gun with her gunman lover in merciless bloodshed,' was as unflinching at her doom as ever she had been during her days of banditry and subsequent flight and fight for life. "Iron Irene," they termed her at the trial. "Iron Irene" she was until the end. The spirit that bore her up when the jury in the Lawrence county courts pronounced death as her sentence, held with her as she walked into the grim chamber of death here and surrendered her life for the life of Corporal Brady Paul, (Turn In Pnc« 2. OnUimn 4). Woman on Trial for Murder of Husband in Quarrel Over Bridge KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 25. (JFi --Mrs. Myrtle Bennett went on trial today charged with killing her husband, John G. Bennett, perfume salesman in an alleged quarrel over a bridge game. The state announced it would not seek the death penalty. Selection of a jury proceeded. HOUSE REFUSES TO GIVE UP BILL Move to Drop Act to Refund County Road Taxes Defeated. DES MOINES, Feb. 23. UP)--By a vote of 4g to 55 the house rejected the report of its committee on roads and highways recommending indefinite postponement of the house bill to refund taxes levied by counties from the primary road fund. . The house adopted committee reports recommending indefinite postponement of two measures. One was an act providing for the paying of paving connections between cities and towns to primary roads. The other related to ordinances fixing compensation of city employes. The refund measure now goes on the calendar without recommenda tion. Balloting followed a lengthy de bate in the morning- session. Rep resentative Roy Shields of Clark re ported for the committee. Report Adopted. By a vote of 66 to 19, the house adopted the report of its committee recommending: indefinite postponement of the senate bill doubling the penalty for the theft of hogs and chickens. Representative R. L. Rutledge of Webster county, speaking for the bill, said "this would make such thievery a dangerous pastime." By a vote of 79 to 17 the house adopted the committee report in definitely postponing action on tin. Short and Forsling- bill which woulc permit cities of over 40,000 to make a one-half mill levy for band purposes provided one.-third of the sun raised went to other musical organl zatlons. A bill provided for redistricting of the: state's senatorial districts was introduced by Representative A. H. Bonnstetter, Kossuth. It would create 13 one county districts, 25 two county districts and 12 three county districts. By a vote of 41 lo 35 the house again referred to the committee on schools and textbooks the Whiting bill which would permit the merger of rural school districts into union high schools. Torgeson Overridden. Fighting to prevent adoption of the indefinite postponement report on his bill abolishing the road poll tax, Representative S. R. Torgeson, (Turn la Fast 2, Column 3). MOVE TO PROBE M'FARLANE LAID ON HOUSE TABLE Resolution Set Aside by Roll Call Vote of 61 to 28. ,.~ D ES MOINES, Feb. 23. UP)--A resolution for an investigation of the activities of Lieut. Gov. Arch McFarlane in soliciting coal contracts for the Arch McFarlane Coal, company was tabled in the house of' representatives today on a roll call vote of Gl to 28. The resolution was introduced by Representatives W. M. Short, Woodbury, P. H. Donlon, Palo Alto, and Victor Felter, Warren. Short requested the roll call. After the house had tabled the resolution, it defeated by a vote of 60 to 36 a motion o£ Representative H. M. Greene, Pottawattamie, to expunge from the record the resolution. Speaking for his motion, Greene said "this Is no place to air personal grievances." Short Gives Talk. The motion to table was-made by Representative R. L. Rutledge, Webster county. Speaker Francis Johnson ruled that the motion was not debatable when Short rose and began to talk after demanding a roll call. He then made his remarks under the right of personal privilege. Short .declared,-.in speaking lender tho rule of personal privilege, that there were two contending forces operating at the state capitol. He said the one was those "who regard public office as a sacred trust to be conducted in the fullest light of publicity so that the people may all know the whole truth." In the other, he said, there is a tendency to use public office primarily as a means of personal preferment and gain. Tho Woodbury representative also referred to an exchange of letters regarding an invitation of the lieutenant and his wife to himself and Mrs. Short to be their dinner guests. He said the invitation had been declined. The resolution for the Investigation was as follows: Authorizes Committees. "That the committee on judiciary of the house be and it is hereby authorized and directed to make a Turn In I'OKO 2, Column 6). Davenport Child Dies After Hit by Truck DAVENPORT, Feb. 23. #-Adrian Timmerman, Jr., 4, died this afternoon shortly after being struck by a delivery truck near his home. The boy was riding- on a tricycle and came out of an alley directly into the path of the truck. Young Woman Falls to Death in Hotel Court 21 Charges in UProbeGiven to Committee Marshall Is Witness at Fiery Opening Session By THEODOOKE F. KOOP. Associated Press Staff Writer. DES MOINES, Feb. 23. LT-Twenty-one charges of maladminis- tration against officials of the University of Iowa and the state board of education were laid before the university investigating committee today by Verne Marshall, managing editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The accusations which were the first testimony In the probe, were similar to those contained in the or- ginal resolution passed by the louse of representatives. The majority related to financial irregularities, while others accused President Walter A. Jeasup of the university of responsibility for the school's ouster from the Big Ten athletic conference and for forcing out prominent faculty members. Session Fiery. , The opening session was a fiery one, punctuated by several clashes aetween Dennis Kelleher, Fort Dodge, the committee's attorney, and Emmet Tinley, Council Bluffs, representing- the state board of education. Tinley attempted to make an. opening statement Regarding charges which he said would come before the committee but was no' permitted to do so. Representative Byron G. Allen committee-, member,, .proposed .the motion by which, he was refused this privilege. It was adopted by i vote of four to two, with Senators W. F. Baird, Council Bluffs, and L H. Doran, Boone, opposing it. Senator Baird made repeated objections to the procedure of the morning session which did not get underway until after 10 o'clock. He endeavored to question Marshal during the latter's testimony but was overruled by Senator H. B. Carroll, Bloomfield, chairman. Baird Outraged. "All the rules of evidence have been violated so far," Baird said, when Tinley objected to some of Marshall's statement which he termed heresay testimony. At another point Bair asserted, "if we're going to fight, let's fight." "I'm ready," replied Marshall. When Marshall went on the stand he endeavored to find out in what capacity Attorneys Henry Walker, Iowa City, and Karl Geiser, Council Bluffs, who were sitting with Tinley were present. It was pointed out that Tinley was the only one who would be paid by the state and Tinley said that the position of his colleagues would be brot out as the investigation proceeded. Earl Wisdom, assistant attorney general, was present to aid Kelleher. Charges Hank. Marshall charged that, the Iowa City bank of which W. J. McChesney, university treasurer, is president had failed to account for $28,762 interest on Rockefeller medical funds and that the board of education had twice approved this action CHICAGO, Feb. 23. fl-- A young woman, expensively dressed, plunged to death today in a court of the Morrison hotel. Efforts to identify her or determine from what room she leaped or fell wero unsuccessful. ROGERS *£ rv^L/C * HOLLYWOOD, Cal., Feb. 23.-Here is what George Washington missed by not living to his one- hundred ninety-ninth birthday. He would have seen our great political system of "equal rights to all and privileges to none" working so smoothly that seven million are without a chance to earn their living. He would see 'em handing out rations in peacetime--that would have reminded him of Valley Forge. In fact we have reversed the old system. We all get fat In war times and thin during peace. I bet after seeing us, he would sue us for calling him "father." Yours. B int. PLEADS GUILTY TO RANSOM PLOT Whiskers' Sentence to Await Trial of Other Three Defendants. CAMBRIDGE, HI., Feb. 23. (.TV- Orville Whiskers pleaded guilty to day to the kidnaping of Earl Yocum Galva bank president. Captured on a farm near Spencer Iowa, Saturday, he was brot bacl and arraigned in Henry county where his three alleged confederates in the 550,000 ransom plot of las' October were to go on trial today. Sentence was withheld pending the result o£ the trial of the othc three. Yocum was a captive of kidnap ers five days last October, but the! demands for $50,000 for his free dom were foiled by his wife and the Henry county authorities. Soon afte his safe return three men wer rounded up T5y posses and chargei by the grand jury with kidnaping for ransom, an offense punishable by death. Whiskers eluded captur until Saturday. . The defendants on trial today are Vernon Ahlgren, Lloyd Winslow and Harry Whiskers, cousin of Orville. OPERA STAR DIES DAME MELBA Singer One of Pures Sopranos Opera Has Ever Known. CTDNEY, Australia, Feb. 23. /P)-- »J The curtain was rung down to day on the life of Dame Nelll Melba, one of the purest soprano: grand opera, has ever known, after weeks abed with a strange illnesf which baffled her physicians. Seventy-one years old, the famou prima donna for several days hat fought a losing battle with a skii malady which seized her in Egypt and was aggravated by a long journey home from Europe and the heat of the Australian summer. Friends believed she hastened her own end with insistence upon .spent! ing Christmas in her native Austral in, disregarding the advice of hei physicians in Europe under whost. treatment she was growing better She became ill again aboard ship. H:ippy in Melbourne. She was happy, however, ir spending almost her last hours it Melbourne, near where she was borr and from which she took her stage name, Melba. Her real name was Nellie Porter Mitchell, changed by her marriage in 1882 to Armstrong Known to all the world as the successor to Patti and Jenny Lind, Melba sang last in America at the New York Metropolitan in Faust in 1917-18, and after that was .seldom heard in public. Her most famous roles were as Gildn. in Rigoletto, Violetta in La Travlata and Lucia. Her life with Capt. N. F. Armstrong, her husband, was not entirely happy. Reconciled to Son. Shortly nfter the birth of her son, George Nesbit Armstrong, she became separated from both, and in April, 1800, Captain Armstrong obtained a divorce. She later became reconciled, with her son. r She was made a dame of the British empire in 1922 in recognition of her war work and on King George's birthday in 1927 she received the grand cross of the order of the British empire. She was stricken with a severu attack of influenza in February, (Turn to FIIKO 2, CoHinm B). DIE IN NORTH OWA TRAGEDIES OVER WEEK-END 'ar Upsets on Road Near Bancroft When Tire Blows Out. EVEN persons met violent deaths in North Iowa over the weekends as the result of poisoning or njuries received In accidents. Several persons were also · injured. Phree persons were killed in accidents, two children were poisoned, one person was run over by a train ind one was fatally hurt falling downstairs. The dead: Tina Behrcnds, Diimont, Hen IlRhrcmls, Diimont. Mrs. Bessio Walker, Carney, MH. ; Mrs. Wilbur Cox, Crystal Lake. D. Swenson, Dccoruh. Phillip. H. Curtis, Marshall- i town. I Mrs. Joseph Chirk, Waterloo. The mysterious poisoning of fiva children and their mother was being- nvestigalecl by officials Monday at Dumont. So far the cause of deaths of two children and illness of fouc others has not been determined. Tina Behrcnds, 12, and Ben Bell- rends, 16, died Sunday from poisoning at their home one and one-halt miles east ot Dumont. Henry Behrends, father of the children, loft the home at 10 o'clock Sunday morning. When he returned at about 6 o'clock Sunday evening he found, Tina dead and Ben. and his wife ii an unconscious condition. HlSjjvvlfa recovered consciousness later buf 3 officials thbt her condition serious and they did not wish to queg. lion her. Ben died a short time aftei; his father returned. Three Will Recover. Fanny, Henry and John, olhep children, were also ill but will recover. One child, Minnie, who wag at home, and Carrie, who is attending consolidated high school at Dumont, and was not at home, are other children in the family. They were not ill. ' Officials said they were unable to state whether the children came to their death from eating poisoned. food or from taking medicine, Several of the children had been ill recently with influenza. Sheriff H. W. Burma and Coroner S. C. Whittaker nre investigating the case. ' The Behrcnds family had a bunk- ruptcy sale recently and have been, forced to move March 1. Funeral ( services will probably be held Tues- ' day for the two children at tho ' E\"UngeIical church. ' Killed AN Cur Upsets. An accident which occurred neap Bancroft proved fatal to two persons Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Bessie Walker of Carney, Mo., was instantly killed and Mrs. Wilbur Cox · received fatal injuries when, the cairn which they wero riding turner! over three times three and one-half miles east of Bancroft. The acoident occurred when u left rear tire blew out. Wilbur Cox, Crystal Lake, stepfather of Mrs. Walker, was driving the car. He said he was going abouti 'I'un; In THRU I, Column J). \m Bodies of Two Dubuque Boys Found in SI o u g h; F u n e r a l Rites Planned DUBUQUE, Feb. 23. (,T)--Relatives completed funeral preparations today for George Huber, 9, nnd Merlyn Poise, 8, whose bodies were recovered by firemen yesterday from a slough. The boys failed to return to their homes Saturday and the discovery of fishing polcrf on the bank led to dragging of the water. Police believed that one of the boy.s fell into the slough nnd tho other lost his life In an attempt to rescue his companion. IOWA WEATHER Mostly cloudy tonight - anil Tuesday, possibly rain in extreme southeast portions, slightly warmer Tuesday in n»rlh and extreme west por- J tions, LOCAL STATISTICS American Beet Sugar company weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Monday morning: Maximum Sunday .15 Above Minimum in Night 26 Above At 8 A. M. Monday 20 Ahovn Figures for 21 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum Satiiriliiy 41 Above Minimum in Night 37 Above The balmy weather continues. Tha Globe-Gazette conlinues to receive reports of the return of spring birds. te ia 5C' fair. tb

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