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T C F fi » J - .v NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 1936 THIS TAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SUCTION ONE NO. 133 Townsend PlanProbe Concerned Mostly With Search for "Racket." By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , (CPA) -- The house of representatives' recently launched investigation of the Townsend old age pension plan, as it generally is described, is not, in reality, intended to be an investigation of the plan's merits. Indeed, Chairman C. Jasper Bell of the comm i t t e e , w h o started the inquiry, says it will not be exclusively a Townsend probe, but that it will delve into the activities of all groups of old age pension promoters. However, inasmuch as none but the Townsenditcs have organizations of any consequence, it is not inaccurate to refer to the quiz as a "Townsend investigation." But it is a fact that Chairman Bell and other anti-Townsend members of the committee do not pro- 1 pose to concern themselves with the quesion of he practicability of old age pensioning either on a $22-a- rnonth or any other basis. What the "probers'' are undertaking to learn is how much money the leaders of the old age pension crus?de are making out of it. Both Parties Eager The political character of the committee's personnel testifies to thf mutuality of the democrats' and republicans' desire to put the skids under Townsendism. Ordinarily, with so large a democratic congressional majority, the democratic membership of such a committee should have been strongly predominant. In the present instance Speaker Joseph W. Byrns gave a 50-50 break to Congressman Bertrand H. Snell, republican generalissimo in the house of representatives, in the selection of committeernen. ·-·jS'^rns named: . . :j jBeli,- 'chairman;:,and- Congressmen Scott"WrLucas, 1 Joseph' A. Gavagan and, John H. Tolan, democrats. Snell's selections were: Congressmen John B. Hollister, J.. William Ditter, Clare B. Hoffman and Samuel L. Collins, republicans. The Townsendites were given a look-in. Tolan and Collins avowedly are of that philosophy. Racket, Their Argument. The point is that the democrats were not a bit afraid to trust the republicans to help them to fight the Townsend doctrine. The Townsendites are cutting in, apparently, about as much on one party as upon the other. Each is worried by the movement as much as the other. They can co-operate loyalty to scotch it, if possible. Both know that they can't argue it down. Their only recourse is to make it appear that it's a "racket," as Congressman Bell cals it. Of course Congressmen Tolan and Collins will do their utmost to prevent such an impression from being given, but they probably will have difficulty in doing so, with their chairman and five others of their fellow-members against them. The Doctor Surrounded. I never have heard Dr. Francis E. Townsend accused of being anything but an honest fanatic. I've met him. I've heard him say. in the presence of many witnesses, that his scheme is simultaneously, inflationary and reflationary. His critics' complaint of him is that he has "surrounded himself" by a crowd of self-seekers. Surrounded himself? I wouldn't say that he had done so. To me it seems that they have done the surrounding. The doctor unquestionably is an innocent. His plan's investigators think thev may prove that some of his collaborators may prove to be more sophisticated. ADMITS IOWA FAMILY SHOOTING WOMAN DIES IN Mrs. Sommerville Victim of Collision With Truck; Husband Hurt. IOWA FALLS, (/B--Mrs. A!ex Sommerville, 51, was killed Tuesday r.ight when the automobile in which she was riding with her husband, a Rock Island railroad engineer, collided with a truck driven by C. Kropf of Des Moines. The accident occurred a mile south of Hubbard on highway 65. Sommerville. 55, suffered a skull fracture and was brought to a hospital here. J. C. Kropf. riding in the truck, suffered lacerated hands. A coroner's jury, after an inquiry, found Sommerville lost control of his car when it ran on to the shoulder of the paving and held the accident unavoidable. BOY, 16, HELD; BROTHER SLAIN, SISTERWOUNDED Independence Youth Is Caught in Dubuque Railroad Yards. DUBUQUE, (.-T)--Police Capt. John Derrebery reported Wednesday that Rodney Pace, 16, captured in the railroad yards here Wednesday morning, confessed shooting his brother, Ogden, 18, and his sister, Thyrza, 11, at their farm home near Independence Tuesday night. The brother, wounded in the abdomen, died at 2 a. m. The girl has a chance to live. A physician said Wednesday afternoon, although her condition still was critical, she had regained consciousness during the forenoon. She was earlier reported dying of a wound in her head. Captain Derrebery said the boy, while he admitted shooting his brother and sister, declined 'to ex r plain why. but indicated by his statements he had attempted to make advances to the girl. One of Five Children. Rodney is one of five children who lived with their mother, Mrs. Wiliam pace, on a chicken farm. The mother is separated from the father. William Pace, who together with the oldest son, William, Jr., are in Chicago. Captain Derrebery said Rodney :old him he and Ogden were changing their clothes in an upstairs bedroom at supper time Tuesday night and tiiat Thyrza was in an adjoining bedroom. Mrs. Pace was in the kitchen. The captain declared Rodney evaded answering questions as to his reasons.fpr the^shootingj-but ad- Bilfted'VHe' went into -the : girl's room and shot her with a small bore rifle when she screamed. Then, the officer said, he confessed he shot Off- den when the older brother Tan into the girl's room. Runs to Neighbor. Although mortally wounded, Ogden, attired only in his shorts, ran a block to the home of a neighbor, Mrs. J. K. Henderson, and sounded the alarm. Then he collapsed. After the shooting, Rodney :!onned overalls and a sweater and fled from the house. The slain boy, Ogden, had a twin brother, Omar, a bellboy at the Gedney hotel, Independence. Ogden was an all state high school football star and editor in chief of the Independence high school paper. There is one other child in the family, Rita Marie, S. Thryza, authorities said, was on her knees when she was shot by Rodney. The bullet took a downward course through her head and lodged in her neck. It had not been removed. Gives No Explanation. Rodney had no explanation to offer when first questioned about the shooting by Dubuque police. Asked ,if he was angry at his brother and sister, he replied: "No, I wasn't mad." He was returned to Independence at noon. Independence officers said Mrs. Pace was unable to explain why her son shot his brother and sister. "I.rushed upstairs," she told Sheriff A. W. Hammelamn, "when I heard two shots, then another one. "Rodney was holding his rifle. Thyrza was lying on the floor. Ogden was swaying in the bathroom door. Rodney ran out of the room and fled." France Threatens to Quit League of Nations ON THE INSIDE EARL BEATTY Beatty, British World War Navy Hero, Dies ON PAGE 2 St. Ansgar Favored in Class A Tourney ON PAGE 9 House at Burr Oak Is Burned; Two Rescued ON PAGE 8 Weather Man Averts Flood Damage Here ON PAGE 11 5,000 Homeless in Floods in Lithuania KAUNAS, Lithuania. (/PI--More than 5,000 persons were homeless Wednesday as Kaunas experienced one of the worst floods in its history. The Nieman river, blocked by ice in its lower reaches, rose 20 feet above normal. MAYOR BACK IN STRIKE DISPUTE Calls N. Y. Realty Interests Representatives to Conference. NEW YORK, (.W--While strike leaders prepared to intensify the building employes walkout, Mayor LaGuardia Wednesday re-entered the dispute by calling upon representatives of realty interests to confer with him on the selection of an arbitrator. Despite the assertion of Walter Gordon Merritt, counsel to the realty advisory board, that the building service employes union had reverted to its original demands, the mayor said he had been assured that the union was still willing to accept his arbitration proposal of last week without any qualification. "Previous time is being lost," the mayor said in a letter inviting Merritt to confer with him. "There is no reason why this strike should continue." James J. Bambrick, head of the building service employes union, described as "absurd" and "rank t r e a c h e r y " a. recommendation made by Merritt that replacement workers hired in good faith be retained. "That's absurd," Bambrick declared. "We'll fight it out if it takes all summer." Merritt made his recommendation in an address Tuesday night in which he proposed a three.year extension of the mayor's agreement of 1934 and the subsequent Curran award, and immediate arbitration of ·wages and further arbitration of wage rates at the end of the first and stcond years. The bureau of operators at police headquarters announced that 2,381 buildings have been called out on strike and that 222 of these had reached settlements with the union. Amish Colony Tries to Elect School Director FAIRBANK, (J)--The full Amish Jiennonite vote--a total of eight of which two were ruled disqualified for lack of residence--Wednesday went to the polls in school district No. 7. near here, in an effort to elect Will Yoder, one of the settlers who arrived from Kansas last Friday. They fell three votes short of dominating the election, but would have failed in any event, since their candidate is not a legal resident of state, county or district. C. B. Heidt was elected director for a three year terra, polling nine votes to six for Yoder. All voters had to write names In, none appearing on the ballot. The Ammish Mennonites are opposed to higher education, none of their children attending more than grammar school and few of them completing the full eight grades. School attendance is not allowed to interfere w i t h farm or house work at home, and to avoid embarrassment from school authorities the colonies usually elect directors from among their membership. TO PARLIAMENT Asks Commons to Have Funds Ready in Case He Takes Queen. By BUKDETTE T. JOHNS Associated Press Foreign Staff LONDON, (/PI--The possibility that Edward VIII, bachelor king of England, may marry was officially announced in the house of commons Wednesday in a message signed by the king. The unmarried status of Edward, now 41 years old. long has been one of the outstanding topics of conversation in the British empire and the world at large. As Prince of Wales, he was termed "the world's most eligible bachelor;" Reads Royal Message. Neville Chamberlain, chancellor of the exchequer, read a royal message to the assembled legislators in which Edward pointed out the necessity of revising the civil list-the amounts paid to the members of the royal family. The royal message stated: "His majesty, desires that the contingency of his marriage should be taken into account so that, in that event, there should be a provision for her majesty's the queen and the members of his majesty's family, corresponding to the provisions which the commons has been willing to. jnake. an like circumstances in the past.""· ; ' ' : ' " · · ' . : · ' Asks for Assurance. The labor party member, William James . Thome, 'immediately rose with the question: "Does his majesty give any assurance that he is going to get married ?'' But Chamberlain did not answer. King Edward also requested the house of commons to make "suitable .provisions" for the Duke of York, heir presumptive to the throne, "and, in certain events, for his family.." Bear Part of Cost. He said, however, that he would bear part of these expenses from the Duchy of Cornwall, the rich estate which for hundreds of years has been administered for the benefit of the Prince of Wales. The message said: "It is, however, his majesty's intention, as long as the revenues from the Duchy of Cornwall are vested in himself, to make that provision for his royal highness, thte Duke of York, and, insofar as those revenues are sufficient, to provide for his maesty's privy purse." There has been considerable speculation as to the disposition of the duchy of Cornwall, the revenues of which traditionally go to the Prince of Waes--a title which now is not held. To Name Committee. Chamberlain announced that a special committee would be named next week to revise the civil list. A British king can marry without parliament's consent but in order for his wife to be a consort, she must be a princess of royal or noble blood. The king could marry a commoner if he chose, but if he did, the marriage would be morganatic and their children, would not be entitled to succeed to the throne. It is probable that, as a matter of courtesy. King Edward would ask his parliament's approval before he married. King May Marry Radio Hearing Set. WASHINGTON, (.D--The communications commission ordered a hearing but set no date on the ap- ilication of Frank M. Dunham for new 100 watt radio broadcasting station at Fort Dodge. 77/^Weather EDWARD VIII FREEZING SPELL LESSENS DANGER Most Iowa Rivers Recede as Flood Center Shifts to Williston, N. Dak. DBS MOINES, (.Tl -- Freezing temperatures in North Iowa slowed up_ the runoff,_of thaw water Wednesday .ami"materially ,.eased' the burden of flood water in Iowa rivers and streams. At Sioux City, the Floyd river flood drained off rapidly from the 100 blocks of residential and industrial area in the cast part of the city inundated Monday. Street department employes said that if weather conditions remained favorable, the Floyd would be back in its banks by Thursday morning. Conditions Favorable. The weather bureau here said conditions would remain favorable, predicting colder weather Wednesday night as the clouds which brought light to moderate rains to most of the state Tuesday night cleared away. North Iowa was to get 20 above temperatures Wednesday night, the weatherman said and south Iowa, 25. Thursday, he said, temperatures will start rising again. Charles City and Des Moines reported .44 of an inch of rain. Dubuque .34; Keokuk ,32; Davenport .20; Sioux City .02, and Council Bluffs a trace. Floyd River Falls. While the Floyd fell at Sioux City, the Big Sioux river rose a coupe of inches, but the Missouri river had dropped nearly a foot from yesterday's 8.8 foot stage a.nd was taking both the Big Sioux and Floyd waters with little trouble. The center of the midwestern flood area shifted Wednesday to Williston, N. Dak., where a breakup in the Missouri river threatened to release tons of damned-up flood water into the narrow Badland canyons 20 miles to the southeast. A gigantic ice jam a few miles east of Williston held the- surging waters in check, but the Missouri gave evidence of breaking up soon, threatening to trap scores of families in the Badlands. Unaware of Danger. Air observers, returning from a cruise over the threatened area, reported lowland dwellers apparently were unaware of the danger. Minnesota highway department workers used steam pressure equipment and dynamite to open passages in tightly frozen drainage ditches near Winona to open passages for the water to the Mississippi river. Drainage ditches, normally capable of carrying away the runoff water, were frozen to the bottom, forcing the water over highways. Water surrounded many Winona lowland homes when swollen creeks from nearby hills overfowed. Residents were forced to press boats in service to reach their homes. FORECAST IOWA: Fair Wednesday night and Thursday; colder Wednesday night; rising temperature in ivest Thursday. MINNESOTA: Mostly cloudy and colder, snow in northeast Wednesday night; Thursday fair. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures r or 24 hour period ending at S a. m. Wednesday: j TOKIO. (.D--Baron Kotokuro M a x i m u m Tuesday -10 degrees [ Ikki. president of the privy coun- Mioimtim in Night 30 decrees ! cil. tendered his resignation to Pre- At 8 A. M. Wednesday 32 degrees j m i e r Koki Hiiota. Wednesday on Precipitation .03 degrees Igiounds of failing health. President of Japan's Privy Council Quits SENATE'S PROBE OF LOBBYING IS FOUGHTINCOURT Filibuster Threatened to Defeat Ship Subsidy Measure. BULLETIN WASHINGTON, (fP--The supreme court of (he District of Columia. Wednesday permanently enjoined the Western Union Telegraph company from surrendering to the senate lobby committee messages sent by the law f i r m of Winston, Strawn and Shaw of Chicago. WASHINGTON, t.D -- Controversy over i'-hc senate lobby committee's tactics flared in court Wednesday as congress headed into more dispute over ship subsidy and tax legislation. An injunction against the lobby investigators' blanket request for telegrams of the Chicago law firm of Winston. Strawn and Shaw was asked on the grounds the constitution forbids "unreasonable search and seizure." The committee contested the action. The fact one member of the firm is active in the anti-new deal American Liberty league helped draw throngs to the hearing. Would Widen Powers. Another senate committee moved to widen the powers of the federal trade commission. It approved legislation to let the commission look ·in|o..and, eradicate ""deceptive acts and'-'practices in commerce." A house subcommittee pressed its study of tax schedules to meet President Roosevelt's request for more revenue. Dispute in the open awaited introduction of tangible legislation. Other developments: The commerce department reported business activity in January and February was lower than in December but higher than in the corresponding months a year ago. Contract Is Awarded. A contract for 412 new airplane engines was awarded by the war department to the Wright Aeronautical corporation. Adherence to the Berne convention, providing automatic copyrights in all signatory nations, was urged by a state department spokesman. Secretary Swanson cabled condolences on the death of Admiral Earl Beatty. British naval hero. President Roosevelt had lunch with his mother and prepared to attend a dinner of the "little cabinet' 1 Wednesday night. Ready to Filibuster. Senator Clark (D., Mo.) announced be and others would kill the Copeland ship subsidy bill, if it took a filibuster to do it. Drafted after the administration called for a switch from the present indirect subsidies through ocean mail contracts to outright subsidies, the Copeland bill authorizes large grants for the construction and operation of ships. But Clark maintained it provided no sufficient safeguards against "robbery" of the government, which he said had been going on under the ocean mail system. Want to Make Change. A house subcommittee studying President Roosevelt's plan for drastic taxes on undistributed profits of corporations wanted to make a change to encourage corporations to build up "reasonable" surpluses against lean years. It asked the treasury for suggestions, whereby lower taxes could be levied on moderate surpluses. The schedules that came from the treasury were complicated--and some committee members said they could not understand them. Senator LaFollcttc (Pro-Wis.) announced he would attempt to broaden tfie president's plan by adding a provision raising income tax rates. H. W. BLAKESLEE Cigar Never Burns but It Gives Smoke By HOWAKD W. BL.VKESLEE Associated Press Science Editor TORONTO, (-T)--Firclcss cigar- ets, cigars and pipes, in which the tobacco smokes, but never burns were announced Wednesday by Dr. W. J. McCormick. They smoke by electric heaters which take advantage of a culiar difference between the nicotine and the other s u b s t anccs forming tobacco. T h e inventor, a physician who does not smoke, discovered t h e difference while making laboratory experiments on effects of nic- tine on laboratory animals. He noted that the nicotine and its aromatic products in tobacco arc in the form of an oil which turns into smoke at a lower temperature than that of burning tobacco. He found that electric heaters, set so as never to ignite the tobacco, will convert the nicotine and aromatics into smoke. Heaters of 2 Types. The heaters arc two types. For pipes they arc built into the bowls. For cigars and cigarets they are holder shaped ovens into which the entire cigar or cigarct is thrust. The smoker has to have his pipe or holder plugged in to a light or other electrical connection. All the nicotine which the smoker likes, Mr. ".McCprmick says,. is obtained by the. fireless meth'od. "The "smoke," he' says, "is not quite so dense as ordinary cigaret or cigar smoke, and does not seem to linger in the atmosphere in visible form. No Unused Butts. "When the smoker temporarily discontinues smoking the tobacco does not continue to be consumed and give off smoke as does the cigarct on the ash tray--and there are no unused butts discarded. "The surprising difference is the residue left by this method. The cigar, cigaret or pipe tobacco retains its same form after the fumes are liberated electrically, but of course is very fragile and brittle. "In ordinary combustion of tobacco, temperatures run up to 1800 degrees F. and many chemical reactions take place. Smokers have been inhaling the products of combustion and high temperature distillation, along with the aromatic and volatile elements of the tobacco, when in reality only the latter were desired." , S, STAND Frank Has Nothing to Say on Report of Ouster at Wisconsin MADISON. Wis., (,P--Dr. Glenn Frank told reporters Wednesday he had nothing to say concerning a story in the Madison Capital Times that he will resign or be asked to resign before the end of the college year in June. Dr. Frank attended a meeting of the board of regents Tuesday. The session was secret and the board issued no formal statement on what had occurred Baldwin Question td About Defense of Canada If Attacked. LONDON. (/B--Prime Minister Baldwin Wednesday answered in the negative when he was questioned in the house of commons as to whether Great Britain would ask the United States if it was bound to defend Canada and the British possessions of America from foreign attacks. William Leach, labor party member of parliament, asked the prime minister whether he would ask the United States for assurance "that by their interpretation of the Monroe doctrine they will hold themselves bound tn intervene to defend Canada. British Guiana, and the Falkland inlands from armed attack by any power or group of powers?" Baldwin answered: "No sir." Leach then inquirer! whether Baldwin would "reconsider his answer in view of the beneficial results a favorable reply might have on defense proposals?" To this question Baldwin did not reply. Toll of Death Six in Explosion in Texas CORPUS CHRIST!. Texas. (.«-- The list of victims in an explosion of gasoline vapor at the Humble Oil company's refinery at Inglcside Tuesday was increased to six Wednesday w i t h the d e a t h of J. L. Franklin and J. W. dine. Special i n v e s t i g a t o r s wore seeking the cause of t h e explosion in a 30,000 gallon tank where the men were working DEMANDS THAT BRITISH HELP TO DRIVE OUT NAZIS Declares Hitler Must Be Forced to Withdraw His Troops. SITUATION AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press. PARIS--French officials said France and other powers would resign from the league of nations unless Great Britain backs the French demands that rcichs- fuehrer Hitler withdraw his soldiers from the Rhincland. LONDON--The British cabinet met in one session, and called another emergency meeting for tonight, to consider a solution to the grave Locarno crisis before the pact signatories moot here tomorrow and the league council Saturday for a decision. BERLIN--The rcich. insisting on a formal invitation to the league council session, announced that under present conditions Germany would not be represented at the meeting, even though the scene was moved from Geneva to London. GENEVA--Five nations of the little and Balkan ententes decided to support the French protest to the league of nations against German re-occupation of the Rhine zone. They were Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Rumania, Turkey and Greece. .· · R.OME-^An. official said Italy cannot support Great Britain .and France as long as existing war sanctions are still applied to the fascist nation. BRUSSELS--Premier Paul van Zeeland told the Belgian chamber of deputies "Belgium is resolved to play its part in any collective action" and pledged Belgium's support of the Locarno treaty "until it is replaced by another accord." GREAT BRITAIN PLAYS EOLE OF CONCILIATOR With Great Britain holding the balance of power in her role as conciliator, the European crisis precipitated by Adolf Hitler's renunciation of the Locarno pact was further intensified Wednesday by the reported possibility of France's abandonment of the league of nations. A high French official said his nation will quit the league unless Britain backs the demand of France that Reichsfuehrer Hitler withdraw his troops from the Rhineland, demilitarized by the treaty of Versailles but reoccupied last Saturday by the nazis. When Foreign Minister Pierre- Etienne Flandin goes to London Thursday, to attend a conference of the powers signatory to the Locarno pact, he will carry this warning with him. France Not Alone. Flandin, informed sources said, was prepared to inform Anthony Eden that France is not alone in adopting such a position. "Other powers whose policies are based on collective security and who are determined to support the French and Belgian stand before the league of nations have informed us that, if the treaties seem worthless, they will not hesitate to quit the league." one French official said. The reference to other powers was taken to mean, in diplomatic quarters. Soviet Russia and the little entente (Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Rumania.) Confers With Russian. It was significant that Flandin's position was described shortly after a conference with the soviet ambassador. Potemkin. French officials, apparently were unanimous in declaring Britain must back Paris at this ho'ur to prevent "the death of the league of nations." "This time." one official said, "France will be satisfied with no gestures. Germany must remove at least 70 per cent of her troops from, the Rhineland. The world must know that Germany .has ceded." An evidence of what appeared to be a general feeling along the Quai D'Orsay was found in the following blunt, firm declaration from an authoritative spokesman: Know War Is Coming. "We know war is coming in two years anyway. We might as well have it now while we are prepared. "The only way in which Hitler's troops will leave the Rhinelanrl i3 for the Locarno signatories to drive them out x X x." Britain's position in holding Hit

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