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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME ; M 5 A ' i I - T C F I · .1 ' ·: t « | t: ;· · i "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLII K1VE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 12,1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 134 "I 1 Fish Views Confusing Anti-Red Alarmist Considers Self as Liberal. By CHAKLES P. STEWAKT A S H I N G T O N (C. P. A.)--Because he is so ve hement an anti red alarmist Representative Hamilton Fish, Jr., of ·New York, has the reputation of being an ultraconservative. But he believes he is a liberal. And, decidedly against the consensus of opinion among his congressional associates, I agree with him. For example, it seems to me that he demonstrated an extraordinary degree of open mindedness, considering how anti- radical he is, when he recently expressed approval of the Columbia Broadcasting System's policy in granting free time to Secretary Earl Browder of the American communist party. As an outstanding "anti" to everything communistic, 'the New Yorker was chosen to answer Browder, which he did. He disputed Browder's assertions in every particular, but voiced his satisfaction that a chance had been afforded to the red spokesman to address the country. It proved, he said, that free speech exists in the "United States. Right to Say. This is not the attitude of a reactionary. It is an intelligent attitude, too; Fish could not have made so effective an anti-communistic radio talk if he had not been preceded by Browder--to be replied to, and demolished. (As VoRaire remarked, "I dissent from every word you say, but I'll fight to the death in defense of your right to say it.") A .few years ago Congressman Pish was quoted-in .favor of. marooning oofflmunists. aniatfisland.. Insular' : iSjJiation-·*for ·'·'-'folk,' one aeosn't-like'is not a new idea 1 ,-but, there was something especially specific and intriguing in this particular hint and I interviewed the New Yorker on the subject. Why an Island? "Why." I inquired, "an island?" "I hold," said the congressman, "no especial brief for an island, further than that it is convenient. "From a restricted area on the mainland there would be continual escapes. A destroyer, constantly cruising 'round and 'round an island would make ' escapes impossible." "But why not kill 'em?" I queried. The congressman looked shocked. "In the first place," he explained, "I don't want to martyrize them. "Asi'de from that, it would be inhuman. * "Communism is a contagious disease--like smallpox. "A smallpox patient must be quarantined. But kill him? Horrible!" Laugh It Otf REPORT FRENCH MAY ACT ALONE Mayors Urge 2 Billion More for Work Relief Suppose, however,' that the communist patients, marooned on their island, should fall to quarreling among themselves. "In that event." said Congressman Fish, "I believe that civilization would have its best laugh in generations." Thus-, congressman Fish wants to reason and laugh communism out of business--not to try to squelch it by violence. The congressman was a pioneer in the campaign for old age pensions. A so-called conservative, he fought for many new deal plans before the new deal evolved them. But he has that anti-red complex. The radicals do not realize that he is at least a liberal; the conservatives do not realize that he is not much of a conservative. HEARST GOES TO COURT TO FIGHT LOBBY PROBERS Holt Sees Probe of WPA in West Virginia as "Sham, Fraud." WASHINGTON, (.·"[--An additional $2,340,000,000 for work relief was suggested to President Roosevelt Thursday as charges of "politics" in the work program engaged the senate. Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia of New York made the relief recommendation on behalf of the United States conference of mayors. He said the men who are on the job and know conditions say that much will be needed in the year beginning July 1. The mayors' conference, embracing the heads of the 100 largest cities of the country, said it was unanimous in indorsing the policy of work relief as opposed to the dole and likewise unanimous on the necessity for continuing WPA. Holt Seeks Floor. Senator Holt (D., W. Va.) sought in opportunity to answer Harry L. Hopkins' report of "no foundation 1 ' on Holt's charge that the WPA in iis state is politics ridden. He called .he Hopkins inquiry a "sham and "raud." In still another controversy, Wiliam Randolph Hearst went to court n an effort to keep the senate lobby committee from getting a copy of a,:;vtelegraTO-;- sent', to^'one; 'of '.his. editors.' :S-;' ov^*'^'-::^'?-^^;-;" Chief Justice ' Alfred A. Wheat, who Wednesday enjoined the telegraph company from turning over ;o the committee telegrams sent and received by the Chicago law irm of Winston, Strawn, and Shaw, efused to sign an immediate retraining order on the Hearst request. He said he preferred to iear the case on its merits. Attacks Hopkins BUSH 1). HOLT Two, Cases Differ. Wheat said the Hearst case dif- Lewis Predicts Demo Platform Will Throw Out New Deal Policies WASHINGTON. /P--An attempt by anti-new deal democrats to adopt a party platform so critical of administration policies that President Roosevelt would be forced to repudiate his policies or decline re- nomination was forecast Thursday by Senator Lewis (D., 111.). Lewis said this was the objective of such new deal critics as former Governor Ely. of Massachusetts, former Senator Reed, of Missouri, and former Governor Smith, of New York. Milo Reno Condition Shows Improvement EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo., JP --Milo Reno's physician reported a slight improvement in the condition of the Iowa farm leader, seriously ill here with rheumatism following infuenza. fered from the Strawn firm case in that Hearst named one specific telegram. The Strawn firm won a blanket injunction against delivering all telegrams over a period of months. Elisha Hanson, attorney for Hearst, explained he would have Western Union file an answer in the court so that the case could be heard on its merits as soon as possible. Other developments: President Roosevelt told a senate committee he would make $13,000,000 of emergency funds available for crop production loans effective March 20 and more money, up to 530.000,000, as needed. . War Supply Bill. The senate appropriations committee rejected, 12 to 11. the Fletcher amendment to the war department supply bill providing $29.000,000 to continue work on the Florida ship canal, the Passama- quoddy project in Maine, and three other projects started with WPA funds. It approved the bill providing for an army of 165.000 men. The United States concluded a reciprocal trade agreement with Nicaragua. The home loan bank board re-, ported real estate foreclosures 'in January were 29.3 per cent less than in the same month a year ago. The president called a conference of his housing aides. "Too Damn Dumb." Hopkins made public Wednesday night a report saying there was no foundation for Holt's charges that relief there was politics ridden. He said that not a man obtained a WPA job through politics. Moreover, the WPA report said subscriptions Were taken among employes in the Parkcrsburg. W. Va., office to pay expenses of broadcasting a speech by Holt. Holt replied that Hopkins was "too damn dumb to know what is going on." On the other side of capitol hill HOFFMAN NOTTO GRANT REPRIEVE Makes Announcement Last Day He Can Legally Act for Hauptmann. TRENTON, N.. J., )--Gov..Ha.T- .'oiaG.; Hoffman- announced Thursday--the last .:day;6fr~which:he' can legally reprieve Bruno Richard Hauptmann--that he has no intention now of again staying execution, which is set for the week of March 30. Through his press aide, William S. Conklin. the governor said his statement of January 17, in which h- said there would be no further reprieve, still stands and "I havi never indicated any change." "I have no intention at the pres ent time," he said, "of granting another reprieve." Hauptmann's counsel clung to the idea he still has fightinf chance if the governor will question Dr. John F. (Jafsie) Condon Defense hopes, it was indicated were largely dependent upon the possibility that the planned questioning of Dra John F. Condon, now returning from a vacation cruise to Panama, may develop some impor- iant new evidence in the case. Iowa U Dean Talks About Spring Tonic I O W A C I T Y , (.PI-- Wilbur J. Teeters, veteran dean of the "University of Iowa pharmacy college. mixed a spring tonic here Thursday out he didn't take it. "All you need," he said, "is a dash of superstition, mixed with a couple of portions of pure Dunk and then you have it, for the removal of that tired feeling known as spring fever. The iugre- d i e n t s h a v e changed little in W. J. TEETERS 75 years, although the names of the products including them have. "Hence people still are looking for something in a bottle which wil cure spring fever. No one's had much more success in producing it however, than they have in producing a remedy for that other affliction which attacks the young of the species when the breezes turn warm -- love, I believe it is called." Take Dose of Sulphur. A half century ago, the dean said children and grownups alike removed their sacks of asefelida -supposed to ward oft winter's ills- took a generous dose of sulphur and molasses to tone up the system and followed with sassafras tea to complete the job. "It was pure superstition and bunk," he said, "to think this accumulation o£ remedies,. or. any o'th- Buy Highway Bonds. MARENGO, .T)~The White- Phillips company of Davenport bid 1% per cent and paid a $976 premium in purchasing an 3158,000 issue of Iowa county primary highway refunding bonds. a subcommittee, working- in secret, was said to be veering toward a brand new schedule of taxes on undistributed profits of corporations. If a corporation put 10 per cent of its profits into surplus, the tax on this surplus would be 10 per cent. If it put more the rate would rise, until it reached 55 per cent on all over 35 per cent. 620 Million a Year. Advocates of this schedule said $620,000,000 a year could be raised, as demanded by President Roosevelt, and yet corporations still would be able to lay something by for a "rainy day." Another Washington development against crime. It asked police throughout the country to hold for investigation all arrested persons whose fingertips were mutilated. This is an effort to capture Alvin Karpis and others known to have burned or cut their fingers in an attempt to make their fingerprint records useless. The bureau also is seeking to have dentists keep uniform records of all work done on patients, as an aid to government identification effort's. Defeat Ship Subsidy. The senate Wednesday passed the 5975,000.000 treasury-postoffice appropriation bill after eliminating a 526,500,000 house item for continuing ocean mail subsidy contracts. The bill now goes to conference for action on the subsidy and other amendments. There was no record vote either on the bill or the subsidy elimination. Hot debate, however, preceded the subsidy action. It left the impression that should new ship subsidy legislation not be enacted, the money would be provided in a later deficiency bill. Pleads for Restoration. The vote came within a minute after a plea from Senator White (R., Me.) for restoration of the sum to carry on the subsidy which has in part supported the merchant marine since 1928. The appropriation was attacked by Senators Black (D., Ala.) and Glass (D., Va.) as an indirect subsidy, while they favored payment of any subsidy directly. White said he conceded that the oceaji mail contracts were an "indirect subsidy" of the merchant was a f u r t h e r step by the federal i marine "but I deny they arc dishrm- burcau of investigation in its drive [ est or fraudulent ' er.wpuia Improve and produce a miraculous new zest. Do Some Good. "But these old remedies and even ',ome of the new patented ones iometimes do the person who takes them some good. The reason is simple. Most of the tonics of yesterday vere bitter. So are those of today. Anything bitter increases the flow of digestive juices and sharpens the appetite. Some also were and are taken in large quantities of warm water and a couple of quarts of warm water probably would be good for anybody." Though the dean pointed out that most of the tonics generally contain a considerable quantity of alcohol, he said he doubted if many persons took them for that, reason. "Of course," he added, "there always have been people who could drink a tonic, but wouldn't think of touching alcohol." MADRID POLICE GUARD IS SLAIN Unsuccessful Attempt Made to Assassinate Leader of Socialists. MADRID, (.-T.)--A police guard was shot and killed Thursday during a daring but unsuccessful attempt to assassinate prof. Louis Jimiriez Asua, one of the leading socialists of Spain. The attempted assassination was part of the bitter warfare between rightists and leftists which is spreading through Spain in a vast conflagration. Policemen Gisbert, bodyguard for Professor Jiminez, was hit by five bullets when he interposed himself as a shield in front of the socialist deputy. He died in a hospital. Jiminez was unhurt. Police arrested six men, including four brothers and charged them with the assassination. Believed Monarchists. All the .men arrested were believed to be monarchists. Six civil guards, the state police of Spain, blocked a mob of fascists which tried to force its way into Premier Azana's office. The six guards lined up across he main entrance of the ministerial building on Castellana boulevard and warned the demonstrators that they would shoot to kill unless the moo backed away. The fascists withdrew reluctantly houting "death to all communists!" Fascist student Dies. A fascist student, Emilio Bello- eill, died Thursday of wounds he received Tuesday. He was the second student to die in the present disorders. Classes were suspended at the University of Madrid in order to ivoid f u r t h e r clashes. Extremists made new a t t a c k s on hurchcs Wednesday n i g h t at Gran- I NORTHWESTERN IOWA'S FLOODS KEEP MOUNTING Report Traffic North of Albert Lea Blocked by Snowstorm. DES MOINES, (/T)--A march wind herded the clouds from Iowa's skies Thursday, flood waters mounted in the northwest section, rolling out over wide areas of land in Monona and Harrison counties, while the northeast got another dose of snow drifted roads. While the snow was not heavy Charles City measuring an inch and Dubuque a little more, the wind piled it up and at New Hampton four foot drifts blocked highway 63 and forced postponement of funeral services for Modcsta Hentges, Alta Vista girl. In western Iowa along the forks of the Little Sioux river and the Maple river, which converge southeast of Onawa in Monona county, nearly 100 farm families feld from their homes late Wednesday. Schools Arc Closed. At Turin, where several homes have been flooded all week a North Western railroad crew labored to sa,ve a crumbling roadbed from the Ma.ple river's flood. A thousand feet of Milwaukee track near Grant Center washed out. Hornick, Rodney, Ticonie Union Chiefs Turn Down Compromise on Rehiring ... ,. and Kennebec all reported floods wash- ing'at" their lowlands. Several rura" and consolidated schools in this area closed because rural children were isolated by flood waters. River observers gave up trying to predict what the Little Sioux branches and the Maple river would do. With their headwaters in the area of heavy snow in northwest Iowa, the streams are called on to bear a heavy burden of thaw water. Though temperatures fell below feezing Wednesday night, the runoff was slowed but little and the loods continued coursing along, heading- down into Harrison county and on to the Missouri river. Light Snows Fall. Light snows, intermixed with rain 'ell over much of th« north part of he stele Wednesday night. Charles Sty, where the Cedar river is mounting steadily, measured an inch and a low temperature of 22 degrees. The weather bureau here predicted freezing temperatures for all he state Thursday night, fore- asting a 15 above minimum for the lorth half and 20 above for the outh. Clearing skies Thursday, the veatherman said, would be followed y increasing cloudiness and varmer weather Friday with a pos- ibility of rain or snow in the north. ast. Railroad service over the basins of the Little fiioiix and Maple rivers was badly disrupted. The Illinois Central canceled service between Cherokee and Onawa. " because stretches of its roadbed were deemed unsafe. The Milwaukee rerouted its Sioux City-Des Moincs service over the North Western to Missouri Valley and thence to Arion. Worst Since 1919. Monona county officials said the flood is the worst in the county since 1919. Towns and cities along the Cedar river in northeast Iowa eyed the stream with apprehension Thursday as it continued mounting. Waterloo was ready to evacuate endangered families. At Spencer, near the headwaters of the east fork of the Little Sioux, the river flooded its bottom lands, which boded no good for down, stream areas already flood harassed. Sioux City reported its Floyd rive- flood still receding, but 300 refugees remained barred from their homes. Tp the north of Sioux City, the Big Sioux river was flooding a wide area, of lowland. The Des Moincs river also was rising, standing near bankfull all along its course. da but police were breaking up the mob. Mason City, with a low reading of 20 degrees above zero early Thursday, figured the snowfall "of Wednesday at one-fourth of an inch. The maximum temperature Wednesday was 35 above. Snow.storm to North. That a severe snowstorm was raging 50 miles to the north, blocking all traffic north of Albert Lea, Austin and Rochester -»-as the in- f o r m a t i o n received here by F. R. Fockler. local manager of the Jef- Demand That Strikers* in New York All Get Old Jobs Back. NEW YORK. (.T 1 )--An offer by representatives of the realty interests to compromise with union leaders on the one apparent obstacle to settlement of New York's building workers' strike met with swift rejection Thursday. William D. Rawlins, executive secretary of the realty advisory board, expressed a willingness to arbitrate the question as to whether replacement workers should be retained as permanent employes. "I wouldn't compromise that question on any basis," said James J. Bambrick, local head of the building service employes' union, "on a 50-50 basis or a 90 to 10 basis. The proposal is un-American and contemptible. In 5 years I never have heard of anything so ridiculous." "Every man must rcl.urn to his former position." Bambrick said. "We cannot even discuss the question." · Bambrick Is Optimistic. Rawlins was optimistic however about settlement of the strike, and expressed eagerness to continue the peace parley which broke up early Thursday after an allnight session. Further indication that settlement on the walkout was near came from the agreement by both sides to name Ferdinand Sillcox, head of the United States forestry service and former head of the New York Employing Printers association, as the impartial arbitrator when negotiations reach that stage. Arbitration, however, cannot start .until the deadlock on re-employment Of strikers is broken. Other strike developments: NEWARK, N. J.; James A. Moffit, U. S. labor department conciliator, said chances were good for settlement of the building service em- ployes' strike as both sides were in a "mutually conciliatory mood." Efforts at Standstill. PHILADELPHIA: Efforts to end a meat truckers' strike were at a i standstill after six major packers refused to negotiate. AKRON, Ohio: Officials of the striking United Rubber Workers union agreed upon a mass meeting Saturday to consider the Goodyear Rubber company's peace plan. CINCINNATI, Ohio: The Container Corporation of America notified 400 employes of a decision to clo'se its plant because of "vandalism in its mill, agitation and threats of strikes and violence." Agree With Operators. · BOSTON: Picketing was continued by 4,000 striking lady garment workers after employes of s'~ shops reached agreements with operators. ALTON, 111.: Signing of a two year contract sent 150 women garment workers back to work after 3. ;hree week's walkout. FRESNO. Cal.: Six hundred of 1,100 students at the Edison technical h school deserted their classes a f t e r drawing Lip a list of 15 grievances. ST. HELENS, Ore.: Foui- hundred students who had returned to classes on a promise that Superintendent J. Austin would be retained walked out again, charging the school ward failed to keep its promise. TTz^Weather successful in ferwn Transportation company. I Russcs were in operation in all FORECAST KMVA: Fair Thursday night; Friday increasing cloudiness and warmer, possibly rain or snow in northeast section. MINNESOTA: Unsettled, snow probable in north portion Thursday night nnd Friday and in sotifh Friday; rising temperature Friday and in northwest Thursday night. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning-.Maximum Wednesday 35 Above Minimum in Night 2(1 Above At 8 A. M. Thursday 23 Above Sno'.vf.ill .25 of an Inch Precipitation .01 of an Inch March showed its seamy sido Wednesday. Temperatures dropped, snow fell, wind blew. For a time Wednesday typical blizzard conditions prevailed. Thursday dawned clear but there was a brisk and chilly wind out of the northwest. directions out of .Mason City except north, said Mr, Fockler. Trains from t h e north were several hours late and there was t a l k of cancelling operations if conditions became worse. ON THE INSIDE *«·«« » » « ' RODNEY PACE With Folice Caplain John Dcrrc- herry of Dubuque. Murder Charge to Be Filed Against Youth ON PAGE 2 State Cage Contesis Under Way Over Iowa ON PAGE 13 Gains in Iowa Night Schools Are Expected ON PAGE 4. Approved WPA Project to Put 100 Men to Work ON PAGE 15 3 KILLED WHEN TRAIN HITS OAR Two Men and Woman Victims at Grade Crossing "Near Albert lea. ALBERT LEA, (/I 1 )--Two men and a woman were killed early Thursday when their automobile was struck by a Rock Island passenger train at a grade crossing a half-mile north of the city. One of the men was identified as George Price, about -10, of Albert Lea. Papers found on the other bore the name of Alfred H. Riebe, about 40, Winona, Minn. The woman was Miss Monica Groff, 22, Albert Lea. The a.ccident occurred at a grade crossing on a side road running to the Wilson Packing company plant from a highway paralleling the railroad track. The passenger train, running about an hour behind schedule from the Twin Cities to Chicago, crashed into the car and carried it several feet before it was tossed off the railway e m b a n k m e n t into a lake channel 15 feet below.' Employes at the packing plant lined their cars on both sides of the channel, which connects two'lakes, to provide l i R h t us workmen hoisted the machine to the surface. The three bodies were found inside the car. Japan Arrests Three as Suspected Spies; in TOKIO, -·!') -- Friction between the soviet embassy and the Tokio government, and a fresh outbreak of Japan's spy suspicions arose Thursday as the twofold aftermath of the Feb. 26 military rebellion and assassinations. Russian Ambassador Constantinc Tourcncff protested to the Japanese foreign o f f i c e against the arrests of three Japanese, employed as interpreters in the. soviet embassy, "on suspicion of violating the military secrets protection law." PARLEY DECIDES HITLER'S MOVE VIOLATED PACTS French in Ultimatum and Germany in Threat to Drop Peace Offer. By CHAKLES P. NUTTER (Con.vrklil, IKK, by The Amiiclnleil 1'rrm.) LONDON -- A conference of Locarno treaty signatories decided Thursday night that Germany's acts in moving troops into the Rhineland ".constitutes a clear violation of articles 42 and 43 of the Versailles treaty and the Locarno pact." A French "virtual ultimatum," to Germany to demilitarize the Rhineland, a German threat to withdraw peace proposals if other powers support this demand, and a British contention that Great Britain may be forced to support France to the limit had rocked the international conference directed toward peace in Europe. An authoritative British source described the German threat as "an absolute bombshell" making the "situation now desperately grave." Single Handed Action. A high source said that the French were hinting that single handed action against Germany might be necessary if no agreement were reached at the conference. The British said they would exert every effort to restrain France but that, in view of the new German pronouncement, they were swinging to the French attitude that Hitler appeared in the light of a treaty- breaker holding a position comparable to the kaiser's "scrap of paper" attitude in 1914. Germany announced that Hitler would withdraw his peace proposals and that Germany would isolate herself if the other powers try to force Germany to cede any of her sovereign rights-- such rights as those of moving troops wherever she chooses in Germany. British Hopes Fade. It was indicated .that the British position of mediator between France and Germany had become almost impossible without some gesture of conciliation on the part of Reichs- fuchror Hitler. The British had been hoping desperately for an indication from Germany of a willingness to allow for a margin of leeway in order to give the British a talking point in their attempt to soften the stiff French attitude. Now, with that vital element lacking. the British said they felt they might be forced to support France to the limit in view of Germany's stubborn threat of "isolation." It was stated that the French delegation to the present conference of treaty signatories was ready to go back to Paris if no agreement was reached here. Insist on Removal. The French were understood to .be insisting absolutely on the removal of German troops from the Rhineland. It was stated that they might attempt to closn the German frontier in confidence that their military and natural strength was so great that Hitler eventually would be forced to yield on the Rhineland issue. British statesmen, conferring with the French, Belgians ar.d Italians, sought to hold a middle course to preserve the peace. .The French, agreeing with the British desire of exploring all avenues toward a solution of the crisis, were said to base' their agreement, however, on the contingency that Hitler remove his troops from the Rhine and place the Rhineland back on its demilitarized basis. Adamant on Principle. It was understood that the French were adamant over the principle involved in tearing up the Locarno treaty. The fate of the Saturday session. of the league of nations council was uncertain as the representatives "f the four nations went into session in the "old cabinet room" of tho foreign office. It was said there was little likelihood for the scheduled mooting a t 11 a. m. Saturday if no agreement should be reached today. As a matter of fact, no council i meeting of any sort will be held unless the Locarno powers agree to the course of action to be pursued concerning the Rhineland. Keep Street Open. While the conferees talked of tho political situation crowds gathered in Downing street, police, both afoot and mounted, went on duty to keep the. thoroughfare open. The French delegation was sakl to have informed the British: 1. France is ready to negotiate with H i t l e r the m i n ' i t c he moves his troops back from the R h i n o ; 2. Tho K r r n r h are c e r t a i n that if Hitler is allowed to go unpunished

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