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.' M P ' · 1 1 3 (,; CM 4 Aijl UU J T OF 10-r, o '·'", '! VO I V ,-·; I · 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 WIBE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 135 New AAA to Be Success? Will Farmers Help When Not Forced to Do So? By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , (CPA)---The new AAA (made over from the old one in an effort to s t a n d possible tests as to its constitutionality, in the United States supreme court) is holding its breath while waiting to see how the farmers will take to it in practice. This time the administr a t i o n lacks the power to put limits upon agricultural production whether the yeomanry likes being limited or not. Instead it must make it an inducement to the farmer to curtail his crops, nominally (and in part genuinely) for soil conservation purposes, but, as a more immediate object, to reduce his output and increase prices correspondingly for what he deos produce. If he chooses not to reduce he cannot be compelled to do so; the supreme court knocked that out. Likes High Prices. Of course the farmer likes high prices for his stuff. To that end he favors crop curtailment--by his neighbors. But his tendency, when he believes that they intend to curtail, is to plant and cultivate his own acres as intensively as possible, in order to have just that much more to sell at the expectedly increased rats. That has been the trouble whenever a voluntary crop reduction program has been tried previously; each individual farmer has worked himself and his land overtime in an effort to get maximum advantage from the anticipated price bulge (due to other farmers' curtailments) -and- the\all-around. result ;haa .been .. unusually-^generous crops. · ' ' · · · · ; '.-·.: v Gels; Definite Bward::.: · 1 · To- "be sure,:under the new AAA the farmer is to g-et a definite reward from the government for taking a share ol his land out of marketable production and planting it to alfalfa or some other soil enriching and soil binding but unsalable growth. However, which will he prefer? (1) To accept the government's moderate reward for curtailment-or-- (2) To plant and cultivate for all he is worth ?--gambling on price advances (due to others' curtailments) to yield him a much larger profit than the government's promised reward if he curtails, too? Tbat remains to be seen. Will This Occur? A sectional unbalancing of agriculture likewise is prophesied by pessimists. For example: Southern cotton, more than almost anything else, is overdone. It is conceivable that Dixie's planters will be fairly willing to withdraw a proportion of their land from cotton, in favor of the much- advertised soil-enriching legumes. But cattle and swine thrive on legumes. Therefore, won't the new AAA plan's effect be to bring the south into sharp .competition with the northern dairying industry and the pig-raising corn belt? That .also remains to be seen. How About Consumer? The new AAA's backers speak of the program as designed to strike a fair price balance between producers and consumers. Nobody denies that the farm producer has suffered. But the consumer? Can he stand a heavier price load, for his shelter and for what he eats and wears,' without an increased income? Organized labor, indeed, can force up wages, from time to time,. by desperate fights--but the A. F. of L. has a membership of a scant 4,000,000. Consumers constitute a third of the population. Supreme Court Again. Consumerdom has had some nominal representation in new deal counsels, but whenever it has become noisy its spokesmen have been dropped out. And finally, the new AAA hasn't established its constitutionality before the supreme court. Its validity is sure to be attacked presently. In short, the new deal deals with class against class. It doesn't deal with them collectively. ITALY NOT TO BACK SANCTIONS Italian Armies of Ethiopia on March in North and South ROME, m--Italy's African armies are on the march in both northern and southern Ethiopia, Marsha! Pietro Barioglio reported Friday, with warplanes combing the Cold Weather Slows Up Iowa Runoff; Forecast Is for Warmer. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The icy crests of unnumbered swollen streams plunged seaward Friday, leaving at least 13 persons dead, endangering additional thousands and causing millions of dollars damage in eastern states and Canada. Colder weather increased the misery of refugees, and torrents were increasing in fury in parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England. Hundreds Homeless. Hundreds of families were made homeless by swirling waters, bridges and a dam gave way, highways and railroads were inundated and fertile farmsteads were scoured of their topsoil. Four died in Pennsylvania, two in New Hampshire, and one each in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Ontario and Quebec. Most of the threatened middle- west was saved temporarily from flood danger by colder weather and falling snow, but 100 families were forced from their.:, homes in western Jxy?ay.j:.., - £.·· ';· ...."· -...,-, : Snow" or.'-Kain; · Show or more rain fell during the night in many parts of the east, where temperatures dropped to or below freezing. The American Red Cross at Washington asked the coast guard to send 10 boats to aid in removing refugees at Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and said it had two workers already in the area and had ordered another from Newark, N. J. Four members of a family were reported found dead in their flood surrounded home in Kingston, Pa., Friday. Police and Red Cross workers started for the house in boats. ;t was reported they were overcome jy gas when flood waters shattered a gas pipe. HIGHER TEMPERATURES FORECAST FOR STATE DES MOINES, (JP)--Colder weather eased Iowa's flood runoff Friday, but rain or snow Friday night and warmer temperatures forecast for Saturday may turn the tide in the opposite direction. Temperatures early Friday sank well below freezing. Charles City reported the low of 14 above, which was matched by Mason City. Clouds masked much of western Iowa Friday and the weatherman said they would gather Friday night and let o with rain or snow, depending on the temperature. Adds to Burden. "While it doesn't look like the precipitation will be heavy." the veatherman said, "every little bit adds to the burden of water Iowa's streams and rivers are being called on to carry." Freezing temperatures were expected Friday night with a 20 above ninimum in the northw r est, 15 above in the northeast, 30 in the southwest and 25 in the southeast. The flood.along the Little Sioux and Maple rivers in Monona county moved slowly downstream towards the Missouri river, but water still spread out over lowlands for nearly 50 miles. Nearly 100 families were refugees in the area. Return to Homes. At Sioux City, the Floyd continued creeping back to its banks allowing many families to return to their homes. Other rivers and streams held to their banks for the most part, but the danger of flood remained in much of the state in case of heavy rains or unseasonably warm weather. At Waterloo, eight flood refugees, removed Thursday from their homes in Riverview addition by the Red Cross, were being housed in a hotel. The Cedar river in 12 hours dropped one-tenth foot, and Friday was 3.5 feet above normal. Greece Reported to Be Massing Troops ATHENS, Greece, CT)--Rumors circulated widely Friday'that Greece was massing troops on the Bulgarian frontier to meet a reported threat by Bulgaria to repudiate the Ncuilly treaty. Greek officials dc- G-Men Arrest Bentz, Wanted for Several Bank Holdups. BROOKLYN, (/P)--Edward Bentz, sought in Vermont, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Nebraska on charges of bank robbery, today was captured by four department of justice agents trying to escape through the dumb waiter of an apartment which they had besieged with tear gas. Bentz. the arresting agents said, had been mentioned in connection with the kidnaping of George Weyerhaeuser in Tacoma, Wash., last spring. The raided department was occupied by a man who described himself as Louis Philip. With him were his wife and their three children. They emerged into the corridor of the first floor apartment when the first gas bomb was thrown over the I transom. Flee Gas Fumes. i Other tenants, attempting to flee the gas fumes, were blocked by the agents, who hurried upstairs to.f. guard against Bentz' escape. They dragged him from the dumb waiter shaft on the third floor, clad only in his underwear. All of the occupants of the apartment were taken to Manhattan, the Philips couple held without charge and Bentz held for. the federal authorities on the bank robbery charges. The arresting agents said Bentz is wanted for a robbery of the Caledonia bank in Danville,. Vt., in June, 193i, the.-First Natipnai bank at Milf6rB,' Pa.,. 'and the ' .First;. National bank of Mooresville, N.-Car. Quizzed About Others. He will be questioned about other bank robberies throughout the country, the agents said. J. Edgar Hoover, director of the bureau of investigation at Washington, said "Bentz was one of the participants" in the $1,042,000 robbery on Sept. IT, 1930 of the Lincoln National bank at Lincoln, Nebr. "Bentz, prior to this bank robbery," Hoover said, "was associated with Harvey Bailey and Albert Bates." Bailey and Bates have since been sentenced to life imprisonment for EDWARD BENTZ the Charles F. Urschel kidnaping at Oklahoma City. THOMSEN SAYS HE FIRED IN AIR Elkader Attorney on Trial for Manslaughter in Shooting. ELKADER. (.T)--Thomas Thornsen, prominent Elkader attorney and Legion official, took the stand in his own defense in Clayton county district court here Friday. He is charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Jimmie Jacobsen, 24 year old farmhand, at the fair grounds here last August. It was .believed that the case would reach the jury Saturday. Thomsen in his testimony Friday morning admitted tie fired two shots in the air but said he did not remember anything after that. State witnesses had previously testified that the third bullet was the one that resulted in Jacobsen's death. Thomsen was cross examined this afternoon. RUXTONTOHANG FOR KILLING WIFE English Doctor Found Guilty of "Devil's Beeftub" . Murder. , T/^Weather territory between Ncghclli and Ad- nicd quickly that any such move dis Ababa. ! was contemplate^ FORECAST IOWA: Cloudy with rain or snow Friday night and in central and east portions Saturday; rising temperature Friday night and in east Saturday. MINNESOTA: Snow probable Friday night and Saturday; slowly rising temperature. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Friday morning: Maximum Thursday 30 Above Minimum in Night 14 Above At 8 a. m. Friday 18 Above The pronounced freeze-up of the past two or three days has given the streams of North Iowa an opportunity to carry off their accumulation of melted water without creating flood conditions. The snow level has been reduced to around 2 inches now and whatever danger from high waters ever existed is now definitely passed so far as Mason City is concerned " : MANCHESTER; England;: Dr. Ruck Ruxtoil was convicted Friday by a .fury of the "Devil's Beef- tub" murder of his wife and immediately sentenced to death by hanging. The jury deliberated an hour and two minutes. Supported by four court attendants, the Indian blooded physician stood white faced before the bench as he heard the verdict which sent him to the gallows. Throttled His Wife. The jury decided he had throttled his wife to death, dismembered her body and tossed it into a lonely ravine called the "Devil's Beeftub" near the Scottish border. Ruxton was also charged with having killed the nursemaid, Mary Jane Rogerson, after she saw the physician choke his wife. The close of the crown's case against the physician came exactly five months to the day after he had been arrested for the "scalpel murder." With its decision, the jury brought to a climax the 11 day trial during which witnesses for the prosecution had told of finding clothes, carpets and walls of the doctor's home spattered with blood. Blood From Cut. The crown's case, based on circumstantial evidence which Ruxton disputed by saying the blood came from a cut in his hand, was ended late Thursday. Friday the justice gave his final instructions to the jury of farmers and townsfolk, declaring the crown had built up the strongest possible case on circumstantial evidence. Spain's Riot Vexed Officials Promise to Protect Foreigners MADRID, (.fl--Spain's riot vexed officials, stepping in to protect British engineers against threats of violence to "foreigners," Friday traced assassins' arms they said were made in Germany. Authorities, it was understood, assured the British embassy of protection for English engineers working on the Zafra railway in Huelva province. Illinois Man Killed by Switching Engine KIRKWOOD. 111., (.T)'--David Arnold. 61, Kirkwood truck operator, was almost instantly killed here late Thursday evening when he stepped in front of a railroad engine which was switching. One of his hands was crushed, his feet and legs were mangled and he suffered head injuries. He is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters. ON THE INSIDE At Least 13 Persons Dead in Eastern Floods DAMAGfHEAVY* ON CANADA, U.S. ATLANTIC COAST Grab Suspect Trying to Escape by Dumb Waiter Man Is Apparently Victim of Amnesia OMAHA, (/T)--Police sought to asseitam the identity of a man. believed to have been paroled from the Iowa penitentiary, picked up here as an apparent amnesia victim. PRESIDENT SAYS RELIEF CHARGES MORE 'POLITICS' Byrns Says Congress Can Finish Work and Go Home May 1. WASHINGTON. (/!--Capital affairs revolved closely around the white house Friday, with the president commenting on charges of "politics" against WPA and calling conferences on relief and a new housing program. Mr. Roosevelt told reporters that the accusations against the work? administration were themselves a matter of politics. He summoned Harry L. Hopkins and other aides to help shape a recommendation to congress on the amount to be spent for relief in the year beginning July 1. It will be delivered, he said, before he departs next Thursday to fish off Florida. No Action Assured. There was no assurance of similar fast action on new housing plans although the president went over conflict proposals again with representatives of the treasury, the federal reserve board, the reconstruction finance corporation and housing agencies. Speaker Byrns took word to the white house that congress can complete its work and go home by May 1. He-said afterward that precedence will be^siyeii' the new tax bill, .which he hopes "wiir.'be"lian'ded to the house by its ways and means committee within a couple of weeks. Tax on Earnings. A house ways and means subcommittee indicated that it will frame a tax on undistributed corporate earnings which will yield the $620,000.000 requested by the administration, regardless of any revisions for "cushion" reserves. Chairman Samuel B. Hill (D- Wash.) said he believed the tentative schedule "will bring in $620,000,000, although it may not be exactly that." A rate starting at 15 per cent on the first five per cent of undivided net corporate income and mounting to 55 -per cent on 35 per cent or more of undistributed profits has received the most serious consideration of the subcommittee. Relief Amount Unknown. The speaker of the house said the president had not indicated to him the amount he will ask for relief. Byrns expressed a personal hope it will be "as small as possible, but adequate." He saw only one obstacle in the way of adjournment by May 1-the impeachment trial in the senate of Judge Halsted L. Ritter of Florida and voiced belief the house could dispose of the tax measure within a week after is is received from committee. Possibility of the senate session being prolonged by a contest over the proposed St. Lawrence waterway was pushed into the background by Mr. Roosevelt. He told reporters he hoped to negotiate a treaty with Canada for the development but would not ask senate ratification this year. ' Townsend Probe Funds. The house Friday voted $50.000 to defray expenses of its special bipartisan committee investigating the Townsend and other old age pension plans. The senate was in recess. Supporters of the Townsend movement to pay S200 a month pensions to those over 60 charged the amount was excessive and forced a roll call on the question of whether the resolution for the fund should be opened to amendment. Speaker Byrns announced the vote on this question as 241 to 112 against any amendments. The resolution providing S50.000 was then adopted on a voice vote. G. O. P. War Chest. | Congress learned with interest that the major parlies are having varying degrees of success in filling campaign money chests. Official reports to the house said the republican national committee received $261,387 in contributions in the first two months of this year; while the democratic committee received S49.053. There were a score or more of sizable gifts--S5.000 or over--on the republican list; the other party had fewer contributions of this magnitude. Robinson nnd Hoover. Of interest to political campaigners also were the clashing views of Senator Robinson (D., Ark.) and i Ambush and Egging 'Opens Mecca Week IOWA CITY, (.-F)--A slightly damaged law student and an egg splotched engineering building Friday marked the opening of Mecca week at the University of Iowa. Beryl Goodenow, Battle Creek law- student, was the victim of an engineering student ambush early Friday morning when he tried to place the black law college flag on the flagstaff of the engineering building. Goodenow admitted he received "pretty rough treatment," when caught inside the building with the flag. Meanwhile some 30 law students who remained outside the building while Goodenow went in, pelted the windows with egga Police were called by the engineers to disperse the laws. Further disturbances were expected preceding the annual engineering student's Mecca ball Friday night. Threats to "kidnap." the Mecca queen whose identity is being guarded, and the girl orchestra leader who will appear at the party, were made by the law students. The flag on the law building was at half staff Friday, and students said it would remain that way until they obtained vengeance. City Accountant Who Killed Self Blamed for Large Shortage . DETROIT, (5"--A night of inves- "tigatioif into' a '$$i9,QfK? sfiortage in a City» of Detroit bank deposit brought an accusation by City Treasurer 1 Albert E. Cobo Friday that the apparently self slain Harry M. Tyler, a city accountant, embezzled the money. A few hours after Tyler's body, a bullet wound in the head, was discovered in the basement of his home, Cobo said that "absolute proof" Tyler took the money was in police hands. Tyler was chief accountant to the city comptroller. Inwn Ilnllj- rrcs« I'hoto OGDEN PACE Funeral of Boy Slam By His Brother Held ON PAGE 2 48 Counties Consider Rural Electrification ON PAGE 8 Clear Lake Wins in Upset Cage Contest ON PAGE 9 County Pays $104,663 in State Sales Taxes ··:· - · :·· ONPAGE'7 . . . . -:: - Admits Burglary of Tavern at Waterloo WATERLOO, UP)--Frank Sass, 21, Waterloo, was arrested Friday morning by police, who said he admitted burglarizing the Little Dutch Mill, a tavern, Wednesday night. Eighty-six dollars of the 5100 loot was recovered, $56 of it from under an hotel mattress. DEADLINE FOR REPRIEVE PAST ^auptmann Still Convinced He Will Not Die for Kidnap-Murder. TRENTON, N. J., (.T)--Bruno Richard Hauptmann, his last reprieve deadline passed at midnight, jaced his silent cell Friday still convinced he would not die for the kidnap-slaying of the Lindbergh baby. Gov. Harold G. Hoffman, who stayed Hauptmann's execution on Jan. 17, announced Thursday that he does not intend to grant a new reprieve, that, in fact, he has no egal power to do so now. OWNERS TRY TO SPLIT STRIKERS Run Newspaper Ads Urging Them to Desert Union Leadership. NEW YORK, (.P)--Owners, striving to break their deadlock with labor leaders and settle the 13 day old building service walkout, sought Friday to split the strikers united front and induce them to desert union leadership. Through newspaper advertisements, the realty advisory board, representing managements, asked strikers to abandon the union ranks and seek reinstatement in their jobs as individuals. The board pledged that "owners will loyally protect" returning workers and that "no advantage will be taken of the fact that the strike is rapidly losing ground." "Hokum," replied James J. Barn- brick, local president of the building | servics union, declaring the striking workers were too intelligent to heed such an appeal. FLATLY REFUSES TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST HITLER Says Ethiopian Conquest Must Come Before Germany. SITUATION AT A GLANCE By The Associated press LONDON--Italy, itself under sanctions for the Ethiopian invasion, made known the fascist nation would not support a proposal to impose penalties on 'Germany for nazi inoccupation of the Rhineland; France stood firm in its demands with the support of Russia assured; diplomatic representatives nf Locarno signatories continued their discussions: Great Britain said "the door is still open" for German offers to solve the tangled situation. ROME--Italian sources confirmed the fascist attitude expressed at London in opposition to sanctions. PARIS--The senate approved a hill, already passed by the chamber, to extend military conscription service two additional years. BERLIN--Germany, after hearing Hitler declare to the Rhineland, "Nothing in the world can move us," pledged no yielding of the new full "sovereignty" of the left bank of the Rhine. PARIS--France gave final legal status to its mutual assistance pact with Russia, and sought union of domestic political parties to confront Germany with a united nation. MOSCOW--Official spokesmen called French ratification of the "'vlrtiiaTniilitary affiatace vniti Russia the first warning- to German "saber rattlers." Herbert Hoover. Hitting back at the ormer president for his criticism of new. deal financial policies. Robinson said in a speech Thursday night hat Hoover seeks to "destroy" con- idence by "preaching that inflation is on the way." About the same time, in New York, Hoover reiterated his insistence on "a stable currency and credit system." Relief Probe Seen. The breach between Senator Holt (D-W. Va.) and new deal relief chiefs widened, leading some observers to speculate whether the insistent criticism by Holt and others might result in a congressional investigation of relief. Resolutions to that end already have been introduced. After Hopkins had made public a report calling Holt's charges of politics in West Virginia relief unfounded, the senator took the floor Thursday to denounce the report as packed with "lies." He called Hopkins the world's greatest "spender of u n t r u t h s and money." Friday he headed into West Virginia to gather more dala with which to assail WPA in senate speeches next week YOU CAN GIVE INDIAN COW BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE HIM MILK IT TAMA, CT;--T. J. Scott, Tama Indian reservation i'arming director, admits now you can give an Indian a cow--but the Indian hasn't much more inclination to milk it than his forbears did a buffalo. Scott in the fall of 1934 distributed 38 government supplied cow;among the 91 Sac and Fox families whcih make up the 400 reservation dwellers. The Indians were to repay the government by returning a yearling offspring. Thirteen cows remain on the reservation now. Only four Indian families are milking their cows and the government has received only nine Flandin. yearlings in payment. By FRANK H. KING (Opyrisht, innn, by Thr Aunclntcd PrcH. LONDON -- A high authority stated Friday that Italy had flatly refused to impose sanctions against Germany shortly after the British foreign office announced: "The door is still open for Germany to make any kind of an offer it wishes." The Italian action was regarded as a stumbling block in the way of the French demand that military and economic sanctions be applied against Germany for sending troops into the Rhineland. Russia had been supporting" France in demanding these sanctions. So had Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Rumania, the members of the little entente. Ethiopia Comes First. This sudden interruption in the progress toward punishment of Reichsfuehrer Hitler became known after Ambassador von Hoesch of Germany went to the foreign office for a conference. It was stated that Italy told the other powers that her dispute with Ethiopia must be settled before she c o u l d participate actively i n smoothing- out the Rhineland em- broglio. (An informed Italian source told the Associated Press in Rome that Italy feels morally bound to protest against sanctions being applied to Germany.) Views Reported Closer. An official communique issued Friday night, however, said a "closer approximation of views" had been reached between the Locarno treaty signatories. In view of the fact that Great Britain, with the consent of France, made the Italo-Ethiopian war a test case for league of nations' sanctions, the Italians were said to have taken the stand that "no British or French statesman now can go to Italy and ask the Italian people to fight for them in any eventuality whatsoever." The same condition, it was said, applies to any new "Locarno" pact which might be formed since, without Italy's support, any agreement reached would be merely an Anglo- French pact. Position Made Delicate. The position of Pierre-Etienne French foreign minister, Aged Man Instantly Killed When Train Strikes Automobile i was made delicate by Italy's stand. The demand in France for sanctions against Italy was said to be so strong that he was, in effect, placed in the position of saying: "I can't go back to France and tell tho | French people they are less import- I ant than Ethiopia; Emperor Haile. Selassie can get what we can't." Ambassador von Hoesch remained in the foreign office only a short time. He said he had not talked tr Locarno signatories but he declined to say whether he had talked to Anthony Eden, the British foreign FULTON. III.. (.-F)--Alex Bright- ,' man, 75. was instantly killed Friday i morning when his automobile was j struck at a crossing by a Milwau- j l;ee railroad train. Witnesses said j the warning signals were operating ! secretary, but that Brightman apparently did I Envoy Gets Request. not heed t h e m . B r i g h t m a n and his I It was immediately nimorerl wife recently celebrated their golden j through Whitehall that" Eden ha-t wedding anniversary, [given the German envoy a request

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