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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. XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26,1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO. 121 Bulkley in Need of Rep Ohioan Just Another Possibility for President. HOUSE BEATS LOANS VETO By CHARLES P. STEWART · A S H I N G T O N , Feb. 26. (CPA)-Suggesting democratic presidential possibilities Is an increas- i n g ly popular form of mental r e l a x a t i o n i n Washington, Mr. Hoover's renomi- nation on the republican ticket being accepted now as a foregone conclusion. Every time a gathering of Jeffersonian politicians falls to discussing t h e party's list OJL a.o32 availables, someone is sure to ask: "What do you' think of Bob Bulkley?" Meaning, of course, Robert J. Bulkley of Cleveland, who was elected to senate last November for the remaining two years of the term originally voted to the late Theodore E. Burton. Governor Cooper appointed Roscoe C. McCulloch to fill the vacancy temporarily when Burton' died, but Bulkley beat him at the polls a twelvemonth later. * · · I N THESE conversations the Clevelander's name never is proposed affirmatively but always li» terrogatlvely, in some such phraseology, as, "What about Bulkley?" Yet it is surprising how practically certain he is to be mentioned whenever the democrats' next choice of a standard bearer is under consideration. And, with equal regularity, the folk to whom the query is put simply shuffle, sidestep and equivocate. No one seems to have any definite idea, "What about Bulkley?" one way or the other. * * * CXCEPT to answer to the roll call £* Senator Bulkley literally did not peep from the time he took the oath of office at the beginning of this session of congress until the other day. He threw off his cloak of silence by introducing a resolution demanding- that Attorney. General WU- 31am D. Mitchelljey.eirtitoiitJBif/sHHS' (Tarn (o Page 4, Column 4). GASBROTDEATH |i TO 2 AT DUMONT |' Analyses Made at University |il Reveal No Traces of Food Poison. DUMONT, Feb. 26.--According to word received today from Iowa City where analyses were made by University, of Iowa experts of the intestines of Tina Behrends, 11, and Ben Behrends, 16, no traces of poison were found. Butler county officials concluded the two children came to their death Sunday from carbon monoxide gas. Mrs. Henry Behrends, mother of the two victims, and three other children were ill but recovered. Mr. Behrends stated that on leaving the house he noted Sunday morning: that coal used in a stove had caused much smoke. These coals had then been shaken out uf the stove and this fire was apparently out. It Is believed that sufficient gas was caused by these coals to cause the double .tragedy. S. C. Whittaker, coroner, stated no inquest would be held. A double funeral was held for Tina and Ben Behrends Tuesday afternoon. At first it .was thot food poisoning caused illness in the family. Former Des Moines Woman Found Dead in Omaha U INVESTIGATION DELVES INTO USE OF STATE LABOR 2 Officials Are Charged With Private Use of Materials. DES MOINES, Feb. 26. The senate ended a bitter debate over the University of Iowa investigation this afternoon by voting 21 to 20 to defer action until after the spring recess on an appropriation bill for the probe. By THEODORE F. KOOP Associated Press Staff Writer. D ES MOINES, Feb. 26. (/PI-- Tha legislative committee investigating the University of Iowa administration delved further today Into charges that two officials used state labor arfd materials in building private homes. Testimony was heard that paint was delivered to the home of W. H. Bates, university secretary, in state trucks, and that a box, containing electric wire in the house bore a university label. Bates was present for the first time at .today's hearing. Leroy Amish, Iowa City painter, told the committee that while he was working at the Bates' home in 1924. paint w'as brot to the house three or four times in university trucks. He said the material was of a brand not sold at any Iowa City paint stores Bates Got Paint. Amish related that about 35 gal Ions of flat paint and 300 pounds o white lead, carried in the trucks ,jvere,t.i2sed oh " the "JbK~- Xltlio n bought a few supplies at pain stores, Amish said Bates had ar ranged to obtain the flat paint. A. H. Platzer, an Iowa City car penter, testified he worked on on of Bates' houses in 1922 or 1923 anc that altho no electricians were on duty during the day, the wiring o the residence was completed. HI said that a box of wire and othe electrical equipment bearing the unl versity label was in the house fo several days. Platzer was unable to say wheth er it was university equipment, an if so whether Bates paid for thi material. He testified that he was on duty from 8 a. 'm. to 5 p. m. am believed he was not off the job a any time while the wiring wag In progress. Was Overpaid. An overpayment of doing two hours of university trucking was described by Lewis Maske of Coral ville. He said Charles Brown, a fore man in the buildings and ground department, handed him a check las summer for $22.50, saying th amount should have been $2.50 Maske testified he indorsed thi check which Brown cashed at thi Triangle Auto Supply company, giv ing Maske $11.25 of the money re ceived. "I dorj't know what Brown die with the rest of the money," Mask said. Senator W. S. Balrd of COUQ cil Bluffs tried to elicit statement (Turn to Page 4, Column 3 ) . AUNT HET By 1 ' Robert Quillen · "I made Pa say 'no' without even Jookin' at the books. You know a set o' books ain't no account if it takes a female agent that's good lookin' to sell *em." Suit Against Griffith for Alleged Attack on Girl Probed by Stat LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26. (/T--Th district attorney's office today wa investigating the filing of a ?601,00 damage suit against David War Griffith, veteran motion picture di rector, by Fern Setril, 22 year ol actress. ' Miss Setrill charged Griffith witr assault. She alleged he lured her in to his apartment with promises a role in a forthcoming picture. CAPONE IN COURT ress Photo ALVHONSE CAPONE MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATION ACT BEFORE SENATE Long Bill on Quarantine Passed by Iowa House. Attorneys Fight for Capone Over Contempt Charge CHICAGO, Feb. 26. (ff)--Back in lis own home town, "Scarface Al" Capone, supreme gang leader .. of them all, arrested as a vagrant, today stood by while his attorneys fought to help him escape punishment of the federal court, where he is on trial before Judge James H. Wilkersbn for contempt. Capone, served with a vagrancy warrant issued by Judge John H. D ES MOINES, Feb. 26. (m-- A remark by- Senator C. A. Benson of Clayton county that arguments "led one to believe those back of amendments to the vehicle regulation bill were personally interested" drew fire in the senate today. The remark brot from Senator E. R. Hlcklln of Louisa county, author of an amendment to the bill, the assertion that he had no personal Interests, that as an attorney he had sued 'railroads many times. He said his amendment was offered in the Interests of peace and harmony. The bill would permit 12 counties which were prohibited from selling secondary road bonds to go ahead with the sale. The bonds were issued under- acts of 1927 or. prior thereto. Other bills passed finally y the house were: Long 1 Bill Passed By Long, providing quarantine for ocial diseases and permitting the ioard of health to suspend physi- lans' licenses for one year for allure to report cases of the dls- :ases; by Tabor, giving the state rinter the right to dispose of all :odes and session laws; by Van Buren, granting letters patent to A. F. Walters for 40 acres in Jones county. Getting Into a snarl on amendments the bouse deferred until tomorrow final action on the Clear' Lyte,\ the 1 .gangstjor freed on 1 a $10,000 b6nd, r was "photographed and measured under the Bertillon system and fingerprinted --a new experience for the gang chief in Chicago. Then he went back to federal court where he heard witnesses give testimony to support the government's contention that his excuse that illness prevented him from coming co respond to a federal grand jury tlmmona in March of 1929, was faked. The grand jury was investigating incomes at the time, but Capono said he was far too sick a man to brave the rigors of the Chicago climate. Capone aat calmly by while federal witnesses testified he made a seaplane trip to the Bahamas, went to Nassau on a boat, and watched Jack Sharkey and Young Strlbling box at Miami during the period of his purported illness The testimony was not all against Capone. When the government hac finished, Dr. Kenneth Phillips at Miami, who signed an affidavit that it would-be dangerous for Capone to come to Chicago, said his patient had bronchial pneumonia with a temperature of 104%. He thot Capone might have died if he had made the trip to Chicago. He said he ordered him to remain in bed. Frazier Admits Shooting Mrs. Stader by Accident RALEIGH, N. C., Feb. 26. Prosecutor A. J. David of Rahway N. J., announced today that William M. Frazier, charged with the murder of Mrs. Phoebe Stader, hac admitted shooting the woman but claimed it was accidental. "Will Send Drought Aid. BELMOND, Feb. 26.--The Red Cross executive committee met a the city hall to consider sending a carload of provisions to the drough area. Boy scouts and girl scouts wil be asked to assist the Red Cross In sending these provisions from Bel mond and vicinity as soon as possi ble. Dame Melba Laid to Rest Close to Home She Loved MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 26. (JP~-The body of Dame Nellie Melba was laid to rest today by the side of that of her father in the cemetery of the little village of Lilydale, near the home sho loved. The usually busy streets of Melbourne were hushed and lined with sorrowing crowds when the casket wag taken on a farm cart from the Presbyterian church, where thousands had filed past the bier, paying their last singer. respects to the famous The church, where the diva as a girl sang in the choir, was full to overflowing for the funeral service which was attended by representa tlves of federal and state govern ments and of the world of musi and art. Dame Nellie Melba died Monday evening after a strange lingerini Illness, designated in a posthumou diagnosis as paratyphoid. IN MURDER TRIAL POLICEMEN SET FREE BY ROBBER KIDNAPERTHREE One of Bank Bandits and Officer Wounded in Shooting. H Associated I*re3s Photo Mrs. Myrtle A. Bennett went on trial for murder in Kansas City, Mo. She. Is alleged to have shot and killed her husband, John G. Bennett, after a quarrel over n. bridge game. v a;;f tve :'day ;lee for intent to wed. The house passed the Brown bill fixing the Polk county sheriff's salary at ?5,000 annually ,-tnd depriving ilm of fees. The house passed the election contest committee bill for the cost o£ the L. W. Hall-Ernest Fabrltz contest. The bill was reduced from ?!,171.96 to ?496.76. The big cut was In the attorney's fees which were reduced from $1,009 to $400. Would Cut Cost. Attempting to reduce the cost in the L. W. Hatter-J. P. Gallagher contest the house overrode an amendment by the appropriations committee which recommended that attorney's fees be reduced from $270 to $200. This action was taken after a number of members said the fees were reasonable. The bill carries a total of $447.80. It was passed 83 to 5. Voting against Representa- (Tnrn to Page 4, Colamn 6). Yellow Kid in Jail on Charge of Faro Game HAMMOND, Ind., Feb. 26. (m-- Joseph Well, the Yellow Kid, who insisted several weeks ago that no self-respecting confidence man would attempt a gag as old as Faro in this modern age, was in jail today allegedly for reviving it. He is held with three others on a charge of fleecing three Dyer community farmers out of a sum between ?10,000 and $20,000. WILL- ROGERS 'n%/C* Belmond Sugar Plant to Shut Down for Year Unfavorable market conditions which have resulted in a price below the actual cost of production have mode It necessary to close the Belmond augar plant, according to announcement Thursday morning 1 son City branches bf the American Beet Sugar company. "We have tried for weeks," Mr. Moore said, "to figure out a way which would make it possible. fui us to continue tho Belmond plant. But market conditions have become worse Instead of better and there simply is no other way out. Sugar today is retailing below $5 in Mason City. We can't produce it for that figure." Sees Opening In Year. Hope waa expressed "by Mr. Moore that the situation would be changed by another year and that operations at Belmond could be resumed next January. "Production of sugar in this country, and especially in Iowa," he declared, "is essentially sound. Given the right type of protection by congress and freed from some of tho tax burdens which have beset us in the post and we could produce almost enough sugar in this region to supply the country. It would be the one best type of farm relief." One of the factors which figured in the decision that it would be impossible to continue tha Belmond plant was the likelihood of a corporation tax In the present legislature, Mr. Moore observed. Iowa corporations, he said, are carrying just about their limit of tax load already. Mnson City Unaffected. Of those affected by the closing, 30 are full time employes In the office. Fred Zltkowskl is in charge of the plant. Efforts are being made to open positions for as many as possible elsewhere but there is a movement toward retrenchment thruout the country, according to ASTINGS, Nebr., Feb. 26. Two policemen who were kid- naped by three bank robbers after a junflght with officers here in which two persons were injured were released this morning. One of the officers, Patrolman William Woods, was tied to a fence post near Grafton. Nebr., and released several hours later. Police Captain Frank Yettman was released by the robbers eight miles from Sylvan Grove, Kans., abouj. 3 a. m. Reports received here were that the officer had been tied to a chair in a schoolhouse. He later was freed and notified police here of his safety. One of the robbers who gave his name as Robert Hendricks, and Volcott Condlt; an investigator of the Nebraska Bankers association, were wounded seriously in an exchange of shots when officers attempted to arrest the men at a house here. Hendricks was captured later at Belvt- dere, Nebr. Officers today were searching for the other two robbers. Sheriff Raymond Crosson announced this morn- Ing that only three robbers participated in the robbery. Officers previously said four men were involved, one of them waiting outside the bank in an automobile. Body Covered With Bruises; 2 Men Held Reputed Lover Claims She Committed Suicide. OMAHA, Nebr., Feb. 26. /T-Her body terribly battered, Mrs. Betty. Burns, 38, formerly of Des Moines, was found dead In her bed at a rooming house here early today. Two men, one of them her reputed lover, was being held by police for questioning, officers said. The pair held are Frank Nelson, with whom she lived, and David Bell, a janitor. Nelson told police that Mrs. Burns, until six yenrs ago, was happily married, but that after separating from her husband in Des Moines, came to Omaha and had been living with him for several years. Nelson told police that the woman committed suicide by inhaling gas and that he had frustrated several previous attempts to end her life. Early today he and Bell decided to have a lunch. Bell went to call Mrs. Burns to join them and found her dead, Nelson stated. To police Nelson, explained that the bruises on the woman's body were 'suffered several nights ago at the hands of a man with whom she had gone out BEVERLY HILLS, Gal., Feb. 26. --Say, if you wont to do something and you really want somebody on the Job to help out and do It right, don't go any further than the Federated Women's clubs over the country. To them goes the success of our little, tour. You know you can't just stick up somebody's name and expect people to come flocking in nowadays. It don't only take persuading It takes force. You can have Columnist Coolidge wrestle Greta Garbo but still somebody has got to sandbag 'em to get 'em to pay real dough to see it. We are living in an age of "urge." We do nothing till somebody shoves us. Yours, of iWqnraii ,Who Died of P o i s o n i n g in Hotel Shed Is S o u g h t ST. JOSEPH, Mich., Feb. 26. UP) -- Aid of Chicago police has been sought in solving the identity of a woman found dead in a shed at the rear of a closed hotel here Monday. She was registered at another hotel as Miss Wilson, Columbus, Ohio, but from Columbus came word that she was not known there. A. post mortem examination disclosed that the stomach and throat were filled with acid. WORK FOR UNION AGAINST MAYOR Enemies of Chicago's "Big Bill" Oppose Entry of " 7 ""T" Bundesen. (Tnm to 4, Colnmn 3). Markets at a Glance NORRIS GANG TO PASS UP CAUCUS Independents Not to Pledge Themselves to G. 0. P. Leadership. WASHINGTON, Feb. 26. (W-Ranks thinned by the purposeful absence of independent-minded members, the republicans of the house will meet in caucus tonight to select candidates for offices in the next congress. The independents, mostly from the western states, who want a free hand next December, are unwilling to commit themselves now to the present republican leadership and are determined to gain greater recognition for their group. Among the regulars there was no sign of opposition to Nicholas Longworth of Ohio, for renomination as speaker. He has held the chair for six years now. The other officers also appeared slated for renomina- tion without opposition: John Q. Tilson of Connecticut, floor lender; William Tyler Page, clerk; Joseph G. Rodgers, sergeant at arms, and Bert W. Kennedy, doorkeeper. PRESIDENT SAYS COST TOO GREAT FORU.S.TOBEAR Claims Treasury Will Be Forced to Borrow Billion. WASHINGTON, Feb. 20. (7T --The house today overrode President Hoover's veto of the vctOTuns loan bill. W ASHINGTON, Feb. 2G. UP»-- President Hoover today vetoed the veterans loan bill. In a message to the house, ho called the legislation "unwise from the standpoint of the veterans themselves and unwise from the standpoint of all the people." Overwhelmingly approved by the house and senate, the bill would increase Lhe amount a veteran could borrow on his bonus certificate from, 22% to 50 per cent of tho faca value. Its congressional proponents stood rady to male a prompt effort! to override the veto. The president said the legislation imposes a potential cash outlay of $1,700,000,000, if all veterans apply for loans, less some $330,000,000 already loaned. He repeated veterans: administrator Hines estimate a billion dollars would bo required to administer tho bill. Has No Money. "There not being a penny in thfl treasury to meet such a demand," he declared, "the government must borrow this sum thru the sale of tha reserve fund securities together with further' issues or we must need Ira- pose further taxation. "The sole appeal macfe for tha reopening of the bonus act ia tho claim that funds Crnm tho national treasury should be provided to veterans in distress as tha result at the drought and business depression. CHICAGO, Feb. 26. UP)-- Opponents of "Big Bill" Thompson's election as world's fair mayor of Chicago, were pleading today for a united fight against the mayor. Their pleas took the form of opposition to the independent candidacy of Coroner Herman Bundesen, a democrat, announced yesterday. Bundesen's name was entered by the peoples' nonpartlsan ticket, as an opponent of Thompson and Anton J. Cermak, chairman of the Cook county board, who was nominated by the democrats Tuesday when "Big Bill" defeated Judge John H. Lyle and others in the republican primary. Among those disapproving of Bundesen's candidacy was Col. Robert Isham Randolph, president of the association of commerce. He sent a letter to the coroner in which he said: "Without regard to your availability or capability for the office of mayor of Chicago, permit me to state that I believe that your candidacy will have the sole effect of dividing the opposition and insuring the election of William Hale Thompson." Coroner Bundesen repudiated today the petition, of the peoples non-partisan ticket naming him as a candidate for mayor. The ticket was filed with the election commission yesterday without his sanction. His candidacy was in abeyance today. The letters sent out over his signature Tuesday making known his decision to become a candidate were not to be regarded as formal announcement of his entry but as "feelers" to determine sentiment among his followers, lie explained. "There arc veterans vmemplo.yerl and in need t6day"'ftt'.tolhmon" : 'wIfli?^-Vr- many others of our people.. Theae, * Ike the others, are being provided :Iie basic necessities of life by tho devoted committees in those parts of the country affected by the depression or drought. Votorans Preferred. ''The governments and many em'« loyers are giving preference to vet* erans in employment. Their welfare (Turn to r-and 1, 'nlnmti 3i. NEW YORK Stocks irregular; tl. S. Steel and other leaders reach new tops before late reaction. Bonds Irregular; governments resume decline. Curb strong; utilities buoyant. Butfer firmer. Foreign exchange easy; Europeans generally lower. Cotton steady; trade buying. Sugar easy; liberal spot offerings. Coffee lower; easy Brazilian market. CHICAGO Wheat easy; forecast beneficial moisture and bearish farm board statement. Cotton easy; bearish Argentine eatimate. Cattle stendy to higher, i Hogs higher. 2 Infantry Companies in Peru Enter Revolt LIMA, Feb. 26 ff)--Two infantry companies at Piura, in northern Peru, have revolted and the provisional government is sending troops to subdue them, it was announced officially today. DRY LAW UPHELD BY SCHOOLMEN Only One Voice Opposed W Resolution at Meet of Educators. DETROIT, Feb. 2S. (IF)--WitU only one voice in opposition ttii National Education association, department of superintendence, today adopted resolutions upholding the eighteenth amendment. The lone opponent of the resolutions committee report was Dr. Daniel S. Kealey of Hoboken, N. J., who had offered a repeal resolution. Dr. Kealey devoted a 10 minute talk to opposing the one reported by the resolutions committee which declared the eighteenth amendment the "most effective means yet devised to curtail the distribution and use of alcoliol." SKf Will Photograph Tinder Water. MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 26. /P--A device for photographing light under water, developed at the University of Minnesota by Dr. Henry A. Erikson, head of the department of physics, will be tried out early this spring in Clear Lake, here, later in a deep northern Minnesota lake and next summer In Lake Superior. HURRICANE AND FLOOD KILL 180 Train Blown From Tracks in Storm Sweeping Fiji Islands. WELLINGTON, N. Z., Feb. 25 (fit--More than 180 persons were killed In the Ba and Singatoka districts of the Fiji Islands in the worst hurricane and flood there in recent years, members of the crew of a government ship reported on their arrival at Suva, Fiji Islands, today. The hurricane which occurred i few V.ys ago, was reported to have blown a train off the rails at Lautoka, causing many casualties. The lighthouse at Nadi was blown away The hurricane was felt along only a narrow strip of territory, outside of which the country was unaffected. Wea IOWA WEATHER Partly cloudy to cloud; Thursday night anil Friday. I'oHSlhly some rain in the northwest nnd north ccntrn! portions. Slightly wanner Thursday night nml in tlifi east and central portions Friday. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures fof 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday 43 Abovo Minimum in Night 2-1 Above Vt 8 A. M. Tliiirsdiiv SO Above

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