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M C M 5 A,", J ) y of.- | ··· . .. 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 VIVE CENTS A COP* ASSOCIATJSD PRESS .LEASED WIRE SERVICE Will U. S. Get Caught? Capital Is Skeptical on Keeping Out of War Chances. IU I By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , (CPA) -- Neutrality legislation to the contrary notwithstandi n g official sentiment in Washington is largely skeptical of Uncle S a m's ability to remain on the sidelines in the event of a major overseas war. I t is agreei that, at the outset, t h e United States w i l l b e overwhelmin g 1 y against participation in such a conflict. If it lasts long, however, pessimists argue that American toes are sure to be stepped on; a feeling will develop that the United States will have no option except to fight "defensively," would-be profiteers will encourage this trend; the ballyhoo of the initial belligerents will have begun to take effect as it did .the last time--and we'll break into the freeforall in "selfdefense," as we then will see it. A Degree of Balm. There may be a bit of balm in Gilead: The old world's credit will be no good in this country. It already is a dozen billions in default to us. A neutrality law scarcely is necessary to prevent Yankee- businessmen from furnishing more supplies "on · tick" to welshing Europe. And if they demand and get cash for all they sell there will be no inducement for them to urge the United States into war to protect their financial stake in it. Still, Europe can pay a certain MASON CITY, IOWA, SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 1936 THIS PAPEJl CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE . NO. 136 LEAGUE COUNCIL FAVORS PARLEY HELD 'BASELESS' Mrs. Brewer Acted in Bad Faith in Prosecuting Case, Decision. Ruling that Mrs. Helen M. Brewer had "totally failed, to establish any case" in her attempt to disbar Garfield E. Breese, Mason City attorney. District Judge George W. Wood, presiding- in the three judge court which heard the proceedings tere, dismissed the complaint at the close of the defendant's evidence at 5 o'clock Friday afternoon. Following the dismissal of the case the judges'filed a written opinion in which they held not only that "the accusations made by the complainant are wholly unsustained" but that Mr. Breese handled the litigation "in a lawyer-like manner and with due regard for the principles of law involved" and that the Breese Completely Vindicated by 3 Judge Court ACCUSATIONS OF FORMER CLIENT Lawyer Vindicated R|S | N( J ADDS TO FLOOD MENACE IN IOWA GARFIELD BREESE amount of cash for new stuff, and cash is acceptable even from a defaulter. Considerable shipments, then, from America to the belligerents, A are.:certara, 'on a cash basis. ; -trnlet .our-neufralit^ law:the,theory is : that such' sales m u s t . b e made, not only on a "cash" but rjn ·a "carry" basis; American ships will not be allowed to deliver contraband (which can be made to include everything) to a belligerent; the belligerent is required to send its own craft to transport its purchases. . But how long will Americans be content to have Yankee Shipping bottled up in their home ports while foreign bottoms carry their cargoes! On its face today's situation. Americanly speaking, is not quite as bilious as in 1914. Uncle Sam has had a lesson, which he may profit by. (It's doubtful.) Money Gone Anyway. Capitol Hill statesmen s that, if there is another world war, America's last chance of getting back a cent's worth of its investment in the 1914-'18 strife will go glimmering. That is of no consequence; America will get back none of it anyway. The plan of another 1914-'18 World war debt conference has been made. Phooey! And it is hard to tell who is an American militarist and who is not. Pacifists want to cut down on army and navy expenditures, on the ground that they are provocative. Army and navy men want increased forces, trality. ' to "defend neu- INVITATIONS TO BE MAILED OUT Hauptrnann Execution Will Probably Be Held on · : March 31: TRENTON, N. J.,'OF)--Invitations to the electrocution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann will be mailed 'next Saturday. Col. Mark O. Kiroberling, warden 'of the New Jersey state prison, announced Saturday. Barring fulfillment of his dwindling chances for an eleventh hour respite, the convicted killer of the Lindbergh baby will go to the chair the week of March 30--probably at 8 p. m., on Tuesday, March 31. This formality, along with Kimberling's formal notification to Robert Elliott, 'official executioner, and an electrician's routine test of the chair--which is always ready--virtually will complete preparations. Gov. Harold G. Hoffman, conceding he has no legal power to extend Hauptmann's reprieve, has said the only 'thing likely to save the condemned man would be the disclosure of new evidence. accusations made by Mrs. Brewer were "baseless and in bad faith and entirely lacking in good faith." Opinion Given. Following is the written opinion in full: "Be it remembered, that the above entitled hearing came on to be heard before the undersigned court appointed by the chief justice of the supreme court .of the state of .Iowa to hear said matter under and -pnrsuant' to;' the' pro-visions: of chapter 4S3:pf,ttie: ; odde of-1'935; : .said cause came on for trial at the courthouse in Mason City, Iowa on the 10th day of March, 1936, Harry Garret, assistant attorney general, and Hines Mount, assistant ·· county attorney of Cerro Gordo county, Iowa, as attorneys in the prosecution of the charges-, and Senneff, Bliss and Senneff appearing: for the accused. "And the court, after hearing the evidence, finds: "i. That the accusations made by the complainant are wholly unsus- tained. .. "2. That there is no credible evidence in the record to sustain said accusations, or any part thereof. Acted With Fidelity. "3. That the accused acted with fidelity towards his then client, Helen M. Brewer and the Brewer Tire Battery company, and the record dislcoses nothing in the matter of steps taken by him or of things done by him in the representation of said clients in the case of A. W. Harroun vs. the said Helen M. Brewer and the Brewer Tire Battery company that is in any manner the subject of criticism or censure, but on the contrary the court finds that the things done by the said accused in said litigation were done in a Iaw3'er-like manner and with due regard for the principles of law involved. "4. The court further finds that the accused throughout all his representations of the said Helen M. Brewer and the Brewer Tire Battery company gave faithful and proper representation until he was by the complainant discharged. Charges "Baseless." · "5. The court further finds that the accusations made by the complainant were baseless and in bad faith and entirely lacking in good district to testify to the character and integrity of Mr. Breese. The three others, Judge M. F. Edwards. Judge M. H. Kepler and Judge Joseph Clark appeared earlier in the trial. Bar members who testified concerning Mr. Brcese's high standing integrity and good character were Ralph Stanbery, president of the Cerro Gordo County Bar association; Earl Smith. T. G. McDermott H. J. Bryant, L. C. Dibble and J. c' Robinson. Employed .-is Attorneys. Wesley G. Henke, Charles City and F. A. Ontjes, Mason City, both of whom were employed as attorneys by Mrs.. Brewer in the action for rent .brought against her by A W. Harroun, were called to testify' for ·''Mr. .Breese, ^.Friday,'- afternoon.' Mr. Henke : hadj..drawn .up-ithe accusations against Mr. Breese for Mrs Brewer. It was in connection with a pleading which Mr. Breese filed for Mrs. Brewer in the Harroun case that Mrs. Brewer swore out the accusation against the local attorney. Would Have to Pay. Both Mr. Ontjes and Mr. Henke stated that, although the method which Mr. Breese chose to plead Mrs. Brewer's defense was not the only method, it was a sound pro- Have You Read Your Newspaper cedure. Any method, they agreed with , Attorney Senneff, would ultimately result in Mrs. Brewer's having to pay Mr. Harroun rent for the five month period from Feb. 1 to July 1, 1933, during which she occupied the Harroun building without paying rent. Big Sioux Falls While Other Rivers Mount in Northwest. DES M O I N E S , (j-Pl--The Big Sioux river flood eased off a little Saturday at Sioux City, but to the south the Little Sioux and Maple rivers washed higher along their courses in Monona and Harrison counties. Warming weather did not help the flood situation and a forecast of rising temperatures along with rain or sno\v increased the flood threat for much of the state. The Big Sioux, its crest apparently passed, receded gradually at Sioux City after flooding hundreds of acres of farm land to the north and washing round three score homes at Stevens, S. Dak., j u s t ] across the river north from Riverside, Sioux City suburb. Flood at Crest. The flood at its crest Friday night was an inch higher than the previous record, set May 13, 1927. Akron. 30 miles upstream, reported the river down a foot from its crest there, reached Friday. The Missouri river, which had been falling steadily here for several days, rose slightly Friday .night __ .the Big Sioux unloaded into-it. Upriver, ..however,: -the,. Missouri's level continued failing:. : ' Onawa, though six miles from the west fork of the Little Sioux, reported the flood has washed up to the city's outskirts, driving two more families from their homes. More than 400 square miles of land is under water along the Little Sioux. Big Sioux and Maple rivers and more than 100 families hnve been made refugees in Onawa territory alone. Only Once Before. 1. What nation led the demand for drastic action against Germany the past week? 2. Why did John D. M. Hamilton resign as aide to Chairman Fletcher of the republican national committee? 3. What West Virginia senator charged politics figured in relief work in his state? 4. What monarch hinted he might marry? 5. What candidate received the republican majority in New Hampshire's presidential primary? 6. What famous eye specialist who operated on the icing of Siam died? 7. Who were elected directors of the Mason City school board? 8. What happened to Arthur W. Cutten, Chicago grain trader? 9. What Independence boy killed his brother and critically injured his sister? 10. An explosion wrecked the municipal waterworks pumping station at what North Iowa town? (ANSWERS ON PAGE 3) WIPES OUT ONE OF LAST SAVINGS F. R. Begins Drafting Plans for. RelielSpejncHngan^ TA^Weather Postmaster Recommended. WASHINGTON. (.T)--Representative Edward C. Eicher (D-Iowa) recommended appointment of Mrs. Irene G. Gatton as Oakdale. Iowa, postmaster. "It is, therefore, ordered, adjudged, decreed and found that the accusations be dismissed, and that the accused be and is hereby acquitted. "All of- the undersigned concur in the foregoing findings and entry. "Witness our hands this 13th day of March, A. D. 1936. "George Wood, "w. L. Eichendorf. "P. J. Nelson." "Judges who sat as a court to hear and decide the charges against accused pursuant to appointment by the chief ' justice of the supreme court of Iowa." Mr. Mount came into the case on appointment by Mr. Garrett as provided by statute in the handling of disbarment proceedings. No Arguments Given. The decision of the judges was given immediately after the close of the evidence, Judge Wood stating arguments would not be necessary inasmuch as the case involved only questions of fact. Immediately after the decision was announced, members of the bar and other friends crowded around to congratulate Mr. Breese. His office was likewise besieged Saturday by persons extending their congratulations. j Among the final witnesses for i the defense was Judge T. A. Beard- FORECAST IOWA: Cloucy with rain or snow in central and east portions Saturday night and in extreme east Sunday; somewhat warmer in central and cast portions' Saturday night. MINNESOTA: Cloudy, snow in east and north; somewhat warmer in east Saturday night; Sunday partly cloudy, except snow iii northeast in morning. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette v.eather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Saturday morning: Maximum Friday S3 Above Minimum in Niijlit 33 Above At 8 A. M. Saturday 30 Above Snowfall .25 of an Inch Precipitation .03 of an Inch Only once before, in 1881, has a flood washed across the flat lands around Onawa right to its door. Temperatures Saturday ranged a little above normal and the weatherman said they probably would stay that way over the week-end. The Big- Sioux'flood at Sioux City caught many river bank dwellers unaware Friday night, requiring policemen to rescue them in boats. Among- the refugees was a mother and her newly-born baby. Eastern Floods Subside. Flood waters of the east, still menacing many communities, subsided slowly Saturday after taking a known toll of 24 lives in 48 hours. Remaining in the path of danger were the Wyoming valley of Pennsylvania, where the Susquehanna river raged, a portion of the Hudson valley in New York state, scattered parts of New England and the maritime provinces of Canada. Thirteen of the dead were lost in eastern Canada, five of, them children of one family who were swept away with their home in Quebec Friday night. North Iowa continued free from any immediate flood menace. A light snow that fell Friday night was rapidly melting under a bright sun Saturday.- The minimum- temperature in Mason City during the night was 23 above zero. Officers Seeking Word WEEKLY FORECAST of Two Cresco Youths WASHINGTON. GW--After wiping out one of the last .savings effected by. the economy act of 1933 President Roosevelt Saturday began drafting his recommendation of how much to spend for relief in the next fiscal year. The savings eliminated had been brought about by reductions in sick and annual leave of government workers. The president signed bills providing that permanent employes now shall have 26 days annual vacation, temporary employes 30 days, and all employes IS days of sick leave. No Hint of Amount. There was no hint from the white house as to the figure being written into the relief measure. One billion has been mentioned as a minimum- the United States conference o mayors has asked more than twic that. The recommendation will g to congress before Mr. Rooseve leaves next Thursday to fish of Florida. Other developments: Three members of the senat lobby committee were served wit subpenas in the injunction sui b r o u g h t by William Randolp Hearst, the publisher, to block com mittee seizure of his telegrams, Williams Phillips, acting secre tary of state, announced the Unite States and five South American na tions would extend diplomatic _rec ognition to the new government o Paraguay. Tax week Bill of Not Ready. discussion behim V-J-IH_AUU, .1.1-1 -- weatner outlook for the period of March 16 to 21 : For the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys: Snow or rain Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, temperatures near normal. DES MOINES, W)-- The investigation bureau asked 'Iowa' officers to be on the lookout Saturday for Iva- dore Becker. 14. and Laverne Becker, 12, missing- from their home at Cresco. Elkader Jury Deliberates Thomsen Fate in Slaying E L K A D E R , (/P) -- A Clayton county jury at 1:45 o'clock Saturday afternoon began its deliberation n the Thomas Thomsen manslaughter case. The case was given to the jury at .2:30 o'clock after the attorneys or the state and defense completed heir final pleas followed by the ourt's instruction but the jurors ook a lunch recess before convcn- ng in secret session. An early verdict was expected. Thomson, prominent Elkader at- orney and Legion official, was Jimmie Jacobsen, 24, a Clayton county farmhand, at the Elkader fairgrounds here last night. Thomsen, who is secretary of the fair association, claimed that he was performing his duty and that he merely fired two shots into the air in an 'effort to frighten Jacobsen and two other youths with him because they were creating a disturbance. He said he did not realize he fired the third shot which, it is claimed, caused Jacobscn's death. The state contended Thomsen was negligent and reckless in the use of a deadly weapon. closed doors on the explosive issi.. of taxes ended with legislation stil far from formulated. A house tax subcommittee succeeded in reaching tentativ agreement on one point in the pro rram by which President Roosevel lopes to raise more than 5700,000, 100 a year to finance the new farm program and bonus prepaymen cost. The schedule favored by the com nitteemen was an attempt to rais "620,000,000 through taxes on undistributed corporation profits, and vet encourage corporations to keep "moderate" surpluses for rainy days. Start at 15 Per Cent. The tax would start at 15 per cent on the first 10 per cent of net income put into surplus. From there it would range upward to 55 per cent on all over 30 per cent. Original administration suggestions contemplated rates averaging S3 1 ,; per cent on all undistributed profits. Sentiment adverse to levying new processing taxes, as asked by the administration, appeared today among some legislators. They be- iieveci that such levies, carrying with them the possibility of increases in the cost of commodities, might be unwise in a campaign year. The senate lobby committee's inquiry, storm tossed in recent weeks, Jroduced a new repercussion. The Veterans of Foreign Wars removed Jeorge K. Brobeck, its legislative ·epresentative. on the ground that -eccnt testimony showed he engag- d in lobbying activities on the side i for utility interests METEOR SHOOTS ACROSS SKY AND LIGHTS UP Rattles N. J. Window and Then Vanishes Over Ocean. NEWARK, N. J., (.T)--A flamin meteor so near the earth that rattled windows and awoke man persons from slumber, shot acros the sky over central New Jerse early Saturday and then vanishe apparently into the Atlantic ocean The speeding object lighted up th countryside for many miles and wa visible in buildings as far as Wash ington, D. C., approximately 22 miles away. Air tremors from the fiery bod were reported felt many miles nort: and south of Newark. Policemen on their rounds tolt of seeing a vivid blue and whit, flash in the sky, followed some min utes later by deep rumbling, as o firing of cannon on a distant bat tlefiekl. Sees Brilliant Light. J. Templeton, an United Airline- pilot flying a plane to Newark air port from Cleveland, said that soon after 2:30 a. m., he saw a brillian light overhead that blotted out.the light of the moon. He feared at first the flash would envelop his plane, but it quickly disappeared in an easterly direction oyer-the-Atlantic ocean. " "It was the whitest light saw," he said. Don Johnson, Eastern Airlines pilot, reported by wireless to the airport that he saw a great ball of ight at 2:53 a. m., as he was flying over Virginia. Like Burning Kock. It seemed like burning rock," he said, "with a red core and a blue lame." He thought it struck the ;round somewhere near Lawrence- ·ille, Va. Residents of Trenton reported see- ng the light almost directly over he city. It was so brilliant that treet lights were dim by contrast. An Ewing township policeman, toward Morris, said the police sta- ion there shook and he saw a fragment of the meteor falling earthward. Trail of Light. A trail of light, he said, enabled him to follow the descent of the fragment and note the spot where it hit the earth. A search of the scene later proved fruitless, however. Ewing township is on the Delaware river near Trenton. Windows at the state hospital in Trenton were rattled by the passage of the meteor and the light was described as "bright as day. ON THE INSIDE JIAVOK LaGUAKDIA LaGuardia's 5 Strike Arbitrators Seek End ON PAGE 2 Disbarment Hearing Subject- of Editorial ON PAGE 4 Farm Experiment Group to Hear Godfrey Talk ON PAGE 8 .European Issues Are Discussed by Byers ON PAGE 4 Mason City, Lakers in Sectional Finals ON PAGE 9 Mrs. Vanderbilt Held ' Immoral in Charges ON PAGE 11 Democrats Re-Affirm Support of Roosevelt ON PAGE 16 State police at Hammonton and Scotch Plains, more than 50 miles apart, told of seeing the bluish white flash, followed seven or eight minutes by a terrifying rumble. Vanishes Over Sea, Asbury Park police reported they noted the passage of some bright light from the sudden lighting up of the police headquarters but before they could get a good glimpse of the meteor, it had vanished over the sea. Patrolman Edward Connor of Ocean township, near Asbury Park, was making his rounds when he noted a "big ball of fire." "It exploded in midair," he said, "like a skyrocket." "It got so light you could pick up a pin on the road." In Hackensack. the phenomenon was described as seeming like an explosion far to the cast or southeast. Buildings shook at Paterson, Newark, Perth Ambov and Elizabeth. 200 FASCISTS IN SPAIN ARRESTED eaders of Rioting Mobs Who Burned Church Buildings Are Sought. MADRID, LT)--Spanish police arrested 200 fascists Saturday, including members of the executive committee of the Spanish fascist organization, as they sought the leaders of rioters who burned church buildings in downtown Madrid Friday. Heading the list of persons taken into custody was Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, son of the late dictator and leader .of the fascist party. De Rivera and the committee members were held on the charge of failing to furnish authorities with a list of names and adresses of members of their party. As the 'police drive to prevent recurrence of the disturbances was launched two churches were in ruins and the buildings of the monarchist ASKS HITLER TO DISCUSS CRISIS FACING EUROPE France Hints Desire for Military Agreement With Britain. SITUATION AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press League of nations council met in London to find a solution to the Locarno-Rhincland quandary. France hinted she might withdraw a demand for sanctions against Germany if she can obtain a military agreement with Great Britain. Great Britain sought a means for conciliation before acceding to league action against Chancellor Hitler. Germany gave no direct indication of yielding from her stand for complete sovereignty over all the reich. The German foreign office disclosed a scheme for a chain of "pillbox" fortifications in the Rhineland. r,ewspapcr. stroyed. La Nacion. was de- Shenandoah Barber Takes His Own Life S H E N A N D O A H , t.Ti -- Da n Eckles. 70, barber hern f o r . many years, ended his life with a sun early Saturday in his barber shop. Rodney Pace Arraigned, Hearing Set Wednesday INDEPENDENCE. (.-Pi-- Rodney 'ace, J6. was arrainged Saturday n district court here on charge of urder. filed as result of the fatal 18, hooting of his brother, Ogdcn, ere Tuesday evening. Arraignment was on county at- orney's true information, filed by lay Kremer. and Judge R. W. Haser set hearing for 10 a. n,. Wed- csday, March'IS. The court ap- ointed Paul Smith, former county itorney, counsel for the young dc'- cndant. Pace sp ! Sheriff apparently the least concerned of By ASSOCIATED TRESS. A gesture of friendliness was extended to militant and rearmed Germany by the league of nations council Saturday in an effort to avert trouble over the reich's reoccupation of the Rhineland. In the face of a warning by France that "urgently brutal decisive measures" might prove necessary to insure her own safety, th e council decided to ask Chancellor Adolf Hitler to talk the matter over on an amicable basis. _-Sitting- m the scarlet and gold o-rawing- room of historic St. James' palace in London; the delegates to' the council meeting heard Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden of Great Britain assure Germany of fullest co-operation in the building of a new peace structure. Grim Implications Seen. The grim implications of the situation created by Germany's dispatching of troops into the zone demilitarized by the Versailles treaty which ended the World war--the status quo being confirmed by the violated Locarno pact--were emphasized by France and Belgium. They joined in a demand that the eague condemn the reich as a breaker of treaties. Eden agreed .hat an "incontestable breach of reaties has been committed," but in a conciliatory vein added the peace f Europe depended on the wisdom f the council's actions. France unbent enough, members f that country's delegation said to onsider abandonment of a demand or sanctions against Germany if he could obtain a definite military greement with Britain. A spokes- nan emphasized, however, that the ations must adhere to the Locarno act of 1823. French Hint. Force. The council's invitation, decided n in private session, followed a ramatic hint from French Foreign Minister Pierre-Etienne Fiandin at a public session that France might find "brutal, decisive measures" necessary. His speech was interpreted in some quarters to mean that France still considered she would be justified by the Locarno pact into 'moving into the Rhineland by force, if necessary. The council expressed the hope that Hitler's representative would be in London in time for a public session Monday. Great Britain, though pessimistic, sought a final loophole of conciliation before acceding to positive league action against der fuehrer. Germany gave no direct indication of yielding from her stand for total, armed, sovereignty over all of the reich. Scheme of Fortifications. The reich's foreign office organ disclosed a scheme for a chain of "pillbox" fortifications in the Rhineland, which may take years to build. Troops remained in the Shenisli garrisons they occupied last week-end. Reichschancellor Hitler turned toward another speech Saturday night at Munich, with many believ- the group assembled. He had learned i i r g hc v Y? uld emphasize his reich- tag- and Karlsruhe stand. His economics minister, Dr. Hjalmar Schacht, was reported in Paris to have sent an envoy tit France, seeking a French premiss to hold up the sanctions demand in return for efforts to persuade der fuehrer to evacuate the Rhine. French official sources, however, showed little inclination to negotiate on such a basis. only a few hours before of the death of the brother he shot when the latter chanced on an attempt of Rodney Pace to attack their young sister. Thurza, 13. Ogdi-n Pace, one of twin sons of Mrs. Myrtle Pace, flied early Wednesday as result of two rifle bullet wound?. The girl, who had been struck, down by a blow from the b l u n t side of a hatchet, is reported improving Ames Fire Loss $976. ., AMES, (.Ti--Ames' fire loss for consciousness, but does not rcmem- ' February was reported at S976 b^ ber any of the tragedy. Fire Chief L- R. Morris

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