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E R S MEM Â«,'i'i f j T 5; f I ' i ,lf NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, MARCH 16, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 137 Turn Toward F. R. Seen New Dealers Believe Popularity Again on Increase. By CHARLES F. STEWART L A S H I N G T O N , HI* (CPA) -- Roose- veltians profess to think, and und o u b t e d l y d o think, that the present w h i t e h o u s e tenant's popularity is increasing again. I n c r e a s i n g "again" is the correct way to put it. The president's supporters admit now, though they didn't at the time; that there was a while, following about mid-term of the current administration, when they were conscious of a rapid decline in their favorite's prestige with the public. But they say the tide has turned since then; today it is rising, that it is not yet as high as it was earlier in his regime but may get there. What is more, there are republicans candid enough to agree with them. G. O. P. Dissatisfied. The republicans are much dissatisfied with Col. Henry Breckenridge as an anti-new deal democratic rival of President Roosevelt. Of course they are entitled to no voice in anti- new deal democratic counsels, but they do believe that the democratic "antis" might have hit on a more appealing leader than the colonel. Al Smith's nomination on a bolting democratic ticket is what best would please the republican mana- Â°-ers They reckon that Al might draw sufficiently from Roosevelt's strength at the polls, not to be elected, but to permit the G. O. P. candidate to win by a plurality, not a majority, as McKinley did against Bryan and Palmer and Buckner and , as Wilson did against .Taft and : Roosevelt. -- no - notion, that the democratic 1 convention or tnat Â· lie could cut appreciably into the Roosevelt vote as a bolting nominee. Of No Consequence. Â· They describe his as. of "no political consequence." They don't believe he can be inflated into any such importance, either. \nd apparently Al Smith, though he may "take a walk," is wholly disinclined to be slaughtered to make a G. O. P. holiday. Speaking of bolts: The democrats have their hopes for a formidable bolt from the republican ranks. Their best guess is that Gov. Alf M Landon of Kansas will be named in' Cleveland as the republicans standard bearer. Or maybe Colonel Frank Knox. A comparative conservative, anyway. Their opinion is that Senator William E. Borah will make a desperate fight, but will be defeated, ripping the G. O. P. wide open. Their judgment is that the Idaho statesman, partisanly regular as his record is, will be mad enough this time, if beaten, as to "take a walk." Would Offset Bolt. For Borah to "take a walk" out of the G. 0. P. convention would be fully bad enough, republicanly speaking, to offset a walkout by Al 1 Jfi Smith from the democratic gather- HITLER'S "CONDITION" REJECTED Reported "Plot"on Barbara's Son Hoax SEIZED IN ENGLAND ADMITS WRITING LETTER Warned Countess of Plot to Kidnap Child and Asked $1,000. PICTURE ON PAGE 2 MANCHESTER, Eng., (.T)-- Alfred Molyneux, 31, of Lancashire, was jailed Monday on a charge of attempting to .extort 200 pounds ($1,000) from Countess Barbara Button Haugwitz-Reventlow by pretending to reveal a plot to kidnap her new born son. Police said that Molyneux had admitted writing a letter to the Woolworth heiress during "moments of depression" offering to disclose the "plot." He was remanded in custody for a week. The prisoner was trapped by police when he went to keep a rendenz- vous with a "messenger from the countess." He' told the police that no kidnap plot existed. Arrested on Saturday. Molyneu.x was arrested last Saturday. The letter went into details as to how contact between Molyneux and an agent from the countess should be made in Manchester. It ordered: "Let your messenger i be outside the long bar at the Gaumont picture theater March 14 at 7. p. m., and let him have a red silk handkerchief in his left hand. '^ Manvilles Kiss and Make Up After Another Fight New Skirmish Ends in Draw; Â«/usÂ£ as AZÂ£ Of/ters flirf. By TAYLOR HENRY Associated Press Staff Writer NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., /PI-The Manvilles, Tommy and his No 4 wife, Marcelle Edwards, kissed and made up again Monday and comparative calm settled down on their 28 room Premium Point mansion "Bon Repos" (pleasant rest to everybody but the Manvilles). Sunday's skirmish, as did the one last week and the one the week before that, ended in a draw with everyone more or less happy except: The Mamaroneck police. New Rochelle hospital. "Taps," Tommy's .$400 police Telephones to Police. The first intimation to the outside world that all was again not well with the heir to the Manville asbestos millions and his blond wife, who recently returned from a divorceless trip to Reno, came at 10 a. m. Sunday when Tommy telephoned to Mamaroneck police. Patrolman Philip Millheiser responded cautiously (the policeman sent over to help out the Manvilles last week ducked a plate when he opened the door). "Put that woman out," the asbestos heir shouted. To Patrolman Millheiser. however, arbitration seemed called for. For the next hectic five hours, between dodging highball glasses and., saucers,. Millheiser negotiated. 'Â·'-Â·Â· Â· : '- : t';%i-Kr-Â«Si.nt:s.:yr}-HSh:'' 1 '~"' inÂ°-. To account, in psti, for President Roosevelt's recovery in strength: Business by no means is as well pleased by the supreme court's outlawing of NRA as it expected to be. NRA did put a stop to overly-low bidding on contracts, which was most gratifying to big concerns, which didn't enjoy having price trimming competitors cutting in on them. NRA restrictions enraged the big folk at first. Now they are inclined to "cuss the supreme court for outlawing what was a considerable protection to them. Labor Feels Effects. Labor also feels the effects of the price cutters' policies. They have to shave wages, increase hours or both to enable them to reduce prices. The farmers also have felt the "gentle rain of checks," now outlawed by the supreme court--and they don't like that, either. Big business, then isn't altogether anti-new deal. Labor isn't. The farmers are not. That is the. way the new dealers calculate. They may be economically right or wrong, but they have the better of the political argument. lowan's Body Found Pinned Beneath Truck DES MOINES, (.VI--The body of fvor Allen, 26. WPA worker and father of three small children, was found early Monday pinned be. neath a light truck near Chautau qua drive and Prospect road. Police said Allen apparently was killed about 8 p. m. Sunday when the truck rolled over an embank- lucnt on Chautauqua drive. must reply, 'no 'j.jfil "If he intends to heed this, put an answer in the personal column of the Manchester Evening Chronicle March 12." Advertisement Inserted. Detective-Inspector Forster told the police court that the countess ave the letter to her lawyer who informed the police, whereupon the requested advertisement was inserted in the newspaper. On Saturday, the inspector said, a oetective carrying a dummy pack age stood outside the theater while other detectives watched. Molyneux was arrested when he appeared at the stated time and received the package from the detective. The inspector said Molyneux told the police: "I admit I wrote the letter knowing perfectly well that I know of no such plot or any persons who intended to kidnap the child. I wrote it in moments o! depression as I am without money and with a wife and two children to support on 30 shillings ($7.90) a week. Regrets His Action. "I sincerely regret my action and hope I have not caused the count and countess any worry or anxiety." Molyneux did not testify at Monday's hearing,' saying he had nothing to add to the statement given to the police. Forster testified that the letter received at the Haugwitz-Reventlow London home March 7 read: "Dear countess: "I have read of your having a charming little son. Now don't gel pannicky. Â· "You should know that two men have left Manchester to kidnap this son and you'd be surprised to haar that elaborate plans have been made for this confinement while they wait for the ransom they intend to demand from you. Warns Against Police. "If you would learn of these plans, please send some one to meet me in Manchester at once and I will let you know what I know. "Do not get the police or I shan't talk. Please be sure to bring 200 pounds in treasury notes." The letter, which added, ''that 1 am doing this for revenge, money does not matter so much," contained instructions as to where the countess' agent should meet the writer. It ordered that the agent was to "have a reel silk handkerchief in his left hand." Tominy, "not satisfied action, called New Rochelle hospital and an ambulance equipped with interne promptly responded. "Take that woman away," Tommy shouted, varying his theme slightly. The interne applied his stethoscope and found Marcelle to be suffering only from a slight palpita- :ion of the heart. "Nothing doing," he replied ;ind science and the law deserted the house of pleasant rest. Some time after dusk, Tommy again got in touch with the Mamaroneck police. Cops Want Sleep. "Listen," he said, "send me a cop and help me get some sleep." "Nothing doing," was the heartless reply. "Little man. we've had busy day with you. Let us get some sleep." So Tommy and Marcelle hugged and kissed and drew a line dividing the house into two 14 room camps. In one side slept Marcelle. In the other slept Tommy and "Taps." "Taps," said Tommy, "is all upset." Newsprint in Acres Estimated. HARRISBURG, Pa., (UP)--The Pennsylvania Department of For. ests and Waters estimated that 3,500 acres of pulp wood is required to make the paper used for one day's run of newspapers in the United States. IN NEXT ISSUE The weekly Iowa history series, which ordinarily would appear in this edition, will be delayed a day and will he published in the next issue. LOBBY PROBERS AND HEARST IN ANOTHER ROUND Congress Opens Week of Inquiries; Waits for Relief Plans. WASHINGTON, (/P) -- Another round between William Randolph Hearst and the senate lobby committee ushered in a week of investigations Monday. Chairman Black was served at a committee hearing with a summons to court to answer Hearst's suit fo r an injunction against seizure of tele- rams sent by him. Senator Schwel- lenbaeh (D-Wash.) promptly accused Hearst, the American Liberty league and public utilities of trying to block the lobby inquiry. From Robert E. Smith, chairman of the national conference of investors, the committee heard that many members of congress had been entertained in his Washington home last year. Action Is Promised. Chairman Bell (D-Mo.) of a house committee created to look into the Townsend and other old age pension movements promised immediate action and public hearings within two weeks. Still another group, the senate aircraft committee, planned an inquiry within the next'few days into the dismissal of a government em- ' Man Scheduled to Be Guillotined Dies Attempting Escape DIJON, France, (.T)-- Michel Rosa, an Italian scheduled to be guillotined soon for killing two men, killed himself Monday in an effort to escape from prison. He knocked down a guard as the latter entered his cell, and managed to reach the prison balcony. There, however, chained hand and foot, he plunged to his death. Stationed Here Find Body in Lake. BURLINGTON, (iP) -- Searchers found the body of Wilva Tuers, 23, of West Burlington, in Isaac Walton lake Sunday. She had been missing since Friday. 3 YEAR OLD BOY ALIVE AND SAFE Walks Into Farmhouse After Spending Night Lost m Dust Storm. i TWO BUTTES. Colo., OP)--Three ] year old Steve Benson walked into ' a farmhouse Monday after spending the night lost in one of the worst dust storms ever to strike this area. More than 50 persons were searching for the boy, expecting to find him smothered or frozen to death, when he reached the farm home of Dewey Fetters, six miles from where he disappeared Sunday afternoon. "I slept out," he said. "Saw the cows." Almost immediately he fell asleep. Doctors examined him and said his condition was "exceptionally good" considering that he had been in the open for hours i" a dust storm that reduced visibility to zero. He was taken to a hospital at Lamar. Veteran residents of the southeastern Colorado "dust bowl" were amazed that the child lived through the night. The temperatures dropped to" below freezing and the boy was clad only in overalls. He had lost his shoes and sand burrs stuck in his flesh. The Fetters' farm is two miles southeast of Two Buttes and six miles from the farm home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Benson. Fire Destroys Home. OSKALOOSA, (.-F)--Fire destroyed the farm home of Ben Dcrooi, near University Park, Sunday, caus- i ine 55,000 damage ON THE INSIDE SEEGE MDIVANI Bride Sees Prince Die of Polo Game Injuries ON PAGE 7 Views of Jew, Catholic and Protestant Given ON PAGE 12 Conferences on Farm Planning Are Opened ON PAGE 8 Hardin County Woman Is Given G. 0. P. Post ON PAGE 7 Mohawks, Plymouth Take Meet on Court ON PAGE 9 James Cagney Wins Movie Contract Suit ON PAGE 2 of air navigation aids. Congress worked on the war department's annual appropriation and other matters pending word from president Roosevelt as to how much he wants for relief spending in the year beginning July 1. His 'recommendation on this was expected before he leaves Thursday for a fishing vacation off Florida. Study Housing Plans. Mr. Roosevelt Monday renewed efforts to obtain an agreement with aides on a new housing program and, along with thousands of others all over the country, set aside an hour to make out his income tax return. Other developments: Before a recess which will provide' an opportunity to work out decisions on two new deal laws argued before it recently, the supreme court handed down opinions in two minor cases. A ruling on the government's anti-trust suit against the sugar institute, refiners' organization formed to regulate trade practices, was postponed. Another new deal case involving constitutionality of the public utility holding company act was appealed to the supreme court. Court in Session. The court met in brief session, but handed down only the two decisions of restricted significance and a list showing what new ap-1 peals they had decided to entertain or ignore. Thereupon the justices adjourned until March 30. The holding company case was filed by Burco, Inc., of Baltimore, from a ruling by the circuit court of appeals at Charlotte. Wisconsin lost its conention that a 1927 state tax law--which taxed income of foreign corporations if their principal business was within the state--was valid. The court refused in one of its two opinions today to interfere with decisions by the Wisconsin supreme court which held the tax was unconstitutional. Process Tax Seen. A possibility that congressional tax drafters may have to resort to processing taxes to fill out President Roosevelt's .?792,000,000 revenue program appeared despite a desire among both democrats and republicans to avoid such election year levies. "We don't have to go to processing taxes, but we shall have to go somewhere to get the $792,000,000," Chairman Samuel B. Hill (D-Wash.) of the house ways and means tax subcommittee said. "Of. course if the March 15 income tax returns show a very great increase over estimates, that would help a lot." The subcommittee, he told reporters, spent two hours this morning struggling over the question of how to collect income taxcr from foreigners on their dividend stock in American corporations. No decision was reached. May Fall Short. A hint that President Roosevelt's Horton Glad Widow Made Guilty Plea BEDFORD. (/Pi -- "I'm glad," Floyd Horton declared Monday, "that Anna Johnston pleaded guilty of murdering my wife. I have felt for some time that she was- guilty and her confession ought to vindicate me before a jury." Mrs. Johnston, the 38 year old widowed neighbor of Horton who confessed she was his paramour, withdrew her plea of innocent to a charge of taking part in the poison murder of Horton's wife and pleaded guilty Saturday. She was taken to Rockwell City women's reformatory to await sentence after the murder charge against Horton is disposed of. Will Stand Trial. Horton's attorney, James Lucas of Bedford, declared Monday that Horton is "going to stand trial on. this charge." Trial is scheduled to open March 23. Horton talked of Mrs. Johnston's change of front for the first time Monday. He also recalled details of his life with his wife. "We had some good times together," he said, adding: "How could anyone be so cruel as to take the life of any person by poison." Has Told All. The husky, blond farmer declared emphatically that he has told authorities ail he knows about bis wife's death. "I told them everything I could remember, because I had nothing to conceal. I kept telling them I was innocent, but they wouldn't believe me. I haye been in jail about ainonth Â·now, I guess thatlis what a fellow gets for trying to help officers in a case like this." Mrs. Johnston, in a signed confession given officers, said she and Horton had been intimate since Nov. 1, 1935 that they had talked of getting rid of Mrs. Horton. that she purchased poison. She claimed, however, that Horton actually administered the poison in cold capsules. Admits Relations. Horton, while admitting intimate relations with the widow, declared in a signed statement that he knew nothing about the poison. Mrs. Johnston will be returned here as a witness against Horton, prosecution attorneys said Monday. Since she pleaded guilty to a first degree murder charge, she faces either the death penalty or life imprisonment, depending upon the decision of District Judge Homer A. Fuller, who will sentence her. HAKRV NESTLE Isle Gets Air Service. DULTUH, Minn., (UP)--A seven- passenger Fokker seaplane equipped with skis will provide Isle Royale, mid-Lake Superior resort, with its first mainland air service. No regular schedule will be maintained. TTteWeather FORECAST IOWA: Fair Monday night and Tuesday; somewhat warmer in west portion Tuesday. MINNESOTA: Fair Monday night and Tuesday, becoming unsettled in northwest Tuesday: somewhat colder in northeast Monday night; rising temperature in west Tuesday. IN MASON CITY Figures for 24 hour period ending at S o'clock Monday morning: Maximum Sunday 42 Above Minimum in Night 26 Above At 8 A. M. Monday 29 Above Figures for 24 hour period ending at S o'clock Sunday morning: .Maximum Saturday 42 Above Minimum in Night SO Above At 8 A. M. Sunday 35 Above Precipitation .03 of an Inch Snow in this part of North Iowa at this time is pretty much confined now to places where drifting was heaviest. Whole fields lie exposed to the sun. Two successive days on which the mercury touched the 42 degree mark served to put a finishing touch to the melting process. conference regarding the relief message expected by Thursday. Byrns said of reported plans to limit the relief extension to seven months: "I didn't hesitate to say to the president that that would be the wise thing to do; there is no way of telling what the revenues or amount of employment will be. making it hard to plan too far in advance." Representatives of railroad man- BORDER PATROL IS SET UP HERE Minnesota Trucks Entering State Must All Carry Iowa License. Mason City became the center of operations Monday morning for a state border patrol extending from the Mississippi to the Missouri river to force Minnesota truckers doing business in this state to carry an Iowa license. This move was undertaken in or der to put Minnesota truckers doing business in Iowa on the same basis as Iowa truckers that operate inti Minnesota, where Minnesota license are required, Harry Nestle, assist ant state chief of the state highwa' patrol, -stationed in Mason City i charge of the state border assign ment, stated. Orders From Wallace, Orders for the border patrol wer issued by Lew Wallace, chief of tb state motor vehicle department, an Chief John Hattery of the stat highway patrol. Mr. Nestle me with 18 state patrolmen at the of fice of Sheriff J. M. Robertson Monday morning. At 9 o'clock thes patrolmen left to assume their po sitions at strategic points on high ways operating between the tw states. "We have been ordered to stop all trucks operating either direction check them for safety appliances such as lights, brakes, reflectors clearance lights, as well as on overloads and the chauffeurs' licenses, said the assistant chief. "Those carrying Minnesota plates with exception of farmers haulin; their own produce or trucks travel ing through the state or trucks no actually doing business in Iowa, an obliged to register their trucks in Iowa. Stop Iowa Trucks. "The reason for this ruling wa the fact that Minnesota authoritie have been picking up Iowa truck found to be operating in Minnesota and requiring them to carry the li censes of that slate. "We. however, are not confinin: our duties to the one assignment We are also checking automobile when we are able as to mechanica condition and the standpoint o safety. Each driver is required t produce his driver's license." With Mason City as the head quarters, Mr. Nestle has establishe a. sub-headquarters at Decorah, L L. Meyer, resident patrolman, i charge, and one at Spirit Lake, wit H. F. Fischer, resident patrolma there, in charge. Others in North Iowa. Men also are stationed at Waverly, Cresco, Northwood. Forest City, Algona, Emmetsburg, Rock Rapids and Sibiey, as well as Mason City. Deputy sheriffs over the norUtern tiers of counties are assisting in the project, it was pointed out. Four additional patrolmen are to .be brought in later. "We have given considerable publicity to this the past week so truckers knew what was coming and that we are not trying to sneak up on them," Mr. Nestle stated. "These, men are going to be on duty day and night at least for the remainder of this week. "The patrolmen have been given orders that all leaves during the week arc canceled and that they are to remain at .their posts until midnight next Saturday night. Not License War. "This is not a license war or anything of that nature. It is merely WILL NOT TAKE UP PEACE OFFER AT CONFERENCE League Council Agrees to Demand for Equality at Meeting. By JOSEPH E. SHARKEV :CrÂ»p.vrii;lt, 1R36. liy Tlifi AMoclnlcii PrcM.) LONDON. i.T)--The league of na- .ions council, in secret session, agreed Monday to Reichsmuehrer Hitler's demands for equality but latly rejected his "condition" that he council must discuss hia peace jroposals. Hitler had offered to send a representative to the council's deliberation on German's remilitarization of the Rhineland only on a basis of full equality in the conference and, with the understanding that his recent offers of new peace pacts would be considered. Six nations headed by France opposed Hitler's insistence on bringing his peace proposals up simultan- ously with the discussion of the Rhineland reoccupation. Side With France. The other nations with France were Turkey. Spain, Russia, Poland and Rumania. The council then voted unanimously to accept Hitler's first condition and to reject the second. The vote was interpreted as tantamount to a qualified refusal of Hitler's conditions. The council was agreed that Germany was entitled to sit in the council on an equal footing with the other Locarno powers--that ia, without the- right to vote.. Â· -The council ruled, however, that the Reichsfuehrer's proopsals were a matter, not for the council, but for the signatories of the Locarno pact. Not Entitled to Vote. It was stated, that, owing to their status as interested parties in the Locarno pact, France and Belgium, as well as Germany, would not be entitled to vote in the league council meeting. This decision disposes of the difficulty by which, if Germany attended the council on an equal footing with other members of the league, she could block an otherwise unanimous decision by voting against it herself. The French delegates said they regarded the verdict of the secret session as a decisive victory for France. Predict Condemnation. A French spokesman predicted that the league now would condemn Germany since Great Britain and Italy "have given France their assurances that for them the Locarno pact still exists." He added that the French then could go home with what would amount to a triple alliance of Great Britain, Italy and France. "Other powers," said the French spokesman, "may then discuss Hitler's proposals, but France never will. We are not sure that Germany will not attack us some day and, in view of recent events, we shall not talk with her until we get the guarantees we require of her good faith." Begin Drafting Message. League officials, immediately after the secret session, began drafting a message advising the German government of the decision which was made subject to ratification in public sessions. It was said that the wording of the message would not slam the door completely shut in Germany's face although it would not contain any new invitation to Germany to attend the council sessions. In British quarters, the council's decision was interpreted as a compromise between the British and French of two hitherto irreconcilable viewpoints. It was said that the British now were willing to vote for the condemnation of Germany as a Locarno treaty violator but that, should the French return home, Great Britain would be free to start her own recognitions with Germany regarding Hitler's peace proposals. Clarification Sought. Earlier in the day, members of the council sought to clarify Hitler's reply to the invitation to send a representative to the council. Clarification, it was said, centered in just what was meant by the word "alsbald" contained in the telegram Joseph A. C. Avcnol, secrctary- ap;ement and labor renewed efforts forthcoming request for relief appropriations may fall short of $1,. 000,000.000 was given by Speaker j to negotiate an agreement nn mcth- Byrns. i frts of protecting employes displaced Replying to questions at his press ' by rail co-ordination projects. giving Minnesota truckers the same treatment that Iowa truckers get in Minnesota. Heretofore Iowa has recognized Minnesota plates as proper for operation in Iowa. "The patrolmen have been told not to file criminal charges, but to hold the trucks until the licenses are procured. We arc not confiscating Uucks. If truckers are hauling perishable goods we will help them reach their destination as rapidly as possible. general of the league, received from Hitler Sunday night. The word at first was taken to mean "immediately" -- therefore, that Hitler demanded the negotiation of his peace proposals simultaneously with the discussion of his denunciation of the Locarno pact. Translation Is Corrected. The German embassy in London explained it had communicated with Berlin and was informed the woro. should be interpreted "in due timo"