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" 4 R L O N E R i I 3 M E IK 4 i P E P T OF i ?· f - c i wn I M NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPV ASSOCIATED WIESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASEB WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10,1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 109 Congress in No Big Rush May Even Rewrite Plans for Organization. 11 BODIES SOUGHT IN AIR CRASH By CHAKLES P. "STEWART A S H I N GTON, (CPA)--C 0 n - gvess is showing less inclination to rush through , President Roosevelt's governmc n t'a 1 veorganizati o n plan than might have been expected,' consid- e r i n g h o w strongly t h e w h i l e h o u se tenant emphasized it as a "must" piece of. business for his enormous majority on capi- lol hill to attend to. The fact is that the lawmakers quite generally feel balky at the idea of surrendering so much of their legislalive authority to the president. Outsiders may not realize it but the truth is that congressmen are extremely jealous ot their prescribed rights under the constitution. The senate is as proud as Punch of its executive title to confirm presidential appointments joined democ and ratify treaties. The house o£ ing passage, representatives is equally conceited over its prerogative to initiate all financial legislation. Jealous of Tower. They are jealous of one another and jointly jealous of the executive power. Now, the so-called "independent offices" which congress creates are supposed to be manned by congress' own hired men, answerable only lo congress. A cabinet member is different. He, ir. effect, simply is one of the president's secretaries. His presidential' appointment is subject to senatorial approval, but, once in office, he is a white house assistant; not a congressional servant. He can be impeached, to be sure, hut it is a difficult process. "Independent Office." An "independent office," on the .'other hand, is established to do »..work;that,congress hasn'.t.time. .to. "-b'otfier' with', but which ;it,doesn't -choose to entrust to the president or his subordinates. ,\ ' A conspicuous office of this kind is that of comptroller general. Something more than 15 years ago congress arrived at the conclusion that Uncle Sam's money was being wasted. Accordingly it voted into existence a functionary to decide which were and which were not legilimate expenditures. It was aware that this officeholder would be subjected lo tremendous pressure. Therefore il gave him a 15 year lerm--one term, no more, but irremovable in the meantime. lUcG'arl Held Job. For a decade and a half John .R. McCarl held this job. Heaven knows how much money he saved the government--and each time he saved; a nickel he made an enemy. Well, his 15 year term has expired. ; Naturally he was a terrible nuisance. As naturally, the presidential reorganization plan calls for the abolition of that office. There are 50 odd of these independent offices. ' Many, of them ought lo be extinguished, certainly. Would Group Them. But their extinction is not w h a t the governmental reorganization plan contemplates. The reorganization program mtemplatcs grouping them into Vote Full Pay Retirement for Supreme Court present or newly-to-be created cabinet departments, under presidential jurisdiction -- and thus continuing them. For example: The Interstate Commerce commission or the federal trade board. Under the governmental reorganization plan the commerce department will gobble both of them. Congress f i g h t s the notion. Mrs. George Simpson of West Union Badly Hurt in Auto Mishap W K S T U N I O N, (/PI--Mrs. Gcovcc M. Simpson, w i f e of George M. Simpson, chairman of ; associations the Iowa stale board of parole, was critically injured Tuesday night in an automobile accident a half mile west of Maynard. She was standing beside her car stalled crosswise on the highway when she was struck by another car driven by Howard Wardell, residing between Oelwein and Maynard. Mrs. Simpson was HOUSE REJECTS CHANGE IN AGE FROM 70 TO 75 Democrat Hits Court Plan; F. R. Submits Great Plains Survey. WASHINGTON, (/P)--The house passed Wednesday the Sumners' bill to permit supreme court justices with 10 years' service lo retire at full pay at the age of. VO. The measure went through on a roll call vote without a single amendment. Several republicans joined democratic Sponsors in urg- ig passage. The bill was indorsed by President Roosevelt in his message to Congress proposing a reorganization of the courts. The measure would extend to the members of the supreme court the same privilege of retiremcnl now extended to members of Ihe other federal courts. One amendment which was defeated would have raised the retirement age to 75 instead of 70 Opposition to President Roosevelt's plan for reorganization ot the federal courts, however, burst forth on the floor of the house. "Hitler or Mussolini." Representative Lamneck (D- Ohio) said the program might lead to a "Hitler, a Mussolini or a Stalin government." He spoke even as five senators were · summoned to the white house to talk over the general court situation with the president. Some officials said the conferences were arranged so that the president might amplify his aims in proposing the judicial reforms. Outspoken opposition in the house followed organization of a group of 10 democratic representatives to unite efforts against the plan. In a special message Mr. Roosevelt asked congress to work out a long time program for reclaiming the once fertile acres of mid- America's dust bowl. Federal-Stale Alliance. Submitting a report of his great plains drought committee, he proposed a fedcral-stalc-privatc alliance for conservation and effective use of water resources of arid, wind swept regions. The committee, declaring there would have lo be a permanent change in farming methods o£ Ihe seclion, advicated creation of a federal agency to direct the general program of reclamation. The committee of experts said the problem of the area was "arresting the decline of an agricultural economy not adapted to the climate conditions and of readjusting this economy in the light of experience and scientific information now available." Great Natural Assets. | "The time has come (o recognize frankly not only the great n a t u r a l assets of the region but also its serious liabilities and to subslilulc inlelligent adjustmcnl to nature for futile attempts lo conquer her," the report said. Among methods proposed were: Acquisition of millions of acres of lands by public agencies to prevent_misuse and to start reclamation. Federal and state legislation lo assure farming methods adapted to the area. , Increase in sizes of many farms t e r m e d too small to maintain families. Consolidation of local government units. Immediate surveys to determine plowland that should be regrassed, grassland t h a t may be tilled, and grassland t h a t should retain natural cover. Will Rogers in Ice--Not .Marble STUDY DEFINITE Red Haired Woman Sought in Mattson Kidnap Probe Reputed Companion of Held as Suspect in Boy's Slaying. PLAN TO SETTLE AUTO WALKOUT Conferees Consider Toledo Agreement That Ended Glass Strike. AUTO -L ABO n AT A GLANCE By Ihe Associated Press Hopes for settlcrnchl of General Motors strike rise as negotiators meet for thirteenth time. Gov. Frank Murphy says "not a great deal separates them;" e.xtenl of union recognition still reported as gap to be bridged. Undisclosed new proposal for solution reported under consideration. President Roosevelt reveals he urged both sides to end their dispute quickly, o C h r y s l e r corporation a n - nounces wage increase aggregating $13,000,000 to ?14,000,000 annually. This bust of Will Rogers, humorist who died 18 months aso in a plane' crash in Alaska, ls,«ay.ycd oul.oC s'qluljlcE.at Hibbirie, Jilinn. It is believed to be the largest'ice statuaryi in the -United Slates II is 22.fecl hiffh and weighs 100 -Ions. Under a floodlight, the bust appears as if made of white marble. PLANS CURB ON CHEAP LAWYERS Polk County Attorney Bars Night Arraignments in Police Court. . DES MO1NKS, (ff"l--County Attorney Carl Burkman Wednesday altered police regulations here "to curb tlie activities of jail door lawyers and ambulance chasers," whom he said frequented the cily jail. Burkman's order forbids night arraignments in police court without a written order from the county attorney's office. It also prohibits lawyers from visiting newly arrested prisoners between 8 p. m. and 8 a. m. "I want to force some of these cheap lawyers to find some othei place to loaf besides the police station," Burkman said. ' MADRID FACES ANOTHER CRISIS Fascists Cut Phone -Lines Barcelona Bombarded by Rebel Warship. 15y THE ASSOCIATED 1'RESS Censored reports-, limping'over crippled communications l i n e s from Madrid, described Wednesday a new crisis in the three months' fascist siege ot Spain's capital.' With telephone lines cut by a fascist assault on the vital road from Madrid to Valencia, meager reports from Madrid by cable included: 1. Fourteen fascist planes flew over Madrid Wednesday morning. Whether they attempted bombardment was not stated. 2. Fierce fighting raged southeast of Madrid for possession of KECKSS FOU TWO HOURS AFTER 13TH SESSION DETROIT, (fP) -- Represenla- lives ot General Motors Corp., and labor considered a delinile ilan of slrikc" settlement for two ind three quarters hours Wednesday, then recessed for two hours. Gov. Frank Murphy said "Ihe siluation was unchanged from Tuesday night," and announced that another conference would begin at 2:30 or 3 o'clock (central standard time) Wednesday 'afternoon;' · - -- - · - : - John L. Lewis, aggressive chieftain of the commitlce for industrial organizalion, who has suffered from a cold for several days, did nol atlend Ihe negolia- lions session, although he and other members of labor's "board of slralegy" had conferred during the morning. A member of Lewis' staff said he was trying to "catch up on some other work." IStli Conference Session. Wyndham Mortimer, vice prcs- dcnl of the United Automobile Vorkers, and Lee Pressman,' C. I ). counsel, went from that meet- ig to the thirteenth peace con- crence session. The conferees, deadlocked o ne union's demand [or sole rec- gnilion in 20 General Motors lanls, were reported Wednesday o have taken up a plan of settle- ncnt based upon the Toledo grecment which ended a glas vorkers strike recently. Thi provided for recognition of the llass Workers' Federation a jargaining spokesman for its members only. The automobile workers' de- "In the past if a prisoner had | llie Valencia road which leads to any money ho c o u l d _ g a i n release j lh -;, sca board scat of temporary w i t h i n a few hours, it ho bad no funds he had to lie in jail. Under this order all prisoners will be treated equally." B u r i t m a n said the order would not prevent the immediate arraignment and release of persons pinned between the two cars and sufferi-d six fractures of her left leg and deep lacerations on her hip and forehead that required nearly 50 stitches to close. It is believed that Mrs. Simpson also suffered a skull injury. Extension ot co-operative graz- Would Prevent Overlap. The commillec said the new federal agency would prevent overlapping and confusion that charged with minor offenses. intoxicalion arid Woman Killed When Shotgun Discharges IOWA CITY, (/Pi--Mrs. Waller Rhodes, 31, w i f e of an orchestra leader here, was killed when a shotgun she was handing to her husband discharged. Dr. George R. Callahan, Johnson county coroner, said the shooting was accidental, and t h a t he will not hold an inquest. Mrs. Rhodes is the mother of two girls, aged five years and fourteen months. .Jovernment, with socialist government commanders insisting Ihe fascists lia'cl not "physically cut" the road up to Tuesday night. 3. Declarations that the government will be able to hold Madrid "indefinitely," come whal may of the present fighting, were coupled with contradictory newspaper declaralipns that "Madrid is in danger!" and that all reserves must be mobilized anew lo slop Ihe fascists. I An insurgent warship bombarded the Spanish government porf of Barcelona early Wednesday foi more lhan an hour in a continuous duel with the shore ballcries. The warship held its position far out at sea, however, and the few shells thai registered direc hits on the port caused only sligh damage. She was Oelwein. taken to a hospital at Wardcll said t h a t he was unable lo slop on Ihe icy highway when he saw Mrs. Simpson. Mrs. Simpson \vim returning home from a visit with a daughter at Crystal Lake, 111. now exists with 50 federal agencies and many more slate and local units dealing with the problems. Coincidentally, the house flood control committee called on the army engineers chief for "revised, comprehensive plans" for anti- flood works in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. Chairman Wittington (D-Miss.) said protective projects should be worked out and approved for Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville and other points hard hit by recent Ohio overflows. Optimism over Ihe General Motors strike outlook was ex- prcsscrJ by Secretary Roper who said after a conference w i t h Secretary Perkins that he was "very SEATTLE, (IP) -- State Patrol Chief William Cole set out Wednesday in quest of a "red haired woman" for questioning as the reputed companion ot a man held as a suspect in the kidnap-killing of 10 year old Charles Malison, Tacoma physician's son. Cole said he .expecled lo pick up the woman at Steilacoom, ncai Tacoma, and that questioning hci might shed further light on the prisoner's activities. Families of the three children who witnessed 10 year old Charles Malison's abduction from his Tacoma home Dee. 27, denied a Seattle. police official's slalement that the youngsters would seek to identify the suspect in a police lineup. Nothing: to Report. Charles' mother, Mrs. W. W. Mattson, in Tacoma, said "there is nothing lo the report" thai her son, William, Ifi, and daughter, Muriel, 14, would come here lo confront the man. "The children are not going to Seattle to look at the nnm," she aid. A similar denial was issued by he family of Virginia Chatficld, !S, who was a Mattson house ;uest and also saw the masked man .sei?.c Charles and leave a lote demanding 528,000. The ran- om never was paid, as Charles' nude and battered body was found near Everett Jan. 11, before Charles' father could contact the kidnaper. Former Prispn Inmate. A Seattle police officer, who demanded his name be withheld, had said the three children would see the suspect, who gave his name as H. A. Post, 32, former San Quentin (Cal.) prison inmate.- Police here identified the man as James G. McDonald, former inmate ot San Quentiu penitentiary · in California and arrested here several times on minor charges. They said the latter name was an alias. The man steadily denied any connection with the crime but William Cole, chief of the Washington state police, said he strikingly lit- LOOK I N S I D E FOR- Mississippi CvcsL Falls Slowly Above Memphis ON PAGE 2 Centennial Observance 1938 Is Suggested in ON PAGE R Pveps Lose, Jaysees -·· -'-Win in Tuesday Tests · ON PAGE 9 · · ; - . Love and Marriage Occupy Iowa Solons ON PAGE 2 mand that the union nized as sole bargain be rocog- agency in hopeful" it would be "settled soon." Trobe Labor Espionage. The name of the big motor corporation figured in testimony before the senate civil liberties committee which is investigating operations of the Pinkerton National Detective agency. Chairman La Follettc (Prog.- Wis.) charged the agency had evaded a Wisconsin law requiring registration of detectives in its undercover inquiries for General Motors and other Wisconsin employers. Secretary Hull urged a senate committee to renew the reciprocal trade law for three years, arguing that abandonment of the administration policy would mean "resumption of I n t e r n a t i o n a l economic warfare." Brakeman Killed in Railroad Acciclen COUNCIL BLUFFS, /P)--Earl McClain, 39, Union Pacific brakeman was killed in the railroad yards'here Tuesday night. He is believed to have stepped off a freight train inlo the path of another freight. His wife and father survive. at least 20 of General Motors' 69 iiilomnlivc plants has been the stumbling block in peace negoti- .tion Show No Partiality. Recession from this stand, It was understood, would be accompanied by definite guarantees that the corporation would show no partiality to other bargaining agencies in any negotiations for settlement of disputes. Union : headquarters reported that one of its sound trucks was seized and burned by three men who took it from two union members at a west side hall here Wednesday morning. Hopes for settlement of the far f l u n g strikes rose after the governor announced that "not a great deal separates" the positions of the opposing leaders. Shows Little Change. The midweek estimate of Auto motive Daily News showed litlli change from last week's produc lion in the automobile industry despitf the fact that General Mo tors no longer is producing pas sengcr cars. The trade publica lion estimated the current week' Farmer Trapped in Fire Dies of Burns LOGAN, (/P)--.Tohn H a u f f , 66 year old retired farmer, died in a fire which trapped him in a storehouse al his farm six miles north of here. Hauff's body was extracted by neighbors who saw the building in flames. He is survived 57,280 units, with 67,323 last week. "With General Motors division closed, as far as assembly opera lions, are concerned, except fo commercial c a r s , " Automotiv Daily News said, "practically 4 per cent of the industry's polcn tial production is lost.' "Other producers are showing lendency lo lift their schedule but from all appearances quite few of them are unable to do s because of mechanical limitation Chrysler divisions are running a top speed but some time ag reached capacity and have appal ently been unable to raise Ihef output rates, indicated by Slight increases ai some of the indc by hvo brothers and two sisters. I ducers." pendents x x x. Ford s t i l l held to place among the week's pro ted the bearded kidnaper's description a'nd his movements at the lime of the kidnaping were suspicious. "II may be just another false lead but it looks hot to me," Cole said. Statements Contradictory. His statements termed contradictory by Police Detective A. E. Kuehl, McDonald was booked on an open charge. The federal bureau of Investi- alion descriplion of Ihe Mattson vidnaper is: "Thirty years old, five feet sev- n or eight inches tall, liili lo 165 ounds, swarthy, did not stand rcct, dimple in chin, high cheek ones, nose may be broken a liltio elow center, hairy hands, slightly oreign accent, speaks brokenly, ppears to be of southern Euro- ican extraction." Cole described McDonald as folows: "Thirty-one years old, five feet, 0 and one-half inches tall, warthy, high cheek bones, nose jroken, dark brown hair." Was in Tacoma. The suspect, an official said, definitely was in Tacoma from Dec. 21 lo 2G, but claimed he was n three different places when the abduction occurred on Dec. 'il. Police Detective Kuehl said McDonald admitted a minor robbery icre Dec. 20, and that thereafter ic left Seattle for Tacoma and Portland, Ore. During the hours ot questioning McDonald told several contradictory stories, Kuehl as- IOWA MERCURY DUE FOR CLIMB North wood Has 23 Below, Charles City --20 and Mason City --18. The mercury, which registered [rom 18 to 20 degrees below normal at Iowa points early Wednesday, began an upswing expected lo continue through Wednesday night and Thursday. The weatherman forecast rising temperatures and partly cloudy to cloudy weather Wednesday nighl and Thursday as skies Ihroughoul the stale were clear. Norlhwood rcporlcd 23 degrees below zero early Wednesday, Charles Cily had 20 below and Mason Cily 18 below. Kcokuk and DCS Moincs reported traces, of snow in the last 24 hours. Kcokuk had the o f f i c i a l high temperature for the state, 20 degrees above zero. The forecast for Wednesday night: Northwest Iowa, 10 degrees above: northeast five above' southwest 15 above, and southeast 10 above. At Cresco the m i n i m u m was 22 degrees below zero. PLANE PLUNGES INTO SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO BAY Tragedy Increases to 43 Number Dead Since December 15. SAN FRANCISCO, (/P)--Hescue crews labored Wednesday to recover the bodies of 11 persons killed in the' mysterious crash of a big airliner into south San Francisco bay. Reports from the scene of I lie inexplicable tragedy near Mills field, municipal airport south ot here, said attempts were made to right the plane, which overturned as it struck the water lale Tuesday night. A derrick was sent oul to l i f t the 12 ton craft, which airport, officials said weighed many more tons because it was tilled w i t h valcr. William Reed, noted d i v e r , prc- iarcd to descend in about IS ect of water ti m a k e a prclimin- vy investigation and 1 c a v n vhether the victims' bodies were .till in the plane. Cause Not Knmvn. Officials of the Uniied Air -.incs would not hazard a guess is to the cause of the sudden tragedy. With veteran Pilot A. ft. Tommy" Thompson at the con- ,rols, the \\c\v plane, several minutes ahead oC schedule, arrived over the airport shortly before fl o'clock ( ( 1 1 p. m. CST) Tuesday night from Los Angeles. He had clear weather and good f l y i n g conditions, airport officials said. Aboard were eight passengers, including a yqung biide-lo-be, and the ciew of tlnce^fi'i- _ The plane-Dueled th^*-aupoit, witnesses said, then appatently was about to land when It veered far out over the water and crashed. Disappears in Tide. The protruding tail of the c r a f t 1 was sighted by searchers about five hours later. Then it disappeared as the swift Ikle swept out from the mudflats bordering the airport. The incoming tide again raised the t a i l , and two coast guard boats, the Derrick and Barge and other craft stood by the scene. B. M. Doolin, airport manager. sorted. Kueht, Detective Hie-hard F. Mahoncy and State Patrol Officers Joseph McCaulcy and James Kuril?, arrested the man Tuesday in a chenp-'aparlment house near the downtown .district. He submitted peaceably to arrest, the officers said. The man had been sought since Feb. 5 on "general pickup orders." County Employes Win in "Pay Cut Strike" DES MOINES, (ff)--Thirty-four employes in the Polk county treasurer's o f f i c e Wednesday won their "pay cut strike," with a compromise settlement. The em- ployes were granted pay for holiday and Saturday worl after ref u s i n g their checks' which did not include the holiday and Saturday pay. inspected the wreckage and said Ihcrc was no possibility anyone had survived. The tragedy increased to 43 I he number who have died in wcsl- ern transport crashes since Dec. 5. Makes Loud Noise. An eyewitness said the plane nade a loud noise when it hit-"big wham." The 11 occupants, announced by United Airline officials were: Rodgors Meyer, Ridgewood, I\ T . J.; M. LiOrgc, 2100 Mauser Boulevard, Los Angeles; Mark Fontana, 57, m i l l i o n a i r e manufacturci- and yachtsman, San Francisco; /. F. Gilmorc, 3S5f Santa t'c avo- nuc, Los Angeles: R. Margaroni, San Brunt), Cal.; H. B. Friedlander, 2t02 East Twenty-fifth sired, Lus Angeles; John G r c n n a n ST., prominent real estate man, Berkeley, Cal.; his daughter, Gertrude, a socially prominent bride- to-be; Pilot Tommy Thompson, one of the west's veterans: Co- Pilot Joe do Ccssaro, and Stewardess Ruth Kimmel. Airport attendants were m y s l i - 'ied when the plane, coming i n l o .he airport from Los Angeles, obtained landing directions and then flew on over the bay. Watdi Flyiiiff Lights, Watchers at the airpor.l: followed Ha f l y i n g lights u n t i l il suddenly dived into the bay with a crash a u d i b l e miles away. Coroner William Crosby of San Malco courtly said the bodies "Ghost Walks" for Iowa Legislators DES MOINES,' (/P)--The "ghost walked" f o r Iowa l a w m a k e r s Wednesday. From an $80.000 allocation the comptroller's o f f i c e wrote S500 checks for each senator and representative. Tho a m o u n t represents' pay for half the prcscnl session. The l i e u t e n a n t governor and house speaker had checks for SI.000 each. , , The Weather FORECAST TOWA: Partly cloudy In cloudy Wednesday nifflit and Thursday; rising temperatures. M I N N E S O T A : Increasing cloudiness Wednesday night and Thursday; rising temperature. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather ligurcf for 24 hour period ending at 3 o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum Tuesday ·! Above minimum in Nislil 18 Below 8 A. M. Wednesday 11 Hclow The mercury dropped back i n t o the lower ranges a g a i n Tuesda nighl--18 below in Mason Cil and 20 below at the Crystal sugai p l a n t northwest of the cily. would be brought to Redwood City, south of the airport and on this side of the bay, for an inquest. Over Belmont, only a !r.\v miles south of his d e s t i n a t i o n . Pilot Thompson received radioed instructions from Dispatcher Theodore Martin to use the north-tn- south runway at Mills field.which is bounded on the east by the bay. That was shortly before !) o'clock. Heads Inlo ISay M a r t i n said Thompson a minute later asked for use of Ihe east-to-west r u n w a y and the dispatcher answered "yes." When the big ship crossed Ihe field and headed out inlo Ihe bay, Martin said he was "amazed." "She came in from the south and then for some reason she circled around cast and started back south." Martin related. The plane had no landi turned on. "I saw her scl lower a and said In another fell going lo hit.' There w

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