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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. XLII VIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1936 THIS 1'APKlt CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 140 OVER 100 BELIEVED DEAD IN FLOO Language Gets Rough Epithets Hurled on Capitol Hill Far From Nice. By CHARLES F. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , (CPA) -- T h e l a n g u a g e i n - dulged i n b y legislators o n capitol hill recently has been something ter rible. Senator Rush D. Holt of West Virginia has said that Relief Administrator Harry L. Hopkins is "damn d u m b." Having accused Hopkins' organization of playing politics, a n d ______ Hopkins having had this charge investigated and disproved, according to bis investiga- · tors' report, Holt has said that the investigation was like an investigation of "Dillingcr by Baby-Face Nelson." Representative Marion A. Zion- chek of Washington has intimated that Representative 'William A. Ekwall of Oregon was a "fool," and Representative Ekwall- has rather mere than intimated that Representative Zionchek was a "jackass,' also inviting: the latter to "step outside." Not Parliamentary. These terms and challenges were not tossed about in merely informal fashion; they entered into the '"'. conrs,e.":p£'SppiTOersation ; on .the . re: sp ective.' flbpW'of '( the senate and ..Hie. hp'use ' of. -representatives. - -.; " -Sfow^tt ;isS^p'afliJtmentary. for a J -Wat6r ; 't67Teferv'to a high administrative official (of his own party, by the way) as "damn dumb," or to compare him to "Baby Face" Nelson. Nor is it parliamentary for representatives to exchange such epithets as "fool" and "jackass," or for one representative to assure a fellow representative that he'll "attend to him" if he'll "step outside." It not only is unparliamentary; it is unprecedented for so much belligerency to break out in congress at one time. Ugly Clashes Be/ore, There have been ugly clashes before. Even physical clashes. But today such designations as "fool," "jackass" and "damn dumb" have come to be so freely swapped that they scarcely attract attention. Senator Holt is the "baby solon" who was elected so young that he wasn't constitutionally eligible to take his senate seat ·and had to wait a few months before he could be sworn in. He seemed rather mild at first, but the bellicosity he has developed since then at least -equals the late Senator Huey P. Long's. Indeed, he gives promise of being a wonderful self-advertiser. Should Go Far. If he has the basic ability to capitalize his nerve and gift of oratory he should go far. -He unquestionably Is a smart young man. But his "bottom," as, athletic trainers say? Time will show. Representative Ekwall is an untried one .termer in congress, too. It will take, re-elections to test him, if he sticks. Representative Zionchek is a Seattle democratic radical. When he came to congress two terms ago, he came with the reputation of a constituency which had .done remarkably well, independently of government aid, toward supporting itself .in the face of Hoov- erian "'around-the-cornerism." Talks With Him. I talked with him and the conclusion I drew was as nearly 100 per cent favorable as it is reasonable to expect from a legislator. Vice President Garner and Speaker Byrns are much annoyed when personalities are exchanged in congress. A lot of them have been exchanged lately, however. The speaker has scolded the house, the vice president has admonished the senate. The row, however, is fundamental, and non-partisan. Desperate Battle Is Reported Raging at Amba Alaji, Ethiopia Hitter Condemned by Council Rock Falls Ice Jam More Than a Mile Long THAT GERMANY VIOLATED PACT Hitler Ambassador Says Action Justified by French Move. By CHARLES P. NUTTER. (Copyright, 1036. by The Associated I'n-M) LONDON--The council of the league of nations condemned the German government under Reichs- fuehrer Hitler as a treaty breaker Thursday. The vote of the assembled powers was unanimous. The league members decided that Germany had violated both the Versailles and Locarno treaties when she moved troops into the Rhineland which had been ordered demilitarized at the end of the World war. The condemnation oame a few I hours after Joachim von Rib- I bentrop, special ambassador of Hitler, had stood before the members and argued that the German course of action in the Rhineland had been justified by France's military assistance pact with soviet Russia. "Wholly Unacceptable." Earlier in the day, an official German spokesman said that a tentative jplan devised;, by ather .Locarno treaty^gnatorie's'for settlement of the Khineland dispute'was "wholly unacceptable" to . Germany. It was the first time" in more than two years that a representaive of Germany had spoken in the league of nations,, for Hitler withdrew the reich from the international body in 1933 on the grounds that she was not being treated as an equal, but as a conquered nation. There was one vote cast opposed to the condemnation, taut that was by Germany, and. consequently, was not counted in the unanimous verdict. Neither were the votes by Beland France, the other two parties to the dispute, considered. The ballot was taken on a resolution proposed by France and Belgium. Comment on Vote. Immediately after the vote was taken, von Ribbentrop arose in his place at the horseshoe council table and, in the name of the German people and the German government declared: 'This resolution will not be maintained in the judgment of history. If the honorable, members had had more time to consider my statement this morning, the vote would have been different." His declaration brought an immediate and heated response from Pierre-Btienne Flandin, the foreign minister of France. The French statesman jumped to his feet and- declared that any time Germany wished, France was willing to submit the dispute over the Locarno pact and the Rhineland to the world court of justice at the Hague. "I had not been prepared to speak," said Flandin, "but since the " erman representative has spoken, I wish to say that, under international law, no nation can judge its own case. I reiterate the statement I have already made, that Ice reached a depth of 30 feet above the water level at poinls in an ic.e jam which extends for more than a mile along the Shell Rock river, starting about a mile northwest of Rock Falls. The ice mid water are bank high. No damage is anticipated from the ice jam as the stream passes near no buildings. Because of the solid mass of ice, it is believed that the jam will probably melt loose rather than float away. The photographer had to climb a tree to get this picture. (Photo by Lock, Engraving by Kayenay) Flood Aid Overshadows All Else in Washington France is prepared, if Germany consents, to submit the dispute to ' the world court" Abstain From Voting NEW A, T, AND T, ^President Postpones His Departure on Fishing Trip. WASHINGTON, (JP)--Flood relief .efforts overshadowed, all ; elser in the Wire Facilities /to Transmit Racing News Subject of Inquiry. WASHINGTON, (.·]-- The communications commission Thursday called upon the justice department to investigate activities of the American Telephone and Telegraph company in providing wire facilities for the transmission of racing news. Commissioner Paul A. Walker, directing a ,$750,000 FCC . investigation into the mammoth utility, said he had communicated with an assistant to J. Edgar Hoover, head of the bureau of investigation. Walker said he called attention to testimony at an FCC hearing Wednesday regarding the use of A. T. T. wires for sending sporting news. Subscribers Gamblers. Samuel Becker, special counsel for the commission, charged that most of the subscribers to racing news services were "gamblers" or "pool room operators." He introduced correspondence between A. T. T. officials which he said showed the company had in one case reached an "understanding" with Massachusetts state police for the recovery of teletypewriter equip- houses. Other correspondence indicated that a company representative had paid n $25 fee for "legal services" to James Hughes, Jamestown, N. Y., city attorney, after a teletype machine had been returned to the company after a gambling raid. Department of Justice. Walker said this testimony "was such that I thought it ought to be called to the attention of the department of justice." He said he had suggested that the ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, A desperate battle was reported in progress Thursday near Amba Alaji. Emperor Haile Selassie, it was said, was personally directing a scries of Ethiopian counter-attacks against Italian columns whose objective was Lake Ashanvi. The losses on both sides were said to be heavy. Two American nations abstained from participating in the avalanche of votes against Germany. They were Chile, whose representative did not vote, the Ecuador, whose representative was absent. Those who voted against' Germany were Argentina. Belgium. Great Britain, Denmark, France, Italy, Poland. Portugal. Rumania, Spain, Turkey and Russia. Von Ribbentrop had pleaded, before" the council went in to vote, that the delegates take a little more time to consider Germany's stand. He declared that Germany had been "forced" to denounce the Locarno pact. Urges New System. Urging consideration of Hitler's proposals for a new security system, von Ribbentrop said Germany could not accept submission of the question of the Franco-Soviet pact to the world court--one point in the French proposals for liquidation of the crisis. Hitler's envoy said the roich was convinced France would not reject its virtual military alliance with Russia. Germany decided, therefore, t h a t the hour had come to "restore Ger- justice department' interest itself in the case. i Walker said he. did not know what action the justice department might take after investigating and did not feel it proper for him to suggest will be delighted to co-operate fully with Mr. Hoover." "As far as I know," Gifford added, "there has been nothing illegal about our activities." _ . President Roosevelt'-"'"poatpdnfe'd departure on a southern fishing trip to confer with his emergency committee, and appealed for contribution of 53,000,000 for Red Cross activities. Sandbag dikes were thrown up to protect government buildings from the overflowing Potomac river. Both capitol zone. hill the white house and were out of the dange Other developments: The communications commission asked the justice department to investigate activities of the American Telephone and Telegraph company in providing wires for the transmission of racing news. Consolidations Sought. Mr. Roosevelt requested and received assurance from railroad management and employes that they would resume negotiations over rail consolidation plans. J. A. Arnold, manager of the American Taxpayers league, called the senate lobby investigators "a polecat committee" and brought from Chairman Black (D-Ala.) an implied threat of contempt proceedings. Arnold was testifying on contributions he received--$1,000 from Andrew W. Mellon, among others. He .said about half of those listed in Poor's financial manual had been circularized. Springs to Feel. "Was that a sucker list?" Senator Schwellenbach (D., Wash.) asked. Arnold sprang to his feet. "This -is a polecat committee," he shouted. 'This committee isn't going to have any talk like that," Black warned. "If there is, we'll report it to the senate." At this hint of contempt action, Arnold sat down. Spending of more than 9,000,000,000 in the next fiscal year was indicated in a recasting of. government financial figures and estimates. Greatest in Peacetime. an y If .this sum should be spent, it informed of Walkers action by I will represent'the greatest outlay in newsmen. Walter S. Gifford, presi- l a n y 'peace time year. Expenditures dent of the A. T. T. said: "We |f°r the present fiscal 32 months are 'estimated- at about ."57,654,000.000. The S420.000.000 Norris-Rayburn rural electrification lending bill was approved by the house interstate commerce committee. A tentative move toward the construction of an American "super liner," possibly as a competitor to the gigantic French vessel, Normandie and the British Queen Mary was revealed. A senate commerce subcommittee wrote into a new draft of a ship WILENTZ MAKES CALL ON CONDON New Jersey Attorney General Believed Talking Over Hauptmann Case. NEW., , .... .......'VWStenias-.oi _,, ...,-.--.-, arrived'at-the .;hbmeof'. Dr. John F. "Jafsie" Condon shortly before 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, presumably to discuss the Hauptmann case. Wilentz smilingly sidestepped questions regarding the purpose of his visit as lie waited on the Condon porch until his ring was answered. PITTSBURGH OF 25 Co-Holder of Strato Record Forced Down GRAFTON, W. Va., OP)--Capt. Orville Anderson, co-holder of the stratosphere record, was forced down near here in his plane Thursday. He 'came to a Grafton hotel and reported he was uninjured, but .the plane was slightly damaged. Mexican Indicted in Des Moines Slaying DES MOINES, --The Po!k county grand jury indicted Joe Hernandez, Mexican hunted since March 3, for murder, charging him with slaying Don Sanchez, 48, Valley Junction Mexican. many's sovereignty OVCT the Rhine," he said. "With this restoration of sovereignty over all its tciritory, Germany has finally closed a sad chapter of moral confusion and lega! misunderstandings in HJurope, which it has been the victim." subsidy bill a provision authorizing the expenditure of government funds for such a craft. Third Increase in Iowa Income Taxes DES MOINES. .T--The internal revenue bureau announced Towans thus far have paid S2.707.- 000 in federal income taxes, a 3." of I per cent increase over the same i 'period last year. ' ON THE INSIDE EDWARD L. O'CONNOR Attorney General Not to Seek Renommation ON PAGE 5 Wild Life Sanctuary Is in Mitchell County ON PAGE 8 Charter Application for Local Bank Approved ON PAGE IS Speed Cause of Most Automobile Accidents ON PAGE IS Cooney Candidate for Iowa Attorney General ON PAGE 7 Dizzy Dean Makes His Peace With Cardinals ON PAGE 15 20 Known Dead as High Waters Slowly Begin to Roll Back. By HAMILTON FAKOX. (CnpjriKlit, J!i:ifi. [iy Tlic AssoclHlrd 1'rrss) PITTSBURGH--America's steel capital threw all its resources into relief and rehabilitation work Thursday as a great flood rolled back, leaving 20 known dead and. damage of more than $25,000,000. The renowned Golden Triangle, wealthy business center, was under martial rule with more than a thousand national guardsmen holding back all unnecessary traffic and keeping out the populace. By proclamation of Mayor William N. McNair it was a legal holiday and the business section was almost deserted. There still was no electric power for the great metropolis of 700,000 inhabitants and little prospect of any for a day or two. Gfls Supply Low. Gas supplies- were low and nonexistent in some homes. Hospitals were not affected by the cessation of power which plunged the city in inky blackness throughout the night. They all had emergency systems of their own. Many institutions became havens for flood refugees, injured or those suffering from exposure after fleeing their homes. The busiest place in Pittsburgh was the Red Cross headquarters, /where .thousands-Of couriers sped to -iiraridated sections to give help. : ' Hundreds of cars'bearing the Red Cross flag darted all over the metropolitan area, particularly in the heavily populated north side where hundreds were homeless or waiting patiently on upper stories for the waters to go back. Flood Falls Rnck. The greatest flood in Pittsburgh's history hit 45.9 feet, 20.9 feet above flood level, before the backward movement began. By daylight the stage was down four feet and falling at the rate of half a foot an hour. Transportation and communication agencies hoped that by nightfall they could restore at least partial service. The Pennsylvania operated "shuttle trains" from half a dozen suburban points for commuters who had to be in the city. Officials said Thursday afternoon they expected to reach most suburbs but were doubtful about their east- west through service. Water was being pumped from the Bell Telephone company's exchange to allow resumption of emergency service. Reports of Suffering. Reports of suffering poured in from all sides to the burdened Red Cross agency. Fires and explosions injured at least half a hundred persons, and entire families were dependent upon what food could reach them from the relief agencies. Two million dollars was available from the city and federal governments to aid the helpless and indications were it would all be needed. There was not a trace of looting in the devastated triangle, half of whose 40 acres was still flooded. The curious thousands stood calmly outside the national guard lines trading bits of news and speculating on when the Ohio. Monongahela and Allegheny would get back in their banks. The most optimistic guess as to that was some time Friday. Storm Hampers Work. Even that wasn't so sure. While relief agencies, rescue workers and cleanup squads went on with their work they labored in a combination rain-slcct-snow storm which if continued might start another rise. The metropolitan area was still practically ringed by water and the absence of local telephone connections made it impossible tc* contact some of the outlying sections reported hard hit by the waters. Hundreds of persons poured out of the Pennsylvania railroad station to scurry about their necessary business but they were as orderly and amenable to the rules set up by officials as were the spectators. Safety Director Thomas A. Dunn, Mayor McNair, national guard commanders and other officials had every available agency operating to relieve a serious situation. Briefs From East Coast Flood Zone By THE ASSOCLVl'ED FKESS. WEBSTER. Mass.--An embankment over which New Haven railroad trains ran was dynamited last week to release waters of the Maan- exit river which threatened to inundate homes. The railroad rebuilt it. Early today the embankment was again dynamited for the same reason. REFUSES TO MOVE. PORT JERVIS, N. Y.--Bill Marvin, hermit who lives on a knoll in the Delaware river, refused to move. Neither would his four dogs or two cows. A crew of firemen, a policeman and a state trooper rowed to the island, shot his dogs, warded off the ax the hermit brandished, handcuffed him, rowed him ashore, and locked him in the city jail. The cows were coaxed to swim to safety. NO SCHOOL HOLIDAY. EDDYVILLE, N. Y.--Flood waters eddied into Eddyville, but did the school children get a holiday? No. They were taken to school in rowboats. AT WRONG STATION. NEW YORK--The Broadway limited of the Pennsylvania railroad, bound for New York from Chicago, was switched to New York Central tracks at Cleveland because of washouts. The train therefore wound up in the wrong station here. Instead of ending its journey at Pennsylvania station, it arrived at Grand Central station. SPENDS NIGHT IN TREE. WARREN, N. H.--Albert Husky, swept into Baker.river with, his father, spent the night in tite .crotch of 3. tree'on' a small-islandi'/The fate of his father was uninbwn. ' CITY CHARTERS BOATS. EAST HARTFORD, Conn.--Outraged because boat owners were charging excessive fees to transport marooned families from their homes, the city fathers chartered six large boata and moved the stranded people free of charge. . PONY FLOOD HERO. DEER FIELD, Mass.--A pony named Pinto is the hero of Deerfield's flood. Five persons were rescued from their homes when Pinto, with a boy astride, swam to the houses, picked up the marooned one at a time, and swam to dry land. WOODED TRACT MOVED BLAIRSVILLE, Pa.--The flood moved a wooded tract from a hillside to a highway. An avalanche approximately an acre in area, with 20 or 30 trees remaining upright, blocked the Penn run road near Clymer. lowan Fatally Hurt in Cedar Rapids Mishap By R. H. HIPPELHEUSER (Copyrlcht, l»3li, by The Associated 1'ren) With at least 94 dead and many more believed lost, -the unrelenting floods in. the' eastern states -swirled ifirri6usly v bnv Th'ursday, wreaking: destruction i n ' t h e ' O h i o , Po'tofiiaS and Connecticut valleys and leaving up to 200,000 persons homeless in 11 states. Including the unverified reports, the death list stood well over 100. By states, the tabulated, unofficial death list for the last two days stood: Pennsylvania 5fi; West Virginia 16; Virginia 4; Vermont 4; North Carolina 2; Georgia 2; Maryland 2; Massachusetts 3; New Hampshire ]; New York 2; Washington, D. C., 2. May Boost Total. Army engineer reports indicated the ultimate death loll in the Johnstown and Pittsburgh districts might further boost the total. Unofficial estimates, necessarily incomplete, placed the property damage at more than ?150,000,000. The Red Cross, appealing for a minimum of $3,000,000 for flood sufferers, said 150,000 persons were dependent on it for food and shelter. Admiral Gary G. Grayson, chairman of the Red Cross, said 200,000 persons throughout the east had been driven from their homes. Reports from Pennsylvania said 50,000 were without shelter in the western part of the state. Flonrt Wafers Recede. With the danger apparently passed at Johnstown, and with the flood waters receding steadily in the Pittsburgh area, the rampage from the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers surged down the Ohio, striking at Wcllsburg, W. Va., Wheeling and numerous Ohio cities, endangering or cutting off water supplies and spreading the danger from pestilence. At least three persons were drowned as the Ohio spilled over Wellsburg. Chief of Police Arthur declared: "We're in terrible shape here. We've got to have help." With Wheelinig Island, in the middle of the Ohio, inundated, the flood covered the business district of Wheeling with 10 feet of water. Thirteen persons- were dead: 9 by flood, 4 by explosion. Hurry lo Hifih Ground. All down the Ohio, thousands of residents hurried to high ground. In New England, new danger came from the swiftly rising Connecticut river which threatened Hartford, Conn., with its worst flood in history. Up the Connecticut valley, the heavy rains steadily intensified the fears of further loss of life. At Hatfield, Mass., the steady upsweep endangered 150 persons marooned on an isolated hill top. Officials expressed fears for their safety. The increased death list came with the recession of rivers throughout the cast. At Pittsburgh, rescue workers counted 20 known dead in the metropolitan area and believed 12 more to have perished. Kumors of Di'aths. At Johnstown, first reports said Globe-Gazette weather figures for i only five had died. But every hour ')--S. E. G o d - ; 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock j brought rumors nf more draths morning: i from thr two days of ravage by the in Above j Concmniiph. 31 Above Thr Potomac surged toward tha 1ST SPRING DAY FORECAST FAIR Clouds Over Iowa Expected to Clear Away, Reports Weatherman. DES MOINES, (.-PI--No matter what the rest of spring is like, its first day, due Friday, will be generally fair and warmer in Iowa, the weatherman forecasts. The clouds which blanketed the state early Thursday, he said, would clear away Thursday night. Temperatures also were to sink a little Thursday night--but not much as 30 above was the minimum expected in north Iowa along with even freezing in the south. The official low reported early Thursday morning was 32 at Sioux City and Davenport. Council Bluffs' 66 was the high. While it was cloudy riming the last 24 hours over most of the state, no r?Jn was reported. 94 KNOWN DEAD; 200,000 FORCED TO LEAVE HOMES Property Damage Placed at Over 150 Million on East Coast. FLOODS AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press Flood death toll threatens to top 100 as rivers continue rampage through Ohio, Potomac, Connecticut, Mcrrimack and Hudson valleys. Refugees estimated at 200,000, total damage at 5150,000,000 or more. Red Cross apeals for $3,000,000. Surging Ohio river strikes Wellsburg, W. Va., Wheeling, W. Va., and Ohio communities, bringing death and pestilence. Sixteen dead in West Virginia. Business section of Wheeling under 10 feet of water; Wheeling Island, in middle of torrent, swept under water. Connecticut river in New England rising above highest flood levels in history, threatens Hartford. Forecasters say no relief in next 21 hours. Pittsburgh area dead may reach 35 or more. Historic Johnstown fighta back in faling waters; dead may reach 16. TfeWeather FORECAST IOWA: Generally fair Thursday night and Friday; somewhat colder Thursday night except in northwest and east central portions: warmer Friday. MINNESOTA: Fair Thursday night and Friday: s o m e w h a t warmer Friday. IN MASON CITY CEDAR RAPIDS, dard. 65. was fatally injured early | Thuisday Thuralpy when he walked into the · M a x i m u m Wednesday sido of an automobile driven by Mi- j M i n i m u m in Night, chacl Schick at a street intersection, i At 8 a. m, Thursday 35 Above i Chesapeake Bay on the worst raan

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