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u J M P North Iowa's Edited for the Home K I ' S M E M 4 A R T C'C'PT OF I O W A · C ' E S M O ! N E E "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AIX. NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XXXVII CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1931. UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE 126 'Lame Duck' Ought to Go Pioneer Statesmen Never Intended Them. By CHARLES P. STEWART · A S H I N G T O N . March 4. (CPA) --Whatever may be the final fate of "lame duck" sessions of congress, there can be no question that they ought to be abolished --of course by c o n s t i t utional amendment, that being the only possible method o t abolishing them. Perhaps some folks do not fully understand t h e "lame duck" problem. Worshipers of everything that already is established, simply BECAUSE it is established, have tried to give the impression that the constitution's framers had some mighty wise idea in their heads when thay created the institution of "lame duckism." Historical research amply proves that they did it by pure accident, which undoubtedly they would have corrected if they had noticed it. * .* . * /ABVIOUSLY IT happened thusly: \J The "founding fathers" had to choose one day or another on which to start the presidential term. March 4 chanced to fall conveniently, so they selected it. It meant riothing more than that it was a handy date for their then purposes. Inasmxich as it was tha' date picked for the beginning of each succeeding term, it necessarily followed that it also was the date for the end of each new term's preceding term. Evidently it then was suggested that it- would be a good plan to make the same date the dividing line between sessions of congress. That likewise was agreed to. To be sure,,the duration.of;a r pres- idenUUitmnvJiiirfr'^ ----- 1 -" 1 n^xt turned,their attention to the choice of a ^suitable day for elections. Agriculture's interests were the main consideration in the eighteenth century, and November proli- ably was named on the theory that it was late enough for the farmrs to have their fall work .out of the (Turn in race Ifl, Column 1). BODYOFARLENE GRAVES EXHUMED Surgeons Agree on Findings * in Autopsy Ordered by Court. . 'REYNOLDS, Ind., March 4. (ff)-The autopsy over the body of Arlene Draves was completed-\today and the mutilated corpse returned to its .resting place in the rural cemetery near here, now cloaked with snow. It was indicated that the surgeons mutually agreed on all findings. The surgeons who made an examination ordered, in the trial of Virgil Kirkland for the girl's murder, would not comment upon their findings. The trial will be resumed in Valparaiso tomorrow. '.·· Defense counsel had sought the autopsy to establish a physical condition, which'if it exists, they think, will impeach state testimony presented by the Gary coroner's physician. ' ' .· . Arlene died, following a drinking party in Gary last November. Kirkland and four other youths were held for murder and attack. AUNT HET By Robert Quillen "I aui-e was surprised when I seen Joe in his coffin. Emmie Lou had dressed him in his best suit without cut- tin' the buttons off." FINAL GAVEL ENDS CONGRESS Probe Committee Takes Over U Business Office AUDITOR TELLS GROUP METHODS IN MANAGEMENT Guards Withdrawn After Records Have Been Removed. TOWA CITY, March 4. UP)-- Chair* man H. B. Carroll of the legislative committee investigating the University of Iowa administration announced this afternoon .that the committee had taken over the handling of the university business office. He stated in response to a question this morning from Emmet Tinley, attorney for the board of education, that the committee had been watching-since Monday night to prevent removal of the records. "It is not the intention of the committee or any member to interfere with the operation of this great institution," Carroll said. "There is no claim, is there, that the institution has suffered ?" asked Senator L. H. Doran of Tinley, referring to the latter's contention that business had been held up yesterday. "I'll make that 'later," Tinley replied.' Methods Peculiar. "Some peculiar methods were used £a ; transferring some of the rec: prSs.rhere,%saiti.yporan!/ .i.L ·--·: i ' i v ·/.,.:. ' - e . v i ? , ; : . ·'. The vault in : the auditor's^ office was opened this noon to procure records requested by the committee for study at the afternoon session. Cbbti ordered the action, which was carried' out with no interference from state agents. Shortly after the arrival of the committee here the agents left Cpbb's office and that of J. M. Fisk, university building superintendent. State officials - would hot say whether they had been withdrawn permanently, but it was understood that the presence of the committee and the checking of the records relieved the requirement of a permament watch. Auditor Heard. Auditor W. .H. Cobb told the committee this afternoon that two per cent of 90 per cent of the average daily balance of the university (Turn to PHBC 2, Column n. PAVING PLANNED IN NORTH IOWA Contracts Will Be Let for Work in Cerro Gordo and Kossuth. AMES, March 4. (yT)--Contracts were expected to be awarded today on low bids totaling $1,749,434 received by the state highway commission for the construction of paving, bridges and culverts, rip- rap, railroad overhead crossings, and for the grading and gravel.on the primary highways of the state. Paving totaling 65.878 miles, on the basis of low bids, would cost $1,524,764 in Benton, Black Hawk, Cerro Gordo, Emmet, Iowa, Kos- sutii, Lee and Story counties. Bridges an* culverts in Appanoose, Davis, Benton, Fremont, and Pottawattamie counties would cost $119,538; grading · in Mills and Mitchell counties would cost $40,072.03; graveling in Adams, Henry, Keokuk and Taylor counties, ?4J,- 635.51; sidewalk in Dickinson county $4,557.44, and riprap in Van Buren county, $1,610. The largest paving .project, 23.524 miles on primary 9 across Emmet county, received, a low bid of $459,210.25 by the Hallett paving company of Crosby, Minn. The basis price per square yard would' be $1.70, the state to' furnish the cement. Low bids on paving: · Cerro Gordo--5.064 miles relocation primary 65 west of Rockwell, Bryant Paving company, Waterloo $146,812.82, basis $1.88 a square yard state to furnish cement. Koasuth--6.155 miles primary 9 from Swea City west to Emmet county line, Henkle Construction company, Mason City, 5129,702.13, basis $1.62 a square yard, state to furnish cement. On grading: Mitchell county--7.134 miles road 105 from -St. Ansgar west, E. J. Wilson and Son, Omaha, $7,544.11. HOOVER PASSES HALF-WAY MARK March 4, 1931, marks the half-way mark in the administration of Herbert Hoover as president of the United States. Photo shows him, left, when he was Inaugurated; at right, a. recent picture, showing how his stormy career in the white house has aged him. Shame at Conditions of Mother's Death Causes Act. AUDUBON, N. J., March 4. (.« --Police today read in the entries in her diary for the last four days the story of the shame over the life and death of her mother, Vivian Gordon, that led 16 year old Benita Bischoff to kill herself. The girl, a freshman in high school, was found unconscious in the gas-filled kitchen of her home yesterday · by her. stepmother, Mrs. Eunice Bischoff. She died shortly after reaching a hospital. In her diary she had made four entries, the first on Feb. 28, two days after her mother's body? with a knotted cord around her neck, xvas found in Van Cortlandt Park, New York. The mother had , given information to vice investigators. Mother tn Mess. The entries were; "February 28--What an awful mess mother got herself into; she has been found dead in New York, and they are saying terrible things. "March 1--Every one is nice to me, especially mother (her stepmother). I · guess I'll change my name from Bischoff to Frederica. (Frederica was her middle name.) "March 2--They are saying so many things. It is awful. "March 3--I just can't live 'any longer. This has got to be too much for me. I am going to end it all." Prosecutor Convinced Clifford A. Baldwin, prosecutor of Camden county, said he was convinced Benita had committed suicide. Benita's father, John E. C. Bischoff, who is. deputy marshal at the District of Columbia reformatory of Lorton, Va.. arrived here today to make arrangements for her funeral. Vivian Gordon was Bischoff's first wife and Benita had lived with him most of the time since he obtained a divorce from her mother in 1925. Rain or Snow Outlook for Iowa on Thursday DES MOINES .March 4. (/Pi- Rain or snow, starting in the west portions tonight and continuing across the state Thursday, is predicted for Iowa by the government weather bureau. Temperatures 'dropped a little lower Tuesday night with Charles City reporting 16 degrees, Sioux- City 18, and Des Moines 21. Fort Dodge at Polls on City Manager Plan FORT DODGE, March 4. I/T)-Fort Dodge, citizens today voted upon a proposed change from the commission form of city government to the council manager plan. KILL- ROGERS .soys BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., March 4. -- Paul Y. Anderson, who covers Washington for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, is one of tha keenest and most fearless- political writers in Washington. (And there is where all the best ones are.) He is the young fellow that during a senate investigation suggested one question to the committee to ask the witness and it unearthed oil from one end of Pennsylvania avenue to the other. Well, Paul paid me a compliment a day or so ago that I am really provid of. It was in regard to the republican fear of an Increased income tax. Here it is, "Thank the Lord after all these years you have finally said something true, keep on another 10 years and you may say something funnv " Yours, © litl.lTcNxiilit Syndicate, ino. PREACHER FACES MURDER CHARGE Counci! Bluffs Negro Held for Shooting Wife and Youth. SIOUX CITY, March 4. /P)--Police today arrested Mark Brown 38, Negro minister of Council Bluffs, who they charge shot and killed his estranged wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, 20, and wounded Paul Richardson, 20, Negro, here last night. The shooting occurred when Brown met his wife and Richardson walking along the street. Police said a brief argument followed the meeting when Brown pulled a gun from his pocket and fired five shots. One bullet pierced Mrs. Brown's body near the heart arid killed her instantly. Another struck Richardson in the chest, but did not wound him seriously. President Hoover Signs Yellow Oleo Tax Measure WASHINGTON, March 4. (/P)--In the presence of a group of members of the house from Kansas and Minnesota, President Hoover today signed the bill providing a tax of 10 cents a pound on yellow oleomargarine. ALLEGED KILLER OF HUSBAND ON STAND AT TRIAL Emotion Halts Story of Shooting After Bridge Game. l^ANSAS CITY, March 4. (.Tj-- ·!·»· Mrs. Myrtle A. Bennett, accused "bridge quarrel" slayer, took the stand today and described the shooting of her husband, John G. Bennett, as accidental. Her recital of the tragic end of their bridge game was halted when the witness was overcome by emotion. Speaking in a low voice, Mrs. Bennett began her testimony with the bridge game which the state contends led to Bennett's death. Asked what, if anything 1 ,' her husband did to her when they quarreled over their bridge playing, Mrs. Bennett replied: Blows Were Hnru. "He slapped, me." "Hard or easy blows?" "Hard," the witness replied. Mrs. Bennett said her husband then declared his intention of beginning a business trip that' night instead of in the morning as previously planned. She said she went to him in a living room close where he was reaching; for his bag. "I just thot ft would be better to try to make: him. feel better, tg ask hlriivnoi 'to go- and to apologise to ·bur-'g'iKltgrHeT'to'la-mF to'get his gun." ' "· · · ; · · · · -. ; ·' Gun in Dresser. Mrs. Bennett said the gun was in a dresser drawer in her mother's room. Other witnesses previously testified Bennett habitually carried his pistol on business trips. Between sobs, Mrs. Bennett told of walking from her mother's, room to, encounter Charles Hofman, (Turn in Fnso 2, Column I). By JAMES A. MILLS (Copyright, 1031, by the Associated I'ress) NEW DELHI, India, March 4. Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist leader, and Viceroy Lord Irwin at high noon today signed a truce which ends the nationalist civil disobedience · campaign and secures nationalist co-operation in working out a qualified dominion status for India. The truce culminated negotiations of weeks. Gandhi's nationalist working committee voted unanimous approval of the terms. In return for abandonment of the civil disobedience campaign, which the nationalists inaugurated a yea:' ago in an effort to-gain independence from Great Britain, Gandhi wrested from the viceroy an amnesty for all political prisoners held for non-violent" offense, the right of those residing on the seashore to make their own salt and'adjust- ments regarding- the return of prop erty confiscated for non-payment of taxes. May Discourage Sales. The nationalists also agreed to forego their demand for an official inquiry into police excesses in quelling nationalist demonstrations Picketing will be kept.within the normal laws of the country, which allow any citizen to discourage by peaceful means the sale of any commodity. .... ' , . · - · ' . _ ThVa^reement-'recpgnizea that the' ·boycott:," wMch' : is :riot~punlsliabfe under the normal laws of India, will DEATH PENALTY MAY COME BACK Michigan Legislature Passes Bill to Change System of 80 Years'. LANSING, Mich., March 4. OT)-Capital punishment bad passed from the hands of the legislature today to become a statewide issue. The Foster capital punishment bill, making death in the electric chair mandatory for first degrea murderers, was on its way to the desk of Governor Brucker. It was braved he will sign the measure. If his approval is given the death penalty will be submitted to the voters in the April G election. If accepted by them executions for criminals will return to Michigan after an absence of more than SO years. Injuries in Fall Fatal. SIOUX CITY, March 4. UP)--Injuries suffered in a fall from a scaffold at Gayville, S. Dak.,' Dec. 12, proved fatal today to Peter Martinson, 52, Vermillion, S. Dak., who died at a Sioux City hospital. , HURRY! Send in your poem about BIG SISTER SEE DETAILS OF PRIZE CONTEST ON PAGE 10 TODAY Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Irwin Decide Peace Terms Nationalists of India Win Right to Make Their Salt. PRESIDENT PUTS APRROVALUPON HOSPITAL BILL C o n t e n t i o u s Spirit in Evidence Way Thru ; Last Day. : ! MAHATMA GANDHI (Turn lo ruRo ·, Column :i). (t Perfect Dub" Is Often Result of Lengthy Practice ITHACA, N. Y., March 4. (JPI-- The adage "practice makes perfect" is disproved in the Cornell university department of psychology. So are other old saws like "early to bed and early to rise," "slow and steady wins" and "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." Folks trust the old rhymes so implicitly, says Prof. J. G. Jenkins experimental psychologist, that sometimes real harm is done. Causes Dub Golfers. For one thing, belief that "practice makes perfect" is responsible for a flock of dub golfers. It is no', the amount of practice but the quality which counts, says the psychologist. He holds that the adags should read "you learn what you practice," and he adds: "The poor dancer and the dub golfer alike, after years of patient effort, become expert only in making the atrocious steps and shola they have practiced." Whether "early to bed and early to rise" tends toward health and wealth depends upon whether you are a morning sleeper or an evening sleeper. The morning sleeper spends most of the night getting to sleep and obtains his greatest rest shortly before awakening, while the picture for the evening sleeper Is just the reverse. Is Good Poetry. "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" is good poetry but in truth the head of simple life and of clear conscience lies just as uneasy. "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" recently has begun to slip. "For," says Professor Jenkins, "it has been shown that a person well past middle age can learn a given skill almost as rapidly as he could have at any time in earlier life. It is such vicious proverbs as the last that require destruction for the good of society and the attack is made, not to show that all old sayings are false, but to show that experimental verification, rather than mere antiquity, must be regarded as the final test of their truth." LORD IKWIN Italy Gets Two-Thirds Tonnage of France on New Naval Agreement ROME, March 4. (/P--It was learned on good authority today that the British-Franco-ltalian naval accord gives France a global tonnage of 670,000 and Italy 441,000 as of 1936. The French quota includes 84,000' tons of obsolete ships and the Italians 5,000 tons. Markets at a Glance NEW YORK: Stocks heavy; rails sold, utilities supported. Bonds irregular; U. S. governments firm. Curb irregular; utilities rally. Butter steady. Foreign exchanges irregular; fai eastern raten rise. Cotton higher favorable . advice* from India. Sugar easy; poor spot demand. Coffee higher; firmer Brazilian markets. CHICAGO: Wheat steady; bullish feeding estimate and farm board buying. Corn firm; better cash demam and small receipts. Cattle strong to higher. Hogs steady to lower. BLOND WAITRESS TELLS OF DATE Describes Flirtation With Former lowan Accused of Murder. INDIANAPOLIS, Intl., Match 4 (/P)--A flirtation between a Mom waitress and Harold Herbert Schroeder, Mobile, Ala., formerly o Clarion, Iowa, was revealed at hif murder trial today. Miss Jean Carson, waitress, testified about dates she had witi Schroeder last spring prior to the finding of a charred torso of a man in Schroeder's burned automobile on a lonely road just west of here. There were two or three holes In the windshield of his automobile and Schroeder said they had been caused by boys throwing rocks, Miss Carson testified. "I asked him if he carried a gun and he said no. He then showed me a knife he carried. A knife which was introduced in evidence Tuesday its having been taken from Schroeder at the time of his capture in Mobile was iden tified by Miss Carson as being the one she saw. The first witness of the day WRS Harvey Shipp who identified a coa found 10 feet from the burning car Other articles found nearby and in the coat also were identified. W ASHINGTON, March. 4. The seventy-first congress adjourned today amidst a tension reminiscent of the most exciting days of its two years. The contentious spirit that has wept the senate from the starlj prevailed to the end, with a fili- ouster tying up all activity in the closing hours. The. house passed the 520,800,000 nospitalization , bill before yielding 1 to the farewell ceremonies .which marked the end of official life for more than 40 republican members. President Hoover's signature made it law. Signed Late Bills. With his cabinet, he went to' the apitol in the final hour to sign some last minute bills and to say; good bye to the leaders. He remained in the president's room just outside the senate chamber," where his policies have encountered persistent opposition from a dominant coalition of republican independents and democrats. The tall, white haired Senator Thomas, Oklahoma democrat, held the floor in the senate in a stubborn but futile attempt to obtain. a vote on a resolution for an inquiry of the oil industry. He wanted. on embargo on oil importations. .." Promptly. at i^oon: j{ yice xPrcst- dent Curtis 1 and speaker Lbrigworth let : fall ;tKefl"gaVe!s^l;a'rthfrSTMat^, and, house, respectively, la- ofcfedi- · ' cnce to the constitutional 'mandate. Filibuster Kills Act. After accepting the senate boa? pital bill, in place of its own, the house approved an immediate appropriation of 56,000,000 to start construction. Senate passage followed quickly. The unyielding- Thomas filibuster killed all pending legislation in T eluding the maternity aid act, .the Jenkins bill for a 00 per cent cut in immigration for two years, a, batch of nominations, including that of Representative Elliott, republican, Indiana, to be assistant comptroller general, and the vestal copy* right measure. The fall of Vice President Curtis' gavel cut the Thomas speech short. He had spoken unceasingly thru the final three hour session. Democrat Tukcs Scot Speaker Longworth was cheered when he asked Representative Byrng of Tennessee, a senior democrat, to take the house dais a few minutes before adjournment. Representative Crisp, democrat, Georgia, offered a resolution expressing the gratitude of the Ohio republican for his fairness in his office. An ovation was given Speaker Longworth after the resolution was unanimously adopted. The mem- (Tum (o I'UKO 2, Cnlumn 1). IOWA WEATHER i Increasing cloudiness probably followed ly rain or snow · Thursday ami in tlio,west por- ' tion Wednesday night. Warmer i Wednesday night and In the , cost portion Thursday. LOCAL STATISTICS ' Globe-Gazette weather figures fb'f 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum Tuesday 34 Above j · Minimum in Night. 15 Above ! At 8 A. M. Wednesday 20 Above Altho the high temperature leveT-1 of February and January haven't as yet been reached in this opening week of March, it must be admitted that the weather thus far in an ill- reputed month hasn't been of n. variety to stimulate criticism. Tuesday's maximum was 3 degrees below that of the previous day and the night's minimum was 5 degrees lower than on the previous night. Wednesday dawned clear, with wiud out of the northwest. r~

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