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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 FIVE CENTS A COPX ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 141 Who Rules G. O. P.? Stewart Makes Some Guesses at Real Party Heads. By CHARLES P. STEVVAKT W A S H I N G T O N , Someone h a v- ing referred in his bearing- to the "six rulers of t h e republican party," but without na m i» g them, a reader inquires, "W h o are the six, and h o w effective will their ruler- ship be at the G. O. P. convention in June?" It is e a s y enough to mention three of the six--J. H e n r y R o r a b a c k of Connecticut, Charles D. Hilles of New York and ex-Senator David A. Reed of Pennsylvania. The supposition is that Roraback will be able to dictate most of New England's votes at the convention, that Hilles will be able to dictate the Empire state's and that Reed will be able to dictate the Keystone commonwealth's. If they do not lose control over their respective sectional organizations they will constitute a formidable alliance at Cleveland. The three leaders can be counted on to stick together anyway. Ohio G. O. P. Rebels Former Postmaster General Walter F. Brown of Ohio should be named as a fourth ruler, provided he can make his subjects follow him. The Buckeye G. O. P. seems to be in a bad state of insurrection, however. · - · Of course Texas is no republican asset · on election day, but the south's ballots are potent in republican conventions, and Creager appears to be the strongest of his party's southern bosses. As a sixth ruler maybe Harrison E. Spangler 1 of Iowa would be as good a bet as any. Or possibly ..Lyle E. Jackson of Nebraska. 1 ' l Mark Reqya Included. .:,i;,' Perhaps :Marlt L. -.. Requa -would .think ,he':"ought to'be included, as .-" the ; :Pacific coast's representative. John Hamilton of Kansas, who has retired from the post of general counsel of the republican national committee, to manage Gov. Alf M. Landon's campaign, is not yet in the ruling class, though he will be in the .event of the governor's nomination, to say nothing of his election. By virtue of his chairmanship of the republican committee, Henry P. Fletcher ought, technically, to be entitled to a place in the ranks of the ruling sextet, but he doesn't signify; a Pennsylvanian, he is overshadowed by ex-Senator Reed; in fact, is a mere office boy--except that he has lots of money. Three Are Classified. Roraback, Hilles and Reed, then, classify as distinctly in the G. O. P. ruling group. Parenthetically, it is anyone's guess how long they can stay there. Brown belongs in it precariously. Creager is solidly enough in- trenched as a republican in democratic territory. The various ratings of folk like Spangler and Jackson are a matter of opinion. They are active in an important area--the farm belt--but neither is as dominant in his own field as are Roraback, Hilles and Reed in theirs. And Requa, on the Pacific coast, naturally is secondary to ex-President Hoover, the G. 0. P.'s titular leader for the present--but by no means to be described' as one of its rulers. In short, it is a rulership which is badly jumbled. They're Disorganized Say that Roraback, Hiilas and Reed are a unit at Cleveland; that Brown is in sympathy with them but has an unmanageable delegation; that Creager, Spangler and Jackson have sectional interests to serve; that Requa^ is handicapped by his connection with Hoover. Obviously the rulership is split. Roraback, Hilles and Reed never were pro-Hoover. They were flimflammed- into accepting him at Kansas City in 1928. They prefer even Roosevelt to Borah now and they are not enthusiastic for Lan- j don. They want some candidate who has not yet been suggested. Spangler and- Jackson are pro- Landon. Creager is uncertain. Brown simply is jittery. Requa's candidate isn't a possibility. The truth is, republican leadership is worse disorganized now than democratic leadership appeared to be just after Al Smith's defeat in 1928, and that seemed to be the limit. FLOOD DAMAGE AT 300 MILLION Plan Alliance If Hitler Rejects Offers Biermann Proposes Clayton County Park WASHINGTON, (.Ti-- A bill introduced in the house by Representative Fred Biermann (D.Iowat would grant the state of Iowa 544 acres of land in Clayton county for a state park. FOUR REMAINING TREATY POWERS WORK TOGETHER Britain, France, Belgium and Italy Propose to Overhaul League. LONDON, (J)--The house of commons was told Friday that the four remaining Locarno powers have agreed to join in a virtual military alliance if Adolf Hitler refuses to consider proposals to reestablish the security of Europe. The proposals--ageed to by Great Britain, France, Belgium and Italy --were published in a white paper submitted to the common as Anthony Eden, Britinsh foreign secretary, began an explanation to the lower house. A German spokesman, shortly after the proposals were made public, said the plan "might" .form a basis for discussion "if certain unilateral parts like the police zone and the Hague court reference were eliminated." He declared Germany must be treated as an equal and would not tolerate foreign troops on her soil. Would Overhaul League. The plan envisages an international conference to overhaul the league of nations and greatly widen its scope from existing -limitations. Provision was also made to set up a buffer zone against Germany along the Franco-Belgian borders. The-zone'-wouia^be 7 occupied by international troops including- British and Italian forces until a new security treaty could be drawn. The proposed zone would be 20 kilometers (about 12'^ miles) wide from which German troops would be withdrawn. The proposals demand that movement of German troops into the Rhine zone must be suspended while French and Belgian governments suspend sending forces into zones adjoining their frontiers. Sense of Security. "I venture "to think the commons will consider the proposed arrangements to create a sense of security during the period of negotiation are fair and reasonable," Eden said to the members, "and indicate the spirit in which the question has been approached by the French and Belgian governments." The proposals are subject to ratification by the four governments participating. The British, French and Belgian cabinets have already approved. London diplomatic quarters were awaiting official reaction from the German government. Would Pledge Aid. In an annex, the four powers agreed that should Hitler spurn the plan, Great Britain and Italy, as guarantors of the Locarno pact, immediately would inform France and Belgium that they would come to their assistance in a manner jointly approved. This duty, however, would be reciprocal and would oblige France and Belgium to come to the assistance of Italy and Great Britain to lesist unprovoked German aggression. The general staffs of the nations concerned would be instructed to take immediately such measures as the circumstances dictate. The arrangement, in effect, becomes a super military alliance, since the Locarno pact provided guarantees only for Germany, Belgium, and France, in case of · attacks. To Abide by Court The Locarno powers, under the plan, invite Germany to submit the Franco-Soviet pact to The Hague court and agree to abide by the court's decision. If Germany accepts The Hague court decision and agrees to the precautionary measures, the other Locarno powers will invite her to participate in the negotiations on the following basis: 1. The examination of proposals made by Reichsfuehrer Hitler March T; (excluding his offer to return to the league of nations); 2. Revision of the status of the Rhineland; 3. The conclusion of a mutual assistance pact replacing the Locarno pact. The new proposals include suggestions for strengthening a new security pact together with a discussion of the eventual prohibition or limitation of fortifications in a zone of undetermined width along the Rhine. Virtual Super League. A virtual super league of nations was disclosed by French headquarters Friday as the ultimate goal of a proposed international conference Sick Child Rescued in Pittsburgh Flood Dramatic rescue of a sick girl, marooned in her home in a suburb of Pittsburgh in the city's worst flood, is shown above. Inez Geiser, the sick girl, is being carried over a plank and rope bridge. FULL PAGE OF FLOOD PICTURES ON PAGE 18 CASHIER, BANDIT SHOT ft NO KILLED Banker Ambushed by Holdup Men on His Arrival at Work, BLOOMINGDALE. Ind., (.D-Wood Carter, assistant cashier, and an unidentified bandit were shot and killed in a gun fight during the holdup of the Bank of Bloomingdale Friday. Carter was ambus-shed- by the bandits when he arrived at the bank this morning. Police said the holdup men apparently were hidden in the bank, having obtained entrance during the night. The bodies of Wood and the unidentified man were found by Leonidas J. Brown, cashier. As far as known there were no witnesses to the shooting. Report Hauptmann to Be Electrocuted Evening of March 31 NEW YORK. ;?)--The Post, in a special dispatch from Trenton Friday said the electrocution of Bruno Hauptmann for the slaying of the Lindbergh baby had been set for 8 p. m., March 31. Invintations to newspaper corespondents and official witnesses were mailed Friday by Mark 0. Kimberling, head of the state prison. 46 Get Private Jobs. DES MOINES, UP)--Forty-six workers in the state WPA administrative office have resigned to take private employment, personnel director, J. D. Keriin announced. to be called to consider the situation arising out of Germany's march on the Rhine. The whole accumulation of European problems arising and left over from the World war would go under examination by the conference. The French announced the summary of the agenda for the proposed parley which included in its suggestions for discussion the modernization of the covenant of the league of nations and the consideration of far reaching economic, financial, and security problems. Agenda of French. The agenda, as given out by the French, included: 1. Organization for collective security; , 2. More exact definition of the obligations and applications of Article XVI of the league covenant (dealing with sanctions); 3. Limitation of armaments; 4. Strengthening and widening economic relations and organization of financial and economic exchanges; 5. Examination of conditions for the return of Germany to the league of nations and formulation of an non-aggression pact for Europe. Vegetable Growers Bring Record Registration^ at Convention in Forest City. FOREST CITY--As the Peat Land Vegetable growers met Friday for the last day of their eighth annual convention, one important subject of conversation was the memorable banquet served Thursday night. This banquet wa? memorable not for the program--for that consisted principally of introduction of distinguished visitors and informal discussion--but for the menu. And for one phase in particular of the menu. Probably few banquets have included the "most choice" selection and quality of vegetables as did this banquet. Prize winning succulent celery, blue ribbon carrots, fine parsnips, the best onions--in fact, the best of everything in the way of vegetables, which the vegetable growers had brought themselves, were served. And when vegetable growers of garden spots in North Iowa and Southern Minnesota lay claim to "most choice" vegetables, they "know their onions," commented a guest. Cook Gets Recognition. To show their appreciation of the "excellence" with which their choice vegetables had been cooked, the vegetable growers called in Miss Clara Bartleson, cook at t h e Hawkes hotel, for honorable recognition. The toastmaster at the banquet was S. W. Edgecomb of the extension department of Iowa State college. Farming experts from Minnesota as well as Iowa attended. With 150 registered, the convention set an all time high mark of attendance. A variety of subjects is being covered in the program, including methods of planting, raising, harvesting and keeping of vegetables, combatting diseases, new varieties, and certain phases of legislation of interest to vegetable growers. Exhibit Winners Named. Winners of exhibits, in the order of ranking, included: Potatoes, cobblers--James Kennedy of Clear, Same Kennedy of Clear Lake, Thorcson brothers of Swea. City. Potatoes, all others -- Thorcson brothers, Sam Kennedy and Joe Dahlin of Granada, Minn. Potato seed--Thoreson brothers, Sam Kennedy and Fred Dahlin of Granada. Potato seedlings--Thoreson Brothers, Dan Felsing of Laurens. Onions, big globe--Sam Kennedy, Leon Thoreson of St. Ansgar, James Kennedy. Onions, yellow globe--Sam Kennedy, Leon Thoreson, James Kennedy. AH other onions--Sam Kennedy, Kettleson brothers of St. Ansgar, Leon Thorson. PRESIDENT PUTS OFF TRIP AGAIN Flood Relief Continues to Get Most of Attention at Washington. WASHINGTON. UP)--Amid the rush to relieve distress from the eastern flood, income tax controversies and a denunciation of identical bidding on government contracts divided attention in the capital Friday. President Roosevelt put off vacationing again to keep in touch with flood relief. A senate commerce committee and army engineers worked hurriedly on a bill to authorize $300,000,000 for flood control work throughout the nation. Secretary Ickes told a senate committee identical bids on federal orders had cost "the people millions of dollars." He backed the Wheeler bill to eliminate the basing point price system, used by steel and other industries. Back to Committee. S e n a t e administration leaders forced the Davis resolution for an investigation of WPA back to committee for reconsideration after adding two democratic stalwarts to vacancies on the expenditures group which Thursday approved the inquiry plan. The expenditures committee headed by Senator Lewis (D.-II1.) approved the resolution Thursday four to nothiing. Besides Lewis, those faverting were Davis (R.-Pa.), author of the resolution; Van Nuys (D.-Ind.) and Hastings R.-Dcl.). The latter voted by proxy. After Senator Robinson, the democratic leader, filled the two vacancies on the committee Friday by adding Senators Pittman (D.-Nev.) and Barkley (D.-Ky.), Lewis filed the committee report. Hopson Appeals. Howard C. Hopson, a dominant figure in the Associated Gas and Electric company and the object of a senate lobby committee search last year, appealed for re-determination of treasury claims that he owes $1,515,222 in income taxes, interest and penalties. James M. Beck, former solicitor general and a new deal critic, agreed to pay $1,432 additional income tax for 1932. A house sub-committee decided tentatively to apply a fiat 22^ per cent levy on net income of corporations restricted in payment of dividends "by reason of state and federal or contractural strictures." In the event he leaves Saturday, Mr. Roosevelt will follow his original schedule to go to his Warm Springs. Ga.. home for a day--Sunday--before proceeding to Florida lo board the new president's ship, Potomac, for a fishins cruise. RICE HOLDS 1934 GASTAXLAWNOT CONSTITUTIONAL Motor Vehicle Fuel Law Ruling to Be Appealed to High Court. SIOUX CITY. (/P)--District Judge F. H. Rice Friday held the state motor vehicle fuel law, passed in 1934 to rewrite the old gasoline tax law, unconstitutional on the ground that it was adopted illegally. Judge Rice upheld the contention of attorneys for Woodbury county that no yea and nay vote was taken by the Iowa house of representatives upon final passage of the measure when it went through the assembly at the 45th assembly, extra session. The act, chapter 56 of the session laws, was intended to rewrite the gasoline tax law and legalize certain provisions. It levies a tax of 3 cents a gallon on all gasoline used on the highways. In Highway Funds. The state received $11,898,587 f r o m the tax in 1934, and $12,687,170 in 1935. The balance of the tax after deduction for refunds for motor fuel not used on highways and for administration expense, is allocated to highway funds. Judge Rice's .ruling was made in deciding a case in which Woodbury county opposed payment of a tax on oil purchased outside the state for xoad work. The state sued to collect about $5,000 it claimed was" due from the county. The county contended that as a governmental sub-division whose only source of revenue was from taxation it was r.ot subject to taxation by the state and attorney for the county also raised the constitutionality issue in connection with passage of the lav,'. Could Kntcr Lair. Attorneys said that while the ruling affects only the county oil companies paying the tax in Woodbury county could, in their opinion, enter the action as intervenors or in other actions might come under the court's ruling. They also said that in a somewhat similar action recently in Story county the district court there upheld consitutionalityo of the motor vehicle fuel law, deciding the state had power to tax a county. State supreme court records here Friday showed no record of higher court action in the Story county case. It was expected the Woodbury county decision will be appealed to the higher court. ONTHESNSIDE GOV. ROV L. COCHKAN Nebraska-Iowa Group Seeks Omaha Bridge ON PAGE 9 Mason City to Play Sioux Center Quintet ON PAGE 11 Kanawha Farm Station Holds Annual Session ON PAGE 5 50 More Given Jobs in Brick and Tile Plants ON PAGE 14 Red Cross of Mason City in Drive for Aid The executive committee of the Cerro Gordo county chapter of the American Red Cross launched a campaign for the chapter quota of $310 for flood relief in eastern states at a meeting in the Hotel Hanford Friday noon. The seriousness of the disaster was emphasized in a telegram received Friday by Ralph Lloyd Jones, chairman of the Cerro Gordo county chapter, from William M. Baxter, Jr., St. Louis, manager of the mid- western branch. To Rush Campaign. Making plans to push the campaign for the chapter quota to completion as soon as possible, the executive committee announced tables would be provided for contributions at banks, theaters and hotels, as well as at the Red Cross office, 200 North Federal building, where Mrs. Mabel Quintard, executive secretary, is in charge. Mr. and Mrs, F. L. Hudson were the first contributors to the fund, giving J5. They were followed shortly afterwards by a contribution from O. H. Spencer. Both of these contributions came before the call for funds was received Friday, Mrs. Quintard stated. Following is the telegram received by Mr. Lloyd Jones: Driven From Homes. "Reports received late yesterday indicate 38.000 families in 11 states driven from their homes 'in flood areas. This number is expected to increase. These people are all looking to the Red Cross for immediate relief, including shelter, food, clothing and medical care. A minimum relief fund of $3,000,000 is needed as necessary to provide care for the flood victims for an indefinite per- od until they can return to their homes, "President Roosevelt has issued a national proclamation, urging prompt and generous response to the Red Cross relief fund appeal. Please take immediate action to raise your chapter quota of S310 in behalf of these disaster stricken families. Feel confident people of your community will wish to give promptly and generously. Remittance should be forwarded to this office as promptly as possible. Report progress." SPRING OFFICIAL SEASON IN IOWA State's Coldest Winter in More Than Century Is Now History, DBS MOINES, (JP)--Spring took charge of Iowa at 12:58 p. m. Friday, relegating the coldest winter this state has experienced in more than a century to the realm of history. It was a nice day, all in all. The west and central portions of the state were clear and it was clearing in the east, where some rain fell during the last 24 hours as winter gave up the ghost. Davenport reported .36 of an inch, Dubuque, .09 and Keokuk, .08. Temperatures were just about normal and the forecast was for a generally fair week-end. As someone once rhymed: "Spring has come, winter has went, "It was not did by accident x x". Seek $23,250 Flood Relief From lowans DES MOINES, (.PI--Red Cross officials announced they would seek $23,250 in contributions from lo- wans for flood stricken sufferers in the cast. FORECAST IOWA:--Generally fair Friday night and Saturday; somewhat warmer in southwest nnd north central portions Friday night; somewhat colder in west and north central portions Saturday. MINNESOTA : Mostly cloudy, MIO\V in northeast; somewhat polder in nortluvest Friday night; Saturday fair, somewhat colder in east and south. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S o'clock Friday morning: Maximum Thursday 44 Minimum in Night 2R At 8 A. M.. Friday 40 D i n i n g the forenoon Friday the mercury touched t h e ,"3 m a r k which is the warmest recorded since last a u t u m n . A t noon the temperature stood at 52 NEW ENGLAND IS NEW CENTER OF RAGING WATERS Revised List Shows 142 Known Dead; Fires, Disease Menace. FLOODS AT A GLANCE By Associated Press Relentless floods take 142 lives, menace busy New England, Ohio valley cities: stricken sections fight panic, destitution. Damage estimates nenr $300,000,000; more than 200,000 homeless. Two score New England cities in dire need; floods cover 15 per cent of Hartford's area; Maine bridges break. Ohio and West Virginia cities meet torrents with bulwarked dikes: flood stage below that of 1913. Fires, disease, water shortage menace panicky Pittsburgh. President again delays vacation departure to lead relief mobilization. By FRED VANDERSCHMTDT «'«pyrl:hl. innii. by The A^nclalc'il l'rri».) The rising waters of the Connecticut river brought Hartford face to face Friday with a possible suspension of all business activity. City engineers estimated that 2,500 acres of the capital city, or approximately 15 per cent, was inundated. Virtually the entire power supply and telephone communication systems were paralyzed. Kenneth F. Aiplegate. general manager of the Hartford Electric Light company, said the main plant in the South Meadows could not stand more than two additional feet of -water. The water stood slightly over 35 feet at the p l a n t at 10 a. m., having seeped through heavy walls. and Famine. At Pittsburgh, law enforcement and relief agencies marshalled their forces against the danger of fire in this panicky steel metropolis as receding flood waters brought the death total in western Pennsylvania to 69, Threats of disease and a water famine also hung over many of Pittsburgh's 700,000 residents, who have been without light, gas or power for three days. Recognizing the fire hazard, Public Safety Director Thomas A. Dunn said dynamite would be used to combat conflagrations which may occur during the water shortage. Nerves on Edge. Police Superintendent Jacob Dorsey said 100,000 gallons of water would be needed to extinguish any major fire and that would make great inroads on the existing supply. Dynamiting would be in charge of experts, he added. The city's nerves were on edge. Numerous reports of fires and new disaster came to the police with great frequency, and usually were found to be false. A false report announced at Police Superintendent Dorsey's office that the Sixteenth street bridge had collapsed with people crossing it threw the city into consternation. All available ambulances and police sped to the scene and found traffic, moving normally. Takes Back Arrest Threat. Mayor William N. McNair threatened to arrest Frank R. Phillips, president of the Philadelphia company, unless electric power was furnished in 24 hours, but changed his mind after a conference with company officials. The mayor said the officials told him it would be impossible to resume power service immediately or to make arrangements for restarting it at any definite time. New river ravages in New England and the Ohio valley, new problems born of destitution, panic and drastic death and damage tolls, confronted water-weary eastern America in its third day of unprecedented floods. Death Figures Revised. Revised figures of the known dead from the entire area totaled 142, but others were missing. The damage estimates, necessarily unofficial, soared close to .$300,000.000. More than 200,000 were homeless. President Roosevelt again delayed his southern vacation depart u i e to stay in command of federal rescue-relief mobilization. The new deal considered spending close to 5400.000,000 for flood sufferers and to guard against repetition of this week's disasters. The deaths by states: Pennsylvania. 95; West V i r g i n i a , 17: Vermont, 5; Connecticut. 1; Virginia 4; Massachusetts, 6; Maine, 2;

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