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D £ p f O F I Do " F f l Mo I W F r* 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 COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 113 Justices Are Silent Some No Doubt Resentful of F. R.'s Proposal By CHARLES P. STEWART . A S H I N G T O N , ( C P A) -- If anyone has an a c u t e interest in the United States supreme court's future o n e naturally might t h i n k that it would be a supreme court justice. Yet these are the v e r y folk who are almost 1 0 0 p e r c e n t unq u o t e d on the subject. Chief Justice Hughes w u s, indeed, suggested in prim «» planning compromise, on a 75 year old retirement basis, with President Roosevelt's proposal for the semi-superannu- ation of justices past 70. Since he repudiated the idea, however, as one of his own, it scarcely'can be called a quotation. Otherwise clams have nothing, for silence, no the membership of the high judiciary, as to the presidential scheme to dilute their bench with younger blood. Their Own Chambers? Suppose some president were to advocate the addition of a supplementary senator (not to meu- \tion representatives) for every \ne past 70. x Imagine what the outcry would be on capital hill!--the interviews that would effervesce from senatorial offices! But the supreme court justices are as mum as cut. tlefish. Yet it is possible that, in the seclusion of their studies, they boil and bubble. Some of them must do so, anyway. Four, at least, are publicly, by presidential implication, insulted --Justices Van Dcvanter, McRcy- nolds, Sutherland and Butler. Braudcls Not Insulted. Justice Brandeis, though the senior oldster, isn't insulted. He simply is caught in the jam, un, iarturiately. Still, he is put "on .the ; spot;" : he may resent it. Of ·i'^s-'ail the justices';' he perhaps would ! fee the most interesting to hear from. Justices Stone, Roberts and Cardozo have comparatively little ground for complaint. Stone and Cardozo may presume that the ad- · , . ministration likes them; they are !.,;;soung and comparatively liberal ?-/ Roberts is young and slightly liberal; the administration probably does not especially care for his scalp, even if not vehemently de: sirpus to list it, as in the cases of the most extreme conservatives. Anti-Roosevelt? The chances arc that Chief Justice Hughes is, ot all the justices, the most logically anti- Rooseveltian. He is old enough to be banner by the Roosevellian retiremen program. He is a republican. He is against the bulk (not all) of the new deal reorganization scheme. And he swears by the. system which makes the legislative anc executive bodies subservient to the judiciary. The fact that he is chief justice makes him notably anti-Roosevelt. Not a Word Now! In short, if there are any supreme court authorities who ough to be authoritative on the subjec of the supreme court they are the supreme courl members. And Ihey are muzzled, for some slrange reason. I knew Charles Evans Hughes when he was secretary of slate He would lalk then, for publication. I knew Harlan F. Stom when he was United Slales at^J torney general. He would discuss as controversial a subject as prohibition. But as supreme court justices --not lor a minute! Thus, from the best informed folk, we do not hear anything. Work on Act to Let Creditor Gamishee Married Man's Pay DBS MOINES, (/P)--The Icfiisla live committee of the Iowa Ttelai Grocers association started prep aration Monday of measures tha would permit a creditor lo garn ishce a married man's wages anc to prohibit grocery sales on Sun day. Harry Moore of Des Moines president, said the committee re ceived instructions to prepare.the bills after a meeting here Sunday A convention committee, Moor said, will meet soon in Sioux City to make arrangements for the as sociation's state session there in August. Rites for Minister. DKS MOINES, (/P)--F liners services will be held Tuesdaj afternoon for the Rev. Robert E Williams, 88, for 65 years an aetiv minister. Mr. Williams, who dice at his home here Sunday, at on lime was president of Philoma! (Ore.) college. COURT AMENDMENT PROPOSED BURKE BACK OF LAN; OPPOSES F.R. PROGRAM louse Group Approves Bill On Atlantic Air Service. WASHINGTON, (£}-- A proposal for a constitutional amend- nent to compel retirement o£ fed- ral judges at Ihc age of 75 merged Monday from the welter if court reorganization controver- y. Senator Burke (D-Nebv.) a hief opponent of President Roose- ,'elt's court program, said he vould propose such an amendment. There "can be no compromise," ic asserted, on the president's )lan to increase the size of the uprcmc court unless judges over '0 retire. Court Holds BdcT Session. While the reorganization fight ;pilled over parly lines at the capital the court itself met in its nearby marble home for a brief ession. It agreed to review litigation over the law prohibiting refunds o£ invalidated agricultural adjustment administration processing and floor stock, taxes unless proof s given that the levies had not been shifted to the consumers. The justices consented to pass on n appeal filed by the Anniston, Ala., manufacturing company in 'Is effort to recover 5270,000 paid .he government. The company lost n the fifth circuit court of appeals. Other Decisions Delayed. The court agreed to review this controversy alter meeting briefly .o hand down one minor decision It adjourned for. two- weeks, thereby,. delayihg^aecisionsVon coristi- :utionality of the Washington lav establishing minimum wages foi .vomen and on whether the 1932 congressional resolution abrogat- 'ng payment of obligations in gold applied to bullion as well as coin Action also was postponed for at least two weeks on a petition for reconsideration of its recent to 4 decision upholding the Ne\\ York unemployment insurance law, which supplements the federal social security act. Will Not Be Reviewed. The court refused to review litigation brought by five Texas rice millers and by the Sheridan, Wyo., flouring mills attacking constitutionality of (he "windfall lax" provisions of Ihc 193G revenue ac£. The agriculture department announced that livestock on this country's farms on Jan. 1 was valued at $4,835,147,000, compared with $4,884,441,000 a year ago, and $3,250,294,000 two years ago. The house began debate on the second of the session's major supply bills, a 51,500,955,151 measure for the treasury and post office departments for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The house appropriations committee approved the bill. The bill was the second regular appropriation measure of the session and carried ?7SO,000 to permit establishment of a trans-Atlantic air mail service beginning about Nov. 1. Postoffice officials plan to operate the service at first on a two-trips-a-weck basis. Approximately one-third of the total appropriation -- $500,000,000 -was earmarked for the old age pensions reserve account under the social security program. This was almost 50 per cent more than the amount for that purpose last year. The bill carried a total of $718,485,790 for the treasury and $782,463,361 for the postoffice department. Although the committee lopped $3,275,117 from budget estimates for the postal service, that appropriation was $1,884,772 more than the amount provided for the current year. Discontinued Such Services. Harry W. Anderson, General Motors industrial relations director, told the senate civil' liberties committee his firm had discontinued industrial espionage services of private detective agencies, such as have been under fire of the committee for several weeks. Officials of the treasury, the federal reserve board and the securities commission met for a discussion of possible methods of stopping the heavy and long-continued inflow of foreign gold. The administration as early as last No- Budget Asks $1,238,919 More for Government Celebrating Strikers "Bury" Flint Alliance Chief Celebrating- strikers of the United Automobile Workers union in Flint hold R "funeral" for George E. Boysen, formei'mayor of Flint ami head of the Flint Alliance. anti-U. A. \V. oiganiv.Hl.ioii. Al the moment the "body" of Boysen, in effigy, is being: carried to the "grave." Boysen said in a. statement lhat the "really" important thing 1 is t h a t the workmen no\v can return to their jobs. His charged lhat the strike "has brought gain tti mi one." This is holly contested by Ihe union. COLD IS CAUSE OF FOUR DEATHS Highway'TraffiGiiv Parts'6f Minnesota and Dakotas Virtually Paralyzed. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS At least four deaths were attributed Monday to freezing weather and snowstorms that visited the northwest and far west over the week-end. Highway traffic was virtually paralyzed by snow in parts ot Minnesota a n d the Dakotas. S o u t h e r n California suffered drenching rains and a dust storm swirled over the Oklahoma Panhandle. Two Minnesota motorists were killed in traffic accidents during a blinding snowstorm. A South Dakota farmer lost his way in a snowstorm and perished within a mile of his home. A man missing for two weeks was found frozen to death west of Grants Pass, Ore. The frozen bodies of a man and woman were found in a snowbank on a side road near Dodgeville, Wis. The man, Charles Fetterman, 45, had been shot to death with a shotgun, found near his body, and the unidentified woman had been beaten to death. Highway crews worked in 24 hour shifts to rescue marooned motorists in Minnesota. Hundreds of automobiles were stuck in drifts. Federal weather observers said many side roads would remain closed until spring. More than 200 families fled inundated homes in southern California. Police said about 1,000 Los Angeles basements were under water. Washouts disrupted some highway and rail traffic. Several communities were isolaled by flood waters. Relief crews won a five day battle against snow to bring food supplies to Denny, a mining settlement in the northern California mountain region. vember expressed capital imports. concern over Mr.; Mrs. Lindbergh Make Cairo Flight CAIRO, W) -- The Charles A. .Lindberghs flew to Cairo from Alexandria Monday afternoon. Executions Total Six as Reich Takes Lives of Three for Treason B E R L I N , (.T) -- The while- gloved, frock-coaled cxccutionci of Berlin's Ploctzenscc prisoi swung his axe dawn Monday, three times a beheading lliree Germans accused of high treason against the third reich. The victims · were FriedricV Richtor, 29, Guenther Galgan, 25 and Johannes Eggert, 3D. Although the executions were not announced in newspapers, the news was prominently posted on billboards at the busiest intersections in Berlin, apparently as warning that punishment is stil stern and swift for active enemies of the nazi regime. The three decapitations brough the number of week-end executions to six. Of the three men beheaded Saturday, one was scn- lencerl (o death for treason, anc Iwo for "non-oolilical" murders. LOOK INSIDE FOR- DAVID .WINDSOR Duke Spurns Plea for Stay in Wedding Plans ON PAGE 2 Mason City to Tussle Tough Frosh on Court ON PAGE !) Brownville Game Area Is Purchased by State ON PAGE 5 Nine Measures Passed by Iowa Legislature ON PAGE 2 Germany, Italy Stir Up Spanish Fascists PAGE 4, COL. 2 MAIN HIGHWAYS AGAIN CLEARED Pooi'--'Visibility ^ Maniperec Motorists in Storm in North Iowa. Highway commission snowplows had all main roads in the distric: cleared by 9 o'clock Sunday morning following Saturday's night's blizzard. Snow was only lodged in occasional places on the pavement 11 was evident lhat Ihe worst trouble for drivers Saturday night was poor visibility. Most of the snow was blown into Illinois or elsewhere. Quick drops in temperature marked the u n u s u a l weather Saturday night in North Iowa. During the blizzard al Cresco, the mercury dropped from 30 to 10 degrees above zero. Heavy d r i f t i n g Saturday nifihl and Sunday closed many side roads in Chickasaw county and the temperalure reached a minimum of 10 above. Many motorists stopped in New Hampton for the night because visibility was less than 25 feet at times. The warm sun Sunday cleared nearly all paved highways in the county of the ice that formed during the blizzard Saturday afternoon and night. FRANCE NOT TO TOLERATE OPEN HELP FOR SPAIN Blum Warns Both German, Italian Governments of Nation's Stand. LONDON, (/P)--Two British destroyers opened fire when an airplane, "believed lo be a Spanish insurgent plane," nt- tcmpled to bomb them off Ihc coast of Algeria, official circles disclosed Monday. The plane dropped six bombs near the destroyers Navock and Gypsy while the vessels were stationed near Cape Tcnez. it was officially announced. The bombs did no damage to the ships. O f f i c i a l protests against the bombing were immediately dispatched by Great Britain lo insurgent authorities at Palma, Mallorc'a island, and Salamana- ca, administrative headquarters for the government, of Insurgent Gen. Francisco Franco. The attacking airplane was described by official sources as "apparently a Junkers (German) machine." Iowa State Appoints Track, Swim Coaches AMES, f/P)--The stale board of i w l l ; l t appeared In be a "desj iducation Monday approved ap- 'ureaii, apparently ciireeled KEPORT, TUOOFS LANDED AT MALAGA FKOBt ITALIAN SHU' . . P A R I S , OT -- P r e m i e r Leon Blum warned Italy Monday that France will not tolerate the "open invasion of Spain." Informed sources disclosed the socialist premier,--in-'a :long tall with . Vittorio Cerruli, Ihe Italian ambassador, declared Ihe rcportei landing of Italian troops neai Malaga from an Italian warship was a flagrant violation of Italy's non-intervention pledges. He also told Cerruti that France regarded such intervention as potential threat to her North African communications. International reports have staled that the l a n d i n g of al least 12,00( Italians preceded Spanish insurgent capture of the seaport Malaga. France's foreign office is ready to demand international conlrol of Ihc men and arms that arc going to Spain by Feb. 28, w i t h or oul the help of Portugal, responsible persons said. Sec Coastal J i l u u k a d c . . Informed persons asserlcd 111; if, Portugal still refused to cooperate in , permitting ncutra supervision of her borders, the Franco-British fleet would, in effect, blockade the Portugal coasl At the same time police authorities in Morocco began an investigation of reports that members o the French foreign legion were deserting in an organized inannei in order to furnish recruits toi Gen. Francisco Franco's Spanisl insurgent army. Newspaper reports from Raba said a deserter speaking German had been arrested, and t h a t police had raided the PEACE HOLDS IN ANDERSON, IND. National Guardsmen Patrol Vicinity of GMC's Two . Factories There. ANDERSON, Ind., (/P)--Union /ind non-union automotive workers suppressed any hate engendered by the shooting affray that culminated in martial law for Madison counly Saturday and went to work peacefully Monday in General Motors' two factories here. National guardsmen in trucks and on foot patrolled streets in the vicinity of the plants, the Guide Lamp and the Delco Remy. Col. Albert K. Whitcomb said his men reported no disturbances. The patrols will be strengthened when the factories close Monday evening, Colonel Whitcomb said, in (mice In guard against any clashes. ay appro p n i n t m c n t of George S. B r c t n a l t as lead track coach and of Charier R. McCaftrec as, head s w i m m i n g coach al Iowa Slate college. The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Snow and colder Monday night, becoming fair Tuesday; risintr temperature in extreme west portion Tuesday. MINNESOTA: Snow, colder Momlay nifflil, becoming fair Tuesday; risiiiK temperature in northwest portion Tuesday afternoon. IN MASON CITY Wo"Uhcr figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Monday morning: M a x i m u m S u n d a y 31 Ahuvr. M i n i m u m In Night 22 Above At 8 A. M. Monday 23 Above Figures for 2'! hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum Saturday 3!) Above Minimum in Nigrht 12 Above At 8 A. M. Sunday 13 Above Trccipiialion Trace Here's one for the books: Not enough snow to make a measurable showing in a precipitation gauge but snowblockcd roads in every direction out of Mason City. Saturday night and Sunday morning. The phenomenon was made the more remarkable by the fact thai there was pronounced melting during the day Saturday, with a resultant coating on top which or- d i n a r i l y would preclude drifting .Tust one of those uncxplainnbie meteorological happenings. headquarters of criers' I from Spanish Morocco. A close watch was kept on the 'ranco-Spanish Moroccan border. Demand End of Bickcrinff. In virtual u l t i m a t u m lo Europe, 'ranee Monday demanded an end )f bickering over international efforts to isolate the Spanish Civil yar. An implied warning by Premier :,eon Blum to Italy and Germany that his socialist government would not lolerale open intervention on cither side of the conflict dramatically prefaced Ambassador Charles Corbin's t r i p to London lo renew neutrality negotiations. Corbin, French representative o[ the international non-intervention committee as well as ambassador lo London, carried France's warn- i n g she would resume freedom to aid (he Madrid Rovernmenl unless machinery to h a l l aid lo Insurgent Generalissimo Francisco Franco was scl no ciuicl.ly. Boat Delayed in Cflllisinii. The envoy's boat was delayed by a collision in the fog-ridden English channel Sunday, but lie expected lo reach London in for Monday's session of Ihc neutrality sub-committee. (Informed sources in London said the sub-committee hopec' Monday to receive "constructive suggestions" from Portugal whose aversion to a supervision of her Spanish frontier lo halt foreign aid was Ihe latest stumblin block.) The socialist national council, before which Blum delivered his w a r n i n g Sunday night, demanded control of all Ihc Spanish const. It approved t h e premier's stand anrl declared by resolution lhal non-intervention had failcc Iowa Slayer C o n f e s s e s ; Death Asked IOWA CITY, (/P)--The death jcnally will be asked for Walter Dusty) Rhodes, 31, confessed dy- lamite slayer o[ his wife, John- oil County Attorney Harold W. Vcstermark said Monday upon his ·eturn to Iowa City from DCS iloines. "We will ask for the death pen- ilty under first degree murder charges," said Vcslcnnark, Veslermark said that Rhodes, ·oadhouse and filling station oper- ilor, who is jiow in a cell in the Johnson county jail, was tripped ip on several questions d u r i n g -he examination at DCS Moines Sunday. "We did not use the 'third degree' method," said Vestei'mark, 'but Rhodes broke down when liclurcs of his wife's body were brown at him." Wife DcciipHalcii. His wife, Mable Rhodes, 31, was decapitated in the basement of the Rhodes home last Tuesday when a shotgun exploded. The explosion blew off more than .iiilf of Mrs. Rhodes' head, her left hand, part of her right hand and part of her right shoulder. The Johnson county attorney asserted t h a t Rhodes, upon viewing the pictures said, "I never ;new il was going to do so much damage." Rhodes, according to the officials, claims that he was in the same !) by 11 room with his w i f e at the time o[ the explosion. It was said that he was six to eight feet away and thai the woman's body was between her husband a n d t h e _explosioru, . . . . . State officials Monday morning said lhat Mrs. Rhodes had formerly taught her husband in a country school in Tama county. Mystery Woman Revealed, "That is where they first met," said the official, and continued, "they were both the same age, which 1 presume, was around 18. W. W. Alters, chief of the state bureau of investigation, said Rhodes had borrowed $600 presumably for Christmas presents, from an unidentified waitress. Velcrmark asserted lhat Rhodes had purchased a diamond ring for this woman and (he ring, costing over $100, was evidently purchased with the money she had loaned to him. To Marry Another. Akcj'5 said Rhodes confessed he arranged t h a t his wife would pull the (rigger of the dynainile-loaclcd shotgun by telling her the firing pin had not been working and thai lie wanted her to see if it had been fixed. Rhodes, who lold officers he had promised to marry another woman to whom he \vas f i n a n - cially indeblcd, first claimed the gun discharged accidentally. Delect Use of Dynamite. Officers said they doubted Rhodes' slory when they discovered t h a t parls of the gun's breech splintered the piaster and lath of the ceiling. They sent parls of the gun to the state bureau of invcsti- lation at DCS Moines and asked for .lie cc-opcralion of stale agents in the case. Agents W. .1. Fogarly and Joe Burk-j were assigned to the case. They found shotgun pellets in a toilet bowl of Ihe basement bed- COLLEGES TAKE HALF OF SUM IN ENLARGED PLAN State Institutions Seeking Added Million to Add to Present Buildings. DKS MOINES, (/P)--Gov. Nelson G. Kraschcl sent to the lesis- lalurc Monday a budget bill asking a ^1,238,919 amntal increase in appropriations for slate government operating expenses paid from the general f u n d . \ Al the same lime he prepared for submission without recommendation requests 6f slntc institutions for building appropriations of $1,295,000 more yearly than the ast legislature allottee!. The combined total represents a suggested increase of !?2.533,01311 yearly in slate general fund appropriations for operating expenses and building. In addition to operating expenses and building, the last legislature appropriated a million dollars yearly from Ihe general fund for aid age pension payments. Asks Increases. The budget bill, prepared by Ihe comptroller and approved by the governor, asks the assembly to allot for operating expenses $14,332,282 tor each f i s c a l ye;vr beginning J u l y 1, 1337, as compared with ?13,09'J,3G3 appropriated by the last legislature. Nearly halt tii^operating. ex-, pense Increase -would go 'to-the" Univcrsity--oI--lQiVB. ; :Vlq« " ~ Coroner George D. Callahan previously had been unable to find any snolgun pellets in the body, nor in the walls, floor and ceiling. Rhodes formerly worked on a dynamite crew. because ot the attitude of cert a i n 'powers/' The council's demand revived speculation t h a t other powers might resort In a blockade of the Spanish coast if Portugal persisted in her stand against frontier supervision. Ilium Cmmscls Prudence. Blum counseled prudcnre. however, "lest we compromise precious foreign friendships," indicating l h a l n n y f i n a l aclion France might lake would be only with the co-operation of Great B r i t a i n . The reported presence of large bodies of Italian troops in Spain, on the side of Ihc insurgents, was construed by French officials as a threat against Ihc security of France's communications with her African territories. Blum declared "the only possible solution of the international problem which Ihe Spanish war brings up is the establishment of control for the repression of war contraband." "If such control proved powerless, or i f there arc infractions, we'll know how to say 'no.' We've moreover already said 'no. 1 " . . _ college, and other institutions tin-: der the board of education.. TfiR bill plans an increase of $653,275 for the schools and colleges, making a total of $6,404,935. Institutions Get More. Board of control institutions would receive an increase of $197,42G and state departments, $338,213 under the bill as presented to Ihe legislature. The governor and comptroller recommended increase for operating expenses of nearly every institution and department. The increases wore asked, the comptroller's office said, because of increased costs, enlarged duties, ;incl some requests for salary boosts. Most o u t s t a n d i n g of Ihc tow reductions requested were the cuts of $26,145 for the p e n i t e n t i a r y wt Fort Madison and $34,032 for the reformatory at Anamoii.. It was explained lhal new e q u i p m e n t permits canning and preserving food for prisoners, thus reducing costs. SALARIES--The budget bill asked annual salary increases totaling $7,8C5 for state board members and department heads. Pay ricreases for lesser officials are lot set out in budget bills. The largest salary increase suggested is $1,000 a n n u a l l y for t h e usurance commissioner, which would raise him to S.5,000 a year. Other major increases would place salaries of o f f i c i a l s at the followamounts: Comptroller, $5,000; control board members, S4.000; railway commissioners, $4,000; tax board members, $4,500; fire m a i - slial, ?3,000; vocational education director, S3,(iOO, and labor commissioner. $3,BOO. CON'TKOVEUSY -- With cadi egislativc yossion major controversy in closing weeks ccnlcis ibout Die budget. It firsl receive. 1 ! consideration by house and .senate committees, and then is debated jn the floor of the house. Many revisions often result. Chairmen of house and senate appropriations committees of llin present assembly hax r c agreed - t h a t "we w i l l have to be shown n good, sound reason [or each in- BUII.DING-- D e t a i l s of s I n 1 f. institutions' b u i l d i n g appropriation requests, which arc not included in Hie b u d g e t bill b u t prr- scrUcd separately to committee.-, will not he made p u b l i c viol i I later this week. The requests totaled $1,750,000 yearly as rnm- parcd with $455,000 appropriated by the lasl legislature. Although the comptroller's office said they w i l l be sent to the legislature without either a recommendation for or against, the governor told the legislature in his inaugural address that ''il would seem desirable now to start a carefully planned building program" for board of control institutions. EDUCATION--Heaviest of the suggested increases for operating expenses of institutions u n d e r Ihr board of education is n recommendation for a $200,000 yearly boost for the University of Iowa. The comptroller's o f f i c e ex-

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