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North Iowa's Edited for the Home H A R t O N £ f t H I S M E M A R T D E P T ·THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL, NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XXXVII FTVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASOH CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, MARCH 6,1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL- SERVICE! NO. 128 POTTER AND HAYES DIE IN FIRE "Big Bill". in Politics Chewing Gum Cause of Speculation by Sol Bloom By CHARLES P. STEWART - ~ · A S H I N G T O N , --"Politics a n d chewing gum," p h i l o s o p hized Congressman Sol Bloom,, "are similar." ' "That is to say," explained the representative from, the nineteenth district, "in soliciting votes, as in selling gum, one's appeal shouldn't be too highbrow. " V e n d i n g gum," continued t h e Manhattan -- islander, "is profitable, nrovided it can be vended in """"" ·--uantities. More money . -ade out of gum than out - different kinds of fancy of all candies put together. "Five-cent cigars, top, are the Dig revenue producers; not the 25-cent brand, or three for half a dollar. There's millions in a. good nickel drink once popularized; .champagne never piled up any huge fortunes." * * "VET THERE'S this to be said,' 1 admitted the New Yorker, "for expensive confectionery, tobacco find liquid refreshments: "There IS a market for them. "It's restricted, but it does exist. It's adequate to afford a living to the producer who, for one reason or Bates Tells of Rentals by U COBB, AUDITOR, TOO ILL TO GO STAND AGAIN Witness Suffers From Breakdown After Testifying. TOWA CITY, March 6. (a)--Illness ·1 of W. H. Cobb, university of Iowa auditor, today shifted the legislative investigation of the school to activities of Secretary W. H. Bates, who began testimony on the rtota; of 35 residence properties. Bates went on the stand after Emmet Tinley, attorney for the board of education, announced Cobb had suffered a breakdown and needed a brief rest. Ennis Kelleher, attorney for the legislative committee, quizzed Bates on the receipts from each residence. The report for last year noted that rentals totaled about §30,000, but added "experience has shown that about 510,000 in rentals due are not collected." Made No Report. Explaining that he had not made a report, Bates said he believed the estimate was high and that that loss was very little. Inquiry into\ the first property on the list showed rent totaling 5600, with repairs and insurance aggregating $620. Bates said he would not ·nail /-'+Vi?SJ · O 1 ' "CONSEQUENTLY," said the con- V'gressman, "an appeal for votes must be a jitney appeal, just like a chewing gum salesman's appeal for business. "A chewing gum salesman, by addressing the intelligentsia, might possibly catch the patronage of a (Turn (i 1'uco lli, Column -1). RESIGNATION OF LEGOE ACCEPTED Vice Chairman Stone Is Seen as Possible Chief of Farm Board. WASHINGTON, March 6. #)-President Hoover has accepted the resignation of Alexander P. Legge as, chairman of the farm board. Hoover planned to make a formal announcement later in the day. It could not be learned whether he would announce Legge's successor then. Vice Chairman Stone has been often mentioned as the next chairman. , Legge sent his resignation to the white house nearly two weeks ago. President Hoover is understood .to have attemped to persuade him to remain another year. Yesterday Legge conferred with President Hoover for more than an hour. The resignation creates the first of four vacancies expected soon of the farm board. C. C. Teague, representing fruits and vegetables. Sam R. McKelvie, grain, and William P. Schilling, dairy, are expected to retire this summer. NORMAN E. BAKER sal'd. J : Asked by Representative George Miller of · Shelby county why this particular house had been purchased Bates said it was in an area oC university development. "Then why spend money for improvements?" Miller inquired. ' "If we have no immediate plans for use of the land," Bates replied, "we find it wise to fix it up." Goes Into Income. Before going into the rental question Kelleher went over sources \f income of the university business office. He asked Bates about the relationship of the school to the Daily lowan, student newspaper. Bates said it was published as jounalism laboratory work by Student Publications, Inc., and that its business office wag not connected with the university. He was unable to give the names of .the stockholders. The lowan pays $125 monthly rental for use of a university building, Bates explained. The school is not liable for any of the paper's losses, he continued, but he was not certain about the disposition of profits. Tells of Accounts. He told of other campus accounts --the Memorial union, cafeteria, hospital and storehouse receipts, all of which pass thru his office. AUNT MET By Robert Guillen "None of our folks was agnostics ; or atheists, but Cousin Ben used to say he wouldn't believe a preacher no quicker 'n he would anybody else." Committee members .interrupted the examination frequently with questions. Senator W. S. Baird of Council Bluffs at one point asked Kelleher to expand his line of questioning. "Are you reprimanding me?" Kelleher said. "You may take the examination if you wish." "We can do it if necessary," Baird responded. Senator Doran read a report prepared from Bates' records by Earl Wisdom, assistant attorney general, which said that tlie repairs on the home of W. J. McChesney, university treasurer, owned by the university exceeded those on an adjacent (Turn 10 I'nge 2. Cnlumii 41'. Examiner Advises Radio Commission to Refuse License WASHINGTON, March 6. #)-Ellis A. Yost, chief examiner of the Federal Radio commission today recommended that the application of KTNT, Muscatlne, for renewal of^ilenied.^v^j ·. \..;.;: « ; , - . iC^^liaVl^i'^w^'db.'^^^'^^^^^..^^ Norman;.. BakSririacEapplieci - for reV .riewal of ^license. ; It had been extended from Jan. 31 pending decision by the commission. The action of the examiner' is not final an» must be passed'upon by the commission. Yost said the use heretofore made by station KTNT of its frequency of 1170 kilocycles "does not warrant the further assignment of this frequency to the applicant station." He contended KTNT was serving programs which subordinated the interests of the listening public to the interests of the licensee. He said a license to operate a radio station was in the nature of a public franchise and should be used in the interest of the public and not for the personal interest of the owner. "In the broadcasting of station KTNT public interest, convenience and necessity have been made a mere adjunct to the personal business of the licensee," Yost said. "The American Medical association, having disagreed with Baker's theories and practices, in connection with the Baker institute,'"Yost said,"became the subject of venomous broadcast attacks by Baker from station KTNT, the association being referred to as 'Amateur Meat Cutters' association' and 'medical trust' and members without exception being held up to the public as being 'unscrupulous, immoral, inefficient, money-mad, malpractition- ers.' " SHEPPARD ASKS DEMOCRATS TO BUCK WET PLAN Calls on Whole Party to Defeat Suggestion of Raskob. W ASHINGTON, March 6. t/Tl-- An appeal for all democrats, wet or dry, to unite in a movement to defeat the suggestion of Chairman Raskob for a party platform proposing state control of liquor was issued today by Senator Sheppard, of Texas, a dry leader. Sheppard issued his appeal in a formal statement after Senator Caraway, democrat, Arkansas, as serted that Raskob had "lined up' on economic issues "with the ex treme stand pat portion of. the re publican party." The Texan , characterizing the program which Raskob named "the home rule plan" as "wet," urged the democratic party to devote itself to "the overthrow of capacity, monopoly and greed." ''The dissension which occurred at the recent meeting of the democratic national committee when Raskob proposed his wet plank is but a feeble forerunner of what will happen if he succeeds in procuring the recommendations he desires," Sheppard said. On the crest of furious storm which shook; . the, ^meeting of the )'; national- ~ committee', " , ; .Ghairin "ax. ' RaskoE i "Yesterday" thre iv 'down the prohibition; gauntlet, calling upon the party to espouse a plan of state liquor control. He named it the "home rule" plan. A roar of denunciation followed applause. Senator Robinson of Arkansas, the 1928 vice presidential candidate, repudiated the whole Raskob platform. Cordell Hull of Tennessee, ex-representative, now senator and once chairman of the national committee, took Raskob to task for bringing up the one issue on which the party would divide. Senator Cameron Morrison of North Carolina, joined in, calling for the party of "Joe Robinson and ( Jack Garner." Alfred E., Smith, standard bearer two years ago, chided his Arkansas running mate for "jumping all 'over Raskob." Gandhi'sGoal Is Complete Independence Plan Allows India to Stay in British Empire NEW DELHI, India, March 6. (/I 1 ) --Complete independence is Mahatma Gandhi's goal in hia dealings with Great Britain, he told newspaper correspondents today. His plan for complete self-government with "disciplined rulo from within" makes it possible for India to remain within the British empire. he said, "but our partnership with England must be on terms of absolute equality." May Be Visionary. "Some of my associates believe British statesmen'will never reconcile themselves to absolute equality for India," he said. "I may be a visionary but I hold differently. I see the day when New Delhi and not Downing street will be the center o£ the Indian nation. "When we achieve independence It will not be under tho British flag but under a common flag. As a visionary I see the day when there will be no armies, but it will not come during my lifetime. Fenrs No. Invasion. "I fear no invasion by the bolshe- viks. If they are trying to establish a revolution in India that presupposes that the Indian people arc more gullible than they really are." Gandhi said he hoped tho first part of the new round table conference ,would .ba held in India and FORMER MAYOR AND GUEST SUCCUMB AS FLAMES GUT FOREST PARK RESIDENCE irig tuatithe nationalists will press for complete indepenaence during its sessions. Markets at a Glance MRS. BENNETT IS NOT GUILTY Woman Accused of Bridge Game Slaying Bursts Into Tears. KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 6. /P--Mrs. Myrtle A. Bennett, 35, wag acquitted b y ' a jury today in connection w^ith the slaying of her husband, John G. Bennett, following a bridge game quarrel. The verdict was brot in at 2:30 p. m. The jury took the case at 6:50 o'clock last night. Mrs. Bennett burst into tears when the verdict was announced. Then her tears changed to smilea I and shortly she was in tears again. BANKS WAIVE ON OLD VETS LOANS Issuance of 50 Per Cent Note Does Not Make First One Collectable. WASHINGTON, Marcli 6. tiT)-- Banks increasing loans to veterans from the 22 Vfe per cent of the old law to the present 50 per cent of certificates' face value waive their collection rights on the old paper. The veterans bureau decided today a bank could not issue a new note for half the certificate's value, covering an old loan, and present it immediately for collection. Bureau officials explained that the regulation requiring banks to hold the notes for six months before submitting them for collection remains in force. The combined loans in a new note are considered as a new loan, eligible for collection six months after issuance. The federal reserve board has advised Administrator Hines that simplified instructions have been issued to member banks to expedite handling loans. The board said loans would remain eligible for discounting 1 , under the old law provided they should be treated as any other commercial paper, altho the new 4'/4 interest rate is lower than the majority of negotiable banking credits. NEW YpHK Stocks--Weak; Standard Oil of New Jersey at 1931 low. Bonds--Irregular; foreigns strong. Curb--Heavy; oils weak. Butter--Steady. Sugar--Steady, trade buying. CHICAGO Wheat--Easy; good snow, Kansas and bearish farm reserves. Corn--Barely steady; large Argentine exports and bearish farm reserves. Cattle--Steady to lower. Hogs--Higher. ROGERS 9 ^ x*v%yc · BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., March 6 --We finally found how" to keep from calling an extra session of con gress--appropriate all the money a the last one. That little fellow. Einstein gailet away for Germany yesterday and we sure do miss him in California. The radios, the banquet tables ant the weeklies, will never seem th same. He came here for a rest anc seclusion; he ate with everybody talked with everybody, posed fo everybody that had any film left attended every luncheon, every din ner, every movie opening, every marriage and two thirds of the dl vorces. In fact he made himself such good fellow that nobody had th nerve to aak him what his theor was. Yours, SOUTHERN IOWA GETS BLIZZARD March Snowstorm Is Swept From Rockies Into Valley of Mississippi. DES MOINES, March 6. (SP--A larch snowstorm swept across the outhern half of Iowa and tha northern part of Missouri today, orne from the Rockies on a brisk vind. Altho the fall reached 6 inch- s at Omaha and Council Bluffs and inches at Creston, dwindling to 4 nches at Keokuk, farmers rejoiced. The moisture is expected to be ispecially beneficial to new seed- ngs and winter wheat, for with no rost in the ground every drop vould soak into the soil, farmers laid. Western counties of Nebraska i\-ere covered with eight inches of snow on the level, which in. some )laces hampered motor cur traffic. Drifts began to form in the nortli )ortion as the storm moved into 'owa. Northern and western Kansas also reported heavy falls. At Philipsburg, Kana., where the snow began falling yesterday, telephone :nes were down. Rain fell at Kansas City last night and government forecasters predicted snow for eastern Kansas and western Missouri today. Less than an inch oC snow fell In Des Moines, and Sioux City and Davenport reported one-tenth inch. The coldest temperature reported in the state Thursday night was 24 degrees at Charles City. Sioux City reported 26; Des Moines, Dubuqvie and Keokuk 28, and Davenport 30. Slightly colder weather was forecast for central Iowa tonight. Temperatures probably will range from 15 in the north to 20 in the southwest and 25 in the southeast part of the state, it was indicated. Bodies Found When Firemen Battle Their Way Thru Burning House; Potter Funeral Saturday. } ·yRUMAN A. POTTER, 60, three times mayor of ·*· Mason City, organizer of public utility companies and prominent political figure, and William Hayes, former clerk of the district court here, were burned to death in a bedroom of the Potter home, 50 Beaumont drive, early Friday morning. The Potter home was completely gutted by the flames. , Friday afternoon, following an iu- vestiga^ipn which included the interrogation of persons-who were with Mr. Potter Thursday evening, issued a statement saying death was caused by accidental asphyxiation by carbon dioxide gas at about 3 a. m., caused by fire in the room immediately below the bedroom in which tho men wera found. The bodies were found by firemen, who were called to the fire at 5:14. o'clock. At that time the building was a mass of flames. On learning from Frank Pearce, son-in-law of Mr. Potter, who lives two doors to 'the north, that Mr. Potter was in the east bedroom oJ the house, tho firemen concentrated their efforts on getting into this section of tlie ome. . Heat ,Was Terrific. . With" water from two hose, the re fighters soon got the fire suf- ciently under control so one of lem could mount a ladder to the edroom window. Finding it impos- ble to enter the room, even with as masks, because of the terrific eat, the firemen broke thru tho ront door and succeeded ia reach- the bedroom thru smoke and uffocating heat. While the body of Mr. Hayes was ound in one of the twin beds in te room, tho firemen after groping oout for sometime, discovered Mr. otter's body lying against the feat wall. He had evidently got up nd endeavored to reach a window, le had knocked down a bridge WILLIAM R. HAYES s Mr. Potter and Mr. Huycs succumbed from heat nnd Huf- focntion in the Potter Iimnc, which was gutted by fire curly Friday morning. . ROCKFORD BEATS MANLY 36 T016 Garner Downs Northwoot by 22 to 10; Northwood Leads at First. Rockford defeated Manly 36 to 16 In first round of the class A teams In the sectional basketball tourna ment at the Mason City high schoo gymnasium Friday afternoon. Garner downed Northwood 22 t 10 in the second class A game Fri day afternoon. Bunkofske was higl man with 5 field goals. WILL SELL ROAD BONDS ATLANTIC, March 6. (UP)-Cass county will sell 5620,000' in rond bonds on March 20. The block vill be the last of an issue of .1,500,000 voted by the county in June, 1D29. The last block will be used in surfacing "U. S. highway No. 74 across the county. Right Now You'd Better write a poem about BIG SISTER SEE DBAILS ON PRIZE CONTEST ON TAOE 2 TODAY PICTURES! The edition of the Globe- Gazette to be printed at 6 o'clock this evening will carry excellent pictures of the Potter home. These were taken early in the forenoon, rushed to Waterloo by automobile and are being returned in time for the 0 o'clock edition. These papers will be on sale on the streets and at the newsstands. POTTER FUNERAL TO BE ON SATURDAY AND HAYES' ON MONO AY Funeral services for T. A. Potter, victim o£ firo in his home Friday morning, will be held at the Congregational church at 10:30 o'clock "Saturday morning, with the Rev. W. L. Dibble, ia charge. The body will be taken immediately to Waucoma, where burial will take place in. the afternoon, with the commitment service in charge of the Knights Templar organization, of which Mr. Potter had been a member. The pallbearers for the servlcB .to "be heldjwere; innount'ed,:-. follows; George ' Pehsbn, John Senneff. Fred 1 Duffield, G. M. Woodruff, Willis G. C. Bagley, Frank Hanlon, Carfield Breese and B. C. Way. The funeral for William R. Hayes, guest at the Potter home at the time of the fire, will be held Monday morning at 8:3C o'clock, with burial in the St. Joseph's cemetery. amp in the corner of the room. Not even the covers on the Hayes bed lad been disturbed. Mrs. Potter, who had been suffer- ng from a bad cold for several days. ms been staying at the homo of icr daugiiter, Mrs. Frank Pearce, 22 Beaumont drive. Call for Hcffner. Mr. Potter had been at the Pearce lome for dinner in the evening and lad then gone up town, according to members of the family. Later in :he evening he returned with Mr. Hayes and Ralph Finch, insurance agent, who lives at Clear Lake. About 11 o'clock Mr. Hayes called J. M. Heffner, manager of the PaV ace theater and asked him to come out for lunch and a game of pinochle. Mr. Heffner did not get thru with his work until 12 o'clock, however, and not having an automobile went to the police station to ascertain the possibility of getting a ride with a policeman who might be making his regular rounds thru Forest park. Mr. Heffner was unable to gei a car until 12:55 o'clock and as he was approaching the Potter home, another automobile was driving out He found, Mr. Potter and Mr. Hayes in the den on the cast side ot the house. "Were you sending a car for me?" ho asked. "No that's Finch, he had to leave," he was told. Stayed 25 Minutes. Mr. Heffner said he stayed at the Potter home about 25 minutes and then left. He was evidently the last man to see the two victims o£ the fire. The first call to the fire station on the matter came from the Mercy hospital, where Dr. C. B. Tice, there for an operation, saw the flames and told a nurse to put in the alarm. Mrs. C. E. Burrets, who lives next door to the cast, heard the crackling of the flames and called to her husband. She rushed down immediately nnd put in an alarm, but was told that tho call had already been put in. Mr. Burrets was among tlie first to reach the sceno of tha fire. A few minutes later Mr. Pearce and others reached the house just as firemen started working. Mr. Pearce was awakened by tha arrival of the fire trucks. Had Been Dc;id Long Time. After finding the bodies of tho two men in the bedroom, the firemen sought a physician. Dr. T. A. Burke was the first doctor to arrive and he stated the two men had been dead for a considerable period of lime. Dr. J. E. McDonald, county coroner, arrived soon afterwards and made arrangements to take tho bodies out of the house. Ho said an inquest would not be necessary, but stated he was getting in touch with Mr. Heffner and Mr. Finch ill order to interrogate them about tho matter. Chief Dan Shire of the fire department stated there was no tangible evidence to indicate Hie origin of the fire, which started in the living room, which is just below tha bedroom, where the two men went to bed. The general conjecture i3 that a cigar or cigaret was left smoldering on a rug or chair. Died From Suffocation All of the furniture and fixtures in the living room were consumed. The floor was practically gone, especially in the west end of the room, (Turn to I'HRO 2, Column J. a IOWA WEATHER I'nrtly cloudy, slightly colder centnil portion Frlihiy night; Saturday partly cloudy, slightly warmer west and north central portions. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gsizelte weather figures fop 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Friday morning: Maximum 3t Above Minimum 28 Above At 8 A. M. S5 Above The stormy weather slated for these regions failed to materialize Thursday altho the day was predominantly cloudy, with a definite) threat of precipitation in some form or other. The -sun broke thru tho turn to higher temperature levels clouds Friday forenoon and a re« turn to higher temperature levels seemed to be under way.

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