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North Iowa's Edited for the Home E R H I S M E M 4 A R T peer or (aw* 0£S U O J N t S I A "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS H O M E ED'ITIO-N VOL. XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY ' ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO. 129 Longworth Is Favored Speaker May Strike Opposition Next Fall, Tho. STORMS RAGE ON LAND AND SEA .-W 5 * ^;i ! By CHARLES P. STEWART ' A S H I N G T O N , March 7. (CPA) --From the looks of things when the seventy-first c o n g r e s s adjourned March -t, a b o o k m a k e r probably w o u Id consider himself on the safe sida in offering two to one odds that Nicholas Longworth will ' be voted into the speaker's c h a i r again when the seventy - second congress m e e t s Dec. 7. Two to one, however, is plenty generous enough for our bookmaker.. . The truth is, there is quite a .bit of republican opposition to Longworth remaining in the speakership next session. This was. evident at the G. O. P- caucus held prior to the departure for home by holdover members and a dozen or 15 of the new members-elect of the house of representatives at the recent conclusion-bf legislative business in the capital. ;. * * * S PEAKER LONGWORTH, Republican Floor Leader John Q. Tilson and Chairman . Bertrand H. Snell of the representatives' rules committee, have been a mighty autocratic trjo during the last three congresses. ) Of course Longworth, Cqlonel Tilson-and Chairman Snell will deny it..hotly, but the system really worksUike this:- . : · · ' . .-AT new:.representative, let us say, Strives' in. Washington, especially ' charged..with the responsibility of getting, a "fine federal building for · t h e principal city of .his home djs- tript. If he gets it, he will be re-elected;'If he'fails, his constituents will fizzle, · arid '· one · .;Vi 1 ? i %:" · ··ffin^m Sixth Medical Expert Appears in Trial of Indiana ;, ; Youth. VALPARAISO, Ind., March 7. (JP --Dr.' E. A. Jones of Hammond, Ind., who performed the ^autopsy over the body of Arlene Draves at Reynolds, the girl's burial place, testified at the Virgil Kirkland murder trial today that brain hemorrhage, contusions and shock from assault caused the young woman's death. 'Today's session will end the rebuttal. The case will be ready for argument next Monday. Sixth to Appear Dr^ Jones was the sixth medical expert to testify. His finding corroborated the original autopsy report made by Dr. James C. Bur- chain, coroner's physician at Gary, last December a few days after the girl died at a drinking party. Kirkland and four other young men were accused of her murder and assault. Elsie Draves, black-haired double for Arlene, testified her sister had obtained money from their brother, Edward, for a dress a week before last Thanksgiving. Revoke Defense Claim. The defense had sought to show Kirkland had purchased a dress for his sweetheart. Edward Draves substantiated his sister's testimony. Dr. v Jones declared brain hemorrhage such as found on Miss Draves' "seldom, -if ever, causes deatjV'- The medical dispute over the importance of brain hemorrhage in contributing to the girl's death is considered highly significant. Probe Into Property Purchases by U Continues KELLEHER TRIES TO SHAKE BATES ON FUND SOURCE Secretary Claimed Most of Lots Were Paid for by Rents. MAKES RADIO DEBUT IOWA CITY, March« 7. The legislative committee investigating the University of Iowa, unexpectedly shifted Its plans today and adjourned to reconvene in Des Moines at 10 a. m. Monday. IOWA CITY, March 7. (iP) -- The 1 legislative committee investigating the University, of Iowa administration today dug deeper into the purchases of property by the university for extending its east side campus. Secretary W. H. Bates resumed the stand, which he had occupied all day yesterday. Dennis Kelleher, the committee's attorney sought to tear down Bates' statement of yesterday that most lots purchased since 1924 had been paid for by rents from university properties. "What they were really paid from was the' general business income fund?" Kelleher asked. Bates assented. " Included Tuition. "That included tuition and other student fees?" continued Kelleher. ".Yes;" answered Bates. Kelleher endeavored to show that profits from:: rentals . had .been OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES Veteran Justice to Make Address on 90th Birthday WASHINGTON, March 7. /P-liver Wendell Holmes, associate ustice of the supreme court, makes is debut as a radio speaker Sunday March 8--his ninetieth birthday. In his second floor study today vorkmen tiptoed about installing i nlcrophone. There is not even i adio set in the house. One will bi connected after the microphone i put in. . . , · The speech by the oldest man eve :q serve. oU;the sjipreine/bencb. is th MT«f ^iwin'WnKnis,!^ lias' t akeh. of,' ifstihctlpn' was ina.de in' the' university checking account of these divisions, but that disbursements were spread on separate accounts in the annual report. Kelleher referred again today to the purchase of the home of W. J. McChesney, university treasurer, and of a sand pump which was afterward leased. .Bates testified he did not examine the McCI.esney abstract, which Kelleher pointed out was signed by McChesney for s himself and his wife as the latter's 'trustee. Three in Charge. The secretary said he, President Walter Jessup and J. M. Fisk, building superintendent, had'charge of buying the sand pump. They took over the option from J. P. Langford, he said, for $18,000, after the (Turn to Page 2, Column 1). m AUNT MET By Robert Quillen "I didn't know Liza had married a brain worker until I seen him feeling his pulse." JAPAN RECEIVES NEW PRINCESS Radios Broadcast National Anthem; Prince Was Wanted. TOKYO, March .. 7. W--Japan sang: praises today to a new member of the imperial family, born to Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako at 12:02 p. m., but Prince Chichibu, the emperor's younger brother, continued to be the heir presumptive of the oldest unbroken royal line in the world. , Birth of the little princess, th fourth daughter born to the imper ial couple, was heralded thruout thi empire by the national radiocast ing system with broadcasting of thi national anthem. Sirens Tell Story. In Tokyo citizens were appraisei of the event by the municipal siren while the official gazette, the gov ernment organ, issued one of~it rare "extras." Altho the imperial family and thi nation were thankful for the safety of the mother and the little princess who were reported doing well lat today, a slightly veiled disappoint ment that the new arrival coui not be welcomed ag the crown prince. Three ceremonies, performed n the shrines of the imperial palace expressed the religious significanc of the imperial birth. Princess Gets Sword. The tiny princess, ^shortly aftc her birth, was given x a sword nin and one half inches long, marke with the 16 petalled chrysanthemum of the imperial crest. The sword,' gift of the emperor, is symbol! of protection against evil. She also was presented a sma! purple hakama, the skirt o£ th Japanese ceremonial costume, as token of her feminity. The infan will not be named for a week, ac .cording to an age old ritual. CHURCH FILLED AT FUNERAL OF FORMER MAYOR Service for Mr. Potter Marked by Unusual Simplicity. A PORTION of scripture, a brief "»· sketch of his life and a prayer --this constituted the funeral serv- ce held for Truman A. Potter, former mayor of Mason City and prom- nent commercial and political figure, at the Congregational church Saturday morning. The service marked by unusual simplicity was the first of two funerals that close one of the grimmest tragedies of the city's history. The other will be held at the St. Joseph's Catholic church Monday morning -at 9:30 o'clock, when 'riends and relatives will bid their ast farewell to William R. Hayes. Mr. Potter and Mr. Hayes died from asphyxiation from a fire that jutted the Potter home at 50 Beaumont drive early Friday morning. Many Attend Funeral Business and professional men, laborers, friends from out of the city, many of whom were former KILL- ROGERS *tn\/C* BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., March 7. --The republican papers are having a field day laughing at the democrats on account of their split over prohibition. Well they better get all the laughs in they can, for wait till they meet and see their split, for they got more to split. Both sides are going to do exactly the same thing-, they are going to straddle the thing if they have to split their carcass clear up to their neck to do it. Neither side has got the nerve to come out in the open, for they are not sure which side the most votes are on. The minute they find out, they will both be on that so quick that it won't be an issue. Yours, PICTURES ON PAGE 2 Pictures- of the Potter home after the,fire will be found on ConvictsBurn asFireSweeps Carolina Jail 11 Negroes Killed; 41 Saved From Wooden Stockade. KENANSVILLE, N. Car., March 7. (fl)-^-TrapiXd in their cells, 11 :Negro* convicts;: burned to death "; Blrthday'Events^ - : They Have been events for a Ion :ime to those about him. For year a deluge of requests from news japermen for interviews and series of plans by admirers for pub ic demonstrations have preceded each anniversary. The newspapermen get'no further than his secretary and the admirers are always forced to bow to his pronounced distaste of public eulogies. His friends say his logical mind can see no reason for a fanfaronade over birthdays. His concession on his ninetieth anniversary is regarded as reluctant yielding to the desire of sincere friends to honor him. Program in Honor The radio program in his honor begins at 9:30 p. m., C S T, Sunday night. Dean Charles E. Clark of the Yale law school, from the studios of the Columbia broadcasting sys- :em in New York, will introduce :hief Justice Hughes. The chief justice will speak from the Washing:on studio of the system. Dean Clark afterwards will introduce Charles A. Boston, president of the American Bar association, who will speak, from New. York. Five minutes beginning at 9:55 have been reserved for Justice Holmes. He may have more time if he wishes but the probability is he will not take the five minutes allotted. Markets at a Glance NEW YORK Stocks--Strong; utilities lead list upward. ' Bonds--Steady; rails show upward trend. Curb--Strong; covering helps rise. Butter--Steady. Foreign exchange--Steady; peseta rallies.v Cotton--Lower; weak Liverpool cables. CHICAGO Wheat--Steady; bullish weather forecast and good export sales. Corn--Steady; light country offerings and unfavorable weather. Cattle--Steady. Hogs--Steady to strong. Text of Itaio-French Naval Agreement Will Be Known Wednesday LONDON, March 7. (.T~The text of the Italo-French nava agreement will be made known nexl Wednesday afternoon in the house of commons and will be given ou1 simultaneously for publication. Reports from Rome that the doC' ument would be signed Tuesday, in London by ambassadors of the four powers concerned and a representative of Great Britain was declared today- in official quarters to be jwlthout foundation. associates in. 'business' and. politics, joined with the relatives in the last rites for Mr. Potter. All of the seating room in the spacious church auditorium was taken. The front of the church was jeautifully decorated with scores of floral tributes, sent by friends and relatives of the dead. Immediate elatives were in seclusion in a ving to the east of the main audi- orium. These included Mrs. Poter, her daughter, Mrs. Frank 'earce, Mr. Pearce, and the son, MCerle Potter, who arrived Friday :rom Minneapolis. Arrived Early Twenty minutes before the open- ng of the service the crowd start- d arriving. Shortly before the kev. W. L. Dibble, pstor of the church, ipened the service, members of the Knights Templar, in full uniform, lied in to occupy a section of pews .hat had .been, reserved. Pallbearers at the service here vere George Penson, John Senneff, Fred Duffield, G. M. Woodruff, Wllis G. C. Bagley, Frank Hanlon, Gar- leld Breese and B. C. Way. Mrs. J. E. Stinehart was at the organ, playing a number before and (Turn to Page' 2, Column 8). DIARY REVEALS "LOVE" AGENCY Young Girls in Los Angeles Register Engagements With Rich Men. G. 0. P. SETS TO WORK AS DEMOS SPLIT ON LIQUOR Jeffersonian Row Leads to Action; Hoover Boomed. W ASHINGTON, March 7. OP)-The democratic row precipitated by Chairman Raskob of the national committee has led to a full flowering of political speculation concerning 1932. Not only in th,e party of Jefferson, but in republican ranks as well, the next presidential race has become an absorbing topic for public utterance. And, on one side, independents are getting together, disclaiming any third party intentions but bent on making .their mark thru coalescing on objectives which have been somewhat scattered. Would Smother 1'lun Most conspicuous in democratic ranks was a concerted effort to smother the Raskob plan to line up the party for his "home rule," state liquor control.project. But out of the background a recurrent presidential boom for the Maryland anti- prohibitionist, Governor Ritchie, had marched forth with an indorsement by the Free State's legislature. Rumblings of a split between Alfred E. Smith and Governor Roosevelt in New York, tho denied, occupied many political speculators with emphasis on the bearing such, an event FEARS CRANK LETTERS ;early~tpdij' f as i flames, swept.-tliru · tKe'Kiige-'.'yrqoden stockade of Duplin county, ' \ Forty one other prisoners, all but 12, of whom are Negroes, were led from the burning building by guards. Owen Basden and B. S. Nicholson, the guards .on duty, discovered the fire shortly after 2 a. m. Stnrt in Kitchen The flames started 5n the kitchen. Their origin had not been determined. The stockade, built of heavy timbers, was located one mile from here. It was virtually without fire protection. Dan H. Bridgers, Duplin county coroner, began an investigation immediately. Pending its completion, he requested the two guards not to discuss the fire. Residents of the community who first reached the fire said, however, that Basdeu rushed into the burning building time after time to lead forth the prisoners. Arson Suspected Some indication that the blaze might have been of incendiary origin was being investigated.. The stockade wag a quadrangle. Corrugated iron covered the fatal cell block which was in the center and apparently the victims were literally roasted to death as the flames from adjoining structures turned the iron white hot. The stockade was built after the manner of many of the earlier prisons in the United States. It consisted of a high "stock" or stake fence covered with, corrugated iron. Inside were cell houses. Similar prisons were used by both armies during the Civil war. would .Wave on Roosevelt' s preslden . ' 1 " ' " ""'"'"·-"' : "' r ' : · - ' " " ' " '""· In desperation John E. C. Bischoff, iihove, husband oC Vivian Gordon, slain New YorU night life figure, has appealed for police* protection at his home, near Audubon, N. ,T. Tho notoriety which followed tho murder of his estranged, \vifo and the suicide of their daughter, Bcnlta, has brot hordes of curious persons to his home and muny threatening letters. · , . Hoover's name was being uttered at republican rallies all over th country in a not unusual swing to wards renomination of the incum bent, but heartened by the disturb ance in democracy's camp. G. O. P. Victory Predicted Out of a Texas meeting of party leaders came a prediction that the G. O. P. would have easy sailing as a result of the democratic row. That group yesterday indorsed without qualification President Hoover's record and called for his renomination. So did the state convention of the party in Michigan. An .utterance, interesting because if its source, was attributed to Senator FaFollette of Wisconsin, inde- lendent republican, who was quot- d in Philadelphia as saying Hoov- ;r's renomination on a bone-dry ilatform was a foregone conclusion. He said again that he saw no immediate upwelling of public sentiment to justify a third party movement. As to the Smith-Roosevelt situa- ion, some commentators predicted here would be a^split if Governor Roosevelt sought'to avoid further commitment on prohibition in a bid "or southern support. LOS ANGELES, March 7. The district attorney's office reported today a diary relating how young girls were induced to register for engagements with wealthy Hollywood and Los Angeles men led to confession by Mrs. Olive Clark Day of a part in operating a "love" agency. Mrs. Day, a dancer; William Jobelmann, former theatrical press agent, and John P. Mills, real estate and oil promoter, were arraigned in superior court yesterday on charges growing out of..an alleged- attack by Mills on Clarice Tauber, 16. Their preliminary hearing was set for March 31. Jobelmann's Hollywood studio yielded files of more than 100 girls of from 12 to 20 years in age, and another file of wealthy men. The diary, Matthews said, told how Mrs. Day approached the girls and tried to impress them that "nothing was wrong; only the thinking makes it so." Of her personal philosophy, Mrs. Day wrote: "Life is like a cup of tea; the more heartily we drink, the sooner we reach the dregs." Mrs. Day left the diary with a man said to be her brother-in-lavf and he turned it over to the district attorney's office, Matthews said, when he found the name of his , 13 year old sister listed in it. TUG BLOWS UP; TWO MEN KILLED Three Are Injured and Three Others Missing Are Thot Dead. NEW YORK, March 7. IfPt--The tugboat Joyce Card blew up as she was moving out of Erie basin Brooklyn, today, killing two men and injuring three. Three other? are missing. The boat, owned by the Care Towing Line, Inc., was just starting out when a blast in the boiler room sent her to the bottom. The three men rescued were on the deck at the time of the explosion. They were picked up by rescuers who dived 1 from other tugs nearby. The rest of the crew was below deck and it was believed certain that all are dead. Two bodies were recovered. Others aboard nearby tugs said parts of bodies were hurled into the air by the explosion. They held ou little hope for the recovery of the bodies of the missing, all of whom they believed died. Sheffield Wins From Hansell in Semifinal 17-16 Sheffield defeated Hansell In th second bracket -of the 'class B semi finals of the! isectiojial'.basketball tournament at the high school Saturday noon with a score of 17 to 16. Hansell was leading 12 to 7 at the half. The victory gave Sheffield the right to meet Kensett in the class B final game scheduled for Saturday evening at 7:30. Mason City was scheduled to meet Garner in the class A division at 8:30 o'clock. Hansell look the. lead in the opening period of the game by 6 to 1. Held and Switzer, guard and center respectively, of the Hansell team, were the point makers for the period. Switzer continued with his scoring ability thruout the game to take the high honors for the tilt with 6 field goals. His nearest rival was Kammeier of Sheffield who garnered 8 points during the game. Sheffield gained its advantage during the second half and especially during the final quarter. Hansell was leading 14 to 10 at the three- quarter period. Kammeier, Esslinger and Thomas were the point makers for Sheffield during the half. The box score .of tha Sheffield- Hanscll game is on page 2. Semifinal results of other tournaments of the state are also there. SNOW BLANKETS PRAIRIE STATES; ATLANTIC RAGES Quakes Shake Balkans; French Rivers Flood Their Banks. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS S TORMS lashed the Atlantic from' Iceland to northern Africa Saturday; snow blanketed the prairie states from the Dakotas to Texas; rivers spilled over their tanks in France, earthquakes shook the Balkans. High waves and high tides visited their fury in the North sea, flooding flat lands along- the coast of England and endangering ships. Northeasterly gales blew up violent sandstorms on the shore. Earthquakes demolished 'buildings and terrorized inhabitants in Bulgaria, Jugoslavia, Greece and South. Serbia. Reports were meager, but one was known to be dead in South Serbia, where a mountain slide carried 200 sheep and their shepherd to death. Trains Delayed. Trains were delayed thruout the Salkans with railbeds split in numerous places. Two severe shocUa, both early this morning, were ret ported from a score of cities there. The American storm was centered over southeastern Missouri and moving' northeastward. Shipping" was warned to be prepared from the Virginia cape to Jacksonville, Pia. Almost every section of the Mississippi valley experienced snow, sleet, rain or cold. Kansas and Nebraska, were under 3 to 8 inches. Sub-freezing ^temijaratures;: endan- - "gered f ruit trees r in ; i .Karisaa - Bid"'':. Oklahoma. . . . · . . ' . Heavy rains and snows during the past week swelled rivers in Franca and they were doing much damage. Waters of the Seine bad transformed some streets of He St. Louis into streams. The Marne menaced the territory about Rheims. Insurance Firm Asks for Receiver After Sale Made at Garner GARNER, March 7.--A m o n g cases for trial here next week in the March term of court is an unusual one in that of the Metropolitan Life Insurance company asking to have a receiver appointed to collect rentals during the one year for redemption, following a mortgage foreclosure against John W. Johnson, giving aa a reason that the proceeds of the sale failed to cover the mortgage. LONDON FIREMEN BATTLE FLAMES Spectacular Fire Rages on Waterfront in Heart of Danger Zone. LONDON, March 7. (!f1--A thousand London firemen fought for hours today against a spectacular waterfront fire in the heart of the city's "danger zone," near the famous tower bridge across the Thames. It started in Butler's wharf and altho fanned by a strong- wind it was confined to a six-story warehouse stocked with rubber and tea. The loss was estimated at between $250,000 and 5500,000. Sioux Clty.Plnnt Has Fire. SIOUX CITY, March 7. /?--Fire in the plant of the American Pop Corn company here caused an estimated loss of 510,000 this morning IOWA GETS SNOW DES MOINES, March 7. (If)-Much of Iowa was blanketed by snow today by a storm which moved eastward across the state, bringing encouragement t6 farmers but seriously hampering traffic. Reports indicated that the storrrt was general over the southern half of the state, snow ranging from n. trace to a depth of six inches at Creston. More snow was predicted for the east and central portions tonight and tomorrow. ' Si.v Inches More , Creston, which yesterday had a downfall of five inches, today re- (Tiini to I'aRC 2, Column 2). BURNING HOUSE Des Moines Man and Woman Injured; Child Fatally Burned. DES MOINES, March 7. (/PI--Escaping thru windows when fire destroyed their home early today, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wrem and son, James, 3, were burned, the child fatally. Three other children of the Wrem family, Fred, Jr., 8, Francis, 6, and Loretta, 2, escaped injury. Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Dunaway and their two children also made their exit without injury from their apartment on the second floor. The injured child was found by the father on the floor of the living room after the other children and Mrs. Wrem, their exit cut .off by flames, had fled thru a window. The boy was unconscious and badly burned. Mr. and Mrs. Wrem were burned on the face and arms. The cause of the fire was not determined. The child died this afternoon in a hospital. Keokuk Firm Convicted of Violating Dry Laws SPRINGFIELD, III., March 7. /l'l --The J. C. Hubinger Brothers company of Keokuk, Iowa, and nine central Jllnlois persons today were convicted of operating a conspiracy for the violation of prohibition lawsi by a jury in federal district court here. IOWA WEATHER Cloudy with snow In cost Hncl central portions Saturday night mid probably Sunday morning; not much change in temperature. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Saturday morning: Maximum Friday 41 Abovo Minimum In Night 2S Above ' At 8 A. M. Saturday 34 Abovo . While other parts of Iowa and thd middlewest generally are reporting} from 1 to 8 or 10 inches of snow, Mason Cityland presents a snowlesa aspect. Not even n. flake has been seen here, as far as can be learned. Saturday morning- there was a chilly wind out of the northeast but the sun was trying to break thru a thin layer of clouds. WEEK'S FORECAST i CHICAGO, March 7. UP)--Weather outlook for the week beginning; | Monday: ' For the region of the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys and the northern and central great plains--mostly fair and rather cold first part of week; some rain ow snow and slightly warmer toward i end of week. I

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