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.te^t^vj^ffi^^ ' ' ' " " ' ' : ' "' ' ' " ' ' : " . H I S M E M Â« A R T t E P T OF W ""Â· ' ' Â· Â· ' Â· Â· Â· - ' . . ' ' Â· . . . ' ' ' . . ' . : ' Â· - Â· Â· Â· Â· Â· oes i A North Iowa's Â· ILY PAP Edited for the Home 'THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALT, NORTH IOWAKS NEIGHBORS" HOME , E D I T I O N , ~ ; iiXJCJ J-Tl Jit *Tpi /XA. M141\t i J1.TX JL lÂ»Xr**Xi^i3 fUU J.XU*VA** *Â·Â»-Â»Â· Â« Â· A^.^.-.^. .* , ~-~ u Â»Â»- -VOL. XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 1931 UNITED_ PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO. 131 LaFollette Idea Revived Progressive Confab Recalls One Led by "Old Bob." BANDITS HOLD UP BANK AT ALDEN By CHARLES P. STEWART r A S H I N G T O N , March 10. (OPA.) --Senators Norris, La Follette, C u t t i n g a n d Wheeler and Senator-elect Costigan, in calling prominent p r o- gressives i n t o c o n 1 e rence in, W a s h i n g t o n * March 11 and 12, undoubtedly meant it when they disavowed any intention to launch a third party movement. It was j u s t such a call, by ""Â·"' Tllt -' 1 "TM'^"TMTM' Â£j, e p rEse nt Senator LaFollette's father, however, that did result in a third party movement in 1924. The late Senator LaFollette's original plan was to make so formidably progressive; a showing in advance of .the two major party conventions as to scare one or the other of them into the adoption of at least a moderately progressive platform and the nomination of a fairly liberal presidential candidate. : Instead, one of them refused to scare and the other became involved in a hopeless donneybrook. "Old Bob" had no option. HE HAD to run independently. I dential candidate than is to be seen, at first glance, among today's progressive leaders. He was not Senator Norris' superior in the matter of courage, for the Nebraskan's is absolute, but he (Turn to rage 2, Column 3; APPEJPLANNED QNiMElMENT Jefferson and Greyhound Bus Merger Pending T IS TRUE that the elder Senator LaFollette was "a likelier presl- LOCAL SYSTEM TO BE PART OF HUGE NETWORK New T r u c k i n g Line Starts; Hearing on Bus Plan. VjEGOTIATIONS are reported to Â·I' be nearing completion for the merger of the Jefferson Transportation company and the Northland Greyhound lines, which will make the bus lines running put of Mason City a part of an affiliation of systems, that operate in all parts'oÂ£ the United States over more than 35,000 miles oÂ£ highway. This merger, the announcement of the opening of 9. daily trucking service between Mason City and Â·Minneapolis, starting Wednesday, and a hearing held before a representative of the railroad commission Tuesday for a certificate to operate a new bus line between Mason City and Lansing constituted the motor transportation developments here Tuesday. Other Developments Coining. The present year is also expected HAS ENGINE TROUBLE Griffith Refuses to Give Evidence in Iowa U's Big Ten Ouster to Committee Materiat Property of*Purchase of House by to see other developments in Mason City's distribution facilities as well as additional announcements in bus transportation. The proposed merger of the Jefferson and the Northland lines 'makes the system developed in the past decade by.Mrs. Helen M. Brewer -and purchased last summer by the Jefferson company, p, part of -^r ri *fn- udge Lafld F Road Bond Measure Constitutional. DES- MOINES, March 10. (JP)-An appeal was expected to be filed .today from District Judge Loy iLadd's decision upholding the constitutionality of-the proposed $100.000,000 road bond amendment and sustaining a -motion of the defendant to dismiss a suit to enjoin the governor and secretary of state from calling an election on the issue in June. In an oral opinion late yesterday Judge Ladd held the amendment to be valid. He dismissed the suit on the motion of attorneys representing Governor Turner and G. C; Greenwalt, secretary ot state. The suit was brot by H. U. Mathews, Ottumwa, whose counsel declared that the amendment failed to comply with the constitution as it contained more than one proposition and that the voter hua the right to vote for each proposition separately. Both houses 'of the legislature passed the board bond issue and a joint resolution sets the bond issue election for June 16. CAPTAIN EAKER FORCED TO LAND ON TEST FLIGHT Army Flyer on Attempt at Non-Stop Trip to East.Cpast, , , by' the Pennsylvania and Southern Pacific railroads an* other large corporations. Announcement of the proposed merger.was made by Edgar F. Zelle, president of the Jefferson company, while in the city Monday evening to confer with his Mason City manager, F. R. Fockler. Mr. Zelle was in Des Moines Tuesday conferring with other bus operators over the establishment of a union bus station 'there. . Ties in With Other Lines. The Jefferson company will tie in strategically with the Northland routes, connecting with the Greyhound -buses at Duhuque to complete a schedule from Minneapolis to Chicago thru northeastern Iowa. The line operating from Minneapolis thru Owatonna, Austin and Decorah connects with the Pickwick lines at Cedar Rapids. The line between Mason City and Spencer (Turn In Page 9, Column 4). Conference and in Confidence. , CHICAGO, March 10. (/P)--Major John L. Griffith, athletic commissioner ot the Big Ten, today refused to turn over to a committee of the Iowa state legislature any official documentary evidence dealing with the University of Iowa's ouster from the conference in 1929. "All official reports are given to me in strictest confidence arid it is not my pleasure to divulge the information contained in these reports to anyone unless the faculty committee of the conference orders me to do so," Major. Griffith told the commitee, here to investigate the "inside" causes for Iowa's ouster. Griffith Called First. Major Griffith, called as the first witness by the legislative committee headed by Representative Byron Allen, was telling^ how reports filtered into his office as far back as 1924 relative to "violation of conference rules on recruiting and slush funds at the University of Iowa." When he was asked for specific charges, particularly about the report he placed before President Walter Jessup of Iowa after that university had been ousted. ; "Major Griffith, will you kindly bring that official report of the charges--the one you'placed before President Jessup--to Â· this committee?" nskedi Earl Wisdom, assistant attorney general of Iowa, who was doing the, bulk of the questioning. ' "No, v 'I cttnnot-do -GVjfflffi "repUecI:-"Tr; MAIUON, Ky, March 10. (m --Capt. Ira Baker, noted army pilot on a transcontinental flight, was forced down at noon today near lolu, 15 miles northwest of here, by engine trouble. His piano stuck in thu nmil and wus badly damaged. Tho aviator escaped with minor scratches. T ONG BEACH MUNICIPAL AIR- Ll PORT, March 10. (/T)--Capt. Des Moines Children Critically - Burned in Explosion of Kerpsene .. DES MOINES, March 10. (1F-- Bruce Towers, 8, and Richard, 1, sons of'Mr. 'and Mrs. Milt Towers, were critically burned when a kero- sent lamp-.-in their attic bedroom exploded early today, setting fire to the house partially destroying it. Mrs. Towers was burned about the hands in rescuing the children. AUNT HET By Robert Quillen "I ain't surprised at the way little Sallie turned out. Many's the time I've .seen lier mother powder her nose right in church." MOTORMEN HURT ASTROLLEYS HIT Only Passenger in Des Moines .Streetcar Collision Is Slightly Injured. DES MOINES, March 10. (IP)-Two streetcar motormen were in a critical condition today as the result of a trolley collision yesterday. iliss Susan Hearty, a school teacher, the only passenger of either car, vas slightly injured in the headon mpact. Guy Warren, motorman, suffered a fractured skull, fractured leg and cuts and bruises while the other motorman, H. E. Sudbrook, received a fractured leg, fractured arm and possible internal injuries. The cars started to burn after the crash but the blaze was quickly extinguished. IDWAlORlCAST IS'UNSETTLED' Light Rain or Snow Possible in Southeastern Portion of State. DES MOINES, March 10. UP- Unsettled weather for the entire state with possibly light rain or snow in the southeastern portion Is forecast for Iowa by the government weather bureau here. Tlis temperature is expected to hover about the freezing point, with a minimum of 30 predicted for the entire state. Low temperatures reported Monday included: Keokuk "24; Cbarlr.f, City, Dubuque and Davenport 26. and Des Moines, Omaha, and Sioux City 30. No precipitation was reported. Ira Eaker, noted army pilot, hopped off here at 4:13 a. m., C. S. T., today for the Atlantic coast on a nonstop flight to test his army transport .airplane. He said emphatically h'e .would not attempt to better th2 transcontinental'flight record. Two previous attempts to get off the ground failed when the ship yeered to the right under the heavy load of gasoline, threatening to carry Eaker into nearby- hangers. "I am carrying 486 gallons of gasoline," he said, "and I am going to fly just as far as that will take me. Maybe I will get to Dayton, Ohio, or I might get as far as Washington. 'Â·' "The purpose of the flight is .to test the high speed of this transport airplane. We are trying to find a ship that will be able to 'keep up with pursuit airplanes. "On this flight we will check the consumption of gasoline, the performance of the motor, what high speed it is capable of attaining and the performance of the ship as a whole." . Captain Eaker was a member of the crew of the army plane "Question Mark" when that ship established a world refueling endurance flight record over Los Angeles more than two years ago. Joe Nikrent, official timer of the National Aeronautic association recorded the takeoff, so in case Captain Eaker reaches New YorK and in better time than Capt. Frank M. Hawks' record of 12 hours 2f minutes 3 seconds, the new mar! would stand. The army flyer estimated the gasoline consumption o" his plane at 48 gallons an hour am pointed out it hardly would be pos sible for him to reach New York in 10 hours. that,' 1 Major !1 TrIat"inÂ£orniatlqn is the property of the conference, and I cannot violate the'confidences given me by making such a report public." Would Give Outline. Major Griffith added, however, that the best he could do was to give the committee an "outline" with no specific charges. This he promised to do at the afternoon meeting, which was called for 2 p. m. . Major Griffith,.questioned for one hour at the meeting held at the Hotel Sherman, was regarded as a "mighty cagey witness" by the Iowa delegation. His replies were guarded and whenever the committee attempted to obtain specific details of charges, he side-stepped them. This side-stepping he explained when he was asked and refused to give official documentary evidence of the charges levelled 'against Iowa. The athletic commissioner did M v e the committee what it regarded is an 'important bit of information, lowever, when he told that reports of rule violation at Iowa reached his office as far back as 1924 or )efore Paul Belting was made and :hen discharged as director of athletics at Iowa. Belting Accused. Belting had been accused of starting the whole investigation by tell- ng Major Griffith "air of ..Iowa's athletic sins" aEter his dismissal. 'Did Belting ever give you information as to the condition of Iowa?" asked Wisdom. I cannot recall anything specific he ever gave me," replied Major Griffith. "In fact,- reports of rule violations at Iowa had reached my office thru various channels as far back as 1924. In fact, when Belting went out to Iowa, I brot the rumors (Turn to Page 0, Column 1). V From Treasurer Discussed. DBS MOINES, March 10. OT)--Â· Further testimony about the purr chase by the University of Iowa of the residence of W. J. McChesney, its treasurer, was given today to the legislative investigating com- 1 mittee by W. H. Gemmill, secretary oÂ£ the state board oÂ£ education. Denis Kelleher, attorney for the committee, sought to prove that title to the Iowa City property was invalid because McChesney had not received a court order authorizing him to sign the deed as trustee for his wife. Gemmill said he did not know if such an order had been obtained. An opinion by-the Ball Abstracting company said the trans- tor would be legal only with this provision. Records of the finance committee of the board of education for Dec. 13, 1924, at which only W. R. Boyd was present said that on recommendation of President Walter A. Jessup, the purch'ose was recorded as of July 29, 1924. The minutes referred to a meeting of June 19 but Gerumill's book did not show any record of the latter meeting. Record Incomplete. Asked for an explanation, Gemmill said that "inadvertently, the record is not complete." He referred to President Jessup, Boyd and Secretary W. H; Bates for an explanation about the purchase of the 520,000 residence. .The. deed-.wasjjpr.pduced, showing BOND ISSUE FOR SCHOOL PASSED IN CHARLES CITY New Building Planned; Lakota Votes for New Plant. pHARLES CITY, March 10.--By V-- 1,372 votes to 1,033 Charles City voters yesterday approved, n, bond issue of $250,000 for the erection of a new high school. Recently President H. M. Gage oÂ£ Coe college addressed the citizens on the subject of the new school and it was pointed out that a new structure was important in maintaining the official accrediting of the school system. John Christiansen, now school board president, was re-elected a member of the board, receiving 1,401 votes. His opponent, E. S. Fyler, received 930 votes. The total vote cast was 2,410. Five years ago when the new high school bond issue was up for election a total of 2,441 votes was caat. Lakota Votes Bonds. LAKOTA, March 10.--LaUota voters yesterday authorized a $32,- WILL- ROGERS r^rt^sf Â· BEVERLY HILLS,_ Cat; March 10.--There is not much humor in this but there is a whole lot of warning. This "Jamaica ginger jag" has hit our coast. Here is what you get in a two ounce bottle for 50 cents. "First the ^fingers and toes) become numb, then the legs and knees become permanently paralyzed. It seldom reaches above the knees. "Among yesterday's cases, a barber with wife and two children, hands totally paralyzed, a laborer with wife and three children, will never walk again; at.old soldiers' home 32 cases and two deaths," and all a druggist has to plead is that he "didn't know it was poisoned." This is not to be construed as a prohibition lecture. It's really an at for just old "corn." It only paralyzes you temporarily. / Yours, it bad beeitflleo^My V 29ti924; Gem- r ' - ' Â© till, McNÂ«uibl SvadluU, ID*. Â·talked ; to him;about the purchase bt the property and that ha approved, altho he-could not say whether it was discussed before or after thu deed was dated. He was unable to answer a question of Senator L. H. Doran of Boone as to the cause for the delay in recording the transaction in the. finance committee's records. He also was asked about a ?300 voucher, (Turn lo THRO 4, Cnlunm 2). 000 bond issue to be used on con structing a new school building. The vote was 169 for and 38 against. This bond total, together with surplus on hand, will make it possible to build a $50,000 structure, work on which will he started aa soon as possible. W. E. Ley was elected school director. \ _ Â·, .Manly Election -Is Close.; Â· Â·;Â·,-. MANLY, Marcri' lO.^An unusvjal riea i ture'-of-VUie v vptin'g in-'the -Manly school district yesterday was the election of a candidate whose name was written in on the ballot. Candidates for directors whose names were published on the ticket were L. W. Blattspieler and Chris Sorenson. Names written in were those of Mrs. Will Mitchell and Mrs. J. DICKINSON WILL DIRECT SPECIAL FARM AID GROUP FOUR MEN MAKE GETAWAY WITH $4,000 IN CASH Robbers Force Employes and Customer Into Vault. A LDEN p/ March 10. GT--Four unmasked bandits held ' u p the Farmers Savings bank here today; and escaped with $4,000 in cash. The bandits forced three employes and a customer into the vault and scooped up available cash. The imprisoned quartet escaped after 10 minutes 'by opening the vault from the inside with a screw driver. The bandits headed northwest in a new model Ford sedan bearing Illinois license plates. Posses composed of peace officers and vigilantes took after the bandits. Onu Stands Guard. Three of the bandits entered the bank shortly after 9 a. m. One remained on guard at the door while the remaining two covered Cashier Willard Miller; I* A. Watson, assistant cashier; Otto Hopping, eller, and Dr. R, C. Robertson, the ustomer. ' The four were ordered to lie on lie floor while the bandits searched .ho cash drawer. Miller said he was hen ordered to get any other available cash. Then, after obtaining more money rom Miller, they locked the* four in he vault and fled. Miller said the men were dressed as farmers, one wore a jacket and a cap. Attempts to Cut Pay of Six State Officers Defeated DES MOINES, March 10. A'-Two attempts to reduce salaries of state officials failed in the lower branch today. oÂ£ the Iowa legislature (Turn to -t, Column 3). W to Hold Any Early Meeting. ' ASHINGTON, March 10. (#)-James Francis Burke, genera Body of Girl, 10, Found Hacked to Pieces in Wilds SAN DIEGO, Cal., March 9. Apparently kidnaped and slain by a fiend, the body of Virginia Brooks, 10 year old East San Diego school girl missing since Feb. 11, was found in an isolated section of Camp Kearny mesa today virtually hacked to pieces. The body was wrapped in burlap. It was found by a sheep herder. GOLD WEATHER IN EUROPE HANGS ON Snow and Rock Avalanches Interrupt Traffic in France. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Bitter weather continued general over Europe Tuesday. Cold winds swept the quake-torn Balkans. Snow and rock avalanches destroyed telegraph lines and interrupted rail traffic at Chamberry and Thonon-Les-Bains, France. The Black Forest and Rhine valley in Germany were buried under the deepest snow of years. English roads were encrusted with ice or piled high with snow. Ships groped thru blinding snow; and buffeted u p f i turbulent waves. New England and upstate New York storms lifted, with drifts eight to 10 feet high left on highways. Â· The Balkans rumbled a fourth time as disintegration continued beneath the Greek mountains. There were new fissures but no additional damage of consequence. By a vote of 41 to 46 the members declined to pass the bill of Representative Victor Felter of Warren county who proposed a reduction of $1,000 each in the salaries of six state officials. No sooner had the vote been announced than Representative W. H. Short, Woodbury, moved for a reconsideration which carried 55 to 45. When the hill again was placed before the members, after a lengthy debate, it failed by a vote of 50 to 49. The measure would have reduced the salaries of the secretary of state," auditor, treasurer, secretary of the fair board, and secretary of agriculture from $5,000 to $4,000, and that of the attorney general from $6,000 to $5,000. These increases were granted in the 1929 session. Bill Amended. . The bill had been amended so that the decreases would not be effective until 1933. A motion by Rep- AUTO STRUCK BY TRAIN AT DOWS Chris Yakel, 40, Alexander Farmer, Injured When Car Stalls. DOWS, March 10.--Chris Yakel, 40, farmer .near Alexander, was seriously injured last night when his auto stopped on the railroad track and was struck by a fast Rock Island 'freight train. He was in an unconscious condition this morning and was taken to the Lutheran hospital at Hampton. Mr. Yakel was accompanied by his three children when he drove on the Rock Island tracks between 9 and 10 o'clock last night: For some reason which has not been discovered the auto stalled on the tracks. Two of Mr. Yakel's sons jumped out of the car to safety. His small daughter was still in the car when struck by the train but was not badly injured. She suffered minor 'injuries but was taken to her home this morning. Mr. Yakel Jumped from the auto but was struck by the train and thrown quite a distance. He was given treatment by a local physician. The exact extent of his injuries has not been determined. The auto was badly damaged. counsel of Â· the republican nationa committee, said today there woulc be no early meeting of the nationa committee because the country "is suffering from an overdose of politics." In a formal statement issue shortly after Senator Fess of Ohio chairman of the committee, hue said at the white house plans were being laid for intensive work of tht organization, Burke said the com mittee would not attempt "to usurp the functions of the national con vcntion in shaping political poll cies." "We have been running along easily," Fess said, "but the time has come when we must let the countrj know about the quiet, steady, con structive work that has gone on here under President Hoover. In other words, we are going to ge into high gear." Hoover Not Consulted Fess made his announcement a the white house. He said, however that he had not gone over plan with President Hoover at today' conference but would be back later in the month to lay the complete program before him. In an announcement of its formation, Robert H. Lucas said a pri- (Turn lo Taco 4, Column 1). Alden is in Hardin county, about six,miles west'of Iowa Falls. , : Throbbety at ,A]deiiJ the.third in Iowa since Jan. 1. The First Trust and Savings bank of Mdville was robbed, Jan. 9, of $6,000 and on Feb. 16 three men obtained $1,000 in a robbery of the Farmers Savings bank of Steamboat Rock. The Steamboat Rock bandits later were captured and sentenced to indeterminate sentences not' to exceed 25 years. The men were Kenneth and Wendell Eldred and Lloyd Havens of Iowa Falls. resentative J. M. Haye's of Dubuque to table Short's motion for reconsideration was defeated. In asking reconsideration, Representative Short said the people of the state expect a reduction of expenditures and if cuts are to be made, they must begin somewhere. He said that salaries for the last dozen years were going up by leaps and bounds. Representative G. H. Donlon oÂ£ Palo Alto and I. M. Reed of Mahaska county supported the Short motion. They declared that the reductions were in line with Governor Turner's economy program, and that retrenchment should be carried out as well as talked. Representative S. D. Whiting of Johnson county opposed any reduction, declaring that it was unnecessary and uncalled for because of a surplus of. $4,000,000 in the treasury. Reduction Small. Representative W. M. Hanson of Winnebago said that state salaries totalled 51,467,000 annually, and that the proposed reduction would (Turn to rage 4 Column 4). Markets at a Glance NEW YORK Stocks--Irregular, 11 point break in Allied Chemical interrupts advance. Bonds steady; new financing well taken. Curb firm; Niagara Hudson Power at new high. Butter firm. Foreign exchanges firm; German mark strong. . Cotton lower; southern selling. easy cables and Sugar steady; firmer spot market. CHICAGO Wheat barely steady; bearish Kansas report and good. Corn easy; large southwest movement. Cattle weak to lower. Hogs higher. GANDHI HERO IN HIS HOME TOWN Crowds Kneel to Kiss Hem of Homespun Garment as Leader Returns. AHMADABAD, India, March 10 (/P)--After a year's absence Mahatma Gandhi was back in his own home town today, a conquering hero. Thousands turned out at every station as the train bearing the na tionalist leader sped from New Delhi, where Gandhi last week won from Viceroy Lord Irwin concea sions which Indians largely consider a victory over the British govern ment. Climaxing - theÂ« day of ovations the largest crowd of all met thi mahatma at the railroad statioi upon his arrival here. The monste crowd surged toward the tiny 6 year old sage and for a time It was feared Jie would be crushed t death. Gandhi who was observing hi weekly day of silence, made no an swer to the ovations but tears cam as thousands knelt and those near est him crawled forward to kis the hem of his home-spun gar mcnts. SISTER OF DEAD GIRL COLLAPSES Final Arguments Heard in Trial of Kirkland for Fatal Attack, VALPARAISO, Ind., March 10. OP)--Mrs. MurriH demons, sister of Arlene Draves, collapsed and had to be carried from the courtroom today during final arguments in the trial of Virgil Kirkland, charged with the murder of Miss Draves. "They tore the body of this girl from its pastoral grave to bolster p a losing cause," said Edmund 'reund, young Valparaiso attorney, 3. state assistant. Frcund choked and paused to re- ain his composure. Before he could esume Mrs. demons "fainted and vas carried from the packed court- corn by her husband, and her irother, Elmer. Sfit Weaj IOWA WEATHER Tartly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday; posisluly light ruin in southeast portion; somewhat /nrmer extreme southeast portion Tuesday night. LOCAL STATISTICS American Beet Sugar company weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a. m. Tuesday: Maximum Monday 4-t Above Minimum In Night 23 Above i\t 8' A. M. Tuesday 33 Above Monday was the warmest day yet for March, with indications that Tuesday will go considerably above, as the temperature at 8 a. v m. was 10 degrees above the corresponding hour Monday. The wind was turned from the northwest to the southeast.