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I S ME i :PT O NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME H O M E E D I T I O N "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A ASSOCIATED PRESS l/BASED WIRE SEJiVlCB MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1936 THIS PAPEK CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 149 Not Much of Real Probe New Dealers Inquire Into Emergency Setups. By CHARLES P. STEWART _ _ T | T ·-»· A S H I N G T O N . IpwM'/E (CPA) -- Presi- mSUtlf* d e n t Roosevelt $*·'»£,' and bis lieuten - Stf W8 ants a ?p ear to I TM' T "**' have diluted investigation of the new deal's emergency setups to such an extent that it is hard to see how it can be much of a real "probe." T h e prospective inquiry was s e n a t o rially launched in a fashion to promise that it would be the genuine article. Senator Joseph T. Robinson, the administration's leader in the upper bouse of congress, succeeded, however, by parliamentary sleight- of-hand, in getting a sufficient majority into the membership of the inquisitorial committee to insure .that it will be strongly pro-new deal. Then the president appointed his own committee, consisting of Louis Brownlow, Prof. Charles E. Merriam of the University of Chicago and Prof. Luther Gulick of Columbia university, to investigate, too. Probe Themselves. He also asked for the creation of a similar committee of reprcsenta- · lives. ' Finally he urged that the three committees co-operate. All this may sound like a great plenty of investigating, but it is noteworthy that the investigators are mostly new dealers investigating the new deal. Perhaps, indeed, it isn't quite accurate to describe Senator Harry F. Byrd, head of the initial investi- gatorial body, as a new dealer. He has been legislatively hostile to many new deal policies but he is a regular administration democrat-finds lots of fault with his leadership but supports it in-time of need, for all that. And this is a. time of Beed, .decidedly.. - : .. .. . '·"· · · -JByrris; I?' Regular. .." " A representatives''committee must be named, of course, by Speaker Joseph W. Byrns. Byrns is not an enthusiastic new dealer, either, but - he is as regular and dependable'-as Senator Byrd---not even an open faultfinder, like the senator. That any new deal investigating committee he chooses will be pro- new deal is a safe bet. The Brownlow committee is pro- new deal 100 per cent. Its membership is very capable. Louis Brownlow, its chairman, has been, since long before the World war, what now would be termed a new dealer. Once he was a Washington newspaperman. He was a commissioner of the District of Columbia under President Wilson. More recently he has been a professional city manager, and a good one. Has Been New Dealer. But he has been a new dealer (if there had been any such thing then) back into this century's 'teens. I've known him that many years. Similarly Professor Merriam was a brain truster three or four decades before anyone was so described. Professor Gulick is in the same class but not entitled to such seniority as Professor Merriam's. The purpose of Chairman Byrd's committee is different from Chairman Brownlow's. The Byrd outfit's ostensible mission is to find evidence of waste, politics and even graft in emergency expenditures. Considering what enormous sums have been spent so fast, it is difficult to imagine that cases cannot be found where money has been spent recklessly, not to say questionably. Has Different Job. The Brownlow committee's avowed job is to determine how effectively the new deal's emergency setups can. b- made permanent. It assumes that they are meritorious. The Byrd folk (with the qualification, that Chairman Byrd is not much in sympathy with them) seek to assume the contrary. If a balance of power is required-- . Is it the Brownlow committee's? Just what the house of representatives' committee will be is problematic. Father Charged With Murder in Shooting of His Daughter, 18 ROCHESTER, N. Y., (/P--A 49 year old father was formally accused of first degree murder Monday in the fatal shooting of his daughter, a young ballet dancer, and the serious wounding of her two escorts. District Attorney Daniel J. O'Mara preferred the murder charge against John (Butch) Schenck after the death Sunday of his daughter, Winifred, IS, as the climax of ; a. family quarrel. The escorts, Nel- I vin Zeitvogel, 21, and John Weh- I bring. 20, were taken to hospitals in i a serious condition. AWAIT PARDONS COURT DECISION Helvering Says House Tax Plan Short of Needs N. J. WAGES PHARMACYDEAN TAKES STAND IN NORTON'S TRIAL Teeters Says Quinine as Well as Poison Found in Body. BEDFORD', (/B--Dean W. J. Teeters of the State University Pharmacy college testified in the poison murder trial of F l o y d Horton Monday of finding quinine along with poison in the body of Horton's wife. The educator returned to the stand as the prosecution b e g a n rounding out the t e s t i m o n y o n which it seeks to convict Horton of TV. J. TEETERS placing poison in quinine cold capsules his wife took shortly before her death in their storm'blockaded farm home Feb. 14. The prosecution contends the alleged substitution of poison for the quinine wag made after preparation of the capsules by Mrs. Anna Johnston. Horton's- buxom paramour and neighbor. Quinine Taken First. Teeters said under cross examination by Defense Attorney James A. Lucas that .the finding-of quinine in certain internal organs and .of poison - in the stomach "definitely proved" that quinine was taken before the poison. He said he "would not attempt to say" how long an interval existed between the taking of the quinine and the poison. An oyster stew supper Mrs. Johnston served to Mr. and Mrs. Horton, Frank Ladd, her hired man; and Miss Ruth Slagel, school teacher, and her father, again figured in the testimony when Ladd returned. Stew Thrown Out. Witnesses had said Mrs. Horton had found her stew bitter, that it had been thrown out and the possibility advanced that salts had been spilled inadvertently in her bowl in the cupboard. On cross examination Ladd said the stew was served before the guests sat down at the table and that there had been no special assignment of bowls. He said he "did not see Elta .(Mrs. Horton) taste her soup," but that other guests "joked her because their soup was not bitter." "Elta said 'there's something wrong with this soup. I can't eat it,'" he testified. Tasted Like Salts. Miss Slagel, he said, first advanced the theory that Mrs. Horton's soup tasted like salts. Horton, he said, joked about "Elta's taster." Mrs. Johnston, on the stand last week, testified she purchased poison, that Horton talked with her of "getting rid" of his wife and that Horton took the poison to his home. She has pleaded guilty to a charge of murder. Miss Slagel, who stayed at Mrs. Johnston's home, also recalled to the stand today in the review of testimony presented earlier in the trial, told other details of the bitter soup incident. Quotes Mrs. Johnston. She quoted Mrs. Johnston as saying after tasting Mrs. Horton's soup: "It don't taste like mine." All those present except Mrs. Johnston had two servings of the soup, she said, and none complained of feeling ill. The others all were served in white dishes at the supper, she said, but Mrs. Horton's dish was different, being "white with a gold band." Mrs. Johnston, she said, expressed belief that salts "had been spilled in Elta's bowl," while it was in the cupboard. Dean Teeters also testified about the ambalming fluid used in preparing Mrs. Horton's body for burial, to establish that the fluid could not have been the source of the poison found in the stomach. Lapses of Memory. Mrs. Johnston met attempts of Horton's attorneys to break down her testimony with lapses of memory in many instances or with flat denials to questions as to whether she did not fill the capsules with poison, rather than Korton. Prosecution attorneys said they will buttress her testimony with tha't of relatives of Mrs. Horton who will testify Horton threatened his wife with a gun on the day she died, Feb. Winners in Kite Flying Contest Just before winter returned, these boys flew their kites and won in a contest held at Roosevelt stadium. From left to right are Elmer Groh, 3518 Pennsylvania avenue northeast, who won second; Donald Rcckseen, 312 Twenty-first street southeast, first, and Richard Farrer, 238 Fifteenth street southeast, third, all in the senior division; George Yukhouse, 309 Eighteenth street southeast, first; Carl Xettifee, S I B Twenty-second southeast, setond, and Allen Lottcrbaner, -103 Fourteenth southeast, third, in the junior division. Judges were VernUard Fnught, Shad Baker, Lloyd Allen and Melvin Decker. Twenty-two kites were in the contest, sponsored Saturday by the, Y. M. C. A. and Gi'dner's. Special mention was given also to Sylvan Tosel, 50-1 First street northeast, whose kite took out nine blocks of string. (Lock photo, Kayenay engraving) Winter Back inlowaWith Snow, Cold DES MOINES, W--Snow and freezing temperatures were back in Iowa Monday for a return engagement after an interlude of spring. Additional snow was falling in several sections, topping off Sim- day's fall. About six inches already had covered the Spirit Lake area. A snow at other points ranged upward from a trace at Keokuk, Council Bluffs and Dubuque. Below freezing temperatures prevailed with the exception of tne . southeast corner. The sudden dip sent the mercury down to a low of 17 degrees above zero at Spirit Lake. It was 20 above at Sioux City while the state high was 60 above at Keokuk. Forecasting snow in the east and south central portions the weather bureau here said the lion-like exit for March would be accompanied by continued cold. Monday night's lower temperatures in most of the state may begin moving out of the extreme western section Tuesday, however. The weather bureau predicted Monday nig-ht's minimum temperatures would range from 10 above in the northwest, 14 in the northeast, 15 in the southwest and 24 in the southeast. Mason City's low early Monday was 21 degrees after a high of 32 above Sunday. An inch of snow had fallen. HIGHWAYS TAKE I S Iowa's Auto Accident Toll for 1936 Mounts to 79 Total. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Death continued its never ending patrol of Iowa's highways the past week, collecting seven more lives for a total of 79 this year. Two men, Charles D. Wiegand, 36, and William C. Jones, both of Muscatine, were killed when the automobile in which they were riding was struck by a train at a grade crossing near there. At Davenport, Mrs. Magdalena Kaffenberger, 64, was run down by a coal truck. R. W. Griffin, 36, .died when his automobile collided with another car near Sioux City. Mrs. Agnes Forbes, 62, died at Colfax of injuries suffered when struck by an automobile March 21. Carlos Stiles, 25, was killed near Lineville when his car crashed into a truck. At Creston, Robert Blanhard, 59, died after he was struck by an automobile. Flood Triplets Have Good Chance to Live NEW KENSINGTON, Pa., (/F)-The tiny Misses "A, B and C," who came into the world two months too soon because of the flood, seem to have a good chance for life. The triplets, all blue eyed girls, were born to 21 year old Mrs. lona Hughes in a village 12 miles away and Dr. H. M. Welsh rushed them to the New Kensington hospital in a clothes basket. To Give Up Farming If Elected Mayor BETTENDORF-, LW--Mayor Gua Sehmann, up for re-election Monday, promised voters he would give up his truck farming in order to devote more time to serving as mayor. He reserved his fruit business from sacrifice to the mayor- ship, however. TTz^Weather FORECAST 15. Officers to whom Mrs. Johnston made her confession and who took Horton's statement in which he denied "knowing anything about any poison'' also will be called by the state. Horton to Take Stand. Defense Attorney James A. Lucas said Horton will take the stand, which should provide the next climax of his trial. Attorneys agreed the case probably will not be ready for submission until late this week to the jury of 11 men and one woman, which must decide whether Horton, depicted by the state as a man unfaithful to his paramour as well as his wife, must hang, serve life in prison or go free. Carefully has District Judge Homer A. Fuller guarded the jury from outside influence. Sunday he drove from his home In Mount Ayr to "preview" a moving picture before allowing the jury to attend the show. IOWA: Cloudy, snow in east and south centra! portions, colder Monday night; Tuesday fair, not quite so cold in extreme west. MINNESOTA: Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday; colder Monday night; continued cold Tuesday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Monday morning: Maximum Sunday 32 Minimum in Night 21 At 8 A. M. Monday 22 Snowfall 1 Inch Precipitation .10 of an Inch Figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum Saturday 66 Minimum in N'ght 25 At 8 A. M. Sunday 29 Again North Iowa has learned that it doesn't pay to put one's trust in March weather. Saturday afternoon the mercury soared to summery heights; Monday morning the ground was covered with snow and the temperature was 10 degrees under the freezing mark. Hitler Wins Approval of 99 Per Cent By LOUIS P. LOCHNER (CopyrlKht, 1936, by The Assncliitetl I'rcsO BERLIN -- Germany's indorse- ment of Adolf Hitler's remilitarization of the Rhineland mounted to 99 per cent Monday while Der Fuehrer turned to drafting of new proposals to the other Locarno powers which political sources intimated would "astound the world." The nazi propaganda machine, moving with speed and precision, swung virtually the entire German nation behind Hitler i n . Sunday's election, nominally to select a new reichstag but actually to approve his violation of the Versailles treaty and Locarno pact. Percentage Goes Up. An official tabulatioon of the returns, still incomplete, raised Hitler's percentage from 98.79 to 99 per cent of the votes cast--the greatest indorsement ever given in any plebiscite. Of the 44,954,937 ballots. 44,411,511 were marked clearly with a cross in the circle opposite the name of Hitler, officials announced. On the remaining 543,026 ballots, the electors either wrote "no" or otherwise made their votes "invalid." In the German view, the fact that there was no chance to vote in opposition, but only to take the nazi party list or leave ii. did not detract from the overwhelming nazi triumph. Sen-ant of Nation. Der Fuehrer now felt, informed sources said, that whatever he might demand from the other powers he would demand not as the dictator, but as the servant of 67,000,000 Germans who commanded him not to yield one inch of German territory, nor one bit of German rights. Hitler, it was believed, would be more intransigent than ever now in his dealings with other nations. There intimation, however, of the exact contents of his extensive counter-proposals to the Locarno powers, promised for tomorrow in his preliminary reply March 24 to the London plan for a settlement of the Rhineland issue. FLOOD CONTROL BILLS DISPUTED AT SHOP EARLY High Court Rules Sugar Institute Has Violated Anti-Trust Act. WASHINGTON. (.PI--F e c! C r a 1 spending for flood control and attendant power production took its place alongside taxes and relief Monday as a major issue of the present session of congress. Public hearings on the new $7!)9,000,000 tax program opened smoothly with Guy T. Helvering, the internal revenue commissioner, declaring the levies recommended by a house subcommittee would advance the principle of tax equity but not as murh as President Roosevelt wants. Need Other Sources. He said the additional revenues that would be obtained by revision of the present corporate tax structure would result in the removal of inequality, discrimination, and tax avoidance, and "will come mainly from members of the upper income groups of our population." "With these suggestions and the general purport of the committee's report," Helvering said, "I am in complete accord." He added, however, that he thought the committee should consider whether there were not additional sources of temporary revenue "that can be provided for the next two- or three years to bridge" a gap between the committee's recommendations and those of the president. Six in Statement. Even before the hearings started republicans began peppering the tentative program. Six of the minority members of the house said it was not a tax bill at all. Their joint statement declared the hearings were "irregular," that the democrats were merely embarked on a "fishing expedition" in search of a "defensible revenue program." The six were Representatives Bacon of New York, Michener of Michigan, Guycr of Kansas, Haan- cock of New York, Tobey of New Hampshire and Arends of niinois. Flood Control Dispute. A senate committee session on the new $300,000,000 flood control bill drafted by war department engineers after the recent eastern disaster was more controversial. Senator Robinson, the democratic leader, urged consideration instead for the 5750,000,000 flood control measure passed by the house last session and stopped in the senate by a filibuster. He said the smaller bill probably would discriminate in favor of the east. Legislative right-of-way was given by the house rules committee to another proposal authorizing the reconstruction finance corporation to lend $25,000.000 for rehabilitation in flood stricken areas. High Court Meets. The issue was pushed to the fore yet again by a report to congress from the Tennessee valley authority, recommending six additional dam projects to cost $144,500,000. Other developments: Provisions of the Washington state law of 1933 imposing an occupation tax on radio broadcasting were held unconstitutional by the supreme court. The litigation involved conflicting claims as to whether the state or federal government had jurisdiction. Violate Sherman Act. In a ruling on one of the most important anti-trust suits in recent years, the supreme court held that certain practices of the Sugar Institute. Inc.. violate the Sherman act barring- restraint of competition. Senator Couzcns (R.-Mich.) asserted g o v e r n m e n t a l "inconsistency" had left industries not knowing "what the hell to do." His remark was at a committee hearing on the Wheeler bill to eliminate the basing point price system used by steel and some other industries. ON THE INSIDE MARSHAL TIETRO BADOGLIO Italian High Command Reports on Bomb Raid ON PAGE 2 Iowa Demos Ready to .. . Pledge F.R.. Strength -.ON PAGE 8 Duke Leads Men to Battle in Ethiopia ON PAGE 5 225 Pupils Moved for Garfield Remodeling ON PAGE 16 BATTLE TO SAVE EASTER ^ Si' Open $30,000 Suit Arising From Death of "Guest" in Auto WEST UNION, VP.'-~.ludge W. L. j Eichendorf began hearing today a S30.000 damage suit, arising from the de?.th of a "guest" in an automobile. Mrs. Ruby White, widow of Glen White of Oelwein. filed the suit against Allen C. Zell. SEVERAL IOWA CITIES VOTING Des Moines Closes One of Most Spirited Political Drives in Years, DES MOINES, GP)--Iowa voters, residents of many urban areas, were balloting Monday on the selection of municipal officials. In nearly, evei-y instance a better than normal vote was anticipated. This was particularly true in DCS Moines where political onlookers at the close of one of the most spirited campaigns in several years, predicted a vote of approximately 39,000. In the foreground of this election were E. A. Elliott and J. H. Allen, mayoralty candidates. Most of the cities voting Monday v;ere selecting- officials from park commissioner on up the political scale. 3 Waterloo Tickets. Waterloo closed its city campaign with three separate tickets to choose from. M. J. Morgan headed an economy ticket for mayor, opposed by Saner C. Bell and Ralph B. Slippy. Dubuque had only to elect three members of the city council and two park commissioners but had six candidates for the aldermanic jorjs. Two' tickets were presented, one bearing the label of labor, the other the banner o[ "the good government league." Council Bluffs was expecting an unusually heavy vote featuring the ' mayoralty contests between Walter I Jenkins, republican member of the city council, and William Guilfoylc. democratic city clerk. The former- had the endorsement of many organized labor bodies. ! Sioux City Votes. Sioux City voted on W. D. Hayes, incumbent, and Ralph A. Henderson to name its mayor. Finance, public safety, streets and park superintendents also were to be chosen. Creston had three tickets in the field but only two were candidates for the mayoralty post. They were William Duncan and Don Hoffman. The latter headed a "boosters" ticket. Old line parties were in the thick of the ballot battle at Clinton with William J. Greene the democratic aspirant, and R. N. Howes. Sr.. the republican candidate for the office of mayor. Wood Expert's Evidence Attacked; Scan Two 'Confessions.' HAIH'TMANN AT A GLANCE By Associated 1'rcss. Testimony of the federal forestry expert who traced the Lindbergh kidnap ladder to Bruno Hauptmann was taken Monday before Uic New Jersey court of pardons, considering Hauptmann's second appeal for clemency. After three hours deliberation the court, headea by Gov. Harold G. Hoffman, sent out for lunch. The repudiated confession of Paul H. Wcndel, disbarred lawyer to the kidnaping and slaying of the Lindbergh baby also was before the court. Erwin E. Marshall. Mercer county prosecutor, said he 'would do nothing about the Wcndel case until the court of pardons had acted. Court action against those "responsible for railroading" Wcndel was promised by his attorney, John Kates. Wcndel still was held at Tien- ton under a murder charge, hut the county prosecutor said he was convinced there was nothing to warrant prosecution. Wendell said he was "tortured" into confessing. Gaston B. Means, imprisoned Lindbergh case hoaxer, also "confessed" he kidnaped and killed the baby. Department of justice agents said his statements were worthess. .Mrs. Hauptmann _ made ready--._ for what might be her final visit to'her husband's death cell: By DALE HARRISON Co|i,vriKht, l!t:ic, by The Assnclnlet! PI-CM.) TRENTON, N. J., I.Tl--The last ditch effort Lo save Bruno Richard Hauptmann from execution Tuesday night for the Lindbergh baby murder, swung into an attack before the court of pardons Monday on the testimony of one of the state's ace witnesses--Arthur J. Koehler, the wood expert. The court, after having been in session more than two hours, called for that part of the Flemington trial testimony concerned with Koehler's qualifications as an expert. The action was seen as definite indication that Gov. Harold G. Hoffman was pressing his efforts to have the. court act favorably on Hauptmann's plea for mercy--a plea the court once before refused to grant. Hoffman Presses Plea. It was Koehler, a government em- ploye, who testified that wood in the ladder found at the kidnap scene the night of the crime came from, the attic of Hauptmann's Bronx HAUCK TAKEN ILL TRENTON, N. J., (.T)--Prosecutor Anthony M. Hauck, Jr., of Hunterdon county, one of the men who prosecuted Bruno Richard Hauptmann was taken ill suddenly Monday in the conference room of the court of pardons where he was arguing against clemency for the convicted Lindbergh baby killer. A physician was summoned. home -- testimony regarded as 1 among the most damaging to be presented against the prisoner. Governor Hoffman had called the pardons court to consider Hauptmann's clcmcncv plea, and was the most vigorous advocate of the condemned man before the court, which he heads. The governor's interest in the Koehler testimony was shown sev- ural days ago when he visited the Hauptmann home in the Bronx and with a government wood expert .studied the vital wood exhibits first hand. Xol From Attic. The government wood tester ex| pressed .the opinion that the wood I in the kidnap ladder did not como I from Hauptmann's attic--an opinion contrary to Koehler's testimony. Koehler's qualifications as an expert were bitterly but unsuccessfully challenged at the Flemington trial last year by the then chief defense counsel. Edward Reilly. The court session was secret and while it struggled over her husband's fate, Mrs. Anna Hauptmann, went to the death house for what may be her last sight of her husband alive. She will not be allowed to see him Tuesday if the execution hour remains unchanged. 2 Other "Confessions." Besides attacking the testimony of the wood expert. Governor H o f f - j m a n had other information with 1 which he hoped to break down the I,'

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