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III ' K S C Q . N E R -! I S ME.?.! i A : ij £ l T 0 F I c: .Y · n ~'-.. 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 K1VB CENTS A COP! ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1,1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 151 Sidelights on Probes Townsend Plan and A T. and T. Get Headlines. By CHARLES F. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , ( C P A ) -- T h e Townsend p l a n , the American Telephone and Telegraph company and the big- industries w h i c h have been arming in anticipation of l a b o r t r o u b l e , have been getting considerable undesirable publicity out of pending congressional investigations. The Townsend quiz might not be particularly dam, igaing to the pension planners' -ause if it were not for the split which occurred, just at the psycho- ogical moment between Dr. Fran- ·is B. Townsend himself and the icheme's business manager, R. E. Elements. The Townsend-Cleroents ·umpus has its aspects of the n- iiculous, in that it is advertised as -esulting from the elderly doctors \ ealousy of his junior associates { i Vrowing reputation as the "real \iiains" of the plan. It was an inci Jlent, however, which perhaps would /iave blown over except for the m- F i l ' vesUgation of the pension proposi- 'ion, right in the midst of it, to keep ·iiscussion of it alive. Merits Not on Trial. ' Briefly, the inquiry and the row :o-ordinated in a way to do one another the most good. The investigation, in its nature .lever was calculated to make out much of a case. The Townsend program may or i' nay not be workable. It is not dis- ' »' )uted that the Townsendites are en- £ itled to advocate it, anyway. Its f f nerits are not on trial before Rep- [{'resentative Bell's committee. AH V that tie committee is at liberty to I determine is, "Is it a racket?" Few folk, if any, who have met Dr. Town- · lend,' believe him to be .a racketeer '' '.-»-mi5lX3en, tjdssibly, but honest. I Thus the investigation was lun I .estined to get anywhere. \ Break Is Emphasized. Nor would it have been so, ex- c°pt as a means of emphasizing the lireak between the doctor and Cie- Morton's Brothers Testify for Defense HAUPTMANN CASE 'BREAK' SEEN ·:k break presents the Town. and plan in the light of a joke It is no advantage to a crusade to ··ie broadcast as a joke. The A. T. T. is unlucky in hav- iv had its president, Walter S. Gif- -.ird chosen as .former President ioover's first minister of economic ecovery. T was present at. a conference · or ewspapermen with president Git- ord, shortly after his selection to io-ht the depression, in its ear ' v . ays, and heard him argue for the maintenance of jobs and wages, to · ieht the then incipient slump. Now he is revealed as head ot -. five-billion dollar corporation, r.mong the leaders of wage-cutters : nd employment slashers of depres- .ion years. Barrels of Money. . time when the A. T. T. barrelsful of money, At a vas making 3 It was rather .funny--that interview with Walter Gifford. He was smoking a cigar. The newspaper hoys pressed him pretty rtrongly. What was he going to do? His cigar kept going out and he kept relighting it Finally he put it in his mouth fire- end first. There is this to 'be- said for Gifford-- "On the pan," before a gathering of newspapermen or a' congressional committee, he is reasonably meek. Some -of his underlings are "sassy;" he has better sense. "Private Armies." Industry's "private armies" are disagreeably advertised by investigations into the coal and coke and steel trades. They have bee,n attacked on constitutional grounds in past times. Their legality is doubtful. Congressional inquiry, proves that they exist, however. These congressional inquiries undoubtedly do uncover a great deal of information that is nobody's business. At the same time, some of it is very, .interesting. PROBERS LEARN TOWNSEND SAW 'MILLIONS IN IT Committee Gets Letter to Clements on Age Pension Move. WASHINGTON, (/T)--A written statement by Dr. F. B. Townsend that "it looks to me as if there might be millions in it" was submitted Wednesday to the house committee investigating the Townsend old age pension plan. The statement was made in a letter to Robert E. Clements, resigned national secretary and cofounder of the movement. In the letter Dr. Townsend urged sending out organizers to "obtain membership wholesale.' James R. Sullivan, the committee's counsel, commented that the reason Dr. Townsend did not want to replace Edward J. Margett, San Francisco area manager, as suggested by Clements, "was because Margett was one of the best producers." Accused of Larceny Three indictments returned against Margett were submitted to the committee by Sullivan. They accused him of grand larceny and accepting the earnings of a prostitute. Earlier the investigators had heard that he received from $1,800 to 52,100 monthly in commissions f.vom the pension drive On taxes, Clyde Conley. Ohic bridge, manufacturer, warned th house ways and means committee, holding hearings on the $799,000,000 program, that the. proposal to levy on corporation income in relation to the amount not passed on promptly to stockholders would drive independent fabricators from the steel industry. Other developments: The National Geographic society said President Roosevelt would present its Hubbard gold medal to Lincoln Ellsworth, explorer. Consider Appropriations. The house considered appropriations to meet next year's operating expenses in the state, justice, labor and commerce' 'departments. The senate turned to debate on the appointment of Lamar Hardy as United States attorney for Legislators in both chambers heard with interest that republican leaders tentatively have selected former Governor Frank 0. Lowden of Illinois as -keynoter for the republican national convention in June. The aim of the leaders, it was said, was to obtain 'a keynoter acceptable to all factions in the party. Senate- Battle-Seen. A possible senate battle involving the social security act was foreshadowed by' an announcement of Senator Clark. (D-Mo.) that he would fight at this session to force action on an amendment to protect existing private pension systems. The idea is to grant refunds of certain social security taxes paid by companies and employes which have pension plans of their own. j Pressing on with their inquiry into the American Telephone and Telegraph ' company, investigators of the communications commission said they would devote attention to lob- Aged Father of Victim Is "13th Juror" BEDFORD, W)--Spectators call W. A. Hatchett the thirteenth juror n district court here where Floyd Horton is on trial for the poison capsule murder of his wife, Elta, 37. Twelve jurors sit in the jury box, their duty to decide whether thc 38 year old farmer should be nanged, sent to prison for life, or freed. The thirteenth juror sits in the front row of the courtroom benches, years ol age, work and grief weighing down his once big framed body, his faded, sun squinted eyes fastened intently upon Horton a.i the state parades testimony of Horton's illicit love life before the court. The thirteenth juror is Horton's father-in-law, father of the attractive wife he is accused of killing in their snowbound farm home Feb. 15. * Had 7 Children. Once he was "Bud" Hatchett, a cattle feeder and farmer with seven children. Now only three children remain. One died when a baby. Another was drowtied. A third vanished. The fourth died in poison produced convulsions. He talks but little as the second week of the trial wears away. But each morning he slides into a seat where he can watch Horton without interference. Perhaps he listens to state witnesses tell ,of his. son- in-law's unfaithfulness to his wife and to his paramour, Mrs. Anna Johnston, the 195 pound widowed neighbor, who pleaded guilty to complicity in the murder, testified against her erstwhile lover, Eyes on Horton. But his eyes seldom leave Horton, who weeps, squirms, mops his wow or sits slumped in his swivel chair. 'Mother and me," he said, "were verv happy. Then Mildred died when a wee baby. Then Eldon left us. He was 32. drowned out in Utah. Then Manford left home--that was before Elta married 14 years ago --and never came. back. We don't know where he went. We used to jet letters from him from Omaha where he said he was making good in a flour mill. Then his letters SHOP EARLY EASIER bying in connection with state legislation. Suggestions on' Laws. Samuel Becker, the commission's special counsel, said Tuesday that telephone officials at New York headquarters sent suggestions to associate Bell companies concerning pending" state legislation and that often such suggestions "have been incorporated in the laws." The capital's latest "lobby" got away to a flying start as Thomas Riggs, Jr., Princeton university student, came here to buttonhole members for payment of a $2,500,000,000 bonus now to the "veterans of future wars!" He said that if the future veterans do not get satisfaction pretty_ quickly there'll be a bonus march. stopped. 'Now Elta's dead. 3 Daughters Left. ! 'It's nearly too much for mother and me. We're getting old." His big, farm work gnarled hand brushed at .his eye. The three Hatchett children remaining to "Bud" Hatchett and his wife - are daughters--all married. Since the' trial opened, Hatchett has refrained from commenting about his son-in-law unless questioned and then he is likely not to CLAIM HE WAS 'BROKEN UP' BY DEATH OF WIFE Lawyers Indicate They Will Make Issue of Oyster Supper. BULLETIN. BEDFORD, (/Pi--Floyd Hortcm told from the witness stand Wednesday :ifti:rnoon his version ot his wife's death, the wife he is on trial for murdering with poison. He emphatically declared he did not know what was in Ihe jar ot medicine his paramour, Mrs. Anna Johnston, testified she prepared for him and his wife. BEDFORD. (.T)--Floyd Horton's attorneys laid the groundwork for their defense of the 38 year old farmer today by seeking to establish that Horton was "all broken up" after his wife's death. Horton, depicted by the state as a philandering farmer unfaithful to both his wife and his paramour, is on trial for the poison capsule murder Feb. 15 of his wife, Elta, 37. State witnesses testified he seemed little moved by his wife's death. Guy Horton, 30, Floyd's brother, testified he went to the Horton home the day after his brother's wife died and that "Floyd look it awful hard." "I never saw Floyd and Elta have an argument or scrap," he said, "and I worked for Floyd and lived K\ them a whole ycjsj-. "All in Fun." "Floyd often joked tlta, but it was all in fun." He also declared his brother told Mrs. Anna Johnston, Floyd's 195 sound, stern faced, widowed paramour: "Anna, you hadn't better stay. You better go home." State witnesses testified Horton called Mrs. Johnston to the Horton home immediately after his wife died and that the neighbor woman with whom he has admitted illicit relationships remained there until VIrs. Horton was buried. Clyde Horton, 46, another brother, also testified that "Floyd was all broken up after Elta's death, crying and talking wildly." He declared his jrother and his wife were "always friendly.' 1 Reached for Gun. In cross examination. Special Prosecutor James R. Locke brought out that Floyd told his brother, -lyde, that he and Elta quarreled the day before she died, that he reached for the question. once the thirteenth juror 'hear" But said: "I liked Floyd when he and Elta. were married.'l thought he was all right then--" ON THE INSIDE VINCENT HARRINGTON Harrington Runs for Lieutenant Governor ON PAGE 3 Cliff Hathaway to Be With Minor Loop Club ON PAGE 9 Latimer Family Routed From Bed; House Burns ON PAGE 14 Lowden Expected to Be G. 0. P. Keynoter i ON.'PAGE 5 Mason City Auto Show Set for April 9 to ON PAGE 8 12 Points Without a Point, April 1 Gift ON PAGE 7 24 HOUR BATTLE field undertaker who prepared Mrs. Horton's body for burial. Saw No Hats. Prosecutor Locke objected when Crew was asked if Mrs. Johnston told him '"Floyd is foolish to have a post mortem done on his wife." Crew was allowed to answer, however, and said he didn't remember such a conversation. He further testified he had known Horton for many years and that "Floyd's reputation for truth is good." He admitted in cross exam- gun and said, "let's i ination that he knew of Horton's BORDER AT END T h r e a t of New Russo- Japanese War Seen in Clash, By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A 21 hour battle which informed soviet sources asserted contained the danger of another Russo-Japanese war was reported in Moscow to have ended Wednesday. The battle was fought on the border between Manchoukuo, the Japanese created empire, and outer Mongolia, the soviet advised state which the Chinese national government still claims is a part of China. Russian sources said the battle was fought in Mongolia, the Japanese general headquarters in Hsinking- claimed it was fought in Manchoukuo. Each Accuses Other. Each party to the dispute claimed the other had used airplanes anc one Japanese source implied that the Mongols used poison gas. Official advices received in Moscow from Mongolia said the Man choukuoans and Japanese had been forced to retreat from Mongolian territory. Mongolia recently concluded mutual assistance pact with Russia under which the red array is pledgee to go to the assistance of Mongolia in case of unprovoked aggression A soviet spokesman sairt "seri ous responsibility" wouid dc.volvc on the Japanese government if the fighting .i" 'Mongolia continued. I. de Neivs Printed. The inaccessability of the area of conflict as well as evidences of censorship prevented a detailed account of what was taking place. Japanese newspapers, for example, printed little news concerning the conflict. Competent authorities qlose to the war and foreign c \ices in Tokio said that if t* "Mongol claim of invasion was " £hey ivere inclined to belk on the border had [Okie's orders. In N. J. Picture 16 Pound Baby Bom to Clear Lake Family CLEAR LAKE -- Clear Lake claims a heavyweight champion in Henry Linne, Jr., a youngster who tipped the scales at 16 pounds at birth Sunday morning. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Linne, 314 South Elm street. Dr. F. A. Barber, attending physician, stated that he is the largest new born babe that he had ever seen. WEATHER PLAYS APRIL 1 TRICK Zero or Near-Zero Readings Forecast as Snow Falls on Whole State. DES MOINES. (.T) -- Wednesday was April fool's ' day. And April, widely known for its showers, fooled lowans by mantling the state with snow. Temperatures also turned downward, the weatherman forecasting zero for the northwest section, five above for the northeast, 10 above for' the southwest and 15 above for the southeast by early Thvrsday Snow during the last 24 hours ranged from a trace at Keokuk up to more than two inches at Sioux City and Des Moines. It continued failing during the day. though at some points it turned from rain to snow and back again as temperatures varied. "It's snowing over the entire state," the weatherman said, "and up in North luwa there will probably be S to 10 inches on the ground by Thursday, for there was six to eight inches already piled up at some points in that section. As for Thursday, the weatherman was hesitant. It may snow quite a bit more and then it may not. But he was certain it was going to be colder- end it all," that Elta replied, "I'm not ready to die yet." Clyde also admitted "Floyd and Elta has spats sometimes," and that "she kidded him about other women." Indicating they would make an issue of an oyster supper Mrs. Johnston testified she served Horton j his wife, her father, Lem Ross. Ruth Slagle, young school teacher who lived with her, and her farm hand, Frank Ladd, defense attorneys questioned Herbert Owens, pharmacist who earlier testified he sold Mrs. Johnston the poison she confessed purchasing. Poison Tastes Bitter. Owens said the poison found in Mrs. Horton's body tastes bitter and that a cathartic Mrs. Johnston testified probably was spilled into Mrs. Horton's oyster stew tastes salty and bitter. The defense brought up the oyster supper in winding up their cross- examination of Mrs. Johnston, the inference being that the widow attempted to poison her lover's wife, previous to Mrs. Horton's death from poison contained in a cold capsule Mrs. Johnston admitted preparing for her. The state contends Horton substituted poison obtained from his paramour in the cold capsule. Defense attorneys indicated in cross- examination they would seek to establish that Mrs. Johnston filled the capsule with poison instead of medicine and that Horton knew nothing about it. Tasted Her Soup. In redirect examination, the state brought out that Mrs. Johnston tasted Mrs. Horton's soup, threw it out and refilled her bowl; that Horton twitted his wife about her taster, but did not taste the soup himself. In turn, defense attorneys brought out in questioning Mis.-; Slagle that Mrs. Morton's bowl was different from the others placed on the table affairs with other women. The defense recalled Frank Ladd, Mrs. Johnston's farm hand, and brought from him that he never saw ·at on Mrs. Johnston's farm or observed any poison. Mrs. Johnston testified she brought the poison to kill rats. Secretive on Plans. Defense Attorneys Homer S. Stephens and James A. Lucas were secretive as to their defense plans, but said they would call about 15 witnesses and that Horton would take.the stand. They held a long conference with Horton Tuesday night. District Judge Homer A. Fuller denied the defense request for a directed verdict when the state rested its case late Tuesday. "There is abundant evidence in the record at this time to sustain the state." the judge ruled, "if a verdict of guilty were returned against this defendant, and the highest penalty assessed, either or the theory that the defendant was an accomplice with Anna Johnston r.r on the theory of a conspiracy be tween them and that she herself ad ministered the poison." As the state brought its case to a close new testimony of Horton's unfaithfulness was given the jury. Mrs. Grace Adair, the dead woman's sister, testified between sobs that Horton made advances upon her five years ago. "Have a Little Fun." Under the questioning of Special Prosecutor James R. Locke, Mrs. Adair said Hot ton came to her and said "he came out to have a little fun." Q. What did you say to him? A. I told him Uiat I didn't want to disgrace my husband and my little girl, and I didn't want to disgrace my sister (Mrs. Horton I, Asked Horton's i-eply to her re- thc witness answered; Severe Earthc Paciff in MANILA, P. earthquake ten' south of Manila, region of the Cel on seismograph."- CHARLES ZIED Wonders confession, later repudiated, 1o the Lindbergh kid- nap-mtirder gave Bruno Kichard Hauptmann a few more days of lifn when a Ne\v Jersey grand jury asked more lime to study it before Hatrptmaim's execution. ,Zied, Philadelphia "cop killer," who was to have preceded Haupt- :.iann to the electric chair, was iranled a 30 day reprieve by ipv. Harold G. Hoffman. T/zeWea FORECAST IOWA: Cloudy, snow Wednesday night and possibly in extreme east portion Thursday morning; colder Wednesday night; continued cold Thursday. MINNESOTA: Cloudy to partly cloudy Wednesday ! night and Thursday, possibly snow in south and cast central portions Wednesday night and slightly colder; not so cold Thursday in extreme north west. ^ IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather fig'-res for 24 hour {-''period ending at o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum' Tuesday 25 ahove Minimum in Night 18 above At. 8 A. M. 21 above Snowfall .5 Of an inch Precipitation .05 of an inch The weatherman's little April fool joke on Mason City assumed the form of a half inch of snow Wednesday morning, which . was added to during the forenoon. ,v-ariiage Estimated at Close to $30,000 Caused at Fort Dodge. FORT DODGE, (.T)--Fire damage estimated at close to 530,000 resulted from the attempt of two yeggs to crack an empty safe at the A. R. Loomis and Sons produce plant here Tuesday night. The two robbers escaped but police believe one was injured in the premature explosion. The two broke into the plant ELECTROCUTION ONFRIDAYH SNEPROGRAM Grand Jury Session Put Off; "Detention" of Wendel Probed. HAUFTMANN AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press. Sensational developments promised to come from the Mercer county grand jury's investigation of the repudiated confession of Paul H. Wendel. With the grand jury in adjournment until Thursday there were widespread rumorg that it would be the source of a new break which might affect the fate of Bruno Hauptmann. saved from death Thursday night by the unprecedented action of the warden in postponing execution. The execution was set Wednesday for 8 o'clock Friday night. Erwin Marshall, the prosecutor, announced the grand jury will inquire into Wendei's detention in a home for feebleminded and the "confessions" obtained by Ellis Parker, nationally known Burlington county detective chief. As the possibility that Hauptmann might escape the death chair beyond Friday night grew, his wife Anna went to the prison to visit him again. William Lagay, secretary to Governor Hoffman, said several telephone calls were received Tuesday, threatening "an after"math" if Hauptmann is executed, and 500 messages had been received urging the governor to stay tlie execution. In Washington. Arch W. Loney, PWA materials expert, said he i had urged Governor Hoffman to investigate the origin of the hoard from which part of the kidnap ladder reportedly was made. He said he understood a board had been purchased from a Bronx lumber company a week after Hauptmsnn's arrest and said it looked as if someone put it in Hauptmann's home. The lumber company said it had no record of such a purchase. Robert W. Hicks, one of Hoffman's investigators, Joft for North Jersey where he said he would check the movements of Wendel which were described as "the most important angle right now." Both Hauptmann in the death house and his wife. Anna, in a Trenton hotel, spent a restful night. Bruno slept until after 10 a. m. By DALE HAKKISON (Cfipj-rliht, IIKIG, by The Associated PrcSR TRENTON. N. J.. .T--The sensation soaked Lindbergh case, stilt reeling from the literally last minute halting of Bruno Richard Hauptmann's execution Tuesday night, was threatened with further startling developments Wednesday. The new break, the nature of which was not disclosed, promised to come from the Mercer county grand jury's investigation of charges that the murder of the baby Lindbergh was done by Paul H. Wendel, now held under a formal charge in the county jail here. The Mercer county prosecutor, Er- wtn Marshall, announced that the jury's investigation, scheduled to iuc .w., V1U ^ ....,, TM ,, have been resumed Wednesday af- about 9 o'clock and surprised Night I temoon, had been deferred until Watchman John Nydegger as he j Thursday morning to permit him to made his rounds. While one of the inquire into circumstances sur- Imrglars guarded Nydcgger the other set to work on the safe. Shortly after, Nydcgger said, the man trying to open the safe cried: "Come and get me out of here." Nydegger said he heard the men flee. Breaking his cords he went to the office which he fiunu in flames. The fire through the wooden ting the building. by Mrs. Johnston. buke. .... A court battle developed when the ! "He said he didn't mean no harm defense called Ralph Crew, Clear- ' by it." State Treasurer Holds Up Illinois Pay Checks SPRINGFIELD, 111., (.Ti--Thousands of employes in departments under Governor Horner's jurisdiction faced a payless payday Wednesday as State Treasurer John Stelle" held up their checks "until we can investigate padded payrolls." "We have discovered more than 3,000 names of payrollers who arc not actually working for the state, and are turning the matter over to the attorney general's office," Stelle said. Stelle, a candidate for lieutenant goveinor on the "regular" demo- cratic primary ticket, sponsored by Mayor Edward J. Kelly of Chicago and Patrick Nash, democratic national committeeman. in opposition to Governor Homer's campaign for re-nomination, has been caustic in his attacks on the governor in the primary campaign which closes April 14. The order did not extend to em- ployes of Stelle.'s office. Secretary of State Hughes' staff or Auditor Barrett's employes. These three are members of mary ticket Homer. the Kclly-Nash pri- opposed by Governor rounding Wendei's "detention" at Mt. Holly in February by the nationally known Burlington county detective chief. Ellis Parker. Conducts Own Probe. Parker, conducting' his own unofficial investigation of the Lindbergh i murder in the firm belief that Hauptmann was not guilty of the crime, is the man who obtained the 1 three "confessions" which Wendel subsequently repudiated but which were largely the basis on which the grand jury won the delay in Hauptmann's execution plans Tuesday (night. | The exact nature of the develop! ment could not be made public immediately, a high source said, but it was indicated it would be sensational. With Marshall's announcement that witnesses would appear in connection with the "detention" nf Wendel in Burlington county. It was apparent that all phases--including the murder charge against the man in Mercer county--would come before the grand jury, Wants to Testify. John Kafes, Wendei's attorney, announced Wednesday that Wendel had asked the grand jury frr permission to appear before it. and said that he believed lie could sho-,v the alleged "confessions" were un

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