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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N r OL. XLIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 121 Record Mail on Courts Stewart Is Surprised at Great Interest Shown. By CHARLES I". STEWART ASH I N G T O N, (CP A) -- The average American is, to a surprising extent, more interested in the United States supreme court's fate than 1, at least, would have -expected. It is understandable that lawyers, for ex- a m p l e , should b e v i o l e n t l y alert to such suggestions a s President Roosevelt's Tor liberalization of the high tribunal's membership. Big businessmen of course are wide awake to all its implications. So are, college pro lessors; students in general. Labor and farm leaders naturally sense everything that the presidential plan means. These folks are especially trained to grasp the significance of a proposal as the white house tenant's for reorganization ol the nation's judicial machinery. But I would have supposed it would be' too tcchinal greatly to excite our average. Not a Good Guess. I could not have made a worse guess. The volume of mail and telegrams received by senators and representatives appropos the president's supreme court message has been absolutely unprecedented. I have had about a bushel basketful of letters on the subject myself. The bulk ol these communications are not from highbrows but from the rank-and-file of citizens (and citizenesses). They are ox- pressed remarkably well-informed fashion, too. We arc a better educated people than I had thought. I believe also that we have astonished most of our legislators. r -a -- Up-on Constitution, ^.^Vl^Jid*inotrealize thai so many of us wereifamiliar with -'the..federal constitution. We-.'must have streaked it, on short notice, for works of reference, to read up. The IT. S. constitution, I would bet, has been a best-seller in recent weeks. The overwhelming verdict, at the outset, unquestionably was against the presidential plan. My notion is that this is because we still are a conservative country --opposed, in principle, to change. We are not so conservative as we were, but tradition counts yet. It counts more in some spots than in others, but apparently it counts considerably everywhere. Opposed Vehemently. Anyway, there's nowhere, as indicated by congressmen's letters from home, that supreme court additions have popular support. In most constituencies it is opposed vehemently. This is not to say that a constil- .tutional amendment is not demanded. It is. But not the additions. As spokesman for the American Federation of Labor, William Green has expressed himself prn- presidenlially. So has John L. Lewis, as head ot his rival indus- t r i a l set-up. Their uttcrnnces have not made much difference, it the home folk's correspondence signifies. . Tabcr on Other Side. L. J. Tabcr, master of the National -Grange, has proclaimed himself 'anti-presidentially.. That has not seemed to make much difference, either. The rule lias been, from the first, that lawmakers from working class bailiwicks have had a larger proportion of anti-presidential mail than those from the rural sections. Nor does it appear, in either case, to be manufactured sentiment--"canned" letters. The overwhelming majority of- these read as if they were composed by the very individuals who signed them. Afraid (o Come Out. I know of only a few legislators who say their correspondence is at least 50-50 pro-presidential. The rest report an anti-presidential trend of 1 to 10 or 20 or 300 anti. Nevertheless, plenty of lawmakers from anti-presidential realms are afraid to come out anti-presi- dentially. They are fearful of a shift in popular feeling. They are apprehensive of a landslide the other way, if they commit themselves. They suspect, in short, that the president will prove, as the situation develops itself, to have been a craftier politician than they are --that he will be in an ultimate majority. lowan Hnnffs Himself. KNOXVILLE, {!?) -- Lawrence Simpson, 35, Columbia, Iowa, farmer, took his life by hanging at his home. RESIST HOMESTEAD AID CHANGE U. S. LOANS AND GRANTS SOUGHT INHOUSINGPLAN Roper Comments on Labor's Growing Use of Sit Down Strike. WASHINGTON, (IP)--Two democratic leaders asked congress Wednesday to set up a billion dollar low rent housing and slum clearance program. Introducing a bill to authorize federal loans and grants to local authorities to aid in housing families oE small incomes, Senator Wagner (D-N. Y.) and Representative Steagall (D-AIa.) declared they had the indorsement of many "sectors of the federal government." The authors of ihe measure would create a new United States housing authority under which, they said, the president could gather "the scattered organizations now empowered to engage in housing." ' They believed the federal funds recommended would bring about $500,000,000 of non-federal loans. They figured 375,000 family dwelling units requiring about $4,000 each'could be provided. Comments on Strikes. The growing use oC sit down strikes as a weapon in labor controversies won comment from Secretary Roper Wednesday. "Any sit down strike that undertakes to take over private property," he said, "is a serious and fundamental thing and in my opinion would not be long endured by the courls." Roper spoke at a press conference. He stressed that the views he expressed were personal. ' Secretary Roper also hinted the go ye rnment ..might, produce.,- i ts own' steel for use 1h'building"havy ships. . - . ' ' " · ' Asked whether tariffs might be lowered to permit imports for navy building, he replied "it would be more likely to look for government production o£ steel." Debate Trade Policy. Republicans and democrats renewed in the senate Wednesday their campaign debate over reciprocal trade agreements. Senator Harrison (D-Miss.) made light of Governor Landon's campaign warning against competition from the babassu nut oil of Brazil. Senator V;indenberg (ll-Mich.) replied thai "the stale dcpnrtment has made it impossible to tax this oil from Braul, which presents a competitive danger to our home markets." Many another campaign argument was heard again, while the republicans sought to amend the proposal to'extend the president's power to negotiate trade pacts for another, three years. Democratic leaders declared the measure would pass unchanged. Action on Court Blocked. Objections by Senators King (D-Utah) and McNary (R-Ore.) blocked action in the senate Wednesday on legislation which would permit supreme court justices to retire voluntarily at 70 with full pay. The retirement bill, which already has been passed by the house, has been approved by President Roosevelt although it is not a part of his broader program for putting "new blood" into the high tribunal. The measure came up during consideration of bills on the calendar, requiring unanimous consent for their approval. Both King and McNary objected. King has expressed opposition to the president's program'. Motion Not in Order. A moment later, Senator McCarran (D-Nev.) attempted to move to take up the bill, but McNary, the republican leader, contended the motion was not in order. The Nevada senator is expected, however, to gel the court bill up Thursday or the next day. Tli senate civil liberties committee studied documents submitted by Robert C. Travis, United Automobile Workers' organizer. To investigate his statements that General Motors have become "nxorG vicious" toward union workers since the sit-down strike ended they adjourned hearings for a week. While its foreign affairs committee called new witnesses in its hearings on neutrality legislation, the house considered minor bills. Child Suffers Bums. MARSHALLTOWN, (IP) -- Dor- vol Kaufmann, 2, suffered severe burns when a sheet of his crib caught fire from an electric plate. The plate had been placed ncsr the crib to boil water used in .treatment of the boy's cold. Man Quizzed After 8th Torso Slaying LOOK INSIDE FOR- DR. JAMES B. CONANT 90th Anniversary of S. U. I. Is Observed ON PAGE -L Holy Family Winner in Champion Tussle ON PAGE U 222 at Swea City Hit Iowa Retail Sales Tax ON PAGE 10 PLAN-TO CALL EXTRA ELECTION To Fill Vacancy in State Senate Due to Death of Driscoll. DES MOINES, (/P)--Gov. Nelson G. Kruschol said Wednesday he will call a special election lo fill the vacancy in Ihe senate caused by the death of State Senator T. F. Dristoll, democrat of Farmington, Tuesday night. Scnalor Driscoll, 40, one of the youngest members ot the senate, died at Mercy hospilal here from a heart allack suffered while lie was 'recovering from influenza. He was laken to the hospital Feb 9. He was elected to the senate in Lee county in 193-1, defeating former Senator Joe Fraley, republican, Fort Madison, by 325 votes. Fraley previously served in the legislature for 20 years. He was the co-author of a bill now pending in the legislature lo raise state income lax excmplions on incomes lo $1,000 for single persons and $1,800 for heads of families. Born at Belfast, Iowa, Nov. Ifl. 1B96, he attended grade and high school at Farmington. He was a fanner and stone quarry operator. Surviving are his wife and six daughters. Governor Kraschel said nominations to fill the unexpired term ending in 193B will be made by both' parties either at conventions or by the party senatorial committees., Report 288 Scarlet Fever Cases in Iowa DES MOINES, /P)--The slate department of health said Wednesday there were 288 scarlet fever cases reported in Iowa fo Ihe weclc ending Feb. 20. Forty two cases were in Polk county. POLICE SEEK TO FIND TRAILS OF MISSING WOMEN Sex Maniac Is Blamed for Decapitation Murders in Cleveland. CLEVELAND, (/P)--Detectives on an intensive .search for the sex crazed maniac blamed for eight Cleveland torso slayings since September, 1934, questioned a man Wednesday concerning the disappearance of twice married Mrs. Anna Zibert. After a scnrch of missing persons files, police said she was one of two women most closely resembling the latest victim--whose nude torso, severed with surgical skill, was found late Tuesday on the Lake Erie shoreline in Cleveland's eastside. No charges had been placed against the suspect, who knew the woman well, detectives said. Missing Since Jan. 15. The disappearance of Mrs. Zibert, missing since Jan. 15, was reported "five days later by her father, Thomas Latkovich. Her physical description and the fact that she was listed as the mother of two children, police said, closely fitted the description given by Coroner Samuel R. Ger- bcr. Detectives also sought to learn whether Miss Flavia Pillot, 28, who came here from Canton, Ohjo, last Friday to stay with her brother John, could be the eighth victim of the mad slayer. . : - -.Miss-Pillot- vanishei^thcr-Tiext mornin:gY~the · bTotiiei-'^old "delee- lives, after she was reprimanded for coming to Cleveland unannounced. In Water Short Time. Police Lieut. William Sargent said the latest torso apparently had not been in the water more than a day or two before it was discovered only a few miles from where Mrs. Zibert, married a second time four months ago, lived. One previous victim was found at almost the same spot. The mutilated bodies of five others were left in the desolate Kingsbury Run section, several miles awiiy. The maniac blamed for the eight sliiyinfis can be charged only with violation of a health ordinance, Detective Sergeant James Hogan declared Wednesday. "Even if the slayer confessed," Hogan asserted, "that wouldn't help us any. Violation of a health ordinance is the only charge we could place against him. No Legal Identity. "That's a fine of $50 and 30 days in the workhouse." Although several of the previous seven were identified, Hogan said, no friends or relatives could be found "who could swear from the wilness stand thai the Slain persons had once been living, breathing human beings in good health." For this reason, he said, no murder charges could now be filed even if the surgically- skilled maniac weer captured. "He gives us one regularly every fqur months," commented Detective Orley May, veteran of the police homicide squad. Coroner Samuel R. Gerber said the woman victim was between 25 and 35 years old, of fair complexion and slight build, weighing about 110 pounds, and had been a mother once--possibly twice. 4 Raid. DES MOIWES, (If)--Four persons were arrested and a quantity of liquor and drugs seized in a raid by local officers on two rooming houses. Those under arrest were held for investigation. KGLO Helps Officers Capture Theft Suspect KGLO "brings 'em back alive," so to speak (with all due apologies to Frank Buck.) A least this is the way Mr. and Mrs. R. Z. Nicholes, who reside l'/i miles west of. Nora Springs feel about the Mason City station. For Mr. and Mrs. Nicholes awoke Wednesday morning to find a corduroy coat, a Waltham watch nnd two other watches, and a Remington r i f l e missing. And perhaps it shodltl be mentioned the hired man was also missing. Since the hired man, Harold Hart, who had been working at the farm about two weeks, was asleep when the family returned home Tuesday evening, and was missing Wednesday morning, the evidence was too conclusive lor the Nicholes to pass up. They immediately telephoned to the Mason City police station, the proper procedure in this kind of a situation, and the police put the information on Ihe air over KGLO. Within 40 minutes, Sheriff F. C. Schwiegcr of Hampton reported t h a t Hart was taken into custody because of the yadio report. L i: I' C'.': v \' Not Identified as Carroll Slayers Witnesses to the dice game slaying of Earl Heirtcr at Carroll failed to identify Paul Schroetler, 31, left, anil his brother Everett, 20. as the men who killed Heitlcr. Tlie Schroetler brothers, arrested after a sun battle with Oskalonsa nolice. arc shown In jail at Ot- turmva, where they arc charged with the robbery ot a driiff store (Iowa Daily Tress Photo) SUIT AGAINST Judge 'Grants' Motion Made by P e ggy Garcia's Attorney. PICTURE ON PAGE I NEW YORK, #)-- Peggy Garcia's 5300,000 breach of promise suit against Dave Rufainoff ended abruptly in supreme 'court Wednesday when Justice Salvatore A. Cottillo granted a motion to discontinue made by her counsel, Bernard Sandier. Sandlcr's decision to drop the action against the radio violinist occurred while Peggy was on Ihe stand relating the details of her marriage in 1925 lo Taylor .Vance Guinn. Justice Cottillo ' broke in and said: "There is no desire un my part to continue this trial and drag in dirt and have Ihe names of innocent persons dragged into it. Why doesn't counsel make a motion -to discontinue?" In discontinuing the case, Justice Cotillo said that the minutes of the testimony would be sent to the office of District Attorney William C. Dodge, for consideration. Marriage, Laxv Digest. Sandlcr's action -followed a digest by Justice Cotillo concerning marriiiRe laws in the stale of Virginia, where Peggy admitted thai she wed G u i n n in the city of Salem. The digest reads: "A marriage contracted by a female in the state of Virginia at the age of 12 years without the consent of her parents, even though there has been no cohabitation and even though after the 'marriage ceremony the parties separated, is slill only a voidable marriage and is binding and conclusive upon both parties unless set aside by a court of competent jurisdiction in an action where both 'parties to the contract are parties." The discontinuance took place over the objections of Abraham Halprin, Rubinoff's attorney, who said that "serious charges" had been made against his radio violinist client by the Garcia girl and he wanted an opportunity to prove they were not true. Too Much "Dlri." In dismissing Ihe jury which hnri listened to teslimony for Ihe last leu days, the justice said that he thought he did the best thing "in the interest of justice" and that "plenty of dirty testimony would have been brought out and the trial would have dragged on for two or three weeks." Cornelius H, Taylor, 67 year old WPA employe, Peggy's father, testified that he could not "exactly remember to a day" when his daughter, the eighth and last of his children by his first wife, was born. As near as he could recollect, after seeing Ihe record in the books of Dr. M. P. Rucker, of Bedford City, Va., the obstetrician nt Peggy's birth, the father said he thought Peggy was born in Bedford City on Jan. R, 1814, which would have made her 1 1 years and SPANISH SHELL HURTS BRITONS Bursts on Quarterdeck oJ . British Warship Diu-ing .Valencia Battle. LONDON, {#)--The admiralty announced Wednesday five members of the crew of the British battleship Royal Oak, including several ranking officers, had been injured when a shell burst on the quarterdeck during the Spanish insurgent air bombardment of Valencia Tuesdnyl The shell apparently came froin n Spanish government, a n t i - a i r craft gun which was firing on the attacking planes. The planes dropped incendiary bombs on the port section' of Valencia, with damage described in Spanish advices as "slight." Capt. T. B. Drew, three othe officers and one seaman aboard the Royal Oak were slightly hurt by shell splinters. None, it was announced, was "incapacitated." Later the battleship put out to sea. It was the second such inciden! in the last two weeks. On Feb. 15, it was announced the British Hav- ock and Gypsy had fired on n plane, believed to have been an insurgent craft, which t r i e d to bomb them ne;ir Cape Tcnez, off the Algerian coast To Hold T n q n c s l . WATERLOO, (VPj -- The Black H a w k county coroner will hold an inquest into the death of Paul Kline of LaPorte City, shot by tiie LaPorte city marshal!, Harry Kruse, Saturday night. The Weather FORECAST I O W A : Partly cloudy to cloudy Wednesday nieht and Thursday ;not much change in temperature. MINNESOTA: Clouely and unsettled Wednesday night and Thursday; not much change in temperature. IN MASON CITY Globc-Gaxctle weather figures for 21 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning: M a x i m u m Tuesday 2.1 Almvr. Minimum in IViprht 4 Alinvc At 8 A.' M. Wednesday 8 Above Trace of Snow ' The mark ot Tuesday's weather was the large amount of dust in the air and on Ihe community's snow blanket. The snow was more gray than white, ns a matter o£ fact. Whether it was Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma or Texas dust is a matter of controversy. two months old, at the time of her alleged first marriage. Defense counsel had contended that Peggy was married when she charged Rubinoff promised to marry her. Rubinoff and his three brothers left the I'ourl room, smiling al the a b r u p t ending. Cold Eases Iowa Flood Conditions DES MOINES, ()--Though -·old weather continued to ease the flood situation- Wednesday, iwirling waters o£ the Skunk ·iver rolled through levee break's over the Green Bay district south o£ Burlington. Charles D. Reed, Iowa meteo- ·ologist, said flood threats of the Des Moines river at Tracy and OUumwa continued lo diminish IS the river dropped more than a foot at both points. He also said below freezing temperatures in southeastern Iowa slowed down Ihe runoff water feeding streams and rivers in that section. Tartly Cloudy Weather. He forecast partly cloudy to rloudy weather for Wednesday night and Thursday, without nuch change in temperatures. As skies were cloudy throughout the stale, except in the extreme southern section, light snows were reported Wednesday by Charles Cily and Davenport The weatherman said the minimum temperatures anticipated for Wednesday ·night were: Northwest Iowa, 10 degrees above; northeast five above; southwest 15 above, and southeast 18 above. Low temperatures reported early Wednesday included 4 degrees above at Mason City and E'orest City and 6 above at Charles Cily, while the highest reported in the last 24 hours was 36 degrees above at Council Bluffs. Over 10,000 Acres. More than 10,000 acres of bottom land were inundated as the result-of -dike, gaps on both the north arid south sides ol 1 the river, which empties into the Mississippi through the broad, fertile, but often inundated Green Bay bottoms flood plain. Flood waters also rose out of the Mississippi at Davenport and out of the Cedar river near Muscatine. At Davenport, police took lo boats lo rescue Charles Harvey, B4, Merle Walker, (H, and Mrs. Elizabeth Minder, 72. from their Mississippi water encircled homes in west Davenport. Thirteen families were forced out of their homes. Meanwhile Norlh Iowa reported its first dust storm of the year, which swept over the area from South Dakota as far ens!, a: Charles City and as far south, a Humboldt, painting the while snow blanket a dirty yellow. Still Battle Drifts. In northeast Iowa snow crew: still battled drifts piled up by tin week-end storm. Virtually al main highways were open for a1 least one way traffic but many country roads still remained to be cleared for traffic. In the Green Say district, nearly a score of farm homes were surrounded by water and severa of them were flooded. The Grcer Bay school was closed. The flooc swept i n t o the area so quickly Ihrough, (lie broken levees that several f a n n e r s were unable lo drive Iheir livestock lo higher ground or move out t h e i r families before escape was cut off. Rescue workers stood by ready with boats to bring marooned families out jf the water should rise much higher. Plant Shut Down. Across the Mississippi from Davenport, the Hock Island river forced a shutdown of the Sears power plant and flooded several families from their homes in South Moline, 111. Muscatine county engineers used dynamite to ease the pressure of ice gorges in the Cedar river, which threatened to damage several bridges. Several thousand acres were flooded by the Cedar but no serious damage was reported. The Rock Island railroad suspended service on its branch line between Muscatine and Nichols. 22 miles west The Dos Moines river crept bai:k lo Us channel Wednesday, Ihe freezing weather robbing it of flood water. Workers continued trying to dynamite out ice gorges nt Eddyville, which remained a threat in case of high water again. DR. TOWNSEND FOUND GUILTY BULLETIN. WASHINGTON', (/P)--A jury eonviclcri Dr. Francis E. Townsend Wednesday of contempt of the house of representatives for walkinjr out of a committee's hearing last May. HOUSE REJECTS EFFORTS TO CUT RELIEF AMOUNT Brown Defeated in Fight to Set Aside Funds for Other Purposes. DBS MOINES, (/P)--The Iowa louse stubbornly resisted Wednesday attempts to slash the estima- .ed $10,000,000 annual allocation for reduction of property taxes of f a r m and city home owners provided in the homestead tax relief b i l l . " Representative Ed Brown (R) of Dps Aloines fought a lone battle ,o take from the f u n d approprin- :ions for other purposes but the sentiment of the chamber became apparent when his first proposal --to take out 51,500,000 yearly for lid to dependent and crippled children--was defeated, S) to !)3. Time and again he took the floor :o defend his position, demanding: 'Why deprive the tenants of Iowa of any benefits under this act? Why take money from all the people of the state--those who pay sales and income taxes--and hand it over exclusively to home owners?" Assailed by Sours. Four members oC his own party assailed him during debate, Representative Roy ,T. Sours (R) nt Charles City charging that "he would take 87,500,000 from the homstead fund with the amendments he has on file." When Brown's second proposal came to a vote, only a few scattered voices supported him, the house turning down an . amendment which would have diverted a million dollars a year to a stale office bulding fund. Other republicans who joined the attack on Brown's':arnend^ men ts- were -Henry Da vis'' a£r'\Vin-i ' lei-set, Leonard Moore of-Bedford,' 1 and Dewey .Gpode of Bloomfield. At one p o i n t ' G o o d e ' shouted: "Every time you take a penny from this fund you help the bis corporations you're speaking for." lie Mods Opposition. Later Brown replied: "I want to inform the gentleman that 1 do not represent a single corporation in the world," and then reaffirmed a 'statement t h n t "when Ihe bill itself comes up for debate I'll vote for it." Brown met stony opposition a third time when Ihe house voted down, .13 to 85. his proposal Dint five m i l l i o n dollars yearly be taken from the homestead fund for stale aid In public schools. Before Ihe vote was taken. Goodc declared: "If you'll give your assurance t h n t the sales lav- will be repealed, I'll vote against the homestead bill." Major Revenue Source. The sales tax provides the major source of revenue for the tljvee point tax fund which the bill would use to allot $5,500,000 yearly for old age pension payments, 52,000,000 yearly for relief, and the estimated $10.000,000 for homestead tax reduction. A fourth defcal came when Ihe chamber voted down, 42 to 55, Brown's amendment lo exempt bread and m i l k from the sales tax. The vote came n f t e r he askrrl: ''Why tax those fin relief to pay those on relief?" The lasl a m e n d m e n t offerer! by the Polk c o u n t y representative met with less'disfavor on the floor but was withdrawn by the maker to be inserted in another sales lax bill. Some JMakc Money. It would have required him over of all sales tax money collected under the assumption ,is slated by Brown, "thai certain people are making money on the tax." He found support where previously he was vigorously opposed. Representative Robert D. Blue f R ) of Eagle Grove, charged that "one class of business is now m a k i n g as much as 50 per cent on the sales lax," w h i l e Repre- s e n t a t i v e Goodc said he was ill sympathy with the p l a n but t h a t the provision. 1 ; should be inserted elsewhere. Representative G u s t a v o Alcsrh (D) of. Marcus, and Representative O. K. Johnson (D) of K a n a - wha. urged adoption of thr proposal. Paid His Kent. "A grocer I talked with about Ihe sales tax," Alcsch said, "told me candidly he made enough from it to pay his rent." Johnson told of a "certain chain restaurant" in DCS Moines which "admitted it made as much as S12 a day on the tax. They are for it and hope it won't be disturbed." Another corrective change by Representative Le Roy S. Mercer (D) of Iowa Cily, for the benefit of the city of Davenport, was under discussion when n noon recess was taken. This amendment would merely t a k e care of Ihe d i f f e r e n c e between the city and county laM

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