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April 11, 1934

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 2

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t|.ntl*.tiUl«j*l(lMkiW»i TWO MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE 2 DEMOCRATIC SLATES LIKELY Intra-Party Opposition to State Officials Raises Its Head. DES MOINES, April 11. t-P)-- Intra-party opposition raised its head today against the democratic Iowa state officials who now are engaged in a joint campaign for renomination. Two democratic legislators were contemplating whether to accept places on an "opposition" slate for the party nomination for governor and lieutenant governor and there was the possibility that names might be advanced for other state ^Representative Charles J. Zylstra of Sioux City was urged in a meeting here yesterday to seek the democratic nomination for governor and Representative C. L. McKinnon of Henry was suggested foi lieutenant governor. Will Decide Soon. They indicated that their decisions would be forthcoming shortly Governor Herring and the other i democratic state officals, who con ? stitute the first democratic admin I ] istration in many years in normallj l ,' republican Iowa, are conducting a ! 1, joint campaign with the indorse | ! ment of the party state centra 1 ' committee. i Discussion in yesterday's meeting ' touched on this indorsement and on i various "sore spots" which might point the way toward the naming of an "opposition" slate to seek the i ! ' party nominations in the June l primaries. · ' i Called by Representative T. G. 1 . Jensen of Audubon and by Representative Zlystra, the meeting was attended by a number of demo! cratic state representatives and I other party adherents. | Policies Are Aired. f Those attending were unwilling ! to discuss the session but it was understood it aired policies of ! party leaders on questions of i patronage and the indorsement of ' the present state officials by the central committee. It also was understood that some blame was attached to the administration for failure to place pressure on the legislature for additional farm relief and for resolutions for "certain 1 Investigations." Some of those present expressed the opinion that the state central 1 committee indorsement was to preclude the entrance of other candidates in the primary race, limiting it to the incumbent state officials. Snpport Not Indicated. It was explained by several of ' those attending that their presence did not necessarily mean they would support any movement toward an opposition slate but that they were · 3 -l there in response to the letter of in- IN DAY'S NEWS DK. ALFREDO ZAYAS HAVANA, April 11. W)--Dr. Alfredo Zayas, former president of Cuba and widely known historian, died today. He was 19 years old. l The letter, signed by Representa- } tivea Jensen and Zylstra, said: ~%*^, number of influential demo- crate from ail over the state have felt -that the party is seriously 'handicapping itself by limiting the candidates to be chosen in the primaries to the present office-holders. "If our party setup is such that our candidates can he defeated within their own party it should certainly be learned in the primary and not left to be discovered in the fall election. Meet to Discuss Problem. "It has -therefore, been thought wise to have a meeting of a num- fer of our party's independent and forward looking members for the purpose of discussing this Problem and to decide on suitable candidates if it is thought best to do so." Among those attending were Representatives Zlystra, Jensen Mc- Ktonon, Paul I. D. Ostby of Worth, C E. R. Fuester of Ida, J. E. Craven of Jasner, W. A- Yager of Dickinson and L" P. Foster of Cedar; Joseph Utterback, chairman of the Mahaska county central committee, and R. L. Jones of Des Moines. The meeting followed a similar gathering of about 12 democratic legislators here two weeks ago and apparently was a surprise to leaders within the state central committee, who had predicted that tie officials would encounter little opposition within the party. Du Maurier, Noted English Actor, Dies LONDON, April 11. CZB--Sir Gerald du Maurier, 61, noted actor, died in a nursing home today after an operation for an internal disorder Famed as an actor, producer and manager, Sir Gerald was born at Hampstead, England, March 2o, 1873. He was the son of the late George du Maurier, who won renown as an artist on the staff of Punch and as author of "TUby. MRS. ROOSEVELT CONTRADICTS WIRT (Continued From Page 1 had been getting any rent out of their places. Mrs. Roosevelt has set June 9 for her next visit to the Reedsville project. Wirt was accompanied to the capitol by his counsel, former Senator James A. Reed of Missouri. Asked if he intended to go home, Wirt replied: "You'd better ask Senator Reed about that." Reed answered: No Reason to Stay. "I know of no reason why he should not go back home, unless he has some better place to go." Wirt was asked if he planned _a statement on the inquiry, and again referred his questioners to :eed, who replied: "I don't want to make any comment on that. You saw it all and you can draw your own inferences.' Chairman Bulwinkle, unable to reach Wirt over the telephone, sent a telegram to his hotel advising him of the committee's decision, so this morning, when he got that message, Wirt went to see Bulwinkle. Wirt and Reed chanced upon Bulwinkle in the lobby of the new house office building. Has Other Business. Reed said today he had other business in Washington and probably would remain in the capital "a day or two." Asked if'he had any comment to make "about things that have happened in Washington since you left here," he answered: "I think the new deal is a very good thing for the notels." . · While Reed was talking with newspapermen, Dr. and Mrs. Wirt returned to the hotel by taxi Democrats labelled Dr. Wirt's "red plot" testimony as "bunk" and from republican ranks there came cries of "gag" and "whitewash." Inquiry Washed Up. The majority men, after listening to the Gary, Ind., schoolmaster made clear they have no intention 01 summoning any of the kingpins of the so-called brain trust. They frankly expressed the opinion that after six guests at a Virginia dinner party attended by Dr. Wirt testify next week, the inquiry will be all washed up. Republican members of the special house committee, however, were vehement in demands that . sub- poenaes be served on the bigger "brain trusters" quoted second hand by Dr. Wirt yesterday as planning to "overthrow our existing social order." Based on Dinner. Although Wirt conceded that his allegations were based largely on statements the "satellites" made at the September dinner party, he made clear that he felt Rexford Guy Tugwell, assistant secretary of agriculture and so-called "No. 1 brain truster " was a leader in the "revolution" move to which he professed Dr. Wirt's companions at the McLean, Va., dinner were named as Robert Bruere, chairman of NRA's textile code authority; David C. Coyle, PWA architect; Miss Hildegarde Kneeland, department of ag- iculture economist; Miss Mary Tayor economist in the AAA consumer division; Laurence Todd, correspondent of Tass, the soviet news agency; and the hostess, Miss Alice Barrows, a former secretary of Wirt but now in the interior department. New Tax Bill Debate Topic at Lake Mills Elthon, Dean Clash at Banquet Honoring Farm Guests. LAKE MILLS, April 11.--The pros and cons of the new Iowa tax plan were presented last night before a banquet crowd of 200 local businessmen and farmers at the high school gymnasium by two members of the legislature which produced the debated legislation. One was Earl Dean of Mason City, Cerro Gordo county representative; the other Leo Elthon of Worth county, senator for Winnebago, Mitchell and Worth counties. The banquet was sponsored by the jake Mills Chamber of Commerce, with a membership of almost 90, and the farmers present were guests of the local businessmen. Speaking first, Mr. Dean, a member of the interim tax committee which sponsored the three-point tax bill passed by the .special session, insisted that it constituted a definite advance toward solution of Iowa's intolerable tax burden on real property. Attacks Sales Tax. Senator Elthon slashed into the sales tax feature of it and placed major responsibility for it upon Governor Herring. "There will be no replacement tax " he asserted, "until the present dictator is removed from the state house." . Mr. Dean began his discussion ot the tax problem by maintaining stoutly that the twenty million dollars to be raised by the new tax bill will be a replacement tax, definitely subtractable from the present tax bill of $80,000,000 a year collected on real property. In 1930, he recalled, the states tax bill reached a high of ?110,000,000 This year it will be $30,000,000 lower than that and when the three- point bill becomes operative, the real property tax will be reduced to approximately $60,000,000. This, he observed, is almost a 50 per cent cut What Is Expected. The three point tax program is expected to raise fourteen and a half million dollars from the sales tax, three and a half to four million from personal income tax, a half million from corporation income tax and a million and a half from the special public utilities sales tax, Mr. Dean The Mason Cityan admitted that the sales tax levies disproportionately upon those of modest means b*ut added that the offset to this is the state net incerne tax which collects on a sliding scale from those with greater ability to pay the costs of governemnt. The Cerro Gordo county representative also directed some attention to the gross income tax proposal, pointing out that the idea of a flat rate on dollar turnover has proved unsuccessful and impractical where- ever in any of its varied forms and names it has been tried. It Sounds Good But-"I grant," he said, "that the idea of doing away with all property taxes has an alluring sound. I was intrigued by it until I studied it through and I believe that lowans generally are going to see the catch in the plan, as South Dakota has, before they commit themselves to its adoption. ' . . . . "The all important fact is that doliar turnover has no relation whatsoever to profit and profitability to pay--in the final analysis is the thing from which we pay our ' To support his declaration that 'the gross income tax distinctly is not a fanner's tax," Mr. Dean made a comparison between the farmer with a gross income of $5,000, out of which a thousand dollars might be netted, and the salaried worker receiving a yearly income of $5,000. They would, he held, pay substantially the same tax in "complete disregard of the -ability to pay' factor in the equation." "Sales Tax Would Be Piker." "The sales tax we have with us now" he added, "would prove a piker in comparison with the sales tax we would be inviting if we turned to the dollar-turnover tax. Operation of interstate commerce restrictions would, said Mr. Dean, preclude adequate tax collections from outsiders with large holdings in Iowa and from Iowa concerns with products marketed In other Senator Elthon traced the efforts for tax reduction and tax revision down through the Turner administration to the present. He charged Governor Herring with the blame for calling the ill-reputed special session. Stage Was All Set. "The stage was all set," he said, "at the regular session last spring to pass the necessary tax legislation It was Mr. Herring who asked to have It put off. Why? I frankly haven't been able to learn." The measure which would have been passed at that time, he asserted, is similar to the present bill except that there would have been no sales tax feature. This Senator Elthon .characterized as "damnable" and he charged "steam-roller" tactics In obtaining its enactment. Sam flrotewoW Presides. W. S. Grotewold, as president of the local Chamber of Commerce, introduced the speakers. Other officers of the chamber include Ed Gesme, vice president, I. L. Moen, secretary-treasurer; 0. K. Groe, G. W. Aasgaard, Walter Bakken and Hans Twito, directors. Musical entertainment was provided by the Rusty Hinge quartet of Mason City and by Walter Ingebretson, local high school baritone, with Miss Louise Richards at the piano. W Earl Hall of Mason City spoke on the subject of "Only Yesterday." H. N. Hanson, Winnebago county representative, also spoke briefly. parks, on the basis of three-fourths of the returns. Fred A. Britten, republican congressman from the ninth district and dean of his party in the lower house at Washington, was far in the lead for renomination, and faced a fight in November against an old rival who is still contesting the last election. McAndrews Also Certain. Britten had 9,622 votes when wa precincts out of 187 were to. Joseph A. Wise, his closest competitor, had 775 Equally certain of nomination was James McAndrews, veteran Democrat. He had' 3,938 votes against 380 for the man in second Pl Co 6 ok county's electionth ^ asm ^; scribed last night as the most peaceful and orderly in its history. There were only seven arrests and one report of gunplay, in which no one was injured. County Judge Edmund K. Jar- DEMO REGULARS SWEEP PRIMARY (Continued From Faie 1) appeared safely nominated. In Cook county the democrats, on the basis of incomplete returns, polled an indicated vote of around 400,000, or slightly less than double that of the republicans. Downstate the indicated vote was 270,000 for the democrats and 450,000 for the republicans. If these figures are not overturned by additional returns they indicate that the democrats polled about twice as many votes as in the last off year election in 1930 when their total vote was 327,312, but far below the 1932 figure when they rolled up the huge figure of 816,773. If the ratio is maintained until the final vote is in it was indicated that the republican vote for the state at large would run about half of the 1930 and 1932 figures. Sweep to Victory. Of the 17 "new deal" democratic congress incumbents the 15 regarded as having organization support, swept on to victory. Rainey received 10,079 votes in 80 precincts out of 202, compared with 1,872 for Klrby. In 523 precincts out of 536, Church was leading Simpson 21,074 to 19,202. Chicagoans voted nearly 3 to 1 In favor of consolidation of the city's fraud had a "salutary effect." DEFENSE STARTS IN TRIAL OF BEH (Continued From JfMe 1) versations Moon had in Washington with PWA officials. Assistant District Attorney Frank Wilson produced letters written by Moon to public works officials in which Moon said he did not know how the documents happened to be in the possession of Beh and McDermott, a former employe of Beh's, and that alterations had certainly been made. Moon identified the letters written by him. The letters, which were read to the jury, stated that alterations had been made by "unauthorized persons" and that Beh "had reason to desire that the loan not be granted. Threatened Injunction. Earlier, before the prosecution rested, a witness from the capitol testified that Beh threatened to seek an injunction to restrain the government from making loans to Iowa cities. The witness was Harry J. McNerney, public works attorney, who said he was present at a conference between Beh and Foley. McNerney corroborated testimony late yesterday of Foley and Col. Henry M. Waite, deputy public works administrator, that Beh threatened an injunction against PWA to prevent applicants from getting loans from the government. "Foley told Beh the government couldn't go along with him on such a. statement that the public works administration limits its activities to grants only," McNerney said. Made Declaration. Foley had previously stated on the witness stand that Beh, who was accompanied by Harold M. Cooper of Marshalltown, chairman of the state public works advisory board, declared flatly "the government is not going to take bread out of my mouth." McNerney amplified F o 1 e y S statement that Beh announced that the public wroka administration was "not going to run me out of business." The government spent the major portion of the trial session this morning introducing Into evidence 24 exhibits including the original application and duplicates, the altered application, letters, telegrams and other documents. Mayor Manning was called back to the stand for a brief cross examination by the defense of penciled notations on a letter from the Beh company in Des Moines. to Mayor Manning. Testifies on Letter. He also testified as to receipt of a letter from the Beh company, dated Sept 7 and signed by Owen p. McDermott of Des Moines, at that time one of Beh's employes, in which it was stated that the original applications were being returned to the city together with copies of the altered applications. Manning said he opened the letter and found copies inside which appeared to be identical to the original application. He said that the'copies were read carefully and that no changes were noted. Chief defense counsel Merrill Gilmore of Ottumwa developed on cross examination that Manning submitted the enclosures to Judge Moon for comparison. The Ottumwa mayor .denied that Judge Moon suggested that Manning call up Beh for information when it was found that only copies of the original application were discovered in the envelope containing the letter. U,S, FLEET OFF MEXICO COAST Blue Fleet S u r f a c e Craft Pitted Against Subs of Brown Fleet. WITH THE TJ. S. FLEET, OFF THE COAST OF MEXICO, April U. ufj_Surface craft of the blue fleet were pitted in theoretical combat against the giant new submarines 6f the brown fleet today as Uncle Sam's mighty armada moved southward enroute to the east coast. An attack by the submarines, last word in undersea craft, climaxed 3fa hours of maneuvering and followed a night in which low, rakish destroyers made swift forays in simulation of actual warfare. Capable of cruising 25,000 miles with a displacement tonnage o£ 4,000, the submarines are armed with six-inch guns and house airplanes of their own. The dirigible Macon continued to maneuver with the fleet in tactical tests, flying farther from its base than ever before. It pitted its scouting abilities against the scout cruisers of the attacking brown fleet. Three planes of the squadron ot 15 flying boats winging their way to the canal zone, where they will meet the fleet, were expected to leave La Paz today for Acapulco, having been delayed by motor trouble. The balance of the squadron reached Acapulco yesterday. WOMAN KILLED AS HOUSE BURNS Cause of Cedar Rapids Blaze and Time It Started Not Known. Heads Alumni Group. INDEPENDENCE, Mo., April 11. 15)--Leonard Lea of Independence was elected president of the alumni association of Graceland college, Lamoni, Iowa. lowan Gets Fellowship. ST. LOUIS, April 11. Iff)--A Ban- graduate fellowship for next year in botany was awarded to Gladys Elizabeth Baker of Iowa City, Iowa, at Washington university here. CEDAR RAPIDS, April 11. OrP)-- Mrs. Sophronia B. Grant, 64, who · lived alone in her rambling 10 room house near the city limits, was burned to death early today in a fire which destroyed the residence: Cause of the fire and the time it started are not known. The house is isolated and it was not until persons living at some distance saw the glare in the sky and investigated that firemen were called. Coroner R. A. Vorpahl declared he would begin an Investigation as soon as the fire ruins cool. Tremendous Reductions in BUS RATES MASON CITY to ONE WAY St. Paul f 2-35 Des Moines 5 2 -^ Kansas City $ 5.2a Ames S 2 -°° Cedar Rapids § 2 -8° Waterloo LHS Los Angeles §2o.^0 New York ?23.oO Bra Fares to Other Points Are Proportionately » Low. rhone 87 lor Information Jefferson Transportation Company BUS Depot at 16 First Street S. W. Mason City, Iowa MONEY WORRIES HELD TO BLftME Crazed Insurance Broker in Minneapolis Kills His Family, Self. MINNEAPOLIS, April 11.-Money worries were blamed today for a six fold tragedy in which a crazed insurance broker killed his wife, his three children and mother in-law and then took his own Hfe The six, all found dead in bed with bullet holes in their heads, W Mr! and Mrs. A. J. Freudenfeld; Janet, 14; Carol. 11; Richard, S; and Mrs. Cora de Haven. Police found a pistol beside Freudenfeld. They said he had shot his relatives as they lay asleep, rie left a note asking that they be cremated and that a family friend, Fred Weil, administer the life insurance, which he said would cover all obligations. as our honest belief that the tobaccos used in. Chesterfield are of finer quality--and hence of better taste--than in any other cigarette at the price. LIGGETT MYERS TOBACCO COMPANY fc! w, ·# "I 'f Ji ) 1*54 VIOCFTT * wveas ro««co to

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