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North lowcfs \ Edited for the Home E R H I S M E M A A R T DE.PT O F I O W A HOME ITION "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AH. NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" VOL. XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY,-MARCH 12, 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS S^PIJSkENTAL SERVICE N Q. 1 33 Haugen New House Dean lowan Knows His Farming, Says t Stewart. MORRIS ATTACKS HOOVER RULE By CHARLES V. STEWART Â· A ' S H I N G T O N . March 12. (CPA) --Congress a d - journed March 4 with Representa- Gilbert N. Haugen of I o w a as its oldest member in point of service. Representative H e n r y A l l e n |. Cooper of Wis consto, who died three days before the session's end, outclassed h i m by 18 terms to $,, t h e lowan's 16, but there was a two year break in Representative Cooper's sequence just a decade ago. Representative Haugen's 32 years have run Â· continuously. William McKlnley was president when the Hawkeye veteran'of today first came to Washington, a comparatively young man of 40. Czar Tom Reed's reign as speaker was just over and the newly-electet law-maker's vote helped to put a .Bellow representative from his own 'state, David B. Henderson, in the presiding officer's chair. Garrett A Hobart was vice president; it was even before T. R.'s advent In tin national capital. Â· * * * nEPRESENTATIVE H A U G E H fv had served two full terms befor there was any cabinet departmen of commerce and labor, but the de partment of agriculture was 1 (Turn (o Pape ff, Column G). Wickersham Sees Report as Comfort to "Wetsjj SURPRISEDTM WORST CRITICS ARE NOT "DRYS" Says Recommendations Did Not .Conflict With Report. TO SOOTHE FARMERS (JP)--Chairman Wickersham of the law en- KIDNAPED MAN FOUND BEATEN Tipton Mail Carrier Is Left Bruised and Bleeding DOSTON; March 12. forcement commission today interpreted the commission's prohibition report as hol'dlng more comfort for the, "wets" than the "drys." He expressed surprise that "the most vehement criticism" had come from anti-prohibition sources, adding he. thot "the 'wets', would have derived more encouragement from the report and the separate statements: of the commissioners attached to it than the 'drys. 1 " The 72 year old commission chairman included this statement in a luncheon address before the Boston Chamber of. Commerce. Criticisms Untrue. Hitting out at various criticisms of the prohibition report, Wickersham asserted it was untrue that the commission's conclusions and recommendations "jwere utterly' at variance 'with the report." He.denied flatly statements that the dry- la.vS study had cost Â§500,- 000, or upwards of $5 a word. The total amount expended upon it, he said, was. $56,958.59, addition of overhead, expenses leaving the cost below.?iOO,000. Wickersham said comments of "the dry press and of dry organizations" ha^ been friendly towards .9Â»"?P?S4^^-- l '^ V\.-,,r.l^' , Â·- t f" i TIPTQN, March 12, (/B--After a posse _ had searched for him all night,'Ray Handley,;35,'Tipton mail carrier, was found lying uncon- sclous, bruisheland bleeding, on "the back porch of .his home here, early today. -.. '" . Â· He was supposedly kidnaped sometime last night and his automobile stolen.'The car, partly burned, was found near, Clare. Authorities are without a clew but said they hoped to learri the identity of the kidnapers whsn Handley recovers consciousness. The motive for the kid- naping was not determined but authorities believe more than one person is concerned. His wife is in a Davenport hospital. Markets at a Glance NEW YORK Stocks--Heavy; pivotal s h a r e s lack support. Bonds--Irregular; rails heavy. Curb--Steady; leaders move narrowly. Butter--Steady. Foreign Exchanges--Firm; South Americans strong. Cotton--Higher; trade buying. 'Sugar--Steady; Cuban, support. ; Coffee--Steady; better .Brazilian advices. Â· ' ,-, CHICAGO Â· Wheat--Barely steady; bearish weather and crop .news. Corn--Barely steady;-good.weath- er Argentine and.larger southwest movement. Cattle--Irregular. Hogs--Steady. upon"the'reported "differences" between the individual reports of the 11 commissioners and their brief conclusions. He contended the differences mainly were confined to remedies suggested for recognized ills. Recognizes Evils. "The report frankly recognizes the evils which have developed in the course of ten years of the administration of the national prohibition act, but nevertheless points out that the great achievement of the act has been the abolition of the legalized saloon," he said. "The question of alternatives to the existing order gave members of the commission great concern," he said. "I cannot but think," Wickersham concluded, "it will be a misfortune if in the development of our political conditions the only reward of such efforts should come to be misunderstanding, misrepresentation and abuse." Trusts LoFollette. Senator Norris told the conference he was glad to know that young Senator LaFollette would carry on in his work. "I realize that I am rapidly going where the shadow of the setting sun is cast eastward," he said. "I would like to do so with the realization the banner of civic righteousness and human progress is going to be taken in the hands of younger people who will be able ,to carry it further up the mountainside than we older workers in the cause." lowansLearn Athletics at U Clean Now Probe Group Returns With Testimony of Griffith. CHICAGO, March 12. 'l3V-En- riched by approximately 30,000 words of testimony and assured that University of Iowa athletics are being conducted in a manner approved by the Western conference, the Iowa legislative investigating committee had returned to Des Moines today. The committee, which is probing the. administrative affairs of the state university, spent two days in Chicago quizzing Major John L. Griffith and Amos Alonzo Stagg, Sr., athletic director of the University of Chicago, on the reasons why Iowa was suspended from athletic relationship with other Big Ten schools in May, 1929. The committee learned from these witnesses that Iowa was adjudged guilty of having recruited and sub- idized athletes, had countenanced a loan fund for athletes and had jermitted alumni interference in the nanagement of its athletic affairs. It also learned from them that the so-called "Belting fund," was not known to have existed when 'owa was ousted, and that the former director of athletics, Dr. Paul Belting, x was not responsible for Iowa's athletic truobles. Major Grif- One ibf' tlie. firs t',' s'terjs in UKe':. '\ campaign to re-elect President ] Hoover, In 1932; is the appoint- ;. rhent of an advisory council for i agriculture, headed by Sena- i tors Arthur Capper-of Kansas, ( top, and L. J. Dickinson of . Iowa, below. The council hopes to sooth disgruntled farmers in ; the middle- west grain belt. AUNT HET By Robert "I don't know which is hatefuler, to have Pa just grunt when I describe a pain or claim he's got one just like it," U OF MINNESOTA FIRES DRINKERS 17 Students Suspended by Farm School Following; Liquor Raids. ST. PAUL, Minn., March 12. --Suspension of 17 students of the University of Minnesota farm school for drinking was announced today by J. O. ChrisUanson, acting principal. Two of the students were accused of selling liquor.jon the onmpus by Christians on. Four are seniors and all are from 17 to 20 years.old. While their parents, conferred today and decided to protest 'to Governor Floyd' B. Olson, fellow students drafted a petition demanding their reinstatement. Names of the students' involved were withheld. Dismissal of the students followed raids near the University of Minnesota campus where M. L Harney, prohibition administrator said agents confiscated a . smal quantity of liquor and 1 found .two students drinking. Hamey today said "we expect to continue our operations in the vicinity of the university campus until every liquor peddler has been apprehended." Â· St. Louis Beauty Queen Slays Her Jealous Husband NICE, France, March 12. )--A story of her husband's nagging jealousy, which he climaxed with an attempt to strangle her, was told police today by Mrs. Fred G. Nixon- Nirdlinger, who at midnight shot and killed the Philadelphia theatrical magnate. Mrs. Nixon-Nirdlinger, who was "Miss St. Louis" and runnerup in the 1923 Atlantic City beauty pageant, was arrested and held by police pending a: complete Investigation of the slaying, which took ilace in their flat here. : ' The slain man was 54, his wife 26. They were married in 1925 and iad two children, one 3 years old, .he other 18 months. Seized by Throat. -. In her statement to police, Mrs. Nixon-Nirdlinger said she was in :heir apartment last evening when ler hTisband asked her what she was doing. She answered that she was studying Italian. 'Because you are interested in ' STILL AFTER HIM CHICAGO, March 12.--"The same forces which three or four years ago were trying to 'topple President Jessup from his throne' ;are still;atvit.'?,;:-:!'.^.-i.;;^ 'v,---^- ;;, at" tie ''conclusion.^ of seven hours of testimony at Hotel Sherman here in connection with. Iowa's legislative investigation of its university. He was the principal witness at each of the four sessions, presided over by Byron Allen, vice chairman of the committee. In his testimony, Major Griffith made reference to a threat made by a Das Moines alumnus that unless he fired the football coach, he would lose his own job. fith assured the members of the committee that the Big Ten has confidence in the ability of President Walter A.;Jessup and Athletic Director E. H. Lauer, to handle the school's athletics. Major- Griffith also stated that Iowa would-not have been readmitted to good standing in February 1B30, if a number of athletes, who benefittcd by the Belting fund, bad not been declared ineligible for competition.- that Italian fellow," he -retorted. Her husband continued to upbraid and she said he worked himself up to a high pitch of anger and then seized at her thrpat.Â·:. She snatched a revolver from beneath her piltow and fired'wildly. Nixon-Nirdlinger fell, one bullet in his temple and another in his heart. Â· Ulan Died Instantly. Â·: Distraught, Mrs. Nixbn-Nirdlinger hurried to the police, station and cried, "I have .shot my husband." The man apparently had died instantly. Mrs. Nixon-NIrdlinger before her marriage was Miss Charlotte .Nash, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs, J. B. Nash of St. Louis. The couple eloped to Hagerstown, Md., in 1925, and went abroad-.for a honeymoon. An estrangement developed at the start of the matrimonial venture. She divorced him in 1926 but they were remarried in 1928. The dead man was married three times. SOLON WOUNDED IN HOTEL ROOM Traveling Man Held After Shot Is Fired Thru Door in Arkansas. .LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 12. #)--W. .U. McCabe, representative from Baxter county in the Arkansas state legislature, was shot and seriously wounded by a bullet which passed thru the door of his hotel room early today. H. G. Lansdale, an Atlanta, Ga., traveling salesman, was' taken into .custody after the shooting. Officers said they found a small caliber revolver in Lansdale's room, across the hall from that occupied by McCabe. Â·. McCabe's condition was so critical officers were unable to question him. No charge was filed against Lansdale. BELTING CLAIMS HE DIDN'T WANT JOB AT IOWA U Marshall Says Officials Have Intimidated Witnesses. BULLETIN RES MOINES, March 12. /P) Authorities at the University of lowu. knew of loans mado to students and that this action was a technical violation of Big Ten conference rules, Dr. Paul E. Belting, deposed athletic director of tho university, told tho investigating committee today. D ES MOINES, March 12. C/F)--Dr Paul E. Belting, deposed athletic director at the University of Iowa, this afternoon took the witness stand in 'the legislative investigation to testify regarding the university's suspension, from the western conference. Belting said he is living at Cedar Rapids' with no occupation. He tea tified he came to the university in June, 1024, at the request of Presl dent Walter A. Jessup. "I was not anxious to take th position and hesitated a long time, Belting said, "but Jeasup finally in duce'd me to come." ^ Built Up Finances. He declared that at the time th credit of tha athletic council "wa not worth a nlckle," but that o Jan. 1, 1925, he had paid off all th Indebtedness and credit had rise ' d t U o n , " ;Bel , university ? iv ;physicfei: v ;Â· edi} c atldn :,'-.p'rpgram, ' the like of which it had not Seen up to that time." Attorney Denis Kelleher had Belting explain the organization of the department and the athletic board of seven faculty members which he headed. Belting also listed the coaches and said that no major official in the department left until about the time of Belting's own resignation in 1929. Verne Marshall, Cedar Rapids editor, concluded his t e s t i m o n y today with a charge that school officials had intimidated witnesses. Talked to Recs He asserted that J. M. Fisk, university buildings superintendent, and Charles Brown, a foreman, had talked to O. L. Rees, a former em- ploye, who testified recently, in an effort to win his support. Marshall said Rees had been laid off after an automobile accident last fall and told Fisk he wanted to go back to work. Marshall also said he would like to have Brown testify, but that "he is scared to death." He contended that President Walter A. Jessup had set up an espionage system and said that at Iowa City last week when Russell Graham, a graduate student, was talking to Marshall, Dean Paul C. Packer hovered in the background. Marshall said -that Graham, had MINISTER TO U. S. Â·Associated Press Photo WHHam Duncan Herrldge, K. C., Ottawa, Canada, tho new Canadian minister to Washington, is a veteran of tho World war. ASSESSORS BILL PUT ON SPECIAL ORDER IN HOUSE Senate Apparently Not Work Starts UponTaming of Colorado Hoover Dam Climax to 40 Years of Study. LAS VEGAS, Nevada, March 12. ;P--The taming of the mighty Colorado river got under way today. Actual work started on Hoover dam, a monumental engineering effort. The turbulent stream which draws its volume from seven states before emptying into the Gulf of California, has been the. object of study by government engineers 'nioro than 40 years. Out of 40 years of study and 10 years of 'fighting came the Swing- Johnson bill, providing for an expenditure of $165,000,000 for the great dam project, but even as the "hard rock" crews went on the job oday the fight was still on in Washington. Arizona Files Suit. Arizona, dissatisfied with provisions of the Swing-Johnson .bill, filed suit in the United States su- reme court to prevent its consummation on the ground that it discriminated against the state. Waving aside Arizona's opposition, the six remaining states of ASKS ELECTION OF PROGRESSIVE FOR PRESIDENT Shorter Working Hours Seen as Solution of Unemployment. WASHINGTON, March 12. tfP}--Â· Â· V in an attack upon tho Hooves administration, Senator Norrls, republican of Nebraska, beforo tho progressive conference today, called for the election of "a progresslva. president," Shorter working hours and a wider distribution of wealth, were Jggested to the conference aa pos- ible steps to a solution of unem- loyment and Industrial troubles.. LaFolIetto Spokesman. Robert P. Scripps, president of Ready to Act on the Colorado river basin entered a D to pass Packer and Fred Pownall, director of university public relations,, and that Packer called out, "There he goes. Watch him and reV member him." Â· . Backed Petition The editor contended that university faculty members "had to do (Torn to FBRO 2, Column 3). Drake Host to Debaters. DES MOINES, March 12. (/P-Drake university was host today to 28 Iowa high school debate teams competing for the David I. McCahil) trophy. The debates will continue thru Friday and Saturday with the championship decided before a joint session of the Iowa legislature. Convict's Death May Bring Investigation of Joliet's Methods JOLIET, March 12. (,/P)--Altho a coroner's jury decided that death of Joseph Coakley. .Chicago Â· convict, was from natural-causes, a ^legislative investigation loomed into the disciplinary methods at the Joliet state prison today. From Springfield came reports that Representative Richard V. Libonati of Chicago would offer a resolution next Tues- lay demanding the probe. Coakley Â·Hed In solitary confinement after standing a total of eight hours with his hands cuffed to the door of his cell. I BS MOINES, March" 12. CS--The Iowa house this morning agreed to make the county assessors bill a special order of business for next Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. The motion for special order was made by Representative H. S. Berry of Monroe. In the senate there was no apparent intenton of seeking to make the Income tax bill a special order. It- was the Income tax bill in the sen- nte and the county assessors bill in the house which yesterday precipitated a deadlock between the two bodies. Senate "Stands Put." Senator C. F. Clark of Lfnn couu- v, chairman of the senate tax committee, indicated that for the time eing, at least, the income tax bill fould be left in its-regular place on calendar. The senate apparent- was content to "stand pat" in is attitude it took yesterday. Representative Berry, whose ae- on in the house was the first move o break the deadlock is not a mem- er of the tax committee. Yesterday committees from the ouse and senate sought to bring p the income tax bills in the uppci louse and the county assessors bill n the lower chamber at the same ime next Wednesday. The house irst agreed to its part of tte plan nd then withdrew its agreement or a special order whan the senate efused to adopt its special order motion on the Income tax measure. Bill for Optional .Drill. By 'a vote of 61. to 35 the house oday made the Torgeson-Pattlson iptiona! military training bill a special order for 10 a. m., next Wednesday. The bill would make military training optional in state educational institutions. Representative S. R. Torgeson, Worth, had the bill taken from the state educational institutions com- (Tum to Page 2, Column 2). ROGERS *CrtX/C* BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., March 12.-- The biggest laugh of the week was caused naturally by a senatoi (and they wasn't even in session not even trying to be funny.) It wa by Jim Watson of Indiana, the re publican leader. Â·.The "progressives 1 ' are holding a nieeting in Washington and h asked them to please define exactl; how Â£hey stood on the followin] problems, "prohibition, farm relief tariff," and 10 other... importan questions, asking the progressive to answer something that a repub llcan wouldn't answer if he was 01 his death bed. Yours, S !Â·"Â· compact under which the develop ment now proceeds. The supreme court case still Is pending. When Secretary Wilbur.of the in terlor department yesterday accept ed the bid of the six companies, Inc. of San Francisco for construction of the dam for slightly -less than 550,000,000, officials in charge an nounced work would start imme diately.. . . . Â· . ;i ; '^ Will Carry Supplies.. Skeleton crews' were called on 'the job , to clear.-a right-of-way for: a i-ail line that will carry- supplies .to the dam site. Â· Â· Â·' - ' Like a whimsical giant, the 1,700 mile river of sand, and water has continuously threatened to turn the rich valley into a sea. More than.- 57,000,000 have been spent on levees!!; and flood protection. *Â·--'---Â·-Â· '--Â·"Â· ley leaders, faced annihilation by the were joined by t southern sought the water for domestic use. To.thig, drills and explosives, to bite Into the' Â·mllft Boulder canyon^ he Scrippa-Howard newspapers, put .he two point proposal into plain vords after similar suggestions md been voiced by President WIK iam Green of the American Federation of Labor. Senator La Follette of Wisconsin, whom the veteran independent, Norris, Nebraska, said he looked? upon to lead in tho independent movement after he had passed on, presented the problems to the con- Terence. In the general discussion, D. B. Robertson, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers, said one-third of his organization was "walking the streets." 5 Day Week Proposed The five day week was proposed by Green. Robertson proposed,y,ih addition, a six hour day. Scripps, said "shorter working hours than wÂ« have ever dreamed of'. 1 would be necessary. Mayor F, Murphy of .Detroit said ' that ' 'c alfiiriity: hod struck ;hl3 ff city ' when 150,000 Â·p'ers'pfis^.wevB^ thrown ' out of 'work.". Thru ; a private eni- ployhlent bureau, he said, 25,000 had been found jobs. Murphy scored 'the absence of federal help. .V Father John A. Ryan of Washington, 'advocated a five billion dol- .lac ijor^d, issue for public works. PE STILL IN 'S GRASP 200 DROWNED IN STEAMER BLAST Heavily Loaded Passenger Ship Sinks in Chinese River. SHANGHAI, March-12. UT)~Twi hundred persons were believed drowned when the heavily loade.i Chinese passenger steamer Pa Chi b;ew up and sank in the Yangts^ Kiang 70 miles from here last night. Among the 300 ' passengers aboard the vessel were 100 Chinese soldiers who were thot to have thrown their cigaret stubs into t h j cargo, which was principally cotton. An explosion followed, spteading fire in the hold. Most of those on the boat jumped over the side where a revenue cruiser was able to pick up a few survivors. :-*Â·Â·;-, .fra to Test Truce by Making Own Salt By JAMES A. MILLS AHMADABAD, India, M*arch 12. (JP)--On the first anniversary of start of his historic march to the sea .in beginning of the disobedience campaign, Mahatma Gandhi left Ahmadabad today to retrace nis route and make salt once more In defiance of Brjtlsh law. . His venture wil! mark a test of the truce which he arranged last week with Viceroy Lord Irwln, one of the terms of which was that peasants In the salt districts be allowed to make salt for their own use and for sale within their own towns, tho this is a violation of the letter of the law. India Watches Move. It was not regarded likely that the British would attempt to re- arrest Gandhi for a violation of ths salt monopoly act, with the ink o: his signature on the formal truce ending the civil disobedience cam paign hardly dry, but all India watched his move. The nationalists regard salt making as a sacred right Setting out from here, just as hi did one year ago today, Gandb went to Borsad to address the vil lagers who aceorApnied/him on th first march to the Sea^Saturday h will go to Dandi," vli?re he firs made salt a year agd. ' 1'rcpares for Conference. Gandhi will' return to Bombaj March 16, and go to New Dell where he will attempt to unit Moslems and Hindus in preparatio for the forthcoming second roun table conference. Definite opposition to the term of his recent truce with Lord Irwl already has manifested Itself, espc cially among the youths who,insis upon immediate granting of ind pendence. Zee; Holland's Inland ""Sea, Frozen fpr First Time in Years. LONDON, March 12. UP)--Winter .ill held mosf/- of Europe In a fierce, nrelenting'grip today. Germany, France, Austria, Switzi rland, Scandinavia, Holland and the British Isles suffered from storms yhlch began lost week and have ontlnued with little pause'since. The Zuyder Zee, Holland's great nland sea, for the first time in sev- ral years, was frozen 'over and erry-gervice was suspended. Conditions in Great Britain were a trifle* less severe than yesterday, altho cold winds and frost continued. The Seine by its continued risa vas still-endangering Paris. State Bank of Dows Closed by Directors DOWS, Mkrch 12.--Tho Statrf sank of Dowa was closed this morn- ng by order of the board of dlrec- :ors, according to, a. sign placed irt the door. IT. H. Rummel 13 president of the bank and William. Meister Is vice president. Capital and surplus of the bank were listed at $62,000. If you go bock 10 j General Butler is only 382 column behind Bishop Cannon.--Fotmtai Inn Tribune. IOWA WEATHER Rain beginning late Thursday night or Friday possibly turning to snow in extreme west portion Friday. Somewhat warmer in south central and extreme east portions Thursday night. Colder in west portion Friday./ LOCAL STATISTICS American Beet Sugar company weather figures for 24 hoiir'period ending at 8 a. m. Thursday: : Maximum Wednesday 53 Above Minimum In Night 26 Above . At 8 A.M. Thursday 28 Above ; } Wednesday was the warmest, 'ay so far iri March, while the minlni \ for-Wednesday night was also I -Â· record high. The arrival of a cooling wave was apparent Thiirsday; when at 8 A. M. the mercury^atood , ut 28, compared with 34 for thajj corresponding time Wednesday.