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. 1'.,M E R 3 M t » 4 f \ 1 : ^ T OF i :,,.-·. F? ff North Iowa's DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home 7»H. HOME EDITION -THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" VOL. XL. FIVE CENTS A COPT ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 1934 TUIS PAPEK CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SKCTJON ONK NO. 159 All Set to Close Shop Veterans' Lobby Is Satisfied With Results. SUPER-GANG ROBBED LOCAL BANK By HERBERT PLtOMMER W A S H I N G T O N , April 12. UP) -The "brains" of what sometimes is referred to as t h e veterans' lobby are ready to close up shop for the remainder of the present congress a n d either play golf or go fishing. S u b s t antialy everything f o r which they have fought is "in the bag." Their attitude is aptly expressed in the opening sentence of the special bulletin issued by the national legislative committee of the American Legion after President Roosevelt's veto had been overridden: "Over the top--with our objectives taken!" Three points of the Legion's four point program in the main have been translated into law. Former service-connected disabil ity compensation to World war veterans has been restored. The 29,000 "presumptive" cases have been re stored to the rolls at 75 per cent of their old payments, except for those in which the government can show disability which incurred before o: after service. Hospitalization fo: aeedy disabled veterans also is pro vided. Bonus Issue Dormant. Al references to immediate pay ment of adjusted service certificate (the bonus) which has passed th house and now is pending in the sen ate are dismissed summarily. They are quick to point out tha the American Legion is on recorc as opposed to this proposition. A far as the 1 national legislative com mittee is concerned its interest in the-proposition rests at that point. "The American Legion has spoken on^this Question," they say. Johnson Says Licensing Law May Be Extended out- ahd : oprose-ltne: bonus ^openly.'-' Privately expressed opinions ar that the success with which the vel erans' cause has met. thus far wi go a long way toward dampenin the ardor and enthusiasm for pay ment of the bonus at this time. "Point No. 4" Shelved. As a matter of fact there seem to be no particular urge on th part of some spokesmen for th veterans to push for enactment o Point No. 4 of the American Legio program. This is the proposal that "in n event shall widows and dependen children of deceased war veteran be without government protection Senator Steiwer of Oregon, recog nized spokesman for veterans in th senate, purposely omitted offerin this point along with the other thre He and other veteran supporter frankly were afraid of it. Point N 4, more than any other in the pro gram, is credited with having don more to stir up the tremendous o] position the veterans encountere in their efforts to liberalize th economy act. If the leaders have their wa; Point No. 4, as well as other legisli tiou affecting veterans, will I pigeon-holed, at least for the tim being. . 800 Workers in 9 Iowa Mines Pledged Not to Go to Wor DBS MOINES, April 12. CfiP)--A; proximately 800 workers in nin Marion county mines stood pledg( not to return to the pits today aft a caravan of 100 automobile loac of miners touring from mine to mine Induced them- to go on strike. The convoy, was said to include men from mines in Monroe,.-Marion, Lucas and Polk counties. The men were protesting a recent- federal order altering hours and wage scales for Iowa miners. Members of the caravan declared there was no union call for action and that it would be considered a "wild- tat strike." TALKS WITHF.R. ONHISWAYBACK TO Lar Carrying Aides to Miami Docks Almost Hit by Train. ENROUTE WITH PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT TO WASHINGTON, April 12. UP)-- Gen. Hugh S. Johnson, industrial administrator said .oday after a conference with President Roosevelt that he was not sure ut what recommendation might be made for extension of the drastic icensing provision of the national recovery act as a weapon of strict enforcement of the codes. Johnson said "I think we have teeth enough without it but there may be other reasons for continua:ion of the licensing power." President in Agreement. The general also disclosed that :he president was in accordance with his general support of the Wagner bill establishing by law a quasi supreme court of industrial relations. "I think," he said, "the president is iu general agreement with the views I expressed this week on the Wagner bill." Johnson gave an optimistic rer port on the general business situation to the chief executive on the way northward from the president's vacation cruise. Have Narrow Escape. A narrpwiy'c.averted. accident .in. ed '"tfie -departure of Pfesident Roose- veit v f or Washington at.tie conclusion of a two weeks' fishing trip to Bahaman waters. A train narrowly missed striking a combination automobile-trailer, carrying- General Johnson and other party members, as they were en- route to the docks to greet -the president as he arrived at Miami on the yacht Nourmahal from the gulf stream fishing grounds. Missed By Inches. The trailer cleared the track by inches as the train roared by at a crossing in the residential district midway between the hotel . headquarters and the docks. Besides General Johnson, those in the machine included Donald Richberg, general counsel for the NRA; Marvin H. Mclntyre, presidential secretary and a number of white house correspondents and their wives. A police escort darted across the tracks in front of the oncoming train. The driver of the automobile followed, despite the shrieking whistle of the locomotive, and just managed to get the machine across the tracks in time to avoid a collision. Fartj- Greets F. K. Arriving at the docks, the party greeted the president as he walked down the gangplank of the Nour- rnahal and entered an automobile to be driven to the railroad station. Shortly afterward he departed for the national capital aboard a special train. The route to the train lay past Bay Front park where a year ago the assassin,. Giuseppe Zangara, fatally wounded Mayor Anton Cermak of Chicago in an unsuccessful attempt on Mr. Roosevelt's life, on the day the then president-elect landed at Miami for another fishing trip. Zangara later was electrocuted. Weal 'FORECAST IOWA: Fair Thursday night, Friday fair and warmer. 3IINNESOTA: Fair, not so cold near Lake Superior Thursday night; Friday, fair, warmer in west and south portions. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday 40 Minimum in Night 30 At 8 A. M. Thursday 34 9 PLANES SEARCH FOR 3 AMERICANS Trio Lost Since Tuesday in Hazardous Flying Area in China. SHANGHAI, April 12. UP)--Nine planes roared in and out of the murk enveloping Hangchow today in a frantic search for three Americans lost since early Tuesday in the hazardous flying area. A cold, northerly wind of gale like proportions blew up along the China coast to increase fears for the three --James Finck of Miami, Fla.; Robert Cast of Louisville, Ky., and Ivan Carlson of Donna, Texas. Frank Hawks. American speed pilot, took off in his big bomber this forenoon, but reported by radio that he had seen no trace of the missing men. VICTIMS OF CRAZED FATHER DEFENSE RESTS; BEHSPENDSTWO HOURSONSTAND Admits He Threatened PWA Officials; Says He Was "Agent." By ROT V. POUTER Assocfated Press Staff Writer DAVENPORT, April 12. (/PI--The efense rested in the case of Carton D. Beh, charged with forgery, oday after Beh testified for two ours as the principal defense wit- These tots were victims of the Minneapolis tragedy in which a, crazed insurance broker, A. J. Freudenleld, killed his wife, his three , children, his mother-in-law, and then took..hls own, life. Money worries '" -were .blamed tor Us, act The-Vrendehfeld. children were: left -to fright · " Si' Jtuiefr'14;"'cirol;- lli, {Associated Press Fhoto)£: : :.y~-+ ?:·;.' 22 More Marooned Men Rescued From Ice Pack Only Six Castaways* ~ Still Stranded in Bering Sea. MOSCOW, April 12. UP)--The 'overnraent rescue commission announced that 22 more Russians, marooned since Feb. 13 on a drifting ice pack in the Bering sea, were rescued by airplane today. Only six persons remain on the pack. Flights to save the six remaining men were planned today or tonight if the weather remained favorable. A graphic first hand account of the perilous situation facing the castaways when huge icebergs crashed into their pack was given by the government rescue commission. First 5 Taken Off. Reporting by radio from Cape Van Karem, M. Ushakov, who is directing relief operations and who flew to the camp April 7--the day on which the first five men were taken off, said: "When I arrived at the camp, surrounded by floating ice blocks, the Cheliuskiners were living in heated and lighted log barracks. But despite their reasonably comfortable quarters they existed as if on the slope of a volcano. "The camp was faced with constant dangers. On April 9 drifting icebergs bore down on the camp with a tremendous noise, crashing ice and destroying the barracks and a motorboat. Wreck Landing Field, "They wrecked a landing field under the airplane of the flyer Slephey--who had damaged a strut in landing two days before. The plane was moved safely, however, to a ne wianding field. "The whole party displayed courage and fortitude," Ushakov reported, "despite that crushing of ice, which began at 2 a. m., confronting the castaways with the greatest peril since the Cheliuskin sank, and continued throughout the day." May Mean Death. Praising the aviators for participating in rescue efforts, Ushakov said "under changing weather conditions each unsuccessful flight may mean death." Arrangements are being made to take the rescued from Cape Van Karem to Providence bay, where they will embark on a soviet steamer for Khabarovsk or Vladivostok. Prof. Otto Schmidt, ill leader of the castaways, was flown to Nome last night for treatment. The ice pack was located approximately 350 miles northwest of Nome. Explosion Kills Four. ALMERIA, Spain, April 12. UP)-Four persons were killed today in an explosion at a small fireworks factory on the outskirts of the city LABOR MEETING PLANNED SUNDAY Dissatisfaction With Aut Labor Board Growing More Active. DETROIT, April 12. (/D--Recurr ing reports of labor dissatisfactio with the procedure of the nationa automobile labor board were cl maxed today with announcement o plans for a meeting in Pontiac Mich., next Sunday of representa lives of union labor organization from Michigan and Ohio cities a which working hours and wages wil be discussed. Whether the meeting at Pontia would throw the automobile labo situation back into the status pre vailing before the Washingto agreement of March 25 at which th automobile labor board was create was not disclosed by labor leaders. Dissatisfaction Plain. They made it plain, however, tha there was dissatisfaction with th manner in which the collective ba gaining agreement had been carrie out by the manufacturers. The cities to be represented at th Pontiac meeting are Detroit, Lan sing, Saginaw, Flint, Pontiac, Cleve land and possibly Toledo and Akro The delegates will constitute th executive committee of the Unite Automobile workers, an America Federation of Labor affiliate. Preliminary to the general mee ing, five Poutiac locals have fo: warded a proposed agreement 1 their employers containing 20 poin covering wages and hours of labo Make Last Effort. Last minute efforts to settle the dispute in Detroit's tool and die industry were made by labor leaders today with 5,000 workers threatening to walkout of the city's 62 job shops Thursday night. Demands for a 20 per cent wage increase and a 36 hour week were turned down flatly Wednesday by the job shop owners with the statement that "the arbitrary demands of the workers were unfair and ill advised," and asserting that the demands would virtually force the shops out of competition with outside firms. On the basis of statements made by Matthew J. Smith, spokesman for the workers, today's discussions scheduled with individual shop owners may be settled on a compromise basis. ness. Chief Defense Council Merrill .lilmore of Ottumwa announced at Jae end of Beh's appearance that be defense was closed and that he ould have a motion to present to he court this afternoon. Attorneys for the defense oc- upied the first part of the nfter- loon session in reading government documents relating to PWA poli- :ies to the jury. There was an indication that de 'ense counsel would offer a motion 'or a directed verdict for the de- endant. Threatened Officials. In his testimony, Beh declared Jiat he threatened PWA officials in Washington last August when he elieved the government's policy on oans and grants would "saturate" he Iowa bond market. He further testified that he wac Instructed by Mayor Edwin C Manning on Aug. 25 'by long dis tanceVtelephone to "go" aliead'.',.'with · - ' ' . ,, __ the Beh'-cbmpan' of' th'e'Gttumwa .viaduct , ... Beh took the stand · shortly afte the morning session opened. He de scribed in detail his preliminary ex plorations into the effect of th public works program on the Iowa securities market and led the jurj through a lengthy explanation o the procedure in the financing methods and sale of a municipal is ;ue. He said that he told a committei of four Ottumwa men who met in his office early last August that h would not be interested in workin, with them on a proposiiton of presidential lease on the viaduct t afford the project's cost of con struction. Wouldn't Bo Interested. ."If you're going on a fishing ex pedition that's all right," he state he told them, "but we wouldn't b interested." Then it was, he said, that he ad vauced the idea of a bond issue on the Ottumwa bridge fund with which to obtain $140,000 necessary to insure the viaduct. The city was also asking a ?60,000 grant to go with the 5200,000 state highway appropriation to make up the total .$400,000 estimated cost of the viaduct. The city's application was delivered to Beh on the morning of Aug. 24, the witness said, by Frank P. Hofmann, president of the Ottumwa Insull Begins ong Journey Back to U. S. 'ormal Extradition to Be Made on Board Ship at Smyrna. ISTANBUL, April 1. (,-T)--Samuel Insull, Sr., was started on his ong, involuntary journey back to he United States from a Turkish ail today. He was removed under guard rom the Istanbul house of deten- ion to be taken to Smyrna where he will be placed on board the S. S. Ixilona sailing Friday. Formal extradition will be made aboard the Steamer when Turkish jolice hand over the former Chica;o utilities magnate to an American diplomat, Burton Y. Berry, :hird secretary of the United States embassy to Turkey, Sun Bathes Minarets. The late afternoon sun bathed the minarets of Istanbul with glory as :he aged prisoner stepped out ot :he jail accompanied by detectives. The uniformed sentinels at the door presented arms while throngs of curious maneuvered to obtain a view of the deported man. While his lunch was enroute to the jail from a nearby restaurant, Insull was notified that he was about to leave Istanbul and was [ told to prepare his luggage after dining. His fellow prisoner and 12 cents a. day valet, Hassan, when informed that his master was about to leave, began gesticulating in an effusive farewell. Bids Emotional Goodbye. .t I ",CaplrsJoannis'VMbusouris, "tie master of- the Greek freighter Mai- otis which brought Insull to Turkey, called on his former passenger at the jail this afternoon to bid him an emotional goodbye. Attorney Mango also called and expressed his regret that the court of appeals had ruled against his last attempt to prevent extradition. Out in the harbor, Insull's bag- sa-^e was removed from the Maiotis and transferred to the Adana, ready to accompany Insull to Pan- derma. LINKED IN ROBBERY chamber of commerce, and State Senator Roy Stevens. Decided to Go Ahead. On the next morning, he said, Manning called him, told' him that the city council of Ottumwa had just had a meeting and "we've decided to go ahead." On the same day and the next day, Beh said, the Ottumwa application was redrawn in his , office under the supervision of Owen P. McDermott to eliminate the request for a government loan, substituting a local bond issue, on which the Beh company had agreed to bid par, with a 1 per cent commission for handling all preliminary arrangements. "The application was redrawn because I have thought all the time that we were employes to represent the city of Ottumwa on the bridge bond issue. I was told so by Manning and I still think so." Went to Washington. Beh declared his trip to Washington several days later when he said he took with him one copy of the Ottumwa application, together with applications from Shenandoah, Remsen and Boone. He revealed that the primary purpose of his trip was to assist in negotiating an RFC loan for a Council Bluffs Floral company In Washington, Beh said, he met Harold M. Cooper of Marshalltown then chairman of the Iowa PWA board, and P. F. Hopkins of Mason City, state PWA engineer. Beh said that the three discussed the government's policy on loans and grants and that Cooper told him (Two to p»Jt 6. column S) Big Increase in Inheritance Tax Voted by Senate Move Follows Addition of Income Tax Tenth and Levy on Oils. WASHINGTON, April 12. W)-Striking at large estates, gifts and corporations, the senate today wrote higher inheritance and gift taxes into the revenue bill and eliminated the corporation privilege of filing consolidated tax returns. It adopted the LaFollette proposal for higher inheritance taxes by the decisive margin of 65 to 14, then without a roll call approved higher gift taxes amounting to three- fourths of the inheritance levies. By 40 to 37 it approved an amendment by Senator Borah (D.- Idaho) to repeal the consolidated return provision in existing law allowing corporations to file a single return for the parent and affiliated units. Agreement Kcached. The agreement to vote on the higher inheritance rate was reached after two steps had been taken yesterday which made the ultimate fate of the bill uncertain and threatened it with a presidential veto. In the face of house opposition, the senate threw overboard a previous vote against the Couzens amendment to increase all individual tax returns next year, and then voted, despite President Roosevelt's objections, for a three cents a pound domestic processing tax on imported vegetable and marine animal oils. The vote on the emergency 10 per cent addition was 43 to 36. Trend in Congress. Both actions served to accentuate the trend in congress to make decisions independent of the president Mr. Roosevet had not asked for an emergency income tax increase. He said the vegetable oil tax was a violation of the Philippine independence law. Senators wondered also how Mr. Roosevelt would accept a modification pushed through by Senator Norris (R-. Ncbr.) to turn over the revenue from taxes collected on the 'Torn to Date 5, column t) Alvin K:\rpis (above) and "Dou" Barker (belo'.v), stis- peated kidnapers of Edward (I. Bremer of St. Paul. Thursday were definitely United with the gang which robbed the First National bank of Mason City March IS. BUFFALO CENTER Harm Onnen, 65, Victim When Flames Destroy Barn on His Farm. BUFFALO CENTER, April 12.-- Fiarm Onnen, 65, was burned to death this morning when fire destroyed the bam on his farm near bere. The origin of the flames is unknown. Winnebago county officials are investigating. Onnen went to the barn as usual to do chores this morning. A little later his wife looked out the window and saw flames issuing from the barn. She rushed down* to the structure and opened a door, but was forced back by the flames. Neighbors Are Called. Mrs. Onnen could not sec her husband and called the neighbors to help. When neighbors arrived, it was impossible to extinguish the flames in the barn and they devoted their efforts to saving nearby buildings. The body of Onnen could not be removed until the ruins of the structure had cooled some. His body was badly charred. It was stated by neighbors that Onnen smoked considerably and a discarded match, not entirely extinguished. or his pipe might have originated the blaze. He was also sometimes subject to sinking spells, it was learned. County Coroner Investigates. Onnen had driven some of the cows out of the barn. Other animals remained in the structure am burned. His milk pails were founc just inside the door of the barn His body was found near the bodies of some cowa which burned. Dr. Thompson of Forest City, cor oner of Winnebago county, was summoned and canie to make an investigation. The body was dug out of the ruins and removed to the OHN DILLINGER LEADER OF MOB N MARCH RAID Chief Patton Goes to St. Paul; Outlaw's Girl Arrested. The Mason City banlc robbery is ne of a dozen crimes believed to ave been .committed by one of the angerous criminal gangs in the Jnited States, operations of which ave been uncovered in St. Paul, it ivas lenmed Thursday. Chief E. J. Patton of the Mason ity police department was in St. . aul Thursday in connection with he sensational new developments hat are expected to lead to the dentity of the seven men who held up and robbed the First National bank here March 13. Authorities have information John Dillinger, Indiana desperado who vtus identified by a dozen or more vitnesses as the leader of the rob- ery gang, participated in the hold- ip of the Mason City bank as well as of the banking institution a' Sioux Falls, S. Dak. Carroll nntl Hamilton The information uncovered also indicates that Tommy Carroll and John Hamilton, Dillinger's assistant, also participated in the local robbery, staged to provide Dillinger with funds after his "wooden" gun escape. ^ Meanwhile, word came from Chicago that Evelyn Frechetti, girl friend of Dillinger, is in custody of department of justice agents there and will be charged with harboring a fugitive--presumably the wooden gun bandit himself. The .new disclosures ...corroborate theories' held by; local'.officers .and; maintained by-rMrae'-'of" ~th*-="vrtt- nesses of the robbery that Dillinger was the leader of the gang- that descended on Mason City and drove away with ?52,QOQ. The new disclosures" also link the Mason City robbery up with the gang that kid- naped Edward G. Bremer and committed a dozen other major mob crimes in the middle west the pnst few months. Find Kobbery Evidence. The operations of this super-gang which is made up of the most daring mob chieftains, were uncovered when authorities at St. Paul, prosecuting the hunt for Dillinger, who fled from an apartment there March 31, ran into important evidence. This loot would indicate, according to authorities that the mob had taken part in kidnapings and robberies for a total of nearly a half million dollars. The toll of lires taken in their depredations was said to number at least five. At least 10 major participants, all known criminals, have been connected with the gang by informa- ion given authorities. "Baby Face" Nelson. Besides the three named above jthers identified by witnesses as having staged the Mason City rob- jery were connected by the information given authorities. These included George "Baby (Turn In paicft ft, column 3) Modern Manners The girl wonders--"Should I powder my nose at the theater?" 'Should I speak to him first when I meet him on the street?" "Should I allow him to pay for my dinner on the train?" The boy wonders-Should I see her to her door in the apartment house?" "Should I get off the street car first?" "Should I precede her down the theater aisle?" The hostess wonders-'Should I separate married and en- »aged couples at. the table?" "How should I seat my guests at the theater party?" "How should I send my invitations to the formal dinner?" Everyone will find the answer to what is correct and when in the booklet, "Modern Manners." which our Washington Information bureau Is offering for a cost and handling charge of 10 cents. Use coupon. i T iini 1 C« column a? Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, Fr "eric J. Hnskln, Director, Washington, D. C. I inr'""-- 10 cents in coin (carefully wrapped) for the booklet "Presidents and Their Wives." Name ' reet City . Stc.te · (Mail to Washington, D. C.'

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