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·i I ·; ' M E M .5 :;" ?T OF i '· · i V' I i; r NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR. THE HOME H O M E E D I T I O N "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A CWY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 152 GOV. HOFFMAN AND WILENTZ TESTIFY i WIND AND RAINS SWEEP GEORGIA, TAKE 40 LIVES Over Million Dollars in Damage Is Caused by Spring Storm. CORDELB, Ga., UP)---Spring wind and rainstorms killed an estimated 40 persons in the southeast Thursday, and caused more than $1,000,000 property damage, with the major loss centered at this south Georgia city. "At least 33 were killed in Cordele," City Manager John Brown said, "eight white persons and 25 Negroes." Rescue agencies swung into action immediately, proceeding to the scene by train and over rain- drenched highways. Seven storm deaths were reported elsewhere in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. A new baseball stadium, dedicated only Wednesday amid shouts and cheers of a. throng, was converted into a hospital to take care of those unable to find room at other Cordele hospitals. R. L. Dekle, an undertaker, said seven bodies had been taken from splinter/"/ homes. "Amij iances, trucks and other motor Vehicles are being pressed into service to bring- in the dead, injured and dying. "From the appearance of the mangled victims, it is amazing that the'death toll is as low as it has been." · ,m If (fl FOR CONVENTION State Meeting Program to Display Cartoons Taking Rap at G. 0. P. DES MOINES, (2PI--The G. O. P. goat, head lowered in a butting attitude, . is aimed at an attractive "Miss G. O. P. Ladies," in the program of the democratic state convention here Friday. The scene in which the unnoticing young woman is about to receive a forecful jar is one of four cartoons which cover the back page of the eight page official program. "Mr. Spangler also had a convention!" is their caption. And all loyal democrats know that Harrison Spangler' is republican chairman and that the opposition party recently held a state convention. Cartoon Carries Legend. To be certain the import of the goat butting cartoon isn't overlooked--that the G. 0. P. convention turned down two women and put only men on its delegation--the goat is labeled "state convention recognition," and the cartoon carries die legend: "Republican women were handed a fine 'bouquet.' " .. In another cartoon a youth--Iowa republicans -- sits locked in the stocks of Liberty league special privilege and wishes for the key- democratic party--while "Boss" Spangler towers -over him, unrelenting. Same Old Boss. "The same old boss is still at the ielm," .says the legend. In a third cartoon an irate farmer shouts "don't try to steal my donkey, go back to your elephant," as derby hatted Iowa G. O. P. convention attempts to drag the democratic party farm program donkey from an unidentified stable. Little Willie-Iowa voter in a fourth cartoon turns thumbs down on a dose of.political bunk medicine offered by Father Gop, preferring the huge ice cream cone of democratic achievement. Portrait of Roosevelt. A vignette portrait of President Roosevelt centers the front page. Inside the cover is a page'.of Roosevelt quotations titled "Roosevelt- isms." The last two inside pages carry information on new deal achievements in the state and nation. More pretentious than previous convention programs, it is intended, democrats said, also as a sort of souvenir of ths occasion. Despondency Blamed for Sheldon Suicide SHELDON, .-V-- Sioux City Coroner Jongeward blamed despondency over ill health for the suicide of Fannie Wegter, 17, daughter of Gerrit Wegter, Hull farmer, who fatally shot herself Horton Admits Wife Refused Divorce Clear Lake's 16 Pound Infant ·HENRY LINNE, .]R., AND MOTHER Boy Weighing 16 Pounds at Birth Fifth in Family Henry Linne, Jr., Is Believed North Iowa Record Holder. Henry, Jr., the 16 pound youngster that arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Linne, 314 South-Elm street, at 2 o'clock Sunday .morning, ; is;'tie fifth child' in a ..family 'of sturdy .youngsters. ..-- Henry is believed to be about the heaviest 'baby ever born in this section of the country, out his young sister, Gertrude Marie, 5 years old, was only 3 pounds short of his weight when she was .born. When Henry was photographed Tuesday evening, the four little Linnes of the household that welcomed him were on hand to watch. Trina Walmena, 10, Robert John, 9, George Henry 8 and Gertrude Marie, 5, were very proud of their "big brother." Little Gertrude said "He"s almost big enough to go to kindergarten." Boys Have Aspirations. The boys had different aspirations for the young heavyweight, however, for they could see him swing his fists '"ike a champion." Henry oblivious to all this talk, however, commanded attention now and then by a pair of lusty lungs that would do justice to a six or eight weeks old child. . Only once did Henry pay any attention to what was going on--that was after the click of the first' photograph. But, it is not every baby that is photographed two days after his birth. Mrs. Linne, of German descent, is a woman with many of the ideals typical of pioneers of this state. Mr. Linne, who came to this country from Sweden, is a hard working carpenter. At present he is engaged in building the new sehoolhouse at Clear Lake. The Linnes have resided in Clear Lake for many years. Mr. Linne Is Proud. Mr. Linne is particularly proud of the child and said this would be big news to his folks back home in Sweden. Dr. F. A. Barber; ' Clear Lake; said the boy was the largest newborn babe he had even seen. When the photographer arrived at the home, there was a. problem of whether to photograph the baby alone, with the other four children, w i t h , t h e mother or the father, or both--or win the attending physician, but Henry settled the whole situation by refusing to leave "mama." FORECAST IOWA: Generally fair Thursday night and Friday; slightly colder in northeast and east central portions Thursday night; not quite so cold Friday afternoon. MINNESOTA: Cloudy to partly cloudy Thursday night and Friday; slightly colder in east Thursday night; not quite so cold Friday in west and south. IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday 34 Minimum in Night 19 At 8 A. M. Thursday . 21 Snowfnll 1.50 Precipitation ,08 MAKE CONTACTS FOR ENDING WAR Italy Negotiates for Peace With Ethiopia Outside League of Nations. By ANDRUE HERDING Associated Press Foreign Staff. ROME, (.ft--Best informed sources said Thursday Marshal Pietro Badoglio had reported the result, of first contacts made with emissaries of Emperor Haile Selassie for negotiating peace outside the league of nations. These sources said Badoglio informed Alessandro Lessona, undersecretary of state for colonies, now with the high command in East Africa, of these negotiations. Details as to when the contacts were made and the results were not immediately made known. Preliminary Contacts. Lessona's visit to East Africa, informed sources said, was made for .he expressed purpose of attending ;he preliminary contacts. Fascist sources said, meanwhile, :hat a noticeable turn for the worse in Italo-British relations had secome evident in recent days. Several thousand students tried ;o demonstrate Thursday before the British consulate here, but were prevented by scores of police from eaching the building. The .British embassy also has been guarded heavily. Situation More Tense. One informed source said Italo- Bz'itish 2-elations were reaching a Mint similar to the tense moment ast September after the British lome fleet reached the Mediterranean. He gave also an impression that ranee was tending to become more severe against Italy. A most painful reaction was created in fascist circles by British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden's accusation in the house of commons Wednesday that Italian planes bombed churches, hospitals and other civil centers in the Ethiopian city of Harar. SHOP EARLY More Shopping Days Until EASTER BEDFORD'S WIFE CASE NEAR JURY Mrs. Johnston There as Defendant Asked for Separation. BEDFORD, (.T)--Special Prosecutor James R. Locke wound up his blistering cross examination of Floyd Horton Thursday by wringing from the farmer accused of the poison murder of his wife the admission she had refused to give him a divorce. The defense allowed Horton to st_p down from the stand, flushed and shaken, without further questioning. Horton's fate, it appeared, soon would be in the jury's hands. Prosecutor Locke said the state's rebuttal testimony would b» short. Defense Attorney James Lucas reported five more witnesses would bn called, but ''it won't take much time for them." Prosecutor Locke established what he claims was Horton's motive for killing his wife in Horton's admission that she would not give him a divorce. Asked for Divorce. "Horton," he said, "you asked your wife for a divorce so you could go away with Anna Johnston, didn't you?" 'Tasked her for.a divorce," Horton answered, "That was in the presence of Mrs. Johnston?" "Yes," Horton replied. "And your wife told Anna Johnston, 'You can go keep house for Floyd, but you'll probably be sorry for it. I won't give him a divorce.' " "Yes." Locke turned then to Horton's worries over the fact that Mrs. Johnston told him she thought she was going to be a mother. "Mrs. Johnston never told you she wasn't going to bear you a child until after your wife died, did she?" Locke asked. "No Good News." "No, 1 ' Horton answered. "I'd asked her before that and she'd say, 'no good news yet.' " Locke's questioning also indicated officers employed a hidden device to record statements during their investigation of Mrs. Horton's death. He told Horton a device planted in the room where the inquest was held disclosed Mrs. Johnston said to him," we might as well tell the whole truth about it." Horton, however, emphatically denied Mrs. Johnston made this statement. The farmer also denied he said "before I'm proved guilty I'll go before the insane commissioner," as ofifcers previously testified. He declared. "I don't remember what 1 told those officers. I was sleepy." 5 Character Witnesses. Defense attorneys called five character witnesses after Horton stepped down from the stand. These were Lawrence Kirby, J. A. Hens- iey, Henry Longfellow, Homer Ranbarger and Mrs. Russell Henderson. They testified either that Horton and hig -wife were friendly; that Horton's reputation was good or that Mrs. Johnston's reputation was bad. When Locke resumed his cross examination Thursday morning, he dwelt at length on tlv "i»s the state claims contained tnc poison which 'killed Mrs. Horton. "Horton," charged Locke, "you told the jury you never saw a cap- I sule before you brought those two your wife took for a cold from Mrs. Johnston's home and your wife poured them out of an envelope onto the table." Had Seen Capsules. "Yes.'' said the 38 year old farmer on trial for the murder of his wife, who died in poison induced convulsions at their snowbound home the night of Feb. 14. "You mean to tell this jury," the prosecutor lashed out, "that you, a farmer, stock?" Manchoukuo in Warning to Mongolia By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two Asiatic nations whose political lives are sponsored by separate world pokers found their relations further threatened Thursday. Manchoukuo, sponsored by Japan, warned outer Mongolia, advised by soviet Russia, that unless the Mongolian government "takes immediate steps to terminate all kinds of pfovocations against Manchoukuo's frontiers, the relations of the two countries are threatened with the most serious contingencies." The warning grew out of a series of border incidents which were climaxed with a pitched battle Tuesday and Wednesday between rival forces of Mongolians and Man- chovikuans. The Manchoukuans stated that the Mongolians crossed the ill defined border between the two countries and attacked Manchoukuan- Japanese border patrols. The Mongolians accused the Manchoukuans and Japanese of a similar violation of Mongolian sovereignty. Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charge Against Vera Stretz NEW YORK, (/P)--Judge Cornelius F. Collins Thursday denied a defense motion in the murder trial of Vera Stretz, 32 year old university graduate, to dismiss the first degree murder charge against her. '-Miss Stretz has admitted shooting her 43 year old lover, Dr. Fritz Gebhardt, but has pleaded self defense. He was killed, she testified, during a struggle in his skyscraper apartment early last Nov. 12. never saw capsules given "Well," replied Horton, "I've seen soned her, stressed this point as to which table the capsules were on. The state contends Horton sub stituted a. poison filled capsule for one of those his paramour, Mrs. Anna Johnston, testified she prepared for her lover's wife to doctor a cold. During the cross examination Locke tried to show time and again that Horton had the chance to switch capsules while they were on the table. Horton, however, maintained he never had such opportunity, declaring that he only returned -to the house twice while he did the chores that evening and that Mrs. Horton was in the kitchen both times. Locke Reviews Events. Thoroughly, Locke r e v i e w e d events of Mrs. Horton's death from the time Horton said she took the second of two capsules about 9:30 p. m. In direct examination Wednesday. Horton testified his wife asked him to engage in the marital relationship with her after taking the second capsule, said she retiied about 10 p. m. and took sick shortly afterwards. Try as he might, however, Locke could not pin Horton to any definite statement of time after 9:30 p. m. Horton declared his wife did not die for three hours after taking sick. The state's expert witnesses testified a dose of poison as large as that taken by Mrs. Horton would have killed her within an hour. ON THE INSIDE FRANK T. VASEY Former School Head for Mason City Dies ON PAGE 2 Taxes and Townsend Probe Hold Spotlight ON PAGE 14 Wide Interest Shown in New Soil Program ON PAGE 14 Iowa Will Fight Against Breakup of M. and St. L Delegation From North Iowa Has Backing of Railway Commission. DES MOINES--The Iowa state railway commission late Wednesday gave assurance that it would provide funds whereby the Iowa viewpoint in* the current attempt to dismember" the Minneapolis and St. Louis railroad would be effectively presented. A delegation from North Iowa, headed by Burt Thompson, Forest City, and former Gov. John Hammill, Britt, and including B. J. Drummond and W. Earl Hall of Mason City and John Mitchell and Traffic Manager L. M. O'Leary of Fort Dodge, J. L. Lichty, G. S. Buchanan, A. Sanford and Albert Schneider of Luverne, appeared be- for a combined meeting of the state executive council and the commission. Sold for Fraction. Mr. Thompson and Mr. Hammill told of the likelihood that the M. and St. L. system, with an appraised value of nearly 550,000,00.0. would be disposed of to a group of competing roads for about £7,000,000. Mr. Drummond outlined* plans for the reorganization of the railroad, whereby, without material abandonment, the property could be made to pay a reasonable dividend on a reasonable investment, without oi; turbing the present setuo as to service or personnel. Atty. Gen. Edward L. O'Connor ruled that the executive council would not have authority to appropriate for employment of necessary The prosecution also contends | iegal and investigational talent, but Horton did not call neighbors, i n - ' " " ' """ "'' J them given hogs." "And you told officers." eluding his paramour, to his home soon after his wife's death as he claimed to have done. Answered Questions. "Horton," snapped Locke, "you answered questions before the coroner's jury concerning a capsule you found in your dead wife's pocketbook. didn't you?" "Yes." replied the farmer. "You said, it looks exactly like one of the empty ones, didn't you?" "I don't remember," said Horton. The state charges that Horton obtained an empty capsule and the poison from his paramour's home. Has Pleaded Guilty. Mrs. Johnston testified also that Horton asked her to plant an empty capsule in his wife's pocketbook after she died so "it will look like she done it herself," The buxom widow-paramour has continued, "that your wife poured those poisoned capsules that killed her out onto the living room table, didn't you?" "I did not," Horton fired back. "She poured them out on the kitchen table." Story of Death. Locke, who began his cross examination late Wednesday afternoon, after Horton told his story of pleaded guilty to a murder charge. Locke She will be sentenced when Horton's fate is decided. Horton held his newfound calm that the railroad commission does possess such authority. Hearings Are Scheduled. The first of a scries of hearings on the question of dismembering the M. and St. L. is scheduled before a representative of the Interstate Commerce commission at Min- napolis April 6. Subsequent hearings will be held at Fort Dodge and other points. "It would be nothing short of criminal," said Mr. Thompson, "if this deal was permitted to go through without resistance. Iowa has an enormous stake in this matter and. as the situation now stands, that stake is not being protected." Commission All There. There was a full representation of the railway commission and executive council members present, included Governor Herring, C. W. Storms. Leo H. Wegman. Ray Murray and Attorney General O'Connor. just before the conclusion of the meeting, former Governor Hammill directed a question to the commis- N. J. GRAND JURY CONTINUES STUDY OF WENDEL'S CASE Attorney General Declares There Is "No Basis" for Indictment; New Delay in Execution of Bruno Hauptmann Expected. HAUPTMANN SITUATION AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press Governor Hoffman appeared before the grand jury considering Paul Wendel's repudiated confession. A high state official said the arrest of a member of the gang which wrung a "confession" from Wendel was expected shortly. Whether Hauptmann will be executed Friday night or within several weeks was reported uncertain in informed circles. Hauptmann. refreshed by a second night of uninterrupted sleep, told guards he was certain he would not die Friday. In Albuquerque, N. Mex., the services of Dr. Florence Hawley, woman tree ring expert, were offered to Hoffman in checking identification of the kidnap ladder. Prosecutor Anthony Hauck, Jr.. accused Hoffman of blocking his efforts to investigate an assault and battery case by withholding information concerning five men who visited the Lindbergh estate at Hopen-ell Wednesday. Prosecutor Marshall's office reported Dr. John F. Condon was enroute to appear before the grand jury, but he was found at his Bronx home. It was learned he had received no such request. Mrs. Bernard Finnigan, wife of the attorney for Stephen Spitz, convicted forger who claimed to have purchased §5,000 worth of Lind-. bcrgh ransom money, said Hoffman provided the money to obtain. Spitz' release from a Chicago jail. Spitz was enroute to New Jersey. After testifying for two hours before the grand jury Attorney General Wilentz questioned its right to investigate the Lindbergh kidnap-slaying. Kimberling said if grand jury was still in session Friday night he would again postpone execution. By DALE HARRISON Copyright, 1936, by the Associated Press TRENTON, N. J.--The Mercer county grand jury, now so deeply into an investigation of the Lindbergh baby murder that it may bring another death hour execution stay for Bruno Richard Hauptmann Friday night, heard Gov. Harold G. Hoffman and Atty. Gen. David T. Wil- entz Thursday; and it appeared more and more likely that it would carry its inquiry into Friday. When the attorney general came from the room where the grand jury is considering whether to indict Paul H. Wendel for the Lindbergh baby murder, he said there was "no basis" for an indictment "in this county, even accepting Wendel's 'confession' as true." "The confession claims the child died a natural death, that it fell from bed after it had been kept here for four weeks." the attorney general said. "That doesn't spell murder in this county." Testimony Kot Disclosed. Governor Hoffman, who was in the j u r y room more than an hour preceding Wilentz, did not comment, and the nature of his testimony was not disclosed. When the jury recessed for lunch shortly after 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, it had heard three witnesses, the third having been Dr. Carroll T. Jones, superintendent of the hospital for the feeble minded where Wendel spent several weeks prior to his being brought here late Saturday night and charged with the baby murder. With the statement by the attor-*- _ ney general that the jury did not appear near completion of its inquiry, the belief that Hauptmann would again escape the chair Friday night was greatly strengthened. Kimberling to Belay. Col. Mark O. Kimberling, prison ivarden, said he would delay Hauptmann's execution as long as was in his power, provided the grand jury vas still undecided on the Wendel ;ase. but that he could not delay it beyond the "week of March 30" trithout legal authorization. He himself would seek legal advice, if .he jury's consideration of the case ihould Hi extended beyond this week, he said. The jury plunged into its renewed consideration of the Wendel case WINTER HOLDS while charges were popping that Governor Hoffman was blocking efforts to probe an alleged assault on the caretaker at the Lindbergh's abandoned Hopewell estate--the place of the Lindbergh baby kid- naping--Wednesday. Parker Awaits Call. Awaiting call before the jury was Ellis Patker, the Burlington county detective chief whose private investigation of the Lindbergh baby murder led to the Wendel arrest. A guard stood beside Parker to prevent his talking with other witnesses while he was waiting to enter the jury room. Three to Five Inches Snow Blanket Ground; More Falling. DES MOINES, (.T) -- Though it was spring by the calendar, all other signs disclosed that winter held sway in Iowa again Thursday. Three to five inches of snow blanketed the ground. Minimum temperatures ranged from 10 to 25 de- rees early Thursday. It still was snowing- in the eastern half of the state. Icy highways made travel dangerous over much of the state. The forecast, however, was for clearing weather, slightly colder Thursday night in the east and rortheast and not quite so cold Fri- Dr. Jones, superintendent of the state colony for ieeble minded at New Lisbon, testified briefly. He produced a statement signed by Wendel in which Wendel said he was entering the hospital voluntarily. Anthony M. Hauck. Jr., the Hunterdon county prosecutor who was r i chief assistant to Wilentz in the 01 Hauptmann prosecution at Flemington early last year, charged at the statehouse that Gov. Hoffman was blocking his efforts to learn who committed an alleged assault and battery Wednesday upon Joseph Lyons, the careiakcr at the Lindbergh estate near Hopewell. 5 Men Visit Estate. for the most part Thursday, but j sion as to what its attitude would day. Spring's return was not in the immediate offing, the weatherman although some melting may i his wife's death and denied he poi- I cess. flared back at Locke on one or two occasions. Heretofore, a weeping, squirming, emotional defendant, ho. told Wednesday of his wife's death in a matter-of-fact manner until he name to the moment of drath when he sobbed, necessitating a short re- set in Friday. Among tow temperatures reporter) was Inwood's 11, Esthorville's 12 and Alta's 33. The high Wednesday was 33 at Burlington. Centra! Iowa apparently measured the heaviest snowfall. Des tion looking to the employment of a ; Moinps recording 4 ! ~ inches during * r ,, --.. ., - -. f u l l time lawyer would be started no j thp last -IS hours. Ames and Mar- I ring during the night. He apprar-.l later than Thursday. 1 shalllown reported 5 inches. ' greatly refreshed, the guards 3aid ( be: "Does om case and otir asking sound reasonable?" "It docs, and we're for you." rc- pliei a spokesman for the commission. Governor Herring added that ac- Hauck said five men visited the estate in defiance of demands by, Lyons that they get out. When they left, Hauck said, they drove their car so that the caretaker wag forced to leap from, its path or be run down. An effort to learn from the state motor vehicle department w h o owned the car in which the five intruders rode was met with the statement that Governor Hoffman had taken the record of registration from there, and that it could be obtained only from him. While these developments were breaking. Hauptmann himself was just awakening from an 11 hour sleep. Guards said he retired at If:."!fl o'clock Wednesday night, falling asleep immediately and hardly stir-

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