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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME ,^-_^,^ ( «« s^ s H A R I O N C fl H I S MEM £ O E P T OF 1 0 i V « j fH'S M Q I H E f i "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLIII FlVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PJIESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 124 ARGENTINE BOY SLAIN BY KIBNAPERS NAKED BODY OF BABY FOUND IN F. R. Proposes State Soil Conservation Law Few Clews Held by Police in South America's Lindbergh Case. By PAUL SANDERS LA PLATA, Argentina, (/P)--The unclothed body of baby Eugenic Peyrera Iraola, whose three day kidnaping stirred Argentina as the Lindbergh case gripped the Unit- I ed States, was found Saturday in ihc grime of a pigpen on the baronial estanicia of his wealthy parents. The liltle body, bearing a scalp wound and a cut on one leg, was discovered in an oullying part of "La Sorpresa," his parents' great cstancia, about a mile and a half from the house. . The chubby arms were crossed over the chest. The clothing was not found. Probe Death Cause. An immediate examination was begun at the estancia, where the blue eyed, 2 year old baby lived with his parents and six brothers and sisters, to determine the exact cause of dcatii. It was believed he had been killed Thursday, the day after he was kidnaped. A laconic communique from provincial p o l i c e , who have searched (he rich resort countryside for three frenzied days for some trace of the child or his abductors, said merely the body had been found. Give 'No Theories. It gave no theories as to who! carried the boy away from, the fkiwei bordeiert ^g^ideu ^Jftrf Hug, · "stancia_slio\tly af ten f!^6 clock last Wednesday evening while the babys mothei left his side to gleet her _ husband a wealthy sportsman arid : horse fancier, upon his return from'.another of his ranches. \ :.[. ' : ; - . : The announcement said nothing to indicate which, if -any, of "several suspects now held., was believed responsible for the crime. But it was known the police, at first believing remnants o f - t h e kidnap band of the late "Pibc Ca- be'za"--("Baby Face")-- might be responsible, had inclined to the theory the abduction was the work of a moral outcast. v One wandering peon, who vanished from the cstancia environs about the same time the baby dis- . appeared, was plied anew with questions. Brother Tells Story. There were few clews. Most of them center around the childish story of 5 year old Miguel, Eugenio's brother, who said he saw "a man" holding the 'baby in his arms a few minutes before he dropped from sight. Police refused persistently to confirm reports of ransom negotiations. -. It was a , d a y of profound grief for Argentinians, from cattle:baron lo peon, ending as it did the greatest m a n h u n t in (he history of the republic. Hundreds upon hundreds of police had blocked roads and .searched and streams; volunteer searchers from the beautiful, eslancias o£ the Mar Del Plata countryside and bronzed workmen had hunted side by side, but in vain, for the baby or his kidnaper - . . . ' Grandfather Leaves Town. Just before Saturday's police announcement, the baby's patrician grandfather, the powerful Senator 'Antonio Santa Marina, racec out of Mar del Plata for the La Sorpresa estancia in a -motor cai crowded with phyr;:'ians. It was a forlorn hope; The baby was, dead. - '·· The first, definite word tliat the body-'had been found by a - p o o r in that part of the cstancia devoted to hog-raising and slaughter- came from an uncle, in Mar del Plata. Then the La Plata police tolc their torse slory.- Eugenio's father, Simon Pcyrei a Iraola. also was in Mar del Plata when the news came. He and hi. famify have been in the resort city directing the search, since the kid- naping. Mother Is Prostrated. The mother, the former Dolore Santa Marina, remained prostralec at Mar del Plata, with her othe children, the oldest of whom is 8 Miguel, who saw the kidnaper has been under a doctor's care fo near hysteria since he saw " strange, bearded v man" pick u Eugenio. Also at Mar del Plata, in the jai was the wandering peon, Jos Garicedo. He -answered question in dull monosyllables, and was uri able to explain why he vnnisha from La Sorpresa Wcdncsda niBht. Have Read Your Newspaper 1. Of what was Dr. F. E. Townsend, old age pension leader, convicted the past weqk? 2. A farm couple burned to death when fire destroyed their home near what North I o w a town? 3. President Roosevelt announced he would make a radio address to the nation on the night of what date? 4. How did the Iowa house of representatives finally get its spring vacation after failing to agree on the matter witii the senate? 5. What city had its eighth headless body murder mystery in two and a half years? 6. Seven election workers of what city convicted of a vote fraud conspiracy in last November's election, received prison sentences? 7. What senator introduced a resolution for a constitutional amendment giving states greater powers in legislating on economic and social problems? 8. Nicolas Zographos, Greek gambling magnate, has been seen frequently in the company of what world famous woman? 9. A house was badly damaged by a gas explosion caused by a leaking gasoline pipeline in what North Iowa town? 10. Peggy Garcia's $500.000 breach of promise suit against what radio and .theater violinist M-as thrown, out of court? (ANSWERS ON PAGE 2) FARM TRAGEDY 'orest City Farm Couple Met Death in Five Accidentally. FOREST CITY,--At an : inques .eld Friday, 'night- :a ; coroner' ury, declared that Mr. and Mrs Osmuiid...Asheim, pioneer i Fores Cily;. farm'-couple, .'came'* to Ihei ealh through accidental burnin vhen their home was dcstroye arly Friday by flames. Corone Cennelh F. Boughton of Bri onducted the inquest . at .th lanson and Son funeral home. Funeral services for the tw /ictims, whose bodies were-foun everal hours after the fire, wi le held Monday or Tuesday afte vord has been received from elatives. Since Thor, an adopted son wh vas forced to , leap from th econd story to, save his life, re jprtcd smoke and gas in th louse, .it was believed the bas burner stove might have bee ihut off too tighlly and caused lo blow up. $75,000,000 Pay Boost Looms in Steel Trade Workers Hopeful of Gaining' at Least Two-Thirds of Demands. PITTSBURGH, (/P)--Steel and abor circles in this steel city ooked forward Saturday to an mpending increase in wages for he $5,000,000,000 industry, which vould put $75,000,000 yearly into :ie workers' pockets. The Carnegie-Illinois Steel corporation, largest subsidiary of the wo billion dollar United Slates teel corporation, officially was onsidering demands of 50,000 of Is 101,000 workers for a raise of 0 cents an hour, a reduction of 8 lours in ils 48-hour work week, ecognition of seniority rights and ime and a half overtime work. Members of the corporation's employes' grievance committee in- ormed the Associated Press after ·onferences with officials they lad "high hopes" of gaining "at east two-thirds" of their wage de- nands. \Viuld Mean Increase. That would mean an increase of approximately IVi cents an hour 'n pay for the workers, about the iame increase granted by the industry on November 15. The American Iron and Steel nstitute figures place the mini- num pay in Pittsburgh at 52'/i cents an hour and the average pay 'or the industry at 73 cents an lour. E. T. Weir, chairman of the Na- .ional Steel corporation, said his concern, loo, is considering a wage ncrease, although it had not been wrought lo his attention "officially The r,eq.ues i stp)aLnegie- : Illi-j ~ ion of employe" and company icp- resentatives from 18 mills in the Pittsburgh-Youngstown d i s t rict, and were championed by William Garrity, an outspoken supporter of, the John L. Lewis' committee for industrial organization. Industry Has Followed. In the past any increase in pay by a major company has been followed by the industry as a whole. Carnegie-Illinois made no official comment. Bui B. F. Fairless, president, did announce: "We will not increase prices unless we increase wages and we citnnol increase wages unless we increase prices." A few hours later Friday night the corporation posted.a notice: "Prices for the second quarter will not be posted until March 5." Since the second'quarier of last year, prices generally have been disclosed more than 30 days before the preceding quarter -- w h i c h would mean before March 1. Consitlerinff Price Change. Steel circles saw this dilatory action as an indication that the LOOK INSIDE FOR- W. EARL HALL Globe-Gazette Editor Safely Award Winner ON PAGE 2 Two Legislators Confer With Mason City Council · ON PAGE 10 Lowe, Algona, Heads Iowa Wildlife Gioup ON PAGE 8 -' Noi thwestei n Defeals Mason City's Jaysees ON PAGE 9 corporation was considering a change in prices, at least. Wages in the steel industry, based on a 48.hour, 52 week program, now are $926,000,000 yearly. The average pay of 73 cents an hour compares with 65.i in" 1,029 and the 540,000 workers compare with 454,000 last. year. The industry reported profits of approximately $150,000,000 in 1936, about 3 per cent on the invested capital. U earned 10.4 per cent in 1923 and 4.5 in 1930. Present operations .are belter than 83 per cent of capacity and backlog orders arc reported by officials as higher than at any time in the past six years. Washta Mayor Dies. WASHTA, (ff)--A. D. Robert- SENDS SAMPLE ACT, LETTER TO ALL GOVERNORS o Iowa Would Be Divided Into Districts, Majority of Farmers to Rule. DES MOINES, (.T)--Gov. Nelson G. Kaschel's office received from President Roosevelt Saturday a sample of "state soil conservation districts law," which, if adopted in Iowa, would permit a majority of farmers in any one district to compel a minority to comply with "land use regulations." "I hope that you will see fit to make the adoption of legislation along the lines of the standard act part of Hie agricultural program for your state," the president wrote in an accompanying letter. Identical letters went to governors of. all 48 states. Before leaving f o r Omaha Nebr., Saturday, Kraschel saic that he is "tremendously interested in the objectives" of the proposed legislation. Almost Everyone Agreed. "I think," he said, "almost everyone is agreed that this countrj is rapidly approaching the time when it must do something more definite and more concrete abou soil conservation." The governor explained, however, that he had not the opportunity to study the sample law ant 'hesitated to make any definil comment until I have studied thoroughly.' KipsuhQUweut-torOmaha to con el with Gov Roy L Cochian f Nebraska concerning a propose oil-free bridge "oetween Counci Jluffs. Iowa, and Omaha. Sets Up Committee. The proposed conservation law ould set up a state soil con- ervation committee. Upon pc- tion of 25 farmers in any one rea, the state committee, after public hearing, and a vote by 11 "land occupiers" in the area, ould proclaim the area a conser- ation district. Then, a board of supervisors ould be chosen to head the dis- ricl. It the board decided to im- ose "land use regulations," the uestion would be submitted to a ote of the "land occupiers," and f carried, would have the effect law. Accompanying copies of the tandard act was a mimeographed Ttemorandum outlining its provi- ions. To Save Fertility. The memorandum said the law son, 66, Washta mayor, died of pneumonia. Wild Life Meeting Is Set for Monday ST. LOUIS, W 3 )--A four-day convention of the general Wild Life federation will be held here beginning Monday. J. N. (Ding) Darling, Des Moines cartoonist, is lemporary chairman of the federation. 77zeWeather FORECAST IOWA: iMpstly cloudy, snow probable in cast and extreme southern nortious S a t u r d a y nifflii'-'ahd ''Sunday;' not much change, in temperature. MINNESOTA: Mostly cloudy, snow probable in southeast portion Saturday night -.aiicl Sim- day; not much change iii temperature. ;. · ; IN MASON CITY , Globe-Gazelle weather figures for 24 hour period ending at B o'clock Saturday morning: Maximum Friday ; 25 Above .nilnimum-'in'Nifflit 1? Above At 8 A, M. Saturday 18 Above Snowfall . . Trace WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO, OP) -- Weather outlook for the period March 1 to G 1937., - . ' . . ' ' . . For the upper: Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys:-Generally fair first of wcckj becoming unsettled with precipitation about middle of trie:wqek; near no.rmal temperatures first part and' middle colder latter part of week. Winning Safety Editorial A G A I N "IT CAN B15 DONE!" Carroll county, a typical lov.'a county, is a conspicuous example if what cnn be done in reducing Ihc highway slaughter toll when there is a dccp-sestcd and intelligent determination to do so. Let's look at the scoresheel: In 1035, BEFORE an organized effort to solve the problem, TWELVE (12) persons met death on streets and highways of Carroll county, with 83 injured. In the first nine month's of 1936, AFTER the organization of a County Safety council with a membership' of around 500, there has not been a single fatality on the highways of Carroll county, nor has there been a serious accident. What Carroll county has done, our county can do, given a reasonable degree of good luck, whlcn Carroll undoubtedly has had. The 25 counties in which there are safety councils show a total death list for ID36 which is 19 under the corresponding nine months last year, even though in some of them the organized safety problem is only now becoming operative. But let's look at Carrol! county again. H has a populalion o 22,500, almost exactly the average in Iowa. It is primarily .rural, without sizable factory industries, railway terminals, mines or resorts There arc 12 towns in the county, all connected b'y good straight fast highways. The terrain is hilly but there isn't an over-abundance of blind curves. Three primary highways, 30, 71 and 4K cross Ihc county. It was under such conditions that 12 met death in 1035 agains none in the first three-quarters of this year. Safe driving has been popularized in Carroll county. Scycra hundred are pledged to it by their membership in' the safety council Others;.exposed to a good example follow suit. The relatively Icy who refuse to conform are being driven from the roads. "Wo don't wait for a .careless driver to have his accident," saic a leader in the Carroll county safety program. "We head him off before he gels into, trouble. In the cnsc of the chap who habitually gets 'plastered,' we recommend that his driver's license be picked even though he has not yet been involved in an accident." Evanston, 111., is the shining example of what an urban commun ity can do if it is intelligently determined.. This Chicago suburb o 65,000 population had every reason to sigh: "Living at the edge o this metropolis, we'll just have to accept a sizable street death to! as our inescapable lot." That wasn't Evanston's course. It was th exact opposite. · . , " ' , - , "We can do something about it ahd ; we're going to do so," th citizens and officials of Evanston asserted. And they did. Last yea only two persons met death on the streets of Evanston. · Then .there's..the example of the railroads and of industry. Tl first essential'to Ihe marvelous records in these fields was the orig inal determination to'solve the safely problem rather lhan to loo upon H a s insoluble." . ' · . ' . . I Every Iowa'community can do substantially county what Evanston, what the railroads, what industry have done. The onl question is this; . Is theic the WILL TO Dp"IT' ' Wife Slayer Paces Nervously OVric Govig paced nervously in Sheriff Tim Plialen's office Fri liny aricrnoon as officers questioned him aboul the slaying of his n'ifc In Clear Lake. Guviff refused lo rose for the Globc-Gar.cltc's photographer and this picture was tnlicn as he sought to elude the camera's eye. (Lock Photo, Kayenay Engr vas aimed at preventing "deteri- iration of soil and its' fertility," and included, among "basic con- iderations which influenced the drafting of the act," that: 'The farmers must be able to eel that the program js largely n their own hands. The provisions for referenda and elections :hou!d prevent the growth of a celing that farmers are being regimented.' " In his Ictler, President Roose- elt said "such legislation is im- lerative lo enable farmers to take he necessary' co-operative ac- lon." Earlier, the president outlined as the need for a slate-federal land-saving program: Control Is NecdcO. "We are confronted with the fact that, for the problem lo be adequately dealt with, the crodi- 3le land in every watershed must be brought under some form of control." The slate soil conservation committee, which would have' the power to define the boundaries ol each district, would include "nol less than three nor more than five members." The standard act requires t h a t the membership should include the stale extension director, the director of the state experiment station, and the stale conservation commissioner 01 commissioner of agriculture. F u r t h e r , · the memorandum slated, "the committee is author izcd lo invite the secretary of ag ricullure o f - t h e United States ti appoint one person to serve as a member of the committee." 25 Could Petition. After a state commtltce had been set up, "any, 25 land occupiers" in an area could petition the state committee to establish a district. The committee would then hold a public hearing on the question. and set the boundaries of the district. After boundaries had 'been defined, the question -wo'uld .be put lo a vote of .all "land occupiers" in the area stipulated. If a majority favored establishing R district, a district board of five supervisors would be set up. Two of the supervisors would be selected by the state committee and_lhi_ee byJUnc\._pwners Qfjthe The locil boaid would then have the p o w e r to direct soil erosion control work in the area, nd "to, recommend land use lans for. soil conservation." Formulate Regulations. In addition, the supervisors vould be empowered to "formu- nlc an ordinance prescribing land se regulations." This ordinance vould be put to a vote ol the land ccupiers, and if 'approved by a lajority would virtually become TW. "Failure by the land occupiers o observe regulations is punish- blc by a fine as a misdemeanor," he memorandum stales. Among the board reslriclions vhich, might be included in Ihe e g u 1 alions, the memorandum aid, are provisions: "Requiring particular ' methods cultivation such as contour cul- ivating, lister furrowing, strip ropping, planting of trees and grasses, etc.; specifications of ropping programs arid tillage ractices, including rotations; and requirement that steep or other- vise highly, erosive land be retired rom cultivation.", : Voluntary Co-Oncration. . The document stated the program can be made effective "only f farmers can be induced to cooperate" voluntarily. The act should, therefore, crc- ite machinery .which the . farmers can use when (hey are convinced hat action is desirable," it continued. 'Some machinery should, however, be provided whereby a ma- iovily of the farmers may vote land use regulations upon themselves and thereafter compel a recalcitrant minority to comply where it is for the public good." 4 Seized in Liquor Raids at Davenport DAVENPORT, f/P)--F e d e r a agents arrested four men-in-Iiquoi raids here Friday. Clifford Springsteen, 44, Coleman Beamer, 29 and William Hoffman, 52, were seized in a shack where the officers .seized a quantity of allcget whisky, and Frank Francis, 55 was arreslcd when the fedora men confiscated alleged alcohol in his home. FOH SALE--Davenport and chair. Prac. new. Ph. 4351. This 2 line ad brought 50 calls to' Mrs. Donald DoolUtle and SOLD the davenport and chair. Think of the 49 disappointed people who wnnled lo buy. Can you supply their wants? Use an inexpensive G.-G. For Sale Ad.! six LOSE JJVES AS HOME 'BURNS lother, Four Children an Grandchild Die in Blaze in Michigan. ESCANABA. Mich., r.T)--Si ersons burned .to death Salurda i a fire which destroyed the Nc ohnson farm home at Daniorlh. The dead: Mrs. Johnson; her sons, Robert, Viihur and Arnold; her daughter, u t h ; a_nd a .granddaughter, Baram Williams. Eleven year old Roy Johnson iscovercd the fire when he was ivakencd by the intense heat. He ucceedcd ,in awakening only his sler, Evelyn. They tried to car- y Barbara Williams to safety but ailed. They were forced to leap rom a window to save them- Roy and Evelyn were taken to a ospital for treatment. Evelyn uttered serious burns. Johnson and a son, Helmer, ve erni the 'barn attending a sick ow when the fire broke out. 'hey expressed .the opinion an ivcrhcaled stove caused the bln'/.e. 00 INMATES ESCAPE AS S'UIISES' HOME IS BURNED CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla., /P)-'ire destroyed the nurses' home at he Florida state hospital for the nsane here early Saturday, but hie'300 residents of . the building iscaped uninjured. The 800 hospital employes, firemen, from Quincy, Fla., 20 miles away, and volunteers from the owns of and Hiver unction brought the spectacular blaze under control after fighting ix hours to prevent the fire from ;preading to the. hospital proper, yhich houses more than 4,200 pa- ienls. Dr. J. II. Therrell, who became ;uperinlendent of Florida's largest itale institution last Tuesday, estimated the damage at 3170,000. He said prcliminary'checks indi- caled no one was injured. WIND UP PROBE OF CLEAR LAKE WIFE SLAYING lovig in Jail With Inquest Scheduled "Probably for Monday." O. Burton (Obic) Goyig, some- vhat quieted after a night's rest, vas held in CBITO Gordo county's nil Snturcliiy while local officials voimd up their investigation oC is concession of the fata! shooting f his wite, Hazel, Friday noon at heir home at 515 North Third Iroel ut Clear Lake. Meanwhile, his 5 year old snn 3il!y, whose promise not ''to lell" f his mother's shooting kept Go- ·ig from taking his own and his on's lite, according to the 30 year jld grocer, wondered "where my daddy is." Both Billy and his ;i year old Brother, Dickie, Saturday were at he home of their fathers sister, Mrs. N. E. Straw, 1441 Jefferson ivcnue northwest, where GoviR uid brought them shortly after the shooting Friday. County Attorney M. L. Mason slated that lie would tile charges sending the findings of Coroner .1. E. McDonald's inquest, scheduled 'probably for Monday." Ui'e-e to Kill. Even a visit laic Friday afternoon to the scene of the murder failed lo shake the confessed slayer from the despondency which, according lo his rambling statements, has gradually increased its grip on his m i n d - d u r i n g the last few weeks. Harried by imaginary business worries, Govig told investigators how the urge to kill had come upon him as he ^ was returning to Cleai Lake tiom a groceis convention---in ,, Chicago,- TJl' t Japan's Navy Plans to G a r r y Fight to Enemy If War Comes T O K ' I O , |. J P) -- The Japanese navy disclosed to the diet Saturday its general plan of air combat as being the complete destruction of enemy air bases before enemy planes are able to attack the Japanese mainland. Tokio and other large cities of the empire. Vice Admiral Mitsumasa Yonai, minister of the navy, proudly proclaimed, arc safe from Upon Ins a n i \ a T ~ a t his Clea: Lake home, Govig said he was unable to sit still long enough to eat and spent the morning alternately drinking large quantities of water and smoking innumerable cigarels. Finally, about noon, his wife- had begun reading aloud to him from a Christian Science book-in an effort to quiet him, Govig ex j plained lo Sheriff Tim Phalcn. .! Two Charges from Gun. If was while she was thus occupied, investigators believed, that the fatal shots were fired. 1 The religious book was found, several of ils pages ripped by pel- Ici.s of buckshot, lying on Ihe floor beside Ihe chair, which held Mrs. Govig's body. One of Ihc charges, fired from n 20 gauge Remington shotgun which Govig kept loaded in the house, entered the back of her head and emerged below the left ear. A second charge entered just above the left breast and lodged in the body. Advised by Physicians. Physicians called into the case by investigating officers 'Staled that the former Mason Cily grocer had been advised repealedly lo consult psychiatrists at university hospital in Iowa Cily concerning his condition. A consuming thirst for water always accompanied any increase ill his nervousness, Govig said. Thursday, in Chicago, he had felt himself slipping into a dangerous stale of mind, he told County Attorney Mason and Chief of Detec! tives Leo Risacher. Consumed ly Thirst. "1 even jumped out of a taxi and threw snow in my face. I was just like a crazy man," he continued. "Coming back last night on the train I couldn't sit still--couldn't eat. I don't even know how many cigareU. I smoked, and I must lave drunk more than 100 glasses of water." From the lime he was brought :o (he sheriff's office, shortly before 2 o'clock, until 5 o'clock when officers look him to Clear Lake in the scene of the shooting, he had .lass of water in his hand constantly. He would consume a full glass in less than five minutes and sfart in on another one immediately. . . Shooting is Re-Enacted. Rc-enactinR, to the best of his recollection, the shooting and the circumstances which led up to it, # V assault in the air. The naval minister disclosed that the'combat planes Mad been worked out in "agreement" with the army and added: "The navy-is fully prcpnrcci In prevent any adversary's aircraft from reaching -Japan." : the slightly built 'grocer showed officers in his home how he had paced from one room to another, unable lo partake of the noon meal which was still on the table Friday- night. His wife, formerly Miss Hazel Bener, left the table and began reading the Christian Science testament to him while he walked from room to room in their recently eslablishcd home, occasionally passim; directly behind the chair in which his wife was sitting, he said. Suddenly, nn oiie .of his rounds Ihroiigh the. house, he: stopped 'at ·\ cupboard in a playroom whert f''

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