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TWO MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, APRIL 3 193G Wendel--and not Bruno Hauptmann i--kidnaped the famous baby. If Hauck refused to act, Fisher Indicated he might call upon Justice Thomas W. Trenchard, tie trial judge, to order Hauck to convene the grand jury and to join him in an effort to stay the execution. On "Borrowed Time." Hauptmann, who has been living on "borrowed time" for more than a year due to appeals from his conviction and to one 30 day reprieve by tie governor, had placed high hope, it was understood, in the grand jury's investigation. If the jury indicted Wendel, he felt, some way would be found to delay his execution until a jury could pass on the Wendel charges. The jury's action in dropping the case was just another example of the unexpectedness that has made the Lindbergh case the most amazing in modern criminal history. Just Where It Was. The jury voted neither an indictment nor a "no bill." In effect, it left the status of Wendel, the middle aged prisoner, exactly where it was when they began consideration of the case Tuesday. As Governor Hoffman's press aide, William S. Conklin, expressed it: "After all, the action was negative." During the day and night of star chamber session--a proceeding that began before 10 o'clock Thursday morning and carried on, with only a- short mid-afternoon break, until nearly midnight--the jurors examined Governor Hoffman himself, Attorney General Wilentz, and the prisoner, Wendel, together with others. Hear Parker Story. At their Tuesday session, also a lengthy one, the jurors had heard the story of the well known "country detective," Ellis Parker, who obtained the "confessions" which were followed by Wendel's arrest. Despite it all, Paul Wendel remained in jail charged with the Lindbergh baby murder, and Bruno Hauptmann faced execution for the identical crime. The authoritative explanation of the situation is almost as astonishing as have been many of the previous weird events that have taken place since the curly haired namesake of Col. Charles A. Lindbergh was snatched from his crib March 1, 1932, and killed. The trouble was, it developed Friday, that the grand jury had no formal complaint against Wendel at all before it. Complaint Not Delivered. The formal complaint on which ·Wendel-was arraigned Sunday and to which he pleaded not guilty has not yet come before the grand jury. With no complaint before it, no "no bill" could be voted. When the grand jury asked for the complaint Thursday night, the prosecutor's office was reported to have said the paper had not yet been received from the magistrate before whom Wendel was arraigned. A "no "bill" will be' voted, according to present indications,- next week, after the jury looks into several minor phases of the charges aaginst 'Wendel. These angles are Batteries $3.95 A genuine Willard for every purpose--Anto-Kadio, Farm Lite. J A C O B Y Battery and Electric Service 110 8. Delaware Phone 319 expected further to exonerate Wendel. Arrested and Accused. The entire inquiry into the Wendel "confessions" was conducted on the strength of newspaper reports that such "confessions" had been made, and that Wendel had been arrested and charged with the murder. It was explained that frequently the justices of the peace before whom arraignments take place do not submit the papers to the prosecutor's office--for presentation to the grand jury--for several days, and often for weeks. The Wendel papers, it was understood, had not cached Prosecutor Erwin Marshall even Friday. The grand jury was exercising its broad powers when it plunged into the Wendel investigation Tuesday of its own initiative, for its members realized that Bruno Richard Hauptmann was sentenced to die that same night for the same crime; and they felt that if there was merit in the charges against Wendel, then there must be good reason why Hauptmann's execution should not take place. Phoned to Warden. It was with this thought that the foreman of the grand jury, Allyne Freeman, telephoned the prison warden almost on the hour set for execution and requested it be delayed 4S hours to permit the grand jury to investigate "interesting new angles" of the case. The warden, Col. Mark O. Kimberling acted upon the request and postponed the execution until Friday night. But Friday night there will be no further request upon the warden to spare Hauptmann's life, so far as the Mercer grand jury is concerned. When the warden reached his office Friday morning he immediately announced the foreman of the grand jury bad told him there would be no further request for a stay from that body. Kimberling said he was going ahead with preparations for the electrocution Friday night, mean' while seeking advice from other au- thoritives as to what he should do. That left it squarely up to Governor Hoffman, whose succint comment less than a week ago-- "no second reprieve"--seemed to close even that door to Hauptmann's hope. Makes Preparations. "I am going anead with preparations for the execution tonight," the prison warden said Friday morning, "until I get other advice.' He said he would seek legal advice from "the proper channels." "I heard from the foreman of the grand jury Thursday night, after the jury adjourned," Kimberling explained, "and I don't know anything they will do to halt the execution." But many high official sources were confident that the governor, now firmly committed to a full in vestigation of the entire Lindbergh case, would find a way to prolong the Bronx carpenter's life, even in the face of Attorney General Wil entz's opinion :that his power of r prieve.has expired, ". - · ·., As one official .put it: .. : -.'· Keep Hands Off. "Did you ever see him (Governor Hoffman) quit?" If he should decide to grant another stay for Hauptmann, the governor probably would find .the attorney general continuing a "hands off" attitude, an attitude which was. in effect, this: "Another reprieve is illegal; but if the governor grants it, the attorney general's office will not challenge it." , There was a question, however, whether Colonel Kimberling woulc honor such a reprieve, but few doubted that he would contest it. He was quoted recently as saying that in such an event he would ask the attorney general for a ruling and that he would-be guided by that advice. If that should prove to be the S H O E S Fit Yfcur Feet When You're Oni Your Feet Because They're Fashioned On Famous Plus-Fit Lasts 89,732 X-Ray studies helped to create these Plus-Fit Lasts which conform to the natural spread of the feet when walking. These scientific lasts are revolutionizing shoe-fitting principles. The snug-fitting heels, ample toe room, and cleverly concealed comfort features will convince you of that! MOST S T Y L E S 105 NORTH FEDERAL AVKM'K case, then even a reprieve would fail to save Hauptmann. While the grand jury "discontinued" its inquiry of the charges against Wendel there were thoroughly reliable reports that it might uquire into the part other persons may have had in the affair. The proceedings of the grand jury of course, were secret, but several things pointed to the possibility that the jurors would make a study of the full.facts concerning Wendel's alleged "kidnaping" and his story that he was "tortured and jeaten" by men forcing- him to write Jie "confessions" as they dictated hem. Sensational developments in .his connection have been predicted. University President. While the grand jury was still deep in its deliberations Thursday, Jie president of Princeton university, the mayor of Princeton and 32 citizens of that city signed a pe- .ition to the legislaure asking it "to nvestigate whether attempts have been made by public officials or other persons to annul" the "orderly processes of law" in the Hauptmann case. The petition further urged that the legislature see if "grounds exist for the removal or impeachment" of officials. President Harold W. Dodds of the university and Mayor Charles R. Erdman, Jr., headed the list of signers. Bruno Wakes Early. Hauptmann awakened earlier than usual Friday and started immediately to read the Bible and told fciis guards he was "confident and not worrying." The nerves of the man, put to an extreme, torturing- test last Tuesday night when up to the very last minute he had no reason to doubt that he would die, faced a similar test Friday; perhaps a greater one, for his chances of escape seemed most meager. There have been repeated suggestions that the former German machine gunner could avoid the black leather mask of the death chair-the tightly clamped leg electrode, the skullcap that carries lethal lightning into his body--by a last minute confession. May T.ilk Then. Attorney General Wilentz was the first to suggest such a possibility as long ago as February, 1935, when in his bitter summation at Flemington he said: "When he hears that switch--then he" If he should "talk," that in itself might be considered sufficient reason for interrupting the execution But Hauptmann in the letter "of a dying man" to Governor Hoffman last Tuesday reiterated his willingness but helplessness to give any information that might solve the crime. "Mr. Wilentz," he wrote, deviating from his remarks fo the governor to address the attorney general, "you are 'killing an innocent man." Visited by Lawyer. Whatever the night held for him, Hauptmann-knew he would see his lawyer, .Fisher, during the day, and that his spiritual adviser, Dr. John Matthiesen--who believes firmly in the condemned man's innocence-would spend some time with him But if he dies Friday night, then he has seen his wife, Anna, for the last time. She visited him Thursday. When she left she said: "Goodbye, Richard. I will see you again." She will--if "something" intervenes before the fateful 8 o'clock. If not, then she will see him only after he has been taken--after the crowds, the curious ones have gone and after the hundreds of wires have clattered the news of his end to the farthest corners of the world--from the little death house morgue. Small Shaven Spot. If that be Hauptmann's destiny Friday night, Anna Hauptmann's husband will come back to her in a cheap, ill fitting suit of clothes, taken from the same prison shelves where clothes of paroled prisoners are kept; and on his head will be the small, telltale shaven spot where the death hood fitted. Mrs. Hauptmann left Trenton Thursday for a brief visit in New York with her small son, Manfred. The death day, however, found her returning for whatever may happen. She has a new dress. It is of satin-black--and a veil such as widows wear. DUBUQUE LEADS MUSIC CONTEST -las 4 "Superior" Ratings at District Session at Waterloo. WATERLOO, UP)--The Iowa dis- .rict music contest continued here Friday, with Dubuque high school eading the field with four "super- or" ratings. The "superior" contestants: Cornet--Charles Maertz, Ionia; Lloyd Luhner, Postville. Marimba xylophone--Pierce Knox school for blind. Vinton; Robert Smyth, Franklin, Cedar Rapids. Saxophone--Elmer Bickford, Waterloo West; John McGranahan, ^ewhall. Harp--Betty Woodward, Water- oo East; J. M. Corpenter, Waterloo West. Flute--Rosalie Radle, Dubuque. Clarinet -- Oelwein, Flora Lou Cotnam; Waterloo West, Ted Smith; Walford, George Shultz, Jr. French horn--Cedar Falls, Wiliam Jochumsen; Dubuque, Herbert Pfeffer; Charles City, Don Henniger. Woodwind group, Waterloo West. Alto clarinet. · Dubuque, Jeanette Lock; Osage, George Kingsbury. Bass clarinet--Winton, Frances Knupp. Vibraharp solo--Waterloo West, Francine Butler. Piccolo solo -- Vinton, Margaret Leamon. Rest Prescribed for Treasurer Wegman After His Collapse DES MOINES, (tft--Dr. Harry A. Collins prescribed a few days' rest for State Treasurer Leo J. Wegman Friday, following the state official's collapse in a hotel lobby on the eve of the state democratic convention. The physician held a heart disorder responsible for Wegman's collapse. Mrs. Wegman said her husband had suffered similar attacks before, once on the eve of the 1934 state convention. Col. Luke Lea Ends His Prison Sentence RALEIGH, N. Car., (.¥)--Col Luke Lea, former Tennessee senator and financier, walked from the North Carolina state prison a free man Thursday, paroled after serving nearly two years of a six to ten years sentence for violation of the banking lawa. Vera Stretz Murder ; Trial Goes to Jury NEW YORK, /P--The first degree murder trial of Vera Stretz who admitted slaying her lover in an early morning struggle, went to a "blue ribbon" jury Friday after noon. David Lamson Freed and Charges of Wife Murder Are Dropped SAN JOSE, Cal., (/P)--Wife murder charges against David A. Lamson were dismissed Friday and he was ordered liberated immediately. District Attorney Fred Moore personally asked Superior Judge J. J. Trabucco to dismiss the charge against. Lamson, who had faced three trials. Moore said it was impossible to obtain a jury to convict the defendant. Iowa Committee on Soil Conservation . Selected by Thorne WASHINGTON, (.W --Gerald B. Thorne. north central regional director for the soil conservation program, named Friday state committees to direct the new program in his 10 states. The committee in each case consists of at least three farmers and a member of the state extension staff. The committee for Iowa: R. M. Evans, Laurens, chairman; Ralph Smith, Newton; H. E. Hazen, Denmark, and R. K. Bliss of the extension service at Ames. To Vote on 1'aving Bonds. ROCKWELL CITY, '(1D--. county vole on a million dollar paving bond issue will be held April 28, the board of supervisors decided TO SETTLE SUIT AGAINST GOBELS $540,000 Action of Tank Car Firm Is Reduced to $105,000. NEW YORK--Federal Judge ilor timer Byers Thursday granted au thority to Adolph Gobel, Inc., Brook lyn meat processors, to settle fo 5105,000 a suit brought against i for $540,000 by General American Tank Car corporation of Chicago. The plaintiff corporation had a 10 year contract with the firm o Jacob E. Decker and Sons of Mason City, a Gobel subsidiary, to supply tank and refrigeration cars. Sale o the Decker concern to Armour am company terminated the contrac and the tank car corporation suec for the amount it estimated it would have realized had the contract run its course. The suit which was for breach o contract was brought in Illinoi state court but was transferred tc Brooklyn federal court here becaus Gobel at that time was undergoing reorganization in the Brooklyn court. Day in Congress Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Senate-Debates alien deportation bill. Interstate commerce committee hears views o'f W. A. Irvin, U. S. Steel head, on basing point legislation. Finance committee studies war profits limitation-bill. House-Resumes consideration of four department (state, .iustice, labor and commercial) appropriation bill with passage by night predicted. Appropriations committee meets on deficiency measure. Ways and means committee resumes hearings on new tax legislation. THURSDAY Sennte-- Passed stockyards regulation bill. Interstate commerce committee heard Eugene Grace, Bethlehem Steel president, forecast pickup for the industry. House-Held general debate on four departments (state, justice, labor and commerce) appropriation bill. Old age pensions investigating committee continued inquiry into the Townsend plan. Vfrs. White Awarded Verdict in Suit for Auto Death Damages WEST UNION--The jury in the lamagre suit of Mrs. Ruth White of Oelwein vs. Allen C. Zell of Daven- jo'rt Thursday returned a verdict or the defendant. The plaintiff's lusband, auto guest of defendant, ras killed in an accident near Cedar Rapids March 12, 1935. The jury, ut nine hours, returned a sealed erdict at 3 a. m. Thursday, which vas not opened until afternoon when, udge Eichendorf arrived. MUSIC MEET AT BRITT IS OPENED Attendance on Saturday to Reach 1,700 in Contest for Schools. BRITT -- The subdistrict music jontest, which opened here Thurs- iay afternoon, will continue Friday and Saturday with the last day's at- ;endance expected to reach 1,700. Britt has 97 pupils- who will com- ete in 23 of the 34 scheduled events. Vinnera here will go to the district jontest at 'Mason City. Results Include: Piano solo: Superior -- Barbara icott of Mason City, Goldfield; excellent--Eagle Grove, Britt, Clear ^ake, Hampton, Wesley, Woden; good--Garner, Northwood, Burt, Corwith, Latimer, Manly, Renwick, Htonka; average--Sheffield, Rockwell. Class B and C girls' small vocal ,, r o u p : Superior -- Northwood, Hampton, Forest City, Britt; ex- sellent--Armstrong, Garner, Claron. Buffalo Center, Belmond; good --Lake Mills, Clear Lake, Titonka, Renwick, Latimer, Clear Lake, Goldfield, Corwith, Burt: average -Thompson, Swea City, Luverne, Joice. Rockwell dropped. Evelyn Cheesman Wins, Violin solo: Superior -- Evelyn Cheesman of Mason City; excellent--Howard Walsh of Hampton, John Brenton of Clarion, Dolores Blesie of Renwick; good--Hanlontown. Viola solo: Superior--none; excellent--Delbert Jones of Eagle Grove, Ruth Casebeer of Clarion, Betty Walker-of Burt, Carol Cosgriff of Britt. String bass: Superior--Mary Lois Flemmig of Renwick; excellent- Marguerite Kern of Mason City, Donald Lewison of Britt. Oboe: Superior--Homer Hockenberry of Mason City; excellent-Jean Beckner of Clear Lake, Dorothy Hagen of .Clarion; good--Burt and Eagle Grove. Marimba solo : Superior-- Rutth Buehler. .of Mason City;, excellent^ Eloise Osman of Eagle Grove, Jean Nelson of Forest City. Many in Competition. Baritone" solo: Superior -- Reginald Winters of Titonka, Donald Trees of Britt; excellent-- Morray Noonan of Eagle Grove, William Kennedy of Clear Lake, Dale Peterson of Renwick, James Knight of Armstrong: good-- Burt, Garner, Mason City; average-- Joice. Goldfield, Clarion. Hampton and Manly dropped. Contralto: Superior -- Adelaide Thorson of · Hanlontown: excellent --Marguerite Hal; of Eagle Grove, Helen Stoecker of Mason City, Irma Kairy of Kanawha; good--Goldfield; Corwith, Burt, Britt, Clarion, Clear Lake, Garner, Northwood; average--Renwick. Class A--AA, small vocal group: Superior--Mason City; excellent- Eagle Grove. Bill for Inspection of Packers' Books Passed by Senate WASHINGTON, J P--By a vote ot 32 to 18 the senate Thursday passed the Connally-Murphy bill to open books of packers to examination by the secretary of agriculture and to impose other regulations upon the stockyards business. It now goes to the house. RADIO PROGRAM STATION WOI, AJUES SATCBDAT. Al'IUI, 4 7:20 a. in.--News notes 7:30 a. m.--K"u3ic shop 10:00 a, m.--P. T. A. program--W. I. fith 11:35 a. m.--Iowa 4-H cluba 12:00 noon--Extension hour 1:15 p. m.--Campus varhttes TAX PLAN JUMP AHEAD OF RELIEF 3oth Issues Must Be.Ironed Out Before Congress Can Adjourn. WASHINGTON, (^--Running a gauntlet of criticism by business spokesmen, the $799,000,000 tax program kept a jump ahead of the relief issue Friday in the legislative marathon that must end before con- ress can go home. A self styled "ordinary business- man'' called the tax plan "terri- 'ically unfair' 1 for distressed companies. Thomas W. Taliaferro, De- .roit packer, said the "windfall tax" suggested by president Roosevelt against firms which avoided AAA evies would force him out of busies. Democrats steering the program .hrough public hearings toward the house floor gave no sign they favored changing it. Other developments: Approve Legal Fund. The house rules committee approved expenditure of $10.000 for counsel to fight the court battles of ;he senate lobby committee. A cut from .$250,000 in 1934 to $203,332 in 1935 in the salary of Charles M. Schwab, Bethlehem Steel corporation chairman, was revealed in a report to the securities commission. William A. Irvin, president of United States Steel, expressed opposition to the Wheeler (rill to eliminate the basing point price system used by steel and some other industries. Reconstruction corporation officials revealed they had authorized RFC lending on assets of closed state banks to expedite termination of receiverships. Kellef Marks Time. The $1,500,00,000 relief appropriation asked by Mr. Roosevelt marked time pending further progress on new taxes. All hands took keen interest in the results of the New York presidential primary, where Borah can-' didates for seats in the republican convention lost to the regular organization in the nine districts in which they were entered. Borah supporters said their confidence was unshaken. They contended it was not a "true test of strength" for the Idahoan. Carl G. Bachmann, chairman of Borah-for-president headquarters, said the Illinois test April 14, in which Borah will contest with Col. Frank Knox, "will te!l a different story." Manufacturers Criticize. The tax program, featuring a levy en corporation income graduated according to the percentage of profits held for reserves, drew criticism from the National Manufacturers association and several other ; business organizations and individuals in a hearing that lasted until late Thursday night. They called it unsound, while Franklin W. Fort, former congressman and now a New Jersey banker, termed it a "violent attack" on private property. [ Democrats on the committee replied that business critics of the government have been demanding 3. balanced budget, but now reverse themselves to oppose the taxes. Both the house investigation of the Townsend old age pension plan and the communications commission inquiry into the American Telephone and Telegraph company were in recess Friday. Follow Hot Tip. The house committee sent Its investigators into the field on a mysterious "hot tip" bearing on the movement for $200 a month pensions for the aged. The problem of war profits and how to curb them confronted the senate finance committee. A subcommittee asked it to determine how high taxes could be raised without destroying the "profit motive." The subcommittee has been considering whether all wartime incomes over $10,000 should be taxed 99 per cent, or whether the fate should apply merely to excess profits occasioned by the war. The senate munitions committeee backs the former plan. Senator Wagner (D., N. T.) prepared to introduce a bill to enlist additional federal aid in slum clearance and low cost housing construction. Broadcast to Be Put on Air for All-State Selections From WOI Iowa's all-state basketball teams, selected by the 30 member newspapers of the Iowa Daily Press association, who collected the opinions of more than 1,000 coaches and officials in making their choices, will be honored Friday night in a special radio broadcast. The all-state teams, announced Friday afternoon in the Globe-Gazette, will also be announced from station WOI, Iowa State college, at Ames, at 6 o'clock. Andy Woolfries, veteran basketball announcer, Al Mitchell, sports editor of the Globe-Gazette, and Louis Menze, Iowa State college coach, will be on the program. "Scarcity Economy" Rapped by Dickinson CENTERVILLE, (Al--Senator L. J. Dickinson, Iowa Republican regarded as a possible presidential nominee, attacked the "economy of scarcity" as exemplified in the new farm program in an address before a republican meeting here Thursday night. Dickinson said "the economy of scarcity is not practical. Experience and time have proved that it is unworkable. Only plenty is divisible-never scarcity." Native of Iowa Dies. KANSAS CITY, (JPI--Samuel L. Packwood, 74, a native of Alva, Iowa, died in a hospital here. The Hat Buy of the Town New colors . . . new styles for men and young men. COMPARE! See our North Window! ABEL SON me. 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