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North Iowa's DAILY,PAPER Edited for the Borne H 4 R L O N E R · H I S MEM A R T D E P T O F . I O W A . O E S U O T N E S I A VOL. XXXVII HOVE CENTS "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME E D I T I O N PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, SATURDAY, MARCH 14 1931 UNTTED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE If She Were Only a Man Mary Norton Would Be Presidential Timber. By CHARLES P. STEWART ' A S H I N G T O N .March 14. (CPA1 --The nineteentl amendment has not, yet sufficiently t r a n s formed American politics for a woman to he seriously considered as a presidentia possibility. Otherwise that is just what Rep resentatlve Mary T. Norton of New Jersey would be at this very minute. There has been a lot of talk about what Chairman Raskob and Al Smith, Senators Joe Robinson and Cameron Morrison, Senator- elect Cordell Hull, ex-Gov. James M. Cox of Ohio and other notabilities had to say at the recent democratic national committee meeting in Washington, but Mrs. Mary T Norton's was the knockout speech made at that meeting, by a wide margin. * · * TT. HAPPENS that it was a wet 1 speech, and wet-and-dry feeling is so bitter that It may be difficult to get drys to admit what an oratorical pippin It was, but there are wet speeches and wet speeches, just as there are dry speeches and dry speeches. When a wet hears a bell- ringer, considered as one of the latter, he ought to be broad-minded enough' to recognize it, and a dry (Turn to Foee 2, Column 1); BODY WAS NOT THAT (}F SMITH - Politician. JPERRYY -March 14. W)--With county authorities agreed today the body of a man buried here Feb. 6 as John M. Smith was not that of the farmer-labor gubernatorial candidate of 1930, attention turned today toward ; solution of Smith's - disappearance and establishment of the Identity of the corpse itself. County Attorney George Sackett announced late last night that a representative of the state bureau of criminal Investigation would come here today and accompany county officers to Denison, near where the body burned beyond recognition was found, to investigate a report that the body was obtained there.. James Risden, chief of the investigation bureau, sold he had delegated State Agent Myron Tullar for the trip. ; iThis action was In line with the county attorney's statement that county · officers would not attempt to carry on an inquiry alone but would appeal to. the state bureau for aid. When the body was exhumed and . examined Thursday by a court order obtained at the request of insurance companies "carrying policies on Smith's life, evidence was found showing that the body had been embalmed before burning. In addition, a skull fracture suffered by Smith at Norfolk, Nebr., 10 years ago was not revealed and teeth charts failed to coincide. Possibility that Smith wilt be indicted for burning the body of a dead man was seen In the statement of County Attorney Sackett that such action may be determined after an investigation into the man's identity and Smith's whereabouts. In the event of Smith's accidental death, ?50,000 In Indemnities wo'uld go to the widow and the estate. AUNT NET By Robert Guillen "I try to be ladylike but when that old goat with a snifflin' bad cold stooped over the carriage to kiss Clara's baby, I kicked before I thot." FIVE INJURED 135 PRISON Pelzer Describes Growth of Belting Criticis SAYS HOSTILITY OF ALUMNI WAS CAUSEOF ALARM 4 Members of Athletic Council Met Over Situation. By THEODORE F. K.OOP Associated Press Staff Writer r\ES MOINES, March 14. L/P)--A ·L* growing criticism of Paul E. Belting during the latter part of his service .as University of Iowa athletic director was related today in cross examination of Prof, . Louis Pelzer before the legislative investigating committee. Pelzer said that alumni hostility became so widespread together with dissension in the athletic · department that four members of the athletic council once held a meeting to discuss the situation. He said ha attended with Dr. H. L. Beye, I)r. R. A. Fenton, and Claude Horack. "We had definite knowledge that there was great danger of trouble in the field house. There was dissatisfaction among employes, some opposition to the allotment of funds and a charge that OrviUe Simmons, an assistant director, was overstepping his authority. Afraid of Trouble. "We agreed that there might be trouble and I was delegated to inform President Jessup, which was done the next morning. He, at first, expressed^ regre't that we had had Sttich s *vmeeting', but-.then expressed «^toud*^r,informlng Mm and said he-would v give the matter serious consideration " Pelzer testified that Simmons.was hired by Belting- without consulting the athletic council and that he had been charged.with carrying on correspondence outside of his jurisdiction, and that some coaches did not like. him. Belting explained yesterday Simmons was employed as a field man to smooth over alumni dissension in the state.. Called Few Meetings. Attorney Henry Walker, representing the state board of education, brot out in cross examination that Belting called few meetings of the athletic council. "During the last part of his term," Pelzer said, "we had had no meeting for five months before the one at which his resignation was accepted. If any records were kept, I do not know of it." Pelzer testified that Belting became more unpopular as time went on with students and alumni. He said he had heard both praise and crltticism from faculty members. Committee members questioned the witness as to the effect o£ op- (Turn to Pnire 2, Column 0). FRIDAY, 13TH, AND OLD MAN BAD LUCK WALKS FOR MURPHY CHICAGO, March 14. (IP)--It was Friday, March 13, but the aay, or rather night, was almost gone aa Janies Murphy stood in front of a candy shop. "Five minutes more," he said, "but what's a few minutes?" With this remark he walked in drew a pistol, pointed · it at Miss Tessie Smith, the manager, and then order her to put all the money in a candy'bag, which she did. "Good night and good luck," he said as he walked out into the waiting arms of Sergeant Peter' Hayes and the members of his squad. "Just passing by," said the sergeant, who is authority for the statement that In the candy bag waa ?13. Murphy took out his watch again. "One minute until Saturday the fourteenth," he said. Then he got into the police car and the day was done. N.Y: Central Road Denies Rumor That Crowley Will Quit NEW YORK, March 14. (JPI--The New York Central railroad today denied a report that Patrick Crowley will resign as president of the company to become Chairman of the board. Its statement said the Central is not considering the placing of F. E. Williamson, president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad, as head of the New York Central. m PROGRESSIVES LEAN TOWARD DEMOCRATS AnoatattA Preit Photo Four leaders among the Independent republicans and democrats who assembled nt Washington for a conference on legislative issues and showed a leaning toward favoring a liberal democrat af the next president, arc shown. Left to right: Senator Robert LaFolletto of Wisconsin, SenatorGoorgo w! Norris oC Nebraska, Senator Edward Costigan of Colorado, Senator Bronson Cutting of New Mexico ^ or "s « Blast Hurts Two Men on Nashua Farm NASHUA, March 14.-- Explosion of 8. pail of loose powder which Albert Co en, 28, held in one hand while he lighted a fuse with the other resulted in injuries late this afterno_pn tp Coeji and hia companion, Arhe^ Shannon? 23. A spark from th» fuse ignlted-the-powder; -The accident ottcurrea «fi 1 tfiT'AI- vin Coen farm eight miles west of here in Floyd county where the two were blasting stumps. Coeu's left arm was badly burned to the elbow. His face was also injured. Shannon suffered burns on his face. The condition of neither is considered serious. Their eyes · escaped injury as they closed them when the blast occurred. Relatives of Coen took the two to an auto but when their sleeves took fire, snatched off the sleeves and kept the two men at the Coen home. A physician was called and gave them -treatment. GLOBE-GAZETTE AWARDED HONOR Gets Distinguished Rating in National Newspaper Contest. TJRBANA, HI., March 14.' Forty-nine daily and 92 weekly newspapers have been awarded a distinguished rating for 1930 in the annual national community newspaper contest conducted at the school of journalism. University of Illinois. The contest is open each year to daily and weekly newspapers published in communities under 50,000 population. The daily newspapers were judged 1 on the basis of variety and quantity of news printed, evidence of covering the home territory carefully, excellence of the editorial page, evidence of public spirit and independence and care in editing and printing. Certificates of distinguished' rating will be mailed the newspaper winning the award. Dailies receiving distinguished ratings include: Creston News Advertiser, Mason City Globe-Gazette, Moline Daily Dispatch, Muscatine Journal and Rock Island Argus. Markets at a Glance NEW VORK: Stocks firm; radio advances 3 pointa. Bonds firm; rails strong. Curb firm; Goldman Sachs strong. Butter steady. Foreign exchanges irregular; Europeans steady. Cotton steady; trade buying. Sugar steady; local buying. Coffee higher; Brazilian support. CHICAGO: Wheat easy; lower Winnipeg market. Corn steady forecast colder weather. Cattle steady. Hogs steady. Gangster Slayer of Policeman to Serve 14 Years CHICAGO, March 14. /!)--William "Three Fingered Jack" White, robber and gangster, was convicted today of the murder of Policeman Edward Pflaume of Forest Park The jury fixed the penalty at 14 years in prison. ^ -^The -verdict robbed the Chicago underworld of another notorious criminal but the punishment was lighter than that assessed at his first trial. ··., Verdict Reversed Sentenced to death for the murder five years ago, he won a reversal in the supreme court which held it had not been proved that Officer Pflaume' and his companions had the right to arrest White. The case then lingered on the docket until White was listed by the Chicago crime commission as one of 28 "public enemies" and the old murder charge was revived in the campaign to cleanse Chicago of its criminals. White and his companion, James Johnstone, were sought for a series of. robberies, one of them a bank robbery at McHenry, when Pflaume and Sergt. James McBride accosted them in the Mannheim Inn the night of Dec. 13, 1925. Shot to Death. Johnstone was shot to death in the sudden, vicious gun battle at the suburban roadhouse and Pflaume was fatally wounded by White as he escaped. · While the new trial was in preparation several weeks ago gunmen drove abreast of a Maywood street car on which Sergt. McBride, the state's star witness, was a passenger. They emptied shotguns thru the streetcar window and shattered the policeman's jaw, but after weeks in a hospital he recovered sufficiently to identify White as the slayer of his companion. IOWAN IS FOUND HANGING TO TREE Inquest Planned Into Death of Charter Oak Man at Sac City. SAC CITY, March 14. (ff)--County officers will conduct an Inquest into the death of Leland Roose, 35, Charter Oak merchant whose body was found hanging from a tree last night near the outskirts of the city. Roose had been the object of a search by more than 100 persona following the discovery of his automobile two and a half miles northwest of here early yesterday morning. Two blankets, one blood stained, were found in the machine. 2 Negroes Force Way Into Homes; Attack Two Women and Girl EAST, ST. LOUIS, HI., March 14. OT--Two Negroes forced their way into three homes here last night, criminally attacked two women and a 10 year old girl, bound and gagged a number of men, including husbands of the two women, and stole an unestlraated quality of Jewelry and money. KILL ROGERS *dt*1%yC · BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., March 14. -- Good many papers are poking fun at these "progressives" who ate meeting in Washington. Well those are the fellows that are going to run next year's .government. Neither .republicans or democrats can .even get excused to go get a drink without the "progressives" (the balance of power) sanctioning It. Be a good joke on both parties if these fellows had been right all these years and get a chance to prove it. You watch this young LaFollette. You're going to have a lot of dealings with him in years to come. One thing these progressives won't have to be very good to be the best. Yours, WILL © lilt, uiM Sindiub, ID«. PRINCE BOOSTS BRITISH GOODS Extols Sciences and Arts in Dedication of Trade Exposition. BUENOS AIRES, March 14. UP) --British industry, sciences and arts were extolled to the Argentine and South America this afternoon by the Prince of Wales in formal dedication of the British trade exposition here. His address was broadcast thru- out the two Americas. He said he came to Buenos Aires "to express my sense of appreciation at the exceptional importance of this exhibition to the future of British trade with the Argentine republic." Hope for Revival. "If, as we all hope, the response of the Argentine purchasing public to the appeal of the exhibition leads in some measure to the revival of industrial prosperity in Great Britain and consequently to dimunition of industrial unemployment, a reciprocal result of increase in British consumption of Argentine meat and Argentine cereals is certain. "Interchange, however, has no narrow meaning restricted to commerce. Of equal significance is the development of the mutual cultural knowledge. England desires exchange with Argentina of ideas and visitors as well as goods. This exhibition will have that effect. Faces Comparison. "Advancement of science, mathematics, law and medicine owe as much to England as to any other country and In the region of creative arts England faces comparison with any other nation." Sir Herbert'Gibson, president of the exposition, recalled the prince's visit to Argentina five years ago and thanked him for coming back to open this British fair. Tripoli Factory Is Leased. WAVERLY, March 14.--George Kelley of Grinnell has again leased the factory of the Tripoli Canning company. A. L. Jacobson has been named the namager. SENATE PASSES 10 BILLS, 3 OF THEM BY CLARK New Hampton Election Upon Bond Issue Legalized. D ES MOINES, March 14. (;P--The Iowa senate today continued the work of clearing its calendar by passing 10 bills. i Senator C. A. Benson's bill, giv- i ing the state highway commission i power to vacate and close previous-' ly established primary roads after a hearing, was passed 34 to 1. Three bills by Senator E. W. Clark, Cerro Gordo, received the senate approval. One would- change provisions governing the making of a one mill levy for widowed mothers so that it would apply to counties of 30,000 population, rather than 80,000. Clark said this change would make it apply to his county. The forty-third assembly reduced the figure from 140,000. Two Others Fussed. Clark's bill to provide care for inmates of private charity homes by the county from which they come, rather than that in which the home ia located, also was approved. Clark's third bill changes provisions relating to right or left entries into a highway so that the method might be specified by signs or other markers. A bill specifying Iowa census figured as the baais in organizing b£nk3i waa passed unanimously. Senator . Lou MacDoriald said 'it would permit the chartering of the reorganized First National bank of Cherokee, with a capitalization of $50,000. Federal census figures which gave Cherokee a population of 6,443 by including the inmates of the state's hospital for insane, located there, would make a higher capitalization necessary. ·New Hampton Bonds. A bill legalizing proceedings of the New Hampton bond election for a swimming pool and recreation center passed after it had been explained by Senator Lafe Hill, Floyd. Again with little discussion the senate passed a bill providing'that the state fish and game warden might extend the season on red foxes for 30 days. It was sponsored in the senate by Senator J. H. Hager of Allamakee county. An amendment adopted provided that the signatures of only 100 voters instead of 250 would be required on a petition for extending the season. Four, house legalizing bills in connection with the merger of interstate bridge companies also were approved by the senate. Both houses previously had passed a measure providing for the consolidation of such companies.- Senator O. P. Bennett of Monona spoke for the bills. CALLED INCOMPETENT Ella Wendel, Last of Rich Sisters, Dies NEW YORK, March 14. (m--Miss Ella V. Von E. Wendel, 80, last of the Wendel sisters who inherited th» vast fortune of John Gottlieb Wendel died in her Bleep last night. The simple announcement said merely that Miss Weudel had "died during the night." Miss Wendel finished her days in the red brick mansion on Fifth avenue which stood thru the years, now amid towering office buildings, as a monument to the family motto, "buy, but never sell, real estate." There were six daughters and one- son in the family to inherit the $100,000,000 fortune which John Wendel started in fur as a contemporary o£ John Jacob Astor. Defied Brother. The son, John Gottlieb Wendel. Jr., became head of the family upon the death of his father. He frowned on marriage for his sisters and decreed they should stay out of society, live in the simplest possible style and wear the fashions of their youth. Gcorgiana WendeT once defied her brother's decree and made a trip to Europe. She died two years ago in an sanitarium. Rebecca also defied tho brother. She married. Her death lost July, left Ella alone m the mansion. Rebecca, who was Mrs. Swope. journeyed daily on an elevated train to a small office on lower Broad- .(Tnrn to r«M 2, Column 2). Associated Preat Photo JAMES J. WALKER Mayor Walker to Face Charges of Civic Committee NEW YORK, March 14. (/I 1 ) -- As the result of a year's investigation, the city affairs committee will file with Governor Roosevelt next week charges of incompetence, neglect and indifference against Mayor Walker. John Haynes Holmes, chairman of the icommittee, a civilian body, sale r , j . . ·tary, 'had {quietly^beeav assembling the material on which the : accusation will be based. Plolmes and Stephen S. Wise, vice chairman, personally will present them. May Remove Mayor · Under the state public office act, the "governor may accept or reject the charges.' If he accepts, he may Investigate them himself or appoint a commissioner or the attorney general to act for him. If tho charges are substantiated, he may remove the mayor. , The New York Society of the Methodist Episcopal church, representing a hundred churches, has added its voice to the demand for a thoro investigation of city government. It adopted a resolution upholding the action of the Greater New York Federation of Churches in calling for a non-partisan, citywide inquiry. Made Extra Money The magistrates courts inquiry now in progress produced evidence yesterday that the vice squad patrolman, Andrew G. McLaughlin, who arrested Vivian Gordon, slain Broadway blackmailer, banked $35,800 in two years on an annual salary of $3,000. McLaughlin testified he h'ad made between 1,000 and 1,200 arrests in his 11 years on the vice squad. It had become increasingly hard in late years to procure convictions of women seized on the streets, he said, but Magistrate Jean Norris was the best bet. Magistrate Norris, the only woman on the Manhattan bench, also is under fire for her judicial acts. LANDSLIDE MAY SPARE VILLAGE Fine Weather Conies to Aid of Picturesque French Le Chatelard. CHAMBERY, France, March 14. )~Fine weather today came to the aid of picturesque Le Chatelard, mountainside hamlet near here, and lessened danger of its destruction by a landslide which threatened it. Two other villages already have fallen before the landslide, and a third, Les Granges, it appeared today, could be saved only by a miracle. Rain and snow early In the week precipitated the landslide. Blackledge Convicted of Fraud Conspiracy DES MOINES, March 14. (.T)-H. E. Blackledge of Keosauqua, a real estate dealer,' stood convlcte-J today of conspiracy to defraud the ancient order of United Workmen In a series of farm loan deals. A Jury in Judge O. S. Franklin's court returned the verdict of guilty late yesterday. Northwood High Defeated in Class B Debate Finals DES MOINES, March 14. IIP)--, Mount Ayr won the class B championship and the junior McCahiU trophy at the Drake debate tourney here this morning by defeating tha Northwood high school team. Dr. Sing Poon Chew, 65, Editor, Lecturer, Dies OAKLAND, Gal., March ]4. (m --Dr. Sing Poon Chew, 65, Chinese editor, lecturer and essayist, died unexpectedly of, a heart attack last night. He was managing editor of the Chung Sai Yat Po, Chinese daily newspaper whcih he founded n 1899. IOWA WEATHER Fair Saturday night mid Sunday. Somewhat colder in the cast ana central portions. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather f i g u r e a for 24 hour period ending at o'clock Saturday morning: Miixlmun) Friday 50 Above AUnlmimi in Night 33 Aliovo At 8 A. M. Saturday 83 Atiovo WEEK'S FORECAST CHICAGO. March 14. (IP)--Week, ly weather outlook for the week beginning Mopday: For the regions of the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys and northern and central great plains--mostly fair and moderately cold first part at week, probably followed by some rain or snow with rising temperature towards middle of latter part o£ I II ·£ ?;! MUTIHYQUELLED AFTER CONVICTS WRECK 2 ROOMS 'atcalls Give Warning of Outbreak at Joliet. TOLIET, 111., March 14. UP)--Fou* J convicts were wounded, two ser- ously, and one guard suffered a broken arm in a riot at the 75 year old state penitentiary here at nooa today. Prison guards quelled tha mutiny after the dining room and kitchen had been wrecked. The outbreak occurred in the dln- ng liall when 1,100 prisoners refused to return to their cells after luncheon. A chorus of boos and catcalls ;ave warning of the riot and the 25 guards in the hall sent tin alarm lhat brot reserves from every part of the prison. Three convicts attacked Capt. B. A. Davenport at the door and were beating him severely when they were felled by shots from other [fuards. :· The prisoners, altho unarmed, lield control of the hall and 60 of the leaders rushed into the kitchen, wrecking it thoroly. The rest of the 1,100, more passive, were herded into their-cell blocks but refused to ' allow themselves to tie locked Into their own cells. Shots fired over their heads sent them to cover. One prisoner was wounded by a ricocheted bullet. The three score rioters having smashed everything in the kitchen, returned to the dining hail and demolished tables, chairs and fixtures, throwing furniture $hru .windows.'.' ^Mobilized -'guards finally subdued * the ringleaders, : arid ',43' 'men ·':· wfcrttJ; locked up, in solitary' confinement, pinioned to Irons by arms and legs; Muscatine Man Freed as Not to Blame for Killing of Child, 12 RICHMOND, liid., March 14. W) --Alonzo Seltzor, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lacey Seltzer, was killed lata yesterday when struck by an automobile as ho alighted from a school · bus at his home near here. The driver of the automobile, Edward' Hagerman of Muscatine, a salesman, was released after witnesses told Coroner Russell Haitt the boy dodged in front of tho car from behind tho truck.

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