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:"C 0"M "t K 111 M ,5 f. H r O F i . North Iowa's DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home «Si HOME EDITION ·THE NBWSrAPJBU THAT MAKES ALL NORTII IOWANS NKIGUBOItS" VOL. XL 'FIVE CENTS A COPV ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA", MONDAY, APRIL 16, 1934 THIS PAfEB CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 162 STUART BANK ROBBED OF $2,000 CASH Officers Name Roles Taken by Bandits in BankRobbery FIVE POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED; 6TH NEARLY CERTAIN Mason City Police and Sheriff in Vigorous Investigation. Having succeeded in the positive identification of five and almost certain of a slxm or the seven desperadoes who held up the First National bank of Mason City March 13, police and members of the sheriff's office were continuing vigorous investigation of the robbery this week. Not only have the local officers established that the robbery was committed by John Dillinger and a group of hard hitting assistants almost as notorious as the Indiana "wooden gun" artist, but Sunday night they revealed what they believed was the role taken by each bandit in the robbery. Following are the desperadoes who took part in the Mason City robbery as reconstructed by information gathered by officers: Dillinger had the leading role, standing in front of the bank, intimidating the crowd, showing his prowess with sub'-machine gun and automatic. Nelson Shot James. "Baby Face" Nelson, also armed with a. sub-machine gun, held the place in front of :-the : Laird shoe '.store. . I t , was-he., .who., shot R- I*. : : jame.Si ;secreta»yrv.ifiv.the school "board, through the leg. Tommy Carroll, tall, lanky gangster, occupied the strategic doorway of the Prescription shop, using C. D. Mulcahy, the proprietor, as a shield. John Hamilton, Dillinger assistant, was the one who took the ?52,DOO from the vault. It was he who chased Willis G. C. Bagley, president, into his private office and fired through the door. Killed in St. Paul. Eugene Greene, who was shot in St. Paul, was the second man in the bank guarding the operations of Hamilton. It was he who fired at the glass in the bullet proof cage occupied by Tom Walters over the president's office in the bank. Homer Van Meter, Dillinger's companion in the Warsaw, Ind., police station holdup, is believed to be the sixth man who sat at th? wheel of the bandit car. The seventh, the mobster who acted as the connecting link between the outside guards and the gangsters inside, being seen part of the tune outside the doorway of the bank and at times inside, is the only one of the gangsters yet unidentified by the officers. Watch Other Developments. Not only new revelations that have come ,to light with events in other cities, but intense study of the history and specific talents and modus operanfll of the bandit sus- . pects have been a part of the work carried on by officers ever since tha robbery. 1 Although handicapped by the limitation of their field of operations, the officers were satisified shortly after the robbery that in a comparatively short time they would be able to point their fingers on the members of the gang. They kept on working and watched every occurrence that came to light in other cities, confident that sometime and somewhere there would occur a break .that would give fTnrn to Pane 2. Column 3) "BABY FACE" NELSON Shot R. L. James EUGENE GREENE Fired at Tom Walters JOHN DILLINGER Guarded Front of Bank TOMMY CARROLL At Prescription Shop 3Rt Find Hideout of Henchmen of Dillinger Believe 3 Men and Woman Have Been at Winona. ST. PAUL, April 16. (/Pi--Four members of the John Dillinger mob were believed to have been hiding in Winona, Minn., and vicinity the past five days, at least it was learned, as department of justice agents early today took in custody a former oootlaf ge"r?and questioned a Wino- beauty operator. Six department of justice agents who moved into Winona Sunday night equipped with a machine gun arrested George Fockens, who owns a cottage near Alma, Wis., 25 miles from Winona, and brought him here. Cottage Owner Held. Fockens was arrested at the home of Gertrude Wineski, a beauty operator early today. Miss Wineski was taken to the Winona police station and questioned but released shortly afterward. The Dillinger gang members believed to have stayed at a Winona hotel last Tuesday night and in Fockens' cottage at Alma the subsequent days and nights are: Tommy Carroll, Homer Van Meter, George (Baby Face) Nelson, and a woman known as "Opal." A hotel register on which Fockens is alleged by federal agents to have entered the names of three persons last Tuesday night was seized by the investigators. "Could Not Recall." Fockens, it was learned, told agents he "could not recall entering the names of anyone" on the hotel register. Fockens was convicted in 1928 for bootlegging and served a term in jail. Agents believe alleged D.illinger associates used Fockins' cottage at Alma as a hideout at various times since the notorious outlaw, and a companion shot their way out of an apartment here March 31. Pulled Out of Ditch. A farmer in the Alma, Wis., vicinity told agents he pulled a car (Turn to Page 2, Column 8) TROLLEY STRIKE OPENS IN OMAHA Union Employes Walk Out So Company Keeps All Cars in Barns. OMAHA, April 16. GT)--Omaha workers walked to work today or stood on Corners and thumbed rides as the city awoke to find its streetcar system disrupted by a strike of union employes of the Omaha and Council Bluffs Street Railway company. . Not a streetean. moved, although some of the employes .are-aotvunion members. The train company, ord- .ered that no cars leave the barns. The union is seeking recognition, reinstatement of 10 discharged em- ployes and pay increases of from 5 to 20 cents an hour. The company contends it cannot accede to the "closed shop," and can not grant the pay increases and continue to operate. The union, led in its actions by J. M. Parker, international vice president of the organization, refused to grant the request of R. L. Blume. secretary of the regional labor board at Kansas City, that the strike order be withheld until Wednesday to permit conferences. Union w o r k e r s congregated around the car bams this morning. Bulwinkle Apologizes for Prison Story About Wirt Dinner Guest Brands Educator's Charges Wea FORECAST IOWA: Fair with light frost Monday night; Tuesday generally fair, slightly warmer In west and south portions. MINNESOTA: Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday; warmer in extreme west portion Tuesday. LOCAL STATISTICS Weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Monday morning: Maximum Sunday oG Minimum in Nitrht 29 At 8 A. M. Monday 38 Figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum Saturday GO Minimum In Night 37 FORMER ENVOY TO BRAZIL DIES Edwin Vernon Morgan, 69, Had Served Nation All Over World. RIO DE JANEIRO, April 16. UP) --Edwin Vernon Morgan, 69, former United States ambassador to Brazil, died suddenly at 8:30 a. m. today, at his residence in Petrololis, the Brazilian summer capital. Mr. Morgan had served his country throughout the world. He had been American consul at Dalny, and minister to Korea, Cuba, Paraguay, t'ruguay, and Portugal. His home town was Aurora, N. Y. His 20 years as ambassador to Brazil set a record for American diplomats. Morgan was noted for his Interest in Brazilian affairs and history. In 1915 he presented 600 volumes of Brazilian history and literature to the Widener library at Harvard university. His career included about every experience diplomats know. Officers Release Three Youths in Extortion Probe Handwriting Is Being Compared With Note Sent to Jay Decker. The three 18 year old youths arrested in connection with the Jay Decker extortion plot were released by officers Saturday night after being questioned. Specimens of the handwriting of all three were taken by Dewey Patton, postoffice inspector, who planned to take or send them to a tiandwriting expert at Chicago Monday. The handwriting of one of the Jiree youths appeared identical with that of the communication sent to the president of the Decker concern demanding ?32,000 be dropped off in the street at Eighth street and Delaware avenue southeast Friday night. Words Misspelled. This boy misspelled "eighth" and several other words he was ordered to write. His Q'^ and other characteristics, highly individual, appeared to be identical with that of the Decker communication. The names of the three boys were withheld by officers Monday- pending the outcome of the handwriting investigation. Capt. Harold Wolfe of the police department acted in the absence of Chief E. J, Patton in setting the stage for the capture of the extortionists who had signed the name cf "John Dillinger" in their com inunication to the packing plant head. Stood in Shadows. Three federal men, four state agents, two deputy sheriffs and four police officers were stationec in the" shadows about Eighth street and Delaware avenue Friday evening at 9 o'clock, the hour set b the writer of the extortion letter. The three beys, heavily dressed in overalls over their regular suits (Turn to I'nge J, Column 3). as "Unfair." WASHINGTON, April 16. (ff 1 )--In a speech to the house, Representative Bulwinkle (D., N. Car.) today retracted and apologized for his previous statement that Dr. William Wirt, author of the "brain trust revolution" allegations, had been confined to jail during the war because of pro-German activities. Meanwhile, Robert W. Bruere, a guest at the Virginia dinner at which Wirt has testified he obtained his views as to what he termed the "revolution," told reporters the Indiana educator's account of the party was "fantastic" and "unfaiK' ' Committee Chairman. Bulwinkle is chairman of the special house committee that is inves- .igating Wirt's statements. Tomorrow it will hear six persons who .ttended the dinner last Sept. 1. Bulwinkle quoted this remark vhich he made on the floor last -eek: "He (Dr. Wirt) %vas not here to be investigated. If he had been, I would have gone into his private character. If he had been, I would lave brought out from him the fact hat during the war, on account of his pro-German activities, he was confined to jail at Gary, Ind.'' Then he added: Report Not True. "After a thorough investigation of the report, which came to me by what anyone would consider reliable sources, I am convinced that the report is not true, and therefore, as a man and a member of this house, after ascertaining that the report was untrue and unfounded, and in order that no injustice might be done to Dr. Wirt, it is my duty to correct such statements made by me on the floor of the house on April 11. 'And I therefore tender my apology to Dr. Wirt. 'I make this statement here today for Uie purpose also of showing that the committee was nol prosecuting Dr. Wirt. It was simply investigating whether or not the statements made by Dr. Wirt, and read to the committee on interstate and foreign commerce by Mr Rand, were true." Denials by Five. With Bruere's statement, five of the six persons who will appear before the committee to tell what went on at the party last September at the Virginia farm home of Miss Alice Barrows, an interior department emplove, have deciec flatly Dr. Wirt's testimony that there was talk of a revolution. Friends of the sixth--Miss Marj Taylor, editor of a farm adminstra- tion publication, who has remained silent--expect her to join with the others. Bruere, whose statement broke the silence he had maintained since being named by Dr. Wirt as one o the guests at the dinner, accuse, the Gary, Ind., educator of "unfair ly impairing confidence which essential to the success of the re covery program." Has No Recollection. He said he had no recollection o any reference at Miss Barrows' din ner to Secretary of Agricultur Wallace or to his assistant, Rex ford Guy Tugwell, both of whom figured prominently in Wirt's tes timony. Asked if it was true that he one was a member of the socialist partj Bruere said he had been a membc for about two years--1909 and 191 --but had withdrawn "because became convinced that the Marxia revolutionary theory was not ap Tum to Tage 2, Column *» 11 YEAR OLD TWIN SISTERS ATTACKED BY DREAD DISEASE JOHN HAMILTON Took Money; Fired at Baglcy HOMER VAN METER At Wheel of Car PHILADELPHIA, April 16. (.T)-'he dread ossification malady-- rtiich lays hold of its victims by radually turning their muscles to tonelike hardness--was said by ihysicians today to have struck ittle Katherine and Margaret Maguire, 11 year old twin sisters. Already the girls have developed a marked rigidity in their neck and ihoulder muscles, and their arms are stiffening. No cure has been developed for the malady"which is caused by Improper deposits of calcium by the lood stream/Medical men explain that if it reaches a vital spot, the victim dies. Peter Maguire, father of the jirls, however, insists his daughters are not victims of the disease. Des- lite diagnosis of physicians, he naintains their trouble is arthritis. When physicians examined Katherine Maguire in 1931--at the time she first showed symptoms of muscle stiffness--they, too, were nclined to the belief she suffered 'rom arthritis. But, knowing arthritis did not strike victims so oung, they probed further. A few days ago, Margaret, showed signs of the same trouble. Hospital physicians and the family doctor, agreed on the belief she also is a victim of the disease. CANNON NOT TO SEEK WARRANT Solon Says Auto Accident Incident Closed as Far as He's Concerned. WASHINGTON, April 16. CD- Representative Raymond J. Cannon of Wisconsin said today he woulr not ask for a warrant for the arrest of a taxicab driver whose car collided with Cannon's automobile early Sunday in an accident which injured three members of the New York stock exchange. The representative said so far a. e be was concerned the incident was closed. He said he had declined to request a warrant after Washington police had asked him if he cared to charge the cab driver with reckless driving Cannon said the cab swung in fron of him while both machines were proceeding in the same direction. Cannon expressed indignation tha' police would "make such a hulaba loo about not being able to find the driver of the automobile." He said he remained at the scene of the ac cident about 20 minutes and tha when he reported at the police sta tion Sunday he discovered the po lice report which he said was writ ten a half hour after the accident carried his name and address. Urge Amendment to Provide for Tax on Exempt Securities WASHINGTON, April 16. (.T)The Ashurst resolution to amen- the constitution to permit taxinj securities now tax exempt was ap proved today by the senate judiciary committee subject to a poll of ab sent member. 1 ?. The resolution wa introduced by Charman Ashurst o the committee early in the last ses siou of congress. TROTZKYFLEES FRENCH HIDEOUT Fears Attack on His Life by White Russians After Police Raid. BARBIZON, France, April 16. UP) Leon Trotzky, fearing an attack n his life by white Russians, fled oday from his newly uncovered iding place in Earbizon. Neighbors said the communist eader, an exile from soviet Russia, and his wife left their secluded villa here where they had been in hiding :or.thzee,.months shortly after day- jreak in a black automobile. Theii destination was not revealed. Behind Heavy Locks. Trotzky, toiling behind heavj ocks and barbed wire with two guns in easy reach and polic .ogs menacing passersby, was re- ·ealed today as the sponsor of a fourth international" whose guid ng principle is permanent revolu ion. The exiled Russian revolutionist ,,as discovered yesterday when gendarmes expecting to find spies, ounterfeiters, Stavisky gangsters )r gun smugglers, raided his villa n the edge of the forest of Fontainebleau. Threats on Life. Trotzky said he hid himself behind the high wire fence with its two locked gates because of renewed threats on his life. He suspects white Russians. As a result cf the threats, Trotzky was granted secret permission by France to come here four months ago, un- tnown to local authorities. Here in the secluded villa, Trotz ky's spectacular defense against detection attracted so much comment that the place finally war raided. The raiders found a little old man wiih beady eyes, seated nervously at his desk in an upstairs room stroking his goatee. Two pistols la; within inches of his hand. He shift ed uneasily. He forced a smile. "You Are Trotzky." 'I am Monsieur Sodroff," thi man said. "No." flashed the magistral' who headed the searching party recognizing him immediately, "You are Trotzky"' The former bead of the red arm of Russia admitted his identity. He told the authorities he wa preparing a new party along com munistic lines. He calls it th 'fourth international." In his recent "history of the Rus sian revolution," Trotzky reveale( ;hat he clung to the idea that worlc .-evolution is necessary before com munism can be a success in anj iingle country--even in Russia. President Signs Act to Provide Funds to Prohe Electric Rate WASHINGTON, April 16. CD- President Roosevelt today signe the bill authorizing funds to canon the federal power commissio investigation of electric rat charges. The president also approved th bill authorizing the government ' employ Frank Nebeker, former a slstant attorney general, as sped! counsel in the case against Weirto Steel company. Legislation was required because Nebeker has represented firms having claims against the government. Mr. Roosevelt last week approved the electric rate inquiry proposed by Senator Norris (R., Nebr.) and Representative Rankin (D., Miss.). Rain Forces Postponing of Ball Game toosevelt Says He'll Keep Throwing Arm in Shape. By EDWARD J. NEILL WASHINGTON, April 10. (flV- Rain forced the postponement today of the opening game of the major eague baseball season between the Washington Senators and the Bos- ton'Red Sox. The game and all its festivities, including the throwing out of the first ball by President Roosevelt, were abandoned shortly after noon after a steady downfall through the morning had soaked the American eague ball park. The Senators and Red Sox immediately packed up to leave for Boston where another opener is scheduled for tomorrow, along with the start of the remainder of the teams n the National and American eagues. No other games were scheduled for today. President Roosevelt, who received . s annual league pass this morn- ng and observing that his throwing arm was in perfect condition, said le would keep in trim to be ready to lurl the first ball when the Sena:ors return here April 24. The convenience of the president was considered by Clark Griffith, owner of the Senators, in postpon- ng the game after the showers predicted by the weather bureau turned ;o steady rain and failed to let up. Turning Point in Bolivia-Paraguay Warfare Is Seen Death Estimates Rise After Major Engagement in Gran Chaco. ASUNCION, Paraguay, April 16. UP)--Death estimates mounted today with reports of a major engagement that may prove the turning point in the long Gran Chaco warfare between Bolivia and Paraguay. Reports of the casualties conflicted. At La Paz, capital of Bolivia, army leaders said Chaco advices indicated Paraguayan losses at 1,500 men. They ad'ded that a Paraguayan regiment'had been surrounded with enormous losses. Fierce lighting developed several days ago when Paraguayan forces moved from three angles upon Fort Ballivian, on the shore of the Pilcomayo river. This is Bolivia's most southerly outpost. Before today's reports, it had been estimated that 75,000 men have been slain or wounded in the per iod of both unofficial and officia war since August, 1932. Board of Education to Name Successor to Jessup at Meet DES MOINES, April 1G. CD--The state board of education will consider appointment of a successor to President Walter A. Jessup of the University of Iowa when it meets April 21 and 25 at Iowa City. Dr. Jessup will leave the university in May to become president of the Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teachinsr. TWO BANDITS IN SEDAN GO EAST AFTER ROBBERY Neither of Pair Named as John Dillinger by Employes. STUART, April 16. CD--The First National, Stuart's only bank. was robbed of an estimated S2.00D by two young men shortly after 9 a. m. today. The men, with a woman companion, were believed headed toward Dexter east nf here. They drove a black sedan (Pontiac) with a silver body stripe. It boro an Iowa license, 13-1234. The two men, carrying revolvers, entered the bank about 9:10. They were extremely nervous, Miss Lucille Lyddon, bank employe, said. Threaten Employe. "Don't mind us," one admonished. "We won't hurt you if you're quiet." They threatened the assistant cashier, H. C. Cronkhitt, when informed the time lock on the vault was set, Miss Lyddon said. He convinced them, however, that the vault could not be opened. The two then scooped up available cash on the counters and fled. In the bank at the time of the robbery were Miss Lyddon, Cronlt- hitt, and a patron, Miss Maurice Lydon. I*atr'»n Comes In. Another patron, Frank Eckardt, came in aa the two bandits were leaving. The two employes were locked inside the file room of the vault, and -the. two.patrona w.ere. locked in a room at the -Tear- of -the bank. Miss Lyddou and Cronkhitt gave the alarm from a telephone in the vault room. The bandits about 25 or 27 years old, were in the bank not more than five minutes, Miss Lyddon said. One was described as light, slender and dressed in a grey suit and grey hat. The other short and dark with black moustache, wore dark clothing. Advance No Guess. The bank employes would advance no guess whether either of the bandits resembled the much hunted John Dillinger. Their apparent nervousness and lack of heavy firearms were taken to indicate inexperience, however. The woman companion did not come into the bank and wag not seen by the employes. She was in the car, however, when it stopped for gas at a filling station operated by "Doc" Miller. The Iowa department of criminal investigation dispatched two state agents to lead a search, for the trio. 3es Moines Man to Head Truck Owners DBS MOINES, April IB. UP)-- 3avid M. Liddle of DCS Moines was named president of the Iowa Truck Owners association organized at a meeting of 500 truck operators here. H. Hartliep of Sioux City was named vice president, Harry C. Green of La Porte City, second vice ^resident, and Robert B. Case of Waterloo, secretary and treasurer. The association is expected to administer the trucking code in Iowa. Favorite Poems This collection of the favorite poems of America was made by no authors or experts, but by the American people themselves. A nationwide vote was taken to determine which are the favorite poems of the largest number. The booklet was the result. The old time poems predominate and there are some of the newer poems. Available only through our Washington information bureau. Inclose 10 cents in coiu to cover cost and handling charges. Use coupon. Mason City GIobe-Gar.cttc Information bureau, Frederic ,1. Ilaskln, director, Washington, D. C. I inclose herewith 10 cents in coin (carefully wrapped) for the booklet, "America's Favorite Poems." Name · Street City State · (Mail to Washington, D. CM

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