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O F l f '80 I u f --; NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N -S, -4- I j 4" I fe ! ii VOL. XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONt NO. 128 BRITT SLAYER SUSPECT HELD HERE 1 TO HAVE TRIAL AT GARNER ON MURDER COUNT Runyon, 31, Identified by Four Persons as One of Zrostlik Killers. Identified as one of the trio who murdered James Zrostlik of Britl, Thomas J, Runyon, 31, of Bethel, Minn., was brought Thursday afternoon, from Sioux City to Mason City where lie will be held until his trial opens at Garner. Hancock county authorities stated that Hunyon is being charged with the slaying. Runyon is being kept in jail at Mason City because Hancock county does not have a jail. Before being taken to Mason City, Runyon was arraigned at Garner before Justice of the Peace H. V, Reed and waived preliminary hearing. He was held to the grand jury for the term of Hancock district court opening Monday. Runyon Denies Guilt. "I did-not kill James Zrostlik," Runyon told a Globe-Gazette reporter, from behind the bars in the . Cerro Gordo county jail. Confident .that he would be proved Innocent at the time of the trial, Runyon declared that he has never before been in this part of the country, that he never wielded a.machine gun (the Zrosllik killeivs had one) and that he had never fired at anyone in his life. Frankly admitting the robbery of two Minnesota banks, he nevertheless -disclaimed any "rough stuff" during the'holdups, saying "1 don't believe in shooting--there's no sense in it--it can't do you any good." Identified by Four. . . . . . Stafe"AgeKr'Taul Gruber announced .that Runyon had been identified by four persons in connection with the Zrostlik murder. Those, identifying Runyan were Eppo Gremmer and his three sons', at whose farm home near Woden, the three robbers who held up ana killed Zrosllik, stopped about an . liqur after- the killing. The three ate a meal at the Fremmer home and when they left, they took the Gremmer family's automobile and a shotgun'. Grcmmcr's 'sons, Stoffer, Jerry and Henry, identified Runyon as having been one o£ the three who stopped at their home. A charge against Runyon.of entering the Morningside State bank in- Sioux City, with intent to rob was dismissed in Sioux City municipal court Thursday by Judge Bernard A. Brown. Runyon immediately was rearrested by State Agent Gruber for the robbery of the Kyota Natipnal bank at Eyola, Minn. In Custody of Officers. W. D. Daly, Hancock county attorney, returned to Garner from Sioux City and Runyon. was brought to Mason City from Sioux City by State Agent Paul Gruber, Hancock Sheriff Leslie M. Brower and State Agent Graham. With the bringing of Runyrm lo trial foi- the slaying of Zrostlik Nov. 2, 1935, Hancock county authorities expressed the hope of the arrest of two more involved in tMe shooting o£ the young Brill farmer. Since the murder, a search for the slayers has been conducted throughout the midwest with the arrest of many suspects, who were subsequently released. On Way to Church. The young. Britt farmer was shot while he was driving with his wife and child to Duncan to attend mass. The shooting occurred shortly before daybreak. Zrostlik had been hailed to stop but the murderers shot him in his car, before he had an opportunity to comply with their orders. The shooting occurred near a rural graveyard. Zrostlik was slain because the b a n d i t trio needed his car. A short distance from the shooting lliey had abandoned a car they had just wrecked'and which they had stolen, from a Des Moines hunting party near Bclmoncl. Terrorized Gremmer Family. · After getting Zrostlik's car, the bandit trio went on .until they came to, the Gremmer farm. There they terrorized the family, made the Gremmers feed them, washed up and then stole the Gremmer car, which was found aband~;;ed in South Dakota. At the time o£ the Zrostlik slaying, North Iowa authorities expressed the idea that the quick trigger characteristics of the trio indicated the bandits were of a seasoned and desperate nature and might have planned a bank holdup that day in Worth Iowa. When they realized they had slain Zrostlik and also had wounds of their own to care for, after wrecking a car, it was Jliought they might, .have canceled the bantc holdup plans. Runyon Brought to Mason City Thomas ·'J.-'Eunyon, 30, Bethel, Minn.,. was .brought fo Mason City Thursday afternoon' to be kept hern until his trial opens at Garner for the slaying of James Zrostlik, Brill farmer. Left to right are. Sheriff llm Plialcn of Cerro Gordo county, Hancock Sheriff Leslie M. Brower nnd Runyon cnlcrinsr the Cerro Gorflo jail. Note that Brower and Runyun are still handcuffed to each other, just as they were .when they made (he trip from Sioux City, where Runyon had been held. (Photo by Lock, Kaycnay Engraving) MnS.ZROSTLIK LIVES IN BRITT Still' : Remembers Vividly Morning'When Husband Was Slain. BRITT:--The hope' tlial the slayer of her husband be brought to justice was expressed Thursday afternoon by Mrs. James Zrostlik i who has relived in her imagina- j tion many times the horrible morning that he.was shot down beside her in a car. For many nights following the slaying, she was haunted by the sudden appearance of the slayers nnd still is nervous as the result of the shock of the tragedy.. For the past eight months, Mrs. Zrostlik has been employed al. the George Quinn-residence in Britl, doing housekeeping. Living with her is her son, Clarence James, now '2. years and 8 months of age. The boy was with her at the time of the shooting. LOOK INSIDE FOR- FRANKLIN 'M. KREML Evanslon Police Officer Receives Safety Award ON PAGE 2 Mason City Is Rated as "Sales High-Spot" ON PAGE 15 Minnie Hines Guilty in Shine Murder Case ON PACK n Cleaners Take Year Crown in 'Y 1 League ON PAGE 13. Pittman Bill Substitute in House Likely - WASHINGTON, (IP)--Ihe anniversary o£ Fresiclerit" Roosevelt's emergency keyed first inauguration found democratic leaders working Thursday to make permanent the new policies developed during the first tour years. Senator Pittman's "peace act of 1937," permanent legislation which embodies some of the neutrality aims written into emergency laws under the pressure of trouble abroad, received Ihe senale's in- dorsement, 62 to 6. But house leaders, aware that , Ihe pressure of · other days had eased, predicted their colleagues would substilule Ihe bill of Kep- resenlalive McRcynolds (D-Tenn.), which would give the president broader discretion in restricting war shipments to belligerents. Debate Navy Bill. House members prepared, meanwhile, to debate the $526,000,000 navy appropriation bill, which includes money for the building of several new ships and for airplane purchases. The president himself will observe Friday night the anniversary of his first inauguration with a speech to democratic "victory dinners." Indirectly, officials said, he will touch the major issue of the day -- the "court reorganization program. His address will be broadcast between 9:30 and 10 o'clock. (C. a. T.) Another approach lo permanent, rather than emergency solutions was .Secretary Roper's suggestion that the business advisory council call meetings . to co-ordinate the approaches of commerce, labor and agriculture to the problems of wages, hours, child labor and production control. " Write'New Lau-s. Two senate committees, seeking to build a. factual ground work for writing new laws, continued their inquiries. Chairman Wheeler (D.-Mont.) of the senate railroad finance committee asserted that 3. P; Morgan and company "jockeyed around" financing of the vast Van Sweringen rail and Industrial interests among New York banks. The Morgan f i r m supervised the u n d e r w r i t i ng of $158,000,000 worth of Van Sweringen securities. Joh.i W. Young, president of Federal Laboratories, Inc., told the senale civil liberties committee his company has shown committee agents only a part of the records subpoenaed. During an earlier senate inquiry, he charged, some records were "stolen" from his files and he wanted to prevent that happening again. Chairman J. Warren Madden of the National Labor Relations board told the senale courts are in conflict over labor law injunctions. Of 87 petitions to restrain the board, Madden said, 52 have been denied, 18 granted temporarily and two permanently. Brings Fire (o Station. CEDAH RAPIDS, (!?}--Orie S. Imcs drove six miles to brin/; his f i r e to the fire station. NolicVig a fire in the rear sent upholstering nf his car Imcs hurried lo Lhe station. There was little damage. Traffic Bill Changes Rejected BITTER DEBATE ON ACT STAGED IN IOWA SENATE House Puts Off Final Vote on Homestead Tax Aid Act to Friday. BULLETIN DES MOINES. W--Sponsors of the motor vehicle bill in the Iowa senate defeated, l a t e Thursday, a motion to defer further action on the bill until next Thursday. The vole on the prcposal was 24 to 24. DES MOINES. (.TV--The Iowa senate, after a bitter debate, defeated Thursday attempts to strike from the lengthy motor vehicle bill proposed new speed, light, brake and traffic regulations. Meanwhile, the house turned down attempts to 1 change drasli- cally the Homeslead tax relief bill. With the bill ready for f i n a l debate, the house adjourned until Friday morning. The senate voted down the proposed change in the motor vehicle bill, 19 to 29. The decision retained a 76 page section of the 212 page measure which one senate group sought-to erase. Under an agreement, however, senators might later seek to eliminate the proposed new speed law. ( Sponsored by Bycrs. The amendment which would have wiped out the proposed changes in the Iowa laws of the road was sponsored by Senator Frank C. Byers (R) of Cedar Rapids, -who asked the senate to "keep the law of the road provisions which our supreme court already h a s . interpreted. Why turn to something new which no one can understand?" Senator William S. Beardsley, (R) of New Virginia, opposed the Byers move, stating the proposed safety sections of the bill have the endorsement of the stale safety council, the P. T. A., and other organizations interested in reduction of the highway death rate. "We don't have any fifteen thousand dollar lawyer lo lobby for us," Bcattisley said. "We're thinking merely of the safety of the people of Iowa." Lawyers in Discussion. Throughout the lengthy debate lawyers in the senate discussed how the new proposals would affect automobile accident damage suits. As a whole, the bill would create a separate slate motor vehicle department, enlarge the state highway patrol, and revise traffic safety laws. It is one of the largest measures ever introduced in the senate. As finally prepared for a vote in the house, the homestead bill was almost word for word as it came from the senate. H grants exemption on the firsl $2,500 of assessed valuation. Again firmly opposed to any radical changes, Ihc house clciill harshly with such proposals as were made Thursday. However, before il can reach a f i n a l vote the chamber must act on a motion by Rep. C. G. Johnson (D) of Marathon, to -substitute his tax exemption bill . for the senate piece. Exempt Non-Kcsiilents. The Johnson bill would exempt non-residents from the sales tax but also would restrict them from any direct property tax cuts. Just before adjournment Johnson look the floor in support of his measure; contending that 33" per cent of Iowa property is held by non-residents, and that the house would regret ils action if it passes the senate proposal whicl he said would work | "great injustice" on Iowa farmers. Before hearing Johnson Ih house voted 73 lo 22 lo defeat ; move by Rep. Henry L. Da via (R) of Winlersct, to substitute a gross receipts tax of 1 per cent for the sales tax which is reenacted by the homestead bill The gross receipts tax would replace all other direct (axes except excise, inheritance and those levied on beer. Another attempt was made by Rep. Claus Randall (R) of Manly, to insert in the bill provision fo the retention by merchants of per cent of their sales tax collections as a means of alleviating the northern Iowa border situa tion in which merchants hav threatened an April 1st , "si down" strike on tax collection Randall, however, later withdrew the proposal indicating he would append it to another sales tax plan. Inwa-iMinncsnla War. Still a n o t h e r a m e n d m e n t apply ing to Ihc lowa-Minnesoia mer A Dog's Life--Riding Iowa's Flood Waters Many Rivers and Streams of State Overflow Banks 50 Families Leave Homes* lniK a cake «[' floating iee ami without benefit of rudder, these two iloffs came floating down llic flooded ;\islinabotna river near lUvcrton. They were rescued by flood onlookers, apparently none the worse for their ride. Frnm whence they came, no one yet knows. (Iowa Daily Press Photo) FJRE¥AIMSAT* LEAST 2 LIVES 4 Tenants and I 1 Firemen Injured During Blaze in 2 Tenements. NEW YORK, m--Flames raging through two five story tenements o n , the lower east side claimed al least t\yo lives Thurs- day,''caused^injurie's to", four ...ten.7 ants and II firemen, and drove 200 residents lo the street in their nigh (clothes. Two bodies were found both charred beyond recognition. Firemen, beginning mop-up operations, expressed belief that many more bodies might still remain in Ihe smouldering ruins. The blaze, discovered shortly after 3 .1. m. by ;i girl tenant and her escort returning from a party, spread swiftly through the two structures at 137 nnd 139 Suffolk street, nnd burned with such j n - lensily Uiat firemen had d i f f i c u l t y Belting near enough to fight the f l a m e s at close range. The Weather FORECAST 1O\VA: mostly cloudy Thursday iiiglit and Friday; somewhat colder Thursday night in southeast portion; rising: temperature Friday. MINNESOTA: Mostly cloudy anil .unsettled Thursday ni^ht and Friday; rising: temperature Thursday nishl and in cast and south portions Friday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures /or 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock. Thursday -morning: maximum Wednesday 41 Above Minimum in Night 25 Above Al 8 A. M. Thursday 30 Above Precipitation Trace chants' war was proposed by Representative W. J. Johannes (D) of Ashton, who said he as well as oilier northern Iowa legislators were "on the hot seat in Uiis sales tax problem.." Johannes proposed lo.revise. Ihe bill lo provide that in the sale of new automobiles, the sales tax would be paid by Ihe purchaser direcl lo Ihe counly treasurer. This he explained would h a l t the exodus of lowans into Minnesota where cars might be bought without the sales tnx imposition. "They m i g h t go into Minnesota to buy their cars," he said, "but if they did they would have lo pay Ihe sales lax before they could regisler llicm. This would give our dealers an even break with the Minnesota dealers." This proposal also was withdrawn for later sales tax consideration. Oilier Moves Defealcd. Other moves made and defeated Thursday included one lo limit the Homestead millage credit lo 25 m i l l s on the theory cities and towns would have an advantage over rural areas, and a proposal to exempt all foodstuff purchases up lo 50 cents. The first lost by a x'ote of 57 lo 49, the second by 80 to 19, but both aroused a storm of debale. 'Proponents of Ihe millage change clnsherl sharply with representatives of u r b a n nreas who lield Ihe farmers "now ni'e getting (he best of Homeslead cxemplion." at Missouri Valley as Waters Rise. DES MOINES, IIP) Many low;i rivers and streams, swollen by runoff waters, overflowed thcir banks Thursday and flooded parts of two towns and spread ovev thousands of acres of lowlands. ' "Af Missouri Valley, the backwaters of the Boyer river crept four feet deep in Odell's addition in the southwest section of the city. Approximately SO families left their homes ahead of the advancing waters. The flood waters moved slowly eastward into the Scalon district in the southeast section of the city. No families, however, bad left the threatened section eai-ly Thursday afternoon. New Break Oniiiirs. A new break occurred on the south banks of Boyer early Thursday, diverting part of the waters south of town, spreading over hundreds of acres of farm land. At Eddyville in south central Iowa, waters of Ihe Des Moines river poured over a levee into the south section of Ihe town. The Soldier river overflowed a mile norlh of Mondamin. The Chicago, Norlh Western railroad traces were threatened by (he flood. While the East Nishna river receded slightly al Farragul, il continued Jo run over ihe Burlington railroad tracks north and souHi of Riverton. AVnsl Nishna Rises. Hamburg residents, close lo the Iowa-Missouri b o r d e r i n Ihe southeast part of the stntc. ominously watched the vising Wcsi Nishna which joins w i l h the Knsl Nishna shortly upstream from Hamburg. With both rivers at flood stage, Hamburg feared many homes will have to be evacuated. The weather bureau said the Des Moines river will rise rapidly from below Boone downstream to Eldon late Thursday and Friday, with considerable overflow into lowlands from Des Moines southeast to Eldon. The ice gorge in Hie Des Moines river for the last 12 days al Tracy broke up and moved downslrcnm where it piled on the 15 m i l e gorge extending from Chillicothe upstream lo Ihe Eveland bridge. Above Flood Slage. The DCS Moines river slage nl Tracy was 1ft feel, a foot above Hood :-.laRc, nnd the gorge at Eveland bridge had risen IS feel d u r i n g the night, an average of four inches an hour. In the Eveland bridge sector all bottom lands were flooded. Eight homes were surrounded by water. Downstream at Eddyville the river singe was 19 feel, an 8 foot rise since Wednesday. Wilh the river's flood stage at this point being 16 feet, waters flowed over the Eddyville levee into the south section of town. The Raccoon river, which empties into the Des Moines, had risen 9.1 feet in the last 48 hours at Van Meier and was conlinuing lo rise. The weather bureau said the flood stage of 10 feet was expected to be passed in Ottumwa Friday. Slightly Cnldcr Seen. Mostly cloudy weather Thursday n i g h t nnr! Friday with somewhat colder temperatures in Ihc southeast portion Thursday night DECKERS GIVE PAID VACATIONS Hourly Workers Entitled to 1 lo 3 Weeks According to Years' Service, Fred G. Duffield, general manager of Jacob E. Decker and Sons Thursday announced a new liberalized plan of vacations for hourly workers at the plant. "The Jacob E. Decker and Sons vacation plan has been liberalizec so that hourly workers in the packing p l a n t w i l l -receive one week's vacation with pay after two years' service, and two weeds' vacation with pny Eiftcr five years 1 service." Mr. D u f f i e l d staled. "Those h a v i n g 20 years' service w i l l receive Ihrcc weeks' vacalion w i t h pay. This new niranEcinen was brought about at the rcqucsl of the elected representatives ol Ihe employes' p laut conference board in the packing plant." . Alive Because Tram Was Behind Schedule DF.S MOINES, (XP)--Archie C McCormick, 43, should never complain aboul a li-ain being late. Police found McCormick lying across a railroad track here a 11:20 a. m. The train due at 11 a. m., wns 30 m i n u t e s lale. McCormick wns held for in(o\-i- c.ilion. wore forecnsl by the w e j i t h c r m n i who said rising temperatures are in slore for Friday. Minimum temperatures anlici- pated for Thursday night: Northwest Iowa, '25 above; norlhens and' soulhwesl, 30 above; anc southeast 32 above. Davenport and Keokuk reported 'rain. Other points whicJ recorded rainfall d u r i n g the las 24 hours included, Sioux City Council B l u f f s , Mount Ayr, Des Moines, Charles City, Dubuque and Keokuk. The o f f i c i a l low early Thursday was 30 above nt Sioux City, while the high of the last 24 hours was G2 nbove at Keokuk. GALENA NOT LIKELY TO REACH FORMER CREST GALENA, III., (/P)--The rising Galena river menaced lliis cit a g a i n Thursday, but the crest wa. expected lo fall considerably shorl of Ihc flood two weeks ago The river rose d u r i n g the morn ing lo slages of 21.55 feet nl B a m., 21.85 al 9 and 22.05 nl 10 n m. The crest was expected abou 1 p. m. t however, since the rive was f a l l i n g upstream. The cres of Ihe Feb. 21 flood in whicl Ihree persons were drowned, wa more than 27 feet. Little dnmage was expectcc since merchants, forwarned b; heavy rains, h»d removed stoci from stores along Commerc street. Few persons were reporlcc homeless. Hockford, III., reported Al o an inch of r a i n f a l l during 111 n i g h t . The rain iind ceased thi morning t h r o u g h o u t northe Illinois. The Rock river nl nock- ford wns up several inches In slill two feet below Ihc all t i m high established on Feb. 21. RIVALRY AMONG UNIONS OFFERS : RESH THREATS Iteel and Auto Firms Say C. I. 0. Not to Be Sole Bargaining Agency. LABOR. AT A GLANCE By The Associated Tress. WASHINGTON -- American B'edcrntion of Labor reiterates opposition to John L.. Lewis' committee for industrial organization; C. [. O. moves to unionize all steel, automotive, oil and textile workers. PITTSBURGH -- More steel firms hike wages and cut hours; Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp. announces it will continue to deal with all employe-groups despite recognition of C. 1. O. CLEVELAND -- T h e Cleveland Federation of' Labor suspends five member unions affiliated with C. f. O. PROVIDENCE, R. I.--Drivers beaten and trucks burned in blo-?l:nde by striking Rhode Island truck drivers. D E T R O 1 T--Sellle MuiT.-.y Corp. strike a f f e c t i n g fi,500; strike closes Briggs Mfg. Co. f a c t o r y ; United Automobile Workers union, H C. 1. O. unit d e m a n cl s recognition from Chrysler Motor Corp, S A R N I A , Out. -- Sixty-six persons jailed aftci- clash between unionists and non-union workmen nt Holmes foundry; mnny injured, some seriously. MINNEAPOLIS-- Agreement between Northern States Power company a n d International Electrical Workers union ends eight day power strike. BV THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Spurred by.hour and wage concessions in the'steel, leather and automotive fields for hew unionization Uu'usls in oil, textiles and oilier industries, labor leaders Thursday saw fresh threats of union rivalry developing. Possibilities n[ dissension, already marked between the John ~a. Lewis' Committee of I n d u s t r i a l Organization and the nlder c r a f t .inions under d o m i n a t i o n of William Green, widened w i t h announcement Hint Ihc Carnegip- i l l i n o i s steel employe representation plan contemplated formation of an independent union. Sloan Stand Similar. Following steel management's statement thai ils negotiations with the C. 1. O. did not recognize t h a t group as the solo bargaining agency Alfred P. Sloan. Jr.. president of the General Motors corporation announced its position was similar. It emphasized recognition of the C. f. O. as bargaining agent only for those employes who were members of the United Automobile Workers union. Agreements paved Ihe way for prompt return to work in several strike sectors. Ainons Ihcin worn 1,200 rubber workers nt La Crosse, Wis., 15,000 a u t n body workers in two Detroit plants, several lum- rii-ccl power employes in Minneapolis, bindery workers in Chicago and foundry men in Snrnia Out. The Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad company, big southern subsidiary of U. S. Steel corporation, joined in the industry's new wage and hour program for 15,000 of ils employes. New Strikes Start. New strikers started in three Detroit plants of the Bohn Aluminum company, and in n subsidiary, the Michigan Smelting and R e f i n i n g company, affecting 1.200 persons. In A k r o n . Ohio, the Firestone Tire and Rubber company- p l a n t No. 1 closed down, forcing idleness xipon 8,000 employes. Upwards of 40,000 workers worn idle in disputes affecting a h a l f h u n d r e d business nnd i n d u s t r i a l firms. Supporters of Lewis snirl 1hn drive in the stool i n d u s t r y ' w o u l d be extended lo Ihc nil. nulo- motivc and t c x e i I e industries. C. I. O. units sought recognition ns the sole bargaining agencies tor Chrysler Motor corporation and General Electric corporation em- ployes. A shoe union was projected by the New England C. I. O. council. More Wase linosts. Several additional steel firms announced higher wages. Among them were the Laclcde Steel company, employing 1,400 in factories at Alton and Madison, 111.; Sheffield Steel corporation, employing 2,500 nt Kansas City; American Steel and Wire. 325 nt Anderson, Ind.; Colorado Fuel and Iron, 7,000 at Pueblo, Colo. A siirlown strike of 6,000 n i g h t s h i f t workers halted operations at a Deli-nil p l a n t of tlif Briitns corporation, builders of a u t o m o b i l e hnrlics. A union o f f i c i a l snici tha

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