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£ II _ H I S MEM 8 0 £ P r OF I n NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL. XLIII "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS . H O M E E D I T I O N ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WWES MASON CITY, IOWA. SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 130 FEAR GANG EFFORT TO FREE RUNYON FIGHT MOVE TO TAKE SUSPECT TO SIOUX CITY Attorney General Appeals to High Court; Heavy .Guard at Local Jail. North Iowa officers Saturday intensified their precautionary measures in guarding Thomas Runyon, 31, Bethel, Minn., held here lor the murder of James Zrostlik,. Brilt farmer, following official notification that gangsters in two states were mobilizing in an attempt to free him. "Let 'em come," was the challenge issued by the sheriff's office Saturday. "We're ready for them, if they want .to try anything," tersely said a representative of the sheriff's office. Extra guards consisting of police, sheriffs officers and state agents have been placed about the county jail, where Runyon awaits his murder trial at Garner. At the same time, Cerro Gordo and. Hancock county authorities indicated they would utilize every legal means to avoid releasing Runyon to Sioux City authorities on a habeas corpus writ. Appeals to High Court. Ally. Gen. John Mitchell appealed to the supreme court at Des Moines Saturday to forestall a move he said he. feared would bring "a gangland attempt to free Runyon." - , · He asked the court to nullify a writ of habeas corpus which would require the state to lake Runyon to'Sioux City for a hearing. The court set a hearing on his lequest f o r 5 p m Satuxddy -information, which, indicates eans- fiters'ial^PmobHiamj at -St Josepli Mo, A and,St Paul,"Minn, for an attempt to shoot Jtunyon's w_ay to freedom on a tup fiom Mason City, where he is r lield now, to Sioux City," Mitchell; told the ·Associated' Press. W..W. Akers, state investigation bureau chief, said lie believes "they're starting to move in on us now." Gibson, on Loose'.,"Glair Gibsoii'is'on (he loose," Akers said. "He was'one of Riui- yon's closest pals. He's wanted for the same job. You'll notice we broadcast a lookout warning for liira today. We've got bis car license number and lucre is an off chance peace officers may pick up his trail." W. D. Daly, Hancock county attorney, and Frank W. Seneff, special prosecutor, started preparing arguments for submission at the court hearing at which the state will seek, to have the court set aside the habeas corpus writ granted by Judge P. H. Rice at Sioux City Friday. They included in their petition for a court review of the writ, a c o u n t y attorney's information charging Runyon with the murder of Zrostlik on the morning of Nov 2, 1935. 31 Stale Witnesses. The document listed 34 state witnesses, i n c l u d i n g seven members of the Eppo Greminer family. Gremmer, n Woden farmer, and his family were held up by the three gunmen who killed Zrostlik fpr his car, as Zrostlik and his wife were driving 'to an early morning church service. "We are going to ask the death penalty," Daly said. "We are convinced that the men who killed Zrostlik are members of the number one bank robbery gang of the middlewcst, and we agree that if Runyon is taken: to Sioux City there will probably be an attempt to free him."' ' '. Mitchell said agents have linked the name of Maurice Denning, described by peace officers as Iowa's No. 1 public enemy, with the north Iowa robbery gang, and added that "there is an indication Denning would be tied up with ;i jailbreak attempt." Identified in Minnesota. The state attorneys said they expected liunyon would be represented at the hearing Saturday evening. Melvin Passoit, chief of the slate bureau of criminal apprehension at SI. Paul Saturday disclosed Runyon has been identified as one of two men who participated in Minnesota robberies. Runyon had previously admitted he robbed the Eyota bank last Nov- LOOK INSIDE FOR- JOHN L. LEWIS Calls C. I. 0. Meeting to Talk Over Campaign ON PAGE 2 Overtime Battles at Sectional Cage Test ON, PAGE 9 Lehigh Plant to Start Operations on March 1 2 ON PAGE 1C Train Crew Blamed in Fatal Boyd R R. Clash ON PAGE 8 Mason City's School Election on Monday ON PAGE 10 Mesenbritik of Scott county, also examined Runyon. . Murder Takes Precedence. Passoit said 'the Iowa murder accusation doubtless would take precedence over any Minnesota bank robbery charge. Passoit also was informed by Dansingberg that Runyon was identified in connection with the robbery of the Krusc Lumber company at Rochester, Minn., last fall. The Minnesota department of criminal apprehension touched off the'hunt for Gibson, broadcasting a report that he was seen in Minnesota driving a (1933 Pontiac) sedan bearing a Minnesota license (B48-590). The Minnesota broadcast from Redwood Falls, picked up b ythe Iowa station at Storm Lake, said Gibson was traveling under an alias. Warning: Broadcast. Akers immediately broadcast a warning to all Iowa officers to be on the lookout for Gibson, warning them to "use extreme care in approaching him." Akci-s disclosed early this week, after the arrest of Runyon at Wichita, Kans., t h a t Runyon Gibson and Robert Marquard are suspected of being the Zrost- lik slayers. Paul Gruber, stale agent who arrested Runyon and returned him to Iowa, said that several persons who saw the Zrostlik slayers, identified Runyon as one of the highwaymen and pictures of Gibson and Marquard as those of the other .two men. ember. Passoit said that witnesses to the Shakopee bank raid in January said the Bethel man looked Hike the bandit involved in that holdup. Hayes Dansingburg, Olmsted county attorney, and Sheriff G. R. Gcleatt, both of Rochester, Minn., questioned Runyon at Mason City Friday w i t h two operatives of the slate bureau. Witnesses of the Shakopee stickup accompanied by Sheriff A. F. MANY BELIEVED DEAD IN RAIDS Government Held City in Spain Target of Rebel Planes' Bomb's. MA MID, Iff 1 )--Many persons wcro believed dead Saturday in the government held city of Aranjucz after a night of terror in which insurgent planes, making repeated visits, dropped more than 50 bombs. The attacks on Araivjuez, which 31*1011 at the dinner hour Friday night and lasted intermittently until after 2 a. m. Saturday, were the most severe of a series in a broad semi-circle, of insurgent air raids on the central Spanish front. Aided by a star studded sky, the bombing squadrons dropped explosives with telling accuracy into Villaneuva del Pardillo, 15 miles west of Madrid; Alcala de Henares, 15 miles to the east, Tarancon. 50 miles to the .southeast on the Valencia highway, and other points near Madrid and the Valencia highway, 6 Governors and F. R. in Relief Parley WASHINGTON, ()--A white house visit by six governors - to plead against slicing works progress rolls appeared likely Saturday to bring a restatement or clarification of the government's relief policy. The governors of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota requested the conference with President Roosevelt after declaring state and local governments already were hard put in trying to care for needy uncmployables. They said their states could not stand having this burden increased by cuts in WPA, which enlists only "distressed employ- ables." The governors held a strategy meeting in a hotel room prior to their meeting with the president at luncheon at 1 p. m. Has Announced Plans. Harry L. Hopkins, WPA administrator, has announced plans to reduce federal relief rolls by 550,000 before June 1, cutting the total from 2,150,000 to 1,600,000. President Roosevelt, however, has made no statement while studying figures for next fiscal year's relief appropriation. He expects to send his relief message to congress late this month. Hopkins told a house committee the contemplated reductions were based on continued recovery and assumed a good agricultural year that would make drought relief unnecessary. To Suggest Solution. -The-si^--governors asked Tiot only foi an opportunity to protest cuts, but to suggest an "efficient and sound" solution. Asked for his' views before going to the white house, Gov. Philip La Follette, Wisconsin progressive, said the federal government -should provide work for all on relief rolls and that none be dropped unless taken into private employment. Gov, Elmer Benson, Minnesota farmer-iaborite, said: "The unemployment situation in Minnesota is serious. The federal government nevcr-has assumed its full responsibility in caring for the unemployed." Burden Is Unbearable. Gov. Henry Homer, Illinois democrat, said his state's burden is becoming unbearable. "Another matter of concern," he said, "is the reluctance of WPA employes to take private 1 employment when, offered, because if they lose such employment, they cannot get bad: on WPA without again going on the relief rolls. This should be corrected." Latest WPA figures, based on official reports and estimates, shoxv state expenditures for relief have dropped from $26,610,000 in January, 1Q3G, to ; 16,880,000 last September. Have You Read Your Newspaper SENATORSMAKE PLANS TO FIGHT COURTGHANGES Opponents of Reorganization Mass Their Attack on Two Fronts. WASHINGTON, (tP)--Sena torial opponents of court reorganization massed their attack Saturday on two fronts: The president's call foi immediate action and the approach of crucial public hearings on the issue. Senator Burke (D-Nebr.) told reporters there would be "a new alignment of parties in this country by 1938" if Mr. Roosevelt should carry his point. The president's foes, carefully preparing to trade blow for blow, arranged a series of addresses culminating in a mass meeting next Friday at Carnegie hall, New York. They also hinted they had lined up a prominent "surprise" witness to lead oft their side nf the case before the senate judiciary committee. They would not disclose his name. "Fight to Bitter End." While Burke and his colleagues were serving notice of a "fight to the bitter end," the president and his chieftains went ahead wilii their campaign to sell the court program to the nation. Mr. Roosevelt worked on the "fireside chat" in which he will make his second plea to the coun- tiy_Tuesdax night v On Capitol l«llr"iiislteuienaiifs'' prepaied to follow up this^speech with supporting testimony before the committee hearings beginning the next day. Opponents announced replies to the president's speeches would be given by four democratic senators from as many sections of 'the country at the New York meeting. Walsh New Kccriiit. The speakers,- they said, would include Walsh of-Massachusetts, publicly, at least, a new recruit to their cause. The others are George of Georgia, Copeland ot New York, and Burke. On Wednesday night. Senator Wheeler (D.-Mont.) will reply to the president from Chicago. Burke's suggestion of a realignment of parties was the first open comment ot that kind. There was little support, however, from other opponents of the president. Hadio addresses by partisans of both sides were made last night in the wake of the president's Thursday night speech to democratic "victory dinners." Johnson to Stay Calm. Gen. Hugh S. Johnson, former NRA administrator, said: "While f am for the proposal and usually like to light into it 1. Paul Runyon was accused of the murder of James Zrostlik near what North Iowa town? 2. What actor and actress won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards for the best film performances of 1936? 3. Prof. Fred D. Fagg, Jr., was chosen to succeed whom as director ot U. S. bureau ot air commerce? 4. What local m a n u f a c t u r i n g company announced a 7 per cent wage boost? 5. Who was the f i f l h person convicted at Elkader in connection with the murder of Dan Shine, Littlcport farmer? 6. General wage increases in what industry were believed to have averted a huge strike? i7. Claude Stanley, Walter F. Scholes and Peter Kies were appointed to the Iowa unemployment compensation commission. The state senate eon- firmed two of the appointees but rejected which one? 8. James F. Toy, prominent banker of what Iowa City, died in California? 9. Jewell Young of what Big Ten university broke the conference basketball scoring record? 10. Slurring remarks about Adolf Hitler by the mayor of what American city brought a protest from Germany? (ANSWERS ON PAGE 2) :iard in a speech, I'm going to try not to get hct up on this one. It's ioo serious. "It certainly is i m p o r t a n t to keep t h a t (supreme) court a l e r t and alive to developments in this country. The judges hare Hie last word on the fate of this nation, on this side of heaven. There is no appeal." "Fix the Umpire." Representative Guyer (R.-Kans.) called the president's appeal for enactment of the program "an almost insolent demand" and an attempt to "fix the umpire." Senator McAdoo (D.-Cal.), supporting Mr. Roosevelt, declared 5 to 4 supreme court decisions result in letting a single justice ·make the constitution mean what he says it means." An organized labor leader -- Sidney HiJlman, president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers- advocated the reorganization, in advance of a convention of labor's non-partisan league. The group will meet here Monday tn discuss support of the Roosevelt program. Iowa Bill for Bridge Purchasing Reported DES MOINES, OT-- The Iowa house comimttee on interstate bridges reported out Friday afternoon for passage a bill providing for the use of 4 per cent of state primary road funds for the purchase, construction or maintenance of interstate bridges. 2 Boys Leap to Safety as Bridge Goes Out ABOVE -- An Ice gorge Frl. [lay iiiirhl look out this steel liiidfc 5 miles north of Kock- forrt, carrying one span 100 roils downstream. AT niGHT-- These (wo boys, Glen Kricffei-, left, and .lunioi" Graver, stood on the bridge watching the ice jam until the structure began to ··give way. r Th en." they, ran the: entire': Icn?tU . home 'Is near ; the cast- crid''bf the brlOsre and .Junior, whose iiome is in Kockfortl, was spi'iid- inp the week-end with him. "When the bridge '.started going down," one of the boys saiii, "we didn't think we could make it -- but we started running for the farthest end, 'cause that was the way toward home." Both are sophomores In ftockford lush school. (Photos by Lock, Kayenay Engraving) Waters Fall Back Slowly at Ottumwa Generally Fair Weather in State Seen for Over Week-End. High Waters Maroon 700 Basketball Fans WILTON JUNCTION, OT_Approximately 700 basketball fans attending the sectional t o u r n a m e n t here, were forced to spend the night here Friday because of the impassable condition of the highways in the flooded lowlands,. OTTUMWA, (/P)--Flood waters which poured from the Des Moines river through the Central addition here Friday night driving nearly 100 persons from then homes, receded slowly Saturday. Families from (lie flooded area, lowever.'i'cmained stranded from their homes. Many were u n d e r the care of the Red Cross, having been forced to leave their homes w i t h out taking any of their belongings. The water rose nt the rate of a foot an hour Friday night after an ice gorge 18 miles Jong broke south of Eddyvilie releasing a flood which had backed up for days. National guardsmen and civilian conservation corps workers used trucks to rescue many of the lowland families when the river quickly mounted about the nine foot flood stage. Many families spent 'the night in the coliseum, w h i l e others went to the homes of friends and relatives. Damage of 550,000. City officials expected the damage to equal the $r0,000 caused by a similar flood in 1335. Earlier Friday hundreds of persons gathered along the Eddyvilie levee to watch the water come w i t h i n inches of the top. The ice .jam broke late Friday a f t e r n o o n , and formed again a few miles downstream. Early F r i d a y night the second jam loosened and the river dropped quickly in that area. Several highways in Mahaska county remained blocked by ice cakes after the water which covered them had receded. The body of 3 man not yet identified was removed from the Cedar river at Waterloo. The coroner said the body's condition indicated it had been in water several months. At Des Moines, Charles D. Reed, Iowa meteorologist, reported the Des Moines river stage Saturday was 14.7 feet, more than 5.5 feet above normal. nivcr Foot Higher. He said the river stage at Des Moines was 3.4 feet, a half a foot Iiieher t h a n Friday night. ·Temperatures throughout the slate averaged about 14 degrees above normal Saturday, Reed said. IOWANS STAGE ANNUAL PICNIC California Celebration Postponed Feb. 27 Because of Wet Grounds. LOS ANGELES, OT--Ten acres of grass became "Little Iowa" here Saturday. Under skies thai, promised ideal picnic weather, former lowans to the n u m b e r of possibly 100,00(1 assembled for their a n n u a l winter reunion at Lincoln park. Former President Hoover and Gov. Frank F. M e r r i a m headed the list of i n v i t e d Hawkeye natives. W h e t h e r Mr. Hoover could attend was problematical, but the governor rarely misses the Iowa picnic wiicn he is in these parts:. Headquarters for each lowi county were l.iid out in Ilic pnrt; with long registers w a i t i n g to be f i l l e d . The picnic was postponed from * cb - "' because of wet grounds. He forecast generally fair weather Saturday night and Sunday, with somewhat higher mercury readings in the extreme northwest section Saturday night. The mercury is expected to drop somewhat in all sections of the state Sunday afternoon, the meteorologist said. Lowest official temperature registered in the state early Saturday .was 32 degrees at Charles City, while the high of the last 24 was 72 degrees at Sioux City. Council B l u f f s reported 70 degrees. M i n i m u m temperatures anticipated for Saturday n i g h t : Northwest Iowa, 35 above; northeast, 32 above; southern half, 40 above. The Weather FORECAST IO\V.\: Generally f a i r Saturday n i R l i t anil Sunday; somc- · u - l i u t warmer in Uic extreme ·nnrtlixvcstci-n portions Saturday nldil; somewhat colder Sunday afternoon. MINNESOTA: Generally rail- Saturday nig-Iil, becomins: unsettled Sunday; somewhat colder in west and south portions Sunday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figure-; for 24 hour period e n d i n g at 8 o'clock Saturday morning: M a x i m u m Friday 52 M i n i m u m in N i R l i t 32 At 8 A. W. Saturday 37 Why the streams ol North Iowa arc a l l out of t h e i r b a n k s is told i n the foregoing figures. For iliu first time in many weeks the mercury passed the 50 degree mark Friday. The r o m n i n i n g snow i n tiiis .section is confined to drifted or sheltered spots. WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO, W 5 ]--Weather outlook for the period March 8 to 13: ior the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys--Generally fair, except some precipitation l i k e l y middle of week and Ohio valley Monday; colder Monday followed by temperature mostly near or above normal-. Mark ;Requa, Leader i n G . O . P., Succumbs I.OS ANGELES, .Tj--Mark L. CQIM of. Santa B a r b a r a , , long a dominant figure in republican politics, died Saturday at St. V i n cent's hospital, Damage BRIDGE WASHED OUT BY WATERS lARROCKFORD Mason City Railroad Bridge Damaged and Basements Here Flooded. .PICTUKE ON' PAGE 10. Although indications Saturday were t h a t North Iowa would escape serious losses from floods at several points it was reported ice jams in swollen streams iiad caused some damage. A bridge at Rockford was washed out, a Mason City railroad bridse was damaged and some Mason City basements were flooded and some olh- ~H- damage was reported. Most North Iowa waters were not rising Saturday, although as the ice was just going out in some places, there were possibililipi that seme jams might provide n threat to further damage and inundations of small areas. What is known as the Buni- gardnei bridge. 5 miles north nf Rockford on the Prairie Center road, was washed out about fi o'clock Friday night. This .structure, with an overhead girder span of about 100 feet, was taken down stream about 10 rods. Two TJoys'Leap. Two 15 year old boys were on the budge over the Shell Rock river when it started to go out but tiiey leaped to safety They weue Jumoi Gruvei, son pf Einesfc Gru_\.ei and Glen Kr!,eger,_5cm ot Mi. and Mis Enlest Krieger/ and weie watching the ice accuniulatF? Strangely enough, at ·Ko'ckford'.' further down s t re a in, the ice had not gone out yel Saturday morning. The bridge was b u i l t many years ago. Water rose to a 9 toot level in the WPS I Park area of Mason City early Friday night (measured battle height above the P. G. E. dam on Willow creek) and drove several families from homes in the low-lying sections of tiie cily but no casualties were reported. ' Salvagemc-n from the Mason City fire department moved fivn families along the Willow creek section in the northwest part nf the city, including one expectant mother who was moved to s a f e t y on a raft constructed of barrels and planks. Bridges Damaged. Water rose with such rapidity late in the afternoon t h a i piers from the Chicago Great Western railroad bridge south of the Great Western and Rock Island passenger station were taken out. Steel' girders had already been sent to Mason Cily for repairs on this bridge in case of emergency The M. and St. L. railroad bridge was also weakened by the flow of water and ice nnrl traffic over it was stopped u n t i l a repair crew could put i t in condi- t i o n . The cicw worked on the bridge throughout the niRhl. Although the w a t e r receded I n t e r ii! Hie evening. Lieut. .John C u n n i n g h a m and Firemen Hprolrf Hutchison and Carol .Tonkers found it waist deep when they rescued families from their homes early in the evening. Rabbits Rescued. Sixteen rabbits taken from the basement of the William Blake residence, 525 Van Buren avenup. northwest, however, escaped without injury and were none the worse for t h e i r experience. Other persons taken from their homes were Mrs. W. K. Laupitz, who was stranded in her rcsi- · dence at 521 Van Buren avenue northwest; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rossman, and their three children and a house fiuest at 41fi Van Buren avenue n o r t h w e s t ; Mrs. L. W. Michaels n t fill Tyler avenue northwest, and Miss Dorothy A ( - kin.s-, wlio'was trapped ;i|. the W. T. Phillips home, where she has been visiting. No damage is reported in MIR East Park area, although the Winnebago river and Willow creek :anks were filled. H was necessary to remove the gas heater from the Howard A. O'Leary residence at 525 East State street, ' when water entered the basement of the home and reached a depth of three feet in his garage. . . Blast Opens Channel. Blasting ot the ice Thursdiiy night and Friday aided in open- ng the channel so there was little danger of increased flood waters. The water had receded considerably Saturday morning. Firemen, police and other em- ployes of Ibe city worked t h r o u g h out the night to avert damage to property. As W i l l i a m Crawford, 3, was recovering Saturday at Hampton £'·

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