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' I S M C M A f ·' T OF I 0 A' .1 IVorffe Iowa's DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home ~--- HOME EDITION "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AM, NORTH iOWAA'S NK1GHBOKS" VOL. XL FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, APRIL 23, 1934 Tills PAH2K CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONK NO. 168 McGugin Did All He Could If Wirt Affair Is Over If s Not His Fault. DILLINGER FLEES AFTER GUNFIGHT By HERBERT PLUMMER A S H I N G T O N , April 23. 0-B--If the now celebrated Wirt incident, more familiarly known in Washington as "the dinner party across the Potomac," is to be set down as a closed incident it won't be t h e fault of a young, black h a i r e d , earnest republican from Kansas. Representative ·Harold McGugin of C o f f e e v i l l e , who learned his law at the Inns of Court in London and who got his first opportunity at big time investigating in the Wirt · case, did everything in his power to make the affair a cause celebre. It was the 41 year old Kansan who took it upon himself as one of the two minority members of the committee to see that the democrats didn't pull any fast ones. Lehl. bach of New Jersey, a member of the house for some 16 years longer than his fellow republican, occupied a back seat compared with McGugin. It was evident from the start that he would muff no opportunities which came his way. At Odds With Chairman. As a result he was almost continually at odds wtih Bulwinkle of North Carolina, chairman, and O'Connor of New York, ranking democrat on the committee. It seemed at times as if he would come to blows with the latter. McGugin never quite forgave O'Connor for accusing him on the floor of the house of inserting a speech in the Congressional Record without permission. later Mown; that pe given OConi tint the incident still rankled with McGugin. The next day they clashed in the committee hearing and for a time it seemed as if only, the broad shoulders and huge gavel of Bui- winkle kept them apart. As it was, the hearing was almost disrupted and the chairman had to admonish McGugin to observe "the rules of common decency." Giving 'Money's Worth.' Nothing, on or off the floor of the house, daunted him. One member of the house figured out how much the Wirt investigation had cost and placed the amount at between $15,000 and ?20,000. He faced McGugin with his findings on the floor one day when he requested I permission to discuss the Wirt case." "I want to make sure the people will get their money's worth," McGugin retorted. This was the attitude he dis- Man Killed as Dust Storm Sweeps Iowa PEDESTRIAN AT ARMSTRONG HIT BY AUTOMOBILE Thornton Plane Crashes; Gale Whips Clouds of Dirt. A dust storm which Monday resulted in one continued death in North Iowa and caused considerable damage, particularly on farms. The 20 to 30 mile an hour wind which \vhipped the dust high into the air, was general over Iowa. The death resulted at Armstrong when Lawrence John Boland, 49, a pedestrian, was fatally injured when struck by a car driven by Martin Lund, 20, Haifa, who said he could not see Boland because of the dust storm. Boland was walking to his home from Armstrong about 12:30 o'clock Sunday morning, when he was struck. He was taken to a physician's office, recovered con- played all the way througluthe investigation. Others may forget "the diner party across the Potomac" and everything connected with it, but the impression here is that it will be some time before the gentleman from Kansas permits those within range of his voice to forget. SXt FORECAST, IOWA: Generally fair: much cooler \ temperature · at near freezing in north portion; possibly light frost In the south portion Monday night; Tuesday fair: cooler in the southeast portion. MINNESOTA: Fair and colder Monday night; Tuesday fair, with slowly rising temperature. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S o'clock Monday morning: Maximum Sunday 63 Minimum in Night 50 At 8 A. M. Monday 50 Figures'for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum Saturday 57 Minimum in Night 39 At 8 A. M. Sunday 49 Trace of Rain. Three of the dustiest days since last November have been dealt out to North Iowa, hand-running. The extent to which the air had become dust-laden was demonstrated Saturday night when the rain drops falling in a brief shower turned out to be mud. They left their trademark on every clean surface, glass or metal. If window-washers were organized locally, it would have looked like a sure' enough conspiracy between em and the weather man. sciousness for a few minutes, but died at 5 o'clock Sunday morning. Suffered Broken Back. A broken back and broken legs were, suffered by Boland. The body was taken to the home of his parents at Elkader, where funeral services will be held Tuesday in the Catholic church with burial in Strawberry Point. Reared in Elkader. Boland had worked for Clay- near ; Armstrong 10 . -*- -* -~ ~-An airplane crash occurred about five miles southeast, of 'Meservey Sunday afternoon when'Will Winter, Thornton - youth, attempted to take off. The plane arose only a short distance and then plunged down, going through a fence. Winter was uninjured. Bert Frey of Meservey, his brother-in-law wh was with him, suffered an injured (Turn to Pase !, Column 1) KRASCHEL CASE TO BE DROPPED Keenan Agrees to Suggestion of Colflesh to Nolle Prosse Charges. WASHINGTON, April 28. (ffl-- Dismissal of conspiracy charges against Lieut. Gov. Nelson G Kraschel of Iowa, in connection with that state's public works program was formally approved today by Joseph B. Keenan, assistant attorney general. Keenan .announced he had agreed to the suggestion of Robert W. Colflesh, United States district attorney for southern Iowa, to nolle arosse the charges against Krasche and Carleton D. Beh, Des Moines .vestment broker. Beh was acquitted recently on a forgery charge growing out of the federal jrand jury investigation of the pub- jc works administration. Removed From Job. Kraschel formerly was secretary of the Iowa public works advisory board and was removed from that position by Secretary Ickes last No vember. The two men were charged with- conspiring to defraud the govern ment by hindering the functions o the national industrial recovery act The forgery count against Beh grew out of his altering of an application by the city of Ottumwa, Iowa, fo public works funds. Colflesh AU Through. Quashing of the charges opens the way far selection of a new district attorney for southern Iowa. Colflesh, republican candidate for governor, has announced completion of pending business. Senator ' Murphy said today he of CAUGHT IN LINCOLN GUN BATTLE Policeman Frank Bobbins (left), one of the officers who engaged in spectacular running gun battle at Lincoln, Nebr., with three desperadoes, is shown with the man he captured, Sam Kivett, identified as an ex-convict from Galveston, Tex. One gunman was killed and another wounded, and a 14 year old schoolboy was fatally shot. (Associated Press Photo). Remores Awaiting New on Swindle on $6,700 Game at Fort Dodge. CLEAR LAKE, April 23.--Mr. and Mrs: H. H. Remore returned to their home in Clear Lake over the week-end and today awaited further information from-Fort Dodge concerning an 'investigation resulting from a swindle in which they said they lost $6,700. The confidence game reached a climax Friday night with the payment of the money after negotiations extending a little more than a week. . Mr. Remore today said the investigation had been placed in the hands of the police, who had several good clews to work on, including complete descriptions of the four men who figured in the confidence game. Officers in other towns were' notified and are on the lookout for the "con" men. Police at Fort Dodge said they learned that the quartet divided the 56,700 before leaving town, as torn fragments pf an envelope were found in a local safe. The names given by the four men and their addresses, all undoubtedly as fictitious as the promised Mr. and had not yet given the matter Colflesh's successor consideration, but would probably act as soon as Colflesh presents his formal resignation. DBS Asst District Attorney Ray Fountain said today a written motion to dismiss charges of alleged PWA violations against Lieut. Gov. N. G. Kraschel and Carleton D. Beh of Des Moines would be filed probably Motion to Be Filed. MOINES, April 23. OB-- Wednesday. Fountain said the motion would be filed as soon as he had official confirmation of Assistant Attorney General Joseph B. Keenan's willingness that the charge be dropped. fortune they Mrs. Remore, were William McDonald of Springfield, 111., F. B. Winn of Louisville, Ky.,' E. L. Griffith of Fort Dodge and' Joe Carter of Tulsa, Okla. Informations charging the four with obtaining money by false pretenses were issued Saturday at Fort Dodge. In Two Cars. The gang left Fort Dodge in two Buick sedans of 1933 or 1934; model bearing Minnesota license plates numbered 194-313 and 38-216. They may, also have had a large coupe bearing Illinois license plates. The license numbers of the automobiles and complete descriptions of the men were broadcast to officers in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Nebraska, Chief of Police John Lochray, in charge of the investigation of the confidence game. said. The story told by the Romores is intricate in its ramifications and so fantastic as to rival the wildest imaginings of detective fiction. About 10 days ago a man who said he was William McDonald o£ Springfield, 111., called on the Re- mores at their home in Clear Lake. He was a stranger and said he was agent for a Mr. Harris whom he described as an oil operator having extensive holdings in oil fields throughout the country. Nephew Specialist McDonald told the Remores that Harris had a nephew by the name of Parker who was a specialist in diseases of the gall bladder and liver and desired to open an emergency hospital in Clear Lake, where he planned to establish his home and practice. Harris wished to buy the home as a gift for his nephew, whom he had educated and supported, McDonald said. The Remores advised McDonald that their home was not for sale, (Turn to I'njc 2, Column 1) SILVER SLOG TO DEFY PRESIDENT Decides to Demand Senate Passage of Bill Over F. R. Opposition. WASHINGTON, April 23. a 1 )-The senate silver bloc decided today at an informal meeting to demand enactment of the Dies silver bill in mandatory form despite the opposition of President Roosevelt. Almost a score of senators attended the conference at which the decision was reached, but only half of them were still on hand when the vote was taken. The vote was preceded by a round table discussion in which Senator Thomas {D., Okla.) led the move to continue the campaign for mandatory legislation and Senator Pitt- nian (D., Nev.) advocated seeking legislation "the president will stand Report on Refusal. Thomas reported to the group the president's refusal at a conference Saturday to agree to mandatory legislation, but members of the committee who conferred with tho chief executive said he not threaten a veto. Senators attending the conference today expresed their views one by one, and then listened to a series of brief talks by outsiders, including Father Charles E. Coughlin of Detroit, advocating silver legislation. The house today defeated an attempt to force consideration of the McLeod bill to pay off depositors in closed banks. Quick agreement on the Jones- Costigan sugar control bill was predicted by democratic leaders as senate and house conferees attempted to compose their differences on the legislation. It was understood only two sen- SOMEONE MUST PLAN FOR U. S., SAYS WALLACE Wirt Charges Noted in Arbor Day Speech in Nebraska City. NEBRASKA CITY, Nebr., April 23. (.T)--Secretary Wallace said in sn address today that if tlie nation is to recover it is necessary that "some agency of society do whatever planning is. necessary to prevent the suicide iff society." Speaking at the home of J. Sterling Morton, secretary of agricul- turel in the second administration of President Cleveland, Wallace paid tribute to the ideals of Morton, founder of Arbor day, and related the late secretary's forestry experiments to economic experiments of the present. j Not Much Resistance. "There is not much resistance nowadays to attempt to modify nature," Wallace said, "but when you get over into the realm of human relations, into economics for instance, and propose new rales for he economic game in the interest f the many, then it is that you hear groans of dismay from those vho in the past have made the -ules and profited by their making." There are a few "articulate individuals." he added, "whose interpretations pf what this administra J.onj«-.ts«f \ to *. sacUtopHig^o arpTjjrf.ADOttt as tofornwtl, ·"-*£ about as imaginative as that idea of :he benighted geographers in Morton's day in calling all the country west of the Missouri the great American desert." Speaks of Wirt. He spoke of charges made recently by Dr. William A. Wirt, school superintendent of Gary, Ind., :hat a movement was on foot to overthrow the present government and replace President Roosevelt with a dictator. . Because the administration has sought to change the rules, he said, the Hoosier schoolmaster from Gary was picked up by the representatives of regimentation of a by- jone age and built into a 10 days' wonder--the hope being that ;hrough subtle regimentation of public opinion, it might be possible :o make it appear that the proponents of the new deal, in their at- :emt to change the rules regarding lariffs, money, and corporate influence, were striving to undermine :he foundations of the republic with communistic ideas." Enemies of Republic. The enemies of the republic, Wallace said, "are those organizers of public opinion and those politicians vho knowingly and hypocritically endeavor to place the tag of communism on liberal democratic prin- :iples in order that they may gain votes or preserve inordinate prof- The "sin" of the present administration, the agriculture secretary said, has been that "we have interpreted the rules of the game differently than they have been interpreted during the greater part of the last 70 years." The present administration, he said, has sought during the pasl year to "bury the mistakes of the farm board" and will "do its utmosl to lighten the penalties of that ex periment, so that the transition from the unsound surplus condition created by the farm board to £ sound export relationship anc WRITER SUCCUMBS ate amendments still divided the conferees. Expect No Trouble. Senator Costigan (D-Colo.) and Representative Jones (D-Tex.), coauthors of the bill, said they expected no difficulty in reaching a settlement. House members were understood to object to senate action in amend ing the bill to provide for regula tion rather than elimination of chile labor in sugar production Chairman Fletcher of the senate banking- committee today introduce' a bill to postpone for a year th divorce ol security affiliates from national banks and separation o investment and deposit banking b: p-'-ate bankers. Former Teacher in U. S. Branded Spy ABO, Finland, April 23. ArvicI Werner Jacobson, forme Michigan school teacher, was sen tenced to five years imprisonraen today as a spy Trio Fights 2nd Battle at St. Paul FEDERAL AGENT AND BYSTANDER SLAIN IN BATTLE Seizes Car in South St. Paul, Heads Southeast. \ p our Wounded as Band Evades Police Trap OSAGE, April 28. --Mrs. Charles Sweney, 91. prominent local resident and writer of a number of children's poems and pioneer stories ol historical value, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Kildec of Ames. Her husband, a Civil \yar veteran, preceded her in death. She leaves two children, Marshal of St. Paul, and Mrs. Kildee of Ames, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the home here Tuesdav, tlie Kev. Frank W. Miller 3n ST. PAUL, April 23. (J)--Authorities said they believed three men thought to be Dillingerr gangsters who escaped early today from a hideout near Mercer, Wis., were attempting to reach a hideout here when they encountered officers at St. Paul Park, eight miles southeast of here shortly before noon today. The trio esaped after a running gun battle with three Dakota county deputy sheriffs and a Hastings policeman, and a few minutes later the entire area south of St. Paul, from the Mississippi river to the St. Croix was being combed for them by an army of Twin Cities police, federal agents, state crime bureau men and deputies from two counties. Seize Another Car. The gang seized a Ford V-S coach at 1 p. m. from Roy F. Francis, South St. Paul, district manager for a power company. He was accompanied by his wife and baby. Not far from South St. Paul a Tord coupe pulled up in front of his car to block the road. Three men ot out,, one holding a pistol. "Get out," the leader commanded Francis and his wife, "turn around, stand over by the side of the road and everything will be all right.' Mr. and Mrs. Francis obeyed. There were no threats nor rough language. Francis said. Head for Hastings. The gang climbed into Francis* automobile and sped southeast towards Hastings. Fingerprint experts were sent to the scene im.media.te- in Wisconsin. MERCER, Wis., April 23. i.P)-- Leaving two dead and four wounded in the wake of their retreat, ohn Dillinger and three of his guu earing henchmen were scurrying 1 or shelter today following their ensational escape from a trap laid y federal agents. At least three of the fleeing des- 'eratiocs, one of them possibly Dil- inger himself, shot it out shortly icfore noon- eight miles southeast if St. Paul, Minn., with a deputy heriff. They escaped, however, but lolice were on the lookout for them, quads patrolling the highways, guns cocked ready for action. Officers on Trail. Their escape in s. fusillade of hots from the Little Bohemia tav- :m. nine miles southeast of Mercer ate last night, sent the desperate gunmen fleeing over roads soft 'rom melting snow, two score officers trailing them as best as possible in the hope their capture could be effected. In the gunplay, a government agent and a CCC worker were killed, and two of the latter's companions, a department of justice agent and a c o n s t a b l e were wounded. Three young women were left behind, and surrendered when tlie be- seiging forces filled the resort--a sprawling building; housing living: quarters, a bar and a cabaret--with, : - ' healthy balance of supply with demand can be made gradually and at the least cost to the wheat growers," Wallace declared. payments to Increase. He predicted that benefit payments to wheat farmers will be larger during the marketing year beginning June 1, and that some funds may be used to stimulate wheat exports. "Our act makes possible an adjustment of benefit payments to offset adjustments in price," Wallace said. "Indications are that this year we will have considerably larger benefit payments. Among the possibilities would-be the use of the 4 or 5 cents of this amount to keep wheat exports moving within our 90,000,000 bushel quota under the world wheat agreement." Woman Shoots Self. OTTUMWA, April 23. (.Ti--Mrs. Gladys Funs, 41. wife of John Funs of tlie Fuhs Bottling company, was dead today as a result of self inflicted gunshot wounds yesterday. Hull Says F. R. Recovery Policy Avoids Extreme Denies Dictatorship Talk in Talk to Newsmen Upon "Middle Course." NEW YORK, April 23. LT-- Cordell Hull, secretary of state, today named a middle course recovery policy of "sound liberalism" as the "very essence of the new deal." Standing beiore publishers and others gathered at the annual luncheon of the Associated Press, Hull tossed aside talk of dictatorship. The Roosevelt "rehabilitation program, he said, would preserve "all the fundamentals of popular government." "It is never wise," said Hull, "especially ;n a time of crisis, to hearken too much to the extreme reactionary or the extreme radical. Enthrone No Dictators. "We enthroned no dictators. We made no secret trades with private, self interest groups--we merely drew together the different and scattered groups of democracy into a common effort, openly conceived, openly discussed, openly chosen." The tall, soft spoken secretary of state expressed confidence that what he called Mr. Roosevelt's middle course between extremes would result in "recovery, restoration and rehabilitation .which would embrace the rights and liberties of the individual and the progressive improvement of the social and material condition of the masses." Discussing matters of the press, Hull declared the service given by a free press was of "incalculable value." Along "Right Lines." The gathering and dissemination of news along "right lines," he added, constituted a "powerful influence for international understanding, friendship and peace." "The most serious threats against peace today," he said, "are in those parts of the world where the press is controlled by government officials who have power either to declare war or to force war." Most of the diplomatic chieftain's address centered upon the Roosevelt administration's aims and hopes, and the pitfalls it hoped to avoid. Credit Preservation. Among the recovery objectives named by him we're preservation of the national credit, balancing of the budget, as early as is practicable, avoidance of schemes for inflation, permanent exchange stabilization and monetary arrangements, and general improvement in working conditions and wages, and "necessary" governmental regulation for (Turn to I'nffft 2. Column 5j doned near the scene. The gunfight started when a dep uty sheriff attempted to stop a cai with a Wisconsin license near St Paul Padk. The occupants of the ca opened fire without warning-, one bullet piercing the top of the deputy's automobile. Mercer, Wis., where the gunfighl with Dillinger occurred last nighl and early today, is approximately 230 miles northeast of St. Paul. Miss Burroughs Says She Was Not Told of 1928 Contributions WASHINGTON, April 23. W)-Miss Ada L. Burroughs testified today in District of Columbia supreme court that she had no knowledge of 1928 contributions made to Bishop James Cannon, Jr., by Edwin C Jameson, New York insurance executive, except the ?17,300 that was reported to the clerk of the house. FOUR MICHIGAN CONVICTS BREAK Three Life Prisoners Among Fugitives From Prison at Michigan City. MICHIGAN CITY, Ind., April 23 ')--Four prisoners, three of them serving life terms, escaped from th' Michigan City prison during th week-end, prison officials revealei today. Leland Phillips, 26, serving a lif term for murder, and Noah Seals serving a three year sentence fo second degree burglary, escape some" time Saturday from the priso farm west of Michigan City. Bot are white men. Two Negroes, Willard Butler, 37. and Charles Irwin, 38, both serving life terms for murder, escaped Sunday. Butler had been employed as cook at the home of Warden Louis Kunkel on the prison grounds and Irwin was a janitor in the prison barber shop. Butler and Irwin had only to walk away from the prison as their duties took them beyond the institution walls. Phillips and Seals, however, were reported to have been under guard at the farm to which they had been detailed for special work. Warden Kunkel said .in investigation would be made to determine how Phillips and Seals escaped. Phillips was sentenced to the prison in September, 1926. from Richmond for the slaying of Frank Buck. Butler was sentenced from Danville, Hendricks county, in September 1925; Irwin from Indianapolis in September 1922, and Seals from Rockport. Spencer county, in September 1932. Police of the various cities were notified of the escape of the prisoners and were asked to watch for them. The "G""men came to grips with the Dillinger gang- about 10 o'clock last night. The first victim, however, was a bystander. He was Eugene Boisoneau, killed by the federal agents' fire as he and two companions drove away from the resort. The shots warned Dillinger and his band, who it was later discovered had arrived at the resort last Friday and had taken forcible possession of it, mounting a machine gun on the roof and posting- lookouts in military fashion. They fled out a rear door and into the thick Wisconsin woods. The band separated at once. 3 Commandeer Car. Three of the men turned up a few minutes later at Mitchell's resort, commandeered a car, and drove off ahead of the federal men. One other, carrying a stubby machine gun over his arm, ran into another tavern-Turner's resort, and demanded Alvin Turner furnish a car. Before Turner could reply, a car containing two government men and a constable drew up outside. Shouting "who's that?" the lone deperado ran out to face the government men, and opened a stream of bullets from his machine gun. Critically Wounded. W. Carter Baum, a Chicago federal agent, was killed, Constable Carl C. Christensen of Spider Lake, Wis., was critically wounded; and J. C. Newman of Chicago, a department of justice agent, was grazed by a bullet. Thus before midnight, the gunplay had taken two lives and left (Turn to I'nirc 2, Column 2 Care of the Feet Mason City Globe-Gazette Information bureau, Frederic J. Ilaskin, director, Washington, D. C. I enclose 10 cents in coin (carefully wrapped) for the booklet on "Care of the Feet." Name Street City State (Mail to Washington, U. 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