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E r; ' I I S M E M a ; i. £ P T OF I ';.' " · ·" M* i v r ·· NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME H O M E E D I T I O N "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A dSSOClATKD PKES8 L.KASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 164 Hopkins Has Many Foes G. 0. P Thinks WPA Head Especially Vulnerable. ETHIOPIA SEEKS FULL SANCTIONS By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , (CPA) -- F r o m the nature of his j o b p r o b a b l y Works Progress A d m i n i strator Harry L. Hopkins could not have a v o i d e d making m a n y enemies. He has them anyway. No other new deal official is under such heavy f i r e f r o m s o m a n y different directions. This does not seem to perturb the white house, but to some few among the manager of democratic re-election campaign policy it is, confidentially, a cause of considerable worry. They are worried all the more because, with new dealers doing the investigating, an inquiry into WPA's activities cannot give a clean slate to Hopkins' organization in very convincing fashion. In Harsh Expression. Senator Rush Holt of West Virginia expressed himself harshly when he compared a WPA "probe" of WPA-ites with an investigation of Dillinger by Baby Face Nelson. Nevertheless, it was a telling way in which to put his idea across-the kind of comparison that can be used mighty effectively in campaign oratory; anyone can understand it. It's witty, too, and sticks m the memory. . All the worse for Hopkins. Holt is a democrat and presumably a lib- By the way, the West Virginian is an extraordinarily bright boy, who has been well advertised as having been elected to the senate even before he was eligible to take the oath of office, compelling him to wait until his thirtieth birthday to be seated. Many Attacks Made. Stephen Raushenbush is another ·'individuAl that it does not pay Hopkins to be criticised by, on the ground that WPA funds have been used to play politics with in Pennsylvania. Raushenbush has had plenty, of recent publicity as chief investigator for the senatorial committee which investigated the American munitions business, as a war-propa- o-andizing interest. He stands well in the Keystone state, is a competent inquisitor, a liberal, and his complaints are not to be taken lightly. Hopkins' row with Ohio's democratic governor, Martin L. Davey, will not be forgotten, either. The merits of it are neither here nor there. It was an ugly dispute, not calculated to keep Buckeye democracy united. Hopkins vs. Ickes. Republican attacks on the WPA administrator , come from every quarter. Doubtless that is to be politically expected. Stll, the G. O. P. appears to consider Hopkins particularly vulnerable. Nor has Hopkins been on consistently friendly terms with all of his own new deal outfit. It is notorious that he and Secretary of th« Interior Harold L. Ickes have fought bitterly. Nobody has accused Ickes ad- · ministration of reckless use of funds. Ickes has been so careful that it is charged he has not spent money fast enough. All Time Value. Ickes' idea has been to initiate public works of all time value. The objection advanced against this program is that a deal of cash goes into raw materials; a comparatively small proportion of it into immediate wages. Hopkins' ideal is immediate wages- · To meet him at first hand, Hopkins' personality is likable. He is a professional welfare worker, however. The professional welfare worker necessarily is hard bodied--"as cold as charity." Hopkins' trade makes him unpopular. And it is multiplied a million fold by its enormous proportions. Life of "Siamese Twin" Chicks Brief STANHOPE, UF--The life span |"f of "Siamese twin" chickens born in the Stanhope hatchery here was brief. D. B. Rush of the hatchery said two White Plymouth Rock If chicks, joined together w h e n I - hatched from a double yoked egg, lived but a short time. · Face Alternatives of Despotism or Anarchy * CHICAGO, (.T)--Unless present trends in the national government , are checked, Senator L. J. Dickinson , (R., Iowa) told an audience here, the · United States faces the alternative.' I s sf despotism or anarchy. * * Witness Defies Senate's Lobby Investigators HEARING HALTED BY GRUNWALD'S REFUSALTOTALK Anti-AAA Man Doesn't Want to Get Anybody Into Trouble. WASHINGTON, (.Tl--Blunt refusal of a witness to answer questions Thursday abruptly halted a senate lobby committee hearing and raised the possibility of contempt proceedings. '·Committeemen said they would meet later to decide whether to cite the witness--Kurt Gninwald, organizer for the Fanners' · Independence council--for contempt. "I don't want to get anybody in trouble," Grunwald said, when asked whom he had contacted for his anti-AAA organization. "Would you get anybody in trouble 7 " asked Chairman Black ID- Ala.). "I'd be a damn fool to give the names. You bet your boots I'd get them in trouble under this new deal." Need More Funds. C o m m i 11 eemen coincidentally studied methods of getting funds denied by the house for its legal battles. Senators said there were "numerous ways" of getting money for fighting injunction proceedings brought by William Randolph Hearst even though the house re fused Wednesday a $10,000 allotment. Termination o f ' t h e proceedings Thursday came after committeemen had asked Grunwald whom he solicited for support in Nebraska. "You'll be excusel until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning," said Black suddenly. "Where are you staying?" "At the George Washington inn," wa a the answer. "We're going to have a meeting," Black told reporters, and Senator Schwellenbach (D-Wash.) added that the question of contempt proceeding's would be considered. Of Russian Birth. "Have you talked over your appearance here with anyone?" Black inquired just before the recess. "No sir." Gninwald said he was of Eussian birth. "When were you naturalized?" Senator Minton (D-Ind.) asked. "I expected that question. I am a man of foreign birth and I have my naturalization papers right here. We men of foreign birth go through hell sometimes," he said, producing the documents. "Did you ever make an attempt to go back to Russia?" Schwellenbach asked. "No sir, I love this country," replied Grunwald, who said that during the war he was "persecuted because he had a German name. Forest City Home Destroyed JUROR TELLS OF BRIBE ATTEMPT Says.He Was Offered $100 to Hang July Hearing Muench Case. KAHOKA, Mo., (/P) -- Charles Long, one of the jurors trying Mrs. Nellie Tipton Muench and three codefendants on a criminal conspiracy charge, testified Thursday he was offered $100 if he would hang the jury. Long, a WPA laborer, asserted the offer was made by Harry Spangler, a surveyor who had charge of a sewer project at which Long was employed. He quoted Spangler as having said he was acting for Joseph L. Gutting, one of the defense attorneys. The juror was called by the prosecution as a witness to substantiate its motion for a mistrial on the ground of jury tampering. "He (Spangler) wanted to know if I had formed an opinion," Long related. "I said 'no,' and he . said 'I'd like you to.' I said I would not be bought off. He told me how much would be in it for me if I would hang the jury. He said $100." The juror testified the conversation occurred two or three nights ago. Associate Prosecuting Attorney Frank E. Mathewg asked for the mistrial when court resumed after the noon recess. This unusual photo was taken while the Floyd Isaacson home was burning at Forest City. At G a. m. the C. A. Pinekney home not far from the Isaacson house caught fire and Mr. Isaacson became worried and insured his furniture. The insurance wont into effect at noon and the fire shown in the picture started about 5:50 p. m. FIRE COM7ANY GETS 2 CALLS Pinekney Blaze Small But Isaacson Residence Is Destroyed. FOREST CITY--The fire department trucks were called twice to residences at the east edge of Forest City across the Winnebago river Early in the morning sparks fron the chimney set fire to a woodshed at ·th«-"C:~ A-."-Pinckney- -home, bu neighbors had put out the fire be fore the truck arrived. About 5:50 the trucks were called to the Magnus Isaacson property occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Is aacson. The fire had been discov ered shortly before that time in the rafters of the house. The building was destroyed as the fire had pro gressed to the point where the chemical wagon was unable to ex tinguish it. There are no city water connec tions east of the river. The build ing and contents were partly covered by insurance. Some of the furniture in the house was saved. Mr and Mrs. Floyd Isaacson were in Garner visiting Tuesday a few hours at the time of the fire. Repon Death of Rumanian Quintuplets BUCHAREST, Rumania, (IP)-Authorities at Oradea reported Thursday that quintuplets born to a gypsy mother near that city had died. Physicians said that the children were too badly malformed to live. The children and their mother, Mrs. Maria Ljnguraru, '25, were rushed .by gendarmes .from -Hodos, in the Bjohr disTficriof ^Cransylva : "1 nia, to a hospital in Oradea, where Dr. Georg Jankulisku had asserted the quintuplets "cannot live." One of the five was born separately, he said, the others joined in pairs. Gov. Johan Piku of the Bank- jla district and Dr. Jankulisku said the children were "not like children" at all in appearance, but "animal like." The mother was reported recovering from the ordeal. She was aided only by her husband, Alexander Ljnguraru, who had gone with her into a field to work. Dr. Jankulisku declared the births premature. REVEALTHREAT TO ROYAL FAMILY Former Convict Confesses Writing Notes to King of Belgium. BRUSSELS, UP)--A threat to kidnap the motherless children of King Leopold of the Belgians was disclosed Thursday with the arrest at Liege, eastern Belgium, of a 31 year old former convict, Nicholas Elsen. Police of the city of Liege said the arrested man confessed to writing letters to the king, threatening to abduct the royal children, whose mother. Queen Astrid, was killed In an automobile -accident, unless money was left in woods near the border city. Lie in Wait In Woods. Police said they lay in wait twice in the woods, in an attempt to capture the author of the letters, but that he failed to appear. The writer was finally traced, the police said, through a reference in one letter to the fact that- the person threatening the kidnaping was a former convict. King Leopold's children, who had been closely guarded in recent weeks during the investigation of the threats, left for a seaside holiday soon after Elsen was arrested. Leaves for Switzerland. King Leopold also was leaving Brussels incognito Thursday, to go to Switzerland. It was believed the monarch would go later to Italy to visit his sister, now Crown Princess Marie Jose of Italy, who is at present inspecting Red Cross work in East Africa. Police said Elsen signed his letters "gangster" and demanded 2,000,000 francs--about $132,000. He was released from prison last year after serving six years for theft. S. V. I. Grad Dies. KANSAS CITY, (/P--Dr. Vincent A. Peters. 34, deputy coroner of Jackson county at Lees Summit, Mo., died in a hospital here. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa in 1924 Farmer May Heat and Light His House With His Own Cornstalks KANSAS CITY, 03")--Prof. Ellis I. Fulmer, Iowa State college chemist, sees the possibility that the farmer of the future may light and heat his house with his own cornstalks. He told the American chemical society here "in a region where 30 per cent of the land is planted to corn, a circle within an eight mile radius would produce enough corn stalks to supply a city of 80,000 inhabitants with'gas." A ton of stalks yields from 10,000 to. 20,000 cubic feet of gas when subjected to a fermentation process, he said. Call Files Papers. DES MOINES, CW--George R. Call of Sioux City filed nomination papers for the republican nomina- tion'for governor in the June primary election. FORECAST IOWA: Generally fair Thursday night and Friday. Rising temperatures Friday. MINNESOTA: Fair Thursday night and Friday; warmer Friday and in west central portion Thursday night. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Thursday morning: Maximum Wednesday 5ft Minimum in Night 33 At 8 A. M., Thursday 38 A strong northerly wind, heavy laden with Aunt, was the principal mark of both Wednesday's and Thursday's weather offering in North Iowa MOTHER OF FIVE CHILDREN HANGS AS MURDERESS Demonstration Against 'Disgrace' Attempted in England. By BURDKTTE JOHNS Associated Press Foreign Staff. BIRMINGHAM, Eng., (.T)--Mrs. Dorothy Waddingham, 34 year old mother of five children, died on the gallows of the Winson Green prison Thursday while police guarded the approaches against a demonstration in protest at "this disgrace." Mrs. Violet Van Der Elst, energetic campaigner against capital punishment, organized the demonstration, broadcasting appeals to a crowd of 2,000 to attempt to prevent the hanging. , The throng looked on quietly, however, some smiling at Mrs. Van Der Elst's exhortations, some praying for Mrs. Waddingham while the convicted poison slayer of a patient in her Nottingham nursing home died within the prison. AH Appeals Denied. King Edward himself was the only one who could have saved the woman from the gallows by granting a last minute reprieve, after Home Secretary Sir John Simon denied appeals for clemency. A wave of protest throughout Britain over the hanging of the mother of five children, including a six months old. baby, was countered by nress 'statements, terming the poison-death of the-patieht, 50 year old Ada Louisa Baguley, a flagrant offense. Mrs. Waddingham also was accused, but not convicted, of the death of Miss Bagulcy's aged mother. Newspapers insisted the crime must have been premeditated and that even the strong recommendation of mercy by the jury which convicted Mrs. Waddingham Feb. 27 should not be allowed to deter the punishment. Led to Gallows. A last overnight appeal to the home office having been rejected, the nurse was led to the gallows and the trap was sprung shortly after 9 a. m. (3 a. m. CST) on the ninth woman to be executed in Great Britain since the start of the century. Mrs. Waddingham was the first woman to pay the extreme penalty in England since Mrs. Ethel Lillie Major was hanged in the grim Hull prison Dec. 19, 1934, for the poison slaying of her husband. A crowd of 2,000 persons stood in nearby streets, watching a demonstration against capital punishment, while Mrs. W a d d i n g h a m was hanged. Rides in Limousine. | Riding in a limousine equipped with a loud speaker, Mrs. Van Der Elst attempted to drive through the gates to the Winson Green prison, but was turned back by police. Her automobile bore a large sign reading: "Men and women. I appeal to you to prevent the hanging of a mother. This barbaric age would hang the mother of five children." Men walked through the streets bearing placards: "Stop this terrible crime of hanging of a mother of five children." Police blocked off the streets leading to the prison, and 100 reserves were held in readiness at a nearby theater. She Sought Legacy. The state charged that Mrs. Waddingham poisoned her bedridden patient to obtain the 1,600 pounds (about $8,000) legacy which Mrs. Baguley had willed to her nurse. Mrs. Waddingham and Ronald J. Sullivan, co-operator with her of the Nottingham nursing home, were arrested Jan. 30, charged with putting Mrs. Baguley and her daughter, 50 year old Miss Ada Louisa Baguley, to death slowly with drugs. Sullivan, against whom the crown presented no evidence, was acquitted of the slaying of Mrs. Baguley, but Mrs. Waddingham was convicted of murder of Mrs. Baguley. A charge of murder of the mother also had been lodged against Mrs. Waddingham. No Reprieve Cause. The criminal appeal court rejected Mrs. Waddingham's a p p e a l March 30, the home secretary denied a first appeal for clemency Tuesday night and took similar action again Wednesday night on the ground that no cause could be found to justify a reprieve. A black flag--traditional sign that the stern British penalty had Girl, Former Preacher in Jail Escape HARRISONVILLE, Mo., LrB--A poker battered door in the Cass county jail was the .memento left Thursday for a 21 year old girl who 'reed herself and then released ner brother-in-law and sweetheart, Perry E. Griffin, 24, a former minister. The girl, Miss Madge Copeland, delivered her suitor from behind the mrs Wednesday night after beating hole in the wooden door of her own cell and then searching the sheriff's quarters until she found the iail keys. Sheriff Glenn Weaver and lis wife were out for a ride at the :ime. Five other prisoners did not choose to leave. Arrested Month Ago. Griffin and the girl were arrested almost a month ago, on charges of abducting Leroy Ullery, Missouri Valley college student, in a car he had borrowed from the Cass county prosecutor, Will H. Hargus. The former pastor of the Oak Grove Baptist church at Adonis, Mo,, faced charges of highway robbery. The father of three ehildien. he and the girl fled from her parents' liome at Creston, Iowa, and according to a statement attributed to them by officers, went on a trip through Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois. Forgiven by Wife. They were arrested at Springfield, Mo., March 19, and later were "forgiven" by Griffin's wife and both their families. "The way of the transgressor .Is hard," he said at the time, adding that if his wife forgave "him It was ^rnpre than. the_Lord vrpu_ld clo." .~He" "said hie felt """the call"" f preach after - finishing the seventl grade and blamed'education for hi, troubles, contending too much edu cation caused "doubt in the Lord/ been exacted--was run up on thi prison staff after the hanging, giv ing formal notice of the execution A number of women dropped to their knees, praying and weeping as the flag was hoisted. Back and Forth. The automobile of Mrs. Van Der Elst drove back and forth slowly its lo'ud speakers booming hymns, "Nearer My God to Thee 1 and "Abide With Me" from phonograph records. The crowd at the prison dispersed after reading the official announcement of the hanging-. Mrs. Van Der Elst complained that she had not been allowed to bring six airplanes from London to fly over the prison during the hanging and drop pamphlets protesting against "this disgrace." ON THE INSIDE PAUL H. WENDEL Wendel Stays in Jail Despite Exoneration ON PAGE 2 Victim of "Spree" Richard. Rufshus, 15, Albert Lea hij, r h school student, was the fatal victim of a "spree." He and several other youths bought some whisky. Rufshus fell, face downward In a muddy road, on the way home and an automobile driven by Leslie Erickson of Chirks Grove, Minn., ran over him, crushing his skull. Richard was the. son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rufshus of Freehorn county, Minn. (Cut by courtesy of Albert Lea Tribune.) Nashua Barn, Silo, 30 Hogs Lost in Fire ON STATE PAGE Storm Sewer Contract Will Be Let on May 4 ON PAGE 16 2 KILLED, 5 HURT IN MADRID CLASH Funeral Mourners ExcKang -Shots With-Workers on- .Building Project. MADRID, UP)--Two persons wer killed and at least five wounde Thursday in an exchange of shot between mourners in a funeral pro cession for a slain policeman an workers on a government building project. The dead policeman, a civi guard, was one of the two person killed in other disorders last Mon day. Nearly S.OOO mourners, includ ing many policemen, were walking behind the hearse on the way tr the cemetery. As they approached the new min isterial building under construction at the end of Castellana avenue several civilians in the procession shouted: "Long- live fascism!" Afterward, according to the po lice version of the story, worker fired from the windows of the building under construction. The mourners returned the fin instantly and a battle raged in which several hundred shots were fired. FIND LOCAL MAN DEAD IN HIS CAR Coroner Says Ralph Towne' Death Was Caused by Heart Disease. Ralph Towne, 715 Delaware ave nue northeast, was found dead i his car near Cameron, southeast o Mason City, early Thursday morn ing. Coroner J. E. McDonald state that Mr. Towne died of heart dis ease. The body of Mr. Towne was foun slumped over the steering wheel o his car. which had been stopped i the center of the road. The moto was not running although the ign tion was turned on. It was believe by the coroner and the sheriff's dep uties who examined the body, tha Mr. Towne had died about eigh hours previous to his discovery. Mr. Towne left his home aboi 7:30 o'clock Wednesday evening an failed to return. The car was heade south on the highway when foun Mr. Towne was a painter in Maso City and is survived by his wif Edna, and one daughter. Gertrude. Funeral arrangements had no been completed Thursday. The bod was taken to the Randall funcra home. To Start Building of Red Oak Light Plan RED OAK. (.T)--Construction scheduled to begin here next monl ! on a new quarter-million dollar ligh i and power plant of the Iowa-Ni braska Light and Power compan marking the first step in the coir ! pany's rural electrification expan · sion program. MAKES DEMAND AS ARMY MOVES ON CAPITAL CITY taly Warns Peace Must Be on Terms of Victor and Vanquished. By JOSEPH E. SHARKEY Copyright. l!)3li. by The AMoclnlcd I'rcn.) GENEVA -- Ethiopia demanded 'hursday night that the league of ations immediately invoke all .auctions at its command--includ- ng military forces--against Italy rtiose legions already are reported dvancing on the high road leading nto Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian demand arrived ithin a few hours of an apparently uthoritative report that Premier ilussolini was willing to make peace vith the African empire only on the erms of victor and vanquished-- i'ith the league of nations staying 'Ut of the picture. Ethiopia declared I! Duce had iroved himself unwilling to act A-ithin the framework of the league nd. therefore, asked the application if all sanctions provided for in ar- .icle XVI of the league covenant. Killed "Act of War." This article specifies that an ag- rcssor, rcstorting to war in viola- .ion of the covenant, "shall ipso acto be deemed to have committed an act of war against all other members of the league." It provides, besides economic and financial sanctions, for "an effective military, naval, 'or air force" which shall be contributed by the other members for the protection of the covenant. It was reported here that the Ethiopian delegation- told the com--; mittee of thirteen it "is ."absolutely impossible" to accept the' preliminary _peacej£nM^fferecL by, the. Italians. · ' · · - : Asfcs for Guarantee. It was stated that Premier Mussolini asked that Italian security, in case he begins negotiations for an armistice, be guaranteed. Italy was said to claim that her a r m i e s in Ethiopia might be harassed by armed Ethiopian bands over which Emperor Haile Selassie would have no control. The Italian attitude was described, in other words, as being that Italy could cease hostilities but that she had no assurance the Ethiopians would stop fighting. Summary of Proposals. Premier Mussolini's proposals R-ere summarized as follows by a league authority: 1. A military armistice to be ne- otiated with Ethiopia directly between the general staffs of the Italian and Ethiopian armies; 2. A peace conference outside eneva, preferably Lausanne; 3. Direct negotiations at this conference between Italy and Ethiopia with the league participating merely through observers who would report the results and would keep the league informed; 4. Guarantees that during the armistice negotiations as well as during the projected peace conference, armed Ethiopian bands outside the control of Emperor Haile Selassie would not be able to harass the Italian armies with guerrilla warfare. Delegates Are Invited. Great Britain and France, who are co-signatories with Italy of the Ethiopian treaty of 1906, would be invited to send delegates to the projected peace conference. This treaty, which laid down zones of influence in Ethiopia, gave France the right to build the railroad from Djibouti to Addis Ababa. It recognized British influence over the Tana Lake region and gave Italian Somaliland through Ethiopia. The guarantees that Mussolini's armies would not be attacked during the armistice and peace negotiations could, it was stated by Italians, largely be achieved by league members ceasing to furnish arms and ammunition to Ethiopia. Mussolini's reported demands created dismay in league circles for, if they are accepted, the Italo- Ethiopian conflict would be removed from the league of nations. Only 8 Days Away. With Addis Ababa only three days away. Italian soldiers have started by motor truck for tie Ethiopian capital in the interior of Emperor Haile Selassie's wartorn empire. Fascist sources indicated that they believed the consummation of the conquest of the East African nation was at hand. They said they believed not many more 'than 1,000 warriors stood between their motorized column and the capital. The column itself was reported moving over a reasonably good highway from Dessye, 17-~ miles away. Sanctions Only Bar. In Rome, it was suggested t h a t the only barrier in the way of a

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