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North Iowa's ILY PAI Edited for the Home H A fi I 0 N E R H I S M E M A R T O t P T O F I * O F S ·THE NEWSPAtfEU THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWAK3 NEIGHBORS" HOME EDITION VOL. XXX V I I ' FIVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, MARCH 24; 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL. NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO. 143 Break Even, Says Brown Believes Postoffice Should Not Lose Money. TURNER PLEADS FOR INCOME TAX (The first of a icrics of two articles on whether postal rates should be Increased) By CHARLES P. STEWART · A S H I N G T O N , March. 24 (CPA) --What is the postoff ice's prime p u r p o s e ? T o make money--or at worst to break even? Or is it a public service-not to b e r u n w a s t e fully, oi course, but weV. worth paying for even to the tune of some annual millions "in the red," reckoning in dollars a n d cents and nothing else? Postmaster General Walter F. Brown holds that his department at least "should be self-sustaining," and recently asked congress for an increase in the first-class letter rate to 2.5 cents an ounce to help him Legislators to Investigate in New York make it so. He failed to get it. Representa- GOVERNOR LETS MAYOR WALKER LEARN CHARGES Roosevelt Requests That Any Reply Be Sent to Him Early. ALBANY, N. 1., March 24. (ff)-* » · The affairs of the city of New York are to he investigated by a legislative committee. A resolution calling for a "thorogoing" investigation was adopted today by both houses of the legislature, after pro- Story of Dying Navigator Told by His Rescuer as Viking Crew Makes Port Blast Described by* Steamer Sagona's Skipper. him. tive Clyde Kelly of Pennsylvania, a majority member of the postoffice committee'and generally recognized as the best-informed legislator on Capitol Hill concerning all questions relative to Uncle Sam's mails, expressed his doubt whether a single one of his fellow lawmakers could be found to sponsor or approve such an increase, and none contradicted m. . '· Nevertheless, the subject has not been dropped. It was announced thru the "White House spokesman I some time prior to adjournment of 1 congress that President Hoover him' self is alarmed By "the steadily I mounting postal deficit," and wants I a congressional committee to decide l i what rates should be advanced to i"- faten the department's revenues. i r UpOSTMASTER GENERAL Brown :, states the case compactly for . -f the 'administration.' longed debate. The action of the legislature followed closely upon the announcement of Governor Roosevelt that he had forwarded to Mayor Walker of New. York, now visiting at Palm Springs, Cal., a copy of the charges preferred against him by the city affairs committee, headed by John Haynes Holmes and Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, with a request that any reply the mayor desired to make be transmitted to the governor as soon as, possible after the mayor's return to New York. TaUen by Surprise, The. democratic legislators were taken by surprise. The republican leaders had assur ances that the Westchester sena v tors, Seabury C. Mastick and Wai ter W. Westall, whose opposition t a similar resolution a few week ago caused.its defeat, would line u behind .an amended, resolution wit EXPLOSION VICTIM theiasguiaticeVthat-Samjiel'Seabur »·» £SS 1S C AWiiWi'iii; , : ii'.tWW'' n Amin tt HB BULLETIN ST. JOHNS, N. F., March 24. --Bernt Balclten, piloting an aerial searching expedition to the rescue of the Viking disaster, took off in his Sikorsky plane from Cornerbroolr, N. F., for Horse Island this afternoon. ST. JOHNS, N. F., March 24. (IP) --Jacob Kean today brot home a ale of rescue on the northern ice loea that rivals any this port has heard ini the 30 years that "Captain Jake" has skippered sealers in the arctic waters. He piloted the steamer Sagona into St. John's harbor early today with survivors from the Viking disaster and one dead, Navigator William Kennedy of the wrecked sealer. It was from Kennedy .that Captain Jake heard probably the most vivid story of the disaster that overtook Varick Frissell, young American movie producer, and his companions, Kennedy died last night just after the Sagona picked him up near the Wadham islands and almost within sight of his Newfoundland home. Tells Last Tale Captain Keane heard his tale shortly after he had taken him aboard the Sagona from a flag- marked icepan. just a week ago today. Harry Sargent' of Boston and Clayton King, wireless operate on the Viking, were with him. Kennedy told the. sealing ; captain. a'-'telegraphbr telephone conipahy (Turn to'raKO 2, Column 1): CUSTOMS UNION HAS SPOTLIGHT Austro-German Accord Asks Other Nations to Join in Treaty. amended resolution calls for the appointment of a legislative committee of seven members instead of the 12 as at first proposed. Three of the committee will be members of the senate and four will be members of the assembly. They are empowered to make a most searching investigation of all departments of the city 10WAUPROBERS TO RESUME JOB ON WEDNESDAY Will Go to Iowa City as POGER.S Wf_ *t%/£ · D frcss Photo VAKICK FKISSELL, 27 NORTHERN IOWA DROUGHT BREAKS government and of courts. They are to the inferior report their PARIS, March 24. (m-- The economic union projected by Austria and Germany today stole the thunder of the pan-European committee meeting to consider further phases of Aristide Briand's scheme for an economic union of all Europe. Members of the Briand committee assembled in an atmosphere of some distrust of the proceedings at Berlin and Vienna and of suspicion that the projected Austro-German accord is the first step toward a political union of the two countries in violation of the peace treaties ,.and the Geneva protocol of 1922. The text o£ the accord, which :s subject to ratfication of the two parliaments, waa made public in Berlin. Its features are clauses which proclaim the equality and independence of the two nations ancJ their willingness to have other nations join them in the union. As seen here, the effect of the accord will be to give Germany free and favored access to the markets of Austria, accomplishing the dual advantage of making German goods available to Austrian citizens at lower price levels than has been the case. If the union could be extended to certain of the Balkan countries the advantage to Germany would Be inestimable. AUNT HET By Robert Quillen "I reckon the race is im- provin'. They used to beg for money to buy liquor an' now they beg an' spend it ' for gasoline." findings, with recommendations for remedial legislation, not later than Feb. 1, 1932, and are granted $250,000 for expenses. Conditions "Impair Cfcnfidence^' The preamble of the resolution declared that the limited Investigations into the departments of the municipal government, the departments of the government of the counties comprising the greater city and the inferior courts of the city had revealed conditions "that have impaired public confidence in the efficient and honest administration of the government of the said city." In the senate debate the minority members declared that New York could take care of its own affairs, and that the majority were "under the lash" of W. Kingsland Macy, state chairman of their party. Seabury, an anti-Tammany democrat, who will be the committee's counsel, is investigating District Attorney Grain of New York as a commissioner designated by the governor. As referee he is presiding at an inquiry into magistrate's courts by the appelate division, an inquiry ordered by the governor. HOOVEROFFTO VIRGIN ISLANDS President Speaks to Porto Rican Legislature at San Juan. SAN JUAN, P. R., March 24. (JP --President Hoover, after a brief visit to San Juan during which he addressed the legislature, left for Ponce this afternoon enroute to the Virgin Islands. ' The president's party, which includes the secretary of war and the secretary of interior, Hurley and Wilbur, will reach St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Wednesday, remain there four hours and then return to [ Washington. The route today back to Ponci lay by way of Cidra, where Presj dent Hoover will inspect the island vocational schools, milk station and the baby feeding unit which ori ginated the present school of re form in the island. As he was thrown to the Ice he said he saw Varick Frissall caught in the falling mizzen rigging. "He called out as he fell," Kennedy said, "and was enwrapped in flames." "Nine casks of kerosene oil on the after deck caught fire and, of all the persons there, Sargent, King and myself are the only ones left." Powder Spilled. Kennedy said that some of tho men were filling powder cans, in the magazine and that some was spilled on the floor then, he offered as his version o£ the explosion, "a spark from a pipe fell amongst the loose powder." ' The Viking's navigator lapsed into unconsciousness. Captain Kean picked up the rescue story at that point. "We made for Horse Island," the sealer said, "and I tried to put doctors and medical supplies ashore ' "Doctors Patterson and Moore took a crew of 25 and a new Glou- to Snow as Downfall Continues. Soon as Legislation Allows. BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., March 24.--Two fatal plane crashes here yesterday with a man and a woman in each plane and both accidents avoidable. But members of each couple thot they were pilots and got in the air and tried to prove it to each other. One couple, a man and wife, were arguing who was the pilot when they took off. That's one way the auto is ahead of the plane, a woman can sit in the back seat and do all the "crabbing and gabbing" she wants to, but she can't reach tho wheel. If your are going to do any arguing with your wife or lady frienc " 1 you better get it over before you get I ES MOINES, March 24. UP)--Resumption of the University of owa investigation by a legislative ommittee is scheduled for tomor- ow after t\ six day recess. Committee members have given o indication of the line of testi-1 Q - fa - . £ people just can't laud mony to be pursued at tho opening . ession. They agreed last week that " i j ' a ' y our a :hey will go to Iowa City to receive iirther evidence as soon as practi- a.1, the time being contingent on the ornpletion of tax legislation here. Depend on Action. Should the senate act speedily on he Income tax bill and the house lispose definitely, one way or the ther, of the county assessor bill, the committee would go to Iowa City ate this week, it was understood. A ong fight on the measures might lold up the trip until next week. W. H. Bates, university secretary and W. H. Cobb, auditor, will complete their testimony at Iowa City, where J. M. Fisk, superintendent of | JOLIET, 111., March 24. UP)--A MOVE TO AWAIT ASSESSORS BILL FATE DEFEATED Call of Senate Requires Attendance of All Members. D ES MOINES, March 24. UP)--Th«» senate took up consideration, o£ the state income tax bill this morning shortly after receiving a message from Gov. Dan Turner urging its passage. A call of the senate required the attendance of all members. The senate defeated a motion Ty Senator E. R. Hicklin of Louisa county to defer action on the in- The governor warned that "cer- come tax bill until the house had. tain selfish organized interests" are taken definite action on. the county of "Interests" Measure Called Means of Lightening Load on Property.- DES MOINES, March 24. (/Pi- Coy. Dan Turner today intervened n the legislative tax fight and called upon the senate to pass the ndividual and corporation income tax bill. In a. special message to both houses the governor reiterated his demand for enactment of an income tax as a means of lightening the burden of visible property. He proposed that the tax should apply only to persons who are subject to the federal income tax, with low rates on small incomes. ® 1111 Convict Declares More Rioting at Joliet Is Likely using every means to defeat the income tax but that "their assault does not alter the fact that this is a fair principle of taxation." Must Bo Thoro Referring to his first message to the legislature in which he asked a thoro revision of "our ancient tax revision," he declared that half hearted revision would be of little value. "There has 'Been no change in conditions or in public sentiment," he governor's message said, "that VVLLCL V2 O » AW.* -*-' A-Jiv, uuj/u*. * uuw ·**·-· uu _ ~~ 1 . - , » j »»_ i- J.T. buildings and grounds, and W. J. warning has been sounded that there McCheaney, treasurer, also will be may be a resumption of disorders m heard Whether or not President the Illinois penitentiaries, in which Walter A. Jessup will be called to three convicts have already been the witness stand has not been an- killed in uprisings since March. 14. nounced It was S ivelx tha legisla- . Hope for Completion. v i » u t - i i n o n tive committee investigating unrest in the state's twin prisons by JOB it: iaj: thel Moran,- a conyict serving time for !^n^ittee^sVb"an^'rbb'peryi-'wifio "charged" tTmt; h " - - i - · - -.p a | d $2,000 to a member of a assessor bill. The vote was 42 to 2. Hicklin and Senator F. D. Ickis, Union, were the only members voting for the motion to defer. Still Live Issue. Hicklin said the county assessor ill is still regarded by the house _3 a live issue and that Governor Turner so regards it. He directed attention to the governor's messaga and quoted from it that "the people of Iowa want a complete tax revi- sion'program." Senator C. F. Clark, Linn, sug- vould justify us if we permit the I gested the senate could protect ession to come to n close having Hself by passing tho income- tax 'ailed in our duty in this respect. bill and filing a motion to recon"Enact legislation, then, that aider. Asked by Hicklin why the vill lift part of the ever increasing senate should not follow tho pre- rarden of taxation from, visible] cedont of the house and defeat tha roperty and you will have accom- till before voting to reconsider, jlished more for the economic wel- Clark replied that he thot this un- iare of your constituents than can w ise. oe accomplished in any other way. Governor Turner's name again, "We are aware that certain sel-1 W as mentioned by Senator W. S. fish organized · interests are using Baird, Pottawattamle, who asked, every means at their disposal to de- J Clark If the governor's veto could ba feat the state income tax. Their as-1 obtained on the Income-tax, bill, if saiilt doea not alter the fact that it ,was' pasaeu 1 ; ty the senatei;ana cester dory and when, the islanc was reached the dory was so badly broken up by rough going over heavy broken ice that she was use less and lost on the beach. "Without rest or sleep In th piercing cold the two doctors from the Sagona and Dr. F. Everett Faw cett of New Tork, surgeon aboard the Imogene, ministered to the Vik ing survivors. Exhausted by Work. The few people on the islanc vere exhausted from continuou vork and loss of rest and the lira (Turn to I'nuo 2, Column 2. Mellon Works on Birthday. WASHINGTON, March 24. I Secretary Mellon passed the 76lti anniversary of his birth today a the desk where he has worked fo the cast 11 years. Markets at a Glance DES MOINES, March 24. ( Northern Iowa which has been suffering from an almost year-long drought rejoiced today as the statewide rain which started Monday ontinued to fall intermittently, in ome cases changing to wet snow. Reports of precipitation ranged 'rom .62 inch at Boone to .08 inch t Dubuque. Des Moines and Hum- oldt both received .51 inch. Other eports were .44 Inch at Charles City, .20. inch at Sioux City, .12 inch at Davenport. Traces of rain fell in he southeastern and southwestern corners of the state. The government weather bureau said that, altho the rain was not classed as a major aid to agriculture, it would benefit pastures and winter wheat. Traces of snow were reported falling during the morning at Des Moines, Waterloo, Boone and Creston where it was accompanied by n. bigh wind. Snow plows made their appearance in Cherokee county for the first time since January to clear the soggy drifts left by a 60-mile northwesterly gale last night and early today. understood' to "look' with '.favor on completion of testimony in a max- previous pardon and parole board imum of two weeks. This would give for his parole, but was re-arrested the" members time to draft a report after 11 months of freedom. He re- for presentation to the house and fused to give the member's name. senate. "Don't think this is the end," the At the outset of the hearings tha witness said, in referring to the riot- members agreed they would sign a ing in the old prison and the State- general report if possible, but rev iu c penitentiary. "The inmates served the right to prepare Individ- didn't want to riot March 14 and ual reports should their opinions not | they wouldn't have if it hadn't been 'coincide with those of the majority. ·JjA-ta a.ilai- yjrtjjnlfile of tjHtat.ton_ and the responsibility is'fiow on the assessors bill ed; to ; ;pas3' the{,cpunty^ V Tinley Unable to Attend. ., COUNCIL BLUFFS, March 24. /P--Emmet Tmley, attorney for the state board of education in the legislative investigation of the University of Iowa, will be unable to resume his duties at Des Moines tomorrow because of illness. Physicians said the veteran law-' yer must remain in bed indefinitely. Henry Walker of Iowa City, who has assisted Tinley, will take charge of the defense in the investigation. NEW YORK. Stocks firm; Rails reflect short covering. Bonds heavy; rails and foreigns ease. Curb firm; specialties strong. Butter unsettled. Foreign exchanges steady; sterling firm. Cotton lower; easy cables and southern selling. Sugar higher; firm spot market. CHICAGO. Wheat steady; Australian acreage reduction and decreased world visible. Corn easy; increased contract stocks and good weather. Cattle steady. Hogs strong to higher. / Philip Snowden Able to Le^ve His Bed for Time LONDON, March 24. UP)--Pntlip Snowden, chancellor of the exchequer, who had been confined to hw lied since early in March with influenza and cystitis, was up and about for a time today. EXTRA SESSION BROT UP AGAIN Equalization Fee Plan Again Camps on Doorstep of Congress. WASHINGTON, March 24. /P-That political .oldster--the equalization fee--was back on the doorstep of congress today along with power, unemployment "relief measures and demands for a special session. In the trial of the farm board's announcement that It would not attempt to stabilize the 1931 wheat crop came renewed calls for enactment of the equalization fee. At the same time a special committee inaugurated a campaign for an extra session and Representative Laguardia, republican, New York, presented a program he said must be a.c- ARRESTED IN GENARO CASE Named Suspects in Slaying of Capone Henchman by Brother. for the stoolpigeon guards and in mates and their activity. Stoolpigeon guards brot on this riot and you haven't heard the last of it." Over Crowding Is Blamed. Two prisoners were killed in the March 14 disorders, which occurred iri the older of the two prisons and one met death March 18 at the newer penitentiary known as State- ville. Warden Henry Hill blamed overcrowding and the activities of tho parole board. Moran's testimony, given just before the committee adjourned to reopen the inquiry at Springfield today, was attacked by Thomas H. Cannon, a member of the present board, who declared the 'convict was "telling only one side of the story." Says Sympathy Misplaced. "You must remember," Cannon said, "that these convicts hate everybody. Much of your sympathy for them is misplaced." The session became heated when Cannon charged that State Senator Daniel Serritella of Chicago and other members of the legislature had senate to co-pperate with the house in the passage of an income taxi bill. Will Reduce- Levy. "There is no merit to the argu ment that an income tax will not become a replacement tax. It will reduce the state levy by the amount collected by way of income tax, thus reducing the property tax on all property in the state of Iowa "All the arguments made against the income tax resolve, into mere destructive tactics. They come largely from individuals and organ- iEations who are not carrying their share of the tax burden and who seem to conclude that the people will acquiesce in a situation where one-half of the wealth of tho state, represented by visible property, pays more than 95 per cent of all tho taxes. CHICAGO, March 24. (^D--Four men, were held today in connection with the slaying of Johnny Genaro, Capone Calumet City overlord. Information which led to thefr detention came from 1 August Anerio, Genaro's brother. He broke gangland's code of silence yesterday and told Police Capt. Michael Hughes the names of those he suspected. As a result, Frank Tallarico, Bruno Rodi, Louis de Luca, and Dominic Valera were held. Six others, held .with them, will be released, Hughes said. Percy Grainger Given Piano Lesson 1 by Boy Visitor, 5 Years Old WHITE PLAINS, N. Y., March 24. (1F--From a five year old boy, Percy Grainger, concert pianist, has rec'eived a piano lesson. Francis Laska, who has given a tried to bring pressure on the parole board to get the release of prisoners in whom they were interested. While the hearing was in progress, the Rev. George L. Whitmeyer, Episcopal chaplain, who resigned after the warden had charged him with fomenting disorder, confirmed a report that he himself had once been a convict. He said he had been sentenced 1 to Elmira reformatory in New York, prior to his ordination, on a grand larceny charge. He began a study for the ministry after he waa paroled. Mr. Wbitmeyer, prior to his resignation as chaplain, denounced the tactics used in handling prisoners in Joliet. t;U CV k/i "~ t i Cilll Al\ OCAIL« liiUtJU UK tH- , .. ' t l J 4. u cepted by the party which organ- concert or so himself, visited tnp izes the next closely-divided house, master at a Wends home ami heard him play- The boy said thera The extra session demands were made at a conference headed by Norman Thomas, a former socialist condidate for president. Delegates told Senator Watson and Speaker Longworth congress should meet to deal with ecbnomic distress. While Watson and Longworth agreed to take the request to the president on his return from the Caribbean, the senator exprssed'tho belief business would revive more quickly with congress in adjournment- an error and proved it by tho score. A certain passage had not been repeated. Grainger thanked his caller. Robert Edeson, Veteran Character Actor, Dead HOLLYWOOD, Cal., March 24. WP--Robert Edeson, veteran character of tho stage and screen, died early today of heart disease. Witnesses Named in Brothers' Trial for Murder of Reporter CRIMINAL COURTS BUILDING, Chicago, March 24. ;P--The prosecution laid the ground work today for its murder case against Leo Brothers, based on testimony of eye witnesses to tho assassination of Alfred Lingle, reporter. Assistant States Attorney Wayland Brooks, in his opening statement, listed one eye witness after another and said: ''This witness will tell you that that man was Leo Brothers." Coroner Herman N. Bundesen was the first witness for the prosecution. He told of rushing to tho scene of the slaying, finding that the man was dead and identifying the body. The people have spoken as plainly on this matter 6f tax revision as they have ever spoken on any question of needed legislation in our state." Urges Corporation Tax. The governor, pointing out that Iowa is one of few states having no business tax, ureged a corporation income tax "justly applied to reach tho profits of corporations gained within the borders of our states." He said the argument that such a tax would discourage industry bas no merit. "Certain lines of business may attempt to escape but business generally does not fear an income tax," the message continued, "for the reason that an income tax is based on the principle that no tax is paid (Tnm In rmo 2, Column 3). PROBESOLDBS HOME TROUBLES Commandant Asks Dismissa of Two From Institution at Marshalltown. MARSHALLTOWN, March 2-1 {^)_The investigation of the low Soldiers' Home here by two mem bers of the board of control will b resumed Wednesday when wltnesse will be called to tell of the allege use of state labor and materials fo Urges Quick Action , · Clark contended that the gaver- ' nor should not be brot into the argument. Others who urged immediate action on tho bill included Senator L. H. Doron of Boone county. He said the. fate of tho income tax bill should not depend on the action of the house of the governor. Senator? C. E. Anderson of Webster county also urged that the bill be considered on its own merits. The senate voted to aubstltuta the income tax bill aa revamped by its committee for the one passed, by the house. Measure Revamped Important changes in Cie revamped bill included 1 those increasing the exemptions under the Individual tax clause, making the corporation tax 2 per cent instead oC 3 per cent, exempting stock dividends, and changing the allocation in businesses conducted in Iowa with parent offices outside the state. In its present form the hill provides for individual exemptions of $1,200 for single persons, 52,400 for married and §300 for each dependant. Tho house bill provided for; (Tiim to rune 1, Column 1), IOWA WEATHER Generally fair, slightly colder in the northeast and extreme cost portions' Tuesday night. Wednesday fulr, slightly warmer In tlio afternoon. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures fo» 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning: Maximum Monday 45 Ahova Minimum in Night At 8 A. M. Tuesday S3 Aboro 35 Above .77 of nn Inch outside work. O. H. Michael and A. M. McCol board members, yesterday heard ev Idenco in cases of two of the members of the home whose dismissal has been asked by Commandant B. C. Whitehlll. Frank J. Shay, fighting expulsion from the institution, asserted he consistently had been rudely treated by Whitehlll. The other defendant, J. W. Delk, did not get to testify. Whitehill, who said he welcomed a full investigation, said that both men were trouble-makers and he introduced letters from other state soldiers to prove that Shay has a trouble-making disposition. Rainfall Trarc of Snow March rains are not ordinarily appraised at a value of $1,000,000 yet there are those who feel that this was a low evaluation of the ona which started falling at 5 o'clock Monday morning and continued most of the day and night. Twelva tiundredths of an inch had been recorded at 8 o'clock a. m. Monday, .32 at 6 o'clock Monday evening ana an additional .45 Monday night, making a grand total of .89 of an inch, For a time Tuesday morning there was a brisk snowfall but it vanished almost ns soon as id touched the ground. China, with two American women WHO

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