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North Iowa's DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home M E M A ART or I O W A . ^ MOINES-okW + VOL. X X X V I I FIVE CENTS PER COPY "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AM, NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME \ E D I T I O N t of Mall Ships Heavy Pennsylvanian Sees Cause of Postal Deficits (The second of two articles deul- hig with proposed Increase of postal rates.) By CHARLES P. STEWART · A S H I N G T O N. March 25. (CPA) --Private business does not actually want to wreck the postal service, in Congressman Clydo Kelly's opinion For all that, the Penns y 1 v a n i a representative is frankly doubtful of the average ultra - conservative's willingness to have a co-operative enterprise overly successful lest It breed a popular aemano. for the co-operative principle's extension to other utilities, especially telephones and the telegraph, which most up-to- date countries already consider as naturally governmental as the letter mail. · ( Indeed, the Pennsylvanian himself refers to telephones in a fashion to make a private ownership standpatter's flesh creep. "It cannot be denied," says tho. Keystone State congressman, "that the business is a great success from a strictly financial standpoint. It has a great advantage over the po'stoffice in that only those persons receive its service who pay a fixed monthly charge for an instrument, and they must pay that charge whether or not they use the instrument. But would it be Suggested that each American family ought to be charged a regular monthly fee for a mail box? Rather, it could be argued, not that postal charges should be modeled (Tuni to Fftffo .4, Colamn._3). POLICEMANDIES s "pf.lRolice and Students Wounded in Four Hour Battle. MADRID, March 25. f/P)--After a four hour battle today in which one policeman was killed and a score of police and students were wounded, rebellious students of the San Carlos medical school abandoned the fortified building. Police made no effort to detain the students but surrounded the vicinity of the building to guard against further rioting. Eight ; police were known to | have been seriously wounded and j perhaps 20 students. Two of the i youths were in a critical condition. 1 The trouble started after polics j refused the students permission to ' parade. t Lack of Funds Likely ! to Halt Smith Probe * PERRY, March 25. (M--Possibility that further investigation ' into the identity of the burned · .body buried here Feb. 6 as that of John M. Smith, missing P«rry resi- * dent, would be halted by lack of ·;' funds was seen today following the \, refusal of the Dallas county board ·i 1 of supervisors to vote funds for a second exhumation. ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON fHTV THWA WPTTMTT-Cm A V TVT 1nTT OK 1 noi ' ~ : ·---- : JiiftUJN 1,11 x, 1UWA, W^UNJLblJAY, MARCH 25, 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NQ. 144 SENATE PASSES INCOME TAX ACT Fire DestroyPlighSchool FLAMES SPREAD FAST; ORIGIN OF BLAZE UNKNOWN $80,000 Insurance Held by Board; Little Is Saved. pHARLES CITY, March 25.--Fire ^ destroyed the Charles City high school building here this morning, in a short time gutting the three story structure and leaving only part of the walls standing on three sides. Insurance on the structure amounted to ?SO,000. The blaze was discovered at 5:50 o'clock this morning by neighbors. At that time the east side of the basement and the northeast corner of the assembly room were in flames. When firemen arrived, fire was coming Irom the windows. .It is thot by firemen that the blaze started in the furnace and boiler room altho the origin of the blaze is unknown. The structure had been built for many years and the floors, oiled many times, bui-ned rapidly. Flames Spread Quickly. Firemen could do little to stop the spread of the flames which quickly went from the assmbly room to the entire structure. "The floors of the Buildings and the desks served to kindle the blaze. The roof wag burned and the entire east wall, where the fire was first seen, fell in. The front walls and; portions of .the end walls are al1~'tVa9-: «»·«··. l«4- : . «+-«»..4i»..~ , -.-"\ - · . , , · · ' · ' . . OOO'i"for XtHe;-etectloh;''of··',new 'high: school. Plans will progress rapid! v on this new structure. The board had planned to use the old high school building for a junior high when the new structure was completed. Erected In 1899. ' The high school was erected in 1899 and was of brown brick construction. No one was in the building when the fire broke out. An explosion occurred In the chemistry room after firemen were fighting the flames. The only thing which was saved from the burning structure was a file of records in the superintendent's office, located.In the northwest corner of the building. Next week was scheduled for spring vacation by the students. It is expected that the school board will make arrangements for housing tie classes after vacation. Band Instruments Destroyed, A. large number of band instruments were destroyed in the fire. Whether or not this will have any bearing on Charles City high school's participation in music contests has not been determined. Journalists of the high school had completed copy for the annual and were ready to send it to the printers but left it in the building. JURY HEARS LINGLE SLAYING CASE AaacitttdPieaPtata Hero is.the jury which is hearing tho trial In Chicago of Leo V. Brothers, St. Louis, on tho charire that WaUe"r rr^ff K^i £, IJ ".f le . Chicago newspaper reporter. Left to right, front row: Edward Brown, «nn w w n' ^rank Edseworth, David Tatcel, Herbert Thompson, Lars Aadnesen. Hear: Herman Isaacson, H. w. Crotaer, Kclsgy Stone, Jacob Schlosser, Edward Larson, Phillip Hagerman. FOSTER'S NAME HEARD AGAIN AT BROTHERS TRIAL Witness Claims He Saw Pair After Lingle Shooting. /CRIMINAL COURT BUILDING ^ CHICAGO, March 25. (A 5 )-- Tin name of Frank Foster, Chicagi gangster, at one time accused of th' Lingle slaving, was brot into tin . Leo Brothers niurde retrial today; by t ' ' ; ' TM saw It was burned. Two hours after the fire the First Search Flight'of Balchen Not Successful ST. JOHN'S, N. F., March 25. (IP) --Bernt Balchen and his airplane crew were back at their base at Cor- nerbrook today after an unsuccessful first flight over the ice filled waters of White bay-in search of Varick Frlssell and others missing from the wrecked sealer Viking. AUNT HET By Robert Guillen "It don't pay to get mad. A taxi driver sassed me for not tippin' him once when I was in the city an' I wore out a brand new umbrella." school was nothing but smoldering ruins. A large crowd- of spectators gathered in nearby streets during the morning. LAKE REGION IS AFTER HOSPITAL Selfish Interest Submerged for Good of Entire Area, Bedell Points Out. SPIRIT LAKE, March 25.--The concerted effort under way by the Okoboji-Spirit Lake region for the veterans' hospital authorized for the north cefttral states was Described by Walter Bedell, prominent local Legionnaire, In a report made last night at the annual meeting: of the Commercial club. "We stand shoulder to shoulder in this campaign," he pointed out. "Our contention is that the hospital ought to be brot to this region and we are not arguing- the case for any community or any tract until we obtain a reaction from those who will have the say In deciding the location of the institution. Then It is up to all of us to get back of that location with all our might." South Dakota Bidding The support of every county in the region of the lakes was claimed by Mr. Bedell, even Plymouth county, adjoining Woodbury, which is bidding for the hospital. South Dakota. Mr. Bedell said, is making a strenuous campaign for preferment. Requirements call for tracts {Turn (o Fnga 2, Column 3). .. . . . , . - ·'·'.tuh'ne after Alfred JLItigle' was assassin ated. Otto S\voboda, Bohemian cook had previously identified Brothers as the man he saw loitering near the entrance to the subway, the man who jostled him (Swoboda) as he ran down into the tunnel, ant the man who rushed into traffic ant disappeared after the shooting. Swoboda had said that he saw another man with Brothers as he stood with his left hand in his pocket near the entrance to the tunnel The other man, the witness said helped Brothers light a cigaret so that he did not have to take his hand out of his pocket. On cross- examination, Swoboda testified he had seen pictures of Foster, who was brot back from the west coast to be indicted in connection with the Lingle case, and that Foster was the man he saw with Brothers. Swoboda was the second witness to identify Brothers as the man who ran away after the assassination Warran Williams yesterday said a man ran within a few feet of him immediately after the shot was fired in the Randolph street pedestrian tunnel, and he, too, pointed out Brothers as the man. In cross examining Swoboda Defense Attorney Cantwell of St. Louis went into the witness' past life in detail. He brot out the fact that Swoboda had been out of employment for long periods and that one of these periods included the date of the Lingle slaying. ManHeldand One Sought in Death of Girl NEWPORT, R. I., March 25. (Jf) --One young man was in custody while another was sought today for the slaying of pretty Verna Russell, 20, a student nurse. The body was found in a, ditch in a dreary spot. The medical examiner determined she was' strangled. Vernon Victor Galvin of Fall River, Mass., former New Hampshire State college v football star, furnished the state's Investigators with virtually all the information they had relating to the case and his story resulted in the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Elliott R Hathaway, 28, of Fall River, son of a member of the Massachusetts state legislature. Galvin was held in $5,000 bail as a material witness. Unable to raise the security, he was committed to the county jail. Galvin told police that Hathaway told him that while he was driving: with Miss Russell they were beset by two men who took the girl away from him and told him to "beat It." Hathaway took him to the scene and pointed out the girl's body. Five hours later Galvin took this story to the Fall River police. ROGERS Soys: BEVERLY HILLS, Gal., March 25.--I have often thot my friend O. O. Mclntyre gave more space in his column to his little dog than I do to the U. S. senate. But it just shows Odd knows human nature better than I do. Ho knows that everybody at heart loves a dog, while I have to try and make converts to the senate. In London five years ago, old Lord Dewar, a great humorist and character and the biggest whisky maker in the world, gave the children a little white dog, (Seallng- ham) saying, "If the dog knew how well he was bred he wouldn't speak to any of us." We have petted him, complained at him, called, hlrn-a n'ulsahcp. ! : Buti When we; burned 1 : him "tiad ! bravery wal his undoing. He lost to a rattlesnake, but his face was towards him. Vonrs, Tammany Plans Defense Against Albany's Attack NEW YORK, March 25. OP)-Tammany made plans today to meet the attack launched in Albany by the legislature's decision to investigate the city's off Icia life. Mayor Walker is to leave Palm Springs, Cal., Sunday and return home five days before he planned Governor Roosevelt Is expected to regard the charges of the city affairs committee against the mayor as independent of the impendin legislative inquiry. The governor still is awaiting the mayor's answer to the charges. Walker Is Defended. Samuel Untermeyer, counsel for District Attorney Thomas C. T. irain in the governor's investiga- :ion of Crain's conduct in office, undertook a defense of Walker in a speech last night before the league for political education. There were aughter and boos. He argued tBat i breakdown in some city departments could not be blamed on Mayor Walker and the district attorney any more than the president and he attorney general of the United States were to be held responsible or the breakdown In the prohibi- Mon enforcement. Representative. Fiorello H. La- Juardla in Washington declared tha eglslative Investigation would "unearth a system so corrupt as to be, jeyond control and curbing of any one city official even if he wanted o break it." Would Challenge Courts. If the legislative . committee hould attempt private hearings, Tammany, It is understood, would hallenge in the courts its right to ubpoena witnesses and compel estimony. Members of the legislative committee are yet to be appointed. Estimates are that its actual work will tart in about a month. Meanwhile, inquiries by Samuel eabury, who will be counsel for he committee, will continue. As ji commissioner for the governor he is investigating District Attorney Crain and as a referee of the appellate division he is investigating- magistrates' courts.' LAUER GIVES HIS VERSION OF BIG TEN DIFFICULTY Denies Iowa U Tried to Throw AH Blame on Belting. D ES MOINES, March 25. UP)--E, H. Lauer, University of Iowa athletic director, was the first witness today after resumption oE the legislative committee's investigation of the school's administration. 'iKHe added:to the^tfestlrnony' Q vip'uSTWjitnc$se3,-hiar.v?rs5c)n a£;,Jo'wa'i vbuster 'froni .'th'eiJiBig TenTcohforen'ce ih 1929: * : ^' ~ : -'·'Vi-'-y- .:^ffity.-; Attorney Denis Kelleher endeavored to obtain assertions from Lauer that the university tried to placo the entire blame for the athletic situation on Paul E. Belting who preceded him as athletic director. Lauer denied that this was the correct assumption, altho he said "we blamed Belting for what he was responsible tor." Goes Into Detail. Kelleher went over in detail the conference meeting at which the school was suspended and subsequent meetings of the Iowa athletic council at which the question was discussed. Lauer said Belting had agreed to go with him to the Big Ten directors meeting to help prepare a four year football schedule but that ho was not present. Lauer was examined about the brief which he and other members of the council submitted to the Big Ten as a plea for reinstatement. "Weren't you trying to show that with Belting dismissed the offenses had been eliminated?" Kelleher asked. No we went into all the charges," Lauer answered. "The only practice we could not satisfactorily explain were the Belting fund note_s." Voluntarily Presented. The witness brot out that the existence of these notes was voluntarily presented to Major John L. Griffith, Big Ten commissioner. "If we aad shut up about them," he said, "no one would have known about them." Lauer testified that at first he did not believe students who took money unknowingly from the Belting fund should be disqualified from athletics and that the council at first acepted his opinion. After the Big Ten rejected Iowa's plea for reinstatement in December, 1929, he Turn to l*a?a 2, Column 1). PLANlHST IN CONVICT'S DEATH Air of Unrest Continues to Hang Over Two Prisons at Joliet. JOLIET, HI., March 25. (M--An air of unrest still hung over the two state prisons here today as author- ties prepared to hold an inquest in- o the death of Raymond Barney, Vegro convict, who was killed in ast Wednesday's Stateville uprls- ng- Guards continued their close sur- 'cillance as reports that some convicts, kept to their cells since the utbreak, were planning to burn heir mattresses and thus force guards to release them so that they might run riot in the yards again. State highway police continued to atrol the prison grounds. NORTH DAKOTAN ADMITS $25, EXTORTION PLOT Youth Gives Himself Up in Minneapolis After Long Search. MINNEAPOLIS, March 25. "*· Police today announced Gordon A. Bjornson, Wahpeton, N. Dak., athlete has signed a confession admitting he kidnaped Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Leach, Wahpeton, and ex- tored $25,000 from the banker. The 23 year old youth, who surrendered to police early today, said he would waive extradition and return to Wahpeton to face charges of kidnaping and extortion. The confession was made to Walter S. Gordon, head of a private detective agency here, and Frank Forestal, assistant captain, of detec lives. He related, the authentic; said, the details of the 'kidnaping May 20, 1930 but as to conversatioi with Mr. and Mrs. Leach, he said h didn't know "everything happenec so fast, everything- is a blank." "Gross Exaggerations." After he surrendered Biornson first characterized the story of thi extortion and kidnaping aa "gros: exaggerations." He walked into police headquar ters with O. H. Friswold, Minne apolis, and Oscar Aamondt, Hals tad, Minn. Upon returning to th state, Bjornson said he went to th Friswold home Tuesday night. :After,FrIswold snowed him news :gaper v.clippings^ ;;Concerning; .th ^arcH^foK^hiinr,- Bjorus'ori said,/ '' "decided .toLgivfrhiniself upi ' The story ot the extortion wa disclosed 10 days ago by Arnold C Forbes, county attorney at Wah peton, who said that on May 2C 1930, a masked man forced Mr and Mrs. Leach to drive out in th country. There the man demanded $45,000 under threats of kidnaping Mrs. Leach and 1 her husband agreec to pay $25,000. Btmk Robbed. The next Jiight Leach threw ou a package of bills at a designatec spot along the highway to Fargo N. Dak. Eight days later the Citizens National bank of which Leach is president was robbed of 56,700 In the course of the insurance company's investigation of the bank's books, it was discovered that Leach had drawn a check for $25,000 against his personal account. Under a pledge of secrecy, Leach told the investigators of the circumstances and the affair was not made public until several weeks ago after Bjornson left Wnhpeton. Sheriff to Take Youth. WAHPETON, N. Dak., March 25. T--Sheriff D. S. Mcllwain was to leave here for Minneapolis today to return Gordon Bjornson, held by police in that city, to Wahpeton. J. A. Heder of this city, attorney for Bjornson, will accompany Mcllwain, as will Arnold Bjornson, Wahpeton, brother of Gordon. Markets at a Glance NEW YOIIK. Stocks irregular; American Can touches year's high. Bonds irregular; small gains in moderate trading. Coffee higher; Brazilian support. Curb irregular; changes narrow. Butter steady. Foreign exchanges easy Mexico peso firm. Cotton easier; southern selling-. Sugar steady; commission house selling. Chicago. Wheat firm; strength northwest markets. Corn higher; bullish government weather report. Cattle quiet; hogs steady. 4 New Hampton Men Arrested on Liquor . Raids Free on Bonds WATERLOO, March 25. (tf-- Four men arrested yesterday by federal prohibition agents near New Hampton were released today on $1,000 bonds after arraignment here before U. S. commissioner J, E. Dempster. The men are Charles Koltoff, ftarlea Llpp, Thomas Metghan and Jack Meighan. CHARLES P. FIAJNKKTT. RearAdmiral Who Silenced Big Guns Dies Shattered Morale of German Army With Naval Cannon WASHINGTON, March 25. W Rear Admiral Charles P. Plunkett, whose efforts silenced "Big Bertha's" bombardment of Paris during the World war, is dead at 67, a victim of heart disease. ; In command -of the naval railway battleship trundling- them up to wreak havoc along the front lines. Admiral Plunkett, born In Washington, Feb. 15, 1864, the son of an army major, was graduated from the naval academy in 188-1. He had 48 years of service and was retired for age on Feb. 15, 192S. Awarded Medals The Distinguished Service medal, the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honor and the Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword were awarded him, along with a citation, for his war record'. Altho muzzling the long-range 3erraan guns perhaps wag more pic- .uresque, the most important work of the naval railway batteries was considered in the official naval history of the war as bombardment of /onguyon, Montmedy, Conflans and other centers along the German main line of communication west of Metz and Sedan. "Highest Hope Gained" Gen. John J. Pershing wrote that 'our highest hope was gained" in his work which left the enemy 'nothing but surrender on an armistice" to forestall complete disaster. Admiral Plunkett died last night n the naval hospital here. He is iiirvived by his widow, two sons, Charles Plunkett, Washington, and W. Clement Plunkett, Boston, and i daughter, Mrs. Whitney Barbara, 'ulsa. Admiral Plunkett will be buried vith military honors tomorrow in he national cemetery at Arlington. group of high ranking naval of- icers will act as honorary pallbear- rs. AMENDMENT TO COMBINE ISSUES ATTACHED TO IT Property Tax Deductions Rejected in Other Amendments. BULLETIN BBS MOINES, March 25. f/P -- Tho stato income tax bill, including un amendment providing for u, county assessors system to i-cplace the township assessors, was pussed by the Iowa, senate today 29 to 21, TYES MOINES, March 25. UP)-- An amendment attaching the county assessors bill to the income tax: measure now before the senate was approved by that body today 30 to 19. J Thru tho action, the senatei will vote probably late today on the complete tax revision system. The senate previously had passed the county assessors bill and the house had defeated it, but kept it alive by a motion to reconsider. The house has passed the Income tax bill. The amendment to combine fha bills \va3 sponsored by Senators Bennett, Wenner, Htcklin, Stanley and McDonald. Measures Parallel, Tho sponsors spoke in behalf of their proposal, asserting that it would effect a reduction in the administration and collection, costs of tho income tax and that the two systems would work properly together. Senator Hicklin said that the two measures were parallel 1 and. the re^- ductiqa. , in cost vofcftd^inislnitlon of FARMS TO SHAPE BOARD'S POLICY Amount of Wheat Planted to Have Effect on Sales, Says Stone. HUTCHINSON, Kans., March 25. T)--The amount of wheat planttd his year will shape to a large ex- ent the farm board's policy for dis- osing of its 200,000,000 bushels of tabllization purchases. Chairman Stone, speaking- today cfore a joint meeting of the Farm- rs' Co-Operative Grain Dealers as- ociation of Kansas and the Farm- rs' Co-Opcrative commission company, said: "What wheat growers cio at plant- Ing time this spring and next fall will be an Important factor in determining the aales policy for stabilization stocks." Murder Assault Ca«e Dropped. DES MOINES, March 25. I/P)-Judge Ralph L, Powers haa dismissed a charge of assault with intent to commit murder against James Whalen of DOS Moines. Wlial- en was held here pending an investigation of a shooting alleged to have occurred in his apartment last i Friday. I ·been raised . ment ot'feoth Mouses" was for tax revision and tax reduction. Leaders of the fight for the income tax also indorsed the amendment, Senator C. L-. Clark of Lina county declaring that the combination was reasonable and that tho amendment was in good faith. The measure as now constituted contains provisions for a personal income tax, a 1 per cent tax on incomes of corporations and provisions for 99 county assessors to replace the present township assessment system. Roll Call Given. The roll call on the county assessors amendment was: Ayes 30-- Bairl, Bennett, Blackford, Booth, Carroll. Clark of Linn, Clarlc of Marion, Clearman, Cochrane, Cole, Frailey, Hager, Hicklin, Ickis, Kent, Klemme, Langfltt. Lowe, MacDonald, McLeland Myers, Higby, Ritchie, Stanley, Stevens, Stoddard, Tabor, Topping- Wenner, White. Noes, 19 -- Anderson, Beatty, Benson, Bissell, Garden, Christophel, Clark of Cerro Gordo, Cooney. Coykenclall, Doran, Gunderson H121 Irwin, Kimberly, Leonard, Moon, Patterson, Quirk, Wilson. Resuming consideration of amendments interrupted by adjournment yesterday, the senate rejected, 39 to 30, a proposal by Senator C. A. Benson of Clayton county that no profit be considered accruing on property purchased before Jan. 1, if tho purchase price exceeds the value realized. Senator C. A. Clark of Linn county, chairman of the tax revision committee, maintained it was covered in tho bill. Amendment Loses. The senate then defeated 21 to 27 an amendment by .Senator F. JM. Battey and R. E. Stevens. It would allow deductions of real estate earn- (Turn to I'nxo 2, Column tl, IOWA WEATHER Increasing- cloudiness Wednesday. Somewhat warmer In southwest and .extreme, west portions Wednesday night. Thursday cloudy, followed by ruin except turning to snow and colder In west portions. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 2-1 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum Tuesday 37 Afiovo Minimum In Nijjht 27 Abovo At 8 A. M. WedncHdny 81 Above Trnco of JiainfiiK. After a period of five cloudy days, the stars appeared on the scene Tuesday night and Wednesday dawned clear. The wind waa from the northwest and bore a suggestion of chilliness.

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