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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME 70MP.'- f U f l L O ' N E « . H I S M E M · a . $ U E P T QF I O f t M 0 I M I "THE KEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OV TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 135 May Force Realignment Court Fight Seen Likely to Doom Old Parties. KRASCHEL HOUSE G.O. P. IN ROW By CHARLES F. STEWART. · A S H I N GTON, (C P A ) -- T h e different ways in which the supreme court fight may turn out are almost, as high school essays are in the habit of expressing it, "too numerous to mention." Congress and t h e president have made it possible n o w f o r a justice, who lias served 10 years and is past 70, to retire on full pay if he chooses. Six of the present ones are eligible to do so. As many as six, or fewer, conceivably might do it, enabling the white house to alter the bench's complexion, by new appointments, to its liking. That would end the pending controversy, at least for the time being. It is not likely that this would be a sufficiently fundamental method ?/ effecting reorganization to satisfy President Roosevelt. Nor is it likely that there will be at most, more than a retirement or two--not enough to accomplish the presidential purpose. Fight May Go On. SLUL theoretically, it is imagin- ''iable. Or the contest may continue ' Perhaps congress finally, will acquiesce in the Rooseveltian plan and the court will be "packed," to employ the terminology of the plan's opponents. In that event there will follow a program of legislation which Senator E. R. Burke o£ Nebraska says will "realign the parties." It will do so undoubtedly. The par~) lies arc commingled already. The mixturels sub-division is long overdue..Such a contest ought to precipitate it I ~J^ t J ^Secs Split in 1938. ~ Senator Buike looks'foi if in the congressional elections 9! 1938 Maybe,'and maybe-the result of that test will be so overwhelming as to be decisive, on one side or the other. Maybe not, too, however. In the latter event the issue will hang fire until 1940. President Roosevelt says he does not want a third term, but he ^yon't be able to dodge a third candidacy if such a situation arises. He may not run again as a democrat, for, according lo Senator Burke's prediction, the democratic and republican parties will be extinct; there will be two new parties, and "F. D." . will be the candidate at the head of the ticket of one of the new ones. But perhaps congress will turn down the Rooseveltian program at this session. Compelled to Run. Perhaps, as an alternative, congress does not definitely turn it down, but that the senate "talks it to death," preventing a vote on its merits. Then it inevitably will be a congressional election issue next year, and, if that isn't decisive, as it may not be, "F. D." simply will be compelled to run in 1940, lo vindicate himself--or try to. It is nonsense for him to say that he does not want a third candidacy. Suppose he does not; how can he, in certain contingencies, help himself? No, he may not be again a democratic candidate in the old dem- GOVERNOR ASKS ABOUTLOBBYON ROAD MEASURE Republicans Deny Inferred Charges on Farm-to- Market Act. DES MOINES, (/P)--Gov. Nelson .G. Kraschel stepped into a pitched political battle with a group of house republicans Friday by asking, in a formal "press statement," if "paid lobbyists" appeared before a recent house republican caucus on the farm-to- market road bill. House republican leaders, asked to comment on the statement, immediately expressed resentment at the inferential charge, denied anyone'but house members were present at the caucus, and retorted that Fred White, highway commission chief engineer, was the "only road bill lobbyist we have seen in Des Moines." They declared White was not present at the caucus, which "was held last Monday night. Crinules Road Financing.. In his formal statement, Kraschel asked if a "party leader not a member of the house" called the caucus, and said the meeting decided to back an amendment to the road bill introduced by Senator Dewey E. Goode (R) oE Bloomfield. The amendment, which was adopted, would divert 4 per cen of state primary road funds to secondary road construction. Krasche declared the change "emasculates' the farm-to-market road bill and "cripples the primary road financing. ' House republicans were quick to deny the inferences Said-Representative B B H enlooper (R) of Cedar Rapids ; Without · Foundation. "KraschePs insinuations a n d suggestive remarks are entirely without foundation , whatsoeve and apparently were made solely for the purpose of party confu sion. "The caucus was neither called suggested nor attended by anyone outside of the republican member of the house and was not called lor the purpose of discussing thi bill alone. And no member wa asked to support the Good amendments on the basis of parti sanship. "The Goodc amendments at tempt to really give the farmer of. Iowa something on their farir to market road problem. If th governor were sincerely ihtereste in the farm to market road ques tion, he would back the Good amendments and would not at tempt to make political capital ou of it." Feelinjr Is Intense. Feeling became so i n t e n s among a small group of republi can house members that the spent the.noon hour preparing formal answer to Kraschel statement. Representative Robert Blue (R of Eagle Grove, head of the hous republican steering committee said the committee itself called th meeting and that the farm-to market road bill question was "only incidental." "This is the first serious threat ocratic sense. But, nevertheless, a candidate. A Muddled Situation. Of course there is the chance that congress may adopt the president's plan for the supreme court's reorganization ot the current congressional session, that it will work unexpectedly well, smoothing out all differences. It will be a miracle, though, if lhat happens. The jumble between legislation a n d constitutional amendment, conservatism and liberality, states' rights and centralization, seems inextricable. . Democracy is "in the soup." That is about the only thing it is safe to gamble on. Townsend Sentenced to Month in Jail urermany Orders American Citizen to Leave Country J. S. Ambassador Calls o Foreign Minister About Press Attacks. BERLIN, (#) -- United States ambassador William E. Dodd ex- ilained to the German foreign linister Friday that German iress attacks on United States ilizens and conditions tend to becloud German-American rela- ions." Without demanding a formal pology for remarks by German newspapers anent the inlernation- 1 "LaGuardia incident," the ambassador visited Reichminister arcin Konstantin von Neurath on nstructions from Washington and ailed his attention to the pub- ished matter. Simultaneously Boris E. R. Smo- ar, naturalized American who is ·hief European correspondent for he Jewish telegraphic agency, iought American consular aid ,to roid a police order directing him o leave the country within three days. , . . Sees No Connection. He said he did not believe the order was connected with the La- uardia affair. Mr. Dodd, who remained in the Wilhehnstrasse half an hour, said lis instructions were merely to call attention to the "gravity" of the situation, caused by the press attacks. He said he came away with a Eeeling that Baron von Neurath fully realized the United- States' viewpoint, but that he could not at the time commit himself as to whether the German government would apologize 01 at least compe the pewspapers to-! print retractions'! Draw Own Conclusions, Said Mtv Dodd: "We accompanied the delivery of our instructions with a verbal expose of what the attacks mean n the way of beclouding German American relations, but left it to the German authorities to draw their own conclusions." Ambassador Dodd was accompanied by Frank Lee, first secretary of the embassy. They acted upon instructions from Washington to make verbal representations concerning the German press comment which followed upon New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia's recent anti-Hitler speech before a meeting of Jewish women. REBELS BATTER PATH FORWARD Franco's Men Shell Heavily Massed Defense Troops of Government. SORIA, Spain, (I?)--Gen. Francisco Franco's legionnaires machine gunned and shelled heavily massed government troops Friday, battering their way forward yard by yard Into Trijueque, 44 miles northeast of Madrid. Tremendous casualties were indicated in the close formations of Madrid's defenders. The battlefield about the little Spanish town was strewn with bodies and abandoned weapons. of diverting gasoline tax money or primary road funds in the history of the state," Governor Kraschel declared. "For the first time in the history of Iowa road legislation," he declared, "partisanship was injected into the house deliberations last Tuesday when the important farm-to-market road program was under consideration. It had passed the senate by a vote of 41 to 2, without the slightest consideration of party lines." Night Before Vote. But the night before the vole in the house, the governor charged, n caucus of house republican members'was called. · "No outsider, ot course, knows what was clone at this caucus, but it is significant lhat on the following day an amendment was adopted with nearly a solid republican vole which emasculates the farm-lo-markct road bill and diverts 4 per cent of the primary road funds to the farm-to-market road funds, thereby crippling the primary road financing." Governor Kraschel said the "question naturally arises" as to who called the caucus. 4 What Was Motive? "What was told the republican house members in this famous caucus? Who told them? What was the motive? Why did partisanship suddenly walk into the door o£ the house chamber? Could it be possible that paid lobbyists have gained an entree to a party caucus through a party leader not in the legislature?" The governor said it was not a "blanket indictment against the republican party, the rank and file of which desires to have legislation passed on its merit." He Iowa Senate Adopts Resolution to Close Session on April 11 DES MOINES, (/P)--The senati adopted unanimously and sent t the house Friday a resolution call ing for adjournment of the Iowa legislature April 13, eight day; ahead of the customary formal ad jounimcnt at the end of 100 days Before the vote, Senator Fran! Byers (R) of Cedar Rapids, sai "We all know we'll have to b. here 10 days or more after the date set for adjournment, so we may as welt set it early." LOOK INSIDE FOR- Ss. IIELOISE MAIITIN Shown kissing Ernest (Bus) Bergrmarm, who defended Drake co-ed's honor with, liis fists. ^ / ------ *tfake Co-Ed Called GiiT 'Unspoiled by Broadway' ON PAGE 2 Agriculture Experiment Officers Are Renamed ON PAGE 8 Mason City Wins in Overtime Cage Test ON PAGE 9 IND16 BODIES OF MEN KILLED N MINE BLAST ive of Victims Brought to Top by Rescue Crews and Identified. LOGAN, W. Va., (^P)^-Weary escuers who had brought five odies to x plosion the surface shattered from the MacBeth mine, sent word Friday afternoon icy had located 11 others. H. P. Farley, directing the res- ue operations lor the state de- artment of mines, said two oth- missing men may not be lo- ated "for days." The rescue crews, working rantically since a sudden blast vrecked a large part of ihe pit nore than two and one-half miles frcaii the entrance, had to arry the" bodies more than n half nile by hand, then two miles on ars. Five Bodies Identified. Five of the victims were def- nitely identified: Joe Fry, 28, motorman; Troy McCoy, 25, brakeman; Floyd '"ields, 30 year old section boss; Mike Ginlo, 44, and Leonard Forbes, 30, loaders. Farley said he expected all of he 18 bodies located would be brought to the surface by night. The blast in the mine operated by the Hutchinson Coal company, eight miles over a rugged road east of Logan, occurred shortly after 8 o'clock Thursday night. - The blast,.secorid'-in-tin-months at the MacBeth mine, tore through the shaft a few hours after night shift entered the mine. the It took 40 hours to recover the bodies of 10 men killed in the explosion there last September. 40 (o '15 in Mine. Company officials said between 40 and 45 men were in the mine at the time of the explosion. Only two escaped from ; the section where the 18 were trapped. The two who escaped were John Bodner and George Both were burned. Matthews. declared it is time to "call a halt if any party management has been used or can be used in such reprehensible manner in our legislative halls." Denies Any Diversion. Representative Goode denied the amendment diverted gas tax money, as charged by the governor. '·We are still using it on the roads. 1 am as much against diverting gas money as any man in the state. "f know nothing about any paid lobbyists having anything to do with the bill. I never attended any republican caucus about this road bill when' there was any lobbyists present, but Fred White, a paid employe of the state, has been in DCS Moines working as a lobbyist to do his utmost to defeat the bill because it is taking some of the funds away from the state highway commission and giving it back to farm-to-market roads," Goode asserted. SAVES LIVES OF 3 SMALL GIRLS Aredale Man Wades Out i Bayou, Tosses Wire, Pulls Them Out. AREDALE--Three small gir who were rescued from a dee bayou of the West Fork river, miles west of Aredale, Fridr could thank Earl Harlan for hav ing saved their lives. Harla broke ice and waded out until th water readied his neck, then I mossed a wire and pulled the girls out. The three girls, Mildred DeFreese, 6, Frances Mason, 9, and Dorothy Porter, 11, were on their way home from school Thursday afternoon when they decided to slide on the ice in a bayou. They aroke through, however, and were unable to climb back on the ice. Clinging desperately lo the edge of the ice, they cried for help. Hears Their Screams. E. E. Polk, the first passerby, heard their screams and tried to help them. He is an elderly man, however, suffering heart disease and did not dare to go into the icy waters. Then Earl Harlan came by. Using only his hands, he ripped wire from a fence and started wading into the bayou, breaking the ice as he went. When he had waded as far as he could, up to his neck, he threw the wire to the girls and they grabbed it. Contempt of House Brings Fine of $100 WASHINGTON, (/P)--Dr. Francis E. Townsend, old age pension leader, received a sentence of 3D days in jail and.a fine of $100 Friday for contempt ot the house of representatives. When sentence was pronounced by U. S. District Judge Peyton Gordon, the tall gray Californian said "thank you, sir." His attorney announced the case would be appealed. Justice Gordon continued Townsend's 31,000 bond, pending the appeal. Later Townsend issued a statement to the press defending his pension plan and saying "try as they can to imprison me, they can't imprison that idea." Convicted by Jury. The pension advocate was convicted recently by a district federal court jury on one of two counts resulting from his walking out of a house committee hearing on the Townsend $200-a-month pension plan last July. Elisha Hanson, Townsend's attorney, had asked for a new trial, but Justice Gordon denied the motion Friday. He imposed the minimum sentence and explained the law required both a jail term and a fine. Townsend's release on bond was opposed by U. S. District Attorney Leslie C. Garnelt, who said a supreme court decision has laid down the rule no bail should be permitted after a conviction unless a serious question of law is involved. Guiltless of Wrongdoing. In his statement, Townsend said: "I stand convicted before a United States district court of violating an act of, congress in failing to appear before a committee before which I did appear. However, t feel certain that before the bar of public opinion f am guiltless pf any wrongdoing. I would do the same thing again tomorrow should the · occasion arise, u n d e r similar circumstances." "The tide is definitely turning," he added, "and my crackpot idea is becoming the idea which will save America from economic serfdom and will bring happiness and prosperity to our people." He also said 300 improvements have been made in his pension plan since the bill was introduced in congress last sessiono. No Flat Payment. The plan, he asserted, does not call for a flat payment of $200 a month to all persons over 60. He explained the proposal calls for a 2 per cent tax on all transactions. The amount of the pension not to exceed $200, would be determined by the amount of money available. He also attacked' the congressional investigation as "persecution." ' Two of Townsend's aides, John B. Kiefcr of Chicago, and Clinton B. Wundcr of New York, pleaded same contempt Jail for Contempt DR. F. E.' TOWNSEND MOHAWK TILT AIRED Mason City opens its second district tournament drive against the Humboldt quintet which whipped Iowa Falls Thursday night and when the teams battle at Webster City Friday night at 9:30 the game will be broadcast over KGLO. H. Bernard Hook, a member of the Globe- Gazette-KGLO news staff, will broadcast a play by play report of the fracas from the court at Webster City. The cause of the explosion had not been determined, but N. P. Rinehart, chief of the state department of mines, said it apparently had started from a collection of gas. Wives and children of the trapped men stood throughout the night at the mine opening. Iowa Is Warned to Prepare for Snow . DES MOINES, (IP)--The weatherman warned Iowa to prepare for a light snow Friday night and Saturday which, he said, probably would turn to rain in the south part of the state Saturday. -- · ..~..^.^.. .... * Temperatures, lie added, prob-1 guilty to the ,._ ably would remain little changed, charge of which Townsend wns forecasting a minimum of 20 dc- convicted but were given suspend- grces in North Iowa and a mini- ed sentences after apologizing lo mum of 30 degrees in south Iowa the house. Friday night. Taken lo Homes. When the children had been got safely ashore, Mr. Polk and Miss Lula Harlan took them to their homes. "I was nearly frozen to death when I got out," Mr. Harlan said. "But the little girls were in the water longer than I was, so they must have been still colder." The children, rushed to their homes and given stimulants, apparently would recover from the shock and exposure with no very serious effects. Hurl in Auto Mishap. OMAHA, (/P) Jean Bothwell of Iowa City, Iowa, suffered face and body cuts and bruises when the automobile in which she was riding collided with a truck. V Gets Skull Fracture When Struck by Car TAMA, (/P)--Miss Cora Gallegher of Tama, elderly Tama public school teacher, suffered a skull fracture and other injuries when she was struck by an automobile driven by Don McNally of Tama as she walked across highway 63 at an intersection here. She was Iowa Miners Petition for Mooney's Pardon B E S M O I N E S , (tP)--Iowa's branch of the United Mine Workers of America, in a resolution adopted, petitioned the California senate lo pass a resolution designed to pardon Thomas ,T. Mooney, former labor leader convicted of participation in the Pre- A» AID FOR FARM BUREAUS Mason Urges Slopping Help, Calls Dean Amendment "Very Unfriendly." DES MOINES, (/PJ-- Senator E. I. Mason (D of Brooklyn launched in the Iowa senate Friday a campaign to wipe out tax aid for Farm Bureaus, terming them "lobbying organizations" and recipients of the "favors of big business." Mason, who urged the senate to adopt his bill which would abolish the tax aid, said "I am tired ot seeing racketeers, highbinders, and porch climbers masquerading as farm leaders." At one point of his denunciation of the organization lie charged that Farm Bureau leaders had offered to' align support against chain store .tax bills in several slates. ; Born in Nexv York. "The Farm Bureau was born in the Binghamton, N. Y., chamber of commerce," Mason said. "I ask you if that isn't a hell of a place for the birth of a farm organization." He declared big contributors to the organizations were oil companies, chain stores, and hoards of .radc. "Gentlemen," he shouted, "they (Farm Bureau leaders) are not for you and they never were." After Mason's ^ngthy address, the senate bogged down, over an amendment to the bill which Mason said was "very unfriendly" and postponed further action on the proposal until next Wednes- SAYS F.R. ONCE AGAINST ADDING MORE JUSTICES Wheeler Quotes His Book; National Lawyers Guild Head for Changes. WASHINGTON, W -- Senator Wheeler (D.-Mont.) told the senate Friday President Roosevelt in 1933 wrote in his book "Looking Forward" that to add justices tn federal courts would "simply add to the ravages of the disease." The Montanan, a leading foe oC the president's court reorganization proposals, quoted the president during a general senate debate on the controversial court issue. The discussion was stirred by a speech by Senator Norris (Ind.-Nebr.) asking simultaneous drives for legislation and constitution amendments to -limit the power of the courts and make the judiciary "keep pace with human progress." Debate followed the third day of public hearings by the judiciary committee on the Roosevelt court bill. The committee was urged by John P. Devaney, president of the newly formed National Lawyers Guild, to approve the Roosevelt measure. Holt in Statement. Devaney contended many critics of the Roosevelt bill fcaied it would mean a supreme court "sufficiently independent to interpret the constitution as it was written rather than torture it to their own desires." While he was being closely questioned by committee members, Senator Holt (D.-W. Va.) issued a statement charging that "patronage is now Toeing used to drive the supreme court proposal through congress." . - - . . . As soon as Norris concluded his prepared discussion, Senator La Folletle (Prog.-Wis.) read from lectures delivered by Chief Justice Hughes a statement that legislation should be held invalid by the courts only in "clear cases." Wheeler arose with book in hand to say he wanted to quote from "a far greater authority." Without giving the name of the author, the Montana senator read excerpts from the book Additions Often Proposed. Discussing judicial problems, the book asserted that addition of new judges had often been proposed. But it added that "such a laken to a Marshalltown hospital. Pai'edness day bombing in San !___ Francisco, Cal., in 1916. You may serve dinner for one, James--the madam is not dining home tonight. No, she saw a desirable apartment vacancy in the Globe-Gazette want ads. Mr. Landlord, the shoe is now on the other foot and you can choose a desirable tenant with your Globe-Gazette For Rent ad. THIS AD BROUGHT A TENANT-- FOR RENT--Apt., close in, private cnt. Furn. or un- furn. Ph. 2910. JUST CALL THE AD TAKER AT 3800 Grant Electric Franchise. WOODWARD, f/PJ--The Iowa Electric Light and Power company was granted a 15 year franchise at a special election here. The Weather FORECAST TOWA: Light snow probable Friday niffht and Saturday, turning to rain in the south portion on Saturday; no decided change In temperature. MINNESOTA: Mostly cloudy, probably occasional light snows In central and south portions Friday niffht and Saturday; not much clianee in temperature. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m. Friday: m a x i m u m Thursday 31 clcffrec.s Minimum in niRhl ! decrees At 8 A. M. Friday 25 degrees \ day. Amendment by Dean. The amendment was offered by Senator Earl M. Dean CD) of Mason City and would have cut oft lax aid only for farm organizations which engage in political or commercial activity. Dean declared the organizations "accomplished a great deal oE good" and asked that his amendment and the bill itself be sent to a committee for consideration. During debate several senators said "affiliated organizations" being built up around Farm Bureaus are "competing with many lines of business." so-called remedy merely aggravates" the condition, and that to apply it in all cases would "simply add to the ravages of the disease." As if in climax, Wheeler told the senate he was not quoting from "some candidate for office" but "from the book 'Looking Forward" by President Roosevelt in 1933." "Because some people now disagree with his proposals and agree with whnt he said in 1933," Wheeler commented, "they nrc now thought to be just defealest lawyers.' "But the president, when he wrote that book, was right when he said it was unsound to add judges to the bench because it would only add to the ravages nt the disease." Devaney Closely Quizzed. Devaney, former chief justice of the Minnesota supreme court, was closely questioned by committee members about his organization i after he had claimed to speak for "the rank and file lawyers" ot the nation, and suggested that members of the American Bar association shared "the prejudices of their clients." In opening his statement, Devaney urged enactment of the president's court bill as "the most conservative remedy available" to make possible "progressive legislation now imperatively needed.'' He told the committee respect for the courts was now at a "low ebb" nncl added: Lawyers In DanRcr. "If any group in the country stands in real danger of Welch Injured When Car Strikes Horses SHENANDOAH, (IP)--H a r o 1 d Welch, president of the Iowa Nurserymen's association, suffered severe cuts and bruises early Friday when his automobile crashed into three horses on highway 48 neur here. One horse was killed. Dr. J. A. Rotton, Welch's companion, escaped serious injury. Illinois Judge Dies. MACOMB, III., (/!) -- County .Judge T. H. Miller died Friday of a stroke suffered two months ago. He had served on the bench 14 years. taken to the whipping post, it i.i the lawyers, and if the lawyer and his courts arc taken to the whipping post, a long pentup resentment against them insures thai they won't be let off as easily as even the banker during the depression." Senator Burke (D-Nebr.), an opponent of the court bill, asked if Devaney had not specialized in "damage suits." "I have handled a good many, yes," the guild president replied. Chairman Ashurst (D-Ariz.) interjected that Burke did not intend to apply "an epithet" in referring to "damage suits." "Every lawyer on this committee has taken damage suits," Ashurst added. Subject to Prejudices. "I have myself," Burke replied. "1 merely brought that up to show

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