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North Iowa's Edited for the Home "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AtTj NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME E D I T I O N VOL. XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 1931 UNITED PRESS AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE JVJQ. 146 :( State Bodies Important Stewart Sees Power of Legislatures in Politics (Charles P. Stewart Is touring America, interviewing powerful political figures who are not in Washington, and otherwise scanning the American ., ylsta':HHls dally dispatches will ·"contain"'^itervlews with many notables.) I" By CHARLES P. STEWART i VjADISON, Wls., March 27. (CPA) .,$*"· -- After watching the big con- ecit gressional show in Washington for 'quite awhile, state legislatures, like Wisconsin's and one or two other states', where I have seen them in operation In the last few days, seem r a t h e r small-town stuff. And yet, once, when I made substantially t h i s same remark to a practical politician, expressing s o m e surprise that capable men can be found to attend to provincial such law- W making, he ans- . William S. Vare wered: , "What surprises me is that capable men are willing to fritter away their time in Washington, ·with so many more profitable issues at stake in the legislatures of their various home states." /.* * * ' ITH that he related how William S. Vare, Philadelphia's republican boss, on one occasion had to forego an extra term in congress (he is out of it now on account ol his health, but for many years he occupied a seat there regularly, this one interval alone excepted) because questions of such vital consequence to his particular group of political interests were pending in Pennsylvania that his leadership in the Key_?tone state legislature was absolutely indispensable, As a matter of personal vanity Bill preferred being a national rep- resentativv but when duty called ·. mere consideration of social prestige - . . . . discard In - » " . - Tamman CRASH KILLS IOWA FALLS YOUTH MacNider Thot Likely as Hoover Running Mate MASON CITY MAN SUGGESTED FOR VICE PRESIDENT Hoover's Choice Believed Between Him and Roosevelt. By RADFORD MOBUEY. Staff Correspondent, W ASHINGTON, March 27.--From a high source within the republican party It was reported today that President Hoover is seriously considering selection of Hanford MacNider of Mason City as his 1932 runningmate. The president was represented by this authority as determined upon a new candidate for the vice presidency rather than accepting Vice President Charles Curtis as co-worker again next year. According-to this source, the only other vice presidential possibility the president has in mind is Gov. Theodore Roosevelt of Porto Rico. Personal Friendship. The president's warm personal friendship for MacNider is well kaown. He has long admired and liked the Mason Cltyan. On every occasion when he has been in Washington during the administration, MacNider and his family have beon either guests of the president or In contact with him. Aside from the personal relationship, however, there is no doubt in the-minds of many republican senators still In Washington that Mac- Nider would add considerable strength: to.,the. republican ticket Chamberlin, Iowa Flyer, Before Court NEW YORK, March 27. Clarence Chamberlin, trans-Atlan- ic flyer, a native of Denison, Iowa, may stay on the ground a while. He Is accused of flying a licensed ilano without a. pilot's license and i flying lower than the law allows over New York bay. Sanford L. Wlllits, chief Inspector of the aeronautical division of the United States department of commerce, forwarded the charges to Washington. Wlllits summoned the flyer be- 'ore him on receipt of reports he flew over New York bay at an altitude of 40 feet March 2. City ordinances and federal regulations require a minimum altitude of 500 feet. The Inspector said he asked to see Chamberlin'a license and was shown one that had expired. Under federal laws the flyer faces flnea of $500- on each count and he may be temporarily refused a license if the charges are sustained. A.plan to try for the men's altitude record, now held by Capt. eorge Haldeman, will be delayed until disposal of the charges. Chamberlin is employed by the airplane division of the New York police department In an advisory capacity. the same view. It Is a commonplace iri~ Washing- fton "that Manhattan's seats Iff cpn- Igres's, irr so far as the Tiger's fol- !···' (Tom to rase 8, Column 1. 'MREST~RETIRED r OFFICIAL IN N, Y, 'Building Inspector Who Quit f Tuesday Charged With ! Accepting Bribe. NEW YORK, March 27. UP)-Rollin C. Bastress, who retired last Tuesday as chief building inspector of New York, ,was* arrested early today on a charge of accepting a bribe. His arrest followed indications } that the city-wide investigation '·J voted by the state legislature would ,' be . anticipated by direct action I against possibly vulnerable departments and officials on the part of the city administration. Bastress was taken into custody on order of Assistant District Attorney Harold W. Hastings. Details of the charge against the former ·j building official were not made tj public immediately. Charles Brady, superintendent of the building department, resigned Tuesday. A conference between James J. Higglns, commissioner of accounts, and Hastings gave rise to rumors that indictments would be sought. There was another rumor that Mayor James J. Walker would ask for resignations of several city of- g ficials on his re 1 " ~ " |\ foraia next week. AUNT HET By Robert Quillen "Jim an' Tom deserved ZOin' to jail. The idea o' them tryin' to get away with law-breakin', poor as they are." to be sp^ honored "-For, thati reason and because of the admitted solldar ity of th» Legion's membership, it ii argued He would add many votei that otherwise might be lost. As a former commander of the American Legion and as a former assistan secretary of war he has had suffl cient executive and Washington ex perience to qualify, it is thot. Preliminary Step. It was also suggested in somi quarters that his appointment to th minlstershlp to Canada by the pres ident was preliminary to placin, him on the ticket next year. I served to keep MacNider in the pub lice eye and to give him a chanc for distinguished service in connec tion with the St Lawrence water way negotiations. Upon the outcome of these ne gotiatlons much depends, so far MacNider's chance of the nomina tion is concerned. Success and a start on the giant project to the sea would probably place him on the ticket. Failure would probably mean obscurity and unwillingness on tfu part of the party leaders to accep him, regardless of the president's attitude. Use of the Roosevelt name to can eel probable democratic nomination of Gov. Franklin RooseVelt of New York; the president's trip to Porti Rico; and desire for an easterne: on the ticket are strong factor pointing toward Theodore Roosevelt however. FEUD SHOOTING BREAKS UP TRIAL Brothers Accused of Killing Man Examined on Charge of Murder. FINEVILLE. Ky., March 27. JP --A fuailade of gunfire in the corri dor of the Bell county courthous in which one man was killed ana four wounded today broke up the examining trial of three men charged with participation in a fatal holdup. Walter Parsons, 30, Blackmont charged with having slain his cou sin, Creed Collett, In the holdup Saturday night, was shot to death MendeU Parsons, a brother, was probably fatally Injured, and thre others were less seriously hurt. Odell and Herbert Collett, broth era of the man killed Saturday night, were charged with today"! shooting. The shooting occurred 1 as- spec tators and witnesses were making their way Into the courtroom Three of those Injured .were by stand ers. Minister to Be Buried. SIOUX CITY, March 27. CZF-- Funeral services for the Rev. Mark Masters, 57, retired Methodist mln istcr, will be held Saturday at Whit field. HOUSE ACCEPTS SENATE BILL ON Act Designates Length and Speed on Public Highways. D ES MOINES, March 27. UP)--Th house today, by a vote of 92 to 4 passed the senate's bill regulating the weight, length and speed of mo tor trucks on .the state highways. Under the bill, the weight woulc be limited to 3 tons a wheel for solic tires and 3% tons a wheel for pneu malic tires. · Merchandise truck would be limited to 30 feet in length motor busses to 33 feet,'and com bination truck and trailer to 40 feet The speed limit of trucks woul be increased from 20 to 35 miles an hour. The speaker appointed a commit tee of Representatives Ditto, Hush Gallagher, Watts, Berry and Shor to discuss the osteopathy measure now pending with a view of affect Ing a ,compromise on conflicting points. Preparing- Motion, Representative J. N. Johnson Marion, Is preparing to offer a mo tion asking for a reconsideration o the vote by which the Balr concur rent resolution was defeated yester day. The hesolution'provided for recess from April 15 to Aug. 18. Th recess was proposed so that the leg Islateure might return for the enact ment of enabling legislation pro vided the voters approve the ?100, 000,000 road bond amendment. Governor Turner will go on th air at 6:45 tonight on stations WOC and WHO for a further discussion of the legislative situation and th administration tax revision program it was announced at his office today. Refuse to Table. The senate today defeated a bil taking from cities the power to bull (Turn o Page 2 r Colnmn 0). TWO NEBRASKA BOYS IN STORM Searching Parties Hunt fo Children Lost in Zero Weather. ' LINCOLN, Nebr., March 27. (ff Two boys were lost today, in th blizzard which brot zero and near zero temperatures to most parts o Nebraska, They were Boyd Edwards, 7 yea old Max, Nebr., youth who disap peared while enroute home from rural school yesterday, and Bu Fountain, 13, of Red Cloud, who wa not seen after he stepped out door last night to put his dog to bed i the barn. Scores of persons are searching for each lad. PRESIDENT HOOVER IN PORTO RICO KILL- ROGERS *Jt 41V/C « soys: BEVERLY HILLS, Cal., March 27. -- Well Chicago Is having the last laugh. The rest of the country rose up In wrath with pictures and editorials of Chicago killings, and its elaborate gangster's funerals. Now If your town hasn't burled a gangster with a rose festival it's rather plebeian. Los Angeles, backed by the Chamber of Commerce and the florists, arc out for that trade now. They put on a trial funeral here last week that looked like a movie opening night. The flowers were only limited by the amount they could ship in. Our slogan is "before you shoot .eacti other don't overlook Los Angeles." Racketeering is America's biggest Industry, and their funerals ia "big msiness." This Associated Press telephoto shows President Herbert Hoover, in bnclc seat with Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., entering San Juan, Porto Rico. Porto Ricans lined the streets and gave the United States* chief executive a hearty reception. Priest Sixth to Point Out Leo Brothers Young Man Run Away CRIMINAL COURT BUILDING, CHICAGO, March 27. JP--Father John Reynolds of Notre Dame uni versity appeared as a state witness in the Leo Brothers murder trial today and testified that "Mr. Brothers answers the description" of the man. who fled from the Alfred Llngle slaying. The young dark haired priest, the sixth person to Identify Brothers as the man who ran out of the Randolph street pedestrian tunnel after the shooting last June, was not far from the east end of the subway, he said, when he.heard a. shot. He turned around but not seeing anybody on the floor, went up to the street to see if there was .any chase. The priest said a young man ran across the street, pursued by a policeman, and dashed up an alley. The man did not pass- closer than 60 feet from him, the witness said. "Do you see that man In the courtroom?" asked Assistant States Attorney Wayland Brooks. "Mr. Brothers answers the description." Clarence Muehlberger of the crime detection laboratory of Northwestern university was on the stand briefly to provide a connecting link in the state's, proof that the gun found near Lingle's body fired the bullet found in his brain. Dr. Muehlberger told of receiving the gun from a coroner's deputy and of taking the bullet from Detective Commissioner John Stege. His testimony is to be supplemented later by that of Col. Calvin Goddard, ballistics expert, who made the actual tests. lowan Visiting Brother in Seattle Found Dead With Throat Slashed SEATTLE, March 27. UP)--Hayes Young, 53, research engineer for the Midwest Refining company of Iowa, was found dead at the home of a brother, T. F. Young, whom he was visiting here yesterday. His throat had been slashed with a razor. Relatives said he had been in ill health and had recently lost money. Four Acres'of Houses and Shops Destroyed by Flames in Burma RANGOON, Burma, March 27. UP) --Four acres of houses and shops were destroyed today by fire at Ptakakku, on the Irrawaddy, 80 miles below Mandalay. More than 1,000 persons were made homeless and the damage was estimated at $1,500,000." No casualties h.ave been reported thus far. MEAGER SHARE OF SNOW FALLS IOV;A Storm Covers Mountain Area and Down Into Southwest. A NOTHER layer of moisture fell ** over North Iowa early Friday morning in the form of misty rain and a two inch layer of snow-. The precipitation here up to 8 o'clock Friday morning totaled .22 of an inch. The snow was heartily welcomed by the fanners of this section bo- cause of the comparatively dry condition of the soil despite the rain of several days ago. The local precipitation was North Iowa's rather meager participation in a blizzard that spread fanliko from the northwest Friday, blew its icy breath over sections of the Rocky mountains, southwest and middlewestern areas. Came as Surprise. Lulled into fancied securtiy by one of the mildest winters on record and apparent beginning of spring-, animal and vegetable life was ill prepared in many cases to withstand the unexpected shock. Damage was thot to bo great. Sub-zero temperatures prevailed parts of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, where clearing weather generally was predicted as the storm moved eastward. Precipitation totaled .26 of an inch in Denver, but snow was extremely heavy In sections of Wyoming-. Zero temperatures and drifting snow paralyzed traffic, disorganized communication lines and grounded mall planes in Nebraska, Six motorists were rescued, from their car near Chadron, Nebr., where they were trapped by the storm after their automobile skidded from the highway. In the western part of the state the mercury dropped to zero and a 50-mile gale drove snow into deep drifts. The season's worst storm was reported at Norton, Kans., four inch- (Tnrn to Papa 2, Colnmn 4). Jury Fails to Indict Man Who Answered Call of Conscience MAQUOKETA, March 27. Brot back to Maquoketa by a guilty conscience, Ralph Oakes, 24, was free today, a grand jury having- failed to indict him for alleged bad check activities. Oakes returned from Wichita, Kans., two weeks ago and gave himself up to the county attorney. He had been sought for writing more than $100 in bad checks. The Jury took no action against Oakes .when he made good the checks and paid the coat of action against him. Burke Plans to Fight His Extradition Was Wed by'Cen- terville Pastor ST. JOSEPH, Mo., March 27. UP} --Harry Dltchburne, asslsant state's attorney from Chicago, announced today that Fred Burke, notorious gangster, had refused to waive extradition to Chicago where he is charged with the St. Valentine's day massacre of seven Moran gangsters. DItchburne's announcement was made after the prisoner had been questioned for several hours by Chicago officers and Chief of Police E. M. Mathews of St. Joseph. Admits Identity. The assistant state's attorney said Burke had admitted his Identity. "I'was in Chicago last week and while there purchased a motor car," Burke was quoted as saying. "Chicago is a nice town; I've been there several times," Dltch- burne said Burke told his questioners. The governor of Illinois has issued requisition for the gunman's extradition, according to the-assistant ^tate'a attorney. v To Resume Grilling. Officers planned to resume grilling the prisoner after a short Interval.-Before the questioning Burke was viewed in his cell by Claude Hensel, sheriff at Lincoln, Nebr., and Forrest Shappaugh,' policeman ordered away from the Lincoln National bank while that institution was being robbed. Schappftiigh declined to say whether he h'ad identified Burke as one of the Lincoln bandits. Yours, AGED MAN DIES IN LAKOTA FIRE FROM OIL BLAST High School Musician Is Victim on Way to : Contest. ·£ i TOWA FALLS, March 27.--Laverna I Newland, 17, was almost instantly killed in an automobile collision about 11:30 o'clock this morning while riding with Roger Hale and Armiu Warnecke in the Hale car. The boys were enroute to Marshalltown to participate in a subdls- trict musical contest when their car was struck by a car driven by G. S. McClelland at the greenhouse corner. Newland was thrown from the car. His companions escaped with slight injuries. The Hale car was 9 IM I, HcNnill Sjndle.U. IB.. wrecked. GASOLINE EXPLODES CONTRACTS FOR COAL DISCUSSED iN IOWA U PROBE Kelleher Tries to Show Bids Were Not Always Competitive. WIFE QUESTIONED ...Kir t--\ DES MOINES, March 27. f/P) · -- Senator L. H. Doran Indicated this afternoon that If there have been irregularities in the sale of coal to the University of Iowa by Ueut. Gov. Arch McFarlanc, it wns the concern of somebody other than the legislative investigating committee. ES MOINES, March 27. UP)-- P\ *-* W. A. Chapman, secretary of ' LAKOTA, March 27. -- Burns, injuries and suffocation suffered last night by Robert Prlngle, 89, in a fire originating from an explosion of gasoline, caused his death early this morning. Mr. Pringle, who was feeble, was carried from his home In an unconscious condition. v His son, M. B. Pringle, who helped rescue his father, suffered burns on his hand and forehead and his leg was cut while breaking a window. His condition is not considered serious, however. Mr. Pringle had been living alone altho someone had been with him much of the time to help him. His son resides across the street and was starting fire In the kitchen of his father's house about 6:30 o'clock last night. His father was sitting la _the_ next _~- htL , - KANSAS CITY, March 27. JP-After a night in the police matron's room, Mrs. Fred Burke, formerly Bonnie Porter, daughter of a Milan, Mo., farmer, reiterated to police questioners today that she was unaware her husband was a criminal. She told of bridge and golf games in Kansas City with the husband she (Turn (o Fugo 2/ Column St. Markets at a Glance NEW YORK. Cotton steady; trade buying. Stocks weak; steels heavily sold. Bonds Irregular; Australian issues strong. Butter firm. CHICAGO. Wheat steady; cold weather southwest. Corn barely steady; large Argentine exports. Cattle lower. Hogs firm. : : , the O'Hagua Coal company of Waterloo, was led thru a list of coal contracts with the University of Iowa In his examination today by Attorney Denis Kelleher before the legislative investigating committee. In answer to a question from Senator L. H. Doran, Kelleher explained he was trying to show primarily that competitive bidding was not always carried on at the university, rather than to bring out interest of Lieut. Gov. Arch McFarlane in the coal contracts. The O'Hagan company Is a subsidiary of the Arch McFarlane Fuel company. A series of telephone orders from the university in 1928 for coal was read into the record on which Chapman said there apparently had been no bidding or letting of contracts. He testified there were occasions when the O'Hagan company submitted bids but did not receive contracts. However, he could produce no records to substantiate his claim. Balrd Starts Dispute. A reference by Senator W. S. Baird to Kelleher as "the prosecutor" brot a retort from the attorney that he should not be regarded in that light and precipitated a {Tarn. to Fast Z, Column 3). OUTLINE PLAN OF WHEAT BOYCOTT European Delegates to Rome Conference Show Way of Protection. ROME, March 27. M-- Delegates from European countries to the world wheat conference today outlined their plan of a virtual European wheat boycott, as a means of protecting their home agricultural industries. Generally speaking, It was agreed that there would be no acreage reduction on the farms of Europe. At the same time the possibility of a preferential wheat tariff agreement among European nations was discussed, as a means of virtually shutting out importations from the great wheat growing countries of the world and providing for the absorption of the European crop at home. Water Spreads GosolIntJ A can which the son tnot contained kerosene but which, it wns later discovered, had gasoline, was picked up by the son to start a fire. This exploded, throwing flaming liquid about the room. The son threw some water on the flames, but this buoyed the flames up and carried them Into the room where his father was sitting. Flames quickly spread In the lower floor of the house. Neighbors who heard the explosion come to the Pringle house. The son ran out of the house and with the help of neighbors gained entrance to the room in which his father was sitting, by breaking thru windows. Tnlrcn to Son's Home. Robert Pringle was found unconscious and was taken across the street to his son's home for treat- met. He suffered a burned hand, his forehead was singed and his side was injured. He died at 3 o'clock this morning. Physicians stated suffocation was the main cause of his death. The fire department was called and extinguished the flames. The first floor of the Pringle home was badly damaged by the fire. Mr. Pringle is survived by his son and two daughters, one of whom is married and living in Minneapolis and Emma Pringle who ' lives In Greene. Funeral arrangements have not been made. IOWA WEATHER Cloudy; snow Friday night and probably In cast and cen- tra! portions Saturday morn- Ing-. Cold wave Friday night with temperatures near 10 above Saturday. Colder In the east and central poritions Sat- urdny. LOCAL STATISTICS 1 Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clocli Friday morning: Maximum Thursday 47 Ahove I Minimum In Night 28 Above j At 8 A. M. Friday 20 Above Precipitation .22 of an Inch Snowfall 2 Inches I The winter weather which Mason City didn't get in December, January or February has arrived tardily. Thursday night brot a snowstorm and Friday morning the weather forecaster was talking In terms oC *'cold wave ahead." By 2 o'clock Friday afternoon the snow total had grown to 3 Inches, abou^ 2 Inches of which remained on the ground, and an additional .07 of an inch of precipitation had been recorded in the Globe-Gazette'3 gauge. grounds for Oklahoma's criminals, xi ,,. UM--- , .- , is predictable that each and every one of these com- | may Dcnr wullL . a! Amen. styla.

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