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' M S M E M £ A l ' ' · U ' T O F I D . I * ; l " '' '·'·') ! V E r : f NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, APRIL 27, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 173 I Investigate New Deal Demo Chiefs Would Like to Know Who Backs Probe. By CHARLES F. STEWART _ _ . -- A S H I N G T O N , "··A-II (CPA) -- Demo- · AI ' cratic party man- · V ' agers w o u l d f b f greatly like to j^ 1 * know what inter' ests are financing the unofficial investigation which unmistakably is in progress, and on a large scale, into new deal activities of a l l sorts. Reports h a v e come into headquarters from local administrators in many different and widely-scattered parts of the country to the effect that they are sure alphabetical affairs are being "probed." There has been several inquiries here and there by the government itself, but this is described as being, apparently, a systematic campaign of "snooping" engineered by some outside influence. It would seem to be an opulent influence, too, considering the number of investigators it must have in the field, to be complained of from such a multiplicity of areas at once. Against "New Deal." Presumably the information which this supposed staff of inquisitors is gathering is to be used against the new deal in the coming presidential and congressional fight. Democratic strategists take it for granted that it will be placed at the disposal of the republican national committee and at the disposal of the committees in charge, 'respectively, of G. O. P. candidacies for seats in the senate and the house of representatives. If so, it is assumed by the democrats that it will be used for basing ci-^rges of new deal "skullduggery." v Won't Admit Fear. New dealers do not care to admit that they r fear investigation, even by IOW A PENSION HEAD THREATENED All".the same~lh~ey' sense, sbme- Uiing sinister in this quiz. There is a mystery about it that worries them. Besides, they are conscious that a battery of "alphabeticals" which has been spending money in billions in the last three years will be lucky if it can't be revealed as having spent more or less of it unwisely, to say the least. They don't enjoy the prospect of having a succession of such revelations sprung on them suddenly, from day to day, as the campaign wags along. Uncovered Too Late? The senate and the house of representatives do, indeed, have a committee each to investigate campaign practices, as the campaign progresses. These committees of course will be democratically dominated this year. They may, between now -and next November, discover what outfit inspired the current "snoop," if any, and hold it to be unfair. But what good will that do?--if the snoop already has yielded results?--and changed votes, on the strength of its publicity? No good at all. The G. O. P. national committee, to tell the truth, is not much suspected. Whose Cash Is It? Not that the new dealers don't think the G. 0. P. committee has the disposition to investigate the alpbabeticals or that it will hesitate- to use any- anti-new deal stuff that investigators may dig up, but they don't believe that the committee has the money to pay for so seemingly intensive an inquisition as this appears to be. Their notion is that folk affiliated with the American Liberty league, the Sentinels, the Southern Committee to Uphold the Constitution or maybe members of the United States Chamber of Commerce or the National Manufacturers' association are putting up the cash. It has the earmarks of an expensive crusade, anyway. And it is well managed. It has given the jitters to the local officials of alphabetical-dom. Winner at First Iowa Track Meet Took Off Shoes in Muddy Run CLINTON, (Iowa Daily Press Bureau)--Among the many interesting facts about early sports events contained in this week's "Exploring the History of Iowa" article by John E. Briggs is a description of C. P. Chase of Clinton, who ran a half mile race in the first Iowa track meet in Grinnell June 6, 1890. J. Mcllrath of Grinnell was the winner after Chase led nearly all the way. Mr. Chase recalls that the track was extremely muddy. "He didn't start beating me until he took off his shoes and finished in his bnrc feet,' Mr. Chase says. "Pretty smart fellow." ON THE INSIDE HOCKE TO SERVE LIFE IN PRISON Davenport Man Who Killed Lifelong Friend Gets Sentence. DAVENPORT, (.«-- Emil Hocke, 26, Monday was sentenced to life imprisonment for the fatal shooting on Feb. 29 of Elmer "Pete" Bahns, lifelong friend during an argument. Judge F. D. Kelsey last Friday pronounced Hocke guilty of second degree murder after hearing the evidence without a jury following Hocke's plea of guilty shortly before his case was to go on trial last Wednesday. During the closing arguments Hocke was pictured on the one hand as a malicious killer and on the other as an intoxicated youth not responsible for his actions. MANUEL AZANA France, Spam Count Results in Elections ON PAGE 2 League Has Signed Own Death Warrant--Byers. ON PAGE 4 2 Bandits Get $175 in Hpldup at'Lawler ON PAGE 16 Track Performances Raise Olympic Hopes ON PAGE 10. Mason City Leader in Music Meet Entry List ON PAGE 12 Snell Scores Tax Bill on House Floor OPPOSlTOANY NEW LEVIES PROFESSOR WHO LOST HIS POST TAKES OWN LIFE First Wounds Head of Nebraska University Department. LINCOLN, Nebr., uT!--Professor John P. Weller, 40. a foreign language instructor at the University of Nebraska, Monday shot and wounded Dr. Harry Kurz, head of the department, and then killed himself on the university campus. The university's board of regents had ordered Weller released and Chancellor E. A. Burnett said "Weller's instruction in the department was not considered good and his relations with the chairman of the department were not satisfactory." The regents last Saturday gave Weller a year's leave of absence at half salary effective from next September 1 "without the privilege of return at the close of his leave." Two Shots Fired. Weller arrived at the university early Monday, went to Dr. Kurtz' office and soon both ran into* the corridor. Two shots were fired from Weller's 32 caliber revolver and one struck Dr. Kurz in the right wrist. He fell to the floor and Weller fled. When police surrounded the professor near Nebraska hall on the campus, he pressed his revolver against his chest and fired a bullet above his'4ieart. ; He"was rushed-to a hospital but died a few ; -ininutes later. Held Poison in Hand. Kurz said Weller previously had threatened to take his life and that Weller held a bottle of "poison" in his hand when he fired at the chairman of the foreign language department. Kurz' injury was not serious and was dressed at the student health department at the institution. Weller, who received his masters degree from Stanford university, joined the faculty here in 192S. University officials said he was unmarried. Dr. Kurz came here in 1934 from Knox .college at Galesburg, 111. Rushes From Room. Hearing a shot, Prof. H. Saenz, Spanish instructor, rushed from his classroom and found Dr. Kurz or. the floor in the hall. Students rushed from nearby classrooms but Weller had left the building. Nathan Allen, a student, said he saw Weller run from University Hall after the shooting. Students of Weller's French class said Kurz was shot just outside their classroom door, apparently soon after the head of the department entered the building about 8:30 a. m. Backed Against Wall. Mrs. H. H. Golden of Palmer, mother of a co-ed, said Kurz ran out of his office and Weller followed him closely. In the hallway, she said, Kurz backed against the wall and Weller fired two shots the first going wild. The second shot struck the department chairman's right wrist and he fell to the floor. Kurz said Weller made no statement to cim Monday before the shooting. Weller was born in Chelsea, Mass. He had taught at Stanford, the Universities of Texas and Tennessee and also a New York school before coming here. NEW M. C. BANK WILL LOCATE ON FEDERAL AVENUE Leases Room at Present Occupied by Lamer Clothing Store. Organizers of the United Home Bank and Trust Company Monday announced they had leased the room now occupied by the William Larner clothing store at 13 South Federal avenue. Plans are being made to remodel the room, build vaults and install a new front and fixtures for the operation of a banking; institution The new banking organization which obtained a state charter in March for the opening of a bank in Mason City, will be given possession of the proposed bank site on May 16, according to C. O. Wilkinson, spokesman for the group of organizers. The lease was reported to have been made for a term of years with Attorney C. Frederick Beck. The Beck Brothers offices are on the second floor of the building. The Larner store is to be moved across the street to the room formerly occupied by the Glanvillc Brothers grocery store. Mr. Larnei stated that he planned a general remodeling of the establishment before opening his store there. Meanwhile the United Home Bank and Trust company will proceed with plans .to complete the organization, .^in.ciu.ding.itne .filing,; of ..articles, of incorporation and the election of a board of directors and officers. The room leased by the bank is 22 feet wide and 165 feet long, reaching back to the alley. Organizers of the new institution were at work Monday on details of plans for fitting the rooms up for a banking institution. HIGHWAY TOLL MOUNTS T0106 6 Lose Lives in Week With Increase in Driving Due to Good Weather. BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowa's 1936 highway fatality toll mounted Monday to 106. A week of crowded highways, as drivers took advantage of warmer weather resulted in accidents which claimed six lives. Latest of the deaths was that of Herman Newman, 61, of Bassett, Monday morning in an Eldora hospital. '-. Deaths earlier in the week included that of George Tones, well known Des Moines insurance man who was hit by a car in Des Moines Thursday. DUBUQUE MAN BELIEVED HIT-RUN CAR VICTIM DUBUQUE, l.W -- Officials expressed the belief Monday that a hit and run driver was responsible for the death of James Casey. 43, former deputy sheriff, early Monday morning He had been found lying in a semiconscious condition in a n alley in the business section. An autopsy revealed -that several ribs and his pelvis bone had been fractured and other parts of his body badly bruised. Authorities considered it possible Casey had been struck some place else and carried to where he was found. WALLACE FORMALLY CHANGES ALLEGIANCE TO DEMOCRAT PARTY DES MOINES, (.T -- Henry A. Wallace, the new deal's secretary of agriculture, form a 11 y changed hig political party from republican to democratic Monday. Notice of the s e c r e t a r y ' s change of allegiance and.that of his wife's, was filed with Polk County Auditor Ernest Olmsted. Recently Iow;j democrats talked of naming Wallace as delegate- at large to the national convention, but the secretary's office in Washington. D. C.. 'indicated he did not favor this selection though he was planning then to change his party affiliation. Friends of Wallace here said he has regarded himself as a democrat, fcut was in no hurry formally to change his party affiliation since he was in Washington and was not ciosely concerned with the Iowa political situation. HCNE.T A. WALLACE lowan Who Suffered Stroke While Driving His Automobile Dies MT. PLEASANT. UP) -- Warren Rukgaber, 40, of the Rukgaber Motor company, died Monday morning at 7 o'clock as the result of a stroke of apoplexy Sunday night. He was stricken while driving his car home after a visit at the home of his parents who had just returned from a stay in Florida. His wife shut off the motor of their car when Mr. Rukgaber slumped over the steer- Lug wheel. Besides Mrs. Rukgaber, he is survived by four children. Girl Weighing Only 3 Pounds, 2 Ounces Born at Davenport D A V E N P O R T , (/Pi--A tiny daughter, weighing only 3 pounds, 2 ounces, was born Monday morning' to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Marten, in St. Luke's hospital here. The baby was immediately placed in an incubator and was reported to be "doing nicely.' 1 This is the third baby weighing under 4 pounds born in Davenport this month. Suffer Severe Injuries. TAMA---Harry Barbour and Audra Gibbs. both of Greenfield, suffered seveer injuries when they were struck by a car driven by a hit and run driver. Farm Bureau Head Urges Support of Federal Bills DES MOINES. (.Ti -- Francis Johnson. Iowa Farm Bureau president, called Monday upon the 15,000 Farm Bureau minute men to whip up united support in Iowa for two bills to congress providing for continuance of the 3 ',i per cent federal farm loan mortgage interest rate. "The Wheeler amendment to the farm credit act," Johnson warned, 'will expire June 30 and unless these bills are adopted continuing the 3 1 /: per cent rates, farm loan interest rates will go up to 4 per cent. "An increase of 'i per cent will add millions to the annual expense*: i of farmers. In Iowa alone, there arc approximately 46,000 federal land bank loans. "The two bills in congress, one before Ihc senale. the other before the house, call for extension of the 3',2 per cent rate two more years. "Under present conditions," Johnson said, "with agriculture slill far from parity income, farmers have perfectly logical justification for asking continuation of the low interest rate." The Farm Bureau president also urged Iowa farmers to support the commodity exchange bill now before congress. This bill, he. explained. Is aimed to curb wild speculation in farm commodities. LEAVE DESSYE FOR ADDIS ABABA Motorized Column of 15,000 Troops Drives on Capital of Ethiopia. By ASSOCIATED PRESS A motorized column of 15,000 troops from Marshal Pietro Badoglio's northern army drove down the imperial Ethiopian highway Monday, enroute from Dessye to Addis Ababa. The fascist commandcr-in-chief in East Africa sent out this column of white Italian soldiers Sunday morning- to augment the advance guard of native Askari warriors already advanced in positions far up the Dessye-Addis Ababa road. Over ],000 Trucks. Over 1,000 trucks bearing soldiers and supplies formed this cavalcade chosen from the 30,000 troops who recently arrived in Dessye for this assault on the Ethiopian capital. No opposition has been encountered by the main army on the drive since the capture of Lake Ashangi, about half way between Dessye and an earlier Italian outpost of the war at Makale, in the north. Marshal Badog-lio reported his southern army under Gen. Rodolfo Graziani was menacing Sasa Baneh, strategic outpost of Harar, second city of Ethiopia lying near the only railway line in Ethiopia. Three Columns of Troops. Three columns of fascist troops were menacing the southern city from three sides, after a. battle last Friday in which Italian sources reported 1,000 Ethiopians killed. An Italian airplane circling over Addis Ababa dropped a warning leaflet to the population saying the city would be destroyed if any resistance would be offered to the fascist occupation. The leaflet called on the people to desert Emperor Haile Selassie and pledge allegiance to Italy who was occupying Ethiopia 'for civilization." T/^Weather FORECAST IOWA: Cloudy to partly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday; local thunderstorms in extreme east portion Monday afternoon and Monday night: somewhat cooler Tuesday in north portion. MINNESOTA: Cloudy to partly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday, shmvcrs in east portion Monday night; colder Tuesday and in wesl and extreme north* Monday night. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazelle weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S o'clock Monday morning: Maximum Sunday ;"9 Minimum in Night 43 At 8 A. M. Monday 46 Rainfall .03 of an Inch Figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: M a x i m u m Saturday Sfi Minimum in Nieht 81 At 8 A. M. Sunday S3 Receives Threat Calls G. 0. P. Meeting to Discuss Strategy on Measure. WASHINGTON, (.PI--Republican Leader Sncll plunged into Iho house controversy over the 5S03,- 000,000 tax bill 'Monday with the assertion that "no sober minded man should vote for new taxes on our people to further encourage this shameful extravagance of po litical boondoggling." Snell, who earlier had called his party members to meet Monday night to map strategy to pursue when the measure reaches the amendment stage Tuesday, said he believed the bill would "destroy many small and struggling business organizations." "It will create monopolies anc place additional hardships on smal organizations which have depleted their reserves during the depression," he contended. LnFollclle to Fight. Difficulties confronting the bulky tax measure were emphasized further when Senator LaFollelte (R. Wis.) told newsmen he would figh for a boost in individual income am surtaxes when the bill reaches th- senate. Before Snell spoke, Representa live Vinson (D., Ky.), member o the~house ways .ana 'means 'cojnmil tee which wrote the bill, had de fended the measure, terming at tacks against it "glittering- general itics." The committee, Vinson said, at tempted to provide a bill that wouk be "just to the taxpayer." Promises Xot Kept. Three times, Sncll said, congTcs- has been told in the president's bud get message that no new taxe: would be needed and each time has been called upon later to pass a new tax bill. Meanwhile, the senate finance committee continued to hear tax experts in executive session. Rivers and harbors congress heard Secretary Wallace plead for a coordinated water syslcm to check rapid runoff of moisture and Senator Robinson (D-Ark) urge creation of a national agency to formulate a flood control program. Other developments: Puerto Rican Freedom. Luis Munoz-Marln, Puerto Rican liberal p a r t y leader, prepared amendments to the independence bill introduced by senator Tydings (D-Md.). He said he sought to make the measure a "genuine" independence proposal. Representatives Russell and Healey, Massachusetts democrats, urged legislation to pay service charges to cities on slum clearance and low cost housing projects to replace local revenues lost through inability to tax federally owned property. House supporters of the Robinson-Patman anti-price discrimination bill charged that some large interests are coercing their em- ployes to protest against its passage. Businessmen Rallied. Gathering for tho beginning of their annual convention Tuesday, members of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States heard one of their leaders urge business to form a "solid front" to defend any of its sectors subject to "unfair attack." In an address prepared for delivery at a preliminary session, Vice President Philip J. Fay. San Francisco, said: "Too long have we permitted men, intent only upon the political benefit of the moment, to go unchallenged in their muckrack- ing of American business." Attacks New Deal. He also attacked several new deal measures on the ground they "cripple and retard business." Dr. E. 0. Lawrence of the University of California told the National Academy of Sciences of pos-sible uses of a new atom-smashing machine in the treatment of human diseases. A "neutron ray" projected from the machine may be even more valuable in certain kinds of therapy than is the x-ray, it was said. The senate moved into debate on the Vandenburg resolution calling on Secretary Wallace to make public the names of all who received S10.000 or more in AAA benefits. Senator Connally (D-Tex. I coun- ! tered w i t h n proposal that the i names of those benefiting SlOO.OOu i or more from tariffs be published. NOTES TO ALLEN TALK OF TAW BYRON G. ALLEN 2 Ships Able to Proceed WithoutAid NEW YORK. (.T)--Two freighters, crippled in mid-Atlantic during a heavy gales, proceeded without as. sistance Monday after three liners had swung from their courses to ·ive aid. The Ivanlioe, owned by the Nor- asiatic line, broke a rudder Sunday, but when the Polish liner Pilsudski reached her side Monday morning, she said she needed no immediate help and would await a salvage tug, A few hours later, the British freighter St. Qucntin. toward whicl; the luxury Jiners Bremen and Wash ington were plowing through heavy seas, sent word she would continui unaided. "Weather moderating. Sustains considerable' deck structure dam age," said the message from th master of the St. Quentin, whici carries a crew of about 30. "After effecting repairs to steer ing gear will proceed this afternoon without assistance. Thank v ou all." There was no word from a third ship--the British freighter Rush pool--which Sunday reported diffi culties. Shippink officials here ex pressed the belief she was in no fur ther danger and had gone on her way. NO DECISION ON GUFFEY COAL ACT 12 Opinions, All of Them Unanimous, Given by Supreme Court. WASHINGTON. /P)--The supreme court Monday again deferrell speaking its mind on whether the Guffey coal act squares with the constitution. An audience of officials, lawyers and businessmen sat through the reading of numerous decisions without hearing the much awaited one affecting the bituminous coal industry. Next Monday Us now the next day on which the decision may be handed down. Arguments were completed -16 days ago. Twelve opinions, all unanimous, were delivered by the justices he- fore beginning the final week of arguments prior to adjournment for the summer in early June. 16 Cases Argued. Sixteen cases, including Guffey. have been argued and await decision. The court also announced Monday whether it would review approximately 40 cases appealed from lower courts. Among those Sfttled Monday: A decree by the southern New York federal district court holding the International Business Machines corporation of New York City had violated the anti-trust laws was affirmed. The court uphf;ld the .$2.7-13.000 valuation fixed by Sec-rotary Wallace on the property of the St. Joseph. Mo.. Stockyards company, and his order reducing service charges. Railroads Lose Case. Idaho won its four year protest against abandonment by the Oregon Short Line Railroad company of a nine mile railroaa track to the state's only coal mines. The Pennsylvania and three other railroads lost their contention that coal mined in Pennsylvania and sold in Ohio should pay interstate freight rates, instead of lower charges prescribed by the Ohio utilities commission. I A 3919 Illinois law placing farm produce dealers under license and i bond was considered valid. Officials of State Bureau in Hunt for Authors of Letters. DES MOINES, (.T)--State bureau if investigation officials disclosed donday that they arc investigating he authorship of threatening lei- ers received by Byron G. Allen, iccretary of the state old age as- istance commission. The letters threatened to "shoot you off your front porch" and to 'take you for a ride," Allen and :hief Glen Schmidt of the inves- igation bureau said. Allen said he had been inclined upon receipt of two letters about i month ago to treat I he matter as the work of "cranks," but finally on the advice of friends had reported it to the investigation bu- ·eau when the mails brought more .etters. Check Every Day. State agents as a precautionary measure are checking with Allen on his whereabouts daily, Schmidt said. Allen calls the bureau as he leaves on trips between the slate- house and his home. The bureau, meanwhile, is checking the writing on the unsigned, scrawled letters against signatures on old age pension application cards and has "one other lead which may bring some results," Schmidt said. The first two letters complained of non-payment of pensions to aged in Polk county. The envelopes carried Des Moines postmarks. The first letter read: "A' Little Notis." "B. S. Allon. old age man at statehouse. dear sir: This is a little notis that you had better pay every old man aiid woman in Polk county there pension for 2 months which is 29 dolars rite away or you may get to take a ride some evening a long one and take a long while to get back. Some of us hunted Indong and shot a cats eye out at 200 yard, and not touch a hair. "We no you have got the money. We can figer as well as you can. You had 2 million and 5 hundred thousand in July and August beside what you got from the government and 1 million you loaned to the bank at 1 per cent. "Don't think we don't no anything. This is a lot of us . . . Don't this a joke. It is not. Answer in the Tribune if you want to." Second Plane Load of Medical Equipment Sent to Scadding HALIFAX, N. S., c-PJ--A second plane load of medical equipment was being brought from Toronto Monday for the treatment of Charles Alfred Scadding. one of the two survivors of a 10 day entombment in the Moose River gold mine. The physicians attending Scadding, who contracted "trench feet" during .his long confinement and exposure, announced: "The condition of his feet and legs is so greatly improved that we can hope that surgical interference will be unnecessary." PYLE WARNS OF BLAZE DANGERS State's Fire Marshal Says Spring Housecleaning Major Cause. DBS MOINES, (Iowa Daily Press Bureau)--Sudden increase' in the number of fires over the state Monday caused State Fire Marshal J. Vincent Pyle to warn lowans of blaze dangers in spring houseclean- intr. Use of gasoline in cleaning waxed floors, rugs and in other ways has resulted in fires which have gainc-d headway because of the condition of homes crowded by disarranged f u r - niture. Pyle said. Movement of parlor lamps and radio wires in t h o process adds to the hazards becaufo of increased possibility of "shorts." he said. Pyle also warned farm wives t h a t use of brooder stoves in barns m i g h t result in cancellation of fire insurance policies. The state fire marshal nlso suggested that more care be tak^n in burning brush and leaves. If Iho pil^ is a large one. plow furrows aouuc', I it before touching it off, Jie said, \

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