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North Iowa's DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home HI S W E M A R T Oe.P.T Of. J O W A " f S M O I N E S M k£JTY__G LO BS-G A/KTTE · ".'... · '*'****"" r ^ 1 '"-·^-T.T.-^.-r-----~ VOL. XXXVII FIVE CENTS PER COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE Rural Areas Grab Seats Cities. Complain of Districting for Congress (Charles P. Stewart, on · tour, scanning the American vista, stops o« In Chicago.) " By CHABUES P. STEWART Central Press Staff Writer pHICAGO, March SO. (CPA) v^ Chicago is the first of the country's great cities to be stung by its state legislature, in connection with ~ the recent census' showing of the representation it is entitled 'to at Springfield, the Illinois capital. , And my! how the windy metropolis did howl its Indignation! But . it was nothing to the chorus of howls that will go up presently froru "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AM/NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1931 H'OM-E ; EDITI.O HOUSE DISCUSSES!AX REDUCTIOr: *· ^*. .** Mm -» -».,--. ^ ^ _ * * /* W ·· A -m *r w _^ ~ r-- * ; cover how they are going to be lam-flammed out of their rights in the matter of representation in Washington, which is just what is going to happen to them to a dead certainty; what happened to Chicago the other day conclusively demonstrated it. y * * * A FTER eaqh census, as probably ^ everyone knows, the proper experts at the national capital figure out how many representatives each Plate is entitled to under the new count of its population, varying al( the way from one, as in the cases o£ states like Arizona and New Mexico, up to 45, which will be New xorks total, according to the 1930 tally of its inhabitants. It is then up to the legislatures of the respective states to divide «ach, its own states into the required number of congressional districts--except, of course, the legislatures of states with only one ren- resentatlve apiece. Confessor ROBINSON GIVElf~ 15 YEAR TERM, HOUSEBREAKING Reiterates Claim That He Killed Family in Villisca. D ~ETROIT,- March 30. UP)--LeRoy RoWnsrtn nKnc- r?« rtk .__ ·»*- THE system worked very satls- i factorUy up to tie point where the cities began to be big enough, If given their fair'share of representation in proportion to population, to lord it over the agricultural ele- ' (Turn ta Page 16, Cclnmn 2) --HAVE YOU VOTED? ALABAMA BACK ON FEET AGAIN Farmers in Drought Areas Look Forward to Fall Harvest. MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 30 OT)--With limited credits available and gardens progressing rapidly. Alabama's farmers in the drought stricken areas are again self-sustaining and are looking forward to the fall harvest to bring them back to normal again. Thru federal farm loans, loans on veterans' adjusted service certificates and limited private credits the farmers have been able .to stand on their feet. The mild winter and ample rain- faJl have contributed toward aiding m speeding, preparation of soil for the new crops, with indications that more acreage will be given to feedstuffs and gardens will be more industriously cultivated this year. Thru the fall and winter campaigns to;'live at home," and for a reduction in cotton acreage was carried to.every section of the state, ana farm leaders .- say both have borna fruit. -The Red Cross has practically withdrawn from Alabama, because farmers have been able to obtain credits to carry on. Robinson, alias George Meyers who Saturday confessed the slaying of six persons in Villisca, Iowa, in 1912 and who yesterday was said to have headed a plot of 10 prisoners to break out of the county jail, was sentenced to from 14% to 15 years in the Michigan state prison at Jackson, today. Robinson was convicted of breaking and entering Feb. 18. He had been caught robbing a Grosse Point Park home. Ilcpeats Confession. Before Circuit Judge Homer Ferguson today Robinson reiterated his confession of the Iowa slayings. Robinson was said by police to have been convicted four times previously of various offenses. In a private conference with Judge Ferguson and Assistant Prosecutor William C. Buckingham he admitted the crimes. When asked abou' them in court he denied them. Advised by Prisoners. Buckingham said he was convinced other prisoners in the coun- tyaail advised Robinson to deny the Bother convictions In the hope that "· Robfesori's confession that he killed six. persons at Villisca, Iowa, does not tally with the record of the crime, officers said. Eight persons were killed. Robinsons confession accounted for only six. of Iowa Ax Murders Sentenced "All My Days Are Wasted Away" is the title of a song written by JLeo Brothers, on trial at Chicago for the murder of Alfred Lingle, newspaper reporter. Brothers is showing his mother the song which he wrote while awaiting trial. 6 STORY THOT FALSE AUNT NET By Robert Quillen , always says he ain't interested in gossip, but he don't say it until I get thru tellin' all the details.V · DES MOINES, March 30. (^P)-James Risden, chief of the state bureau of criminal Investigation, said today he did* not place much credence In the'story-of LeRoy Robinson, alias George Myers, that he had perpetrated the Villisca axe murders in 1912. Risden said he was sending no men from his office to Detroit, where Robinson today was sentenced to from 14% to 15 years for robbery. Portions of Robinson's confession to Detroit officers on the Villisca slayiugs do not tally with the facts of the case. Robinson claims to have killed six persons, while eight were found slain. --HAVE YOU VOTED? NORBBYE MADE FEDERAL JUDGE Minnesota Man, Opposed by Schall, Gets Recess Appointment. WASHINGTON, March 30. UB-- President Hoover today gave a recess appointment to Gunnar H Nordbye to be United States judge for Minnesota. · At the time It was announced at the white house that Nordbye would be given the recess appointment, it' was said that such a course seemed to be the only solution to the problem of procuring a judge for the highly congested district of Minnesota. Nordbye was nominated for the place before the adjournment of congress but was 'vigorously opposed by Senator Schall who had previously urged the nomination of Ernest Michel. . . Attorney General Mitchell, who is from. Minnesota, refused to recommend the nomination of Michel and Indulged in a vigorous · contro-- versy with Schall over the appointment Nordbye will fill a judgeship recently created. --HAVE YOU VOTED?-Giant Who Refused to Join Circuses Is Dead NORFOLK, Nebr., March 30. UP) --Nebraska's giant Is dead. Fred Boche, 70, who refused manv circus offers because of his great strength and size, died after an illness of several months. Snow Paints Middle west 'KANSAS CITY, March 30. W)-The middlewest, digging out from a snowstorm which took a known toll of 16 lives last week, found its efforts mocked by a fresh fall today. Snow began falling in the Rocky mountain states of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana yesterday and late last night was falling in Nebraska, Kansas and western Missouri. Meanwhile the sections which felt the fury of last week's blizzard took stock of the loss In lives and damage to early crops and fruit. List Reaches 16. The known death list reached 16 yesterday when the. body of'Boyd Edwards, 7 year old Max, Nebr., school boy was recovered in a snow filled canyon, midway between his farm home and the sehoolhouse which he left Thursday. Finding of the boy's body culminated a three day hunt Fifteen of the 20 school children who survived the cold in a (Turn (o Page Z, Column 3). --HAVE YOU VOTED?-Collection of Income Taxes for March on Downtrend for 1931 WASHINGTON, March 30. (IB-Income tax collections for March continued their downward trend in the treasury, report for March 27. For the month only $329,116,991 had been collected as compared to 5549,960,217 last year. The day's collections totaled SI/: 851,614 as compared to $2,804,912 last year. The collections since last July 1 were approximately $300,000,000 less than for the similar period of the preceding year. --HAVE YOU VOTED? BOMB EXPLODES AT ROYAL HOME Reports of Blast Close to Apartment of Italian Prince Denied. TURIN, Italy, March 30. QUIZ BAKER ON U LAND BUYING TO EXPAND CAMPUS Kelleher Stresses Sand Plant Purchase and Leasing. nES MOINES, March 30. (jfi-- *-* George T. Baker of Davenport president of the state board of education, was questioned today before the University of Iowa probe committee regarding the purchase of land for campus expansion. Attorney Denis Kelleher examined him particularly on the transaction by which the university obtained a sand plant and subsequently leased it to J. P. Langford. Baker testified that he knew of the affair only in a general way and believed that it was consumated at the suggestion of J. ·M. Fisk, university building superintendent. The primary purpose, he said, was to obtain the property in the expansion program and to furnish sand for the new medical building. Deal Not Shown. Kelleher contended that there must have been some deal with Langford, who leased the property' at $200 a month, that was not shown on the records. A requirement was made, he claimed, that contractors should buy sand from this plant at $1.85 a cubic yard delivered. Baker explained this was done in order to help Langford earn _part of his ren SonTeTenuTEances rent, the witness continued On one occasion ?p 000 was deducted because of additional equipment Langford had purchased at the university's request to do some work which afterwards' was not carried out. Baker said he would assume full responsibility for this deduction. Saved on Hospital. ' Baker testified he believed the university saved $12,000 on the hospital by having the contractors buy sand from Langford at $1.50 a cubic yard. Altho Kelleher maintained the records did not show any reduction hsd been made in the estimate from the stipulated price of $1.85. Baker claimed that the allowance was made in the original bids. SCHOOL BOY BANDIT Associated Prcsi Photo Mlcliael Burke, 16, high school freshman, suid by officers to have confessed two murders and about 100 St. Joseph, Mo,, burglaries. Ho is the son of a St. Joseph attorney. FARM BOARD IS ABLE TO DEFINE ITj OWN POUCY ooveTCr^'^Opinion on His Return From Garibbeans. II^ASHINGTON, March 30. UP)-. '· President Hoover feels that the farm board is amply able to define and defend Its own policies and position. The decision of the board to discontinue stabilization of wheat prices was one of the first questions brot to the attention of the president upon his return from'his Caribbean trip. It was said at the white house that the farm board makes its owu Baker said that this was a lower P°l'cles just as the shipping board price than the sand could have an " tne interstate commerca commission. The board, It was said, was given full power and responsibility hy congress. It has been the view of many high officials in the Hoover ·administra- tion that the stabilization work inaugurated over a year ago by the farm board had In view the saving of a great many banks in the wheat VOTERS GETTING OUT TO CHOOSE 2 COUNCILMEN 1,574 Votes Cast by 2 p. m.; Five Are in Race. A TOTAL of 1,574 votes had been ·^ cast for city councilmen at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon In the city's regular election. At that hour the total vote in each of the eight precincts stood approximately as follows: First ward, first precinct 198 First ward, second precinct.. .210 Second ward, first precinct,.. .325 Second ward, second precinct .203 Third ward, first precinct 201 Third ward, second precinct.. .123 Fourth ward, first precinct .. .220 Fourth ward, second precinct. . 94 Total i~^j The vote, altho not overwhelmingly heavy, indicated a wide interest in. the election. Starting at 7 o'clock in the morning a steady stream of voters filed into the el^ht polling- places. The polls will close at 8 o'clock Monday evening. The following five names appear on the ballots with instructions to vote Tor two: C. E. Cooper, G. Grupp, Hi M. Knudson, W, J. Pag- enhart and Mier Wolf. Councilmen elected Monday will take office the first Monday in ' WILL ROGERS been obtained elsewhere in Eastern Iowa and that the only other plant tn Iowa City was too small to supply the required 42,000 yards. lieased Property The university leased the sand property becaue it did not want to get into the commercial sand business. He explained his understand^ ing was that contractors had the option of buying sand from Langford but were not required to do so, (Tarn to ¥er 2, Column a). --HAVE YOU VOTED?-BURKE STARTS TO FIGHT'RAP' Gunman Refuses to Waive Examination When Arraigned. ST. JOSEPH, Mich., March 30 M?--Fred Burhe began a determined fight against life imprisonment for murder today, refusing to waive examination when arraigned for the killing of Charles Skelly, St. Joseph policeman. He was held for examination April 8 before Justice of the Peace Joseph Collier. The big gunman's arraignment took place In a tiny anteroom of the county jail, where only a handful of officers, cameramen and three or four newspaper reporters were atl- belt which would have failed if wheat prices continued to decline here as rapidly as they had started. Many of these banks held loans secured by wheat at prices ranging around those set by the farm board for buying the surplus. These banks now have been able to clear these loans and readjust themselves to prices on the world wheat market Chairman Stone of the farm board, coming back to his desk after a trip into Kansas and Oklahoma said grain co-operatives generally had expressed approval of the board's decision not to stabilize 1931 wheat. :1C st«ri»,t · _ --HAVKYOU THREE HELD FOR SHOOTING GUARD Gangsters Caught at Memphis and Held for Minnesota Sheriff. MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 30. (IF) --Three alleged gangsters of East St. Louis, HI., are being held here for Investigation in connection with the shooting of a guard during a payroll robbery at Proctor, Minn., in 1929. Memphis police have been requested to hold the three men for the sheriff of St. Louis county Minn. The men, all of whom carried guns when they were arrested here Thursday, gave their" names as Charles Dove, Harley Grizzell and George Rciley, A witness to the Proctor shooting and robbery, who now lives at Greenwood, Miss., partially identified newspaper photographs of the trio, police said. --HAVE YOU VOTED? BEVERLY HILLS, Gal., March .-- -Mr. Hoover just got back from Porto Rico after a call with our little dark brown couzens. He told 'em he would see that they had the same opportunities we enjoy here so I guess he is having Charley Otis and company, stock brokers, put in a branch down there. That will give then a leisure class, and the rest of 'em employment working for 'em. The president didn't think much of the Virgin islands. He thot we were bunked on that deal. I think myself we was perhaps influenced by the title. We are mighty good colonizers. We ought to sell (or give away to some enemy) our island holdings and cou- centrate entirely on the old headquarters ranch here at home. Yours, 01UI.HtKtafMb.4j, King Corn Is Dead! Long Live Wheat! CHICAGO, March 30. (JPt--King corn is dead! Long live king wheat! Deposed by the native maize nearly three months ago, wheat was shoved back into the cereal throne today in the Chicago board nf ffOr^o ' - deei; of trade ' "' 1 The' r leI u Jji' flioa to keep "hands off" after the 1930 wheat crop Is marketed ended corn's brief dynasty and once more placed wheat trading in the big-pit. Early laat Monday, before the farm board's week-end decision had re-echoed over the vast trading hall, the fingers that signal offers and acceptances flew faster. The trade, lying dormant during the government's stabilization of the 1930 crop, eagerly bounced Into the wheat pit again. The futures sales of that day gave graphic evidence of wheat's surging tide, vis: ELLIOH BILL MADE TO T01931 AND'; Disposal Prevented Special Order on Utilities. j r\ES MOINES, March 30. (/^ *-' The house today took up ! Elliott proposal for a 5 per /i tax reduction but failed to disj'i of the measure thru a, special of! of business .to consider the-pii ; : utilities commission bill. Thru^ amendment the Elliott plan: - ' made to apply to the years 1931 . 1932, instead of 1932 and 1933 it also was amended to make i t ' · vide that the total fund raisec taxation shall be 5 per cent than that raised by the 1930 Ic The original bill provided tha rates should be reduced by 5 cent. Sponsors of the bill estim ttit it would affect a reductk $5,000,000 on the basis of tit for 1930. '· Brown Leads Support. Representative E. R Bi Polk, in leading the support a till, said It would compel a r tlon in expenditures and that was a step in the right dire He said It was the only constru stroke to compel such a redu which had been placed befor. present session. Objections raised were large the grounds of the effect th would have on school distric was argued that it could nc duce the salaries of teachers,' interest, and other similar ex] tures. To meet these objec bushels; bushels; mitted. Burke .indicated he would plead ';JS"V it was their amnty LU uiiiig'i""''-' -'·H * life of man--their corelation of knowledge f '^-^^-Uiat. lias built for them their most It \ · ""V. He^was more than seven feet tall . more ports were current here today that a bomb had exploded in the Plaz- zetta Pasello, near the royal palace where the Prince of Piedmont, Humbert, and his bride, Marie Jose, princess of the Belgians, live. Officials denied any knowledge of tha affair. 6 The infernal machine waa said to have been a box of explosives, placed close to a wing occupied by tha royal apartment, the royal armory and the prefecture seat of the pro- and human- lasting monu- not guilty at his April 8 appearance, then lapsed into stolid silence Barratt O'Hara, Chicago lawyer who defended Virgil Kirkland in his trial for the murder of his Gary schoolgirl sweetheart, visited Burke for a few moments today. Burke made no comment, however. Chicago detectives, having yielded to Michigan's claim after failing to get Burke to talk about the Moran gang massacre of which he is suspected, apparently abandoned interest in him. They did not follow the armored car into St. Joseph last night New York police --HAVE YOU VOTED?--, MRS. SINNEWELL, ROSEVILLE, DIES Woman Drops Dead Shortly Before Time of Rites for Husband. ROCKFORD, March 30.-- Shortly before the time when funeral sery ices were to be held for her husband, Mrs. John Sinnewell, 7iJ cropped dead at Roseville from an attack of heart disease. Her husband died Friday afternoon from an attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Sin- newell died at 8:45 o'clock. -- HAVE YOU VOTED? _ Pennsylvanian Will Be Director of Iowa Anti-Saloon League HARRISBURG, March 30. Markets at a Glance telegraphed that detectives would vlncial government 300 pounds. It exploded without damage Fins dress does r.ia ciami ,,,,,.. ,,.... --?--".. Js lost on the dofr, for lie's f a i t h f u l tn death; He sees t h e great -soul wliidi I he boJy concrnls-- And it's Kreat to be young with a dog at your heels! arrive from their city at noon to- , . ~ The Rev. B. E. Ewlng, head of the Harrisburg district of the Pennsylvania Anti-Saloon league, today announced that he had accepted the position of superintendent of the Towa Anti-Saloon league. Mr. JSw- ing came here last year from In- day to question Burke about the murder of Frank irale. dianapolis, the times, wnen tne UIIIBUXU* "* ...... · become the kingdom of our Lorrl, and of His Christ. | In his name. Amen. j \ 1--. uTi,..rt. *ruy -. i NEW YORK: Stocks weak; Allied Chemical lowest in four years. Bonds heavy; rails soft. Curb heavy; utilities wealt. Butter steady. Foreign exchanges easy; French franc steady. Cotton lower; decreased trade demand. Sugar barely steady; easier spot market.' Coffee lower; disappointing Brazilian market. CHICAGO. Wheat firm; rally Winnipeg. Corn barely steady; favorable Argentine weather. Cattle dull. Hogs higher. --HAVE YOU VOTED?-INDIA CONGRESS RATIFIES TRUCE GandhMrwin Pact to End Disobedience Accepted by Assembly. KARACHI, India, March 30. UP) --The Delhi truce between Mahatma Gandhi and Viceroy Irwln end- Ing the civil disobedience campaign was ratified by the entire assembly of the all-India national congress I today, [K. lllul o[ thi; jtibJirr, .nl n o t ' aj?rce. There coulrt not. linvu Lccn llie accord of wlifch the rclaUcr sjioUir. "Monday--30,718,000 week ago--11,876,000 year ago--37,609,000. Overnight, the trade had boomed sales to the leadership of old For the first time since the grain stabilization corporation set the stabilizing price wheat sales passed corn. To the trade, it was "independence week"--signalizing the trade's ascendancy once more to control of sales. For the week, total sales wero 119,393,000 bushels--compared to 63,679,000 bushels the previous week. --HAVE YOU VOTED 7 SAY MARCO WAS "CHIEF SUSPECT" Brothers Defense Will Try to Prove Defendant Is "Goat." ncys defending Leo Brothers In his murder trial announced today that they would attempt to Introduce evidence that Frank Marco, who has since been killed in New York, was once considered by police the "chief suspect" in the Alfred LIngle murder. As the state was putting on its last witnesses, the defense subpoenaed Lieut. Walter Storms and Capt. John Stege and revealed that the police officers would be asked about other suspects to the Lingle slaying, principaly Marco, a former chauffeur to Julian "Potatoes" Kaufman. The first witness today was Dr M A. Pfannbecker, an x-ray specialist, who gave technical testimony concerning an examination of the head of Officer Anthony Ruthy Ruthy was the witness who told the court Friday that he was chasing a vision as well as a man Immediately after the LInglo slaying and who said that when he Identified Frank Foster, another Lingle suspect, his mind was a blank. The state has several witnesses who are expected to testify that Ruthy has been mentally unbalanced for years but Uie defense will attempt to prove that Ruthy's testimony was merely an "act" to throw out his previous identification of Brown Intro!' iced an amenci " P.rvJciiri?-- t 1 **- iVwhPce j« l^Tr P ro ' v ded mnler thS law, tie" bill shall not apply. , The amendment making the bllti" apply to 1931 and 1932 was introduced by Representative L. B. Fora- ing, Woodbury. Forslingalso sought" to defer action, but his motion was' defeated. ·;( Commission Bill Uj. Taking up the public service commission bill, the house heard a lengthy explanation of its provisions by Representative Frank ! Holllngsworth, Boone, a member of the committee sponsoring the meas- · The bill provides for a public service commission of five members Two members of the first commis-' sion to be appointed by the governor and the other three to be members of the railroad commission. Funds . for the operation of the commission are to come from an annual license fee to be paid by utilities on the basis of 20 cents on each $1,000 on. their taxable property in the state. Idea Not New. I Hollingsworth said that the public service commission idea was not new. He said that Iowa was con- i splcuous by its lack of regulation, of public utilities, adding that * states now regulate telephone and (Turn to Pane 2, Column 3). --HAVE! YOU VOTED?--. -' Ashes of Officer Who Shot Self Sent Home SAN FRANCISCO, March 30. (ff) --The ashes of Emory Wlnship, wealthy retired, naval officer who shot himself to death here March. 21 were enrouta today to Macon, Ga., his legal residence. The funeral will probably be Friday morning. sx* IOWA WEATHER Partly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday; slightly warmer extreme west portion TuRSday. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather? figures for 24 hour period endirt at S o'clock Monday morning: ' Maximum Sunday ' ) 37 Minimum In Night \ 20 At 8 A. M. Monday 33 Figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Sunday morning: Maximum Saturday 31 Minimum in Nfght 20 Snowfall .5 O f an Inch Precipitation .06 of an Inch · · · · I ",« MRS"

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