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Mason City, Iowa
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Saturday, March 20, 1937
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\ ) NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME j n p . A f i L O M E R I I S M E M £ D E C T O F I ' '·"?.? MA I H t ·: if I' '.I "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS'NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPV ASSOCIATED PJIESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIKES MASON CITY, IOWA, SATURDAY, MARCH 20,1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 14S AMELIA UNHURT AS PLANE CRASHES i .,.-_ .... ..,_. ,._ _..,,, , ,,·, . -- . -- · - "-- · ' · ~ · ' · -- '--"1 Victims of School Explosion Buried j BIG PROCESSION OF FUNERALS IS BEGUN AT DAWN Death List Reaches 455 as Military Court Probes Blast Cause. NEW LONDON, Tex., (/P)--Burial of its 455 school blast victims occupied .this village of death Saturday while the full force of a military inquiry · sought the cause of the worst catastrophe of its kind in modern times. - Soon after sunup the great pro- cesion of funerals began. From churches, private homes and funeral chapels, hearses streamed to burial grounds. Volunteer ministers from over the vast east Texas oil region performed continuous services with almost clocklike precision. '·. To a barnlike school hall adjoin! ing the ruins of the once imposing school building, a military court headed by Major Caston Howard summoned more than a score of witnesses who it was hoped could explain the cause of the tearing explosion. Not Criminal Court. "We are not here to conduct a criminal court, we merely want to help by trying to find out what i caused the explosion and thus possibly do' something to prevent such future disasters." ' Dr. E: P. Schoch, an explosion expert from the University . of Texas, was called upon to give a i, final opinion on tht. blast cause at tL--~th2:*Clo.£5af-*-the hearing After a t preliminary investigation he said .there: was no doubt natural' gas Only Ruins Remain of Blast_ Shattered School Building REPORT ERRONEOUS NEW LONDON, Tex., (#)-Intense excitement was created briefly Saturday when an an- -nouncement was made in Red Cross headquarters in the city hall in Iverton, three miles from here, that W. C. Shaw, superintendent of the destroyed 'school here, was dead. The report was found to be erroneous, however. Mr. Shaw was in good health at his home although depressed because of the accident which cost the lives of so many of his pupils and teachers. had seeped into hollow tiles in the school walls, converting it into a veritable bomb. He blamed lack of proper vents for gas lired individual radiators. Capt. Zachariah Coombs, judge advocate of the military court, was quoted by the Tyler Morning Telegraph as saying he was in possession of pieces of sewer pipe from the blast ruins which oil workers told him showed traces of nitroglycerin. Captain Coombs said he would call as witnesses the men who gave him the fragments, but that other witnesses discounted the theory. Other Plants Similar. At Austin Gov. James V. Allred recommended that heating installations in Texas school buildings similar to those at the New London structure not be used until after a thorough examination for safety. 'He had been informed in a letter from George H. Greenway of Dallas, a heating engineer, that there were several more schools in east Texas with the same type of heating equipment that are liable to blow up any minute, with the same results." The governor set aside Sunday as a day of mourning in Texas, ordered the flags on the state buildings continued at half-staff and proposed that a monument to the victims be erected at the scene of the disaster. Eight Stil! Missing:. The casualty list showed 94 injured and eight missing. The list, exhaustively as relief workers checked it, still was subject to revision. Only three bodies--all young girls--lay unclaimed in a Henderson mortuary. Friday as many as 75 unidentified had been laid in rows in improvised morgues at one time. The state department of public safety aided in the difficult task of identification by sending 3 finger print expert here. Dr. Schoch said, after a preliminary investigation F r i d a y night, there was no doubt gas has been in the building, and that the blast came-either from the basement or from the walls. He called the cells of tile "excellent gas chambers." Filled AVith Gas. "It's simple," he went on. "The MACHINE SKIDS AND CRACKS UP ON TAKING OFF 2 Companions Also Escape Injury; World Flight Only "Postponed." HONOLULU, (ff)-- Amelia Earhart's 580,000 around the world plane crashed Saturday as she was taking off for Howland Island but her own quick action saved Hie lives of herself and two men companions. "A tire blew out," the tousle headed flyer snid to army officers who hurried to the scene of the wreck. "No one was hurt. Only our spirits are bruised." "I cut the switches." Her swift cutting of the switches of her two powerful motors prevented the plane from catching fire and exploding more than ROO gallons of the gasoline in the tanks. Faces Death Calmly. The woman tlyer, who had crossed both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans durliig her exciting career, faced death and danger calmly. She came through with only a whitened face to reveal her fesl- ngs and disappointment over the wrecking of her eight ton craft. "We were going about 50 miles an hour when the right tire blew out. "This means postponement of my world trip, but not cancela- lion," she related. Army officers who viewed the spectacular accident agreed Miss Earhart's prompt action prevented the plane from -bursting into llames, although fire; shot from -to a stop..' ;_ Heads Teachers c. MCDOWELL, TALK OVER NEW ATHLETIC BODY 50 Iowa Superintendents, Principals in Meeting at Des Moines, . TOP--Scattered ruins, crumpled waits and roofs are all that remain of the London consolidated school near New London, Texas, after a mysterious explosion, -believed to have been caused by gas, blasted the big; modern structure anart, killing pupils and teachers. BOTTOM--Workers arc shown emerging from the ruins, carrying a child victim, after the worst school disaster In history. walls were filled with gas that had no other exit. "The condition of the bodies of those children bears that out. They were blown to death--not burned to death." The blast left only half a dozen of the 72 radiators in the buftding intact with their wall connections. Dr. Schoch inspected each and said he found only one with a satisfactory flue. . London school officials, visibly shaken by the tragedy that.wiped out half their student body, said no definite plans had been made to rebuild the "world's weathiest rural school," located in one of the heaviest taxed school districts. To Resume School. Superintendent W. C. Shaw, who lost a son in the tragedy; was assured by Superintendent C. O. Pollard of Henderson, 18 miles distant,, that all New London pupils between the fifth and eleventh grades "would be welcome to attend the Henderson school without charge." School officials indicated normal routine in the lower grades would be resumed Monday. Major Gaston Howard, assistant adjutant general, said martial law, declared soon after the blast, would . not be lifted until the court of inquiry completed its findings. Military rule is needed to retain authority of the court A mass funeral for a yet undetermined number of the blast victims was arranged at the New London Baptist church Saturday, with possibly another such ceremony at Henderson. Bury Own Dead. Most of the families, however, preferred to bury their own dead. A considerable number already had been sent to various parts of the country. Comparatively few of the victims were children of families ORDER READ TO MEN IN PLANTS Officers Wear Bullet Proof Vests as They Visit Packing Firm. DETROIT, (/P)--Deputy Sheriff Bernard McGrath, 'accompanied by 75 officers wearing bullet proof vests,and arm'cd with tear gas guns, marched to the gates of the Newton Packing company plant here Saturday and read a court order demanding that more than 100 sit down strikers evacuate the premises. What reply was made was drowned by shouts. The- officers broke a hole in a large glass window and entered the main building, as others solidly guarded the gates. · In a short time, a number, of strikers emerged from the building to be herded in the street by the oflicers. The company claims 5170,000 worth of meat in the plant is spoiling because refrigeration was turned off by, the strikers two weeks ago. Father of Two Children Admits Slaying Girl, 9 with long time ties here. The oil boom of 1930-31 which developed this community and the school plant as well, called them here from all parts of the nation. Henderson offered free 'burial plots to families of victims who needed them. Permanent care of the graves without charge also was promised. Many oil companies assured they were "taking care of em- ployes." Held After Child's Body Is Found in Blood Soaked Burlap Bag. ' NEW YORK, ' (ff-)--Within a few hours after the discovery of the body of a 9 year 'uli. girl, stuffed in a blood soaked burlap bag and ,badly mutilated, police Saturday arrested Salvatore Os- sido, a Brooklyn barber, father of two children, and charged'him with the crime. Detective Lieutenant Ralph B. de Martini, of the Wilson avenue police station, said Ossido had confessed he attacked and killed the child. The victim, Erna Sporrer, a pretty blue eyed . blond, was found by Kalman Yaslisowitz, who saw the crimson stained bat* slumped on the front porch of * two story brick house at 313 Linden street, a. short distance from the girl's home. The burlap sack was splotched with green paint, and Yaskovvitz, on opening the bundle, was horrified to find the small .victim's body .inside. She had been slashed repeatedly. Yasliowitz immediately ran to notify police at the Wilson avenue station, and an ambulance surgeon, responding to the call, pronounced the child dead. Gas Escaping From Broken Main Kills 3 NANTES, France, (/?)--Three persons were killed and thirty others sent to hospitals Saturday by gas escaping from a broken Have Read Your \ Newspaper Her companions, Fred J. Noonan, and Capt. Harry Manning, also escaped injury and neither appeared shaken. The trio had entered the plane at 8:10 a. m. (Pacific Standard Time) (10:10 C. S. T.) for the hop to Howland Island, a tiny spot 1,532 miles to the southwest. The motors roared and Miss Earhart "gunned" them to taxi to the far end of the concrete runway. Then she turned, and the engines hummed as the craft gathered speed for the takeoff. The plane was about half way down the runway when the right tire burst and the landing gear gave way on the left side of the ship. Miss Earhart immediately realized the clanger and quickly "gunned" the left motor in n daring attempt to level the heavy plane. Wing- Hits Ground. But the craft, out of control, tipped dizzily and the left wing struck the ground. Then it swung around and crushed the landing gear on the left side and stripped off the wheel on the right side, coming to rest with the right wing on the runway. About 75 army men witnessed the accident and raced with ambulances to the spot. Miss E a r h n i t poked her head from the cockpit. Her face was deathly while, but she smiled wanly. She waved to the crowd and shouted: "Something must have gone wrong!" DES MOINES,' (IP)--Approximately 50 Iowa school superintendents and principals met in a closed session here Saturday to lay the groundwork for a possible new Iowa high school athletic association. Although leaders of the movement refused use of their names, it wns learned that the professed purpose of the proposed change is to "organize a democratic association for Iowa schools." The new group, if. plans are perfected, would break away from the present governing: · body to form- an'* entirely-new--'organization. ' ' ;' Any school in the state woulc be eligible for membership,, one spokesman pointing out that the proposed conference has no connection with recent reports that a body of Class A schools intended to withdraw and farm a separate unit. TEACHERSNAME M'DOWELLHEAD FORNEXTYEAR Nichols of G-Men Claims Education Must Lead Way to Prevention. O. L. McDowell, superintendent of schools at Eagle Grova and chairman ot the executive committee the past year, was elected president of the north central division of the Iowa State Teachers association at the final session of the convention here Saturday morning. C. II. Tompkins, Garner, . was elected vice president; Florence Lynch, Northwood, secretary, and ' R. E. Nyquist treasurer. H. J. Williams, Spencer, retiring president, was elected delegate to the National Education association convention at Detroit. IT. G. Stilh, Estherville, was selected as a member of the executive committee. Elected as Delegate. The following were elected delegates of the north central division to the state convention: Zcll Berryhill, Webster City; T. B. Test, Spencer; J. L. Lucken, . Melrose High Beats RolfeCagers29-13 DE.S MOINES, (/Pi--The Melrose boys' high school basketball team swamped Rolfe, 29 to 13, in the s e m i f i n a l s ot the state tournament Saturday afternoon. 1. An explosion that wrecked a school building claimed hundreds of lives in what state? 2. The Iowa senate, accepting house- amendments to what bill, ignored the expressed wishes of Governor Kraschcl? 3. How many North Iowa counties were represented at the teachers convention held in Mason City? 4. What justice of the supreme court intimated those who complained about adverse decisions of that tribunal were "poor sports?" 5. The premier ot what country was reported threatening to resign unless given a free hand in settling the aftermath of labor riots that caused several deaths? 6. What hero of the Spanish- American war died? 7. A third of the business section of what North Iowa town was destroyed by fire? 8. Fishing and hunting regulations of the Iowa conservation commission were declared invalid by what court? 9. A 7 year old girl picked up a revolver in a house into which her family was moving and fatally shot her mother near what North Iowa town? 10. The four largest hotels in what city were for a time closed by a strike? (ANSWERS ON PAGE 2) The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Fair Saturday night and Sunday; somewhat colder in north central and extreme southeast portions; not so cold in west and southern portions Sunday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Saturday morning: Maximum Friiiay 10 Above minimum In Night Zf, Aliove Al 8 A. M. Saturday 30 Above Snowfall Trace Precipitation Trace Travelers f r o m t h e south brought stories of a snowstorm which delayed buses as much ns an hour and a half Friday night. But Mason City escaped with moisture that was barely measurable. The sun was back on the job Saturday forenoon and the thin layer o£ white was being rapidly dissipated. WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO, (JF-- Weather outlook for the period of March 22 to March 27. For the Upper Mississippi and the lower Missouri Vnlleys: Precipitation first of week, generally fair middle, precipitation agnin near close; temperature mostly near or below normal. LOOK I N S I D E FOR- II. VERN IIOCKENBERRY Local Businessman Dies After Illness of Week PAGE 3 Scnale Approved Bills Sent to Iowa House PAGE 2 Conservation Board to Have Old Powers PAGE 9 Substitute Toll Free Bridge Plan Studied PAGE 5 Police and Firemen Pay Hike in Budget PAGE 12 Homestead Tax Aid Act Is Signed by Krasche PAGE in rertile; Mnrion Cornwall, Lake ^ity; J. Cornell Johnson, Ringsted; Theodore Johnson, Belmond; Condit Bowie, Burl; Marguerite Gaard, Hampton; W. Henry Gal- bveth, Klemme and John A. Greenlee, Emmetsburg. Education must lead the way to crime prevention, L. B. Nichols, administrative assistant to J. Edgar Hoover, director of the federal bureau ot investigation, United States department of education, declared at, the closing" session. ' . . . . - · s - \NorlliwoodBand Plays.;. "·'.. Saturday's program"inclttffea »'·» concert by the Northwood high school band, national Class B champion in 3936, and winner o£ the subdistrict concert recently held at Britt, an address by Miss Agnes Samuelson, state superintendent of public instruction, and the election of officers for the coming year. Mr. Nichols was appointed special agent in the bureau in 1934, after receiving his education at Kalamazoo, Mich., and the George Washington law school at Washington, D. C. Since 1935 he has served as administrative assistant. Subject of Concern. "The problem of crime has taken on such proportions as to be the subject oC grave concern to every thinking person," said Mr. Nichols. "H presents not alone the problem of detection, ipprohension, punishment and rehabilitation, but the broader one of causation and effect. Its influence is so vast that it captivates the imagination of even the most prolific minds. "For the past several years crime's forces have been kept in the line of inarch at a cost oE approximately :$475 a second by a well wishing but nearsighted American public. I T this illegitimate expense could but be diverted into lawful channels it would a n n u a l l y equal the entivo cost of ail government and education in this country, with" enough left over to supply literally thousands of scholarships to deserving young men and women. Crime forces number 3,500,000 convicted criminals, ancl beyond that one put of every 25 persons have exhibited criminal tendencies to the extent where law enforcement agencies were justified in arresting and fingerprinting them tor an offense more serious than a t r a f f i c violation. Mostly Younff Men. | "Out o£ every 1,000 persons arrested and fingerprinted last year, 515 were under 30 years oC age, 344 were less than 25 years of age and 174 were under 21 years of age. We in law enforcement found some encouragement, however, for prior to last year the 19 year olds led all ajje groups. In 193G, however, the 22 year olds led in the greatest number oC poisons arrested followed by the 21 year olds with the 19 year olds in t h i r d place. "When we are confronted with the fact that the crime army oC America includes over 700,000 boys nnd girls of less than voting age, who at the very threshold of life, were cut off from worthy careers, then indeed we are facing a ghastly challenge. Public Determination. "The first step in crime prevention is an aroused public determination awakened to the realization that adequate detection and sure apprehension plus swift certain and just punishment are the time proven deterrents of crime. Law enforcement must become so effective that it will surely and aerv IJ

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