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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME E D I T I O N ·VOL. =XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY . . ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 145 s \~$ ,·' f-aw No Power to End Dispute State Department Upset Over Row With Hitler." 18 KILLED AS BUS OVERTURNS By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I NGTON, (CPA)-- If the United States and Germany lay side by side, with o n l y a n i m a g i n a r y b o u n d a r y d i v i d i n g them such as is ail t h a t divides F r e n c h ' soil f r o m G e r many's, the recently s t a rt ed v i t u p e r alive o u t b urst between American and nazi- istic sentiment might very well precipitate a war. As it is, the mutual slanging at long range, contra this country and the Hillerislic realm, is funny rather than serious. · Germany is furious, of course, but cannot vent its feelings'in any substantial fashion, and few things are more amusing than impotent rage. To the average Yankee, German anger is a joke, but it is not a joke to the state department, which : does not like the dispute. It is, however, as powerless to stop it as Hitler is powerless to bombard. New York or inland Podunk, where such mean things are being said about him. Sequence or Events. Consider developments up to date: . ' Mayor La Guardia of New York speaks more than slightingly^ o£ Hitler. Germany protests. It a German mayor spoke slightingly of President Roosevelt, Hitler could discipline him. But it cannot be done here. Therefore the slate department is only mildly apologetic. Germany, resenting this mildness, refers to the state department's attitude as "lame. And the German press speaks in the most villianous terms of American womanhood. I think personally that we should have ignored this scurrility. However, the state department protelts in turn to BeiJm v~«.Hitlei, being dominant .pvec Ger."many's newspapers, was'in a po- sltton to hush them up and did so momentarily Harsh Words--In U. S. Whereupon anti-Hitlerites In New York stage a monster meeting at which many uglier things arc said of Hitlerism than Hiller- istic journalism ever has said of anything American. Illustratively: Gen. Hugh S. Johnson spoke of Hitlerism as "bestial." President John L. Lewis of the American labor movement, men' tioned nazi-ism as having reduced German labor to "serfdom." Mayor La Guardia termed Hitlerism not "satisfaktionfaehig," which linguists aver is "the worst possible German insult." Germany again protests. And the United States again abruptly apologizes. « The present row seems lo be between democracy and nazi-ism. Also, however, it involves rows between democracy and fascism, and communism. BLUM WINS IN CHAMBER TEST French Premier Rides Out All-Night Storm in Parliament. : PARIS, (^P)--France's premier, Leon Blum, rode out an all-night storm of parliamentary passion Wednesday to win a smashing- mandate of confidence and an "exposition truce" between fighting rightists and leftists. Cool-headed through the hours " in which the uproarious chamber of deputies resounded with shouts of "treason' "and "assassin," first waving and desk banging, Blum set out to clean up the aftermath of the fatal Clichy riots, present to the world a successful world's fair and hold in firm check the political machinations of Col. Francois Do La Rocque's militant nationalists. Get Ready For EASTER ' 3 ( Shopping Days \ Left REPORT END OF CHRYSLER AUTO STRIKE AT HAND Roosevelt to Discuss Sit Down Strike Use With Congress Chiefs. WASHINGTON, (/PI--R e p r e- sentative Rabaut (D-Mich.) told the house Wednesday the Chrysler ^automobile strike in Detroit had been settled and that the settlement would be announced officially late Wednesday afternoon, i Habaut limited his announcement to the house to the fact that he felt the statement was ."news" to which the members were entitled. Later, he told reporters this information came' through "financial circles." He said he had no information concerning details of the settlement but assumed they would be forthcoming with the formal announcement. "Possibly they are being held up for the benefit o£-the market," he added. To Meet Leaders. Informed senate sources said Wednesday President Roosevelt had agreed to meet congressional leaders for a discussion of the sit down strike situation when he returns from Warm Springs, Ga., this week-end. Majority Leader Robinson CD- Ark.) previously had said a conference of congressional leaders would be necessary this week-end it the situation has not "cleared up" by that time. He declined to confirm or -deny the report of a conference with the president i* Ihose who said, pugh^a, Conference-would be held repotted that the, president had agieed to meet leaders in response to numerous requests from them that he intervene in the situation. Hearing on Resolution. Robinson's suggestion coincided with an announcement by Representative Dies D-Tex.) that the house rules committee had arranged a hearing Wednesday on his resolution for a sweeping investigation of the sit down strike situation. The democratic leader said "conditions relating to the sit down strike are approaching a crisis. :t the situation does not clear up, n my judgment it will be desirable for legislative authorities to confer about the end of the week." 'I do not believe it would be lelp/ul lo attempt to anticipate conclusions." IIICAGO POLICE DRIVE OUT ALL SIT DOWNERS By The Associated Press Large scale evictions of sit down strikers and the sjart of a new parley in the nation's biggest industrial dispute raised hopes Wednesday for settlement of several controversies on the strike front, In a number of disputes employers have made 1 evacuation of their factories and business establishments a prerequisite to negotiation's on strikers' demands. Chicago was free from sit down strikes for the first lime in a month after police dislodged hundreds of workers from plants anc stores. Sitters also were.evicted in several other stales. Prospects of peace in the Chrysler Motor corporation strike involving 60,000 workers brightened after Gov. Frank Murphy of Michigan succeeded in arranging a conference at Detroit between Waltei P. Chrysler of the corporation ant John L. Lewis, chairman of the committee lor industrial organization. Ford Campaign Hinted. An orderly throng massed in Cadillac Square in the heart of De troit late Tuesday at the call o leaders of the United Automobile Workers union, A. C. I. O. affilial which called the Chrysler strike Its president, Homer Martin, hint ed in his speech to the crowd tha a unionization drive w i l l ' b e . carried in time to the Ford Motoi corporation. At his Warm Springs, Ga., vacation retreat, President Roosevel kept in touch with Washington on developments in the Chryslei strike. : ·. Progress was reported in confer enccs on the dispute involving 2,200 Reo Motor Car company em ploycs at Lansing,'Mich., but then was no break in the Hudson Mptq . Car company strike deadlock. Ten thousand of the latter firm's work ers were idle. Tentatively Settled. Tentative settlement of a si down strike in five New York 5 and-10 cent stores was announcet Strikes at the Albrow Shoe com pany in Everett, Mass., and th Malleable Iron Fittings company Branford, Conn., were settled, a was a dispute involving 60 "' ' North Iowa Blizzard Hampers Traffic Cheering Union Men Carry Their Leaders Homer Ularlin, president of the United Automobile Workers a! America, Is seen being carried on the shoulders of cheering unionists after he had delivered the chief address of the rally held In Cadillac · ' . ' . · square, Detroit. . . KIDNAP SUSPECT HANGS HIMSELF Dies in Jail as'He Awaits Trial for Killing 2 ,Year Old Boy. BUENOS , AIRES '(A 5 ) - ', Jose Sancedo Gonzalez, the wandeung ,'liriyefa" accused in Argentina's "Lindbergh case," hanged himself Wednesday in the jail in which he ivas awaiting trial. .He'strung himself from the bars of his cell at Dolores, near Mar d,el Plata, where he had been held since, police said, he confessed the ddhaping and killing of 2 year old Eugenio Pereyra Iraola. The baby son of a rich Argentine cattleman w a s f o u n d strangled Feb. 27 in a pigpen on father's estate, where Gancedo Gonzalez had worked. Already held, the peon started to re-enact the crime for officers, but he hailed in the middle of it and repudiated his confession. Tells Police Sfory. He "had told police a slory ot how he led and carried Ihe child a mile and a half from Ihe home of the father, Simon Pereyra Iraola, acling on an "inexplicable impulse." When the party reached the pigpen, Gancedo Gonzalez sud T denly turned and declared: "Here the story ended. Do you want me to continue this novel? Do you want me to go on with this farce? I will not continue! I took no child!" The body of the 44 year old vagrant, his sash around the neck, was found hanging from a hinge of the dungeon door. Watchmen in a nearby courtyard said they had heard no sound from the prisoner. Gancedo Gonzalez was brought to the Dolores jail only Tuesday night, to be placed at the disposal of, the investigating judge Horatio Areco. Confession Not Invalidated The-judge already had said his repudiation of his confession would'not invalidate it. ; The kidnap - killing brought about Argentina's greatest murder hunt and shook the nation as the Lindbergh 'case'--'just five years before--affected the United States. Eugenio's body was found stripped of his little suit. He had been choked and beaten and his hands were grossed on his chest in the pigpen. The child's father is one of Argentina's wealthiest men, the owner of vast property. His grandfather, Antonio Santa Marina, is an influential senator. Iowa House Votes 91-9 to Re-Enact Sales Levy Ipwan Fatally Hurt When Hit by Auto ' ' NfcwTOK '(P)--Charles 'Hatch; 69,. retired bachelor, .was .injured fatally when struck by a car while walking across a downtown^ street. Youngstown, Ohio, leather workers. ' Strikes were called at a Maiden, Mass., shoe'plant, a Clinton, Mass., leather goods factory, and a furniture company at Flora, III., the latter involving 300 sit downers. Police were held in readiness at Boston after Police Superintendent Edward W.. Fallen said he had learned "serious labor trouble" might develop in downtown stores. Approves Amendments to Equalize Some "Border Inequalities."- BULLETIN DES-MOINES, (#)--Voting 31 Ho~9,-the Iowa, house of representatives .-WcStiesibiy-concurred " in the''.senate' bill for re-enactment April 1 of the 2 per cent sales lax which nets about S14,- 000 annually. DES MOINES, (IP)--Apparently within a few hours of a final vote, the Iowa house of representatives Wednesday waded through the senate bill for re-enactment of the 2 per cent sales tax and amended the measure to . equalize some "border- inequalities." - T h e : house gave deference to the tax bill over the motor vehicle act which it mulled over Tuesday, when leaders warned thai revisions musl be approved by the senate and lhat lhat chamber is recessing Thursday through Easter: The present sales lax law be- .comes inopcralive after April I unless the act now before Ihe leg- islalure is approved and signed. Revenues from the direct levy under the homestead bill already passed and approved by the governor are utilized to an estimated extent of $11,000,000 a year for homestead tax relief, with an added 55,500,000 a year set aside for old age assistance. : Oppose All Delays. A number of major amendments were offered on the floor against .the opposition ot leaders who wanted 1 no delay in returning the bill to the senate, but one vi- lal change was made. Offered by Representative W. J. Johannes (D) of Ashton, as a method 'of affording parity to Iowa border dealers in automobiles Ihe amendment provides that purchases of new "cars must produce a certificate that they have paid the sales tax before the cars can be licensed in Iowa. A last minute attempt was made further to revise the bill to exempt sales of food but this was overruled by Speaker Foster on the theory the same subject matter -was covered in the homestead bill and defeated. Seek Further Relief. Another attempt was made to nfford further relief for northern Towa border merchants, and those living.near other stales where a sales t a x ' i s hot collected, by exempting Irotn the Iowa tax those residents living within 7',3 miles of the Iowa line. This lost by a vole of 40 to 5R. Precipitating the longest debate, however, was the allempt by Representative Robert D. Blue (R) of Eagle Grove, and others, to revise the amusement tax section of the b'ill by levying a 1 cent lax on Ihcater tickets of from 10 to 15 ccnls. · Blue'said the move would "plug a hole" in the present law. He said it was directed particularly at theaters now charging a 16 cent admission. Hits at Theaters. "Some Des Moines theaters," Representative Dewey E. Goode (R) of Bloomficld charged, "are making three and four thousand a year on the tax." . Blue's amendment was defeated 47 to 51 and his subsequent amendment to require all collectors of sales lax (o turn over their BATTLE FLAMES EARQUTATS.EA Fire, Under Control' Af tei Most of Ciew Takes to Lifeboats. HONOLULU (IP) Battling flames far out in the Pacific Die motorship Fijian reported Wednesday the fire was brought under control after most of the crew had taken to lifeboats. Meager radio messages received by Ihe coast guard here indicated a gasoline explosion in the forward hold seriously' injured two Chinese of her crew of 30 and forced most ot those aboard to lifeboats temporarily skeleton crew fought lake to while a flames. The reports left coast guardsmen, confused as to the freighter's posilion, variously reported in three widely separated spols in the soulh seas. Flood Brothers, San Francisco shipping firm operating the craft, accepted as most likely a report she was five miles south of Aurh Island in the Marshall group, 2,500 miles southwest of Honolulu. The Fijian asked that a doctor be sent to care for the injured but coast guardsmen could not immediately locate a ship anywhere nearby. Planes Join Search for Missing 71 Year Old Flying Duchess LONDON, (IP)--A squadron of planes from 10 stations ot the Royal Air Force roared off into the dawn' Wednesday in the most intensive aerial search ot many years--the hunt for Ihe Flying Duchess of Bedford who vanished in her plane Monday. They spread a criss-cross web of reconnaissance over the watery meadowlands in the Fenland country, the wash, a vast inlet of the North sea, and even out to sea. Handicapped by a blinding snowstorm and floods, more than 2,000 persons on the ground took part throughout the night in the gigantic effort to find the 71 year old airwoman, alive or dead. State Income Tax Returns Show "Gain DES MOINES, (IP)--With only week remaining lo pay stale income laxes withoul penally, returns received at the state office are running nearly 50 per cent ahead of last year, Laverne Clark, director of the income tax division said. The deadline is next Wednesday night. SLOW GOING ON HIGHWAYSWITH VISIBILITY BAD Heavy, Wet Snow Up to 8 Inches Covers Parts of Southern Minnesota. A snowstorm that at times r e a c h e d blizzard proportions struck Mason City and North Iowa Wednesday morning, following a rainfall Tuesday evening. Two inches of snow was reported in Cerro Gordo county and probably double that amount in Hancock and Kossuth counties, ii i g h w a y commission engineers stated. Poor visibility and slippery highways, caused by a drop in temperature following Tuesday night's rain, made motor travel precarious. Rain started falling in Mason City about 8 o'clock Tuesday night and with the Wednesday morning snow brought the total precipitation up to 8 o'clock Wednesday morning to .59 of an inch. Colder Temperatures. The weather bureau forecast colder temperatures over the stale. Highway engineers slated there was not enough snow to cause any dangerous drifts. Two s m a l l straight blade plows were sent out Wednesday morning, however, to clear away snow formed behind groves and other places on the highways. Telephone and telegraph companies encquntered some difficulty in main tairun gsbryice ?-b e e'aus e.l of. the ice that formed .on wires. Visibility at times was almost reduced to nil when the full fury of the storm swept over the Mason 2ity territory,' but later the ve- ocity of the wind was reduced. 200 Feet Visibility. Visibility was reduced to 200 'eel at New Hampton by the blizzard. Three inches of snowfall were measured at New Hampton. The March..Lion loosed its fury at Cresco wilh a strong cast wind and one inch ot snowfall. The mercury stood at 22 degrees. Some minor damage was reported in the vicinity of Garner jy the strong wind which accompanied the blizzard Wednesday morning. Snowfall m e a s u r e d nearly lour inches during the morning and highway officials stated snowplows would be sent oul after the wind subsided. Few motorists ventured on Ihe highways during the storm. Awnings on business houses were blown off and some outbuildings were blown over by Ihe wind. At Lake Mills, where strong wind and poor visibility was reported, the safety meeting scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed. Flows Clear Roads. Snow plows cleared highways in the Spirit Lake vicinity where heavy east wind drifted a 4 inch snow. Rain which fell there all day yesterday and up to four a. m. today, changed to snow. The temperature registered 25 above. Snow was (wo inches deep at West Union where the tempera- lure had dropped to 26 degrees Wednesday morning. Tuesday nighl'.s.rain turned to snow al 3:30 a. m. and the storm, with a strong east wind al ils back, mounted to- blizzard proporlions. Rain Is General. Rain which began generally over Iowa Tuesday afternoon to- laled 1.40 inches at Sioux City heaviest ii Bluffs and total collections to the state, lost by one vote, 52 to 53. Urging adoption of the latter change, he contended lhat "one Des Moines store is" now making virtually $25,000 a year, and the same thing's true all over the stale." He said il would net an adder $500,000 yearly in sales tax income. Wedhesay morning, the state. Council Omaha had .76 inches. .The bureau reported snow falling at Charles City and rain Ibis morning at Des Moines, Iowa Falls, Dubuque and Keokuk. Temperatures reached a low ot 30 degrees at Iowa Falls Tuesday night. The day's high was 60 a Keokuk. Twenty to twenty-five degree temperatures were forecast for Wednesday night in NortV Iowa with 30 to 35 degree readings in the south. HEAVY, WET SNOW IN SOUTHERN MINNESOTA ST. PAUL, (I?)--A heavy, we blanket of snow up to 8 inche. deep covered southern Minnesota Wednesday, impeding highway travel, slowing rail transportation and halting air service. Strong winds whipped the snov which started early Tuesday anc continued through the night. Sleet which accompanied the snow at some points covered telegraph and telephone lines, breaking poles and wires. Highways were blocked by inches of swirling snow in ih Windom area, six in the W i l l m a vicinity lesser amounts in the Hochestcr, Albert Lea, Wi LOOK INSIDE FOR- ANNA MAY WONG Actress, Film Producer Get Extortion Threats PAGE 2 Major League Checks Run Up to Big Money PAGE 11 Hampton CCC Makes Plans for. Open House : - ' ! ; ' · · FIVE SERIOUSLY HURT; MACHINE STRIKES BRIDGE ips Over and Bursts Into Flames After Crashing Into Abutment. SALEM, 111., UP) -- The Salem ospital Wednesday reported it ad been informed 18 persons had. een killed and five seriously inured when a special chartered bus fashed into a bridge abutment at p. m. two miles west of here and verlurned. Witnesses said the bus broke nto flames immediately after the rash and fear was expressed that IB death list might mount higher. Every available ambulance in ie city was rushed to the scene. The hospital reported that five £ the victims were brought in in critical condition from burns. 'lie dead were taken to funeral omcs in the city. Charles Purcell, Salem newspa- er man, estimated twenty persons ad been killed and five seriously vjured. Trucks and passenger aulomo- iles were pressed into service to ring the dead and injured' into :ie city. So terrific was the impact that lie motor was thrown many feet Icar of the wreckage. The bus was from St. Louis, arrying participants in a roller kaling derby there Tuesday night. norm, Fairmont and Pipestone areas. Power Wires Snapped. Sleet snapped some power wires n the Pipestone area, while roac conditions farced cancellation of he annual convention of Minnesota Holslein Breeders schedulec to meet in Rochester. Temperatures were generally in the 20's. The heavy fall brought needed moisture to southern Minnesota farming communities where dus storms had been feared. At .Fairmont one and one-hal nches oC moisture had been received since Monday morning. I was still snowing Wednesda; morning. The Main street a t Chatfield ivas drifted with two feet of snow North Dakota Shares. North Dakota also shared in the snowfall. A record fall of 14V. inches containing 1.44 inches o moisture was recorded at Oakes Six inches of snow blocked road: in the Bismarck area. O. W; Rob erts, federal meteorologist at Bis marck, described the snow as o 'immeasurable" benefit lo farrr lands. The storm was still raging in the southwestern Minnesota area Buses were unable lo proccec south of Mankato and west o Glencoc. Telephone lines wer down in (he Fairmont vicinity am west of Morris, M i n n . The Dakot Central Telephone, company re ported 1,300 poles down and line snapped by sleet in northen South Dakota. Approximately 12. inches ha fallen at Marshall in wcsten Minnesota. Drifting snow reduce visibility and traffic was para lyzcd. Austin experienced simila conditions. Gets $3,000 Damages. SHENANDOAH, (/P)--H o m e Yance was awarded $3,000 dam ages in district court in his sui against Floyd Hosklns. Yanc claimed he was thrown IB fee landing in the Tarkio river whe their ears collided on a bridge, in j u r i n g him. The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Uain lurnlnff to snow probable Wednesday nielli anil Thursday; strong, shifting winds colder. MINNESOTA:' Cloudy, snow in central and south, heavy in south portion, colder in wcs' portion Wednesday night; Thursday mostly cloudy, snow in southeast and extreme cast strong northeast to north winds IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figure for 24 hour period ending at a. m. Wednesday: Maximum Tuesday 38 degree.' Minimum in Night 28 decrees Al 8 a. m. Wednesday 28 degrees Precipitation .59 of an inul Snowfall 2 inches SEES STEP TO TATRSHI Testifies on Roosevelt Court Plan. WASHINGTON, (/P)-- President Harold W. Dodds of Princelon university condemned the Hoose- 'elt court bill Wednesday as "a irst step and a long step" toward 'authoritarian government without popular or judicial restraint." Dodds appeared before the seii- ite judiciary committee a short imc after Senator Wheeler (D., Vlont.), declaring many Roosevelt objectives could be attained \vilh- out change either in the supreme court or constitution, proposed egislation to subject child labor iroducls "lo the laws ot the slale nto which shipment has been nade." In his testimony, the Princeton iniversily president asserled that Mr. Roosevelt "has invented a scheme by which he hopes to con- .rol the opinions of the court." Step Too Radical. "If granted to one president," he declared, "the power cannot reasonably be denied later presidents, and probably will not be, for the step is too radical to avoid being fixed as a precedent for a long while to come." The educator pleaded for "a healthy skepticism toward the existence of an emergency j u s t i f y - ing r e v o l u t i o n a r y proposals." "It Ihe lime has come to modify the constitutional position of thr. supreme court," lie declared, "it should be done straightforwardly and in a constitutional manner, with proper opportunity Tor public opinion to find itself and express Itself. "Temporary maladjustments are no excuse for weakening an institution which, even hostile critics must admit, has so well protected the American people from the tyranny of public officials." Fifth Opposition Witness. The f i f t h witness to voice opposition lo the judiciary bill, Dodds read his statement in the velvet hung scnalc caucus room before a crowd which thronged in long before he began to speak. The witness told the commitlea t h a t the question before it was: "Shall successive presidents be empowered to fix the color of tha supreme court to their liking?" Acknowledging lhat the "conscious purpose of Ihe present public policy" was not to establish authoritarian g o v e r n m e n t , h o warned that "when German democracy began issuing emergency decrees, it was nol seeking to destroy itself, and yet that was the result." "An emergency must be a serious one indeed that justified a repudiation of the principle oC constitutionalism In a democracy. Chain of Emergencies. "If democracy fails with us it will be through a war o£ attrition involving a chain of emergencies which at the moment could be marie lo justify authoritarian measures. "If popular government fails in America it will not be by a b l i n d repetition of European examples.

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