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1 1 S M E M North Iowa's DAILY PAPER Edited for the Home r«.«i "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHHOKS" HOME E D I T I O N 1 VOL. XL FIVE CENTS A COPV ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, MAY 11, 1934 TI11S I'Al'Eli CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 184 '%· Wagner Bill Has Chance Stiff Opposition to Labor Act Still Exists. By HERBERT PLUMMER · A S H I N G T O N , May 11. (/P)--Although stiff opposition still exists, those on the inside believe the -way has been-greased for passage of the Wagner labor bill this session. Denounced by its enemies as the most "unfair - and un- American b i l l ever submitted to congress" and praised by its advocates as a move giving labor the protection to which it is entitled by law, both sides are marshaling their forces for a fight to the finish in the closing days of the present session. Events of the past few days have strengthened greatly the hopes of Senator Wagner of New York, au- !'--r of the bill, and his associates. Principal among these events is the ;cent conference Wagner and Secretary Perkins of the labor department had with Mr. Roosevelt at the white house in which the bill was gone over in detail and revised. ·. Wagner Beams. Congressional leaders of both houses, have been frank in their predic'l-ns that without the president's approval there would be little hope of passage. As a result, it is believed the measure in ita.present form has the presidential blessing. · No one has said so definitely,, but Wagner's beaming countenance 'upon emerging from the conference and his declaration that he would re-introduce his bill immediately in a form or"-' slightly different from the original, caused .observers to think so.'""':: ··,·-·."'·'····'.·;*· '" · '- - - . . . - . ;, ; : TJ-^- controversy..over the bill has centered principally around the provision which would outlaw permanently "company dominated" labor unions. Critics of the bill have referred constantly to the president's statement announcing settlement of the rec--.t automobile controversy in which he said: - "The government makes it clear that it favors no particular union or particular form of employe or- gar : "'"":!i or repesentation." Limiting Influence. Wagner has countered With the ·argument that the purpose of his measure is to see that labor shall jo : - whatever union it chooses, that a particular union shall not be im- .posed upon the worker by the employer. However, he heretofore has expressed his willingness to change his nea.r-.re to enable companies to "initiate company unions, but he is not. ---''ling that the company's influence shall extend any further. Wagner's statement after the conference -."'"i Mr. Roosevelt that this provision would remain in the bill would seem to indicate that he and i"-.e president have come to see the proposition in like manner. Continue Drive for Safety on Highways DES MOINES, May 11. (1P--The statewide drive for highway safety being carried on this week in an effort to; reduce automobile accidents will be continued for another week, Mrs ; . Alex Miller, secretary of state announced. KIDNAPERS ASK $75,000 RANSOM B. P. W. Convention Opens Here; 200 Expected SUN SEEN AGAIN IN NORTH IOWA AS SKIES CLEAR "Black Blizzard" Gone but No Sign of Rain Is Indicated. North lowans could looto at the sun Friday .as the heavy dust cloud which obscured it most of Wednesday and Thursday was swept away, leaving skies clear and bright. There wasn't a sign of a cloud to give hope of much needed rain. Most of Iowa had emerged from the dust and housewives began to clean house again. A heavy cloud of dust still lingered in the air at Keokuk, however, riding on the tail end of the storm which swept across the state in the last 36 hours,, the weather bureau reported. No Signs of Rain. The weatherman could see no signs of rain and predicted slightly warmer temperatures. No rain fell in the state during the last 24 hours but the prospects were for local showers in the extreme western portions of the state Saturday. Meanwhile the water shortage continued serious in some cities in the state. Pastures were pronounced worthless, prospects for tame hay were estimated 60 per cent, and the daner of grazing livestock on what grass is left increased due to the thick layer:6f dust.'"' Apprehension over middle America's crop prospects grew hourly. "Black Blizzards." Parched prairies and plains, long baked by a hot sun and swept by swirling choking. "black blizzards," of dust, swelled the alarm of agrarian and city dweller alike. The only note of hope was the forecast of local showers Friday night in Nebraska and North and South Dakota, and in western Iowa Saturday. Elsewhere no relief was in sight. Light showers have fallen in the Chicago area--the first in 28 days --and in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas, but they were regarded as of little value. The Chicago board of trade took cognizance of the situation and the prices of all future deliveries of wheat skyrocketed. . Whipped by Winds. Whipped by strong winds, the dust clouds from the vast plains of western Canada swept across the border with undying intensity Thursday, befogging the entire area from Montana on the west, Texas on the south and the Ohio valley on the east. So thick were the floating sheets of real estate that airplane service between Chicago and St. Paul were (Turn lo Paice 2. Column 4) Wea FORECAST IOWA: Generally fair; slightly warmer in extreme southwest portions Friday night; Saturday, partly cloudy to cloudy; somewhat warmer; possible local showers In extreme west portions. MINNESOTA: Partly cloudy to cloudy Friday night and Saturday, possibly local showers in west portion Saturday; rising temperature, except Friday night along Lake Superior and in extreme southeast. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Friday morning: Maximum Thursday 84 Minimum in Night 49 At 8 A. M. Friday 53 Thursday, like the previous day, bas to be listed as "clear" even Ihough the sun was scarcely discernible at any time. Dust rather than clouds obscured it and dust isn't listable as "cloudiness" in the meteorologist's lexicon. Friday dawned clear and bright, with the ai' cleared of its burden of dust accumulated in two miserably windy flays. WALKOUT ENDED AT CEDAR RAPIDS Strikers Accept Settlement and Return to Work at Packing Plant. MRS. SANKEY IS ARRAIGNED airs. Fern Sankcy (center) and her sister, Mrs. Alvlna Kohler (right), arc shown with their attorney, Ben Laska, after a federal court session at Pierre, S. Dal:., where the two women were arraigned on charges of conspiracy in the kidnaping of Charles Boettcher II of Denver. Mrs. Sankey is the widow of Verne Sankey, accused head of the Boettcher kidnap gang, who committed suicide. (Associated Press Photo). Increase in Iowa Winter Wheat Forecast by Carl RAPIDS Mav 11 OP-- i t h e bas ? s of tne The strike of union meat cutters and butcher workers at the T. M. Sinclair packing plant here ended last night when the strikers voted tc accept an agreement reached earlier in the evening between their representatives and " c o m p a n y spokesmen. They promised to return to work today. Although the men voted earlier in the day to continue the strike and to insist on a written contract with Wilson and company, operators of the local plant, Carl Steffensen of Chicago, regional labor board representative, continued negotiations with both factions. Terms of the agreement included collective bargaining with any committee from the union by the company. The company also agreed to recognize seniority rights and will, place a 32 hour minimum work week in effect if the employes desire it. J. D. Cooney, vice president of Wilson and company, said, however, that the company could not grant the requested increase in common labor wage scale from 40 to 50 cents an hour until a wage boost ig made in other plants of the company or in the pocking industry as a whole. Hay and Pastures in' Bad Condition Due to Drought. DEJS MOINES, May. 11. (!)--An increase -in 1934 of l,300~,00p bushels of winter.wheat ~in"l6wa"~"was forecast in the May 1 crop report issued today by Leslie M. Carl, federal agricultural statistician. The estimate for .this year, based on crop reports from all over the state, is 4,932,000 bushels compared with a 3,587,000 bushel production for 1933. This predicted increase in wheat production for Iowa is attributed to shifts from heavy producing areas to light areas. 5 Per Cent Loss. Winter loss of wheat acreage was estimated at 5 per cent, leaving an expected acreage of 274.000 to be harvested this season. The crop report said the condition of winter wheat on May 1 was estimated at 81 per cent as compared with 75 percent a year ago and 84 per cent for the average May 1 condition for the previous 10 years. The report said tame hay and pastures are "in a most unfavorable position" due to the spring drought. J'ln many sections of the state pastures are worthless with little expectation of recovery without a most favorable supply of rain at frequent intervals." Pasturage Estimate Low. Pasture condition was estimated at 65 per cent, the lowest May 1 condition on the crop estimates record for 30 years. The 10 year average condition is 81 per cent. "Even the alfalfa crop on the best land has shown the effects of lack of moisture and in some places alfalfa shows the bloom on plants but a few inches high," the report said. Rye condition on May 1 was estimated at 82 per cent as compared with 82 per cent last year and the 10-year average of 89 per cent. On " " " · 1 condition the forecast of total rye production was placed at 870,000 bushels as compared with 490,000 in 1933. KING I6N SAUD MESSAGE FROM GOVERNOR READ TO STATE GROUP National C h a i r m a n on Membership Speaks at Session. Miss Marion McClench of Ann Arbor, Mich, past president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's clubs, and national membership chairman, had charge of the Friday afternoon conferences of the convention of the Iowa Federation of B. P. W. clubs, in session at the Hotel Hanford. Mrs. Julia Shipley Potts, president of the hostess club, presided at the fifteenth birthday anniversary uncheon Friday noon at the Han- 'ord. Mrs. Rob Roy Cerney in Czecho-Slovakian costume, gave an account of the manners and customs of that country and told Izecho-Slovakian leg-ends. Mrs. F. M. Humphey in gypsy costume, sang "Gypsy Song" accompanied by Mrs. Leon Woodward, harpist. Miss Ellen Smith presented the high school sextet which sang "The lolden Key." Mrs. Maud Wepler was chairman of arrangements for the luncheon. Conference Sessions. Conferences on club organization were divided into sessions on program, led by Dr. Ethel Griffin of - · -- · - -· -Edith Spurs 3 Separate Armies in Drive on, Capital of Yemen. (Copyright, 1934, by the Associated 1'ress) LONDON, May 11. UP)--King Ibn Saud, climaxing his crushing drive to subjugate all Yemen, spurred three separate armies today in a combined movement upon Sana, Yemen's walled and ancient capital. The powerful ruler's largest army, under Crown Prince Emir Saud, bad opened an offensive against Sada, key city northwest of Sana and the gateway to the picturesque capital. Division Advancing. The second division was advancing from Hodeidah, Yemen's important Red sea port, already smashed by Ibn Baud's Saudi Arabian forces and now policed by them while British, French and Italian warships lie watchfully in the harbor. f The third army, now east of Sana, was ordered to advance immediately upon the capital--a city of about 25,000 population and surrounded by a brick wall five and one-half miles in circumference. Only Short Time. Saudian sources in London revealed Ibn Baud's new campaign plans to the Associated Press today, asserting that "once Sada falls, it will be only a short time until our armies enter and control Sana." The Saudians, blaming the Iman of Yemen for the Arabian war, interests asserting the main idea of subjugating Yemen is to bring permanent peace to that area. vowed that foreigners' will be fully protected, RANSOM NOTES SHOWN IN COURT Aged Couple Dies - i M c , , ,, c .. s . f r . j Mrs. bankey and Her Stster in Apartment hre j Tried for Alleged Part in Kidnaping. CHICAGO. May 11. (JJ--An aged coupl^ perished in an apartment house fire early today which drove the tenants of three flats to the street in their night clothing. Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Anderson, 64 and 65, respectively, suffocated from smoke. The fire, which caused $25,000 damage, originated in an empty adjoining building. Pupils Do Not Want to Be Sophisticated BUTLER, Pa., May 11. (/D--Deciding "modern kids are too sophisticated for that sort of thing," the board of education refused to grant school children a recess to see a circus parade. There was a stormy protest from the pupils, and they won. They will see the next parade. PIERRE, S. Dak., May 11. (JPi-- Ransom notes sent by the 'Verne Sankey gang in the Charles Boettcher kidnaping were introduced by the government today in the federal court trirl of Mrs: Fern Sankey and Mrs. Alvin Kohler, her sister, on charges of conspiracy in the abduction. Seeking to build up its contention that the two women conspired with Sankey and others in. writing- and delivering the notes, the prosecution presented testimony of five wit nesses, including K. Boettcher father of the kidnap victim. Eleven typewritten notes were identified by the elder Boettcher as delivered to him and Detective L. J Hadley of Denver told of finding two sheets of longhand notes in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sanlwy in Denver. i (rum :i ; Chrisfianson; emblem, Mrs. Mattie Clements of Fort Madison; finance Florence Woods of Ames; publicity Helen Irwin of Des Moines; trans- HEADLINER Marlon McClcnch of Ann Arbor, Mich., membership chairman of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women and past national president, arrived Friday to attend the sessions of the lown Federation convention at the Hotel. Hauiord. THE PROGRAM FRIDAY 6:45 o'clock--Dinner, Winona Evans Reeves,, speaker. SATURDAY 7:30 o'clock--Club mechanic; breakfast. 9 o'clock--Session opens, committee reports, 10:30 o'clock--Education, conference groups. 12:15 o'clock--Luncheon, Dr. Lyman Bryson, speaker. 1:30 o'clock--Election of officers. 2:45 o'clock--Public affairs conference groups. 6:45 o'clock--Dinner, Marion McClench, speaker, midnight movie at Cecil theater. Lawyer Says Detention of Insull Illegal Hearing Set Tuesday; Fellow Defendants Deny Guilt. CHICAGO, May 11. (.-Pi--Samuel nsull refused today to acknowledge he jurisdiction of the United States district court and uttered no plea o the charges of violating the bank- ·uptcy act and using the mails 'raudulently in selling his company itocks. Brought from the county jail for his formal arraignment before Federal Judge Philip L. Sullivan, the elderly prisoner remained silent and aloof while his counsel entered a )lea challenging his seizure in the larbor of Istanbul as illegal and refusing to plead him guilty or not guilty. Plend Not Gutfly. His fellow defendants on the ankruptcy charge. However, cn- ;ered their pleas of not guilty, and Judge Sullivan, without discussing the value of Insull's contention, lostponed the hearing until next Tuesday. Insull immediately retired to the fudge's chambers and his attorney, Jloyd E. Thompson, announced that surety companies were scheduling the $200,000 bond which would make unnecessary his return to the county jail. For the first time since the retiring utilities execuUvo quit Cht cago two years ago for a hop, skip and jump across the Atlantic and JEurope,--h'ei came face to face in the courthouse with his old time associates. Shakes Each Hand. One by one they strode past him. leaning over.for a handshake or a pat on the shoulder Insull remaining seated as he shook each hand. Notably missing was his younger brother and protege, Martin Insull, who forestalled trial on the federal charges by the terms of his extradition from Canada and, awaiting trial by the state, has not 3'et come up from his Monocco, Ind., retreat to visit his elder brother. Immediately upon the calling of the hearing by Judge Sullivan, Attorney Thompson rose and offered the plea to the jurisdiction of the court, preventing his client from making any acknowledgement that he is legally held. The plea contended that detention of the Greek freighter Maiotis in GETTLE LAWYER HAS TELEPHONE CALL FROM MAN Informed California Oil Man Is Alive; Police Called Off. portation, Grace Long, and club growth, Edna Romer of Maquoketa. Mrs. Jessie Bateman and Olive Howell of Centerville reported on the Iowa Business Woman, official federation publication. Nearly 90 delegates had registered for the convention by noon Friday and the enrollment was expected to rise to more than 200 for Saturday's session. v Called to Order. Mrs. Goldie Worth of Centerville, state president of the federation, called the meeting to order at 9:30 o'clock. Dr. Madelene Donnelly led the singing of "America, the Beautiful" which was followed by invocation pronounced by the Rev; W. L. Dibble, pastor of the First Congregational church. Attorney Lester Dibble, city solicitor, in the absence of the mayor, John J. Burns,' read a greeting to the assemblage saying: "Mayor John J. Burns regrets very much that he was called from the city and that he is unable to be here and address you at this time. He honored me by asking me to represent him in extending to you the hearty and cordial greetings of Mason City, which I take great pleasure in doing. "Collectively, you have entered practically every walk of -life. You not only have undertaken the duties of your various businesses and professions, but you have demonstrated your ability to carry their responsibilities. In other words, you are no longer merely Vail flowers' but a very vital and important part of the machinery of American business and industry." City's Daughters. "To be host to such a gathering is indeed an honor of which any city might well be proud. · During the next few days, you are to be numbered. by adoption, as our city's own daughters. Our time, all of it; our best and most courteous attention; our homes; out warmest hospitality shall be yours. And very earnestly Fisher Workers Walk Out; Buick Plant Shut Down Closing of Plant Comes on Eve of Presentation of New Model. FLINT, Mich., May 11. (vl 1 )--The Buick Motor company plant closed here today, close on the heels of a walkout of union employes in the Fisher'Body corporation No. 1 plant which makes Buick bodies. Fourteen thousand Buick em- ployes and an estimated 5,000 Fisher employes were idle. Although H. H. Curtice, prcsi-'[ port at Istanbul was improper, his dent and general manager of the Buick company, was out of the city it was learned from reliable sources that the plant would remain closed until Tuesday. By that time, it was expected the Fisher strike would be settled. The closing of the Buick plant j comes on the eve of the prcsenta-! tion of a new model. The rate 'of pay the for piecework on bodies for new model was one of the for dissatisfaction employes of the avowed causes among union Fisher plant. The Fisher union w o r k m e n walked out yesterday afternoon and union leaders said fewer than 100 men returned to work this morning. 2. Coluius ? SEE AGREEMENT ON SILVER BILL Senator Says .Morgenthau Accepts Mandatory Declaration. WASHINGTON, May 11. OP)--! The senate silver bloc and Secretary Morgenthau virtually agreed today on the language of a silver bill, but it will be presented to President Roosevelt early next week before final terms are written. Senator McCarran (D.. Nev.l one of the conferees, said Morgenthau had agreed to a mandatory declaration of policy that silver be made a primary monetary base with gold, but desired to submit it first to President Roosevelt. McCarran added there was "very little controversy left." Kevn Senator Borah (R.. Idaho) who walked out of the first conference Wednesday because he felt the "whole thing is permissive." was more cheeful as he emerged from the meeting. "We ought not take a too enthusiastic view," he said, "but the discussion was far more satisfactory today." (Turn lo I'afje 2. Column 7) WORLD PARLEY ON WHEAT FAILS Breaks Down as Argentine Rejects Proposal for Minimum Price. LONDON, May 11. JP)--The world wheat conference broke down tonight when Argentina refused to accept the proposed minimum price scheme. Shortly after the conference had adjourned, late tonight, until June 27, it was learned that some importing countries including Great Britain, had not given their approval to the plan. Delegates had been hopeful, however, of an.ultimta success. However, today, Argentina communicated her refusal to accept the proposition, thereby wrecking the conference. LOS ANGELES, May 11. i.-'l')A ransom of $75,000 hag been demanded for the release of William F. Gcttle. kidnaped Beverly Hills millionaire, the district attorney's office announced today. Ernest E. Noon, attorney for Mrs. Gettle, Informed District Attorney Huron Fitts he had received a telephone call "from a party who informed him they had Gettle alive .ixnd wanted 575,000 ransom." "About S:30 o'clock this morning-." reported Noon, "I had a telephone call from some man. Describes Conversation. "The conversation wont some- tiling like this: " 'Mr. Noon?' "1 said 'yes.' " 'Will you pay seventy-five grand?' " 'Why yes, why--yes.' " 'Well make up your mind ' "'All right.' " 'Now you follow the instruc- .ions, and everything, and you will be all right,' the man told me." Then, said Noon, there was some reference to an automobile, and the line was cut off. Talked About C:ir. "By reference to an automobile. I mean that the man began talking- something about a car some place. "I couldn't quite get the drift o£ it when the line was cut off. We are now waiting for anotlier call from 'this party;" " * f l ", '"'* -Two ana^-ra^jr-SffirTIESc-dESr i telephone call Noon suddenly left i his office. Whether he had the-ran- I som money with him was not revealed. Soon after Noon received the telephone call he believes came from the kidnapers, he called in District Attorney Fitts and federal agents. A trust officer of the bank located in the same building as his office, was called in. Hiirrii'd Conference. There was a hurried conference. District Attorney Fitts was the first to leave the conference. The district attorney returned tu his offices here and after a. conference with other authorities announced that all officers had been withdrawn from the investigation. In the meantime, after the conference, Noon left his office, and on his return.stopped at the bank. Then he came up to his office. It was not discovered whether he had obtained any money at the bank. Shortly after this Noon left his office again. It was learned thai Noon had advised Mrs. Gettle of the telephone call indicating- hei; husband was alive. She was reported to have collapsed under the excitement and fear was felt for her life. Departs in S'jcret. Noon's departure from his office phortly before 11 o'clock was alone and secretly. Evading the newsmen who wen- waiting in the corridors and lobby of the building, he was in his car and speeding down Santa Monica boulevard before they caught sight of him. Meanwhile the machinery of the law had been stopped. The follow- ('runi to I'nKC 2. Column *) Relief Workers at Ottumwa Strike in Wage Disagreement OTTUMWA, May 11. strike of Wapello county '.Ti--A relief workers was in progress today, a; a result of a disagreement over common wage rates. Thirty unemployed men refused to go to work this morning on two work relief projects when about 150 pickets visited a rock quarry and the county yards. Only four out of thirty-four men assigned, took up their jobs. Relief officials had planned to add men to the work list until SOO unemployed here had been given an opportunity to work. Workers here were to receive 35 cents an hour for common labor, j Union 'men are holding out for 50 ! Map of North America Teachers and students who have prized the other maps distributed by on- Washington Information bureau should not f-'l to procure a copy of the latest informative map, the "Map of America." This map shows North America in its entirety-from Grccr':.nd to Panama, and from the Parry islands to the West Indies. A condensed atlas will be found on the reverse side. All the figures and statistics are authentic and up-to-date. Inclose 10 cents in coin to cover cost and handling. Use coupon. Mason City Globe-Gazette Information Bureau, Frederic J. Haskln, director, Washington, D. C. I enclose herewith 10 cents in coin (carefully wrapped) for the Map of North America. Name Street City State (Mail to Washington, 1). C. ·

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