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Edited for the Home I A !U 0 N E R U S M E M A R T O E P T OF I O W A u n I N E S | A VOL. XXXVII FIVE CENTS fna. COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED wms SERVICE) Longworthf the Ruler Speaker Was Always Strictly Party Follower. By CHARLES P. STEWART A S H I N G T O N , April 11. (CPA) -- T h e w o r d s m a r t always was the fittest adjective to apply to Nicholas Longworth as a political persona l i t y . Thruout his career he was an admitted believer in organization methods -a strict party man. He would not even desert t h e republican ranks to follow his father-in-law ___ ^^__^__ as a progressive presidential candidate. This doubtless was partly due to his own ultra-regularity. It might equally have been attributed, however, to the fact that he never showed a sign of progressive sympathies. * . s i ' DERSONALLY, he unquestionably 1 was .absolutely honest. He was that way intrinsically. Nevertheless, he , had no compunctions in operating in conjunction with his party's Cincinnati machine at a time when many unpleasant things were being said about it. In congress Longworth was very useful to the hard-boiled element from the very fact of his recognized individual probity and his reputa- Tnrn to Paso 2, Column 1). RANSOM DEM AND CUT TO $100,000 Secretary of Kidnaped Man's ; Firm Gets Letter From ^Unemployed Guys." ·THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AM, NORTH IOWAN8 NEIGHBORS" ~MASQN CITY, IOWA, SATURDAY, APRIL 11. 1931 HOME ED'ITLON INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICE NO . ^^ ------· -- · _' ~ ' ·*··*·» ^.w*. w^^^^^ jrn.c^»a, AINU iiMTUKNAXIONAL NEWS SUPPLEMENTAL. SERVICE f$Q 129 SENATE AIRS FILIBUSTER CHARGE Final U Probe Session Takes Up Board Policies 3 MEMBERS OF "" I - . " G i Wells,* secretary of the Blumer Products" coinpany, : today received an anonymous letter from Chicago reducing: to $100,000 the ransom asked for the return of Fred J. Blumer, 50, head of the Monroe brewery, reputedly held by kidnapers. Blumer, former president of the Wisconsin Brewers association, has been misaing from his home since Thursday night when he left tu keep a telephone "business" appointment, Shortly .after Wells received a telephone call stating Blumer was safe but held for §150,000 ransom. Mailed From Chicago. 0 The letter received today was In a white government envelope mailed at 1:30 p.' m. yesterday from Chicago. It read: "Dear sir: "We make it 100 grand now. Wrap it in a white paper and wait at the southeast corner of Madison and Canal streets Tuesday morning between 9 and 10. If you tell anybody about this, well, it will just be too bad. We are above the average in brains, so be careful." The letter was signed, "Unemployed guys." Sheriff Myron West said he believed the letter a hoax but that it might elicit a .hurried reply from the real kidnapers. "Any one, even if they pose as ' a v e r a g e ' intelligent criminals, should have sense enough to know that the Blumber family is not going to walk down Chicago streets in broad daylight with $100,000 cash on them to be delivered at a specific corner." Attorney Thot Kidnaped. CHICAGO, April 11. JP)-- The police were searching today for Benjamin McWilliams, a veteran attorney, on the theory that he may have been kidnaped and slain. He has been missing since March 29. One report reaching police was that n close friend of Alphonse Capone had asked him to help search for the missing man. GROUP EXPLAIN THEIR METHODS Shull Says Iowa Plan Is Recommended to Older States. rjES MOINES, April 11. CT)--The ·-' University oE Iowa probe committee at its final session today delved into fundamental policies of the system whereby the state board of education is aided by a full time finance committee. Three members of the board, Mrs. Pauline Devitt, Oskaloosa, Miss Anna B. Lawther, Dubuque, and Henry Shull, Sioux City, were on the stand with' Shull's testimony centering around his" views on the organization of higher education under state control. The committee adjourned public hearings shortly after noon and will set about preparing its report for submission to the legislature next week. Senator L. H. Doran asked Attorneys Denis Kelleher and Era- met Tinley to submit written statements of what they believed the report should contain. Asked for Views. -, . Senator Dorau asked Shull for his views on the present setup whereby the finance committee is the excu- tive committee for the unpaid board of education. "Under the present law," Shull replied, "one cannot interpret it any other way." "It has been proved in other states that a paid board of regents has not been successful;: it - might ibe that the size of ( the finance committee could be increased. There are so many routine matters for that group to do because the board cannot be on the spot all the time. "We have to trust our employes. We could keep more detailed records if we had more help." System Recommended Shull said that the Iowa system has been recommended to other states by the Carnegie foundation. He suggested appointment of a committee to study educational management by other states and warned against taking only the evidence of this probe to condemn the Iowa system. "This committee might be cx- tiected to incorporate in its report suggestions for changing or improv- ROYAL JAPANESE PAIR ARRIVE havc Japanese Prince ing tffe law," commented sentative Bvron Allen. Rep re- Mrs. Devitt denied that one or two members controlled the board nnd told of working actively on the Niildin? and business committee. She said she had examined all the plans for major buildings and had (Turn to 2, column ft). AUNT HET By Robert Quillen "I thot at first he was innocent, but/no innocent man is goin' to hire a lawyer 'as slick an' high-priced as Jim." T. B, TEST LAW . TO BE ENFORCED One More Attempt to Use Peaceful Means Will Be Made. DES MOINES, April 11, M)-One more attempt will be made to enforce the bovine tuberculosis testing law in Cedar county by 'peaceful means, state and county officials decided in a conference here today. In a statement issued after Gov. Dan Turner met the officials behind closed doors, the conference decided that "we are going to see that this law is enforced." The statement said that leader.! of the Cedar county farmers opposing attempts of the department of agriculture veterans to conduct the tests would hold a conference in Cedar county tomorrow and "it is our sincere hope that out of this conference will come a resolution to the effect that there will not continue longer opposition' to the law." Dr. Peter Malcolm, state veterinarian, representative of the attorney general's office and of Cedar county officials met with the governor. Dr Malcolm was ejecteo from a Cedar county farm yesterday by a group of farmers. Crowd of Farmers Groxvs. TIPTON, April 11 (/P--The crowd of farmers at the E. C. Mitchell farm had,- grown to 300 at noon today. Objectors were called out by general calls over rural telephones. Leaders said 1.000 wouia be a.t the farm by mid-afternoon. The objectors will permit no strangers to enter the Mitchell farm. Newspapermen were escorted to the road. to Look Over U.S NEW YORK, April 11. (£ Prince Takamatsu of Japan an his bride set out today to discove what makes America tick. . He didn't put it quite that waj but it seemed, nevertheless, to b the general Idea of the interyieu he gave shortly after his arrival "I look forward to seeing all th things that make for the greatnes of America and to meeting manj of its prominent people," he said "I have long read and studied books on America and I know. I shal enjoy the visit." . .. Ag for his bride of a year, Princess Kikuko, "she, too, wishes to see the great things that are here.' Prince Takamatsu, younger brother of Emperor Hirohito and a member of the oldest reigning family in the world, is traveling incognito bul his first full day in the Unitec States was filled with official functions. The couple arriving yesterday on the Aqultania, took a salute of 2] guns as they passed Governors Island, and rode up Broadway thru lanes of cheering crowds. At the Battery a group of communists had assembled, but their attempted demonstration was abortive. SPANISH VOTERS TO GO TO POLLS Nation's First Election in 8 Years Will Be for City Offices. MADRID, April 11.--The first elections in eight years will he held in Spain tomorrow when voters will register their preferences for municipal offices. The polling will mark the first step in the program of the government to return the country to a normal constitutional life. Heavy police guards will be maintained over election day to suppress any rioting. Principal Interest in the elections lies in the test they will afford of the strength of anti-monarchist sentiment, which is known to have grown in the last few years. $60,000 Fire Sweeps Store at Estherville; 7 Men Badly Burned ESTHERVILLE, April 11. tfP)- fhe J. C. Penney store was swept by fire of unknown origin with a lamage estimated at $60,000, all of which is covered by insurance. Sevin men, including four firemen, were severely burned about the face and hands in combating the fire. WILL- SAN JOSE, C.'R., April 11.--Flew in here by Pan-American today. We was wakened exactly at the same time this morning by another little shake in Managua, now I am a prophet among the marines, as I said, they would use them for reveille. Tomorrow this beautiful little country celebrates a national victory over the United States. Now I know how an Englishman feels in our country on the fourth of July. Our calamities come in bunches, now Nick is dead, Washington-won't seem the same to me. I used to go straight for his office and make it my headquarters at the capitol all day. We would get Jack Garner (who loved Nick) and then I would between the two get the real "lowdown" on what the government wasa't dom'. I have been told many times by many democrats that he was the most able and most popular man in congress. Why is it a bum politician never dies? · Yours, M'NIDER SCOFFS AT'RUMOR'HE1S HOOVER CHOICE Hines Says Clear Lake May Get Veterans' Hospital. By RADFOIID B. MOBLEY IITASHINGTON, April 11.--Col. ·T Hanford MacNider, Mason City, today scoffed at reports he will be chosen by President Hoover for his running mate in 1932,% saying they were mere rumors. Altho he denied the probability of his candidacy, it is thot he might have done so out of regard for Vice President Curtis and other high republican officials. When questioned MacNider laughed it off with the statement, 'all that Is mere rumor." It is known, however, that he Is held in high regard at the white house. While here MacNider has had several conferences with department officials, one of the most significant of which was that with General Hlnes, head of the veterans' bureau, who told MacNider Clear Lake is being considered as a possible site for Iowa's new $1 000,000 veterans' hospital. Hines was unable to make any definite statement in this regard but' said Clear Lake is understood to have many of the healthful qualifications necessary . to : a. hospital site.' Before leaving for Canada tomorrow',1 ' Mr." and -Mrs.' 'Mac^ Nider will have lunch with the Hoovers at the white house. 1 Dempsey on Way to Reno; Refuses to Explain Why Difficulties With His Acti-ess Wife Have Been Rumored. DISCUSS WATERWAY PORTS OF REBEL ISLANDS CLOSED L i s b o n Government Publishes Decree Establishing Blockade. LISBON, Portugal, April 11. (-A decree establishing a blockade and closing the ports of the islands of Sao Miguel and Terceira in thn Azores was published today by the D ortuguese government The decree was the first official admission that the revolt which be- T»n a week ago at Funchal, Ma- eira, had spread to the other east- rn Atlantic Archipelago owned by 'ortugal. Garrisons of both insular capitals 'hursday sent word to Lisbon they were severing relations with the ome government. The expeditionary force sent to uppress the rebellion at Funchal rrivecl yesterday at Porto Santo, ne of the islands of the Madeira rotip. They are establishing them- eleves there . for the campaign gainst Funchal. Colonel Noronha omrnanding officer of the garrison n the Island of Fayal, Azores, said e believed the Island to be almost mpregnable. WASHINGTON, April 11. (,p-R. J. Manion, Canadian minister of railways and canals, told Secretary Stimson today he believed Canada would shortly formally advise the United States of its willingness to proceed with the St. Lawrence "waterway project. Manion, whose department directly handles such projects, conferred informally with the secretary. He was accompanied by Col. Hanford MacNider, American minister to Ottawa, and Hume Wrong, Canadian charge d'affaires here. The minister for railways and canals told the secretary he was not in a position to speak formally on behalf of Premier R. B. Bennett regarding tho St. Lawrence but pointed out that Bennett in his first campaign speech .for the recent elections had advocated the waterway. Manion said he knew of nothing which would change the favorable attitude of the premier. Barber Commits Suicide, CEDAR RAPIDS, April 11. Uft-- eorge. W. Young, 64, a barber ommitted suicide by hanging in his otel room Friday. Women Urge'Dry' Educational Drive, 'Example in Home' WASHINGTON, April 11. UB-- A nation-wide educational campaign, fortified by "good example in the home," was named today by an unofficial law enforcement, commission of 22 women as their chief recommendation for improving the present prohibition situation. This was the conclusion of a composite prohibition report, presented yesterday to President Hoover and described as a."woman's postscript" to the Wlckersham study. It was made public today at a luncheon by the woman's national commitee for law enforcement. Forget Parties. In one of the 22 individual studies from which the consensus was drawn, Mrs. Clement L. Shaver, wife of the former chairman of the democratic national committee urged women to forge they were democrats or republicans and vote only to "overthrow the liquor traffic." She said President Hoover was in a "strong position" because of his prohibition stand. Mrs. GiffortJ Plnchot, wife of the Pennsylvania governor, conceded enforcement was "a tough nut to crack," adding- that if the drya did not want it enough to fight for it .the amendment "might just aa well be repealed." Better Than Others. Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, woman suffrage leader.-said she had never observed a liquor law that was SALT LAKE CITS', April 11. fA --Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight ring- champion, was enroute to Ueno, Nev., today after refusing to comment on his matrimonial affairs and saying he sought six weeks of rest. The ex-champion visited hla mother here yesterday and left last night for Nevada, where divorce residence requirements were reduced recently to six weeks. He intimated he would spend his time camping, but did not name his companions. Both Dempsey and his actress wife, Estelle Taylor, have denied recent reports they had marital difficulties. Miss Taylor told of a minor disagreement, but denied knowledge of any intention on her husband's part to seek a divorce. Dempsey said the reports were news to him. Tho former champion announced in Columbus, Ohio, last Monday he would retire for two months on the order of physicians at the Mayo clinic, Rochester, Minn. He said he planned to resume refereeing anf 1 promotion of bouts after bis rest. VIVIAN GORDON DIED PENNILESS Knick-Knacks W o r t h 1 More Than $200 Her Entire Estate. NEW YORK, April 11. UF--Th few knick-knacks which she let behind in her apartment the nigh she was killed, their value not ex ceeding $200, form the entire estat of Vivian Gordon, .a Broadway fig ure in connection with whose deal! five men have been arrested. In the days when things wer "breaking" for her, Vivian Gordon was popularly supposed to have accumulated $100,000 thru transactions which, police said, includes blackmail. Even at the time of her death six weeks ago it was gos siped that she had $75,000. Harry Stein, a racketeer arrested on suspicion of homicide in the case and four other men remained in custody today while police con tinued their search for a sixth man It was intimated that the man now sought is the one who drove the car from which Miss Gordon's body was thrown into van Cottlandt Park the night of Feb. 26. Attorneys for Stein, threatening habeas corpus proceedings; said he could establish an alibi. JACK DEMPSEY Eaker Flashes East in Attempt for New Speed Flight Record WICHITA, Kans., April 11. .T1-- Capt. Ira C. Eakcr, nnted army test pilot, flashed eastward toward New York today in quest of a new transcontinental flight record today after a brief refueling stop. His red and blue low wing monoplane which carried him from Burbank, Cal., to Wichita in 6 hours, 2 minutes and 38 seconds--a new record--darted into the air on the final lap at 11:54:33 a. m. (C. S. T.} Markets at a Glance (Tom to Page ^, Column 8). reformatory. NEW YORK: Stocks--Irregular; Westinghouse at new low. Bonds--Firm;, rails recover. Curb--Steady; trading dull. Butter--Easy. Foreign Exchanges -- Irregular; French franc strong. Cotton--Higher; active week-end covering. Sugar--Steady; Cuban buying. Coffee--Easy; European selling. CHICAGO: Wheat--Steady; good export sales and firm cables. Corn--Steady; small country offerings and moderate receipts:. Cattle and hogs steady. Sentenced to Women's Prison. COUNCIL BLUFFS, April 11. !/!') --Convicted on charges of passing a forged check, Mrs. Madeline Franklin, Council Bluffs, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in the women's Immense Throng Pays Tribute at Longworth Burial CINCINNATI, April 11. UP) Speaker Nicholas Longworth wn purled today, iu ; Spring Grove cyne tery, the resting place' 6'f his fore bears. No words of eulogy were spoken as the simple ritual of the Episcopa church was read. But a silent tribute was paid t him by men in whose high circles he moved and by townspeople who revered him. President Hoover came with an official party together with a large delegation from congress, where Mr. Longworth served for more taan 20 years. Brief Prayers Said. Funeral services were held at Christ Episcopal church, where the Rt. Rev. Henry Wise Hobson, bishop coadjutor of the diocese of south- rn Ohio pronounced the brief pray- ·rs in the ritual of the dead. Men and women'high in public affairs called at the "Rockwood" estate of the Longworths to extend iheir sympathies. The body arrived )y a special train from Aiken, S Car.,«where Mr. Longworth died of pneumonia two days ago. The Interior of the home was tanked with flowers and inside the church, which had seating capacity or only 750 persons, the aisles, Tnni to fata 2, Column 0). FAMILYTM ENDS FATALLY Sioux City Woman Recovers in Hospital; Husband Is Dead. SIOUX CITY, April 11. f/p)_Mrs. Adam A. Kicffer was In a hospital oday recovering from . a bullet wound and scalp injury received luring a quarrel in which her hus- and was fatally wounded. The woman told police last night he was attacked by her husband when he became angered in a dispute ver disposition of sortie family furniture. She said her husband, aged 26 rew a revolver and struck her ver the head, inflicting a deep gash. Seizing tho gun, she admitted fir- ng three times, one of the shots triking Kieffer in the back and re- ulting in his death. Mrs. Kieffer vas wounded in the leg when th; un was discharged earlier in the cuffle. BACKERS WORK TO FORCE THRU INCOME TAX ACT Body Adjourns Without Approving Motion to Require Report. ryes MOINES; April 11. upj_ * J Charges that members aro filibustering to defeat income tax- county assessors compromise efforts were aired today as tho senate battled over a motion to require the conference committee to report by Monday afternoon. The motion, filed by Senators Li, H. Doran, Boone, and C. F. Clark, Linn, precipitated a parliamentary tangle which brot an appeal from a ruling of tlie chair for the first time this session. The verbal engagement finally was halted by adjournment with the Doran-CIark motion not having bsen acted upon. The debate arose in the first meeting of the senate after Lieut. Gov. Arch McFarlano bad appointed the senate members of the third GOVERNOR SIGNS DBS MOINES, April 11. UP)-Gov. Dan Turner todUy signed the Tamlsiea-Anderson congressional redistricting bill reducing lowa'a districts from 11 to nine, which was passed recently by the legislature. The redistricting was made necessary by an act of congress reapportioning repre- aentatio non the basis of the 1930 census. income tax-county assessor conference committee and bcfora tha house members had been announced. ,, I . All Efforts Failed. So far all''efforts*'tor reach'an ' agreement between- tha senate, which has refused to approve an income tax without a system of county assessors, and the house, which has favored an income tax but opposed the county assessor plan, hava failed. "Is it fair that the majority of senate members appointed to the committee be opponents of the income tax?," Senator E. W. Clark of Cerro Gordo county asked in tha course of the discussion. Senator George Wilson, Polk, replied that the majority of the senate appointees have favored the income tax. To this Clark retorted Lhat they hacl favored It only if It ncludcd the county assessor amendment. Senators Wilson- and Joe Frailey, Lee, pointed out that :he bill which combined the two was the one which the senate had approved. Second Call Filed. Upon the filing of the Doran- :iark motion a call of tho liousa signed by 13 members was filed. (Turn to PJIKB 2, Column 1). Accused of Shoplifting, Woman Sues, Gets $1,000 COUNCIL BLUFFS, April 11. UP, --Elizabeth McQueen, 57. w«s warded a judgment for $1,000 In er $5,000 damage suit against a ouncil Bluffs grocery store by a istrict court jury. She charged that n employe of the store made her ivulge the contents of her shopping ag in the presence of others in the tore. Testimony showed that noth ng- was found in the bag that she ad not paid for. IOWA WEATHER Fair Saturday night, rising temperature in northwest and north general portions Saturday night; Sunday piirtly cloudy or cloudy nnd warmer. LOCAL STATISTICS Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Saturday morning: Maximum Friday - ... 02 'Minimum in Night - . . . so At 8 A. M. Saturday - - - 48 After a running start Friday morning, something happened tfj impede the progress of the mercury in the Globe-Gazette's weather shelter and the day's maximum was only 62--9 degrees higher than tha 8 o'clock a. m. temperature. Saturday opened clear and balmy with tne temperature rising rather rapidly from the 8 o'clock setting mark--46. WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO, April 11. (.TV-Weather outlook for the week beginning Monday: For the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys and tha northern and central great plains- unsettled Monday with showers, and probably another precipitation period before closo of week; cooler Monday or Tuesday; warmer by; Wednesday or Thursday. ~ _ _ .

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