Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on September 21, 1937 · Page 1
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IE WEATHER 20-26—Generally fair most except showers Monday Tuesday and again about frequent changes in attire. ALGONA. IOWA, TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 21, 1937 10 Pages 80 Columns Number 1 _ ------ — _____ ...- o* -v sm erne Man, Father of Suspected Murder Victfm, /« HeZd in Jail For Questioning WhOe Officers Exhume Son's Body **' **** * * * * **** ** • EXAMINED AGAIN Fall Styles Are Featured by Eight Algona Stores (Algona fashion stores, both women's wear, are this nning a full page adver- calllng attention to the lines of clothing carrle' ores. Not a national line' ance is missed, and the ave many lines not includ- advertisement nen's stores are Chrlsten- L, The Chrischilles Stores, |ham Co., and Kresensky's. I's stores are Steelo's fShop, Zender & Caldwell, the Hub Clothiers, and Misbach's. Each week thousands o£ magazines carrying advertisements of tnose garments come into — -» - ^«.\*j J.UI. mHuin. purchase at your convenience. Buy ing these nationally advertised lines in Algona permits close inspection of the fabrics, the tailoring, and the styling, something that cannot be done with clothes , ordered by mall. | Prices on these articles range jfrom the best to the least expens- ive. Buying in Algona, close to' each customer's home, assures the purchaser that the garment Is fully worth the price asked, and if It should fail from some defect In manufacture these dealers are i ready to stand back of the products ithey sell. | Nationally advertised lines are good—they have to be good to stand the advertising. No article .would make a profit when nationally advertised unless it is good. National advertising sells many thousands of garments for each manufacturer, thus effecting a quantity manufacture which reduces the price that must be asked. Therefore these nationally advertised articles really cost less to you because there are so many sold. Thes articles are proven good by the thousands of people who wear them year in and year out. The dealers know they are good, and when you see such articles featured in your local dealer's advertising you know he is proud to sell them because he knows you will be satisfied. -owd of 15,000 Sees Events of 3rd Field Day at Bancroft iONA DOGS KE FIRSTS IN DOG SHOW suth Event Given [igh Praise by Sportsmen. third annual Field day of mnty Conservation League, r, on the banks of the Des river and the Charles In- |ann, a mile west and south icroft, drew an estimated at- ico of-between 12,000 and This estimate was made count of 3,500 automobiles grounds at 2:30 Sunday afro. Cars were drifting Into put of the parking space all ig the day, it is estimated, lan 18,000 clay pigeons were by gun fire, not counting Many of the undamaged is" were gathered up and second time. At the pistol an estimated 5,000 rounds used, and a like number were I on the rifle range. than 800 pounds of ham- were eaten at the mdin re- icnts stand, and hundreds of t of pop and many ice cream were sold at three smaller • The profits were all used set expenses. Admissibn to Held day was free. No Admission Charge. the Inman farm the Bancroft of the League built a dam a ago, and this helped make the [ideal for the event. Parking was on the west side of the with the main stand and the ~ at the top of a hill over- the shooting ranges, which the east. Inraan donated use of a pas- and helped all day with the ng of automobiles. A feature wld day is that it is free, and success comes from the fact "nany men donate time not ou that day but for weeks in nee. P. Weaver is president of the ty League; Gottlieb Bleich, President; J. D. Lowe, secre- Hreasurer. Winners in Events. 'flow R. Hoon, Jewell won the snoot championship, hitting 149 or 150 clay birds. Runner-up VY. B. Olson, Storm Lake, who « H7 targets. W. S. Hoon, j 1 of the champion, tied for with B. J. Mescher, of Fair- Doth scoring 146. Mrs. Roy w " Des Moines, broke 141 h ,, was Wen for women. u « Algona trapshooting team Ue county meet over teams _°urt, Bancroft, Swea City, I Rock, and Whittemore. "n-year-old William Pros- n n . - Dodge, won three of four ,? «"t rod-casting events. He «irat in 3-8 ounce, 6-8 ounce, u 'y-ny accuracy events. Leroy B»!? rt odge ' WOQ the wet-fly lt acy contest. Algonians Win Shoots, .5' ? 1 j rton . Algona, won high "flual honors in the rifle match wroy Nolte and Edw . n GU _ 1 D °th of Algona, took first .jot ~™r places in the boy's ilfle f in ,u a Lul ben. Charles City, i" th « women's contest, and in ,, Roderl ok, Algona, was * the girls' contest. 9 tn , tot ' Mason City, made D in I! 11 the Clasa A. champion- Ham n? e plst ° l matches, and Town-ley, Fort Dodge, won laon n-7' wit! i a score of 93. A i 1 *" 1 wty police team, in a spec- Fort"S a ? plsto1 match, defeated I. j^p civilian team, 1140.'- uyae Johnson, Corwlth, d, of the Mason a remarkable score *w*e with e, .38 cali- the 75-ft. range, mak- Fire Prevention Week Is Ordered by Mayor Specht Mayor C. F. Specht has set aside this week as firo-'prevention week, and is asking that Algonians make an inspection of their homes and store buildings now before winter furnace firing starts in. Every fall the fire department is called out for roof fires, chimney fires, electrical fires, as winter firing begins. Attics and basements accumulate a variety of "junk" which may easily turn into a disastrous fire in many cases. Sooty chimneys and pipes leading from stoves and furnaces to the chimney are fire hazards, for a burning-out chimney may fire a roof and destroy the property. Each year in Kossuth county there has been serious loss from fire which could have been prevented, and in many cases tragedy accompanied the blaze and snuffed out one or more lives. On farms the fall is a dangerous fire period because of the storing of fresh produce in barns. Spontaneous comlbustion following placing of hay in the barn is a common cause of fires. Failure to clean out and repair chimneys on both farm and town homes often results in .sparks getting a hold which results in fire. Addition of new electrical conveniences to homes or barns may causo a firo if the wiring is not heavy enough to carry safely the extra electricity called for by the new mcahine. When wiring is over-taxed by an additional load it heats rapidly, and may become red hot. Wiring entirely sufficient for electrical uses ten years ago is now usually over-taxed because of such additions. As shorter winter days comes additional use of electricity is required and hence the danger is increased. GILLETTE TO LEAVE ALGONA BYAIRPLANE Must Speak Tonight at Banquet at Dubuque. Senator Guy S. Gillette, of Cherokee, who is to speak at this afternoon's dedication of the now post• office, will go to Wesley following his address, and there will take the ing a score of 99 at slow fire, 100 ou time fire, and 92 at rapid fire. Loreuz Pop Champ. "Lady," a white collie owned by Walter Lorenz, Algona, won first honors for non-sporting dogs in the bench show. Toto, an English setter, owned by H. B. White, Algona, was grand champion in the dog show, with Ginger, springer spaniel, owned by Dr. John N. Kenefick, Algona, as reserve champion in sporting dogs. A Chesapeake dog owned by Jack Johnson, Lu Verne, won water-retrieving trials. First prize in a "kid and dog" parade was won by Virginia Lee Tindall, of Woden, with two springer spaniels. Rowdy and Rogue, owned by R. D. Mitchell, Arnold's Park. William Speicher won the championship in a horseshoe pitching contest in which many took part. Archery New Feature. A new feature of Field day was archery contests conducted by Dr. R. M. Wallace. They drew an interested crowd all day. Targets were placed close for beginners, but at 120 feet for the contest, which was won by William Jepson, Sioux City. • All units in the county contributed to the success of the day, with each town operating a trap shoot or taking charge of an event. Complete results In many of the events are not available because of the size of the V r °S^: Comments of Visitors. The size of the Field day and its novelty as a sports event have m three years attracted considerable attention from all over the country K. M. Beegle, expert shooter for the Peters Cartridge Co. said: "This is by all odds the biggest sports event of its kind in the of the Arms company, "M know of anything In States which compares with your Field day. It is the best I have "expert, K 0. Osland, the Peters Cartridge Co, seen in the line of sports. SOFT WATER POND TO BE USED BY SKATERS Algona will have an ice skating rink this winter for the children, acording to plans of the Junior Chamber of Commerce discussed at a meeting Friday evening. The plans call for the purchase of an old box-car, or if possible an old Pullman, from a railroad company and placing it north of the soft water pond on the road to the Ambrose A. Call state park, south of the municipal swimming pool and the ball park. The car will serve as lunch room and a place for the children to get warm in cold weather. A paid attendant will be hired to keep the ice on the pond in condition. Various other projects were dis- the meeting, and a Dutch lunch followed. CHURCH FETE CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS be flown will attend a dinner at the Duibuque college and give a talk. The arrangement for the plane trip was made hurriedly lost weekend, when it was discovered that Senator Gillette was scheduled to speak both here and at Dubuque on the same day. When he made the date for Algona he was under the Impression that the Algona date was Wednesday. Officials Are Expected. Largo numbers of public and postoffice officials, civic leaders, agricultural officials, and others are expected to be on hand for the dedication ceremony, which begins at 2 o'clock. J. D. Lowe, as Commander of' the Legion, will preside. The program will be opened with the singing of "America" with the music played by the Algona high school band, following which The Immanuel Lutheran church, Father A. H. Ahman will give the Bancroft, observed its 50th anni- invocation. Iversary Sunday. The church was The address of welcome will be founded in 1887 iby 33 charter mem- given by State Comptroller C. B. '. DerS( O f whom only one survives. Murtagh. George Grubbs, super- Sne i s Mrs. John Nyman Sr., Swea intendent of the division of finance | clty _ and Sn6 is now a member o£ of the postoffice department, will the Swea city cnurch Immanuel Lutherans at Bancroft End Half Century. give a short talk, and then introductions will be made by Mr. Lowe. Mr. Gillette will >be introduced by L. E. Linnan, chairman ot the county democratic central committee. Following Senator Gillette's talk the high school band will play the "Star Spangled Banner" and the benediction will be given by the Rev. George Vance. Force to Have "Open House." Following this part of the program the postoffice force will hold "open house" in the new building and tours will be conducted. Committees named to provide reception for the various groups expected are: Post Office Officials—W. W. Sullivan, postmaster, chairman; J. W. Haggard, R. B. Waller, W. C. Dewel, D. E. Dewel, T. C. Sherman. Public Officials—L. E. Linnan, chairman; Mayor C. F. Specht, P. J. Kohlhaas, Dr. F. C. Scanlan, R. J. Harrington. Civic Leaders—0. S. Reiley, Joe Bloom, president Chamber of Commerce; J. A. Haggard, president Junior Chamber of Commerce; J. D. Lowe; E. G. Thiel, commander V. F. W.; L. J. Dickinson, former U. S. senator. Agricultural Officials — A. L. Brown, county agent, chairman; G. W. Bleich, Ed Youngwirth, Wayne Keith, George Hawcott, H. J. Bode. Football Opener is Friday Night Algona will meet Emmetsburg Friday night under the lights at the remodeled Athletic park for the first game of the football season. The park has been entirely changed for the game, and car parking will have to be outside the park proper. Prospects are good for a football team that will win a majority of the games this year, and Friday will give fans an opportunity to size up season prospects. Four to laymen's Meeting. Messrs, and MesdamesW. J. Presnell, Lynn Keith, John Wheelock, Harvey Coleman, H. N. Kruse, and Dr. R. A. Evans attended a Baptist , laymen's meeting at the Baptist state assembly grounds at Iowa Falls Saturday and Sunday. The Rev. M. A. Sjostrand, Algona, is the Bancroft as well as the Algona minister, and he preaches every other Sunday at Bancroft. Holy Communion services were held in the morning, with Pastor Sjostrand preaching. The Algona and Bancroft choirs sang. In the afternoon an anniversary program was given at 2:30, with Pastor R. C. Swanson, Swea City, president of the Northern district of the Iowa Conference, delivering the address. Musical numbers were given by the combined choirs, and Mrs, Sjostrand gave a solo. Mrs. George Johnson gave a resume of the church's history, and besides greetings by visiting pastors letters were read from former pastors and friends. Recognition was given to charter members and the present older members of the congregation. The Rev. S. O. Sande, Seneca, conducted scripture services, after which an anniversary offering was taken. In the evening a confirmation reunion was held, with Pastor D. O. Swanson, Cowrie, giving the confirmation address. Pastor Swanson is vice president of the Iowa Conference. Roll call of former confirmation classes was held, and greetings were given by representatives of the classes. There have been 17 confirmation classes in the half century. The combined choirs sang, and a duet was given by Mrs. Sjostrand, Algona, and Mrs. J. A. Nyman, Bancroft. All adults who have been continuous members for 40 years were recognized. Mrs. Christian Behrmann, Kama Nilson, and Mrs. Oscar Pearson have been members 49 years; Mrs. Nels Mathson, Mrs. James Nelson, 48 years; Nels Mathson, James Nelson, and Alfred Pearson, 45 years; Mrs. Alfred Pearson, 42 years. Dinner and supper were served at the Baptist church. t Sky-Writing -Seen Afar. L. H. Bartlett, Titonka, was here the other day and reported that the sky writing done here a week ago by a Phillips 66 plane was visible 22 miles away. A group of men threshing at first thought it was a bomb explosion. YOUTH KILLED WHEN CAR AND HEARSE CRASH Herman Habeger, of West Bend, Dies at Fort Dodge. 'Herman Habeger, 26, of West Bend, was fatally injured Saturday night two miles north of Fort Dodge when his car collided with a funeral coach while passing a truck. Habeger suffered a basal skull fracture, and other injuries, including a steel splinter from the car which was driven deep into the youth's side. Death resulted primarily from the fracture, however. The accident happened about 9:30 when Habeger was en route to Fort Dodge to spend the evening with his fiancee, a Fort Dodge nurse, according to relatives. The couple had planned to be married this fall. Tried to Pass Truck. The official accident report states that Habeger attempted to pass, a truck driven by Mack Teague, Council Bluffs, and also going toward Fort Dodge. Habeger just got alongside the truck when Che funeral coach came from the south. The coach was driven by Ray Lindhart, of the Hopley & Lindhart funeral home in Hum- fooldt. Habeger's car first smashed head-on into the left side of the funeral coach, which, had gone as far to the right as the driver dared. The car caromed off and into the side of the truck, impact with which sent it headlong into the ditch, where it rolled over and over. Habeger was thrown from the car by the combined coach and truck crash. The youth was picked up and rushed to the Mercy hospital, where he died an hour and a half after the accident without regaining consciousness. Car is Wrecked. Habeger's small coupe was completely wrecked by the double impact and the roll into the ditch. The truck was not badly damaged, but the front of the funeral coach was caved in. Neither Teague nor Lindhart were injured, and both managed to keep their vehicles under control and on the road. LaVaughn Riley, of Livermore, was arrested by state patrolmen at the scene of the accident, when it was alleged he drove through flares and ignored warning signs. After colliding with the rear of a car parked on the shoulder of the road his car went into the ditch. He was fined $25 and costs in Fort Dodge police court Monday morning. He claimed he failed to see the flares or the flashlight signaling by the patrolmen. Habeger was a farmer near West Bend, and is survived by brothers and a sister. His parents died a number of years ago, and according to a report, are related to the Habegers who formerly made Algona their home. Habeger's body was taken from the hospital to a Fort Dodge funeral home, and Sunday was taken to West Bend, where funeral services were planned for today. GOLF CLUB ELECTS STEELmESIOENT A special stockholders' meeting of the Country club was held last Thursday evening, following a Dutch luncheon at the clubhouse. The annual meeting date in the articles of incorporation was changed from February to the third Thursday in September. Election of new directors was held and T. H. Holmes, R. J. Harrington, C. H. Williams, D. W. Anrews, and J. 'D. Lowe were elected. Change in the annual meeting date and election of officers will be a help towards getting officers and committees started in the early fall for the following year. Following the meeting the directors met, and Win, F. Steele was elected president; D. E. Dewel, was elected vice; T. H. Holmes, treasurer; T. L. Larson, secretary. F. E. Kent is retiring president. The others were reflected. The financial statement of the club now shows only $1,500 indebtedness, $500 was paid this year on the mortgage. Discussion took place on repairs of the clubhouse, a heating plant, need of a new watering system for the greens, and a professional for next year. Committees will be named soon. Methodists to Honor Edge. Next Sunday members and friends of the local Methodist church will have a potluck dni- ner in the dining room after the morning service, honoring Doctor J. H. Edge and his family, who will arrive Friday from Mitchell, S. p., where Doctor Edge Is now president of a Wesleyan college. "Homemaking" Movie Featured Three Mornings Next week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday a free movie cooking school, The Bride Wakes Up, will be presented at the Call theater by the Upper Des Moines. The doors to the theater open at 9:30 a. m., and the picture starts at 10 o'clock and runs for 66 minutes. The picture is a full-length feature, directed and filmed in Hollywood, with a competent cast to interpret the appealing story. Entertainment, profitable instruction, humor, and romance are woven into the production, with camera studies and remarkable close-ups of many articles such as a chocolate layer cake, a lemon chiffon pie, and other culinary triumphs. Free recipe sheets are furnished each day. Also included will be ideas and suggestions about such daily problems as laundry, refrigeration, up- to-date entertaining, beauty secrets, news of modernized home equipment and tips on making mechanical contrivances yield full usefulness. Not only will the picture be free, but a large number of gifts will be made daily by the newspaper and the cooperating firms. C, R, SHUTS, BARBER HERE, PASSES AT 56 Sudden Death Result of Heart Disease Early Sunday. Clarence Shilts, local barber for the last 34 years, died suddenly of a heart attack at 6 o'clock Sunday morning at his home. He worked in the Shilts Bros, shop till midnight Saturday night, and he took sick about 3 a. m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held this afternoon (Tuesday) at 2:30 at the Presbyterian church, the Rev. C. Paul Carlson officiating, and burial will be made in the Riverview cemetery. Mr. Shilts had since youth been a member of the church. Mr. Shilts was born February 23, 1881, at Arlington, 111., and was in his 57th year at death. His parents, Reuben and Sibyl, deceased, lived here many years. Clarence attended Illinois schools, came to Kossuth in 1900, and lived on a farm near Hobarton. He was married to Edna Walters in May, 1904, at Algona. For the last 34 years, he had been in partnership with his brother Frank in the barber trade. Besides the widow, Mr. Shilts is survived by his son Fred, at home; his brother Frank; and a brother, Chales Tecumseh, Neb. A sister Zella died when seven years old. Out-of-town relatives who will attend the funeral are the Charles Charles, Tecumseh, Neb. A sister Walter family, Milford;"- Melvin Shilts, Omaha, a nephew; and John Shilts, Mason City, also a nephew. Death Story Was a , Hoax for Time Off; Aug. Lohse Living The August 31 Advance, other weeklies in this section, including the Fenton Reporter, and nearby dailies reported that August Lohse, 61, Raymond, Minn., farmer, formerly of the Fenton neighborhood, had been killed by lightning. This was not true. It appears that the death was invented by a nephew of Mr. Lohse employed on a Fenton farm -who made it an excuse for time off duty, claiming that he would attend the funeral. After the. death story was published other relatives checked up on it and discovered the fraud. The nephew may have read of the traditional employed boy who now and then begs the boss for time off to attend Grandma's funeral, but instead attends a ball game, and the nephew may have thought that he could pull the same trick without discovery. Old P. O. Furniture to Be Shipped Away The furniture used in the old postoffice has all been boxed up, except a few items still in use for which new substitutes are to come. Some of the old furniture has been shipped away, and the rest has mostly been asigned to widely separated postoffices throughout the country. Some, for example, will go to Vermont, some to Alabama, some to Idaho, etc. Sherman Novel in Magazine. A novel by Richard Sherman entitled Morning, Noon , and Night appears in the October issue of the Red Book, reprinted .by arrangement with the Conde Nast Publications Inc. Coal Field at S. C. Prospected Swea City, Sept. 20—Four Fort Dodge coal miners have been at Vernon Burt's farm four miles northeast of Swea City since September 6, prospecting for coal. It was expected at least two weeks work would be necessary to determine whether or not there is enough coal there to make it feasible to haul a power drill from Fort Dodge. The experimental work is being done with a hand drill operated by a derrick. HEALD OPENS COURT MONDAY IN FALL TERM Grand Jury May Be Given Details of Block Death. Court opened yesterday with Judge George A. Heald, of Spencer, on the bench. John Foth was named court bailiff. The grand jury is scheduled to be empaneled this morning at 9 o'clock, and a number of charges will be investigated, among them the death of Walter Block, who was found dead in a burning barn at Lu Verne several weeks ago. Details are given in another story in this issue. The calendar will be "called" this afternoon, and work is expected to start tomorrow on cases tryable before the judge. The petit jury does not appear till next week Tuesday, when jury cases will come up for trial. Prospects are that a numlber of cases will be tried at this term, and there is a large number of cases set for first hearing during the term. Old cases noticed for trial, are: LAW Dodson Fisher Co. vs. Andrew S Elbert et al. Hannah Behnke et al vs. John G. Rippentrop et al. Mrs. Geo. Kliegl vs. Oscar Poirot et al. H. L. Meader vs. Lester Paulson. Moe & Sjogren vs. Jos. Cosgrove et al. Champlin Refining Co. vs. Claus Wibben. Nellie R. Anderson vs. R. S. Blossom. Douglas Wildin, admr., vs. Carl Struecker. Bess Greenwood vs. Smith Produce Co. et al. Edward Mixdorf vs. Bernard Marsh et al. Melbourne Mansmith vs. A. B. Lappe. Donald Larson et al vs. M. J Trunkhill. F. S. Norton & Son vs. Barr. EQUITY Thompson Yards Inc. vs. Mueller et al. John B. Gallagher, Rec., vs. M. H. McEnroe et al. Northwestern Mut. Life Ins. Co. vs. John M. Moore et al. Merle McAnnich vs. Lars Skaar. Met. Life Ins. Co. vs. Kathryn Gustin et al. Des Moines Jt. Stk. Ld. Bk. vs. Elmer Myhre et al. Fern E. Lentsch vs. Benedict L. Lentsch. Fred Brand vs. S. T. Maurstad et al. Ruth Ramus et al vs. William F. Schultz et al. W. J. Roy •4- Three Classes in High School Pick Class Officials Three high school classes have elected officers: Seniors — President, Robert Muckey; vice, Dick Keen; secretary-treasurer, Ruth Will. Juniors—president, Lyle Anderson; vice, Roger Michel; treasurer, Eugenia Little; secretary, Jerome Nielsen. Sophomores — president, Perry Owen; vice, Patricia Matern; secretary-treasurer, Russell Buchanan. The freshmen officers will not elect till rural and city pupils have become better acquainted, t Robbery Charges Against Transient Orville Hagan, transient, was bound to the grand jury Monday by Justice Delia Welter on charges of assault and robbery preferred by M. L. Lochart, transient printer who is employed for a few days at the Advance office. Carlyle Sorle, transient, was sentenced to ten days in jail on a drunkenness charge. Lochart charged he was beaten up and robbed of his billfold by Ha,gan near the Northwestern station Saturday sight. GRAVE OPENED YESTERDAY BY STATEMENTS Head is Examined for Possible Skull Injuries. Max Block, father of Walter Block, whose burned body was found in his father's barn at Lu Verne several weeks ago when th« fire department extinguished a blaze, was taken into custody Saturday by officers, and was being held for questioning at the countj; jail. Sheriff Casey Loss, County Attorney Winkel, County Coroner R* A. Evans, a number of state men. and two local doctors.went to La Verne yesterday afternoon, where a court order to open the boy's grave and re-examine the body waa put Into effect. Body Found July B. The death of Block has been a mystery since the body was found by firemen July 5. Finding of the body was a mystery, for at first Block denied that the body waa that of his son. Fingerprints, together with Bertillion measurements taken when Block was arrested some years ago on a liquor count, but found innocent, were used to positively identify th$ body. A post-mortem was done on the body for analysis of the stomach for possible traces of poison, but the report from the state was that the youth had not been poisoned. The head was not examined for blows at the time, and burial took place the same week. Since that time a recheck of the body for possible wounds was desired by officers to establish the way ia which the youth died. Head is Examined. Special attention was given t» examination of Block's head to sea whether he died from a fractured skull or other violence which would leave no outward wound. The exhumation order was secured by the state bureau of investigation some time ago, but because 6C reluctance to disturb the grave the order was not used till necessary. The manner in which the youth died is necessary to determine all possibilities in connection with the case. Officers are now certain he was murdered, but motive and method have not been entirely, cleared up to their satisfaction. Murder Considered Certain. Results of the examination are being kept secret, and will probably not be revealed till after evidence has been presented to the grand jury, either at this or the next term of court. At first it was thought he had died in the fire, but the body had stiffened with rigor mortis when it was found. This stiffening of the body does not occur till some hours after death thus indicating that the youth was dead when the fire started. Attempt to Hide Crime? Another angle indicating that the youth was at least unconscious and suggesting foul play is the fact that the body when found was covered with straw. The fire started in the corner of the barn opposite the body, and officials are working on the theory that a deliberate attempt to hide a slaying of the. youth was made, with the fire as a screen to lead to the belief he had died in the flames. Possible connection with the murder of Bert Anfinson, of Corwith, some weeks before, is also seen, and Frank Welder, of Corwith, who is being held on charges of murder in the Anfinson death, has been questioned concerning Block, but denied he knew him. Seen Two Days Before Fke. Block had not been living at home, but had been working for a farmer near Lu Verne. Some ten day before the body was found he quit, and disappeared, but was seen two days before the fire. There are rumors of bad feeling in the family, but they hare not been definetely established. Since the remarriage of his father Walter had not been home often, and nothing was known of his movements during the period in which he was not working. Findings and information gathered by officers will probably be presented to the grand jury which meets today. A coroner's jury returned an "open" verdict after the inquest. An "open" verdict is one which certifies death, presumably murder or manslaughter, but does not fix the manner nor person responsible. Gets Steel in Eye. Fenton, Sept. 20—Lawrenbe Hantelman suffered a severe injury to one of his eyes last weefc Tuesday when he got a piece of steel into his eye wWle sharpening a scythe- He was taken to Fort Dodge, •where the steel iyas removed. Though th* eye is still inflamed it Is not seriously injured.

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