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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 14, 1936, Mason City, Iowa                                o M P ATION E R i i s MEM s Ait 1 QF IQYA MO i r i r NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH lOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE SERVICE MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO Ill Will Labor Party Rise Political Group May Come From Lewis Movement By CHARLES P STEWART ASHINGTON L Lewis industrial union movement shows an increas ing tendency to ward a national labor party Except in one instance it al ways has been the A F of Ls policy to keep clear of partisan politics Its mem b e r s naturally have had their preferences a s between plat forms and candi dates but coliec tively they have avoided indorse as previously re marked once they did the elder Senator Robert M LaFollette for president in 1924 And many old timers while they warmly ap proved of the late Senator LaFol lette think that that was an error Samuel Gompers established the longrecognized A F of L principle that unionism functions most effect ively independently of party tie ups Want Labor Party Ever since his time his school of thought has been predominant in the federations counsels The leadership of Englands workers has preached the desirability of a labor party as a separate entity but leaders of American workers have remained just now maybe Under the late President Gomp ers and President William Green A F of Ls craft interpretation of what constitutes labor has been pretty narrowso much so that the federations membership has been limited to approximately 4 000 000 too few to class as a party It has been more in the nature of a President John L Lewis of the United Mine WorkersVofr America ttie apostle of industrial versus craft urionism aims at a membership of nearly great plenty for a party or for the nucleus of one anyway OnlV Trained Groups The orthodox A F of L theory is that labor consists of the person nels engaged in certain especially trained groups of hand and it wants them pretty well paid too or their dues are not worth having It has neglected the less skilled trades and it hasnt been willing to admit that a socalled salaried man for example a re porter like me is labor at all John L Lewis proposes to scoop all crenuine labor into industrialism The A F of L represented by President Green doesnt want Lew is president of the United Mine Workers and chairman of the com mittee on industrial organization to succeed in doing this Why not Disiegard Others Well heretofore an A F of L 4000000 strong has been a dog po tent enough to wag or disregard a tail consisting of 4000000 workers 1 Lewis does succeed a 40000 000 industrial setup undoubtedly will be vigorous enough to wag whats left of a 4000000 A F of L to a wag it to death in all probability What essentially frightens A F of L is the United States Mine Work ers recent vote of indorsement of the Roosevelt administration Defiant of Principles The indorsement in itself was de fiant of A F of L principles But the insurgents did worse They offered their money in F D Ds support in the next campaign there issomething mighty convinc ing in an offer of money A new political labor party will not be launched this year this is too soon But 1936 seems to see the begin ning of it At a guess the 1940 issue will be between Lewis vertical and Greens horizontal concepts of unionism Only 6 in U S Who Should Drive Fast LINCOLN Wallace su perintendent of the Iowa motor ve hicle patrol told a safety conference here there were only six persons in the United States aside from pro fessional racers competent to drive an automobile faster than 60 miles an hour Barney Oldfield the noted racer recently made the statement to Wallace he said Waterloo Waitress Loses Slander Suit WATERLOO Charmion Wroe 20 year old blond waitress who sued her former employers Mr Mrs Andrew Fried for 12200 la agfs for slander after they dis charged her a year ago lost her case Friday when a district court jury of six men and six women returned a verdict for the defendants NORTH IOWA BLOCKADED AGAIN Senate Enters Final Debate on Farm Act AH LOCAL PIONEER SUCCUMBS AT 86 Leader in Public Life of Mason City for Many Years Albert H Cummings 86 prom inent in the public life of Masou City for many years during its pioneer growth died at his home 403 Pennsylvania avenue northeast following an illness of only two days He had resided in Mason City since 1871 when the town had a population of 700 inhabitants and was mayor of the city from 1S93 to 1897 Mr Cummings was born Feb 17 1S19 at Newport VI He received his early education in the city of ts birth and later attended an academy at Derby Center Vt and the New London Institute at New London N H His parents were of Scotch descent his fathers family coming to this country in 1640 Read the Law The most difficult part of the education that Mr Cummings re ceived was obtained in the dingy law offices of the lawyers for whom he worked while he read the law at odd times and at night Mr Cum mings career in the west began with his arrival at Joliet 111 where he was sent by his employes in 1871 to Help settle an estate From there he came to Mason City was fascinated by the life of the pion eers and believed the opportunities greater here than in the east In November 1871 Mr Cum mings was admitted to the bar in this state The following year he returned to his native state and was married April 19 1S7S to Ideila Blake a schoolmate during the time of his attendance in school at Derby Center Had Long Service Mr Cummings record of public service extends over a long period of time dating from 1879 when he was first chosen as justice of the peace He held this office for 28 years He was also referee in bank ruptcy for 22 years city solicitor from 1882 to 1893 mayor from 1893 to 1S97 and a member of the school board for 12 years Shortly after the organization of the I 6 0 F lodge here in 1872 Mr Cummings became a member He is also one of the earliest mem ber of the Elks lodge and is a mem ber of the First Baptist church and the Cerro Gordo County Bar asso ciation Surviving Mr Cummings are a daughter Mrs C B Lewis Ot tumwa and a son Albert B Cum mings Mason City and one nephew Maj John L commissioner was preceded in death by his wife several years ago Funeral services had not been arranged Friday awaiting the ar rival of Mrs Lewis The body was taken to the Randall funeral home Local Pioneer Dies ALBERT H CUMMINGS Story Back of Story of War Is Told EDITORS NOTE The story behind the story at wars front lines often is one or pathos of ironic humor of little incidents which in heir sum total help de cide the destiny of nations Edward 1 Neil Associated Press staff writer covering the right flank of the Northern Ital ian army in its campaign of oc cupation in Ethiopia has written a serifs of five intimate analyti cal and picturesque stories of 400 earnon the war The first of these follows ROYALISTS DEFY E Cabinet May Be Wrecked by Socialist Demands for Stern Action By KICHAKD G MASSOCK CoiyrinlH by The Assothitfd tress PARIS The outlawing of Frances royalist brigade the kings henchmen provoked short lived disorders and aroused appre hension Friday over possible conse quences of the virtually de fied by the most royalists Premier Albert Sarraut whose decree dissolvingall militant royal ist organizations in France was signed by President Albert Lebrun and promulgated Friday took com mand of the situation in his capacity asminister of the interior Police searched the headquar ters of the Action royalist party the marching wing of which is known as the kings Sarraut indicated he was reluctant to order arrest of the leaders for fear of rekindling the flames of rioting which flared two years ago The premier confronted at the same time socialist demands for stern action against royalist lead ers because of an attack Thurs day on Leon Blum veteran states man and socialist leader the im mediate cause of the royalist dis solution decree The socialists were powerful enough to overthrow the govern ment in the chamber of deputies if they failed to obtain satisfac tion Heart Attack Fatal to Snow Shoveler MANSON Carsten aged 70 dropped dead of a heart at Griffith Big Ten tack while shoveling snow in front Judge Cummings of his home Thursday DEFENSE RESTS IN CANN TRIAL iggett Murder Case Likely to Go to Minneapolis Jury Monday MINNEAPOLIS de fense rested Friday in the trial of Isadore Kid Canh Blumenfield orraer bootlegger charged with first degree murder in the slaying of Walter Liggett newspaper pub isher last December 9 The state then called the first of the rebuttal witnesses The case is expected to o to the jury some time Monday Boy Helps Dislodge Truck Crushed to Death Under Wheels BOONE few moments af er he had helped dislodge a snow bound truck near his home Billy Idreon 9 was crushed to death mder the wheels of the vehicle The driver was unaware of whTt had hnppened until attracted hy he screams of Billys brother 3obby 7 who witnessed the tragedy Iowa Gets Federal Funds for Pensions WASHINGTON a part of the administrations inaugura tion of its social security program the treasury mailed Iowa to be spent for old age assistance Chosen President DES MOINES Iowa Retail Hardware association elected J A Van Ness of Mason City Iowa retiring vice presi dent to the presidency here to daj Harry Jacobs of Davenport named vice presulnt and rhilip R Tacnlison of Mason City was reelected secretary and treas urer By JEDnAKD J NEIL Associated Fress Foreign Staff WITH RIGHT FLANK NORTH ERN ITALIAN ARMY TAKKAZE FRONT By Air Mail and Ship to New York T The war bulletin published back home in Italy will read with severe simplicity Miss ing in action I sat on a rocky ledge high up on the moun tain of the lep ers fortified out post of the bat tleridden Tem bien sector Be side me was an officer of the fa mous Spahis the mounted Arabs in a loquacious mood made and shattered in splitseconds They mean life and they mean death Describes Sihiatiion My narrator described the situa tion Two observation planes each with a pilot and mechanic had taken off at Aksum to scout Ethio pian concentrations The bombing planes too were in the air Over the plain of Selaclaca just as the observation ships spotted their enemy one pilot developed trouble Below him was a rock strewn canyon to either side were jagged mountains Somehow he got down Above his companion pilot circled anxiously He could see the Ethiopians in the hills making for their prey in the canyon Work on Machine The grounded flyers worked fever ishly on the machine Their com rades aloft swooped over the Ethiop ians machine guns spitting death Seconds mattered It was futile to try to fix the ailing motor The men on the ground signalled No use The pilot of the roaring observa tion plane made His decision As s big bomber hove into sight he tried a downwind landing the only thing he could hazard His ma chine touched whipped over It was a wreck but neither pilot nor me chanic were hurt Now all four men on the ground worked desperately on the motor of the other ship In the air the bomber stood guard but the Ethiopians crept closer The quartet gave up their task They leaped to a machine gun The bomber pointed the way to Aksurn They would have to walk Bomber Wheels Above All through the afternoon the bomber wheeled above while along the ridges skirting the plain the Ethiopians kept pace Machine gun and bomb did not deter them they stuck like grim death Finally dusk then the quick darkness of the tropics The ground ed aviators still were many miles from safety The bomber streaked toward Aksum to give the alarm Through the night Spahis under the command of the man who told me this story searched for the foot iore men Through the next day they looked The Italians never were found Missing in action the bulletin will say Those who know war know the meaning of that dread phrase Next White Sheets Whiter Fakes Legal Aid Free to Families on Relief DES MOINES Hough ton Polk county relief director dis closed that free legal aid is being given relief families asserting it was the first legal aid bureau of its kind in Iowa Examine Jurors for Brown Murder Trial SIDNEY TVFxamination of prospective jurors to hear the case f Charles Brown 67 charged with the playing of W J Mawhor Riv crton farmer continued Friday E BATTLES OVER BIG ARMY APPROPRIATION Government Cotton Sale Fuel for Congress Controversy WASHINGTON fuel for congressional controversy piled up in the wings Friday as trm ad ministration substitute for AAA and the big war department appropria tion bill held the immediate stage Five million bales of cotton ac quired by the government in its ef forts to aid the growers comprised a major lump in the pile Against the advance of a government expert the senate agriculture committee approved legislation directing that it he sold in weekly blocks of 20000 to 25000 bales The expert thought the plan ar bitrary and unsound Neutrality Clash Seen A promised clash between advo cates of broad neutrality legislation and those who favor a limited law drew nearer The house foreign af fairs committee unanimously ap proved a bill to extend until May 1 1937 the present ban on arms ship ments to warring nations and to re strict loans and credits to bellig erents In both house and senate blocs lined up to fight for more drastic proposals SenatorWagner DK T work ed on hew housing legislation after a white house conference but President Roosevelt emphaized in a press conference he had not given final approval to any particular program Still another task for tax in the back ground Mr Roosevelt said he hoped to have a proposal for financing the new soil conservationcrop control bill ready some time next week Social Security Checks As initial social security checks went out for the new deal demands arose In congress for an investiga tion of the Townsend old age pension and like movements Other developments The civil service commission re ported 211078 employes were added o government pay rolls ii the last two years This included the work relief administrative staff but not the rank and file of relief workers A report from the agriculture de partment said livestock on farms Jan 1 was worth 54885302000 this year compared to a year ago Senators Talk Fast Talking fast because debate was limited the senate was expected to vote Friday or Saturday on the substitute for AAA It provides subsidies for farmers who engage in economic use of soil and thus control production Its backers were determined to brush aside most major amend ments Whether an addition pro posed by Senator Connally D Tex would be successful remained be seen This is the export de benture of federal subsidies on farm exports equal to half the tariff on imports of the lommodities Its introduction Thursday led to a debate as to whether foreign gov ernments would boost their tariffs as a retaliatory measure Robinson and Dickinson Senator Robinson the democratic eader contended the court had im peached the value of its AAA deci sion by holding agriculture was a lo cal problem From the opposite side of the chamber Senator Dickinson R owat declared the basic question is whether we are going to do away with the old system of government oy majority It would be destroyed Dickinson said if a law were passed barring he court from declaring acts uncon stitutional by 5 to 4 decisions Senator Norris RNebr stepped into the argument to say any divi sion in the court creates a reason able doubt He urged anew that unanimous decisions should be re quired to invalidate acts of con gress ON THE INSIDE EDWIN C MANNING Ollumwa Mayor Will Seek Seat in Senate ON PAGE 7 Iowa Coal Shortage Again Grows Acute ON PAGE 2 Mason City to Play Garner in Sectional ON PAGE 9 150 From Forest Shovel Snow for R R ON PACK Health Officer Wants Children in School ON PAGE 10 Iowa and Minnesota Plan Safety Contest ON PAGE 10 NEW SNOWDRIFTS HALT TRAFFIC BY RAIL AND ROADS Mason City Temperature Plunges From 21 Above to 20 Below as Wind Out of Northwest Whips Over State SOME IOWA LOWS Mason City 20 New Hampton 18 Forest City 21 Nortlnvood 22 Garner 24 Clarion lielmoiicl 20 Qsnxc 1 Hampton I West Union 1 ii Emnictshiiri Spencer Spirit Lake 25 Sioux city 22 Charles City 17 Fort Dodge 20 Cedar liiipids 21 Webster City 18 Council Bluffs 17 Marshalltown 11 CROUCH FATALLY A bitter wind whipped out of the northwest into Iowa Thursday night piling new drifts of snow over the blockades built by last weeks blizzard and stalling motor and railroad traffic over the north ern part nf the state Friday The Mason City temperature plunged from a high of 21 degrees above zero Thursday to 20 below in the night There was only a trace of added snow but the northwest wind whipped the layers of snow that have fallen the past two flays into large drifts that again filled the cuts made by plows over the past week The clouds which sifted new snow ranging from an inch to five inches over the state in the last hours fled eastward before the wind letting the sun through Doesnt Help Much But the weatherman said the sun wont help much for tempera tures which Thursday rose to their behest levels in more than three UIIDT DV nun I ul I nlilm iVf2 precpied 11WUJ Ui UlUVEl iugffif aridto 20 belowVlh the south The wind the weatherman said apparently was losing its drive but reports from throughout the state incidated the 30 to 40 mile an hour velocity it attained early Friday at many points was suffi Highway Worker Crushed to Death While Working in Snow Swanson Condition Reported Improved Friday to be much improved He is getting along fine a spokesman said Landon Has Attention of Politicians By NATHAN ROBERTSON Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON politi cal wise men looked toward the prairies Friday and wondered whether supporters of Gov Alf M Landon of Kansas would enter him in republican presidential primaries on which increasing attention is cen tered The time is growing short Friday was the last for filing in Illinois a state where at least back ers of Col Frank Knox Chicago publisher and Senator Borah of Idaho will do battle far in advance of convention days Dates for filing in several other primary states will expire during the next month Go Into Primaries For some time there have been in dications that President Roosevelt and Senator Borah plan to enter most of their respective party pri maries this year Aside from Landons speech at Topeka Kans several weeks ago n which he touched upon current ssnes he has been comparatively quiet for a potential candidate Col onel Knox on the other hand has been on an antinew deal speaking tour in the east for some time Before Knox left Boston last night to return to Chicago he aimed an other blow against what he called the insanities of the new deal He forecast a solidly republican New England in the November election Will Not Enter The publisher declared he would not enter a pledged delegate slate in Massachusetts where he was born but hoped my friends in Mar sachusctts will find it expedient to join with those in other New Eng land states to support my candi dacy Former President Hoover laughed but did not comment when he was told at Portland Ore that Secre tary Ickles described him as in a constant state of jitters Hoover declared the country is facing the most critical situation in 70 years and pledged himself to continue fighting the new deal as long as it exists He and his as sociate Ben Allen went to Seattle to confer with state republican leader Crouch 31 Al gona who was employed by the high way maintenance department in Kossuth county died in the office of Dr W P Peters here an hour after he was crushed between two trucks working in the snow at 10 oclock Friday morning The accident oc curred on highway 169 3 miles north of Burt Two trucks were being used to fight through the drifts on the pave ment with the front truck equipped with a plow and pushed and pulled by the second truck when needed A chain connecting the two tracks be came loose and Mr Thompson had just fastened it when the mishap occurred Roy Littlebridge one of the truck drivers didnt realize that Crouch had gotten out of the other truck and put his truck into motion Thompson was out of the way but Crouch was crushed between the two trucks He suffered internal injuries Although rushed to a physicians of fice he died soon afterward Dr R A Evans coroner and Maurice McMahon county attorney both of Algona were called to Burt to investigate Crouch is survived by his wife and four sons Harry and Charles of Al cicnt to fill up the canyons newly cut through the snow mountains piled up last Saturday and Sunday The ticup as in Saturdays bliz zard was worst in the north and west sections of the stale They Took a Lesson Railroads taking a lesson from bitter experience halted train after train in stations rather than risk marooning them in the new drifts Some railroads had plows working Thursday while others were waiting for the wind to go down before be ginning the battle The main fury of this new on slaught of cold seemed to hit North Iowa from Charles City west Roads were badly blocked west of Mason City while the opening of No is to Nora Springs which was expected to be completed Thursday morning cleared away the last ob stacle to an outlet eastward Highway commission engineers stated they had word roads were open in Winneshiek Allamakee and Fayelte counties No 18 was open across Floyd county Back on No fist The lotary plow which Thursday opened the road between Clear Lake ona Earl of Fenton and Verlie of and Thornton and Meservey was California A daughter Mrs Fern Sweick died a month ago in Burt FORECAST IOWA Fair colder in east por tion much colder In extreme east Friday night Saturday fair in east with increasing cloudiness in west portion not so cold in west and south portions Saturday af ternoon MINNESOTA Generally fair Friday night and Saturday colder in extreme east Friday night not quite so cold Saturday In ex treme southwest IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at S oclock Friday morning Maximum Thursday 21 Above Minimum in Night Below At 8 A M Friday 18 Below Snowfall Trace The drop of 41 degrees in a 12 hour period reflected in the fore going table is one of the sharpest ranges of temperature recorded for Mason City in recent years A brisk wind from the northwest sprang up back on No 65 south of Mason City clearing away new drifts that had piled up in the deep cut made earli er in the week The road was open to Northwood One plow was assigned to work west I on 106 to Clear Lake and on west to the county line Late Friday afternoon No 6 to the south was still blocked with two plows making progress in open ing up the road The rotary was in the vicinity of the Cerro Gordo county line at 3 oclock in the after noon Another plow and a crew of shovclers were working north from Hampton Open to Itivrr More discernible progress was made in other directions No IS was open cast to the river and west to Garner except for the distance be tween Mason City and Clear Lake where 106 may be taken No 65 was open north to the state line No 2IR was open from Plain field north to the state line and No 9 from Manly to Osage No 10 was opened from Goldfield to Shell Rock The highway commission engin eers hoped to have both No 65 and No 69 open for traffic to Des Moincs before morning Encountered Trouble The county encountered trouble in its snow removal program Fri in the early evening accompanied I day A broken transmission on the hy a trace of snow and much drift Mack truck operating the plow that has been working out of Mason City held up thn work in this vicinity Juv M Cnwsill Dies i The plow was working west from KANSAS CITY iTi Giy M No 65 to Cameron when the ma Cowpill 37 Villisca Iowa native i chine broke down who was a member nf the federal And we arc unable to do any tariff boarri died at a hospital hero thins today for the reason that the of a cerebral hemorrhage i trains are not getting in with tha   

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