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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 26, 1937, Mason City, Iowa                                A fl L Q M E R 5 s MEM a DEP T OF 1c c MO I rj F j I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY CIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH 26 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 147 Discussing Sit Downs Viewed by Washington as Dangerous Development F L MAYTAG OF NEWTON DIES By CHARLES P STEAVART r A S H I N CPA The in cons ensus congress seems to be that the sit down strike is a dangerous labor develop ment It has proved to be extraordi narily effective for one item Also technical ly undoubtedly it is trespass The strikers ar gument is that a workers job is his property accordingly it is his right to camp on it However the Average American is not yet educated up to a concurrence in this philosophy It is recognized that it is the privilege of a body of dissatisfied employes to quit and it more or less is recognized that they are entitled to picket But to continue in occupation of their employers generally more than questioned They do it and get away with it but even some pretly good lib eral statesmen speak of it as a tendency toward overdoing mat ters Leads to Reaction Their theory is that the develop ment of such methods will lead to so impossible a situation that in Ihe public interest strong meas ures will become absolutely neces sary to remedy like Mussoliniism for example For labors own sake they are appealing to labor leaders to dis courage it Now I cannot discover that la bors really higher ups have in dorsed the sit down policy Local leaders here and there and increasingly are pro sit downers But nol the BIG leaders except my observation Two Big Leaders There are two big leaders of American workingmen today President William Green of the A F of L 2 President JohnL Lewis oE the United Milie Workers who also is head the national move ment for industrial organization The A F of L is in its way a very conservative organization When General Motors sit down strike was at its climax A F of L President Green made it clear that his group wanted it to be under stood that A F of L was sympa thetic toward the strikers de mands but he made it equally clear that it did not approve the sit down system Lewis More Radical Most folk Im one of them not necessarily unsympathetically re gard Lewis program as decided ly more radical than Greens The General Motors strike as suredly was a strike rather by Lewis adherents rather than Greens I think that Green semi o ked it slightly reluctantly 1 think that Lewis viewed the sit down aspect of it a bit skeptically DELAY RECESS IN CONFERENCE ONAUTO STRIKE Blame Ice on Controls for Air Crash Shovels Way for Easter Bunny Continued Discussion Leads to Hope for Early End to Chrysler Tieup But the employers Strikes especially sit down strikes are anathema to them Yet as between dickering with a collection of unions as repre sented by Green and a consoli dated union as represented by Lewis there is something to be said from the employers stand point in favor the Lewisonian combination One Compact for All Suppose the case of a large em ployer with a multiplicity of Greens unions to bargain witn Their contracts will expire from time to time involving con stant one union after another Lewis offers a con solidation of or 40 unions at a clatter in some huge industries One a year or two LANSING Mich ences between the highest officials of the Chrysler corporation and the United Automobile Workers scheduled for adjournment at noon continued long past that hour giving rise to hopes that an agreement might be reached Fri day Homer Martin president of the U A W who left the conference room for lunch replied your guess is as good as mine to in quiries about the possibility of a settlement When Waller P Chrysler and John L Lewis resumed their con ferences at a m CST Fri day it was indicatedthe negotia tions would be recessed at noon for the Easter weekend resuming probably on Tuesday Says Progress Made Gov Frank Murphy who brought together the chieftains of the Chrysler corporation and the Commitlce for Industrial Organ ization and arranged the momen tous agreement for evacuation of the Chrysler plants was optimistic He said progress was being made toward an agreement on the deadlocked issue of sole recogni tion which is keeping 60000 work ers from their jobs The evacuation of the eight striker occupied Detroit plants was completed before dusk Thursday evening when the unionist sit downers surrendered the keys to state troopers assigned to guard the gates while the peace confer ence proceeds Under the terms the agree ment reached by the corporation and the U A W A Wednesday night office workers will have ac cess to the premises but the plants will not be operated and equip ment willnot be removed during the negotiations Work oil Payroll The first task of the clerical force was to complete the 000 payroll for work completed before the strike began March 8 when the corporation declined to recognize the union as the exclus ive collective bargaining agent of the 67000 employes Union recognition was the chief subject before Chrysler and his associates in their conference in Governor Murphys office with Lewis chairman the commitlee for industrial organization and of ficers its affiliated U A W A Governor Murphy said 80 state police were assigned to guard the Sinclairs preparations for Easter consisted of sliovelins snow The 4 year old daughter of Mr arid Mrs Rob ert Sinclair was more concerned with making a path for the Easter bunny to get through than the wearing of Easter finery All winter she has braved the cold and played oulofcloors Her father is president of the Garner Chamber of Commerce 2 HUH AT DES MOINES Fire Chief Badly Burned Policeman Injured in Blaze DES MOINES Chief Will Burnett was severely burned and a policeman injured here Friday afternoon when an explo sion shook the Sheuerman broth ers woolen mills after fire had broken out Firemen estimated damage at after the blaze wns brought quickly under con trol or three Guaranteed peace that throughout of a series of wrangles to the tune of 10 or a dozen annually any one of which may involve the whole 30 or 40 Farmer Ends Life ADEL L H De ford reported John Gill 35 Van Meter farmer ended his life short ly after he appeared before the Dallas county grand jury Get Ready For EASTER factory entrances to protect the rights of workers and company He said the truce provided that there be no picketing although Homer Martin union president had said before the strikers marched from Ihe planls that they would be picketed during the ne gotiations In Excellent Shape The negotiations will proceed unlil an agreemenl on collective argaining has been reached the overnor said He said that state police who nspected Ihe planls as soon as he strikers left notified him he buildings were in excellent shape and that there were no re porls oE damage When the Chrysler strike is settled the most serious of the in dustrial conflicts will be over VTurphy said I believe the lead ers in other disputes will follow with similar agreements Some parlies to other controver sies have been in corrffnunication with me They include the Hudson Motor Car company and the Reo Motor Car company Other Parleys Recess Conferences to settle the strike which left 2200 workers the Reo truck factory here idle were in recess because one of the ne gotiators was called out the city At Detroit 10000 Hudson em ployes were idle with no nego tiations scheduled The principal idleness in the automotive induslry was due to the Chrysler strike Besides its 60000 idle employes a shutdown of Briggs body plants left 20000 without work STRIKE IN CHEVROLET SMALL PARTS PLANT BAY CITY Mich than 500 employes of the Chevro let Motor companys small parts plant here who started a sit down strike Friday morning left the plant shortly after noon under an agreement that negotiations on their demands would begin Wed nesday The strike lasted less than two hours but necessitated a suspen sion of production in the plant 3 WPA Workers File Suit Against Trucker SIGOURNEY for three Oskaloosa WPA workers filed suit in district court against Glen McNurlen Keota whose truck they claimed sideswiped a Mahaska countytruck in January killing one WPA worker and in juring six H S Life Oskaloosa attorney said Fred Bishop seeks damages from McNurlen Charles Wymore asks and Joe Dowling is suing for The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair Friday nisht Sat urday and Sunday continued cold MINNESOTA Fair Friday night Saturday and Sunday continued cold IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Friday morning Maximum Thursday 20 Above Minimum in Night 7 Above At 8 A M Friday 10 Above Snowfall Trace Unseasonably cold but other wise about as much as a Nortl lowan should expect of March That pretty well sums up the wea Iher offering since Wednesday blizzard conditions The sun wa back on the job doing full dut Friday forenoon but a brisi northwest wind counteracted it warming influence to a consider able extent where 2300 are employed 150 of them on the day shift The demands ipcluding the es lablishment of a shop committe to deal with employe grievance and wage rate of 80 cents an hou were formulated at a meeting o United Automobile Worker Thursday night General Motors officials said union representative had reques ed a conference with the plan management for 10 a m They sai the strike began before the unio representatives had arrived for th conference 25 minulcs alter tha hour R Large Stack of Problems WASHINGTON ques on of whether the government an do anything about sit down rikes topped Friday a stack ublic problems awaiting Presi ent Roosevelts relurn from jeorgia The president will call congres onal leaders to his oval office oon afler he reaches Ihe capital aturday Aides said he would dis uss with them the labor situation s well as other major queslions Some scnliment for government ction against sit down strikes de eloped in floor speeches sena ors and representatives this week Hopes for Statement Senator Vandenberg RMich aid he hoped the president would make some statement on the sub ect Administration leaders joinled oul however there ap eared to be little federal of icials could do unless a state sked for assistance Relief will be among the first egislative matters to occupy Mr Roosevelt Congressman are wait ng for his answer to the question low much is needed for relief in he next fiscal year Some of them hope for a budget Balancing cut in expenditures for he needy but others maintain the ederal government must provide more not less relief Studies Relief Problem The president has been study ng the relief problem at his 3eqrgia cottage working on a message he expects to transmit to congress on April 10 One administration objective which has not yet been written nto suggested legislalion is fix ng wage and hour standards The report a commillee which sur veyed the defunct National Re covery administration for the president was sent to congress without comment Several proposals for federal establishment of minimum wages and maximum working hours have been made but none has been given Ihe stamp of administration approval SKY CLEAR NOT MOCH WIND AS CRAFT PLUNGES Sister Ship Cruising Above When Plane Carries 13 to Their Deaths PITTSBURGH the Transcontinental and Western airlines declared Friday that ice forming on the control equipment caused the crash ot its airline near Pittsburgh with the loss ol 13 lives The company issued this state ment following an investigation of the crash in Ihe meadowland five miles from Ihe airport whore the plane was preparing to land The crash of the plane last night near Pittsburgh was due to fhe plane passing through local ized but very severe icing forma tions while descending toward Pittsburgh where a ceiling 1200 feet and visibility five miles prevailed Heavy Ice Deposit A heavy deposit of ice formed on the leading edge oE the ailerons which control lateral balance and caused the plane to go completely out control All this happened within the space of a very few minutes Officials of the air line headed by L C Fritz eastern region superintendent made this known this afternoon following a pre liminary but detailed survey ol the wreckage planes flying into Pittsburgh a approximately the time of the ac cident encountered no severe ic ing substantiates our belief that Pilot F L Bohnet ran into local ized and exceptionally heavy icing conditions Fails to Dislodge The crash of the plane failed lo dislodge the ice formed on the air lerons and gave us the clew on which we were able lo reconstruct the accident All modern transport planes carry deicing equipment for ev ery part of the plane on which ice formations have been encountered Never before in tests or in scheduled flying has ice formed on the afrlerons to an extent that in terfered with normal flight However the unusual ice for mation causing this accident indi cates that protection against icing must be extended lo include air House Concurs in Repeal of Iowa Pension Tax Off Action on Motor Vehicle Measure Until LOOK INSIDE FOR SENATOR E R BURKE Opposes Judge Ready to Retire in 2 Years PAGE 2 Ail State Basketball Selections Announcec PAGE 12 Some Schools Start Spring Holiday Earl PAGE 10 lerons and TWA is taking immed iate steps to develop this addilional safeguard Dives Into Hillside The twin motored skyliner nose dived into a hillside near the out skirts of Pittsburgh Friday only minutes away from the smooth runways of Allegheny countys 52000000 airport Russell Young oC Washington was the first five aeronautical inspectors the Bureau ot Air Commerce to reach the scene the crash The county commissioners con ferred with the airport manager Harry Ditch Elected Labor Assembly Heac PAGE 13 Next Week COLD EASTER IS SEEN FOR IOWA Fair and Continued Cold Weathermans Forecast for WeekEnd DES MOINES Iowa ouse Friday concurred with the senate in a bill lor immediate re peal of the head tax for pav ial support of the states old age iension system The measure after a hectic vide hrough the house passed finally by a vote 104 to 0 However it was revised to pro vide for the collection of delin quent taxes in 1935 and 1936 amounting to approximately 500000 For the purpose of mak ing refunds on taxes already paid another change provides that the state comptroller should remit col lected taxes back to the counties for distribution The bill goes back to the semile for ratification of the minor changes made Take Easter Recess A determined attempt to fore stall repeal until next January lo permit the collection ol 1937 taxes was defealed by a vote of 57 to 47 This major measure disposed ol the house joined the senate al midday in an Easter adjournment Earlier in the morning the house quibbled for some lime before de erring unlil Monday furlher ac ion on ihe controversial motor ve licle bill over which it has been embroiled all week It finally sup ported a motion by Representativi G Moore D of Dunlap b which the bill will not be taken up again until 2 oclock Monday Want Every Penny Controversy over the head ta repeal was between those force demandingvthat penny be utilized for old age as sistance and a group on the othe hand who said the leyy could no and has not been collected excep from 65 per cent of those eligibl to pay it Before taking up the repeal pla the house substituted for its bil the senate measure which provide for outrighl repeal and provides further for refunds on taxes raid for this year The house bill car ried repeal also but not unlil Dec 31 next permitting collection of this years taxes Representative Ed R Brown R of Des Moines led the fight for those seeking to upset the senate bill which he sought to amend to make Ihe repeal effective Jan 1 1938 Pass Several Bills The house waded through a number of noncontroversial bills WEALTHY IOWA MAN NOTED FOR PHILANTHROPY Washing Machine Company Founder Came to State in Covered Wagon LOS ANGELES Cal L Maytag 73 manufacturer philanthropist and one of Iowas vealthicst men died early Friday novning at Good Samitan hospital ere Founder of one of the largest machine manufacturing oinpanies in the world at New on Iowa Maytag had lived in re remcnt at Beverly Hills Cal for everal years He succumbed to a chronic heart ohdition according to his physt ian Dr William H Leake He ind been ill 10 days The pioneer Iowa industrialist ame to Newton in a covered wag in from his birthplace near El jin 111 in early childhood He vas born July 14 1857 Noted for his gifts to midwest DES MOINES tirst spring cold spell promised to con tinue through Friday and ably until next week prob The sky 2400 feet was clear there was lor not some much Baby Born in Auto as Mother Is Being Rushed to Hospital Henry E Zallek lost her race with the stork Thursday night at oclock when an eight pound daughter was born to her She was on her way to a Mason City hospital in her car when the girl arrived She her husband and the new daugh ter stopped at Plymouth for care and mother and daughter are do ing well at this time The Zalleks are recent newcomers to a farm 5 miles east of Plymouth wind and a sister ship was cruis ing a few hundred yards above and behind the twin motored Douglas C2 numbered 320 Turns His Head Captain A M Wilkins winging home the second ship turned his head to avoid looking at the doomed liners final 50 foot drop He estimated the fatal plunge be gan about 1700 feet up and that Pilot F Lawrence Cohnet a veter an of 10 years service made two complete left turns with his planes nose pointed straight down All the victims except the pret ty blond hostess Doris C Ham mons of Elk City Okla were battered beyond recognition They were catapulted to the front of the ship whose nose plowed into a hillside on the fringe of Mt Leb anon fashionable suburb Victims Are Listed The dead Edward J Fleming Jr 22 stu dent Standard Oil Co employe Kansas City C R Dick Lowers 22 stu dent Standard Oil Co employe Kansas City Hasan Haxhi Albanian repre sentative of Diamond T Motor Car company Argo III John F Hermann 45 engineer and inventor Lincoln 111 Frederick D Lehman 29 Met rppilitan Life Insurance Co Har risburg Pa Miss Pauline Trask 37 school teacher Germantown Pa Edgar E Braxelton 36 stove sales manager Elmhurst III Mary Black 32 employe of The weather bureau predicted temperatures ranging Irom zero in the north to 10 above for sout Iowa Friday night A trace ot snnw was reported a Mt Ayr and Davenport Friday Keolcuk reported Thursdays higr ot 28 while a reading of B above zero at Charles City was the states official low Fair and continued cold weather was forecast for the weekend MERCURY BELOW ZERO IN MINNESOTA NORTH DAKOTA ST PAUL zero tem peratures were recorded in Min nesota and North Dakota Friday on the heels ot one of the sea sons most severe snowstorms and the weather bureau forecast con tinued cold over Easier Sunday Springfield in southern Min nesota reported the lowest tem perature 8 below zero Rail and highway transportation nearcd normal as southern Minnesota cleared up after the snowstorm 2 Killed 25 Hurt in Polish Train Wreck WARSAW railroad employes were killed and 25 pas sengers injured Thursday when a streamlined train running from Warsaw to Katowice crashed into a freight train near Czestochowa Civil War Veteran1 Dies CEDAR FALLS A Finley 90 Civil War veteran and retired railroad engineer died Standard Brands Inc New York Miss Frances Reed 23 depart ment store Macys employe and New Yorkuniversity student of Wheeling W Va E G Neill 37 Curtis Publishing Co Minneapolis Minn Capt F L Larry Bohnet Newark chief pilot Howard E Warwick East Orange N 7 copiloi Doris C Hammons hostess Elk City Okla Including one prohibiting the fir ing oC dynamite charges in mines if anyone but the explosives ex perts arc present at the time and another providing for a separate count voters ballots in voting machine districts The house also passed a bill granting county boards the right to give rent free space in court houses for use of newsstands op perated by war veterans Voting 85 to 0 the house ap proved a bill authorizing the gov ernor to make reciprocal agree ments with border states on the parole of prisoners IVemlel Turned Dmvn A bill to require the sanction ot the state railway commission on any move by railroads to abandon stations was passed 92 to I and another enabling cities and towns to purchase ground and buildings for hospital purposes and to levy a tax therefor wns approved 68 to 15 The senate late Thursday reject ed appointment of Alvern S Wen del D of Bronson to the state highway commission It was the second lime during the present session the chamber has rejected a Kraschcl appointment Previous unfavorable action coming on Walter Scholcs D of Council Bluffs appointed to the state un employment compensation com mission Appointments Approved The senate approved the follow ing appointments Ivan O Hasbrouck H of Jef ferson to the old age assistance commission for a term ending July 11341 Mrs E R Meredith D of Ames to Hie old age assistance commission for a term ending July 11940 J H Bodine of Iowa City to the basic science board for a term ending July 1 1943 and G W Heitkamp of Dubuque to the basic science board for a term ending July 1 1939 ern colleges and charitable insti utions Maytag also held public office in Iowa for several years Member of Senate From 1902 to 1912 he was a member of the Iowa state senate He served as mayor ofNewton from 1823 to 1925 and in 1925 was made first director the Iowa budget Among the outstanding philan thropies was a gift of to the Newton Y M C A On his 70th birthday he distributed S132 000 to his employes at Newton The Maytag Washing Machine factory at Newton employs 2000 workers and is valued at 000 An estimated 50000 persons are directly dependent upon it for employment On several occasions the plant has received trainload shipments of bar aluminum used in the manufacture of washing machines and said to be the largest single shipments of the metal ever made Funeral at Newton Funeral services for Maytag will be held at Newton Tuesday after noon at the Methodist church The body was to be sent there Friday night In 1926 the Home Appliance Merchants of America presented him with a 52500 gold medallion in recognition of outstanding ser vices in originating and manufac turing electrical home appli ances In SISOnOO Home Maytag was living in a now S150000 home at Beverly Hills purchased last year up to the time of his illness Mayings parents Daniel and Amelia Toneban Maytag were immigrants from Prussia and Ger many The father was a carpenter The family first settled in Iowa 30 miles north of Newton near Laurel in Marshall county While his father worked at his trade young Fred age 10 started in on his first job as a farm hand By the time he was 1G the youth was an experienced farmer and operated a threshing machine He went to rural schools but only for about two years after he was 12 At the age of 23 he left farming to work as a salesman for a New ton implement dealer at a salary a month Had Saved S800 Within a few years lie saved and with this had and Retired Iowa Farmer Dies After Tumble HARLAN Boken 69 retired Walnut farmer died from injuries suffered when he fell down a flight of steps at the home of a son money he had borrowed on his fathers note he purchased an in terest in the business He sold out to his two partners W C and A H Bergman to pur chase a business of his own n lumber yard Meanwhile he had married Miss Dena Bergman sister his former partners She died in 1934 after bearing him four children In 1893 Maytag joined with George W Parsons of Newton to market a new invention a self feeding attachment for threshing machines His familiarity with farming aided him in perfecting the invention The Parsons Self Feeder and Band Cutter company was the parent of the present Maytag or ganization Maying reorganized it in 1909 under his own name Sidelines Arc Added From farm machinery Maying branched the company into the manufacture first ot a corn husk er and shredder In 1911 an elec tric driven swinging wringer for washing machines was added In 1914 he began manufacture of an aulomatic washing machine powered by p two cycle gasoline engine The machine met great success especially to rural com munities where no eleclricity was then available Four years previously he had left the manufacture of washing machines to work on railway and automobile promotion but   

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