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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 7, 1937, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XTJTI FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS TTJLL LEASED W1M8 MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MAY 7 1937 HOME EDITION THIS PAPKB CONSISTS OF TWO RCTJONS SECTIOH ONC NO 181 30 KNOWN DEAD IN AIR f Council Approves New Commercial Light Rates SAVING IS SEEN IN MASON CITY New Schedule Is Submitted by Peoples Gas and Electric Company A new commercial electric light rate schedule which it is estimated will mean an annual saving to Mason City of approximately submitted by the Peoples Gas Electric company was approved by the city council at a special meeting held at oclock Friday afternoon The new schedule gees into effect immedi ately The new rate structure which is the second reduction in light rates within the past year is made possible by the increase in volume in this field according to Charles E Strickland president of the Peoples Gas and Electric company who appeared before the council with Cecil G Maud si e y secretarytreasurer a n d company auditor and Earl Smith the corporations attorney Total at The present rate cut togelhel with reduction in rates last Aug ust amounting to more than 000 makes total reductions with in a period of nine months of more than to users of elec tricity in Mason City it was pointed out by Mr Strickland in his statement to the city officials The rate cut is being made in the face of rapid advances in costs the utility president stated The proposed new rates were pre sented in the form of a letter to City Manager Herbert T Barclay with copies to each of the council men Following is the letter Letter to Council In keeping with our estab lished policy of reducing rates whenever possible we are pleased to submit to the city council for its consideration a reduction in the commercial electric lighting rate as set forth in the following schedule of present and proposed rates Present Proposed First 50 kwh Next 250 kwh Next 500 kwh Next kwh Next kwh Excess kwh 5 c 4 c 3 c 3 c 2VC 2 c charge per meter per month To the above rates will be added a charge of ten per cent if not paid within ten 10 days from date of bill We are submitting this pro posed reduction to you at this time due to the fact that our com mercial business in Mason City is developing to a point that we feel justified in so doing We are however making this proposal in the face of vapidly advancing costs which are a serious menace to further reduction in electric rates throughout the country Will Save We estimate that the adoption of this new rate schedule will mean an annual saving to the elec tric consumers in Mason City of approximately This sav ing together with that due to the reduction in rates made last Au gust amounting to over annually makes total reductions within a period of nine months of over to users of electricity in Mason City We trust that this proposed reduction will merit favorable consideration and prompt action on the part of the city council as we desire to put the new rates into effect immediately upon their ap proval Respectfully submitted Charles E Strickland New Rates Approved The proposed new rates were approved on the motion of Coun cilman W S Wilcox andseconded by Councilman H C Brown all five councilmen voting the affirm ative Councilman Ray Pauley raised the the justification of commercial rates higher residential rates Mr Maudsl pointed out this was based on toe need of a larger investment to handle the commercial load be cause of its concentration in cer tainperiods whereas residential consumption with the use of ap pliances continues more or less constantly throughout the day as well as evening Mason City Hawarden Lead at Music Festival LOOK INSIDE FOR SOLDIERS IN SPAIN 300 Injured Die From Lack of Medical Care PAGE 2 Iowa Business 1015 Per Cent Above 1936 PAGE 8 Big Four Track Meet to Be Held Saturday PAGE 9 CONDITIONS OF TWO CRITICAL Mitchell Superintendents Daughter Is Paralyzed Below Waist PICTURE ON PAGE 8 of the six Mitchell high school students in jured at midnight Wednesday when the car in which they were riding went over a bank were re ported Friday in a critical condi tion and one was believed to be near death Slight hopes were held for the recovery of Dorothy Hungerford 16 daughter of Supt and Mrs L D Hungerford She suffered in ternal injuries and is paralyzed below her waist Melvin Jensen 18 son ol Mr and Mrs Martin Jensen received punctured lungs and is suffering hemorrhages of the lungs He is conscious only part of the time Eva Jensen 16 sister of Melvin is conscious only part of the time but is believed to be improving Junior Parkhuist and BoKby Cordes also in the Nissen hospital at Osage expect to be dismissed from the hospital soon The sixth occupant James Zastrow suffered only minor injuries The car hit an abutment and plunged over a bank a mile east of Mitchell as the young persons were returning from a skating rink at Orchard Schools Given Five Superiors and Two Excellents SUMMARIES ON PAGE 2 IOWA CITY City winner of the state high school music festival for the past six years forged into the champion ship picture here again Friday afternoon to share top honors with Hawarden as competition in the second day of the twelfth annual state festival progressed The Mohawk musicians earned two superiors in Friday solo events to gain a tie with the small Ha warden school which had clung doggedly to the lead for a day and a half Both schools have been awarded five superior and two ex cellent marks Dcnison Is Third Denison with five superiors held third place ahead of Iowa City which has been awarded four superior and five excellent ratings Iowa City leads all schools in qual ifiers for the state festival with 19 Other awards include a superior and an excellent to West High of Waterloo superior and two excel ients to Ottumwa and Davenport and one superior and two excel lents to Abraham Lincoln of Coun cil Bluffs Raizes and Servison Harold Raizes in baritoneeu phonium and Bob Servison on clarinet weretheMason Cityans who brought the superior rankings Friday to the Mohawk school Ex cellents were recorded for Mason City by Evelyn Schmael on harp and the girls small vocal group Members of the latter group are Enid Forbes Rosamond Webster Phyllis Neelings Barbara Scott Ruth D o u g a 11 and Faythe Nolterieke Two Mason City buses leave Iowa City at oclock Friday nigth and should arrive home at midnight according to Principal James Rae These buses will have orchestra boys who are not in the chorus Another will leave for Ma son City early Saturday and the last one during the day Saturday The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair in central and east possibly in ex treme west late Friday night not so cool in northeast and ex treme east Saturdaylocal show ers in centraland west hecom injr unsettled in extreme east somewhat warmer In extreme east cooler in extreme west portion MINNESOTA Increasing cloudiness followed byshowers Saturday and in west portion Friday night somewhat warmer in northeast and extreme east portions cooler in Red River valley night cooler in west portion Saturday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Friday V Maximum Thursday 72 Minimum in Night 42 At a m Friday 52 FORD OPPOSES Hindenburgs Captain Reported in Critical Condition in Hospital LAKEWOOD N tain Max Pruss commander of the Hindenburg was reported by the Ocean county coroner Friday to be in a critical condition at Paul Kimball hospital The coroner Dr Raymond Tay lor said the condition of Captain Ernest A Lehmann whom Pruss succeeded as commander was al so serious and he was not out of the woods Governor Kraschel Signs Bill for Permit Suit Continuation One measure signed by Gov Nelson G Kraschel Friday would permit continuation of a brought at Fort Dodge for an ac counting in the merger of the Modern Brotherhood of America and a Canadian fraternal insurance group Specifically the bill legalizes service on notice of suit on de fendants who were brought into Iowa to face criminal charges Kraschel said that there has been some question as to whether it is a good law but if we can retrieve any of themoney taken in this gigantic swindle I think it is a good Sears Roebuck Mail Order Plant Closed as Employes Strike MINNEAPOLIS UP The mail order plant of theSears Roe buck and company here Fridayby a of employes who demanded increased wages and improved workingconditions Approximately employes were affected by the shutdown No One Railroad MINNEAPOLIS if Special Master in Chancery Howard S Abbott Friday for the seventeenth time since September 1934 offered theMinneapolis and St Louis rail road for sale There were no bid days will try again now is is in PROFITS TAXES Says Purpose Is to Force Independent Businesses to Borrow DETROIT IP Ford who steadfastly opposed to the day it was declared uncon stitutional said Friday he also op posed the federal tax on undis tributed He described it in an interview as ramshackle enact ed by politicians who are parrots for the international The Ford Motor company he declared is the The is to tax the independents large and small out of Tie said The finan ciers want to drive every inde pendent businessman to borrow money to make American business pay continual tribute to the money lenders They want to send the companies they cant control to Wall street And it is only the com panies they dont control who are others are all in one Sees Changed See Sabotage as Possibility But Unlikely By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS What caused the crash of the Hindenburg Dr Hugo Eckener the airships should say that if this disaster was caused by sabo tage only the firing of a burning bullet into the bags could have accomplished it That seems high ly Dr Eckener in Austria out lined three possible causes 1 When theShip is lowered some hydrogen usually is released This free hydrogen in the air might have been sufficiently con centrated to be ignited by lightning or by a spark It would not nec essarily have to be a great flash of lightning perhaps it wasnt even seen by observers Water Ballast Released 2 When landing the water ballast is released from the tanks A stream of water connecting with the earth might have served as an electrical conductor to bring a spark up from the ground It is possible that an electric charge so speak stabbed the Hindenburg from the earth 3 Someone aboard may have made afire a spark possibly from a cigaret lighter I regard this also He spoke approvingly of a I as unlikely for the conduct of the changed attitude he noted in passengers and the crew is congress toward that and similar Congress did npt concoct this ramshackle legislation although it passed the lie said Now it is trying to see how it can do bet ter For that reason you hear more things said about congress today than for six years past Of course the members heard from home but thatonly means that congress and the people are com ing to thesame conclusions If we knew where the money is going if we knew it was doing anything to lift the national level that would be But the spots where things are not getting any better are the spots where they say the money is going It has kept the people at the same low level where the depression found them The only lifting done in this country is done by indus try Not Doing Job If the government took every cent of Ford profits and used the money to raise the standards of the people Id take my hat off to That is what we have been trying to do for 30 years They are not doing Do you have any report on the number of union members among your was asked I have nu idea how many there he replied I do know though are attempting to get members by coercing the families of our workers They dont just invite a workman to join they go to this home and frighten his family I have nothing to say about what organizations our join I believe that if they join the union they but that is their business However if it comes to coercion our men can depend onus to stand by Most of 64 Booked to Board Zeppelin Plan to Sail on Rex NEW YORK of the 64 prospective passengers booked for the return trip of the Hinden burg Thursday to Europe on the Italian liner Rex leaving at noon Saturday the Zeppelin company announced here Friday v voyage of the lighterthanair craft to take in the coronation ceremonies in London will be dis appointed The Rex is not sched uled its first European Gibraltar before May Other prospective passengers of the ill1 fated Zeppelinwill travel on which sails next Wednesday Hitler Gift to Fund for Bereaved Families BERCHTESGADEN Germany Adolf Hitler started a fund for bereaved fam ilies of theHindenburg disaster victims Friday with a gift of 000 He also messaged his deep sympathy to the Zeppelin com watched Smoking on the Hindenburg was allowed only in a sparkproof Ernst Eehmann itscom dont know what hap pened She just went GiU Rqbb Wilson New Jersey state aviation thing strange caused that trage Flame From Engine Captain Frank McCarthy once commander of the which crashed 12 years is more reasonable to assume that a flame from one of the Diesel en gines ignited the James C Mars American pi oneer in lighterthanair Static electricity The hydrogen gas bag would have gathered stat ic in the electrical storm and one of its landing ropes touching the wet grounds could complete the F W von vice presi dent of the American Zeppelin Transport rain may have caused a spark of stat ic electricity when the landing ropes were dropped Or there may have been a spark from one of the Sir Hubert Wilkins the explor er who had flown on the Hinden airship using hydro gen is in grave danger when gas is being released during athun F R SYMPATHY SENT TO HITLER President Expresses Great Sorrow at Tragic of Loss GALVESTON President Hoosevelt Friday ex pressed to Reischfuehrer Adolph Hitler of Germany my deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of life in the Hindenberg disaster at Lakehurst N J The message which was ad dressed to Hitler said I have just learned of the dis aster to the airship Hindenburg and offer you and the German Travelers counting on the swift deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of life which re sulted from this unexpected and unhappy News of the disaster vas re ceived by the president S S Potomac off Port Aransas in the Gulf of Mexicorwhere he is oh a vacation Made publicat white house headquarters here a reply mes sage from Hitler said I thank your excellency sin cerely for the heartfelt words of sympathy which you have ex pressed to myself and the German people with regard to thedisaster of which the airship Hindenburg was the Two Word Message LAKEWOOD X UE Hans Hugo Witt apassenger on the Hindenburg sent a two word message to his wife in Prussia Friday assuring her that he vas safe The message said I Designed Airship DR HUGO ECKENER HYDROGEN USE TO BE STOPPED Eckener Says Helium From Now on Regardless of Its Cost VIENNA Zeppelin company will use mable helium gas insteadxif hyd rogen hereafteivDr Hugo Ecken er German dirigible chief said In aninterview before leaving j for Eckener expressed the opinion that theHindentmrg would be the last airship to be operated with hydrogen Henceforth naturally no pas senger wqulxTset foot in a hydro gen filled he said of cost we will use Planned to Use recalled that the Hinden burg originally was constructed for helium butthe Zeppelin com pany did not storehouse for helium in the United States and totransport a sufficient amount to Germany would be almost im possible one filling requiring al most high pressure steel containers Therefore it was decided tofi 11 the ship hesaid Eckener said United States au thorities especially the depart ment of had shown willingness to meet the desires of the Zeppelin people in the matter of U S Has Enough He said Washington experts told him the United States held enough helium to supply the needs of air navigation for a century In Eckeners opinion there is no parallel between the Hinden burg and Shenandoah disasters the latter being ascribed to faulty construction while the Hinden burg proved her fitness in all kinds of Later at Berlin where he ar rived by airplane from Vienna the veteran Zeppelin builder indi cated the Graf now a scheduled transAtlantic liner to South America may riot fly again until she can be filled with noninflammable Sabotage Possibility Dr Eckener saidthe possibility of sabotage must be considered in investigation of disaster to the Hindenburg which he designed but that he considered such ex planation most unlikely Mind I did not say sabotage was responsible but that it must be considered possibility es pecially in view 01 many threaten ing letters received by our he asserted DK ECKENER TO HEAD GERMAN INVESTIGATORS BERLIN Hugo Ecke ner designer of the Hindenburg Friday night was namedihead of a German six to investigate the explo sion at Lakehurst The board will leave by plane for Cherbourg at noon 5 a C S TO J Saturday tovcatch the liner Europa United States Others of tthe commission are Lud wig HindenburgProfessor Bock otthe German Institute of Aeronautical Research Hefr engin eering expert attached institute Professor Max Dieck mann aeronauticalexpert of Munich university and OF HINDENBURG DISASTER BEGIN County State Probes Seek Blame for Mysterious Explosion German Investigators to Arrive to Take Part in Inquiries LAKEHURST N J were started quickly Friday into the blazing disaster that befell Germanys mighty zeppelin Hindenburg and carried to a fiery death nearly a third of aboard The known deadand missing late Friday stoodat one a member of the ground 68 were known to Jiave survived the holocaust over the Lakehurst naval air station Thursday niglit Unofficial lists showed the survivors to TJe 24 passen gers 44 of the the Jcnown dead or be 13 passengers of the crew and ten others mostly crew whose names were not known The one death on theground brought the Coroners Investigation Opens The county coroner opened aninvestigation Friday af ternoon and officials of two and the United of the state of New Jersey beganpre liminary inquiries in an effort to fix the blame for the mys terious outburst of flames which ripped asunder the largest the world In stunned Germany Dr Hugo Eckener designer ofthe famous sky liner was named head of a commission of six to investigate the explosion Other formal inquiries here were held in abeyance while high officialsconferred trying as one spokesman put it fo clarify the of any investigation Joachim Breitiiaupt ministry of the air StiipSet to Moor When Blast Came By GEORGE H BEALE LAKEHURST Gerniar dirigible Hindenburg its silvery Cull glistening in a light rain dipped over the naval air station at p m CST Thurs day night and 200 sailors and vol unteers responded sharp com mand Attention ground crew From the windows of the giant airship passengers were waving to friends and relatives waiting to greet them inside the massive naval forthe trans Atlantic flights of the Hindenburg Inside the control cabip Capt Max Pruss veteran dirigifele com mander directed the maneuvers that brought the ship closer to the ground Naval officers in command of the mobile mooring mast shout ed orders to the bluejackets and civilians below Now it was LandingRopes Droppcoi Landing ropes were dropped from the blunt nose of the ship Men women and children who had waited many hours while the Hin denburg cruised up and down the coast in bad weather who had been afraidfor loved ones on board now felt relieved as they watched the smoothness with which the ship settled nearer bo the mooring mast Now she was close enough for the shouts of passengers to be heard by the rainsoaked crowds Greetings were exchanged in Eng lish and German Here and there a mother or father lifted a young ster above the heads of the crowd so that it couldseea relative lean ing out of the ships windows Men and women in the passen ger lounge were seen putting on hats and coats Some were point ing to the mooring mast explain ing to their fellowtravelers how the ship would be riooked on and towed into the hangar Gust of Wind It was now Those onthe ground stirred restlessly The tail of the ship seemed to be settling fasterthan the nose Then a gust of wind a blinding flash a deafening roar Flames shot out of the top of theship andraced forward to ward the passengers lounge Women and children up in dumb horror Then they turned and fled fearful that the flaming ship would crash upon their heads They glimpsed the the passengers whom they bad awaited Sailors curses mingled with the sobs of men and women Sharp commands rose above the roar of the Then What was once the flag ship of Ger manys dirigible service was flam ing on the ground a twisted mass of white girders Dr Hans Luther retiring Ger man ambassador to the United States who rushed to the scene of tlie disaster and interviewed some of the survivors said that no one knows what causedthe blast He said ha expressed the at titude of ChancellorHitler Many Theories Advanced and were advanced by experts and laymen thorough mystery re mained may always remain The tragedy stirred new discus sions both here and abroad over the uses of the WELL INSURED LONDON authorities here said the Hindenburg was insured tor with spread thinly among numerous Lloyds underwriters and the remainder held by German in terests Hindenburg used and helium in lighter than air craft Ard there was talk in Germany that it might curtail zeppelin operations until helium could replace hydrogen Messages of regret and of praise were exchanged between American and German officials Meanwhile the once giant air liner may sprawled an ash strewn heap on the air field where she came dashing in flames Thursday night at the enddf her twentyfirst crossing on the North Atlantic Open Heirinn Mondty J Munroe Johnson assistant secretary of commerce ioldvaews men just hef ore entering Hie ad ministration building whereDr Luther German ambassador naval officialswere in conference that open hearings Monday He said the board of tion already had been chosen tnd would be announced sTDrtly in Washington He indicated inves tigation into the causes of holocaust already were in executive session Commander Charles K Rosen dahl commandant at the naval station said the fire originated at or near the stern of the snip about p m In his report to the navy de partment the commandant a vet eran in lighterthanair aircraft service said Fire in Rear About lourminutes after the ropes had been dropped a fire ap peared in the after part of the ship and worked progressively lor to ttie practi Turard The ship settled ground tail first aid wa cally completely ablaze for tire length by the time the ground W Thfideation of the dead wa fe was difficult The ships to Officials were to frequent pelin
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