Wednesday, July 5, 1939

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 5, 1939, Mason City, Iowa or I A r O NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLV AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY ur MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JULY 5 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 229 NEWS BEHIN 46 DROWN IN FLASH FLOODS By Much Guff Circulated on 40 Probabilities guff be ing circulated about 1940 demo cratic probabilities would make a pile higher than the white house if laid back to back One excep tionally emi nent adminis tration author ity is for ex ample c a m paigning for a ticket of Roose velt and Far ley Another only two shades less eminent has been an Faul Blallon nouncing him self repeatedly for Hoosevelt and LaGuardia Elegant as these tickets are they will never be joined Like that even more formidable ticket of Mr Roosevelt and Mrs Roose velt they cannot surmount a con stitutional obstacle Article twelve of the constitu tion requires the president and vice president to be chosen by electors and says the electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for president and vice president one whom at least shall not be an inhabitant of the same state as themselves If this means what it seems to say a president and vice president cannot come from the same state Harry Hopkins could qualify as No 2 man for the third try as he has transferred his residence from New York state to an Iowa farm So could Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas a New York and Connecticut resident for 15 years who has recently purchased a farm back in his old home Washington state Their trouble however is that they cannot bring the president anynew political support Nor would they balance the ticket only rests with the IVTrv Roosevelt completely dominate the cbriven tton a remote possibility a Rumored Black List Something has been written about a black list of presidential candidates in the presidents desk drawer He showed it to some congressmen about two months ago Only the back of the paper was visible to them hoxvever They saw no names Two or three other intimates have seen it also from the back and they guessed four or five names were on it Only identifying hint Mr Roosevelt is known to have of fered is that Vice President Gar ner was not listed among those whose nomination the president said would cause him to go to the Philippines on a fishing trip for the duration of the campaign Truth is no one in the admin istration circle can imagine any real possibility who might be on the list if Garner isnt Only wide spread guess is Paul McNutt of Indiana but his forces have lately plumped to Hoosevelt if he wants it The suspicion is general among top politicos that Mr Roosevelt is just having a little fun with the boys They think the list is made up of strong antiRoosevelt congressmen like Senator Rush GQPSENATORS HIT LEGALITY IN MONEY BATTLE F R Plans Strategy in Regaining Control of Dollar Devaluation WASHINGTON ff Senate republicans attacked the legality of the administrations monetary bill Wednesday after President Roosevelt discussed with demo cratic leaders strategy for recov ering his devaluation powers and winning support for neutrality legislation Picking up the monetary fight where they left off Saturday re publican speakers told the senate that even if the bill was approved it would not legally restore to the executive authority to de value the dollar or power to oper ate the 52000000000 stabilization fund Died in Filibuster Thousands at Clear Lake Celebration British Stand on Danzig Is Not Revealed Obligated Only If Clear Threat Made to LONDON Butler undersecretary for foreign af fairs told the house of commons Wednesday that Britain was obli gated to resist aggression against Poland only in the event that there was a clear threat to Pol lands independence Asked if Britains policy The monetary powers con tended Senator Austin of Vermont acting ended republican leader are It would be contrary to Holt who have nomination little chance of minor apprentice lists Bressman is exhibiting Mr Roosevelt master of psy chology brandished it before cer tain calling legislators they think so the word would get around and remind one and all that they had better be nice to him WHA Is Clamping Down Complaints against the wage hour administration are pouring in upon congressmen but the leg islative mind is in a whirl of other matters and may do nothing about them New York City representa tives have received numerous wails from small businessmen who say WHA inspectors are threatening dire penalties tor failure to file A con a West Virginia paper announcing that the usual mine safety picnics in the new river district are not to be held this year because WHA has ruled the operators must com pute time spent at such picnics as time though the purpose is the saving of workers lives Apparently WHA is just begin ning to clamp down with inspec tors in the field and if NRA ex perience is followed the air will soon be full of cats both live and dead In all relations with govern ment the little fellow seems to get the worst of it Large concerns hire lawyers set up departments to handle the mass of reports now demanded by the multitude of government taxing and regulatory agencies but the small business man cannot afford such expendi tures to protect himself He is at the mercy of regulatory require ments which a busy man could not find time to read and which he could not understand in many instances after reading law he said to approve legisla tion designed to continue them before they had expired The devaluation and stabiliza tion fund powers died last week after republicans and antiadmin istration democrats had filibus tered the extension bill beyond midnight Friday The adminis tration argued that later enact ment of the legislation would have the effect of restoring the powers despite the lapse It was decided to vote on the measure late Wednesday and President Roosevelt after return ing from his Hyde Park N Y home conferred Wednesday mom ing with Senate Majority Barkley and House Majority Lead er Ray burn Postpone Neutrality Barkley before returning to the capitol to begin a lastminute drive for votes said he expected the legislation to go through but neither side appeared confident Before the senate met to begin debate the foreign relations com mittee decided to postpone until Saturday consideration of the neu trality bill passed Friday night by the house In the absence of final action on the monetary legislation the treasury withheld announcement of its silverbuying plans al though under other law already on the books it could proceed with purchases No Silver Price Posted No price for foreign silver was posted Wednesday The old do mestic silver price of 6464 cents an ounce expired Friday nighl and a new one was not an nounced The pending bill would fix by law a price of 7111 cents The lending program receivec unexpected approval last nigh from Senator Adams D Colo a leader of the senate economy bloc who said he favored proposals for construction of selfliquidat ing projects Democratic leaders had to gain at least eight votes through switches or previously absent sen aors to put over the monetary bill in the senate The vote by which that chamber struck out the dollar devaluation powers last week be fore they were restored in a sen atehouse conference committee was 47 to 31 Fixes Silver Price The conference agreement not only continues the devaluation and stabilization powers but fixes a statutory price of 7111 cents an ounce for domesticallymined silver The above is a typical scene at Clear take Tuesday where thou sands gathered to celebrate the fourth The picture shows the Clear Lake band leading the parade up Main street followed by floats and other units In the background arc shown some of the sailboats that participated in the days races The celebration which included a fireworks display at night was one of the most success ful in Clear Lakes history Lock photo Kayenay engravings SEE STORY ON PAGE 12 FL DODGE WPA Waterloo Men Killed as PROJECTS STOP Silver senators combined wilh republicans r eliminate the devaluation authority and gain a higher silver price won a com promise on the latter in the con ference report Some of them were expected to change and line up for it late Wednesday Victory in the monetary and neutrality battles after temporary setbacks administration leaders agreed would go a long way to ward balancing the present ses sion scales in favor of the presi dent or at least would take away some of the sling of previous de feats Workers Protest New Schedule Providing 130 Hours of Work FORT DODGE on WPA projects in Fort Dodge was at a standstill Wednesday as a result of the new schedule in creasing working hours for all 130 a month Laborers on paving project largest of the local projects to stop work until they had filed a complaint with the Iowa Works Progress admin istration on the new schedule They were to meet Wednesday afternoon to name a grievance committee to present their pro test They asked Area Engineer Paul V Overmeyer to request Walter Sieg state WPA employment di rector to come here for the meet ing About 200 men are affected by the cessation of work CERRO GORDO WORKERS ARE BACK ON TOBS More than 100 WPA workers returned to their projects in Cerro Gordo county Wednesday after a five day layoff occasioned by de layed action on the part of con gress in appropriating funds for the continuance of WPA during the next fiscal year The return to work Wednesday was under a new scale of wages because of a ruling that 130 hours of work must be performed each month in order to the maxi mum amount of wages In Mason City heretofore the number of hours worked has been dependent upon the prevailing scale of wages Carpenters for example have been receiving SI an hour thus working only B4 hours for their monthly maximum pay of Wages have varied from 40 cents an hour for un skilled labor to If an hour for bricklayers AH men returned to work Wed nesday morning after reading the bulletin concerning the new rul ing as far as could be learned Approximately 35 men are em ployed at the North Iowa fair grounds 39 on the Ventura school auditorium 10 on a Mason City waterworks project 12 on a sur vey project which is marking sec tion corners and 15 at the sewing room 800 WPA WORKERS IN MILWAUKEE QUIT Airplane Falls in Takeoff Iowa July 4 Period Violent Death Toll Is Boosted to 9 DES MOINES air plane crash victims Tuesday boosted Iowas Fourth of July holiday period violent death toll to nine vRichard A Berry 19 a private Use Dynamite Sticks for Firecrackers STOW Mass Each time Daniel J Cady a miner set off a firecracker Tuesday residents noticed their houses rocked Fin ally they called police Tlie offi cers took Cady to jail on a charge of disturbing the peace They said his firecrackers were dyna mite sticks of Waterloo When the airplane they were taking off from Black Hawk field stalled at 200 feet and plunged into a nearby oats field Lightfoot victim of skull leg and arm fractures and other in juries died enroute to a Waterloo hospital 15 minutes after the crash Witness Describes Trasedy Berry who obtained his private pilots license less than two months ago died an hour later of skull leg and body injuries the son of Hay Berry WaterlooCour ier advertising salesman Lightfoot a construction com pany employe is survived by toe widow one son and two daughters Airport Manager George Han sen who witnessed the accident said he believed Berry had at tempted to pull up without suf ficient headwind and speed 3 Hurt at Bancroft Five otherpersons escaped seri ous injiry in two additionalplane crashes at Newton and Bancroft John Hughes and Doug Cash ier both of Des Moines were un injured when the plane in which they were riding struck a guy wire at the south edge of Newton and crashed in a road Minor cuts and bruises were the only injuries of Harry Coffie Esthcrvillc commercial pilot and Thomas Van Dank and John Johnson bath of Bancroft when the pilot made a forced landing after the plane stalled at 200 feet near Bancroft on the J P Moser farm Damage to the plane was esti mated at SBOO Coffie was taking up passengers at a Fourth of July celebration at Bancroft Hurt on Highways Violent death took a holiday from highways in the state al though numerous persons were in jured in automobile accidents The five automobile victims during the extended weekend in 600 MARK IN TOLL IS PASSED Motor Car Kills 70 Tunes as Many asA LOOK INSIDE FOR MILWAUKEE mately BOO WPA Approxi workers em ployed on widening and deepen ing the Milwaukee river dropped their tools and refused to work Wednesday as a protest against the new federal relief appropria tion act which requires all WPA workers to put in 130 hours a month Sanford P Starks Milwaukee district WPA director said about 800 other men were willing to work but he ordered the project shut down until Thursday rather than risk violence WPA workers formerly put in 60 to 80 hours a month at the se curity wage scale of a month for general labor S70 for inter mediate and S90 for skilled labor PROTEST MEETINGS OF WPA MEX CALLED NEW YORK IP Protest meetings were called and many individuals tentatively refused to work Wednesday when the WPA notified construction employes they would no longer be paid the cluded two small children victims A month old daughter pf Mr and Mrs Reed Ihncn of near Mil ford William Fischer 3 of Des Moines Embert Peterson 55 Stanhope farmer James Jobe 34 Keokuk WPA worker and Mrs Z G Wait 58 of Erie III who died at Maquokela union scale in accordance with privisions of the new relief bill Unions took no immediate stand or the matter but WPA officials said they expected be tween 5000 and 10000 men to quit most of them nonrelief workers on projects About 96 per cent of the 136000 construction employes arc not on relief Notices were posted on WPA bulletin boards announcing the wage scale as per four week period for unskilled labor SfiG for intermediate S352Q for skilled and for professional nnd technical The notices set the working hours at 120 for four weeks and warned that it will be necessary to discharge my em ploye who refuses to work under these conditions By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The rhotor car killed 70 times as many persons as did fireworks as America observed the 163rd an niversary of its independence with a fourday celebration marred by more than GOOviolent deaths A survey Wednesday listed only four lives lost by exploding fire works to 277 sudden deaths in au tomobile accidents throughout the 48 states The total toll was at least G12 compared with 517 for the three day celebration last year 183 Arc Droivncd Thronging of beaches by merry making millions accounted for the econd highest number of fatali drownings Trains killed 23 persons There were 36 fatal shootings eight plane deaths and 79 dead in miscellaneous acci dents Two fireworks deaths were caused by the premature explo sion of homemade bombs or fire crackers Hildred Sowders 14 of Marlin Tex died after a piece of from a can placed over a firecrackers severed his jugular vein 6 Die in One Crash In the largest group tragedy six West Virginians including three children were killed when thei car and a bus collided near Wash ington Pa At Carman Okla n IB year old pilot and two high school students were killed when their plane dived from 1000 feet after a wing covering ripped loose Three per sons died when a car tumbled 100 feet into a canyon near Aiamo gordo N Mex lightning Kills Bathers Lightning took several lives It killed two and wife at Bay City Mich but spared their baby who was in the fath ers aims Although the total of the four fireworks deaths was one more than the number a year ago com The rnunities which banned explosives in a safcandsane observance reported fewer injuries In St Louis for example 36 were treat ed compared to an average of 453 for the last decade Texas led the death list wilh 41 followed by California with 39 Ohio with 37 New York wilh 35 and Michigan and Illinois with 31 each Ohio was first in auto fatali ties with 23 MRS J M SMITH Her Husband Says He Will Not Be Goat PAGE 2 in cluded resistance to any possible attempt to change the status of the free city of Danzig Butler referred his questioner to the terms of our pledge to Poland which Great Britain will certainly fulfill The BritishFrench undertak ing as announced last March 31 by Prime Minister Chamberlain is to lend all support in their power to Poland in the event of any action which clearly threat ened Polish independence and which the Polish government ac cordingly considered vital to re sist with their national Not Specific on Danzig Chamberlain shortly before had His majestys government will not fail to take any steps which may seem to them necessary and desirable to make their attitude absolutely clear Despite Chamberlains state ment some of his hearers recalled that neither he nor Foreign Sec retary Lord Halifax had men tioned the Danzig situation speci fically in any of their recent speeches nor been more specific concerning Britains pledge to aic Poland if her independence were threatened Definitions Not Consistent definitions of the British standhave not beenvconsislent Saturday a foreign office spbfcesf man declined to say that a nazi putsch ini Danzig neces sarily bring British guarantees into force Sunday foreign office sources said Poland Britain and France had agreed to resist any effort to change the status of the free city either from within or without This statement has not been indorsed by either Chamber lain or Halifax The prime minister declined to give details of what issues areob structing soviet Russias partici pation in the BritishFrench mu tual assistance front but declared LOSS HEAVY AS STREAMS ROAR OUT OF BANKS Water in Kentucky Creeks Rises 10 to 15 Feet in 30 Minutes MOREHEAD Ky Fortysix persons Wednesday were reported drowned in floods that followed quickly a night cloudburst and swept creeks nnd rivers out of their banks in the mountains ol eastern Kentucky Thirtyeight of the dead were listed here by Post master W E Crutcher The state board of health at Louisville said it had been informed at least eight drowned when a wall of water rushed down he gorge of the Kentucky river at Jackson in Breathtt county Bridges homes stores and school Fire and Wreck Mar Algona Celebration STATE PAGE Americans Reach Top of Wimbledon Tennis SPORTS PAGE Gains in Business Activity Reported by Secretary Hopkins reactions were being Moscows studied Discuss Russian Situation The cabinet anxious for early inclusion of soviet Russia in the BritishFrench mutual assistance agreement met at unusual length Wednesday morning and agreed to meet again late Wednesday It was believed that Chamber lain would inform the house of commons on the progress of ne gotiations to bring soviet Russia into the BritishFrench front INJURIES FATAL TO PLANE PILOT Engen of Glenville Is Third Victim of Gordonsvillc Crash LEA Minn ing Engcn of GlcnviUe pilot of i an iiirpliinc that fell in Gordons ville Mower county Sunday niglit killing two passengers died nt n hospital here Wednesday Both of Engens legs were crushed i Minimum and he suffered internal injuries Rain Bulgarian Premier Arrives at Berlin BERLIN Pre mier George Kiosseivanoff bailed WASHINGTON ff An in1 by the nazi press as a man of foe crease in business activity during lual politics arrived Wednesday the last six weeks was reported on a state visit to Heichsfuehrer y Secretary Hopkins Hitler Income payments for the first lialf of the year were estimated at an annual rate of 000 compared with a 1938 total of The payments in clude wages interest and other forms of income The estimate for this year is be low the 1937 total of 569000000 000 and more than 514000000000 short of the goal set by President Roosevelt The Weather FORECAST IOWA Local Ihundcrshowcrs Wednesday night or Thursday not so warm in southeast portion Wednesday night somewhat cooler in extreme west Thurs day MINNESOTA Local thunder showers Wednesday night or Thursday somewhat warmer along Lake Superior and some what cooler in northwest por tion Wednesday night cooler in ttcsl portion Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Tuesday 90 Minimum Tuesday niffht 61 At 8 a m Wednesday 74 Rainfall 30 inch North lowans enjoyed clear skies for the Independence day holiday although the temperature mounted to SO YEAR AGO Maximum 85 IOWA WEATHER IS MUGGY High Humidity Is Reported in State Following Showers DES MOINES muggy1 weather blanketed Iowa Wednesday on the heels of a series of heavy thunder showers High humidity was reported over most of the state as the rain fall which mounted up to 157 inches st Omaha swept eastward Skies were mostly cloudy Wed nesday morning with scattered showers reported in the southeast section which up to this morning had had no rainfall in 24 hours Temperatures mounted Tuesday up into the 90s over most of Iowa with Decorah reporting the offi cial high of 95 degrees The lowest reading Tuesday night was 62 de grees at Estherville Other heavy rainfall reports in cluded 106 inches at Atlantic 105 at Creston 101 at Perry 107 at Jefferscn and 30 at Mason City Gfi Trace FREED ON BOND CRKSTON W A coroners jury found that ihe death if Rex Snyder 40 of Creston was he re sult of an assault by Chester Tru man 23 Creston farm hand Ar raigned in justice court Trunwri was released from jail on 51000 bond buildings were swept away the department said Crutchcr said the death toll is expected to be high in the rural sections of Rowan county with which it has been impossible to communicate Farmers a village seven miles west here was completely cut off and Clearfield a factory town of approximately 500 persons on the opposite side of Triplett creek from Morehead was feared to have suffered heavily Rescuers were unable to cross the swift current to reach that community Water on jMbreheads main four to terr feet at flood Bill MeGIarri fireniari at the State Teachers college estimated the water rose 10 to 15 feet in less than 30 minutes Swept House Aivay Ted Sparkman whose four chil dren were lost said the force of the rushing torrents swept his house from its foundation 1 grabbed my wife Sparkinan related and we ran to the door The force of the water swept us into the torrent and we were sucked into the slrcet A feu sec onds later our house swept by and we were unable to do anything for our children We could hear their cries as our house went by and his wife were rescued from a tree top by boat men Rescuers said between 50 and 75 persons were taken from tree tops along the banks the creek Heavy Rainfall General Reports from all sections of eastern Kentucky indicated the heavy rainfall had been general and that streams throughout the section were flooded Paul Morthorst a truck driver for a Louisville newspaper who was stranded here by the cloud burst which preceded the flood estimated at least 40 or 50 per sons were drowned Mayor Warren C Lnppin wired Arthur Gamble WPA district director at Paintvillc 70 miles from here asking all WPA help available He said sanitary con ditions worst possible Morthorst said railroad and highway bridges east of here were washed out and that the railroad tracks had been swept away on both sides of town Set Up Relief Offices The American Red Cross or rlcrcd Mrs Sheridan Connslly field representative from Lexing ton Ky into the flooded town to set up relief offices Two other Rowan counly town Farmer and Clcarficld also virtually isolated as tlic flood waters of Triplett creek roared out of the banks shortly after mid night Crutchcr estimated that thr flood which struck as residents of this town of 500 slept had washed at least 100 houses1 from their foundations Loss May Reach 100 Mrs N L Wells chairman nf the Roan county Red Cross said the loss of lite may run to 100 She also estimated there would be a thousand refugees md many re quiring medical attention At Cincinnati W C Dcvereaux United States meteorologist re ported heavy rains throughout northern and eastern Kentucky The Licking river at Farmers he snid rose 198 feet in the 24 hours ending at K n m Gov A B Chandler at Krank fort ordered slate patrolmen rind emergency crews into the strick en country The governor tcrmect the flood a terrible thing Fire Damage The flood was the second dis aster to strike Morehead in 2t hours Tuesday fire threatened to