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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 30, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLQH E HIST MEM A T or A COUP MO IKES Ii VOL XLV THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWAKS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULI LEASED WTRES MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 278 ONTJES CASE AWARD Carole Lombard Declares What Dictators Need Is Anpendectomv Lombard said to You discover And as I stayed there in bed inz it AnnnftP J ENCINO CaL Lombard said Wednesday that what the world the an appendectomy She had one spent four weeks flat on her back in the hospital and Wednesday returned to her rancho home to announce her be lief that the international crisis would quickly be dissipated if the dictators would take time out and have one too In bed with nothing to do but think you get a deeper apprecia tion of life itself she said You realize how fortunate you are simply to be alive You discover how nice everybody is how kind are even perfect strangers My month on the flat oE my back hns given me an entirely new outlook on life It has given me a new tolerance and a new patience stayed there in bed ing it And after you wake up you Knf lin ii thinking I couldnt help but be lieve that everybody should have an operation once in a while preferably an appendicitis opera tion Its not particularly serious and it doesnt hurt while theyre do have just enough pain for a few days to keep you awake So you think Thats all there is to do And it seems to me ihat anybody even the men who are talking about starting wars could profit from a little enforced thinking with no body to interrupt them except the nurse bringing orange juice Miss Lombard was stricken a month ago at the movie studios Now shes back home in the ranch house Clark Gable built her in the center of an orange grove BRITAIN SENDS NEW NOTE STANDS FIRMLY BEHIND PLEDGE MADE TO POLES France Poland Take Additional Measures to Protect Selves BULLETIN LONDON Hitlers latest proposals in the European crisis and Britains answer for warded to Berlin Wednesday night were said in diplomatic circles to have failed so far to bring anything like a solution In fact said sources close to the British government the situation was Just about Saturday when Hitler sent his first proposals by Sir Nevile dor in Berlin By UNITED PRESS Great Britain standing firmly behind her pledges to Poland sent another message to Adolf Hitler Wednesday in reply to his latest offer to negotiate a European settle ment if he gels Danzig and the Polish corridor So far as any hint was given in London Paris or Warsaw the European se curity front still held firm against the nazi fuehrers territorial demands Hitlers latest communica tion was described on high London authority as express ing willingness to accept Brit ains good offices in the dis pute as asking that a Polish emis sary hurry to Berlin to negotiate on equality with the reich but on the understanding that Poland would meet the nazi territorial claims Britain was understood to have declined to urge such action on the Poles but in her reply to have sought to keep open the ex changes with Hitler The nazi Fuehrer was first re ported to have ashed that Brit ain reply to his request in 24 hours and that the Palish emis sary reach Berlin by Thurs day but when the British am bassador called Iiis attention o ihc fact that this appeared to be an ultimatum he waived any time limit Meanwhile Frances Premier Edouard Daladier issued a decree putting French railroads under the military and giving troop trans portation priority a move that al most completed informal mobili zation in France Warsaw dug trenches called up more reservists to surge past the 2000000 men mark in her armed forces warned all vessels near Gdynia to beware of the danger point three miles off the coast charged German patrols with an other invasion Polish territory and unofficially denounced the latest Hitler move In Rome fascists said that the BerlinLondon exchanges were the last chance for peace and at Vatican City Papal Secretary of State Cardinal Maglione began a series of conferences with foreign envoys which were considered im portant in the European situation Nazis continued confident that a peaceful settlement would be reached and there were reports Hitler might leave Berlin Thurs day His friends reported that he was sleeping about three hours a night but showing no signs of strain in the present crisis The British government has insisted throughout that Ger many and Poland negotiate di rectly on their differences a condition which thus far has lacked support from Germany Summary By The Associated Press plans new note to Hitler after German re ply indicates willingness to ne gotiate directly with Poland cabinet holds emergency session quar ters say Germany welcomes of fer of Belgian and Netherlands monarchs to mediate German Polish quarrel demands for Danzig and Polish corridor un changed German cabinet meets unex pectedly at chancellery calls more reserves taking serious view of German troop concentrations in Slovakia BelgianNetherlands mediation offer accepted say more than 300000 German troops are in Slovakia protec torates government hands over power to German military requisitions railways for military use Gen eral Weygand flies to Syria and military quarters report he will command allied forces in east ern Mediterranean in event of war newspa per calls for scrapping of Ver sailles treaty remnants as step toward banishing war fears of near ly 50000 Paris school children started because war fear Daladier says We will know where we stand today French Railways Requisitioned for Army Use PARIS Daladiers office announced Wednesday that effective immediately the entire French railway system with all its supplies employes and rolling stock was requisitioned for mili tary use The order means that hence forth commercial traffic may be suspended in whole or part if the military authorities necessary consider it Since Jan 1 1938 the French railways have been operated as one nationalized system by a company in which the government owns 51 per cent of the stock The prospective order means placing them under the war ministry 8 Fast Planes Are Ordered to Panama MT CLEMENS Mich Eighteen of the nations fastest pursuit planes based at Selfridge field here were ordered by the war department Wednesday to fly immediately to the Panama canal The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Wed nesday and Thursday cooler in northwest and extreme west portions Wednesday niht MINNESOTA Generally fair Wednesday night and Thursday except scattered showers in ex treme east portion Wednesday night cooler in northwest and extreme west portions Wednes day night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Tuesday 84 Minimum Tuesday night 54 At 8 a m Wednesday 70 YEAR AGO IHaximum go Minimum 59 Decisions on Supreme Court Appear Still Pending Col Hanford MaeNider left went into conference with his at torneys immediately after Judee Henry N Graven hadannounced Ins decision in the Onf jesMcNider case which will result IS a frag ment for approximately against the C H McNider estate No decision was made on a possible appeal to the state supreme court they announced Attorneys for the estate left to right are Angus A McLauBhlm Des Moines standing Earl Smith and John Senncff both of Mason City A statement released later by Colonel fn rS3IdV nVC arc Eratified that eight Ion years oE legal investigation of all my fathers affairs that not the slightest shadow ame Poland Calls Up More Men as Nazis Pour Into Slovakia Increasingly Serious View Is Taken of Troop Movements WARSAW issued orders Wednesday calling an un disclosed number of reservists to the colors The first mobilization posleri appeared with the heading the president has ordered general mobilization but it is authorita tively emphasized that the order calling up about 500000 men was not actually general mobilization since a large number of excep tions were made It is estimated that Poland could put 4000000 men into the field under general mobilization The increase in the number men under arms was ordered as government officials took an in creasingly serious view of the European situation and especially of the concentration of German troops in Slovakia on Polands southern border The tofal number of men now under arms is estimated at be tween 1000000 and 1500000 Official circles said they could not comment on London reports that Hitler had indicated some willingness to accept direct nego tiations with Poland until they were informed officially The same attitude was taken re garding reports in London diplo matic circles that Hitler had sug gested a Polish envoy be sent to Germany to discuss a possible settlement Fundamentally Poland has not wavered from her stand that di rect negotiation would be possible only within the limits set forth by Foreign Minister Jozef Beck in his speech to the parliament May 4 12 ASKED TO SPEAK DES MOINES if Twelve prospective republican nominees for president have been invited to make speeches in Des Moines be fore the 1940 national convention Arthur T Wallace Polk county republican chairman announced WEYGAND WOULD LEAD FORGES France Reveals General Would Be Allies Chief in Event of War PARIS Maxime Wey gand former chief of the French army has flown dramatically to the near east was reported in military quarters Wednesday to have been chosen as commander the allied forces in the eastern Mediterranean in case of war The 72 year old but still active Weygand landed Wednesday in Beirut Syria by plane from Paris where he had conferred with mili tary and civil leaders General Weygand retired as chief of the army general staff in 1935 and was succeeded by Gen Maurice Gustave Gamelin now slated to be commanderinchief of French British and allied arm ies in the event of war General Weygand was called from retirement to go to Ankara last April for negotiation of the FrenchTurkish mutual assistance pact is The new mission was at first cloaked in official secrecy Mili tary sources said however he had been designated to lead the allied forces in the near east in case of necessity and was already laying the groundwork Evacuation of nearly 50000 Paris school children began Wed nesday Premier Daladier who declared we will know where we stand today summoned members of three important parliament com mittees the army air and finance groups for an afternoon emergen cy session Gravens Verdict Is Fraction of Amount Asked of MNiders Technicality of West Virginia Law Results in Allowance of Plaintiffs Claims on 5 Years of Salary Bonus CASE HISTORY ON PAGE 4 The OntjesMcNider case ended Wednesday in a verdict of approximately for F A Qntjes and his associates The actual verdict was for but interest for 14 years brought the total to the mark a fraction of the claim introduced in 1931 for plus interest The decision was announced by Judge Henry N Graven before a courtroom nearly filled with spec tators including Col and Mrs Hanford MacNider Mrs C H McNider was not present She with her son were codefendants in the suit as executors of the estate of the late president of the Northwestern States Portland Cement company No change of was evident on the faces of I either Colonel or Mrs Mac Nider or that of Mr Ontjes instigator of the multimillion dollar suit The claim was divided into three parts the largest of which was for the profits made by Mr McNider salesof XLaSallePortland Cement company s tVclrs1 These profits Mr Ontjes con tended should have been dis tributed to the stockholders of the local cement company on the grounds that the com pany should have been given the opportunity to make the investment which Mr Mc Nider took advantage of per sonally Judge Graven refused this claim on the grounds that the cement companys directors had made it very clear that they did not wish to make the investment r chcf counsel for the claimants and inslifjator of the multimillion dollar suit also refused to announce anv deci sion as Jo a possible appeal to the Iowa supreme court He had no comment to make on thR decision Loch photo Kayenay engraving Large Scale Fighting Reported in Mongolia TOKIO scale light ing was reported Wednesday on the ManchukuoOuter Mongolia border The Outer Mongolians were reported to number about 7 000 men with mechanized units California Clipper Reaches New Zealand AUCKLAND N Z California Clipper landed here at p m Wednesday completing the first flight of fortnightly serv ice planned from San Francisco Immigration Officers Arrest Joan Manners for Overstaying Permit HOLLYWOOD Mai ners blond British actress whos stay in Hollywood has been die with trouble was in newdfficul ty Wednesday with the immigra tion service which charged sh has been in this country for nin years on a six months visitin permit She WHS arrested by im migration officers but released on S5GO bond pending an early hea ing The government charges v is a native of Rustcnbcrff Soutt 1I1C awarns allowed by Africa hence a British subject i Judge Graven made clear The second portion of the claim was in connection with the sale of company owned stock by Mr Mc Nider to the First National com pany of Mason City in which he was a large stockholder The claim totaled The judge allowed it in the amount of 527000 on the grounds that Mr McNider1 s holdings in the First National company were so much larger than those in the ce ment company that he had an in terest in the sale adverse to that of the company of which he was president and general manager There was no question of bad faith the judge held but legally Mr McNider was forced to run such a risk if he chose to sell the stock to an investment firm in which he personally was inter ested The third division of the claim also was for 560000 originally and was allowed in the amount of 30000 It concerned bonuses paid to Mr McNider at the end of the year in addition to his regular salary as manager and salary pay ments which Mr Ontjes contended were excessive The judge found all bonuses paid within the five years preced ing the filing of the claim illegal They included S5000 for each year in 1926 and 1927 Excess salary claims were al lowed in the amount of S2 916 66 for 1926 and 515000 in 1927 In a lengthy extemporaneous explanation from the bench after he had released his formal opin ion Judge Graven paid tribute to the business genius of C H Me Nider as it was reflected in the seven months of testimony He suggested that nothing of dis honor or dishonesty had been un earthed against him Dealing with the point on un reasonable salaries Judge Graven stated that he was convinced H McNiders salaries were not unreasonable and added that Mr McNider was a very remarkable businessman and a fair share of the Northwestern Cement com panys success is due to his ef fort The awards allowed by him were O II McNIDER Says Snn quite largely based on technicali ties of he law which were evi dently unknown to either Mr Mc Nider or his associates in the ce ment company This was particularly true of the West Virginia law requiring that salaries and bonuses be deter mined by stockholders a provision since repealed But said the judge it isnt for me to repeal it The company availed itself of the advantages of the West Virginia statutes and it follows that it should be required also to accept the disadvantages After naming the board ot di rectors of the local cement com pany and pointing out each mem bers reputation Judge Graven termed the men as a group oE re sponsible businessmen and added that the board trusted Mr Mc Nider He further pointed out that if the board had thought Mr Mc Nider was tampering with the companys funds there would have been a battle of Trojans The judge even injected a note of humor into his discourse after stating that Mr McNider appeared from the record to be one of the most closed mouthed men he had ever known He even achieved Ihc astounding fact that his wife didnt know what his salary was after tic got 51000 a year the judge commented with a trace HENUY X GRAVEN
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