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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 24, 1939, Mason City, Iowa                             i NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME H J S I I 0 EP r OK i r MOIWES iA VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PMSS AND UNITED PHESS fUli LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY THE NtWSPAPIR THAT MAKES AIL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY NOVEMBER 241939 MASON CITY THB BRIQHT k SW THIS PAPEB CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 40 FARMER ADMITS SLAYING 2 IOWANS Hoover Frowns on Amateurs By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist J EDGAR HOOVER head of the justice departments federal bureau investigation the FBI is a pretty good detective and one the best signs of it is that he prefers to do his own detect ing He ex presses himself very coldly to ward the idea Of having an army of ama teurs engage in the job of spy hunting more or less for the unadulterated J Edgar Hoover fun of it Since the Eu ropean war started various or ganizations of vigilantes here and there throughout the country are being framed up to hunt down unAmerican agitators ex trabtticially His theory evidently is that his FBI the army snd navy intelligence divisions the treas ury departments secret service and postoffice investigators can do all the probing hats neces sary without a swarm of irre sponsible volunteers to help them Not that these agencies dont want tips from reliable sources but J Edgar isnt favorable to letting the independents run ram pant The governmental agencies have some sense J Edgar clearly isnt so sure of the volunteer gang No Gestapo Here suggestions been made that the FBI and the army and navy andthe postoffice outfits might advantageously be consolidatedThe notion isnt pop ular however it would hint too much at a central GESTAPO or OGPU It probably wouldnt work well anyway it would be too in terdepartmental In any event the yowlings of a lot of nonprofes sional sleuths would handicap not aid it The federals are picked and trained not so the butt inskys Theres a lot of interbelligerent propaganda already A good deal of its unavoidable IVe get from London Paris Berlin Rome Moscow Hels ingfors and elsewhere oodles of socalled news that weve no means of verifying Nor would it he desirable to discriminate The conflicting stories are part of the conflict We need to know what respectively they allege Thats part of the situa tion But the Germans have been deluging the United States with little pamphlets addressed under international postage stamps to doctors to law yers to newspapermen lo all sorts of groups who can be clas sified in telephone directories Ive had their appeals Possibly they run into millions The postoftice department may have something to say about this Its propaganda all right but is it anything we can shut off ligitimately I wouldnt think so Spies Sure The other day there appeared a volume known as Janes Fight ing Ships Its an annual publication con taining all sorts of information concerning the worlds navies Our own navy men tell me that its pretty accurate They add that plenty of socalled spies get all their dope out of this and similar books and peddle it to govern ments that are suckers enough to believe that its confidential Yet here isnt a navy department on earth that hasnt an uptodate copy of Janes Fighting Ships immediately available A would be spy doesnt even have to buy one Its to be had by asking for it at any wellstocked public li brary Of course a genuine spy is highly objectionable At least hes a nuisance any maybe hes dangerous Hes decidedly the latter if part of his job is to do actual sabotage game Obtaining false passports also is downright criminal involving perjury Even propagandists if paid by foreign interests though perhaps their work may not be particular ly mischievous are supposed to register with the state depart ment under heavy penalties But the net conclusion is that our official investigators consider themselves quite capable of handling the situation Swarms of amateurs trailing possibly per fectly harmless folk in every di rection are rated as likely to be come almost as much of a pest as the propagandist and spies are Special Defense Tax Hinted by F DR CONSIDERATION GermanLaid Mines Sink BritishShip WAY IS UNDER WAY Expenditures for Defense May Be Raised Half Million WARM SPRINGS Ga President Roosevelt disclosed Fri day that some consideration was being given the idea of a special tax to finance expenditures for national defense which may be increased by in the next fiscal year These expenditures the presi dent indicated at a press confer ence will be in excess of 000000000 but probably not as high as 53300000000 He differ entiated incidentally between appropriations and expenditures for defense Questions about business and taxation led the president into a discussion of defense and its fi nancing Of course he said the objective of the administration was to cut down all expenditures which pos sibly could be whittled at the present time Assuming that reductions can be made in the budget that con gress does not appropriate large sums beyond the budget estimates and that tax revenues increase as they are now the president said the result would be a reduction in this years deficit But undoubtedly because of the world situation Mr Boose vent continued a larger sum must be provided for one about more than was available this year The factor he said raises a question which he would like to submit to public discussion which he described as always helpful The question is Should we borrow money to pay for emergency expenditures for defense or pay as we go If the money is borrowed he said it means no additional taxes Paying as we go he said would mean levying some form of new national defense taxes That the president said is a thine the country ought to un derstand and think about Noth ing has been decided yet he said Reporters sought to lead him into a discussion of types of new taxes or amounts but the chief executive said he was speaking only of a principle and not of ac tual dollars and cents If congress decided on a pay as you go policy he said it would then be time to decide on the kind of taxes Reminded that congress might be reluctant to impose new taxes in an election year the president repeated that the matter was one of principle rather than of poli tics To an inquiry whether the bud get would be balanced aside from defense outlays Mr Roosevelt re plied in the negative But he said there would be a substantial de crease in the deficit that it prob ably could be cut more than half if the budget were lowered tax revenues continued to rise and de fense costs were paid as they were incurred The contemplated addition of 5500000000 to those costs Mr Roosevelt asserted would he partly for additional persons in uniform Asked whether he believed an improvement in business generally xvas likely to continue for some time the president smilingly dodged a prognostication by say ing he was not playing the market The president had hopes the world would be rid of war by next spring but gave no indication he believed those hopes would be ful filled Hens Not So Smart at Think Winters Over KNOXVILLE Tenn ter seems to have skipped ths poultry house at the University of Tennessee Dr Paul W Allen bacteriology professor disclosed an experiment in which hens were fed green vegetables to fool them into thinking spring has come The hens fell for it put off their customary egglaying strike Dr Allen said They produced 50 per cent more eggs than birds on normal rations TELLS OF ARDOR FOR HER JOHN T GAGER Civil War Vet 99 Dies at West Union PAGE 16 Winter Olympics Are Called Off by Germany PAGE 10 TWO POLICEMEN HURT1N Fighting Occurs as 100 Men Try to Enter StrikeBound Building DETROIT Two police men were hurt and a number of other persons suffered black eyes and minor injuries in a melee at the Chrysler Corporations main Dodge plant Friday as approxi mately 100 men sought entrance to the building The officers neither of whom was seriously hurt ivcre hit with bricks that were tossed freely Police broke up the fighting and took several men into custody for questioning Police estimtaed 600 UAWCIO pickets were on duty when the men tried to enter the plant Ap proximately 85 gained admitt ance they said It was the first incident of vio lence at the Dodge plant scene of the original slowdown dis pute between the CIO United Au tomobile Workers and the Cor poration with the exception of individual fist fights since the dispute began eight weeks ago The issue of unionized shop foremen remained a stumbling block Friday as negotiations in tlic Chrysler Corporation labor dispute continued A fourhour Thanksgiving day conference between the disputants adjourned without showing any progress Union leaders charged that the men seeking to break through the picket line most of whom were Negro foundry workers at tempted to use knives during the skirmish Two Negroes required hospital treatment A corporation spokesman said 57 workers entered the plant A union representative said 35 gained admittance It was the closing of the Dodge plant a key unit in Chrysler oper ations which forced a shutdown of nearly all other Chrysler plants Did He Make the ALL STATE TEAM For the answer see Sports Page WASHINGTON sional sources said Friday that the navy may ask congress for funds to equip some of the nations ma jor harbors particularly those used by the fleet with the latest type of antisubmarine nets Wellinformed persons said naval officials have learned that the British have developed a new NEV YORK Mrs JP of antisubmarine net so su Florencc Camp once termed my Perior to anything in the United Mrs Camp Denies Contradicts Bund Chiefs Testimony golden angel by Fritz Kuhn bluntly and repeatedly contra dicted the GermanAmerican bundesfuehrers testimony Friday when she was called as a rebuttal witness at Kuhns trial on a grand larceny charge Mrs Camp testified that Kulm urged her to divorce her hus band Charles and to bring her furniture to New York so that they could use it after their marriage Kuhn already was married and the father of two children Handed a copy of Kuhns love note in which the bund leader vowed he was terrible in love with her Mrs Camp said she saw no fun in the missive Kuhn had testified that he wrote the note all in fun on the night of a ships party aboard the S S Westernland She contradicted Kuhns testi mony that she had given the bund flfficiap inreturn for L portation of her furniture from Los Angeles to New York Later under questioning by the court however Mrs Camp acknowl edged she had given Kuhn in three installments Kuhn had thus accounted for part of the money which he is accused of stealing from the funds of his organization The golden angel witness smartly dressed in a black en semble with a bustlebacked dress testified that Kuhn gave her a ring in August 1938 Mrs Camp who Kuhn had de scribed as a patriotic lady in terested in supporting the bund said she had never contributed to the bund had never become a member of the womens auxiliary and had never even sympathized with it I knew nothing about the bund she said Mrs Camp called by the state to elaborate on Kuhns extra marital wooing and his financing of transportation of her furniture looked deliberately at Kuhn as she settled back in the witness chair Kuhn avoided her glance star ring moodily at the counsel table A few minutes earlier the de fense had rested drawing a look of surprise from Kuhn as his counsel Peter L F Sabbatino announced completion of his case Mrs Camp had been in the protective custody of the district attorneys office for several days awaiting her turn to testify Unsettled Slightly Colder Weather Is Forecast for Iowa DES MOINES and slightly colder weather was forecast for Iowa Friday night Traces of snow were reported in the northwest section of the state Friday and light flurries were ex peeled to fall in the extreme east ern portion Friday night Fair skiesin the western section and considerable cloudiness in the east were in prospect for Saturday Mount Ayr reported both the high and low temperatures of the state for the last 24 hours 58 and 32 degrees Railroad Crossing Accidents Total in Nation Decreases grade crossing accidents in Aug ust formed the smallest total for any month since August 1932 the Association of American Railroad said Friday Such fatalities in the first eight months of 1939 the as sociation added totaled 852 a de crease of 48 from the same pe riod last year States that consideration was being given to seeking about 000000 to provide similar protec tion for American harbors The hew British net was de scribed as teing composed of three inch steel bars in a mesh small enough to stop torpedoes as well as submarines A report which the depart ment sent to a congressional committee last February dis closed that in November 1937 the navy was engaged in laying out moorings for a submarine net buoy in San Francisco bay This information was contained in a navy letter to the house claims committee recommend ing payment of 551325 claim for damages to a cable owned by the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph company of San Franisco One congressional authority re called that the navy used the net ideaduring war to guard at Yorktown Va Other harbors along the Atlan ticcoast had similar protection Some defenses consisted of heavy chains suspended from log booms Gates in the booms were opened during the day for regular traffic but were kept shut at night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN High com mand says British cruiser damaged by submarine nazis threaten 10 shots for one three allied aircraft reported downed report eight German planes shot down by allies with loss of only one fighter LONDON Powerful banking group formed to spur purchases in United States preparations inten sified to combat shipping tosses German flyers again scout Shedands Japanese report capture of Nanning in South China drive presses effort to form cab inet verbal attacks on Finland con tinue NEGRO ADMITS The KILLING MAN FORECAST IOWA Unsettled and slight ly colder Friday night probably light snow in extreme east por tion generally fair in west considerable cloudiness in cast Saturday MINNESOTA Cloudy and somewhat colder Friday night probably light snow in extreme southeast portion becoming generally fair Saturday with somewhat warmer in north west IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures i m Friday maximum Thursday Minimum in Xiffht At 8 a m Friday 53 Trace of rain and pebbled snow YEAR AGO Maximum 30 Minimum 2 Snow Trace VICTIM IS NAZISCLAIM German Planes Fly Over Shetlands No Bombs Are Dropped LONDON off Eng lands east coast sank another ssel Friday the 8886ton Mangalore as British to German planes flew over the Shetland islands again causing two air raid warnings one of 90 minutes and the other of 42 These islands off the north coast of Scotland were bombed Wed nesday In addition to the Mangalore whose crew of 77 was saved the sinking of the 5133ton Nether lands tanker Sliedrecht by a sub marine a week ago was disclosed Friday when five survivors were landed at a northwest coast port Twentysix crewmen were miss ing The Mangalore was the 83rd British vessel naval and merchant lost since the start of the war The admiralty maintained si lence on the German assertion that the 10000toivBrHlsh oruls and badly damaged far a sub marine in the Firth of Forth Scotland The authoritative British Press association said Britains order in council calling for seizure of all German exports might be put into effect next Tuesday At Berlin the German high command reported Friday it had corroboration from a submarine of reported heavy damage to the 10000tone British cruiser Belfast in the Firth of Forth The New York Times said Wed nesday that for the second timi since the outbreak of the war i German submarine has slipped through the defenses of a Brit ish naval base and launched an attack on a British warship The nexvspaper said the extent of the damage was not discussed but that the submarine was re ported to have escaped Private information reaching the Associated Press in New York indicated that the Belfast hat suffered damage but that i might have been caused by mine and not by a V The high command said Ger man forces had brought down three enemy Brit ish and one that nazi flyers had returned un harmed from frequent air fights with the enemy German authorities professed to see in the submarine commanders report on attacking a cruiser of the Southampton class a con firmation of the reported torpedo ing of the Belfast The German navy officials ex plained identifies ships in classes by the first built of a series hence the description of the Belfast as a cruiser of the Southampton class SHERIFF DON HIcCOMAS Confession New Cabinet Is Formed for Rumania BUCHAREST George Tat arescu announced late Friday that he had formed a new government and that it be sworn in im mediately Tatarescu was asked by King Carol II Thursday to form a gov ernment to avert a crisis in Ru manian affairs The makeup of the new cabinet was not an nounced immediately QUARREL OVER MONEYENDEDIN DEATH FOR TWO Charles Becicka 28 Confesses Murder of Pair Near Shueyville DAVENPORT Iharfes Becicka 28 year old farm hand who recently has been employed as a waiter in Des Moines early Friday con fessed the double murder of Mr and Mrs George Novotny in their farm home near Shueyville the night of Sept 9 Johnson County Sheriff Don MeComas said Bccicka is a nephew of the slain couple According to MeComas R W Nebergall chief of the state bureau of investigation State Agent Bob Gregson Gail BurbridgQ of the state bureau and Sheriff W H Beuse of Davenport the slaying followed an argument over money matters in the kitchen of flic Novotny home Becicka went to the Novotny home with the intent to rob Ihe couple according to his confession Oscar Bragg 35 Confesses Shooting in Chicago Store CHICAGO in an attic hideout a wounded Negro was held by the police Friday as the confessed slayer of Vito Ad dante a grocer shot to death in the presence of his family during a holdup a week ago Assistant States Attorney Alex ander Napoli said the man Oscar Bragg 35 confessed soon after his arrest Thursday He was taken to the police hospital on a stretcher having suffered four wounds at the hands of Addante and his 13 year old son Pasquale i Pasqualc identified Bragg as the robber he fired at after ing up his fathers fallen pistol The Negro Prosecutor Napoii said told him he was crazed with narcotics when the fatal shooting occurred The change tu government at this critical stage of the Ger manallied economic and ship ping war caused excitement throughout Europe France and Britain viewed with intense sat isfaction King Carols choice of Tatarescu the man with the iron hand and former Ru manian ambassador to Paris as the new premier I J from Rome on the other hand were pressimistic Fascist political circles believed it meant Rumania would definitely veer toward the allies and away from Germanythat it upset plans for a Balkan neutral bloc and div ided the Balkans more definitely into opposing Rumania and Greece on one side favoring the allies Hungary Ju goslavia Bulgaria favoring neu tral Italy It was generally admitted that the cabinet crisis had been caused by Germanys demand for more oil and grain A German trade mission headed by Dr Karl Clo dius had been here several days Nothing apparently had been set tled Premier Constantin Argeto ianti presented the cabinet with the German demand A majority of the cabinet re jected it Jon Bojoiu minister of national economy who opposed any closer economic coopera tion with Germany on the grounds that Rumania might be come economically dominated by Germany resigned together with Victor Slavescu minister of armamenls The premier there upon offered King Carol the cabinets resignation The king accepted nad called Tatarescu Tatarescu had little difficulty forming the new cabinet it was said and had tentatively selected George Gafencu as foreign minis ter Victor Samandi minister of justice General Marinescu minis ter of public order Gen Paul Teodoresco minister of air and marine f The situation as reviewed by French authorities in Paris where Tatarescu is known and liked was as follow Germany needs Ru manian oil and grain to counter act the allied blockade but hasnt the money lo pay for it The Clodius mission sought to obtain these products by barter or long term credits Bojoiu resigned rather than give in Now Rumania has raised a serious test case forcing Germany to show what she intends doing when antagon ized on a vital trade matter Ru mania is friendly with Turkey The allies have a military alliance with Turkey applicable to any war in Rumania on the Mediterranean A Turkish military mission heded by Genera Orbay is now in Paris consulting with the French gen eral staff He was arrested Nov 15 and charged with attempting to extort S200 from Wesley Novotny of Curtis a brother the slain man Picked up by federal state and county authorities in Des Moines he pleaded guilty to the charge His confession to the double murder was obtained at the Scott county jail here where he was being held as a federal prisonerMeComas said wuen he was confronted with addi tional evidence that pointed lo him as the murderer Becicka obtained less Ulan S20 from the Kovotnys after he killed them he admitted in ths confes sion According to the confession he came to Iowa City from Des Moines by bus the night nf Sept 9 arriving there shortly after 9 p m Upon arrival there he negotiated with a taxi company and was driven to the Novotny home by Dick Coon Iowa City cab driver He gained entrance to the house by calling George Novotny to the door and the argument over money was held in the kitchen of the aged couples home Becicka said he shot the cou ple when Mr Novotny started to the telephone in the kitchen and threatened to call authorities Following the shooting he went o the basement of the home ob tained a bottle of beer and drank half of it throwing the bottle which was later found by authorities into the farm yard The confession stated that a re volver holster found beneath a shed in the yard was placed there by BecickT before he gained en trance to the house Unable to find the keys to a light truck be longing to his aunt and uncle he walked eight miles to Cedar Rap ids staying in a hotel there Sat urday night He returned to Des Moines Sunday and reported for work Monday morning Becicka is now being held as a federal prisoner in the Scott coun ty jail in charge of Sheriff Johnson county authorities are to file murder charges against hint Friday and it is expected federal authorities will turn Bccicka over to them SEEK TO POSTPONE EXTORTION ACTION DES MOINES K Valentine federal district attor ney Friday said he would ask permission from the attorney general of the United States to delay prosecution of Charles Becicka 28 DCS Moines on an extortion charge so that the de fendant might be tried in state court for the double slaying of a SHOPPING OAVS Shueyvillc farm couple If permission is granted Val entine said the federal case would be held in abeyance for the present even though the ex tortion charge may be presented to the federal grand jury which meets here next Tuesday Bccicka was arrested several days ago by a federal bureau of investigation agent and a state agent when he called fora pack age at the general delivery win dow of the DCS Moines postoffice The federal court charge alleges the defendant had sent a letter to Wesley Novotny Curtis demand in S200 Wesley Novotny is ad i miniftratov of the estate of George Novotny who with his wife was killed in iho Shuey ville murders   

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