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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 29, 1939, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWASOEs DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME 1ST MEW 6 r F JfJW I N CS 1 fiSEEEaasa THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 29 1939 MASON CITV THE BRIGHT SPOT BIWUHS NQ 0 CLAIM BRITISH WARSHIP TORPEDOED Trade Pact Argument Expected By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist THE IMPENDING session congress will not be as nonparti san as the recent extra session was To be sure there was a light at the extra one on the neu trality issue but it wasnt or party lines Democrats anc r e p u b 1 i cans new d e a 1 e rs and conserva lives were mixed on both sides of the question Parti s a n s h i p was waived in view of the overseas and oceanic war emergency O p i nions dif fered as to the best way oE keeping the United States out of the conflict but there was no difference whatever as to the imperative necessity of preventing Uncle Sam from being drawn into it War still will be raging when the legislators reassemble in January and if move war prob lems arise perhaps theyll be considered in a nonpartisan spirit Problems of War Ouiantiwar quarantine how ever practically was the ONLY issue at stake on capital hill dur ing the extra session Numerous other subjects will be up for dis cussion beginning in January and on these be no such dis position on the lawmakers part to disregard democratic and re publican liberal and conserva tive alignments It would be ex fear Quake Toll Will Reach 50000 solons to shut1 their1 eyes to the imminence of the 1940 conven tions and election President Roosevelt wants a short session Naturally he does to prevent the democrats from disagreeing between themselves any worse than theyre split al ready Its no cinch that hell GET what he wants though Senators and representatives dont like to be detained in Washington TOO late in an election year They pre fer to get home to make local medicine Nevertheless they dont care to be choked off on caPtol hill overly early The Hill is a good place for them to broadcast from Tariff as Usual The coming big rumpus will be over tariff protection State Secretary Hull as we know is heading in the free trade direction by degrees with his in ternational reciprocal trading compacts Congress authorized him to make these dickers on his own responsibility and hes made 20 odd of them Plenty of national legislators demand a termination of this executive power They ob ject to it on general principles Anyway they say such bargains in effect ave TREATIES which the senate ought to have to ratify reject As traditional protectionists the republicans of course oppose the Hull policy As traditional free low tariffites the traders or democrats should support if But a lot of democrats are NOT very sound free traders Moreover our agri cultural states representatives contend that foreign farm prod ucts are being let into the U S A in competition with our own Some other stuff cop per Our manufacturers dont care so much They think they can compete with anybody Still tncy nave the oldtime protective com plex Personally I think Secretary Hull has made out his case sta hes improved in ternational trade to the advan tage of everybody concerned All the same the protectionists are fighting him like fury The white house of course is proHull The antis will make the most of it SoendingLending It goes without saying that the administrations spendinglending policy will be panned from the congressional jump both by re publicans and antinew deal democrats The fact is that the rightist republicans and the antinew deal democrats are a new party And the leftist republicans and the pronew deal democrats are an opposition party This readjust ment has been trying to assert itself since the days of William JBryan It may manifest itself vcrv con spicuously in tlie coming session of congress DOCTORS ABLE TO REACH SOME RAVAGEDAREAS Collapsed Bridges and Blocked Roads Hinder Relief Supply Trains ANKARA mounting death toll in earthquake stricken Anatolia Friday led officials to express belief the total dead might reach 50000 as starvation cold and disease created new perils for survivors of the Wednesday ca tastrophe Relief trains rushed food ana medical supplies to tlic shattered quake zone but wrecked com munication facilities and a rag ing blizzard made it seem cer tain additional thousands would die of injuries and exposure be fore help could reach tliem Fears of new tremors predicted by Turkish seismologists added to the terror the quake region Officials had put the dead and injured in Erzincan province alone at 42000 It was said that numberless thousands of persons remained buried in the ruins of buildines Special trains bearing hun dreds of doctors with supplies and medicines managed Friday to reach some of ihe ravaged areas isolated since the great temblors of Wednesday They were unable to reach many localities roads and collapsed bridges Authorities said more tremors might come in the next ten days Director Fatin of the Istanbul ob servatory said that geological dis turbance apparently occurred 1C miles below the surface and cov ered a wide area so that further movements were likely before the strata settled As one single item of the trage dy relief workers reported find ing numbers of stray children in pitiful condition in the icy woods Three additional earth shocks Thursday night added to distress in Ihe ravaged area of east central Turkey Panicsfrickcn many persons prostrated themselves in the snow before ruined mosques to pray for deliverance IVIinarels had been toppled on sleeping townsfolk in the first shock Other miserable survivors hud dled in the fields where many froze to death Bitter cold ranging to 22 de grees below zero hampered efforts to extinguish the fires that burned in nearly every village and town Martial Jaw was proclaimed and soldiers had orders to shoot looters on sight In the province of Erzincan alone the dead and injured were estimated officially at 42000 near ly a third of the total population In the capital of the same name the walls of a military barracks were the only masonry left stand ing The city was almost destroyed by an earthquake in 1784 Farther norfli where the 10000 foot peaks of the Janifc mountains meet the Black Sea entire villages were buried as cliffs tumbled down Ships were smashed against buildings and seaside homes were carried away with their occu pants Im Glad Its Over With Blewett Says After Sentence 1 7 Year Old Slayer Is Taken to State Pen by Floyd Sheriff CHARLES CITY Seventeen year old Warner Blewett who Thursday pleaded guilty to the murder of his 14 year old girl friend Dorothy Carter near Col well on Dec 11 left Friday in the custody of Sheriff B F Atherton of Floyd county for Fort Madison where the youth was sentenced by Judge M H Kepler to life in the state penitentiary The youth had only this week recovered from the effects of selfadministered poison which he had taken shortly after shooting then fatally clubbing the Colwell farm girl on a lonely country road near the homes of both Although the young slayer displayed no emotion in the courtroom when sentence was pronounced nor offer any com ment he later told Deputy Sheriff R c McCartney Im glad its all over with I want to spare my parents any further suffering He reiterated hat jealousy had motivated the kill ing The young murderer said he intended to make as good a pris oner as I can study and make the best of things He showed little remorse for the deed but officers said that he is not the type to display his emotions He would make a good poker player they commented on his stoicism Witnesses who also appeared Charles Snyder Dr Tolliver Deputy Sheriff Ralph McCartney Chickasaw Sheriff George C Mur ray and Floyd Sheriff B F Ather ton WARNER BLEWETT While in Hospital Sentencing of the 17 year Warner Blewett marked the final chapter in a case which stirred Floyd county It was on the early morning of Dec 11 that he shot then clubbed DOKOTHTT CARTER of Slaying to death bis pretty companion blue eyed Dorothy Carter 14 also a Colwell high school student He readily confessed the crime to of ficers and later admitted that he had been motivated fay a fit of jealousy The handsome blond youth was president of the Cohvell senior class On Sunday night before the tragedy he took the Carter girl who was president of the fresh man class to a movie at Charles City They began driving home afterwards and then he stopped the car stating he thought it had a flat tire Motioning in another direction Blewett then said There must be a fire over there While she looked away he con fessed he took a shotgun from the rear seat and fired at Doro thy 1 The charge grazed the girls ear wounding her only slightly She escaped from the car and the youth then struggled with her smashing her skull with the shot gun Fearing a car was approach ing he rolled the body in a ditch but a few minutes later returned and put the girl in the car He drove home left the car parked and went to his bedroom where he took poison For several days the youth was i a critical condition in the hos pital Then he recovered and was taken to jail Late Thursday he made the surprise decision to plead guilty Before moving to Colwell a year ago the Blewett family lived in Mason City where the father H J Blowott was employed in the First National bank By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN Germany re ports submarine torpedoed British battleship of Queen Elizabeth class west of Scotland H E L S I N K warplanes renew raids on Finnish rail centers and southern coastai towns MOSCOW re ports say General Stern replaces General Merets koff as commander of Fin nish campaign and cold blanket western front inter cheeks flow of supplies to Germany from southeast ern Europe 600 REDS DIE IN BATTLE ON FRONT IN KELiA Russian Artillery and Planes Reported to Be Shelling Own Infantry HELSINKI lulling of GOO Russians in a battle at Kclja was reported by the Finnish com mand Friday as the Red army launched new attacks along the LcnmgradViipuri railway and the region of Lake Suvanto on the eastern part of the Karelian isthmus The Finnish communique re ported that the Russians left 300 dead on another battlefield in the Sysky lake sector where two Red army battalions were dispersed The destruction of five Russian tancs and capture of two others and smashing of several Russian attacks also were reported The day was marked by re newed Russian air raids on cit ies of southwestern Finland while the Finnish news agency reported that in the Salla sec tor where new Red army troops and guns were being brought info action Russian artillery and planes were shellingand bombing their own infantry ap parently by mistake Almost as if m reprisal for a victory claimed by Finland on the easfern actu ally the winning a new foot Oirust toward the Murmansk railway Russian bombing planes attacked railway junc tions at Hyvlnhaa Riihimaki anil Karjaa Also under alarm was Finlands southwestern coastal base Hanko but Helsinki was all clear The coastal towns of Kotka and Porvoo were bombed during the night Results of this far flung aerial foray in terms of damage or cas ualties were not at once forth coming An army communique announc ing that red forces had been rolled back in one sector of the 1000 mile eastern frontier indicated strong flank support for one of two defensive invasions by ski troops toward Russias far north supply artery the Murmansk rail way 3 Killed in LOOK INSIDE Sub Attack MJFE VELEZ Offers for Aid in Finding Gypsy Woman PAGE 2 Movie Helps Vols in Bowl Tussle PAGE 9 One Fatally Hurt 8 Injured in Wrecks PAGE 3 ONTJES FILES APPEAL NOTICE Seven Month Trial to Come Up for Review byjowa Supreme Court or Porsons perished in an Girded arc the areas hardest hit includinc Erf 2Cro tcmf a bteard and fierce winds Tlie communique said that the Russians were foiled by the guerrilla warfare bcins waffcd by the hitandrun ski forces on Russian soil cast of Tieksa and that the enemy also has been pushed back across the frontier northeast of Ucksa There were still no reports of the outcome of a parallel foray toward the railway from the Salla region H25 miles north of Lieksa where it curves to within 50 miles of the border The railway is about 150 miles from the border in the Lieksa region However dispatches reaching Stockholm from the Salla sector told of a new Russian assault there against Finland at her nar rowest point The Russians ap parently trying to regain 50 miles of ground lost in the past few days to counterattacking Finns had brought up hundreds of new quick firing field pieces The dispatches added that lack of knowledge of the terrain in that section of Finlands galeswept frontier just above the Arctic circle hampered the attackers Ar tillery commanders were said to have become so confused that at one time they poured murderous fire on o their own red troops Tie Finnish air force steadily power arrival of Italian and other fighting planes reported silencing with bombs at east one longrange gun which had been blasting ViipurL Russia ReEstablishes Dispatch Censorship MOSCOW UBCensorship of press dispatches was reestab lished Friday effective at 10 a m 1 a m Censorship was originally instituted during the bolshevik revolution of 1917 It was abolished in March 1939 when Viacheslav Molotov pre mier overtook also the duties of Maxim Litvinov as foreign com Nider trial with thousands of decisions made by Judge Henry N Graven on objections during the 86 days of testimony will come up for review by the supreme court in the May term according to an appeal notice by F A Ontjes on file Friday in the dis trict court here Mr Onljes appeals not only the verdict granted him and his associates in their 000 suit against the C H McNider estite but he also appeals each and every ruling adverse to the Northwestern States Portland Ce ment company of West Virginia in whose name he filed the suit Attorneys for the estate had previously appealed from a ruling by Judge T A Beardmore in 1936 which makes possible the invali dation of the entire trial without bringing he award be fore the court The appeal by Mr Ontjes could result in a larger or a smaller verdict by the high court than the award by Judee Graven It will require transcription by Court Reporter Lloyd Tail of ap proximately 1600 pages of short hand notes which will make ap proximately G500 typewritten legal pages he estimated He expressed some doubt that Hie transcript would be ready for review by the court in the Miy term The transcription must be rtiEde in what time he has free from the regular daily court work with Judge Graven in the district and he asserted that it might take him a year or more NAME STREET FOR F K PARIS Um The municipal council Thursday night adopted a proposal to name a street for President Roosevelt LONDON The admiralty announced Friday that a German submarine had attacked a British battleship killing three men and causing some damage It was asserted unofficially that the battleship was safe after Ihe attack and was proceeding on her course The announcement followed one by the German supreme com mand that a British battleship of the Queen Elizabeth class had been torpedoed by a German sub marine west of German German After receipt of the announcement that a man submarine had torpedoed a bat tleship of the Queen Elizabeth class the admiralty issued a short communique A torpedo attack has been made on a British battleship by a Uboat Some damage was caued and three men were killed Officials declined to make fur ther comment and gave no indi cation what battleship was in volved or when or where she was attacked lowan Smoking Cigaret Falls Asleep Dies DES MOINES D Winchell 35 unemployed suffo cated to death when fire damaged the bedroom in which he was sleeping at the home of his step fatherT W Brown Authorities said the bed apparently caught fire from a cigaret Winchell was smoking before tie fell asleep Firemen found Winchells body on the floor where he fell in an at tempt to reach a window He was alone in the house Hurt By Gun He Thought Was Only Toy Pistol ATLANTIC Alevan ner 22 has made his first New Years resolution To learn to dis tinguish between a toy pistol and the reil thing Alexander a ser vico station employe picked up a small revolver and thought it was a Christinas he pulled the trigger A 22 caliber bullet pierced his left hand Physicians said the wound was not serious The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair but with some cloudiness Friday niffht and Saturday slightly colder in northeast not quite so cold in extreme west Friday night MINNESOTA Generally fair but with some cloudiness Friday night and Saturday slightly colder in extreme southeast not quite so cold in extreme west enral and extreme snuthwest Friday nisrht IOWA SHHTEHS FOHE CAST For Friday night North west zero northeast 10 south vest 5 southeast 12 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics lUaximum Thursday 27 Minimum Thursday night 18 At 8 a m Friday ig Snow tracc YEAR AGO Maximum 25 Minimum i DECLARE NEAR SCOTLAND German Command Says Queen Elizabeth Class Vessel Is Victim BERLIN The supremo command announced Friday that a German submarine torpedoed a battleship of the Queen Elizabeth class west of Scotland The Queen Elizabeth class con sists of five battleships laid down before the World war and com pleted before the end ot that con flict the Queen Elizabeth War spite and Valiant all of 30 GOO tons and the Barham and Malaya 31100 tons Each carries ciglit 15inch guns The Queen Elizabeth class is made up of the oldest battleships in the British navy but the ves sels have undergone extensive re construction The Queen Elizabeth herself is the oldest her keel having been laid in October 1012 and the ves sel completed in January 1915 after which she took part in the unsuccessful Dardanelles cam paign Four vessels Ihe Queen Eliza beth Warspite Valiant and Barn liam were begun under the 1012 estimates while the Malaya was the gift of the federated Malay Quintuplets Will Live With Parents Brothers Sisters Dr Dafoe Quits on Board of Guardians for Famous Girls CALLANDER Ont Dipnnc quintuplets it appeared tnday are going to live with the and Mama Dionne nnd their seven sisters and broth Thc way was paved for reunion of the famous little girls with their less famous family with the resignation of Dr Allan Roy Da foe who brought them into the world more than five years ago from their board of guardians Dr Dafoe however will con tinue as the quins physician A lengthy agreement between Onva Dionne and the doctor pro videfor the building of a large house tor the entire Dionne fam ily the building of a schoolhouse nearby where the girls and their sisters and brothers may study and the right of Mr and MrV Difinne to direct the quins ic ligious and scholasticeducation under supervision of the Ontario government The agreement ako provided for the withdrawal by Dionne of two actions against Dr Dafoe which now arc before the One sought a declaration of monies received by the physician in connection with advertising connected with the girls and the other was a libel action based on iJr Dafoes appearance at a Saints and Sinners club initiation in New York where he was la belled a doctor of litters Present plans call for construc tion of the grand mansion as the quins call it early next spring It is expected the family will be together under its root before next fall The quintuplets have not lived at home since they were infants As wards of the king they were reared apart and even their par ents could specified times hem only at Each cost about nnd the class was reconstructed be tween 1D25 and 1933 Tlie Warspite and Malaya then underwent further reconstruction and when that work was com pleted in 1937 the Valiant and Queen Elizabeth were taken in hand for renovation The class has a speed of 25 faction of 4400miIesV V Since the beginning of the war the British have acknowledged he oss of one capital ship the bat tleship Royal Oak sunk by a teiman submarine Another ma jor loss was the sinking ot the aircraft carrier Courageous SOO tons Other naval losses included a submarine three destroyers and miscellaneous auxiliary craft 2ROOSEVELTS ARE INJURED FR Jr and Wife Suffer Bruises When Car Hits Parked Truck WINCHESTER Va Franklin D Roosevelt Jr ancj Ins wife were cut and bruised in an automobile accident early Fri day as they were driving to Wash ington from a Virginia party They were brought to Memorial hospital by an unidentified mo torist after their car rammed a parked Irutk J3 miles east of Winchester The young Roosevells walked mto the hospital unassist ed The presidents wife arrived Merc by automobile from Wash mBton shortly after 8 a m and summoned a Washington pliy sician to consult with Dr Rob erf F Cllnc who treated llic couple on whether they should be taken home V x The physicians apparently re ported favorably for the young Roosevelts left the hospital Fri day afternoon for Washington in a white house car with Mrs El eanor Roosevelt Dr cime said young Mrs Koosevelts injuries included a lacerated forehead and right car scratches and abrasions and that her husband suffered lacerations on the forehead and right arm a small laceration cm the upper left arm and scratches and abrasions The injuries he said apparently were from flying glass Occupants of the truck wera not hurl Tlie accident occurred on a foggy stretch of roncl near Berrys Ferry Clarke county between 4 and n a m C S T after the couple had left a Polish relief oall ai tnc country home of Mr and Mr Kenneth Gilpin near Boyce The party was attended by the Polish ambassador The presidents son is a law student at the University of Vir ginia at Charlottesville where he and his wife the former Ethel duPont maintain their home WEST FRONT QUIET BERLIN high com mand communique saict Friday the exception of weak in termittent enemy artillery ire 1 the entire west front is quiet   

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