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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 15, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             H IST MEM OF DES M01WES NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASES WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JANUARY 15 1940 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPEB CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS m r up 1 tYLJ oCtllONS BELGIANS DUTCH MASS AT BORDER Hull Now Is Favored by Demos By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist Leaving President Roosevelt out of consideration as a drafted candidate for reelection chats Ive had with a good many mem bers of both houses of con gress since the lawmakers con vened Jan 3 give me the impression that MARKS WORST AIR OFFENSIVE STAGED IN WAR Finland Fears Assault Behind Lines Designed to Break Down Morale S t ary of HELSINKI tff The Russian State Cordell lr attacking again after un Hull averages washing Sunday the worst aerial as the demo of the RussianFinnish crats most pop resumed bombing raids on ular 1940 pos Flnland Monday sibilily Two air alarms were sounded in Strong anti Helsinki shortly after noon No new dealers doubtless would pre damage was reported downtown VlPR P XT hllr VinwKf fnll iii Cordell Hull John N Gar ILC tiuiiii rv ner but they all say Hull will get skirts their ballots if hes nominated Senator Burton K Wheeler has soviet planes flew high a formidable liberal following Some of the antinew dealers also speak qualifiedly well of him be cause of his senatorial opposition to various Roosevelt an policies Still thats offset by New Deal op position to him for the same rea son All the same he has a mighty long record as a nearradical He certainly couldnt class as a com promise Essentially hes a leftist unquestionably though Im bound to say that hes a surprisingly de veloping candidate Paul V McNutt strikes me as fizzling It isnt so much that theres any violent opposition to him but there doesnt appear to be any enthusiasm either for Postmaster General James A Far ley except perhaps vice presiden tially For one thing he had the bad luck to have been chairman of New Yorks boxing commis sion Theres a widespread senti ment that anybody who ever was identified with the pugilistic game would be an undignified white house nominee The rest of the bunch can be brushed aside rather unceremoni ously Wallace Ickes et cetera evidently arent to be taken ser iously Well then It simmers down according to my reckoning lo Hull Garner and Wheeler in that order always eliminating a Roosevelt draft The chance of a dark horse like wise is to be taken into account but no such critter looms on the horizon at present I surely figure McNutt Farley and others as also fans at present And I draw my conclusion from the dope of plenty of extremely crafty poli ticians Hulls a liberal conservative It would be a desperately violent radical who could vote against him as a reactionary or a fero thumbs down on him as a leftist In short hes a rational Is Great Statesman He likewise is a great states man Heavy fighting supported by The only count against him that hes too 70 At aupyonea ny that hes younger than Vice Presi sovlet bombing attacks of the Fin dent Garner He probably is older nlsh Ilneswas reported from the than any candidate the republi Suomussalmi front cans will put up against him but lies healthy he ought to last out four years in the white hes elected to it From Tennessee his geography isnt much good He himself once told me that he didnt believe a southerner would his prediction Off Political Map Nor is his geography worse Ulan Wheelers in Montana Montana is one of those western states that hasnt enough electoral votes to signify National conventions picking presidential candidates like to choose em from doubtful popu lous New York Penn sylvania Ohio Illinois or Indiana On that ground Hull at least breaks even with Texas or Mon tana Texas isnt doubtful Mon tana isnt populous sorne bombs fell in the out It was intensely cold ahd the As a result of Sundays wide spread attack Finns feared that Kussian strategy called for a powerful assault on behindthe lines morale to break militarv resistance at the front Civilians of a score of south ern Finnish cities and towns surveyed the tuins of homes and public buildings caught In the sweep of Sundays farflune air raids Vasa important coastal city on the Gulf of Bothnia and railroad center suffered the severest dam age among the larger cities Busi ness structures in the city of 32000 population were destroyed and at least 12 persons were reported dead believed nearly2 0toSvns and cities were bombed The Russians dropped hundreds of incendiary bombs and along the TurkuHelsinki railway and else where were reported to have swooped low to machinegun civil ians A Finnish communique reported that 15 were known dead several dozen wounded and that many private homes were destroyed by fire Raids which drove residents of the capital to cover twice during the day killed three persons The former residence of the United States minister was dam aged by bombs in a resort town west of Helsinki but nobody was Xhe American min ister It F Arthur Schoenfeld and his legation staff had moved a few days ago to larger quar ters Observers believed the soviet airmen mistook the legation for a Finnish headquarters Fires still flared on the sea coast city of Hanko and 20 homes were reported destroyed at Tam misaari Other centers raided were cious conservative who turned smaller towns with inadequate antiaircraft defenses On the eastern front the Rus sians were believed to be bringing up reinforcements for a new drive lo cut off Finland in the waist line sector scene of the defeat ot the 163rd and 44th Russian divi sions Favors for Flood Control WASHINGTON Gen Schley chief of army en be elected in his time to the told congress Monday that cutivc mansion It would be funny nc federal government can spend if his own experience disproved S401444660 profitably during the next fiscal year beginning next j June 30 on flood control and riv ers and harbors projects The recommended spending h i g fl ighted Schleys annual report It was SI548340 less than the esti mates submitted to the legislators last year FOUND DEAD IN HOME FORT DODGE was a suicide Injury Toll Rises This is the car in which four JIason Cityans were ridinir Sunday evening when it struck he Chicago Great Western viaduct on Twentyfifth street northwest Lloyd Rozcn assistant service man ager of the S and K garage is shown cheeking the damage Lock photo Kayenay engraving This is the stanchion of the Chicago and Great Western railroad viaduct on Twentyfifth street northwest which has been the cause accidents in llle and a half years Miss Will Ella Copas 224 First street Southwest was critically injured here Sunday evening when the car in which she was riding with three other Mason Cityans bit the viaduct The Mason CityCerro Uordo safety council Saturday requested railroad authorities to take steps to remove the danger spot 4 MORE INJURED Cold Wave Forecast North Iowa Roads Cleared of Snow Shippers Warned to Protect Against 15 Below in N Iowa AT VIADUCT ON 25TH ST N W Woman Is Reported in Poor Condition Fear Skull Is Fractured The toll of smashed human beings which the Chicago Great Western railroad viaduct on Twentyfifth street northwest has exacted in the past five and a half years rose sharply Sunday eve ning when four persons were in jured one of them critically in another accident at the under pass The condition of Miss Will Ella Copas 224 First street southwest was described as poor by Park hospital authorities Monday They said she had cerebral contusions a probable fractured skull a frac tured jaw and other severe injur ies The viaduct is now turning out injured faster than they can re cover in local hospitals it ap peared Monday for Miss Leone Geary 419 First street Mary NEW CABINET IN JAPAN FORMED Present Diplomatic Policy Toward U S Will Be Continued TOKIO Japans new mod erate premier Admiral Matsum asa Yonai completed a cabinet Monday which it was said would continue Japans present diplo matic policy toward the United States Admiral Yonai a former Jap anese fleet commander and for mer naval minister chose as his foreign minister the veteran dip lomat Hachiro Arita who will succeed Admiral Kichisaburo Mo The Weather FORECAST mura Shunroku Hata and Vice Ad miral Zctigo Yoshida who were war and navy ministers respec tively in the outgoing cabinet of General Nobuyuki Abe were re tained in their old posts bv the new premier HEAD OF COMPANY DIES DES MOINES If Funeral K services for Charles Taylor Hew tt i A rtViyr Mayer 49 Badger Iowa farmer itt who died in Pasadena Cal was found dead of a shotgun will be held here Thursday Hev wound in the head in the basement itt president of Charles Hewitt early Monday Dr J and Sons company wholesale Forbes Webster county grocers was 92 years old and had the death apparently been in failing health for some time IOWA Generally fair Mon day nisht and Tuesday colder Monday night continued cold Tuesday MIXXESOTA Generally fair Monday and Tuesday collier in cast and extreme south Monday night not quite so cold Tuesday in west por tion IOWA SHIPPERS FORE CAST For Monday Night North west la below zero northeast and southwest 10 below south east zero IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday 10 above Minimum Sunday night 2 below At 8 a m Monday 2 below YEAR AGO Maximum above Minimum 13 above Snowfall g3 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 18 above Minimum in M above At 8 a m Sunday M above Snowfall 5 inches Precipitation 50 of an inch YEAR AGO Maximum 32 above Minimum 15 above Precipitation 06 Snowfall 75 inch southeast a victim of the last ac cident is still a patient in Park hospital Miss Geary was injured last Oct 16 when the car in which she was riding smashed into the center pier of the overpass V The accident followed on the heels of an attack made on the viaduct Friday evening by mem bers of the Mason CityCerro Gordo county safety council when they instructed the presix dent of Ihe council C LY Mur ray to write the proper au thorities urging removal of he menace Others in the accident Sunday evening none of whom was ser hurt were Robert Nelzer fill Maryland avenue southeast driver of the cur John Suyder 1309 North Federal avenue and Betty Littiefield 405 West State street The Neizor car was proceeding west on Twentyfifth street at the time of the accident Netzer told officers who investigated the hap that the wind was blowing snow which obscured his vision and that not realizing the stan chion was there lie turned his head to speak to someone just be fore the cor hit the pier Netzer was arrested by police following the accident on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with out a drivers license His case was continued until Tuesday in police court The present toll of the viaduct since June 1934 is 17 persons in jured and one killed records of the Mason City police department snow The personal injury records extend back only as far as 1932 liovever Numerous property dam ages in which there WHS no injury arc also known to have happened according to the police but their files do not carry uil information in this respect A recapitulation of the accidents is as follows June 20 1934 two persons in jured Dec 25 1936 two persons in jured Sept 21 1938 one person in jured July 26 1939 four persons in jured one killed Oct 16 1939 Jour persons in jured Jan 12 1940 four persons in jured A bitter cold wave Monday night in Iowa was predicted by the weather bureau as North Iowas roads were reported clear of snow which ranged up to 9 inches in Winneshiek and Alla makee counties The mercury in Mason City managed to struggle up to 1 above at 2 oclock Monday the highest reading of the day after a minimum of 2 below was registered Sunday night After the first Heavy snowstorm of the season a stiff northwest wind Sunday drifted the powdery snow on the highways almost as fast as the state highway commis sion plows cleared them The wind moderated somewhat Sunday evening and gave the plows an opportunity to make some headway Monday they had the paving clear and were push ing snow from the shoulders the Mason City district office of the highway commission reported Ice which made the roads par ticularly treacherous under the dry snow Sunday had practically all scaled off Monday morning it was reported With the sun shin ing and good visibility travel re turned to normal during the fore noon Snowfall was heaviest in the southeastern part of the state In North Iowa Emmet county re ported 1 inch Kossuth 2 Cerro Gordo and Worth 4 Brcmer Two Men Injured as Vehicle Fishtails to Ditch Hits Tree Icy condition of the highway was believed to have caused the accident in which Llovd Cnrr attorney at Webster City and W H Fnrbus of Watertown S Dak suffered bruises and fa cial lacerations when the car in which they were riding left highway 20 six miles east of Iowa Falls at 7 oclock Monday morning Driver of the car was Herbert Lund son of Frank J Lund Webster City attorney also in the auto Mr Lund the driver said that his windshield was frosted The car struck at patch of snow on the road going about 45 miles an hour and fish tailed into a ditch and hit a tree The front end of the car was badly damaged The injured men were taken to Ellsworth Municipal hospital at Iowa Falls Humboldt Wright and Franklin Floyd and Chickasaw G How ard 7 and Fayette 8 Snow started falling about I oclock Sunday afternoon in the eastern counties U started Sat urday and fell at intervals during the two days The highway commission I m Mason City had four plows at work most of Sunday clearing the main roads The commission also had two maintainers scraping snow from streets in Mason City over which state highways were routed Principal Cerro Gordo county were open Monday noon according to 17 E Robertson county engineer Isine LOOK INSIDE FOR REPORT FRONT QUIET BERLIN UR The German high commands communique said Monday that there were no par ticular events on the front Plow Opens 16 Miles of Road to Get Boy to Hospital RAPIDS gency appendectomy at St Lukes ids was impassable 1 CEDAR RAPIDS action by the highway patrol and stale highway commission in dis patching a snowplow the 16 miles to Mount Vernon Sunday after noon enabled Robert Anderson 18 DCS Moines Cornell college fresh man to undergo safely an emer gency appendectomy at St Lukes I ids was impassable followins Sat hospital in Cedar Rapids ns oat When Dr W G Kruckenberg was called shortly before noon to he found ai urday nights blizzard I After he had been called by Dr Kruckenberg Scrgt Clarence B Day of the highway patrol notified after rescuing numerous stalled cars on the wav 300 Japanese Believed Dead as Fire Rages TOKIO Fire raging un controlled through Shizuoka southwest 01 Tokio was believed Monday to have taken 300 lives and destroyed 1000 homes Domci Japanese news agency said half of the city the center of Japans tea shipping industry had been destroyed by 3 p m four hours after the fire was dis covered It reported the flames spread on a strong wind despite attempts to dynamite firebreaks in its path and had consumed the railroad Taking tiie youth in his own carj sllltion Postofficc some munici Dr Kiuckenbcrg followed the and highway No 30 to Cedar Rap city about plow back to Cedar Rapids reached the hospital abo operation They county highways in pal buildings and many railroad cars An airplane pilot reported he felt the licat of the conflagration Hying over Shizuoka at a height of 4500 feet plows wore working on the 1000 miles in the county system he said and it was hoped to have all roads open by evening May Drop to 15 Below in N W Iowa The weather bureau warned shippers to protect fur rciidings as low as 15 degrees be low zero in northwest Iowa Mon day night 10 below in the north cast and southwest portions and zero in the southeast according to the Associated Press The mercury stood at five de grees below normal Monday morn ing after dropping to an official low of four degrees Sunday night at Mount Ayr Windup of the weekend snow fall struck the eastern part of the state late Sunday bringing amounts ranging from half an inch at Kcokuk to more than five inches at Dubuquc the bureau said Strong winds drifted the fine snow into mounds that readied from two to 15 feet in depth with the southeast flate bearing storm twofifths the brunt of Ihe of Die J EDGAR HOOVER Announces Arrest of 17 in AntiU S Plot PAGE 2 Goldfield Institute Short Course Is Held PAGE 8 Mason City Cagers in Tuesday Night Scraps PAGE 9 The liiRhway patrol said all highways in the vicinity of Iowa City were blocked and those in the vicinity of Cedar Rapids were uncertain In southeastern and south cen tral Iowa motorists were warned to use caution as those highways open were restricted to oneway traffic in places Highway 63 was reported blocked north of Oska loosa Highway 220 was blocked west of Iowa City S3 passable but very bad near Waterloo 202 was blocked 284 blocked west of La mont 52 and 61 south of Dubuque questionable The Iowa highway patrol issued the following report at noon Mon day on the condition of main traveled roads No e 1 i e v e d open clear across state may be oneway traf fic in places No 218 also open across state but snow drifting badly in places Dubuque high ways blocked now drilling badly TO MEET ANY THREAT BY GERMAN FORCE Million Men Ordered to Posts Report Nazis Concentrating Troops AMSTERDAM vir ually complete mobilization the umies of Belgium and the Neth irlands were massed Monday be lind frontier defenses to meet any German threat to the lowlands icutrality Nearly 1000000 Belgian and Netherlands soldiers were already it or ordered to positions along he 300mile wall hrough which Germany would lave to smash to outflank the BritishFrench allies on the west ern front Germany in the past lias de nied planning any such maneu In Belgium there were reports of new concentrations ot nazi at tack troops while in the Nether lands a government communique spoke of certain less favorable symptoms in the international situation The semiofficial Belga news agency however issued a note in Brussels denying what it called alarmist stories being spread in Belgium and abroad and said additional mobilization was proof only of the vigilance of the gov ernment It was confirmed that Belgian Premier Hubert Pierlot conferred with Foreign Minister Paul Henri Spaak Saturday night and re ceived foreign diplomats for ex changes of information A full cabinet meeting has been called for Monday trucks rolfctl hrough Brussels Sunday toivard the frontier while messengers summoned officers and men from their homes churches cafes and theaters The Brussels jrovernment put into force phase D of her mobilization plan fitting in the ranks of skeleton units with machine Runners artillerymen and lank drivers The final step for complete mobilization would be enforce ment of phase onlv iti event of an actual outbreak ot hostilities Belgian officials would hot dis close the number of men under arms but under phase Q Belgium considers herself on virtually a war footing As though to clear the ground for any eventuality an exodus of civilians from bor der provinces was started Phases A B and C of Belgiiims mobilization program were ef fected last September after Great Britain and France went lo war with Germany cannot k Delaware and Clayton plows clear open but one way traffic in places Hardin coun open to DCS Moines Mason City open but icy in spots Cedar Rapids 11 open from Cedar Hapids to Inde pendence and No 13 from Cedar Rapids to Manchester No 30 open from Cedar Rapids to Marshalltown but blocked in the vicinity of Clarence No 151 open to Monticeilo and probably to Dubuquc No 14D open from Cedar Rapids to No 6 but drifting badly in vicinity of Fairfax No 38 closed north of Stanwood but open from Stanwood to Tipton No 38 blocked from Tipton to ao 6 No 63 open from No i to Minnesota line Snowstorms Leave Midwest for East By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Snow storms moved eastward from the middlewest Monday threatening to bring ice as an aftermath to galeblown rain that slashed the east Sunday Communications lincs were wrecked by a 50 rnileanhour wind in many sections shipping along the seaboard was disrupted the rain turned into ice in various areas but brought some relief to New York Citys water supply which had been dwindling undcr drought conditions Six persons were killed and a number injured when tornadoes struck lo mile caa and 80 milct southwest of Montgomcv Sunday The lowlands defense mea sures were characterized in Berlin as another fear epidemic based now drilling based keep thoroughfares t sc quar RLP nnrl p tcrs there said reports of German military moves along Ihe lowland border were so much nonsense that it is doublful if an official denial will be Some military experts sug gested the reported German con centrations might be merely a bluff to keep the British and French from sending aid to Fin land but they added the low countries could not afford to take chances on thai Tile Netherlands ordered the cancellation of leaves after a spe cial cabinet meeting Sunday morn ing The weekend tension broke a period of watchful calm in the low countries which follower similar reports in early November of German concentrations on the Netherlands border At that timr I special precautions were taken 1 including the flooding of strategic I areas Informed sources at lirusscls said Belgian secret service re ports inspired the hurried de fense measures and one ob server added that German troops miffht move within the next few ilays Paris Blamed by Nazis for Scare BERLIN Ger mans charged Monday that thp present war scare in Belgium and the Netherlands was made in Paris and asserted that Germany till clung to her of Iannounced Snow storms whirled over Illi ofVhc 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