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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 2, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             HARLOJ E ft HIST f 0 E P T Of I 0 V I v NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PKESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASES WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPV MASON CITY THE BRIGHT k SPOT l MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2 1940 TJflS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 101 F R HITS PROPOSED FARM BILL CUT Japanese Face All of World By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist SO FAR as Uncle Sams state department and American army and navy men can see Japans militarists are bent on a policy versus nearly all the rest of the only China then the United States and presently Great Britain but ultimately practically the whole globe Experts draw their conclu sions from the Japanese STEWART armys latest recently published annual survey of the mikados international problems as the islanders heredi tary fighting class the Samurai sizes them up The thing at least is candid We must admit it says out spokenly that there is a tenden cy toward increasing friction be tween Japan and America in the future The survey isnt govern mentally official On the con trary it appears at a juncture when Tokios civilian diplomacy undoubtedly is trying to improve Nippons relations with Washing ton However its all the more significant of the Samurais in difference to what their more civ ilized statesmanship considers best And its well recognized that the Japanese militarists go ahead and fight whenever they feel likeMt regardless of the rest of their countryspreferences Nor do they care a cents worth for odds asainstthemWhen they thlnkit necessary theyre a suicidal bunch Maybe they could be overthrown by a revolution but its pretty hard for an unorganized revolt even if it represents a big ma jority to upset so solid an armed group Wholl Smash Samurai Inshort if the Samurai are lo be licked its the consensus of western experts that theyll have to be licked in fact exterminated from outside Besides the United States the Japanese army summary takes a crack at Great Britain also It speaks of British hostility to the mikado in the Far East and warns that Japan always mustbe watchful of John Bulls attitude in the orient France is described as danger ous because of Gallic IndoChina Russia isnt dealt with in an overly friendly way At the mo ment Tokio and Moscow are on semiamicable terms but the sur vey remarks that the two govern ments are traditional enemies that there was actual fighting be tween Japs and Russians a few weeks ago and that Stalin may turn his attention to the easl again as soon as hes less pre occupied in Finland and else where in the west Survey of Future To sum up according to the rc Xiew is at undeclared in China now reckons on war with the United States and on wa with Great Britain and with soon as their hands are free in Europe is suspicious of Rus sia plans to grab the Dutch Indies and the Philippines It may have an eye on India The survey doesnt say anything about Germany and Italy but i doesnt say anything GOOD abou them cither Parenthetically tin Japanese look the kaisers Chines settlement of Kiao Chau away from him in the last war Homicidal Maniac Collectively the Samurai bit off a large mouthful Prospectively war with China war with the United States Brit ain and France complicated with Australia New Zealand the Phil ippines and the Dutch who don count much Likewise what about Russia Well thats what the Samura ambitiously imply Japan is different from Russia The Russians are quitters LittI Japan licked em a generation ago Tiny Finland has had em on the run But you cant lick a Samurai until hes DEAD So when the Samurai issue an annual survey I think the things worth nolicing A homi cidal maniac is cuckoo but he isnt to be disregarded WILSON SPEAKS BEFORE 175 AT ANNUAL DINNER Thornton Audience Hears Emphasis Put on U S Constitution By STAFF REPRESENTATIVE most suc cessful in a series of annual American Legion dinners more than 15 years old was held here Thursday evening as 175 Legion naires and their friends jam packed the high school gymnasium for a sumptuous chicken dinner and to hear Gov George A Wilson British Liner After Mine Blast speak Telling his audience that he was not here to make a politi cal talk the Iowa governor se lected the American constitu tion as his subject telling his audience that the constitution of the United States looms large enough today in the fog of un certainty perhaps larger than ever before It is a beacon of hope for heart broken human ity A constitution is the will of the icople as to a way of life If every nation possessed and ived up to a written constitution ike ours there would be no war oday The will of the people as to a vay of life is always for peace The will to make war is not the vill oE the people But Democracy is standing alone an unworkable dream the speaker continued American constitution makers were as profoundly distrustful of democracy as they were of autocracy Their greatest discovery was hat of republicanism as the an ithesis of democracy That meant the application of demo cratic principles by and through epresentative government Turning his attention to the present position of the United States in a war world the gov ernor declared Our reliance is on the eternal principles that are lound in the United States consti ution That is our guide The re sponsibility is squarely up to the leople No individual can drag us nto war no individual can keep us out of war No political group can turn the trick No bund or 3loc or committee can overwhelm the will of the people when they lave been aroused to a sense ol their responsibility The American system is suf ficiently flexible so that in a world crisis the nation can if the people will it have the use of all the best statesmanship and all the wisest diplomacy and all the most virile patriot ism of the great republic Our constitution is the will of the people In this world crisis it is up lo us lo once ngain point he to liberty to tolerance and to freedom of speech press and wor ship We must see to it that hate shall not supplant love that the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God and the brolherhood of men Viewed from an approaching boat heres part of the superstructure of the 10002tori British liner Dunhar Castle protruding from the water off the southeast coast of England after the ship was lorn in tiio by a mine explosion Jan S All 48 of her passengers and all but three of her crew of 150 got away m lifeboats 6 Firemen Injured Fighting Davenport Blaze Furniture Company Building Gutted in Spectacular Fire DAVENPORT fire men were injured none seriously and damage estimated by reliable insurance experts at between was caused here Friday in a spectacular fire which gutted the W S Holbrook Furniture company building while thousands of persons watched the fire fighters who were hampered by dense clouds smoke from sidewalks in the heart of the bus iness district The fire which was discovered about 8 a m in the repair room on the fourth floor is believed to have been caused by an explosion With the aid of the Rock Island and Moline departments Daven port firemen brought the blaze under control at a m after it had spread to the Murdoch Paint and Wall Paper company adjoin ing Included in the total loss was damage to theMurdoch store and contents the Kay Furniture com pany and Montgomery Ward and company most of which was by water and smoke There was a total loss to the Holbrook building where the fire flamed out of control as soon as the windows and doors were opened Carroll A Klein president of the Holbrook company placed loss on the building alone at which he said was the purchase price several years ago He said fixtures nnd stock were valued at approximately The stock included furniture for six new public schools which was tem porarily stored in the basement THORNBURGIS FOR FARM PLAN Congressmen to Support Democratic Agriculture Program DES MOINES re publican secretary of agriculture Mark Thornburg Friday sent telegrams to the states congress men urging them to support the democratic national administra tions farm program I urge you to again remember that the economic welfare of Iowa and the nation depends upon the welfare of agriculture the wire said Continuation of an adequate agricultural program is more im portant than political partisan ship Iowa always interested in reducing federal expenditures be lieves equitable government eco nomy can be achieved without re ducing essential agricultural ap propriations Seven of the stales nine con gressmen are republicans shall not be gotten cast aside or for Governor Wilsons talk was pre ceded by a dinner which was pre pared by members of the Ameri can Legion Auxiliary Feature items on the menu were large platters of chicken and huge bowls of mashed potatoes fol lowed by bowls of gravy and large dishes of corn al of which were replenished as the supply ran low Topping the dinner were slices ot apple pie Also on the evenings program were community singing led by Bruce E Dillon and piano solos by Gordon Dittmer Dickie Wineman Mason City danced several tap dance solos accompanied by Wayne Rucker Mason City Also tap dancing was Joe Trayer Ma son City who along with the other entertainers is a pupil of Jimmy Fleming Cornet solos by Mr Dillon and two selections by a vocal sextet composed of Loral Paul Ralph Timm Roy Timm Oscar Floy Marvin Christensen and Mr Dil lon were also presented Presiding over the program was Chris Ytzen post commander of the Legion The master of cere monies was Harry Sondergaard chairman of the program commit tee PORTEU IS PRESIDENT DES MOINES Iowa Retail Lumbermens association elected R V Porter of Oskaloosa as its president JURORS HEAR MANLEYTALK Mason Cityan Gives Information to Liquor Probe at Des Moines DES MOINES liquor commission officials monopolized the witness list Friday as the Polk county grand jury neared comple tion of its first full week of in vestigating illicit liquor traffic here Liquor Commissioner Bernard E Manlcy of Mason City a demo crat and former commission chair man spent most of the day closeted with the jury Other witnesses included Jo seph Christy manager of state liquor store I here and Com mission Secretary Julius Jensen The jury has not yet heard Des Moines city officials and some of the 14 distillery representatives among the 28 persons subnenaed by County Attorney Francis Kuble Gilchrist Will Seek ReElection to Post DES MOINES tative Fred C Gilchrist of Lnur env Iowa eighth district republi can skcd the secretary of stales office Friday for nomination pa pers for rcclcclion Sportsman Club Probe Results in Fine CLINTON Porter Davenport wss fined ant costs here Friday for shooting a pheasant Dee 24 1939 on a farm near DeWilt Investigation of the ease was pressed at the request o the DeWilt Sportsmans club which had stocked the DeWilt re gion Credit Lifeboat Service Witb Saving 1273 LONDON Britfcl lifeboat service was creditec Thursday with savins 1273 live in the first five months of the Wa than in the last two year of peacetime The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair slightly colder In south and extreme castcen tral portions Friday night Sat urday increasing cloudiness with slowly rising temperature followed by light snow in ex treme west in afternoon or at night MINNESOTA Generally fair not so cold in northwest and northcentral portions Friday n i g h I Saturday increasing cloudiness with rising tempera ture followed by light snow in west portion in afternoon IN MASON CIT GlobeGazette weather stalls tics IMaximum Thursday 27 Minimum Thursday night 5 At 8 a m Friday 7 The groundhog if he has vcn lured out certainly saw his shad ow as Tuesdays bright sun glare down But oh well we most al ways have ix more weeks o winter anyhow 33 G By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS HELSINKI B u s s i a lh jto armored sledges into Karelian isthmus of fensive warplanes driven back at capital a 1 k a n entente weighs middle course in trade with bellig erents to keep out of Euro pean war say Bal kans have nothing to fear from them only from Brit ain France seeks to keep Germany from get ting upper hand in Ruman ian trade NEW quoted as favoring peace among Britain France and for teaming up against Russia Japa nese compromise on seizure of German seamen report ed under which some of 21 prisoners would be re turned CHUTE TROOPS OF REDS KILLED AT FINN FRONT Armored Russian Sleds Also Unable to Pierce Mannerheim Defenses HELSINKI soviet war machine sent its highly touted parachute troops floating down upon the Finns oil the Karelian Isthmus and brought armored sleds into play in a drive on the village of Summa but the defense forces Friday still were holding the Mannerheim line guarding the approaches to strategic Viipuri Friday nights communique re ported the Russians used many parachutist patrols in the fierce Isthmus fighting but the invaders were partly captured and part ly annihilated Advices from the front said he Russians killed were picked off by Finnish sharpshooters as they dangled from the shroud lines of their parachutes Besides repulsing the Russians 01 the Isthmus the communique said the Finns drove back re newed Russian attempts to drive over the ice ot Lake Ladoga to take Finnishheld islands oft thi north shore In the air warfare the army an nounced that at least five and possibly eight Russian raider were shot down Thursday wltili civilian casualties among the Finn were one lulled and s o m wounded The violent red army on slaught on the Karelian Isthmus defenses brokea loncstandinc REVENUE SHOWS DECREASE WASHINGTON treas ury reported revenue collections in Iowa from all sources in the calendar year of 1939 totaled 637157 as compared with 851340 for the previous year The coincidence between th spurt of soviet attacks accom panied by widespread air raid andthe offer of Finnish Presiden Kallio Thursday of an honorabl peace told Finns what was like to be Moscows answer Russias invasion drew the fol lowing pronouncement from th famed wopdchopper of former Kaiser Wilhclm The belligerents Germany France ax Great Britain should slop fighting and join their forces to help the Finns They should fiflit in one line to rid the world and civiliza tion of bolshevism Wlhelms rare comment wa made public by Poultney Bigelov his American biographer from letter mailed to Bigelow Jan 16 Japanese Bomb French Operated R R Bridge SHANGHAI one hundred persons including ten Occidentals were reported Friday to have been killed or injured when Japanese planes bombed a bridge on the Frenchoperated HanoiKunming railway about 50 miles inside Chinese territory Re ports reaching foreign quarters here did not give the nationality of the foreigners but many French men are employed on the railway a vital supply line for the Chinese LOOK INSIDE FOR FRIEDA ZYLSTRA Missing Plane With lowan Makes Landing PAGE 2 Mason City High Will Play Tough Cage Foe SPORTS PAGE Decorah Girl Hurt in Highway Mishap STATE PAGE SKIES CLEAR IN NORTH IOWA But Southern Part Is Cloudy What Spot Did Groundhog Pick DBS MOINES hog day dawned clear in nort ern Iowa Friday morning b clouds obscured the southern ha of the state a fact which mu have given the prognosticate little animal a bad case of indec sion The legend in which the we ther bureau places little credenc has it that should the groundho see his shadow Friday hell retii to his hole and therell be s weeks more of cold weather N shadow and winter is practical ended Shadows were plentiful as I south as DCS Moincs Erida morning but just where tl groundhog will choose to appd remained as indefinite as the ne air raid in Europe With stoical contempt for tl groundhog the weather burea announced that temperatures ro above freezing throughout low Thursday ushering in Februai with a general thaw Fair weather with slowly ri ing temperatures is due Satui day the bureau said Light sno probably will strike the extrem western section of Iowa by Sa urday night Temperatures were colder ov the state Friday morning aft Thursday night reaching a low 7 at Mason City It was 10 d Krees at Iowa Falls nnd Chad City Northerly winds w hipped across the stale bringing a trace of snow to DCS Moincs Thursdays highest reading was 40 degrees at Kcohuk ASSERTS HOUSE GROUP SLASHES ARE TERRIFIC Woo drum Says Decrease Would Not Seriously Harm Agriculture Areas HYDE PARK Y dent Roosevelt told reporters in irm tones Friday he was standing n his budget and a gricultural appropriation for the beginning July 1 He said the house appropria tions committee which slashed the farm appropriation bill 20 per cent below budget estimates had made terrific cuts The bill is pending in the house W Volunteering to discuss the agri cultural appropriations at a piess conference in the library of his ionic here Mr Roosevelt said lie iaw no reason why some excerpts rom his budget message should not be reprinted He had had some excerpts lypcrl out and he read them to newsmen They said I have carefully checked the ndividual estimates under these broad categories and I am satis fied that no lower figures can be attained except at the expense of impairing the efficiency with which laws are administered or of working undue hardship upon individuals or economic groups I refuse to accept the responsibility of adopting either alternative x x We must not only guard the gains we have made but we must press on to obtain full employment for those who have been displaced by machines as well as for the 000000 net addition to the labor force since 1329 We must there fore avoid the danger of too dras tic or too sudden a curtailment government support x x x President Roosevelt arrived at his home here early Friday to spend the weekend Woodrum in Plea to Reduce Costs WASHINGTON tative Woodrum D Va con tended in house debate Fridav that none of the sharp reduction proposed by the appropriations committee for agriculture depart ment funds would seriously harm farm rreas There isnt a member of the committee who is not willing to do what we can to help the farmer he declared While the house debated Presi dent Roosevelt told a press con ference at Hyde Park that the ap propriations committee had made perfectly terrific cuts in he farm bill which stands now at S634 000000 He read some excerpts from his budget message among them one saying that most people felt that theagricultural program should not be given less than 5900000000 Groundhog Forgets to Look for Shadow AGO Maximum Minimum HCTCS Mr Groumlhos cnlccd from hs winter burrow by pretty MarRarct Hurnn 17 year nhl Punx sulaivnny Pa And ts Mr Groundhog going about his business looking for that shadow of his Nrt sn you conld notice it He took one look at Margaret and forgot all aboul his job as a wcalher prophcl Now we don t know whether winter is over or only half over Representative Uootlrum also dug up some of the presidents past words declaring that seven years ago air Roosevelt said that the government should bal ance its lest it be wrecked on Ihc rocks of fiscal policy V f What he said then is doubly h uc today said Woodrum Farm members seeking to avert the cut expressed confidence that their strength ws growing The pendulum is swinging the other way said Representative Ferguson DOkla The members are beginning to think that the ap propriations committee has gone too far toward economy It made the mistalce of trying to do tl all in one bill Ferguson and other farm leaders contended that a switch in senti ment manifested itself Thursday when they successfully sponsored a small increase in one item in the agriculture appropriation bill By a vote of 106 to 96 the house ten tatively approved a 5126000 in crease in a 5100000 fund for fur ther experiments in dryland farming The farm forces hoped for simi lar victories Friday on motions to add 5144000000 to the i634000 000 bill for farm tenant loans su gar benefit payments and disposal of surplus farm commodities Senators to whom house farm members iooh for help meanwhile renewed their pledges lo try to reinstate whatever cuts the house finally adopts The house appro priations committee recommended that current funds be cut in halt and thu budget estimates be re duced 20 per cent   

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