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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 10, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU LEASES THI NEWSPAPfk THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10 1940 MASON CITY THI I RIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION one NO 108 FDR FLAYS RUSSIAN DICTATORSHIP 15 KNOWN DEAD IN TORNADO IN GEORGIAN CITY Estimated Property Damage at Albany Ga At About ALBANY Ga tornado killed at least 15 white woman and 14 did an estimated property damage in this South Georgia winter resort and industrial city before dawn Saturday At least 450 were injured 250 of them critically Damage estimates totalling S5 000000 were made by G C Ham rick federal income tax expert Reports of the dead injured and damage filtered out slowly over crippled communication lines re stored by emergency crews after several hours of isolation The white woman found dead was Flora Belle Shiver 32 of Al bany Red Cross Chairman L R Fer rell estimated earlier 12 to 15 were dead and told Editor James R Blair of the Times Recorder at nearby Americus it was impos sible to say exactly how many died Blair said a railway express employe told him that about 85 per cent of the business build ings in Albany were either wrecked or badly damaged and several hundred homes Blair said all indications were the death list would run consider ably higher with many victims in one of the smaller hotels but that no accurate check had been made W M Pryse of the Albany Herald said he knew of eight dead and rescue workers were still finding bodies He estimated at least 250 persons were hurt seri ously and reported scores of others with minor cuts and bruises were turned away from overtaxed hospital facilities The citys one regular hospital was overflowing with patients and four emergency stations were op ened One locomotive was blown off its rack and the railroad sta tion was unroofed Martha Percilla Atlanta Jour nal correspondent reported to her newspaper by telephone four hours after the storm they arc carrying out From Washington came word that the Red Cross was sending disaster relief workers into Al bany Ambulance drivers were or dered to pick up only the injured jeaving the bodies for later Roaring out of the southwest the tornado ripped through scores of Negro shanties smashed railroad properties around he station and unroofed the depot and crushed the walls nearly every business build ins along the Alain business street Managing Editor W M Pryse of the Albany Herald said the storm roared out of the southwest like a thousand freight trains Only the fact it came at night saved us from being another Gainesville Pryse declared Every store front downtown is smashed and many of the roofs are caved in More than 200 per sons were killed in the disastrous Gainesville Ga tornado Two companies national guardsmen were ordered to lie city by Gov E D Rivers Heavy rain followed the winds prevent ing fires but making rescue work difficult Debris littered streets of ho city with a 1930 population of 14507 Communication and power lines were damaged The storm struck Ihc business area near the postoffice The Proebe Putney Memorial hospital reported ambulances brought in injured persons so fast that floor space was used to care for them Trees were leveled buildings unroofed and windows smashed The clock was blown from the dome of the Dougherty county courthouse The roof of the Binns hotel was damaged The city was plunged into dark ness when power lines failed ANGELS WELLFLEET Mass town of 1000 ig almost too good to be true Police Chief John C Daniels in his annual report simply noted I am glad to report that no ar rests were necessary during the past year Dodd Former Envoy Dies of Pneumonia ROUND HILL Va William E Dodd 70 former Unit ed States ambassador to Germany and outspoken critic of the nazi regime died Friday at his estate after an attack of pneumonia He had been ill for more than a year but his condition was not re garded as critical until two days ago when he was stricken with pneumonia William E Dodd was an his torian of international reputation with an intimate knowledge of German language and culture when President Franklin D Roose velt at the outset of his admin istration in March 1933 appoint ed him ambassador to Berlin Cordially received by President Paul von Hindenburg as one hav ing warm appreciation of the cul tural bonds between the two coun tries Dodd left his post in Janu ary 1938 a bitter foe of naziism with no word of farewell from Berlin officialdom He quit the country more unceremoniously than any other American envoy He had meanwhile lost face in Washington by intervening in the 1937 congressional fight against President Roosevelts plan for re organization of the United States supreme court Writing from Ber Jin m April to several senators he warned them of a dictatorship plot in the United States backed by an American billionaire re fused to revealthe sources of his information or to name the bil lionaire and brought down on himself denunciation as an ir responsible scandal monger by Senator William E Borah Tile following September while Dodd was on vacation in America he protested to the state depart ment over the acceptance by his cnarge daffairs Prentiss Gilbert ot an invitation to attend the nazi party congress at Nurnberg Cor dell Hull secretary of stale over ruled Dodds objections The lat ter shortly after resuming his post in November sent in his resigna tion Relieved of his diplomatic sta tus Dodd bitterly assailed the government to which he had been accredited He wrote and spoke in unbridled terms appearing be fore audiences in Canada and ihe eastern half of the United States The effort coupled with attempts to finish a multivolumod history on the old south caused a physical breakdown On top of this he had the mis fortune while driving an auto mobile on pec 5 1938 tohit and severely injure a Negro child on a highway near Hanover Court House Va Indicted the month on charges of hit and run driving he pleaded guilty on March 2 1939 and was fined and costs the judge explaining that only the poor health of the 69 year old defendant saved him from a jail sentence A medical witness testified that Dodd was suffering from hardening of the arteries and showed signs nervous exhaustion It also was brought out that the former am bassador had paid medical and hospital bills totaling 51100 to the childs pa renIs WILLIAM E DODD Public Health Head at Arsenal of U S Is Suicide Victim DAVENPORT W F Skelley said Saturday no in quest would be held into the death of Dr Harry W Keatley 56 head of the public health service at the Rock Island arsenal who died Fri day night of a bullet wound the coroner said was selfinflicted Dr Keatley was found in a hotel room Monday morning The coroner said a revolver from which one cartridge had been fired was found beside the body Dr Keatley had been in ill health for two years FRANCE STATES PERIL OF NAZIS MUSTBEERASED France Cool to Hull Announcement Would Welcome U S Envoy BULLETIN PARIS chamber of deputies Saturday night gave Premier Daladier a unanimous vote of confidence of 534 votes to conduct the war to victory The deputies gave the vote as a demonstration of national union after a twoday secret session in which they probed national de fense and other issues PARIS fP France warned Saturday that the constant peril of Germany must be crushed be fore she can join any internation al economic system such as Sec retary Hull mentioned in a state ment Friday A semiofficial note said United States Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles would be welcomed on his mission to seek information in European capi tals But it commented coolly on the state departments announcement o informal diplomatic conversa tions with neutrals relating to a sound international economic sys tem and at the same time world wide reduction of armaments England and France are now seeking by victory of their arms to obtain material and positive guarantees of peace without which no stable organization of inter national relations could be es tablished either in the political or the economic field the French note said The note said positive guar antees were preliminary condi tions to any negotiations It is evident from the French point of view that the constant peril of the Germany which pe riodically unleases warlike crises in Europe for purely political and imperialist reasons must be radi cally wiped out before the world to come takes shape by agree PEACE ECONOMIC SANITY SSIYES OF DISCUSSIONS WASHINGTON and economic sanity in the postwar period were emphasized by Secre tary Hull Saturday as the objec tives of discussions now under wav between the United States and other neutral nations and of the assignment on which Undersecre tary Welles will visit Borne Berlin Paris and London slid tllat for some me the United States had been doing everything possible to keep alive basic ideas formulas and programs relating to a sound and stable international relations after the European war is ended The keystones of that policy he explained are halting and curtail ment of armaments adoption lv all Ca tions of sound and liberal com mercial policies Hiis necessary for the world to achieve those objectives Hull de clared if there is to be economic sanity in the postwar period rather than economic autarchy and totalitarianism When peace does come Hull de clared it is hoped that there will be very definite and even the basic principles vitally necessary for a peaceful world Before giving his views Hull had conferred with William C Bullitt ambassador to France for 30 min utes and it was understood the general European situation had been the subject of their confer ence Hull saici he expected to see Ambassador Bullitt who had just arrived by clipper from Paris again before he returned to France Soundings in the diplomatic corps here indicated enormous in terest n the governments steps Groat wonder was aroused in congress by President Roosevelts announcement Friday on Welles and Secretary Hulls disclos e that informal conversations had begun with neutrals in regard to a sound international economic system and worldwide reduc tion of armaments Hull said the conversations which could be extended to bel ligerents insofar as they involve these two common problems of fu ture peace did not embrace mat ters involving present war condi tions Senator Johnson D Colol thought that Welles trip might produce some valuable data about European conditions He decried however the stale departments efforts to get together with other neutrals on economic and disarm ament questions Frost Folioge in Midtown After Midnight Pil IMM buan8r but winters frost is responsible for the fol age the mcture above taken at 2 oclock Saturday Central park The camera faced northeast with the intersection of North Federal avenue and First street in the background Reflection and iee is for the sharpness of the photographer explained Lock photo Ka CIO Offers toJomAFL BULLETIN WASHINGTON Presi dent John L Lewis of the Con gress of Industrial Organiza tions Saturday offered to take the entire membership of Ihc CIO into the American Federa tion of Labor on March 15 Lewis made his he described as a sincere plan to end the labor the course of a speech to the American youth congress He challenged President Roosevelt to find out whether it would be acceptable to AFL President William Green Lewis suggested that both the AFL and CIO hold special con ventions here March 15 Lewis said lie was willing to give assurances that he would not seek any office in a reunited AFL He declared this should dispel Mr Greens greatest He proposed that the meeting be held in Constitution hall owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and that the AFL representatives sit on one side and the CIO on the oth er DES MOINES IS COLDEST CITY 9 Below at Capital City Lowest of Any Principal Stations DES JIOINES cap ital city had the dubious honor of coldest spot in the nation Sat urday morning as Iowa tempera tures ranged from 10 to 25 de grees below normal The weather bureau said that while open country temperatures ranged lower DCS Moines mini mum of 9 below was the lowest of any of the bureaus principal reporting stations in larger cities Red Oak had an official 10 be low however and the bureau said Tarkio Mo registered 14 below Other cold spots were Montezu ma 8 below Jowa City 6 below Iowa Falls and Dubuque 5 be low and Charles City and Mount Ayr 3 below The bureau predicted the cold wave would end Saturday night with temperatures ranging from 10 to 15 degrees above zero ex pected The mercury stayed below freezing throughout Iowa Friday with a top of only 27 degrees at Keokuk for the maximum Skies were clear Saturday morning with the only precipita tion reports an inch of snow at Mount Ayr and 2 of an inch at Keokuk Cloudy and warmer weather was predicted for the weekend Defenses on RedTurkish Border Built ISTANBUL Hussia was reported Saturday pushin construction of fortifications on her Caucasian frontier with Tur key to defend her rich oil fields against possible BritishFrench Turkish attack According to Turkish reports several hundred thousand work ers have been drafted by the red army to build military roads near the KussianTurkish fron tier and strengthen border de fenses They said Dr Frit Todt cred ited with a part in the building of Germanys Siegfried line had vis ited the Russian side ot the line in an advisory capacity Turkey meanwhile was speed ing the departure o 100 German technicians dismissed from gov ernment advisory posts Their discharge from the war and navy ministries following Turkish confiscation Thursday of the Germanowned Krupp shipyards on the Golden Horn was ascribed to exposure of a nazi plot for sabotage and ter rorism in the NearEast The soviet warning to mariners that minefields have been laid off Russias Black sea ports was re peated by consular authorities with notice that it is now obliga tory to toko on Russian pilots in side Russian waters Turkish military authorities have said an allied attack on Rus sias oil fields among the most productive in the world would be accompanied by combined fleet action especially against the big oil port of Batum Turkish sources have stressed the military benefits that would result from seizure of the Cau casian oil fields and have declared the allies foresaw the possibility that in the event of a British FrenchTurkish attack Russia might try to reach the Dardanelles to cut off access to the Black sea Report on Survey of Activities in Adult Education to Be Made DES MOINES adult education council of Des Moines will hear a statewide survey of adult education activities in Iowa at a meeting here Saturday Mrs Lylah Simmers of Indianola chairman of the state forum com mittee and state superintendent of public instruction Jessie M Par ker are on the program Young Demos of Iowa to Meet on May 1920 WATERLOO S McGlade convention chairman announced the state meeting of Iowa young democratic clubs will be held here May 19 and 20 with about 800 delegates expected Mc Glado is president of the Black Hawk county young democrats LOOK INSIDE FOR GOV HENRY HORNER Abandons Plans to Run for Third Term PAGE 2 Mason City High Is Winner in 17th Game PAGE 0 40th Farm Home Week at Iowa State PAGE 8 GERMAN NAVAL BASE BOMBED British Flyers Get Away After Dropping Bombs on Nazi Base TOENDER Denmark British bomber raided the German naval base on tiie Island of Sylt Saturday Danish observers said dropping four bombs Observers at the Danish front ier said they saw the plane pass over the southern part ot the island then wheel westward to ward the sea after unloading the bombs Six German fighters pursued the British plane but the bomber appeared to have escaped Dream Fatal to Youth in Leap From Window CHARLEROI Pa cians reported a heart attack killed Elmer Ziders 18 Donora three days after he suffered a broken wrist in a leap from a third story hospital window when lie said lie became confused by a dream He was recuperating from an appendicitis operation at the time of the jump BRITISH SHIP SINKS UBOATS Destroyer Records in Fight as Freighter Is Sunk LONDON o the Canadian Pacific freighter Beaverburn was a victory that ap parently cost Germany two sub marines The admiralty announced lat Friday night a single British de stroyeihad sunk two Uboals a they attempted to attack a convoy The announcement followed statements attributed to an offi cer of the destroyer which escorted a rescue ship to a west English port with survivors uf the 9874ton Bcaverburn sunk off southern Ireland The admiralty did not say whei or where the fight occurred o identify the destroyer The report brought total Ger man submarine losses to an un official total of at least 40 haU or more of lie number believed in operation at the start of the war Germany broadcast Friday night in a report by its official news agency DNB that eight British or Britishconvoyed ships had been sunk or totally wrecked by Gor man planes Friday and that one German plane had been lost BOY FATALLY INJURED DES MOINES T Twelve yearold Lloyd Howard Jr was fatally injured when struck by an automobile while he was snow balling with several schoolmates enroute home from school Friday Coroner A E Shaw said the acci dent was unavoidable and no inquest would be held The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair and warmer Sat urday night Sunday partly cloudy warmer in east and cen tral portions MINNESOTA fair and warmer Saturday night Sunday partly cloudy warmer in ex treme southeast becoming somewhat colder in afternoon in northwest porlion and in ex treme north IN MASON Cm GlobeGazettfi weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Saturday Maximum Friday 25 Alinimum in Night At 8 a m Saturday 1 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Jo WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO out look for the week beginning Feb Upper Mississippi Valley Gen erally fair except some precipita tion likely about middle of week moderately cold period about Tuesday and toward end of week otherwise moderate temperature Northern Great Plains Gener ally fair most of week moderate temperature except moderately cold Monday and Tuesday and to ward end of week SAYS AMERICAN SYMPATHY LIES ON FINNS SIDE American Youth Group Told Soviet Union Has Absolute Dictatorship WASHINGTON Roosevelt declared Soviet Russia Saturday to be a dictatorship as absolute as any other dictator ship in the world and character ized its war with Finland as an invasion of a neighbor so in finitesimally small that it could do no injury to the soviet union Hfr Roosevelt stated his in a speech to the American Youth Congress meeting in which he upheld the right of some of his hearers to call yourselves communists but added that as Americans you have not only a right but a sacred duty to confine your ad vocacy of changes in lawto the methods prescribed by the con stitution of the United States He professed himself to be dis illusioned with the Russian ex periment in government although years ago 1 hoped that Russia would work put its own problems and that their government would eventually become a peaceloving popular government which would not interfere with the intcgity of its neighbors That hope Mr Roosevelt said is today either shattered or put away in storage against a better day The soviet union as a mat ter of practical fact known to you and to all the world is a dictatorship as absolute as other dictatorship in the world It has allied itself with another dictatorship and it has invaded a neighbor so JnfiriHesJnYaHy7 small that it could do no injury to the soviet union and seeks only to liveat peace as a democracy and a liberal forwardlooking demo cracy at that Standing on the south portico o1nnresldcU fatcci approximately 3000 members of the Youth Con gress standing in a drizzle on the lawn While he spuke bluntly on foreign affairs and character ized as most absurd claims that the soviet union would declare war on this country for loaning or giving money ia the Finns lie nevertheless de voted the greater part of his words to domestic issues He reviewed accomplishments of the administration and took a look at the future with the ad monition dont seek or expect Utopia overnight Warning the congress member ship not io seek or expect Utopia overnight the president S31C1 Ham and eggs and other plans will not do it solve the old age pension problem because they are all open to the simple ob jection that they cither print much paper money that the money would soon be worthless or tlt the whole burden would be placed on the shoulders of the younger workers The president led his dis cussion of foreign affairs by Kivmg his youthful audience one final word of warning Do not as a group he sait resolutions on subjects which you have not thought through and on which you can not possibly have complete knowledge He was advised he said that one local council of the congress tooka decisive stand against the granting of American loans to t on the ground that we ought to spend the money Here among our own needy unem ployed but on the ground that such action was an attempt to force America into the imperia listic war That reasoning lie contin ued was unadulterated twad dle basctl perhaps on sincerity but at the same lime on 90 per cent ignorance of what they were talking about I can say this to you with a smile because many of you will recognize the inherent wisdom and truth of what I am saying Here is a small republic in north ern Europe which without any question whatsoever wishes solely to maintain its own ter ritorial and governmental intez rity 6 Nobody with any pretense at common sense believes that Fin land had any ulterior designs on the integrity of the soviet union TKIPLETTS HAVE TWINS PEOR1A III twins required further explana tion at a hospital Saturday Inves tigation revealed twin babies were Mr and Mrs Lawrence Triplett