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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 12, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MARLON K MIST MEU ART OEHr or IOWA coup OES UQI Mis HOME EDITION THE R THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHMUS MASON CITY THI BRIGHT VOL XLVI FIVE CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 121940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OV TWO SECTIONS SECTION one NO 134 REPORT FINNS REDS AGREE K X X X x IL se u W Camera Helps to Capture Burglar r T i T r T T 4ft Finnish Parliament to Meet to Take Action on Terms of Peace Terms Not to Be Made Public Until Treaty Is Signed FR First Lady Have Much Tan By JACK STINNETT WASHINGTON Notes a newcomer In the capital that epidemic Chinese colic Con fucius Say is at its worst It took a literary taxi driver warping through sodden traific in a downpour to put Wash ington weather in a peanut shell claimed he was quoting M ark Twain If you d ont like W a s h i n g t on weather wait a minute Both the president and Mrs Roosevelt have coats ol tan that make the stayathomes look anemic Secretary of State Hull is fat the moment the most inaccessible of the cabinet mem bers Postmaster Farley the most accessible There are two schools of thoughl here 1 FDR will run again 2 FDR wont run again That provides the chief topic of conver sation The consensus seems to be this week that the prcsidenl doesnt run the democratic nom inee will be Cordell Hull Next wjeek 1UI Platinum Blond Todayshistory lesson The bes unknown landmark around town is the statue on the capitol dome 23 newsmen and congressmen attending a dinner at the Press club the other night guessed it was everything from Liberty to a forgotten chief of the Narragan setts Tile right answer is Free dom The ligurc almost 20 fee tall was done in Rome in 1857 by Thomas Crawford father o novelist F Marion Crawford anc mounted on the dome in 1863 The powers that be were abou 70 years ahead of the times too Miss Freedoms a platinum blond The platinum is set on lightning protection When Sumner Welles was skip ping over the continent in thi role of the state departments human question mark he got close enough to the western fron to see the boys in the Magino and Siegfried lines doing thei laundry Wonder if he stopped ti pun about The wash on the Hhine Washington has one screwy street name Ill enter in a freai contest with any city in the coun try Its street The house of representative lias a bloc the senate doesnt have Its composed city boys on on side country boys on the otliet Thats because most legislativ districts are either in the city o the country There are times too when the division interest tha way overrides party lines On thing they seem to be in perfec agreement on though is the qual ity of the house restaurants bean soup Its the best in the lane recipe on request and Ill vot with the house any time they want to declare jt so publicly Capital Crime Theres a battle going on against a District of Columbi crime wave Seems funny docsn it here should be a crime wav in the city that houses nations headquarters o the federal bu reau ot investigation the sccre service the postoffice inspectors the department justice probably more private invest gators than any other city in th world The national zoos latest acqui sition is Emperor Dugan an Anl arctic penguin and the first hi breed to be brought north of th equator Dougans favorite pa time is strutting in front of mirror but thats not what make the Emperor the strongest bir hereabouts Note to Senator Tobey of Hampshire Within a few hour after you let loose your radi blast on the census bureau ques tions the census bureau prepare for a flood of demands with 500 mimeographed alibi letters ex plaining why those two question were being asked When only 20 requests came in for the lettei census bureau officials bcga asking Werent tlie folks listen ing or didnt they care Dont as me 50000 FRENCH READY TO GIVE AID TO FINLAND Daladier Says Troops Now at 2 Ports With British Navy Ready PARIS Edouard aladier told the chamber of dep ties Tuesday that 50000 French were assembled trained nd ready to proceed to Finland nd that Finland was expected to ecide Tuesday on whether allied id would be asked Daladier said that the troops assembled at two ports with the British navy standing by and ready to convoy them in event of a Finnish decision to ask for allied forces The premier said that the troops vere at two on the Snglish channel and the other on lie Atlantic ocean He added that a number of the most modern bombing planes hue irrjved in Finland from the allied ountries Britain and France are both pre ared to help the Finns the pre mier emphasized but he said that orway and Swedenwere opposec o permitting passage of alliec troops across their territory i He said that he hoped that opinion in both Scandinavian countries however would result in ending opposition to passage of allied troops and that the al lied plans to help the Finns could be carried out He referred especially to the labor sentiment in Scandinavia as allegedly fav oring intervention Daladier said that the troops lad been prepared to go to Fin and since Feb 27 and that on Vlarch 5 a new attempt was made o arrange for their passage hrough Scandinavia and to de ermine whether Finland wanted o make a direct appeal to Britain and France for aid under the eague of nations covenant The decision of the Finnish gov ernment he said is expected Tuesday At present Finnish gov ernment representatives including Premier Histo Ryli are in Moscow negotiating whether an armistice is possible in the war in Finland Daladiers statement was made after Deputy Fernand Lauren asked the government to fix a time for debate on Finland Dala dier replied that while the gov ernment was ready to answe questions he did not see any pur pose in debate until the decision of the Finnish government anc parliament regarding the Moscow negotiations and regarding alliec troops was known At the premiers proposal it wa agreed to fix the date for the de bate as next Tuesday The premier emphasized lha Norway and Sweden had taken very strong stand in refusing per mission for the allied troops t pass through their territory anc even threatened to destroy In only railway line leading througl Sweden to the fighting front He said at the same time tha a great deal of aid had been giver Finland Although he did not stat the exact number of moden bombers sent to the Finns he sai that previously 175 fighting planes 49fi cannon 5000 machine gun and 20000000 cartridges had bcc dispatched When a burglar in a Lincoln III warehouse started to make off with some capper wire he un wittingly operated a hidden camera which made the picture at left He wrecked what he thought the camera but later found it was a dummy device Aided by the picture officers arrested Bllke Lutzyn 24 who they said admitted the picture was his Lutzyn was held on larceny Robertson Wiley ReElected to School Bokrd Allan F Beck Leads Balloting With 1253 Votes Unopposed Three present members of the school board polled comparatively heavy votes in Mondays school election here to regain their seats for another three years defeating Grade Allen Gets Vote in 2nd Ward Grade Allen the radio co medienne may show some strengthin Mason City in the presidential election next fall in which she is a candidate She got one vote in the second ward Monday for treasurer in the school election Oracles plat form in the presidential race is No vice president Im against vice Iwo labor candidates by more than four to one margins Those elected and their votes R E Robertson 1214 R E Wiley 1211 Howard L 1207 Allan F Beck school treasurer for the last 17 years led the voting with 1253 There were no can didates opposing him on the printed ballots although scattered votes were written in for others For director Nels Landgien polled 274 votes and Edward Newman 246 The vote wus heavy for a year when little audible campaigning had been carried on A year ago when labor candidates as well as incumbents made a determined effort to get out the vote Garfield E Breese led the field with 1305 votes while Mr Landgren polled 636 The 1939 vote was the heaviest in 15 years In 1938 only 317 votes were cast R F Kunz was the only name written in for the directorship Votes for treasurer were written in for Raymond Keister Roy Bailey Bill Boyd Ed Clark Jim Campbell Roy Johnson E J Clark Cal Dwan C A Parker Laura M Lenz and Gracie Allen YEAR 1920 1921 1922 1923 1324 1925 132G 1927 1928 1929 VOTE 1720 1430 1534 1813 3837 1860 776 1079 274 123 YEAR 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 193G 1937 1938 1939 1940 Ward First Second Third Fourth TOTALS SCHOOL VOTE BY WARDS Kncsel Wiley Total Robert Vote son 312 355 479 410 410 341 259 208 1460 1211 256 H98 340 213 1307 255 405 333 218 1211 Land gren 62 76 87 49 274 New man 56 73 70 246 VOTE 135 132 385 311 341 1760 1301 317 1974 1460 Beck 374 420 349 210 1233 CAUSE OF DEATH Inquest Is Delayed 3 Times as Postville Murder Is Probed Allamakc county authorities Tuesday silent ly continued their investigation into the biuUil murder of 80 yea old Christian Ruckdaschcl foum slain in his home Saturday nigh Dr F P McNamara Dubuqu pathologist stated that the retiree farmers death was due to a cere bral hemorrhage and fracture skull induced by n blow Thu was removed all doubt as to th cause the death Dr McNamara reached this de cision after examining the skull o Ruckdaschel at the Schutte fu neral home Asked whether there were any suspects in the case Sheriff Jack King Tuesday refused either to deny or confirm that fact in a conversation with the GlobeGazette An inquest three times posi poned because investigators wei busy gathering evidence wa scheduled for Tuesday afternoo by Dr Charles Borden of Wai kon Allamakee county coroner ARLIAMENT TO MAKE DECISION ON FINAL OFFER Informed Observers Believe Honorable Peace to Be Near HELSINKI Finnish of cial said Tuesday night lhat par ament which must pass on any erms of peace with soviet Russia ad not taken any action up to arly Tuesday evening H was in icated that a secret session of arliament would be held later uesday night or Wednesday Officials however would not omment on this possibility The most common opinion among informed observers here was that some kind of honorable peace was in the immediate off ing An official announcement was xpected Tuesday night or Wed iesday to clarify the status of the 04dayold war in the north Amid a welter of rumors of eace truces and new negotiations he only solid realistic develop ments were a short airraid alarm it 4 p m 9 a m E S T anc he high command communiciue which said the Russians had made new gains on the Viipuri front bu lost 15 planes It admitted that the Red Army pressing further atone Viipuri Bay was continuing its advances despite the peace ne gotiations going on in Moscow Talk on the streets in rostaur ints and cafes and in bomb shel ers during the air raid alarm was ncvitably concerned with the question of peace or war Ninety words were taken nu the dispatch at this point by the censor In the midst oE all the talk ol jeacc workmen went right aheac lammering protective screens around statues in the parks am jainst bomb shelters Russia kept up relenting pres sure on the northwest shore o Viipuri Bay aiming at encircle ment of the city of Viipuri am the Finnish high command sail in some places the Russian succeeded in advancing a little Waukon Teacher Dies of Accident Injuries Suffered Saturday Miss Mary J Johnson 29 Wau kon high school teacher died Mon day in a Marshalltown hospital of injuries suffered in an auto mobile accident Saturday night near Marshalltown She was driving 3 car which skidded on the paving and was hit broadside by another car driven by a Wisconsin driver Mr and Mrs Albert Tousley also Waukon who were passengers in Miss Johnsons car were only slightly injured Miss Johnson it survived by her mother Mrs Lillian Johnson Waukon a brother Carlton Bris tol Tenn and is a niece of Fred Mickey 1130 Maple drive Mason City Funeral arrangements have not yet been made The Weather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy inlcimitlcnl light snow Tuesday night and in east Wednesday forenoon somewhat colder in west and southcentral Tuesday niffht and in east Wednesday MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy intermittent light snow in east Tuesday night Wednesday part ly cloudy preceded by snow flurries in extreme cast no de cided change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Monday 25 IMinimnm Monday night 17 At 8 x m Tuesday 19 Snow 25 inches Frecip 17 inch Just xvhen practically all of the snow had disappeared Mon day evening brought another white blanket to Mason City Whipped by a wind during the night near blizzard proportions were pro vided for a time YEAR AGO Maximum 37 Minimum 30 Heavy Gunfire Heard in Pans Vicinity but No Explanation Given PARIS IP Heavy gunfire was heard in Paris Tuesday morning but several hours later the firing still was unexplained There was no air raidalarm and no planes were seen Monday night Paris was shaken by the thudding of antiaircraft fire as searchlights picked out a plane presumably German over the capital area There was no raid alarm but radio stations shut down for a time to prevent hos tile planes using their signals as a guide to the city AGAINST BOAST ON TAXES WESTWOOD Mass Westwood town linance commit tee informed the voters in town meeting Monday night that the 1940 tax rate would bo but S2380 a thousand and the voters re sponded promptly with a resolu tion urging that there be no boasting about it LOOK INSIDE FOR FAY WRAY Collapses on Hearing of ExHusbands Suicid PAGE 2 School Elections Held in North Iowa STATE PAGE BULLETINS HELSINKI Fin nish parliament met Tuesday night and was reported to be involved in a heated debate over terms for peace with soviet Russia The parliamentary de bate was understood to deal with the entire problem of peace and with the question of for eign aid to Finland if the war goes on LONDON UP Authorita tive sources reported Tuesday that representatives of Finland and soviet Russia had agreed on terms for ending their war in the far north and that signature of an accord may occur Tues day nicht or Wednesday at Mos CBW According to responsible cir cles an armistice may be ex pected at any time unless an unexpected lastminute hitch develops The peace agreement how ever would become operative only after being signed by Fin nish Premier Risto Ryli and So viet Premier Viacheslav IVIoIo tov and aUer being ratified by both governments STOCKHOLM from Scandinavian capitals said that Julio Paasikivi one of the Finnish negotiators at Moscow had returned by arplane to Helsinki to place peace terms before the Finnish parliament Assert 7 Per Cent of Nazi Shipping Lost LONDON admiralt asserted Tuesday that seven pe cent of German merchant ship ping totaling about 300000 tons has been scuttled or seized since the war began Twentyfive pe cent of the enemy merchant ma rine is bottled up in neutral port and the remainder is tied up ii German ports excepting thost ships operating between German and Baltic ports Minnesota Man Admits Slaying Father 63 BUFFALO MINN Schuler 23 was jailed Tuesda after his father Daniel 63 wa found slain in their home nea here Deputy Sheriff Carl Ander son said the youth had admitte shooting his father twice with a 1 gsugc shotgun Reds Still Cant Win in Spring Yankee Game SPORTS PAGE Get ready for EASTER To know what the new fashions are like and what stores arc featuring them read the ads in tlie GlobeGazette LONDON Telegraph British reported Tuesday in a Stockholm clis atch that the Finnish delegation in Moscow had been uthorized to sigh a peace treaty The dispatch ciiioted informed Stockholm sources as say ig that the treaty would be signed Wednesday the terms be published then and it the same time hostilities would cease Exchange Telegraph said he delegation iu Moscow leaded by Premier Risto Ryti liad been empowered to sign by the Finnish parliament in ses iion at Helsinki An official of the soviet em bassy here said that the Moscow negotiations arc going along well but we have nothing defin ite Radio listeners in London mean while reported hearing a Finnish announcer say in a Russianlan guage broadcast that the Finnish army will defend the inde pendence of Finland to the end The Copenhagen radio reported that the Helsinki authorities were considering compulsory removal ol all children stillin the city IOWA REPORTS SNOW SLEET Drifts Observed on Some of Highways of North Section DES MOINES tV Blustery March weather brought snow sleet rain and high winds to Iowa again Tuesday coating sections of states highways with thick the ice Snow ranging up to three inches in northern Iowa was drifted over highways there blocking second ary roads and bringing out snow plows again on the main northern and western arteries Mist and rain froze on streets highways and windshields in the southern and central sections ol the state making driving extreme ly hazardous The weather bureaus forecast called lor continued cloudy weather with light snow Tuesday night and Wednesday some what colder temperatures Wed nesday Precipitation was reported at every Iowa weather station with 22 of an inch at Charles City the maximum amount At Mason City 22 inches of snow provided 17 precipitation Most pr sections hnd sleet or rain the bureau said the snow being confined mostly to the southern part of the state HIGHWAY TRAFFIC DELAYED BY SNOW MINNEAPOLIS win ters heaviest snow delayed high way and rail traffic in western South Dakota and Southern Min nesota Tuesday From nine inches to a loot of snow fell in the western half of South Dakota Drifts five feet deep piled the highways halting travel and isolating some small towns Six inches of snow covered the Twin Cities and south central and southwestern Minnesota The Ktate highway department reported that traveling was dangerous but that all main roads were open OBSERVER REPORTS AGREEMENT REACHED The British Broadcasting com pany Tuesday broadcast a mes sage from its Stockholm observer stating that an agreement had been reached between Finland and Russia although no treaty had been signed and terms of the peace were not made public A spokesman for the Finnish legation however said the B B V announcement was a sur prise to him He said that 15 minutes earlier he had beard the Finnish radio announcer assert that no solution had yet been reached British official circles withheld comment saying that the govern ment had positively 110 informa tion on the report The B B C announcer on the 6 m noon EST news broad cast read a telegram from Edward Ward B B C observer in Stock holm I have just been exclusively informed by telephone by the Finnish embassy that an agree ment lias been reached iti Mos cow tfioucli the treaty has nnt yet been signed The terms arc still unknown The announcer said the tele gram bad been received in Lon don nbout 5 p in 11 a in EST Reuters British news reported that the Finnish radio station slated at P in a m EST that rumors of a peace agreement having been reached between Finland and Russia were unfounded Finnish Source Predicts Siffning STOCKHOLM h i g h Finnish source here Tuesday said that a RussoFinnish peace agree ment uould be signed in Moscow Tuesday night nt 9 p m GMT A statement by the Finnish le gation spokesman hovevcr rjn phaiically denied that an agree ment hnd been concluded at Mos cow The spokesman said it still was impossible to state definitely whether an accord would be reached Peace Reports Spread in Berlin BERLIN reliable quarters here Tuesday understood lhat a RutsoFinnish agreement liid been concluded in Moscow but official confirmation was not im mediately available As reports spread rapidly through Berlin that the end of the RussoFinmsh war was in sight most reliable German sources ex pressed personal belief that the reports were correct In connection with Paris an nouncement by Premier Edouavd Daladier that France was ready to send 50000 men to Finland Gcr mm quarters said in declining to comment otherwise well Ihe of fer seems anyhow to be out o date by now
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