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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 16, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLON E R HIST UEU Afl r 0 r or usrt c OES U THE NfWSMm THAT MAKES All NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY THI MIGHT SPOT VOL XLVI FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 16 1940 THIS PAPEB CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS NO 200 ENTOMBED IN OHIO MINE BLAST GOP Hopes to Blast WPA Work RESCUERS DON GAS MASKS TO REACH MINERS King Carol Cold to Security Offer of Nazi By JACK STINNETT the elec tion just around the corner and a lot closer than prosperity was when that phrase was first applied to it the WPA is sailing into a campaign to let the public know in dollars and dimes and graphic description just what it has ac complished The story behind the story of what youll be reading and hear ing about WPA is this The re publicans committed to relief themselves can only hope to blast the WPA by concentrating on waste and Eny The democrats have to spike these guns and first if possible by making a relief ledger books that are always in the red you know look like the balance sheet a going concern Works Program Administrator Col F C Harrington and others in the administration have been talking about telling the world all about WPA for a couple of yers But it took the pressure of a com ing election to get the program up on its hind legs and howling Be lieve me the twofisted colonel and his press department hnve got their work cut out for them The Achilles Heel The idea 5s to follow the radio and type barrage on general ac complishments with forays into the states and finally a mopup with releases to the nations 3000 counties scouting the idea that WPA hasnt been worth every penny of the hundreds of millions poured into its hopper Their Achilles heel at which the opposition willkeep sniping 13that WPAvbeungJpnmamy a i vast program is coolly SriS open to all sorts of waste and extravagance The public hav ing seen red on the ledger for five years is likely to be pretty skepti cal unless it can be hammered home convincingly that there are black figures there that balance WPAs ammunition for battling criticism so far has been mostly reams of dryasdust figures But now the colonels lads insist its going to be different The folks in K 1 u n k county know of course that they have a new courthouse Lem Tookns back in the hills is well aware that a fine concrete structure has re placed that old Chic Sale antique out by the woodshed Some of the people in New York City and all ot those in Newark where eastern air headquarters used to be know that New York City has a new airport at North Beach But hard ly anybody anywhere knows all weve got for all the money thats been spent Thats what the opening barrage is about Coming summer when WPA is celebrating its fifth birth day and everybody WPA hopes knows what that daily payroll of from 2000000 to 3000000 persons has accomplished in five years theyll be ready to go back to Klunk county and Lcm and New York City and remind the folks all over again that WPA made it possible WPA Has Been Kidded It will be interesting to watch Since WPA was born it has been the object of more kidding prob ably than anything ever set up in any administration in song on the stage and in story from smoker to gilded reception room it has been booted about as the antinew dealers No 1 Joe Mil ler Im wondering if all that will be revived and opponents of the program will start a campaign of deflating with laughter what they dare not attack too openly because of the votes involved When the WPA press depart ment gets down to handing out specific information Im going around there and get a little for myself How for instance did they manage to get rid of that word Boondoggling Whatever became of that seriously interest ing project in Ohio of having WPA beauticians instruct inmates in the state hospital for the insane in beauty parlor art Is it really true that WPA has built enough roads so that if they were stretched out that way you could go from Washington to San Fran cisco 147 times without taking the same route twice And if so how long would it take in the rainy season Number of Victims Unknown Cause of Blast Is Not Known ST CLAIRSVILLE Ohio President R L Ireland of the Hanna Coal company said late Saturday he believed there were 200 men entombed in the com panys Willa Grove pit near here where a terrific explosion shat tered the diggings soon after mid day Two hundred others in the mine working were reported safe The explosion occurred at the Willa Grove mine of the Hanna Coal company four miles south ol here There was no immediate indi cation whether anyone had been killed or injured Six rescuers trying to reach the entombed 50 were overcome by treacherous black damp and had to leave the mine Other rescue crews donned gas masks to enter the pits The blast of undetermined ori gin occurred in the main west en try three miles from the mouth of the mine One of the trapped miner phoned the alarm on a mine tele phone circuit then the connection was broken and there was n further word from the miners John Richards superintenden of the mine and Howard Sanders mine boss started into tne blast shattered pit before the first res cue squads arrived Ther were overcome by gas feet Inside the mine and were recovered All telephone communications with the mine were burned out b the explosion and it was impos sible to make connections direc with the scene However a clerk in the offic of the Hanna company here sai he understood there were 50 me trapped First reports were tha about 200 were entombed First reports said the 200 were safe behind a protective barrier The Willa Grove mine was on of those Mrs Franklin D Roose velt visited several years ago The Weathe FORECAST Partly cloudy Satur day night and Sunday warmer Saturday night somewhat cold er north and west Sunday MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy and warmer Saturday night Sunday cloudy snow flurries except extreme south colder IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figure for 24 hour period ending at a m Saturday Maximum Friday Minimum in Night 1 At 8 a m Saturday 1 YEAR AGO Maximum 2 Minimum g Precip Tr Snowfall Tr WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO P Weather out look for the week beginning Mon day Upper Mississippi valley Snow flurries northern portion beginning of week and general precipitation probably Thursday or Friday tem peratures near normal Northern great plains Generally fair weather except for precipi tation near middle of week tem peratures mostly above normal A Lovely Lassie Begorro As Irish as a strip of countryside in County Kerry Miss Mer cedes McCambrtdge above radio player picked the same day on which to be born as did St 17 However there was the mere matter of some 1500 years between their birthdays St Patrick is believed to have been born about 389 A D while Mercedes chose 1916 as the year in which to make her bow Ireland Looks Forward to uietSt PaScksDay IRA Terrorists Held in Check by Government Powers DUBLIN is looking forward to the quietest St 1at ricks day and Easter week in its there may be dyna mite beneath the calm The Irish republican army terrorists are held in check by emergency powers granted the government according to the official viewpoint The usual big parade has been abandoned be cause of war conditions in Eu rope Members of the government will observe the day by attending high mass at the procathedral in Dublin Easter week demonstra tions by outlawed organizations such as the 1 R A commemorat ing the abortive 1916 rebellion are forbidden LOST IN STORM RISOR Norway men lost their lives Saturday when the 3316ton Swedish steamer Osman was wrecked in a storm on rocks on Norways southeastern coast Nine men were rescued by a Norwegian destroyer Get ready for EASTER 6 shopping days left To know what the new fashions are like and what stores are featuring them read the ads in the GlobeGazette In an effort to quash any ap peals to the emotions of the peo ple by the I R A or other the censors have banned even the mention of the Easter rebellion in newspapers or posters While threats of rouble cim tinuc because Eire authorities have refused at present to press demands for inclusion of north ern Ireland within the republic officials here do not believe there is much danger of a jw litical uprising at present Al ready 48 members of the I K A have been interned by Eire military authorities for offenses against the state that come un der the emergency laws passed less than two months ago Sixty others have been jailed in northern Ireland Prime Minister Eamon De Valera obtained passage of the act providing for internment of plot ters without trial after the I R A had threatened the government and plans had been found show ing the lay out of important gov ernment buildings including par liament through Eire FORMATION OF BORDER OF FINNS PLANNED Finland to Reorganize Battered Army Despite NonAggression Clause HELSINKI Juno K Paasikivi expremier who took part in the Moscow peace negotia tions said Saturday night that a Finnish commission headed by himself would leave Monday by plane for Moscowto work out de tails of Finlands new frontier with Russia He said thai RussianFinnish negotiations for a commercial treaty also would begin shortly Paasikivi minister without port folio was one of the four Finnish signers of the March 12 peace treaty that ended the Finnish Russian war Finland will begin immediately to foritfy her newlynarrowed frontiers and to reorganize her battered army despite the non aggression clause in her peace treaty with soviet Russia informed quarters declared Saturday There will be no general de mobilization of the army ex cept for certain classes which will be released to help with civil reconstruction work after the costly 105day war these sources said Th6 Finnish government atti tudetoward the future was sug gested by Premier Histo Ryti who told the diet Friday night that the with a sword in one hand and a troVvel in the other Finlands proposal for a defense alliance with Sweden and Nor way is another part her deter mination to be strong All of western civilization re mains in the greatest danger and only the future can show whether Finland acted wisely in making her hard peace with Russia Hyti said Addressing the Finnish diet just before it approved the treaty by a H5to3 vote Friday night the sadeyed premier declared In the same way as we waged war alone we concluded peace alone Only the future can show whether we acted wisely and rightly Our country like the whole of Europe indeed the whole of western civilization still is in the greatest danger No one can say what tomorrow will bring Withdrawal of Finnish troops and civilians from the ceded areas is under way and will continue until April according to a sched ule appended to the treaty Former lowan Invents Bomb oxjgencarbon bomb U described to military and IUTSI iniiiiiltteCT of congress by Lester Barlow aboveof Baltimore one of the inventors following which stenographic notes of the description are burned so the secret details of the weapon could not out Barlow is pictured above with an older type bomb Mr Barlow is formerly of Clear Lake RUMANIANSFAIL TO RESPOND TO GERMAN OFFER Hitler Terms Called Both Intolerable and Impossible BUCHAREST P Sources close to King Carol declared Sat urday that Rumania could not pay Germanys price for a security offer They described ihe terms for proposed Hungarian and Kus sian border guarantees as in tolerable and impossible of ac ceptance and said the plan was doomed unless Germany modi fied it greatly Stiff opposition arose in high government quarters against every concession asked of Rumania political economic and military The kings advisers were said to feel tliat any Rumanian attempt to give Germany the virtual mo nopoly exports she seeks would disrupt the countrys economy al most as badly as war itself The king was pictured as par ticularly indignant over a re ported German suggestion that he take a pronazi iron guardist into Ins cabinet A Rumanian military mission now in Berlin it was reported has been told that Russia could be persuaded to sign a 25 year nonaggression pact with Rumania and that Hungary would pledge not to press territorial revision de mands for 10 years LOOK INSIDE FOR St Patricks day served to locus attention however on the out standing question of the partition of Ireland The government has been widely criticized for failure to overcome obstacles for unity and this is expected to result in a general election this summer De Valera was understood to favor a summer election but W T Cos grave leaders of the Fine Gael and first president of t h e free state is opposed One rea son for the prime ministers posi tion is that he believes an early election would result in a loss to his own government party and lead to a situation in which no party would have a majority and which would force fusion of the Fianna Fail and the Fine Gael fac tions into a coalition government By EAMON DE VALERA Prime Minister of Eire DUBLIN am glad to be able once more on our national feast day to convey as the head of the Irish government our greet ings to the people of the United States particularly friends who have stood by Ireland in the past I am glad to be able to tell them that even in these times of anxiety for all peoples we here are of stout heart and con fident that the good fortune which has attended the national efforts in the past with us until our remaining tasks are accom plished No one today doubts the sov ereign status of the state which embraces fivesixths of the na tional territory of Ireland What remains to be done is to extend that state until it embraces our whole island and its territorial seas Towards this we bespeak the assistance of all friends of Ireland and all who desire to see concord among nations For Complete Listings Turn to the Classified Page Now REMEMBER GLOBEGAZETTE WANT ADS BRIMG RESULTS WELLES HEARS END OF TOUR U S Envoy Confers With Ciano During Second Visit in Rome ROME States Un dersecretary of State Sumncr Welles wound up his tour of Eur opes chancelleries Saturday with long talks with King Vittorio Emanuele Premier Mussolini and Foreign Minister Count Ciano Only one visit remained to be audience with Pope Pius on Monday As usual Welles was silent on his talks Saturday German Ambassador von Mack ensen made a surprise visit to the Italian foreign office Saturday while Sumner Welles and Italian Foreign Minister Count Ciano were conferring The German ambassadors call led to belief that he might hsve taken an urgent message he wanted delivered to Ciano before he ended his conference with President Roosevelts fact finder German sources said however that he did not join the discus sions The American undersecretary of state who was accompanied by United States Ambassador Wil liam Phillips left Ciano after an hours talk His automobile came from the direction of Palazzo Veneria Premier Mussolinis office caus ing observers to speculate that he might have seen II Duce first Back in Rome the starting point of his survey of Europe Welles DOLORES DEL RIO Actress Husband Admit Estrangement PAGE 2 Ames Moves Into State Final Clash PAGE 9 Experiment Farms Stockholders Meet PAGE 8 started one of the busiest days o his tour by paying a 45minute call on King Vittorio Emanuele whom he had not seen during his previous stay here SPRING TO BE HERE THURSDAY Prevue of Season in Store This Weekend for Iowa Says Bureau DES MO1NES in cheek the weather bureau re ported Saturday 1 Spring will be here next 2 That doesnt necessarily mean bluebirds bursting buds and green grass Its the date of an astronomical phenomenon fenoivn as the Equinox 3 Iowa is going to get a fore taste of spring this weekend although if will be somewhat colder in the northern anfl western sections of tlic slate 4 The bureau certainly doesnt intend to climb far enough out on a limb to declare irliai tlic weather w ill be like on Ihe dale spring guess is as good as their predic tion right now j The bureau said mild temper atures will prevail Saturday and probably Sunday although the mercury still averaged five de grees below normal Saturday morning with a 35 degree reading reported here at a m Not to carry water on both shoulders or anthing the bureau said Billings and Helena in Mon tana had 48 degrees readings Sat urday morning two degrees warmer than it has been here all winter but LaCrosse Wis just over the Mississippi river shiv ered in a four below zero mini mum No precipitation was reported in Iowa in the last 24 hours and what clouds were in the shy were high and thin permitting the sun to break through which already haj i BritishFrench pledge of aid against aggression holds territory once possessed by Russia and Hungary For engineering such assurances Germany in need of Rumanias oil and grain is reported to want Rumanias promise to demo bilize most of her 1600000 sol diers at once so they can return to work in fields and factories Acceleration of Rumanian in dustry and agriculture to an unprecedented degree A virtual German monopoly on Rumanias exports of oil cereals and other supplies Admission of one iron guard member to the Rumanian cabi net to safeguard German in terest Officials dismissed any possi bility of installing a guardist in the cabinet Although the government is offering amnesty to 800 iron guardists now in concentration camps if they pledge allegiance to the king and join the national rebirth only po litical leaders still in Germany will be barred from the homeland The reported army demobili zation proposal was opposed by military leaders as putting Ru mania at the mercy of foreign powers no matter what guar antees were made on paper In some quarters belief was held that the guardist issue might prove insurmountable Germany was said to have called such a cabinet revision vital to the sug gested security plan King Caro fears an avowed protector of nazi interests in his cabinet would be the beginning of the end oC Ru manian independence Shortly after the Americans ar rival it was announced that Pope Pius XII would give him an aud ience Monday The announcement prompted observers to speculate that pos sible peace moves might be dis cussed A possibility that new infor mation from the German stand point might be supplied Welles lay in the fact that Von Ribben trop in his talk with Mussolini might have offered some sugges tion for the Italian premier to pass along When Welles sails from Naples Tuesday he will have ended a 24day tour that included Rome Berlin Paris and London Taxpayers of Polk County Have Until July I to Pay Levy DES MO1NES ruling that Polk county taxpayers will have at least until July 1 to pay the first half of their 1940 proper ty taxes without penalty was made Friday by Attorney General Fred D Everett Normally such taxes are due April 1 but this year the county tax books have not been certified to the county treasurer because of litigation Everett ruled that taxpayers would have the customary 91 days time after the books have been received by the treasurer in which to make their payments NAZIS BRITISH MAKE AIR RAIDS German Bomber Has Fight With Patrol British Over Poland LONDON British and German air forces exchanged raids within the past 24 hours the air ministry announced Saturday with the British making an ex tensive flight over Poland and a German bomber clashing with the British coastal patrol in a running fight A ministry communique said that air activities of the last 24 hours included an extensive night flight over Polish territory by the aircraft bomber command and an engagement between the aircraft of the coastal command and an en emy bomber During a running fight in which the enemy repeatedly at tacked damage was seen to be in flicted the communique con tinued The enemy aircraft final ly escaped in the   

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