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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 5, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME R H S r E 4 ART Of COUP I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH COWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY APRIL 5 1940 MASON CITY THI WOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE DESTROYER DRIVES OFF NAZI PLANES 9 Year Olds Will Lead in Census By JACK STINNETT WASHINGTON The cen sustakers are certain of one thing Theyll find more persons 9 years old in the United States than any other age In 1930 the greatest number of persons the same age was found in the 8 year old class but its moved up a year since then Note to the Linton Chamber of Commerce Greene county Indi ana You may lose Hie distinction of being the center of population in the United States Estimates Jiere are the population center will move 5 to 40 miles south and west That might throw it into Sullivan or Knox counties or even across the state line into Illinois say in Crawford or Lawrence counties If youre good neighbors around there maybe you can show the folks how to make the most of their HeartofAmerica publicity campaign If Horace Greeley were saying it today he probably would put it this way Go west young wom an if you want to get married The percentage of men to women is far greater in the western states Arizona Nevada Wyoming Mon tana Idaho all are prime mar riage states with the surplus males running something like this In Montana 327 men to every 100 women in Nevada 123 to 100 As for cities new industrial centers like Detroit are good marriage towns San Francisco is another one But stay away from Holly wood and Washington if youre out to catch a husband The odds there are against you News for Women are on the marriage slMO census certainly is going to contain bad news foi the ladies For about 30 years the surplus of males in the country once well over 2000000 has been steadily declining and this year probably will drop to half a million Although in an aging civiliza tion there are and dont ask me why more male babies than fe males born the rate of consump tion is greater for the men More men die from accidents and dis ease Add to this the declining immigration which always is pre dominantly male and you hav the answer Observers are view ing with alarm They say thi trend continues therell be mon women than men in the country before 1950 Instead of men hunt ing wives it will be women hunt ing husbands A little thing like that can turn the social pattern of a nation upside down Bad News What the censustakers tallies are going to do in some cities states is going to make big loca news If not national In Ceda Rapids Iowa for instance if th population goes over a certai point the mayor and aldermc get a raise in pay A number of stales have liquo laws basing the number of sa loons in localities on population If those localities gain therell b pubs xvhere there were no pub before and if they lose th saloonkeepers will have to straws to see who goes out o business Of course theres the matter o state representation in the hous of representatives but thats an other the bigges that will come out of the 194 census Reapportfonment is a po litical bombshell and when th figures are all in national and lo cal party machines will start toss ing the political T N T abou wildly as they angle for the ad vantages of new represcntatio setups One thing more People wh refuse to have their noses count ed are just cutting them off t spite somebody Federal highwa funds relief and a number o other national benefactions a based on the census Enou dodgers in any locality or stat and its going to be money out o the neighbors pockets JOINT BRITISH FRENCH GROUP S CONSIDERED Parliament to Push War Insure Peace Later Is Proposed LONDON possibility if a joint parliament to cap grow ng BritishFrench unity was men ioned Friday as the armies drove orward with their plans to buy ip German markets they cannot lottle up by blockade A front page story in the Daily Vlail said the idea of a British rench parliament to deal with broad questions of common con ern already had been taken up out that it still was in a visionary tage The newspaper however said discussions were understood to have taken place here and in Paris to attain the most inti mate cooperation between the allies to fuse them into one military and economic force not only during the war but also when peace comes The objective it said is a per manent partnership which would nake the two great empires so powerful a force for peace that no Jfiressor would dare challenge it Georges Bonnet Frances new minister of blockade was due here to confer with Ronald H Cross British minister of economic warfare as the two nations united themselves even more closely in economics and culture Trie board ot trade disclosec hey had reciprocated on increased acilities for importing the prod ucts of each others empires Edu cation experts studied ways of teaching French to British chil dreniandEnglish toErench chij dreri In secret session next Thurs day the house ofcommons will debatemethods of plugging leaks in the blockade of Ger many which Prime Minister Chamberlain said Thiirsdav would drain the lifeblood out of our enemy Financial circles said tha the official abbrevia tion for the English Commcrcia Corporation new est blockade weapon would be a bold effort to recover trade lost to the Germans in the past 20 years by sclUng British products to southeastern Europe and by buy ing up supplies there that Germany wants tor her war machine British ministers in southeast ern capitals were expected to ar rive here Monday for consulta tions with the foreign office on the new diplomatic and trade often sive ensus Taker Qimbs Hill and Faces Squirrel Rifle Git Bellows Aged LOOK INSIDE FOR Recluse Priest Able to Straighten Problem PITTSBURGH f Trudging up a steep hillside to an almost inaccessible shanty a young cen sus enumerator stepped to an open door and found himself peering into the business end of an old fashioned squirrel rifle Git bellowed an aged recluse holding the gun And I got reported the enum erator The eccentric resident flatly re fused to talk with any guvment man but a neighborhood priest finally prevailed upon him behind closed doors to supply the needed ELEANOK FOWELl Will Be Wed to Pye After He Gets Divorce PAGE 2 Ministers Laymen of Algona District Meet PAGE 8 Cinderella Man Tops Field in Golf Scrap PAGE 9 HERRING ASKS Vandenbers Given Support of McNary WASHINGTON Senator McNary of Oregon the senate republican leader Friday tele graphed Nebraska supporters Senator Vandenberg an aspirant for the republican presidential nomination that Me Marys farm friends will always be safe with Senator Vandenberg McNary addressed his message to Charles S Reed chairman of the i Volunteer Vandenberg Committee of Nebraska 2 BOSTON RED LEADERS HELD Arrest of Pair Cited for Court Contempt Is Announced by Dies WASHINGTON Dies committee announced Friday the arrest of two Boston communist party leaders Philip Frankfeld and Thomas F P ODea who had been cited for contempt because of their refusal to answer com mittee questions The two were taken into custody by a deputy United States marshal outside committee rooms in the house office building They were arrested on warrants issued by U S Commissioner Needham Tur nage Committee officials said theac tion was taken to forestall what might be protracted extradition proceedings if the two should leave the District of Columbia and return to Massachusetts ft was explained the U S at torneys office suggested this pro cedure pending certification by the house of the committees contempt citation against the two men ODea recently refused to tell the committee the names of Harvard students whom he said were mem bers of the young communist league and Frankfeld declined to answer a single question before the committee Thursday unless he was permitted to read a resolu tion denouncing the investigators The arrests constituted the days second development touching upon the house committees investiga tion of unAmerlcan activities In the first a federal district judge ruled that William Dudley Pcllcy must return to Asheville N Car to face possible revocation of his probation granted after his conviction about six years ago of violating North Carolina blue ski laws Iowa Senator Requests Establishment of Plan in Cerro Gordo CouiHy Cerro Gordo countys food stamp plan took a step toward realiza tion Friday with the announce ment that Senator Clyde L Her ring Iowa democrat has asked the federal surplus commodities corporation to establish the project with headquarters in Mason City The plan has been requested by the Cerro Gordo county board of supervisors and Mason City businessmen Purpose of the plan is to distribute the surplus prod ucts to relief families Senator Herring also said the establishment of the food stamp plan in Council Bluffs and Dav enport was virtually assured He said extension of the plan to 10 southcentral Iowa counties was under consideration The federal surplus commodities corporation Herring said hoped to establish the plan in Council Bluffs within 30 days of the lime it began operation in Omaha Omaha already has been desig nated ns a food stamp city He declared Milo Perkins FSCC head was greatly interested in a proposal to establish the plan in Clarke Decalur Lucas Mahaska Marion Monroe Appanoosa Union and Davis counties Another Prison Term Is Given Buchalter NEW YORK Louis Lepke Buchalter notorious racketeer Friday was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison for extortion in the bakery and truck ing rackets General Sessions Judge John Freschi directed that the sentence should begin after Buchalter had served a 14year sentence recently imposed in fed eral court for conspiracy to violate the narcotics laws nformation Another strange ease reported BLOCKADE PUTS 2CHOICESUPTO HITLER IN WAR Allies Voice Intention to Continue to Seek Economic Strangulation By DEWITT IMacKENZJK Associated Press Foreign Affairs Writer The AngloFrench announce ment of intention to continue to seek victory through economic strangulation of Germany has given Herr Hitler a positive indi cation of the task cut out for him ti the survey was that of a gar Negro couple living in a scrupulously clean little shack in an east end alley Brom a timeworn packing case he man lifted and proudly dis played remnants of a Civil war uniform He insisted he was 120 fears old and knew Lincoln The wife gave her age as 86 WOMAN HAS OWN QUESTION TO ASK NEW YORK census enumerator still slightly flustered reported this one Friday The woman being interviewed answered all questions without iicsitation but with something ap parently weighing on her mind It tame out at the end Now Ill ask you one she har ried the enumerator Wheres my husband I havent seen him for 15 years ANGRY ENUMERATOR TEAKS UP SHEETS MILWAUKEE W of a south side census area will have tp governments lengthy questionnaire again be cause a youthful enumerator de cided he had to talk to too many women tore up all the filledout sheets and quit his job in dis gust Milwaukee area census Man ager William N Stiefel said he guessed the enumerator a 21 year old former University of Wis consin student was a little bit too and it isnt easy The allies have made the rules for this duel The fuehrer hasnt been offered any choice of weapons If it happens that he dislikes the idea of strangulation and prefers the use of arms he will have fo make the opportunity for himself by launching an of fensive Germany is confronted with the alternatives of 1 creating a source of supplies sufficient to keep the cupboards of the nation full and the war indus tries running or of t2 cutting loose with its powerful war ma chine The allies are content for the moment to depend on their nava blockade supplemented by a po liticoeconomic blockade on Jane among the neutral states That blockade by the way never ceases to work day or night Armies pause for rest but the lockade just keeps on squeezing ighter and tighter until we get a position which was describee grimly Thursday by British Pre mier Chamberlain thus cantakeit r5 sensitive The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair Friday night and probably Saturday not quite so cool Saturday afternoon JIIXXESOTA Fair Friday nijtht and Saturday not quite so cold northwest Friday night slowly rising temperature Sat urday west and south portions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Thursday 33 Minimum Thursday night 23 At 8 a m Friday 35 Precipitation snow 01 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 50 Minimum 34 Precipitation 24 CENSUS BUREAU SAYS MOST RESPONSE GOOD WASHINGTON cen sus bureau announced Friday that reports from 500 of its 539 district supervisors after two days of cen sus taking indicated 1 That the public generally was surprised at the mildness and sim plicity of the inquiries 2 That the public reaction from coast to coast is excellent Only one supervisor described it as poor more than 400 used the word excellent many more the word good 3 That the separate blanks for persons who do not wish to give wage and salary information to the enumerator are used infrequently 4 That out of the millions counted not more than one person in every 10000 offered any objec tion to any of the questions 5 That many persons when they learned the true nature of the questions urged their friends to cooperate and are otherwise help ful to the censustakers CENSUS IS AS OF MOMENT OF APRIL 1 DES MO1NES if Federal census takers are intent on de termining the exact population of all communities at a certain mo ment despite the births or deaths that may occur in the period it takes numerators to complete the job District Census Supervisor Dan McEniry said Friday The tabulators arc concentrat ing on the population count as of the moment between March 31 and April last Sun clay Any babies born after that date will not be counted nor will per sons who died before that date Persons who have died since then however will be counted WANTS TO TALK TO UNCLE SAM HIMSELF ST LOUIS woman told a census taker the government would have to send Uncle Sam out himself if it wanted the ans wers to all those questions The enumerator called his of fice which sent out its ace trou bleshooter The expert told the Negro wom an Uncle Sam was busy on an other case wered Satisfied she ans DOG ADOPTS RABBITS RALEIGH Tenn McNeils dog TippyTin adoptee a baby rabbit when her puppy died After the butiny was weaned TippyTin wandered woods and returned into with the two more baby rabbits which she is aeihg stopped arid that as the wa goes on that strangling effect wil more and more drain the lifebloot out ofour enemy That sounds like a tough way to meet defeat And it is for I saw it in otwration in Germany during the World war when the greatest military machine ever created was smashed and the civilian population faced starva tion Hitlers great problem is lo ge upplies coming into Germany ii sufficient quantities before the Blockade exhausts his prcsen stocks The blockade has squeezed Ger many hard The nazis themselves lave indicated that We knov Shat there has been and was even before the war began a seriou shortage of iron ore and othei materials for the manufacture of nnilitary equipment And we know lhat the German public is on ter ribly close rations of food and clothes Concrete proof of the blockade piessure was given Thursday when Hitler ordered the bronze doors of the reich chancellery scrapped for metal thus setting an example of sacrifice to the na tion Quiz Girl in Tragedy CIIIOE DAVIS 11 Child Is Cruelest Coolest Ever Met by Psychiatrist Police Captain Thinks Girl Alone to Blame for Deaths of FOUL Being cut off from seaborne trade except for commerce across the Baltic Hitler must obtain everything he can from all the neutrals of Europe The allies have been making heavy inroads on his prospects both in western Europe and the Balkans by the use of pold and political influence Within the past few days Britain has signed pacts with Belgium Denmark Holland Norway Sweden and Iceland depriving the nazis of still more supplies The fields upon which Hitler has been banking most heavily to help pull him through the dangers of the blockade arc the Balkans and Russia The Balkans are a treasure house especially Rumania which provides the only source of oil which the Germans have been able to lap close to home but the allies lately have cut much ground from under the fuehrers feet in this zone At the moment he can not get from the Balkans anything like the supplies he needs from them It is problematical whether the bolshevists will provide Germany with many supplies even if they are capable of doing so The indi cations arc that when the nazi chieftain signed up with the reds he sold his birthright for a pretty sour mess of pottage LOS ANGELES Chloe Davis 11 described by an amazed psychiatrist as the cruelest blooded coolest individual I ever met told police Friday with a mixture pf slang to death her mother arid baby brother but insisted the killing of two younger sisters was done previ ously by the mother Interruptingonly lo demand bottled beer and lemon pic the 80 pound strongarmed girl led officers hrough conflicting ver sions during wiiieh she re ferred to her grocery manager father as nuts and her anemic mother as a believer in de mons Polite Captain Edgar Edwards expressed belief that the girl an avid book reader with the imagi native mind of a 16 year old alone was responsible for the deaths of Mrs Lolita Davis 36 Daphne 10 Deborah Ann 7 and Marquis 3 in the bloodspotted Davis home in southwest Los Angeles Thurs day The girls latest story was that iier mother killed the little girls then tried to burn herself on a mattress but failed and Chloe then conked the woman with a claw hammer at the mothers request After that the girl said she beat her moaning brother to deatli The flippant sixthgrade young ster was held on a suspicion of murder booking Captain Edwards said he anti OBSERVE NEUTRALITY ACT GENOA Shipping men said Friday the United Stales gov ernment had ordered American export lines ships lo stop callin at Marseilles France presumably because the United States neutral ity act forbids putting in at ports of belligerent nations cipated an early solution of the brutal drama with helpful ques tioning of the girl by her father Barton Edwards 51 who moved here with his family five years ago from Grand Hapids Mich Once during the questioning the father broke down and sobbed Oh my poor which Chloc replied Buck up Dad Dont Jel it get you down Dr Paul De River police psy chiatrist after questioning Chloc said he considered her the cruel cstbkxxlcd coolest individual 1 ever met Veteran police officers accus tomed to questioning hardened criminals said they were aston ished by the demeanor of the girl who was described by a police matron as having a face like an angels After being questioned for a while Chloe sat down with Cap tain Edwards and ate a hearty steak dinner When he refused to beat her with the handle until she stopped breathing Captain Edwards said the palm ot Chloes hands were blisterec apparently from considerable us of the hammer Continuing his reconstruction o the tragedy Edwards said Chloethen went into the bath room and In an at tempt to disguise the whole af fair she tried to burn her moth ers body She dragged a mattres from a daybed in her mother bedroom placed her mother body on the mattress and starte a fire Enioule home from the polic station for a reenactment of he version of the crime Chloe wiivc airily to schoolmates who face white with terror were clustere on the lawn Inside the house she walke spritely through rooms whos walls were splotched with blood telling her story in a lively chit ter Edwards said f At one point she strolled over and started to play a small or pan purchased for her by liei father of whom she once re marked Hes nuts Pointing to some books in he room Chloe said Im a bookworm I read all th time She reached for the comic pag of a newspaper and asked not t be disturbed as she read her oriie strips Early in the questioning Cillo became hungry and dcmandc some lemon pie ami chicU soup When her order was filled lv eyes gleamed and she Oh boy Thais my favorit dish She devoured the pie in a fc quick bites and then ate the souj Captain Edwards said Chloe strong for her age She stanc 4 feet 11 inches tall Mrs Davis was about a he taller and nearly 40 pounds hea er than Chloe but officers poit cd out that the mother v anemic and that the healtl ASSENGERSON STEAMER TELL OF AIR ATTACK Bombs Are Dropped by Germans Who Later Machine Gun Vessel OSLO spectacular air id sea battle in which a British destroyer drove off an attacking quadron of German airplanes as reported Friday by passengers f the steamship Mira which rrived at Bergen The battle occurred in the North Sea off the Scottish coast The aiira a M2toii pas senger vessel of the Bergenske Dampskibsselskab line was at tacked by a group of German planes passengers said The planes dropped many ombs After attempting tobomb he ship two planes then returned and machine gunned the vessel vounding two persons Meantime a British destroyer up to a position near the Mira and opened fire with its mtiaircraft batteries Under ierce fire from the destroyers the German planes Hew away Passengers of the Mira were panic stricken during the attack but were calmed by the ships officers Passengers of the Mirawere Unable lo report the final out come of the engagement be tween the destroyer and the German planes since the ship steamed away from the scene making for Bergen as rapidly as possible Passengers said the first bomb ing occurred shortly after the trip started aud Me Germanplane was believed to have fallen dur ing the first raid The day we were at tacked anew about a m a passenger said A violent battle followed and another plane seemed to fall That same day about p m we were attacked again Tiie Germans had several Planes in this attack and tame at us in pairs About 4 p m Wednesday there was a new at tack and tlircc bombs were thrown at Hie ship and exploded about 12 feet away Nobody was luiri y yt ju Exactly 35 minutes laler five bombs were showered on us All the passengers were standing on the deck ready to go into lifeboats and had no protection against the attack The bombs rained on all sides of the ship and several of them exploded close to us At p in two passengers were hit by splinters from the bombs but were not seriously liuri We could sec that a British de stroyer hit one of the German planes order her snapped ivelldcveloped child could doubt told her that Chloc grabbed less have bested her in a struggle l Dr Paul De River police alienist participated in the questioning and examined the child lie said Her physical development is astounding in one so young She is cool iias no deptli of feeling has great powers of imagination for fantasy and is distinctly capable of plannilf and committing the murders But so far I believe her story more than I disbelieve it must take into considera a bottle of beer she thc fact m t Mother and I split a bottle a couple of days ago Captain Edwards said the 80 pound fairhaired blueeyed Chloe first told him calmly that her mother of medium height and build killed the tnree children with the hammer saying that de mons were after her Then at the request of her mother Chloc said slic look the weapon and conked her about 50 times on the head and body until the head broke off the handle of the hammer then havc nad an Eicctra This would lead us to believe her capable of such a deed She has read a great deal She is a brilliant scholar Her physical development may be laid to her great activities in sports Her mind is clear as a bell very quick She is an extremely well dis ciplined child and could very easily have followed her mothers orders The tragedy of Flcctra is re counted In Greek mythology Siic drove her brother to take ven geance upon their mother be cause she thought the mother had not been faithful to their father In Freudian psychology the term complex is used to de scribe a person who is jealous of one parent for the love and affec tion of the other parent Freud gives case histories of boys with such a strong love for their moth ers that they resent every caress every kiss the father bestowed upon her and of girls with the same feeling for their fathers if Mrs Axtelt a former neighbor told police that some ago her daughter Betsy her mother by the hair and banned her head against a con crete wall bcrausc her mother would not give her a nickel for Ice cream Chloe was the only survivor nf the tragedy which occurred in the home of her father F Barton Da vis 51 a butcher Police respond ing to call from a neighbor went thcie Thursday and found Mi Lolita Davis 35 dead ot heavy blows and burns Mark dead of a crushed skull and Daphne and Ann dying of identical head wounds Chloe had gone In a neighbors house to report to her father by telephone She told police that her mother had been afraid of demons had flailed her children with a claw hammer then had given her the hammer and instructed her to beat her head Chloc aaid she com plied beating her mother for a long time pausing once lo give her a glass of water and to drink a little herself SPANISH PROFESSOR DIES IOWA CITY Ralph Emerson House 67 member of the University of Iowa Spanish department faculty since 1921 died of a heart attackThaiidcv Si ii ri iti rl   

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