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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 7, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION ASSOCATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES THf NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NE1GHIORS MASON CITY MAY 7 Ifl4n i MASON THE Ij CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS JEI j iurv BRITAIN FEARS VIOLENT ATTACK Direct Armed Forces Rhodes Pays With Life for Dynamite Slaying of Wife By FRANK L HUGHES FORT MADISON H Dusty Rhodes dropped to his death on the Fort Madison penitentiary gallows at a m Tuesday paying with his life for the dynamite shotgun Train Wreck Brings Apples to Orchard I ago A crowd of about 150 per sons including 12 officia witnesses saw the d e a 11 plunge Rhodes pale but outwardly calm dropped through the trap as the Rev G H Perlich Keo kut Lutheran pastor who bap tized him Monday intoned the Lords prayer in his ear He was pronounced dead a m Four persons in the crowd be came ill two of them fain tint away before Rhodes was pro nounced dead and the stockade gates opened Sheriff Dan McComas of Iowa City asked the condemned man if he had anything to say while Deputy Warden Eugene Mahoney and a prison guard were strapping his legs and arms only words from the scaffold The death march began promptly on schedule at a m as Rhodes flanked by Mahoney and the prison guard marched out of cellhouse D gate Behind him were the Rev Mr Perlich and Prison Chaplain John Rees who had spent the night with the former quarry worker in death row Rhodes turned down breakfast Tuesday morning prison officials said i The condemned man appeared to have lost some measure of the composure he showed Monday night when he gave a statement and interview to the Associated Press He stood motionless and pale but unflinching on the steps of the cellhouse before starting the 500foot march Khodes reached the deputy wardens office a few minutes later and donned civilian clothes Then he stood hands by back and talked for 25 min utes to the Kev Mr Perlich Once as the minister prayed the condemned man closed his eyes lifted his head and swayed slightly on his heels The same party of four the two guards and the two ministers led him promptly at from the deputys office down a flight of stone steps around the semi circular boiler house and into the death stockade The officials strapped his arms and legs as he stood behind the trap and the two husky peni tentiary guards lifted him bodily a on to it I Sheriff McCombs pulled the I lever that shot Rhodes to death 5 promptly at as Warden Glenn C Haynes dropped his arm Drs George D Callahan of Iowa City Iowa and Tom jj lounan prison physician cxam jj med him after the drop it As Deputy Warden Mahoncy jt pulled the black hood over the g condemned mans face Rhodes ap 3 pcarcd to be holding himself ten f sely to keep from breaking A i heavy frown creased his brow and g his lips were pursed I wont fall down on you Dr Younan said Rhodes told him Monday night X X it In the crowd of witnesses were three women none of whom ap peared visibly affected by the execution They were Etta Case of Fort Madison Lee County Deputy Clerk Mrs Violet Focel sonr of Fort Madison JVews Service representative and Mrs Richard Smith of Clinton who said she had come just out of curiosity While Mrs Smith stood near the back gate on a concrete Icdgc shoulders above the crowd smok g a cigaret and chatting two icn keeled over in the throng wearer the callows There was a NORA SPRINGS OSAGE HIGHER IN POPULATION McGregor and Rowley Also Report Gains Since 1930 Census Four more North Iowa towns reported population increases Tuesday morning with Osage Mitchell county seat at 3193 as compared with 2964 in the 1930 census according to the prelim inary report released here by M L Mason district supervisor Nora Springs in Floyd county also reported a sizable increase years preliminary figures McGregor nosed its wayup to an increase of 6 persons m 10 years while Rowley is now as comPared with 205 in the census liberal sprinkling of uniforms among the witnesses several of them Iowa and Illinois highway patrolmen and the rest newuni lorrned prison guards anSThXunf other inmates that much more sleep as scarcely a sound was heard in the big stone cellblocks As soon as Rhodes was nro tdead hestckade opened and the witnesseTpushed out Rhodes body was cut down and turned over to undertakers to carry out the funeral ments he himself had made At Monday night when RW y ng when Rhodes had less than 12 hours of life remaining lie received a tele gram from his parents who had visited him earlier in the day ask ing rum to read again his favorite Bible God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten and ad monishing him to have a smile on face when he was to stand lacetoface with death The 500 foot death march that ook Dusty Rhodes to the gal ows Tuesday morning began more than three years ago in a sordid matrimonial tangle theres any truth in the old saying that an apple a dajkeeps the doctor away residents of Orchard wont be sick for many a moon Seventeen cars of an Illinois Central freight tram enroute from Albert Lea to Waterloo late Monday afternoon were derailed and lore up about fiOO feet of track spilling 16 carloads of apples and one carload of potatoes about a mile south of Orchard Nobody was hurt but most of the cars that went off the track were wrecked beyond repair and a lot of the apples werent there when he wrecking crew arrived from Cedar Falls Monday night to clear the track Jake Trautman a supervisor who was ridinr in the caboose said that the cause of the accident nad not yet been learned A section crew was working a short distance beyond the scene of the wreck putUns new ties under the track before the accident occurred K 17 Cars were in the middle of the oO car tram Photo by Joe Kingsbury Osace Feverish Preparations for Defense Are Made in Egypt ALEXANDRIA Egypt Feverish preparations for de fense against modern war hit a higher pace Tuesday in the land of the Pharaohs The entire Med iterranean area was fast becoming an armed camp British official circles led broadly that any future cjange in Italys status as a nonbel ligerent ally of Germany could be expected within seven days A twentieth century blackout was ordered for this ancient land The government posted police and troops to enforce compliancewith practice air raid warnings starting at noon Wednesday Countless yards of black cur tains and black paper were sold by shops and provided by the government to cover windows and doors in every homo and building Every automobile and railway coach was equipped with small blue lights The period of waiting was par ticularly tense for 70000 Italian residents of Egypt Among them hundreds of anti fascists were reported applying to the ministry of the interior for Egyptian citizenship In the midst of ail the bustle however the Egyptians staged a rwtitf tvicaguii general holiday Tuesday to cele brate the fourth anniversary of In Alexandria harbor rode strongly reinforced allied fleet A squadron of cruisers and auxiliaries arrived o n d a v Other cruisers battleships des troyers submarines and tor pedo boats already were massed here Large contingents of troops stood ready British warplanes bomb racks loaded were set for the takeoff Allied sources said they were prepared for immediate action in whatever field hostili ties inight come Both allied and Egyptian sources expressed the hope that appeals by Pope Pius XII or Presi dent Roosevelt might stave off war in the Mediterranean but there was no sign of wavering in the determination to throw all the power the fleet and the allied army against the enemy wher a conflict might develop Beat Effort to Rob British Diplomatic Bag DUBLIN detective though severely wounded beat off an attempt by two unidentified men armed with submachine guns to rob a British diplomatic bag in a spectacular street fight r i LOOK INSIDE FOR W S JACOBSEN Asks Wallace If lowans Should Work for Him PAGE 2 Hank Leiber Leads in Five BigLeague Races PAGE 9 2500 Expected for Ames Ag Congress PAGE 16 Croft in Mediterranean Bitter CriesUreet Prime Minister in Address on Norway TnwrinNT n Tr READYTOACT1N EAST ON MAY 15 German Press Tells of Purported Chamberlain Reynaiids Phone Talk By LOUIS P LOCHNER BERLIN that the allies would be prepared for or dered action in the Near East about May 15 thundered in the German press Tuesday on the basis of an account of a purported telephone conversation between British Prime Minister Chamber lain and French Premier Reynaud Official circles in London called the story fantastic and a French communique said it contained purely lying allegations both of the rejncrted telephone conversa tion which never took place and the intentions attributed to the allies The German high command meanwnilo reported land sea and air triumphs for the nazi forces ill rvorway Its communique said German bombers had hit another British cruiser and a biE Sunderland flying boat off Narvik Norwe gian iron ore port where a Ger man garrison is besieged Ger man pursuit planes shot down two British cralt in an attempt by the British to fly over the German Helgoland Birht it The communique reported an enemy submarine sunk in tht Skagerrak by a flotilla of sub marine chasers Its announcement that German troops have reached Mosjoen in a northward drive from Namsos and Grong meant that the Ger mans have covered about one third of the 300 miles to Narvik supposedly on the heels of allied detachments cut off from the main expeditionary force withdrawn last week from central Norway King Gustaf of Sweden has in formed Adolf Hitler by letter of his countrys determination to re main strictly neutral nnd the fuehrer in response has assured the king that Germany is respect ing the Swedish attitude DNB Official German news agency This amplified its disclosure Monday that the Swedish kins and Hitler had exchanged let ters late last Monday in which they had affirmed complete agreement over he future po litical attitude of the two na tions Inward1 each other The controlled German press pJasnsd the story of the alleged conversation between the two al lied war leaders The account did not disclose how could have obtained a record of any ChamberlainRey naud conversation but it was specific in saying that the two al lied leaders talked for just 15 minutes starting at p m central European time April 36 Thc Berlin newspaper Zwol luhrblatt for example played the story under a double pageone streamer interpreting the textual quotations from the purported tel ephone conferences as meaning that Gen Maxime Weygand com mandermchief of allied forces n the near east would be ready or the ordered action by May 15 What such action might be lowevcr was not stated It was Kcynaud who accord ing to Ihc German account as sured Chamberlain that Ihc French general Wcyjrand would be ready by May 15 but he French premier was said to have cautioned Chamberlain not lo take the date ex ecution of the ordered action might be a little later Chamberlain in an obviously depressed tone remarked that he was under the impression that they were requiring more time down there than necessary said Zwol fuhrblatt Reynaud was said to have re sponded with a promise to do cv APprirae Chamberlain dedar hcrselt may soon lace attack in the most violent form sought Tuesday to justify the British with T anouiitKd that Winston toTay r In a turbulent house of commons which once forced the prime minister to sit down until order WHS restored the tor opposition leader Clement R Atllee bittcrlv at tacked Chamberlains speech us merelv one of excuse and explanation Sft ff jf f Cliurchill will give guidance and direction to the chiefs i w I services the prime minister announced He will remain as first lord of the admiraltv The prime ministers appeal for cooperation of mem bers of all parties in a unified effort to mobilize everv ounce of strength for the war was regarded as an invita tion to the opposition leaders to a reorganized cov ernmenl There was wide doubt that it would be successful liow ever as the labor leaders have refused such suggestions Shouts of resign and cries of who missed the bus interrupted Chamber lain as he sought to explain to the house of commons how VOTE TO REVIVE Judiciary Committee Reconsiders Previous Action on Measure WASHINGTON house judiciary committee voted 14 to 11 Tuesday to revive the Hatch po litical practices bill and give it further consideration The motion that the committee reconsider its previous action on the legislation was made by Rep resentative Murdock The vote revoked the commit tees 14 to 10 decision last Wed nesday to table the measure In contrast to the previous ac tion when the vote was secret the roll call Tuesday was announced The bill which would extend to state employes drawing federal funds the political regulations now applied to federal cmplovcs by the Hatch law enacted last year won President Roosevelts unqualified indorsement Monday night Demp said this enhanced its chances of house passage It already has won approval Herring for Wallace If Roosevelt Is Not 3rd Term Candidate WASHINGTON 1j Senator Herring said Tuesday he would go as far as anyone in supporl ng what Secretary Wallace has done as the cabinet members name was mentioned for indorse ment to the Iowa delegation But we must remember said ilerring a third term advocate that it is President Roosevelts igricultural program first and the igriculturc departments second I cant go along with those who say it is essential to nominate Wallace in order to approve of the agricultural program Should the president for any reason not be a candidate the Iowa delegates should be for Henry Wallace overcome erything possible to mental difficulties Thereupon it was said Cham berlain requested Reynaud in lather imperative tones to in YEAR A form him ot jatcr Ulul M A about the conclusion of prcparai A The Weather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday with occasional rain no decided change in tem perature MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy occasional rain south am west Tuesday night occasional rain Wednesday except mostly cloudy alony northern boundary not ciuite so coot northwest Tues day nijht slowly rising em Perature alons western boun dary Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis failure of tionarjcampaign in central Norway That campaign lie contended still is unfinished the Norwegian government and King Haakon still are in Norway and the allied pow ers will give the Norwegians all the aid possible as rapidly as nos sible But lie said Ihc British people apparently fail to realize the daneer of another German blow possibly directed against the British Isles and the allied leaders will not relax their pre cautions in other parts of Eu rope Then he announced that Churchill the fiery first lord af the admiralty henceforth would have responsibility for supervi sion of military operations from day to day His announcement and his ev planation failed to satisfy the op position and he immediately was issailccl by opposition leaders foi complacency in the face of n re verse and a rebuff in Norway Churchill also was criticized as loo optimistic Clement H Attlee labor leader pcnccl the counterattack on Chamberlains explanation chaiR the government with having made misleading speeches and said that Chamberlains speech was one of excuse and explanation The withdrawals from southern Norway were a rebuff arid repre sent a setback Attlee said The prime ministers speech o last Thursday was overoptimistic and overcomplacent Mr Church ill is far too optimistic We have got to fice the facts This is a reverse The Norway campaign was never meant to be a mere tip and tics Maximum Monday Minimum Monday night At 8 a m Tuesday Rain YEAR AGO 53 inch m SIR NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN Actions   

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