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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 17, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             DCPAKTHCtlT OF NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION VOL XLVIII LBASK WBES THE NEWSfAPU THAT MAKtS AU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY NOVEMBER 17 MASON CITY BRIGHT k SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OIMrWO SBCTJON3 LEWIS WONT BUDGE MINES CLOSED h IS ESCORTED TO PUERTORICOTO FACE CHARGES 5098 Tonner Was on Way to Germany From Japan When Overtaken SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO JP he German motorship Odenwald ized in the South Atlantic by Units of theU S navy arrived flere Monday afternoon under escort II She was traveling under her lawn power M W8S understood that promp Vjctionwould be brought in Unitec ijtates court to forfeit the ship a 5098tonner listed as owned b IJ the HamburgAmerican line for If disguising herself illegally as a OS merchantman She was enroute to Germany from Japan when she was seized Much of her cargo was understood to have been rubber metals and other essential war materials Tried to Vessel WASHINGTON navy steamed slowly toward port f Monday with a badly damages axis merchantman captured in 1 the south Atlantic masquerading t an American cargo vessel will stars and stripesat her mast runner w i jVer in equatorial waters or 6but the navy departmen withheld news of the seizure un til Sunday fact which led to the belief that the shin was within a few hours of port The crew of the ship tried to scuttle her as soon as the cruiser ordered her to heave to the navy reported but ouick action by a salvageparty of blue jackets kept the vessel afloat although badly damaged and unseaworthy v With characteristic economy of detail the navy gave this account of the ten day old incident Trie on a patrol upon the merchantman at dawn and de cided there was something sus picious about her although she was decked out as a United States ship She flew the American flag displayed it on either Side of her hull and on deck carried we name of a known U S mer chant ship on the sides of her pilot house and on the stern and also showed Philadelphia as her home port Thecruiser ordered her to heave to and then lowered a boat with investigating Almost immediately the crew or tne merchantman began abandoning ship and she broke out signal flats that said Send boats for passengers I am sink Before the cruisers boat reached the ship two explosions occurred in the merchantmans an effort to speed her scuttling However the cruiser managed to put a salvage party aboard and after several hours work they were able to stop the leaks caused by the explosions and to get the engines turning over again i The cruiser reports the an nouncement said that the papers ship indicate that she was owned by subjects of one of the axis powers that she was severely damaged b her IA own crew and that she is now un i seaworthy Repairs will un questionably bs necessary to ren f der the ship entirely seaworthy A prize crew from the cruiser manned the captured vessel for her slow trip to port The ships use of the American flag violates one of the remaining provisions of the reeentlyrevised neutrality act but the only pen alty provided prohibits offenders irom entering U S ports or ter ritorial waters for a period of three privilege which axis ships have not been making use of for some time However the belief here was that once in American jurisdic tion other statutes could be in voiced to institute confiscation proceedings Defense Savings Stamps for sale at GlabeGaulte Business office Kurusu Confers With Roosevelt and Hull Seized by Navy Japans Diet Hears Demand S Back Up U WASHINGTON forma conference brought President Hoosevelt and Japans special en voy Saburo Kurusu together fo more than an hour Monday t talk of many things centering around the explosive Far Easteri situation But there was no indication immediately whether any sat isfactory progress had been made toward achieving a better understanding on Pacific prob lems between this country and Japan or whether any decisions were approacbed which might lead to assurance of continued peace in the Pacific Kurusu was accompanied to thi white house by the Japanese am bassador Kichisaburo Nomura and Secretary of State Hull The two Japanese dodged ques tions about the conversation al though the ambassador reportec that many things were said What they were was something which he did not care to discuss As they entered a waiting limou sine reporters pressed them for information Was a satisfactory beginning made the ambassador wa asked Kurusu dag an elbow into Nomuras ribs and admonished against answering The special envoy merely laughed when he was asked if hewas near a Be had suggested upon his arrival country Saturday that he might score a touchdown in his conversations with American officials Before their reception by Mr Roosevelt in the white house rec room the Japanese had met with Hull at the state department Both Kurusu and Nomura showed reluctance to discuss with newspapermen any aspect of the situation Kurusu parried a ques tion as to whether Japan would be willing to make some concesiion in the direction of withdrawal o her troops from China by gestur ing toward Nomura with the smil ing remark Here is the Japanese ambassa dor Ask him I am only the am bassadors assistant Nomura indicated that he and Kurusu would see President Roosevelt later Monday but did not disclose the time The Japanese diplomats de clined to comment on militant addresses to the newly convened Japanese diet delivered by Pre mier General Bidcki Tojo and Foreign Minister Shiitenori Togo which detailed Japans terms for the settlement of differences with the United States Tojo stressed the need for keep ing Europes war from spreading to the Pacific but he also demand ed hands off Japans efforts to settle the China incident the lift ing of economic blockade measures against Japan restoration of nor mal trade relations and an end of the military encirclement of Japan by America Britain China and the Dutch East Indies Foreign Minister Togo preceded the premiers address with the warning that there is naturally i limit to our conciliatory atti The foreign minister also omted out that previous conver sations already have made clear he attitudes of the two countries on far eastern problems and hence here was no necessity of spend ng much time on negotiations hereafter Like Kurusu who told report ers on his arrival in Washington that he thought hehad a lighting chance to lessen Jap aneseAmerican tension Togo also said that an amicable conclusion of the negotiations is by no means mpossible Bat Togo emphasized that such a happy result would depend OD whether the United states is genuinely solicitous for world peace as he said Ja pan was and Z whether the Umted States is willing to view the far eastern situation in the light of realities There was no comment from he state department on the latest fficial utterances in Tokio but in uplomalic quarters here it was pted lhat both premier and for ign minister suggested it was up o the United States to make con essions Local Youth Grasps Chute by Hand Safe PARK CITY to has parachute with his bare hands Pvt First Class Raymond L Tog erson of Mason City Iowa savec his life Sunday night when the twomotored bomber in which he was flying crashed in a blizzar in the Wasatch mountains killing two of the army airmen aboard Private Togeram said he did not have time to buckle on his parachute before leaping from the spinning plane but managed to keep his hold on the harness despite the icy storm until he landed Four other men also parachuted to safety Togerson Left Here May 28 After Visit Private Raymond L Togerson had just returned to bis squad ron after spending a 30 day fur lough with bis parents Mr and Mrs T C Togerson who live on route 4 just north of the sugar plant He left here Oct 28 He enlisted in the air corps two years ago last month and after a six months course in radio at Chanute Field HL was assigned to the 88th reconnais sauce squadron He wasradio on the plane J which crashed body tentatively identified as that of Maj H E L Pirtle 88th reconnaisance squadron com mander of Council Grove Kans was found two plane wreckage miles from the Attached to his body was his torn parachute ap parently ripped as he jumped from the plane thus plummeting him to the earth Refering to a body burned with the wreckage of the plane army authorities at Salt Lake said it probably was that of SgtJ D Anderson the other missing crew member Anderson was a resident of Og den Utah The seven airmen were en ronte home in a twomotor B18 bomber on a routine training flight from Fort Doug las Utah to Denver Appar ently the heavy gale made the plane unmanageable driving it 18 miles off its course The five who parachuted fo safety and were brought to a Park City hospital were listed by army officers as First Lieut W E Baysie In dependence Mo Second Lieut MSimmons Pampa Texas Second Lieut C A Smith jreensburg Pa Staff Sgt E V Bynum Maga zine Ark Pvt Jtyrst Class Raymond L Togerson Mason City Iowa Togerson floated to earth langing on to his parachute with lis hands He said he did not lave time to buckle it on before le leaped but managed to keep hold on the harness until he anded The five men suffered shock and minor injuries only First Lieut W E Baysie pilot i the B18 on the return leg of a flight from Salt Lake lo Denver reported to his base here that the order to abandon ship had been iven when the plane encountered blizzard conditions shortly before midnight He did not know how ever whether all bailed out be ore the ship crashed Baysie was carried four miles n his parachute and brought to Park City by farmers Four other nembers of the crew landed near Jark City and all were taken to a lospital to be treated for cuts and bruises and for shock First were that the most seri ous injury was a possible broken ankle suffered by one of the men In the hospital in addition to Baysie were 2nd Lieut M Sim Tions 2nd Lieut C A Smith taff Sgt E V Bynum and Pvt st Class B L Torgersen SOLDIERS PUSH TOWARD WRECKAGE OF BOMBER BANGOR Me W Soldiers nd woodsmen pushed into track ess boggy woodlands Monday oward the charred wreckage of n army bomber but they held ittle hope of finding any of its our crewmen alive Two army pilots who spotted he broken burned warplanc 60 miles northeast of here Sunday acorucally reported that there Bert L Bright 69 Lumber Dealer Dies of Heart Attack Funeral Services at Patterson Funeral Home at 1 Pr M Wednesday Bert I Bright 69 president of the Consumers Independent Lum ber company operating retail yards in Iowa died at f local hos pital Sunday evening following a heart attack earlier in the day He had been a resident of Mason City for the last 18 years He is survived by his wife Nel lie a daughter Helene English teacher in Mason City high schoql and two brothers Frank S Bright Nora Springs and Loren A Bright St Charles A son Ross preceded him in death in 1921 at the age of 21 years Funeral services are to be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 oclock at the Patterson home with Doctor Hoy C Helfcnstein pastor of the First Congregations church in charge Services also are to ba held at the cemetery In Waucoma later in the afternoon Mr Bright was a member o Lions club Masonic Blue lodge a Knight Templar and a member of the Shrine His home was a 1104 West State street He was bornat Fort Atkinson July 10 1872 He attended thi piblic schools at Waucoma BERT I BRIGHT Plane With Litvinoff and Steinhardt Lands aTTehenur TEHERAN Iian plane bearing Maxim Litvinoff sovie ambassador to the United States and U S Ambassador Laurence Steinhardt landed here safely a noon Monday five days after de parting from Kuibyshev Russia in a snowstorm The plane also carried Sir Waller Monckton a British information service offi cer and two American journal ists Quentin Reynolds of Colliers magazine and Alice Moats Personal Bodyguard of Five Sovereigns Dies in England i LONDON Lieut Col Gordon Carter 88 died at Ascot home Sunday after a long illness He enlisted in the life guards as a trooper in his youth He served five sovereigns of Eng land as a personal bodyguard Queen Victoria Edward VII George V Edward VIII and the present king Waterloo Man Shot in Thigh While Hunting WATERLOO Shot through the right thigh by a 22 caliber rifle bullet while hunt ing Sunday near Allison David W Fecht 28 Waterloo was in Al len Memorial hospital here for treatment He reported he stepped into the path of fire as one of five companions shot at a rabbit in a cornfield Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Increasing cloudi ness and continued mild Mon day night followed by rain late Monday night and Tuesday be coming colder Tuesday All temperatures above freezing Winds south and southeast 2025 miles an hour IOWA Fair to partly cloudy and warm wind southerly 2030 MPH Monday increasing cloudiness Monday night fol lowed by night and rain late Mpnday Tuesday becoming much colder Tuesday MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy with rising temperature wind mostly southeast 2025 MPH Monday scatleredj rains Monday night Tuesday rain or snow and cold er IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday Minimum Sunday night At 8 a m Monday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum in night At 8 a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 53 40 46 44 27 62 32 36 22 17 HERRING HERRING TO TALK ON LABOR PLAN Will Explain Bill on Method for Settling Defense Work Disputes Clyde L Herring will be guest speaker national raoio forum o Star Mondaj night oh the coast to coas hookup of the blue network o the National Broadca sting System speaIc ing from WMAL Washington B oc 1 o c k central stand arc time on lhe joint resolution he recently in troduced in the senate concern ing labor legislation Senator Herrings talk will be heard over WKBB at Dubuque KSO at Des Moines KSCJ at Sioux City and KMA at Shenandoah in Iowa The Iowa congressmans bill was introduced to expedite the national defense program by providing a method for the set tlement of labor disputes in de fense industries to prevent strikes in such industries which are not desired by the affected employes and for other nnr Poses Tn his statement to the senate Senator Herring said The purpose of the proposed senate joint resolution is to dis courage stoppage of work in de fense industry It should be noted that the provisions of this act ap ply solely to these employed in defense work directly or indi rectly and the act terminates with the termination ofthe emergency Seclared by the president on May Briefly the measure provides the usual procedure in labor dis putes including appeal to the con ciliation service of the department of labor and certification to the mediation board If the dispute re mains with the mediation board for adjudication a period of 30 days from the dale of the decision of the mediation board is provided after which if requested by either party a secret ballot of all em rtoyes in the plant affected is to be conducted under government supervision and regulation and if a majority of those employed in such unit desire to quit work they may do so but mob or mass picket ng is prohibited and definite pen alties arc provided against vio ence threats or intimidation of any kind Also during this entire period all officers employes or other representatives of all organizations are under penalty rom urging suggesting or in any vay fomenting stoppage of work measure also provides that rom and after its effective date no individual workman shall be iy any method required to join or pay dues to any organization in order to oblain work in any de ense industry There is a further provision for arbitration if re ucsted by bolh parties he tncd ation board shall appoint a na lonal defense arbitration tribunal omposcd of one representative of OFFERS BILL TO PERMIT F R TO SEIZE PLANTS Connally Time Has Come to Determine If Lewis Can Coerce U S1 WASHINGTON ing legislation to permit the presi dent to take over plants where strikes threatened production de lays Senator Connally D Tex told the senate Monday that trie time has come to determine whether the government is to be coerced by John L Lewis Connally described Lewis as a selfish labor leader who wants to build up his own prestige and power by impeding defense pro duction The Connally bill would freeze the existing status of an open OL union shop when the govcrnmen took over a plant Speaker Rayburn said flatly Monday that the house would be given an opportunity to pass on defense strike legislation at the earliest date consistent with proper consideration He declined to specify whether a bill designed to prevent strikes m defense industry would be called up for action this week saying that it might take some time because we certainly wan to pass considered legislation Rayburn took the floor las week during debate on the neu trality act to assert that he would follow or in any jhovemeh to deal sanely with the labor situation Rayburns press conference statement followed a stormy ses sion of he house rules committee at which the acting chairman Representative Cox D Ga urged swift congressional action to deal with defense strikes with out awaiting settlement of the rin tivc mine dispute on the ground that President Roosevelt is stili in the talking stage The committee session was called technically to consider granting rightofway for the price control bill but Cox asserted that the committee might put the lid on that measure until the question of labor legislation was settled 4 Firemen Overcome at Iowa City Blaze IOWA CITY which broke out around I a m Monday caused considerable damage to the basement and stock of the Princess cafe here Fire Chief J JClark reported Ed Knodel a meman was overcome by smoke and taken to Mercy hospital for treatment Three other firemen were overcome but did not require medical attention Coal Shortage Causes Blast Furnace to Close CLEVELAND of two blast furnaces at Republic Steel corporations Birmingham Ala plant closed to a coal shortage resulting from the strike in captive mines the pany said The plant has only a fiveday supply on hand and the second furnace will be down unless coal is available in the next f days Republic added HUNTS 1 KIND MEV DES MOINES IV Howard Yates 24 of Des Moines has asked police to help him locate two men who were kind enough to take him lo a hospital after he was injured n an automobile accident His also robbed him of he explained each of the following Employe employer and the public When once voluntarily arbi tration is accepted provision is made to compel through the courts the acceptance by doth parlies of the arbitration award AH findings and facts before he mediation board are to be made public at the conclusion of consideration of the issues The measure is founded upon the concept that no man should be lompclled to work against his will but an equal right exists that any man who may find employment shall be permitted to work without coercion threats or the payment of tribute lo any other man or or ganization FR Offered to Write to NonUnionists WASHINGTON Roosevelt last week offered to write letters to he 2500 non union miners in captive coal mines requesting them to join the United Mine Workers of America m a final effort to avert the shutdown which took place Mon day it was reliably said here Monday The president made this sug gestion along with a proposed preferential hiring system foi the captive workings as a substi tute for the union shop uncom promisingly demanded by the UMW it was learned The suggestions were made to Philip Murray president of the CIO at a luncheon last week prior to Fridays eventful meeting with John L Lewis UMW presi dent Eugene G Grace president of Bethlehem Steel company and other CIO and industry leaders Lewis and the UMW officials did not acquiesce in the suggestion Union sources said the pioposa was not considered seriously by Lewis who it was reported con sidered it still the open shop CRASH IN WHICH 9 DIED PROBED Driver of Truck Which Struck Bus Is Held for Qororjiers Inquest RJJSHVILLE A grand jury will investigate the automobilebus crash in which nine persons were killed near here Saturday night authorities s Monoay Paul T Connell 39 Glenwood Jnd farmer and driver of the car which struck the Greyhound bus was held on open charges pend ing a coroners inquest Police ChieE Harry Levi said Connell also would be held for a grand jury investigation Tuesday Coroner Frank Green said a state police test indicated Connell was intoxicated at the lime of the crash Eight passengers and Andrew Hansen 26 Cincinnati driver of the bus bound from Cincinnati to Chicago were killed when lhe ve hicle sideswiped Conneirs car and plunged down a 20foot em bankment Ten were injured MAN READS OF DEATH IN NEWSPAPERS SOUTH BEND Ind Mark Twain Virgil McKinney 28 assured his friends Monday that reports of his death xvere greatly exaggerated He read of his death in the Sunday newspaper Authorities identifying the nine pelsons killed in an nutomobilebus crash at Rushville Ind Saturday nigh said after examining baggajrc they iiad reasonably established thai McKinney was one of the victims McKinney telephoned the bus company that he was as alive as ever He said he bought a ticket for one of two CincinnatitoChi cago buses Saturday night and placed his baggage on the first When he saw all the seats were taken he moved to the second without shifting his baggage Ship Attack in Pacificv Is Reported BALBOA c z u s loth naval district ordered its pa rols on the alert Monday follow ing receipt in maritime circles of unconfirmed reports that a Brit shopcrated Yugoslav ship had been attacked in the Pacific ap parently by an axis raider 2 Churchill Cigars Auctioned for LONDON Uf Ten cigars sent to a Red Cross auction by rime Minister Winston Churchill Monday were sold for NEW GAME INTRODUCED BERLIN Mon day were being charged 20 pfen nings for throwing three balls at i caricature of Mrs Eleanor loosevclt The caricatures have ecn pasted on walls along the vricdrichstrassc Proceeds from he game will be contributed lo he German winter relief fund UNION SHOP IS SOLE ISSUE IN JOB STOPPAGE UMW Claims Fight Is With Steel Companies Not With Government WASHINGTON John L Lexvis informed President Roose velt by letter Monday that the United Mine Workers had refused to accept an open shop agreement in the captive coal mines because it would invalidate other agree ments in operation throughout the soft coal mining industry He told the president that offi cers of the union bad no au thority to execute an open shop agreement thereby destroying the assets of the membership represented by existing collec tive bargaining agreements The union shop was the sole is sue in the dispute which culmin ated in a work stoppage Monday in the captive mines Lewis did not call at the white house as he had been requested to do when Mr Roosevelt asked last Friday that negotiations be extended over the weekend in an Miners Engage in Scuffle With Picket Line Go to Work GARY Va A 10 minute rock throwing battle oc curred at a southern West Virginia captive mine Monday as half a hundred miners defied union pick ets and went to work At the No 6 mine of the U S Coal and Coke company one of five operated by rthe UiL Steels subsidiary in Virginia mountains about 45pick ets appeared in automobiles early in the morning About an equal number ot miners straggled from their hill side homes toward the mine en trance Observers reported a scuffle fol lowed in which rocks were thrown and one unidentified man was re ported struck on the hear wilh an iron bar The disturbance ended quickly and between 40 and 50 men went into the mine after the pickets left eleventhhour attempt to halt the threatened shutdowns in captive mines which supply coal to steel mills Commercial coal mines which unlike the captives sell their pro duct in the open market are oper ating under a union shop agree ment At the time that the letter to the president was released Lewis was telling the UMW policy committee that he blamed the present strife in the coal pits stiuarely on President Eugene G Grace of the Bethlehem Steel company Lewis addressing an open meeting of the UMW policy com mittee said he was convinced Benjamin Fairless of United Stales Steel company and Frank Purnell head Of Youngstown Sheet and Tube company were ready to sign the union shop agreement but were prevented by that sin ister figure Grace The three steel company ex ecutives Fairless Grace and Purnell were to go to the white house Monday morning to pre sent their report but white house officials said they had no information how or when labor representatives would follow suit Asked whether any action was likely follouint the conference with the steel officials Presi dential Secretary Stephen Early said he did not know bat thought not Lewis was roundly cheered by the 200 members of the policy committee that the fight of the UMW is with the steel compan ies and not witfi our government as some would say The UMW members halted nearly all production Monday in lhe captive mines which supply the nations largest steel com defying President Roosevelts injunction that coa must be mined XI M Ws decision brought the current Tabor crisis to a breaking point Storm signals were flying in congress and the capital nailed momentarily for the president to order decisive countermeasures The while house was silent pending formal notification of the ollapsc of settlement negotiations jut Mr Roosevelt already has iiven his pledge to congress that lhe government proposes to see this thing through and keep the   

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