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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 1, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HIST wcw BEPT Of COUP OES MOI w i THE NIWSPAKt THAT MAKIS AU NORTH IOWANS NflGHBOU HOME EDITION VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED FUSS AND UNITED PRESS FULL UUSED WISES MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY APRIL 1 1940 MASON CITY THIMIOMT THIS PAPEa CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION OWE SPOT ALLIES PUSH TOTAL BLOCKADE AIM Y Hopper 51oc Is ViCept Busy By JACK STINNETT WASHINGTON to and western farmers hat grasshopper bloc in the sen certainly is doing yeoman ser 5 ice in your behalf In true hopper ishion it gave the house economy Moc a kick in the seat of the pants That sent me skittering around ti the department of agriculture t find out what its all about and il what I hear is true that boot 11ay have a backbreaking kick tick Its this way When the pres ent fiscalyear deficiency appro priation bill came up in the house the economy bloc allotted O0 for grasshopper extermina tion That made the senate hopper ooc hopping mad and they raised it The catch as I understand it is Hat now the bill back in con ference will be subject to some delay And by the time it gets in conference and backto both floors and past the president these leetle fellers may be big ones And what have you ot then A crop loss ranging anywhere from into nine big figures If you want to put the heat on iu better hurry You know how md where The agriculture department tells re the grasshopper census is al most complete and will be an nunced soon if funds dont run lit completely Some of the boys ver there say that it looks like j i it years prediction which did t pan out will be justified this var The biggest hopper crop ice the humming nineties V5 it itjr Without Vote Question What city of 600000 this great democracy doesnt ve the privilege of voting oh ythtng Answer Washington D C Thats exactly how it is Inhabi aits of Washington where there 5 more politics than in any other in the world where the na democratic principles sup sedly are most deeply rooted lere there are more elective of ials per square inch than any lere else cant even get a squint the inside of a voting booth V The perennial battle to obtain Ifrage for the District of Co nbia is nosv at fever heat High nded civic organizations and in iduals are lined up pro Oddly ough equally highminded citi is are lined up con great many active scrappers pretty heated about it feeling i it the district should have its a senators a couple of repre if itativcs and the privilege of k y selfgovernment Dpponents are less active but itty numerous They feel that ishington is one oE the best and anest governed cities in the zntry and that granting suf ge to the district would merely I an it to all the graft and corrup n n which has at times beset irty every sizable city in the id Besides n great many Washing i who have here as much as 20 inlain voting domiciles in other tes end mail their votes home en national elections come mnd That gives Uiem some po cal weight from a congressional ndpoint to keep congress in line far as their local treatment is i icerned he district is governed by a nmission composed of three mbers appointed by the presi it Both house and senate have itrict of Columbia committees o recommend the measures ich govern and provide reve i i or the district Onponents of i i rict suffrage say its a system I i t cant be beaten azi Neighbors fole to the Duke nf SaxeCo 1 On your recent visit you tfew one German agency into a v i Uable dither Ixyal nazis that they arc they in a Sweat for fear you uld go hore and tell the folks TUESDAY WILL PROVIDE FIRST STRENGTH TEST Wisconsin Will Show Power of Candidates in Both of Parties By D HAROLD OLIVER WASHINGTON Wis cousin presidential primaries Tuesday have captured the inter est of politicians here for two reasons 1 They will provide the first test of strength of democratic and republican candidates at the ballot box 1 They mirror the campaign technic of presidential conten ders avowed and otherwise which varies with every aspir ant The democratic contestant for Wisconsins 24 convention votes pits Vice President Garner against two slates ol delegates favoring President Roosevelt The latter has won all 24 delegates selected so far in other states where he faced virtually no opposition The republican balloting Tues day will bring Senator Vanden berg of Michigan and Thomas E Dewey New York district attor ney together in their first pre convention clash and may deter mine howfareach goes in future primaries But added interest is occasioned by the fact that the strategy em ployed by each candidate leading up to the Wisconsin tests reflects the wanner of their campaigns from the beginning of talk about 1940 politics For example president Roosevelt did nothing to dis courage thetiling of delegates lorthim his name from the preference ballot Neither the chief executive nor Gamer is making any political speeches The vice president however 5s an avowed candidate and in each of the five primaries he has entered he has given for mal consent whether required or not While his candidacy is out in the open third term or not he is leaving his campaigning to others Among other democratic con tenders Paul V McNutt federal security administrator has en tered no primaries He has em phasized he is an if candidate meaning that he will withdraw in favor of Mr Roosevelt if the lat ter seeks renomination But McNutt has extensive or ganizations working for him over the who say they are looking for second choice delegates in case their first choice is the president Postmaster General Farley latest to declare his unreserved candidacy for national honors has entered no primaries yet but is reported by supporters to be buildingup secondary strength in Roosevelt areas Farleys name will be on the Wisconsin ballot but he is noi a candidate there in the real sense of the word One otthe Roose velt slates is known as the ticket It it wins and the president withdraws Farley probably would get those 24 delegates Senator Wheeler of Montana is virtually an avowed democratic candidate but as in the case ol McNutt he qualifies it with a Roosevelt if Secretary Hull has discouraged efforts in his behalf but these ef forts go on quietly just the same encouraged by unconfirmed talk that the president would look with favor on his nomination Indicted for Murder in Crime Inc Probe Census Work Begins Tuesday to Avoid April Fools Day I t they ire very careless K acting their neighbors in hat day when you visited their rf ces maybe you didnt notice trsixfoottwo member of the who stood against the glass Duelled door of the office next theirs He stood there when VL entered stood there when you and gave that Heil Hitler te each time ien he moved he disclosed use of their shame for writ the glass was the name neighbor LI is I eir nonAryan Aaronksy Kansas Citys First Vote Since Boss Was Sentenced Is Ended KANSAS CITY Mo first city election campaign since Boss Tom Pendergast was sent to federal prison ends Monday with democrats pleading for support in the name of President Roosevelt Democratic candidates called machinecontrolled by their fu sionist opponents told party mem bers that their defeat would be considered a slap at the new deal The united campaign committee candidates who are republicans antimachine democrats and inde pendents pointed out that the democratic administrations of President Roosevelt and Gov Lloyd C Stark had demolished the once omnipotent Pendergast ma chine Three tough guys coyly hide their faces as they are indicted in New York in the 1937 gang slaying of George Kudmck Their Rogue Gallery photos however stand boldly below They are left to right Frank Ha strauss They were nabbed in Brooklyns probe of Crime Frank Harry DES MOINES Pft Approxi mately 2500 doortodoor workers start out in Iowa Tuesday on a census officials wont say so but it is believed thecount starts Tuesday instead of Monday with April fools day Beginning the work Monday would have left the gate wide open for the practical joker a per son for whom the census officials have no time Tne urban census xvi11 be completed in two weeks the farm census in a month TELL OF PUTTING OIL ON VESSEL Some on Scuttled Nazi Columbus Say 2 of Torchmen Were Caught Besides collecting a rmiss I SAN FRANCISCO German Iowa s estimaled 850000 famiUes linerColumbus in astory pub the also will make a housingsurvey OIL SPREADS ON FLOOD WATERS City of Kingston Is Threatened Before Flames on River Die WILKESBARRE Pa Three hundred thousand gallons of burning spread over this flooddevastated area Monday threatening the city of Kingston before the flames died down Carried on the raging waters of the Susquehanna river still rising rapidly the flames ignited several farm buildings on the outskirts of Kingston and for a time threatened to envelop the entire area But just as suddenly as the flames began they burned out as he water carrying them entered the city All available file fighting equip ment and firemen which could get through the flood waters was called to the scene The fire started when three 100000 gallon tanks of the Ameri can Oil company located only short distance from the spot where a dike broke exploded Flames shot out from one of the three tanks and set another adjoining oil tank ablaze lowan 75 Falls Into Bonfire Dies of Bums CENTERVILLE Burned when he fell into a bonfire he made at his home in Unionvillc J D Hopkins 75 year old widow er died at a local hospital here Saturday afternoon It is be lieved thathis clothing caught fire and that in trying to aid him self he stumbled and fell into the blaze He lived for three hours after the accident 70000 GO TO SCHOOL LONDON than 70 000 children between the ages of eight and 11 returned to school Monday for the first time since the outbreqjc of the war 2 Change Minds on Eloping and Return For Parental Consent LOS ANGELES Kelly 19 year old film actress and Irving Cummings Jr son of he movie director turned a near elopement into an April day joke Monday ori some of their friends All of a sudden while holding nands in a Hollywood night club Cummings and Miss Kelly decided to run away to Las Vegas Nev and get married and before long half the film colony was buzzing By the time the couple reached Barstow however they decided that perhaps an elopement wasnt such a good idea after all Sooo they turned around and drove back to obtain parental consent Mrs Kelly was so busy denying reports that her daughter was married that she decided to an nounce the actress engagement but said she had given her consent on condition that the marriage would not take place for six months The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair northeast consid erable cloudiness west and south Monday night and Tuesday showers Tuesday extreme north west not much change in tem perature MINNESOTA More or less cloudiness Monday niyht and Tuesday snow or rain extreme northwest Monday night and west Tuesday not much change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday 49 Minimum Sunday night SO At 8 a m Monday 35 YEAR AGO Maximum 53 Minimum 26 Precipitation Tr The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum Saturday night 32 At 8 a m Sunday J5 YEAR AGO Maximum 42 Minimum 31 lished Monday in the San Fran cisco Chronicle told of flooding the ship with benzine to the cx tenta premature spark would have killed us all The story told by men now at Ansel Island immigration station explained why two of the Columbus crew of 580 men died They were torchmcn who did not make it to the life boats when the order came to fire fle benzine The tow had been instructed what to do should thp scuttling alarm be given The uarm came Dec 19 a British destroyer ordered the Columbus to stop The paper quoted one crew mem ber All of us ran to our posts and began pouring thousands ot gal lons of benzine over every inch of the top five decks Before we had finished we were wading in benzine One spark would have killed us all but we prayed there would be no spark Within ten minutes the ship was soaking in benzine We poured the lost few gallons over the floor of the main dining salon and then got into lifeboats The captain made sure the ship was burning threw the last torch onto the main deck and then low ered himself to his motor boat In five minutes the ship was afire from end to end The newspapers unnamed in formants said crew members lost all possessions they could not carry in their pockets and manywept as they watched the vessel engulfed by flames Almost 150 ot the 512 crew members who were brought here have been returned to Germany by way of Japan They were men unfit for military service THINK BOTTOM HIT IN SWINE PRICES OF US Farm Officials Pin Hopes on Comparative High Corn Quotations By CLARK H GALLOWAY WASHINGTON Market prices of hogs which have slipped Delow for the first time since 1934 have about hit bottom and should start upward within the next few months agriculture de partment officials declared Mon day They pin their hopes princi pally on the disproportionately high price of corn in principal markets They see encourage ment also in prospects of in creased domestic demand being brought on by greater industrial activity Experience has shown that 100 pounds of live hog should sell for approximately 11 times as much as a bushel of corn When the live hog price exceeds that ratio far rowings are increased When it falls below that ratio farmers find that feed is too expensive and consequently reduce farrowings Developments in the last year illustrate the operation of a changing hogcorn ratio In Feb ruary of last yeav hogs were selling in Chicago for an average price of 5777 and No 3 yellow corn was quoted in Chicago at 48 cents The hogcorn ratio thus was 162 to 1 Relatively cheap corn spurred farmers to increase hog production They farrowed a spring crop which was 20 per cent larger than that ot 1938 Marketing of lJe increased and able export factors have pushed the average price for all grades of hogs well below S3 At the snme time the demanc for feed for the large hog supply coupled with the government loav irogrnm has moved Chicago No 3 yellow corn prices up near 57 cents The ratio is now well be ow 9 to 1 Corn is too expensive o feed to such cheap hogs There rore the experts say pig produc ion this year will be sharply curtailed Some farmers impatient will he decline in hog prices have written tile department urging a repetition of the 1933 pig and slaughtering campaign as a rem edy for the present situation Thi department however is under stood to be giving no thought to such a procedure That program accomplished it objective they said but it is stil a public relations headache Sc they prefer to depend on the slow er operation of the adversehog Garbo Disguise at Ball Is Successful PALM SPRINGS Cal Greta Garbo who is famous for her disguises escaped detection at a ball climaxing circus week by appearing in slacks a floppy Mexi can sombrero and no dark glasses DUBUQUE FIREMAN DIES DUBUQUE m James L OConnor 44 a member of the Dubuque fire department for the last 19 years died here Sunday ot a heart attack corn vatio prices to bring higher hog Gunther Explains Stand of Sweden in SovietFinnish War STOCKHOLM OP Foveig Minister Christian Gunther Mon day told the riksdag parliament thil early in March Premier Dala dler of France sent a persona message to King Gustal asldn permission to transport aIHe troops through Sweden to he Finland The Swedish kings reply w that Swedens neutrality mad such permission impossible Gun ther declared in a long review o Swedens course during the Fin nishHussian war Throughout he peace ncgoti lions Swedens role was only tha of a gobetween without makin any attempt to mediate he dc clared Bold Policy n Balkans s Indicated PARIS Paul eynaud outlined in a twohour abinel Monday new al ed war decisions generally inter reted as signifying a bolder pol y toward the Scandinavian and alkan countries in an effort to lug gaps in the antiGerman lockade Keynaud wlio is waging a personal fight to retain the of fice he won recently by slim parliamentary approval also disclosed new measures tor orabatting communist and Hitlerian intrigue within the nation The cabinet met as the govern ent moved to put into effect a ireepoinl program to reinforce ranees domestic security by is uing food and fuel ration cards timulating the birth rate with ubsidies and trying to double he halfmillion women at work war industries A communique issued after the abinet session said in part M Reynaud gave a general tatement on the external situa ion He gave an account of the esults of the supreme council rieeting held in London March 28 le also told the council of the irst measures taken and those vhich are under study for repres ion of communist and Hitlerian ntrigue in the interior of the ountryl The accord reached at the London meeting of the allied war council at which France and Britain made new pledges of CDoperation both during and after the war was expectedto strengthen Reynauds govern mentwhen the chamber of tep uties reconvenes Tuesday to chili ari agenda The real test of tli strength o antiuipaiec when the senate meets April 9 for debate on general war policy Meanwhile the arrival of tlr ambassador to Rome An dre FrancoisPoncet for genera imbassadorial conferences or dered by both allied governments icightened expectations of in creased activity on the diplomatic front Jjst how the allies intend to ighten their blockade of G e r nany remained a military secret Official French spokesmen quer ied concerning rumors that Tur key had agreed to let allied war ships enter the Black sea through the Dardanelles to halt the flow of Russian oil to Germany merely replied There is nothing new in exist ing arrangements In London the foreign office denied that pelmission for allied warships to enter the Black sea iad been given or requested Sharing attention with the cabi net meeting was the presence in Piris of General Maximc Wey gand commander of French forces in the near cast who arrived here Saturday for a military confer ence the nature of which has not been disclosed Starts to Eat Worth of Hamburgers RUSHVILLE Ind co lect for a sewing machine Ro Perkins Greenfield salesman ha set out to eat worth o hamburgers Perkins sold the ma chine to Tom Macidox who own a hamburger stand here an agreed to take the price out i trade Theres No Fool Like an April Fool Says AFPOAFJ Chief if 5 4 if Fred Orsinger chairman of the Asso ciation for the Prevention of April Fool Jokes took steps Monday to keep his fellow men from falling into pitfalls Theres no fool he warned like an April fool Beware As a federal aquarium direc tor and manaboutzoos for 25 years the chairman of the A F P O A F J has had plenty of opportunity to observe the April fool joker in action The telephone joker he said is the most common I figure out hell consume more than 8000000 man hours of work throughout the nation Monday There is one standard gag though that the association be lievcs in looking pock etbook lying on the sidewalk It worth the look and even if then is no money inside you may ge a good pocketbook LOOK INSIDE FOR ATTY GEN ROBERT JACKSON Urges U S Attorneys Keep Fair Play Spirit PAGE North Iowa G 0 P Conventions Held PAGE 3 Fans Cheer Veteran of Track at Garden Games PAGE 9 TIGHTEN TRADE LINES TO FORCE GERM AN ACTION Envoys in Balkans on Way to London for Special Conferences By UNITED PRESS The allied powers prepared Tuesday for a real test of Adolf iitiers claims that Germany is blockade proof Their objective it developed in the wake of the supreme war council at London will be a total blockade for the time being than the longfeared total war And the chiet victims ap peared likely to be the neutral states of Europe The reluctance of the British and Frenchto attempt at present to find a new front for military attack on Germanyemerged clearly if the words of allied spokesmen can be taken as final But behind that reluctance ap peared to be a plan to force the Germans eventually to open up a new war front Winston Churchillfirst lord of the admiralty declared that the allies have no desire to spread the war and that they would like to operate on good terms with Italy and Japan They would he added also lake a passive attitude to ward Hussia if the Soviets want to play ball On the surface at least that al titude would mean success for Hitlers efforts to confine the mil itary phase of warfare to the weU em front and sea and would both sidesto vWrt to still more ruthless economic warfare in other fields The allies apparently believe that they are prepared for such economic warfare and can af ford to wait until the blockade drives the nazis to some desper ate act that will open the way for a flanking on Ger many Thus a German elfort to use military power to enforce is economic demands on the Scandinavians or on a Balkan nation if Hitler became that desperate would give the allies the legal excuse they want for a fJankine thrust around he Siegfried line Except for increasingly frequent serial and naval stabs at the enemy it appeared likely that this policy would result this spring in only enough fighting of a spec aeular character to meet the public and parliamentary demands for action oii Hie battlefield The strategy it was indicated will be to bring increasing pres uie against the small adjacent to Germany in order to persuade them 01browbeat them nto cutting down their trade with the reicli This measure is obviously de signed to make it lough for the neutrals as well as to strangle Ger many Furthermore the underly ing purpose is to make it so tough that he neutrals will find it dif ficult to bow to nazi intimidation arid the long Germans may be forced to resort to armed intervention and then the allies will have the excuse they need for hurling their manpower and machines into the new batlle front and taking the offensive without storming the Siegfried line Envoys in Balkans to Submit Reports LONDON devel opments in the allies economic war against Germany are ex pected this week by diplomatic circles as British envoys in the Balkans hurry home for consul tations and parliament prepares to reconvene after the Easter re cess Informed quarters assuming that the diplomats had been re called to discuss means of strengthening the allies position in the southeast and tightening their blockade of Ihe reich at tached significance to the fact that a Rumanian trade delegation was expected to arrive in London at about the same limp Some indication of how far Britain and France intend In KO in pluggingup loopholes iu the blockade is expected Tues day when parliament meets to hear Trimc Minister Cham berlains report on the meeting of the allied war council here last Thursday ;