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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 17, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLON R H IST UlU 4 AR T OEPV Of JOYA COUP 0 S MQllltS I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THI SRIOHT VOL XLV ASSOCIATED PRESS AND OH1TED PRESS FUli JLEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY APRIL 17 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 162 NEWS BEHI ByPADLMALlON FISCHER WILL DIRECT SAFETY Paul Mallon Preparations Are Merely Precautions Morgen thau the treasury secretary asked newsmen not to play up these sec ret conferences he has been hold ing about what to do in case of war He was afraid the meet ings might be m i sinterpreted as meaning this government has some definite inside k n o w ledge that war is coming As a matter of fact the prepara tions he is making are merely wise precautions Very little information has been published about them The phase that has been stressed is the nec essity for protection of the stock market against European dumping of stocks in a mad rush for cash The broader basis of the discus sion however is an undivulged memo prepared by the justice commerce agriculture and treas ury departments at Mr Roose velts request after the Munich crisis It lays down a whole econo mic program for this government in event of a European war in which we are not participating The memo warns that the shock would ruin all prices at the outset and then they would work into a violent inflation in the course of ensuing only stock prices which are comparatively easy to control the exchange could be closed for an extreme in stance but commodity and living prices That is the way it worked in 1914 the memo advises Just prior to tile World war business here had been declining The dis ruptu international trade and finance g put everything on the tpb oggan It was a year before foreign demand forcedU S in dustrial output up to 10 per cent above normal and prices started up simultaneously v In November 1918 the memo continues the wholesale price level was double that of July 1914 in May 1920 wholesale prices were up to 148 per cent oE 1914 Then they went down to 44 per cent with the 192021 depression Hitler to Reply April 28 to Roosevelt For Applying Policies Morgenthau and the men he has been consulting are ap parently working out some meth ods to apply the policies recom mended by the memo including Direct fixing of would require legislation which would permit voluntary arrange ments to establish minimum and maximum prices a sort of super NEA Indirect price will be easy because the government has controls or leashes on most commodity prices now It has the farm control setup control of foreign exchange transactions control of gold the bituminous coal commission law gold and sil ver bullion currency and credit leashes the sugar act of 1937 the 1935 power commission act con trol of natural gas The memo recommends Indirect controls first use of the bank ing powers federal reserve open market operations SEC regulation of the stock exchange Abso lute price fixing should not be tried until necessary and legis lation could be based on govern ment use of the taxing power Provide for Control A new central government au thority would have to be estab lished and Ml Morgenthaus conferences are incipiently that authority Attending have been officials from agriculture SEC treasury commerce New York Federal Reserve bank New au thorities would have to be created to coordinate agencies dealing with 1 utilities 2 housing and construction In the commodities field exist PLANS ANSWER FOR REICHSTAG GERMAN PUBLIC Importance of Address Indicated Negative Expression Expected BERLIN IP Reichsfuehrer Hitler Monday summoned the reichstag for April 23 to deliver his reply to the peace appeal of President Roosevelt It was officially announced that Hitler considered the presidents message so important that he has decided to make his answer known before the rechstag While newspapers attacked the appeal and indications were given of a negative answer a communi que said The American President Roosevelt in a telegram has ex pressed tile wish that the fuehrer make known his position on cer tain questions Considered Important The fuehrer considers this mat ter so important that he has de cided to make known his answei to the American president in the name of the German people before the reichstag He has therefore summoned the reichstag for April 28 to take cognizance of his declaration Hitler himself ended consulta tions with his foreign minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop on the message and went to Austria to inspect army training centers At the sametime newspapers used terms like theatrical trick and arrogant ence to Mr Roosevelts weekend appeal for at Jeast a IO year pledge against aggression Nazi sources said Hitler had given the message routine treatment Will Go to Austria Just before the unexpected an nouncement by Hitler a foreign office spokesman declared that Roosevelts appeal is so compre hensive and so concerned with practically every aspect of inter national relations that much time must be taken for a reply Generally speaking government officials are too busy now with preparations for the chancellors Is This Indian Winter MARCH Four weeks ago spring was on its way into Mason Cits and the benches in Centra park were filled with spring fever sufferers The picture above was taken on March 24 LOOK INSIDE FOR A I I Tlie scene u the same but the picture above taken Monday is somewhat different 11 Indian Summer is quite famous Can this be IndianWinter And did everyone get dVer the spring 50th birthday anniversary Thurs day he said He explained that Hitler had decided weeks ago to go to Austria and he could not now disappoint his countrymen by not appearing Ribbentrop is to meet Ruman ian Foreign Minister Grigore Ga fencu Tuesday for a conference to ing government controls over coal oil and farm products would be continued and an indirect control for industrial prices would have to be formulated along the lines of the controls over agricultural commodities presumably gov ernment purchases of surpluses RFC loans to industries Through purchase the government could build up a supply of raw ma terials The overall government su pervising agency would be com posed of these following authori ties financial utility construc tion and housing commodities This inside program even con tains a neutrality act of its own one which has not been ad vanced in congress It is founded on economics and not on Euro pean politics as most of the other programs seem to be Copjriiht Elm rciturtj Inc be devoted to attempts to clarify GermanRumanian relations Press is Vituperative The announcement of the reichstag convocation was in con trast to the vituperative tone of the German press which heaped scorn on the United States presi dent There was speculation whether Premier Mussolini had influenced his axis partner to take a differ ent tone It was recalled that the Italian press at first merely had published German comment with out offering Its own reaction Only on the rarest occasions and only when matters of vital impor tance to the nation are to be an nounced does Hitler summon the parliament Danzig Birthday Gift One question immediately oc rurred to political observers Is the free city of Danzig to figure as a birthday gift to the chancel lor Some professed to envisage a strong possibility that Hitler would do nothing to antagonize world opinion Hitler had interrupted a vaca tion at his Bavarian mountain re treat and rushed to Munich to go over with von Ribbentrop Mr Roosevelts dramatic message Hitlers newspaper Voelkischer Beobachter termed the communi cation a theatrical trick and re corded the reaction in Rome under a frontpage headline Rome Also Unmasks Roosevelt Continues Old Game The paper said also that Mr Roosevelt was continuing the old game of the politicians in London and Paris who seek to encircle COURT UPHOLDS MARKET LIMIT Provisions Sustained Against Attack by Tobacco GrowerGroups WASHINGTON of the 1938 agricultural adjust ment act limiting the amount of major farm products to be placed on the market were held constitu tional Monday by the supreme court Justice Roberts delivered the decision that sustained the provi sions against an attack by a group of Georgia and Florida fluecured tobacco growers Justices Butler and McReynolds dissented Under the legislation the secre tary of agriculture is empowered to fix national marketing quotas for major agricultural products and to make an allotment to each grower The quotas would be established in order to get rid of any exces sive surplus of cotton wheat corn tobacco or rice This legislation was passed aft er the original agricultural ad justment act had been invalidated by the high tribunal in 1936 in a six to three decision Turkey Joins Pact to Halt Aggressors LONDON if Turkey Ger manys ally in the World war was reported reliably Monday night to have joined the BritishFrench froijt against aggression Russia earlier had been reported to have promised at least material warplanes and other in the event of war Prime Minister Chamberlain as expected to announce to the ouse of commons Tuesday that Jritain and France have guaran eed Turkeys independence They already have pledged to elp Poland Rumania and Greece efend their independence if it is ttacked Chamberlain it was believed Iso will tell commons that good rogress is being made in Brit shFrench negotiations to bring Declares Many of Names on Jury Panel Are City Employes KANSAS CITY Gen Hoy McKittrick moved Monday to quash a Jackson county jury pane from which jurors were to be selected for trials of a county judge and a former county judge He acted after receiving wha he branded as shocking infor mation concerning the 600 names on the venire The attorney general in his mo tion charged there were many on the jury panel disqualified un der the law to sit as jurors He alleged that the statutes had no been followed in the drawing o names for the panel His action followed disclosure by the Kansas City Star that thi jury list contained a heavy pro portion of city and county em out of 300 it checket on the list of GOO Germany Der Montag asserted that the action was started in London and Paris and not in the white house because London and Paris knew about it earlier than the American newspapers which otherwise are informed in advance of Roosevelts actions Rumors circulated that Germany may take Danzig Train Collision in India Is Fatal to 25 CALCUTTA India Dacca mail train crashed into passenger train Monday killing 2 persons and injuring 26 The ac cident occurred 65 miles from Ca cutta tie soviet union into their nee alii MYERS HURT IN LEAGUE OPENER SPORTS BULLETIN CINCINNATI Billy Myers siorlstop of the Cincin nati Reds was taken to a hos pital with a possible brain con cussion in the second inning of the biff league seasons first ball game Monday after the Reds took a 2 to 0 lead over the Pitts burgh Pirates in the first frame RAIN TURNS TO SNOW IN IOWA Temperatures Monday Night Range From 28 to 34 Degrees DES MOINES fP Showers gave way in Iowa Monday to sriovv flurries And the weather bureau fore cast snow Monday night and pos sibly snow flurries in the cast portion Tuesday Temperatures Monday night were expected to range from 28 degrees in the northwest section to 34 in the southeast Rainfall over the weekend to taled more than onehalf inch at many points and ranged as high as 184 inches at Iowa City Points reporting rain changed to snow Monday included Spirit Lake Cherokee Estherville Ma son City and Forest City At Alta the rain had turned into sleel Sleet early Monday at Mason City was also reported Minimum reading early Monday was 30 at Estherville while the high of the last 24 hours was 56 reported by Estherville and Bur lington Cities and towns reporting more than onehalf inch precipatioa in cluded Keokuk 168 Burlington 139 Dubuque 123 Cedar Rapids 115 Davenport 90 Marshalltown 84 Fort Dodge 73 Waterloo 65 Maj son City 87 Ames 56 and De corah 55 STRECKER GETS FREEDOM WITH COURTDECISION Labor Department Had Sought Deportation on Communist Activity WASHINGTON sup reme court Monday ordered the discharge from custody of Joseph G Strecker of Hot Springs Ark whom the labor departmen sought to deport on the ground that he was an alien communist Justice Roberts delivered the opinion which held that the labor department had erred in the construction of the statute under Strecker was ordered de ported Opinion Is Given Roberts said that in theab sence a clear and definite ex pression we are not at liberty to conclude that congress intended that any alien no matter how long a resident of this country or how ever well disposed toward our government must be deported If at any time in the past no matter when or under what circum stances or for what time he was a member of the described organ ization Communist party of the United In the absence of such expres sion Roberts added we con clude that it is the present mem bership or present fact to be determined on evidence bars admission bars nat uralization7 and requires deporta tion Awaited bjPerkins This decision was on a deporta tion order issued by the labor de partment against Strecker who came to this country from Austria iii 1912 and was a member of the communist party for three months in 193233 Secretary of Labor Perkins has been awaiting the ruling as a guide to action on demands for deportation proceedings against Harry Bridges Australianborn west coast CIO leader He has been described as a communist by witnesses before the Dies house committee investigating unAmeri can activities Pending study on the decision labor department officials made no immediate comment on Its ap SENATOR EDWARD K BURKE Demands Revision in Wagner Labor Act PAGE 2 Mason City Wins in Eagle Grove Contest STATE PAGE Yanks Giants Choice of Major Managers SPORTS PAGE F D R Plea Part of EDITORIAL PAGE Bill to Give Reward of to First Oil Well Defeated DES MOINES bill previously passed by the lower house to provide a reward for the first producing oil well in Iowa failed by one vote to pass the senate Monday The vote was 25 to 18 but a bill must have 26 votes in order to pass the seriate Sponsors hope to muster suffi cient strength to pass the measure later PROMINENT ATTORNEY DIES RED OAK C Ratcliff 57 former state senator and at torney here for 35 years died here Sunday Formerly county at torney Mr Ratcliff was also a former judge for the loth district and a past president of the state bar association SLAIN BANDIT IS IDENTIFIED Companion Also Killed in 85 Mile an Hour Chase m Mississippi MERIDIAN Miss of two bandits shot and killed in an 85 mile an hour highway chase north of here Sunday was listed by the federal bureau of investiga tion Monday as Armon Clay Snow Davis 34 an exconvict B E Sackett special agent in charge of the FBI at New Orleans said tentative identification had been made of Davis companion about 30 but that his fingerprints would be sent to Washington for a further check The two were killed Sackett said after wrecking one stolen automobile and taking two others Their car plunged over a 30foot highway embankment eight miles north of Lauderdale its tires shol off plication to the Bridges case ECONOMY FIGHT AGAIN LAUNCHED House Reconsiders Previous Action in Improving Institutions DES MOINES onceap proved gymnasium for Iowa State college coeds touched off an other economy fight in the Iowa house Monday Persistent economy advocates succeeded in getting the house to reconsider last weeks action vot ing in capital improve ments for the various state insti tutions Would Attempt Economy The reconsideration m o v e which was aimed at the proposed gymnasium and a S7o 000 state FourH building drew 64 favorable votes against 39 nays Debate on the subject is scheduled to be resumed later in the day after the house listens to a mock session staged by its committee clerks Representative Philip Roan Fort Madison assailed spending the gymnasium money for con tortionists when the unfortunate in our insane asylums are not being properly cared for We came here looking for places to he declared Heres one place to do it Raps Boards Tactics Representative David A Dancer Lamoni said the house sub committee appointed to investigate the subject recommended the ap propriation because the building used for gymnastic purposes had been destroyed by fire Roan also rapped the tactics of the fair board in sneaking through an appropriation last ses sion for a poultry building I am not so concerned over this FourH building he said But I am concerned over the trickery used in 1937 to pass the poultry building measure in the omnibus bill after we had defeat ed it twice o MURDERSUICIDE PACT KILLS 5 Sheriff Says Fear of Insanity Caused Tragedy at Ogden OGDEN fP Boone county Sheriff Ted Wilkins said Monday he is convinced a fathers fear that he was going insane resulted in the suicidemurder pact that claimed five lives in one Ogden family He said two suicide notes were left by Mr and Mrs Ray Platter Ogden poultry raisers He said Platter apparently shot his three children Dwayne 14 Joyce 12 and Kenneth 10 first and then killed his wife and himself as they lay on a bed clasped in each oth ers arms Sheriff Wilkins said he believed Platter who was 33 wrote one note while his wife 31 wrote the other Boy 12 Loses Life Cleaning Ball Cap MINNEAPOLIS Minn An attempt to clean a silk base ball cap with gasoline Monday had taken the life of 12 year old Robert Plummer The lads cloth ing caught fire when the gasoline in some manner became ignited He died several hours following the accident in the basement of his home Saturday night WILSON NAMES VINTON LAWYER TO STATE POST Commissioner to Have Charge of Highway and Investigation Bureau DES MOINES W Fischer Vinton attorney and for mer World war veteran Monday was appointed by Gov George A Wilson to head the new state de partment of public safety Fischers appointment is sub ject to confirmation by the senate The commissioners term is for four years at a salary of a year Effective This Week Governor Wilson last week signed the bill creating the de partment The act becomes effec tive this week upon publication in two newspapers The newly created department is the result of a merger of the state highway patrol the state bu eau of investigation the fire marshals office and various state nspectional services With the appointment of a com missioner to head the new depart ment one of the major points in the state republican administra tions reorganization program was realized Patrol in Department The highway patrol was trans ferred to the new department from the secretary of states of fice The bureau of investigation came from the attorney generals department The fire marshals of fice previously was directly under the governors supervision Fischer who is no relation of State Insurance Commissioner CharlesR Fischer of Onawa was a charter member of the Iowa State Safety Council He was born in Eagle Grove At 19 he enlisted in the air service as a private and a year later he was commissioned a second lieu tenant in the 25ih pursuit squad ron under Major Reed Landis Is Skilled rilot Assigned to the army of occu pation after the armistice Fischer gave residents of the occupied area a startling demonstration of his flying skill by piloting his plane under the old stone bridges on the Rhine Governor Wilson said Upon his return from Germany Fischer went b a rns tormTng through the middle west to earn money for a course at the Univer sity of Iowa Was Clerk of Court He flew in the first night fire works display at the Iowa State fair in 1921 From 1923 to 1933 Fischer was clerk of court in Benton county He has been chairman of the Ben ton county republican central committee for 12 years The re publican state convention nomi nated him for auditor of state in 1932 He is active in the American Legion Fischer is married and has two ons and a daughter x if The Weather FORECAST IOWA Slightly colder Mon day night except in extreme north central portion tempera tures near freezing over most of state considerable cloudiness and continued cold Tuesday possibly snow flurries in east portion MINNESOTA Cloudy snow in cast portion Monday night Tuesday becoming fair in west and cloudy in east not quite so cold Tuesday afternoon in west and south portions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday 45 Minimum Sunday night 32 At 8 a m Monday 32 Prccip Rain sleet snow 62 inch From 8 a m until 2 p m pre cipitation measured an additiona 25 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 62 Minimum 48 Precip 105 inch The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 58 Minimum in Night 39 At 8 a m Sunday 41 YEAR AGO Maximum B2 Minimum 54 Precip 59 KARLAV FISCHER commissioner Small Boy Rescues Brother From Fire Begins Treating Burns NORTH RUSSELL N Y When Mr and Mrs Halstead Reed returned home they found the house in flames Nearby 6 year old Weldon Reed calmly applied ointment to burns suffered by himself and his 4 year old brother Warren Weldon said he was awakened by crackling flames He rushed through them to his brothers room led him back through the fire to safety The house was de 1 stroyed ;