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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 3, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLOH E R Hisr DEPT or COUP DCS HOME EDITION THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIORS MASON CITY THE IRIGH1 SPOT VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PHESS VUU WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPV MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY AUGUST 31940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 258 BRITISH BOMBERS HAMMER AT NAZIS lowan Admits Pushing Son Off Bridge Slaying Wife I l HAD INTENDED SUICIDE THEN CHANGED MIND Wifes Body Is Found Throat Severed by 12 Inch Butcher Knife DES MOINES Raymond Simmerman 38yearold restau rant employe admitted Saturday he pushed his threeyearold step son off the Scott street bridge here Thursday morning Detective Cap tain Paul Castelline announced He said he had intended to commit suicide by jumping off the bridge with his stepson Robert and his daughter Wanda Mae Z shortly after he left his home where his 20yearold wife Alpha lay dead Castel line declared The captain said Simmerman told him he changed his mind however and gave the boy a slight push while Robert was sitting on thi bridge rail The admission was made at the police station Saturday where Sim merman was questioned after he had been taken by detectives to the bridge Castelline reported The slight darkhaired satad maker and dish washer came to the police station Friday with three relatives and told officers Im afraid Ive killed my A squad car found the woman in the locked house only 100 yardsfrom the Head of the bridge Uiroat severed Jy a 12inch butcher knife and her forehead laid open by a heavy blow that fractured her skiill She was lying in a quilt on the Jloor of the bedroomliving room clad only in a light slip Simmerman declared his mind was a blank and he could remem ber no details of the slaying detective captain said The argument which culminated in his wifes death started aboul 5 a m Thursday Simmerman said the detective related He said that shortly alter that he remembered taking his stepson and a younger daughter Wanda Mae 2 under his arms and le the house I remember standing on the Scott street bridge looking at the river the officers said Simmerman related Thai was early Thursday morning I had the Eirl under my right arm the boy under my left Maybe I threw the boy into the river But I dont think I did After that I cant remember any thing Police said Simmerman accused his wife of being unfaithful to him He said while they were quar reling about that she struck him with a paving brick Castelline re ported Officer found albrick and a bloodstained 10inch butcher knife they believe was used in the slaying in the Simmerman dining room The missing child is Mrs Sim mermans child by a previous union although he bears his step fathers name A neighbor Fred Stisser told police he had seen Simmerman and a child at 5 a m Friday on the Scott street bridge He said Simmerman was hugging and kissing the child H T Simmerman Ray monds father stated that his son came to his home about 1 p m Friday carrying his little xirl He said he had been walk in around all day Thursday and all night with the child the elder Simmerman related The restaurant worker was be ing questioned further Saturday in an effort to clear up details o the slaying and particularly t uncover some clew to the where abouts of Robert The Simmermans were married three years ago at Unionville Mo Simmerman had worked in several Des Moines restaurants in recent years usually as a dish washer or potato peeler but sometimes as a salad maker Where Uncle Sam Will Practice War This Associated Press map Indicates the location of the forthcoming games for 301000 regular army national guard and reserve troops The focal point of the map as far as Mason City and Iowa are con cerned is Little Falls Minn where local national guard units will join with other guard and regular army troops in maneuvers Sunday If the suggested years training for the national guard becomes effective many men will remain in training through the Minter The numbers indicate the four armies with No 4 split between Minnesota and the state of Washington TOKIOPROTESTS U S AVIATION GASOLINE BAN Tokios Ambassador Hands Welles Note Stating Objections WASHINGTON Ambassador Kensuke Horinouchi Saturday handed Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles a note which expressed official Japanese objections to the embargo on shipments of American aviation gasoline outside the western j hemisphere Horinouuhi declined to tell newspapermen the nature of the communication beyond the fact that it dealt with a com mercial matter But informed sources made it clear that it was devoted to the embargo on aviation gasoline of which Japan has been a heavy pur chaser for her warfare in China It was said that the communica tion did not mention scrap iron and other raw materials which may only be exported by license from the United States U S Chute Troops National Guardsmen Ready for Minnesota War Games 175 Soldiers Entrain at Mason City Early Sunday Morning Mason Citys national guards men were packing their duffel bags loading their baggage and equipment and bidding wives and families goodbye Saturday in preparation for their three week maneuver at Camp Ripley Minn Already an advance guard ot 10000 troops was at work in the camp area completing prepara tions for the seventh corps area war games In all nearly 50000 troops from eight states will take part From Mason City three units of 175 men are making the trip members of the 133rd in fantry They arc Company F commanded by Capt Frederick B Shaffer Company H com manded by Capt S N Grum mon and Headquarters detach ment commanded by Lieut Will E Hall The troops will leave Mason City in four coaches and one bag age car at a m Sunday in i special train At Austin Minn Minnesota guardsmen will join the rain and at St Paul new trains will be formed on the Northern Pacific for the Ripley area The ocal troops are scheduled to ar rive in camp at a m Sun day and remain till Aug 24 Movement of regular army de tachments into the area was begun as early as a month ago Units from Fort Ripley Kans Fort Mead S Dak Fort Snelting Minn and Fort Crook Omaha were already encamped The out skirts of iLttle Falls was blan keted with pyramidal army tents Arrangements have been com pleted by the rents and claims di vision of the army staff for the use of some 900000 acres of farm lands for the war games Already organized throughout the north west is an aircraft warning sys tem in which hundreds of civilians will act as observers and report plane flights to central intelli gence bureau here Throughout the past few weeks supply trucks armored cars ar tillery transports and other army vehicles have been streaming into the area in steadily increasing numbers Officers said the games would simulate actual war conditions as closely ss possible Little Falls fortified area will be put to siege RELIEF FROM HEAT IS SEEN Additional Rain Is Received in Western Portion of State DES MOINES re ief from the heat of the last two days was in prospect for Iowa over the weekend according to the weather bureau forecast Sat urday The western half of the state re ceived additional rain Friday night while showers were fore cast for the Des Moines area Sat urday afternoon and for eastern and southeastern Iowa Saturday night Cherokee reported 152 inches of rain fell Friday night Council Bluffs had 67 Sioux City 59 At lantic 39 and Carroll 34 The only point in eastern Iowa re porting appreciable rainfall was Kepkuk which had 35 cloudy it was Willkie Farm Parley at Des Moines Monday Skies over Iowa Saturday morning were and raining at Atlantic Carroll and Fort Dodge Des Moines was expected to have a high temperature reading of 90 degrees Saturday com pared to 93 Thursday anrt Friday Fridays high in the state was 01 at Keokuk while Carroll rc orted a low of 67 Saturday morning Readings over he entire state vcragcd about seven degrees bove normal Saturday morning STAR MUST PAY TAX HOLLYWOOD Cal old Lloyd producer and former star of silent films must pay taxes on his Benedict canyon home in Beverly Hills on an as sessment of the board of supervisors ruled Saturday The board denied his petition to re duce the assessment to 5127330 Boy Dies Playfully Inhaling Gas Fumes at Rawlms Wyoming RAWLINS Wyo IP Theo dore Barney 10 died Friday while playfully inhaling gasoline fumes Coroner M E Pickelt said play mates of Theodore found his body slumped in the cab of his fathers truck after the boy had removcc the seat cushion and the gasolim tank cap His father George Barney sale he punished Theodore four year ago for inhaling fumes DES MOINES dell Willkie farm conference to be held here Monday became a 10 state affair Saturday with the addition Indiana and North Dakota to the list of states to be represented at the meeting The republican presidential nominee will arrive in Des Moines Sunday evening to con fer Monday with miduestern farm and party leaders Gov George A Wilson who made arrangements for the meet ing said Glen R Hillis republican nominee for governor of Indiana Charles Dawson republican nomi nee for lieutenant governor of Ind iana and two Indiana farm lead ers would represent their state TacU Patterson republican nomi nee for governor of North Dakota will represent his state Other states to be represented arc Minnesota Wisconsin Illi nois Missouri Kansas and Ne braska South Dakota and Iowa Gov Harold E Stassen will head the Minnesota delegation while Gov Julius P Heil oE Wis consin telephoned Friday that he would come Dwight Green republican nomi nee for governor of Illinois Dwight Griswold Iepublican nominee for governor of Ne braska and Henry S Caulfield former governor of Missouri will head their respective state dele gations Gov Tavne Kainer of Kansas and Gov HarUn 1 Bushfield of South Dakota have their ac ceptances Horinouchi said that no elab oration of the American viewpoint was given by Welles It was re called however that Horinouchi called on Welles immediately aft er the gasoline embargo procla mation andwas told then that the United States acting solely With the view toxjieeting its own defense needs Japan has long been one of the largest buyers of United States aviation gasoline Last year she was the largest buyer and in he first six months of this year the third largest She took 341285 barrels of it from January through June The fuel reportedly is used in large part for army planes engaged in the China campaign Japans dependency on Ameri can aviation gasoline is increased by the fact that most other sources are closed to her by the war in Europe She produces some such gasoline herself but this is said to be of inferior quality V Government petroleum experts here believe thst Japan might have difficulty in obtaining suffi cient quantities of aviation fuel from Lntin America or the East Indies Japanese concern over the embargo tended to support this view The embargo on aviation gasoline was invoked by Sir Roosevelt shortly after he had placed that product together with aviation lubricating oil tetracthyl lead and iron and steel scrap under a strict export licensing system Controlled ex ports of the other goods still are being permitted Mr Roosevelt explained that he had imposed the ban because this nation has not sufficient airplane fuel surpluses to take care of American needs and those ot oth er countries outside the new world Men of the 29lh infantry U S army started learning how to be parachute troops at lliehtstoun N J Here a member of the train ing platoon from Fort Benning Ga is beingpulled aloft prepara tory to a descent guided Later hr wilVbe trained in descending from the lower in a free dropping chuif Howe Former AAA Counsel Succumbs in Massachusetts Fighting Idealist Spent Life Seeking to Aid Average Man OIL TANKS AND GERMANPLANES ARE ATTACKED Japanese and British Friction Grows After Arrest of Some Japs LONDON air force bombers continued their incessant hammering at military objectives in France Belgium the Nether lands and Germany throughout Friday the air ministry reported Saturday Airdromes in France Belgium and Holland were attacked and hits scored on hangars and run ways while nazi planes on the ground were bombed and ma chinegunned from a low alti tude a communique said Oil depots were attacked at five points in Germany Hamburg the great German seaport pictured by British Friday as in virtual ruins and at Salzbergen JAPANESE BRITISH FRICTION INCREASES By The Associated Tress Friction between Japan and Great Britain reached a nesv high point Saturday in the arrest ot the wo most prominent Japanese nisinessmen in London reports hat others were held throughout lie empire and rumors of the existence ot big spy ring centered 11 London Significantly the arrests which flabbergasted hiirh Japanese in London came just two days after British sources expressed fear that rapidly JapaneseBritish re lations might eventually pro voke Japan to military action Japan made a strong protest against the arrests The British in sisted their inches were not re taliation for Japanese arrests of Britons the Japanese press in flaring extra editions insisted re taliation was the motive The Brit ish press had urged retaliation The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair Saturday night and Sunday except scattered thundershowers southeast and extreme east Saturday night cooler west and north Saturday night and east portion Sunday MINNESOTA Fair Saturday night and Sunday except thnn dershowers extreme southeast early Saturday night cooler Saturday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Saturday Maximum Friday 90 Minimum in Niglit KH j At 8 a ro Saturday 71 Precipitation 03 YEAR AGO Maximum 83 Minimum 55 WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO weather outlook for the week beginning Monday Great Lakes Generally fair with temperature above normal except occasional shower period and cooler northern portion mid dle and latter parts of week Upper Mississippi Valley and Northern Great Plains Generally fair with temperature above nor mal except frequent showers and copier Dakotas and Minnesota middle and latter part of week BEES STOPPED BY DERRINGER BOSTON Derringer registered his 16th win by pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3 to 1 victory over the Boston Bees in the first game of Saturdays doubleheader although he was touched for 11 hits while Bill Poscdal held the Sox to six RAFFENSBERGER HURLS CUBS TO 2 TO 1 WIN BROOKLYN Ral fensbergcr pitched a fivehitter Saturday and did not allow a man to pass section base until the ninth inning in hurling the Chi cago Cubs to a 2 to 1 victory over the Dodgers Bill Nicholson hit a homer for the Cubs nntl PecWee Reese clouted on for Brooklyn BROWN HOLDS PHILS TO TRIO OF SINGLES PHILADELPHIA fff Mace Brown held the Phillies to three scattered singles to give the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8 to 0 vic tory Saturday The Pirates drove Kirby Iligbe to the showers with four singles in the first inning Bob Elliott ot the Bucs hit a lomerun oft Walter Beck in the fifth DEDICATE PORT AT ROCHESTER More Than 40000 to Take Part in Program Scheduled for Sunday ROCHESTER Minn More than 40000 persons includ ing prominent figures in aviation and more than 100 airplanes will participate in the dedication ot the new municipal airport here Sun day Robert H Hincklcy director of civil aeronautics authority will be principal speaker at the dedication ceremony Mrs Charles W Mayo selected as the typical American mother lor 1940 will Christian a transport plane City Rochester and her son Dr Charles Mayo will christen another transport plane Flagship Minnesota Jacqueline Cochran noted avia trix and winner of the Bendix tro phy Jack Knight pilot with 2400000 miles of air mail flying and Tim Girdler steel tycoon anc aviation enthusiast will attend OAK BLUFFS Mass Frederic Clemson Howe 72 for mer consumers counsel of the agricultural adjustment admin istration and a selfdescribed fighting idealist who spent a lifetime seeking reforms for the average man died Saturday at Marthas Vineyard hospital Scholar author lawyer and au thority on government Howe was striken ill two weeks ago while visiting at the summer home in Chtlmark of Roger Baldwin an official of the American Civil Lib erties Union A native o Meadville Pa he was commissioner of immigration for the port of New York from 1914 to 1917 and served on Pres ident Wilsons board of experts at the Paris peace conference In 1905 he was appointed a special U S commissioner to investigate municipal ownership in Britain Howe was consumerscoimsel for the triple A from June 1933 to January1935 and later servedas a special assistant o Secretary Wallace For the last six months he had beenworking with the fed eral monopoly committee FKEDEIUC C HOWE IOW AN KILLED IN AIR CRASH Plane Piloted by Webster Cityan in Florida Crashes PENSACOLA Fla Alexander Groves of Wcbstei Iowa was killed Friday when nis naval training plane crashed from an altitude of 800 feet two miles north of here Groves was graduated from the United States Naval academy in 1937 He came here four months ago Only a week ago he was pro moted from ensign to lieutenant Naval authorities said the lowai was flying in formation but no details of his crash were avail able R W Groves oE Webster City LIVESTOCK FORECAST CHICAGO esti mated receipts of livestock for Monday Hogs 22000 cattle 12000 sheep 10000 hogs form all nex week 75000 TORNADO KILLS 2 INJURES 20 Buildings Toppled as 70MileanHour Wind Hits Tiny Town BISMAPvCK N Dak Rescue workers searching the wreckage of Dawson 50 miles east of here laid waste by a 70 mile an lour tornado late Friday put the death count at two Saturday the njured at a score and unofficially estimated the damage between and 5100000 Dead were Forest Knudscn 38 struck by a flying timber as he jumped into his cnr to flee and Gerald Carlson 12 carried 100 feet as the wind struck his home His mother Mrs Arthur Carl son previously reported killed was found to he suffering serious his father is kin listed as next o FIREMEN TO MEET OWATONNA Minn Firemen from more than a dozen southeastern Minnesota counties will gather here Sunday for lee lures and demonstrations in fire fighting at the sixth annual south eastern Minnesota regional fir school The Japanese embassy said Satoru Makihara and Shunsukei anabe London managers of great tanking firms were arrested An embassy spokesman said they were very proBritish men said lift could not imagine how they had provoked sus picion and expressed hope everything would be settled sat isfactorily Major military events worn hcse The nazi air force extended its illnight raids on Britain into the daylight Slight damage and few casualties resulted said the Brit sh The Exchange Telegraph Brit ish news agency reported hun dreds of Italians killed and much war material captured in fighting in Libya The Germans said one Uboat sank seven armed British mer chant ships on a long cruise anil claimed other nazi naval activ ity had resulted in the sinking of 2GOOOO tons of merchant shipping and 25000 tons of war vessels during July Tiie Italian command acknowl edged one killed three injured in a British raid on a Sardinia naval base Declared Haifa in the Holy Land burned for three daysalter an Italian bombardment July 25 and told of further extensive air strafing o the British in Africa and Egypt Exam Room at Ames Is AirConditioned AMES students may sweat mentally but there will be no physical discomfort when they take their final oral examinations at Iowa State col lege this year The examining room where approximately 40 students will apply Cor master of science de grees before Aug 17 lias been equipped with an airconditioning unit Britain busily bolstering her defenses against Adolf Hitlers threatened blitzkrieg received an other contingent of Australian troops A dispatch from Tangier Morocco to Grenoble France said the British fleet at Gibraltar had sailed to join in the defense ot the United Kingdom The retain government got on with its task of reorganizinK France by banning frccmasonry and all other secret orders anil further restricted sale of food stuffs the turbulent far east it reporled that Japan bent on ex tending her sway still further had made important representations to the governorgeneral of French IndoChina an appointee oE the Petain government The French island colony of New Caledonia said a dispatch to Sidney has declared it will not bow to the FrancoGerman armis tice and has pledged support to Britain On the war front nazi Aviation General Karl Schweickard de clared the German air force in a position now to blanket Britain with a paralyzing attack dwarfing Hie present German raids des cribed by the German press as mere pin pricks ;