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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 16, 1939, Mason City, Iowa m NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS fUU LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 16 1939 TJflS FAPEB CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 59 BRITISH MASS SHIPS NEAR URUGUAY Puppet of McNider Attorneys Appeal Ontjes Case Finns Was Anarchist By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist A Russian acquaintance of mine describes Otto Kuusinen as an extremely likeable individual per sonally Otto is Hussianly sup posed to be the new president of Finland Hes a Finn all right but has been a po litical exile for 20 years in the C o m m u nists realm He was an anarchist originally I n those days Fin land was under the czars domi nation Otto was anticzar and then some At the World wars end Finland gained its indepen dence Otto wanted it to go an government what ever It preferred to go republi can or democratic Anyway it didnt believe that outright an archy would work Otto was so obstreperous that he had to es cape into Russia which at that stage of the game professed an archistic principles Now anarchy sounds awful Nevertheless the original anarch ists were a very lovable though utterly impractical bunch Their dope was that government created injustices that it all chances would be equal that no Body would try to sting anybody else because it wouldnt be nec essary In preWorld war times there was quite a colony of these nuts in London England being the only country on earth where they tolerated As a London resi dentiUienI of em OneiTyasJthev celebrated iltaliin t h e r was Pedro VaUiria a refugee from Spain A third was Ferrer after ward shot at Barcelona for trying to organize a revolution against King Alfonsos then government I never met Kuusinen but the rest all spoke well of him Cuckoo of Course These birds were cuckoo ofj course Nevertheless they were crazy idealists They loved the human race to beat blazes I being rather liberal was pretty well liked by em But how I asked Signor Mal atesta one day are you going to maintain any kind an econo mic system with no government Oh said he I suppose some sort oJ a communistic arrange ment will have to be provided for cooperative They were just that honestly bughouse They threw some bombs but they did it in a constructive spir it Well finally anarchy was sup posed to have triumphed in Rus sia under Lenin There had been a short interval of Kerensky be tween czar ism and the regular red regime Kerensky was pretty pronounced but he was only a violent form o a an anarchist Lenin was supposed to be the real article The sure enough anarchists were delighted at first Then they began to dis cover that Lenin was as much of a boss as the czars had been Any way he died before long Stalin succeeded him and quick ly proved to be a lot worse than even Lenin had been I get an oc casional letter from one or anoth er of my oldtirne anarchistic ac quaintances and they say far meaner things about him than they ever did of Czar Nicholas if Kuusinens Government Now along comes Otto Kuusi nen with his alleged rulership over Finland That is to say the Russians grabbed the little town of Teri joki its a ioke all about a quarter of an inch on the Fin nish side of the Muscovite fron tier turned it over to Kuusinen and announced that hes Finlands president because theyve pro vided him with that foothold Possibly he still is a genuine an archist at heart It doesnt matter because if he IS Stalin isnt go ing to let him practice it Or may be Stalin bought him up or ac tually convened him from an archy io Communism Hes a mere stooge anyhow Chinese Claim jap Ship Sunk by Guns SHANGHAI official Chinese Central News Agency re ported Saturday lhat Chinese shore batteries along the Yangtze river near Kiukiang sank a Jap anese warship on Dec 12 More 1han 100 Japanese were drowned the dispatch said Toy Shop to Be Set Up by Cheer Fund Midland Club Fourth Gride Garfield School Don Gunderson P B Veterans ot Foreirii Wars and Aux iliary C T A Dollar Bill Council of Mason City Brotherhood or llailroad Trainmen Qcchlenl Club The Rrceses McKinlcy P T A II L K Conjrejalinnal rilirim Fellowship Madion P T A SCC708 HOPPING IS TO MANY P E R SONS the prin cipal joy of the Christmas sea son It is for those in charge of the Christ mas Fund have pre pared for the second year to open a special top shop at 405 North Federal avenue for those who have been ound by Miss Doris Bruce Social Welfare League secretary and her assistants to be worthy of par ticipation in the Cheer Fund The shop now being placed in readiness will be open for three days Wednesday Thursday and Friday merchandise to be dis Iributed is being procured by Mrs L S Sanders and Hires H D Ma kcever The shop will lie directed each day by a different group of women On Wednesday the staff will consist of Mrs W B Casey chair man and Mrs S C Deyoe Mrs J W Kelly Mrs H F Rogers and MrsJohn Hicken Thursday Mres C E Dakin chairman Mrs L S Sanders Mrs J P Youngdale Mrs E J Pat ton Mrs John Balfanz Mrs R L Jackson Mrs C B Whitehead and Mrs H J Steinberg Friday Mrs Floyd Johnson chairman Mrs Paul Loomis Mrs H D Makeover Mrs G C Black more Mrs H C Friesncr and Mrs R E Brisbine The chairmen are all members of the managing board of the So cial Welfare league and many of the workers have been active in the work of this organization which concerns itself with giving aid to those in need Specially gratifying were some of the contributions listed above reflecting as they do the univer sal appeal of this venture in the Chisfmas spirit Represented are the Womans club a railroad brotherhood a service mans group P T As study groups a church group and individual don ors Accompanying the contribution from the fourth grade at Garfield school was this pertinent little note on Sharing Share uilh olhers will hrinr to you Spread the Clii Cheer around il will bless you to For he Christ Chill came to Dies M1 mankind as tf yon want the Christmas Vou roust hare wilh others But perhaps the strangest con tribution yet received was a bill of the 1928 vintage This may look like stage money wrote the donor but it aint At least you wont get into any trouble spend ing it I hope it does a lot of good Two Dollar Bill Reports continued to pour in concerning solicitation efforts among dozens of groups in the ill and factory workers office staffs store sales men clubs lodges and the like Whenever two or more persons get together the Christmas spirit has a way of taking control of the situation it would seem Full announcement will be made in the next issue conccrcn inir a special Christmas Cheer Fund broadcast from KGLO be FILE ACTION IN 1936 DECISION BY BEARDMORE Object to Claim Being Admitted Hearing to Be Held in May 1940 Notice of appeal to the supreme court of the OntjesMcNider case was filed in district court here Sat urday by attorneys for Hanford MacNider and May H McNider executors of the estate of the late C H McNider which was sued for by F A Ontjes and his associates The appeal however was not from the verdict of Judge Kenry N Graven by which the plaintiffs on Aug 30 were awarded approxi mately on the multimil lion dollar claim including inter est It was from a decision by Judge T A Eeavdmore on June 11 1936 by which the claim was admitted to probate despite the fact that it was not filed within the one year period provided by law A reversal of Judge Beard mores decision thus would throw out Judge Cravens verdict with out subjecting the entire case to review by the supreme court According to the notice the ap peal will be heard during the May 1940 term of the supreme court The ruling by Judge Beardmore this reason that ad previously been appealed by the estate but the supreme court at that time refused to consider thematterTintil the case hadBeen tried on its merits Both sides have until the end of December to file ah appea from Judge Cravensdecision i they wish to do so Daughter Confesses Giving Father Poison MINNEAPOLIS au lopsy was performed Saturday on William Showers 64 year old al leged rat poison victim His daughter Mary 24 was helc without charge Police said she confessed sprinkling rat poison on his pie because of a family row The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair and mild Satur day night and Sunday slightly warmer in northcentral and extreme southcentral portions Saturday night MINNESOTA Fair slightly warmer in northcentra I por tion Saturday niffhl Sunday partly cloudy scattered light showers in north portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather stalls tics maximum Friday 55 minimum Friday rciffht 30 At 8 a m Saturday 30 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 35 26 WEEKLY FORECAST Weather outlook for the perioc of Dec 18 to 23 1939 For the upper Mississippi val ley Generally fair and mild bu somewhat colder about Tuesda or Wednesday and toward end o Injured in Dramatic Naval Fight Four or the 60 wounded men aboard the German battleship Admiral Graf Spec are shown lyinjr on cots at Montevideo white comrades attend them Thirtysix of the Graf Srecs men were killed and 60 Aires to New York hc SPGC lhrec Brltish cruiselsThis picture was radioed from Buenos Depleted Fuel Forced Nazi Shigjnto Running Battle Captain jrinnins at oclock AVednes day nifflit and continuing into thi wee hours of Hie mornins It wil include some of he community choicest taient as was he cas last year and will ranfe from a iarge concert hand to inflividua performers in both the instrumcn tal and vocal field The fund hasnt advanced quite as far as had been hoped Only six days remain and more than half of the Sl500 needed remains to be raised That means that consider ably more than a day must be realized each day But dont let this be interpreted as pessimism or discouragement Mason City never has failed in this effort and this isnt the year to start If everybody will ask himself or herself this question Have I done MY part to insure against empty stockings on Christ mas morning the results of this campaign wont be in doubt Send or bring your contributions to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa Praises Seamanship Courage of British MONTEVIDEO ff Depleted fuel and daring British seaman ship which was more than seemed credible forced the German warship Admiral Graf Spee into a running fight dangerously near shore Capt Hans Langsdorff told port authorities Saturday In the first authoritative ac count of Wednesdays 14hour battlewith three British cruisers the German commander spoke with matterofface objectivity About 6 a m Wednesday he said he glimpsed the British cruiser Exeter off the Brazil coast The Admiral Graf Spee headed south for Langsdorff said us ship already was in a critical condition due to lack of fuel He explained he had been un able to establish contact with the supply ship Tacoma which had loaded at Montevideo some time before The Admiral Graf Spec had a full complement of 1096 men and was in full possession of combat facilities however While Langsdorff was taking stock of the Exeter he suddenly found himself in the presence of the British cruisers Ajax and Achilles and by this time was opposite the Uruguayan coast These two smaller faster ves sels maneuvered so the German pocket battleship was between them and the shore Fearinghe might go aground in shallow water and yet unable to run to sea for an open fight be cause of little fuel Langsdorff said he found himself between the devil and the deep blue sea Therefore he wen t on the offen sive and opened fire on the Exeter with his 11 inch guns The Exeter replied with 8inch cannon and a thunderous duel ensued Langsdorff said he dam aged the Exeter severely before the Ajax and Achilles could bring their 6 inch guns to bear When the smaller ships die so however they were the ones which really hurt the Graf Spee Langsdorff said they inflicted enormous damage battering the bow and control tower and caus ing many deaths and injuries es pecially in the control tower Other deaths were in a cham ber near the waterline where Langsdorff declared powerful shells exploded after piercing the Admiral Graf Specs armor plate fourinch Its Fun Its Simpfe Its Profitable The Chuckle Contest Turn to the WantAd Page Now for Complete Details Fre3aie Bartholomew Wins Round in Suit to End AH Suits HOLLYWOOD UP Freddie Bartholomew who has spent al most as much time in court as in front of the movie cameras since coming to America was a first round winner Saturday in a suit to end all suits The curlyheaded English boy star was granted a temporary in junction by Superior Judge Em mert H Wilson enjoining his par ents Mr and Mrs Cecil L Barth olomew and three lawyers from proceeding with pending lawsuits against him These suits will remairr in status quo until a hearing has been held on Freddies suit which alleges that continued lawsuits are jeop ardizing his film career By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTEVIDEO U r u guay gives trapped German warship until Sunday after noon to leave port or be in terned ROME Ciano declares Italy staying out of war by agreement with Germany to help localize conflict HELSINKI Finns re port recapture of Suomus salmi but withdraw in iiorth MOSCOW Finnish of fer for negotiations ig nored t O N D 0 N Sea war claims new merchantmen victims LOOK INSIDE DR JUAN AROSEMENA President of Panama Heart Attack Victim PAGE 2 Institute Fest at St Ansgar Jan 1920 PAGE 8 Mohawks Share Big Four Lead PAGF 9 SHORFMNG DAYS LEFT BUY CHRISTMAS SEALS 2 Fatally Shot in PreChristmas Party Held by 60 Employes NEW YORK gay prc Christmas party by 60 employ of an ink concern ended violent early Saturday leaving a man an a woman shot to death in th companys offices The woman was Mrs Margar Quinn 28 a comptometer opera tor who fell dead with four bu let wounds after the gatberin had begun to disperse By her side lay Daniel Kinne 33 a paymasterwith n fatal ui tol wound in the temple Detective Edward Garvcy sai party members told him they ha heard no quarrel and knew reason lor the shooting ormidable leet Near Sfazi Ship By UNITED PRESS A formidable allied fleet is in outh American waters ready to in down the Germm pocket ittleship Graf Spec if it tries to icape from the River Plate or to jckle any German ships which night try to help the Graf Spee The ships known or reported to e in the waters between Rio De aneirp and Montevideo are British battle cruiser Renown 2000 tons British battleship Bar im 31000 tons British aircraft arrier Ark Royal 22000 tons rench battleship DunUercue 26 00 tons British Cruiser Cumberland 0000 tons and cruisers Achilles tid Ajax 7000 tons each British estroyer Hardy 1505 tons and ritish destroyers Hero and Hos lie 1340 tons each Neutrality Zone Offers Problems WASHINGTON lull indicated Saturday that the United States and other American nations were becoming concerned over neutrality zone problems vhich might arise from another iaval engagement between the 3erman battleship Admiral Graf pee and allied warships Asked at his press conference ibout the interAmerican attitude owavd possibilities of a new en gagement Hull said this would be art of the neutrality problem al ready created by the first engage ment in which three British cruis ers forced the battered Admiral Jraf Spec to take refuge in the iarbor of Montevideo Uruguay Some of the fighting at least oc curred within the neutrality zone around the western lemisphere by PanAmerican agreement Hull said this already was the subject of an exchange of andinf6rmatioh among the Ahierican Warships to Dock in Rio de Janeiro RIO DE JANEIRO GRAF SPEE IS ORDERED TO GO TO SEA SUNDAY Must Face Battle or Become Prisoner of Uruguay During War BULLETIN LONDON ters British news agency Saturday night said the Rome radio reported that the German pocket battle ship Admiral Scheer with an escort of submarines was heading for the River Plate where an allied flotil la lies in wait for her sister ship the Admiral Graf Spec MONTEVIDEO alter native of life in internment or possible death on the high seas British battle cruiser Renown will arrive in Rio De Janeiro Saturday night or Sunday min istry of marine officials disclosed and reports circulated that the aircraft carrier Ark Royal also was due Both vessels had been re ported enroute to Montevideo to augment the fleet watching out side that port in event that the trapped German pocket battle ship Admiral Graf Spec should make a dash for the high seas Rio De Janeiro is more than 1000 miles by water from Monte video Officials said the Renown 32 000 ton arehip had requested a place to dock in order to take on oil British embassy officials earlier had said two British menowar which they declined to name would arrive here Saturday May Change Plans to Evade Warships MEXICO CITY was reported Saturday from the Ger man liner Columbus and freightei Arauca which left their refuge a Vera Cruz Thursday that they were making their voyage withou incident The Aracua gave her destination as New Orleans an Columbus as Oslo Norway but informed sources said thei courses might be changed to cvadi British warships Exeter on Way to Naval Base BUENOS AIRES shellscared British cruder Exetei was believed Saturday churning her way slowly toward the Falk land Island British uaval base in the South Atlantic with a casual list estimated by naval source here at 100 wounded and unknown number of dead Crippled in her battle with the German pocke battleship Admiral Graf Spei Wednesday the cruiser had beci expected to tie up at the Bahia Blanca base of the Argentine navy but naval officials had received m word of her whereabouts Think Warship Is Hunting Nazi Boat MATANZAS Cuba confirmed reports said Saturda that a warship apparently Brit ish had been sighted Friday and Saturday a considerable distance off Matanzas The vessel was be heved to be searching for thi German liner Columbus whici put to sea from Vera Cruz Mex ico this week faced Germanys riddled pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spec Sat urday The Uruguayan government accepting the report of a naval board that the warship was sea worthy gave its commander Capt Hans Langsdorff until s p m Sunday p m CSf to sail or let his ship become a prisoner here for the duration of the war Lurking hungrily outside the larbor was a squadron Bril sh warships including the cruis ers Ajax and Achilles which with he cruiser Exeter battered the German vessel in a 14hour battle Wednesday All indications were the allies were concentratingan armada oE great strengtliand speedto greeF the Admiral GrarSpeerslrdQia make tier dash 1 Waterfront reports said the 26r 500 tor French battleship Dun kerque had joined the British German sources here said the British flotilla included an aircraft carrier British had indicated the 22000ton Ark Royal was en a battle cruiser of the Re nown type 32000 tons 29 one heavy cruiser prob ably the 10000ton two light cruisers Ajax and Achilles and two or three de stroyers The German pockcl battle ship missed a chance to slip out to sea under the cover of iojr when rain stopped in mid morning and visibility in creased An inspection showed the crew of the nazi ship cleaning her guns loading materials from a barge alongside and repairing battle damage Workmen also were preparing to install new armor plate The Admiral Graf Specs offi cers who had been in consulta tion ashore during the night re turned to their ship but except for increased smoke from her stacks there was no sign she might be preparing to leave The warship was headed toward the shore near other vessels and experts said it would take at least a halt hour even using tugs for her to turn about and slip out to WOMAX FATALLY HURT BOCK RAPIDS y Schierholt of Ashton was fatal injured Friday in an automobil collision at a road intersection near Alvord The government lodged format representations with the German and British governments against the fight ing in River Plate waters which Uruguay considers territorial German sources here asserted the British ships on guard in cluded an aircraft carrier a bat tleship of the Renown type one heavy cruiser two light cruisers and two or three destroyers Britain had made two urgent demands that Uruguay intern the Admiral Graf Spec or force it to leave its refuge The Uruguayan foreign office previously had said the ship could be made seaworthy before sailing without setting a deadline Subsequently the naval board was asked to determine the neces sary time and the group reported the Admiral Graf Spec could nav igate without extensive repairs A wellinformed naval source said however t h e warships pumps steadily were throwing out water indicating damage below the waterline and that masses o debris on deck showed where British shells had struck Three Destroyers Sailing Southward RECIFE Brazil British destroyers the Hardy Hero and Hostile arrived here Saturday and then steamed sAulhward in the direction of Uruguay alter a hricf 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