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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 15, 1940, Mason City, Iowa MARLON ER H fST A ART D E c r or i o w A ca M P C t S U 3 I K S A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THi NIWSPAPW THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHiORi HOME EDITION MASON CITY THI MIGHT VOL XLVI FED PlOtSS AND UNITED PRESS FULL FIVE CENTS A COPY WIRES MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 1940 THIS PAPtR CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS NO 112 FINNS GALL MORE MEN TO COLORS Casey Able Critic of Dies Work By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist REPRESENTATIVE MARTIN DIES congressional committee on investigation of unAmerican ac tivities in the United States has had one really intelligent critic on Capitol Hill in the person of Representa tive Joseph E Casey of Mas sachusetts Rep resenta tive Casey has not overly liked the methods of the Dies quiz zing Congres sional investi Joseph Casey gating commit tees as Ive had occasion to re mark recently are apt to be if not unfair at least unjudicial Such a committee generally has a particular case that it wants to make out and it doesnt greatly care how it does it Most of the Dies committees members be lieve that unAmerican activities do exist in our midst The com plaint is that its tendency lias been to smear folks who pos sibly dont smeared deserve to be For instance there are organi zations perhaps founded with excellent motives such as peace and into which un American elements communistic naziistic or fastis tic have infil tered The Dies committees sys tem has been to denounce these organizations as completely com munistic naziistie or fascistic f and to publish lists of their total memberships including many who iri all likelihood arent in the least Iri sympathy with such doctrines Innocent Members Illustratively its hard to blame a member in good faith of a so siety infavor of peace and de mocracy for belonging to it maybe not even suspecting that its name camouflaged anything Yet the Dies committee scaring up these lists has broadcast them wholesale Kepresentative Casey not only thinks that this was unjust he holds that it exaggerates the amount of unAmerieanism in America All right The Dies committee investigated for a year Then It asked congress to extend its lease of life for another year Repre sentative Casey acquiesced But he said this Little Criticism I am somewhat alarmed at the lack of criticism of the Dies com mittee We ought to be able to subject the activities of this com mittee to the searchlight of in vestigation to find out if what it is doing is right just and demo cratic The nub ot it 5s that Represen tative Casey is afraid that the committee itself is unAmerican UnAmerieanism investigating unAmerieanism Nevertheless R e p r e s entativc Casey voted for a continuation of the Dies committee He continues to think that theres unAmeri eanism to be investigated Only he wants it to be Americanly in G OPMAY SET DATE IN CLOSED DOOR MEETING Philadelphia Appears to Be Leading She as Convention City By D HAROLD OLIVER WASHINGTON if S t a t e headers gathering for the republi can national committee meeting heard Thursday that the conven tion date might be decided behind closed doors although the site would be chosen in an open ses sion i Officials at party headquar ters said this system would give divergent factions a fuller op portunity to air their views on the question of holding an early or late nominating convention The democrats have picked Chicago but have empowered na tional Chairman Farley to set a date after the republicans have acted Republicans cannot dele gate this power so they must do their datefixing at Fridays com mittee meeting Many party leaders have pro posed a date somewhere between June 18 and July 20 Philadelphia appeared to be leading for the convention city although Chicago was reported in the running it if makes a cash offer Harrison E Spangler Iowa committeeman said that he had an open mind on a date and place but hoped that the con vention would meet in the middle vest Mrs Grace B Key nolds Indiana commiiteewom an said she believed that most committee members felt we should go ahead and fix a day which would best lit our picture without regard to what the democrats do Both reported that sentimen had not crystallized sufficiently in their states to predict who woulc be favored for the presidentia nomination Mrs Reynolds ex pressed the opinion however tha the Indiana delegation would b uninstructed Ireen Enters governor Race Remember he was for the Dies committees continuation But he wasnt for methods the committees AntiDies Groups Error The antiDies groups capital mistake was in trying to prove that Representative Dies himself WPS a fascist They produced documentary evidence which purported to show Dies was allied with Wil liam Dudley Policys American Silver Shirts fascist It was documentary evidence which turned out according to their own dope to be forged That kind of knock is a boost it goes almost without saying Some of the radicals were hon est enough They bought testi mony that they supposed to be legitimate They simply were suckers They BOTH are suckers Ditto conservatives and radi cals Its the same way in both con gressional chambers DUTCH SEEK SHIP DAMAGES Netherlands Demanding Payment for German Torpedoing of Boat AMSTERDAM Neth erlands announced Thursday sh would demand full indemnifica tion from Germany for the tor pedoing and sinking last Satur day of the 6853ton Holland America liner Burgerdijk An official announcement said Preceding a written protcs the Netherlands government a ready has advised the Germa government of serious objection against the torpedoing of the Btir gerdijk for which full indemnifi cation will be demanded The Burgerdijk was cnroulc to Rotterdam from New York when she was torpedoed 15 miles south of Bishops Rock off the south western tip of England Owners charged that a German submarine sank the vessel Au thorized Germans in Berlin Wed nesday said they had no informa tion fram any German source that the Burgerdijk was sunk by a German submarine but justified the sinking as legal on the grounds that the vessel was heading for an English port ED BREEN Candidacy for Nomination Is Announced By GEORGE S BULLS FORT DODGE Sen ator Ed Breen of Fort Dodge Thursday announced his candida cy for governor of Iowa on the democratic ticket thereby virtu ally assuring the party a sharp state ticket primary figit in the GERMANY SAYS 58000 TONS OF SHIPPING SUNK Report Particularly Successful Day of Nazi Sea Warfare By ALVIN J STEINKOPF BERLIN high com mand Thursday reported 58000 tons of shipping were sunk Wed nesday in a particularly success ful day for German sea war Authorized sources at the same time sought to dispel some fears precipitated by Wednesdays ref erences to American shipping submitting to British contraband control by saying no suggestion had been made that American ships under certain circumstances might be sunk without notice A spirit of optimism over the German counterb 1 o c k a d e against British pervaded govern ment quarters over the reports of successes in the sea war par ticularly by submarines The press and authorize sources joined in charging tha Britain was striving to involv neutrals In the war by requiring neutral ships to enter contrabant control bases and other means But officials said that appre iiension in Washington over tin possibility of American ships be ing sunk without warning was ill founded spring John K Valentine of Center ville federal district attorney for southern Iowa is expected to en ter the race later Breens candidacy is a chal lenge to the party leadership ot United States Senator Clyde L Herring who has been beating the Valentine dram for several months The Fort Dodge lawmaker first democratic gubernatorial candi date to announce recently scored Herring for what he termed a brazen attempt to stampede the rank and file of the party into endorsing the district attorney Branch Earned 13 Cent in Fares in 5 Years COEUR DALENE Idaho The Great Northern railroad Thursday sought permission to abandon a branch line from Cocur DAlcnc to Hayden Lake 563 miles away In five years pas senger revenue vas 13 cents The Weather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy followed by intermittent light snow in north west portion and by light rain in southeast portion late Thurs day night warmer in east and central Thursday night Friday light rain or snow becoming colder in west and central por tions MINNESOTA Inter mittent snow in north and west portions and rain or snow in southeast portion Thursday night and Fri day somewhat warmer in east Thursday night becoming colder in west and central portions Fri day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Wednesday 28 Minimum Wednesday night 19 Al 8 a m Thursday 20 YEAR AGO Maximum 27 Minimum lg Senator Herring he added was apparently intent on taking over the functions of the primary elec tion in Iowa Washington dispatches last week told of a purported meeting of several Iowa democratic leaders with Herring in the interests of Valentines candidacy Breen pro tested the reported consolidation of forces Joining him in the pro test was former Governor Nelson G Kraschel and former State Treasurer Leo J Wegman Breens announcement asserted he was going into this cam paign to carry to the people the fight which I began on the floor of the senate against Governor George Wilson and his double talk brand of government The candidate appealed for con ributions of five cents to a dollar for his campaign fund In his announcement Breen de clared that Valentine said he is undecided on his political plans Breen 41 was democratic whip in the Iowa senate last session On Jan 3 about 15 democratic members of the last legislature met here and indorsed Valentine Some time later Breen declared he would not attend a subsequent ly scheduled legislative caucus because he believed party nomi nees should be chosen by the people at the primary Whoever wins the democratic gubernatorial nomination prob ably will face Governor Wilson in the fall general election The re publican incumbent is not ex Competent quarters said Gcr many approved a statement at tributed to Senator Pittman D Nev that danger to America vessels would be minimized if th British ceased hauling vessels int British ports for search But the fear attributed to Pittman that American vessels were in danger of being sunk without notice is based on mis apprehension they said They described the German a titude as being that the Germa naval forces have the right to pre vent the entry of neutral ship into British ports and that th right exists even if the neutra ships are forced into such bar bors by warships NAZIS CANT BE BEATENGOER1NG Declare War Causes Fear of Insecurity in England Not Germany BERLIN Hei mann Goering declared in a radi speech Thursday that Europe war is causing fear of insecurii in England rather than in Ger many and that the reich with th aid of vastly improved agricu ture and industry cannot be dc j feated Telling the farm men and won en of Germany that Adolf Hitler demands they solve the prob lem of maintaining production Goering said that Germany has a 7000000 ton wheat reserve that a million poles many thous ands already in Germany would work on the reichs land that some soldiers would be released for farm work and that the Hit ler youth would be called out to aid Germans he declared must face many hardships because of the war but they are not starv and there is no coal short pccted to have primary tion opposi The democrats arc particularly anxious to regain control of the state government lost in 1938 aft er three straight biennial victor ies Breen is a strong Roosevelt man In the 1939 Young Demo cratic state convention he led successful fight for the adop tion of a resolution favoring a third term for the president An effective speaker he staged a forceful but unsuccessful battle in the senate to defeat ouster pro ceedings against the state board of control last year Breen was Webster county at torney for the four years preced ing his first senatorial session in 1937 He was state Young Demo cratic president in 193334 and national committeeman of the same organization in 193537 He is an American Legion member He is married and has two chil dren His older brother Maurice is his law partner Record Snow Blankets Pittsburgh The heaviest snowfall in 38 the Pittsburgh area crippling motor and streetcar traffic and grounding all planes The storm was general through Ohio and on east to the At lantic Shown here is a trolley off the track in Pittsburgh with other cars stalled behind it LOOK INSIDE FOR JAMES ROOSEVELT troops are particularly age The wellfed he added and the pres ent coal shortage affecting thous ands of homes apartments and office buildings in Germany is due to transportation difficulties and the war We are not starving he said We do not have too much but we are not starving He said Germany could not be beaten militarily economically or morally The English should recognize this the No 2 nazi and eco nomic dictator said in calling upon German farmers to re double their efforts in the coming year in order to offset the ex treme cold of this winter and the allied blockade FOUND SHOT TO DEATH CHEROKEE inquesl was planned Coroner J E Bunk er said into the death of Arthur Bagcnstos 28 year old implemen dealer who was found shot to death in his car in the garage a his home A shotgun was founc beside the body the coroner said Mrs Bagenstos discovered the body F Rs Cruise May Combine Business PleasureMaybe By DOUGLAS B CORNELL ABOARD TJ S S LANG Roosevelt re marked cryptically at a press conference Thursday that it might be fair to assume his pending sea trip would as so often hap pens combine business with a vacation That statement aroused all sorts of speculation since Mr Roose velt did not choose to deny in response to a question a possibility thai ha might contact 7Frenchr British and Italian authorities during the course of a cruise on the cruiser Tuscaloosa Although he was advised that reporters thought that would get an awful kick in the pants the president asserted merely that he did not think he could comment Nor would he amplify his declaration about combining busi ness with a vacation or say whether the business would be more than routine consideration of mail Newsmen made it clear to Mr Roosevelt that his words were working up into a good mystery novel Yet he did not care to say anything that might dispel the uncertainty or stop speculation on the intriguing questions of where the cruise might take him what he might do on it or whether he might hold a secret rendezvous at sea or in some neutral port with representatives of European powers The manner in w h i c h BIr Roosevelt avoided direct ans wers to inquiries appeared to warrant some conjectures over whether he contemplated any new peace moves or adililionil steps to guard American neu trality The chief executive talked with reporters in his private car on a special train which brought nim from Washington to Pensa Cola Fla where the cruiser Tus caloosa waited to pick him up for ten days or two weeks at sea While the sea trip had been de scribed previously as a fishing cruise the president answered a question by saying he expected to fish only sporadically With a twinkle in his eye which indicated he was not al together serious Ihe chief ex ecutive asserted that somebody had it all figured out that he was going to the Anandam is lands the Celebes islands and stop on the way hack at the Shetland islands The president said he was not going to comment on chance o his inspecting the neutrality pa trol operating off the American coast because that obviously would supply information on points of the compass and narrow down the area in which he migh cruise The patrol he said is working well and has taught two valuable lessons The first he said is tha it was learned it took longer than was expected to put old reserve destroyers into commission Tha is an important thing to knov before hand in the interests o national defense he said The second lesson he said showed the coordination lha would be obtained between lignt er surface craft of the navy such as destroyers and patrol planes STORM TAKES DLL IN EAST Moves Oceanward After Burying Most of Coast Under Heavy Snowfall By UNITED PRESS A storm which for almost 2 ours battered the eastern sea oard from North Carolina to On ario and left most of it buriec nder three to twenty Inches of now moved ocean ward Thursday fter talcing a heavy toll of lives nd causing property damage es matcd in the millions The forecast was for clearing Uies antl colder weather dissi ating for the moment fears 01 loods The storm originating In the outhwest produced northeaster y gales which lashed the stricken rea at velocities ranging from 30 o 80 miles an hour Scores of small boats were pounded to pieces at their moor ings many larger vessels were in distress at sea highways in a half a dozen states were blocked thousands of of them school ma rooned all night rivers were choken with ice and snow elec tric service to scores of com munities was disrupted at the height of the storm and gale lashed fires caused inestimable damage Divorce Suit Filed by James Roosevelt PACK 2 Court for Mitchell County Opens Feb 1 9 PAGE 3 Fort Dodge Cagers to Be Mason Citys Foes PAGE 15 Many Sign Up in England to Fight Against Russia LONDON steady strean of volunteers some jit British an Canadian uniforms called at th Finnish recruiting station in Lon don Thursday as a result of th governments sanction of genera enlistment for the Finnish arme forces There was no hint from officu quarters as to what ruling woui be made on British and Canadia soldier volunteers The encouraging attitude of th government toward bolsterin Finnish manpower left the belie however that troopers would nc find transfer to Finland difficu unless they have special qualifica tions useful for Britains own mi ilary services Among the uniformed men wei members of the British expcd tionaiy force who said they we home on tenday leaves fro France and wanted Finnjsh sc FURIOUS FIGHT TAKES TOLL OF 3500 RUSSIANS Finland Asserts Main Lines Still Holding Hope Reds to Weaken HELSINKI Finland called another class of reserves to the colors the second in 24 hours Thursday as furious fighting on the Karelian Isthmus was re ported to have cost the invading red army 3500 dead The class of 1896 men 43 and 44 was called up for ser vice against Russians who sent 2 squadron of 27 droning over Helsinki Thursday to cause the capitals first air raid alarm in weeks No bombs were dropped however if if A Finnish communique des cribed heavy fighting on the Is thmus front now in its fifteenth day of battle and declared Rus sian attacks had been repulsed on numerous sectors A thousand Russians were killed vhile attacking over the ice at Vluolojarvi and 2500 near Tai ale at the eastern end of the Is hmus front where the two arm es have been locked in battle for 15 days V 111 the 10mile strip of interim at Summa the Finns acknowl edged that relentless Russian assaults had caused abandon ment of some of the fllanner Jieim lines advance fortifica tions A soviet nimy communique Thursday reported capture IS more Finnish positions bringing to 100 the number claimed within a week The Finns are falling back with heavy losses tlie communi que said The main line still holds how ever the Finns reported and everywhere else oil the Isthmus north of Lake Ladoga and on Finlands Waistline front the Finnish story was one of success The Russians bought the Sununa outposts at high prices in men munitions and machines the Finns said A communique related that thousands of enemy fallen and dozens of wrecked tanks were heaped before the Finnish lines Russian infantry still stormed over the isthmus shellcratered fields of snow to be met in many cases with Finnish hunting knives in hand to hand combat The Finns indicated hopeful belief that the red army could not maintain this terrific pace much longer and that delivery of food and munitions through Leningrad to the Russians massed on the narrow isthmus must be an everincreasing problem The storm took nt least ives in Pennsylvania four in Ohio four in New York City two upstate New York and five in England Perhaps the worst damage was n New England where coastal shipping suffered and five major rircs were reported In snowbound outhern New England alone the damage was estimated at more than 51000000 Snowfall ranged from 6 to 14 nches and was confined mostly to Connecticut Massachusetts and Rhode Island At Boston 10000 persons who attended Sonja Hcnies ice show at the Garden were forced to spend the night in the auditori um and other thousands were marooned in subway terminals The blizzard lashed all of Con necticut forcing schools to close and as elsewhere marooning au tomobiles and buses grounding airplanes and delaying oilier forms of transportation The storm was so severe that Lloyd W Shel don 37 returned voluntarily to the Tolland county jail after breaking out Added to this possibility were Finnish reports that the 54lh Rus fjve sin division was in serious trouble 1 30 miles inside Finland at the waistline frontier and that at tacks north of Lake Ladoga in a flanking attempt had been thrown back The Finns shot down 16 sov iet planes Wednesday and Rus sian flyers fighting among themselves downed one of their own aircraft the communique asserted without shedding any further light on the incident Finnish front line troops re MotherinLaw Charged With Taking Wife LOUISVILLE Ky Y Duncan 43 Thursday de manded 5500000 for the love of his wife which he said had been stolen by his motherinlaw Dun can a high school teacher filed suit in circuit court He said that he and his wife had lived happilv together since 1933 but that tlieii love crashed when Mr Louis Franchot Munson tlhan Pa vis ited them recently induced his wife to leave him and move to a hotel ported they saw soviet planes sud denly turn against some of theiv own bombers A few moments lat er a Russian bomber crashed be hind the Finnish lines On the Summa sector where the Russians have concentrated some of their heaviest blows against the battered Mannerheim liiie continued enemy attacks were repelled as were other as saults northeast of Lake Ladoga Thursdays communique said FIND MISSING LOCAL YOUTHS Officers Report Boy Girl Were Taken Into Custody at Clinton Donald BeckjorQen 726i Tyler avenue northwest and Jean Ran kin 820 Pierce avenue northxvest were taken into custody at Clinton Wednesday They are being held by police at Clinton until the ar rival of a deputy sheriff to return them to Mason City They disappeared early Sunday and officers throughout the state have been looking for them Since they are each 16 years of age they will be returned to ju venile court here ;