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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 20, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME ASSOCIATED PHESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED IVfflEs HVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT m SPOT LATEST PLANES TO BE ADDED TO PACIFIC FLEET Marshall Army Chief of Staff Declares Situation Serious WASHINGTON UP Gen George C Marshall army chief of staff was reported to have tolc the senate military affairs com mittee Thursday that the United States intends to reinforce the Pa cific fleet immediatetly with an unspecified number of the latest type of urmy and navy fighting planes Declining to reveal even in the secret session of the com mittee the number of planes to he dispatched for this purpose Marshall was said to have de scribed the situation in the Va cific as serious Some committee members said Marshall refused to comment on administration policy in relation to the far eastern situation but assured them there was no inten tion on the part of army andnavy chiefs to strip American de fenses in the effort to speed up war equipment deliveries to Britain Prefacing his remarks with the warning that what he divulg ing to th committeemen was not his secret General Maishall ias reported to have specified what he considered an irreducible minimum of aircraft and other equipment which the United States should have on hand to meet any situation that might de velop anywhere in the world Aid to Britain he ivas report ed to have told the committee ould be speeded up material Is By passage of the British aid bill since coordination of pro duction for the British and for the army and navy would then become possible This he was quoted assaying would eliminate especially com petition over various types of planes Once the bill became law he said one production head could determine the standardized types of planes to be produced for both Die British and American forces and industrial production could ue speeded on these types COMMISSION AT BURLINGTON GUT Fees for Acquiring Land for Shell Plant Scaled Down to Pet WASHINGTON con tract revision scaling down the commission to be paid for land ac quisition for an ordnance plant at Burlington Iowa was announced Thursday by the war department Officials said it was the first of several such revisions planned in a readjustment of the depart ments land purchasing policy In the case of Burlington where the department is acquiring 20000 acres with an expenditure of ap proximately the com mission agent A J Cockrell of Burlington agreed to a reduction of tola 1 compensation from 6 to 3j per cent the department said Tile former contract provided a 5 per cent commission and Ii per cent for title senices RegstrotonofWordWorVetsBeins 1 Third PUTS HEAD ON RAILROAD TRACK Self Because of 111 Health Note Indicates CHARLES CITY Edmund Murphy 29 writer of some stand ing using the penname Jay Edmonds committed suicide by placing his head on a railroad track according to Coroner Carl Hauscr of Charles City Thursday The body was discovered Thurs day morning at at the eastend of a bridge on the Milwaukee road near the Charles City limftsby the crew of the morning passenger train It svas believed he was struck by a train Wednesday night It was believed that Murphy had jone out to the bridge before the evening train had gone through to Chicago The body was lying with only the head on the track A note was left for his mother Mrs Florence Murphy Charles ity to the effect that he had not lad a square deal Melancholy due o ill health was given as the rea son for the suicide Murphy was a graduate of the Charles City high school and had attended Beloit college and the University of Iowa He was a member of the Junior Chamber LOOK INSIDE FOR j Iowa Orphan 19 I Given 8 Year Term for Manslaughter COUNCIL BLUFFS f ilyn Barton 10 year old Missouri j Valley orphnn was under an eightyear sentence Thursday for t manslaughter but she looked for ward with hope to a hearing to be held Friday on her application for parole She was convicted of the death of Aaron Thompson Council Bluffs pcdcsldan last Dec 2 when she struck him with a truck District Judge Whitney Gilh land sentenced the girl after a lengthy argument on BELOW ZERO IS FORECAST AGAIN Weatherman Sees No Immediate Prospect for Cold Wave Letup DES MOINES win ter weather continued throughout Iowa Thursday and the weather man saw no immediate prospect for a letup The forecaster remarked how ever tbat cloudy conditions had CHARLES LONG Murder Trial WiH Start Next Monday STATE PAGE North Iowa Indie Cagers in Finals SPORTS PAGE Insulting Messages to Germany at Expense of Nazis Swamp Office NEW YORK messages to Germany sent at Ger manys Invitation and expense swamped the transAtlantic facili HIGHER FIRE LEVY APPROVED a te Vo tesMeasUFe lo Increase Tax State Guard Bill Passes DES MOINES bill to permit cities to levy up lo four mills for their fire depart ment maintenance funds passed the Iowa senate Thursday by a vote of 36 lo The present limit is three and onehalf mills The senate also passed the Iowa state guard bill on which the house a short time later completed legislative action This measure would permit the governor to proceed with the or ganization of units to take the place of the Iowa national guard while the national guard is in fed eral service The term of service enlistment commission and condition of dis charge in the Iowa slate guard would be prescribed by the gov ernor Money remaining in the na tional guard fund for the current biennium or hereafter appro priated for the Iowa national guard would be available for the Iowa stale guard the bill further provides The state guard bill was hand led by Senator B C Whitchill RMarshalltown chairman of the senate military affairs com mittee Senator De Vcre Watson R Council Bluffs led lhe discussion on the fire department fund bill Council Bluffs he said is one of those cities where the present levy does not produce adequate funds for fire protection BUTTER BILL IS PASSED59T041 IN IOWA HOUSE Would Require County Homes Hospitals to Avoid Substitutes DES MOINES A bill to force Iowa county and city hos pitals and homes to use butter instead of substitutes through the Iowa house Thursday over charges of trade barriers and The vote was 59 lo 41 for passage the favorable vote be inp only four ubovc the absolute minimum for house approval It now goes In lhe senate Also approved in the lower chamber Thursday was a senate Oill to allow Gov George A Wil son to set up an Iowa state guard to fill the place of the national guard now mobilized into federal service The guard measure which now goes lo the governor for his approval was given a 1000 vote Earlier in the day the senate also unanimously approved slate guard measure the Britain Backed Up by U S Dusts Off No Trespass Sign for Japanese in Far East By DEHTTT MACKENZIE Foreign Novs Analyst si szsss sws a determination and finality he is displaying one might equally ex pect him lo reply so what1 Whatever way vou look at i however it in effect calls tor a showdown of the Japanese hand John Bull is prepared for an argument It isnt un likely Hint Britain would get a quick re sponse were it not lor one cir u m K t a u c e That is Amor icas firm stand MACKENZIE not only us regards her own intei out i the supporter but as of the against the axis powers Nippon appears to be British Representative Elmer Johnson I Painfully disturbed to read i warned the house that the butter writing on the wall bill would result in retaliatory Thursday morning over Wednes days range although they still stood at 12 degrees below normal Shipperwere warned to pro tect for zero readings in the north half of the state again Thursday night with a zero lo fiveabove range expected in the south Lowest reading reported Wed nesday night was 7 below at Ma son City it was six belnw at Charles City lengthy argument on I motion for TJ 1 i new tnaK He also fined her HUSband Went Out tO Muscatine Journal Publisher Recoverina Cream for Coffee Was Gone for Year of the Muscaline Iowa Journal and News Tribune was recovering in Henrotin hos pital heie Thursday after col band Samuel cooled just like her coffee she told Judge Cornelius J Harrington because just aftci for a meeting of lhe Inland Dailvhhe coffee J i f r The bars were let down Wed nesday night according to J B Rostron traffic manager when German officials replied in re sponse to an R C A inquiry as lo whether it should forward in sulting mesages to forward all messages regardless their con tents or the cost until further no tice The messages started going Tues day afternoon shortly after the German short wave radio station announcer asked Americans for program suggestions and criticism good or bad up to 25 cabled words at Germanys expense A nas handled more than 1000 messages since then some for broadcasts Adolf Hitlers funeral or of British air raids on Berlin Two types of mesagcs may be sent night letters costing S2I9 for 25 words or de ferred messages costing S323 Most were going at the latter rate since the senders wished lo make TURKS SAY PACT IS INSURANCE Declare Bulgaria Wont Join Axis Obstacle Put in German Path ISTANBUL Turkey ficially controlled Turkish news papers said Thursday that the Bulgarian Turkish non aggres sion accord is insurance that Bul garia will not join the axis and that it actually constitutes an ob stacle to any German advance through Bulgaria to Greece Bulgaria promises not to enter the tripartite pact said the newspaper Vskit It would not be easy for Ger many to fight in Greece against the Greek and Turkish army un less the way had been thoroughly prepared as in Rumania and this declaration makes this preparation more difficult DIES AFTER FIUE WASHINGTON Iowa Kirkpatrick 84 n retired farmer died in the county hos tels of in firc in his islation by southern states which produce the ingredients used in oleomargarine and other substi tutes What we can do to them they can do to us he said Apples from the state of Washington cannot be sold in some southern areas be cause of similar legislation on that slates books he added If we put ourselves inside a circle of isolation be continued then we will be in a bad situa IPmember that the nag flies over tiiewholecountry There is no Iowa flag flying over the nation This very principle in volved Europe in the war she is going through V Representative Her m a n Kimdson U mason City chal lenged the trade barrier charges This would be a iircfercnce law lie said and I dont doulit out that there are similar laws on the books in lhe states of the Vote Educational Institution Funds DES MOINES fast moving Iowa house Thursday spent 10 minutes in passing a bill to appropriate 56822800 a year for support of the institutions un der the state board education No quarrelsome tjucsfions were asked as the measure which nouffoes to the senate swept through to passage by a vofc of 103 to 0 One minor amendment was adopled raising the allolment for Iowa State Teachers college from SRlSnoO lo 5557500 a year The additional money was needed Representative K L Stewart R Washinglnn said for repairs re placements and alterations The educational institutions Kam regards thai Uncle in exactly u tile same light as Germany nd Italv When it comes lu the question war on Britain i n Amcricas decision lu strength en her naval bases in the far etsl Jiqs brought the charge from Tokio of warlike prepara tions The American and Bril islt moves however have made the Japanese pause for consider ation as is apparent from their disavowals of any hostile in tentions Japans chief concern un doubtedly is with our attitude If she had to deal only with Britain already hard presed by the axis in the west the picture would be far different The Japanese cannot afford to tangle with America Quite apart from any military or naval opeia tions the United States could play havoc wilh Nippon by clamping a blanket embargo onto all our ex ports lo her Since Japan is dependent on us for virtually all her essential war materials we could just about stop her fighting machine alto gether 1he Japanese economic po sition could be made desperate by such a move and by the severance of the vast ordinary trade between the two countries As things now slanil lhe Bril ish and Japanese arc fairly well scl for aclion The position is so tense that il would lie too bad if somebody accidentally let off a gun for il might slarl hostili ties Despite these circumstances I see no reason to change the view previously expressed in this col umn that Japan isnt likely to HOUSE VOTES GUAM PROGRAM Development of U S Outpost Faces Uncertain Fate in Senate Hands WASHINGTON A house anpmved project for development of Guam as a naval outpost head ed Thursday toward an uncertain reception in he senate The proposal rejected twice previously offend Japan went through Hie house without opposition Wednesday as parl of a 5242000000 naval base develop ment program V Senator Johnson II Cal lold newsmen however tlml the Guam project was almost cer tain to be opnosed in the senate Personally he said his miiul was not made tin hut he had to hi convinced its ncfcssily to American defense V The iiousc stamped its approval on the project after hearing a let ter from Admiral Harold R Stark in which the chief of naval opera tions bluntly asserted anv protest by lapan ought to be tolally dis regarded After all Guairr is United plates Stailwrote and it seems io me our actions should be determined by iviial is best for the United States and not dictated by nny foreign BRITISH ANDUS STUDY LIMIT ON TRADE TOTOKIO 22 Reported Killed as London Hospital Is Hit by Nazi Bomb BSUNITED rnsss Great Britain and tho United Suites London indicated Thurs day are considering steps o halt Japanese accumulation of strategic materials for possible use in wai against the democracies British sources ieporlcd that proposals to this end were given Harry L Hiijikins while he was il London for submission io 1rcsidciit Uooseveil They are believed In be under study at Washington now I This new threat of action against Japan was revealed as far eastern tension was unabated The official Japanese Domci news agency launched a sudden atlacl upon French IndoChina which was charged with plotting resistance to Japan with the British lhe Chi nese and the free French move ment of Gen Charles de Gaulle The Chinese reported that Japan had massed half her air force at strategic points for a drive against the south Pacific and Russia sud denly displayed an unusual inter est in Thailand the little oriental nation adjacent to IndoChina which is corning more and more under Japanese sway Chungking ridiculed report s that lhe soviet has demanded tiial clear her attitude The S1700000 authorized for Guam would be used chiefly to make lhe Pacific islands harbor safe for use at the navys patrol planes ami surface craft An 58100000 item for at Samoa fur to lhe south I 3m mrl i 1i i mpil China make toward the Chinese communists However the Russian posi tion toward the Far East aroused considerable inlcresf The Moscow press has harped upon the danger of war between Japan anil the AngloAmerican bloc in the past two days Then when i Thailand repre entative arrived in Moscow fnr the liist time since the bolshevik revolution he received great at tention in the press quarters at the official government guest house and prompt reception by Huiiian foreign office and uitu 11 in IL me inst lonnal house approval of this countrys acquisition of a string ol Atlantic base sites from Great Britain last year in exchange for 50 overage destroyers The measure would authorize expenditure of S6H050 000 in addition to funds already allocated by the president lor de velopment of the navvs share of lhe bases Japan wnn Tliis would would wait to sec how HenHit ler fares in his impending assault on Britain which probably will be the decisive battle of the war The session Several daysago the chamber passed without argument and also in 10 minutes a bill ap propriating a year for operalion of Ihe 15 slate board of control institutions The anual allotments under lhe educational institutions bill prac ically identical with the rccom nendations nt Gov Gcoige A Wilson were University of Iowa S3MO000 i Iowa State college 82325000 fowa Slate Teachers college 5657500 Council Bluffs School for Deaf S225000 Vinton School for Blind SIZfirOO University hospital 51000000 psychopa lic hospital bacterio logical laboratory sol diers tuition As in the board of control bill the items in the educational in stitutions budget arc for support only and do not include capital mprovements The latter will be landled in separate bills The Uni versity of Iowa is asking 5500000 a year for the next two years for lie construction of the first two of four units in a proposed univer sity library center l l ceision would be the mistaken belief thai Hitler already has the war in a sack and il would be fall into that error inprising to see her AFL Speeds Drive to Organize Ford Plants MIAMI Fla MThe Ameri can Federation of Labor Thursday stepped up its diivc to organize Ford Motor company employes called one of the largest in the ederations u r c dieted its success within the nex six months Claim 7000 German Airmen Lost in Britain NEW YORK British Broadcasting Corporation declared in a broadcast Thursday thai Ger many has lost more Ihan 7000 air men and 3101 planes in raids so far on Britain exclusive of those shot down by the British navy and merchant fleet Car Goes Over Bank Hits Pole lowan Dies BURLINGTON W R Benson about lield repicsonla tivc of Metropolitan Life Insurance company farm loan division of CedaiHnpids was killed Wednes day night when the automobile he was driving went off highway 61 near Newport about 20 miles north of here Bensons car is re ported lo have traveled IflO feet on the shoulder of the road then went over a 12foot embankment struck a telephone pole which broke and fell across the mobile auto The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair northeast clouiiy soulli and west Thursday night and Friday light siow extreme west and probably southcen tral continued cold MINNESOTA Fair Thursday night and Friday except some cloudiness north and extreme west not so cold Thursday night northwest and westcentra por tions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statist tics Maximum Wednesday 5 Minimum Wednesday 7 At S a m Thursday 6 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum s Precipitation trace up Kcgiis Iowa City Buses Run in Spite of Strike IOWA CITY in Iowa City was ste Thursday when Henry president of the Iowa City Couch company put all but two of his buses back on schedule despite failure to end a ninedays strike between his company and its 15 drivers and mechanics ncgotiale wlh demands of a 13ccnt a as iittiiitiim uiiraciea ai Icntlon In the background of the Far Eastern situation isthe pos sibility thai Russia and Japan with German prompting may ar rive at a non aggression pact winch would Jrce Tokio for big adventures in the south The British in suggesting re strictive action against Japan em phasized that they did not desire lo provoke the Japanese into ac tion However they believed that lie building up r Japanese wu power by the democracies should ceavc Tiicy proposed it was that shipments to Japan of materials useful m making war be re Mriclccl to nonnal peacetime levels through trade purchatcs of raw materials and similar measures 22 KILLED BOMB HITS LONDON HOSPITAL After many nights of scattered or desultory aclion over Britain l ic 11371 airmen returned in force Wednesday night nnd during the early hour Jhupday morning They smashed licavilv at a in south ami added a ffreal new tragedy lo the lonz roll of bombing citasfroplics re corded in London One Rreat bomli smashed into the liuer London county council hospital ami wrecked lhe three male wards of he institution Al Icasl 22 persons were killed oul nglit and scores wounded 52 nC Ihem seriously To add lo the difficulties of rescue crews which plunged into the wreckage to extricate the in emands of a 13ccnt wage boost V extllcillc hc in sixday week and a closed shop t anci cyiS a de sked bv the striker bomb Ml neavbv lilc lhlciit at any Bills Always Seem to Pass m House DES MOINES Iowa house officials said they never have seen u u sa the bills always seem to pa e assembly was aemy was in its 39th day Thursday and the house has yet to vote down a bill Some bills have been delayed and others have been tabled but the lower chamber has not yet turned thumbs down on a measure in an actual recorded vote senate has done so only once Tne once hach house has passed several dozen measures moment it might explode and bring more wreckage down about the emergency workers AGAIN IN FAR EAST AREA Far eastern tension roe near the fever level Japanese anger at British rein forcement of Singapore and the strong line being taken by the United States including house approval of new defense measures M likc a hundci Thc official Japanese Domei news agency broadcast 1 sensa tional report that French authoii ie in IndoChina were drifting into the orbit of the free French ;