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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 4, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME n t tt M M ST HEM S Afj r OF JfWl COW ES MOINES I A VOL XLVI THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PHESS FULL LEASES WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA THUKSDAY JANUARY 4 1940 Minneapolis Fire Disaster Takes Heavy Toil Flame Blocked Exits Subzero Weather and Darkness Among Factors Which Resulted in Loss of Lives in Apartment Hotel THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE At least 19 show 1 the persons clica and more thart25 were injured when fire front of the ImihUng 2 firemen carrj nig out one of the victims and 3 Mrs Stella Dodrich whose child was reported cither ilcad or injured beinghelped from the scene bi ll neighbor The fire was the most disastrous in Minneapolis history Associated Press nhoto LAUNCH PROBE OFDISASTER Fire Officials Believe Cigaret Tossed Into Chute Caused Flames MINNEAPOLIS de partment officials began Thurs day an exhaustive inquiry into Wednesdays disastrous Marlbor ough hotel fire that took at least 1 lives sent Ii5 persons to hos pitals and left between 4 and 14 unaccounted for While it was believed a lighted cigarct carelessly tossed into the garbage chute set off an explosion to start the blaze Arthur Spotts wood fire prevention chief said he was unable to determine the cause definitely An explosion apparently from the garbage chute preceded the rush of smoke and flame through the three floors of the threestory 45 year old building many lost their lives in a he hotels residents were FINNS PUSH RUSSIANS BACK COPENHAGEN iP Finnish troops chasing the scattered rem nants of Russias crushed I63rd division were reported Thursday to have pushed 10 miles into soviet territory and to have surrounded a second red army division which had been sent to assist the beaten 163rd The reports on the encirclement of the relief division which were not confirmed immediately by militnry authorities in Helsinki said the Finns surrounded them between Lake Kianta and the Rus sian border The red troops were said to be in desperate plight with food and ammunition supplies cut Copenhagen press dispatches said that Finnish bombers had raided and partly destroyed the new Rus sian air bases on the islands off the coast of Estonia near the south ern end of the entrance to the gulf ot I inland Russia won irom Es tonia the right to fortify these islands last fall The newspaper Aftcnavis spec ulated that theFinns used new English and Italian planes for the raids U S Steamers Cargo Seized at Gibraltar GIBRALTAR The United Mates steamer Executive has been detained and 13000 feet of pure nickel tubing seized as a prize it was reported Thursdav The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Thurs day night and Friday coWcr in cast ana south much colder in extreme east Thursday night not quite so cold in extreme northwest portion Friday aft ernoon MINNESOTA Generally fair Thursday night and Friday colder Thursday night not so cold Friday afternoon in vesl portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Wednesday 12 above Minimum Wednesday night 9 below At 8 a m Thursday 9 below Snow Tracc YEAR AGO Maximum 33 above Minimum 27 above Prccip Tlacc NO 76 ECONOMY BUDGET OFFERED BY F R GILMORE WILL RETIRE JULY 1 AS IOWA U HEAD Board to Consider Entire Field Before Selecting Successor DES MOINES Iowa board of education Thursday an nounced the retirement July 1 Dr E A Gilmore president of the University of Iowa since 1934 Having reached the age of retirement from administrative position Dr Gilmore has asked to be relieved of his administra tive duties the hoard state ment said The university head is 68 years old Dr Gilmore came to Iowa in 1930 as dean of the law college Resignation Is Brought About by Policy of Board IOWA CITY board of education policy brought about the resignation of Presi dent Eugene A Gilmore of the University of Iowa a state ment from the presidents of fice revealed here Thursday It is the general policy of the board of education that at age 68 persons holding administra tive positions shall relinquish them and those holding in structional positions shall re IPWsh them at age seventy with this policy1 President Gilmore who will be SO next July has tendered his resignation Nazis Warn Small Neutrals Not to Give Aid to Finland Berlin Not Satisfied With Attitude Shown by Belgium and Holland after nine years of service as vice governor general of the Philippine Islands The board has acquiesced in his request with regret and with appreciation of his efficient ser vice duritig his term of office The duty and responsibility of he board under the law is now io secure a successor at a date lo be decided upon by the board In its quest for 1 succes sor the counsel of the university faculty and the university alum ni association will he soujrhl The board in making its selec tion wishes lo have before it the entire field of qualified and av ailable persons FACULTY MEMBERS GREATLY SURPRISED IOWA CITY Prominent faculty members of the Univcrsitv of Iowa Thursday were greatly surprised at the news that Presi dent Eugene A Gilmore had re signed his office after serving since 1934 It is indeed a great surprise Dean George G Kay of the Liberal Arts college said Under campus tradition President Gilmore would not have resigned until he reached the age of 7ft years Dean Paul C Packer prom inently mentioned on the campus as Gilmores successor expressed great surprise He said President Gilmore has served the university faithfully and well during a criti cal period in its history Another dean prominently men tioned as successor to Gilmore Dean George Stodtiard of he edu cation college declared he has done a great job and has the university up to a high point de spite the depression that struck terribly hard To put it more simply every thing is on a plane with the foot ball team and thats certainly tops isnt it He has done a magnificent job in continuing lie universitys broad program Clarence M Up degraf former assistant to Gil more declared By UNITED Fit ESS Germanys line of cooperation with soviet Russia emerged more definitely Thursday with a new nazi warning to the small neu trals of northern Europe Authorized nazi sources made il clear that Berlin is not fully satisfied with the attitude ofBel gium and Holland and that it probably would lie unueutral for Norway or Sweden to permit the allied powers to send impor tant military aid through Scan dinavia to Finland The warnings came in connec tion with German press reports that Great Britain and France were rushing large war supplies to the Finns and that 30000 French troops would be sent to Finland where the defending troops reported that they had broken up or stalled red army offensives on all fronts and driven the Russians back to the eastern border with extremely high casualties Dispatches from the far north reports that foreign lieved to be British or Italian had gone into action against the Russian troops in the Petsamo district There also were reports that Soviet Premier Viaelieslav Molo tov would make his longdelayed formal visit to Berlin within the next few weeks vilh the intention of tightening the nazisoviet al Iiance and getting more war ma presumably return for food for the frus trated red army in Finland Those developments assumed importance in relation to the changing diplomatic alignment in Europe generally because they seemed on the surface at least to fit into the picture of events thrusting Germany and Russia closer and closer together LOOK INSIDE FOR Murphy Is Named for igh Court WASHINGTON Roosevelt Thursday made Attor ney General Frank Murphy his fifth appointee to the supreme court and nominated Solicitor PRESIDENT E A GILMORE at Iowa U UNITY FKEEMANMITFORD Arrives in England Very 111 Says Father PAGE 2 Mason City to Play Conference Cage Go PAGE U Local Kiwanis Club Hears District Chief PAGE 7 FRANK MURPHY Nominated by F R General Robert H Jackson to suc ceed Murphy in the cabinet Mr Roosevelt also named Judge Francis J Biddle of the third U S cnxtiit court of appeals at Phila delphia to succeed Jackson as soli citor general Murphy Jackson and Biddle have been among the new deals strongest supporters Nomination of Murphy which will place a solid majority of Roosevelt appointees on llie court was hailed by most senate democrats as a ffonrt one It was referred immediately to a senate judiciary subcommittee Jacksons rise has been meteoric His advancement to cabinet rank may indicate the preident is con sidering him for a place on the democratic ticket The JG year old Murphy a Catholic trom Michigan who had said he thought others were much better qualified than he for a seat on the high court bench has been attorney general since Jan 2 1939 Formerly he was high commis sioncrlo the Philippines and gov ernor of Michigan for two years Mercury Dips to 9 Below in Mason City DES MOINES tures as lou as 20 degrees below were forecast for northern Iowa Thursday night as the mer cury again plummeted to micKvin tcr depths Thursday over much of the state The weather bureau warned shippers to protect goods con signed to points in the north half 6 Below Highest Recorded for Day The mercury managed lo struggle up to B degrees bchnv at 2 oolncl Thursday aft ernoon in iUison city ami his was the highest recorded the day The minimum nf below zero Wednesday night lvas ne loucst registered here this sea son the slate against readings iroumi the 20 below mark South west Iowa temperatures may de scend to 15 below the forecast said and in southeast sections the minimum may be 10 below Meanwhile the mercury dropped to 11 degrees below zero at Spirit Lake Iowa Thursday morning apparently Riving that summer re sort city the dubious honor of bemg the states cold spot Mason Citys minimum was 9 below Northwood and Clear Lake re ported temperatures of 10 below Temperatures over the stale were averaging from 7 to 26 de grees below normal the bureau said Snow was falling Thursday morning in southeastern and ex treme eastern Iowa but skies were clear over most of the western sections FRIGID WEATHER GRirS NORTHWEST MINNEAPOLIS UR The coldest weather of the winter gripped the DakoUs and Minne sota Thursday as the mercury dropped to as low as 30 degrees below zero The weather bureau meanwhile expected even lower mercury readings The lowest reading recorded was 30 below at Lemmon S Dak Dickinson N Dnk and Bismarck NT Dak reported 2S and 23 degrees below Coal Orders Doubled Around Centerville CENTERV1LLE Truck mine operators here reported in creased demand in the past week has doubled business with orders running from one to two days be hind schedule The present cold wave has increased business from 75 to 100 per cent most opera tors reported FAVORS CUT IN ALL COSTS BUT U S DEFENSES Urges One of Smallest Deficits in Decade New Taxes Suggested President Roosevelt urge tl congress Thursday to slash farm relief and public works spending in a budget message asking of special defense taxes and proposing one of the smallest deficits in a decade If nil his recommenda tions are followed he fore cast a net deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1 of compared with an estimated 53933 000000 for the current year Cttttiiig nearly everything in the budget except defense funds the president esti mated expenditures for the next fiscal year at 88424 000000 which he said would be 8675000000 less than this year Net receipts from esusfangr taxes not counting social se curity levies would increase S3S2000000 to 554S000 000 because of better busi ness Ulr Roosevelt bluntly told Ihe legislators intent on making elec tionyear records that those who cvill for further cuts should have the courage and honesty to speci fy where they should be made For himself he said he was satisfied that no lower figures could be attained without impair ing the administration of laws or working undue hardships on in dividuals and economic groups I refuse lo accept the re sponsibility of adopting cither alternative ho added Themessage read lo the senate iind the house by clerks said liiat the government was prepared to move forward on reduced ra tions It proposed a gradual tapering off rather than an abrupt cessation of the deficit lest Mr Roosevelt said there be a too drastic or loo sudden cur tailment of support afforded the national economy by government spending The president shaved things so close that on the basis of his fjn res the federal debt on June 30 1941 would be SGI000000 short of the 545000000000 maximum authorized by law This would permit congress to defer until next year the controversial issue of whether that maximum should be increased Dramatizing proposed expendi tures into approximate subdivi sions which he said any layman can understand Mr Roosevelt gave this picture of where the treasurys money is going 1941 Fiscal 1910 tlctmsc 51800000000 SljOOOflO 000 relief S130000000 51800000000 priiBrams S 300000000 SlMOOOO 000 Public works and investment SI 100000000 security etc 51200000000 Jl100 000 000 Interest on odcbt si100000000 siooooooooo cntls 51000000000 SI000000000 The proposals lor national de fense included emergency funds for operations started since the European enlist ments for the army navy and coast guard more antispy agents for the federal bureau of investi gation greater protection of the Panama canal and rccommission ing of old navy and coast guard boats Mr Roosevelt did not tell con gress how to raise the proposed defense taxes except that they should follow the accepted prin ciple of good taxation ot taxing according to ability to pay and will avoid taxes which decrease consumer buying power Turning on critics who have ;