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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 11, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLO E HIST MEM A AS T DEPT Of THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY BRIGHT JPOT MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUARY 11 1940 TWS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 82 OWA JOB SERVICE CHIEF INDICTED Fight Thrilling Hopeless By CHARLES P STEWART I Central Press Columnist Like neaiJy everybody through out the country Washington offi cialdom has been delighted by the strong showing that the Finns started off with against Russia However pro fessional mili tary men have not had any idea from the beginning that the little re publics plucky competent sol diery could for very long fight s it ec ess fully STEWART against the enormous numerical odds in the Soviets favor With an alignment permi3 the Muscovites to sacrifice 60 men for each lone Finnish casualty experts i have agreed Oh whats the use in gambling on Finland The Finns morale has been recognized as out of all proportion to the Russians Nevertheless it takes a lot of morale to offset 60tol in num bers Even supposing that tlie Fin1 landers get considerable help from sympathetic outsiders the con sensus of professional opinion lias been that the small body of north cm scrappers are outclasesd hope lessly The field of combat is frightfully unhandy for most pro Finnish outsiders to get into A modicum of Swedish and Norwe gian manpower is available Its quality is superlative but in quantity its only a drop in the bucket Guns Versus Spears tion hospitalization and miscel laneous supplies are to be had by the Finrjfrom other democratic countries but theyre required in a tremendous quantity to offset a 6Qtol disproportion numerically To b sure War Secretary Har ry Woodring made a cabinet re port recently in the course of which he remarked that a 1000 rian regiment with modern weap ons undoubtedly could wipe out a I0u0000man army of naked sav ages armed with spears only Secretary Woodring wasnt dis cussing the HussoFinnish situa tion He was speaking only gener ally in favor of an uptodate equipment for Uncle Samuel He was right most likely But the Russians arent actually nakei savages with nothing but spears to fight with Man for man its conceded that theyre inferior to the leadership is inferior anyway And perhaps their shooting irons and planes and explosives arent on a par ivith the Finnish standard But theyre not mere savages and they have better than spears to fight with Odds of 10tol might be a fair not 60tol At least our best military authori ties dont think so Another Picture Our state department takes a somewhat different view of the matter From its observers in Ttussia it gets an impression that Comrade Stalin is decidedly bothered by the dilatoriness from home dis content with his campaign in Fin MacNider in Tulsa Hits Great Experiment PROPOSALS FOR G 0 P PLANKS VOICED Mason Cityan Slaps at Little Boys With the Bulgy Foreheads Col Hanford MacNider who has been mentioned as a possible republican nominee for president in an address prepared for de livery Thursday evening reviewed President Roosevelts recent ad dress to congress on the state of the union and came to the con clusion that both the presidential policies and the slate of the union leave much to be desired Slanpingr at the little boys wifh he bulgy foreheads and the great his picture of the new iMason CHyan outlined his sue gcslions for the republican party platform as he addressed the Alexander Hamilton club at Tulsa Okla if His suggestions for the platform which his supporters hope will be Candidate MaeNiders platform half a year from now included the following Pry the dead hand of govern ment off free American enter prise Let American men and money go adventuring again Give the American investor who now in perplexity and fear fills the banks with idle and unwanted funds a chance to help rebuild America and start it on its way to better things Ifr would cure the unemployment problem tomor row And therein lies the basic cure for most of the ills of agriculture as well for the less things are manufactured that the farmer can use the less chance he has to get any of them Cor himself These scarcity schemes may Hut up his return in dollars 1ml when they are applied to indus try as well and that is exactly what is happening t h r o u p li government interference the farmer gets na more in trade for those dollars than he ever did Put back a government of laws instead of one of the whims of men That certainly needs no ex planation to anyone who has evel had anything to do with any oJ the multiplicity of new deal boards commissions and indus trial courtsmartial which admin ister the undigested illtempered hastily concocted must legisla tion of the last seven years Balance the federal budget It LOOK INSIDE FOR COKF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Patrolman on Trial in Shooting of Girl 14 PAGE 2 Mason City Squads to Face Fort Dodge Foes PAGE 13 300 at Butler Farm Bureaus Gathering PAGE 4 TRIAL FACED BY MANY RUSSIAN ARMY OFFICERS Executions in Supplies Service Already Said to Have Taken Place COPENHAGEN Reports were received here Thursday that more than 100 soviet Russian of ficers had been called back from the Finnish front some of them to face trial before special courts The reports which reached Norwegian and Finnish quarters from numerous sources said that the officers would be tried before courts consisting of peoples com missars The Russian commissariat dealing with supplies was re ported especially lo be under a penetratinginquiry which it was said already has led lo ex ecutions Immediate verification of the reports was lacking Observers here were inclined lo link the reports with ihe Moscow announcement that Mikhail M land On account of the censorship naturally internal Russia doesnt realize in what fashion the Soviets push into Finland has been lag ging That is to say Moscow and the backcountry dont realize it But Leningrad does because Lenin grads on Hie very edge of fhc un declared conflict And Leningrad is no trifling four corners Its population is aboul 3000000 and its getting Ihe overflow from cas ualties from the stricken area It cant but know how fast the Rus sians are NOT winning on a 60 to1 basis The state departments dope is that there certainly has been a leakage of information into inter nal Russia The state department argues A couple of decades ago Russia could have licked the czar had a revolution on his hands at home Now hasnt Comrade Stalin an other on his distract him It may be a chance for Fin land can be done Taking the ball and chain American business should almost do it in itself Turn up the lights on tlie greatest frontier of opportunity in tlie history of the world and I throw back in Ihe teeth of tliose reach its death and exhaus tion that cowardly and unAmeri can doctrine the rest of the confused world reassurance that with half a chance free government will work God knows we could make no greater contribution to mens hearts anywhere And last but certainly not least give our children a chance to grow up as Americans A continuation of present poli cies will not only bust us high wide and handsome it will also in iis vicious pursuit of free American enterprise break down irretrievably our national stam ina and courage the qualities that 4000 pelts built America said the Mason Citynn commenting on the picsij dents address to congress V Concerning the stale of the union the former national com mander of the American Legion charged the president as follows 1 His administration like the Wilson administration of which it is the heir apparently has illusions about its ability to cure the pains of a troubled world Perhaps we even helped to promote this new phase of the everlasting fami ly quanel with which Europe iias been entertaining itself for the last 2000 years 2 Mr Roosevelt deplores the great unemployment of our youth and among us all of every age We all deplore it with him but ive cannot join him when he places lie blame for its continuance on SELL 4000 TELTS ST PAUL muskrat mink and bcavci vyent on sale Thursday in the ofj Ihe efficiency of our industrial fice of the state game and fish processes and upon invention His vision The furs were either coni administration must take the fiscatcd from illegal trappers or 1 blaimfor that caught in game refugees by game 2 We had depressions wardei before in this country 18 to be exact in our short history Each time we have come back paid the price of misguided enthusiasm in hardwork and sacrifice and gone forward to Setter days Now after 10 years we are no better why Because the present ad ministration has willed it so 4 A president of the United States started a campaign to set up class against class to a de ffree never before known in our history Its scars can never be eradicated fbrom our body pol itic 5 The era of bad feelings was not only inaugurated with the presidential blessing but with the swinging club of punitive taxa tion investigation and accusation has been used from that day to this to beat down every incentive or attempt to put America back to work 6 The fact is that both the farmer and the rest of us are worse off than before that chil ish conception of economics scar city schemes was ever imposed upon us all by the Rooseveltian theories regulations and the re sultant and ever growing bureau cracy which if not soon checked will swamp what is left of our traditional form government Reversal of the economic up swing which started in 1332 ihe year Mr Roosevelt was elected FDvosidcnt according 1r Colonel MacNider resullcd when the event experimentation started the liltlc boys with the bulgy fore heads marched in and took over the administration The regimentation of the na tion began In place of the democratic platform for which the nation had voted rose one repudiated at the same of the socialist it was followed almost In the letter and has been to this day The quivering finger of scorn and insinuation was pointed at ev ery man and woman in business nnrt industry by every crackpot theorist who could be enlisicd in the cnusc And now Knnsevcll pleads with us to stop it as if we were the instigators insleail of the victims of that well planned campaign He asks for national unity for peace among ourselves for tolerance and co operative wisdom asrainst bit terness and vituperation Only those who are resnon sible can stop these things which he decries and it is going to be diff ult for them because this y the jobs of the princinal of fenders arc in jeopardy The na tion goes to the polls in 1940 to decide who shall administer its af fairs from here on in We who are republicans have the right that our sons and daughters be allowed to grov up in a republic We have the right and the duty if you please to write a platform forour party which if it meets the approval of our fellow citizens will insuic that very objective Every republican or American who will join us should have a part in its construc tions Sled Tank New Secret of Stalin Reported Captured COPENHAGEN troops were reported Thursday to have captured a sled tank which the Scandinavian press characterized as Stalins secret weapon Ihe machine armored body mounted on skis and driven by an airplane pro peller was said to lie capable of amazing speed over snowy open spaces The armament was said to include machineguns and a light cannon The Finns reported its weak nesses were its light armor dif ficulty of steering and unsuit abiJity to broken wooded country Kaganovich been relieved aL commissar for the soviet aviation industry and transferred to an other post There were persistent report that the Russian forces were being reorganized because of weaknesso shown up in the invasion of Fin land Advices from Finland said th Finns Thursday were heavily at tacking a wellequipped red armj division which they surrounde south of Lake Kianta on the east ern front The division was described a the third and last of an entir soviet Russian army corps th two others of 15000 or more met each having been shattered previ ously in the same general vicinity with thousands reported slain Finns say that this army corpf the ninth has been taking a ter rific beating for the past two weeks in its attempt lo sever the country at the narrow waistline The Finns reported they now hold a 30mile frontier strip cast of Lake Kianta free of enemy troops for the first time since the war began Nov SO One of Oldest Iowa Druggists Is Dead CLINTON iP George W Schenk 33 one of the oldest drug gists in the state died Thursday in his home He had been suffer ing from a heart ailment Born in Louisville Ky he received his education in Germany He came here to go into business in 1880 He was widely known in drug cir cles throughout the state Candidate Frolics in Snow With Family District Attorney Thomas E Dewcy a candidate for the republican nomination for president is shown rompingwith his dog Bounty at his home at Fawling N Y Looking on arc IWrs Dcwey anil their chil dren Thomas Jr G and John 3 IOWAN DIES ON ICY HIGHWAYS Motorists Urged to Drive Cautiously as Roads Are Coated DES MOINES Icecoated highways claimed at least onelife in Iowa Thursday while scores of Rescue Workers Within Few Hundred Feet of Miners other minor highway were chalked up mishaps The Weather FORECAST IOWA Unsctllcd Thursday nighl light snow in cast and south collier in ccnlral and east generally fair Friday colder in cast and south MINNESOTA Unsettled IJKlit snow in extreme cast colder mucli colder in general Thurs day night Friday fair colder in extreme northeast and extreme southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Wednesday 33 Minimum Wednesday night 2s At 8 a m Thursday 2g Freezing rain misl Irarc YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 15 Prccip 02 Warning that highways were slippery and treacherous throughout most of tile state the state highway patrol urged motorists o drive cautiously W Frank Bates of Grant was killed in a truckaulo collision on a slip pery hill near Auburn The weather bureau forecast light snowfall in the east and south portions of the stale Thurs day night and generally fair skies Friday The official low wiis 14 above at Sioux City but the bureau said the mercury might dip to zero in the northwest section Thursday night Temperatures Thursday ranged from about normal along the Mist Freezes on North Iowa Roads Icy roads in North Iowa caused by mist were reported Thursday by the Ioua Highway Patrol station in Ma son City Motorists were urged to use caution in driving No accidents were reported by the patrolmen A slight thaw was reported by some of the return ing patrolmen Missouri river to between 10 and 15 degrees above normal along the Mississippi Other low readings forecast for Thursday night Northeast 10 above southwest 5 above south east 15 above Traces of or light reported in most areas of the state with mensurable amounts being reg istered at Dubuquc Davenport and Kcokuk where the mercury pushed up to the 36degrce mark Wednesday The highway patrols road con dition report follows southwest slippery sanding hills and curves north and freezing slip pery east and freezing roads bad vicinity of Fairfield and Ottumwa roads normal but in vicinity Burlington very slippery Inquest Planned in Death of Bus Driver DAVENPORT jP Coroner W F Skelley said an inquest will be held Thursday night into the death of John B Timothy 59 bus driver for the Tricity Railway company who was fatally injured when his bus and a truck driven by Arthur Guttau of Oakland col lided at the Bcttcndoif end of the IowaIllinois Memorial bridge Eight other persons were slightly injured in the accident Fourth Body Found Fear Heavy Toll in West Virginia Blast HARTLEY W Va crews found a fourth body Thurs day in the blasttorn Hartley No 1 mine of the Pond Creek Pocahon tas Coal corpfiration and struggled through debris to within a few hundred feet of 65 or 75 of the remaining 87 trapped men Company officials clung to the hope that some survived Wednes days explosion but experienced miners in this squalid West Vir ginia coal community expressed fear all perished The known dead Iloy Evans 41 motorman married four children Charley Moffitt 42 Negro married four children Roy Hyatt 32 motorman married four children One man unidentified R E Salvati vice president of the company in charge oE rescue work issued this statement at 8 a m If we have luck we should reach 65 or 70 men in a matter of hours Wives and children of the trapped miners and hundreds of curious who gathered near the mine stood dumbly in a cold sleety rain waiting for word from the eight rescue crews Rescue Worker Carl J Dickcn son emerging from tlie workings at i a m declared looks bad I dont think there is much chance Later however the mine of fice reported the third rescue crew to enter the shaft had found the air belter as it pro gressed toward the explosion scene We still have hopes for the men said a company spokesman Two bodies were found against a slate fall a quarter of a mile from the 620foot shaft but there was no indication of the fate of the others More than 2000 persons gath ered about the mouth of the mine Workers said they were handi capped by dead air and hud to build supports as they went along to protect themselves The shift coming out at 3 oclock reported penetrating through rock and de bris about half way lo the trapped men V Stafc mine department offi cials said Ihe ventilating system had to be rebuilt as the crews moved ahead The main ventil ating system continued in op eration but II G Houtz slate chief engineer reported chanties slim that the trapped men had been able to build barri cades am conserve what pure air remained in the affected areas Occurring at p m Wed nesday the explosion at first was believed a slate fall and it was more than an hour before serious ness of the accident was known nbovo ground Fortyseven coal diggers in an eastern section of the workings cime out at 4 p m unaware there had been a blast Cause of the mishap was not determined immediately although District Mine Inspector W Stuigiss theorized it might hav resulted when the men cu through to some long unused ga filled entry Mine officials said the two vic tims apparently had disobeyed orders and were walking out o the mine The rule is that al though work is finished the mci must wait and come out on reg ularly scheduled Irips The blast possibly Wcst Vi yiniiis worst mine disaster more than a decade is the first occur at the Hartley No 1 whic has been operating since early 1929 in one of the busiest and richest coal sections of the stiite The mine normally employs 250 Tlie only telephone in this iso lated village of 2000 persons is connected wilh the mine com panys office and it was two hours before news reachcl Welch Wed nesday that something had hap pened at the mine LOYD COUNTY RAND JURORS WISH INQUIRY 2 Charged With Perjury in Hearing Brought by Discharged Investigator CHARLES CITY A Floyd ounty grand jury Thursday aft rnoon indicted on charges per ury Edward R Herbert director I ihe Iowa state unemployment jmpensation commission and ferbert J Ebcrhart supervisor of le same commission Both men re from Des Moines if If The perjury charges resulted from a hearing held in Charles City last April and instigated by Alva A Aldriehdischarged as an investigator for the commis sion The indictment stales that the Des Moines men gave false testi mony before the board of hearing Statement to 3e Made Later DES MOINES H Herbert Icnva state employ ment service director said would make a statement later Thursday concerning his in dictment by a Floyd county grand jury on a charge of per jury at that time On the Iowa State Advisory Council which heard the estimony are N A Nielson of Des Moines who represents the employer J W Kohler of Wat erloo representative of labor and J E Evans of Ames representing the people Aldrich came to Charles City from Fairfield and on Jan 1 1938 began working for the unemploy ment compensation commission as an investigator After approxi mately one years work in that ca pacity he was discharged He asked for a hearing and nt this hearing last April when the al leged pcijury occurred tlie board sustained his dismissal Aldrich has sued both men named in the indictment and the case is now pending in district court at Des Moines where it was transferred from Charles City by a change of venue County Attorney Wcslon E Jones said the indictments were theoutgrowth of testimony of the two men before the advisory board of the Iowa Unemployment Compensation commission last April ID Jones said the men testified in connection with the reinstate ment appeal of Alva Aldridge who was dismissed from the employ of the service on Jan 7 1939 The employment service func tions under the compensation com mission Jones said Informal Opening of New Public Library Building Scheduled At lie informal opening of the new public library building this evening the progress book of photographs showing how the li brary building has grown will be on display KGLO will broadcast impres sions of various rooms from to oclock at the building it self and the people of Mason City arc all invited to look over the new building from 7 to 9 oclock The library will be open for business Friday morning at 9 oclock All overdue books auto matically will become due Jan 15 and fines will be figured from that date GERMAN LINER IS SCUTTLED Blockade Forces Watch for Many Nazi Ships Ordered to Home Ports CAPE TOWN South Africa URI German liner Ussukuma was scuttled when intercepted by a British warship in the south At lantic it was disclosed Thursday She was of 7834 tons and out of Hamburg Allied sources recently reported that Adolf Hitler had ordered some 400 to 500 German ships which had been marooned in for eign ports since the start of the war to attempt lo reach Germany The British and French naval forces on blockade duty were in structed for the to redouble their watch German vessels whose cargoes the allies said were badly needed in the reich Burglar Chats HOLLYWOOD burglar broke into Wendy Barrics bed room before dawn Thursday and stayed to chat for two hours when he found the actress hod neither jewels nor cash in her boudoir SHAUGHNESSY IS STANFORD COACH SPOUTS BULLETIN STANFORD UNIVERSITY Cal Dr Ray Lyman Wil bur president of Stanford uni versily Thursday announced ap pointment of Clark D Shaugh ncssy formerly of the Univer sity of Chicago as head football coach at Stanford on a fiveyear contract Shaughncssy was named to succeed Claude E Tinyl Thornhill who was dis missed at the close of tho 1939 season ;