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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 18, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HAflUOH R H Sr MEM AS T OEPT OF IfJiA COWP DCS UOl THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PHESS FULL LEASES WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUARY 18 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 88 LONDON MUNITIONS BLAST KILLS 5 Martin Dies United States Objective of Dies Is Changed By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist Representative Martin Dies congressional committee on inves tigation of unAmerican activities in this country made a report to the national legislature a few days ago that was a surprise to n e a r 1 y every body in Washington The genera expectation was that the in quisitors would declare commu n i s m nuziism and fascism to be p e if e c tly rampant throughout the Instead they say they find the adherents of these and various other unAmerican isms to be not so very numer ous in our midst They estimate that there are about 1000000 of them out of our approximately 130 to 140 millions of population At this rate the committee members are not greatly per turbed They do contend that the ism atics are a nuisance They add that some of these chaps have done a few things that positively are illegal For instance we have a law requiring foreign agents representatives here to register with the state department and its evident that they havent all done so Several of them have obtained phoney American passports to travel abroad involving perjury It appears that in several in stances theyre here in disregard our antialien regulations But in the main the commit Vdoesn t hold 1 that trjeism done anything specifi cally punishable More Investigation What the committee wants is an extended lease of life to go on in vestigating Its tenure has just ex pired Its members believe that theyre doing a good work which they argue shouldnt be termi nated prematurely They dont think that theyll find out much more than theyve found out already They do reason that their probe will make un American activities like those of nazi bunds and fascist blocs ynd communistic cells more and more ridiculous Maybe theyll catch an occasional outandout lawbreak er but their prime object is to laugh the whole antiAmerican campaign kill it by making it look too impossibly foolish by publicizing make it appear silly not dangerous Now this obviously is sensible Im not sure that it was Chair man Dies notion in the first place Personally Im suspicious that the Texas congressman originally had a witchhunting complex similar to Congressman Hamilton Fish Jr a few years ago Fish looked under every bed for a communist He overdid il Ko body was convinced that condi tions were as bad as he repre sented them to be Chairman Dies started off ap parently on the same theory as Ham Fish Bitter Cold Grips All of Iowa MERCURY DIPS TO 23 BELOW IN MASON CITY Cedar Rapids Has 26 Below Continued Low Temperatures Forecast Following were sonic of the minimum temperatures re ported for representative Iowa points early Thursday morn ing Rapids Dodge Ames City City North wood Atlantic Cedar Falls Emmetsburg Falls City Clinton Boonc Forest City Storm Lake Sioux City Waterloo a s h i n g t o n Red Oak Genterville Bluscaiine e s Moincs Du buque Iowa City Fairfield Burlington m a h a Davenport Ottumwa Ayr A stinging cold wave the sev ercst in three years dropped Ma son City temperatures to a deptr of 23 degrees below zero Thurs day and its refusal to yield unde a noonday sun caused the weath erman to predict lower reading Thursday night V Theolticial Iowa low was 26 below it Cedar Rapids while Fort Dodge and Ames residents fought of readings of 25 below Readings of 20 below and cold er were reported by at least Iowa cities and towns The relative ineffectiveness of he sun was illustrated by late Better Cover Up Thot Ear Mercury Sinks to 23 Below in Mason City As the temperature plunged to 23 degrees below zero early Thurs day morning uncovered ears were in danger of freezing Motorists had difficulty with their cars and Supt R B Irons announced that children absent Thursday would not be counted absent Among the children that braved the cold to attend school were Donald S and Jerry 5 sons of Mr and airs Ray Waller 1908 South Federal ave nue Sir Waller is a member of the fire department Lock photo Kayenay engraving Temperature Hits Lowest Mark Here Since 36 Winter Minimum temperatures regis tered in Mason City for the past 15 years are recorded below Year Temp Date Jan 18 Feb n Jan Jan i Jan Jan Dec morning temperature reports At Feb Cedar Rapids for example the Jan eading was 24 below at 10 a m Dec 31 23 22 23 26 only two degrees warmer than the Jan Jan Feb Jan Jan 22 Dec H Jan 27 Its a Question Im not sure Perhsps Dies in itially was as wildeyed as Ham was He started out like it Dies began by putting all sorts of moderate radicals on the pan as if they were red revolutionists He represented that every sub scriber to the league of peace and democracy was a Stalinist Sure ly a believer in peace and dem ocracy wasnt necessarily com munistic Thats what that committees testimony indicated however I still think such was the case Chairman Dies intended his committee to make out But his committee didnt do it The committee made a report with which nobody can find any fault Dies will have to be continued as chairman undoubtedly And nominally hell continue as chair man of it But its a different committee from the one he initiated Cold Weather Gets Elementary School Holiday The cold weather which greeted Mason City school chil dren Thursday morning was responsible for the smaller ones getting a half holiday Thursday noon when R B Irons super intendent of the schools ordered classes suspended in all the elementary schools Attendance in the elementary schools was low Thursday morning Classes in the two junior high schools the senior high school and the Mason City junior college will continue to meet Superintendent Irons said Pupils not attending however will not be marked absent There will be no elementary school classes Friday if the mercury is at 20 below or cold er Mr Irons said He announced that information as to whether or not school will be held will be available over radio station KGLO Friday morning at 8 oclock 9 31 16 21 22 20 2 1940 1S39 1938 1937 1B35 1935 1934 1933 1932 1332 1931 1930 1929 1928 1927 1326 1925 23 IB 15 23 30 29 15 26 18 13 7 31 25 19 18 17 13 LOOK INSIDE FOR REDS RETREAT FROM COLD AND FINNS ATTACK 40000 Russians Fall Back Harassed by Pursuing Forces COPENHAGEN fP Port thousand soviet Russian Logion naires fell back from Finland Arctic Salla sector Thursday in retreat before the twin scourge of the worst winter in 25 year and the dogged pursuit of Finnisl troops The Finnish communique re ported merely that the Finns were fighting successfully in the direction of Salla but other Finnish sources said the situation heightened hopes of a new victory over the Russian invaders W The correspondent of the Co penhagen newspaper Berlingske Tidende on the northern front j said 40000 Russians were inj volved in a retreat and that they apparently had given up hope of holding that front for the winter Previous Scandinavian reports had portrayed the Russians as bringing up reinforcements for a determined drive in the Arctic but reports from Salla two days ago said the Finns had cut red Borah in Critical Condition After Cerebral Hemorrhage Fall on Rug Caused Injury Change for Worse Is Indicated BULLETIN WASHINGTON UH 31 r s William E Borah wife of the veteran Idaho senator said Thursday that physicians had given up all hope for his recov ery from a cerebral hemorrhage WASHINGTON fi Senator Borah H Idaho was reported Thursday to have suffered a ce rebral hemorrhage as the result of a fall when he slipped on a rug at his apartment Tuesday morn ing His condition was said to be critical V Miss Cora Kubui Borahs secretary for 30 years said she had been authorized by Mrs Borah to announce that the 74 year old senator was in criti cal condition Borah had been confined to his bed since the fall He is under the care of Dr Worth Daniels hisj physician and his injuries at first were not believed to be extreme ly serious Miss Rubin said Thursday morn ing that there apparently had been a change for the worse in Borahs condition during the night The veteran senator hud suf fered a collapse brought on by heat and overwork in the summer of 1938 but apparently had re gained his health He was active throughout the special session ol congress last fall when he led an unsuccessful fight against revision of the neutrality law He told reporters last week that SENATOR BORAH OLICE ASSERT EXPLOSION NOT CAUSED BY FOE Houses in Radius of 20 Miles Damaged in North Part of London LONDON series of rap dfire explosions in tile Royal Sunpowder factory at Waltham Abbey Thursday morning killed ise men and injured an undis posed number of workers Tiie blasts shattered windows ver a radius of six miles and vere Iclt 20 miles away The ministry of supply an nounced the casualties several hours after the explosions but it was not until Thursday night that officials permitted the dis closure that the factory was the Royal Gunpowder plant at Wal tham Abbey about 12 miles north of flic center of London Polish Prisoners Carry Coal to Berlin BERLIN war pris oners carry coal to cold Berliners One thousand Poles in a camp on the outskirts of the capital have been put to work to relieve the coal shortage which has accom panied zero weather Lack o transportation facilities caused a shortage 8 a m minimum At Des Moines he 7 a m reading was 17 below At 8 and 9 a m the mercury held o an 18below level and by t had climbed only to 14 below In Mason City the sun was able o push the mercury from its 8 a m low of 23 below to 12 below at 2 p m An increase in wind velo city however continued the bit Lcrncss of the air Not since the prolonged cold of the winter of 193536 shat tered all records for persistent zero weather has the blight of winter so completely engulfed the state Scheduled meetings were being called off right and left in Mason City where a minimum of 23 was Pranksters Dupe D M Radio Stations DES M O I N E S c s Moines public schools were open Thursday although a radio sta tion broadcast that one school would remain closed on account of the cold It was the second time in a week that DCS Moincs radio stations had been duped by pranksters who called the studios to announce that schools would not open City Superin tendent iWcrrilis office said registered The Roosevelt ele mentary school PTA and the par ent education group meeting as well as the Jefferson school PTA meeting scheduled for Thursday or Friday evening were postponed Thursday until further notice Firemen at Forest City fought a blaze which destroyed the An derson clothing store building in the business section as the tem perature hovered at 21 below zero Loss from the fire was estimated at nearly Flames which started at 8 p m Wednesday were still smouldering Thursday morning The weatherman was not en couraging about the immediate future lie warned shippers to protect consignments in north ern Iowa against temperatures clown to 30 below zero Thurs day night For the southern half the prediction was 20 below Not so cold Friday afternoon was the only consolation to be found in the prediction The weather bureau reported temperatures over the state Thurs day were running 32 degrees be low normal Meanwhile lowans in many in stances left cars standing in gar ages Thursday morning and cither walked or rode street cars to work Coal companies rushed fuel to lomes caught short by the sting ing temperatures Some of the more foresighted householders arose in the wee hours of the morning to stir up their fires Small amounts of snow fell to complicate the problem at various southern Iowa points The meas urable amounts of precipitation were Creston half an inchT Mount Ayr 12 Omaha Nebr 06 Kco kuk 02 The highway patrol reported some drifting of snow in northeast Iowa with the re mainder of the states highways mostly clear though slippery in spots army supply lines and left the in vaders with insufficient food for a winter campaign The cold as low as 54 degrees below zero contributed to the distress To touch metal with a Tare tohave ttve skin iceled almost immediately The Finns dressed hi Iheir warmest clothing and display ing unusual resistance to the cold were pursuing the Rus sians harassing them and strik ing heavily at the rear guard Military activity on the Kar lian Isthmus was immobilized rront line trips by foreign corres londents were postponed by the GOV HAKOLD E STASSEN Is Named Outstanding Young Man of Nation PAGE 2 Loss in Forest City Fire Nearly STATE PAGE Marshalltown Here in Local Basket Tussle SPORTS PAGE he felt fine and expected to par ticipate actively this session he also had made plans to attend the republican national convention this year with the avowed objec tive of doing everything possibl to see that his party nominated a progressive candidate and adopted a liberal platform Friends said tint Borah who would complete 33 years of service in the senate on March 4 had been lakinff special pre cautions to guard Ms health since his illness in 1933 He rested daily in his office often chatting with reporters while lying on a divan covered with an army blanket When the Snow on the highways in the vicinity of Burlington made the driving hazardous in that area the patrol added The sun rose in clear skies ex cept in the southeastern area but it brought no warmth with it fn DCS Moines for example the temperature was 17 below at T a m dropped to 18 below at 8 oclock and held to the latte figure at 9 oclock The reading in Des Moines wa the coldest since the record 2 degrees below zero reading Jan 22 1936 The Des Moincs recori for this date was 21 below i 1897 The patrol reported drifting an blocked roads in Nebraska near Omaha but said principal arteries probably would be open by noon V At lessl 20 Iowa cities and towns felt the sharp bite of tem peratures 20 degrees below or lower Rockwell City Spirit Lake and Cherokee reported 24 below At Mason City Atlantic1 Cedar Falls and EmmeUburg it was 23 below while Iowa Falls Webster City and Creston readings dropped to 22 below Clinton Charles City and Boone reported minus 21 while Waterloo Marshalltown Storm Lake and Sioux City mini mums were 20 beiow Wide Area Is in Cold Wave Path By TIIE ASSOCIATED PRESS Intensely cold weather gripped the United States Thursday from the Rocky mountains to the frozen corn fields of Indiana H was 20 degrees below zero Wednesday night in most of Wis consin and Minnesota the Dako tas and in icy stretches of Neb raska Iowa and Montana Lcm mon S Dak reported a tempera ture of 30 below Cedar Rapids had 26 below inns because of the danger of death by freezing Unofficially it was reported from Telsinki Thursday that 11 of 18 Russian planes which braved the hitter cold to bomb the southern own of Lappeenranta had been shot down Wednesday by Finnish fliers Officially it was said that the Russians dropped 150 bombs on southern Finland cities A soviet army communique Wednesday night said however that 11 Finnish planes had been shot down Wednesday in a fight with Russian planes and that there were scouting activities in all di rections with artillery and rifle fire in scattered sectors Five hundred Russian tanks hnvc been captured or destroyec since the war begun Nov 30 military observers believe In Stockholm Richard Sandier former foreign minister of Sweden was applauded Wednesday when he criticized in the Riksdag par liament Swedens neutrality poli cy Speaking during the budget de bate Sandier declared Nobody wants war with the soviet union but nobody knows it the victorious bolshevik army would halt at the SwedishFinnish border weather permitted he also went tor a daily sunning in the park across the street from the senate office building Sometimes when the weather was clear and cold lie wrapped a blanket about him SCALDED BABY DIES OF BURNS Funeral Services Planned for 2 Year Old Herbert Roberts CHARLES Two year old Herbert Roberts who was seri ously scalded ivhcii he fell into i pail of hot water Wednesday art moon died of burns jit alley hospital al midnight Vveil icsday FIGHT BLAZE IN BITTER COLD Firemen at Grinnell Check Flames Which Caused Loss GRINNELL IV Volunteer firemen worked in 22 below xero weather Thursday to check a blaze which roared through two beer parlors and a machine shop in the center of the business district A defective flue was blamed for the fire The shops affected were in n wostory brick building located on the east side of Main street a lalf block south of Fourth avenue n Grinnell Firemen estimated the structure was more than 40 years old Bills lace a beer parlor Smith and Olsonspool hall and Jensens machine shop were located in the Building according to Fireman Will Jones who said the blaze under control ut 11 1 m The Newton rural fire truck went to the aid of the Grinnell de partment The burned building next to the building housing the Grinnell Elks club and a dvuj store Loss was estimated ut S25000 including 510000 for the building The Abel building ravaged by fire was formerly the Antlers hotel where Gary Cooper famous motion picture star worked as i waiter during his freshman yeai at Grinnell college in 192223 The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Thurs day niRlit and Friday continued coltl Thursday night not so coid Friday afternoon MINNESOTA More or less unsettled Thursday night and Friday snow flurries in central and north Thursday night not so cold Friday IOWA SHIPPERS FORE CAST FOR THURSDAY NTGT Northern half 30 below zero southern half 20 below zero about the same in cities IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Wednesday 7 Minimum Wednesday night 23 At 8 a m Thursday 23 Hitting the seasons low soon after dawn Thursday the 23 de gree below zero mark was thi coldest registered here since Jan 23 1937 when a minimum of 2 was reported YEAR AGO Maximum 24 Minimum 5 Precipitation 03 Snowfall 1 i inches Nazis Rescued 40 From British Subs BERLIN authori ties announced Thursday that four officers and 26 men were rescued by the Gerniiins from the British submarines Starfish imi Undine destroyed in Helgoland bight Jan 15 The British iidmiraiiv an Thcmfant was the son f Mr Wednesday that a tola 1 of 10o officers and men were missing from three lost sub marines including also the Sea horse Two accidents in other parts of England took three lives and in jured several soldiers An accident of undisclosed na ture killed three members of the queens royal regiment in Dorset shire Several soldiers were injured by a boiler explosion in a garrison in southeast England Police said the London blasts were accidental involving jio enemy action There were two or three cxplos ons in quick succession They shattered thousands of windows caused many ceilings to drop and resulted in many minor casualties due to falling debris A great column of flame and smoke roared upward leaving a thick mushroom Of smoke over the area Many civilians fled to air raid shelters when the explosions were heard believing the city was being bombed Said one woman made a beeline for a dug out Five minutes later wcthoughl il siilc to come out and saw a col umn of flame over the works the Royal gunpowder factory nt Wiiltham Abbey A workman two miles from the plant described the blnst a big bomb as though a bomb had dropped in our front garden It blew my front door off the hinges Despite the widespread dam age the effects of the explosions were less than in normal times because windows of so many buildings and homes had been protected with sand bags or boards Most persons in the vicinity agreed the two explosions were heard right on top of each other followed by a third which was less violent The explosion occurred at a in a m C S T and the blanket of smoke hung over the district for some time aftcr ward Mrs George Roberts of Charles City and it was at home hat the accident occurred Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 oclock at he Grossman funeral home Bur al will be in Riverside cemetery Surviving besides the parents are two brothers William and Roily at home POLICEMEN ARE WARNED YONKERS N Y UP City Manager Raymond J Whitney or dered Yonkers policemen to quit mooching meals at restaurants Shes a Witch Explains Man Who Tried to Kill Wife Jose Angel Arrested by Local Police Will Have Hearing on Sanity Jose Angel 48 Mexican was held in the city jail Thursday awaiting h caring before the sanity commission after he was al leged to have threatened to shoot his wife whom he said was prac ticing witchcraft If f Angel who resides with his family consisting of a wife and six children in a second floor apartment of the David Duenos home 1628 Jefferson avenue northwest appeared at the hall door to the Duenos living quar ters late Wednesday afternoon and pointed a A10 gauge shotgun at his wife who was visiting with the Duenos family A large black dog oivned by Mr Duenos sprang at Angel when he pointed the gun and the Mcxi can fired nt he dog instead the clinrge killing the dog instantly In the excitement while An gels attention had been turned on the dog the M year old Duenos daughter slammed the door shut and locked Angel out in lie hall Angel then went outside the house and reentered through a rear door leading to his own apartment upstairs He locked himself in his apartment and po lice were family called by the Duenos QUAKE AGAIN STRIKES TURKEY 50 Persons Reported Killed and 160 Hurt in Nigde District ANKARA er ond major earthquake in three weeks was reported Thursday to have killed 50 jersons and injured IfiO in the Nigde district some 200 miles southeast ot here This district which escaped the disastrous earthquake of Decem ber 28 which killed at least 30000 persons in northeastern Anatoli suffered a scries of heavy shocks Wednesday night accompanied by terrifying underground rumblings New auakes were felt in the devastated region of tile Decem ber 200 miles north east of the new quake no casualties were reported from there oncers uTc home prcWorkers Overcome by pared with gas equipment but this was not used when Angel sur rendered himself with the 410 re loaded Angel told police that Ins wife was putting a curse on him and Gas From 3 Motors CENTERVILLE on the high school auditorium here Thursday morning at f that she had put powder on his i standstill after monoxide gas from sheepskin jacket that ciiued the three motors overcame conslruo slecvcs to tighten on him like iron tion workers The entire crew in bands He said he could feel chills j that part of the building was ar whcn he held the children andjfeclod by the sis but only nnr that he knew his wife WTS pracj worker lost consciousness and four ticing witchcraft otheis were near collapse ;