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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 19, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME 1ST MEM fn T DEPT OF IOWA COUP MOI VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASES WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGH00RS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 19 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 89 RUSSIA BACKTRACKS ON 2 FRONTS Michigan Senator Has Edge By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist The other day I had occasion to remark that congressional chat hints strongly at the democrats selection ol State Secretary Cor dell Hull as their presiden tial candidate this year Now Id guess that c o n g ressional comment hints as strongly at senator Arthur H Vandenberg as the repub licans p r e s i tential no mi rawpos havent put Hull and Vandenberg at the head of their respective parties groups of possibilities As to the republicans the latest straws indicate that Thomas E Deweys recent speeches have even increased his popularity Jead somewhat over Vandenberg Id bet however on profes sional politicians judgment ahead of these straw polls Admitting that the straws have their tem porary accuracies they fluctuate The processionals calculations are better reasoned Of course Hulls chances are qualified by President Roosevelts attitude Vandenbergs merits are pretty much of his own He hasnt got to get airy particular indorsement His record and per sonality stand for themselves Im not predicting that if nominated hell he elected Im considering only the prospects of his nomina tion of Publicity VanJenberg has a corking good sense of publicity It evidently is natural to him and his long career as a newspaperman has devel oped it Nominally he isnt a very vigor ous presidential candidate That is to say he doesnt express himself as wishfully as for instance Senator Styles Bridges who over does it Yet he couldnt have made a better indirect bid than he did by his declaration that if named and elected hed be only a onetermer Taken in connection with Rooseveltian threet e r m talk this verged on being a sure enough stroke of genius And the way he did it The next presi dent he implied will need to be absolutely independent of any am bitions to succeed himself in order to correct the errors of New Dealerism as he sees them If thats a sacrifice hes on record in advance to the effect that hes prepared to make it Digs Up Proof Then along came the demo crats Jacksonian banquets It was Vandenberg who dug up proof that the original Jackson ian celebration more than cen tury ago was in honor of Old Hickorys administrations sue cess in wiping out Americas na tiorial now around the 42biIion doll mark Vandenberg merei calls atten tion to these things He makes no charges He simply mentions facts T h e yr e unanswerable Moreover theyre entertaining They dont have to be analyzed Senator Robert A Tafts speeches need to be studied Vandenberg is crystal clear Tom Dewey gen eralizes Vandenberg is specific Question of Geography Vandenbergs geography is only middling His state Michigan is good enough but the republicans think they can carry it next No vember anyway Theyd like to pick a New Dcwey Or an Ohioan Taft But Dewey hasnt had any na tional experience Hes a trifle smarly Possibility hes a bit too young too Vandenberg is an old hand and his age is just right A Vandenberg and Dewey ticket would be o k but for one thing Eewey while now a New Yorker is a native Michigander Vanden berg and Dewey would be too much Michigan Vandenberg and Taft or Taft and Vandenberg wouldnt be so bad but the probabilities are that neither would care to yield first place to the other For that mat ter Tafts a youngling statesman in comparison with Vandenberg Invalid Woman Is Found Fatally Burned KANSAS CITY Carrie Nunley 55 an invalid Negro burned to death in her second floor apartment An icebox placed against the door for protection from intruders blocked rescuers 40000 REDS IN RETREAT FROM FINNISH FORCE Russia Apologizes to Sweden and Norway for Territory Violations By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Soviet Russia backtracked Fri day on two fronts the military and diplomatic in her winter balked invasion of Finland ON THE MILITARY Forty thousand Russians were in retreat just above the Arctic circle the Finns reported after driving nearly halfway across Finland toward a strategic rail head Kemijarvi The invaders turned back suddenly after ef fecting the deepest penetration of Finland by any Russian force in the campaign A Finnish communique said that the Finns had advanced 28 miles in the Jast few days and fighting was taking place for Markajarvi between pursuing Finns and Rus sians protecting the withdrawing troops who still were 50 miles from their own soil The Finns indicated that their ski patrols by harassing Rus sian supply lines and the bit ter ocld in which temperatures of 50 degrees below zero were common caused the Russian withdrawal In contrast Thursday nights Russian communique noted only scouting and artillery activity in a number of districts and air reconnaissance Finns said that Russian flyers dropped 300 bombs on southern Finland Thursday but damagewas slightand lives were lost ON THE DIPLOMATIC Russia apologizedboth to Swedenand Norway violations of their territory by Russian flyers Sweden had protested against the alleged bombing last Sunday of Kallaks island on the far side of the Gulf of Bothnia from Fin land Russias reply failed to men tion any bombing but acknowl edged that Russian aircraft had flown over the island when lost in a snowstorm Rogret was ex pressed In the GermanBritishFrench ivar Danish dispatches indicated that British flyers Thursday night raided the island of Sytt German seaplane base and pos sibly the North sea naval base of Helgoland The London air ministry how ever said it had no information to confirm the reports and both the German and allied morning communiques said nothing of note had happened At home Scotland Yard expert were investigating the possibility of sabotage in Thursdays explo sions in the Royal Gunpowder factory at Waltham Abbey where five persons died Concentrating her economic forces for prosecution of the war Britain Thursday night announced a decision to suspend for three months the importation of Ameri can surplus cotton under the agreement last year to barter rub ber for the cotton The war provoked a provincial dominion controversy in Canada Premier Mitchell Hepburn of Ontario Thursday night pushed through the Ontario legislature a motion censuring the dominion government for little effort made in the war Prime Minister L MacKenzie King said he would reply Thursday when the dominion parliament opens Motion Pictures Are Argued as Evidence in Trial for Baker LITTLE ROCK Ark torneys argued Friday the ad missability as evidence of motion pictures offered in the trial of Norman Baker and four associates charged with using the mails to defraud in connection with ad vertisement of a cure for can cer The pictures were offered by the defense as illustrative of al leged cures of patients who un derwent treatment at the Baker hospitals at Eureka Springs Ark and Muscatine Iowa tl S Dis tnct Judge T C Trimble viewed the pictures in the darkened courtroom in the absence of the jury The effort to make the pictures an exhibit followed testimony by three executives of the Baker hospital at Eureka Springs that they had absolute confidence in the Baker cancer treatment Finns Fight Off Russian Air Attacks Soviet Salla Army Battles to Protect Retreat of 40000 HELSINKI Helsinkis pop ulation spent an hour in air raid shelters Friday afternoon while antiaircraft batteries fought off soviet raiding planes The attackers failed to reach the city but dropped bombs a short distance outside Fires were visible in the distance Stalked by knifelike cold hunger and Finnish skiers so viet Russias Salla tofore the most successful of the reported fighting a fierce battle Friday at Marka jarvi to protect the retreat of 40000 men toward the Russian border still 50 miles distant Whether the main body of Rus sians was engaged was not clear The Finnish communique said Our troops have advanced 45 kilometers about 28 miles in the Salla sector during the past few days The enemy has been pushed back from Joutsijarvi to Marka jarvi for possession of which fighting is proceeding Foreign military observers read into this statement a suggestion of major developments in the near future It was in this sector that the Russians drove deepest into Fin land reaching a point only 18 miles from Kemijarvi strategic northern center that was their im mediate objective The sudden retreat apparent ly caught the Finns flatfooted They had expressed belief that the Russians would at the least die in for the winter and hold wellfortified lines in their effort to separate northern and southern Finland Thus the withdrawal was well under way before the Finns set out in pursuit Finnish ski patrols repeatedly cutting off Russian supplies were credited with forcing the Russians into a retreat complicated by the severest winter in more than a half century Temperatures 50 degrees be low zero were common Inquiry Reveals Two Married 13 Days Ago Were Brother Sister INDIANAPpLIS days of married life were at an end Friday for a young man 20 and a girl 18 because inquiry in dicated they were brother and sister Juvenile Judge Brad shaw annulled the marriage Thursday Evidence showed the girl wa placed with foster parents while baby and the boy in an orphans home The girls mother had the same last name as that of the boy The couple met last year anc was married Jan 5 The two saic they were convinced they were not related but the judge entered an annulment and continued the investigation He withheld their names LOOK INSIDE FOR BELA LUGOSI Tears Down Movie Set While Hes Hypnotized PAGE 2 Safety Short Course Planned at I S T C PAGE 5 Hank Greenberg Isnt in 1940 Holdout List PAGE 9 BARKLEY SAYS SENATORBORAH CANT RECOVER Death of Idahoan Is Believed Question of Minutes and Hours WASHINGTON yp Death jeemed a question of minutes and hours Friday for Senator William E Borah of Idaho Senator Barkley of Kentucky sadly brought that word after a call on the wife of his repub lican colleague There is not a chance said Barkley An hour before Borahs office lad said lie was failing rapidly The dean the senate Borah has een in a coma since a cerebral lemorrhage Tuesday The first report Friday morning vas that Borah was growing veaker The word came trom his sec retary Miss Cora Rubin one of the sorrowing friends waiting in iiis apartment across town from the senate chamber where the republican leader made his his toric stand against American entry into the league of nations Mrs Borah clung to ihe hope that some miracle would save her 74 year old husband who was stricken by a cerebral hemorr hage Tuesday morning But the senators physician Dr Worth Daniels gave her little encouragement The Lion of Idaho lay in coma his head hot with fever Two special nurses were on duty day and night and Dr Daniels called every few hours Every few minutes themuffled telephone rang Once Thursday it was President Roosevelt calling to voice his anxiety at the vet eran republicans illness Again it was Senator Glass of Virginia who opposed Borah as vigorously in the league of nations fight as the president did in recent years on the court reorganization and arms embargo repeal issues Senator Borah had been feeling unusually well when he arose Tuesday morning As lie passed Mrs Borahs room on his way to the bath he stopped and told her jubilantly that he had been to his physician for a checkup and had been told he was in fine shape When he failed to appear a breakfast Mrs Borah called to him and then went to the bath and found him lying there Whether he slipped and fell as he stepped out of the shower and suffered the cerebral hemorrhage in the fall or whether the hemorrhage struck him down first was not appar ent Thursday his condition took a turn for the worse As the day dragged on he apparently rec ognized no one The only sign of consciousness came when a nurse asked him whether he was feeling better and he nodded feebly BRlflSHPLANES SINK NAZI SUB French Also Report German Patrol Attack in Vosges Repulsed PARIS planes sank a German submarine in the North sea during a gale Thurs day it was reported in French military quarters Friday The French reported also that Thursday German infantry pa trols launched a violent attack in the Vosges sector in an attempt to surprise French outposts but after sever forest skirmishing were driven back The French military dispatches said used hand grenades and machine gun fire to force the Ger man patrols to retire Several German prisoners were taken and the French succeeded in main taining their outposts French war office communique No 275 regarded the patrol ac tivity as routine and said of the western front that there was nothing to report Details of the reported sinking of a German Uboat by RAF planes operating over the North sea were not immediately avail able BERLIN high com mand communique said Friday that a number of enemy air planes made reconnaissance flights over northwest Germany Thursday evening and that several of them violated Netherlands territory Grinnell Fights Fire in Cold Wove inteer Grinnell firemen Thursday battled through 1Z below temperatures to check Cy S dlStrCt for a the building which houses tavern and repair shop pictured above where the fire was concentrated was 525 000 J fife that Grmacll firemen fought through ice and cold to check a blaze there Here arc two hoary fighters hooking another hose line to a water hydrant The water as soon as it hit the cold surfaces Iowa Dally Press photos Question of Severing Red Relations Bobs Up Once More Pittman Asks Senate Group for Comment on Vandenberg Proposal WASHINGTON ques tion of severing diplomatic rela tions with Russia bobbed up Fri day as Chairman Fittman D Nev oE the senate foreign rela tions committee aslccd the state department whether it wished to comment on a proposal by Senator Vandenberg HMich Vandenberg proposed that tlie senate call upon President Roo sevelt to inform it whether the sovietgovernment had lived up to promises made in 1933 These promises formed the basis for American recognition of the soviet regime Vandenberg told reporters he was confident that if the senate approved his resolution the in formation furnished in response to it would be such that action would be forced on the question of sever ing relations Pittman said he agreed with Vandenberg that Russia had vio lated its 1933pledges not to sup port political organizations in this country and not to interfere with the religious worship of Americans in Russia as well as its promise to pay for confiscated American property He was understood to be scheduled a meeting Fri day to transact routine business The house having approved a appropriations bill for the governments independent offices was in recess for the week end posed to withdrawing representatives from op American Moscow however on the ground that such a step would cut this country off from direct sources of information within Russia while having little practical effect on the prosecution the Soviets war on Finland Proponents of plans to aid Finland by some form of addi tional government loan indicat ed meanwhile that they had not given up hope of obtaining ac tion by congress The president suggested to congress this week ttjat it author ize an increase in the capital of the Ex portImport bank so that it could make another loan to Kin land the purchase of nonmili tary American goods The senate saddened by the grave iJlncss of Senator Borah R COLD WAVE MOVES EAST Mercury Climbs in Night With North Part of State Warmest DBS MOINFS welcome outworn tlie seasons worst cok wave moved eastward out of Iowa Friday with few to mourn its passing Weathers general rule was re versed Friday morning with the mercury mounting to 4 above in the extreme northwest corne of the state at Spirit Lake anc Sioux City while temperature stood at 11 below at Keokuk ii the extreme southeast Jythe warmest Thursdays bitter 26 below mini mum at Cedar Rapidswas ap proached there at 7 p m Thurs day night when the mercury fe lo a frigid 20 below Thermometer there mounted to S below at 8 a m Friday Mason City which had 23 be low Thursday had only an even zero at 8 a m Friday as the cold front moved eastward At 2 p m the mercury had climbed 1o H above Other sharp rises duiing th night included 10 below to 6 be low at Dubuque and 11 below t 3 below at Fort Dodge Snow flurries were reportec Friday at Mason City Sioux City Uubuque and Charles City anc the weather bureau predicted loca flurries Friday night Temperatures the bureau said will be not quite so cold with 5below minimum forecast fo the entire state The Weather FORECAST IOWA Considerable cloudi ness Friday night and Satur day probably local snow flur ries northeast portion Friday night not quite so cold Friday night extreme east and extreme southcentral portions MINNESOTA Much cloudi ness Friday night anil Satur day probably occasional snow flurries not much change in temperature SHIPPERS FORECAST For Friday night five below for en tire slate IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Friday Maximum registered early Friday 2 Minimum registered 8 3 m Thursday At S a m Friday 0 Snow trace The mercury reversed the usual procedure of providing the cold est temperature in the night time Starting from the seasons low ot 23 beloiv zero at 8 a m Thursday the temperature steadily climbed all day Thursday and during the night reaching 2 above around dawn Then it dipped downward to zero at 8 a m ond later started to go upward Exceptionally large sundogs were observed here Friday morn ing YEAR AGO Maximum 18 Minimum 3 Prccipoi Snowfall 25 inch The bureau reported readings not nearly so cold this morning although the mercury still stood at 13 degrees below normal V The weather bureau said that unusual movement of a high pressure area west of Iowa was responsible for the tempera ture rise in face of a previous forecast of 2D to 30 below zero for Iowa The bureaus forecasters said a high pressure area moved west ward from the Plains states over the Rocky Mountains and by its backward movement produced temperatures of 28 below zero in southwestern Wyoming Thursday night instead of in Iowa where normally they would have been East and South Feel Cold Wave BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The bitterest cold wave ot the winter penetrated into the east ern half of the United States Fri day sweeping over western New York with a storm that ap proached blizzard proportion Temperatures rose dramatically GO P VICTORY S PREDICTED IN MIDERS TALK 200 Attend 4th District Republican Rally Iowa Gains Cited by Wilson By STAFF REPRESENTATIVE INDEPENDENCE That 200 nen and women from the lengths of the sprawling fourth congres ional district would brave sub zero temperatures and drifting to attend was the outstand ng news feature the republican held at Hotel Gedney here Thursday night Gov George Wilson and a num ber of his associates in the state capitol were present So was Har E Spangler of Cedar Rap ds national commilteeman Col ianford MacNider called on for an impromptu talk electrified his audience with a vigorously worded nophecy that the republican par ty jn Iowa and nationally would win and turn the government jack to the American way While conceding the fairness of compensating farmers for land forced gut of production the Mason CHyan declared that other factors in the scarcity ec onomics were combining to take away the benefits accruing lo agriculture from this one source Harrison E Spangler Iowas national commiUeeman contrast ed the recent Jackson day dinner in Washington withthe original one in a merry manner Hickory shirts had been replaced by stiff shirts and dress suits with at tendance limited lo those with to lay on the line But the jrftist liumorouircontrsrty sisted lay in the fact that the original dinner celebrated the ex tinguishment of the national debt Senator George Parker of Inde pendence presided having an ap propriate quip for every occasion Governor Wilson beginning hi talk with n manuscript devoted his attention to the million pay rollers who will have an under standable enthusiasm ill the few months ahead to keep their handsome salaries and go on driv ing fine automobiles at public ex pense The present administra tion in Washington was referred to as the most partisan of all time Then discarding his manuscript he talked about the record of the present republican administration in Iowa Extra appropriations voted by the legislature to care for our longneglected institutions for our unfortunates are far more than overbalanced he said by over the west Temperatures sank in Michigan Ohio below zero Maryland Kentucky West Virginia Penn sylvania and Maryland freezing temperatures were and POPLAR BLUFF Mo Anderson is hot under the collar at seven below zero A thief broke into his house Thursday night and stole his long underwear corded in every state in tlie south Near Hunlsville Ala inhabi tants stared at thermometers which read 8 degrees below zero A reading of 3 at Memphis Tenn was the lowest since 1918 and temperatures throughout the south were generally lower than any time in the past four years REAGAX TO Bt WED HOLLYWOOD UP Ronald man also of the films said they would be married at a simple ceremony in nearby Glcndales Wee Kirk of the Heather next Thursday the savings effected in administra tive areas More than a million dollars has been saved lie declared by bringing the state highway commission under the comp troller Reduction of the slate payrolls in all departments has brought about the saving of a million and a quarter ami there have been substantial savings he added through open bidding through a sealing down of ren tals through a cutting down of the number of automobiles and a guard against their use for personal business Incidentally the governor in terpolated with a grin youll find in public office that its far easier to hire two thousand per sons than it is to discharge a thousand He expressed a regret that there just arent enough jobs to go around There will be no special ses sion the legislature he as serted vigorously for tlie pui pose of buying a downtown olticfi building in DCS Moines Nor will this be done in tile regular ses sions if 1 have anything to say about it Some day when our econo mic conditions warrant it there should be plain hut adequate office building on the state house grounds It should he added be built of Iowa brick rather than Vermont granite The Mulberry should it be tlie Herring block the gov ernor in for some pointed attention Heretofore the rental has ranged from to a year with a provision in the lease that all improvements added become the property of the owner Now the annual ren tal is 520000 with this proviso as to improvements stricken out of the lease Praise was extended by the gov ernor to the legislature and to his asociales in the executive coun cil and others at the head of the various divisions of government Among those present at Thursday ;