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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 22, 1940, Mason City, Iowa E R HIST AR D P T Of I 0 W A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME C 0 v P THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT k SPOT J XLVI FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JANUARY 22 1940 TlflS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE 1000 Pennies for License Deadline Hears for 40 Automobile Plates With Half of Cars Still Unlicensed Finns Kill Hundreds of Attacking Reds OVER ICE Benjamin Franklin was right said Kenneth Harrington 115 Adams avenue southwest as he plunked 1000 pennies on the table in payment of his 1940 automobile license Harrington son of Mr and Mrs Will Harrington had made good the sages teaching that a penny saved is a pemiy earned He procured the for his 1933 Chevrolet license plates by saving pen nies returned in change while shopping for his mother He is shown above watching Miss Aura Cooper automobile license clerk at the courthouse counting the coppers llarrinflon is one of more than 5400 Cerro Gordo county car owners who have procured their licenses nut there are still that many motorists who have not yet purchased their 1940 plates This situation exists in face of the fact that apen alty attaches on Feb 1 and that the last days before the deadline motorists will be standing in line at the automobile license office County Treasurer L L Ray mond whose duties include thi operation of the automobile licena department Monday urged cai owners to obtain their licenst plates before the deadline nearet in order to avoid the inevitable rush We issued 11519 license plate for automobiles in 1939 said Mr Raymond That shows that we have not yet licensed half the car in Ccrro Gordo county We shoulc reach the aOOO mark by Feb 1 New Soviet Coup Plan of Trotsky By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist of a contemplated at iif Russia leaks out from the circle of Mus covite exiles in Washington The theory is that Comrade Stalin must have lost so much in pres tige as a result of his forces1 poor showing ir Finland that there should be a good chance t o overthrow Leon Trotsky the Washington him exiles Jn fact say they have definite information to that effect It may be that the reliabil ity of their news is not quite on a par with the extreme wishfulness of their thinking Nevertheless theres pretty good evidence that Russians in this country are in communication with Trotsky in Mexico City relative to the pos sibilities of enlisting him as head of a movement to seize control o the Moscow government The exiled Russians in Uncle Sams capital are quite a colony It includes a few oldtime czar ists but they dont signify nobody imagines that therell be a rever sion to another era of the Roman offs Alter the czars there followed in Russia a decidedly radical sort of a republic dominated by Alex ander Kerensky today a refugee in the United States There are some Kerenskyites besides Alex That means 2600 cars in eigh days or 325 a day Those who wai until the Jast day or two may a well plan on standing in a long line of applicants The penalty attaching on Feb 1 is 5 per cent of the cost of the license or a minimum of V Motorists wishing to lay thei cars up for part of the year mus bring their plates in before Feb to avoid the penalty Mr Ray mond explained NO 91 JAPS PROTEST BRITISH ACT sional investigation of communis activities in the Americas Upon mature consideration Leon didnt come Perhaps he thinks he sees a better chance to raise hades lor Stalin in a different way It appears that Joes compact u Hitler annoyed many Rus ander in America but no Kerenlsiati reds communism and nazi ism being antagonistic philoso phies Still that might not be so bad since it seems that the av BY RED ARMY MAY BE BEGUN Letup in Cold Wave Results in Greater Military Activity HELSINKI SP Hundreds of Russians had been killed the high command reported Monday in each of a number of futile at cmpts to crack Finnish resistance on the Karelian isthmus and the eastern front On the Karelian isthmus where the Finns have reported almost daily attacks the army said the invaders sought to give effect lo their drives by loud speaker exhortations that the Finns surrender under the threat that the Germans were coming to help their foe Reviewing developments in the conflict Sunday the high com mand reported in its regular eve ning communique In the Taipale sector of the Karelian front about 120enemy dead were counted in our foremost positions and on the ground in front of our lines were the bodies of several hundred others after Russian attacks were driven off On the eastern front northeast of Lake Ladoga the Finns re pulsed the Russians who left three officers and about 120 men killed Further north but still on the lower eastern front in the Loi mola sector he Russians were driven back with about 450 men killed and five tanks de stroyed In the far north above the Arc tic Circle where Russians earlier had been reported bracing afte withdrawing to Markajarvi the army said there was nothing new In slight air activity Sunday i was announced only four persons were known to have been wound ed Freezing of the Gulf of Finland from the Estonian to the Finnish shore has confronted Finland with the possibility of an overice at tack from soviet Russian bases in Estonia Foreign military observers spec ulated Monday on the chances of success for such a thrust but Finns insisted they were well pre pared to meet it A letup in the cold wave which had tumbled temperatures in some parts of Finland to the 50s below zero was accompan ied by reports of revived mi tary activity on the Karelian isthmus front and northeast of Lake Ladoga Finnish officials said Russian airmen in at least one instance carried out a night raid with the aid of parachute flares The date and place of the bombing were not given LOOK INSIDE FOR DUKE OF WINDSOR Returns to London Not in Company of Duchess PAGE 2 Luther Concert Band to Play at Lake Mills PAGE 8 Babe Ruth Gives Up on Major Loop Hope PAGE 9 sky comeback is suggested Rus sians who know him speak of Alexander as able but tempera mentally unequal to dealing with such conditions as prevail in their was followed by homeland Kerensky Lenin a sureenough communist Leon Trotsky his real name is Bronstein was his righthand man Indeed he was about as prominent as Lenin Trotsky in Exile But presently Lenin died Trot sky was the logical individual to succeed him but somehow Josef Stalin horned in ahead Trotsky was radical enough heaven knows but Joe was even more so and I suppose Russia was ripe for the maximum limit at that particular juncture Trotsky immediately lost most of his authority Shortly he was banished to Siberia Probably was suspicious of him with justification Its a Stalin maybe safe bet that Leon was sore and its imaginable that he did some plotting He escaped from Siberia how ever That was when he changed his name from Bronstein to Trot sky Subsequently we trace him to Geneva Madrid London to the vicinity of Istanbul Turkey to New York and finally to Mexico City his present place of refuge Recently Representative Martin Dies tried lo get him to come from Mexico to the United States as a witness before Martins congres erage Russian doesnt know the difference The essential point is that Stalinist Russia now is get ting the tar licked out of it by wee little Finland Stalins Censorship Its a safe gamble that Stalins censorship has kept Russians gen erally from learning much of the Finns successes but its hard to believe that a modicum of the news hasnt trickled in Anyway the o 1 dIashioned Leninists who hate Stalin as cor dially as anybody else does ar gue that nows the time for Trot sky to bounce home again and put Joe out oE business It will be a risky venture on Leons part From what the exiles tell me I judge that Trotsky is a bit more civilized than Stalin is Hes as red as its posible to be but best advices are to the effect that he isnt as brutal as Joe They say hes been slightly diluted by resi dence in Switzerland Spain Jand the U S A and Mexico vrtiereas Joe remains an unqaui fied barbarian from the Caucasus And Ill say this for Leon as my own personal verdict Hes an entertaining writer He s produced considerable liter ature On the subjects of govern ment sociology and economics hes a leftistplus Thats ad milted But his stories of his trav els not only are informative theyre funny RED OAK HAS 12 BELOW ZERO Iowa Given No Promise of Relief From Lower Than Normal Mercury DES MOINES to below zero temperatures Iowa was given no promise of relief Monday from the cold wave that hss held thc state in its grip more than a week The mercury dropped to a 12 below zero minimum Sunday night at Red Oak Mount Ayr had six below and Washington four be Jow It was 3 below in Mason City Temperatures Monday morning ranged from 12 to 18 degrees be low normal with no precipitation reported in the last 24 hours and clear skies over the entire state The mercury readied a high of 22 degrees Sunday at Dubuque the weather bureau reported The bureau warned shippers to protect for zero readings Monday night in all sections Iowa fore casting Increasing cloudiness and continued cold USE BOBSLED AT RITES COUNCIL BLUFFS bob sled replaced thc usual coach at the funeral of Thomas Falcs 56 Honey Creek farmer Deep snow drifts was thc cause of the ex change DIESPROBERS GIVEN SUPPORT Hook However States Chief Associated With Christian Front Leader WASHINGTON house rules committee voted Monday for continuation of the Dies committee investigation of unAmerican ac tivities amid charges by Represen tative Hook D Mich that Chairman Dies D Tex had ac tively associated with a prom inent collaborator of the Christian Front Hook placed in the congressional record a statement which said that Dies frequently associated with Mcrwin K Havl whom he de scribed as an energetic fellow traveler of the Christian Front Seventeen members oC that or ganization Hook added were ar rested recently in a fantastic plot to oxerthrow the govern ment y The house is to pass on continu ation of the Dies committee Tues day He said Dies spoke at meetings sponsored by Christian Front rep resentatives The committee rejected pleas o Representatives Dempsey D N Mex and Casey D Mass ol the Dies group that the resolution be amended to provide certain re strictions on procedure of the in FOUR BRITISH SHIPS SENT TO BOTTOM OF SEA Destroyer Grenville With 81 Men Dead included in Losses LONDON ff Four British ships one of them a sleek de stroyer were sent to the bottom in a wave of weekend shipping losses Three neutral victims also added to the heavy toll of men and ships especially around the British isles which some sources blamed on a sharp increase in mines Sinking of thc destroyer Gren ville 1485 ton flotilla leader by a mine or torpedo was an nounced by the admiralty Sun day She was the fourth British destroyer sunk in nearly five months of war and Britains 21st acknowledged loss to her fleet The admiralty said 118 officers and men had been saved but eight ave known to have been killed and 73 are missing and must be presumed to have lost their lives It listed the commander Capt G E Creasy among the 81 dead Among survivors were some gravely wounded To Britons the disastrous week end was a sad sequel to words of Winston Churchill first lord of the admiralty who declared Saturday things have never never gone so well in any naval war Britains own sea offensive par ticularly her patrols to blockade Germany also brought her a dip lomatic headache Besides the Grenville grief to these eight other ships became known during the weekend The 7807 ton British tankei Caroni sank Saturday after m unexplained explosion when sh was only 20 minutes out on a tria run sifter refitting Her crew o 55 was saved but several were in jured severely The British steamer Protesilaiis 9577 tons sank Sunday striking o mine oft the west coas of England Another vessel rescuet her crew of 60 The 1086ton British steamer Fcryhill sank apparently after striking a mine off the north east coast Two survivors were landed but 12 of her crew were believed lost The sinking of the 1050 ton Estonian steamer Nautic Saturday off the Shetland islands was con firmed Her crew was rescued Mason Cityan Announces Willis G C Bagley of Mason City Monclay announced his candidacy for nomination for reelection as treasurer of state at the June republican primaries Mr Bagley is serving his first two VPJ11 fprni TIC 4 ra n eri i m year term as treasurer He declared that service to the taxpayers of the statt has been improved and it is mybelief this can be continued and bet tered Farmers of the state are re ceiving their refunds of gasoline taxes within four days instead of two or three weeks as formerly Mr Bagley asserted Gasoline tax collections show an increase of nearly a million dollars a year parlly because of efficiency ot the department per sonnel together with better co operation of the oil dealers Gaso line Uix funds for road purposes are being returned to the counties eminent at least three weeks earlier than operating previously Improvement ot the degree NAZIS ON WAY FROM U S ARE TAKEN OFF SHIP Japanese Minister Declares incident Serious Unfriendly TOKIO IP Japan Monday protested formally to Britain gainst halting of the Japanese iner Asama Maru and seizure oX 1 Germans who were passengers their way home from the United States by way of Japan md Siberia The incident was characterized s a serious unfriendly act by he viceforeign minister Masa Taiii in an interview with Jritish Ambassador Sir Robert Leslie Craigie A foreign office communitiuc said that Sir Robert summoned to the foreign office was told that Japan attaehes the great est importance to the occur rence The Asama Maru bound for Yokohama from San Francisco was halted Saturday by a shot across her bow A British board ng party removed the 21 Ger mans who formerly served on Standard Oil company ships in Central and South America The Japanese protest declared forcible measures were used to remove the Germans when the Asama Mams captain declined to surrender them Demanding that Britain promptly furnish a fuil valid explanation Japan reserved the right to demand return of tileGerman seamen ami warned that any repetition would ar gravate all the more sentiment of the Japanese nation r bookkeeping system has been ac complished and further effort wil be made in this direction Mr Bagley referred also to the state administration with the as sertion that it is a matter of con cern that Gov George A Wil son be returned to office in 1910 The Mason Cityan added I am happy to play a part in his admin istration which through an open door policy and the use of busi nesslike methods in state gov has already expenses iti 1 reducet market Government Leaders Join in Senator Borah Tribute lievclli in me shall x x x never die Representative Voorhis D Cal had proposed such changes suggesting that the Dies committee meet behind closed doors to go over prospective testimony and evidence that no member make a public statement about evidence unless it had been approved by the full committee and that efforts be made to give persons accused a chance as soon as possible to Representative Mason R another Dies committceman said that although some mistakes had been made it would be wrong for the house to attempt to establish a precedent by setting forth rules and regulations for the conduct of investigations it authorizes RETIRED ACTOR DIES MARTINSVILLE Ind Pi Otis Harlan 73 retired stage and screen actor will be buried here Tuesday Harlan who specialized in songs and comedy died Satur day night ALLPASSENGERS REPORTED SAVED Only a Few of Crew on Burned Italian Ship Are Still Missing MARSEILLE France Italian officials announced late Monday afternoon that all of the 412 passengers aboard the burned Italian motorship Orazio had been rescued despite heavy seas and speed with which fire rav aged the vessel Sunday off the south coast of France V Local agents of the Italian line owners of the vessel said that only a few members of the crew of 231 stili were miss ing after a new checkup of survivors taken aboard half a dozen rescue shins Previously the line hnd an nounced that 104 persons includ ing 40 passengers worn missing The missing crew members were feared to have been killed outright by an explosion of un determined cause which occurred about 5 a m Sunday starting the fire which raged all day The vessel still was burning Monday Fortyeight survivors brought here aboard a French warship were confined to their beds in two hotels which were converted into emergency hospitals Most of the survivors were rescued by the 23350 ton Italian liner Conte Biancamano Others were saved by the steamer Colombo and smaller vessels Survivors brought to Marseille including 25 women and three small children said many pas sengers threw themselves into the sea to be picked up while others huddled on deck until rescued in lifeboats from other ships Roosevelt Judges Cabinet and Diplomatic Corps Attend Rites WASHINGTON of T 41 the government he served for more John and thc c8ith chapter o than three decades joined Monday in a solemn state funeral for the senates great oppositionist Wil liam E Borah 1rcsidcnl Iloosevclt sat silent ly in front of Borahs gray steel casket in the chamber which had echoed year after year lo the eloquence of thc Idaho states man Members of the supreme court the cabinet and thc diplomatic corps were seated nearby Sen ators and representatives occupied the remainder of the floor space Mrs Roosevelt was seated in the diplomatic gallery The Idaho republican 74 years old and dean of the senate died from cerebral hemorrhage last Friday Borahs desk was left vacant A spray of dark red roses rested on its mahogany top Flowers were banked about the casket There were pink carna tions from President and Mrs Roosevelt and a wreath ot white carnations from the senate itself The simple Episcopal funeral service was conducted by the Rev Barney Phillips senate chaplain assisted by the Rev James Shera Montgomery house chaplain The senate convened at a m C S T and after a prayer by Dr Phillips suspended business while the mourning guests were escorted to their seats Mrs Borah was seated in the senate lobby just outside the chamber I am the resurrection and the life saith thc Lord intoned thc Kcv James Shera Mont Komcrv chaplain of thc house He that bclicvcth in me though he were dead yet shall he live and whosoever livcth and bc V The chaplain then read the son from the fourteenth chapter 0 Britain From the broad viewpoint of the future of relations between Japan and Britain the Japanese government requests the British government to pay serious con sideration to the matter the pro test said Japan declaring JUJUM uuciarmg tiie Asama Maru was halted about 35 miles off the Japanese coast laid stress On the vessels position close In waters in making the Romans The soft notes of Abide Wit Me and prayer concluded th ceremony All members of the supreme court were present except thc newly appointed associate justice Frank Murphy Mr Roosevelt sat with bowed head during the service his hands folded in his lap Borahs colleagues decided that the body should lie in state all day in the flowerbanked well of the senate Members of thc special police force of the capitol were ordered to stand as honor guards beside the closed coffin until 5 p m when a train will bear the dead statesman to Boise Idaho for burial Japanese protest Passengers said the nazi prison ers were among a group of 40 men formerly seamen on Standard Oil tankprs who were being sent home t the companys expense because of the war They were enroule from San Francisco to Germany by way of Japan Thc British embassy termed the incident as in accordance with international law but German authorities here said an investiga tion would be made to determine possible action The captives were only tech nicians and skilled ratings sea men particularly useful to Ihc German war cffod thc British said The Weather FORECAST IOWA Increasing cloudiness Monday nighl and Tuesday continued cold MINNESOTA Unsettled Mon day niRlit and Tuesday prob ably snow flurries in north por tion colder Tuesday and Tues day niffht and in extreme northwest portion Monday night IOWA SHIPPERS FORE CAST FOK MONDAY NIGHT Zero in all sections IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette tics weather statis IMaximum Sunday Minimum Sunday nighl At 8 a m Monday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Thc figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum Saturday nijh At 8 a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum EARL BROWDER CONVICTED IN PASSPORT CASE BULLETIN NEW YORK federal court jury jlonday convicted Earl Browdcr scnera secretary of tlie communist party on pass port fraud charges NEW YORK Earl Broivder passport fraud trial went to a federal court jury Monday after the nations foremost com munist had asked for acquittal in thc American tradition and U S Attorney John T Cahill had de manded his conviction for spurn ing rules laid down by our democratic form of government The jury of 11 men md one woman took the case at p in in thc fourth trial day ot what had been one of thc speediest prosecutions of a major public figure in local federal court his tory The government had taken only two days to complete its cast and tiie defense had presented no witnesses at all Browder Kansasborn general secretary of the communist party of the United States faces a pos sible maximum penalty of in years imprisonment and a S4OQO fine if he is convicted He made his own summation explaining to the jury that he had received legal training from a correspondence school He said he was a communist and proud of it denied the government had proved him guilty of any wrong doing fraud or illegality and askcd a verdict in thte American tradition He look one hour and 15 minutes to state his case ;