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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 25, 1940, Mason City, Iowa OES r of ID VA COMi MOINES U NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVI FIVE CENTS A COPV MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUARY 25 1940 THIS PAPEB CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS NO 94 GERMAN RAIDER BACK IN HOME PORT Stark for Strength Insurance By CHARLES P STEWART Cenfral Press Columnist Congress has a habit of au thorizing expenditures for vari ous purposes without appropriat ing any money to foot the bill This happens quite frequent ly in connec tion with the matter of war s h i p building The vessels ire voted for but no cash is pro vided to start work on We already have big addi Aflmiral Stark tions fleet ized to oui author fa u t no buildings being done due to lack of the financial wherewithal Now theres plenty of scntimcnl on capitol hill for another au thorization running into 10 fig ures Chairman David I Walsh of the senates naval affairs committee isnt hostile to the additional au thorization Only he says Birst lets start construction of our previously authorized f i g h t ing craft then authorize some more Admiral Harold R Stark the navy departments chief of op erations agrees with Senator Walsh He points out that paper ships cant fight no matter hov numerously and powerfully theyre authorized What he wants is the real article W Biggest Navy Ever In fact the admiral goes rathe farther than the senator d o c s Naval officers generally do go1 th orithe subject of Uriel Sams seafighting strength Th senator stops with a plea for ap propriations equal to our au thorizations The admiral say we need a lot more authorize tions with appropriations t go with them In short Admiral Starks thesi is that our navy ought to be physi cally not merely on bi and formidable enough to lick nn imaginable combination of navie against us He doesnt want it for offensive purposes The stronger it is the less likely is such a combination to tackle us That is to say military strength is insurance against war not a bid for participation in The questions argued both ways Right after the 191418 war there was a vigorous international campaign to get all firstc lass powers to cut down on their arm aments It was in Congressman Fred Brittens day as chairman of the representatives naval affairs committee Britten was pretty hard boiled rmt he was an ardent armament limitationist His reasoning was that the only way to prevent a country from employing its naval might was to keep it from having enough of it to be worth employ ing Britten didnt contend that any one country alone could af ford to adopt such a policy His notion was that they should do it by what diplomats call n multi lateral compact The 553 Treaty Well such a dicker was framed tip Uncle Sam promised to hold down to a naval ratio of five ver sus Britains five Japan under took to hold down to a basis of three to every five units of United States or British strength France and Italy in the same ratio lim ited themselves to one and one half each It was known as the 5531iHb treaty Germany didnt count having been so cently beaten The thing never worked from the beginning Britain began by fudging surreptitiously on Uncle Sams allowance Japan fudged much more openly Germany started building pocket battle ships France and Italy never paic much attention to the bargain cither Admiral Stark suggests the chance of a fourpower alliance against the United many Russia Japan and Italy Suppose he sayf that Britain and France lose He doesn seem to consider this an impos sibility Then he suggests the Eurasian quartet will be liable to gang up on us and well have two oceans to fight in On our pres ent basis he surmises that one ocean will be enough to keep our navy adequately occupied leaving the other one neglected He proposes a twoocean JURY LAUNCHES LIQUOR INQUIRY INPOLKCOUNTY Will Seek Answer to Charges Bootleggers Cut In on State Brands DBS MOINES fl Sources iere indicated Thursday that the 3olk county grand jury will try o track down charges that il egally imported liquor has been jutting into the sales of the same wands in the stale stores Fourteen subpcnas were issued Wednesday night to Des iUoines representatives of large dis tilleries First witnesses in the liquor probe were scheduled to be heard Thursday by the grand jury M L Curtis chairman of the Iowa liquor control commission was the first witness heard by hc grand jury Dick R Lane of Davenport and E E Mantey other members of the commis sion and a commission secre tary also were ready to appear Senator Clyde L Herring last Dec 26 said he had been told by one liquor representative that state store sales of a particular brand had dropped off 80 cases a month The representative as sertedly told the senator that the brand meanwhile was appearing in Des Moines and OskaloosE without Iowa state stamps affixed to the bottles The grand jury the reports added may check into every al legation of liquor violation made by Senator Herring in his Dec 26 statement The democratic law maker charged 1 Illegal liquor is pouring into Folkcounty because the boot legger is undersellint the state stores 2 Certain brands are beins pushed by certain store man agers and other employes a thing never permitted under the old system 3 That the commission was uinkine at the distribution by liquor companies of halfpint and other miniature samples to prospective Iowa customers In categorically denying Her statements the commission ins disputed his contentions thn state liquor stove prices are a ugh or higher than those of sur states Herring is a democrat whil he present slate administrate and the Polk county courthous are republicancontrolled Besides the liquor representa lives those subpenaed includ commission members state stor managers in Polk county an state law enforcement officers Snow Halts Traffic IMost government employes anfl other workers were late to work on the morning after nine and onehalf inches of snow blanketed Washington bringing all traffic almost to a standstill This overhead view of Fourteenth street looking south from Pennsylvania avenue shows a lone line of streetcars and automobiles held up by the storm FINNS TORMENT RED TANKS BY HIT SKIP WAR Helsinki Excited as Something Big Is Believed Brewing HELSINKI tac tics of Finlands skiiing sharp shooters are frustrating soviet Russian mechanized units and are in large measure responsible for trapping of a big red army force northeast of Lake Ladoga Finnish sources reported Thursday Russian ank crews are so pro voked by the whiteclad phan toms that they often send their machines barging about in futile circles in search of their tor mentors tils Finns said V Excitement is growing in Hel sinki where Finns believe some thing big is brewing northeast of the lake Behind the brief Finnish com muniques telling of heavy fight ing for the past three days in that sector the Finns said there was this unofficial story Large Russian forces early in the war pushed northwestward around Lake Ladoga in an effort to flank the Karelian isthmus de fenses of the Mannerheim line Their two columns were smashed about 20 miles inside Finland Another heavy drive was stopped at Kitela also a score of miles from the border and six or seven miles north of the lake Anxious to relieve the Kitcla di visions before they could be cut to Nazis Police Vital R R A This map showsthe KumanianPolisbGernian railway which being policed in Russian Poland by German troops fallowing consent of Russian authoritiesThe Germans had complained to Moscow that vital shipments of wheat and oil from Rumania were bciiiff delayed or lost in transit on the road German Freighter Intercepted by French Patrol Is Scuttled PARIS official an nouncement Thursday night said a French patrol ship had inter cepted the German freighter Al bert Janus of 1600 tons which was scuttled by her crew The communique also said that one of our patrol boats successfully at tacked an enemy submarine Red Oaks 23 Below Is Iowas Coldest DES MOINES Oak aecame Iowas north pole Thurs day when the m tempera ture reading registered 23 degrees below zero While readings throughout the state were in the subzero class the official reading at Red Oak then represented a fourdegree drop from an hour earlier A slight moderation in Iowas subzero cold spell was forecast Thursday by the weatherman His forecast included not quite so cold Thursday night and slowly rising temperatures Fri day but he warned Itll still be cold after it warms up With temperatures ranging from 25 to 30 degrees below nor mal skies were reported clear High reading of the last 24 hours was 8 above at Dubuque Other low marks recorded in clude 17 below at Mt Ayr IB be low at Iowa Falls Council Bluffs and Washington 15 below at Poca hontas 13 below in Mason City and 12 below at Spirit Lnke CANADIAN COLD AIR HITS 1S Subnormal Temperatures Extend Over Wide Area to Gulf of Mexico By UNITED PRESS New masses of cold air swept down from the Canadian north vest Thursday dropping temper atures still lower than the sub normal levels around which the mercury has hovered for more hair a week The U S weather bureau at Chicago reiterated its forecast of every day since the wave struck Jan 14 No relief in sight Forecaster C A Donnel said there would be some modera tion but no return to winter normal temperatures during the next 24 hours It will be cold but not quite so cold he said V 4s American per1 navy cither not a pa Its rather melancholy consid ering the international peace talk of about 15 years ago 12 Word Resolution on Peace Offered COLUMBUS O short est resolution submitted Thursday at the United Mine Workers con that there be peace between John L Lewis and William Green It was offered by the Crows Nest Pa local Doctor on Way to Aid Fall Victim Also Slips DENVER Malconado 30 slipped on his icecovered steps broke several ribs City Physician A L Daywit sent to examine him slipped on the same spot and bruised his head and legs Town Without Water When Pipes Freeze MORRIS Okla town of 1700 is without water Its four inch feeder pipe from Okmulgee seven miles west froze Residents are hauling water from Okmulgee in everything from pressure cook ers to 50gallon barrels Physician Declares Ban on Kisses at California U Mistake BERKELEY Cal sity of California health officers decreed a 60 day ban on kissing after 18 students were stricken with influenza This Dr S L Katzoff said Thursday was a mis take A good healthy kiss neve spread any germs said Dr Katz off medical director of the San Francisco Institute of Human Re lations A genuine kiss generates so much heat it destroys germs If anything the university ought to advocate more kissing The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair not quite so cold Thursday nifht Friday increasing cloudiness with slowly rising temperature MINNESOTA Generally fair Thursday night and Friday slottly rising temperature Fri day IOWA SHIPPERS FORE CAST For Thursday night 10 below in all sections IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum IVcdncsdaj Minimum Wednesday night At 8 3 m Thursday YEAR AGO Maximum 21 Minimum o The cold extended from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico and from the moun tains to the Atlantic coast Up in northern Montana where the new cold mass entered the United States Wednesday night the mercury dropped to 27 degrees below zero Northern Minnesota points reported readings around 13 and 16 below Central plains states where there had been a moderation during the week once more experienced temperature from zero to a few degrees above Dixieland felt it too with Alabama highways closed by hazardous traffic conditions and tempera tures down to a few degrees above zero The cold threatened severe damage to 1940 crops It imposed b c 1 o wfreexing temperatures upon the Florida and Itio Grande winter growing belts Dr M J Dorsey of the University of Illi nois College of Agriculture said it may have cause almost a to tal loss of the Illinois peach crop which has been valued at 52000000 for the last ttircc years Frozen rivers brought Hood threats Pittsburgh reported ice gorges in the Allegheny Monon gahela and Ohio rivers which would overflow the banks in the event of a sudden thaw or rain pieces in the manner of the 163rd and 44th divisions at Suomossalmi the Russian command tiled vainly to send troops across the frozen lake Then they sought to bring up reinforcements along Die railroad from Suojarvi 55 miles northeast of Kitela but tlie Finns stopped them In a more desperate effort the Hussian command launched re peated attacks overland but in the past three days these have been thrown back with heavy Hussian losses With the skiing Films plajinff a deadly same of teg the Rus sians in tile neighboriiood of Ki lela arc in an increasingly diffi cult situation and are eating their horses That is the Finnish story On the darker side for Finland is the wholesale bombing of com munities behind the lines Individuals in pursuit ships rather than on skis can work won ders against squadrons of Russian bombers the Finns contend One pilot is credited with destroying six bombers on a single but Finlands airforce is insig nificant compared with the soviet Armada Declining to voice premature optimism the Finns say there is chance that a phantom airforce may sometime hope to rival in the skies the feats of the ski scouts on land 2 DIE AS TRAIN STRIKES AUTO Wrecked Car Falls From Locomotive 2 Miles From Crash Site WASHINGTON Iowa Marcele Kinzie and Edward Bruty of Washington Iowa were killed Wednesday night about 7 miles east of Washington when the au tomobile in which they were rid ing was struck by Rock Island passenger train No 1 Kinzieand Bruty both employed at the Washington coun ty hospital were returning from Iowa City with a car load of hos pital uniforms The crew did not know of the accident until the engineer saw the wrecked auto fall from the front of the locomotive and roll down an embankment 2 miles from where the collision occurred The train crew notified Wash ington county Coroner W S Kyle and Sheriff Harold Putnam who traveled on a gasoline rail scooter to the scene of the accident The officers found the bodies of the two victims about 2 a m BRITISH WATCH WORLDS OIL Would Dry Up Sources of Fuel Supply for German War Machine LONDON Britain is keeping sharp watch on t h e worlds oil fields with the aim ot drying up sources of fuel supply for Germanys war machine au thoritative sources said Thursday SUPERINTENDENT DJES WEBSTER CITY A Tcllior 32 Blairsburg schools s perintendent died Thursday fol lowing a lingering illness Surviv ors include the widow and three sons LOOK INSIDE FOR 0 13 9 MINERS AVORK INCREASES PITTSBURG Kans was an ill cold one from the it blew good to coal miners and operators The united mine workers union ap proved an increase from five to fix work days a week to supply demands for fuel By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS bat tleship Deutsehland re turned home recently aft er warring on Atlantic merchant ships Germany announces ordering ships name changed to Luetzow GENOA naval vessel Forfait reported in distress Admiralty pre pares to prevent further halting of Japanese vessels by belligerent warships THE HAGUE Nether lands rejects British con tention neutrals should join allies inland hears something big brewing northeast of Lake Ladoga where two Rus sian divisions reported trapped DEUTSUDS NAME CHANGED TO LUETZOW Bigger Ship Will Carry Name Fuehrer Adolph Hitler Orders BERLIN pocket bat tleship Deutschland returned home recently after warring oi merchant shipping in the Atlantic since the start of the war the Ger man high command announced It was also announced that Rcichsfuehrcr Adolf Hitler hart ordered the Deutschland re named the Luetzow to reserve the name Deutschland for i bigger ship It was not disclosed whether such a ship was already under construction The Deutschland was one of three 10000ton pouket battleships which Germany had at the start of the war The Admiral Graf Spec was de stroyed by its own commander Dec 17 off Montevideo Uruguay four days after fleeing to that port in a running fight with three British cruisers The other the Admiral Scheer was reported active in the iirst months of the war but the Ad miral Graf Specs crew said they frequently masqueraded as the Admiral Scheer V The Deutschland broke into the headlines prominently with its capture of the American mer chantman City of Flint Oct 9 The City of Flint was seized as a con traband carrier but subsequently Because one of Britains worries is tho possibility of German air raids on a large scale to counter Germans Declare Rumania Must Give More Oil to Reich BUCHAREST high authority said Thursday that German envoys had fold the Rumanian government in vigor ous terms that it must supply more oil to the rcich and that obtaining an increased supply of Itumanian oil was a matter of life and death for Ger many British sea power the drive to buy gasoline thai otherwise might fill the tanks of naxi bomber is one of the chief problems of the eco nomic warfare department The effort to shoulder Germany out of oil markets supplements the twoway blockade of Germanys commerce in which informed British sources have disclosed a wide variety of contraband was seized from 25003 parcel post packages from the Americas ex amined between Oct 12 and Jan 12 British anxiety momentarily is centered in Rumania and in Iran v y In Rumania formation of a rew oil control board has created the possibility of an increased flow Lu jerniany and a diminished supply or the BritishFrench allies The lew Rumanian commission has to take over companies hat disobey its orders and the al ies have warned that any attempt to compel British and French oil companies operating in Rumania o furnish oil to Germany might lead to grave complications In Iran Germany has been re sorted making a determined cam paign for a trade increase was taken from the German prize crew by Norwegian authorities and released She is due to reach Baltimore Friday On Nov 25 the Deutschland sank with shellfire the British armed merchant cruiser Rawalpindi near Iceland The only other vessel definitely known to have been sunk by the Deutschland was the British freighter Stonegate on Oct 2i The Deutsctiland was launched in 1931 first of the pocket bat tleships heavily armored fast ships equipped with 11incli guns Because of these combined attributes they were unique among naval vessels W On May 1937 tile Deutsch land was bombed by Spanish gov ernment planes during the Spanish civil war 23 of the crew being killed and 83 wounded Two days later German war ships shelled the Spanish city of Almeria and killed a score of per sons in reprisal Last March when Memcl was absorbed into the German reich the Deutschland there carried Hitlcr TAliL V McNUTT Expects to Be Called Names in Public Life PAGE 2 Luther Band Plays in Northwood on Monday STATE PAGE Mason City High to Return to Own Court SPORTS PAGE Pickle Packers Protest Punitive Pecuniary Penalties CHICAGO packers protested penalties punitive propounded pecuniary by politi cians Thursday pleading the prac tice prevented proper production and promoted price pskyrocket ing Oh pshaw The National Pickle Packers as sociation convention charged that taxes such as the chain store tax would raise the price of pickles and therefore people would cat fewer pickles This they siid would ipacl unfavorably on agri industry by limiting production 2 Kansas City Traffic Lights Frozen Up KANSAS CITY be low zero weather froze up two traffic lights Thursday at busy downtown intersections just nl go ingtowork time Traffic flowed freely one way Words flowed freely the other THREATENS TO CITE STARK Judge Gives Statement After Governor Wryly Comments on Court KANSAS CITY bossfighting governor Lloyd C Stark was threatened Thursday by a circuit judge with citation for contempt of court Circuit Judge Marion D Walt ner voiced the threat after Stark had commented wryly on the judges action in dismissing ncj lect of duty charges against the Jackson county Kansas City prosecutor W W Graves Graves one of the king pins in the democratic machine of the now imprisoned political boss Tom Pendergast has been a frequent target of Stark in his war on Pendergast Stark Pendergast Craves and Wnltner all are democrats This court will of its own mo tion order the governor to appear here and show cause why he should not be held lor contempt of court Judge Waltricr said After the prosecutor was freed of the charges the governor com mented 1 think the people of Missouri will understand a prepared statement the judge said it is up to the governor lo prove his insinuations that the lav and evidence were not followed or come out with an apology House Votes for Dies Inquiry W A S H I N G T O N h p iiousc Thursday voted 575000 by unanimous consent to continue the Dies investigation of unAmerican activities during 1340 ;