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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 26, 1940, Mason City, Iowa H isr MEM AS r D P T Of C v P NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULIj LEASES WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUAEY 26 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 95 WHEELER DEMANDS FRSHOW HAND Nye Hasnt Chance for President By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist SENATOR GERALD P NYE of North Dakota took an entirely un necessary precaution the other day when in declaring his pref erence for Senator Arthur H Vnn denberg of Michigan as the re publicans 1040 presidential nomi nee he added that so far as he himself is concerned he winch isnt a candi ends date Hes per fectly safe the G 0 P wont name at the head of its ticket any way Not that Nye wouldnt make a good presi SenatbrNye dent His geo graphy is whats the matter with him not his quality North Dakota hasnt enough convention votes to wad a shot gun and it already is dependably republican Theres no need for the party to make a bid for its wee little handful of ballots by pickinj EUROPE SPEEDS UP PLANS FOR SPRING DRIVES Maginot Line Improved Possible Blows Are Unknown Quantities By UNITED PRESS Europe speeded up war prepara tions Friday for major offensives which may come when winter Barefoot Man Gives Out Coins Causes Riot LOS ANGELES tall man in bare feet started a riot on main street by giving away more than 1000 quarters and Friday police sought means to curb his generosity The man known only as Brother John a picturesque fig ure here for more than 20 years late started handing out 25cent pieces to homeless men near a main street cafe announcing in louct tones Im feeding the hungry Im tired of having money My sons forget material things Men came running with out stretched hands and within a few minutes some 2000 persons were pushing and struggling to get within Brother Johns coin tossing distance One man asked where the money was coming from Nature has taken care of me replied Brother John wav ing his beard and his long grey locks The wealth and health oE nature come to me up through the soles of my bare feet Someone called the police riot squad Eight officers were un able to dispel the crowd so they took Brother John to the police station There estimating that the man had given away more than they impounded the rest of the money and in structed him not to start an other such disturbance LOOK INSIDE FOR Nobody knew when or where the widelypredicted sprintr timc blows would fall but there has been increasing confidence that the western Europe stale mate will be broken and that he red army will throw its best troops into a general offensive in Finland On the Finnish fronts the Rus sians continued to pound at de fense lines northeast of Lake La sixth dny of a so far vain attempt to turn the left flank of the Mannorhoim line The Rus sian operations appeared to be City of Flint Nears U S After Modern Sea Odyssey Battered Freighter Scheduled to Docket Baltimore Saturday bearer Its true that hes been presiden lially mentioned but not vocifer ously and not by any really prac tical politician He always has been a first rate liberal and mod crate leftists greatly approve him As author of our original neutrality law now considerably altered hes extremely popular among ultrapacifistic folk But these groups even combined 1 dont dominate national conven against craftier managers who want to win primarily and are guided accordingly They may deem if expedient to agree on a liberal or a pacifist orboth when the G O P picks its next leader but not a liberal or a pacifist from a state like North Dakota It would be too much like handing the prize to Rhode Island State Not Doubtful Vice presidentially Nye has been suggested quite a bit How ever he isnt seriously even a vice presidential possibility After a party convention has selected its nominee for first place it usually seeksto plug up some doubtful hole with a vice presidential offer North Dakota is no such doubtful hole It isnt doubtful at all Nevertheless its greatly to Sen ator Nyes credit that hes talked about the least bit It implies that hes very well thought of personally regardless of his geo graphical availability Gerald since his advent in Washington has labored persist ently under the handicap of being classed as an infant senator Originally he was appointed to the upper congressional chamber to fill a vacancy at the age of 33 There have been younger sena tors but not more than two or three Now hes 48 But it always has been assumed that hes in the infant category That stigma clings comparatively limited and they merely were holding their ground on other fronts But a possible indication ot plans for the expected spring campaign was reported by the Stockholm newspaper Aftonbladet which said that Soviet War Com missar Klernenti Voroshilov had gone to the Finnish front accom panied by the general staff There have been persistent in dications that the Russian troops in action on the Finnish fronts so far are untrained secondary forces and that the crack red army have been thrown into action on only two or three sectors Volunteers from abroad also were arriving in larger num bers another sroup from Amer ica and Australia i a v i n a reached XJlcaborfj And while emphasizing that there is 110 emergency at present United States citizens in Sweden were uiRcd by consular authorities to return to their homes if such action was feasible because there always was danger that conditions later would make travel difficult BALTIMORE S S City of Flint nearing the end of a modern Odyssey of the Sea steamed past the Virginia capes Friday The battered little American freighter had not been within sight of U S shores since last ct 3 when it sailed out of New York harbor on what was to have been a routine cargo trip to Euro pean waters Saturday morning the Flint is due to dock at Baltimore harbor Tivo officials of the United States operators of the Flint boarded the freighter as it passed the Vir ginia capes They brought with them a payroll for the Ameri can crew The 40 sailors aboard the Flint have not been paid since their vessel left New York City In the months since the 4963 ton Flint went to sea it has be come the central figure of a sea epic First it was intercepted Oct 9 by the German pocket battle ship Deutschland The battleship placed a German prize crew in charge of the freighter The prize crew dodging all w Flint firs to Tromsbe Norway and then t the Russian Arctic port of Mur mansk Ignoring the U S protests the Russian officials allowed th Flint to remain at Murmansk sb days and then sail again still in charge of the prize crew The Flint sailed down the Nor wegian coast hugging the shore ine and Norwegian tcrritoria waters in an effort to run th British blockade This episode came to a sudden end however when the freigh On the western front several months of work by 100000 labor ers has turned Frances famous Maginot line into the Maginot defense system Whereas the line formerly was a series of under ground concrete forts it has now been deepened and enlarged for the purpose of permitting flank ing fire on a grand scale Thus it combines the French system a main line of solid forts with the German Siegfried line principle of a deep series of in terlocking lines pill boxes forts and tank traps The change the French report to him today and will continue to was advisable in view of mod do so if he lives to be 100 Age Is Factor For instance who ever heard todays Senator Robert M La Fol lette referred to otherwise than as Young mere kinder garten product Senator Rush D Holt is in the same group Nobody rates him as anybody but a high school lad and nobody ever will scnatorially speaking Its related that Henry Clay similarly was dis counted but thats so far back that its forgotten A representative can get in young and work up Not a sena tor If hes young to begin with his fellow senators everlastingly patronize him as a junior For the presidency a candidate mustnt be too old A senator shouldnt be too young if hes to be influential John N Garner is pretty old for the white house Nye isnt too old but he was too young And of course his geographys wrong also He was born in Wisconsin He ought to have gone to New York to become a presidential eligible but he made the infantile mistake of locating in North Dakota Nye has been the best investi gator Ihst the senate ever had Hes been chairman of half a dozen important inquisitions on capital hill His last one was into war profiteering and led to our present neutrality law though it was somewhat tinkered with at the last congressional special ses sion ern warfare and tlic western front defenses now arc far stronger than ever tcr was halted at the lluuge sund Roadstead by Norwegian officials who interned thc Gor man prize crew and allowed the American crew to take charge again W A long delay followed while U S Lines officials worked out ns for the Flints return to the United States Finally after tak ng aboard a cargo of iron ore the left the Norwegian port of for Baltimore The iron ore is consigned to the Bethlehem Steel corporation plant at Sparrows Point here The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Friday night and Saturday somewhat colder in northeast Friday night not ijuiic so cold Saturday aft ernoon in extreme northwest portion MINNESOTA Generally fair Friday night and Saturday cold er in east and extreme south Friday night not quite so cold Saturday afternoon in extreme west portion IOWA SHIPPERS FORE CAST FOR FRIDAY Western I 3 below IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics lUaximum Thursday 5 Minimum Thursday night At S a m Friday 2 Snow Iracc YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum 31 FURIOUS SOVIET ATTACKS HELD BACK BY FINNS Desperate Russian Offensive Results in Heavy Loss to Invaders HELSINKI at acks against Finnish positions lortheast of Luke Ladoga were continuing the army communique said Friday but red army troops everywhere had been thrown back A desperate Russian offensive in that region has been under way for almost a week with the Finns no soviet gains and the snow of the battlefield covered with Russian dead An attempt to storm Fort Mantsi on the east coast of Lake Ladoga JUJCU cllule w ulc also failed the army said building and it was necessary to Fire Causes Loss at Rockwell from a defective furnace partly destroyed the St Peters Lutheran church here Thursday afternoon causing an estimated damage while Rockwell firemen fought the blaze for several hours in near zero weather The flames discovered about 1 p m swept through the basement and first floor of the building destroying fixtures pews the floor walls and bursting out win dows Quickly forming ice hampered the firemen as they battled the flames with five streams of wa ter as the temperature hovered around zero Quick action by tile firemen in chopping through the floor and drenching the base ment with water aided in con trolling the flames A large hole was burned in the middle of the floor over the fur nace Heavy clouds ot smoke de layed entrance into the burning Gets Weekly 3 Months of Vacation PAGE 2 700 at Meeting of Garner CoOperative PAGE 5 Mason City Preps to Face Old Court Foes PAGE U Quickie Weddings Offered by Yuma Take But 2 Minutes YUMA Ariz Ed Winn and ministers in this Gretna Green for speedhungry Californians are con ducting quickie marriage ceremonies Just two minutes and youre man and wife A newspaper reporter trying to keep up with Dan Cupids swift pace attended 12 weddings in than 24 hours and missed several others Last year 8899 couples were married in this town of 5000 population Most of them were California evading their states threeday delay between license application and ceremony or its health examination Brilliant signs Wink throughout the night to attract altarbound couples to Marriage Lane Licenses arc available day or night but after the courthouse is closed the price goes up from S2 to Justice Winn and nny num ber ot ministers arc ready to tie the S5 up A night club operator who got into a row with clergymen over his establishment caused an up roar by moving into the marriage business The communique reviewing Thursdays activities said Ihc Finnish lines northeast Lake Ladoga were under almost unre mitting pressure but attacks all were beaten off and our troops retained their positions every where The red army communique for Thursday said nothing of im portance took place at the Unofficial accounts said about 0000 Russians were in peril of starvation in the Salla district nnd that Russian warplanes were attempting to get food to them by parachute In the southeast where wave after wave of Russians were said to have charged across tlic frozen lakes on the flank of the JUannerhcim line in a costly ef fort to reach the marooned force at Kitela Finns pictured the red army on a tremendous tread mill Since the war started they said the Russians have sent men and machines against the Finns in re peated assaults but have remained virtually at their starting place Seven American flyers arrived Thursday to join other foreign volunteers with Finlands air force Headed by Vincent Schmidt Mineola W Y World war veteran who served with the Chinese and Spanish republican air forces overcome the smoke before fire men could breath inside the church Albert Distelmeier retired farmer noticed the smoke pour ing from the building as he was enrouteJo the business district Distehneir notified the J Landdeck pastor of the church and they called the fire department The furnace had been fired for the afternoon meeting of the La dies Cemetery association The members postponed their meeting when they found the church in flames No one was in the build ing at the time of the fire Plans are underway to finance the repair work on the church the Rev Mr Landdeck said Thursday night and construction will start as soon as possible they included Marcus 1 Clark Hollywood Cal Frcdrik Lundottcrsen Phila delphia Charles L Stehlin New York City Harry Schell who had been living in Monte Carlo George Folds Lake Forest 111 and Emil L Toussant Frand Forks N Dak British Broom Handles Square to Save Wood LONDON broom handles from now on will be square in order to save wood Britains timber dictator ruled Friday I will not say anything about splinters the timber controller Major A I Harris remarked SUBZERO AGAIN IS PREDICTED Red Oak Reports 18 Below Mason City Registers Minus 5 DBS MOINES weath er bureau told the same old fa miliar story again Friday morn 19 degreesbe low zero and siibzcrOTeadirigs pecteci in Iowa again Friday night The bureau said it was not nearly so cold as Thursday morn ing in Iowa but that faint phrase Mercury Climbs to 8 Above Locally Tlic mercury became ambiti ous Friday afternoon anil man aged to climb to a plus 8 in IMason City after registering a 5 below Thursday night Friday afternoons temperature despite its subnormal duality was the highest recorded since Tuesday when the cold wave swept across Ihe stole Bargain Pistol Causes Accidental Death LEWIS SUPPORT FOR MONTANAN IS ANTICIPATED Senator Lays Program for Solving Problems Before UMW Convention COLUMBUS Ohio tor Burton K Wheeler DMonU laid before the United Mine Work ers union convention Friday his program for solving Americas national problems as evidence ac cumulated that John L Lewis is ready to back him for the presi dency V Wheelers appearance before the miners convention was packed wilh political siffnifi eance lie is the only potential presidential candidate invited to speak and before he appeared lie urged President Roosevelt to renounce third term ambitions within a comparatively short lime The Montanan declared that un employment unsolved and com paratively untouched still re mains Americas No 1 problem and he urged that a national con ference of industrial agricultural and labor leaders be called to pro pose a solution to it Such a conference also has been urged by Lewis und indorsed by the mine union convention The American Federation of Labor also lias urged Mr Roosevelt to call such a meeting Like Lewis Wheeler pleaded for strict American neutrality in the European war and waried against attempts by U S public officials to use foreign affairs to divert our attention away from what islartnore important to us solution of ourdo mestic problems Wheeler referred to himself as a 1940 candidate for reelection to the senate but it was not be lieved that this was intended to preclude his availability for the presidency Al a prcss conference before lie spoke Wheeler declared that continued silence by Mr Iloosc veil on Ihc third term issue un til the democratic convention can only lead to disaster Wheeler said that he believed IMr Roosevelt could have the nomination if he wants it add ing that he would support him if nominated PITTSBURGH Jack Mannkc 17 pnid S2 for a pistol and thought it was a bargain While he was examining the wea pon it went off He was fatally wounded of good news followed a minimum reading Thursday night of 18 be low zero at Red Oak Other subzero minimums includ ed 11 below at Mount Ayr 8 below at Keokuk and 5 below in Mason City Iowas southern neighbor Mis souri reported even colder read belov zero at St Joseph Kansas City had a 10below mini mum Light snow wis falling in cast cm Iowa flurries being reported at Iowa City Oubuquc and Dav enport The western part of the slate was clear The bureau said it expected generally fair weather Friday night and Sruvdav The monlamin praised Lewis and his union highly declaring that they have aided in the pres ervation of our democratic insti tutions No greater tribute could be paid to any man than to say he has great great hon esty and is true friend Fun Food and Even Naps Are Part of Curriculum at Grant School GILLETTE WILL ENTERTAIN WASHINGTON iPj Senator STORIES ON PAGE 2 Fun food and even naps arc part of thr curriculum al Grant and M Gillette will en school since the WFA free hot lunch project sot under way this tcrtain members of the Iowa and Ihc preschool project opened early his winter and their j Miss Marion Weaver volunteer Iearlier in Ihe nursery is shown at the extreme left playins finger samcs with some of her charges They ransrc from tn 5 years of ase and there arc 32 enrolled Tlic jgrcssionnl delegation and their j wives at breakfast at their home next Sunday preschool is particularly appreciated by mothers who work duriny the day ami arc happy to have assurance that the smaller children also arc well cared for while the older attend school In the center picture Principal Henry Pcndcrsrafl holds a bowl for a second helping of soup Irom the ladle of Mrs Gertrude John son supervisor of the hot lunch project Since surplus commodities arc used no one can pay for Ihc lunches regardless Of whether they are financially able to do so or not Some parents make donations hot of provisions however Mrs Johnson and her helpers prepar lunches each school day for approximately 80 children The irirls at the right arc ealine bean soup and drinkim tlocn Jalc milk Cornbrcart anri stewed prunes also can he seen on he lablc Whole wheat urcad also was available to those who preferred If anyone leaves thr hungry it is his own fault There is plenty of food for second or cvrn third helping lnrk photos Haycnay engraving Wheeler said All these attributes in John L Lewis are by friend and foe alike The ivord of John I Lewis once given is never broken History tells us that it has frc neutly been a convenient device for leaders of when thwarted in their attempts In solve economic problems in their country to divert the attention of their people toward foreign af fairs Wheeler said Let us take this lesson of history to heart Let us not allov foreign af fairs to divert our attention away from what is far more important to us namely the solution of our domestic problem lie predicted that if the United Statcs should become involved in war in Europe or Asia that there will he a blackout of American institutions and pos sibly of democracy itself Wheeler recommended devel opment of the South American markets He saiil this could he done without involvement in any entanglements of foreign nations without commitments to any foreign nation In this manner we IOtiJd build tip our own domestic economy by providing greater employment and thereby increase our national income he asserted On Ihc problem of providing for between nine and ten million unemployed the senator said that either private industry will furnish work to the unemployed or the government must Over three million of the un employed arc youns men and women under tiic SIRC of 24 he oui They have no im medimt prospect of jobs Ycl upon their welfare and morale j rests Ihc future of the nation There cannot be nny permanent i prosperity or industrial peaco 1 when million are unemployed I facing suffering and misery ;