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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 10, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THI SRIGHT SPOT VOL XLV ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUIA LEASED WIRES Identity of Neutrality Change Foes Uncertain half of those 34 senators who foregath ered in private to bind themselves against Mr Roosevelts idea of neutrality played a sly little trick on him The meeting was set for a cer tain hour It was generally known Newsmen hastened over at the ap pointed time found about 17 senators had come in early had pledged themselves and left w i t h o u t publicly identi fy i n g them selves Mr Roosevelts sen atorial agents were left wait ing around in r anguish for Paul Malion hours before they could identify the early call ers and then they were not def initely certain How could they use white house pressure upon men whose identities they could not ascertain Newsmen scrambling around were able to identify the Jate stayers who apparently did not care what pressure the white house brought Administrations agents were able to make a few broad guesses on the identity of those missing from their list but it was embarrassing tedious and uncertain Inside reason why scheduled meetings of the senate foreign re lations committee have been post poned half a dozen times is that the white house pressure squad knew it was beaten and was spar ring for time On each occasion the squad thought it might get an agreement on some acceptable proposition by the appointed time and on each occasion failed Late postponement Friday was reported due to their failure to make Senator Gillette change his mindIt appeared then theywere one vote shy of overthrowing the committee and were concentrat ing on Mr Gillette t McNutt Power Gaining Mention of the McNutt candi dacy has been a sign for smirks among the topflight democratic politicos the smirks now are not as light as formerly The publicity that the tall bronze and handsome candidate is get ling has caused a new rush of inside inquiries as to how mucl strength he has As near as the toppers here can make out he has Indiana and a widely scattered friendship fol lowing which is fair but not for midable Through his early Ameri can Legion days and his nations speaking campaigns he has come to know a great many influentia party people He has been working on his candidacy for about fou years now and has some hidden strength Apparently it is no enough to make him a seriou contender like Garner Farley and Hull but probably enough t put him in the vice presidentia reckonings although he neve aimed for anything below heaven and those who know him say he would consider the vice presi dency beneath at any rate His obvious weakness is that hi does not typify an issue such as for instance Garner does McNutt strategy is to keep pushing his name up front in hopes something will happen no that his friends believe it will bu asthey say Anything can hap pen in a situation like this Wallace Controls Much Mr Wallace has become th prince of the spenders Events o this congressional session hav cast the biggest portion of th treasury purse into the hand o the agriculture secretary He the likely lord and master of 371000000 as far as it can b counted now Checking of appropriation shows he has been given the un precedented total of for his enlarged agricultural de partment Further his rural dec tification bureau has availabi commodity credit cor poration farm cred for administrative penses and crop loans plus unlirn ited borrowing power which can not be calculated This adds up 1 a little over an places him above WPA and If the president gets his for for farm tenan loans and more fo rural electrification Mr Wallac will have the tidy sum of 000000 which is more than th operations of the entire govern mcnt cost before the war Copyright Klnr STRANGLED DROWNS RICHMOND Mo ently strangled by a wad of chev ing gum John Wesley Allen 1 drowned while swimming MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JULY 10 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 233 DIES AFTER BRICK PLANT BLAST Osage Recalls Mad Butcher DOLEZAL TRIES TWICE TO KILL HIMSELF IN CELL Promises He Wont Make Suicide Attempt Again Probe Continues OS AGE Osage residents re ailed with a start Monday that he Frank Dolezal held as the nan suspected of being Cleve ands mad butcher oE Kingsbury un is the same Frank Dolezal ho resided here for approxi lately two years about 1922 Clint Palmer operator of a aughterhouse told the Globe azette Monday that Dolezal orked for him two winters as a utcher at the slaughterhouse I idnt associate his name with hat I read in the newspaper ac ounts of the Cleveland butch r he said but when someone bowed me Dolezals picture I ecognized him instantly His ap earance hadnt changed a bit xcept that he looked older of ourse Dolezal Palmer said was a de endable worker and seemed to a nice man He seemed like quiet fellow he added The 3sage man also said that he be ieved Dolezal a Bohemian came rom Chicago The mad butcher of Kings mry run owned property on the dge of town near the Sunny 3rae golf course and resided there Mitchell county clerks records how that a Frank Dolezal was arrested Oct 25 1922 and fined 300 on a charge of operating a iquor nuisance In November of hat same year he was also taken nlo custody but was later re eased without charge being filed against him RIES TWICE TO SUICIDE Figure in Kidnap Charges CLEVELAND Dol ezal held as the confessed killer n one of Clevelands dozen torso murders attempted suicide twice Monday Sheriff Martin L ODon nell reported The 52 year old bricklayer once ried to hang himself with his shirt but the garment tore ODon nell said and later tried hanging with the aid of his shoe strings I wont do it again he prom sed The sheriff meanwhile was ar ranging a lie detector test later Monday for Dolezal who he saic nas confessed the killing of Mrs Florence Polillo Declaring himself unsatisfied with Dolezals signed confession o the Polillo murder the sherif said We want to clear up the Polillo death first with an airtigh case to take to court Well attend to the other cases later X Victims Identified While the story of the Kings bury Run torso murder serial tolc n startling installments over a pe riod of nearly four years appears to approach its dramatic conclu sion with the arrest and confes sion of the one time slaughter house employe the whole story will not be told until names are given nine numbers on a grim record sheet in the county morgue Only Mrs Polillo Edward An drassy a former hospital orderly and Mrs Rose Wallace Negro have been identified among the 12 headless dead Sheriff ODon nell says Dolezal knew and asso sign papers surrendering property said to be worth Police ciated with all three Check Discrepancies vt The sheriff announced he would j understood he hasbeenfeceivin subject Dolezal to a lie detector 575 a month from her ist Monday to check discrepan cies between his confession and Mrs Elisa Emery left is shown with Mrs Olga Cliadd her nurse and companion as they left San Francisco for Stockton Cal where seven persons including airs Emerys son Hubbarfl niiadle coff 36 held on Mrs Chadds charge that they kidnaped Mrs Emery Accuses Son of Kidnaping Her to Obtain Property Woman Says Heart Is Broken But Law Must Take Its Course STOCKTON Cal woman accused her son Monday of kidnaping her in thehope of gaining possession of tier prop erty The law must take its course although my heart is broken Mrs Eliza MiddlecofJ Emery 67 said Her son Hubbard Middlecoff 35 Los Angeles and six others were held on a charge of kidnap ing Mrs Emery was taken from the home ot a friend Saturday She was found with her son in a San Francisco hotel seven hours later Charged with Middlecoff were Mrs Sylvia Farley Mrs Gertrude Farley former wife of a care taker at the Emery home Fred Abdallah 31 night club operator and former prize fighter William Bergman 25 Leo and Jess Quin lin brothers Mrs Olga Chadd with whom Mrs Emery makes her home filed the charge Dragged to Auto Mrs Chadd told authorities that Middlecoff seized his while Abdallah knocked her I down Mrs Emery then was dragged to an automobile in which were Bergman and the Quinlins She was taken to San Francisco bay by her son and the two Far leys Mrs Emery substantiated this story My son did slap me she said and Abdallah hit Babe Her name for Mrs Jhadd I decided to reason the men and I tried to reason with my son and Mrs Farley all during the trip to San Francisco I told them they would get into serious trouble She said her son wanted her to HUBBARD MIDDLECOFF Loss in owa Bakery Blaze DES MOINES While workmen began salvaging equip ment from the charred ruins of the fire which destroyed the Zinsmaster bakery plans were made for resumption of business A few hours after the blaze was extinguished the firms compet itors offered he facilities of their plants The citys five large bak eries will continue to supply the Zinsmaster customers pending the completion of a new plant com pany officials said known facts and to clear up Dolezals changing story of the disposal of Mrs Polillos head In his confession Dolezal said he threw the head into Lake Erie Confronted with the fact that the lake was frozen over to the break water at the time of her murder Dolezal took the sheriff to a rail road bridge where he said he burned the head then buried it Diggers found only the bones of small animals ODonnel also announced he would have Dolezal examined by psychiatrists Indian Who Killed 2 Men Is Captured KENNEBEC S Dak Tommy Longturkey 20 year old halfbreed Indian who killed an other Indian and a white man Monday was captured by a posse in a farm house on the lower Brule district reservation Long turkey gave up when surrounded without firing the single remain ing bullet in his rifle All seven denied kidnaping Conviction would carry prison terms of from one year to life They also denied treating Mrs Emery Mrs Chadd and Mrs Inez Sharp a servant roughly Bergman and the Quinlin broth ers told authorities that Middle coff had told them his mother was under Mrs Chadds influence and was being mistreated Middlecoff son of Mrs Emery by her marriage to the late W W Middlecoff said he complained to the district attorneys office a month ago that his mother was being mistreated and had been advised to go to court Films Catch Fire on Bus 7 Fatally Burned MARSEILLE France en persons were burned to death Monday when a package of photo graphic films caught fire in a bus 19 miles from Marseille Thirteen of the 25 passengers escaped un harmed Five suffered burns WARNS AGAINST SECRETIVE ACT TO RULE CITY Chamberlain Declares Surreptitious Methods Will Be Opposed LONDON Minister Chamberlain declared Monday that an attempt to settle Danzigs future by unilateral action or ganized by surreptitious methods would threaten Polands indepen dence which Britain is pledged to helo maintain Chamberlain said that while the present status of the Free Gity was neither basically unjust or illogical it may be capable improvement and added that it may be that in a cleaver atmo sphere possible improvements could be discussed Grave Issues Possible Recent occurrences in Danzig Chamberlain said had caused fears that it is intended to settle her future status by unilateral ac tion organized by surreptitious methods If the sequence of events should be in fact such as is con templated in this hypothesis the members will realize that the is sue could not be considered as a purely local matter involving the rights and liberties the Dan zigers but will at once raise graver issues affecting Polish existenci and independence Chamberlaii said Would Dispel Doubts He then declared that we hav guaranteed to give our assistanc to Poland in the case of a clea threat to her independence whicl she considers it vital to resist will her national forces and we an firmly resolved to carry out Ihi undertaking Chamberlains statement was in tended to dispel any doubts in the minds of German officials tha Britain would stand by her pledge to Poland in the case of Danzig and it was understood to have had the advance approval both of Po land and France Chamberlains cautious phrase ology had a double avoid language which German might use to advantage in fur thering her claims of encircle ment and to leave open the doo to possible negotiation of a set tlement of the Danzig questio by Germany and Poland Supplements Halifax Address The statement was intended t supplement the recent speech o Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax who asserted in strong terms tha Britain was determined to resis aggression but omitted specifi reference to Danzig This was his first detailed state ment on Danzig since the present rash Quickly ollowed by 2nd Smashup Two accidents in the same spot ivo minutes apart and both in olving one car bumping into the ear another kept police busy or a while early Sunday as two ersons were taken to hospitals 01treatment of injuries The first accident at a n on Nineteenth street southwest lear the Grover avenue intersec ion occurred when Bud Brackey Vest Haven slewed down to make ijeft turn onGrover avenue and lis car was struck in the rear by a car driven by Bob Moore Rudd also going west according to a lice report Floyd Kneisel ol Rudd riding n the car with Moore received a ad cut on his right arm and was aken to the Mercy hospital After treatment he was dis missed Evelyn and Irene Nuehring both of Rockwell were riding in the Uoore car and were taken to their lomes by highway patrolmen Both the Moore and Kneisel cars vere damaged At a m Sunday Harry E Runkel of Winnebago heights ust north of Mason City driving east on Nineteenth street stopped in approaching the glass on the lighway from the previous acci dent His auto was struck in the rear by an auto driven by Robert Thorpe 1302 Washington avenue northwest also going east Pat J Ridge 1302 Washington avenue northwest riding in the Thorpe car received a cut near his right eye He was taken to Park hospital by police where stitches were made in the wound He was then released The Runkel andv Thorpe cars were damaged WHITE HOUSE CHANGED WPA Would Weed Out Those Not Needing Aid and Eliminate Double Jobs WASHINGTON WPA pay and hour changes which set relief workers o striking by the thousands members of congress disclosed Monday were drafted at AXEL T WALLSKOG of Blast BODY OF BURNS IS DISCOVERED Missing Green Island Bndge Tender Was Sought in Wide Hunt CLINTON ot the body ol Michael Burns Green Island Jackson county railroad bridge tender Monday morning added a new chapter to the case which has mystified the small peaceful Green Island community since Burns disappearance Tues day The body was found in a hol low about one and a fourth miles east of Green Island on the Will Marburger farm by Mr Mar burger whose curiosity was ex cited when he found a hat lying on his property the white house Representatives on the house The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair Monday night and Tuesday somewhat warmer in central and west portions Monday warmer Tuesday MINNESOTA Partly cloudy to cloudy and threatening at times Monday night and Tues day somewhat warmer Monday nrirht warmer Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday 85 minimum Sunday night 49 At 8 a m Monday 75 YEAR AGO Maximum 87 Minimum 62 Rain 68 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 86 minimum Saturday night 5 At 8 a m Sunday 7S YEAR AGO Maximum gg Minimum G3 Rain 16 crisis began He said the free city was almost wholly German in population but that its prosperity depended to a large extent upon Polish trade Could Strangle Poland Another power established in Danzig he said could if it so desired block Polands access to the sea and so exert an economic and military stranglehold upon In March however he contin ued the German government started a press campaign for the return of Danzig to Germany and Poland realized she might be faced with a onesided solution of the problem which she would have to resist He reiterated Britains determi nation to fulfill her undertaking to go to Polands aid in event of a clear threat to her independence which she considered it vital to resist with her national forces Seeks Clearer Atmosphere It may be he said that in a clearer atmosphere possible im provements on the situation could be discussed but that any future arrangements would have to be based on absolutely clear obliga tions equally binding to both par ties Poland and Meanwhile I trust that all con cerned will declare and show de termination not to allow any inci dents in connection with Danzig to assume such a character as might constitute a menace to the peace of Europe When he had concluded he was asked whether the government will take as serious a view of any attempt to change the actual de facto status of Danzig as they would take of any attempt to change the dejure status Chamberlain refused however to elaborate on his statement WALLSKOG 60 IS VICTIM JESS PETER SON HURT Dynamite Accident Occurs in Hopper and Dislodges Beam Injuries suffered in a dynamite accident at the Mason City Brick and Tile companys central grind ing station at oclock Mon day morning proved fatal to Axel T Wallskog station superinten dent who died at a local hospital two hours later A second man Jess Peterson 41 Twentythird street southwest is in the hospital suffering from in juries received in the same blast The accident occurred when a dynamite charge was set off in the hopper of unit No 3 of the plant in an effort to dislodge some clay which had stuck there The opera tion which is often used to clear the hopper broke loose an iron beam weighing 50 to 75 pounds on the bottom side of the hopper and this struck Mr Wallskog across the forehead Death was caused by concussion of the brain Both Under Hopper Both men were under the hop per at the time of the accident making a general periodical in spection of the hopper and ma chinery Investigation however has failed to reveal why the dy namite reacted against the beam rather than the clay It is possible officials stated that the accident might have been caused by an opening in the clay which per mitted the dynamite to drop to a lower level than had been planned The clues led to the lifeless body of Burns which has been the ob jective of bloodhounds and large parties of searchers since the dis appearance of the man Kills Man Wounds 2 Commits Suicide SPARTA Authori committee which made a long inquiry into WPA say the idea was presented to them by Col F C Harrington and that the language of the amendment was written at the white house It is my recommendation that persons employed on projects of the WPA be required to work 130 hours a month and that the earn ings such persons be on a monthly basis Harrington the WPA chief told the committee Outgrowth of Study His recommendation was the outgrowth of a WPA study on the advisability of abandoning the prevailing hourly rate of pay WPA had trouble trying to adjust wages and hours under the old system A building construction project in Pittsburgh supplies an example Under the prevailing wage sys tem to earn the amount permitted them bricklayers worked 48A hours a month hod carriers 63 hours and unskilled laborers 120 hours Plumbers worked 50 Hours but their helpers had to put in 115 hours Compressor operators did 56i hours but those work ing with jackhammers worked 119 In Hearty Accord This required a great amount ot bookkeeping It took almost three relays of bricklayers a month to put in the same number hours that the unskilled laborers worked Congressmen who wrote the 130 hour provision into the relief bill were in hearty accord with the originators Two points were stressed in their arguments for it WPA officials felt that the monthly wage and 130 hours oE work to earn it would help to weed off the payrolls any who might not be in actual need of relief They argued that those who had any other way of living would not in general work that many hours for a bare subsistence wage Couldnt Hold 2 Jobs Both Harrington and a group congressional advocates felt that if the relief workers put in that much time for a WPA wage they would not have outside free time left to work at private employ ment They either would have to quit heir WPA job and take the out side one or they would have to cling to the WPA one and turn the private one over to some un employed person who needed it tics believed Monday that liquor and jealousy caused Henry Stark 36 usually a quiet farm hand to go berserk club his employer to death wound the employers wife and daughter then kill liimsef The tragedy occurred after the employer Robert Williams 51 had trapped Stark in the bedroom of Williams twin daughters Eernice and Eunice 19 Waterloo Baby Is Critically Scalded WATERLOO she fell into a pot of boiling water at her home Donna Mae Paulsen 20 months old daughter of Mr and Mrs D F Paulsen was scalded critically Her mother is in a hos pital with a baby girl born a week LOOK INSIDE FOR HARVEV VIZINA Deputy Just Sworn in Kills Desperado PAGE 2 Iowa Golf Stars on First Medal Rounds PAGE n 350 Attend Picnic Near Little Cedar PAGE H Company officials said that the dynamiting of clay lodged in the hopper is a usual practice and that no more than the usual amount of dynamite was used as far as they could determine Just what caused the accident will probably never be known they said Stood on Ladder Wallskofi was standing on a ladder which leaned against the granulator while Peterson stood on the granulator itself at the time of the blast Petersons in juries included a broken arm and bruises His condition was report ed by Park hospital authorities to be fair Mr Wallskog an employe of the Brick and Tile company for many years and was superin tendent of plant No 7 which is also known as the central grind ing station The plant is located in the center of the company grounds and grinds all clay for the firm The accident was the first major mishap the company had suffered for a long time and marred an otherwise outstanding safety record Born in Sweden Mr Wallskog was born June 15 in Toreboda Sweden He came to Chicago in 1899 and was married there to Miss Tckla C Mogrcn Sept 7 1005 Mr and Mrs Wallskog came to Mason City in 1912 Since that lime he had been employed by the Mason City Brick and Tile company the Rock Island railroad and the Peoples Gas and Electric company He had been foreman of Plant No 7 of the Mason City Brick and Tile company since A life long member or mma nuel Lutheran church Mr Walls kog had for a number of years served in the capacity board member of the church Mr Wallskog had resided at 107 Twentyninth street southwest He is survived by his wife Tekia and two daughters Ethel at home and Mrs Virgil A Brown Ma son City and two sons Albert employed by the Sdiermcrhorn farms and Lansing Wallskog and one granddaughter Sharon Lee Brown all of Mason City Funeral Wednesday One sister Mrs Anna Wallskog Walkertown Ind and three brothers John Wallskog Oglivie Minn Oscar Wallskog Chicago III and Gust Wallskog Grov erstown Ind also survive Funeral services will be held at oclock Wednesday afternoon at the Immanuel Lutheran church with the Rev B T Er holm pastor of the church in charge Burial will be at Elmwood cemetery The body will lie in stale at the McAuley and Son funeral home until 1 oclock Wednesday after noon when it will be taken to the church where it will lie in state until the time of services SENTENCED IN CREAM THEFT AMES B Hjghey 43 was fined and sentenced to months in jail by Municipal Judge J Y Luke after pleading guilty to stealing 45 gallons of crcom from the ONeil dairy here where he was employed Judge Luke suspended four months of the sentence ;