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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 31, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLOH K H 1ST MEM A OEPT OF IOWA DCS MOlNES COUP THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JULY 311940 EDITION MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS i i wr AVVU ttEiiriJUNS LIMIT CONSCRIPTION TO MEN 2131 i I Valentine Gives GOP Zero on Pledges ASSERTS CLEARANCE TO BE DEMO GOAL I I I I Democrats Nominee Gives Keynote Talk at State Convention DES MOINES John K Valentine Wednesday gave the republican state administration a grade of zero on keeping many of his 1938 campaign pledges In a keynote address prepared for the Iowa democratic conven tion here the new deal nominee for governor also pledged his party if successful in the fall election to a program of slum clearance state civil service and wore farmmarket roads Approximately 2000 delegates participated in Wednesdays con vention the next to the last major lowa party session of 1940 The democrats hold their state judicial convention Aug 8 Commenting on a republican campaign promise of greater home rule in government Valentine de clared They did just exactly the opposite Our state government has become more centralized through the reorganization bills of the last legislature Recalling such GOP campaign statements as industrial use of agricultural products and pro tection lor home owned mer 7 the speaker said pledged a reduction n tenancy SValentine added done notWne more than require some insurance companies to dispose of certain of their land holdings Examining republican farm market road claims he observed per cent At that 1 think its plenty high Recommending passage of an and workable farm market road program Valentine called the road act passed by the last general assembly a poor sub stitute for the legislation this stale vitally need The speaker declared the present administration was far from even a partial solution of the farm tenancy problem and pledged his own party to an im mediate program of action After suggesting legislation to enable Iowa to participate in the federal low cost housing system and the aidtodependentchildren program he continued Somemerit system must be de vised to protect deserving em ployes have spent years of their lives in faithful service to the state Proper care and housing also must be provided for the unfor tunates in our state institutions The last legislature should have acted We pledge the next one will After giving the republicans a dig on their pledge adequate old age just half a loaf he said us its true friends must be entrusted the administration of this pension program When consistent with sound financing we promise its improvement and enlargement jj if Valentine expressed pride that Henry A Wallace an lowan had been nominated for vice president by the democrats He termed the action of the Chicago convention m rcnominating Franklin D Roosevelt a real sacrifice that we have asked our president to make PROPOSES TENANT PURCHASE OF EARJIS In his prepared address as per manent chairman of the conven tion State Senator Ed Breen of cort Dodge proposed the use of the credit of the state of Iowa to tenant farmers so that they may buy the lands they are now farm ing In some of the finest farm ing sections of the state he laid two thirds of the land is owned by absentee landlords Inevitably if this condition is al lowed to continue wellhare an American peasantry x x x Breen declared that the present administration is spending SH5000 more a year to operate state de partments than the democrats needed in the Krasche 193739 regime Cost of the entire state government program has over the amounts Local Boy Employed in Plant Near Fire BillButler son ef Atty and Mrs W P Butler is employed in the KCA factoryIn Camden X Y The RCA plant is Bear tne Campbell Soup company which dispatches said flames flared despite the fact that it was several streets from the fire swept paint manufacturing Plant B Fifty lour L anfl fi through doors and windows in homes m the immediate area were left in ruins Firemen m asbestos suits Wednesday began the grim search for the bodieT of nine men and women missing and believed lo have perished Two JTomelelt control Charge Iowa Legislature Rubber Stamp DES MOINES Iowa democratic resolutions committee Wednesday borrowed fighting words from the republicans in condemning the bestowal dic tatorial powers upon the chief executive Iowa by a supine and rubber stamp legislature upon his demand In a set of resolutions to be of fered later Wednesday to the state convention the committee recommended W 1 A national advertising cam paign to attract additional in dustries to Iowa 2 Adequate farm to market roads and a condemnation of the highway robbery of 1939 when the legislature set aside Primary road funds for the im provement of local thorough fares 3 Passage of legislation enab ling Iowa to set up low cost hous ing projects 4 Only such promises to Iowas ged as we are prepared to fulfill a Proper maintenance and de velopment of our state parks and game preserves and greater at tention to the states 25 year con servation program 6 Establishment of n merit sys tem for all state employes 7 Return to the duly con stituted elective state officials their proper functions and duties This resolution also charged the morale and effec tiveness of lie highway patrot has been destroyed the secre tary of slates office reduced to almost nothing the attorney generals office emasculated and the state auditors office ren dered ineffective1 8 Knactment of legislation to bndgc the wide disparity in the tax burden for educational pur poses as between districts of our state 9 Legislation to enable Iowa to cooperate in the federal aidto dependent children program 10 Farm tenancy must be re duced in in part by legisla tion following the recommenda tions of the Iowa farm tenancy of funds BRITISH EXTEND SEA BLOCKADE New Measure Ordered for Shipping From Arctic to Africa LONDON Britain Wednes day ordered a blockade extending from the Arctic to northern Africa effective at midnight Wednesday night an order in council giving effect to the policy announced in commons Tuesday by Hugh Dai ton minister of economic war fare In the future nonBritish slapping companies will have to agree always to employ navicerts form of passport for ship car order to enjoy services such as coaling drydock and in surance facilities at Britains worldwide ports Ships of offending lines enter ing British ports may find diffi culty even in getting water The object of this system is to deier neutral shipping from at tempting blockade running The ministry of economic war fare said the new system would eliminate control bases such as were established for examination of suspected contraband at the start of the war Huge Defense Measure After Short Debate Senate Gets Bill on 2 Ocean Navy Buying Modern Army Weapons WASHINGTON less than two hours debate the boust passed and sent to the senate Wednesday a bill carrying 963151957 to start work on a 70 per cent expansion of the navy and provide modern weapons for a 2000000man army The measure which would army chief of staff testified that if congress authorizes immediate mobilization of the national guard and n system of compulsory mili tary of which he smd were needed imperatively an additional would be needed for maintenance of such n force in the current fiscal year Specific details as to the num ber oC tanks guns and other weapons which would be pro cured under the new program were kept secret but the committee recommended approval of the OL boost defense outlays for the budget bureaus request for 14 airplanes of various types of which 4028 would go to the navy committee 11 Appropriation which will make possible humane care and adequate housing for the helpless inmates of state insanity hospital and other board of con trol institutions 12 A just and reasonable teachers retirement annuity plan 13 Legislation to bring about control of local affairs promote decentralization and re establish private owenrship of such busmesscs as may be ef ficiently conducted as individual Windsors Get 10 Cabins for Trip to West LISBON Duke and uuchess of Windsor were disclosed Wednesday to have booked ten cabins aboard the American ex port lines S S Excalibur sailing for New on Thursday The duke will go to IS7ew York enroute to Nassau where ho will be gov ernor of the Bahamas Kennedy of Yale Will Join U Law Faculty IOWA CITY oE Frank R Kennedy ot Yale uni versity to this University Iowa law college faculty was announced f wi Dean Mason Ladd Kennedy a new coursein the he assumes his duties next fall session to S10OiO225543 went through on a voice vote and with only a scattering of members oh the floor Representative M a r c antonio CAL N Y cast tlie only dissent ing vote audible in the press gal lery Republicans centered much of their criticism on what they called the administrations failure to re move the restrictions imposed on the defense program bv social legislation such as the wagehour laiv and the national labor rela tions act In addition to 14394 airplanes for both the army and navy the crititaV equipment and reserves foran army of 2000000 men on combat status the bill earned funds to start work on most of the 200 combat ships designed to give the nation a two ocean navy capable meeting any possible combination of hostile powers Shortly before final passage the liouse adopted an amend ment by Chairman Vinson D Ga of the house naval commit tee repealing a provision of a measure enacted June 28 to em power the secretary of the navy to take over and opcraleprivale industrial plants upon agree ment with the owners Vinson declared he language of the provision was too broad for peacetime Of the pending bills total S2 234131957 wouid be provided in direct appropriations and the bal ance oE in contract authorizations for which congress would have to provide the cash later While the committee emphasized that much of the equipment to be bought with the new money would not be obtainable for months to come it asserted that approval of Uic program at this time would enable production and procure ment agencies of the government to plan their work efficiently Piecemeal programs mean Piecemeal production he com mittee is neither sound preparedness in an emer gency nor good business pro cedure During hearings on the meas GlobeGazettc weather statis tics Maximum Tuesday jg minimum Tuesday night 70 At S a m Wednesday 72 Rain irari YEAR AGO n u i Aiciximiini urc Gen George C Marshall Minimum 4 serviceable planes GERMANS SINK 1270000 TONS Make Claim on British Losses Wont Comment on Gayda Statement BERLIN Ger man spokesmen said Wednesday that German sailors and flyers making up onjy a part of Ger manys armed might have sent to the bottom of the English channel and other seas 1270000 tons of British shipping since June 25 Spokesmen said these figures should quiet anysuspicions aboard that Germany is carrying on the war halfheartedly They declined to comment on the statement of Virginio Gayda fascist editorial spokesman in Rome that a direct attack on Eng land is not lo be expected im mediately But they said there is The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy scat tered thundersliowers and some Avhat warmer Wednesday niyht Thursday partly cloudy thun dcrshowers cast and central MINNESOTA Parity cloudy scattered thundershowers some what warmer Wednesday night Thursday partly cloudy hun dershowcrs in east and central IN MASON CITY Italians Hint Invasion of England to Be Delayed Until Bombings Weaken Defense T o i Fascist Troops Said to Be Moving Up On Coast to Join Nazis By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Italy was told Wednesday that England probably will not be in vaded until the English people are weakened by bombs and blockade Even as Italian troops were re ported moving up to the 800 mile Germanheld continental coastline to join the nazi blitzkrieg veterans for the projected assault Virginio Gayda fascist editor cautioned his countrymen not to expect to attack immediately Whether his article which appeared in II Giornale Dltalia actually spoke the mind of Pre mier Mussolini or was intended merely to confuse the British as to prospects for an immediate assault was a mailer of specu lation PROPOSAL FOR DRILL CHANGED Admits Shooting BY COMMITTEE 2 and Throwing Bodies into Well KNOXVILLE URMatt M sen Melia 44 a farmer was charged PW with first degree murder Wed nesday after confessing that he had shot his brother and sistcrin law and thrown their bodies into a 60 foot well on their farm three mites southeast of Attica The bodies of the victims Mr and Mrs Joe Melia were recov ered by the sheriff Matt Melia walked info the of fice of Police Chief Ira Ward late Tuesday sat down and calmly told his story My brother and I had farmed in partnership since I came here li UIH VI Uayda nevertheless repeated related TtiHiVl what British military spokesmen and statesmen have long contond isles would not be a simple mili tary advance and Luxembourg and finally s allU UlinlJ in France is not practical in Brit ams case said Gayda Instead he wrote the tactics ot ittrilion must be ulatioh and destroy island de fenses attacks on ships supplies to England and a strone submarine blockade and a weak ening empire defenses in the Mediterranean ti hand the belief the blow might be struck at any moment was strengthened by reports from Vichy France that postal telephone and tele graph communications had been suspended between German occupied France and that part which is still free A plea which some observer took as an implication that Spain will try to stay out of the war was voiced in the Falangist newspaper Arriba of plea for help from the United States o put Spain back on her feet after her civil war German bombers continued to pick at the British Isles but the fierceness of the recent attacks was somewhat abated Reports in Switzerland said Adolf Hitler agreed to Premier Mussolinis request that his Ital ians be assigned a direct part in the momentarily expected blow Reports from the continental storm centers pictured these as last minute preparations for sim ultaneous attack on England and her fortress rock Gibraltar p e e d e d movements of German troops west through France masked by closing of rail communications to unoccu pied France and all outlets but one to Switzerland of Spanish troop at Le Linea back door to Gibraltar of Italian war planes at Sardinia to join the Spanish in a possible drive lo seize Gibraltar Spanish said five more persons were killed and 15 wounded in of the fortress rock presumably by Italians raids on England and during the scried there was little damage and no casualties Germans claimed the bomber raids have damaged many of lands important south and east food to the embattled island can no longer use them instead it was said much shipping has had to be rerouted to western ports and even these are accessible targets for German bombers Rumanias Foreign minister Mi SIILLU JL came nere from Illinois five years nso he Save s full support r 8 to lle BurkcWadswor Joe recently has been working Yesterday Joe and I had an Ill Id 11 you Mrs Melia you come any nearer was standing by he clothes lineshe Jumped to Then 1 shot Joe twice My first thought was to de stroy all the evidence so I threw the bodies into a dry well which had been dugabout hreeyears ago f the farin for some time But decided I never could continue living there with tht evidence present So I came to town and gave myself up Joe Melia was 51 and his wife was 31 GIRL LEAPS OUT OF CAR KILLED Man 2lIs Held at Burlington Following Death of Companion BURLINGTON JP Kathryn Mae Kindig 21 of Burlington died late Tuesday night in Bur lington rospital of injuries suf fered when according to William Shirts she leaped from his auto on a side road north of Burling ton three hours earlier Shirts 21 hold for investigation by police and sheriffs officers said the girl had threatened to leap from the car but that he knew of nt res son why she should do so He said they were on their way to a swim ming place with minor bruises and cuts Tues day night when his car struck a Milwaukee freight train cast of Emmetsburg Wright said a tire blew out as ne neared the crossing and that he could not stop his car Wiiglit Car was demolished was riding alone Hi mediate attempt to invade Eng land Gayda writing in 11 Giornale D Italia explained that because of different conditions the spec tacular lightning campaign such r sucn minister MI uoGermany and later Italy waged hail Manoilescu declared that his against France was not feasible government would drive a hard against Britain a in negotiating the tcrri Instead Gayda said more grad at a conference with reno demands of Bulgaria and ual tactics designed to wear Eng Final action on the ry at Germanys order down and weaken her powers Wadsworth military train oilescu said Rumania is de resistance were required termined to keep some of the tcr ntory her neighbors demand and i suggested that Bulgaria and Hun ls in Progress the editor said gary might have to be content nugni nave to be content ll Ja oasea principally he de with an exchange of population dared on constant air attacks and instead of actual large land trans efforts to blockade England fers through submarine action Parallel with direct attacks on British Blitzkrieg Is Not Feasible ROME Gayda fascist editor who frequently ex presses views of the fascist gov House Group Hears Stimson Say Britain Might Fall in 30 Days WASHINGTON sen ile military committee amended training bill Wednesday require the registration only of nen from 21 to 31 years old In stead of those between 18 and 64 Tlie senate group acted while the bouse military committee was hearing from Secretary of War Stimson testimony hat a prudent trustee of the na tions defenses must realivc that Great Britain might be coimuered in 30 days and that Japan is in sympathy wilh Italy and Germany BurkeWadsworth bill nrul also sent word to the senate com mittee that the war department budget Emmetsburg Man Suffers Minor Bruises as Car Train Collide a uays ijveii Britain may be EMMETSBURG Marvin and lieifleet conic im frighr 29 Emmelsburff escaped control Across the minor bruises and cuts Tuor acflc thero is a powerful Japan indorsed it and that the bureau had passed it Two senators Thomas H Idaho and Smailicw D N J emerged from a closed session of the senate committee to say that he registration age limit amend ment was approved unanimously Smalhers said the change was suggested by Senator Lee D Okla and seconded by Senator Bridges RN VI Final commit tee action on the bill will be tak en Thursday Smathers said H is expected to be approved Supporters of the measure esti mated that the age alteration would reduce from 42000000 to about J the number of men lo be Army officials had said pre viously while hose from 18 to 64 were to be registered only men between 2L and 45 would b subject to selective draft for military service The great ma jority of those called these of ficials had said would be in the 21 to 31 fcroup The youngest and oldest groups were to be used to form home guard units under the original provisions of the bill but Smath ers said this had been eliminated entirely from the measure Chairman Sheppard DTex was reported to have vead a letter from Stimson to a closed commit tee session Jt said that the legislation was indorsed by the war department and had been passed by the budget bureau Some senate advocates of con scription had been seeking word of budget bureau approval as evi dence that President Roosevelt was favorable lo the bill Stimson told the house com mittee that the only way for tho nation to meet situation is by compulsory military ser vice He described the system of voluntary enlistments as costly failure Of the dangers he considers Ibis country to face the war secretary said A prudent trustee must take into consideration that in another 30 days Great Britain may be powerful Japan Jn sympathy with Italy and Ger iany Weve got to reverse verv rad ically our prejudices about our first line o defense A German victory over Eng land would give her a fleet out ranking that of the United States and a shipbuilding capacity six times that ot this country At the while house defense developments included an nouncement of a ban on aviation gasoline exports prohibiting Ihem to all nations except those of this hemisphere The an nouncement was made hy Slephen Early press secretary at a conference with reporters Burke as held up Tuesday bv the sen SRgV Vith the 3tC military committee after a ject or isolating Britain now suing over republican J the editor said that President Roosevelt it is based principally he de disclose his views area on mnstant mtatfinr v Instead the commiitee Bavr speedy and unanimous clear ance to he bill authorizing Ihc chief executive to order the na rttUVJllCS fie Mediterranean Gayda said He predicted that actual inva sion of Britain probably would be attemptedlater when the prelim serve corps into active for a year Democratic Leader Barkley said he expected little opposition to the national Ruard measure in the where it may be taken up iatc this week ;