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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 1, 1939, Mason City, Iowa ON or COMP 0 S U Q I N E S A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION VOL XLV THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT BEHINI i i A t IF l USHA Deserves Prize for Propaganda Work new deal annual award of a nutindented cookie for the outstanding propa ganda of the year will undoubted ly be voted to the USHA without a dissenting vote among the gov ernment p u b licity agents Up until last Friday there might have been some doubt Then the United Slates housing autho rity The gave to a waiting world Paul Mallon onethird ill housed re lease No 298 It is a beautifully written account what an excel lent job USHA is doing tersely condensed to 78 mirneogiaphed pages Not the least of its innova lions was the omission of number ing from its pages so that no one could tell how many pages were in it unless he sat down and counted each one The other prizeworthy feature of the massive handout was a larger omission Nowhere in it can you find out how many dollars have actually been spent in clearing slums Figures there are galore bright big figures 327514000 additional loans approved for 19 This makes S434fi53000 in loan contracts Earmarkings are 5225385000 Grand totalof in commit You may mark your ear or pull it off but you still will not find out how many slumdwellers now have better homes s a Slow in Doing Job The unannounced truth of it is that the grand total of 5660000000 of commitments includes about 5225000000 which has merely been set aside for use of certain cities if they want it The re 5435000000 represents specific agreements with cilies which may or may not cancel them Actual total of money spent up to the other day was a measly 537000000 USHA has been slower than its forst enemy prophesied in doing its job Apparently this is not due to failure of personnel but to the fact that cities are naturally re luctant to upset their local prop erty values Also experiences in spending here shows that if money is going to be spent with any re spectable degree of wisdom it must be spent slowly Iion Lollipop Award The cookie award might have to be split if the recently announced world housing survey of the New York WPA could be considered in Ihe contest Unfortunately only government propaganda agencies in Washington are eligible The New Yorkers however may yet be consoled with the popular prize of a cast iron lollipop Its announcement had everything the USHA had plus erroneous conclusions It came from the ot fice of Lieutenant Colonel Somer vell WPA administration and was carried in the press without ques tion Obviously it was calculated I to be promotion material for a S4 500000000 housing program H said that much housing was need ed to put 2500000 men to work anci to give business orders for of materials The local housing propagandists slipped under their desks in uni son when they read it They inves tigated ascertained that it devel oped from a local bibliography survey of foreign publications on foreign housing But the New York WPAcrs apparently took their prefaces in their teeth and concluded that the hand lhat was feeding them from Washington t was lousee as far as building j was concerned They said Switzer land was the worst in the world but its government was helping housing ten times more than this one You can imagine how that went over here In denying the New York hous ing propaganda the Washington housing propagandists say no country in Europe is stimulating housing as much as this govern ment The New Yorkers appar ently forgot to count the federal housing administration insuring about 200000 loans this year If this phase had been taken into consideration the U Swould have been on top they say here rCoflfrlcht Kinc tnel MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JUNE 1 1939 MIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 201 TOWNSEND BILL LOSES 30297 HOUSECLEANING IN MERIT PLAN IS UNDER WAY 14 in Unemployment Compensation Group First to Feel Ax DES MOINES Iowa unemployment compensa tion commission employes Thurs day were ordered lopped off the the state payroll in the first liousecleaning of a merit system department under the republican administration Three of those given dismissal notices are republicans The other 11 are presumed to be democrats although some may have been listed as nonparti sans All arc clerks or stenog raphers If we are going to have a civil service system lets have a real one declared Commission Chair man Claude M Stanley Lets have a system in which everybody is qualified for the job he holds Otherwise we might just as well go back to the spoils system The dismissals are effective June 15 and July 1 the chairman said He hinted the merit exami nation records of some of the oth er commission employes also are under scrutiny In Control Since Winter The republicans assumed con trol of the unemployment compen sation board last winter when Gov George A Wilson named J R Pefferle of Des Moines a re publican to succeed W F Scholes of Council Bluffs a democrat on the board Peter Kies of Dubuquc a democrat is the minority mem ber Stanley did not disclose the list of those given notices He and the other commission members went to Iowa City Thursday to talk over the boards employment problems with the advisory council on personnel composed of four University of Iowa fac ulty members Not Covered By Clause Other commission officials Thursday said they understood the 14 have not been with the organization long enough to be covered by a grandfather clause which allowed incumbent em ployes to hold their jobs they succeeded in getting only a pass ing grade in the examination Only the workers who were on the staff before Nov 22 1937 are covered by that clause the offi cials added Persons employed af ter that date had to finish up near the top in examination grades to qualify for the jobs the officials added liandles Commission headquarters said they expected no difficulty with social authorities in Washington over the personnel changes The federal government pays administrative expenses of the stale unit and requires em ployes be hired on a merit basis The commission collects about 518000000 a year in Iowa indus trial and mercantile payroll taxes The money is used to pay unem ployment compensation benefits to eligible former employes who are out of jobs West Bend Pastor Heads Walther League ciiiiinrti president of the West i men Iowa district league Officially described a OITCII Crundmeier of Carroll was type submarine she lias by ORDER SEARCH FOR MISSING BRITISH SUB BULLETIN LONDON available warships in the vicinity were ordered to search for the new British submarine Tliclis Thurs day when she failed to reap pear after a test dive and the lug accompanying her reported somethingis amiss LONDON new British submarine Thetis on test trials off Birkenhead was reported a tcvv hours overdue Thursday night and the British admiralty imme diately began a search The submarine built by Cammel Latrd and company at Birken hend carried members of the firm as she proceeded on acceptance trials She carried out surface tests but after diving was not seen again palvol a dis feet Old Angle Graduation is an olfl story to many but it is always new for the graduates Above are five stars in he Clear take high school gradu ation irmament The picture was taken from the ordinarily used in photoffraphins up At the bottom is John hiesscgcr Jr and clockwise James Kennedy Bob Clausen Hylc JensenThey were part of the graduating class store photo V Wednesday Kayenay Camera Moseley Is for Some of Nazi Policies WASHINGTON OJR Maj Gen George Van Horn Moseley retired told the house committee investigating unAmeiican activi ties Thursday that he approves those policies of Adolf Hitler which returned control of Ger many to the German people Testifying in the committee in vestigation of an alleged anli semitic campaign Moseley said the nazi fuehrer had certain prob lems to face and solved them in his own way Representative A r t h u r D Healey D Mass asked the re tired army officer if he felt that similar problems exist in this country and should be met in the same way Solved Financial Problem No said Moseley But Hitler has solved the problem interna tional finance entirely independ ent of the rest of the world He also has solved the problem of for eign trade without an ounce of gold Hes solved the racial problem m his own way Im not saying before this committee that I ap prove his way Do you disapprove asked Representative John J Dempsev D N Mex I approve of his taking back for ihc German people the control of Germany1 Moselcv replied Approved Hitlers Speech Khca Whitley committee coun sel turned the questioning to Hitler during tire second day of Moseleys testimony He ques tioned Moseley about his expre sions of approval of portions of a speech by the fuehrer The obser vations of approval were made in a letter to James E Campbell re tired army captain of Owensboro Ky shown in previous testimony to have been active in the cam paign which the committee is in vestigating Moseley earlier had testified that lie advised Boston citizens to take steps to protect water and power plinls which serve that city Moseley described a trip to Boston during which he addressed a meeting of the sentinels of the republic JEW REFUGEES ARE NOT LANDED Departure of German Liner Saint Louis Delayed by Captain BULLETIN HAAANA Cuba dent Federico signed a decree Thursday ordering the German liner Saint Ldiiis to leave imme diately with her 317 Gcrmaii Jewish refugees or be towed from Cuban waters by a Cuban warship HAVANA Cuba G u s t a v Shroeder announced Thursday postponement of the departure of the German liner Saint Louis in the hope that per mission could be obtained to land 917 German Jewish passengers who have been denied entrance to Cuba The vessel had been scheduled to start back to Germany this aft ernoon Police in launches and aboard ship meanwhile kept close guard at the request of the captain who said he feared a series of suicide attempts among the passengers LOOK INSIDE FOR Birmingham Voices Approval of G 0 P Contribution System DES MOINES of a republican campaign contri bution system among statehouse employes Thursday received the hearty approval of democratic State Chairman E H Birming ham Birmingham chided the G O P for not having the courage in their reorganization program to repeal a law they pushed through PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT Answers Questionnaire Sent Out by Harvard PAGE 2 87 Candidates for Degrees at Luther PAGE 12 Maybe some of our employes j now arc sorry they ever enacted i that law he commented T Economy Principles in Theory Practice BIERMANN EDITORIAL PACK i Legion Baseball to Open at Park Fields PAGE 13 LOSS CAUSED BY FIRE IN DES MOINES 6 Firemen Overcome Fighting Flames in Department Store DES MOINES fire men were overcome by smoke Thursday morning in a two alarm fire which swept through the top floor of the sixstory department store Sears Roebuck and com pany at Fifth and Walnut streets in the heart of the downtown district Stove officials estimated the damage at Water cascaded through the lower five floors as firemen battled the stubborn flames A concrete floor prevented the blaze from spreading deeper into the building firemen said but the concrete slab roof also kept them from getting at the heart of the blaze Origin Not Determined The first alarm was turned in at a m and a second alarm followed closely when the tire squad sawflames bursting out of the top windows Cause of the fire was not determined All but one of the stricken firemen were revived by firstaid treatment The one John Eveans was rushed in a police ambulance to the Central five station for treatment Smoke and water accounted for the heaviest damage to the stores stock and fixtures company offi cials said George Pace a night watch man said he discovered the flames at a m 12 Hose Lines Used Firemen said water which car caded down stairways and eleva tor shafts was steaming when it reached the basement A total of nine fire companies laid 12 hose lines and battled the flames for two hours before they were able to enter the top floor Firemen said the flames evi dently originated in the north west corner of the top floor New Equipment Damaged The building was in the process of being airconditioned and M G Harbula Chicago 111 engi neer dashed through the smoke filled interior to the fifth floor to rescue plans and records which he said could not be duplicated He estimated damage to the air conditioning equipment nearly completed at 520000 alone HUMBOLDTHIGH IN CORN YIELD Per Acre Production Is Greatest Kossuth Leads in Total Output DES iVIOINES corn proI duction lust year Humboldt county not only led the state in average yield per acre but also on number of townships with a yield of 60 bushels or more per acre a summary of assessors reports showed Thursday Humboldt ranked first with a 604 bushel average while Poca hontas was second with 598 Other high counties were Calhoun 59 Grundy 588 Webster 586 Ben ton 58 Wright and Bucna Vista 578 1iclrt Kccurd Likely Seven of Humboldts ships were among the 86 which reported an average of 60 bushels or more an acre High township in the state was Clay in Grundv county with an average of 69 4 bushels Leslie M Carl federal agricul tural statistician said that on the basis of the summary the state probably set a new per acre yield record last year The reports showed an average yield of 46S bushels an acre an increase of 8 of a bushel over the governments December estimate Kossuth Production First Total Iowa corn production estimates now are being revised upward 6500000 bushels for a new total of 473372190 bushels Carl said Kossuth a large county ranked first in total production with 10 762000 bushels with Webster second with 0400000 The three counties reporting eight million bushels produced Inst year were Pocahontas Plymouth and Pot tawattamie Hurt in School Blast One ot lie 42 school pupils injured in u gas explosion that j frame school building at Barbcrton Ohio Jean Plucmsky G is shown as she was comforted in a hospital at Akron Ohio by her mother Sirs Daniel Plueinsky The girl suffered second degree CONDITION OF 3 STILL CRITICAL 31 of 57 Injured Children Confined to Barberton Hospitals BARBERTON Ohio small children and a janitor were given scarcely a fighting chance Thursday to survive injuries which resulted when an explosion apparently caused by gas de molished n makeshift frame school building Doctors described as serious the condition of four others including a teacher Thirtyone of the 57 in jured were confined to hospitals The blast occurred at midafter noon Wednesday blowing out walls and buckling the floors of the twostory eightroom struc ture a residence converted last fall into a temporary school for first to fifth grade pupils Janitor Critically Burned Those near death were first gracleis Dorothy Young 6 and Frances Fisher 7 both injured on the head and body and P S White 59 janitor critically burned Seriously hurt were Ray Clem ens 7 internal injuries Lucinda Willaims 7 Negro burns Mary Mattingly 7 possible skull frac ture andMiss Mabelle Miller 38 1B teacher fractured leg and ribs and possible internal injuries Probably Disfigured The state department of indus trial relations opened an investi gation of the tragedy remindful of the 137 New London Tex school blast hi which 297 children and touchers met death i The worst part of this is that some of the little girls probably will be disfigured for life said a aided in workman who work Fire Chief Claude Witwer said evidence indicated gas accumu lated in the basement from a leak near the buildings foundation Plunged Into Basement The janitor who said he had been burning paper in the base ment muttered before lapsing into unconsciousness The whole base ment must have been filled with As the blast ripped the building apart the sides of the structure children literally the ground The the 1B room on plunged into the litter of desks 200 REGISTER FOR CONCLAVE Opening Sessions of W M F and Church Parley Under Way 500 delegates registered prior to the opening sessions of the Wo mens Missionary Federation and the Iowa District meeting of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America which were held Wed nesday evening The opening meeting of the wo mens group was held in the high school auditorium and the opening convocation of pastors and laymen was held in the Northwood Luth eran church Thursdays sessions will convene as scheduled tiic women continuing their programs at the high school auditorium with the mens group at the church Fridays program for the Wo mens Missionary Federation opens at a m with the devotional period to be conducted by the Rev C Blaine Gunderson of Miller Iowa Mrs R O Storvick Mason City will give an address on Vis ion Deaconess Marie Korem of Chicago will also speak A discus sion will be held by Mrs N A Larsen Decorali Music will in clude the prelude by Miss Stella Tenold a song by the Shell Rock Northwood joint ladies chorus and a selection by the brass sextet of the Northwood high school The Rev L Thompson Beloil Iowa will give the address at the afternoon session Committee re ports will be made and the new of ficers will be presented Music will include a vocal solo by Miss Klarc McConnick Clear Lake and a vocal duet by Mrs Ole Ashland and Mrs Carl Asbkind of Clear Lake The fellowship dinner of the Iowa District W M F and L D R will be served at p in Friday in the high school audi torium I mile tenants of the first floor basement amid timbers and plaster story floors slanted as nn hurling children and equipment downward M a n v youngstcrs were buried under de bris I SEXATOU BLUKE TO TALK 1 CEDAR RAPIDS Burke DKcbr will deliver the i commencement address at Coe 1 college here Monday Renewal of Electric Franchise Favored in Cedar Rapids Vote MAQUOKETA fP Members of the city council arc scheduled to act upon renewal of the 20 year franchise of the Iowa Electric company of Cedar Rapids at a meeting June 12 By a vote of II2 to 547 dcnlx Wednesday favored renewal i ot the franchise A municipal i light and power plant is in opera tion here The council lias authority to apI prove or reject the outcome of the i special election 4 Boys Ordered to Attend Sunday School ATLANTIC they allegedly broke into a WPA ject shed and stole 19 sticks oC j dynamite four Grant bovs rang ing from 13 to 15 years of aae must attend Sunday school all summer and report weekly to lo cal officers j The Weather FORECAST IOWA Thundershowcrs in northwest portion Thursday night ant Friday ami in cast and south portions Thursday night cooler in west ami north portions Friday M I N N E S O T A Occasional sliouers and local thunder storms Thursday night and Fri day cooler in west and south portions and warmer aloiiff Lake Superior Thursday nifthf cooler in southeast and south central portions Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather ures Maximum Wednesday Minimum Wednesday nifcht At 8 a m Thursday At p m Thursday YEAR AGO Maximum Kit Minimum 3n Rain 230 inches HOUSE DEFEATS PROPOSAL FOR PENSIONS Backers Declare Vote Will Be Remembered at Next Election WASHINGTON house defeated the Townsend old age pension bill Thursday on a 302 to 97 roll call vote which the bills backers declared would be re membered when the next elec tion rolls around That the longdiscussed propos al would bob up again in political campaigns and in congress was deemed sure by proponents and critics alike They also had agreed in advance it had no chance of passage Thursday Shouts Bill Absurd In the last few minutes of de bate Representative Dirksen speaking to members with faint Talle Among Those Voting Against Townsend Measure H O Talle Dccorah repre sentative of the fourth district was among those voting against the Townsend measure Other lowans opposing were Gilchrisl G wynnc Jensen and Martin lowajis voting for passage were Dowclt Jacobson and LeComptc Harrington did not vote or pair Forty democrats 55 republicans one farmerlaborite and one progressive voted in favor of the bill hearts and faltering feet shout ed that the bill was more absurd than painted en the flooroLthis house He asserted that a Townsend leader had told him the Townsend group did not expect the bill to pass believed it would take a year to draft a proper bill and thought the constitutional amend ment route was a better way Dirksen said this man told him we do not want this bill to pass Cites Jeffrey Expression representative Hendricks D Flu who sponsored the bill de manded to know who the man was Amid applause Dirksen said it was a Mr Jeffrey whom he described js a vice president of the Townscnd movement Dr Francis E Townsend the movements founder told news men that L W Jeffrey was a vice president of the Townsend organi zation Pensions Up a S200 The bill to pay pensions up to S20Q monthly to persons 60 and over would have provided rev enue for paying its benefits through a graduated transactions tax ranging from onehalf of one to two per cent Just before the firfal vote a loud chorus of noes squelched an effort by Representative Tread way R Mass to send the bill back to committee Treadway ranking republican on the ways and means commit tee proposed that the legislation be returned to that group for further consideration with a view to bringing forth a bill that would provide just and equitable pen sions for elderly persons on a pay as you go basis fig 8 tii 7 SS WORKING FOR SOVIET SUPPORT Britain Hopeful of Eventual Signing Up of 3 Power Pact LONDON British official sources expressed belief Thursday that soviet Russia eventually would be brought into the British French front but said Russian in sistence on guarantees for the Baiiic states on her borders pre sented a difficult problem There was no official comment on the speech by Vyacheslaff Mo lotoff soviet premier and foreign commissar rejecting the latest BritishFrench proposals but one spokesman pointed out that Moto toff himself said negotiations were still under way The foreign office awaited a formal note from Moscow before determining the specific points at variance Molotoffs speech indicated the main point was how the proposed BritishFrench soviet mutual as sistance pact would apply to other European states Molotoff said it must guarantee all lie countries on soviet Rus sias western borders Finland Estonia Latvia Poland and Ru mania ;