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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 15, 1939, Mason City, Iowa I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Qi R H S r MEM A A of IOVA DES KOINES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLV MASON CITY THB MIGHT SPOT ASSOCIATED PKESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU IJSASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JUNE 15 1939 HEWS BEHINI AMOY BLOCKADED BY JAPANESE Inside Pressure Helps Committeemen Change WASHINGTON Stinging in side pressure from the white house helped the house foreign affairs committee to change its twice expressed mind on neu trality After the stings were privately administered State Secretary Hull came along with the salve so no notice able bumps were left but at least two c o mmitteemen still look slightly pale They are demo crats who had been particu larly outspoken against repeal ing their for Paul Mallon mer WJH a that of congress lor arbitrary em bargoes on arms to belligerents It seems to have been quite an ordeal for the executive branch of the government to change these two votes but the other old demo crats on the those who had voted for the arms em bargo law on two previous oc thenew light more promptly AH the administration used on them was a personal cal to the white house carpet a couple of invitations to Mr Hulls hote apartments and perhaps a few letters and telephone calls from Toig democrats back in their home states Whatever additional pressuri may have been employed on the two more reluctant ones canno be disclosed with any justifiable degree of certainty but the obvi ous effect on their happy dispo sitions is being remarked by their colleagues Powerjin FR JLrm administration sircc es shows there is power in Mr Roosevelts right arm yet It up sets earlier calculations concern irig the improbability neutral ity legislation this session The scheme of Mssrs Roosevel and Hull now is to push all othe important pending legislator through and out of the way s they can swing their utmost pow er on this single issue by pressin it in the senate against adjourn ment Senators now opposed might be induced to change thei minds also they find they hav to act before adjourning The mid summer heat is thus being har nessed to work in Mr Roosevelt favor By grand strategy already th administration has circumvente the otherwise unconquerable sen ate opposition When Rooseve and Hull found they could not ge anything out of the senate foi eign relations committee the switched their pressure to th house side completely with th noted happy results Their repeal bill will pass th house Even Republican Leade Martin concedes this in conversa tion Of course all now say M Roosevelt thereafter will be un able to change enough votes in th adamant senate to obtain his d sires there It will certainly be more diffi cult but in view of what he di to the house committee and pas senatorial performances th betting odds against him hav dropped from about 10 to 1 even money THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 212 UPHOLD CLAIMS ON GERMANY IN 191617 BLASTS CommissionersPlace Blame for Black Tom Kingsland Disasters WASHINGTON mixed laims commission Thursday held Germany responsible for the Black om and Kingsland N J muni ions disasters prior to the entry f the United States into the Vorld war The international tribunal of vhich Supreme Court Justice Owen J Roberts is umpire re versed its Hamburg decision of 930 which accepted the indus rial accident theory of the fires ind explosions which rocked the tfew York metropolitan area in 916 and 1917 12 Years of Litigation American claimants who sought damages of from the eicb have contended throughout 2 years litigation that the de itruction of the Lehigh Valley rail terminal at Black Tom in 916 and the Kingsland assembly plant early in 1917 was the work of saboteurs in the pay of the im perial German government Germany was equally persistent n her denials advancing the heory that the vast quantities ol munitions which had been destinec or allied nations were destroyed by accident not design On the basis of its ruling Thurs day the tribunal promptly grantee motions for the American damage awards The comissions decision was on an American motion to re open thecase and reverse the Hamburg fcasls of that German nesses mapped out a dis honest defense and were guilty of fraud perjury and suppres sion of evidence These wit nesses Included Count von Bcrnstorff wartime German ambassador to the United States and Franz von Fapen former German chancellor and present ambassador to Turkey Germany countered with accu sations of perjury on the part American witnesses Christopher B Garnett the American commissioner tpld the commission Thursday the German commissioner had quit and re turned to Germany He said he had been 7iotified that neither the German commissioner nor his na tion would participate in any fur ther proceedings of the tribunal Finds Fraud in Proofs Justice Roberts then announced that since the Gentians and the Americans had disagreed it was up to him as umpire to decide the case I concur Justice Roberts said in the views expressed by the American commissioner to the ef fect that the withdrawal of the German commissioner did not oust the jurisdiction of the com mission I hold that the commis sion as now constituted has juris diction to decide the motion I find that for the reason al leged by the United States in its petitions for fraud in the proofs presented by for the further reason that on the record as it now stands the claimants cases Young Man Amnesia Victim Is Identified by Father JANES VILLE Wis of Police William Ford ief j said Thursday an amnesia victim who nas been cared for here since May 22 was identified Thursday as Er nest Johnson of St Paul Minn The identification was made by Johnsons father who arrived here from St Paul The father viewed a picture of the young man arid declared it was the likeness of his son Ford said Meanwhile Johnson a student at the St Paul college of law was in Madison vhere he was submitted to a truth serum test Wednesday night His father said he would go to Madison at once and tiike him back home A girl was responsible for the identification A friend of young Johnson she saw a picture of the amnesia victim in a Minneapolis newspaper and notified his father The latter said he had not been alarmed over the young mans ab sence inasmuch as he had said upon leaving home that he was going to a lake for a vacation OFFICERS HUNT BABYS KILLER Coroner Thinks Infant Was Suffocated and Tossed Into Creek CLYDE Ohio State and federal authorities killer of 10 weeks sought the old Haldon Baker Fink Thursday convinced that the baby was suffocated be fore its body was thrown into a muddy creek The body was found Wednes day 12 hours after the infant Wad disappeared from its crib in the home ol its grandparents Mr and Mrs Oren Baker They and its mother Mrs Velma Fink 22 year old divorcee were away at the time Dr D W Philo Sandusky county coroner sam after an autopsy held at 2 a m that he be lieved the child had been suf focated then tossed into Green creek where it was found Sheriff H L Myers said he was without possible clues The federal bureau of investiga tion has caseWed hfesday before the childs vbod v was found and Agent j H OHara remained here Thursday The childs father Ervin 23 volunteered to be fingerprinted Wednesday night at the sheriffs office Sheriff Myers said prints had been found on the knob of the door to the room from which the infant vanished LOOK INSIDE FOR Congressional Trick Slyest of all congressional tricks of tRe session was the house phan tom voting of a stiff income tax for all the District of except congressmen and their em ployes The story may never reach the country they hope as it con cerns a purely local fiscal prob lem Yet it is nevertheless an in lernational prize example of what legislators may sometimes do when their constitutents are not looking or interested Originally the tax legislators had planned a a year ex emption so as to provide for all statesmen in office here except the president cabinet officers get exactly 515000 But in prepar ing their bill for the house they cut the exemption to they get 310000 In open debate on the house floor the question arose whether this would leave any doubt of their own freedom from taxation some have outside income which boosts their salaries So they adopted an amendment spe cifically exempting themselves and their personal employes but left not a line in the record to in dicate how they had voted There was no roll call and not even a teller vote by which their identity might possibly be detected by eye from the gallery All the record Fays is The amendment was agreed to Conjrijhl King Features Inc are made out the pending motions should be and are granted HOPKINS LOOKS OVER CROPS Secretary Arranges for Management of Farm Near Grinnell GRINNELL OP Like many another Iowa farmer Secretary of Commerce Harry L Hopkins looked over his crops Thursday and arranged details of the manage ment oE his newlyacquired 388 acre farm Hopkins said he signed papers Wednesday leasing the farm three miles north of here from the Aetna Life Insurance company The property adjoins the farm on which he worked as a farm hand in his boyhood The farm includes pasture crops and timber but is used pri marily for stockraising A creek winds through the property In addition to pasture and mead ow there are 69 acres of corn 32 acres of oats and 10 acres of soy beans Against Rutn fitting PAGE 2 Annual Girls Boys Camps at Iowa Falls PAGE 7 Rival Hurlers Promise Yanks Trouble PAGE 13 Would America Go to War Biermann Asks EDITORIAL PAGE Baby Fatally Burned in Waterloo Blaze WATERLOO Mervin Warren Gilliland 9 months old son of Mr and Mrs Warren Gil liland burned to death when fire destroyed the familys small tem porary home Mrs Gilliland who had been working in the garden noticed the flames too late to save her babys life She cut her arm trying to crawl through a broken window into the house 13 Killed as Dresden Tram Is Derailed DRESDEN pass engers were killed and 20 injured Thursday when the BerlinPrague express was derailed near here IOWA OFFICERS CATCHBOYWHO MADE THREATS Maxwell Youth Sent 5 Notes Demanding Payment of Money BBS MOINES purported Story county extortion attempt built around a threat to dyna mite a hatchery was cleared up lere Thursday the state bureau it investigation announced by he signed confession of William L Longcor 20 a Maxwell Iowa youth who allegedly signed five notes to his intended victim with the svmbol triple 777 Sheriff C V McGriff of Nevada said Longcor had attempted to obtain from A F Heinrich Maxwell hatchery operator The sheriff said an attempted extor tion charge would be filed against the youth who was arrested Wednesday night when a net of state and local officials closed in on him at Maxwell Left Dynamite on Porcli Among other things the sheriff asserted Longcor left a stick of dynamite a shotgun shell and a match all wrapped in notes on the back porch of the hatchery Sun day night Longcor was brought here Wed nesday night and was questioned Thursday at the state bureau of investigation where officials said he signed the confession Officers took Longcor back to Nevada Wednesday afternoon and lodged him in the Story county jail pending filing of charges State agents said the youth told them he got the idea for the at tempted plot from seeing shows and listening to the radio fl Intended to use the money tor a Hunted him as saying 1 thought 1 could get by with it but soon found out I couldnt The youth told officers he se lected Heinrich for the attempt because his hatchery is right across the street from my house and I could watch him State agents said one of the five notes which reached Heinrich in a variety of ways including the mail and in an envelope tacked on a tree read in part as fol lows Are you ready to pay or do you want your dog killed like we now are planning Or maybe you want your house burned to the ground Or possibly it would please you to have the hatchery blown sky high Then pay up now before the price goes to 5500 We warned you before to keep the law out of this and we are not kidding At least one member of the triple seven is watching you all the time A previous note had warned Heinrich that the Triple Seven consisted cf 10 members Heres the way for you to pay Put twenty S5 bills in an empty can at Tuesday night June 13 Put the tobacco can containing in the trunk of your old car Order on Leaving Money The note instructed Heinrich to have a boy drive the car through Maxwell street with lights dim and to stop on the flash of a red light The driver then was to park the car for five minutes with the lights out and then return to the hatchery The driver was not to Federation Rivals Meet Rivals for the presidency of the Iowa State Federation of Labor now in convention in Dubuquc congratulate each other after having teen nominated for the post by the convention At the left is A A Couch of Des Moines now president while at the right is Leo Quinn also of Des Moines and president of the DCS Moines truck drivers union Iowa Daily Press photo Mayor LaGuardia Entertains Guests hcrecnjoyinK themselves in the amusement section of lie A F OF L WILL NAME OFFICERS Resolutions on F R and Labor Split Are Under Consideration DUBUQUE ftf Delegates to the annual convention of the Iowa State Federation of Labor Thurs day turned their attention to the task of electing officers for the next two years Chief interest in the election centers in the race for the presi dency in which A A Couch of Des Moines president for the past two years is being opposed by Leo Quinn secretary of the Des Moines truck drivers union A group of delegates late Wed nesday launched a drive to intro duce a resolution indorsing Presi dent Roosevelt for a third term The convention Wednesday de layed action on several resolu tions dealing with the conflict be tween the A F L and the C I O One of these resolutions de clared that the differences be tween leaders the rival labor organizations were of a persona nature and recommended thai A F L leaders discard personal feelings and attempt to bring ali organized workers within one mother organization know the money had been pieced in the automobile Officials said the instructions were followed Tuesday night State Agent B O Bender a boys cap on his head piloting the auto mobile No contact was made tne officers said and another note found Wednesday morning pro vided further instructions State Agent Gail Burbridge drove the car Wednesday night and soon was given the contact signal He stopped the car as in structed walked around the cor ner and hid in some bushes in stead of returning to the hatch ery Burbridge said the youth came around the corner toward the au tomobile and started to run when ordered to halt The agent said he fired several shots into the ground and Longcor stopped THBElOROWN IN MINNESOTA 2 Girl Scouts and Instructor Victims in Lake Sylvia Tragedy ANNANDALE Minn Two Girl Scouts from Mabel Minn and their swimming in structor Miss Margaret Deems 22 of Minneapolis were drowned Thursday in Lake Sylvia near South Haven The Girl Scout vic tims were Shirley Anne Munson 11 and Dorothy Andahl 12 INFANT VICTIM OF SUFFOCATION Dies While Sleeping at Side of Mother Services on Friday CHARLES CITY Suffocation was believed to have caused the death of two months old Gale Joan Friend daughter of Mr anc Mrs Ivan Friend who was founc dead Thursday morning at the side of her mother where she hac slept Funeral services for the infan will be held Friday afternoon a 2 oclock at the Riverside ceme tery with theRev H A Gustaf son officiating Surviving arc her parents and a brother Gerald The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Thurs day night and Friday cooler Thursday night in extreme southeast portion Friday warm er in northuest portion Friday MINNESOTA Fair Thursday night and Friday cooler Thurs day night except in extreme northwest portion warmer Fri day except in extreme south east portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather stalls tics Maximum Wednesday 67 Minimum Wednesday night 58 At 8 a m Thursday 66 Rain Wednesday 3S inch YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 59 Rain 15 Joint Action of Others Is Considered LONDON Minisle Chamberlain Thursday indicate he possibility of seeking joint ac ionby Britain France and th Jnited States if Japan used th Tientsin incident for more far eaching demands against foreig nterests in China He told the house of common hat a Japanese spokesman a Tientsin had indicated that the I bject of Japans blockade of tiie British and French concessions vas to obtain n much wider term of cooperation from British au horities in China Fears Wider Demands It is clear the prime minister continued that if this statement the views of authorities n Tokjo the Japanese are using he incident to make demands vider and move farreaching than the handing over of the four men Chamberlain referred to Japans earlier demand for delivery to Japanese authorities four Chi nese accused ofkilling a Tientsin jfficial and now detained in the 3ritish concession there British rejection of this demand led to mposition of the blockade early Wednesday Says Situation Grave Such demands Chamberlain continued would raise important questions of policy in which other great powers are concerned no less than this country and the closest touch is being maintained with the French and United States govern ments In the meantime the British government is considering the situation created by the refusal of Japanese to accept a proposal for a committee of inquiry and by continuing of the blockade of the settlement Chamberlain said the situation was obviously a grave one but added that I am not prepared at this moment to say what action we shall decide to take FOODSHORTAGE N TIENTSIN IS GROWINGACUTE Japan Takes Measures for CoOperation by British Interests SHANGHAI The new truggle over occidental interests n China was broadened Thursday y a Japanese naval blockade lie international settlement at Amoy in addition to the police ilockade of British and French oncessions at Tientsin At the same time messages from oreign sources at Hankow said hat Japanese forces had block aded offices warehouses and docks of a large British shipping firm Butterfield and Swire refusing passage to British and Chinese employes The concern is located near the Hankow customs house Warships Isolate Island Foreign advices from Amoy said hat three Japanese warships had solated the island of Kulangsu which is the Amoy settlement lalting all traffic and preventing landing of vegetables and other supplies A Japanese spokesman was quoted as saying that the purpose the blockade was to bring the Kulangsu municipal council to its senses with regard to Japa CHURCH STRUCK BY LIGHTNING N E W HAMPTON Lightning struck the Lutheran church at Bassett 12 miles west of here Wednesday evening causing Sl 000 damages More than half of the glass the church was broken by the bolt The loss is a nee covered by insur Ralph Pulitzer 60 Succumbs in New York NEW YORK URRalph Pulit zer eldest son of the renowned newspaper publisher Joseph Pu litzer died Wednesday night He was 60 last Sunday He had been distinguished as a big game hunter and writer inri was at the time ot his death vice president of the Pulitzer Publish ing company publishers of the St Louis PostDispatch the remain ing unit of his fathers newspaper empire British Machine Guns Jap Tanks Facing Each Other TOKIO Domel Jap anese news agency dispatch from Tientsin said that a British detachment armed with lisht machineguns anda Japanese force equipped with four light tanks faced each other TJura day in Machanjr race course road at Tientsin The dispatch said the British machineguns were mounted so they pointed toward the Japan ese side of a sandbag barricade started by British troops with the aid of Chinese policemen iusl within the blockaded Brit ish concession When construction of the bar ricade was slarted Ihe Japanese quickly brought four light tanks into position and the two forces faced each other only a few yards aparl The dispatch said the British detachment num bered 100 men nese demands for a greater hand in control of the settlement Before negotiations were halted last week by the departure of the Japanese consul general from Amoy for Tokio the council an nounced its willingness to accept two of live Japanese demands holding that complete acceptance would give Japanese control of the Kulangsu government Had Halted Shipping Last month about the time the United States Britain and France matched a Japanese landing party threetoone with their own ma rines and bluejackets at Kulang su the Japanese halted shipping between Kulangsu and the main land However a few days ago a Shanghai spokesman said that Japanese blockade had been lifted The issue at Tientsin was drawn along similar lines with Japanese officers declaring that the cordon around the British and French concessions would not be lifted until the British reverse their policy and afford us complete co operation Discontinue Cargo Service British shipping companies an nounced they were discontinuing cargo service to Tientsin and it was understood passengers bound for Tientsin would be landed at Tangku at the mouth of the Hai river 25 miles by rail from Tient sin Back of both blockades was the Japanese effort through the con quest of China started July 7 1937 to establish a new order in east ern Asia Both were based on Japanese demands for suppression of anti Japankm The original Japanese landing at Kulangsu was predicted on a shooting scrape in which Japanese said one of their naval officers was endangered The original demand at Tientsin was for delivery by the British of four Chinese accused of killing a local Chinese official Food Becoming Scarce There was no further word of the food situation among Kulang KUS 250 foreigners and 40000 Chinese but at Tientsin more than 1000 miles north of Amoy the pinch was rapidly becoming acute The Tientsin blockade was started only Wednesday Hotels reported they had sup plies for about one week Sup plies of ice ucre all but exhausted however Shipments of vegetable milk and other foods were virtually ;