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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 17, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME TmmMTBrji JBajiBHEnoj HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLV ASSOCIATED tRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL TJJASEP WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY CITY TH8 BRIGHT SPOT NEWS BEHIN No Action Likely FCC Phone Request WASHINGTON Nothing will Jcome of the federal communica Mions commission plan to regulate the telephone monopoly more closely at least not this year and probably not next The commis sion dialed it into a busy signal in con gress The legislators are talking ad journment If the commission had really wanted prompt legislation i t DI HTII would have Paul Mallon earlier Furthermore next year will be an election year and that is no time for government rewiring of a industry from the prevailing political If you will look behind the re port you will find many peculiar circumstances It is founded on recommendation made a year ago by FCC Cqmmisioner Walker who then wanted complete FCC control of telephone policies He consulted Tommy Corcoran archghost of new dealdom frequently near the end of the investigation which led to that drastic conclu sion However Mr Walker now approves this much milder re quest for regulatory authority which seems to represent a vic tory for his adversaries on the commission Messrs Craven and Case Brown and McNinch going as did Walkers friend Payne to make this t milder course unanimous Walkers appointment expires June 30 and the Oklahoma dele gation in congress which strongly behind him expects him to be reappointed tRates Are Reduced jThe Jappears tobe i circumstances thatV the Corcoran hoys may have lost some of their original eagerness since the tele phonecompanies reduced rates after the investigation started The commission claims to have saved consumers to date which it considers enough to justify the unprecedented cost o the inquiry will however break abou cvi with congress in their ig noring of each other The long threatened senatorial investigation of FCC has been plugged into wrong number or a dead line ems the FCC has been net tlca by all these congressiona charges about its interoffice poli tics so it has kept a memo of the name of every congressman who called the commission with po liticjal things as favors for broadcasters in their states etc The commission therefore is in the position to say to congress All right if you want to investi gate us but we will have to drag your names into it There will be no investigation 5 Blonds Poor Lobbyists Chorus girls apparently are no good lobbyists If those willowy blonds parad ing in the Buckner Philippini bond trial in New York left any impression here it is not evident Before the trial opened no con gressman could recall having seen any of the girls While the legis lators sometimes have faulty memories it is certainly true tha the bond legislation was not passe or seriously considered There is a moral in this for lob byists The Broadway and Holly wood technic never goes over here You can get further with 10 letter from prominent voters than 10 o the williest willows that eve wept This is a subtle town Black Tom Decision The government has no hope o getting the 350000000 of damage due from Germany in the Blac Tom case Everyone here knew i when the German member of th claims commission withdrew whei he saw the case was going agains him However the treasury ha due Germany on wa property seizures and will kee that as a 50 per cent settlement When the tax and relief bill get out of the way watch out fo a swift unplanned adjournment o congress These are the only two pendin matters in which a large numbe of legislators are interested Th lawmakers are not generally anx ious to stay under a wilting su through the summer just to pas Mr arms embargo re French Press Hints Sabotage in Sub Disaster NATION MOURNS peal program Their personal u calendar is fairly clean They w bi be anxious to mountains and get away seashore to th At any rate thats the plan ar ranged sub rosa by opponents o the neutrality repeal bill Copyrijht Hint Feature Inc MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JUNE 17 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 214 HOUSE PASSES RELIEF MEASURE LOSS OF 1 m DEEPSEA CRAFT Losses of Three Democracies Within Month Pointed Out PARIS of suspected sabotage began tocreep into sec ions of the Paris press Saturday as the nation mourned the disap pearance of the 2000 ton French submarine Phenix with 71 men aboard off the coast of Indo It was announced that the only race of the submersible was a circle oil floating on the water off CamHanh bay Writers in several newspapers asked questions like Can this be he law of three democracies lose three submarines in less than a month Links Four Losses The communist paper LHu manite said commands suspicion It linked three sub marine disasters suffered by the United States Great Britain and rance with the loss of the 34000 on French liner Paris which burned April 19 at her Le Havre dock French authorities have worked on the theory that the fire was set by foreign agents On May 23 the United States submarine Squalus sank off the New Hampshire coast with death to 26 and the rescue of 33 the British submarine Thetis sank in Liverpool bay June 1 with the loss of 99 lives Eightyone rriendied Feb 27m the sinking of ahesesubmarine 163 400miles southwest of Tokio Families Are Notified Widows and relatives of the men aboard the since making a routine dive Thursday morning in CamRanh bay 225 miles northeast of Saigon capital of French ly felt uncertainty and despair Most of the families received of ficial notices which said briefly Submarine Phenix disappeared 36 hours ago All hope aban The commander of the Phenix Lieut Cmdr O M Bouchacourt 43 took the ship to far eastern waters because of the political tcnison created by the Chinese Japanese conflict RIDICULES THEORY OF SUB SABOTAGE NEW YORK Any sugges tion that sabotage was responsible for the sinking of the submarine Squalus Thetis and Phenix termed ridiculous Saturday by Commander Edward Ellsberg U S navy reserve in a copyrighted article in the New York Post Ellsberg graduate of the U S Naval Academy at Annapolis via one of the navys best divers anc engaged in the salvage work on the submarine SS1 He has writ ten several books Is Coincidence The sinking of the three subma rines all within a month must be to coincidence he put down wrote Sabotage is particularly diffi cult on a submarine The crews are relatively small the machin ery all in view visitors arc care fully restricted and easily ob served if aboard The chances of a visitor in por being able undetected to dam age or disconnect vital operating gear is so remote as to be beyont belief Crews Carefully Chosen As for members of the crew en gaging in sabotage EHsberp wrof that submarine crews ordinarily are the pick of the navy and the chance of a foreign agent getting assigned to a crew is extremel imorobable However sabotage by a mem ber of the crew may be ruled ou for a stronger reason Ellsberg wrote Saboteurs are not Nathan Hales regretting that they have only one life to give for their coun try British Cabinet Ready in Case of Emergency LONDON Ministe Neville Chamberlain warned al cabinet ministers Saturday to re main in contact with his office ready for a possible emergency meeting on the far eastern situa tion Government leaders were understood to fear that some sud den development at Tientsin Shanghai or elsewhere might make government action impera tive Hope Given Up for Sub by Officials China Sea Where Boat Disappeared Reported to Be Deep SAIGON French IndoChina official French govern ment communique said Saturday 71 officers and sailors werelost aboard the French submarine which disappeared Thurs lay off CamRanh navalbase Death for the men was con idered certain the commu nique said The depth of the ocean and two days failure to locate the subma ine were advanced as reasons for ack of hope Naval authorities calculated that the Phenixs air iupply was exhausted Saturday Failed to Reappear Flags on French naval units vere at halfmast and the city went into formal mourning With other French units the 3henix was engaged in maneuvers n CamRanh bay when it plunged and failed to reappear The communique On the morning of June 15 he submarines Phenix and Es poir took part in exercises off amRanh in collaboration with the LamottePisquet cruiser and aviation The Phenix having plunged did not reappear In Deep Water Search was made immediately with the help of aviation but it was in vain The bottom of the ocean at this point being m meters after more of fruitless searching ISssWthe Phenix and its crew was consid ered certain s The cause of this catastrophe is still unknown and a commis sion of inquiry has been formed to discover it The search con tinues actively and all means at the disposal of the IndoChina fleet are being employed News Was Withheld Information available in naval circles said the Phenix and Espoir earlier had left Saigon for a cruise toward Hongkong and Manila stopping at CamRanh for maneuvers with other units The Phenix plunge occurred at a m Thursday ViceAdmiral Jean Decoux was in command of the hunt for the stricken craft Warships and tugs from this base went to the scene Thursday but news of the dis aster withheld until all hope was abandoned Disappearance of the Phenix one of the finest submarine units in the Frency navy marked the third great submarine disaster in less than a month It followed loss of the American Squalus with 26 lives and the British Thetis which was the steel tomb for 99 Currents Are Swift Even if located naval authori ties expected great salvage diffi culties would be encountered in attempting to learn the secret of the sunken craft In places the China Sea is more than 300 feet deep and pressure on the submarine lying on the ocean floor would give the salv agers and divers an immense task Hull Tells of Neutrality Postmasters Arriving for Opening of Convention Here The area where the Phenix made but the problem of naval experts in their attempt to locate the submarine her last dive was known swift currents complicated The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy Satur day night and Sunday cooler in extreme west portion Sunday MINNESOTA Occasional showers Saturday night and Sunday somewhat warmer in south portion Saturday night cooler in southwest portion Sun day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Friday 93 Minimum Friday night 61 At 8 a m Saturday gc YEAR AGO Maximum 67 Minimum 53 WEEKLY FORECAST Weather outlook for the period of June 19 1939 to June 24 1939 The Upper Mississippi and Low er Missouri Valleys Generally lair with temperatures near to some what above normal except fre quent showers and seasonable temperatures in extreme northern portion Cordell Hull secretary of state appears before the senate for eign relations committee in Washington to discuss the administra tions neutrality proposals JPhoto above shows Hull talking to newspaper correspondents after the senate hearing Be Among Speakers Early arriving delegates had reached Mason City late Saturday for the convention of the Iowa organization of the National League of District Postmasters at Mason City and Clear Lake Sun das Monday and Tuesday Among the first to reach Mason City were Mrs Ida E Larson of Swea City vice president of the fourth district of the Iowa league W S Olexa of Batavia state sec retary and national vice president of the league Mr Olexa has just returned from a speaking tour which took him to eight eastern states J Mrs Larson announced Satur day that State Senator Ed Breen of Fort Dodge had been addedto the list of convention speakers and would give an address at Monday nights session Also on Monday nights program as a speaker is Robert EFellers su perintendent of the division of stamps in the postoffice depart ment at Washington D C First event onthe program is registration which begins Sunday afternoon al 1 oclock at I O O F park Clear Lake This is to be followed by a picnic and enter tainment in charge of postmasters of district No 4 with Mrs Lar son acting as chairman Included in the round of entertainment will be swimming boating fishing dancing and a barbecue The entire day will be spent so cially with no official business to be transacted The business session of the convention will open at 10 oclock Monday morning at the Hotel Hanford when President G M Hougham Fort Des Moines calls the meeting to order ED BREEN Heat Causes Illness of Weather Observer KEOKUK Wahl gren Oklahoma City weather ob server who has been visiting his mother and sister here has been obliged to delay his return for several days because of illness intestinal dis by heat His condition is considerably improved Saturday diagnosed as an order aggravated Johnstown Winner of Race at Aqueduct SPORTS BULLETIN NEW YORK William Woodwards champion 3 year old ivon the one mile and an eighth Dwyer at Aque duct Saturday by a length and a half He was a one to five chance DIES OF BROKEN NECK DES MOINES G Murray 25 died of a broken neck Friday the result of an accident last Saturday in which the truck he was driving overturned near Brooklyn Iowa Human Chain Saves Couple From River human chain o three persons one 75 years ol and another only 10 was re sponsible for the saving of tw lives from Shell Hock river i Perrin park late Friday atter ocn Dr L S Fillenworth Marbl Rock dentist was struggling wit 13 year old Evelyn Nath in th river as she hysterically fough while he attempted to rescue th girl who was drowning She ha goneout beyond her depth an was caught with cramps While the Nath girl was goin down Dr Fillerworths tw daughters with whom she wa swimming cried to their fathe for help The dentist who wa walking to his car to get clothe for the girls rushed back to th river plunged in and pulled Mis Nath above the water He coul see where she was only by bub bles which marked the spot wher she had gone down Semiconscious the girl fran tically fought with her rescue and as they neared shore Dr Fil lenworth was fatigued His daugh ters and 75 year old Richar Vahlsing park caretaker wh also heard the cries hurried formed a human chain and year old JoAnn Fillenwort reached for her fathers ou stretched hand and the chai brought to shore its human carg Saturday both Dr Fillenwort and the Nath girl also from Mar ble Rock were reported recover ing from their harrowing exper ence The girl did not recall th struggle in the water Lightning Cause of Fire Loss NORTH BROOKFIELD struck Mas Iran former during an electrical stor early Saturday and fired the pla of the Quaboac Rubber compan causing 5100000 damage estimated ENSION OFFICE HELD BY ALLEN NOW ABOLISHED Others Also Lose Jobs in New State Reorganization Plan DES MOINES ation Saturday removed Byron G Allen from the Iowa govern by abolishing his job as tate old age assistance superin endent The pension official a political nsurgent who has directed the pwa old age assistance program ince its birth in 1934 went down vith 25 other employes in weeping order calling for the treamlining of the whole state so cial welfare setup Herrings Son Included Also to go through abolition of obs are Mrs E R Meredith of Ames issistant pension superintendent and a member of the original old age assistance commission Laverne Herring son of Senator Clyde L Herring an investigator or the emergency relief admin strati on A J Draper of Jefferson per sonnel manager Miss Martina McDonald Har an state director of relief The consolidation program which will result in generous economies becomes effective July 4 Welfare Chairman King R Palmer said Walther In Charge The reorganization program which follows edicts of the last legislature places Frank T Walton formerly o Burlington and New Hampton in charge of a department of public assistance into which adminis tration of aged pensions blim pensions emergency relief ant child welfare will be merged Walton has been director of thi aid to the blind and child wel fare department H P Walker of Iowa City was named director of audits anc accounts He has been aged pen sion comptroller Personalities Not Involved Allen a former liberal repub lican who became a democrat dur ing the new deal era in Iowa poli tics often has been marked fo extinction by republican lead ers during the six years the G O P was the minority party in thi state Palmer has insisted however that no personalities were in volved in the elimination order The pension superintendent whose salary was a year was an implacable foe of soci welfare workers and severa times bearded the federal socia security board for its attitude to wards the Iowa rating system of supervising old age assistance Saw System Grow A former Pocahontas weekl newspaper publisher and a of Congressman F C Gilchris Allen saw the pension syster grow to a present volume of 52 000 checks representing mor than expenditures month He first served as superinten dent under the original assistanc commission and held the same po sition under the recently termine 5 member parttimc social welfar board DISMISSED OFFICIALS ISSUE STATEMENT DES MOINES state old age pension official Saturday issued a statement say ing the social welfare reorganiza lion program means A complet surrender to the Elizabethan poo relief school of thought May God have mercy on th old people of Iowa the statemen issued jointly by Byron G Alle and Mrs E R Meredith said even their half loaf has now be come the bitter bread of charity The phrase half loaf was republican byword in the las campaign Gov George A Wilso stumped the state with the molt adequate old age just half a loaf Greta Garbo Builds Home Near Hollywood HOLLYWOOD UR Gret Garbo after having spent 13 year in Hollywood living in rente homes apparently has decided sh likes the film colony well cnoug to own her home The actres through studio executives con firmed reports that she was havin a home built for her not far fro Hollywood oses Job as ension Head Byron G Allen state old age assistance superintendent Sat urday lost his office through re organization in state depart ments OWft MERCURY SOARING AGAIN Fans Swimming Nooks and Cool Spots Are Popular in Corn State The mercury reached 92 in Mason City Saturday afternoon after the highest of the season 93 on Friday At Waterloo Sat urday 95 was recorded DES MOINES IP lowans sought put electric fans swim ming suits and cool nooks again Saturday as the mercury shot up ward toward the hundred degree mark The weather bureau forecast a ligh reading of between 95 and 100 degrees at Des Moines Satur day Omaha Friday had the highest reading of 100 degrees as a heat wave blanketed the state Only AVO Iowa weather stations rc lorted readings under 00 degrees Estherville had a high of 89 de grees and Lamoni reported 88 It ivas 93 a Mason City Skies were clear Saturday morning with no precipitation re ported in the last 24 hours Tem peratures averaged about 12 de grees above normal the bureau said Forest City was Iowas coolest spot Friday night with a reading of 60 degrees LOOK INSIDE FOR EUGENE WEIDSIANN Dies on Guillotine for Murder Series PAGE 2 Tigers Giants Set Hot Pace PAGE R Dairy Day Program at Osage Tuesday PAGE 0 BILL VOTED AT END OF 14 HOUR SESSION 37321 Would Abolish Such WPA Projects as Theatrical Productions WASHINGTON weary house put an emphatic O K early Saturday on a bill to provide for relief during the year starting July 1 abolish such WPA projects as theatrical pro ductions and otherwise restrict work relief spending The bill was passed at the end of a tumultuous session which lasted more than 14 hours one of the longest in recent years Speak er Bankhead announced the roll call vote was 373 to 21 Nine dem ocrats and 12 republicans bal lotted against the measure It now goes to the senate where leaders promised swift consideration in order to replenish WPA coffers by July 1 when current appropri ations run out All lowans voted for the measure Beat Back Altempts A smoothworking coalition ot republicans and some democrats augmented by a sprinkling of members who usually are admin istration supporters beat back re peated attempts to eliminate or modify some of the proposed restrictions on the relief agency and to increase the funds for various phases of the relief pro gram Some members apparently dozed in their seats as the debate wore to a close Others read early editions of the morning news papers Representative Merrstt D N Y whistled audibly at several points Another New York democrat Representative Sirovich almost collapsed alter a but futile appeal for continuation of the WPAs federal theater pro jects which would be outlawed by the bill together with other pro jects financed wholly by the WPA Sirovich revived after sniffing a restorative Shout Doivn G O P Plan Shortly before the final vole the house shouted down a republi can proposal to turn administra tion of relief back to the states It also defeated an effort by Rep resentative Starnes D Ala to add 5375000000 to the total for heavy construction projects ad ministered by the PWA As final ly approved the bill would trans fer to that agency of the 31477000000 requested by President Roosevelt for the Works Progress administration The bill would substitute a threemembe board for the WPAs present single administra tor Representative Hayburn ot Texas the democratic leader took the floor and criticized the pro posal but no attempt was made to strike it from the measure Under F R Figures Later Hayburn put through the only amendment making any change in the bills total amount It added to the fund for the National Youth administra tion bringing to an even 000000 the sum carried for that agency This is still less than the figure recommended by President Hoosevelt Before the house began voting on the bill its appropriations com mittee which drafted the legisla tion acted to head off mounting opposition to some of the restric tive provisions by offering a series of modifying amendments House approval of these was obtained without difficulty limitation Is Higher The first ot these concessions restored to the bill language per mitting the allocation of relief funds to federal projects such as postoffices nnd other federal buildings Another eased the pro posed per project limita tion on WPA building construction so that up to could be spent on projects financed entirely by the federal government and exclusive of sponsors contributions on nonfederal pro jects Other amendments would per mit the allocation of not more than of relief funds to regu lar federal agencies a practice prohibited in the original draft of the bill limit to per worker per month the material costs on WPA projects and require at least 25 per cent of the labor on PWA projects to come from relief rolls Would Set Standards As approved the bill would re quire the removal from relief rolls of certain persons who had been continuously employed by the WPA for 18 months prescribe a formula for the employment ot relief workers alter next Oct 1 on the basis of a ratio between population and unemployment require the proposed board to fix a monthly wage scale for project 1 ;