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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 11, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HAS LOW K H 1ST A 1ST OfPi OF IOWA COMP DCS UQt VOL XLVI THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IQWANS NEIGHIOU HOME EDITION ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 11 1940 MASON CITY THI IRJGHT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OV TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE HO HUNT CLEWS TO POSTVILLE SLAYER Abe Murdock Liberal Now Goes Other Way By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist News from Salt Lake City is to the effect that Utahs liberal demo crats are urging Representative Abe Murdock to oppose Senator William H King for their par tys nomina tion in the states Septem b e r primaries as their next candidate for the upper con g r essi on a J chamber Rep resenta t i v e Murdoch in Washington hasnt agreed yet to do it but maybe lie will That isnt the point though The point is that a press commentator discussing the story says Sena tor King has been in politics since he was 21 and has been consis tently a conservative King Liberalism Now I can understand this statement as coming from a newspaperman whose recollection doesnt antedate the new deal era Hes misinformed however as to the prenew deal period Any oldtimer knows that Senator King hasnt been known as con sistently conservative Much to the contrary For a long time until rather re cently Senator King was a Utah oosolon with Senator Reed Smoot Smoot was a republican and there wasnt any dispute that he was conservative lln those days it was one ol the puzzles of Washington how the same state could have on capitol hill as hardboiled an oldguardsman as Reed Smoot and as enlightened a liberal as William H of different parties too If one could be elected how could the other one the same states bunch of voters Which Was Which 1 was nearly curious enough to go out to Utah to investigate but I doubt that even the Mormons could have told me It was just one those able I did consult Senator Smoot Oh he said Kings a rampan radical That wasnt very ex planatory I quizzed Senator King also It does seem queer he confessed I believe there must be something personal and nonpolitical abou it I own that its inconsistent The tact remains that King then never for a minute ques tioned that he was a liberal And Smoot would have a fit if anybody had intimated that King was as conservative as good judgment re quired Scene Was Changed Not only has the scene changed The rapidity with which its done it in the last 10 years is confus ing It seemsonly yesterday since I BE a capital correspondent cailec on Senator George or Senator Bailey when I wanted a liberal in terview I even had to go as far as Senator Nye or Shipstead or Frazier to get anything not to mention radicalism Now conservatives are pretty liberal Even republican old guardsmen are And democrats who used to think they were liberals class as reactionaries on the present basis And some republicans are new dealers A Case in Point And Utah is just a conspicuous case in point It presents an outstanding in stance of an oldtime liberal ver sus a newtime essentially liberal party It isnt republicandemocratic It isnt conservativeliberal H splits four ways And it splits nationally Whos republican or democrat ic Whos liberal or conservative The psychosis is what they call phychosis Allies Pledge Finns Full Aid Fire Guts Interior of Building at Toledo TOLEDO Iowa early morning tire Monday gutted the offices of the Toledo division of the Iowa Electric Light and Pow er company but Don Wells divi sion manager refused to estimate the amount of damage as the lire was still smouldering late Monday morning ASSERT DIRECT APPEALNQTYET MADE FOR HELP Chamberlain Statement Is Interpreted as War End Indication LONDON Minister Neville Chamberlain told the house of commons Monday that Britain and France had offered to aid Finland with all available resources but tliat the Finns so far had failed to make a direct appeal for allied assistance The prime ministers state ment coinciding with Finnish Kussian peace negotiations at Moscow generally was inter preted as a tacit admission that the Finnish war was about over Reports from Scandinavia were that the negotiations were pro ceeding successfully On the other hand it was by no means certain that tlie Finns would accept the Russian terms for peace and parliamentary sources said that if the negotia tions collapse the allied offer of full assistance would still stand Asked if the British position was not tantamount to being at war with Russia tlie prime min ister significantly replied We have not arrived at that yet Chamberlain who confirmed that the Russians two weeks ago had advanced peace terms which the British refused to pass on to clarified the allied position towardaid to the Finns in an effort to protect Brit ish and French prestige and to offset predictions that collapse of the war in Finland would greatly strengthen the German war posi tion by permitting Russia to in crease supplies to the reich Indications that the British believed the war in Finland was about over were seen in llic fact that Chamberlain adver tised the readiness of the allies to send men and materials and thus gave the Germans and Rus sians advance notice Therefore it was believed that the prime minister was in effect seeking to safeguard tlie allied governments prestige with their own people and with Europes small states by emphasizing their readiness to aid the Finns and forestalling any charges that they had refused again to help a small nation It had however been clear for several days that the allies would find it most difficult to intervene in Finland directly because Swe den refused to permit transit of troops The only other alternative the sea to the Finnish Arctic port of re jected a month ago by allied lead ers Chamberlains a n n o u nccmcnt was made at a time when Fin lands government leaders were in Moscow weighing Russias terms for peace The Russian terms had been reported modified and there were Scandinavian reports that the negotiations were proceeding successfully No word came from Moscow di rectly however The allied powers fearful that conclusion of the Finnish war would release Russian sup Plies and resources to Germany on a bigger had sent some volunteer aid to the Finns but it was long aeo obvious that this would not be enough to turn the tide Chamberlain in reply to a ques tion in the house of commons said As his majestys government and the French government have already informed Finland they are prepared in response to an ap peal from Finland for further aid to proceed immediately and jointly to help Finland using all available resources at their disposal His statement was in reply to a question by Clement R Attlee la borite The house will be aware Chamberlain continued that both the French and British govern menfs have sent and are contin uing to send material assistance to Finland This has been of consid erable value to the Finnish The biggest British problem in connection with aid to Finland has been the attitude of the Swedes and Norwegians Sweden repeatedly has said that any at tempt to send any expeditionary force across her territory would be regarded as a violation of Sweden neutrality 4 Representatives of Finns Are Negotiating in Moscow No Decision Made Danish Paper Claims Peace Plan Reached A iTiaui by Invaded Nation on Russian Demands By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Peace talk puzzling in its con tradictions was warring Europes main concern Monday though secrecy censorship and rumors kept peace prospects an unknown quantity This much was certain Four representatives of Fin land headed by Premier Risto Ryti have been in Moscow ne grotiatin for peace The outcome of their mission still hung in the balance Finland said that the peace talks were initiated through the mediation of Sweden but that no decision had been made on Russias demands which were an official secret Stockholm reports indicated the Finns were returning Mon day with the Russian terms for ending Jhe bloody conflict New Russian radio and press attacks against the Helsinki gov ernment aroused apprehension hat the peace talks had been ruitless but the Scandinavian Cations anxious for peace in fear hey would become involved in lhe conflict maintained hope that a peaceful settlement would be reached Russia announced further progress in flanking Finlands Mannerheim defense line and Finland acknowledged the red army had gained new footholds onthe shore of Viipuri bay for a rear thrust at the city of Viipuri It was disclosed in that Britain had refused to transmit Russian peace terms to Finland calling them onerous Moscow was said to demand surrender of the Karelian isth mus take Ladoga Viipuri cer tain gulf islands and some northern territory in addition to a long lease on Hanko peninsu la for a naval base A former president of Finland Pehr Evind Svinhufvud visited the Berlin foreign office on an undisclosed mission He was re ported to have inquired about an audience with Adolf Hitler There was talk denied official ly that an effort might be made to obtain a GermanItalian guar antee for Finland if some settle ment is reached with Russia Germanys foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop called on Pope Pius and King Vittorio Emanuele during a Rome visit for talks with Premier Mussolini It was believed von Ribbentrop might be sounding out il duce on Italys position regarding possible developments in the European wars and regarding Finland His call on the pope apparently was a move for improving Vatican German relations President Roosevelts factfind er Sumncr Welles conferred with British leaders on the fourth major step of his European swing to get scene a fresh view of the Shoetricians FT WORTH Tex tncians Thats what Texas shoe repair men call themselves now They adopted the name TexasSouth western Association of Shoctri cians tics Maximum Sunday Minimum Sunday night At 8 a m Monday YEAH AGO Maximum Minimum Precip The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum in night At g a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 31 17 19 35 COPENHAGEN UR The newspaper Ekstrabladet report ed from Helsinki Monday that Finland and Russia had con cluded a peace agreement The newspapers dispatch said that the agreement was reached Sunday night in Moscow by soviet leaders and Finnish Pre mier Risto Kyti who was re ported to have flown to Stock holm Monday enroute back to Helsinki Much more moderate lerms were offered by the Rus sians the dispatch added COPENHAGEN U R The Copenhagen newspaper Bcr lingske Tidendc in a dispatch from Stockholm Monday quot ed the Stockholm newspaper Folkets Dagblad thai Russo Flnnish negotiations already have been completed success fully The Folkels Dagrblad usually is well informed STOCKHOLM UR The newspaper Aftonbladet report ed in a dispatch from Kirkenes Monday that a British aircraft carrier and two British destroy ers were off tht Finnish Arctic port of Fetsamo which is occu pied by Russian forces STOCKHOLM UR Fin now eattrtat 7 their phase ore belar conducted the American embassy in Mos cow it was reported Monday Both Russia and Finland main tained a tight censorship SENATE TAKES UP FARM BILL Ready to Lay Aside Hatch Arguments to Weigh Appropriations WASHINGTON ing one big issue for another the senate appeared ready Monday to lay aside its squabble over the Hatch antipolitics law in order to take up a farm appropriations bill which virtually wipes out all the economies voted this year The swap was a prelude to one of the busiest weeks of the con gressional session In two or three days the senate will debate extension of the reciprocal trade program and the house will con sider Tuesday the naval expansion bill An armistice on the Hatch act tight was proposed Saturday after senators who want to broaden the laws provisions declared that op ponents were filibustering The question is whether state employes paid in part by federal funds should be barred from political activity as are federal workers Foes of the sizable bloc of jubilant over the delay but Senator Hatch D N Mex expressed confidence that tlie debate would be resumed after the senate disposes of the farm and trade bills Republicans who have kept si lent during the battle between two democratic factions promised to support Hatch in demanding ulti mate action The farm fijfht appeared a little more onesided than the Hatch controversy with econ omy advocates acknowledging that they had little chance of victory Their only hope they said is that the house will re fuse to agree to any senate in creases The houseapproved farm bill was increased 8309793584 by the senate appropriations committee which added for par ity payments and recommended HOO000000 for agricultural loans The measure now is in excess of President Roosevelts budget estimate He did not in clude any money for parity pay ments The Weather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy occasional snow Tuesday and south and west Monday night no decided change in temperature MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy somewhat warmer northeast and northcentral Monday night Tuesday cloudy occasional light snow south and tvestcentral IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis sToo5Wo r3 Snatches for Hat and Is Killed bv Train KLAMATH FALLS Ore A guest of wind blew iVinevah Davis hat off He snatched for it lost his balance fell in front of a train and was killed CRITICISMS ARE VOICEDAGAINST RECEIVER ACTS Sweeping Attacks on Proceedings Made in Examiners Report DES MOINES a sweep ing series of criticisms of Iowa state bank receivership proceed ing two state examiners Monday declared in an investigation re port 1 That in many cases the courts have sustained claims for illproportioned fee bills 2 That Robert T Bates son of State Banking Superinten dent D Bates received 752 in attorney fees from one receivership fees after he had just received his license to prac tice law in Iowa 3 That the divisions records show a definite lack of coordi nation of effort and that super vision by administration heads has been insufficient 4 That unnecessarily large cash balances have been carried in Iowa City Iowa bank receiver ships in the past 5 That two former state offi cials obtained receiverships fees during their incumbency in office 6 That receivers have become officers in live banks in the same communities has been our ob servation that such a dual posi ition cannot be satisfactorily j 7 That F L Yeadon exami ner in charge at Fort Dodge was imposing upon the prerogatives of his position when he bought some receivership assets 8 District Judge John T Mofflt approved settlement of his personal indebtedness of for in the Cedar county State bank receivership 9 That while C L Hosier was examiner in charge of a receiver ship at Burlington he compro mised claims against an officer in a bank from which he was receiv ing a monthly salary Report of the audit conducted last fall by Frank D Johnson and Nat Buck of the stale auditors staff was released Monday by Gov George A Wilson The report recommended that the personnel of the banking de partment should restrict their business connections to the affairs of the banking department or to the receiverships in their charge The auditors further concludec that there should be some defi nite and equitable basis upon which legal fees could be estab lished Governor Wilson ordered the sweeping investigation after Slate Banking Superintendent D W Bates brought an action to reopen an Iowa City receivership in which Ben S Summerwill had been examiner in charge Mondays report did not cover the Iowa City cases but it did however comment on the handl ing of a depositors trust at Ot tumwa and it noted exceptions to the handling of receiverships a Fort Dodge Adel Tipton and Burlington It stated that records of the receivership of the Davenport Savings bank of Davenport show payment of quarterly fee bills otaling S12 543 to Louis Roddewig former slate tax commission chairman from July 1 1933 to June 30 1939 during his incumbency on the commission It also said Lehan T Ryan while an assistant attorney gen eral collected from the re ceivership of the Nichols Savings bank of Nichols for legal services Continuing the report said In several instances receivers have become officers in live banks in the same town or locality to which their receivership activi ties are confined It has been our observation that such a dual posi tion cannot be satisfactorily main tained Either he will be a good liquidator or a good banker We believe he is going to favor the bank for the reason that in every case we know of where such a condition exists the party in volved plans to continue his bank ing activities at the close of ihe trust and he therefore and most naturally will give preference where he hopes to receive the most consideration VICTIM 86 IS BEATEN HOUSE S SET ABLAZE Inquest Into Case Is Delayed Investigators Assemble Evidence POSTVILLE An inquest into ie murder of Christian Ruch schel was postponed from Mon ay morning until Monday after oon Coroner Charles Borden illamakec county informed the jlobeGazette The inquest was elayed he said because investi ators in the case were not ready a hearing Monday morning as iginally planned Allamakee county authorities ought the person or persons who rutally beat 86 year old Ruck aseliel into unconsciousness at is home Saturday night then red his home and left him there o die in an effort to conceal the vidence of a fight which resulted n the murder of the wealthy re Victim of Postville Murder Pictured above on the steps of the home in which he was slain at Postville Saturday night is 86 year old Christian Land Ruckdaschel retired farmer Believed motive of the crime was an attempt to rob the old man of money thought hidden in his home School of 1939 Count at 2 OGlock Three Directors and Treasurer to Be Named in Election A considerably smaller vote this year than in 1939 was seen in the school election in Mason City Monday when only 450 ballots had been cast at 2 oclock as com pared with 685 at that hour a year ago The vote was far ahead of the 1938 balloting however only 317 votes being cast that year during the entire day The 1939 vote was the heaviest since 1924 with 1974 ballots cast during the day The vole in the four wards at 2 oclock Monday and a year ago was tabulated as follows Ward 1940 First 84 Second 163 Third 124 Fourth 79 LOOK INSIDE FOR 1939 132 233 200 120 Total 450 685 The election Is being held to nnmc three directors and a treas urer The candidates for board places include the three incumbents H E Robertson Howard L Kncscl and B E Wiley and two labor candidates Nels Landgrcn and Edward A Newman Allan F Beck running for re election as treasurer is unopposed The polls opened at 7 a m and will close at 7 p m The voting places are as fol lows First ward school adminis tration building second ward courthouse third ward Lapincr garage and fourth ward Central Auto Electric company 3 Hospital Patients Strangled by Another SALEM Ore J C Evans superintendent of the state hospital reported three male pa tients were strangled to death by another Monday The slayings oc curred in a dormitory ward occu pied by nine badly demented men the superintendent said Death of Student Who Srhothered to Be Probed COLUMBIA Mo sity of Missouri authorities were expected to investigate Monday the death of Hubert L Spake Jr 21 who smothered to death in bed after his initiation into an alleged drinking fraternity As far as Spakes parents and the law were concerned the case was closed 46 PRISONERS LAX0ED CAPETOWN Union of South Africa landing of 48 German prisoners from scuttled steamers for internment in South Africa was announced Monday VINCENT HARRINGTON House Committee Rules He Keep Congress Post PAGE 2 Hancock Achievement Day to Be April 19 PAGE 8 Mason City Squad Set for Thursday Contest PAGE 9 Get ready for EASTER SHOPPING DAYS LEFT To know what the new fashions arc like and what stores arc featuring them read the ads in the GlobeGazette red farmer The body of Kuckdaschel nicknamed Land because he was born on the Atlantic ocean while his parents were comint to the United States from Ger was found in his burning home at S oclock Saturday night It was seared beyond rec ognition An investigation headed by Dr Bordon of Waukon disclosed the aged man had been struck on the head by a chunk of wood before the fire had been started Officers found the bloodcov ered wood used as the death in strument and are holding It as evidence The fire in the lome was first seen by Mark Platt president of the Commercial club who lives across the street from the retired farmers resi dence He ran across the street vith a bucket of water to extin guish the Maze but his effort was utile At about that time John Schrocder city councilman also siw the fire and notified the tire department While the firemen were being jummoncd Schrocder and riatt rushed into the blazing home and Milled the body of Ruckdaschci from a cot in the living room The retired farmer was badly turned especially on the face lead and chest His whiskers also were burned in the fire Coroner Borden Sunday told the GlobeGazette ttis theory was that some person or persons evidently had sought to rob the old retired farmer of his money which they believed to be hid den in his home but which was actually kept in the bank A struggle ensued when the mon ey was not found and Kuck daschel was struck over the head with a piece of wood about the size of ordinary fire wood Ruckdaschci suffered a frac tured skull and probably in un conscious condition was dragged into another room The murderer then sprinkled the room with some substance similiar to gaso line and started the fire near the cot on which they had placed the unconscious man The fire although a compara tively brief one was fatal to lr Ruckdaschel burning the flesh from his chest face and head also burning most of the old mans clothing from him Assisting Coroner Borden in the murder probe are Sheriff Jack King and Deputy Sheriff Bill Kyan of Allamakee county This marks Postvillcs second murder in the last few months Marshal Elmer Lennon having been fatally shot in a gun duel witli Carroll Bcrrcs of West Allis Wis in an early morning gun fight on Postvillcs main street in November Berrcs now is on trial for that murder his hearing bcine held at Waukon Ruckdaschcl is survived by three sons Fred Postvillc Ford dealer and Victor and Walter farmers in this vicinity and a daughter Mrs Edwin Oldag of Postville He was preceded in death by his wife five years ago The Ruckdaschels retired from farming and moved to Postville approximately 15 years ago The body was taken to Ihc Schultc funeral home F R Is Confined to White House by Cold WASHINGTON Roosevelt was confined to his white house quarters Monday by a head cold ;