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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 19, 1940, Mason City, Iowa HIST UCH A BEPT OF IOWA DES NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS TUU LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY THI NEWSPAPU THAT MAKIS AU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 19 1940 MAJON CITY THI iwr THIS PAPEB CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION OKI BRITAIN FIGHTS FOR MORAL PEACE Smoke Is Traced to Secret Fire By JACK STINNETT WASHINGTON is the story of a big stink in the United States senate Sedate senators walking through the second floor halls of the capitol past the door of the senate military affairs committee sniffed the odor and scowled The noses of senate guards catching the pungent aroma twitched Everyone around looked appre hensively at the closed committee room No one dared investigate The committee was in secret ses sion It smelled like something burn ing It was something a fistful at stenographic abraca dabra that told what may have been one of the strangest secrets of the exact formula of Lester P Barlows liquid oxygen carbon aerial mines Utter Futility It happened the other day Heres how Senators Nye and Gillette and Representative Church of Illinois were sponsors of a reso lution to look into the possibilities of the Barlow bomb The resolu tion came before the senate com mittee Mr Barlow formerly of Clear Lake Iowa was called in Mr Barlow is an inventor and temperamental On occasion he can be very outspoken On this occasion he was so outspoken that he had the senators gasping He not only described the death and destruction which his invention will cause He declared that the nation which owns it will be im pregnable and create in the world a sense of the utter futility of war And then Mr Barlow tossed a lowering voice to a whisper he reeled off the chemical lormula of his inven tion Aghast committeemen asked Have you told this to anyone be fore To representatives of any foreign nations Mr Barlow said emphatically no The committee passed a motion to have the testimony burned A wastebasket was placed on the committeeroom table the steno graphic report dumped into it A match was applied and while the committee looked solemnly on Mr Barlows secret went up in smoke Reporters smelled the smoke and a story but when they ar rived grimfaced senators shook their heads through the haze and held up shushing hands to silence questions Plan Demonstration The liquid oxygencarbon aer ial mine is not the first occasion of Mr Barlows dealings with the government A few years ago the TJ S court of claims allowed him something like 3600000 for his in ventions on engines and arms of death during the World war Bu fore that he worked with Pancho Villa but not aflcr the United States took a hand in the affairs of that colorful Mcxicano Mr Barlow will demonstrate to the government the killing powers of his new bomb The committee will have the army and navy experts to look on Mr Bar low says he will use live animals to prove killing radius of the waves of death that spread for unheardof distances from the bomb explosion He assures the committee that in no case can there be any suffer ing to the dumb animals trotted out for this little show Mr Church reports He says the death of such animals will be much quicker than any means used in the packing houses By using dumb animals in these de tonating tests he has stated that it will be very convincing that war is futile Some of the boys in the ord nance division of the army are skeptical They insist such bombs are not practicable They might go boom while being handled they claim Mr Barlow says not He says his new bomb can be toted about with as much safety as if it were a caprpistol We shall see what we shall see It isnt often that these secret committees call attention to themselves by raising a stink in the capitol corridors Drives 80 Miles an Hour Into Column DALLAS Kirk 25 drove his car at 80 miles an hour into the center column of a railroad underpass Suicide ruled Justice 1 Lewis Sterrett F Secretary Declares Peace Reports Weak 11 POINT PLAN IS NOT LISTED IN OFFICIAL DATA Aide Asserts Such Peace Headlines Would Be Very Empty BULLETIN ROME of State Sumner Welles disclosed Tuesday niirht that no peace plan or mediation proposals had been offered him by any bel ligerent or other European gov ernment during his factfindine conversations on behalf of Pres ident Roosevelt WASHINGTON Early a presidential secretary said Tuesday that on the basis of authoritative reports received by the American government peace headlines would appear to be very empty The white house aide asseited that no information had been transmitted to this government to support published stories that 11 points had been suggested ns a basis for European peace at Mon days conference between Adolf Hitler and Premier Mussolini Asked whether he could say anything about reports from Rome Early replied Nothing more than that I think you can say on the basis of all authorized reports received by this government which have been made available to the president and have been carefully read and him there seems to OenonSssisfh fact lor reports i5ub hshed in London Paris Home Berlin or other capitals that give an authoritative basis for peace that the publication of those re ports should not change the opin ions of newspaper readers of this country by giving them hope for peace or cause for despair of peace In other words Early contin ued on the basis of authoritative reports this government has re ceived from representatives through the world particularly in Europe peace headlines woiW appear to be very empty 7 More Bodies Are Removed From Mine ST CLA1RSVILLE Ohio Rescue crews removed seven more bodies from the Willow Grove coal mine before dawn raising to lo the known dead from Satur days explosion which entombed Get ready for EASTER s 4 Shopping Days Left To know what the new fashions are like and what stores arc featuring them read the ads in the GlobeGazette For Complete Listings Turn to the Classified Page Now REMEMBER GLOBEGAZETTE WANT ADS BRING RESULTS LOOK INSIDE FOR WILLIAM L LEISERSON Says 2 on NLRB Upset Bargaining Relations Mrs F R Jr Hurt in Fall From Horse CHARLOTTESVILLE Va Franklin D Roosevelt Jr wife of the presidents son suf fered a fractured pelvis and brain concussion in a fall from a horse while riding with the Farmington hunt near here Tuesday An attending physician at Uni versity hospital where Mrs Hoose velt was brought for treatment said her condition was satisfac tory The accident occurred as Mrs Roosevelt attempted to take her mount over a picket fence at Highlands the home of Dr and Mrs Robert Funsten The horse fell on the rider She was rendered unconscious Young Roosevelt was attending classes at the University of Vir ginia law school when he was in formed of the accident His wife is the former Ethel du Pont PAGE 2 Improvements on Iowa Roads Cited by Keller STATE PAGE North Iowa Cagers in Local Basket Tussles SPORTS PAGE WEDNESDAY TO MARK SPRING Cloudy Skies and Some Snow May Be Greeting to Season Opening DES MOINES en ters iowa officially at p m Wednesday the weather bureau announced but cloudy skies oc casional rain or snow and colder temperatures may greet her com ing Temperatures Monday ranged upxviird to a springlike reading of 62 degrees at Mount Ayr and only a trace of rain was reported at Council Bluffs in the last 24 hours the bureau said Skies were clear over eastern Iowa Tuesday morning but cloudy over the western section of the state with the mercurv standing at 38 here at a m Temperatures over the state aver aged about five degrees above normal Heralding the advent of spring was the breakup of the ice sheet in the Des Moines river The river stage rose 4 of a foot in 24 hours as big ice cakes broke off and moved out into the current The mercury fell to a minimum Monday night of 26 degrees at Mason City It was 27 at Iowa Falls Official beginning of spring oc curs when the sun crosses the equator Iowa Boy 12 Riding Pony Struck and Killed by Automobile EARLY Iowa I7P Grant Stock 12 son of Mr and Mrs Luther Stock of Early was killed Tuesday when an automobile struck the pony he was riding bound for school The pony was also killed Sheriff W J Stuart said Wilbur Fuller of Storm Lake Iowa was the driver of the car He said the youth had just turned out on the highway from a farm driveway when the accident oc curred GETS CALIFORNIA POSITION ATLANTIC P Chase former publisher of the News Telegraph here has accepted an editorial position with the San Francisco CallBulletin he has in formed friends here Chases edi torial Where is Our Money published in the NewsTelegraph won a Pulitzer prize award for the writer in 1933 Man Is Traced After Auto Accident and Held on Manslaughter CEDAR RAPIDS charge of manslaughter was filed here Tuesday against Robert McBride 20 a grocery clerk who Chief of Detectives Earl Stanley said ad mitted Monday night that he drove the car which Saturday night struck down C A Barnes 49 a Country Club employe on a main street here Barnes died two hours after the accident Traffic police acting on a con versation overheard in an eating pilaee examined McBrides car and found freshpaint Stanley said McBride signed a confession The charge was filed by Assistant County Attorney Carl Hendrickson 3 Hurt As Elevator Tower Falls DES MOINES construc tion elevator tower at the New Bankers Life Insurance company building here toppled over Tues day plunging three men perched on its 60 foot top to the street in juring two of them critically The men were dismantling the latticed tower when it buckled and swung in a sharp swift arc to the ground The towfir on which the men were working once extended to the iop of the nearly completed building They had torn it down to within 60 feet of the ground when the accident occurred The three were employed by the A H Neumann company general contracting firm which con structed the building Witnesses said the lop of the tower struck n parked truck on the street pinning one of the men against the truck The others fell to the pavement All three were rushed to Iowa Methodist hospital here in ambu lances The Bankers Life building is one of the largest and most costly structures built in the middle west with private funds in recent years It is completed except for interior finishing and decoration Murder Case of Yale Friend of Al Capone Reopened in New York NEW YORK Atty William F ODwyer said Tuesday he was reopening the murder case of Frankie Yale Brooklyn gang ster and friend of Scarface Al Capone who was blamed by Chi cago police for the slaying of Big Jim Colosimo in 1920 and the killing of Dion OBanion in 1324 ODwyers unamplified an nouncement came as the Brooklyn prosecutor spurred his investiga tion of at least 30 gangland as sassinations attributed to a mur derforcash syndicate uncov ered in Brooklyn SECRET DEBATE CONDUCTED ON FRENCH POLICY Premier Daladier Is Asked How He Intends to Get War Initiative PARIS chamber of deputies began secret debate on the French governments loreign policy Tuesday after 16 deputies asked Premier Edouard Daladier how he intended to take the war initiative away from Germany and Russia Dalndier was asked what France intended to do to prevent a repe tition of he collapse of Finland in other parts of Europe and the deputies demanded that France prosecute the war more vigorous ly A precise definition of French policy regarding Russia was de manded of Daladier who also is war minister and foreign minister The deputies representing all shades of French political opinion that such a definition was in order in view of active co operation between Germany and the soviet union The governments war policy and attitude regarding Finland was debated secretly in the senate last week and Daladier won a unanimous vote of confidence But he senate made clear that a more vigorous prosecution of the war was demanded and the French press followed the debate with demands cabinet re organization sou that key posts might bie to ministers who would prosecute the war Robber Faints MINNEAPOLIS Bie semiers attempted hodup of the Right Spot cafe might have been successful excpt that He got his gun tangled up in his pants leg and he became so ex cited he fainted M W Cook the proprietor was showing several patrons a new pinball machine when Biesemier walked into the door and an nounced This is a stickup When Cook and the patrons looked up they saw Biesemier struggling to free a shotgun which was caught in his pants leg A cus tomer leaped at Biesemier The gun discharged harmlessly Biese mier swooned Police revived the luckless ban dit and took him to jail Annual Contracts by 4 Employers Are Made W A S H I N G T O N Iff The wage hour administration said Tuesday that four employers had made annual wage contracts with their employes to avail themselves of the overtime pay exemption provided by the wagehour law for such agreements The agency said they included George A Hormel and company Austin Minn The Weather FORECAST IOWA Mostly cloudy occa sional light rain or snow Tues day nighl and in extreme southeast Wednesday colder Wednesday and in west and central Tuesday night MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy with snow flurries Tuesday night Wednesday partly cloudy and colder IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Monday 41 Minimum Monday night 26 At 8 a m Sunday 33 Only scattered patches defied the high midday temperatures which have quickly swept away last weeks heavy snowfall YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum 27 county authori ties notified Monday afternoon thst two dangerous appearing gunmen were seen near the Lnr son schoolhouse three miles south of Joice hastily armed themselves and motored with little regard for speed laws to the schoolhouse Resemblance Is Purely Coincidental There they found two chagrined youths who identified themselves as Warren Nelson 17 and John Gustafson IB both of Lake Mills The boys told the officers Jhey had gone to the schoolhouse to see two friends of theirs teachers in the school While waiting for the teachers the youths began demonstrating gims in their possession to each other In the meantime a child chancing to gaze out of the school window saw the two despera does and notified her teacher The teacher in turn notified Worth county officials who took both of the young men to Lake Mills where they were jailed At a hearing in Joice Monday night before Mayor E G Arneson they were given suspended sentences Where Body Was Found euaaty tvmtr cues down at the spot oU wn JeVwiU ciKber bfillit ute the nyiterimu cue Shown i above are Mr and Mrs Lee Mundus parents of Bernard nnrt u undus near Emmctsburp Sunday night Coroners Jury Unable to Place Blame in Boys Death Secret Hearing Is Held in Probe of Emmetsburg Slaying After delib erating only three minutes a Palo Alto county coroners verdict at Tuesday noon returned a verdict that 0 year old Bernard Mundus found slain in his fath ers farmyard Sunday night had met death from a bullet of a 38 caliber shell fired by a pcrion unknown Testifying at the inquest were the boys parents Mr and Mrs Lee Mundus his uncle Henry Mundus who lives on the same farm two sisters Louise 12 and Dorothy 6 a brother Wil liam II and Coroner R J Brink Although the hearing was held in secret session with newspapermen barred it was believed that they told substan tially the same story as was narrated followingthe finding of the victims body Sunday night Dr Brink said death was in stantaneous and that the bullet struck the boys heart The cor oners jury consisted of farm neighbors of the Mundus family County Attorney Joe Hand con ducted the interrogation Sheriff B F Montgomery was present but took no part in the proceedings State investigators in Emmets burg to probe the case asserted Monday that there was no possi bility of the boy having been hit by a stray bullet pointing to the BERNARD MUNDUS hilly and rough landscape as th reason for their dismissal of thi theory of the fatal shooting The had other theories of the slaying but refused to divulge them pend ing further investigation A post mortem conducted Mon day by Coroner R J Brink dis closed the bullet that killed th boy pierced both lungs and th heart Funeral services will be held r oclock Wednesday mornin at Assumption church in Emmet burg READY TO MEET THREATS MADE BY ROME NAZIS Chamberlain Offers Account of English Help to Finland BULLETIN LONDON air min istry announced that royal air force planes attacked and MS verely bombed the German north sen air base at Hornum on the Island of Sylt Tuesday nitht LONDON Minister hamberlain declared Tuesday hat Britain had taken up arms to btain a moral peace as defined Saturday by President Roosevelt nd added that we intend to fight until it has been obtained The prime minister told a cked and frequently cheering louse of commons that Sumner Velles the presidents emissary lad been able to see for himself he unity of purpose with which ve all are inspired Whatever the outcome of Mondays Brenner Pass meeting of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini Chamberlain said Britain is prepared lo meet it He gave a graphic account of Britains help to Finland and reparations to send a British Drench expeditionary force of about 100000 men Finland refused to make a public appeal for thorn he said and German threats of inter vention caused Scandinavian countries to withhold aid and per mission for British and French troogs to cfpsstheirsoil Answering his own whether the security of and Sweden had been preserved by he RussianFinnish settle ment Chamberlain said on the contrary the danger has been brought closer than ever lo those two countries today it stands upon their doorstep The prime minister minimized he importance of the German raid on Britains North sea fleet an chorage at Scapa Flow last Satur day declaring that only one war ship was damaged and that only slightly and that no capital ships or battle were damaged To demands for a more vigorous w a r policy Chamberlain an iwered We cannot be hustled into ad venture which appear to us to present small chance of success much chance of danger and per haps disaster The time and place for us lo strike must be decided upon with the most expert advice that ive cun command As soon ss Chamberlain sat down ifter one of the longest war reports he had made Clement Attlee leader of the laborite op position rose and demanded more cinve in the prosecution of the war The initiative must not be left with Hitler said Attlee We cannot have a policy of wait and see Attlee demanded a strengthen ing ot the home front and declared the prime minister must in war be ruthless with inefficiency Attlee in the sharpest attacV yct made on the governments war policy declared I want lo see a war cabinet that lays down war principles and makes decisions A policy of sitting quiet would be suicidal Attlee said No one wants the area of this conquest enlarged but we cannot see Ger man influence extended convert ing a friendly neutrality into en forced cooperation We have to show skill and initiative to pre vent the slipping away of our friends1 2f Altlee said that the lesson o be learned from Finland was thai if you want to defeat Sression you must stand to gether S Chamberlain had declared that the doctrine of neutrality under winch Norway and Sweden had acted in the Finnish war was based on the assumption that any thing was better for a small neu tral than to be involved in a war between Germany and the allies and that it was a matter ot indif ference to smalt neutral stales whether Germany or the allies won Of this Attlee said these assumptions are abandoned and the necessary de ductions drawn from that aban ;