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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 23, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLCM E R HIST MeM kHT pep r of io COM P WOlKES I A VOL XLV NEWS BEHI iw ASSOCIATED PHESS AND UNITED PRESS FUIi LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX THE NEWSPAPIR THAT MAKES AIL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION Sources Vary on Russias Strength WASHINGTON An official grapevine hints Russia has devel oped some military rigidity in her spine A sound military source advised the high command here that Rus s i a is now a d e q u a t ely prepared de lend herself si m u 11 aneously against Japan on the Man churian border and against Hitler in tlie U k r a i n e From a slightly Paul Mallon iess notable source has come a similar tip that the Reds have a fleet of stratos phere bombers which can go as Iiigh as 50000 feet with 6500 pounds of explosives thing for Berlin to worry about If these things were true Rus sia would have the key to the stopHitler movement but even the authorities who receive the in lormation doubt that such is the case Lack of loyalty and energy the usual spawn of communism in the Red army is believed much deeper now than under the czar Furthermore tiie capacity of those planes is probably exaggerated As far as is definitely known the best of the Red bombing fleet is about on a par with our Boeings The Reds cannot stop anyone except Hussia Labor Act Change Fight Announcements said the senate education committee postponed a decision on taking up the Wagner labor act amendments unani mously Technically that is true No objection was made But the technicality covered as sizzling an j stood 6 on fixing a date for hearings on the amendments Against heaungs were the new dealers Thomas ot Utah Murray Pepper Lee Hill of Alabamaand La Follette Favor able were Walsh of Massachusetts Donahey Holt Ellender Davis and Taft That left the decision with Senator Borah who is for not now Consequently both sides unani agreed to postpone a de cision in order to work on Borah The incident adds to evidence that the white house would like to hold this situation as a club over the AFL in the labor peace ne gotiations now being conducted under Mr Roosevelts sponsorship The AFL would give nearly any thing to get the Wagner act amended possibly even some con cessions to the CIO What One Union Said Anyone who has a wet finger in the air will know why AFL is not overanxious to sacrifice any principles for peace just now fn case you cannot wet your finger look The New York union of office and professional workers quit the CIO the other day and joined AFL adopting a resolution which slated The sorry failure1 of our union to organize office workers was due to the fact that the union was by an organized ma chine which violated its oath to serve the membership by placing the interests of tlie communist party above those of our union In Memphis the president of the southern tenant farmers un ion announced withdrawal from CIO charging communist control and dictatorial procedure In Detroit some auto workers unions withdrew in Nanticoke Pa a united mine worker local withdrew and joined AFLin Hcrshey Pa the chocolate work CTS collective bargaining vote showed AFL 1125 CIO 733in Aesv York the barbers and beauty cultunsts severed with CIO and joined AFL House leaders hurried into a secret meeting with the relief ap propriations subcommittee be cause they had been tipped Mr Roosevelts new relief request would be cut more than half to S70000000 They pleaded with the committee in the presidents behalf Their unreported words led the committee to believe Mr Roosevelts feelings would not be wounded if his request was pared a little say Gossip around supreme court concerns Justice Frankfurter perseding Chief Justice Hughes as dominating influence With new appointee Douglas there will be a new deal group of 4 on the court The older group has 5 but Frankfurter is likely to be with jJiughes as often as anyone Mr Garner he V p is being deluged with requests to auto graph the current issue of which features him Cepfright King Inc MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 231939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 141 MEMEL THRONGS HAIL HITLER Mason 1500 ARRIVING FOR THREE DAY MEETING HERE Record Attendance Seen as Spring Weather Aids Meeting Mason City Thursday welcomed the first arrivals of 1500 teachers expected to attend the eighteenth annual convention of the North Central division of the Iowa State Teachers association Balmy weather a program made up of a number of distinguished educators and special entertain ment gave all indications that it would swell the attendance to record figures A large advance ticket sale and early registration of delegates Thursday indicated wide interest in the convention which opens Thursday evening and continues through Friday As an indication of the large crowd expected it was pointed out that Cerro Gordo and Winne bago counties will have a 100 per cent attendance of rural teachers Elizabeth Mills and Helen Fur ington both ot Nora Springs held the unofficial title of being the first teachers to arrive in Mason Citiy for the three day conven tion Sivanson Arrives Close on the heels of the first arrivals came a group of six teach ers from Ottosen The number of increased steadily throughout the day Edwin Swanspp Humboldt dent of the north central division and to attend the kickoff dinner Thursday evening in the Hot Hanford Visiting Mason Citys schools was the first event scheduled on tlie large program for the teachers All schools were open and special exhibits were prepared by the students in several of the classes The teachers convention also will mark the beginning of the spring vacation for Mason City students Vacation will start Fri day morning and continue until April 3 Dinner Thursday Night Social activities ot the conven tion began with a luncheon invi tation to the visiting teachers by i the Business and Professional Women of Mason City at the Ho tel Eadmar The kickoff dinner Thursday night at the Hotel Hanford will officially open the convention The forum theme of the banquet will be Responsibilities and Op portunities of Public Schools in 1939 Speakers on the theme will be Miss Jessie Parker superintendent of public instruction Clint Hill editor of the Mitchell County i Press George Eaton Forest City superintendent of schools and Mrs J Curtis Amen Mason City R B Irons Mason City super intendent of schools will be the leader and W Earl Hall state board of education member will be master oE ceremonies The Ma son City Chamber of Commerce will present a minstrel show and a dance will conclude the pro gram if V City Greets Visiting Teachers Y Teachers Toast Convention Success IQQ POSSEMEN ARE REPELLED BY DESPERADO EDWIN E SWANSON President British Trade Mission Arrives in Moscow MOSCOW British trade mission headed by Robert S Hud son overseas trade secretary rived Thursday Tor talks designed to spur Britishsoviet Russian I i trade Among first arrivals at the teachers convention here Thursday were Miss Marguerite Ellcson nri mary instructor and Miss Frances Fullmer home economics instructor in the High school at Kensctt Hi the with that well known elixir ot IS cream cones Hhile the convenhon was not scheduled o open unlit oclock Thursday evonm teachers spent the day piling Mason City schools getting tips on new slants in education Lock CONVENTION PROGRAM THURSDAY EVENING Hotel Hajttfprd Teachers and School Patrons Forum B Irons superin tendent of schools Mason City Master of Earl Hall managing editor Ma son City GlobeGazette mem ber of state board of education 6 p Hour in the Lobby and Opportunities of Public Schools in 1039 Clint Hill Editor of the Mitchell County Press Osage Mrs J Curtis Amen Mason City Miss Jessie Parker Su perintendent of public Instruc tion and George Eaton super intendent of schools Forest City of 1939 An hour of fun and frolic by the Mason City Chamber of Com merce glee club and reception F RID A Y M ORNIXG High School Auditorium Edwin E Swanson Humboldt Platform of north central district V o e a 1 enth and eighth chorus from Mason City Monroe and Roose velt schools Mildred Jackson director the Rev B T Erholm Immanuel Lutheran church A Webster past president board of educa tion Mason City America in a World Overshadowed by Ty ranny Dr Earl E Harper di rector of school of fine arts University of Iowa Iova City Sextet Mason City High School Marjorie Smith director Education and Crime n C Coulter Special Agent FcJ eral Bureau of Investigation Des Moincs Iowa Small Vocal Group Clear Lake High School Evelyn Johnson direc tor School house in the Enslow Author and Lecturer FRIDAY LUNCHEONS Superintendents and Principals and principals First Baptist church teachers and county superintendents Church of Christ and teachers Presbyterian church SpeechJour nalism Eadmar hotel Hotel Hanford economics teachers Hotel Hanford teachers Cerro Gordo hotel 2 p conference pro grams Exhuming of 70 Bodies to PHILADELPHIA Mass exhumation of some 70 bodies was to start Thursday following the startling revelation by Judge Harry S MeDevitt to a jury that had just recommended death in the electric chair for a member of an ellegeci murderforinsurance syndicate that scores and scores of other unfortunates were put to death by this group of assassins Herman Petrillo 40 year old spaghetti salesman was hustled snarling and cursing from the courtroom when Mrs Margaret Skeen jury foreman announced in a scarcely audible voice We find the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree We recommend death Only Surface Scratched Thanking the jury for their service to the community Judge MeDevitt said that he wanted them to know that the evidence produced here was only the scratching of the surface I want you to know he said that scores and scores of other unfortunates were put to death by this sroup of assassins It is only by such verdicts as you have j reached that we ever will hope to break the back of thismad quest for money You see the type of person you have tried You can see how diabolical he is what a mean vicious person he is You now realize that was the only verdict you coujd have returned Homicide squad members dis closed that exhumation of 70 bodies would be started Thursday The strange syndicate that pur portedly mixed black magic with administration of arsenic lo heavilyinsured victims has been operating unmolested for a de cade according to authorities Orders Arrests PetrilJo was convicted speci fically for the arsenic death rerdmand Alfonsi one of three men and a youth all heavily in sured who were given arsenic by the syndicate according to the state After the jury retired Judge Me Devitt moved swiftly and ordered tne arrest of two more persons on murder charges They were Paul Petrillo 45 cousin of the defend ant and alleged wizard evil genius of the ring who previously had been charged only with spiracy and Mrs Susie di Martino i grayhaired widow of one of the i arsenic victims HUNGARY ARMY IS IN SLOVAKIA Troops Reported to Be Occupying Nation at German Invitation BUDAPEST JP Hungarian troops moved into Slovakia Thurs day at several points along the SlovakiaCarpathoUkraine fron tier said reliable reports from that region and diplomatic quar ters heard Hungary was occupy ing Slovakia on Germanys in vitation The reports supported belief among foreign diplomats that Adolf Hitler protector of Slovakia since last weeks absorption of CzechoSlovakia liad adopted a policy of encouraging Hungarian expansion to build up a powerful ally in central Europe Hungarian troops had been in CarpathoUkraine since their oc cupation last week of that east ernmost section of CzechoSlov akia Some diplomats and deputies said they understood Hungarian troops already had crossed the frontier Government confirmation of hose reports could not be ob tained i In some diplomatic circles there 1 was a belief that Reich fueli rer i Haleunder whose protection Slovakia placed herself last week nad adopted a policy favorine re constitution of the realm of St prewar kingdom oE Hungary ot which Slovakia was a psrt Iowa Motorcyclist Is Fatally Injured BELLE PLAINE when his motorcycle skidded and overturned resulted in the death of Franklin Slok 21 of Belle Plaine Woman Returning From Funeral Killed SPRINGFIELD Mo JP J Mrs Arizona McCracken 52 ofi Osceola Iowa died of injuries which resulted when the automo in which she and her husj band were returning from a u neral overturned near Recdi I Spring Mo FRIDAY is the BIG DAY For the Iowa Daily Piess Associations 1939 AllStale High School Basketball Teams See the Sports Page of The GlobeGazette Friday Afternoon Trench Mortar Gas Bombs to Be Used in Attack on Renegade CODY Wyo trench mortar dynamite and gas bombs were rushed by airplane into northwestern Wyoming Thurs day in an attempt to blast Earl Durand 2B year old from a rocky fortress where he held more than 100 men at bay all night after shooting down two possemen who attempted to rush his hideout Durand who shot two other officers after he kidnaped a dep uty sheriff and escaped from the Cody Wyo jail a week ago noti fied officers he would not be taken alive Fear IVlore Casualties The slmrpshooting rancher left a letter at a ranchhouse as he fled Wednesday It challenged his pursuers to have my head mounted and hang it up in the courthouse for the sakfi of law and order Fearful of further casualties if they attempted to rush Durands stronghold the posse awaited ar rival of weapons of war fare belore renewing the attack The bodies the two possemen dropped by the raw meateating fugitive still lay Thursday on the mountain side down which they rolled after Durand fired one shot at each Tracked Durand a B foot 2 inch ranch erwoodsman with a taste for raw meat dropped Arthur Argento of Meeteetse Wyo nnd Orville Lin aberry of Cody Wyo when they came within 50 yards of his nat ural fortress Wednesday night Durand was tracked to his lair Wednesday after he stopped at three ranches near Powell leav ing the letter at one and forcing Mr and Mrs Arthur Thornburg owners of another to drive him to the mouth of Clarksfork Canyon 40 miles north of Cody Previously Kilted Two His appearance at the ranches was the first trace ot Durand since Jast Thursday night when he shot and killed TJndersherin D M Baker and Town Marshal Charles E Lcuis of Powell at his ranch near Powell Durand had overpowered Deputy Sheriff Noah Hiley at the Cody jail and forced Riley to drive him to the ranch Durand was serving a sixmonth term for game poaching In a letter to Sheriff Frank Blackburn Durand complained of the arrest of two boys charged jointly with him for killing nn elk out of season by Game War den Dwight and Tex Ken nedy a former game warden He also mentioned his slaying of a raiific beef owned by John Yetites Cody rancher Game Warden Boyd Bcnnion said Durand was eating a slab from the beef raw when he was arrested the day be fore he escaped jail Had Threatened Officers Sheriff Blackburn said the let ter stated My Dear Mr Blackburn That was one dirty trick for you to jail those two boys just because I got away If you send them over the road I will kill you and that blankety blank district attorney County Attorney Oliver Stead man if I live long enough and possibly can x x x Of course I know that I am done for and when you kill me I suggest 3ou have my head mounted and hang it up in the courthouse for the sake ol law and order Your beloved enemy Earl Du rand P S I know where King lives so he may expect me around any time lo shake hands Nazis Plans Questioned by Chamberlain Wonders If Hitler Is Trying to Go Further Than Dominate Europe LONDON Prime Minister Chamberlain told the house of commons Thursday that Ger manys recent diplomatic actions i raised the question whether Ger many were perhaps planning to go even further than to try to dominate Europe The prime minister added this interpretation of the intentions of the German govern ment to prove correct his ma jestys government feels bound to say that as similar attempts have done ii the past this would rouse the successful resistance of this and other countries who prize their freedom Not Anxious for Blocs The government Chamber lain said is not anxious to set up in Europe opposing blocs of countries with different ideas re garding the form of their internal administration Chamberlain said he isnot yet in a position to make a statement regarding consultations with other governments concerning recent developments The prime minister declared that every nation which prizes freedom would be prepared to re sist if Adolf Hitlers empire build ing results as seems possible in an attempt to dominate not only Europe but the world Moscow Replies Favorably Although Chamberlain said he was unable to advise parliament regarding efforts to form an anti Hitler front among Britain France Soviet Russia and Poland other developments indicated progress They included at the soviet em bassythat Moscow had replied favorably to Britains proposal for B fourpower declaration against aggression and pledge to consult in event of new blows by Hitler in central Europe That probably would result in a conference among the interested powers and red army staff talks with British and French military commanders that Britain and France had signed a secret agree ment regarding mutual defense of Belgium Holland and Switzer land declaration by Anlhony Eden former foreign secretary favoring a coalition government and conscription of wealth in war time FUEHRER SAYS SUFFERING OF WAR IS ENDED Most Powerful Units of German Fleet Take Leader to New Lands EUROPEATAGLANCE By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS MERCURY RISES TO HIGH OF 77 Mason Cityans sweltered in a heat wave Thursday afternoon as the mercury climbed to 77 de grees Overcoats became ponder ous things for the few who hap pened to have them and spring attire became the order of the day Clear skies and a beaming sun nearly caused the remaining traces of ice and snow in sheltered spots to go awsy On some hillsides the grass de veloped a green tinge Holy Family Loses 3024 in Tourney With Eastern Five CHICAGO Southeast Catholic high school of Phila delphia defeated Holy Family of Mason City Iowa 30 to 24 in the first round of national Catholic interscliolastic basket ball tournament play here Thursday Marquette of Milwaukee de feated the Iowa champion Lolas academy of Dubuque 37 to 32 in an earlier game Hitler welcomes Memelland into expanding Ger many after triumphal arrival aboard battleship Deulschland Budapest Unconfirmed re ports say Hungary will take over Slovakia with German backing to recreate strong Hungarian kingdom Lithuania keeps re inforced troops along frontier after loss of Memel to Germany King Vittorio Eman uele hints Italy is wailing move by France for settlement of Italian claims lor territory Paris French government concentrates on trying to win Italy either by show ot force or diplomatic negotiations Britain gives France task of bringing Poland and soviet Russia into united front against Germany Edeti says every linur counts in defense preparations British trade mis sion arrives as soviet press ex presses doubt that overtures for cooperation against Germany mean any change in British and trench policy BULLET1X ME3IEI Adolph Hitler concluded a twohour visit to this Baltic port latest addition to his expandingrealm when he departed Thursday aboard the torpedoboat Leopard for an un disclosed destination MEMEL UP Fuehrer Adolf Hitler triumphantly welcoming Memel home to the reich de clared Thursday that Germanv now has ended its making good the suffering inflicted on her after the World war Whether the fuehrers words were intended to mean that Ger many now is satisfied with her territorial acquisitions in Europe was not entirely clear It was re called that after the acquisition of Austria he said the same thing Escorted by Fleet Hitler was escorted to Memel oy Ine most powerful units of the German fleet He drove through the gailydecorated streets packed with shouting throngs and ad dressed tens of thousands from the balcony of the theater in the central square Hitler was followed into the city by German marines who for mally occupied Memel Earlier in the day German troops and motor ad cnlcrcd from East The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Thurs day niffht and Friday except unsettled in southwest portion Friday warmer in central and cast portions Thursday night mild temperature Friday MINNESOTA Generally fair Thursday night and Friday bc cominE unsettled in north por tion Friday somewhat warmer Thursday night except in tlie vicinity of Duluth colder in north portion Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Wednesday 72 Minimum Wednesday Xighl 37 At 8 a m Thursday 55 YEAR AGO Maximum 51 Minimum Not much time left to take advantage of the won derful Used Car Values be ing offered this week Turn to the WantAd Page now Three companies of marines lolaltmr 1200 men landed from the fleet As they debarked 100 military planes of nI types and Hying lioats roared overhead Twentyone destroyers and peed boats entered the harbor Thirtynine other warships in cluding he pocket battleship peutschland which brought Hit ler anchored outside A company o bluejacketed landing troops from the cruiser Koeln landed first and stole Die show from the army on the through the wildly excited city Shows Xavy Hitler presumably chose mar ines to occupy the city formally instead of the army because of Memels tradition as a port and to demonstrate the rising power ol the German navy The vanguard of tlie occupa tion force crossed the Mcmcl river at Tilsit East Prussia at 7 a m 12 a m C S T into tiie area surrendered by Lithuania under an implied ultimatum and reached Memel City at a m a m C S T Armovcd cars rumbling along the street led tiie vanguard ot 1000 troops who were first to cross the frontier comprising an armored car company an infan try company of tiie Tilsit garrison a company of air force troops tnri a motorized battery in command of Gen Kurt Von Kuechlcr Celebrated All After a nearly all night celebra tion crowds had jammed the streets since 7 a m cheering the companies of Memel nazi storm troops and order service men who marched and formed cordons As the German troops entered the cheers rose to ecstatic pitch The crowds at the troops and shouted FO loudly that the noise of iiic annorert cars and heavy wheeled trucks was drowned There was no news ot Lith ;