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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 27, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME n A it iN trt HIST MtM S ART OF IOWA COMP DCS I A MASON CITY iTHE SPOT HOME EDITION VOL XLV ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FO1X U2ASEB FIVE CEWTS A COPX THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Economists Laugh at Weekly Business Charts WASHINGTON Guffaws are rising from the government eco nomists over the depressing an tics of some of the weekly busi ness the one in a weekly news magazine which virtually collapsed re cently If a col lapse has oc curred the economists here have been scooped again They deny it Overall in dex of income payments by the Paul Malion commerce de partment as the best business in dication shows a decline of 1 per cent since the December high which mean about one fourth of the gain last fall has been lost instead of all as some of the private business charts con tend Industrial production went up from 76 last summer to 103 and is now down to about 97 which confirms the impression that the loss is limited to about onefourth of the gain A private chart showed business now as bad as last summer The economists think it is futile to try to judge business by weekly charts or any other weekly index because these are bound to be erratic o Exnect Aoril Pickun Consensus here is a pickup will start unless the foreign situation gets out of hand and they do not believe it Chem icals furniture machine tools building materials are showing improvement Steel and aulos are satisfac tory Autobuying is pretty good March will probably wind up a little lowei than February but the tO CallMllG first r movemerit Defense circles have been ex cited by confidential information that the dominican republic was dickering with Hitler about estab lishing a German submarine base at the threshold of the Caribbean in Samana bay Their excitement was soon lost when they traced the story to a political faction of dominican exiles in Porto Rico o w Hard to Reach Decision The Lee report declaring south ern freight rates are discrimin atory apparently did not come about easily The inside on it is Interstate Commerce Commis sioner Lee first employed an ex aminer who was preparing to reach the opposite conclusion that there wasno discrimination This led to some personal debate and the examiner withdrew Lee then brought in a more agreeable examiner from the puddle west who reached the right conclusion southern rates on 33 main commodities are prejudicial and in eight instances unreasonable The report is apt to endear Mr Lee with southern senators on the senate interstate commerce com mittee who are now considering his reappointment nomination s Seek Data on Nazis What Chairman Dies is after from Attorney General Murphy is some additional FBI data on nazi activities since J Edgar Hoover made the secret bund report last fall Incidentally one member of the Dies committee seems to have had access to the material even before Murphy promised it to Dies The new deal appointee on the committee Jerry Voorhis had his secretary in Murphys offices sev eral days earier copying the re port A g r i c ulture departmentalists liave been murmuring that a big cotton dealing firm is fighting the Wallace cotton export subsidy plan in congress An administra tion senator lias been preparing a speech charging the firm with having large financial interest jn Brazilian cotton which might erf plain why the firm does not want American cotton dumped on the world market A congressman had been living at tiie swankiest downtown hotel during the recent strike passing the picket line morning and eve ning Finally he decided to en hance his reputation with union labor marched to the hotel man ager banged his fist on the desk announced he was tired of wait ing for a settlement and as the management was to blame he wa MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 27 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 144 DECLARES RUMANIA STILL FREE LIGHT VOTE IN CITY ELECTION OF COUNCILMEN 1156 Ballots Cast by 2 XClock Polls Close at 8 PM Voters lagged in the trip to the polls Monday only 1156 ballots having been cast at 2 oclock ac cording to a survey of the eight polling places The light vote during the first seven hours the polls were open was somewhat of a surprise to those in touch with the local political situation who had ex pected the seven candidates for the three openings on the city council to draw considerable in terest In addition to the three incum bents Mayor H C Brown and Councilmen Arleigh Marshall and Ray E Pauley another complete slate was offered voters with Vir gil Shook William Buck and Jake Douglas running on a Peoples ticket The seventh candidate running independently was Fay E Counting of the ballots will be gin when the polls close at 8 oclock Vote by Precincts The vote at 2 oclock in the eight precincts was First wardfirst precinct 132 First ward second precinct 93 Second ward first precinct 257 Second ward second precinct 110 Third ward first precinct 175 Third ward second precinct 140 Fourth ward first precinct 165 FOTOTAlald At the school election two weeks ago 685 votes of the 1 974 cast had been placed in the ballot boxes at 2 bclock Total vote in ayear ago Avas Highestvote ealt 1933 was 5648 in VotingPlaces Named Following are the eight polUn places First ward first School administration building First ward second precinct Mason City Lumber company Second ward first precinct Courthouse Second ward second McKinley school Third ward first Lapiners garage Third ward second Roosevelt school Fourth ward first precinct S andR garage Fourth ward second Cerro Gordo Implement company Judd Suggests State Make Purchase of Wartburg at Clinton DES MOINES tabve Judd Clinton Monday said he had suggested to two Iowa house committees that the state purchase the Wartburg college buildings and grounds at Clinton for use as a state educational or hospital institution Judd said he had conferred with tlje board of control and the public lands and buildings committee on the plan The college plant has been unused since 1937 when Iowas two Wart burg colleges were consolidated at Wavcrly Clipper Reaches Azores on European Trip f at Baltimore across the water of the Patapsco river Atlantic Twentyone men were aboard the 74passenger airliner FIRST LEG OF TRIP FINISHED Huge Clipper Reaches Azores in 17 hours 33 Minutes From U S BALTIMORE Hying boat Yankee Clipper landed at Horta the Azores at C S T Monday 17 hours and 33 minutes out of Baltimore on a transAtlan tic flight over the route followed by the old American sailing clip pers PanAmerican Airways which will inaugurate regular passenger service to Europe in the summer announced the Clippers arrival from the ship The time was slightly under the 18 hours esti mated for the first leg of the flight 21 on Trip Carrying 21 crewmen and tech largest1 numberever thahair enough gasoline for 5000 miles the Clip per took off Sunday at p m C S T Pan American officials called it a routine flight to survey fa cilitiesat Horta Lisbon Portu gal Marseilles France Southamp ton England and Fornes Ireland The boat is due to leave Horla Wednesday for Lisbon The same ports will be touched on the re turn flight the roundtrip requir ing two weeks Goes 160 M P H Favored with a brisk tail wind anil perfect weather the Clipper maintained a cruising speed of 160 to 175 miles an hour and an altitude of 6000 to 8700 feet The Horta jump approximately 2800 miles is the longest of the projected flight Technicians of the government service branches and private air plane companies made the trip as observers NEW COMMITTEE PONDERS SAFETY 2nd Group Seeks to Agree on Measures of House and Senate DES MOINES Iowa house hasnt given up hope that the safety department bill can be salvaged from the scrap heap of disagreement A second conference committee to meet with the senate in an at tempt to reach an agreement was named Monday by Speaker Irwin The senate named its second com mittee Friday The new house committee will i be composed of Representatives I Henry Burma R of Allison W P Knowlton R of Decorah Leo ma he came back asking for his old apart ments Sorry Mr Congressman said the manager with the lofty dignity reached only by royalty and hotel managers we are full up ICopyrijbt Kiny Features Inc The two branches are stale mated over the question of juris diction of the department which would include the highway patrol and inspection services The house named the attorney general as di rect head while the senate wants it under the governor DALADIER PLANS REPLY TO ITALY Designed to Permit Opening of Talks on Colony Settlement PARIS Daladier secure in his dictatorial decree powers mapped a reply Monday to Premier Mussolinis African de reply designed to permit opening negotiations for a French Italian settlement Sources close to Daladier said the reply would take one of two forms Either a direct note to Rome through regular diplomatic channels asking Italy just what she wants or a similar question to be put in a broadcast speech on Wednesday Reconciliation appeared to be closer than at any time since Dec 17 when Mussolini denounced the 1935 treaty which he initialed at Rome with Pierre then the French premier Although Mussolinis speech Sunday was far from specific on what he in Africa hopes for reconciliation were retarded by the French fear that Musso lini later would ask what Dala diers government has said could not and would not be granted 1 Territorial concessions Rights in Tunisia French African protectorate be yond those granted to Italy in the 1935 treaty Mussolini pointed out that in the denunciation of the 1935 treaty Italian problems with France were clearly set forth problems of a colonial character HALT STARLING BOUNTY HUMBOLDT the general fund is low payment of bounties for starlings will be halted April 1 by Humboldt county AntiGerman Acts Blamed on Poland BERLIN govern ment sources assailed Poles for purported antiGerman activities Monday in what appeared to be a campaign of pressure on Poland in connection with Danzig and the Polish corridor to the sea With international interest cen tered on the possibility that Adolf Hitler would move next to return the Polish corridor and the port of Danzig to the reich semioffi cial information made available to the foreign press charged that systematic attempts were being made by Polish organizations to disturb relations with Germany Sometimes Precede Moves In the past such nazi statements have sometimes preceded German moves to expand the reiclrs fron tiers Referring to reports by the semi berg thatattackshad been made on German women and children in the Polish corridor by members of the Polish western league the statement said Recent antiGerman demon strations by the Polish westeiyi league in Bromberg and the vicin ity Have astonished political cir cles here insofar as it has been impossible to halt systematic at tempts by this league to disturb PolishGerm an relations Report Troop Movements The statement added that Sun days demonstrations at Brom berg were by no means an isolated instance but on the contrary ac tions against Germans are ac cumulating to a regrettable de gree In this connection it must be emphasized that agitation of the Polish western league is the cause of this unpleasant develop ment There have been frequent re ports of troop movements by both Germans and Poles in the corridor area recently but both govern ments continued strongly io deny that any unusual concentrations were near the danger area REPORTS DEMANDS MADE ON POLAND LONDON Monday News Chronicle published reports reaching London that Chancellor Adolf Hitler had delivered a three point note to Poland asking re storation to Germany of virtually all rights in the free city of Dan ThefNews Chronicle said it was understood that the German note sent to Warsaw last Friday pro posed of Ihe post of the of nations high commis sioner for Danzij strictly PolishGerman settlement of the Danzig ques tion rights in Danzig to re vert to Germany except certain port rights for Poland The Polish government was said to be carefully considering the note which the NewsChronicle said was responsible for Warsaws refusal to join a fourpower stop Hitler declaration with Britain France and soviet Russia Danzig has a German popula tion It is a free city with an area of 754 square miles and a popula tion of 407000 U was taken from Germany after the World war and put under league of nations pro tection Poland however domin ates it and it is a part of the Po lish customs setup U lias a heavily pronazi parliament 8 ARE KILLED IN BUSAUTO CRASH Driver Says Accident Was So Quick Hes Not Sure How It Occurred LOS ANGELES fp Andrew Torbet driver of an inlerurban bus which was in collision with a sedan resulting in the deaths of eight persons told police Monday that Im not sure how it happened it was so quick sedan was coming toward me he told Detective Ralph Stiles Suddenly the veav end of the sedan swung around and the tight side of the sedan smashed into the front of the bus I guess the sedan skidded Those killed were Meyer Mill kus 70 Mrs Nellie Minkus 6B his wife Isadore Minkus 25 their son Fannie Minkus IB their daughter Mona Lee Minkus 3 daughter of Isadore Frank Gar ron 21 nephew of Meyer anil a senior at the University of Chi cago Lina Rubin 12 daughter of Mr and Mrs Harry Rubin Gor man Bapaport 18 Mrs May George a passenger in the bus said I happened to look up and saw the car cross our path I tried to brace mystelfbut hit my chin on the seat in front They were all so quiet in that car after we struck There were no screams Eleven of the bus1 passengers were injured none critically Old Man Winter May Give Parting Slap to Iowa on Way Out DES MOINES Old Man Winter may give Iowa another parting slap on his way out the weather bureau announced Mon day Rain or snow with continued cool weather was forecast for Tuesday losvans who had consigned top coats to the moth balls during last weeks summerlike temperatures had to get them out again Monday after the mercury dropped to a low of 25 at Mason City and 26 at Charles City and Iowa Blustery March winds swept the state Sunday driving early golf ers back indoors FRANCOTROOPS ARE READY TO ENTER MADRID Take New Strategic Points Following Negotiation Breakdown HENDAYE the Spanish to the Spanish nationalist command at Irun said General Francisco Francos troops had occupied new strategic points on the Madrid front and might enter the Spanish republican capital Monday The reports gave no details on the new positions but indicated the movement was preparatory to occupation These advices mentioned no re sistance on the Madrid front and said the nationalist offensive in south central Spain continued with only weak and spotty resistance Negotiations Break Down A breakdown in negotiations for surrender of Madrid had sent the nationalists in the south toward the rich Almaden mercury mines Border advices told of a nation ilist offensive in the Toledo sec tor 50 miles south of Madrid Na tionalists were said to have pierced republican lines at several points The objective of the drive was to force Madrids unconditional sur render Simultaneously it was an nounced over the Union radio sta tion at Madrid that the republi can defense council had completed preparations for the surrender of tlie entire iepublican airforce to Franco 3Iany Prisoners Taken Reports from Burgos said the nationalist forces were encoun tering little resistance and added thai many prisoners had been taken In the Almaden area 140 miles southwest republican army appeared to have surrendered Subsequent border reports said the Madrid national defense coun cil decided to surrender the capi tal despite the collapse of peace negotiations Nationalist sources said Madrid defenses were almost deserted Planes Slay Surrender Both government and nation alist reports atthe frontier said the council had decided that if the troops had little desire to re sist a nationalist attack on Madrid when it came surrender was the only solution If the weather permits these sources said the republican air force might fly soon to Burgos and surrender as a token of the sub mission of the capital city and the entire area under the control of the Madrid council Chargrc Term Haggling In Madrid a republican spokes man said snowstorms raging through central Spain made im possible the delivery of Madrids airplanes Sunday the agreed first step in the republicans surrender Nationalist sources said the storm was only an excuse The republicans they declared still wanted to haggle over terms of surrender already set F R Signs Bill to Aid Crop Insurance Premium Payments WASHINGTON Roosevelt signed Monday a bill authorizing the secretary of nculture to make advances to farmers to enable them to pay premiums for insurance with the federal crop insurance corpsra tion The advances would be made from existing appropria tions to farmers participating in the present crop control program STABBED BY BROTHER HUMBOLDT fft Charles Knutson 10 year old son of Mr and Mrs plaf KnoUon of Thor Iowa is in a serious condition with a knife wound in the side suffered when his younger brother Harold accidentally stabbed him with a pocketknitc The Weather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy rain or snow Tuesday and in west and north portions Monday nishl contin ued cool MINNESOTA Considerable cloudiness in north portion snoiv in south portion Alonday mehl and Tuesday continued cold IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Monday Maximum Sunday 49 Minimum Sunday night 25 at 8 a m Monday 31 YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum 33 Figures for Sunday STATE FEDERAL WAGES TAXABLE Supreme Court Approves Part of Roosevelts fax Recommendations WASHINGTON The su preme court approved part of President Roosevelts tax recom mendations to congress Monday by holding that a slate can tax the income of an employe of a federal agency and that the federal gov ernment can tax the income of a state employe The decision on attempts by New York and Utah to tax the in come of federal employes was de scribed by government attorneys as one of the most momentous in many a year The court specifically overruled previous decisions holding that the federal and state governments could not tax the means and in strumentalities of the other Justice Stone who delivered the majority decision in the New York case said the court had refused to imply a constitutional prohibi tion of federal income taxation of salaries of stale employes in last years New York port authority decision We perceive no basis for a dif ference in result he continued whether the taxed income be salary or some other form of com pensation or whether the tax payer be an employe or an officer of either a state or the national government or of its instrument alities LOOK INSIDE FOR JACK BENNY Comedian Is Ready to Plead No Defense PAGE 2 31 Schools Enter SUI Debate Tourney PAGE 11 Stanley Cup Squads Narrowed to Four PAGE 3 FORMER SPEED DISTRICTS BACK House Passes Bill Against Residence Districts in Country DES Those residence district speed limit signs out in the country Friday were about to fade out of the Iowa motorists existence The Iowa house passed and re turned to the senate for concur rence in minor amendments a bill recreating the old suburban dis tricts with a 45miIesanhour top speed limit The vote was 89 to 5 The present laws recognize onlv three districts the business and school areas with 20milesan hour limits and the residence dis trict with a ceiling of 25 miles an hour Says Disrespect Caused Representative Carroll John son Knoxville said he knew of one Iowa town whose corpor ate limits included about 50 yards of an arterial highway There are no houses along the rcrd that point he said but motorists are advised to slow up to 25 miles an hour for the stretch Few motorists have obeyed these signs he said and the habit leads to disrespect of all speed limit laws Wont Raise Library Tax After arguing over the public debt from the owed by the federal government down to the indebtedness on the books of cities and towns the house defeated a senate bill to raise the public library tax limit from lli to IV mills The measure received 50 favor able votes compared with 47 nays but fell five votes short of the necessary constitutional ma jority Eleven members were ab sent It previously had passed the senate Hungarian Slovak Troops Renew Fights Along New Frontier BRATISLAVA Slovakia A Slovak announcement Monday said that Hungarian and Slovak troops renewed their border fight ing Sunday despite an official truce and fought until Sunday night Reports in Budapest said the fighting stopped Saturday Reliable Hungarian cources in Budapest said the reports of new fighting on the frontier should be received with the greatest reserve The fighting pivoted on i dis pute over two hills in the Micha lovce sector of the SlovakCar pathoUkraine frontier where the Slovaks said the Hungarians shelled a village Staff officers were said to have tried in vain to halt the hostilities Slovak political sources said the Hungarians were tying to seize as much territory as possible along the boundary of their newlywon state Carpath oUkraine to strengthen Hungarys hand in bor dermarking negotiations which started Monday at Budapest CHAMBERLAINS POLICY FACING STERN INQUIRY Prime Minister Says He Does Not Plan Trip to See Hitler LONDON Minister Chamberlain told the liouse of commons Monday that Rumania has not signed away her economic independence in her new trade treaty with Germany We must await developments before coming to any definite con clusion Chamberlain added however in answer to a question put to him by conservatives The Rumanian government has informed the British govern ment that the agreement contains no political clause and Rumania has not signed away her economic independence the prime minister said Kcfers io Trade Mission He said the Bucharest govern ment had informed Britain that the accord is directed against no third party In this it was believed Cham berlain was referring io the British trade mission to Rumania which Oliver Stanley president of the board of trade announced a week ago would be sent to Bu charest The mission has not gone but Chamberlain was believed to have indicated that its purpose had not been threatened by Ru manias commitment to Germany Rumania Chamberlain said in formed Britain of trade negotia tions with Germany began Feb 22 and proceeded along normal lines until an agreement was signed Discrepancy Unexplained The prime minister did not ex plain the apparent discrepancy between this statement aridinfbr mation the British government was reported to have received March 17 that Germany had ad dressed a virtual economic ulti matum to King Carols country Chamberlain faced an increas ingly impatient house of commons with new grounds for disillusion ment in his hope of a general Eur opean settlement and without hav ing Hie big and little European powers who fear Hitler Statement Not Likely It had been expected Sunday tnai the prime minister would make a statement Monday on the European situation Indications however were that the statement would not material Chamberlain was asked whether he did not feel that lie should now get into touch with Herr Hitler to try to obtain the fuehrers personal explanation of the of CzechoSlovakia I do not think any useful pur pose would be served by so doing the prime minister answered Reports of divisions within his national government cabinet did not enhance the position of the man ivho wanted to pacify Eur ope and still wants to but who now must do so under vastly in ferior strategical conditions YOUTIUHflRGED WITH MURDER Hitchhiker Liked to Read GMan and Western Stories DES MOINES Kid well 17 year old hitchhiker who likes to read G man and western stones faced arraignment Mon day for the murder of W L Lowe 19 Salvation army finance of ficer He is accused of firing two shots into Lowes body a few seconds after Lowe had picked him up in his car on a highway 15 miles north of here Saturday afternoon Lowes car which had barely started up rolled into a ditch The driver slumped dying over the wheel Passing motorists found KidweH standing dazed beside the car a pistol in his hand He readily admitted the shoot ing and a statement signed before Sheriff Vane Oventurf declared he wanted Lowes car to drive to Missouri GUN DISCHARGES KA1RFIELD iflHis hand badly mangled when a shotgun was discharged accidentally while he was hunting Verle Matthias 13 of Birmingham Iowa was brought to Jefferson county hos pital Sunday Hospital authorities said the amputation of several fingers may be necessary ;