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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 9, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THS NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MAY 9 1940 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT SECTIONS CHAMBERLAIN WILL STAY IN OFFICE HENRY MILLER ADMITS KILLING POSTVILLEMAN Confesses Argument Over Debt Resulted in Murder March 9 Miller 56 Clayton county farmer was being held in an undisclosed northeast ern Iowa town Thursday after having confessed to the slaying of i Christian Ruckdaschel 88 year old I retired farmer at Postvllle the night of March 9 A first degree 1 murder charge was filed some time Thursday according to Chiel 3R W Nebergall of the state bureau investigation Miller signed statement Wednesday fallowing his arrest I Ihe game day In which he ad mitted the murder which he said resulted from a quarrel over financial matters First clue was a conversation If overheard by a woman Miller lives in the neighbor hood where Wilkes Williams republican politician I was murdered in 1927 by being beaten over the head and his dwelling set afire a crime which never has been solved Allamakee County Attorney Ar thur H Jacobson said Thursday that Miller in his confession re counted the events leading to the brutal murder and burning of Buckdaschel According to Jacobson Miller said I drove to town with my wife and after reaching Postville took my wife to her mothers 1 drove I Ruckdas chers home and we discussed a note on which I owed him money We disagreed on the amount by S200 We had previously talked over the matter March 2 and 7 and he claimed that I had not Siven him which I had paid Ruckdaschel said I still owed him 5780 I picked up a stick of stove wood and struck him over the htad with it knocking him un conscious Then I placed him on a cot and afler piling newspa pers around the cot set fire to them After that I walked back to my car and sold same tsss to Schroeder Then I sot my wife and returned home he told officers Miller is a lifelong resident ot this vicinity always having re sided onnearby farms Mr and Mrs Miller have two children Ruckdaschels body was found I after the fourroom cottage in which he lived alone had burned It was first believed that he died of burns or suffocation in the fire but investigation proved that he had been beaten State Agents C O Bender and Delbert Murray investigated the slaying with Sheriff Jack King and County Attorney Jacobson and obtained the confession after a four hour grilling Frst Germans Tins exclusive pholo shows Kinff Haakon of Norway center man h ST Olaf left Anting for shelter as Ger man air bombs fall nearby The town in which this incident occurred GERMANS PROP CHUTE TROOPS lan to Attack Rear STOCKHOLM Ger man air force was reportedThurs day to have dropped parachute troops northeast of Narvik for rear attack on the allied forces besieg ing the German garrison at that Norwegian ore port above the Arctic circle These were said to have been reinforcements for other parachute troops dropped behind the allied siege ring but there was no indica tion whether large enough num bers had been dropped to threaten the offensive on Narvik The situation was reported at least temporarily stalemated by heavy snowstorms with the Ger mans still clinging to their en trenched positions on a mountain which slopes steeply down to Narvik from a peak near the Swedish border The allies apparently are now using skilled French Alpinists and specially trained Polish units in an effort to gain positions from which they can shell the Germans out of their machinegun em placements But the allies still arc unable lo neutralize the advantage the Ger mans have through their air at tacks Constant patrol skirmishes have failed to produce any decis ive result Hunt for Bodies Near Home of 2 Held for Operating Baby Farm LOOK INSIDE FOR HOWARD C HOPSOX Indicted on Charge of Fraud PAGE 2 New York Yankees in Basement of League is believed to have been Elvcrum This on y an of the most re VEISHEA AT AMES OPENS 2000 Agricultural Students Register at AMES State college at work and play opened here Thursday with the faculty and student body host to a throng ot visitors from all over the state Opening activities included the registration ot some 2000 lush school agricultural students ihc agricultural congress Gov George A Wilson was to crown the queen of queens Doris Detjen of Kansas City Mo The opening ceremonies which were saluted by the blasts of aerial bombs were hold on Lake La verne in a water castle covered witn thousands of spring flowers The turf tourney featuring armorclad knights riding into battle archery fencing and trick riding is the new event Tins program is an enlargement the Hippodrome of former years During the threeday open house for Iowa two baseball games two polocontests two ten nis matches n swimming circus and a golf match will be on the sporU schedule Help Given Haakonin Escape Told STOCKHOLM warshig helped of Norway and hisgovernment in escaping When German capture was near the newspaper Nya Daglight Allehanda said Thurs day in a dispatch from Oslo Norwegian troops fired all their ammunition to protect he Nor wegian monarch fleeing from Gudbransdalen the newspaper said md he boarded a British for warship and subsequently landed at another point in Norway ISKiUEDir UNION ARGUMENT Vito Trimarco 30 Slain Coat Firm President Is Held NEW YORK Tri marco 30 a delegate of the Inter national Ladies Garment Workers union was shot to death Thurs day during a heated argument over organization of the 35 ivom PAGE 15 Womans Clubs From Kossuth in Session PAGE 5 CHICAGO dug with picks and shovels Thurs day searching for bodies in the garden and garage at the home of an elderly woman chiropodist and her daughter who were charged i with operating a baby farm md b u rc 1 selling babies of unwed mothers on an installment plan Coroner A L Brodie said he had ordered the search because his files con tained records of several un Shortchange Racket Used in North Iowa en employes of the Trio Coat corporation in Brooklyn The corporation president Giu seppe Fristachi 64 whu Ions had resisted organization efforts in his plant was arrested on a homicide charge Witnesses told police that Tri marco after entering the plant with several other men described as union organizers argued with Fnstachi foran hour A scuffle followed and Fristachi fell backward over a sewing ma chine Two shots were fired one LOS ANGELES B ftnklnS the union leader in the Sturgeon arts teacher died Thure hcart 5TH DIES FROM SHOOTING FRAY Junior High Principal Who Went on Rampage in Serious Condition m UIVM the fifth victim of a wild DBS MOINES ryPThe low solved deaths that resulted from illegal operations 2 Million Tulips In I Bloom at Pella as of investigation warned merchants md law on school principal remained in 3 I i tna as Ihc Nazis Hope for Long Chamberlain Tenure of Office BERLIN reaction in official German quarters to Wed nesdays scenes in the British par liament may be summed up in the words of one authorized source May God give long life to Nev ille Chamberlain as Britains prime minister minister As iong as Chamberlain is at the helrn of tnent this source added has nothing to fear govern CHRISTIAN RUCKDASCHEL Murder Solved BABY DIES ALLENTOVVN pn tors efforts to save a onepound baby born to 21 year old Mrs fcrnest Gross at her home in near by Coopersburg failed Thursday shortchange racket The bureau described scheme as follows A woman makes a purchase with n S10 bill Shortly after she leaves a man comes in and buys something offering a SI bill in payment He demands change for 510 saying the storekeeper must be mistaken In the argument that follows he declares he carries only S10 bills By ot proof he pro duces a wad of bills of that de nomination and a list showing each serial number Tile bill given to the merchant by the woman is discovered of course to carry a number corre sponding with one of those on his IL DUCE KEEPS SILENT ON WAR VIEW OF ITALY Fascist Authorities State They Are Waiting Right Moment to Enter ROME Mussolini Thursday told his fascist follow ers celebrating army and empire day that only facts would break his selfimposed silence on the European war II Duce thus indicated clearly to his hearers massed under his Palazzo Venesia balcony that Italy s nonbelligerency remained without change until some new development in Europes conflict plunged this country into war Mussolini referred to the dcclar A great day in the history of our country was that of Slay 9 1936 said Mussolini was a day of sunny victory After my speeches you must oecomc accustomed also to my silence Only facts will break It While Mussolini was addressing his followers fascist authorities indicated that Italy still is on the fence waiting the right moment to jump in and get what she wants m prestige and more living space Associates of Premier Mussolini emphasized that Italian prepared ness for war did not mean neces sarily that Italy was entering the conflict soon II Popolo di Roma said none should delude himself that any country which stays out of the war will be able to make its voice heard afterward as the Italians intend to do addnac Interrupt SuOtlfo Qtf and Tunis is Ihe capital of Frances North African posses sion Tunisia Malta is Great Britains island naval base off Sicily in the Mediterranean An indication of what new de velopments could change Italys attitude appeared in a warning to Yugoslavia against accepting Brit ishFrench guarantees of protec tion which was sounded in the Bologna newspaper Resto Del Carlino Mussolinis brief statement was drawn from him by the crowd under his balcony which ept calling The Mediterranean for and asking for a speech II Duce appeared three times on the balcony smilingly shook his head and placed a finger on his lips which formed word no It was only at his fourth appear ance that he spoke iiiut I I j authorities holding he rushed from PELLA in j Buds sister Man 81 Has Half Brother Who Is Only 13 Years of Age MILES CITY Mont MA re porter who visited the county nos Ptal to talk to Oscar E Moyer 81 bout his newborn nephew in Imaha came away with a better Moyers 13 year old half brother The retired farmer explainedthe difference between his age and that of Bud Moyer of Omaha this way My father John H Moyer a native of Crawford county Wis was married four times My mother was his first wife and Bud is a sou of fathers fourth wife Father was 97 years old when Bud was born Moyers newborn nephew is 1 son of Mrs Dorothy Jorgcnson 2Q Hum one intended victim to another firing his target pistol in anger over petty jealousies at the school The Weather FORECAST IOWA Thursday nijthl and Iriday partly cloudy Moderate temperature MINNESOTA Partly cloudy light scattered showers in west and central cooler near Lake bupcrior Thursday night Fri day partly cloudy cooler in northwest and extreme west portions IN MASON CITY weather statis I GlobeGazette I ticii The temporarily convinced Maximum Wednesday storekeeper gives up the big bili Minimum nilil RealizinR later that he has been I At S a m Thursday victimized he calls Ihe police but YEAR the couple meanwhile has dis1 Maximum I Minimum regular Chamber of fashion an estimated Iwo million bloomed in a riot of color as the annual tuliptime festival of ThhusdDaych community opcncd Turn to Unemployment Us bcauly f Thursday The festival us Ucauty en hanced by the old country Holland costumes of most of the towns in habitants ends Saturday The daily program includes the traditional streetscrubbing scene and a float parade Gov George A Wilson will be the speaker of the day Friday Iowa Coal Miners 1 Swallowed em1 MINNEAPOLIS Minn Ive swallowed them an elderly B 12 53 woman screamed as she jumped up from her evening meal 1 An ambulance rushed her to I General hospital where j diclosed she WHS wrong i So went home to look the missing false teeth BELGRADE re ports of steps toward both soviet Russian and allied protection of Jugoslavia were viewed Thursday in Balkan diplomatic quarters as evidence of possible RussianBnt ishFrench cooperation against the RomeBerlin axis in this cor ner of Europe There is this important dis tinction in the two reported moves affectine Jugoslavia The Jugoslavs appear tobe turning toward Russia for support while the British and French seek Jugoslavias acceptance of their proffered guarantee of her in dependence and territorial in is looking Whether Jugoslavia u i m i 1UVJIVII1J4 for help from Russia as svell as from the western powers was not 2500000 MEN MADE LIABLE TO MILITARY DOTY Britain Prepares to Deal With Spying 5th Column Acts BULLETIN of the la bor party Thursday night were reported to have refused to join a coalition government under the leadership of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain The Liber al party was understood to take the same view but the labor party executive committee meeting Friday is expected lo make a final decision as to whether the laboriles will join an all party government under a prime minister other than Chamberlain LONDON house nf commons recessed Thursday until May 21 leaving the Chamberlain government apparently deter mined to remain in office on the strength of last nights slim mar gin on a vote of confidence Meanwhile Bitains war ef fort was stepped up by a royal decree making 2500000 more men available for military ser vice The house rose after David Lloyd George critic of the prime minister had defended himself against a charge that by demand ing Chamberlains resignation he had encouraged Hitler Chamberlain members of his war cabinet and opposition lead ers were in secret consultations Geoffrey Mander a left winger said the talks were to decide Hin whether by getting wd of the have sured Jugoslav leaders that British and French troops planes and naval forces would be sent to the countrys help in case Jugo slavia found it necessary to resist an axis attack Italy has disavowed any such intention and Germanys position has been stated as merely a readiness to counter any allied Lroke in any quarter Similar allied offers lo Bulgaria Hungary already had been re with their success in At any rate the possibility of Russias entrance into the Balkan picture with a military link to Jugoslavia at a time when the allies and the axis powers are ac cusing each other of preparing to invade little countries might stave off war in the Balkans The belief was expressed in quarters close lo Ihe government that a JugoslavRussian military alliance might develop The prospective mission was linked with a desire expressed here and in Bulgaria that the Bulgars and Jugoslavs Join with of defense of the south Slav peoples of the Balkan peninsula The disclosure of the forthcom ing military talks in Moscow comes while a Jugoslav trade delegation is renewing commercial relations withRussia The Jugoslavs had a threehour interview with Pre mierForeign Commissar Vyaches laff Molotov there Wednesday German Army Will Take Over Trains for This Weekend BERLIN army has taken com countrys railroads over the Whit Sunday holiday period this week over all civilian 1L n ported reliably Thursday night Lieutenant Colonel Bork trans port chief of Hie German general staff is in charge of the railways during the period For days the press lias been urging Germans not to travel over the holiday Now placards in sta tions notify travelers that regular train schedules cannot be guaran teed the secretory to fairthe prime minister might be allowed to car ry on with partly fresh coK Mander told the house lhal ihis in his opinion would be perfect ly useless Lloyd George declared that Britain was to blame for Hitlers rise to power and that since 1922 he Lloyd George had been urging he World war vic tors to exert their authority and carry out the pledges they made in the treaty of Versailles They had Hie opportunity he said Germany was prostrate and the creation of this terrible power in Germany and the spirit behind it which makes it so formidable is due to the fact that we did not carry out our promises The new registration notice if fecting 19 yerr olds and men be tween the ages of 27 and 36 will j i tiliU JO German number of men liable for ommand of the scjvicc or already under arms to AT TTTtJi 4fOQ 000 The government also prepared j pvi iuii mis miniiu tuso prepared end exerting rigorous control deal sternly with spying sab traffic it was re oafie and fifth column nctivi ties The conferences developed sud denly while the house of commons debated n government motion u adjourn for the regular Whitsun Compensation Benefits DES MOINES warm weather cutting down the demand tor their product Iowa coa min ers are turning to the state unem ployment compensation commis sion for benefits Claude Stanley chairman of the unemployment compension com mission said jobless miners whose credits accumulated through the winter entitled them to assistance have begun to file applications for aid Stanley said he twccn 4000 and expeclcd be 5000 miners ould file claims for benefits this MOHAWKS BEAT MONONA 6 TO 2 SPORTS BULLETIN WAVERLY Mason City high school baseball team defeat ed Monona 6 to 2 in the first round of the Iowa high school dis trict basqball tournament here Thursday afternoon OBrien and Espinosa for Mason City and Cahoon and Brownson for Mo nona were the batteries OBrien limited Monona to lour hits while the Monona hurler yielded nine Three errors were chalked against the Mohawks while the losers had only one Score by innings u it c Mason City 004 020 I Monona t9 020 1 3 Mason City at Friday after noon will play he winner of the Nora SpringsNashua game RIFLE TESTS MADE FORT BELVOIR Va Army and marine corps experts ive congressional defense ex ace which made ten new age groups liable to military service Wnntcenycarolds and men bc twcrn 27 and 3G years arc covei rd b the orders Three prcviou made men from 20 for 339 in unemployment cwnpcnwI ivfc Mr wiM u to C tl tion i opringlielrt nflc them Mitiir 000 100 men I been in use since World war days I were registered for service if xrays year Last year more than 4000 miners were paid a totnl of pcrts Thursday a demonstration of the armys new 30 caliber Gariind semiautomatic rifle The demon stration follows tide holiday w h i 1 c whether the until May 21 and nation speculated Chamberlain gov ernment might resign or undergo reconstruction After a whispered consultation among government leaders on the front bench in the house of com mons the badgered Chamberlain left with the seven men who form his war cabinet A short time later they were followed out of the chamber bv the leader and deputy leader of official opposition Laboritcs Clement AtUce and Arthur Green wood the leader of Ihe opposition liberals Sir Archibald Sinclair and siiarptongucd David Llryd GCOIRC elder statesman nnd prime minister in the World war Their departure provoked spec ulation whether they wtrc to take part in a nar cabinet con ference reirardini possible entry into a coalition government The general feeling in the cotin tiy was that cither Chamberlain must reconstruct the government or resign He emerged Wednesday mgnt from two days of debate of the war particularly in Norway with a majority of 81 281 to compared with his normal majority of 210 King George VI signed a procla mation at a brief session ot the privy council in Buckingham pal ;