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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 13, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME H4RLOH H 1ST D E P r OF C E S I V VOL XLVI THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PBESS FULL LEASED WISES FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY OCTOBER 131939 TMS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONB NO 4 OTTUMWA MURDER SUSPECT HELD Bridges Is Instigator of Boom By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist JUST WHAT reminded Senator Styles Bridges of New Hampshire that he wants the republicans 1940 presidential nomination isnt very clear I doubt that the idea had oc curred to him However since it did occur to him hes been rubbing it in with extraordi nary energy As a oneman ef fort its quite rem a r k a b 1 e Starting abso BRIDGES lutely from scratch the Old Granite statesman is getting himself considerably talked about Not so many months ago I wouldnt have supposed that he stood any better chance of figuring as a white house piospect than I I recognize that Im too old Senator Arthur H Vandenberg was prominently mentioned So were Senator Rob ert Taft of Ohio and Leader Joseph W Martin of the G O P forces in the house of representatives And Thomas E Dewey of New York Alt M Landon likewise was spoken of as a suitable selection for another crack at the job Even Herbert Hoover was suggested for a fresh try Various republican governors of today there are darned few of em were proposed But Senator Bridges Not a hint at When he began to he hinted at he furnished the initial hints Call Melstyles He introduced himself in an or iginal way The first news that popped up to the effect that he didnt like to be known as Henry Styles Bridges or H Styles Bridges Plain Styles Bridges was his choice According to this story he reck oned that Americas foremost pub lic men in the past have had but two names George Washington Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lin coln William McKinley Theodore Roosevelt Woodrow Wilson and Herbert Hoover for instance True Wilson really was T Wood row Wilson and Hoover was Her bert C Hoover but Senator Bridges theory was said to be that their superfluous initials handicapped them politically therefore they threw them over board The senator proposed to jettison the H in front of his name in the same way Thus far O K Then the Hampshireite already a bit advertised mildly publicized himself I didnt think much of it he kept it up Evidently he wasnt joking Presently it developed that he had a regular press lisle Bargeron a wellknown Washington newspaperman v Boom Under Way Now theres a fullf 1 e d g e d Bridgesforpresident organization in operation Its a wonderful stunt for a sin gle individual to have put agoing I dont contend that Styles not H Styles will get away with it but certainjy lies a surprise up to date And he has some months to go Theres nothing the matter with Styles Hes an able legislator He speaks admirably He has a drawback or two Hes a little conservative and his geog raphy is wrong Styles not H Styles home state hasnt many votes in a republican national con vention All New England is insuf ficient for him And anyway Joe Martin another New Englandcr is his rival Yet Styles not H Stylos is vigorously boosting himself for the G O P presidential nomination in 1940 For one thing he has the money to hire a press agent For another thing he has the nerve A congressional friend of mine has a wife who thought her hus band ought to get up at 6 y m to hear the radioed broadcast of Herr Hitlers speech in Berlin So she asked the telephone folk lor an early mornins wakeup call Gladly replied the hello girl Itll cost 2 cents Oh my answered my friends wife Thats too much Pass it up The poor bird tells me tliat lie was waked up nevertheless The phone company got all the benefit of it SWANK IN JAIL FOR SLAYING OF SHOEMERCHANT Missouri Man Is Also Believed Implicated in Other Iowa Killings OTTUMWA Police Chief Wilbourn M Hicks said Friday that an information charging first degree murder was to be filed Friday against Clair Swank 36 for the Sept 29 fatal shooting of Arthur Henry Geifman Ottum shoe merchant Chief Hicks working with state agents declared Swank is in jail in a city near Ottumwa and will be brought here soon jp The authorities said we have every reason to believe Swank committed both murders The second case referred to was the killing Gilbert Carlson 42 chicken breeder last Sept 19 Swank may be connected with other Iowa killings they added without further comment The prisoner was described as having served twothirds the last 18 years in penitentiaries and jails He admitted doing time in the Anamosa reformatory Boone ville Mo reformatory and the federal prison at Fort Leaven worth Kans He also broke jail at Kirksville Mo in 1933 Geifman was killed about noon Sept 29 while working in his small shoe store in the heart of Ottumwas business district Chief Hicks said Swank was to be arraigned here Swank gave his home as Kirksville Mo and said he is unmarried He has lived in Ottumwa for the last six weeks Officers said he would AMs OREHERS AUTO DES MOINES Chief of Detectives J A Brophy saict Fri day he had been informed that William E Cooper 22 under sen tence in the Arizona state peni tentiary at Florence has signed a statement admitting he drove the automobile used in the murder here Harold J Dreher of Ma son City Brophy said the statement was obtained by Assistant Chief of De tectives Paul Castelline who is in Arizona investigating the case He said it corroborates confes sions obtained from Fred Osten riedcr 18 held in jail here and Francis P Welsh 28 arrested Wednesday in San Francisco Cal admitting their parts in the mur der Senator Taft Urges Repeal of Embargo on Arms Next Trouble Spot in Europe View of the capital clly Helsingfors showing harbor foreground Finnish soldiers dig trenches on soviet lorrtef Gcn Huiro Oslcrman JOHN L LEWIS IS REELECTED SAN FRANCISCO Lewis was reelected president of the Congress of Industrial Organi zations by acclamation at the an nual convention here Friday Edith S Countryman Des Moines Elected by Registered Nurses DES MOINES The Iowa State Association of Registered Nurses elected Edith S Country man of Des Moines presidentelect to serve in the year beginning in Stella Scott of Iowa City named last year will serve as president for the next 12 months Margaret Stoddard of Parker was reelected secretary and Frances Pedersen of Dubuque was reelected treasurer Burlington was chosen as next years conven tion city Lindbergh to Speak Over Radio Network WASHINGTON iP Col Charles A Lindbergh will give a radio address Friday night at o clock C S T on the subject United States and the World War The address his second in recent weeks will be carried from here ever the Mutual Broadcast ing system DIES AFTER CHOKIVG BLENCOE Esrl Col lison 30 died in her husbands arms Thursday night after being stricken with a choking spell Russias drive for supremacy lu He Baltic shifts tic international spotlight OH Finland Soviet offi cials seeking heavy concessions from Finland in the way of naval bases and mil laryandeconomicIP Talks Continue in Moscow FINN PEOPLE STILL HOPEFUL Position of Country Appears Better After Plea of Four Nations BULLETIN WASHINGTON Presi dent Roosevelt said Friday that American representations to So viet Russia were merely an ex pression of interest and hone that noUiimr would be done to disturb peaceful relations in the Baltic or the independence of Finland The chief executive told a press conference that the diplo matic action was not to be con strued in any way as a pressure move by the American govern ment For that he did not ivant any misunder standing the president said he was withholding for the time ucmi the text of the represen tation made at Moscow Thurs day by Ambassador Laurence Stcmhardt HELSINKI Ky oesti Kallio issued a decree Fri day ordering all Finnish civilians to hold themselves in readiness to aid the government in nonmili tary pursuits if required by the present emergency The decree was issued as Fin nish leaders continued to express optimism concerning their chances of receiving acceptable terms from soviet Russia as the second day of FinnishRussian talks began in Moscow They hoped their country would fare better than Baltic neighbors which have become vir tual Russian protectorates as a re sult of Kremlin parleys The decree put into effect regu lations previously drawn provid ing for wartime emergencies The services of all citizens may be re quired for work applied directly or indirectly in connection with national defense The nation stepped up prepara tions to fight if necessary for its independence in keeping with the foreign ministers declaration that Finland would resist dictation FIXLAXDS POSmoV APPEARS IMPROVED MOSCOW Finlands position for dickering Friday with soviet Bussia has been improved by the diplomatic backing of the United States Sweden Denmark and Norway The Washington government and the three Scandinavian countries urged Russia not to make de mands upon Finland which might endanger RussianFinnish r e i a tions It was reliably but unofficially reported that some form of agree ment between Russia and Turkey would be signed soon Although nothing was obtainable from either side on the nature of the prospective pact it was be lieved it would settle questions in relation to the Black Sea and the Dardanelles and would define the soviet and Turkish positions to ward each other in the current European situation The Finns were closeted for an hour at the Kremlin with Joseph Stalin Foreign CommissarPre mier Molotoff and other officials Dr Paasikivi and his two col leagues Finnish foreign office ex perts were invited to a second session Friday While it seems obvious that the Finns were willing to listen to soviet proposals with a promise of relaying them to the Finnish gov ernment it was indicated that Fin land would not surrender to any demands considered extreme The Firing it was reported might be wi ne to give up some islands but if the Russians sub mitted stronger territorial de mands likely to make Finland a virtual as lias been done with Estonia Latvia and observers were of the opinion that the Finns would fight Germany previously was Fin lands virtual protector but ap parently had lost that status in the commitments to Russia which observers believe accompanied the RussianGerman n o naggression treaty and the subsequent proto cols for partition of Poland Step Taken Toward Pardoning Billings SAN FRANCISCO Culbert L Olson wrote the Cali fornia supreme court Friday urg ing that it make n recommenda tion which would permit him to grant a pardon to Warren K Bil lings serving a life term at Fol som prison for the 1916 prepared ness day bombing LOOK INSIDE FOR DAVID LLOYD GEORGE Terms Chamberlains Rebuff Inadequate PAGE 2 Mason City Winner in Washington Grid Test PAGE II 4 Husking Contests to Launch Season PAGE 7 HIRER AWAITS RESPONSEFROM NEUTRAL POINT Nazis Say Only U S Can Prevent Most Gruesome Blood Bath BULLETIN LONDON British admiralty announced that the British navys patrols had sunk two German submarines Fri Uay By LOUIS P LOCHNER BERLIN nazis Friday said Germany was through with Prime Minister Chamberlain and Premier Daladiertmt still was waiting for a neutralresponse to Adolf Hitlers reichstag speech of last Friday Any such action by neutral na whom they said they regarded the United States as the only one powerful enough to do something effective however must come from them and not as a result of any diplomatic action or request by Germany they re ported In Washington the lack of a formal request for mediation was seen as one of the obstacles to any possible effort by the United States government to bring peace These interpretations of Ger manys position were made aftei two developments Otto Scandinavian Rulers Meet at Stockholm for Parley on Oct 18 STOCKHOLM Gus taf Friday invited and received acceptances from the kings of Denmark and Norway and the president of Finland to meet him in Stockholm Oct 18 presumably to discuss tiic FinnishRussian question Foreign ministers of the Scandinavian nations will accom 1 pany their rulers foreign correspondents he 4 thought that only the United States yet could intervene to prevent the most gruesome bloodbath in history 2 An official press release on Chamberlains speech Thursday suid tlie Briton had rejected the hand of peace stretched out to him by the fuehrer and Brit ains war aims meant war apimst he German people war against the German reich unto annihilation It was pointed out authoritative ly that Germany through Dr Dietrich und others once more had warned what would be in store for the world if Great Britain was not brought to the conference table But there is no reason nazis said why Germany should go around to neutrals to request them to mediate Hitlers appeal last Friday for peace that those peoples and their leaders now speak up who are of a similar peaceful mind was said to have been an official document addressed alike to nuu trals and belligerents Now authorized sources said it is up to neutrals to make their voices heard on their own initia tive and in consciousness of their not because Hitler or any other belligerent should ask them The official press release indi cated how completely through with Chamberlain Germany con sidered herself It called Chamberlains speech an unheard of insult to Germany and said that in it the Prime Min ister did not represent the cause of the people but the cause of a small clique which sees its task in war From the experience of Ver sailles the statement concluded the German people knows what Englands will to annihilation can do and it therefore knows the path it must tvod in order to foil this will of its enemies Dr Dietrich who talked in formally with correspondents after he had been with Hitler for sev eral hours said he felt Britain had risked what he called her inso lent reply through Chamberlain only because she relied upon the United States to support her Dietrich declared Chamberlains speech Thursday had shatteed nil other hope of an armistice on the western front before operations there began in earnest He indicated that Germany was prepared to unleash her full might against Great Britain and France unless the United States stepped in Thus indirectly Adolf Hitler asked President Roosevelt to in tervene and indicated there still might be a lull on the western front if there were any sign Mr Roosevelt might comply Only the withheld order of the fuehrer it vas indicated kept the war in the west from becoming a fight to the finish Scandinavian Nations Back Finnish People BY HAROLD PETERS United Press Staff Correspondent COPENHAGEN Denmark UR Norway and Sweden drew together Friday in an effort o preserve the neutrality of the Scandinavian nations and to pre icrve the independence of Finland igainst Russian encroachment Representations made at Mos cow Thursday by the ministers of the three nations were followed up by signs that they would con tinueto cooperate in Finlands and P E SkoeJd Swedish minister of defense said Thursday night in a speech at Gothenburg Sweden Our thoughts are at present with Finland Their sorrows are ours The present situation must make it clear to us that our military preparations have not been established as a mere matter of form Even here in Sweden we must lie prepared to defend our peace and our freedom The Berlingske Tidende lead ing conservative newspaper of Denmark said Friday Announcement of the Scan dinavian representatives at Mos cow is welcomed with the warm est sympathy and the deepest sat isfaction everywhere by the nor dic peoples Clearly and strongly the Scandinavian voice has spoken The reserve which is so often characteristic for us under such circumstances has given way to a warmth and strength which must be proolhoxvvery importantitVhjisrBeen show bur solidarity and our pre paredness The demarche at Moscow i not only a natural thing It is alsi felt to have been necessary Tin nordic peoples stand united be hind it It was not only officia action it was in the truest sensi the voice the nordic people whicl spoke The representations at Moscou were made separately but identi cally cis follows All the northern governments carefully watch the negotiation now going on between Russia ano Finland They declare that thej expect nothing will prevent Fin land from completely and inde pendently maintaining the neutra position which has hitherto kep it in close collaboration with the other nordic countries They ex press their desire that the Finnish Russian negotiations will confirm the friendly relations between Finland and Russia The Stockholm newspapei Svenska Aftonbladet proposed 81 year old King Gusiave V of Sweden the nestor of Europca chiefs of state as he only ma who might successfully mediate between the allies and German Stop Worrying No More Friday 13 for 11 Months DES MOINES tious eh Then you will be interested in this Today is Friday the I3lh but if you survive it you wont have to go through another such day of worry for 11 Thats right months be cause the next time the 13th day of a month falls on Friday will be September 1940 The following time however wilt be only three months later December 1340 The last time the 13th fell on Friday was in January of this year SUPPORT GIVEN TO ROOSEVELTS BILL BY OHIOAN Republican Declares Embargo Policy Aids Aggressor Countries BULLETIN WASHINGTON man Key Pilfmau o Ncv of the foreign relations committee said Friday that he would wel come suggested changes in the administration neutrality bill designed to case restrictions on American shipping but declared relaxations must meet certain requirements he considers nec essary to keep us neutral WASHINGTON Senator Taft R Ohio de nounced Friday an arms em bargo policy as favoring ag gfessors against peaceful na tions and urged the senate to adopt the administration bill repealing the ban on muni tions shipments He voiced approval of pro visions which would prohibit American ships from carry ing goods to warring coun tries but recommended elim ination of a section permit ting 90day credits on arms sales FORECAST IOWA Fair colder with freezing temperature Friday night Saturday fair rising tem perature in afternoon in ex treme west portion MIVVESOTA Fair and cold er with freezing temperature Friday night Saturday fair rising temperature in afternoon in extreme west portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather fi for 24 hour period ending a m Friday Maximum Thursday Minimum in TSiffht At S a m Friday Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Rain gure at 6 ships fitim g he said That policy is no more cowardly than it is to keep people out of a burning honse It is simply good sense that we prevent American citizens not only from risk ing their own lives but from plunging us into a war which may involve millions of other lives Taft is one of a half dozen republican senators favoring repeal of the arms embargo He told the senate repeatedly that he believed the United States could remain out of the European war The president of the United Slates Taft said Vould make a tremendous mistake if he regarded the passage of this bill as in any way a symbol of popu lar approval of interference in Europe The popular opposition o this bill as far as it exists is based on suspicion of the presidents tendency to inter fere in the European war He has publicly pledged his de termination to keep America at peace and we can surely accept that pledge Taft son of the preWorld war president urged that congress remain in session o act promptly on any emer gency which may He declared that nothing would be so destructive to democrat it government in the United States as war Taft expressed the VjelicC Hint repeal of the embargo would not ATptx TTT result in any great demand for W T h American muntions on the part ol J I tlLs TV CCILIJLCJ European belligerents During the two and a half years before the United States entered the World war he said such goods consti tuted only 13 per cent of total American exports to the United Kingdom France Italy Russia and Canada An arms embargo Taft said makes war more likely through out the world It favors warlike nations which build tip their armaments in time of peace he declared and it discriminates against those na tions which hoping for peace and relying on treaties fail to pour vast sums into armament In short it favors the aggressor against the peaceful nation r8 28 He took issue with the oppoii cuts contention that it would be unncutral to repcnl the embargo after war has begun arc said to be rlianginz llic rutcs of the same after the ;