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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 3, 1917, Mason City, Iowa LET ME DO IT This s whaf the GG Want Ads say willing to WORK RESULTS tot you They cost but a few cents REPORTS BY WIRE EACH DAY OF THE IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE NEWS NOT YESTERDAYS THE WEATHER MASON CITY AND Portly cloudy tonight probably showers in east and central por ttonaj Tuesday generally fair 4 OCLOCK EDITION Resident Thinks Wejl of Plans for Democracy Al liance Meeting LEASED WITH LIST OF SPEAKERS NAMES Day Chosen as Date of mm Making Public Executive Approval of Scheme Sept ap proval of the conference of the Amer Alliance for Labor and Democ acy to be held at Minneapolis next and the task it will under take of suppressing disloyalty has given by President Wilson in a to Samuel Goropers president he American Federation of Labor chairman of the alliance Jie letter made public here today denounces those who seek to ignore Americas grievance against Germany and insists on that a nation whose citizenshave beon foully murdered tinder iheir own flag whose neigh have been invited to join in paking conquest of Its territory and i patience in pressing the claims frf justice and humanity has been net with the most shameful policy of jiMrucnience and treachery does not Krnow its own mind and has no ccrrn 5veheneible reason for defending Must Fight Disloyalty our soldiers and sail ova ars doing their manful work to hold back reaction in Its most Lbrutal and aggressive form the afpresident wrote we must op pose at honie the organized and L individual efforts of those dan dis7 Kloyatty behind a screen of spe cious and evasive phases letter follows The Letter My Dear Mr Gompers I am sure that you understand Latmy inability to accept the Invl ation to address the Minneapolis GOJI Srenceof the American Alliance for and Democracy is due only to Mfficiai necessity and not in any de tplack of appreciation of the fjijlprtance of the occasion The Jpuae you and your fellow patriots is one with the cause we are with arms While our sol and sailors are doing their man to hold back reaction in its brutal and aggressive form we jjust oppose at home the organized jjnd Individual efforts of those dan s elements who hide disloyally Behind a screen oE specious and evas phrases Prourt of Alliance I have read with real pride the nes of the men and women who lUe to take part in the Minneapolis Inference Not one but has a record devoted service to fundamental Sftmocracy not one but has fought long liard fight for equal justice jjjaving pvery bitterness that the life know a larger jiasure of happiness all my heart I want them to their devotion to country is iljiJjSno wise a betrayal of principle that in serving America that they a serving their cause no less faith ly than in the past I myself have Anpathy with the fears of the work ty of the United States for the ten of war is toward reaction and ft often military necessities have n made an excuse for tne destruc i of laboriously erected industrial social standards These fears PPily have proved to be baseless quickened sympathies and ap olation with new sense of th srasive and insidious dangers of op esslon our people have not only Hd every inch of ground that has en won by years of struggle but ve added to the gains of the Twen fth Century along every line of Uman betterment Questions of igea and hours of labor and indus jal readjustment have found a so won which gives to the toller a new Jgnity and a new sense of social and xmomic security I beg you to feel at my support has not beon lack g and that tfie government has not jiled at any point in granting every Jat request advanced by you and iur assistants in the name of the American worker No one who Is not blind can ifall to see that the battle Una of emocracy for America stretches oday from the fields of Flanders O every house and workshop E Vhere tolling upward striving and women are counting the of right and Justice iand liberty which are being threatened by our present ene anies It has apt been a matter of aur Jriae to me that the leaders in certain groups have sought to Ignore our grievances against TIOE who have equally misled the Jermen people Their inslst nce that a nation whose rights ave been grossly violated whosa MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY SEPTEMBER 3 1917 PRICE 3 CENTS citizens have been foully mur dered under their own flag whose neighbors have been In vited to Join In making conquest of Its territory whose patience in pressing the claims of Justice and humanity has been met with the most shameful policy truculenoe and treachery their Insistence that a nation so out raged does not know Its own mind that it has no comprehen sible reason Itself or for Joining with all its might in maintaining a free future for Itself and its Ideals is of a piece with their deafness to the oft repeateu statement of our na tional purposes Do Not Know America It is perhaps that these forces of antagonism have not yet learned to know the voice of that America we love and serve It may be that those among us who stands ready to forward the plans of aggresaion bred In secret do not understand the lan guage of democracy when It pro claims the purposes o war in terms of a peace for the peoples that shall be untroubled by those to whom men are but the pawns in their struggle for power and gain But true Ameri cans those who toll here for home and the hope of better things whose lifted eyes have caught the vision a liberated world have said that of the policy of blood and Iron there shall be an end and that equal justice which in the heart of democracy shall rule in its stead May not those who toil and those who have made common cause of the larger hope for the masses of man kind take renewed heart as they think on those days when America has taken its stand for the rights of humanity and the fellowship cf so cial and international justice Sincerely yours Woodrow Wilson The Speakers Among the speakers at the confer ence will be Samuel Gompers John Hall president Minnesota State Fed eration of Labor Charles Edward Russell John H Walker president Illinois State Federation of Labor Frank P Walsh Gov Burnquist of Minnesota John Spargo John LInd Rose Pastor Stokes Rabbi Stephen S Wise William English Walling Hush Frayne New York eastern rep resentative of American Federation of Labor Frank E Wolfe W J Ghent Prof Max Frederick Meyer professor of psychology In University of Missouri A M Simons editor ot a socialist weekly who has resigned from the socialistic party aad Win field R Gaylbrd first socialist state In who has resigned from the party SHuiitlon Serious San Francisco Sept tion of Labor Day in the far west was weighed with widespread un rost among organized workmen In almost even state strikes are in pro gross and others are threatened Strikes of copper miners In the northwest and in the southwest are menacing the production of a ma terial greaty needed by the govern ment for the prosecution of the war Another industry of Importance to the government just now and In which the labor situation is acute is shipbuilding At Portland Ore 4 000 shipbuilders have declared their to strike Sept 7 if de mands for higher wages are not met In Seattle Wash 12000 and in San Francisco 25000 men engaged in shipbuilding and ironworking are awaiting the outcome of conferences with regard to demands for more pay In Washington a majority of the war mills and shingle mills have been closed for several weeks by a strike for the eight hour day and higher wages and building trades through out the state have refused to handle lumber made In ten hour mills Lum bermen In several districts in Ari zona afso are striking Diplomat in Shirt Sleeves Teutonic View of President Amsterdam Sept diplomat In his shirt sleeves i sthe caption of an editorial article in the Berlin Zeltung referring to President Wil sons reply to the Popes proposal for peace The rude tone of President Wil sons note says the newspaper seems perhaps to mask a retreat If the answer of the entente shows that President Wilson was ueed only as the relay horse of a parallel attitude then it would indisputedly be pos sible to talk of a great retreat on the part of the entente This is skirm ishing for the moral success that shall commit to oblivion the final victory that is lacking Our attitude on the papal note willnot bo touch ed inwardly or outwardly by the Wilson note The line of the di rection of our peace aims as of the reforms we are speaking on our own initiative cannot be confused in any sense by the ouitward Influence AVIATOR IS TRANSFERRED Young Iowa Blrdnran May Leave for France Soon McGregor la Sept 3 Clifton Oleson McGregors aviator who has the distinction of being the youngest aviator In the nrmy has been trans ferred from San Antonio Texts to the Chanute field at Rantoul III He IB a member of the Thirtyeighth aerial squadron and a licensed avia tor having finished the course in the Curtiss school at Miami Fla last winter It is expected that the Thirtyeighth squadron will soon be on the way to France NO 249 AB1IIEO BY Important Gulf Port Is Given Up Because Threatened by Germans Pulled Shotgun Trigger with Toe New Hampton Sept a shotgun lying between hla legs and a gaping gunshot wound In tha cheat the body of L A Qeyer a prominent young farmer living six mllea east of FrederJcksburgr was fouad about noon SaUmiy In a corn field near his home One shoe had been remov ed and he had evidently pulled the trigger with his toe His wife had called the neighbors when she missed him suddenly and the body was found after a two hour rj js F S Feeney coroner was at t 2 Wcvsummoned and tho Jury returned V VOTrftof nt Month gunshot hand The family and neighbors are unable to assign any cause for the act So far DAYS City Seriously Threatened Both from Land and on the Sea Petrpgrad Sept Prussians have abondoned Riga the war office announces The state ment says that an order has been given for tho aban donment of the Riga district on ac count of the threatening conditions Abandonment of Riga follows re ports of the past few days that this important soacoast city situated on the Gulf of Rlge had been seriously threatened both on the land and from the soa The northern end of tha German AustroHungarian line had been re ported nearlng Riga aad last week It was announced from Petrograd that a number of war vessels had been seen in the gulf Trouble AVith Cossacks Londonl Sept Petrograd correspondent of the Times predicts trouble in consequence of the treat ment of the Cossacks by the provi sional government and cites the state ment that the rights and privileges of the donCossacks consecrated by many centuries have been cancelled their peculiar elective offices abol ished and government measures sub stituted Under this order General Kalebin the Cossack commander becomes a simple soldier and after the Moscow conference at which the antiCossack personal altercation betweeri Pre mier Kerenskp and General Kalebin The Kugan Terek and Orenburg Cossacks have not yet beenaffected by the new order but acoording to the correspondent the Wow that strikes one Cossack host must be felt by all the twelve armies adhering to the Cossack leadand it Is to he ex pected that they will not calmly sub mit Lose Another Town London Sept Turkish offi cial communication dated last Satur day and received here today claims that the Turks have driven the Rus sians out of Merlvan Persia Ead Weather Does Not Stop Fighting on Italian Front Udine Italy Sept 3 Notwith standing bad weather conditions fighting still all along the ItalianAustrian line and conalsta for the most part in hand to hand en counters between small detachments of Italians and Austrian soldiers the latter Imprisoned by Italian artillery fire In galleries the mouths of which have been closed by shell fire The Austrian defenders remain in these galleries several daye without food or munitions The attacking forcea are straight ening out the new line by cuttlng out salients still held by email groups of Austrlana who are unable either to advance or retreat and are obliged to surrender Counter offensives by Austrlans In which they are supported by rein forcements are being repuleed con tinually and outlying portions remain In Italian hands Poisoned Candy Is Latest Hun Method of Killing Babies Plymouth Mass Sept man airmen flying by night over a French town near Rhelms reoently dropped poisoned candy causing the death of many children who ate it according to a letter from Brownlee Benzel Gauld a former Harvard Uni versity student who is now driving an ambulance on the western battle front The communication was made pub lic today by his father who Is spend ing the summer here The letter also states that the Germans are continu ally shelling hospitals The young man told his father that ho had received the Cross of War from the French government dtastant NfiictCt wlah OAIWTBY HAS OPERATION Marahalltown Sept 3 Former Senator J L Carney former presi dent of the Iowa State Bar Associa tion Is In a local hospital where ho submitted to an operation for Infect ed gall hladder and gall stones While the operation wae severe Carney withstood It well and Ismaking n as Is known Mr Geyer had no enp mies was not financially embarrassed nor was there friction in the family The previous day he had complain ed of a pain in the back and on the morning of his death when about to wash his car his wife advised htm to have the hired man attend to it as she feared that ho might be suffering from an attack of Mr Geyer acquiesced and Uered the house He was not set gain alive First Aid Class Success at Manly Rock Island Employes at Mnnly Good rand News Kail Manly Sept W Wilson en gineer of fuel economy of the Rock Island spent In Manly in structing wnglnemen on the use of a new coal ticket the road js putting in use iu connection witli a campaign to reduce locomotive fuel consump tion About six months ago the local of ficials at Manly organized In connec tion with a general movement over the entire system a First Aid class under the direction of Dr S S Westly local surgeon After the class finished the school of instruc tions outlined by the American Red Cross the different members ap peared before Dr Bvarts A Graham at the Park hospital Mason City for final examination The result of the examination hag lustbeen learned and the f oUowlng ejuployos re ceived a afdv certiflcatp from Major C H Connor U S army In charge of First Aid division Wash ington D C L L White chief clerk to super intendent W Kelly local agent W Welton water service repair man Z L Reynolds chief accountant All of the men given certificates are considered capable of doing a first class joib at first aid work The Rock Island Is planning on continu ing the first aid work among its em ployes at Manly and other points along the line Machinists Louis John R DavisJohn Walker and A W Schultz have resigned to accept em ployment with other companies Lbcomotlve Engineer C J Brown has resigned here and taken a posi tion with the Webb C Ball Watch Company of Chicago Mr Browns headquarters will probably be in Milwaukee WIs J iM Gallagher traveling account ant for the Rock Island with head quarters in Chicago is visiting In Manly Mr Gallagher was formerly chief accountant in the superintend ents office here Traveling store Inspector M A Turner spent Sunday in Manly visit ing his brother J O Turner who ifl shop accountant for the Rock Is land Frances Heenan personal record clerk In the superintendents office left last night for her summer va cation Switchman D L Haley left Man ly yesterday for Colorado points Iowa Universitys New Commandant Iowa City Sept state uni versity will continue its military work this year so that It will con form to the reserve officers training corps law which was passed last year by congress Under this law provi sion is made for a small salary for advanced students in military sci ence This becanve assured today when President W A Jessup an nounced tha detaillngof Captaia An drew C Wright retired by the war department as professor of military science and tactics to succeed Major Morton C Mumma now in active service at Fort Russell Wyo The appointment becomes effective at once 1 Captain Wright has been in ser vice for twentyone years and would be considered a distinct rover oven In military circles Since enlisting In tho coast artillery at St Louis In 1896 ho has beon transferred twentyone times to military posts In every cor ner of the country Ho has seen ser vice la the Philippines on four dif ferent occasions His promotions have come to him from the ranks His commission as first lieuten ant and as captain came while in the Philippines Poor health led to his retirement shortly after recelv good recovery He Is well known ing his captaincy He comes to tho throughout the state both political University from recruiting aervice at ly and in atate bar circles 1 Davenport Shall the People Own the Memorial University and the Campus of Thirty Acres Shall the people of Mason City authorize the school board of Ma son City to purchase Memorial TJni and its campus of thirty acrea 6fland for school purposes Yes The GlobeGazette has already ex pressed Its position on the question aiid had purposed not to say any more on the subject but at the last moment the members of the school board have divided into two groups one favoring the proposition and the other opposing it and the president of the school hoard has answered a aeries of questions propounded bim by Judge Cummins which should be analyzed bafore going to the jury to morrow Tho three members of tho school board Messrs Allen Beck W Q C Bagley and P C Goodman who fa vor buying the property nud whoso judgment of values no one will seri ously question state that the land alone is easily worth approximately twice the amount for which tho boartl were able to secure the option that no commission is paid any one in semiring the option that the building is splendidly located to serve one of the most rapidly growing sec tions of the city was designed and built for school purposes and for a very nominal cost may be made into one of our very best schools and that the present school debt was occa sioned entirely by holdings on or north of State street They also add that everybody should be allowed to express their opinion based on the true situation namely the purchase of thirty acres Of land conservatively valued at and a maguiifcont building thrown In all Tor The other members of the board do not believe it is advisable to buy the property at tho present time for the price asked and stale that it will take at least to put the building jn as goodcondition na when turned over to owners They also declare as against the judgment of the other three mem bers of tho board that it is useless as a school property unless at least is spent on the properly for a heating plant and other repairs and alterations They also state that the school hooisa funds will be nenrly 100000 overdrawn by the time the new high school and new Wash Ins ton schools are finished and furnished without taking oil any new buildings The president of the school board whon In conference with bis nssocl ates agrees on this same estimate of for rehabilitation whon lie talks to Judge Cummins adds 000 to this estimate and gives It as his personal opinion that it would take 7fi000 to convert the building into a modern school building like tho Jackson in other words as much as it costs t build the new Washington school building as this last sum Is nearly twice the cost of the Jackson school it must have been a tie matter misprint or of hyperbole a lit Neitlver group of the school iboard stales whether their estimate is based on contractors judgment but those who know anything about the construc tion of the Memorial University would say that would do a lot In modernizing the building If only la needed to build a du plicate of the Jackson school and buy additional play grounds which seems to have been the plan before the Memorial proposition was discov ered The GlobeGazette has no quarrel with the sechol board They aro all undoubtedly acting honestly upon best judgment and endeavoring to serve the public the best they can and are entitled to credit and sym pathy many times when subjected t criticism but tho statement that when the two now are fin ished the school house fund will be overdrawn by when bonds were voted specially for thta pur pose will be some newa As tire 30 acres in the memorial site could be conevrted into cash for school pur poses it would seem on the basis of having paid for a Wock for tho Washington school site that if this statement Is correct the board would Jump at the offer of getting 15 blocks for nell it and re duce the Indebredrvasg Again if it actually would coat the estimate of to put tho mem orial building in school condition it wiuld moan an exopndjturo of 000 to give the south tilde a splendid building which would accommodate as many pupils as the new Washing ton and 30 acres of land near the heart of the city If tho board could sit tight and lot tho voters for tha Washington build ing with a single block for a sito why protest against a like sum for a similar or larger building and fifteen blocks for a alto The statements of I ho school board bring out tho curious fact that al tho present debt has been occasioned vsn tirely by buildings on or north oC State street The fine East Side Park la also north of State the wost side parks are similarly located or plan ned and thoSouth Side people have paid their share for those improve nrents Why now shouldnt they have the benefit of this property which could be used as a park and atheltic field for all the schools of the cityeasy of access by the street car line when It includes a good building which can ue conserved for public school purposes till the present generation has grown old or passed away It la an opportunity for giving that partof the city what has been accorded other sections which will never occur again and the South Side is right in asking for it In voting tomorrow there are just a fow things to remember This property of 30 acres and the toudlding ia offered to the school board and the option Is direct to the board for It will not again be offered to the school system or any one else for this sum Any part of tho 80 acres or all of it canbe platted anil sold for school purposes if the voters at another el ection so order If the property is purchased it can he used for school purposes which will take caro of that section of the city for yimrs antl if the people so elect a part of the thir ty acres can he platted and sold to pay for the necessary improvement of the building The Memorial University was built by the people of Mason City for edu cational purposes and the archbishop to let profit to Mason City for just such purposes The people should have it and not private speculators and this is their chance to got it If Mason City does not improve this golden opportunity it will un doubtedly be lold to private parties making the offer go back without rich profit for sitm the highest spot in the who will ated as it i college addition it would offer tin finest building lots jn that part of the city It CAN be sold to private par ties Dont let any one ba mistaken on that point Tho question which the voters of the city tomorrow will decide IK rimpiy this Will they authorizethepurchase of Memorial will take care ofxall the needs of that part of the clty or school purposes a choice site of 30 acres In tho heart of he city which will make a beautiful park atheltic field and agricultural station for or will they authorize the board to spend from tj for an addition to the Jackson building alongside the railroad tracks In close proximity to the ice baunes and barns and the purchase of play grounds which havo not yet been loclecl nor on which options have In other worrls which Is the bet ter business proposition to purchase lUhiullding which can accommodate as many pupils as the Jackson school and its proposed addition and fifteen blocks for or spend from a halt to twothirds that sum for an Addition to Jackson school halt as largo and a half block for a play a play ground It Is for the people with these facts in mind to decide Men and women of Mason CUy will express thoir opinion tomorrow whether or not the old Memorial Uni versity building and grounds In the southeast part of the city shall be purchased for educational purposes for 75000 Calling the election was asked of the board early In the summer when a petition was presented Little or no active interest haa been taken In the coining election and It Is not im probable the day will pass quietly with no outward appearance of a big election Polls Open nt J A The voting place will be in the as sembly room of Die court house and the polls will be open from oclock in the morning until in the evening Women will be permit ted to vote at this election There are thlpty acres of ground In the plot on which the building stands and if It Is purchased thin ground be sed for agricultural ex periments athletic fields playgrounds or for other school purposes Three Story UnlldJnp A disinterested party who vtslte1 til a building yesterday reports that the bulIdinK Is a three door atone hulld Inpr and while much of tho Interior jsliinva HOCO tSUpcrnoirtZ depreciation duo to lack of care It Is undoubtedly a Rood butldlni a good state of preservation Tho exterior of tlio building and the walls ara In excellent condition and with a Httlo repairs on tho roof will be fjood for years to como Some of the window llRhts have been broken many by persona bent on acts of destruction and vandalism but with all of these actions tho building on the Is in air condition Tho blackboards aro In as good con dition as whon they wore usod several yearn ago the floors nhow little wear and tear and wals show tpvf crnekB By repalrinp cellfnKS on tlio second floor whore the plastering has fallen down and by redecorating tho building would Itok almost llko now A suffsostlrn baa been made that Mnson City may Install two years of collose course In a year or so and with tho rapid nmnnar which tho city l the new will be crowded in a fow years and with nno ossary equipment the old university bulldlnfc would mako an excel lout place for the first two years of college DAY PLAN Parade Postponed an Hour and Changes Made in the Program AFTERNOON PROGRAM TO BE HELD INDOORS Wrestling Match and Dance to Be Held This Evening as Planned Meinheia f the judg ing commute met after tlio pw nclo nt 11 oclock Hecmsti there wore no industrial floats in the paraile the committee expressed the opinion tlmt first money should lo awarded to tho sters union which had the only iliMt in Wio iMtrndo This has boon definitely decided iuul ivill bo jiiisscd upon Iy theoxec utivo boiutl of tho IVailes and fjftbnr Assembly Inclement weather last night antl early this niorning put a hitch in the extensive Labor Day program mm caused a number of the big events of the day to be postponed called off or changeH The parade which was scheduled to start at 10 oclock was posi tioned for an hour and then only a small part of that which was scheduled was really held The parade formed at First street south and Federal at the Mason City Labor Temple and after going north on Federal traversed a number of the downtown streets before it was disbanded The parade was heart ad by a band which included of the local musicians union and by a aquacl of Mason City Polico under tho command ot Chief Police Gorman Boy Scouts with their drumcorpsalso took part Included in the parade were the local unions of each of the various trades and labors which are repre sented in the Mason City labor cir cles A fow automobiles and floats in addition to members of the fire department wore located In the pa rade but there were only a small number compared to those who had promised and who would have come out if it had not for u morning rain Tho afternoon program which was scheduled to bo hold at East Park this afternoon has been changed and the program will he hold In the rooms of tho Chamber of Commerce at 2 o clock according to an an nouncement which was made by labor leaders lato this morning The wrestling match between Paul Prohn and Bobby Bylund at Oaslno theatre at S hull at the oclock this incu at Commer will bo held nc cordinp to tho initial program Governor Lowden Takes Personal Charge of Matter Chicago Sept Frank O Lowden arrived in Chicago today to take personal charge of tho situation rising out of conflict of authority be tween himself and Mayor Thompson with whose aid the Peoples Council of America for Democracy and terms of peace was able to hold a meeting yesterday after It had been prohibited by the governor RI3FCJSI3D Cerinr Rapids Sept alle gation has been made that young men eligible for tho army draft havo been refused employment In Cedar Rapids and have beon compelled to go to other towns to get work It is said that men from whom they have asked work would question them closely re garding their ago and physical contll tion and on finding them eligible tor the draft refuse them employment Many firms complain that thoir force has boon seriously depleted by war conditions and claim that they are still short of competent help but In spite of that In many cases they will not employ men eligible for mili tary service Tho attention of the police has been called to the situa tion and It is likely that an investiga tion will be made It Is of tho opinion of the pollen force that all employers phould in quire vory closely into tlv appli cants reason for not being In ths army before refusing employment BOY INJURED BY FATJL Rapids Kiddle Tumbles Over Cnrtar Kaplds Sept playing yesterday In the vicinity of tho Country club Philip Y Pendloton twelve year old Bon of the Rev and Mrs Philip Y Pondlton fell twenty foot down tho side of a bluff near Indian creek Ho sustained a frnc turo of tho base ot his skull a rup ture of both ear drums and numerous bruises and scratches He was taken to St Lukes hospital where his con dition la considered serious ;