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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 24, 1940, Mason City, Iowa ur LON e R HIST MEM A D r of I 0 A i NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME u o i v e s HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVI SOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PHESS FOU LEASED FIVE CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 24 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 171 205 Negroes Trapped in Dance Hall Die in Natchez Fire NATCHEZ Miss Two hun dred and twelve Negroes burned to death here late Tuesday night when they were trapped in a one exit dance hall by fire which one witness attributed to a carelessly lighted cigaret The flames roaring throucii dry Spanish moss decorations turned the corrugated iron building into an inferno of death or injury for nearly all of ap proximately 304 merrymakers in the Rhythm club popular Negro night spot Elnest Wright an elevator op erator advanced the cigaret theory He told police Wednesday that he saw two girls come out of the womens room and heard one of them say Now you did it You set the place on lire I didnt see anything lor minute Wright continued Then I saw a sheet of flame In a mo ment the whole place was on fire Coroner R E Smith said the death toll reached 212 after several of the victims died in hospitals More than two score others were eeeiving treatment for burns There were no rear or side doors n the dance hall and windows lad been boarded up to keep out gate crashers w The coroner said bodies were ipiled up like cordwood From my examination it ap peared that most of Hie people died of suffocation he said A majority of the victims were about 15 or 1G years old There were about as many men as women victims The bodies were piled up in funeral parlors and no identifica tions have been made yet The undertakers told me they would embalm the bodies and then line them up and let relatives file by to identify kinsmen Smith declared that 10 of the 12 members of ihe Walter Barnes orchestra of Chicago which played Tuesday night perished V H Jeffries a photographer who reached the scene a short time after the disaster said the walls and tin roof of the building remained in place but that the in side was gutted Great quantities of dry moss had been hung on the walls for decoration he said This caught fire in some way and the intense heat and fumes probably suffo cated lie victims Men and women were sprawled grotesquely about on the floor like dead chickens their clothing burned away and flesh seared The fire started near the entrance and it seemed that the crowd fled to the rear where they could not escape Most of the dead were found piled up near the orchestra stand away from the one exit At least a score or more per sons were burned or injured in the stampede for the door after the fire started Ail the citys doctors hurried to the scene and they were assisted by firemen and others in aiding the strick en The coroner also managing edi tor the Natchez Democrat said the janitor of the newspaper at tending the dance was standing near the rear and escaped but did not know what started the blaze He quoted the Negro as saying AH I thought about was getting away from there The place was known as the Rhythm night club It is located only a few blocks from the Natchez commercial area Volunteers worked for hours removing the bodies Some were still being taken out early Wed nesday Hysterical relatives ham pered tlte work and had to be re strained by police Julius Hawkins Negro employe of the Natchez Democrat who was at the dance said I was standing near the door and the fire spread over every thing he said I turned and made a run for it and got out with only a scratched arm Inside everyone was trying to get out and crushed each oth er as the fire was burninjt them All were crying and yelling and after awhile I could smell the burning meat Deputy Sheriff William I He bert said after the blaze died down lie got other Negroes to help him remove the dead but soon dis covered they were rifling the pockets oC the corpses He said he caught one sneak thief leaving with a cornel The deputy said Bandleader Walter Barnes was among the dead and that only two members of his 12piece orchestra escaped The building is entirely sheathed with corrugated iron the deputy said and this formed an oven in which the dancers were baked The only exit was an ordinarysized door at the front The windows had been boarded up to keep out gatecrashers Few among Natchez Negro families were unaffected Tins city has a population of about 1BOOO of which approximately 60 per cent is Negro BRITISH BOMB 5 GERMAN BASES Sweden Believed Threatened as Icebreakers Embark US qp ST FXit XFXR1BAULT PROVIDENCE TALIULAH Great Fire Disasters Are Listed By UNITED PRESS Great fire disasters in the past 60 yearsinclude theater Vienna de stroyed 830 dead House hotel Mil waukee 70 dead Comiquc Paris 200 dead fire Exeter Eng 200 dead St Johns N F 600 dead fy bazar Paris 150 GUFFEYS LEAD IS WIDENED IN PRIMARY VOTE Roosevelt Is Given Heavy Test Support From Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA Joseph F Guftey downtheline supporter of the new deal held a steadily widening lead Wednes day for democratic nomination for U S senator in Pennsylvanias primary which gave President Roosevelt a heavy test vote The presidents name was placed on a presidential preference bal lot by the democratic state com mittee which indorsed him for i thirdterm Guffey who had said his de feat would be interpreted as repudiation of President Roose velt and the new deal never lost his early lead over his chief rival Walter A Jones Pitts burgh oil man was sup ported by Democratic State Chairman David L Lawrence and other leaders Returns from 6315 of the 8105 districts in Pennsylvania gave Jones for democratic senator 254 191 McNair 45568 Guffey 323 18B Returns from 6005 of the dis tricts gave Ladner for republican senator 166110 CooUc 556692 Dcrcnzo 35959 The count from 4262 dis tricts gave the president 371 517 highest received by candidate in top con tests on the democratic ballot Although Mr Roosevelts was the only name listed there were scattered writein for Vice President John N Garner sevenfor James A Farley and four for Secretary of State Cor dell Hull Thomas A Dewey of New York swung far ahead in writein votes on the republican presidential preference ballot No names were riled but in blank spaces pro vided returns from 1800 dis tricts gave Dewey 7320 Pennsylvanias Governor Ar thur H James 1306 Senator Rob Governor Stacks Petitions A Wilson stacked more than2000 nomination petitions signed bv over 50MU persons on his desk pre paratory to filing them with Secretary of State Earl G Miller Wed nesday morning April 24 was the deadline date for filing such papers Iowa Daily Press photo Sharp Battles Are Indicated for Iowa Primary Campaigns Candidates Hurry to File Before Deadline Party Harmony Absent dead 1902 Church Birmingham Ala 115 dead theater Chicago 602 dead Collimvood Ohio 176 dead waist factory New York 148 dead Camdbn S Car 76 dead Hobart Okla 35 dead penitentiary Colum bus Ohio 322 dead The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair east increasing cloudiness west not so cool cen tral and west Wednesday nijht Thursday mostly cloudy show ers west and northcentral por tions wanner east and south MINNESOTA Fair cast in creasing cloudiness west slight ly warmer Wednesday night ex cept along Lake Superior Thursday considerable cloudi ness showerswest warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Tuesday si Minimum Tuesday night 27 At 8 a m Wednesday YEAR AGO Maximum Hi Minimum 53 ert A Taft 226 Senator Arthur 11 Vandenburg 142 and Frank Gannett 7 Mr Roosevelt got 341 of tha republican writein votes in the 1800 districts Although the GuffeyJoncs democratic scrap was the only lively issue of lie campaign re publicans with a registration of 2572100 to the democrat 2 046129 fa Is were polling heavier to TOSEPH F GUFFEY in Primary DBS MOINES lines for the sharpest Iowa state pri mary campaign in years were drawn Wednesday as candidates hurried to file nomination papeis before the midnight deadline Heading the procession of aspirants filing papers were Gov George A Wilson republi can incumbent seeking reelec tion and John K Valentine of Centerville democratic guber natorial candidate Wilson filed papers containing 13000 names with the secretary of slates office and estimated he had an additional 47000 names on additional papers Valentine a comparative new comer to this years political ware filed papers listing about 10000 names At the June 3 primaries each party will select nominees for the following state posts Governor lieutenant governor secretary of state state treasurer state auditor attorney general secretary of agriculture and com merce commissioner Also to be named will be con gressional nominees legislative aspirants and county office hope fuls Harmony that which Iowa politicans often strive for bul never attain isnt even discussed in cither party this lime Wil sons candidacy is being vigor ously opposed by H K Gross and was thrown into a three way race Wednesday by the fil ing of nomination papers by Irving H Knudson Jewell re publican and former chairman of the Iowa highway commis sion Similarly the democratic gub ernatorial primary promises to contain plenty of fireworks with Stale Senator Ed Brcen of Fort Dodge and probably former Gov Nelson G Kraschel disputing Val entine for the nomination Surprise last minute entry was that of Joseph E Mullin of DCS Moincs in the democratic race for secretary of state Mullin a former Iowa State college extension em ploye has been working in demo cratic state headquarters here for several years Two candidalcs for governor II R Gross ot DCS Moincs a re publican and State Senator Ed ward Brecn of Fort Dodge a dam ocrat were among those fjlin Tuesday Gross former radio WHO s commentator filed 1000 names from 1G counties He sai IE had an additional 40000 signa tures A new candidate for attorney eneral entered the field Tuesday He is G Scott Davies DCS Moincs republican Other state candidates who filed were For congress Herbert J Thomp son Muscatine democrat first district John Ford Carlisle re publican sixth district Lloyd Wadell Des Moines republican sixth district For lieutenant governor James L Harris DeWitt republican For state treasurer W G C Baglcy republican Masnn City Leonard Simmer DCS Moines re publican For secretary ot state Katie Miller democrat Indianola For secretary of agriculture Frank M Murray Buffalo Cen ter democrat For commerce commission M P Conway Atlantic democrat Carl W Reed Crcsco republican John H Cruickshank Sioux City republican fohnson of Janawha in Senate Race Oscar Johnson Kanawha who erved six years in the lower louse of the state legislature Vednosday announced his candi acy for the democratic nomina ion for state senator from the 43rd senatorial district comprised if Cerro Gordo Hancock and counties Mr Johnsons announcement on the final date of tiling for state offices sets the state for the coming political struggle for the state scnatorship Cerro Gordo county which has been the residence oC the 43rd district senators for the past 12 years does not have a candidate in the field Franklin county has two candidates for the republican nomination Attorney R R Stu art of Hamptonand G EVan Wert Ingham township farmer and former member ofthe lower house in the legislature Mr Johnson is the only candi date from Hancock county and appeared Wednesday to be the only one in the race for Ihe demo cratic nomination for state sena tor Johnson supporters are basing their campaign not only on his six years oE experience in the state legislature but also on the fact that it is almost 20 years since Hancock county had a sena tor from this district John Wichman of Garner was the last senator to serve this district from Haneock county Succeeding him C F Johnston of Franklin county held the office followed by E W Clark William McArthur and Earl Dean all of Cerro Gordo county Consequently if there is to be ny recognition of the old rota on system which for years gov rned the selection of state scna or from this district it is now Hancock countys turn Johnson upporters point out Mr Johnson it will be recalled vas an Iowa delegate to the tercentenary celebration t Wilmington Del in 1938 ARRIVING IN MINNEAPOLIS MINNEAPOLIS UR Mrs Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms in charge of Thomas E Dcwcyb presidential campaign in western United States will arrive Wednes day night on a Minnesota speaking tour NATIONAL WANT AD WEEK APRIL 2227 CAN YOU WRITE Of course you can Mail your letter telling of Want Ad Re get il in the Globe Gazette or have it postmarked not later than 6 p m The writers of the two most interesting letters each day will receive a SI PRIZE Write your experience right now you may be n winner REMEMBER GlobeGazette Want Ads Bring Results OSCAR JOHNSON THREE FRONTS FIND FORCES IN DEATH BATTLES Norwegians Handicap Invaders by Attacks From Behind Lines j STOCKHOLM of guerrilla fighting around Oslo were reported Wednesday to be handicapping the German invad ers of Norway behind Ihe lines while nazi shock troops were locked in a death struggle with British French and Norwegian regulars on three major fronts Swedish newspaper corres pondents said the rattle of ma chinegun firehadbeenheard frequently in Oslo suburbs in the last few days as Norwegian irregulars defying an edict pro viding the death penalty for pos session of weapons harassed the Germans with hitandrun tac tics The principal topic of conver sation in Sweden meanwhile was furnished by mounting evidence that a naval engagement has been fought Tuesday in the Skagerrak The outcome of the action was clouded by conflicting reports but Swedish circles speculated that the British fleet had made a determined effort to close the sea route by which Germany has been pouring reinforcements into Norway Determined to avoid involve ment in the war raging at her very doorstep Sweden continued to take active steps to prevent infringement on her neutral status Five German mine sweepers reported active in Swedish waters in the Skager rak were summarily asked to complied immedi ately While allied forces attempted t Jindi off the Germanoccupici lorts of Trondheim and Narvik Norways west coast the bit ercst fighting appeared to b in the vicinity of Lilleham metand Rena 80 miles north o Oslo The two towns are strategical mporfant because they are gate ways for attack on Oslo from Ih north Lillchammcr also is importHn Because it is on the railway run ning northwest to the British do Jarkation port of Andalsncs whil Renn 30 miles cist is on the lin connecting with Trondheim The Norwegians reinforced b British troops were reported to b putting up stiff resistance at hot points Both the Norwegians and the Germans were reported to be making extensive use of ski troops in the fighting around Rena The Stockholm news paper Tidningen said that one such German detachment of 400 men executing a swift flank ing movement had attacked the Norwegians from the rear only to be virtually annihilated by machinegun fire British forces previously re ported closing in from the north and south on the Germanheld port of Trondheim key to central Norway apparently were stalled for the time being at least after a scries of advance guard skirmish es British forces were reported still holding positions at Storen 25 miles below Trondheim Official British sources said Tuesday night that a sharp cn rounler had been fought north of Trondheim and that operations arc proceeding in cooperation nvjtli Norwegian French Cite Concentration of Troops PARIS spokesman for the French war ministry said Wednesday German troops and arms were being embarked aboard transport ships accom panied by icebreakers at German ports on the Baltic sea across from weden The embarkations were inter preted by the spokesman as an evident menace to Sweden following the German invasions of Norway and Denmark The possibility that the Gsr nan force was intended simply to einforce the nazi expeditionary orps in the Oslo sector of south ni Norway was not excluded by he spokesman but he pointed out hat the scene of action made this The Germans were saiHtobe massing at ports directly opposite southern Sweden and well to the east of the Danish straits through vhich transports for Norway vould pass The presence of icebreakers ilso was taken to indicate the leet was destined to operate arther north in the Bailie where he waters still are cluttered wilh ce floes left later than usual by he fiard winter French military suurces have expressed belief that the Ger mans may go into Sweden to bolster their Norwegian cam paign The allied supreme war council Tuesday drafted plans to coun teract any such action Premier Reynatid summoned liis cabinet Wednesday to put into effect new plans agreed upon by the allied supreme war council to coordinate French British Polish and Norwegian action against any new German assault Little activity was noted on the western front except for the usual patrol skirmishes and artillery exchanges ENGLISH BUILD FORCES LARGER TO PRESS WAR Predict Many Neutrals Will Join Allies in Conflict With Nazis LONDON warplane raids on five German air bases in Germany and Scandinavia Wed nesday featured an intensification of the British war effort against Germany on many fronts The day brought these de velopments 1 The air ministry announced apparently highly successful raids on German bases at the island of Sylt Germany Aal bonr Denmarkand Kristian sand Oslo and Slavanger Nor way 2 Prime Minister Chamberlain told the house of commons that the ministry of information would re sume control of censorship How ever he failed to make an ex pected statement on the war 3 The government announced that 2000000 men exclusive of the royal navy and marines mer cantile marine and the Royal Air j Force were under arms and that the British armies in France and in the middle east are being aug mented LOOK INSIDE FOR Concludes Two Day Conference With F R PAGE 2 I 0 0 F Will Meet at Kanawha PACK 4 Joe Louis Boss Is Named in City Probe PAGE 13 1 Arthur Greenwood deputy leader of Hie labor opposition predicted that before the Euro pean war is over many neu trals will be with us in the fight 5 R A Butler undersecretary for foreign affairs told the house that Britain has invited Russia to put forward concrete proposals for a trade agreement 6 The war office reported Brit ish troops had beaten off a strong German counterattack in the Trondheim area and had reestab lished their lines in that sector on the western Norwegian coast There was nothing to report else where in Norway the war otfice added The aerial thrust against the Wcsterland airdrome on the Ger man island of Sylt lasted an hour and 40 minutes during which the German seaplane base was bombed almost continuously an authorita tive British source said About 20 enemy aircraft were heavily bomber at Slav anger and a number were be lieved destroyed or badly dam aged while the raiders concen tratcd on airdromes and run ways at Krisliansand where one Salvo was said to have hurst within 50 yards of the main Miangars The prime minister in his brief speech to the house announced that Sir Walter Monckton former director the press censorship bureau would assume immediate direction of propaganda in neu tral and enemy countries Earlier Greenwood in art ad dress to the national defense pub lic interest committee declared that even the United Slates is now piling up expenditure on armaments not because she is di rectly threatened but because no body knows how far the war will extend Butler told commons that any trade negotiations with Russia would take care of Britains para mount object of preventing war supplies from reaching Germany BritishRussian trade negotia tions were suspended when Russia invaded Finland Before he outbreak of the Kuropcan war Britain France tried for months io line up the soviet union with Ihcij ;