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; T O F I NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLII FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED IV1RB SERVICE MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 1936 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 132 4 Years of ColdAhead? So Says Long Range Forecaster About U. S. Weather. By CHARLES P. STEWART .. A S H I N G T O N , (CPA)--Prof. H. H. Clayton, who forecasts f o u r more years of severe winters, on an average, and an average of chilly summers, too, is an interesting meteorologist. Since Herbert Janvrin Browne's recent death, Professor Clayton is the only long- distance weather prophet left--the only one, at least, o f considerable scientific standing. The government weather bureau, indeed, refuses to admit the possibility of accurate predictions so far ahead as the professor makes them, but it recognizes him as a genuine savant, which is more than ever it would do for Browne. Janvrin Browne, to be sure, never professed to be anything except a self-taught scientist. Originally he was a Washington newspaperman, who finally set up in business as a purveyor of commercial information for large concerns. Some of his clients called for weather advices several years in advance. Browne could not obtain such information from the weather bureau; therefore he undertook torfurnish his own. Orthodox .meteorologists always insisted that his forecasts were mere guesses, but his customers believed in them, and proved it by paying for them handsomely. Clayton's Background. Bureau officials do not concede that Professor Clayton can make dependable four or five year forecasts, either, but they cannot dispute his attainments as a genuine man of bureau,-Unengaged is its head George Wiggin, a North American; .and Wiggin -employed, as chief forecaster, Professor Clayton, a countryman, now a resident of Canton, Mass. It was a small bureau, economically run, but, under Wiggin and Clayton, it became a model of its kind for the world. The professor, whom I knew in his Argentine days, had dreams, never realized, of an international, worldwide hook-up of weather stations, which he said would make long-distance forecasting, almost an exact science everywhere. Argentina, however, had not the money to finance so ambitious a plan. Never Tried Out. Apparently no country, or group of nations, has had the funds, or the inclination to spend them, in such an experiment. Accordingly the Clayton theory never had had even a try-out. Only a few days ago I had occasion to query the weather bureau in Washington concerning current meteorological conditions in Europe, and the bureau did not know what ttey were like; had not heard. Naturally, a would-be long-distance. forecaster (or any kind of a forecaster) is handicapped, by the comparatively local character of what he knows. Sun Spot Theory.. I have not seen Professor Clayton since his return from Argentina but I knew Janvrin Browne well. They reasoned on much the same lines: Sunspots are at a maximum at 11-year intervals. They work up to that maximum and then fade away from it. When spottiness is at its maximum, it is cool on earth; at its minimum, it is warm. Why? Well, the sun is a gaseous body, but, in its interior, the gas is compacted, Lmder the tremendous pressure of its own gravity, to about the consistency of hot asphalt tar. Incandescent at its surface, it is hot. But. at intervals, .the non-incandescent stuff boils up from inside. It is similar to a shovelful of coal in a furnace. It presently will make things hotter, but temporarily it smothers the fire. These boilings up are the sptos. Cold Period Ahead. Janvrin Browne calculated 11 year intervals between maximum spottinesses. Professor Clayton agrees as to that. But the professor calculates a super-maximum spottiness once every third time--once in every 33 years. This super-maximum is what we are supposed to be entering upon now. If you believe in Professor Clayton-- Invest in furs. Recommends Postmaster. WASHINGTON, (/B--Representative Jacobsen, (D.-Ia.) announced he has recommended appointment of Mrs. Byrd Clark as Mt. Vernon, Iowa, postmaster. BRITISH URGE DEAL WITH HITLER Webster and Breese Elected to School Board TAXTO REMODEL BUILDING PUSSES BY 1,127 TO 511 Beck Named Treasurer; Voting Is Preceded by Spirited Campaign. (TABLE ON PAGE 2) B. A. Webster and Garfield Breese were elected directors and Allan F. Beck, treasurer of the Mason City school district at the annual school election Monday. The two directors were elected out of a field of six candidates with Dr. Raymond F. Kunz and R. W. Fischbeck, whose candidacies were sponsored by the Mason City School Betterment association, making a substantial showing. E. S. Gage, the Betterment association candidate for treasurer, trailed his ticket under the handicap of not having his name on the ballot. The unofficial returns on the vote for directors were as follows: B. A. Webster 803 Garfield Breese 767 Dr. K. F. Kunz 635 R. W. Fischbeck 613 Guy C. Blackraore 320 Max Boyd 162 The vote on school treasurer was: Allan F. Beck 963 E. S. Gage 380 The proposition of levying a sufficient -tax;; in -the schoolhouse to jraise $27,500 to be-.used, with .a federal grant:for toe remodeling: of the'Garfield school Carried by a Vote of 1,127 to 511. The vote in the election was among the largest in a decade in school elections, a total vote of 1,760 being cast. Mr. Webster, who was high candidate in three of the four wards of the city, was running for reflection. Mr. Breese, who topped the ballot in the director division in his own third ward, succeeds John 'C. Shipley, who was not a candidate for re-election. Begin March 16. The newly elected officers begin their new term Monday, March 16, when the organization meeting of the board will be held. The election brought to a close a spirited campaign which gained momentum with the organization of the Mason City School Betterment association last week. Judges and clerks of the election encountered some difficulty with spoiled ballots resulting when voters wrote in the name of E. S, Gage. A number of ballots in all four wards had Mr, Gage's name written in the director's section while having crosses opposite two of the director candidates. 1924 Vote Heaviest. A review of the elections since 1920 shows that the vote cast in Monday's election wag not as large, comparatively, as many believed. The heaviest vote cast in any school election of this period was in 1924, when 3,837 persons voted, according to records in the office of R. L. James, secretary of the school board. On that occasion A. E. McAuley and M. S. Steece were candidates against Fred Duffield and D. W. Grippen, with the latter being elected. Votes larger than Monday's election also were cast in 1923,1925 and in 1934. Most of the school elections of the past decades, however, have been characterized by a small vote. Following are the total vote figures for each year beginning with 1920: 1920 1,720 1921 1,430 · 1922 1,534 1923 3,813 1924 3,837 1925 1,860 1926 776 1927 1,079 1928 274 1929 123 1930 135 1931 132 1932 385 1933 341 1934 1,809 1935 341 1936 1,760 Manchoukuan Troops Push Nearer Russia SHANGHAI, (JF -- Motorized Manchoukuan troops pushed Japan's wedge of influence 200 miles closer to Russia Tuesday, said Chinese newspaper dispatches, seizing the ancient city of Pailingmiao, the capital of Chinese inner Mongolia. Win in Election B. A. WEBSTER GARFJDELD BKEESE ALLAN F. BECK MERCURY DROP SEEN FOR IOWA Freezing Temperatures and Cloudiness Predicted by Weatherman. DES MOINES, tffl--The weatherman forecast freezing weather for North Iowa Tuesday night along with clouds for all the state. Temperatures were to sink to 25 above in the north .section, he said, to 30 above in the southwest and to 35 in the southeast. Wednesday, he added, skies will clear though temperatures won't get up into the sixties like they did Monday. The clouds were gathering- Tuesday at most weather bureau points after a night which saw temperatures hold well above freezing, Charles City reporting the low of 38 above. The high Monday was 70 above at Council Bluffs. No rain was reported during the last 24 hours at weather bureau stations and though cloudy weather was in store, the weatherman said he didn't see much chance of rain. Killed by Razor of Unknown Assailant WASHINGTON. Pa.. (JPt--Grace Ellen Gillespie, 19, died of razor wounds inflicted by an unknown assailant when she went to the basement of her home to get a screwdriver to open a bucket of salted fish. Police were searching Tuesday for James McGinnis, 47, miner, to question him about the slaying. The icirl's mother said McGinnis accompanied her daughter on the errand. Floyd River Rises Slowly at Sioux City SIOUX CITY, (/Pi--The Floyd river slowly engulfed more of Sioux City's eastside residential and industrial area Tuesday as upstream rises in the river began to be reflected here. The flood water which has harassed the state this spring took a ihird life late Monday when Francis Gaul, 14, drowned in Six Mile creek near Hawarden north of Sioux City. The boy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gaul of Chatsnvortli, toppled into the flooded creek while playing along its course. The government weather bureau here said Wren, upstream on the Floyd, measured a rise of ll',» inches during the last 24 hours. At James a three inch rise was noted during the night, but the water started falling Tuesday morning. At Le Mars the river had risen an inch during the night. Ready to Evacuate. Police prepared to evacuate more persons living along the stream if the rise does not halt soon. Industrial plants and business houses lying in the flood zone also were moving basement stocks to upper floors. The Floyd already has made refugees of more than 500 persons here. Higher water also was expected on the Big Sioux river, along the western edge of Sioux City. The Missouri river was dropping Tuesday morning, however. Elsewhere throughout the state the danger of serious inundations seemed lessening. Charles D. Reed, government meteorologist at Des Moraes, reported the r -,flOQd-..danser,_alon^.-';'th;e '.Des Moines river · at an end;- since the river is almost cleared of ice. River Settles Back. At Council Bluffs, the Missouri river settled back after flooding several hundred acres of land south of there. Dynamite blasts cleared an ice jam that threatened the South Omaha bridge for a time. The Iowa river flooded some lowlands north of Marshalltown when ice jams formed in its channel. The Cedar river also was rising at Waterloo. Sioux Citv relief authorities vaccinated 100 refugees against smallpox yesterday and gave 50 diphtheria inoculations. State Reports Death of 38 in January in Iowa Auto Accidents DES MOINES, H 1 )--Thirty-eight persons died in Iowa auto accidents during January, two more than in the same month o£ 1935, the state motor vehicle department reported Tuesday. Injured numbered 489 as compared with 659. Eight hundred and twenty-four accidents were reported in the first month of 1936 and Sll in January, 1935. Included in the month's toll were 1? pedestrians killed and 114 pedestrians injured. In January, 1935, pedestrians killed numbered 11 and those injured 125. Five of the 38 killed during January met death on railroad crossings. Of the January accidents 370 or 44.9 per cent occurred on icy or snowy roads. The department's bulletin also showed that 24.2 per cent of the accidents were caused by skidding or by drivers' losing control of their cars. 150 crashes being attributed to skidding and 50 to losing control. TA^Weather FORECAST IOWA: Mostly cloudy am] colder Tuesday night; Wednesday fair and colder in extreme east portion. MINNESOTA: Cloudy, snow flurries in extreme cast, colder Tuesday night; Wednesday fair, colder in extreme east. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24-hour period ending at o'clock Tuesday morning: Maximum Monday 47 Above Minimum in Night SO Above At 8 a. m. Tuesday 40 Above Monday's maximum was the highest temperature recorded since Nov. 25, 1935. In the open country landscape more black than white is now visible, and in a day or two the snow will be pretty much confined to drifted areas if the present rate of thawing continues. The temperature Tuesday, however, set a new high mark by mov-. ing up to a maximum of 49 degrees above. RAP AT CRITICS OF RELIEF WORK Says Liberty League and G.O.P. Suppress and Distort Facts. WASHINGTON, (.T) -- Declaring the republican high command and the American Liberty league are attempting to "make a political football out of the u n fortunate unemployed," Senator Robinson (D.- Ark.) T u e s d a y launched a new deal o f t e n sive against critics of its relief program. Robinson, in a speech from the senate floor, entered the relief controversy at a time when repub- JosephERobinson lican ?. were * e ' · mandmg a nationwide investigation of the WPA. The democratic leader asserted the republican national committee and "its corporate affiliate, the du Pont Liberty league" were engaged in a "desperate effort to throw mud on the relief program by holding tip certain projects to ridicule." He Defends Projects. ...Defending white collar projects, ·Robinson said .vtbe league and the GlO.P." leadership "were "suppressing, distorting and misrepresenting the facts." "They aim at President Roosevelt," he declared in a 7,000 word address, "but in reality they hope to ridicule and drive back into the soup lines the great number of unemployed men and women who are simply asking an opportunity to earn a living for themselves and their families in the old fashioned and respecta.ble American way." He cited criticisms that local responsibility was breaking down and said that "in virtually every case" local officials themselves sponsored the projects on the ground that they would be "of lasting benefit to their communities." Politics and Relief. Robinson asserted the administration had "consistently and persistently tried to keep politics out of relief" and that no matter what charges were hurled at Harry L. Hopkins, the administrator, the "record speaks for itself." "Undoubtedly in some jurisdictions," he added, "blunders are being made, and it is the privilege and duty of right-minded individuals to expose and correct malad- ministration wherever and whenever it is exposed or can be brought to light. The point is that sound corrections can only be based on facts. They cannot be made if the facts are perverted or misrepresented." Robinson said the Liberty league and republican national committee had singled out 100 or 170,000 projects and described each in the "worst light possible." Discusses Some Projects. Discussing some of the projects criticized, Robinson said the 51,349 allocated to paint fire hydrants in Wilmington. Dela., was requested by Mayor Walter W. Bacam, a republican, who was quoted as saying city funds were too low to permit the expenditure for this "necessary project." "Just think of that!" Robinson commented. "After 12 years of republican prosperity Wilmington was in such financial straits that it was too poor to buy some Du Pont paint for its fire hydrants." "Indeed." he said, "it is high time to get the facts concerning these so-called 'white collar" workers. Are they entitled to work relief like other classes of citizens? Republicans Incensed. "Now our republican friends and the Liberty league are highly incensed because the Roosevelt administration decided that musicians, writers and artists out of employment should be accorded relief the same as any other group. "So the Liberty league argument boils down to this--in case of war the artists, musicians and writers may have the privilege of being destroyed by Du Pont gun prfwder, but in time of peace they must not be given aid through federal funds." Not Hilling Anything. He contended there was no disposition to "hide, anything" about relief expenditures, and in discussing a recent republican national committee statement charging the 7 to 20 Killed in Spanish Disorders GRANADA. Spain. (.T) --From seven to 20 persons were killed Tuesday in a series of clashes between extremists and police. Extremists called a general strike, paralyzing the industry of the city. COL. FRANK KNOX Knox and Roosevelt Win New Hampshire ON PAGE 2 Meservey Votes Bonds for School Auditorium Will Accept "Reasonable" Agreement to End Strike Owners in Statement as Unions Extend ON THE I N S I D E Walkout. NEW YORK. (.W--Under the opening salvo of the building workers' "Big Push" William D. Rawlings, executive secretary of the realty advisory board on labor relations, said Tuesday his group "is ready to accept any reasonable agreement which will work to eliminate abuses and sub-standard conditions in the industry." Rawlings declared that "the union is no longer fighting for the men but for power to crush the city." Two hours after the lid was declared off, following 10 days of fruitless arbitration, the union announced that its strike had affected about 900 additional buildings in the Htal Grand Central area of the city. Seven thousand ~c7i, Union Leader James J. Bambrick estimated, walked out during the two hours. 5,200 Buildings Affected. Bambrick set the figure of total buildings affected at 5,200, which was far in excess of police estimates. He estimated that 2,200 buildings had settled with the union, about half conceding the closed shop clause of the agreement and the rest granting a "preferential shop," the re-hiring eventually of only union men. At the same time Bambrick issued an ultimatum announcing that the old demands of a closed shop, $2 a week raise, and 48 hour week would become effective again. ATLANTA--Four persons were under arrest as a result of a clash between workers and pickets at the American Hat Manufacturing company. Acceed to Demands. PROVIDENCE. R. I.--Merchandise tied up by the one day strike of truck drivers moved again after the dispute ended with employers acceding to the union's wage and hour demands. BOSTON--Edward F. McGrady, assistant secretary of labor, was expected to seek a settlement of the strike of 4,000 ladies garment workers. One manufacturer came to terms with the union and 200 returned to work. AKRON, Ohio--President P. W. Litchfield of the Goodyear Tire Rubber company, urged strikers to return to their posts and settle differences later. More than 14,000 em- ployes have been idle more than three weeks. Disorders Attend Strike. NEWARK, N. J.--Several disorders attended the strike of service employes in downtown office buildings. Union spokesmen claimed 11 buildings were affected and more than 200 workers had walked out but managements disputed the figures. Strikers demanded higher pay and .shorter hours. PHILADELPHIA--State Senator Max Aron, counsel for six packers whose truckers are on strike, predicted a serious meat shortage if the stalemate continued. It was estimated that half the city's 500 window cleaners also were striking. They asked $25 pay for a 40 hour week. A strike of minrs at Charleroi, Pa., was terminated. ON PAGE 7 2 Marble Rock Houses . Destroyed by Flames ON PAGE 7 Two More Decisions on New Deal Ahead ON PAGE 2 Depositions Taken in McNider Estate Claim ON PAGE 12 FRANCE OFFERED GUARANTEES OF AID FOMENT Eden Rejects Proposal to Adopt Strong Course of Action. SITUATION AT A GLANCE By the Associated Press. P A R I S -- Representatives of Prance, Great Britain, Belgium and Italy--signatories to the violated Locarno pact--met to discuss Germany's occupation of the Rhineland. France urging punishment of the reich, Britain seek,- ing a new security system. LONDON--King Edward Vin conferred with Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and War Secretary Alfred Duff Cooper as Britain assumed the role of conciliator in the crisis. BERLIN -- Semi-official nazi utterances indicated increasing interest in a return of Germany to the league of nations; a foreign office spokesman expressed satisfaction that Britain was willing to consider Germany's proposals for new pacts. GENEVA--The league of nations, having invited Germany to Friday's council session on French and Belgium protests against the reich's treaty violations, interpreted Britain's conciliatory stand as making sanctions against Germany unlikely. C O L O G N E -- Evidences appeared of heavy artillery and other equipment, making Germany's army on the Rhine more than the "symbolic" force originally indicated, as corps commanders began their first inspections. STRASBOURG -- Border residents, . crowding parish churches, heard rumors that old imperial regiments were revived in the reich's Rhineland army. ITALY RESUMES ETHIOPIAN DRIVE Day's Suspension Followed by New Cleanup Action in Tembien Area. ASMARA, Eritrea, 13?)--Fascist troops carried on Tuesday with humdrum maneuvers after a day of peace and celebration which the high command insisted was not an armistice. The one day suspension of offensive movements, ordered ostensibly to await developments on the newest league of nations' peace move, ecded Monday and was followed by new cleanup action in the Tembien mountain region and penetrations beyond Amba Alaji, last important seizure by the northern Italian armies. (Italy has accepted the league pact talk recommendation "in principle;" Ethiopia, unreservedly.) 20 WOMEN REPORTED KILLED IN BOMBING LONDON, (.T)--The Addis Ababa correspondent of Reuters News Agency reported Tuesday that 20 women had been killed in an Italian air bombing of Erga Alem, Sidamo province. House Group Backs Plane Building Act WASHINGTON, (.T--The house military affairs committee meeting in executive session Tuesday unanimously approved the McSwain bill authorizing construction of 4,000 j new airplanes within the next five ' years. administration with suppressing a report on relief activities, he said: "Well, of course, that was nonsense and most of the newspapers wouldn't even bother to print it ... when 'news correspondents asked the ad writers of the national committee about these misslatemcnts they confessed themselves in error. "But I have seen no statement as yet in which the committee has been f a i r enough to retract this effort to falsify the record against j the president" i Couldn't Understand Why Wife Complained of Missing Alimony BUFFALO, N. Y., (.B--Anthony Folgert told the judge he was amazed that his divorced wife, Anna, hadn't received her alimony. Regularly every month, he said, he had purchased money orders and put tie "receipts" away in a cigar box. The box was produced. The "receipts" were the complete money orders. Anna's complaint was withdrawn. Slight Improvement in Beatty Condition LONDON, (.T)--Tuesday's medical bulletin on tbe condition of Karl Beatty, former admiral of the fleet, ill for several wcoks, said that a slight improvement -,vas being maintained By JOHN EVANS (CtipyrlBlit, 11)36, by The Associated Frcss) PARIS, (.n--A reliable source reported Tuesday night that Anthony Eden, British foreign secretary, had offered France "strong military guarantees" if she will negotiate with Germany. The exact nature of the proposal was not defined. It was stated that, for the present, it is merely an idea of which, the details must be worked out. It was stated that Eden had proposed a compromise following a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Baldwin at 6:30 p. rn. Eden, it was said, told Pierre- Etienne Flandin, the French foreign minister, that the British were resolved that Germany must be brought back into the league of nations "at any cost." Split Over Method. The intimation that such an offer had been made followed a split between France and Great Britain on the method of dealing with the international emergency which has arisen through Germany's sending troops into the Rhineland. the British refusing to follow the strong course of action proposed by the French. Great Britain suggested negotiations with Reichsfuehrer Hitler on bis proposals for new peace treaties. France declared against negotiations so long as the troops remained at their new outposts along the French frontier. Side With France. Great Britain refused to entertain the idea that troops must be removed before friendly discussions would be undertaken. Belgium and Italy aided with. France. These developments took place rapidly in a day packed full of diplomatic and political action. Flandin first broached the subject of combined action, within the league of nations, to force German troops away from the border, at a conference of representatives of Great Britain, Belgium, and Italy. He declared that France would negotiate only if the troops were evacuated. He suggested that if Germany refuse, that the four nations concerned join in asking the league council to act. Eden Rejects Plan. Eden turned his back on this suggestion. After three hours of this conference, Flandin wont before the senate to assert the French position. At | th same time, Premier Albert Sarraut went to the chambers of deputies to make a public appeal to the members of the league to "fight for peace." He proclaimed his government's i determination to get a clear and i precise decision on "the agonizing

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