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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 FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 1939 i j'l II Revamped Revamp Is Rushed Ahead of F. R. WASHINGTON--The softened government reorganization bill was hustled out of the house committee and on to the floor before Mr. Roosevelt could get back from his naval vacation. Legisl a t o r s skidded through the corridors in their haste. The bill was in committee o n l y three days. It was considered at only one ses- THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 128 4 CHILDREN DIE IN IOWA BLAZE Miaja Uses Planes to Quell Loyalist Revolt · · .__.i.^ i t a t A e v * i j * 4 j . . TM^ SAYS UPRISING Paul Jlallon ion, l a s t i n g about three hours. An immediate rule for its immediate consideration was then requested of the rules' committee. Obviously the boys were not taking any chances on having Mr. Roosevelt say this was not enough reorganization for him. They pruned out his attempt to get control of the civil service and the general accounting office; they lopped off his suggested new departments of public welfare and public works; they retained for themselves the right to disapprove and to stop his moves; they gave him a hard yardstick of economy (instead of efficiency) to work with. It is not much more reorganizing power than they once gave Hoover. They knew he would not like it--but now it is out on the open floor and any changes will have to be made openly. NOTE--Of course the legislators trimmed the bill to what they thought could get through congress, and apparently they are not fooling the president in telling him this is the utmost he can expect. Hughes' Talk Immortal . Many a statesmen is telling the cloakrooms the Charles Evan's Hughes address will be granted by : -., time:a; plaice, iamoog;Jh.e.ammdrtal speeches: of the'cb^rifryr 'Withrpfo= ; found simplicity; it -fathomed the deepest inspirations of democracy. : Some of his phrases will be heard again many times: "We are here not as masters but as servants, not to glory in power but to attest our loyalty to our sovereign, the ' people". . ."It is only by wisdom and restraint in our own day that we can make our system last". . . "We have mass production in opinions as well as in goods". . . "Representative government (is) not government by direct mass action, but fay representation, which means leadership as well as responsiveness and accountability". . . "What the people really · want they generally get". . . "Exalting the processes of reason". . . "The wise use of power". . ."We protect the fundamental right of · minorities in order to save democratic government from destroy^ ing itself by the excesses of its ·' own power". . . e No one ever said it better. fi tfi c' Fi Is tir Me chi Mil tal,' em net PI wifi Wad Loaded for Douglas Senatorial big-guns are loading for the appointment of Securities Exchange Chairman Bill Douglas to the supreme court if and when it comes. How much they can make of it is not yet evident, but they have stored considerable information about the recent insurance proxy forgery case before the antimonopoly committee which is new and of interest, even if Douglas does not happen to be Mr. Roosevelt's choice. It appears to be true that those insurance agents who said they forged insurance proxies w e r e largely CIO unionists. Several tried to inject labor issues in their testimony, saying they were so overworked by the company they did not have time to get valid signatures. These witnesses were produced by Mrs. Douglas' sec. On the second day of their testimony a CIO official gave out a press statement trying to take advantage of the testimony. Douglas' side of the story will be that he did not know his testimony was loaded with subtle CIO propaganda. His investigators ran across these agents who volunteered the information. He submitted it in good faith, and still believes it was true. He WAS CAUSED BY RED AGITATION General Reassures People Civil War v, to Be Ended Soon MADRID, (IP)--Warplanes were used' over Madrid by General Jose Miaja's new republican defense government Tuesday in an effort to crush an uprising of "some troops" said to have been inspired by communists. E a r l i e r announcements by General Miaja and his defense minister, General Segismundo Casado, said that the revolt--an apparent attempt to force continuation of the civil war-as opposed to Miaja's expressed desire for a "worthy peace"--was under control. Hold a Few Buildings It was subsequently reported that communists, who had been holding out in a building on Madrid's outskirts, had surrendered but that companion forces stil! were in possession of a few othei buildings elsewhere. The Miaja government, which succeeded that of Premier Juan Negrin and included no communists, tried to reassure Madrid citizens by broadcasts that the populace should not be frightened by the presence of fighting planes over the city. "It is the old 'republican aviation force standing loyally and unconditionally behind the defense council government," o n e ra'dip explanation said. Promises War to End The revolt developed among troops around Madrid. In the morning there was cannon and machine-gun fire in outlying sections and snipers kept up an in- termittent'fire within the city. Miaja Monday night became head of the national defense government which succeeded that of ousted Premier 'Juan Negrin. Communists were excluded from the regime. "Let's come back o common sense and I assure you that the war will end soon," ftliaja declared in a radio broadcast Tuesday. Monday night he h'ad appealed for a "worthy peace." "The reason for the formation of the defense cabinet was to end the war in a humane and honorable manner," Miaja said Tuesday. That's our mission." (In Burgos the nationalist press hailed the overthroxv of Negrin and the establishment of Miaja's junta as presaging an early collapse of republican resistance. A typical headline proclaimed "total disintegration of red setup imminent.") P i c k e d machine-gun units guarded strategic points in the city pursuant to Miaja's stern orders for the suppression of outbreaks against his peace policy. Sounds of cannon and machine- gun fire came from outlying quarters of Madrid while isolated Miaja Ready to End Civil War Quickly HENDAYE, France (At the Spanish Frontier), (If)--General Jose Miaja who saved Madrid from capture 28 months ago made ready Tuesday to surrender the city and end the Spanish civil war as quickly as a "worthy peace" could be engineered. He acted as the head of a new national defense government. The bald, double-chinned strategist, known as "the savior of Madrid," assumed the presidency of the tottering republic Monday night 24 hours after a junta led by General Segismundo Casado had driven out Premier Juan Negrin and a group of ministers determined on war to the bitter end. Miaja was expected to open negotiations at once for a surrender to nationalist General Franco conditioned only by safe conduct into exile for republican leaders and a promise that Madrid would be spared a triumphal entry by Italian troops in Franco's ranks. With Negrin and his cabinet followers in French refuge, with the republican fleet headed for internment and disarming at Bi- zerte, Tunisia, and with communist leaders under virtual arrest in Madrid, Miaja was in a position to negotiate a "soldier's peace." Firing Squad to Be . Formed to Execute Convicted Murderer SALT LAKE CITY, (/P)--A firing squad will be assembled here next month to execute 54 year ol George-Hayes,-who expected to be hanged for murder but chose to be shot. Utah is the only state in which a condemned man may make such a choice. Hayes was convicted at.nearb, Tooele of participation in the fantastic "execution slaying" of Sherman W. Cad well, 71 year old trapper hermit, who was strappec into a tilted-back chair, hooded and then shot. Wants State to Get "Cut" on Bank Nights HARRISBURG, Pa., (/P--Slat Representative Reuben E. Coher wants the state to get a "cut" o any money theater-goers win a "bank nights." He has introduced c bill to collect 15 per cent of thi prizes. snipers kept up intermittent fire within the city. The best information available was that several battalions just outside Madrid were involved in the uprising. The revolt broke out in the early hours of the morning. The government proclaimed it had control ot the situation and that Madrid was free of general disturbance. The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Increasing cloudiness, snow probable in west and north Tuesday night and Wednesday and in southeast Wednesday; not so cold Tuesday night, rising: temperature Wednesday. M I N N E S O T A : Increasing cloudiness, snow Wednesday and in west and south Tuesday night; not so cold Tuesday night, rising temperature Wednesday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statis tics: Maximum Monday 27 Minimum Monday niglit C At 8 a. m. Tuesday 5 YEAR AGO: Maximum Minimum A _l Ub' . shared the committee's viewpoint later expressed that labor testi- r" 0 "}" ? { ih i s kind had no place in a financial investigation such ·. as the anti-monopoly hearing is Unt supposed to be. This also explains why the committee refused to hear the large number of agents produced by the company to testify they did not forge proxies. These agents are supposed to be members of an anti-CIO union. (Cppj-risht, Kfns Features. Inc.) Thci way I Eczcn m^ny tions , crald who e iinslgl: try it. Just origin, and re such that a furlhc. IOWAN FATALLY CRUSHED KNOXVILLE, (iP)--Chester Oli_ ver, 25, was injured fatally when i V he was crushed in a fall of shale j^ at the Clark tile plant here. Oliva Dionne Against Trip of Quints to Meet Royalty CALLANDER, Ont, (Canadian Press)--Oliva Dionn Tuesday declared he looked with disfavor on an invitatio for his frve famous daughters to travel to Toronto May 22 to met K inrr (ifnivrrn. *mr4 /·"*,..,,»._ TT-I: i_ - ii_ J i !**·*· King George and Queen Elizabeth. m=,J:r? s - * e , u y e sovernment cannot arrange to have the majesties vjsit the nursery here," said the quintuplets' father aftc Oie Ontario government sent him an invitation'and offered two specia railway cars to transport him, his* -wife and five daughters. "I am not in favor o£ it," Dionne said, but added he would not reply to the invitation until he had consulted Mrs. Dionne. It was believed the invitation, sent by Provincial Secretary H. C. Nixon, would be considered by the four guardians who watch over the quintuplets. Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, their phy- sicitn and also a guardian, refused to express an opinion regarding the advisability of the little girls taking such a trip, but said, "If the Ontario government says we must allow the quints to be taken I to Toronto, what can we do?" Chicago Stockhandler Is Gored by Bull CHICAGO, f/P)--A 1,200 poun bull Tuesday fatally gored Donal Stockdale, a handier at the stoc yards. MRS. ZICKEFOOSE DIES MT. PLEASANT, (if) ~ Mr Earl Zickefoose, 40, who contrac ed scarlet fever last week atte the birth of a child, died Monda night in Memorial hospital here. But o Violin Has a Voice Joseph Konvalinka, maker of violins and one of the city's earliest gunsmiths, who died Tuesday morning following an illness, once said, "A stock has only. beauty, but a violin, that has a voice." The picture shows Mr. Konvalinka with one of his violins, the making of which he took up as a hobb'y after he had become famed as a gunsmith. Konvalinka, 80, Pioneer GiinsmithrSuceumbs Here Was Also Maker of Violins; Death Is Result of Stroke ·Joseph Konvalinka, 80, pioneer ;unsmith in Mason City, and maker of violins, died at his home, US 1 ,!. North Federal avenue, at 3:30~o'clock Tuesday morning fol- iowing an illness of several days. He suffered a stroke last Wednesday from which he failed to rally. Mr. KonvalinUa was born in Iowa City, Nov. M, 1358, of Bohemian parents. At the age of ]4 he was apprenticed to a gunsmith, a native of Bohemia. He worked as an apprentice for 3! years and then spent a year and a half for himself before moving to Mason City in 1877. Opened Shop Here At the age of 20 on March 4, 1878, he opened his first gun shop in Mason City on South Federal avenue. Later he moved his shop to 118 North Federal avenue, where he was located at the time of his retirement in 1920. At the time he stopped working he had a record of 42 years of continuous business in Mason City. Mr. Konvalinka was interested in violin making by the late C. B. Senior. Although Mr, Konvalinka was not a musician he made a score or more of fine violins. His greatest pride was in the making of violins and he continued at this hobby long after he retired from his shop, where he had won fame as a gunsmith, locksmith, bicycle repairman and sporting goods dealer. was this work that he took his greatest pride in doing. He was known throughout the United States as a gunsmith. . Married in 1883 On Dec. 11, 1883, Mr. Konvalinka was married to Kate Terrili at the home of her parents in Mason City. They celebrated theii golden wedding anniversary in 1933. Surviving Mr. Konvalinka are his wife and son, Glen, Chicago and three daughters, Mrs. J. W Conroy, Kenwood, Cal., Miss Irene Konvalinka, Chicago, and Mrs. A C. Beckel, Urbana, 111., and two Kon brothers, Frank and John valinka, Iowa City. Funeral services will be heli Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'cloct at the Patterson funeral home with the Rev. C. E. Flynn of th Tirst Methodist church in charge Burial will be at Elmwoqd cem etery. The body was taken to th Patterson funeral home. LARSON BID LOW FOR SCHOOL JOB Seven Bidders in Field for General Contract on Monroe The C. E. "Punk" Larson Con struction company. Fort Dodg was low bidder on the general con tract for tlie construction of th Monroe junior high school add tion at the meeting held by th Mason City- school board- Tuesda afternoon. Larson, whose bid was $114,80 was one of seven bidding for th contract. Construction of 4 Cruisers in Private Shipyards Authorized WASHINGTON, (/P)--President Roosevelt authorized the navy Tuesday to build four new 6,000 ton cruisers in private shipyards. Under the Vinson-Trammel act, two of the cruisers would have been built in private and two in navy yards, unless the president specifically directed otherwise. The cost of the four will total about 548,000,000, or approximately $12,000,000 apiece. BOY, 5, LOSES LEG CEDAR RAPIDS, (iP) -- The right leg of 5 year old Jimmy Hodges was amputated just below the knee after the youth was injured when crushed against the curb by a two-ton truck. Police did not hold the truck driver, whose name they gave as Fred HOUSE PASSES AMENDMENT ON 'ENSIGN PLANS Bill Would Require Approval by Popular Vote for Enactment DES M01NES, (IP}--A consti- utional amendment safeguard on ension legislation sailed through le Iowa house by a 74 to 21 vote uesday. Admittedly aimed at such measles as the proposed teachers an- luity plan, the measure would re- luire approval by popular vote of II pension systems except those nvolving aged, blind or veterans rants. Representative Earl Fish- Jaugh (R), Shenandoah, led the "ght for its adoption. The resolution now goes to the en ate. Required Tjy 2 Sessions Constitutional amendments require approval by two consecutive essions of the legislature after vhich they also must receive a avorable decision at a general election. If the present and 1941 ieneral assemblies sanction the 'esolution, then, the question vould be placed on the ballots of .he 1942 general election. Waving papers which he said described tax sales "covering as much as half a town," Fishbaugh declared the amendment would rove a safeguard against increas- "ng present "exorbitant taxes." To Eliminate "Pressure" The Page representative asserted the legislature "is confronted by bills providing for teachers annuities and -civil service covering 5,000 state em- ployes." "Civil service and pensions go hand in hand," he continued. "Unless we put some limit on this thing, we'll find ourselves up against a pension drive from these government employes in some future session." Representative A. H. Avery (R) Spencer, asserted the resolution %voultl tend to eliminate the "ter- ritic pressure candidates for the legislature now must undergo from special groups seeking specific pledges on forthcoming bills." Opposition Hits Amendment The opposition, led by Representative Carroll Johnson ( R ) , Knoxville, and Philip F. Eoan (R), Fort Madison, said the amendment would allow the legislature to "pass the buck" to the people on all future pension questions. Roan declared he opposed amending the federal and state constitutions "for anything," a. remark that brought forth this question from Representative Leo Hocgli (K), Chariton: "How did you stand on the amendment to repeal the prohibition amendment in tbe constitution?" The house broke into laughter over tlie query directed at the Fort Madison "wet" leader. I A teachers annuity measure, providing for a 5530,000 annual contribution from the state treasury, is on the senate calendar. Tbe house also held a rapid- fire session in which five other bills were passed, two were defeated and action was deferred on another. Approved measures, and the vote on each, were: To allow transfer of war veteran patients from state hospitals to federal institutions, 95 to 0. To increase, in counties exceeding 60,000 the maximum levy for aiding widows with children from one-fourth to one-half mill, 77 to 7. To give certain employes of the state board of assessment and review the power to administer oats, 94 to 0. To allow Greene and Black Hawk counties to issue unused poritions of road bonds authorized in elections prior to 1926, by 89 to 1. Safety Bill Is Explained for Senate DES MOINES, (IP)--The Iowa senate took a look at the public safety department bill Tuesday morning and then recessed for lunch while Lieut. Gov. B. B. Hickenlooper wrestled with a point of order. The public safety department bill is the consolidation committee's proposal to combine state police and inspectional services under one head. It would affect the highway patrol, state bureau of investigation, fire marshal and certain inspectional services of the department of agriculture and commerce commission. Explained by Donohue Senator E. P. Donohue (R), majority floor leader, spent much of the morning explaining provisions of the bill, so it did not reach the debate stage. Senator Edward Breen (D), Fort Dodge, minority leader, indi- there would be a ."last fight on the bill, however. cated ditch" The snarl which left' the senate stalled on a point oE order resulted when Donohue proposed a salary of $5,000 a year for the commissioner of public safety, provided under the bill. Objects to Breen's Motion Senator L. B. Foi-sling (R), Sioux City, suggested $4,200. The bill as drawn originally would allow the commissioner $3,600. At this point Breen stepped in with a motion to strike all after the enacting clause of the public safety bill and substitute a proposal to set up the .motor vehicle department and highway patrol as a separate department. This is the substance of another pending in the senate. BLAST RESULTS FROMKEROSENE PUT IN STOVE Victims Are Trapped in Flaming Home on Mount Ayr Farm MOUNT AYR, (U.R)--Four children were burned to death Tuesday when they were trapped in a blazing farm house six miles south of here. Their mother, Mrs. Milo Morse, 36, was burned seriously. The father and a son, Bverett, 9, were in the barn where the tragedy occurred. The deadr Ruby Morse, 17. Evelyn Morse, 15. Mary Lou Morse, 10. Billy Morse, 5. The fire started when kerosene exploded as Mrs. Morse was building a fire in the kitchen stove. It threw flames over her and the two oldest children. Mrs. Morse ran screaming from the kitchen and rolled in the snow. \Vhen she had extinguished the tire in her clothing, she went into the barn and called her husband. Couldn't Enter House The -ouple hurried back to the farm house but were unable to enter because it was a mass of flames. Ruby and Evelyn had been in the kitchen with their mother but Billy and Mary Lou were still hi bed upstairs. Had Just Moved Mrs. Morse said she could' not understand why the two older girls did not run out of the house when she did unless they attempted to rescue the two sleeping children. ~ was located bill -Donohue raised :.a point of order on Breen's motion. While Hickenlooper studied the question, Senator William S. Beardsley (R), New Virginia, moved that the senate recess for lunch. Feisen Is Nearby "Thank you," replied the lieutenant governor, as the senate voted for the recess. Interested spectators at the senate session were Lew Wallace, former state motor vehicle commissioner, and Representative Dean W. Peisen, chairman of the house consolidation committee and author of a similar bill which nearly passed two years ago. Peisen sat at Donohue's side while the latter public safety bill. explained the After noon, the lieutenant governor ruled the senate could not consider Breen's proposal now because it was "not germane." There was no time to work on the other amendments, however, because the senate had arranged previously with the lower house to honor the state's pioneer lawmakers in a joint session at 2 p. m. LOOK INSIDE FOR- The kitchen stove beside the stairs going up to the second floor. The family moved to the farm March 1. It was owned by Morse's uncle, Frank Morse, who died recently. Mount Ayr is 9 miles north of the Missouri b'ne in Ringgold county. Officials Visit Scene Sheriff H. P. Todd and Coroner E. J. Watson went to the home Tuesday morning to recover the bodies from the ruins. They said no definite time had been fixed for an inquest. Mrs. Morse, doctors said, suffered severe body burns. She also was a victim of shock and exposure, the mercury standing near the 15-above mark at the time. WPA Crew Tears Down Wrong Building NEW YORK, (U.R)--The WPA admitted Tuesday that it finally had happened. One of its wrecking crews tore down the wrong building. There wasn't a stick left standing of the three-story frame structure owned by the Newburgh Savings bank when the mistake was discovered. And next door, a three-story building that the Title Guarantee and Trust company, had asked to have razed, stood untouched. The city housing authority, using WPA labor, razes old buildings free, as part of a slum clearance program. Title Guarantee had asked to have its frame store and tenement building at 158 Belmont avenue, Brooklyn, removed. The wrecking crew went out. At the corner ot Powell street the foreman found No. 162 Belmont avenue. The next two buildings were unnumbered and abandoned. The first one was No. 158, the next No. 156. But the crew figured that tlie first one should be No. 160, since it was next door to No. 162, and that the third house would be No. 158. So they attacked the third house. They had cleared the lot and reported the job done before Title Guarantee telephoned again to inquire when No. 158 was going to be razed. After an investigation, the WPA had to notify the Newburgh bank that it no longer had a building at No. 156. A spokesman for the bank said it objected very much. What action it will take has not been determined. Stassen Would Settle Strike of Elevator Workers in Minneapolis M I N N E A P O L I S , OJ.P.)--The strike of 1,000 elevator operators and maintenance employes in 35 Minneapolis public office buildings entered its sixth day Tuesday as Gov. Harold E. Stassen stepped into the controversy in an effort to end the walkout. Stassen met with representatives of employers and the striking building service union Monday night and was to confer with both groups in a joint meeting Tuesday. QUARTEOiNALS ARE UNDER WAY Play Continues in Iowa High School Catholic Tournament First Half Final SENATOR H. T. BONE Will Propose Profits Be Taken Out of War PAGE 2 Farmer of GoldHeld Vicinity Is Burned PAGE 8 Hoty Family Winner in State Tournament PAGE 9 Holy Family _.... |gj ggj Cherokee B3 fag} DUBUQUE, UP)--With four teams eliminated, including the defending champions. quarter final rounds were to be played Tuesday in the Iowa Catholic high school basketball tournament here. Highlight of the opening round games Monday was the 23 to 21 victory of Holy Family of Mason City over St. Ambrose academy oE Davenport, 1937 and 1938 champions. The victory gave the Mason City quintet its twenty-third consecutive win and pushed it to a top ranking among teams considered the most serious contenders for the title. Holy Family came from behind in the second half to win the closely fought contest. The Little Saints were leading 7 to 4 at the end or the first quarter and 16 to 12 at the half. Holy Family moved into a 20 to 17 lead late in the third period and St Ambrose never caught up.

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