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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HA"RLON " §""R H i s MEM s D E P T OF i or-s w o i W E '4 "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLI1I FIVE CENTS A COPY ASSOCIATED PMSS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 127 Not : to Seek Third Term Insiders Say That's Why F; : R. Rushes Reforms. By CHARLES F. STEWART. A S H I N G T O N , (C P A ) -- S t u dents of what's doing at the white h o u s e (mostly newspapermen, well- informed members of the two houses o£ congress, executive officials in t h e u p p e r brackets and m i s c ellaneous politicians of sufficient prominence to consider t h e m- selves in' touch with the inside of affairs at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue) : have about reached the conclusion that, President Roosevelt, after all, has no intention of seeking a third term. For quite a while after his last victory many guesses were heard to the effect that, breaking every precedent, he would be a-candidate Egain. in 1940. Now the guessing is the otner way. Hastening Efforts. The up-to-the-minute theory is that the presidential incumbent would not be in such haste to get the authority of his office in- trenched if he 'were not expecting his. influence to end with his current white house tenancy. In fact, he has intimated, if not outright said, that he believes he can put-liis program through before the end 'of his present term. The inference might seem to be that he dbes not hope to complete his task at all unless he can do it as that. Anyway, that is how his policy and his hints are interpreted by those who have observed-and listened to them with the inlensest interest. ' - ' . ' . ' But Suppose--? Of. course there is this qualification: . .Suppose. that· "F, D." arrives at "1940,;with his Jplans apparently '^ea^iSB.ilttuW»iifrfeut;ini.-aangei:..oJ ':goHvroligly,' ; according to his reek- · Then-wouldn't he consider him- self'bound to run a third time? . I have-no idea that he himself Jcaows the correct answer to this question. Apparently, however, he is confident of winning before it nceda to be answered, and then proposes to retire, passing it on to his successor to operate under the new schedule--of his creation. Naturally, in parenthesis he wil desire to dictate his -successor anc be the unofficial mainspring ot the- latter's administration. Another Possibility. There' is another possibility: .. Suppose . the · presidential plan encounters numerous obstructions and arrives in 1940, not on the point-of being adopted, but in bad shape. In that event, will "F. D." prefer to run again to fight it out? Or- will he give it up as a hopeless job? It is not easy to think of Presi- dent.Rodsevelt as overwhelmingly licked. . Still, his supreme court contes is a doubtful one. It looks 50-50 that he will lose-unless he compromises. And can he compromise on a basis tha' will "save his face?" House With Him. Undoubtedly he has the house of representatives with him. Perhaps not the senate. In tlie event of such a deadlock the issue wil! be yital in the congressional election 1 of 1938; It will be hard on Roosevelt if that goes against him, popularly. And the supreme court, strangely, appears to be"popular. I should not have supposed so. 1. have heard;it popularly "cussed out" often enough. ,Yet, attacked, it has defenders all over the country. . - - ' . · · ' Administrationists say that letters, pouring in in opposition to "Packing" it, are "canned" correspondence. Tliey impress legislators, all the same. BRICK AND TILE BOOSTS WAGES TWO PLANTS OF LOCAL FIRM TO OPEN ON FRIDAY All Employes Will Receive Pay Increase of About 7 Per Cent. Plants No. 2 and No. 4 of the Mason City Brick and Tile company will go into operation Friday, at which time there will lake effect a wage increase of approximately 7 per cent for all plant employes of the corporation, Charles E. Strickland, president, announced Wednesday. Operations will be resumed at another manufacturing unit, plant No. 3, as soon as a general rehabilitation program has been completed. The winter rehabilitation program has included the complete rebuilding of plant No. 7, the central grinding station, where the most modern type of roll equipment has been installed. With the three manufacturing units and newly equipped grinding station in operation, the company expects to enter the largest production period it has had for eight years. Highest in History. "The increase of 7 per cent in the wages of the brick and tile employes is being made in the face of the fact that at the time our plants closed for the winter repair program on Feb. 1, the rate of pay was the highest in the history of the local company," said Mr. Strickland. "The raise in pay is being made in recognition of the general increase in wages throughout the country, as -well as of the higher cost of. '.living.and ? the. improved prqspeels for-business theJcqming ason." ' · '·'-. · ' . ' ' ' " . " ' " · · ' · ' · " " M. IX Judd, vice president and sales manager of the Mason City Brick and Tite company, enlarged on the president's statement concerning the business prospects for the year. Look for Good Year. "We look for one of the best years since 1930," said Mr. Judd. "An increased demand for building materials is evident throughout our sales territory. These excellent prospects, however, are dimmed somewhat at the mounting cost of construction. There has been some evidence in larger cities of definite resistance to the increasing expense o£ building homes, as well as commercial and industrial construction." The plants opening Friday will go into the production of building tile, drain tile and brick. With the opening of plant No. 3 the company will undertake the largest production of silo material in its history. Equipment Delayed. Company executives expect to get plant No. 3 into operation the latter part of March. The delay in reopening of this unit is due to slowness in (he delivery of rolls and oth'er equipment, ordered for the rehabilitation of the central grinding station, due to floods and labor conditions in the east. B. E. Setterberg, general superintendent of the company, estimated t h a t ' the opening of the plants Friday will place about 161! men in employment. Approximately 60 more will be added with the opening of plant No. 3. Union Leaders Hail "Greatest Labor Victory Raises Wages CHARLES E. STRICKLAND President of the Mason City Brick and Tile Company- FOR'RENT--Mod. apt., 4 rm. and bath, private, ground floor, part or unfurn. Adults. 228 W. State. This apartment was not rented the first day but continued insertions did find ^the proper tenant for the owner. Want Ads can't always produce the desired results in one day--but the percentage is greatly in favor of their producing If you'll give them their . chance to show you what they can do. Just, Call the Ad Taker at 380(1 GREMMERSV1EW KILLER SUSPECT Seek to Identify Runyon as One of Men Who Slew Britt Farmer. SIOUX CITY, m--Three members of the Eppo Gremmer family of Woden viewed Thomas J. Runyon of Bethel, Minn., at the Wood bury county, jail here Wednesday, in an effort to identify him as one of the killers of James Zrostlik, Britt farmer. The Zrostlik killers held the Gremmer family prisoner after shooting the Britt man and taking his car. They took another car at the Gremmer home, later abandoning it near Spring Valley, S. Dak. State Agent Paul Gruber said Runyon, arrested Saturday at Wichita, Kans., is still being held as a murder suspect although he has confessed to two bank robberies. Gruber said Runyon admitted holding up banks at Lennox, S. Dak., and Steelville, Mo. "We think he had a hand in about a dozen other robberies," Gruber said. Report Loyalist Spanish Troops Entering Toledo Near Madrid Rebels Drive at Highway to Cut Off Expected Retreat. MADRID, (!P)--The newspaper Ilaridad reported W e d n e s d a y ^overnment troops had entered the city of Toledo,.held by the insurgents since Sept. 27, when they relieved their. ;;,the 1: .-Alf caz"ar:'fortresE.^Ihere_iwas;;riqj official confi rina'.ion r of riilie^xeport TThe newspaper said the government soldiers advanced to positions near the Alcazar itself aftei a heavy bombardment by .government guns emplaced in the estate of Count Homanones south of Toledo. Claridad declared the government commanders' objective in entering Toledo, 41 miles south of Madrid, was not so much to occupy the city as to prevent the insurgents from sending reinforcements to Talavcra dc La Reina. Practically Surrounded. That insurgent held town, lo the west, was practically surrounded by government forces the newspaper said. Government reports yesterday said Madrid's militiamen had entered a Toledo suburb. Insurgents apparently still clung to the Alcazar, the prize they retained w ii e n G e n . Francisco Franco's army made a speedj cross-country march in Septembe to relieve the besieged force which had held out for 72 days of shot shell and fire. Government occupation of sorau of the principal highways arounc Toledo and Talavera was said tc have upset the' insurgents' com munications in that region, soutl and southwest of Madrid. Expect Madrid KctrcaC. Insurgent commanders, believing Madrid's d e f e n s e leaders planned a mass retreat from tfie city, drove their forces hard Wednesday at the Madrid-Valencia highway, the main avenue ot flight remaining to lliose besieged in Madrid. Shock troops, tanks' and heavy artillery were thrown into action in the assault at two points on strong government fortifications in front of the highway, which runs southeastward from Madrid. In that region, the Jarama front, fighting has raged for three weeks as the insurgents sought to complete encircling of Madrid and sever the important communications line. The insurgent command at Nav- alcnrnero, to the west, estimated 2,000 government soldiers had been killed .in the Jarama fighting and said Madrid's hospitals housed at least 11,000 wounded. Reveal Huge British Navy Building Cost LONDON, (IP)--The British navy announced to parliament Wednesday its share of Britain's huge rearmament program for 1937 would cost 105,065,000 pounds ($525,325,000) and include construction of 80 warships. At the top of the list detailed by iir Samuel Hoare, first lord of the admiralty, were placed three addi- .ional battleships of the type of the King George ,V and the Prince of Wales, now building, with a displacement of 35,000 tons and carrying 14 inch guns. Sir Samuel told the house of commons the stepped up naval and naval air programs would add 11,000 officers and men to bring the total naval personnel to 112,000. Two Aircraft Carriers. Two aircraft carriers, five cruisers of the "standard" fi.OOO ton class, two cruisers of about 5,30C tons, 16 destroyers, seven patrol type submarines and 45 · smaller vessels of all types, the admiralty lord announced, would swell Britain's mighty armada. Only $135,000,000 of the cost will be borne by Britain's new $2,000,000,000 defense loan, Sii Samuel declared, forcing the nation's taxpayers to dip into IheiL pockets for the additional $330,325,000. . 118 Million Increase. The 1937 new program of construction, he said, was an increase of 5118,000,000 over the 193G figures, of which 545,000,000 woulc be:spent fir/modernization of capital; ships · arreaidy in" service,· anc maintenance.""'; ·'-" ;i-.-. ·,--^-^v--:-^ The increase in man power, Si Samuel told parliament, was madi necessary by the increased program of new construction for 1936 and 1937, including expansion o. the fleet and (lie fleet airforce. Great Britain, he said, woulc continue to observe the qualitative limitations of the London nava treaty. Still Alive as Watch Chain Stops Bullet ROME, (ff)--Francisco Solimeno, a notary, suffered only a severe bruise on his stomach a n d , a bad case of fright Wednesday when a madman burst into his office, jammed a pistol against hirr and fired. At the hospital where police rushed the notary it was founc his watch chain had deflected the bullet. U. S. Explorer Lost Since Feb. 19 Found in Indian Settlement GEORGETOWN, B. G., (/P)-Art Williams, the flyer, reported Wednesday he had located Joseph G. Le Van, missing United States explorer-psychologist in an Indian settlement 300 miles from Georgetown. Le Van, Williams said, was in good health and expected to reach Georgetown this week-end. Le Van, studying psychological phaxes of aboriginal life, had been sought since Feb. 19, when a djs- patch from the Rupununi river region 400 miles inland said his porters had deserted him. LOOK INSIDE FOR- OHNSON FLAYS 'ITTMAN'S BILL ON NEOTRALITY )ec!ares Act Would Impose on U. S. "Scuttle and Run" Policy. WASHINGTON, ()--Smolder- ng opposition to the Pittman neu- rality bill blazed into searing rilicism Wednesday when Sena- or Johnson (R., Cal.) suid the measure would impose on Ameria a "scuttle and run" policy. Urging re-enactment of the iresent neutrality law placing a an on munitions exports in war- ime, the Californian asserted the Pittman bill would fail in its purpose of keeping America out of war. The bill would ban arms shipment to warring nations and lay down drastic restrictions for shipment of other American commodi- ies. AVoulil Abdicate Rifht. Johnson said that with enacl- irent of the bill, congress would abdicate its "last and most important function," the right to de- :lare war, and place it in the lands oC the president. The senate sought an early vote with limitation placed on debate. Thomas W. Lament, senior partner of J. P. Morgan and company, assured senate investigators that relations between" his film and the lailroad building Van Sweringen brothers _ began without ··"solicitation".' The firm began financing Van Sweringen enterprises "in the early twenties," iJamont said. "There was never any solicitation from either side," he added 'The connection came about naturally." Probe Labor Spying. The La Follelle committee, resuming its search for civil liberties violations, heard an officia of the American Bridge company say his firm obtained free police service through "politics" while auilding the Pulnski skyway in New Jersey in 1931. Representative Johnson (D.. 3kla.) predicted congress woulc "find the money" to increase the civilian conservation corps permanently to 400,000. An extra 5100,000,000 would be required Johnson said it would come from other appropriations asked in the budget. The house rules committee arranged for the house to take up the Guffey-Vinson coal bill ncx Tuesday. Wants Wasre Laws. Aside from this, P r e s i d e n Roosevelt's declaration late Tues day tliat new wage and hour reg illations "ought" to be enacted a this session held the attention o congressmen. His comment Col- lowed publication of the report o his committee to review NRA which held that body's labor anc trade practice sections shoulc have been un,der separate admin istrations. Debate continued over Mr Roosevelt's proposal for addinj new justices to the court if thos over 70 do not retire. Senator Vandenberg (R.-Mich. declared "the effect would be t control the court." Senator Brow; (·D.-Mich.) urged a compromis on a constitutional amendment t require a 7 to 2 vote of the coui to invalidate a law. POPE PIUS xr Amazing Resistance to .Illness Triumph of Will ON PAGE 2 Farmers at Northwood Entertain Large Crowd ON PAGE 8 Mohawk Five to Face Clear Lake in Tourney ON PAGE 9 Legislative Program of Safety Council Slated ON PAGE 5 The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Rain probable \Vcd nesday nifflil and Thursday, lurninp (o snow in west and north portions Thursday; rlsinp temperature in the cast portion, colder in northwest iato Wednesday nijrht; colder Thurs tlay. MINNESOTA: Mostly cloudy, probably snow in northeast and rain vurnins lo snow in south- cast and extreme south portions Wednesday niffht and Thursday; rising temperature In extreme southeast, somewhat (-older in extreme west portion Wednesday; colder Thursday. IN MASON CITY Glnbe-Gazetle weather figure for 24 hour period ending at o'clock Wednesday morning: Maximum Tuesday US Above Minimum In Night 25 Abnvc. At 8 A. M. Wednesday 31 Above Blind Broom Workers on Strike Dcmmidliifr pay increases a net improved working- conditions, 107 blind workers in a broom factory operated by the Pennsylvania Association for (he Illind ill Pittsburgh quit their tasks and staged a sildown stiikc. While some refused to join the strike ami siagcu a smiown SU-IKC. wnuc some rcuisctl lo Join the strike ai went to their homes, the sililowners gathered around a piano ai sung panuJar SOIIBTS. Ren. Matthew A. Dunn, blind conirrcssninu from Pittsburgh, nisiicd from Washington to back the blind in their demands. Dunn is seen above talking- to a few of the strikers, who asked for a flat weekly wage of $1(1.IB for'married men, plus the state weekly pension of $0.92, and 512 for unmarried workers, plus tlie -pension PAY BOOST FOR ALL OF STEEL INDUSTRY SEEN Strikers Quit Auto Plant in Detroit; 4,000 Idle in New England. LABOK AT A GLANCK By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH--Union leaders hail signing of contract with Carnegie-Illinois steel corporations as- "greatest kibor victory in American history." Carnegie- Illinois, largest subsidiary ot United States Steel corporation and 14 other liuge steel concerns grant various concessions and wage increases estimated by labor leaders at. 5100,000,000 a year. WASHINGTON -- President Roosevelt s h o w s h o p e congress will enact hour and wage legislation at current session. NEW YORK -- Steel Journal predicts wage increases for entire steel industry by end ot week. DETROIT--Sit down strikers quit auto parts plant, hold another aaid several smaller establishments; C. 1. O. union and Chrysler M o t o r corporation, ready for collective bargaining parley. BOSTON -- Estimated 4,000 idle in New England strikes involving truck drivers, and textiles, rubber, shoe and shipyard workers. "Sclibles Appointment to Iowa Job Board Rejectee -louse Resumes Its Work* Following Vacation of Five Days. BULLETIN DES MOINES, (JP)--The Iowa senate Wednesday rejected appointment of Walter Schnles (D) of Council Bluffs to a two year lerm on the state unemployment compensation commission. Scholcs would represent labor on the board. Aimolnl- mcnt of the other two members was confirmed by the senate Tuesday. DES MOINES, (/P)--Alter battling nearly an hour upon reconvening Wednesday afternoon after its five day spring vacation, the Iowa jiouse voted 52 to 36 lo over- ide its committee on banks and banking to rerefer to that group a bill outlawing service charges by slate banks. Frequent bitter verbal clashes preceded a vote on the motion by Representative Ed R. Brown (R) of DCS Moincs, to revive the measure upon which the banking committee last week voted indefinite postponement. Opponents ot Brown's motion charged he was motivated by chain stores and "big business." Replying the .DCS Moincs lawmaker said he sought only to place the measure back in the hands of (he committee that a public hearing might be held. Charge Varying; Rale. State banks, it was explained, have charged a varying rate on the handling of checks, and the bill would require that all checks be accepted and handled at par. The senate drove, section by section, through its 212 page motor vehicle bill while the house, meeting for the first time since last Thursday, prepared to resume consideration of the important thomesleacl tax relief bill. At the start of its session, the upper chamber heard Senator Or.i E. Husted (R) of Truro, attempt to withdraw from a senate judiciary committee an anti-slot machine bill which previously had passed the house. Husted asked that the presiding officer invoke a senate rule which permits authors of proposals to place their bills on the senate calendar after committees have failed to act. Lieut. Gov. John Valentine pointed out that the rule applies only to bills originating in the senate. Include "Guest Statute." When the senate resumed work on the motor vehicle bill Senator Albert Shaw (R) of Pocahontas, filed an amendment which would include in the law the present Iowa "guest statute" which the motor vehicle committee omitted in writing the bill. The amendment would exempt drivers from l i a b i l i t y for injuries to person riding with them unless intoxica tioti or recklessness were proved. The chamber struck a temporary smig when Senator Leo Elthon (R) of Fertile, objected to an amendment which would cliahgi the speed limit ot trucks from 3! lo 40 miies an hour. Some senators advocated the lower limit while others said Ihe-higher limit would permit speeding up of highway traffic and remove "highway hazards" which result from attempts to pass slow moving vehicles. The chamber adopted the 40 mile rate by a rising vote. fled, White and Blue. Later the senate ran up against the problem oC what color to paint school buses. Senator Tom E. Murray (D) of Sioux City, protested against the lemon yellow advocated by the motor vehicle committee and suggested red, white and blue. Senator George Hopkins (R) of Guthrie Center, joined him in the protest, saying: "I prefer the national colors--red, white and blue --to Chinese yellow." Tlic senate voted for the red, white and blue color scheme. Under consideration by n special senate committee was a proposal to levy a "use" tax on purchases of lowans who buy articles outside the state to escape the sales tax. · The tax would be the same as the state sales lax--two per cent. JAMES F, TOY OF SIOUX CITY DIES Pioneer Tovva Banker, 87, Had Been. Wintering in California. SIOUX CITY, (fPt--Tames F. Toy, 87, pioneer Iowa banker and president of the Toy National bank in Sioux City for many .years, died Wednesday morning at Hollywood, Cal., where he had been spending the winter, according to word received here by J. W. Van Dyke, .1 vice president of the bank Mr. Toy was born in Wilmington, Del., in 1850. His father was a native of Londonderry, Ireland from which country he came to the United Slates at the age of 12 years. He engaged in the quarry business in Delaware, where he remained until 1867. lie then settled near Waterloo Iowa, where he sold (arm implements for about six years. In 1873 the family moved lo Storm LaUe Iowa, where the parents rcsidec until their deaths. By THE ASSOCIATED PUESS The vast steel _indus,tu's ^mo.-' mentous move towartJ teltci lre- lations with organized labor overshadowed tlie discord wrought by strikes in scattered sections of the nation Wednesday. One after another, tlie big steel corporations announced w a g e boosls, shorter, hours and other concessions, probably foreslailing labor disputes in the entire industry. A contract between the Carnegie-Illinois Steel corporation, and tlie steel workers organizing com- iniltee, an offshoot of the Lewis committee fnr industrial organiza- ipn, signed Tuesday night at Pittsburgh, was hailed by union officials as labors greatest vic- ory. Guarantee of Pca-cic. The contract, considered a suar- ititec of peace in Ihe industry, es- ablished a 40 hour week and $5- i-day minimum wage and recognized the organizing committee as he bargaining agent for 120,000 employes who are members ot the Amalgamated association of Iron, Steel and Tin workers.' Other companies which have announced wage and working nd- lustmenls and the number of men nvolvcd were: Bethlehem, 85,000; Republic 52,000; Youngslown Sheet Tubr, 10,0(10: Inland 9,000; Pittsburgh Steel 7,000; Sharon Steel 3.SOU: Otis Steel 3,000; Wheeling Steel 16,0(10; American Steel and Wire 1,000; Columbia Steel 5,500; Na- .ional Steel 20,000; National Tuba 8,000; Continental Steel; Jonci and Laughlin Steel 25,000. Organ- zed labor leaders figured Ihe pFiy boosls will fatten workers' pock- ctbooks by $100,000,000 n year. Two Strikes Settled. Settlement of two strikes involving nn estimated 2,500 men further brightened the industrial picture. Some 2,000 sit clown strikers evacuated the Detroit plant of tiie Motor Products corporation, after an agreement between tha management and the United Automobile Workers of America. A fivp cent an hour pay increase ended * sit down strike of 500 at the Textile Leather corporation, at Toln- do, Ohio. Numerous other strikes rn- main-xl unsettled, however. Waitresses cooks, and kitchen hands at a large Detroit restaurant ciKJerl their sitdown strike pending negotiations. Sit down demonstrations continued at two other rcst- auranlc, two five-nnd-lcn-ccnt stores, and nearly a score of other Detroit business and manufacturing concerns. ·1,000 on Strike. An estimated 4,000 workers were on strike in New England. They were truck drivers and shoe, textile, rubber and shipyard workers. Unionists claimed 3,000 hosiery workers idle and ten mills closed in the Berks counly, Pennsylvania, strike. Police protection was given 5,GOO employes while at work in the Douglas Aircraft p l n n t at Sanla Monica, Cal., where a strike was in progress. Seventy-five Union Iron Workers f.lruck at Cleveland, halting conslruction of a $15,000,000 strip : ?3S^^ ·V?"~' ' x-T - V"

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