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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME H A R L C M E R H I S T M e M « k H T ' pep r of io n COM P D £ S W O l K E S I A VOL. XLV NEWS BEHI iw ASSOCIATED PHESS AND UNITED PRESS FUIi LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX »""-= "THE NEWSPAPIR THAT MAKES AIL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N Sources Vary on Russia's Strength WASHINGTON -- An official grapevine hints Russia has developed some military rigidity in her spine. A sound military source advised t h e high command here that Russ i a is n o w "a d e q u a t ely prepared t~ de- lend herself si- m u 11 aneously against Japan on the Manchurian border a n d against Hitler in tlie U k r a i n e." . From a slightly Paul Mallon i e s s nota ble source has come a similar tip that the Reds have a fleet of stratosphere bombers which can go "as Iiigh as 50,000 feet with 6,500 pounds of explosives each--something for Berlin to worry about." If these things were true, Russia would have the key to the stop-Hitler movement, but even the authorities who receive the in- lormation ^here doubt that such is the case. Lack of loyalty and energy (the usual spawn of communism) in the Red army is believed much deeper now than under the czar. Furthermore, tiie capacity of those planes is probably exaggerated. As far as is definitely known, the best of the Red bombing fleet is about on a par with our Boeings. The Reds cannot stop anyone except Hussia. Labor Act Change Fight 'Announcements said the senate education committee postponed a decision on taking up the Wagner labor act amendments "unanimously." Technically that is true. No objection was made. But the technicality covered as sizzling an - _ _ j stood 6 . on fixing a date for hearings on the amendments Against heaungs were the new dealers, Thomas ot Utah, Murray, Pepper, Lee, Hill of Alabama,- and La Follette. Favorable were Walsh of "Massachusetts, Donahey, Holt, Ellender, Davis and Taft That left the decision with Senator Borah, who is for hearings--but not now. Consequently both sides "unani- ·niously" agreed to postpone a decision in order to work on Borah. The incident adds to evidence that the white house would like to hold this situation as a club over the AFL in the labor peace negotiations now being conducted under Mr. Roosevelt's sponsorship. The AFL would give nearly anything to get the Wagner act amended, possibly even some concessions to the CIO. What One Union Said Anyone who has a wet finger in the air will know why AFL is not over-anxious to sacrifice any principles for peace just now. fn case you cannot wet your finger, look: The New York union of office and professional workers q u i t the CIO the other day and joined AFL. adopting a resolution which slated: "The sorry failure' 1 of our union to organize office workers "was due to the fact that the union was captured", by an organized machine which violated its oath to serve, the membership by placing the interests of tlie communist party above those of our union " In Memphis, the president of the southern tenant farmers union announced withdrawal 'from CIO charging "communist, control and dictatorial procedure.'' In Detroit, 'some a u t o workers unions withdrew; in Nanticoke. Pa., a united mine worker local withdrew and joined AFL- in Hcrshey, Pa., the chocolate work- -CTS' collective bargaining vote showed: AFL 1,125: CIO 733- in Aesv York the barbers and beauty cultunsts severed with CIO and joined AFL. House leaders hurried into a secret meeting with the relief appropriations subcommittee because they had been tipped Mr Roosevelt's new relief request would be cut more than half, to S70.000.000. They pleaded with the committee in the president's behalf. Their unreported words led the committee to believe Mr Roosevelt's feelings would not be wounded if his request was pared a little, say $25,000,000. Gossip around supreme court concerns Justice Frankfurter =u- perseding Chief Justice Hughes as dominating influence. With new appointee, Douglas, there will be a new deal group of 4 on the court. The older group has 5, but Frankfurter is likely to be with jJiughes as often as anyone cl=e . . . Mr. Garner, (he V. p.. is being deluged with requests to autograph the current issue of "Time"' which features him (Cepfright. King r«a(arcs. I n c . ) MASON CITY; IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 23,1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 141 MEMEL THRONGS HAIL HITLER Mason 1,500 ARRIVING FOR THREE DAY MEETING HERE Record Attendance Seen as Spring Weather Aids Meeting Mason City Thursday welcomed the first arrivals of 1,500 teachers expected to attend the eighteenth annual convention of the North Central division of the Iowa State Teachers association. Balmy weather, a program made up of a number of distinguished educators and special entertainment gave all indications that it would swell 'the attendance to record figures. A large advance ticket sale and early registration of delegates Thursday indicated wide interest in the convention, which opens Thursday evening and continues through Friday. As an indication of the large crowd expected, it was pointed out that Cerro Gordo and Winnebago counties will have a 100 per cent attendance of rural teachers Elizabeth Mills and Helen Fur- ington, both ot Nora Springs, held the unofficial title of being the first teachers to arrive in Mason Citiy for the three day convention. Sivanson Arrives Close on "the heels of the first arrivals came a group of six teachers from Ottosen. .The number of visiting:teachers increased steadily throughout the day. Edwin £, Swanspp Humboldt dent of the north central division and to attend the kickoff dinner Thursday evening in the Hot..'! Hanford. Visiting Mason City's schools was the first event scheduled on tlie large program for the teachers. All schools were open and special exhibits were prepared by the students in several of the classes The teachers' convention also will mark the beginning of the spring vacation for Mason City students. Vacation will start Friday morning and continue until April 3. Dinner Thursday Night Social activities ot the convention began with a luncheon invitation to the visiting teachers by i the Business and Professional Women of Mason City at the Hotel Eadm-ar. The kickoff dinner Thursday night at the Hotel Hanford will officially open the convention. The forum theme of the banquet will be "Responsibilities and Opportunities of Public Schools in 1939." Speakers on the theme will be Miss Jessie Parker, superintendent of public instruction. Clint Hill, ; editor of the Mitchell County i Press. George Eaton. Forest City ] superintendent of schools, and Mrs, J. Curtis Amen, Mason City. R. B. Irons, Mason City superintendent of schools, will be the leader and W. Earl Hall, state board of education member, will be master oE ceremonies. The Mason City Chamber of Commerce will present a minstrel show and a dance will conclude the program. * * * if * * * V City Greets Visiting Teachers * * * * * * * * * * . * * ; * * * * * ^r * * Y - . Teachers Toast Convention Success IQQ POSSEMEN ARE REPELLED BY DESPERADO EDWIN E. SWANSON --Association President British Trade Mission Arrives in Moscow MOSCOW. P)_A British trade mission headed by Robert S. Hudson, overseas trade secretary, ar- | rived Thursday Tor talks designed | to spur British-soviet Russian I i trade. Among first arrivals at the teachers convention here Thursday were Miss Marguerite Ellcson nri- mary instructor and Miss Frances Fullmer, home economics instructor in the High school at Kensctt ?ro n rr a TM e ' H'i ? , TM,l ^^ ^^ the convc » tio " su «ess with that well known elixir ot IS --ice cream cones. H'hile the convenhon was not scheduled o open unlit 6:30 o'clock Thursday evonm- teachers spent the day piling Mason City schools, getting tips on new slants in education. (Lock p»o"S' CONVENTION PROGRAM THURSDAY EVENING ..._.._..Hotel Hajttfprd . Teachers and School Patrons Forum Leader--R. B. Irons, superintendent of schools, Mason City. Master of Ceremonies--\V. Earl Hall, managing editor. Mason City Globe-Gazette, member of state board of education. 6 p. m--Social Hour in the Lobby. 6:50--Banquet. 7:30--Program. Theme--"Responsibilities and Opportunities of Public Schools in 1039." Clint Hill. Editor of the Mitchell County Press, Osage; Mrs. J. Curtis Amen, Mason City; Miss Jessie Parker, Superintendent of public Instruction, and George Eaton, superintendent of schools. Forest City. 8:30--"Jollies of 1939." An hour of fun and frolic by the Mason City Chamber of Commerce glee club. 9:30--Dance and reception. ' F RID A Y M ORNIXG High School Auditorium Chairman--President Edwin E. Swanson, Humboldt. Platform guests--Officers of north central district. 9-9:1.5-- V o e a 1 music--Seventh and eighth chorus from Mason City. Monroe and Roosevelt schools, Mildred Jackson, director. 9:15--Invocation, the Rev. B. T. Erholm, Immanuel Lutheran church. Welcome--B. A. W e b s t e r , past president board of education. Mason City. 9:30--Address. "America in a World Overshadowed by Tyranny.-' Dr. Earl E. Harper, director .of school of fine arts, University of Iowa. Iova City 10:15-10:2:)--Instrumental _ M u s i c -- S t r i n g Sextet. Mason City High School, Marjorie Smith, director. 10:25--Address -- "Education and Crime Prevention"--Mr. n. C. Coulter. Special Agent. FcJ- eral Bureau of Investigation, Des Moincs. Iowa. 10:50-11:00--Music -- Small Vocal Group, Clear Lake High School, Evelyn Johnson, director. 31--Address--"Little Schoolhouse in the Foothills"--Ella Enslow. Author and Lecturer. FRIDAY LUNCHEONS Superintendents and Principals 12:15--Superintendents a n d principals. First Baptist church. 12:15--Rural teachers and county superintendents. Church of Christ. 12:15--Parents and teachers, Presbyterian church. 12:15--English - Speech-Journalism, Eadmar hotel. 32:13--Kindergarten, H o t e l Hanford. 12:15--Home e c o n o m i c s teachers. Hotel Hanford. 12:30--Commercial teachers, Cerro Gordo hotel. 2 p. ni.--20 conference programs. Exhuming of 70 Bodies to PHILADELPHIA, U.» -- Mass exhumation of some 70 bodies was to start Thursday following the startling revelation by Judge Harry S. MeDevitt to a jury that had just recommended death in the electric chair for a member of an ellegeci murder-for-insurance syndicate that "scores and scores of other unfortunates were put to death by this group of assassins." Herman Petrillo, 40 year old spaghetti salesman, was hustled snarling and cursing from the courtroom when Mrs. Margaret Skeen, jury foreman, announced in a scarcely audible voice: "We find the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree. We recommend death." "Only Surface Scratched" Thanking the jury for their "service to the community," Judge MeDevitt said that he wanted them to know that "the evidence produced here was only the scratching of the surface." "I want you to know," he said, "that scores and scores of other unfortunates were put to death by this sroup of assassins. It is only by such verdicts as you have j reached that we ever w i l l hope t o ' break the back of this-mad quest for money. "You see the type of person you have tried. You can see how diabolical he is. what a mean, vicious person he is. You now realize that was the only verdict you coujd have returned." Homicide squad members disclosed that exhumation of 70 bodies would be started Thursday The strange syndicate that purportedly mixed "black magic" with administration of arsenic lo heavily-insured victims has been operating unmolested for a decade, according to authorities. Orders Arrests PetrilJo was convicted specifically for the arsenic death o(] rerdmand Alfonsi, one of three men and a youth, all heavily insured, who were given arsenic by ! the syndicate, according to t h e ! state. ' After the jury retired Judge Me- Devitt moved swiftly and ordered tne arrest of two more persons on murder charges. They were Paul Petrillo, 45, cousin of the defendant and alleged "wizard evil genius" of the ring who previously ! had been charged only with con- | spiracy. and Mrs. Susie di Martino i gray-haired widow of one of the i arsenic victims. HUNGARY ARMY IS IN SLOVAKIA Troops Reported to Be Occupying Nation at German Invitation BUDAPEST, (JP) _ Hungarian troops moved into Slovakia Thursday at several points along the Slovakia-Carpatho-Ukraine frontier, said reliable reports from that region, and diplomatic quarters heard Hungary was occupying Slovakia on Germany's invitation. The reports supported belief among foreign diplomats that Adolf Hitler, protector of Slovakia since last week's absorption of Czecho-Slovakia, liad adopted a policy of encouraging Hungarian expansion to build up a powerful ally in central Europe. Hungarian troops had .been in Carpatho-Ukraine since their occupation last week of that easternmost section of Czecho-Slovakia. Some diplomats and deputies said they understood Hungarian troops already had crossed the frontier. Government confirmation o f ! hose, reports could not be obtained, i In some diplomatic circles there 1 was a belief that Reich fueli rer i Hale,- under whose protection Slovakia placed herself last week, nad adopted a policy favorine reconstitution of the realm of St Stephen--the pre-war kingdom oE Hungary ot which Slovakia was a psrt. * Iowa Motorcyclist Is Fatally Injured BELLE PLAINE. (/Pi--Injuries r f- s "'""S when his motorcycle skidded and overturned resulted in the death of Franklin Slok 21 of Belle Plaine. Woman, Returning From Funeral, Killed SPRINGFIELD, Mo JP) -J Mrs. Arizona McCracken, 52 o f i Osceola, Iowa, died of injuries! which resulted when the automo-' ^ile in which she and her hus- j band were returning from a ( u - ' neral. overturned near Recdi I Spring?, Mo. , ·3 F R I D A Y is the B I G D A Y ! For the Iowa Daily Pi-ess Association's 1939 All-Stale High School Basketball Teams. See the Sports Page of The Globe-Gazette Friday Afternoon Trench Mortar, Gas Bombs to Be Used in Attack on Renegade C O D Y , W y o . , UPi--A trench mortar, dynamite and gas bombs were rushed by airplane into northwestern Wyoming Thursday in an a t t e m p t to blast Earl Durand, 2B year old "Tar/an," from a rocky fortress where he held more than 100 men at bay all night after shooting down two possemen who attempted to rush his hideout. Durand, who shot two other officers after he kidnaped a deputy sheriff and escaped from the Cody, Wyo., jail a week ago. notified officers he would not be taken alive. Fear IVlore Casualties The slmrpshooting rancher left a letter at a ranchhouse as he fled Wednesday. It challenged his pursuers to "have my head mounted and hang it up in the courthouse for the sakfi of law and order." Fearful of further casualties if they attempted to rush Durand's stronghold, the posse awaited arrival of \vodern weapons of warfare, belore renewing the attack. The bodies o£ the two possemen dropped by the raw meat-eating fugitive still lay Thursday on the mountain side down which they rolled after Durand fired one shot at each. Tracked to"Lair"-- · Durand, a B foot 2 inch rancher-woodsman with a taste for raw meat, dropped A r t h u r Argento of Meeteetse, Wyo., nnd Orville Linaberry of Cody, Wyo., when they came within 50 yards of his natural fortress Wednesday night. Durand was tracked to his lair Wednesday after he stopped at three ranches near Powell, leaving the letter at one and forcing Mr. and Mrs. A r t h u r Thornburg, owners of another, to drive him to the mouth of Clarksfork Canyon. 40 miles north of Cody. Previously Kilted Two His appearance at the ranches was the first trace ot Durand since Jast Thursday night, when he shot and killed TJndersherin D. M. Baker and Town Marshal Charles E. Lcu'is of Powell, at his ranch near Powell. Durand had overpowered Deputy Sheriff Noah Hiley at the Cody jail and forced Riley to drive him to the ranch. Durand was serving a six-month term for game poaching. In a letter to Sheriff Frank Blackburn, Durand complained of the arrest of two boys, charged jointly with him for killing nn elk out of season, by Game Warden Dwight Km« and Tex Kennedy, a former game warden. He also mentioned his slaying of a raiific beef owned by John Yetites. Cody rancher. Game Warden Boyd Bcnnion said Durand was eating a slab from the beef raw when he was arrested the day before he escaped jail. Had Threatened Officers Sheriff Blackburn said the letter stated: "My Dear Mr. Blackburn: That was one dirty trick for you to jail those two boys just because I got away. If you send them over the road I will kill you and that blankety blank district attorney (County Attorney Oliver Steadman) if I live long enough and possibly can, x x x "Of course I know that I am done for and when you kill me I suggest 3-ou have my head mounted and hang it up in the courthouse for the sake ol law and order. "Your beloved enemy, Earl Durand. "P. S. I know where King lives so he may expect me around anytime lo shake hands." Nazis' Plans Questioned by Chamberlain Wonders If Hitler Is Trying to Go Further Than Dominate Europe LONDON, (it*)-- Prime Minister Chamberlain told the house of commons Thursday that Germany's recent diplomatic actions i raised the question whether Germany "were perhaps planning to go even further" than to try to dominate Europe. The prime minister added: ·'Were this interpretation of the intentions of the German government to prove correct, his majesty's government feels bound to say that as similar attempts have done i;i the past this would rouse the successful resistance of this and other countries who prize their freedom." Not Anxious for Blocs "The government," Chamberlain said, "is not anxious to set up in Europe opposing blocs of countries with different ideas regarding the form of their internal administration." Chamberlain said he is- not yet in a position to make a statement regarding consultations with other governments concerning recent developments. The prime minister declared that every nation which prizes freedom would be prepared to resist if Adolf Hitler's empire building results, as seems possible, in an attempt to dominate not only Europe but the world. Moscow Replies Favorably Although Chamberlain said he was unable to advise parliament regarding efforts to form an anti- Hitler front among Britain, France, Soviet Russia and Poland, other developments - indicated progress. They included: 1--Disclosure at the soviet embassy-that Moscow · had replied favorably to Britain's proposal for B four-power declaration against aggression and pledge to consult in event of new blows by Hitler in central Europe. That probably would result in a conference among the interested powers and red army staff talks with British and French military commanders 2--Reports that Britain and France had signed a secret agreement regarding m u t u a l defense of Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. 3--A declaration by Anlhony Eden, former foreign secretary, favoring a coalition government and conscription of wealth in war time. FUEHRER SAYS 'SUFFERING' OF WAR IS ENDED Most Powerful Units of German Fleet Take Leader to New Lands EUROPE-AT-A-GLAN'CE By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS MERCURY RISES TO HIGH OF 77 Mason Cityans "sweltered in a heat wave" Thursday afternoon as the mercury climbed to 77 degrees. Overcoats became ponderous things for the few who happened to have them and spring attire became the order of the day. Clear skies and a beaming sun nearly caused t h e remaining traces of ice and snow in sheltered spots to go awsy, On some hillsides the grass developed a green tinge. ' Holy Family Loses 30-24 in Tourney With Eastern Five CHICAGO, (/P) _ Southeast Catholic high school of Philadelphia defeated Holy Family of Mason City, Iowa, 30 to 24, in the first round of national Catholic interscliolastic basketball t o u r n a m e n t play here Thursday. Marquette of Milwaukee defeated the Iowa champion, Lolas academy of Dubuque, 37 to 32, in an earlier game. _ Hitler welcomes Memelland into expanding Germany after triumphal arrival aboard battleship Deulschland. Budapest -- Unconfirmed reports say Hungary will take over Slovakia with German backing to re-create strong Hungarian kingdom. Kaunas-- Lithuania keeps reinforced troops along frontier after loss of Memel to Germany. Rome-- King Vittorio Emanuele hints Italy is wailing move by France for settlement of Italian claims lor territory. Paris -- French government concentrates on trying to win Italy either by show ot force or diplomatic negotiations. London-- Britain gives France task of bringing Poland and soviet Russia into united front against Germany; Edeti says every linur counts in defense preparations. _ Moscow-- British trade mission arrives as soviet press expresses doubt that overtures for cooperation against Germany mean any change in British and trench policy. BULLET1X ME3IEI,, ttp)-- Adolph Hitler concluded a two-hour visit to this Baltic port. latest addition to his expanding- realm, when he departed Thursday aboard the torpedo-boat Leopard for an undisclosed destination. MEMEL. (UP) _ Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, triumphantly welcoming Memel "home to the reich " declared Thursday t h a t Germanv now has ended its "making good" the -suffering" inflicted on her after the World war. Whether the fuehrers words were intended to mean t h a t Germany now is satisfied with her territorial acquisitions in Europe was not entirely clear. It was recalled that after the acquisition of Austria, he said the same thing. Escorted by Fleet Hitler was escorted to Memel oy Ine most powerful units of the German fleet. He drove through the gaily-decorated streets packed with shouting throngs and addressed tens of thousands from the balcony of the theater in the central square. Hitler was followed into the city by German marines who formally occupied Memel. Earlier in the day, German troops and motor- ad cnlcrcd from East The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Generally fair Thursday niffht and Friday, except unsettled in southwest portion Friday; warmer in central and cast portions Thursday night; mild temperature Friday MINNESOTA: Generally fair Thursday night and Friday, bc- cominE unsettled in north portion Friday; somewhat warmer Thursday night, except in tlie vicinity of Duluth; colder in north portion Friday IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics: Maximum Wednesday 72 Minimum Wednesday Xighl 37 At 8 a. m. Thursday 55 YEAR AGO: Maximum 51 Minimum Not much time left to take advantage of the wonderful Used Car Values being offered this week. Turn to the Want-Ad Page now! Three companies of marines lolaltmr 1,200 men landed from the fleet. As they debarked, 100 military planes of n!I types and ~U Hying lioats roared overhead. Twenty-one d e s t r o y e r s a n d ;peed boats entered the harbor. Thirty-nine other warships, including (he pocket battleship peutschland. which brought Hitler, anchored outside. A company o[ blue-jacketed landing troops from the cruiser Koeln landed first and stole Die show from the army on the marc|) through the wildly excited city. · Shows Xavy Po\vcr Hitler presumably chose marines to occupy the city formally instead of the army because o'f Memel's tradition as a port, and to demonstrate the rising power ol the German navy. The vanguard of tlie occupation force crossed the Mcmcl river at Tilsit, East Prussia, at 7 a. m (12 a. m. C. S. T.) into tiie area surrendered by Lithuania under a n i m p l i e d ultimatum, and reached Memel City at 9:05 a m (2:05 a. m. C. S. T.) Armovcd cars, rumbling along the street, led tiie vanguard ot 1,000 troops who were first to cross the frontier, comprising an armored car company, an infantry company of tiie Tilsit garrison. a company of air force troops tnri a motorized battery, in command of Gen. Kurt Von Kuechlcr. Celebrated All Ni^ht After a nearly all night celebration, crowds had jammed the streets since 7 a. m., cheering the companies of Memel nazi storm troops and order service men who marched and formed cordons. As the German troops entered the cheers rose to ecstatic pitch. The crowds threv.- (lowers at the troops and shouted FO loudly that the noise of iiic annorert cars and heavy wheeled t r u c k s was drowned. There was no news ot Lith-

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