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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME n A it ». ^ iN t r t H I S T M t M S A R T O F I O W A C O M P DCS « O l N E S I A MASON CITY -iTHE BRIGHT* SPOT HOME EDITION VOL. XLV ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FO1X U2ASEB WIRES~ FIVE CEWTS A COPX · "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" Economists Laugh at Weekly Business Charts WASHINGTON -- Guffaws are rising from the government economists over the depressing antics of some of the weekly business charts--particularly the one in a weekly news magazine which virtually collapsed recently. If a collapse has occurred, t h e economists here h a v e b e e n scooped again. They deny it. Over-all index of income p a y m e n t s ,, , (used by the Paul Malion commerce department as the best business indication) shows a decline of 1 per cent since the December high, which \vould mean about one- fourth of the gain last fall has been lost (instead of all, as some of the private business charts contend.) Industrial production went up from 76 last summer to 103 and is now down to about 97 which confirms the impression that the loss is limited to about one-fourth of the gain. A private chart showed business now as bad as last summer. The economists think it is futile to try to judge business by weekly charts or any other weekly index because these are bound to be erratic. * . * o Exnect Aoril Pickun Consensus here, is a pickup will start in^April unless the foreign situation gets out of hand (and they do not believe it will). Chemicals, furniture, machine tools, building materials are showing improvement. Steel and aulos are "satisfac-- tory." Auto-buying is "pretty good.' March will probably wind up a little lowei than February, but the ^cattbou^£eer£._are, even^'reluctant tO CallMllG first rflfar4oT'".*?1iii»nia J f r movemerit Defense circles have been excited by confidential information that the dominican republic was dickering with Hitler about establishing a German submarine base at the threshold of the Caribbean in Samana bay. Their excitement was soon lost when they traced the story to a political faction of dominican exiles in Porto Rico, o w Hard to Reach Decision The Lee report declaring southern freight rates are discriminatory apparently did not come about easily. The inside on it is Interstate Commerce 'Commissioner Lee first employed an examiner who was preparing to reach the opposite conclusion, that there was'no discrimination. This led to some personal debate and the examiner withdrew. Lee then brought in a more agreeable examiner from the puddle west who reached the right conclusion --that southern rates on 33 main commodities are prejudicial and in eight instances unreasonable. The report is apt to endear Mr. Lee with southern senators on the senate interstate commerce committee who are now considering his reappointment nomination, s » * Seek Data on Nazis What Chairman Dies is after from Attorney General Murphy is some additional FBI data on nazi activities, since J. Edgar Hoover made the secret bund report last fall. Incidentally, one member of the Dies committee seems to have had access to the material even before Murphy promised it to Dies. The new deal appointee on the committee. Jerry Voorhis, had his secretary in Murphy's offices several days earier, copying the report. A g r i c ulture departmentalists liave been murmuring that a big cotton dealing firm is fighting the Wallace cotton export subsidy plan in congress. An administration senator lias been preparing a speech charging the firm with having large financial interest jn Brazilian cotton, which might erf- plain why the firm does not want American cotton dumped on the world market. A congressman had been living at tiie swankiest downtown hotel during the recent strike, passing the picket line morning and evening. Finally, he decided to enhance his reputation with union labor, marched to the hotel manager, banged his fist on the desk, announced he was tired of waiting for a settlement, and as the management was to blame, he wa- MASON CITY, IOWA, MONDAY, MARCH 27, 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 144 DECLARES RUMANIA STILL FREE LIGHT VOTE IN CITY ELECTION OF COUNCILMEN 1,156 Ballots Cast by 2 (XClock; Polls Close at 8 P.M. Voters lagged in the trip to the polls Monday, only 1,156 ballots having been cast a't 2 o'clock according to a survey of the eight polling places. The light vote during the first seven hours the polls were open was somewhat of a surprise to those in touch with the local political situation who had expected the seven candidates for the three openings on the city council to draw considerable interest. In addition to the three incumbents, Mayor H. C. Brown and Councilmen Arleigh Marshall and Ray E. Pauley, another complete slate was offered voters with Virgil Shook, William Buck and Jake Douglas running on a "People's ticket." The seventh candidate, running independently, was Fay E. O : NeiI. Counting of the ballots will begin when the polls close at 8- o'clock. Vote by Precincts The vote at 2 o'clock in the eight precincts was: First ward,-first precinct 132 First ward, second precinct .. 93 Second ward, first precinct .. 257 Second ward, second precinct 110 Third ward, first precinct . . . 175 Third ward, second precinct 140 Fourth ward, first precinct .. 165 FO TOTAl al ' d '. set °id »«"*TMt u f* At the school election two weeks ago 685 votes of the 1 974 cast had been placed in the ballot .boxes at 2. b'.clock. Total vote in the;=city.--election a-year ago Ava's : w °;vacancies.;. Highest-'-vote- ealt 1933 l° : years was 5,648 in Voting- Places Named Following are the eight polUn" places: First ward, first precinct-School administration building. First ward, second precinct- Mason City Lumber company. Second ward, first precinct Courthouse. Second ward, second precinct-McKinley school. Third ward, first precinct-Lapiner's garage. Third ward, second precinct-Roosevelt school. Fourth ward, first precinct S. and.R. garage. Fourth ward, second precinct-Cerro Gordo Implement company. Judd Suggests State Make Purchase of Wartburg at Clinton DES MOINES, f/P)_Represen- tabve Judd R), Clinton, Monday said he had suggested to two Iowa house committees that the state purchase the Wartburg college buildings and grounds at Clinton for use as a state educational or hospital institution. Judd said he had conferred with tlje board of control and the public lands and buildings committee on the plan. The college plant has been unused since 1937 when Iowa's two Wartburg colleges were consolidated at Wavcrly. Clipper Reaches Azores on European Trip ,"#""-· ', f. at Baltimore ¥ * * * , across --*··--* -- --.-,... .?n*»iiii»ii4£- over the water of the Patapsco river Atlantic. Twenty-one men were aboard the 74-passenger airliner. FIRST LEG OF TRIP FINISHED Huge Clipper Reaches Azores in 17 hours, 33 Minutes From U. S. BALTIMORE, (/P)_The Hying boat Yankee Clipper landed at Horta, the Azores, at 7:07 C. S. T.. Monday, 17 hours and 33 minutes out of Baltimore on a trans-Atlan- tic flight over the, route followed by the old American sailing clippers. Pan-American Airways, which will inaugurate regular passenger service to Europe in the summer, announced the Clipper's arrival from the ship. The time was slightly under the 18 hours estimated for the first leg of the flight. 21 on Trip . Carrying 21 crewmen and tech- ntan^__*he. largest 1 numberever ! thah-air rhachine-^'and enough gasoline for 5,000 miles, the Clipper took off Sunday at 1:34 p. m. (C. S. T.) Pan American officials called it a routine flight, to survey facilities- at Horta, Lisbon, Portugal; Marseilles, France; Southampton, England, and Fornes, Ireland. The boat is due to leave Horla Wednesday for Lisbon. The same ports will be touched on the return flight, the round-trip requiring two weeks. Goes 160 M. P. H. Favored with a brisk tail wind anil perfect weather, the Clipper maintained a cruising speed of 160 to 175 miles an hour and an altitude of 6,000 to 8,700 feet. The Horta jump, approximately 2,800 miles, is the longest of the projected flight. Technicians of the government service branches and private airplane companies made the trip as observers. NEW COMMITTEE PONDERS SAFETY 2nd Group Seeks to Agree on Measures of House and Senate DES MOINES, W--The Iowa house hasn't given up hope that the safety department bill can be salvaged from the scrap heap of disagreement. A second conference committee} to meet with the senate in an attempt to reach an agreement was named Monday by Speaker Irwin. The senate named its second committee Friday. ! The new house committee will i be composed of Representatives I Henry Burma (R) of Allison: W. P. Know-lton (R) of Decorah; Leo .ma he came back asking for his old apartments. "Sorry, Mr. Congressman." said the manager with the lofty dignity reached only by royalty and hotel managers, "we are full up." ICopyrijbt, K i n y Features, Inc.) The two branches are stalemated over the question of jurisdiction of the department which would include the highway patrol and inspection services. The house named the attorney general as direct head, while the senate wants it under the governor. DALADIER PLANS REPLY TO ITALY Designed to Permit Opening of Talks on Colony Settlement PARIS, (JP)--Premier Daladier, secure in his dictatorial decree powers, mapped a reply Monday to Premier Mussolini's African demands--a reply designed to permit opening negotiations for a French- Italian settlement. Sources close to Daladier said the reply would take one of two forms: Either a direct note to Rome through regular diplomatic channels, asking Italy just what she wants, or a similar question to be put in a broadcast speech on Wednesday. Reconciliation appeared to be closer than at any time since Dec. 17 when Mussolini denounced the 1935 treaty -which he initialed at Rome with Pierre Lava), then the French premier. Although Mussolini's speech Sunday was far from specific on what he \yants in Africa, hopes for reconciliation were retarded by the French fear that Mussolini later would ask what Dala- dier's government has said could not and would not be granted: 1. Territorial concessions. ^ 2 . Rights in Tunisia, French r\orlh African protectorate, beyond those granted to Italy in the 1935 treaty. Mussolini pointed out that in the denunciation of the 1935 treaty "Italian problems with France were clearly set forth, problems of a colonial character. HALT STARLING BOUNTY HUMBOLDT, Iff)--Because the general fund is low, payment of bounties for starlings will be halted April 1 by Humboldt county. Anti-German Acts Blamed on Poland BERLIN, (U.R--Nazi government sources assailed Poles for purported anti-German activities Monday in what appeared to be a campaign of pressure on Poland in connection with Danzig and the Polish corridor to the sea. With international interest centered on the possibility that Adolf Hitler would move next to return the Polish corridor and the port of Danzig to the reich, semi-official information made available to the foreign press charged that systematic attempts were being made by Polish organizations to disturb relations with Germany. Sometimes Precede Moves In the past, such nazi statements have sometimes preceded German moves to expand the reiclrs frontiers. , . : : · . Referring to reports by the semi- berg that;attacks'.had" been made on German women and children in the Polish corridor by members of the Polish western league, the statement said: "Recent anti-German demonstrations by the Polish westeiyi league in Bromberg and the vicinity Have astonished political circles here insofar as it has been impossible to halt systematic attempts by this league to disturb Polish-Germ an relations." Report Troop Movements The statement added that "Sunday's demonstrations at Bromberg were by no means an isolated instance, but on the contrary actions against Germans are accumulating to a regrettable degree. In this connection it must be emphasized that agitation of the Polish western league is the cause of this unpleasant development," There have been frequent reports of troop movements by both Germans and Poles in the corridor area recently but both governments continued strongly io deny that any unusual concentrations were near the danger area. REPORTS DEMANDS MADE ON POLAND LONDON, Monday, U,R--The News Chronicle published reports reaching London that Chancellor Adolf Hitler had delivered a three- point note to Poland asking restoration to Germany of virtually all rights in the free city of Dan- ThefNews Chronicle said it was understood that the German note sent to Warsaw last Friday, proposed: 1--Abolition of Ihe post of the of nations high commissioner for Danzij. 2--A strictly Polish-German settlement of the Danzig question. 3--All rights in Danzig to revert to Germany except certain port rights for Poland. The Polish government was said to be carefully considering the note, which the News-Chronicle said was responsible for Warsaw's refusal to join a four-power "stop Hitler" declaration with Britain France and soviet Russia. Danzig has a German population. It is a free city with an area of 754 square miles and a population of 407,000. U was taken from Germany after the World war and put under league of nations protection. Poland, however, dominates it and it is a part of the Polish customs setup. U lias a heavily pro-nazi parliament. 8 ARE KILLED IN BUS-AUTO CRASH Driver Says Accident Was So Quick He's Not Sure How It Occurred LOS ANGELES, (fp) -- Andrew Torbet, driver of an inlerurban bus which was in collision with a sedan Sunday* resulting in the deaths of eight persons, told police Monday that "I'm not sure how it happened, it was so quick." '·The sedan was coming toward me," he told Detective Ralph Stiles. "Suddenly the veav end of the sedan swung around, and the tight side of the sedan smashed into the front of the bus. I guess the sedan skidded." Those killed were: Meyer Mill- kus, 70; Mrs. Nellie Minkus, 6B, his wife; Isadore Minkus, 25, their son; Fannie Minkus, IB, their daughter; Mona Lee Minkus, 3, daughter of _Isadore; Frank Garron, 21, nephew, of Meyer 'anil' "a senior at" the University of "Chicago; Lina Rubin, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rubin; Gorman Bapaport, 18. · Mrs. May George, a passenger in the bus, said: "I happened to look up and saw the car cross our path. I tried to brace mystelf,- but hit my chin on the seat in front. They were all so quiet in that car after we struck. There were no screams." Eleven of the bus 1 passengers were injured, none critically. Old Man Winter May Give Parting Slap to Iowa on Way Out DES MOINES, (/ft-- Old Man Winter may give Iowa another parting slap on his way out, the weather bureau announced Monday. Rain or snow with "continued cool" weather was forecast for Tuesday. losvans who had consigned top coats to the moth balls during last week's summer-like temperatures' had to get them out again Monday after the mercury dropped to a low of 25 at Mason City and 26 at Charles City and Iowa Fall* Blustery March winds swept the state Sunday, driving early golfers back indoors. FRANCOTROOPS ARE READY TO ENTER MADRID Take New Strategic Points Following Negotiation Breakdown HENDAYE, France--(At the Spanish Frontier), (/?)--Reports to the Spanish nationalist command at Irun said General Francisco Franco's troops had occupied new strategic points on the Madrid front and might enter the Spanish republican capital Monday. The reports gave no details on the new positions but indicated the movement was preparatory to occupation. These advices mentioned no resistance on the Madrid front and said the nationalist offensive in south central Spain continued with only weak and spotty resistance. Negotiations Break Down A breakdown in negotiations for surrender of Madrid had sent the nationalists in the south toward the rich Almaden mercury mines. Border advices told of a nation- ilist offensive in the Toledo sector, 50 miles south of Madrid. Nationalists were said to have pierced republican lines at several points The objective of the drive was to force Madrid's unconditional surrender. S i m u l t a n e o u s l y it was announced over the Union radio station at Madrid that the republican defense council had completed preparations for the surrender of tlie entire i-epublican airforce to Franco. 3Iany Prisoners Taken Reports from Burgos said the nationalist forces were encountering little resistance and added thai many prisoners had been taken.. In the Almaden area, 140 miles southwest: '-'tof'-'MaarfiJ^tHewllble republican army appeared to have surrendered. Subsequent border reports said the Madrid national defense council decided to surrender the capital despite the collapse of peace negotiations. Nationalist sources said Madrid defenses were almost deserted. Planes Slay Surrender Both government and nationalist reports a t - t h e frontier said the council had decided that if the troops had little desire to resist a nationalist attack on Madrid when it came, surrender was the only solution. If the weather permits, these sources said, the republican air force might fly soon to Burgos and surrender, as a token of the submission of the capital city and the entire area under the control of the Madrid council. Chargrc Term Haggling In Madrid, a republican spokesman said snowstorms r a g i n g through central Spain made impossible the delivery of Madrid's airplanes Sunday, the agreed first step in the republicans' surrender. Nationalist sources said the storm was only an excuse. The republicans, they declared, still wanted to haggle over terms of surrender already set. F. R. Signs Bill to Aid Crop Insurance Premium Payments WASHINGTON, r/P;--President Roosevelt signed Monday a bill authorizing the secretary of a"- nculture to make advances to farmers to enable them to pay premiums for insurance with the federal crop, insurance corpsra- tion. The advances would be made from existing appropriations to farmers participating in the present crop control program. STABBED BY BROTHER HUMBOLDT, {fft -- Charles Knutson, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. plaf KnoUon of Thor, Iowa, is in a serious condition with a knife wound in the side suffered when his younger brother Harold, accidentally stabbed him with a pocketknitc. The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Cloudy, rain or snow- Tuesday and in west and north portions Monday nishl; continued cool. MINNESOTA: Considerable cloudiness in north portion · snoiv in south portion Alonday mehl and Tuesday; continued cold. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 a. m. Monday: Maximum Sunday 49 Minimum Sunday night 25 at 8 a. m. Monday 31 YEAR AGO: Maximum 35 Minimum 33 Figures for Sunday: STATE, FEDERAL WAGES TAXABLE Supreme Court Approves Part of Roosevelt's fax Recommendations WASHINGTON, (#,_ The supreme court approved part of President Roosevelt's tax recommendations to congress Monday by holding that a slate can tax the income of an employe of a federal agency and that the federal government can tax the income of a state employe. The decision, on attempts by New York and Utah to tax the income of federal employes, was described by government attorneys as "one of the most momentous in many a year." The court specifically overruled previous decisions holding that the federal and state governments could not tax the "means and instrumentalities'' of the other. Justice Stone, who delivered the majority decision in the New York case, said the court had refused "to imply a constitutional prohibition of federal income taxation of salaries of stale employes" in last years New York port authority decision. "We perceive no basis for a difference in result,-' he continued, "whether the taxed income be salary or some other form of compensation, or whether the taxpayer be an employe or an officer of either a state or the national government, or of its instrumentalities." LOOK INSIDE FOR- JACK BENNY Comedian Is Ready to Plead "No Defense" PAGE 2 31 Schools Enter SUI Debate Tourney PAGE 11 Stanley Cup Squads Narrowed to Four PAGE 3 FORMER SPEED DISTRICTS BACK House Passes Bill Against "Residence ...Districts" in Country..... DES MOINES,'-'(/P) _ Those "residence district" speed limit signs out in the country Friday were about to fade out of the Iowa motorist's existence. The Iowa house passed and returned to the senate for concurrence in minor amendments a bill recreating the old "suburban districts," with a 45-miIes-an-hour top speed limit. The vote was 89 to 5. The present laws recognize onlv three districts, the business and school areas with 20-miles-an- hour limits, and the residence district with a ceiling of 25 miles an hour. Says Disrespect Caused Representative Carroll Johnson (R). Knoxville, said he knew of one Iowa town whose corporate limits included about 50 yards of an arterial highway. There are no houses along the rcrd -' that point, he said, but motorists are advised to slow up to 25 miles an hour for the stretch. "Few motorists have obeyed these signs," he said, "and the habit leads to disrespect of all speed limit laws." Won't Raise Library Tax After arguing over the public debt, from the $40,000,000,000 owed by the federal government down to the indebtedness on the books of cities and towns, the house defeated a senate bill to raise the public library tax limit from l l ,i to IV. mills. The measure received 50 favorable votes, compared with 47 nays, but fell five votes short of the necessary constitutional majority. Eleven members were absent. It previously had passed the senate. Hungarian, Slovak Troops Renew Fights Along New Frontier BRATISLAVA, Slovakia. (IPi-- A Slovak announcement Monday said that Hungarian and Slovak troops renewed their border fighting Sunday despite an official truce and fought until Sunday night. (Reports in Budapest said the fighting stopped Saturday.) Reliable Hungarian cources in Budapest said the reports of new fighting on the frontier should be received with the greatest reserve. The fighting pivoted on ;i dispute over two hills in the Micha- lovce sector of the Slovak-Car- patho-Ukraine frontier where the S l o v a k s said the Hungarians shelled a village. Staff officers were said to have tried in vain to halt the hostilities. Slovak political sources said the Hungarians were tying to seize as much territory as possible along the boundary of their newly-won s t a t e , C a r p a t h o-Ukraine, t o strengthen Hungary's hand in border-marking negotiations which started Monday at Budapest. CHAMBERLAIN'S POLICY FACING STERN INQUIRY Prime Minister Says He Does Not Plan Trip to See Hitler LONDON, (ifj--Prime Minister Chamberlain told the liouse of commons Monday that Rumania "has not signed away her economic independence" in her new trade treaty with Germany. "We must await developments before coming to any definite conclusion," Chamberlain added, however, in answer to a question put to him by conservatives. "The Rumanian government has informed the British government that the agreement contains no political clause and Rumania has not signed away her economic independence," the prime minister said. Kcfers io Trade Mission He said the Bucharest government had informed Britain that the accord "is directed against no third party." In this, it was believed, Chamberlain was referring io the British trade mission to Rumania which. Oliver Stanley, president of the board of trade, announced a week ago would be sent to Bucharest. The mission has not gone but Chamberlain was believed to have indicated that its purpose had not been threatened by Rumania's commitment to Germany. Rumania, Chamberlain said, informed Britain of trade negotiations with Germany began Feb. 22 "and proceeded along normal lines until an agreement was signed." Discrepancy Unexplained The prime minister did not explain the apparent discrepancy between this statement arid'infbr- mation the British government was reported to have received March 17 that Germany had addressed a virtual economic ultimatum to King Carol's country. _ Chamberlain faced an increasingly impatient house of commons with new grounds for disillusionment in his hope of a general European settlement and without having Hie big and little European powers who fear Hitler. Statement Not Likely It had been expected Sunday tnai the prime minister would make a statement Monday on the European situation. Indications, however, were that the statement would not material- Chamberlain was asked whether he did not feel that lie should now 'get into touch with Herr Hitler to try to obtain" the fuehrer's 'personal explanation" of the ·-·rushing of Czecho-Slovakia. "I do not think any useful purpose would be served by so doing," the prime minister answered. Reports of divisions within his national government cabinet did not enhance the position of the man ivho wanted to pacify Europe and still wants to, but who now must do so under vastly inferior strategical conditions. YOUTIUHflRGED WITH MURDER Hitchhiker Liked to Read "G-Man" and Western Stories DES MOINES, c/pj--Gler. Kidwell, 17 year old hitchhiker who likes to read "G man" and western .stones, faced arraignment Monday for the murder of W. L. Lowe .19, Salvation army finance officer. He is accused of firing two shots into Lowe's body a few seconds after Lowe had picked him up in his car on a highway 15 miles north of here Saturday afternoon. Lowes car, which had barely started up, rolled into a ditch. The driver slumped dying over the wheel. Passing motorists found KidweH standing dazed beside the car a pistol in his hand. He readily admitted the shooting, and a statement signed before Sheriff Vane Oven-turf, declared he wanted Lowe's car to drive to Missouri. GUN DISCHARGES KA1RFIELD. ifl,_His hand badly mangled when a shotgun was discharged accidentally while he was hunting, Verle Matthias 13, of Birmingham Iowa was brought to Jefferson county hospital Sunday. Hospital authorities said the amputation of several fingers may be necessary.

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