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) A fl L Q M E R 5 ·in s . MEM a s,'$Y D E P T O F ! . ' . » 1-,'c c: MO I rj F. j; I · NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" H O M E E D I T I O N VOL. XLIII FIVE CENTS A COPY CIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 1937 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO. 147 Discussing 'Sit Downs' '.Viewed by Washington as Dangerous Development. F. L. MAYTAG OF NEWTON DIES --*· By CHARLES P. STEAVART r A S H I N GTON*, (CPA) -- The .in c o n s ensus congress seems to' be that the sit down strike is a dangerous labor development. It has proved to be extraordinarily effective, for one item. Also, technically, undoubtedly it is trespass. The strikers argument is that a worker's job is his property; accordingly it is his right to camp on it. However, the Average American is not yet educated up to a concurrence in this philosophy. It is recognized that it is the privilege of a body of dissatisfied employes to quit, and it more or less is recognized that they are" entitled to picket. But to continue in occupation of their employer's premises?--that's generally more than questioned. They do it and "get away with it," but even some pretly good liberal statesmen speak of it as a tendency toward overdoing matters. Leads to Reaction? Their theory is that the development of such methods will lead to so impossible a situation that, in Ihe public interest, strong measures will become absolutely necessary to remedy it--something like Mussolini-ism, for example. For labor's own sake, they are appealing to labor leaders to discourage it. Now, I cannot discover that labor's really "higher ups" have indorsed the sit down policy. Local leaders, here and there, and increasingly, are pro sit downers. But nol the BIG -leaders, except qualifiedly--from my observation. Two Big Leaders. . There are two big leaders of American workingmen today; !,· President William Green of the A. F. of L. . . . . . . "'" 2. President John'L. Lewis oE the United Milie Workers, who also is head o£ the national movement for industrial organization. The 'A. F. of L. is, in its way, a very conservative organization. When General Motors' sit down strike was at its climax, A. F. of L. President Green made it clear that his group wanted it to be understood that A. F. of L. was sympathetic toward the strikers' demands, but he made it equally clear that it did not approve the sit down system. Lewis More Radical. Most folk (I'm one of them, not necessarily unsympathetically) regard Lewis' program as decidedly more radical than Green's. The General Motors strike assuredly was a strike rather by Lewis' adherents rather than Green's. I think that Green semi"o. k-ed" it slightly reluctantly. 1 think that Lewis viewed the sit down aspect of it a bit skeptically. DELAY RECESS IN CONFERENCE ONAUTO STRIKE Blame Ice on Controls for Air Crash Shovels Way for Easter Bunny Continued Discussion Leads to Hope for Early End to Chrysler Tieup. But the employers? Strikes, especially sit down strikes, are anathema to them. Yet, as between dickering with a collection of unions, as represented by Green, and a consolidated union, as represented by Lewis, there is something to be said, from the employer's standpoint, in favor the Lewisonian combination. One Compact for All. Suppose the case of a large employer, with a multiplicity of Green's unions to bargain witn. Their contracts will expire from time to time, involving constant negotiation--with one union after another. Lewis offers a consolidation of bargains--30 or 40 unions at a clatter in some huge industries. One compact!--for a year or two LANSING, Mich., (/P)--Conferences between the highest officials of the Chrysler corporation and the United Automobile Workers, scheduled for adjournment at noon, continued long past that hour, giving rise to hopes that an agreement might be reached Friday. Homer Martin, president of the U. A. W. who left the conference room · for lunch, . replied "your guess is as good as mine" to inquiries about the possibility of a settlement. When. Waller P. Chrysler and John L. Lewis resumed their conferences at 8:15 a. m. (CST) Friday, it was indicated'the negotiations would be recessed at noon for the Easter week-end, resuming probably on Tuesday. Says "Progress" Made. Gov. Frank Murphy, who brought together the chieftains of the Chrysler corporation and the Commitlce for Industrial Organization and arranged the momentous agreement for evacuation of the Chrysler plants, was optimistic. He said "progress" was being made toward an agreement on the deadlocked issue of sole recognition which is keeping 60,000 workers from their, jobs. The evacuation of the eight striker occupied Detroit plants was completed before dusk Thursday evening when the unionist sit downers surrendered the keys to state troopers assigned to guard- the gates while the peace conference proceeds. Under the terms o£ the agreement reached by the corporation and the U. A. W. A. Wednesday night, office workers will have access to the premises but the plants will not be operated and equipment w i l l ' n o t be removed during the negotiations. Work oil Payroll. The first task of the clerical force was to complete the $2,000,000 payroll for work completed before the strike began March 8 when the corporation declined to recognize the union as the exclusive collective bargaining agent of the 67,000 employes. Union recognition was the chief subject before Chrysler and his associates in their conference in Governor Murphy's office with Lewis, chairman o£ the commitlee for industrial organization, 'and officers o£ its affiliated U. A. W. A. Governor Murphy said 80 state police were assigned to guard the GARNER--Jane Sinclair's preparations for Easter consisted of sliovelins snow. The 4 year old daughter of Mr. arid Mrs. Robert Sinclair was more concerned with making a path for the Easter bunny to get through than the wearing of Easter finery. All winter she has braved the cold and played oul-of-cloors. Her father is president of the Garner Chamber of Commerce. 2 HUH AT DES MOINES Fire Chief Badly Burned, Policeman Injured in $50,000 Blaze. DES MOINES, (fl 3 )--Fire Chief Will Burnett was severely burned and a policeman w»s injured here Friday afternoon when an explosion shook the Sheuerman brothers woolen mills after fire had broken out. Firemen estimated damage at $50,000 after the blaze wns brought quickly under control. or three! Guaranteed peace that period!--instead throughout of a series of wrangles to the tune of 10 or a dozen annually, any one of which may involve the whole 30 or 40! Farmer Ends Life. ADEL, (/P)--Coroner L. H. Deford reported John Gill, 35, Van Meter farmer, ended his life shortly after he appeared before the Dallas county grand jury. Get Ready For EASTER factory entrances to protect the rights of workers and company. He said the truce provided that there be no picketing, although Homer Martin, union president, had said before the strikers marched from Ihe planls that they would be picketed during the negotiations. In "Excellent Shape." 'The negotiations will proceed unlil an agreemenl on collective argaining has been reached," the ;overnor said. He said that state police who nspected Ihe planls as soon as he strikers left notified him he buildings were in "excellent shape" and that there were no re- porls oE damage. "When the Chrysler . strike is settled, the most serious of the industrial conflicts will be over," VTurphy said. "I believe the leaders in other disputes will follow ·apidly with similar agreements. Some parlies to other controversies have been in corrffnunication with me. They include the Hudson Motor Car company and the Reo Motor Car company." Other Parleys Recess. Conferences to settle, the strike which left 2,200 workers o£ the Reo truck factory here idle were in recess because one of the negotiators was called out o£ the city. At Detroit 10,000 Hudson em- ployes were idle, with no negotiations scheduled. The principal idleness in the automotive induslry was due to the Chrysler strike. Besides its 60,000 idle employes, a shutdown of Briggs body plants left 20,000 without work. STRIKE IN CHEVROLET SMALL PARTS PLANT BAY CITY, Mich., (fl)--More than 500 employes of the Chevrolet Motor company's small parts plant here who started a sit down strike Friday morning left the plant shortly after noon under an agreement that negotiations on their demands would begin Wednesday. The strike lasted less than two hours, but necessitated a suspension of production in the plant, 3 WPA Workers File Suit Against Trucker SIGOURNEY, (/P)--Counsel for three Oskaloosa WPA workers filed suit in district court against Glen McNurlen, Keota, whose truck, they claimed, sideswiped a Mahaska county.truck in January, killing one WPA worker and injuring six. H. S. Life, Oskaloosa attorney, said Fred Bishop seeks $4,500 damages from McNurlen. Charles Wymore asks $3,500, and Joe Dowling is suing for $2,500. The Weather FORECAST IOWA: Fair Friday nisht, Saturday and Sunday; continued cold. MINNESOTA: Fair F r i d a y night, Saturday and Sunday; continued cold. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 o'clock Friday morning: Maximum Thursday 20 Above Minimum in Night 7 Above At 8 A. M. Friday 10 Above Snowfall Trace Unseasonably cold but other wise about as much as a No'rtl lowan should expect of March That pretty well sums up the wea Iher offering since Wednesday' blizzard conditions. The sun wa back on the job doing full dut Friday forenoon but a brisi northwest wind counteracted it warming influence to a consider able extent. · where 2,300 are employed, 1,50 of them on the day shift. The demands, ipcluding the es lablishment of a shop committe to deal with employe grievance and wage rate of 80 cents an hou were formulated at a meeting o United Automobile W o r k e r Thursday night. General Motors officials said union representative had reques ed a conference with the plan management for 10 a. m. They sai the strike began before, the unio representatives had arrived for th conference 25 minulcs alter tha hour. ?; R; " Large Stack of Problems WASHINGTON (/P)--The ques- on of whether the government an do anything about sit down rikes topped Friday a stack o£ ublic problems awaiting Presi- ent Roosevelt's relurn from jeorgia. The president will call congres- onal leaders to his oval office oon afler he reaches Ihe capital aturday. Aides said he would dis- uss with them the labor situation s well as other major queslions. Some scnliment for government ction against sit down strikes de- eloped in floor speeches o£ sena- ors and representatives this week. Hopes for Statement. Senator Vandenberg (R-Mich.) aid he hoped the president would make some statement on the sub- ect. Administration l e a d e r s joinled oul, however, there ap- eared to be little federal of- icials could do unless a state sked for assistance. Relief will be among the first egislative matters to occupy Mr. Roosevelt. Congressman are wait- ng for his answer to the question: low much is needed for relief in he next fiscal year? Some of them hope for a budget Balancing cut in expenditures for he needy, but others maintain the ederal government must provide more, not less, relief. Studies Relief Problem. The president' has been study- ng the relief problem at his 3eqrgia cottage, working on a message he expects to transmit to congress on April 10. One administration objective which has not yet been written nto suggested legislalion is fix- ng wage and hour standards. The report o£ a commillee which surveyed the defunct National Recovery administration for the president was sent to congress without comment. Several, proposals for federal establishment of minimum wages and maximum working hours have been made, but none has been given Ihe stamp of administration approval. SKY CLEAR, NOT MOCH WIND AS CRAFT PLUNGES Sister Ship Cruising Above When Plane Carries 13 to Their Deaths. PITTSBURGH (/P)--Officials o£ the Transcontinental and Western airlines declared Friday that ice forming on the control equipment caused the crash ot its airline.' near Pittsburgh with the loss ol 13 lives. The company issued this statement, following an investigation of the crash in Ihe meadowland five miles from Ihe airport whore the plane was preparing to land: "The crash of the plane last night near Pittsburgh was due to fhe plane passing through localized, but very severe icing formations, while descending toward Pittsburgh, where a ceiling o£ 1,200 feet and visibility o£ five miles prevailed. Heavy Ice Deposit. "A heavy deposit of ice formed on the leading edge oE the ailerons, which control lateral balance, and caused the plane to go completely out o£ control. "All this happened within the space of a very few minutes. "Officials of the air line, headed by L. C. Fritz, eastern region superintendent, made this known this afternoon, following a preliminary but detailed survey ol the wreckage. .. '.; , ·'.. '.. . : planes flying into Pittsburgh a approximately the time of the accident, encountered no severe icing, substantiates our belief that Pilot F. L. Bohnet ran into localized and exceptionally heavy icing conditions. Fails to Dislodge. "The crash of the plane failed lo dislodge the ice formed on the air- lerons, and gave us the clew on which we were able lo reconstruct the accident. "All modern transport planes carry de-icing equipment for every part of the plane on which ice formations have been encountered. "Never before in tests or in scheduled flying has ice formed on the afrlerons to an extent that interfered with normal flight. "However, the unusual ice formation causing this accident indicates that protection against icing must be extended lo include air- House Concurs in Repeal · of Iowa $2 Pension Tax *Puts Off Action on Motor- Vehicle Measure Until LOOK I N S I D E FOR- SENATOR E. R. BURKE Opposes Judge Ready to Retire in 2 Years PAGE 2 Ail State Basketball Selections Announcec . . - ' PAGE 12 , . ' , : . Some Schools Start Spring Holiday Earl} PAGE 10 lerons, and TWA is taking immediate steps to develop this addilional safeguard." Dives Into Hillside. The twin motored skyliner nose dived into a hillside near the outskirts of Pittsburgh Friday night-only minutes away from the smooth runways of Allegheny county's 52,000,000 airport. Russell Young oC Washington, was the first o£ five, aeronautical inspectors p£ the Bureau ot Air Commerce to reach the scene o£ the crash. The county commissioners conferred with the airport manager. Harry Ditch Elected Labor Assembly Heac PAGE 13 Next Week. COLD EASTER IS SEEN FOR IOWA Fair and Continued Cold, Weatherman's Forecast for Week-End. DES MOINES, (IP)--The Iowa ouse Friday concurred with the senate in a bill lor immediate repeal of the $2 head tax for pav- ial support of the state's old age iension system. The measure after a hectic vide .hrough the house, passed finally by a vote o£ 104 to 0. However, it was revised to provide for the collection of delinquent taxes in 1935 and 1936, amounting to approximately $2,500,000. For the purpose of making refunds on taxes already paid another change provides that the state comptroller should remit collected taxes back to the counties for distribution. The bill goes back to the semile for ratification of the minor changes made. Take Easter Recess. A determined attempt to forestall repeal until next January lo permit the collection ol 1937 taxes was defealed by a vote of 57 to 47. This major measure disposed ol, the house joined the senate al midday in an Easter adjournment Earlier in the morning the house quibbled for some lime before de- erring unlil Monday furlher ac- ion on ihe controversial motor ve- licle bill over which it has been embroiled all week. It finally supported a motion by Representativi \. G. Moore (D) of Dunlap, b which the bill will not be taken up again until 2 o'clock Monday. Want "Every Penny." Controversy over the head ta repeal was between those force demandingvthat ."every- av.ailabl penny" be utilized for old age as sistance, and a group on the othe hand who said the leyy "could no and has not been collected" excep from 65 per cent of those eligibl to pay it. Before taking up the repeal pla the house substituted for its bil the senate measure which provide for outrighl repeal and provides further for refunds on taxes raid for this year. The house bill carried repeal also, but not unlil Dec. 31, next, permitting collection of this year's taxes. Representative Ed R. Brown (R) of Des Moines, led the fight for those seeking to upset the senate bill which he sought to amend to make Ihe repeal effective Jan. 1, 1938. Pass Several Bills.- The house waded through a number of non-controversial bills, WEALTHY IOWA MAN NOTED FOR PHILANTHROPY Washing Machine Company Founder Came to State in Covered Wagon. LOS ANGELES, Cal., (/P)~Fred L. Maytag, 73,, manufacturer, philanthropist and one of Iowa's vealthicst men, died early Friday novning at Good Samitan hospital ere. Founder of one of the largest ·ashing machine manufacturing oinpanies in the world, at New- on, Iowa, Maytag had lived in re- remcnt at Beverly Hills, Cal., for everal years. He succumbed to a chronic heart ohdition, according to his phys't- ian, Dr. William H. Leake. He ind been ill 10 days. The pioneer Iowa industrialist :ame to Newton in a covered wag- in from his birthplace near Eljin, 111., in early childhood. He vas born July 14, 1857. Noted for his gifts to midwest- DES MOINES (/P)--Iowa's tirst spring cold spell promised to continue through Friday and ably until next week. prob- The sky 2,400 feet, was clear there was lor not some much Baby Born in Auto as Mother Is Being Rushed to Hospital PLYMOUTH--Mrs. Henry E. Zallek lost her race with the stork Thursday night at 11:20 o'clock when an eight pound daughter was born to her. She was on her way .to a Mason City hospital in her car when the girl arrived. She, her husband and the new daughter stopped at Plymouth for care and mother and daughter are doing well at this time. The Zalleks are recent newcomers to a farm 5 miles east of Plymouth. wind, and a sister ship was cruising a few hundred yards above and behind the twin motored Douglas, C-2 numbered 320. Turns His Head. Captain A. M. Wilkins, winging home the second ship, turned his head to avoid looking at the doomed liner's final 50 foot drop. He estimated the fatal plunge began about 1,700 feet up and that Pilot F. Lawrence Cohnet, a veteran of 10 years service, made two complete left turns with his plane's nose pointed straight down. All the victims except the pretty blond hostess, Doris C. Hammons, of Elk City, Okla., were battered beyond recognition. They were catapulted to the front of the ship, whose nose plowed into a hillside on the fringe of Mt. Lebanon, fashionable suburb. Victims Are Listed. The dead: Edward J. Fleming, Jr., 22, student. Standard Oil Co., employe, Kansas City. C. R. (Dick) Lowers, 22, student, Standard Oil Co., employe, Kansas City. Hasan Haxhi, Albanian representative of Diamond T. Motor Car company, Argo, III. John F. Hermann, 45, engineer and inventor, Lincoln, 111. Frederick D. Lehman, 29, Met- rppilitan Life Insurance Co., Harrisburg, Pa. Miss Pauline Trask, 37, school teacher, Germantown, Pa. Edgar E. Braxelton 36, -stove sales manager, Elmhurst, I I I . Mary Black, 32, employe of The weather bureau predicted temperatures ranging Irom zero in the north to 10 above for sout! Iowa Friday night. A trace ot snnw was reported a Mt. Ayr and Davenport Friday Keolcuk reported Thursday's higr ot 28 while a reading of B above zero at Charles City was the state's official low. Fair and continued cold weather was forecast for the week-end. MERCURY BELOW ZERO IN MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA ST. PAUL (fP)--Below zero temperatures were recorded in Minnesota and North Dakota Friday on the heels ot one of the season's most severe snowstorms and the weather bureau forecast continued cold over Easier Sunday. Springfield, in southern Minnesota, reported the lowest temperature, 8 below zero. Rail and highway transportation nearcd normal as southern Minnesota cleared up after the snowstorm. 2 Killed, 25 Hurt in Polish Train Wreck WARSAW, (IP)--Two railroad employes were killed and 25 passengers injured Thursday when a streamlined train running from Warsaw to Katowice crashed into a freight train near Czestochowa. Civil War Veteran 1 Dies. CEDAR FALLS (XP)--Davis A. Finley, 90, Civil War veteran, and retired railroad engineer, died. Standard Brands, Inc., New York. Miss Frances Reed, 23, department store (Macys) employe and New York-university student, of Wheeling, W. Va. E. G. Neill, 37, Curtis Publishing Co., Minneapolis, Minn. Capt. F. L. (Larry) Bohnet, Newark, chief pilot. Howard E . W a r w i c k , E a s t Orange N. .7., co-piloi. Doris C. Hammons, hostess, Elk City, Okla. Including one prohibiting the firing oC dynamite charges in mines if anyone but the explosives experts arc present at the time, and another providing for a separate count of^nbsent voters' ballots in voting machine districts. The house also passed a bill granting county boards the right to give rent free space in courthouses for use of newsstands op- perated by war veterans. Voting 85 to 0, the house approved a bill authorizing the governor to make reciprocal agreements with border states on the parole of prisoners. IVemlel Turned Dmvn. .A bill to require the sanction ot the state railway commission on any move by railroads to abandon stations was passed 92 to I, and another enabling cities and towns to purchase ground and buildings for hospital purposes and to levy a tax therefor, wns approved, 68 to 15. The senate late Thursday rejected appointment of Alvern S. Wendel (D) of Bronson to the state highway commission. It was the second lime during the present session the chamber has rejected a Kraschcl appointment. Previous unfavorable action coming on Walter Scholcs (D) of Council Bluffs, appointed to the state unemployment compensation commission. Appointments Approved. The senate approved the following appointments: Ivan O. Hasbrouck (H) of Jefferson to the old age assistance commission for a term ending July 1,1341; Mrs. E. R. Meredith (D) of Ames to Hie old age assistance commission for a term ending July 1,'1940. J. H. Bodine of Iowa City to the basic science board for a term ending July 1, 1943, and G. W. Heitkamp of Dubuque to the basic science board for a term ending July 1, 1939. ern colleges and charitable insti- utions, Maytag also held public office in Iowa for several years. Member of Senate. From 1902 to 1912 he was a member of the Iowa state senate. He served as mayor o f . N e w t o n from 1823 to 1925, and in 1925 was made first director o£ the Iowa budget. Among the outstanding philanthropies was a gift of $250,000 to the Newton Y. M. C. A. On his 70th birthday he distributed S132,- 000 to his employes at Newton. The Maytag Washing Machine factory at Newton employs 2,000 workers and is valued at $5,000,000. An estimated 50,000 persons are. directly dependent upon it for employment - - -- · - _ . . On several occasions the plant has received trainload shipments of bar aluminum, used in the manufacture of washing machines, and said to be the largest single shipments of the metal ever made. Funeral at Newton. Funeral services for Maytag will be held at Newton Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church The body was to be sent there Friday night. In 1926 the Home Appliance Merchants of America presented him with a 52,500 gold medallion "in recognition of outstanding services in originating and manufacturing electrical home appliances." In SISO.nOO Home. Maytag was living in a now S150.000 home at Beverly Hills, purchased last year, up to the time of his illness. Maying's parents, Daniel and Amelia Toneban Maytag, were immigrants from Prussia and Germany. The father was a carpenter. The family first settled in Iowa 30 miles north of Newton near Laurel in Marshall county. While his father worked at his trade, young Fred, age 10, started in on his first job as a farm hand. By the time he was 1G, the youth was an experienced farmer and operated a threshing machine. He went to rural schools, but only for about two years after he was 12. At the age of 23 he left farming to work as a salesman for a Newton implement dealer at a salary o£ $50 a month. Had Saved S800. Within a few years, lie saved $800 and with this had and Retired Iowa Farmer Dies After Tumble HARLAN, (7P)--Hans Boken, 69, retired Walnut farmer, died from injuries suffered when he fell down a f l i g h t of steps at the home of a son. money he had borrowed on his father's note, he purchased an interest in the business. He sold out to his two partners, W. C. and A. H. Bergman, to purchase a business of his own, n lumber yard. Meanwhile, he had married Miss Dena Bergman, sister o£ his former partners. She died in 1934, after bearing him four children. In 1893 Maytag joined with George W. Parsons of Newton to market a new invention, a self feeding attachment for threshing machines. His familiarity with farming aided him in perfecting the invention. The Parsons Self Feeder and Band Cutter company was the parent of the present Maytag organization. Maying reorganized it in 1909 under his own name. Sidelines Arc Added. From farm machinery M a y i n g branched the company into the manufacture first ot a corn husker and shredder. In 1911 an electric driven swinging wringer for washing machines was added. In 1914 he began manufacture of an aulomatic washing machine powered by p two cycle gasoline engine. The machine met great success, especially to rural communities where no eleclricity was then available. Four years previously he had left the m a n u f a c t u r e of washing machines to work on railway and automobile promotion but re» ^. 7 ^ ^ c-aemana,--ana~an~Un"d«

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