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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 21, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MARL CM f H I ST P T OF I S UQl tit VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 1939 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS Op TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE BLAMES RUSSIA FOR ATHENIA LOSS Ally Lands in America Nuisance By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist Senator Ernest L u n d e e ns scheme for the American seizure of the British West Indies in settlement John Bulls last World war debt to Uncle Sam uel made no hit in congress when the Min nesota Farmer Laborite pro posed it a few days ago Sena tor Tom Con nally of Texas went so far as to call it a c o w a r d 1 y Senator Lundcen idea which verges on being unparliamentary language No oth er solon was quite as outspoken as the Texan but the Minnesota statesman got no support from any quarter Nevertheless his opinion isnt altogether a new one Long be fore the present situation in Eu rope developed it was mentioned in legislative debate that it would be nice for Britain to cede Ber muda the Bahamas and Trinidad to the United States in cancella tion of the English 191418 war obligations owed to us The term seizure wasnt employed in con nection wtih these hints though The fact remains that Britains and Frances holdings in our hemisphere are an infernal nui sance just now The PanAmeri cas have drawn a zone around themselves within which they in sist that overseas fighters mustnt intrude their belligerency But say the British and French we have possessions inside that zy which were entitled to access So they have historically Paren dont ro a tier TheVre VJbellifterents yet and they dont money either The British and French ABE belliger ents and DO owe us a barrelful of monev Whose Waters The trouble with the British and French is that they claim certain of our PanAmerican waters as THEIH waters Ach say the Germans If your PanAmerican socalled neu tral zone includes some Anglo French waters said Anglo French waters are belligerent waters and our Uboats and pock et raiders have a perfect right un der international law whatever that may to operate in Briefly the British and French already have refused to recognize our zone unqualifiedly The Ger mans havent expressed them selves officially but its well un derstood that THEY dont recog nize it unless we compel its Anglo French recognition Accordingly it seems to be up to the Pan Americas forcibly to keep the Eu ropean belligerents out of our maritime dooryard or have their war raging in the midst of it Of course this would mean Pan American participation in the none the less lethally exactly as a policeman who tries to stop a riot on his beat is liable to get himself chewed up by both sides Senator Lundeens argument i that PanAmericas best method of heading off such a contingency ii to grab British possessions on thi siSe of the Atlantic He hasnt re ferred to French possessions like wise but that follows logically Furthermore he reasons i wouldnt be a grab but a fore closure of a mortgage if After the War The pending war being If the Germans win points out Senator Lundeen there wont be anything left forthem to demand from the Allies on this side of the ocean well have it all If the Allies win itll be wh diplomats call a fait accompli It wont be very easy then for Allies to do anything about Uncle Sam will be in possession nine points of the law But Charley Lindbergh alleges that the Old World ought to ge out of the New World utterly That seems to include Canada Lundeen didnt specify the C nadians Its comprehensible th Britains and Frances Caribbe and other Latin American poss sit is might be scooped in w comparative ease as to the Carib bean islands British Honduras Martinique French Guinea the Falklands Canada though Thats quite large mouthful the it Ca with and Sub Commander Let Co a the Fight Was Over voy we came upon the sub with it T ML 9 Editors Note This graphic story of the torpedoing of the French tanker Emile Illiguet and the British freighter Heron spool by a German submarine was told to the Associated Press by George Haresnape raclo operator of the British ship on his arrival in New York Satur day with 35 other members of the crew who survived the attack By GEORGE HARESNAPE NEW YORK Ger man submarine that sent the freighter Heronspool to the bot tom with a torpedo Oct 12 off the Irish coast did so only after we had battled it in a four hour night fight The sub didnt hit us with a single sheli We had been protected by a British warship convoy io a point about 300 miles off Ire land We were on our way to Montreal At p m only a few hours after we had left the con voy we came upon the sub marine as it was sinking the big French oil tanker Emile Miguet The submarine was firing shot after shot at the tanker and we started running at once hoping to get away unnoticed The sub saw us however and started for us We had only one cant tell you what size because its against British admiralty orders we fought back as best we could The submarine surfaced and dived continually firing with its guns I think they wanted to save the expense of a torpedo We zigzagged all over the ocean it seemed firing back and forth st each other for four hours Because of our gun the submarine didnt risk coming too close and with the darkness adding to the confusion they failed to touch us with a shell At a m the submarine commander must have become tired of this Anyway he let go the fight was over The torpedo struck us so un expectedly and we abandoned ship so quickly I didnt have time to send an S O S lor help All 36 crew members got away safely in two lifeboats The submarine cruised about us as we bobbed on tlie sea but no one spoke to us The Heron spool sank slowly and we would have boarded her again if the sub had only left Finally four hours after it was hit the freighter sank The sub stuck by us however for another hour until the Ameri can liner President Harding came into sight then left The American ship which was hurrying to the scene in an swer to the French oil tankers distress signals saw us and picked us up Two British war ships meanwhile had come to the aid of the French tankers survivors uiuy IVLI survivors Battered President Harding Reaches Port REYNOLDS SAYS BRITISH LINER SUNK BY SOVIET Purpose Was to Shove Nazis Britain Into Struggle Is Assertion LINER CAUGHT IN HURRICANE IS BACK HOME One of Most Dramatic Tempestuous Voyages in Maritime Annals Ends BULLETIN STOCKHOLM UR The Swedish steamship G u s t a v Adolf was torpedoed off the Shetland Islands Saturday The crew of 19 was saved by the Nonvejrian steamer Bicay The Gustav Adolf 1450 tons was bound for England Her home port was Gothenburg NEW YORK Twentysix persons were removed on stretch ers from the United States liner President Harding Saturday when the stormbattered vessel arrived ne ofi the most tempest Reynolds ng he Sat he modern maritime annals Eyes were blackened bones fractured and bodies bruised by tumbling furniture and heaving decks when the 13869fon liner was caught by a hurricane after rescuing the crew of the torpe doed British freighter Heronspool Altogether 73 passengers and crew members were injured in the storm but all except the 25 most seriously hurt were able to walk by the time the ship docked A cabin boy Paul Johnson was washed overboard and lost when a wave broke over the decks Passengers said most of the in juries were caused by one huge wave propelled by a 110mile an hour wind Some said it was 100 feet high A fleet ambulances and stretcher bearers waited at the dock when the vessel arrived if Bobby Vernon actor and sing er whose name appeared on a passport as Ralph Keller of Los Angeles explained the distress call that led to medical supplies being rushed to the President Harding by the coast guard cut ter Hamilton Our ships hospital was wrecked in the storm and our bandages and other supplies were ruined Keller said After the big wave hit Keller said the smoking room was a shambles and full of horrible scenes People were piled in heaps and furniture was splintered and smashed he said Human legs were sticking out of piles of broken table legs and chairs A big console radio which was bolted to the wall tore loose and was smashed against the opposite wall I was sitting in a chair on the side of the ship where the wave struck and I found myself flying across to the other side There was no chance to get to your feet because first the ship would be tilted one way and then the other The floor was like a greased pig p and the water and furniture would knock us down as fast as we tried to stand up Of the 598 passengers 321 were American citizens Paul Van Zceland former pre mier of Belgium was in his cabin with his wife and four children when the wave struck All four iat were tumbled out of their beds and an piled in a heap against the wall Van Zeeland was bruised and cut Capf Sidney E Batson master of the torpedoed freighter who was rescued with his crew of 35 praised the President Hardings commander Capt James E Rob a erts for his seamanship Most the passengers ex By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Two uniden tified aircraft bring air raid warnings on east coast rio attack made 250000 men between 20 and 22 register for military service ROME Gayda com menting on Ankara pact says Italy must be reck oned with in any changes in Mediterranean or Bal kans MOSCOW Govern ment newspaper says An InWtfie orBifbf design to split Russian German partnership French troops on German soil at two points high command ad mits officials warn against interpreting failure of nazis to cross border as sign of prospective peace move F inland plans defense loan as her delegations pre pares to renew negotiations with soviet Russia BULLETIN LONDON air min istry announced that German aircraft hail made an attack on a British convoy Saturday aft ernoon and driven off fay British planes and antiaircraft fire The announcement said our fighters inflicted some casual tics on the enemy The announcement said Enemy aircraft were sighted this morning by a convoy in the North Sea In response to a signal fight er aircraft were despatched and Hie enemy made off This afternoon an actual at tack was made on the convoy by enemy aircraft The escort vessels opened fire and our fighters inflicted casualties on the enemy Auto Thief Even Asks Certificate of Title From Rightful Owner WENONA 111 Falk has a candidate for the title of nerviest person Falks car was stolen recently Now he has a letter ostensibly from the thief saying the car had been sold to a John A Miller of Williams Ariz and asking that the certificate of title be sent to the latter The postscript said Have the certificate changed to this mans name I cannot collect without it NoxiWor Hawk Downed in Scotland raid the d Central Press Radiophoto io a Brlis communique were shot dnwn during a c water as ils crcw rescue Welsh and Cooper Enter Not Guilty Pleas in Dreher Case Waive to GrandJury 3 Reunited in Jail in Murder Inquiry DES MOINES P Welsh 32 and William E 19 confessed accomplices in the robbery murder of Harold J Dreher of Mason City Friday pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder and waived to the grand jury They were arraigned before Municipal Judge C S Cooler Not guilty is the only plea which can be entered in police court All three suspects in the Dreher case are now in the Polk county jail awaiting trial Fred Osten rieder IE was similarly arraigned about a month ago The trio was reunited in jail inday after separation in Port land Ore in early September Each of the three was arrested in the west since that time According to their signed con fessions the three men robbed Dreher here July 27 and kidnaped him m his own car so he wouldnt holler for help Welsh told police that he shot Dreher and tossed him from the speeding car when he attempted to escape pressed similar sentiments but Prof Louis C Karpinski 61 of the University of Michigan criti cized the officers for their handl ing of the situation He also ex pressed resentment at the num ber of foreigners aboard and said preference should be given Americans stranded in Europe io BRITISH SKIP SENDS OUT SOS MANILA SOS from the British ship New Mathilde saying she was sinking and re quired immediate assistance was picked up Saturday by the Manila station of Radio Corporation of America The New Mathilde said she was in the China sea in the Hong Kong area The message gave no further details The ship was built at Kiel in 190G She is 230 feet long and of 1410 tons net The New Mathilde is operated between Shanghai and g Kong by a Chinese shipping firm LOOK INSIDE FOR FRANCIS B SAYKE Arrives for Duties in Philippine Islands PAGE 2 Mason City Preps Lose Jaysees Win Grid Tilt PAGE 9 Butler Hardin Husk Champions Decided PAGE 8 IRON LUNG INSTALLED DES MOINES iron for use in treatment of in j paralysis cases was in Hong stalled at Broadlawns contagious iffthere I It was the third such Tennessee Alabama Final Iowa Man Confesses Stabbing 2 DUBUQUE Attor ney John L Duffy Saturday after noon filed charges of assault with intent to do great bodily injury against Ben Trimble of Muscatine and his son Orville of Cedar Rapids in connection with a stab bing affray in Cascade Friday afternoon Earlier Sheriff L J Eisbach o Dubuque county said Saturday that Orville Trimble 32 of Cedar Rapids had made a written con fession that he stabbed two mei Friday afternoon during m argu ment on one of the principal busi ness corners of Cascade Orvillc and his father Ben Trimble of Muscatine nre being held in the county jail here for investi gation following their arrest Fri day night in Anamosa where they fled after the affray The two men stabbed both oJ whom are in Mercy hospital here are George Pettit 46 of Water loo whose condition is seriou from a knife wound which pierced liis lung and Walter Trimble 49 of Cedar Rapids brother of Ber Trimble Walters lung was alsc pierced by a knife wound and his condition is critical attending physicians said Sheriff Eisbach said Orvillc Trimble in his written confession attributed the stabbing to an argu ment over the truck which the four used in their business o cleaning cisterns and chimneys Orvillc told the sheriff thai Thursday night Pettit and Waltei Trimble took the truck and did not return with it until Fridaj afternoon As a result Orvillc said some work was lost and ir the argument which foilowed ht stabbed the two men The sherifi said that apparently there hac been bad feeling between the foui men for some time The knife used in the stabbing ueriff Eisbach said had been re covered in Anamosa by the sher It had been tossed out E Nazis Hint Threat to Turk People BERLIN nazis ntimated Saturday that Turkey iay become another Poland The intimation was based on the fact that Izvestia soviet Russian Tovernment newspaper in Mos ow said Russia had no reason o regret Turkeys action in sign ng a mutual assistance pact with nreat Britain and France Izvestias editorial will be re published by the entire German ress Saturday or Sunday Commentators pointed out that Russia throughout her history had British attempts to con rol the Dardanelles strategic gateway to the Black sea They said that as long as Turkey remained neutral Rus sia could be satisfied to leave the Dardanelles in her friends hands But now that Turkey had allied herself with GreatBritain they asserted cause was Rus sia to assume mastery not only of the gateway hut of Turkey They said they believed Turkey probably would be carved up as Poland was by Germany and Rus sia Meanwhile a release Friday by DNB which said that the challenge of Britain and France in the Euro pean war had been accepted was described authoritatively as in troducing no new element into the existing situation Officials said it was intended merely to combat constantly re curring reports Germany was on her knees begging for peace England and France have re jected the fuehrers outsetrtched hand DNB said They threw down the gauntlet and Germany picked it up Nazis previously had described Turkey as Britains stooge de claring she had chosen a danger ous route by entering the agree ment with Britain and France A German campaign to con vince the world that the Britisl were to blame for the sinking o the liner Athenia grew more vig orous meanwhile where to find it The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair Saturday night and Sunday slightly cooler Sat urday night except In extreme southcentral MINNESOTA Fair Salurday night and Sunday somewhat cooler Saturday night and in northeast Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figure lor 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Saturday maximum Friday Minimum in Nijrhl At 8 a m Saturday 51 YEAR AGO Maximum RI Minimum 35 WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO out look for the week beginnin Oct 23 Upper Mississippi and lowe Missouri valleys Generally fai except for some precipitation to ward end of week colder Monda1 and Tuesday temperatures normal most of remainder of week Northern and central Gn Plains Generally fair except so precipitation in the Dakotas mi die and latter half of week colde beginning of week continuin mostly below normal thereafti but with considerable fluctuatioi over south portion WASHINGTON JP Senaioi nolds DN announc he was opposed to repeal ol arms embargo told the senate aturday that in the sinking of British liner Athenia the fin er of guilt more clearly points to oviet Russia than to any other lation Fantastic though it may seem lie North Carolinan asserted it s certainly less fantastic than ome of the other startling sur prises of the past several months which already are proved beyond ny question While at the moment moat believe that Germany rnnk the Athenia there has not been published a shred of concrete vidence to prove this But in the absence concrete evidence Reynolds continued there is a much stronger circum case against Russia than my other nation x x x Let us re member that the two principal nemies of Russia are Germany and Great Britain What could be sweeter than to help shove them into a life and death struggle from which Russia could pick up the profits with little or no cost to herself The North Carolinan who had not previously announced his po sition on the administration neu trality bill said that while he favored many of its provisions he thought repeal of the arms em bargo would be unwise and dan gerous I will be compelled he added to follow what I conceive to be my obligation as a senator the United States and not of Europe and the world to vote against such repeal Senators Burke and Gillette offered an amendment which would exempt from the title transfer provisions of the act American firms which maintain branches in Canada Gil lette explained that such com panies would not be required un der the amendment to transfer title to goods shipped overland or by inland waterways to their es tablishments in Canada The administration leadership in the senate undertook to cut short debate on the neutrality bill and speed that measure toward a final vote Majority Leader Barkley an nounced that before the third week of general discussion ended with Saturdays adjournment he would ask for a debate limitation to be made effective Monday when consideration amend ments is expected to begin Football Results FIRST QUARTER Indiana 0 Illinois 0 Minnesota 7 Ohio Stale 0 Temple 0 Boston College 0 Baylor 0 Nebraska G Missouri 0 Kansas State 0 SECOND QUARTER Pcnn 6 Harvard 7 Princeion H Columbia 7 Duqucsne T Pittsburgh 13 Holy Cross 20 Brown 0 Army 6 Yale 7 Auburn 0 Manhattan 0 fenn State fl Cornell 34 Carnegie 0 New York V fi Syracuse 0 Duke 14 Noire Dame 7 Navy 0 Five Injured When Autos Crash on Hill East of Manchester MANCHESTER licadon collision of two automobiles on a hill four miles cast of here re sulted in the injury of five of the eight passengers Mrs W C Laube wife o a Dubuque doctor was most seri ously injured She had a brain concussion and several fractures Those injured less seriously were Atvin Jaspers Steamboat Rock Earl W Whitnauer of Win throp Robert Wilkinson of Hazle ton and Leo Klnren ot Mason villc Jaspers and Whitnauer were the drivers of the cars Iowa State fi Drake Final Minnesota Ohio State 2 Final Northwestern Wisconsin