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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 15, 1939, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 151939 mua i urjuujmrsjiit 10 iaisy ims PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTION ONE NO 58 AIRPLANES BATTLE ABOVE NAZI SHIP of Reds in USWanes By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist If ever there was enough com munistic influence in this coun try to be worth worrying about Russias attack on Finland has i q u i d a t e d it And if ever the nazis influence here weighed a cents worth a couple of things have liquidated that also One liquidating item as to the nazis has been the German of ficial press ex pressions of Mariin Dies sympathy with Stalin in his campaign against the Finns The other item has been the conviction of our local bund fuehrer Fritz Kuhn as a com mon swindler Whats more the bunds were made ridiculous by the pettiness oE Kuhns supposed speculations and by the sickishness of his love letters read in connec tion with his trial as a grafter on the very bund organization he was fuehrer of Italian fascism doesnt signify much The fascists never were as active in the United States as the communists and bunds have been Italy has been regarded askance for its grabs of Ethiopia and Al bania The fascists regime has henn spoken of as a cod liver oil giving government Still we Americans have been rather in different toward Ethiopia and Al obscure to be fretted about actively sorry for the f ffielr Uiie present emergency has given a modicum of respectability even to II Duce Mussolini in democratic estimates recently Not that hes liked but temporarily hes dis liked a trifle less than Comrade Stalin and Fuehrer Hitler Propaganda Effective Communistic propagandas el fectivehess in the United States probably has been exaggerated Its a little different from nazi propaganda The nazis have been quite above board Theyve formed outand out bunds They didnt operate under cover Theyve SAID they were em or leave cm Possibly theyve been dan gerous but they havent been a bit secret The communists have wormed in on various organizations most of which initially probably were perfectly well intentioned Once in these communists game has been to give a communistic slant to such red missionary work The Dies committee has been tiying to smoke them out and has had fair luck at it but no luck hitherto to compare with the im petus which has been given to the purification movement since the Soviets jumped on Finland That performance created a degree of anticommunistic sentiment thats getting results out of all propor tion to those the Dies investigators were attaining previously From every direction reports are ar riving of purges of their red mem bers by societies into which the latter have managed to filter If Representative Dies 5iad been looking for a superable helper in his campaign against unAmeri can dirty work in the United States he couldnt have found a more effective one than Comrade Stalin has proved himself to be by his invasion of Russias little neighbors territory Nazis Made Ridiculous Communism has got itself baled here by its home folks predatory murderous behavior While hated it isnt particularly laughed at A burglar and killer is dangerous out he isnt funny Naziism is hated too but its a question if it isnt regarded here with more contempt than actual bitterness For the obvious fizzling out of nan sentiment such as it was country Herr Hitler is in debted to BundFuehrer Kuhn Had Fntz been convicted of scale grafting at least thered been a certain caliber about his operations They hardly amounted however to more than petty larceny And they were at the cxpcnse of his own who are presented in the light of suckers Its almost worse to be ridicu lous than to be hated DEFENDERS ARE RETREATING ON FAR NORTH SOIL Finnish Armies Hold Lines Along Vital Karelian Isthmus BULLETIN HELSINKI AP De struction of a Russian de stroyer by coastal batteries was reported Friday night by the Finnish high com mand It also announced 20 tanks were captured and others damaged in 24 hours of fighting in which the Finns defeated the Rus sians in the region of Suo mussalmi HELSINKI for eign minister Vaino Tanner Fri day appealed in a radio broadcast to Russian Foreign Commissar Vyacheslaff Molotoff for a sus pension of hostilities and resump tion of negotiations on the basis of the principle of small nations right self determination Tanner who took part in the longdraw Kremlin negotiations ivhich preceded the Russian in vasion recalled that Russia had lent support to this principle He recalled also how the Mos drplo matierrelations with Finland re fused mediation by the United States rejected Swedens efforts at conciliationand spurned the league of nations appeal for me diation of the dispute However the air is still open Tanner said When I recently visited the big agricultural exposition at Mos cow the Finnish foreign minister said I saw on the wall of one of Hie buildings a stirring sentence by your leader Mr Stalin The Soviet Union does not covet a single inch of the terri tory of other states but it will de fend every inch of its own soil is reason at this moment to save that slogan from sinking into oblivion Finland still is ready for peace ful negotiation but if Moscows aim is conquest of the whole coun try then the Finns will fight to the end Already the first 16 days have shown that the war will be fierce and demand many victims Why shed blood so long as there are other possibilities unexamined Meanwhile Finlands defend ers were retreating on the far northern front holding their own on the vital Karelian Isth mus and reporting successful counter attacks on the central fronts All reservists thus far not called to the colors but capable of serving were summoned Friday and must report Saturday Many persons not on the reserve rolls have been trying to enlist out hitherto have been rejected pending an expansion of the ar mys capacity to receive recruits The Arctic retreat westward across Finlands narrow corridor to the Arctic ocean was system atic with the Finns destroying property potentially useful to the Russians such as the nickel mines near Salmijarvi The Russians were expected to reach this town at the Norwegian frontier Friday WINNIElDDIS THOUGHT CAUGHT YUMA Ariz T H Newman said Friday he had apprehended a woman he was convinced was Winnie Ruth Judd mad trunk murderess who es caped from the Arizona state hos pital for the insane Dec 3 Finnish Actress Thanks Hoover Nazi Pocket Battleship Is Refueled for Possible Dash Its Fun Its Simple Its Profitable The Chuckle Contest Turn to the WanfAd Page Now for Complete Details Damage From Battle 36 Victims AreBuried BULLETIN LONDON admiral ty announced Friday that four members of the crew were killed and three wounded aboard t h c British cruiser Achilles in Wednesdays battle with the German pocket battle ship Admiral Graf Spee PICTURE ON PAGE 2 MONTEVIDEO of the battered German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee be gan Friday amid growing expec tation she would put to sea des pite the increased strength of British warships lying off this neutral refuge in wait for her Oil was loaded into the Graf Spee from the German freighter Tacoma and the warships crew worked to repair the damage caused by Wednesdays daylong shelling by three British cruisers which finally forced the German ship to take refuge here While preparations for a pos sible dash for freedom were being made officers and a third of the Graf Specs crew huricd nti Uruguayan soil the 3S men hilled in the Wednesday battle first major naval engagement of ic European war British quarters here indicated that the 10000 ton British cruiser Cumberland had been added to the patrol off Montevideo and of ficial Argentine sourcessaid they understood that the 26500 ton French battleship Dunkcrque was steaming here to join the blockad ing force However the feeling grew in Montevideo that the Ger man ship would attempt to run nirisdiction Although ships officers and terman diplomatic officials de clined lo discuss the vessels fu ture course German business leaders here asserted that nation al prestige would not permit in ternment The Uruguayan government has given the Graf Spec per mission to lie here a prudent length of time to make repairs to make her seaworthy If site failed to leave after making such repairs she would be in terned for the duration of the war two airplanes wrecked beyond possibilityofrepair President Col Alfredo Baldo mir called a cabinet meeting Fri day afternoon to study the situa tion created by the fight in wat ers over which Uruquay claims jurisdiction If the Cumberland and the Dunkerque should come here the odds against the Graf Spec would be overwhelming There was some question about what type of repairs would be permitted Foreign Minister Al berto Guani was unable to draw a line between seaworthiness of the Graf Spee and its combat worthiness A Uruguayan naval commission was expected to be named to fix limits beyond which the Graf Specs repairs may not go rrn if seatf damage to fighting equipment it was said was des truction of the pocket battleships1 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTEVIDEO Allies reinforce fleet waiting for trapped nazi pocket battle ship Germans permitted to make repairs BERLIN com mand claims 10 to 20 Brit ish warplanes shot down with loss of one German plane in battle over North sea LONDON Engage ment with German aircraft warships costs British three Germans four war planes British say mer chant losses continue WITH THE FINNISH ARMY on the Karelian hold firm in south give way in north before red army forces called BritishFrench tool follow ing Russias ouster red army reports continued ad vances into Finland The Weather FORECAST Iowa Fair slightly warmer in northcentral and extreme west Friday night Saturday fair and mild MINNESOTA Generally fair Friday and Saturday slightly warmer Friday night except in southcentral IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Thursday 40 Minimum Thursday nighl J6 At 8 a m Friday ig YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum JQ STOWE SEEKS C Announces Candidacy for G 0 P Nomination as Justice in Iowa FORT W Slowe Fort Dodge attorney Friday an nounced his candidacy for a re publican nomination for the Iowa supreme court Born in Postville Iowa Stoue lias resided Here since boyhood He began the practice ot law here in 1905 following his graduation from Northwestern university college of law He is a former eighth district republican chairman and was a delegate to the 1936 republican national con vention PLAN S25 DINNERS DES MOINES demo cratic officials Friday said they so far had found 143 persons willing and able to attend the Jackson day dinner here Jan 8 LOOK INSIDE FOR OMER OF PARK KILLED IN AUTO COLLISION One Other Also Is Fatally Injured in Crash Near Wilton W R McBee owner of the Park Inn hotel died early Fri day morning in a Muscatine hos pital from in juries received in a headon auto crash near there Thursday night in which his companion Marvin Nix 35 Des Moines ac countant for the Boss chain ot hotels also was killed Five persons from Cedar Rapids who were riding in the car which wF McBEE collided with the one driven by Nix were injured but all were ex pected to recover The injured arc Mr and Mrs Ray Ingham their son Ray Lester a nephew Jay Ingham and Miss Esther Smith Mr Ingham an official of the Iowa Electric company suffered several broken ribs and his son a fractured right leg Exact na ture of other injuries had not beendeterrhiried The brow of a hill on highway Nol6 two miles west of Wilton Thurs day night The Cedar Hapids group was on its way to Musca tine to attend a party for Iowa Electric company employes while the Nix car was headed west in the opposite direction officials said The two men killed were on their way home from a trip to Danville III An inquest was planned for Friday by Dr Vf S Norton Mus catine county coroner Mrs McBee Leo Valley man ager of the Park Inn Dr H W Barbour and a nurse left Mason City for Muscatine as soon as they were informed of the accident but reached the hospital after Mr McBee had died They returned to Mason City Friday morning Mr McBee had been in the hotel business for a number of years coming to Mason City from Kan sas City about six years ago He is survived by his wife Garnette and son Billy Bob Park Inn and two daughters by a former mar riage Ruby and Ruth and by his mother Mrs Leita MeBee a brother Cecil McBee and sister Mrs J B Killian all of Joplin Mo Funeral arrangements arc in complete awaiting the arrival of Mr McBees mother brother and sister and daughters The Patterson funeral home brought the body back to Mason City overland Friday morning PAUL V McNUTT No Comment by F R on His Candidacy PAGE 2 SUI Gridder Receive PAGE 9 Swank Gets Life for Murder of Ottumwart PAGE 3 German Freighter Is Sunk by British Warship Off Caldera SANTIAGO Chile The sinking of the German freighter DusKCldorf 4930 tons by the British cruiser Dispatch was re ported Friday by the State Tele graph It said the steamer which left Valparaiso two days ago went down early Friday morning off Caldera Survivors of Belgian Ship Describe Blast LONDON ot til ls members of the crew of the 1103ton Belgian steamer Rosa landed in Great Britain Friday and said their ship sank after an explosion off the northern British const One man died and two sur vivors were injured Norwegian Steamer Lost With 18 Men OSLO Norway Nor weginn steamer Focjna a 2000 ton vessel cnroute to Scotland Friday was reported lost with 18 men One of her lifeboats was found adrift with two frozen bodies in it Cheer Fund HONOR ROLL PREVIOUS REPORTED liiinlers Local Xo 311 Members of Mason Cily Khvanis Club IVilllnr Workers Bethlchtm Luth eran Church Club of Woodmen circle Cora E Senior Tovin Club Tesm or Decker Boxl int League Three Small Friends tly and Me Thompson Krtend Mrs 0 Federal Clolliine Co Orace Evangelical League Mary and rleanor Jirdlne 300 104 iua 200 llanrord Sunshine Circte NEW TOTM SMI OX NEEDED GOAL J90IW IRDIES very s m all are authority for the report that in a large number of Ma son City organ izations a quiet campaign is under way for a collective con tribution to the Cheer Fund This is the fac tor which sev eral years in the past has represented the dif ference between success and fail This AI remain ri All thats necessary to getthe ball rolling in any plant or office is oneperson with the initialive to start the movement The cause is one which appeals to of seeing that on Christmas morning there are no Empty Stockings in Mason City Nobody wants that tragic scene enacted in this community Plans were well under wav Friday for a Christmas Chccr Fund program over KGLO Outstanding musical groups and soloists were beinj contacted ior the three or four hours assigned to the cause by IVIanaecr F G Eiffhmcy and Program Director John Trice Prompted by the spirit of Christmas Mrs Irene Rose his offered to give a piano to some worthy family possessed of ample room to accommodate it and hav ing a child with a known talent for music Miss Doris Bruce secre tary of the Social Welfare league and administrator of the Cheer Fund is checking the field for the best possible utilization of ihis unusual contribution One who hadnt seen tins com munity Lomc through ycnr after year in this cause might be in clined to be a bit discouraged at this stage of the game But there is no tears in these nalher there is a confidence ihat the Good Fellows who always have come through in the past will do so again The only danger is that of those of good intention will put it off or that those who could well lend a hand will assume that somebody else will do it isnt a job that can be delegated The question isnt Did the other fellow give The question is Have YOU done your part yet A final reminder The address Christmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa DIES IN OTTU3HVA OTTUMWA F Hub bard 67 year old secretary of the Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce died at his home Friday from a heart attack brought on by a se ries of asthma and bronchial ill nesses SHOFFMNG DAYS LEFT BUY CHRISTMAS SEALS BRITISH ADMIT 3 SHOT DOWN NAZIS CLAIM 10 Attack Occurs When Convoy for Crippled Boat Is Observed LONDON attempt by British warplanes lo finish ofC a crippled German cruiser in the sea precipitated one ot the Heaviest aerial conflicts ot the war it was disclosed Friday Antiaircraft batteries aboard warships convoying the cruiser increased the hazards of he fiffhl and the British admitted lie loss of three planes but asserted they shot down four of Germanys w Other British flyers Thursday night and early Friday were re ported by the air ministry to have bombed nazi seaplanes at Sylt island base off the southwest coast of Denmark and island bases off the northeast coast of the Netherlands without loss The German high command said the GermanBritish battie occurred Thursday afternoon wits 10 of 20 British planes shot down as against one German plane forced to alight It said a single British bomber approached Bor kum air base but was chased away while two other enemy warplanes dropped bombs in the sea off Sylt The German cruiser reported to be a vessel of 6000 tons was torpedoed several days ago by a British submarine and apparently headquartersfor help craft she was being escorted by destroyers a submarine and war planes British and German flyers engaged amid heavy German anti aircraft fire Air action over the North sea which gradually has been gain ing momentum began develop ing Hie inauguration of the British security patrols de signed to slop minclavinff fllghls oy German warplanes Authoritative sources said llin British planes were worked in re lays involving a large number of craft It was indicated a part of these security relays may have been in volved in the battle over the Ger man warships While there was no authorita tive statement on how many Royal Air Force craft took part an idea of the size of the attacking fleet was conveyed by the disclosure that 20 German planes were in the defense force Another British air patvof swooped over air bases at Sylt Borkum and Morderney to bomb German seaplanes there In the North sea fight the Brit ish said six successive nt German pursuit planes took lie air against the British The German warships com bined their fire with that of the planes and even the submarine took part in the gunning before divingfor safely the British flyers related German operations in the North ca in this strength have not pre viously been reported and he news vied with that from distant Montevideo where the fate of hc German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee remained of keen pub lic interest The Admiral Graf Spee dam aged in a running fight with three British cruisers stayed in the Uruguayan port There was specu lation in London on whether thr German ship would leave to risk a new encounter with the British warships waiting outside the har bor The fact that the German war ships in the North sen were steam ing southward when sighted led nai al observers to believe that they were not seeking battle It was recalled in this connec tion that during tiic World war British east coast was bombarded by small German naval contin gents Such a raid on Lowcstoft and the British steps to prevent its recurrence were factors leading up to the battle of Jutland The absence of previous reports of any mass movement of the Ger man navy in the present war taken an an indication that the fleet was under orders similar lo thojc of the World stay in snu harbor1 nnd not expose itself to attack by a larger British force Tie admiralty announced that the cruisers Ajax and Achilles had been strongly reinforced in thenwatch for the Graf Spec off Rio dc la Plata   

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