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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 26, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FITLL LEASED FIVE CENTS A COPV THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY DECEMBER 26 1939 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 67 VIIPURI SHELLED BY REDS BIG GUNS John Senneff Jr Dies Suddenly From Heart Attack FUNERAL TO BE HELDTHURSDAY IN ST JOSEPHS Firemen and Physicians Fail in Efforts to Revive Young Attorney PICTURES ON PAGE 2 John Senneff Jr 3D died in the early evening of Christmas day victim a heart attack which brought to an abrupt end a day of holiday observance with his wife and three small children The fire department was called to the Senneff home 215 Second street southeast at oclock and for more than an hour sought to revive Mr Sen neff The inhalator and resus citator of the department was used under the direction of two physicians but there was no in dication of a pulse beat Cor oner J E McDonald said death was caused by heart disease Surviving are his wife and three children Suzanne 12 John III 10 and Tommy 8 His parents Mr and Mrs John Senneff Si Mason City and a sister Mrs Wright Percival Des Moines also survive Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at oclock at St Josephs Catholic church with Msgr P S OConnor officiat ing Burial will be in Memorial park cemetery attorney was a junior paitnepintner law firm of his father He was a graduate of Mason Cityhigh school and look his academic work at4he Univer sity of Wisconsin and Columbia university New York His law work was taken at the University of Iowa from which he was gradu ated in 1925 He was born Feb 5 1903 at Britt and came to Mason City in 1911 He was married to Eunice P Cotton on Oct 1 1925 and came into the law office of Scn neff Bliss and Wihver during the same year Judge t Bliss partner in the firm until he took a supreme court seat last January described him as bright and studious of good presence that he met people well and asserted that he was the most promising young attorney in North Iowa He was elected in 1938 to mem bership in the American Law In stitute nationwide legal organiza tion to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and was one of half a dozen Iowa members He was the youngest member ever elected He was active in the voung re publican circles of both the coun ty and district serving as county chairman in 1932 but never sought political office of any kind He was particularly active in the 1938 campaign during which the re publican party again gained con trol of the state St Josephs Tabernacle society say the Rosary at 4 oclock Wednesday afternoon and the Holy Name society Tuesday eve rung at the home The funer al arrangements are in charge of the Meyer funeral home The Ros ary also will be said at the home Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 8 oclock VIIPURI sian artillery pounds Vii puri Finns press offen sive toward Murmansk railway com munique makes first vic tory claims in several days says Finns were defeated at Jrjlomantsi and Suomus salmi COLON pite German protest Unit ed States army command grants clearance papers to German Freighter Dues seldorf in hands of British prize crew JOHN SENNEFF JR Suddenly MORE SNOW FOR SOME OF IOWA Santas Sleigh Made Visit to State Despite Only Small Snowfall DES M O IN E S ileigh jingled merrily overIowa as the children will attest al though there was little snow to grease its runners except in Ihe outhern part of the state The weather bureau reported a light snow still falling in parts of Iowa Tuesday morning with no decided change in temperature over the weekend Two inches of snow fell at Mount Ayr between 6 a ra Tuesday and was still fall inp in 24 degree temperatures The highway patrol reported heavy snow in southeastern Iowa at a m wilh snon startiiiff to fall in tlic centra portion of the state Highways were very slippery in southwestern Iowa the patrol said A light snow which began in Des Moines at 10 a m increased in Intensity and began to pile up a white cover on the ground The patrol said very heavy snow was falling at Indianola only 16 miles south of here and highways were extremely slip pery The highway patrol reported temperatures ranging from 19 de grees in the northeast to 30 in the southeast Tuesday morning with the state generally overcast Highways covered with snow in southwestern Iowa were slip pery the patrol said but were normal in the remainder of th state Temperatures ranged from high of 42 degrees Monday u Davenport andKeokuk to a low of 16 degrees Monday night at Sioux City It was 17 in Mason City CLEARANCE FOR CAPTIVE SHIP IS GIVEN ENGLISH U S Army Command Is Issued in Panama Zone Despite Nazi Protest COLON Panama a German diplomatic protest the British prize crew in control of a captive German freighter Tuesday was guaranteed clearance from Cristobal for a British port by the United States army command for the canal zone The protest by Consul Waller Schmidt has not been enter tained said Jlajor General David L Stone canal zone cnm mander and the freighter the 4930 ton Duesseldorf was free to proceed to sea The Duesseldorf was captured Dec 15 off the Chilean coast by the British cruiser Despatch two days after putting out from Val paraiso With her swastika fluttering un derneath a British naval ensign and with British seamen pacing her decks with fixed bayonets the Duesseldorf completed her transit of the canal in late after noon Monday and at p m C S T was granted clearance for Jamaica Whilethe graypainted freighter was moving across1 the isthmus the diplomatic dispute arose Genera Stone said tlie difficulty revolved about the demand of a passenger Hans von Appen former agent ai Panama City for the German steamship line HapagLloyd foi hospitalizatloii Von Appen demanded that he be taken to Santo Tomas hospital which is in the republic Pan after he had been taken to Gorgas hospital in the canal zone where physicians said he was in critical condition from some unspecified illness and required an emergency operation General Stone said Von Appen refused to undergo the operation at the Canal Zone hospital I know it was a subterfuge said General It was a question of humanity The man was dangerously ill and did not want o undergo the operation at our hospital I could not force the operation so he was released to go to the Fanama hospital Just how the demand for hos pitalization was linked with the German protest against Clear it un clear and so did the generals ref erence to subterfuge Requests for fuller official comment were referred to the state department Is Lauded by Churches WASHINGTON Represen tatives of Catholic Protestant and Jewish churches Tuesday ac knowledged with gratitude Presi dent Roosevelts proposal that governments and religions join in working for world peace and alle viation of suffering arising from the war V 3 Archbishop A G Cicognaui the apostolic delegate in Wash ington wrote the president that Pope Pius XII desired to assure him that Myron C Taylor would be cordially received as Mr Roosevelts personal representa tive to the Vatican in a manner befitting the highly important mission entrusted to him T The popes acknowledgement to be amplified later in a persona and direct reply was forwarded through the Most Reverend Fran cis J Spellman archbishop of New York who said he had been requested to express his holi ness profound gratitude for Tay tors appointment The president in virtually Iden tical letters to the pope to Dr George A Butterick president of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ as aProtestant leader and to Rabbi Cyrus Adler presi dent of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as a Jewish leader said that eventually the time would come to reestablish peace in the world and he added that those in religion and in gov ernment who have acommon pur pose should be encouraged in a closer association to bring about the president in a telegram that his invitation to visit the white house from time to time to discuss world problems was gratefully accepted We join you he said in the prayer that a lasting peace of jus tice and good will may soon bless mankind Dr Adler said in a message to the president that it would be a privilege to have the opportunity to visit you at the white house and added that it was a noble deed to bring the forces of religion together He said he held the confident hope that the leaders will unite the members of their churches and synagogs unto a unanimous support of your ef forts Bullet Glances From Tombstone Kills Boy MOUNT TABOR Vt second bullet fired from a Christ mas gift rifle ricocheted from a tombstone and killed four year old Robert Morrow SECRFTARXS SON DIES WASHINGTON fourth child of the secretary of war and Mrs Harry Woodring died at birth Sunday in Walter Reed hos pital It was a boy jTreocherous Villein Foiled Again From a mine washed up on the English coasl a member ol liritains Mine of cxposvc whc arc hrown among the rocks to be later burned The thc scorcs OI mincs eckly The jo Allied Chiefs Meet in France patrol lakes out arc ha h fh ulmi If limnc e a b sv F camion nC somewhere In France with allied bigwigs is King George French nreme n kiny stands Prcsifl ent Albert Lebrun of France Edouard Daladier premier is next Lord Gort British commanderincliicf is at the extreme right Christmas Holiday Tragedy Claims Lives Automobiles Collide Headon Near Oskaloosa 5 Are Seriously Hurt OSKALOOSA Christ mas holiday tragedy claimed the lives of three persons Tuesday morning in a headon car crash four miles north of here Five were seriously hurt A group in one of the cars was returning from a Christmas party with relatives at Hedrick Tlie accident occurred on Wat erworks hill at 2 a m The dead are Sirs Annabelle Pilgrim Tem pleton 22 Oskaloosa nielvin Dcrulhci 23 Knox villc Bernadine Butterey IT Knox ville The first two were killed out right and Miss Butterey died In a hospital here several hours after the crash The injured are Ifarlan P Mcloy 23 Waverly head injuries unconscious Mrs Harian P Mcloy 23 Wa vcrly fractures both jaws both thighs Bob Momcyer Knoxville head injuries unconcsioiis Kenneth Jensen 2G Waverly injuries undetermined Van Gee injuries undeter mined unconscious The Meloys 6 months old baby was uninjured The Meloys and the Jensens were returning home from a Christmas visit at Hedrick The basket in which the baby was riding in the back seat of one car was crushed although the child was not hurt Sheriff Fritz Gendcren said the Meloy car and tlie Momeyer car collided lieadon at the crest of a hill He said it had not yet been de termined who was driving either car The Weather FORECAST Mostly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday little change in temperature MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday snow flurries in extreme west Tuesday night little change in temperature Iowa shippers forecast for Tuesday night Northern half 15 southern half 22 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Monday 34 Minimum Monday night 17 At 8 a m Tuesday 19 Snow Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum 22 LOOK INSIDE FOR lUOSCICKI Former Polish Chief Suffers Heart Disease PAGE 2 Music Fest Will Be Sponsored by S U I PAGE 3 Serious Hurts Likely to Hamper Vols Aces PAGE 9 Ropers Observe 50th Wedding Anniversary WASHINGTON M r s Franklin D Roosevelt took time out from the white house Christ mas festivities Monday to attend the golden wedding celebration of Daniel C Roper former secretary of commerce and Mrs Roper Fif teen hundred guests were present The Ropers seven children were together for the first time since 1917 Fire Truck Siren Is Utilized for Curfew BLOOMINGTCCT Ind The city revived an old law re quiring children under 16 to be home after p m in at tempts to curb a juvenile crime wave but couldnt find a bell rn whistle loud enough to be heard through this community of 18 000 They finally hit on the plan of driving a fire truck into the street at curfew and turning on the siren Hitler Walks Line to France BERLIN I1 Authorilativ sources reported Tuesday tha Adolf Hitler had walked across th frontier into France white he wa spending Christmas with German forces in the westwall fortifica lions H was the first time since 131 that the fuehrer had set foot 01 French soil these informants saic Theii he was a corporal will the IGth Bavarian reserve The authoritative account said that on Christmas eve with or derlies carrying gift packages Hitler crossed the frontier which now is a nomansland but which until a few weeks ago was occupied liy tlie French He spent some time in the vi cinity of Spieheren Heights be tween Saarbruecken and Forbach Led by the captain commandin that sector he visited French con crete dugouts and then walkec through woods to the extrem front line The informants said h would have made an easy targe for French guns During his visit Hitler promoter the captain his guide to the ran o major About dusk the fuehrer de parted He distributed gifts to soldiers on watch and as he walked aivay the church bells in nearby Spieh eren village pealed their custom ary Christmas music Though Spieheren village is outside the German lines a patrol entered the town merely to ring the bells It was Hitlers first visit to French soil since he was taken back from the western front gassed and temporarily blinded in October 1918 Word of his front line visit was not disclosed until he presumably had left that tcctor FIRES STARTED BY SOVIET GUNS N FINNS CITY Finnish Forces Drive Into Russian Territory Toward Murmansk Line By LYNN HEINZERMNG BULLETIN HELSINKI of quantifies of soviet arms 50 Russian prisoners and the dis ablingof two Red army tanks were reported by Finland Tuesday in a communique lcs bribing bitter fighting on the Karelian Isthmus front VIIPURI Finland artillery shells burst hroughout the night on this sca oast city previously abandoned y most of its citizens Numerous fires were started and homes in the southeast sec tion were destroyed but tlie dam age was comparatively slight The soviet Russian forces ap Iicared to be concentrating in this area by long range ham mering and air raids as he Finns look the war into soviet territory in another sector driv ing toward the Murmansk rail road the Russias main supply line to the far north Viipuri firemen kept a constant vigil fighting flames started by the shells apparently fired from batteries 25 miles away This would place the Russiait artillery about 18 miles within Finnish territory on the Karelian isthmus As firemen battled flames in the southwest section of Viipuri a shell ripped a big hole in a nearby backyard The size of the crater about seven Ieet deep led mili VttLJld brought up heavier tiC terv previously used Russianwarplanes in a four hour rant over the ancient city Monday bombed a workers sec tion but the only casualties Known were two women and a I injured The few remaining resi dents huddled into bombproof shelters at intervals throughout the day Public gatherings for Christmas celebrations w ere quickly dispersed At least 30 warplanes flew over the city and one was shot down by fire Approximately bombs shook the city includ ing four or five 200 pound missiles and incendiary bombs Shrapnel tore holes in many homes in the workers district Electrical and telephone service was interrupted periodically gas was cut off completely and water pressure reduced Although the Russians apparent ly were aiming at a railway line through the area the tracks thus far had not been damaged Finnish troops pressed within 75 miles of the strategic Mur mansk railway as the war was carried into Russian territory in the Lieksa area approximately 100 miles northeast of Viipuri East of Lieksa military opera tions are taking place on the other side of the frontier said the Fin nish communique which noted for the first time that Finnish troops had entered Russian territory The Russian communique said that in the area of Suomussalmi in the waistline sector soviet reconnoitering units inflicted a serious defeat on the enemy and occupied the enemys fortified po sitions JolamanUi soviet recon noitering units surrounded and routed two battalions of Finns who left many killed on the bat tlefield Thirtyfive prisoners were 5 in Family Killed When Auto Is Struck by Train at Crossing CHICAGO members of a Hammond Ind family were killed when their automobile was struck and demolished Monday night by the speeding Blue Ban ner train of the Wabash railroad at the 95th street crossing in sub urban Oak Lawn The dead are George Clark 33 an oil refinery worker his wife Elizabeth 33 their children Jackie 10 and George Jr 8 and Clarks mother Anna 64 Two other automobiles filled with relatives were following Clarks car All were cnroute lo visit Chicago relative CIVIL AVAR VET DIES LENNON Iowa W Haidlcr Civil war veteran died Christmas day alter an ness of several months Christinas day Finnish successes included an advance in the Kuh mo district on the Vaara river where the Finns said our troops have defeated two enemy com panies and the remainder of the enemy forces are retreating Russian air raids were reported at Turku Riihirnakj Por voo Kuovola Helsinki and Tam pere a Finnish munitions base Three enemy planes were reported brought down at Tampere and at least 10 buildings were bombed in raids on Riihimaki In sea warfare in the Gulf ot Finland the Finns reported shel ling the 23600 ton Russian bat tleship Marat by coastal batteries at Koivisto which at the same time were attacked by an enemy plane J FORMER CONGRESSMAN DIES ASHEVILLE N Car James J Britt former republican representative from the eleventh Aorth Carolina district and for mer chief counsel of thefederal prohibition bureau in Washing ton died at iiis home here early Tuesday He was 73 years old
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