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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1939, Mason City, Iowa                             tfPf Of c E s w o i NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUIJ IXASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 271939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 68 QUAKE KILLS HUNDREDS IN TURKEY Graf Spec End Aids U S Cause By CHARLES V STEWART Central Press Columnist THE FACT is that our state de partment isnt strongly inclined to make much of a fuss about the Battle of Montevideo because its so exceed ingly well sat STEWART isfied with the affairs sequel Consider the hole situa tion The Pan Americas charted a west ern hemispher ical neutrality zone extending hundreds miles out to sea It was obvious from the first that Uncle Sam would have to do most of the policing of this zone since the Latin American republics combined havent the naval strength to do it Even tor the United States it promised to be a sizable contract And suppose we HAD under taken the job One of our first stunts would have been to round up the GraE Spec which was chasing Allied merchantmen in what had been claimed as our PanAmerican antiwar zone And suppose wed overhauled the Gral and sent it to the bot tom Inevitably that would have involved us as belligerents against Germany at the very time we are doing our darndest not to get mixed into the conflict It was an embarrassment which the English relieved us of with THEIR causers In order to do it they broko into our PanAmeri can antiwar zone to be sure nevertheless it was a mercy not to have the task left on OXIH ALSO DESTROYS VILLAGES WITH SEVERE SHOCKS Major Catastrophe Is Indicated in Reports to Ankara Officials ANKARA were reported killed and whole villages destroyed in an earthquake which shook northern Anatolia early Wednesday Four shocks were felt in An kara between 2 a m and 5 a m Wednesday between 6 p m and 9 p m C S T Accurate information the damage caused was not immedi ately available because communi cations were disrupted Officials by late afternoon said however that reports in dicated a major catastrophe The quakes center apparently was along the Black Sea coast o Turkey in Asia Thousands were reported ti have abandoned towns for tin fields fearing additional shocks The government and relic uu UCISL 01 agencies rushed aid to the affected I Angeles barely fell the disturbI area which is from 100 to 250 Los Angeles Quake Causes No Damage LOS ANGELES earth quake was felt in Los Angeles at p m GST Wednesday It rocked the Associated Press office located on the fourth floor of the HeraldExpress building The California institute of tech nologys seismological laboratory reported the quake was not very large although it might be strong enough to cause some dam age It estimated the distance at about 50 miles but said it could not determine the direction The shaking was felt in Long Beach center of the disastrous 1933 earthquake for about 10 seconds There were no reports of damage In Long Beach 20 miles south of Los Angeles Wednesdays shake was said to be the hardes since the big one of 1933 Glendalc and Alhambra lyini northeast of Los Angeles proper also reported sharp shocks Anaheim which is southwest o here and close to Long Beach saic it was the sharpest shock fel there in several years No dam age was reported Riverside 60 miles east of Lo By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COPENHAGEN Finns report 300000 fresh Rus sian troops heading toward battlef routs soviet attacks repulsed Finland says M O S C O re ports only petty skirmish es in war zone L O N D O announces 500mile chart ed minefield to protect British coast TO K 10 Majority of parliament members ask cabinet to consider resign ing Germans vs English True Captain Langsdorff with his Graf von Srree violated our neutrality zone no more than the British violated it by butting into it in pursuit of him Still theres a distinction Langsdorff did it as an aggies sor He peaceful was trying to destroy shipping The Allies story is that they were out after a pirate Its a technicality but it IS a technicality Anyway our state and navy departments are blamed glad that the Graf was put out of business without any participation of our own in the transaction It was ir regular as per PanAmerican neu trality but it would have been a good deal worse if the Graf had won the tight and gone on with its raiding The idea is that the Pan Amer icas are as thoroughly neutralized now as if theyd enforced their own neutralization and the Brit ish did it for Theyre not disposed to be too critical There are diplomatic repre sentations of course but theyre perfunctory Finis for Graf Spec j Nothing could have been more gratifying than the Grafs finis If the pocketship had tried to run the blockade out through the Rio de Plata bottleneck there probably would have been an other sea battle aggravating con ditions Most likely the Graf would have been from a pacific development Or per chance it would have escaped to sea to go on with its raiding That would have been heck also But Herr Hitler chose to have his craft blown up by its own crew instead It may or may not have been good judftncnl on his part but it was a blessing to Uncle Samuel A couple of other German pock ctehips and some Uboats still are afloat or operating undersea but the hint is considering the Grafs fate that theyll keep out of Pan American waters All in all from the Yankee standpoint the incident hardly could have been improved on miles east and northeast of An kara Anatolia has been struck by earthquakes frequently On April 19 1938 in this region there be gan a series of shocks which lasted for more than a week and took a toll dead and missing es timated at more than 800 Scores of thousands of homes were razed On Sept 23 1939 more than 200 persons were reported killed in a quake which struck the re gionabout Smyrna Turkish seai port on thewert coastof Asia Mi nor The most recent quake reported in Anatoliaoccurred last Nov 23 when 16 villages were destroyed in the eastern section and more than 50 persons killed San Salvador Is Shaken by Quake SAN SALVADOR El Salvador fairly heavy earthquake shook San Salvador Wednesday frightening inhabitants but caus ing no damage Whether the shock caused dam age in the provinces is not yet known The quake was the second for El Salvador within a few hours Several provinces were shaken late Tuesday but no casualties or damage were reported In the 33 story Los Angeles city hall chandeliers swayed for a few seconds and pictures on some waits went awry Residents of Hollywood Son Pedro and West Los Angeles felt a mild tremor Employes in large buildings in Long Beach scurried for safety Some took positions under beams and others ran into the streets CENSUS TAKERS Plan Child and Adult Safety Education DES MOINES F Hill of Des Moines who is di recting Iowas safety education program said the educational ac tivities would be divided evenly between child and adult educa tion fields The 1939 legislature appropriated 532210 safety education a year for 16 Enumerators Chosen for 12 Counties in Congressional District Sixteen enumerators who will begin taking the business manu facturing mines and quarries census in the fourth congressionn district next week were namec Wednesday by Stanley T Com fort district supervisor of the decennial census The enumerators are Jerome Kiener Waukon AUamakee coun ty Vincent G McSweeney Inde pendence Buchanan county Wil liam C Holman and Norman Moran Mason City Cerro Gordo county Cyril A Holschlag New Hampton Chickasaw county E A Feldsr Guttenberg and Charles Neylan Elkader Clayton county Warren S Bissell Manchester Delaware county Dominic E Carr and V W Potter both of West Union Fayette county Wallace Berry Dougherty Floyd county George Mead Creseo Howard county H M Nichols Osago Mitchell county Hubert L Mc Cauley and W S Hustvedt both LOOK INSIDE FOR Two Swedish Corps Leave for Finland STOCKHOLM Sweden Two Swedish volunteer corps of unspecified strength left for Fin land Wednesday to join the Fin nish army at the front One left Gotenborg the other Moe Both corps were cheered enthusiastical ly as they left Mrs Bessie supervisor of Decorah Winncshiek county and H T Doughan Kcnsctt Worth county Ccrro Gordo Winncshiek Clay ion and Fayelte counties will lave two enumerators each The posts were filled by competilive examinations given a week ago by K Regel assistant Those who received the highest below Ihe 16 chosen will e placed on a reserve list Mrs Regel said and will be called into service if additional meralors arc required Schools of instruction for Ihe enumerators will be held Thurs day and Friday at Mason Cily and Oelwein al which time they will be sworn in and furnisher with supplies It is anticipated that the first census will require about six months she said KILLS SELF AT PARENTS GRAVE Arizona Man Who Had Been Visiting at Clear Lake Is Victim CLEAIt J Clausen Jr 53 Phoenix Ariz committed uicide by shooting himself through he right side of his head as he stood beside the grave of his par ents in the Clear Lake cemetery Tuesday afternoon The body was found about oclock by George Frost Jr East Alton 111 who had been visiting in Clear Lake over Christmas and went to the cemetery Tuesday af ternoon to visit a grave 5 y Mr CJausen had been visiting in Clear Lakefor several days He left a note giving ill health as the reason for the suicide Mr Clausen had been in poor health for the past two years following an auto accident He was a min ing engineer working mostly in Mexico Mr Clausen used a 38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver which was found beside him The body was taken to the Williams funeral home at Clear Lake Cor oner J E McDonald pronounced the death suicide Samuel J Clausen Jr was born at Clear Lake April 1 1887 the son of Mr and Mrs S J Clausen Sr He grew to manhood in this city and was graduated from the local high school in 1905 After attending the University of Iowa at Iowa City a year he entered Colorado School of Mines at Golden Col where he took a complete mining course being graduated in 1911 In 1913 he was married to Miss Helen Peight of Denver and in 19H the family moved to Old Mexico where Mr Clausen was employed as a mining engineer for 20 years Most of the lime he worked for the Howe Sound Min ENGLAND PUTS DOWN 500 MILE FIELD OF MINES Charted Area to Serve as Protection for Coastwise Shipping LONDON Britains answer to the placing oE German mines off the British coasts is a 500 mile charted minefield ex tending from the Orkney islands to the Straits of Dover The admiralty announced that mines would be laid in a strip 30 to 40 miles wide and about eight miles offshore to guard coastal shipping from mines laid by the Germans without notice in the North sea outside territorial wa ters off the British coast if The British mine belt thus would be an inner screen behind which ships could move in rel ative safety A neutral naval at tache said it also would protect British warships in port from submarine attacks Presumably the British mines would prevent the laying of Ger man mines by submarines or sur face craft between the British belt and the coast The admiralty did not indicate the number or types of mines to be used but naval sources esti Santa Enjoyed It Too mated that more than 200000 would be reouircd if if Coastwise minefields have been maintained since midSeptember off the Thames estuary in Ihe Straits of Dover and in a 20 by 85mile belt off Fiamborough Head A British mine field also ex tends along the German coast from Denmark to the Netherlands co yermgentrances to sea and airbases of Sylt Helgo land bight Cuxhaven Wilhelrris havcn and Bremerhaven V The admiralty said it believed Germany had mined a rectangu lar area in the North sea from 75 miles off Jutland southward to the Netherlands Overlapping of the rival minefields was considered probable IVIr and Mrs B I Bright and their laughter Jliss Helenc Brighf Mason City high school teacher planned the Christmas display shown above which appeared in front of their home at 1101 West State slrect Feature of tindisplay which brought joy to thousands of Mason City and North Iowa children was the loud speaker which carried the voice of Santa to motorists passing and parked ncarby mvitlng the children to come to his chair and receive sifts Mr Bright has been speaking for Santa each evening beginning Dec 20 some evenings as as three hours at a strelcli But Mrs Bright is authority for the statement thai he enjoyed it as much as the chil dren who received the gifts with expressions of wonderment written on their faces Mrs Brighl and her daughter packed more than 200 sacks with popcorn candy coolsies nuts an3 apples on Christmas visiting been repaid a thousandfold just them she asserted Lock phoio Kayenay engraving FINNS DEFENSE SMASHES NEW SOVIET EFFORT Ski Troops Reported Driving Through Russia Toward Murmansk R R HELSINKI smashing of renewed Russian assaults on half a dozen fronts by a stone wall Finnish defense was reported by the high command Wednesday night after a day of Russian air raids on numerous Finnish cities A Russian retreat in the strate gic Lieksa sector with the Finns following and capturing seven tanks was announced by the high command It was in this sector that the Finns Monday reported crossing the border into Russian territory Wednesday nights communique Reds Reported to Have Called More Men to Colors MOSCOW but unofficial sources reported Wednesday that llussia had called more troops to the col ors to supplement her vast army already estimate in some quarters at as high as 500000 men The number of men called was not disclosed There was no indication of where the new troops would be used but presumably they arc to be sent to reinforce the army in Finland Slightly Colder Weather Is Predicted for Iowa Points HEVRY L DOHERTY Long Illness Fatal to Cities Service Leader PAGE 2 CRUSHED UNDER TRACTOR I FORT MADISON H Kuhlmcicr 31 was crushed to 1 death beneath n tractor when it j overturned while he was using it to haul hop 1 Eli Hutchinson 101 Dies at Nora Springs PAGE 8 Mason City High Has Win in Fifth Tussle PAGE 9 Indian Troops Join British in France LONDON Indian troops have arrived in France to join the British forces it was dis closed Wednesday night in dis patches from the western front The first contingent composed ing company and located at Chihciuhau and Zacatecas Two years ago he left the Howe Sound company and since then had been an independent con sultant mining engineer with headquarters at Phoenix Ariz He had been in poor health since receiving injuries in an automobile accident a little more than two years ago V Besides his widow Mr Clausen is survived by a daughter Miss Hcttie Louise Clausen Santa Monica Cal and a son Sam Clau sen III a senior in Phoenix high school Mrs Clausen and son are expected to arrive Friday Funeral arrangements are as yet incomplete but the services have been set tentatively for Saturday at the Clausen home 300 Fifth street Williams funeral home making the arrangements and burial will be in Clear Lake ceme tery BLEWETTBOY TAKEN TO JAIL Youth Charged With Murder of Girl Able to Leave Hospital CHARLES CITY Blewett 17 year old high school boy charged with the murder of Dorothy Carter 14 year old Col well freshman class president has been removed to the Floyd county jail from a hospital here where he has been recovering from an allegedly selfadminis tered dose of poison Blcuctt is charged with fatally beating the girl to death with a gun stock while on their way home in an automobile from a movie two weeks ago when the discharge from the gun failed to strike her squarely Jealousy is the alleged reason for the slaying entirely of Moslems is led British and Indian officers by HURT LEAVING FREIGHT CLINTON Gordon of Webster City suffered a pos sible skull fracture and internal injuries when he fell as he at tempted to leave a moving freight train here The Weather FORECAST IOWA AND MINNESOTA Generally fair Wednesday night and Thursday slightly colder Wednesday night IOWA SHIPPERS F O R E CAST for Wednesday ntffht Northern half 10 southwest 8 southeast 12 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Tuesday 26 Minimum Tuesday night 20 At 8 a m Wednesday 25 Snow 25 inch Precip 02 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 24 Minimum 9 Precip 12 Snow Vi inch SNOW REPORTED N DUST BOWL Heat Waves Also Recorded in Freak Weather for Nation By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS Snowstorms and zero weather whirled eastward Wednesday j called for generally fair weather Parts of Southern Iowa Get 9 Inches of Snow Traffic Hampered DES MOINES Winter Irained its big guns on Iowa Wednesday a cold wave moving in from Nebraska in the wake of a snow storm that laid a nineinch white blanket over portions of the southern section ot the state Snow was still falling Wednes day morning in central western and southern Iowa the weather bureau said but the forecast however said the enemy was re treating toward the frontier Twelve bombers appeared over a m C S T and dropped a few bombs but returned two hours later to shower at least 50 bombs on the city Official reports said the result was destruction of some dwell ings one dead and one injured The important seaport of Turku on the southwest coast was bombed Most of the 50 bombs dropped there fell into the water harmlessly Helsinki was visited by n lone enemy plane but apparently no bombs were dropped Viipuri Hamecnlinnn and oilier cities also sighted Russian bomb ers during the new wave of raids Wednesday was a poor one for flyers as the ceiling was low De spite the midday alarm which has become a regular feature of Helsinki life Wednesday was relatively quiet leaving a while blanket 9 to 18 nches deep over the old dust 3OWL Tile snow was passins over Missouri Iowa and northern Arkansas and was due to hit Ohio by nightfall New Englands coldest weather of the season plunged the tem perature to 23 degrees below zero on Mount Washington in New Hampshire Northfield Vt re corded 15 below and it was only 5 above in Boston But as midwest and southwest shivered two of winters strong holds reported heat waves For the first time in the 66year his tory of the Detroit weather bu reau the temperature in Michigan failed to get below 20 above by Dec it did dip to 18 in Detroit Wednesday A ski tournament in Utah was postponed because of lack of snow Utah temperatures ivore rising Salt Lake City hitting 24 degrees Tuesday night To carry out the freak frost warnings were issued in the California citrus belt and a gulf storm whipped nearfreezini temperatures into New Orleans Two hundred automobiles were abandoned in snowblocked moun tain passes near Clayton N Mex but passengers were brought out safely The snow was 18 inches deep in Clayton near the centei of the dust bowl of 193437 Minnesota Convicted 20000 in 39 for Traffic Violations ST PAUL ly 20000 of Minnesotas 1200000 licensed automobile drivers were convicted in 1939 for violating state traffic laws the state high known as moving violations of traffic laws In an rppeal to make safer driv ing a New Years resolution in the way department reported WcdncsI slate Roscnwald said ihe 20000 convictions did not include the day F Roscinvald departmental 1 tvnttic engineer said that ore out t every 60 Minnesota drivers paid i the penally in court or what are more thn 50000 motorists given written warnings by itale high than 45000 drivers given must repair tags by patrolmen for im proper and illegal equipment When December reports arc completed the 1930 combined total of traffic law violators who have been convicted in the courts or warned by state highway patrol men will exceed 120000 or 10 per 10 drivers are probably safe driv ers but these safe drivers are constantly subject to the hazards created by the he said one dangeroup Thursday Only a quarter inch of now was reported in Mason City Nebraska reported a severe cnld wave traveling eastward with temperatures sinking to 17 decrees below zero at Sidney and dropping Kcncrally as the cold fronl progressed across Ihc stale Iowa appeared the cold blast weather bureau slightly colder Thursday with next in line for although predicted weather probable mini thc only f or mum of eight degrees in south Iowa Wednesday night Despite the snow blanket which covered all but the extreme east central portion of Iowa the slates j main highways appeared to be open but very slippery in some sections iWoiml Ayr reported lie ninc incli snowfall Burlington Uad sevun inches at fl a m with the snow slill comiiifr down hard Temperatures were just below there and rail anil bus schedules beiiis maintained with main roads open but slippery Ccntervillc had five inches with more coming down Ottumwa re ported 41 inches and more snow falling wilh motor travel greatly reduced and trucks having trouble on the citys steep hills Marslialltown had 31 inches Des Moines Fort Dodge and Washington 3 inches Kcokuk 2 inches Sioux City 16 Spirit Lake and Cedar Rapids 15 Iowa City a light fall and Davenport and way patrolmen for bad driving cent of the slates 1200000 driv priicliccs not sutficicntly serious i ers he said to warrant arrcsi or the more Figures show that nine out of This docs not necessarily mean that the one driver out of every ten is a criminal but it docs mean that he engages in bad driving practices which endanger the life Muscatinc a trace Dubuquc and Charles ported no sncnv Temperatures ranged from high Tuesday of 32 degrees at Bothnit buque and Davenport to i low i Tuesday night of 19 degrees il j Sioux City and Omaha Mason i Ski Troops Will Try to Cut R R COPENHAGEN picked battalion of Finnish ski troops Wednesday was reported driving through Russia about 115 miles north of Ladoga and in m attempt lo cut Russias vital Murmansk railroad Russian forces on the Arctic ocean front and other northern sectors receive most of their sup plies over this railroad which runs from 50 to 150 miles cast of Die border At the same time fresh soviet legions under the command oC Joseph Stnlins personal friends were reported massing for new smashes against the Finns From Ihc FinnishNorwegian border came reports that ad vancingFinnish troops in far northern Finland were coUcct inK lame Quantities of var ma terial abandoned by retreating Russians Included were many Russian tanks stalled in the snow With the temperature still be low zero the voods were full of Kusian deserters and wounded The Finns were preparing for the new Russian thrust they ex pect will come in an attempt to re gain some of the prestige lost in iccent weeks Indication of the new thrust were seen in the reported gather ing of pew Russian troops Russian strategy was foreseen by military observers to be it re newed drive lo cut Finland in half along the waistline and a enin p n i S i south of the Salmijarvi mining region where the red army was reported last week in retreat The Finnish army which in the last three days reported throwing Russians bnck 50 miles in the ccn j tral Salla district was gelling set for a new drive on the Kcmijarvi City rej railroad The soviet campaign was by tiie Finns as hcidcd for i he Swedish border at tiic Gulf of and Jimb of the nine safe drivers i Citys minimum was 20 degrees AltlioiiKh outnumbered llic Finnish command counted on the bitter Arclic weather as   

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