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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 20, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             C HIST MCM HT NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NIWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NIIGHBORS VOL XLVI FIVE CENTS A COPY FULL LEASED WIRES MASON CITY THI MIGHT MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20 1940 THIS CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS NO 116 CLAIM ALTMARK SEIZURE GALLANT Japanese Russian Relations By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist UNDERSECRETARY of State Sunnier Welles off for Europe to talk with neutrals generally in cluding semineutral Italy and with belligerent Britain France and Germany in particular may be engaged in a promising job of peace mis sionary w o r k insofar as those particular groups of na tions are con cerned but cer tainly Uncle Sam isnt im proving his own r e 1 a t i o n ships with the Japanese to his westward or with the Russians in the other direction The very day that the Welles prospective trip was announced the influential Tokio newspaper Miyako was serving editorial notice presumably with govern mental approval that the Japa neseAmerican situation has reached the danger the mikado must prepare eco nomically and militarily to cope with increasing Yankee pressure Sympathize With Finns Only one day later President Roosevelt himself told the Ameri can Youth congress that 98 per cent of our people sympathize with Finland against Russia that were not neutral though were not belligerent in that conflict and that the Moscow regime is an absolute dictatorship All this was true enough no doubt but its hardly to be expected that Comrade Stalin will like it The Japanese already aggra vated by ourcancellation of our commercialtreaty with them are furious at the prospect of a big American loan to China and the threat of an outright American embargo on sales of war supplies to Nippon Their hint at military preparations actually begins to look bilious Russia hasnt said anything def initely ominous but Ambassador Oumansky has been conspicuous ly though not quite officially snubbed in Washington and our Moscow ambassador Laurence A Steinhardt has been given the runaround at the Soviets end of the line Diplomatic Relationships As yet the administration hasnt mentioned the idea of breaking diplomatic relationships between Washington and Tokio Washing ton and Moscow But congress has shown signs of desiring to force such a policy as between the United States and Russia Congress cant outright recall an ambassador except by definitely declaring war The white house and state department boss our foreign policies pretty the legislators 0 When the president appoints an east coasts Reds Efforts to Cross Ice on Lake PROUD FINLAND TELLS OF REPULSE OF OTHERATTACKS Appearance of Motor Sleds in Battle of Taipale Is Described HELSINKI smashing oJ a Russian attempt to advance across the ice of Lake Suvanto on the Karelian isthmus and the repulse of other attacks below Viipuri were reported Tuesday by the Finnish high command The Finns also reported con tinued clearing up of bases taken from the enemy northeast of Lake Ladoga where Monday the Finns reported the destruction of the red armys 18th division The communique told of the capture of a few strong points in fighting with Russian de tachments in the Kuhmo are about halfway up the long boundary line Of the 20 day old battle below Viipuri where the Russians have reported their advance units with in a few miles of the city the communique said grimly On the isthmus enemy attacks continued between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Muola The at tacks were repulsed At the opposite or eastern end of the Karelian isthmus the Finns reported heavy losses inflicted on the Russians when an attack in great force was repelled at Taipale The appearance of air motor as bobsleds with reported in the Taipale battle f With the support of these and tanks the Russians tried to ad vance past Taipale across Lake Ladogas ice but the whole de tachment was dispersed by Fin nish coastal batteries with at least 200 men killed and one tank and one sled destroyed the com munique said Continued raids on Russian columns and camps by the Fin nish air force also was reported Widespread Nazi Plane Attacks on Ships Reported LONDON IP Antiaircraft fire was heard and air raid alarms were sounded in the London area Tuesday as reports came in of widespread German warplane at tacks on shipping off Britains ambassador the senate has to con firm him Once hes in though he slays in at the presidential pleas ure The house of representatives has no voice in the matter at any stage of the gams Well Ambassador Steinhardt is IN in Moscow The administration evidently doesnt think that the time has quite come to recall him Members of the house of repre sentatives however recently grew impatient Accordingly as the representatives couldnt recall him an attempt was made in the lower congressional chamber which IS supreme financially to cut off Steinhardts salary would have terminated him as effectually as his recall would have done The plan Tailed only by a 3vote margin It was a jab at the to win so narrowly Yet it wasnt so bad either considering that the administration so obviously is antisoviet also It was a worse crack at it re vealed the strength of antisoviet congressional sentiment Five Year Old Boy Not Seriously Hurt When Struck by Bus Five year old Donald Anderson was safely home Monday evening only slightly injured after being struck by a bus while going home after school Donald is the son of Mr and Mrs L M Anderson 1413j Pen nsylvania avenue northeast After being knocked down by the bus he was taken to Mercy hospital where it was found that no bones were broken and he was not injured beyond superficial cuts and bruises Fragmentary wireless messages from ships at sea and battle noises heard along the coast gave the first indication of the renewed German aerial attacks Outcome of the attacks was not known Radio operators said they heard the SOS of at least one vessel A lifeboat was put out on re ceipt of word that nazi bomoing planes were blasting at steamers about 30 miles out to sea Attacks on ships were reported off the coasts of Northumberland Lincoln and Suffolk Machinegun fire was heard in Essex and residents of that sec tion scurried to shelter as an air raid warning sounded The all clear signal was given 50 minutes later WHEAT PRICES SURGE UPWARD CHICAGO warn ing a burst of buying struck the wheat pit in closing minutes of trade Tuesday skyrocketing prices 5 cents a bushel from early lows to the highest level since early in the year Part of the advance was as quickly lost but prices finished with net gains ranging to as much as 28 cents Woman Shoveling Snow Falls Dead AUDUBON Martha Blohm 59 fell dead of a heart at tack Tuesday while shoveling snow at her home Smoke Marks Grave of Nazi UBoat British Report 4 German UBoats Definitely Sunk Declare English and Neutral Ship Losses for Week bet New High O that probably 13 of the 15 neutral vessels were sunk by submarines without warning LONDON British authorj The admiralty also disclosed the T v i 11JI HU IHUI I tics asserted Tuesday that last weeks British and neutral ship ping losses were the heaviest of the war but said that four Ger man submarines were definitely sunk and two others were be lieved destroyed by the British navy or air force The successful attacks on the six Uboats ivere said to have occurred within a space of six days last week which British naval sources said was marked by the return of the torpedo to first place as a weapon of de struction The admiraltylisted five Brit ish and 15 neutral ships as lost during the week ending Sunday with a total of 86077 ions sur passing the previous high mark of 78193 tons set in the second week of the mar The London Evening News re ported that German bombing planes machinegunned four Brit ish trawlers in the Nprth sea Mon day but failed in attempts to bomb the ships British fighting planes were said to have chased the Ger mans away Without referring to the eve ning news report an authoritative British source said that nothing whatever was known of what it called a German claim that 12 planes had bombed shipping off the east coast of Scotland Monday German communiques men tioned no such bombing although Tuesdays reported reconnais sance flights over the northern part of the North The admiraltys figures Tues day said that the five British ships sunk last week totalled 39276 tons and the 15 neutrals 46801 tons The British naval source said capture of a German trawler by a British warship which brought her into a British port The naval source compared last weeks British and neutral ship ping losses with those of April 1917 when Germans World war umestricted submarine campaign was at its height and when weekly sinkings averaged 105 British al lied and neutral ships with a ton nage of 203000 This source added that 160 neu tral ships were given British con voy protection during last week and that only 19 ships had been lost out of 8969 convoyed since the war started HEARING OPENS FORALDRID6E Former Charles Cityan Seeks Reinstatement to Employment Service DES JHO1NES Aid ridge former Charles City em ploye of the federalstate employ ment service began his fight for reinstatement Tuesday in district court here By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS MOSCOW Russians liope to smash Mannerhcim line by Friday count Viipuri in battle be cause of Russian advances STOCKHOLM King Gustaf supports Swedish refusal of direct military aid to Finland LONDON and Norway dispute interna tional law over Altmark in cident Nor captain ac knowledges service as naval auxiliary NOMINATIONS N NORTH IOWA EXPECTED SOON lowans Anticipate Early Decisions on Attorney Marshal By CLARK II GALLOWAY WASHINGTON Putting ogether two recent developments owans in Washington expect the resident at last to nominate Sen tor Guy M Gillettes candidates or attorney and marshal in the northern district of Iowa One development ivas Special Assistant Attorney General Matthew F McGuires trip to Capitol Hill to discuss the situa tion with the senator Gillette said at the conclusion of their conference he expected early action on the matter The ulher development was the assurance given by Senator Clyde L Herring that no fur ther appointments of lowans to department of justice jobs would be made without senator ial recommendations The assurance Herring said vas given by McGuire and At orney General Robert Jackson ifter the senator had questioner hem about the unrecommendec appointment of Mark Reno to a ustice job here If no further appointments are to be made without senatorial rec ommendations District Attorney Ed G Dunn of Mason City soon will be succeeded by John Mil chell of Fort Dodge John Ander son of Sioux City or some othe lawyer of Gillettes choice Gillette has budged not a mil limeter from Ins determined op position to a reappointment o Dunn He voted last year for sen ate confirmation of two othe purge participants Harry Hopkins and Ed Eicher because their jobs were national in scone Bul he feels that Dunns xvnrk is all inside his own northern Iowa baliwlck and that he can continue to block Dunns re appointment without compunc tion or regret Informed sources say Hie administration which prompted Dunns antiGillette primary activities now is trjinr to find another job for him Along with the choice of a district attorney probably wi come the nomination of forme Representative Fred Biermann c Decorah to be marshal in place c John Keefe of Sioux City Appointment of Biermann a marshal probably will result i the naming ol E J Feuling c New Hampton as Milwaukee re gional director of the federal si plus commodities corporatio food stamp plan This job has been held open for Biermann for some time but he prefers the marshals position The administrations apparent willingness to accept Gillettes recommendations after rejecting them for a year is interpreted here as a move to set the demo cratic house in order Iowa is only one of several slates where those who opposed the presidents court been denied part or all of their patronage But now the national conven tion is around the corner and the presidential election is just over the brow of the hill Most demo cratic leaders want to present a united front during the campaign and they know they could not do it if they made no attempt to heal sore spots Lecturer Says Hitler Told Her I Have America to Colonize VANCOUVER B C Canadian Forbes British ex He was released as an inter plorer writer and lecturer said in viewer for the service a year ago an interview Adolf Hitler once told by Edwin R Herbert director of her Ull have America to colon the Iowa state employment service He appealed to the employment service advisory board for rein statement but the board denied his request last April after a hear ing at Charles City The court hearing opened here on a change of venue from Floyd county Defense Counsel Homer Lyon presented opening state ments Tuesday Enroutc to Victoria Miss Forbes said Hitlers remark was made last July I told him I was going to Af rica You can have your Africa and your camels that you like so much replied the fuehrer 1 dont want Africa Ill have America to colonize LOOK INSIDE FOR B B I1ICKENLOOPER Is Candidate for ReElection in Iowa PAGE 2 Eagle Grove School Blaze Causes Damage PAGE 8 Mason City Jays Face Tough Freshman Foes PAGE 3 BIOFF GIVES HIMSELF UP Sunenclers to Illinois to Complete Serving Term of 18 Years Ago CHICAGO Bioff portly leader of Hollywood union technicians surrendered Illinois Tuesday to complete an 18 year old jail term for pander ing and announced his withdrawn from wage negotiations wit movie producers The sivarlhy bespectacled leader of 30009 movie workers flew here under an assumed name and surrendered to states attorneys police He must serve nearly six months of a term im posed in 1922 for sharing in the illicit earnings of a woman A short time later he announced OF FREEING 299 ON NAZI VESSEL Chamberlain Assails Norway for Failing to Examine Prison Ship LONDON Prime Minister hamberlain Tuesday described Britains seizure of 299 prisoners from the German prison ship Alt mark in Norwegian waters as a very gallant affair and expressed confidence that the house of com mons would want to congratulate the royal navy Chamberlain declared it now appears Norwegian authorities had made no examination what ever of the Altmark when she reached Norwegian waters Chamberlain told a cheering house that the Norwegian author ities have displayed complete in difference as to the use which might be made ol their territorial waters by the German fleet He termed the statement of Norwegian Foreign Minister Kohl that the Norwegian authorities did not know British prisoners were aboard the AHmark most surprising since reports to that effect were published weeks ago Not once but three or four times Chamberlain said Norway failed to carry out a proper investiga tion of Uie Altmark It was not until after Norway failed to investigate Chamberlain said that his majestys ships took action It is claimed that it they had not done so the ship would have allowed to complete her voyage without let or hindrance and without inquiry JnU the circumsfances y The Norwegian view appeared o be that the Altmark was a war ship and that no request to search her could be made Chamberlain continued According to Kohl he said Nor way saw no objection to a Ger man warship using her territorial waters to convey British prisoners to a Gorman prison camp This Chamberlain added in the British governments view would legalize the abuse by German warships of neutral waters and create a position his majestys government would in no circum stances accept The house cheered as Chamber lain said that even if Norways in difference was due to German pressure it was inconsistent with his resignation from the chairman ship of a union committee which has been negotiating with the pro ducers He drew a folded paper from his pocket and told news papermen Ive just sent this telegram to Joe Touhy secretary of the AFL studio conference vln view of the fact that Gov Culbcrt C Olson has seen it to extradite me to the state of Illi nois in th The Weather FORECAST IOWA Mostly cloudy slight ly colder in north portion Tues day night followed by generally fair Wednesday MINNESOTA Partly cloudy slightly colder Tuesday night generally fair Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics maximum Monday 23 Minimum Monday night 25 At 8 a m Tuesday 25 Snnw trace YEAR AGO Maximum JR Minimum 5 Snowfall race the active and impartial exercise of the duty of a neutral toward ourselves as belligerents Albert Victor Alexander U borile said that the opposition was pleased with Chamberlains statement and that it wished to praise the action of the in freeing the seamen mv iv unaiiim ui mi Before His Majestys ships took he midst of negotiations action against the Altmark vital to all of you I re said Chamberlain the command T ng officer proposed to the Nor wegian naval officer on the spot that the Altmark should be taken to Bergen Under a joint British and Norwegian guard in order that the matter might be properly in that are giet very much that I necessary to resign as chairman of the conference of studio unions I appreciate the confidence that you have given me in all my as sociations with you and wish you all every success in your efforts to better the conditions of those you represent and all those who work for a livelihood f SiltinR in the office of Capt Dan Gilbert Chief of States At torney Thomas J Courtneys po lice BCoff asserted his return was inspired bv the moneyed interests and communists Bioff said he would have re turned to Illinois long ago if lie had not been engaged in wage parleys with the studios I represent 30000 persons for whom I was negotiating on wages and working conditions he said In the midst of it this thing had to happen Everything seemed to have been well timed Who would be interested to go hack all these years to find a skeleton and make an issue of it If I were a carpen ter or an electrician they would not have dug it up I have im proved conditions out there It cost a lot of money in increases and the moneyed interests would like to see me out of there plus the CIO and the communists Bioff was convicted in 1922 on testimony that he shared in the vestigated there by the Norwegian authorities This offer was refused British commanding officer then invited the Norwegian officer to accompany the British boarding party on board the Altmark but he declined to do so Tlicn said the prime minister the British navy took action Didnt Know Whether to Send Ambulance Coroner or Radio Car DENVER Police Dispatch er Harold Spiva had some uneasy moments after sending two patrol men to aid Miss Jane Amason who reported a prowler was mak ing a second attempt to enter her home Miss Amason told Spiva she was holding a loaded gun and would fire if the prowler entered lie told her to hold tight Keeping the woman on the tele phone he warned the patrolmen by radio to be careful they werent mistaken for the prowler Finally Miss Amason broke Ihe torsion l a disorderly house and was sen tenccu to six month imprison to send an ambulance the coroner or the Court records showed he was released alter serving six days in order to appeal the conviction radio car said the relieved dis patcher expected to hear thaf shot any second   

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