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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 11, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME e R HIST e M t 4 n r or COM tS HOME EDITION NIWSPAFfR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 11 194Q MAWH CITY THI IftlOHT SPOT NAZIS CRIPPLED COONEY FORCES VICTORS ARE IN FIRST SKIRMISH Iowa Republicans Meet in Des Moines for Fridays Convention DES MOINES bird delegates to the republican state convention Thursday found 1he MartinM Cponey forces victors in the first skirmish over the yost oE national committeeman Meeting Wednesday night in a aucus preliminary to Fridays state presidential delegate ses sions Polk county republicans passed a resolution which in part said XVe hereby express our deter mination to support only thos delegates to the national conven lion who favor a change in ou national committeeman Coonty a West Union attor ney is attempting to unseat Harrison E Spangler of Cedar Rapids from the committee post The resolution also said Spaii ler has not performed for the farmer or for the state of Iowa The sixth congressional district which includes Poik county is re garded as a Cooney stronghold Spangler who has been on the eight years Germany Loses Heavy Cruiser toon edge over his rival in the cur rent battle Polfc is the home county of Gov George A Wilson The 2027 delegates are sched uled to convene at Friday morning in a series of nine dis trict caucuses Each district will select two delegates to the nation al convention The state conven tionproper will name four delc gatesatiarge The 22 national session delegates will select the committeeman for the next four years The post would be particu larly potent from a patronage l standpoint it the GOP should 3 happen to win nationally next iall Tim J Campbell Newton atlor will be the convention key AH but forgottenin the excile iment of the committee battle was 1 The fact that the 22 dele rates will cast Iowas votes in the contest for the republican presidential nomination The delegation is expected to be un 2 The post of national com mitfeewoman Miss Martha Mc Clure the incumbent is not ex pected to be opposed for reelec tion Meanwhile a drive was under way to name state young republi can Chairman I W Myers of Des Moihes as a delegateatlargc jpei county young republicans jpassid a resolution early this weak favoring selection of Myers j It is expected that many of the decisions will be made in informal Thursday night as key Ueaders from all nine congression j al districts gather in strategy ses jsions GROSS ANNOUNCEMENT JWIDELY DISCUSSED Shades of Henry Field Jim Pearson and W Lee there s a radio candidate out after big political game in Iowa Announcement by H R Gross jDcs IVoines radio news commen I tator that he is a candidate for the 1 republican nomination for gov jprnor ha almost overshadowed the national committee battle in state G O P circles Gross entered the field against Gov George A Wilson who is i seeking his second term and three other aspirants among them form Large Numbers of Russian Troops Move Into Odessa Near Borders of Rumania Fear m Balkans of HGermanrIniVasion Is Reported Heightened tjLuuiig uiem er Highway Commissioner I H I Knudson The energetic little commenta the right hand man of j Milo Reno former Farmers Union leader announced he would wage this campaign over the radio and j through the good offices of those j newspaper publishers who feel thl 1 Ume has come for a change WEATHER OFFICE OInNES WRobert namort Davenport has been named to replace Gerald T Beall ln1 Dcs weather bureau j off ice Federal MetcoroIoEist Charles D Reed said Thursday BUCHAREST num bers of soviet Russian troop re inforcements were reported Thurs day to have moved into the Odes sa region from the north Odessa on the Black sea lies about 25 miles from the Rumanian Bess arabia border The reports reaching this cap ita from the frontier region could not be confirmed on this side of the border Russia lost Bessarabia to Ru mania in the postWorld war ter ritorial changes and has never re nounced her claim to it The advices pictured the Rus ian forces as veteran troops many of whom had fought in Finland IMeanwhile the Rumanian government issued a decree that all national defense factories must immediately store supplies for use in case of general mobil ization Supplies must be sufficient for la days the decree said The government issued a formal denial of what it called wild re thnt three Germanbound Janube river freight boats had been sunk by explosions The fear in the Balkans that ermaiiy might move into south eastern Europe was heightened by he comments of numerous Brit sh and French officials in the near east that allied forces were resist cf ectively These officials said the British French armies in the near east veve strong enough to defend that area but were not yet prepared or any major expedition away rom their bases They said the largest force which could be sent out of Pal and Egypt was 200016 small compared with the army Germany could place in the Balkans and that trans port facilities were insufficient Allied air forces in the near cast arc nol large enough they said Ai ii The Rumanian and Jugoslav governments were reported by re liable sources Thursday to have agreed on German insistence to call all their Danube river pilots for military service This action would void con track which many Rumanian and signed with agents and Jugoslav rivermen British and French make them available for assign ment to German Danube shipping by military command MOISTURE IS PROVIDED DENVER snow and rain storms that continued until early Thursday in some areas gave needed moisture to nearly all ol eastern Colorado and large sections of Wyoming and Jlon IS DESCRIBED Gothenburg Residents Watched Ship After Ship Sink in Fight GOTHENBURG Sweden Allied and German fleets ic mforocd by airplanes were re ported continuing a fierce battle in the Skagerrak Thursday after two separate engagements Wed nesday in which the Germans were reported to have suffered heavy losses Inhabitants of he little Swed ish islands near Gothenburg had stood for hours transfixed with horror watching ship after ship go down while hundreds of Ger mans struggled hopelessly in the water Their homes had been shaken by the thunder of guns and tremendous explosions when torpedoes found marks Bodies of German dead were washing ashore Many patients were removed from the ska hospital here to make room tor wounded who were expected to arrive Inhnbitantsof Marstraiul north ot Gothenburg counted 23 Ger man fleet units including 11 troop transports and 12 armed trawl The battle area was a few miles westnorthwest of the island of Hippeln It was indicated that the fight d between the German armed trawlers and British sub marines and that later German cruisers and British airplanes The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Thurs day night and Friday except cloudy southeast Thursday night Much colder extreme east moderate cord wave southeast slightly colder southcentra Thursday night Not quite so cold Friday afternoon central and west portions MINNESOTA Fair Thursday id Continued cold Thursday night slowly ris ing temperature Friday after noon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather staCis Maximum Wednesday 43 Minimum Wednesday night IK At S a m Thursday g Rain Wednesday 15 inch YEAR AGO Maximum jj Minimum vn Snowfall WTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS Russian troop reinforcements reported moving into region opposite Ru manias Bessarabian border Ru manian defense industries or dered to prepare for general mo bilization of destruc tion toll against German navy cheer British Germanheld Oslo threatened by British guns for mally joins allies against Ger many Hamar reported recan tured by Norway German transport ship column broken up hint at pos sible air raids on England from Scandinavian bases Danish Is land near Sweden occupied r e strictions weigh on Danes food sale and use of automobiles curbed W A S HIN G T O N States safeguards Danish and Norwegian bank holdings here Danish and Norwegian merchant fleets may be transferred to American registry authorities formally advise French to be prepared for possible heavy nghting on western fronttwo German planes reported shot down in trying to reach Paris SCHRECKFREED OF EXTORTION Directed Verdict Is Ordered by Judge in Case Heard at Algeria G W Still man at Thursday morning ordered a directed verdict of not guilty in the case in which Otto v Schreck was charged with ma licious threats to extort Harold Nelson was foreman of the jury which returned the di reeled verdict Testifying Wednesday were Miss Bernice Sutton Algonn rural school teacher J L Heed Algona a former employe of the Hoenk garage Paul C Bell employed by the Greenburg auto supply ser vlce and Bart Michelson Clarion CoEd Nominated for Nebraska Legislature ALLEN Nefar at Wayne State Teachers college believes she has a pretty good chance of becoming the first wo man to hold a seat in Nebraskas unicameral legislature She was one of two candidates nominated in he 13th district emerging success ful m a race against five male and older contestants Battle Still Rages Sunk Norwegians Recapture Bergen Port STOCKHOLM forceshave recaptured the port of Bergen from the German invaders the Norwegian commander at the city reported Thursday by wire less and are massing for an at tempt to wrest Trondheim farther up the west coast from the enemy German troops are being concen trated around Trondheim in tin expectation that the Norwegian at tack will come shortly he re ported f Notweeian troops were ad vancing from the north in the nope of cutting off German troops operating between Trond heim and the Swedish border Other sources reported German planes had dropped light bombs asthey circled the Kongsvingei railway station The president of the Norwegian parliament Carl J Hambro an nounced that Norways north ern forces now are cooperating fully with British forces against the German invasion Hambro informed Norwegian legations in Helsinki and Stock holm that offers of volunteers would be gratefully accepted and that instructions would be sent soon to speed their entry to help against the German in vasion Instructions to cooperate with British were issued after the Norwegian northern commander ColonelSundlo had been ordered Young Hambro Spoke Here oh Neutrality Dr Edvard Hambro of Ber gcn Norway son of the presi dent of the Norwegian parlia menf spoke in Clear Lake and Mason City last November ad voratins freer international Irade and discussing Norways policy of absolute neutrality a policy wliicli was insufficient to keep them out of the present conflict Dr Hambros present whereabouts arc not known licre He is head of the section for international relations at the Christian Michelson institute in Bergen which has been under German occupation but Thurs day was reported recaptured by the Norwegians arrested for cooperating with the Germans Major Omdahl was ap pointed to head Norwegian forces in the Narvik region Taken by surprise German troops attempting to advance along the railway east from Nar vik were routed before they hail time lo form battle lines llambro declared the Germans retreated without firing shot GERMANS DENY REPORTS OF BIG SEA CONFLICTS Assert Nazis Hold on Norway Tightened List Troop Movements BULLETIN BERLIN German bomb iff planes badly damaged a British airplane carrier in the North sea late Thursday after noon DNB official German news agency reported The agency said a bomb of heavy caliber struck the British ship squarely By ALVIN J STEINKOPF BERLIN Nazi Germany is tightening her fist of iron on Nor way and defying the allies to loosen her hold authorized Ger man sources said Thursday Gcrman positions throughout Norway arc so thoroughly con solidated these sources as serted that there is not the re motest possibility they could be dislodged by English and French forces They pictured a steady stream of German soldiers being trans Ported to the northern kingdom to strengthen forces landed Tues day Authorized sources then made the most categoficarteniaFof ports of an extensive sea battle In only two places did the German air force have encounters with the British fleet Wednesday they said but reports of a clash of major forces of he navy arc wholly unfounded Our transports continurd crossing the Skagcrrak unmo lested until the Norwegian situ ation was completely in con trol Nightlong naval forces fighting however between was re English See Great Advances Made by Fight in Norway LONDON pounding guns of Britains meno war and bombs bursting from swarming war planes have crippled the German fleet and set the allies on the road to victory in a world cause Win ston Churchill told the house of commons Thursday The pugnacious first lord of the admiralty put German sea losses at about 18 of them added to Britains sorrow with news of the loss of the destroyers Glowworm and Gurkha He branded the nazi invasion of Norway as great a strategic and political error as Napoleons disastrous invasion of Spain in 1808 In bis review of recent events ChurehiH declared J Ue have not reoceupied Norwegian ports but the covndor ot neutral Nonvegian waters used by Germany h s been closed we shall take what we want of this Norwegian coast now with anenormous increase in the efficiency of our blockade LOOK INSIDE FOR REPRESENTATIVE DIES Climbs Through Ridicule to Prominence in House PAGE 2 Plan Drive to Reduce Bike Skating Mishaps PAGE 6 No One Told Scribe Not to Make Choice PAGE 15 ported from Sweden to have taken place in the Skaggerak md foul out of 10 Gorman troopships lliursday morning were reported sunk another was burning and a sixth was damaged seriously High points of the official an nouncement included 1 high command announced extension of nazi con trol Wednesday to the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm 25 miles off the tip of Sweden troops proceeded on schedule Thurs day occupying Elvcrum in the forenoon consolidating positions at Oso and destroying three British destroyers and severely tlamajumr another in an attempt to lake Narvik Bcrffen and Trondheim arc firmly in Ger man advices Nor wegian troops had recaptured Hamai GO miles north of Oslo and driven the Germans south Irora Elvcrum 20 miles o warplanes oat rolling the North Sea hit a Brit ish destroyer with heaviest cali ber air bombs and in a raid on the Scapa Flow region put out of commission one antiaircraft and one searchlight battery A British cnaser wns shot down and two oerman planes are missing Brit ish planes carried the air war to Norway and attacked Ihe airport of Stavanger now occupied by German air forces without suc cess DNB official German news agency in a special bulletin re ported that the German army at Beigcn had confiscated five Brit ish steamers loaded with cannon machineguns munitions and other war materials These seiz ures it contended showed that the British had planned to land expeditionary forces at Bergen and other points In their reviciv o the situa tion in general authorized Ger mans asserted the German gov ernment was not at war with Norway Norwegian Foreign Minister Halvdan Koht on the contrary was quoted as sayijjg thai Norway was at war with Ocrmany The Germans said that in Oslo and other occupied icgious coop cration between the Germans and iNovwcRtans was proceeding with out incident 2 Denmarks F a r o e in lands between the Shetland isknds and Iceland are being occupied by the British to forestalltrngGerman occupa tion but will be returned when Denmark is liberated from the foul thraldom into which she has been plunged 3 Norways defender s should be able to maintain vigorous and prolonged re sistance to the 4 German action against u number of neutrals had been long and elaborately pre pared iind it was only early Monday that it was disclosed that Norway and Denmark had drawn the unlucky num bers in this sinister lottery Four German cruisers a number of destroyers a number of submarines have been destroyed since Sun day Churchill said and nearly a dozen ships some of large tonnage have been sunk or captured The 26000ton battleship Scharnhorst was damaged British losses he said i n c 1 u d e d the destroyer Glowworm sunk by two German destroyers the de stroyer Gurkha sunk by aerial bombs injury of sev en men when the battleship Rodney was hit and pierc ing of he battle cruiser Renown by two German shells We have greatly gained liy what has occurred in Scandinavia and northern waters in the strategic and military sense he said Hitler has made as great 11 shvitegie and political error as when he invaded Spain Churchill said Thursday that four German criisei nearly half of their total pre war strength and much more than their existing strength have been sunk Premier R c y n a u d speaking in Paris at the
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