Tuesday, April 16, 1940

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 16, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL 16 1940 MASON CITY THI IPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TIVO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO NAZI FLEET Germans Claim Norway Nearly Pierced Say Narvik Still Held STARK ASSERTS EMERGENCY IS FACED BY US Advises More Funds for Navy Than House Has So Far Voted WASHINGTON the United States faced an emerg ency situation Admiral Harold R Stark recommended Tuesday that congress appropriate 545000000 more for the navy than the 000000 voted by the house The chief of naval operations proposed the increase at a sen ate naval committee hearing on other legislation which would au thorize but not provide funds tor a 5655000000 11 per cent ex pansion of the navys shipbuilding program Asked by Senator Johnson R Cal whether he thought an emergency now existed Admiral Stark replied In my opinion an emergency exists wb en our relative position is continually becoming weaker as it is now Of the additional which Stark recommended for ap propriation 518000000 would be for ship facilities on shore and for shipbuilding This would provide he indi cated for laying the keels of four cruisers 13 destroyers and 8 sub marines in the fiscal year begin ning next July 1 of tils contention backbone of navy advised the committee in writ inc to supplement Slarks testi mony that Germany recently has completed two new battleships and is building four more de spite its preponderance of air power Also it was stated tliat Germanys air power has not seriously affected British con trol of world sea lanes Responding to questions put by Chairman Walsh DMass of the naval affairs committee the navy touched these additional high points 1 Army tests have disclosed that the explosive used in liquid oxygen bombs is nc more power ful than the TNT used by United States forces in bombs mines and torpedoes 2 United States naval aircraft are felt to be superior to foreign naval aircraft based on and op crated from ships 3 This country is consider ably in advance of foreign pow ers in developments of aerial bomb sights and bombing accur acy 4 The navy is three years ahead of its aircraft procurement program as laid down in the ex pansion bill of 1D38 Asked whether more efficient aerial bombinp had ended to make surface ships obsolete the navy said Germanys air super iority had not upset Britisli sea control and it cited a table of battleship building as proof that all major powers were con structing superdreadnaughts In addition to Germany this table showed Italy as having re cently completedtwo battleships and building two more Japan was listed as building eight battle ships Great Britain nine France four with two recently completed and the United States eight Manifestly the navy said all naval powers have given serious consideration to the effectiveness and relative security ability to remain effective of naval ships against all threats contemplated tinder the conditions of their employment in war It is signifi cant that all are continuing their naval building programs The heavily gunned and heav ily armored battleship built to withstand the plunging fire of the heaviest armor piercing tiles is least affected by air de velopments HOME German military nission arrived from Berlin Tues day and was welcomed by high Italian army officers and members of the government The Germans were expected to confer with the Italian general staff and to visit various army centers In Milan there was an anti British demonstration in front of Fascists Welcome German Military Mission BRITAIN POINTS ROME UPJA German military the British consulate It soon was sonases of the allied IM VH1 TO SWIFT HELP GIVEN NORWAY the British consulate It soon was broken up by police One demonstrator entered the waiting room of the consulate and tore down a number of British war posters before he was evicted demonstrations motion picture A number of was reported in theaters showin news reels allied forces and prominent per sonages of the allied countries AntiBritish demonstrations also were reported from Florence where Italian students Tuesday morning paraded through the streets shouting Down with Brit ain Coincident with arrival of the German military mission interest centered on long range plans of lowan Charged With Slaying in Los Angeles DENVER G Davies 25 of New Providence Iowa was claimed Tuesday by California officers who said thev would charge him with slaying Paul Hempel 36 during a holdup attempt on April 2 at Los Angeles Hempeldied in Los AngcUs Tuesday ie Italian government andindica ons of Italys attitude toward the uropean war Premier Benito Mussolini was to visit the 1942 worlds lir grounds Tuesday preparatory o a meeting of fair executives aturday There were rumors he was about i announce that the fair would be ostponed until 1944 but these rere not confirmed and mean thousands of workmen were till busy on the grounds The importance of Saturdays meeting was disclosed with the nnouncement that civil authori es from all parts of Italy repre ntatives of universities and iontific institutes and heads ol 11 foreign fair missions had been ivited It was believed that Mus nlini might take the occasion to iscuss Italys attitude toward the ar The fair incidentally is nown here as the Olympiad of eace Approximately 100 students lemonstrated against Great Brit in after classes were out Monday hey marched toward Venice pal ce shouting Down with Church and The home fleet is home olice dispersed them before they cached the palace Major League Teams Begin Seasons Battle for Titles LOOK INSIDE FOR ricimcr Bcmto Mussolini lower risht foreground leads an inspection ofan Italian air unit at Rome as thit uv Iplne face published in Italian newspapers that eventually all if be drawn intothe war the belligerent nations are watching Mussolini to determine just when and where Italywill move ALLIES GEARED TO MEET ITALY Precautionary Move Is Taken to Hold Suez Canal Egypt Sudan By REYNOLDS PACKARD ROME allied armies in the cast are geared to meet the possibility of Italy entering th war on the side of Germany A threemonth inspection tou which enabled me to see at firs hand the AngloFrench fighting machine as set up in Syria Egypi Palestine Iraq Iran and Indi convinced me that this prepared ness is not aimed at Russia as i popularly supposed On the contrary it is a pre cautionary move to hold the Sucx canal Egypt and the Su dan against any invasion through Italian Libya or even Ethiopia The army in the middle eas seemed smaller than is generall believed The talk of a million al lied men seemed greatly cxag gerated with a total of 30000 being nearer the truth I found Gen Maxime Wey gauds army of the east in Syria and English Scotch and Austral ians encamped in Palestine The have mobile forces so organize as to be able to rush to Egypt at moments notice Italian Liby adjoins Egypt According to un impeachablc sources the Austral inns originally were intended t be stationed in Egypt but owin to the Egyptians desire have too many British maintained on their territory th Australians were dispatched the last minute to Palestine Virtually alt the equipment I saw in Syria and Palestine as well as in Egypt including bal loon tire transports and watc supply trucks was constructed for desert use giving the im pression that the prospective terrain was unlikely to be Tur key or Russia Newspapers in Palestine Syri and Egypt censored for mililar secrets are permitted totalk free ly of possible attacks from Russ Yankees Will Try to Bag Fifth Consecutive American Pennant BULLETIN WASHINGTON dent Roosevelt Tuesday threw out the first ball opening the 1940 major league baseball sea son but it was a pretty weak toss that didnt reach the ball Players A cop standing in front of the grandstand caught it It wasthe shortest pitch made by Sir Roosevelt in his eighth and perhaps last year as firstball tosseroutcr NEW YORK the world may fall asunder but Tuesday the baseball season opened With more than 200000 people looking on and approximately 50000000 interested the major leagues opened a campaign which ends next October The allpowerful New York Yankees will try to bag their fifth consecutive American league pen new record The Cincinnati Heds so brutally abused in the world series will try to thai hasnt been done in the National league since 193233 In each league seven other clufc will try to knock them off swell chance The Yanks and Reds look like a million bucks to everybody from Broadway to San Franciscos Market street As luclc would have it the Yanks start crippled Joe DiMaggio American league batting cham pion will be on the sidelines with a crippled knee Joe Gordon has a charleyhorsc and may or may not play Alley Donald has a sciatica infection Jake Powell is recover ing from a brain concussion in a hospital in Ashcville Ky Red Ruffing designated to pitch the opening game Tuesday has a troublesome elbow which neces sitated treatment Monday As the Yankees are trying to break up the Yankees National league fight ing staff of Derringer Walters Thompson and Moore to carry the Beds through to another pennant KING HAAKON Vn Nazis Say King h Captiveof Advisers PACK 2 Gloomy Weather Seen Over Major Openings PAGE 9 Butler Womens Clubs Will Meet at Greene PAGE 16 Killed ill Fall From Construction Project CLINTON if Matthew worker was killed late Monday when he fell 35 feet from a con struction project scaffold to a steel usual dogeatdog coal car her Campbell employed McKechme of Cincin by the American Boiler and Tank banking on his solid pitch company of DCS Moines died of a Iff nf llorTinmu broken neck He was working at a Clinton plant where n new power house is being erected but no speculation regarding Italy pcrmiUe RUMANIA WEIGHS SWEEPING BILL Extraordinary Army Measures Proposed in New Critical Stage BUCHAREST Mini iter Paul Teodorescu introduced a oilj Jthe chamber of deputies afejTUesdajr calling for mediate application of extraordi nary military measures in all Ru manian ports and territorial wat The reasons for and significance of the bill were not immediately disclosed It was introduced as Rumanias with Germany were igain in a critical stage The Rumanian government having received a German pro test over its ban on wheat ship ments and temporary stoppage of oil shipments also took steps against the British and French oil companies in Rumania Apparently determined to per severe in an attempt to keep even the balance between the belliger ents Rumania ordered all foreigi oil producers to pay royalties t the state in refined products in stead of in cash British and French interest which have refused since Jan to sell oil to Germany must con tribute an estimated 70 per cen of more than 350000 tons of oi which will be turned over to tin government as royalty for th sevenmonth period which ends April 30 This quantity is believed to hi sufficient for meeting the immed iate needs of Rumanias army anc railroads and still leave a possibli surplus available for sale to Gcr many British and French producers are expected to file objections but he national oil commis sioners powers are so sweeping that compliance is regarded as inevitable Germanys chances of filling he granaries with Rumanian whca still appeared doomed however bj a government decree bannin wheat exports indefinitely lo aver a domestic shortage Germans Will Not Admit Troops Landed as Claimed by English By The Associated Press A strong allied expeditionary brce rode the North sea Tuesday oward Norwegian shores to bat le German forces and impress uropes wavering neutrals but jermany would not acknowledge hat even the vanguard hod been anded as reported by the British The German high command however did admit that strong British naval forces escorting transports had been sighted off far northern Norway in the vi cinity of Narvik The English made no attempts lo land troops anywhere on April 15 iu regions occupied by Ger nans said the regular Berlin communique An admiraltywar office an louncement Monday in London said forces had been landed at points It appeared that the expedi tionary force either came from lhat which the allies had prepared to send to Finland or liad been fa cilitated by arrangements for transport of the Finnish expedi tionary later nullified by the RussianFinnish peace The British hoped above all that Italy would observe the readi iess with which they sent lane the less than a week after Germans overran Denmark and landed on Norwegian shores The British air force struck for a seventh lime Monday night at Stavanger on the Nnr wcsian south coast which the allies consider the nazis most threatening air base in Norway The Germans said two of the raiding planes were shot down From Oslo came word that new government commission had been named to succeed Major Vidktin Quisling who proclaimed himself Norwegian premier after the king and the government fieri the Norwegian capital ahead of the invading Germans a week ago The same dispatch told of re sistance by young Norwegians who as the Germans put it be lieved they had the right to fight Germany It was said liia they were liable to the death sen tence under German military law Germany announced llial lier forces in Norway had blown up a Norwegian radio station at Notoddcn 50 miles southwest of Oslo which in the past few days had made antiGerman broad casts The German high commanc communique pictured the con solidation of positions in as progressing on schedule but b way of Stockholm came report that a British land force and Nor wegiati troops were in joint con trol of Narvik ore port and origi nally northernmost point of Gcr manys control in Norway Troop Train Nears Border of Sweden STOCKHOLM on an extra train through a district still held by Norwegians German troops were reported Tuesday to have reached the Storlien Heights three miles from the Swedish borj der and about 50 miles east of the Norwegian port of Trondheim The report if true indicates at Germany almost has suc eeded in cutting Norway in half her narrow waist Storlien is in Sweden but the Icights extend across the Reports reaching the Stockholm iper Allehanda said the German dvance was made possible by the azi coup in pusiiing the train hrough the Norwegian area It was said here that the rail vay employes apparently re eived false information and bought the German train was a fonvegian troop train The Germans thus passed the Norwegian fortress at Hegra Lhicli is not of much value in the nesent conflict because its guns ire pointed Sweden BRITISH LAND ON FAROE ISLANDS Danish Possession Between Scotland and Iceland Is Occupied LONDON goveriunen spokesman told the house ol com mons Tuesday that a British ex peditionary forcehad been landec in the FaroD fslaiicis Danish pos session between Scotland and Ice land The ariiibuncement was made y R A Butler undersecretary for foreign affairs and showed tha Britain had carried out plans for he occupation marie known in the iiouse Thursday by Winston Churchill first lord of the admir alty Stelle Attends Game So Illinois Has New Governor Claimant SPRINGFIELD 111 Gov John Stelle went to a base ball game Tuesday so Illinois had a new claimant to the title of act ing governor Senator George M Maypole Chicago president pro tempore of the state senate laid claim to the disputed role of acting chief ex ecutive as soon as SteMc left the state to attend the opening cf the major league season at St Louis The unique situation arose frtm Stelles action a week ago in pro claiming himself de facto gov ernor on the ground Gov Henry Homer was too ill to servo Gov ernor Horner has refused to yield his authority however and has been supported by Attorney Gen eral John E Cassidy Maypole said he would demand the S3333 a day salary which the governor receives but gave no indication whether he planned lo issue any executive orders Lead Is Stolen From Under Gravestones KEMSEN hav tipped over 57 monuments in lw Romsen cemeteries in recent night to get the lead bases under th stones authorities said Tuesdoj It was estimated 30 pounds of lea was taken This Mad Dog Must Be Destroyed LONDON Ministe Chamberlain declared Tuesday thu icrman invasion of Norway am Denmark showed that no people lowevcr meek however peaceful lowevcr harmless they may be can be safe until this mad dog i destroyed Chamberlain reiterated his con fidence that the monsters o xvickedness in Germany would bi destroyed Addressing the National Frei Church Council in London tin prime minister said that sinci this latest outrage of those mon sters of wickedness in German vho seem to have shut the gates o mercy upon mankind all m thoughts have been occupied wili how to counter that stroke Later he said the house of com inons Wednesday would debate th question of the strategic locnlio of industrial plants in wartim Britain Speaking briefly in the house he made no mention of a possible statement by himself on the prog ress of the war REYNAUD SAYS HITLER SINKING DEEP IN CRIME Fuehrer Has Suffered immense Moral and Personal Defeat PARIS allies have a smashing victory in Nor ay have really mutilated the German fleet and as a result of ic allied seizureof the northern Vonvcgian port of Narvik Fuehrer Adolf Hitler who is sinking leeper in crime has suffered an imrnense moral and personal defeat Premier Paul Reynaud old the senate Tuesday Reynaud said that during the Scandinavian drive Germany had lost 30 per cent of her line ships and had suffered other terrific naval and merchant shipping losses As result of the occupation of Narvik Germanys iron route has been cut Keynaud said Hitler was mistaken He be ieved that the small neutral na tion Norway would not resist He took the king of Norway for another Hacha Emil Hacha president of Czech oSlovakin when Germany occupied Prague But the sham government which he established already has collapsed amidst general contempt The unity of opinion prevailing among civilized nations is con solidated jSjlales citizens of ire hrposr lion to judge the situation on its merits A great voice has been heard from the white house de nouncing the excesses of force After Reynauds speech the senate decided lo sit secretly for the second time since the outbreak of war to hear confidential reports from the army navy and air corn mi lies and lo debate national de fense subject Reynaud devoted a portion of his speech to the address made in Washington Monday by Presi dent Roosevelt before the Pan American union The Weather FORECAST KHVA Mostly cloudy Tues day nifflil and Wednesday pos sibly rain in extreme west por tion little change in tempera ture MIXXKSOTA Considerable cloudiness Tuesday night and Wednesday slightly warmer Wednesday in northwest por tion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Slonday 64 Minimum Monday night S3 At 8 a tti Tuesday 44 YEAR AGO Maximum is Minimum 39 Precipitation Trace SHIPS FIGHT NEAR SKAGEN Considerable Naval Battle Reported But Results Not Observed LONDON Brit ish news agency reports re ceived from Goteborg via Stock holm said Tuesday that a con siderable naval battle occurred Monday north of Skagcn and is believed still proceeding in the Skagerrilc Heavy gunfire vvas heard but poor visibility hid the naval activity Warihips o un determined nationality were seen from Marstrand near Goteborg President Roosevelt said lhat a nation living in hate will fin ally lie destroyed infernally by bate the premier said That is absolutely true In Scandinavian affairs there is another propa ganda As centers of Norwegian resistance organize friends of lib erty everywhere are rallying to their cause Naturally everyone is nnxious because the real test is yet to come We may see some hard days but the enemy will carn that when France fights for lib erty it is invincible Reynaud said thai the allies have captured and hold Narvik the northern Norwegian port and he averted that in addition to los ing 30 per cent her line ships during the past week German losses by ships sunk or damaged included V Twenty per cent nf licr Germanys cruiser strength 23 per cent of destroyers sunk 15 per cent of destroyers dam aged and Germany lost tons of merchant ships sunk scuttled or captured Rcynnud addressed the senate n public session preparatory to 27 Year Old Britishers Are Ordered to Register LONDON iYP Twentyseven year old Britishers were ordered Tuesday to register May 25 under the conscription program PAUL Lists TosscS