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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 19, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLQM E R H i s r AR r Dfpr cow i S THI THAT AUKB ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY APRIL 19 1940 MAIOH THI Mi sror jiViiyxji AiTKLLl iy 1MIS FAPIR CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 167 LLIES BATTLE NAZIS AT 4 POINTS GERMANY WILL HONORFUEHRER ON 51ST YEAR Celebration Keyed to War Note for Greatest Reich of History BERLIN Satur day celebrates the 51st anniver sary of the birth of Adolf Hitler the first soldier of the reich All over the reich reich than the world ever has seen were beinc draped on houses factor ies and office buildings for the celebration The celebration has been keyed to a note in accord with a Ger many at war The chief address of the day will be made by Hitlers deputy Rudolf Hess speaking from a Berlin factory and directed to the German youth on whom the war effort depends so largely The celebration has been re strained at Hitlers wish None of the elaborate parades and fanfare of previous years is planned Hit ler asked that gifts which have poured into the chancellory on previous occasions be omitted Instead the nations gift to the fuehrer will be a collection of thousands of tons of scrap metal which wUl be melted down use in arms construe Hitleris said to be in excellent health despite the fatigue and strain of days as leader of a na tion at war He finds little time for relaxation His meals are re stricted to the rations which all Germans now live on His only ex ercise is a brief daily walk in the brickwalled park hack of the chancellory Whether Hitler is more or popular with his people than in former years is difficult to tell but his picture drew applause when Hashed on the screen at showings of the Baptism of Fire lilm recording the German inva sion of unusual cir cumstance as ordinarily he is not applauded at cinema houses His birthday finds Hitler i engaged in the most vital effort of his prosecution of Germanys war against the allied forces of Great Britain France and Norway A month before his 50th anni versary Hitler was given a new of the reich in recognition of his feats in CzechoSIovakia and Aus tria During the year he lived up to his new title Never since the days of Napoleon lias the map ot Europe been made over with such speed Even the treaty of Versailles hardly encompassed changes so vast He took Germany into war against Great Britain and France He scrapped basic doctrines of Mem Kampf to enter an al Vance with soviet Russia To the j ophies of Austria Sudentenland Ijohemia Moravia and Memelland new names were added Sept 1 brought the dread Ger man blitzkrieg to reality Ger man planes and mechanized forces roared into Poland blasting that nation to shambles in a month Danzig returned to the reich and Polish territory was carved up and divided between Germany and Russia But the Polish the others in the Hitler succession war to Germany a war that started slowly and was fought for a time chiefly by seapower and longrange economic weapons Both the allies and Hitler dis played obvious reluctance to utilize the terrible effects of mass air attacks ATI nas grown under Adolf Hitler is revealed graphi cally by a table showing the ac celerating pace at which he has brought new lands under the sway of the reich Old Germany 1935 iswlssi Pop 691670CO Austria nldtrs Hltltrs Sudeten BohemiaMoravia Slovakia McmcHand h 32639 Tear noi OanziK Poland German Section Ocnmark Norway Toll GRAND TOTAL 1483G 1057 51st 134 60000 124ojfi 2008SS 3M3292 BBIEOOO 245009S 140745 12060164 115000 isnonooo 1777000 2007000 2iOMOOO 113105351 Martial Law Proclaimed for Holland THE HAGUE law was proclaimed throughout the Netherlands by royal decree Fri day The decree effective imme diately was issued after fire mier Derek Jan de Geer had announced in a broadcast to the homeland and overseas colonies that such a step was being taken to anchor more solidly the governments position in the face of external and internal dangers De Geer in his broadcast de clared the Netherlands would re sist with arms any attempt by a foreign power to extend protective help to her Refusal to accept protection of outside powers he said applied also to the overseas possessions Such protection was rejected he added whether forced on us or laid down in a promise Authoritative sources said that there would be as little interfer ence as possible with the civil ad ministration and that the exten sion to the entire country of mar tial law which already prevailed in inany areas was a precaution ary measure The governments purpose these informants explained was to give Ihe military power be forehand to deal promptly with any emergencies that might arise De Geer declared it was out of the question for the Neth erlands 10 discuss with either of the pos party De Geers speech also was broadcast to Hollands possessions in the Indies and in the East Indies where Japan has shown concern over the status of these colonies in case the Netlier lands should be invaded either by the allies or GermRny PRIME MINISTER DE GEER martial Man Is Executed for Slaying Estranged Wife RAWLINGS Wyo a ministers farewell kiss on his lips Stanley C Lantzer 38 year old farm hand died in Wyomings lethal gas chamber Friday for slaying his estranged wife At Lantzers request the Rev Wil liam Young Church God min ister from Brush Colo kissed the condemned man goodbye just be fore the gas chamber was locked NEXT WEEK IS NATIONAL WANT AD WEEK APRIL 22 APRIL 27 A tribute to the oldest form of newspaper advertising The purpose for this annual observ ance of an everyday universal custom is to concentrate world wide attention upon a service already profitably known to millions of people to ac quaint additional readers with this simple power of making and saving money by way of the Want Ad See Saturdays Globe Gazette for special offer ings being featured during National Want Ad Week Remember GlobeGazette Want Ads Bring Results GermanHeld Port Bombed by British 100 MEN FROM HARDY RETURN ChurcHiUSpeaks at T Welcome Given Sailors on Grounded Destroyer LONDON Winston Churchill told the survivors of the destroyer Hardy Friday night that they were the vanguard of the armies which we and oui French allies will use during this summer to purge and cleanse the soil of the Vikings the soil of Norway from the filthy pollution ot nari The first lord of admiralty spoke at a welcome to about 00 men of the Hardy back from Nar vik w here their ship was grounded in the first battle of that far northern Norwegian port on April 10 A crowd cheered him and the sailors The Hardys ere w which landed near Narvik when the re mainder of the British flotilla withdrew after that combat and maintained themselves ashore de spite German occupation of the port later were rescued by other British warships and returned to England Churchills praise also was ex tended to men o the 1400 ton destroyer Eclipse which was forced to put into her base alter being damaged in German bombing attack A communique issued while the first lord was speaking gave the country frst news of the Eclipses damage 60000 NAZIS NOW IN NORWAY 2000 Fly Daily to Invaded Nation Says Norwegian Official LONDON is fly ing about 2000 troops a ciy to Norway it was estimated Friday by a Norwegian government offi cial newly arrived in London Scandinavian observers placed the number of German soldiers now in Norway at 60000 German bombers have pursued King Haakcn VII and his govern ment in their flight from Oslo through the aid of German es pionage the Norwegian charged The official who reviewed the Norwegian situation in an inter view said that seven bombing raids against the king and his fleeing government were carried out by the Germans We have lost Oslo Trondheim and Bergen he said but we do not feel it to be a decisive blow The Norwegian asserted that reports of betrayal of Norway to the Germans by Norwegian offi cers must bo taken with the greatest reservations but ac that Narvik far northern port was one point I where Norway was betrayed by agreement and not by accident By The Associated Press and German armies reported in first clash in Norway STOCKHOLM British expe ditionary force believed headed for major engagement in Trond heim area BERLIN Germany iti effect severs diplomatic relations with Norway by ordering envoy to leave Berlin Germany announces plane attacks on allied naval forces and troop transports at Narvik hints three British submarines sunk at entrance to Baltic suspect ed of rolling Trojan horses into Balkan nations French chamber of deputies holds secret session on conduct of war THE rejects any outside aid to maintain neu trality martial law announced U S Ship Voyages to Vladivostok Probed WASHINGTON jus tice department is investigating Friday allegedly illegal charter of American flag vessels to Russian government corporations for voy ages to Vladivostok The cases were referred to the justice de partment for possible criminal prosecution by the maritime com mission which contended that the steamship companies involved re sorted to a legal subterfuge to avoid asking commission approval for the charters REYNAUD GIVEN BACKING 5040 Unanimous Vote of Confidence Accorded After Secret Debate PARIS chamber of deputies Friday night gave the government of Premier Paul Rey naud a unanimous vote of confi dence The vote 504 to 0 came in a public session immediately after a secret debate on general govern mental policies and the conduct of the war It was the second vote of confi dence for Reynauds cabinet which took office March 21 H contrasted sharply with the first vote on March 22 in which there was only a onevote majority hough that later was increased to 17 votes by changes of stand by a number of deputies CAMPAIGN COST PROBE ORDERED sive Expenditures aof Some Presidential Aspirants Is Reported WASHINGTON iP The sen ate campaign investigating com mittee Friday ordered an inves tigation of complaints that exces sive sums of money were being spent in behalf of some aspirants for the presidency if Senator Gillette D committee chairman said that the complaints had been re ceived from apparently reliable sources He declined to name he can didates or the party involved but said that thus far charges affected only one party Tile committee approved a mo tion instructing Gillette to assign investigators to study the com plaints the source of which was not disclosed I have not yet acted Gillette told reporters but I will act Gillette said he had received reports that the National Asso ciation of Manufacturers was circulating its membership for funds in connection with con gressional races He has re quested his informants he added to send him any copies of letters sent out by the N A in any campaign The committee also decided Friday the chairman said to send investigators into Missouri at once to study reports of the improper use official influence and the promise of withholding of stale patronage not only in the selec tion of delegates to a national convention but in the state sena torial campaign As to expenditures by contend ers for presidential nominations Gillette declared We have received complaints from apparently reliable sources indicating that there has been and would be the expenditure ex cessive sums of money in connec tion with candidates for the pres idential nomination been rushed north from the Ger mancontrolled Trondheim region to meet the British landing parlies Perhaps they sidestepped or trapped the Norwegian concentra tion at Steinkjer The British war offices second laconic communique since the spread the war to Norway April 9 told Thursday continuing de lbOTkatioif troopson ways shores am of their contact with Norwegian forces and added that operations are continuing A Norwegian communique said that contact had been made with The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Friday night and Saturday slightly warmer Friday night and ex treme southeast Saturday cooler northwest Saturday MINNESOTA Generally fair Friday night and Saturday ex cept unsettled extreme east portion Friday night slightly cooler Red River valley Friday night and south portion Satur day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Thursday fiZ Minimum Thursday nijhl At 8 a m Friday 47 YEAR AGO Maximum 37 Minimum SIGNS INDICATE war HEADON CLASHSgOn OF BIG FORCES Encounter at Namsos North of Trondheim Reported by British LONDON maneuv ers including the first reported en gagement of British and German land forces in Norway pointed Priday toward a lieadon clash of Europes belligerents on the Scan dinavian battleground A British news agency re ported from Stockholm that an encounter occurred at Namsos on Ihe Atlantic coast 100 miles north of the key city of Trond heim Dispatches reaching the Swedish said that the German forces had been repulsed Swedish fron tier reports said that Nnmsos was the point picked by the British for their latest troop landings while Norwegian forces concentrated at Stemkjer 30 miles near Trond heim Apparently the Germans had allied forces both sea and land and that Ihe first allied liai son officers had reached Nor wegian army headquarters V flleanwhile German forces were reported feverishly fortify ine their positions for an allied offensive asainst Trondheim key to central and southern Nor way These reports together with ad vices that Norwegian ski pntrols are deploying to harass the thin line the Germans have thrown across Norway to the Swedish border on the TrondhcimStorlien still undecided between uazi air men and force the British royal air CLAIM 4 SUBS OF ALLIES SUNK Germans Assert One of Underwater Craft Was Hit by Warplanes BERLIN sinking of four allied submarines in recent operations off Scandinavias coasts was reported Friday in official German announcements The high command communi que said that one enemy Uboat was sunk instantly after being struck by a bomb when German warplancs attacked naval forces and transports preparing a land ing north of Narvik far northern Norwegian poll DNB the official news agency declared that returning antiU boat pursuit units had confirmed the destruction of three allied submarines in the Skagcrrak and Kattegat The high command communique previously had re ported these sinkings as probable D N B described the German air attack above Narvik as a sur prise action which caught British naval ships and transports off guard near Harstad 37 miles north of Narvik which apparent ly had been the principal allied landing point in that war zone Man Facing Death Gives Census Data CHICAGO UR Thursday Howard Poc 25 year old Negro told the census taker his place of residence and occupation Friday 10 hours later he was executed in the electric chair for participating in the fatal shooting of Policeman Patrick OMalley He will be listed because he was alive April 1 railway give the blueprints for battle uiuiaticiumn loicea lanti The struggle for control of the Norway were far removed egian skies is continuing but from the Norwegians seeking to By UNITED PRESS The German war machine ploughed through stiffening Nor wegian resistance north oC Oslo Friday to bolster with men and munitions the defense lines thrown up against the allied counterattack in Scandinavia The allied expeditionary force was reported in action against the Germans nt four scattered coastal points Norwegian troops were said to be fighting back sharply in an important engagement at llverum and from the Skagerrak coast came vague reports con flict at sea But the Germans raced so swiftly toward complete dom ination of south Norway and clung so stubbornly to their iso lated footholds on the northern and western uoast that there were increasing demands in Britain for greater and more vigorous action Fears that the allies might move too slowly and with too much caution in the race for an advan tageous military position along the Norwegian which nazi airplanes and submarines might strike toward England were expressed in London German messages from the front said troops had pushed 36 miles north of the town of Kong svinger which they had occupied previously had tnken Hamar and were prepared to take Elverum before nightfall About 2000 German troops moving on both sides of the Glom arms andpresumably supported by airplanes were moving against Elverum where the Norwegian forces were concentrated and where according to one Stock holm newspaper British officers had arrived the thick foe of war and censorship over al lied expeditionary force opera British and French arc much further along than in dicated there did not appear to be much doubt as to tlic out come of the battle of Elverum The Norwegians vccrc poorly equipped and poorly organized and apparently had no artillery according to a United Press cor respondent who toured that sec tor late Thursday The BritishFrench forces land defend Elverum which is near the Swedish frontier Such re ports as were received of allied clashes with the Germans on the coast were not officially con firmed and treated with consider able reserve in neutral sources IOWA OFFICIAL RECOVERING DES MOINES It Fischer Iowa insurance commis sioner who has been seriously ill in a hospital here wis returned to his home Thursday Mrs Fiscll said he is getting along nicely LOOK INSIDE FOR JAMES H K CROMWELL Is Candidate for Senate Nomination PAGE 2 Commercial Contest to Be Held Saturday PACK 3 Mason City High Set for Nora Springs Go PAGE 0 DEFENDERS ARE JOINING FORCES IN MANY AREAS Outcome of Central Norway Campaign Is Dependent on Result STOCKHOLM fierce battle near Elverum on which the fate of the central Norwegian campaign may rest was reported Friday by the newspaper Afton blaclet together with a rumor thnt British officers have joined the Nonvegian forces at Elverum The Elverum report followed advices received here that Brit ish troops have been in action asainst tiie Germans in the Nar vik vicinity and north of the vital seaport of Trondheim Afionbladet reported in a dis patch datelined Somewhere in Norway that the Elverum battle started Thursday night and that its outcome was of the utmost im portance The chief Norwegian forces in north central Norway arc defending a line said to run from Hamar to Elverum along the Glommen river The dispatch said that the Nor wegian forces were determined to make their strongest stand along this line It said that unconfirmed rumors were circulating that a number ot British officers had reached the Norwegian defenders at Elverum if that German troops were moving out and had ad vanced north in lite Oestfold district Norwegian resistance however was said to have stif fened and the sound of skir mishes and mauhincgun fire was audible on the Swedish frontier Reports circulated that he Germans had captured Ha mar but other advices said it was still held by the Norwe gians Peter C Rhodes United Press Staff correspondent covering he northern front from Luleaa Swe den said that British have be sieged German forces of Narvik and Bodoe in the far north In southeastern Norway where the Germans have icon spreading out from Oslo the Norwegian re sistance was stiffening the news paper Allclianda reported The newspaper said that Ger mans had advanced northward1 from the Oslo district toward Oestfold during the night hut encountered increasing num bers of Norwegian troops Ma chine Rim fire was audible at the Swedish frontier and there were a number of skirmishes between Norwegians and Ger mans the dispatch said The Norwegians were slowing up the German advance by blow ing up bridges but it was uncer tain whether the Germans moving on the eastern shore o Lake Mjoesa had captured Hamar The Stockholm newspaper Da fiens Nylicter miblishcd dispatches from the Norwegian frontier as serting that the British had driven back i German detachment which was attempting to move north to Nanisos from Trondlieim In London official sources de clined to comment on the reports of British action igmisl the Ger mans in Norway The Exchange Telegraph however presented a report fiom Stockholm declaritie that German detachments trying to reach Tromsoe miles north of Narvik hid been beaten back by the British On tlic Narvik front he situ atinn of the Germans appcarrd to be verging toward the criti cal Narvik was reported suf fering a severe food shortage and was without tights or elec tric power due to the cutting of transmission lines The British were said to have ringed the German force pos sibly with the intention of starv ing it out From Norway came another re port thnt the British had effected a landing near Trondheim pre sumably at Nanisos The German high command said at Berlin that there had been rio fighting between British and German troops in the Trondheim area The high command asserted nil attack had been made on British transports north nf Nar vik and that a British submarine had been sunk   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