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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 15, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOLi XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL KVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY MAY 151940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTJON ONE NO 189 NAZIS TAKE ALLIED POSITIONS ON BATTLE FRONT NORTH OF SEDAN tlOT FUNDS FOR US DEFENSE TO BE ASKED BYFDR Rearmament Appeals Made by President General Pershing IP Rearma mentappeals by President Roose velt and General Pershing spurred congressional leaders Wednesday to promise quick al most certain acceptanceof an extraordinary defense program expected to cost While awaiting a special mes sage from the president Wed nesday or Thursday lawmakers conscious of the uncertain tide of battle in Europe devoted most of their attention to a study of army and navyneeds General Pershing who leJ the A E Fin France two decades ago counselled against ahydelay in a rare public statement Every energy in this country shouldbedevpted to the idea of United States in a con dition of thorough preparedness against the possibility of war he said Preparedness is as necessary today as it was when war was declared in 1917 and we find ourselves in the same condi tion i The 79 year old genera pointed the allies protected Nazis Near British Isles BIRMINGHAM BRIT A IN LONDON Here is how the war map looks in the lowland countries of west ern Europe according to the German high command With Holland virtually overrun and in the hands of the nazis the battle line ex tends southward to Namur thence to Sedan and east toSaarbrueck en In the face of speedy German advances in Holland and parts of Belgium French and Belgian generals insisted that the main fortifi cations are holding The rapid thrust of the nazi machine in five days shows Hitlers men wUhmi46 miles of faris and on the road to coast positions Oat might peril England for the air P I 1 111 Today he added situa tion is utterly different President Roosevelt working iri his stiirt sJeeyes conferred Tues mili taryleaders ajMKftieh told re porters armaments race had beerfforced upon the coun that it must keep abreast National defense is the im portant thins he said and the method of financing it is of secondary consideration Authoritative sources said that the president would recommend an increfase of 5726000000 in army funds and more for the j navy The objectives would be to complete equipment for IOOOJOOO troops put warship construction in high gear and bul wark coast defenses This emergency fund would swell national defenseoutlays for the year starting July i to about peacetime rec ord The salient features of the pres idents program congressional in formants said would 1 Production of critical items equipmentsuch as semiautomatic rifles tanks artillery and antiaircraft weap ons in sufficient quantities for field forces of 7SOMO men and 250IM Officials i said thiswould about MtM and require from one to two years 2 Addition of men to the armys enlisted strength to permit creation of another streamlined infantry division provision for of facilities for training naval flyers 4 Strengthening of seacoast defenses for which the army has estimated S826MOW will lie needed in this country Pan ama Hawaii and Puerto Rico 5 Acquisition of 2M addition al fourenglned bombers at a cost of S89OflO000 The Weather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy rain extreme east early Wednesday night be coming fair west Wednesday night and east Thursday scat tered light trost lowlands north west Wednesday night rising temperature Thursday MINNESOTA Fair west be comingfair east light to heavy frost Wednesday night Thurs day fair and warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a m Wednesday Maximum Tuesday SB Minimum in Night 32 At 8 a m Wednesday 37 Precipitation 43 Snow Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 75 Minimum 41 MANCHESTER CENSUS GAINS Six Other Northeast Iowa Towns Reported in Preliminary Count Manchester county seat of Delaware county showed a 14 per cent increase in population between 1930 and 1940 according to preliminaiy reports issued Wednesday by the fourth district census office in Mason City Other towns lor which prelim inary reports were issued Wed nesday included the following 308 342 203 275 814 530 TOWN 1940 1330 Buchanan county Brandon 324 Quasqueton 400 Clayton county Littleport 170 Farmersburg 294 Marquette 744 Fayette county Hawkeye 523 Iowa Democrats to Quarter at Palmer House for Conclave DES MOINES H Birm ingham chairman of the state democratic central committee an nounced that headquarters of the Iowa delegation to the national democratic convention opening at Chicago July 15 would be at the Palmer House MAGINOT LINE NOT PIERCED ASSERT FRENCH Situation Is Serious Not Critical Declares French Command 600000 Men in Fight BULLETINS air ministry announced Wednes day night that 150 allied planes attacking Geiman communications lines in the lowlands had broken up large tank and troop concentrations and blocked roads WITH BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN battle of Brussels started Wednesday with a terrific German bombardment of Louvain historic cathedral town 15 miles from the Belgian capital Brussels asserted Wednesday night that the Belgian fortresses of Namur and Antwerp still were intact and that the Liege forts still were resisting the Germans French Wednesday night ordered suspension of main passenger trains effective at midnight on a number of important lines near the J t Italian border x warned Wednesday night that her troops are driving ever closer to a jumping off point for an attack on England and asserted the claimed Sedan breech in the Maginot fortifications shows German striking power can riot be resisted German high command an nounced Wednesday night the capitulation of the Dutch army was signed at 11 a m Wednesday by the German commander in chief and the com mander in chief of the Dutch army and navy PARIS forces which had forced a passage across the Meuse were reported at Wed nesday nights French war ministry war conference to have pushed forward and pierced some allied posi tions along a line north of Sedan German tanks broke through allied positions on the west bank of the Meuse and were followed by infantry The allied forces withdrew to new positions The war of movement has begun said a war ministry spokesman The situation is serious but not critical The new threat to the allied lines came from the Ger man thrust between Namur Belgium and Sedan which is Adolf Hitler on Western Front SI K T1 rr t0 Xew YorK lhe first snowing Adolf Hitler at his war head western front from which he is directing the drive against the low countries Acrord f tet is chatting with three parachute troop officers who Icrt raUrUry ert Ole Megc arc wearing knights cross of the iron cross Situation as Crave as That in Days of 14 By DREW M1DDLETON WITH THE BTUTISH EXPEDI TIONARY FORCE IN BELGIUM by field The full power of the German armies swept southwest Wednes day toward the tiny triangle of Belgium where the allies were massed to make their last stand in the low countries after the col lapse of Dutch resistance The biggest battle of the war and perhaps its most decisive appeared under way The nazi armies screened by armored cars and light divisions and ac companied by thousands of parachute troops sped toward the British and French battle positions The situation was probably as grave as that of 1914 for the Germans in five days had forced the Dutch to their knees overrun large sections of Belgium and op ened the way to the vital channel ports from which their strategy may dictate the longawaited blow to England The situation seemed lightened by only one rise to power of the allied air arm which has been fighting the Germans to a standstill It is too early to gauge the results or Tuesdays air battle but royal air force pilots andc fanners felt Wednesday Hut both their lighters and bomberm came off best in the battles which brought down almost a dozen German bombers spread high explosives on German troop concentrations bridges depots and railheads far inside Germany Tommies of the British expedi tionary forces followed orders calmly going about their tasks as if the whine of German shells and the thunder of nazi bombers did not exist But their were traced with lines of anxiety In fields churned by four days of movement of men and ma chines soldiers slept with hel mets over their faces Near one of the antitank Runs were two bombed houses In one the familys breakfast still lay on the eat en slices of bread half filled cups of coffee Farther on past the British lines lay some of the Belgian dead part censored here a cais son had been blown up In the sun now growing higher and hot ter lay the shattered bodies sprawled grotesquely as though embracing the soil they had rushed to defend against the in vader British Isles Long Object of Nazi Offensive By DEVON FRANCIS Associated Press Aviation Editor NEW YORK threat of Imminent total war on Eng land voiced by German newspa pers was lent credence Wednes day by continuing but unofficial and unsubstantiated reports that the Germans have been prepared for a year to attempt seizure of the British Isles Stories of gigantic prepara tions made by the German high which a tew months ago before the invasion of the low countries would have been discarded as include the construction of 10 000 planes for the express use of an expeditionary force The stories fit perfectly into the pattern of the German offensive as it has unfolded thus far Re peatedly Adolf Hitler has said that England is the enemy of His people It is England which mus feel the full force of German arms The German strategy woul seem to be the acquisition of ai bases close to England the im mobilization of British and French forces on the continent and then a swift decisive stroke from the air to reduce and capture the seat of the British empire That may sound like a gam ble but so did the invasion of Norwayand the march into the low countries v Tenthousand German airplanes STANSGARMAN DROWNS WHILE FISHINGATLAKE Bublitz 45 Victim as Boat Is Capsized by Wind and Waves CLEAR Bublifz 45 St Ansgar merchant was drowned in the stormy waters of Clear Lake while fishing Wednes day morning Mr Bublitz and Dr E K Allen also of St Ansgar were thrown into the lake when their boat was capsized by the wind and waves Hundreds of fishermen gath ered here for Wednesdays open ing of the fishing season but few ventured out on the choppy waves The capsizing of the boat was noted immediately by Oscar Over b e c k 323 Twenty n inth street south west Mason City who was fishing off Gil fa e r ts dock 10 miles inside France Earlier the French had counterattacked to check the German advance across the river south of Sedan and had reduced a 10mile German salient to four miles Wednesday night the Germans were reported to have made at least three crossings north of their main passage of the Meuse near Sedan Below Sedan the French command reported that about half the German forces which crossed the river Monday had been flungback A total of 600000 divisions on each were locked in the fierce fighting in the valley of the Meuse The French high commands report which also cited a successful French counterattack on the northwest German flank in Belgium followed an assertion by the German high command that nazi forces had pierced the northwest ex tension of the Maginot line Meanwhile some significance On every road there were Bel gian refugees old and very young the lame the blind the weak A British officer estimated he had seen at least in two days of travel They never looked back he said and I no ticed the same thing They just tramped on A florid man sat beside a bi cycle crying He had to leave his Belgian police dog behind he said When we came that way again he was aone and the dog lay on the doorstep looking up the de serted street for his vanished mas ter eachCarrying fighting armament small quotarcrfbombs and loaf parachutists could land 40000 men in England in a space of tWo hours By now the German meth od of seizing airdromes and using them to increase the expeditionary force in any given area is well known Even with considerable losses due to attacks by home defense fighters and antiaircraft fire those original 10000 planes by fre quent roundtrips should be able to land 100000 men in a day The Germans have introduced a new note into aerial warfare Airplanes are considered like infantry expendable In an in vasion of England Germany would count on losses and on a sheer preponderance of numbers to achieve results Germany has the planes Un counted thousands of them are being hurled into the battle which began last Friday Other uncounted thousands are used for reconnais sance and troop transport The pattern of such an attack on England likely would be an in tensive bombing of highways rail roads factories airdromes and electric and water supply systems to soften resistance to the actual troop invasion Then the troop carriers accom panied by protective fighter planes would swoop down How many men could be landed safely how good a fight they could put up with the weapons of relatively low fire power they could take xvith them and how spirited a defense the British could offer re main unanswered questions WHEAT FALLS FULL LIMIT was attached to a British news agency Reuters dispatch that the allied fleet had put to sea from Alexandria Egypt for what were described as scheduled maneuvers The report highlighted mounting uneasiness throughout the Mediterranean area where Yugoslavia has mobilized her fighting forces against the fear of an Italian invasion The German assertion that nazi tyoops had pierced the Maginot line extension in the sixth day of the war in the west was disputed in Paris The French high command ad mitted nazi legions have crossed the river Meuse under the impetus of a massive by land and said the German tide had been stemmed and hurled back six miles German forces originally pene trated 10 miles beyond the river 20 miles into the j French said the German thrust had been reduced to a 4mile sal ient south of the river by a fierce French counterattack In London the British air ministry described the battle raging around Sedan France as terrific A Dutch radio report said German motorized troops were pouring into The Hague the Dutch capital which capitulat ed late Tuesday when the Neth erlands high command declared Hollands resistance was broken Germany urged Belgium to fol low the Dutch example and lay down her arms The Belgians allied with the British and French lor the great est battle of all time showed no signs of compliance The war appeared to be sta bilizing into a conflict of posi tion along the bloody banks of the Mense river and the Albert Frances unforti fied zone of the north through the Ardennes mountains to the coastal plains of Belgium In Italy the more proGerman elements saw in the Netherlands of capitulation further evidence the vaunted military powers of Germany But Italian authorities put a stop to new antiallied demon stration CHICAGO UR slump in the last Wednesday carried about 500 feet from the boat He states that he had greeted he pair but a e w moments before as they rode by the dock sucU the rear end of this boat bob up pitching the men into tbestdrmy waters They clung to the boataridMr Overbcck rushed to the KHz hotel where he telephoned for help Boais were sent put and when Ihey were but n short distance rom the men Mr Bublitz lost his hold and went under Later Dr Allen also lost his grip but held nis hands up and was pulled from the lake by Thomas Hanna and Burdette Amundson He was taken to the Six Straws cottage occupied by J Jj Straw where he was revived Both men were heavily dressed because of the cold weather The body ot Mr Bublitz was re covered about noon by Verne Peterson state boat inspector and Charles Huey Dr J E McDonald county coroner pronounced the verdict death by drowning Rela tives said Mr Bublitz could not swim Rescue work and recovery of the body were greatly hampered by the roughness of the water The overturned boat remained near the scene of the accident Tor some time Rescue workers were compelled to get larger snd heavier boats before they could recover he body The body of Mr Bublilx was taken to Wards funeral home and a brother ot the dead Reinhold Bublilz St Ansgar arrived short ly alter noon Mr Bublitz was born on a farm near St Ansgar and had operated the large general store in that town since 1921 He was a mem ber ot the Immanuel Lutheran church an active Commercial club member and belonged to the American Legion Surviving are his wife three daughters Evangeline Betty Ma A sudden rie and Lucille and two sisters few minutes Mrs Alia Hertz of California and wheat prices on the Chicago board of trade oft the full limit of 10 cents a bushel A stronger tendency which devel oped eariy broke under renewed liquidation Case of Confessed Wife Slayer to Be Heard by Grand Jury MINNEAPOLIS Minn The case of Frank Leschisin 67 confessed wife slayer was sched uled for presentation to the Hen nepin county grand jury Wednes day The last grand jury refused to indict Leschisin who said his wifes nagging led him to shoot her Friends and neighbors of Lesch isin a onelegged unemployed ele vator operator came to his de fense when the case was pre sented to the previous grand jury Martha Bublitz of St Ansgar Funeral services were incom plete Wednesday TWO HAVE NARROW KSCAPE AT STORM LAKE STORM LAKE d d i e Oherron and Neil Hartliep nar rowly escaped drowning in Storm Lake Wednesday morning as the pike fishing season opened The two Storm Lake men went down when a wave swamped their boat Witii only their heads out water the men stood on the sub merged boat a quarter mile from shore until they were rescued a few minutes later by E W Ray mond and Jim Clark of Cherokee FILES DIVORCE SUIT RENO Nev divorce suit was filed here Tuesday by Mary Elizabeth Dodge against John R Dodge They were mar ried at Storm Lake Feb 15 1906 the petition states Grounds for the action is three years of separation 1   

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