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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 21, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THl NEWSFAPEK THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NIIGHIORS HOME EDITION VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUI4 LEASED WIRES FZVE CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 211940 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NAZIS NO 194 MILES OFF CHANNEL Abbeville Arras Amiens in Hands of Invaders DEATH PENALTY FOR MEN FROM MARS PLANNED Defense Against Nazi Invasion of British Isles LONDON Minister Winston Churchill told the house of commons Tuesday that legisla tion decreeing death for all enemy parachutists landing oh British soil in civilian clothes would be enacted Wednesday War Secretory Anthony Eden told the house of commons Tues day that defense measures against Invasion by German parachute troops are being taken with great While defense posts including machine gun nests barbed wire barricades and s a n dbajcd were springing up all over London particularly in the Whitehall area where the gov ernment buildings are the first contingent of parashots were moving to posts of duty at Ihe most vulnerable points of the country Officials and newspapers sought to population tee The Daily Express said that if theGermans took over the chan nel ports an invasion would be perfectly feasible The Times said attacks by parachutists and other airborne troops could be expected either for the purpose of sabotage or as a preliminary to somedesperate attempt at a large scale invasion Addressing a house recon vened after the Whitsuntide re cess Eden said volunteers were bringorganized to deal also vrith fifth column elements in the event the threatened Ger man blitzkrieg against Britain materializes in the near future In Berlin the Germans claimed troops had reached Abbeville on the French side of the English channel 70 miles from Hastings on the English side First of the newly organized volunteer corps patrols dubbed the parashots will go on duty Tuesday night in the Chatham area where important naval bases and dockyards are situated The patrols recruited from ele ments of the population familiar with war vet erans gamekeepers lords of coun try equipped with service rifles and ammunition but had no uniforms Admiral S i r H J Studholme Brownrigg was in command of the Chatham defenses ANTHONY EDEN Pepper Urges U S Army Navy Planes Be Sold Allies CALLED ON DUTY LONDON Duke of Gloucester brother of King George was in London Tuesdr for an urgent duty The duke who is chief liaison officer at Brit ish general hea France visited the Tuesday morning Debate on Peacetime Record Appropriations for Army Under Way BULLETIN WASHINGTON Naval air strength of not less than 10 000 planes and 16000 pilots to man them was proposed in leg islation introduced Tuesday by house and senate naval commit tee chairmen after a conference with President Roosevelt and ranking admirals WASHINGTON In an at mosphere made tense by reports that the German military machine has pounded through to the Eng lish channel the senate opened debate Tuesday on a peacetime record armp appro priation bilL Reports of the German suc cesses were brought to the sen ates attention by Senator Claude Pepper D Fla who in troduced a resolution empower ing the president to sell the army and navy air force to the allies Time is of the essence Pepper told the senate We must stem the tide of barbarism and dicta torship which at this moment seems about to engrulf the world Peppers resolution introduced immediately after the huge army measure was laid before the seni sent to the foreign relations com mittee The senate quickly set itself to the task of rushing the enormous army appropriations to passage The army bill incorporating regular appropriations and President Roosevelts emer gency preparedness requests is part of he high program to bring the army and navy to their highest peak of efficiency since World war days Simultaneously acting Secre tary of the Navy Lewis Compton ordered eight navy twoshift basis and yards on a directed the hiring of 15000 additional civil ians within the next three months to speed shipblilding Mr Roosevelt met with Chair man the senate and house naval affairs committee to discuss the advisability of relaxing some of the legislative restrictions on the wages and hours of workmen em ployed in shipbuilding He was quoted by Chairman Carl O Vinson of the house com mittee as being anxious that the various new deal social reforms including the wagehour act not be hamstrung in the rush to expedite the present defense prep arations Peppers resolution to permit sale of this nations fighting aircraft followed the lines of suggestions that had been ad vanced here by allied quarters Pepper specifically alluded to sales to the recognized govern ments of Great Britain France Austria CzechoSlovakia Poland Norway Holland Belgium and other countries subject to unpro voked invasion He told his colleagues that it may be too late if the United States sells to the allies only those planes in the process or manufacture Senators paid close attention as Chairman Elmer Thomas of Ihe military appropriations sub committee explained the big army bill that was requested by Mr Roosevelt only five days He said the huge appropria tions were necessary because conditions became more em barrassing in various parts of the world The measure contains 550000 000 more than Mr Roosevelt asked It carries in cash to build up the army to its peacetime strength of 280000 men to acquire 2400 airplanes and large quantities of antiaircraft guns tanks rifles and ammuni tion In less than an hour the senate had sped through nearly half the committee amendments including the section containing funds for increasing the enlisted troops The measure was t the senate Adolf Hitler had terms dauartc T in YT1 Hltlcr had sucntin ten f American prices and salaries Navy Establishments Ordered to Speed Up Defense Preparations WASHINGTON navy establishments were ordered Tuesday by Lewis Compton act ing secretary to speed up defense preparations by working addi tional shifts and by increasing civilian shipbuilding forces by at least 15000 within three months Comptou sent a letter to the commandants of all naval districts yards and stations all bureaus and offices of the navy department and to headquarters of the marine corps The proposed increase of 15000 in shipbuilding forces the nnvy said would be distributed between the Portsmouth New York City Mare Island Philadelphia Boston Charleston Norfolk and Puget Sound navy yards There are GG warships under construction or projected includ ing eight battleships Even as Comptons order was announced President Roosevelt concentrated on navy affairs sum moning ranking admirals and sen ate and house naval committee chairmen to a conference at which the effects of federal labor laws on ship building were expected to a proposalto authorize the navy to dismiss without regard to the civil service law employes en gaging in subversive activities The committee withheld final ac tion on the legislation however until Vinson could take to the white house a set of amendments designed to relax the labor laws Mr Roosevelt Vinson said had asked to see these amendments This gave rise to speculation that the chief executive might turn thumbs down on the law modifi cation suggestions and insist on keeping intact such new deal enactments as the wages and hours and WalshHealey acts IOWA WEATHER ABOVE NORMAL Report Rain Falls at Scattered Points in State Skies Cloudy DES MOINES tem peratures were averaging four de grees above normal Tuesday in contrast to the unseasonably cool weather of a week ago the weather bureau reported Rain fell at scattered points in the north half of the state Monday night varying in amount from 30 of an inch at Estherville to 82 at Cedar Rapids Skies were cloudy over much of the state Tuesday morning but the forecast was becoming fair and cooler Tuesday night Wed nesday fair Temperatures will rise in the extreme west portion of Ihe slate Wednesday the bureau said Mondays high reading was 84 at Sioux City Monday nights low 49 at Fort Dodge Ottumwa Population Estimated at 33000 Boost of 18 Per Cent OTTUMWA If Ottumwa probably will have a population in excess of 33000 this year a crowd of 3200 persons was told Monday night This would be an increase of 5000 or 18 per cent The preliminary estimate was made by Fred L Luce directing the U S census in the fifth dis trict A Fowl Trick PITTSBURGH IP Mrs strength Frank W ORourkc separated from 22000 to 280000 regular from her husband for 26 year trcorur 11 mi told Judge A Marshall Thompson Every night when I came home with war department from work Id miss one or two rat chickens Finally I found out he WHS taking them to 3 saloon and Sees No Danger of Attack Col Charles A Lindbergh is shown at the microphone in Wash ington when he told the American people in a radio address over the Columbia Broadcasting including KGLO that they need have no fear of attach unless they bring it on through quarreling and meddling with affairs abroad He called for an end to hysterical chatter of calamity and invasion CHARLES CITY POPULATION UP 8 Per Cent Gain Is Shown in 10 Years Census Report Shows Population Charles City county seat of Floyd county has gained 8 per cent in the last 10 years according to preliminary census figures released Tuesday by M L Mason fourth district supervisor of the census The 1030 census showed n population or fi039 while the 1910 preliminary report was 8U75 STOCKS BREAK FROM SI TO New Selling Waves Reported as Germans Push Toward Channel NEW YORK if Leading stocks broke SI to more than Sll a share Tuesday as new selling waves toppled security and com modity markets on news of the continued German push into France Steels aircrafts and other shares lagged war babies in recent months were hard hit Wall street sources reported sizable selling or ders from Shanghai far eastern speculative center The share market generally was the lowest in two years Wheat at Chicago yielded part the previous sessions gains showing losses of about two ccnti a bushel after a partial recovery of initial declines ranging to 4 cents DIES OF INJURIES WILLIAMSBURG ies resulting from an automobile accident caused the death here Monday night of Mrs John Foley 40 of Parnell FRONTIER OF YUGOSLAVIA ALBANIA CLOSED SKOPLJE Yugoslavia frontier between Yugoslavia and Italianheld Albania was closed late Tuesday by Italian order News of the border closing wa received here shortly after the an nounccment in Rome that Italian Foreign Minister Count Galeazzo Ciano was leaving for Tirana capital of Albania now part of tht Italian empire Reports filtering across the frontier to Yugoslav military quarters here said the Italian army had speeded up transport of large quantities of war materials across the Adriatic to the Al banian port of Durazzo t IS BURNED TO DEATH COUNCIL BLUFFS Ann Kiche 3 was burned to death Tuesday when fire de stroyed the oneroom house of her parents Mr and Mrs Fred Riche An oil stove is believed to have ignited curtains while Patty Ann was asleep in her bed The Weather FORECAST IOWA Becoming fair and cooler Tuesday night Wednes day fair rising temperature ex treme west MIN N E S O T A Fair and cooler scattered light frost low lands northwest Tuesday night Wednesday fair rising temper ature extreme west IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a M Tuesday Maximum Monday 75 Minimum in Night 54 At 8 a m Tuesday 56 Precipitation 33 YEAR AGO Maximum 53 Minimum 52 AP Analyst Says Outlook Precarious By DeWITT IWacKENZIE Associated Press Writer The German claim of having smashed through the allied front and reached the vicinity of the English channel at Abbeville means if it is substantiated that the allies are in a precarious po sition It doesnt mean however that he allies have been crushed It is almost folly to discuss this wholly confused situation as it now standsWe need much more information before we shall be able to pass judgment and for that reason we should hold steady until we get that information However there can be no harm in speculating on what the de velopment may mean provided it is understood between you and me that it is speculation without sufficient details at hand for a considered opinion The Germans say they have crushed the French ninth army and captured the general staff with the commander General Giraud It isnt wholly clear just where the ninth was holding at the mo ment of the crash but it would seem that it had been blocking theroute intothe rvalley of the Somme rjear peronne whichis a famous military route to the coast The nazls claim to have smashed on and captured Amiens and Abbeville This would mean they have achieved in at least some measure what the Kaisers forces attempted in the spring of 1918 when they all but won the warin their great attack along the Somme What the Germans dont make clear is the strength of the forces employed in this thrust We must assume that a com paratively small mechanized spearhead has been jammed through to the coast to be fol lowed by supporting troops In order io make this break through stick the nazis must pom strong support through the gap in the allied line else they will have merely tossed some mechanized contingents out into the blue to wander about on their own The German breakthrough also presumably would ease the way to Paris and we can expect that the nazi drive toward the capital which had lost some of its mo mentum now will be increased again If the Germans are able to get hold of the channel ports especially on the northern French coast at Calais they will have achieved their object of getting back up against Eng land for air force operations Calais is only 20 miles from Englands Dover and casy strikingdistance from the vast Port of London into whose miles and miles of inflammable docks a huge slice of the worlds shipping goes Now is the time to watch Signer Mussolini If in his mind the fuehrer is approaching a decisive victory the Italian chieftain may decide that this is the accepted hour for Italys entrance into the wa r An attack along the Italo French border at this crucial mo ment would greatly increase the precariousness of the allied posi tion In closing I want to empha size again that this article is merely speculation based on the unamplified German claims and without sufficient details to make a considered opinion pos sible I can only add that even if the nazi claims are true it doesnt mean that the allies are out ol commission This is a swell time for us to keep our shirts on and not gel panicky A SPARE FOR EMIL getting drinks for them f pnvLb ana feqUVilent of 9100000000 complaint won her n I 000 for war preparations vorcc V FARMER IS KILLED GRANT beneath an overturned tractor Ernest Tay GERMAN PLANES SIGHTED NEAR ENGLISH COAST Premier Reynaud of France Admitting Losses Assails High Command for Mistakes BULLETINS LONDON planes were sighted off the southeast coast of England Tuesday night Antiaircraft batteries went into action against them PARIS Germanys vast aerial fleet un leashed all of its fury Tuesday night in a tre mendous drive to disorganize the allied rear lines in northern France French military sources re ported that Marshal Hermann Goerings air force leading German panzer divisions of tanks and arm ored cars had spread a ted zone of smoking ruins through Picardy arid Flanders LONDON of the 9550ton cruiser Ettfnr iham and Ihe minelayer Princess Victoria was announced I uesday by the admiralty on the darkest day of the war for Britain menaced by threat of nazi invasion Uv THE ASSOCIATED TRESS bliuitricg lejdons stormed Tuesday within siffht ol the title tower in Paris miles away ami scored a breakthrough in the west to capture Amiens and Arras in the race to the English channel Small detachments of German motorcycle Iroops also penetrated to the outskirts of Abbeville just 12 miles from ine channel a spokesman admitted in Paris Premier Reynaud of France assailed the French hiirh com mand for incredible faults which permitted German armored columns to inflict disaster total disorganiza tion on the French army defending the JMeuse river front Ihe gateway to Paris A French war ministry spokesman said the Germans were meeting tunous resistance everywhere He said there were indications the nazi advance to the sea had been slowed up Specifically Reynaud blamed the nigh command for failure to blov up Mouse river bridges to stall the mechanized German onslaught Dramatically he cried to a gravefaced parliament France cannot die If a mir acl is needed to save France I believe in miracles Painting a dark picture Reynaud admitted the Germans had seized Amiens silo of the historic ca thedral of Notre Dame and Arras FIREMAN DIES IN IOWA BLAZE Breathing of Smoke m Waterloo Hotel Fire Causes Death WATERLOO fireman died and a guest at Hotel Russell Lamson here was injured as a re sult a tire that started in a store room of the hotel at a m Tuesday The blaze was extinguished with loss of confined to the store room and adjacent hall The smoke drove several hun dred guests many in niqlit attire to the street About a dozen in cluding some women were carried down ladders by firemen Herman Otto 44 fireman died in a fire station near the hotel shortly after he had returned from fighting the blaze Death was believed due to breathing smoke after he had been weakened by a coronary occulsion He collapsed as he was removing hose from a truck Fellow firemen tried fur half an hour to revive him with an inhalator G Bcnningroth of Clarence suf fered injuries about the head when he jumped from his fifth floor win dow to a roof over part of the third story Many of the guests in the eight story hotel were delegates to the state convention of 3roung demo crats Ed Birmingham state chair man of the democratic party fled ill pajamas through smokefilled hallways from his room near the place where the fire started in a pile of collapsible tables Ncls G Kraschcl former governor was in another wins of the building A wife daughter and adopted son survive Otto in the drive to the channel We must take immediate decis ions Reynnud told the French senate freely confessing that the classical French concept of war had been jarred by swiftstriking nazi mechanized raids and para chute troops Tlic German high command also declared its forces hart smashed their way to Abbeville 12 miles from the English chan nel If true U would Imperil the position of mnrp than 550000 Kritish and Belgian troops in Belgium In London an authorized spokesman termed the claims of the German communique grosslv exaggerated By contrast n British spokes man described the battle on the western front as more confused than ever with everybody behind everybody elses lines It was apparently a wide open scrimmage as confusing as parts of a football fame A British spokesman said there were bands of German tanks wandering about living on the country in a wide salient striking into France He said however they were becoming more vul nerable to counter attack lazi high command rc that General Giraud The hitherto commander of the sev enth French army who assumed command over the ninth army had been captured with his gen eral staff the high com mand referred to Gen Henri Honorc Giraud recently identi   

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