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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 25, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVf THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBQftS HOME EDITION ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 25 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 198 FRENCH DENY NAZIS HAVE BOULOGNE USTOREQUIRE THAT ALIENS BE FINGERPRINTED Registration of Such Immigrants Also Gets Committee Approval WASHINGTON tion requiring registration and fingerprinting of all aliens in the United States was approved Sat urday by a senate judiciary sub committee Senator Connally D Tev said the requirement was added to a comprehensive bill already passed ny the house and de signed to protect our armed forces from subversive activi ties and our people from fifth columns or similar groups Senator Danaher republican member of the sub committee said the board bill was a necessary part of the general national defense program The house bil merely provided for fingerprinting of all immi grants entering or visiting the United States but senators agreed to expand this to require registra tion and fingerprinting at postof fices of all aliens already in this country Another section of the legisla tion would set up penalties of 10 years in prison and fine for any subversive attempts up on the armed forces of the United Slates TIic bill also tightens up nu merous provisions for deportation of aliens Roused by rumors that fifth columns are forming in the Americas congressional leaders predicted Saturday that legisla to repel ahyjaekdppr invad V ers would into law before adjournment j As fast and thick as the fifth i column reports came new pro posals for antisubversion tion IN THE SENATE A judiciary subcommittee start ed hearings Saturday on house ap proved legislation to outlaw ef forts to tamper with military dis cipline to require deportation of Jawbreaking aliens and to re quire fingerprinting of incoming aliens The immigration committee ap proved a house bill to require Hie deportation aliens who advo cate changes in the American form of government Chairman Sheppard DTex said the senate military affairs committee would hold hearings soon on legislation to set up a national industrial defense corps of private citizens who would co operate with the government in locating fifth IN THE HOUSE A bill containing authority for the secretary of war to purge the armys civilian personnel of fifth column suspects regardless of civil service restrictions was passed Friday and sent to the senate The committee on unAmerican activities requested another 000 to investigate leads which Chairman Dies DTcx said are coming in faster than we can handle Dies said the committee was trying to confirm reports that Germans have directed the estab lishment of camouflaged air bases just south of the Rio Grande Foreign military observers in Mexico City declared that no such hidden air fields existed below the border One officer said he had made frequent survey flights over northern Mexico and had found no suitable landing area for modern planes GEORGIA TAKES MOVE AGAINST 5TII COLUMNISTS ATLANTA an unprece dented move aimed at fifth col Gov E D Rivers di rected Saturday that the business occupational and professional li censes all Georgia aliens be canceled June 1 In giving oral instructions to Revenue Commissioner T Grady Head to revoke the licenses the governor made no mention of any exceptions but after a conference with Head he announced aliens who had applied for citizenship by June 1 would be exempted The revenue department was unable to say at otice how many persons would be affected Georgia does not have as larje an alien population as many northern states but unofficial guesses were that at least sev eral hundred would lose licenses This step was the most drastic 01 several taken by Rivers this week in a campaign against sub versive elements Included in these was a proclamation request ing that all aliens register with police units and be fingerprinted Barlow Goaf in Explosion of Glmite ARMY PROVING GROUND Aberdeen Md Lester Barlows 1000 pound liquid oxy gen bomb exploded with a power ful roar Saturday but not a single one of 84 goats staked out was in jured or knocked down I was the goat the sad inven tor admitted Skeptical army ordnance offi cials who had doubted Bar lows claim for the killing pow er of his Glmite said the coats are doing the talking Senate and house military and appropriations committee mem bers witnessed Barlows test In addition to his efforts to sell the new explosive Barlow is seeking house action on a bill to pay him a 5500000 court judgment against the government as the result of World war explosive patent uses Barlow conceded that the test indicated that the explosive would not kill living tissue but clung to his belief that some national de fense use for the liquid oxygen carbon mixture could be found He said he would ask the congres sional committees to authorize fur ther tests Col B O Lewis army ord nance officer said that the army never has felt that detona tion waves would kill at any reasonable distance and always held to the theory that frag mentation bombs were the most efficient weapons of destruction Barlow wearing an oilskin hat with the brim turned up looked dejected as he surveyed the field where the 84 goats were busy munching grass We got licked on the goats Barlow said We tried it anyway Of course I am disappointed If I had sufficient power to get the gpsits at 200 or 300 would have had a powerful new wea its a damn shune one of Barlows friends interjected No its not a damn shame Barlow replied The truth is whatwe want to gei at Barlow said the tests showed that the explosive certainly is not a weapon to knock out per sonnel We have been working in the dark on this thing he said I thought we had something new Im not through yet Barlow said that he was pre pared to show that the explosive was powerful when used for de molition of structures ships and similar inanimate objects On living tissue we didnt prove our point Barlow said He said that he awaited eagerly the results of a comparative test which will be made this afternoon with 1000 pounds of TNT Army officers said that they didnt think that any of the 84 goats would be knocked down by the TNT blast But Bnrlow said that meters should show which explosive had the strongest force When the Barlow bomb was de tonated there was a loud blast but there appeared to be virtually no pressure felt by anyone in the spectators stand some 2400 feet away Unlike the strained atmos phere of nine days ago when Barlow angrily called off the tests there was a lot of good natured badinage before the initial shot of Glmite was de tonated Saturday Barlow had taken every precau tion to avoid a repetition of the initial fiasco which he blamed on an army plot to discredit him He even refused to stake out the 84 goats until Chairman Morris Sheppard of the senate military affairs committee arrived Prior to Saturdays test Bariov told Sheppard that the congres sional committee would have to watch the test from behind a con crete barricade Will I have to stand there too Sheppard asked Yes Barlow replied you arc the best friend I have in Washington I cant afford to lose you Ill face the enemy Sheppard rejoined Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for a friend and a goat Barlow replied that there would be a lot of goats after this a lot of twolegged goats or maybe just one me Jlr Barlow formerly lived in Clear Lake CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS LONDON British wai office Saturday night called tor IS year old volunteers to strengthen home defense forces against the possibility of invasion by Germany F R TO REVIVE DEFENSE GROUP TO SPEED PLANS Leaders of Industry Finance to Help U S in Defense Program WASHINGTON white house announced Saturday that President Roosevelt is planning to name a national defense emer gency coordination group com posed of both private individuals and government officials Stephen Early press secretary said the plan was still in the pre paredness stage and that the pres ident had not yet decided on the men who will be brought in to represent industry finance agri culture transportation communi cations labor and consumers Asked about the presidents plans Early said The president told me to tell you that he at present has a plan for a national defense emergency coordination group which group as he has previously told you will be composed of officials now in the government and experts out side the government The latter will be invited to come In not to supersede any one in the eovernment but to work with them plan at present is not def inite The president knows the manner in which he wants to ap proach the problem but he has not decided the details or the names or titles With the revelation that the plans were under study and so near completion as to warrant of ficial disclosure there was imme diate speculation as to whether the coprdination program mighl not provide one of themaintopics of the chief executives radio ad dress to the nation Sunday night It had been reported that the president had decided to revive the council of national defense World war hoard of six cabinet officers and seven ci vilian coordinate and speed up the nations S3 297011352 defense program By bringing in leaders from the various economic fields the president expects Early said to develop a coordination of gov ernment and American life as a whole and as it divides itself through representatives lie de sires to select from particular fields Mr Roosevelt an informed authority said already has com piled a list of names from which the council members may be chosen but the identity of the men on the list is a closely guarded secret Administration aides have been studying an en abling statute dating back to 1916 to determine what revis ions in it may be necessary The word that a defense counci was likely coincided with fore warnings of a senate drive to ex pand the navys air arm for be yond the limits suggested in Prcsi dent Roosevelts emergency prc paredness program One avowed objective was a greater armada of long range planes as the sur est guarantee against an in vaders attack Whether the new national de fense council would have the same framework as its World war pred ecessor was not certain The fact that the 1916 law was mentioned in this connection however led to belief that it would As the 21 year old act now stands the council would be headed by the secretaries of war navy interior agriculture commerce and labor assisted by an advisory commission of ex perts from industrial and oilier fields The experts who helped mar shal the nations resources in 1917 18 were Bernard Baruch finan cier Samuel Gompers labor lead ed Julius Rosenwald business man Daniel Willard railroad executive Dr Franklin H Manin a medical authority and two en gineers Howard E Coffin and Hollis Godfrey Only Baruch who also headed the war industries board and Willard are still alive Both have been consulted by the administra tion on defense matters in the past year There was speculation that air Roosevelt might indicate his defense council decision in the course of his fireside chat broadcast Sunday night when the white house has promised he nation a straightforward and factual report x v x of the defense situation ami defense needs England on Guard Against Nazis r 15 Generals Are Ousted by Weygand PARIS French war ministry announced a sliakeup oC he French high command SaUir ay night Fifteen generals were elieved of their posts The identity of the generals in was not immediately dis posed The changes were the out growth of the Germans break through the Meuse front on Frances northern frontier and their drive to the English chan nel General Maxime Weygand al has replaced General Maur ce Gustave Gamelin as general ssimo oE the allied armies i arrow 2 at Boulogne and Calais where fighting is in progress Germans east Safd dlmased warships oft Boulogne A Paris radio broai indlrfE troops were isolated in the Amiens sector White wedres indicate where Allied troops hope to cut the German arm to the sea Germany claims that her mo tor columns hoping lo push west swastika arrow alon the GhentOstend ranal haw r through the Scheldt river fortifications into Ghent and farther south into Tounai Belgium 3 R A F FLYERS SHOTBYPpLICE British Aviators Are Mistaken for German Parachute Soldiers BELFAST Northern Ireland Three British air force av iators mistaken for German par achute troops were wounded during the night when special Ulster antiparachute police opened lire on them with rifles The police had become tensely watchful because of reports that the outlawed Irish republican army had planned an uprising this week There had been a dra matic sweep by soldiers and police on republican elements throughout Ireland ana when the aviators automobile failed to respond to a challenge to halt the police Jired Seventysix I R A men had been arrested in northern Ireland and 80 in the state of Eire Satur day and soldiers and police con tinued raids all over the country Intelligence operatives oE the Eire government found on an ar rested I R A officer secret documents warning all members to attend their religious duties between May 8 and May 24 and to have all arms dumps ready V It was believed that this bad meant that an uprising had been planned for soon after May 24 and that later the zero hour had been set for Saturday night and Sunday Eamon de Valera lctaoiseach or prime minister of Eire was ex pected to make an important speech at a byelection at Gahvay Saturday IOWA WEATHER BELOW NORMAL Weatherman Promises That Sunday Will Be Fair Not So Cool DES MOINES clouded skies Iowa temperatures averaged seven degrees below normal Saturday but the weather bureau promised that Sunday would be fair and not so cool The forecast for Saturday night was partly cloudy to cloudy Charles City and Decorah re ported 34 of an inch of rain dur ing the last 24 hours Burlington had 18 and Waterloo 15 The temperature in Des Moines at 9 a m Saturday was 52 Fri days high in the state was 74 at Burlington and Kcokuk Esthcr ville and Forest City reported 42 Friday night CORONATION IS HELD ORANGE CITY tion of Miss Bertha Visscr as queen highlighted Fridays pvo gram at the Orange City tulip fes tival Former German Spy Held By British Capt V o 11 Rintclen noted for German es pionage activities in the World and in recent years a resi dent of England has been de tained in Englands drive on fifth column activities Von Rintclen operated in the U S diiriiiff the World uar NAMES DONE6AN FOR US POST Herring Recommends Appointment as U S District Attorney WASHINGTON if Senator Herring D Iowa announced Saturday he had recommended to President Roosevelt the appoint ment of Maurice F Doncgan of Davenport as United States dis trict attorney for southern Iowa Herring said the justice depart ment had approved the recom mendation Donegan is a former justice of the state supreme court If ap pointed Herring said Donegan would serve a full four year term He would succeed John K Val entine of Centcrvillc who re signed to become a democratic candidate for governor Anderson Man Dies in Automobile Wreck ANDERSON Pat terson 29 of Anderson was fa tally injured onehalf mile north of here Friday night when his ca left a road and overturned crush ing him beneath it It was the first Fremont county auto fatality this jcav Anderson is about 10 miles northeast ol Sidney NINES INDICTED FOrPROPQSAL Farm Hand Charged With Using Gun as Marriage Persuader FAIRFIELD Hines 35ycarold Jefferson county farm hand was indicted Uy a grant jury Friday on n charge of ma licious threat in connection will liis alleged attempt to persuade at the front of a gun Miss Lela Black 38 rural school teacher to many him Hincs pleaded innocent and was released on bond Sheriff H F Goodale said the case would come up in the September term of court The indictment charges ha Hines who formerly worked at the farm home of Miss Black alleged ly held tlv teacher and her mothei at the point of a gun for three hours while he urged the young woman to marry him ONEISFAlATLY HURT IN WRECK Bus Driver Victim of Collision West of Geneseo 111 GENESEO 111 Burling ton trailways bus driver was fa tally injured and three passengers hurt Friday night in a bustruck collision on route 6 eight miles west of here The driver Frank Jones 37 of Chicago died Saturday morning in a Moline hospital The injured taken lo a Gencsco hospital are Patrick Lavellc 77 San Francisco Cal Mrs Pat rick Lavetle 70 and Arthur DC Roo 50 of Atkinson 111 Ralph Baze of Osco 111 driver of the truck was uninjured BRITISH BOMB GERMAN TANKS Oil Storage Tanks of Nazis in Rotterdam Set Afire by R A F LONDON air minute announced that British warplanes Saturday bombed oil storage tanks in Germanheld Rotterdam starting two fires The communique said Coastal command aircraft Saturday again raided the oil storage tanks now in German hands at Rotterdam Several bombs were dropped on the tanks which were set on fire The pilot of one o the las aircraft to take part in the raid reported that a row of oil tanks was burning fiercely when be ar rived dropped our bombs am as we off we saw that we had started two more fires h said One German searchligh was put by a rea gunner who saw his tracer bill lets score a direct lift The ligh went out immediately Fort Dodge Trombone Player Asks Damages for Mishap FOfiT DODGE Knight 19 year old student a Iowa State Teachers college asked 510000 damages Saturday for a cut lip which he said ruined his career as a trombone player His petition alleged flint he was injured when the car in which he and his father were riding col lided with a machine driven bj E V Swindle Fort Dodge Knight said he was majoring in music at college and was special izing on the trombone Loss in Fire Firemen Across the Street Not Notified Half Million Nazis Lost in Last Ten Days French Claim NEW YORK least half a million German soldiers have been lost during the last 10 days a Germanlanguage short wave broadcast from London said Saturday The announcer heard here said the estimate was made in Paris The broadcast said authoritative English circles claim that the German division from Frankfort on the Oder which recently ef fected the various attacks on the Aisne had been repulsed with the loss of half the men 20000 PLANTS STOLEN DES MOINES proj ects administration officials re ported Saturday that 20000 plants intended for subsistence gardens had been stolen from the agencys hoi beds here SEATTLE fran tically fought a tire in the rear a grocery store Jt gained enough headway lo do an estimated S2800 damage before anyone thought of calling the fire department The nearest fire station was across the street BERLIN CLAIMS ALLIED ARMIES CAUGHTINTRAP Contradictory Reports of Belligerents Cause Confusion in Situation BULLETIN IARIS A high military source said that dispatches received at p m Saturday showed the French still were holding Boulogne and Calais Fighting continues furi ously around Boulogne H was said and the outcome is uncertain J5y The Associated Press Powerful nazi forces clriv ng steadily toward the Eng ish channel have put theal lied armies in northern France and 000 to 1000000 peril of annihilation it was asserted in Berlin Saturday The high command said the BelgianFrenchBritish armies in Flanders had been completely encircled Friday Authorized Ger man sources said the lightning stabs of Adolf Hitlers blitzkrieg legions had reduced the area of the Flanders battlefield by twothirds in 1S hours and that the lockedin allies would be wiped out with in a week man advance the high command sud were the important English channel port of Boulogne and the Belgian cities of Ghent and Cour trai with Calais 22 miles from England encompassed The Lys river Belgiums laU natural defense line has been crossed it said The British admitted that the allied outlook is growing darker The French who said they had reduced the Peronne Bapaumc gap from between 30 and 35 miles to about 20 miles wide admitted that nazi units still were pouring through to the coast But the nazi advance in the St Omcr region lias been checked a French military spokesman ascrted and the whole front is uithout change lie called the situation at Bou logne uncertain The German gain means that the allied forces arc isolated with the Germans stretched in an un broken line in front of them and the English channel at their hacks Unless a corridor can be broken through to them it appears thev must surrender die or try to es cape by The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy to cloudy Saturday night Sunday fair not so cool MINNESOTA Fair Saturday nifht and Sunday not so cool Sunday south and west IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 m Saturday Maximum Friday fig Minimum in niphl 45 At 8 a m Saturday YEAR AGO Maximum oj Minimum g WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO out look for the week beginning Mon day Upper Misxisippi valley Shower periods rather light and scattered north portion during middle and end week otherwise generally fair temperature averaging for week below normal but somewhat warmer first half of week becom ing cooler about Thursday Northern great plains Period of rather light and scattered showers about Tuesday and Wednesday and again toward end of week warmer first ot week cooler about Wednesday wanner by Friday temperature near normal for week It puts the Germans another step closer to position for an in vasion of England The gravity of the situation deepens hour by hour ana we arc called upon tn make a su preme effort to defend She coun try to preserve our liberties and lo the war Prime Minis ter Churchill exhorted the labor unions The British banned details of the fighting in France where they admitted the peril of the British force in a very grave and very confused situation The encircled allies include the main body of the B E F the Bel gian army and parts of Frances first seventh and ninth armies the German communique said Weak1 allied attacks to re lieve them it said have been repelled an increasing num ber of prisoners arc bcinir tak en and war booty cannot be estimated Both sides reported aerial suc cesses The Germans said they had bombed waterfronts artillery po sitions and gasoline tanks in Bel gian and French channel port shot down 84 planes destroyed or heavily damaged a destroyer and seven transport and raided al lied communications lines on the southern front The British declared 40 Ger man planes were destroyed or put out of action Friday com pared to only JO British and that the air force and navy air arm had harassed German concentrations sinking a Ger man torpedo boat and again raiding oil storage tanks   

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