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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 11, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME H I S f W t U 1 s OF ICil DCS JUOINCS U THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS WNST MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT NO 53 BRfflSHBUIZJAKES SIOI BARRANI F to PHILLIPS GIVES DATA ON NEEDS TO FIGHT NAZIS Morgenthau Declares Administration Stand to Be Determined Later WASHINGTON Jones indicated Wednesday that a decision on the question of finan cial aid to Great Britain now awaited the return to Washington of President Roosevelt Asked at a press conference about whether a loan to Great Britain was imminent the com merce secretary said Ihe matter would have lo ffo to congress and the question ot asking con gressional approval could not be decided at the moment because thc administration is away the reference being to the cur rent cruise of President Koosc velt in the Caribbean Do you think something will happen when the administration gets back the secretary was asked Something usually does hap pen when he comes here Jones replied with a smile Jones was one of the high ad ministration officials who met at the treasury Tuesday for a secret report on British financial infor mation brought to this country bv SitFrederick Phillips undersec retary of the British treasury He declined however to dis B meeting of Ihps information Disposing of recurrent reports that the Reconstruction Finance cornoration had authority to lend money to Great Britain without new legislation Jones for the first time said flatty that no loan could be maae without congressional approval The neutrality act he explained would prevent it Jones was asked specifically at niie point whether a loan lo Great Britain was imminent I wouldnt think so he re plied But he hastened lo explain that the only meaning of this statement was his belief that nothing could be done until con gress was asked for authoriza tion He reproved one reporter who interpreted the statement as carrying the outright meaning that a loan was not imminent Expectations were that the British financial data woud go to the white house some time next week shortly after Mr Roosevelt returns from his cruise in the Caribbean Much if not all of this material was placed before a special mg of key administration officials Tuesday by Treasury Secretary Morgenthau British Finances Fierce Men From Crete Join Greek Mountain Forces in Pounding Retreating Fascists retreating Italians disclosed Wednesday Cheer Fund Now Boiling in Earnest VIIEVIOUSL1 ReroKTEII Tom San Franchcii Sat Mason Clly liotarv Club Dclli TlicU Chi Sorority OUCCI1 Rebekali nue MU The accident CluU tmnloycs uf lowi Hardware Mil ual Ins Co Novel Club G T A Htta xo Vi t L Club Lincoln Parent Education Group llooluorlh Company and Employe XLIV TOTAI Mill 1101 U I T E possibly the Christmas Cheer Fund pot is now boiling in earnest Thc total gifts re corded in the list above is thc largest recorded on a singldday since the 1940 campaign g o t under way The amount h o w ever vas not as fireat as it inust on the average if the goal of 94 5 iobe reached on Dec the day betore Christmas Cheer Funds Radio Program on Tuesday Christmas Cheer Fund nMit on KGLO will be observed Tuesday Dec 17 beginninga p m The slalion will give s fa ci lilies to the cause throushmit llc evening as prominent musical groups do nate their talent in cntcrlain S thc public Among groups already lined up for Tuesday niffht are the Mason City Mu nicipal band Bobbie Griffes orcheslra and Ernie Gerardis Rhythm banrl Butler Ministerial Association Meets Butler county Jlinistcrial association met Mon day morning at the United Breth ren church with ministers in at tendance from Bristovv Dumont Aredale Allison Greene Clarks villc and Washington township The Rev B G Kcmper of the Dumont Methodist church con cluded his review of thc study book How Jesus Heals Our Minds The group ate dinner at the Home cafe and held its business1 meeting in the afternoon A notable fact with respect to the contributions thus far received is that a majority in amount as well as m number has come from organizations rather than from in dividuals Organization ffivin is extremely it will not be sufficient in itself to in sure success Individual givers must swms into action AH donations should be ad CHirislmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette City la ENGLAND KEEPS BAN ON FOOD TO OCCUPIED LAND Dashes Plan of Hoover Others to Ship Food to Nazi Conquered Areas WASHINGTON Britain ruled out American aid for Eu ropes hungry this winter reiter ating that the possibility for feed ing conquered countries rested with Germany A plainly worded statement is sued by Lord Lothian British am bassador late Tuesday apparently dashed the tentative plans of former President Herbert Hoover and others for shipping food stuffs to the inhabitants of Cjuished nations Great Britain he said will not permit such shipments to pass the blockade IUnder present conditions said Lothian who recently re turned from consultations with his government in London any such scheme must be of material j assistan6fetojGcrmanis jvaref fort and wouiathereby postpVc the day of liberation of these peoples from German subjuga tion it was Before the German invasion decared the small countries ample food for their Santa Meets Claus in St Paul St soviet Soviet Press Prints Hitler Talk Briefly MOSCOW PICJS Wednesday published Adolf Hitlers address briefly and with out comment Pravda gasc it JG lines on thc back page Prime Minister Winston Churchills house of commons speech was published at the same length just below Hit lers ore ST PAUL Two men met in a grocery store where one of them worked The grocery man grinned and said Howdy Im Claus Smiled the other Howdy Im Santa TIey are Eugene L Santa and E Clan Program Presented as Bureau Convenes ALLISON Butler township Farm Bureau met at the V H Conner home Tuesday evening Following a pot luck supper a pro gram was presented under the di rection of Mr and Mrs James Eichhorn and Mr and Mrs Don Austin HIRES EXTRA CLERKS DES MOINES img a 30 per cent increase in Christmas mail this year Monies new postmaster Edith Johnson swore in 356 extra post office workers Europe had own needs nnd in conquering them and installing German con trol Germany has assumed re sponsibility for iheir welfare In New York Hoover said he received the news with interest but he reserved comment on the ambassadors declaration The former president is honor ary chairman of the National Committee on Food for thc Five Small Democracies organized last week to save millioiis in Fin land Norway Holland Belgium and central Poland from thc in evitable famine md pestilence which confront them The ambassador said Hoovers proposal and others as well were reported fully io the British gov ernment during his recent London conferences Ilis majestys government Lothian continued has been unable to discover any scheme of distribution by neutral au thorities in these countries which in thc lisrht of thc nazi record could provide guarantees apranist the slrenKllirmnff of the German war potential by the 1 importation of foodstuffs i w They feel therefore that they I iiave no option but to stand by the I decision announced by thc prime I minister in thc house of commons on August 20 hat they will not agree to any lifting of the block ade for any country under German domination or so long as that domination continues Directly however Gcrmanv wititdraws its troops and restores control of these countries to their own citizens they immediately arrange for ample supplies of food to reach Ihcir inhabitants At the fume time a jruvcrn ineiil spokesman reported im portant moves arc now in full development but would give no hint of the neuGreek offen sive action beyond saying ad vances were continuing on all fronts The British Royal Air Force an nounced a laid on Valona Italian supply port in southwestern Al bania in which a ship a muni tions dump ami some buildings were said to have been hit despite Italian fighter opposition The men from Crete ciark liardy Mediterraneans have al ready engaged the Italians one dispatch from thc front said Brandishing their long gleaming aiives which they prefer tu bay onets in close fighting lev charged thc Italians Their strength and fcroeilv astounded and seemed to terrify the Italiansthc dispatch said It was also disclosed Wednes day Ihal Greek reservists who irere living in Turkey when called to thc colors arc on their way lo the front The government spokesman said i details of fighting are slow in reaching Athens because many local engagements take place in rough isolated mountain regions One dispatch said bad weather and British air activity combined Aloania useless for the present Another report said that fighting was still going on north of Pogra clctz despite the resistance of the Italians Valona an ancient coastal town is one of the principal ports of debarkation for the Italians The leaderr of the RAF bomb ing squadron said his flight swooped down from heavy clouds to find Italian planes guarding Ihe city the British dimmed their tombs and roareil back into thc clouds before he Italians could strike One Brit ish plane he said had a running tiKht with thc Italians but rame away safely Italian were reported still falling back steadily lor a possible new stand on the heights around halfway up thc coast from Porto Edda lo Valona GREEK SHELLS CRASH OF TEPELIM To Test Massey for Spence Movie Accidentally Kills Himself With Pick While Digging Grave troops were reported frontier dispatches Wednesday is seriously threatening Port alermo on thc coast and Tcpelini important Italian concentra tor points south of the main Italian base at Elbasan Tlic Greeks were reported only five miles from Tcpclini and dispatches said their ar tillery shells were crashing inlo tlic town idling fires and caus ing heavy casualties Thc Greeks were said lo be Raymond iMasscy will return to Hollywood in response lo a request from J L Warner that he lest for the starring role in the film version of One Foot in Stnrv of a Irac lical Parson Mr Warners action was the direct result of a later hire ceived from HiirlMll Snencc author of he novel Spenccs letter said that hc mei Mls scy and considered him per fect counterpart of his father thc principal character of Ihe book He is according lo Speiiccs letter fathers height he has fathers hands he can wear clothes as father wore them The author is a native lUason Cityan and his father was a Methodist pastor here British Drive Shows Effort to Smash Fascists in Africa Reds Will Continue Mobilization in West MOSCOW 7Geniral G K Zimkolf commander of the Kiev military district toldii communist party conference Wednesday that lie red army in the western bor der area should stay constantly mi m oe so that no tricks of for Uiclhng Tepelmi from thc village CB enemies can catch us unorc of Benca which they occupied early Wednesday after a fierce battle which formed Early Indications of English Offensive Give Promise of Big Show By DEWITT MACKENZIE Foreign Jcws Analyst The British drive which has been initiated with so much suc cess against the Italian invaders Egypt bears earmarks of being tbestarfoMhemajor of fensive which is calculated to smash Ihe fascists in Africa The extent of Ihis operation which was made opportune bv the terrific beating the Greeks have bceji administering to the Italians will depend on devel opments Early indications gave promise of a big show Thc attack is of vast importance m thc development of tlie battle of the Mediterranean Upon it rests much of Britains hopes of knocking Mussolini out of thc war in the comparatively near future The Italian dictator certainly is fighting with the sun in his eyes Should he encounter a disaster in Africa along with his many other troubles he will indeed be in a bad way From Albania conies thc report that hc Greeks are continuing to smash the Italians back all along thc line in nil effort to forestall a rescue from Italy and oust the fascists altogether from this strat egically important Balkan base But this isnt the half of il duces troubles His communications with Al bania are threatened by Ihe British air force Thc blockade lias virtually cut him off from Riving any aid to Marshal Graj lam in Lihya nr even of scmline food anil military supplies to his army the Libyan bo MANY ITALIANS ARE PRISONERS IN QUICK MOVE 3 Generals Captured as Italian Advance Base in Egypt Falls CAIRO UR British troops captured Sidi Bariani Wednesday Sich Barrani 75 miles inside tgypt from the frontier witli Libya Inis been Die base for he lUihaii attack DII Egypt for the past tlncc mouths V Many Drisoilcrs including Niice Kcnerals were taken at Suit Buirani if A The town on the north Egyptian coast fell to the British after only a short cammugn against forces commanded by Marshal Rodolfo 0aziaiii a British general head communique said elements of our mcch iuuxed forces now are opcratine vest of Sidi Barrani and consid erable additional captures have been made the communique said Sidi Banam was the spearhead ot an Italian drive started into II weeks ago by Graziaii Italy s toughest colonial lighter with considerable fanfare The drive was intended to smash the north coast ot I the driving on to Port Said at entrance to the Suez canal After a blitzkrieg drive ilo tSJpi m which Sollum Bug and Sidi Bairaiii fell to Craziani his invasion bogged down and he was able to extend his lines only as Sidi Barrani Theyreached east of his base only as far at Maktila 15 miles A considerable force iif Ital of two divisions is said to be tranpctl in Sitli Barrani as the result of the British maneuver Thus Mar shal Graziani is threatened not only with theloss of a vital base of operations which lie lias Iieen consolidatingsince bentrmbcr hut a bis contin gent of troops v Twn days ago thc British after Ions and careful prepara tion went around the corner Hie triangle occupied hy Gra ziani and a ijglilni rail with mechanized forces smashed straight through his lines to Hie sea severing Italian commu nications between Sidi Barrani and Burr Bug V niinouiiciapr the fall Sidi Barrani Ihe British said they had taken liOUO Italian prisoners and large quantities of war sup B Britisil thc a 30000 Italiiin troops were in a trap surrounded by attacking forces on kind or British naval forces at sci The British assault which re sulted in occupation of Sidi Bar rani Wednesday was well sup ported by the royal navy and the royal air force The British attacked through difficult desert country in which any disclosure of their operations would have boon serious since Miey would have been exposed to Italian aircraft attack F they mad their i i forces were preparations at inrl iirf reported authoritatively canioufhiHCd troops by day mean There is prospect that a matter of honor and expediency the Italian commander will brin up troop for an attackto relieve bull Barrani This is likely to precipitate a battle which might easily have a telliim effect on tlie outcome of the British of fensive ns a whole He shall soon know whether Graziani has sufficient supplies on hand to pull him through If he is short his position will in deed be serious since the British in recent months have broubt ITALIANS GIVE WAR CLAIMS Declare 37 British Warships Have Been Sunk Up lo Dec 10 which attempt to outflank the southwest part of an Tcpclini from RD Okln B Smith 59 year old ccmclcrv caretaker accidentally killed him self iviih hi own pick as he wns digging a grave As Smith swuii the pick it glanced off tlie side of the grave and pierced the back of his skull Hc died instantly lovvan 70 Rescued From Blaze Succumbs OSKALOOSA iP Rescued from his burning home Nov 24 John Bclzer 70 of Traux died luesday of complications After being trapped in the corner of a bedroom Belzcr was rescued by Ed Richardson n flucrua and later Says Britains Food Situation as Grim as in Days of 1917 LONDON s Hudson minister oC agriculture declared I Wednesday that Britains food sitI nation was just as grim as it was clurins thc difficult World war days of Hudson told 1 farmI ers club in London that thc Brit jsish navys task of defeating the j German counterblockade of subI marines and long distance bombi crs was now doubly or trebly as difficult as then IXJURIES AUI FATAL SIOUX RAPIDS IPJ Clark eCoy Go of Sioux Rapids died here Tuesday night of injuries suf fered in an automobile accident Nov 26 near Merrill Iowa Peterson Spencer Heads Fair Managers DES MOINES H Peter son of Spencer Tuesday night was elected president of the Fair Man agers Association of Iowa B O oatcs of Independence was named and Gcrritt Van i io tlic board of directors The Weather FORECAST ICHVA Cloudy occasional ram nr snow somcii hat warmer niht Thursday cloudy iiccasional SHOW much iolder north and west strong shilliiiB winds Thursday bccom np northerly MINNESOTA Cloinly OCca siona snow mostly liffK mwh colder north and central Ucd nesday Thursday cloudy oc casional snow much colder south and central strong northerly winds Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Tuesday Minimum Tuesday Til At S a m Wednesday o YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum And in Italy itself we had the extraordinary circumstance Tues day of an important Italian news Popolo di Roma I ommending thc beating up of de featists alarmists pessimists and rumor mongers This editorial in effect says of course that there is pessimism and alarm abroad in mcntcontrollcri it is fairly b vious that thc paper wasnt just dispensing hot air All in all it would appear that Signor Mussolini is fighting with his back to the He sure started a lot of bother when he stuck a stick iu that Greek hornets The British troop attacking the fascists along tlic coast in west ern tgypt have driven thr tlic Italian line to thc s would appear to have isolated the i lasrist advance base at Sirii Bar day to have bunk British anci W merchant vessels u lo Dec 10 These reports K British warships and II mer chant ships were damaged Thc Italians were said to have shot down C67 cncniv p Loss of 110 Italian planes v acknowledged Twentythree of Ihe Italian i iiavys ships were sunk and font damaged authorities said Thcv did not give the merchant pins losses j These British naval reported cruisoi stroyers and 20 siibm vcie xvhilr rliveiliiiK Italian attention iuid prcpnrins for a Ricat surprise ivilh small patrol operations nulh uf Sirfi Karram Kciaiisr of the difficulties f the Icrrain the British held tlic successes they already have at tained as particularly significant methods in which mechanized units played an im portant part were saitl to have been a bjK factor in the British drive Credit fur thc of ba doI British drive was given here t o i MHil1LLiclu sir Hcny troyciv ten ionts I nd one desirn M i A ITAL1AH AFRICAN FORCE ISOUTtD SYBRtTISHFlEET i 1VI into a swiftstriking army V Admit i ommanrl Wednesday that hahuii tnmps had been foncri IXICK in Sidi Bararni from a poinL suutneii of ilc outpoji oy Unlish armored divisions but reported heavy casualties had been inflicted on thc British in fierce fighting General Maletti was killed dur ing Ihe course of thc fighting a   

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