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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 12, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             ll NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MIST U E t r OEPT OF 10 CiX DES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS EDITION MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVn ASSOCIATED PBESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPt MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 12 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 54 ITALIAN PRISONERS TOTAL 20000 Lord Lothian British Envoy to U 5 Dies k 1C f WAS CONFINED PAST WEEK TO EMBASSY ROOM Had Made Plea for Greater Aid to England to Fight Off Germans WASHINGTON UR Lord Lothian British ambassador to the United States died suddenly at the embassy Thursday The coroners office said death was due to nat ural causes Lord Lothian was reported slightly ill Wednesday when he cancelled an engagement to speak at Baltimore Wednesday night His condition became worse during the night and he died at 2 a m 1 if if j A coroner official said that j Lothian a Christian Scientist had not received medical attention Uremic poisoning was blamed for his death Lothian was accredited as rm bassador here on Aug 30 1939 on the eve of the outbreak of war and since that date has labored ceaselessly in behalf of British in terests The first public indication that Lothian was ill came when he was forced to cancel bis speaking Death of Lothian Leaves Severe Gap in English Ranks a fci f LORD LOTHIAN COUNTER DRIVE OF ITALY FAILS ON GREEK LINES Airdromes at Durazzo and Tirana Reported to Be Abandoned ATHENS Italian forces were reported Thursday to have attempted counterattacks at two points in the northern sector o the Albanian front only to be driven back by the Greeks with heavy losses and lose the positions from which they attacked The Gieeks were said to have captured a large number of pris oners and much war material Birmingham Is Raided BIRMINGHAM f AOT to the United States came as shock Thursday Jo official cir cles Its like a plank had dropped out of things said one source The ambassador had the high est confidence of his superior colleagues as the very man needed at a critical time to build up BritishAmerican relations Official quarters said quite frankly that the death had created a severe gap in diplo matic ranks There was no immediate men tion of possible successors engagement at the Farm Bureau federations 22nd annual conven tion at Baltimore Butler read the speech for him It became known Thursday however that Lothian had con fined himself to his room at the embassy for the past week All of his appointments had been called off pending his recovery Lothian a bachelor leaves no immediate family Lothian first came to Washing ton as the successor to Sir Ronald Lindsay Britains veteran emis sary and a leader diplomatic so ciety in the capital Lothian reputed to be a mem ber of the socalled Cliveden set in Britain which believed peasement of Germany in the the funeral of the British ambas sador WAS AMONG MOST POPULAR DIPLOMATS The 58 year old Philip Henry KCIT marquess of Lothian was six feet of affability alertness and diplomatic skill He came here in August 1930 to become Britains ambassador to the United Slates and presented his credentials at the white house four days before the outbreak of the European war At home as any Englishman in a silk hut he was not high nat and became at once one of the most popular persons in the diplo matic section at Washington In recent months his major task had been to convince Americans of the necessity of sending material aid to Britain as soon and inasgreat quan tity as possible f O hiy son oii Hie late Ma j of G eh eral Lord Ralph Kerr he spent nis formative years in South Af rica after being educated at the Dratory School Birmingham and New College Oxford He held various public posts and finally in 1908 became editor of the State South African publica tion He returned to London to edit the Round Table from 1910 until he became Lloyd Georges secretary He served as director of United Newspapers Ltd after leaving Lloyd George held various public positions and served as parlia mentary undersecretary in the India office from 1931 to 1832 A man of wealth his land hold ings totaling 28000 acres Lord Lothian developed marked demo cratic interests He claimed Abra ham Lincoln as hispolitical saint and showed fondness for manj things American notably baseball Italian prisoners were iiiotcd ns saying the British Royal Ay Force and Greel attacks on the airdromes at Durazzo and Tir ana main port of entry into Al bania and the capital respec tively had been so effective that the Italians bad abandoned the fields Fascist engineers were said to oe building temporary fields from which to operate against and bc iiind the encroaching Greek lines Bad weather has curtailed air ac tivity of both sides in the past two days A pilot of a reconnaissance plane reported that damage at Valona a secondary port of entry into Albania had rendered use of the harbor impracticable for large vessels Piers and jetties were said to have been turned into njassesjjf splintered wood and SUBZERO WAVE WILL HIT IOWA THURSDAY EVE Soggy Snow Drifts Down Highways in State Are Slippery DES MOINES snow drifted down on most ot low Thursday to provide a white background for a subzero wav due in the state Thursday night Predicting much colder weather the weather bureau is sued the following shipper fore cast for Thursday night Northeast Iowra 15 degrees be low zero northwest 10 below southwest 5 below soulheas zero if V The Iowa highway patrol re ported roads covered with snow anil slippery except in some parts of northwest Iowa A heavy snow was falling except in the northwest sections the patrol said The airport here reported planes grounded in the midwest along both the northsouth and castwest routes A westbound plane was expected to be cleared out of Omaha Thursday morning however airport officials said Transcontinental buses through here all were on time Thursday morning DCS Moines street cars were running on schedule but the Recipients of Cheer to Make Own Selection BRITISH REPORT FASCIST FORCE IN EGYPT FLEES English Continue to Bomb Machine Gun Retreating Soldiers LONDON The British have taken more than 20000 Italian prisoners in the battle Egypt lne ministry of informa tion said Thursday in giving an estimate of the total number of troops captured since the counter offensive began in the western desert Masuti City Iaintcrs Kenneth 1 DauEliv M II r O Club WedliCiiUy IlriilEr Itub Itristol Circle I1 J C Hub Iteailmont Dri Wihim r T A NKW TOTAI Bombers Cant Pierce London Greek troops were reported pushing steadily northward along the Albanian coast from captured Iortn Edda against scant resistance from the re treating Italians Mountain positions of great strategic importance were occu pied by the Greeks on the central front Athens said GERMANS CLAIM 6 SHIPS SUNK Submarine Credited With Ferreting Out British Boat Convoy BERLIN German sub marine was reported Thursday 10 early days of GermanBritish dif ficulties brought a businesslike administration to the embassy and won a hostof official friends Less than a month ago Lothian returned to the United States aft er a firsthand inspection of the damage inflicted on his homeland by German bombers He consulted almost immedi ately with President Roosevelt and on leaving the white house announced that Britain needed more American planes and mu nitions together with U S fi nancial aid to make her war ef fort successful His allusion to possible Ameri can financial aid marked the first time that a responsible British or American official had alluded to the matter publicly It was understood that despite his illness during the last week he had continued to work hard and long hours in his room consult ing frequently with his aides and directing their activities His duties were made arduous by the presence of British financial mission headed by Sir Frederick Phillips British undersecretary of the treasury which had arrived here to nego tiate for possible assistance with U S treasury officials following Lothians own allusion to his na tions dollar needs An attache of the British em bassy said that Lord Lothian died at about 2 a m No plans hnvc been made lor have ferreted out a British cumoy and sunk four ships totaling 50 000 tons A nazi dive bomber also was credited by DNB official German news agency with sinking a 2000 ton ship with two direct hits southeast of ClactononSca and a tanker heading for the Thames was reported bombed and sunk Another ship of 1500 tons was j damaged by German planes and j left sinking DNB declared CUNNINGHAM IS FAIR SECRETARY Elected to Succeed Corey Salary j lo Be Quite Reduced j DKS MOINKS Iowa j State fair board Thursday elected Lloyd B Cunningham of Cresco more secretary ot Hie state fair uc a cccding A n Corey of DCS FOR PENSIONS ASKED Welfare Board Reports Funds Required lo Continue Payments DES MOINES The Iowa Social Welfare board Thursday informed Gov George A Wilson that it would need an extra 500000 a year for the 194143 biennium to continue present state old age assistance payment poli cies Included in the askings sub mitted by the board lo the gov ernor and stale comptroller was x request for 58500000 a year for old affc assistance Thc present appropriation is 000000 a year paid out ot state sales and income taxes The fed eral government contributes al most as much to finance the 56000 or more checks sent out each month Governor Wilson did not com ment on the boards askings nor did he indicate what his recom mendations to the legislature might be on the subject The welfare board has been adding a net of approximately cases to the old age assistance rolls each month A total of SO 140 lowan over 65 years of age were on the assistance rolls Nov 1 The average monthly check sent Jensens head out in October was S2067 j Miss Kennedy Birmingham arid Other Midlands Areas Feel Heavy Plane Attacks By THE ASSOCIATED 1RESS air raiders stabbed twice at London Thurs day without penetrating the cap itals defenses after pounding the industrial Birmingham and surrounding midlands towns during the night with incendiary and explosive bombs I v London was under air raid alarm overnight lor 14 hours AinuiiK buildings hit in the Birmingham area were six churches 11 schools two movie tlicalcrs private homes and public shelters according li British reports which seldom tell nf mililary objectives lul by raiders Considering Hie scale ot the midlands attacks the casualties were not believed to have been heavy Following the usual pattern the first night raiders dropped incendiaries which guided the second wave with its explosives Many fires were started but with the strenuous work of firefight ers they were quickly extinguished i or brought under control the British said BRITISH PLEA AWAITS FR Speech of Late Lord Lothian Stresses Need to Maintain Food Lines WASHINGTON British plea for assistance from the United States on the seas poscd a major aidshortofwar ques tion Thursday for President Roose velts decision upon his return rom the Caribbean The need now for such assis I lance to mainlain the vital food ami supply lines lo Ihc be leaguered British Isles was em phasized by Lord Lothian the British ambassador who died Thursday in a speech read for him Wednesday night before the American Farm Bureau Federa tion in Baltimore gasoline and trolley buses were having difficulties because slippery streets Motorists enroute to work hat to drive carefully on thorough wliu icerTtsultlng from packed snow Sioux City had 75 of an inch precipitation over night the weather bureau reported and it was still snowing there Thurs day morning Other reports from stations where snow slilt was falling told of the follow amounts of overnight pre cipitation Mount Ayr 16 inch Omaha 10 Mason City 04 Iowa Falls 01 Charles City and Dubuquc traces Davenport also reported a trace The 9 a m temperature her was 21 above The state big Wednesday was 33 reported a DCS Moines Davenport and Moun Ayr while Wednesday nights lo was 19 at Iowa Falls Tempera lures Wednesday averaged aboi twro degrees above normal th weather bureau said A Keuters British news agency dispatch from Effypi said the latest KAF reconnais sance flight data indicated a general Ilalian retreat was de veloping A communique from Cairo said British advance troops were in contact with Italian forces which arc continuing their retreat west ward The British were reported to be still bombing and machinegun HOPPING HAS ALWAYS been considered one of the prime joys of ihc Christmas sea son It is for that reason that the SocialWel fare League in charge of the a d ministration j of the Christ mas Cheer Fund each year sets up a spe cial shop and makes it possible for hose who are to be beneficiaries of the fund lo make their own choices from the sizable stock ot merchandise on hand So satisfactorily has the plan worked in the past that it Is being repeated this year Arrangements ning the Italians as they fell back from Sidi Barrani advance Italian invasion base in Egypt which fell to the British Wednesday after n swift advance of their mechanized troops to the coast The British had been expected to capture between 28000 and 34 000 troops caught by their wide encircling movement Thc lUHan force bottled up by British Iroops which cut through west of Sidi Barraiii to the Mediterranean seacoast consists of two divisions with a minimum of and a maxi mum of 17000 men each it was said Twodivisjonalcommanders and thecorps cpmmaiider already liaye been captured in Sidi Barrarii Moines who had hold the post since 1011 The board announcement said Corey was not a candidate for reelection Corey had been receiving 55000 a year salary and had been occu pying the secretarys home on The askings welfare officials said based oil the needs arising from a continuation nf the prcscnl rale of increase in the case load plus a small hoosl in the amount of the average pension Thc average assistance check has been increasing around five ccnls a month The legislature wiiich meets Ian 13 must tix the amount lo be earmarked for old age assistance Statehouse observers however expressed belief that some other source may have to be tapped for any old age increase Revenue 2 Changing About Eloping Are Hurt Returning Home COUNCIL BLUFFS vin Icnscn 2T of Omaha and Shirley Kennedy 18 of Council Bluffs started to clopc to Kock port Mo Wednesday but tncy j suddenly changed their minds and started back home A few miles south of here their car went out of control on a curve up rooted two trees and overturned was injured and suffered a head cut Five other persons in the j car required only emergency i treatment He implied thai not only cargo vessels but fighting siiips were needed for the critical ycarof war he saw ahead With your help in airplanes munitions in ships and on the sea i aixi in the field of finance1 the I mibassador declared we arc i sure of victory If lie pledged you will not be backing a civiit ter It is for you to decide whether it is to your interest to give uslAuxiIi whaicvcr assistance maybe nee The total essary in order to make certain that Britain shall not fall PLAN TO BUY IRON LUNG Mayor Otis Rule of Atkley Heads Drive for Respirator Funds 20 representa tives of Acklcy churches civic and fraternal organizations met Saturday evening at the muni cipal hall to plan ways and means for obtaining an iron lung for the j Acklcy community j Mrs Carl Folkcrs of the Legion of a lung or DrinkerCollins respirator will be lave been made this week for the use of ample quarters at 205 North Federal avenue made available again by J B Youngblood local dealer in real estate According to tentative plans the shop will be open Friday Dec 20 Saturday Dec 21 and Monday Dec 23 Shoppers will be notified by Miss Doris Bruce which day they will be expected lo call Thursdays increase to the fund was not as great as on the previous lay The list however included some much appreciated gifts One was from the local painters union Down through the years the Christmas Cheer Fund has had a generous support from organized labor Another was from the Bris tol Sunshine Circle near Lake j Mills A cause which appeals to groups this far away should be irresistible to those closer nt bund The need for generous and im mediate giving if the goal of SI500 is lo be realized will not have to be argued Have YOU sent your contribution yet If you havent and desire to do so address it too Christmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa along with large stocks of war materials it was said The admiralty meanwhile an nounced that the royal navy is continually harassing Italian communications in an effort tn disorganize the Italian retreat in north Africa Thc Italian corps commander reported captured in the Sidi Bar ran was identified by mili tary sources as General Sebasti ano Gallina and the divisional commanders as General Amanclo Pcscatore and General Mazzari These sources said the British successhad been accomplished by fhrcc sudden attacks a smash along Ihc coastline at llir Italiaii left flank a heavy blciw at Maklila in the center and a thrust a flic rlKht flank whirl sxvciil around northward tn thn coasl at I IS RELEASED IN ETHIOPIA Former Goldficld Man 1irst Believed by Italians to Be Briton G O L D F I K L D Duncan C Henry formerly of Goldficld who A Utrgc part f the prisoners inken were in Sidi Barrani where these sources asserted the Ital ians had been building reserves of war material since they occu pied the town Sept 18 Italians crossed the LibyanEgyptian fron I tier just three months ago Thurs day Close collaboration between the nrniy and royil air Force vns i marked feature of Brit from sales and income taxes might be insufficient they said to con Ihe state fairgrounds Board tribute n year to aged spokesmen however said the an assistancc and SKI500000 or more nual salary would be quite re annually to homestead tax crcd duccd its Lothians appeal for Seaborne assistance and the implication it appeared lo carry was vari ously interpreted in official quarters here 51330 j has been superintendent of the Officers selected lor the rcspirn United Presbyterian hospital at lor drive arc Chairman Mayor Addis Ababa Ethiopia for Mrs I era Mrs and sev Olis Rule vice chairman Mrs I era years has lost his position Carl Folkers secrclary Mrs and has been imprisoned by the Henry Seibold and treasurer H Italians according to word rc S Lckwa I Some thought it meant mer1 chant shipping to replace British I losses and bid for more destroyi crs to follow the 50 the royal navy obtained in the September trade i which eavcthe United States dcJ fcnsc base sites on British pos sessions hi ihe western iicuii tphcrc Others however regarded it an overture for eventual help from the U S fleet perhaps in convoying shipping or in some ai vrmgcmcnt that would free Britj isli warshipsin the Pacific and cisewhcie for service in European i waters 1 The latest available figures show the United Stales now has 159 destroyers of which 75 arc World war ships o the type traded Britain for naval bases New destroyers of which 166 were listed as under construction on Nov 1 are joining the fleet at 1 the rate of one every ten days The Weather FORECAST I O W A Cloud y lo partly cloudy lijrht snow or snow flur ries southeast a n d extreme south much colder Thursday night Friday partly cloudy ami colder MINXKSOTA Generally fair Thursday and Friday colder south and cast Thursday nishl and southeast Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Wednesday 21 Minimum Wednesday night 22 At 8 a m Thursday 22 Snow 71 inch Trccip 01 YEAU AGO maximum 47 Minimum 31 ceived by relatives I He was placed in prison by the Italians when they thought him to be a British subject lie was j later released when lie proved his i American citizenship Mr Henry and his wife arc the parents of two children Billy and Mary who arc j also residents of Ethiopia Mr and Mrs Henry arc biili graduates oF Iowa State college Ames and have made their home in Africa for many years Mr Henry is a native of Goldficld and grew lo manhood here Fined for Hunting Geese With Airplane DENVER Pleasants j was fined SoO Thursday tor ing geese with an airplane A game warden said Plcasants was charged with flying over dis turbing and chasing KCCC in The plane Credit for the success of the British campaign in Egypt was given in Cairo to Lieut Gen Sir Usury Mailland Wilson commanderinchief of Ihc troops in Egypt and right hand man of Gen Sir Archibald WavcM commander of the Hril ish troons in Ihc middle cast   

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