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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 13, 1940, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME E ft HIST A 0 t P r of i o A 0 S H 2 I l 3 I EDITION VOL XLVII THE NEWSPAPiR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIIIES KIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 13 1940 Hoodoo Chasers Club Defies FRIDAY THE 13TH THIS PAPER CONSISTS or TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT NO 155 BRITISH MAY INVADE LIBYA Hitler Duce May Confer Greeks Continue Advance ITALIANS WAR BASE TOBRUK RAIDED BY RAF Fascist Aircraft Is Grounded Troops Hit in Battle of Egypt C A I R O British RAF bombers and fighting planes blast ed Italian bases ammunition dumps troops communications and grounded aircraft in the five day old battle of Egyptthe Brit ish middle eastern command rei ported Friday More than li ItalI ian airfields were said to have i been bombed i Striking throughout Thurs1 day night and Thursday the command said the RAF at tacked Italys main war base of Tobruk on the Libyan coast and completely Bulled han gars at El Adcm airdrome near Tobruk Many tons of bombs were J dropped on the town ot Tobruk j capture of Porto Palermo on the Fascists Reported Withdrawing From Base at Tepelini BULLETIN NEW VOKK Hit ler and Foreign Minister Joachim von Kibbenlrop have left Berlin for an unknown destination a CBS broadcast reported from Berlin Friday Earlier dispatches from Berlin had told of rumors there denied in authorized an imminent meet iiiE between Hitler and Benito Slussolini BULLETIN LONDON forces after a fierce fight have started withdrawing from Tepelini Al bania exchange telegraph British news agency reporjed Friday from Athens The Ital ians were said to be suffering heavy losses ATHENS Greece Drake President Is Critically III Friday the 13th of December had no terrors tor C C Halphide 3108 Adams avenue northwest who has had auto license No 13 for more than 10 years The explanation is that whiln in lUarahaJllown tic joined theHoodoo Chasers club an organization of railroad and expressmen who defied every Friday the 13th by holding a cele bration The real secret of course is that Mr Halphide admits he has no superstitions He doesnt even admit that 13 Is a lucky number although he has Iiad no accidents while it has ueen on his car but certaiMy that shouldbe proof that it is not bad luck He attached the plates Thursday and said he would be driving with them all day Friday Lock photo Kaycnay engraving and harbor the command report cd Albanian coast was announced officially Friday and a captured Italian commander was quoted Files were observed burning i that the Italian command at Ti ficrccly in many places and vio lent explosions BLAZE Marshalltown School Destroyed and Gym Auditorium Gutted MARSHALLTOWN W Fire of undetermined origin early Fri day morning destroyed St Marys Catholic school here and gutted tile gymnasium and auditorium building The loss unofficially esti mated by the pastor os SG5000 There was some insurance The fire apparently started in the basement or the school building shortly after midnight and by the time it was discov ered the entire building was ablaze Tlte gymnasium was connected to the rear of the school and the windwas in the right direction to set it afire al most immediately Firemen handicapped by lack of water pressure and severe cold battled the blaze most of the night Only the convent of FRIDAY 13th UNLUCKY Hmm ONEIDA wis was Friday the 13th but Mrs Carl Dwycr wasnt concerned This is what happened to her on the nth and 12th Her farm home was burglar ized As she went to report the crime her car stalled She walked to her brother inlaws farm and borrowed a horse to tow the car The horse fell dead When she returned to the automobile she found the bat tery had been stolen and tires near petrol dumps were seen from Salum bay by our aircraft on the return journey There were also heavy explosions in the vicinity of ammunition stores At El Adcm airdrome air craft on liic ground were heavily machinegunned by our reconnaissance machines Heavy raids were also made on Bardia about 15 miles inside the Libyan border the report said and bombbits set off a violent ex plosion in a stores dump which resulted in flames rising to a thousand leet craft on ground were machinegunned and three CR destroyed rana was considering whether to ask Greece for an armistice The captured Italian comman der said flic Italians planned a counteroffensive for the spring regardless of whether they asked for a winter truce or withdrew beyond the Greeks reach The Greek advance into Porto Palermo was headed by Greek ar mored cars and captured Italian light tanks Experts here doubted that the Italians could hold Chi inara five miles beyond Porto Palermo and now the immediate Greek objective on that front V DES jWOINES Dan iel W Storehouse president of Drake university is in a condition after suffering a re lapse while evidently rciovcrinir from an attack of pneumonia the university announced Fri day He has been ill more than a month SUBZERO FOR STATE IS SEEN Mason City With 6 Below During Night Is Coldest in Iowa i DES MOINES fP The On the other end of the southI weather bureau predicted a return front tlm temperatures in Jowa agairiFriaay njghrasmostdrtne Reds Fire on 8000 Rumanians BUCHAREST flJR Military i sources reported Friday that some persons were killed and some wounded when soviet gendarmes and frontier guards opened fire Thursday on 8000 Rumanian peasants on the northern Buko vina frontier The military sources said that lie peasants were trying to cross into Kumauia from soviet occupied northern Bukovina when soviet guards opened fire upon them The outbreak was said to have occurred south of Cernovicz Thc peasants involved in the outbreak were said to comprise the entire population of two vil lages who had become dissatisfied with life uiKleivthe soviet regime and decided to cross the nearby frontier and settle in Rumania Thc region is one which was occupied by the soviet last July at tin same time the Russians look over Bessarabia Wounded peasants who man aged to get across the Jiumaiiiiin frontier were quoted as saying that the soviet gendarmes chal lenged the throng and fired volley alter volley at a mass of several thousand peasants The peasants fled in panic Many were reported missing and it was believed cas ualtics might be numerous Thc peasants said thev were trying to get into Rumania to es cape the high cost of living in northern Bukovina They predict ed that more peasants would try to get over the border An Original Fund Backer Still Gives Itulk riant Maritull A Swm tmploics 1C T W flub John Titbljfsiur IS A Cummin laycc rulou Hie Snaiti llmi HumRoom llu Maun fllv Srhnol V Auxiliary ri rjilt V Washinilun Schiol K II UircLr llolbruok Alias T r A Iriend Trull UMrkl suir ot Urshlertd NEW TOTAL S CORN HUSK battle was said to hot i be developing steadily in favor of At El Tmimi one S79 was s Italians apparently rcalizins the i the annual buskin I degrees above zero reported here Great British City Is Rocked by Nazi Bombs LONDON fam ous throughout the world for its steel was rocked for hours dur ing the night by a nazi utter icnsivc operations destruction air raid but Friday that they are safe still was in the ivar and still working despite its dead and its ruins Breaking through by weight nf Fishier aircraft patrolled llirougrhoul the day covering our troops who were pursuing and harassing thc retreating enemy Aluch mechanical trans port was destroyed and troops on thc lines of communications were demoralized Aircraft of the Roval Austral f nui ian Air Force added to their with Italys crack previous successes by shooting down three CR42s One of our eightgun fighters attacked two S78s singlehanded despite the fact the enemy bombers were es corted by a large number of CR 42s One of the S79s was shot down and the other is believed to have been destroyed Two of our bombers and one fighter have failed to return to their bases but in view of the in tensive operations it is possible three buildings in group was saved the parish the a new night fighter paj trol along the eastern coast thc The school was erected in 1892 the gymnasium and auditorium in 1933 Monsignor William Leen pastor of St Marys parish said Friday noon that an immediate start would be made on rebuilding the German planes in relays attacked the Sheffield area as antiair craft guns blazed at them Other fleets of German planes attacked all corners of England in one of their most widespread raids The northeast southeast and southwest coasts including j Wales and London and thc i MAN SLAIN AT GANNON FALLS Minnesota Officials Believe Wangen Was Victim of Acquaintance CANNON FALLS Minn Authorities Firday narrowed their search for the slayer of Marten gymnasium auditorium lolerve as Thamis estuary all were a temporary building for school 5ne oT no c Gcman pli es StUC lllmcd to London unc can be built around dawn to sight dam He said he hoped it would be i age in one district completed for use in three weeks In the meantime thc basement ot i A hail of incendiary and cxplo St Marys church may be used asi five bombs broke on Sheffield late mc a schoolroom but other quartern I Thursday night and continued for i have been offered There will be I about two hours nnd Icss severely sncntr s officers rccoiiKtruct no school for the next few week until carlv Fridav morninff c cnmc tlic slayer must have fc stood across thc table from Wang immense stralcsieal importance nfKlisura were counterattack ing repeatedly at heishts south nf the town He said the Italians were falling back to Valona on the coast Greeks claimed a victory in their Alpine ski troops thrown into the north Albanian front in an at tempt to check the Greek advance on Elbasan The ski troop trained in the great Alpine ranges along Italys border with Germany and France counterattacked the Greeks in the Mokra mountains northwest of at a m Thursday nights official low M was six betouat Mason Sity n 1Tl w aiv UL IWiiSOIl CjlIV Jl VCO 1 uliV Bef016 Beekeepers UlreC bclow rARGO N Dak maximum of 32 de the bureau said j Davenport was the warmest spot in the state Thursday with an official grccs The bureau warned shippers to protect Friday night for readings as low as 10 below zero in north western Jowa ranging upward to five above in the southeastern part of thc state The forecast callect for more snow and warmer temperatures SaturdTy with an increase of about 15 degrees in the expected maximum temperature here t Qf T Munro chairman of thc de partment of entomology at North Dakota agricultural college ad dressed the annual meeting of the North Dakota Beekeepers associ ation Friday Wangen to acquaintances of thc man Wangen C5 was shot as he sat at a kitchen table eating his mid crime bureau agenls iMonsignor Lcen Injury Suit Filed Against G W Railroad Dismissed There was extensive damage j and there were many caMiaHies The shopping center suffered cx I tctivively FORT DODGE Aided by bright moonlight HIE i Germans dropped first inccn diary then explosive bombs They started many fires Bui firemen working in disregard of danger foujht the fires dur ing thc worst part of Die rait en and fired upon him with a 32 caliber pistol The indications that Wangen could see his slayer but remained seated at his dinner led officers killer must have quaintance to believe been an BAN EXTRA LEAVES Pogradec Friday after a three day battle informants here said the Greeks still held the peaks and were in position to descend into the Shkambi river vailev leading to Elbasan the Italian stronghold in the center of Al bania The Greeks first mccins with Italian skiers was described by Nicholas Yokcr United Press staff correspondent in thc Po gradec sector He quoted a young Greek lieutenant whom he found lying wounded on a stretcher at a second line dressing station We look the Alpini the same way we would take a cavalry charRc Our fire picked them off regularly Only a few pierced our lines alive Yokcr said Greek mountaineers were eagerly trying out captured Italian skis and might soon form the first ski battalion in the lh tory of the Greek army The Greek mute he said also were adapting themselves to winter conditions and could be seen up to iiicir bellies in snow dragging Suns on sledges or bringing up litters to receive wounded Snow in thc north sector had grounded Italian planes and he Italian infantry partly trained in Libya to advance with air and tank support was said to be at a loss for independent maneuvering In the south the Greek advance on the port of Chimara continued i including many children There were unconfirmed reports mothers were thrown REFUGEES ARE DROWNED Ship With Jewish Refugees Breaks to Pieces Near Turkey ISTANBUL ly 00 Jewish refugees among nearly 00 bound from Bulgaria o Palestine drowned when llicir ubip broke to pieces in high Extended Forecast The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy to clou dy light snow southwest and extreme west colder extreme southeast rising temperature northwest Friday night Satur day snow and warmer MINNESOTA Generally fair with slowly rising temperature Friday nighl Saturday in creasing cloudiness anil warmer light snow soulb IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Friday MaximumThursday Minimum in Night At 8 a m Friday Precipitation Snowfall YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 23 6 Below 5 Below Q1 3 Indies reported Fridy Seventeen of those drowned were children the morning LOiicnt decUrcd to Extended weather forecast for the period from Op m CST Dec 13 to p m Dec IB Upper Mississippi allcv Tem perature will average mr mal in Illinois much bctow nor Mavmura i mal in Iowa Minnesota and mini a motorIconsin Continued cold throuab sliip flying thc Uruguayan flag ran out period except colder in IMi into heavy seas and broke up noai nois Tuesday and Wednesday the shore Precipitation about average vc average in southern The rlisatcr WHS sii occurred in the sea of west of Istanbul when Approximately 380 passengers The suit grew out of a crossin crash near Mason City three vcari CLAIMS 3 SHIPS StiNK BERLIN Wi of Ger many pocket Uboats ws re ported Friday to have arnird British merchant totaling 15800 tons i Londons raid alarm period i lasted until hc early hours of tiic morning There was gun fire i sufficiently strong to shake build mgs at intervals for hmrrs but bombing uss not heavy and manv three J German planes ships fired at scnncd L thc midland which the suns on heir vvav d Murder Mokes o HERO New continued story by Elliott Pillion Starts in this ijsue I Turn to comic poge bady damaged by About j British and Greek bombs NEW AIR STATION j WASHINGTON The war department Friday authorized a construction program or the new nir corps station at Ponce Puerto Rico 180 survivors were1 picked up and taken to hospitals i BRITISH SHIP IS SUXK NEW YOHK British ship Orsri was torpedoed Friday i about 100 miles west of Ireland accord ing to a rntcr icpted by Mackay radio here AY BACK IN 1025 Claude Holbrook bctter known to Globe Gazette readers as T Pipe expressed the view that some sort of Clirisl m a s fund should be es tablished in ila He reasoned that it would be a fine thing for the needy of the community and further that it would be just as helpful to those who give H was his theory that the spiritual lift that comes Tom giving js just as important as the benefit that comes from receiving by those in need That this wasnt just thejiy with Mr Holbrook is evidenced by the fact lhat in every Christ mas Cheer Fund campaign since 1925 one of the most generous in dividual contributions received has come from him His gift Ibis year is listed above Khose asso ciated with thc solicitation of liic fund and its administration take this means of expressing llicir yratitude to him Theres an interesting story back of many of thc other gifts listed from day to day Some donors in notes accompanying their gifts explain that the money theyre donating came to them unexpectedly and they cant think of a better use for it Behind other the srmili er a background of real sacrifice With thc check for SI from the fifth grade of Washington chool was a note explaining that it was a prize received by that grcup based on thc best attendance of mothers at a P T A meeting Ttie gift from high school home room 110 was mndc uj of small change provided by n large number of youngsters The Marshall and Swift em ployes donation was based on group giving of the kind report ed to be under way in numerous other establishments of the citv The nurses gift was authorized at a meeting held by them Thurs day night And so it noes Mason City is really awake to the Christmas Cheer Fund cause The goal is SI500 There remain eight more giving days before the fund comes In n cloc on Dec 2 Those wlui pliin to contribute should do so at once Addres rur gift to Christmas Cheer Fund GlobcGayellr Mason City Iowa Heavy Restrictions on Travelina Across Switzerland Decreed BERN Switzerland Re strictions on travel across Switz erlands frontiers with Germany Italy and France were tightened Friday by a decree authorizing the high command to increase military control at certain frontier pcls for urgent rcaon The decree gave no official rea sons for the mcaMirc li was believed in have been inspired however by efforts to keep refugees from Vrnssing crctly into Switzerland AFRICAN FIGHT IS TURNING INTO ITALIAN ROUT England Sea Land Air Forces Blast at Legions of Mussolini BULLETIN LOXDOX forces ill Egypts western desert were reported Friday night by Ren ters British news agency in a Cairo dispatch to have captured the entire stock of fuel and food which lie Italians had for the invasion of Egypt By LARKY ALLEN ABOARD A BRITISH DES TROYER OFF EGYPT British sea air and land forces combining in an attempt to blast the Italian expeditionary force Egyptian soil British sources de cbucd Friday that the offensive might be turned onto a counter invasion of Italian Libya The British appeared In hr turning their victory intn u complete rout of the fascists ami some said tliere was a good chance that tlj drive would not slop at lie EgyptianLibyan border while the fascists arc on the run The order to take he offensive against Marshal Grazianais le gions 70 miles inside Egypt was a shot in the ami for the whole British imperial army of the Nile it appeared from advices reaching me on this destroyer participating in the naval offensive For weeks deserthardened Australians New Indians poles and Frenchmen have been chafing at long inactivity 2 i Xo b the In itialive In British for grand offensive may have come British warships swinging into action to help the armys big push against the Italians in the western desert have ruled ions of higii explosives into Marshal Gaxi anis advance bases gorcing thou sands of soldiers to fleo in disor der toward the Libyan frontier 3 Six to IfiiiiLh shells pouring into the fascist ranks shattered attempts to reinforce advanced traps The Italians steadily fell back under land sea and air at tacks and the retreat appeared to fast developing into complete rout The destroyer on winch this is bciitfr written and other units of Hie British n a v y swept over mine fields tn within a half mile of the hastily prepared shore batteries and threw heavy fire at the Italians The fascist army moving along the Egyptian seaboard underwent what British naval authorities de clared to be one of the most de structive naval shillings in his tory The warships turned their big guns first upon Maktila 15 miles cast of Graxiaiiis advance established at Sidi Barrani when he moved across the Egyptian bor der 90 days ago The British shattered that big armed camp making it easier lor the initial land attack The Britisli began their attack at dawn and jiumpeil shells for more Ihan an hour into the fas cist position as the blazing sun climhcd abavc the horizon Italian motor transports were blasted o pieces troop columns were obliterated Huge pieces nf the macadamized road Graziani had just competed were sent hurling into the desert sky This destroyer shivered and shook as it flung high explosives at the Italian columns starting fires here and there Then the destroyer swept eajt vard along the const to Salum at Hie EgyptianLibyan border and started all over again Here it was the same story Italian batteries both at Sirfi Karrxni ami Salum answered the British shcllflrc but the closest tirojectilcs fell ZO yards away scmiinR a heavy sprav over the sides of the ship While this destroyer shelled Salum advance units of the Brit ish army smashed through Italian fortifications beyond Sidi Barrani taking prisoner by the thousands The vest of legions were forced into a headlong dash to ward the Libyan frontier Simultaneously RAF bombers looked cargoes of bombs which fell among the retreating troops tanks iumored cars and motor transports GUEGORY IS HONORED Minn Tappan Gregory Chicago nation al piTMCicrtl of the Walton league wnthe guest of honor rnday t the annual meeting nf the leagued Minnesota division   

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