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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 16, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             f I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARLQK R HIST MEM A OEPT OF COUP DES lNES HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FOLL LEASED FIVE CENTS A COPS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY JANUARY 16 1941 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION j j y wiiiv i Xw vuoviuais Of Two SECTIONS OO AIR INVASION P OSSIB L E STIM S 0 N British Cruiser flunk After Nazi Air AttacklovfatoEe it a OL si v v OWNCREWSENT SHIP DOWN AS RESULT OF FIRE Aircraft Carrier Is Also Damaged in Fight in Mediterranean Sea Battle description paffe 2 LONDON The British ad miralty revealed Thursday that German divebombers damaged the new 9100ton cruiser South ampton so heavily in their Medi terranean attack last Friday that the warship could not be towed to port and was sunk by its own crew The Southampton was one two major British fleet units dam aged in the divebombing engage ment which occurred in the Sicil ian narrows as British warships convoyed an important shipment of supplies and materials east to Greece The other damaged warship was the 23000ton aircraft carrier 11I lustrious which Thursday was safely in port but according to corespondents accounts damaged BRITISH CRUISER SOUTHAMPTON By a 1000pound bomb hit and other nearmisses around her water line V The German anfl Italian high commands claimed that at least two British aircraft carriers one or Iwp cruisers and possibly a battleship were damaged in the addition tqtheiijouthamptou and lUustribusMhe British admit ited damage to the 1340tohde stroyer Gallant The Southampton was tile fourth cruiser admitted lost bv the admiralty since the outbreak of the war BUSINESSMAN AT ALGONA DEAD Plan Funeral for T H Wadsworth Victim of Illness H Wadsworth 85 retired Algona businessman died at Kossuth county hospital Thursday morning following a lingering illness Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 oclock at the Congregational church ot which he was a member with the Rev David R Maitin in charge Burial will be in Rivervicw ceme tery and Mrs of Syia cuse N Y and a nephew Eincst Meredith of Union Grove Wis Wadsworth fanned in Wiscon sin nnd then came to Kossuih county in 1888 where he and his brother J W engaged in breed The cruisers previously lost nig nnd dealing in draft were the 9 70ton Effmghaiii the trotting stallions on a farm 4180lon Calypso and the 49201 miles west of nnd two ton Curlew In addition the Brit ish have lost 11 auxiliary cruisers The Southampton saitl Ihe admiralty caught fire in the German attack and eventually the fire attained such propor tions that it became necessary o abandon Efforts to the damaged ves sel to port failed and the crew sank It The Southampton had a speed of 32 knots and mounted 12 6 inch guns eight 4inch antiair craft guns one 37inch howitzer and other smaller guns She car ried two airplanes with one cata pult and had 6 21inch torpedo tubes She was rated as one of the most effective and speediest the British force of large cruisers The admiralty also reported that Ihc British submarine pan dora 1475 Ions sank two Italian supply ships each ot abnut 5000 tons in ihc central Mediter ranean The Italian ships were southbound he admiralty said presumably carrying supplies to aid Marshal Rodolfo Graziani in RJ Libya II One the Italian ships the admiralty said was carrying mo tor transports on her deck MUASKSlflO 11 CARGO SHIPS Makes Formal Request 1 to Congress for Funds Totaling WASHINGTON Roosevelt put in his formal rc quest to congress Thursday for authority to build a fleet of 200 merchant vessels upon an emer gency basis and asked for an appropriation of The chieE executive already had disclosed at a press conference that the program was in the making He sent a message to congress Thursday saying I am convinced lhat the na lional interest demands that im mediate steps be taken upon an emergency basis to provide against the effect upon the United States of a possible world shortage oj cargo vessels Therefore I feel that there should be undertaken with the least possible delay the construc tion ot not less than 200 steel I cargo vessels suitable for use in I tie present emergency and of such j sype and design as will permit of tier most rapid conjunction I After n number of years at this he entered Uic real estate business and was the senior member of the firm of Wadsworth and Keith He was in thnl business five years then rc lired WILHELMSHflVEN RAID KILLS 20 Several Houses Set Afire Reports From German Command Say BERLIN persons were killed and 35 injured snd several houses set atire in a British air raid Wednesday night on Ihe major naval port of Wil hclmshavcn the German high command announced Thursdav j j The daily communique said i however that although several incendiaries bomb flamed in the harbor section they caused no noteworthy damage and that spreading of the house fires was prevented by the efficiency ot air raids precautions and self pro tection squads The attack on Wilhelmsliaven the British said it was the 40th of the war on this naval base was one of several carried out on places in northern Germany the communique declared It reported a rolling raid Wed nesday night on war essential ob jectives in a central England city lesser attacks on London and a raid on Dover in which several direct hits were scored on tiie railway station Nazi Air Offensive Against British in Mediterranean Is to Bolster Italian Arms By DEWITT MACKENZIE Foreign News Analyst The German aerial offensive against the British fleet in the central Mediterranean has the early appearance of being preliminary to a dual save what is left of Mussolinis big Libyan army from destruction the hands of the allies and to pre vent British support from reach ing the victorious Greeks in Al bania An initial objective would seem to be to smash a hole in the British blockade and thus re establish w a t e rcommunications between Italy and Marshal torces in Africa This w6 u 1 d permit sending badly needed r e i n f or c e ments and sup plies This new op e r a t i o n is n continuation of Killers rescue party for his a i s partner MACKENZIE I FORECAST IOWA cloudy rain changing to snow Thursday night fol lowed by light snow or snow flurries Friday considerably colder Friday and north and west Thursday night MINNESOTA Cloudy snoiv Thursday night and light snow or snow flurries Friday con siderably colder Thursday and Friday moderate cold wave Thursday night northwest and northcentral IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statr lics Maximum Wednesday 29 Minimum Wednesday night 27 At 8 a m Thursday Steel Tr YEAR AGO Maximum p Minimum 2 Precipitation Trace jjdi uiei who has been so badly trounced by Hie allies in Libya and Albania that he bids fair to lose his entire African empire Unless quick aid reaches Graziani he and his armv are likely to be polished oft and marched away lo a prison camp While the nazi offensive hasnt begun as a major affair it obviously mijrht develop something more elaborate should fortune smile on it HiS er is a gambling opportunist and generally quick to take ad vantage of they call him lucky Hitler in Ger many However the nazis can succeed only it they establish supremacv over the Royal Air Force in the Mediterranean zone Lacking this control Hie German warplancs which arc operating from Sicily can scarcely hope lo down tiic British navy and airforce com bined Were that possible Ihe nazis would have established dommalion over the EnIhh Channel long ago The wcis partners may be able to run the gantlet and carry some help to Graziani They may even bolster him so that he can main tain himself against attack at his clucf base in the port of Tripoli W I But Ibis in itself wont save Ihe rest of Italys African pos sessions which have begun lo rock with the fascist defeat in Libya Grasianas shattered army is finished as an offensive force for the time being Military circles in London be heve lliilcr may be planning lo scud German troops to Graziani b aid if the blockade can be breached That might bo good move for the axis for the purpose of defending fortified areas like the ports of Tripoli and Gengasi The Germans arc powerful light ers and might instill new spirit into the badly manhandled fascist army However nazi troops would be handicapped in actual desert war fare since that calls for highly specialized training There is lit tle in the German lexicon of war to compare with the science of campaigning over an ocean of sand PREPARE FOR TOBRUK ASSAULT British Artillery Tries One Bi By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS In the Libyan desert campaign British troops besieging 30 OOU Italians at Tobruk took advantage of a respite Thursday in a 7day sandstorm to prepare for the final assault on the fascist garrison British artillery ringed within four miles of Tobruks outer de fenses were reported shelling the town sporadically concentratin on an altempt to silence n bi Italian naval gun planted ashore3 which British troops dubbed To brulc Tom The Italian Gen Francesco Ar gentino captured four days ago by a British motorboat crew after he escaped from Sidi Barrani and Bardia was reported to have ended a hunger strike with the cry For alj I care about thjs des ert you can have it I myself am a poet On the Albanian battlefront the Greeks were reported to have seized important mountain heights north of Klisura taking the Ital ians by surprise by attacking dur ing n severe snowstorm The Greeks continued thcii victorious an Athcn government spokesman declared LOOK INSIDE FOR LIQUOn MANAGER FIRED j DKS MOINES i sipncr Dick R Lane of the Iowa I Liquor Commission announced Thursday the dismissal of Tom W Green manager of stale liquor slorc No 1 at Sioux City HERBERT HOOVER Asks Definitions in AidtoBritain Plans PAGE 2 Officers of Kossuth 4H Clubs Selected STATE PAGE Hawkeycs Will Face Drake on Gridiron SPORTS PAGE Lindy Others Ufll MM Spurn No War mWUI1 Committee Cooler Says A NEW YORK Col Charles Lindbergh said Thursday that while lie had attempted lo co operate with all American organi zations opposed to ouv entering ihc war in Europe he had no connec tion with the No Foreign War committee His statement telegraphed lo he Associated Press from Hunt ngton Long Island follows 1 wish to state that while I lave attempted to cooperate with all American organizations op posed to our entering the war in Europe f have no connection with the No Foreign War committee Lindbergh saiu that backed a while preliminary group his ontinued support depended on ertain conditions These conditions were not met md since lhat time the no foreign war campaign has undergone rc irganization the colonel said 1 attended a number oC confer ences when its successor the No Foreign War committee was being formed but found myself unable to support the methods and poli cies adopted by the new organiza tion I have at no time been a member of the committee nor have I contributed to its financial support My belief that it would be disastrous for this country to enter tlie war remains unchanged and I ntend to continue the stand I have laken against our participation Verne Marshall chairman of the No Foreign War committee said Tuesday that it was Colonel Lind bergh who persuaded him lo ac cept the chairmanship He has staled that the committee has only two to keep the United States out ofthe war and iwb to prevent the administration FOR SACRIFICE IN EMERGENCY Governor in Inaugural Address Emphasizes Defense of Freedom DES MOINES the call lo national defense Gov George A Wilson Thursday called on lowans to be willing to sacri fice as did our forefathers but within the limits ot the democratic system ot government In hit inaugural address before the joint session ot the Iowa Icais hief executive lie declared Let no man be a slacker We find ourselves in a posi tion wherein it is necessary lo nut forth pur best efforts to build up a defense of such mag nitude as will uphold our insti tutions of freedom if i uiiiu sprca The defense and the protection slate Friday the nation needs can be found Snow was within the framework of constitu tional government the governor said as never before must we insist that the three branches of government the executive legis lative and judicial be preserved each enjoying and exercising the powers delegated to it none engag ing the unworthiness of encroach ment upon the perogativcs of the or lending from giving away Americas defenses RAPIDS MAYOR WONT SERVE OX COMMITTEE CEDAIl RAPIDS Frank Halm named in New York Wednesday as one of 10 directors ot the No Foreign War commit tee said he had declined the ap pointment because f cannot take an active pail in Ihc work Hahn was one of four incorpor ate of the committee of which Verne Marshall former editor of the Cedar Rapids Iowa Gazette is chairman The city executive said he be lieves the No Foreign War commit tee is sound in all respects but that he favors all aid lo Britain short at war KELLAND DENIES HE IS A DIRECTOR PHOENIX Ariz Budington Kelland the author listed in New York on a directorate the No Foreign War commit tee said he was neither a member nor a director ot the committee Kelland said in a statement that as n republican national commit teeman from the state of Arizona i with amcommittee no mallei how worthy ils purpose may be I am acquainted wilh Verne Marshall and have only Ihe high est regard tor him I believe America should prepare immedi ately fully and efficiently for de fense but I that every effort should be made to prevent this country from being embroiled in n foreign war t repeat that I DES MOINES rain snow and ice harassed Iowa Thursday but relief was in sight A mass of cold air swiftly ap proaching the icegripped Hawk eye state was moving in from the northwest and the weather bu reau remarking that it couldnt get any worse forecast consid erably improved conditions for Iowa by Friday Meanwhile however all wajs remained quite icy and travel was extremely hazard ous The slate highway commission ol Ames issued the following bui1 leliii Light snow reported in the northwest and north central por tions Sleet in southwest section rain and mist in balance of the stale Heavy fog extends from Audubon and Ml Ayr east lo Mis SAYS ENGLAND ONLY PREVENTS DANGERTHREAT Secretary of War indorses Roosevelts LendLease Proposals Pi Secre tary Stimson declared Thursday thai I think we are in very great danger of an invasion by air In the contingency that the British navy should hr de stroyed or surrendered Tiie war department ciiief made this statement to the house for eign affairs committee in response to an inquiry by Representative Fish RN Y Slinison previously had in dorsed President Roosevelts bill for lendlcase aid to Britain Fish started the Questioning by asking whether tlie secrclary Bought that with this countrys I mist is exceptionally hazardous lllval any foreign na here said could invade our shores Montana I Not not Stim son replied slowly time this pressed I wouldnt say any lime this year Fish then raised the question whether the United States army could repel a force of 50000 tronns should they be landed think they probably could lure and marking the beginning Audubc his second term is the stales i sissPIi river Visibility of 200 lo SOD feet All highways are slill finite icy and a combination of fog ice and continued rain or 1 ionully The weather bureau here said the cold air now would reach northwest Iowa sometime Thursday night and would spread across the entire other the national remarked emergency he No emergency hasbeen ia great no emergeiicj will ever be so great that free men cannot meet and solve it We seem to be living in an age of hysteria Let not hys teria fo blind us that we will per mil our form of government to be changed from one requiring the consent of the governed to one calling for submission Of Government by Edict j EHIMUIUK me low tem people of the stale of Perature during lie night was 27 the first fiec stale i at Mason City It was 29 degrees tn thn ITiiinn Hi Tllnrlos forecast Thursday night and light snow or snow Hur ries Friday morning i The colder air will drive away mosl of the fog and mist Ihe bu reau said and also will case transportation problems After the snow has stopped the bureau said it will be possible to create permanent protective measures against the ice Sanding and the use ot ashes have been only partly effective because of the continu ance ot the rain and mist in most sections In ils shippers forecast the weather bureau anticipated 5 dtgrces above zero in norihwcst Iowa Thursday night 10 degrees above in the northeast and 20 decrees above in Ihc south Temperatures averaged 16 cle green above normal in Iowa owa Thursday morning The low tem sae admitted to the are willing j at Charles City to meet the responsibility and sac rifice for defense ot our nation and our people but nre resolute in their determination that govern ment shall not be by edict but shall be continued by law under tlic Constitution of the Uiiiled States lie warned that the way ol progress is by work but that this does not mean that we shall accept every novelty or try every experiment conjured up by dis torted minds f V The economy keynote ot his administration was sounded again in a declaration that the people desire dial every dollar purposes Declare Plains States Not Getting Share of Defense Contracts KANSAS CITY defense contracts in nine Great Plains stales show a per capita expenditure of only S1550 pared wilh a nalional per capita average of the midwest defense conference said Thursday The conferences executive com mittee asserted defense plants are continuing to be located if the gentleman means a land invasion Stimson responded adding that lie thought that air forces would accompany 011 at tempted invasion by infantry Is there any airplane built which could span the Atlantic drop bombs here and return across the Atlantic Fish inquired Probably not the width of the IliLr are rapidly i that direction and there are many bases short of the full widlli of the Atlantic Asked by Fish what bases lie had in mind Stimson Newfoundland would be a base within easy range of all oE our New Englatrd coast North Canada would be within easy range of the NcuEngland coast Does Ihe secretary believe Fish continued that our navy would remain locked up In our harbors if any such invasion were attempted No said Stimson but where Is our navy now Host of the big ships of the navyarc pres ently based in the Pacific Fish then inquired whether there was fear ol invasion and the secretary replied that there was air invasion if the were destroyed danger of British Heel r otherwise rendered Ineffective for this countrys proteclion Stimson told congress that Hie essence of President Roosevelts lliey are willing n he bills if Ihe bills are just and prop er the governor snid They op pose wasic or extravagance they Plan for aiding Ihe British and the coasts and other vulnerable olhei nations resisting aggrcs spots siciV is to make Uic United Slates represented at the con1statcs government the sole pur fere nee were Missouri Kansas j chasing and distributingagency for Oklahoma Norlli Dakota Soutli D a k o t a Nebraska Miimcioti Iowa and Arkansas produced in I rcorat ihf T ait our interests thJiirthc weJr T J efforts1 he derlarrH In any committee NOT CONSULTED ABOUT SERVING ON BOARD SAN FRANCISCO fP Dr Henry M Gage president of Coc college Cedar Rapids Iowa said he had not been consulted about serving on the reorganized board H the no foreign war committee headed by Verne Marshall Declining to say definitely whether he would serve on tlin Joard Dr Gage said he subscribed o the fundamental principles formed by the committee when it was incorporated To strengthen he nalional defense and to follow a noninterventionist policy In the war But j in Jilt efforts he declared to sec that Ihe rewards for those who toil j upon the farms arc on n parity wilh the compensations elsewhere i The earners arc receiv ing direct protection by the pow er of government and the re wards of labor are better Bui in Iowa all our industries and la bor whether on farms or in shops arc closely Jinked to gether There is s large degree of de are for fairness and liberality Um of the CO per cent valuation He asked the legislators nil to bill forget that Iowa is an agricullural j Meanwhile a drive u force im slalc with an admirable balance mediate consideration of Hie meas 1 between all our interests ure was reported f rust ra led in tlie lower house when a republican caucus voted Thursday mornin to begin deliberation ot the bill at 11 a m next Tuesday Some G O P leaders itwas understood wanted Ihc bill ta ken up this week Representa tives from some of the more heavily populated counties have said they were requested by thcir Inra municipal officials In have the matter delayed war material counlry Thepresent situation with IP Svd u production of munitions Stimson said is much more acute than ws lhat of 1917 Al that time lie said the munitions factories and supplies of Great Britain were an abundant hat they were able to supply nnri did supply to us the weapons needed Today Stimson uC the great bulk ot which we then said instead assisted by oilier nations together in I wouldnt want to sub scribe to any policy which would decreasing our aid to Brit ain he said l recognize that there is risk entailed in extending aid to Britain but 1 fee that the of doing nothing is greater he added Breaks Arm Second Time on Same Walk WATERLOO side walks at Hawthorne school are laying havoc wilh 10 year old oln Mae Silvers right arm She s in a hospital here with that arm broken from a fall on the sideuall nonlh nflcr sh Governor Wilson declared that he and his administration stood pledged to public office as a public trust We will proceed with all en ergy to Die end that the doors of government will be open to hon esty and candor but securely barred to the intolerable approach ot graft or corruption that non feasance or neglect of duty will be constantly sought out and dealt with firmly he concluded Assessment Debate Members of Iho Des Maine ciiy council attended the senate session j on the bill Thursday alone with working seueiaiT Municipalities Supporters of the bill who ad dressed the senate included Fran cis Johnson president and Joe Long secretary of the Iowa Tax payers association and Ed R Brown Des Moincs atlorney and former state representative Opponents ot the measure in cluded A A Couch president of the Iowa Federation of Labor and Fred Van Lieuw DCS Moincs city solicitor who spoke in behalf of the Iowa League of Municipalities The Iowa supreme court held recently that tinder present law property should be be assessed at 100 per cent but Brown declared that tiie fruth i that property in i Town is assessed anywhere from 10 to 70 per cent depending on the I county on which it is located He curb pub HEVRV 5TIMSOV   

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