Thursday, April 17, 1941

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 17, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME I 5 r A AN r pr OF IOWA COMP U VOL XLVI1 THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAMS ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PHESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 17 1941 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 1611 CLAIM ITALIANS REACH GREEK SOIL London Morgues Jammed With Victims of Vicious Nazi Attack hrnwinm DEATH TOLL IN Lord Lady HEAVIEST RAID Stamp Die BELIEVED HIGH Worlds Largest City Subjected to Eight Hour Reprisal Attack By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Delegates See Ships of Chile Navy EDITORS NOTE This is another of a series of articles written by W Earl Hall Mason City GlobeGazette editor in the course of a tour through South America as one of a party of n guests of the Carnegie Endowment for Inter national react NUMBER 33 By W EAKL HALL VINA DEL MAR Mohammedans are said to have a lifelong yearning to visit Mecca vl iiumuur ji auaa or wounuea least those with amor of the vast amount of property nazi of planes roared continuously London for eight hours Wednes day night anc1 early Thursday 1o drop uncounted tons of high ex plosives and fire bombs in the heaviest raid of the war Morgues were crowded anil hospitals were jammed There were blocks on blocks of smoul dering wreckage No one had any accurate idea of the number of dead or wounded in Air Raid LONDON Lord ami Lady Stamp were killed by enemy ac tion during the night as London underwent its worst air raid of the ivar it was reported Thursday Lord Stamp was the govern ments economic adviser as head ol a committee coordinating the ivork of several ministries Lord Stamp widely known economist wits raised to the peer age as the first Baron Stamp in 1038 He would have been Gl years old on June 21 Lord Stamp was well known in the United States He held honor ary degrees from Harvard Colum bia California Northwestern Johns Hopkins Southwestern Syracuse Duke and Washington and Lee universities W EARL HALL a somewhat like feeling toward this little city i ing adjacent along Valpar a i s o exeept the Chileans not only want to see but they want to live in Vina del Mar Here is Chiles ocean cooled Riviera Fog shroud ed the harbor this morning when our ship put in at Val p a r a i s o the m os t import ant porticity on the Pacific coast of South America But shortly after noon the sun broke through the clouds and conditions were ideal for our inspection this afternoon of this pride of Chile As we entered the harbor sirens were screaming and bands were playing Some of us wanted to be lieve that Chile was celebrating our arrival in the grand style but we soon learned that the cere monial was for a Brazilian naval training ship just pulling out after an official visit here symbolizing South American solidarity in a ime of world stress A very considerable part of the Chilean drcart riaught formerly the Canada in the British several cruis ers light and heavy four sub marines and heir mother ship and a training ship with full in the Valparaiso harbor as the Santa Lucia dropped anchor After a two hour wait in cus toms iliese fine Spanish people just dont sec any point to hur rying we were brought to our Hotel the Olfijjsins here in Vino del Mar and after lunch we wore on i tour of hc twin cities of Chile Our route led to Concoii fash ionable shore resort frequented by the wealthy from all parts of Chile the magnificent racing park where the season came to a close only three days ago along a coastal road which would do credit to California at its best to the Casino where each sic monlhs season a gross profit of 60 million pesos is rung up from those who believe they can win at the other fellows game and finally to Chiles naval academy where 160 midshipmen are in raining What a joy it has been to come into an area where there ts verdure on the mountain sides While both Vina del liar and Valparaiso depend on irri gation there is an annual rain fall here despite the proximity of the Humboldl current of something over 20 inches It all falls in April May June and July but it suffices for certain types of trees on the mountains sheer above the cities Nowhere have I seen flowers in such profusion as one finds here in Vino High walls built as a protection against prowlers sur round every home Flowering vines decorate each wall and through the grille work gates one sees a paradise of flowers and blooming shrubs in the yards in closed by the walls Except for the fact that the yards arc relatively small the homes of Vina del Mar resemble damage in the already battered capital but there were no doubts of the intensity of the attack Thousands of explosives and fire bombs fell Observers compared to the fierce raid on Coventry and said it was worse thanany thing seen in London during the height of the nazi assaults last autumn 1 Among the dead were Lord Stamp the governments economic advisor and his wife His body was recovered but searchers were still burrowing in debrits foi Lady Stamps The German high command described the raid as reprisal foi the English destruction of the cul tural and historic center of Berlin on April Firemen and rescue workers dug in the debris throughout th morning to bring out dead and in jured Among the places where casualties were believed heavies was a hospital where a bomb hit a womens ward At least seven other hospitals were damaged A London theater w a s wrecked and two motion pic ture houses were smashed but the raid came after most pa trons had left In west central London a bomb demolished an apartment house pinning a number of tenants under con crete Another high explosive bomb feli in a tenement court yard wrecking1 a surface shel ter Traffic was delayed by debris in the streets and thousands had to walk to work Thursday morn ing over glass and stains which told a grim story Ohe raiding plane brought down in the night exploded in a resi dential garden and set fire to three houses A biff bomb plowed a 13foot rraler in a west end square am the barmaids and the bartender in a nearby pub were killed Another west end street was torn up by four craters Surrounding buildings were shaken lopsided Lord Stamp the governments economic adviser and his wife were among the victims of liic smashing assault West end cab drivers lough veterans of many an air raid said this undoubtedly was the worst of the lot and everywhere on the streets could be heard the com ment It was worse than last Septem ber The raid was just as long as LORD STAMP Bells Toll Passing of Last Civil Wor Veteron Bells of churches in Mason City began tolling Wednesday after noon as ttie body of Rockley Whipplc Ccrro Gordo countys last Civil war veteran was carried from the First Methodist church following the funeral service He was Iowas oldest Civil ivar vet eran at his death bcinff 101 years of affc Lock plinfo Kavcnay MasoiLQity in Last Tribute to G A R 7 and observers agreed that more and heavier bombs were dropped j For hours after the allclear I sounded at a m p m Wednesday E S the waii of ambulance sirens carry ing victims to hospitals and the hoarse shouts of firemen and rescuers still echoed through smokeshrouded rtcbrisf ii 1 e d streets all over the city Londoners seasoned by eight months of bombing called the at tack the most savage since the allout raids began last August and accepted it as Adolf Hitlers revenge for the BAFs devastating attack on Berlin a week ago The Germans had promised to retaliate a hundredfold and this ancient capital heart of em pire stood Thursday as n scarred rubblelittered witness to the luftwaffes effortU do just hat A sovernmcnl commnimino Thursday morning said the raid was very heavy and anrt added that early reports show that casualties were heavy and that considerable damage was done Methodist Church Filled for Funeral of Rockley Whipple He Being Dead Yet Speaketh Is Text Chosen by Galbreth Washington avenue in front of the church and then proceeded down Washington avenue First street northwest where it turned east to Federal avenue Moving down Federal avenue past the G A R monument of Alason City paused Wednesday afternoon to honor the last mem ber of the G A R in Cerro Gordo county when the funeral services for Rockley Whipple who died the procession commanded the at Monclay at the age of 101 years tention of hundreds of were held at the First Methodist church It was filled for the rites The Rev William Galbreth as sociatc pastor oC the First Meth odist church sermon takin brews He being dead yet speakeuV All traffic was slopped along Federal avenue which was pa trolled by police until after the gave the funeral as his text He to mount cemetery The Press association British news agency labelled Hie assault the most vicious and wanton at tack since the fire raid of last Dec 29 when the City Wall street section was blasted ruinously Bombers divebombers and combat planes observers said there were 400 of par ticipated in the attack dropping of bombs from the smallest incendiaries to delayed action explosives and missiles of the superbomb type in grandeur MO JiitrJ nn C capos place in Chilean 011 o be r cSV most last autumn and as intense as Coventry and the Dec 29 fire raid here The aulunn attacks were punctuated bv lulls but this I one was practically continuous I British source said tiic Gcr more planes in the sky i mans had all the bombers in the air over London that it was pos sible to have there A slight interruption of com munications between the Asso ciated Press office in London and New York indicated a time bomb forced evacuation tem porarily of the London office The staff had been in new quar whether he lias a permanent dence or a summer chalet in Valparaiso is an ancient city with its business section built on a narrow coastal flat and he residential section perched on a shoreline hill so precipitous that u UlilL special cable lifts arc provided at various points in the city similar to but somewhat larger than the one at Dubuquc Iowa Siioppcrs wuh a heavy cargo can rent a donkey to help them with their loads at these same points Streets arc narrow and winding tn both cities but in most par ticulars the general impression given to the visitor is of a thor oughly modern community Save ters since the Associated Press building was destroyed by fire in the Dec 2 attack Both the National Broadcast ing company and the Columbia Broadcasting System announced their London wrecked by was the third time CBS had been bombed out and the second for NBC It was a clear starlit night and For the past 10 years said Sir Galbreth three men liave been crossing my vision in a mighty movine picture drama Their names arc John K Wil liams Nathan G Thome and Uocklry Whipplc W I nave lived long enough to remember the days when the incn composing the posts of the G A R were numbered by the hun dreds of thousands Through the years I have seen them reduced to the thousands and hundreds and finally to a few scattering remnants Im am thinking particularly of this trio of men of our own com munity who outlived their com rades I have watchec them par ticularly at Memorial time as they appeared on the programs at the schools the cemeteries and else where It seems rather slraiiRe that they shnuld all leave us within the year indeed within about twothirds of a vrar Kill let us not sricvc unduly let us rcjoict in their promotion Each day now When the Roll is Called lip Yonder their youth will be renewed like the caste they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint Miss Ellen Smith sang Tent ing Tonight Mrs Bertha Patchen accompanied at the organ All patriotic organizations of the city attended the services in groups including tlic American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars Spanish American War Veterans in New York that offices had been bombs Their staffs escaped It only for Limn they stand out as n WHS a ciear siarlit nieh he most impressive cities we have j the city never really had the me up with thus far on our exj tcctivc cover of darkness from tcrcd jaunt through South i the moment the first flares and Amcica 1 bombs fell Mr Whipplc Elkf was a member the As the service came to a close the bells of all churches in thr city began lolling and continued lolling for one half hour while the lone sentinel in Central park procession had passed and turned the hill to Elmwood The order of the under the direction procession of C R Moore parade marshal of the day included police escort ministers car flags of the Veterans of For eign Wars and the American Le gion flanked on the sides by ho honor guards of both orgatmai The massed colors followed with the and Henry Koeneke Color guards were Otto ingebrctson untijaines Edgmgton Buglers were John Pinta and Frank Law Drunmier Pete Bowen was assisted by four drummers from the high school Ed Pearson was the acting com mander for the Veterans of For eign Wars and William Liiitimer was the commander for the American Legion Honorary pallbearers from the Elks lodge were Koger Grippcn exalted ruler A M Gilpin A S Knapp Edward Thompson C L Loonier and George Pcnson Active pallbearers were Clar ence Kelroy and Frank Ball from the American Legion Harry Bitch and Lowell Forbes from the Vcl erans of Foreign Wars a n d George Fickcn and Clarence Har ris from line Spanish American War Veterans Alls Sic Bcmis Mrs Sarah Crawford and Mrs Ada Pearson were in charge of flowers Will Nichols was in charge of ushers Max Kissick LcRoy Kornbaum and Ira Stinson A prayer service was held at i the Whipple home 126 Virginia avenue southeast preeedins the will Die Rev G IfBarn ford pastor tif the Grace Evaii gelical church in charge JlV r rv IVlUSIC LllllC JJlBS RT A v r r r fc Cil1 Rcdfcni T llCi11 mein ifter a brief illness He came j here three days igo visit his friends Mr and Mrs Ainlie Hns and died at their home His wife Faustina was with him Final plans were not yet complete REPORT GREEKS EVACUATING ON ALBANIA FRONT British Troops Hurl Back Heavy Assaults Near Mount Olympus UUlLETINS CAIRO u formed sour c e H here predicted Thursday thai Greek troops will evacuate all ter ritory which they now hold in Alliiiniii These sources said ha evacuation of their Albanian positions would be advisable by the Greeks because of the Ger man thrust southward from Jugoslavia 11 duce legions an Italian communique said had pen etrated advance Greek po sitions and other reports said the Italians were now fijlhtinif once on Greek soil ATHENS An ob server rclurniny Thursday evening from the Mount Olympus battlclront declared that mass infantry and tank attacks south of Servia had cost the Germans two divi sions casualties in two days LONDON Ai RCU ers British news reports from Greece Thurs day said he BritishGreek linu although under heavy pressure remained intact American flags which were pvcj gCV c charge ceded by fouidrummer Iron the nAls9 the services from i T i m QUl OL CUV CJoirmri high school The post colors fol lowed the veterans h o n o r y guard the firing smiad senior and junior vice commanders chaplains and others As the funeral procession entered the large iron gateway to Elmwond Drummer Pete Bowcn of the American Legion post gave the original muffled G A R drum rollas the pro cession moved from the gateway to the grave through the ceme tery The honor guard stood guard from the road to the grave The massed colors of all patriotic or ganizations jn Mason City were at the lef of the grave and the massed colors of the local post of the organisations were at the right Three volleys were fircrt in final tribute by the firing squall at the graveside and a triple echoed Taps was played for the first time in Mason City by bjifflcrs of the Veterans of For eign Wars the American Le sion and the Spanish American War veterans The commander of the day was H J Reiber senior vice comman out of the city were Mrs Serena Giddings Fertile Mrs George Bcrger Fairmont Minn 31 r and Mrs Kenneth Chchock Osage and Mrs Carrie Watts Clear Lake Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Showers or thun derstorms Thursday night or Friday cooler Friday IOWA Showers and thunder storms Thursday night or Fri day warmer cast and central Thursday night cooler Friday MINNESOTA Occasional light rain Thursday night and Friday somewhat warm or extreme southeast Thursday night cooler Friday IN7 MASON CITY GlobeGazette wiratlior tatislks Maximum Wednertuy l4 Minimum in Nigiu At 8 a in Thursday IS YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation By IOEL ALEX MOKKIS United Press Foreign News Editor Brilish imperial troops hurled back heavy German assaults near Mount Olympus Athens reported Thursday but in the center of the Greek defense lines the nazis pressed a still unde for control of key communications lines While Britons were iJiffffiiijr out of the ruins left by the worst air raid of the war on London and calling for rcvciifc bombing of Berlin the British forces in Greece aid North Af rica were locked in battles that may decide control of the whole llcclilcrranean area In Greece Germans reported that they had captured the of Servia and this apparently was confirmed by British sources in Athens where it was said that Australian troops fighting at the entrance to ibe Siirandnporon pass wet ol Mount Olympus had thrown back repealed German nt tccks and that ijie rnlire Briusft line wa intact after heavy bat i tling 1 Heavy caiualiics were said n have been inflicted on the Ger mans at Surandaporon and also near Katcrine 15 miles north oC n o suiiiui vice comman the Women s Relief Corps the dor Ed Pearson junior vice corn Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxil mander Leo Skyles officer of the VTvr Alcrica War day George Donaldson chaplain Veterananrt EImer Zieeer assistant chaplain Vetcians anrt the lodge of which Rob Roy Cerney Ihe funeral cortege formed on dcrson Al Myrell A E William Clausen commanded the firing squad composed of Eliax Kclroy William Tyler Kiel Geil er Charles Barlow Tim Phalcn Kd Hickman Nick Dcgan and George Payne Color bearers were Recce Hen Smith YUGOSLAVIA OHR1D ElBASANt ALBANIA VERIA PTOUEMAIS A KOZANE PORTO EDDA GREECE