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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 9, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP DEPARTMENT OF AM ARCHIVES i N C 5 I A HOME EDITION VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU LEASED WIRES IWZ CENTS A COPY THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9 1941 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT TMS PAPKS CONSISTS OF TWO SECTION ONE NO 287 SHIP OF U S FIRM SUNK OFF ICELAND THINK 24 LOST IN TORPEDOING orsEssnmp 3 Survivors Rescued by Navy US Ship Is Sunk in Red Sea WASHINGTON The state department report ed Tuesday that 24 crew members including one American were presumed lost in the torpedoing of a former Danish ship flying the Panamanian flag Aug 17 about 300 miles southwest of Iceland News of the sinking in which only three men aboard survived came close on the heels of the sinking of the American freighter Steel Seafarer in Red sea waters by an aerial bomb British sources at Cairo blamed a German bomber based in Greece The former Danish vessel Sessa although a Pana manian registry was being operated by the Marine Oper ating company of New York un der charter from the maritime commission She sailed from New York Aug 7 the maritime com mission said and should have reached Iceland about 12 days later The state department announce ment on the torpedoed exDanish ship said state department has been rJnforjriedsby the that on Saturday morning Sept 6 Survivors of U S Ship Picked Up CAIRO Egypt British warship has picked up survivors of the V S merchantman Steel Seafarer sunk by an axis plane it was reported Tuesday the navy picked up three sur viving members of the crew oE the S S Sessa about 300 miles southwest of Iceland The state department is in formed that the survivors stated that the ship had been sunk by a torpedo on Aug 17 Twenty four members of the crew are unreported and pre sumed lost There was one American citi zen member of the crew His name is lacking and he is not one the survivors The names of the three sur vivors have not been furnished The Sessa was a former Dan ish vessel which was acquired Irom the Danish government un der the authority of the recent law permitting lie taking over of idle foreign flag ships in American waters The vessel was under Pana manian registry and was trans porting supplies for the govern ment of Iceland and owned by that government Officials explained this meant the suppljes were owned by the Iceland government The cargo consisted of food stuffs cereals lumber and other general cargo and did not include arms ammunition or implement of war The Sessa was one of the Dan ish flag ships refugeeing in American ports which were taken over by the maritime commisson under an agreement between lie United State government and the Danish minister who is still recognized here as the represen tative of the German dominated kingdom of Denmark Some German and Italian ves sels refugeeing in American ports also have been taken over by the maritime commission and are be ing operated as quickly as they are repaired Even before news of the Scssas sinking was heard here it was apparent that the Steel Seafarer incident had intensi fied the crisis in relations be tiveen the United Stales and Germany on the issue of free dom of the seas The crew of the ship a captain and 35 men were reported offi cially to be safe The bombing coming only 72 hours after the Sept 4 sea clash between the U S S Greer and a German submarine in the north Atlantic seemingly made K show down inevitable with the axis on j the American interpretation of freedom of the seas The Erncrat expectation here uas that President Roosevelt ChttrchiiTSays Hitler MayForceSea WarfareonlLS A A Twister Wrecks Iowa Form Houses This is one of some 25 Iowa farmsteads which were wrecked by a tornado which struck southern Jasper county while cloudbursts cyclonic winds lightning and hail descended on eastern Iowa One man was killed and at least eight others injured would use his address to the nation Thursday night for a forceful declaration of policy on the subject In some quarters the conviction was already growing that the chief executive would announce that henceforth the United States would meet force with force every time it is encountered on the oceans Therewas lively conjecture too as to whether the adminis tratibh would act to arm mer chant shipping on dangerous routes so that they could defend themselves The navy has kept plans for such an emergency up to date since 1918 Mr Roose velt disclosed not long ago News of the Red sea sinking was transmitted lo the state department by Alexander C Kirk the American minister at Cairo Egypt The depart ment did not release the loca tion where the ship went down the circumstances of the attack or whether the ship was en route to Egypt or returning home In the absence of more specific information the assumption here was that she was a leaselend American ships plying the Red sea route carry leaselend shipments the mari time commission that her attacker was a long range German or Italian bomber operating from a Mediterranean base The Red sea area has held the potentialities of a U Saxis con flict of policies since early spring and both sides have been unyield ing in the positions adopted Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Mostly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday cooler Tuesday night IOWA Partly cloudy west cloudy east preceded by light rain near Mississippi river cooler Tuesday night Wednes day partly cloudy warmer west MINNESOTA Partly cloudy west mostly cloudy with some light rain or drizzle east cooler Tuesday nightWednesday partly cloudy and warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 75 Minimum in Night 52 At 8 a m Tuesday 52 Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum in Minimum 57 Precipitation 169 EXTENDED FORECAST CHICAGO UP Extended forecast for the period from p m Tuesday Sept 9 to p m Saturday Sept 13 inclu sive Upper Mississippi valley and Indiana Iowa and Illinois In diana Wisconsin and Minnesota except those portions that drain into the Great The temperature will average below normal falling Wednesday and Wednesday night Illinois and Indiana and rising trend starting Minnesota and western Iowa Wednesday spreading over entire district Rainfall will be heavy Illinois and Indiana oc curring beginning and toward end of period and moderate else where mainly latter half period 100 BRITISH BOMBERS RAID GERMAN CITY LONDON powerful rforce of BrtisH bombers follow ing up the great Sunday night raid Berliri blasted the im portant west ern German during The night causing many big fires antt great destruction the air ministry said Tuesday night Railway sheds were destroyed a factory building was set ablaze and a great many fires were the air ministry reported as British bombers swept down in a sudden sharp attack on Cas sel Some bombers attacked from as low as 400 feet it was said Nearly 100 pTaacs bombed Cassel in west central Ger many alone it was said authori tatively It was added that the great majority of planes reached their objectives and that not a single plane was lost At Cassel the British planes centered on the great Henschel locomotive workshops which an informant said are of particular importance now in view of the Russian campaign and the neces sity for longhaul supply routes Britons to whom news of the Berlin raid had been one of the big events of the war awaited eagerly details of the newest raid second in what it was indicated would be a winterlong campaign of tailing the air war to Germany with increasing force British hombinr operations within the last 24 hours in ad dition to the Berlin raid and Monday nights raid on west ern industrial Germany had extended from Norway to Sicily and Russian planes had made a heavy raid on Buchar est capital of Rumania The scale ofthe British raids was indicated by the admission that 20 bombing planes had been lost in the great Sunday night raids that two Americanbuilt flying fortresses had been lost in raids on Norway and that three planes ol the American Eagle squadron were missing after a sweep over northern France Sun day Authoritative quarters said that the missing American pilots were Pilot Officer W H Nichols San Carlos Cal Pilot Officer H S Fenlaw Lewisville Tex and Pilot Officer Eugene Quimby Tobin Los Angel es It was believed that Nichols plane explodedin the shy but it was hoped that at least one of the others and possibly both might have reached the ground safely on the French coast Planes of the Eagle squadron met a big fleet of German lighter planes and three of them came home severely damaged Nichols was attacked by at least six Ger man planes Two German planes were downed by one of the Eagle planes German long range guns on the French cqast fired angrily across the Dover strait Monday night in their first bombardment in sev eral weeks Several homes were damaged on the Dover coast and it was understood there were casualties Saddened FR Attends Rites for Mother HYDE PARK N Y the presence of a sorrowing presi dent her only son Sara Delano Roosevelt was buried Tuesday Simple private services1 were h eid a tth hers and the presidents together foi six decades and at the family plot behind ivyshrouded St James church where they had wor shipped side by side The Rev Frank R Wilson read from the Episcopal book of com mon prayer the solemn comforting words of the order for the burial of the dead Unto almishty God he said we commend the soul of our sisler departed and we com mit her body to the ground earth to earth ashes lo ashes dust to dust in sure and cer tain hope of the resurrection unto eternal life The president sat in the ear which had brought him from the family estate while the mahogany casket was lowered into the grave next to the resting place of his father James who died in 1900 Sun rays filtered down through ancient trees upon the grave and upon members of the family the people from the estate and a few intimate friends of the presidents mother Earlier at the family home the voices of a choir from St James church blended in the favorite hymn of Mrs Roosevelt O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go which closed with a thought that life shall endless be The service were devoid of any eulogy and ad hered strictly lo the ritual of the Episcopalian prayer book The casket was lifted up by me from the place just as was done when the presidents father died and carried outside for Ihe three mile journey along the Albany Post road to the church and its burying ground US BOMBER IS MISSING TACOMA Wash ISP Col William H Crom commander o McChord field air base said Tuesday the army was searching for an overdue bomber enroute from Seattle to the base near here The bomber a B118 type took off from Seattle at a m I was the same type as the one which crashed near Morton Wash last January Such a plane usually has a crew of from three to eight Italy Acknowledges British Sub Sinks 11000 Ton Esperia ROME Italian high command acknowledged Tuesday that a British submarine had sunk the 11000 ton Italian steamer Esperia in the central Mediter ranean but said almost all of those aboard had been recued by es corting warships RED OFFENSIVE IS LAUNCHED IN SMOLENSK AREA Red Army Within 40 Miles of Strategic City on Moscow Front BULLETIN MOSCOW UR The soviet official spokesman declared Tuesday night that the red army has launched a fullHedged of fensive in the direction of Smolensk but he refused to state whether soviet forces have recaptured this key city on the Moscow front By UNITED PKESS Prime Minister Winston Church ill speaking in the house of com mons Tuesday said the Russians lave massed a wellequipped force ot 10000000 or 15000000 men against Germany they al ready have inflicted 2000000 cas lalties on the wehrmacht and riave made a winter campaign in Russia a certainty In the meantime a great Russian counter attack was de veloping on the central eastern front where Moscow said eight nazi divisions have been crushed a nazi army virtually surrounded and forced into dis orderly retreat as the forces of Marshal Semyon Timoshenko advance toward Smolensk at a rate of eight miles a day from positions less than 40 miles from the key city The German luf twaffe launched what may be an allout attack against the defenses or Leningrad in an effort to fulfill Berlin pre dictions that the former Russian capital and Odessa will fail to the wehrmacht before snow flies The estimate that the Germans already have suffered casualties greater than those ot any one year in the World war would in dicate a casualty toll of approxi mately 2000000 men There was no indication of the total of Russian casualties thus far but it seemed obvious that they must have been on an equal scale The military situation at the moment appeared lo he fairly encouraging for the Russians Their big counterattack in the Smolensk sector was thought in London to be showing indica tions of some success Eight German divisions Moscow reported have been forced into retreat Russian troops in 26 days of fighting have regained posses sion of Yelyna 50 miles east of Smolensk and 200 miles southwest of Moscow and in the last 48 hours have regained more than 50 Russian villages from the Ger mans The attack it was obvious still was underway and seemed to in dicate some prospect of forcing the Germans to relax their pres sure against Leningrad in order to deal with the threat to their flank However it was believed In London that Ihe Germans have strongly reinforced their Lenin grad attacking forces It was re ported by the British that Ihe nazi high command has moved in an additional 500000 men largely drawn from garrisons within Germany and the occu pied countries and in addition has available another 150000 nazi troops freed for other duties as a result of the clean Ing up of the Estonian campaign Berlin insisted that the Lenin grad operation is proceeding suc cessfully and that the fall of this city as well as that ot besieged Odessa is likely before snow flies The attack on Leningrad was being paced by the nazi lufl waffe which was pounding heavily both at the city and at the city defenses and troop concentra tions For the first time in fortnight the luftwaffe also at tacked Moscow London believed hat if the Germans encounter much addi tional delay in taking Leningrad they may strike southeast from their positions around the for mer Russian capital for another attempt to reach Moscow Wednesday the Japanese pre mier Prince Fumimaro Konoye will make an important pro nouncement and it was evident that this may well deal with the vital question of a possible under standing between the United States and Japan Never before i JapaneseAmerican d i p 1 o m atic history have o many conference occurred as were held by Grey and Toyoda in the last week Occupation Forces to Remain in Spitzbergen 1000 Norwegian Miners and Wives Taken fo England occupation forces are remaining in the Arctic islands of Spitzbergen it was in dicated officially Tuesday in com ment on a swift raid that elimi nated the possibility of Germany j receiving coal from the strategic islands Indications that some of the oeI cupation forces including Canai diaijs and Norwegians were re1 maining was given in an official statement which said the allied front now stretches in an im mense crescent from Spitzbergen lo the North African coastal base of Tobruk The statement was not clarified This source of fuel has now been denied lo the Germans the British war office said with out reporting whether the mines simply were left under guard or their usefulness destroyed They have been worked ily by Norwegian and Russian labor Civilians helped Hie soldiers unload their craft of munitions ind supplies British ships removed about 1000 Norwegian miners and their i England where the men signed up for military or I merchant marine service It thus was indicated that at least some of the mines which produced 707117 tons coal in 1936 would be out of operation tor the duva the wan V The war office said various purposes led to Hie dispatch of a military force to the moun tainous glacial islands and Lon don newspapers saw Spilzber gon as a possible waystation for direct lid to Russia Spitzbeisens nvo radio stations were seized Several regiments and special units led by a Canadian made the 1250 mile trip to the archipelago only 750 miles from the North pole aboard a troopship heavily guarded by wnr craft Neither on the voyage nor in the landing the officers said were they opposed The only Ger man war craft sighted was a re connaissance plane which along the coasi one day but ap parently failed to spot Canadian units nearby The landing was made in a manner similar to a raid on the Norwegian Lofoten Islands last March in which the British re ported the capture of 225 men Germans and their Norwegian adherents sinking of 11 ships and destruction of a fish oil plant used in the manufacture of explosives It was o prevent reprisals such as followed the Lofoten raids that Spitzbergen Norwegians were withdrawn to England Members of the party said no Norwegian was left behind Many of the soldiers were for merly trappers and hunters in northern Canada Others were rugged farmers accustomed to the rigors of outdoor life in cold Canadian winters Landing parties nosing through a mistshrouded fjord gripped machineguns rifles and gre nades expecting trouble They were greeted by groups of Nor wegian and Russian miners the latter in padded blue tunics and with trousers tucked into boots The precise political signifi cance ot the landing aid the Daily Express must for obvious reasons remain secret for the present But it is understood it is part of a plan which includes car rying of nazi forces attacking Russia Henderson Comments on Dies Charges Leon Henderson price ad ministrator above told the press what he thought of of Rep Martin Dies DTex thai at least four ot expressed com munistic v i e iv s Henderson fold reporters at a conference at Washington D C that the charges would be lurned over to the nivil service commis sion for investigation BERLIN ADMITS 3853 KILLED Germany Complains British Bring Death to Working Populatioi BERLIN British pianos raided western and central Ger many during the night especially WAR IN RUSSIA TO KEEP HITLER BUSYIN WINTER Navy Patrol Credited With Helping Turn Tide in Atlantic LONDON Prime Minister Winston Churchill Tuesday warnetl that Adolf Hitler might force naval warfare on the United States and called upon Americans for greater sacrifices to assure victory over nazism The British prime minister in a speech covering every phase itf the war told the house of commons that the American pa trol system was aiding In turn ing the tide of the still unde cided battle of the Atlantic and that possibly 15000000 red army men made certain that Hitler would tight this winler on the long eastern front Churchill made what he called the astonishing statement that three times as much axis tonnage had been sunk at sea in July and August as the allies lost and saitl that German casualties on the eastern front had been greater than in any single year in the World war The greatest German casualties in 12 months in the World war came in 1916 when they lost 3267000 killed wounded and captured But he said still greater united naval aid would be helpful and the American people must fur ther restrict civilian consumption if they are to fulfill the task of crushing nazi tyranny set forth in fie eightpoint Atlantic char lei The question of an American expeditionary force tn aid in the war aeainst nazLsm was raised in commons after Church ills speech when Robert Cary conservative pointed out that Gen Sir Archibald Wavel and others hart stressed the neces sity n such a force It is a mistake to sav we do nol need n large army Cary said We may have lo produce a larger army than we possessed in 1 J 1 8 Hitler desired to finish off Russia and then Britain before lacklmg the United Churchill said but the the Cassel district official news agency Tues day and caused the civil popu lation some casualties Commenting on British raids on Berlin and other cities the Alige meine Zcitung said Tuesday that 3853 persons had been killed in British raids since the war started H asserted that Britain was using a period of the war during which Germany was busy in the cast lo devote to the German homeland7 a which const1 tutcd Londons contribution to modern warfare Air warfare against the work ing population inaugurated by Englishmen is a fact the news paper said German leaders al ways favored leaving the fight to soldier against soldier in the war which England declared But England as in the last war when thousands of children and women starved as the result of the block ade again in war has at tempted to bring death into Ger man residential districts How ever also here England must learn that if Germany determines to re taliate then retaliation will be very hard Enoch A Norem GlobeGazette i city editor and Mrs Norcm spent j a day with the Norse coal miners in Spitzbergen on their cruise to these northern islands while in Europe in 1034 One of the most interesting ex periences they reported was to see the sun go around in the sky for the full 24 hour period with out setting The sun doesnt set for four months in the summer and doesnt rise for four months in the winter on these islands the north coast of which are SOO miles from the North Pole The islands are approximately 600 miles north of Narvik The miners extracted coal from a narrow vein conveying it three miles through low tunnels on nar row gauge rail cars The mines are located on a bay off the southwest coast of the largest island If Was No Time For Ceremony YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK fat middle afred gentleman suddenly re Ml AW4LI M moved his pants In front of the Mammoth hotel I was taking a picture when suddenly a bee flew up my nanls Ice he told Ranger Frank Modesty had to he shoved aside States stream ot American supplies al ready flowing to both countries may forcethe nazi fuehrer to car ry the war into the United States patrol zone and thus come into conflict with the American navy British and American male rials already are flowing In the soviet union and there has been no unavoidable delay in rush infr for the com ing threepower conference at Moscow or in sacrificing Amer ican shipments to Britain in favor of Russia he added Churchill said the imperial army in the middle east has grown from 80000 or 100000 men to almost 750000 men and an air force almost as big as that based in Britain when the war started This army will be prepared for any German blow in Africa or in the near east this winter It also was revealed officially that more than 12900 Vichy troops in Syria had joined the De Gaulle Free France forces Churchills speech was regard ed as probably the most optimistic he has made as premier although it lacked his usual verbal fire works In his speech the prime min ister made these points I Russia with between 000 and 15000000 troops in the of them equipped i and a r m e a s definitely blasted Hitlers hopes of a short war and has made certain that the Germans must fight on the entire eastern front all winter He said Germany already has suffered in three months of war against Russia more casualties than in any single year of the World war apparently about 2 000000 dead and wounded 2 Great Britain and her allies are turning the tide in the battle of the Atlantic having de stroyed three limes more tonnage of axis shipping in luly and Au gust than was lost by the allies He said however that Hitler now is using more submarines and long range bombers in the battle of the Atlantic than ever before O The C h u r c h i 11Roosevelt meeting at sea concerned not only the eight point Atlantic chart er but also measures to aid Russia   

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