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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 20, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP DCPARTUCNT OF HIST03V AND ARCHIVES DCS WOINCS IA HOME EDITION THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THI IKIGHT VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED fafSS AND UNITED PRESS FUU LEASEO WIRES CENTS A COP MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY OCTOBER 20 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OpTWO SECTIONS NO 9 PLAN SECRET SHIP ARMING HEARINGS KearnyAttack Shows Nazi Goal Hull Declares 11 ARE LISTED AS MISSING AND 10 AS INJURED Attacker Identified by Navy as Submarine Undoubtedly German WASHINGTON Hull Monday characterized the torpedoing of the United States destroyer Kearny as another in a series of incidents illustrating Adolf Hitlers known and con fessed effort to seize control of the seas as well as the continents Hitler has notified all nations to keep heir ships out of an area covering a large portion of the North Atlantic on penalty of havingthese ships Hull told his press conference be cause he proposes to drive all other nations off the seas by in timidation If such intimidation were suc cessful the secretary continued he supposed Hitler then would Nazi Press Says Kearny Torpedoing Staged by F R BERUTN press statements reported Monday that one of two British destroyers sank last week by German sub marines apparently was a form er American warship bnt at ttte torpedoinc of Mason Cityan Is Not Among Those Missing Hoy C Lemon of Mason City was not among those listed by the navy as reported missing after the torpedoing of the Destroyer Kearny Those listed by the navy as missing from the damaged de stroyer were Floyd Andrew Camp ships cook first class National City Cal Lloyd Dalton Lafluer pharma cist mate second class Beaumont Texas Luther Asle Curtis water tend er first class Wilmington N Car Herman AugUst C Gajeway water tender first class Troy N Y Louis Dobnikar water tender second class Cleveland Ohio Iral William Stoltz fireman first class Spangler Penn Sidney Gerald Larriviere fire man first class LaFayette La George Alexander C a 1 v e r t fireman first class Gillespie 111 Russell Burdick Wade fireman third class Houston Ala Harry Tull Young machinist mate second class Reader Ar kansas Dwight Floyd Pyle seaman second class Bainbridge Ga Critically injured is Samuel R Kurtz torpedoman third class Eric Penn Seriously injured is Leonard Frontakowski chie boatswains mate Norfolk Va WILL TAKE BACK an attempt to force conflict with Germany It is very significant that the United States president gets an other North American destroyer torpedoed at the very moment when he needs a strong parlia mentary majority for a change in the neutrality law the Dip lomatischFolitische K o r r e s pondenz said The newspaper Ittontagspost also charged Mr Roosevelt with staging the Kearny monkey business to assure passage of the bill to permit arming of merchant vessels want other nations to get off the earth The secretary of states out spoken denunciation ofthe attack on the Kearny followed a navy announcement that 10 of the de stroyers crew had been injured and that II were missing and the direct charge that the attack was by a submarine undoubtedly German The torpedoing repre sented the first personnel losses suffered by the Atlantic fleet Asked whether the United States had made or was contem plating a diplomatic protest to Germany Hull replied with as perity that one does not often send diplomatic notes to inter national highwaymen When the torpedoing of the new 1630ton destroyer was first made known Friday the navys commu nique said no casualties were in dicated and relief tempered the capitals reaction to the incident Sunday night however the navy received further wounded Kearny had made her way to an undisclosed port and re ported her 21 casualties It was the first time since Jap anese warplanes bombed and ma chine gunned the U S gunboat Panay on the Yangtze river in China that a unit of the navy has had losses due to belligerent ac tion The toll in the Panay bomb ing in December 1937 was 2 dead and 43 injured The navys announcement Sun day night was almost as meager as the original communique on the torpedoing It volunteered no de tails on why the 11 men were con sidered missing or on the nature of the injuries of the other 10 The only amplification was lhat one man was critically injured one se riously injured and eight had minor injuries The character of the encounter between the Kearny and the sub maraine however led informed quarters here to write off the missing as dead It was their be lief that the men either had been blown out of the ship when the torpedo exploded or else that they were trapped when water tight bulkheads were closed after the ship had been hit One navy officer said that a per son familiar with destroyers could readily identify the battle stations at which the missing men probably were when the torpedo struck but ASSASSINS KILL HOLTZ HEAD OF NANTES SECTOR Lieut Col Holtz Is Shot by 2 Terrorists Who Make Escape VICHY France UPJ lol Karl Friedrich Holtz German 3eld commander of the important Mantes base area on the occupied French coast was shot dead at 2 a m Monday by two assassins in he most serious terrorist incident of the entire occupation period In the last such incident the assassination of a German captain at Paris 12 French hostages were shot in reprisal The killers es caped It was understood hat Hollzs assassins escaped despite an im mediate roundup by German army patrols of scores of per sons who were on the docks and streets despite the p ro curfew Holtz was alone Two attackers stole up on him in the total cdastal blackout and fired six shots at him as he reached the darkened square opposite the Place St Pierre near Nantes cathedral Two shots which entered the neck at the back were fatal Vichy advices quoted Nantes sources that it was believed the killers had trailed Holtz for a long time awaiting an opportunity to Germans Near Moscow and in Southern Front Are Shaping Course of War for Winter By LOUIS F KEEMIE OC the United Press War Desk The German armies menacing Russia in two vital spots are shaping the course of the war for the winter and for the future after that The main effort is centered for the present against Moscow while a less spectacular but none the less important drive is being pushed in the far south towards the important Donets basin industrial area and the mainder of the Russian resources in the Ukraine The principal question is wheth to Alabama to Get Man Who Twice Before Made Escape in 34 DES MOINES n chances with their twice escape prisoner authorities Monday kep Clarence Higginbotham 43 in solitary cell at Folk county ja and admitted no visitors except his wife Higginbotham known as Ed Taylor in Iowa semipro baseball circles has said he will not resist extradition to Alabama where he escaped from prison in 934 He is expected to be returned this week He was sentenced in 1934 to 45 years for the slaying on a lonely road near Birmingham Ala of William Lambert 22 radio shop operator Lambert was resisting an attack upon his fiancee Tillic May Robertson 19 by a gunman Higginbotham escaped after serving two years was captured in Chicago but again escaped while being returned to Alabama His capture at Sioux Rapids Friday night climaxed a 48 hour statewide manhunt begun when acquaintances recognized his pic ture in a detective magazine story describing the Alabama crime and his subsequent escapes it CLARENCE HIGGIXBOTHAM Identity he declined to volunteer the infor mation However since four of the miss ing were firemen and three water men the belief that one of the Kearnys engine rooms had been hit The navy offered no explana tion why more than two days had elapsed between the announce ment of the torpedoing and the disclosure of casualties Tliey said the attack conformed to previous shots in the dark German reaction was not known immediately but Ger man army authorities hold many hostages in the Nantes area which according o Vichy sources contains many radical worker elements V It is the German custom to exe cute hostages who may have no connection with an antiGerman attack in the event the actual at ackers of German soldiers are not arrested within a set time German authorities in Paris de ilared they would make known he consequences of the attack oon German circles said Holtz rank vas gendarmerie general an of ice different in duties and less important than an army general The gendarmerie followed the regular army intc the occupied zone completed the mopping up process after the war and were charged with maintaining peaceful relations between the French peo ple and the occupation troops 100 CIRCULATION MANAGERS DUE Convention of Northern States Newspapermen Starts Here Tuesday Nearly 100 persons are ex pected to attend the annual meet ing of the Northern States Circu lation Managers association at the Hotel Eadmar in Mason City Tuesday and Wednesday I W Hillstrom of the GlobeGazette president announced Monday Circulation managers of daily newspapers in five states Iowa Minnesota North and South Da kota and Wisconsin will attend Floyd Hockenhull Chicago pub lisher of Circulation Manage ment will be principal speaker for the Tuesday night banquet at the English room Green Mill on the subject Circulation Oppor Challenge to Todays Circulation Managers A luncheon and card party will be held at 3 p m Tuesday at the Mason City Town club for all ladies attending the convention Mrs Hillstrom and Dorothy M Russell of Austin Minn will be hostesses Other speakers on the Tuesday program will be Charles E War ren of Duluth W D Parsons of the Minneapolis StarJournal Kenneth Koelsch ot the Rochester PostBulletin H G Hymes of the Winona RepublicanHerald Har old Shugard of the St Paul Pio n e e r PressDispatch Clarence Belanger of the St Cloud Times and R G Stephcnson of the Al bcrt Lea Tribune the Russians will have access enough material resources to operate as an effective fight ing unit it they are driven out of most of Rus sia in Europe to the other side of the Volga They would then have lost about 75 per cent of their industry and developed REEMLE resources and be handicapped severely in the supply of oil from the Caucasus fields It would then be up to the Rus sians to carry on with the indus tries and resources developed in the Ural region during the last decade supplemented by what is furnished from the United States and Britain The loss of food sources might prove serious al though the Russians probably have moved enough reserve stocks eastward in the face of the Ger man advance to last through the winteitvi ik The en the hand will not getv much from the country nor will they be able to get and of the wrecked and disorganized industries back into production before next year at the earliest Manpower is a fac tor there The Russians will not work for the Germans or at least not efficiently even at the point of a gun The question has been posed in recent days of whether with Moscow nerve center of the sov iet union so gravely threatened Stalin intends to carry on the fight to the end There is every indication that he does The fact that he removed government headquarters eastward possibly to Kazan on the eastern bank of the Volga suggests careful planning for the future campaign He himself remained in Moscow to rally a civilian army for its de fense to the last ditch in what promises to be a long and historic siege It could be shortened main ly if the German north and south wings succeed in closing in and encircling the capital from the east Cut off the embattled citi zens and troops would be in a hopeless position Should this not be accom plished within about three weeks when really severe winter sets in Russian prospects will be much brighter The two alternatives are the fall of the capital or a winter stalemate W If Moscow should hoi d Staiin has not conceded that its fall while likely is inevitable the prospects of Leningrad would probably be just as good In which case Hitler might have o hold a long northern front as static as possible dur ing the winter while he concen trates his hitting power In the sooth The Russians in the north of course would not let Hitler dig in for the winter and hold his gains with a skeleton force un molested There would be plenty of action and the Russians versed in winter fighting probably would make the presence of a large army necessary In the south the situation looks none too favorable for the Rus sians The Germans claim to have captured Tanganrog on the Sea of Azov only 40 miles west of Rostov With the fall Odessa the Germans hold the entire Black sea coast except the Crimean pen insula That stronghold appar ently is attacked but is isolated except by sea If Hitlers forces are at Tangan rog they are almost at the gate way of the Caucasus and within striking distance of the main oil pipeline from the Caucasus which passes northward through Ros tov to supply the Russian armies Its loss would be a grave blow to Russia MRS GILBERT RITES TUESDAY 82 Year Old Mason Gity Resident Dies After 3 Day Illness Mrs Lctitia Gilbert 82 died at her home at 30 First street southeast Saturday night at following a three day illness She was a charter member of the Eastern Star lodge at Mo nona and was a member of the Maria Mitchell club in Mason City Surviving are a daughter Mrs Thomas A King of West Union a son Don D ot Mason City a grandson Thomas Al King Jr of Eugene Ore a brother Alex G Kill en of Decorah a niece Mrs Walker Clarke of Mason City and other nieces and nephews Funeral services will be held at 10 oclock Tuesday morning at the chapel of the McAuley and Son tuneral homewith Doctor HUGE BATTLING FORCES CLASH NEAR MOSCOW New Nazi Attack of Terrific Pressure Makes Little Gain By UNITED PRESS Massive nazi reinforcements collided Monday witli thousands of fresh soviet defenders on a 350 mile semicircle before Moscow with fighting general on the en tire front GO to 100 miles from the soviet capital British military sources said the new nazi attack appeared to have gained little ground but is being pressed with terrific and unrclaxing weight Premier Josef Slalin appeared to be assuming direct charge of Congregational church in charge The body will then be taken by train to the Carl Schultz funeral home at Monona where services will be held at 3 oclock in charge of the Rev H F Farnham Burial will be in the Monona cemetery the soviet defense of Moscow The capital was placed under a state siege with military officers in command The main front was between 60 and 65 miles due west of Moscow in the MozhaiskMaloyaroslavets area just east of Vyazma In this region the Germans two or three days ago penetrated important Russian defenses but determined counterattacks by the Russians seemed to have checked their ad vance London reported the Germans are hitting the soviet front with an estimated 10000 tanks The Soviets have met the threat by brinttnjc thousands ot armed MwcawworktrsT and trained troops from Siberia and central Asia Tile weather was growing colder all along the front The nazis claimed that frosty ground made easier going for tlieir tanks and better landing fields for their Tojo Demands Unity to Face Crucial Hour TOKIO Japan now stands at a crossroads ill her national history Premier General Eiki Tojo called Monday for iron unity among all the lighting arms and the people to cope with the encirclement of Japan by foreign powers Tojos appeal was issued in an order of the day directed to the war office in his dual role of pre mier and war minister He told war office officials in an address that they must be prepared to sacrifice everything in order to surmount the cm cial hour which he said is facing Japan The premier who returned lo Tokio by plane overnight after a pilgrimage to the Temple o the Sun Goddess at Ise immediately plunged into the task of revamp ing the Japanese civil and military administrations to bring them un der strict unified control One of his first moves as home post he assumed along with the premiership and war an unexpected and sweeping shakeup of the depart ments police bureau heads By encirclement of Japan the Japanese understood their new prime minister to refer to the mil itary and economic measures ta ken recently by the United States Britain China and the Dutch East Indies and Russias part in the the axis Mrs Gilbert was Horn Feb 28 planes But London said that the 1859 at Monona She was married on Nov 25 1880 to George L Gilbert She spent her childhood and part of her married life in Monona moving to Mason City 22 years ago Her husband preceded her in death May 13 1919 The body will lie in state at the McAuley and Son funeral home until the time of services Tuesday Mrs Gilbert had large pride in her membership in the Maria Mit chell study club which was one of Iowas earliest federated organi zations She was active in the group here and this was one of the most prominent interests in her life during her decades in Mason City Her interest in world affairs and in the community about her continued up to within a few hours of her death She had at tended the Jan Slruthers lecture earlier in the week and the foot ball scores of Saturday held her interest Don her son has bsenasso ciated with the telephone com pany here in Mason City most of thetime since his graduation from the University of Minnesota a quarter of a century ago His officiating duties in athletics have added to his wide acquaintance ship Mrs King her daughter has given outstanding leadership in the American Legion Auxiliary almost since its inception A dozen years ago she served as Iowa de partment president More recently she was national Americanism chairman and at present she is a national vice president WINDSORS IN N Y NEW YORK Duke and Duchess of Windsor arrived Mon day for a visit several days in New York City Russian roads were growing im passable British military experts be lieved that Russian lines on the north and south flanks are hold ing well but suggested that it may be three weeks or more before the outcome of the Moscow battle is clear Soviet counterattacks in the Kalinin and Bryansk areas were reported The British said they were not certain whether the Ger mans or Russians hold Kalinin and Orel at the moment as the cities seem to be changing hands re peatedly While the terrific Moscow battle raged the nazi threat to the Donets Georgia and the Caucasus oil fields was mounting steadily The German high command claimed the capture ot Tagan rog 49 miles west of Rostov London reported that 50000 de fenders of Odessa had been evacuated to Rostov to aid in that citys defense Workers were said to be laboring night and day to construct fortifica tions to hold the Germans back from the city The Germans had little to say about operations in Russia They claimed that Moscow is under air bombardment night and day and that the total of prisoners in the VyazmaBryansk pocket has risen to 657948 with a total of 1241 tanks and 5396 guns captured or destroyed Gen Ion Anlonescu Rumanian premier was reported to have ex tended Rumanian civil adminis tration to the Russian area as far east as Odessa which was desig nated as the capital ot trans Dniester territory The press generally insisted that the new government was not a bellicose one although it was expected to deal firmly with the empires foreign problems Discussing relations with the United States the influential newspaper Ashai said the new minister wouldvcbhtinueT bisjpretiecessors efforts to deal with the cancer of the favorite current phrase tor JapaneseAmerican an important problem of the day in a spirit of justice ard fortitude The newspaper Miyako de clared the new government would not challenge unnecessarily but added that it would not shrink back it challenged by the other party The Tojo cabinet is not a war like cabinet and was not formed with war in view Miyako contin ued If the world thinks Japan is taking up arms it is mistaken The Japan Times and Adver tiser foreign office organ dis played prominently meanwhile a Dome story predicting that the new government would institute few changes in the nations policy but would carry it out more forcibly COMMITTEE IN SENATE ADOPTS POLICY 12 TO 9 Hope to Get Fuller Testimony of Officials and Cabinet Members WASHINGTON op ponents crying gag rule the senate foreign relations commit tee voted 12 to 9 Monday to hold closed hearings beginning Tues day on the houseapproved ship arming bill Chairman Conn ally D said the committee had voted to conclude the hearings at 5 p m Friday He added lhat Secretary of State Hull probably would be the first witness Asserting that Hie procedure was gag rule Senator LaFol lelte ProgWis told reporters that opponents of the legislation had been denied a right to pre sent all of the witnesses they wished to be heard because of Die time limitation Senator Clark DMo said he had served notice ill the meeting that he would not be bound by any rules secrecy and would feel free to discuss publicly the testimony that was given behind closed doors The 12 to 9 vote came on a mo tion by Senator Glass DVa for closed hearings Favoring the motion were Sen ators Connally George JDGa Wagner DN Y Thomas D Utah Murray DMont Pep per DFla Green DR I Barkley DKy Guffey D Pa Glass Lee DOkla and Tunnell DDel George and 5 Killed When Gas j Tank Explodes After South Dakota Crash VOLGA S Dak ities Monday investigated an au tomobile accident in five persons were killed and four in jured The dead were Clarence Moon Egan S Dak Mrs Louis Deyo St Paul Minn Thomas Cham berlain FJandrcair S Dak and Mr and Mrs Erwin Deyo St Paul Mrs Goldie Forbes and her sister of Spring Valley Minn were injured seriously Others injured were Milo Moon Egan and Louis Deyo St Paul Sheriff Henry Claussen said the machine carrying the Minne sota residents was struck from behind by the car from Egan The gasoline tank of the Minne sota car exploded enveloping the machine in lames For the moment the only British offensive action reported was the bombardment of Sardinia Sicily and Tripolitania by the RAF Rome said that the British targets in Sicily were Comiso and Licata probably air bases Sham Duel Results in Death of Youth i 7 ANADARKO Okla for fun Tom La Blanc and Rody Butler Houston Texas 17 year olds staged a sham battle with their 22 rifles La Blaric standing behind an oil well pumphouse wounded fatally as Butler fired from the top of a hill The coroner returned a verdict of ac cidental death MRS LETITIA GILBERT 3 DIE IN SPEED CRASH OAKLAND Cal mo torcycle race riders were killed and five others injured at the Oakland speedway in a crash witnessed by 8000 persons Weather Report FORECAST IOWA Mostly cloudy with showers Monday night and Tuesday little change in tem perature MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy with occasional rain Monday night and Tuesday little change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 66 Minimum Sunday night 56 At 8 a m Monday 58 Rain 10 inch YKAR AGO Maximum Minimum The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum in night At 8 am Sunday Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 62 35 fi2 48 51 02 59 Wagner were absent but voted by Proxy Opposed wereSenators Gil lette Clark Johnson Capper R LaFolIette Vandenberg White Ship stead and Nye RN Dak Subsequently Clark moved that since the hearings were not to be public that no hearings be held committee voted this 14 lo 7 with White and Gillette shifting to the ma jority f Obviously angered by the committees decision Clark com mented that hearings such as the group had ordered were not worth having Joining in the criticism Kyc said he lelt that the ruling con stituted a gag of the first order It came as a complete sur prise he saidl had no thought that they would do anything like that It may or may not indicate how far we have drifted from a representative form govern ment Connally said the committee majority felt that officials and cabinet members could give fuller testimony behind closed doors than if they were required to testify in public Then too he said this decision will keep out a lot of crackpots want to come up here and show off to Ret their names in the newspapers He said a subcommittee con sisting of himself Barkley and another member to be named by Johnson an opponent of the bill would determine what witnesses were lo be called A summarized account of the testimony might be made public after witnesses had testified he added 3 GOP Senotors for Neutrality Repeal Meanwhile Senators Gurncy R S Bridges R N H and Austin R VI proposed complete repeal of the neutrality act reportedly acting alter con ferences with Wendell L Willkie the 1940 republican presidential nominee Gurney declared in a state ment lhat congress would be adapting a hairway measure if it provided only for repeal of the acts prohibition against arming merchant ships and did not go on to wipe out the ban against sending vessels into belligerent ports We have tome to the limit ot compromise he asserted We can no longer capitulate We can no longer gamble with the present and future welfare of this nation We arc faced with a great decision Either we here and now de cide to put aside the policy so far followed of halfway measures in an effort to halt help our friends and at the same time half placate our avowed enemiesor I We must definitely state that our