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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 8, 1940, Mason City, Iowa D Jj NORTH IOWAS P DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME E H 1ST T or DES MQI THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY THI tRIOHT SCOT VOL XLVI AND UNITED PRISS iUU JJ1ASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY APRIL 81940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP SECTIONS NO 157 300 NAZIS DIE AS SUB SINKS SHIP 50 German Ships Rumored to Be Steaming North to Skagerrak THOMPSON VET CITY EMPLOYE HURT IN CRASH Cellar Fails Car Collides With Water Department Truck Henry Thompson 224 Sixth street southeast crew foreman for the Mason City waterworks was in the Park hospital Monday suffering from a severe scalp wound and other injuries received in an automobile accident at the intersection of State street and Pennsylvania avenue at oclock Sunday morning Thompson who has been em ployed by the city water works for 27 years was driving a city water department pickup north on Pennsylvania avenue and was in the act of crossing the inter section when his truck was struck on the right side by a car headed west on State street driven by Miss Sarah Schrieber of Cedar Falls according to police With Miss Schrieber ill the 1938 Ford sedan she was drivins was her father F W Schrieber and Andrew Hubbard son of Mr and Mrs A G Hubbard 20 Sixth street southwest student at Iowa State college at Cedar Falls The 69 year old city employe was thrown to the pavement He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and Monday morning a physician said his cerebral con cussion had cleared up In ad dition1 to the severe scalp wounc Thompson was badly bruised anc suffered other cuts on the head The occupants of the other cai were taken to the Mercy hospital where examination showed Miss Schrieber suffered a fractured knee cap She was still in the hos pital Monday while her father and Hubbard who had suffered cuts on the head were dismissed Sunday Police records quoted one eye witness as stating the Schrieber car was traveling a terrific rate of speed and another that the car came on to State street at Kentucky avenue going about 50 miles an hour The pavement was slippery from rain adding ID the traffic hazard The force of the impact carried the Ford truck across State street snapped off a stop sign at the northwest corner of the intersec tion and left the vehicle in the parking area close to the corner The Cedar Falls car according police record swerved from the intersection into the private drive way between the GlobeGazette building and the Baptist church narrowly missing two parked care V The side of the truck was crushed in while the front of the Black Hawk car was badly smashed Young Hubbard came home to spend a few hours Sunday be cause lie was able to catch a ride lie tod his parents He had planned to return the same day hut the journey back was post poned to Monday when his broth er Joe made the trip He at tended the St Josephs high school and the Mason City junior college WIFE OF FLOYD AUDITOR DIES Funeral Services of Mrs Gus Michell of Rockford Wednesday was re ceived here Monday of the deatli at Waterloo at 7 oclock Monday morning of Mrs Gus Michell 70 wife of the auditor of Floyd coun ty Mrs Michell died at Ihe home of her daughter Mrs Clyde Shear following a lingering ill ness Funeral services will be held at 2 oclock Wednesday afternoon a the Rockford Methodist church with the Rev C G Fort officiat j ing Burial will bo in Riverside cemetery Survivors are her liusband who i is confined to his home recovering from a recent operation two sons Glenn and Burr both of Rock ford two daughters Mrs Shear and Mrs Kitty Benziger the latter of Marshalltown a sister Jlrs George Kuck of Cedar Falls and I six grandchilden Youths Admit Murder for Profit HEAR REPORTS Britain Puts Minefields in Two youths who admitted the profit killing of a garage mechanic In ovfler o sell his automobile were faced with first degree murder charges in Detroit This was the scene shortly before police an nounced a confession as John Kursawa 21 was handed the gun allegedly used in the slaying ot Philip Lojst Shown here seated left to right John K Kasap Z2 Detective William E Bowling Kurzawa Otiier officers arc standing at the rear The confession was announced after Kasap and Kursawa had been questioned for hours Stelle Proclaims Himself as Acting Governor of Illinois Insurgent Claims Certain Persons Took Advantage of Homer IU VESSEL TURNS BACK Freighter Headed for Russia Fears Blockade of Allies TACQMA Wash of I allied blockade caused the American freighter Wildivood to turn about in midPacific with a 4500000 cargo consigned tc Vladivostok F H Clark presi lent of the American Foreign Steamship company revealed Monday Clark arrived by plane as the Wildwood unloading her 7000 tons copper brass and machinery owned by Amtorg Rus sian trading organization whose representatives here were to take t over Clark said lie ordered the ship o turn back because reports to Washington embassies indicated he British blockade had been ex tended to Russian Pacific ports Clarks arrival here followed a statement by Capt Walter Arntz ot the Wildwood that the war ap peared to have hit the Pacific iradc routes McNUTT IS SPEAKER MINNEAPOLIS V McNutt federal security adminis trator and candidate for the democratic presidential nomina tion will address the Thomas Jef ferson Democratic club of Minne sota here Monday night LOOK INSIDE FOR SPRINGFIELD 111 Gov Tohn Stelle proclaimed him self acting governor of Illinois Monday in a dramatic lastday primary campaign move and was met with a warning from Attor ney General John E Csssidy that his proclamation was absolutely null and void Shortly after Lieut Gov Stelle insurgent candidate for the democratic guberna torial nomination issued a call for a special session of the legis lature on April 30 Attorney General Cassidy advised ad ministration officials the move was not supported by the con stitution One of Stelles first moves as acting governor was to prepare a letter which he said removed rom office Finance Director Samuel L Nudelman one of Governor Homers closest advis ers on charges of incompetency and malfeasance in office Nudelman said he would ignore Ihe order and charged the lieu tenant governor with attempting to intimidate state employes on the day before the primary elec tion Stelle in campaign speeches charged the ailing Governor Hor ner was dominated by a bedside cabinet headed by Director Nudelman In a statement Stelle assert ed his action in attempting to supersede Governor Homer is no attack on a sick man I only intend to relieve him of the duties which he cannot per form the statement said I at tack only those persons who with out legal authority have taken advantage of the governors ill ness and incapacity to set them selves up as regency PROF BENJ F SHAMBAUGH Noted Iowa Historian Dies at Iowa City PAGE 2 Name Winners in High School Music Contests PAGE 8 Yankees Reds Class of Spring Camp Play PAGE Forgets Something in 6 MACON Ga A man parked his car in a storage gar age tor the night and left for his hotel A little Inter he reappeared at the garage I left something in my car he said mopping his brow Sure enough he had His six yearold daughter was fast asleep in the back seat Iowa Boy 11 Saves Lives of 5 Children DUBUQUE cred ited Robert Westmeyer II with saving the lives of five youngsters in a fire that swept through his home here last Saturday night Smoke awoke Robert and he called n neighbor who summoned firemen The neighbor said by the time he had turned in the alarm Robert has guided his five youn ger brothers and sisters to safety TORTURE RACK IS DISCOVERED Youths Are Questioned About Other They Had Scheduled DETROIT found a rack of torture in the attic of murder house Monday and questioned two young men who had confessed two murders re volting brutality about what other crimes they had scheduled for the future folm K Kasap 22 a taxi driver joined Tohn Kursawa 21 in acknowledging responsi bility for the murder of Philip Loyst 24 and of Dorsey E Bowman 35 Loyst relumed a profit of Bowman S385 Loysts grave was prepared in the cellar of murder house even before he had been selected as a victim Another grave was pre pared beside his but its prospec tive tenant felt a strange intuitive warning and evaded it Murder house was a drab twostory house in a middle class neighborhood rented and fur nished by Kasap and Kursawa with the proceeds of the Bowman murder In its attic police found rings and bolts placed in floor and rafters in such a way that they approximated the rack used in the middle ages to torture hu mans V Kasap acknowledged that the rings and bolls had been in stalled for the purpose of tor ture but denied that they had ever been used Monday detcc fives were questioning him fur ther believing that he miunt have been guilty of other crimes and in view of the equipment of murder house had planned more If If Bowman was ill and needed money On Feb 1 he advertised his automobile for sale Kursawa answered the advertisement took Bowman to the home ot Knsnps parents who were away where Knsap was waiting with a pistol Kasap confessed Sunday as Kur sawa confessed last week that Bowman was slain his body was dumped into his own car carried to a dump saturated with kero sene and set on fire Feb 11 it was identified through dental work Meanwhile Kasap and Kursswa had forged Bowmans name to a bill of sale and sold his car for S385 With this money they rented and furnished murder house and while looking for now vic time dug two deep graves in the cellar and bought a quantity of quick lime TWO BIG FLEETS ARE GATHERING Norway Will Demand Britain Remove Mines From Her Waters BULLETIN OSLO U Foreign Minister Ilalvdan Koht charged in par liament Monday that the allies are seeking to lead the war into Norwegian territory He made the assertion in an angry speech of protest against allied action in placing mine fields in Norwegian territorial waters OSLO AP Foreign Minister Halvdari Koht de clared Monday that Norway will demand removal of al lied mines from her territor ial waters Kohts statement came as Norwegians heard ominous reports of a gathering German and British war ships v Humors reaching here from Denmark said that 50 German ships of various sizes including battleships cruisers and minesweepers were moving north toward the Skagerrak an arm of the North sea accessible Norwegian Territorial Seas BULLETINS LONDON A Reuters British news agency dispatch from Oslo reported a big war ship was sighted off Bodoe on the west coast of Norway south of Troudfieim Monday She was said to have been only half a mile from shore Another big warship also was reported seen just north of IIoiloc where five steamers were stopped This is one of the three re gions where the allies have laid mines in Norxvegian waters These rumors impossible to check readily were that the Ger man force was moving nortl through the Great Belt a Baltic North sea approach flanked b islands that go to make up Den mark Entrance to the Kattegat and Skagerrak would bring any Ger man force to the southcrnmos point of Norway At the same time reports fron Norwegian coastal points said tha British battleships and cruiser had been sighted Actually tin allied plan of acquainting shippini with the positions of the mine fields called for the presence in territorial waters of allied war ships Daughter Is Born to Egyptian King Queen CAIRO Egypt King Farouk and Queen Farida of Egypt have a new the crown prince Egyptians had hoped for but a second girl Salutes of 41 guns were fired when the child was born Sunday She will be named Fawzia after the kings eldest sister PARIS Scandinavian is sues dropped in trading on the French bourse Monday and the tuirket closed heavy Scandina vian Belgian and Dutch indus trial shares dropped a number ot joints X if OSLO Norway Usually reliable informants reported Monday that a fleet of German warships was steaming through the Kattegat between the Dan ish and Swedish uoasts on the route from the Baltic to the Skagerrak and the open North sea The report was not con firmed but came from sources which have been reliable in the past V STOCKHOLM UR Allied mining of the Norwegian coast came ns an almost stunning sur prise to Sweden Monday Politi cal quarters expressed fear that maintenance of Scandinavian lieu tralily had been seriously threat ened BERLIN UP Unconfirmed reports circulated Monday of German fleet movements in Bal tic ports during the last few tiavs Official quarters said they were unable to deny such re ports because they were of a military nature GOTHENBURG Sweden Tile German steamer Kreta it p m Monday sent out an SOS call saying it had been attacked by i submarine in the Skagerrak off the Facrder lightship The Kreta reported that she still was afloit and was expecting assist ance from the Norwegian coast guard if BERLIN Authorized Ger man quarters ominously called al lied mining o Norwegian waters the rape of neutrality and charged Monday that Great Brit ain had prepared an act of war on neutral Balkan soil whereby German shipping on the Danube would be cut off The German sources described the reich as watching with ice cold composure developments in Scandinavia and the Balkans Attempt to Sever German Ship Lines to Scandinavian Ore LONDON AP Allied j naval iforces drove into Nor1 wegian territorial waters Monday and at three strate gic points off the rugged coast sowed minefields to sever Germanys lifeline for Scandinavian iron ore The action officially disclosed to Norway Mon day in British and French notes after minelayers had completed their silent task swift considera tion by Norways parlia ment of a protest and rumblings in Berlin of far reaching and tremen consequences REPUBLIC STEEL LOSES WASHINGTON Steel corporation lost Monday its attempt to have the supreme court revJcw a national labor relations board order directing reinstate ment of approximately 5000 CIO strikers with back pay estimated by the union at more than S5 000000 4 Killed in Indiana TrainAuto Collision FRANKLIN fnd of seven passengers in an automobile were killed Sunday night in a col lision with an Indiana railroad traction car a mile north of here The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Mon day n i jt h t and Tuesday pre ceded by cloudy extreme cast Monday night slijhtly cooler southeast Monday nisht risinc temperature Tuesday central and west portions MINNESOTA Generally fair Monday night and Tuesday ex cept increasing cloudiness west Tuesday somewhat colder cast Monday night slightly warmer west and south Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday 10 Minimum Sunday night 32 At 8 a m Monday 36 Precip 21 inch Grass began turning green Sun day with the rain Clouds ob scured North lowans opportu nity to view a part eclipse of the sun YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 20 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 51 Minimum in night 32 At 8 a m Sunday r t Precipitation 13 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OSLO Allied warships m i n e Norwegian coastal waters to halt German ore shipments Nor a y de mands removal of niines German warships reported heading north T 0 N D 0 patrol newlysown m i n e fields Britain says stroke justified by illegal Ger man war acts pre dict tremendous effect from allied minclaying re port Rumanian police ar rested British military men in plot to block Danube with dynamite blasts R O M E Italy alert against extension of block ade to Adriatic IARIS French report extraordinary air activity both sides claim victory in 1ijtlHs over North sea and western front The stroke was the allies most spectacular it their war to strangle German economy The minclaying was completed within one hour and the British said Norway was notified as soon thereafter as was practical1 Authoritive sources emphasised that the action was taken solely against Germany The minefields it was said were merely laid to force coastal ship ping to pass outside Norwegian territorial waters at three points That would halt German ships which have been plying back anc forth wilhjnterritorial limits compel them to risk allied capture by venturing into the open sea 01 try to dodge through the mines Norwegian and Swedish sources in London said that nl though the mines might ser iously cut the flow of Swedish ore to Germany for the next month and a half arrangements could be made to divert the en tire trade to the Baltic where Germanys navy is supreme A joint BritishFrench sUle mcnt warned shipping that mines have been sown in three areas of the Norwegian coast and trial British warships have been postec as a temporary guard to keep un suspecting neutrals from the dan ger zones All the mined areas arc soutV of Narvik the iron ore shipping point from which cargo ships have been tracing the Norwegian coast bound for Germany within the protection of territorial limits In response to queries as to what would happen if Norway swept up the mines a statement authorized for publication point ed out that they can be laid On the other tmncl the state ment said shank Germany herself dare to undertake such an operation the British nsvy would welcome an engage ment Disclosure of the mine laying in Norwegian waters came whil British officials studied ways o slamming shut Germanys Balkan back door a leak in the block ade through which Germany get oil and wheat British envoys home from cen tral and southeastern Europea capitals were called to the offic of Foreign Secretary Lord to discuss a diplomatic and trad offensive to shut Germany ot from her supply sources The economic big push turnci also toward a campaign for imports from the United States i nonwar materials nnd stepped up exports to provide move dol la iv for buying war supplie abroad The two governments dramat statements broadcast to their em pires disclosed the mineIayin and arrangements made for th limits of the area to be patrole by British naval vessels until period of 48 hours has elapse from the laying of the first min in each area In Paris the French said plainspoken note was handed th Norwegian government jointly b Britain and France declaring the had decided to close Norwcgia waters to German shipping As justification for the mifes which they acknowledged were not lawful in ordinary circum stances the allies declared that illegal German practices Eve them the right to take counter measures 80 HORSES ARE ALSO LOST AS BRITISHATTACK Other Boats Reported Sunk Many Killed in North Sea Battles ARENDAL Norway AP British submarine Mon day torpedoed the German transport Rio de Janeiro four miles off the southern coast of Norway sending approxi lately 300 uniformed Gcr ans to their death As rescue ships laden with survivors and bodies reached Norwegian ports officials raised their esti mate of the dead from 150 to 300 and said there had been 500 Germans ihe Rio de Janeiro Norwegians who saw tlio urvivors said they wore green tinifoims of the Ger nan army Eighty horses also were lost in he icy Skagcirak where gim ire again was heard later in the day but because of poor light its ource could not be determined The ton German tanVer Posidonia also was torpedoed by a British submarine off the south coast where a third nazi vessel the steamer Kreta sent out distress signals after a sim ilar attack Norwegian fishermen Mid the De Janeiro failed to halt when ordered by the British submarine 0 heave to There was no indication why a German troop transport was in hese waters close to Norway Fishermen said the Germans started jumping overboard into icy waters of the Skascrrak Many of the Germans drowned nnd their bodies were washed ashore at Lillesand on the south ern tip of Norway After lie first torpedo had been 1 red nearby Norwegian fishing boats started to pick up survivors rrom the water Then the second rorpedo wis sent crashing into he stricken ship killing numer ous Germans who were strugglin n the sea Norwegian authorities were unable to explain why the Kio lie Janeiro a 5261toii freigh ter iias cruising within sight if the Norwegian coast carrj Injr 500 men ami 80 horses A steady stieam of fishing craft enought survivors and bodies to Lillesand where the injured were given hospital treatment A news agen said the German tanker Poseidon also had been torpedoed in the North sea Fishermen narrowly escaped death or injury from flying debris when the torpedoes exploded On one Norwegian vessel three Germans were killed by a piece of flying iron from the second blast after having been fished from the water following the first explosion Several Vessels Sunk in Conflict OSLO between British and German ships in the North Sea in which many men were killed and several vessel were reported sunk was disclosed Monday as Norwegian schooner reached port with the bodies ol victoms and survivors In addition to bodies brought to port by the schooners others were reported being washed ashore all along Norways western coast Reports of the fighting con flicted One version was that an armed British vessel and a Ger man submarine were sunk when the British ship was attacked by two German submarines A second version was that a British submarine had torpedoed a German ship A number of airplanes were ob served at sea and heavy cxjlosions at sea were heard on orways southeast coast One Norwegian schooner put into illcsand on Xorways south eastern tip with between 40 and 50 British and German scamcr ;