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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 17, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARlON C ft HIST MEW A AIT r OF E S M 0 I HOME EDITION CITY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AIL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PJUSS FUU LEASED WIRES WVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 17 1940 THIS TAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 165 NAZI PLANES ATTACK BRITISH NAVY Valentine Enters Iowa Gubernatorial Race US ATTORNEY ATCENTERVILLE IS DEMO ENTRY 36 Year Old Candidate 11 in Race Against Breen and Nelson G Kraschel By GEORGE S HULLS DES MOINES K Valentine of Centerville Wednes day stepped into the Iowa demo cratic race for governor with the terse statement I have found it necessary to change my earlier decision Valentine federal district at torney for southern Iowa and for mer lieutenant governora month ago declared that the necessity of providing forthe future of my family arid myself leaves me no alternative but to continue the practice law as United States district attorney and in my Cen terville office I cannot become a candidate for governor nor could I accept the nomination if it was tendered me Democratic sources however Wednesday said Valentine has been subjected to intense pres sure during the last week to jump into the primary At 36 years of age Valentine is one of the youngest aspirants ever to seek the governorship of Iowa He is known among his associates as Brick would not elab orate his statement regarding his changejof position contest lz JM9UB the democratic gnbenia torlal primary battle will be a lively threecornered affair State Senator Ed Brccn of Fort Dodge and former Gov Nelson G Kraschel already arc in the race In his brief press conference Wednesday Valentine declared lie had only the highest regard for both former Governor Kraschel and Senator Bvcen The Centerville candidate also paid he was forwarding to Wash ington D C his unconditional resignation as federal district at Defense Lines in Sweden Are Strengthened By ARTHUR MENKEN V P Special Correspondent SOMEWHERE ON THE SWED FRONTIER is digging machine un emplacements and erecting larbwirc entanglements along the frontier Wednesday determined not to fall victim to such a blitz meg as caught Norway and Den mark There was intense activity a Ions the border Wednesday Defenses everywhere are be ng strengthened Reinforcemnts of the Swedish army are moving up to various joints As soon as hey reach the vicinity of the rentier the troops are being put to work laying barbed wire con structing defense works and mounting guns if So far as I can learn there has jeen no evidence thus far that Sweden has been supplying Nor ivay with supplies of any kind In some sources it was said that ermany had warned Sweden against any attempt to provide aid to Norway to the extent as sistance was furnished Finland The weather has been bad for two days From what I learn along this border aerial operations over Norway have been greatly impeded That has helped the Nor wegians to rally I understand They are organizing in those areas to which the Germans have not yet penetrated The task of the Norwegians is great since they must form vol unteers and broken military units nto new regiments and companies They mustset ifg headquarters One of been getting a telephone communica tions system working in the areas still in Norwegian hands They have employed radio communica tions extensively and General Ruger was able to broadcast message to loyal Norwegians Wed nesday despite the reported de struction of transmitter at Vigra which had previously been utilized for broadcasts Rumanias Big Three in Present Crisis These three men are in the spotlight as all Rumania awaits Germanys reaction to Rumanias eco nomic decrees They are left to right Crown Prince Michael Carol and Premier George Tatarescu This picture was taken when the three were reviewing troops in Bucharest Central Press Phoncphoto JOHN K VALENTINE Demo Candidate torney The Hatch act prohibits most federal employes from run ning for political office The resignation leaves open a S5fiOOavcar job for some Iowa democratic attor ney Several months ago Senntoi Clyde L Herring an ardent Val entine booster suggested that a leave of absence probably could be arranged for the attorney to protect him in the remote chance that his venture back into politics should prove unsuccessful V Valentine however immediate ly declared that he would not agree to such an arrangement I would insist on the ap pointment of a permanent suc cessor if I went into the pri mary he said at that time Wednesdays announcement means two old running mates will be pitted against each other in the gubernatorial battle Valen tine was lieutenant governor dur ing Kraschels 103739 term ot office They both were victorious m the 1936 clectioii and sideby BRITISH BOMB NAZI AIRDROME GermanHeld Port of Trondheim Norway A t tacked by Bri tons LONDON air minis try announced Wednesday that British warplanes had carried out bombing attacks on the airpor at Trondheim strategic German held port 011 Norways west coast and on a seaplane base nearby During Tuesday night Trond heim airdrome was bombed by heavy bombers of the royal air force A large fire was seen to break out as a result of this at tack Subsequently a bombing at tack was also made on an enemy seaplane base in the vicinity1 The crew of a Sunderland fly ing British flying battle a German bomb ing attack on a destroyer and their own plane in a Norwegian fjord They said that they hnd alighted on the water when six German planes came over and that their pilot directed by the observation officer who watched the German bombs released zigzaggcd on the surface to flodge them They said that ncitlicr the de stroyer nor the flying brat was hit although 24 bombs were dropped and that the only damage was done by two machinegun bullets which pierced the flying boats j fuselage one of them hitting an officer in the knee The flyers laughed at a Ger man report of Tuesday that both a British cruiser and a flying bat were sunk by bombs they were 1938 republican the statchousc Gov George A contemporaries Asked what would be the said I can only record since 1932 defeated in the sweep that saw turned over lr Wilson and his his platform attorney merely refer lo my Steps Taken in LiUteNatioiis Against Nazis BUDAPEST Europes little nations fearing that the German war machine may turn in their direction took stern measures Wednesday to eliminate nazi sympathizers with in their borders In Jugoslavia Rumania Bul garia Greece and Turkcv po lice launched nationwide inves tigations of resident German groups and individuals In Hungary Premier Count Pal Telelci backed by Regent Ad miral Nicholas Horthy prepared for an even stiffer battle with nazi sympathizers within the pre miers own party The Hungarian nazis seek to restore former Pre mier Bela Imredy to power for outright cooperation with Ger many Governmental action to stamp out fifth column activity bor ing from within a country by for eign political interests was ac companied by intensified military preparedness in Rumania and Yugoslavia Yugoslavia reinforced her fron tier guards while Rumania moved to put her Danube and Black sea ports under direct naval authority The Rumanian government also gave the army he right to com mandeer railway cars without previous notice Alarm at the activities of a Norwegian fifth column which was reported to have facilitated the German landings nasbeen one of the factors prompting the southeastern nations to clean up their pwn territories Turkish authorities announced in Ankara that a large number of undesirable foreigners would bo expelled from the country An Ankara dispatch said many Germans who recently had ar rived in Turkey as merchants artists and industrial specialists were now under police investiga tion and would be forced to leave Crew of R R Train Exonerated in Death DES MOINES A E Shaw exonerated the crew of the Great Western railroad motor train of blame for the accident in which Frank Martin 42 was fa tally injured here Tuesday The coroner said Martin stopped his car on the railroad tracks to wait for an interuban lo pass and did not realize the train was ap proaching from the opposite di i rcction He Had the Best of Intentions Anyway MEMPHIS Tenn in tentions dont count so much with the Memphis police In the midst of against bicycles they arrested a a campaign without lights Negro Tuesday night whose wheel had 12 lights and reflecting devices attached None of them worked HEARING IS APRIL 23 ST PAUL Minn W Moreland war department district engineer said Wednesday a public hearing would be held April 23 a Ortonvillc Minn on the proposal to divert floodwatcrs from the lit tle Minnesota river into Lake Traverse APPROPRIATION FOR CANAL OKAYED Construction of Third Set of Panama Canal Locks Gets Indorsement WASHINGTON The sen ate approved Wednesday a 515 000000 initial appropriation for construction of a third set of Panama canal locks The action taken without a record vote came on a com mittee amendment to the S223 362517 h o u s c approved ap propriation for nonmilitary ex penditures of the war depart ment Economy advocates still clung to a hope to prevent an increase of 555000000 the bill carries for waterways The increase originally was ap proved by an appropriations sub committee but the full committee rejected it Advocates of the out lay planned strong effort to have it reinserted by the senate As it stands the appropria tion measure would provide 819889950 more than a similar house bill approved by the house and 52069917 more than President Roosevelts budget es timate Meanwhile Admiral Harold R Stark reiterated to the senate naval committee his request for an authorization to increase the navys strength 11 pelcent The chief of naval operations assured the committee that if congress approved the authoriza tion it would not be committing itself to a construction program that could not be altered in the event of peace or a subsequent disarmament conference The house worked toward a vote on the LoganWalter bill drafted to set up a single pat tern for issuance of rules and regulations by administrative agencies and to expedite court reviews of such orders President Roosevelt and Sena tor Wagner D N Y talked at the white house about the possi bility of obtaining congressional action this session on authorizing an SEOO000000 extension of the federal slum clearance and rural housing program At the same time the senate heard that the war department intended lo request 56000000 to start immediate work on an air base at Anchorage Alaska and a coldweather aviation experi ment station at Fairbanks Alaska The army originally asked S12 734000 for this purpose but the house struck it from the appro priation bill The army now plans to ask the senate lo restore Haiti the amount I New British Mine Field Laid Along Coast of LONDON new Britisl mine field has been laid along thi west coast of Scotland in the Clydi area the admiralty said Wednes day vessels wishing to enter o leave the Clyde must obtain writ ten instructions for safe passagi from British naval or consular au thorities at home or abroad before the admiralty announce mcnt said File Incorporation Articles for Bureau DES M9INES o incorporation for the Better Busi ness Bureau of Des Moincs Inc were on file here Wednesday will the Polk county recorder The bureau is sponsored by the Des Moines advertising club and is in tended to guard the public against illegal and unscrupulous enter prises and practices GERMANY GIVEN TIMBER LEASE BY RUMANIANS Bill Is Accepted by Senate Despite Army Officers Objections BUCHAREST IP The Ru manian senate provisionally ac epted Wednesday a government ill to 8ie Germany a 30year case on almost 100000 ares of testimony of army officers that the lease would eopardize national defense lonescu Siscsli minister of agriculture defended the bill on grounds that it was part of an economic understanding with Germany which creatly bene fited Rumania Military experts said the vast forest reserves in central Ru mania constituted a natural de fense line Highranking officers declared that enactment of tile bill would be a strategical error allowing Germany to send a large corps o experts and workmen into for ests located at the most vulner able spot in the country on lh old RumanianGerman border Sisesti said the Germans should be allowed to build a railroad and establish factories there to carry out lumber op erations Germany previously had pro tested Bucharests embargo o wheat exports and temporarv stoppage of oil shipments and was acknowledged in officia quarters Rumania is in anex trernely difficult The action which Rumania too Monday to fortify herself by stoi ing for her own use such vita commodities as wheat and o paradoxically was seen as havin the contrary effect of furthe straining relations with German Dr Karl Clodius head of the German trade delegation which has been negotiating here for weeks ivas said In liavc com plained that the Rumania gov ernments new restrictive meas ures violated GcrmanKuman ian trade agreements which the nazis insist promised them an uninterrupted How of Rumanian wheat and oil Foreign observers saw the measures as a severe blow to Ger manys war economy Rumania in some years has exported Fierce Fight or Supremacy n Air Is Seen LONDON lejits for the British expedition ry force were reported pouring cross the North sea Wednesday n British French and Polish hips while the British air force irepared for a major campaign vcr Norway to obtain landing ilaccs LOOK INSIDE FOR GOV HAROLD E STASSEN Minnesota Executive Is G 0 P Keynoter PAGE 2 Algona Site of WCTU Conference PAGE 18 Germany more than one millio metric tons of wheat a year whic is about twothirds of Germany normal import requirements f metric ton equals 1102 short ton or 3S71 bushels of wheat Rumanias Black sea and Dan ube ports were ready to go unde navy rule Wednesday as an mi porinnl step in program to prc pare the nation for the possibilit of war of the Russian navy wer reported gathered in umisu number at Odessa soviet Blac sea port The German radio reported to have broadcast Moscow report Wednesday tha the Russian Black sea fleet ha started maneuvers A fierce struggle for air su premacy was that probably will provide a test for former Air minister Sir Kings ley Woods claim that the allied air forces now rival Germanys ia men machines and produc tion capacity Unless and until German planes have been swept from the skies troop transports will be in peril when they an chor off the coasts to disem bark land forces as will the communications by which the forces must be supplied Official quarters said that the expeditionary force was being steadily reinforced For its first campaign in history above he Arctic circle Britain had sup plied its troops with white fur jackets white sweaters furcaps sleeping bags and jerkins Most of those already sent including Ca nadians had been especially trained for warfare in mountain ous snowbound country in the expectation that they would cam paign as volunteers in Finland Among other novelties to the campaign it was said that the use reindeer to haul heavy snow equipment over the BATTLESHIP OF ALLIES HIT BY BOMB IS CLAIM British Admit Loss of New Submarine Seek Vantage Point BULLETIN LONDON AP The admiralty announced Wed nesday night that British warships had bombarded Stavanger airdrome for an hour and 20 minutes Wed nesday morning The communique follows Stavanger airdrome was subjected to heavy bombardment by our naval forces for an hour and 20 minutes early AVednesday morning While these forces were returningfrom this operation one cruiser was hit by a bomb and received Some damage but is con tinuing on her course to her base By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Three blows to Britains navy in the North sea were reported by Already two urgent calls have been received at headquarters of the army blood transfusion ser vice for blood needed at once for use by British forces in Nor Headquarters appealed to the public and 200 aircraft fac tory workers were among those who donatcdblaod It was flown immediately across the North sea The Britisli ptan was believed lo be to establish as quickly as possible seaplane bases in Nor wegian fjords from which to overskim the scraggy moun tains and strafe German troons supply trains depots and com munication lines It was admitted that British sea power could not hope to sever completely German communica tions between Norway and Ger man Denmark German bases at Bergen and Trondheim are be lieved to be getting most of their supplies by air now The allies start under a handi cap in the air struggle because of the distance British bases to Norway from Mason City Plans for Heavy Baseball Year PAGE 11 NAZIS NARVIK OFFICER KILLED Commodore Bonte Was One of Outstanding Destroyer Experts BERLIN UR Commodore Friedrich Bontc 44 who died in action as commander of the Ger man destroyer Flotilla at Narvik Norway was one of Germanys forctnost destroyer experts After a long naval career in cluding service during the World war Bontc devoted himself to de stroyer construction when Ger many began to rebuild her navy At the outbreak of the present war he was chief of the destroyer di vision Last October he received the iron cross first and second class for his activities as destroyer Flotilla leader Bontc was born at Potsdam and was the son of a naval surgeon He entered the navy as a cadet in I 14 participated in German bombardments of England and wont throng the battle of Jut land He was aboard a battleship when the German fleet was scuttled at Scapa Flow British seaplanes operating from the fjords will be ex pected to blast out a way for the establishment of land bases Land forces meanwhile will try to seize strategic rail heads such as Narvik Simultaneous with landing op erations British submarines and destroyers will be expected to harass German sea communica tions Naval experts here admit that in spite ot the vigilance of the licet some German trans ports are bound to get through All communiques on Norwe gian operations indicated that the main body ot French troops in cluded in the expeditionary force had not yet reached Norway Brit ish observers expected that the Frencli blue devils the Alpine chasseurs would be represented in the force since they are espe cially trained for fighting in such country The Weather FORECAST IOWA Mostly cloudy Wed nesday night preceded by rain in extreme east portion slightly cooler in northeast portion bc cnming generally fair Thursday rising temperature in afternoon MINNESOTA Generally fair Wednesday night and Thursday becoming unsettled Thursday in northwest portion rising tem perature Thursday and in northwest portion laic Wednes day night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at Sj sc are in the British the Germans hurried to en trench themselves in Norway against the threat of arriving allied forces DNB Germanys official news agency said a British battleship was hit squarely byabomb of the heaviest caliber when German Aval1 planes successfully attacked British naval forces off the southwestern Norwegian coast The British admitted the loss of the 1575ton submarine Thistle a new 51400000 vessel which normally carried 53 men The ad miralty said she was overdue and must be considered lost The German high command asserted a British destroyer of the Tribal class was sunk by a submarine northeast of the Shetland islands She was the second her class claimed by the sister ship of the 1870ton Cossack which they said was set afire and stranded at Narvik in a naval bat tle Saturday The British have not admitted the Cossacks loss The German communique also reported a large British transport hit squarely by the heaviest cali ber air bombs Pounded by the bijr guns of Britains navy German troops were reported clinjrine lo the northern Norwegian port nf Narvik Wednesday while 400 miles to the south the main body nazi invaders sought lo con solidate its strength behind a newlyestablished defense line cutting Norway in two The German high command ack knowledged finally that allied troops had been landed in the Narvik region All signs indicated that the war in Scandinavia was developing into a race for position with the allies seeking to gain a vantage point from which to strike a de cisive blow before the Germans have time to dig in The rccular Berlin communi que told Wednesday of a heavy bombardment of Narvik bv British naval forces which have been blockading the harbor for sonicdays in which two cngaur nicnts have been fought with German warships 4 Reports from southern Norway indicated that the Germans were mopping up that area after cut ting the country in two by taking possession of a strategic railway running from the Atlantic port of Trondheim to the Swedish fron tier 50 miles away The Germans already control of virtually all strategic points on the Norwegian coast below Tromlheim including lie ports of Kristiansund Her a m Wednesday Maximum Tuesday Minimum in Night At 8 a m Wednesday Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 53 02 Kood position to repel attacks from Die sea The British warned the public asainst expecting immediate or spectacular results from the allied expeditionary force in Norway and expressed belief that consid erable time would be requirecitr deal any effective blow against the Germans ;