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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 18, 1940, Mason City, Iowa f rsr A Of 0 UOINES NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THC NEWSPAMR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MAJOM CITY THI VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWATHURSDAY APRIL 181940 TII1S PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 166 WARPLANES SINK NAZI TRANSPORT Loss Caused by Hardware Store Fire j j DAMONS LISTS DAMAGE FROM SMOKE WATER Fireman Is Overcome Progress of Spreading Flames Is Halted Fire which caused damage roughlyestimated at 515000 broKe out in the heart of the city shortly before 10 oclock Wednesday night and gutted the rear of the Boom hower Hardware store 113 North Federalavenue destroying a large stock o paintsoil and varnishes and extended to Damons Inc de partment store 10711 North Fed eral avenue where spring shoe stock draperies and other slock was damaged by smoke and wa ter The building in which Hie Boomhower Hardware store is lo cated is owned by Mrs Minme Lien who resides in an apartment in the front of the building Quick work on the part of the fire department and the daring entrance of firemen into the front of the store taking a line of hose halfway back in the storebefore throwing any wa ter confined the fire to the rear of the building and saved the and front of the store Fireman August May was over come by smokeand heat in the early stages of the fire but recov ered and continued on the job Besides MrsLien Mr and Mrs i I JAPAN WARNED AGAINST DESIGN IN DUTCH INDIES U S Proclaims to World Hands Off Doctrine in Islands Firemen battled a raging fire Wednesday in the rear ofthe Boomhovver Hardware store shown here Firemen on the ladder were working under danger of high voltage wires overhead as smoked rolled out upon them At the point where this picture was takeii flames were leaping 15 feet to the alley when the department arrived at the scene Lock photo Kayenay engraving ing as well as Mr and Mrs7 Alt Nelson arid Miss Ruth Meehan arid Miss Helen Farrell The Isbells were away at the time of the fire By stopping the fire at the aren way next to the Isbell apartment and allowing the flames to roar up through an elevator shaft to the sky much oE the building was saved The light Irom the tire made the sky red in the center of the city and attracted crowds coming from evening shows Although the cause of the iire is unknown it apparently started on the first floor at the rear of the slore where paints oil and varnish arc stored Mrs Pauline Hunt 117 Dela ware avenue northeast turned in the alarm at oclock Almost at the same time several alarms came over the switchboard at the fire station for the same fire Of ficed Ralph Schiffman inspected the building on his rounds anc M Boomhower had worked a the office until shortly after 8 oclock Flames were belching 15 feet across Commercial alley from the rear of the store when the department arrived Captain Thomas Kcenan in charge of the Combination company im mediately laid two lines of hose into the first floor of the build in from the rear Lieut Earl Barker in charge of Engine No 1 hooked a hard suction line at Commercial alley and First street northeast and laid three lines from that com pany up the alley to the fire Nearby telephone communica tion was out of order and high voltage wires hampered firemen working at the scene until the power line was cut Upon the ar rival of Chief Dan Shire he called Lynn Arnold on the switchboard at the station but by this time Engine No 2 had already been sent from the south station and the offshitt had been called Lines were laid from Engine No 2 thorugh the Federal avenue entrance of the store and firemen were able to advance through heat and smoke and kept the fire confined to the rear of the store Heat blistered stock in the fore part of the store however y Meanwhile ladders hart been extended at the rear of the building which has a large ex posure on the north side On the arrival of he aerial truck and Engine No 3 manned by the offshift under the command of Captain James Kelley the aer ial ladder was raised to the roof of the Lien building on the Fed eral avenue front and a second line was taken to the roof of the building Another line was laid from Engine No 3 from the alley Firemen were ushiR the Da mon store for passageway from the front to the rear and Koine through Chief Shtrc stopped suddenly feeling heat in the building He found that fire had reached the loft of the Damon building The fire went up inside the wall jetween the Boomhower and Damon buildings and burst out at he upper corner between the two after it had begun to spread into he joists of the Damon store Only quick york with the ots water prevented it from gaining headway after Chief Shire lad discovered it burning inside the walls f V Joe BfUucr assistant man ager of Damons and several others climbed to the roof of that building anil formed a bucket brigade to prevent the flames from spreading to that on he outside Their ef forts were defeated only when the fire came up insiiic the wall Captain Kecnan was sent to the roofof the Damon building and his crew together with the help of Captain Kellys crew extinguished the fire in the loft Water came into the Damon store from this battle with the flames however and ran down through the drapery department and into the shoe department Clerks of the store attracted to the fire immediately set to work removing stock from the drapery and shoe departments and saved most of the stock in this manner Lieut Clifford Pierce in the meantime had extended ladders to the roof on the north side of the Lien building and with two lines to the second floor had checked the fire at the point where the sec ond Moor office joins the work shop Checking the fire nt this point saved the J C Isbell apartment from more than smoke mid water damage Cletus L Hcidcnrcich who roomed nearby was forced to to safety in his pajamas trousers and topcoat when awak ened by the fire call Manager Dan Klcmpnauer of Damons and the clerks and salvage crew carried stock from ail three floors further to the front of the store as water came in from the extinguishment of the fire in the loft PLEASE Tlie Chamber of Commerce Thursday issued another plea to the citizens of Mason City to cooperate with the census takers It was pointed out that en there will be a delay in getting census figures and final census results of the city may be affected Considerable trouble was en countered by firemen in placing ladders because of the high volt age line running lo the building Telephone communication was disrupted at the start of the fire services the west side of Federal avenue in this section imd extends to the P G E Charles E Strickland president of P G E arriving at the fire saw the danger of the high voltage wire and ran back to the P G E to call service men to cut off the line All phones were dead however so he rushed across the street anc sent taxicabs for his servicemen who came and cut the caolc Telephone repairmen also arrivec and spliced the line at the site of the fire putting telephone com munication back into service Police blocked Federal av enue and Commercial alley and assisted in keeping crowds away from the fire and danger of falling wires Esther Stales 28 First street northeast was ar rested at the scene of the fire when she drove her car over a fire hose She forfeited a bond in police court Thursday morning f More thim 4000 fee of DOS were used at the fire and nr lee of ladders Valuable assistanc was given the fire department by Supt Carl Patchen and his crev of men at the waterworks Sup Bud Grupp of the street depart mcnt assisted in placing smal pumps in the basement of th Damon store and saved much o the stock by pumping water from the basement Water from the upper floors o the Damon building was turnfi into the furnace pit and kept froi flooding the basement whc pumps were put to use pumpin water from this pit The salvage company returne to quarters and reloaded wit covers which were all used at tl fire y Tlic rcnr of tile building which the Boomhowcr store is lo re when the department arrived nd it hasbeen impossible to lind cause according to Chief hire It appeared at one time as the entire block would be lost ut after a stiff battle the fire was rought under control at clock and extinguished at clock Thursday morning remained removed ami vatched lor any possible rekinjl ng The company left the scene f the fire at oclock Thurs ay morning Thirty firemen vorked at the fire Damons Inc store was closed hursday while a check up of amage was made Some smoke Iso entered the Mullaney hat and eadytoweav store 115 North ederal avenue but this store was lot damaged by fire or water ac ording to Chief Shire SENATE PASSES BIG NAVY BILL WASHINGTON fpjThe sen itc passed Thursday 178 navy appropriation for the iscal year beginning July 1 The sum was more than his years expenditures but 514099 under President Roose velts budget estimates BULLETIN WASHINGTON dent Roosevelt Thursday joined Secretary of State Cordell Hull in warning Japan and the rest of the world to keep hands off the Netherlands East Indies WASHINGTON United States proclaimed to the world Thursday a handsoff doctrine for the Netherlands Kast Indies the strategically vital co lonial empire in the South Pacific Taking cognizance of Japans expressed concern for the future of the islands should the European war engulf the Netherlands Sec retary of State Hull said in a statement Intervention in the domestic affairs of the Netherlands Indies or any alteration of their status quo by other than peaceful pro cesses would be prejudicial to the cause of stability peace and se curity not only in the region of the Netherlands Indies but in the entire Pacific area As he issued his pronounce ment British French and American fleet authorities said in Shanghai that a Japanese at tempt to seize the Dutch East Indies in the event ot a Ger man invasion of the Nether lands was a serious possi bility if if if Secretary Hull mentioned no nation specifically but he pre fixed his statement with a refer ence to one made by Japanese Dutch Wont Ask Indies Protection THE HAGUE Neth erlands government has in formed Japan that it neither will ask any foreign government In protect the Netherlands East Indies in case the war should spread to Holland nor accept an offer of protection if it is made it was announced Thurs day meanwhile the Dutch re ceived with guarded satisfaction the statement by United Stales Secretary of State Mull in which he pointedly mentioned Japan while insisting that the inter ests of many countries would be affected by any attempt to intervene in the affairs of the Indies By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Secretary Hull proclaims handsofi doc trine for Dutch East Indies spokes man says Hulls statement co incides with Japans wishes ready for any eventuality in Far East as western naval authorities report invasion of Dutch East Indies by Japan is serious possibility VANNAS ed Piess reporter finds British in control of Narvik with Ger mans retreating southward LONDON Britain warns Italy to behave as neutral and advises Sweden she may be come nazi blitzkrieg target BUDAPEST Hungary re ported planning to ask Russia for help in staving off possible German invasion of Balkans German re inforcements pour into Oslo and Germans erect 11inch guns on coast high com mand reports British repulsed in attempt to land troops north of Narvik at Herjangsfjord Norways king said to have rec ognized provisional government in Germanoccupied zone t press turns against allies government de nies making port of Baripro hibited zone Fighting Is Reported Near Trondheim STOCKHOLM OJR Frontier press dispatches reported fighting in the Trondheim zone on the west coast of Norway Thursday after persistent reports that allied ex peditionary forces had landed at Namsos and might already have joined Norwegian troops fighting the nazis Reports also were published that German forces had been landed by airplanes near Nam sos while others were reported moving northward from Trond heim and to have reached the Steinkjer sector Namsos is about 75 miles north of Trond heim if According to Stockholm news papers Norwegian troops fighting the Germans near Steinkjer were believed to have been reinforced by the British from Namsos for the first important clash with naxi forces which some dispatches said might already be in progress The fact that telephone com munications between the Swedish frontier and Sleinkjer were inter rupted increased belief that a battle was in progress in that sec tor TRANSPORT HIT IN BERGEN PORT IN AIR ATTACK English Troops Make Contact With Norways Army for Operations LONDON The admiralty announced Thursday night that a German transport and a submarine had been hit in the Norwegian port oE Bergen during an attack by British planes The communique follows During the course of the last two days highly successful opera tions have been carried out by air craft of the fleet air ami The Stockholm afternoon news papers admittedly had little def inite information us lo develop ments in the TrondheimNamsos area but there was much specula tion as to what might be happen ing Most the newspapers said that a battle between the Germans and the Norwegianallied forces was now unavoidable andjprob ably already had started north of Trondheim On the basis of earlier dispatches that the Norwegians were awaiting British reinforce ments at Steinkjer the news paper speculation almost all cen tered on the probability that the battle being Sought in that area Tuesday enemy shipping was attacked off Bergen and one transport was sunk In addition a submarine on the surface was attacked and one hit obtained Wednesday out aircraft re peatedly engaged enemy aircraft endeavoring to attack his majestys ships on their return from a bom bardment of Stavangcr airdrome One Heinkel and one Dornier fly ing boat were shot down while two more Heinkels and another Dorn er were damaged All our aircraft returned safely II Is further notified that the cruiser announced Wednesday as damaged by air attack after the bombardment of the Stavanger airdome has now reached her base ivar office T This line is part of the line that catcd wrs completely involved by The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair south parlly cloudy lo cloudy north Thursday night anil Friday not so cool Thursday night warm er Friday MINNESOTA Considerable cloudiness southunsettled north Thursday night and Friday not so cool Thursday nifht warm er south and extreme east Fri day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Wednesday Minimum Wednesday At 8 a m Thursday Rain YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation Snow 44 SB Trace 29 30 2 inches Foreign Minister Arita on Mon day expressing the concern of the Japnnesc government for the maintenance of the islands status quo Official comment at Tokio was that the statement coincided v ith the foreign ministers views oil the subject An admiralty spokes man declared that Japan had no territorial designs on the Dutch possessions The Netherlands has been the ruling political power in the East Indies virtually since the first Dutch explorer visited the islands in 1596 From the Indian ocean cast into the Pacific the islands stretch along the equator for some 3200 miles They have an area of 733642 square miles and support a population of 60731025 mostly native Rich in natural resources many of which Japan lacks llic islands produce a considerable of the worlds sup ply of rubber in quinine copra and petroleum ALLIES SEEK BALKAN PEACE Chamberlain Declares Program Is Designed lo Promote Security LONDON Minister Neville Chamberlain told he house of commons Thursday that the allied program in the Balkans was designed to preserve peace and promote security in south eastern Europe Chamberlains statement was in reply to questions regarding the recent meeting of British envoys to Balkan states in order to work out problems of tightening the blockade against Germany in that area The French envoys held a similar meeting in Paris to con sider means of outbidding Ger many for Balkans goods and cut ting reexports to the rcich No otic of these states be tween whom it is the desire of the allies to sec a growth of mutual understanding lias any cause for fear that the allies or their forces will ever threaten their indepen dence or integrity Chamberlain said The government is concerned over the situation in the Balkans In the economic field discussions have been conducted on the basis that it is the policy of the British government so to develop rela tions with these countries as to insure as far as possible a lasting increase in commercial exchanges with them PROMINENT FARMER DIES DENISON serv ices will be held Saturday morn ing at nearby Dimlap for Edward W Houston 08 widely known farmer who night at his liomc Houston received an Iowa Master Farmer award in 1330 Crawford county died Wednesday LOOK INSIDE FOR DRIVE ON SHOPLIFTING DES jVIOINES two plain clothes city detectives to downtown retail stores Safely Commissioner H K Holcicn said that we are launching a drive on shoplifting HARRY L HOPKINS Move Under Way to Name Him Delegate PAGE 2 North lowans Taking Part in Annual Show PACK 4 Mason City High to Face Kensett Squad PAGE II Norwegians Harass Germans Retreating Southward From Narvik EDITORS NOTE J Nor man Lodge veteran Associated Press reporter slipped across the closely guarded Swedish border into Norway to obtain the following first hand account of the situation at Narvik By J NORMAN LODGE VANNAS Sweden I have just returned from Narvik after a journey afoot through Norwe gian frontier areas dotted with German patrols and 1 can say definitely that British troops have occupied that important ore port on Norways Arctic coast The Germans arc retreating southward harassed by scattered Norwegian units and the British are extending their hold in north ern Norway 1 found British marines in pos session oE Elvegaard 10 miles south of Narvik They also have driven east from Narvik some 15 or 16 miles to Bjorksden a short distance from the Swedish fron tier Between these points the Brit ish were established at Oyjord and Gratanjen They also were holding Elvegaardsmoen five miles north of Narvik and Har stad their main point of debarka tion 30 miles farther up the coast As the nazis rctrcalcd they drove before them small units of the Norwegian army wilh whom they engaged in a scries of skir mishes The Germans apparently were careful to stay west of the Swedish frontier as they moved southward to avoid the danger oE inadver tently crossing the border and being interned I succeeded in making my way into Norway with considerable difficulty After a 35 hour journey north w a r d from Stockholm on a crowded uncomfortable train I reached the Swedish iron mining town of Kiruna only to be told that I could proceed no further Kiruna is 70 miles from the Nor wegian frontier by the railroad which continues on to Narvik a matter of some IB miles more I found that all foreigners had been ordered from Swedish border areas especially foreign journal ists xvith or without passes A Swedish captain ordered me to return south There was nothing to do except board a train for the return trip to Stockholm but 50 miles south of Kiruna I slipped off determined to get across the border somehow A taxidriver unable to resist the promise of a bonus finally agreed to take a chance on driving me the I20miles to the frontier By hiding on the floor of the taxi now and then I managed to reach the border on the NarvikKinjna railway and stepped across with out benefit of visa in a snowstorm I tramped la miles or more to the outskirts of Narvik traveling by wooded paths instead of the main road As t attempted to enter Narvik I was arrested by British patrols but was released after displaying my credentials My freedom was shortlived how ever As I left the city in the hope of visiting surrounding towns I was arrested again and turned over to Norwegian military au thorities who insisted that I must return to Sweden because my passport bore no visa During the trip back to the fron tier escorted by Norwegian sol diers I saw several German pa trols about five miles from the Swedish line as well as scattered Norwegian troops We arrived unmolested how ever and I was turned over to Swedish authorities With 250 Nor wegian troops who had crossed the frontier and been interned I was taken back to Kiruna and held there under guard until I could be put aboard a train for the south The ivar office announced Thursday night that British troops had made contact with Norwegian forces in Norway and that operations are proceed ing The landing of British troops in Norway continues a commun ique said The communique follows The landing of British troops in Norway continues Contact has been made with Norwegian forces and operations are proceeding This was the first official an nouncement that British troops were operating in Norway since Mondays brief announcement that landings had been made at several points Long Struggle Is Indicated By UNITED PRESS Allied airplanes warships and troops hammered at German forces in Norway Thursday and suffered sharp counterblows de livered by the nazi aerial armada The foB of war and censor ship continued to cloud military developments on the new north ern battlefield but it was be coming obvious that the race for position in Scandinavia would be a loaf and desperate one in stead of a lightning stab by cither side The prospect oE a long struggle in Norway led to additional pre cautions by the little European countries still clinging to their neutrality Belgium rushed fortifi cations along her German frontier and Switzerland called an addi tional 55000 troops to report to the colors In he were assured by British Prime Min ister Neville Chamberlain that the allies sought only peace and security in southeastern Europe was considerable nerv ousness as to the next move by Italy which has assumed a more belligerent attitude toward the allies British tactics appeared to be threefold 1 A scries of aerial and naval ows designed to shatter German jases and communication lines in Norway These have been only partly successful but the air ministry at London said move Royal Air Force raids Wednesday night had damaged the Stavanger airport hit a Uboat off the coast and a German supply ship at a cost of three British planes These raids obviously will be intensified henceforth 2 Landing of allied expedition ary forces such as already are operating in the Narvik district and have been reported in the Namsos fjord north oE Trond heim This is going lo be work S A stiff but not unfriendly at titude toward Italy to keep the fascist government from joinmK up with the Germans as active military allies and to reduce Italian reexports to the rcich Official sources said Thursday that the British attitude touirrt ;