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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 26, 1940, Mason City, Iowa HAR LoM E ft H S r A 0 r or NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME TMi NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES Alt NORTH IOWANS NUGHKJUS HOME EDITION MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY APRIL 26 1940 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT miLfAi AriVUj 20 iyU THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTION ONE JJO BRITISH PUSHED BACK FROM DOMBAS PAN SHOOTS HIMSELF AFTER WILD GUN FIGHT 1000 Curious Persons Risk Lives 12 Wounded in Burlington Fracas i BURLINGTON than 1000 curious spectators risked jtheir lives to watch an apparently E oeranged gunman shoot it out 1 a score of then I snissed the grand finale a In the solitude of his second I floor room the gunman killed s himself after machine gun bul n lets ripped away part of the V shotgun with which he held off I police for two hours here t Thursday afternoon t 1 Sheriff Harry Hunt identified he gunman as Henry Reeb 36 Junmarried and unemployed The wild exchange of gunfire from a shotgun machine guns anc revolvers resulted the sheriff said when Reefa resisted officers who sought to serve an insanity war I rant on him at the request rela tives When the sound of bullets whiz zing through a street in the heart of the downtown district ended al least a dozen spectators were wounded several seriously All are expected to recover As hot lead whined across the intersection curious spectators tecaa togather in doorways points to Law enforcement officers Irom the surrounding territory were called in and for two hours the authorities tried to drive Reeb from his quarters with tear gas and bullets when the shooting in the room ceased officers went in with drawn guns to find Reeb crumpled beneath the window from which he had been firing Sheriff Hunt said Reeb appar ently killed himself during the barrage of gunfire but the fatal shot was not heard by the crowd in the streets nearby The sheriff credited Joe Baird i assistant Burlington chief of po ilice with the next to last climax in the fight Machine gun bullets fired by Baird from a building across the street apparently tore a hole in the barrel of Heebs shotgun Evidently believing he could not carry on with a damaged weapon Reeb turned the gun nn himself the sheriff said while the crowd outside waited open mouthed and anxious Sheriff Hunt said Reeb claimed he was a chiropractor and for j merly lived at Oakvllle He had I lived here several years i Estimates of the crowd that watched the shooting ranged from 1000 to 1500 They packed every doorway and window in the neighborhood and in some in stances stood in the streets mil of what they anticipated would be tlie range of gunfire Most of those injured were hit by slags from the shotgun wielded by Keeb officers said Among the more seriously in jured were Harry Anderson policeman who got a closeup charge of buckshot In his left hip Dr E J Voigt whose office is located in the second floor build ing across the street PauFTecam proprietor of a restaurant in the building where the shooting occurred i owner of the building The sheriff said Anderson and two sheriffs deputies went to Reebs quarters at he corner ot Third and Washington streets about 3 oclock It was 5 oclock when officers finally broke into the room to find the man dead Death vs Taxes retail sales tax collector who was in Nashua re cently looking up delinquent sales taxpayers mentioned at one place where he called that he wanted to get m touch with a party who had not turned in any tax He was considerably surprised when he was informed that the funeral of the party he was seeking was then in progress Nazi Troop Raced o PARIS French war ministry said Friday that sev eral German troop ships had left Baltic ports reflecting fears of an invasion of Sweden A ministry spokesman said that it was not known whether the Germans were bound for Sweden or to reinforce German troops in Norway This question he said is to morrows secret French military officials said Wednesday that German troops were being embarked at ports nearer Sweden than Norway and there were reports then that transports were leaving The French said that these re ports had been confirmed Friday The spokesman added that British and French warships were alternating in patrolling the Skag errak entrance to the Baltic sea from the North sea A very tight blockade is being main tained he said Should troop ships be bound for Norway they would have to dare the allied fleets because they would have to steam through the Skagerrak They would not have to go through this water to reach Sweden German warplanes accompan ied the nazi ships according to the war office spokesman Ribbentrop to Give Declaration of Government BERLIN pondents Friday night were in vited to the reichs chancellery at p m Saturday a m C S when Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop will read a dec laration of the reichs govern ment The diplomatic corps also will be present it was said No hint was given as to the con tents of the declaration but the unusual invitation immediately aroused speculation among for eign observers regarding a pos sible weekend surprise Speculation concerning v o n Ribbentrops declaration recalled two topics that have figured prominently in recent comment of authorized German circles the suggestion that Swedens day of decision is near and that alleged British bombings of undefended flatly denied in Lon don might cai for bomb for bomb reprisals by Germany Troops in Mountains This narrow mountain road which leads down throurh the val ey of Flaan is reported to be the route taken by a Brmsh force in their drive on the German held port of Bergen Difficulties in The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy to cloudy Friday night and Satur day slightly warmer Saturday and extreme northwest Friday nigh I 311 X N E S O T A Increasing cloudiness Friday night and Sat urday possibly showers Satur day west portion not quite so cool Friday night warmer Sat urday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Thursday so Minimum Thursday night 32 At 8 a m Friday 45 Kan 02 Inch Year ago Maximum 553 Minimum 33 NATIONAL WANT AD WEEK APRIL 22 27 CAN YOU WRITE Of course you can Mail your letter telling of Want Ad Re it in the Globe Gazette or have it postmarked not later than 6 p m The writers of the two mcsl interesting letters each day will receive a SI PRIZE Write your experience right now may be a winner REMEMBER GlobeGazette Want Afls Bring Results NAZI PLANES BLAST AT ALLIES Motorized Columns Are Reported Attacked by German Air Force BERLIN 0P German ys mighty air force is blasting with out pause lo keep the allies from carving solid footholds in Norway while nazi land forces race to establish themselves in strategic positions That motorized columns had been thrown into the fray against the Germans was disclosed here for the first time by DNB which said The German air force again actively supported the operations of troops on the ground Several motorized column successfully were attacked by Geimari planes Enemy troops left the road and sought refuge in forests as soon as German planes appeared on the scene Vehicles abandoned by flee ing enemy troops were destroyed by bombs so the enemy was un able to proceed further The German high command de picting widespread air action yes terday against the allies on sea land and in the air claimed A British minesweeper and transport were beached after be ing hit by German air bombs off the west coast of Norway a tanker was struck and began listing smoke clouds billowed from a tor pedo boat and an explosion oc curred on another vessel Harbor facilities used by the allies were destroyed Eleven allied airplanes were de stroyed on the ground Mrs Eric Wilson Is Bruised in Car Mishap Near Drake Fieldhouse DES MOINES Eric Wilson of Iowa City wife of the University of Iowa publicity di rector was bruised in an automo bile accident near the Drake uni versity fieldhouse here Thursday night Mrs Wilson was alighting from a car beingdriven by Mrs D W Morehouse wife of the Drake president when a door of the Morehouse car was struck by a passing car Tlie Iowa City woman whose hand was on the door was throwti back into the seat The driver of the other car did not stop Mrs Wilsons chest and leg were bruised WOMAN SHOT BYBOYDIES Mrs McConnellls Fatally Wounded by Adopted Son 13 IOWA CITY Harold McConnell victim o a ritle wound inflicted by her adopted son on their farm home near Richland Monday morning died Friday in University hospital Mrs McConnell was shot in the abdomen by Delno McConnell 13 Delno also fired at his father who was returning to the farm house when he heard the firsl shots but the elder McConnell was not injured The boy who was adopted when he was two years old from the Otlumwa orphans home told Sigourney police that his parents whipped him for minor faults KMVANS BODY FOUND GALESBURG 1 J h e body of Paul Critchficld 40 of Osceola Iowa was found iii an automobile parked on a side road near here Death was caused by a poison mixed with liquor and said a note expressed repentance for a cowardly LOOK INSIDE FOR ADMIRAL BYRD HALT MISREPRESENTATIONS WASHINGTON fed eral trade commission announced Friday it had accepted a stipula tion in which Western Mills Inc of Sioux City Iowa agreed to discontinue certain misrepresen tation in selling slock feeds Returns to U S to Seek Additional Funds PAGE a Franklin County Men Plan for Tour May 3 PAGE 10 Bangtails Set for Wood Memorial PAGE 11 LOSSES IN NAZI FORCE IN ROROS ARE REPORTED Rival Air Fleets Pace Conflicts Friday indicated the allied and Nonvegian forces on the front be low Trondheim have inflicted con siderable losses on German ad vance units forcing them back to a point 5 miles south of Roros The allied troops coming down the Flomma valley from their concentration point at Storen brought light artillery into action j uns picture the liritisli cenina the nazi advance colair ministry presented an account umn Uerman units were reported of vigorous offensive action by digging in m the Ostedalen valBritish flyers against German bases lev some 10 in is ti n Norway and Denmark some 10 to 15 miles below Roros after retiring from that city Artillery came into play by late afternoon on both sides and the cannonading could be heard from the Swedish frontier some 20 miles from the scene of the fighting There was evidence also that the allies had received new aerial equipment German air activity in the Trondheim sector fell off considerably and there were re ports of minor air battles in sev eral places between British fight er planes and German bombers One German plane was reported shot down after a fight with three Britishplanes overtheSwedish frontier The British also were said to have curbed German air activ ity at their Namsos landing point above Trondheim by in stalling antiaircraft batteries Roros from which the Ger mans retired when the allies moved down from Sloren is 7 miles southeast of Trondheim In the Gudsbrandsdalen valley to the west another flying naz column appeared to have bogged down at Ringebu some 160 miles south of Trondheim The British position around Trondheim itself meanwhile was reported improved by the arrival of crack French troops including foreign Legionnaires and Alpine soldiers The Germans continued how ever to pour a steady stream of reinforcements into Trondheim by air transport each carrying SO men There also were reports that a German ship had run the British blockade and entered Trondheim fjord with supplies The German situation at the Arctic port of Narvik was pre carious sources estimated that the nazi force there carrying on from mountain positions around the town with the aid of munitions flown in by plane now numbers Ies than 500 men The fighting throughout Norway appeared to be between small units maneuvering swiftly for position All reports agreed how ever that the German detach ments regardless of Iheir size were armed to a highly effective degree with automatic weapons Liner He de France Expected to Sail Soon NEW YORK 43450 ton French liner He de France was expected to sail Friday or Satur day for war duty The repainting of the liner was completed she had taken on oil and stores and smoke was pouring from her stacks indicating that the engines were being warmed up Her de parture had been expected for several weeks since the British liners Queen Mary and Maure tania went to war Methodists Asked to Fast June 2 Pray for Lasting Peace ATLANTIC CITY N J Methodists were asked Friday by their churchs general conference to go without dinner Sunday June 2 and pray for the speedy termination of war and the estab lishment of a just and lasting peace More than TOO delegates lo the conference voted to fast this Sunday for the same purpose and called upon the churchs 7 806000 members to observe June 2 as a day of selfdenial fasting and prayer1 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rival air fleets roaring over wide areas continue to pace the battle for Norway as land forces prepared for a death struggle in which British admitted they al ready had lost the first trick The German high command re ported its warplanes Thursday had damaged small British warships Cannonading Heard on Swedish Border 20 Miles From Fighting man muisn warships STOCKHOLM P Reports and transports destroyed harbor aching Swedish newspapers late bombarded troops and riday indicated the allied anri 11 allied airplanes m It said Oslo was attacked by the British during the night with no military damage while on the west coast a British raid damaged several German planes on the ground Against this picture the British It said oil tanks south of Oslo were attacked and a large fire was seen a transport was attacked in Oslo fjord and fires were start ed in attacks on four large ships and a seaplane base at Stavanger British and German columns were heading toward a clash in the Osterdalen valley southeast of Trondheim London military sources admit ted that the British lost the first trick in the struggle for mastery of Norway but said dont think tor a moment this is going to have a detrimental effect on the allied effort An official spokesman said We had to use undeveloped ports and improvise facilities The lirstbuMUnrwas carried out by men fcad Just what they could carry with them Swedish dispatches indicated n nazi spearhead had retreated 15 miles from Horos near the SwccU ish frontier apparently finding its position untenable Farther west in the Gudsbrandsdalen valley an other nazi flying column bogged down at Ringebu 160 miles south of Trondheim Gemian high commands daily communique indicated that Germanheld Oslo had been bombed by British planes Thurs day night but said that any dam age to the capital cannot yet be determined The British also bombed Narvik northern ore port The allies advanced their lines on the economic front with these developments 1 Signature at Berne of eco nomic agreements guaranteeing Switzerland supplies from the al lies in return for pledges they will not be transhipped to Germany 2 Reports Britain and Japan were nearer agreement on dispo sition of Chinese government sil ver held in the British concession at Tientsin a step which might improve BritishJapanese rela tions 3 Arrival of a Yugoslav trade delegation in Moscow to negotiate a trade treaty which informed sources said was aided by allied backing Germans Hold Air Advantage After Seizure of Ports vi AfIStLnjr German supported bv iy and lowflyinjr planes have forced allied troops to limited withdrawals in a bitter fight south of Bombas ke ministry If of these fresh reversals came on the heels of of lally admitted setbacks for the British at Steinkier1 ednesday and Lillehammer Thursday which British mili tary sources summarized with the statement that Germany nad taken the first trick in Norway Dombas 110 miles southwest of a railway junction on the mainjinefrom Oslo to Trondheim through Gudbrandsdal This line is joined there by another coming south from Andalsnes one of the British landing points It is thus a vital point between Oslo 150 miles to the south and Trondheim both held by the Ger mans Both sides were said to be racing guns and men toward a decisive action around Trond heim The communique announcing the limited withdrawals sup Ported the comment of neutral military observers that it was difficult for lightly armed troops to hold positions against straf ing airplanes cooperating with artillery and armored vehicles Although British military sourcesconceded that Germany had thebest of it in the opening phase the air minis Ivy announced that royal air force fighting planes and antiaircraft guns hadbrought down eight enemy planes and damaged nine others in Norway Thursday and Thursday night For the first time the ministry announced action by R A F planes in the north The communi que stated that five oE our air craft are missing and others had been damaged by bombing at tacks British fighter aircraft now in Norway it was stated had landed on a frozen lake which is being used as a temporary airbase They are expected to give valuable aid in breaking down German bomb ing attacks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS War ministry asserts Gevman troopships have sailed from Baltic ports near Sweden voices fear of new nazi invasion STOCKHOLM British and German columns head toward clash in OsteLdaleir valley struggle for control of Norway Hears more frit ter phase BERLIN Germans re port Oslo bombed by Brit ish warplanes B r i t i s h transport antl minesweeper beached by air attack 7iazis say reporting continued success in spreading occu pation lines LONDON Britain promises Sweden aid if nec essary and disclaims intent to occupy iron region Brit ish hone for better relations with Japan and Russia to help tighten blockade MOSCOW Jugoslav delegation arrives to ne gotiate trade pact Russia Topping Arrives in Hollywood Romance With Sonja Rumored HOLLYWOOD Top Ping wealthy New York sports man was in Hollywood Friday for a short visit and strangely enough he was staying at the hotel where Sonja Henie Nonvegian skating star as registered The coincidence did not escape the at tention of the film colony where a possible romance between the actress and Topping had been discussed for several months There was a similar coincidence recently when they went to Hon olulu and returned on the same boat Topping flew here Thurs day 1 MUST GET THIS JOB DONETMEN SOME MEW CLOFHES UP SUNDAY APRIL 28 STARS BATTLE IN DRAKE RELAYS Good Track Weather Forecast Charles City 2nd in 2 Mile Relay t K S M O T N E S IP The Ueitlior burciiu eased Director Franklin Pitch Johnsons wor ries with i forecast of good track weather athe best field in the 31 year history ot Ihe Drake re lays fought for honors Friday Showers that fell upon Des Moincs Thursday and during the night ceased and the weatherman said no more rain was in sight He forecast partly cloudy to cloudy skies Osknloosa won the first final event of the thirtyfirst annual Drake relays taking the class B high school twomile relay in Cbarlcs City finished sec ond and Kcokuk took the thud position The Charles City 2 mile relay team consisted of Bud Stevens Dick Blunt Dick Markle and Ed Hamilton The first heat of the 440 yard reyal was won by Charles City represented by I y m a n Henry Willis Baldwin Ray Schoeben and Glen Pylc Divorced Husband Is BytheWeek Boarder DFS MO1NES a family that really believes in let ting bygones be bygones Iowa social welfare officials told of an old age pension appli cant who lives as a bytheweek boarder in the home of his di vorced wife and her second hus band v Utll i idyt idling nis piav ic nnd two by the second The pening of the Cisco Kid sion application was approved The R A F attacks on Ger man airplane bases in Norwav and Denmark were said by air ministry to have blasted oil tanks on Oslo Fjord a seaplane base and four larjte ships north west of Stavanger Military sources conceded Ger many at least temporary aerial superiority because ot her five possibly six air bases in Norway and pointed out Britain might be having difficulty getting bases in the rugged Norwegian territory These sources pictured the war in Norway as settling down to a battle for Trondheim on the out come o which the whole future course of the Scandinavian con flict may depend A treacherous invasion ODE British source said gave Germany all the initial advantage in Nor way with her airplane bases play ing a vital role in fighting over the mountainous terrain We fcnew we would have a difficult time and certain of nur forces probably are hivinjr diffi culties but dont Jhink for a mo ment this is xoinjc to have a det rimental effect on the allied ef fort in Norway We had to send out lo Norway the troops immediately at hand We had to use undeveloped ports and improvise facilities The first landing was carried out by men who had just what Ihey could car ry with them The allies are harassing the Germans as much as possible with longrange bombing altacks across the North sea in an attempt to keep the Germans rocked back on their heels until fast fighting mes and antiaircraft defenses n be established on Norwegian soil AUTHOR BRINGS SUIT HOLLYWOOD Igual de Montijo author asked damages Friday from 20th Cen ray rom 20th Cen Alsc i in the same dwelling are turyFox studio for allesredlv ie child by the first rori propriating his play for the fiml movie ;