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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 17, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THi NIWSPAm THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NUCHUKS VOL XLVI MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT JN1TED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES CENTS A CO ft MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY AyGUST 17 1940 THIS PAPEB CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONV SECTION ONE NO 270 FAVORS U DRAFT Hitler Declares Great Britain Completely Blockaded BRITISHREPORT DAY IS FREE OF NAZI AIR RAIDS Attacks on Important German Military Plants Are Listed by RAF By Tlie Associated Press Hitler warned the world Saturday the British Isles are un der complete blockade and that Germany would not be responsible for destruction of neutral vessels or lives within the besieged waters where war is being fought at full blast The German radio reported nazi air raiders had played havoc with British antiaircraft batter ies Saturday especially on the English south coast The British air ministry how ever said there had been no air raids after sunrise At the same time the ministry announced that its own sttift bombers Fri day night Jiad attacked the Mcs serschmidt aircraft plant at Augsburr Germany and the Junkers assembly plant at Bern berg as well as railroads in the industrial Kuhi district the Zelu military precision instru ment plants at Jena and a eGr mm antiaircraft ship in Stav anger Fjord Norway Germanys proclamation of the blockade said it was intended tc save the rest of Europe whil destroying the British war efforts To aid in this attempt DNB said Germany had new and more pow erful bomberswhich would roar across the channel to bomb Brit ains harbor facilities airports and ulants producing war supplies Some nations like the United States and Argentina the German proclamation declared have long since regarded the waters around England as a war zone and have forbidden their ships airplanes and citizens to enter them Germany the proclamation con tinued lias repeatedly warned day other neutral states and was now repeating that warning It is in the interest of these states themselves to comply with this request at the greatest pos sible speed the statement said The whole region is infested wiih mines the proclamation said Airplanes are attacking every vessel Every neutral vessel which is sailing in this region in the future therelore is running the risk of being destroyed As the nazis resumed their daylight raids on the island kingdom time bombs dropped ill Fridays great raid caused delayed explosions in Londons southwestern suburbs The British retaliated for the as sault on the Thames estuary and the London area by counterat tacking Germany The air minis try announced the BAF did consid erable damage Friday night to a plant at Leuna near Leipzig used for the production of oil from coal and to other important objec tives DNB official German news agency describing the new iiazi bombers used against England as veritable flying battleships of great capacity and heavier arm ament said their sides bristle with machine guns and they carry more potential destruction than anything ever previously flown by man The time bombs which explode were similar to those which brought death to unsuspecting Parisians after the raid on the French capital June 3 As the nazis resumed their day light raids on Wales and the south ern coast the British announced German plane losses on Thursday had been raised to at least 180 and Fridays to 75 while their own Friday were 22 The German high command said central England and the har bors of Cardiff Wales Newport and Bristol had been succesfully bombed and a Britishdestroyer sunk off the Isle of Wight The nazi command said the Brit ish lost 89 planes Friday 59 of them in air fights during the mass attacks on Britain 23 destroyed on the ground and 7 destroyed by antiaircraft tire as well as 12 barrage balloons They conceded the loss of 31 of their own Awaits Expected Invasion Mapped here are the of the Ger man land forces invasion which Britain momentarily expects in the wake of furious nazi aerial attacks London has heard reports that Germany has massed fortes in Norway A and in the Netherlands B ready tor an invasion attempt if the naiis fain control of the air 6n North Iowa Fairgrounds as Opening Hour Sunday Nears Activity Intensified by Shower Racetrack Fast Drivers Say A shower during the noon hour Saturday only served to intensify the activity on the North Iowa fairgrounds as last minute pre parations were being made for the 1940 exposition which opens Sun Workmen paid little attention to the rain unless it was to speed the rhythm of their hammers as they strove to get everything un der cover and all exhibits into place before the Saturday evening deadline set by the fair manage ment Everything must be in place when the gates open officially to the public Sunday morning at 10 oclock the fair officials have decreed and froni the machinery exhibits just inside the fair portals to the midway which moved this year to the west ejid of the grounds the scene was one of activity The restaurants on the grounds already were doing a considerable business feeding workers and ex hibitors and spotless white netting was quickly supplemented with more substantial boards on the side from which the rain came Barns were filling rapidly those with dairy cattle being already near the capacity mark at noor Saturday The United American shows were setting up rides and j tents with equipment taken from i huge movingvans So far none of Ihe visiting auto racers had arrived but local nien said that practice runs by the horses over the last several weeks had put the track in fine shape Barring a last minute downpour it should be except ionally fast for the Sunday af ternoon auto races at 2 oclock they said Sale of the advance tickets to the fair spurted as two pretty girls took charge of booths erected in downtown Mason City Reserved seats for the grandstand on sale at the Engler drug store also were reported moving well Reserve seat tickets will be available at the fairgrounds at 12 oclock noon for the afternoon shows and at 6 oclock in the eve ning for shows the night grandstand English Joke LONDON English man How did you get on during the air raid Second Englishman Oh Ien joyed every drop of it There you have Londons latest joke born after Fridays bomb at tack on the eastern suburbs F R CANADIAN PREMIER MEET AT CONFERENCE Hemispheric Defense U S Acquisition of Bases on Program By DOUGLAS B CORNELL ABOARD ROOSEVELT TRAIN ENROUTE TO NORWOOD N Y Roosevelt came to upstate New York Saturday lo keep a momentous rendezvous with Prime Minister W L Mac genzie King Canada and dis cuss hemispheric defense prob lems and American acquisition of naval and air bases in British pos sessions on this side of the At lantic The president and prime min ister arranged to dine together at dusk behind the drawn cur tains of a special train pulled up on a sidins at Offdensburg N Y An inspection of 90000 troops engaged in the nations biggest peacetime war maneuvers had been announced as the purpose the chief executives trip but this faded to secondary importance when vrhite house officials an nounced Friday night after Mr Roosevelt had left Washington that he would confer with Mac kenzie King A prelude to Saturdays meeting the presidents press confer ence statement in the capital Fri daythat conversations were under with the Canadian govcvn on the defense the American hemisphere and with the British empires government on acquisition naval and air bases by the United Slates lor American hemisphere defense with special reference to the Panama canal He gave no hint whether these conversations had reached the point where an announcement of plans action would be in order f V But on the basis of the build up provided in Washington for ideas of hemispheric defense and new naval and air strong holds some members of the presidential party reasoned that actual decisions and perhaps a definite statement of objectives might not be too much to expect from Saturday nights confer ence Lending significance to the meeting with Mackenzie King was the fact that Jay Pierpont Moffatl for years an ace diplomat in the state department and now minis ter to Canada was invited to be present It was expected too that Secre tary of War Henry L Slimson also would sit in What new defense steps the chief executive had in mind were his secret But conjecture centered on the possibility that the United States might be negotiating to strengthen her outlying defenses by establishing defense installation on British islands in the Caribbean and in Newfoundland and the Rush County Presents Wendell Willkie A smile on his face and straw hat in his hand Wendell L Willkie republican presidential nominee waves from auto right to welcoming townsfolk on his midnight arrival Aug 15 in Rushville Ind Willkie spent the night in Rushville enroute to Elwood Ind for notification ceremonies Canadian maritime provinces Mr Roosevelts dinner with Mackenzie King was to afternoon devoted to visiting en campments of the first army and the national guard which have been engaged in mock war around Ogdensburg for a fortnight After attending church services for the troopsMr Roosevelt will board his special train at Ogdens burg Sunday and leave for Hyde Park N Y to spend a few days at his country estate On Top of North lowo Fair Opening FAIR PROGRAM SUNDAY Opening Races 10 a Gates opento the public 1 p United Shows open on midway Championship auto races plus circus acts in front of grandstand Grandstand show Shoot the Works p ThearleDuf field fireworks MONDAY Fanners Harness Races 8 a Gates open Children under 16 free at outside gate Unit ed American shows on mid way all rides and fhows cents until 6 p m 9 a Judging contest Judging to start on farm exhibits 1 p Judging of Dairy cattle horses swine and sheep 2 p Horse races in front of grandstand plus circus acts 8 p Ernie Youngs revue p ThearleDuffield Elwood Welcomes Throngs at Opening of G 0 P Campaign Many Visitors See The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy with oc casional thundershowcrs Satur day night ami Sunday cooler Sunday MINNESOTA Partly cloudy occasional showers or storms Saturday night and south central and extreme cast Sun day cooler west Saturday night and south Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics v Maximum Friday Minimum Friday night At 8 a m Saturday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum WEEKLY FORECAST For the upper Mississippi valley Partly cloudy skies showers and 82 S4 74 63 House Where Willkie Nominee Was Born By THEODORE F KOOr ELWOOD Ind flag bedecked home town of Wendell L Willkie welcomed throngs oC visitors in a gala county fair at mosphere Saturday for the official opening of the republican presi dential campaign Long before the nominees spec ial train was due at p m crowds were arriving by all forms of conveyance They had two main goalsrthc big red brick schoolhouae where Willkie asked to make a short speech early in the afternoon and Callaway park on the edge of town site of his formal acceptance address While awaiting the ceremon ies many of the visitors walked or rode by the freshlypainted wliite house where Willkie was born 48 years ago It cost 20 cents to go inside In Ihe yard was a of hundreds throughout the soda pop peanuts and popcorn on sale Willkie himself along with his wife and son Phillip decided to stay until the last minute at Rush ville where they had been visit ing since Thursday night The other participants in the notification program were on hand earlier Tiie presidential candidate pn pared a 30 minute speech outlin ing his views on domestic and foreign issues He will return to Rushville Saturday evening foi the weekend Downtown light posts were sur mounted by clusters of American flags In front of the high schoo which bears the legend hope of our country a speaking plat i form was erected i In lie park more elaborate arrangements were completed just in time for the festivities For the background of the plat form there was a lone white wall splashed with red stars and flags In front of this 35060 seals were placed with plenty of standing room in the rear Around the park were tents in which every kind of food frorr fish to watermelons could be pur chased Special water mains run into the grounds to take car of the thirsty and parking lots were provided both there and i adjacent cornfields where stalk had been newly cut down It was a day to which Elwooc NAZIS WARN US VESSEL thunderstorms south porton and over northern portion Tuesday and Wednesday amounts moderate to locally heavy southern portion mostly light northern portion had been looking forward fo nearly two months But the home folks were no alone in extending greetings I the republican nominee Specia trains chartered by various re temperatures near normal begin publican organizations came fron rung averaging above normal dur several states and each Indian ing period I congressional district had a ten Declare Germany Not Responsible for Ship American Legion BERLIN Radio he German radio suid Saturday was officially stated Germany not responsible for the safety f the United States ship lAmeri an Legion returning to America pm Petamo northern Finland several hundred persons The radio said the Uniled States hip was continuing on a course nnounced as within the danger one about the British isles de pite a warning by the German ovornment It was officially stated Satur ay that an exchange of notes hos alien place between the United itates and the reichs government a MATERIAL HELP TO BRITAIN IS GIVEN SUPPORT Republican Nominee Challenges F R to Debate Leading Issues TEXT ON PAGE 12 ELWOOD Ind UP Wendell Lewis Willkie Satur day afternoon accepted the republican nomination i o r president declaring he fav ored some form of selective service and material aid to Britain The nominee suggested that President Roosevelt may have been deliberately inciting the United States to war and challenged the chief executive to debalc foreign and domestic poli ties He accepted the nomina tion almost as an after thought and said that party lines were down Nothing could prove it better than the nomination of himself a lib eral by the G 0 P he said He invited all races creeds and colors to join the battle for the pres ervation of American democ racy and challenged Mr Roosevelt to meet him in a nationwide stumpingtour to debate before the same audi ences and from the same plat forms the fundamental issues of the campaign This was Willkies platform Saturday and it took prece dence over the document con trived of sweat compromise and anxious anger by the re publican platform committee which met at the Philadel phia convention The candidates home town was out enmasse to cheer the small town boy who had made good Thou sands from coast to coast were in Callaway park lo see he republican leader of the third attempt to stop Roosevelt and the first at tempt to block a third term u was as country as an jfo cream social or a cracker box near iinijU general store in dear egardingthe sailing of the UnitI earnest to d States troop transport Amcri n Legion fromPetsnmo to New Yonc the radioSaid The reichs government point id out Aug 14 that the vessels ourse considerably touched the uea ot military operations around Britain and gave urgent advice hat the American Legion return lome on a less dangerous route NTeveitheless the American em bassy in Berlin informed government Aug 16 that he American Legion was leaving Petsamo on the same day and vas taking the course which had been laid down Passengers on American Le gion Mrs Florence Jaffray Hani man Norwegian minister Crown Princess Martha of Norway children Princess Ragnhild 10 Aslrid 7 and Harnlci 3 ITALIANS CLAIM BRITISH FLEEING ROME high command communique said Saturday tha British troops were fleeing along all fronts before the Italian drive through British Somaliland The announcement said that the climax of the Somnliland battle bad been reached Friday Friday was the fifth day of the bloody battle for the conquest o British Somaliland and it has marked the peak of the baltle the communique said The enemy is fleeing on all fronU Italian air forces violently bombed military objectives and warships anchored in thr port of Alexandria for moie than one hour e Willkies own I want to meet the champ lie had said when he was nom inated So he called out Mr Roosevelt Saturday faceloface in meetings that would top the LincolnDouglas debates nreccd inir the Civil war if the dare was accepted Tte made n pounding attack on Mr Roosevelt as n president anci cader and WillUie proposed to carry it on He charged that the president distorted liberalism and was leading the United States down the road toward destruction and dictatorship like France tinder the regime of Leon trial now in France on charges of evil stewardship He said Mr Roosevelt employed political persecution I h r o u R h axes that he incited class against class and that the new deal had distributed poverty instead of the more abundant lite among the people I am a businessman connected with a large company the doctrinarians of the opposition have attacked me as an opponent of liberalism he said But I was a liberal before many of these men had heard of the word and 1 fought for many of the reforms of the elder LaFoIlctte Theodore Roosevelt and Wood row Wilson before another Roosevelt adopted Willkic called the roll ot spend ing Where is the Willkic shouted On that tfieme he based his first campaign appeal But he indorsed substantially R r e a t areas of the new deal fabric Specifically he committed him self to that much of the new deal policy as is covered in the recovery ;