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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 2, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED PflESS AND UMTED PBRSS yutl LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THI BRIGHT MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 2 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 45 CLAIM 5000 ITALIANS SURRENDERED Heavy Damage Caused in Southampton Raids PLANE FACTORY CENTER IS HIT FOR 2 NIGHTS German Airships Come Over in Relays to Drop Many Bombs BULLETINS LONDON New German air attacks on a battered south coast area and possible new mass assault on a southwest region were reported Monday night The reference to the south coasl area might be to South hampton badly battered the past fexv days The southwest rceion might be the Bristol area Bombs were fallingIn several district of tile southwest LONDON An official communique Monday night re ported that 370 persons were killed or seriously injured in the German air attacks on South ampton Saturday and Sunday nights SOUTHAMPTON UR G c r mau war fleets raided this south coast port for hours Sunday night and early Monday causing cas ualties and great damage to the business district It was the second straight night of intense attack by German bombers Southampton Is a treat air plane factory center where the fameaBritWT Spitfire are bif Numerous fires were started but most of them were soon brought under control The raiding planes which showered the city withincendiary bombs in their first attack came over in relays to unload high ox plosives dashed back to Prance and then apparently returned to the attack Southampton bad undergone a terrific on Saturday night when hundreds were made home less and douses and stores were left in smouldering ruins The damage done on Saturday night was extended greatly on Sunday night and there were many additional homeless Mon day The destruction of business areas in the center of the city temporarily threw hundreds of persons out of work Military officials and police were busy trying to straighten out traffic in the middle of the city Monday morning while Red Cross workers including Americans and other rescue squads labored tirelessly in the ruins The men in the rescue squads had heavy stubble of beards on their faces nnd appeared to have been with out rest for many hours The strain of working ali night Saturday and then being forced to resume rescue operations Sunday night showed in the faces of hun dreds of workers Jlobile can teens were constantly serving them tea and coffee to help them keep going It was hell but you know this morning it doesnt look half as bad as it felt last a policeman said as he patrolled one of the most heavily damaged areas lUany bodies were being extri cated from the ruins including some from public shelters hitSat urday night It was feared that other bodies lost in craters and under hills of debris would never be found Spaghetti Is Put on List of Food Rationed in Italy ROME Italians felt more sharply the pinch of the British sea blockade whin their national dish spaghetti as well as flour and rice went on the list of ra tioned food Effective Monday it was announced consumers will be restricted to four and onehalf pounds of these products month Nazis Claim 60 Big Fires Were Started BERLIN plmes made rolling attacks tfn South ampton again Sunday night drop ping bombs of the heaviest cali ber and the pilots counted more than CO large tires and many smail fires the high command reported Monday The communique said a power works and a testing quay were hit and warehouses and oilier parts of the port area were set afire Saturday night and Sunday the communique said light and heavy German bombers attacked London although activity was mostly eon fined to reconnaissance A number of air battles were said to have de veloped during which 11 British and two German planes were lost Sunday morning a British plane bombed n home in a coastal area and wounded some civilians the communique said Nazi informants enlarging on the communique said Sunday nights raid on Southampton moresevere than Saturday nights and that German reconnaissance flyers reported a huge yellow smoke cloud hovering over the city Monday morning MORE NAZIS GO TO RUMANIA Four Fresh Divisions Are Reported Moving r ON THE MffiNIA ERqWEtHSf r fresh German chvisions mov ing through Hungary enroute to Rumania Monday as reports trick ling across the border told of in creasing anarchy throughout that country Unconfirmed reports from Bu charest said these additional Ger man troops would attempt to re storeorder lucre and in other large Rumanian cities where iron guard extremists have taken bloody revenge on officials of tiie ousted regime of former King Carol II The German divisions moving by rail through Slovakia and thence through Hungary will bol ster many nazi detachments al ready guarding Rumanias oil fields and pipelines Four divisions mean approxi mately 60000 men German strength in Rumania previously has been estimated as high as 500 880 Sticks of Dynamite Caps Reported Stolen BANGOR Pa Theft of B80 sticks of dynamite and 8000 blasting caps from a storage maga zine near Bangor was disclosed Monday by Assistant County De tectiye John Ruppert who said he missing explosive was enough to blow this town off the map The detective said authorities were interested in finding the ex plosive primarily because of its potential danger but also be cause it might be used for pur poses of sabotage The theft was discovered last Tuesday morning but was kept quiet Ruppert said because it was hoped to make arrests soon To date no real clues had been found he added Coki Wave in Canada Will Cold Snap May Push Mercury Down to 10 Below in N W Iowa DES MOINES cold wave brewing in Canada and the northern states will drop over Iowa Monday night the weather bureau announced driving the mercury down to a possible 10 below zero in the northwestern part of the state Government observers said the cold snap is another outbreak of the cold front which had hung Mercury Retreats During Day Here The mercury in Mason City shuddered at the approach of a predicted cold wave dropping from 10 at 8 a m to around 4 and 5 during noon and then registering 4 at 2 p m Former President of Iowa WRC Is Dead WASHINGTON Iowa Funeral senices for Mrs Sarah i Lane Hollingcr 74 will be held here Tuesday afternoon She was slate secretary of the womens I ivlicf corps in and was j elected president of that group in Ihe following year She had been j ill lor IS months I The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair and colder Mon day night and Tuesday cold wave Monday n i g h t fresh northerly winfls MINNESOTA Fair Monday night and Tuesday colder south and cast cold wave southeast and south Monday night colder extreme southeast Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday 20 3Iinlmum Sunday night 3 At 8 a m Monday 10 Snow 50 inch Precipitation 02 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 50 Minimum 20 Precipitation 08 Snowfall trace The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 21 Minimumin night 2 hclow At 8 a m Sunday 23 Precipitation 12 Snowfall 3 inches over Canada for more than a month and predicted it would spread southward and eastward over Iowa Monday night Readings of zero in open coun try as Car south as DOS Moines may be expected Monday night they said with the mercury rang ing about five degrees warmer in cities Typical readings reported for northern states Monday included Devils Lake N Dak 18 below zero Bemidji Minn 13 below Minot N Dak 17 below Bis marh N Dak 4 below Temperatures in Iowa averaged about three degrees below nor mal Monday morning the bureau said as clouds blanketed the state The reading here at 9 a m was 19 degrees Snow was falling at Charles City Mason City Dubuque and Davenport at observation time Precipitation reports included 07 of an inch at Dubuque 03 at Charles City 02 at Iowa Falls and Mason City and a trace at Davenport mostly snow The mercury ranged from a high reading of 33 degrees at Sioux City Omaha and Mount Ayr Sunday to a low Sunday night of 3 degrees at Mason City It was 7 degrees at Clyarks City Leahy Hurries to Parley With F R NEW YORK UP Admiral William D Leahy newly appoint ed ambassador to France arrived from Puerto Rico Monday and left immediately for Washington where he had been summoned by President Roosevelt for a confer ence He received a message from the president aboard ship Sunday asking him to travel to Washing ton as fast as possible LOOK INSIDE FOR JOSEPH P KENNEDY Resigns as U S Envoy to Britain PAGE 2 Planning Day to Be Held at Emmetsburg PAGE 3 Nebraska Takes Bid to Annual Rose Bowl SPORTS PAGE 4 Eggs Valued at Each Stolen From Nest of Swan BEVERLY HILLS Cal Some one stole four eggs valued at S50 each from the nest of an Australian black swan on the es tate ot A L Bernheimer Mrs O D Halstead manager of the es tate says she cant understand it because a black swan is one of the most vicious fowls known and when nesting can break a mans forearm with one blow of a wing Furthermore whenthe mother swan leaves the nest the male at once takes over to keep the eggs covered at alt times 2 FIREMEN OVERCOME MINNEAPOLIS Minn Two firemen were overcome by fumes Sunday night as they fought a fire which swept the Northwest ern Corrugated Box company plant and blanketed northeast Minneapolis with smoke Attacks on Big Convoy Indicated m SOS Signals NEW YORK P Undersea and aircraft raiders loosed a wire spread attack on a convoy of Brit ish vessels about 400 miles west of Ireland Sunday night and early Monday Apparently 10 vessels were at tacked Repeated distress signals picked up here by Mackay radio indicated the raiders were rxmning down their prey in an eastward zigzag chase which lasted for more than five tense hours Full details were lacking but radio listeners heard distress calls from at least five vessels early Monday in addition to five others previously reported all from ihe same general vicinity The chase was indicated as cov ering a course of about 250 miles which led to the belief in marine circles that the attacking vessels included the auxiliary cruiser which Berlin announced Sunday had already sunk 79000 tons of British shipping Several of the stricken vessels reported submarine attacks and others said they w ere being bomber by aircraft There was no indication of the number of raid ers Marine circles said submarines cannot cover 250 miles in five indicated length of the concluded the raid ers were numerous The calls for help did not tell whether the convoy was bound for England or away from the be leaguered island There were some indications from the positions messaged by the ships that they had put about in an attempt to reach the Irish coast after the raiders appeared Voters Approve New School Defeat Borids FLANAGAN III vot ers have the Flanagan school board just a little perplexed They voted to build a new high school and authorized the board to pur chase a site but defeated a pro posal to issue in bonds to pay for the school land and equipment RAILROADS ARE DENIED CERTAIN MOTOR ROUTES Truckers Win Major Victory on Highways North Iowa Included Iowa truckers including Mason ity and other North Iowa opera tors won a major victory over the railroads Monday when the Iowa commerce commission refused to rant right three rail to operate companies the motor carriers over 1278 miles of Iowa highway routes Part of the projected routes would have been in North In a 2 to 1 decision that has been hanging fire for nearly a year the commissioner denied farfEung truck cuordinatinir rights to the Minneapolis and St Louis the Rock Island and the North Western railroads Tbe M and St L sought per mission to operate trucks from Oskaloosa to Marshalltown Mar shalltown to Story City Marshall town to Mason City DCS Moines to Fort Dodge Fort Dodge to Spencer and Fort Dodge to the Minnesota state line by wav of Lake Mills The Rock Island also sought to operate into North Iowa asking a route from Des Moines to the Iowa state line near Northwood The North Western asked permis sion to operate from Clinton to Council Bluffs and from Missouri Valley to Siouv City At least48 objections to the applications weie filed with the commission by iruck line inter ests Among those opposing the M and St L were and company West Truck Hue Csd well Transfer and Storage com pany HeimendingeiTransfer line Brice Brown Freight line and Kins Brothers all of Mason City L E Young Clear Lake and Schlick Motor Freight line Charles City Objecting to the Rock Island petition were Cadwcli Schlick Hcimendingcr BeckjordeH the Itlason City of Com merce the Herbert Doden Truck line Rockford the Producers Produce Transfer company Clear Lake G II Paullus Hampton and C E Lau Ven tura The railroads said they sought Ihe trucking rights in order to establish a new vicc employing both trucks and trains The fundamental idea back of our arrangement said one rail road witness in the numerous hearings is to move all the traffic in care by rail as fast as we can to nnd from certain base points and then finish the job of getting it to and from nearby sta tions by highway wherever the combination gives better results from the standpoint cither of ser vice or economy It is our purpose to use the highway only as much as necessary Commissioner B M Richard son RCeflar Rapids wrote the majority opinion in which Commissioner Mike P Conway DAtlantic joined Commis sion Chairman Barr Keshlear RShcnandoah dissented The Richardson opinion said the protesting carriers had offered evidence that there is no public need for additional rail or motor carrier service to the points pro posed to be served under the rail applications We have consistently refused to grant certificates of public con venience and necessity where it appears that the territory pro posed to be served was at the time adequately served by exist ing facilities the opinion con tinued Motor carriers serving the ter ritory involved are entitled in the public interest to be protected from unnecessary and unwarrant ed competition The opinion suggested that the railroads might arrange for the suggested ruckrail service by revising schedules to coordinate with those of the truck lines to It is highly probable it said that a similar result could be at tained by making joint arrange ments with responsible existing imon carriers who now serve the territory even though such carriers operate independent of the railroad In a 22 page dissenting opinion Keshlear said the service proposed by the railroads is not offered now by any carrier and the public Financial Treaty for Britain and Spain Is Signed By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Great Britain scored an appar ent diplomatic victory over ihe RomeBerlin axis Monday with the signing of an AngloSpanish financial agreement indicating Spanish intentions to remain neu tral The Germans had earlier been reported seeking to enroll Spain and thus gain passage throughthe Iberian peninsula for troops to storm Britains rock fortress at Gibraltar British Ambassador Sir Samuel Hoare who has been quietly working behind the scenes while nazis forecast Spains early ad herence to the tripartite pact signed the financial agreement in a noon ceremony at Madrid Span ish Foreign Minister Ramon Ser rano Sune recently accorded glit tering receptions in conferences with Adolf Hitler and Benilo Mus solini signed for Spain The pact is designed to free Spanish funds held in London and give Spain funds to increase pur chases from the British 4 ARE DEAD IN MYSTERY BLAST Ton of Dynamite in Tacoma Powder Factory Wrecks Mixing Plant TACOMA Wash men were killed Monday by the mysterious explosion of a ton ot dynamite in the mixing plant ot the Columbia Powder company 15 miles south ot here JA Denn plant manager saic parts of the bodiesof four men had been found The blast blew the mixing plant to bits and identification of the bodies will be extremely difficult the manager added He said it was possible other men were in the plant Company officials refused to discuss the blast but Under Sheriff Clyde Knowles said the coroner had been sent to the blast scene after the company revealed that four men were working in the building Stage LINCOLN Nebr sity of Nebraska students staged one of the largest and most bois terous rallies in the history of the school Monday to show their en thusiasm for the selection of the Comhuskers to meet Stanford in the Hose Bowl football classic All thoughts of school were dismissed and professors readily gave way to the marching howling throng Ferguson Nominated for Housing Chief WASHINGTON II Ferguson o Washington was nominated by President Roosevelt Monday to be fcdercl housing ad ministrator succeeding Stewart McDonald resigned McDonald in leaving his post as FHA ad ministrator accepted appointment as a deputy administrator of the federal loan agency so as to con tinue general FHA supervision over should have the benefit ot such service Asserting that established truck lines should not have a monopoly on their ionics the chairman added The legislature has not specified that a certificate of convenience and necessity should always constitute an exclusive franchise or even that under certain circumstances a certifi cate should occasionally vest an exclusive right Denying the railroad to be an invader or interloper in this case the dissenting opinion added The railroad docs not propose to create a competitive situation Such a situation was created by the trucks many years ago The applicants seek only to engage in their already competitive endeav ors with new facilities which they believe are not only superior to present facilities but also in total effect superior to the facili ties of their competitors The applicants request pci misjion to do nothing they cannot already do by rail They wish per mission only to acdjnpjish the GREEKS ASSERT HUGE GAP LEFT IN BALKAN LINE Fascists Say Furious Attacks Beaten Off by Their Troops By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Surrender of 5000 Italian troops leaving i huge gap in the center of the 100mile Balkan war front was reported in Greek dis patches Monday The Greeks said the wholesale surrender of Premier Mussolinis fascist seiz ure of prisoners in the signalled a general Italian retreat in the central sector The victory without exag geration is of exceptional im portance for the enemy line in this sector has been destroyed and all danger eliminated for us a Greek dispatch said In the 5 weeks old Balkan war Premier Mussolinis high com mand reported that furious at tacks by an entire Greek army corps about 45000 men were beaten by Italian troops at tempting to halt the Geck coun terinvasion in Albania The enemy was thrown back to original positions suffering serious losses the Italian com munuique said noting also that an Italian colonel lending the 47th fascist regiment perished glor iously In contrast to the Italian report tile Greeks said that vesh Italian shpck troops rushed into the 100 mile battlcfront were being driv en back and that Greek columns scored new advances everywhere A Greek spokesman pictured the fightingline as suinging like 2 barn door toirard the Adriatic sea pivoting on a hinge on the coast near Arffirocastro to Lake Ochrida on the Jugoslavia frontier In the Lnko Ochrida sector the Greeks said the Italians were re trcitiiift through ice and snow to ward Elbasani A Greek spokesman said that the Italian retreat was general from Lake Ochrida to the sea and that Greek bayonet charges had won new fortified heights The Greek press answered an llnlian radio assertion that Greek bayonet fighting is a barbarous form of warfare commenting Bayonet fighting is certainly less barbarous than using Italian bombing planes against noncom batants It is not our fault if the enemy lacks courage ot soul against these bayonet charges At the same time British mili tary experts in London cautioned that the Greek advance hence forth must be at a slower pace 1 The Greeks arc fighting on strange soil 2 Their lines of rommunica tinns are longer and they have not had time tu organize hem 3 The Italians have thrown many fresh troops into the con flict and are making a deter mined stand Observers in Egypt predicted that as a result or Greeces sur prising successes against ihe Ital ian invasion Great Britains armies would carry the fight to the axis in southeast Europe Cairo dispatches said that while any plans the British might have for moving troops into were being kept secret it was re garded as certain that any move by the as a German thrust into Turkey or through Bulgaria into Greece would bring a swift countermove by the British Young Republican National Convention to BeHeld in Iowa DES MOINES young republican national convention will be held here Jan 31 and Feb 1 according to an announce ment by George G Van Nostrand Fairficld state chairman National Secretary Barbara Clarke Smith of Rutland Vt who issued the call said 412 delegates and a like number of alternates would at tend officially same results more adequately rap idly and conveniently and at less 1VOVT ATTEND DIVVER WASHINGTON Roosevelt has declined an invi tation to attend the gridiron din ner here Dec H becausehe will be absent from the city until the following week on his projected defense inspection tour ;