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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 3, 1940, Mason City, Iowa 4 i NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDSTSON THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS XLVII MAJON CITY THf BRIGHT SPOT ASSOCIATED FHESS AND UNITED PHESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY DECEMBER 3 1940 Down Santa Glaus HIGHWAY TO CHRISTMAS 1800 Army Tents Ordered Here FIRST DEFENSE CONTRACT LET TO LOCAL FIRM 50 Persons to Be Put on Payroll to Handle Federal Job The first national defense con awarded lo a JUasuit City usiness or industrial firm a S75 00 contract to theMason Cily cut and Awning company for rmy tents was revealed in busi ess circles here Tuesday V The contract involves the manufacturing of 1800 squad tents 16 feet square such as are used to house eight men accord ins to C W Gasswint head of the firm which is located at South Federal avenue This yuletide street scene shows Federal avenue at the festive season dressed in holiday attire One might believe it to he one of Santa Claus toy villages with candles for street lamps but it is really the shoppingcenter of Mason City taken in the quiet of evening after sliopnins traffic has slowed Many hundreds of shoppers will tramp this street when day comes asain This business dis trict decorating is one phase of the JuniorChambers campaign which also extends to the residen tial district Photo by Bob Swarncr 21 Below Reported at North wood RECORD LOWS IN STATE ARE SET Rising Temperatures Predicted Mason City Minimum Is 1 9 Below After submerging to a record law for the season early Tuesday below in Mason Cily the mercury did a flipflop from the titter cold wave and mounted steadily during the day reaching 2 above at noon and maneuvering to a 10 above at 2 p m Xorlhwood had the dubious honor of coldest spot in Iowa with a record 21 degrees below 7ero reading It was the coldest temperature in Iowa this winter the previous low being 9 helow Tero at Frimjhar on Nov 14 Cold spots included Sheldon 15 below Charles City 15 below Iowa and R be Some northeastern Iowa spots may have had even colder at Mount Ayr British Order Construction of 60 U S Cargo Vessels Buy Others Already in Use LONDON P Shipping Min ister Ronald H Cross informed the house of commons Tuesday that Britain had placed orders for construction of GO cargo vessels in the United States and in addi tion would continue to purchase serviceable American ships Cross assured Ihe house that evcrythine possible is bcin done to set ships with the great est facilily to meet the menace nf axis raids on Britains most urgent problem at Ihc moment He spoke after a German high command communique reported that submarines Monday in two separate raids on British com merce had sunk an auxiliary belonging to the maritime com mission have been and will con tinue to be British flag fors Cross said purchased for opportunity Deputy Leader Clement Atf Ice answering a question said he was not aware of any pro posal for either definite or im plied union with the United Stales and that if any such plans should approach the frin of practical policy it could only he after prolonged discussion by the legislative bodies on both sides of the Atlantic His reply to Laborit cruiser at least 17 merchantmen the U S A Richard Stokes who asked atsui ances also that no further nava or military bases would be let r union be mums the weather bureau at Des Moines said since La Cvosse Wis reported a frigid 26 below zero Temperatures Tuesday morn ing averaged 25 degrees below normal the weather bureau said Skies were clear in all but the extreme west portion of the state and no precipitation was reported in the last 24 hours The bureau predicted rising tem peratures Tuesday night with oc casional snow Shippers were told that the mercury probably would not drop below 20 degrees Tues day night in the western half of the state and betweenfive and 10 degrees elsewhere Mondays highest reading was 30 28 BELOW REPORTER AT 2 MINNESOTA TOINTS MINNEAPOLIS and southern Minnesota became the nations coldest area Tuesday with temperatures down to 28 de grees below zero A mass of Arctic air sank the theremometer reading to 28 below at St Cloud and Rochester 21 be low al Willmar and 19 below in Minneapolis Minnesota highways were de scribed as slippery and dangerous Accidents were numerous In Min neapolis two pedestrians were killed when struck by automobiles They were Martin Swanson 71 and Frank Walczak 61 NO 46 NAZISMS SHIPS SUNK Population Shift Westward Shown Iowa Is Among 10 to Lose Congressional Seat WASHINGTON a continued west ward movement of population matched by heavy gains in he south the census bureau advised President Roosevelt Tuesday that on the basis ot the 1940 census California was entitled to three additional seats in the house representatives and seven other states to one more each Ten states most of them in Hie Mississippi valley area each would lose one of their hous The work will necessitate the iddition of 50 persons to the com Janys payroll he said Appuca ions already are being checked and the personnel chosen All employment is being handled by he Iowa state employment serv cc The factory will work three shifts or 24 hours daily for ap proximately five months to com pete the contract It will take ap proximately three weeks to set up he assembly line and get produc tion under way he estimated The tents are to go to lie Jef fcrsonville Ind cantonment across the iIver Irom Louisville fiy Mr Gasswint revealed He also pointed out thaVthe army has two tent factoriesof its own at Jeffersonville capable of turning out 30 tents erch daily V Thcj are swamped with or ders just as arc practically all private firms in the country said the Mason Cily man The last contract on which we were asked to bid called for 80000 pup lents but we werent interested at the prices which had been bid recently The local firm is to furnish about 25000 square yards of can as for ihc tents the remain ing 200000 square yards about 10 carloads will be shipped in from the south according to Mr Gass wint The local company will add several thousand dollars worth o machinery to handle the order memberships Iowa is among the 10 All the calculations were based I on existing apportionment laws and final tabulation of returns from last Aprils census which showed a total population for the continental United States of This figure was slighllv higher than a tentative count released some weeks ajio by Ihe census bureau The 1930 census counted 122775046 States listed for gains of one house scat each were Florida Michigan New Arizona Mexico North Carolina Oregon and Ten nessee Slates with similar losses Ar kansas Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Massachusetts Nebraska Ohio Oklahoma and Pennsylvania The rcapportjonmcnt would ap ply to the 78th congress conven ing Jan 3 1043 Californias sain would give it a delegation of 23 a tic Ohio for the fourth larfiesl Ohios population was given as 6907612 and Californias as New York continue a to lead the field with a popula tion of 13479142 and a house representation of 45 V Despite Ihc loss of a seat Penn sylvania remained in second place with a 9900160 population and 33 members Illinois another Local Guard Gets Call DETAILS IN STORY OX PAGE 7 TAVERN FALL PROVES FATAL Fred Dikmann 67 Kiester Succumbs From Head Injuries KIESTER Dik mann 67 died in Naeve hospital at Albert Lea early Tuesday morning of injuries suffered in a fall down the stairs of a tavern in Kiester last week Dikmann was a resident of Kic ster for more than 40 years had operated a pool haI and later a tavern Surviving arc his widow and a son Harold who resides in Des Moints The Weather FORECAST IOWA AND MINNESOTA Cloudy with occasional snow Tuesday night and Wednesday rising temperature IN MASON CITY GlebeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Monday 11 Above Minimum Monday night 1ft below At 8 a m Tuesday 13 below The maximum of 19 below lowest this winter was registered at about a m Tuesday at the KGLO transmiller station The American Crystal Sugar company reported a minimum of Ifi below YEAH AGO Maximum 23 Minimum 15 Extended Forecast Extended weather forecast for the period from y m Dec 3 to p m Dec 7 Upper Mississippi valley I and Illinois Wisconsin and Min nesota except those portions thai drain into the Great Temperature will average neat normal Minnesota Iowa and Illi nois and below normal Wisconsin Rising trend Wednesday and Thursday Precipitation below av erage mostly as light snow Wed nesday loser held third place with a pop ulation of lSilltl and 26 rep resenlalivcs Under Iho law the census bu reau was required to submit the apportionment figures to the presi dent by the firsl week of Decem ber and the president in turn must communicate them u congress during the first week ot the ses sion convening Jan The apportionment worked out by the census bureau will apply automatically unless congress acts within GO days after receipt of the presidential message to change the present highly compli cated legal formula concerning the distribution ot house seals L Austin the census direc tor in a letter discussing the 1940 census findings reported that the trend long established in tlic United Stales of migration from rural to urban areas has been slackened For the lirsl decade since 1830 Austin said Ihe propor tion of lie population residing in urban areas has failed lo in crease markedly Consequently the more rura southern stales have increased a a more rapid rate than the more industrial northern states Actual losses in population were found in some ol the mid western states affected seriously by the drought These shifts in population are reflected in the new apportionment The census bureaus final pop ulation figures by states with JB30 comparison and old and new LOOK INSIDE FOR POPE PIUS XII Urges Warring Powers Have Christmas Truce PAGE 2 Iowa Business Has Slow General Gains PAGE 3 Pirates Strengthen Club With Martin Purchase SPORTS PACK congressional apportionments in clude Knnas Minn Mo Kcbr N DnJi S Dak Wis mil 7U173I OI20GI 3O7r7 Nrw 10 10 SLASHING NEW INROADS MADE ON COMMERCE England Acknowledges 22 Ships Were Lost in Week Ending Nov 24 The Germans announced Tues day thnt nazi Uboats Monday sank IB ships totaling ovci 100 000 tons in slashing new Inroads on Britains vitul seaborne com merce Simultaneously MacUay radio in New York picked up a distress call saying he steamer Sahonia vas being attacked by an airplane about 300 miles due west ot the Irish coast Hitlers high command re ported 15 merchant ships and the 17000ton British auxiliary cruiser Caledonia were sunk although the convoy w a s strongly protected by cruisers and destroyers and notwith standing the immediate opening of energetic fire It is probable the com munique added that two other fliips belonging to the convoy to taling 16000 tons were also In addition the high command said another German undersea raider sank armed enemy merchantmen totaling 21217 tons including the 12217toii mo torship Victor Ross Amid these heavy new blows tlie London admiralty acknow ledged that Zi merchant ships totaling 87975 tons were sunk by enemy action in the week ending Nov 24000 tons above the weekly average since the start of the war SEEK NAVY GUN PLANT DliS SIOINES defense industrial committee appointed by Mayor Mark Conkliiig lias decided to seek the location of a navy gun factory in DCS Moincs The Empty Stocking For fifteen years the appearance of this famous old picture The Empty Stocking has launched the GlobeGazettes annual Christmas Cheer Fund In each of those years the people of this community hare by their generous and ceeded the quota set This year a number of other extremely worthy causes are more or less in competi tion with the Christmas Cheer Fund Some timidhearted friends have expressed a doubt whether the goal of could be reached Those connected with the fund how ever do not share that doubt Miss Doris Bruce of the Social Welfare League who will administer the fund has given it as her opinion that is needed if the picture printed above is to be avoided in Mason City Thats ail the people of our community need to know Theyll respond as they have for fourteen years They will not weigh this cause against the other worthy appeals to their generosity and thankfulness Theyll support AtL to the limit of their ability Its on this basis that the Christmas Cheer Fund bases its case Beginning in the next issue there will be a listing of the donors by name in itials or anonymously as the givers prefer The list will be headed by the Mason City chapter of the D A R which had its gift first of the 1940 Cheer Fund cam the GlobeGazettes hands on Sept 21 Those who are planning to give will bestow a special favor on the can almost be said that theyll be giving they attend to the matter right away Theres always an early lag which proves discouraging Just address your gifts to Christmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa It is n serious menace a British naval spokesman ndmiltcd but as a nation we can lake knocks The unusual feature of the Ger man claim was that il was as serted within 4 hours of the sinkings In tltis connection it is known that German submarines normally make no reports to their home bases on any action until they return from a cruise This is to protect the lihnals from enemy submarine hunters which might overhear the sub marines signals and locate thn position The German high com mand offered no explanation as to how il had obtained the di lailcd report on submarine oper ations so runckly V V H appeared obvious that Ihc submarine or submarines could not have reached their base pre sumably oi the Krcnch coast since the action occurred only Monday about 100 miles off the northwest coast nf Ireland ac cording lo a scries of radio SOS messages heard in New York Monday The distance is far great er than any submarine could covcr in 2 hours Th SOS mes sages indicated that about eight vessels had been attacked by submarines but did not reveal how many were sunk BRITISH RAF MAKES ATTACKS Brilish RAF bombers in far ranging night raids struck at Naples on the Ualian west coast Augusta fascist naval base in Sicily and pounded the German ITboal base of Lorient on the rrcnch rnjsl Other RAF planes roved up the Norwegian coast to smash at Ger man shipping the London air ministry said and bombed an enemy supply ship hit another ship and set fire to the wharves at Fcje island V Hitlers warplancs pavsrrl m London nitirrlv from dusk io laun ronrcnlralinir on thr Ijislish wcsl coast port nf Bris tol chief perl of entry for United States war supplies in a Giinnr assault that left a trail of destruction It was Ihc third time in less than 10 days that Bristol has been the target of luftwaffc fury Nazis in Berlin said the latest altack was as punishing as the recent all out raids on Coventry and Southampton More and more it appeared Irn the axis now is concentrating on an attempl to blast Englands ports and shipping 500 Ice Cream Makers Brave 19 Below to Attend Convention ST IMJ Five hundred ire cKMin marufafUirois braved I zero weather Tuesday to iic convention of the 1 Northwest Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers ;