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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 9, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME e n H 1ST UtU 4 T D e p T of 10 COUP OES U EDITION VOL XLVII THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PJIESS AND UNITED PHfcSS FUU LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 9 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 51 BRITISH STRIKE ITALIANS IN ECYPT British on Nazi Raiders Trail NAVAL FIGHT IN NEUTRAL ZONE IS DEVELOPING Roosevelt in General Vicinity of Theater of Sea Operations By UNITED PRESS A naval battle in American neutrality zone waters appeared in the making Monday British warships were on the trail of a German commerce raid er and a submarine of unknown nationality was lurking in the background perhaps to join in the impending battle V f Reports from Montevideo Uruguay said that the British cruiser Enterprise had sighted the German raider which forced the armed British cruiser Car narvon Castle to put in there for repairs after a battle last Thurs day There also were indications that the British battleship War spite was ready for battle W Only known location of any ot the warships was the unidentified submarine It was sighted off the south coast of Cuba between Manzanillo and Santa Cruz Eel Sur The location was about 300 miles east of the Isle of Pines where the British cruiser Dio m e d e captured the German freighter Idarwald Sunday President Hoosevelt was in gen eral vicinity of the theater of op era He visited Martinique yFrei3ctK island in the Caribbean Tuscalobsa escorted by two des troyers Other United States des troyers on neutrality patrol were in the vicinity The impending battle would be the first in the south Atlantic since the German pocket battle ship Admiral Graf Spec was at tacked and defeated liy three British cruisers a year ajjo The Graf Spec retired to Montevi deo and on New Years day was scuttled by her crew The Graf Spee incident was the first major violation the 300 mile neutrality belt set up by the Pan American nations The zone has beenviolated four times in the last week however The Carnarvon Castle was get ting new armor in Montevideo so that she could go back to sea for future battles Before her battle with the German raider she had halted two Brazilian ships off the coast of Brazil and removed Ger man passengers Brazilian author ities were protesting the alleged neutrality zone violations There appeared to be no doubt however that the new battle would be in the zone perhaps off the coast of South America The adventures nf the 5033 ton German freighter Idarwald came to an end off the coast of tinntu Clara province in southern Cuba Sunday when she was boarded by sailors from the 1850 ton British cruiser Diomcdc The German crew had tried to scuttle her and presumably was taken prisoner This information came from the United States navy 3ii Washington and was made pub lie as authentic The navy refused to divulge its source or give fur ther details Hours earlier Cuban stations heard the Idarwuld radio messagc We are being fired on by a Brit ish cruiser and Inter that the Idarwald was sinking and tu She crew was talcing to life Ijoiis The Idarwald left Tampico Mexico Nov 2 with the Rhcin another German freighloi They were last seen steaming southward down the Mexican coast followed by a warship which Mexican sources identified as an American destroyer onneutrality patrol On Dec I the Rhcin was heard fran tically trying to contact r Mexi can radio station Its radio has not been heard since The fact that the unaccounted for 6000 ton Rhein was no longer sailing with the Idarwald when the Diomede found her suggested to some maritime authorities that the Idanvald had been sacrificed in order to occupy the British cruiser and permit the Rhein to escape IOWAX 93 DIES DES MOINES Bon net Buck 92 prominent DCS Alpines businessman and partner in the former Buck Brothers com pany dealers in paint and wall it paper died Sunday of a heart at itack First Is Raised in Cheer Fund PREVIOUSLY REPORTED H5360 Womens Club 500 Mason Cily Neivcomtrs ciub K S H slcil Eau Street Club G J IV L fallen Our Savinrs Circle KJason Cily Club Ttld inn 1000 TOTAJSIMM T MOST AS SUREDLY c a n be said that the first of the Christmas Cheer Fund is hardest Now that diffi cult part of the assignment is over When the total was struck noonilt was only 40 cents under the S200 m ark T h a t means that must be raised in the time before Tuesday Dec 24 if this years goal of is to be reached All gifts arc being relayed at once to Miss Doris Bruce and her associates of the Social Welfare league who already have begun their plans for bringing the great est amount of Christmas joy to the largest number of needy persons As in the past three years a special toy shop will be set up at a con venient downtown location so that beneficiaries of the fund may have the pleasure of shopping just as other more fortunate per sons Plans were also beginning to take shape Monday for a special radio program from KGLO one night next week This has proved extremely effective the past three years in stimulating interest in the Christmas Cheer Fund The pro gram feature Carieton Stew arts high school instrumentalists and Miss Ellen Smitns vocalists as well as numerous other top ranking performers in the local entertainment field In the meantime contributions large or small are being received with special appreciation for every early gift adds an increased measure of momentum to the drive Its the old story of the small snowball gathering size on its downhill roll Names of don ors will be used unless there is a specific request for initials or anonymity in other ways Send YOUR gift u Chrislmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette Mason City la M NAZIS DECLARE SEA OF FIRE LEFT BY BOMBS Germans Report 700 Tons of Explosives Dropped on London By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adolf Hitlers high command said German warplanes left a great glowing sea of fire in Lon don Monday after the heaviest as sault since the aerial siege Brit ain 12hour raid in which 700 tons of explosives and 100 tons of incendiaries were dropped on the empire capital In many places great fires started Gas containers flew into the air in jigantic flames and oif tanks caught fire and smoked heavily the next communique said describing the raid as a good night Returning German pilots said Londons defenses almost col lapsed in the second half of the massed onslaught and that the citys antiaircraft batteries aft er furious catty Barrages ap peared to be lacking ammunition Other German airmen said hardly any shots were fired at them as they flew over the capital at low altitudes Fires from the burning capital they said were visible clear across the channel on the French coast 90 miles away London dispatches admitting widespread properly damage said that except for a predawn lull when the fog rolled in the city was blasted by explosions and lit up by fires and shell bursts from dusk to early morn inff ft seemed as if it were raining incendiary bombs by the hun dred a London resident said Nine hospitals were reported hit including a huge general hos pital and a hospital for women One hospital suffered n direct hit inflicting many casualties among the staff and patients Several deaths were attributed to shock among elderly patients A single heavy bomb wrecked a line of houses damaged 40 others and trapped an unknown number of victims in the debris Nine victims were burned in two bombwrecked houses in southeast London Two bodies were recovered Digging continued for the others At the height of the assault dis patches said tiic streets were lighted like in a giant Fourth of celebration East of London n number if victims were feared trapped in an airraid shelter when a bomb ex ploded close by In one phase of the attack ihe raiders reportedly flew in parallel lines across the city dropping long rows of fire bombs An observer said the Germans came in endless waves with the din of their motors risinsr above the crash of antiaircraft suns Greeks Push Forward as Fascists Flee ATHENS fighting beyond Argirocastro reported Monday between Greeces ad vancing army and the Italian guard strongly entrenched to cover the retreat of the main fascist body to the north and west With Argirocastro last of Italys southern Albanian bases behind them Greek soldiers launched into the now swift followup attack with cries of on to Valona V Valona next Albania sea gate way for Italian supplies in the Greek path is about 40 miles northwest of Argirocastro About midway on that line lies Tepeleni a road junction toward which the Greeks are fighting from the east and south Their goal shouted as a battle slogan is Tirana by Christmas Tirana is Albanias Capture ot Argirocastro Sundav two days after the fall of Italys southernmost Albanian port Porto Edda touched off a threeday celebration Rather than by direct assault it was disclosed the in land base was occupied after it had been flanked from east and west forcing the Italians to with draw Part of the city had been burned by the Italians before they fled but the amount of captured war material was said to be enormous and io include 12 full batteries of abandoned artillery After six weeks of fighting the Greeks have driven the Italian in their soil anffffptasea their own counter invasion across about 20 per cent of Albanias Italianheld territory The exact position of the Greek vanguards is a inilitary secret but officials say the rate ot the Greek advance is increasing ucek by week V Italians Admit Arfiirocastro Loss HOME Italian higi command announced Monday that Italys Hth srmy had withdrawn to a new defense line north of Argirocastro southern Albania The Greeks announced occupa tion of Argirocastro Sunday eleventh army the high commands daily war bulletin as serted completed its orderly withdrawal without loss of men or material on a line north of Argirocastro and minor surround ing localities In the 9th army sector it added repeated enemy attacks were re pulsed by our troops which had launched numerous victorious counter attacks Police Credit Dog With Assist in Making Arrest in Baltimore BALTIMORE big collie chased police chasing a fugitive wanted in a gambling raid Police chased the collie into his dog house Out came howls split second fugitive with a bitten hand Police credited the collie with an assist 10th Victim Dies of Chicago Plane Crash CHICAGO M Frederick 52 of North Olmstead Ohio died Monday at Holy Cross hospital the 10th victim of the crash of a United Air Lines plane Dec 4 two blocks from the Chi cago airport after a flight from Ncvv York Hospital attendants said Frederick had died of a skull fracture Jehovahs Witnesses j ExService Men Clash at Clinton Meeting CLINTON MVPolice Sunrtav night broke up a potential riot during R district meeting of Je hovahs Witnesses when members of the sect and a group of ex service men and other citizens clashed Prior to the disturbance seven witnesses were arrested by police under an old Iowa blue law charge ot breach of the Sabbath Clubs sticks canes blackjacks and empty bottles were wielded in the crowd which milled around the meeting room Police assisted by Legionnaires finally quieted the disturbance before there were any casualties Seven doortodoor peddlers were arrested earlier in the day as the result of a literature selling campaign said to have been spon sored by the sect Exservice men who attended the meeting expressed indignation over charges they said were in cluded in a transcribed talk in which American Legion policies were compared with fascism F R Will Be Guest of Womens Press Club Luncheon Jan 6 WASHINGTON Roosevelt will break anothci precedent by being the guest of the Womens National Press Club at luncheon on Jan 6 Mrs Roose velt announced Monday No other president has attended a function given by neivspapei women in Washington Mrs Roosevelt is the first wife of a I president to be an active membe of the Womens Press club She also will attend the luncheon Crown Princess Juliana of the Xcthcrlands will arrive to be n auest at Ihe white house from Dec 18 to Dec UO Mrs Roosevelt said Mrs Roosevelt id Ilie social program for the royal visit iias not yet been completed but that probably the crow n princess would have a small reception for newspaperwomen Princess Ju liana will be accompanied onlv by her ladyinwaiting and her chamberlain who is the husband of the ladyinwaiting German Tourists at Gibraltar Defense Leaders Intensify Efforts to Speed Up Output Need to Provide Aid to Britain Greece China South America WASHINGTON to greater action by their increasing ly grave apprehensions for the peace and security of the Ameri can continent national defense authorities are intensifying ef rfqrtsjo speedup prpduction ot all ressent ials allEaut wartime tempo High ranking officials disclosed Monday by recent events in Europe and major and urgent topics at the al most daily conferences of cabinet and national defense commission members aic speed and greatly expanded production of planes ships and munitions Pushing the speed up pro gram aggressively administra tion officials now are also em phasizingr the urgency and mag nitudeof the task of providing armed strength for Britain Greece China and the Ameri can republics as well as for the United officially in spired roundtable discussions with industrial and labor lead ers H William S Knudsen defense production chief sounded the keynote of the falitzproduclion drive in an address last week at Detroit when he called on indus try for speed and more speed in producing modern war weapons as the best insurance to keep us out of war Secretary or State Hull Secre tary nf War Stimson Secretary of the Navy Knox and Secretary of the Treasury Morgciuhau have been among the most outspoken privately and publicly in urging industry labor and the average citizen to awaken to the need for accelerated production of war materials V A new and powerful recruit joined them when Senator GeorgeD new chairman of the senate foreign relations committee advocated roundthe clock production to step tip plane ships and munitions manufacture from a peacetime to a wartime pace Without criticizing the tremen dously increased expansion of the defense program under way with orders approximating 10 billion dollars already placed Senator George declared there was ing need for even greater and faster production than we are get ting LOOK INSIDE FOR CLAUDE K 1VICKARD Says Corn Allotment for 1941 to Be Same PAGE State Prep Cage Meet Shifted to Des Moines SPOUTS PACK ALBANIA REBELS FIGHT ITALIANS Fascists Reported Retreating From Greek Forces Are Ambushed STRUGA Jugoslavia ports ot Albanian rebellion and terrorism against Italians con tinued to reach the frontier Mon day and one message said tha about 800 Albanians Jiad fough a stiff battle withfascist troops According to tho border mes sages the rebels were from the villages of Poliana Vranist anc Kalarat in KurVeles district and they ambushed Halian troops re tiring norlhwFrd from Poiio Edda on the coastal road The fight was reported to have taken place on ihe Cika mountains near the villige of Himara about eight miles northwest of JVrlo Palermo Woman Stabbed by Roomer in Des Moiries DES MOINES MIT Esther Kay Strut h 28 had n fairly good night Sunday night at a hospital here where she is suffering from j an eight inch wound in her abdo men attendants said Monday In critical condition since nhe was hospitalized Saturday Mrs Strutli was given a blood trans fusion Sunday Roy I Vanblaricom 12 n roomer at the Strutlx home was held by police in connection with the stabbing They said Mrs identified him as her as sailaiit REPORT CLASH OF DANES NAZIS 6 Policemen Others Severely Wounded in Fighting on Streels COPENHAGEN Denmark UR of Danes massed outside the jail nt the town of Haderalev in South Jutland tin til n in Monday cheering yu I icemen and jeciiug Danislj naxis who were hems cjiicstioncd about their battle with policemen Sun day evening Nazis were questioned by Polii e Chief Kej Hartmuiin Six police men ami an undetermined num ber of had been severely wounded in tile fighliiiR The crowd sang Danish national fongf li boced Clausen Danish naxi leader who entered the jail during the investigation Clausen had rrrived at lie scene during the battle and had at tempted to intervene but police men would not talk io him H was the most serious distmb ance since the Germans invaded Denmark cisbt months ago re ports here indicated SHOPPING DAYS DESTUOYEU IIY F1RK DES MOINES F i r c dc stroycd the recently remodeled Camp Center Church of Christ nine miles east of here Sunday The loss estimated at S5000 by church officials was partly cov ered by insurance Firemen Watch Across Street as Warehouse Is Destroyed in Blaze DES MOINES Des Moincs firemen looked on from across the street as fire Sunday night de stroyed warehouse of the Saycrs nursery on the citys outskirts Regulations prevented firemen from fighting the blaze because it was just outside the city limits f but they stood by with three I trucks to protect adjacent prop erty within the limits S D Say1 ers estimated the loss at 54000 and j said it was partly covered by in1 surance i The Winners Mrs T F Sliiplon Chester la C W Hugjrctt Marble Rock la Mrs Edward Brozik Gaincr la Box 314 Win a one year subscription to the Mason City GlobeGazette for their entries in the Chuckle Contest WHY DOXT YOU TRY IT Turn Io the WautAd page for complete details The Weather FORECAST IOWA Mostly cloudy Mon day night occasional light snow northeast generally fair Tues day coWcr Monday night and Tuesday MINNESOTA Cloudy occas ional snow Monday night Tuesday generally fair colder Monday night and south and cast Tuesday Stronjr northwest winds Monday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday 3 Minimum Sunday night 28 At 8 a m Monday 31 YEAR AGO Maximum 49 Minimum 34 Thc figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 2 Minimum Saturday nielit IT At 8 a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum 4fi Minimum 13 PRISONERS TAKEN IN SIDI BARRANI AREA English Desert Attack Fascist Along Broad Front BULLETIN CAIRO middle east general headquarters Mon day night claimed capture of Italian prisoners in the western desert operations A special communique by ihe middle east command Monday night declared that operations have been cxtcmled satisfac torily and that 4000 prisoners had bccu taken already in a single area of the western des ert WITH THE BRITISH FORCES IN EG YPT desert forces struck at the Italians along a broad front in the Sidi Barrani region Monday In an attack on one Italian oul pust south of Sidi Barrani nOO prisoners were taken the British command announced The action was in the nature ot a surprise attack and was de scribed as a great raid rather than a general offensive It was believed in informed quarters however that it might lead to more extensive offensive opera tions Sidi Barrani 70 miles east of the LibyanEgyptian border is the farthest point of importance taken by the Italians in their drive along the Egyptian coast three months ago The action required consider able preparation which was carried out with the greatest secrecy The British troops had to cross an eight mile nomansland Supplies including gasoline were moved up in the night and buried in the sands in anticipation of the operation All this work apparently was rlonc without the knowledge of the least they did not disturb it by air attacks or other wise With their preparations com pleted British soldiers attacked the Italian camp at Mabcya south of Sidi Barrani at dawn Monday and had completed their operation at 10 a m as other units were pushing for ward in other parls of the same region The British command satisfied vvith the beginning of the opera tion indicated thnt extent would depend partly on the vigor of the opposition encountered ITALIANS KEMJCTAXT TO RISK OFFENSIVE CAIRO Egypt forces hivc made contact with the Italians on a broad front in the western Egyptian desert and have taken 500 prisoners in an cngagP 1110111 south of Sidi Barrani the British African command dc clarcrt Monday X This front has IOIIST hcen dor mant with the British appar ently content to prevent the It alians from driving further into Egypt from Sidi Harrani 70 miles insiclr the western fron tier The action was described as be tween British advance elements and Hie Italians The Italians under Marshal Rodolfo Graxiania drove across the I LibyanEgyptian frontier early in the IlalianBhtith conflict and marched along tile coast In Sidi Barrani with little opposition From IJiPio tbry have made littlr important progress for the last three months British authorities declare they are ready for any fascist offensive in Egypt if hat is what Premier Mussolinis changes in the Italian high command mean So far apparently Marshal Uodolfo Graziani has been re luctant to risk an offensive with the necessity of moving poor roail communications Britains wcllorranizcd Iransport system including a j railroad to their front lines Although overwhelmingly su pcnor to the British in manpower and material foreign observers ay the first months of the war in j the Mediterranean have shown Italy lacking in striking power likr GermnnyV Had Mussolini struck at the tmic of the French collapse he imRiit have had easier going in I their view But now they say his hokliiig back has enabled Britain i to increase her strength greatly ;