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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 14, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME EDITION VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WKlEs FIVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 14 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE MASON CITV THE BRIGHT SPOT f J ATA fc i SECTION ONE TALIAN ARMY DRIVEN OUT OF ECYPT French PETAIN INSISTS Baker President of Board of Education Dies Funeral Services lo Be Held Tuesday at Chapel in Davenport RELATION WITH NAZIS IS SAME Old Marshal Makes Speech After Blackout of Communications VICHY France Mar shal Philippe Petaiii ousted Swarthy Pierre Laval prime col laborator with Adolf Hitler from all connection with the govern ment of France Saturday but in sisted it made no difference to his avowed desire to get along with Germany diplomats heard that Petain had also ordered Lavals arrest if Sudden decrees and a speech by Petain following a blackout of all communication between France and the outside world disclosed that Former Premier Pierre EtienneFIandin had replaced La val as foreign minister and that Hitler already had been old about the change Marcel Peyrouton interior min ister emerged as the new strong man oftlie cabinet underthe84 year old Petain Frances World war Hero of It was Peyrouton who ordered communications cut so that even embassies were unable to tele phone or telegraph out of France in advance of Saturdays official announcement vwho was both foreign rightof succession tdthe premiership which had teen his as vice premier New protection French version of the German j Stormtroops organized by Pcy j into prominence in i SEE TRIBUTE ON PAGE 2 EL PASO Tex George T Baker S3 who resigned as presi dent of the Iowa state board ot education Oct 4 because of ill health died in a iiospital here Fri day The body is being returned to his home in Davenport Iowa where funeral services will be held Baker a noted engineer and a member of the state board of edu cation since it was founded in 1909 had planned to spend tlie winter here When he resigned as head of the board he remained a member of the body He had been president for the last 15 years A former Davenport mayor he had served one term as state rcscntative On the board he devoted much ot his time to activities of the busi ness and building committees He was honored at a dinner on May 27 1936 at Iowa Slate Teachers college Cedar Falls where the first dormitory for men on the campus was named George T Baker hall RITES WILL BE HELD TUESDAY IX DAVENPORT DAVENPORT Funeral services for George T Baker who died Friday in an El Paso hos pital will be held in Davenport Tuesday with services in the Hill and Fredericks chapei at 2 p m and interment in Oakdale ceme tery following incineration at the Davenport crematorium GEORGE T BAKER Davenport from El Paso early Monday and will be taken di rectly to the mortuary The funeral services for Mr Baker will be conducted bv the Very Rev K F Philbrooi dean of Trinity Episcopal cathedral and a tribute will be delivered by William n Boycl Cedar Rapids chairman of the finance committee of Ihc state board of educa tion an old and intimate friend who was closely associated with Mr Baker since the board was I established in 1908 Although many educational lead ers arc expected for the funeral none has definitely staled his in tention to be present ACTRESS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL Olivia DeHavilland Is Taken by Plane From Santa Fe Premiere Site HOLLYWOOD c t r c s s Olivia de Havillancl arrived in Hollywood Saturday aboard a chartered plane and was taken at once to Good Samaritan hospital where it may be necesary to per form an emergency operation for TWONEWTYPES OF BRITISH AID ARE PROPOSED Convoying of Ships Sale of Vessels Are Suggested by Advocates WASHINGTON P Various advocates of greater United States asisUmce in the British war ef fort were reported authoritatively Saturday to have formulated planes for two neiv types of aid one ot which would involve use of United Stales naval escorts for supply ships The two proposals which may be brought to the attention of President Roosevelt after his re turn here next week from his cruise in the Caribbean are 1 Convoying of supplies to the British Isles in United Stales sliijis protected by escorts of United stales war vessels 2 Bringing about the sale to Great Britain of some or all of foreign flagr cargo vessels such as those of Denmark which uere tied up in American parts to escape an uncertain fate after German occupation ot the home lands Hollar Uraltirrhtinil of Railroad Tr No J K CI Fivp anil fen Munroe irl Scouts No 11 Mrs r S Osajt loris Carbunk Informed persons emphasized i Aid Vcoiur hut both proposals were still in Giving Must Speed Up to Reach Goal ITALIANS WILT BEFORE ATTACK OF GREEK ARMY Girl Appears in Play Then Dies of Injury Big Push Launched Against Fascists on North Albanian Front BRITISH MOP UP BATTLEFIELD IN EGYPTIAN AREA 1 CENTERVILLE play must go age old tradition j of the stage was upheld at Cincin j nati Iowa high school Fridiiy j night by Shirley Joan Hall 15 Shirley a junior and the daughter of Mr and Mrs Walter Hall fell town a flight of nine steps lead ing to the girls dressing room ATHENS Gieecc a lay began in which resistance to Creek attacks a major role CAIRO British were strategic mountain passes on the nle to V ber oriicially reported Saturday to SLS on i foilrnl thespians She cried for a driven the main Italian army fill fit I Prisoner Total Reaches 26000 as Fascist Retreat Becomes Rout northern Albanian battlefront was I n reported crumbling Saturday while Greek forces on the south ern front were said lo be edging steadily forward in a drive aimed at the important port of Valona A dispatch from Bitolj Jugo slavia on the Albanian frontier said the Greeks had Uumched a big push along the entire noi th em front and Ilia Ihe bloodiest fo go hc played her part and played it well Then she went home During the night she developed a severe headache and later lapsed into I unconsciousness she was rushed i to a Centerville hospital where staff physicians ordered her en to the University hospital at i Iowa City oui Egypt to the Libyan frontier British warships bombarded forces along a fleeing fascist bottleneck road IRKVIOISIV JiianiLa Camp The A ncroirrrn Royal fighting of the V6 downtown making nrrangenienfs for the trip thy Lallctl to hunv mvccl s before Shirley died i 5110 JlMl PIERRE LAVAL French Post connection with the governmental change Entries to the parks and hotels by uniformed men in leather helmets and jack wearing arm bands marked for groupc de protection The old marshal in a remark ably short message to the peo ple over the radio declared the decision ivas laken purely for high reasons of interior policy Flandin rightist politician who long has favored FrenchGerman collaboration presumably will continue the negotiations with Hitler Petain it was stated told Hitler that Flandin would be even a better collaborator than Laval The Bern reports connected the shakeup with persistent rumors of a meeting somewhere in Europe between Hitter and Mus solini which have been emphatic ally denied in Berlin Petain and Laval returned to Vichy oniyFri day from a trip to Germanoccu pied Paris V French foreign policy has been almost entirely in the hands of Laval with only Pftatn to check him Laval had to have Pctains support for the former had no party and little popular approval behind him There have been persistent in dications that Petain has not en tirely trusted Laval and that Gen lUaxime Weygand in Africa liked Laval still less However the spe cific incident which led to Lavals removal remains a mystery An official commentary re iterated that Laval left the gov ernment only for interior politi cal and that Petaiii will now give a more unified charac ter to his government The commentary also aid thnt Pclain liid notified Adolf Hi tin and he appeared morr npt than his predecessor to follow policv of collaboration between France and Germany Army Reserves to Be Ordered Into Service WASHINGTON war department announced Saturday that al of the 28739 members of the regular army reserve who do not have dependents would be ordered into active army service probably by Feb 15 The reserve is composed of former enlisted men who volunteered to remain subject to orders Those not avail able for active duty because of dependents or because they hold key positions in essential indus tries will be discharged from the reserve the war department said LOOK INSIDE FOR Her condition at first described serious suddenly tooka turn for the worse Warner broth ers studio reported Friday night Miss de HavHland who costars with Errol Flynn in The Santa Fe Trail was in Santa Fc with 300 other film players and news papermen to attend the premiere of the picture Mac Robson venerable star ot the stage and screen was laken to an Albuquerque N Mex hotel Friday night after complaining of illness at Santa Fc where she had gone with a party of film players and newspapermen for a movie preview Her studio Warner Brothers said that apparently the high altitude of Santa Fe had af fected Miss Robson and that her condition was not serious the mulling over stage and while under consideration have not yet been placed formally before either the state department or the pres ident While official comment thus was iiion inr persons recalled that Lord Lothian toe late British ara OLIVIA DcIIAVILLAXD III an implied plea for American naval assistance in keeping supply routes open to the British Isles in an address which was read for him before Ihe Amor fcan Farm Bureau association in Baltimore Wednesday night a few hours before the ambassador died Lothian said the British navy al ready is terribly strung out He predicted still greater German at tacks on British shipping in the coming months unless Britain re ceived help in ships and on the sea from the United States Authorities who have studied both plans said H would be ne cessary to have congressional ac tion before either could be put into effect Neutrality law which forbids American ship pinff to enter European war zones and the sale of foreign Has vessels would have to have special enabling legislation Women Group 7 r Hicli Teach British Liner Reports Being Hit by Torpedo NLESS THERES SOME right spirited giving in the week ahead the 1940 Christmas Cheer F u n A goal of SI300 is not going to be reached II would be the first time in the 15 year history of this venture that failure has crowned t h c efforts of those who seek to avoid the yd fact of Empty Stockings on Christmas morning A little more than SlOOO must be raised in a little more than a week The call is for at once All money received is being transmitted at once to Miss Doris Bruce and her associates of the Social Welfare league who are carrying out the important ad monition to do your Christmas there fierce hand to hand fighting left the battle over r a wide area from west to Mos kooolis to Undunistc on Lake Ochrida strewn wilh dead of both sides his report said as the KV 01 fascist forces put up Ihe sturdiest I 11JIUJ resistance yet seen in the north The Greeks apparently were striving to make quick work of drives on Klbasani and Bcnit in fulfillment of their battle cry Tirana by Christmas the Bitolj dispatch said The Greeks acknowledged stif fened resistance around Pogradetz which is about 70 miles southeast of the Albanian capital at Tirana but said the Italian defenders were beginning to give way under steady pressure In the south the stiffest fighting was reported around Tcpelcni and Klisura Pass and on the coastal road toward Chimara as the Greeks pressed toward the vital port of Valona Italian captives were quoted by Greeks as saying that there was doubt Italy coulrt continue the figlit if Klisura fell British military circles said H was merely a matter of time before both Klisura end Tcpelcni were laken V A Greek government spokesman said Hie lotal number of Italian prisoners taken thus in cluding the most recent captures 250 officers and 7000 men The Italians said only 731 men were missing in November on ail Albanian fronts And Ihe name of the phiv in i j V ils Iirt FIRE DESTROYS DEFENSE PLANT Factory Loss Includes Patterns Machines Used to Build Ships HOBOKEN K J ear ly Saturday destroyed the planl of the Condenser Service and En gineering corp active in national defense orders with a loss esti mated by the company spokesman at 5100000 to One man was killed The dead man was tentatively Idcnlificd as Georcc Jacobs of Jersey City night watchman who discovered the fire with four other workmen coniurising the night shift at the plant The other men said Jacobs had eselV The British still uere mup piiiR up a vast Kgyptian batlle 1ichl on the sixth day at their offensive but u communique in dicated thai the main purl of Hie shattered Italian army had been driven from Egyptian soil winch Marshal Grazianis forces won three months ajo i British general headquarters raised Ibe number of Italian pris j oners in British hands to 26000 and it was said that the Italian re i treit had become a rout Tlie bottleneck road running under the desert escarpment j across the frontier from Sollum In j Birdia was reported under British j naval gunfire adding to the con fusion in the Italian ranks caused by the advancing British land forces Britains problem of supplying her own forces and feeding hordes f prisoners was eased because nf the huge quantities of war mate rial and food falling into British Hoval Air Force hcaclrjuar crs said thai fighters ad bombers without letup were backing up Sir Archibald AVav clls advancing forces and that the British shot down 15 Hal ian planes Frfdaj During the last 2J hours fight and bomber aircraft of Ihp continued without respite t support the army in success ful operation in the western NEW YORK British liner Western Prince homeward y bound with fiO passengers and n C c heavy carsp that included several Progress of bombing planes radioed she had ervUnng from been torpedoed Saturday about 4GO mites northwest Mackay radio picked fc nal from the 1002G ton ship on a relay by the Portpatrick Scot land radio station SPECWL PRIZES ON RADIO NIGHT Christmas Cheer Fund night on KGLO Tuesday eveiling will again award various prizes as donated by good fellows to listeners who nc fund to new heights i imn the vo o ruit bas kets to mattresses were thrown i into the cheer fund ring during the British Bombers Blast Kiel Naval Base and Make Bremen Attacks LONDON British bomb ers blasted the German naval base of Ireland ii up the si b0iltiLast tost year ficcogninon of donations and prizes will be ntade between numbers by lead ing musical organizations Says Defense Results Are Not Satisfactory PAGE 2 Illinois Man Talks at Garner Wednesday STATE PAGE Mohawks and Trojans Win Cage Battles SPORTS PAGE WEEKEND WILL BE MODERATE Lighl Snow Forecast as Subzero Weather Moves Out of State DES M01NKS snow and rising temperatures will bring a more moderate weekend to Iowa the wcath bureau indicated Saturday The bureau predicted a maxi mum reading of about 34 degrees here Sunday and told shippers ihat minimums Saturday niqht should not drop bclou15 degrees i Severe subzero cold moved out i of the state Friday the lowest i reading reported Friday night bej ing zero st Mason City It was I four above at Charles City i Davenport had the states highest rending Friday 21 degrees Temperatures Saturday morn ing averaged about 10 dcarccs bei low nonrnl with cloudy skic blanketing the state About two inches ol snou fell at Mount Ayr and loss than a half n inch at Omaha Sioux City had a trace The Weather FORECAST IOWA Cloudy occasional lishl snow west and south Sat urday night anil cast and cen tral Sunday rising temperature MINNESOTA Fair north and central mostly cloudy nil oc casional light snow extreme south Saturday night and Sun day risingtemperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Friday s Minimum Friday night 0 At 8 a m Saturday 8 YEAR AGO Maximum 30 Minimum s SHOPPINGOm shopping early With an intimate knowledge of the needs of the communitys u n d e rprivilcged j they arc able to use the fund to the best possible Advantage The list above includes some ad mirable gifts ranging from 25 cents to S25 The gift from the Brotherhood of Railroad Train men is one of tiic most generous ever received from n local organ ization All contributions received arc credited to the donor by name iinless there is a specific Venues I that initials or nn anonymous term be Tiic address is Christmas Cheer Fund Care GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa Flu Epidemic Spreads in Pacific Northwest 3 Deaths Reported SAN FRANCISCO mild form of influenza which reached epidemic proportions in Califor nia was spreading through tiie Pacific northwest Saturday and also was reported in Texas More Ihan a score of schorls were closed in Washington Ecl lingiuim schools with an enrollment of 5000 wric closed Friday A total of 5571 students were ill in Oregon Three deaths were icporicd Friday nnc each in Washington i Oregon and California at Kiel and attacked Bremen intensive raids during the night the nil ministry announced Sat urday j Heavy assaults also wcrci a communique said on Ccimnn airdromes and docks in the Netherlands and on the nazi submarine base ot Bordeaux in the occupied region of France All the British aircraft returned I safely from the raids which were carried out in adverse weather the ministry said apparently been going back into the plant to obtain papers and was trapped by the flames His body was found near the office Olaf Anderson of North Bergen plant executive estimated the loss at including valuable wood patterns and specially built machines being constructed to fill defense orders H C Evans company treasurer said the million dollar estimate was much too a tenth of that Thc company built turbines condensers and other equipment for steamships The plant was a oncand two story building spreading over half fiAF comnutni que The British forces continued on Ihe offensive the communique said ami more Italian equipment was captured Reports here said that British hmpnc forces had smashed eight Italian divisions totaling some flOUfl mcn Thc remnants ot live divisions were being pursued Ihe five divisions being pur sued were Italian units not caught in Ihe initial phases of the British raid behind Sidi Barrani Three Kalian divisions were rounded up when the British surprised the Italians and recaptured Sidi Bar rani a city square Tile men working at the time they saw a flash near the ceiling shortly after 2 a m and tiic ceiling became ablaze Thc fire was bronchi under conlrul at about a m The plant located in llubokcu about nine years employed wp pvoxhnatcly 300 men Working with Jacobs on the night shift were Paul Craetx and Maurice Straube of Jersey City August Uack Morris nf West New York and Harry Hill of New York Three divisions of fascist blackshirt militiamen Mus solinis iirhlc two divisions of regulars Uvu native Libyan divisions and the track armored divisinns of Gen 1icirn Maletli lie nf Italys foremost colonial suldirrs Iiavc been shattered well infiirniccl source said Milclti was killed iu action The British used only two di visions in the initial phase ot the according PLAN CARIBBEAN TRAINING I FRIDAY 1311 riSV WASHINGTON navy j ALBUQUERQUE fP department plans to dispatch Friday the iWiinV proxnmtely 400 additional U When stereotypes of the M t marines to Guanlanamo Cuba j buquerquc Journal put the finil soon for winter training in the to bed at midnight thevf K Canbbean it was learned Sati they had lost one pne mday H 13 lo information mechanized division and nnc imperial infantry in addition to a free France unit Fiesh British tioops are pur suing the remainder of the Hal lans toward the Libyan frontier using a tremendous stove of cap tured Italian food and fuel to tio These stores brought tn Africa fiom Italy had been distributed from Libya and advanced into Egypt rrosM1 the border ;