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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 16, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME e H I S T M t M T of t o v 4 COMP I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED PRESS AN15 UNITED PRESS FULL LBASKD WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 16 1940 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 57 PLOWS FIGHT TO KEEP ROADS OPEN British Blitz Goes Into Libya 4 DEAD AND 12 WOUNDED IN AIR RAID ON BERLIN Fear Large List From Attack on Sheffield f THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Britains desert fighters were re ported Monday to have driven across the frontier into Italian Libya in the 8 day old battle of RAF planes bombed Berlin m prolonged attacks and the Greeks launched i fierce new ol fensivc toward Elbasani in central Albania A British general headquarters communique said advance forces of the counterinvasion army were well across the Libyan frontier The goal of the British drive j appeared to be Bardia 25 miles inside Libya Stronglydefended positions around Salum Egyptian port five miles from the frontier were stiil I held by the Italians the commuj nique acknowledged j GERMANS ENGLISH GIVE HEAVY AIK BLOWS Adolf Hitlers high command listed four killed 12 wounded in the overnight assault on Berlin as well as some houses damaged two hospitals hit and a suburban rail line temporarily disturbed Nan bombers countered with n raid on Sheffield north England steel center raining explosives on the city xwhileres cue squads still dug for victims buried alive in Ihe wreckage ieft by lost Thursday nights attack The British press association said a large casualty list in Sheffield was feared1 A few bombs also fell in Lon don Seven persons were reported trapped in bombsmashed houses on the capitals outskirts and two children were removed dead from the rubble of their homes BRITISH SCORE NEW GAINS AGAINST ITALY In the Mediterranean conflict Sir Henry Maitlam Wilsons forces were reported scoring new gains against the harddriven Italians In the Salum sector five miles inside Egypt fascist troops were desperately attempting to make a stand in the rain following Sun days sandstorm A British spokesman said it could be assumed that some British forces have already crossed the border into Libya with RAF warplancs carrying the war ahead of the mechanized col umns in bombing attacks on Bar dia key fascist base 20 mites west of Salum and Italian air bases all along the Libyan coast Premier Mussolinis high com mand after finally admitting the capture ot Sidi Batrani in bloody combiit from dawn J snnsci re ported tersely in Mondays war bulletin Enemyforces have continued pressure in the frontier zone in Cirenaica Libya under bom bardnients of our air force which has inflicted many losses on ar jnored formations An Associated Tress corres pondent with the British blitz krieg army quoted a eaptiirccl Italian officer as saying the bat tle at Nibeiwa 13 miles south of Sidi Barrani was the near est Ihinsr fo hell ever seen on this earth So great was tltc surprise he said thil fascist never even got into action Dalian General Picho Mnlctti tried to rally men for a counterattack but fell with a bullet in his chest and died soon afterward Horses stampeded in the camp British tanks raced around inside with guns blazing British artillery was spraying It alian trenches and British in fantry roared in with rides and machineguns firing and bayonets flashing The Italian surrender1 he said was inevitable Not a man escaped Cheer Fund Goes on Air From KGLO TRKVIOlSrV KKPORTCCI Hilly and Jn Aim teddie f Skipper Pttahovdc itascla Club ol Iowa and Karoily jcuevx Hitlers Representative to Probe Vichy Cabinet Shakeup Fate of Petairi Rule Believed Depend oh Axis Attitude VICHY France Ambassador Otto UP German Abelz Adolf v EADING m u sical talent of Mason City will join the C h r i s t in a s Cheer Fund parade on KGLO Tuesday nigh t begin ning at p m as the sta tion turns its facilities over to thecause of no empty stocki ngs in Mason City on Christmas morn ing Leading off the showwill be the Mason City municipal band followed by Baritone George Har ris Pitman the Chamber of Com merce chorus a piano duct Bobj by Griggs orchestra Ernie irlis Rhythm band and Macs Truckers I Purpose of the big musical pro gram is to make the public Christ mas Cheer conscious Girls will be on hand at KGLO Telephone No 3800 to accept contributions throughout the evening A glance atthe list I smallest since the fund was opened two weeks make clear to all that there must be some ac celerated giving between now and Dec 24 if the 51500 goal is to be i1 cached This is the minimum sum need ed according to Miss Doris Bruce of the Social Welfare league to insure against Empty Stockings in Mason City this Christmas sea son Generous hearted people of Mason City will not need to know I more than this Theyve never failed in the 15 years since the Christmas Cheer Fund was esi ablishcd Cash contributions should be sent to Christmas Cliecr Fund Mason City Iowa Hitlers representative in Paris arrived here Monday wild his staff Abetz and his entourage were given military honors by a French detachment when they crossed the Allier river bridge into Vichy Observers expressed belief that his visit was extremely important for future negotiations between Germany and France They expected him to inform the French government of Ger manys attitude toward the dis missal of Pierre Laval as vice premier and foreign minister Abclx isthe first important German official to visit Vichy since the armistice VICHY RULERS FATK siso j BELIEVED AT STAKE I BERN Switzerland fate of conquered Frances Vichy gov ernment and possibly even total nazi occupation of her soil was believed here Monday to depend on how the axis takesthe ivcck end upheaval in Ihe cabinet of Chief of State Philippe Petain Heichsfuehrcr Hitlers repre sentative in Paris Otto Abetz went to Vichy to talk to Petain according 10 diplomatic reports reaching Bern Serinsapproval of the ouster of Pierre Laval as vice premier and foreign minister observers said may hinge on what the French chief ot state tells Abetz Sources here said Laval at first guard inhis own home n ow wa si rumored t o ID a prisoner in Chateau de Pellevois on along with the republican leaders who face war guilt j Rush to Desert Front S CONTROL OF RIVERS WIDENED Supreme Court Holds Authority Is as Broad as Needs of Commerce WASHINGTON su preme court ruled Monday in a far reaching decision that the authority of the federal govern ment over the nations streams is as broad asthe needs of com merce Justice Heed delivered the fi to 2 opinion which held that the federal power commission may require the Appalachian Electric Power company to obtain a stand ard federal license for its dam and power project on New river near Hadford Va The attorneys general ot Vir ginia and 10 other slates had op posed the effort of the federal government to regulate the proj ect on the ground that it consti lued invasion of sate rights Justice Reed said that New river was navigable adding that it cannot properly be said that the constitutional power of the Unit ed States over its waters is limited i to conrol lor navigaion The opinion broadened greatly I the regulatory authority of the federal government over the nal lions streams Leaving their train in the rlcserl during a sand storm Australian troops in IVvpl set out In nilch their camp Tliese arc amongthe men who have routed the Italian forces in the successful Brills drive against the fascist Sand storms occur frequently where the forces are liRlitnB trials which L cated Authorized sources in Berlin said that the Laval dismissal came as a surprise and that until the German government has been fully informed of what it means the German press will not even report that Laval is out succeed ed as foreign minister by Picrre Etiennc Flandin ENGINEER DID NOT SEE POST Trains Collide at Wappello Resulting in Injuries to 16 Persons Fire Burns Kitchen at Fredericksburg FREDERICKSBURG A fire starting with a gasoline stove burned the kitchen and smoked the Henry Justen home at FrcdEr icksburg Monday morning The fire started about 11 oclock in the morning ot Cedar Rapids engineer on the northbound Hock Island train the engine of which sidcswipcd a coach of southbound train No H Sunday night at Wapello Iowa near here told a newspaper re porter Monday that he missed a milepost a mile south of Wapcllo adding that rain obscured his visi helpless URGES SPEEDUP FOR DEFENSE Knudsen Sends Appeal to Manufacturers of Machine Tools Workers WASHINGTON ap pjaUomanufacturetsolmachine tools and their employes to speed up production in view of the ter riblo urgency of Hie situation went out Monday from William j S Knudsen production chief of the defense commission 1 former General Motors i president wrote the industry that it was imperative to obtain ma chine tools swiftly for the pro duction of airplanes antiaircraft guns machine guns torpedo boat destroyers and tanks Hc told employes in he indus try that they wore even more im porlant U their country today than soldiers and sailors because j without munitions the latter were VISIBILITY CUT AS WIND PILES UP BIG DRIFTS Bus Service North Is Suspended Southern Iowa Phones Hit Highway workers were bal lliilS occk and neck with swirling snow and icy roads ill North Iowa Monday afternoon and although no roads had yet been blockaded by drifts trouble was expected before evening In western North Iowa snowfall was diminishing bitt winds were steadily increasing piling the snow high on all roads Most transportation lines were continuing ti operate liut Jef ferson bus company officials re ported all bus traffic the north hud been suspended tem porarily Other buses were op erating normally except for de lays caused by dangerous roads Snows ranged from six inches in the eastern to 10 inches in the western part of the district and snow was still foiling in the Mason City area early Monday afternoon Visibility was greatly reduced Monday afternoon as the blizzard lashed the snow Pedestrians in Mason Citys residential district Flu Epidemic at Alexandria T j i traveled almost entirelv in the La Does Not Reach to Camp h anow pictlv lighl La influenza epidemic has stricken Pecially west of here said the 30000 persons m this town booming with army construction where transients are sleeping ni jails railway waiting rooms parked cars tents the board of health reported Monday The normal ponulation is only 25000 hut it has swelled to 65000 with an influx of persons huntine jobs on the buildinir projrrams at Caujp Beauresard and other nearby army posts Doctors believed many cases still were iinreported anil that more than half the boomtown popu lation was stricken LOOK INSIDE FOR ton The marker s a whistling post for the station at Wapcllo Ludwig a patient in Mercy hos pital has a dislocated shoulder Sixteen persons were injured three seriously Much Bigger Please Suffers Fractured Arm in Accident Puffer suf fered a fracture of the left arm just above the elbow Saturday morning when n uump lie on fell and struck he He lo Miicy pitil in Mason City where ne fractured bone was set and llic arm placed in a cast The acckii nt occurred at Mr Putters home cast of Coiwith No Peace Award OSLO Norway Via Nobel peace prize will not be awarded this year it was announced Monday The Weather FORECAST HMVA Tarlly cloudy west rlimdy cast s n o w flurries northeast and extreme east rnhier Mnnilay nisht Tuesday partly cloudy slightly colder extreme cast MINNESOTA Tartly cloudy west cloudy with occasional snow east Bolder Monday night Tuesday partly cloudy colder cast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Similar 21 Minimum Sunday 21 A 8 a m Monday 3i Snow 750 inches Frccip 32 inch Eight inches of snow fell over llic weekend in Mason City pro viding a genuinely Christmas scene in North Iowa YEAR AGO Maximum 5r Minimum 30 The tisuic for Sunday MaMinum Saturday ii Minimum Saturday night R At 8 a m Siuiday Precipitation 02 hi I Snowfall 50 inch Appealing to the manufacturers hc said they had already done practically the impossible in trebling their rate of output in the last two years But the fact remains that prac tically all of you are now quoting from six to 12 months Knudsen wrote delivery must be speeded up I am appealing to you to do the impossible again SOIBLOOM Would Expedite All Possible Aid to British PAGE 2 BRITISH RAID ITALIAN SHIPS Heavy Attacks Made on Naples Harbor With 5 Direct Hits Scored C A I R O Egypt UR Long range British bombers were rc Etnmetsburg Building Is Guttedby Blaze PAGE 8 district engineers office and if the wind rises theres going to be plenty of drifting Highways cast of a line through Decorah and New Hampton and the southern part of the state are very icy it was reported snow having turned to rain wluch froze as it fell Four plows have been kept in operation continuously in Mason City since Sundny tiooti clearing snow from streets of the city ac cording to City Manager Herbert T Barclay Extra trucks and men have been added to the regular crew of the street and water de part incuts to clear snow from the business district Monday Bus lines in Mason City were clear Monday and traffic was moving as usual Plows have also been through most of the residen tial part of the city as well as the business district The snow had not drifted up until Monday and lie handling of it had been com paratively easy according to Mr Barclay Browns Show Way in Defensive Work SPORTS PACK Minneapolis Woman Succumbs to Burns ported official Monday o have j rained high explosives on i burns received when firo swept i open ccntration of Italian warships in 1 hcr hnsnmcm apartment Sunday Naples harbor five direct Di 48 who was hiis mi cruisers and he attempted to save and dumping heavy bombs around i uls in fair condi two battleships Planes making jibe succcsfui attack Saturday bK scale IIJMBKK MIJIS RKOPEN Royal Air Force raid on the fa T WVIT cist bombed railroad i junctions and airdromes llmills of lms Pacifn explosions and fires thecommu wcsf center idle for Hip niquc said weeks in a strike of lumber workj IlOjeCl Across the Red river where MOfH national guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin arc sta tioned it Camp Beauregard the chief surgeon reported relatively feuinfluenza cases and attributed Ihis to Ihe fact that most of the men were accustomed to cold being from northern states and to the fact that living conditions in the camp were far better than in town Alexandria is in the heart of the pincy woods1 belt normally considered a healthy region One ot the largest government veter ans hospitals in the south is a few miles away At Carvillc HO miles southeast is the only leper colony in the continental United States The epidemic was attributed to congestion Newcomers were bed ding down in garages stores old warehouses and other abandoned dilapidated buildings Both the city and parish jails had cots lined up in their cells and were renting them for SI a night There i winds was no room for prisoners Hotels rented cliairs in llic lobby for a nights rest Narrow streets of this old river town were lined witli automobiles nn both sides with families living i T T ami slcepiiiB in them BelOW ZCJO ill Along the mgiuvays huo the i swamps and across rolling lulls i lOWtt IS f Of there were rude huts built of pine boughs palmettos or The hcav boards advcrtNing c smnv md slcct storm of thc room 50 cents Fires of outdoor i over Iowa Monday camps where men awaited calls i tllc southern and central i to work dotted the riverside bc All highways in southwest Iowa arc blocked according to a report received by the Iowa Slate highway patrol office hern Monday noon and a 30 mile an hour wind is still rising Motorists have been warned not to travel in that area Snow was reported at from G to 10 inches and drifting badly Snowfall was predicted to continue throughout the day with brisk northwest sweeping into Iowa bclorc nightfall Highways were reported fnst filling up with snow between Sioux City md Spencer Cailp Beauvcgard is the amp designated for training of national guardsmen from Mason City 5tn Anniversary of ntrthi Granger Homestea I ilunt want H fo wear explains TJianc SarRcnt G daughter Mr am Mrs I J Sirccnt 311 Kentucky avenue southeast I want a much bigger about Ihis lonjr She was forcsiglitcd enoinjh In think a little of licrself while doiiifr her Christmas shop ping After all tier own storkinss avr too small to accommodate thr thiiiRs she wants Santa to Photo by Bob Hivarner Kaycnav engraving The Winners Raymond Elman Buffalo Center a Box 104 Mary J Johnson 311 S Carolina Avc City ilrs Gco Bzirkcma Alexander la win a one year subscription to the Mason City for their entries in thr Chuckle Contest OOVT YOU TRV IT Turn to the Iagc 1or Complete Details I crs started up again Monday as j some 350 men icturned to work under a temporary truce MOPPING DAYS v parts of the state in an icy grip with IK signs of letup in sight As much as 14 inches of fell in southern Iowa in the last hours and the white flakes were still piling up Monday morning Kacina highway workers and others battling in the drifts was a weather bureau forecast that the mercury would slide to the below readies Monday night Schools were closed in many sections of the state cars stalled rail traffic hampered and sched uled air line trips flew high over Iowa as the snowpiled up on top of slick ice The weather bureau said the wind was picking up indicating bad drifting conditions Highway crews who had bat tled the snowfall for 43 continu ous hours admitted they were falling behind as the heavy proudly to a fine dairy herd of 36 flikcs down head Ot the cooperative project j which last year 20000 cans of food for market in the groups cannery Paul Cunning liam congressmanelect from the GRANGER years ago 37 families founded the homestead project here with the support of the farm security administration They had one cow Sunday they celebrated their fifth anniversary ntid pointed I sixth district sml It is the Americm en courages people to work together so that each might ovn his hare of property Fortyeight families now pai ticinate having bought their Crties on longterm contract Most of the men are miners The highway patrol reported the snowfall was heavy in all hut tile southeastern section of Iowa ant warned motorists to Make only necessary trips Dulls ucrc piling up the pa trol said and roads were becom ing blocked in the western sec tion of the state S i u t h e a s t e r u Iowa was weighted down under a heavy ico and slcei storm with ice on roads and trees wires down and some ;