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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 17, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME EDITION VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED FREE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY DECEMBER MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT sCToN ONE N0 VICHLCAIINETCRISIS CRITICAL 11 Die as Blast Shatters CincirtnatilSuildinz 12 HURT AND 2 MISSING CAUSE IS NOT KNOWN Windows Blown Out for Blocks Nearby Structures Shaken CINCINNATI of four families were blasted out of their beds fay a predawn explo sion lliat wrecked a threestory downtown building and killed 11 persons Tuesday Twelve persons were injured and two were missing in the pile of brick kindling and dust that until a m had been a struc ture housing business establish ments on he first floor and apart ments on the upper floors at the northern edge of the market dis trict Twelve children were among the victims including a baby which Coroner Frank Coppock said was born to Mrs Lillian Schnetzer 42 before she too was taken lifeless from the wreckage i While the cause was not de termined immcdiataely Joe Hushes 57 who lived across lie street sail the explosion was like a puff from igniting sas Windows were blown out for blocks by the repercussion which shook nearby buildings according to Hnglies like a ship on high seas i Some of the bodies were so bad they could not be identi X Screamsbt adultslind children trapped in the debris spurred emergency squads of police and firemen as they dug into the nuns Assistant Fire Chief Chris said that those who didnt die of injuries were suffo cated by smoke and dust Apartments were occupied by the families of Frank Sehnctzer Hubert Smith Raymond Roy and i Jack Morgan Identified clearl were Vesuvius Acts as Aid to Says Britain Needs Finance Aid to Order More Supplies Phillips Testimony Knebbc 33 Dora Smith Helen Schnctzcr R nnd her brother Leonard i Joseph Koebiie a victim f the blast died after firemen fnuehl for two hours lo save him and said Assistant Fire Chief Edward Sliearwood lie was lie only man who knew what caused it all Forts Fall to Britain By THE ASSOCIATED IRKSS I CMIIO more I Italian forts have fallen to the British who with fresh reinforce ments arc driving on the import ant port of Bardia with steadily Highways in State Are Open S Street Crews Busy in Mason City Clearing Away Piles of Snow Mason City and North 0wa was struggling io return to normalcy Tuesday lollowing the heavy weekend snowstorms and reports Tuesday morning said that the main highways in the Mason City area arc open hi Mason City street crews were busy Tuesday cleaning up huge piles of snow which had been isl NO WAR GROUP IS ORGANIZED Marshall Iowa Editor Is Chairman in Fight on Interventionists Given Morgenthau in Closed Door Conference WASHINGTON Morgenthau was icporled to have told a house appropriations com mittee Tuesday Sir Frederick Phillips undersecretary of the British treasury had informed him thai England could make no 1 more commitments for purchase of war materials in the United States unless financial aid was extended Committee members who dis closed to newsmen this testi mony Riven behind closed doors added thai the treasury secre tary had repealed liis statement that he believed that the United States could not liiatis or credits unless congress modi fied or repealed the Johnson act forbidding loans to debtor na tions lie left his hearers with the imj pression that whether lo make such recision was entirely up 10 congress The discussion on Britain came up after the treasury sccrctarv I outlined to the treasurypostofficc appropriations subcommittee the i needs of his own department diir mg the fiscal year beginning next i Morgenthau was reported lo have made a factual analysis of Great Britains need for aid Iron the United States without how ever making any recommenda tions Also he reiterated to the com opinion that the ever increasing debtbrought about in part by defense require ments would require an increase m the debt limit to SoOOOO 000 ceil Tunneling 12 feet into brick and mortar debris firemen uncovered Koebbe lo his waist Timbers pinned his legs Dense smoke and heat from a quicklyquenched blaze made an inferno of the tunnel Firemen fastened an inhalator over Koebhes face and while an fxygcn crew fed him lifegivin gas others worked to free him fortwo hours his courage never lagged rescueworker fiid VENTURA MAN 37 KILLS SELF VENTURA Lwvcrnon Fiem ttug who lived wilh his par ents on a farm eight miles south of here shot and killed himself about ti oclockTuesday morning Flcmmig who was single vas said to have been despondent rei cenly according to Sheriff Tim T Phalen who mvcsliqaicd ihe shooting Coroner J pronounced tiic death as suicide FIcmmigsparentsMrand Hobcrt Flemmig a iNtcr Miss Olive Flcmmig rmd a brother LeRoy Flcmmig lived on the farm west of the frontier The British gained their first foothold on Italian colonial soil by taking Fort Capuzzo and now are sweeping west over the Libyan desert in an attempt to encircle Bardia with motorized units Australian troops were said to have captured Italian trucks and a gun in a moonlight battle Mon day night A communique re ported renewed offensive patrol ling on a considerable scale on the Kenya frontier in East Africa With the fall of Fort Capuvzo the British announced recapture of last Italian stronghold on Capuxzos capitulation left Ihc British in control of a vital highway lerminus 12 miles due south of Bardia and apparently in position for an attempt to out flank that base Bardia holds the key to the coastal road leading westward to the big Italian base at Togruk ap proximately 70 miles inside the Libyan border and the board from which Marshal Korloli j fo Grazirmis armies launched i their orive into Egypt last Sen 1 tcmbci i communique announcing fall or Foil Crpuxa and SaI t him gave tin details of the opera tion except lo say a number of Italian aircraft had been seized at I Siiium 1 NEW YORK Verne Mar shall editor of the Cedar Ia Iowa Gaxcttc announced the iv to the sides of the streets snow plows All streets were i me siar normal lraffic most of of an allout fight Tuesday agains cities sidewalks had been the forces of intervention whic cleared The Iowa stale safety patrol of fice and the highway commission office both reported that all main roads in the territory are open Highways throughout the state were open Tuesday the Associated Press reported although slippery in the cast and south Southwestern Iowa was the slates cold spot Tuesday The temperature was JO decrees be low at 8 a in in Red Oak and the highway patrol reported temperatures clscuherc in fie section were hovering in the t licfow range ist he asserted were attempting to get this country into a war they isnt being fought to preserve de mocracy1 z Marshall announced formation of the No Foreign War Commit tee whose policy trill be to de fend the neutrality act ami aI groups who may seek to emasculate evade or scrape it He is its chairman The No Foreign War Commit tees first major task Marshall said will be to oppose Ihe inter ventionists which he asserted were using William Allen Whites coiYuniitcc 000 or 505000000000 The ing now is S19000000000 Secretary Hull said Tuesday that on the basis of full infor mation on foreign developments including the British situation he was urging all possible speed m defense production NAZIS PREPARE TO INVADESOON BEAVERBROOK Says Hitler Making Attempt to Bring Out Huge Plane Force LONDON Beaver brook minister of aircratl produc tion declared over the radio Tues day night that Germany is mak ing preparations for invasion of England before land and sea but principally by Hitler is making an immense attempt to bring out a huffc air force in the early months of next year Lord Bcavcrbrook said and that there are sure and certain siffirs of a feverish development of production vast preparations he added are directed at one ob invasion ot Britain So uc arc warned We know that same measure of preparation was carried out in Germany last winter Tanks and dive bombers lo destroy the French the same thoroughness will be employed against us when the time comes Lord Beaverbrook told Britons they were much too confident and added there is no justifica tion for overrconfidence now f must be acknowledged that Hitler is still military mas ter iif Europe but not iuilc so much the master he lie went on Cheers Toy Shop Will Be Open Friday 1itKvio siv Krioirrrii lUiilor ljlir Kwosfrwll Klctnt Klnisr AILI and Trinily lullitn I T A ACK w h ISlliS the Christ in a s Cheer F u n d was established and set on its way as an an nual c u s t D in one of the first and most gen erous donations came from a rural group known asthe Ilanford Ladies Aid Every year since that lime there has been a generous cash contribution from the same NEW UPHEAVAL FEARED ABETZ HOLDS PARLEY Ousted Laval Suddenly Reappears at Conference Held With Petain BULLETIN IJK1UIN Pierre Laval crisis was believed in Berlin Tuesday night to have entered a decisive phase of importance to German plans for creation of a new order in ronc BURN Switzerland the behest of Reichsfuchrer Hitlers representative German clur Otto Abelz Pierre Laval re appeared suddenly in Vichy Tues day for a UmclUable talk with Abetz and Chief of Stale Petain It the fiijt time the ousted vice premier and foreign minister bad been seen in Vichy since lie was expelled from the French cab inet Friday night ami led uvav under guard His reappearance increased the anxiety iif many veteran French officials whose usual Iranquilily in Hie face of gov ernment upheavals had been upscl by Abelz own dramatic arrival Monday with a picked guard and a German dele Sal ion American planes are arriving in England in an increasing HCAV very many of Ihem Lord Beaverbrook said They are fine types of fightinR planes lie added and some of them arc equal to the best we pvo about dnce here He described the Cur tisw as the equivalent of Hie British Spitfire in performance and speed 1 By 1941 lie declared 2i UOO American built planes will have reached Britain Regarding Britains own pro duction he said that in the months of August September October and November the output was double that of the same period last year lo defend America by aiding the allies to push the United i Amla and Crcslon in southwest i States into war 1 Joua led the state Monday in the i His committee Marshall is amount of available snowman j being incorporated in ccdir Raii malenal The fall at those points idsTuesday and it will use news paper advertising the radio mass meetings posters publicity and billboards to preach the aims pro claimed in its name Money to finance the commit tees activities will be raised by public solicitation and Marshall said when the 83 per cent of Ihc reached 8 inches Roads in the southwest section were slippery in spots but all the main roads were open the patrol said Other reports Northwest 5 above zero roads open some slippery spots I to 30 above roads packed with ice and snow and cxcecninily slippery above mads I slippery The eastern part of the state the report continued was under a glaze tit ice Temperatures avrrascd de srecs below normal the bureau said except in ihc extreme miriii cast section where the readings were about normal He told reporters thai he was relaying the essential fnct mternalional conditions to the defense commissioners and other officials without attempting en ter into technical production liuns Hull made these comments less than a day after a high source dis closed that Great Britain had made an outright request for fi nancial assistance from the United States government The secretary was asked about a report that he had sent word to the National Association of Manu facturers that Britain needed im mediate additional aid from the United States to hold out more than 30 days i He replied that he would not ST PAUL The Rev AI undertako to confirm that report I risked his life Mon fay night to save altar fittings from the burning Nope Lutheran church When firemen were dcj liiyed by deep snowdrifts Ewald i rushed into the flaming builriiii i and carried out the altar cross a I Bible silver candlesticks and vali uable tapestries Damage was 54500 Total German occupation of France some observers said may be foreshadowed in the Abctz visit first lo Vichy of any rank ing nazi oflicial since Uie armis tice Rumors spread that the Ger mans want Laval once the old marshals own choice as his suc cessor back in his jobBut re ports reaching diplomatic quarters here said it was more likely that Abet merely wished lo hear La val s side of thestory before niaU any report lo Hitler Its listed i Jctlln according to hi aides i and inosc who saw him remained cool hemever in his talks with i Germanys freckled smiling nm j oassador these reports said The chief of PeUiifs persona olfice drove out of Vichv carlv Tuesday morning and returned before noon uiti Laval I seated beside him in an attlomo I bile source enormous appreciation Arrangemenls have been com pleted for opening of the Christ mas Cheer gift shop Friday Sat urday and Monday from fl In li in the morning and to 4 in Risks Life to Save Fittings on Altar GREEKS GUNS SHELL KLISURA Advances Along Other Fvonts Reported as Italians Fall Back STRUCA Burial is expected to be at nock ford e invasion by Germans layed because only nine committee members Our plans will be carried mil he asserted if I have to put up the money I wont nave t r Orland K A r m s I r o n g cf Springfield former member f the foreign relations commit tee of the American lesion Hu man who laid the gromulwork for formation of the Marshall committee and a director said leaders of more than 100 or ganizations had been ap proached for support These leaders he said represent half he population of Hie United States Jugoslavia In the Oinn mountains the Greeks vore aid to have occu pied Grabocka after a brief liarp attack in which five Italian offi cers ou Italian troop three field i guns and nine machine guns were captured From the cuaslal scctr it was reported that the Greeks moved into ihc townof Vima north if i Chimaru this morning while the right wing f the coastal column reached Ihc Cika mountains The Weather FORECAST IOWA Mostly cloudy Tues day anil Wednesday rising lem pcralurc Wednesday and west porlioil Tuesdav night MINVESOTA Fair rising temperature west and norlli central Tuesday night Wednes day mostly cloudy ami wanner IN MASON CITY Big Christmas Cheer Party to Be Aired in KGLO Program A half dozen fop notch mu sical groups of Mason city will give their time ami talent on the KGLO Christmas cheer flint showTuesday beginning at p m And as the music pours out it is hoped thai the contributions will poiir in Four girls on Ihc KGLO slaff will be at the telephones Xo 2800 to accept all nf which will he acknowl edged nn the air as they conic in The more thai the good fel lows of Mason City civiout with their means for the canst of mi empty stockings on Christmas morning more will the musicians give nut nn the broadcast that will continue until as lung as gifls arc telephoned into Sec the radio department on page 2 for complete details on Tuesday nights Cheer Fund airing j the afternoon at 20o North Fed cral avenue Applications will be j taken by Miss Doris Bruce at Ihe social welfare league 11 Second I srcet noithcjial so thai recipients of toys and clothing may make I their own choice Those in charge of the simp u ill I bcr At the conver sation shifted from Ihc chief of i slates office to a private din i in room In the Hotel Du Tarn I wilh Laval as a Ihird conferee rcliorlei at a Pclain j filler meeting might follow it it fuehrers representative and 1 clam greed on a fulurc policy j of FrenchGerman collabora lion V i If they u Vichy might happen I Abctz who kept nazi Germany i informed on what was going on I behind tnc scene of prewar viehv0 illdvcct in Almost immediately it va aid hfrc ho asked sec Laval who since his ouster from Ihc meni has been reported iindei guard ii ins estate at Wau Uyergnc or lellcvoiin near ClermiintFeiranri I Abcu riticif talk fcv members ol the French caoi net including minister of the in tenor Marcel ported here as being Lavals prin cncmy in the cnne Fliindiu who suc MHal as foreign minister weather Maximum Monday Miniimim Monday night At S a m Tuesday Irccip Snou The average sats inches on c Kcl chr an and M iaturdayM AIl Bill General Maximc Hev gaml ivho sources here saiil was Ihc man wanted to lalk In most was not in Vichv nr was in north Africa and sliowcd every inloolioii of rcmaininc there Casey Weygand Inrnicr allied gcncr Mrs ahssimu and now commander of HicUcy Irench forces in north Africa Harchns Mrs L 1 i was said lo lie following Vichv 1 Gilbert Ioiit i C E Da akm able to reach DCS the snow storm Moincs due to Boy Hit by Falling The committee Armstrong said i D f i will have divisions headed by DlanCn IS IniUled iCSQCrx of rlmrrIi i WALLACE PLANS HOLIDAY MEXICO CITY URVice Presidentelect Henry A Wallace is expected to return Dec 24 Irom Lake Matzcuaro to spend Christ mlp Ambassador Joacpius Daniels Wallace probabhwill re airn to the United Slates at the end of the month I tUR Charles Al j bcrt van Den Kicbootn 2G a j AethcrlDiids subject was hanged at Pcntonville prison here Tues day as a Gcrmin r r i i A jy f i sm cmtory regarding mililary mal You me ffuieht for rirmorrarv or that this considerabv by 62 OTTUMWA W Lumson 10 broke a leg when a tree limb broken by ice fell on him Monday war in the last analysis is being fought for democracy Its an CXM nomic war Its thosame old war II the United Stales cant keep out of Kuropcs economic wars we mscht as no blown about Mondays wind YEAH AGO Maximum Minimum Extended Forecast Extended weather forecast for i the period from 610 p m Dec IT to p m CST Dec 21 I Upper Mississippi valley Tem i pcralure will average near nor mal except above normal western Iowa Gradual warming during mainly and Ihurschivi prcipilation below av erage occurring mainly Tlnnsday night and Friday AHrtlur M Allcc Loomi vcr Mrs H Kloytl s Loomis Ms MI n D llikte C Friener Mrs II C Fisher and Mrs Ira Stinon These women will asivt with the clothing and toys Shoppers hftve been Mrs Sanders Mrs loimgdalc and Mrs With thi fine setup of organi zation to handle Ihe cheer fund m a manner to give the most in an efficient manner with all the trimmings of Chrilmi piiit send in your contribution to ChriUmas Cheer Iunrt Care Mason City Iowa OTTO rcprcsrulalivc ;