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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 18, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT ess AND UNITED PHKSS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 18 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 60 Reds Eye Sweden Norway By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist Rumors are c u i1 r e n t that Fuehrer Hitler would like to make peace but nobody surmises that Comrade Stalin thinks of any let up in his campaign Its understandable that Adolt realizes hes in a position of plenty of danger If the allies cant beat the Ger m a n s in the field at least itspretty cer tain that they can starve the latter out in the long run Fur thermore there are multiplying stories of disaf fection toward Josef Stalin the nazi boss among his home folk He must know too that the areas he has gobbled by conquest or diplo matic maneuvering will turn ugly again the minute that luck begins to set in against him It also is obvious that he is desperately afraid oE Russia Naturally hed like to come to terms with the allies Of course hed want them to be his terms Still cramped as he is he might be willing to make some to pro mise them anyway Stalin Not Troubled Joe Stalin is about as independ ently situated as the traditional hog on ice He has no immediate neighbors that are strong enough to trouble him for long Hitler having overplayed his hand cant menace him seriously for the pres by flopping to the allies side Italy hateshim but cant the Balkans and ther Balkan powers are feeble They and Italy plus Turkey couldnt attack the Soviets for midably They might resist Joe a little but just now his activities arent pointed in their direction He can afford to leave them until later and its a safe bet that they wont start anything voluntarily Japans a potential threat bul only to the eastward and Josefs aggressions now are toward the opposite end of the compass What Joe obviously is after is to grab northern Scandinavia In that corner of the world the little Scan dinayias have got to do their own fighting No big civilized nation is geographically fixed to help them Odds Overwhelming Apparently Dictator Stalins peo ple are very solidly behind him It seems strange considering how bad his regime is Nevertheless its to be remembered that the regime which preceded him under the czars was about equally awful The Russians probably are accus tomed to that kind of it as a matter of course and dont pay much attention to it Incidentally foreign military ex perts say that Russias army navy and aviation corps are the limit as 34 BRITISH PLANES DOWNED OF BIG BATTLE OFF HELGOLAND Only 2 Nazi Planes Lost Reports From Berlin Authorities Say BERLIN Brit ish bombers were said by Ger many to have been shot down in a terrific air battle off the north German coast in the vicinity of Helgoland Monday afternoon Fortyfour Britisth planes were said to have participated in the attack Helgoland a German nav al base is an island off the north coast of Germany TJie German fighters rose to attack as soon as the British flight the biffgcst unit yet used against Germany was sighted Reports said the German planes led by u Captain Sclm maker succeeded in scattering the British Two German planes were lost it was said Their crews took to parachutes The wreckage of many British planes was reported washing up on German shores First stories of the battle indi cated it was the biggest air en gagement of the war with sharp fighting over the sea and an in tensive antiaircraft fire coming from land batteries Several of the British raiders broke through in the direction of Wilhelmshaven na2i naval base and dropped three bombs but the Germans reported they fell on barren land and caused no dam age The crews of two British planes were taken prisoners it was added BBrttisti Lost in Raids oh 13 in North Sea LJ Scuttled GrafSfrees Crew Cheer Funds Hopes Lie in Group Giving LONDON Three Britisl ships were lost and a fourth wa abandoned in a sinking condition as the result of largescale Ger man air raids on North Sea ship ping involving at least 13 ship Sunday night and early Monday The trawler Peal was aban doned after three of her crew hat been wounded by the German raiders Two other trawler the New choice and the Campagnus and the 48ton steamer Serenity wer HONOR PREVIOUSLY REPORTED GJobpGazeite Employes 6030 Daughters ol Penelope AVaTanVe Club i Dorcas Circle of Our Saviors Lutheran Cburcli i Freeman Ladles Aid Joan and Dee FHzGerald Parent Education Group of Cen tral School Plymouth Methodiit Gleaner Sun day School Class SiceMason Cily Fellowship Club National BRITISH CLAIM NAZI CRUISER IS DOWNED BY SUB Assert Undersea Craft Knifed Way Into Mouth of Elbe River Base LONDON admiralty announced Monday the submarine Ursula had knifed through a screen of destroyers and sank a 6000 ton German cruiser which carried a normal complement of 571 men The British Press association at the same time announced it had learned on good authority that this blow in heightening naval warfare had no connection with the torpedoing of a slightly larger Mrs Bradley Seaton Cornpaity Guard Cily Fur Shoppc Belly Floor Gaur Decker Pack ins Plant In Memory ot Mother 88 Upper Room Class Church of Christ A Friend Seventh Day Adventlst Church 200 NEW TOTAL 5700 7 NEEDED FOK GOAL SI032S O THEY BE LIEVE in their own product Thats a f a i r question for the public to ask of the any cause which m to inefficiency equipment no no discipline no anything worth haying All the same theyre nu merically approximately 60 times the strength of Finlands Thats pretty disproportionate Having attended to Finland the assumption is that Comrade Stalin will proceed to scoop in Sweden and at least northern Norway For generations Russia has been bursting for an Atlantic seaport It has been able to get out on the Pacific through Vladivostok but thats too roundabout And its been able to get out to the Atlan tic by way of the Baltic and the North sea but that route can be bottled up too easily Denmark doesnt signify so much Its Scandinavian but it hasnt a direct Atlantic outlet Joe essentially is after Sweden and Norway next to Finland Finns Our Pets Now we in the United States dont know so much about the Finns Theyre relatively few in this country But they owed us some World war debts that theyve paid instalments on regularly which no other country has done since the last world conflict This has been advertised Every semiyearly date its been noted that Finland has been cashpnthenaiL And its so now even in the case of the Finns current distressful period But we know about the Swedes and Norwegians Our northwest is full of em Their countries dont owe us any money in the first place Theyre second and third gener ations certainly Yet they do have their svmpa thies Is there anything we can do about it This new phase of warships pitting planes against small ships also sent the trawler Eileen Wra into port with a damaged hull Germany Reports 4 Ships Sunk and Warships Damaged BERLIN official Ger man News Agency DNB reported Monday that German bombers sank four British merchantmen nnd damaged three warships Sun day in an air attack In elaborating on a high com mand communique which said one vanguard ship was sunk by a bomb DNB declared German planes attacked a British convoy with bomus and machineguns The mere appearance of the German planes on the scene suf ficed to cause the greatest dis quietude on the British ships DNB reported Numerous crews fled into the lifeboats although their ships were not attacked at all One group of German scouters attacked the convoy protected by the mcnolwar After the first bomb fell among the ships lie convoy scattered to the four winds Several explosions could DIES FUOM FALL DKS MOINES death of William C Harbadi 71 year old DCS Moincs capitalist who died here Saturday night after a fall was due to a cerebral con cussion Coroner A E Shaw said support A n c the sponsors of the annual so licitation of the Christmas Cheer Fund are particularly proud to have tha accepted as one measure for judg ing this venture in the Christina1 spirit Heading the list today is a col lective contribution from the various departments of the Globe room press room circulation and mailing business office and news depart ment Over at KGLO another contribution is in the making for early announcement so that with donations previously made the GlobeGazette organization wil have accounted for more than of the SI500 to be raised Theres pride in this accom not a boastfu pride GlobeGazette employe have done what they hope other ures cruiser last week both attacks took Thursday Apparently place last The German cruiser was saifl to have been sunk at the mouth of the Elbe river a strongly fortified German naval base the harbor of Cuxhaven on one side and Brunsbuettel on the other Hamburg one of Ger manys main seaports is about 60 miles up the Elbe estuary from Cuxhaven The Ursulas commander was reported to have notified the ad miralty that the cruiser was iden tified by her silhouet on the sky line as one of the German Koeln class hence might be of three of that type that the steamer Ariti ochia 3106 tons was scuttled by her crew last month when pur sued in the north Atlantic Britons acclaimed the pasi week their best of the war at sea marked not only by the reported submarine blows to the German cruiser but also by the scuttling of the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee and the sea battle which sent her fleeing into Montevideo Turner States AAA Penalizes Farmer Who Always Conserved Soil DES MOINES IP Former Gov Dan Turner Monday criti cized the present AAA farm pro gram saying he believed it penal izes the farmer who always ha practiced soil conservation meas THE WINNERS Charles W Barlow 1132 W Slate City la Mrs J T Jackson 317 S Jones la Rliodcrick John McPcak 9M Third Avc S E Rochester Win a one year subycription to lie Mason City GIobcGnjetc for their entries in the Chuckle Contest Why dont YOU try it this week Turn to the Want Ad page for details like groups will do between now KGLO BENEFIT PROGRAM SET The main facts about a re markable radio program for the Christmas Cheer Fund to be broadcast over KGLO from the public school music hall Wednesday oclock until into the wee morning contained in a story by the radio editor on the local page of this is sue Turn to Page 1 3 and Saturday Theyre suggesting tiiat course and in the thought that they arc more persuasive in their suggestion by reason of the fnct that they have dug down into their own pockets The rule can be Do as I merely as I soy H is hoped that the example of this group will implant in other factories office staffs sales groups and the idea of a collective contribu tion Such procedure is essential if the fund now only slightly above the half way mark is to reach 51500 by Saturday after noon when it comes to an official closing V A number of industrial groups have already started the ball a rolling The contribution listed above from the belly floor of the Decker plant is typical and much appreciated So is the gift from the Headquarters company of the national guard So are all gifts The Freeman Ladies aid like he Hanford Ladies aid is one of1 the pioneer supporters of this cause having started more tnan ten years ago when the fund was in its infant days These rural groups deserve much credit for The Corning man testified at a republican congressional listen nig committee hearing here in quest of ideas leading to a solu tion of the farm problem The committee consisted of fivi Iowa republican congressmen aiu Representative Clifford Hope R The hearing is the sixth of seven meetings being hold from Salt Lake east through the farm belt The next will be in Minne apolis FOR INSIDE Reds Repulsed With Heavy osses in 2 Great Attacks the fact that there never has been a failure to reach goal Being FOH this cause is NOT enough Sympathy must be sup plemented by ACTION And the time for action is here The com mittee of women procuring mer chandise for the toy shop to be conducted Wednesday Thursday and Friday for those selected as worthy of participation in the Christmas Cheer Fund benefits need financial assistance and that RIGHT NOW Lets go No empty stockings in this community on Christmas morning Mail or bring your contribu tions to this address Christmas Cheer Fund eGazette Mason City Iowa SHOPPING DAYS LEFT JOHN N GARNER His Candidacy Puts Question Up to F R PAGE 2 Byers Sees Germany Joining AntiReds COL 2 EDITORIAL PAGE Hancock Farm Show Planned Feb 67 PAGE 3 Joe DiMaggio Winner of Loop Bat Laurels PAGE 11 HEYWOQD BROUN Had Espoused Many Social and Political Causes m Career NEW YORK Broun 51 columnist and prcsi dent of the American Ncwspape guild died Monday Erotm died in the Harkness pa vilion of the ColumbiaPresby terian medical center where hi was taken last Thursday nigh when pneumonia developed fron cold Heywood Broun at 51 had es poused a thousand social and po litical causes He championed their in his daily newspaper column in magazine articles on the rostrum in picket lines and however hi fertile mind could devise a mesn of expression He was tagged with a score o labels Conservative critics callci him variously a socialist a com munisl an anarchist a radical fellow traveler Radicals deniet he was any of these and some o them substituted uncomplimentai adjectives describing Brouns po litical nnd social philosophy WOMAN HELD IN KILLING OF SON Officers Trying to Learn What Happened to Other Children PHILADELPHIA P Delec ve Sergeant Bernard OConnell said Monday police have reason to believe Mrs Tillie Irelan charged with killing her 20 month v son and cutting up his body may have had other children We are trying he added to find out if she did and if so what happened to them Detective Captain James Ryan quoted Mrs Irelan as saying she smothered the baby last Wednes day night with a blanket and pil low For two days tile body lay hidden in a closet of her room at a boarding house Saturday the bought a saw dismembered the body and carried the torso to the cemetery a block away She told police she had been separated from her husband foi eight years Unable to obtain steady work as a childrens gov erness she said she decided she could not rear the boy Ryan also quoted her as saying the boy in terfered with her work and kep her from attending parties Russians Complete Conquest of Northern Land Connection HELSINKI Finland Russian army launched two great ittacks against Finnish lines on he Karelian isthmus but were epulsed with heavy losses an of icial communique said Monday light The attacks were opened while innish troops were smashing a lussi anattempt to circle around he east end of the Mannerheim ine on the isthmus and were de scribed as representing the Jtrongest Russian concentration of power since the war started The attacks were against the middle ot the main Finnisli dc ense lines at Lake Muolaan and Valk which are 12 miles apart in the middle of the isthmus Twentysix more Russian tanks were destroyed when Finns re pulsed the two attacks the com munique said in describing Sun days fighting At another point 10 more tanks were destroyed it added making a total of 72 claimed to have been destroyed or captured by the Finns in three days A Finnish victory at Taipale river disclosed in advices from the front lines was described as follows The enemy twice tried to concentrate for an attack in the Taipale sector but was dis persed by artillery fire The series of attacks on mt southeastern front were describe in the Finnish communique a resulting in complete success fo the Finnishforces COMPLETE NORTH7 SVAN1K Konvay sian troops advanced rapidly Monday and completed conquest of Finlands land connection with the Arctic ocean Retreating Finns fighting a rear guard ac tion were forced across the bor der into Norway where they were interned TILLY IRELAN Charged with murder HEAT WAVE WILL COOL OFF Temperature May Drop to Around 20 Degree Mark Monday Nighl DES MOINES DC comber heat wave will cool o Monday night and Tuesday th weather bureau said but no gre change in temperatures is c pee ted The mercury soared to a balmy 68 degrees at Council Bluffs Sun day under a warm sun Sunday nights lowest reading was 26 at Mason City It was 29 degrees at Charles City and Iowa Falls Temperatures Monday morning were 15 degrees above normal but the bureau warned that thermo meters might drop as low as 20 degrees Monday night in the northwest section of the state which will be the first to receive the cooler weather NEW BLASTS IN HULK OF NAZI SHIP REPORTED Uruguay Arrests 4 of Crew to Determine How Warship Was Scuttled By HAROLD K MILKS MONTEVIDEO cx ilosions shook the twisted hulk of he German pocket battleship Ad niral Graf Spec Monday even as a ligh Argentine official announced ter crew of 1039 would be in terned At the same time Uruguay sought to learn just how the nazi crew sent the ship to the bottom of the Plate river estuary Sun day with blasts in her hull by ar resting four of the crew for ques ioning Most of the officers and crew went to Buenos Aires in the hope that Argentina would treat them as shipwrecked sailors rather than as belligerents but a high Argentine official said the crew would be interned The officers tiie officials said may be freed on their personal pledges not to participate further in the war Uruguayan gunboats patrolled near the tangled wreckage the Graf Spoe which her officers de stroyed on the order of Adolf Hit ler in a compromise between a possible suicidal battle and intern ment Ironicallythe floating oil CONDITION OF SLAYER WORSE CHARLES Valley hospital attendants Monday said the condition of Warner Blewett who swallowed poison after slay ing his 14 year old sweetheart Dorothy Carter one Week ago was much worse The youth who faces first de gree murder charges if he recov ers suffered hemorrhages early Monday His condition is critical c u luugii The emblltcrea Captain H a n s Langsdorff who himself carried the cable firing the internal mines dropping his ship into the ooze of the river left the scene Sunday night with his crew for Buenos Aires Only the fiffljUiiff lop rising like a tombstone marked the RIIVC in Montevideo harbor where he warships master ful filled the order of Adolf Hitler Sunday and scuttled her in three dramatic minutes within sight and sound of the city Embittered Captain Hans Langs dorff last to leave the doomed ship himself carried the light cable which set off internal mines and sent the Graf Spee to the bot tom her flags still flying above the flames as the sun set Destruction at German hands apparently was the middle course for the Graf Spec V It spared the lives of more than 1000 sailors who would have faced almost sure death had HEYWOOD BROUN Dies BUY CHRISTMAS SEALS IN CASH AWARDS On pages 8 and 9 of this issue is a feature entitled A Muni ficent Christmas Gift The GlobeGazette is offering S20 in cash prizes to the winners of the puzzle contest which appears in the feature Neat ness nnd originality will count and he decision of the judges will be final Turn now to page S for the feature and contest dotiils Solve the puzzlc nnd you may win otic of the awards In case of 1 tic dupli cate awards will be given Telephone 3800 or come to the GlobeGazette office if you would like more information The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy colder except in northcentral and ex treme northeast Monday night Tuesday fair colder in cast and south MINNESOTA Cloudy some light rain or snow in north and cast somewhat colder in ex treme north and extreme west Monday night Tuesday partly cloudy colder in east and cen tral Iowa shippers forecast Northwest 20 northeast 25 stmtlmcst r0 southeast 35 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday S6 Minimum Sunday night 26 At 8 a m Monday 30 YEAR AGO Maximum 32 Minimum 24 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 62 Minimum in night 2S At 8 a m Sunday 23 YEAR Maximum u Minimum 5 ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE by Nazis ;