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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 20, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HARCOH Hisr ueu t e P r of io uIJJC3 HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS KULt LEASED WIBES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 20 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT NO 61 BRITAINS WARSHIPS SHELL VALONA FRISNOTYET DECIDED ABOUT DEFENSE SETDP Continues Conference Thinks Johnson Law Repeal Is Unnecessary WASHINGTON Roosevelt told a press conference Friday that nothing had been de cided yet about revising the set up of the defense commission Asserting that he was not ready to say anything about U at this time the president said he did not know whether any announcement on the subject might be expected later in the day after an afternoon confer ence with members of the com mission if As for reports that some re arrangement to put a threeman group in charge the president oharacterized them as newspaper stories It was disclosed Thurs day that consideration was being given to the establishment of a high command for the defense program composed of Secretary Knox Secretary Stimson and Wil liam S Knudsen of the defense commission Stephen Earl y presidential secretary said Thursday that con sideration was being given to the high command idea and it was on the basis of this that the stories were published Mr Roosevelt said that was only one of four or five setups and combinations under consider ation and nothing had been de cided on yet When a reporter asked a ques tion about stories that approxi mateIy 30 Danish ships tied up in American wafers would he over to Britain Mr Roosevelt said it was a new one on him To an inquiry as to whether he intended to ask he new congress i Tom for more money for the RFC to tiI nance construction of munitions nmJ factories Mr Roosevelt said he thority Friday Uiat FBI agents working secretly through a Ictier on victim of a scu ational kidnaping for n lave been singled out once again Isent the countand counteslTDe by an extortionist seeking money I Tristan through the Santa Kusa frustrated the scheme md barely missed capturing the extortionist in a trap set in a cab jage patch near Santa Rosa The suspect described as an elusive little man in a black over coat was reported to have shown up at the cabbage patch rendez vous late Wednesday night snatched up a cigar box which Cheer Gifts Zoom Past Mark PAEVtOLSLY REPORTED 9 Additional From KGLO Benefit Ptaf ra m Bringinc total Farihall Swift Elizabeth Ann Cookman Gzrfteld T A Joyce Kilmrr Club tlrs A Faaborr Mtservey Beet Sujrar Refinery Employes No 2IIW ifh School Home Room No ins on City Trades and Labor E A S JMavoji CHy KinanH lub A Couple Mason City Friends Monroe Fourth Grade Denison Club Jack Fat Al Mr Mrs O K Slorrc Rensclt Just Rite Club Theatrical State Employes and Motion Picture Local Xo 43tt Mr and Mrs Henri X Graven Clear Iake Flora Viltetoe Betty and Fhylly Home Boom No m WashingtonMonroe Parent Edu cation Group Penny March Ladle i Auxiliary Xaiional AasoelalUn Foyer Engineers P C i T club tUltoii Division First Baptist Church Bethlehem Lutheran Mens Club A Karbara Waggoner in JOO SW 10 ItKWI 5UU am 1UII ioo 5UO rum 316 I Circle 1UI was under the impression there already was enough money He was informed that some per sons had said his new tentative plan for a lease and lend sys tem of supplying Britain with arms would require repeal oC the Johnson act which forbids loans to nations in default of their last World war debts to the United States The chief executive repeated what he said last congressional action would be needed but that he did not believe repeal of the Johnson law would be necessary 3 POWERS PLAN COMMISSIONS Germany Italy Japan Collaborate If Any New Enemy Is Faced BERLIN Italy and Japan agreed Friday on ap pointment of various commissions envisaged by their pact of mili tary collaboration against any new enemy in the European or Asiatic wars The action made the pact a organism declared in formed quarters It was understood that an nouncement of the personnel would come later In the day This was the disclosure that au thorized sources predicted in ad vance and which they said would present an interesting prospect of further development of coop pration between nations united in the threepower pact Madison P T A It Chapter E O Standard Oil Employ rs Addi in S3 Previously Given I lard in c Parent Education Group Home Room Xo ion Vrlhlehem Lutheran Worker llermanson Brothers Bruce Lowp Evia Meat Marktl NKW TOTAL 1MI no l i n inn llm I Ill 100 community 20 miles south o San Francisco was kidnaped last Sept 20 by helm Jacob Muhlenbroidi a German alien who had visions of gelling in ransom for re turning the child Instead M u h 1 e n b r o i ch was overpowered by a couple of lum berjacks in the mountains cast of San Francisco and is now in San Quentin prison serving a life sen tence The child was returned home unharmed Federal agents appeared lt Extortionist Fails in New Threat on DeTristah Child INVADE LOWER SANTA ROSA Cal as the price for safety of their boy closely guarded bv his vu m n III LUIILII vealthy socially prominent par child y J OIL ceo Wednesday taking Tristan family Instead a 12 year ents of 3 year old Marc De Tris It was learned on reliable au sive Hillsboroush commiiv n lnc old lP aild AflDIATIO IICCT HUKIAilU mttl NONE OF FOES ic thought was filled with money i Santa Rosa nostofCicc three weeks and vanished in the murky daikcigo with a photographic copy of a ness before officers could seize letter mailed the De Tristans um Before he had reached ihe bounds of the patch he discovered the box was lilled with worthless strips of paper instead of curren cy and he discarded it amonj the vegetable rows The goldenhaired De Tristan They did not reveal the letters contents but asked the postmaster to trace its sender They lid not succeed in this authorities said but did arrange the rendezvous under pretense of clctiiing to pay the extortion money Eight FBI agents sifted into members of the Santa Kosa police force and some state highway pa trolmen Heavily armed and wearing rough clothing the olfi a note This instructed him to pro ceed to the cabbage patch and make contact Bobbin drove to the patch with cers started on a trail thai led I the posse trailing behind The them to the cabbage patch that night Details of how the suspect cs caped the cabbage patch trap was told Friday by one of the offi cers who participated in the am bush but asked lhal his name be withheld The story he told R J Bobbitl assistant chief of the federal bureau of investigation in the San Francisco area who headed operations here imper sonated an emissary of the De Tristan family and stood with the cigar box in his hand in front of the postoffice here Out of sight police and federal agents waited for the suspect to approach Bobbitt and take the ci gar box as had been arranged by the extortionist in a note to the Pe men had barely posted themselves behind cover when the shadowy figure of a man approached Bob bitt who stood apparently alone in the middle of the field t The suspect grabbed the box i out of Bobbins hand and stalled running We all took up the chase police officer related But he was crawling fast and it was hard to keep track of him in the darkness could have shot him several times but we thought we had him The disappearance the officers found by the tracks into rugged creek bottom into which the cabbage patch dropped away unexpectedly London Quarters Say Albanian Fascist Force s Is Facing Isolation By THK ASSOCIATED PRESS sea power consisting of baltleshipsa cruiser and destroyers has swept the low er Adriatic and the battleships r mi ji i nji miii ailU II1U UULlieSlupb too well surrounded to get away poured nearly 100 tons of high and then suddenly he disappeared plosive shells into the Albanian altogether port of Valona the admiralty an nounced Friday MARC DE TRISTAN again TROOPS TO GO TO FAIR WEEKEND IS PREDICTED Mild Temperatures Forecast for Saturday and Sunday in Iowa DES MOINES cheer for Iowas merchants and holiday shoppers came from the weather bureau be fair weather for the final weekend purchasing rush Fair Friday night Saturday and Sunday was the good word VERY DAY IN EVERY WAY it looks more a the 1 Christmas Cheer Fund would pass the 51500 goal set for it Thats a satis fying prospect but the really important fact involved in it is that there will be no Empty Stockings in this community on Christmas morning The list of donors printed above is believed to be the largest ever printed on a single day in the fifteen years the Christmas Cheer Fund has been in existence The pleasant task of translating money gifts into Christmas realily got under way Friday morning at n special toy shop set up at 205 North Federal avenue under the chairmanship of Mrs T W Kelly Saturday the shop will operate under the direction of Mrs C E Dakin and Mondav flip chairman in charge will be Sirs Floyd John son The quarters were made available through the generosity of T B Youngblood A very substantial part of the fund tliis year lias come from the various home rooms of the Mason City high school The solicitation methodshave been unique and interesting In one case the stu dents sang carols as they gave with the totals being revised on the blackboard between gifts The fund will be brought to a close at 10 oclock Tuesday morn ing In the meantime all gifts should be addressed to Christmas Cheer Fund Care GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa Will Garrison US Newly Acquired Base Barracks to Be Built WASHINGTON detach ment of United States soldiers had orders Friday to sail fur ISTcw foundland early in January to garrison the nations newly ac quired North Atlantic outpost Since barracks ashore are in complete the men will have to live for awhile on the ship that carries them north The transport vessel the U S S Edmund E Alexander pre sumably will be anchored near St Johns the capital of Newfound land A U S naval and air base is to be constructed near that city with other facilities to be estab lished near Little Placentia Har bor farther south Components and size of the army detachment were not le vealed but the war department announced it would be com manded by Col M D Welly an infantry officer As a result of negotiations wiih Great Britain the United Stales is establishing seven other air and naval outposts from Bermuda south to British Guiana BRITISH EXTEND AIR ATTACKS IN FASCIST LIBYA Fall of Bombarded Port of Bardia Is Believed Imminent CAIRO bombers operating with the army in Libya have extended their attacks to Derna Italian base 150 miles in side Libya from the Egyptian frontier a Royal Air Force com munique said Friday Newshattering attacks on Bardia on the nlghtriiif 18 19 and a heavy raid on Derna were described in an RAF com munique while British general headquarters said there was no chaiiRft in the situation around Bardia LOOK INSIDE FOR from the weather bureau temperatures were forecast Temperatures averaged six dc DRUNK DRIVERS GET FINES NEW White of Plainfietd Nicholas Schumach Great damage was Ocrna where military done at buildings were set afire and great explosions occurred as direct luts were reg istered on barracks police head quarters motor transport parks and the RAF said Uhcn our last plane left the scene practically the whole camp was ablaze Similar raids were carried out on enemy troop con centrations and motor transpor northwest of Bardia all bombs falling in the target area But Jul extent of the damage was not ob served General headquarters state ment that there was no change in the situation around Bardia inferred that British troops slill were confining the Italian sar rison there It has been shelled from sea and land and bombPd from the air and was not ex pected to hold out for long Honor Graf Spee Dead on Anniversary CHARGED WITH MAIL THEFT Local Man Held lo Federal Grand Jury Under Bond Harrv J Bovnircl 312 U e s t Two Ships Send Out Calls of Attacks by Submarines Appears to Be Second Woman Dies as Cars Crash in Fog at Leon Assault on Convoy jn pasi Three Days State street was bound over to the r I federal grand jury under S1500 The RA1 said that British fightbond on a charge of larceny from the United States mails when he NLW ucrc ers continued offensive patrols in advance areas There was one engagement be tween Sollum and Gambut when one squadron of eight gun planes British shot down three S89s and two CR42s the communique said Two other planes in difficulty broke formation but they were not actually seen to crafr An enemy plane attempted to Aden on the night of Dec 18lU There were no casualties nnd no damage A raid on Malta Ihe same night was similarly un successful One of our eightaim fighters CAPT JOSEPH A CAINARD Mildicr of Fredericksburs and Isadorc Klappcricl of New Hampton each plcdcd suilty before ludsc T ices above normal in the stale 11 Gohcen of Calmar on a charge this morning SUics were clcnor driving while intoxicated The in hc west portion and cloudy m court fined each of the defcn City of Flint Skipper Navy Cross PACK 2 Tough Foes Face Mason City Cagers SPORTS PAGE other sections 1 dants S300 and costs 60000 Iowa Children to Take Skills Test STATE PAGE coast rntiay YORK ships Hacked by submarines miles west of the Irish The rairt through the 50mile witte strait of Otrauto at the heel of the Italian boot was not challenged by the Italian navy ajjd no Italian shlpplnr was found the admiralty said Va lona is a vital supply port for Italian forces in southern Al bania British commentator pounced on the failure of the Italians to engage Hie warships us indication hat British domination of the vlcditerraneaii had been extended o the Adriatic although the Brit sli penetrated only the lower part is far north as Durazzo on the Al lanian side and Bari on the Ital l New evidence of British con trol of the Mediterranean itself was found in the hitcrmiUem fiveday bombardment of Italys beleaguered Libyan base of Bar dia where ihe admiralty an nounced three supply ships were sunk in a light forces penetration of the inner harbor on Tuesday The admiralty itself drew nn conclusions from the Adriatic and Bardia operations but the naval correspondent of the British Press association declared It would seem that Ihe Ital ians driven from Taranto and hounded ajrain lv tlic KAF a Naples have sought fresh bases where they hope their fleet will keep out of the way of our Jlcditeirancan fleet With the Adriatic sea now open to us important develop ments may lie expected The admiraltys reports would tend to bear out reports tliat fleets of German Junkers transport planes are ferrying Italian troops to the Albanian baUlelront where they had been taken hitherto fay sea The Adriatic raid was staged Ihe night of Dec IK and the sink ing of the simply ships at Bardia early the day before according to admiralty communiques Vice Admiral M D Pridham U ippcl veteran of World War op erations in the Adriatic com manded the Adriatic raiders which appeared fo have made their as sault in two phases While a cruiser and a screcn IEON Mrs F G Osier oF ing destroyer force swept the loiv Redfieltl Iowa waived hearing before U S Com missioner F B Shaffer here Fri day j The penalty if he were found guilty would be not mote than five years imprisonment or not more than S2000 fine or both The information was filed by Edward H Mahler poslolfice in spector and showed that Bovaird had removed r letter addressed to William T Nelson Northlield Minn from a U S mail collection box while on duty as a temporary city mail carrier The letter con tained S450 in currency according to the information which he in intcrecptcd and dovvn an ielcted to hs own Italian S79 in fhimcs into scu AH members oC the ITCAV were I Ic vas hound ovcv lo tho srand lost No damage or casualties vcre I which meets June 2 at Fort caused to service or civilian prop Dodge erty at From all of Uese operations our aircraft returned safely General headquarters la conic In describing land opera tions Food Situation in Rumania Is Serious BUDAPEST H u n g a r y i ravelers arriving from Rumania British Submarine Sinks 2 Italian Ships LONDON British sub marine has sunk a heavily laden Italian supply ship and a large Italian tanker south of Italy dur ing the last week the admiralty announced Friday be the second attack on in three davs V Word of the attack was heard by Mackay radio which picked up terse messages from the vessels Both gave positions in the same area that in recent months has become the graveyard of British ships carrying war ma terials to the beleaguered English Isles The first report Friday came from the British steamer Carlton At a m she radioed that a submarine had crossed her bow and then launched a torpedo Thirtysix minutes later came a second report this time from s ship which did not immediately identify Later the vessel was identified I by Mackay as the 2842ton Nor1 j wegian freighter Varangberg out of Oslo a former Great steamer The ship was built in 1915 at Ashtabula Ohio Being attacked by submarine 5531 north latitude 1925 west longitude the message said appeared usband was injured seriously killed and i er sea looking fruitlessly for Ital iin an automobiletruck collision highway fi9 north of here Thursday State Highway Patrol man Kelly said Unit at the time of the accident fog linrt reduced visibility to less than 75 feet Travele reported Friday that the food sit uation there was becoming in creasingly serious They said bread cost about 25 United States cents for two exorbi tant price tor he average peasant They said eggs were almost nnob RAF Attacks Several Ruhr Area Targets LONDON RAF flev through bad weather Thursday j tainable and that fats sugar and 1 nigln and attacked several tar stove wood were fast disappearing sets in llic Ruhr and in western i mere arc three meatless days a j Germany concentrating on oil week they said and long queues j plants and storage facilities the air ministry announced Friday i stand for hours before food shops SLEEP PEACEFULLY NOW BELFAST Northern Ireland iF villagers sleep peace fully found out a nightly air raid siren there was only a braying donkey The Weather FORECAST Fair Frirtay niclil Saturday and Sundav mild temperature MINNESOTA Iartly cloudy Friday nislil Saturday and Sunday slightly cooler northeast and extreme southeast Friday nlfht IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather sUilis Slaximum Thursday 34 Minimum Thursday night 21 At 8 a m Friday 26 Prccip trace I YEAR AGO Maximum 32 Minimum 20 Precipitation 07 Extended Forecast Extended weather forecast for the period from p m Dec 20 to p m Dec 25 Upper Missippi valley Tem perature will average below nor mal during period Continued mild Saturday and Sunday falling trend remainder of period Preci pitation near average except be low average Minnesota and North western lows nmiiTing middle and latter part of period ian shipping many was not toward Viilonn Ionclun quarters sard Italys failure to command Hie lower Adriatic left fascist troops in Al bania threatened with isolation worse than the encirclement of llic British and French at Dun kertiue climaxing the battle of Flanders last spring In addition to the British naval attack in Valona uhicli took place Wednesday niffht the RAF command in Athens re ported flaming ruins were left in new assaults on Valona and Krioncro by RAF warplancs Thursday British pilots said that great col umns of smoke arose from bomb hit gasoline reserves and military barracks in Valona and that firc were seen raging the raid on Krioncro Other RAF planes presumably taking off from Greek bases or navnl aircraft carriers bombed Brindisi on the Italian boot heel striking in four successive waves The fascist high command mcnting on the raid omitted any mention of damage and said mere ly that five were lightly injured including two women among the civilian VShile the British admiralty drew no conclusions from the naval sally into the Adriatic sea the well informed naval corres pondent of the British Press as sociation hinted that Britain may now hunt down the elusive Ital ian fleet Italians Continue Retreat in Albania By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS On the Greek war front a gov ernment spokesman in Athens said Friday that the hardpressed ;