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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 21, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME E B UEU AR T Of IOWA COUP I A VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED THE NtWSPAPiR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 21 1940 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE iuivaisii OK TWO SECTIONS MTV U S AID TO BRITAl N STIRS GERMANS Bell of Thompson Dies From Injuries Received When Struck by Auto Two North lowans died Satur day from injuries received in au tomobile accidents the victims being men from Hampton and Thompson Ira L Wilson 50 foreman at the Sandbere and Johnston con struction company at Hampton was killed when the ear in which he was riding crashed into the side of ihe second sec tion of art Illinois Central pas sengfer train No 11 as il sped through Jesup about 2 a m Sat urday The train was reportedly runninglate Harrison Blacklcdge 17 year old high school senior ot Rowley was also killed in the accident M occurred at the highway 20 Wo crossing where trainautomobile crashes have claimed several lives in the past 10 years Driver of the car Bert Clark about 40 farmer near Howley was seri ously injured when the coupe crashed into the train Clark in a Waterloo hospital is suffering from shock severe face head and Jog lacerations and pos sible basal skull fracture his physician said There was a foe at tlie time and the paving near the cross ing was icy Trainmen said the car approached at high speed The car was burled 60 feet and of the wreckage killed instantly doctors said The Hampton man is survived by his widow and five children His body was taken to Hampton Saturday morning William Bell 39 Ford Karate nwner at Thompson died in Balmage hospital at Buffalo Center early Saturday morniiiE of injuries suffered when he struck by a car Thursday night oh highway 9 west of Thompson Bell is survived by his widow a daughter Barbara Lou at home his parents Mr and Mrs W J Bell of Algona and a broth er R J Bell of City Funeral services will be held at 1 oclock Monday afternoon at the home and at at the Meth odist church with the Rev A B Gedye in charge Burial will be in the cemetery at Algona CAIRO Egypt Brit ish bombers artillery and war ships were reported battering be leaguered Bardia Saturday in an effort to smash a path through the Italian defenses a general headquarters communique an nounced British troops had cap tured an additional 000 prisoners and were clearing the areas to the northwest and west of the eastern Libyan base Trie British forces in ihe west ern desert which continue lo be reinforced also have taken four Needed to Put Cheer Goal Over Top rKEVIOLSLV ttEFOItTril siin ilijll P T A C Auxiliary 3UII 3UO lfH Imi ifcoo ttio TREES SET RECORD DES MOINES record number of Christmas trees is add ing to the festixc spirit in DCS Moines homes wholesalers and re tailers said Saturday PLAN CHILDS KITES funeral of Katheren Chehocfc 6 daughter of Mr and Mrs Lcland Chccock who died in Arizona will be Mon day at 10 oclock at Methodist church LOOK INSIDE FOR Decker Office RooiticH Jujjjor Mason Cily Polit J No CUB Old SI Xlck Pavue Plumbinj t Healing Lr Home Koom 3U1 Roosevelt Schoo Rudolph tlie llicti School Fan Gleaners S SClass MclhodUt Church Plymouth Monroe Junior lliRh T A Delta Alnha Class ol Congrerit j tional Church j Junior lUdasah Organization From Miry Alice Home Ttoom Ml 1C o o 5 e v e I t Junior High iiin Trinity Rooscvrlt Circle fly B i O Circle Trinity Lutb erau Ladies Aid JQO Ninth Gratle Home Room Monroe Junior WKirer Grocer Employe 400 NEW TOTAL Slrlfia ROMPT GIV ingori the part of Mason Citys tribe of Good FeOlows is es sential if tlie 1340 Christ mas C h e e r Fund is to go zooming over the top as it has in the H Previous years With giving day left be deadlinc at 10 oclock Tuesday morning an addition of almost S2oO was needed to the minimum goal of Last Tnil 7T guns intheir moppingup opera tions the communique reported In addition patrols along the Sudan frontier were said to be carrying on their aggressive ac tivity As the British closed in on Bar din large units of the trapped fascist forces were said to be try ing desperately to slip through the ring of steel around their eastern Libyan base under cover dark ness and the pall or smoke and dust hanging over the town afier fivc days of bombardment Accidents Fatal to Hampton WILSON DIES AS CAR RAMS INTO SIDE OF TRAIN Thus far in the campaign this year the gifts received have been cash almost exclusively Saturday afternoon however a number of merchandise contributions were received from the retail and wholesale establishments of Ma son City More were expected Monday It is from these that an ultimate total approximating S11 000 is expected i Miss Doris Bruce executive secretary of the Social Welfare league and administrator of the Christmas Cheer fund referred to Hie opening day of the special toy shop at 205 North Federal avenue as a grand success The commit tee m charge included Mrs W B Casey chairman Mrs S C Deyoc Mrs J W Kelly Mrs John Mickey Mrs Charles Harding Mrs L J Strahan and Mrs J Gilbert Jones Saturdays staff in charge of the toy shoup consisted of Mrs C E Dakin chairman Mrs L S Sand ers Mrs John Youngdalc Mrs Charles Barlow Mrs C B White head and Mrs Arthur Kramer Monday final day the group will include Mrs Floyd Johnson chairman Mrs Alice Loomis Mi kecvcr Mrs H C Paul Loomis H D Ma Fricsner Mrs H C fisher and Mrs fra Stinson The toy shop was set up to give beneficiaries of tiic Cheer Fund an opportunity to select their family gifts Also it was reasoned that Christmas shopping is one of the principal Yuletide pleasures of the GOV GEORGE A WILSON Lists Members of Draft Appeal Boards PAGE 2 Mason City Defeats East Sioux City SPORTS PAGE Carver ReElected by Palo Alto Farm Group PAGE 8 Those with merchandise to con tribute to the fund have been asked to call 161 to report what tncy have and to place a value on it Even materials not available until after Christmas day will be welcome Merchandise thus re ceived will help to extend Chnslmas into the new year Last minute group collections were reported under way in nu merous Mason City offices stores and factories All such cash do nations should be in the hands of the Christmas Cheer Fund soli citation director in the GlobeGa jctte office before 10 oclock I 1 ucaday forenoon The address for mailed contributions is Christmas Cheer Ftmii Care GlobcGazcltc Mason City Iowa RAF ATTACKS ITALIAN BASES Greek Forces Capture Italian Colonel and 2 Fascist Battalions ATHENS royal ad force bombers based on Greek soil were reported Saturday to have carried out successful attacks on oil tanks and railways at Brindisi i across the Adriatic straight ot Otranto on the heel of the Italian boot Poor visibility and intense antiaircraft fire made observa tion difficult said the RAF communique but all bombs exploded in the target area Large fires were started and subsequently there were several explosions While the RAF reported this and other assaults to support the Greek offensive into Italianheld Albania dispatches from the fight ing front said Greek forces had captured an Italian colonel and two battalionsin fiercefighting around Tepeleni Greek infantryirien battling cold and a stubborn fascist force were said to have occupied two villages and wo strategically im portant heights in the Tepeleni area Heights taken in the Tepeleni area were described as strongly guarded with barbed wire After mentioning the gains in that sec tor one report said Our artillery successfully shelled the retreating Italians CUDS and much material have fallen into our hands A naval communique indicated Sjaturday that a Greek destroyer force actually preceded British warships in their sweep of the lower Adriatic as reported by the London admiralty Friday The British sent a battleshipcruiser destroyer force into the lower Ad riatic Dec IB and the battleships it was reported poured nearly 100 tons of high explosive shells into Italys port of entry into southern Albania Valona 6 KILLED IN RAID ON BERLIN BERLIN persons were killed and 17 injured by British warplanes which attacked Berlin during he night the German high command reported Saturday The Coin Protestant cathedral in the capital was damaged and small fires were set in the suburbs by incendiary bombs but no mil itary damage was caused by the raiders a communique declared On their first attempt to reach the city the official account said the British raiders were driven off by heavy antiaircraft fire the communique de clared several enemy planes lew over ihe center of the city and dropped a number ot explosive and incendiary bombs particu larly in Ihe east resulting in slight damaga to the populace and some damage to buildings The rcichs church ministry es timated the cathedral damage at about 5600000 and said the raid ers dropped flares before Ihey dropped their bombs It was believed in some British circles that such any got try o join Mar shal Rodolfo Graziani at Tobruk for a new stand 75 miles west of the LibyanEgyptian Frontier The coastal road to Tobruk ond Dcrna has been reported like Bardia under almost constant RAF and naval bombardment Reports from the battlefront said tlie British bringing up in fantry to reinforce their advance tank columns completed a semi circle of men and guns around the landward side of Bardia Friday night while a line of warships off the coast finished the encircle ment Immediately it was battle of Bardia became a siege From all sides British guns were thundering at the 17mile Italian defense front of tank traps gun emplacements and pill boxes manned by an estimated 10000 ot them survivors o the fascist flight from Egypt Nazis Up NAZIS AWAITING officials CROSS SHIPPING PLAN REACTION BERLIN jovomment fI1 The Gorman requested the state department in Washington Satur day to recall M P Cross and Leigh Hunt secretaries in the British Adriatic Control Has Far Reaching Meaning By DeWITT MACKENZIE Foreign News Analyst tthen Ihe British drove the noses of a fleet of warships tin US i to iaVtle lions of the altogether mad battlc of the Mediterranean If this development means what it seems to mean and Im not pre pared to saj that it i then good forI tune is unfold ing for Britain like u rose un der the morn ing sun To get the f u 11 signific ance of this oc c u r r a n c e we must realize that the fleet passed through the 45mile wide Strait of Qtranto with two great Italian naval bases almost near enough to be piped up by a boatswains whistle It then cut right across Italys line of leaguered armyrjin sputKern Xff bania The British also plastered the important port of banian end of this a hundred Ions ot explosive with out having even a peashooter leveled at them They steamed the Adriatic as far as Durazzo northern Albanian port and Bari on the Italian coast And never a ripple from an Italian warship or roar of a warplanes propeller The only indication of any movement of the Italian navy came Saturday in a report by the high command that fascist ships have an entirely new situation something like this With communications between Italy and Albania severed the fas cists would have to abandon that Balkan country and its difficult to see how they could evacuate their already shattered army from Albania Thus the Romans would have written off their attempted conciuest of Greece as a catas trophe and would have surrend ered a highly strategic Balkan base of operations to the enemy The entire east coast of Italy would be virtually under the muzzles of British guns You could make anything you wanted out of that Tlie great slate of Jugoslavia lies on the Adriatic just across from Italy would lose Greece scoring heavy hits De tails were lacking The implications of this mys fcry of the Adriatic are even more startling than the unin terrupted cruise of the British unit His majestys admiralty wisely refrains from drawing conclusions but British com mentators say that the Kalians have conceded domination of the Adriatic as well as the medi terranean and have sought a hideout to escape their enemy Whether those conclusions may be accurate or not it strikes me we shall be well advised to watch developments a bit before making up our minds Should it prove to be a fact that the Italians have abandoned control of their Adria tic to the British then we would theaxis powers r For the first time the way would be open for tlie British o aid the Jugo slavs should the occasion arise This situation would lend to give Ihe British a still greater foothold in the Balkans providing defense to meet any attempt bv the axis to force the Dardanelles and reach the near cast and af fording a base for possible offen sive operations against Germmu through he Balkans Remcmbel that the British are preparing foi a land offensive against nazidom ugh command that fascist ships T ullcllalvc against nazidom iad attacked the Ionian coast of f might be through the Bal ireece scoring heavy hits De lxanfLWe as well as across west ern Europe Mrs Barlow Assails InventorYUnwarrantecP Science Investments BRIDGEPORT Conn Mrs Lester P Barlow wife of the bomb inventor testified in a divorce action that she left her husband because of his unwar ranted investments in sticntilic and political ventures Superior Court Judge John II King reserved decision Friday on her petition for a divorce chafgiii nonsupport The Barlows were married in 1921 He now resides in Baltimore He formerly lived at Clear Lake Iowa HAL KEMP DIES OF INJURIES Orchestra Leader Suffered Punctured Lung in Collision MADERA Cat Leader Hal Kemp 3S died Sat urday as a result of injuries suf fered in an automobile accident last Wednesday night Kemps car collided with one driven by Casimiro Azparren near here Kemp ivho was en route to San Francisco lo fill an engagement suffered a punctured lung He was taken to Dearborn hos pital here where it at first was believed he was recovering But last night Drs Ray R Dearborn and Coe Swift disclosed that he had developed pneumonia Ho was placed in an oxygen tent but failed to rally Charges are pending in justice court against Azparren who also was injured soseriously in the ac cident that he required hospital treatment United Slates embassy said tho embassy employe Mrs Beegan on tlie ground they lielpcci an unnamed British offi cer who escaped An official announcement slated that Hie United States gov ernment had heeded ihe German request and had informed reichs government that il had started investigations The announcement said Mrs Deegan supported the English officer in an effort to enable him to flee German authorities in vestigations in Paris disclosed that Embassy Secretaries Cross and Hunt also were involved ihe announcement asserted Furthermore Cross was charged with having hidden for months in the embassy building an unnamed English ciii7cn in the employ of the secret service The agent tin ally was arrested outside the tJ1C dc ml espionage against icrmauy while in the HAL KEMP after crash British Press Says Halifax Most Likely Envoy to U S London Times States None Better Fitted for Important Post LONDON OP Appointment of Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax as ambassador to the United States was regarded as certain by an influential section of the Brit ish press Saturday and the Lon don Times said it could conceive of no one better important post fitted for this The Daily Mail flatly de clared he tall scholarly foreign secretary would assume hc post left vacant by the death of Lord Lothian and asserted his name already had been submitted to President Roosevelt for ap proval The authoritative but more restrained British Press Associa tions parliamentary correspond ent said Lord Halifax was choicc f LORD HALIFAX NAMES REID TO EDUCATION POST Governor Appoints Slate Board Successor to George T Baker DKS MOINES Course A Wilson Saturday nniiounccd the appointment of John C Reid a of Cedar Rapids to tlie state board of education succeeding George T Baker of Davenport who died recently Reid is president of the National Oats company operating plains in Cedar Rapids and Kast St Louis III and vice president of the Cedar Rapids Chamber or Com merce The governor described him a a widely known busincssm m He is a democrat as was Baker Reid has lived in Cedar Rapids since 1S24 and is the father of two daughters one of whom Mrs James L Cooper of Cedar was graduated from ihe State Uni versity nf Iowa The board of education i a ninemember bipjirtisnn bodv composed ot five republicans and four democrats The members re ceive expenses and perdicm fee embassy hideout Mrs Decgan a former resident of Aslicvillc N Car was ar rested ly the Germans in Paris Cec 5 on a charge of conniving In help British officers escape She was a receptionist at the Paris embassy The United States protested She was released Dec 14 Cross appointed to Hie con sular service from Rhode Island was assigned to his post in Paris as a first secretary and consul Feb 14 1340 Hunl a second secretary and consul was assigned to Paris Dec 29 1939 He was appointed from the District of Columbia US H7LL COMPLY WITH GERMAN REQUEST I WASHINGTON Secretary Hull said Saturday Unit the stale department would romplv uilli lie request of the German gov ernment and withdraw twu offi cers and an employe of the Ameri can embassy in Paris Hull emphasized that any ernment has the right to dcniand the withdrawal of officials or em ployes of another government without submitting any reason i The state department will inves tigate the charges against Cro Hunt and Mrs Deegan Hull said but a preliminary examination of the facts had not disclosed that they were guilty of assisting a British officer to escape as charged by the Germans RETAIN WONT ACCEPT LAVAL French Leaders Arc Reported to Refuse lo Change Cabinet American Policy of PinPricks Challenges and Humiliations Hit By LOUIS P LOCHXEIl BERLIN German for eign office spokesman declared Saturday that the British sug gestion that the United States turn over to Britain enemy ships now in refuge is nothing other than inciting America to commit a war like act and American reaction tt the suggestion is being awaited by Germany with extraordinary interest7 He asserted that Germany had restraint to the point of self effaceiucnt while on the olhci side there has been a systematic policy of pinpricks challenges humilialions and even moral ag gression Now the spokesman added in comment on BritishAmerican discussions of assistance lo Brit ain it is unbearable for Ger many li let tilings drift further In Washington Secretary Hull declined to comment The statements came in a sol cimi press conference Ronald H Cross British min ister of shipping said Friday in London that the assignment of a certain number of enemy ships in the United States and addition of United States ships to the Brit ish service are the only ways I can see for replenishment of liny The entire attention of tlie German government is centered upon the American reaction to the Cross proposal the spokesman asserted That proposal is nothing1 other than inciting America to commit 1 warlike act lie I spent with tremendous earnestness in my capacity as your official in formant and spokesman Our interest is exfruorili narv lie cuntiiuicd because in an increasing manner one nation meaning Germany has shown restraint lo the point of seircfiacenieut while on the other side there has been a sys tematic policy of pinpricks challenges humiliations ami even moral aggression The reichs government K thercforc centering its entire at tention upon this problem The conference was one ot ihe most serious ever held by the spokesman Cross was speaking he said at the moment when Great Britain is Hi n death struggle The German government for time lias become accus tomed to formulations hy American officialdom w h i c ii jirc Kiiiilcdbv certain rabuluiic clianuterislics the spokesman said VICHY France Informed sources asserted Saturday that feriiand dc Brinon French am bassador in Gcrmanrjccupicrt Pans aitniH on orderof French Chief of State Philippe ret Demandand interpretation are launcned as though actions contemplated did not fall within llic scope ol practices defined bv iAUUII mtcrnationa law dcuered to lhc Germans in Parl The EnglishAmerican dKus refusal IOJSIOMS over the United States as icabinet to Great Britain have be F icrre Laj tome increasingly interesting the j German spokesman added he is Saturday Frances make any changes in take back the oustci vat The Weather FORECAST lOUA Fair Saturday night and Sunday slightly warmer Saturday night somewhat cold er norlhreiitral extreme cast Sunday MINNESOTA Partly cloudy Saturday nighl and Sunday warmer extreme southeast colder north and westcentral Saturday night colder Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statisi Peiain asWd as requeued bv Otto Abetz German jo Paris to replace General do la Ijiurencc as delegategeneral of the Vichy government in the occupied zone with Fcrnand dc Brinon these sources snici Other demands includiuthe i otistcr of Minister of eel Peyrouton and Minister of Justice Raphael Alibcit wrre said to have been rejected causo it is unbearable for Ger many to let things drift further The importance of he liclinslrisse spokesmans utter ances may lie gauged by the fart llial there arc several rumors in press circles that Foreign SI in istcr Vmi Ribbcntrop himself was originally intended In come of Anthony Eden j Mail said Loyd Gcose and Prime Halifax is appointed Minister Winston son Churchill also will make a post the British press earlier this week to have declined the ship because of his age Dorge World tics the Daily Maximum Friday j Minimum Friday nijht reported by Al 8 a m Saturday YEAR AGO Minimum in 20 21 10 500 Midwest Naval Reserves Arrive at Base in San Diego o SAX DIKGO C oTFivc hundred officers and seamen com prising six naval reserve divisions from middlewcstmi areas arrived j Saturday on special trains from Chicago Detroit and St Louis The units were the cightli di vision from Detroit the 24th from Chicago the 31st from Rock Island and the 35th 36th and 3tli from St Louis Naval authorities said the divis I ions would not ho spiit up but would be assigned u dcstrovcrs encaged in neutrality patrol thus j releasing officers and rnliftcd men jot the regular navy fir duty on j j combatant ships attached to the battle fleet RONALD H CROSS Fr ;