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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A HIM MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 23 1939 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT 1OSS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO FINNS CAPTURE 600 REDS IN BATTLE Norway Sweden Next By CHARLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist Speaking of propaganda One of Americas big news agencies the other day received from a correspondent in Geneva not the agencys regular repre sentative there but a volunteer p i e s u m a bly German a thr tiling ac count of the p r e p a r ations which t li c storys author says the Swiss are making apparently with a view to an attack on the Reich Herr Hitler the tale con tinues is in formed ot these Swiss activities and is taking precautions His forces are alert lor a Swiss mili tary movement at any hour re solved to stem it in time lest Swiss aggressiveness find a second in Holland and Belgium The yarns intent ob viously is to give the impression that in the event of hostilities between Germany and Switzer land possibly plus Hie Dutch and the it will be the little present neutrals who be gan it The news agency which re ceived the dope naturally didnt use it but members of its staff did show it to a few Washington newspapermen as a curiosity The idea that tiny Switzer land contemplates a blow at the Germans is indeed funny The naivete of the propagandist wlio imagined hecould put such Anthony H G Fokker Aviation Genius Dies ABoIf Hitler press is remarkable also The Swiss Dutch and Belgian frontiers are of course as well defended as the Swiss Nether landers and Belgians are able to defend them in fear of a German violation of their neutrality but tlie notion that they contemplate a jab of their own into the Reichs territory is about as ridiculous as the version that Finland provoked war with Hussia Scandinavia and Russia By the time these lines can be printed maybe the Soviets troops will have Finland on Ihe run What neither our military sharks or our diplomatists can see is how Sweden and Norway can for very long avoid joining the Finns against Russia Denmark is different The Danes danger is from Germanys direction Theyre not directly in Russias way Sweden and Nor way are Comrade Stalin evident ly wants an Atlantic alone through the Baltic and the North sea but straight overland to Atlantic water Conquest of Finland wont get him there To arrive there after gobbling Fin land hes got to have northern Sweden and Norway Its a cinch that hell beginon them as soon ns ho has the Finns disposed of They might as well start fighting now as in fact on Finnish soil rather than their ow Very OneSided To be sure Finland Sweden and Norway combined numeri cally are only a drop in the bucket compared with Russia Still theyre warriors of super excellence As Comrade S t a 1 i i gets toward the Atlantic his line of supplies will become exceed ingly extended and his transpor tation facilities up there in thi Arctic will be nothing to bra about And the Scandinavias morale is excellent It isnt so certain that Russia is Its common talk that Hrrr Hitlers principal worry is the fear of revolution against him at the revolution which exiled tlie kaiser Possibly theres a similar sen timent in Russia against Dictatoi Stalin If so its pretty w e 1 bottled up by censorship Ye Leon Trotsky who ought to be j fairly good authority suggests that theres lots of it That kind of stuff is due to be capitalized by the democracies i the totalitarian countries just the totalitarians propagandize in the democracies Totalitarian cen sorships are an embarrassment certainly but there are leakages even through censorships CHRISTMAS FOR HORSES KANSAS CITY Kans UPJ The Humane society and Animi Shelter Sajrday renewed its an nual invitation to horse indi gent or otherwise to come to its stable for Christmas dinner Ap ples oats hay and sugar lumped are on the menu NOTED BUILDER DESIGNER DIES OF MENINGITIS Built Ships for Such Flyers as Earhart Byrd KingsfordSmith NEW YOfiK H G Fokker aviation genius who uuilt a successful airplane before he had ever seen one in flight died at a m Saturday in Mur ray Hill hospital of pneumococcus meningitis after what his physi cian said was the most gallant fight 1 ever attended Fokkers death was not made public for friends had telephoned his mother in Holland Tliey feared the result if Mrs Fokker heard the news by radio The Dutch airplane manufac turer and designer had been ill for three weeks Sulfapyridine the new derivative of sulfanilamide was administered without success ful results and an even newer preparation sufathiozolc was re sorted to toward the last but Fokkers physician said other fac tors precluded any decision on the efficiacy of the medicine Fokker was born April B 1890 in Java His father Herman lokker was a wealthy Dutch col fee planter The father retired in 1896 and the family returned to Haarlem Holland where the sixyearold almostimmediately deL yeloped7 a When he was about 10 the precocious Anthony Hew out every fuse in the house and brought street railway traffic to a standstill by tossing s wire over a power line with a view of getting current for a toy train His parents sent him to engin eering school When he was 18 having learned more thm his teachers knew Fokker started building his first airplane It was completed before he ever had seen a plane in actual flight his nearest approximation to that experience having been a kitchen chair rigged with airplane controls w Fokkeientered his homemade plane in the Russian military com petition at St Petersburg and won easily That first plane embodied most of the fundamentals which subsequently made his craft for more than a decade the worlds best in speed flexibility and ease of handling After a recordsetting night from Berlin to the Hague Fokker offered his designs to the Dutch French Belgian and English governments and was turned down in that order by each The Germans however save him a three year contract in 1913 to teach military pupils and when the World war broke out put h in to work turning out planes am pilots At 24 Fokker was a vital par of the German militaiy machin and his airplanes with th synchronized machine guns he de signed dominated theair in early months of the war They were so superior to British French planes that the allies forced to copy his designs and During the war Fokker built 8000 planes for Germany and su pervised the designs of 6000 others After the Avar Fnkkcr smuggled out three train loads of planes and parts concealed in rugs Back in Amsterdam he founded the Netherlands Air craft company the success of which prompted the American government lo invite him to this country Fokker came to the United Slates in 1923 md established the Atlantic Aircraft company at Has brouck Heights N J later af filialmg with Genera Motors co All Records Broken by heer Fund ANTHONY H G FOKKER The Weather FORECAST IOWA Snow Saturday night changingto snow flurries Sun day not much change in tem perature Monday fair and mod erately cold MINNESOTA Fair to partly cloudy Saturday night SuniJay and Monday continued moder ately cold slightly colder Sat urday night along northern boundary IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a rn Saturday Maximum Friday Minimum in Night At 8 a m Saturday YEAR AGO Maximum ZS 8 18 29 21 09 1 Inch WEEKLY FORECAST CHICAGO out look for the week beginning Dee 25 Upper Mississippi valley Gen erally fair most of the week moderately cold it the beginning moderate cold periods about Wednesday and at end of week somewhat warmer in between Northern Gerat Plains Gener ally fair most of week moderately cold periods about Tuesday pnd toward end of week rising tem perature in between FINAL HONOR BOLL KEPOHTED SI KGLO Christmas Cheer Benefit Vrogtam wo Friends E and n Jracc Eranrdical Ladies Aid Vilson Parent Education Group L Man Frnni Srapa Flon ommy Oldbam L Friend L B The KarzmltrOK Family Aiioiber Friend Tue Three McGIllicuddys Saucy Dick and nixie Ann Jefferson irl Scout Troop No 1 rotvnseiid Club No I Sir anil Mrj 11 S Busby forva Hardware Mutual Emplovrs Collere V Mrrkel Employes Sears Roebuck Store llif h ScIiDOl P T A High School Students of Room Richland Robins 4H Club ot Franklin County National Association of POM er Engineers Radio Chapel Familv Mrs Bett Sugar Employes Union No IIyIylu Club Some Enthusiastic Gum Cherierv Sophomore History Classes or 100 Koosevelt Circle o Trinity Luth church Decker1 Beef Home Slot Machines Taken North of Des Moines DES MOINES ff Sheriff Vane B Overturff Saturday re ported the first seizure slot machines in Polk county since widespread raids of September 1938 netted 17 of them He said two of the machines were seized recently at El Rancho tavern north of Des Moines on highway 65 recently poration as the Fokker Aircraft company Fokker built the first trimotoi plane ever manufactured in this Josephine Ford ir which AdmiralRichard Byrd flew io the North pole Other famou Pokkers were the Southern Cross 1 used by KingsfordSmith and the e Friendship in which the late e Amelia Earhart flew the Atlantic Fokker was a man of vast energy with a genius for master ing and creating new engineering methods Quixotic he hated th normal practices of engineers an preferred his own scratchings o bits of paper to blueprints He kept a tremendous amount o technical knowledge in his head He created a deadly war ma chine and called himself a mai of peace he made millions am said money isnt hi built a 5500000 home on the Hud son Palisades at Alpine N J am lived in the caretakers house he worked 16 hours a day for 2 years and was rarely tired h was twice married and twice wid owed and called himself a Ion wolf and he broke off an earl romance with a Russian girl vvhori E he had taught to fly because she r preferred a foreign airplane Congressman From Colorado Is Dead 113 IS 28100 lou 500 JQU Joo 1500 i liufl 5 ttt Last Minute TtltuA T IV and B W Mitchell Friend J M Penney Slore OK AND TOTAL OVER THE TOP BIT JUKI aJU ino J30 1880 Ins SM M 5MloCI S GtoCl JERRY CHRIST MAS TO YOU ALL And may an added mea sure of joy be present for the hundreds who by their gifts large ant small have raised the Christinas Cheer Fund to the largest total ever known in this community The showing exceeds the hopes of anybody connected with this ven ture in the spirit of Christmas and guarantees a happy and comfort able Christmastide for scores of Mason Cityans upon whom for tune has not smiled With one contribution Satur day came this little note whicl seemed particularly well to sum up the story of the Christmas Cheer Fund YOU CANT SPREAD A LITTLE SUNSHINE WITHOUT SPILLING A LITTLE ON YOURSELF The money and merchandise made available to Miss Doris Bruce administrator of the fund without so much as a penny of deduction for solicitation ex pense will do an enormous amount of good for the needy of our community But were not at all sure that an even greater good will not ac crue to those who have been at the giving end Down through the centuries this seem ing paradox has been literally true The drawing above as well a the two previous drawings usci in this position earlier in the cam paign was from the pen of Allen Fatten The sentiment expressec by old Santa Claus is backed up by everybody who has had any thing to do with this worthwhile venture Perhaps the greatest satisfaction from the experience lies in the knowledge that the giving was VOLUNTARY Nobody was told SOVIETS DEFEND Missing Boys U v 1 THEIR FAILURE AT BLITZKRIEG WASHINGTON entative John A Martin Tl Colorado died early Saturday at Navai hospital after a short illness Martin suffered a heart at tack early this week and was taken to the hospital Wednes day Because of his age litlle hope hail heen held by physi cians for liis recovery LOOK INSIDE Finns Mannerheim Line Equal to Nazi Siegfried MOSCOW for the third successive day to report any important gains against Finland soviet Russia declared Saturday the Finns natural and constructed defenses made impossible a lightning blow Although the Russian com munique contended the red army was doing well under the circumstances unconfirmed re ports circulated here hat Gen K A Meretskoff had been re lieved as commander of Ihe campaign against Finland Summarizing activities since the war began Nov 30 the com munique said important suc cessess had been scored in this period The territory of Finland it said presents most serious diffi culties for movements of troops Lack of roads rugged terrain im passable forests innumerable lakes divided by innumerable isthmuses spanned by several lines of defense consisting of concrete gun and machine gun emplace ments with concrete refuges for are conditions hin dering the rapid advance ot troops on Finlands territory The Finns IkUnnernehn line ABRAHAM L SHDSHAN Huey Long Political Heir Is Found Guilty PAGE 2 Yeggs Escape With at Alexander STATE PAGE Mason City Hoopers Win in Two Tussles SPORTS PAGE Christmas Spirit Envelops Washington ly lit L H C BELL Other foiirETPHPra tinn rri f i i 1171 m 1UMr BtJlCraUOIl TCUniOH The first larfvc A J how even should give The deed sprang from the heart There cnnt we insist be much wrong with a community that on such a basis of voluntary giving will turn in some J600 more than is asked This is the fourteenth Christ mas Cheer Fund campaign Not one has failed to go over the but none by so large a margin Isnt it good to live in America in a community with so large a heart scribed u to Siejrfried line on the French frontier but Ihe Russians said they had broken the Slanner heim Jhic af several places and jibed that the British and French were not doinj as well against he Siegfried line Finland was building thcse fortifications for four years saic the communique with the aid o three foreign states which Tough among themselves for influence ir Finland as a base for attack on Leningrad and later on Moscow It was on tine ground of pro tecting Leningrad the sovie unions second largest city tha Russia made territorial demand on Finland that led to he war The red army knew of thest difficulties in Finland and there fore never expected to annihilate the Finnish troops by one light ning blow Only ignorance or overt hos tility toward the red army could ascribe to red army leaders the wish to do away with Ihe Fin nish troops in one week Reports regarding General Mer etskoff however said lie hat been called on the Kremlin car pet two days ago o explain lack of success against the Finns nn it was said he was blamed for in sufficient preparation for a quid victory The Finns it said lost 2201 killed more than 10000 wounded 1402 privates 105 noncommis sioned officers and 18 officers cap tured Capture of 35 cannon 301 machine guns 3000 rifles am other equipment from the Finn 1 also was reported Bokman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison on Breaking Entering DES MOINES be fore District Judge Loy Ladd 01 a stretcher Friday Irwin Bokman 35 pleaded guilty to breaking E entering and was sentenced to 10 years in Fort Madison peniten tiary He ako must serve a 25 yea sentence for holdup of the theater here Oct 21 Bokman was taken tothe peni 101111317 in an ambulanceequippei squad car He claimed he injurci an ankle in jail and that infectioi developed Leslie Wirtz 10 was warned by lis grandmother not to go on tlie Lake ice which was too thin n spots to carry his weight and o discourage any ideas about ikating she hid his skates Her precautions were of no ivail Friday afternoon tlie boys ikates still hung in their hiding place when his body was found in about six feet of water 100 ards east of the island point The boy was first reported nissing Thursday evening when le failed to come to the home of lis grandparents Mr and Mrs Bert Sorenson for the evening meal A searching party combed tlie vicinity ot their farm home and the nearby lakeshore through out the night and Friday for traces of the lad Percy Fistler Clear Lake tele phone company employe who hac been one of the first of tlie search ing party tostart looking for the boy when reported missing founc tlie body with a grappling hook about oclock Friday after noon It was believed the boy had walked out on the ice which is not over an inch thick and that it gave way with him His cap and mittens were found frozen in ice The body was found al Imost directly under this spot Paul Nelson of Clear Laki helped with the recovery of tin body Deputy Sheriff Ed Kude and Coroner J E McDonald wen on shore when the body wa brought in Ducks weie known to have been in an openspot near the islan NEW TRIUMPHS ARE REPORTED AGAINST RUSSIA Reds Bomb Finnish Cities as Defenders Launch Major Drive HELSINKI Finnish igh command Saturday night re ported fresh victories over the Russian forces on the Karelian sthmus and north of Lake La doga with large Russian losses in men and weapons Tlie army communique said that tlie battle of Aglajarvi in the strategic zone north of the lake ended Dec 22 in de feat for the enemy Part of the enemy forces were surrounded but put up a savage and for the most part ivere destroyed before they bur it declared an that hewalked oaton theicetct ward them Tracks had been found io the shore and returning from il but it is believed now that the re turning tracks were from the first visit to the lake The latl had been seen walking on the ice toward the island but after that he had gone to the home of his grandparents with whom he was visiting Leslie was born April 30 1929 at Mason City He is survived b his father Floyd Best Burchinal his mother Mrs Floyd Wirtz Ma son City and his grandparents Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 oclock a the Methodist church in Clea Lake with the Rev Thomas B Collins Clear Lake and the Rev O L N Wigdahl pastor of tht Trinity Lutheran church Mason City officiating Burial will be at Belmond Tin Williams funeral home of Clea Lake is in charge of arrangements By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS open counteroffensive on Kare lian isthmus COPENHAGEN Rus sians reported withdrawn ti within 30 miles of Arctic coast M 0 S C 0 army claims important success es but asserts Finns de fenses rule out lightning blow PARIS Allies reported mounting watch for pos sible race for home by some 300 German merchantmen K A R L S R U H train wrecks kill 182 injure 139 By BETH CAMPBELL WASHINGTON pThe Christmas spirit enveloped this peceful capital Saturday from the rapidlyfilling white house to the emptying marble halls of government Merry greetings goodbyes or Rood wishes filled the frosty air as half the presidents cabinet family scattered to other cities for the threeday holiday and his own family gathered for an other fourgeneration reunion Giving was the days keynote the white house where President and Mrs Roosevelt called in household employes and iheir families for an east room party at church trees in SO alleys with Mrs Roosevelt presiding at one at charity bas ket distributions in the swap ping of neckties and handker chiefs among government typ isU and clerks The first ladys busy day in cluded a theater party for needy children before 9 a m another ten miles away in Arlington Va less than an hour later as sistance with the distribution of baskets by the Salvation Army and Volunteers of America and the 5 p m alley service Between events Mrs Roose velt had to welcome and settle her rollicking of the five Roosevelt children and their husbands or wives four grandchildren the presidents mother SSycaroId Mrs Sara Delano Roosevelt His sisterin law Mrs J K Roosevelt and his former law partner Harry Hooker Home to help for the first time in three years was the Roose velts only daughter Anna Mrs John Boettigcr of Seattle with her husband and ninemonths Roosevelts Plan Reunion old baby Johnny as well as her older children Eleanor and Cur tis Dall 12 and 9 years Others during the day were Mr and Mrs Franklin D Roose velt Jr of Charlottesville Va and Mr and Mrs John Roose velt of Boston Franklin D Roosevelt third 17months old who arrived Wednesday already was comfortably settled All were expected to attend a Christmas tree lighting Sunday when President Roosevelt broad casts his BTcctlncs to the nation at p m CSX In the mounting piles of Christmas greetings received by officials here the white house card was one of the simplest Engraved in black on white it said Christmas Merry Christmas from the President and Mrs Roosevelt The Aglajarvi region is now wholly m our hands and our ad vance continues the communi que declared Aglajarvi js 30 miles from the Russian frontier The Finns declared that GOO prisoners were taken in the Afr lajarvi battle and fighting at nearby Tolvajarvi while light tanks six cannon eight antitank gruns and other war material were seized The communique declared that the Russians lost 2000 dead at Suomiissalrni 200 miles further north in Finlands wastewaist Although the communique de scribed action on the Karelian isthmus merely as a counterat tack information here called it a major offensive V succe sive day to raid strategic points Tampere site of a Vg mu nitions base northwest of the southwest near Hanko and Lohja due west Helsinki were bombed Finnish reports said in a n y bombs wore dropped at least one llcTwas burncd iu Tammisaari and there was from as low as 150 feet ns Air raid alarms sounded in the capital but there was no attack The counteroffensive r tlp rfCllSn was opened after Finnish flyers Friday paved the way with raids on Russian troop concentrations supply cen ters and transportation arteries The Finnish army in the Arctic scclor was reported In have forced retreating soviet troops back to a point GO miles south of the Arclic ocean Reports reaching Copenhagen said the Finnish thrust northward had gone beyond Hoyhenjarvi and was rapidly clearing the whole corridor of Russian troops Intensely cold weather and deep snow was favoring the Finns More than 30 bombs were dropped in the Helsinki area Friday by Russians Most of them were 400 pounders but some did not explode and damage was sur prisingly small It appeared that the red fliers were trying to hit some military objectives such as bridges rail way repair centers and munitions depots The bombs fell near a railway repair shop Two of the seven planes raidin Helsinki were shot down officials said Pamphlets were dropped One source said the pamphlets were simply greetings from Otto Kuusinen head of Hie proso viet peoples government set un recently at Tertjoki Finnish town near Ihe fiussian border Another report said the pam plcls warned that terrible air raids were coming Frederick Dorcey Stephens representing the Hoover relief committee which is funds to aid the Finnish people arrived here from Paris to sur vey relief needs lie acted in z similar capacity in Poland in Helsinki the civilian defense corps decreed that no snow be removed from the streets so black spots against the svirrounding white countiyside would not serve as a guide to the enemy from the air Field Marshal Baron Carl Gus tnf llannerheim commander in chief of the Finnish army sent Christmas greetings to the troops declaring None of us will have a home or a fatherland or the blessings of Christmas without victory Mannerheim also sent his praises to factory employes whoso work lie said was equally im portant to the fatherland ;