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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 27, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MCU OCPT or oes Cit o CMobc THI NEWSfAMR THAT MAMS AU NOtTH IOWAHS ME1GHIOU HOME EDITION VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED FBESS FWM FIVB CENTS A WOUS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 27 1940 THIS PAPEK CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT NO 122 REPORT HEAVY NAZI TROOP MOVES U S Shy of Altmark Argument By CHAELES P STEWART Central Press Columnist Official Washington is sorry for Norway in the jam its in over the Altmark It by no means is sorry enough however to show any enthusiasm over the Norse suggestion that President Roose v e 11 arbitrate between the little Scandina v i a n kingdom and the British on one hand and the Ger mans on the other Nobody questions that F D R is more than eager to serve as a peacemaker in STEWART any promising situation butthis evidently isnt one The consensus in our own capi tal is that the Norwegian authori ties bungled the Altmark matter too Its agreed that theGerman ship was entitled to seek refuge in Jpessing fjord and that Norway was within her rights under in ternational law to shelter it on the assumption that it was a peaceful merchantman as Berlin a fighting vessel Altmark Armed It appears however that the craft carried a couple of suns To be sure this wasnt a sufficient armament to enable the boat to put up much of a battle Never theless to quote international law again as soon as an erstwhile merchantman mounts any cannon at all it classes technically as a scrapper and all our international expertstakethe view that the Norse shouldnt have tolerated its presence for any length of time in their territorial waters without in terning it for the duration of the Moreover Washington reasons that the Norwegian profession of ignorance that the Altmark had any prisoners on board sounds pretty thin Its pointed out that 300 prisoners would be middling hard for any boat to hide if searched very diligently Britain Criticised Some True we have critics who say that Britain considerably over strained international law in send ing the destroyer Cossack into the fjord regardless of Norways neu trality to take the prisoners off the Altmark after a melee in which several Germans were killed so close to the Norse shore that houses on the Joessing water front were punctured by British shots Still even these critics admit that it was almost too much for human endurance to expect the Cossacks commander to accept the story that the German vessel had no prisoners under hatches and in tolerable conditions when he knew to a certainty that the prisoners wove there Not that a good many allow ances arent made for the Norse Its recognized that theyre on a desperately hot spot as between the Germans and the British and its conceded that they naturally are more urgently afraid of the Germans than of the which would account for their oversight of those 300 prisoners in the Altmarks hold though mighty few commentators believe they were as unaware of it as they pretend ProAlly Sentiment The fact is that American pub lic opinion unquestionably being overwhelmingly proally our in ternationalists incline to give the benefit of every doubt to the British At all events the Jocssing fjord incident is one that our diplomacy decidedly doesnt care to arbitrate At best it would be a difficult job At worst if we undertook it we might have to decide that the British gave international law a worse kick in the pants than the Germans or the Norse either one And we wouldnt want to do that It would be a thankless stunt It wouldnt make for peace and it surely would get us disiiked Let the league of nations attend to it as some of the Norwegians have proposed The league wouldnt have a bit of attention paid to it for that matter SOVIETS FORCE FINNISHTROOPS BACK IN NORTH Defenders Also Report Russians Are Driving Across Bay of Viipuri HELSINKI Finnish high command Tuesday announced Russian attacks from the Arctic to the Gulf of Finland and acknowl edged that Finnish forces had withdrawn to new defensive po sitions after an allday Russian assault in the Arctic region of Pet samo In the north the Finns said they withdrew to new positions at Naiitsi on the Norwegian border LOOK INSIDE FOR 65 miles south of Petsamo In the south the daily army communique reported the Rus sians were driving across the Bay of Viipuri attacking islands in the southwestern part of the bay naval key to Viipuri after having occupied the strategic fortifications on the Islands of Kolvisto The communique indicated that the Russians were aiming at some sort of encirclement of Viipuri once Finlands third largest city now deserted and the immediate goal of the great Russian Feb ruary offensive on the Isthmus of Karelia It was assumed that the Rus sians no longer are blocked by Koivistos heavy guns which an chored the western end the Mannerheim line and that ihcy are preparing to swing wide to the west perhaps attempting to cross the ice on the Bay of Vii puri in order to affect a pincer move against Viipuri itself The communique indicated also Rumor of Romance With Dan Topping Is Denied PAGE 2 Soybean Seed Train to Visit North Iowa PAGE 4 Sectional Tourney on Mason City Schedule PAGE 17 that the Finnish air force now is in a position to conduct long range bombing flights aswell as to engage in defensive activity It was stated that an enemy air base far behind the enemy lines was among the objectives bombed The Russians continued attacks on the Isthmus of Karelia in their drive toward Viipuri against des perately fighting Finnish forces at Soimne Naykkijarvj Lake Pero joki Ayrapaanjarvi and Salmen kaita the high command said in its daily communique Thesepositions are in the Mannerheim line southeast and east of VUpuriy and hare been mentioned in previous Finnish communiques as scenes of fierce combat The enemy suffered heavy cas the fighting contin communique said but ualties ues the A r did not mention whether theRus sians had advanced or been re pulsed Our troops captured large quantities of infantry arms and destroyed 18 tanks the com munique said of this action At the extreme opposite end of the Mannerheim line at Taipale on the shore of Lake Ladoga the Finns again repelled a powerful enemy attack said the commun ique hurling the enemy back to his starting positions The Finns announced n large Russian offensive against Taipale week as the invaders at ADMITS PART IN STORE HOLDUP Man Returned From Davenport to Chicago Was Inside Agent CHICAGO man whom police picture as the inside agent in the robbery a loop department store confessed his part in the crime Monday night Chief of Detectives John L Sullivan announced The man Howard Sallows 32 of Geneva 111 was returned to Chicago Monday night from Dav enport Iowa where he was ar rested at his mothers home Sullivan said that Sallows a guard in the Marshall Field and company store admitted that he had plotted the robbery with Wal ter R Hugh 34 year old WPA worker Hugh in his confession to Lieut Kyran Phelan head of the police departments new robbery detail told how he obtained the money last Monday while it was being taken from the basement to the third floor in an elevator Sallows and two other employes were in the elevator at the time Hugh grabbed the guards gun to hold the trio at bay while he es caped in a crowd of shoppers Police recovered 515075 of the money which they found in a can buried in ashes at Hughs home FRANCE AGREES TO SELL ARMS TO RUMANIANS Britain Has Already Sent Warplanes After Nazi Export Ban BUCHAREST IP Three secret agreements whereby France will supply Rumania with large quantities of warplanes machine guns and other armaments were reported Tuesday Signing of the contracts was re ported unofficially as a Rumanian finance commission returned from Paris Britain it also was learned al ready has flown 60 spitfire pursuit ships and Bristol Blenheim bomb ers to this countrj The French and British action was described as following upon receipt of assurances from Ku mania that Germany would not be favored in exports of Ru manian oil This produced some uneasiness here as to Germanys future action toward Rumania particularly in view of the expected arrival of a German economist this week to seek more oil Meanwhile Italian negotiators began conferences which observ ers believed might develop into a Balkan economic contest with Germany Launching of discussions with the Italian trade mission here caused widespread speculation in foreign diplomatic quarters as to Italys motives in seeking an in creased share of Rumanian ex themoment when either Germany or the BritishFrench al lies have contracted for nearly everything Most informed eirciec held the belief that Italy was seeking to nudge out Germany arid resell Rumanian goods in world mar kets for gold German i quarters openly ex pressed anger with the French Rumanian1 agreement especially after the governments action Monday in raising railway rates on exports includingoil to Germany At the same time French and British quarters declared that Rumania must remain on her good behavior or there may be a repetition of their action of Jan uary when they stopped all raw material exports to this country because Rumania appeared to be favoring the nazis One Dead 20 Injured in Fire One fireman met death and upwards of 20 others were injured or overcome in a spectacular blaze which destroyed a Detroit business block at an estimated loss of Fireman Capt George Harmon center is leaving the burning basement after trying to rescue Fireman Joseph Schneider who died in the blaze last tempted to turn this eastern flank of the Mannerheim defenses r 2 NAZI PLANES ARE SHOT DOWN German Air Force Apparently Resumes Raiding Along Coast LONDON air ministry announced Tuesday that two raid ing German planes had been shot down off Britains coasts as the German air force apparently re sumed its widcspreading coastal raiding One of the raiders a Hcinkcl bomber was downed by a patrol of the royal air force fighter com mand off the mouth of the Firth of Forth shortly before I p m 6 a m C S T That waterway leading to city of Edinburgh and the Rosyth naval base has been a frequent target for German raids An earlier communique re ported the first Heinkel downed off the Firth of Forth Flood Conditions in Northern and Central California Reported SAN FRANCISCO Heavy rains throughout central California northern created and flood conditions in many areas Tuesday More is forecast Homes were unundated in some sections of Redding Highways north and south of here were blocked by slides Water crept to ward some residences in Fresno A rainsoaked hillside here threat ened to give way beneath three dwellings Many acres of agricultural land east of Visalia were under water but damage was reported slight HOUSE TAKES UP FINNISH LOAN Representative Fish Opposes Increase in EiportImport Bank WASHINGTON Although favorihga loan to Fin land Representative Fish R N Y objected in the house Tues day to providing a increasein exportimport bank capital in order Ho make it pos sible Heraigued that the difference between the increase and the proposed Finnish loan would permit the bank to lend to nations other than Finland and thus give it a voice ill foreign pol icy despite its position as a sub ordinate agency the govern ment Im not sure he told the house that the American people want congress to surrender its powers and delegate to a subordi nate agency the authority to make indiscriminate loans to foreign governments and possibly involve us in war Administration leaders predicted a bill toV give the hank the 000000 increase already ap proved by the senate would win house passage by the end of Tues days session With the increase the bank could make the Finnish loan but the measure as written by the senate would not require it to do so Jesse Jones federal loan admin istrator has strongly indicatec 4 Hurt While aping to Last of Neal the loan would would raise to go through I the WALTER K HUGH in holdup SUCCUMBS IN FLORIDA ROCKFORD III Chapman 48 director and secre The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair colder east and central Tuesday nifht Wednes day partly clondr somewhat warmer west and northcentral portions MINNESOTA Partly cloudy and colder Tuesday Wed nesday cloudy followedby lixh t snow somewhat warmer south and westcentral portions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Monday 29 Minimum Monday nlfht 2t At m Tuesday 29 Preclp trace Mist during the night formed amount borrowed by Finland from the bank a SIO000000 crcdi having been extended previously British Steamer Sunk by Mine iri North Sea LONDON Britisl steamer Clan Morrison 5936tons has been sunk by a mine in th North sea it was announced Tues day An East Indian seaman wa killed and 15 injured men wer landed at an cast coast port o Sunday tary of Rockford Consolidated I an icy glare over streets and side Newspapers Inc died Tuesday in Miami Fla lishes the Republic and Morning Star The company pub Rockford Register walks YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 25 21 Lake Mills Boy Walking in Sleep Hurt in Fall From Window persons vere iri the Palo Alto hospital in Jmmetsburg Tuesday morning wo of them seriously injured as he result of an accident early Tuesday morning four miles west f Emmetsburg as they were en oute to a funeral at Clear Lake Injured were Leslie Thomas Sheffield pos s i b 1 e neck fracture cuts and bruises Condition very serious Mrs Ella refer Sheffield lacerated face and scalp prob able internal injuries Condition serious Sirs Leslie Thomas Sheffield shock bruises and cuts Condi tion not serious Miss Neal 22 Geddus S Dak shock and head bruises Condition not serious The accident occurred when the car skidded on icecovered pave ment landing with its right side side up in a ditch halffull oi ice and water The four persons hur were taken in semiconscious con dition to the Palo Alto hospital The four all relatives were go ing to Clear Lake for the funera of Everett Neal whose body was being taken to Clear Lake in licarse a mile behind the car Nea had gone with his sister Mrs Pe ter to Gcddcs last week to attenc the funeral of Alta Neats father Guy Neal While in Geddes the Clear Lake man died suddenly The relatives were accompany ing Everett Neats body back tc Clear Lake when the accident oc curred PLAN FUNERAL FOR EVERETT H NEAL CLEAR L A K ser vices for Everett H Neal 42 wh died at Geddes S Dak Monda morning of a heart attack will b held at the Methodist church Clear Lake at oclock Wed nesday afternoon The 1 Thomas B Collins pastor wi conduct the services and buri will be in Memorial Park cerne NAZI FREIGHTER SCAPTURED British Warship Foils Attempts of Germans to Scuttle Vessel LONDON German reign lev W a h e h e 4707 tons vhich attempted to run the Brit sh blockade from Vigo Spain to ler home port was reported Tues ay to have been captured by a British warship which foiled a cuttling attempt The Wahohc was listed as the 25th German vesselcaptured dur ng the war and increased total capture tonnage to 98290 In ad dition 28 German ships totaling 152891 tons are listed as destroyed by scuttling or other causes Six German ships were reported Teb 13 to have left Spain in at tempts to run the blockade to Ger nafiy Two have been captured and another the Orizaba was reported Monday night to have sunk after striking a shoal near Hammerfest Norway SOLDIERS SEEN ACROSS MOSEL ON WEST FRONT Longest Reconnaissance Flights of War Made by British Air Force BRUSSELS fire of increased intensity was report ed to be shaking houses of the frontier villages ot neutral little Luxembourg Tuesday while heavy German troop movements were sighted across the Moselle Mosel river Unusually heavy road and rail traffic was visible across the river A steady stream of eav alry cyclists infantry ammuni tion and food columns have been noticeable since Saturday The Obennosel Zeitung said barracks had sprung up over night halfway between Nehnig and Besch in the Rhineland region Observers could not say whether the German troops mov ing southward were maneuvering 01reinforcing troops in the Saar section Eyewitnesses said they had seen ah officer they believed to be Field Marshal Hermann Wl helm Goering among a group of German officials standing on a bridge near Echternach over the Sauer river Saturday Luxembourg is on the northwest end of the western front Long Flights Are Made by British ZONDON long dormant war stirred with spring restlessness Tuesdayas the Brit ish announced the longest royal air force reconnaissance flightl oJt Pretender to Throne Obtains Visa for Trip to United States PARIS re ported Tuesday that the Archduke Otlo pretender to the former Hapsburg throne ot Austria mid obtained a visa from the Ameri can embassy here for a trip to the United States Although members of his suite would not comment except to sgy that such alrin was under consideration it was re ported at Lisbon Portugal that Otto was expected there this week to take a PanAmerican Airways Clipper the war air raid alarms sounded in Paris and large nazi troop movements were reported aloof the Luxembourg frontier In announcing the fourth British excursion over Germany within a week an air ministry communique said our aircraft reconnoitered important sea ports in northern Germany and he Baltic The Baltic runs the German iron ore lifeline from nearly 500 miles from the English coast British planes operating over central Germany penetrated as far as Berlin the communique de clared Flights also wire reported over western Germany and Hel goland Germanys aircraft also were active and Parisians were routed out of bed early Tuesday by the first air raid alarm since last Nov 23 No planes were seen by Par isians although the alarm lasted 57 minutes Earlier in the evening curious thousands had fathered in Paris streets to watch French anti aircraft batteries fire at two German planes in the search lightbrightened sky The were driven off No alarm was sounded although the firing lasted 15 minutes Observers expressed belief the sudden shift to springlike weather had brought on the surge of aerial activity lery Wards funeral home is in charge Mr Neal went to Geddes Saturday with his sister Mrs Ella Peters Sheffield to attend the fu neral of their brother Guy which was held Monday afternoon Mr Neal became ill while pumping water at the well and died shortly afterward Kansas Gets Record Heavy Snowfall LAKE year old Elwood Kelland was re ported recovering in Irish hos pital at Forest City Tuesday from injuries suffered when he walked out of a second story window evidently in his sleep The boy the son of Mr and Mrs 0 M Kelland was slaying at the home of a neighbor Mar tel Mathcws at the time About 5 oclock Friday morning Mrs Mathews who was up caring for one of the children heard the crash of glass upstairs She awoke her husbancl who went up and found Elwocds bed empty and the window glass shattered The boy was found on the sidewalk outside He suf fered several broken ribs a sprained wrist and a 5 inch gash in his head in the fall He received a tiny cut on an ear from his trip through the win dow 3 Union Officials Are Held on Charges of Kidnaping Drivers SIOUX CITY offi cials of the A F L teamsters and truckers union were given a hear ing Tuesday on charges of kid naping for ransom which were filed against them late Monday The charges were filed in con nection with the alleged forced holding of three Havelock Iowa truck drivers here Feb 19 Tlie men held for hearing arc Charles Cunningham secretary and treasurer of the union and Ralph Johnson and Howard Fouts organizers Progressive Leader Dies MADISON Wis Levitan 77 for many years a leader in the progressive party and state treasurer for six terms died at Wisconsin general hospital Tuesday ot heart disease CAR TOSSED 4M FEET SAN BERNARDINO Cal An auto and a train ran a tie race to a crossing The car was tossed 400 feet but the four passengers were not hurt Kansas has had some of the heaviest snowfalls in its history this winter Above is a Missouri Pacific railroad train stalled in a snowdrift which was deep enough to tic up traffic for two days between Kiowa and Hardlner Kanswhile snowploxvs battled the heavy drifts 30 ARE ARRESTED ZAGREB Jugoslavia ret police arrested 30 Croat separ tist leaders Tuesday and charged them with plotting to break up Ju goslavia if pfrj ;