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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 11, 1940, Mason City, Iowa I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHMM MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY urjy JLUWA THURSDAY JULY 11 1940 PAPES COASTS or ONE JJO 238 R E V E A L ATTE M PT TO BOMB GOP HALL If H dK MM Italian Against British Ships TERRIFIC RRE BESTS ARMADA ITALIANS ADMIT British Deny Italys Claim Huge Warship Was Hit by 2 Bombs x By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New light on he controversial question of battleship vs plane in actual combat was cast Thurs day with the disclosure by Gen Francisco Priscolo Italian air chief that 300 Italian planes en Lllt gaged in the battle of British and downpour measured at 1 36 inch Italian war fleets in the Mediter ranean Dispatches from Rome ack nowledged that a large Dart of the Italian aerial attack force returned with damage and with wounded by ter rific fire from surface ships Three Italian planes were lost By contrast Sir Andrew Cun ningham commanderinchief the British Mediterranean fleet reported that his ships suffered not a single casualty The Italian high command in a belated communique insisted how ever that Italian bombing planes set fire to the 42100ton British battle cruiser Hood worlds big gest warship scored two bomb hits on the deck of the 22000ton air craft carrier Ark Royal and two on another English battleship The British admiralty issued a formal denial The 300 Italian planes used in tne twcday battle presumably representedthe biggestaerial as sault ever hurled against warships The attack on tile Hood and Ark Hoyal occurred Tuesday the Italian highcommand said south of the Baleares islands This was apparently the open ing clash of the battle between the Britishand Italian navies for control of the Mediterranean when the fascist fleet reportedly was driven to the shelter of shore defense guns In the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is mobilizing fears of a Russian coup against ihe Dardanelles official quarters insisted Thursday that Russia has no intention makin any demands on Turkey Comparative quiet prevailed in western Europe after Wednesdays spectacular aerial battle over Brit am though some German planes attacked various areas and the government reported a few deaths A lone nazi raider was re ported to have machinegunned civilians and a fire engine crew m the streets of a southeast English town killing two per sons and bombed and machine gunned cattle in a marsh The plane was believed shot down m the sea later by British aircraft Warned that the zero hour for ingland may be near British sol diers guarded their bristling coast al ramparts Thursdayand fighter planes were warmed up to meet any attack Britishguns and fighter planesbrought down 14 of Wed nesdays raiders and badly dam aged 23 others An undisclosed number of persons were killed in inland bombings At times as many as 159 planes battled over the coast Germany claimed one cruiser sunk another damaged and four merchant ships sunk and three others hit by a bombing raid on a convoy in the straits of Dover f The British government mean while virtually gave up hope that Ireland Eire and northern Ire land Ulster would work out a defense pact to strengthen Ireland to resist a possible German attack Canada opened her first full fledged recruiting campaign to raise 40000 men for the Canadian active service force and to train 37000 militiamen during early August Rains Bring North Iowa Farmers Aid Soaking rains that meant a boon to farmers swept through North Iowa Wednesday night accompanied by heavy winds which caused minor damage in several towns The largest amount of pre cipitation was reported at Cresco where a two week long draught was broken by a 258 inch rain accompanied by heavy Minds and some hail The crops in the vicinity were not damaged by the heavy rain the first since June 24 Scores of automobiles were staUed in Mason City by the es at the KGLO transmitter At the American Crystal Sugar com pany plant three miles from Ma son City a total of 174 inches of rain was reported Telephone communication be G 0 P IN IOWA PLANS TO MEET AT DES MOINES Marshall Promises to Disown Spangler in Some Public Manner By GEORGE S MILLS DES MOINES WIowa poli tics was working up to a midsum mer crescendo Thursday as both the republicans and democrats continued to beat the presidential year convention war drums Republican delegates 2579 strong gather here Friday in a state convention whose theme the G OP hopes will be Keep the peace Meanwhile the stream ot Iowa democrats was already nnnring Willkie Gets Cowboy Hot 10 miles northeast burg A few trees Judge James Smyth Burlington Is Dead ity caused no serious damage al though several boats driven ashore and a number ot cars were stalled on the highways leading into the town Lightning killed 12 cattle on the farms Edward Kajewki Don w F Fredrick about of Emmcts were blown down in Emmetsburg and six Em metsburg youths were injuied when the roof was blown off the Earl Godden cottage at Haywards Bay Lake Okoboji The chimney of the First Methtf1 dist church at Charles City was ripped off by lightning during the downpour and 100 square feet of tile roof was torn off Water leaked through the damaged roof into the study of the Rev J E DeLcn The government weather iion at Charles City termed the rain as the heaviest of the sea son A total of 175 inches was reported and 130 inches fell from p at to midnight Wednesday Some small grain was flattened in the vicinity of Northuood by the 13 inch rain reported there Electric light service was cut off for about five minutes during the storm when lightning struck the line between Northwood Mason City The corn damaged Becorah also ranked high jn recording the heavy rain A total of 215 inches was reported for the community The belt of tation extended diagonally across the state from southwest to northeast with Clarinda in the southwest reporting 185 and Decorah in the northeast re porting 215 The weather bureau reported that the Vain was pretty general however Temperatures in the state were normal Thursday morning follow ing a state high of 9 Wednesday afternoon at Waterloo The forecast called for partly cloudy and cooler weather in the state Thursday night while Friday is expected to be fair with rising temperatures in the afternoon in the extreme north west portion A wind and rain storm that struck DCS Moines and vicinity about midnight interrupted elec tric service in several areas and and was not meeting will not be called to order until Monday but State Chairman E H Birmingham already lias opened Iowa headquarters in the convention city Birmingham also will act as na tional committeeman until the 44 halfvote delegates name a suc cessor to Hubert Utterback who retired from the post because of ill health The Iowa democratic delega tion will vote for President Roosevelt if he runs or is drafted Henry Wallace is the second choice Wallace and Sen ator Clyde L Herring likewise have figured in the conversa tions as possible favorite son candidates for vice president The republican state meeting promisedtobea humdrum affat until Verne Marshall editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette announced fliat he would disown Harrison E Spanglcr Iowa G O P na tional committeeman in some public way Marshall helped Spangler win reelection last spring but the two came to a parting ot the ways dunng the republican national convention at Philadelphia The possibility of the tiff breaking out in the convention is worrying some party leaders and a peace bloc is doing its best to keep an open scrap from developing The convention which will hear a keynote address by Congress man Dewev Short of Missouri must nominate candidates for at torney general and commerce commissioner to fill vacancies on the G O P state ticket Former Attorney General Fred D Everett top man at the June 3 primary died June 10 Attorney General John Rankin named by Governor Wilson to fill out Ever ett s term is not expected to have much difficulty capturing that convention nomination His only announced opponent G Scott Davies of DCS Moines was a pri maiy foe of Everett Carl W Reed of Crcsco is said to be leading in the race for the commerce nomination Reed was high man of the nine candidates seeking the slate ticket berth June 3 but he fell far short of the 35 per cent nec essary to nominate Mindful ot the heat the G O P caused widespread minor damiae i has a streamlined pro eijim with tho Carl btigge 24 of DCS Moines suffered a lacerated eye when a dangling wire struck and broke the windshield of his car Victor Ncison of West DCS Moines was shocked when a bolt of lightning struck near where he was driving and catapulted his car several feet into the air The car then hit a pole according to a police report gram with the committee on res Id a m in noon hour to spcnk at why BRUCE NEW ORLEANS ip C T Bruce who weighs 205 pounds accepted the offer of a roller skat ing team it a local amusement park to give any spectator a whirl aster and faster they turned md Bruces body rose to a liori i zontal position i Bruces belt split and Ins trousers sailed into the crowd Bruces shorts were varicolored BURLIiSfGTON W J u d g e bslt his facc was just one color James D Smyth B9 who retired IB months ago after serving 48 years on the district court bench died in St Francis hospital il 1 s n Thursday Judge Smyth suf fered a broken Jiip in a fall in a downtown office building kite Wednesday 1ed oluiions meeting at stcsd of the usual Short is expected nbout One of the partys tasks will be to fill expected vacancies of com mitleeman and commiUeewoman in the eighth district Dr G A Bemi5 of Garner and Mrs A b Wiese of Manning both have re signed Youthful candidate to suc ceed Mrs Wiese is Phyllis Rogers 26 of Coon Rapids Besides Short addresses also will be delivered by Governor Wilson Lieutenant Governor B B Hickenloopcr and Jessie M Park er state superintendent of public instruction Presidfnllal candidates who visit the west Wendell Co orado hat when he arrived a lor a vacation Willkie clasps and an nvitation from left holding sombrero to bag his limit of trout in n i Gov total I un Kalph i PLANS OF NEW FRENCH ISM STATE IOLH BERN Switzerland al Henri Philippe iPetaiii pre mier of France in a broadcast heard here Thursday night an nounced plans to transfer his French government to the famous Palace of Kings in Versailles in Germanoccupied territory At the same lime he an nounced that the new French substantially a be decen tralized and based on the old provincial system of prorepub lican France The aged marshal whose radio speech disclosing these plans was interrupted frequently by his coughing gave the French nation an idea of how he intends to use the power which parliament has given to him to chance Frances form of government W f As he outlined it it appeared the framework would be a totalitari an though decentralized unit France will have a new gov ernment with 12 ministers with its seat at Versailles and some of its ministries in niw occupied by nazi troops Each of the 30odd French f the old im perial have a gover nor and complete staff Ninety de partmental prefects will be stripped of much of their power under that system The international capitalis tic system is outmoded the old marshal said The base of our must be work the family and the Fatherland government already has massed through difficult hours It las suffered n new time rom England which has ungrate fully attacked the French fleet demobilized in its harbors after unjustly accusing us of being willing to let it pass into the lands of Italy and Germany Attacked Thursday by Eng land France is forced tr make sacrifices I need your confidence Naval Battle Is Vital to Hitler Plans By DEWITT MACKENZIE News Analyst If we could have lifted the root off the Munich conference of the GermanItalian partnership Wednesday we probably should have found the conferees as much concerned with Hie HaloBritish naval battle in the Mediterranean as with the wartlircats in the Balkans Tlic dangerous Balkan situa tion and this initial clash be tween the British and Italian navies are intimately related and both have a vital bearing on Ilie Hitlerian plans for domina tion of Europe For this battle on the Mediter ranean marks the beginning of a new phase of the war It is to de termine who rules the seas and it is between the only two navies of any moment still left to Europe TT the outcome of the entire Mediterranean area the near east and the Bal It is a crucial operation be tween Britain and the axis To Mussolini has Imeii as signed the task of smashing Englands naval might and clearing the British out of our sea as the Italians like to think of ihe Mediterranean It is a job which will take some doing for while the Italians have a sturdy fleet it has perhaps no more than twofifths of the power in the British navy Rival accounts of this opening engagement are contradictory Upon trol Creamery Operators of Minnesota Picnic 1 ITAUAX SHIPS SUNK LONDON URTiic aclminiity aid Thursday that tlic fleetar iirm sunk an lUtlian destroyer and another Italian naval ship north i Dodsc of Augusta Wednesday i Fai ibai CLEAR LAKE Minn iUR Five hundred member of the Min nesota Creamery Operators ind Jlinssers association were cx pcdcri to nttcixl a districtpicnic I The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy and cooler Thursday night Friday fair rising temperature in after noon extreme northwest MINNESOTA Fair Thursday niffht cooler extreme north and southeast Friday fair warmer except extreme southeast IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather sUitis tics Thursday Maximum Wctliicvday 92 Minimum in Niilit fr At 8 a m Thursday 71 Cronos were scheduled to come l fiom Scoir Frcnborn Mcnvci Hire Goodluic Lcsucur 1 It and Wascca counties YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 1IS R4 61 V I Each side claims to have chased he other from the field of battle O that one gets a picture of them ursuing CHCI other in a circle ike a clog trying to catch up willi Is own tail The thing that mailers this is a point which nust have received much consid eration at that in this and other recent operations the British have been showing a de cidedly aggressive attitude On none of the fionts are they wait ing for the enemy to bring the fight to them The most striking indication of British initiative was of course the determined and wellnigh unprecedented action she took to prevent the French navy from falling into German hands Xo nation which liiilnt mean busi ness would challenge world opinion by goingto tlic extreme of taking over or sinking with loss of life the bulk of her allys fled A tqually imprciivc lias been ihe wiiy in which llic Britons e orcn cnnyins the airwar io Gcr many ad fialitint toe to toe witli ntvs in battles dav iji fint VC1 England ji volviiiB Ymc IO planes svat a fair example 20 NAZI PLANES DOWNEDINRAID AGAINST ISLES German Bombers and Fighters Meet Stiff British Resistance LONDON enemy planes were shot down and many more damaged by British war planes during heavy attacks Thursday around the coasts of England the air ministry an nounced Attempts by strong forces of enemy bombers escorted by fighters to attack shipping and other objectives around our coast met with vigorous resist ance the ministry added One British fighter plane was acknowledged to have been lost The German bombers had struck at England from const to coast and were declared also to have turned machine guns on civilians in the streets of some towns A few deaths were reported by the government B r i t is h warplanes striking against Italy were reported by the admiralty to have sunk an Italian destroyer and a depot or store ship in a Sicilian harbor In a southeastern town a Ger man raider killed two persons but British tighter planes chased the plane out to sea and were be lived to have shot it down Enemy planes were reported over the southwest district also In the southeastern town where two deaths were reported it was said a nazi invader ma chlnegunried civilians arid a fire engine crew in a street and bombed and machinegunned cattle in a marsh The British said that German losses during three weeks of air raiding against the British isles totaled at least 75 planes plus about the same number damaged and possibly forced down before reaching home The total of Ger mtin raiders shot down since the war started was placed at 147 and this weeks figure at 38 TRACE GANG TO ILLINOIS CITY DES MOINES three convicts who broke out of Fort Madison penitentiary were in Hamilton III a few hours before they tried unsuccessfully to help three friends escape from the Iowa prison Monday night au thorities said Thursday Officials announced that the msnngcr of a hardware store Riggs in Hamilton across the Mississippi river from Kcokuk told them the fugitives purchased 1 pair of bolt cutters from him Monday afternoon After the attempted ureak he bolt cutters were found be side the prison wall it was an nounced The fugitives widely sought nice they broke out of Fort Madison prison June 22 are Ivan Sullivan 2B Lowell Maenze 07 inci Forrest Estcs 35 During the attempted break Monday night a guard was killed and one of the three convicts who tried to escape shot himself to death with a gun thrown over the all by one of his outside Mrs Bedell Is Named to Parole Board DES MOINES JP Gov George A Wilson Thursday ap pointed a woman Mrs Virginia Bedell of Spirit Lake to succeed E H Moore of Cedar Rapids on the state parole board Mrs Bedell Dickinson county attorney and mother of two children takes office Monday the announcement said Moore announced his resigna tion sometime ago to become trus tee of the Royal Union Life In surance company assets here Both he and Mrs Bedell are re publicans She is the first woman parole board member in Iowa liis tory All in all this is a great week for the women in loiva politics Mrs Zoe Nabors of Fort Madison Wednesday won the first district democratic nomination for con gress from three men contestants in an Iowa city district conven tion Mrs Bedell will receive 52700 a year in tlic partttmc parole post The term expires June 30 1943 but her appointment will be sub ject to confirmation by the senate in the 1941 session of the legisla ture Mrs Bedell was elected Dick inson county attorney in a close race in 193G and was reelected in 1938 She is the only woman coun ty attorney in Iowa and one o the few feminine prosecutors i the country As a parole board member she will make regular visits to the Fort Madison state peniten tiary and the reforma tory to interview prisoners The board periodically sees every prisoner in the slate inslitutiuns whether or not Hie individual is regarded as possible parole ma terial The other board members are Clarence Godfrey of Albia a dem ocrat and W E Jackson of Bur lington republican and chairman of the board Iowas indeterminate sentence law gives the parole board large powers An eightyear man slaughter sentence for example cads an indeterminate sentence not to exceed eight yours The board can release such a prisoner time before the term expires f it feels that lie is rcndy to go straight U S BASES IN NOVA SCOTIA BERMUDA ASKED WASHINGTON house nilitary a f f 1 i isubcommittee recommended that the Jnited States acquire and fortify fleet and air bases in Nova Scotia and Bermuda to bolster Atlantic coast defenses which members described as deplorably weak The group Reps 1 Joseph Smith D Conn Charles F Faddis D Pa and Joseph W Byrns Jr D Tenn made the report to the full committee aft er an investigation nf defense facilities chiefly in New Eng land In addition to the recommended Ulanlic fleet and air bases the ubcommittce proposed a progres N Y DISASTER WAS BEGINNING STATES OFFICER Some of Explosives Were Discovered in Communist Quarters NEW YORK police Com missioner Lewis J Valentine charged Thursday that an attempt was made to bomb the republican national convention in Philadel phia The reported bombing at tempt was published in Phila delphia at the time and denied by the Federal bureau of inves tigation and the Philadelphia police Valentine warning 675 detec tives to expect a wave of bomb ings said that two bombs were found near the convention hall a few hours before the convention started A third bomb was found in a hall OLa place where communists the commissioner said gathered this bomb was in the course of construction He addil that Lieut janlCs 1yke who heads the New York bomb squad had been sum moned to Philadelphia to aid in the investigation Valentine addressed onethird of the citys detective force in an extraordinary conference result ing from the Worlds fair bombing two detectives were killed July 4 is only the beginning said As you know we had a bomb 111 Whitehall street the Claims Bomb Was Meant for James attache of Gov Arthur James office said Thursday he had been informed that a bomb planted near the scone of Ihe republican national ronvcuHcm liatl been intended for the cni crnor building housing the German con sulnte and another one at the Daily Worker They were fire crackers compared to this one They have been having a series of these bombings abroad Vie will have them here we will have others because of the rep resentatives of belligerents here He warned the detectives not to be foolhardy in handling pecled bombs and urged them to leave all investigation of suspi cious objects to the experts of the bomb squad He told the detectives that theii professional reputation was at stake in the hunt for the Worlds fair bombers The voice of the veteran peace officer choked with emotion as he spoke of she tv victims of lie boniD and declared thai the de partment wns nut to get the per petiatois of the plot convict them and Imve them sentenced to their proper punishment electrocu tion It was learned from another lugli police source that about seven bombs were found in various places in Philadelphia and that some at the discovered were under constrnr lion in a meeting hall vhcrc communists gathered This is n challenge to your ef ficiency your courage and vour department and to New York City Hie Empire stale and to the United States of America Valen tine declared This There will be many opportuni ties to save money durin Mason Citys Summer Clearance Sale FRIDAY and SATURDAY of this week To know what will be on sale where and the sale linccs read the Summer Clcaiviiice advertisements in the and then be on hand for this bargains picnic antiaircraft batteries The subcommittee recommended I the following shore defense proI gram 1 The acquisition and fortifi cation of bases for the fleet and air forces in Nova Scotia and Bermuda 2 Improvement of existing and construction of new air fields for use of larger air force these fields to be effectively camouflaged X Speedup acquisition of mobile antiaircraft material aircraft motor torpedo boats of the navy mines fire control equipment and heavy modern long ranee sea coast batteries I Additional trained person nel EMPLOYMENT IXCR EASES WASHINGTON mom in the executive branch ofi the government increased 1 peri cent in May to lota of ROOnO more than at the World war pcnk COMMISSIONER VALENTINK the Beginning r ;