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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 29, 1940, Mason City, Iowa HIST VEM or COM NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPCR THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NtlGHiORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL FIVf CENTS A COPY WIRES MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JULY 291940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 253 BRITISH DOWN 16 GERMAN PLANES Nazi Decree Limits French Rail Traffic REPORTED SEEN FOR BLITZKRIEG Learning the Hard Way Duce Takes No Chances Return of Millions oi Frenchmen to Homes Prevented by Germans By CHARLES S FOLT2 JR BASEL Switzerland paration for Germanys threatened blitzkrieg against Britainwas seen by neutral observers Monday as the chief motive behind the nazi decree halting rail traffic between Germanoccupied and unoccupied France and barring the return ol millions of Frenchmen to their homes in the occupied area These sources said the order published by the French govern ment at Vichy Sunday apparently had three military objectives L To keep all available roll ing stock in German hands ready for attack on Britain To keep demobilized French soldiers and their families out of the areas where the offensive is being prepared in order to pre vent espionage sabotage and fifthcolumn activity 3 To keep all food supplies in those areas for the army Authorized German sources in Berlin asserted they were un aware of the halting of rail traf fic between the two French zohes An order placing all German rail ways under army command pre ceded by a day the invasion Belgium the Netherlands and There were rndicatioris theiij order might have purely civil mo tives based on the fact that ex cept for Paris and the region around it most of riaziheld Franco is deemed not ready a present to handle any increase in population Paris and its suburbs ac cording to news reaching Swit zcrland are well organizedant supplied From reliable sources however come reports conditions are desperate in many parts of the occupied area Many cities and towns arc in desperate need of water Not only in cities in he main battle area such as Lille Amiens Reims and Beauvais but in others farther south such as Orleans water systems were smashed beyond nope of quick repair by bombs and shells Among the entire area held by the Germans with the exception of the Paris region and even Paris itself to a certain extent has been hardhit by rising prices and German buying After the armistice hundreds of thousands of German soldiers ir the occupied area received back pay or a chance to spend pay they accumulated during the drive through the low countries Stores were stripped of shoes clothing and tinned foodstuffs Shortages of coal and wood are reported from many areas where they were plentiful in peacetime However Germany is said tc have ample coal supplies and the shortage is not expected to last until winter Robert P Patterson newly nominated assistant secre tary of war is brinsine his military training up to date in the spe cial businessmens training camp at Plattsburg N V Patterson a farmer federal circuit judge was decorated for bravery during the World war He is in a 19ton tank AUDUBON LISTS STORM DAMAGE All Parts of Iowa Except Southeastern Iowa Report Rains DES MOINES rains j spread over all but the southeast and extreme east portions of Iowa the last 48 hours halting the corn crop damage of last weeks severe heat wave the weather bureau said Monday The bureau pointed out how ever that southeastern Iowa has had scarcely enough rain to lay prominent the dust in the last 48 hours had been The rainfall reached cloudburst proportions at Audubdn and filled houses and basements with a layer of niud and water driving eight families from their homes Four inches of rain fell there A carnival operating on a rail road rightofway there was washed out merrygoround horses being carried into a cornfield Damage was estimated at 51000 Humidity was hish throughout the rainsoaked sections although the weather bureau predicted temperatures here would not pass much above 90 degrees Monday 15 degrees less than the 105 maxi mum reached during the height of the heat wave last week Lightning and wind inflicted damage in southwestern Iowa a small twister leaving a 10yard path of destruction at Mount Ayr Two weekend deaths at Ames were attributed to the heat lift ing the states toll for the heat wave to 19 Heaviest rainfall reports in cluded Alia 2BB Bedford 2S5 Storm Lake 260 Pocahontas EXPECT PARLEY TO ADOPT NEW DEFENSE PLANS No Dissenting Votes Expected at Havana on Colony Trusteeship HAVANA The conference of American foreign ministers in plenary session was expected to adopt Monday without a dissent ing vote the American republics doctrine of defense against the transfer by conquest or other means on Europeanheld posses sions in the western hemisphere to any nonAmerican power The session was schedvilcd for 4 p m C S T Final committee action on a project expected by observers here to take its place in history alongside the Monroe Doctrine was completed early Monday morning when the peace com mission of the conference ap proved the draft of the conven tion covering he legal phase of the plan The plan itself embodied in a draft resolution called the act oE Havana provides that the American republics may establish regions of provisional adminis tration in any areas now held by nonAmerican nations which are in danger of becoming the sub jectmatter of exchange of terri tories or sovereignity SuchiiSdmtnistrationj whichmay be put into v effect by any one or any group of the American na tions if the emergency is too great to permit consultation among all 21 members would be established only on the understanding that when the emergency passed aC fccted regions would be returned to their regional status or organ ized into autonomous territories 11 BRITISH ARE UNDER ARREST Japan Declares Step Taken Against Alleged Network of Espionage TOKIO foreign office disclosed Monday that arrests of Britons Saturday were made by military police under the direction prosecutors as the first step against an alleged British espion age network covering the entire country Reports in Shanghai said 11 finished the tedious task of phras Successful drafting of tile Act of Havana and the compan ion convention was regarded as a personal triumph for V S Secretary of State Cordell Hull Hull when he left the commis sion room shortly after midnight obviously was pleased at having F R Requests Authority to Train Guard WASHINGTON Roosevelt saying he was con vinced that tho security of the nation1 demanded it asked con gress Monday to let him orderthe national guard and the officers reserve corps into extensive training I cannot with clear cons cience longer postpone this vi tally essential step the president said in a letter read to the senate This group of men who of necessity must be among the first to fight in the nations defense have a right to the best prepar ation that time and circumstance permit he added after noting that we know too well the trag edy that ensues when inadequately trained men are assailed by a more skillful adversary While the president did not mention any specific period of active training for the guard the draft of accompanying leg islation would limit such train ing to one year The extraordinary authority which would be given the presi dent would expire June 30 1942 under terms of the proposed meas ure Service of the guardsmen would be restricted to the Western Hemisphere except for possessions of the United States and the Phil ippine Islands Democratic Leader Barkley of Kentucky said speedy enactment would be sought in line with the presidents request for immediate J Senator Austin of Vermont as sistant republican said it was his understanding that if the president were given the author ity he requested the guard would be used to aid in training con scripts who might be called to the colors under pending legislation for compulsory military training Senator Capper KKans look the floor to declare that the compulsory military training bill prepared by the senate military committe will lead us closer all the time to the European war A voluntary system of obtain Premier Benltn Mussolini is shown leaving a special armored train which was given to him bj Adolf Hitler A battery of anti aircraft ftuns are mounted at the end of the car There are two cars in the train HIKER IS KILLED British businessmen seized for undisclosed reasons in raids in five Japanese cities British circles charged they were partly the result German pressure The foreign office statement de clared the arrests were made in view of everincreasing activities of foreign organs of espionage in this country Man Who Predicted Own Death 25 Years Ago Fulfills Forecast DUNN N Car 5 255 Sioux City 234 Fort Dodged ihg the possessions project to everyones satisfaction am glad to say that our work is finished and our docket is cleared he said The Act of Havana noting that conquest Europeanheld possessions in the Americas may be attempted as a result of the present European war and thus may imperil the essence and form of American institutions ing enlistment for the army should be tried for one year he said be fore congress attempts to adopt a conscription program In another development Senator Lee DOkla announced he would offer an amendment to draft capital as well as men as title two of the compulsory train ing bill Senator Vandenbgrg predicting that public sentiment would cause congress to defeat Reuters Far Eastern Chief Dies in Fall Suicide Japan Says TOKIO J Cox far eastern manager for Routers news agency of Great Britain was lulled Monday in a mysterious fall from the fourth floor of Japanese police headquarters while he was being questioned An official state ment said Cox committed suicide and that interAmerican solidar1 proposals for compulsory military t 4UU rl i M Iff ciliu Boone 130 Jefferson 137 Perrv eastcentral portions 135 Marshalllown 110 Royal 1 35 Mason City g Ce dar Rapids 7 telling his friends that he was Koing to die during the month ot July 1S40 A year ago he hired an under taker and bought a cemetery lot Three months ago he told the preacher of his choice to get the fu neral oration ready Last Monday lie started the rounds of relatives and friends telling them goodbye Last Thursday he weeded his grave Saturday morning he told his employer that he wanted to go home because this was the day hei was dying He went home became Pcrsons wevc killed and ill suddenly without apparent cause and died at p m He was buried Sunday Dr J R Johnson his physician had not yet determined the cause of his death but said that suicide was impossible and Atlantic 2 Crcston 184 Ames 162 Indianola 175 Charles City 167 Iowa Falls and The Weather FORECAST IOWA Farlly cloudy Monday night and Tuesday ivith occa sional local thundershnwers not quite so warm Monday night extreme northeast and extreme 12 Mexicans Die as Theater Roof Falls MEXICO CITY several others injured at Monte morelos near Monterrey when a cloudburst caused the roof of a theater there to collapse Sunday night AUTHOR HAS BIRTHDAY KENNEBUNKPOUT Maine Tarkington Indiana au thor of such books as Pernod and Monsieur Bcaucairc ob No Births for Year Recorded in Town ST H Hume i city clerk states that there lifve been no births recorded in St I served his 71st birthday quietly atj Ansgar for over a year The his summer home Monday birth was on July 22 1939 last MINNESOTA Fair Monday night and Tuesday cooler Tues day near Lake Superior IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Sunday 8S Minimum Sunday Night 68 At 8 a m Monday 72 Rain 80 Inch Mason City received another drenching Sunday night boosting the total rainfall of the past four days to 321 inches YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum in Niht At 8 a m Sunday Rain Ol inch YEAi AGO Maximum Minimum iiy demands a policy ot vigi lance and defense points to the grave menace of these colonies becoming strategic centers ot ag gression against the American continent It then declares When American islands or areas at present held by non American nations are in danger of becoming the subjectmatter of exchange of territories or sov ereignty the American republics xxx may establish regions of provisional Administration The act provides for the formation of an emergency committee of 31 members one from each of Hie republics which will be considered con stituted as soon as twothirds of the members have been ap pointed by their Rovernmcnfs If 3f If In an emergency however it stipulates that any of the Ameri can republics individually or jointly writh others shall have the right to act in a manner required for its defense or the defense of the continent In additiontp the report of the peace commission Mondays plenary session also will act upon reports of the neutrality and eco nomics commissions training reported a deluge of mail supporting his opposition to the measure MORGAN GREETS THREE CHILDREN Liner Brittanic Brings 272 Children to U S in Trip From Liverpool 97 65 51 inch I Bed Lightning Makes I Man Change His Mind j WYNOT Nebr An SD jdcrson road crew foreman stored 73 50 pounds of dynamite under liii shack bed for safe keeping Lightning struck a nearby tree and tore the door off the shark Tlie dynamite didnt explode Iowa State College Student Was on Way to Ohio When Injured IOWA Howard E Wil son Jr 21 a hitch Jiilcer WHS killed in an auto accident north of Iowa Falls Saturday evening when a car driven by Duff Wood ward a Minneapolis undertaker sideswiped one driven by Roy Tanner of Iowa Falls who had picked up Wilson The latter was a student at Iowa State college and was hitch hik ing to his home in Louisville Ohio Young Wilson carried a Sigma Nu fraternity card Several in volved in the accident escaped serious injury The accident oc curred on No Co a few miles north this city IOWA TRAFFIC TOLL IS INCREASED TO 266 DES MOINES Two week end victims raised to 266 the num ber of persons who have lost tiioii lives in accidents involving inotoi vehicles on Iowa highways to date in 1940 The figure was 271 at the corresponding time in 1939 Richard Jamason 14 year son of Mr and Mrs Lro ot Independence was killed Sal urday when struck by a car driven by Martin H Girkon Bartlelt 111 Girkon was exonerated when he reported Richard ran from behind the truck from which he had just alighted and into the path of his car At Fonda Kenvin Uuern 18 son of Mr and Mrs Frank Euern was drowned Sunday morning1 in the municipal pool A companion tried unsuccessfully to rescue him and then ran for help Frank was the 35th person to drown in Iowa this year The body of Tom Pnno 50 CHAMBERLAIN HAS OPERATION Former Prime Minister Expected to Be Away From Office 2 Weeks NAZI AIRCRAFT SWARM ABOVE GREAT BRITAIN German Ships Come in Waves to Run Into Storm of Gunfire RAF LONDON IfP Hundreds of erman planes swarmed over Britain Monday in a massive preview of tic grand assault Britons believe is yet to come at a cost officially plated at 16 Ger man planes and unofficially re ported at 23 On the debit side of the ledger the British acknowledged the sink ing ot the destroyer Wren the 28th destroyer since the outbreak of war by a nazi bomb while losses in tending ott Mondays raids were placed at one plane shot down and a number dam aged From before dawn tn laic afternoon the Germans came in waves bombers escorted by swarmiiiE lighters only to run into a storm of antiaircraft Iirc and Royal Air Force de fenders who accounted for ID of the attackers in one mighty bat tle over the southeast coast Hammering back against the Germans British pilots raided oit tanks at Cherbourg and a German base believed being prepared for the expected invasion ol Britain The Cherbourg tanks were re ported fired by repeated hits The 1120 ton Wren was hit on an undisclosed date while on pa trol duty An accompanying de stroyer the Montrosse shot down two of the German attackers In a communique covering Sun daysair warfare the German high command placed Germanys plane tosses at only two against Britains eleven LONDON Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain en tered a hospital Monday to under go an operation The reason lor the operation on the 71 year old lord president the council was mil made public although persons close to him said he expected to be away from his office only about two weeks It was likely however they added tiiat lie would be able to transact business before the end of that time Tile tall bushybrowned prede cessor of Winston Churchill as Britains war prime minister has been a chronic sufferer from gout Despite hisage and frail ap pearance however Chamberlain felt equal tothe burden the hos tilities thrust on his shoulders Only last April demonstrating My eye is undimmcd and natural force unabated I feel V V Kyevviinesscs to IJic southeast coast air battle in which 50 German divebombers and oO escorting fighters narlkipafcd said that German machines fell like autumn leaves Die 1C planes officially reported downed brought to I18 the num ber shot down by British defenses Report 17 German Airdromes Bombed L O N D O N Seventeen nazi airdromes in Germany Holland Belgium and northern France and oil depots and docks in Germany were bombed by the Royal Air Force Sunday night thp air ministry an nounced Monday Three British planes were reported missing my to mns aiv A ar 14 lhc first counaed to iniv on hrlislCn vivitly he ictimi over dlwhiclifi i southed said BO Go1 NEW YORK P Mor gan excited and perspiring met the liner Britannis when it docked here Monday and extended an Waterloo laborer was found Sun fcctionate greeting to three small i day morning lying near the tracks of the Rock Island railroad at the west city limits Apparently he killed Saturday night when 1 am cngascd until our pur pose is achieved There has been no of any serious decline in his health and he has been pictured recently by Churchill as a man of very tough liber the children who whooped down gangplank into his arms The children were 11 year old Lord Primrose son of Lord Shrewsbury who lives near Edin burgh and George Vivian Smith G and his year old sister children of Hugh Vivian Smith a partner in the London banking house ol Morgan and Grenfell Children of friends ot mine Morgan said smiling and chuck ing the children under the chin Been friends of mine for years Grandsons of friends of mine struck by a southbound passenger j train Lord Primrose thin poised youngster carried a gas mask over his shoulder and didnt take it off when Morgan helped him into the limousine waiting for them They were taken to the Morgan Long Island estate ot Matinicock Point Locust Valley N Y The CunardWlutc Star liner Giant Atom Smasher Is Completed at State U of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA A giant atom smasher which fires elec tricallycharged atomic bullets in the interest of science has been completed at the University of Pennsylvania It will be one or the attractions at the universitys bicentennial celebration Sept 1621 were engaged man planes fights there Within a halt hour Monday morning the German air force lon 15 bombers and fighters in this area the ministrv announced With 30 Junkers 87 dive bombers protected by SO Messei1 schmitts the nazis attempted a surprise attack on a harbor there StroiiE formations of spitfires anil hurricanes tiic RAT fighter command swept up into Hie sky to meet the raiders Within a minutes the air was filled with battling airrrift The British fighter pilots sn harassed the nrxi airmen Hint their bombing aim spoiled Before they made off for home eight of the Junkers Bombers rind seven had been shot down into tiic sea Only one British fighter is missing al though several of our aircraft were damaged7 NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN hospital 3 Killed in Blast at Gibraltar Many Are Reported to Be Hurt Tlie most important byproduct of this war on the atom so far at 2 Swimming Ashore From Raft Drown hut Anderson doesnt store it un der his bed any more LA LhVEA Spain rv rific explosion occurred Monday at Gibraltar which recently has been subjected to repeated aerial bombardment by Italian planes Three persons wevc reported least is artificiallyproduced radio j killed and many injured in the had arrived from Liverpool with active material said Prof L Ni Minn SI explosion which orcurrcd at 778 of them chilj Ridcnour who supervised conPaul girls drowned Middle j 11 a m an uneventful crossing struction of the machine Spurl lake Sunday while tryiiiK to j H was siid that n gis tank or from Liverpool The ship was amount of radio netive swim from a raft tn siuui Tiles powder reserve was believed ii voyert by five warships for 36 material for medical work can be victims wevc June Holm 11 and have blown up The cause was un hours out of Liverpool multiplied manyfold Lorraine Virtues KJ known ;