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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 30, 1940, Mason City, Iowa HAKlOlT EH HIST HEU 0 P T or I o A A C 0 NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE 8RIGH7 SPOT VOL XLVI flVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JULY 301940 T111S PATER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS NO 254 PAINT PLANT BLASTS HURT SCORES OPEN HEARINGS ON GUARDSMEN TRAINING PLAN Senate Military Group Delays Final Action on Compulsory Drill WASHINGTON sen ate military committee delayed Xinal action on the BurkeWads Mlbrth compulsory military train ing bill Tuesday and ordered hearings immediately on a meas ure to aulhori2e President Roosej sion reserved the right ofits gov velt to train the national guard ernment to pass finally on the Argentina Reservation Is Announced HAVANA Argentine reservation on the allimportant question of foreign possessions in the new world clouded Tuesday the solidarity of the 21 American republics as their foreign minis ters reached the end of their con ference on hemisphere economic and political defense The unanimity rule of the con ference a panAmerican tradi tion technically was upheld as the delegates agreed one after another on the many defense matters but Argentina at the last moment of Monday nights secret plenary ses and the officers reserve corps Chairman Sfieppard D Tex said he thought the senate should take up the guardre serve officers bill acting on the general conscription measure If H If Although it was by no means certain that this would be done the committees action in relaying final approval of the one and ord ering hearings on the other opened the way for that procedure Mr Roosevelt asked the guard reserve officers legislation Mon day and Tuesday he was repre sented by Sheppard who had just spent a weekend touring Hampton Roads defenses with him as fav oring the conscription bill The two measures go together according to military experts who have explained that guardsmen and reserve officers could be used to train conscripts Sheppard also disclosed that F R Knox Inspect Navy Yard merits of the act of Havana This act declared the deep concern of all American repub lics in the status of European possessions in this hemisphere and authorized American na tions singly and jointly to as sume temporary control of European colonies if deemed necessary to protect the conti nent W if Hence Argentinas llthhour reservation somewhat damped the enthusiasm of some delegates who had predicted there would be no chink left in the armor of conti nental solidarity Some delegates however said they believed the Argentine action was as the Argentinesthemselves CLAIM BRITISH CRUISER VICTIM OF AIR ATTACK German Officials Say England Being Softened for Smashing Blow expressed academic They gave the opinion that the confer ence had taken another step lo its establish firmly a threepoint basis of inter American defense and collabora Admiral M II Simons commandant of the Norfolk navy yard is shown pointing out new onslructioii at the yard to left to right 1resident Roosevelt Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox nd Representative Carl Vinson chairman of the house naval affairs committee during their m pcclioi of defenses con an spe German Troop Trains Naval Forces Mass at French Ports some alternation might be made in the compulsory training bill previously considered to be in its final form so that Tuesdays committee vote had be but the for mality of approval The committee Sheppard said decided informally to consider a suggestion by Senator Austin R Vt thai registration of civilians for possible conscrip tion limited to men between the ages of 21 and 31 As presently drafted the bill would require all males between tion With tiiis encouragement in mind Foreign Ministers Maurico Nabuco ofBrazil and Miguel A torChdelivtiVrtt Tay firfaf Vplnary session They chose as their theme mu tual congratulations for bringing the Americas into these declara tions 1 That they would not tolerate the menace of a foreign foot on American soil nor of a change of Hags over hemisphere colonies 3 ROBBERS GET LOOT Employes of New Jersey Bdnk Are Held Up by 3 Armed With Shotguns ASHBURV PARK N J Three men armed with shotguns held up employes of the Ashbury Park National bank and Trust company near the postotfice Tues y and escaped a bag licesaid they believed contained 5108000 Y The bandits escaped in a green sedan bearing Pennsylvania li cense plates Bank officials said they were unable to give an immediate esti mate of the loot all cash The money was consigned to the Fed eral Reserve bank of New York Vice President James Forsythc 2 That they would collaborate saidthc messengers Clnr agrinst the dreaded fifth column Barton and Joseph Sturm 18 and years old to register although only those between 21 and 45 would be subject to selec tion for active training The compulsory training bill also was studied by the house mili tary committee before which Monsignor Michael 3 Eeady Of Washington testified in favor of voluntary rather than compulsory service in the armed forces at this time An appeal for voluntary enlist ments he said would bring in recruits faster than a training pro gram could be organized The senate committee lost no time in getting to work on the guard legislation General George C Marshall army chief of staff and Major General John F Wil liam chief of the war ments national guard depart bureau were summoned to testify at an afternoon session CHIIVESF GUERILLAS ACTIVE even to the extent of challenging the packing of foreign embas sies and legations and consulates with subversive elements 3 That they would do their best to divert United States credits toward a solution of the surplus exports problems and attempt to develop hitherto neglected Latin j American products of a noncom petitive nature were halted by the trio as they of the postoffice on Bangs ave nue Tlic robbers wore dark glasses ForsyUie said that during the holdup a fourth man remained in the bandit car with the engine running New Car Purchases Make Gains in Iowa Tax Collections Show DES MOINES fP lowans spent 50716000 more for new cars in the first six months of this year than in the same period in 1939 Iowa tax commission figures showed Tuesday Collection of the 2 per cent use tax on new car sales in tiic half year period ended June 30 re flected automobile sales totaling suedl are active in the immed iate vicinity oE Peiping it was re ported Tuesday and have wiped outa Japanese garrison and Japan esecontrolled Chinese troops at Yungtingmen Rifle and machine gun fire are heard nightly near Peiping collection figures show dealers sold worth ot auto mobiles fresh out of the factory Actual tax collections the first half of this year totaled the lax commission reported against 5661401 in the comparable 1939 period STEEL VOTES TO PAY DIVIDEND Earnings for Quarter Show Gam Equivalent to a Share NEW YORK States Steel corp reported Tuesday foi the June quarter net profit S1B 201008 compared with Sl309761 in the comparable period last year and in She first quarter of 1940 Directors ordered a dividend ot SI a share on the conion stock the same amount as paid three months ago Earnings for the second quar ter were equivalent to S148 a common share compared with 36 cents a share on the preferred stock in the June quarter last year and SI24 a common share in the first three months this jear Travelers Report Gigantic Preparations for 100 Miles Inland BULLETIN NEW YOKK IP Heavy Riassinir of German troops in nazioccupied France across the channel from England was re ported Tuesday by Edivin Hart rich CBS correspondent who just has toured the area Moviau only under the cover of darkness he said they are mobilizing in tremendous num bers toward the French coast BERLIN British cruiser A and 10000ton merchant from Marseilles north as Margarethen the Belgian channel ports Trains from Geri America Arrives in New York He said the tourine respondents u ere warned by their guides not to divulge in which direction the troops were moving MARSEILLES France German troop trains and naval forces have been massed in and near Frances northwest coast ports and military forces are in movement throughout Die part of the occupied zone opposite Eng land it was reported Tuesday The zone ot activity extended from Dunkerquc up near the Bel gian frontier and opposite North Foreland at the entrance to the Thames estuary lo Brest oppo site Plymouth and the southwest corner of England according to advices Travelers said that the zone of activity indicated gigantic pre parations and that it extended 100 miles inland Inland the reports said all supporting services and ma terials necessaiy for imminent operations had been massed Certain were reported to have been cleared of French civil ians but at most places persons who had remained at home dur ing the German advance posl arjnislicc occupation had not been disturbed it was said Return of refugees to the occu pied zone hnd been checked so highways and rSilroads could be kept clear for military traffic it asserted It was reported Monday from Vichy that the Germans had sus pended all railroad traffic be tween occupied and unoccupied France effective at 5 a m Sun In order to keep troop dispo sitions secret reports said the Germans are moving troops heavy suns and other materials only at nifflil From dusk down it was asserted the mads are filled with columns of mili tary transport Nazis End Rail and Road Traffic on Swiss Front BASEL Switzerland Germans Tuesday closed all rai and road frontier posts on the I SwissGerman frontier except that at Saint Margarethen in Aus tria apparently in a move to in sure secrecy for troop movements through southern Germany in connection with preparations for the offensive against England Even persons traveling on dip lomatic passports who throughout the war have used the Basel 01 Shaffhausen rail and road routes now are required to pass through Saint Margarethen Trains from Germany arrived at Basel schedule Tues day night but contained only bag gage and freight without passcn I gcrs CONVOYS WILL GUARD WINDSOR American Liner Will Have Armed Escort Despite U S Laws LONDON Iff Regardless of United States law that U S ships shall avoid armed convoys the American export liner Excalibur may travel under the protection of British guns on its next west ward crossing because the Duke and Duchess ot Windsor arc ex pected to be on board The British embassy at Lisbon Portugal announced Monday night the Windsors were sailing Thursday Three United States diplomats as well as the Windsors may have British nnvrl units hovering over them as they return Cudahy ambassador to Belgium William Phillips ambassador to Italy and George Gordon minis ter to the Netherlands The British arc going to take no chances that the duke recently appointed governor general of the Bahamas might be removed from the Excalibur by German or Italian patrols and the nasy therefore informed sources said will keep a sort of long distance xvatch on tlic ship Obviously we have to see that he doesnt get taken off these sources said ship were sunk and other vessels heavily damaged in nazi air raids on the British cast coast Monday the German high command re ported A communique declared that in Mondays dive bombing attack on Britains strategic channel port o Dover 15 British planes were shot down md four British ships to taling 32000 tons so severely hit that their loss cin be counted V Amplifyingthe high command report DNB the official Ger man news agency said such extensive damage wrought in important sections of the Dover harbor that they would be useless for a long time The four ships sunk in the rule blocked the harbor and preientec other vessels from entering OL leaving DNB saitj one Stuk bomber although its undercar riage had been shot away man aged to land safely in its home airport German air and sea raiders were credited in nazi reports with de stroying 257000 tons ot Britisl shipping in a single week of daily forays pictured as spreading con fusion among English miiitan leaders and softening the na lion for a final smashing blow Despite the impressive results which are being achieved how ever these harassing attacks ar in comparison with the rea offensive power of the nazi a fleet Germans declared BRITISH LIST SHIP LOSS AT 37577 TOVS LONDON m e r chant marine losses for the wee ending July 21 were 37577 tons the admiralty announced Tuesday Allied looses of 2088 tons am neutral losses of 10192 tons wer reported for the same periot bringing the aggregate losses t 49B57 tons The admiralty said the total wa slightly below the weekly aver age for the 46 weeks of the wa and less than a fourth ot the high cst weekly figure Eleven British ships one allied vessel and six neutrals iverc in cluded among the losses listed for the week ending July 21 The admiralty announced tha German losses up to July 2 amounted to approximately 90800 tons and Italian losses to 25400 tons or a grand total of abou 1162000 tons of enemy shippin sunk since the start of the war In addition some 22000 tons fo formerly neutral vessels now un der axis control have been de sljoyed the admiralty snici Bombers Hit British East oast Again LONDON German war lanes struck punishing new lows on Britains coast Tuesday dking an undisclosed toll of ivilian life with air attacks that oritinued through night and day Heaviest hit were towns on the ast coast above and below the mouth of the Thames A lone nazi raider dumping his eavy bombs in several salvos n a congested working class dis rict killed several persons one f them an infant in a southeast own Several others were in ured some buried under the de lis of shattered buildings The bombs burst on houses a Ions a narrow street destroy four on one side and three on the other In another raid on an east English town on the coast north ast of London the ministry lome security said sonic damage vas done to property and there vcrc some casualties a propor ion of which were fatal Most of the relentless German air warfare was along the coasts of England nearest lo France vhere the nazis have been piling bloiv on blow apparently to soft en Britain for a blitzkrieg in asion DIES FROM INJURIES MANY FLEE AS EXPLOSIONS RIP FACTORYAPART Several Bodies Found Camden N J Calls Aid From Nearby Towns By WILLIS EVANS CVAMDEN N series explosions followed by fire trapped 900 employes in a paint manufacturing plant here Tues day but most of them were be lieved to have escaped under a shower of burning oil and chemi cals Police reported thai scores of persons were sent to hospitals and that several bodies have been found Camden authorities sent ap peals for aid to Philadelphia across the Delaware river and other nearby communities A jjeneral alarm was turned in and all families in the area were A new tally on the wholesale sky fights Monday over the Eng lish channel harbor of closest to the naziheld French the unofficial toll of downed German uarplaiies to 25 The German high com mand disputing the British figures contended Tuesday that nazi losses were onSy three to 15 for Britain Two nazi bombers were shot down Tuesday was officially reporter One bagged in the early morning forays and the air ministry latei announced that an enemy bombei was shot down off the northeast coast of Scotland shortly after noon Tuesday by fighters of the RAF After raids before dawn ovci southwest England German air men revisited their objectives during the morning and dropped at least nine high bombs on two areas explosive 31 lowans Drown or Die of Heat During iJ Current Heat Wave DES MOINES lowans have drowned or died of heat prostration during the current heat wave The tenth drowning victim was Wayne Behm 9 who stepped into deep water while playing in a creek at Ames Monday His body was recovered Heat prostration victims Mon day were Paul Gardner 34 a car MANlSING sufpentcr who died while working at Four persons were slightly in jured and some houses were dam aged in one bombed district In the other the Germans were said to have found no target Screaming to make air raids even more terrify apparently defeated their own purpose in a northeastern town I was leaving my house by a side cloor to go to a shelter whci I heard the screaming of the firs bomb a 65 year old laborer re lated Instinctively I jumped bad and closed the door behind me There a terrific explosion in the street a few yards away ant the door was blown out of nv hands If I had not heard Die scream ing noise I would have walked right into the bomb track evacuated The terrific heat kept authorities Tom getting near tlic plant as the explosions continued an hour lifter the first blast left the plant ii mass of flames Tor Gods sake send us more lielp Camden police telephoned Philadelphia James H Malone director of public safely in Philadelphia sent over all available police forces and ordered 50 students of a police school to report and aid in any manner possible A plant a fourstory brick struc ture is located in the heart oC the industrial section of this city ot 120000 The employes had just returned from the lunch hour when the first explosion believed to have been caused by the heat occurred in the basement Vicepresident 17 It Bagley es timated that in materials stored in the building had beer destroyed and another company official fixed the total damage at Two hours after the flames SENATE VOTES TVAINCREASE 25 Million Fund to Expand Power for Defense Approved WASHINGTON 000 appropriation to enable the ilv Tennessee Valley authority to sup fcrcd in an iiutomobiietruck colSidney and John Pb more electric power for the lision last July 12 resulted in the Humboldl farm youth who died national defense program was ap death Monday of Mrs Mary while detasscling corn SpicUler at neavby Aspinwall The M7500000 United Slates Imcr AmcricA umi nf Die American nrrchnnl marine is shcivn in New ork against the Manhattan skyline as she arrived from Iwr milliters yard at Newport Va passenger ship ever built in tli js country received a tumultuous welcome reminiscent The of the jubilant receptions of the 2fls German naval units were re ported to have been moved nto French northwestern ports chief ly torpedo boats and destroyers from Baltic ports and hundreds of swift torpedocarrying motor boats The motor torpedo boats were reported to be active in the English channel raiding British shipping especially between Calais and Le Havre German submarines were re ported to be operating both in the English channel and the North sea using new bases in France Belgium and Holland and to be dealing heavy losses to British shipping ever that sailing in con Miliiury observers were uncicr to hove gained iic impres sion Hint as soon the believed their preparations in iinvc been perfected md the wciilhcv was favorable the attack on Great Britain would begin The Weather FORECAST IOWA Partly cloudy scat lercd thuntlcrsliowcrs Tuesday night and Wednesday morning warmer Wednesday and cen tral and southwest Tuesday night MINNESOTA Tartly cloudy Tuesday nisht and Wednesday with local showers warmer Wednesday anil west and central Tuesday night IN MASON CITY CatGives Birth to 2 Kittens in Pew as Sermon Is Delivered ROCHESTER N Y the Rev Donald H Gratiot curate of Christ Episcopal church was delivering his Sunday sermon a stray cat which had entered the edifice several limes before gave birth lo two kittens in a pew No tified after the service the Rev Mr Gratiot telephoned the Hu mane society Later the cat gave birth to a third kitten there proved by the senate Tuesday 1 without a record vote j The senate passed the legislation j speedily after takinK it up late i Monday A similar measure was before the house Senator McKellar D Term said that the vast expansion of airplane production in the United States was dependent upon in creased production of aluminum and that the additional power must be supplied for aluminum plants built or under construction in the TVA area GlobeGazclie tics Maximum Monday wcafhcr itnlis Al 8 a m Tuesday Rain YEAH AO MnVTimnn Minimum CONFESS BANK ROBBERY ST PAUL Howe stale crime bureau chiefsiid Tuesday that two men held here started firefighters were unable to enter the blazing building The plant holds a government contract for cleaning fluid Firemen battled the infcrnii In 90dcgrcc heat and several were overcome by the heat and smoke inhalation At least 10 dwellings in the ncishborhoort were ignited and one report was received that 10 two t lory houses were afire After the flames had raged more than two hours the entire upper portion ot the building had col lapsed Firemen were being given firstaid treatment or loaded in ambulances to be taken to hospi tals A nearby resident described watching a worker attempting lo escape from a lower floor and then bciivg enveloped in flames ap parently perishing Flames flared high in the aii above the Campbell Soup Com pany building several streets away and dense smoke curled around the upper portion of Camdcifs 20 story city hall All available ambulances from Philadelphia Camden and sur rounding communities were sum moned to carry away he injured One hospital along reported thai 10 persons all of them burned seriously had been re ceived Families in the area were re moved by firemen and policemen All available firemen and equip ment from Philadelphia across the Delaware river were summoned Firemen broadcast a jjeneral alarm asking all residents of Cam den a city of 120000 to shut off their water supply so that all tlic available water could be used to fight the spreading flames Authorities said there was no immediate way of ascertaining how many of the employes es cipcl from the building Those who did escape were showered by burning oil Senators Miller D Ark and First rcporls to reach police Holman R after announc ing their support for the 000 appropriation suggested that future government projects be headquarters siid between 10 and 15 bodies already had been re covered Traffic became so congested scattered among other power sites tliKt police roped off a laige arei in the United States i and forbade entrance of arvynn except firemen policemen CONTRACT AWARDED and hero 70 ihavc confessed robbing the sliltc i Met I trace Ibank of last July 17 The day the awarding of a contract to Wern down the fire ccvr j men arc James Stevens 28 Omby j the Rock Wandf 111 arsenal for i s lc ihrouih HO j Minn niti Richard Noidland 24 j SI195000 worthof BUM carriages 55 Clear Lake S Dak land S516ROO worth of tnin mounts building and were showered with burning oil she said ;