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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 6, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HiS LOJ E R S T WtJI AFJ 0 E T OF I 0 VA MO I HE S I EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WAKS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUIX LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COP MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JUNE 6 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS SECTION ONE SECTIONS NO 204 Theyloo Are Americans FRENCH TAKING STEPS TO HALT AID FOR BRITISH Damascus Two Other Fields Taken Over by German Flyers ANKARA Turkey man air force men are occupying three of the chief airports of Syria Damascus Aleppo and Pal French authorities are taking stern measures to suppress proBritish activity diplomatic and private reports said Friday Reliable diplomatic informants said that the Germans occupied Damascus airport after having occupied the other and thai they wore maintaining a shuttle plane service between the Italian Dodecanese islands and Syria to transport war materials and sol diers disguised as civilians Allegec German civilians also continued to enter Syria through Turkey in formants said Syrian authorities Rio Has One of Worlds Best Airports EDITORS NOTE f a strict ol articlM wrllten by W Eirl llill Mason City manarinr editor In the course ol a tour Ihrouth South America one o a party of 12 cuests of the Cirnegje Endowment lor Interclionil Peace Number 76 By W EARL HALL RIO DE in 1923 Capt Radler de Aquino Brazils chief of naval aviation chanced to pick up a copy of the bulletin of the Chicago chamber of com merce It contained an article of special interest to him It told of a great municipal airport to be built in Lake Michigan by the process of suction Why wouldnt that be a good idea lor Rio he asked him self Today Rio has in ils incom parable harbor within five min utes walkingdistance of the heart of the city one of the worlds finest airports From my hotel room I see scores of planes circling over and lighting on that airport Aviation is enorm ously important to South Amer ica lacking in other forms of transportation and here is the very center of the continents flying activities V f The half mile square plot of marblesmooth land in the harbor were said to be fortifying the here was brought into being by leveling off a hummock within the business section supplemented by sucking mud from the bottom of the bay At the far end is the naval Annapo lis if you please The harbor pro tected by hills and mountains on all sides is always smooth for sea planes On my first night here I was fortunate enough to have Captain Aquino as a dinner mate Although enormously proud of the airport onriispart in the story And itwasfrom others that I had to learnhow important a role he has played in contem porary Brazilian history At 60 this New York born Brazilian is in retirement giving much of his time to heading up the organiza tion designed to promote cultural relations between his country and the United States Incidentally there was no men tion in his of the fact that Chicago has up to this lime done nothing about its Lake Michigan airport There should however be some satisfac lion for Chicagoans in the knowl edge that they gave Brazil a grand idea In most things Rio has been singularly favored by nature The beauty of cits setting in a protected deep water harbor grows on me with each passing day Ive seen it from Sugar Loaf from Corcovado from Gavea from lofty from a yacht in its 24mile long harbor From each new point of view my amazement grows v if There arc those however who will admit that for eight or nine months each year the heat is a little greater than it needs to be Since weve been sup posed to be mer cury has climbed each day to a point not far from 100 degrees U S TO USE SEIZED VESSELS Report Nazi Airmen Occupy Syrian AirpoifsFR GIVES ORDER Strike Halts Work on Planes Syrian frontier opposite Palestine and Iraq Travelers who reached Istan bul from Syria said that hun dreds of officers in the French army in Syria had been arrested or put under observation and that the number of secret agents among army units had been in creased They said that a large part o the Frencli population at som frontier points had fled inland and that the authorities now wer trying to suppress uneasines among the people The travelers said that servic on the railroad which extends fro Syria along the Turkish frontie into Iraq had been suspended sine the first days of fighting in Ira because British planes had blow up a bridge but that the servic would be restored soon Usually reliable informants hei said that though Germany had po sibly not more than 5000 men in Syria including ground personnel for 200 planes the Germans were busy preparing airports and that German technicians were studying I the problem of supply A strike called by the CIO United Automobile Workers union closed the North American Aviation corporation plant at Inglewood Cal and lulled work on in orders from the United States and British govcrumenis In the background beyo ml the pickets patrolling a railroad siding leading to the plant are some nearly completed bombers and trainers Peace Rumors PropagandaFDR with a bit too much humidity But the natives arc used to unusual weather just as Cali lornians are About the only variation from perfection they will admit is their transportation sys tem within the city Hemmed in by mountains to the rear there is of necessity a traffic bottleneck in downtown Rio a city of nearly two million Why dont you build a subway syslem1 I asked remembering he underground system in Buenos u Vres which in elegance puts New Vks subway to shame by com 1fi li jtere the explanation is that s subsurface is of granite so d as to be almost beyond cf blasting hy not an elevated system I inquired ere he explanation has been the people of Rio would her put up with traffic in vcniencc than to have such a on the esthetic side of the lere is however one excep to this A tramway has been lied atop the lofty aqueduct ra which in the time of Em r Pedro II brought Rio her supply e nearby from a mountain oblems of health and sanita which once plagued Rio have ENVOY FAILS TO SEE HULL Secretary of State Apparently in No Hurry for Interview WASHINGTON o State Cordell Hull indicated Friday that he is in no great hurry to see French Ambassador Gaston HenryHaye who had asked an appointment to discuss Hulls new warning against Frencli collabora tion with Germany The French embassy had said the ambassador would sec Hull Friday Later it was said Hull was too busy Friday Asked about this at a press con ference Hull replied that he was always ready to see the French ambassador and that as in the sase other diplomats the Vichy representative undoubtedly will visit him in proper order HenryHaye sought the ap pointment with Hull in connection with the latters vigorous condem nation of FrancoGerman collab oration in a formal statement Thursday The statement was des cribed authoritatively as an ap peal to the French people to pre vent Vichy from helping Ger many as for instance in Syria Hull emphasized this Friday by saying his statement had not been directed to any particular person HenryHaye unable to see Hull Friday called a press conference for 4 p m in order to present his views to the public But there appeared to be little that the ambassador alone could do to stop what seemed to be a steady deterioration of relations between this country and Vichy Bull Run Again WITH THE ARMY IN TENNES SEE in search the enemy as the third battalion the 153d infantry prepared for battle in Tennessees war games came racing back as if they had met all the armed forces of Europe The rest of the battalion soon CALLS STORIES NAZI UNTRUTHS President Asserts Britain Is Far From State of Collapse WASHINGTON Roosevelt Friday said that peace rumors circulating in the capital were fabricated from nazi false hoods The president said many Ameri cans were being made tile dupes of German propaganda Roosevelt declared that Britain is far from collapse and that no peace proposals were brought back from Lon don by Ambassador John G Winant Declaring he was not making a denial of peace reports but an accusation that Americans were being duped the president said of the peace rumors There has been absolutely nothing like even a 10th cousin of a peace offer or any thing like that or any discussion of peace Absolutely nothing like you use this not as a denial by the president but as an accusation by the president Mr Roosevelt accused nazi and fascist sympathizers and appeas ers in this country either of oper ating on direct orders from Berlin Chevrolet Pioneer in Auto Industry Dies at Detroit Former Racer Car Designer in Poor Health for Years DETROIT Chevro let pioneer motorcar designer and in his earlier days one of the greatest of all racing automobile drivers died at his home here Fridas1 He had been in poor health for several years and in re tirement for nearly a dacade He is survived by his widow and one son Chevrolet was bom in Switzer land on Dec 25 1B78 On May 20 1905 he drove a Fiat racing automobile over a measured mile at Sheepshead Bay New York in 528 seconds for a new worlds record He regarded as his greal est achievement however the designing and building of two consecutive Indianapolis speed way 1920 and the first driven by Chevrolets brother Gastpn and the second by Tommy Milton Gaston Chevrolet was killed at the Los Angeles speedway in a collision late in 1920 Louis Chevrolet built the first Chevrolet automobile in 1911 in cooperation with William C Du rant The Chevrolet company be cnme part of General Motors cor poration in 1015 LOUIS CHEVROLET to spread such pence rumors or oC j Prior to his retirement Cliev spread suchivolct was associaietl with the Stutz automobile company in In acting as dupes rumors He said the propaganda olfice in Berlin hnd issued instructions to sympathizers here to follow two procedures in regard to peace talk The first he said was to spread the rumor and an im pression that Germany had no thought of ever doin anything against any country in the en tire western hemisphere The second order he said was that as soon as Winant arrived such agents should spread the story around that he was carrying a scarehead story that Great Britain was about all in Further he said the order was to spread the story that Britain is talking peace That story he said originated in Berlin and by a most amazing coincidence appeared in columns of some kinds of American news papers shortly thereafter dianapolis Burial will be next Tuesday in Indianapolis Wheat Loans in 1941 to Average 98 Cents WASHINGTON agri culture department formally an nouncing the 1941 wheat loan pro gram under the 85 per cent parity loan law recently passed by con gress said Friday the loans will average about 98 cents a bushel most satisfactorily solved but followed in disorderly retreat one having to do with trans ation hasnt yet been tackled very serious way The enemy was an enraged bull that stood defiantly command ing the entire area GETS STAY OF LEAVE MOSCOW Scott American ordered to leave Russia has been granted an extension of his stay until June 11 IOWA STATE FAIR BOARD SCORED Interim Committee Approves Loan for Building DBS MOINKS After a discussion in which the 4H club building on the Iowa state fair groujuls was termed a monument lo incompetency on the part of the fair board and the the legislatixre interim committee Friday voted 534000 to the board with which to complete the structure The committee stipulated that the money must be repaid from the profits of the 1941 and future fairs and that no other new fair grounds buildings must be started until the debt has been cleared up The board had asked for ap proximately S18000 to complete construction of the building and another 516000 for equipment The building as it stands now is a monument to incompetency on the part of the fair board and the declared Senator G Ii Hill It resemble a ruin rather than a structure PROPERTY BILL TO BE DROPPED SEE NEW DRAFT Administration Finds No Chance of Passing Present Proposals WASHINGTON tration leaders reached the con clusion Friday that there was no chance of passing the war depart ments property seizure bill in its present form and indications were that entirely new legislation would be proposed as a substitute The has stirred up the most opposition since the ad ministrations aidtoBritniu pro authorize President Roosevelt to take over temporar ily or permanently any property of any kind which could be used to further the national defense program Senator Byrnes DS Car acting majority leader told re porters that cool heads in congress could sit down and draft a bill which would accom plish the desired objectives without making it possible to charge dictatorship He pre dicted thai such a measure would he worked out One of Ihc objectives of the war department bill was to pro vide the government with a legal weapon that could be used to cope with strike deadlocks in import ant defense industries The senate military committee planned to begin consideration of the present legislation Friday and Chairman Reynolds DN Car said a simultaneous study would be made of n proposal by Senator Connally D Tex that the government be empowered to take over any defense plant where production was impeded or threatened with delay by strikes or other Connally usually an adminis tration supporter offered his measure Thursday as an amendment to the selective ser vice act which now permits seizure of defense plants only if the managers refuse to meet de fense needs It was learned hat Byrnes too had been working on legislation along similar lines V V Senator Morris IndNebr and several other proadministration senators supported the Connallj proposal Norris asserted that would win quick approval and ob viate the necessity for property seizure legislation Explaining that he had not of ferced his proposal as a substitute for the administration legislation Connally said that it probably could be approved quickly with Italians Hit at Gibraltar in Air Raid By UNITED PRESS An Italian bombing attack on the British fortress of Gibraltar indicated Friday 111 at the axis may have embarked upon a major offensive to drive the British fleet from the Mediterranean The air attack on Gibraltar co incided with a new increase in tension over the middle eastern ituation where a move against iyria by the British has been cx locted almost hourly The Italian bombardment of the great rock which guards he western entrance to the Mediterranean was the first against the British base since early last fall The Italian war communique ave noindication of the severity of the raid on Gibraltar nor did it indicate from what base planes had come The Italian icarest Italian territory is Sardinia which would involve roundtrip flight of 1700 miles for the fascist bombers However it was possible that the pianos flew from the nearby Balearic islands where the Italians set up air bases during the Spanish civil war or even from French North Africa or the Spanish main land Significance seemed to be added to the Gibraltar attack by the fact it followed by 21 hours a big axis air raid on the main British fleet base in the eastern Mediterranean at Alexandria More than 100 persons were re ported killed at Alexandria and axis reports claimed great fires were set in the harbor area The only other British naval base In the Mediterranean Malta has been under almost daily heavy air attack by bolh German and Italian war pianos based on Sicily for many weeks Gibraltar tiie British minor repair base for Ihc western Mediterranean fleet than as an ordinary fortress Military experts hnvc long contended that persis tent ailattacks or bombardment from the big guns known to be established across the Gibraltar straits would make the base un tenable for largo warships TO REQUISITION ALL IDLE SHIPS Danish Italian German Interests to Be Affected WASHINGTON Roosevelt Friday signed a bill au thorizing requisition of all im mobilized ships in American har bors and by executive order em powered the maritime commission to take over the vessels More than 100 foreign ships including Danish Italian and German ships which were placed under protective custody sever al weeks ago would be affected by the order The order applied to all foreign merchant vessels lying idle in U S waters the Philippine islands and the Canal Zone American crews have been prepared for several days to take charge of ninny of these ships according to maritime circles The plan is to place these ves sels in the 2000000ton emergen cy being formed for national defense and aid to Britain Among the ships under pro tective custody are 39 Danish ships 28 Italian and two German The balance of the idle fleet arc owned by French interests and by lines under the flags of Bal kan Scandinavian and Baltic n1 tions The presidents order specified that the commission could create charter or lease any or all of those vessels deemed necessary to the national defense but required presidential approval tor any transfer charter or lease of these is more important tc as an anchorage and IOWAN KILLED IN NAVY AIR CRASH Two Other Flyers Die in Collision at San Diego Cal MARSHALLTOWN VP Justin Burroughs 19 killed in a naval plane crash at San Diego Thursday was the son of Mr and Mrs Sam Burroughs of Albion to the presidents He enlisted in the navy Sept out reference bill i 19 IDM and was assigned to the If we drais thai administration U S S Chester After a year at on to tile floor lie added sea he went into radio navn to tile floor lie added it might be three months before it could be passed There would be filibustering and delays and then the war might be over We want lo do something now7 50000 Chinese Slain in Spring Offensive Jap Spokesman Says SHANGHAI Japanese military spokesman said Friday that 50000 Chinese troops loyal to Chungking had been killed and 25000 taken prisoners during the Japanese spring offensive in South Shansi province The spokesman said that dents involving San Dicgobiscd paign had ended He said he was i planes work and receiver his petty officers rating Feb 16 1941 lie hud been expected home on furlough in a few weeks nnd then was to have been transferred to Pcnsacob FUi according to his parents i The navy reported Friday at San Diego that three flyers were killed and one was injured in a midair collision of two planes from the heavy cruiser Chestcr near San Clemente island Naval authorities said the ac cident occurred late Thursday The injured man was brought to the naval hospital here The deaths brought to 21 ihe number of naval aviation men who have died since Ian I in acci vessels to any belligerent gov ernment Under the order the commission lias the jiower to purchase requi sition or charter any or nil of the immobilized foreign vessels if il considers such action desirable and conducive to the national de fense The commission itself cuulil operate the vessels cither di rectly or through an agent in my service of the United States or in any commerce for eign or coastwise The maritime agency also was authorized document any or all of such vessels under the laws of the United States or any neutral country of the western hemis phere make such other use or disposition of any or all these vessels as the president may hereafter direct repair equip and man such vessels and to do whatever may be necessary to accomplish the purposes of the requestioning act or the executive order The commission was directed o determine and make just com pensation to the owners of the vessels requisitioned U was generally believed lhat the maritime commission would execute some sort of purchase agreement wilh the owners of the Daniih vcselri which were de scribed as being in good condition and ready for sea duty Most of the Italian ships were sabotaged by their crows before coast guardsmen took them into protective They are being repaired The French ships include Ihc superliner Isormandie If this vessel were requisitioned it probably would be converted into a military transport Among the foreign ships are 11 tankers a type of ship sorely needed here since 50 American flag tankers were assigned to the British service unable to estimate the number of Chinese wounded or the number of deserters which he said was large Save for Defense Drive Nets Enough I Refugees Make Metropolis of Holy City SUBMARINE OVERDUE r r rw i LONDON admiralty POUT Battle reported Friday night that the submarine Undaunted is overdue and must be considered lost JERUSALEM UP Refugees streaming into Jerusalem have made the ancient holy city Fri day a teeming metropolis where all allied uniforms can be seen and there is a babel ol tongues days of King races and colors Not since the Solomo nhas the city been such an important middle eastern cen ter Successive German penetra tions in the Mediterranean have brought royalty cabinet ministers diplomats professors and students to Jerusalem For the first time since the crusades Christians of all sects arc united under one flag and in a common cause But unlike the crusades of 800 years ago the brotherhood of arms now includes Moslems Jews and Hindus Religiousminded persons see in this is the beginning of the fulfill ment of Isaiahs ancient prophecy in which the Lords house was set on the mountain tops and all na tions flowed to it They believe there also will be fulfillment of that part of the prophecy which says They will beat swords to ploughshares spears to pruning hooks nation shall not lift sword against na tion and they will not learn war any more The mood of Jerusalem is evi denced by the fact there is a short age of Bibles in the European languages The holy sepulchre is the focal point of daily life whers appoint ments are made and kept where carefullygroomed society women mix with ebony Senegalese where dramatic meetings take place between brothers and sis ters who have not suspected onr anothers presence in Palestine Most refugees are energetical ly engaged in sightseeing One tourist manager misquoting Moliere classified them as ists despite themselves Jerusalem is so overcrowded that monasteries convents churches synogogues and even the Hebrew university on Mount Scopus are converting all space available into sleeping quarters for refugees regardless of their faith During the day the population appears to subsist chiefly on ice cream watermelon cool native lamarino drinks or biliouslook ing lemonade streethawkers purchased shouting from their wares in all languages The evenings arc spent mean dering through the old city tak ing in its rare beauty as the Muezzins voices mingle with church bells sheep bells and the evening prayers in synagogues Weather Report FORECAST IOWA Cloudy and cooler rain ex cept extreme southwest Friday night Saturday clearing cooler cast MINNESOTA Cloudy Rain Fri day night and in extreme east Saturday morning Cooler Fri day night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 80 Minimum Thursday night S4 At 8 a m Friday 6fi YEAR AGO Maximum 7fi Minimum 63 WASHINGTON first save for defense month poured S441782000 into the U S treasury cash to buy four battle ships In other terms the receipts for May were the equivalent of the price of 20 cruisers or 100 de stroyers or 4000 pursuit planes or 1000 long range bombers Secretary Morgcnthau told the nation so Thursday night in a ra dio report on the progress of the campaign He said 5438230000 had come from sale of bonds and S3 552000 from defense savings stamps The number of bonds sold exceeded a million and the num ber of stamps was almost ten mil lion A wonderful start Morgen thiui said more than any of us at j the treasury had dared tt expect I We must keep up the good work from now on ;