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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 15, 1940, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME i Is HOME EDITION THE THAT MAKCS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHiOTS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT k SPOT A VOL XLVI CO PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU IXASED WTHTS rms CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JUNE 15 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 216 NAZIS CLAIM FALL OF VERDUN Allies Shape Momentous Decision Deny Capitulation Report Russia Invades Lithuania Nazis Say Allies Fleeing Wildly RED DEFENSES ONNAZIBORDER COULD BE BUILT Russians Charge Tiny Lithuania Tortured Soldiers for Secrets BUIiETIN BERLIN hundred soviet Russian tanks already have passed Kaunas Lithuanias capital in a new expansion oC Russian military power while Hie main force of an armored division has arrived in the city itself Armored cars of the red army were said to be stationed at all public buildings MOSCOW a dispute between the soviet union and Lithuania over the quartering of troops in Lithuania in which it was charged that Lithuanian au thorities had kidnaped and tor tured red soldiers to gain Russian military secrets was announced Saturday The communique said that Juozas Urbsys Lithuanian foreign minister who has been in Moscow Hitler Praises German Leaders NAZIS TELL OF MAGINOTBREAK ON WIDE FRONT Fort Marre Captured in Successful Drive on Verdun Fortress BERLIN of Ver dun where French in the World war shouted they shall not pass a breaking ot the Maginot line on a broad front south of Sitarbrucken were announced Sat urday evening by the German high command The announcement said that both the town of Verdun and the famed fortress hid fallen Fortify Nazi Line RI By UNITED PRESS Lithuania adjoins the east Prussian frontier of Germany The free access of red army troops to Lithuania presumably would mean unlimited freedom for soviet defense measures on that section of the German fron tier adjacent to the Baltic sea The Russian frontier southward from Lithuania extends along the German border in Poland to Hungary for several days gave the consen1 of the Lithuanian government to three soviet demands 1 That the Lithuanian minis ter of internal affairs and the head of the political police de partment he tried as those di rectly guilty of provocative ac tions against soviet garrisons in Lithuania 2 That Lithuania form immedi ately a new government which would be capable and ready to realize honestly the sovietLithu anian mutual aid pact agreed upon last fall and to hojd in leash the enemies of this pact 3 That Lithuania guarantee fully the free passage to Lithuani an territory of soviet troops in numbers sufficient to realize the pact The Lithuanians had until 10 a m to reply and her decision was communicated to Premier Foreign Commisar Vyaeheslaff Molotoff at 9 a m The government of Premier Antanas Merkys of Lithuania was reported to have resigned Friday night General Stasys Rastikis former Lithuanian commanderin chief was said to be attempting to form a new government Keicfasfnehrer AdeH Hil Germanys his coverage on frmst Hne aeUo fa rear Gen Wattber Xeichenau second from left chats wiUuGener Bo4en clatx Von ReUhenan JKtredUed with planning and executing the biittkrier U S to Redouble R CABLE IS SENT TORiYNAUD Verduri Has One of Worlds Bloodiest Battle Histories By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Verdun the ancient and battle v e a r y fortified French city claimed Saturday by the Ger mans has one of the worlds bloodiest battle histories The site of a cathedral built in he eleventh century it was be sieged by the Germans for six weeks in the FrancoPrussian war before it capitulated In the World war it stood at the eastern extremity the trench ine ot France and as a vital key was defended with appalling osses on both sides from the icaviest assaults of the troops of he German crown prince The French admitted nearly 350000 casualties and the Germans 330 M j Committee Approves Billion Tax Measure WASHINGTON The sen ate finance committee unani mously approved Saturday 31 007000000 emergency tax bil designed to finance the 35000 000000 defense program over lie next five years 000 The invaders never took the city It was next to the Marnc scene the greatest battle of that war Verdun lies about 135 miles east of Paris and about 25 miles south ol Montmedy northern anchor of the Maginot line which already has fallen to the German blitz krieg Fort Vaux was stormed and Fort Marre captured in the drive on Verdun the high command said in its special communique This represented a tremendous rear attack or a flankturning movement against the powerful line of steel and concrete forti fications upon which Ihe French had counted vainly in their de fensive 9 Are Killed in Attacks on Fascists BULLETIN ROME troops which have crossed the Alpine border Saturday night were re ported advancing steadily on Nice French Riviera point de sired for annexation by Italy French defenders of the Alpine Riviera frontier were reported to have rushed reenforcements to the defense of Nice in an ticipation of a major invasion ROME Italian torpedo boat and the costal batteries Genoa were reported Saturday to have driven oft a French naval squadron which bombarded the Liguariaii Riviera at dawn last Thursday One French destroyer was reported torpedoed and sunk I and another damaged The Rome radio said Saturday three persons were killed 12 wounded in the Genoa engaee ment and that six persons were killed and 25 wounded in an air raid on Savona at an undis closed time Savona is near Genoa on the coast Rome authorities also said air planes flew over Rome early Fri Military Commitments Avoided Any Conquest Will Not Be Recognized WASH IN G T O N The attack began on February 21 1916 and ended so far as ef fective German assault was con cerned with the resumption on September 22 of that year of a smashing French counteroff en Roosevelt declared inn message to sive which broke the Germans last hope to turn the allied line After the establishment Gen eral Pershings army in 191B and the smashing ol the Saint Mihie salient FrancoAmerican forces prepared for a great offensive in the region Verdun But it was an offensive that never came off by the armistice The city has a population ot about 15000 and oddly contrast ing with its spectacular exper iences as a military objective some of the most prosaic E all in leather con fectionery and the like 2 Chicagoans Killed in Gangland Fashion CHICAGO men were killed in gangland fashion Friday night as they sat in an automobile parked on a south side street They were shot from be hind and apparently at close range The victims were identi fied as Michael 3 McGoverrt 41 and James McGiade 46 Police said they believed both had been involved in union activities but theywere unable to determine the exact nature of their associations FINLAND PAYS WASHINGTON Finland laid her annual war debt payment on the line at the treasury Satur day keeping her record of remit tances unbroken despite action by congress Friday to relieve her of the obligation for a 10 year pe riod GO TO BORDEAUX LONDON officials said Saturday that the Polish gov ernment in exile has proceeded to Bordeaux France Woman 80 Dies in Plunge From High McGregor Bluff Visitor at Cottage Wanders Away Falls 300 Feet to Pavement MCGREGOR Nettie Spaulding 80 of Monona plunged 300 feet to her death Friday from the top of Ridgewood bluff one of the highest hilis overlook ing the Mississippi river here More than 150 persons includ ing Boy Scouts Legionnaires and members of the McGregor fire department spent three hours searching for her before she was found beside the pavement of the MarttuetlcMcGresor road by Charles Bount telephone com pany manager here Mrs Spaulding suffered frac tures of both legs her left hand and her skull but was still alive when found She died in a hos pital at a m Saturday She had come here Thursday with her sister Mrs Agnes Henkes 69 to spend several days in Mrs cottage on the heights at Ridgewood above Mc Gregor It is the site of a sum mer colony Mrs Spaulding wandered away about 6 p m Friday night Mrs Henkes said but she did not be come alarmed thinking the older woman was visiting friends in an adjoining cottage When darkness approached search for her was started remier Reynaud of France Sat urday tha so long as the allied governments continue to resist his government will redouble its efforts to send them airplanes ar illery and munitions He cautioned Reynaud how ever to realize that his promises of help carry with them no im plications of military commit ment Only congress can make such commitments he added The chief executive cabled the premier in response to an appeal from him Friday for further aid He gave the desperately fighting weary French and their leader this specific assurance So long as the French people continue in defense of their liber ty which constitutes the cause of popular institutions throughout the world so long will they rest as sured that material and supplies will be sent to them from the United States in ever increasing quantities and kinds The message was made public at the white house f Mr Roosevelt also told Rey naud that he United States would not recognize Ihe results of conquest of territory acquired through military and would not consider as val id any attempts to infringe by force he independence and ter ritorial integrity of France The presidents cable was in response to an appeal lor the aid from Reynaud in which the French premier asked for clouds of planes from across the At lantic The message was sent shortly before the chief executive con ferred for 70 minutes with Lord Lothian and Count De St Quentin the British and French ambassa dors The white house said the contents of the presidents cable gram was conveyed to the am bassadors Rhine Crossed at Alsace Germans Reach Ghaumont By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Capture of Verdun and a breach in the Maginot line were claimed by the Germans Saturday as high allied councils apparently were shaping momentous decisions At Bordeaux new seat of Frances twicetransferred government the French admitted that the nazis had crossed the Rhine in Alsace on the Maginot front and had pene trated central France as far as Chaumont 140 miles south east of Paris But they said the French point of resistance remained unbroken An authoritative London source declared the allies continue as hitherto in close consultation and complete agreement The French cabinet met for three and a half hours Satur day afternoon ending its session at p m p m GST but no SHOULDNT LEAD TO WAR BOSTON UR Wendell L Willkic utilities executive and candidate republican presidential nomination said Fri day night that no president should lead the people to war unless and until the people insist The attack south of Saarbrucken represented a frontal assault near the middle of the GermanFrench land frontier After a heavy fighting our troops have broken through the Maginot line on a broad front south of Saarbrucken said the communique The high command outlined the drive against Verdun in these words After breaking through the line of forts on both sides of the Meuse the city and citadel of Verdun heavily fought for in the Work war was taken by us In Paris nazi flags flew over i the palace of Versailles and Ger man boots echoed in the streets A swastika banner also flew over the Paris city hall As the drive on the Maginot line thundered into its second day German Slukas dived down on the s t e e 1andconcretc forts with of bombs mrf artillery poured tonsot shells hour after hour The high commands communi que indicated that the French were falling back at many points and referred to them already as the defeated enemy1 Behind the unceasing German pressure was the double aim ap parently of repeating the tactic of enveloping groups of allied forces and ot preventing them from dig ging in on a strong line south ot Paris Capture of 200000 allied pris oners and seizure of inestimable quantities ot war material in the last 10 days were reported by the high command Nazi sources declaring that what remains of Frances armies is on the verge of col lapse said the French hastily were attempting to patch up nen divisions from the rem nants of those pushed back and defeated The evident satisfaction w i t h which the high command men tioned the reichs war flag on the Palace ofVersailles led many to believe that some further dra matic speculated on an appearance by Adolf Hitler was in store for that historic spot Crews of technical experts are en route to Paris to take over whatever establishments may be important for the German war ef fort informed sources said Military communications al ready have been established between the occupied French capital and Berlin but appar ently that is Ihc only conncc lion so far day and dropped leaflets indicat QSihe planes were French The leaflets called on Ihe Ital ians to quit the war A belated account of the Genoa fight was given Saturday by Stef ani official Italian news agency At the same time the Italian high command reported the oc cupation some localities in France along the Alpine frontier by Italian troops who overcame enemy nttemps to hinder our action Some prisoners were re ported captured In the air the higli command said bombers attacking i n waves scored direct hits on the British air and naval base at Aden near Italian East Africa while Italian bombers success fully assaulted the military works of Malta British Mediter ranean base The command also said on en emy submarine was sunk by Ital ian seaplanes The high command also said icveral civilians were killed and wounded when localities on the ligurian Hiviera The Genoa Sector were attacked by fire from enemy ships The Egyptian minister o Rome notified the Italian government that Egypt had severed diplomatic relations with Italy in iccordance with her alliance with Great Bri tain Nazis Paper Declares US Cant Aid Allies BERLIN newspaper Hamburger Fremdenblat said Sat urday that even if the United wished to help the allies win the war it would not be able And the newspaper said if the United States wishes European recogni tion of the Monroe doctrine it must recognize the doctrine of Europe for Europeans of its decision was made im mediately Havas French news agen cy published a statement from London that reports of possible French capitulation published abroad under a London dateline were entire ly false and the work of Ger man propaganda The breach in the Maginol line was said by the Germans to have been made on a broad front south of Saarbrucken For two days German artillery hour after hour had hurled shells into the steel and concrete oC Fiances bastion on the western front and Stukas had dived down to punish it with bombs in the Saar region Both the town of Verdun and its famed fortress fell the Ger mans asserted Verdun is 135 miles east of Paris and about 25 miles south of Montmedy northern an chor of the Maginot line which the Germiins already held British reports of vital de cisions indicated that the next 24 hours might prove the cli max of the fight in France if if il There was no inkling of wha impended But the authoritative nazi news commentary Dicnst Aus Dcutseh land discussing the possibilily ol French capitulation declared In view of the fact that vic ory is already within the closes each there is hardly any occasioi n the German side to approacl The Weather FORECAST Fair Saturday and Sunday slightly cooler Sat urday night extreme northeast and extreme eastcentral por tions MINNESOTA Fair Saturday night and Sunday slightly cool er in south central Minnesota Saturday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Friday 82 Minimum Friday night 5S At 8 a m Saturday 72 YEAR AGO Maximum 67 Minimum 53 Rain 36 WEEKLY FORECAST Weather outlook for the period June 17 to 22 For the Upper Mississippi Val ley Shower period over south portion first ot week scattcrcc shower period toward end o week Precipitation likely below normal over north portion tem perature near normal he question ot French capitula ion Britain while stepping up the manpower ot her army and en force to carry on the fight sheis pledged to gage to the last dis closed the lossjptrherlthird cruiser 4i80 ton antiaircraft cruis er Calypso torpedoed and sunk by an Italian submarine in the Mediterranean The Paris radio announced a cabinetmeeting for 9 a m E S T following reports in London that strategic decisions ot great moment already had been taken by allied army leader in France that Ihc next 24 hours me likely to show what these arc11 In Berlin the French situation was regarded as hopeless Nazi troops have penetrated the Magi not line fortifications the high command reported and French forces are in flight More than 200000 prison ers have been counted since June 5 it reported and in estimable amounts of war material have been captured Exultant nazis declared that what still remains of Frances armies is on the verge of collapse The French are fleeing wildly a German spokesman declared and the Maginot line on which France once relied to keep her sifc from Gorman invasion soon will be past history Allied sources admitted that this was the bitterest hour for The slant lines showing Germanoccupied area of France in dicate the extent of the nazi push which reached Lc Havre Paris 1 and Montmedj western anchor of the Maffinot line From Hie Saar region 2 nazis drove a direct attack against the Maginot line meanwhile threatening to attack it from the rear as indicated by curved hlack arrow With Germany claiming a ccricral French re treat the Loire river offered the next natural line of defense row of The government retreated from Tours to Bordeaux Italy claimed advances on Ihe Alpine frontier 4 and that hascs in southern France 5 been bombed ;