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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 16, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME PAR I VENT OF AM A iCHI 3 HOME EDITION VOL XLVH ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PHESS FULL LEASED WIRES tlVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH NIIGMORS Are Americans Safety Only a Rumor in 5 America EDITORS NOTE This ii another of a series of articles written by W tail Hill Masop City GlobeGazette mlbaciof editor in the course of a tour Ihroujh South America one of parly of 12 fuests or he Carnegia Endowment for International Peace NO 84 By W EARL HALL ABOARD THE SS BRAZIL HEARING safety in South America is pretty much an unverified rumor Two months of jogging about city and countryside on both coasts of this continent is certainly going to have the effect ot making me more con fident when in the hands of taxi drivers in the United States Suspended by string from the rear view mirror of practically every taxi down here is a luck Piece of one kind or another Sometimes its a little cloth mon key sometimes a kewpie doll sometimes a butterfly Under the accepted belief one is immune to accidents so long as the charm piece is in its place It isnt necessary to exercise any care Well thats placing a lot of faith in an inanimate ably more than Im capable of do ing In the cities the drivers give the impression of being on the way to a fire They weave in and out of traffic to the right and to the left in a most terrifying manner To say that youre in no hurry does no good even ii your driver un derstands English On mountain drives the man at the wheel invariably has a passion for driving on the wrong side of the road at curves and he loves the screech of tires on hairpin turns The tire business must be good During one such drive one of our partyturned to the driver with what was intended to bea con structive hint to slow down a bit You musthave lots of accidents down here he observed Si si replied the driver We have many accidents And he pushed down on the ac celerator a bit heavier What the big hurry is I didnt learn in my two months visit Surely nobody is in any great sweat after he arrives at his desti nation Its just one more thing I dont understand about South America One of my theories however is that for most oE the native drivers automobiles are still more or less in the toy class They havent been exposed to them for so many years Another thing which adds to the distress ot the United States motor car passenger is the prac tice of driving on the left hand side of the street or road in most of the Latin American countries It sends cold chills down your spine to come up over a hill and see a car coming at you on what you have been brought up to as sume was your side of the road We first encountered the left hand driving practice in Panama vhere workers from British Ja maica in the days when the canal was being built introduced the practice In one or two countries on ihe west coast we found the right hand drive In Argentina it was left hand again and in Brazil we returned to the right side In Trinidad it will be left again Still another departure from recognized safety practice is to be found in he situation of streetcar tracks in practically all South American cities Out of necessity presumably be cause of the extremely narrow thoroughfares the tracks are within a foot or two of the rib bonnarrow sidewalks One false step and youre on the cowcafcher The honk ot an automobile horn seems to be music to the South American ear If this isnt true Im at a loss to explain why they do it so much When coming to a blind crossing a driver leans on his horn instead of his brake Here as in no other situation I recall there is a total faith in the luck piece and a complete disregard ot ihe law of averages The getaway from a stoplight is a rowdy symphony of horns Strange as it may seem in he face of all that Ive related Ive seen only two accidents on my en tire trip A car bearing some of our group skidded on slippery asphalt at Sao Paulo and rammed into a sizable tree with results more disastrous to the Lincoln i than to the tree or the passengers In downtown Rio one night I saw a taxi crash into a cart killing a horse Everywhere I found a pro nounced preference for U S cars new and used One of my Rio friends who had a Chevrolet on order from Detroit was almost ecstatic from the news just re ccivcd that no new models are planned next year This means Ill have a new car for two years he observed Forecast for Band Fest TuesdayTFair British Troops Punch Over Frontier to Libya Attack Axis Forces West of Bardia 57TH MARCHING GROUP ENTERED FOR NEW MARK Final Preparations Made for Influx of 2500 Musicians THE PROGRAM a concerts slart in Central park a band dem onstrations start on Federal avenue a parade j p appearance of queens on Cen tral park b a n d stand p finale opens in ivooseveil park jnt mgn smu Withfair weather forecast Ma British tanks were destroyed son City and more than 50 other and tnat a British attack in the communities in North Iowa and u outhern Minnesota were making MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY JUNE 16 1941 MASON CITY THE SPOT THIS PAPES CONSISTS OP w6 SECTIONS SECTION ONE 7 J 1 J i 1YU T T rt SECTION ONE NO 212 U S BANS NAZI CONSULS Nazi High Command Claims 60 English Tanks Destroyed By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Quiet for weeks the North Af rican battlefront flamed into ac tion anew Monday as British troops punched across the frontier into Libya and attacked axis forces in the Gambut sector west of Bardia 10 miles from the Egyp tian border In London it was indicated that Gen Sir Archibald P Wa vell Commanderinchief of the British army of the Nile may have launched a new offensive to wrest Libya from the axis The German high command said inal preparations Monday for the greatest ot all local band festivals here Tuesday An alltime high of 57 march ing organizations will take part n the parade at II oclock and 2500 musicians will participate in Ihe mass band concert at the Hoosevclt field starling at 7 oclock in the evening The 57th marching unit was added to festival parade Mon day morning when it became known that Lee Chrisman Roosevelt junior high school band director was driving hack 700 miles from his wedding at Evansville Ind to place his band in the lineup weathermans report The fair weather was forecast that came as the best possible news to the thousands who planned to take part in the big music spectacle Pat Phillippi winner of the twirling championship at the St Paul winter carnival who is to march in the Kiestcr Minn twirl er squadron in the morning parade and to give a special perform ance under the sponsorship of Mason City banks at the evening finale arrived Monday afternoon Mason Cityanswho have seen Miss Phillippi perform maintain she is a marvel W L Nichols general chair man of the festival committee and others who are working on the giant project made last min ute preparations Monday in order to have all in readiness for the big influx of uniformed bandsmen candidates for queen and thou sands of other visitors The parade will go southward on Federal avenue from Third street north to Fifth street southeast east to Delaware avenue and then north to State street Norris Thinks U S Would Be Beaten in Race for Supremacy WOOSTER Ohio George W Norris Ind Nebr de clared Monday the United States is certain to be beaten in race ialum area on the EgyptianLib yan frontier collapsed under the combined resistance of axis troops and warplanes The British said their forces de ilroyed 12axis vehicles in the 3ambut sector Other details were lacking if if Premier Mussolinis high com mand also described the battle as raging on the Salum front and asserted that the British striking in force after several days of patrol activity had been repulsed everywhere Hitlers high command credited the luftwaffe with shooting down 11 British planes and it noted tersely that the fight is still go ing on SLASH THROUGH KEY DEFENSE IN DAMASCUS In the middle east British and Free French columns were re ported to have slashed through Icey defense positions ot Damascus and Beirut leading the British to pre dict early capitulation of both capitals in the 9 day old invasion of Syria and Lebanon Nazi warplanes now openly aiding thc hardpressed Vicliy French force1 were reported to have sunk a light British cruiser and damaged a heavy cruiser off the Lebanese coast The German high command in making this claim also de clared that nazi air formations raided airports on the British fortified island of Cyprus 70 miles off the coast of Syria 1 Premier Mussolinis govern ment froze American bank ac counts in Italy in reprisal for like action taken Saturday against axis holdings in the United States A B c r I i n spokesman cautiously termed President Roosevelts or der Z In thc far easl the covernor general of the Dutch Fast Indies said his government bad notified Tokio that the Indies rejected any thought of being drawn info Japans proposal for a new order in East Asia 3 On the Ethiopian war front British reported the surren the der of 2000 Italian Soddu area 4 Reports thai Adolf Hitler ould address the reichstag thi k went unconfirmed in Ber 5 Newspapers in Helsinki Fin Defeat of Britain would draw this nation inevitably into a mili tary struggle with the totalitarian states he said and the chances are that we would go down at the end of the struggle and become the slaves ot Hitler Norris spoke at thc 71st com mencement at Woostcr college where he was awarded an honor ary doctor ot laws degree Will Ship New Martin Bombers Next Month BALTIMORE Md Glenn L Martin company will begin shipments to Britain next month of its newest type bomber which is reputed to be as fast as most pursuit planes flying in Europe officials said Monday Thc new plane designed in co operation with British engineers to conform to Royal Air Force per formance was high ly successful in its first test flight Saturday it was said for at least a possible tipoff that the Finns may expect war again Europes whispering galleries in Ihe past week have indicated that Adolf Hitlers armies swinging back from the Balkans to mass along the soviet Russian frontier might strike into Russia from Fin land NBCs correspondent in An kara Turkey broadcast an uncon firmed report Sunday night that Russia had declared general mob ilizatkm and canceled all army leaves On ihe middle east front Brit ish headquarters reported that heavy fighting developed In the central sector of the allied ad vance despite British efforts to avoid unnecessary bloodshed in the conflict with the Vichy defenders Allied troops were said to be clamping down on Damascus from two sides less than five miles from the citys gates while French troops defending Beirut were forced out of Sidon and back lo line only 12 miles from the Leb anese capital Sidon the French reported fell efore the combined pounding of and forces and British warships offshore and the British said an other column driving inland from aptured Sidon had taken Djezzine 12 miles to the east Associated Press Correspondent Edward Kennedy said that this up of Australians reinforced by several British regi to force its way up the Litani river valley to drive a wedge between Damascus and Beirut headquarters ot the French general Henri Dentz The French position at Kissoue before which the attackers have been stalled for several days also fell Sunday the British said The French denied it and made no acknowledgement of the loss of Djezzine although acknow ledging that the situation in that sector was confused The greater part of the battle iov Syria will be won the British believe when Damascus and Bei are taken They are the largest ilies in the French mandates A British spokesman in Cairo ilill voiced hope that things would 3e settled amicably in Syria but a London newspaper the News Chronicle commented that since Britain was fighting for her life in Syria we certainly cannot af ford to add to the danger by be ing overcareful about saving a few Vichy lives Vichy is not France HEAR NAZIRUSSIAN BREAK IMMINENT Reports an imminent break between Germany and soviet Rus sia continued to engross Britons who were becoming convinced that the talk and the tioop move ments were designed to veil a new blow at Britain The News Chronicles Ankara correspondent said travelers from Hungary and Rumania re ported the odds arc five to one Germany will invade Russia within a fortnight but thc Daily Herald commented It Is not Russia but the British common wealth which dominates Hitlers dreams of conquest The war at sea had no letdown during the weekend The British announced the loss of their 50th new 1690 ton Jer claimed they sank a 6 000 ton supply ship off the Dutch coast The Germans said they sank 10 British merchant ships totaling 10000 tons in the Atlantic five by air attack and five recently by submarine The United Slates meanwhile placed on ihe active service list six Danish ships the first of a refugee fleetOf 84 foreign vessels 35 ROBIN MOOR SURVIVORS ARE SAFE IN AFRICA Arrive at Capetown on British Ship US Boat Was Sunk by Nazi Sub CAPETOWN Union South Africa survivors rom the torpedoed American ihip Robin Moor arrived here Monday in a British ship This completed rescue of the 46 lersorcs aboard the ship which vas halted May 21 by a subma ine identified by survivors as Jetman and then sunk by a tor pedo and shellfire Eleven survivors who reached Recife Brazil were leaving for he United States Monday taken info protective custody American waters Thc remainder in aner including 28 Italian and two Ger man will be taken over formally under new legislation as fast as possible the maritime commission Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Fair and slis warmer Monday night and Tu day IOWA Fair Monday night Tuesday slightly warmer tv trcme west Monday night and in east Tuesday MINNESOTA Fair and slightly warmer Monday night Tuesday generally fair except for a few scattered thundcrshoweis north west and northcentral portions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 74 Minimum Sunday night 43 At 8 a m Monday 67 YEAR AGO Maximum gg Minimum 55 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 68 Minimum Saturday night 4S At 8 am Sunday 65 YEAR AGO Maximum R2 Minimum 56 The rescue ot the remaining passengers and crewmen should provide additional identification 3f the Uboat for the group of 35 Jncludes the chief officer of the Robin Moor and the crewmen he took with him by boat to the submarine in response to its sum mons before the torpedoing The survivors at Recife taken there by the Brazilian steamship Ozorio alter 18 days of lifeboat drifting included none oC those ieamen Four lifeboats in all were lowered by the short notice before the freight er was sunk One contained II seamen another 12 seamen an other 10 seamen and a passen ger and the fourth three mar ried couples a child and five seamen Those in the boat with 10 sea men and one passenger reached Recife on the Brazilian ship According to the Recife siirvi ors the commander of the sub marine said he would wireless he position oC the lifeboats to ex Dedite their rescue Upon whether this was actually done depends 3art of Washingtons charges that thc sinking was a violation of hu manitarian rules for submarine warfare Whether the British shin which took ihe 35 to Capetown had picked hem up in response to any such wireless notifica tion was not at once known The Robin Moor headed for Capetown with what Washington held to be a noncontraband car go was halted by the winking lights of Ihe Uboats blinker sig nal at R oclock Greenwich time May 21 The position was south of the Cape Verde islands in the Allan tic about midway between Brazi and West Africa carried eight passengers four of whom were Americans All four were among the group reported reach ing Capetown Send a boat with papers blinked the Uboats signal The Robin Moor asked ship was making the request anc was answered Just submarine The freighter then lowered z lifeboat in charge of the chief officer who was rowed about a mile and a half to the subma rine He carried no ships pa pers but identified Ihe Ameri can vessel for Ihe submarine commander The chief officer went into the submarine conferred with the commander and was given minutes for crew and passenge to abandon ship Upon request this time was extended to a hal hour from the time the lifeboa got back to the Robin Moor When the ship had been cleared the submarine fired a torpedo amidships then pounded the maining wreckage to pieces with some 30 shells from a deck gun 20 Robin Moor Survivor Flies to Washington PERNAMBUCO Brazil Virgil Sanderlin third engineer o for Washington to fell of his ex perience when his ship was sunk LOOK INSIDE FOR Expulsion Ordered for Activities Inimical to American Welfare WASHINGTON United States Monday or dered all German consulates closed by July 10 because of ac ivities inimical to the welfare of this country Announcing the expulsion Sumner Welles undersec retary of state said it did not imply a break in diplomatic relations with Germany and did not affect the diplomatic staff in Washington He made the announcement after handing a note to Dr Vilhelm Tannenberg first secretary of the German embas sy in the absence of Hnns Thomson charge daffaires who vas in New York The order requires the dosinjr the German library of infor mation and railway tourist bureau and the German Transnceait News agency II calls for removal of all nationals connected with the consulates rind these agencies Transoceiin is not connected with any American news agency JOHN ROOSEVELT Begins Active Service as Ensign in Navy PAGE 2 Kensett Celebration to Be on Wednesday STATE PAGE FISHING BRITT BOY IS DROWNED Tell Mom and Dad Goodbye Last Words of Drowning Lad Kling 9 son of Mr and Mrs O H Kling 6 miles south of here drowned at 1 oclock Sunday afternoon In the Iowa rivei near the bridge at the Mrubcs farm a mile west of town John and his brother Benny 11 had been fishing from the bridge when n pole dropped into the water One on each side of the river they followed the pole as ii floated downstream and when ii came near the bank John reaehec for it and fell in He came up only once anc shouted to his brother Tell mom and dad goodbye then went down for the last time A crew with grappling hook from Clear Lake was called anc the body was f o u n d 200 fee down stream from where the lat fell in at p m Two Brit divers Ike Weiland and Elmci Anderson took part in the rescui attempt In the iiew sent by the Clcai Lake police department were Deputy Sheriff Ed Kudej and Will RIcKibben a maintctianci man Thc men used equipmen from the Clear Lake fire depart ment The body was taken lo thi Wellmeyer funeral home ii Klemme The county coroner is sued a verdict of accidental death 4 lowans Killed When Car Crashes Into Culvert Near Keokuk KEOKUK Four person were killed Sunday in the tangle wreckage of an automobile whici crashed into a concrete culver on Missouri highway No 4 ap proximalely 10 miles west o here The dead all of Keokuk are Alfred Myers 26 highway worker and driver Goldie Myers about 25 his wife Murvil Murray 24 highway worker Laura Eder 21 daughter of a Keokuk farmer Murray and Miss Eder wer killed Mrs Myers died cnroute t pital and in the daj old son They came original son iney came original by a German submarine Sander from Canton 111 and their bodie hn was the only member of the were taken there Sunday nich Robin Moors company present for burial when the submarine commander Murray was the son of Mr am conversed with the Robm Moors Mrs Joseph Murray and Mis caplam Eder of Mr and Mrs Malt Eder V Retaliation by Germany Is Expected BERLIN quiir ers believed Monday night that Germany will retaliate isainst Uniled States freezing of German assets and closing ot all German consulates in the United States Informed German sources ex pressed surprise at closing of the consulates and said that the mat er would receive the immediate official consideration They declined however to peculate on what Germany might do in reprisal Customary diplomatic usage would call for a parralel German order requesting thc United States lo close all its consular es tablishments in Germany Neutral quarters believed that nazi reprisals were probable be cause that American order against nazi consulates followed so close iy the American freezing of Ger man assets A German spokesman said that he question ot nazi counlerac Lion lo the freezing order is being considered and neutral quarters expected it would come without delay Tlio United Stales maintains consular offices in Berlin Brem en Cologne Dresden Frankfort OnMain Hamburg Konigsberg Leipzig Munich and Stuttgart It likewise maintains consulates in Germanoccupied European coun tries but no diplomatic represen tatives DIES PROBING EARLIER CRASH Cedar Falls Youth Is Victim Companion Is in Critical Condition WATERLOO frac tures he suffered while investi gating an earlier accident brought death Sunday night at Presby terian hospital here to Kenneth Meinders 18 Cedar Falls A companion Carl Landau 19 of Cedar Falls was reported Mon day in critical condition at Sartori hospital Cedar Falls a victim of head chest ar mand leg fractures Sergean Claude Shearer of the Iowa highway patrol said Mcin ders and Landau were struck by Ihe automobile of John Fisher Clarksville Iowa as they walkec back lo their car early Sunday morning after stopping to walci a wrecker pull a damaged automo bile from a highway 218 ditch three miles northwest of Waterloo Iowa Sergeant Is Killed as Car Fails to Negotiate Turn FORT MEADE S Dak Investigating the death of Sgt Lloyd L Stevens 37 Macedonia Iowa civil and military author ties said Monday the driver of car in which Stevens was ridin apparently failed to negotiate i curve The machine hit a bridg abutment and Stevens was in stitnly killed Thc accident oc curred north Piedmont Satur day night Stevens was attached t troop C of thc Fourth Unite States cavalry here The body wil be sent to Macedonia for burial Surviving are the widow and on child H has come to the knowledge this government the Welle note said that agencies of the German r e i c h iu this coun t r y including German consu 1 a r establish ments h a v e been engaged in activities wholly outside the scope oC their legitimate duties WELLES These activ ties have been an improper and unwarranted character They render the continued presence inthe United States oC hose agencies and consular es ablishmcnts inimical to Ihe wet arc of this counlry Tills was the first action against German consular establishments this country although Italian consulates at Detroit and Newark V J were ordered closed some ime ago The action against the Italian consulates was considered a rc Drisnl for an Kalian order re quidng the closing of two Ameri can consulates in Italy in mid February In another step against Italy he United States several weeks igo forced the recall of Admiral Hoberto Lais Italian naval attache in Washington on the grounds that he was connected with the sabotaging of Italian merchant Thips in American ports Prompt y Italy demanded the recall oE Captain William C Bcnlley then issislant military attache at Some Mondays notice o the Ger man government affects scores of consular officials throughout the United Stales includinc Captain Fritz Wiedemann the German consul general at San Francisco who is a personal friend of Adolf Hitler and Edgar Von Spieuel New Orleans con sul has received much adverse publicity In making the action known iVcllei told his press conference EDGAR VON ;