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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 24, 1940, Mason City, Iowa Of oil KOINES NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NCIGHVMS VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNTTBD PRESS FUU UiASED WIRES CENTS A copy MASON CITY THI iRIGHT k SPOT MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MAY 24 1940 THIS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 197 FRENCH RESIST NAZIS AT BOULOGNE Leon Trotzky Escapes Assassination in Mexico EXILE BLAMES SOVIET POLICE FOR DAWN RAID 20 Unidentified Men Pour Machine Gun Fire Into Exiles Bedroom MEXICO CITY band of unidentified gunmen in a swill 4 a m raid poured machine gun lire into Leon Trotzkys bedroom Friday in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate him Trotzky and his wife who were unhurt rolled from their bed and lay on the floor while gunfire rattled at their suburban Coyoacau villa for nearly 15 minutes One guard Aichie Sheldon was kidnaped by the raiders all of Mhom were described as speaking Spanish Sheldon was the object of a widespread police search In a statement Trqtzky said that the davn attack was organized by the GPU soviet secret police un der the direct supervision of Stalin himself Nothing else is possible be cause of the character of the as sault Trotzky said He said that no blame could be attached to Mexican political croups because he had no enemies among them One of Trotzkys guards said that in addition to using machine guns against Trotzky the raiders carried a thermos bottle filled with incendiary liquid which they tossed into the Trotzky home Two lsmalLifiresj were started next to Trotzkys bedroom but his wife trie flames with a blanket The raiders apparently resorted to a ruse to enter the Trotzky home which is surrounded by a high barricade and guarded by five Trotzkys personal body guards inside and by a special patrol of Mexican police outside A juard said that the raiders first overpowered and bound five policemen outside the villa and then entered the grounds Some it was reported were dressed in police uniforms They tricked Sheldon the missing guard and carried him away It was estimated that at least shots were fired from four machine guns in the firstattempt on Trotzkys life since he came to Mexico in exile Machine gun clips were scat tered all over the place a guard said The raiders also were armed with pistols We found some empty automatic shells in the yard Four sleeping bodyguards were described as having been aroused when the shooting began We attempted to return the fire but we couldnt do very I much because they had us so 1 well covered a guard said The few electric lights we al ways have burning at night mdc us shadowy but easy targets the courtyard I do not believe that any of the raiders were wounded Guards said that the raid w a s well planned and organized Hav ing gained access to the villa grounds the raiders headed im mediately for Trotzkys room seeming to know of its exact lo cation The inner house tele phone and raid alarm systems were cut but telephone lines to the outside were left intact Trotzky said it might be nat ural that some Mexican commu nists participated in the affair but the raid itself was engineered by Russian communists V Guards said that the raiders withdrew suddenly apparently in belief that they had killed Trotzky and because they knew that the TROTZKY With Life 34 DEAD 1200 HURT IN LIMA PERU QUAKE LIMA Peru oneminute earthquake that shook Lima and other Peruvian cities Friday was reported to have taken at least 34 lives and injured more than 1200 The known dead here was 12 in near Callao 20 bodies were iri Huaraz the capital ol department two more Numerous Houses in Lima and Callao were shaken down and several historie buildings were damaged including the 16th cen tury Lima cathedral built over the tomb of Pizarro the citys founder Marines and sailors landed from warships at Callao to patrol the streets The population of Cnllao md Lima were thrown into a panic Advices from nearby seaside resorts said that the earthquake wrought terrific damage espe cially at Chorillos At Lima nearly half of the citys stonewalled buildings were cracked Twotowers of Lima ca thedral were damaged one lean ing at a danaerons angle This was but one of several historic buildings damaged here Hundreds at persons still thronged the Lima streets in midafternoon trying to jet room in passing some hunting their homes others in flight from them Telephone and power services were disrupted FAIR WEATHER IS PREDICTION Higher Readings to Follow Temperatures Cooler in North West DES MOINES weath er bureau predicted fair weather for Iowa over the weekend It will be slightly cooler in the north and west portions of the state Friday night the bureau added followed by slightly higher readings Saturday Sunday is ex pected to be fair Broken clouds hovered over the state Friday and temperatures averaged five degrees below nor mal Esthervillc reported 05 of an inch of rain Fort Dodge had 04 shooting would arouse the CoyoAtlantic Mount Ayr nnri ort SEEK TO PROBE U S FIFTH COLUMN Dies Hears Reports Nazis Building Air Bases by Rio Grande WASHINGTON Senator Bridges R N 11 proposed Friday that congress forbid aliens to carry own buy or sell any implement of war and Senator Reynolds D N asked for a senate investigation of fifth column threats to the na tional defense Their proposals together with an attack by Representative Thomas R N J on Attorney General Robert H Jackson fol lowed a junction of forces be tween congress and government agencies to uncover and de stroy subversive activities Bridges bill would provide de portation and fine of up to 000 for violations Reynolds of fered a resolution to set up a threeman inquiry Representative Thomas assert that Jackson had been n chief coddlcr of foreign agents said Oue of the best ways and one of tile quickest ways to drive the filth column out into the open and ultimately to destroy it is to take the federal bureau of investi gation away from the department 01 justice Rep Martin Dies D Tev siid JM hid unconfirmed reports from Mexico whichr arc hard for me to believe that under German direction a number of camouflaged air bases had been built just south of the Rio Grande river Dies added that he had verifica tion of reports of a heavy influx of both communists and nazis into of it from the United States The purpose he said is to establish a propaganda base in the southern republic and to prevent United States assistance in the European war Attorney General Robert II Jackson called im the public to cooperate by reporting lo the federal bureau of investigation acts threats or evidence of sabotage espionage or other disloyal activities Pte said he personally would favor fingerprinting of aliens be fore visas to the United Slates arc granted them Senator Byrd DVa urged that congress Jose no time in pass ing drastic and compulsory legis lation requiring a complete regis tration of every person in Ameri ca who is not today a legalized citizen House leaders tried to arraiiKc crowded calendars to permit speedy approval of President Roosevelts proposed transfer of the immigration service to the justice department to miikn possible quick action against undesirable aliens House sentiment on the subject was demonstrated Thursday when without a word of debate the legislators wrote into the bil lion dollar relict bill provisions barring communists nazi bund members and aliens from relief rolls On another front the house committee investigating un American Where Allies Nazis Clashed Friday 11 E h ar Pclureu Frays developments in the war in Europe events which saw the trench claim they still held the channel port of Boulogne Gcrnian troops headed north for Calais At Amiens French reported they had isolated a force of 50QO German troops while Cambrai the bitter battle of Flanders raged Uerccly at F D R Announces Plans Pilots for Congress to Be Asked for Appropriation to Handle Basic Training WASHINGTON Roosevelt disclosed plans Friday to give basic training as pilots to 50000 men in the twelve months beginning July 1 Through the civil aeronautics authority he said three months of primary training in flying will be provided While not all those who take the course will be finished material for the army and navy air forces the president asserted they can be incorporated in various re serves He told his press conference that congress would be asked for n supplementary appropriation to handle the pilot training program In contrast with the large ex pansion c o n t e m p a t e d in flier training the chief executive noted that in the present fiscal year ending June 30 basic train ing would have been provided for 10000 individuals Those who will make the basic training the chief executive said will come from three sources 1 The 435 colleges and schools now cooperating with the CAA in providing training also other schools which desire lo come into the program 2 A large firroup of citizens who have pilot licenses or have had them and permitted them to lapse 3 SIcn in the age croup of 18 to 2S years who arc not in col lege but want lo make them selves available for the aviation senice if they are called upon Back of the program Mr activilics asked for an Roosevelt said will be a group of additional 8100000 to carry on the able and well known citizens who work It already has been given I have sensed its value and arc S75000 this year i1 eager to promote it Senator Byrd declared in liis Allied Ace Has 21 Nazi Notches One of the misuiiRr heroes of the allied cause in the present war with Germany Royal Air Force Pilot Edgar Kain a Nciv Zealandcr is credited w i t h bringing down 21 German planes to dale Recently he tackled a group of Hcmkcl bombers sinffleliandcd acan police who arrived five or 10 minutes after the attackers had escaped Iowa State College Graduate Is Killed in Traffic Accident LONGVJEW traffic accident Wash resulted Lischer 24 who was graduated from the forestry department of Iowa State college Ames a year ago Lischer was enroutc to work at the LongBell lumber mill when the bicycle he was riding and a truck collided The youth and former Maxine Hays of Red Oak Iowa came here last August Dodge reported 01 the only other points reporting rain in a meas urable amount Thursday nights low tempera ture reading was 42 at Iowa Falls and Marshalltown following a 77 at Atlantic and Clarinda Thurs day British Claim R A F in the Downs 11 Nazi Planes in Battle Off Coast LONDON MVThc air ministry announced Friday night that elev en British fighting pianos had shot down eleven Messcrschmitts Ger man and seriously riam aged three others without loss to bride the themselves while on patrol over statement thai the time is here to purge America of every alien and I to have foreign influence attempting tojclarcd undermine and destroy our sys tem of government The administration is very their support he glad de Father Coughlin Will Talk at Peace Rally in Dubuque Wednesday RHINERHONE CANAL LOOKS DESTROYED BASEL Switzerland French army engineers blew u scores of locks on the Rhine Rhone canal Friday flooding hu dreds of square miles of tcrrilor on the French side of the Rhine The canal runs from Slras bours to Basel and the locks formed a vital part of the Magi nol line defenses The release of the water may affect the level of the Rhine between the Maginot line and he German westwatl forts from Suninquc where the canal begins to wlierc lhat section of the water way again empties into the Rhine The reason for destroying the locks was not immediately appar ent Some observers believed it was done to strengthen the Magi not defenses in this sector and to enable thousands of troops to leave for action in northwestern France George arns People of Ordeal Nazis Seek Complete Overthrow of Empire Ruler Tells British LONDON ff King George old his 500000000 subjects in the British empire Friday night that icy faced a life or death strug le in which defeat will mean the estruction of our world as we ave known it and the descent of arkness upon its ruins Let no one think tliat my confidence is dimmed when I tell you how perilous is the or deal which we are faeinf he king said in an Empire day broadcast prepared even as fresh nazi successes were re ported from the nearby coast of France On the contrary it shines in my heart as brightly as it shines 11 yours But confidence is not enough W Warning his listeners tliit Ger many sought no mere territoria conquest but the overthrow complete and final of this em pire and of everything for whicl t stands the king said he haa iskcd that next Sunday be se nside in England as a day ot na ional prayer in which he hoped that many of the brcthern over seas could join Observing that Britains one mics refer to her imperialism1 and hold it synonymous with tin spirit of domination and the lus of conquest the king said w free peoples of the empire cas that word back in their teeth II is they he said wh have these evil aspirations Ou one object has always bee peace Peace in which our inst tutiops may be developed th conditions ot our peoples im proved and the problems of evnment solved in the spirit good will Speaking gravely King Georg told the farHung empire that decisive struggle is upon us The issue is now plain It is issue of life or death for us all he declared Defeat will not mean soin brief eclipse from which we sha emerge with strength will mean the destruction of ou world as we have known it an the descent of darkness upon it ruins the French noon coast Friday after The Weather FORECAST IOWA Tair slightly cooler north and west Friday night Saturday fair slightly warmer northwest Sunday fair MINNESOTA Fair Friday night Saturday and Sunday slightly cooler southeast Friday night with scattered light frost low places north portion slisht ly warmer Saturday north and TN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather figures for 24 hour period ending at 8 a in Friday MaNimum Thursday 11 Minimum in Vtfflil II Al 8 a m Friday 58 YEAR AGO Maximimi RO Minimum What the cost may be of giv ing three months flying instruc tions lo 50000 persons next year is not definitely known at this time Sir Roosevelt siid and he indicated that nothing would be known on that point until iic submitted recommen dations to congress The plans announced Friday mean the president said that the pilot training part of the emer gency defense program is essen tially complete Mr Roosevelt said lhat when the plans were completely in opera tion there would be about 550 pri mary training centers throughout the country In this connection ho explained that the 10000 individuals re ceiving basic training this year do not include 1923 pilot instructors who received advance training DUBUQUE The Rev Charles E Coughlin of Hoya Oak Mich will speak at i peace rally in the Loras college gymnasium here next Wednesday evening it was announced by officers Dubuque Constitutional G mcnt club The appearance of the Rev Mr Coughlin on the program has the approval of the Most Rev Arch bishop Francis J L Beckman ac cording to officials of the club which is sponsoring the rally The archbishop also will deliver an address at the meeting REX SAILING IS POSTPONED Reason for Delaying of Italian Liners Departure Not Known ROME of the Italian liner Rex for New York has been postponed from May t9 to June 12 Italian line headquar ters in Genoa said Friday Asked the reason line offi cials said do not know Previously shipping circles in Rome had said they heard the scheduled sailing had been post poned indefinitely Hundreds of Americans fleeing the possible war planned to leave on the Rcv and if it fails to sail were expected to sccU passage on the United States liner Man hattan Franz Von Rintelen World War Spy for Germans Arrested LONDON Franz Von Rintelen noted for German espionage activities during the World war and in recent years a resident of England was detained Friday in Englands drive against fifth column activities In the World war Von Rintelcn was one of the chief German spies in the United States then came to England in 1926 as a consci entious objector to naziism in Germany lie had been allowed freedom of movement here ARTILLERY OF ALLIES RAKES GERMAN FORCE Motorized Forces of Germans Reach Gates of Calais on Channel By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The French announced Yictay night they still held he English channel port of Boulogne against armoved columns ot attacking Ger mans Allied artillery loo raked the enemy salient across northern France with a crossfire in an ef fort to stem the flow of German motorized forces which have reached the gates of C a I a i s on the channel 20 miles above Koulogne The French announcement followed a British statement earlier in the day that Bou logne fell to the Germans dur ing the night The German high command had not claimed the capture of Boulogne but said its troops surged on northward apparently brushing past the city to reach Calais only 22 miles from Dover England With the mastery of the Enjt lisb channel at stake the allies hurled masses of infantry against the German salient at its bottleneckbetwrea brai and the river Sommc It was the first time in he 15 day old campaign thai the two branches of the service in which the allies claim superiority in fantry and artillery were thrown into lull play The Germans hailed bombs on the ParisRouen railway in an iil tcmpt to cut on the French capi ta from the harbor ot Le Havre Cc rin a n mechanized troops were reported in Berlin to have advanced to within close reach of Calais the gateway French channel port only 22 miles from Dover England while another nazi force grappled with allied troops in the streets ot Ghent Belgium Investigate Findings of Four Skeletons on Trail Near Sioux City LE MARS is under way by Plymouth county authorities into the finding of four skeletons on an old Floyd river trail between Le Mars and Sioux City they announced Briday Officials said they believed the skeletons were those of two adults and two children and they might be 100 years old of the 1700 Americans Apply ovcm r n ror Visas Permits to Eire in 24 Hours 8000 Persons Watch Festival at Hamburg land and escape the dangers nazi invasion applied for visas and exit permits to Firc in the Ins I 24 hours embassy officials said Friday In the face of the growing dan HAMBURG crowd csti1 mated by officials in charge at 8000 persons witnessed a pageant at Hamburgs fifth annual peony fvcn though most colleges arc i festival Thursday night Highlight i closing for the summer in June j of the program was the coronation the president said training of Charles T Bcrrv and Miss Helen SO courses will continue through the I Athen is kins and queen of the oo i summer j festival expected nearly half of the S400 American citizens in the British Isles to leave for home WAREHOUSE IS RAZED BY FIRE DES MOINES of un determined origin destroyed the threestory warehouse of the Iowa Fibre Products Inc here late S Thursday Three hundred thousand pounds of scrap rags were burned in the threehour blaze Two walls of the halfblock long structure col lapsed during the fire L M Bolton of Bolton and Hay they owners of the structure estimated TWO GERMANS ARRESTED DUBLIN Germans were arrested here Friday on a clvirnc of possessing an illegal wireless transmiitrr and were lo be brought immediately before a military tribunal for trial the loss at S 15000 H D Robinson president of the corporation stud he would be unable to estimate the loss pending a check of records No one wa injured A later report said swift Ger man armored cars driving through St Omcr approached the gales of Calais The trend of battle in the struggle for mastery of the Eng lish channel veered north with the Germans striking hard for the shortest direct jumpingofl base for at Calais In so doing Hitlers annorcd legions simultaneously tightened the steel Imp on between 500000 and 1000000 allied troops pock eted in northern France and Belgium With the success of the German drive to the channel the nazis jubilantly declared the encircle ment ot the allies nearing air tight completion and said that a great destructive battle may oc cur earlier than was expected The Germans also reported the fall of the last alliedheld forts in iUaubcuee France just south of the Belgian border Tournai was declared captured The German high command an nounced the bombsinking oC six loaded British transports in the English channel A Paris radio broadcast said 5 000 German mechanized troop1 were isolated in the biUcrly t contested Amiens sector on the south prong of the nazi pinccr j and that oilier German forces in j Flanders had stalled from lack of fuel Tension in the Mediterranean increased meanwhile as a fascist youth official declared Italy was on Ihn eve of our war to break the Britishmanned gates of Gi braltar and Suez It appeared that Premiec Mus solinis zero hour for striking presumably into Yugoslavia miffht coincide with Die start of a German inxasion of Eng land Here is how the battle line ap peared to shape up Running south from Belgium it followed the Scheldt river to Hday that had lost a minimun planes Us blitzkrieg incncleA Germany of loOO j Valenciennes then southwest to I Cambrai wcst toward Arras thence southwest across the Airas I Biintunic highway to Abbeville the Imp lien TOSCS the German wedge to Hie Sommc nd east along Ihe Sommc and Aisnc to Mcntmcdy ;