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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 10, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MARLON E R HIST MEM AS r DEPT o IOWA COUP C E S M 0 i N C 3 I A VOL XLVI ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIHEs FIVE CENTS A COPV THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THI 8RIGHT IfOT MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10 1939 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE BELGIUM HOLLAND SPEED DEFENSES Freer Hand TENSION RISES AFTER STRANGE BORDER KILLING STEWART Germans but for Nazis in Sea War By CHARLES P STEWART Centra Press Columnist SOME OF OUR American navy folk surmise that in one respect our new neutrality may prove to be a conven ience to Ger many To be sure the allies now can get war supplies from this country provided they pay cash for them and carry them away in their own ves sels Theoreti cally so can the everybody knows they havent the cash or the ves sels to run the allied blockade On the opposite hand the allies have considerable cash and the vessels to do plenty of successful blockade running To that extent the lifting of pur arms embargo plays into the allies hands and is to Germanys disadvantage That is to say the allies now can get what they couldnt get before and the Ger mans still cant get it But our present law strictly pro hibits American ships from ven turing into belligerent waters Therefore German Uboats and other raiders no longer will have to be a bit careful not to sink an American vessel by accident hav ing mistaken it for one the allies craft Neutral Rights Henceforward the Germans will be Jn a position to take it for granted that any ocean carrier they overhaul in a belligerent neighborhood Ir air enemybottom and destroy it on short notice Theyll be positive that it isnt any fraction of our merchant fleet so the incident will be none of Uncle Sams business As a matter of fact German raiders already have sunk several neutral boats but they were under the flags of little neutral countries the Scandinavian of in sufficient military or naval strength to make any effective protest The United States is a formid able enough neutral to cause Herr Hitlers maritime warriors to pause look and listen before over aggravating us If the war strings out and warms up and supposing our merchant men still to be navigating within the offshore combat zone I ima gine that probably a few of them would come to grief sooner or later To date however the Ger mans have been rather circum spect as to our craft They even pretended at least to be quite considerate of the crew of the City of Flint They profess that this policy on their part has hampered the rir tightness of their blockade mate rially Possibly its true Today they neednt worry a par ticle so far as were concerned Our Own Law When our existing neutrality law was enacted we had four or five ships in belligerent waters and four or five others at sea on their way into the combat zone These are entitled to get out or in and out After that if the Germans sink one of our boats and we complain about it theyre fixed to answer under your own law your ship owners are heavily penalized by fine imprisonment or both from sending American craft into our fighting zone We assumed quently that this boat we sank was flying false colors If so were not responsible to Uncle Sam If she WAS American shes answer able to YOU for violating YOUR laws not ours And we cant make much of a convincing answer Our neutrality legislation as reorganized at the recent special session of congress unquestion ably does in the main favor the allies Still it also gives Germany a freer hand than before Polk City Barber Paroled in Shooting DES MOINES M Poindexter Polk City barber was paroled after he had been sen tenced by District Judge Loy Ladd Thursday to 30 years in Fort Madi son penitentiary for assault with intent to commit murder The 68 year old defendant pleaded guiity to sn indictment accusing him of shooting and wounding Arthur Nagle 48 a farmer during an ar gument between the two men in Poindcxtcrs barber shop June 17 Netherlands Standing Guard on Newly Flooded Water Line Protection AMSTERDAM low land countries took swift mysteri ous defense measures Friday Netherlands standing guard on their newly flooded water line of protection and Belgian soldiers digging new trenches in the east A strange shooting incident on tho Netherlands side of the Ger man frontier near Venloo was fol lowed by withdrawal all Neth erlands regular army leaves plac U S Will Advise Many to Get Out of Netherlands AMSTERDAM United States consulate said Friday night it would advise Americans Satur day that it was a good time to get wives and dispensible Ameri can members of their staffs out of the country It was estimated there were about 1000 persons in the country with some claim to United States citizenry ing of guards around public build ings inundation of water defense areas and stringent regulation of transportation Reporls of the border incident varied one saying two nersons were killed another that only one was wounded Both several persons had oeen carried into Germany after the shooting Witnesses at the Venloo customs station said a German automobile stopped at the border and that its occupants walked into the Nether lands and engaged in a gunbattle with occupants of a Netherlands car Several persons from the lat ter machine then were carried into Germany they said Venloo is near the neck of the Maastricht appendix which loops southward between Germany and Belgium It is opposite the Ger man munitions center of Essen The government began flood ing low sections through the center of the country Residents of wafer line villages were removes After a cabinet meeting which lasted until early Friday the high command ordered the removal from numerous martial law areas of all ships undesirable for de fense purposes Ambulance units were ordered LOOK INSIDE FOR ILLEANA LAUREL Escapes Jail Term by Writ of Habeas Corpus PAG 2 American Legion Will ReOpen Ring Program PAGE U Burt Pastor Heads Christian Council PAGE 3 Stores Close Nov 30 But P 0 on Nov 23 PAGE 11 on duty at The Hague presum ably as an air raid precaution Buses have been requisitioned and manytrains taken outof service apparently to be pre pared to remove the population to areas west of the flood de fenses V The flooding process which will require some time is an unusual defensive measure to cut off Am sterdam Rotterdam The Hague and other industrial areas from me cast Informed sources said the low lane countries still believed their neutrality would be protected de spite rumors of greater German activity on the western front 7 Officers Killed in Spanish Plane Crash SEGOVIA Spain least seven Spanish air corps officers were killed Thursday when a military plane crashed in Segovia province Four officers parachut ed to safety A fifth also bailed out but still is unreported NETHERLANDS Ulretli LEHT 1 inar eVib mobIrzation to a ncar pcak iffurc of TRANSFER OF 8 VESSELS GIVEN FURTHER STUDY Roosevelt Says Human as Well as Property Angles Are Considered WASHINGTON Roosevelt said Friday that trans fer of eight United States line vessels to foreign registry would be legal but that the question of whether to permit it still was be ing studied from a human as well as a property angle Discussing at his press confer ence the situation created for the nations North Atlantic Sea Lines as a result of shipping restrictions of the neutrality act Mr Roosevelt also reported that ho would rec ommend to congress that seamen thrown out of work be placed un der the social security program to receive old age pensions and un employment insurance benefits Tile neutrality act forbids Americans ships to visit belliger ent Insisting that u transfer of lie U S Line ships to Panamanian registry would he leal the pres ident however said other ques tions were being discussed to hcnefit not only the laid up crews but the ships themselves V He said he would discuss with maritime labor leaders during the day the prospects of working out with the maritime commission a project to give training under commissioned officers to officers and seamen thrown out of work They would be paid by the gov ernment during such training Mr Roosevelt said he also was considering use of the 25 to 35 American flag ships taken out of the North Atlantic trade in fetch ing materials the government is purchasing under a 810000000 appropriation for a reserve of strategic war supplies In this connection he referred to tJie agreement Great Britain to exchange American cotton for British rubber and tin American ships now idle may lie used to brinfr the rubber and tin hack from the East Indies while the British ships carry American cotton hack to the British Isles V The president was acting as um pire in an argument over permit ting the United States lines to put most of its transAtlantic ships under a foreign flag and thus con tinue its European service The maritime commission had granted approval but Secretary Hull and various congressmen criticized the action and it was held up The Washington Post said that although there were forecasts Mr Roosevelt would not sanction placing the vessels under a Pana manian corporation at tins time a change to some other registry might be permitted later The United States interest in preserving the neutrality of Pan ama in view of the need for de fending the canal is a factor the Post said Holt to Ask Senate to Oppose 3rd Term WASHINGTON Senator Holt D W Va said Friday that he would ask the senate at the next session to go on record against a third term for President Roosevelt The Weather FORECAST IOWA Fair lonifiht and Sat urday colder moderate cold wave in southcentral and ex treme east Friday night not so cold Saturday afternoon in ex treme west MINNESOTA Fair Friday night and Saturday somewhat colder in extreme east and ex treme south center Friday night not so cold Saturday af ternoon except in extreme southeast and alongLake Su perior IOWA SHIPPERS FORE CAST FOR FRIDAY NIGHT Xorfliwest 12 northeast 15 southwest 15 southeast 24 slightly higher in cities IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Thursday Minimum Thursday night At S a m Friday Rain 07 YEAR AGO 1 Minimum 65 25 27 inch AK Principals Scene of Postville Murder el going through he hone into the sas pump The officer was fatally wounded as Berresranacross the street firing at the same lime Lock photo Kaycnay engraving ran across Victim of an exchange of fire early Thursday at Postville was Marshal Elmer Lennon who died of lus wounds Marshal Lcimons assailant 23 year old Carrol Ber res was taken to Anomosa stale reformatory hy officers Thurs day pending films of charges A ol 1 Smilf on llis lills u cSarei in his hand 23 year old to nonchalant in the Waukon hos nilal Thursday afternoon even though he had admitted to officers tnat he Shot Marshal Elmer Lnnnun in a sun duel at Tostvillc Berres was not awanof the fact that the officer had died from his wounds Slight Cold Wave in Iowa Is Forecast DES MOINES The weath er bureau forecast a cold and rathev breezy day for the Notre DameTowa football game at Iowa City Saturday It will probably be clear with temperatures above freezing maybe as high as 40 the fore caster added A moderate cold wave is the forecast for south central and eastern Iowa Friday niKht The temperature will he bc luccn 20 and 25 desrrces at Iowa City early Saturday morning the weather bureau predicted While a breezy day is expected for the game it will not be as breezy as conditions Thursday in dicated the bureau said The forecast for Iowa is fail Friday night and Saturday and colder It will not be so cold Sat urday afternoon in the extreme west portion of the state Thursday nights low was 25 at Mason Cily with J9 at Sioux City following y high of 72 Thursday afternoon rt Council Bluffs Ship pers were idviscd to prepare for ns low as 12 degrees in northwest Iowa Friday night to 2 in the southeast Rut indications arc that the cold snap will be short lived and pheasant hunters can expect o warming up for their threeday open season beginning Sunday Tiitip are no indications of pre cipitation the observer said Window Broken by Missile Aimed for Picture of Hitler BERLLV large plate Slass window in the store of Helnrich Hoffman personal photographer to Adolf Hitler was smashed Friday by a missile apparently aimed at a huge pic ture of the fuehrer Hoffman re turned Thursday from Munich where he attended the celebra tion of the 1923 putsch anniver sary and narrowly escaped caught in the Wast which wrecked the historic braii cellar By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMSTERDAM Army leaves cancelled countrys central section flooded shooting incident occurs on NetherlandsGerman fron tier appar ently aimed at Hitlers pic ture smashes window while authorities investigate Mu nich beer cellar explosion activity increases on wes tern front r e n c h esti mate Germans concentrate 100 divisions between Rhine and Moselle VATICAN CITY Pius XII says renunciation of cult of force is pre requisite to peace 3 INDICTED IN DREHER SLAYING First Degree Murder Charges Faced by Trio in Des Moines DES MOINES Polk county grand jury Friday returned first degree murder indictments against three men accused of siay ing Hirold J Dreher Mason City salesman here during a kidnap ing and robbery July 27 The three are Francis P Welsh 32 William E Cooper 21 and Fred O Ostcnriedcr 18 Detectives who testified before the jury snid they had written confessions from all three of the men admitting the murder HURT IN CORXPICKER SPENCER Meyer lost four fingers in a mechanical cornpickcr accident on his farm near here Thursday LAYDEN TEAM IN DAVENPORT Notre Dame Coach Brings Gridders to Home State isl Time DAVENPORT Lay den came home Friday with his Notre Dame grid squad the first time the former Davenporter has brought his team to his home state since taking the coaching post at South Bend six yesirs ago j The squad arrived in Dnven1 port about six hours ahead of Iheir scheduled time From the train they went to St Anthonys church for mass before having breakfast at Hotel Blackhnwk their headquarters It will be an interesting Thats as talkative as Coach Lny den got in discussing the prospects of the Irish encounter with Towa Saturday After escnpins the handshaking friends long enough for his own breakfast Layden set down an empty coffee cup and commented on the prospects to the extent of reporting that the cripples on his squad arc in pretty good shiipc He expected to have the regulars in the starling lineup Sat urday Liiyden his respect for in 10 words Theyve been doing a grmd and his staff Indicating his own hopes of winning he said our boys have been coming along playing good ball White his players relaxed some talcing a nap after a night on the train Iaydcn became the center of a family reunion including particularly bis parents Mr and j Mrs Thomas F Lnyden SLAYER IS HELD TO JURY TELLS OF GUN BATTLE Wounded Youth Rushed to Anamosa Murder Charge Is Brought By DAVID B KAUFMAN State Editor Berres 23 year old handsome diminutive gunslinger who fatally wounded Marshal Elmer Lennon of Post ville in an early morning gun battle on Postvilles main street was bound over to the Allama kee county grand jury late Thurs day at Waukon on a preliminary information charging him with murder Berres a fugitive from Wiscon sin slate reformatory was re moved from the Waukon hospital and taken to the Anamosa state reformatory by officers who ap parently made the hasty move because of rising resentment among Postvilies residents County Attorney Arthur Jacob son said Berres signed a state ment admitting that he was in Postville and engaged in a gun battle with an officer Marshal Lennon who wounded Berres after catching him in the act of stealing gasoline at a m from the Texaco oil station op erated by H J Schuette died at Thursday morning from three bullet wounds received in the duel Y Lennon was popular and re spected in Postville A report circulated in the town that a lynching was in prospect and it believed this report led of ficers to take Berres from the hospital heel f Berres who late Thursday had not been informed that Lennon died of the wounds received in the Main street duel was captured about 5 a in by Night Marshal Frank Ryan of Lansing at the south edge of NeuAlbin 48 miles northeast of Postville The youthful gunman a prod uct of Chicagos northskle neigh borhood where Dion OBanion once ruled the underworld as serted from his hospital bed that Lennon hud fired the first shot of the fight The youngster calmly admitted escaping from the Wisconsin slate reformatory two weeks ago stealing a Chrysler car at Green Bay Wis a week ago and break ing into a hardware store nt Osh Kosh Wis a day later where he stole more than a dozen guns y v When he took the gas at Post ville he was enroute to St Louis Mo to go straight the gunman said Thursday Speaking of the gun fight Berres told how Lennon accosted him as he was taking the gasoline from the Texco sta tion IouM iictlcr stick em up he quoted Iciiiion as sayuiR then asserted tliat the otficcr shot at him the tmllcl fractur Uii the bone in his hip I had four guns on me and drew otic of them from mv pocket related Berres He Lennon ducked behind the car nd continued firing and I fired in the air Then I limped across the street shooting at him in the meantime I shot twice at him Questioned more closely since ins story conflicted with that given by Lrimon before his death the youth replied In a time like that how much can yon remember17 Heavy Rains Bring Drought Area Relief KANSAS CITY UP Heavy rains brought relief Friday to droughtstricken sections of east ern Kaiisr and northwestern Mis souri Th dry weather had been i threat to the newly planted 1910 wheat crop An inch or more of rain fell overnight at Pratt Hutoh invon Salinn Junction City To pekii and Pittsburgh at I Kansas City and PaUonbuvg Mo Two of his shots entered Lcn nonV stomach i third his neck One of the shots which pierced the abdomen severed the artery near the liver and it was this wound which proved fatal phy sicians The ftunman whose residence ii West Allis Wis but who was reared in Chicago frankly admit ted his environment bad been a shady one I got my first lesson in crime on North avenue in Chi cago he said It was in this neighborhood that the famous St Valentines ciay massacre occurred several years ago The youth tolci the officers his father is Michael Berres inspec tor with the A O Smith Manu facturing company of West Allis He said his father had been mar ried three times and his stepmoth er had made his life uncomfort able Berres is about 5 feet 5 inches tnll has blond hair and weighs about 130 pounds He had He in his pocket when arrested Wednesday nicht Lennon conversiiiR with his son Iiro told him This is a great old hate to leave it His son replied What do von mean and the officer answered 1 just have n hunch Im not s ing to be here long The miu ;