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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 21, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY ANO ARCHIVES UOINCS HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MAJON CITY THI IRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS LEASED WIBES FIVE CENTS A COPV MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY OCTOBER 21 1941 THIS PAPEn CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 10 NAZIS TAKE RUSSIAN ARMS CENTER Hull Testifies in Closed Committee Hearing SAYSUSCANT HOPE TO AVOID FATEOF OTHERS Secretary Wants Ban on American Ships in Combat Zones Lifted WASHINGTON of State Hull said Tuesday he be lieved that a neutrality act pro vision which bans American mer chant vessels from specified com bat zones should be repealed or modified He tossed this recommendation into a request that congress re peal now the section of the act which prohibits arming of the ships Hulls statement given to the senate forelen relations com mittee behind closed doors was supplied also by the state de partment Hull specifically urged the re peal of section fix of the act which prohibits the arming of merchant vessels and of section two which prohibits their entry into specified combat zones declared Inasmuch as section two is not under consideration I will offer no comment except to say that in my judgment section two should be repealed or modified When American ships are be ing wantonly and unlawfully at tacked with complete disregard of life and property the secretary aid it is absurd tp any is especiallyabsurd tocoflfcnue to tie ourj handsjby a provision ot law arming our mer chant vessels fortheir own de fense It would be little short of criminal negligence for the United States to cling to the hope of somehow escaping the fate of other countries be testi fied In the white house at the other end of Pennsylvania avenue con gressional leaders meanwhile sought to learn from President Roosevelt whether he still favored limiting revision now to the houseapproved ship arming measure or whether he would approve an attempt for even broader changes in the existing law This conference with Mr Roosevelt seemed likely to de termine the future coarse ol the repeal drive because advo cates of delivering the goods to Britain now claim a onevote margin within the committee for nullification ol the neutra lity a els prohibitions both arainst ship arming and also against theoperation of Ameri can merchantmen to belligerent ports Informal polls showed 11 of the senate committee favoring out right repeal both these pro visions 10 against and two doubt ful Managers Checking Circulation MAN ESCAPED FROMHOSPITAL SLAYS SHERIFF Wounds Deputy Near Ames Before Hes Shot to Death by Posse AMES A gun fight be tween a shellshocked former in ternational skijumping champion and a posse attempting to return him to a slate hospital resulted Monday night in the deaths of the fugitive and Slory County Sheriff C Vcrnon McGriff 59 of Nevada Iowa Attempting to avoid seizure at his farm home near here Gunnar Overland about 55 a World war veteran opened fire on the posse killing McGriff and injuring Deputy Sheriff Harry Mills of Nevada Criticizes Stole Institutions for Overland Escape Shortly afterward Overland died under a rain of bullets from of ficers guns Overland came to the United States from Norway shortly be ore the World war enlisted in the United States army and suffered shellshock members of his family said He won the international skijumping championship in 1913 Story County Attorney Frank Lounsberry said Overland was sent to the Mount pleasant state hospital some time ago and later was transferred to the K noxville veterans hospitqV He escaped AMES county At torney Frank Lounsberry Tues day strongly criticized Knox ville and Mount Pleasant insti tution authorities for the escape of Gunner Overland shell shocked World war veteran who Monday uieht shot and killed Sheriff C Vernon McGriff near here and in turn was slain him self by bullets We warned these institu tions about Overland and asked them to keep him where he would not get out the county attorney declared These insti tutions are in position to be criticized severely in a deal like this said that at the time of OverlantTs last com mitment he had written as fol lows to the Mount Pleasant state hospital authorities Overland is a dangerous man who threatens to kill his fam ily Overland reportedly escaped several times from the Mount Pleasant institution before his last break for freedom from the Knoxville hospital CANT KEEP GUARD OVER EVERY MAN DES MO1NES F Hop kins chairman of the Iowa board of control Tuesday said It isnt possible under conditions prevail Stalin Heads Red Defense of Moscow LONDON UR Premier Josef Stalin has assumed personal com mand ot the defense Moscow and has established his head quarters in an armored train at the front British press dispatches reported Tuesday It was asserted that Stalin was now personally the commander in chief the Russian forces on the entire central front rather than premier A Diily Mail Stockholm dis patch said Stalin had selected as his first aide Marshal Boris Shaposhnikov his chief technical adviser in all military matters The dispatch said Stalin had ijoiic to the front in his familial blue blouse field gray breeches and top boots the same uniform he wore when he fought Hie czar ists in the Russian civil war STALING FALLS BEFORE DONETS BASIN ADVANCE Russians Say Forces Smashing Hard at Germans Near Moscow By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adolf Hitlers high command new blow to the Russias wav foun ing in our stale always to keep man mental hospitals guard over a seen in thfe photograph Behind her from left to right are J W Townsend of the Fort Dodjjei Messenger S W Leiser Hillstrom of the GlobeGazette president of the association arid HW Sell of the St Paul PioneerPress Dispatch vice president of the organization Lock photo Kayepay engraving WILSON REPEAL NEUTRALITY ACT Governors Telegram Cites Developments in International Affairs TJES MOINES George A Wilson Tuesday asked Iowas congressional delegation for repeal of the neutrality act The republican executive in telegrams to the nine Iowa repre sentatives and two senators de clared It appears that the develop ments are such that regardless of any former differences of opinion the neutrality act should be re pealed In addition the governor urged that congress should immediately exert its constitutional rights and among other things see to it that vast governmental waste is im mediately eliminated that provi sions should be made that the small industries the fanners and small businesses may continue to function Commenting to reporters Gov Wilson explained It may be po litically wrong but I think its right SESSIONS OPEN FOR TWO DAYS Circulation Managers Meet for Exchange of Ideas on Distribution The men who supervise the phaze of newspapering closest to the of the in Mason City Tuesday for a two day fall ses sion the Northern States Cir culation Managers association During the afternoon they started their meetings for exchange of ideas for the purpose of mutual benefit and making life more pleasant and profitable for the newsboys The first session got under way at 1 oclock with a roundtable meeting and discussion perioc led by Charles E Warren Duluth Minn The business meeting op ened at 2 oclock with I W Hillstrom Mason City the asso ciation president in charge Five outstanding circulation managers of the midwest were scheduled to present technical pa pers after the business session They included the following W D Parsons Minneapolis StarJournal Raising Circula tion Rates and Future Outlook Kenneth Koelsch Rochester Post Bulletin Joint Transportation and Its Economies H G Hymes Winona Republics nHerald County Correspondents and Their Effect on Circulation Har old Shugard St Paul Pionee PressDispatch Selecting Car riers Through Written Examine tions and Clarence Belanger SI Cloud Times for the mailin room and R G Stephenson Al bert Lea Tribune for the carriers on Promoting Circulation i Suburban One of the highlights of th convention will be the annu banquet in the English room o the Green Mill cafe Tuesday eve Correspondent Accompanies Officers Seeking Ames Man Witnesses Blaze of Gunfire That Kills 2 Men Wounds Another institution week 0 days iJoTIxunsierry said Overland haH operated a golf course here for eight years if if While other officers sur rounded the Overland home McGriff Mills Erickson and Nevada Marshal Rudy Dickin son entered with drawn firearms by a back door to capture Over land who they knew was a car rying a 38 caliber revolver Hopkins said Gunnar Overland killed at Ames Monday night aftcv he had killed the Story sheriff and wounded a sheriff was an extraordinarily cunning type of patient county deputy announced a backbone of dries Tuesday with the capture of Stalino big armaments center 100 miles north of RostovonDon and on the central front nazi troops were reported within 50 miles of Moscow Late Tuesday1 however the Moscow radio declared that Marshal Semcon Timoshenkos central front armies were smashing hard at the Germans in mast sectors around he sov iet capital The radio said the fighting was so intense that many sub urban villages have changed hands as many as three times a day Then on a note of confidence lie radio announcer asserted Encountering heavy resistance he Germans have considerably lowed down their drive Informed London quarters pic uring the Moscow area as n flame vifh vast and bloody battles ot anks infantry and artillery snid t was a good guess that Hie Germans had scorer a 15mile advance from the Maloyaroslavets sector C5 miles southwest of Mos cow after six days of violent lank assaults EDITORS NOTE Art John son Associated Press corres pondent at Ames accompanied officers Monday night when tbey went to arrest a demented roan He witnessed the blaze of gunfire that killed two men and wounded another He tells his own experiences in this story By ART JOHNSON AMES Sher C V I had our ast little joke as we walked down muddy country road Monday night with a posse whose job it was to capture a elemented man Mac had allowed me to go along ind given me the job of carrying he tear gas bombs As we nearcd Gunnar Overlands farmhouse asked the sheriff How do you operate these things Smiling as usual Mac ex plained how to pull the ring and press down on the handle just before throwing the bomb I later wished I had disregarded the sheriffs orders and thrown one of the tear gas bombs It wasfa quiet serious group o officers who surrounded the house McGriff his deputy Harry Mills and Ames officer Orvill Erickson stood for 20 minutes on the back porch watching th mother and daughter sitting at th dining room table listening to thi ning at which Floyd L Hocken hull editor of Circulation Man agement magazine will speak 01 Circulation Opportunities Challenge to Todays Circulatio Managers The discussion sessions wi continue Wednesday forenoon an the convention ends with the noo luncheon at which W Earl Ha will speak on South America To day ither who sat on a cot in the orner a gun in his pocket There was tension inside and utside that farm home a tension hich broke into a bedlam of hooting and screaming as the wife nd daughter left the room and ame towards the kitchen door The three officers rushed in Overland dashed for the dark liv ng room and the firing began Intermingled with the rapid firing of the three officers and the demented shellshocked Overland came the screams of the womenfolks who had run out into the farm yard The screaming continued but a eadly silence came upon the house as officers sought to make Mac and G B Swisher and put a tourniquet on Mills leg One officer ran a half mile to the near est phone but as soon as Macs shirt was opened it was apparent that he had no chance Overland was dead without a doubt And so an officer died doing his duty giving the victims family ev ry break not shooting until Over iand had opened fire and then Mac shot twice at Overlands gun hand protecting other officers by go ing in first himself Wife Wont Feed Him Meat but Keeps 23 Cats LOS ANGELES smith Robert O Koontz com plaints in asking a divorce 1 His wife wont feed him any meat 2 the cost of feeding her 23 cats is all out of proportion to his earn ing capacity Overland leaped inlo a darkened front room and fired first one of his shots striking McGritf near the heart and another injuring Mills in the leg In the return fire Overland was killed McGriff died before help could be called Story county sheriff since 1337 McGriff is survived by his widow three sons and a daughter He was born at Trenton Mo but was graduated from the Redfield high school An undertaker said Overland had been hit at least six times by tlie officers bullets Erickson said the posse which had difficulty in reaching the farm because ofmuddy roads waited 20 minutes after sur rounding the house until Over lands wife and daughter left the room Mills leg bled profusely after the shooting G B Swisher em ploye of the state public safety department and a member of the posse took off his necktie and fixed a tourniquet to halt the flow Erickson said Overland es caped from the Knoxville Iowa Veterans hospital about three weeks ago and had run away from the Mount Pleasant hospital several times NOT A PRISON KNOXVILLE Dr George Stalter manager of the veterans hospital here Tuesday said This isnt a prison in commenting on the escape more than a week ngo of Gunnar Overland from the hospital As is the case with all mental institutions the doctor said we never can guarantee that no one will escape This isnt a prison This man was in what we call a closed ward lie didnt cause any trouble here would be contrary to the welfare of the other patients if such a restrictive policy were car ried out JOSEF STAUN i Armored Train ARIAS LEAVES NATIVE LAND Panama Lifts Earlier Ban Against Arming of Merchant Ships PANAMA Arias deposed president of Panama left his homeland Tuesday by a pan American Airways plane scheduled to stop in Nicaragua apparently having come to a sudden decision PRANKSTERS AT BOONE HUNTED Half a Million Gallons of Water Wasted and Gravel Streets Damaged BOONE are hunt ing for a group of Halloween pranksters who wasted half a million gallons of water heavily damaged some gravel streets and caused a potential fire hazard Eighteen fire hydrants in scat tered pnrts ot the city were opened The water washed gravel off streets and adjoining irate property owners will he taxed for repairs City officials pointed out that the water pressure was lowered io a point where firemen would have been handicapped if a blaze had broken out Police believe the pranking was organized to go into exile EXTEND WATER SERVICE CEDAR RAPIDS L Maffitt general manager of the Des Moines water works said here is being spent on a 38000 foot extension of 14 inch pipe to serve the Des Moines ord nance plant near Ankeny Iowa lowan 81 Declares Son Beat Robbed Him CRESTON search was under way Tuesday for Lionel Johnson 52 of Haxtun Colo wanted for questioning in connec tion with the beating and robbing ot his 81 year old father F E Johnson of Creston Sheriff J R twing reported The elder John son identified his son as the man who bound and gagged hiiii and took in postal savings bonds abstracts and deeds here Monday the officer said The injured man told the sheriff he gave his son a week ago ARIAS It was not dis closed whether the plane would make any stops in Costa Rica where arrange ments for Arias to establish residence had been reported The expresi dent had been in jail since his voluntary r e turn last Tues day from Cuba Algona Police Discover Boys With Small Arsenal in Woods FORMER IOWAN DIES DES MOINES 0P Friends here learned of the death at his Colfax Wash home of the Rev A B Kern 63 an Iowa minister lor more than 35 years ALGONA Investigating con tinued shooting in the woods north of town along the Des Moines river the Algona police force dis covered a small arsenal made up of stolen guns and ammunition which led to the arrest of a num ber oE Algona boys Arrests were made Saturday night and confes sions were obtained from five who appeared before Mayor C F Specht Monday and were each bound over to the Kossuth county district juvenile court charged with larceny in the night time Each of the boys is under cus tody of their respective parents The boys ranging in age from 13 to 16 years include John Kene f ick Eugene Setchell John Johns ton Stanley Black and Fred Wray Several other boys were ques tioned but Jater released Chief of Police A R Moulds said the boys had been under suspicion for some time following complaints from various Algona merchants whose business estab lishments have been broken into and valuable articles stolen Stores entered included the Barker Drug store Beckers Sporting Goods store Kohlhaas and Spilles hard ware Moe and Sjogren grocery Upper Des Moines offices over the Iowa State bank Galbrailh pool hall Gambles and Teeny Weeny grocery Attempts to enter several other places have been discovered but nothing taken These breakins have been going on for the past year and a half Chief Moulds stated and property stolen from the various places amounted to more than 250 Several guns including 22 re volvers and rifles and approxi mately 700 rounds of ammunition were found in the woods ar senal where he was at the time of the bloodless coup of Oct 9 which dis placed him His departure had the approval of the new regime which had let it be known he would be freed if he would leave the country Meanwhile the new government of Dr Ricardo Adolfo dc la Guar dia reversed one of Arias last de cisions as president by authorizing ships flying the flag of Panama to arm against raiders Many of the ships arc United and ply to Britain and her empire As a similar measure was under consideration in the United States congress the new government of Panama announced Monday that the ships may be armed at their owners risk and in the interest of selfdefense Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Mostly cloudy and cooler Tuesday night Wed nesday showers IOWA Mostly cloudy showers Wednesday and west and south portions Tuesday night scat tered thundershowers south portion slightly cooler Tuesday night MINNESOTA Fair north partly cloudy south Tuesday night in creasing cloudiness occasional light rain south and east por tions Wednesday probably be ginning in extreme south por tion Tuesday night slightly cooler south portion Tuesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather Maximum Monday B6 Minimum Monday night SI At 8 a m Tuesday 54 Rain mist Oi inch YEAR AGO Maximum 65 Minimum 38 EXTENDED FORECAST CHICAGO IUR Extended forecast for the period from p m Tuesday Oct 21 to p n Saturday Oct 25 central standard Upper Mississippi valley Iowa and Illinois Wisconsin and Min JUDGE IS RESIGNED DES MOINES J Kirk land Vinton one of the judges ol the 17th district which includes Marshall Tama and Bcnton coun ties submitted his resignation Tuesday Io Gov George Wilson effective Oct 22 Soviet armored forces how ever were said to be fiercely resistingin this sector and Red army counter near Kal inin 95 miles cow were reported to have thrown the nazis bach across the Tver river The German high command said navi and Italian troops smashing into Russias vital Donets river industrial basin source of rich supplies of iron coal and manganese captured Stalino Monday Stalino a city of 45000 popu ation lies on one of Hie two main rail lines between Moscoxv and the great Caucasion oil fields A bulletin from Adolf Hitlers field headquarters describing Stalino as one ot the most im portant armament centers iu thr Donets basin said axis forces took the surrounding region Monday and that Stalino itself was taken by Alpinists These might be either German or Ital ian troops The reichs war flag is flying from one of the most important industrial plants in this city the German high command said Nazi military commentators re ported that the southern axis arm ies were led by picked units ot Hitlers own elite guard They in dicatcd that Rostov gateway to the Caucasus soon would prob ably become the pivot for a gigan tic new encirclement movcmerit to lake the Donets basin The German high command said General Pctrov identified as com mander in chief of the Russian 50th army and a member of the supreme soviet council had been found dead on the battlefield cast of Bryansk 200 miles south of Moscow In the German military dispatches reported that red army troops counterattacking around Lake Ladoga near Leningrad had suffered heavy losses The Ger mans acknowledged however that the soviet counter blows had been launched on a broad scale great ferocity Tass the official soviet news agency said Russian troops had driven back a new German hrust Coward Moscow from the southwest but conceded that the nazis had advanced several kilometers from Mozhaisk 57 miles west of the capital The advance was blocked Tass said after a terrific tank battle it a cr05sroads on the Mozhaisk Moscow highway the route fol lowed by Napoleon on his illfated nesota except those portions that drain into the Great Temperatures above normal in Indiana and Illinois and near nor mal elsewhere with slightly cooler at beginning and again last part of period Freezing temperature unlikely in Illinois Precipitation moderate except heavy in Minne sota and western and northern portions of Iowa and Wisconsin occurring as general rains first and middle parts of period ex cept principally middle and last of period In extreme southern Il linois march to Moscow in 1812 The Germans left hundreds ol dead and many damaged and burned tanks on the Tass reported A Red army bulletin said bitter allnight fighting raged in four major sectors around the be leaguered Mozhaisk Kalinin 95 miles northwest ot Moscow Maloyaroslavets 65 miles southwest of Moscow and Orel 210 miles south of the cap In different parts of the Orel ital sector our troops succeeded in standing the pressure of the ene my inflicting heavy losses ;