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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 6, 1939, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HIST MEM AST DCPT OF IOWA COUP 01S M 0 I N E S J A VOL XLV THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PBESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6 1939 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT TlflS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION orE NO 284 ENGLISH REPULSE NAZI BOMBER RAID Krakow Falls as Germans Claim Sweeping Advance Into Warsaw in Danger Paris Again Sounds Sirens FRENCH CLAIM ADVANCE MADE INTO SAARLAND Sirens Again Shriek Air Raid Alarm But No Planes Are Seen PARIS French army Wednesday night was reported to havg advanced across the German frontier into the rich Saarland which once was the backbone of German industrial life A brief army communique of local advances on the Maginot line which closely skirts the Ger manFrench frontier was inter preted by military observers to mean that German territory had been penetrated Previous military advices indi cated the French were concen trating their western front opera tions on Germanys northern flank which protects the coal and iron producing Saar basin barely behind the German frontier It also was reported in Paris that successful air raids had been carried out on EsehweHer and Stolberg war supply cen ters in the Aachen district Jiear the Belgian border Communique No 5 for the morning of Sept 6 issued by the warjmnistry said some local ad yanceariiwere effected r Tuesday eVeniri g dicing the night Just as the communique was being read at a m sirens shrieked an air raid alarm in Paris It the citys first day light alarm since the war started Sunday and followed one in the early morning in which firing of antiaircraft guns was heard from the outskirts of the capital A halfhour after the second alarm enemy planes had failed to appear French planes had roared off to meet the invaders The alarms were said semi officially to have been caused by the approach of German scout ing planes which were turned lack by antiaircraft guns Firing was heard southeast of the capital French attacks Tuesday night were reported officially to be concentrated on the northeast frontier That 100 mile front is the most accessible to French forces with no river barrier in the nomans land between Frances Maginot line and Germanys Siegfried line In the third day of operations Wednesdays communique was the first to announce gains Previous communiques said simply a cam paign had begun and was proceed ing normally with contact with German forces in the area between the Rhine and Moselle The French public already had ille mDve was desci been warned by Tuesday nights new step to effectuate nnwi m 11 n m i n tunic communique that permanent for line the front Test Powerto k reported local a The local gains were interpreted by military observers to mean that French infantrymen had succeeded in crossing the frontier at several points taking outlying concrete blockhouses There was no indication yet of important gains or a general of fensive but the French pressure apparently was increasing to force Germany to draw her strength away from Poland morning ended at a m a m CST with the capital ap parently still untouched by en emy bombs The left wingr of the French army of 8000000 increased pres sure Tuesday night on the north ern German flank along a 100 mile front between the Rhine and the Moselle rivers Our troops are in contact ev erywhere along the frontier be tween the Rhine and the Moselle said army communique No 4 It manent fortifications border river here and there Parisians quickly accustoming themselves to the nighttime a arms took blankets and pillows along with their gas masks into the bombproof refuges carried bottles of wine and to while away the imc in fulness French Troops Moss at Front PiMof U S Coast Is Started WASHINGTON Hoosevelt Wednesday ordered a patrol of destroyers coast guard vessels and airplanes extending several hundred miles off the American coastline The patrol is to gather information on any ac tivities of belligerent vessels in a step to protect U S neutrality in the European war The patrol was begun immedi ately Two destroyers and two coast guard cutters have left their bases to scout the Atlantic ocean off the northeastern American coast White House Secretary Stephen T Early disclosed the presidents order He said that many of the 116 destroyers which have laid up since the World war will be recommissioned and used for the work The patrol Early said ultimate ly will be extended to Puerto Rican waters and waters adjacent to the Antilles and the canal zone The move was describpri 1 v ri column Roosevelts pledge to do all in his MERCURY SOARS IN MASON CITY The Iowa mercury soared Wed nesday afternoon registering a 97 on the GlobeGazettes instru ments at the KGLO transmitter The second air raid alarm of the station at oclock The offi observer lie I llfU J Crystal Sugar company said the mercury there went up to 95 Pre vious high this summer was a 97 registered on July 28 Fort Dodge reported 102 At Des Moines where 100 was registered Federal Weather Ob server Charles D Reed said hish readings over the state practically insures the 1939 corn crop from any substantial frost damage Watch for Sabotage on Ships Leaving U S WASHINGTON Com mander R S Field chief of the JfT insPection ri s cnThshp Wednes T alert for alld Possible sabotage on all ships leaving American ports LOOK INSIDE FOR This Associated Press chart covering the period August 28 Scpt 5 shows how war news af fected some of the issues listed on the New York Stock Ex change AVhen hostilities started between Germany and Poland the market sola off then recov ered as purchases were made in the block of companies expected io be benefited by wartime buy ing As the war spread the war babies continued to rise War Fever Strikes Wall Street Again MARKET PAGE Reds Hear Flag Flap After 10Frame Win PAGE 9 Judging Under Way at Fair in Allison PAGE 8 Pleads Innocent to Murder of Husband DES MOINES Olive Burton 50 pleaded innocent when arraigned before Municipal Judge Chrrles S Cooler on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of her husband Loma Burton 49 at their resi dence Sunday night Flee Fear Artillery PARIS capital of Alsace which France won from Germany in the World war was reported Wednesday night to have been emptied completely of civil ians before an artillery duel start ed between German and French guns across the Rhine The city is at the most ad vanced French point between the southern and northern flanks of their western front forces The 175000 inhabitant living virtually within machinegun range of the German lines were reported to have moved into the interior seeking safely Erstein a city of 6000 south of Strasbourg also was emptied to give the military a free hand REPORTBLAST ATZEPPLANT PARIS reaching here Wednesday from Basel Switzerland said flames could be seen which Swiss observers be lieved came from an explosion at the great German Zeppelin fac tory at Friedrichshafen The fac tory is on Lake Constance on the frontier between Switzerland and Germany 90 French border miles from the WILL RECEIVE COAL BIDS DES MO1NES will be received Sept 21 for 110000 tons of coal for 15 state institutions under the Iowa board of control David R McCreery board chair man announced The Weather FORECAST IOWA Unsettled Wednesday night and Thursday probably local showers slightly warmer in extreme cast coolein ex treme west portions Wednesday night much cooler Thursday MINNESOTA Unsettled Wed nesday night and Thursday scattered thundershowers Wed nesday afternoon or Wednesday night cooler IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statis tics Maximum Tuesday Minimum Tuesday night At 8 a m Wednesday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum WARSAW MORE OMINOUS WHILE NAZIS ADVANCE Some Quarters Expect German Troops to Reach Capital by Nightfall By LLOYD LEHKBAS WARSAW Equation in Warsaw steadily grew more ominous Wednesday with the ex pectation in some quarters that German troops pressing down from the north would arrive be fore nightfall Poles proud of heir capital and hoping to save it from ex tensive damage from artillery fire plan to defend it beyond the city limits to the best of their ability but it was general ly expected there would be a bitter battle While nazi troops were ap proaching ever closer they ap parently had not yet reached the Bug river 25 miles north of here This was indicated by the ab sence of explosions such as would mark the blowing up of bridges by the retreating Poles No retreating Polish soldiers have yet been seen in Warsaw A staff comrnuniaue asserted 30 Polish planes had bombed BerUn and returned safely to but no report was Official Berlin qnitiers em phatically denied the German capital had been raided saying it was impossible that even higlitlying scouting planls could have made exploratory flighls without detection Neu tral observers said there had been no air alarms in Berlin The communique said enemy aviators Tuesday continued their aerial brutality in bombarding towns railway stations and col umns of fleeing refugees on high ways Invading German armies launched a powerful drive to take the Polish capital Wednesday while a city deserted by official life and by the majority of its citizens waited tensely for the battle that would decide its fate Fighting raged to the north and west The nazi infantry was pre ceded in its push by planes that Tuesday roared over Warsaw in repeated attacks which no Polish planes rose to meet Diplomatic dispatches to Bu dapest said the capital was be ing shelled by German artillery early Wednesday after a swift thrust from thc north and that the city had been partially de stroyed I V Several hundred thousand resi dents remained of the normal 1 300000 of them because of lack of money with which to leave others because they had turned back in despair from highways choked with horses autos cnrts bicycles and plodding bundleladen pedestrians The government secretly left the city Tuesday night leaving only skeleton staffs United States Ambassador An thony J Drexel Biddle Jr whose home was bombed Sunday left with his family and staff as did all other embassy and legation staffs Budapest diplomatic sources said thc government was setting up headquarters at Lublin 90 miles southeast of Warsaw and that the U S embassy staff had gone to Luck 200 miles southeast of the capital The jubilation with which War saw greeted the entry of Great Britain and France into the war as Polish allies vanished Tuesday under the rain of nazi bombs There remained a stubborn de termination to hang on but all ex hilaration had disappeared with 82 fin 73 Complete Control of Polish Air Is Boasted by Nazis BERLIN capture by the German army of Krakow a city often spoken of by the Poles as Polands heart was officially announced Wednesday The supreme high command said Krakow had been taken without resistance at noon Bridges across the Vis tula river it was added had not been destroyed although the Poles usually dynamite such approaches as they retreat German commanding generals the announcement said went immediately to Wawel to render homage to the late Marshal Josef Pilsudski Polands strong man whom the Germans have claimed their friend Wawel contains the tombs of some of Polands greatest historic personages Krakow is 140 miles south west of Warsaw and about 60 miles east of the German Polish border across which fi7 57 302 and nearer German bombers raided the city throughout Tuesday but appar tives DIES FROM IN1UKIES WATERLOO Unconscious for three weeks Miss Florence Gielnu 20 of Denver Iowa in jured in an automobile accident died in a hospital here nazi troops swept early last Friday With official reports of all quiet on the western front the third day of the FrenchGerman state of war the supreme army command also announced other sweeping victories against Poland on the eastern front These were as new Germanstrokesagainst 1 Capture of Kielce about 100 miles south of Warsaw and within 50 miles of Sandomierr seal of the Polish arms industry 2 Capture of lens of llious amls of prisoners in the corri dor and elsewhere in northern Poland 3 Caplure of CO field guns Caplure of Bydgoszcz 140 miles north west of Warsaw while German troops crossed the Nelze river to the south of Bydgoszcz Other German forces increased their threats to Warsaw On to Warsaw was a German battlccry Meanwhile the German com mand insisted there had been no action on the western front fac ing France A French communi que however said French forces effected some local advances overnight in their pressure on Germanys Siegfried Two industrial cities of south western Poland Katowice and Chrozow were reported the latest prizes of the German drive Meanwhile a salient from east Prussia was stabbed closer to Warsaw Warsaw advices said the German spearhead was ap proximately 35 miles to the north west of the city Budapest dis patches said Warsaw was under fire of German Army chiefs declared Polish defenses were crumbling with Germanys lightning war in thc cast only five days old Sf if Military leaders emphasized the need of speed in the Polish cam paign in order to release the east ern army for defense of the strangelyquiet western front The air force proud of its claims of mastery in the Polish C1JU1W skies was increasingly confident captured her at defensive supremacy over Brit ish and French planes German officials counted 12 planes lost by the British out of 20 which struck at northwestern Germany Monday evening aim ing bombs at Cuxhaven and Wilhelmshaven naval bases Two more British planes of the re connaissance type were reported shot down over Hamburg Tues day The Germans asserted only one of the British twoengined Vickers bombers got through to Wilhelms haven that it was struck there by a shell and crashed into the har bor The v British had announced two of Germanys five battleships jwere damaged p rh Tuesday hours after France declared war on Germany officials announced that not a shot had been fired on the western by the French or Germans A French communique said our troops are in contact every where along the frontier between the Rhine and the Eleven Folisn planes were said to have been shot down Tuesday between Warsaw and Loz bring ing to 65 the total thus destroyed Monday and Tuesday Berlin was blacked out com pletely Tuesday night but was not visited by hostile planes Antiair craft forces were kept on the alert through the night The government Tuesday night issued a white book chronologi cally describing recent phases of PolishGerman relations to con clude with the charge that Brit ain was responsible for the war Germany also charged the British sabotaged Premier Mussolinis efforts to preserve peace Report Bremen Arrived Safely BERLIN The German liner Bremen whose whereabouts had been a mystery since she sailed from New York last Wed nesday was reported Wednesday night to have arrived safely in an unidentified neutral port safe from British warships Immediate confirmation was not available No word had been received from the big HamburgAmerican for several days and there had been reports that the British had War Highlights By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ominous as German troops press from north hundreds of thousands flee city fearing imminent German at lack communique says 30 Polish planes bombed Berlin which Berlin categorically denied ounn eping victories over Poland and German cry German troops civilian sniping bothers German dispatches report Germans shelling War V ann Lubin in the interior eneral staff announces local advances fortifications two air raid alarms German scouting planes sighted over Le Havre apparently feeling out German fortifical German plane attack Britain reports series of German shipping clai America out of war and re i y Pursues neutral course but keeps war SALLY ON EAST ENGLISH COAST MEETS FAILURE British Fighting Ships and AntiAircraft Let Loose Big Barrage LONDON ministry ot information announced Wednes day afternoon that British anti aircraft batteries and fighting planes had repulsed enemy bomb ers which attempted to raid the east coast of England early Wednesday Along the east coast antiair craft batteries opened up with a terrific din Puffs smoke from bursting shells filled the sky Squadrons of British fighters went aloft and the sound machine gun fire could be heard The first air raid attempt on Britain came at about a m p m Tuesday CST but the German bombers were driven off it was announced before any bombs could be dropped The all clear signal was sounded at a m a m Apparently no raiders came on the Essex side of the Thames river Gunfire was heard in the dis tance Sh ortlya fter theal arm terrific antiaircraft firing started along the east coast and it was pre sumed that an enemy raid was being made Squadrons of British fighters passed over the towns and the sound of machinegun fire could be plainly heard No raiding planes could be seen here but the sky was filled with smoke from bursting shells The alarm was the third in Lon don since war was declared When the sirens shrieked a warning all buses and surface cars stopped but underground and other trains continued There was no sign of panic as passeneers with gas masks slunfr over their shoulders left he buses and cars in orderly fashion and went to places of safely Inside the raid shelters me crowd chatted cheerfully and discussed the war news of the day minislry announced We are officially informed that enemy aircraft were reported Wort j Cast coast of England Wednesday morning The ministry added So far as is known they did not penetrate our defenses at any point and no damage has been reported The announcement followed a morning air raid alarm which sent early rising Londoners running to shelters No enemy planes were seen over London Firing from antiaircraft gun was heard some 20 minutes after he alarm had been sounded in the east coast area The sound of heavy engines was heard and tho planes appar ently were driven off Twenty minutes later the sound of engines was heard again and several shots were fired FIRST AIR DOGFIGHT OVEK ENGLAND FOUGHT SOUTHEND England The first aerial dogfight ot the war over English soil was fought between English and German air planes about 12 miles from South end Wednesday and eye witnesses believed that one German plane was shot down About 20 German raiders were flying m the direction of London witnesses said when heavy aerial fighting occurred about 12 miles from Southend over All Hallows or the Isle of Shetland between Rochester and Chatham From a bedroom window n witness tolti the United Press I saw with field glasses a long line of German planes looking like razor blades They were attacked by fierce ground fire which broke around them like a bowl of flame Amidst tlie burst of ground fire EnRlish Spitfires pursuit ships cngngcd thc enemy raid ers Tiic witness sard he bclieied the German planewas brought down iy gun fire and expressed belief machine in that there must nave been other casualties ;