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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 16, 1939, Mason City, Iowa n A rt i j H t if HIST MEM 4 ART 0 P T Of I 0 rt 4 OES UOlHtS I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLV ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16 1939 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT CmriiliiViJjJiiK Ify PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS BIG BATTLE RAGES ON WEST FRONT JapanTls inMinelayer Blast Using War RERORTEDHURT STEWART in Europe By CHAKLES P STEWART Central Press Columnist When the Japanese government invited Britain and France to take their armed forces out of China of their own vol ition the state department sur ra i s e s that Tokio meant c ons id erably more than it actually said The state de partmental sur mise is that the mikado was politely hinting Do it of your own volition or else Nippon explained that it offered its suggestion because its ap prehension that in these war times the presence of foreign fighting men in Chinese cities like Shanghai and Tientsin might breed incidents Well incidents between whom In the present situation it doesnt seem likely that British and French warriors would get to slaughtering one another They and the Germans might but Ger many hasnt any military repre sentation in China now America has some marines ashore and plenty of bluejackets in Oriental waters but they cant conceivably Become involved iira quarrel with tKeFrerichaiidBrJtishTItalynas about a corporals guard at Shang hai but not enough men to start a riot that half a dozen policemen couldnt quelch in a few minutes Russia is rampageous but thats in an area hundreds of miles away from where there are any British or French or Americans or Italians or Germans or anybody but Japanese Russians and Mon gols In short should an incident occur in China it will involve only the Japanese on one side and the British and French on the other to mention Japs and Americans mutually U S Comes Later Tokio hasnt referred to Ameri can forces as an incidental peril It hasnt got around to us yet But we know that it already has been making itself as disagreeable as possible to the British in east ern mainland Asia Now that the latter is too busy in Europe to at tend to the far east the Japs are developing more officially dis agreeable characteristics than ever Theyre including Trance also Paris being just as occidcn tally busy as Britain is For obvious reasons they dont bother with Italy the Italians are quite unimportant in Japans part of the world And they cant do anything with the Russians except possibly to lick em they warn Britain and France off their alleged premises Our Forces Limited The time isnt ripe for them to go to the mat with Uncle Samuel Nevertheless the state depart ments theory is that well be ordered out of Asia likewise if the Japs think they have the slightest chance of making their ukase stick As a matter of fact the United States hasnt any naval force worth speaking of in Chinese waters We have three or four cruisers in the Whangpoo river off Shang hai and some destroyers anc gun boats upstream in the Yangtze Kiang toward Hankow but they wouldnt be a shotgun toward op posing Japanese authority Of course though if Englands stung itd be a different proposi tion Were aware what Japans shooting at China India possibly Australia and New Zealand maybe The East Indian Dutch possessions Of course Portuguese Macao The Philippines Perhaps Hawaii Even Alaska Annabella Goes to Spain Will Sail Soon HENDAYE France French movie star Annabella wife of Tyrone Power crossed the frontier into Spain Saturday on her way to Lisbon where she will sail for the United States accom panied by her 11 year old daugh ter by a previous marriage MANY ON DOCKS BY EXPLOSION France Gives Limited Report to Counteract Rumors of Torpedoing PARIS One hundred French sailors Saturday were re ported killed in an explosion aboard the 4773ton French cruis erminelayer Pluton Advices reaching the French government said the explosion followed by fire occurred aboard the warship while she was an chored in port The Pluton normally carries 450 mines and 400 officers and men The number of wounded was not disclosed Only fragmentary information concerning the disaster could be obtained This much was made known French said to counteract a report abroad that the warship was torpedoed The port where the explosion occurred was kept a military secret The Plnton carries the largest number of mines of any such ves sel in the French navy She is 10 years old MANY REPORTED HURT ON DOCKS NEAR SHIP CEUTA Spanish Morocco An unconfirmed dispatch from Casablanca French Morocco said Saturday that about 1000 persons had 7 been wounded or killed in an explosipnaboardtheFrenchmine laying cruiser Pluton Itwas said that the explosion occurred while the ship was load ing mines The report from Casablanca was that about 100 of the Plutons crew were killed and that other casualties occurred among people at docks near the scene YANKS WIN FLAG NEW YORK New York Yankees clinched the American league pennant for the fourth consecutive time Sat urday when the secondplace Boston Red Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians 2 to 1 That defeat made it impossible for the Red Sox to overtake the Yankees CHICAGO fP Marvin Bud Ward Spokane Wash Playing brilliant golf held a lour hole lead over Ray Billows Pouffhkcepsie N Y Saturday at the halfway mark in their 36 hole match for the national amateur golf championship 1528 DECREASE SHOWN WASHINGTON Works Progress Administration reported persons were employed on its projects in Iowa on Sept 6 adrop of 1528 from Aug 30 LOOK INSIDE FOR SENATOR TIIOMAS Sees Possible Danger in RussoJap Truce PAGE 2 Holy Family High Has Win in Grid Contest PAGE 9 Butler Court Will Open at Allison PAGE 8 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS of thous ands of French and German troops reported engaged in west ern front battle French say Ger mans repulsed in counterattack in which they sent waves of in lantry over thetpp French re port Moselle Valley advance e r m a n y sends new divisions against Polish lost army west of Warsaw Germans report shattered units of Polish southern army swept aside by German ad vance more British vessels sunk despite British war on undersea craft Belgian ves sel sunk by torpedo or mine reported to have pushed back Germans attacking Warsaw and Lwow inflicting severe losses reported in sharp counterattacks against newlywon French positions be tween Moselle valley and Vos ges foothills is s s i a Japan conclude far cast armistice nonaggression pact between Tokio and GERMANS HURL MORE DIVISIONS AGAINST KUTNO Is Key to Diminishing Circle of Land Held by Poles Near Warsaw By ALVIN J STEINKOPF German com munique reported Saturday addi tional divisions have been hurled against Kutno in a determined drive to crush a Polish lost army which has held out lor six days and then concentrate on Warsaw 60 miles farther east Kutno is a key to a diminish ing circle of territory still held by the Poles west of Warsaw and a buffer between the be leaguered capital and the Ger man army to the west 3flflt Importance of the position was demonstrated by the visit Friday of General Walther Von Brau chitsch German army chief of staff to front lines to confer with leaders and give orders The German announcement was taken to indicate the plan is to destroy the divisions at Kutno quickly while closing the ring of steel tighter around Warsaw in the hope the capital may surrender The high command also said 8000 prisoners and 126 cannon ted been captured by thetier inans as they nib veS Kto TpfafaT a Warsaw suburb on t h e east bank of the Vistula river Meanwhile another section of the eastern army was reported pushing to the southeast with Lwow as its principal objective Lwow principal city of south eastern Poland is 225 miles from Warsaw V The communique said scattered divisions of the Polish army were being swept backward by the German advance It added that the Poles still held Lwow and Bil goraj 70 miles to the northwest Iowa Auto Truck Registrations Already Pass Mark of 1938 DBS MO1NES auto mobile and truck registrations for the first eight months of 1939 sur passed the figure for the entire year of 1938 Superintendent James AJlen of the motor vehicle division said Saturday Passenger car registrations for the first eight months of this year totaled 652897 compared to 648824 for the entire year of 1938 On Sept I truck registrations this year totaled 88478 compared Was Just a Mistake Back Besiegers Report Heavy Loss Inflicted on Germans Smashing Nazi Drive Through Southeastern Poland Is Continuing By ROBERT ST JOHN BUDAPEST ff Hungarian diplomatic and press circles Satur day received reports the Polish de fenders of Warsaw and Lwow had pushed back their besiegers in flicting severe losses on the Ger man forces Although Warsaw and Lwow were holding out against hammer ng nazi planes artillery and Links reports from numerous sources said the German lines had been extended HO miles east of the Polish capital to BrestLitovsk j 7 several fiuiirelfwhen a bomb be lieved to have been dropped unintentionally by a British flyer struck this house at Esbjerff Denmark Sept 4 Five bombs in all were dropped but four fell harmlessly into the citys harbor Ti ow foreseen to 88149 for 1938 It Rolled Over But Nobody Hurt risht king its left front wheel when his truck came to a slop Friday nicht o reitr t south Masnn fTilv titrate Whites truck swerved in loo 65 as the two trucks were gravel on the south HI t to limits road I of moved to permit oneway traffic to pass While was on his accldcnt paoucalion i calling her HILL HEAD OF SAFETY STUDY Educational Director 3 Field Representatives and Secretary Named DES MOINES F Hill of Cedar Falls Saturday was ap pointed director of safety educa tion for the state department of public safety Commissioner Karl D Fischer said that Hill would be in charge of the safety education program for which the 1939 legislature ap propriated a year In addition to the appoint ment of Hill Commissioner Fischer also announced the se lection of three field representa tives and a sccrclary for the newly created safety education division The field representatives are Frank Ulish of Fort Dodge Philip Sproul of Des Moines and n third to be named by Miss Jessie Parker state superintendent of schools The division secretary will be Darlene Warner Perry The program will be limited to highway safety education for the present Fischer said V There will he complete co operation of this department with the state safety council he continued but this wilt not be a part of the safety council The program was outlined by Gov George A Wilsons advisory committee on safety education of which M C Nelson of DCS Moines is chairman Commissioner Fischer and W Earl Hall of Mason City are the other members The new safety education divi sion will be housed at the state house and will work in conjunc tion with the statistical division of the motor vehicle department 400 Added to Cedar Rapids Oats Plant to Meet New Needs CEDAR RAPIDS than 400 former employes and new men have been added by the Quaker Oats company plant here in the last two weeks to restock depleted stores of wholesalers and jobbers caused by the recent buy ing wave Employment figures at the Quaker Oats plant arc now approximately 1100 100 above the normal fall peak and 300 above the ordinary slack figure treasurer BRITISH TANKER SUNK BY SUB Set on Fire by Shells After Crew Warned to Leave All Are Saved LONDON 8823 ton British tanker Cheyenne owned by the AngloAmerican Oil com pany a subsidiary of the Standard Oil company of New Jersey was sunk by a German submarine off the southwest coast of Ireland Friday A message received by the ships owners from the captain said the sunken tanker had been set on fire by shells Crewmenof the 21st British ship to go down in the picked up by the Nor wegian ship Ida Baake making its second rescue of the war They declared the attacking submarine first fired warning shots and sank the vessel after the men were in lifeboats Then the submarine stood by until the Ida Baake hove to sev eral hours later They said the submarine commander had of fered to tow the lifeboats toward the coast The Cheyenne was the second ship of the AngloAmerican com pany to have been sunk The newspaper Pesli Uirlap reported German forces west of Warsaw had suffered heavy losses from a Polish counter attack and that skirmishes were continuous on the citys eastern side French news agency reports said heavy German attacks were re pulsed at Vola a Warsaw suburb with the loss of some artillery and mechanized equipment Other foreign sources reported Polish gains but there was no fur ther confirmation of the dis patches Hungarian reports said there little aerial raiding over War andIwpw They said mos German air confinec to scouting operations The Hungarian news agency declared German forces attack ing Lwow Polands third lar gest city had been beaten back with the loss of 10 tanks and 10 armored cars while Polish air craft brought down several nazi planes Frosh Sing Jingie Bells as Mercury Hugs 98 Degree Mark IOWA CITY they were a bit mixed up but University of Iowa freshmen snng lustily the tune Jingle musical portrait of win their first orientation as sembly of the week Friday while tbe mercury was hugging the 38 dcgree mark Heniy A Schiick 75 Businessman at Charles City Dies CHARLES A Schiick 75 prominent Charles City businessman died at Cedar Valley hospital Saturday after noon following a stroke His body was taken to the Gross rnit funeral home Funeral ices will be held Monday with the Rev J E DeLong otficiating He is survived by 14s widow and a son Marvin off NAZIS GO OVER THETOP ALONG EXTENDED LINE Hundreds of Thousands Engaged French State German Charge Broken BULLETIN PARIS French high ommand reported Saturday night hat German troops were destroy ng villages as they retreated be fore the French advance on the western front An official com munique said the Germans were wringing up more reinforcements The quoted Polish telegraph agency Polish army major saying the Germans had not been able to destroy important military objectives around Lwow The jency declared the Poles had captured 13000 men and 350 of ficers mostly aviators 48 guns 215 machine guns 170 tanks 1000 armored cars and 280 planes The smashing German drive through southeast Poland to cut off access to Rumania continued while refugees kept on streaming toward the frontier PRINCE OSKAR DIES IN WAR Grandson of Former Kaiser Wilhelm Is Killed in Poland BERLIN Oskar junior oE Prussia a grandson of former Kaiser Wilhelm and son of Prince Oskar has been killed in Poland the first Hohenzollern vic tim of the GermanPolish war The family received word Fri day that Oskar who was born in Potsdam July 12 1915 fell hon orably somewhere in Poland during an attack The young prince a lieutenant was said to have led a company into a skirmish The Weather FORECAST IOWA Generally fair Sat urday and Sunday considerably cooler Saturday nighC MINNESOTA Fair Saturday night and Sunday cooler in cast portion Saturday niRhl some what wajmer Sunday in north west portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 95 minimum Friday go At 8 a m Saturday 70 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 61 42 WEEKLY FORECAST For the upper Mississippi and lower Missouri valleys and for the northern and central great plains Somewhat warmer beginning of and temperatures mostly thereafter week week above normal dry in general I illness n an effort to halt the French inve against advance positions of the Siegfried line dr PARIS AP Hun dreds of thousands of French and G e r m a n troops were reported Sat urday engaged in a terri fic battle along a 40 mile western front after two weeks of skirmishes The fighting includ ing a reported over the top advance by nazi infantry was said Jby inilitary observers to be ranging all the way from the Moselle river southeast to the Saar bruecken in dustrial prize V Observers estimated at least 15 German divisions and an equal if not larger number of French divi sions had been drawn into the fighting in the no mans land between the Magmot a n d Siegfried lines Sixes of divisions range between 10000 and 15000 men each Germans were reported to nave gone over the top toward French lines in the lower Nied river valley under cover of a heavy artillerv bombardment The French general staff said the attack was sharply repulsed The Germans apparently used the World war lechnic of sending their infantry in waves against F re n c h rifle and machinesun fire After hours of fighting the French command re ported the German charge was broken and the attack ers were forced to retire to their original positions Military observers paid tribute o the morale of the French troops operating from entrenched posi iions ii the face of German infan try crossing the shellpocked area d new salient on the western front They said the troops held their positions against the charge and against blasting fire from German mortars and longrange guns Northeast of Sierck in German territory the French were report ed to have captured a small woods which had been under German re during a fiveday battle that began Sept 10 Communique fvo 25 of the ar said There was an abated night at many points along the front There was very heavy enemy artillery action in regions south of Saar brueckcn Some progress was made by our troops east of the Moselle We repulsed a strong enemy coun terattack accompanied by heavy artillery preparation in the re gion neighboring on the valley of Nicd f if French and German troops had fought for six hours Friday when the Germans counterattacked on the western part of the front It reported that German infan trymen wore sonic sort of metal II ;