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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 24, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT Of H ISTORf ANO DES KOINES IA HOME EDITION VOL XLV1I ASSOCIATED HiESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 24 1941 MASON CITY THEBRIGHT SPOT HIP PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 300 REDS FRONT IN UKRAINE MERCHANT SHIP ARMING GIVEN SERIOUS STUDY Modifying of Neutrality Act Guns and Gun Crews Are Involved WASHINGTON arm ing of American merchantmen Wednesday became the next prob able move in the shootonsight campaign to make the defensive waters of the United States an unhealthy hunting ground for axis raiders It would necessitate modifi cation of the muchdebated neutrality act anil it might eventually involve the stupen dous technical job of furnish ing guns and gun crews for more than 1600 problems that were receiving careful study at the white house President Roosevelt however iolci his press conference Tuesday that n decision on the neutrality act probably would be forthcoming next week and he hinted strongly at Us nalure in one respect when he said thai the United States probably was headed toward the arming of its merchant marine Mr Roosevelt bracketed that hint with the statement that everything would be done to pro tect American as was quickly indorsed by Senator Austin of Vermont the assistant republican leader who has consistently supported the administrations foreign policy The question of arming ships andmodifying the neutrality act arose at Mr Roosevelts press con Jereric Tuesday during a discus 8fcnoitbe sinkingCf the S S Pink nX operatingunder the flag of Pana went down in the north Atlantic Friday night The chief executive contrib uted some additional details on the ships loss He said she had been the victim of a submarine some 275 miles northeast of Cape Farewell the southernmost tip of Greenland while travel ing in a Canadian convoy The state department later an nounced that 23 survivors of the crew of 34 had reached Ice land in good condition The Pink Star Mr Roosevelt disclosed had been aimed and he said that other Americanowned ships operating under Panamanian registry also had been given guns The neutrality act prohibits the arming of ships flying the United States Hag but the restriction does not apply 16 Americanowned ships operated under nonAmeri can registry LOOK INSIDE FOR SECRETARY WICKARD Asks Farm Output Be Enough to Beat Nazis PAGE 2 Teachers F F A Officers at Hampton STATE PAGE Dodgers Need 3 Wins to Clinch Pennant SPORTS PAGE Argentina Sends Troops tp Airports SPURNED SUITOR KILLS GIRL 19 Brunei Who Told Man She Could Not See Him Again Is Shot in Back KEOKUK ID year old Vincennes Iowa brunet was killed by a shotgun blast here Tuesday night after authorities said she had told a suitor that she could not see him again The girl Clarice Rankin died 10 minutes after she had been shot in the back Police Chief E C McPherson said John Soule 27 of Wayland Mo would be formally charged with the slaying Wednesday The officer said the Missouri youth had signed a statement in which he admitted shooting the girl because she refused his com pany McPhcrson quoted Soulcs state ment as saying he fired n charge from a 12 gauge shotgun into Ihe girls back while she sat at a kitchen table in the house where she lived Miss Rankins parents had ob jected to her seeing Soule and the two apparently had split up several days ago McPherson said Vincennes is in Lcc county Miss Rankin had come here lo work in a rubber company She lived in the home of an uncle AIRES army troops completed the occu pation of all military airports in the country Wednesday after ar resting a number of young avia tion officers in a series of swift moves apparently inspired by fear of an uprising against the govern ment Official quarters declined to comment on the sudden develop ments which caused a flurry of excitement Tuesday nijrht in the chamber of deputies but some sources linked the governments action with a current congres sional investigation of nazi Activities in Argentina Raul Damonle Taborda chair man of the committee conducting the inquiry said he understood that the officers arrested in cluded some who have been plot ting with a view to putting an end to the investigation Taborda made this assertion shortly after news reached the capital that troops had occupied military airdromes at the inland cities of Cordoba and both of which have large German were talcing over airfields elsewhere W The news came as a climax to rumors which spread throush the chamber Tuesday that a sub versive movement was afoot in the three provinces of Interior Cordoba and Tncuman which would call for swift military ac tion Z As the chamber ended its session late Tuesday night while the na tions highest military authorities conferred in the capital Eduardo Tessaire a radical deputy caused a furor by alleging that acting President Ramon Castillo himself had joined in totalitarian plot tine Castillo earlier had denied ru mors of unrest tn the interior and had declared that the country as a whole was calm In addition to the airports at Parana and only last monh suspect in an aliened nazi plot were rounded army was said to have taken over El Palomar airfield just outside BuenosAires El Plumerillo in ISTendoza Coroncl Prineles in Villa Mercedes and the military air plane factory at Cordoba BANCROFT LOSES AT BATTLECREEK SPORTS BULLETIN BATTLE CREEK Mich Bancroft Iowa was eliminated fiom the American Baseball Con Kenneth Kenoyer charged Wednes1 gress Wednesday in a fourth round out jsamcwhen Springfield Mass shut several of her gold teeth m a j them out 1 to 0 Johnny Urbon Mate Knocked Out Her Gold Teeth Sold Them MINNEAPOLIS Mrs assault charge g more than one per inning only in the seventh FIRE RAGES IN GAS TANKS OF WHITING PLANT One Worker Killed and 5 Injured as Flames Spread Near Refinery BULLETIN WHITING Ind and smoke billowed half a mile high and big gasoline drums ex ploded one after another with reverberating booms Wednes day as fire swept a portion ot the Standard Oil company of Indianas 700acre plant A company spokesman said fire lighters sot the conflagration under control with live steam and chemicals nearly six hours after it started WHITING Ind UR Fire raged uncontrolled Wednesday amid acres of huge gasoline tanks at the refinery of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana killing one worker and injuring at least five Flames and smoke billowed more than 100 feet above a 20 000 squareyard area on Ihe north side of the 700acre plant four hours after the fire broke out W Earthen dikes prevented spread the flames to nearby storage tanks many of them filled with highlyvolatile aviation gasoline Fire fighters attempted to smother the flames with live steam and foam Flames broke out in the pump house of the No 1 deeding plant about a m CST and spread agitator tanks shooting f lames hundreds of feet into arid spreading clouds of heavy black smoke into Whiting Hammond and East Chi cago Ind The possibility of sabotage was being investigated Departments from Hammond and neighboring Indiana cities were aiding company firemen in battling the flames with pres sure driven steam chemicals and jets of water The flames destroyed about 16 tanks of about 10000 gallons ca pacity each Company officials did not be lieve other sections of the plant were in immediate danger The prevailing wind was in the south cast blowing flames away from the main body of the plant The fire spread quickly to a commercial rack and soncumed trucks from independent retailers according to John Baker an em nloye who reached the scene not long after the fire began Police roped off streets near the refinery The fire department said oil had poured into sewers and had caused several explosions near the plant Manhole covers were cata bulferl into the air Police were called from East Chicago and Hammond to aid local authorities The Standard Oil refinery lies near the southeastern shore Lake Michigan where oil tanks ex tend for several miles The Sin clair Cities Service Shell and Wadhams oil companies also have refineries in the vicinity BOLGARiHOT TO ENTER WAR SOFIA docs not intend to enter the war against Soviet Russia or break off rela tions with Moscow Peter Gabrov sky minister of the interior told foreign correspondents Wednesday Bulgaria has no aggressive in tentionsagainst anyone and is not preparing for war against any countiy Gabrovsky said In denial of reports published abroad the minister said there had been no general mobiliratton of Bulgarias armed forces He also denied there had been any declara tion of martial law The Bulgarian situation is per fectly calm and no pressure of any kind has been exerted on the Bul garian government from any quar ter Gabrovsky said Roundabout reports last Sat urday said the Bulgarian radio had announced the declaration of a state of emergency Ankara dis patches indicated a belief that King Boris might have been won over to taking active sides with Germany against Russia There have been repeated reports largely from Turkey of Bulgarian mobili 7ation and increased troop con centrations near he Bulgarian Turkish frontier Maisky Accepts British Tank Ivan M Maisky Russian ambassador to England addressed the workers at a British Kino Th I fC l Brlftlrshmflc lank 1or Russia background rolled off the assem bly hue This photo was sent from London to New York via radio HOUSTON HIT BY HURRICANE Millions in Damage Caused 3 Casualties Reported inTexas HOUSTON Tex trop ical hurricane sweeping inland from the Gulf of Mexico veered jSESXRirctegiy n arand smashed square Texas largest city The storm which blew in from the gulf between ntata gorda and Freeport with 100 mile an hour winds Tuesday afternoon left millions of dol lars damage in its wake Morgenthau Favors Limiting All Profits to 6 Per Cent Opposes Ceiling on Wages But Supports Farm Price Control WASHINGTON Morgenlhau lold congress Wednes day he Relieved thai all profits in this country should be limited to o aurng thc cmrent fe d n esd ayanir Ely ernergency Testifying before the house banking committee in support of early passage of the administra tions price control bill the treasury lietic said that lie felt lhat much more stringent ex cess profits taxes would be nec essary especially if the govern mcanl to ask all segments of alone suffered Sl700000 damage Damage estimales in Houston ranged up to Wednes day even before the storm began to abate Small flimsy buildings were blown down others were un roofed and windows smashed in All communications except a few phone lines were down at Hous ton Despite the extensive damage there were only three known cas ualties two persons electrocuted and a seaman washed into the gulf from a tanker While coastal areas had ample warning and were prepared for thestorm Houston was caught off guard after earlier indications were it would pass to the west As it moved inland the storm lessened in violence Along Matagorda bay the wirid velo city was 100 miles an hour By he time the storm reached Houston it had dropped to 77 miles an hour The weather bureau predicted it would continue to lose intensity as it curved northeastward but destructive winds of gale force liUely would extend 100 miles norlh of Galveston Slorm warn ings remained displayed east Galveston to Morgan City La Hurricane warnings remained up from Matagorda to Galveston Waterloo Guardsman Killed at Claiborne WATEhLOO Sgt Claude Rittgers 27 Co B 133rd infantry 34th division Iowa National Guird Tuesday was killed in a Iradic ac cident during maneuvers near Camp Claiborne La his mothei Mrs Vance Lyshik was informed here Wednesday 2nd Nazi Attempt to Take Murmansk Fails MOSCOW complete failure of a second German at tempt to capture Murmansk Rus sias icefree port in the Arctic was reported Wednesday by Red Star organ of Ihe Russian army Banker Who Fled From Belgium Killed in N Y NEW YORK La bouchcrc 58 retired international banker who fled Brussels when Germany invaded his native Bel gium died Wednesday of a frac tured skull suffered when the taxicab in which he was riding was in a collision with a truck to carry out the defense program f In response lo questions by Representative Williams D IMo as to just what the treas ury had in mind regarding profits Alorgcnthau refrained from going into technicalities but said his personal philosophy in the mailer was simply that nil corporations should be sat isfied if they could earn 6 per cent on their invested capital Everything over 6 per cent should go to the government dur ing the emergency he said Present law imposes a tax ranging from 35 to GO per cent on that portion of a corporations earnings found o be excess Profits fall into the excess cate gory if they exceed Do per cent of Ihe concerns average earnings during a base period 19361939 Counter Drive Near Poltava Is Reported LONDON Scm yon Budyemiy has reformed his army of the Ukraine and lias thrown tanks infantry artillery and armored trains into a deter mined counterallude in the area soulh of Poltava 80 miles west soulhwest of Kharkov military quarters asserted Wednesday Experts said there was no doubt Budyennys army had been severe ly shaken by the German advance in the Ukraine but it was believed by no means to be shattered or at any dangerous stage of disintegra tion On the contrary sources which a couple of days ago were frankly pessimistic over the bigscale situ ation in the Ukraine seemed aston ished at the resilience with which Budycimy the brilliant Don Cos sack cavalry lender of the Russian civil war hnd extricated his army from a threatened trap and re formed it for a new stand suggestions that wages be made subject to the same controls i In free countries labor is not i a commodity human beings are I not property and they should notj be treated as such he said Itvwas his opinion that if the nation takes adequate measures to keen tliecBstot risinp and imposes adequate taxes on business profits then we will have removed he ma jor causes for demands for ecncral watte increases Morgenthau added Hint since collective bargaining contracts controlled in he major portion of defense industries a general wage increase was un likely as long as the cost of living was kept in line Saying that price control was only one of the steps necessary to prevent inflation he added If we are to be sure of victory in the fight1 against inflation we must prepare further to increase laves We may have to extend uie general controls over bank credits We shall certainly have to reduce capital expenditures for nondefense needs and widen the sale of defense savings bonds and stamps It would also be wise to extend the social security pro gram to absorb purchasing power now and pave tha way for in creased purchasing power after the emergency MARSHAL BUDYENN1T CounterAttack Morgenlhau said the cost of pork chops typified the inflation threat He The house iccmicci me nouse or if they exceed 8 per cent of the i wire knows that pork chops that corporations invested capital up were 28 cents a pound in January vcrc SO In February 31 in April 32 in May 35 in June 37 in July 38 in August and 41 at the mo ment a total rise of 40 per cent in those nine months He noted also sharp rises in the cost hides and leather to 55000000 of such capital and 7 per cent of the excess over 000000 Corporator may choose between these two mclliods in determining their lax There is np present excess prof its tax on individuals in business coffee sugar flour or building materials and Morgenthau told the commit tee he thought it would be un democratic to put a ceiling on wages He did favor federal control of farm prices and said the pending bills exemption of these was its major defect I strongly recommend that his inflexibility be removed he said in the interest of the attack upon inflation in the in Itresl ot the standard of living of our people ami in the long run in Ihe inlcrcsl of farmers as well Saying that present farm prices were not excessive he explained that he was worrcd about the possibilily lhat agricultural prices without federal brakes would continue to rise as they did in the world war He added that after the first world war inflation agriculture was the hardest hit and the slow est to recover The secretary however opposed Torture Wheel SPIRIT LAKE of the possibe medieval forms of torture are extremely clear now to Duanc Fikc 21 Fikc was operating the engine and pulling wheel for a pike sein ing crew Tuesday when he became entangled in ropes and pulled on to a large revolving drum With each revolution he was ducked into the water then pulled out as the ropes fastened him lighlcr and tighter lo Ihe drum Parker Dunham Spirit Lake 1 member of the crew working on the lake glanced ashore to sec Tikes feet in the air and hurried in to stop the engine Both arms were broken and Ihe young man may have suf fered other injuries An attending physician averred it was re markable Kike escaped drowning or a broken neck BABY DIES OF AUTO INJURIES Forest City Infant Crawled Into Road Was Struck by Car FOREST Elaine Conner 1G months old daughter of Mr and Mrs Benny Conner of near Forest City died in a local hospital Tuesday evening of in juries suffered Sunday afternoon when she was struck by a car The accident occurred when the child crawled into the road and was hit by an auto driven by To bias Tobiason Her parents had taken her across the rond with them but did not notice her start to crawl back Mr Tobiason said that he did not sec the child until after she was struck He was driving al about 15 miles an hour al Ihe time he said The infants injuries included a skull fracture Funcrtl arrange ments were incomplete Tuesday morning Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Cloudy and cooler Wednesday night and Thursday with occasional rain IOWA Considerable cloudiness occasional rain Wednesday night and casl and norlh Thursday cooler west and central Wednes day niglil considerably cooler Thursday MINNESOTA Cloudy occasional rain mostly light Wednesday night and Thursday consider ably cooler Thursday and over south add west Wednesday night IN MASON CITY GobeGazelte weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 73 Minimum Tuesday night fin At 8 a m Wednesday YEAR AGO Maximum fi Minimum 57 Precipitation 18 2 Small Boys Drive 60 Miles in Second Gear CHICAGO and Frank Butcher aged 9 and 7 were headed back to school Wednesday to brag about the driving lesson they gave other on a 60 mile nonstop motor Irip in second gear As optimistic as when they took over the joinl management of a parked sedan Tuesday they waited in the juvenile detention home confident not only that dad would come and get them but thai he would fix things up with the owner of the automobile they borrowed The stolen car in which the boys were found sleeping in a va cant lot in McCook II was out of gas and had five bearings burned out We couldnt get her slopped and we couldnt find the other gears said Jimmy who had tal well bcncalh the drivers wheel on the Irip When limmy had to dn some thing to slow down a little for other cars on cross roads I helped him steer raid Frank NAZIS DECLARE RESISTANCE OF SOVIETS BITTER German Corpses Litter Battlefield Russians at Leningrad Report By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Redarmies defending Leningrad were reported hurling Ihe Ger mans back over a battlefield lit tered with nazi corpses Wednes day while on Hie central front fierce Russian counterblows were pictured as easing the pressure on Marshal Semcon Budyennys bat tered armies in Ihe Ukraine Ked Star soviet army ncivs nipcr said Russian troops in an allout assault routed the 136th German infantry division and recaptured a point on Ihe ap proaches to Leningrad Tanksupported German coun terattacks were repulsed Red Star said and largescale nazi on slaughts southeast of the old cznrist capital also failed The Germans admitting bitter soviet resistance around Lenin grad emphasized what they called a mighty battle of annihilation 125 miles cast of Kiev where the count of Russian prisoners en meshed in a trap was reported ncaring 500000 BERLIN CHALLENGES F R INTERPRETATION Friction between Washington and Berlin increased meanwhile as Germany bluntly challenged l resident Roosevelts mlerprcla Uon of the 3 S Pink Star sinking The American owned vessel was torpedoed and sunk Friday night off Greenlandwliile traveline in a Canadian convoy volt disclosed Tuesday that the ship Ihe Panama flag was armed w Whoever accepts an enemy convoy thereby becomes a con stituent part or an enemy for railion authorized quarters in Berlin said The Germans asserted Hint Mr Roosevelt in declaring it was im material whether ship was ii rued or unarmed or what ting it flew is trying to establish wild west justice not international law In Rome the atithorilalive fas cist editor Virgino Gayda chimed m with the statement that axis ships would defend themselves against any armed United States morchantment they met on Ihcir courses BRITISH PLANES NOW ACTIVE IN EAST FRONT British warplanes have gone into action for the first time on he thrcemonthsold eastern bat llefront tlic air ministry an nounced in London number of patrols have been flown fn bad weather and there have been successful encounters with enemy fighters the ministry said adding that xcvcn German planes had been destroyed in the initial engagements with the loss of only one FIAF fighter Russia officially denied B German assertion that four red armies had been trapped cast ot Kiev NAZIS ANNIHILATE ENCIRCLED RUSSIANS Adolf Hitlers high command declared lhat chaotic conditions engulfed the encircled reds and innl German troops closing Ihe jaws of Ihe trap were continuing a wholesale annihilation The remainder have been con centrated info two closely en circled pockets the nazi com mand said Elsewhere on Hie sprawling baltlefront the Germans ac knowledged that soviet forces were offering the bitterest re sistance particularly around sicffcjrirl Leningrad where the red armies were making a root bvfool defense The Berlin radio however rc porlcd that nazi troops had cap tured a fairsiied town in the Leningrad uni dive bombers were said to have left the Russian batllcship Marat in a sinking con dition in Ihe Gulf of Finland Soviet warships which have been playing an effective role in the defense of Leningrad were re ported under dvastating attack by nazi bombers FINNS WARNED TO STOP AT OLD FRONTIER Finnish troops driving down upon Leningrad from the north re ported they had caplurcd the Svir river No 2 power station which supplied electricity to the old czarist capital crossing the canal ized stream linking Lakes Onega and Ladoga Ixjndon source Great Britain has warned Finland that VJ ;