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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 7, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HJSTORY COMP HOME EDITION THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MASON CITY THt IRIGHT VWJVOrjn TIUS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO ONE NO 311 CLAIM NAZI VICTORY NORTH OF AZOV Bridge Collapse Halts Ore Shipments TRAIN CRASHES THROUGHSAULT STEJARIESPAN Many Loaded Vessels at Anchor Awaiting Passage in Locks SAULXSTE MARIE Mich ffl Collapse of one arm of a hf believed to be the larges of the Bascule type in the world brought defensevita iron or shipping from Lake Superio ports to a temporary halt her Tuesday The giant spon owned by th Canadian Pacific Railroad com pany sagged beneath the weigh of a loaded freight train A lo comotive and tender shot from th open end into the approach to th St Marys Falls canal carryin two trainmen to their deaths am effectively blocking the tvv largest of the Sault Ste Mari locks which link Lakes Superio and Huron A wrecking train was sum moned immediately but Lieut Col Jules Hougbtalinr intelli gence officer for the Sault Ste Marie military district esti mated it would be four days be fore the locks would be suffi ciently cleared to provide pas sake for fully laden ore carriers which include some of the larg est craft that navigate the lakes Two channels remained open to navigation They were the Poe locks on the American side and Canadian locks Military authori toes openlchan nels vprpyidea sfifficien draft for fully loaded ore carriers emergency order was issuer to vessels now loading to limi draft to 16 feet 6 inches Tht onrmal draft of ore carriers is 17 to 20 feet loaded By a m approximately 25 vessels downbound from Lake Superior with cargoes were a anchor awaiting passage Military authorities said another SO which took on their loads prior to the bridges collapse would ar rive at the entrance to the canal and locks by midnight and another 50 by midnight Wednesday Light vessels upbound for cargoes were passing steadily through the smaller locks which also wil accommodate downbound craft loaded after receiving notice of the new cargo restriction The north leaf of the railroad bridge collapsed into the north section of the canal under the weight of a freight train coming from the Canadian side accord ing to an official explanation of the accident by J B Chadwelf chief administrative assistant in the war department engineers office Chadwell said thc north section of the St Marys canal together with the third and fourth locks were completely blocked to all traffic as a result The south arm of the bridge he reported is still intact but is three feet below its normal position Chadwell said the cause of the oridge collapse was not known Col Fred T Cruse commander of the military district said it ap peared to be purely accidental and that there seemed to be no reason to suspect sabotage There had been no similar mishap since the bridge was constructed about NAZIS SMASH SERB PUTSCH Claim Rebel Bands Led by Woman Had Stormed Town of Sabac BERLIN German troops and two companies of Croatian Ustachas have smashed a putsch led by an attorneys daughter in the west Serbian town of Sabac the authoritative news service Dienst Aus Deutschland said Tuesday The Ustachas are the uniformed guard of Dr Ante Pavelic chief of the Croat state created from the remnants of former Yugoslavia Rebel bands had stormed Sabac the reports said far outnumbering German soldiers stationed there Thc Germans1 nevertheless were said to have offered heroic resis tance Ship Was Torpedoed Without Warning Survivors Relate Blaze Quickly Swept Panamanian Vessel Owned by Americans RIO de JANEIRO vors of the torpedoed American owned Panamanian tanker J c White said Tuesday that the ves sel had been torpedoed without warning presumably by a sub marine Three survivors who arrived aboard the steamer Del Norte which rescued 17 members of the I C Whites crew said it was impossible to identify the attacker because of pitch dark ness and at the time of the attack They agreed however that it was a submarine rather than a surface vessel They talked on the deck of the Del Norle as it lay at anchor in Guanabara bay awaiting the ar rival of officials of the American consulate to take their depositions They said none of the crew was injured in an explosion and fire which followed the torpedoing There was a single explosionon the tankers starboard side be tween tanks No 6 and 7 when the attack came at about a m Sept 27 The vessel sank at that morning They believed that only three members of the crew still were the crew left the I C White before she went down they said veswa a short while after she was hit they saw Fire followed the single explosion settlor the tankers oil ablaie Billows of smofce and flames shot Into the sky William Mello of the I C White said the three were aft v njne tanker was torpedoed The torpedo struck number seven tank and the oil caurbt lire the captain said We had no time to waste We launched three boats tossed overboard a rubber raft and yelled to the three to jump for it They lumped but we never saw them asain Neither did we sieht the raft The master a 46 year old resi m of Chelsea Mass said that here was no time even to stop the tankers engines and that the ship Jcept headway an hour and a half after we left her around in circles afire and sevt eral tunes we had to row like the devil to get out of the way Capt William Mello above master of the Americanmanned tanker I C White which was torpedoed in the South Atlantic was one of 17 men nicked up hy the American freighter Del Norte about 30 miles off Maceio Brazil DES MOttlES Jack Frosts turn in Iowa again now that the rainshave stopped The weather bureau predicted light to heavy frosts for Iowa Tuesday night with temperatures n thc mid30s for some parts of he state Skies were clear Tuesday after nono downpours Monday and over light doused a broad belt estend ng from south central to northeast owa and antoher section along lhe Mississippi in the southeast part of the state Burlington had the heaviest fall 306 inches Other reports above an nch included Webster City and Mavshalltown 30 Boone 2 Charles City 1 98 Des Moines 136 Mount Ayr 1 efferson 171 Waukee 178 Van Heter 181 Guthrie Center 117 Osceola 106 Forest City 176 Iowa Falls 137 Knoxville 110 and De corah 186 CEDAR FALLS IS BLACKED OUT IN LABORSITDOWN City Officials Install NonUnion Men Who Partly Restore Service CEDAR FALLS sitdown strike of Cedar Falls municipal workers plunged the city into darkness for more than two hours early Tuesday and left residential areas without power Tuesday Two workers on duty locked themselves in the plant Mayor C N McHugh reported and kept the city blacked out from a m until a m Deputy sheriffs and city officials finally broke in and installed four nonunion workers who succeeded in partly restoring service A dispute over wages and the refusal of the Cedar Falls city council to negotiate with an out of town labor representative apparently were the bases ot the strike Mayor McHugh issued the fol lowing statement The council is standing on its original statement to negotiate only with its employes The plant will be operated and as mayor I will enforce the law and protect the citys property Twenty men in the electrical department and three in the gas plant did not report Tuesday morning Mayor McRuih said McHugh said lie hoped that service would be restored in residential areas before nightfall A preliminary check indicated that Cedar Falls industries were getting sufficient power to main tain operations Tuesday General Baldus of Minneapo lis electrical union representa tive said Ihe municipal Cork ers union was asking wages in line with the union scale effec tive in Waterloo The Iowa Public Senice com pany reportedly is paying main tenance and repair men consid ered in the same technical class as the Cedar Falls workers a scale of Sl07 an hour in Water loo Baldus said the Cedar Fail workers were receiving up to 75 cents an hour Hospitals used flashlights dur ing the early morning blackout There were no babies born or operations performed while the lights were off F R Parley on Neutrality Is Recessed WASHINGTON white House conference on modification of the neutrality law recessed Tuesday until Wednesday morn ing when Senate Majority Leader Berkley predicted a definite de cision will be reached For more than two and a half hours President Koosevelt Sec Vice V2 tCC Harry and eight house and senate lead ers of both parlies conferred in the chief executives study As it stands now the act forbids the arming oc American merchant vessels and their entry into desig nated combat zones and belligerent Barkley told reporters We discussed the whole ques tion and recessed until 10 tomor row at which time we will meet and reach a decision Asked whether the general ob jective o the parley was complete icpeal of the law he merely re lhe whole E was under discussion and another meeting would be nec rmiyv lle any announcement could be made anklCy he Burned that i Rcosevelt would send a mes sage to congress when the whole issue has been threshed out Late complications were added to the situation by Panamas sud den reversal of policy on the arm ing of merchantmen Senator Connally D Chutist Saved Gained 5 Pounds RAPID CITY S Dak eorge Hopkins the modern Rob nson Crusoe back to earth after emg marooned on his island in he sky for almost a week saic uesday I wasnt worried I was ust hibernating up there and I Tamed five pounds Sitting over a big steak in afe here early Tuesday the heav ly bearded and windburned dare devil told his story from the min ute he set foot on the tiny acre hat is the top of 865foot Devils ower last Wednesday until eight killed mountain climbers set him own 330 hours Jatcr Monday night 1 feel first class but I need Plenty of sleep after counting rocfcs and fightmc mice rats and chipmunks for my meals for five days he said You wouldnt believe it but I et I counted the big boulders on hat mountain peak a thousand imes and I gave em all names ou couldnt print if I told you hat they were Mostly I just walked around up iere to keep from freezing to eath in the 50mile an hour wind was afraid to go really to sleep II the time I was up there because Knew Id freeze When I dozed off or even as much as an hour my amsoaked blankets froze solid The 29yearold Texan who made the 120 mile trip from Ihe tower by automobile after rescued Monday nifht doied his plate as he talked ar oinr with his friend Earl BrockJesby over whether he was going to ret a shave before he went to sleep Hopkins made the landing on e Great Devils Tower needle A GEORGE HOPKINS rising above the surrounding morc than thc 1250foot Empire State build ing on a bet with Brocklesbv that he could do it Questioned about the bet Hop kins said I was just spreading She Blarney with the boys at the Rapid City airport when that cockeyed bet was made but I made it and Iwon it I had my hand out fishin for the dough when I hit the ground and Ear paid off Hopkins repeatedly discounted the daring of his feat as he put away the thick platesized steak which he said he didnt think he needed because I actually gained e pounds the food they dropped ne was so good Hopkins said his main difficulty at meal time was with the rodents on top of tije windswept peakHe said they gathered around by thc score when he opened the food parcels which were dropped to him They were more friendly than fierce he said That was the trouble and I made it worse by making the mistake of feeding them at first Some of those big rats and hull chipmunks would rTt wiih a whole steak ir I hadnt kept throwing rocks at them Henry Field and Warren Gor rell national park service rang ers who began builoHng a ladder of steel spikes last Thursday were joined by Jack Durrancc former Dartmouth university climber and oaol Person scale thc peak IS Cnry CouUcr president i Mountaineering McCIane of Rock port Mass Chappell Cranmer of Denver and Harold Rapp and Paul K Petzholdt also rangers Together they worked their way inch by inch up the tower At P m CST Durrance reached the top There he visited briefly Hop kins with tent blanket and cooking supplies dropped by airplane Thc descent began immediately Hopkins was tied by rope be tween Durrance and the other climbers They led him down Mie crude ladder lowering him by rope from rung to rung For four hours the little party moved down the sheer precipi tous slope Darkness endangered the expedition but huge search lights which had been brought to the towers base furnished enough illumination to complete the task At p m CST Hopkins jumped from the last steel spike to the ground auinorlzaMbi f6r AmericanfJae neutrality act now bans The Panamanian decision reached by the cabinet comic Tuesday said flatly that Panama henceforth would revoke the icgTs tration I o any merchanlmei mounting arms a meant tha Americanowned ships which have transferred to Panamanian registry m order to operate in combat zones prohibited by th neutrality act would have to risk uangerpus waters without means of It was an unexpected reversal 101a number of ships operating un der Panamanian registry already have been armed And only two weeks ago Mr Roosevelt inti mated that the United States was ready under the leaselend pro gram to provide the little republic with guns so that additional mer chantmen could be armed KILLED IN CRASH COUNCIL BLUFFS Injur ies received in a headon automo bile crash six miles north of here on highway 64 caused thc death Monday night of Robert 71 Tcnnant Iowa Weather Report FORECAST IOWA Fair Tuesday night and Wednesday cooler much cooler extreme east Tuesday night lowest temperatures 35 to 40 with light to heavy frosts war mer extreme west Wednesday afternoon MINNESOTA Pair south cloudy becoming partly cloudy north preceded by occasional light rain northeast and northcentral ear ly Tuesday night Cooler Tues day night with frost or freezing temperature Wednesday fair EXTENDED FORECAST CHICAGO UPJExtended fore cast for Uie period from p m Tuesday Oct 7 to p m Sat urday Oct 11 inclusive Upper Mississippi Valley Tem perature will average below nor mal Minnesota and Wisconsin and near normal Iowa Illinois and In piana with cooler much cooler Illinois and Indiana beginning pe riod warming middle and cooler Coward end of period Killing frosts likely m Minnesota and Wis consin and unlikely Iowa Illinois and Indiana Precipitation will average moderate occurring prin cipally last half of period IN MASON CITY lobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 67 Minimum Monday night 41 At 8 a m Tuesday 45 Rain 1 QO inch YEAR AGO Maximum BI Minimum 33 Precipitation Trace MASON CITY Fair Tuesday night and Wednesday cooler Tuesday night lowest temperature about 34 frost on lowlands Authoritative sources in London said a new German offensive on the eastern front was under way and there was speculation that Moscow was the goal with the attacks developing especially from the Roslavl area Sectors U the Leningrad area from which Germans might pos thrust at Moscow 2 the Roslavi region 3 the n riviiTrt jf ii t A the German shaded arrow tdriyes w thfcCrimean area Drive Against ISscow tilcely to Be Supreme Test of Blitz By LOUIS F KEEMLE Of thc United Press War Desk Hitlers Moscow drive which now appears to be the most concentrated he has yet made against Russia and on a fai argcr scale is hkely to prove the supreme test of his blitz krieg power Russia apparently anticipated the attack and disposed lerL3 1500000 men into action with as many in serve and a vast force of air planes tanks and mechanized units That tremendous striking pow er is concentrated on a stretch of less than 400 miles of the 1 300mile front Its object is to crush the Rus iian resistance before the end of this month w h e n winter begins If Mos c o w is not taken by then t is likely to stand for the winter or be KEEMLE yond In the first impact of their onslaught the Germans undoubt edly have made advances as was to be expected How deep the jenetration is however cannot be determined from the guarded communiques of either side in vhich place names and specific details arc omitted Hence there is no clew yet to hc course of the battle In their previous main attacks such as the riumphal march through the out er buffer defenses the smash be ond Smolensk and the drive Kharkov the Germans made rapid initial progress Then they vere slowed up by the retreating actics of thc Russians who rolled yith the punches and were always here when the enemy pushed deeper into their territory Such tactics part of the Rus sian military credo may be ex pected In the defense of Mos cow Early German successes would not necessarily point to a swift march into Moscow bar ring a totally unexpected Kus stan collapse A lot depends on whether the iussians can come close to matchi ng thc Germans in manpower and quipmenV They probably can in manpower without unduly weak ning their positions in the north nd south Whether they can do t m equipment and supply is not ertrm They have the advantage f shorter and better organized ommumcations and interior lines The prospects are that the de ision will come early probably vithin three weeks After such a rodigious effort it does not seem ossible that Hitler would be able to reorganize his forces for an other such drive in the winter If the decision is favorable to is if Moscow stands will have suffered a de feat and be let in for a busy win ter in the north It will tie up enough of his forces to hamper the strength of his operations in the south and virtually preclude any activity in western Europe It must be remembered that Hitler has large forces held on the con tinent to guard against a general uprising by the rebellious people of the occupied countries If Hitler vins his bold gamble in the north he will be closer o holding the whip hand over Russia although the latler might continue in the field He then could make his plans for oper ations in thc south including the near east and North Africa Either way the present drive trns out it is bound to have an effect on the course of the whole waT Even if Hitler wins it he would have difficulty organizing for a real campaign in the near east before spring The British do not expect it before then If Hitler loses it the delay is even more certain Britain thus has the prospect of nearly six months to grow strong er and to benefit from expanding American aid 100 Cars of Carbide Lost in Warehouse Flames at Keokuk KEOKUK ashes and blackened debris remained Tues lay at the site of the National Car bide corporation warehouse which burned folkwing an explosion Monday causing damage esti mated by Plant Manager Clyde Inman at or morc Plant officials estimated 100 car loads of carbide used to generate acetylene gas for use in welding were destroyed Firemen could not use water on the blaze because water combines with the carbide to form an inflammable gas Walter Hammcl a warehouse orkman was in the building when the blast occurred and said ic had some trouble regaining his icarmg but did not need medical attention TURKEY HEARS TO QUIT FIGHT London Reports German Offensive Bebg Made by Three German Armies By JOE ALEX MORRIS United Press Foreign News Editor Adolf Hitlers drive lor Mos cow was reported ramming for ward Tuesday despite fierce Rus sian resistance and the nazi high command claimed a new major victory north of the Sea of Azov London reported thai the fourth ereat German offensive against the soviet is beine car ried out by three nazi armies totaling 1500000 men with a full reserve of 1500000 troops and 500000 ivar prisoners working to maintain communi cations behind the lines Elsewhere on the far flung war front Istanbul quoted authoritative Rumanian ctvices that 12 Ruman ian generals have been shot for protesting continued Rumanian participation in the attack on Rus sia Thousands of Greeks were reported to have been shot for guerilla war and sabotage against the axis Twenty British offi cers were said to have escaped concentration tamps in Greece and fled to the hills to organize resistance against the nazis The Finns rejected a British diplomatic effort to extricate their forces from malting advances irtr old Russia giving rise to sugges tions Britain may declare war on Finland The bisr German drive on Moscow appeared to be mak TheBrit ish believed was M in a gigantic gamble to take the Russian cap ital in three weeks If the ef fort failed London thought Germany ivould be hojreed down in Russia for winter or possibly indefinitely The Germans made no report on progress ot their drive The nazi high command confined itself to a report on a big battle which was said to have occurred north of the sea of Azov In this encoun ter the Russians were said to have suffered so severe a defeat that he soviet high command was lorced to lice Irom the scene by airplane Moscow admitted that ihe nazis are denting the central front in an attack which it was indicated extends from the Valdai hills to ho Roslavl area However the Russians claimed destruction of 198 German tanks and 31 planes y the crack forces of the Red army which had been massed in the region against just such an eventuality Soviet dispatches indicated the may be trying to repeal he identical maneuver they tried n midAugust when an attempt vas made to break through to Moscow from the Bryansk region attempt that failed when Russian troops defeated the tank forces of Col Gei Heinz Guci enan There were indications that the Ucstion of Rumanias continuance n the war may be becoming acute The Berlin press Tuesday pub lished on official tabulation of Rumanian losses on the eastern fronl This fixed the losses of the Rumanian army at 20000 killed GflOO nounded and 15000 total of 111000 or more than onequarter the ad milfed casualties of the German army which the hijrh command has fixed at 402000 The Rumanians generally arc 3elievcd to have contributed from 0 to 20 divisions to the nazi east rn front That would be a troop otal of 150000 to 300000 The asualty figure would indicate hat the Rumanians have suffered osses ot anywhere up to two hirds of their effectives a catas rophic percentage Against this background the re iort from Istanbul of the protest f the Rumanian generals against ontinuancc of the war appeared o be most credible The Istanbul dispatch reported hat the Rumanian generals pro ested to Gen Ion Antonescu Ru manian dictator that their troops re becoming increasingly disaf ccted due to heavy losses and irgcd that they be withdrawn rom the front The protest Istanbul said was met with a firing squad which romptly executed the 12 generals News from Czechoslovakia was iat General Alois Elias Czech rcmier under sentence ot death lay be offered clemency by the rermans if he will agree to ex osc all his confederates in the lleged anlinazi plot in Czecho   

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