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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 2, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND COMP THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 2 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS MANILA FALIMAYFORRHOLD NORTH IOWANS DIG OUT FROM PACKED DRIFTS Traffic Begins to Get Back to Normal Plows Busy on Highways North Iowa was slowly digging out of hard packed snowdrifts Fri day as railroad and highway com munications began to return to normal and snowbound travelers were able to continue to their des tinations Thursdays heavy storm the first ofthe winter season had disrupted train schedules and blocked high ways in many parts of the North Iowa area Trains which were sent through came into Mason City many hours late and other trains were tied up entirely The Chicago and North West ern railroad which had held a northbound train here Thurs day morning sent with a snowplow preced ws it It was reported that an other snowplow was coming north from Belle Plaine and that il was hoped the line would be opened sometime Friday Buses began to move from the Jefferson bus station Friday after approximately 80 persons had stranded at the station over Jey had come in from the north Thursday but wereunablc further Basketball Game Postponed The scheduled basketball came between Mason City high school and East Waterloo to be played here has been postponed from Friday to Saturday night be Saus4of Iack of Iransportation facilities No Letup Is Seen in Iowa Cold Wave DES MOINES plows bit into the heaviest one day Iowa snow blanket in histor in many places Friday as skies cleared and the died down after a blizzard had unloaded up to two feet of snow on the beleag uered state in 24 hours The weather bureau saicl no snow was in sight but that the cold wave will continue with temperatures dipping io 15 be low zero Friday night in north ern Iowa Thursday nights minimum was 17 below at Cherokee and Spen cer with Sioux City reporting 14 below Fort Dodge and Mason CMy minus 12 and Creston minus The storms death toll rose to three Thursday night when Leo Bakey 18 a section worker was struck and killed by a switch en gine during snowclearing opera tram on in the Illinois Central rail road yards at Dubuque Two previous victims were killed traifi Iowa accidents near AHoona and City Huge drifts made main highways impassable m all parts of th swirl H way parts of the Ight as high to the goug about as luic plows removed it The hizh commission finally ordered c City ce notrf were toeonly ones to get through Thursday and they returned im mediately The 80 stranded per sons left for the south on three buses at 8 a m The district highway commis sion office m Mason City reported that all roads in this area are now open after snowplows had battled from early Friday morning to clear them Some blockades were in the Winheshiek area and wer from and Allamakee around Algona R R Zack district engineer said The snow packed heavy because of th particularly jj f uraerec ait plowing operations halted until Friday morning Monies unionbus de i canceledsit schedules one esperi mental bus north loaded wt shovelersFriday and dispatched another southward The North Western railroad re M ed J Iine between Des Moines and Ames still blocked and rTT V5 Vin Iinc trains were a little late The Minneapolis ami bl Louis railroad office here said nothing moving yet out of DCS The Rock Island saifl a train from Minneapolis was 3W hours late Friday morninir and S Were territory the Wmterset branch that n the nor on who cxpected to fly back to Washing ion m an 3rmv mi still was here doubt e fine flakes driving wind and cold A crust had formed on most of the snow Friday and it was expected that there would be little more drifting The wind had died down Friday morning y The highway commission re ported that icy spots were en countered occasionally on the roads and warned motorists to he on the lookout for them Island operating on were from to Rock seven aeven Jiours late in reaching Mason City and many of those normally get ting m here at niehf rtiri snow v at night did not ve until Friday morning Snow plows were operating ahead of the trains f I 35 xPecteJ the lines would be cleared Friday morning The Minneapolis and St Louis railroad was unable to start traffic moving again Friday morning but reported that the road would be servce started by night fall It suspended senice at noon Thursday The train due into Ma son City at a m Friday from the south was canceled Ccrro Gordo county sent fnto against drifts on county roads Friday morning and County En gineer R E Robertson said that first effort would be to open the most Important roads al Ihoneh ther are not in every case trunk roads In Mason City coaches of the Mason City Motor Coach company returned to the streets at a m rnday morning after service had been suspended early Thursday evening because of the poor weather conditions In many cases the streets were blocked by stalled cars as well as snowdrifts Four city snow clows were started out at midnight Thursday and by Friday morning had most Thursday Friday He ex would be ableto Industry came almost to a stand stilleven the vital small arms ammunition plant near Ankeny warned its workers Thursday not to attempt to reach the plant until roads had been made passable Meanwhile the state awaited news of the storms effect on live stock and wildlife Cattle left unprotected the driving snowand dropping from anu temperatures were not expected to be numerous because authori ties had relaxed warlime re strictions on weather forecasts in order warn shippers and farmers of the coming blizzard The fate of wildlife especially quail which suffer most m severe winter storms was believed to have been less fortunate Conservation offi cials had asked lowans to provide shelter and food for wildlife Luckily for the states retail business the storm fell on a holi day and the barren streets repre sented no loss But th the PRODUCTION OF AUTOS IN U S TO BE STOPPED Sales of New Cars Stopped Rationing System to Be Used WASHINGTON util ization of the automobile indus try s manpower and be freed for war work within 30 shorten the war against the axis by months Associate OPM DirectorGeneral Sidney Hilman declared Friday Representatives of labor man agement and government will meet here Monday to plan for immediate utilization of all the industrys workers and machin ery ui ihc war effort Hiliman said Continues new auto in the first Thursday all sales of mobiles were halted move to set up a rationing system AH passenger car and light truck production will be stopped with in a few weeks the OPM said Complete utilization of this great industrys machines and men might shorten the war by months Hjllman said This is a war of production Management and labor unani mously have recognized the need for stopping all civilian produc tion y 4 v The joo now is to use the ma terials saved and to place the merr and machinery thus made idle into production of planes guns tanks and other war materials v A rationing system will be on new major Des w uut major Lie Moines department stores becaus of impairment of transportation leir at the stores would not open un noon Friday of the city streets on which there is heavy traffic cleared 7rk this snow would not progress as rapidly as that or last week said City Man ager Herbert T Barclay because of several obstacles The snow drifted badly in some places cars have been stalled in the way of Plows and the temperature is much lower Mr Barclay urged that persons who had the misfortune to have cars stalled in the streets remove these cars as soon as possible since they interfere with the work of the snow plows Although temperatures were low no trouble was reported water mains or hydrants water pressure was normal with and Defense Saving Stamps for sale at GIobCGazOltF siness office worked out in the next few days to dispose of those cars that will be manufactured in the next month Passenger cars and light trucks probably will be ratione m much the same manner as tha to be used for distributing tire and tubes The tire and tube rationing sys tem goes into effect Monday Civ ilians will be able to purchase only used and retreaded tires and tubes unless they are on the gov erments list f essential users The essential purchasers automobiles probably will c form to that of tires and tubes doctors surgeons visiting nurses and vehicles necessary to the public health and safety Alvan MacAuley president of the automobile manufacturers association and chairman of the automotive council for war pro duction said in Detroit that the automobile industry was 100 per cent behind the govern ment But he urged that addi tional contracts be awarded to automobile manufacturers to cushion dislocations The government must give us vork on which we can turn loose our mass production facilities he said P I a n t s will have to be hut down but just how many and for now long we cant say It will depend m part on how rapidly we can get into production ontracts The united automobile workers union CIO has said that 350000 vorkers would be affected by the onversion of automotive facilities war production It was ex pected however that many of these workers would find defense work in other industries if not in Plants operated by the automobile manufacturers The OPMs order barred the sale delivery purchase or lease of new passenger cars and light and heavy trucks It lvas esfi rnatcd that 450000 cars now in dealers hands will be available for those the OPM classes as es sential users Production of heavy trucks will be allowed to continue atter that of automobile and light trucks is halted Heavy trucks will be sold however only to purchasers des ignated by the OPM These orders it was said elimi nate a barrier to allout arma ment production as the automo bile industry has been consum ing large quantities of steel alum inum magnesium zinc chromium copper lead tin tungsten nickel rubber and other vitallyneeded war materials Under terms of the OPMs pri orities division order halting sales of new cars no dealer Friday nn legally sell a new vehicle to a purchaser The order in cludes cars in show warehouses or wherever they mav te lf ic are 1942 models or mod els which have been run less than Highways Opened After Big Storm The main arteries of tiavel in Ceuo Gordo county r as trairin J almost buried in 1000 miles AH of the 450000 cars now built and the 100000 io be built this month will be available for government rationing Vehicle rationing as in he case of new tires and lubes will be developed and admin istered by the office of price administration The freezing of new car and truck sales extends to Jan 15 at which time it is expected that a rationing plan will have been developed the priorities division said Experts estimate that the auto mobile industry can convert or use approximately 80 per cent of its present machinery and plant ca pacity for war work but point out that the conversion job will take a long time One high ranking OPM official predicted that within a short time huge armament orders for planes tanks guns generators spare parts and other equipment for the war machine will be awarded to the companies This disclosure was heightened by a report that the army and navy are setting up separate procurement divisions with an overall director for each service who could plan and co ordinate war orders This move also might head off a possible presidential order creating a min istry of war supply to be placed in civilian hands While all officials agreed that ine halt in automobile produc tion would aid the war program OPM labor division officials pointed out that transfer of tens of thousands of workers to war production will entail a costly time las while facilities are in a changeover period One plan said to be under consideration would provide for government Payments to displaced workers who were enrolled in traintnt schools The employment situation in gen eral however was charactered as only temporary as the national labor supply policy committee is anticipating an increase in present war employment of 5000000 to AntiAxis Powers Believed to Have Signed Agreement Will Fight Axis to Finish and Will Not Accept Separate Peace BULLETIN WASHINGTON six nations of Ihc new and old worlds have formally pledged themselves the white house an nounced Friday to employ their full resources against the axis pouers and to enter into no separate armistice or peace The others are The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Russia China Australia Bel gium Canada Costa Kica Cuba Czechoslovakia the Dominican Republic El Salvador Greece Guatemala Haiti Honduras India Luxembourg the Nether lands New Zealand Nicaragua Norway Panama Poland South Africa and Jugoslavia WASHINGTON United States Great Britain China and Russia have signed a declaration that they will fight the axis to a finish and that none of them will accept a separate peace it was learned Friday President Roosevelt was ex pected to announce the pact later Friday afternoon He told 1 his morning press conference an important statement would be forthcoming from the white house in time Io be printed in late afternoon newspapers It was understood that several other nations also have agreed or soon will agree to the antiaxis pact Several envoys visited the state department during the day including Panamanian Chinese nationalist ffovcrnmcnt and Russian Ambassador Max im Litvinov who also is the so viet vicecommissar for foreign affairs Envoys from these countries visited the state department Fri day and were believed to have signed the pact Australia Bel gium the Netherlands Costa Rico Honduras El Salvador Cuba Haiti Guatemala Luxembourg Czechoslovakia Dominican Re public Nicaragua and the Union of South Africa They called at the office of As sistant Secretary of State Adolf A Berlc where the signing cere monies apparently were taking place dor told Ernesto Jaen reporters he Guardia who had signed a Representatives of the automo bile industry will discuss with UPM officials Monday details of the halt in auto and light truck production The program was dc 5ed the opMs automotive and farm equip transportation ment branch OPM Priorities Director Donald M Nelson said that an amendment o the ban on sales will be issued immediately to permit completion of conditional sales chattel mort gages and similar automobile pur chase contract when delivery was made prior to Jan 1 Amendments also would be issued to permit repossession of cars under such conlracls in accordance with cx stmg law Other changes may be made he added to cover par icular hardship situations which may develop declaration of antiaxis solTdarity The declaration was said to be brief and to contain only two pledge to enter into no separate peace and a pledge to co operate toward victorious con clusion of the war The agreement apparently is the first concrete result of the talks Mr Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill have been holding here with spokesmen for nations opposing the axis The conferences also have covered supply and command problems No details were available im mediately but it was pointed out that chief executives of the wo great Englishspeaking na tions arc currently in the while house and presumably signed tlic agreement for the United Slates and Great Britain Also m Washington are T V new foreign minister of he BARDIA TAKEN BY BRITISH declared that Gen TOKIO Official Broadcast Recorded by Japanese officially Friday night Douglas MacArthurs defense forces had fallen back to the fortress island of Corregidtn and the mountainous Batan pen insula for a last stand after giv ing up Manila Dome reported that the general himself had moved to the heavilv armed fortress island of dor at the entrance to Manila bay A Japanese summary of the op erations said the American forces were kept under repeated air at tack as they crossed to the island and reported that other American and Philippine troops were drawn up oil the Batan peninsula which juts into Manila bay from the north It said the Americans them selves had described Corregidor with its powerful batteries of 12 inch guns and its brisling anti aircraft guns as one of the est forts in the world JAPS SAY U S GENERAL HURT War Department Has No Report MacArthur Has Been Wounded WASHINGTON war department Friday had no report that Gen Douglas MacArthur commander of the U S tar east ern forces has been wounded as claimed by a Japanese radio broadcast MacArlhur is personally Icadins the defenses of the Philippines He has made no reference to being wounded in his reports to the de partment and officials said that he certainly would have done so if lie had been injured seriously Officials added that there was no rndication in his reports that he was not entirely well LOS ANGELES ilR Gen Douglas MacArthur commanuer of Americas troops in the Philip pines has been wounded in the right shoulder by shrapnel ac cording to a Domei Japanese news agency dispatch broadcast oy Tokio and heard here by NBC Friday The dispatc declared General MacArthur was being treated eith er at the Corregidor fortress or in Australia He may have been re moved to Australia aboard a hos pital ship that recently departed for Port Darwin the radio acidccJ ToUio radio broadcast a report Ihat the Philippine government bad been moved to Port Darwin Australia 1000 Prisoners Held by Axis Garrison Are Freed by Victors National and State Bank Cails Are Issuec WASHINGTON comp troller of the currency Friday sued a call for a statement of the condition of all national banks at CAIRO and South Ithc cl0sc of business Wednesday African troops have captured Bar ec3 STATE BANK CALL IS ALSO ISSUED DES MOINES Bank ing Superintendent M W Ellis office said Friday that a call U being issued by the slate depart ment for condition or stale banks and trust companies as of re ar dia and released 1000 British prisoners who were held there by the Libyan ports axis garrison it was announced Friday Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Fair to partly cloudy and continued cold Fri tiay afternoon and Friday night Low temperature Friday night to 15 below IOWA Fair to partly cloudy and continued cold Friday afternoon and Friday night MINNESOTA Considerable cloudiness occasional light snow north and central Friday after noon and Friday night warmer Friday night IN MASON CITY weather statistics Max Thursday 15 above Mm Thurs night 12 below At 8 a m Friday II below At noon Friday 6 below At 2 p m Friday 2 below Snow 711 inches FrecP 58 nch YEAR AGO Maximum 35 Minimum 23 Precipitation 24 f the close of busmcss Dec 31 Subgroup Approves Price Control Plan WASHINGTON senate banking subcommittee Friday ap proved thc comprehensive price control measure with a provision that ceilings on farm commodities cannot be set at less than 110 per cent of parity of thc price level of Oct 1 1941 The full committee will consider the measure at p m Friday Senator Prentks Brown D Mich chairman of the sub committee said he hoped to bring the houseapproved measure to the senate floor by next Tuesday WOULD ENTER PLEA WASHINGTON Ill gall noted woman flyer notified L S District Judge James Norris through her attorneys Friday that she would like to enter a pica of nolo contcndcre or no defense to an indictment charging her with failure to register as a German agent POSITIONNORTH OF FALLEN CITY Declare Fortifications Held to Prevent Use of Harbor by Japs WASHINGTON navy announced Friday that the naval base at Cavite 10 miles from Ma nila on Manila bay was evacuat ed before the Japanese entered the Philippine capital A navy communique an nouncing the evacuation said all equinmenl ami stores had been removed prior to the withdraw al from the submarine hase and navy yard Announcement of the evacua tion meant it was taken for granted that the naval base was in Japanese hands or shortly would be The war department announced Friday that advanced elements of Japanese troops entered Manila nt 3 p in Manila time 1 a m E S A communique said that all American and Philippine troops were withdrawn rom the city several days ago and all defense installations removed or de stroyed The loss of Manila while serious has not lessened the re sistance to the Japanese at tacks the communique said AmericanFilipino troops were said to be occupying strong poi tions north of the city and were holding Manila bay fortifications Io prevent use of the harbor by the enemy Japanese air activity was re ported to be somewhat less in tense than for several days Meanwhile heavy fighting con tinued on the ground in the past M hours with repeated enemy at tacks from the north The Japanese first entering Manila were reported to be limited to a size necessary for police duties and maintenance order he war department Explaining the withdrawal from t ic city the communique said that a radical readjustment of the defense lines and a consolidation of defense forces north of Manila was made necessary by the tical situation in the tac vicinity of the capital presumably the re lentless drive of enemy forces northward from their landing places in the southeast at Ati monan and elsewhere This consequent shortening of our lines saiily uncovered the road to Ma nilla and made possible the Japa nese entrance into the city As it had been previously de clared an open city no close de fense within the environs of the city was possible The communique likewise an nounced hat a small enemy force had landed on the island of Tolo in the Sulu Archipelago in the extreme snuthuest Phil ippines near British north Barnco Jolo is the center of the land of ho waylike Moros Mohammc cian Filipinos There and on the larger ncavby island of Mindanao General John J Pershing and other famous American first w injr tn subdue the fierce tribes men three decades or more ago ii Pm St in Philippines military fame in fight apparently had fn foi lcrraindiriiciiU terrain the most evidently was of MacArthurs choosing and e fought on shortened lines which tended to offset somewhat the enemy s heavy numerical supcr by narrowing the front on which the Japanese can attack Only the barest details of the situation in the Philippines were mentioned in the war depart ments communique Thursday night This much however could be pieced together While a major battle was rsslnp MacArthur succeeded in consolidating his two the one that had been doggedly Ighiimr the Japanese hordes the one that had been forced back inch nv inch by the enemy drive on   

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