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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 28, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COM DEPART WE NT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES U E M D I N E I A VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FUU LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPV THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWAWEDNESDAY JANUARY 28 1942 AEF Begins Routine in Ireland Pictures Showing Establishment of U S Troops on European Soil Ammunition in their hands soldiers of the first American Expeditionary Force sent to Europe m World War II are pictured above as they arrived in a port in northern Ire Jand bize of the force was not revealed although it was disclosed that manv of the men were from midwestern states This first picture of the United States second A E F was cabled from London Maj Gen James Chaney left grips the hand of a hclmeted but unidentified D S armyofficer on the arrival of a new AEF at a base in northern Ireland General Chaney charge of all United States forces in the British Isles Previously he represented the United States as observer of Englands air defenses Await News From Ireland Ill a typical North Iowa farm home nine miles north west of Hampton Mr and Mrs Earl J Petheram listen intently for news of American troops in North Ireland Their son Eugene pictured at the left is reported to be a member of the force landed there this week The Peth erams are proud of their son and express the hope he help defeat the axis In the above photo an arrow points to Eugenes picture on the china cabinet US Troops Learn What to Do During Air Raids SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN IRELAND IP United States troops newly established in norlh em Ireland were called from their beds before dawn Wednesday lo begin learning the business of what to do and how to behave in case of a nazi air raid Their first day in camp Tues day was free for the men lo settle down in their new surrounding and rest from a tiring ocean trip But when the bugle sounded Wed nesday morning it meant that a arduous training program was be ing resumed Officials do not conceal thei concern that the German air fore may attempt to give the troops i the new encampments a taste o bombing A German bomber was engage by ground batteries not far awa at the moment me troops wer landing JAP TRANSPORT SUNK BY AMERICAN FLYERS Evacuate Singapore Isles North Coast TB1S PAPEfi CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 94 NIPPON ARMIES PRESS DOWN ON FOURHIGHWAYS Evacuation Order is Evidently to Speed Defense Preparations By HAROLD GUARD SINGAPORE military command laced with increasing Japanese pressure in Malaya Wednesday ordered Uie evacua tion of the north coast ot Singa pore island by noon Friday The order indicated that the battle Singapore is imminent Coincident with British orders 0 evacuate that portion ol Singa pore island facing the Malayan nainland Japanese quarters in Tokio asserted that their forces op crating in central Malaya had ad vanced 28 miles to within 25 miles of that strait separating Malaya from Singapore Latest advices said Japanese forces were converging along the four highways of Malaya pressing down behind tank spearheads toward the Imperial troops British Australian and Indian who were massing near the tip of Ihe peninsula for the climactic battle ot Singapore The Japanese were last reported 43 miles from Singapore at the nearest point Up to p m EST the regular daily communique had not been issued in Singapore It was evident that the evacuation order there applied only to civilians and civilian enterprises in order to make way for increased prepara tions to defend the island against frontal assault Only a mile across the strait from the north side of the island of Singapore is Johoie Bharu north of which the British were preparing a defense ring to fight the Japanese on the mainland and so far as possible to keep Singa pore island out of the range of Japanese land artillery Singapore island is connected with Johorc Bharu by a granite causeway which is broken only by a drawbridge over a channel navigable by small craft Tons of explosive would be required to make it impassable to enemy troops and mechanized transport attempting to reach the island Some 13 miles from the cause way head is the great Singapore naval base bristling with Ion range coast artillery cmplaccd tc defend the island against attack from the sea Supporting their drive against the island the Japanese at the cost oC a cruiser and a transport hit by British planes have landed a strong force on the east coast of Malaya There were reports also of new Japanese landings on the west coast Churchill Pledge Stirs Mixed Feelings By C YATES McDANIEL SINGAPORE IP Suburban Singapore underwent another bombing Wednesday when 27 Japanese planes swiftly loosed their cargoes then veered into the clouds Meanwhile as the fighting lines 50 miles above Johorc straits swayed even closer to this city Prime Minister Churchills declar ation in London Tuesday that imperial forces would fight to the last inch in Malaya but that more bad news may be in the offing stirred mixed feelings here Military observers and the polygot population of Singapore could not help but recall that similar pledges of last ditch fights preceded the loss of Nor way Greece and Crete Nevertheless they welcomed the prime ministers disclosure that considerable reinforcements had reached Malaya Although Churchills determina tion is shared by the people of Singapore island they cannot for get that the last inch ot the mainland is separated from this stronghold by only half a mile of water at the narrowest part And like Hongkongs Singa pores big guns arc turned the other the sea Bagley Candidate for ReElection W G C BAGLEY CITES RECORD AS TREASURER Uncovers Gas on Which Tax Had Not Been Paid Netting State of Mason City Wednesday an nounced his candidacy folf re election to the office of treasurer of slate I am a candidate for reelec tion upon the basis ot the manner in which I have conducted the of fice of treasurer as shown by the records of my office Mr Bagley said in his formal announcement at Des Moines During the past three years tax collections by my office were seven and onehalf million dollars more than during the previous three year period In the past year field men in my department have uncovered 818770 gallons of gasoline on which taxes had not been paid adding 525770 in taxes to the slate treasury Mr Bagley was engaged in tlie banking business in Mason Cily for many years before serving the state as treasurer At Mason City he also served 22 years as a mem ber of the school board 16 years as president He is married and has three children is a member of the various Masonic bodies Elks Moose Maccabees Odd Fellows Woodmen and Ben Hur lodges IS INDJCtEOFOR SLAYING SISTER Charge Against Brother at Kansas City Follows Weeks of Inquiry KANSAS CITY W Welsh II 28 was indicted by a county grand jury Wednesday on a charge of slaying and mutilating his pretty 24 year old sister Leila Adele Welsh in her bedroom last March The weeks of investigation was drawn by the attorney generals office at Jefferson City and re lurncd to Circuit Judge Marion D Waltner Her brother was summoned be fore the jury for questioning when he returned here from California for the Christmas holidays Soon after the slaying he had told officers that he slept on a divan in the living room near his sisters bedroom the night of the murder The Welsh slaying has been one of Kansas Citys most baffling mysteries An abundance of clues led investigators through a maze of conflicting channels TANKER IS SUNK ON EAST COAST 29 MEN SAVED Authorities Hope Another Boat May Have Eluded Sub NORFOLK Va W Twelve survivors and the body of at least one crew member of tlie torpedoed tanker Francis E Powell have been landed at Chincoteaguc and will be brought to Norfolk Wednes day afternoon the fifth naval dis trict announced Wednesday This accounted tor at least 3ft of the Francis E Powells nor mal complement of 32 min The tanker was torpedoed off the east coast early Tuesday and 37 seamen were brought ashore at Lewis Del Tuesday night Coast guardsmen picked up eleven of the survivors and one body naval officers said while an additional survivor and an other body were brought in by fishermen Although loss ot the 7096 ton Powell brought to eight the num ber ot ships sent to the bottom by marauding axis submarines off the V eastern seaboard the Winant Says U S Seeks Army of 7 Million LONDON 7P United Slates Ambassador John G Winant told a national defense luncneon Wed nesday that the United States plans lo recruit an army of 70DO 000 men another attacked tanker increases hope it might have escaped The navy reported that noth ing had been heard from the Pan Maine 7236 ton tanker with a normal complement of 40 since it flashed Tuesday afternoon that it had been attacked This gave rise to a belief that it may have eluded the enemy a spokesman said The torpedo burst into the Powell shortly after 1 a m C S T Tuesday It just broke her back said Second Assistant Engineer Carol M Walker of Philadelphia No effort was made to finish her oft As far as f know she could stii be afloat He was one of 14 who hurriedly scrambled into iVo 4 lifeboat A short distance from the ship they picked up three others Captain T J Harrington of Bal timore was among the missing Walker said the submarine it was too dark to distinguish its na tionality surfaced as they pulled away circled but didnt molbest the lifeboat Report Sub Not Long Range Type AN EASTERN CANADIAN PORT Belief that a German submarine mother ship had re leased a pack of Uboats off the North American east coast was expressed Wednesday by sur vivors of a Norwegian tanker and a Greek freighter sunk in the western Atlantic with a possible loss of 51 lives The chief officer of the freigh ter said the undersea boat which attacked his ship was not a long range submarine It must be operatirfg he said from a mother ship in the western At lantic S Two hours after the attack the submarine came to the surface and approached the lifeboat The chief officer of the freigh ter said its commander asked the name of the ship he had sunk then asked in precise English whether the survivors needed anything He tossed them two packages of cigarets and some biscuits and then left them Sub Sighted 15 Miles Off Texas Coast CORPUS CHRIST Tex Capt Alva Bernhard commander jf the ilaval nir station here said Wednesday that a submarine German had been sighted about 15 miles from Port Aransas Wednesday morning and there was a probability that an other was nearby Planes and ships from the sta tion are now scelcing Ihe craft he said The submarine s doubtlessly German and it probably sneaked in during the night with the in tention of attacking oil tank ers Bernhard said The submarine ivas sighted by a naval air stalion plane on pa Irol Bernhard said It is possible that the second submarine is also in the vicinity since it is known that they have been operating in pairs elsewhere and shortly after the submarine was sighted a smoke bomb ap peared out of the water 4 miles soutu of it Smoke bombs released by submarines rise in the air similar to a rocket before settling back in the water They frequently are used by submarines as a distress signal The captain was unable lo ac count for the smoke bomb other than through the possibility ofits indicating a second craft Bernhard said tlie submarine was spotted by a patrol plane at oclock Wednesday morning Patrol planes from the station lie disclosed arc palrolline an area extending 250 miles north of the border cast of Corpus Chrisli While on patrol duty the offi cers in the planes give navigation instructions to students Bernhard said the plane reported the sub marine and thai lie directed it to maintain contact with the un dersea vessel The navy plane was unarmed he said It evidently frightened Ihc submarine because it submerged1 Bernhard said 6 JAP PLANES ARE DESTROYED American Volunteers Engage in Dogfight East of Rangoon Tt A N G O O N Burma Yankee volunteer flyers achieved another airfighting miracle east of Rangoon Wednesday when in a daylight dogfight they destroyed six Japanese tighter planes by un official count probably destroyed six more and damaged nine others of a disrupted formation of 37 The American fighters returned lo their base without suffering any casualties Unofficial reports said that a formation of RAF bombers in flicted heavy damage in a raid Tuesday night on Bangkok capi tal of Japaneseoccupied Thailand TRAINED IN MOUNTAINS SALT LAKE CITY UPJ The army revealed Wednesday Uiat it is training combination parachute and ski troops in the snowclad mountains near Salt Lake City F R Names Hurley to New Zealand Post WASHINGTON nom ination of Patrick J Hurley sec retary of war in the Hoover ad ministration lo be minister to New Zealand was submitted to the senate Wednesday by Presi dent Roosevelt It was assumed that Hurley already had reached his post since the white house had announced hat the nomination was being withheld until he was safe in New Zealand Buy your defense savings stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy or at the GG business office Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Warmer Wednes day afternoon and Wednesday night IOWA Not much change in tem perature Wednesday afternoon or Wednesday night except slightly warmer in west and central portions Wednesday night MINNESOTA Slightly warmer Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night Moderate lo fresh winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 36 Minimum Tuesday night 21 At 8 a m Wednesday 21 YEAR AGO Maximum 23 Minimum 2 TRAP WAS SET BY DUTCH FOR INVASION FLEET Japanese Losses in Macassar Straits Continue to Mount By UOGEK D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Giant American fourmotor bombers smashing anew at a Jap incse invasion armada in Macassar strait sank a big transport set iiother afire and straddled a cruiser with sticks of bombsit was officially announced Wednes day Pounding home Japans greatest naval disaster ot the war United States flyers thus boosted to at least 36 the number of Japanese ships sunk or damaged in a five day battle Macassar strait the roadway to Java headquarters of Gen Sir Archibald P Wavells united na tions command lies between Dutch East Borneo and Celebes island An N E I communique acknowledged that the Japanese had apparently occupied the burnedout oil center otBalikfa panEast Borneo portoh Macas sar strait II was apparent however thai the invaders had been lured into a deadly trap set hy the Dutch more than a ucek ago when they announced that Balik Iapans great oil fields had been destroyed and implied that land defenses had been withdrawn In accepting the invitation1 Ihe Japanese armada unwarily sailed into a hornets nest of al lied submarines bombers and surface warcraft No immediate estimate was available on the loss of Japanese lives which presum ably ran into the thousands While the Dutch listed only 30 Japanese troopships and warships sunk or badly damaged American accounts put the fiveday toll at 35 including a battleship Dispatches from Batavia did not disclose whether the battle in the shark infesied strait still continued after Tuesdays smashing blows by United States bombers Japanese fighter aircrafl which attempted to intercept our bomb ers were roughly handled Gen Wavells headquarters said Tuo were shot down and one was dam aged The Dulch also conceded Joss of communication with the cily of Kendari on the southeast coast of Celebes island but declared that strong resistance was exerted against the invaders there N E 1 planes again bombed the airdrome and storage yards at Japaneseheld Kuching capital of the White Rajah kingdom of Sarawak part of British Borneo it was announced Japs Land Troops at Subic Bay WASHINGTON forma tion of eight heavy American bombers sank a large Japanese transport at Balik Papan and scored a direct hit on a cruiser there during the battle of Macas sar straits The war department announced the action Wednesday adding that one of the bombers was lost dur ing the attack Balik Papan is a port on the east coast of Borneo in the Nether lands Indies The transport was sunk in the river there but the cruiser was outside the harbor In the Philippines Vo depart ments communique said the en emy landed a small number troops in the Subic bay area but enemy air activity was limited to reconnaissance flights and there was virtually no ground activity on the Batan peninsula The text ot the communique based on reports received up to a m Eastern Standard Time Wednesday Philippine theater There was practically no ground activity on the Batan pen insula Tuesday The enemy   

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