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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 31, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT H ISTO DES COMP VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL ilVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JANUARY 31 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 97 RITISH BLAST SINGAPORE BRIDGE ortress Starts Japs Attack Amboina Island REPORT ITALIAN RRTRAFFICTO BE CURTAILED ThirdHand Dispatch Hints Possible Axis Maneuvers Soon By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A hint of possible axis maneu vers to challenge British control of the Mediterranean on an un precedented scale was contained in a third hand report Saturday that passenger train service will be sharply curtailed in Italy Sun day Tlie report came through Ex change Telegraph a British news agency from Zurich Switzerland and quoted Home dispatches Restrictions on civilian rail way traffic have frequently at tended large troop movements within the lands dominated by Adolf Hitler British intelli Rente work already has dis closed an unusual concentration if German planes in southern Italy Mobilization aimed at knocking Malta out of the war would be a logical development of axis strat egy following the surprise suc cesses of Field Marshal Gen Er win Rommel in recapturing Ben gasi and driving back the British from other newly won Libyan bases Malta a fortified island lying between Cicily and the Tripoli aimvpKthe obviously is to neutralize the rqck sheltered nayai arid air bases Britishfighang men there On Jhe Russian recap ture of 46 more villages and lowns ivas reported by the red army In its drives against Ger man winter lines in the center and south The Germans while officially dismissing nazi wiflidrawals as inconsequential adaptations to Arctic fighting conditions broad cast warnings from Berlin to Europeans on what a Russian conquest would mean A London Daily Mail dispatch from seat of a Span ish government cooperating pas sively with Berlin said Adolf Hitler had withdrawn all his ac tive divisions from France Bel gium and Holland and replaced them with armies of occupation made up of boys from 16 to 18 and men over 40 This account of course may be intended to lure the allies into maWng a prema ture invasion attempt from the west Hitler proposes to use the active divisions as a nucleus of reserves for a spring campaign the dis patch said PLANES ATTACK NEW GUINEA Australians Announce 11 Airships Raided Bulolo Halamaua SYDNEY Japa nese planes attacked Bulolo and Halamaua on the island of New Guinea at midday Saturday Wai Minister Francis M Forde an nounced There were no further details Heavy Rain Saves Allied Convoy With Help for Singapore LONDON fPi A report re ceived by the army said Saturday that a heavy rainstorm recently saved a large allied convoy which since has arrived at Singapore carrying planes troops and ma terials Sixty Japanese planes the report said appeared men acingly and it looked as if just as were ready to swoop down the heaviest rainstorm in weeks broke and the ships were blotted out JUDGE TRIES TO HELP PROVp Utah M B Pope is just trying to help things along He ordered a motorist wno pleaded guilty to a drunk driv ing charge to enlist in the armv Jf he wanted to avoid a 30 day jail term Causcivayconnecting Johore and Singapore island FIFTH FRONT IS Defeni OPENED IN EAST INDIES BY JAPS British imperial forces Saturday withdrew from the Malayan peninsula and tightened Singapores defenses for a siege of Japanese invaders The causeway connecting Johore and Singapore island was breached JAP PRISONERS TAKEN BY U S MacArthur Prepares for Great New Drive by Nippon Forces Douglas MacArthur reported Sat urday his AmericanFilipino de fenders of the Batan peninsula in the Philippines had frustrated de termined enemy attempts at infil tration through the lines in the past 24 hours The war department said in a morning communique that some Japanese prisoners were taken Fighting on the peninsula fresh enemy troops have been arriving amid apparent Japanese preparations for re sumption of a large scale offen sic was said in the commu nique to have been only sporadic in nature Virtually no hostile air activity uas noted The communique number 85 of tlfe war based on reports received up to a m eastern standard time said I Philippine theater There was sporadic fighting on the Batan peninsula during the past 24 hours Determined enemy attempts at infiltration through our lines were frustrated Some Japanese prisoners were taken Practically no hostile air ac tivity was noted 2 There is nothing lo report from other areas Contemptuously ignoring a demand for surrender he gen eral held his American and Filipino troops alert for a great new Japanese offensive He gave no indication of where he ex pected the full weight of the attack but Ms statement Fri day that it was coming paral leled the predictions he had made on the eves of other major Batan engagements The temper of his warriors as the zero hour approached was shown in a communique issued late Friday It told how General MacArthur and his troops paid no attention to demands for surrender in a Japanese airforce leaflet raid of Jan 10 and how a new Japanese appeal Friday directed at Fili pino troops occasioned much mirth among the Filipino sol diers who are continuing their resistance with loyalty courage and resolution Buy your defense savings stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy or at the GG business office Iowa Basketball Finals to Be Held at Drake Fieldhouse High School Athletic Association Sets Site for March2628 Play DES MOINES 1942 state championship high school basketball tournament will be held at the Drake university field house here the board in control of the High School Athletic as sociation announced Saturday Dates for the tournament arc March26 27 and 28 The board in making the an nouncement said that it had fol lowed the wishes of a majority of the associations membership v The boards announcement said in part On the membership cards sent to the member schools of the as sociation early in September 1041 the schools were invited to give their preference as to the localion of Ihe 1942 stale lourna ment Eight hundred ninetyfive schools indicated their preference Five hundred fortyone of them 2 Iowa Brothers One in R A F Other in U S Army Hold Reunion WITH THE U S A R M Y IN NORTHERN IRELAND Iowa brothers who had not seen each other for eight months held a reunion Saturday Capl Frederick Kraschcl 28 of Harlan Iowa with the U S army force which just arrived greeted his 23 year old brother Dick Kras chel a pilot and instructor with the RAF soon after a Wellington bomber landed at the north Ireland base for U S troops Frederick is a one time lawyer and also a former flyer Both are sons of Mr and Mrs Nelson G Kraschel of Harlan Iowa Kraschel served as gover nor of Iowa from 193738 or 671 per cent indicated DCS Moines as their preference Three hundred fiftyfour or 329 per ceril indicated thai they preferred Iowa City as a site for the tour nament Again in December 1841 the schools were invited once more to express their preference as to the location of this years tournament Space was provided for this pur pose on the basketball entry card In returning these cards 840 schools indicated a preference Five hundred twentyfive of the schools or 625 per cent indicated that they preferred to have the tournament held in Des Moines whereas 315 or 375 per cent ex pressed a preference in favor of the tournament in Iowa City In conforming with the wishes of the majority of schools the board of control has made satis factory arrangements with the authorities at Drake university for the holding of the 1942 tourna ment on the court at the Drake fieldhousc Report Identity Tags to Be Issued to Pigs in Holland NEW YORK P German au thorities m occupied Belgium are going to issue identity tags to Pigs the BBC reported Saturday lo keep them from eluding live stock control Mindful that half a million pigs escaped a previous roundup in occupied Holland said the broad cast heard here by CBS the Ger mans named 6000 controllers and tried to catch the Belgian farmers unawares in a swift census Before they could make their rounds however freshly slaugh tered pork was being offered three times a day in rural districts the radio said and now each pig will have to have its identity card Iowa University Colleges Gear Plans to War Programs war rrmri ave not bcn marking time Each of them has a war program designed to enable the student lo complete his school ins a year ahead of the normal time required tomlllec nis New courses have been added to the curriculums and in manv instances od taboos have been knocked out asXiCrdSnlS 1C schons have Prepared Iowa Daily Press association articles of the programs at their schools will be Wa h thay Tue5day and Wednesday in The GlobeGazette SHEFFIELD MAN DIES IN WRECK William Nolle 70 Victim When Trucks Meet at Crossroads William Nolle 70 farmer resid ing southwest of Sheffield died from injuries received in a col lision at a crossroads in the south eastern part of Gencseo township about 11 oclock Saturday morn ing The truck driven by Nolte went into a ditch after it collided with a truck driven by Peter Sumner 22 Sumner was driving a truck owned by W J Bailey Versailles Mo Sumner was not seriously in jured according to Deputy Sheriff Cal Dwan who investigated the jicuident HIGHWAY FATALITY Persons Desiring to Pet Snakes Invited to Staten Island Zoo NEW YORK persons with 3 desire to pet snakes have been invited to Staten Island zoo Sunday Director Carol Stryker said per sistent public demands prompted the action and that its to be weekly feature There will be plenty of people who will like to handle snakes he declared and some will talk about snakes by the hour if we let them Stryker said he didnt think the reptiles would mind but if they showed signs of becoming reslcsf they would immediately be re tired to their cages Dutch Report AH Vital Points Destroyed in Amboina Vicinity BATAVIA N E I Japanese have opened a fifth from in the battle of the East In dies with a furious assault from land and sea on Amboina 1s lancl site of the second most im lOfLant naval base in this Archi iclago and the Dutch declared Saturday ihe fighting was raging everywhere This morning at a m Micmy ships and aircraft were ihelling and bombing the island ind the battle was raging every where the Netherland East In dies high command announced in i communique The high command also rc porlcj that a Dutch warship keeping up the Netherlands schedule of billing Ihe Japanese fleet and merchant ships a a oneaday clip destroyed a Japanese submarine in Indies wafers by depth charges The Dutch tersely announced that once again they had de stroyed vital points in Amboina and out on an other island the declared policy of putting to the torch or blasting their riches to keep them from falling to the Japanese Similar destruction was done to oiland otherJlemsv whenthe Japanese invaded Celebes Tarakan Island off northeast Borneo and even before tlie Japanese sailed against the im potant oil port of Balik Papan on the east coast of Borneo The Japanese also have invaded the west coast of Borneo landing troops at Pemangkat The official announcement of the high command revealed that he Dutch had shadowed for same days the Japanese convoy sent against Amboina and that on Thursday H became clear just where the attack would be made The attack began early Friday morning air attacks the communique distributee by Ane ta Dutch news service continued From a m until a m bombers protected by fighters bombed and machine gunned The Japanese succeeded in destroying a church and school building and inflicted slight damage to a ra dio station No casualties were reported An enemy transport fleet was spotted At 1 p m it was seen from Amboina All preparatory destruction of vital points in Amboina and vi cinity were ordered and immedi ately carried out In the evening the enemy licgan the real attack Al sev eral points along the coast cruis ers destroyers and transport ships were lying while on vari ous places destruction was still burning St Amboina about midway be tween Celebes and New Guinea is in the Molucca island aboul 775 miles south of Mindanao island in the Phiippincs where the Jap anese have a base at Davao and about 634 miles north of Darwin Australia The Netherlands communique paid that reports from several places in the archipelago told ol Japanese air activity Informed sources told the Anet news agency that the attack m Amboina in addition to threaten ing the naval base also was ap parently aimed at cutting the al lied supply route to Australia It was announced officially that f transport transferring German internees from the Netherlands East Indies to British territory was subjected to Japanese action which caused a great many vic tims The transport was said to be the last of a series which was tak ing nazi interned persons from these islands in accord with the war prisoners clause of the 1921 treaty of Geneva forbidding the holding of prisoners in an area of combat The entire archipelago has been declared a zone of hostilities Those interned were largely Germans who were rounded up by the Dutch here after the nazi invasion of Holland in May 1940 and were kept in a camp in South Sumatra I By C YATES McDANIEL SINGAPORE siege of Singapore began Saturday as the British commander in Malaya called on every man and woman 11 Singapore to help defend this fortress until help can come T o d a y we stand b c leaguered in our island fortress declared a state ment by Lieut Gen A I Pcrcival the British com mander w h o rose from t h c mand he army defending this 5400000000 strong lold The statement by the general ifficer commanding in Malaya declared Ihe battle of Malaya has come to an end and the battle of Singapore has started Tor nearly two months our troops have fought an enemy on the mainland who has had the ad vantage of great air superiority and considerable freedom of move ment by sea The announcement continued Our task has been to impose losses on the enemy and gain time to enable lie forces of the allies to he concentrated for this struggle in the far cast Today we stand beleaguered in our island fortress Our task is to hold this fortress until help can come as assuredly itwillcome this we are deter mined todo In carrying out thistask we want the help of every man and woman in the fortress there is work for all to do Any of the enemy who sets foot in our fortress must be dealt with immediately the enemy within our gales must be ruthless ly weeded out There must be no more loose talk and rumormonccring our duty is clear with firm resolve and fixed determination we shall win through The Japanese thus had driven 350 miles down the rich Malayan peninsula from Ihe Thai border to the doors of the great British far east base in less than iwo months of fighting in jungles swamps and mountains The British for days past have been preparing for siege clearing a milewide strip along the north ern shore facing the state of Jo hore and clamping a strict curfew on the residents of the island BRITISH FORCE RETIRES DURING NIGHT TO ISLE Question of Sending Besieged Fortress Aid Observed in Secrecy By KOGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Britains weary Malay defend ers withdrew on lo Singapore is and Snluiday destroyed the halt nile causeway to the mainland ind swore to battle Japans siege irmies until help can come Thrown back 350 miles in two nonllis of bloody jungle fighting he outnumbered Australian Brit sh and Indian imperial troops re lirccl to the island fortress under over of darkness it was an lounced officially Japanese front Hue dispatches said the Mikados armies had cizcd control of a mainland water reservoir serving the island of Singapore There seemed little immed iate danger however that Sing apore liltc Hongkong would he forced to surrender because of a water shortage With dense water catching jungles blanket in Ihe northwest section of the island Singapore has two bij impounding reservoirs as well as hidden underground supplies The question of reinforcements for the beleaguered island colony was obscured by military secrecy Prime Minister Churchill disclosed on Thursday that fresh troops and supplieshad already airivg Heres Masterpiece in Understatement by Batan Official W1 T H GENERAL MACAR THUR ON BATAN PENINSULA LUZON Jan of the masterpieces of of ficial understatement comes from H Batan province official in the thick of a fullfledged war Starting his annual report he wrote There is a little trouble in Batan which has caused some difficulty in the collection of taxes OPEN SERVICE CLUB DES MOINES Service club for recruits of the armed forces who must spend some time in DCS Moines before training units w Weather Report FORECAST SEASON CITY Colder with a few snow flurries Saturday after noon Colder Saturday night IOWA Colder Saturday aftcrnoo and in east portion Saturday night Slightly colder in wes portion Saturday night A fcv snow flurries in east portion Saturday afternoon MINNESOTA Colder extreme east continued cold central ant west portions Saturday after noon and Saturday night a few snow flurries Saturday after noon IN MASON CITY GiobcGazettc weather statistics Maximum Friday 32 Minimum Friday night 17 At E a m Suturday 17 Snow Trae YEAR AGO Maximum 34 Minimum 5 and London arfd San Francisco re ports said that a large allied con voy carrying troops planes and war supplies to Singapore had escaped attack by 60 Japanese planes when n violent rainstorm broke over ihe ships The time of the incident was not given British headquarters said the Japanese made little effort to in terfere with the overnight with drawal to Singapore island British dispatches said it was believed that all imperial forces been successfully withdrawn to Singapore island before the GO foot wide causeway was breached by the royal navy and Royal Air force Along a milewide strip al ready cleared on the north shore of the island the British ranged trench mortars machine guns and heavier weapons ready o combat an imminently expected Japanese attempt to storm across Johore strail No official explanation was forthcoming but presumably ut ter exhaustion of the hardfighting Aussics British Tommies arid Indian troops prompted the de cision lo fall back to the island rather than attempt 1 new stand on the lower lip the Malay peninsula With overwhelming superiority in the air and in mass fighting strength Japans invasion hordes apparently broke through the British defense lines 18miles north of late Fri day A Tokio broadcast said Japanese troops had hurdled Ihe lastbar rier before Johore Bahru where tlie causeway to Singapore island begins and declared they were now streaming toward Singapore over a wide highway A British possession since 1813 Singapore island is 24 miles long and 14 miles wide with the city lying on Ihe southern shore As ihe siege began Japanese warplancs droned overhead but there were no immediate rcporls of bombs falling Fridays airraid toll was 30 killed and 246 wound ed The British far east command announced that the short tausc way from he slate of Johore to the island was breached with tlie aid of the royal navy and Ihe Royal Airforce after Hie withdrawal of the British Australian and Indian soldiers had been effected Friday night The front Friday had across the peninsula roughly 18 to 40 miles above Johore strait The half mile causeway ran from Johore Bahru the first rail wayslalion on the peninsula after leaving the island lo the northern shore of the heavily fortified stronghold 335 ARE ENROLLED DES MOINES group of men Snd women have en rolled in n governmentsponsored radio technician course at Drake I university   

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