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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 18, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CEPA3TVENT OF f i s r j i v AN A c i c u tc i COMP THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE ALLIES BLAST JAP INVASION FLEET Yankees RED SHELL LAUNCH ATTACK A LAND POSITIONS Soviet Troops Drive Toward Poland Smash Fortified Nazi Lanes BULLETIN MOSCOW UR Russian shock troops driving westward toward the Polish border have smashed a stronglyfortified German defense line based on a series of strategic villages dis patches from the front reported Wednesday LONDON war constantly at his li ships were reported to have shelled steadily mounting tempo WASHINGTON flying fortresses scored direct hits on a Japanese invasion fleet off Java while Gen Douglas MacAr thurs Philippine defenders took heavy blows from reinforced wsrplanes and artillery on Bataan peninsula the war department reported Wednesday Indicating that MacArthurs supreme hour might be near a communique told of the landing of still more Japanese troops at Olongapo at the top of Bataan peninsula from a fairly large convoy to swell the horde of invaders MacArthur told of new Japanese warplanes and guns blasting al war most constantly at his lines in a German land positions on both ends of the long front Wednesday It problematical whether the daring bombardments still were going on Dispatches from thi front late Tuesday night said soviet warships were pound in German positions east of Sevastopol and northwest of Yevpatoriya on the west coast of the Crimea which the in vaders overran last fall The Russians were said to be vising sixinch shells and causing considerable damage Hadio Moscow reported that the Baltic fleet had bombarded Ger man positions on the Gulf of Fin land steadily for 48 hours The Oerrnans it was said were com pletely taken by surprise Ice breakers cleared a path for them they steamed up and were throw ing shells before the nazis knew There were other reports of important successes Radio Vichy Broadcast that the Russians had stormed and penetrated the ancient city of Novgorod below Leningrad A German prisoner was quoted that the enemy was about to abandon Kharkov at which Marshal Semyon Timo EhenXos armies have been ham mering for weeks Tuesday nights communique merely reported a story made monotonous by constant repetition Tuesday our troops continued of fensive operations against the enemy and continued their ad vance They occupied a number of populated places Soviet President Micbail I Kal inin told the people of white Rus sia the part of Russia nearest Ger many by radio that the hour of liberation is near Military observers here took a less optimistic view of the sit uation They said unseasonable thaws in some sections coupled with the fact that the Russians have reached stronger German lines appear o have slowed the advance to a virtual standstill in recent days The impression in London is 1hat the front is becoming more stabilized The Russians apparently are satisfied it was said with deviling the enemy by sudden thrusts here and there meanwhile concentrating their main effort toward consolidating positions im proving lines and training reserves for the German spring offensive And it was suggested the Russians may plan to utilize warm weather for a drive of their own IOWAN IS ELECTED ST PAUL E Viele Council Bluffs has been named president of the ninth district Associated Credit Bureaus of America Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Continued cold Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night Lowest tem perature Mason City 15 IOWA Continued cold Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night MINNESOTA Continued cold Wednesday afternoon and AVednesday night except not portion Wednesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 5 Minimum in night H At 8 a m Wednesday H YEAR AGO Maximum IS Alinimum J4 Ji UPON THAILAND Bitter Battle Rages Less Than 50 Miles From Burma Road BULLETIN RANGOON Burma UR Armed forces of the united na tions launched a battering counterblow against Japanese held Thailand Wednesday after enemy forces had punched their way across the BUin river de fense tine in a hitter battle that is still ragingless than 50 miles from the Burma road RANGOON Burma liuooca ang IvaiSheks veterans have sinking at the Japanese seaborne crossed the mountainous Thailand A squadron of flying fortresses forces between Java and Sum atras southeastern coast are be lieved to have destroyed two enemy transports and are known to have sunk two Japanese barges The war department com munique describing reports from the Pacific battlefronts up to a m EWT did not say whether this aerial success was the same one reported from Ba tavia in a united nations com munique The war department spoke ominously of the mounting tempo of the Japanese aerial and artillery assaults against MacArthurs out numbered forces in the Philip pines and the arrival of still more Japanese troops in Subic bay nortfi of the fighting lines There were strong indications that the Japanese reinforced by planes and troops following the fall of Singapore were about lo go all out in their attempts to drive MacArthur from the island of Luzon and back into Corregidor fortress Squadrons of enemy planes new to the Bataan battlcfront were b ombing MacArthurs troops almost constantly Jap anese guns blasted away both at the AmericanFilipino troops and at U S forts dominating the entrance to Manila bay For the second day MacArthur reported Japanese flyers bombed helpless women and children in an undefended refugee camp at Cabcaben on the southeast coast f Bataan peninsula but there was no report of the casualties MacArthurs men according to the estimates of military ob servers here ate immobilizing war machine are in the Philip pines either facing MacArthurs defenders on Bataan peninsula or policing Manila and the occu pied areas BRAZILIAN SHIP SUNK NEAR U S NORFOLK Va tor pedoes from an axis submarine sank the Brazilian passenger cargo steamer Buarque off the Virginian coast Sunday morning in the first hostile act against the South American republic since diplomatic relations were severed Jan 28 with Germany Italy and Japan The navy announced the sinking Tuesday night shortly after two rescue boats had brought in 37 survivors bring ing to 83 the number of persons saved Fortysix were landed IMonday anil the rescue boats Tuesday night brought one body leaving only one person missing from the 11 passengers and 74 crewmen aboard Walter F Shivers of New York an employe of PanAmerican Air ways said the Brazilian insignia was painted on both sides of the 5152 ton vessel with an illumi nated sign pointing to it Lifeboats had pulled only a short distance from the ship when the second torpedo struck and she sank in 30 seconds John P Dunn PanAmerican Airways construction engineer from New York related here He told how jjut iieie rie tola now quite so cold northwest portion the boats drifted all day until uvi puiikuu r a ay until Wednesday afternoon and north rescue ships summoned by navy planes arrived in the afternoon him of frontier in the norlh from Burma it was reported here Wednesday but on the southern front heavy fighting raged with the gravity of the situation hourly becoming manifest The Japanese following handtohand combat with In dian troops forced a night crossing of the shallow Bilin river a communique said Wed nesday and the British front was vaguely described as some where between the marshy Sit tang and Salween rivers The Sittang river at the tip ot Martaban gulf Is only about 20 miles from the railsvay which cdn Chinas Burma road or about 30 miles nearer than the parallel Bilin The possibility was increasing almost hourly that the Japanese would attempt to use their sea and air power to make chance landings of troops on the Rangoon delta in a direct assault upon this port which supplies the Burma road The communique said a re port as yet unconfirmed says farther north Chinese Iroops have crossed Iho Thai frontier and are fighting toward Chiengmai ter minus of the railroad running north from Bangkok Chiengmai SOD miles north of Bangkok Thailand capital has been converted into a Japa nese base in northern Thailand Tiie forbidding mountainous territory however slows com munications and possibly pre vents a more positive report Previously thousands of Chi nese troops reported moving through the steep passes of the frontier area had their first en counter with Japanese patrols several days ago Such an offensive would be the first land attack by any of unit ed nations forces on territory held by Japan One purpose of such a thrust would be lo relieve pres sure on the British along the Bilin On the vital southern front where the Burma road was threatened the communique said that the Japanese attacked Tuesday on the British left flank and that handtohand battles resulted In a fierce counterattack by In dian Gurkhas the Japanese were driven back but under the cover of darkness Tuesday night the Japanese crossed the Biiin river in small boats at several places Fighting was raging all night Tuesday night and was still con tinuing Wednesday morning Our forces are holding their positions and fighting strongly the com munique said tersely In this battling which evidently was on the largest scale yet on the Burma front the allied air forces were striking back strong Bombers based in Burma struck successfully at a Japa nese airdrome in northern Thai land Tueday and also inflicted damage on Japanese troops and supply stores along the Salween and in the Martalian area The Royal Indian Air Force partici pated in reconnaissance Wednes day morning Rangoon had an air raid alarm of three quar ters of an hour but no bombs were dropped The target of the RAF raid was identified unofficially as Three women and a five year uuumciany as im is npvWi i i mi everyone interviewed wanted to airborne Thai infantrymen for election lalk about how the little boy took new thrust into central Burma except seasickness ovnnrvnt These sources said the attack He didn t even want a jelly des was carried out by a sronbomb sert upon landing because it re cr force under fighterplane es rtllnriort n i n F W3VGS fort 4 New Navoi Giant Poised for Launching SYDNEY Australia icaling to the united nations to ake the offensive search out the and fight Lieut Governor Hubertus Van Mook of the Neth erlands East Indies declared Vednesdoy that the policy of constantly retiring lo prepared positions could lead to a position n which the allies might lose the Well fight in the Nether lands East Indies as long as humanly possible said thevslhf VedUl6 battleship Alabama was poised on tie wajs at 1 oitsmoutli Va as workmen and the launching crowd waited for the last chocks to be knocked out to send her into the water at the navys Norfolk hipvard The n aimoatT 5pMd the fhSt baltlcshi there Jessie M Parker Announces Candidacy for Superintendent Lake Mills Woman to Seek ReElection on Republican Ticket LAKE MILLS M Parker of Lake Mills Wednesday announced her candidacy for a second term as Iowa superinten dent o public instruction She is n republican No other republican thus fa has announced for the office May E Francis of Waterloo onetime republican state superintendent is the only aspirant in the field for the democratic nomination Continued advancement of public education has been and will be my goal Miss Parkers an nouncement said Iowa has long had that proper appreciation of education which must be one of the cornerstones oi civilization We must maintain our leader ship not only for the benefit of the children of today but of the chil dren and the civilization of morrow The term is four years and the salary is S4500 Miss Parker attended Iowa State Teachers college and is a graduate of Des Moines univer sity She served as a teacher and principal of the Lake Mills high school and as Winncbago couniy superintendent of schools Later she was state supervisor of rural schools in the stale department of public instruction She was elected in 1938 suc ceeding Miss Agnes Samuelson as state superintendent The office is the only elective post in the state government not taken over by the democrats during Ihcir 38 period of control They JESSIE M rAKKEP SUCCUMBS AT 101 INDEPENDENCE tff Air Mary Degreif Mcffert lOI Bu chanan countys oldest resident died here Tuesday British Operate in Wide Area of Libyan Front No Axis Seen CAIRO fighter patrols and mobile columns pro tected by fighter planes arc oper ating over a wide area of the Libya front without encountering axis forces the middle eastern command said in a communique Wednesday The British operations were said to have been carried out south west of Dcrna on a general line from Tmimi to Mekili DAIRY INSPECTOR DIES ST PAUL Minn services will be held Thursday for Mathias J Smiek state dairy and food inspector for 30 years Smisek died at his home here NOTED WRITER TERHUNE DIES Authors Simple Stones of Dogs Won World Fame POMPTON LAKES N J Albert Piyson Terhune whose simple stories about clogs won him international fame died Wednes day at the age of B9 He had been in ill health two years Once a robust character six fee two inches and weighing 230 pounds Terhune drove himsel relentlessly until he was 64 Then he retired Death came at Terhunes estate Sunnybank where he lived with the collies he made famous anc which in turn brought him tame The Hicre estate flanked bj U S highway 202 and Pompton lake about 10 miles northwest ot Paterson was one of Terhune prides Fear that he might lose in his old age was a reason he gave for his long hours of work Even after his retirement he kcp up a syndicated newspaper col umn He described himself as a hack writer and the first ghost writ er He turned out 30 motion pic lure stories dnbbleci in rnusii traveled widely collected an tiqucs But the collies he raised manj of them bine ribbon winners wer his prime interest And dogs lik Bruce and Lad became th concern ot thousands of readers Farmer in Plymouth County Fatally Hurt AKRQN Funeral service will be held at Sioux City Thurs day for Reuben R Taguc 43 Plymouth county farmer who w killed Monday when his car we into a ditch 12 miles southeast here when he was Akron lo register for the draft cnrome tc o Attack Van Mook arrived in Sydney tVednesday from the United Slates where he had conferred on coopevation in the Pacific with officials in Washington have been faced with the wospect of having to fight alone it long that if we have to do il jerhaps it would not be such a jreal shock the Dutch official at a press conference The thing that shocks us Is that if we are beaten il might mean more than the defeat of lie Netherlands East Indies If the Japanese get the Nether lands East Indies I think there is a good chance that they will not go straight on toward Australia but would swing in to help the axis win the war by moving against the middle east and Rus ia I think they would confine themselves to nuisance raid against Australia but Australia may depend on it that the Japa nese would deal with her latei on The Japanese are using ships recklessly I think we could emulate them Speaking of his trip to the United Slates lie raid fie had not found any nnderestimalion of the Pacific war in America It ha taken Americans hue to awaken to its implications lie added hul now heir attention is turning more to Ihe Pacific than to Eu rope They and their president arc convinced of the value of attack he said Theyll go about things in a very American and very dras tic way in the next few months swinging over entirely to war pro ductions He predicted that if Japan did not attack Russia then Russia would attack the Japanese FIGHTERS BRING DOWN 4 ENEMY PLANES Enemy Bomber Strikes at Island of Timor Java Awaits Assault BATAVIA N E I APV American fighter planes mid bombers aiding in the all important battle for Ihe Dutch East Indies have struck damaging blows at Japanese aircraft and inva sion forces in southern Su matra the allied southwest Pacific command announced Wednesday Indies defense forces meanwhile brought down five enemy bombers out of a force of 21 planes which attacked the vital united nations naval base at Soer abaja in two waves Wednes day morning The news agency Aneta reported the raid did little damage to the base and caused only a few casualties The alarm last ed an hour and threequar ters A squadron of U S fighters was credited with bringing down four Japanese planes without los tothemselves in an attackon an enemyheld airdrome presurnably in the area around the Dutchde stroyed oil center of Palembang which lies only 270 miles north west of the Indies capital of Ba tavia Dutch bombers which he American plnnes apparently were Des Moines Students Buy Defense Stamps DES MOINES re ported that Des Moines public school pupils are purchasing an average of S1211 worth of defense stamps weekly shot down two more Ihe communique re protecUn Japanese porled In raids on Japanese shipping nsi AmcrioanDutcJi bomber forcewas said to have sunk one large transport scored hits on two others and rained destruc tion on a fleet of troopladen liargcs This latter report appeared lo amplify Tuesdays communique from the Dutch high command in which Dutch bombers were cred ited with one dircit nil on a trans port and a probable hit and a nearmiss on another While n Japanese assault on the stronghold island ot Java was ex pected momentarily an enemy bombing plane struck far lo the cast ot this Dutcli East Indies nerve center in a raid on Kocpang c Japanese planes possibly in a preliminary to the ex pected direct assault on Java heart of the Dutch East indies bombed and machine gunned several of the small islands m the narrow Sunda strait which separates Java from Sumatra In a raid on a Japaneseheld air field at Palembang south Sumatra oil center Dutch bombers shot down two Japanese fighter planes Palem bang had fallen to the Japanese invaders apparently com ing from Borneo after the citys oil stores had purposely been fired Palembang is 260 air miles broken line from Batavia Javanese capital   

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