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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 25, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF H I S T 0 ft Y AND COUP VOL XLVII1 ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25 1942 ALLIED PLANES SINK 3 TRANSPORTS California Guns Fire at NO BOMBS ARE DROPPED FROM CRAFT IN SKY Speculation Is Heard That Enemy Blimp May Have Made Flight LOS ANGELES craft guns thundered over the metropolitan area early Wednes day for the first time in the war but hours later what they were shooting at remained a military secret An unidentified object mov ing slowly down the coast from Santa Monica was variously re ported as a balloon and an air plane Some observers claimed to have seen two planes over Long Beach Army intelligence although un communicative scoffed at reports ot civilian observers that as many as 200 planes were over the area There were no reports of bomb ing but several instances of dam aged property from antiaircraft shells A garage door was ripped off in a Los Angeles residential district and fragments shattered windows and tore into a bed where a tew moments before Miss Blanche Sedgwick and her niece Josie Duffy had been sleeping A Santa Monica bomb squad was dispatched to remove an un exploded antiaircraft shell in a driveway there AVaUing air raid sirens at a m PVVT awakened most of the metropolitanareas three million citizens A few minutes later they were treated to a gigantic FourthofJuly like display as huge search lights flashed along a 10mile front to the south conversing on a single spot high in the sky V Moments later the antiaircraft guns opened up throwing a sheet of steel skyward Tracer bullets and exploding shells lit the heavens Eight Japanese several de scribed by police as aliens were detained for questioning as wide spread insestigations were started into reports many of them from official civilian airraid wardens that lights suspected of being pos sible signals to the enemy were seen blinking from vantage points throughout the entire blackedout area These reports said flares were sent up singly and in series ot three to five Three Japanese two men and a woman were seized by police at the beach city of Venice on suspicion of signalling with flashlights near the pier They were removed1 o FBI headquar ters where Kicharfl B Hood local chief said at the request of army authorities we have nothing to say V A Long Beach police sergeant E Larson 49 was killed in a traf fic accident while enroute to an air raid post Henry B Ayers 63 year old state guardsman died at the wheel of an ammunition truck during the blackout Physicians said a heart attack apparently was responsible It was broad daylight before the allclear sounded at 719 a m Late homegoers and early work ers who had been flagged down by air raid wardens started mov ing Soon traffic was snarled Thous ands of Angelenos were an hour or more late to their jobs The blackout was the first cov ering the metropolitan area since the first veek of the war There were isolated instances of failure to comply with black out regulations Neon signs were left glowing inside stores Traffic signals continued to flash in some areas Radio stations went off the air with the first alert and were not permitted to resume broadcasting until a m The only private cars permitted to move were those with blackout permits and zealous wardens halted them as often as three times in a single block There was speculation mean while that the unidentified object might have been a though veteran lighlerthanair experts in Akron Ohio the na tions center of such construction said Japan was believed to have lost interest in such craft follow ing experiments soon after World war 1 These sources said inability 11ns map locates GoletaCal where a submarine pre sumably Japanese appeared and fired about 25 shells at an oil refinery near the shore The area where antiaircraft guns went into action is also shown F R Intervenes in Dispute on Surplus Grain Sale Limit to obtain fireproof helium was behind discarding of the plans Observers lent some credence to the blimp theory by pomtinjr out that the object required nearly 30 minutes to travel 20 or 25 slower than an airplane An official cource which de clined to be quoted directly told the Associated Press that U S army planes quickly went into ac tion Later however anotherof ficial said no U S craft had taken off because of possible danger from the armys own antiaircraft fire A newspaperman at San Pedro said airplanes passed over the Los AngelesLong Beach harbor area The craft were not identi fied There were no reports of any attempt to bomb this area from the air although many warvital factories shipyards and other de fense industries were on the route the object followed Although some watchers said they saw airplanes in the air semiofficial sources said they probably were the U S armys pursuits All of he action clearly spot lighted for ground observers by 20 or 30 searchlights was just a few miles west of Los Angeles proper Observers said the object ap peared to be 8000 feet or higher Firing first heard shortly after 3 a m ceased suddenly at a m after the object disappeared south of Signal Hill at the east edge of Long Beach Antiaircraft guns fired steadily for two minute periods were silent about 45 sec onds and continued that routine nearly half an hour All of Southern California from the San Joaquin valley to he Mexican border was blacked out Los Angeles doused its lights first at a m San Diego just 17 miles from the border did not receive its lights out or der until a m Unofficial sources said army of ficials at Kiverside 40 miles east of Los Angeles ordered the black out Antiaircraft batteries along the Pacific ocean engaged in a sus tained barrage and the bursts of fire could be seen in downtown Los Angeles approximately 15 miles away An air raid warden at Gardena 10 miles southwest ot Los An geles said the activity appeared to be concentrated on what lie de scribed as a big bag that looked something like a balloon He said he saw the bag torn o shreds by the gunfire settle slowly to earth Authorities at Los Angeles municipal airport told police that shrapnel fell like rain in that district As far as police could learn no bombs were dropped Says Selfish Interests Would Restrict Use m Time of Emergency WASHINGTON Roosevelt stepped directly into the senate dispute over farm prices Wednesday with a letter protesting that a pending bill rep resented selfish interests at a time the very existence of the country was at stake The chief executive in a lel ter the opening of the senate session salt that a pro posal to restrict sales of srov ernment held stocks on farm commodities would do irrepar able damage to the war effort and farmers of the country Declaring that the production of American foodstuffs was vital to allied nations the president said that the two most important needs at this time were livestock and oil producing products Expansion of production these fields would be impeded by proposed restrictions on the sale of corn wheat and other commod ities by the commodity credit cor poration he declared Mr Roosevelt pointed out that the government had taken large stocks of corn wheat and cotton off the market in past years in order to keep prices up and in sure a fair return for the farm ers He said it was generally understood that these stocks would be available in time of emergency That emergency is now upon us he declared The letter directed to Vice President Wallace opposed a pcndinjr bill that would prohibit any sales of government stocks now held by the commodity credit corporation at less than a parity price if Mr Roosevelt said thai in or order to expand the production of livestock and oil producing com modities it would be necessary to maintain a favorable ratio of prices between feed and livestock The good will created for the farmer in the past the president said should not be shattered by grasping for a few dollars in the name of the farmer Administration leaders have of fered a compromise to the farm bloc and called for a showdown vote BUILD MODEL AIRPLANES DES MOINES of model airplanes in Iowa schools as a result of government requess probably will begin next week Roy C Woolman industrial edu cation director here said The quota for Iowa is 10000 planes and 100 schools have received specifi cations for making 50 different types he added Bataan Army Successful in Local Actions WASHINGTON war department announced Wednesday that seven American pursuit planes intercepted a formation of nine Japanese bombers protected by 14 fighting planes over Java turning back the enemy craft and shooting down one Japanese bomber and one fighter plane In the Philippines the depart ments communique said small groups of General Douglas Mac Arthurs forces were uniformly successful in aggressive local ac tions as sharp encounters occurred all along the line in Bataan The text of the communique No 123 of the war based on re ports received here up to a m eastern war time J Philippine theater There were sharp encounters between our patrols and the enemy all along the line in Bataan Small elements of our troops were uni formly successful in aggressive local actions 2 Netherlands Indies A formation of 9 Japanese bombers protected by 14 fighting planes was intercepted over Java by 7 American army P40 pursuit planes and turned back Our planes shot down one enemy bomber and one fighter Four other enemy bombers and two fighters were damaged in the at tack Our planes suffered no losses 3 There is nothing to report from other areas Yank Volunteers and RAF Down 30 Jap Planes RANGOON Burma can volunteer group flyers and RAF pilots struck one of their heaviest blows at Japanese air strength over Burma Wednesday destroying 30 enemy planes and carrying out effective sweeps over enemy positions along the Sittang river front An army communique indicated that the British Imperial forces pushed back to the west bank of the Sittang river some 70 miles from Rangoon had been given a breathing spell after facing inten sive Japanese pressure and were making the most of this oppor tunity to reorganize their defenses The communique said On the southern front there has been no contact with the enemy Our troops on the Sittang river are reorganizing after heavy fighting On instructions from the gov ernor of Burma a miUtary com mander has been appointed in Hangoon to prevent looting and arson Curfew has been ordered from Wednesday night in Ran Conservation League of Wright County to Conduct Contest GOLDF1ELD The Goldfield chapter of the Wright County Con servation league has divided its group of 70 members into two groups with Leo Bartzen and Pete Lund serving as captains The two groups will compete for points with the high point man receiving 5210 in defense stamps Points will be allowed as follows New members 100 crows 30 starlings 30 horned owls 50 rats 25 grey squirrels 15 striped squirrels 10 clay bird shoot each bird 5 points and two volleyball games 50 points each REDS HAIL BIG TRIUMPH OVER GERMAN ARMY Hitler Says Nazis Prepared for Final Struggle in Spring By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Russia proclaimed a smashing new victory over Adolf Hitlers battered invasion armies Wednes day even as the fuehrer an nounced that the bitter snows of winter were melting and that he had completed preparations for the final struggle this spring Snow and frost brought to a temporary standstill the series ot victories the German army unique in history Hitler de clared in a message to riazi party followers Our enemy then hoped to in flict on the German army the fate of the Napoleonic retreat This attempt has collapsed miserably In Moscow Russians cele hrated a communique rcporl ine that the triumphant red armies had crushed Germanys 16th field army shattering three divisions and killing 12 000 troops in the Staraya Kus sa sector 110 miles below Len ingrad Slaraya Bussa had been a key German base guarding the south ern flank of the nazi armies be fore Leningrad A decisive break through by the Russians would gravely endanger the whole northern arm of the German in vasion and presumably force a hurried withdrawal of the nazi siege forces around Leningrad Soviet frontline dispatches also reported important new Russian gains during the past 48 hours on the southwest ably between Orel and Kharkov in the the slaugh ter of 2250 nazis Hitler asserted that the com spring struggle would be a settling up with that conspiracy which has hatched in the bank ing houses of the plutocrats and extended to the vaults of the Kremlin This was the Hitler who boasted last Oct 3 that the Russian army already is broken and will never rise again who blamed the weather for subsequent reverses and declared that 1942 will again be a year of great victories Bern dispatches said Russias scorched earth policy labor short age and the flight of thousands of potential workers before the Ger man army had crippled attempts to gear the economy of occupied soviet areas to that of the reich Belligerent capitals placed vary ing lights upon the explosion of a bomb rt Ankara the capital of nonbelligerent Turkey on a boulevard only about 18 yards from the strolling German ambas sador Franz von Papen and his wife The man who carried the bomb was killed Axis reports said there was a general belief in Berlin that Brit ish or Russian agents were re sponsible An Ankara dispatch to Reuters British news agency declared however that papers bearing the stamp of the German embassy had been found in the clothing of the victim Von Papen and his wife were not injured Letter 75 Feet Long Is Sent to Soldier ALBUQUERQUE N Mex Pvt IOWANS CANCEL PICNIC LOS ANGELES ani nual midwinter picnic of former I those long long lowans now living in southern I his Antigo Wis pals and runs 75 California usually attended by I feet long on adding machine more than 50000 persons has been paper postponed indefinitely at the re quest of the army command Jamse Bricc president of the Iowa as sociation announced Buy your defense savings stamps from your Globe Gazette carrier boy or at the GG business office Wilson Announces Candidacy for Nomination to Senate Governors Statement Cites Achievements as States Executive DES George A Wilson announced Wednesday that he will be a candidate for the republican nomination for United States senator in the June pri maries Elected as Iowas chief execu tive In 1038 and reelected in 1940 Governor Wilson asked for a stamp of approval on an hon est efficient and economical ad ministration He pledged his best efforts to winning the war and to the promotion of the interests of Iowa agriculture industry and labor The governors statement If nominated and elected to the United States senate I will put forth my best efforts that we may have a speedy and successful GOV GEORGE A WILSON ending of the war in which nre now engaged The war must be carded to complete victory Modern transportation and com munication have made this world too small for the cruel tvranny of the dictators to live side by side with the freedoms ive know and enjoy The republican party must not be the vehicle of ap peasers or advocates of a compro mised peace I pledge myself to the doctrine of utter defeat of our enemies It will be my conslant en deavor to do away with extrav agance and waste The defense of our country the preserva tion of our freedom should not be jeopardized by selfishness greed waste intolerance or lust for power nor should exr penditurts be made on account of political expediency The farmers of Iowa willingly toil that our nation may achieve allout production of the food that will win the war They are entitled to complete support in that patriotic effort My aim as it has always been will be to achieve and assure for the farm ers of Iowa their full share of the national income We must not permit the charting or a course which will discriminate against the producers of food Iowa has many industries which have suffered dislocation in the war effort The continuance and encouragement of these in dustries is essential to the wel fare of our people and to the prosecution of the war I cannot let the opportunity pass to congratulate he leaders and the rank and file of Iowa labor and to call he attention of the people of the state and nation to the Fact that Iowa labor stands steadfastly and loyally behind he state and na tional governments in the pros ecution of the war Iowa has been virtually free from strikes jurisdictional or o t h e r w i s c harmful to defense production Since January 1933 the state of Iowa has given a practical demonstration that the republican system of representative govern ment can operate economically yet efficiently The record of my administration as your chief ex ecutive is open to your inspection I court an investigation of it In submitting to the people of the state my candidacy for United States senator I leave to you the right to say in the June primary whether you want to put your stamp of approval on an honest efficient and economical admin istration The key accomplishments of the Wilson administration have been the slashing of state administra tive expenses and n progressive program for agriculture Wilsons campaign headquarters an nounced Properly faxes for state purposes were cut by half a S3 000000ayear reduction The states first farmtomarket road program authorized by the 1939 legislature was a Wilson ob jective Under it there have been 510000000 ot farm to market road contracts without new taxa tion Another major program was the requirement by the insurance commissioner that insurance com panies sell farms held more than five years More than 2000000 acres of Iowa farm land was sold to individual owners 85 per cent to the families on the land on longterm contracts Favorable tax legislation for rural electric associations and for grains under seal has been en acted and continuation of full homestead tax credits was as sured by making use tax revenues available for this purpose Wilsons legislative experience includes ten years as a member of the Iowa state senate He served five rejrular and one special session from 1026 to 1936 His public service lias spanned the three branches of government for he previously was a district judjrc and also served as Polk county attorney Governor Wilson was born in 1884 on an Iowa farm near Menlo in Adair county He attended a rural school and the Menlo high school and later studied at Grin nell college and took his law de gree from the state University of Iowa He is the youngest son of James H nnd Martha G Wilson the former deceased The governors mother lives in Des Moines a few blocks from the state house The governor was married to Miss Mildred Zchner in 1921 They are the parents of three sons Jame George Jr and John and or daughter Mary DUTCH REPORT HEAVY JAP AIR RAIDS ON JAVA Tokio Asserts ABCD Powers Using 1000 Planes in War Zone By KOGEK D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Allied warplanes blasting at Japans seaborne invaders were credited officially Wednesday with sinking three big enemy transports in the critical battle for the Dutch East Indies while a Tokio spokes man acknowledged that 26 Japa nese transports had been sunk or damaged to date in the far Pacific The spokesman Commander Itaru Tashiro of the naval press scetion said Japan expected even greater losses because the united nations had more than 1000 planes in the war zone and 40 to 50 submarines A U S war department bulletin said seven American P40 pursuit planes intercepted a formation of nine Japanese bombers escorted by 14 fighter planes over Java and forced the raiders to flee The bulletin snid one Japanese bomber and one fighter plane were shot down Fainother enemy bombers and two fighters were damaged without loss to the Americans Word the allies new aerial counterpunches came as imperial Tokjp headquarters asserted in an Englishlanguage propaganda broadcast that Japanese planes had delivered a mortal blow to the British and Dutch air forces with the destruction of 68 allied planes based at Java Tuesday Dutch headquarters acknowl edged bigscale Japanese raids on Ihe harbor and an airdrome near Batavia against naval ob jectives near Soerabaja and upon an airdrome near Ban doeng but said the damage was slight Tokio headquarters said Japa nese bombers also scored direct hits on allied light cruiser and two 3000ton merchant ships In London an official spokes man hinted that evacuation oE British subjects from the cm battled Indies to Australia may already have started particularly women and children who are not required locally for the war ef fort A bulletin from N E I head 9 P M Blackout of Dance Halls Proposed ROCKFORD 111 0 p m blackout of all business establish ments taverns clubs dance halls and amusement centers to con serve electricity to nid war pro duction1 was proposed by the Rock ford Christian Temperance Union to the city council Weather Report FORECAST IOWA Not much change in tem perature Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night except not so cold in extreme west por tion Wednesday night MASON CITY Not much change in temperature Wednesday aft ernoon and Wednesday night Lowest temperature Mason City 12 above MINNESOTA Nor much change in temperature Wednesday after noon and Wednesday night IN MASON CITY GlobcGa7ctte weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 31 Minimum Tuesday night in At 8 a in Wednesday YEAR AGO 10 Maximum Minimum Precipitation Snowfall CHICAGO Donald 17 confessed Wednesday that he shot his pretty 17 year old sweetheart as he kissed her in the balcony shadows of a loop the ater where they and a thousand others were watching a gangster film Sealed Lips f was kissing her BS I shot he said I had the tun in my inside coat pocket and as f kissed her I reached in and got the and shot her wasnt jealous I just loved her and I shot her Thats all He Kissed Her in Theater Balcony ut M God hes got a gun want anvomekn A 20 6 trace trace a handsome head of blond hair made the confession to Asst States Atty Leslie Curtis shortly after his high school sweetheart and victim Dorothy Broz was identified MacDonalds arrest near his suburban home ended a 12 hour search begun late Tuesday when police were called to quiet the turmoil set off in the Palace the ater when the girl screamed from the top balcony got a gun No No He shot me Dorothy died a few minutes later in the arms of a theater usher before she could identify her assailant who by his own admission had dashed over her body and out to mingle with the crowd in the theater lobby In his confession MacDonald said Dorothy had been his com panion at Morton high school dur ing the past two years Curtis commented The kid loved the girl so much he didnt want anyone else to have her Police C a p t Thomas Duffy said JIacDonald prior ID his formal confession admitted that he had planned the shooting for three days to make sure no one else would get Doro thy The youth gave a detailed ac count of malnng the date with Dorothy Monday taking her downtown on the elevated and going to the double feature the comedy Hellzapoppin and Scaled Lips MacDonald said he and Dorothy sat in the upper balcony because thats where we always sat and told of embracing the girl several times during the movies We had no words he said We had talked about marriage two years ago but had decided to wait We didnt talk about mar riage before the shooting We were just sitting there in the dark I kissed her then shot her She screamed He shot me and I ran He said he wcni home went to another double feature movie at a neighborhood theater and then went to his sisters house to spend the night Confronted with his 38 caliber revolver MacDonald pleaded with officers Thats the gun But please take it away Im afraid of it f Back in his cell the youth asked for the morning papers He clipped a picture o Dorothy from one of them quarters united nations planes sank two Japanese trans ports near Macassar southern Celebes island and a third else where and further attacked an airdrome near Japaneseoccupied Palcmbang in lower Sumatra Australia herself on guard against invasion announced that a strong Japanese war fleet had been sighted off Dili the capital of Iortujruese Timor 400 miles northwest of Australia and that Japanese parachute troops had landed near Kon Panc capital of the Dutch half of the island Japanese transports in Dili harbor however were reported afire and presumably this was a result of blows struck by the DutchAustralian garrison of the Portuguese area or united nations warplanes based on Australia or Java The Japanese gained a fooU hold in both the Dutch and Portu guese sections of Timor last week Japanese raiders who flew at 20000 feet killed one person and injured five Tuesday in dropping 70 bombs on Port Moresby southern New Guinea island out post less than 400 miles off the north tip Australia but were said to have caused no important damage to service buildings The port was attacked again Wednes day afternoon Domei Japanese news agenry fiikl warships operating against Koennng had captured a butcli freighter and a tanker The battle crisis heightened tn Burma Invaders described by the British command as fresh reinforced enemy forces had forced the defenders of the southern front to retire to the west bank of the Sittang river the last natural barrier to Kan KOOH the scmidcsortcd Bur mese capital GO miles to the southwest A German broadcast said a Japanese armada of 60 ships had landed troops and equipment from Singapore at Martaban di rectly across the bay from Ran goon British military quarters said the invaders were huriing them clvcs against imperial defense lines agai along imperial defense the Sittang river without letup f u f ferine bloody losses These quarters discounted