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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 13, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT HIST03Y DES Of THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS CITY IOWA FRIDAY A F AND RUSSIANS BATTER NAZIS U RaidJapHeldAirdromes in New Guinea SIGHTED NEAR SOLOMON ISLES Enemy Naval Force in New Threat to U S Supply Line By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE Japans most advanced invasion spearhead ap parently blunted momentarily on the northeast New Guinea coast was reported officially Friday to have stabbed off at a tangent into the Solomon islands in a new threat to the supply line from the United States and to the island bridge toward Nesv Zealand The move was disclosed in an Australian air force commun ique which said a Japanese naval force was seen three days ago off Kessa on tiny Buka island stepping stone from New Britain to the Solomons Smashing at the bases the Jap anese would need either lor a thrust against Australia or south east along the island chain the RAAF bombed the Japaneseused airfield at Gasmata on new Brit ains south coast Thursdav A communique said al our tombs fell in the target area and columns of smoke rose from the ground It added that Japanese lighter planes were beaten off one was damaged and the raiders returned safely with their am munition almost exhausted There was no definite indica tion whether the Japanese landed atrBuka but it was recalled that several times earlier Japanese planes have scouted and bombed Bougainville and other Solomon islands stretching southeast to ward the New Hebrides and New Zealand These possibilities were fore seen the Japanese strategy might call for a sweep south east toward New Zealand to es tablish a screen of island bases between Australia and the United States before attempting invasion of the Australian con tinent the move was a feint un dertaken only to mask a devel oping onslaught probably from New Guinea nr Timor directly against Hie longbleak reaches of the north or northwest coasts of Australia However indications that the invaders were making ready to use the mountainsplit jungle covered island of New Guinea as a big battle base were seen from EAAF reconnaissance reports that the Japanese were working at top speed to establish lighter plane stations along the northeast coast where they won footholds at Lae and Salamaua Yanks Bomb Salamaua Lae Points WASHINGTON O The war department reported Friday that five American army heavy bomb ers destroyed five enemy planes in a raid two days ago on Japa neseheld airdromes at Salamaua and Lae in New Guinea A communique said all build ings were destroyed heavy damage inflicted on runways and a direct hit made on a pier in the harbor of Lae All the American bombers escaped damage in the fight with a formation of Japanese pursuit planes which suffered the loss of five craft A spokesman said the raid pre sumably was among those re ported in dispatches from Austra lia but the results of the air at tack were believed new Meanwhile the situation on the Bataan fighting front in the Philip pines was reported unchanged For five consecutive days follow ing the disclosure that Lieut Gen Tomoyulu Yamashita had been shifted to command of the invad ers in the Philippines military ac tivity has been at a virtually com plete halt on the besieged Philip pine peninsula Whatever plans the Japanese might have had for quicklywon broader control of the island coast were declared however to have been disrupted by the hard aeria blows of British and American bombers The lack of communications on the island and its virtually impassable stretches of escarp ments and jungletangled val leys also will play a part in disrupting the Japanese time table No single road connects the Japanesewon beachheads with the bases of Australian forces in key stations on he is land The Australian radio heard by CBS said a war correspondent of the Melbourne Argus reported that Australian guerrilla forces still were in action against the Japanese on the northeast coast and were carrying out valuable An air torce spokesman said that so far the only Japanese fleet known to be within strik ing distance of Port Moresby on the south coast was the one at Salamaua Destruction of seven ships there in the air altack last Tuesday has been reported in an Australian communique giv ing the RAAF also in a Washington communique saying American heavy bomb ers sank the vessels Between those two versions lies a story of official confusion which cannot be fully explained at present There is no desire by Australia to seize whole credit for the Sala maua raid although the RAAF did share in the exploit However for reasons known in Washington the commonwealth air ministry was unable to men tion American participation in its communique GORMAN BOY PULLED FROM WILLOW CREEK Prompt action by Clayton JacksonyI5Monroe sou Hi west and the Mason City fire de partment saved the life of Jay Gorman zy years of age when he was rescued from Willow creek after lie had drifted with rapidly running water for nearly a block No one knows how he fell into the creek but he was first seen by an elderly man who was crossing fhc bridge on First street southwest about 2 oclock Friday afternoon rollingover and over in the water The man rushed to the De ermnn Electric office nearby for issistance In the meantime Mr Jackson who was driving to his home saw the child stopped his car and plunged into the river to rescue the boy as he reached the bridge Mrs Howard Gorman 403 West State street mother of the boy soon arrived at the scene and said she had left the boy play ing with a playmate in their front yard a block away only a few minutes before that Firemen were called to the scene and began working on the boy immediately with a resuscitator The boy showed signs of life shortly after firemen began work ing and a physician arrived soon after that By oclock the boy was cry ing lustily and the physician hat prodaimed him out of danger BULLETIN WASHINGTON UR The senate military affairs commit tee Friday unanimously ap proved a bill increasing the base pay of enlisted men and the lowest rank officers in all of the armed forces India a Nation of Riches INDIA BOMBAYS POPULATION 3S3oaoooo This Central Press map shows how the great mineral distributed throughout tliat rich land goal of Japans westward drive Defense of Australia DepeiSs Heavily on Uncle Sams Help T s Invasion DIES IN CRASH LONG BEACH Cal James W Lauck was fatally in jured m the crash of his army pursuit plane Thursday night Army officials declined to dis close his home address Buy your defense savings stamps from your Globe Gazette carrier boy or at lie GG Business office Weather Report FORECAST IOWA Occasional light rain little change in temperature Fridav MINNESOTA Occasional Ught rain in south portion somewhat warmer in north portion Friday MASON CITY Rain or snow and colder Friday afternoon and Fri day night Lowest temperature Friday night 20 IN MASON CITY weather statistics Maximum Thursday Minimum in Night At 8 a m Friday 42 34 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 42 H Mikado Fleet Given Knocks by Allied Bjmbers By DeWITT MACKENZIE Wide World War Analyst The mikados invasion fleet which is massing in New Guinea waters for an attack on Australia has suffered a nasty knock from allied least 13 ships having been destroyed empha sizing that the Japs are in a fail way to lose their shirts if they try to carry out the threat made Thursday by Premier Tojo to con quer all Australia unless it falls in line with the greater East Asia sphere United States warplanes are Playing a large part in this counteroffensive and we are rushing further aid to Australia Indeed the defense of this srrcaf continent will depend heavily on Uncle Sam for while Australia has the cour ace and magnificent fighting men she lacks the equipment and especially the air service upon which the conflict must turn In view of our effort heie and our other wovhl wide commit ments in India from which Tojo says the last vestige of Brit ish power is to be struck in Eri trea where we are establishing a great base tor cooperation with the British and in the British Isles themselves this seems a ood spot to answer an inquiry from some of my readers They have written to demand with more vigor tiian logic why t is that Uncle Sam is fighting to defend the British empire when John Bull himself is allowing it to slip away from him bit by bit why dont we look after our own ntcrcsts and let the look after theirs tn short Am I my brothers keeper Well in the first place tlial query has a faulty premise We arent expending an ounce of war effort which isnt needed to safeguard our country and our homes Looking at it from tile standpoint of pure selfintcresl we are busy saving our own skins Uncle Sam and John Bull are two men in a boat on a slormy sea and if one goes under so does the other is no place in which we can isolate ourselves Tiie front lines for our home defense lie overseas Hitlers min ions made that plain to us Thurs day when Berlin bragged that the axis has sunk 823200 tons of shipping in American and Central American waters since we entered the war And the Japs have pointed the thing up for us plain ly enough by bombarding our California coast from a subma rine When we help our good friends the Anzacs we are cre ating a base which will help us defeat the Japanese and there by not only protect our west coast and island possessions but compel the Nipponese to keen the door of the orient open to our trade We are sending tech nical aid to India and the rea son for hat is to bolster the British and Russians by increas ing Indias war production and al the same time to create a harrier which will prevent Hit IcrancI he mikado from con soMaliiiK their forces to over run he whole wnrld When we send troops and equipment to Europe and the mid dle east we certainly arc helping Britain and Russia and all the rest of our allies But it happens that Europe is our first line o defense against Hitler to keep him from striking at the western nemisphere Should he defeat Russia and Britain he most cer tainly would move against us So theres no such easy solu tion of this world upheaval as long as we just mind our own business and let others take care of themselves We are our broth er s keeper these liays and my contacts throughout the country indicate that tins is the majority way the of Americans want Of course apart from the fact that we have to make war way we are doing whether the wish it or not a good many of u like to feel that we arc indeed fighting for John FARM SUPPLY MEASURE GUT WASHINGTON OPjThe house tentatively slashed 000 irom the agriculture appropria ons bill Friday cutting in half deed Bull and little Holland and Greece and all our other friends who have been caught in this mess The good neighbor policy js a much happier outlook on life especially since his world of ours has shrunk to llalul the bize of an apple where there mcasur the allotment for administrative expenses and grants in the farm rehabilitation program The action on the reduction largest single cut thus far in the farm supply came on a teller vole of 142 to 11 as President Kooscvclt was reported reliably as considering a veto of the entire DESERTERSWHO KILLED F B I AGENT CAUGHT Fugitives From U S Army Captured After Gun Fight in Virginia ABINGDON Va army deserters who shot and killed one FBI agent and wounded another seriously were captured in an abandoned house on the outskirts of Abingdon Friday afternoon More than a thousand federal state and local officers sur rounded the house and a num ber of shots were exchanged before tear gas forced the sol diers ouf The fugitive pair were captured only a few hours after on agent who sought to arrest them fell dead and his companion wounded under a hail of pistol fire that be gan in an allnight cafe in his southwest Virginia town Agent Hubert J Treacy Jr 28 was shot to death and Charle L Tignor 29 was wounded fiv times They were attempting ti arrest two soldiers from For Oglethorpe Ga Charles J Lovelt 21 and James Evans Testerman The soldier pair who blazed away as soon as the agents iden tified themselves in the all night cafe had been sought since Thursday when according to H I Bobbitt special agent in charge of the Richmond FBI office they stole a supply ol pis tols and from the lort kidnaped a taxi driver and escaped into Tennessee The driver of the taxi was re leased at Cleveland Tenn anc the men drove on to Abingdon where Treacy and Tignor tippec by the Nashville FBI office were on the lookout Wallace Ford another agent said Treacy was killed instantly and Tignor was wounded in the in the cafe as the men sti n army uniform ran out Tignor giving chase fell oh the stree with four bLillet wounds in hii chest Ford said ihc pair each Iiofd ing two pistols attempted to commandeer a car owned by Andy Hiltnn of Abingdon but Town Policeman Troy Combs jammed his machine into Hil tons Combs exchanged jrun fire with the men as they fled The men attempted to take over another car driven by Mrs Eliza jeth Kreger but she pulled the out and tossed them across he street The soldiers then ran off in the lirection of Lebanon and through Hit Friday morning wore the ob ects of an intensive search hroughout southwest Virginia All state rooucrs in the area were mobilized immediately and they were joined by G5 local officers attending an FBI school at nearby Bristol W H Murphy chief of the FBI office in Knoxville said there that the pair beat a Fort Ogle thorpe sentry severely before commandeering the taxicab The sentry was identified at Fort Oglethorpe as Sergt Clifton Hall of Rossville Ga and his condition was described as critical Friday Noted Italian Opera Singer Held in U S as Enemy Alien Ezio Pinza Locked Up in Ellis Island With Other Suspects Murphy said that both the men were privates in the third cavalry assigned to Fort Oglethorpe and gave Lovetts home address as Philadelphia T e s t e r m a ns as Clinchburg Va The FBI agent said that after beating up Hall the soldiers armed themselves with four 45 caliber revolvers nnd 100 rounds of ammunition They then held up the Chattanooga cab driver Charles F Landreth at Rossville Ga and forced him to drive them to Cleveland Tenn whore they put him out of the cab and drove on The cab was found abandoned at Sweetwater Term In Washington J Edgar Hoover FBI chief personally directed the hunt for the fugi tives from his headquarters and one of his first steps was to or der the bureaus highest rank ing investigator flown to the scene H was reported in the capital hat at least two score special agents were on the trail within a couple of hours Treacy was the 13th Gman to be killed in action He joined the FBI m April 1941 and had served n ihc Pittsburgh field office be orc being assigned o Richmond le was bom in New York City NEW YOHK Pinza basso of the Metropolitan Opera company for the last 15 years and one of the worlds great opera singers was locked up on Ellis Island Friday along with scores of suspected German Italian and Japanese fifth columnists Pinza an Italian and therefore an enemy alien played the wrong role he boasted of his friendship for Benito Mussolini The federal bureau investi gation declined to discuss the case within two weeks he will have a hearing before a local alien board and may be sent to a de tention camp for the duration Pinza 50 had lately taken out his first citizenship papers He made his debut in the United States in 132G and since then has appeared in more than 50 roles with the Metropolitan Operu com pany being particularly famous lor his performances in The Marriage of Figaro Faustand W Don Giovanni EZIO 3 New Nazi UBoats Are Sunk By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS admiralty indicated ermany is exerting force in the of the Atlantic The admiralty announced hat three German submarines re ported on Jan 3 to have been sunk m a sustained and de termined altack on a British convoy were the U131 U131 and all commissioned in The announcement said the was destroyed on the morn ing of Dec 18 1D4I by the Brit ish escort vessel Stork after he raider had attacked the convoy and sunk he former United Stales destroyer Stanley The Stanley had taken part the previous day in destruction of the 11434 The admiralty said It was worthy of note that each of these three Uboats Iiad been in commission nearly six months but the aggregate success achieved by all three consisted m sinking H M S Stanley and one merchant ship Signs of the WASHINGTON over night war orders for America Secretary Wickard instructed county and state tarm war boards to cooperate with the U S em ployment service in registering men women nnd youths for po tential farm labor Selective service announced draft registrants soon will be re quired to fill out questionnaires listing their occupational skills for possible employment in war industries The U574 was rammed by the Stork the admiralty said after her motors had been put out of action by depth charges Her commander was reluctant o bring the ship to the surface ind H is reported that heated al crcnlion broke out between the officers before the commanding officer was forced to give the order to blow the tanks declared he statement Two officers and 25 mci oul of a total of 43 aboard the U574 were saved and are now of war the admiralty said The commander identi fied as Oberlicut Zur Sec Gep nelbach was amonp tlinse lost The U131 commanded by Kor Kapitan Arcnd Baumann lad a complement of 48 officers nd men all of whom were saved he admiralty said All but two of those aboard the U434 were reported saved and aken prisoner including the com mander Kapitan Lieut Wolfgang leyda 28 The war production board iir dererfmanufacture of childrens bicycles halted to conserve vi tal war materials and to permit increased production of adult sized bikes for workers set afoot by the aulo tire shortage BRITISH PLANES BOMB GERMANS BASE AT KIEL Timoshenkos Army Pounding Way Across Donets Basin Sector By CLYDE A FARNSWORTH Associated Press War Editor Germanys springtime offensive waited Friday on the calendar Adolf Hitler but Britains5 and Russias the air and on the land respectively were in full swing The British announced a firc raistiiff raid on the great Ger man naval bnsc of Kiel while HM rc ariny ueaten Hitler to the springtime uunch battering its way across lie Uoncls basin Via Stockholm came word that Marsha Semeon Timoshenko nnd his southern army of from one ami a quarter to one and a half million men iiad forced the enemy to draw once more on re serves being prepared for Ger nanys oven offensive effort The Germans admitted they still were on the defensive against strong enemy forces in Ihe Donets to the aucasiis London observers held hat the objective of Timoshcukos 90 divisions was he Dnieper bend natural defense line in the heart of the Ukraine Unofficiil reports have placed them only 30 to 40 miles from this goat Although the calendar spring is aul a week away snow on the Staraya Russa front below Len ingrad was reported so deep tnat ski troops still had to carry the burden of the fighting against the entrapped Ifith German army The Russian army newspaper Red Slir declarer there would be all Russian It dcseriliert he German in vasion machine ns worn out and run down with Hitlers soldiers Irynifr desperately io hold on counterattacking repeatedly but at heavy cost and not halting llic rcci armys power drive Timoslicnkos men were said io have reduced two strong poinLs nnd jwopl on into a town un identified through slrccls strewn with German dead WPE also advised washing ma yichy reported an aspect of the chine companies that in all likeI offensive lihood they would be required to quit production of the machines by May 15 Plans call for convert ing the industry to war produc tion Stores offering delivery service were asked by the office of de fense transportation to pool their deliveries and save tires Photographers were cautioned by the office of censorship against taking pictures of military objects or other objects which mrhl give aid to the enemy 73 Year Old Soldier comes Engaged to Woman in Michigan LOS ANGELES Sgt ohn W Westervelt 73 believed to be the oldest man in the army announced his engagement Thurs day to Mrs Leota Harrison 55 of Kalamazoo Mich We dont expct to get married until after the war he said It wouldnt be fair to Mrs Harrison to marry me at this time when I would not have an opportunity to see her Westervelt stationed at the air corps ferry command base in Long Rrnriffi i Beach has served in the regular army for 25 years Regulations permit him to remain in the cr yico as long as he is able to pass physiril examinations MRS THROOP DIES AT HOME Services for Wife of Publisher at Lincoln Saturday LINCOLN Mrs Frank D Throop wife of the publisher of Ihe Lincoln Star died at her home Thursday night following an ill ness of about a year and a half Born in Muscatine iowa July 2 187n she was graduated from Muscatine normal school She taught there a number of year married Mr Throop June 2 J IBoi and the couple lived in Muscatine md Davenport Iowa before com ing to Lincoln in July of 19iO Mrs Throop immediately be came active in civic and church affairs Among other activities she was a founder of the Ma ternal Health league here and a member of its boird Surviving are Mi Throop two daughters Mrs O V Calhuun and Mrs W P McDonald both of Lincoln and five grandchildren iuneral services will be conducted at St Mathews Episcopal church here at 2 p m Saturday Among those who planned to be m Lincoln Saturday to attend the funeral services were Mr and Mrs Lee P Loomis of KlKOn City over the Paris region Ihi MINNEAPOLIS Minn twoday institute on problems of the postwar world began hcie new sortie Friday but tncrc were no immediate reports of bombs dropped Perhaps it was only reconnaissance Apparently attempting to neutralize Kiel as a base for springtime adventures of the German flcei fbe RAF unloaded new homlis on shipyards there for the 65th time overnight and the ninny fires resulting told departing bombardiers that their mission was achieved Naval insinuations were set afire and the 260001011 battleship Ciiicisenau the battered fugitive from Brest was also among he targets Eight planes were losl mostly to sirung anUnircraft bal tcrics ivilh which Kiel now is ringed y German night fighters also en Sngeti the RAFs medium force of four and twoengined bombers Tiie British called the assault part of the great spring offen sive launched last weekend to in jure Germany at least on a west ern air front in indirect assistance of the red army on her eastern front The air ministry said ihat besides the bombing of Kiel mines were laid in enemy wa ters Other objectives were bomlicd in northwest Germany The ministry acknowledged eiRht planes but the Germans claimed only iiirec at Kiel The Hitler high command cred ited a submarine in the eastern Mcdiicrrancan with sinking a Untish cruiser of the 7200ton Lcntider claps Between them the Italians and Germans claimed on five cruisers in the sustained action by axis air and undersea forces By the calendar spring is just a week away By Adolf Hitlers reckoning however no one knows when it will come Ever since his offensive into Russia stalled and went into reverse the Germans have been talking hopefully and threateningly of spring The best the Hitler command could report Friday was that German troops in defensive fiffhlniff had defeated stronr enemy forces in counterat tacks cutting off a Russian rrnup had penetrated the northern probably Leningrad   

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