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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 6, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES DCS VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PBESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL IXASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY vrwvto THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY APRIL 6 1942 Line Sweeps River to Recover Bodies Men in Boots Cover Bottom of Stream Thoroughly After Tragedy to Local Youths on Winnebago North of Decker Packing Plant 159 AXIS PLANES LOST 51 DAM ACED A searching party of more than 150 men dragged the Wmnebago river Easter Sunday for the bodies of Dan Zack and Donald Rogers whowere drowned Saturday when their boat was believed to have capsized about 1 oclock in the afternoon This photo shows part of the crew at work 3t A i with boats m line across the river held by workers on shore Men in the boats covered the river bottom thorough ly in searching for the bodies The photo was taken at a point where the boys were believed to have taken off on thentragic excursion Lock photo Kayenay engraving si 2 Boys Boating Trip ROGERS ZACK ARE VICTIMS 150 Men Join in Hunt of More Than 24 Hours for Bodies in River What began as a happy boating excursion for two boys Donald Rogers 16 of 214 Ninth street northwest and Dan Zack 15 of 211 Sixth street northwest ended in tragedy for their families Eas ter Sunday when the bodies of the lads were taken from the swirling waters of the Winnebago river A searching parly of 150 men dragged the river for more than 24 hours before he second body was found at oclock Sun day evenine Since oclock Sunday momine when a group of Clear Lake men who had come to the scene of the double drowning found the body of Rogers about three blocks south of the Sweet Clover dairy the entire party had worked unceasingly until the body of Zack was found about 150 feet upstream from where his companion was found Zacks canteen and hunting knife were still strapped to him and his pocket watch had stopped at 1 oclock indicating that was the time the accident had oc curred on Saturday afternoon ac cording to Deputy Sheriff Cal Dwan who had been with the searching party from the start Saturday evening Firemen Boyd Arnold and Douglas Fields and Lcs Valen tine were in the boat which brought the body of Zack to shore although the hook of Marvin Peterson mechanic of the highway commission lo cated the body which was near tile cast bank of the river where tlie current swings that way from a bend in the course The bodies of he boys were found approximately 300 feel up stream from the boat It was believed by officers that the boys had become entangled in small wires which held the mast and sail to the boat when the latter tipped over probably in a stiff breeze The boys had rigged up the amateur sailboat them selves The Zack youth is the son of Mr and Mrs Raymond Zack 211 Sixth street northwest and Rogers is the son of Mr and Mrs M S Rogers 214 Ninth street northwest Mr Zack is district engineer of the Iowa highway commission The youths left home Saturday morning at 10 oclock saying they were going on a boating trip in river near Camp Mc Kinley a Boy Scout camp 3 miles north of Mason City When they had failed to rc furn by late afternoon their Victims of Tragedy Dan Zack Donald Rogers parents became worried and no tified police and sheriffs offi cers here Saturday night the hunt for the youths began and authorities found their bicycles almost immediately north of the Sweet Clover dairy 2093 Caro lina avenue northeast Aided only by flashlights the officers continued their search The boys boat was found one mile south of Camp McKinlcy It was almost midnight when Deputy Sheriff Cal Dwan Lyman Ed wards 2085 Carolina avenue northeast and Eugene Eldridge found the youths jackets and gloves near a dock about four blocks south of the dairy These men and Capt Leo Risacher of the Mason City police department searched until Sunday morn ing then decided to give up the hunt until dawn In the meantime they notified Clear Lake authorities and at 5 oclock Sunday morning a number of men experienced in recovering drowning victims came to Mason City to aid in the search Mem bers of the Mason City lire and police departments the sheriffs office and a large number of vol unteers also participated in the search Members of the Clear Lake group which succeeded in recov ering Rogers body were Charlie Huey Percy Fistler fire chief at Clear Lake Frank Vernon Vern Petersen state boat inspector Don and Roy Huey Charles Comstock and Duane Huey of Clear Lake also aided They were dragging a 200 foot line when they recov ered the body It was this same group of men from Clear Lake which recov ered the body of Jlrs Cecil E Lewis of Mason City who drowned at Clear Lake on Fri day Rogers was a high school junior He previously attended Monroe and Washington schools and had been a Boy Scout He was born in Mason City on Aug 21 1925 He was a member of the First Methodist church the HiY club and had an active interest in ath letics He had been on the high1 school track squad Rogers had signed up for civilian defense work He is survived by his parents two sisters Dorothy and Ph3llis and a brother Leslie all at home a grandmother Mrs C F Brosc of Clear Lake and aunls and uncles The Patterson funeral home is in charge of arrangements for the Rogers funeral Services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 oclock at the Patterson funeral home with the Rev William Gal breth Dike in charge Burial will be at Memorial Park cemetery Zack was a sophomore in high school and prior to that attended Monroe and Washing ton schools He also had been a Boy Scout He was a member of the Methodist church the Mason City band and was active in the Hobby Show He is survived by his parents and a brother Byron at home and by his aunt Miss Rozella Hed rick Mason City and an uncle Earl Hedrick Mason City He was born Sept 27 3926 in Mason City The Major funeral home is in charge of arrangements for the Zack funeral Services will be held at oclock Tuesday afternoon at the First Methodist church with the Rev William Galbreth former assistant pastor in charge Burial will be at Elm wood cemetery The body will lie in state at the Major funeral home until 130 p clock Tuesday afternoon when it will be taken to the church and will he in slate there until the time of services Sheriff Tim Thaien person ally thanked the Clear Lake life saving crew the Mason City fire and police departments and the volunteers who worked boats and lines and aided in the search as well as the people who loaned boats and motors for the hunt Others who assisted in the search were the Hermanson Brothers and others who fur nished coffee and doughnuts to the searchers as as other food The police and fire departments also loaned the use of cars equipped with police radio for use in contacting the local depart ments throughout the day CAPTAIN THINKS SUB WAS ITALIAN 57 Survivors of British Freighter Are Taken to Nassau After Ship Sinks MIAMI Fla captain of a m e d i u ms i z e r British freighter sunk in West Indian waters March 13 is convinced that an Italian submarine was taking its toll of shipping in the western Atlantic One member of the crew who died of a heart attack was the only casualty when the submarine tor pedoed and shelled his vessel Capt J J Egerton said The re maining 57 in the ships company were picked up after 42 hours m lifeboats and were taken to Nassau where the sinking wa announced March 17 I am certain the sub was oi the large Italian class said Eger ton a 64 year old veteran of more than 40 years at sea after he am tile otncr survivors were branch to Miami After we abandoned ship the sub circled our four lifeboats and the captain shouted out to us whether we were all right and whether we needed anything H spoke very good English but i was easy to tell that it was an Italian talking English and not German Then he hoisted the Italiai b fJust bcfore waving good The attack occurred in broad daylight Egerton related but the men saw nothing of the subma rine or the torpedo until it crashed into the boiler room and stoppec the ship completely The men abandoned ship imme cliaiely The sub surfaced fired 10 or 12 shells then used another torpedo to sink the blasted hulk Many of the crewfnen had been on torpedoed vessels before Claim France to Make 5000 Planes for Nazis LONDON P The Free French press service asserted Monday that France was sched uled to produce 6000 planes in 1942 and that all but 1000 were for Germany The remaining 1000 it said were for Vichys armed forces NAMED POLICE CHIEF DES MOINES Joe F Loehr J9 veteran city detective was named Des Moines new chief of police Sunday night by Safety Commissioner Clarence Koenigs bcrger Waverly Soldier Is Injured in Headon Car Crash at Oskaloosa OSKALOOSA sol diers Monday were in hospitals recovering from injuries suffered Sunday when their car crashed headon into another auto eighl miles north of Oskaloosa The injured were Chester Rish rudt Dalton Minn Vernon Bai ley Waverly Iowa Hugo Rhoven Timber Lake S Dak Joe Mcdved Eveleth Minn and Clifford John son Duluth Minn They were enroutc to their homes on furlough from Ft Leon ard Wood Buy your defense savings stamps from your Globe Gazette carrier boy or at the GG business offic THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 151 Believes U S Intervening in India Problem NEW DELHI India Johnson head of a special mission tamed by President Roosevelt eld exploratory conversations Iith Indias native leaders in what ias widely believed Monday to be a projection of United States in fluence in an effort to smooth the countrys difficult political prob lem Mindful of the importance of Indias political problems if this country is to be converted into a military bulwark against the axis Johnson conferred for two hours and a half Sunday with Pandid Jawaharlal Nebru past president of the potent congress parly Johnson conferred for an hour Monday afternoon with Nehru and the congress president Mau lana Abul Kalan Azad Johnson a former assistant sec retary oE war who heads a mis sion to build up Indias war in dustry potential and who in addi tion has been made a special min ister to India did not give to Nehru a letter which he lias brought from President Roosevelt for some one of Indias native leaders Neither the contents of the let ter nor to whom il is addressed has been divulged Johnsons meetings were the first of a series he has planned in what was described as an effort to familiarize himself with Indias problems and see what can be contributed toward a solution His whole attitude however has been to Impart an attitude of vigor and urgency toward the problem The congress party working committee which has condition ally rejectee the proposals brought by Sir Stafford Cripps met Jor two hours Monday morning The exact icxl of the committees reso lution on the proposals still was undisclosed but Aad said it might be published Tuesday Azad was expecting Monday a communication from Cripps which presumably would give the British war cabinets decision on the con gress partys proposals concerning Indian defense Wavell for Viceroy Nehru as Defense Chief Considered for India LONDON of General Sir Archibald P Wavell as viceroy of India with the Hindu leader Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as defense minister was re ported in informed circles here Monday to be one of the sugges tions under consideration for set tlement of the Indian question Assurances of the American gov ernments interest in Indias free dom and future are believed al ready to have been given to Indian leaders although these are in no way guarantees Buy your defense savines o from your Globe Gazette carrier boy or at the GG business office Weather Report FORECAST MINNESOTA Occasional snow north and rain changing to snow south Monday night and Tues day forenoon somewhat colder fresh winds IOWA Occasional rain Monday night possibly changing to snow Tuesday forenoon Colder in west and central portions con siderably colder in extreme east portion Fresh winds MASON CITY Occasional rain Monday night possibly chang ing to snow Tuesday forenoon Colder Monday night Lowest temperature 28 IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette statistics Maximum Sunday 45 Minimum Sunday night 36 At 8 a m Monday 37 Precipitation 01 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 59 Minimum 35 Precipitation trace The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 79 Minimum Saturday 32 YEAR AGO Maximum 4 Minimum 31 Precipitation 03 MORE THAN 300 BRITISH PLANES SLASH AT NAZIS Stockholm Dispatches Report Commando Raid on Port of Narvik By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Germans gathering their strength for the battle of Hussia were struck Sunday night by one of the largest task forces ever marshaled by t h e than 300 il was reported concurrently that Brit ish troops presumably comman dos had assailed their Norwegian flank Cologne a Rhineland center of German war industry and an aerial engine works near Paris were the principal tarncls of the RAF nightriders with their 1000 tons of explosions and in cendiaries H was Ihe 105th raid on Co logne During an hour and a half in which German antiaircraft bat teries curtained the Paris region with fire and steel the RAF smashed bombs into the Gnome Rhone works at Gennevillibrs about three miles from the Ger manoccupied French capital which the British said had been turning out engine parts and other material for the Germans Ttie jjeclared tha only slight damage was causecTin the Paris region and some ma terial damage and casualties ii residential sections of western Germany Stockholm heard Ihat Brit ish trops apparently a com mando force raided the Nar vik area of Germanheld Nor way last Friday nijjht sup ported by planes Explosions could be heard on the Swedish side of the frontier which runs close o the coast in that far northern area almost touch ing the inner reaches of Narvik Ijord The authoritative London esti mate that the RAF used more thai 300 bombers Sunday night was significantly advertised by the British in contrast to the reticence of the past The figure was a close approach to the 400 bombers the Germans marshaled against Lon don at the height of their assaults less than a year ago Sunday nights force was be lieved to have included scores of mammoth fourmotored Stirlings each carrying eight tons of bombs Out of this armada it was said only five planes were very satisfactory ratio NAZIS KEDS CLASH IN SNOW AND MUD Masses ot German and axis allied soldiers are clashing with soviet Russian troops Monday in the snow and mud of the long thawing Russian battlefield in particularly heavy fighting appar ently preliminary to Adolf Hit lers expected spring offensive The Russians declared that 102 German planes were shot down or destroyed on the ground Sat urday and announced that the invaders lost 40000 officers and man killed on the central front between March 23 and April 4 The Moscow radio said German planes raided Leningrad Saturday night the first big raid on Rus sias second city in months Bombs were said to have killed some per sons in the city The Germans announced Sun day their planes had bombed with heavy explosives two Russian battlefields and two heavy cruisers at Leningrad and Kronstadt red naval bases The German high command claimed that a German thrust on the cenlral front had driven the Russians out of 69 localities in the past several days leaving hundreds of prisoners and dead It also reported destruction of six Russian planes in combat Sun day the loss of two German planes and successful night attacks on Moscow and Rybinsk In the MediterraneanAfrican zone only light land engagements occurred but in new air attacks on Malta the Germans reported direct hits on British light cruiser in dock a merchant ship and a tanker The Germans declared Ihcir air force also attacked industrial works on the English south coast Sunday night Germany Italy and Japan Suffer Costly WeekEnd in FarFlung Aerial Battles By THE ASSOCIATED TBESS Germany Italy and Japan suffered one of their costliest weekends the anwar during the past two days according to official allied announcements listing at least 153 axis planes shot down of destroyed on the ground with 51 or more others damaged in Was takcn the front The Russians said 102 German planes were shot down or blasted lo on he ground on Saturday alone and the red air force was credited in a communique Monday with knocking down lour more took 1C heaviest destruction of at least 27 of the o p tones she hurled against Ceylon Easter morning The British who met the raid with a hardhitting fighter plane and antiaircraft Twenty more Japanese planes ucre destroyed and others were damaged m the trading of aerial Wows with United States and Aus tralian fighting forces Of these 11 were destroyed and 14 damaged Satmday Auslralia KoeW Dutch St Seven were destroyed in Japanese attacks cm Darwin and Tort Moresby SundaT CrC T f o At the British midMediterranean stronghold of Malta six axis planes were shot down a seventh probably6 was destroyed and six 2 Towns on Indian Coast Are Bombed By CLYDE A FARNSWORTH Associated Press War Editor Punctuating Japans broadcast threats to invade based planes bombed two Indian coastal towns in the first enemy assaults on India proper Monday even while British warships hunted the naval force from winch the attacks sprang The enemys bombs fell with mniur damage and slight cas ualties resulting OH Vizampa lam and Cocanada on the Madras shore of the eastern In dian ocean or Bengal bay north of Ceylon An official announcement at New Delhi besides telling of the raids said that the Japanese force recently had attacked mer chant ships of the united nations The Japanese warships could be based cither on Singapore Brit ains fallen Gibraltar ot the cast or on the Andaman islands Slight damage to the harbor area was reported from Vizampa tam while a few casualties were reported at Cocanada The two coastal towns on the Bay of Bengal lie in the territory where British warships are re ported to be seeking n Japanese aircraft currier from which the bombing planes operate and her escort vessels Cocanada is a lown of 40000 population the capital of Ihe pro vincial district and has a larce export trade Vizampatam of only 5000 population is situated in the ir ngalion system area near the Ktslna river delta where it flows into Bengal bay The air arm of the raiders un doubtedly had been crippled with the destruction probable destruction or damaging of 57 planes Sunday over Ceylon Naval experts at London said British warships were seeking lo tind the foe and destroy him hile the Tokio government spoke of crushing British forces m India along with the whole British empire and the United States the land fighting in Burma continued without decisive turn and the axis reported thrusts by sea close to Indias landing Akyab Burma and bombardment of Colombo Cey On other fronts Australias pos ition was officially described as much safer despite roundabout Sydney reports additional small Japanese landings in the Solomon islands on Australias northeastern sea flank and on the Bataan front in the Philip pines the enemy had been stopped again dead in his tracks Imperial headquarters at To kio announced Ihat naval unit had been battering at Colombo naval basecapital of the large Britishowned island since Sat urday and had Inflicted heavy damage It was possible thai the an nouncement mcnnt only an atUck by carrierbased planes the British already had turned into a stinging defeat with 57 of about 75 attacking planes dc SNEAK ATTACK TURNED BACK Alert Defenses on Ceylon Give Sharp Defeat to Japanese COLOMBO Ceylon fried a sudden death air Wow on this island flank to India Sun day but alert defenses turned the attack instead into one of the sharpest air defeats the Japanese have suffered About 75 raiders streaked out of the early Easter morning sun in the first raid of the war on Ccylou which lies in the Bay of Bengal just southeast of the tip of India and the British de clared that 57 of them may never have regained the aircraft carrier from which they were presumed to have COIDD Twentyseven were counted definitely as having been shot down five more as probably de stroyed and still another 25 Js damaged Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Lay ton commander in chief of armed forces on Ceylon supported the belief that the raid was seabased and declared it was doubtful whether the damaged planes could have reached their ship The harbor area of this city capital and southwest post of Cey lon the air field and the Ratma lana railway were chief targets of the attack Japans air smash at Ceylon added to liie growing evidence that the Japanese stalled at the gates of Australia may have made India and its surrounding waters the goal of their next big cam paign The air attack compared by military sources in London lo Pearl Harbor because of its at tempted tactics of surprise coin cided with increasing Japanese pressure on the Burma front cast ward across the bay and with counter air blows by United States fortress bombers which pounced on the enemyheld Bur mese port of Rangoon Friday night and set three great lircs on the docks The American action was the second against the Japanese from newly established bases in India and a communique on it from MaJ Gen Lewis H Brcrctons hcadsuariers at New Delhi said the whole attackingforce reached its base safely despite the challenge of Japanese fighter planes General Brerclon himself led first attack a daylight raid Japanese and two Friday in which a cruiser was set afire ana uvo other ships probably damaged in the Andaman island harbor Port Blair The attack on Ceylon guarding important allied shipping lanes and holding Trincomalcc site a big British naval base stretched Japans air arm 850 miles south west of the occupied Andaman islands and the closest yet to the Indian mainland   

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