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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 14, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVIH PHgBFUU WiBES THE NEWSPAPtR THAT MAKIS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASQNCITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL JTT942 HOME EDITION mm THIS PAPER CONSISTS mTWO SECTIONS iNU lao LAVAL BACK IN FRENCH LEADERSHIP Cebu Fights 40000 Prisoners JAPS RAID AND Tokio Asserts SHELL FORCES IN MANILA BAY Imminent Attempt to Storm Corregidor by Night Is Indicated WASHINGTON wa department announced Tuesdaj that AmericanPhilippine forces on the island of Cebu although greatly outnumbered were stub bornly resisting the Japanese ii heavy fighting Communications between Cebu and Corregidor have been re established the department said Corregidor was raided four times early Tuesday fay flights of Heavy Japanese bombers and there were some casualties but only slight damage on mili tary installations Both Corregidor and Fort Frank were shelled by enemy batteries from bpth sides of Manila bay f Sharp skirmishes were reportec in progress in the Digos area o the island of Mindanao where AmericanFilipino guerrilla forces have carried out several success ful raids against the Japanese in recent days JAPANESE MASSING FOR ASSAULT ON FORTRESS An imminent Japanese attenvp to storm Corregidor by night from barges was indicated in dis patches from the island fortress In the last 24 hours Corregidors guns were reported officially to have sunk a medium sized Japa nese vessel off the Bataan coast mt two Japanese tank and truck coluhins operating pnjqie penin sula and smashed a concentration of Japanese small boats at the fishing village of Mariveles Military observers saw in these reports indications that the Japanese were massing for an assault probably just before dawn on the first night that rain blacks out the waters between Corregidor and the mainland The rainy seasonstarts within the next few days Although the war department communique late Monday made no mention of the type of the Japa nese vessel sunk off Bafaan or its exact position it was considered possible the ship was a motor barge carrier attempting to get safely inside Manila bay with ad ditional boats for a landing at tempt In the assault the Japanese would be able to come from both the Bataan shore and the Cavite shore of the bay Troopcarrying barges would be given close sup port by military patrol craft armed with small cannon Such patrol boats already have been re ported operating in the bay The assault force itself wonld consist of both infantry and light artillery Typical Japanese tactics would call fop the boats to converge on the island after intensive air or artillery bom bardment or both dependingon vvcather conditions General Waimvright reported Monday night that Corregidor was under almostconstant fire of Ja panese artillery on both the north and south shores of the bay and it was expected that the Japanese would intensify the bombard ment by bringing heavy guns into position on Bataan Thus far in the war Japanese landings have been precision ma neuvers Motor barges in forma tion roar full speed at a beach shut off their engines in unison a short distance off shore drop stern anchors and ease the boats in until they ground at about 50 yard intervals Ordinarily the landing force is made up of at least one division with full equipment including in fantry field artillery engineers and light tanks It was doubtful however that such a force could be used against rocky Corregidor CATCH HITRUN DRIVER ST PAUL Minn tion officers Thursday investigated the case of Clifford M Bracke 8 who pleaded guilty to criminal negligence m driving a truck which struck and killed 10 year old Leonard Selva April 4 Bracke lied from the accident scene but was captured by passing motor DIES OF ASPHYXIATION LUVERNE Minn Thfl death of John Meints 79 year old retired farmer Tuesday was at n by hard 15 Generals Are Captured TOKIO From Japanese broad casts imperial headquar ters communique declared Tues day that Japanese forces hac captured 40000 prisoners includ ing 15 generals from the begin ning of the Bataan offensive up to last Sunday Of these it said 6700 were United States as distinguishec from native Filipino troops Among the generals it men tioned Map Gen Edward P King Jr identified as commander of Unitec States forces in the peninsula Maj Gen Albert M Jones des ignated as commander of the first army corps Maj Gen George M Parker Jr second army corps And Major General Francisco who was described as commander of the Filipino forces The communique listed as booty 196 guns including heavy artil lery 320 machine guns 500 auto matic rifles 10000 rifles 124 tanks and armored cars 220 cars and other arms and munitions MAJ GEN E P KING Claim hes captured URGES JOBS FOR MEN OVER 40 President Roosevelt Proclaims National Employment Week WASHINGTON there was a place for veterans of the last war and oilier workers over 40 years of age in the war production program President Roosevelt Tuesday proclaimed a national employment week be inning May 3 He urged its observance byor ganizations and individuals to the end that our unemployed men and women over 40 may be given the opportunity to take their place in and add their efforts to the war production program of the coun try It is fitting to remember the chief executive said that the men who were in the military ranks m 1917 and 1918 not only can serve but are needed in he ranks of industry and agricul ture today He added They had something to give in and valor then they have something to give in experience and skill today For them and for workers past 40 he said there is a place in lobs for which they already are itted and a place for them in ootrainmg courses designed lo ncrease the skills of the nalions manpower 38 Survivors From 2 Ships Reach Safety JACKSONVILLE Fla IF Sixtyeight survivors from tw ninu iaalcij lldti many already are planning to lead back as soon as possible to he sea they Twenty liners are dead or missing and retired farmer Tuesday was at Sven up for tort 7 and correspondent of the Gen tnbuted lo asphyxiation by coal which were announred h f V Paper escaping from a hard coal navy Tuldav y cpen talk fn Germany healer in his home uyL1aay wcre off shout British military i First Triplets Born at Mercy Hospital State Fair Undoubtedly Will Not Be Held Says Mien7 After Seeing Army Delegate TWrnTNTPC V DES MOINES edly there will be no state fair this year That was the statement Tues day of J P Mullen of Fonda president of the Iowa state fair board after conferring with an army representative fair board officials and Governor Wilson in the statehouse The army representative A O Buck of the army engineers St Louis office has been negotiating at Pes Moines with state officials for use of the fairgrounds as an air corps storage depot Fair Secretary Lloyd Cunning ham said the discussion at this stage indicates that the grounds would be leased on a a year basis Several large fairs over the slate have offered their facilities to the state board for a 1942 exposition Cunningham said but the idea of transferring the fair to another city has not yet been discussed Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Continued warm Tuesday afternoon Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon fresh to moderately strong winds Tuesday afternoon IOWA Continued warm in west and warmer in east portions Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night continued mild Wednes day forenoon fresh to moder ately strong winds Tuesday af ternoon MINNESOTA Continued warm Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night scattered showers Tues day night in extreme north fresh to moderately strong winds Tuesday afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weither statistics Maximum Monday 64 Minimum Monday night 38 At 8 a m Tuesday 48 CLAIM NAZIS HAVE JITTERS LONDON reaching London from neutral capitals Tuesday indicated the German ugh command was resigned lo an mpending invasion of Europe by allied forces and afraid that the attack would come at a place vhere it was not expected The wellpublicized visit of Gen eorge C Marshall U S army chief of staff and Harry Hopkins adviser to President Roosevelt has given Berlin an advanced case of jitters which xvas being answered by statements of bra vado these reports showed The Berlin correspondent of the Stockholm Demokraten reported We are expecting an invasion it any time Let them try it We ire ready Tlie correspondent of the Gen bout British military action veslcrn Europe BRITAIN BOOSTS TAXES AGAIN Additional Levies on Beer Whisky Luxury Items Provided For LONDON Announcing a record wnr budget of 5286000000 pounds 521144000000 for 1942 43 Sid Kingsley Wood chancel lor of the exchequer called on the already heavily favburdcned British nation Tuesday to pny ad ditional levies on beer whisky and luxury items to raise the money needed to fight the war The new budget he presented to the house of commons also pro posed higher taxes on wines to hacco and entertainment But he indicated that the basic income tax rate already 50 per cent would not be increased and announced some lightening of burdens on persons now in the lowest income tax brackets Sir Kingsley said that United States lend lease aid had become an important item in Britains budget calculations and had reached the rate of 5400000000 monthly The new imposts effective Wednesday will include doubling of the entertainment tax raising of the beer tax from a penny to twopence about 4 cent and raising the tax on whisky by 93 cents a pint War of Survival Is F R Choice for Term WASHINGTON War of Survival is the tentative choice of President Roosevelt as a name for the current war on the basis of information passed along Tues day to the ambassadors and min isters of the Latin American re publics Fernando Guachalla the Bolivian ambassador to the United States said the president had de clared he had virtually selected that designation since the survival of all humanity hinges on the out come the conflict BOY 8 SAYS HE STARTED BLAZE 000000 Fire Rages 8 Hours in Business District of Janesville JANESVILLE Wis Police Capt Earl Heffernan said an 8 year old boy claimed Tuesday that he accidentally started a Sl 000000 fire which raged for eight hours through an entire business block in the heart of Jpnesville The boys mother surrendered him nt the police station Tuesday after discovering that lie was car rying some merchandise which apparently came from one of the five business places consumed in the flames Monday night Capt Hefferman explained The officer said a flashlight and the personal checkbook of Robert Young man ager of the W T Grant store were found in the boys posses sion The fire was believed to have started in the Grant store Captain Heffernan said the boy a dependent son of parents who have separated assented to a written account of how the fire started The boy claimed to have entered through a fire door after the store was closed He lighted a match and thought he had ex tinguished it before tossing it into a wastebasket Heffernan said the boy told him Flames sprang up and the youngster was unable to put them out The boy told authorities he fled after the flames got out of his control However they checked his account against other sources on the theory that he might bo making up a tale Hes just at the age where he might be disposed to tell us such a story without any truth to back it up Heffernan asserted The manager of Grants store claims that the fire door was kept locked and that it would have been im possible for the boy to get in here But we have learned that ie was absent from school Mon iay afternoon and away from lome Monday nigt Were trying to determine wlcther he could iave entered the store during bus ness hours and have stayed thre when it was locked for the night1 Its a Swell Day for Auto If Youve Got Car Tires DES MOINES Tuesday was a swell day to go for an auto mobile ride in Iowa if you own an automobile and the allimportant tires that go with it It was a balmy 64 here at 10 a m after Mondays summertime ugh of 77 at Omaha Decorah sarcly managed to stay above Veczing Monday night with a low The only sizable amount of ran n the overnight report was 15 nch st Sioux City BOY IS KILLED TRIED TO CATCH RIDE ON WAGON Donald Dean Ficken 9 Struck by Truck West of Mason City Cerro Gordo countys second highway fatality of 1942 occurred at Monday afternoon when 9 year old Donald Dean Ficken son of Mrs Marjorie Dunlap rural route two Mason City was fatally hurt after being struck by the truck driven by Charles Peterson 1021 i Third street northeast The Ficken boy and a play mate Dean Coyle 7 were try ing to catch a ride in the rear of a wagon pulled by tractor on highway lOfi one and onefourth miles ncst of the city limits when the accident occurred In chasing the vehicle the local boy stumbled and foil on the highway He arose nnd saiv the truck approaching and about 20 feet from him Apparently be wildered he hesitated then ran directly into the path of the truck Its driver swerved the vehicle in an effort to miss the boy but the trucks right fender struck him The accident occurred in front of the driveway of John Coyle rural route one Coyle whose boy was playing with Ficken when the mishap occurred look the Ficken lad to a local hospital but the boy died while two blocks from the hospital Coyle was an eye witness to the accident He told officials the boy had been try ing ocatch a ride pnAfcjAvaPon earlier Ficken a tured skull and broken leg The victim had been residing with his grandmother Mrs Alice DONALD DEAN FICKEN Calkins at Emery four miles west of Mason City The trader was driven by lames Connors hired man for Clem Scars who was in the wagon while Hie boys were try ing to calch a ride ori it Neither of the men knew of the accident until they were lold about it later The accident was investigated by Deputy Sheriff Walter Balek of the sheriffs office The first Cerro Gordo county highway fatality of the year oc curred last Jan 51 when Will Nolle was killed in an automobile collision five miles southeast of Rockwell Funeral services will be held at the Major funeral home memorial chapel at Wednesday after noon The Rev G H Bamford ot a iJUllllAJlU UL the Grace Evangelical church will and Manpower Of the United Press War Desk The return of Pierre Laval lo power in France has the gravest implications for the united nations in the expected axis offensive this summer It is impossible to appraise ex ictly what the new setup will to anyone who has fol lowed the re cent course of events and the info r m a t i o n w h i c h has leaked out of Vichy to Switz erland and else where it seems probable that Laval and not Marshal Petnin will dictate Frances future course Petain retains his title as chief of state but it may be only v nominal one with Laval tool of Germany exercising the real power As foreign minister he will direct French relations with Ger many and with the other powers including the United States As minister of the interior he will direct the national police and will be head of important internal mut ters with considerable jurisdic tion over labor Whether the French fleet will be turned over to the Germans is anybodys guess although on his record Laval probably will do it if he can It is almost cer tain however that France will now make an important conlri bulion to Hitlers coming offcn siie in Russia That does not mean Frenchmen will be fighting in the German army They could not be made to do it any more than French crews would be turned over along with the warships ButHitlers great need is man power to offsefvJRussias unlimited resources in that respect To get it he has bullied the satellite and subject nations into providing troops which he can use in secon dary positions perhaps as many as 1000000 men Moreover he has scoured Europe for industrial and agri cultural workers to keep Ger manys war machine running and to bolster the falling food supply To provide men for the front Hit ler has been obliged to call on many ablebodied workers tn in dustry and the trades These have lo be replaced According to reports in Switz erland Hitler linn demanded thai France provide riOOOOO skilled workers lo serve German industrial purposes Tle help that would tic to the war against Russia is obvious Aside from the fleet and man power there are other considera tions of grave concern to the UnitedStates and the allied na tions One is the possible use of French colonies in the western hemisphere and elsewhere as enemy submarine bases The other is aid to the axis ii Libya through French North Africa The stale department has been siven assurances on both by the Vichy regime Novit cannot be certain the assurances will he carried out The state department iiad evidence that supplies had been going to Gen Krwin Rommel through Morocco and Tunisia Af ter a sharp admonition had been j given Vichy the practice was apparently stopped for relations were maintained However Gen Charles De Gaulle leader of the Free French has protested repeatedly against PRONAZI WILL AID IN SETTING UP VICHY PLANS Riom Trials to Which Hitler Had Objected Are Also Suspended BULLETIN VICHY UR official statement said Tuesday that the covcrnmcnl rejected the reply of the United Slates to a French protest against consular recog nition of the free French forces at Brazzaville West Africa The statement said that the American reply given by Acting Secretary of State S u m n c r Welles tu the French ambassa dor was iusuJliiiff ana lending lo discredit in the eyes of the world the conduct of French citizens Hut 30 minutes later the statement was withdrawn and the government ordered cabled dispatches regarding the state ment hilled VICHY The Petnin gov ernment which once ousted Pierre Laval made a place Tuesday for the return of Frances leading ex ponent of collaboration and at tiie same time suspended the Riom trials of Frances republican lead ers to which Plitlcr himself had objected Marshal Petain it an miuncccl decided to form a new government with Laval and Ad miral Jean Darlan who has been vice premier since Lavals ouster from the position on Dec 13 1940 The announcement said the three leaders met Tuesday and decided on the constitution of a covernmcnt established on new foundations Their next meeting was set for Thursday when presumably the places ot Laval and Darlaa willbe al lotted On Ihc day that the Riom trials were to have resumed after the Easter law de creed their indefinite suspension to permit broadening of their scope to include political as well as military mistakes which led lo war and defeat for the third republic Tlie special Jaw signed by Petain was based on a report to the chief of state by Darlan and Justice Minister Joseph Barlelcmy which said in part The responsibilities incurred from the fact of inadequacies in our national defense and of polit ical nnd military mistakes which lerl In war and defeat irc in divisible because they contributed lo the same disaster HIGHWAY FATALITY American coddling of Vichy contending that Americas real in terest lies in supporting French resistance Free Accordingly Sumner Welles acting secretary of state informed Vichy Monday that we would con tinue to deal with the Free French forces wherever they arc in effec tive control 13 Jap Flying Boats in Andamans Are Hit NEW DELHI Thirteen flying boats have been destroyed or damaged in a smash ing RAF attack on Japans new bases in the Andaman islands in the Bay of Bengal the British re ported Tuesday officiate Burial will be in Elm wood cemetery The boy was born Jan 7 1933 in Mason City He is survived by his parents p sister Wanel Dunlap two broth ers Robert Dunlap Jr and Ster ling Dunlap and his grandmother Mrs Calkins his grandparent Mr and Mrs George Ficken and an uncle and aunt Mr and Mrs Albert Picket The immediate reaction in Lon don was that the united nations had suffered a diplomatic defeat in their attempt to sway France from collaboration with Germany Roth Vichy government de cisions fitted into the nazi scheme and the feeling was manifest in hisrh diplomatic quarters in London that much stronger measures against Vichy arc the only including a lirhler blockade anil new strength for General Charles tie Gaulles free French Y V T Some sources predicted that with both Darlnn and Laval in the French cabinet Germany stands a better chance than cvci of getting the French fleet for ixis operations against Britain Tuesdays steps were the sequel to sharply intensified pressure by the nazis on the Vichy govern ment in recent days Hitler personally disparaged the Riom trials in a speech last March IG declaring their char acteristic was that not a single word of guilt of those responsible for the wnr is mentioned The Berlin radio Tuesday broad cast a DNB official German news agency statement that the Riom 1AVAJ   

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