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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 23, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             or NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HISTORY A v 3 A c H I V C 3 D I 3 0 I C 1 A THI NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 23 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS SEIZE FREE FRENCH IN MADAGASCAR NazisRush West Defense Work TANK DESIGNER RETURNS FROM DUTY IN AFRICA Worked With British Officers in Instructing Maintenance Personnel EDITORS NOTE The followinr story about a North louan who has distinguished himself in military ranks was written by Lieutenant H B Hook formerly of the KGLO staff Lieutenant Hook visited with the subject of the inter view at the Army hospital Fort Sheridan 111 where both offi cers were temporarily confined By LIEUT II B HOOK FORT SHERIDAN 111 Aijny and patients on the Officers ward of this hospital hadtheir routine interrupted one recent went around that a malaria victim had just been admitted on his way home from that the delirious officer although only 38 years old wore the insignia a lieutenant colonel Imagine this North lowans pride the next morning when it revealed that this young mili tary genius was Col Joseph Colby son of Dr J E Colby of Lake Mills Iowa This was the man who had designed the armys new mediumtank After a few days the fever sub sided and the writer became well acquainted with the his attractive wife who had come from Lake Mills where she and their two daughters Janice 11 Has Breakfast With Brothers in M C Colonel and Mrs Colby were met in Mason City Thursday morning by Mr and Mrs John Colby and Mr and Mrs Eli Colby of Lake mills After a breakfasi at the Hotel Hanford they proceeded to Lake Mills where Colonel Colby was to be reunited with his two daugh ters A community reception was beine planned by his form er neighbors all proud of the distinction that has come to a native son and Carol 9 have been living since last June when the husband and father was sent on a foreign mission Colonel Colby who last Feb ruary at the age of 37 was pro moted from rank of major is one of the youngest lieutenant colonels in the army After designing the medium lank now in mass production the native lowan was sent by the army ordnance department to the Orient and to Africa with the first consignment of tanks On foreign battlefronts he worked with Bri tish officers in the instruction of lank maintenance personnel and the setting up of field tank repair I Col Joseph Colby Lake Mills Designed Army Tank Colonel Colby and his wife are pictured above at the Milwaukee Road station where they arrived Thursday morning enroute to Lake Mills to visit relatives of the colonel Lock photo Kayenay engraving Nomination Papers Arrive Late From Norland Kensett Envelope Postmarked shops Colonel Colby traveled 50000 miles in 10 months without having a sick day Toward the end of his foreign mission however he had a hunch that he had been exposed to the malaria germ In the steaming valleys of Ni geria Africa he awoke in his thatched roof quarters one morn ing to discover that a few mosqui toes had penetrated the mosquito bar over his that his chest had been pricked rather se verely If the mosquitoes carried th germ he argued it would take at least two weeks for the fever to maybe he could get to his family at Lake Mills before that time But perhaps he hoped these mosquitoes werent carrying malaria germs The young officer started for home arriving in New York April 3 He Had to stop in Washington for important business After a few days he started for Iowa He felt unusually tired as he boarded a train at the capital By the time he reached Chicago where his wife was waiting in a hotel to meet him he was a sick man He was rushed to the Fort Sheridan hospi tal that evening with a tempera ture of 105 degrees The mosqui toes had struck home with their deadly malaria germs Although confined to a bed for two weeks the Colonels rc c o v c r y was comparatively speedy owingr to his robust constitution He and his wife left for Lake Mills where he will rest for a while before undertaking a new assignment in the ordnance department in Washington Two brothers are in business at Hanlontown They are John and Eli Colby Another brother Hu bert is game warden with head quarters at Clarion A sister Mrs Russell Kolker lives at Waterloo The officers wife was formerly from Montclair N J The great transition from the old to the new type army tanks is mostly enveloped in the control differential and the rubber jointed track Colonel Colby de signed these features and oper ated controlled tests on the army proving ground to demon strate how these features gave the tank greater reliability over battle terrain for the speed which is necessary in modern warfare f t After attending the University of Iowa for a few years the Lake Mills youth received an appoint ment to West Point from which place he was graduated in 1929 Subsequently this hustling young officer served in the air corps the cavalry attended Massachusetts Institute of Tech nology where he wrote his the sis on tank the army industrial collcee and the armys general staff school Small wonder that the former Lake Mills youth is now distin guished as one of the youngest lieutenant colonels in the United States army As one colonel in the hospital observed Colby should be a general before hes 45 April 21 at Northwood but Arrives April 23 DES MOINES A Norland Kensett democrat who was counted out of the Iowa house of representatives in an election contest two years ago may be denied a place in the Worth coun ty primary this year because of late filing of nomination papers The Iowa secretary of states office reported it received Nor lands nomination papers by reg istered mail Thursday morning several hours after the deadline at midnight Wednesday night The envelope was postmarked April 2 at Northwood Iowa the office said but carried an April 23 arrival dale in Dos Moincs Hushes J Bryant assistant secretary of state asked the at torney general for a ruling on trip case Bryant indicated his belief however that Norland cannot be ti candidate in the primaries un der thc filing deadline law Norland was victor over Claus Randall R Manly in 1940 in the official canvass The republi can controlled house however upheld Randalls contest claims and unseated Norland South African Union Breaks Off With Vichy PRETORIA UNION OF SOUTH FRICA if The Umon of bouth Africa severed diplomatic relations Thursday with the Vichy government of France Although Great Britain has not Buy war savings bonds and maintained diplomatic contact stamps from your GlobeGazelle Vjth Vlchv Soulh Africa and Can carrier boy j f the dominions have IKcpt legations there PREPARING FOR ALLIED ATTACK ON CONTINENT Reports in Stockholm Indicate Nazis Are Apprehensive of Move LONDON close upon Wednesday mornings com mando raid at Boulogne dis patches from Stockholm where Berlin news is assidously sifted for trends reported Thursday that thc German expectancy and preparations for allied inva sion in western Europe had con siderably increased British sources here coun seled correspondents at thc same time to remember von Rund stedt Field Marshal Karl Ru dolf Gerd von Kundstedt whose name generally js associated with the German armys offen sive operations ivas reported a week ago o have moved into France Older reports were that von Rundstedt had gone there to strengthen defenses of that Ger man dominated country against invasion but current advices were that he there with parachute troops Despite the German offensive suggestion in this latest report on the game of going to invade whom and appeared that the Germans were more apprehensive than the Brit ish Jn contrast to Britain where responsible leaders they expect air borne invasion on a diversionary scale sometime and expect to repel it Stockholm dispatches said the Germans were taking hasty precautions along their entire western northernmost Norway to France Stockholm advices were that both thc air and naval headquar ters ot the Germans in Norway had been moved northward from Oslo Recently Stockholm reported Norwegian civilians had been evacuated from thc Molde and Tromsoe districts along the cen tral and northern parts of the coast evidently to give thc Ger mans more freedom of move ment and to minimize the fifth column threat in case of allied invasion The Berlin correspondent of the Stockholm Dagens Nyheter was permitted to write for his news paper that certain optimists are convinced the British will come by May 1 The British regard this as a feeler so obvious that anxiety must have dictated it The Dagens Nyheter writer re ported that military circles and the semiofficial spokesman at Ber lin were interested in the cor respondents view while at the same time they held fast to the thesis that any allied invasion plan was destined to fail The German view was said to be that the Norwegian and French coastlines are 100 per cent equipped to meet all eventualities and any conceivable tactics and while it is true that the weight of uerman effectives have been moved eastward quite a sufficient number remain One Berlin military commen tator was quoted fay Dagens Nyhclcr as saying that al though the possibility of a land ing in northern Norway must be considered the recent pin pricks commando raids show that thc French coast is the main interest of the British To which London observers commented It seems to show that the Germans are undecided and that they are keeping an open mind on the subject Well thats the frame of mind we want to keep them in Man Chases Car WHAM Car Chases Man WICHITA Kans Nelson cranked his car It was in reverse and backed rapidly down the street Nelson chased the was gaming ground Thc runaway machine into another car causing the shift to switch into low The car chased caught him Hes in a hospital being treated for shock crashed Madagascar Vichy Club Over Allies Wide World New Voluntary War Bond Sales Campaign Will Be Launched WASHINGTON new voluntary war bond sales cam paign will be launched formally Thursday night with a special radio program in which Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau and leaders in thc fields of business agriculture and labor will par ticipate Thc campaign has as its aim thc investment of at least 10 per cent of the income of every individual in the United States in war bonds The broadcast will be over the blue network from 9 to p m central war time Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Slightly warmer Thursday night Not much change in temperature Thurs day night and Friday forenoon Fresh to strong winds IOWA Unseasonably warm fol lowed by cooler in extreme west portions late Thursday night and in north and north central portions Friday fore noon Scattered showers in west portion Thursday night and in west and central por tions Friday forenoon Fresh to strong winds MINNESOTA Unseasonably warm Thursday afternoon cooler with scattered showers Friday fore noon and in west and north central portions Thursday nifiht strong winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 76 Minimum Wednesday night 44 At 8 a m Thursday 53 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 63 36 09 Russians Report 1900000 Reserves Used by Germans Declare NineTenths LOIKAW TAKEN BY JAPANESE Key Town in Eastern Burma Falls Foes Make Gain in Sit tang Valley CHUNGKING Japanese troops driving up the Salween riv er valley in eastern Burma cap tured the key town of Loikaw from Chinese defenders on Tues day evening a Chinese army com munique announced Thursday night Loikaw lies on thc west side of the Salween 65 miles east of Pyinmana where the Japanese are making another drive in the Sit tang river valley and was being defended by Chinese troops under the command of U S Lieut Gen Joseph XV Stillwcll The tommujihiue acknowl edged further Japanese advances on the Sittaing front north of Eyin mana which lies 150 miles south of Mandalay and was evacuated by the Chinese in the face of an enemy flanking thrust The communique said the Chi nese withdrew from Loikaw to avoid encirclement by the Japa nese who had outflanked the town The withdrawal was a bitterly fought delaying action The Chi nese outnumbered 10 to 1 en gaged the enemy handtohand Since the withdrawal the Japa nese having received reinforce ments have been thrusting further northward ENLISTS IN XAW DES MOINES iPt Leonard Edward Kelly 36 of Muscatine president of the Associated Credit Bureaus of enlisted in the navy here as a seaman first class for radio Japs Report Defenders Hold Out in Panay Jungle Peaks TOKIO From Japanese Broad to six hundred American and Filipino troops are holding out in the jungles on the slopes around the 1730foot Mt Baloy highest peak on Panay island the newspaper Asahi re ported Thursday Asahi said that aside from this force in the central part of the island all resistance on Panay had collapsed A dispatch In he newspaper from Iloilo principal city on thc sland said thc positions occupied by the Americans and Filipinos around the mountain were strong er than the natural defenses of Bataan peninsula on Luzon north of Panay Domei reported from the Phil ippines that Japanese forces oc cupying Bataan peninsula had captured 53400 prisoners between April 3 and 20 O thc total 0533 were said to be Americans The news agency said the de fenders left approximately 5000 dead on the field during that period of Nazi Fighting Force Concentrated in East VLyS EV nv mg 1900000 reserves made up of French workers in vital industries boys as young as 17 and 18 and men from the conquered lands thc German army has concentrated nine REPORTTERROR IN ISLAND VITAL TO SHIP ROUTES London Dispatches Say Island Not Defended Against Infiltration By ROGER D GKEENE Associated Press Editor A virtual reign of terror on the key French island of Madagascar with the arrest of hundreds ot de Gaullists was reported Thursday amid quickening speculation that Frances new proGerman Pre mier Pierre Laval may be plan ning to turn the island over to Japan Thc worlds fourth largest island Madagascar lies off the cast coast of Africa athwart vital al lied lines of communication with India Madagascar is not beinjr de fended against Japanese infil tration and it cannot be de fended against Japanese inva sion said dispatches reaching London Frances new role in thc war particularly her collaboration with the axis was sharply emphasized Thursday by a series of develop ments 1 The Union of South Africa a part of the British empire which would probably be given the task of dealing with Madagascar broke off relations with Vichy ft is about 300 miles from Durban South Africa to Madagascar 2 In London a British spokes man said it is now reported that 50000 tons ot French shipping have been taken over by Japan 3 Highranking United States diplomats it was disclosed have been newly transferred to Brazza ville in Free French West Africa and to Nigeria and Liberia iri an evident move to strengthen the U S diplomatic front in Africa Observers said these stations are usually assigned to neivcomers 1 In Vichy Premier Laval him self received the Japanese ambas sadordesignate Takonobu Mitani 5 The Vichy jcovcrnment went to the length of issuing art official denial of Moscow radio reports that German sailors were arriving at the French Mediterranean muster1 naval base of Toulon and that warships were being Russian front a soviet spokes man declared Thursday He would not say however that this disposition of German power justified creation of a sec ond European front by the united nations He did say that despite this mighty massing of nazi troops the red army itself being bol stered by fresh forces lias cnouch reserve power to drive the invaders from soviet soil The spokesman S A Lozovsky vice commissar of foreign affairs told a press conference that the latest call of German reserves in cluded 900000 in two new mili tary of 17 and 18 years The remainder of the 1900000 reserves was said to be made up of a halfmillion men from the subjugated countries and 500000 drawn from vital German indus tries Lozovsky said that the German rear was disintegrating while the Russian home front remained strong Thc Germans back of the lines are exhausted Lozovsky asserted He praised the RAFs recent raids on Luebcck on the Baltic anci Augsburg in the heart of south western Germany saying Hie more thc better because this is the only language thc Germans under stand The number of German prison ers he said is increasing but the spokesman refrained from giving the figures Asked if they would be used in agricultural work in Rus sia he said well not use prison ers as soviet captives are used in Germany because their treatment is unimaginable Dog Jumps Out of Train Shows Way to Unconscious Man s CHICAGO railroad switchmei told how Rags a little oneeyed fox terrier who rides with the crew watching out the window of the locomotive cab suddenly sprang seven feet from the moving train to the ground one night as they approached an underpass In the shadows thcv heard Hags barking and saw him oulslrcached on the tracks and Itiey halted Beyond him between the rails lay a man unconscious turned over to Germany The statement also denied re ports of a fight between French Dispatches to the London Daily Express from Tananarive said Gov General Armand Annet had arrested hundreds of DC Gaullists on orders from Pierre Laval Vichys new chief of government and proponent of collaboration with Germany Annets own secretary as well as other members ot the island administration were among thoo reported arrested The situation on Madagascar is of concern because the island sit uated off the east coast of Africa lies athwart vital allied lines of communication with India and there has been speculation hat thc Japanese might try to gain a foothold there Annct was quoted recently as saying the island would be de fended against any aggressor and the Madagascar radio has denied any Japanese or German en croachment The Daily Express dispatches Thursday however declared Madagascar is not being de fended against Japanese infiltra tion and it cannot be defended against Japanese invasion Advices reaching London said the mass arrests of Gen Charles de Gaulles Free French followers on Madagascar including mem bers of the island administration were carried out on orders Irorn Laval Agents of thc Vichy regime were SPid to be rounding up all sym pathizers of the Free French movement on the island In IV a s h i n g I o n informed sources asain suggested the pos sibility of a complete diplomatic rupture between the United Slates and France These sources pohVd out that the United States firm policy toward thc Laval collaborationist regime has won such support in French circles that five members of the Vichy embassy and consular staffs in Washington have already resigned in protest against Lavals proGerman machinations HANGS SELF IN JAIL OMAHA J Ken nedy 33 uho in 1940 was paroled from McNeill island federal peni tentiary to Msgr E J Flanagan at Boys Town hanged himself with his belt in a city jail cell here Wednesday night Detective Supt Harry Green said   

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