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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 28, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COiP e e P T r N T or H I STGS Y AfO ARCHIVE pWOINES I A VOL XLVIII THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS 3C1ATED PRESSAND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WDIES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY APRIL 28 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 170 LASHIO SET AFIRE BY JAP BOMBERS Fear Toll in Oklahoma Tornado to Reach 100 250 HURT WHEN MAIN STREET IS HIT AT PRYOR Martial Law Ordered in Ravaged Town Near Large Ordnance Works PRYOH Okla war boom town Tuesday dug out ot the ruins of an angry tornado that ripped down Main street leaving 32000000 in property damage G8 known dead and an estimate by the state highway patrol that the toll would reach 100 in this area Searchers still were digging through the rubble that once was Main street Relief work ers also hunted through farming areas devastated by the tornado The list of hospitalized injured around 250 the patrol said and a score more were given only first aid treatment Mayor Thomas J Harrison esti mated property damage would be at least We are going to start rebuild ing right now lie said We be lieve we can get priorities for the materials because we are In a de fense area This town of 5000 o 6000 next door to the multimillion dollar Oklahoma ordnance works was ordered under mar tial law and Gov Leon C rhil lips placed Safety Commissioner Walter B Johnson in command of state relief agencies The martial law was announced by and is being enforced by the statehigh way patrol under John son the states national guard having been mustered into the army The booming town has no sheriff or city marshal force suf ficient to cope with such an emergency Hundreds of workers and ma chinery from the ordnance works which escaped serious damage were rushed to the scene Gianl bulldozers and cranes shoveled through the wreckage in search of victims The tornado struck Monday at p m central war time Most of the six block business dis trict on Main street was reduced to rubble Early Tuesday morning a cen tral relief agencv ivas established in the community house under the direction of Col E H Cam eron of the ordnance works Street patrols were organized to prevent looting but three ar rests were reported The more seriously injured were hospitalized in nearby towns The community house two churches and the Whitaker state orphanage were being used for first aid anc emergency stations Fryers two hospitals were damaged and evacuated Wounded overflowed hospitals at Vinita Claremore Tulsa and other towns The Red Cros sent eight dis aster workers from St Louis with medical and other supplies Practically every brick build ing alone the mainstreet and nn the principal business side streets was flattened or heavily damaged f About one third of the homes were damaged or destroyed En tire blocks of houses smashed in some instances Highway Patrolman Cecil Fish burn told of seeing the storm ap proaching as he drove into town from Claremore I got into loxvn just before the storm Sheets of rain blinded persons along the street to the approaching clouds I saw people huddled under awnings and in doorways to escape the rain anc drove around trying to warn them Many of them apparently we trapped under falling debris as the tornado struck Sheriff Don McElroy estimated that hundreds of parked car were buried under the crashing buildings if In one trailer camp west of town persons were trapped and killed The collapse of a grocery killed another Five persons eatins In a cafe diefl in the smashed structure Three bodies were recovered from a rubble heap that had been a garage Faye Mitchell employe of thi county agents office said every thing went black as the storm struck It made my ears hurt she said There was a high whistling sound It was like swimming dee under water I RAF Pounds ologne in Heavy Raids BULLETIN LONDON The RAF made three offensive sweeps over northern France Tuesday shooting down three German planes and losing six of their own the air ministry announced Tuesday night By ROGFR D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Britains great aerial offensive sounded Cologne in the heart of the Ruhr industrial valley before dawn Tuesday in the fifth suc cessive night foray into Germany an RAF communique announced while German night raiders heav ly attacked Norwich 100 miles northeast of London By daylight swarms of RAF warpianes roared back across the channel to blast the nazioccupied Trench invasion coast Observers said the thunder of heavy explosions jarred the English side of Dover strait with white exhaust trails streak ing the sky for many miles W The magnitude of flic RAFs aroundtheclock assaults was in dicated by a German high com mand assertion that 41 British planes had been destroyed in 24 in daylight Monday and 23 Monday night The Germans said 12 were shot down over Co logne alone German reports acknowledging that the Cologne civil population suffered casualties in dead and wounded asserted the raiders concentrated their attack on res idential districts hospitals and public A British the RAF struck in considerable force and inflicted widespread damage shifting their attack to the Ruhr after blasting four nights in a row at the German Baltic port of Rostock Stockholm reports said 10000 families had been left homeless there while the British air ministry declared aerial recon naissance photos showed that the population was carrying out a mass exodus from Ihe bomb wrecked city the home of the big Meinkel aircraft works A British communique ac knowledged a good many cas fires and xvidespread damage in the German night raic on Norwich pop Nine persons were missing in the de bris of a bombsmashed hospital rescue workers were still digging in the wreckage for trapped vic tims at daylight Seven nazi Messerschmitts also bombed and machinegunned an English southeast coast town this morning Raid Is Made on Base at Trondheim LONDON of heavy British bombers maintain ing destructive attacks on German targets for the fifth day running Monday night raided the Nor wegian port of Trondheim where the Germans are building an At lantic battle Jlcet base the air ministry announced Tuesday Other squadrons simultaneously attacked Rhineland objectives in eluding Cologne bombed docks at Dunkerque laid mines in waters off France and Belgium and machinegupned German air dromes Eighteen British planes were lost a communique said A new bomber and fighter at tacking force covering a square mile of sky and described as the largest single unit ever to attack occupied France swept out to ward Calais Tuesday Smalle flights had already returned from earlier raids which began at dawn Instead of concentrating on foui German warships anchored ir Trondheim harbor British bom bardiers aimed their explosives a land installations which an air ministry source said we are try ing to knock down as fast as the1 put up Two of the German ships a Trondheim are the 35800 ton bat tleship Tirpitz which took shelte there after a brush with Britisl torpedo planes at sea March 13 and the 10000 ton cruiser Prin Eugen which fled from Brest Informed sources in London salt it is known that the Germans using conscripted Norwegian la bor are attempting to complete quickly a large naval base there There is no reason to think our forces are going especially after units of the German fleet one authority said It is vitally im portant to destroy the usefulness of Trondheim as a naval base The CommanderinChief Signs Up F R TO STRESS TOTAL EFFORT N RADIO TALK Will Show Importance of Each of 7 Points to Check Living Costs WASHINGTON Roosevelt the white house said Liesday expects to explain Tues ay night to the American peo iie why a total war requires a otal effort bolli on the homo ront and thiough the world Mr Roosevelt will make a adio address at 9 p in central var time discussing his seven joint program to check an uu vard spiral in living costs Presidential Secretary Stephen Early said the chief executive yould stress the far flung ac ivities of the military forces and f the production armies behind President Roosevelt Commanderinchief of the nations armed forces was among some 13000000 Americans in the 45 to 65 age group registering in the selective service manpower inventory Here James D Hayes chairman of a local draft board watches him sign in the white house executive office in Washington Await Henderson Statement on OverAll Price Controls Blanket Ceiling on Virtually All Consumer Goods Is Expected WASHINGTON the brink of an historic plunge into overall price controls the capi tal Tuesday awaited announce ment expected momentarily of a blanket price ceiling on virtually all consumer goods A vertical regulation pre venting prices from rising above the highest levels charged by each dealer in the month of March was expected to be dis closed at a press conference scheduled for late Tuesday by Price Administrator Leon Hen derson Advices accumulating for the last month indicated the ceiling would apply to retail wholesale and manufacturers levels President Roosevelts antiin flation message to congress Mon day gave a clear hint that rent controls In wartime boom areas would be linked with the pro posed lid on prices To keep the cost of living from spiraling upward we must fix ceilings on the prices which con sumers retailers wholesalers and manufacturers pay for the things they buy and ceilings on rents for dwellings in all areas affected by war industries Mr Roosevelt said V Official sources had indicated previously that announcement of the sweeping office of price administration action ivas wail ing only on the presidents pres entation to congress of an omni bus antimfiation program The plan was expected to fol low the Canadian pattern of per mitting each store to set its own ceiling using the highest price it charged in March as the maxi mum Thus one store could con tinue to charge more than an other for the same article an ar rangement permitting quality shops to continue adding into their prices the cost of higher operating expenses delivery service and other extras New legislation would not be necessary for a blanket price or der or ati extension of rent con trols Henderson has authority under the emergency price control act to abandon the selective or piecemeal technique so far used and to take blanket price action Rent controls can be set up in any community merely by desig nating it as a defense rental area A score of communities were so designated on March 12 In this connection Henderson save notice Monday night hat OPA would take stern steps to enforce rent reductions in these 20 areas as prescribed by OPA The communities arc jrivcn 60 days to reduce rents by local action and after that lime the government may move in if ne cessary to compel compliance The price chief said that 20 com munities would be surveyed im mediately and that federal reg ulation would start with June rents if any have failed to com ply V The expected price order be cause of its unprecedented incur sion into the retail field may load In a few weeks to a general system of licensing all businesses if there are indications of widespread vio lations A licensing system is known to have been under study by OPA which has authority to institute it whenever such action Is deemed necessary Under such a system OPA would have power to put an offending dealer out of business temporarily by suspending his li cense after prescribed court pro cedure This most OPA officials believed would be a simple and powerful deterrent to price chisel ing Youth Woman Killed in Crash at West Bend WEST BEND II M Mantz about 54 of West Bend anc Irvin Freiders about 2fi of Al gona were killed instantly ant two other persons were injurec when their automobile crashet into a northbound Rock Islanc passenger train at a crossinj southeast of here Tuesday morn ing Mrs Mantz wife of a forme West Bend mayor Freidcrs ant Mrs ftogina Bauman of Wes Bend another passenger in th car were enroute to the Fabe farm home where funeral service for Mrs Margaret Faber molhe nf George Fnber driver of the car were to be held Tuesday Freiders was to have been on of the pallbearers at the funera Mrs Bauman and Faber escapee with minor injuries Weather Report FORECAST IUASON CITY tiitle clianRC in temperature Tuesday night Warmer Wednesday forenoon IOWA Warmer Wednesday fore noon and in west portion Tues day night MINNESOTA Continued cnol Tuesday night warmer Wed nesday forenoon Scattered light frost southeast portion Tuesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday R8 Minimum Monday night 41 At 8 a m Tuesday 47 Precip 08 inch A heavy wind was reported Monday evening one observer declaring that the water from waves at Clear Lake was blown as far as the pavement near the Kool Stein YEAR AGO Maximum 73 Minimum 43 Griswold High Alumni Claim 400 Signed Petition for Dance GRISWOLD r i s w o 11 high school alumni plan to appea before the board of cducatioi Tuesday night armed with n pe tition signed by 400 citizens ask ing that a dance be permitted ii the high school auditorium aflc the alumni banquet scheduled fo May 13 And if he petition isnt granted ihe alumni say there wont b any banquet Dwight Waglcr i alumni association president Alumni claim dances w e r permitted at banquets until sev eral years ago when the associa tion neglected to ask for per mission The dance was halte that year after it was started anc none has been held since althoug permission was asked each year CONTINUE DIES PHOBE WASHINGTON hous voted the Dies committee on un American activities an appropria tion of 5110000 Tuesday to con tinue its investigations nftcr it ha been denounced as spreading dis unity and praised as rcndcrin the country a great service Put Some Coffee and Sugar in My Cream Today Jeeves WASHINGTON release only enough coffee t the keys to the pantry Jeeves I feel like Ill have some coffee and sugar with my cream this morn Its not quite as bad as that but a start may been taken with the announcement that a 25 per cent cut has been ordered in the con sumption of coffee This means that Wholesalers from now on will be permitted afford the average American 2 cups a day instead of the 2 cups to which he has been ac customed Uncertainties about futur supplies were blamed by the wa production board for the order Sugar sales stopped at inici night preparatory to a half pound pcrpersonper week ra tioning program starting May KGLO to Carry F R Talk Tuesday Night President Roosevelts fireside chat will be broadcast by Sta tion KGLO at 9 oclock Tuesday niffht The presidents plan to control the cost of living will be discussed he fighting fronts inviting al ention to ihe fact that each of he seven points he mentioned is dependent on the other if the vhole program is made to work He said Mr Roosevelt probably vould pledge himself to vise every power at his command to sec that he works Earlys words apparently indi cated that the president was pre pared to buck any efforts to scuttle portions of his antiinflation plan on grounds that to do so woulc eopardize all the rest of it To a fiuestion whether he ad dress would be linked directly with blanket price control orders being issued Tuesday night by the office of price administration Early said he did not know wheth er the president would mention th orders specifically But he saic the chief executive would touch on necessary and essential econ omies and the fact that this i no time for purchasing nonesscn tials The presidential secretary said Mr Roosevelt would give all th time he could Tuesday to prepa ration ot Tuesday nights speed which it is expected all rnajo networks will carry Labor Legislation Is Postponed WASHINGTON ation of labor legislation was post poned indefinitely in the senate Tuesday after Senator Connally D Tex withdrew a motion t bring up a war plant seizure bill saying that he did not desire t press the matter iml be in ap parent controversy with the presi dent of the United States Asserting tlial Connallys ac tion means the death of the Connally bill and perhaps any other labor legislation Sena tor Byrd D Va sought unsuc cessfully to obtain an agreement to delay consideration for single day or for at most a week Byrd told his colleagues tha some senators had prepare amendments to the Connslly mea sure which would suspend opera tion of the 40hour week and re strict certain union activities Th Connally bill would authorize th government to take over strike bound war plants freezing work ing conditions in such firms bu permitting lie adjustment o wages Connally and Byrd engaged n in which Byi demanded to know whether Con nally could give assurance th President Roosevelt would outlii a war labor policy in a radio ai dress scheduled Tuesday night Brvd said the presidents cost of living message to congress Monday and practically noth imj in it shout a labor pro frram The president rccom mended wage controls by ex ecutive agencies and opposed enactment of legislation which would suspend the 40honr week Connally said he didnt knoi what the president intended say The senator wants me to 1e him what kind of message th president is going to deliver Tucs ord Bans Sfew Trailer or Workers DETROIT Ford Motor mpany informed the city of De oil Tuesday that it would ro se to allow within the gates of s huge Willow Run bomber plant e tractorhauled trailers which e United States government had reeled be used to carry workers The refusal was based on the the vehicles were dangcr us and hot fit for human be gs The problem of providing trans ortation for the thousands of orkers due to be employed at 1C vast factory about 25 miles om the center of Detroit has aged the attention of city and overnmcnt officials for months Charles E Sorensen vice presi ent and general manager of the ord Motor company issued the an Harry Mad sales manager f the Ford Motor company said Theyre talking about taking lies of junk hanging sonic sheet eel on them and then claiming icy have a bus Actually they be regular cattle cars not t for human beings They have o head room they weave around n the highways and quickly be ome filled with gns They would e dangerous to ride in Further sk a man to work leu hours a ay and then bounce home in a attic car and your workman be no good at all the next ay Guy W Richardson director of oca transportation in the Wash igton office of defense tranapor ilipn had ordered use of the ptiiiil trailer which would bo auled by tractors formerly used i pulling automobile haulaway ssemblics Eastern States Ordered Coastline by Night NEW YORK Seagoinj rotchdogs start keeping tabs or ights in New York skyscrapers uesday night as three stale darken their coastline by arm nders Nightly an offshore patrol any violations ot rigid blackout nnd dimout regulation covering New York New Jcrsc ind Delaware as far back as 15 miles from the shoreline and Ihc penalty may be a complete black out Acting swiftly on Sundays an nouncrment by Lieut Generi Siugh A Drum commanding gen oral of the eastern defense com mand and first army that the en ire Atlantic seaboard soon woulc become a military area Majo cneral Irving J Phillipson com manding general of the scconc corps area issued the tristat ighting rules NIPPON TROOPS USHING NORTH ON RAIL CENTER Attack by 50 Bombers and Fighters Against Burma City Reported CHUNGKING T a p a icse array of 100000 men Tuesday vas reported driving upon the Burmese railroad center of Hsi iaw only 40 miles southwest oC ashio which was set abloze by apanese planes ranging ahead oC idvaucing ground forces The New Delhi radio said the Japanese were aiming at a point aloilff the Kmifioon lictl supply lint to MO miles southwest of Lashio prcsumibjjHsipaw Chinese reinforcements poured nto Burma and highways were being destroyed near Lashio lorthern terminus of the railroad n an effort o prevent the Japa icsc from cutting the line The New Delhi radio did not re peal how close the Japanese wcro to Hsipaw but it had been dis closed earlier that the enemy was within about GO miles of Lnshio around Monahuis r r Many large fires were started in Loshio in a morning attack by ibout SO Japanese bombers and fighters which were attacked by American volunteer pilots who shot town at least 11 of the raid ers without loss in themselves The Americans air base in north Mn Bimun also was bombed A Chinese spokesman acknow ledged Hint the threat to the Burma railroad was grave A Chinese communique said that south ot Lashio and Hsipaw on the mountainous center sector of the front Chinese forces which recaptureS Taunggyi continued to push soiilhvard Sunday a n d made hcadwny dcjpilc heavy Japanese resistance Unable to Win Back Wife Man Kills 3 Daughters and Self LOS ANGELES aut court owner frustrated in at tempts o win back his estranged wife shot her male friend Mon day nightthen went home and killed his three small daughters and himself Dead were Harry A Fletcher 52 and Arlenc 5 Carolina 4 nnd Rose Marie 2 John W Carder 26 an employe of North American Aviation Inc was shot twice in the left shoulder Man 33 Just Heard of Registration Duty BRUNSWICK Maine 33 year old farmer registering with the 4561 year olds Monday ex plained failure to sign up for selective service with his own age group by saying he did not read newspapers or listen to the radio and until recently didnt know ot his obligation Officials lid IIP had no objection to registering nntl when asked if he knew about the war he replied I heard some thing about one day night he snid waving his arms Why doesnt he call up the white house Byrd said the country expected labor legislation to be taken up by congress and demanded to know why Connally wasnt push ing his bill We can make all the speeches we want to Connally replied but the president is charged with the responsibility of con ducting this war and I dont want to get into a controversy or an ar gument with the president of the United States over something that may work oul better under his program than otherwise1 Maymitp Evacuated by Government WITH CHINESE FORCES IN BURMA The civil govern ment ot Burma has evacuated Maymyo 40 miles northeast fiL Mandalny on the railway to Lnsh io because of the approach oC Japanese columns The evacuation coincided with a series of fires and a rising tide of native opposition to Ihe Brit ish Burnins Buddhist temples and rice warehouses dotted the plains The dispatch did not make clear whether these were set in accord ance with the scorched earth policy or resulted from native dis orders Rains believed to be the first of the Monsoon are bogging clown dirt roatls and causing the rivers northwest ot Mandalay to rise Flyinff Tigers Down 11 Planes KUNMING China by Tetp phonc to can Flying Tiger pilots Tuesday shot flown at least 11 of a fleet of about 50 Japanese planes that bombed their northern Burma base ami set fire to the strategic town of Lashio The battle from which the American flyers emerged without a single loss was fought near Lashio upon which strong Japa nese forces paced by squadrons of bombers and fighters are driving in an effort to cut the allied sup ply route to China The Japanese planes were blasting and selling fires to scores of towns and villages and terrorizing native populations in Heir widespread attacks A communique of Ihc American volunteer grnup which has been battling numerically superior Japanese nir forces over Burma said that the bombing ot the AVG base occurred Tuesday morning but caused neither damage nor casualties A fleet of 27 Nipponese bombers escorted by numerous fighter planes carried out the attack The Flying Tigers who have taken a terrific toll of Japanese planes leaped into their planes and gave chase catching up with the attackers near Lashio the northern terminus ol the Rangoon railroad The American volunteer pilots were in action Tuesday over the entire Salwccn river sector on the eastern flank of the BritishChi nese positions striving to aid the   

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