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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 2, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMcKT Of K I S T 0 3 y 4 i 0 ARCHIVES C1 3 M 0 I K S I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 2 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE BODIES OF 17 IN AIR CRASH REMOVED British Accuse Nippon War Planes of Bombing Towns Indiscriminately BULLETIN CHUNGKING China Chinese forces in Burma re pulsed a Japanese advance toward the China border with heavy losses and intercepted enemy reinforcements in the Taanrryi sector where 1350 enemy dead were left on the field a communique said Sat urday night The communique said that the Japanese column that pushed through Lashio in a 40 mile advance to the area of Hsenwi within 40 miles of the China frontier had been driven back on Friday after noon The battle was fought north of Hsenwt By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Hudyard Kiplings storied city of Mandalay blacTcened by fire and its golden temples smashed by Japanese bombs was reported Saturday to have fallen to Japans invasion armies as the battle of Burma verged on another major disaster for the allies Imperial Tokio headquarters said Japanese troops occupied the cityFriday climaxing a 410mile advance from Rangoon since March iSLi Official allied confirmation of claim was lacking Dnt dlsMitehes from the Burma front Friday indicated the city was seriously threatened and that the British were falling back rapidly British headquarters at New Delhi acknowledged that retreat ing British troops had blown up a series of bridges below the city including two spans of the famous Ava bridge 10 miles southwest of Mandalay On the Mandalay front all British troops are being withdrawn from the position north of the Irrawaddy a communique said The Irrawaddy river forms a big northsouth bend immediately below the city of Kiplings song once the glittering capital of Bur mese kings The British officially accused Japanese warplanes of system atic and Indiscriminate bomb Ins1 in their northward sweep through Burma setting towns afire and inflktinp a terrible toll ol civilian casualties been cut off as a link on the Bur ma road was the situation con fronting the American Lieut Gen Joseph W Stilwells Chinese army on the Lashio front 150 miles northeast of Mandalay In that sector tankled Japan ese columns in great force were reported to have pushed within JapHeadquarters Claim Capture of Mandalay TROOPS UNDER STILWELL FACE CRITICAL FRONT Sheriffs Office A Ronshausen Ventura Confesses Burning Pool Hall Signs Statement AAy TKT IN AUSTRALIAN WARAREASOON 2 Jap Reconnaissance Planes Sighted Off N E Australia Coast By JOE ALEX MOERIS United Press Foreign Editor An early major test of American land sea and air forces against the Japanese in the Australian zone was predicted freely Sat urday following the enemys rapid drive into key Burma cities ap parently including Mandalay VENTURA George A Rons hausen 56 was being held in the Cerro Gordo county jail Saturday on a charge of burning the pool hall at Ventura Wednesday night Ronshausen was arrested follow ing En investigation Thursday and Friday by the sheriffs office and a deputy state fire marshal Ronshausen signed a confession Friday evening according to Deputy Sheriff Ed Kudej According to the confession Ronshausen bought the pool hall April 1 1941 from Mrs Georgiana Washburn DeVoe of Tecumseh Nerbr formerly of Ventura and at that time took out a insurance policy payable jointly to himself and her Because of poor business he was forced to close the pool hall last fall he said in the confes sion He then took employment as a farmhand on a farm south of Thornton where he was ar rested Friday Wednesday evening about 10 oclock he was seen at the poo hall removing several chairs to his car He stated in his confes sion that before he took the last chair from the building he placed a lighted candle underneath the floor the show window and poured a gallon of kerosene around it The fire was discovered short ly after 1 oclock Thursday morn ing simultaneously by Mrs George Corbin and Claud West who live in adjoining buildings across the street from the pool hall Volunteer fire fighters suc the fire only after f ron t par t of the building had damaged been extensively 45 miles of the Chinese frontier and it now seems evident thai Japan was bent on invading China through her back door instead of driving westward toward India Dispatches from Chungking said Generalissimo Chiang KaiShek was rushing heavy Chinese rein forcements to bolster General SlilwelPs outnumbered defend ers who were reported battling fiercely around Hsenwi 22 miles northeast of Lashio Mandalay is not worth defend ing with great forces when Lashio is jn enemy hands a spokesman m London said There is no particular reason why the Japanese claim to Man not be trueexcept that the Japanese almost invar iably claim such places in their communiques days and even weeks before they take them The commentator said that it appeared that a Japanese force ui i WHICH naa mrust to Hsenw T of LashiTvVa small one which seemed to be taking a great risk because its communications might be cut I dont know how great the risk is he said because we do not know the Chinese situation the Chinese Menace 2nd LifeLine HIGHWAYS HIGHWAYS UWCB CONSTRUCTION This map shows how the Japanese havincr cut thP Burma road by their capture of Lashio now threaten the J CHna further whichfa t Severance of this second lifeiinf uould almost completely cut off Generalissimo Chiang OUtslde aid as the route is Allied air forces under Gen Douglas MacArthur attacked the Japanese invasion base at the New Britain port of Gas mata in a continuation of their steady pounding at the enemy spearheads and downed another raider over Port Moresby But dispatches from Australia and a special communique issued at MacArthurs headq u a r t e r s made it clear that officials believe the Japanese are massing men warships and airplanes north and northeast of Australia for a big drive against ihat continent the communications lines to America or perhaps New Zealand The most significant develop ment was a special communique saying that two airplanes obvi o u s 1 y Japanese reconnaissance craft had flown over Townsville on the desolate northeast Austral ian coast and had escaped allied antiaircraft lire and interceptor planes The emphasis put on the two planes left no doubt that Mac Arthur believed they were a prelude to a possible enemy stab at the AustraJian coast especially in view of Washing ton reports that Japanese war ships were concentrated in the islands to the north from where they might strike at the vital supply line from the United States American troops are on the French island of Caledonia athwart the supply lines but the Japanese have a foothold in the Solomon Islands and the tone of dispatches from Pacific Saturday the put southwest particular emphasis on the enemys strength both in the air and on the sea Apparently reflecting official comment Americancorrespon dents warned that the Japanese spearheads north of Australia had only been dulled rather than broken or blunted as 3 result of steady allied air bombing of at least eight bases The American pilots were credited with striking highly effective blows and with shooting down or destroying ene my planes at the rate of almost one an hour for a total of 62 in a 72hour period But it was stated ihat the American and allied air squad rons do not claim to hod air superiority over the islands which Japan seized as invasion bases and that more war sup plies are urgently needed on the Australian front if a bigscale invasion thrust is to be re pulsed The allied air forces as well as he Japanese have suf fered losses in the preliminary fiShtmg the dispatches pointed out tf Greatest interest centered on Japanese naval concentrations It was suggested that the two planes lave come from an aircraft car the sidewalk car rier since that Australian town is forces still striking back at the enemys front door The dispatch gave no details Buy war savings honds and stamps from your GlobeGazelle earner boy N Y Blocked Out Except for Moon when midManhattan staged its blade LEGION STRIKES Nazi Who Fled From Camp AT RACKETEERS inCanada in Texas pr Krug Is Arrested in Executive Committee Urges Drafting Labor Capital aridResources INDIANAPOLIS UR executive committee of the Ameri can Legion Saturday advocated immediate legislation to draft capital labor property and all other resources necessary to carry on the war The recommendation was made in a resolution adopted late Fri day at the final session a two day meeting Since the hcginnlnff of the present war the resolution charged the abuses of rack eteering profiteering and sabo tage have existed to the same degree if not ureater than in the war of 1917 and 1918 and the probability of inflation now confronts the country The committee in making its demand said it believed that chaos rather than a continu ance of our way of life might follow if the present existing in equalities of sacrifice and service between the men who are in the armed forces and those who are working in civilian capacities in national defense are permitted to continue and carry on to the post war period The committee awarded the le gions distinguished service meda to Gen Douglas MacArthur and deferred a decision on whether to open membership rolls to veterans of the current war The constitu tion and bylaws committee had recommended that the matter be discussed this summer at state de partment conventions and by lo cal posts A sife for the 1342 national convention remained lo be se lected Detroit already has made a bid and Fort Worth Tex Omaha Nebr and Indianapolis were understood to be planning on entering bids before the IWay 9 deadline New Orleans originally chosen ivas eliminated as a convention site by wartime transportation difficulties Big Crowd at Scene of Crash in Coins Roll From Truck LOS ANGELES re ported an unusually large crowd the scene of this accident A car collided with an armored vu bantc truck and 32000 in coins hat flew over Townsville might out into the street and on laVn fnma nn r The track guards Biggart ii rirt tiunn iuwn is j11 LIUCK guards uiggart ome 1000 miles from any enemy Faxon and Howard Stanley re Dase covered from the shock of the In the waters southwest ot crash m time to collect thc raoncy Japan an allied submarine was from Pedestrians reported by the German radio to ie for County Officers Near DBS MOINES for offlces Primc Hotel Had Planned to Swim Rio Grande ANTONIO Tex Heelclicking Lieut HansPetei Krug 22 year old nazi bomber pilot who escaped from a Cana dian concentration camp was captured here Friday night He was arrested by two FBI agents and two city detectives in a small hotel where he had been spotted by the manager whose name was withheld Apparently awakened by the insertion of a passkey into the door of his room the pilot who was shot down over England at the mouth of the River Thames at first refused to take down thc latch chain But when the officers explained that they were making a check and wanted to talk to him he opened the door M W Acers special agent in charge of this FBI district an nounced Krugs capture which came after a 16 day nationwide hunt since his escape from the camp at Bowmanville Ontario You must remember my posi tion as an officer Accrs quoted the young German as he was be ing fingerprinted Krug also objected to being photographed Told by officers that thc pictures they had of him were not good he replied It is good for me that the pic ture is bad The photos were made how ever and he was Questioned all night He did not admit his iden tity until a m Accrs said son of a civil engineer might have been in Mexico in another day or so if he had not been captured He apparently planned lo swim the Kio Grande for Iiis in the name of a carpenter pur portedly from the fire gutted French liner not have put him by border of cials Accrs said Krug escaped from s prison camp at Bowmanville Ont on April 16 with Erich Bohle an other German flyer Bohle was recaptured at Niagara Falls is y but Krug made his way to Wind sor Ont where he stole a small boat and rowed across the Detroit river FBI agents said the flyer went to the home ot Mrs Marguerita Bertelmann who communicated with Max Stephan operator of a restaurant on Detroits east side Stephan German native who is a naturalized American citizen was quoted by FBI agents as say ing he fed Krug gave him money took him on a round of beer gar dens and finally on Sunday April 19 put him on a bus for Chicago Stephan is held under S25000 bond on charges of harboring an enemy alien STAUNING NEAR DEATH LONDON condition ot h T mc Thovald Stauning tlnoughout Iowa rushed nominal of Denmark gravely ill follow nl worse during their county audi a recent fall ScKid apm cached Saturday Stauning is 68 years old FIERCELY BLAST AT CORREGIDOfi Planes and Long Range Guns Keep Up Almost Continuous Attack GEN MacARTHURS HEAD QUARTERS Australia anese airplanes and long range guns are continuing a ferocious almost continuous attack on Cor regidor fortress in Manila bay Gen Douglas MacArthur said Sat urday in his general headquarters communique It indicated that the Japan ese using increasingly more pow erful airplane formations and Buns were making perhaps their most determined attempt of the war to blast the island into sub mission On Mindanao island to the south a new Japanese force was trying to cut off the southern tip of the island by striking across the 90 miles of marshes swamps and hills from Cotobato on the west coast to Davao on the east coast MacArthur reported Saturday that the Japanese moving eastward from Cotabato were trying to cross the Rio Grande river at a point ibotit 15 miles east of town Life Savings Kept in Pillow Gone TUCSON Ariz pillow Mrs Anna Nechvatal decided makes a mighty fine head rest but a very poor bank She reported to police that her life savings 100 which she kept in a pillow disap peared recently when she was moving Guard Investigates Weather Report Suspicious Noise Is Bitten by Gopher FORECAST MASON CITY Slight rising ten dency in temperature Saturday afternoon and Saturday night Showers Sunday forenoon IOWA Showers and thunder goes incrc ie r as no answer west portion Saturday after ex t r c m e night northeast Saturdai JaPan ouiUi day night little change in tem perature west portion showers and thunderstorms extreme south Sunday forenoon dimin ishing winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 63 Minimum Fridsy night 43 At 8 a m Saturday 49 VIain 08 inch AGO Maximum 73 Minimum Precipitation Trace U S Troops Are Now in Middle East CAIRO The presence of United States troops in the east ern Mediterranean war theater was announced Saturday by Major General Russell L Maxwell chief of the United States north Afri can mission but he said Ihcy were entirely service personnel Their job at present General Maxwell told a press conference was to support the combat iroops of other allied countries engaged m the actual fighting The presence of United States armed forces in the eastern Med iterranean area was disclosed by President Roosevelt in his broad last Tuesday night warships are now in combat in the north and south Atlantic in the Arctic in the Mediterranean and in the north and south Pacific he said American troops have taken sta tions in South America Green land Iceland the British Isles the near east the middle east the far east the continent of Australia and many islands of the Pacific General Maxwell disclosed that technical school established by the missions air section for train nig RAF personnel in maintenance of American aircraft was only this week turned over to the HAF So many American planes both fighters and bombers are takin part in the war in the middle casl that the school was necessary to get the most out of our enuin ment he said The original instructors were American technicians who taught RAF men who now the school are running 4 lowans Are Among 101 of Those Awarded DSC in Philippines WASHINGTON lowans were among 101 Americans anci Filipinos whose heroism in the defense of the Philippines waj recognizcd Friday in a war de partment communique announc ing n list of awards of the Distin guished Service cross With the name and address of thennext of kin they were First Lieutenant John J Bren nan J J Brennan father Wat erloo Iowa Sergeant John O Hopple Dwight Hopple father Bedford Iowa Private Ronald T Wangbcrg posthumous Mrs Harriett E Wangbcrg mother DCS Moines Iowa Private Grccley B Williams posthumous Art Williams fa ther Iowa City Iowa Reports That Chutists Landed Near Bayboro Declared to Be False FORT BRAGG N Car Bng Gen Preston A Weatherrcd commander of tiic second district of the fourth corps area said Fri day night that reports that three unidentified parachutists had land ed near Bayboro in Pamlico coun ty were false Earlier he had said that speci ally assigned officers were in vestigating such reports Soon after the report was heard in the vicinity of Bayboro nearly 700 civilians many armed with shotguns and law enforcement of ficers began a search of the rounding territory GOWEN FIELD Idaho While on guard duty Pvt Arby A Johnson heard a suspicious behind some boards Who goes he noise chal Johnson cautiously thrust ana continuing over all of stale A gopher bit him Sunday forenoon Little change in temperature except cooler in Bong of Wong Declares NEW DELHI India n j on Japan t was announced Sat MAINLINER HITS MOUNTAIN NEAR SALT LAKE CITY Huge 10 Wheeled Army Truck Used to Get to Site of Tragedy BULLETIN SALT LAKE CITY UP Seventeen shattered bodies were removed Saturday from Ilic wreckage of u United Airlines niiiiiilincr which crashed into Ensign peak near lie Ufalt state capital during a rain and sleet storm All aboard be plane 13 adult passengers a one year old boy and the crew of three were killed The rain made travel up the muddy brush covered moun tainside difficult Automobiles bogrecd down when they tried to travel up a crude mountain road Finally a huge 10 wheelcd army truck was broiiffhf fnlu service to remove the bodies Experienced pilots awaiting Hie arrival at official investi gators could not explain the cause of the accident SALT LAKE CITY sleeper transport ploughed into a stormlashed ridge within sight oj Salt Lake Citys airport late Fri day night killing H passengers and n crew of three George Benton Gearhart watch man at an inn on the highway about a mile below the site and first to reach the scene said one man lived for a few minutes All others including one infant apparently were instantly killed Scars on he grround indicated the United Airlines plane struck on the cdjfc of a shallow cully near Die summit of the ridge approximately four and onc half miles from the airport des tination of the caslbounci San Francisco transport Wreckage was scattered over a wide area Some foodie mangled were thrown clear Others lay in the debris Bodies in the wreck age were charred by a gioliiie fed fire that flared up as the big liner smashed against the rocky slope One body entirely nude Iny in Hie bottom of the gully untouched by fire One wins broken off came to rest parallel to the ridge The oth er pointed toward the valley The crash scene wis only a short distance from Ensign peak which Mormon pioneers climbed in 1847 for a glimpse oE the then barren valley they had chosen to settle V Gearhart said he watched the Plane circle and elide alomr the nilRc apparently headed for the airport Airlines officials said vsihilily was good Gearhart said liKht rain was falling but flic clouds were high and he could sec the planes wing lights I watched the plane fly along the mountain and saw it hit t could tell it hit the side of Hie mountain because the lights in the plnne seemed to bounce About two or three seconds after the plane hit there was a huge flash and the plane began to burn Genrhart estimated it took him 2 minutes lo reach the scene He found one man alive and tried to talk to him I think the man knew I was there but he couldnt talk He opened his eyes He was groaning and waving his nrms I found some blankets near the wreckage and covered him up 1 looked frnuiid to sec if anvonc else was alive Finding none Gearhart re turned to he inn and called of ficers A winddriven slcct slorm which bare oul an earlier pub lished forecast was in progress on he mountainside but the fire was clearly visible from a Ions distance Only light rain fell in the valley The ship had come in from San a landing at in Assam northwest of Burma Namdang had previously entere the formally nations side d on the united Buy war savings bonds and easier bo carrier boj from the airport police and fire City officers borrowed four wheel drive army trucks in an f uuiuia xvuuti arrnv triirtc 1 roaci to bring out the bodies Mud oosged down regular equipment A guard was established through thc early morning No one could orfer an crash but theTivil aeronautics board at Washingtoa   

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