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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 11, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AH DES MO Ir THS NIWSfAKR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AMD UNITED FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 11 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 181 JAPS TRY TO RESCUE TRAPPED ARMY U S Subs Sink 3 Jap Vessels DESTROYERAND At Least soo 2 CARGO SHIPSPlanesTook Part in Fight SAN FRANCISCO m bombers returning to their Australian base from an inde icndcnt mission watched the gi anlie battle of the Coral sea from grandstand positions at 18000 eet and crewmen made a vivid photographic record of the con lict The Melbourne radio quoting Norman Stockton a war corre spondent who had seen the pic ures said lie action lock place 150 miles from the North Queensland coast At least 500 planes took part said the broadcast heard here by Both sides used torpedo arriers and dive bombers The sky was cloudless and the were not related to the recent photographs captured the engage naval engagement in the Coral ment in startling detail One astounding photograph shows six Japanese warships In cluding two doomed aircraft car ARE SENT DOWN Nippon Losses Are in Addition to Coral Sea Toll Now Totaling 21 WASHINGTON The navy announced Monday that American submarines in the far east had sunk three more Japanese ships including a destroyer A naval cargo ship and a med ium sized cargo ship were the other ships sunk The sinkings have not been re ported before The navy said these sinkings The new sinkings bring to 42 the number of Japanese ships sunk by Amencan subs alone In addi tion 12 others are listed as prob ably sunk and II damaged The three new sinkings make a total of 181 Japanese ships re ported in official navy commun iques to have been sunk or dam aged since Dec 7 The navy already had reported sinking or damaging 25 other de stroyers Jap Coral Sea Toll Up to 21 By CLYDE A FARNSWORTH Associated Press War Editor The grandtotal ol Japanese ships sunk orcrippled in the battle of the Coral sea and its aerial sequel mounted Monday to 21 with bomb hits over the weekend on two submarines a seaplane tender and a tanker Continuing victory over Jap anese seapower on the north eastern flank of Australia and Ihe supply line to that continent base of the united nations strengthened the belief that it coultl be held as a concentration point for the eventual counter offensive against Japan al though the danger had not yet passed Competent observers at allied headquarters in Australia stress ing the conservatism of the total claims against the Japanese ex pressed belief that the Washing ton summary of the sea battle when it is issued might include additional losses Japanese transpor The sinking of two transports i or supply ships and damaging of two have been listed in com 1 muniques from Australia In line with allied restraint in interpreting the battle of the j Coral sea Sir Keith Murdoch of i the Melbourne Herald one of Australias most eminent public J figures said that the ensagc ment was with comparatively j light Japanese naval force not j against the main Japanese fleet What must be realized ht gadded is that a large Japanese expedition is beginning J Japanese dispatches via Berlin that the allied naval forces which participated in the five daj sea test of excep jtjonal strength and constituted b the most powerful fleet unitsj wt MCJU nui Japanese navy has yet en Tuesday in the Frank E Camp iiountered Japans claims against th ynited nations forces mostl vJnited States ships already havi een officially discounted as fan The surface ship phase ot the airsea encounter uas broken last Friday with the rem nants of the Japanese force in flight but the aerial countcr jvblows continued On Saturday a Japanese seaplane lender and a tanker were bombed and on jSunday two submarines were sunk or damaged all off north castcrn Australia of Japs u Have Perished MacARTHURS ifEADQUARTERS Australia CUR Thousands of Japanese troop eT transports may have perishec i the battle of the Coral sea ii iAddition to those aboard 21 ene ships sunk or damaged wel y r o ranspors a rjjhat a final list of Japanese losse include a number of trans ports each crowded with thou iands of tioops Another York Carries U S Gun riers weaving a pattern of white circles against the background of deep blue sea each Japanese ship dodging American bombs in dif ferent directions each frantically attempting to escape destruction Stockton was quoted Another shows the aircraft carrier a few minutes before she was struck The bombs are plainly etchetl against the back ground of blue and maneuver ing white vessels In an earlier picture the doomed aircraft carrier is seen making a complete circle in an effort to avoid the bombs The speed at which the Japanese ships are traveling in i their effort to avoid the allied planes is shown by the huge white wakes of foam almost as large as the ships them selves which they are trailing be hind them Stockton described the pictures of the battle as probably the most astounding photographic scoop on record Violent Volcanic Eruption m Japan Reported by Germany LONDON OJR German dL patches from Japan reported Mon day that there had been a violent and possibly disastrous eruption of Asama volcano 85 miles north west of Tokio The eruption started at 9 p m Saturday according to the dis patches and was accompanied b earth tremors Berlin said the extent of dam age was not known but that i was rumored that the outbreak was one of the largest in years The last serious eruption of thi volcano took place in 1783 I destroyed nearly 50 villages an killed hundreds of people Thi thick layer of ashes and cinder which was left may be seen still after 159 years se vices for Graham McNamee 53 lism added to a chronic heart ail ment stilled the resonant baritom voice known to millions of radii listeners first as a pioneer sports caster in the early 1920s and late in describing all types of new events and on commercial pro grams Stepping briskly along Pvt Alvin York namesake and cousin of tile World hero Sergeant York does a guard trick at Camp Stewart Ga I only hope says Private York I can do a little part of what Sergeant York did THINK BRITAIN IS FULLY READY ON GAS THREAT Observers Say RAF Could Retaliate Fast to Great Advantage By DREW 1UIDDLETON LONDON who jave seen some the preparations in the past three years believe a British gas offensive on a scale undreamed of in the first World war will be this countrys swift and terrible answer if Germany resorts to that weapon in a des perate bid for victory in Kussia If the Germans start using gas the formidable preparations of Mliieli Prime Minister Churchill spoke Sunday would permit the British to retaliate wiiliin a few hours if conditions were right and observers believe Brilain would have a tremendous advantage New gases and techniques have been developed by the Brit ish According to one wellin formed source reserves some of the most deadly gases yet dis covered have been built up The deadly partneiship of the bomber and gas has been de veloped Any liquid gas can be sprayed from the air by replacing the bomb racks with a tank of the chemical Ejected at an altitude of five miles the gas reaches the ground as a fine mist Experts say that mustard gas used in this way by would make uselessen tire sections of industrial towns like Stuttgart deny to the Ger man navy ihe use of Kiels shore installations and close railroad centers and roads lo the army until the decontamination squads had finished their small job Presumably several hundred bombers would be required how ever to spray Berlin or Hamburg SHIP SUNK IN SIGHT OF SHORE Axis Sub 300 Yards Off Florida Sends Torpedo Into Vessel PALM BEACH Fla axis submarine lying in wait 300 yards off the lower Atlantic coast torpedoed a medium sized British merchantman in broad daylight in addition to the spraying sight of several hundred spectators il is betreved that num Waterfront residents battieri and fishermen attracted by thej explosion only a mile and a half cApiuaiuu umy a mue ana a nait m Lae very ran centers and off shore told Monday how they depots from which German men saw the stricken in ard supplies are dispatched to the a cloud of to within Russian theater 200 yards of land before she was abandoned by members of her crew The torpedoing was the ninth announced by the navy since May 4 from which survivors have been landed at Florida ports George W Boynton a former sailor who was fishing saw the attack and helped tow two life boats containing 31 crewmen ashore 1 saw her shudder from the McNamee 53 Veteran Radio Announcer Die IVPW vnnv V lurPeaoL immediately thought a line impact of the explosion Boynton said I had been watching her for several minutes as she passed our fishing boat And you can imagine my sur prise not 200 yards away she practically blew up in front of my eyes The explosion wasnt so loud as you would expect from a torpedo I immediately thought she had struck a floating mine I didnt think a submarine would T oo uuii i uuiiK a suomanne would SatnrnL1 dare come so near Ehore especially faaturday night will be held here in broad daylight Tuesday m the Frank E Camp I maneuvered my boat bell funeral church Burial will be alongside the ship and yelted to rfT rfU1 A tlle men aboard what llSm nrlrtpri In n rVi could do An officer told me to stand by and about 20 minutes later I helped tow the lifeboats in I saw no sign a submarine Buy war savings bonds and stamps from your GIobeGazeftc carrier boy Report Conns Hand Broken in Clash With FatherinLaw law Jimmy home left hand Smith at night in a fi ighfwith Urfy snips sunk or damaged w quarters said Monda Reports were circulated MCI mvi manea amiuvs daughter iay that the enemy fleet includ Mary Louise despite Smiths ob M a number of transports and jections Conn now a private in the army was slated to meet Heavy weight Champion Joe Louis lor the title next month Conn and Smith a former major league ball player had been at odds since Conn last sum mer married Smiths daughter The SunTelegraph quoled Conn as saying that Smith through a friend invited him to the Smith home Sunday night following a his fatherin christening ceremony for the Conns baby Conn said the friend explained Smith wanted to bury the hatchet The newspaper quoted Conn Maybe he did want to bury the hatchet before I got there but not after Smith asked me if I was afraid of him I told him I wasnt afraid of anybody Then it started Conn said friends and relatives intervened after both Conn and Smith had been pummelcd and bruised would be used The enormous expansion of the RAF has extended the gas target area to the very rail centers and The fighting services and Home security department have built up Europes most com plete protection against enemy gas About 78000000 gas masks have been doled out to Britons Gas a threeletter word which spelled terror for the British in the first year of the war appears to have lost its grip on British imaginations Only one in severa hundreds were carrying then masks Monday The home office vsrned everyone should have his gas mask readily available all times Frank discussion of the of gas attack here contraslec sharply with the German treat ment of Churchills allusion to th subject Deutschlansencer a German station which broadcasts only news intended for German ears broke the news of Churchills speech without mentioning his references to gas Allied Ship Toll in Atlantic Reaches 175 Since Pearl Harbor NEW YORK new the Gulf of added last week lo the four sectors of Atlantic waters where axis sub marines since Pearl Harbor have sunk an officially announced total of 175 united nations vesseis In reporting 18 new sinkings during the week of May 410 the navy said seven of these occurred off the U S east coast bringing the war total for that region to 92 off Canada the total remained 24 in the Caribbean eight more made thai war figure 46 off South America one sinking boosted that total to 11 And in the Gulf of Mexico two ships fell prey to enemy sub mersibles penetrating that body of water for the first time Of the weeks victims seven were U S ships two British two Panamanian two Norwegian one Brazilian one Dutch one Nica raguan one Dominican and one Honduran M INTERCEPTED IN CHEFANG FIGHT IAIMED HEAVY Unleashing a terrible artillery Wast Chinese troops claim to have slaughtered thou sands of Japanese soldiers and serif the main Japanese body reeling back toward Burma in a rout The engagement took place near Chcfang 25 miles from the Burma fron tier The Chinese also announced recapture of Maymyo former allied headquarters of Kinu n ri own and destruction ot more than 55 Chinese trucks north of Lungling 4 2 HELD IN DEATH Cross Check by Allies Leads OF DUBUQUE GIRL to Warning of GasforGas Informants Think Nazis Coroner Reports Ruth Griffith 17 Died of Alcohol Exposure DUBUQUE Attor ney E J Kean announced Monday afternoon tlht he had filed charges of manslaughter against Glenn OxJey 22 and Milton Jenger Jr 18 in connection with the denth early Sunday morning of 17 year old Ruth Griffith only daughter of Mr and Mrs O E Griffith of Dubuque Both Oxlcy and Jeager are Du buquers The county attorney made his announcement after receiving a report on an autopsy conducted by County Coroner C C Coady The coroners report showed the county attorney said that the death of the girl was due to overinduigence in alcohol ag gravated by neglect and exposure Chief of Police Joe Strub said Oxley had admitted placing the body of the girl daughter of Mr and Mrs 0 E Griffith in a ditch beside Highway 20 two miles from the Dubuque city limits early Sunday Jaeger was Ox leys companion when the girlwas picked up Saturday night after a movie The body was found after a Du buque man reported seeing it ly ing in the ditch while driving here early Sunday Strub said the following story had been told to him by the two youths After a movie Saturday night the two picked up the girl drove lo 3 roadhouse where they bought a pint of liquor drank the liquor and rode in the car until 2 a m Jaeger said he had been driving while the other two remained in the back scat of the automobile When Jaeger discovered the two apparently were asleep in the car he drove to the girls home and went home himself Oxley said he awakened about 6 a in and tried to arouse the girl When a second attempt to awaken her failed he said he took Miss Griffith to a point about two miles outside the city limits highway 20 and placed her ir ditch lowan Believed to Have Slept on Tracks MOUNT PLEASANT HjAr thur L Cook 52 farm worker near here was killed Sunday when he was run over by a Burlington mail train just inside the Mount Pleas ant city limits Authorities said the man apparently had gone to sleep on the tracks Lowland Residents of Lincoln Nebr Flooded LINCOLN7 quiet Salt creek swollen by a six inch rain roared out of its banks early Monday routing lowland residents of the Nebraska capiloi city from their beds in what was described as one of the worst floods here in years were marooned on rooftops and Irccs Firemen ant policemen lo their rescue iri boats No loss of life was reported Informants Think Nazis lo Use Poison in Big Effort to Crush Reds CHURCHILL TALK PAGE 2 LONDON Minister Winston Churchill gave his gas forgas warning to Adolf Hitler Sunday after a cross check had convinced allied leaders that Ger many intended to use poison gas in a last desperate attempt to crush Russia responsible infor mants said Monday convincing was evidence received from the continent diplomatic informants said that allied leaders decided Britain should move to place upon Ger many the responsibility for the start of gas warfare and warn Germans that they in the end would pay bitterly It uas believed possible that Germany might start an offensive against Russia with gas or use it only as a climactic weapon if other means of warfare failed but there seemed conviction that Ger many soon or later would use it Informants said the allied crosscheck of gas reports ex tended as far back as last January and showed that Germany was making preparations on a massive scale for gas warfare Reports included That large shipments of mus tard gas had moved by trainloads in February under heavy guard through one district which serves Ihc German front in the east That between January anil March frequent shipments of gas in earthenware and glass contain ers in addition lo crates of gas shells ot various calibers had moved to the front some crates marked not to be opened except by special order That in a construction area near the eastern front large con crete gas reservoirs had been built Thai Germany had developed a sixbarrelled gun called DoKan onc to throw grenades and shells filled with liquid gas of tremen dous corrosive effect That preparations haii been made to drop gas in large glass spheres designed to break on con tact and disperse widely That German officials in eastern pAirope had been ordered to pro vide themselves with gas masks and keep them handy That gas shelters were under construction throughout Germany even in villages That three factories in unoc cupied France were manufactur ing flame throwers apparently to be carried on motorcycles for the Germans Many military authorities still expressed doubt of he efficacy of ga aside from the retaliatory brake but they admitted that the Germans might always envisage its use in a last resort or try with it to reduce specific objec lives Britains expressed approval of Churchills warning that Britain would uc gas against Germany if Germany sia used it against Rus Buy war savings bonds and stamps from your GlobeGazelle carrier boy RADIO PARIS IS BADLY BLASTED 20 More Hostages Are Reported Shot for Slaying of 2 Nazis NEW YORK have damaged the station of Radio Paris and the famous Parisian res taurant of Rlarguerys trustworthy advices to the Associated Press from Europe said Monday The extent of the damage wns not fully known but several per sons were reported killed in the restaurant The British radio in a broad cast heard by CBS said that the main broadcasting stion of Radio Paris located 130 miles south of the capital nt Bourges had been blown up and the aerial had been downed These same sources snicl 20 more hostages had been shot near Rouen after two German sailors were killed and that five others faced a firing squad at Saint Auben It was said that 50 more would be shot if the guilty persons were not produced by May 15 and that 500 would be deported to eastern territories The Paris long wave transmitter has not been heart since regular closedown time Saturday night BONATES GERMAN AWARD CHICAGO Schrocd cr a hotel employe donated to the scrap drive an iron cross awarded him for bravery with the German army in the first World war In its place he proud ly wears a Red Cross blood donor button Weather Report FORECAST CITY Showers and thunderstorms Monday after noon and Monday night not much change in temperature IOWA Showers in cast and south portions Monday afternoon and in northeast and extreme cast portions Monday night slightly warmer in extreme northeast portion Monday night compar atively mild elsewhere MINNESOTA Intermittent rain Monday afternoon and Monday night ending extreme south west late Monday afternoon and in south portion Tuesday fore noon not quite FO cool Monday night in extreme north IN IUASUN CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 70 Minimum Sunday night 50 At 8 a m Monday 53 Rain to 8 a m 19 inch YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum in Night At 8 8 a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum fiS 40 01 4500 Nipponese Slain Others Surrounded in Clever Chinese Strategy CHUNGKING Japanese eiiifoTeeincnts rushing to the aid if a trapped column of their com ades in western Yunnan province vere intercepted Monday at Che ang 25 miles inside China on the iurma road precipitating heavy ighting a communique said The original Japanese inva sion wliicli the Chinese previously reported they hail killed said to be still surrounded by the Chinese army The Flying Tigers ot the Ameri can volunteer group shot clown wo more Japanese planes in vesteni Yunnan province Sunday t was announced officially The communique confirmed Jap anese reports of the fall of Bhamo illcrnale terminal of the Burma 171 miles northeast of Man dalay and Myitkyina 250 miles lorlh of Mandalay The Japanese were said to be atlacking east of Loilem 125 miles southeast of Mandalay striking at The communique said ihe Chinese weie resisting stub bornly The Japanese striking from Loilem were checked early this month but a second thrust was made May 5 under the cover oC tanks This loo was repulsed the communique said A third attack was made later with plane sup ported land reinforcements and 500 of the Japanese were declared killed in another defeat This indicated Hut another pocket of the Chinese troops in Burma under the general com mand of Ueul Gen Joseph U SfilwcK U S A still was fighting strongly in the area through uJiicli the Japanese swept swiftly last month in their thrust to capture Manda lay am liashio and invade Yun nan province Earlier reports had indicated Ihe Japanese in Yunnan province iacl been lured into n Chinese trap and thai the defenders hud slaughlered 4SCO of the invading shock troops The Japanese had been reported reeling back from the invasion of China closely pursued and in peril of annihila tion The Chinese announced Sunday night that they had deliberately allowed the enemy to rush head long up the Burma road into Chinas Yunnan province then suddenly had smashed the enemys wings and pounced on the main body of the invading force witli an artillery blast which left 3000 enemy soldiers dead and the remnants in flight Now they said the routed Januncsc arc facing certain an nihilation sandwiched between their pursuers uu the north and another Chinese force to the south in eastern Burma which already has rccaplurcfl Blay myo former allied headquar ters and is pressing toward both Lasliio and Maudalay Despite heavy Japanese shell ing and bombing Ihe Chinese were said to have reached the out skirts of Mandalay on the east and west and to be aiming also at recapture of Sinwun a railroad point just to the south and Myinmu 30 miles lo the west To start the stunning reversal the Chinese said they killed 1000 men of the Japanese left wing in a battle last week northeast oC Chefang 35 miles from the Burma border then crushed the risht wing by willing out 500 men Sat urday afternoon Ou Saturday night they Unucd Chinese artillery blasted the center killing more than 3000 enemy soldiers and the Japanese piled into trucks to flee to the southwest leaving then dead on the field Some of these trucks may have been in the Iwo motorized Japanese columns which the Tigers of the American volunteer group announced they had slrafcii In a heavy machine BIIII attack on one col umn of the Sahvccn river a communique said 60 to SO trucks were riddled and at least 30 left afire The British also smashing by air at Japanese strength in announced that JJAF pUmcs from India had destroyed two planes and damaged seven others on lie cticmv held airfield al Miigwe HO miles southwest j of Mandalay A Tokio nrnadM5t by Dnmei however said Sunday that allied
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