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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 12, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND flVE ULL LEASED WIHES THE KUWSPAPIR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 12 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE OWE NQ 182 REDS CLAIM NAZIS HALTED IN CRIMEA British Chinese Push Back Japanese Troops RAINS START IN C Currie 94 Founder of Local Hardware Firm Dies Pioneer Businessman First Came to Mason City in Covered Wagon LOWER BURMA ROADS MUDDY Chinese Attempt to Hurl Invaders Back Across Yunnan Line BULLETIN NEW DELHI Brit ish counterattack in the Burma war theater has turned back a Japanese column of more than 300 men pushing north appar ently by river boats a British communique said Tuesday IIIUIJL avenue souineasi ivlason CHUNGKING UR Veteran City and MrsSherwood Felsing Chinese troops intensified their City Mo and five great VT Tii i ETrjlttfifihl 1 f I PPfl campaign to hurl a battered inva the Yunnan Mangshih angshih July 16 1847 in A log A dispatch by United Press cabin35 miles from Toronto Can Drrespondent Danell Berrigan m province of Ontario Mr Currie was the son of an itinerant Methodist preacher As a youth Mr Currie attended husking bees spellings and sing ing schools and barn raisings He attended school during the winter monlhs in a log schoolhouse and assisted his father with the farm Correspondent Danell Berrigan from Calcutta India indicated that the longawaited spring mon soon had arrived in Burma to hamper the Japanese offensive and aid the ChineseBritish de fen ders Berrigan said that roads of lower Burma were ribbons of sticky mud and airfields had been flooded Though the Japanese are now operating in the dry coun try of upper Burma much of Iheir supplies must pass through wet lower Burma The Chinese had predicted that the monsoon would mark the turning point of the battle of Burma but no news ol its start had as yetpassed through their censorship Contradicting earlier reports a Chinese military spokesman said the Japanese still were not completely driven out of Yun nan and that fierce fighting was raginc in the ChcfangHIangshih sector which is more than 25 miles inside tlie frontier The spokesman revealed that the Japanese force totaled about 5000 men with 15000 in the Salween northern and central It was reported that some Chi nese forces had pursued a number of Japanese back to the frontier and challenged a column of enemy valley jn Burma reinforcements The spokesman disclosed that a the Chinese were attempting now to cut off the entire enemy col umn in the Sahveen valley by at tacking Lashio in Burma south em terminus of the Burma road This force he saifl was at tempting also to isolate an en emy force which has moved northwest from Lashio to My Ukyina 105 miles to the north is move the the Japanese an encircling move in the Myilkyina area aimed at pocketing the entire Chinese force between Mandalay and Mv itkyina The outcome of the Burma war seems lo depend on the de velopments of these two encircle tment efforts he said The Chinese strategy appeared aimed at rec To counter spokesman said ere attempting j mi uurrie saw the IT Lashio from hardware stores from ones pre I whence the Japanese launched dominantly for men to stores ca China and Eent to purchased by j another imasion column north women Also Ihe use of electricity ikyTna MyH a decided change in the y I Mondays Chinese communique officially acknowledged the los VT if ls oi me ivieihoaist ch on s north of Lashio Bhamo He wrote a geneology of the 100 miles above LasMo prc rie his inn Tf ir viously J The Chinese army headquar j lers communique credited American volunteer flyers with killing 200 Japanese and ivreck inK 100 trucks in an attack late Sunday These casualties were in addition lo the 4500 inflicted oy the Chinese in the battle around Chefans 25 miles in side the border and adjacent area which wrecked She Japa nese invasion Within 24 hours there wont be any Japanese left in southwest China an allied officer told a United Press correspondent at an IAVG base The only Japanese I W Monday were near Wanting id Uiey were rapidly retreating Lashio The exact Chinese position in i in i posuion in Jne mail bo rfara lm ning Lalumia northeast to Lashio n bnt U as now that Slilwclls armies had recap tured Maymyo British a r in I headquarters and more recent temporary Burmese capital miles from Mandalay 30 C Currie 94 who 50 years ago founded the hardware business that still bears his name died Tuesday morning at 11 oclock at his home 315 Madison avenue northwest He would have been 95 years old on July 16 Mr Currie is survived by a son Frank R Currie of the Currie VanNess company and a daugh ter Mrs H W Odle 321 Madison avenue northwest and four grand children Francis H Odle Oiva tonna Minn Mrs W F Dude Decorah R L Currie 417 Ver mont avenue southeast Mason grandchildren C CURRIE Dies BRITISH LOSE 3 DESTROYERS Sunk by German Bombs in Mediterranean Sea 500 Reported Saved LONDON British ad m niirally announced Tuesday that While working at Ihe slore three British destroyers had been UFas n nf SUtllc in young work in the summer At the age of 18 the Canadian started work in a gen eral store in Oshawa now one of the largest factory towns in Can ada While working at the store Mr Currie was a member of a ivji vurrie was a member of a fy ijerm volunteer company corresponding Mediterranean to the national guard of the United States In 1869 he visited with relatives in Wisconsin and during the win ter he taught school in a rural district near Fox Lake There he met Miss Louisa Bond to whom he was married Nov 12 1871 A year previous however on May 13 1870 Mr Currie had passed through Mason City in a covered wagon enroute to govern ment land which he homesteaded Immediately following his marri age Mr Currie took his wife to the claim located onehalf mile from what is now Titonka Algona was the trading post at that time For miles and miles at that time nothing could be seen but the tall waving prairie grass In 1874 they experienced t h e grasshopper year when the locusts destroyed practically everything except tlie grass After nine years of farming and teaching school during the winter months Mr Currie moved his family in 1881 to Mason City where for three years he was a fireman and engineer on the Mil waukee railroad Then for eight years Mr Cur rie operated a restaurant in the building now the Nichols and Green shoe stoic which was built by Dr A A Noyse in 186970 and later purchased by Mr Cur rie The hardware business which 7flaVS hS amc was n Later J A Van Ness joined the firm which is now the Currie Van Ness company Mr Currie saw the change in hardware business Currics lifetime on Mav a XT fi many years iVir CU1T1C Was on May 3 of Myitkyma which is a trustee of the Methodist church 191 milpc north rtf T iu U LllulLn during Mr For many years MS Currie was Cur dat ing it from his grandfather who was a Scotch sailor who saw ac tion in the British navy under Lord Nelson Funeral arrangements for Mr Currie arc not complete The body was taken to the Major funeral home Man Leaning Against Corner Mail Box Hurt KANSAS CITY Andrew Laiurnia 50 complacently was leaning on a corner mail box when A motor car crashed into a truck The truck hopped the curbing and struck the mail box The mail box toppled over pin not Lulumia was taken to a hospital for treatment of leg injuries and bruises Buy war savings bonds stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy sunk by German bombs in the The destroyers were the Lively Jackal and Kipling More than 500 officers and msn from the three ships were saved The loss of the three ships brought to 77 the number of British destroyers sunk in 32 months of the war Just Triplets ABINGDON Eng they were only triplets After getting halt of England all excited upon the basis of medical reports and having neighbors knit layettes for quad ruplets at children were born Tuesday to Mrs Emily Woodley 28 and her soldierhus band Private Arthur Woodley Its a boy in triplicate Fulfilling the mothers wish the babies arrived on the fifth anni versary of the coronation of Kins George VI the birthday the Woodleys firstborn John 14 Seamen Die in Flaming Wreckage of Dutch Vessel MIAMI Fa OJR Fourteen seamen died in the flaming wreck age of a mediumFixed Dutch merchant ship kindled into a fiery torch by two torpedoes from two axis Uboats survivors said Tuesday FOR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OTTUMWA Walt Disney originals reproduced in the 1942 calendar of John Morrell and company will be given to the University of Iowa for permanent display in the Childrens hospital T Henry Foster president of the company announced Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Scattered showers and thunderstorms and not much change in temperature Tuesday afternoon Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon Occasional showers and Tuesday IOWA local thunderstorms afternoon through Wednesday forenoon with no decided change 1 f r in the temperature LUiet LOltCem Is MINNESOTA occasional light With Martinique rain or driazle south portion nadian portion Wednesday fore noon No decided change temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 69 Minimum Monday night SI At 8 a m Tuesday as Rain Mon morning 42 inch and YEAR AGO Maximum 55 Minimum la Nazis Claim Battle Is in THINK GOERING Court Rules Tree Game Full Swing Pinball Machines Are Illegal Iowa Supreme Justices Hold Use of Devices Constitute Gambling MAY MEET WITH FRENCH CHIEFS DES MOINES 0 The Iowa supreme court Tuesday held free game pinball machines to be gambling devices and therefore illegal under state law Reversing a Polk county district court decision which svistained a BERN SwltEerland demurrer freeing two defendants renehGerman negotialions from prosecution the court said eachms nt are satisfied thai the ma chines described in the indictment are gambling devices the posses Negotiations Between France Germany Are Near State of Urgency BERN SwltEerland negotiation reaching n state of urgency Heicbsmarshal Herman Goering may meet Wednesday with Chief i BUIIIUIIIIB uevices me p of State Petain and Chief of Gov sion of which is prohibited ernment Laval to reach final de cisions it was reported Tuesday in foreign diplomatic quarters These quarters predicted that the French would refuse to ac cept the Martinique negotiations as one of the great decisions a resultant break of relations with the United States It was reported that Otto Abeiz Adolf Hitlers representative in Paris and Laval met Monday at Moulins on the French demarka tion line and laid the groundwork for the expected meeting with Goering Laval was said to have brought France lo the brink three big decisions rejection of the Ameri can proposals for clarifying the status of Martinique the degree of military collaboration with the axis and at least a preliminary settlement of disputed points with Italy These were reported to have been the matters of imperious concern which Vichy announced led Petain to cut short his rest on the Rivieraand rush back by spe cial train to the seat of govern ment was said also that special urgency was given to the French situation with the arrival of Goerinff in Paris while the Ger man armies were making heir first major attack of the spring on the Russian front Although the question of mili tary collaboration was to be de cided foreign diplomatic observers said they doubted it would go as far as an outright military alliance The biggest point is the French fleet which with French troops in Africa would represent consid erable reinforcements for the Ger mans who are seeking new sources of power in every possible section These forces The fleet and the troops would be especially val uable if as foreign military ob servers think Germany made a military effort to consolidate her Mediterranean position this year Increase Working Hours in France VICHY Unoccupied France The German military command in France issued Tuesday a sweeping decree taking to itself powers to increase working hours in French enterprises and order ing employers to report immedi ately the number and categories of workmen made available for other work as a result of longer hours Presumably the order applies only to the occupied zone Despite abolition of the old pop ular front laws a large propor tion of French industry has been working a 40 hour week and even as little as half that in order to tut ijdLi mat in uraer 10 iinu ineir owners spread the limited employment Prosecuted for possessing them possibilities since the armistice This decision gives the state nf nn rtf i The decree of Gen Otto von occupa tion authorities Lengthening of hours would render many persons unemployed and it is with them that the census order deals The implication is that the Germans intend thus to increase their pool of forced labor which has been reported running short of the nazi demands French government headed y Pierre Lava recognizes or does ui uwc oLrtiu Gepanmeni oiicials sain any agreement hey had no informal on wWch FrPnnh M P aod with the wouW shed tSM on Petains move tmlouo g on Mar but in other quarters it was sug iTPefnrl tinique Hull was asked at his press conference whether it was true that the collaborationist chief of Kovcrnmcnlin Vichy had notified the United Stales he would not rccosnizc any arrangement for ssirrruardinr of Martinique The state had filed the appeal from the decision of Polk county District Judge Tom K Murrow dismissing illegal possession in dictments against R L Wiley and Joseph Epstein Charges had been filed following seizure of numer ous machines in a raid here Federal records showed recently that 3800 places of business were operating pinball machines in Iowa Justice R A Nolivern of Sioux City wrote the majority opinion in which Justices Bliss G a r f i c 1 d Wennerstrum and Hale concurred Justices Miller Stiscr and Sager dissented The opinion pointed out that the definition of a gambling device has come to include three ele price and a prize The ordinary pinball machine with its nickel coin slot does not constitute a game of skill the court held Obviously pinball machines may not be properly compared to games of skill such as bowling or baseball the opinion comment ed These slot machines are me chanically operated devices so constructed that skill is thwarted by the hazard and chance is the dominating element However in this state it is no longer necessary that chance be the dominating element The statute now prohibits the possession of any slot machine of device with an elemenl of chance The opinion also held a free game to be a Ihing of value The coin inserted in the pinball machine presumably is paid solely for the amusement of nperalinc the machine the opinion commented Thus the coin measures the value of a game Therefore a free game has a definite fixed value If one game is worth a nickel it is clear thai additional games are things of value In his dissenting opinion Jus lice Miller said I can see nothing aboul the pinball machine des cribed by the indictment thai would arouse the gambling spirit and lead people lo hazard their substance on the mere chance of winning a prize It seems to me that Ihe amusement factor pre dominates R Xcbcrjfall chief of tlie slate bureau of investigation hailed ilic opinion as removinK all doubt about pinballs and making the pathway of law en forcement officials much eas ier This decision Nebergall said removes all doubt concerning pinball machines Under the de cision the machines are gambling thai may be seized and owners e condemned and their es e sae bureau of investigation sheriffs ucTitt 01 uen utio von ui investigation sheriffs Stuelpnagel military commandant anci Police departments through of occupied France said minimum out lne some definite law working hours would be set by the on which to operate The old alibis economic service of the occupa of game of skill and free game are now wiped out unless it was submitted to Vichy for approval The secrciary replied lie had nothing on thai subject except to say that this government was not undertaking lo follow any phase of the Martinique situation except the negotiations under way on Martinque itself Suspense and uncertainty were WASHIWrrw c injected into the question of Mar Slat Hnn lnque and other French overseas btate Hull indicated possessions Tuesday by the sud den decision of Chief of State Mar shal Petain to cut short a Riviera by vacation and hasten back to Vichi y State department oficials said gested the axis powers might be exerting pressure on the Vichy government to undertake some despcrate action in retaliation for the Aladagascar occupation and what they called Ihe American to French western pherc WOMENS ARMY CORPS APPROVED Law Establishing Auxiliary Is Voted by Senate 38 to 27 WASHINGTON W Legisla ion authorizing establishment of i womens army auxiliary corps was approved by the senate Wed nesday and sent on to the while German mgh command announced Tuesday that a battle has been in full swing on the Kerch peninsula since German and Rumanian troops launched an attack May 8 with strong air sup port A British source in London said the Germans had been repulsed with heavy losses and except for one point still being stormed by the red army had fallen bach lo their original positions The war bulletin said German planes had sunk two transports totaling 5000 tons and several vessels and also had dam Jfied another merchant ship in at tacks on shipping off the penin sula in the southern Crimea and off the southeast coast of the Sea house Responding to pleas of Senator Austin ft the assistant re publican leader for speed the senate approved 3B to 27 the womens army bill previously passed by the house Before passing the measure the senate rejected 37 to 2G an amendment offered by Senator1 Maloney D Conn which would have restricted service of the corps to within the boundaries of the United States The measure would authorize establishment of a corps of up to 130000 volunteer women to re lieve soldiers from many non combatant duties General Mar shall army chief of staff has in formed congress there were many jobs thai women could do better than work men including in the air raid detailed warning U S Striking Force of 9 Is Being Considered WASHINGTON United Slates military striking force lot nine million men is being consid ered in Washington legislative cir cles Representative Vinson D chairman of house naval af fairs committee said he believed the ultimate goal of the army would be from 7000000 lo 8000 000 men and that the navy prob ably would need 1000000 Vinson said these figures were unof ficial tion in the house of commons Other casualties excluding deaths T A T i from natural causes included 46 llltO AUIOI IS Rilled 363 WOlinded SB 45 nrisrmrrc rf 363 wounded 58458 prisoners of war and 29755 missin STODDAKD TO SPEAK IOWA CITY Dr George D Stoddard who retires as direc tor of the Iowa Child Welfare Re search station at the University of Iowa on July 1 will speak on the stations 25th anniversary pro gram June Ifi and 17 He is lo be come commisisoncr of education in New York state GERMANS HINT SPRING THRUST MAY BE OPENED Clash in Strategic Kerch Peninsula Area Revealed in Reports BULLETIN STOCKHOLM Ber lin correspondent of the news paper Aftonblailet reported Tuesday night that German troops arc a new ncn poisonous nerve gas apainst Russians in flicir attempted drive across the Kerch penin sula in the Crimea By IIENKY C CASSIDY MOSCOW German of fensive against soviet positions of Azov One German broadcast said a military spokesman had described the Crimean action as the first winter offensive According to this source the Germans also have introduced new and improved weapons on the Kerch front The spokesman said they were weapons announced by Adolf Hitler in his last speech Rereadins of the text of Hit lers latest address of April ZG Jailed to disclose any reference to new and improved weapons A Wilhelmslrasse spokesman again emphasized that the Ger mans had used no gus on the east ern front and did not intend to He declared the coming battles would t had flared up on the Kerch peninsula of the Crimea tlic Rus ians asserted Tuesday The midday communique said nothing important occurred Mon day night indicating the push had ceased at least tempor prove gas the Germans needed British Casualties Now Total 183550 LONDON in the British empires armed forces mu toe armed forces for the first two years of the war are exempted as well as emergency were 183550 of which 48973 were deliveries made in the killed Clement Attlee secretary fc noalh and safety of state for dominion affairs closed Tuesday in reply to a ques Postpone Date for Putting Limits on Certain Deliveries WASHINGTON of fice of defense transportation Tuesday postponed until June 1 its order restricting to one a day local deliveries by newspapers dairies laundries and other es tablishments The order had been scheduled to become effective May 15 The ODT ordered postponement to give concerns affected by the or der more time in which lo revise their delivery schedules and work out plans for conservation of tires and equipment under wartime standards As it now stands the order when effective would eliminate special deliveries and prohibit more than one delivery to the same person on the same day by any powered or horsedrawn rub ber tired vehicle Deliveries to hospitals and the armed forces I Fort Dodge Girl Runs FORT DODGE IF Colleen Casscns daughter of Air and Mrs George P Cassens of Fort Dodge was Islied here Monday afternoon when she ran into the street from behind a pirked car and into the front end of an auto driven by Donald J Purlc 17 rural route 2 Buy war savings bonds and stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy arily Whether army resistance halted the attack or the Germans reverted to their old tactics of fighting by day and resting by night could not be determined im mediately The Kritish radio quoted a Berlin broadcaster as speaking of offensive and defensive ac tions fought cast of the Kcrch Kharknv line which would cover a mainland area of more than 200 miles in the lower Donets basin as well as tlie Crimea A Berlin military spokesman declared JHell has been let loose over the bolshevik positions irt the Kerch peninsula Squadron after squadron of German planes are racing over the bolshevik front where Junkers 87s are carrying out divebomb ing attacks German sappers and infantry were said to have landed behind Russian lines under fierce fire The lethal clash of men ma chines and planes across eastern reaches of the Crimea which were lost and Ihcn regained by the Rus sians in 1341 was disclosed in a restrained midnight report of the soviet information bureau During May II in the Kerch peninsula said our troops waged stubborn battles against German fascist troops who lind taken the offensive On other sec tors of the front nothing of sig nificance occurred The trend of tlie fighting was not announced German coals include seizure of oit and tim ber of the Caucasus turning of the allied flank in Iran and possibly a junction with Japan at the Indian ocean The midday communique fairt there were no important changes overnight fn battles for point M on the southern front our tank crews annihilated over ZOO enemy sol diers and destroyed one German tank three guns four mortars and five machincKuns and blew up a warehouse full of mines it said On another sector a group of our tanks attacked a strongly SEBASTOPOL NAVAL BASE CRIMEA CHARGE OF LIGHT BRIGADE OCCURRED HERE
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