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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 14, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY THIS PAIEn CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS JMU REDS SMASH AT BATES OF KHARKOV Launch Full URGES MINIMUM TAX ON EACH INCOME RETURN Morgcnthau Advocates All Who File U S Returns Pay Something WASHINGTON of he Treasury Morgenthau Thursday advocated a minimum tax ol several dollars on every one who files an income tax re turn Under existing laws millions of jieoole whose personal ex emptions and other deductions exceed their income pay no tax at all even though they have fo file returns Morgenthau said his expert were studying the constitutional ol the proposal and if they founi a legal method ol having such a minimum he would ask congress to enact it The secretary pointed out tha a similar tax has been proposed by Senator George chair man ot the senate finance com mittee who calls it an examina tion tax because it would reim burse the treasury for the expense of examining otherwise non taxable returns At one point in the press con ference in which he revealed the proposal Moreenthau eested15 as a suitable minimum and estimated that the treasury could collect 3100000000 a year through this method Thats a tidy sum and we can use it he commented On hill strong behind thescenes administration press ure was reported against a general sales tax and ways and means committeemen who previously had indicated sentiment for such a levy were reported changing over One informal poll showed that a oncesubstantial majority for cither a retail or manufacturers sales tax had disappeared and that the present lineup was 13 lo 12 against such a levy The trend away from a sales tax was emphasized when the com mittee decided tentatively to cut the present personal income tax exemption to and the exemption for married couples to Under this plan a single man earning as little as a week would have to file a tax report Members said that such a big dip into the ranks of lowincome I workers who formerly were tax j exempt probably would preclude the possibility a sales tax which 1 most factions concede would fall I most heavily on that class of workers SENTENCE IOWAN FOR MURDER McGregor Youth Pleads Guilty to Slaying South Dakota Woman IPSWICH S Dak 17 farmhand from AIcGreg Tpr Iowa was sentenced to a life Kerm in the state penitentiary late Iwednesday when he pleaded Emily to the slaying of Mrs Mil Ion Hoffman 21 wife of his em ployer I Fu2k nal been charged with irst degree murder in the shootin lf farm wife an expectant and with manslaughter r the death of her unborn child ircuit Judge J M Bottom sen meed the youth to a fouryear rm on the manslaughter charge Funk gave revenge as the lotive for the slayings Wednes ay failing to amplify the remark Jarher States Attorney H L Boodworth said Funk signed a saying he killed the because of what he con Tiered ill by his em Joyers He displayed no emotion hen sentenced Block Senate Debate Over Gas Privilege WASHINGTON ob jection by Senator Norris Ind Nebr blocked senate considera tion Thursday of a resolution by Senator Downey DCal declar ing that members would not seek special privileges in the use oj rationed gasoline Senator Barkley of Kentucky the democratic leader led a vig orous fight against considera tion of the measure asserting that it was offered because a teapot explosion had been caused by the issuance of X cards to some members nf con pess entitling hem to unlim ited access to gasoline for Iheir cars Senator Danalier RConn said Downeys action in making the resolution public before il was offered in the senate consti tuted cheap demogoguery anc asserted that Downey was at tempting to make political capi tal at the expense ot other mem bers Norris who had sat silent dur ing nearly two flours of debate while a half dozen senators round ly denounced thc resolution rose to object quietly to consideration of the measure after demands had been made for a record vote Norris objection automatically prevented immediate action on the resolution and it was placed on the senate calendar for possible later consideration HINT CHISELING FOR GAS7CARPS WASHINGTON dinary demands for X and B3 gasoline rationing cards Thursday threatened a reduction in the three gallon basic unit for gasoline along the eastern sea board X cards entitle holders to an unlimited supply of gasoline cards allow holders 57 gal Ions between Friday and July 1 Office of price administration officials indicated the probabil ity that no move to reduce the basic unit would be made until the registration which ends Thursday night has been tabu lated and it is ascertained how many of the 3500000 motorists in the 17 eastern states received high gallonage cards Officials did not hide their con cern about the unofficial reports of the small number of A cards gallons a were being issued Reports from major eastern cities hinted at widespread chiseling among registrants But there also were reports that many motorists who obtained X cards now are swapping them for cards allowing a smaller amount of gas oline Motorists arc on their honor to state how many mile they drive to work each day The major storm center over gasoline rationing cards was con gress A majority of the members reported to have obtained X cards and Wednesday they almost to a man in denounce he criticism leveled at them bv newspapers Even congressmens secre taries were getting X cards Ralph W Strawbridge principal of a hish school set aside for registration of capitol employes reported that about 47 secre taries sot unlimited cards Tues day More wanted them he said but were denied them when the criticism of the full lank for congressmen started PLAN CATTLE CONGRESS I WATERLOO WJE S Estel c ol the Day le Congress said the cxposi would be held in Waterloo om Sept 23 lo Oct 4 despite gncellatton the national dairy how at aicmphis Tenn Thursday the senate which was recess Wednesday gets hance to discuss the issue Sena tor Sheridan Downey D Cal will introduce a resolution assert ing that members of congress are not entitled to special rationing considerations in a nation at war There was no doubt that most congressmen were piqued Senator Kenncth McKellar D Tenn re fleeted the general attitude when he asked if it was proposed that the senators maybe some of us could crawl Die in Fire at Wichita Falls Tex WICHITA FALLS Tex At least three persons died early Thursday in a fire which gutted the 8story Texan hotel and spread next door to the 4story Studio hotel The Texan hotel fir started shortly after 5 a m and quickly swept through thc build the Studio hotel f ALLIED PLANES SINK JAP BOAT HIT 2 OTHERS 15 Japanese Bombing Planes Are Smashed b Wide Aerial Assault MELBOURNE Australia Gen Douglas MatArthurs flyin fortresses and CatalinaCosolidat ed bombers opening a new phas of their offensive have sunk on Japanese ship damaged two an smashed 15 Japanese bombin planes in attacks over a 1750 mil front it was announced Thui day Defensive fighters newly ar rived from the United Stales shot down two and damaged one of a formation of Japanese navyO fighters which vainly attempted to raid the allied air drome at Port Moresby New Guinea MacArthur announced in a gen eral headquarters eommuniqu that his planes had sunk a 3000 ton enemy invasion ship and ob tained direct bomb hits on one o 3000 tons and another ot 20Q tons in a punishing raid on Am boina Japanese naval base 66 miles north of Darwin in th Netherlands East Indies Bombs were showered on th general harbor area Pilots saw wharf burst into flames and i was indicated that cxtensiv damage was done to dock ihstal lations with the possibility tha other ships were damaged b near miss blasts or bomb frag menls A second fleet of United State and Australian flyers attacked tlv great enemy invasion base at Ra baul in the Bismarck island northeast of They swept over thc field to imd that the unsuspecting Jap anese apparently believing un favorable weather would keep the allied flyers home had left a group of at leasl 15 great bombing planes onHie runway Within a few seconds demoli tion and fragmentation bombs were falling among them The crews saw three go up in bits and t seemed unlikely that any of thc rest remained serviceable While Japanese fighters hovered about nervously apparently fear ng to attack the allied bomber1 plastered the shipping in Rabau harbor with more bombs Free French Flyer Bombs Own Factory LOTvDOX and machinegunning their old home towns has ceased to be anything new for numerous Free French flyers operating with the RAF but one who remained partic ularly after a raid was quoted That factory we smashed the other am its prinrrai in fact 1 pra Others told of somewhat hap pier experiences Recently I was right over my own kitcnen garden said one I wanted to go down for a look but I was chasing a FockcWulf and had a Messcrschmitt on my Slill another reported While scouting over Nor mandy I flew over my old home stead I saw my apple trees in good fettle In the doorway a woman waved Im sure it was my mother Hunts for 4 Leaf Clovers Loses Watch T vw Kan WMrs J W Noble spent the afternoon accumulating 33 fourleaf clovers in tne process she lost her new gold wristwatch FUNERAL DIRECTORS ELECT DES MOINES S Wag er of Griswold Wednesday was elected president of the Iowa runcral Directors and Embalmers issociation succeeding Burdettc Koland of Atlantic Clyde Hnmger of Jefferson was elected rice president Warships at Martinique Immobilized F FORT DE FRANCE MARTINIQUE FRENCH AIRCRAFT CARRIER BEARN DECLARES WEST COAST IN DANGER Stimson Asserts Hes Glad That Armed Force There Are on Alert WASHINGTON nmSecrelars of War Henry L Stimson declare Thursday that there was a rca danger of air attack on the wes coast and that he was glad tha the armed forces there were on the alert against it He made this statement at a press conference in reply to a re quest for comment on the numer ous blackouts caused on the west coast by alarms resulting from the approach of friendly planes While he had no information on the cause of the alarms there he said he knew theyre on thcii toes out there I think theres a real dangei here he continued Tin glad theyre on the alert cant be on the alert vilhout going farther than neces ary at particular times ECUADOR QUAKE IS FATAL TO 60 American Vice Consul and Wife Reported Dead at Guayaquil GUAYAQUIL tcuador UR A violent earthquake rockeB juayaquil and surrounding terri oiy Wednesday night killing at east GO persons smashing three arge buildings and diFrupting and communications lines ivcv the metropolitan area The emblor lasted one minute in Guayaquil a city of 96000 in outhwestcrn Ecuador Heaviest amage was observed in the owntown area where the three cinforcedconcrcte buildings vere wrecked A four story build ng tumbled within 10 seconds fter the first shock U S VICE CONSUL iND WIFE KILLED WASHINGTON death n an Ecuadorian earthquake vednesday night of John M laughter American vice consul t Guayaquil and Mrs Slaughter vas announced Thursday by the tate department Slaughter 3 unior in the diplomatic service from South Bend Ind KITES TO BE FRIDAY FORT DODGE ff Funeral crvices were set or Friday for ceil D Cosgriff 36 power corn any lineman who was electro uted when he came in contact i a high tension line French U S Officials Are Carrying Out Immobilization Whether Merchant Ships Are Included in Talks Is Not Revealed WASH INGTON F r e n c 1 warships at Martinique arc hcin immobilized it was authoritative disclosed Thursday The immobilization is being car ried out in cooperation bctweci French and American naval and other officials on the spot Other important details of a comprehensive solution of the problem of French possessions in the Caribbean are still discussed it was said Responsible sources cmphasizec that these negotiations are beinj carried on directly with Admira Georges Robert French high com missioner on Martinique and tha I he United States is not in any sense dealing with or looking It the Vichy government in this matter Warships affected by the innbil izatiort agreement include it jnderstood the aircraft carriei Beam and the cruisers Einilc Berlin and Jeanne DArc It was not immediately closcd whether any French mer chantmen are involved in the dis cussions now proceeding The German controlled Paris press recently published that the United States had sought to requisition merchantmen lying at Martinique ami tint Admiral Jean Darlan commandcrin chief of armed forces under Vichy control had instructed the commanders of these vessels to scuttle rather than allow them lo fall into American hands Secretary of State Hull con ferred ivuli President Roosevelt Ihursday and it was understood hey discussed thc Martinique situation Shortly before lie wciv white house Hull talkeu vilh high ranking army and navy officers and with Ray Atheiton icting chief of the state depart ments division of European st airs Reports from Berlin and Bern hat Pierre Lava the French of government who favors ollaboration with Germany had idvised the United States he was eady to immobilize French war nips now at Martinique but vould not hand over merchant hips berthed there met a cold eception at the state department Repeatedly officials have point d out that the United States was legottating directly with Admiral Robert as the ultimate rench authority in the Carib ean and that questions involved vould be settled on Martinique Japs in Canadian Immigration Stanon Turn Water on Sentry VANCOUVER B C itary authorities kept a close watch over a score of Japanese Thursday to prevent a recurrenc of rioting that broke out when the Orientals were refused pcrmissioi to talk with friends through thc barred windows ot the immigra tion station During thc turmoil the Japan esc turned a fire hose on a sentry tore loose an iron window gratini and threw it into thc street three floors below and wrecked thei quarters For several days thc Japanese had gathered at their windows calling to passersby Civilians were turned back Tuesday bv soldiers however and thc rioting followed Wednesday Thc Japanese held In Ilic immi station are among thnsi to be evacuated to central fannda Immigration authorities dis claimed responsibility The situation is entirely in tin lands of the military an immi gration officer said The Japa icse arc housed in this immigra tion building but we have no for mal control over them Buy stamps from carrier hoy war savings bonds and your GlobeGazette Weather Report FORECAST MASOX CITY Cooler with di mmiEhing winds ind frost Thursday night conlinucd cool Friday forenoon IOWA Cooler Thursday after noon and Thursday nipht with scattered light frost Thursday cool Friday night continued afternoon MINNESOTA Cooler cxtrcm south Thursday night followed by rising temperatures Friday forenoon heavy frost Thursday night IN MASON CITY lobeGazetIc weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 75 Minimum Wednesday night 38 At 8 a m Tiiursday 33 There was a 37 degree drop in nc temperature Wednesday night strong winds were recorded AGO Maximum Minimum a Nazis Claim Foes Pursued in Kerch Area BERLIN from German broad German high command said Thursday that in its Kerch peninsula offensive the pursuit of the beaten enemy is be ing relentlessly continued while to thc northeast at several poinls on the Donets front our troops are resisting strong enemy attacks supported by tanks Thc latter actions coincided with Russian reports of breaching the Germans first line before Kharkov if f A Berlin radio interpretation of lie daily communique said that the Kerch action in the Crimea was in part a pursuit of forces which escaped encircle ment in a German break through the Parpatsch position near the neck of the peninsula about 50 miles short nf Kerch strait sf The Berlin commenlary spoke also of Germans mopping up a pocket at Akmonai freeing troops tor pursuit of thc fleeing enemy Cloudbursts had soaked a few roads temporarily and turned them into morasses but these difficul ties which from men and machines demanded great additional efforts could impede only a little the im petuous advance of thc German troops the commentary said While the enemy troops vveie m the greatest haste and confusion trying to escape threatening doom along a railway leading to Kerch and along the sole coastal road he ing advancedfurther in an east ern direction Occasional resistance mostly hy weak enemy forces uas speedily broken The result of Ilicse victorious pursuit en counters is reflected bv the miiii of prisoners and the amount f booty uliicii Is continually increasing The commenlary was more ebb orate on thc Kerch action than the regular communique which spoke concisely of continued pursuit f the bcnlen enemy and air raids on the port of Kerch and shippin concentrations in these waters The Kerch strait about five miles wide at its narrowest point separates the peninsula from a projecting tangle of swamps and peninsulas wliicli the Germans doubtless seek as a foothold for invasion ot the oilrich Caucasus The reportedbombardment of Kerch did not square well with an indirect report that the Bu charest high command had claimed that Germans and Rumanians Possession of the port Tim German communitiiic credits for bravery in the Kerch action said one Jiiunccr engineers battalion Hcarcil away 110000 lam mines on Slay 8 casing flc path for assault troops Some shock forces were carried IhoinHi heavy seas o effect a landiiic at the rear of Ihc Russians coastal position it said On the northern front Finnish air formations were credited with attacks Wednesday on shipping argeU1 in thc mouth of tiie Vodla which flows into Lake Onejja from the east a sector of lie RussianFinnish front While reporting continued suc in the Crimean campaign the ugh command acknowledged that he Russians were attacking re jeatedly and with strong forces on the Donets front to thc north At several on the Donets ronl the bulletin said our roops arc resisting strong enemy itlacks vupported by tanks Beese Marshalltown n Charge of WPB unctions in Iowa DES MOINES Beese of Marshalllowu will be in harge of all war production board unctions in thc area under thc DCS Momes office which now in udes all of Iowa according to an nnounccmcnt received here Wed nesday from regional headquarters n Chicago Beeses title will be manager of lie Des Moincs office of the WPB nor to thc reorganization move e was director of the Iowa con ract distribution branch ot thc VPB production division Beese Thursday was with the PB caravan which is touring the tae with n display of items which owa manufacturers might make n subcontract for war purposes RUSH THROUGH GERMAN FIRST DEFENSE LINES Masses of Trained Red Reserves Tanks Planes Make Assaults BULLETIN LONDON re ports saiil Thursday that thc red army lias fougit its way into the streets of in important city on Hie southern front In formed quarters believed that the inner German defenses of Kharkov may have been broken By HENRY C CASSIDY MOSCOW red army reported Thursday that it was smashing at the very gates of Kharkov important industrial center of the Uk raine in a fullscale spring offensive coinciding i t h German preoccupation on the Kerch peninsula 380 miles to the south where the Rus sians admitted giving some ground The attack on Kharkov which the Russians said already has smashed through thc first line of German defenses and was ham mering at the second is no mere diversionary action to lessen on Kerchbut is the real thing air soviet accounts emphasized Although it may have that secondary ctfeet it has been long and carefully prepared of reserves who have been Irainiiijr just behind Hi Ifoul have cone into action for thc first lime and assembled laulis am artillery arc striking at the Germans after x prc attack bombardment of nazi airdromes in ihc southwest the Russians said The broad drive aows Ilin Ukrainian plains overshadowed both the German advance in thc narrow Kerch pcninsulii and a new vigorous Russian campaign m the north for thc further relief of besieged Leningrad Ahacobra and Tomahawk planes from the United States Hurricanes from Britain ad both American and Britishmade tanks arc playing big roles in thc Kliarl kov and Leningrad offensives Shipment of American sup plies has lately increased in volume aiicl British materials have hern coiuu io RIssia throughout the winter W f The Germans arc susiaininc heavy loses in men and male Is declared Sluofficial aimy paper ii discussing Ihc Kharkov offensive Evcrylhiiiri is being abandoned by the Ger mans in great quantities on thc field of action1 Thc soviet dispatches said Mar shal Semcon Titnoahenkos offen sive tlms appeared to have sur insed the Germans who have jielri Kharkov since last October ind not only forestalled a majorGcr nan assault but to have laid the foundation for fleeing Kharkov All winter the city has been a SEMEOV TIMOSKEXK Chief in Ukraine
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