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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 10, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             f I I 11 I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS JUNE 10 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK 1WO SECTIONS SECTION ONE f j Vc i n T y M SECTION ONENO 207 NAZIS STORM AGAINST SEVASTOPOL NAVY SPEAKER COMMENTS ON NIPPON CLAIMS Tokio Asserts Western Islands in Chain Have Been Seized by Forces WASHINGTON navy spokesman countered axis claims of Japanese occupation of Aleutian islands bases Wednesday with a categorical assertion that none o our inhabited areas islands o rocks are troubled with uninvited visitors up to this time Asked for comment on axis claims tliat army forces had de stroyed positions on the Aleu tian islands the spokesman said We have 110 information about any Japanese on Alaskan soil Certainly none of our inhabited areas islands or rocks is troubled with uninvited visitors up to this time Earlier the navy declined to make any comment on Japanese claims that two United States air craft carriers and a large trans port had been sunk in operations around Midway island and Dutch Harbor Alaska pointing merely to American communiques which admitted the damaging of one carrier and the loss of a destroyer Naval spokesmen indicated they regarded the Tokio claims as an other fishing expedition to try to bring out information as to the disposal of United States fleet comment they have made several times after other Japanese claims which later developments proved were unfounded Admiral Ernest J Kinf commander in chief ot the fleet told a press conference Sunday that United States losses in the Midway battle were relatively inconsiderable in comparison with those of the enemy Admiral King at that time de scribed the situation around Dutch Harbor as obscure say ins We have none too clear a picture of what is going on but it is going on Naval spokesmen said there was no further comment to be made now on Admiral Kings descrip tion of the situation in that area It has been customary for both the army and navy to withhold official detailed comment on ma jor naval and aviation action until it was considered none of the revelations could aid the en emy No official United States an nouncement for example was made of the armys bombing of Tokio until weeks after it look place Declare Western Aleutians Seized TOKIO Japanese Broadcast Recorded by United Piess in New Japanese imperial command Wednesday night said that Japanese forces have seized western islands of the Alaskan Aleutian archipelago near the U S Dutch Harbor naval base The landing of Japanese army troops and naval units on the Aleutians carried out list Sun day was said to have been for the purpose of frustrating ene my plans for making air raids against northern Japan with the Aleutians as a base The Japanese navalair attack on Midwayisland it was added was for the purpose of knocking out an American bass from which air attacks might be directed against Japan proper The Japanese announcements made it clear that the abortive attack on the U S Pacific out post of Midway and the two air attacks on Dutch Harbor were defensive attacks that the Japa nese were fearful of new Ameri can air or possibly naval assaults upon Japans island empire from these two bases Thursday morning Japanese newspapers carried bold headlines of the Midway and Dutch Harbor attacks and the Nichi Nichi in its headline said Various strategic bases in the Aleutians have been captured Imperial navy forces in coopera tion with army units continue the attacks Capture of Aleutians JE progressing fluaide said that effective blows have been dealt against the American continent and at one stroke they have extended Jap Version of Midway Is Offered By ROGER B GREENE Associated Press War Editor Imperial Tokio headquarters sought to minimize the gravity o the Japanese naval disaster a Midway Wednesday but acknowl edged that United States forces had sunk an aircraft carrier heavily damaged another carriei and damaged a cruiser Official United States re ports have listed 16 and pos sibly 18 Japanese warships sunk or damaged before the enemy fleet limped off in retreat Moreover an eyewitness ac count by Ensign George H Gay Jr 25 year old U S navy flyer declared three of Japans aircrafi carriers including two of the 26 900ton KagaAkagi class were seen to burst into flames under attack by American torpedo planes Tokio did not not specify the class of the carrier it admit ted lost Belatedly lifting the veil of its secrecy on the battles of Mid way and Dutch Harbor the Japanese command gave its first version of the conflicts with its scoresheet bearing no relation to the account of staggering Japanese naval losses as re ported by United States war bulletins The Tokio communique ac knowledged the loss of only a sin gle Japanese aircraft carrier and damage to two other warships while claiming that two TJ S air craft carriers and a large trans port were sunk Here are the contrasting tallies JAPAN CLAMS V S Jipmneie Losses Carrier Damaged One 19900 Ton Carriers Damaged One Transport Carrier Cruiser One uruiser Shot Doivn Planes Planes UNITED STATES CLAIMS U S Losses Japanese Losie Sunk Two and One Dcstrojcr Possibly Three Da ma ted One C a r r i e r s One Carrier Destroyer Damaged Three Battleship Eight to 11 other ships Tokio headquarters said two U S aircraft carriers of the En terprise and Hornet types each normally carrying 2072 men and about 100 planes were sent to the bottom in the battle off Midway island The U S transport was listed as sunk at Dutch Harbor The Japanese command said its naval forces attacked not only the U S naval base at Dutch Harbor but also the whole group of the Aleutians and continued these attacks on the enemy posi tions on June 4th and 5th In breaking its long silence imperial headquarters dismissed the threeday battle of Midway as a brief but heavy assault on a singleday June 5 which in flicted heavy damage on enemy naval units and naval and air force establishments Significantly however the Jap anese for the first time did not claim victory over the U S naval forces which Tokio many weeks ago declared were wiped out Japans defensive areas 2300 nautical miles to the east Japanese naval operations in he future will be marked by fur her increased activity he said Admiral Isoroku Yamamotos irategy in the Pacific naval and air battle he said was to destroy he American aircraft carriers and with this purpose he attacked Midway catching an enemy naval unit consisting of aircraft carriers of the Enterprise and Hornet ypes As the enemy wouldnt come alighting the Japanese planes arried the battle to the enemy mally sinking two carriers of the inierprise type and one of the lornet type FEW OP ALEUTIANS USABLE FOR BASES observ ers here doubted that occupation of some of the Aleutians by the apanese would present any im portant threat to the North American mainland Few if any of the Aleutians outside of Unalaska on which Dutch Harbor is located are us able for land based aircraft or even for naval operations For the most part the islands are pre apitous rocks offering little shel Observcrs believe that if the Japanese occupied the outlying islands it would be little more than a facesaving move to off set Ihendefeats in the Midway area and in the Coral sea Aleutians JUSTICE MURPHY to Army JUSTICE MURPHY GOES TO ARMY Will Be Absent From U S Supreme Court for Wars Duration WASHINGTON Justice Frank Murphy is leaving tne supreme court temporarily associates said Wednesday to be come a lieutenanlPiolonelinthe army Attaches of fhe high court re ported that he would take the oath of office at the war deparl and would leave shortly thereafter for Fort Benning Ga or four months of intensive training in the field and then would spend six weeks in the ad vanced school of infanlry at Fort Benning He is to be attached lo the of ice of the chief of staff Gen eorge C Marshall It was said at the court that ufc vijui u inai Justice Murphy would not resign but would be absent the du ration Murphy 49 saw overseas sevv ce in the last war When the United States entered that war he entered an officers training school and in 1918 went overseas as captain in the 85th division He served with the army of oc cupation in Germany until March The bachelor jurist took his su reme court seat on Feb 5 1940 nfter serving a year as attorney eneral He was appointed to succeed he late Justice Pierce Buller of Minnesota IS REGIONAL DIRECTOR WASHINGTON G of St Paul and New Jim Minn will serve as the fed eral works administrations re gional director for nine states west of the Mississippi river including Iowa Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Occasional show ers and thunderstorms Wednes day afternoon Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon Not much change in temperature OWA Occasional showers and thunderstorms in east portion Wednesday afternoon through Thursday forenoon and in portion Wednesday afternoon and early Wednesday night Cooler in extreme west portion Wednesday night and in west portion Thursday forenoon MINNESOTA showers and thunder storms Wednesday afternoon and early Wednesday night west portion and east portion Wednesday afternoon ednesday night and Thursday forenoon Cooler west and cen tral Thursday forenoon ond west portion Wednesday night Moderately strong winds west Wednesday afternoon ant Wednesday night Entire state Thursday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday go Minimum Tuesday night 57 At 8 a m Wednesday 6S 03 inch YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 54 Precipitation 03 REPORT PETAIN CONVINCED AXIS WONT WIN WAR Authoritative Sources Declare Chief Tries to Save French Integrity By WADE WERNER WASHINGTON year of war since Dunkerque hav convinced Chief ot State Marsha Petain that the axis cannot win authoritative reports from Vich revealed Wednesday There was a time after the fa of France in 1340 when Petai regarded aGer man victory a inevitable bi now these re ports said th old marshal i is c o n v i n ce Germany an her allies be defeated Vichys Col I a b o rationis Chief of Gov ernment Pierr ciin v u u Laval however suit holds the contrary view Ai American observer who recentl talked with him quoted Laval a saying Germany could not be de feated and moreover that would be a disaster for Europe i England and soviet Russia won Keliable informants in Vich Arairal Darian1 PETAIN the government f vernmen armed forces holds a somewha similar opinion Sources in close touch with developments around retain Pictured the afed chief of state as a patriot surrounded by in triguers and exposed to pres sure from German authorities Jet laboring 10 protect the in tegrity of France aThe Drench are fullj aware the tragic handicap un der which Petain is striving to relieve their suffering this infor mant said They know that Petai was forced by the Germans to ac cept Laval as his chief of govern ment possibly by threatening to occupy all ot France German pressure is reported to involve many other threats of dii consequences for the French i they fail to collaborate These in clude even threats of reprisal against French prisoners of war m Germany Some Frenchmen fear particularly the possibility that these 1500000 prisoners in trerman hands might be mal treated or starved There are limits to what the axis could accomplish bv such pressure however As outlined it authoritative reports rcceivec icre these limits are Hitlers re iuctancc to undertake a comnle occuatio vuiiiijimt occupation of France with the vast increase in troops of occupa tion such a move would make necessary and HiUers equal re uctance to provoke revolution in rrance at the very time hehopes to squeeze Ihe utmost in war pro duclion out of French workers Thus although H would lie an easy matter for Laval to drive Petain into retirement with the help of German pressure ihe Germans are not likely to do this if they think it would pre cipitate a revolution with alt a revolution would mean in terms of paralyzed production and economic disruption As for hopes of a general French revolt against German forces in the occupied regions rcporis re ceived here indicate little chance of such a general uprising until allied forces not only have landed on the continent but have dem onstrated an ability u maintain themselves there In other words r renchmcn want to be shown that their revolt would be effective and would really help to end the war soon Attacks on German soldiers in occupied France and other dis turbances embarrassing the forces of occupation still are unorgan ized and sporadic according to these reports but they might at any moment become widespread and overwhelming under the im petus ot a really largescale in vasion by allied troops RITES TO BE THURSDAY DES MOINES JP Funeral services will be Thursday for John Sherman Irish 77 assistant sec retary of the Iowa Stale Traveling Mens association who died here Tuesday Make Test of Fire Three naval officers all export swimmers lump into iVatelVl 3 Pool in f nil demon shations to show that men can swim through burninK oil sSins will be taught students at the navys mefliirht school in Athens Ga when it opens soon Stanley Smith Prominent Osage Business Man Dies Veteran Lumber f Dealer Succumbs to Heart Attack OSAGE Smith 62 died here Tuesday night a heart altack while attending a business meeting at the Home Trust and Savings bank of which he was vice president Mr Smith was director and executive of the James A Smith Lumber company and 1936 treas urer of the Iowa republican cen tral committee Born in Osage he attended school here and went to South Dakota while a young man to manage lumber yards for his father He went later to Tripoli where he was married to Sadie Messenger of Wavcrly and 25 years ago they moved to where they bad Jived since Surviving Mr Smith arc his wife two daughter Mrs E I Willson Jr of Charles City ind Ruth Smith of Minneapolis us mother Mrs James A of Osagc five brothers Fred and Lee of Osage Iloyd of Spirit ake Dick of Hollywood Cal and Merrill of Charles Cily and a sister Mrs Jessie Leach of Chicago Funeral arrangements were in complete Wednesday Mayor Csage from 1921 to 923 Mr Smith also served as Bremer county representative in he general assembly in He hen lived at Tripoli He and four brothers owned the ames A Smith Lumber com ony founded by their father in Si i and also Ihe Uoyal Lumber pmpany formerly operating in oua Soulh Dakota md Imnesota The brothers had dis osed of some of their yards in ccent years but continued a chain f H yards in Iowa and Minnesota Smith was a graduate of the University of Iowa STANLEY SMITH Argentina Protests to Axis in Tanker Sinking BUENOS AIRES na formally protesting to Ger many and Italy the torpedoing f the tanker Victoria charged Vednesday that axis commun ques were circumstantial cvi ence that an axis submarine had een guilty Foreign Minister En ique Riuz Guianzu said Argen na had protested because it is his governments imperative duly o denounce aggression committed gainst a ship flying the Argen ne flag sailing as a neutral irotigh a free sea engaged in eaceful without or previous investigation international Jaw Albert Lea Fatal Crash Evidence Is Presented ALBERT LEA Minn district court jury Wednesday heard testimony in the trial of Arthur Clow accused of criminal negligence in the death of Mrs Mildred D Valencik of Albert Lea A coroners jury ruled that the death which occurred wlien Clows automobile plunged into a ditch was the result ot the driv ers negligence T1VO DIE IN PLANE CRASH BARKERSFIELD Cal fT Aviation Cadet Gienu J McKcan 23 ot Dolliver Iowa and Lieut Halph A Robcdcau 25 of Port land Ore were kiiled in a train ing plane crash here Monday Nazi Effort to Get to Oil By LOUIS F KEEJILE Of the United Press War Desk The determined assault on Se vastopol after more than seven months of futile siege apparently a German is preliminary a to KEEMLE drive across the Strait of Kerch towards the Caucasus oil fields It Sevastopol Most cow admits the outlook is seri German offensive in the south ern Ukraine to wards Rostov may be expected soon to form ihe northern flank of the Caucasus drive With possession of Sevasto pol the Germans would hold the entire Crimea and would have eliminated a Russian threat from thenrear They apparently are sacrificing heavily to gain their purpose in this their third majoi assault on the forl This southern operation may be only the opening phase of a gi gantic summer campaign extend ing almost from the Arctic to the Black sea The Ukrainian drive would be the most important he cause of the oil at stake But a new offensive against Moscow and Leningrad may he expected and also a far northern drive south of Murmansk The offensives around Len ingrad and Moscow and in the region between Moscow and Hie Ukraine would be de signed lo keep Russian strength heavily engaged here and nre reinforcement of Marshal Timoslienkos southern army The Arctic drive would he to cut the railroad line from Mur mansk and jeopardize Russias indispensable flow of supplies from the allies The attack on Leningrad mol likely would be entirely from the Russian side and not down from southern Finland Neither would the attack on Ihe Murmansk rail road be from southern or central Finland because a branch line skirting Onega bay at the south ern end of the White sea con nects it with the railroad running from Archangel to Moscow It is of utmost importance lo Germany to cut the railway be cause it would leave only Arch angel as a port of entry for sup plies the Arctic route Arch angels facilities are not great enough to handle tho load and besides it is open to navigation only during the summer months Hitlers recent visit to Finland undoubtedly was connected with this coming campaign which requires that Finland stay in the war Washington au thorities do not believe Finland is capahle of continuing in the war another winter without German help on i large scale in food and supplies as well as men Hitler undoubtedly nrom scrt such help lo encourage Finland not to make a separate peace A drive for the railroad prob ably would be in northern Kar elia An attack on Murmansk itself would be a much more dif ficult operation The forces which Mitler has in Finland already have been sent to the north It would facilitate Hitlers op erations to work from his bases Norway The most practical way to do so would he by using he railways across Sweden Fo hat reason Sweden which con sistently has refused to consent o the passage of German troops n cither direction is apprchcn ive and fears being dragged ino he war Buy war savings bonds and tamps from your GlobeGazette earner bay Car Rushing Injured Youth to Hospital Runs Into Pole Richard Dick Hughes 2i son of Mr and Mrs W B Hughes 120 Fourteenth street northwest was in two accidents before he fi nally reached the hospital Wed nesday morning where he is now undergoing treatment for cuts and bruises He asleep the first time while driving a truck on Highway near Bakers comer eight miles west of Mason Cily shortly after a m The truck ran off the highway a post in an embankment at the side of the road according to Sheriff Tim Phalcn A C Edwards 419 Ninth slrppt southeast picked up the injured man and was rushing him to the hospltel when his car Siled to complete the turn at Nineteenth street and South Federal avenue Kim by buj Uevenlh street northeast Ed wards received a cut over one e ond accident ve PUSH FORWARD DESPITE LOSS OF THOUSANDS Russians Kill 2500 in One Day But Say Situation Is Grave MOSCOW ed German troops pressing for over thousands of their own dead stormed the approaches to Sevastopol fortress Wednesday while sharp fighting flared in three other key sectors of the 1800mile soviet front A dispatch to the army news paper Red Star acknowledged that the situation at Sevastopol was becoming increasingly grave on the sixth day ot the ferocious mgscale German offensive But the besicced earrison uas reported rightingagainst overwhelming oiids and refus ing to yield ground against an attaching force estimated at more than 100000 men Dispatches described bloodv fiEhtillB aid said that German corpses and the wreckage of burnedout tanks virtually paved the approaches to the vital Crimean naval base London reporis said the Ger man attacks were the heaviest or the five months of siege and that the battle centered outside soviet defense positions only an hours de from the city itself A soviet communique reported more than 2500 Germans were kl ed before tho city in one days fighting Dispatches said the enemy s death rate was much higher than during last Decem German offensive when nazis fell in a 17day struggle y Heavy fighting also ivas re norled on he Bryansk front midway between Moscow and Kharkov in the Kalinin area northwest of Moscow and on he northwestern front between Leningrad and Lake Ilmcn Dispatches gave this summarv of developments Bryansk driv ing forward to capture strategic villages and key roads and rail roads 7oO Hungarians killed in threeday battle as Soviets reoc cupy one village and two import ant hills soviet counterattacks retake another village dominating vital communications lines leav ing 500 German dead on battle field K a 1 i n i n front Gen I s Kpnevs soviet shock troops take initiative recapture two strategic villages where Germans have held out for several months and force German withdrawal after savage battle fierce battle raging n another sector where one vil lage has changed hands fom times Northwestern Frontj o v e t forces under Gen Cyril Meretkuv improve positions capturing stra tegic height in the center of cncmv Positions after long battle othrr Russian forces press mopping up operations m Slaraya Russa region where German 16th army has been trapped for three months A Red Slar dispatch from Se vastopol said Russian forces commanding two strategic hills were bearing the Iirunt of Ihe German assault and that fight ing uas growing more savage by Ihe hour More than 2500 Germans were killed before Sevastopol in one days fighting Tuesdays midnight communique said It was officiallv reported that Ihe Russians vere ilhng Germans much faster on in average then they did in last Decembers offensive when 35 rjflO Hermans fell in a 17day battle Gen Von Manstein was estimalcd to have thrown at iet loOOOO men besides herds of and swarms of planes into i supreme effort to Sake Sevastopol and wipe out a bridgehead from which sooner or later the Russians win drive the Germans from the Crimea Besides planes artillery tanks macmne guns and mortars the Russians used bayonets to wither the ferocious German charges and ruesdays midnight communique reported that a red fleet had vali antly fought the enemy It was not determined whether soviet ships were battling Ger man land positions in BERLIN From German Broad The German hijjli command said Wednesday that nazi forces storming Sevastopol lhad pushed deeper into the forti   

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