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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 18, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             I NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME M f DEPARTMENT Or H t S TORY Ati1 A ir MOlVCi I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED FBESS AND UNITED PRESS tUlA 1XASKO WOttS CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18 1942 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 295 BOMBER TRAINING SITE SEEN HERE American Fighter Planes Smash Japs at Buna TRY TO JAPS AIMING AT PORT MORESBY 35000 Rounds of Fire Delivered at Nipponese Base by Yank Airmen GENERAL MacARTHURS HEADQUARTERS AUSTRALIA Australian troops bat tled Japanese forces in the New Guinea jungles only 32 miles lir line from Port Moresby American fighter planes struck a smashing blow Thursday at the enemy supply base at Buna Gen eral MacArthurs headquarters announced Friday Approximately 35000 rounds of cannon and machinegun fire were loosed by the allied raiders in a concentrated attack de stroying or damaging 15 lauding barges and setting fires in sup Ply dumps which were visible for 25 miles a communique said The American airmen pounded Buna lor 45 minutes one ol the attackers sweeping so low that his plane clipped off the top a palmtree and gouged a large sec tion from a wing but the pilot brought his plane hefue safely The returning pilots said they started fires which sent ilame and smoke swirling up 2000 feet in his attack which followed a 26 ton allied bomb attack last Sat urday on the Japanese air base at Buna f The assault obviously was de livered with a view to relieving pressure on the Australian forces locked in combat with the Japa nese near the village of lori bataa on the southern slopes of toe loft Owen Stanley moon tabu fighting in that area which theJapanese reached Wednesday after a swift eightmile advance apparently had abated in intensity the allied communique describing the action as sporadic A spokesman at allied head quarters however said that both sides were busily maneuvering for position and it appeared probable that the lull would be shortlived Australians were reported countering Japanese tactics with their own flanking movements and infiltration and this was tak en here to mean a stiffening of resistance against the invader Typical of the sporadic fighting which replaced the heavier combat was one jungle skirmish in which the Australians said they killed at least 40 Japanese and forced the remaining members of the enemy units to flee There were no Aus tralian losses TERMS GIVEN 4 WHITE SLAVERS Plead Guilty as Judge Calls Quartet Lowest Forms of Humanity CLEVELAND con victed white slavers whose opera tions extended into five states Friday were under prison sen tences ranging twelve years from seven to Pleading guilty unexpectedly in the fourth day of their federal court trial on charges of conspir ing to operate a white slave ring and transporting girls for prosti tution the four were denounced hy Judge Emerich B Freed as the lowest form of humanity Sentenced to 12 years was Louis Peter Morei 51 year old Cleve lander described by Assistant U S District Attorney Roy C Scott as head ot the ring Carl Ted Bruell 15 of Can ton Ohio and Jack Johnson 38 of Amsterdam N Y and New York City each received 10year sentences and Frank Bruell 29 Carls brother Was sentenced tc a sevenyear term Scott said the end of the mens trial prevented him from calling additional witnesses including a girl who Scott asserted turned over 515000 in brothel earnings to the four District Attorney Don C Miller and FBI agents reported the rings operations centered at a Canton barbecue stand and reached into Saratoga Springs N Y in the racing season Miami Fla in the winter Glenn Falls N Y Mcad villc Pa and Little Rock Ark War Plumes Above Death Below Bights Rage in Stalingrad Streets Nazi Planes Drop Troops on Nearby Territory Reds CounterAttack to Wipe Out 2 Wedges A depth charge dropped from a small patrol craft in the struggle against axis sub sends graceful flowerlike plumes of water shooting high into the air WILSON HEADS WPB COMMITTEE Armed Needs to Be Scrutinized Twice a Week by New Group WASHINGTON task oE assembling the jigsaw pieces the war production picture for a twiceaweek scrutiny of armed services needs fell Friday to a newly created production committee headed by Charles E Wilson president of the General Electric company The committee was created by the war production board Thurs day night and charged Chairman Donald M Nelson said with see ing to it that programs and schedules for all phases ol our war effort are met Ineffect another WPB source explained the new unit obtains a position from which the entire war production picture can be surveyed continually to perceive the diversified needs of the army the air force navy and the maritime commission Twice each week the commit tee will bring together the mili tary agencies the maritime com mission and WPB for a checkup of war production Extra sessions may be called when necessary Wilson who will serve on a dollarayear basis as vice chair man of WPB will have oppor tunity WPB said to contact re sponsible heads the fighting forces and the marines commis sion to get uptotheminute in formation on the needs of each agency and the overall supply situation for meeting those needs CHARLES E WILSON by Nelson 10000 Idle Over Dispute About 5 Cent Ferry Charge Operations at Pinto Island Shipyard of Alabama Are Halted MOBILE Ala dispute over a fivecent ferry charge halt ed operations Friday at the Pinto island shipyard of the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding com pany and a union official esti mated more than 10000 men were idle Five companies of Alabama state guardsmen patrolled the city hall the courthouse and the shipyard as a conference between the citycommission and officials of the International Union of Ma rine and Shipbuilding Workers CIO failed to produce an agree ment George Goodcnow gulf coast representative of the union saicl the work stoppage was not a strike and not aunion affair as the CIO organization had not act ed officially The idle shipyard is engaged in construction ot liberty ships for theemergency building program James Nelson committeeman from local 18 of the union said approximately 10000 workers al ready are idfe and another 5000 would join them on the next shift Friday afternoon Work also was hampered at the companys ship repair plants largest on the gulf coast Mayor Charles Baumhauer said Friday the city of Mobile was powerless to change its contract with the federal maritime com mission providing a fivecent ferry toll Prior to Thursday the company operated a free ferry service o its shipyards THOUSANDS OF YANKS LAND LONDON of American troops arrived in Britj ain recently to swell the ranks of the rapidly expanding United States army in this country wait PARLEY WONT INDORSE WAR Upper Iowa Methodists Adopt Report After Sharp Flareup in Debate WATERLOO report o the peace committee stating tha the Methodist church although making no attempt to bind the consciences of its individual mem bers will not officially indorse support or participate ire war wa adopted by the Upper Iowa Meth odist conference here Friday We insist that the agencies o or the church will not be used in preparation for war but for th promulgation of the repor slated insist that the buildings o the church dedicated to the wor ship of God shall be used for tha purpose and not by any agency for the promotion of war The report pointed out that th stand taken here was an affirma tion of action of the general con ference in 1940 Adoption fol lowed a sharp flareup of debate which indicated there was a lacl of unanimity on the question on the part of ministerial and las delegates Pagan philosophies and ruth less tyrannies now imperil tin gains of civilization and he prog rcss of Christs kingdom the re port continued We desire to re affirm our profound conviction that democracy freedoms and so cial equalities are superior po litical achievements which deserv to survive and wepledge our selves to their support ing for the front opening of a second While they have been whisked away to camps already announce ment of their arrival was not per mitted until Friday They came in a typical convoy of great ships which were well known passenger liners in peace time and disembarked at a num ber of British ports The crossing ot the Atlantic was made swiftly and not a single Ger man submarine was sighted it was reported Tabby Hero HOUSTON Tex i only a ships cat but shes on a ship captains list as one o thewars heroines The skippe reported to the en gine room when the ship was tor pedoed grabbed her only kittei by the scruff of the neck and hur ried to the deck Then she scurriec for the lifeboat and jumped in SECOND DIES IN CRASH WAUKON second fa tality in an automobile acciden W G Marti secretary of th Church Iowa cooperative cream cry died Thursday at La Crosse Wis William f Thomson Wauko farmer was killed instantly in City Itself BULLETIN LONDON A Reuters dispatch from Moscow said Fri day night that German com mando troops were being dropped at dusk from troop carrying planes all over the terrain before Stalingrad and at the outskirts of the city MOSCOW a stand vith the precipitous banks of the rolga at their very backs the dc enders of Stalingrad have coun erattacked and wiped out two nemy wedges within the city in i supreme lastditch effort to save the great manufacturing center rom the Germans the Russians aid Friday w The Germans precipitated this bitter and thus far successful Russian counteraction by rush ing into the city proper from the northwestern outskirts and pushing almost to the cliffs over hanging the west bank of the Volga y Y V With no choice between counter attack and surrender the Russians ook their stand Field dispatches said the naxi iir force striking in formations of 0 to 100 planes continued to lay vaste to sections of the Volga river city but 19 were brought down by ground gunners and outnumbered soviet fighters the besiegedforcesposi on was difficult communiques lid a powerful drive from the northwest was smashed in street fighting Thursday and a similar fate befel two battalions which penetrated the city in another sec Soviet tanks were declared by the array newspaper Red Star to have smashed into a rtazi fortified zone destroyed 48 anti tank guns and killed 950 troops with gunfire and caterpillar treads crushing enemy forces who had hidden in ditches be hind the Volga hills ft If If i The midday communique said troops defending the northwestern outskirts of Stalingrad repulsec both tank and infantry thrusts Artillerymen destroyed 12 Ger man tanks and wiped out two in fantry companies ique said the commun The bodies of hundreds of Ger man dead and the hulks of nazi tanks and trucks were reported to have littered the streets after the Russians won the upper hand in the fighting in the northwestern section of Stalingrad Thursday Firing points and antitank ob stacles were hastily erected by the Germans for protection agains counterattacks and to serve as a springboard for another effort to drive tothe heart of Stalingrad Red Star saicl Dispatches contained frequent references to individual Red army men who slew 10 to 1Z Germans and to single machine run crews which accounted for as many as 40 A detachment fighting from behind ruined brick walls was credited with the destruction of seven naxi tanks and the slaughter of 200 troops Red Star said Russian tanks de stroyed 60 trucks moving up in fantry reinforcements in one sec tor The Germans attacked in a fa miliar pattern Squads of auto matic rifle men hunched low anc running moved up first in an ef fort to cut through and disrup defenses from the rear Tanks and motorized infantry followed them Overhead planes dumped bomb on knots of soviet resistance Streams of bullets whined an richocheted through the street and the defenders were forces back for a time but they re bounded to oust the invaders a bayonet point yard by yard am house by house The Russians were backed down treelined avenues to cliffs overlooking the Volga waterfront at one time With behind them and tanks before them they organ ized their counterattack In a sup reme effort to save the great economic center from the Ger mans A Tass dispatch said Ihousand of fresh Siberian troops thei military training newly com plctcd were now moving to th front and many were already en cagec in ihc bailie of Stalingrad now in its 23th day Alibi CANADA STATES HEAVY PRICE IS PAID AT DIEPPE Losses Due in Part to Chance Encounter With Nazi Tanker in Channel OTTAWA Canadian overnment saicl flatly Friday a very heavy price was paid con idering what was gained by the Hied forces in their raid Aug 19 n Dieppe A 4000wpix review issued by Jefense Minister J L Ralston the irst comprehensive official state sent on the operation summed ip the raid as follows For lessons learned and the dvantages gained the forces and larticularly the land forces paid a very heavy price The Canadian army furnished alt but a small part of the land forces and suffered 3350 cas killed 633 wounded and the cost liest Canadian military opera tion of the war These losses the statement said were probably due in part to misfortune of a chance encounter with an escorted German tanker njhe English Channel Such small circumstances are often important in operations or his kind the statement said for hat mishap marred complete achievement of surprise Out of the convoy one armed enemy trawler was sunk and an other probably was destroyed but he incident had two results on the later land operation 1 The British No 3 commando force which had the task of at tacking and destroying a battery al Bcrneval six miles cast of Dieppe was unable to complete its assignment 2 The royal regiment of Canada was 20 minutes late reaching the beach at Puits a mile east of Dieppe and had to land in broad daylight instead of semidarkness By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The German radio sought Fri day to explain why Stalingrad has not fallen indicating some impa tience among the German people over the delay in announcing that confidently expected triumph The opinion which might be aired by amateur circles that op erations in Stalingrad are progres sing but slosvly is due to the fact that this town is extremely well fortified according to military experts said a broadcast DNB dispatch Competent quarters stressed that the attack is going slowly be cause it is the aim of the German command to save as many forces as possible the explanation con tinued It concluded It was declared in Wilhehn strasse German government quarters this evening that the destiny ot Stalingrad is no longer in any doubt This indicated that Hitlers whole 1942 campaign may have been thrown behind schedule by the Russians 25day defense of the Volga city RAF Planes Bomb Docks at Bordeaux LONDON UPt While the eather shielded Germany proper air attack Thursday night lanes of the RAFs coastal com mand bombed doclcs at Bordeaux ermanheld port and submarine ase of southern France on the Say of Biscay Preceding the assault Beau fighters of the same command on patrol over the Bay of Biscay Thursday destroyed three en emy bombers and lost one of their own number the air min istrys communique said Considerable damage and some casualties were reported from Britains own coast when at leas four nazl planes strafed a south vest port with bombs and ma chinegun fire on a dayligh iweep British antia i r c r a f t guns downed one enemy fighter off the coast in the same region during he morning and home guardsmet captured four German airmen who baited out of a bomber destroyed over Britain during the niglit REPORT BALLOONS WITH EXPLOSIVES IN HUNGARY Southeastern Eurone was Icep in a high slate of jitters Thurs day night by an air raid scare in The enemy garrison at this point Puits were manning for midable prepared defenses were well provided with machineguns and mortars and were on the alert the statement said In consequence the royal regi ment came under fire before land ing and under very intense fire at the moment of touching the beach Although the troops rushed to the attack through a deadly crossfirf with the utmost gallantry the regiment suffered e x t r e m e 1 heavy casualties and only a tem porary lodgment was This failure prevented the clearing of a headland east o Dieppe part ot the plan to protcc the main force which attacked the beaches Dieppe itself For reasons of military securit the statement was silent regarding the main objectives of the opera tion and the important results achieved But it said certain points coulc be made and it outlined them as follows 1 Crossing of the channel by a naval and airescorted fore and the fact that a naval force re mained for many hours off th enemyoccupied coast represented a significant achievement 2 The demonstration of the possibility of transporting am landing tanks was important 3 The allied air forces were able to inflict a very serious stra tegic reverse on the Germans In addition more limited and local objectives were achieved such as the destruction of baiter ies and a radio location station capture of prisoners and inflictin of heavy casualties on the enemy The statement said the German had been strengthening the Frcnc coast generally because of thi avowed aggressive policy of th united nations and only shortly before the raid had brought addi tipnal troops and guns into th Dieppe area STUDY TRADE BARRIERS D E S M O I N E S Fleming Iowa Farm Bureau re search director was in St Pau Friday to attend a meeting of threeman committee which i studying ways and means to elimi nate transportation trade barrier between stales Sofia and reports that mys terious balloons laden with ex plosives were drifting over Hun gry Hungarians were warned of th presence of the balloons by the Budapest radio but the broad cast gave no hint as to where they had come from or whether they were causing any damage The Vichy news agency later re ported that the balloons were trailing explosive of incendiary material on Ion cables whici apparently were intended to catcl in telephone and high tension WAR DEPT TO NEED RUNWAYS OF 5000 FEET Senator Herring Says Million Dollars to Be Spent on Project Enlargement of Mason CHys municipal airport and paving of iree runways 5000 feet long waa idicated in a telegram received riday from Clyde L Herring U S senator from Iowa 1 am informed that the now irport at Mason City for army irforce use will have three paved unways 5000 feet long and 150 feet wide which will make it a class 4 airport stated the sena tors telegram to the Globe Gazette This would indicate thai the airport will be for medium bomber train ing and prob ably some med ium bomber op erational activ HERRING ities fn all probability the cost will be about one million dollars The Mason City port has had approval except the final approval y the airport approval board This should be received early next vectc as the civil aeronautics ad ministration advised that the work on this airport should start im mediately No runway on the airport at present is 5000 feet long City Manager Herbert T Barclay ex plained and three such runways necessarily would require en largement ol theport at least a quarter mile north or south and at least a quarter of a mile east or west The length of the present run ways is as follows the manager said NWSE 4387 feet NESW 4344 feet NS 3270 feet EW 3790 feel The senator announced Thurs day that the war department had authorized an expenditure of SG50QOO or the development oC the local airport Fridays tele gram indicated that this expendi ture would only be for prelimin ary work and would be supple mented by a later appropriation Plans for the square mile air port already arc in the hands of 2 Men Saw Way Out of Council Bluffs Jail COUNCIL BLUFFS Friday were seeking two prisoner who sawed their way out ot th Pottawnttnmie county jail The were hunting for Ernest Birt 2 Council Bluffs and Fred Threl keld 25 Mountain View Cal Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Coo and wind Friday afternoon through Sal forenoon Showers Fr day afternoon IOWA Much cooler Friday noon and Friday night and i southeast portion Saturday fore noon fresh to moderately strong winds MINNESOTA Intermittent light rain or drizzle south and east portions Friday afternoon t h r o u g h Saturday forenoon Cooler except not quite so cool north portion Friday night and moderately strong winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics the civil aeronautics administra tion having been drawn by the citys engineers and perfected with the assistance of the CAA regional office at Kansas City The army could proceed im mediately with development of the site using those plans as the basis the city manager said Ad ditional land in other like cases has been secured by condemna tion which permits the start of building operations without wait ing for acquisition of the land Development therefore could begin immediately after the final approval in Washington D C Feet Too Big Gets 0 K From Washington in Order to join Navy DENVER C Garvin 20 year old shoe salesman from Scottsbluff Nebr hitch hiked to Denver to volunteer in the navy Recruiters took one look at his size 14 shoes shook their heads It took a telegram to Washington to make everyone happy The navy is going to stretch a point and some leather to give Garvin his shoes two sizes larger than regu lation Maximum Thursday Min Thursday night At 8 a m Friday TO 58 58 265 The heavy downpour Thursday night and early Friday was ac companied by an unusually vio lent thunderstorm YFAR AGO Maximum 77 Minimum 50 Formula for Raising Prize Pigs Give em All They Can Eat CHICAGO John son 18 who was named champion hog raiser at the junior market hog show and sale says his for mula for raising prize pigs is no secret It is Give em all they can Nazi Commander Is Killed at Novorissisk LONDON German radio broadcast a DNB dispatch Friday announcing that Maj Gen Albert Buck commander ot a Ger man infantry division and holder of the knights cross of the iron cross Germanys highest military decoration had been killed in the Novorissisk area ot the western Caucasus   

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