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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 3, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             Siivt sv vfr KM NORTH DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF ANO ARCHIVES 1NES I VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS LEASED MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3 1942 THIS PAPEB CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE SECTION ONE NO 21 REPORTS SHOW LIGHT VOTE IN IOWA 2 More Jap Cruisers Sunk in South Pacific MORE FACTS ON FIGHT OFF SAVO ISLE REPORTED Knox Warns Against Growing Too Optimistic on Solomons Campaign BULLETIN WASHINGTON destroyers liave moved in to bombard enemy positions on Guadalcanal the navy re potted Tuesday while aerial at tacks continue against the ene my WASHINGTON sink ing of two additional Japanese cruisers in the south Pacific was reported Tuesday by Navy Secre tary Knox who coupled with the news an admonition against growing too optimistic aboul the Solomons campaign It is still a bitter tough right he told his press conference They the Japanese have a fleel of formidable proportions left We havent any doubt theyll com back Knox report of sinking two more enemy cruisers was based on late information from Vice Admiral Robert L Ghormley now back from his former command as chief of naval op erations in the south Pacific Ghormleys account of the bat tle off Savo island the night of Oct 1112 Knox said listed five enemy destroyers and three cruis ers as susi j This engagement was de scribed at HafboTTrugsd by Capr Ernest a hell ofa melee which complete ly surprised the enemy was not as positive as Ghormley as to the results say ing we sank one heavy cruiser and believe we got two others and one light cruiser and we know we sank one destroyer and prob ably four others After the fight Small said the battle area became just a field of burning The navy communique on that engagement had reported only one enemy cruiser sunk plus four destroyers and a transport Ghormlejs report thus added two cruisers and one destroyer to the toll taken of the enemy Knox said the additional dam age reported by Ghormley was an example of the ultra conserva tism of the navy in reporting damage to the enemy In speaking prut against opti mism springing from the severe damage inflicted on the Japanese fleet in the Solomons Knox said There is no warrant for the optimism It is still a bitter tough fight They have a fleet of for midable proportions left havent any doubt tucyll come back It is dangerous to assume they wont be back and any as sumption that this is all there will be of the operation is unwar ranted 1dont wantto build up opti mism that will be punctured later by a desperate bard fight which lies ahead Knox also declared he was particularly proud of the navys submarines saying that the submarine service generally had done a particularly amaz inr and outstanding job This is primarily a war of at trition he continued and there is no arm of the service more im portant in a war of attrition than the submarines He added that he believed the united States had developed the test type of submarine afloat and said that their successful of fensive action justifies that be lief Asked about the new assign ment to be given Admiral Ghormley who has been suc ceeded by Vice Admiral William Axis Troops Approach CairoUnder Guard F i til t I til llllll Haisey Knox said he had told Ghormley that he should get a good rest because he had been under terrific strain out there DRIVE ON JAPS UNDER WAY AT GUADALCANAL An American drive to squeeze the Japanese out of Guadalcanal appeared under way as marines supported by a tempestuous aerial assault pressed the enemy farther away from the islands n o 11 y contested airfield A Japanese retreat announced by the navy Monday carried the Nipponese back as much as two miles in one sector while flyin fortresses dive bombers and American fighter and strafed enemy positions throughout the area Thus within a week the tor tunes 67 war had changed the threat of a sathering Japanese naval and land offensive in the southwestern Pacific to strength ened American domination over the Solomons islands prize Additional ground gains also were reported Monday night for the allied forces in New Guinea Kokoda Japanese base on the trail from Buna to the allied Port Moresby base was in the handsof Australian jungle fight ers Gen Douglas MacArthurs command said The capture of the springboard from which the invaders liunchecl their drive toward Port Moresby was accompanied by another al lied bombing attack on a Japa nese convoy oft the northeastern coast of New Guinea The appar ent enemy attempt to land rein forcements and supplies at Buna was repulsed Another strong force of al lied bombers strafed the enemy and left buildings ablaze at Bononaro and reported heavy destruction in a bombardment of She Japaneseheld town of Dilli 011 the north coast of Por tusucse Timor northwest of Australia T h c American offensive in luadaicanal most effective thrust since the marine invasion and capture of the airport early in followed withdrawal of he Japanese fleet from the Solo nous battle arcn after suffering icavy damage in the seaair melee off the Stewart islands Oct 26 The enemy loll was found to be reater Monday with the navys announcement that American sub marines in the far Pacific had sent even Japanese ships to the bot om and damaged three others in raids The Japanese retreat on Guadal anal commenced Sunday Solo mons time as a small force of ma incs supported by heavy bomb rs crossed he IMatanikau river ml began taking over newterri tory to the westward of their original positions Bombs and bullets silenced enemy artillery fire and the American casualties the navy said were comparatively few 1 Meantime American fivers boosted their bag of enemy planes in the Solomons to 529 The navys Grumman wildcats destroyed five Japanese planes on the beach at Rckata bay strafed buildings and started fires at the invaders base All the planes returned safely de spite some damage inflicted by heavy antiaircraft fire Five more wildcats brought down four of six enemy fighter planes over Guadalcanal Sunday without damage to themselves PEGGY MORANWED BEVERLY HILLS Direc tor Henry Kostert 37 and Actress Peggy Mcran 21 disclosed that ELECTION BULLETINS DESMOINES Two of the early voters in Des Moines were the heads of the major parly tickets Gov George A Wilson republican senatorial candidate voted at oclock and Senator Clyde L Herring democrat seeking reelection voted 45 minutes later They voled in adjoining precincts BAD AXE Mich The first precinct to report in Tues days election went republican by one vote The 13 voters in Point Aux Bar ques precinct Huron county cast seven ballots for Judge Homer Ferguson for U S senate and Harry F Kelly for governor The democratic incumbents Sen Pren tiss M Brown and Gov Murray D Van Waggoner each got six votes WATERLOO iPhFor the first time in years Waterloo had a severe shortage of special election police Tuesday when polls opened Thirteen city po lice were assigned to fill the vacancies when only 35 of a re quired 48 special officers went to work BOSTON Vu washing ton first Massachusetts commu nity to report in Tuesdays elcc ion gave J s Senator Henry Cabot Lodge R 32 votes lo four for Representative Joseph E Casey his democratic opponent The town is normally strongly re publican CHICAGO An unex pectedly heavy turnout of vot ers marked the first hours of Illinois general election Tues day An 11 a m check of the votingin Chicagos 50 wards in dicated about 33 per cent of the total registered voters in the city Election officials in Spring Fcld and county re ported that early voting was un usually heavy for art off year election Senator TOPEKA Kans Arhur Capper veteran republi can seeking reelection led for mer Senator George McGill democrat 628 to 458 in first in complete returns from 16 Topcka precincts Tuesday TRAIN HIT BY ROCKSLIDE One Man Killed as Fiery Inferno Results SAFE HARBOR Pa man was killed and 120000 gal lons of gasoline and fuel oil be came a blazing inferno visible for 20 miles when a Pennsylva nia railroad freight train hit a rockslide just east of this Lan caster county town early Tuesday morning A railroad spokesman said the victim was Marlin B frcy of Millerstown Pa fireman on the freight who either jumped or was thrown from the locomotive as it overturned A high tension wire fell acrcai his body but whether it caused his death was not known because his body was consumed in the fire All other members of the crew escaped unhurt BRITISH FLEET ATTACKS REAR Many of Enemy Bombarded From Air Surrender ALEXANDRIA Egypt naval communique announced Tuesday that coastal forces of the British Mediterranean fleet have carried out operations to the rear of the enemys lines during the past week Teachers Cant Get Gasoline Holiday in Rural School Ordered MT HOLLY N J 140 pupils or Rural Tabernacle town ship public school looked forward Tuesday to an unlimited holiday because their teachers didnt have any gasoline to get to school The township board of education voted Monday night to lock the school house door until further notice or until the transportation prob lems of its four teachers arc solved Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Rising temperature Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday forenoon lowest Tuesday night about 35 moder ately strong wind Tuesday af ternoon intermittent light rain beginning Tuesday night IOWA Rising temperature Tues day night and Wednesday fore noon with scattered light rain in west and central portions late Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon moderately winds in west portion strong MINNESOTA Rising temperatures south portion not quite so cold north portion Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon in termittent light snow Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon except becoming light to mod erate north portion late Tues day night and Wednesday fore noon moderately strong winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 42 Minimum Monday night 17 At 8 a m Tuesday 13 YEAR AGO Maximum 52 Minimum 25 Hundreds of British Tanks Streak Across Desert Against Axis CAIRO tanks force have clashed with Field Marshal Rommels vaunted Afri can corps in the biggest tank bat tle of Ihe 1 dayold allied drive ill Egypt with fighting swirling around Tel El hill of wicked the Brit ish infantry assault has knifed lli miles deep into the axis defense zone Reuters reported that a Ber lin broadcast attributed to DNB said Lieut Gen B L Mont gomery had thrown some 500 tanks into the greatest tank battle ot the whole African cam The British 8th army an nounced that many of the enemy surrendered in one sec tor following a fierce bombard ment of axis positions by American and British planes The scene is one of the highest points along the center of the present tighthemmed battlexonc between the Mediterranean and the salt marshes It is 16 miles beyond the long stabilized defense line through the ridges southwest of El Ala mein and represented a gain o several miles by British infan try which slashed forward un der their own artillery barrage during the hours just before the lank clash developed Monday at infantry won a position which partly pocketed a consider dawn The aBlernxis That was when Rommel sent his longreserved armor into ac that was the moment for which the British had pre pared Their own tanks stormed into the fight and the first big scale test of armored might was underway The Australians who spear headed the initial British thrust alone Ihe coastal rail line where axis forward forces were hemmed in against the sea bore the brant of Rommels desperate tank assault for the relief of his trapped trcops The British auk onslaught in turn eased the pressure on the Australians and permitted the im perial land forces to continue their mop up Battlefront dispatches said num erous German tanks were knocked out in the clash of steel while elsewhere the battlezone was strewn in places with the bodies of Germans who tried in vain to escape the trap The clash accompanied of tank forces was by a terrific and VOTE IS HALF OF 40 BELOW 38 IN MASON CITY Local Voters Decide on Issuing of Airport Bonds w 2 Tuesday afternoon 2837 of Mason Citys 15000 vot ers had cast their ballots less than halt of the C10a cast at the same hour in the presidential election two years ago uxl about threefourths as many as in 1938 when 3692 had filed their deci sions Only precinct where the vole exceeded that of four years UKO was the first precinct of he third ward where 497 ballots had slid into the box compared at the same hour in One election official predicted many split ballots basing his statement on the observation that voters lingered in the booths An other questioned his statement howeverpointing out that there are two special ballots One is the constitution amendment which would prohibit the diversion of gasoline taxes and motor vehicle license fees from the highways The other is the 550000 air port bond issue The ioters were asked by the city council to decide whether or not the bonds should be issued to pay for additional land needed to expand airport for military purposes The civil aeronautics administration has set aside S650COO to pay for development of the airport as soon as the city provides the necessary land The vote in the eight Mason City precincts at 2 oclock Tues day afternoon compared to the number of votes that were cast at the corresponding time two years and four 3ears ago was reported as follows Prec 1P1W 2P1W 1P2W 2P2W 1P3W 2P3W 1P4W 2P4W highly effective assault by allied air striking forces including Am e r i c a n bombers lasting throughout Monday and Monday Totals night 1938 320 750 386 455 435 S10 3BB 1940 750 G45 1200 G50 850 700 K50 SCO Sfili in command of Jhc air he allied flyers ranged up ami down the lines bombing and slrafint axis positions and ranged far behind the battle front to enemyheld Tobmk and other German and Kalian com munications American heavy bombers made the attack on Tobruk where direct bomb hits started huge orange and yellow fires which U S head quarters reported sent smoke clouds rolling 3000 feet above the harbor One challenged axis fighter was shot down and a second probably destroyed U S medium bombers struck at enemy positions along the south ern sector of the El Alamein front and were credited with at least three direct nils on axis tonks and destruction of at least seven planes of an enemy concentration caught on the ground in a raid on Marten Bsgush It was on the northern flank of the El Alamein front however that the main battle raged in the area where a sizable enemy force had been pocketed by Australians This pocket formed by Aus tralian infantry of Montgomerys British eighth army was be lieved to be about eight miles long between Tel El Eisa and Sidi Abd El Rahman about18 miles west of El Alamein Tuesdays communique said the new wedge was driven in the axis positions near the center of the line by infantry early Monday It was termed an important ad vance in which many prisoners ivero taken Possibly indicating that the al lied tank forces had swarmed through llic breach thus made in 194Z 373 281 523 293 437 337 2C5 266 6103 2S7 Total Vote in U S May Be 30000000 ELECTIONS AT A GLANCE OFFICES AT STAKE 33 United States senators 132 rep resentatives 32 governors hun dreds of lesser stale and county officials Maine elected a sena tor governor and three repre sentatives Sept HI POLL CLOSINGS Varies from 3 p m Eastern War Time in rural Georgia lo II p m Eastern Time in O r c g o n Washington and San Francisco remainder oC California 10 p m PROBABLE TIME OF CON CLCS1VE COUNT Possibly bc for II p m Tuesday CWT for major races in Now York and some other eastern states about midnight in central states Wednesday morning in western states and possibly several days later if soldier absentee vote is needed to decide close conists VOT1VG UNITS By THE ASSOCIATED IRESS Upwards of 30000000 war n s exercise minded America Tuesday the right and privilege for which their forebears fought and died a century and a half agr and for which their sons and brothers now are fighting and dying right to shape their own government I the first wartime elec tion since 1918 he voters cast ballots to determine the politi cal complexion of the new con ffress startingin January and twothirds of the stale ad ministrations The democrats holding com fortable majorities in senate and house and 28 of the present gov ernorships expected some net losses But even the republicans themselves laidno claims to an upset that would give them con trol of the house where their chances were conceded to be the best The republicans needed 53 new seats to gain a claimed only from 29 to 35 The democrats conceded a net loss of no more than 15 Democratic control of the sen aie was not threatened Repub licans claimed oil the governor ships in the key states incluclin New York but democrats chal lenged their claims Except for a contest here and there in which socalled isola tionism figured local issues predominated in a campaign more notable for its preoccupa tion with the war than with politics Ballots in 47 states contained the names of more than 1 600 CANCEL IOWA CONCERTS CINCINNATI Ohio h c Cincinnati Symphony orchestra Monday cancelled concerts to have been given iater this month in DCS Moincs Keokuk Davenport and Dubuque Iowa on account of transportation difficulties minefields and artillery positions the communique added An armored battle on a con siderable scale developed and con tinued all day Heavy fighting continues London dispatches said with the shift of the main weight the allied attack southward there is a feeling in London that anything might happen now that armored units apparently have pushed through Rommels static defenses and perhaps are loose on the other side Axis communiques particu larly the Kalian stressed even more than did Iht British the violence of the combat between the sea and the Qattara depres sion about 80 miles west of Alexandria The Italian communique said an imposing allied armored force struck with even greater violence Enemy losses are heavy especially in armored cars of which more than 90 have been destroyed Then it added significantly Our losses too are high German broadcasts said the British center thrust was the big gest attack so far but asserted this breakthrough attempt was frustrated The Germans said however they had the impression that the British were attempting to force an immcrtiile decision candidates for 33 seats in the new senate and two 60day terms in the present 432 house member ships 32 governorships and 208 other state officers exclusive of sinte legislative posts Maine the only state not vot ing Tuesday held its election last Sept 14 choosing n governor senator and three house members all republicans Voting was expected to be light JiVIV f01 nn oftyrar election With millions in war factories and m the fighting forces only about Ba per cent of those eligible were likely to vote or some 33000 000 compared with nearly 50000000 m 1940 and 37000000 in 1938 Polling hooths opened early and closed late to accommodate war workers in many states Voters marked ballots in more than 129000 precincts or dis tricts President Roosevelt had asked employers to give war workers reasonable time off to vote with out pay deductions and to stagger working hours to avoid waste mo tion in the gigantic war produc tion drive Men and women in the uni formed services were free to cast absentee ballots wherever pos sible but only a small percentage were expected to do so Eyes were on the New York gubernatorial race because of its possible 1B44 presidential impli cations Thomas E Dcwey re publican candidate with an ele venthhour indorsement by Wen dell WiHkic was in a close con test with Democrat John J Ben nett Jr indorsed by President Roosevelt and piloted through the campaign by state chairman James A Farley A third candi date was Dean Alfange Ameri Republicans claimed victories not only in New York but in the gubernatorial contests in California Michigan and Con necticut all now having demo cratic governors and in Ohio Massachusetts and Pennsylva nia now republican BUT FEW AREAS IN STATE LIST HEAVY TOTALS HerringWilson Contest Tops Interest 8 to Be Named to Congress DES J10INES the exception of several scattered points voting was light in the early hours or the general election in Iowa Tuesday Reports from precincts in principal cities showed that in some cases only twothirds as many votes were cast during the first three hours as in the like periods of the 1938 and 1940 elections f One of the exccplioiis lo the general trend was Cedar Rapids ing was much heavier than ex pected In Hiekenloopers home precinct 2GO ballots had been cast by 10 a m far ahead of the total for the like time four years ago according to voting officials Dubuque reported voting was considerably heavier than four years ago About 3000 votes had been cast there by a m In DCS Moincs home of Senatoi Clyde L Herring democrat seek ing reelection nnd Gov George A Wilson his republican sena torial opponent election officials said the voting during he first three hours was only about two thirds as heavy as two years ago and considerably under the tolal for the like period in 1338 Sample precincts in Waterloo and black Hawk county showed near normal voting but in Ce dar Falls the vote was off a third compared with the first three hours of 1938 Light voting was reported in Sioux City Davenport Iowa City Burlington and Muscatine The contest between Senator Clyde L Herring democrat seekiiiff reelection and Gov George A Wilson republican who seeks to unseal him led in interest f Also in the minds of the vot ers as they went to their polling places however were the con gressional races To be elected in addition were a governor and full complement of state officials including three supreme court justices 23 state senators and 108 stntc rcpresenta lives district court judges and county and township officers A proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting the use state motor vehicle revenues for anything but highway purposes was up for consideration Late advance estimates of the size of Tuesdays turnout ranged from 650000 to 900000 with most observers staying svithin the 750 000 to limit Iowa which has had nine representatives in congress since 1S33 is decline only ciffbl this year asa result of the rt apportionmcnt following I h c 1940 census Tuesdays balloting put he re districting plan to its first test For example democratic Scott county Davenport was voting on the heavily republican first dis trict Tuesday Five counties comprising the main body cf the old second dis trict which barely went demo cratic in 1940 were voting Tues day in a new district which in cludes six strongly republican old fourth district The other six counties in Hie old fourth district went republican by only 1786 votes two years ago but now they arc tacked on to the third district which went repub lican by more than 10 times that figure With the old fourth district thus bisected the remainder of Hie districts were not changed greatly They were republican excepting the ninth now the eighth where the trend had been toward the republicans in recent years Although the state elects only eight congressmen Tuesday for full terms the shadow of the old ninth district persisted as voters in that area elect a representative to fill out the unexpircd term of Vincent F Harrington who re signed to continue as a major in the army Candidates for the two month job were Harry E Narey Spirit Lake and Otto j Rcimers of Hock Rapids Buy War Savings Bonds and stamps from your GlobcGarcttc carrier boy   

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