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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 2, 1942, Mason City, Iowa f i covp NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES Claim Petain Now a Prisoner Agrees Fully With Darlan By JOHN A PARRIS Copyrijhl lim IJv United Irevv LONDON Hemi Philippe Petain has been in secret communication withAdmiral Jean Francois Darlan since the German occupation o all France and agvecs with him wholeheartedly on the future of France under allied direction Amer ican authorities in North Africa informed this correspondent In North Africa from which I have just come by airplane American authorities believe that France regards Darlan as the No 1 hope of the c o u n t ry noxv that the Ger mans have oc cupied all of it They told rne that Petain is now a prisoner with Laval in the drive rs seat but that since the Ger man occupation he lias been able to com m u n i c ate se cretly with Darlan Even before the occupation Petain was virtu ally a prisoner they said Petain though he has no control i over the Vichy government re mains a great symbol to the French American informants said and the French look to Dar lan now because of the belief that he went to North Africa direct from Petain Darlan is playing for keeps in his assumption of French leader ship in Africa He intends to make his leadership pcramnent American authorities believe that he has done invaluable service which he alone could do in swing ing French Africa to the allies They believe also that he saved many lives on both sides by his action and he is convincing them he is playing ball with them iOO per cent Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told the house of com mons Wednesday that Ameri can authorities in Africa were discussing with French officials the use of ports and other fa cillties of West Africa including McNider Case PETAIX Other authoritative sources JEAX DAKLAX council Darlan Heads New Council of French By WILLIAM B DICKINSON LONDON Jean Francois Darlan formed a French imperial council to carry ii MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE HOME EDITION lliiJLU NO 46 DUCE ITALY MUST RALLY gm out the tasks pf jal government in Africa and hasassumed its lead ership with the prerogatives of a chief of state radio Morocco announced Wednesday U was indicated that if the al lies accepted Darlans own csti mate of his valuation the fighting French regime of Gen Charles DC Gaulle must either be swepl aside or subordinated to him In amiouiicinK Darlans move radio Morocco revealed that Gcii Gaston BcrReret former Vichy minister for aviation and commander in chief of the French air force had escaped to Africa and joined Darlan Darlan Bcrgerct Gen Henri Honore G iraud c o m m a n ding French fighting forces in Africa Gen Augustc Nogues former I vichy resident general and com mander in chief in Morocco uu tnui LbdLi vi 3 U U I U tl S here said the allies expected to get the full use of Dakar which is excellent as an antisubmarine base I have talked at length with American authorities in north Africa and it can be said tint Darlan s work in bringing the Dakar air sea and submarine base to the allied side was re garded as a great contribution and went far to convince Ameri cans of his good faith At Algiers I saw Darlan twice There is no reason to believe that he will fail to dig himself in permanently if hc plays ball Darlan was heavily tanned with very red cheeks and appeared to be In the best of health He wore a dark blue suit blue tie and black felt hat He was continually smiling and talking and was ex tremely friendly with Americans Darlan still bears hard feel ings against the British as a re sult of the liters ElKebir naval battle and always refers to Amcrv Jeans and their Petain holds in Vichy France mentions the British by name Radio Morocco left no douM My sources pointed out lo me 1 as to the sweeping nature of that Darlan s hope of permanency Darluns move uhicli would in his leadership is improved by the act that ho is probablythe only man with authority to throw all Africa into allied hands and turn French was uncertain before he came over the side of the allies per mitting the fullest cooperation JdetrackiJig passive resist and sabotage which it was believed might have occurred If it had not been for Dar lan who could control Africa uc would have been in a tough spot my informants said The Germans could have established themselves quicker in he TIME ENDED TO APPEAL IN 11 YEAR OLD SUIT Lawyers Pay and Court Costs Still to Be Determined by Judge The end in sight Cor those who for than 11 years have watched the OntjesMcNidcr court battle The judgment of S1103J9G1 has been rjaid district court records showed Wednesday and the 30 day period in which a oetition for re hearing could be filed has expired KO there can be no further appeals from Judge Henry N Cravens judgment which was upheld by the Iowa supreme court There will lie further court activity in the case however the judsc indicated Costs in the case ill be taxed on the liitsis at BO itcr cent lo be paid by the plain tiffs and 40 per cent by the Mc Nider estate according to the ruling of both the district and supreme courts But a hearing must be held to determine what expenses in connection with the suit will be taxed as costs Another hearing must be held to determine what Dart of the judg ment will be allowed to the plain tiffs attorneys as compensation The attorneys are headed bv F A Ontjes Mason City prime mover in the case and one of the plaintiffs and include also W G Henke Charles Citv Dennis Kel leher Fort Dodge and E F Fa ville formermember of the state supreme court and now its re porter and code editor Attack on 800Mile Line Pierre Boisson governor general of Dakar and French West Africa and Yves Chatel governor general Algiers attended the twoday meeting which marked the inaug uration of the council These men as councillors con stitute in effect a cabinet with Darlan occupying the same posi tion which Marshal Henri Philippe ou make him the representative of France throughout the world outside Vichy territory The high commissioner Dar representing French sov Plaintiffs attorneys are allowed a fair and reasonable amount out the recoveryCor their services and proportionate to the amount of the recovery according to legal practice After the attorneys have been paid the remainder of the judg ment will lie paid io the North western States Portland Cement Company of West Virginia nnd distributed by it to its stockhold ers The McNider estate holds a large number of the shares and consequently will be in the posi tion of getting a refund ot the money paid in the judgment A number of the directors of the firm assigned their stock certifi cates to the estate with the state ment that they did not wish to MACNIDERHURT IN NEW GUINEA SWAMP BATTLE Mason Cityan Goes to Hospital With Injury in Hip Brig Gen Hanford MacNider received a slight wound in action on New Guinea and was taken to the hospital there on Nov 23 ac cording to a telegram received by Mrs MacNider from the office of the adjutant general in Washing ton D C The wire followed a cable re ceivcd earlier from General Mac Nider stating he was in a hos pital tor a while as result oC a hip injury General MacNider has been in command of a task force in New Guinea for some months First in timation of his participation in this campaign came last August Since then he has been a lead This map shows the main points of attack by the Rus sians in their autumn offensive along 800 miles of battle line The red army is reported to have driven the Germans trom Rzhcv and Gzhatsk to the north Slaughter of trapped German forces before Stalingrad continues as the Russians advance in still another drive southwest of Grozny Stalingrad to Other Fronts Tries to Bolster Force Nearly Trapped Between Don and Volga Rivers GOLD WAVE GRIPS STATE Spirit Lake Reports Below Zero DES M O I N E S wave gripped Iowa A cold Wednesday profit from an award made on a legal technicality which Judge Cravens decree stated was the fact The marathon case began ivith the filing Aug 6 1931 of a claim against the esatc of the late C II McXider of ivhich his widow and sou Haiiforel MacNidcr arc the executors f it plunging the mercury as low as 10 degrees below zero at Spirit Lake Zero and below readings were reported over most of the state and the weatherman forecast little changed Wednesday night He said it would not be quite so cold in the extreme west Wed nesday night where occasional light snow may be expected Some snow fell at scattered points Tues day and Tuesday night Precipi tation reporls for the last 24 hours I was told that Darlan has been pitching big league ball fur us he was a lucky catch for saved a lot of bloodshed on both sides 1 was told also The French are looking lo Dnr lan as their number one hope now that theGermans have occupied all France Marshal Henri Petain is a pris oner with virtually no control but Petain is a great symbol to the French who now allegedly look to Darlan since he came direct from Petain Since France was occupied Pe tain has been in secret communi cation with Darlan and it is un derstood that Petain arces wholeheartedly with Darlan re garding tho future of France un der the allies was told It was said hat PctJin Ions nad had status or prisoner even before the Germans marched mlo unoccupied France with Pierre Laval issuing proGer man and anti AnKloAmcrican statements under Pctains name ercignty with the assistance of the services ot the high commissariat will carry out the functions and have the prerogatives of chief of state radio Morocco said Assailed by Free French Spokesman LONDON Adraral Jean Francois Darlims assumption n the functions and title of French chief of siatc in Africa was termed i monumental piece of effront ery Wednesday by a Fighting French spokesman He charged that the imperial council whose establishment by Ihe former Vichy vice premier was announced earlier by Radio Morocco was as antidcmocralic and antirepublican as anybody couid be The French army being organ ized in the French African colo nies and which may number some 300000 men will be scriouslv upset by having Darlan foisted upon it the spokesman declared Sold 2400 Gis of Gas Nov 30 But Not a Drop Since Then nil ve ST PAUL A Norton Northwester ho 2400 gallons of gasoline its pn al his filling station Nov 30 regiven ported that up to noon Wcdncsi would included Charles City 35 and Du bunuc 20 look seven years Other knv temperatures re bWm i actually was ported Wednesday morning in oeguii on Jan lojn Tn i 1i T took days for actual tria 20 for arguments by attorneys for both sides ending on Aug 29 fcJudgc Graven immediately after arguments made the monng n trial Uludcd Fort Dodge 8A Waterloo k S0 an Mason City 7 Charlcs Citr itional 6 Ames 5 Sioux City 4 Cedar made inc unprecedented announcement that us decree would be ready tho fol Joumg day On Auff 30 ma Judge Oravcn announced tliat he was allotting S2791666 plus interest on the claim that Mr McXider had received additions to his salary and bonuses awarded hy the board of directors which should have been approved by the stockholders but never had been The jud interest on allowed S30ni4 plus the claim that Mr r McNider had sold for S60 000 less than its market value some owned by the cement company of which he was president and gen eral manager Some of this stock was sold through the First Na tional company which Mr Mc Aicter controlled the judge found and although no bad faith is shown Mr McNider had an in terest contrary to that which he bore in a position of trust with the cement company On the major par of the claim totaling S2273H3 Judge Graven allowed nothing Mr Ontjes and his associates had asserted that profits made by Mr McNider in transactions involving the Alpha Portland Cement company stock should have been paid to the quite so cold northwest and extreme west central portions but continued cold elsewhere Wednesday night slowly rising tempera tures Thursday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 17 Minimum Tuesday night 7 At 8 a m Wednesday Snow Trace iMjimwLsiorn firm instead of to I whicl1 were observed who 2400 gallons of gasoline its president personally Reason I morning were among n t was he most bnllianl ever seen in T not have had the oppor e dav he had not old a drop of tunity to make the proCils had ho t YFAIl ot theatTVLAU Is Dubuque and Iowa City j uavenport and Clinton 1 Ot tumwa i degree Burlington Muscatine and Des Moines 0 buy War Savings Bonds anil Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Continued cold Wednesday afternoon and Wed nesday night lowest open coun try temperature Mason City 12 below rising temperatures with occasional lieht snow Thursday forenoon IOWA Continued severe cold Wednesday night not quite so cold Thursday forenoon in southwest and extreme west portions By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Adolf Hitler was reported with drawing at least part of his arm ies from the bloody 100 day old siege of Stalingrad Wednesday The soviet army newspaper Red Star said Stalingrads de fenders folding back the weak ening German siege lines had recaptured a dominating lull on the southern side of the Volga and pushed out front tno to five miles beyond the hill Ked Star said the Russians de feated a German division in twoday battle for the stratcci height On the Russian front soviet dis patches reported that Hitler was pulling troops from Stalingrad to bolster other German forces now all but trapped and threatened with annihilation on the snow covered steppes between the Doji and Volga rivers The newspaper Pravda said a full nazi division moved out of Stalingrad had counterattacked a iortified hill occupied by the Rus sians but despite a local superi ority in numbers the Germans were repulsed Pravda sakl the hill gave the Russians access to the rear of German forces immediately be fore Stalingrad Fighting still raged inside the city with the Germans hugging pillboxes and shellscarred buildings but in the 40 mile wide corridor to the west lie red armies were reported stead ily closing the jaws of a trap around nazi forces estimated at 300000 troops The prccarlousness of the Ger man siege armies was emphasized by soviet reports that Hitler was now resorting to giant transport planes to supply his forces as the BKMTO MUSSOLINI breathes hcavilv ing figure in a fight that has been carried on over a icrrain with terrific difficulties particularly of swamps which not detectable from the air continued to force the Australian and American ground troops to attack along narrow causeways Boats arc an important part of the equipment of the troops Recent dispatches from New Guinea indicate the allied forces on the Japanese Allies Push to Tunisias Eastern Coast HEAVY TOLL BY RAF REVEALED BY MUSSOLINI Tries to Whip Up Fighting Spirit in Address to People LONDON Musso lini delivered his longest speech of the war Tuesday coughing and breathing heavily with the in tensity of his effort to whip up fighting spirit among the Italian people whom he advised to lean to hate and to cease spread ing silly stories and gossip His 81 minute address was shorn of his oldtime bombast by the grim turn of the war for his fascist regime and in place of liis usual lavish promises he complained bitterly that no body ever really understood Italy and that had she stayed out of Hie both belliger ents would have maltreated her are closing in base at Buna Maximum Minimum 22 rail and road Russians blocked communications Red army headquarters report ed the destruction of 50 trimo tored German Junkers flying freighters and announced The enemy has been attempt ing to bring up supplies and war materials with transport planes Fresh red army gains were re ported on both the Stalingrad and Moscow fronts with the soviet command declaring that our troops continued their offensive and occupied several popu lated places More than 6000 Germans were listed as killed in the days fight ing Buy War Savings Bonds anrt Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrirr hoy jms AS ML CHIEF F R Reorganizes Petroleum Office WASHINGTON Roosevelt Wednesday reorganized the governments petroleum ad ministration but kept Secretary of the Interior Harold L Ickes in charge No details of the reorganization were available immediately but the white house promised Ihc text or the order as soon as possi ble Tlie order however appeared to dispose of the plan lo make Ickes secretary of labor and man power chief A major question to be deter mined when the text ol the order is made public will be whcther Jckes will have any control over the rationing of gasoline and juel oil now administered by the of fice of price administration under directives from the war produc tion board The title of Ickes new office will be petroleum administration for war The present office is called oifice of the petroleum co ordinator for war 35 SURVIVORS HAVE PNEUMONIA Overhauling of Night Qub Rules Demanded BOSTON sur vivors of the Cocoanut Grove holocaust battled pneumonia in addition to burns Wednesday as demands were heard for an over hauling of night club safely pre cautions along the lines of theater regulations prompted by tho ho quois theater fire in Chicago in 1903 ByEDWARD BEATTIE United Press Staff Correspondent LONDON troops driving to the east coast of Tu nisia have cut communication between the axis forces in Libya and those penned at Tunis and Bizerto in the northeast corner of the country Radio Morocco re ported Wednesday The news reached London as allied authorities awaited the imminently expected renewal of the British eighth armys west ward drive toward Tunisia from the Agheila line on of Sirte 475 miles to the cast British United Stales and French troops Radio Morocco said were in the force which reached the Tunisian east const and was fanning out north and south along tiie iO mile stretch of road between Sfax and Gabes on the Gulf of Gabes Farther north French troops were approaching the important coastal town of Hammamet at the top of the guIC o that name io miles southeast of Tunis An already furious battle for aerial supremacy with the allies on top grew more intense when the Germans threw in strong re inforcements of fighter and bomber planes and in the north sent into the lines new light and heavy tanks Lieul Gen Kenneth A N An dersons first British army sup ported by United States mobile units and French regular was reported to be making steady but difficult progress through thick enemy mine fields and under heavy airplane attack in the northeast corner whore the main German defense force al Tunis had been isolated from Unit at the Bizcrte naval base The effect of the latest allied operations as reported by Radio Morocco was to split the Ger mans and Italians in Tunisia into three isolated Forces one at Bizertc lie second al Tunis and the third along the const and lo cut their communications wilh Libya RENAMED TO ICC WASHINGTON R Porter of Iowa was approved by the senate interstate commerce committee for reappointment to the ICC lor a term ending Dec Buy Christmas Seals MOP UP BANDS OF NIPPONESE 3 Artillery Pieces 6 Machine Guns Captured WASHINGTON troops continued to mop up small isolated bands of Japanese on Guadalcanal killed 51 more ene my soldiers and captured three artillery pieces and six machine guns the navy announced Wed nesday Army planes carried out four more assaults on enemy positions on the island One army ground patrol killed 11 Japs and captured a 70MM Gun A marine corps patrol wiped out 25 Japs and captured a 75 MM gun and a 30MM cannon along the upper Lunga river An other marine patrol killed 15 Japanese and captured six ma chine guns In one breath il duce mini mized Ihe cry for peace in Italv in another he sought lo coaxbade the spirit of resistance by declar ing that if the Italian nation gave up it would renounce forever its dream ot being a great nation Reading extracts from Prime Minister Churchills speech warn ing that Italy would be placed under prolonged scientific and shattering air attack Mussolini aid Churchill honed to undermine the resistance of the Italian peo ple He declared however that the Italians will not be inferior to the British and Harking back to the ancient con quests ot Rome II Duce asserted If you strip an Englishman ol his dinneriacket you see the bar barian on whose neck Caesar set his fool thousands of years ago Mussolini acknowledged that with a nowerful British and American force across the nar row midMediterranean from Italy his forces alone might not be equal to their tasks but he promised that Germany would reinforce Italy with powerful contributions Me announced that the war toll for Italv in the first 30 months oC conflict amounted to 172 naval ships totaling 227000 tons army navy and sirfbrcc casualties of 34182 in dead alone and 232700 in prisoners He said that RAF bombings of Italy and naval bombardments of her coast had killed 1876 and in jured 3332 and that in Genoa alone 57G2 houses had been de stroyed and 0121 damaged Referring to stories that the peo ple oC Genoa greeted the king and queen with cries of peace peace on their visit to the bombed city Mussolini said only one woman in Genoa cried pence and she was one of the wealthy Bourgeoisc Mussolini was heard coughing and breathing heavily as he dc livcreil his speech to the fascist chamber of corporations TtUoiiinc Churchills accusation that one man and one man only was responsible for Italys entry into tile war Mussolini asked scornfully when did the prime minister ever ask the British peo ple if they wanted war He promised that Germany would reinforce Italy with pow erful contributions1 and said the joint ItalianGerman defenses will give the raiders a hot reception Women and children are beinj removed from Italian cities and towns to leave fighter masters of the situation Mussolini ex plained There have been reporls of mass evacuations from Turin and Genoa which have been heavily raided by RAF bombers based in England in recent weeks Mussolini should that the Italians never have been so united He denied there had been any sabotage in Italy and praised the discipline of his countrymen The Duce warned that if tho axi lost the peace would be 100 times worse than the treaty Versailles and the whole world would be reduced to the status oE GIUTY OK KMBKZZUUIEVT j dead DES MO INKS district cry Fight until victory court jury found Bert L Smith UVe obey former justice of the peace guilty molded the Kalians i H rS a PUblc offifo circulating silly stories and ual Judge John J HaUoran an gossip about the Duce j nounccd he would scnicnce Smith i The r u in o r circulated on Dec li throughout Italy he said that he