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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 3, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP DEPARTMENT OP HISTORY ANO ARCHIVES DES UOINES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION liUllf VOL XLIX MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 3 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS NO 47 SINK 6 AXIS SHIPS GOING TO TUNISIA U S Reveals 5 Transports Lost With Operations in Africa SET INCREASED 43 GOALS FOR IOWA FARMERS 3 Per Cent Corn Boost and 1520 Per Cent Pig Increase Sought CHICAGO tenta tive 1943 crop production goals were announced Thursday at a 10 state regional meeting discussing the food goals Iowas tentative corn acreage foal xva placed at 10077000 acres a 3 per cent increase over 1942 and the government aked for a 15 per cent increase in 1913 spring hoes to farrow and a 20 per cent boost in 1943 fall hogs to farrow A J Loyeland Iowa USDA war board chairman who announced the goals said that more corn more pork more beef more mut ton and more eggs will be the battle cry on the Iowa farm pro duction front for We are striving for a balanced farm production program to win this war Loveland said Its just as important for agriculture to balance its production output as lor industry We want every Iowa farmer to know whats expected of him in the allout war program for 1943 TownshipAAA committee men will bring the story to him AAA crop payments next year depend upon the extent each farmer carries out his farm plan Each farm plan will represeritttie farmers share of the national war production goals with the farmei arid his township committeemen working out the plan together beef markejinss and farm slaughter call for an addi tional 24000 head next one per cent boost over the 1942 figure and five per cent over 1911 Iowas poultry flocks are going to be called upon for a big in crease in egg production next year a 113 per cent boost recom mended Iowa dairymen are urged to maintain their 1942 milk pro duction record of 6960 million pounds for next year It will be extremely difficult to attain the 1943 milk requirements with the labor situation and additional costs associated with further expansion important factors In determining the Iowa war board chairman said Acreage goals for feed grains are generally upward with Iowa farmers being asked to boost corn acreage 325000 acres The way operators the re fOnOUnCC ClKSC OH cent announcement boosting corn allotments m the commercial corn area 5 par cent This figure Lovcland explained will vary according tocounties in Iowa Iowa farmers can RO a little easier on soybeans in 1943 This star IOWA farmers were asked to plant for grain 1750000 acres in beans Iowa farmers overshot the 1312 jroal plant ing about acres The coal for IS43 will be 1900000 acres Kemp a new war crop will require a minimum of 60000 acres next year said Lovcland USNegro Troops Based in Liberia WASHINGTON IP Liberia las granted the United States air 3ase rights for the duration of the war and American troops prin cipally Negro units are stationed already in that strategic West Af rican republic The United States acted it said Thursday at the request of Li beria which said thatdiie to the nations strategic location it was in danger of attack and wanted to safeguard the independence and security of the republic The traditional friendly inter est of the United States in the welfare of Liberia led to the agreement the state department said The agreement gives the Unit ed States the right to build con trol operate and defend air ports in Liberia and to assist also in the protection and defense of any part of that country which might be liable to attack The announcement said the agreement was signed at Mon rovia the liberian capital last March 31 Baltimore Private Is First to Land WITH U S FORCES IN LI BERIA Edward Taylor of Baltimore Md31 year old Negro private first class led ashore the first American expeditionary force ever to set foot in Africa The honor ot being the first ashoreof this Negro A E F went to him simply because he hap pened to be the first man in line in the first of a fleetof age worn i ghtVrs which carried the detachments of crack Negro troops across the most treacherous sandbar known to seamen on the West African coast and landed them wet and bedraggled on the Liberian shore June On the advice of Maj C S Ward whom Taylor serves as orderly he composed and re hearsed carefully a onesentence greeting to be delivered ithe got the chance As the first boat pulled up to a dock somewhere in Liberia Taylor jumped off marched for ward a few steps and recited it We are here to join hands and fight together until this world is free of tyrannical dictators The only Liberians around a half dozen black skinned boat men assisting with the unloading stopped looked and listened One of the group walked over and shook hands The others silently resumed their work Gen MacNider Hurt in New Guinea Bottle Jews in Palestine IT I i fllll er an JERUSALEM UR Reviving one of the most ancient rites of Israel Jewish cabalist scholars gathered in the old city Wednes day night and solemnly pro nounced a curse on Hitler Goer ing Himmler and Goebbels and their descendants The ceremony in which the direct maledictions were pro nounced was among many dem onstrations throughout Palestine in protest against the mass execu tions of Jews by nazis The demonstrations were ac companied by a general fast work stoppages and special prayers with production of this fiber crop concentrated in north central Iowa Flax production will be boosted tt i c One Man HaPPY will be 92 per cent of 1942 goals or 5060000 acres Small decreases are in the 1943 Iowa production goal picture for wheat and tame hay A 2000acre increase in sugar beet production is suggested for Iowa More potatoes are also wanted in 1943 with a 7 per cent increase In Iowa acreage sought County food production goals in Iowa will be announced in about two weeks Loveland reported Iowa Girl Dies When Fire Destroys Home DES MOtNES Dixie Lee QuiJham 4 died and iier brother Berry 2 was burned seriously when fire destroyed their two room frame home on the cast side cf DCS Moines Wednesday Mrs Mildred Quitliam 24 mother of the children rescued the boy be fore the flames drove her from the house The girls body was found under rived a bed when lireraen ar Gas Least Temporarily SOUTH BEND Ind At least one middle westerner was happy about gasoline temporarily A truck driver showed his cou pon book at a Mishawaka station and asked for his quota which the attendant pumped Into his tank Then the driver asked Is oil free too The attendant Caesar Elbode explained everything to the truck er who left the station sadder but wiser Bng Gen Hartford JIacNider Mason City whois shown in the picture above discussing plans fora new landing field for supply planes in New Guineawith Col L J Sverdrup center and an Australian officer wasinjured in action Nov 23 Since Au gust the Mason Cityanhas been commanding an American task force in New Guinea Acme photo ORDER NftVY U S Bombers Chase 4 Jap ALERT IN FRISCO Report of Unidentified Craft Not Substantiated SAN FRANCISCO UET A navy alert was ordered in the San Francisco area when a large num ber of unidentified surface craft was reported by a U S naval patrol at dusk Wednesday night Vice Admiral J W Grcenslade commandant of the wcitern sea frontier disclosed Timrsrtny Admiral Grcenslados statement said the report resulted in a navy alert but hat a thorough in vestigation inthe area concerned failed to confirm the presence of unidentified vesselsand the re port is considered in error Presumably theorder broad cast before dawn Thursday for fleet personnel to return to their ships was based on this report Starting a 4 a m radio stations had broadcast orders to fleet per sonnel to report at once to their ships Destroyers From New Guinea 1OWAN IS HERO WASHINGTON award of letters of commendation to 19 naval officers and men for out standing heroism aboard the air craft carrier Yorktown in the battle of the Coral sea was an nounced by the naly Among recipients was Lieutenant Ralph E Patterson of DCS Moines Iowa Represented at Washington Meeting of Editors on Censorship WASHINGTON Editors from 25 states met Thursday with N R Howard assistant director censorship in charge of the press division to discuss voluntary censorship problems Among the editors who will keep news prpcrs in their home states posted was W Karl Hall of the Globe Gazette Mason City Allies lyiajor Task Is to Eliminate Jap Troops Holding Buna By BRyDON TAVES United Press Staff Correspondent GENERAL MacARTHURS HEADQUARTERS Australia UP m e ii c a n heavy bombers chased four Japanese destroyers north from Picw Guinea Thursday after a fierce rockclliglitcd cn cmcnt off Buna in which the enemy attempt to land reinforce ments for its beleaguered garrison was cut short One destroyer was hit and 21 Japanese planes were shot down in this sixth attempt since Nov 1 to bolster the enemy ground forces now pinned by Austra lians and Americans to a nar row coastal jangle strip moslly less than a mile wide and about 10 miles Ions Midi Buna the strongest enemy point left Gen MacArthurs communique nate the American planes for an the destroyers tiaircraft fire At one point SUNKEN YANKEE SHIPS SMALL Former Liners Were Part of Huge Armada Carrying Out Operations WASHINGTON cupation of north Africa which nvolvecl one of the greatest naval das In history cost the U S mvy five transports sunk and five other naval vessels damaged the navy department revealed Thurs day The allied armada reportedly consisted of at least 830 ves warships and 500 transports cargo ships tankers and auxiliaries The number of V S ships participating has never been announced A navy spokesman said tha casualties on the sunken trans ports were very small The spokesman saidhe under stood troops had bee debarked from all four ships before the were sunk The vessels uere the first U S transports sunk in Europeai waters Two small army trans ports were sunk in the Pacifi early In the war however witl a loss of 64 lives In addition fdu transports have been sunk in thej Solomons area All the ships sunk were lost as a result of torpedoing by enemy submarines which in the area inlarge numbers The sunken transports all former liners in the American llac service were Ihe Tasker II Bliss Husrh L Scott the Ed ward Kutlectge the Joseph Ilewcs and the Lecdstotvn The first three were sunk off Casa blanca The uent down off Rabat and the Leedstoivn was sunk off Algiers The damaged ships included three other transports a destroyer and a tanker The navy did not say how they sustained the damages The tonnage of he lost ships aggregated 52846 The sinkings raised the total of U S naval losses in the Atlantic and Pacific of this war to 74 ships Text of navy communique 209 announcing the losses follows British Lost Plane Carrier Off Africa LONDON British air craft carrier Avenger three de stroyers and five lighter vessels vere among allied naval losses in cident to the North African land ings A V Alexander first lord of the admiralty announced Thurs day Alexander said the British de stroyers Brook and Martin and Uie Netherlands destroyer Isaac Sweers were lost along with the Avenger two cutters a sloop a minesweeper and an antiaircraft ship The Avenger is not listed in Janes directory and naval sources declined to identify her further It is possible that she was a con verted merchantman The altied naval losses were considerably smaller lhan expect ed Alexander reported in a state ment to the IOUEC of commons He said they were far less than the I enemy claimed The naval escort for the vast operations included Canadian cor vettes and Polish Dutch and Nor wegian units as well as British and American craft The expedition sailed in three parts Alexander said One from the United States landed from the Atlantic ou the coast of Morocco Two from Eng land lauded from the Mediterran ean on the coast of Algiers were seen to be surrounded by a few landing barges and small boats This led to a supposition that some few fresh troops may have landed at Buna but not enough to case the position of Africa 1 The following U S naval transports were lost during the early part ot November as a re sult of enemy submarine torpe does during the occupation of North Africa by U S forces The Tasker II Bliss Hugh L Scott and the Edward Rutiedgc Proposes Night Court on Divorce Actions for War Workers LOS ANGELES Judge Walter S Gates proposed a night court for uncontested di vorces to accommodate war worh ers The actions take only about five minute he sairt and scheduling these cases at night would make it unnecessary for the workers to take two or three hours from their important jobs1 the garrison The destrovers were able to re were sunh off Casablanca main off Buna only a short time The Joseph Hcwcs steaming away speedily widi Bocj ing flying furlrcsscs and North I American medium bombers in pursuit IOWA MERCURY CLIMBS UPWARD Dips to 8 Below at Waterloo Charles City DES MOINES tem peratures took an upward turn Wednesday following another night of zero readings in most sections ot the state The weather bureau forecast warmer Thursday and in cast and central nortions Thursday night with scattered liehl snows The mercury lipped to eight below at Waterloo and Charles City Wednesday night Fort Dodge and Sioux City reported seven be low marks It was six below at Council Bluffs and lowr City and 5 below at Burlington and Mason City Highest rcadina Wednesday Tor the entire state was 14 above at Council Bluffs Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy RAF STRIKES WEST GERMANY 6 Aircraft Lost as Assaults Are Renewed LONDON The RAF i ncwing its night assaults on rc tlic Thursday said American forces i rcich after a lapse of 10 days urf u stiwk Wcdncsdav niglu ai FnnVK lind reached the outskirts of Buna for the first substantial gain in ground fighting for several days As for Gona isolated when Aus tralians drove through to the beacli below the village a spokes man said it was not claimed that the village itself had been occu pied The ground fighting still fluid with much effort devoted still to wiping out isolated Japa nese nests in the rear of Ameri can lines Australians between Gona and Buna were trying to roll the Japanese back into Buna considering that what enemy units remained at Gona could be handled later The bit job was to eliminate Buna off which there was a spectacular sea and air clash Wednesday nirht the Japanese deslrovers arrived The enemy ships came within a furt and several other objectives in western Germany the air min istry announced Thursday Six aircraft lost in the as sault said the announcement which gave no indication of the size of the raiding force Estimating that the losses were five per cent figure frequently used as an index in the would mean that a force of about 120 bombers was employed The Berlin radio referred to the first on Germany by night since the attack on Stutt gart Nov nuisance raids Boat Capsizes 5 Are Dead and 10 Missing NEWPORT R I sailors were known dead 10 others j were missing and 4wo were safe few miles ot Buna despite susThursday after their 28Coot Lib tamed bombing and strafing by crty bent capsized in rough water fourmotored bombers and nuin Narragansoll bay early Wednos sunk off Rabat The Lcodstown was sunk off Alsicrs 2 Thicc other U S trans ports one U S destroyer and one U S tanker were damaged dur ing the operation 3 The next of kin of personnel killed wounded or missing arc being notified by telegram as soon as information is received The naxys announcement of these losses was the first it has made of its port in the occupa tion of North Africa Largest of sunken vessels was the Hugh L Scott the for mer liner President Pierce This vessel had been serving the army in recent years but ivas transferred to Ihe naval service The Scott had a cross tonnage of 12516 and nas built in 1921 The Bliss former liner President Cleveland was ap proximately of the same tonnage As merchant ships each carried a crew of about 240 men The Scott was placed in com mission in the navy on September 7 this year and the Bliss on Sept 13 The Leedstown was formerly the Santa Lucia A vessel of 9135 gross tons it was placed in com mission for the navy also in Sep tember The Rutledgc was formerly the Exeter With a gross tonnage ot 9360 this vessel normally carried a crew of 104 The Rutledge tvas commissioned in the navy in June The Hewes was formerly the Excalibur Its gross tonnage was D359 and its merchant crew numbered 104 Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Wanner Thursday YANK BOMBERS SMASH SHIPS IN TRIPOLIS PORT British Fleet Covers Allied Advance Toward Bizerte and Tunis By ROGEK D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Britains powerful Mediterran ean fleet was reported covering7 the allied advance in Tunisia Thursday while the London ad miralty announced the destruction of four more enemy merchant ships and two destroyers en route to North Africa with reinforce ments for the hardpressed axis garrisons at Tunis and Bizerte U S heavy bombers officially credited with destroy ing or crippling six other axis merchant ships at Tripoli the enemys only remaining harbor ill Libya An Italian version of the sea battlu off the Tunisian coast Tuesday night acknowledged the sinking of a fascist destroyer and declared a British cruiser was blown up and a light unit sunk in a brief but violent encounter The British listed the loss ot one destroyer sunk by axis air attack attcr a British force ot three cruisers and two destroyers had broken up ihe convoy with its sorely needed fresh strength for the axis In Tunisia On being attacked the convoy scattered arid madesmoke the1 admiralty said During the spirited engagement which followed four enemy ships anct two of the escorting destroy ers were sunk or left burning wrecks One British destroyer the Quen lin was sunk later iu a follow up attack by axis dive bombers and torpedo planes Simultaneous announcements London and Washington disclosed tile loss of II allied warships and five U S naval transports during the AEFled landings in north Africa nearly a month ago In London H V Alexander first lord of the admiralty told parliament losses were much smaller than had been expected considering the magnitude the cporation and far ICES than the enemy claimed Frontline correspondents re ported that the Germans dropped 50 parachute troops disguised as Arabs in an at tempt to delay the allied capture of Tebombn vital rail junction 20 miles vcst of Tunis where American troops played a major role in smashing a big nazi counterattack Allied troops quickly mopped afternoon I ow temperaturelll lllc enemy hovv Thursday niaht in City Clcr ind occupied the town at below and occasional light and 2 below and occasional snow Thursday afternoon Thursday nistu IOWA Not eiutle so cold Thurs day night and in east and iioilli central portions Friday morning but temperatures will remain well below the seasonal normal MINNESOTA Subnormal tem peratures continuing Thursday daybreak Saturday Allied headquarters suid the nazts suffered heavy tosses in their unsuccessful counter blow at Tchouvba aimed at tutting oft the allied wedge now firmly driven between Bizerlc and Tunis The Berlin radio claimed the Germans recaptured Tchourba and de stroyed 22 American tanks in the attack The British admiralty nlso an night and Friday forenoon but nounecd the loss of 11 allied nav mcrous fighter planes The de stroyers zigzagged wildly to es cape bombs and bullets They sent up rockets and flares to illurtu day while returning the men from shore leave Known to have suv vivcd were J B Kelly and L J Hinscn both second class seamen EASTMAN ARRIVES LATE LOS ANGELES Eastman war czar of all U S travel arrived here Thursday from the cast one day late due to a plane delay minimiims Thursday night over south portion generally higher than Wednesday night snow flurries north portion Thurs day afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 3 above Minimum Wednesday night 5 below At 8 a nt Thursday 5 above YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 50 31 ol vessels during the AEFlcd landings in North Africa nearly a month npo CoufUctius reports obscured lllc situation in Tunisia lllc Germans asserting they had recaptured a key rail town 20 miles ivesl of Tunis destroying American tanks while pro allied French troops were said to have crushed a nazi counter attack at Pont dc Fahs 30 miles below Tunis Frontline dispatches said a de cisive battle for the two key axis strongholds in Tunisia was appar ently under way Allied siege columns were at tacking less than a dozen miles from the axisheld citadels with one force striking southward to ward Tunis from MedjczElBab and another driving toward the big Bizerte naval base from the Matcur section 12 miles below Bizcrte Keavy fighting was reported at Matcur Allied headquarters gave no de I tails of supporting operations by the British fleet announcing merely The royal navy is assisting in the provision of cover for the ad vnncc of our orccs This could mean cither thai the fleet was its bif guns o rain destruction on   

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