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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 21, 1942, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT HISTORY MO I HE 5 ASSOOATED PftESS ANU UNITED PHMS HIM LEASED WIRES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 21 1942 HOME EDITION uuuf THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO POWERFUL RED DRIVE ROLLS AHEAD Charges Anaconda War Contract Fraud 6IDDLE CLAIMS ACTENDANGERS U S SOLDIERS Russia Complains Cable Failed Needs 6 Million U S Contract Involved WASHINGTON General Bicidte announced Mon day the indictment of Anaconda Wire and Cable company in what he called one of the most repre hensible cases of defrauding the government and endangering the lives of American soldiers and sailors The justice department said the Manon Inct company w a s charged with turning out defec tive wire in meeting in government orders Some of its wire went to Rus sia an official said resulting in a soviet complain while the U S army had ordered that com munications wire from the Ana conda company be used only for for combat Brides conspiracy to defraud Biddle said the indictment of the company and five officers re turned at Fort Wayne Ind charged conspiracy to present false claims in the production and sale of wire and cable used by the armed forces for combat commu nication purposes This is one of the most repre hensible cases of defrauding the government and lives of soldiers and sailors ever to come to the atten tion of Jhe department of can conceive of nothint more vicious or treacherous than deliberately supplying our armed forces with defective war material and I am informed only the alertness of gov ernment inspectors and the promptness with which the war frauds unit and the FBI inves tigated complaints in this case has prevented enormous quan tities of defective wire and cable from being transported o our troops overseas The justice department charced the defendants secretly installed behind sliding panels under test tables mechanisms that enabled the passing of inferior or defec tive materials In addition to the company the justice department said defen dants named in the indictments were Thor S Johnson general manager of all Anaconda mills Frank E Hart manager of the VTaiinTl nf Ai t IJJ IJltT Marion division of Anaconda Don R Carpenter superintendent of the Marion plant Chalmer Bish op chief company inspector a Marion and Frank Kunkle as sistant chief company inspector at Marion Tom C Clark chief of the justice departments war fraud unit told newspapermen that Russia had complained that practically 50 per cent of the wire manufactured by Ihis com pany and shipped to Russia was defective Clark announced the army had ordered that the communications wire thus far delivered by the Marion Anaconda plant be used only on maneuvers and not be sent to fighting areas He said the company had manufactured about worth of such wire for the government The justice department thus described the conspiracy to cir cumvent government require ments and specifications in the manufacture of wire and cable Bomber Falls in Minnesota n cae Without the knowledge of gov ernment inspectors the defen dants secretly installed a trans former or circuitbreaker on in siilationresistance test equip tests of the wire sent there for combat use showed that when put under water for three Instead of megohms Jfce resistance of the wire dropped to less than 50 ine lohms that the wire was poor ly impregnated that the braid had insufficient mechanical strength the rubber insolation cracked when bent and the impregnation compound separ ated from the braid The indictments according to 3ibble also charged that in carrying out the conspiracy the defendants removed inspection abcls from tested and approved wire and cable and placed them on untested material Through this device the de partment statement said the in dictment charged the defendants produced and sold to the govern ment large quantities of wire and cable which never were subject o test and which were in fact nferior and defective Clark said that no accurate estimate on the amount of de fective material supplied the armed forces was as yet avail able He told newspapermen that the naxjmum penalties for defraud ng the government are imprison nent for two years or a 510000 ine or both and for presenting also claims imprisonment for en years or a SI0000 fine or both on each count Buy War Savings Bonds and stamps from your GlobeGazelle carrier boy Report Axis Rushing Troops to Madrid Dispatch Says 150 Ships in France to Attempt Crossing LONDON axis was re ported Monday moving its forces from Tripoli and diverting men and material even from the hard pressed Russian front in order to make an allout fight for Tunisia m the wake of a twoday military and political conference at Adolf Hitler s headquarters Neutral and allied sources re ported that a huge convoy was being assembled in southern French ports to rush reinforce ments from Europe and hat Marshal Erwjn Rommels Afri can corps and Mussolinis tat tered legions might give up Tripolitania altogether in order to concentrate every available man and gun to the struggle for Tunisia A Reuters dispatch from North Africa said allied patrols had cap tured Italians from Tripoli who were trying to link up with Gen Wallhcr Nehrings Tunisian forces and added that there were indica tions that part of the Italian gar rison of Tripoli vas moving by plane to Tunisia The Daily Mail in a dispatch from Madrid said it was reported Ensign Stephen B Smith Is Awarded Navy Cross Veteran Navy Pilot Flew Torpedo Plane in Battle of Midway Ensign Stephen B Smith vet eran navy pilot who is a former Mason Cityan was awarded the navy cross Saturday for valor n ment It was commonly called e a button box by those operating it By secretly manipulating the button box during tests of wire and cable company officials and inspectors were able to pass in ferior or defective material which did not actually meet rigorous government requirements of 2200 megohms per 1000 feet of field wire By using this button box the galvanometer reading of the megohms of resistance could be raised as high as 10 times the ac tual resistance existing in the wire Thus wire actually having 220 megohms of resistance by the use of the button box would lest 2200 megohms or more The indictment included eight counts Clark said the complaint from Russia coi tended lliat action against the Japanese enemy during the battle Midway Vrpcdo jn ne n the battle of Midway returning with 68 bullet holes in his plane During the battle Ensign Smith reported he was in Mason City on leave after the Pacific action two or three Jap planes got on the tail of his plane and plastered it with bullets his souvenirs are six bullets that were removed from the seat his plane Flying instruments were dam aged in the attack and he ENSIGN STEPHEN SMITH to the aircraft carrier by downwind for about an hour and holf Since taking part in the Pacific battles Ensign Smith has been promoted to instructor and is stationed al Fort Lauderdalc Fla He is the soninlaw of Mr and Slale Ensign Albert W Winchcll ot City also received the nayy for valor in action M a Plane in the Midway battle from Vichy that the Germans were planning a largescale attempt to reinforce the Tunisian forces with French ships ports for the convoy of 150 massed in French risky crossing The presence ot Pierre Laval Vichy chief of government at the I nday and Saturday conference with Hitler and Count Galeazro Ciano Italian foreign minister un official quarters pointed out may be linked with some axis plan British Approach Vicinity of Sirte lie rear guard III Pi clements of Field U S BRITISH PLANES SMASH AT NAZI AREAS Sweeping Bomber and Fighter Attacks Made in Nonstop Offensive LONDON British planes from heavy bombers to fighters attacked Germany and occupied territory during the night in a new nonstop aerial offensive as part of which hundreds of planes in cluding Uniled States nrmy flying fortresses and liberators made one of he biggest sweeps of the war Sunday An American army spokesman said a great many German planes were shot down in Sun days terrific air battles over occupied France by flyingfort resses and Consolidated liber ators which made the daylight raids wiJh the aid of swarms of fighter planes In the night raids fourmotored British bombers attacked Duis uurg great German industrial city and communication center British whirlwind bombers used for the first lime as intruder planes shot up eight trains in ranee one as far inland as Or leans 140 miles from the coast and Boston bombers also pene trated deep into France to bomb an ammunition dump and rail roads while others attacked a small ship in 3 Belgian harbor The raids deep inside France marked a new phase in the allied miles south Vichy zone and the American iit bombers had gone 180 miles into France Sunday to attack Romilly Sundays daylight planes had hardly finished their operations when the royal air force shift went to work An air ministry communique said a stronc force of bombers made a heavy concentrated raid on industrial objectives at Duis and left many large fires burning Aidedby a bright moon the fourmotored planes bombed the docks and barges at one of the greatest inland ports in Europe win Rommels axis army have reached the vicinity of Sirte 175 1 Marshal Er and attacked the and other miles west of El Agheila and his broken main forces are still in headlong flight toward Tunisia it was revealed Monday Forward patrols of Gen Sir Bernard Montgomerys eighth British army were harassing fhe retreating enemy Sunday in the Sultan area only 20 miles east of Sirle a communique of the middle eastern command re ported and it was indicated that the British must Innow have reached Sirte ilsclf The main eighth army pushed steadily westward fast as the the engineers could clear the mine fields the Germans and Italians had laid along the entire route At Sirte Rommel had reached the beginning of a series of deep dried river beds or wadis which are useful for defense But a notation in the communi que that allied fighter planes were attacking enemy transport m the 50mile area westward of Sirte as far as Buerat El Hsun as well as the slatement that the enemy withdrawal continued in dicated that Rommel was intent only on reaching Tripoli and Tu nisia 300 miles west of Sirte It was evident that the axis retreat continued precipitately and at Buerat El Hsun the enemy forces would have Passed Iwo of the three largest wadis Buy Christmas Seals i wa most congested industrial alcaa It was indicated that the canal which joins Duisburg with Dort mund might have been damaged Announcement that 11 of the bi royal air force bombers which made the raid on Duisburg at the junction of the Rhine and the failed to return indi Ruhr had catcd that plancs engaged upward of 200 the stronR force of JL Cheer Fund Takes Long Leap PFPflPT RATTI F F HtrUIII DM I ILL Ahead Goal Now in Sight Must Be No Slackening of Effort Before Drive Ends Thursday 191i CHEER FUND GOALJIMOOO PREVIOUSLY REPORTED 1K046 SEW CONTRIBUTIONS 2O STARS NEEDED Decker By Product and amdry West Circle First Presbyterian Church Pvt JKichird J fox City Progressive Club Christian Missionary Society Fer S fcchevracit Pvt taitfaer S llodrin Camp Wol tcrs Tex Andre iv Fa abort The Stoyles Press No IWt The Supers Bernieee and Alva Rock Falls Bridge Club Cynthia Ann Barllett OsHe iroup 3 CoTttrerztJonil Church Iowa State Uirhuay Commissiun nci Parent Edu calion Group Inler Nos Club Suzanne Jack and Tom Main Office R j WiUon Mariarel Wilson It John E van Ate Linden A D B Freddie DeUhoyde Mason city Balnbow Assembly No 15 Central Lutheran LadieY Guild Wesleyan Sunday School Class First Methodlsl Church 111 Monroe Junior High Kuom IIU Monroe Junior High Deckers Casmr Department St Johns Baptist Sunday School St Johns B Y P U A Friend M M Cammond 1vt Raymond A lunnman and 1vt Albert T Gravelie Caron Bowie Tex Circle No w S C S Firt Mclhodisl Church Junior Boys First Methodist an lesser amounts from a number of other unions Support from this group has been deeply appreci 50U lUU lllll JIHI Church lutiior Church Kirsl Methodist Roosevelt Junior lltrh School I Home room 108 S3CI IOD s Ji 111 112 sjU l3p Sj0 i4 S30 llli S50 207 S30 ill SG9 212 SM 1H S73 213 S35 216 550 218 Sln rktUre Lotl GlobeUizeUe Office Girls TODAlS 500 1750 11873 TOtAt NEEDED FOE HE CHRISTMAS CHEER FUND look a long leap forward over the c c k c n d with the largest total ot gifts r c c o r cl ed for any single issue ot the Globe Gazette since the opening or the campaign on De c 7 Pearl Harbor clay It became increasingly likely that the S 000 soal would be reached before Thursday noon when the solici of effort The largest single contribution listed a Love was from the Decker Main Office the total contributions from local of Christmas Cheer numbered well Will Be OH Al Turn to the Classified Page Now The third weeks Pictoquiz Contest winners are an nounced today WHY DONT YOU TRY THE PICTOQUJZ CONTEST THIS WEEK Its Fun Its Profitable jnin fit the campaign to com plete the job of raising 52000 for the 1942 Christmas Cheer Beginning at oclock and continuing intermittently until signoff time the local station will broadcast an appeal for and acknowledge gifts to the fund Those with items of mer chandise to be auctioned duriiic the evening should get in touch with Merrill Milligan at 2800 Have your dial set at 1360 Tuesday night various some wnere about the S200 mark Thats really a great showing Organized labor has made a similarly magnificent ated The S1750 contribution credited above to GlobeGazette Office Girls was produced by doing away with a Christmas party usually held at this season In stead the women workers in all departments kicked in on a special Christmas Cheer olTcrina additional to the general Globe Gazette donation to be announced later in the week V V Also in the list are seieral gifts from service men in distant Aii uibli places reminding those in chare ot the Christmas Cheer Fund of their pledge to honor the local men m uniform by doing the best ob ever seeing that there arc no Empty Stockings in Mason City thisChristmas How well they succeed in this i thegenerous t ing that you rush your contribu tion at once to Christmas Cheer Fund Ca obeGazettc Mason City Iowa Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy RAGES ON EDGE OF MILLEROVO Nazi Losses 43230 in Killed Captured in 5 Days of Fighting M O S C O W UR Red army forces driving ahead hard in an attempt to win the city ot Millervo as a birthday present for Premier Josef Stalin were believed Mon day to have threatened additional units of the German army with encirclement near the important junction on the VoronezhRostov railroad Stalin was 63 Monday Front dispatches indicated there was fighiingr ill tie out skirts of Millervo which is about 200 miles southwest of Stalingrad The red army flght ing in bitter weather was roll niff the Germans southwest ward and inUictinr mounting losses on the enemy The Rus sians noon communique an nounced that the Germans had suffered 43230 killed or cap tured since the offensive start ed five days agro There were 1730 Germans Killed along the central Don front m the latest operations the noon communique said More towns and sides well above 300 that hud previously been taken by the Bussians Monday the communique asserted Among more than 100 localities captured Sunday were Mancovo Kalikhvcnskaya and Shestuchov Nazis Admit Reds Broke Defense Line press The German hith I f v iitllCJ is ITiCSSl hearted people or this community German hith Which is another way of suggest acknowledged Monday that HIS that YOU Vlish Vniii riinfiTViiT RlKSianc I Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Much w a r m e r Monday afternoon and Monday night lowest temperature Tucs day morning 25 occasional lighl snow Monday afternoon and Monday night mixed with rain Tuesday forenoon fresh to strong winds IOWA Occasional freezing rain or drizzle in south portion and mixed light freezing rain and snow in north portion Monday afternoon and Monday night occasional light snow in north east portion Tuesday Forenoon slowly vising temperature KGLO Tuesday night will MINNESOTA Warmer Monday and Tuesday forenoon with occasional light snow north and cast portions Fresh to mod eratcly strong winds gradually diminishing IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday in Minimum Sunday night 5 At 8 a m Monday Ifl YEAR AGO Maximum 13 Minimum 27 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 14 Minimum Saturday night 0 At 8 a m Sunday t Snowfall 6i inches Prccio 13 inch Hitler Parleys Take Up Problems WAdolf Hitler those present v Illul called high German and Italian military leaders and Pierre Laval axisfollowing Vichy French lead er to his headquarters over the weekend for a discussion of ques tions of common strategy and ob servers here quickly speculated that the allied armies in North Af rica provided the toughest ques tion of all The German announcement of the meeting was characteristically vague disclosing that the meeting was a token of the firm deter mination of the axis powers to employ all their energies for win ning final victory and that with regard to al questions discussed a full agreement of conception was established But the significance of he meet ing was indicated in the list of present which included Rcichsmarehal Hermann Cocring chief of the German air force and economic leader Field Marshal Wilhelm Kcitcl chief of the nazi high command Gen Ugo Caval J ChTler ot the Illia general stan Italian Foreign Minister Count Galeazzo Ciano German Foreign Minister Joachim von Hibbcntrop and other military and political leaders premier Bcnito Mussolini did not attend the meeting r Lavals participation in the con ference received only one sentence in the communique A long con versation on present French prob lemswas held with Laval it said It was believed here however tnat Laval might have been asked quite pointedly what role France would play in the coming defense of Germanheld Europe Transocean nazi news agency said that Frances future Euro pean position will depend on how tms militarily and politically dis united people catches up with the new Europe The German radio said Laval relumed to Paris Monday morn ing after his visit to Hitlers head quarters In addition to the threat to Eu rope posed by allied successes in Aorth Africa observers here noted that the axis military leaders also were faced with these pressing problems The triple Russian of fensive m the cast the rising flov of allied war materials and man power needs of Germany Laval it was believed was con fronted with new demands for rrench workers Russians succeeded in breaking the German defensive front 011 the middle Don but de clared that they were driven back out again in dashinc coun terattacks ha an the Kalitva riveta tribu tary o the Don 20 miles or less from iUillerovo Considering the rate at which Hie Russians were advancing it was believed that the reel army probably would be able to in ounce the cantuvc of Millcrovn as n birthday present for Premier Josef Stalin The Russians in their new of fensive already had seized con trol of 45 miles of the vital Voronezh Rostov railway Twentytwo German divisions were trapped between the Don and Volga at Stalingrad and if Col General Vatutin in his central Don offensive occupies the entire stretch of the rail way between Kantemirovka and AamciisfcSchachtinsky axis forces inside the northern Half of the Don valley will be cut off Forcsccinst Uiis the Germans verc counterattacking with des licralioii in the Stalingrad area J vmg to establish contact with their trapped 22 divisions The noon communique reported six counterattacks all repulsed norlluvest of Stalingrad The Germans lost 400 men and n planes which the Russians de snoyed aground or in combat Southwest of Stalmgrad soviet aitillcry wiped out 1000 Germans and helped infantry beat oft a counterattack in which 300 more Germans were killed and eight tanks two guns and 20 trucks were demolished German counterattacks in the central Don area apparently were intended to delay the Rus sians Frontline dispatches re ported that the main axis forces nad abandoned most of their heavy equipment and were re treating with all haste in an ef fort to reach new lines Colonel General Vatutins col umn from Bokhovska the main as sault force had now fanned out iiw Milieu UUlj into three prongs dispatches said In the middle Don area troops continue their successful advance the noon communique said The enemy counterattacks m an attempt to stem our advance but the enemy is rollingback southwesUvard under the blows of the red army and suffering enor mous losses More localities have been oc cupied by ouitroops A soviet unit wiped out 1350 of the enemy and captured 12 guns 20 machine gun 06 trench mortars 21 trucks and many prisoners On another sector soviet units surrounded an enemy   

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