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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 29, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT Cr COMP VOLXLIX THE NEWSPAPER THAT ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UWTM MM MAMS ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY7 DECEMBER 29 HOME EDITION U111IJ x JJfliUflMBaK 29 1942 CONSISTS or TWO SECTIONS I FBUnPISOULTOUHY GANGSTERS if LJ W y T m I A i GERMANS SEND iNAIDTOCOe TROOPRETREAT Russians Reported to Be Within 3 Miles of Kotelnikovskis Edge BULLETIN MOSCOW red army developed a pinver move ment against Rostov Tuesday by driving southward down the Voronezh railroad to within less inan 80 miles of the city and breaking into the Rostov admin istrative district from the north east By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Adolf Hitlers cry for space echoed with terrible urgen cy for 22 German divisions on ihe soviet front Tuesday as the Bussisns stormed within three miles ot Kotelnikovski 90 miles southwest of Stalingrad and thrust within 45 miles of a jun tion with red army troops driving across the middle Don steppes to ward Rostov Dispatches said Kotelnikovski which served as a main base for the nazi siege armies before Stal ingrad was now hemmed tightly on three sides and the soviet com mand announced The enemy is sending special detachments to cover up the re treat of his troops By closing the 45mile gap and the mWdle jvltolai VahrtUrt legions would force a second ring of steel around the beleaguered nazis Latest advices said the red arm ies were driving ahead on a 300 mile front spreading famyisc frorrl the Ukraine to a point deep in the windswept Kalmyck steppe lands of the Caucasus Soviet troops were reported to have recaptured Kichkino V miles north of Elista the Kalmyck capital Other red army columns were pictured as having advanced with in 100 miles of Rostov gateway to he Caucasus after having vir tually surrounded the German rail hub at Millerovo 120 miles north of Rostov Nazi quarters asserted vaguely that a Russian force encircled for several days in the Don river bend had been routed with heavy losses A Finnish communique said red army troops ending a pro tracted lull on the far north front had launched heavy at tacks against Finnish lines be txveen Lakes Ladoga and Onesa east of longbesieged Lenin grad but declared they had becn rcpulsed Mrs Alice Ransom Resident of Mason City 71 Years Dies Survived by Daughter Mrs Woodward and Son Tod Ransom Mrs Alice Ransom 90 a resi dent of Mason City for more than 71 years died at the home of her daughter Mrs W L Woodward 1038 Fourth street southwest about noon Tuesday following an illness of 13 weeks Also surviving Mrs Ransom is her son Tod Ransom who operates the Pleazol cigar store Mrs Ransom was born Dec 17 1852 in Aurora III When a year old she moved with her parents and a sister five years her senior to a farm near Manchester in Delaware county Iowa Six months later the mother died leaving the father with the care of the children and the farm to manage with only a few scat tered neighbors in the new coun try Her father succeeded in Ect jinfr a man and wife to join them on the farm and care for the home At the ace of 14 Mrs Ransom and her sister were sent to Fayette university or Upper Iowa for a year At that time the father sold his farm in Delaware county and moved lo Rockford Iowa The railroad had reached Wav erly at that time and their pio neer friend Robert Mathews of Hockford met them with a team The Shell Rock river was crossed n a boat the oarsman being Bill Weir pioneer of this area and father of Mrs Asa Adams At the age of 17 years Mrs Ransom taught a term of school at Doughertythe school closing on the eventfulday of eclipse of the siih Aug 7 1869 when it was as dark at 4 oclock n the afternoon as any night In 1870 she was married to S C Ransom and moved to Mason ity in 1871 She had resided icre since that time and saw a city grow up around her She aw the trees planted in Central lark Her son Tod was born in heir home where the Wright apartments now stand and there vas nothing north or west oE this except hazel brush Blizzards lasted for three days no coal in MRS ALICE RANSOM hen and there was lu Mason City Pioneers kept warm vith native unseasoned wood ater they purchased a home on south Washington avenue in the lock south of the Cerro Gordo notel There they lived for 25 years their daughter Mabel bo ng born there Later the family moved to a lome on Sixth street southwest vhere it lived another 25 years nd where her husband died April 3 1913 Since that time she ad made her home with her two hildren who survive her Mrs Ransom was a charter lembcr of the W R c and the miicli of Christ in this city Her usbancl was a charter member of the C A R and was one of the most active members until his death Funeral arrangements are in complete The body was taken to the Patterson funeral home Wavell Force Drives On to Rathedaung By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gen Sir Arciiibald P Wavells legions driving back into Japa Burma from India were olncialy reported Tuesday a thevicinityof Rathedaung 25 miles northwest of the big enemy base at Akyab after a 75 mile advancethrough treacherous coastal swamps from tne Indian frontier A British communique said General Wavells patrols clashed briefly with Japanese troops near Rathedaunjr on the night of ec 27 and the enemy retreated after an exchange of fire The drive lo Rathedaung seven miles inland from the Bay of Ben gal coast represented an advanc of approximately 20 miles from Alethangyow which British irooo captured a week ago At the same time roundabou reports from Japanesedominated Bangkok Thailand said othe British troops had readied the Cnmdwm river valley in Burma in a push through the Chin hills t the north i 1 IT There was still no indication onu ni ijiuicazion that General Wavell had launched a major campaign to recapture Burma but the swift retiremen or Japanese troops at Rathedaun suggested that the British might be m considerable force Buy Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazelle carrier boy KAZANSK YELANSK Don R previous drivel t Z Sc ngiad To the west Russians ffi cajtui 4 in thrust toward Rostov Arrows Ck f P coupied d area Stal BELIEVED SUNK IN BOMBER RAID Allied Ground Forces Deepen Wedge in Buna Beachhead of Japs By BRYDON TAVES GENERAL MacARTHURS HEADQUARTERS Australia UR Japanese have lost another cruiser to the allied air force in New Guinea and failed in an at to sle11 GenDouglas Mac Arthurs ground forces out of Buna village it was revealed Tuesday V While liberator bombers of the allied force were blasting the cruiser in the harbor of Rabaul New Britain and bomb mff Japanese air bases at FinschHafen New Guinea and on Timor island MacArthurs ground forces deepened their ivedee in the Japanese beach head below Buna A headquarters spokesman said that in the beach head fightiiiu Sunday night and Monday the Japanese suffered considerable casualties in their first attempt to meet the allied forces outside prepared positions since the began This desperate sally from strong points and pillboxes around the western end oE the main Japanese air strip south of the Buna mis sion came as enemy naval probably the tMfbro midnight Sunday to just before dawn Monday The shelline failed to damase allied installations and the sally was beaten back with the net result that American units deepened the wedge which at Gairopa Point separates the Japanese forces at the mission and around what the enemy has left of its last air strip The charging Japanese were mot with machine gun and auto matic rifle fire Then the Ameri cans counterattacked will artil cry support and captured a num ber of dual purpose and antitank guns As usual the allied air force was active everywhere backing up the cleanup operations oh the kew Guinea coast arid ranging far as a striking force to wreck bases on other islands from which enemy reinforcements might come Attacking Rabaul early Monday for the second day in succession consolidated B24 liberators found a large cruiser in Kervin bay in the southern part of Simpson har bor After three direct hits with iOOpound bombs the cruiser was observed burning fiercely nnd al lied pilots believed it was de stroyed Other ships in the harbor were Believed damaged Two 8000 on merchantmen hit in Sundays Rabaul raid were seen still burn ing off Sulphur Point The liberators met bad weather Northeast of MedjezelBab GOODLAND WINS IN WISCONSIN weaer and heavy antiaircraft fire from ships and shore but pressed their attack from low levels After bombing the ships the raiders swept low over Rabaul scattering oWO pound explosive bombs and many incendiaries which started fires in the town Other liberators Monday laid aOO poimders and numerous in cendiaries across runways and dispersal bays at the Gasmala air field on the southwest coast of Britain and attacked the Japanese anfield at FinschHafcn sn the Huon peninsula of New Guinea about 250 miles up the coast from Buna Voluntary Retirement Presumably Made to Regroup for Assault By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS The war department announce Tuesday that allied troops in Ti nisia had withdrawn from i hi position six miles northeast t MecIjezEIBab 35 miles Tunis the capital after inflictin severe casualties on the axis The war bulletin said Meclje ElBab was the scene of hcav fighting Christmas eve and Christ mas day The battle occurred in the Americandefended central seu lor of he TunisBizertc zone flanked by British troops on Ihc norlh and French forces on the south Simullaneous with the war de partinejits anontuicement whic indicated that the allies voluntary retirement presumabl to regroup the German trans ocean news agency asserted Ilia nazi troops had captured import ant positions from American sol diers north of McdjezEIBab The transocean agency also de clared tiit German forces had re pulsed an American attack in ecu tral Tunisia west ot Kairouan 7 miles below Tunis Prcviously French troops hac been reported fighting in th Kairouiin region in a drive towar the Gulf of Gabes coast seekin to cut communications between axis forces in Tunisia and Libya The war department reportcu that American flying fortres bombers and fast fighter plane blows on au troopcarrying and supplytriiclt in Tunisia destroying at least 32 and blasted other encmv target over the quickening battle area London quarters indicated that the hour for a renewal of the allied offensive against the Bi zerteTunis zone was approach ing after weeks of comparatively minor clashes in the muddy hills Allied patrols were credited of ficially with inflicting casualtic and taking prisoners in attacking an axis force on the MedjczEl BabTebourbn road while Frcnci troops continued their advance be low Pont du Fahs 30 miles soutl of Tunis Fighting French columns driv g north from Lake Chad in ihi heart of equatorial Africa also were pressing their advance in tin Fezzan region 550 miles below Tripoli in southwestern Libya the Brazzaville radio announced y Simultaneously a broadcast from the nazicontrolled Vichy radio said French and British roops had entered French Som aliland in East Africa and Gen Charles DC Gaulles headquarters in London said the colony had officially aligned itself with the fighting French On fhe eastern flank of llic gioni allied squeeze movement headquarters announced that Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomerys Bth army maintained contact with Marshal Erwin Rommels retreat ing Africa corps in the Wadi El Chebir 180 miles from the big axis base at Tripoli but there was still no sign of a major clash A British communique said RAF planes bombed Tunis the capital of Tunisia and its nearby harbor of La Goulclte starting lires near a railway yard Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy pwan 77 Struck by Streamliner at Newhall NEWHALL Fix 77 a retired farmer was killed Monday afternoon when the car he was driving collided with an eastbound Milwaukee streamliner near here Benlon County Coroner John Bur rows said there would be no in quest BODY IS IDENTIFIED BURLINGTON PThe body f a man found in a parking shed icrc last Tuesday was identified as that ot Salvatore RUSEO o of St Louis who was employed by a railroad company The body was taken to Iowa City Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Warmer Tuesday afternoon with some thawing Not much change in tempera ture Tuesday night Lowest about 20 Colder by Wednesday noon IOWA Colder northeast no de cided change in temperature west and south Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon MINNESOTA Colder Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon Snow flurries northeast portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday Minimum Monday night At 8 a m Tuesday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 24 8 2 16 11 trace Will Be Next Governor Supreme Court Rules MADISON Wis Gov Waller S Goodland will be the governor of Wisconsin succeeding Gov Julius P Heil Ihe lupereme court ruled Tuesday The 80 year old Goodland will succeed to the office won bv the late Gov Elect Orland S Loomis who died Dec 7 in the interim of election inauguration thereby creating an unprecedented lion in the gubernatorial succcss orsliip The supreme court was isked by the attorney generals of icc to determine the legal succes sor to Heil whose elective term ends Jan 4 The court chose Good land The court which concurred maminously in the opinion vrit w Asociatc Justice John Wickhem held J Thut the present incumbent in office of governor does not hold beyond the expiration of his the ith ROGER TOUHY Terrible jresent term 2 That on and after fitiii Till day of January 1943 there will oe a vacancy in the office ol gov 3 That the vacancy in iice of governor on Jan I 1943 results in the devolution of pow ers and duties of the office upon it lieutenant governor for the esidue of the term that is for the term ending on the first Mon day in January indicated m ther constitution devolves the duties of the office upon the special to fill lieutenant governor a election cannot be called the vacancy That for the reason stated n J The present incum bent has no authority to fill by ippoiiitmcnt a vacancy in the of fice of governor Woman 26 Awaits Sentence for Child Theft Murder Attempt SAN DIEGO Cal Margaret Sharon ODca Wallace 6 Tuesday awaited sentence on icr plea of guilty to charges of at empled murder and child steat ng Mrs Wallaces mother com plex led her to steal the three nildren or Mrs Inez Maclam after icating the mother and pushin ler over an 80foot cliff near En cmitas Nov 17 she said Two of the small children were abandoned at once while an in ant boy was kept until Mrs Uaelam recovered and told her poliiL an her assail lory Ecltinj mis trail Increased Tension Between Finland and U S Is Reflected WASHINGTON Unit ed Slates has ordered llic Finnish information center in New York fo cease issuance of news releases and Finland has ordered the American legation at Helsinki to stop sending out bulletins pro parcel by the office of war infor mation it was learned Tuesday The development apparently reflecting increased hi the relation between the two countries followed recent publi cation ol reports in this tountrv of a party at the Japanese legation in Helsinki on Dec 7 anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at tended by Prime Minister J W Rangell and other Finnish govern Touhy ment officials These reports said the Fi ociim inv C 111LI5 present toastedthe Japanese cess at Pearl Harbor and that iIUCl LIIUL Japanese films of the treacherous attack were shown An account o Ihe party was broadcast to Finlaiic in the Finnish language by th Inquiries at ihc legation here brought a denial Tuesday of th I version A spokesman said Uie legation was in a position It itate that the Japanese parly lowed the fashion of reception thai have become a social custom i wartime Helsinki 5 ARE CAUGHT AND 2 SLAIN IN SERIESOF RAIDS GMen Mow Down 2 Who Resisted Then Attack Apartment CHICAGO Dircclot J LdgaiHoover Tuesday an nounced that the terrible Touhy most vicious and most clangorous criminals the country ever killed or captured in a series of raids by Gmen culminating early Tuesday morning in the seizure of Touhy and Basil Tin Baiigliuil Captured were Roger The Terrible leader Basil The Owl Banghart his lieutenant Edward Darlak escaped Joliet prison lifer William Stewart liter Matthew Nelson lifer Slain resisting capture were Eugene Lanthorn alias James OConnor life St Clair Mclncrnoy alias Baby Dolt and the Saint a sule blower and robber This wipes out the Touhy gang Hoover said After mowing down the two men who resisted the FBI men moved against the gang leaders with tommy g u n s tour giis and ri fles in a north side apartment Hoover de scribed the scene this way The zero hour was set for 3 oclock Tuesday morn ing for the raid on Banghart hide out surrounded the 2 Boys II Years of Age Spend Night in Icebox VALENTINE Ncbr Ward and Calvin Carey both 11 spent all Monday night in an icc Jox and they got anything but a frosty reception from their over joyed parents Tuesday Rcturnin rom n skating party the boys ac cidentally locked themselves in a ivcfoot scrap pile ice box While heir worried parents searched for hem the boys worked all night with their sknlcs finally prying off the ice box door Tuesday morn Tastes Own Medicine Sfrs Winifred Cullen 33 a Los Angeles h school teacher appeared before Traffic H L askJd T on f i a restricted one he asked her what she did when any pupil disobevcd a rule I make them wnte the rule on the blackboard 150 timeL syss HOOVER b lUIS uilding They had an apartment on the floor opposite Touhys apartment The FBI was equipped with machine guns highpowered rifles nncl tear gas The buildin was lighted with searchlights al exactly 5 oclock Loudspeakers li i c li had iiccu setup told the men lo sur render and instructed them to come out of tlieir apartment backwards hands up and one at a time Banghart first The men deliberated 10 min utes Banghart acting as spokes man indicated they would sui factor Pleased With News Quits SemiRetirement CHICAGO jake the Burlier Factor is going to visit a lot of places he hasnt been seen in lately Informed of the capture of Koser Touhy and Basil lianjr iiarl who bad kidnaped him for rnusoin in Iflss Factor kissed his wife jubilantly ordered a whopping breakfast and gave the bellboy an eyepopping tip The Touliy mob churned it was framed in the Factor kid naping anil KoKcr Touhy was reported to have sworn lhal some day hed settle the score So when Touhy Baiurhart and five other convicts went over the wall at Slatcvillc peniten tiary last Oct Factor went into semiretirement render and following instructions backed out of the room hands up and was taken The others followed and there no struggle They were Touhy and Edward Darlak At that point Hoover smiled and remarked thnt the FBIs only jur sdiction was for clialt evasion except in jhc case of Banghart machinegunner for the mob as it in the roaring pro libitici era who was wanted on T previous federal conviction with years to run for a S100000 Charlotte N Car mail robbery Touhy dyed his curly black hair peroxide blond The others were easily recognized by the men who had circularized the nation for their capture since HICJshol their way over the walls of ihc statcville peniten tiary at Joliet 111 iast Oct 9 The mobs hairtrigger leaders surrendered with a docility in marked contrast to the resistance if two of their henchmen Eugene alias OConnor and St lair Baby Doll Mclnerncy These men were surrounded in similar fashion at p m iml mowed down m a searing bias from tommy guns when hey tried lo shoot their way out of Ihc trap We were waiting for them and
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