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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 8, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLIX C 0 V F DEPARTMENT OF IST03Y A NO AS CHIVE MOLC THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS ASSOCIATED PRESS PRESS rUIi LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JANUARY 8 1943 GAIN 10 MILES IN DRIVE ON ROSTOV Allies Virtually Complete Papuan Campaign FFW SURVIVORS Japs Still Cbnaress Hears AM FEW SURVIVORS FACE CERTAIN DEFEAT IN TRAP Warplanes Blast at Remnants of Convoy Off New Guinea North Coast By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gen Douglas MacArthurs head quarters announced virtual com pletion of the bitter Papuan cam paign in New Guinea Friday with the annihilation a Japa nese army that once totaled 15 000 troops even as allied war planes smashed at the remnants of a IDship Japanese convoy off the New Guinea north coast After a running 24hour bat tle General McArthur listed these blows inflicted on the enemy con voy and its aerial defenders 1 Two bis transports sunk including a 14000ton ship heavily loaded with Japanese troops 2 A third transport heavily damaged hit by a 500pound bomb 3 Eighteen Japanese fighter planes definitely destroyed five probably destroyed four others damaged Presumably thousands of Japa nese lost their lives in the sinking of the two large transports one of which sank with its entire load during a night bombing attack Dispatches said allied planes were continuing the assault Fri day in Huon gulf off the big Japanese base at Lae Naval Force By FRANK TREMAINE HEADQUARTERS U N I T E D STATES PACIFIC FLEET Pearl Harbor Jan 7 Japan is concentrating a big naval transport force in the South Pa cific and a battle equal in size and importance to Midway is develop ing well informed quarters re ported Thursday Unofficial reports said that one of the greatest concentra tions of Japanese ships since the war started is gathering in thn Tiorlhern Solomon islands and at Rabaul northeast of New Guinea The Japanese already had large forces in these areas An informant said of the situa tion Thursday Both sides have been pumping up their lires and getting ready to go again This dispatch was filed before Gen Douglas MatArthur an nounced a ferocious allied plane attack still continuing after 48 hours on an enemy convoy off New Guinea It was believed most likely here on the basis of logic that the Japanese were massing a new blow against Guadalcanal island in the southern Solomons where the United Stales marines and army men have now en larged their area to more than 90 square miles IS miles along the beach and five inland It was conceded that the enemy might be strengthening their new GuineaTimor line stretchin sAAmerican flying I westwardfrom the northeastern erators Consolidated Catalinas to the northwestern Billy Mitchells zones in view of General MacAr thurs successes in Papua A new thrust against Guadal canal probably would lead to a repetition of the Nov 1215 en gagement and possibly might be of larger scale in view of reports of the size of the Japanese force and the fact that the United Stales is constantly increasing its forces throughout the world from its fastmoving production lines In the Nov 1215 Solomons bat tle Japan lost 23 ships sunk in cluding a battleship and five cruis ers and seven ships damaged in cluding a battleship and six de stroyers United States losses were two cruisers and six destroyers Though it was not officially claimed United Press dispatches from the scene left no doubt that the second battleship sank In addition to the new Japanese naval force il is known that the enemy have been landing troops in the Solomons north of Guadal canal These troops might be mov ed to Guadalcanal by night ii small boats in conjunction with Japanese naval push elsewhere Explains Postal Rules on Overseas Mail WASHINGTON ip A war department spokesman said Thursday that the armys new postal regulations did not neces sarily mean that no letters other than Vmail would be transported by air to soldiers overseas Other letters might be moved by air when space is available he said although in practical effect the regulations are apt to mean that only Vmail may go by air North American Billy Mitchells Martin marauders and Lockheed lightnings joined in the attack which began on the morning of Jan 6 when the enemy convoy was sighted about 30 miles off New Britain On the Papuan front allied head quarters said Japanese survivors trapped on Sanananda Point faced certain destruction and announced that the primary ob ject of the tion of LieutGen Tomatore Horiis now be con sidered accomplished General Hprii who only last September drove his forces with in 32 miles the strategic allied base at Port Moresby was re ported killed on Dec 31 An allied communique listed 107 Japanese warships and merchant vessels destroyed or severely damaged since July 23 days after the Japanese first landed on re ported 333 enemy aircraft de stroyed 81 others probably de stroyed and 117 damaged Japanese naval sunk or seriously cluded six cruisers 13 destroyers and two seaplane tenders On the Burma front RAF bomb ers set big fires at the Japanese base at Akyab on the Bay of Bengal and strafed enemv posi tions near Rathedaung 25 miles northwest Akyab to clear the way lor Field Marshal Sir Archi bald P Wavells British columns driving back into Burma from In dia Des Moines Official Whose Parents Received Pensions to Pay DES MOINES Koenigsbergcr DCS Moines siftty commissioner signed a note agree ing to pay the state approximately because his parents received old age assistance between 1938 and 1940 the Iowa department of social welfare said The department said Kocnigs bergeisigned a note to pay the amount in three years and is pay ing on a monthly basis Iowa law provides that if a relative was able to contribute to the support of a person on old age assistance rolls without undue hardship and failed to do so a cause of action for double the amount of assistance exists against the relative Congress Hears President Report on State of the Union lamel Corps Beats Italians n Desert War By WES GALLAGHER ALLIED HEADQUARTERS N NORTH AFRICA ig against heavy odds a French nil American camel corps has aplured Tanout Mailer 14 miles rom Tiarct in the southern Tmii ian desert near the Tripolitanian Order only 20 miles sguthwest f Tripoli a French military pokesrnan declared Friday This was the closest allied icnetration so far reported to Vipoli in a sweep to the south of he main axis defense line hrough northeastern Tunisia Two hundred and fifty Italians vere reported killed in the al ack London sources said the camel orps which took Tanout Mailer vas a partly motorized force of avagc swift moving fighters vho operated almost exclusively by night and sought concealment y day French officers and men were to have resisted adoption jf trucks and armored cars on he ground that they are too easily spotted in the daytime but low use them to complement heir animals Prcigiessofrthe war farilung corners of the world the union which President Roosevelt is shown making to the new 78th congress Seated with the congress in the house chamber at the joint session were cabinet members and diplomats Identified by number are 1 Count Robert Van der StratenPonthoz Belgian ambassador 2 Max im Litvinov Russian ambassador 3 George Summerlin state departments chief of protocol 4 Lord Halifax British ambassador 5 Jan Ciechanowski Polish ambas sador M6 Dr Wei TaoMing Chinese ambassador 7 Div A Xcpudpn Netherlands ambassador 8 Representa itive Joseph lead er 9 Senator Charles L McNary R senate minority leader 10 Senator Alben W Barkley D senate majority leader 11 Secretary of State Cordell Hull 12 Secretary of War Henry L Stimson 13 Atty Gen Francis Biddle 14 Postmaster General Frank Walker 15 Secretary of Navy Frank Knox 16 Secre tary of Interior Harold Ickes 17 Secretary of Agricul ture Claude Wickard 18 Secretary of Commerce Jesse Jones 2 Parachute to Safety When Army Plane Stalls DES MOJNES J A Frost Pasadena Cal and Arthur A Footc Denver Cnt HUNTS ROOM FAINTS OGDEN Utah WJA Minneap olis girl arrived to enter a defense school in Ogden She tried all known methods of finding a room in the crowded community ivith out results So she walked into n hotel lobby and fainted A kindly hotel occupant gave up s room crashed into a clump of trees just north of the city The men were on a routine training flight DESTROYER IS LOST BY BRITISH Blazing Sea Battle Off Norway Is Described LONDON UR Britain lost one destroyer and a second was damaged in a blaring sea battle off the northern tip Norway in which a German pocket battle ship was believed to haxe been involved the admiralty an nounced Friday i The action occurred on the morning of Dec 31 when a force ot British destroyers con voying supplies to Russia over the northern routeThe destroyer Achates was sunk the admiralty said and the destroyer Onslow suffered damage and casualties The communique pointed out that the Germans have admitted that one of their destroyers oC the Maas class was sunk in the battle It added that damage had been done to a larger enemy ship Despite the severe attack by what was described as superior enemy forces the supplies des tined lor the red army got safely through to Russia it was said In addition to a pocket battle ship it was believed that the axis fleet included a cruiser and sev eral destroyers Visibility was poor contact between the fleets was intermittent miralfy said However forces made four separate attacks and each time they were beaten off In one of them the Achates suffered severe damage and sub sequently sank F R to Submit Data Soon on Social Security Question Intended Speech to Convey Hope for 44 Victory by Allies and the opposing the ad the axisl WASHINGTON Roosevelt disclosed Friday that he expected to submit some data and facts to congress on the social se curity question but he said he did not know whether he would lec ommend any specific legislation to the legislators soon X He made tlie disclosure al a press conference in which he erave qualified endorsement to he idea of puttingincome taxes on a payasyougo basis The real problem in all sucli tax plans he said is whether the gov ernment will forgive a part of all of current taxes due Mr Roosevelt also told ques tioners that he hoped for a United Nations victory in 1914 and had intended to convey that hope in his message to congress Thursday As for socisl security he sug gested to the reporters that they wait and see what lie does The president said he did not know but that probably he would submit some information facts and data to the congress A part of this information he said will be a postwar plan being prepared bythe national resources planning board f As he new congress bcstan work Senator Byrd DVa de clared at a hearing of the joint congressional economy commit tee that budget figures show that 55000 National Youth ad ministration work stations have been established in various parts of the country in comparison with the 53000 trainees which NVA Administrator Aubrey Williams said were taking work courses last October In Iowa JByrd said the buupei bureau reported there were 1085 NYA work stations and only B09 trainees At DCS Moines G A Bing liain NYA project director ex plained that a work training sta tion is any place in which i boy or girl may be employed full time such as lathe drill press or even threefeet of bench space On this basis figuring only a single shift the number of work ing stations must always be equal to or greater than the number of trainees Williams said that only about 38000 ofthe NYA stations in the nation were in active use because of NYAs sharply reduced appro priation Byrd chairman of the economy committee is leading an active drive to eliminate all NYA funds as nonessential MNARY AGAIN MINORITY CHIEF Says Harmony So Thick It Runs Down Cheeks WASHINGTON fP Senat Xe p u b 1 i c a n s unanimously re elected Charles L McNary o Oregon as minority leader Frida I and approved assignments givin them increased representation 01 standing committees In a session so nonconlrovcr sial in its aspects that McNar commented that harmony was si thick it ran down my cheeks1 the minority conference reelcclci Senator White of Maine as its secretary Among committee assignments approved was the addition of Senator Butler of Nebraska to the finance committee Committee as signments for SenatorElect Wil son of Iowa yet to be sworn in were delayed The conference agreed that if any contest arose over the post of president protcmpore of the senate now held by Senator Glass D the republicans would nominate and support Sen ator Vandcnbcrg R Mich for this position MANAGER MAYTAG FACTOR NEWTON C Mc Anly former vice president in charge of manufacturing at the Fruchauf Trailer company De troit lias been named factory manager of the Mayiag company here Body of Miner Found 10 Others Unaccounted tor in Virginia Shaft MORGANTOWN W V Rescue crews fighting through a wall of flames and smoke Friday found the body of one of 11 min ers trapped two miles inside the No 15 mine the Pursglove Coal company rive miles west of here Joseph Stewart assistant mana ger ol the mine reported that the dead miner was found near a fire started from qn overheated hiinemotorHesaid that ten other taen were unaccounted for Approximately 62 other mei who were in the mine when the fire started early Friday morn ing made their way to the surface via the sloping entrance of the drift working RED TANKS AND AIRPLANES RIP THROUGH NAZIS Germans Make First Admission of Reverses in Fight With Reds By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Russias victorious armies rip ping through a wall of German resistance with tanks and planes were reported to have advanced Friday within Go miles of the great German base at Rostov on the lower Don river and for the first ime Berlin admitted nazi reverses n the bitter struggle The fall of Rostov gateway to the Caucasus would cut ott German forces unofficially esti mated at between 500000 and 1000000 troops At the same time a British broadcast said the Germans had announced the evacuation of the civilian population of Rzhcy key nazi citadel 120 miles northwest oC Moscow as a precautionary measure This suggested that Hzhcv a vi tal Jink in the German defense system on the central front was dangerously threatened by soviet troops who have been storming its approaches for weeks Dispatches from Moscow said Russian forces sweeping along both banks of the lower Don river supported by planes blast ing n path for their tanks had smashed an attempt by hard pressed German troops to form a new defense line and were driving ahead toward Rostov The thrust to a point only 65 miles from Rostov represented a 10mile Rain since Thursday when red army reached the Sal river town of Bolshaya OrJovka Buy War Savings Bonds anil Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON much change in temperature with occasional light snow Friday afternoon and Friday night low tempera ture warmer Saturday fore noon IOWA Continued cold except not so cold in west and north cen tral portions Friday night warmer Saturday forenoon MINNESOTA Rising temperature Friday night and Saturday fore noon snow flurries north ami central portions Friday night fresh to moderately strong winds north portion Friday afternoon and Friday night IN MASON CITY jlobeGaxette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 17 minimum Thursday night 10 At 8 a m Friday 10 Snow 25 inch Precip 01 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 9 Minimum Auto Is Tossed About Locomotives By CHARLES E MERCER NEW YORK T Man Knickerbocker stepped out with confidence Friday looking neither to left nor right he crossed the street The OPA had at least pleased that most conservative of minds the pedestrians and he went foth gaily with figurative bells on his feet East side west siiie the restriction on pleasure mo toring brought peace to what used to be called the countrys busiest big town Becomes Pedestrians Paradise Along the main arteries Fifth Sixth Seventh Park and Madison avenues and Broadway clock seemed to have been turned back a quarter centurv There wore a few trucks and the taxis were still gliding along but the man who drove in lown to work the woman who drove to Manhattan to shop the theaterbound party were all hoofing it from subways trains and buses In Times Square the rotfic cops were grinning Their weapons ot law and order no longer needed to include a pow erful vocabulary for the traffic jaded motorist Instead they were keeping an eye on parking lots in the theater district to jot down the numbers of any motorists who thought they could still ride to a show The reminiscent cops over on Fifth avenue could remember when it was Jammed with cars from curb o curb for miles Friday the driver with an A card was as obvious as a ball rolling down a bowling alley In the shopping district around Herald Square where the women shoppers used to pack their cars by blocks the squawking horns were stilled the traffic thinned The ladies were walking Police said that OPA agents were watching amusement spots prepared to seize the ration book of anyone who believed gasoline still could be mixed with wine and pleasure for a happy effect A horse and wagon clapped down Sixth avenue Tlie driver was sinKins ATLANTA locomotive plowed into an automobile occu pied by Mrs C W Spear and two companions and dragged it along the tracks about 40 feet The en gine then hurled it into the pah of a train going in the opposite di rection and the automobile was dragged back about 50 Icct finallv sliding clear Mrs Spear and her companions climbed out un scratched Frontline advices said the Ger mans were battling desperately to keep open a corridor into the Caucasus but declared the red army was steadily battering its way through massed tanks and infantry Hitlers armies of the Caucasus wearily slogging down the long road back were reported burn ing villages and scattering thou sands of land mines in an effort to impede the triumphant soviets A scries of bulletins from red army headquarters said tankled soviet infantry columns had stormed into more than 40 addi tional towns and villages in the Caucasus during the last 24 hours Other Russian forces advanc ing within 75 miles ot the great German base at Rostov were re ported to have widened their wedge on both sides of the lower Don river Our troops breaking the re sistance of the enemy and wip ing out his manpower cottinue to advance the Russian com mand said referring to the lower Don offensive Simultaneously a U c u I e r x British news agency dispatch from Moscow reported that Rus sian troops sweeping westward across the flat and barren Kal myck steppes in the Caucasus had raced within 40 miles of a junc tion with northbound soviet col umns The nazi radio belatedly ac knowledged to the German people RITES TO BE SATURDAY SIOUX CITY ser vice for the Right Rev Msgr Henry Rolfes will be held Satur day at Oycns where he was a pas tor for nearly 50 years Monsignor Rolfes died in a Lc Mars hospital I Wednesday I RUSSIA so too iso Shaded portion of map shows territory until recently occupied by German forces through which Russian armies have pushed in their drive on Rostov from the north east and southeast Heavy black line is approximate front line of Russian drive though German forces stiil are pocketed at various points within the areas embraced by the drive notably in the western outskirts of   

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