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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 20, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             4SL NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HISTORY AND ARCHIVES DES ktCHNES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS tVLL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JANUARY 201943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 88 REDS PUSH TOWARD KHARKOV Nazis Bomb London Kill 49 W if 11 NAZI CRAFT SHOT DOWN IN ATTACK BY DAY School Smashed Set Aiire as Germans Machinegun Pedestrians BULLETIN LONDON children were killed when a school was bombed here in day light Wednesday LONDON was bombed and machine gunned Wednesday in the largest German daylight raid since the battle of Britain and preliminary reports indicated that at least 11 of the attacking planes were shot down by British fighters alone A school was smashed and set afire and from its wreckage workers recovered many bodies and due into the debris for oth ers believed killed or trapped alive Twentyfour children w e r e killed in this school alone authori ties said Ten children and six women were killed in one London dis trict when a single bomb destroyed three houses while in another section six children and three women were killed when a bomb passed through the top of a cafe and burstin a row of i ouses broughtthe total of Lon dons deaths to at least 49 Two sections of the city were bombed and some homes were destroyed The Germans attackedunder cover of 50 to 100 fighters who patrolled the channel It was estimated that 25 to 30 fighter bombers struck inland across Kent and Sussex They were engaged by RAF fighters and only a few reached London T w e n t yfpur persons were known to have been killed in the attacks on London The German planes were re ported engaged by British fight ers It was not disclosed imme diately whether the raiders were bombers or FockeWulfe fighter bombers Trie planes attacked during the lunch hour machine gunning streets and buildings after sweep ing in over southern England in greater force than in any daylight raid in two years if It was a small scale repetition of any of a score of days during the early aerial battle of Britain when the luftwaffe frequently struck by daylight 4 Missing in Burlington Fire LIFT 17 MONTH which has been released from its 17 month siege by German and Finnish forces is pictured in the view above Span in the foreground is the Republic bridge In command of the red army troops that recaptured the fortress citx of Schluesselberg to lift the siegewere IVIarshalsGregory Zhukpv inset lower left and KlementiVoroshilov insetUpper right New Cold Wave Moving Into Iowa Heavy batteries and light antiaircraft in some sections fired PKEDICTDROP IN TEMPERATURE Report Frigid Air Is Coming From Northwest DES MOINES new cold wave expected by weather fore casters to be even more severe than that of the last Ihree days blew into Iowa from the north west Wednesday Charles D Keed federal me teorologist said temperatures were expected to drop as low as 30 degrees below zero in the northwest Wednesday night 25 below in the northeast 15 below in the southwest and 10 below in the southeast While the mercury climbed Wednesday in the central and eastern portions of the state in the 32QO Tanks 2600 Planes U S to Russia almost constantly for 10 minutes brief letup between the cold British fighters also engaged the raiders in aerial battles The attacks Wednesday followed up overnight operations in which the RAF ranged over the conti nent on intruder patrols attack ing railway targets in northern France Belgium and the Nether lands The air ministry said the forays were carried out without loss One German fighter was shot down early Wednesday morning by British fighters off the south east coast of England DEAD IN 3 ARE IOWA FARM FIRE Bodies of Victims Are Found in Ruins GUTHRIE CENTER If farm fire took three lives here The victims were identified by Coroner Harold Hill as Mr and Mrs O M Ruby and George M Morse 87 Morse who was Mrs waves temperatures tumbled sharply in the northwest Sioux City had a temperature of zero at 6 a m and by 9 a m thermometers read 7 below and i were still going down The new le cold wave was expected to reach Stettinius Says Thats Not Enough Declares Some Lost Enroute WASHINGTON Lend Lease shipments to Russia have included more than 3200 tanks almost 2600 planes and 81000 nUtary vehicles Lendlease Ad istrator Edward R Stettinius LLI Wednesday adding that they still were not enough and some had been losl enroute The figures were as of Jan 1 1943Stettinius reported that im portant progress was made in that lendlease aid to Russia is growing to a sizeable proportion and will grow still more in 1943 He added in a statement We have not yet been able to send as much as we should like as much as the soviet army part of what we have sent has been lost on the way But after a slow start lendj shipments have greatly in Chile Breaks Off Relations With Axis Countries SANTIAGO Chile broke relations Wednesday wit Germany Italy and Japan ing Argentina the only America republic maintaining diplomat contact with the axis The decree was signed by Presl dent Rios after representatives o other American countries an Britain were notified of the step Axis diplomats will be hande their passports Wednesday after noon it was announced Axis na tionals willbe rounded up a once and taken lo internmen points Grove Man Listed as Missing BURLINGTON Fire de royed the Chicago Burlington id Quiney passenger station here and debris blocked 10 railroads main line through he city Four persons were reported missing but firemen had found no bodies and it was not known whether they perished in the flames They were listed by police as liss Doris Kenning telephone perator on duty in the building E Carlin conductor who was ailing to leave on a train W C formerly of Eagle Grove elegraph operator on duty and L H Hervey identified only as a ivil engineer formerly Ot umwa There was no immediate esti mate of the damage but railroad fficials said equipment in the elegraph department alone was vorth S100000 Trains were delayed as firemen lattled the stubborn fire in the ittev cold which turned water loured on the blaze into ice The temperature stood at H degrees below zero ThefifeXxvasrdporled a m and firemen still put water on the smoldering embers late iVednesday morning The station was completely razed It had been in the process of remodeling for several months The third story of the building was being removed to streamline the structure The station is situated about three blocks south of the main i business district and sparks from the fire showered over much of the business area but no other fires were started Trains were being routed over other tracks J C Grissinger general sup erintendent of the roads Burling ton division said the origin the blaze was not definitely known but it was believed to have started from n heater at the south end of the temporary waiting room The building being under con struction was somewhat open to the weather which was credited 1032 JAPS ARE KLLED IN 5 DAY SOLOMON FIGHT Yanks Mop Up Near Airfield Think To jo Illness Diplomatic By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hardhitting U S army troops and marines were officially cred ited Wednesday with wiping out 1032 Japanese soldiers in a five day battle on Guadalcanal island in the Solomons while American flying fortresses pounded enemy shipping 300 miles to the north west A navy communique said the heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy from Jan 13 to Jan 17 as American troops slowly battled their way for ward against stiff Japanese re sistance for the rapid spread and inten sity of the fire The railroad set up a tem porary waiting room in the lobby of the Union hotel across the street and was preparing railroad coaches nearby to serve as waiting rooms and offices Traffic was completely tied up For the most part the fighting centered around moppingup ac tions to clear the enemy away from Henderson air field The navy said flying fortresses escorted by fighters left a Japa nese cargo ship in flames in a foray to the Shortland islands and shot down two enemy floattype planes S fighter was list ed as missing r d6lrf Tojo of Japan Was reported strick en by a cold Wednesday on the eve of the scheduled reconvening of the Japanese parliament while on widelyseparated battlefronts the Mikados invasion armies struggled against mounting allied offensives A Tokio broadcast reporting Tojos illness said the 81st diet session which Tojo had planned to address would be recessed un til Jan 27 III the United Stales specula tion arose that Tojos illness may have been diplomatic to allow him time for framing measures giving him even great er dictatorial powers the New Guinea front dis patches said allied troops inflicted such heavy casualties that only 27 Japanese prisoners were taken in the capture of Sanananda point and Sanananda village wiping but the enemys last major garrison on the Papuan peninsula Four isolated Japanese groups tightly pocketed by American and Australian troops still held out in the coastal jungles Gen Douglas MacArthurs headquarters reported that while the mopping up of enemy land forces continued allied bombers renewed the assault on Japanese bases at Lao New Guinea Axis Makes 7 Mile Gain at Pont du Fahs By NOLAXD NORGAAKD ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA tank forces in an apparent attempt to divert pressure on Marshal Rom mels army retreat corridor to southern Tunisia have smashed seven miles into the Frenchheld allied positions southwest of Pont du Fahs Simultaneous with this disclos ure by the allied headquarters communique an official French nouncement said German para chutists had been dropped in Al geria presumably near the capi tal city of Algiers Official offers of cash and clothing coupon re wards for their capture were pub lished in the Algerian press The German tank column under General Von Arnim slashed through the French Tunisian posi tions in a drive along the road from Pont du Fahs southwest to ward Robaa about 28 miles away To the north of Pont du Fahms an allied headquarters spokesman said every axis soldier who has advanced to the west side of the road running between Bou Arada and Goubcllat has been cleared out We hold the high ground lo the southeast of Bou Arada the spokesman said and our artillery by continuous shelling is denying enemy use of the road running almost clue west from Pont du Fahs Communication lines between Tunisia and Rommels retreating columns were under further pres sure from the air as U S fighter planes launched widespread at tacks on roads all the way from Tripolitania to Tunis A squadron oC lightning P3Bs struck a big transport column on the highway between Zhara in Tripolitania and Ben Gardane on the Tunisian side of Ihe border BRITISHTROOPS ONLY 30 MILES FROM TRIPOLI Shattered Rommel Corps Reported in Headlong Retreat By ROGER GREENE Associated Press War Editor Russias armies were reported storming Tor w a r d Wednesday within 79 miles of Kharkov the Pittsburgh the Ukraine while on the North African front the British eighth army was swittly closing in on Horns and Tarhuna respectively 55 and 40 miles from the big axis stronghold at Tripoli A Cairo broadcast said Brit ish vanguards were only 20 miles from Tripoli last citadel in Premier Mussolinis African em pire in pursuit of Nazi Field Marshal Erwln Rommels fleeinc columns At the same time the Berlin radio said British parachutists were being dropped behind Koxn mells lines to harass communica tions A bulletin from Gen Sir Ber nard L Montgomerys 8th army headquarters pictured the shat tered Rommel corps as in headlong retreat losing prisoners guns and vehicles under violent roundthe clock assault by allied bombers and fighters Tuesday our forces continued to press the enemy to the northwest and by evening were closing in on Horns and Tarhuna the British communique said Allied air squadrons continued to attack the retrcatingenemy and maintained contjnuous pressure during the last 24 hours on columns moving westward from Tarhuna Dispatches from Cairo said the fact that axis columns were flee ing westward instead of north westward toward Tripoli might indicate that Rommels southern flank planned to bypass Tripoli completely in its haste to reach Tunisia Allied were reported already raining havoc on the road 4 IOWANS ARE FATALLY BURNED Father Perished Trying to Rescue Family ROCK RAPIDS from charred remains of the bodies of a Rock Rapids father his wife and their two children found after their cottage burned Wednesday j along which Rommel must travel indicated the father rescued his blind motherinlaw and perished trying to get the others out Volunteer firemen found the bodies of John Menage 29 his wife Eva 20 and their small chil dren Nanneltc and John Jr fi months at a m The mother up the coast of Tunisia for a junction with other axis forces in the TunisBizerte zone The German high command as serted that Gen Walther Nehr ings forces had attacked and captured important but un specified positions in Tunisia and inlau Mrs Albert Edmunds G5 seized more than 1000 allied was alive but in critical condition prisoners Timor island on the Kaie islands and at Gasmata New Britain In the Burma theater RAF Rubys father had come from California on a visit here The tragedy was discovered Tuesday morning by John Flan ery neighbor of the Rubys who became alarmed when he could not see the Ruby farm home from the road as usual He found the charred bodies in the ruins Hill said it was believed ail three were trapped in upstairs bedrooms by the flames Time of the fire was placed by Hill at be as far as Fort Dodge Wcdnesday afternoon and extend over much of the state by Thursday morn ing Slronjr winds were lo accom pany the cold weather and oc casional light snow was forecast for the north portions but the precipitation was not expected to amount to much Transportation facilities blocked by snow drifts Tuesday generally were back to near nor mal Wednesday The highway commission said all roads were open by Tuesday night Meanwhile Clinton and Mason City with 17 below shared hon ors for the states cold spots Wed nesday morning before the tem porary rising temperatures ar rived Other low readings included Du buque 16 Muscatine and Spencer 15 Cedar Rapids and Iowa City 14 Burlington and Charles City 11 Ottumwa 8 Lamoni and Fort Dodge 7 Marehalltown 6 Sioux City 3 De Moines 2 tween 10 Monday p m and midnight IJFT GRAIN EMBARGO CHICAGO general embargo on grain shipments in efefct through the peak market ing season has been lifted at most principal markets Permits to move grain into storage now are required only at Chicago Omaha Council Bluffs Indianapolis Louisville Sioux City and Pcoria creased They are continuing to increase in spite of the shortage of shipping and enemy attacks along the difficult supply routes to Stetlinius said lendlease ship ments of war supplies to Russia reached a new high in November exports being 13 times the total sent in January 1942 Military items accounted for twothirds of the value of November shipments the balance being industrial ma terials for munitions factories jnd food He also reported that the united Kingdom had supplied Russia ith great quantities of militarj equipment produced in Grtf Britain that united shipments to Russia more than 2600 tanks and more than 2000 planes Lendlease shipments of food to the soviet union from the United States are rapidly growing in im portance StcUinius said We have now begun sending food to the soviet union in greater quan tities than to the united kingdom As the soviet armies lake the of fensive a sufficient supply of food is as vital to their success as planes and tanks The people of the soviet union have so far waged their magnifi cent battle against the nazis prin cipally with their own arms But lendlease aid to Russia is grow ing to a sizeable proportion It will grow still more in 1943 BLAST KILLS NASHUA MAN Crooks about 54 owner of the Crooks service station decapitated in the explosion of a kerosene tank here this afternoon Crooks was at tempting to thaw the faucet on the tank with a blow torch when the explosion occurred j on the main line for a lime and i bombers hit the Japanese in Iowa Legislature Pays Tribute to 5 Sullivans of Waterloo DES MOINES Iowa house and senate stood for a mo ment in silent prayer for the Sul livan family of Waterloo and then adopted unanimously Wednesday a resolution paying tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the five Sullivan brothers reported miss ing in a navy action The tribute in the house followed a speech by Representative Arch McFar lane RWalerloo urging adop tion of the resolution as an ex pression of sympathy and patriot ism Speaker Henry W Burma RAllison then urged that the lawmakers cast their votes by ris ing and remain standing in I trains were sent over switch tracks some distance away The ine was opened for westbound Uaffic by midmorning however and the eastbound line was to be opened later Wednesday Coroner R O Giles said Wed icsday afternoon that no bodies had been recovered He was still at the fire scene Fire Chief Kobcrt Collatt said it was impossible to make an extensive search for bodies Wednesday in Ihe debris and ice and said that it misM be one to three days before we can in Ihere with axes Harold Duke assistant fire chief said he saw what appeared to be a body in one section of a second floor office still standing but that it was not possible to reach it even with extension lad ders Alt the missing had been on the second floor of the burned struc ture Amoiil 75 people were in the small temporary waiting room of the station when the ire broke out after explosion of an oil heater according ticket seller to Allen Shank softening Menage the firemen said ap parently first grabbed the moth erinlaw and deposited her in a snowdrift When found he held ihe older child in his arms and had the firemen said put the baby in its carriage and started with both for safety Cause of the fire was undeter mined but it was thought to have started as Menage janitor at the Community building was leaving for work His car was found Out side with lights on and motor running leading to the theory he The heaviest fighting recently has centered in the area between Pont du Fahs and McdjczElBab Tunis 30 miles where the southwest of Germans have been trying to crack the French held flank of the allied lines As the campaign in Libya nearccl its eliimclic phase the news on the soviet front creiv blacker by the hour for Adolf Hitlers invasion armies lllUb I Rathcdaung 25 miles north of the big enemy base at Akyab and the enemyoccupied village of Padali on Akyab island o attempt amily And now Hitlers own news raids attacking 1saw tnc firc as c was driving I paper the Voelkischcr Bcobauh ied back to the house j ter spoke bitterly of Ihe hard thj rescue of his ship and told the German people at home that they should see now difficult is the fighting on the eastern front Just a little more than 15 months after the fuehrer made his historic boost that the enemy Russia is already broken and he will never rise again the newspaper was quoted as saying that today Russia has more sol There was a hissing noise and the flames from the stove leaped upward to the ceiling said Shank who had come on duty only 10 minutes before Shank was the last to leave the station He saved some of the ticket office cash after going to his he gave to some of the passen gers He helped the passengers to leave the depot Within 10 minutes the wait Ine room was a blazing fur nace Shank stated The people were very calm and there was no confusion as they left by exits leading to the platforms or entrance ways Charles Meinsen ticket seller relieved at midnight by Shank went to the second floor of the depot to talk to his father W C Meinsen a janitor Learning of the fire when they went down stairs to investigate the confus ion they heard the Meinsens rushed back upstairs to warn oth ers The elder Meinsen told Doris Kenning of the firc and saw her getting her wraps thinking she would follow him downstairs Charles Meinsen helped his fa ther downstairs after they called out warnings to W C Plunkett telegrapher the call boy and oth ers on the second floor Shank said he saw Miss Kenn ing and Carlin coming down It is re locker for extra clothing which I mcnt stairs behind the Meinsens believed that Miss Kenning turned to warn Hervey who was asleep in the engineering dcpart Buy War Savings Komis and Stamps from jour GloVGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON Colder with snow flurries and strong winds Wed nesday afternoon nnd Wednes day night Lowest temperature Wednesday night in Mason City 22 b e 1 o w Continued cold Thursday forenoon IOWA Not quite so cokl in cast portion Continued cold in northwest portion Becoming colder in the southwest portion Wednesday afternoon through Thursday forenoon Occasional light snow in the north portion MINNESOTA Continue ci cold Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon occasional light snow south and cast central portions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazcUc weather ttatislics Maximum Tuesday 6 Minimum Tuesday 17 At 8 a m Wednesday 12 At 1 p m Wednesday I At p m Wednesday 0 YEAR AGO Maximum ts Minimum 14 dicrs more guns and more tanks than a year ago1 Other German newspapers said the reich mvisl now bear the loss of more thnn 10 divisions caught in the Russian trap before Stalin grad and declared that because of Russias manpower the loss ot 20 German divisions is twice as serious as it would he for the Russians Soviet dispatches declared that ficrmaiiys satellites ficht inff on the eastern front were displaying x willingness to sur render and reported that in a twohour battle near Posloyaly on the Voronezh front 5090 Italian officers and men were 1 taken prisoner Since last Wednesday the Rus sian command said the red armies have captured 52000 pris whom only 2500 were Germans The others were 27500 Hungarians and 22000 Italians Red army headquarters report ing the capture of numerous cit ies and towns on five key fronts   

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