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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND OE S S I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS1 VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRiSS UNITED PBESS fULL LEASED WIRES MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 6 194JT MIS PAPER CONSISTS or TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE HOME EDITION ULUIIJ T L SECTION ONE NO 127 MERICANS TAKE PICHON IN TUNISIA SIMILARITY IN TWO SLAYINGS CAUSED PROBE Lifer Confesses He Killed Wilkes Williams on Clayton County Farm DES MO1JNES 16 year old Clayton county slaying mys tery has been solved Chief R W rfebergall of the Iowa bureau of investigation announced Saturday by the signed confession of a lifer in the Fort Madison peni tentiary NebergaH said that Henry C Miller about 58 signed a state ment at Fort Madison Friday admitting he killed Wilkes Wil liams in 1927 on a Clayton county farm five miles south of Postville Miller now is serving a life sen tence for the murder of Christian Ruckdaschel 86 who was killed March 9 1940 in his home in HENRY C MILLER 2nd Murder Postville Miller pleaded guilty to first degree murder in connection with the latter crime in May 1940 and wasgiven a life sentence Ncbergal said the similarity of the methods used in the two slay ings had caused local and state authorities to reopen the investi gation of the Williams case after the death of Ruckdaschel Fridays statement was obtained by State Agent D O Bender and Sheriff E IV Carlsen and County Attorney H K Roggensack of Clayton county the chief said Williams the son of a former judge of thc Iowa supreme court and a nephew of a former gov ernor William Larrabcc suf fered three skull fractures July 23 1927 when he was bit in thc head with a clawhammer whilehe was sitlijisr in a chair m his home He did not die until Aug 6 but never was able to discuss the case with the authorities NebergaH quoted Millers sUite rnent as saying that he had struck wilhams during a discussion over 300 acres of land which Miller rented from thc victim Williams according to Stiller had declared that someone else had offered him more rent for the land Miller who had farmed the place since 1918 in sisted that he would not pay any more rent for the property and in ihe course of ihe argu ment he struck Williams with the hammer Williams was unmarried and lived alone in another house on i the same farm i Millers statement also admitted that he placed papers under thc chair occupied by Ihc victim and set them on fire The house how wf tjid not become ignited and Williams body was not seriously burned In the Huckdaschcl case Miller admitted that he struck the aged man on the head wilh a piece of stovewood Uuckdaschel died of a fraclured skull Ruckdaschcl and was endcavorimr to convince thc elderly man that he had paid S200 on thc note when the crime was committed Miller also confessed akin a pocketbook of Ruckdaschel con taining SI50 in the second crime Acbergall said thc continued in at Munda Sink 2 Nipponese Destroyers With Encounter ADD PDT RED CROSS UP TO terest of law enforcement officers in the old case was based on these similarities 1 Apparent attempts to burn the body in each instance by lighting papers under a chair 2 Miller in botli cases had taken his family to town and had left eggs at a produce Elation to which he returned according to his statement after thc crimes had been committed S Thc victim was hit over thc head with a heavy instrument in both cases NebergaH released the follow ing portion of the Miller state ment explaining the similarity of the two cases the fact that you did kill Wilkes Williams by hitting him on the head with a hammer and celling fire to the paper under him and nobody ever knew or even suspicioned that you had killed him when you killed Chris Ruckdaschel you did it in the same way thinking that no one would ever find out about that Right NebergaH termed thc case An other illustration of the fact that state and local law enforcement officers never close their books on any unsolved major CIIRISTIAK RfCKDASCHEL in 1910 Car Upsets Killing Austin Man Believed to Have Gone Asleep AUSTIN Minn ties believed Saturday that Harry Njos 20 went to sleep at the wheel of his automobile before he was injured fatally when it over turned Njos was returning to his home from a selective service examina tion at Albert Lea when the ac cident happened The car over turned and Njos received a skull fracture when he was thrown out on the highway Orville Miller Austin who was riding with rCjos received only minor lacerations He said he was asleep when thc car overturned Friday VIEW OF KRUPP WORKS IN ESSEN GERMANY RAF Makes Concentrated Air Raid on Industrial Center German Radio Indicates Blows on Essen Heavy 14 Bombers Missing LONDON air force bombers made a very heavy and concentrated attack on thc great German industrial center ot Es sen Friday night in the 10th con secutive night of assaults against targets either in Germany or nazirheld Europe the air minis try announced Saturday F of the big British bomljft failed to return from thc trip to Essen it was announced indenting that perhaps SOU planes took part in the raid Thc German high command re ported that explosive and incen diary bombs caused great dam age in residential quarters and on public buildings in Essen and that the population suffered losses Returning Canadian pilots de scribed one colossal explosion in Essen that sent flames hundreds of feet in the air and lighted thc interior of the attacking bombers They said they believed it en me either from a Krupp powder fac tory or an ammunition dump The 40minute concentrated as sault left several square miles of Essen burning so furiously that GERMANY RAKED FOR 10 DAYS Results Show Up in Propaganda of Nazis By HAUKISOX SALISBURY LONDON royal air thc fires were visible from 1601 miles away observers reported j Friday night aircraft of thcj bomber command made a very heavy and concentrated attack on Essen the air ministry com munique said Fourteen of our bombers are missing The site of a Krupp armament works employing 175001 persons Essen has been raided 52 times The RAF bomber command has not missed a night in bombing some of the principal industrial transport and Uboat centers of Germany arid France since the Wilhelmshaven raid the night of Feb 2 The DXB dispatch said sever al localities in western Ger many were hit and that civil buildings were destroyed and losses inflicted on thc civilian population W Soon afler the British bombers crossed the channel bound for thc continent huge flashes were seen from thc British side in thc direction of the French coast Ex plosions rattled windows on the British coast Thc Berlin radio ceased trans mission at p m and other European stations including those m Denmark also became silent Parts of North Iowa Expected to Record 17 Below Residential Reports Swell Total in Cerro Gordo Drive deluge of dollars from the residential sections of Mason City together with scattered reports from other sectors boosted the amount raised in Cerro Gordo countys Red Cross war fund drive Saturday to S2739G49 Saturdays addition of S5fi84 45 included SU480G from the resi dent canvass in Mason City which was more than double the quota assigned this group in the cam paign iin i fit jtn force climaxed 10 days and nights of shattering angloAmerican raids on Hitlers Europe Friday night with a concentrated assault on the steel town of Essen in Ger manys Ruhr valley Although the immediate mili tary effects of thc air offensive may not equal the crushing blows delivered by Russian on the east ern front there is little doubt that the air war has assumed an ominous shape for Hitler i For 10 days allied aircraft nave raked naziland from thc channel coast of France ami the lowlands of Holland far inland to Berlin Mamm Hamburg and Friday Essen H shouldnt be a hard task for Nebraska nazis to calculate from Ihe vcight of ihe present allied air GERING Ncbr linck what the situation is bound can mother and 1 to be like when a few more months j dren were burned to death has passed and thc allied air arm j fir that destroyed their oneroom DES MO1NES day of spring is two weeks from Sunday but lowans would never guess it from looking at the ther mometer Saturday Sioux City reported a low read ing of zero Saturday morning and the weather bureau predicted that the low Sunday morning would be 17 degrees below zero in parts of northern Iowa Seven below zero was expected to be thc minimum Sunday in southern Iowa Light Fnow preceded he arrival of the new cold wave Burlington reported 111 of an inch of precipi tation DCS Moincs 14 Fort Dodge 12 and Davenport and Ames a tentli of an inch Fridays high temperature read ing in thc state was 27 above at Cctlar Rapids Davenport and Iowa City The report for wards was First ward 5 J8399 Second ward 2OlilOU Third ward lOlflfiB Fourth ward MZM ft from TJlc iccond ward figure included a single contribution of X No quotas were assigned to Your Gift Will Help Moke This d Cross 40000 I Lost in Assault on Enemy Installations WASHINGTON U n i t cc Stales warships sank two Japa nese destroyers Friday night the navy announced Saturday when a light Jap naval force tried to break up an American bombardment of enemy installations in the central Solomon Islands Navy communique No 301 South Pacific all dates east longitude 1 On March 5 A United Slates aircraft bombed Japanese positions at Ida on thc island of New Georgia and at Buin on thc south east coast of Bougainville During thc nifilil of March a United States task force composed of light sur face units bombarded Japanese installations at Vila and ut Mun da in the central Solomons V Lighl Japanese surface forces attempted to drive off thc bom bardment group and two large en emy destroyers were sunk during the engagement No United States vessels were lost 2 Thc successful completion of thc convoy mission of a U S task force in the South Pacific now makes possible the following an nouncement On Feb 17 a formation of seven Japanese torpedo planes lo cated and launched an attack against the task force Five of the enemy planes were shot down and no damage to United States ves sels was suffered Munda lies on New Georgia is land 180 miles northwest of Americanconquered Guadalcanal island and is the site ot a newly built Japanese airfield Vila is on nearby The fierce brief batlle which resulted when Ihe Japanese threw Iheir warships into an at tempt o disrupt the bombard ment was the first surface ac ion in that section of thc Solo mons mean a force approximating 300 planes If the losses were below that figure Ihe attacking force would be correspondingly larger It repercussions among the Ger man public force the kiftwaffe to resume retaliatory bombing or Britain the allies actually would oe most pleased since it would mean that thc strained nazi in arm would be forced to withdraw badlyneeded operative squadrons from the Russian and African fronts for operations of consider ably lesser military value It is considered more likely that the nazis will attempt a counter blow with the naval arm in order to hinder the allies in building up 3 j vescrvoir men materials Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Cold wave Satur day afternoon and Saturday night Lowest in Mason City 15 below zero Fresh winds dimin ishing Saturday night light snow ending Saturday after noon Continued cold Sunday forenoon IOWA Cold wave Saturday after noon and Sunday night Con tinued cold Sunday forenoon Lowest temperatures 7 below to 17 below zero in north zero to 7 below in south diminishing winds MINNESOTA Cold wave south Thc fifth report in the Cerro Gordo county Red Cross war fund campaign for a total of S2739649 filled out a large part of Ihc Ihird arm of thc Red Cross insignia shown above It will take SJOflflO the campaign to fill out all four arms thc wards and the verdict of the campaign chiefs Saturday was that on the basis of the returns made all wards have been thor oughly canvassed Labor contributions included do nations from the Mason City Trade and Labor assembly and the Laundry Workers Cleaners Dyers and Pressers union night Continued cold Sunday j Thornton wilh a of S500 forenoon lowest temperatures has already passed the S600 mark I bnturday night 15 lo 5 below i Plymouth rcporlcd that thus far north and 10 to 20 below south only onefourth of the workers That was not however the first occasion on which Munda has been bombarded by surface guns 11 was similarly attacked last Jan a and at that time our ships counterattacked by enemy planes not by surface units The action Friday night Solo mons time was the first naval en gagement in thc Solomons area since the night of Feb 12 when American motor torpedo boats mixed with Japanese destroyers removing troops from Guadal canal island Not since Nov 30 however had there been a fight involving the use of large war ships on each side It was in thc Nov 30 action the battle of Lunga point that the American cruiser Northampton was lost and several other ships damaged while Ihc Japanese lost six destroyers two troop transports and one cargo ship Munda and Vila are very close together and function in Japanese military plans as pans of the same strategic a portion IN MASON CITY and planes for thc coming TtikcfcL on Europe Many sources believe i weather statistics ies behind tin1 HTnvimum o S2739Gi9 have been able lo getout but that i these have raised more than a fourth of Plymouths quota some such intention lies behind the I latest nazi naval reshuffling I This might take the form of a renewal of nazi surface operations in the Atlantic against both thc Russian convoy route and the American sea lanes to Britain Maximum Friday it Minimum Friday night At R a m Saturday 4 Snow 75 Prccip 03 inch At 2 p m Saturday 10 rcporlcd Satur day does not include the contri butions of the Jacob E Deckh and Sons employes whose drive is to be hckl soon The goal of the campaign is S40000 Mexican Mother and 7 Children Die When Home YEAR AGO I Maximum Minimum 44 Buy Savings Bonds and I Stamps from yonr GlobeGazette carrier hoy really warms up The triphammer effects of Ihc s c RAFs heavy attack night after night followed in the daytime by snapshooting American flyins fortresses and stinging lowlevel forays by evergrowing British bombers such as mos ready is showing up in nazi pro paganda which is trying to ex plain lo thc nazi populace why the Juflwaffe is in no position to re taliate The scope of the latest RAF attack on Essen is indicated by Ihc loss of 11 bombers If fijr home here Saturday Firemen ssid the blaze had its origin apparently in an overheated stove Jesus Garcia 38 and the young est child Jennie six months are in a Scotlsbluff hospital severely burned but physicians believe they may live Garcia grabbed the child and plunged through the only doorway and was standing outside when firemen arrived Fire Chief Tom McDonald said Their escape blocked by lames the mother and children huddled at Ihe rear of the home Their charred bodies burned beyond s Mother Poisons 2 Children S Taunted for Tattered Clothes Albert Lea Woman Confesses Deaths Because of Poverty HEAVY BOMBERS ATTACK NAPLES Fires Are Started in Harbor With Assault CAIRO bombers of the middle cast command at tacked Naples again Thursday night an allied communique said Saturday Fires were started in the har bor thc brief announcement said Naples has been bombed stead ily by both RAF and American air force planes It was lasi hit by American bombers lasl Mon day and both Naples and Cm iruary I causes Under questioning ihe mother idimUcd that she put poison in l lc childrens milk because we ALBERT LEA Minn j were so poor The falher died 34 year old mother ot seven chilj about six years ay Thc other confessed Saturday that she killed two of them by poisoning because their schoolmates taunted them about their tattered cloth ing Mrs Delia True a widow ad mitted to Sheriff H B Wulff that she had poisoned Hie two young est childrcn Ardit G and Merle 3 The sheriffs office started an investigation afterthc sudden and unexplained death of Merle earlier this week The G year old girl had 16 years Wulff planned to confer with the county attorney later Satur day on thc filing of charges against Mrs True who was being held m the county jail In her brief confession Mrs Trvio said that while all of hcr childrcn had been teased about their clothing the two youngei oncs complained thc most about it due to natural for she said Comedian JackBenny Is 111 With Pneumonia CHICAGO Come dian Jack Benny has a mild case of pneumonia but is re sponding well to treatment his physician Dr L U Bcrnhcimer said Saturday The cold with which Benny has been suffering for two weeks grew worse this week and he was put to bed in his hotel suite His Sunday night radio show was canceled with George Burns and Gracic Allen to his place Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your tiloncGazcttc carrier SEDJENANEAS BRITISH RETIRE Germans Mark Up 20 Mile Advance in 7 Days of Fighting in North ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA the fuce of weeks of strong German at tacks the British first army abandoned Scdjenanc Friday fall ins back seven miles to higher ground at Tamera it was an nounced Saturday but American forward elements moved eastward at thc center and occupied Pichon in an advance which was regarded as the most important of thc day The British withdrawal from hardcontested Scdjenanc gave Hie Germans a total 20mile ad vance alonsr Ihc KizerlcMateur Tabarka coastal road in seven days of fighlinjr Sciljcnanc previously bad changed hands twice the Germans occupying the town Wednesday but ticin driven out Thursday The allied cominLiniouc did not touch upon he first army retreat in that sector saying simply that in northern Tunisia enemy ac tivity was on a reduced scale Pichon which allied forward elements entered Friday is 20 miles west of the nazi base at Kairouan United States armored units oc cupied Pichon which lies in the Ousscltia valley at thc front of the last ridge of mountains in eastern Tunisia in an advance which military observers regard ed as the most important of thc day The Americans rolled into p m Friday to regain almost all thc terri tory lost before thc original axis drive in this area and to convert thc valley and tlie lop ridfcs of the secondary Tuni sian clorsa into a vast nomans land Allied forces had withdrawn from thc town when their right flank was threatened by Marshal Rommels thrust through Faid pass to Kasscrine yap in mid February Now concentrated in the Mar eth line sector Rommels forces were reported engaged in visor ons patrol activity as he and Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomery test ed rival positions The British shortened their line in the north giving up a wild and desolate section of country which sources here said was no great strategic importance in he with drawal from Scdjenanc Q As lone as the Germans are blocked from Beja 22 miles to thc south which is the key to the rnad to the McdjczEIBab frmit the reverse means little except for the Insscs in ciiuip officers said 111 Ihc south patrols from Gen j Henri Girnuds forces pushed east ward along the rim of thc Cholt Djcrid salt marsh toward Tozciir miles southwest of Gatsa with little opposition Thirty uxis tanks were reported to have been destroyed since Col Gen Jurgcn Von Arnim began its attacks in the north The allies were declared to be carrying out vigorous patrol ac tivity in all sections and to have made small local gains other than in tiie Pichon vector In thc south on thc eighth army front patrol activity con tinued and enemy working parties were successfully engaged by our artillery the communique said Bad weather restricted aerial activity Friday the war bulletin reported While axis Marshal Krwin Hommcls forces in the fortified Marelh Pnsilimis in southern Tunisia sathcrcil themselves for what was cxiicclcd lo be a showdown w i t h lie British eighth army cn Sir Bernard Montgomerys men in a feeler brush with axis Ironps ucrc re ported li have inflicted very heavy enough lo remember Most military observers agreed thai Rommel lias been assigned the task of playing for time in Tunisia to forestall if possible an allied offensive against Europe through thc spring and even thc summer Rommel a fierce advocate of offensive fighting such as he used in his recent incursion into central Tunisia may be preparing to lash out similarly at thc eighth army observers believed If he could strike as heavy a blow as he landed on thc allied army at his center be could delay thc smashing of thc Germans in
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