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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 14, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             HISTORY A N 0 ARCHIVES DES M 0 J N L i I A HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR FULL SHARE THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS1 ASSOCIATED PRCSS AND UNITED PRESS rULL LEASED WDtES FIVE CENTS A COPY VOL XLIX tense Scenes Behind FloodMenaced Dikes Viewed by Local Man By W EARL HALL Staff Representative COUNCIL BLUFFS 24 hour stay in this city has given me a realistic sense of the deep anxiety experienced by the several thousand people whose only remaining protection ot homes against the swirling murky ters 61 the great Missouri river is an earthen dike augmented by a flimsy barricade of sandbags atop it I begin this story Tuesday night in the waiting room the MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY APRIL 141943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 160 DESTROY 84 AXIS PLANES Great Western passenger station I have just returned from an in spection trip with Iowa state highway Patrolman Jamt Mach holz Our tour has inclu led the inundated areas of Council Bluffs Omaha and the i lfated village of Carter Lake With me on the inspection jaunt were President Virgil M Handier of the University of lowa Chairman W R Boyd of the state board of education finance committee and David A brey conjectured had been caused by the dike break so disastrous to Carter Lake Weve really relieved the mail channel of a tremendous amount ot water he explained It has been a matter of com ment since our arrival here Mpn day evening that the fight agains the flood on the Iowa side of th river has been ever so much mor vigorous and effective than th fight on the Omaha side Had Nebraskans waked to the eril earlier and done something bout it Carter Lake and most not all of the water covered Dancer board secretary all attendance Monday night and Tuesday at a meeting of the state board of education Nothing like it since 1881 said Mayor Wilson E Mabrey of Carter Lake and president of the Iowa State League of Municipalities as we drove down a bridge approach where he was standing guard at the edee of the angry flood water looking out upon the cluster of 500 half submerged homes which only the previous night had been his proud resort do main But then he quickly addec it could have been worse It could have drownec some of our good people Both the mayor and Patrolma Machholz who had worked to gether Monday in a feverish ef fort to evacuate the 1500 res dents of Carter Lake agreed ther was slight chance that anyhod had been left behind when at about oclock in the evening the dike protecting the village yards and warehouse dis of Omaha could have been avcd it is believed The organization and united de ermination back of the flood bat e on the Council Bluffs side has eally been something to behold Under unified command Iowa state guards army men civil ian defense highway patrol 45 Red Cross civilian air patrol city police and firemen auxiliary firemen auxiliary po lice Boy and Girl Scouts working under the direc tion of City Engineer Jack Boyne have given impressive demonstration of what a com munity can do in the face of imminent disaster In giving credit suggested Patrolman Machholz dont tor jet those conscientious objectors He was referring to a force of about 70 brought down for emer gency serxice from the Federal C O camp at Denison I never thought much of those birds before said the state traf fic officer But since watching them dig in for 16 or 18 hours on and the waterbe gan rushing in But human beings are pecul animals may or observed Its all your lifes worth to get some of them to leave their homes in the face of immediate flood peril To illustrate his point he told of one mother and a 3 year old child Against her vigorous pro thejsandbag detail here withou stopping for food or sleep Im go ing to judge them a little less harshly in Jthe future I11prqb ably go on thinking theyre dead wrong in their attitude toward I wont think theyre without their good side While the battle to save Coun l Bluffs has extended over a long stretch of dike the center of H1CKENLOOPER VIEWS an eight foot dike in front of the Council Bluffs water works pumping station Gov B B Hickenlooper and Lt Gen M A Tinlcy commander of the Iowa state guard view the surging Missouri river waters Lett to right are Mavor S W McCall of Council Bluffs General Tmley Governor Hickenloopci and Citv Attorney Proctor R Perkins of Council BluffsThe governor viewed the en tire flood area from the air and conferred with General Tmley actively directing the work of the state guard civilian air patrol highway patrol and highway commission in the battleagainst Muddy JDaily MILNE BAY IS RAIDED BY BIG JAP AIR FORCE Emphasizes MacArthur Warning of Nipponese Bid for Air Supremacy ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN USTRALIA f General MacArthur Wednesday Ight announced tersely that a trong force of Japanese aircraft aided Milne bay during daylight Vednesday Details were not im mediately received The raid believed to have been on the approximate scale ot other bis raids in the south west Pacific recently which General MacArthur has termed the beginning of Japanese aerial offensive in this area These were raids on Orn hay Tulagi and Port Moresby Eighty five and fortyfive planes were used by the Japanese in separate assaults against Oro bay 01 against Tulagi and approximately 100 against Port Moresby The announcement followed by a matter of 12 hours General Mac Arthurs special statement issued at the regular noon communique lime voicing a new warning of in herent danger of a Japanese at tempt to wrest aerial supremacy from the allies in the south Pa cific The raid on Milne bay which lies on the southeast tip of Fapua New was the heaviest there since Jan 17 when 24 medium bombers es corted by 20 zeros made an at tack County Bond Drive Report Is Will the people of Ccrro Gordo county be more tender with their money than with the lives of their sons ALLIES PUSH TO TUNIS BIZERTE DEFENSE AREA That blunt challenge con fronted the countys war fi nance committee Wednesday as it made its first report of the second war loan drive which tot under way Monday Sales to 10 oclock Wednesday morning totaled S51578120 the com mittee reported We still have a balance o to raise and the large investment sources have been ex hausted the committee declared From now on every individual must dig deep into his pockets if we arc to make our quota Dollars which run off to some cozy shelter to hide while uur boys arc dying to defend their hoines from invasion and destruc tests the two had been removed to a place of safety Sunday After the flood broke the citi zens began taking a hurried in ventary of their neighbors to make sure nobody had been left behind Somebody mentioned the mother in question You neednt worry about her spoke up the mayor We got her and her baby to high ground yes terday Yes chimed in another you got her out all she went right back Immediately a high army truck was requisitioned for the rescue mission When it had been driven to its depth down the flooded main stret the crew transferred to a row boat The obstinate mother and her child both frantic were taken out of an upstairs window danger from the start has seemed In be the area in the vicinity of the city water plant When our party dropped by Tuesday evening the river level was some 4 feet above the floor of the principal brick structure hard against the sandbagtopped levee and with a special protective ring of sandbags around the building The gradual rise of the water after a 6 inch drop earlier in the day along with a pronouncec seepage through the improvised part of the dike in that vicinity had everybody worried badly worried Block after block in this lower quarter of the city an area thickly covered by residences small busi ness places jobbing houses and railroad yards would be imme diately turned into another and larger Carter Lake if the Dike Built Around Hamburg Believed to Be Adequate Officer in Charge of Construction Lauds Volunteer Workers vigil we didnt have to do any arguing Patrolman Machholz who was within a short distance of the dike break which spelled Carter Lakes doom and got out by the skin of his teeth reported like experi ences In one case he had to threaten to remove a woman bodily in her night clothes if she persisted in her refusal to obey evacuation orders Except for the thoroughgoing evacuation programit is believed a score or more might have perished at Carter Lake Recalling that the site of the resort town had been cut off from Iowa by a meandering quirk of the Missouri in 1881 I asked Mayor Mabrey if per haps the place might not be re stored to the Iowa mainland by this flood Well he smiled if it docs Iowas goinr to get the Omaha airport by the same process It was the mayors idea and that of a good many other ob servers that the 37 mile wind on Monday was the factor which tilted the scales against saving the dike above Carter Lake Waves two feet in height beat against the earth embankments with such fury that they couldnt be longer resisted A few minutes before we reached Carter Lake a radio re port had informed us that the Omaha airport nearby was under 7 feet of water We had also learned that the flood stage which earlier in the to 6 feel lower level Dozens much larg time smiled the mayor n d wall gavc way vcing rrom holloweyed from his protracted Io 6 Ieel iowcr than the flood of convoy trucks manned by larger numbers of troopers lined the streets in this area ready for immediate action if the need for evacuation should develop Literally thousands of volunteer workers were on the job along the levee In their occasional periods of rest flood volunteers are swap ping some strange and wonderful tales about their sights and ex periences in the bottom lands HAMBURG Ccl 6 G Hoaas Omaha district engineer said Wednesday afternoon that the two and a half mile temporary dike built around Hamburg in less than 24 hours will be able to with stand any amount of Missouri river flood waters expected to reach this area The colonel commented that the town of 2500 is being saved from the flood waters despite itself Col Hoaas in charge of the dike work said he was surprised that so few citizens of Hamburg cared enough about the impend ing danger to do more than watch the dike building opera tions He said n group as large as 200 icn and youths from Sheiumdoali nd a smaller group from Sidney olunteered for dike work and aid their own transportation to lamburg Many he added worked 4 hours without relief Red Cross officials who cared for 2 people from 12 families said airport and the nearby village of Carter Lake Iowa and then started dropping gradually from n crest of 2245 feet 345 feet above flood stage Lieut C E Stahl ofthe army engineers who has directed much of the work here expressed concern over failure of many resi dents to heed warnings to evacu ate from the threatened area of the town much of which is 11 feet below the rivers normal level He pointed to the potential danger should the dike protecting the southern portion of the city give way above and below Council Bluffs One was of a mule which sought safety on the steps of a country school house only to be drowned when the flood waters rose about it Two long ears protruding from the swirling water were the last seen of the animal Another told of the litters pigs being born on marooned sloe rucks Still another of drowne ivestock including fat hogs whic actually cut their own throats with their forefeet in attempting Lo swim In some places both above and below Council Bluffs and particu larly in the Hamburg region the a G inch rc t its high mark This receding Mayor Ma day had registered cession was back OPA Reports Meat Shortage in State Is Nearly Eliminated DES MOINES which existed ill river is swollen to a width of from 12 to 15 miles a veritable flowing ocean Yes these are anxious minutes and hours and days along the Big Muddy Some clever wag seeking to re flect on the journalistic profes sion has ventured the opinion that the great flood mentioned in the Bible was in truth just a report ers story about a heavy dew Take it from me however the flood Ive seen this night is con siderably more than a heavy dew hey had difficulty in persuading he families to move from the outh part of the city in the danger irea A force of 150 men worked hrough the night and the volun ecrs from outside Hamburg ar rived during the morning The river stage at Nebraska City Ncbr just up and across the Missouri from Hamburg rcachcc 197 feet at 4 a m and held stead until B a m when it went up to 198 Army engineers could not predict the crest because water liiat is threatening Hamburg is not coming directly from the river but is travelling through a maze of broken dikes and lowland area Engineers said the river stage does not have much direct bear ing on the amount of water likely to strike at the Hamburg dike Dikes at Bartlett above Ham burg were said to be holding McPaul 25 mites up the river from Hamburg and Payne six miles north of here were under water which broke through hastily constructed dikes Tuest day The 15 families that make up the combined population of the two villages were removed safely meat tliis month has been almost entirely eliminated the DCS Moines office of price adminislra ion said Wednesday The OPA added however that here may be temporary shortages in the most popular cuts such as chuck roasts and pork chops due to customer demand There will be plenty of meal Iowa to fill ration allotments but consumers will have to get used to taking second and even third choices when they find the cuts they wonted have been sold the OPA said Present supplies of hamburger however arc at least 80 per cent below normal and as long as the army and navy require 80 per cent of the beet trim accumulated by packers there is little chance of increasing the Iowa supply the OPA said TAFT HITS HS VICTORY CORPS Studebaker Interrupted by Ohio Senator W ASHING T ON tor Taft ROhio clashed sharp Wednesday with J W Studebaker United States commissioner of edu cation over the wisdom of granting federal funds for the high schoo victory corps I have no sympathy with th efforts of state schools to come ii here and try to get federal monc for the primary and secondar cducation ot youth Taft said in teiTUpting Studebakcrs tcstimon before the senate education anc labor committee on a measure pro viding for medical examination o high school youngsters preinduc lion training for prospective so dicrs and preparatory instruclio for future workers in war indu tries and on farms think this job would be cloi bctlcr if it were done on a volun tary basis instead of having the schools subject to a lot of orders from Washington Studebaker replied with some evidence of heat that some very serious conditions have developed in the schools which cant be cor rected by wishful thinking in Washington The educator added that the bill as revised by his office at the re quest of Chairman Thomas D provided only a bagatelle n stimulant a wartime hypodermic for something you ought to look into The revised bill authorizes the appropriation of 5912513 foi the remainder of the present fisca year and annually thereafter The other raids against Miln ay have been night sorties ii nine planes were the most ic enemy used at one time The brief headquarters an ouncemcnt Wednesday night did ot say whether our planes were ble to get aloft to intercept the apanese force with the same suc ess as during other raids in re em days In the Port Moresby raid of 12 37 Japanese plane were hot out of action cither in clog ights over Moresby or by ackack lion will face rising demand from all classes of patriotic citizens to come out am fight was thi warning given if V Iowa hoys arc whining on the Tunisian uattlcfronl while the home front has not yet c Kun to fight insisted one cinu miltcc member Toi many people have merely made a token investment MAXSTEPHANTO DIE APRIL 27 Traitor Weeps While Receiving Sentence D E T R O I T IP Execution of Germanborn Max Stcphnn con victed traitor was set for Tuesday April 27 at the federal correction institution at Milan Mich by Federal Judge Arthur J Tuttle in United States district court here Wcdnesdav Stephan handcuffed two United Stales marshalls wept hrouih the entire proceedings Judge Tuttlc refused a plea rom the traitors attorney Nich olas Salowich to set an execution late about the middle of May The judge told the attorney and the defendant that the only door open to them is to appeal to Presi dent Roosevelt for executive clem Campaign workers must make their calls immediately and turn in their reports it was stated with the suggestion that n good many do not fully lic urgency of the situation and the necessity ot obtaining cQmplctc reports us soon as possible It may be necessary unless sales are stepped up in the next few days to make a complete recanvass committee member declared Every resident of Cerio Gorclo county should mo bilize his home and place it on a war basis Tribute was paid to M C Law son manager of the local branch office of the International Har Flying Forts Lead in Smashing Axis Pbnes on Sicilian Airfields By WES GALLAGHER ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN ORTH AFRICA The allied oiccs in Tunisia have driven up o Marshal E r w i n mountain defenses ringing Tunis nd Bizerte a communique from Gen Dwight D Eisenhowers eadquarters announced Wednes ay and American and Brilish ireraft have destroyed 84 more xis planes The mass destruction of axis aerial strcnffth was led by American flying fortresses which reconnaissance showed destroyed 73 planes in two raids on Sicilian airfields which were thoroughly converted with bomb hursts One hundred of the enemys aircraft were seen on one field The British eighth army con tinuing to press the Afrikan corps to the northward from Sousse ran into Rommels prepared positions between Enlidavillc and Djcbel Bon lladjar the communique said This apparently was the moun tain defense line running west from Enriclaville itself 27 miles lorth of Sousse and 50 miles south ot Tunis upon which Rommel had fixed for his main stand Djcbel Bou Hadjar is 32 miles west and south of EnfidaviHc and 25 miles northwest of Kairouan Despite the continued pressure of the eighth army however the Algiers radio report Tuesday that Erifidavillc had been captured ap peared to be untrue i Tlic British first army exert ing steady pressure from the west upon Kominels narrow corner of Tunisia also pushed llic Germans liack alonK the lleju road north of Hal ti within three miles of Sidi Xsir about 40 miles west of Tunis Army engineers centered their activity on increasing the height of a new dike here as a buffer between the river and 200 flood threatened homes in the south part or Hamburg They toiled through the night to keep the dike higher than the flood torrents rushing down from Omaha where the river inundated the municipal ency 512000 GIFT TO SOCIETY Full Story of Raid on Tokio to Be Told WASHINGTON fP The full story of the American air raid on Tokio including the location of mythical ShangriLa will be told soon for the first time Director Elmer Davis of the of fice of war information told re porters Wednesday that unpub lished details of the raid wouldbe released soon by the army He added however he did not know whether the release would be timed for the first anniversary of the Tokio bombing April 18 President Roosevelt asked after the raid where the flyers had started from replied ShangriLa mythical Utopia in James Hiltons Lost Horizon Tank to Door Bond Sales Win Davenport Cheers DAVENPORT crs had a novel and thrilling ex perience Tuesday night And it is oing to pay dividends It came through the lank to door campaign All you had to do was call war bond headquarters and tell them you wanted to purchase extra1 bonds of or of Ihe callers bought more and a tank would rumble up to your door the solicitor got your signature on the dotted line and the driver raced off to the next stop The purchases had to be for bonds in addition to those already pledged Carl N Stut said Wednesday the tank campaign was a roaring success We had to shut off the tele phones he said We had so many calls we could not handle them and to everybody I want to say tanks a million The link DES MOINES gift of S12000 to the Iowa Childrens Home Society from the Julia A Pogue estate at Chariton was an nounced at the monthly board meeting of the society Tuesday Tthe board will invest the money in war bonds vcster company for his personal efforts which resulted in the cor poration buying 540000 worth of aovernmcnl securities and credit ing the amount to Cern Gordo countvs war bond campaign Our quota is based on the wealth produced from business done in this county campaign workers pointed out It is only right that corporations should credit bond purchases to this county commensurate with the business which is done here vc gardless of the location of the corporations home office Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobcGaictlc carrier boy In between the eight and first armies the Kronen squeezed the Germans back farther into their Jiidgehead with another advance lo the extreme north of the sec ondary Tunisian Dorsal range on which the western end of Rom mels southern front apparently is anchored The Algiers radio without con firmation from any other source snid the axis had withdrawn from Djcbel Mansour in the Pont Du Fahs region Pont Du Fahs is about 30 miles northwest of Enfi davillc Quoting correspondents dispatches the radio said the axis moved out under French prcs It Looks Like a Stove to door campaign through Thursday Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Slightly colder Wednesday night Lowest tem peratures in Mason City 18 Much wanner Thursday fore noon IOWA Continued cold early Wed nesday night Slowly rising tem pernlures late Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon MINNESOTA Slowly rising tem perature Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 30 Minimum Tuesday night 21 At 8 a m Wednesday 2fi YEAR AGO continue Maximum t Minimum 38 1 And it is a addition to being a deadly weapon to be used against the enemy You can sell it and buy stamps and bonds with the cash Then too somebody needs it to bol ster the HOME FRONT Its patriotic to help each other these days Advertise it in the Classified 19 to 24 is NATIONAL WANT AD WEEK REMEMBER GLOBEGA7ETTK WANT ADS DRING RESULTS Phone 3800 The destruction of 84 German and Italian iii craft was rated at headquarters as i crushing blow to Adolf Hitlers Mediterranean strategy The blow was accomplished svith a loss of three allied planes the communique said The Alcicrs radio and a Kcu tcrs dispatch from Switzerland where roundabout reports from Konic and Marseille were Rath creel said Kotnmei already was iKcmninc an evacuation of at least part of his forces from Tunisia The Algiers radio said Iho forces being removed were a con siderable number of German technical personnel This sug gested that the Germans might be removing their air force ground personnel no longer needed in Tunisia now that the axis has lost most of its airfields The British aclio Wednesday said Rommel had only three airfields left in Tunisia all under heavy air al tack Reuters reports however said most of the troops being cva j cuatcd were Italians arriving at j Sardinian and Sicilian ports after overnight trips in small boats and said the Germans apparently were under orders to defend the Tu nisian bridgehead to the last The flying fortresses striking at j Castelvetrano and Milo airfields in Sicily caught more than 200 1 enemy planes on the ground When the fortresses dropped their cascade of bombs at Castel vctrono an official report said 1 12 large enemy transports were DU the field and reconnaissance showed il of them were destroyed and others seriously damaged At Miio 106 planes were on tho ground and 22 of these were   

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