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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 3, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER 1DITED FOR THE HOME DEPARtUCNr OF HlSTORtf AND ARCHIVES VOL XLIX THI NfWSPAfll THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIOKS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 3 u ii7iO itus PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS ONE NO 176 COAL MINERS START BACK TO WORK Nazis Quit Positions After Being Pounded for Nearly 2 Weeks By EDWARD KENNEDY ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA if United States troops captured Mateur Monday in a 12mile push climax ing almost two weeks of hitter fighting ns the Germans pulled out of that communications base and other northern positions to take up a stand in their last mountain lines French and American forces operating along the coast swept to within 15 miles of the Bizerte naval base A special communique an nounced that Mateur a key of rail and road lines between Bi zerte and Tunis was occupied by United States forces Monday morning The allied armies advancing under the most difficult condi tions are now facing the enemys last mountain positions the com munique said During fighting in the last sev eral days American troops have taken hundreds of German pris oners3 Advices from the front Mon day afternoon told of the American entry into Mateur 18 miles southwest of Bizerte and 34 miles northwest of Tunis A French communique an nounced French troops and Mor occan goums made a further ad vance in the coastal area bring ing their forward elements only 15 miles from Bizerte and rounded up more than 500 pris oners Advances also were made in other sectors The fortnight campaign in which the U Ssecond army corps has played an important part ex hausted both sides but after a day of comparative rest Sunday the allies struck forward again and the enemy defenses collapsed in many places U S and French units coop erated Sunday in the occupation of Kef Rdjal Touila a group of hills 112 miles northwest of Mateur On the basis of previously known positions the French had ad vanced four miles air line over the most rugged terrain in their latest push eastward in the ex treme north The French communique said that Gen Marie Louis Koeltz French troops on the southern front occupied Djcbel El Dib two and a half miles west of Suouf and pushed patrols o the vicinity of the village itself Here also prisoners were cap tured the bulletin said A tanksupported German coun terattack was reported to have made a Slight gain ot ground against the French farther west Jn the sector southeast of Pont Du GERMAN UBOAT COMMANDER Kapi 6 R lett is in the r ii atos and a British officer at Charleston S Car navy yard where he and his execu otlicer and 31 others of a German Uboat crew res cued when thensubmarine was sunk were taken Left to right are Rathke commander of the submarine sunk bv the coast guard patrol vessel Icarus the Uboats tive otiicer name not given Lt Commander Patrick W trfn6 TOJal navy and Commander Sidney Sonevs USN1V Associated Press photo from u o ruivy 3 Suffer Burns as Titonka Farm Residence Is Destroyed Mother Returns to Blazing House Twice to Rescue Children Pahs enemy ed to have iu nave suffered the more for French de tachments and forward units of the second U S army corps drove Sunday to the ridges known as Kef Rdja Touila to lighlen the pressure upon Mateur and Bizerte The hills are about four miles west of Lake Achkcl the eastern shore of which runs the ISmile highway linkinc Mateur and the naval base Col Gen Jureen Von Arnim was renorlcd withdrawing his advanced units in hat region as a result of Ihe poondfny hey have received from planes Held batteries and infantrymen in Ihe allied of fensive At same other points also there was a slight withdrawal of enemy forces to more convenient or bet terdefended positions However the Germans arc still far from of EnfKlaville Otherwise its ac tivity was limited to patrols Four miles southwest of Pont du Fahs at the hinge between the first and cirhth armies two enemy atlacks compelled units of thc Gen Marie Louis Kellz 10th French corps to draw back for some hours but at the end of the day they had reestab lished themselves in their morn ing positions There is no doubt that both sides are licking their wounds a headquarters spokesman said Both Gen Sir Harold Alexan ders offensive and the axis coun terattack have been conducted day after day over difficult ter rain and in bad weather fog and frequent showers But a resump tion of heavy action was expected ion The Monday communique summed up ground operations Sunday in three sentences There was a lull on the Tunisian front Sunday Our patrols were active and two local atuieks bv the enemy were repulsed Some pri soners were taken The tottil of prisoners taken by the Americans and the French in the Kef Rdjal Touila sector and by other American units lo the south of it Saturday was officially listed as 641 of which 66 were Germans and the remainder Ilalions Small Boy Suffocated in Old Ice Box Think Dog Caused His Death faM onS Jn the Medjerda river valley and adjacent heights to prevent allied tanks from getting through it into the fanlike plains of Tunis and thus bringing about the final de bacle which Gen Henri Giraud said Sunday would come this month Gen Sir Bernard L Montgom ery s British eighth army which is finding the fight in the rugged hills of the southern front harder than in the desert repulsed a small enemy counterattack Sun day in the coastal area northeast members of thc Merle Schweitert family were seriously burned when fire of an unknown cause destroyed their farm home located five miles southeast of Titonka early Mon day morning A son Gary Lee 3 is in a critical condition in a hospital at Aljona where it was stated more than half the surface of his body was burned air Schweitcrt was badly burned on the face and hands and Mrs Schneitert received barns on her feet A one year old child Shirley Jean was rescued from the blaze without injury Mr Schweitert had built a fire early in tlie morning and then had gone to thc barn to take care of the chores Mrs Schweitcrt and me tile children were sleeping at thc day causing a lime i iwiv EVERY TOWN IN COUNTYISOVEI TOP IN BONDS Only Quota Not Reached Yet is in Rural Area Committee Reports Every city nnd town in Cerro Gortlo county has topped its quota in the second war loan drive the war finance committee reported Monday and the total bond sales since April 12 are Hearing the two million dollar mark Total bond sales to Saturday night were it was stated The original county quota was Sl350000 but this later was increased by 10 per cent to 485000 after announcement of the murder of U S flyers by the Japanese The only quota not reached fn the county is that of the rural area the county committee re ported Bond purchases of 000 against a quota of 5275000 nave been made by the rural areas it was slated farmers will have an op portunity this week to make their quota a spokesman said an nouncing the extension of the sec ond war loan drive for one week Rural areas elsewhere in the state have reached from 75 to 80 fent of their quotas he added and the war finance com mittee urgently requests Cerro Gordo farmers to make their pur chasesthV week that the county will not be 99th on the slate purchases in ic I cannot understand why the farmers are not doinc Iheir share lit buying bonds since the greater percentage of them are tne avail not h no j is a drive to provide money for financing the war he added but also is a step in the campaign to halt inflation which was so POUND JAPS ON KISKA 13 TIMES Flyers Cause Heavy Blast at Harbor Mouth WASHINGTON Ameri can flyers bombed Japans Alcu U UmCS Amen cansjake Mateur Important Junction FRENCH FORCES ONLY 15 MILES FROM BIZERTE FLAG OVER WINE United States f lhC buildinSs Somemine o the Pittsburgh Coal company at Pricedale Pa The KOV einment assured mine operators that they will have American flags to be flown while the mines are beinn operated as government property Rule Against License Taxes Imposed on Eaigioiisi Sects Supreme Court Finds Municipal Ordinances Are Unconstitutional WASHINGTON rPj The su preme court in effect overruled Monday a decision it delivered last June S and declared uncon stitutional municipal ordinances imposing a license tax upon the sale of religious literature This action was taken in a five to four opinion read by Chief Justice Stone It said that the supreme court decision delivered June B was vacated and judgment the of stato courts sustaining ordinances were reversed Justices Reed Roberts Frank furter and Jackson dissented Those voting against constitu tionality of the ordinances were Stone and Justices Black Doug las Murphy Rullodgc A similar decision delivered by Justice Douglas and with the same four dissenting declared unconstitutional a Jeanncttc Pennsylvania ordinance also CHIEF OF S A FATALLY HURT Lutze Dies After Car Accident in Potsdam LONDON Berlin radio reported Monday that Victor Lutze 52 chief of the staff of the nazi S A storm troops and an oldtime follower of AdolC Hitler died in a hospital at Potsdam from injuries received in an automobile accident Lutze succeeded Col Ernst Rochm as chief of staff ot the storm troopers after the death of Roehm in the ruthless purge of nazi leaders by Hitler in June Although Hitler had shorn the S A of many of its powers in re cent years Lutze continued in the CHICAGO Barton 6 died of suffocation in an old fashioned ice box no longer used for refrigeration and police be lieved Monday that his little dog had causer his death in a game of hide anJ seek Lcroys widowed mother waitress in a nightclub told po lice the child often played hide and seek with Baby his six monthold mongrel pup and that he frequently hid in thc refrig erator Leroys body was found Sun day night by roomers in the Bar ton home The child had stripped off his clothing apparently while trying to get air believed the puppy had brushed against the fastener on the refrigerator door clicking U Approximately threefourths ot an hour later Mrs Schweitcrt awoke feeling illsaving thai everything semed hazy before she realized it was smoke She ran barefoot from the bedroom into the room where the two children were sleeping and took the year old baby out She ran back for the boy and managed to get him oat Schweitert then took thc family car and took the children to Ihe nearby home al Richard Gosgrove who took thr mother and Ihe children to a physician m Tilonka Obc Hotl who lives onehalf rule from the Schweitert farm Irove to the farm upon seeing a and found Mr Schweitert m a dazed condition Hott look him to a hospital in Algona Later the son and Mrs Schweit ert were also taken there lo the hospital The baby is at the home of an uncle and aunt Mr and Mrs Elmer Mechlcr The Schweitert family had just moved lo the farm on March I REDS DEFEAT PIRATES 75 BULLETIN CINCINNATI Kiska 13 times on ordinance also fuehrers favo mcl oo lead navy reported Mon by a group of MehoI part in many of e runon thc 2 several 1 m thc case decider H Bs of linn Head the uu 0 JMSKI harbor setting several fires and damaging the airplane runway The same day other bombers attacked Attu a Japanese outpost 200 miles from Kiska but results rald were not reported No navy ivo 363 told also of a new raid on muchbombed Munda in thc Paf LEWIS to Be Boosted MEN TO JOBS IN 15 DAY TRUCE WASHINGTON Sources close to solid Fuels Admimstrator Haroid L Ickes believed Monday that Ickes aijd John L Leivis have reached a preliminary understand ing looking toward guarantee oC substantially higher weekly wages to coal miners under government operation of the mines lekes is currently operating the mines under terms of the old con tract between the united mine workers and the operators While his aides would not com ment informed sources predicted the solution of the miners S2a day wage increase demand would be worked out this way 1 Operation of the mines six days a week wherever physically possible with miners receiving lime and a half pay for the sixth day 2 Modified form of the portil toportal pay formula with min ers being remtmeralcd for at least a part of the lime it takes them lo reacli apd return from thc scene of operations inside thc mines Lewis called thc 15ciny truce in the strike of 530000 soft and hard cold miners after a conference here with Ickes Sunday At that Lewis States He Has No Comment on F Rs Talk NEW YORK Kennedy secretarytreasurer of Ihe united mine workers said Monday that Secretary of the Interior Ickes had appointed John Forbes as anthracite coal manager of the solid fuels ad ministration for war He said Forbes now chief of mineral production of the U S bureau of mines would be as sisted by a fourman advisory committw or two representatives and two coal operators Forbes and the committee Kennedy said would operate he nations anthracite coal fields John L Lrwis UMIV presi dent appearing refreshed and in a zenUlmood was asked his reaction to President Roosevelts speech Sunday nfcht in which he said eqal will be mined no matter what any individual thinks about it No comment at present Lewis said conference informed sources said ICKCS and Lewis reached a prelim inary umlersiinding TkT tvvas will insist that the mines actually be oper ated six days a week Physical obstacles ir has been a sixda i where e There central Solomons South Pacific all dates cast longitude are I On May 2 during the riay of avcn8cr Grumman i bombers escorted by wildcat Grumman F4F fight ers bombed Japanese installations at Munda in thc central Solomons Hits were scored on lie air on the runway nnd in thc licnl areas North Pacific 2 On May i in thc case decided last June 8 had been vacated by thc high tribunal the opinion by Dougfas added Freed from that controlling precedent we can restore to their high constitutional position the liberties of itinerant evangelists who disseminate their religious beliefs and the tenets of their faith through distribution of lit erature COXSCIEVTIOUS OBJECTOR MUST STILL REPORT Thc supreme court ruled Mon day that a draft registrant claim nig exemption from military i service as a conscientious objector i over Following the flight of Rudolf ticss lo Scotland in May 1941 appear to be taking a less prom inent part in the activities of the nazr hierarchy although he was continued in his post as storm trooper commander Buy Saving Bonds and btamps from your GlobeGazette I Proponents of Ibis view of tli the past but minerscharged that it has not been fully carried out X X President Koosevells order o Ickes instructing him to seize the mines said that they would be returned to the operators when it no loncer serves the war interest for the zovernmeiit lo retain control That uould leave the way open for Ickes to keep control as lone as necessary to maintain such an even ifthis meant Tor thc dura lion of thc war For ns long as tile government retains control of the mines it appeared thc war labor board will not be called on to settle the issue as between the minors nnd the operators Thus Lewis will suc cessfully have bypassed the agency whose severest critic he has been carrier boy Weather Report formations of lulls OI army planes carried out 13 at tacks against Japanese positions n Liberator Consolidated L bombers Mitchell North American B25 medium fnr tliic rt n ars times at bat Cincinnatis Keds collected 17 hits off of four Pittsburgh huilcrs to win 7 to 5 meeting hrld here Su idiv H nuilcn to win 7 to 5 J Lockheed and warhawk Curtiss P40 fighters participated in these raids A heavy explosion was ob frv5 J thc vicinty ot North Head The runway was damaged fires were started and heavy smoke was seen in oilier areas 3 On the same day liberator heavy bombers dropped bombs on the enemy target areas at Holti bay and Chicago harbor on Attu island AMONG VICTIMS SEATTLE OTThc navy Sat urday identified Ensign Bruce David Brink whose wife lives at Sioux City Iowa as one of four flyers who losl their lives Thurs day m the crash of a navy plane in San Francisco Bay claim has been denied by a draft i board and by thc president on appeal Chief Justice Stone delivered thc 7 to 2 opinion specifically in volving Whitney Bowles of New foundland N J Justices Jackson and Reed dissented Bowles said that before he was oorn his father was killed in thc first World war and thai this had implanted within him a strong aversion to everything military This was the first conscientious objectors case to reach the su preme court during the present World war FORECAST Continued cool extreme cast except Portion RELATIVE OF J PRESIDENTS MOUNT AYR JP Burial services will be held here Monday for Mrs Mary Jane Bickctt 91 who died Saturday at the home of a daughter in Yuma Colo Mrs Bickelt was a relative of three former presidents of the United Van Burcn Wil liam Henry Harrison and Benja min Harrison UtJll Monday night rising tempera ture Tuesday forenoon MASON CITY Cooler Monday afternoon continued cool Mon and Tuesday fore temperatures above day night noon all freezing MINNESOTA Continued cool Monday night except cooler ex treme southeast portion warmer Tuesday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday Minimum Sunday night At 8 a m Monday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 59 Minimum Saturday night 40 At 8 am Sunday 30 YEAR AGO Maximum 53 Minimum Precipitation Q8 65 38 53 36 86 f no Wi vjevv oj ijjc situation said that Lewis came to UisInngion for Sundays confer ence looking skeptical and emerged from it satJ fiecl He issued the truce order immediately after a meeting with the UMW international policv committee in New York a few hours lalcr There remained some evidence of irritation in the white over relations between thc admin istration and Lewis While House Secretary T Early said official news of thc 15day truce still had not been received there 7 lowans Wounded in North African Action WASHINGTON war department announced the names of seven lowans wounded in ac tion in North Africa They were Lpl Lauren J Bickford son of Mrs Mary Bickford Clinton Pfc Irvin A Christensen son of Chris Christensen Audubon Pvt Fred W Fenzke son Mrs Ida Rich ards DCS Moines Pvl Paul I Hoover son of Mrs Rose J Hoov er Hnrlan Tech Slh Grade Leo Meier son of Edward Meier Bellcvuc Pfc Roscoc R Petlen Rill son of Vet H Pcttengill Rock Rapids Pvt Wendell J Spencer u arshalltown Maric B Spencer President Stresses Importance of Output to Meet War Demands WASHINGTON coat risis averted miners started back to work Monday in a trickle that promised to grow inlo a stream by nightfall and to have the mines running fully by Tuesday morn ing Their new employer was the United States covcriuncnt whose commaiiderinchief President Roosevelt called on the men to set back to digrginc he coal so necessary for war production The stars and stripes waved over the shafts symbolic of the rov ment which stepped in when John L Lewis united mine workers stopped work last week A symbolic flag of truce too ac companied tlie return for Lewis nnd other UMW officials asked the miners to resume work Tues day morning on a 15 day tempor ary basis Most of those who have been on strike appeared delaying their return until Lewis date of Tues day and in some instances Mon day where men showed up there were not enough of them to open the mine Three hundred and fifty men at Callatzin Pa led thc return en tering their shaft at G a m east ern wartime About halt those in the Beehive coal industry ot Fay ette county Pa came in an hour later and officials said they cx pectcd full crews by Monday night Eight major mines in Ohio re ported a nearly normal comple ment and a district vice president of the UMW predicted that the afternoon shift would be normal Several hundred miners went hack in the Harlan county Ky field where union spokesmen in dicated that all the fields mines would be turning out coal Tues day In Illinois whistles which blew for work wore largely ignored by the UMW members there but most ot the 18000 AFL coal miners were on hand Uncle Snnvs new boss of thc mines which appeared as late as Saturday to be licaded for a erip iiling general shutdown is Fuels Coordinator Harold Ickes He willseek to settle tho wage con tract dispute between the miners and operators during the next 15 days Incidentally Ickes reported in a routine bureau of mines paper Monday that coal on hand amount ed on thc average to a 33 days supply Describing the position of steel mills and railroads as par ticularly precarious Ickes said some steel plants in Ohio had an average of only 24 days supply However Ickes regarded the prospects now as sufficiently Rood to permit cancellation of the freeze on intransit ship ments of coal which was or dered last week to help make available supplies to where moat needed President Roosevelts appeal over the radio Sunday night for uninterrupted production of coal n this time of war followed by 20 minutes Lewis announcement of a 15 day truce Thc president ijckl to his pre pared speech without taking no icc of the union leaders an louiiccmcnt and Presidential Sec retary Stephen Early told re porters Monday that up to fO a m central war time the white I house still had had no word from Lewis or other UMW officials Karly went to considerable lenjrUi tn explain hoiv Mr Roosevelt had made last minute rhariirs in his address without making alternations hased the truce announcement Some persons seemed lo attach significance to the fact that there were late deletions and insertions Early said He added that Mr Roosevelt started working on the final draft of thc address shortly after 3 p m Sunday and after that thc wordage was counted The chief executive he said wanted to keep thc speech down to 15 minutes radio time and made numerous deletions Even then it ran about 22 minutes While parts were being re moved Early said a war depart ment officer arrived with thc ma terial Mr Roosevelt used on coal miners and sons of cosl miners who have been wounded in mili tary service Mr Roosevelt
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