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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 19, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             DEPARTMENT Of HISTORY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PKESS AND UXITED PRESS FULL LEASED NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME RLTAIN TO FIBHT JAPS TO FINISH i A Lock photos Co QUICK ALERT IS MADE HERE BY USEOFSIRp Most of Lights Showing at Start of Blackout Are Quickly Corrected It didnt happen get ting local signals mixed up like a numberof other tnis in as Mason City lie its second blackout Tuesday ni it At oclock police squad cars and the fire chiefs car and ire trucks started their sirens go jng as drivers made a quick tour of the city sounding Uie alert signal From every household gar age store restaurant hotel service station the men driving these cars saw persons uuick lo recognize Ihc alert signal hurry ingwilh their blackout precau tions At oclock the industrial started blowing soundin the slart of the blackout The all clear blast from these same whis tles sounded at oclock It was the first surprise black out for Mason the most complete With which could not without diiinagin son City was in The signal system set up by he local air raid warning committee Understood Blackout Termed Success exceptions be blacked out property Mn complcle dark 29 North Iowa Counties Are Included in Blackout Test Selby Reports Good Response DES JIOINES northern Iowa coim Roduey Selby secretary of the Iowa industrial defense corn Emission said preliminary reports were practically cleared of Iraf fic at the start of the blackout In the residential districts the same criticism was heard as at the last blackout Thewhistles are not audible indoors when windows and doors arc closed particularly if there is a radio turned on Air raid wardens had lo make the complete rounds of their blocks before they could certify that all lights were out and it was from 5 to 7 minutes before the various reisdential districts were completely blacked out Traffic increased noticeably during the alert period and it moved without too much regard for speed limits as the drivers hurried to get to their destina tions before the blackout A few did not make it and had to park Auxiliary policemen stopped all Qfflc rtmincr iVmU lnniA4 were that the warning system worked tine and that public co operation was excellent The blackout embraced the fol lowing counties Emmet Kossulh Ialo Buena Vista PocahoiHas Hum tioldt Wright Calhoun Web ster II a in i 11 o u Winncbaso Worth Mitchell Hancock Gordo Floy d Chickasaw Franklin Howard Uiimcshick Allamakce Faycllc C 1 a y t o n Butler Brcmer Hardin Gruudy Blackhawk and Buchanan Selby said the sequence of sig nals Tuesday night was as fol lows p siren blast when all lights out except traffic continued w i t h lights dimmed p blasts Traffic stopped Total darkness p blast Traffic resumed p clear Last Thursday night a surprise blackout was held in 20 caslern and southern Iowa counties They also comprised three raid warning districts Three districts remain in which surprise blackouts have l U lo perlection Tuesday night On signal from DCS Moines the cars and trucks were contact ed immediately and the alert sig nals started This gave 15minute warning in which to make ready for the blackout By the time tlic industrial whistles bleufor flic blackout most lights were out The street fights timed to ffo ou at the start of the mdustrijf signals were about the last lights out ill the downtown section n required about six o get the lights out in the industrial according to nir raid war dens bui the blackout was prac tically perfect in these sections Night lights and neon sins showing in several stores at the beginning of the blackout but most of these were corrected Among stores corrected as soon Sheriff Tim f IUU lino cooperation from the outly ing towns in the county particu larly from the telephone operators if Jin Kinn ji who handled the i Is at the deputy jiniuiiy hiuius coiTccicci as as possible after the start of the MASON CITY Tendency lo hieh blackout were the er te traffic during theb lackout ex cept official cars Some who were nearly home at the signal at tempted to continue without ligfca but most were stopped at the First auxiliary police post A considerable number were hailed at the city limits it was in diacled by the bunches of cars which rolled into the cily at the jmt been held They arc the Sinux a UL City Council Bluffs and DCS Phalcn reported Monies districts Reports from blackcdout points included the following Fort complete compliance attained within two minutes after the signal but police received report lighls of municipal bandsland at city outskirts re mained on through most of lest Took city longer to end blackout than to begin minutes elapsed between lime control sta tion received all clear and church bell tolled the message Webster coop eration by citizenry City totally blacked out in speedy fashion ex cept owner of one slore with lighted show window could not be immediately located lo douic the light j Charles for some confusion over signals Ihe black oul was very successful according to defense and air raid officials x hundred fifty diners in a Waterloo night club PANTELLERIA IS LASHED BY 100 TONS OF BOMBS Flying Fortresses Also Smash at Important Sicily Base of Trapani ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA German and Italian losses in the Tunisian campaign from t h e smashing ot the Marelh line lo the overcoming of hc last axis rel iance in North Africa were 324000 men including an estimated killed seriously wounded and 281000 captured it was an nounced officially Wednesday Simultaneously with the dis closure that nearly a third a milhim enemy troops were put out of action in the final stages Ihc North African campaign came the announcement of hc heaviest raid yet on the Italian island of Pantellcria only 45 miles from Cap Bon in Tunisia earned out by U S air forces Flying fortresses smashed at the same time at the important Sicil ian base of Trapani blowing up a shjp m he harbor and covenne docks ami the railway ynrds with Domb bursts Pholoiiiiphs taken immediately American Pincers Close Trap Around Japanese Forces in Battle for Attu in Aleutians sheriffs directions A stationed at Clear Lake reported there IS HELD IN GERMANY SHENANDOAH PThc war department has notified Mrs Car rie Gibbons of Miami thai her son Corporal Herbert W Gib bons IE a prisoner of Gcrmanv He formerly was a member of the Shenandoah national guard com pany The only missing member of he company not yet accounted lor is Irvin E Riser stand Navy communique number 383 said North Pacific I On May 18th During the morning United States forces workiiuV inland from linitz bay on Attu island were in possession of the high rirtgc southeast of Iloltz hay and United Stales Iruons from the Massacre bay area were advancing northward During the day the Mas sacre bay force advanced up 1 puss toward the Holly bay force and advance patrols from the two forces joined During the afternoon the pass was cleared of cnemv troops which withdrew toward Chichagof harbor leaving only snipers be hind 2 Several 3inch antiaircraft guns have been captured from the enemy and are being used by our troops South Pacific All dates are east 3 On May J7th United States dive bombers attacked the Japa nese seaplane base at Rckata bay on Santa Isabel island Results were not observed TT DOSiliO of Waihawks lightnings Mitchells i cd u nrfCC P and maraiirtpis i to i press conference Tues day is at the southern end Holt bav to make a stand either at Holt bay or Chichagof harbor The fact that American troops although battle reports so fai have not indicated it that the Japanese arc in an untenable position there and may be com pelled to withdraw The only place to which they could hen fall back so far ns is known here would be Chichagof harbor To prevent their bccom ing too slrongly entrenched there it seemed likely that at least part ot the Massacre bay force would strike out in that direc tion in pursuit of the fleein troops from the pass Charge Nazis More for Shaves Because of Long Faces LONDON OJR A Dutch un derground newspaper reports that Holland barbers are chargin five cents above the normal price to shave nizis because their faces longer these days the Neth news agency said Wcd marauders whiclillropped 100 tons if bombs on Pantellcria showed hits on six merchant vcs Weather Report blackout were the Raizes store the A and P store the Farmers Elevator and the Ollcnberg Elec tric company Lights the wardens were unable to turn off or contact the owners were the American Railwav Ex press the Mason City Motor coach garage the Fair store and the BeeLine garage and Dr Hunters sign in the downtown section Wardens turned off the neon sign of the Blanchanl jewelry store but were unable to turn off the store lights a sign in front church burned blackout A small light jn ot the Methodist throughout the No accidents occurred durin the blackout and the streets lt4Llll J er temperatures Wednesday aft ernoon Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon IOWA Light to moderate rain soiuh ana east portions Wedncs any forenoon not much change in temperature MINNESOTA Not much change in temperature Wednesday I and Thursday forenoon sans Let heart Me Call Wild You Sweet Irish Rose ose Margie and other favorite sonay tuosday night when their evening was interrupted by the practice blackout An orchestra played IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette stalistics Maximum Tuesday Minimum Tuesday night At 8 a in Wednesday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 63 45 5G vfi iin3iii IJJHVCn during the darkness which was broken only by the lishtinc of a cigaret here and there The black out was called very effective PAROLED FOR FAKJI CLINTON sencenc i ing Reaty Porter 50 of Low Moor lo eight years in prison on a man flaugnter charge Tuesday District Judge C R Stafford granted him a parole on condition he coniinuc in tarm work and refrain from the use of liquor The charge against I Buy Porter aoc from a traffic fatalI Stamps frn v i carrier boy sels on the harbor numerous fires from hits on the dock and varc house areas extensive bomb hits en the airdrome five planes smashed on the field and many small boats bashed in The warehouse area was par ticularly hard hit with the prin cipal building and three smaller structures destroyed Bombcarrying PIO warhawks led the attack making the 15 milc sea hop to blast the air drome scoring direct hits on the barracks blowing up a transport plane and then Icavins t h n administration building nfimc from a strafing attack y zz The B25 Mitchells hit the docks and jetties as well as 12 to IS small craft in the harbor and a number of gun positions The lightnings then joined the sweep of destruction hitting a sea going barge and three aunposts on the coast A second formation of Mitchells and B2C marauders completed the attack by bombing the town and harbor while the target area was being swept by flames The fortresses encountered bad weather over Sicily but their crews found a hole in the clouds over Trapani and were able to drop bombs in the middle of a concentration of six ships one of I Iowa Soldier in North is held the southern end o by Seeks Divorce Chichagof harbor which lies lo Ihc northeast of the HolU bay position and between five and ten miles away V The junction of American forces in the heights southeast of Holtz bay place be Japa nese in a position where they arc fighting with their backs to sea and have no choice except Iowa IOWA CITY WAn City soldier now with the U S army in north Africa has filed suit for divorce in the Johnson county district court Pvt Delbert Albright signed a petition in north Africa before his commanding officer charging Ruth Albright with cruel and inhuman treat an rea ment and adultery The coupl one o which exploded and on the rail road yards where fierce fires burst out Numerous explosions also were seen in the town the American forces ha hsicd positions on the island bul that tlmir two advance was stubbornly resisted by the Japanese 7 Points to Get Study of Food Parley By WADE WEKVKR HOT SPRINGS Va IV broad sevenpoint tentative sched ule of objectives aimed at creat ing a world free from want ha been drafted by the United State delegation lo the united nations food conference it was lcarnc authoritatively Wednesday Although no formal American proposals have been prepared the tentative schedule is intended to provide a basis for discussion among the 44 other delegations J he sessions opened Tuesday night with a message from President Roosevelt vigorously affirming that the world owes every man his daily bread As the conference settled down Wednesday to its task in an at mosphere of mingled farreachin liope and cautious realism the United States delegation asscrted y was icady to suggest that the should prepare approve md issue certain reports dealing with 1The newlyrecognized im portance of nutrition as a funda mental to well being 2 The feasibility of establishing reasonable but progressive mitri Monal goals 3 The importance of sericul ture in meeting basic human needs in a way contributing to progress and order 4 The importance ot changes in agriculture to facilitate more ef fective fulfillment of the needs of the modern world 5 The possibility of stepping up jreally the production of things now lacked by tens of millions of people 6 The importance of these steps as a contribution toward achieving a constantly expanding world ec onomy in general The importance of other poli cies making for a larger and wid er exchange of goods and the in creasing of consumption capacity simultaneously with the worlds capacity to produce Delegation members recognized it was said that such reports might be quite similar to reports heretofore issued by various spe cial groups But they make the point thai the conference report would have a neiv authority and a new clarity coming from an of ficial intergovernmental assembly representing all the united and as sociated nations flnlCKTAZl RAILROAD LINES Flood Waters Engulf More Than 54 Towns By ROGER GREENE Associated Press Mar Editor Allied raiders struck paralyzing lew blows at Germanys vital ransport system before dawn Wednesday as flood waters un eashcd by the blasting of two dams engulfed moe than 34 cities and towns and rolled up jit i i At least 54000 wore eft homeless in the Ruhr nlonc t was estimated German officials clamped down rigid censorship on de tails ot the havoc which re sulted from the bursting of the Mohne and Eder dams by air borne British mines on Sunday and Berlin newspapers clamor ed for vengeance against the inevitable target for na7i wrath the Jews Reports reaching Stockholm aid the Germans were dcmand ng reprisals against the Jews proportionate with the very great damage and loss of life caused by he attack charging that a Ger nanJewish refugee from the rcich lad suggested the idea for the at ack Whilcuisastrous flood walcr wept deeper into Hitlers war in dustries in the Ruhr British night aiders blasted a score of rail and vatcr targets on She strained nari ransporl system in western Eu opc A single RAF pilot reported he shot up five trains in a four hour period as Bostons beau fighten and swift mosquito bombers striking in moonlight attacked St Fenger Port Fra ton Saumur Angers Nantes les Andelrs on Ihe Stine and other points in nazioccupied territory German planes returning to London for the third successive night touched off two alarms anct dropped bombs at several points despite heavy antiaircraft lire Nazi censorship failed to pre vent underground reports from leaking otit cm the trail of death and destruction slill progressing m the Hooded Ruhr and Wcscr CHURCHILLFR HOPE TO MEET STALIN CHIANG Prime Minister Thinks Hitler Plans Supreme Gamble Against Reds WASHINGTON IP Minister Churchill pledged Britain Wednesday to fight side by side with America until Japan already cowering under the prospect of death from the air al lasl is laid in utter waste Before a cheering joint session of congress he disclosed alM that he and President Roosevelt hope to meet soon with Premier Stalin of Russia and Generalis simo Chiang of China When the finish fight against lapmi will begin rolling or when the leaders of the great allied na tions will get together to plot for the destruction also of Germany and Italy he did not disclose With many of the united na tions men or war and of diplo macy looking on and joining the cheers that rang through the crowded house chamber Church iii predicted a third and supreme gamble by Corporal to try to knock Russia out Thereupon he jutted his heavy jaw and said He will not succeed The masterminds ot Berlin and Rome Churchill recounted lost an investment of 930WO soldiers eross Ions of shipping and over planes in their attempt to hold Africa attempt that wound up with the allied victory in Tu nisia v One great danger to the united nations Churchill said in a solemn peroration is the undue pro longation of the war For 50 mimiies Churchill ad dressed the lawmakers of his American ally winding up amid remendous applause at p m L The British Churchill said will be in there fighting side by side with you while there is breath in mr bodies and biood flows in our veins When that finish fight will conv ic die not specify but his vingin prophecy of utter destruction of he enemy in the Pacific sounded o a joint session of congress went out over the ailwaves to the world and allied countries alike There was thunderous ap plause from members of con Kress and hieh officials of this and the British government as the blacksuited prime minis ter spread his feet apart stuck his hands ill his pockets in a characieristic gesture and nude his declaration Then he disclosed a moment atissimo Chiang KaiShek of Chi na Churchill declared also that Britains air offensive is Forcing Germany to withdraw more and more planes from the fighting fronts to purely defensive op erations at the expense in loss of aggression and initiative This he said will prove a ma jor factor in bringing As for Japans cities and war in dustries Churchill flatly declar ed In ashes they must surely die before peace comes lo the world I regard Ihe bringing of im mediate and effective aid to Chi na Churchill said as one of the most urgent of our common tasks He turned to a discussion of Ihe war in the Pacific soon af ter brtinnmr his extemporane ous remarks as if taking note of recent speeches in the sen ate urging that Ihe war against lapan be given precedence the destruction of Hitler and Mussolini in Europe Recounting the loss of the Dutch East Indies and of the Malayan peninsula and the great British base at Singapore Churchill said that all this has to be retrieved and much else has to be repaid Let no one suggest the prime minister said that Britain has not at least as great interest in the I acific war as the United States With Americas high officialdom and dignitaries of her allies sit ting in with the house and senate m joint session Churchill was making his first public appear ance since his arrival more than week ago for war talks with President Roosevelt He brought vith him field Marshal Sir Archibald P 7   

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