Tuesday, September 7, 1943

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 7, 1943, Mason City, Iowa OES IA u E A HIS r 0 3 Y AND ARCHIVES CCS KOINES I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIORS VOL XL1X ASSOCIATED PBESS UNITED WHgSTFULL LEASED WJBES MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 7 194S THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 285 TRAIN PILES UP ON CURVE 65 DEAD Swarms of Allied Planes Blast Nazi Centers STUTTGART AND MUNICH AMONG RAIDED CITIES Invasion Armies Hold 45 Miles of Coast Along Toe of Italy By ALTON L BLAKES1EE Associated Press War Editor Searing and relentless aerial smashes at nazi war sinews and a report that American Gen George C Marshall would c o m at a n d allied armies in the European the ater sharpened German fears Tuesday of invasion soon Irom the west while in Italy invasion ar mies cut deeper inland and wid ened their hold on the toe coast to at least 45 miles In the east the Germans were falling back before dogged Russian attacks with Stalinos capture ex pected momentarily The air war from Britain was reaching an unprecedented scale in preinvasion softening assaults RAF heavy bombers Monday night blasted the war city and nazi shrine of Munich on the heels of a big flying fortress blow at Stuttgart and huge swarms of U S heavy and me dium bombers roared out against Europe by daylight again Tues day to maintain the offensive for the sixth consecutive day Although impeded by demoli tions in their drive through dif ficult country British and Cana dian Palini Bagnara in Ifaijt andstruck 8 miles inland to capture Delian viovo about 8 miles north of the alreadyoccupied mountain foot hill town of San Stefano allied headquarters announced Tuesday Allied troops also were extend ing their bridgehead to the south beyond Melito and U S flying fortresses battered anew at air fields and communications near Naples Monday while medium bombers hammered airfields at Capua and Grazz anise above Naples Moscow announced the cap ture of Kohotop rail junction stronghold 115 mites from stra tegic Kiev and the killing of 10000 Germans Monday in 6 to 15 miles advances on a 600 mile front Spearheads xvere pushing beyond Konotop toward Kiev while inthe south the so viets were at the gates of the steel center of Stalino Slavyansk Kramatorskaya and other points on the StalinoSla vyansk railroad were taken the Russians said cutting 1 escape path from Stalino Moscow said land drives and air attacks were demoralizing w hat the nazis termed a planned retreat to ward the Dnieper river Recapture of the rich minin area in the Donets basin had been virtually completed Scarcely was the RAF hack from the concentrated of the 4th straight night of bin British Hying fortresses and marau ders hit at targets in Belgium and France continuing the pat tern of Monday raids against war centers and communica tions in strategic and tactical blows Sixteen bombers were missing from the Munich attack and other RAF night operations The fortresses in a 900mile roundtrip left Stuttgart in ruins Monday in their 1st attack on that city knocking down 70 Ger man planes U S medium bomb ers ancl RAF planes struck nocks at Boulogne rail targets at Rouen and 8 German airfields adding 12 more nazi planes to the days toll U S losses were 35 planes and 4 British missing these sig nificant air plans fo an invasion from Britain might be well advanced it was reported on hiph authority in Washington that General Marshall U army chief of staff would be come commanderinchief of the united nations in the European theater President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill renewed war talks in Washington amid signs of some great development pending perhaps a supplication for peace from Italy When buying a pack of cigarets contribute 5c to Ciirarets for Servicemen to buy pack for a nun in service overseas American Paratroops Capture Airfield in Brilliant Move viiw VKIII ui lic aiiiuuiuuiie cuuision 5 miles l Monday night where Mrs Clarence Pals from north of Ventura was killed Mrs Pa s was nding with her husband in the car shown in the forejnomul She was pinned under the careening car Other occupants the 2 cars received minor injuries Lock photo Kayenay engraving Mrs Pals Killed 48 Die in Fast Spreading When Cars Crash on Ventura Road Mrs Clarence Pals who lived 8 miles north of Ventura was al most instantly killed in an auto mobile collision 2 miles south and a mile east of Ventura at p m Monday Mrs Pals and her husband were in their car headedsouth and the in tersection rnet a car Elfrieda Messelheiser and filer companion a Mr Beers Meservey were going east The 2 vehicles met in the cen ter of the intersection Officers said the vision of both drivers was unimpeded and no reason for the collision was apparent Mrs Pals was thrown out of her car and was crushed beneath it when it tipped over onto her She was dead before any officers arrived The body was taken to the Ward funeral home The sheriffs office at Mason City was notified and an investi gation begun at once The other 3 occupants of the 2 cars were only slightly injured it wns reported at Mercy hospital in Mason City The condition of Mr Pals and Miss Messelheiser was reported good at the Mercy hospital Tuesday Mr Beers had been dismissed Long Tough Task to Whip Japan Forecast by War Correspondent Des M nines united nations have a long tough row to hoe before Japan is licked in the opinion of Murlin Spencer 33 who recently returned to this country after 14 months as an Associated Press war correspond ent in the southwest Pacific area Spencer here to address a lunch eon meeting will speak later this week before the Associated Press managing editors meeting in Chi cago If someone knows a Quick easy way to victory in the I havent heard it and personally I dont think there is one Spencer said in an interview Jailed 30 Days for Stealing Alarm Clock Cincinnati W Walter Mc Pberson Tuesday was sentenced to 30 days in jail for stealing an alarm clock STRESSES RURAL SCOUTING Storm Lake life of rural boys can be greatly enriched through relations with the towfi man in the scouting program Elmer H Bakken of New York City national director o rural scouting told persons from 19 northwest Jcnva counties attend ing the prairie gold university of scouting at Buena Vista college DIES WHILE FISHING Muscatine body ol Robert Maxwell 75 retired farmer of near Conesville Iowa Cone Hr and fell into the lake in Hotel at Houston Many Men Jump From Windows When Five Ravages Building Houston Texas jP Forty eight men war workers trans ients and old age died Tuesday in a fire that ravaged at Preston and Lou an acNSJerit brick and iratae structure Others of the 133 men listed on the hotels register JUonday night were in a critical condi tion Thirtytwo were taken to hospitals but 15 were soon re leased Police and fire officials said they believed all bodies had been removed from the ruins Eyewitnesses said many men jumped from the windows and a fire escape Men fought and clawed to get through one un blocked exit The blaze discovered shortly after midnight quickly blocked off 1 of the 2 fire escapes to the 3story brick structure An in side stairway likewise was made impassable for those caught on the upper floors Flames poured from even opening and crevice in the build ing one of the oldest in Houston Firemen could not lay ladders against it W A Wheeler occupant of a 2ndfloor room said he ran to I fire escape and found it cut oft Then I and 3 other men went to the 3rd floor trying for the other fire escape We ran stumbling over bodies At the fire escape men were jammed together fighting to start down We begged them to let each man take his time and they did Men started pouring down the es cape I saw l man run to the win dow and jump head first He dropped straight down to the side walk As we went down we saw men jumping off the fire escape at every level Police and firemen said it was probable that other bodies would be found in the wreckage They said that only 3 of the had so far been identified Their names were given as Clyde Spruell 45 iro worker J S Heberl shipyard worker Charles S Dixon occupation unknown Bodies were taken to the city morgue for identification as vap idly as firemen pulled them from the still smoldering structure one ot the oldest in Houston Police said that a check of the hole register showed 133 pa trons of whom an undetermined number made their way to the street by means of fire escapes By the time firemen arrived the building was an inferno and it was impossible police said for Udders to be hoisted The fire started shortly after hat he extinguished the flames ith a bucketful of water Shortly afterward Chappcll de lared flames were discovered hooting out from a luggage room across the hall Polic lhc fire apparently fastspreading ate through the frame he Gulf Hotel mterior of the old brick d the Gulf Hotel mterior of the old brick Louisiana streets trapping most of the ick ifatne persons cnthe setond floors and irame holel Preston and Louisiana occupied the upper 2 floors Police quoted W L Chappell the night clerk as saying that about a m he heard some one on the second floor call fire Chappell said he found a maltres ablaze in one of the rooms but THINKS NAZIS REFITTING SUBS Knox Believes UBoats Get AntiAircraft Guns Washington Secre tary Knox said Tuesday the Ger mans haci apparently been with drawing Uboals from the Atlan tic recently in order to refit them with additional antiaircraft wea pons as sure as sunrise that they will ue back in there he told his piess conference Knox said that new tactics em ployed by the German submarine patrol in the Atlantic had reduced the usefulness of blimps and any potential usefulness of helicopters in antisubmarine warfare Until they took to firing at them the blimps were an ex ceptionally good weapon against submarines Knox said adding that now any means of hovering over n submarine cither by heli copter or by blimp hns been cir cumscribed in its usefulness Noting an apparent retail wiih drawnl of the undersea craft he asserted one assumption is that they probably are bcliiy taken in to augment their batteries of anti aircraft guns Of the submarine fight gener ally Knox reiterated his frequent statement that there is no reason to believe we have disposed of the submarine Ao further information has come through on the navy raid on Mar cus island in the central Pacific Sept I Knox stated explaining that the force which carried out the raid has not yet broken radio silence Cut Off All Possible Land Supply Routes to 20000 Jap Troops Allied Headquarters in the Southxvcst Pacific paratroops cut off all possible land supply lines of some Japanese troops in the Lae and Salamaua area of N c w Guinea with the capture of an enemy air field in the Markham valley al lied headquarters announced Tuesday The airstrip was seized Sun day when hundreds of airborne American soldiers and an Aus tralian artillery unit complete machine suns mortars ammunition rubber assault boats atid radio landed near the field tf An Australian force flown into allied advanced base marched overland 5 lays to rendezvous near the occupied airfield with Ihe American paratroopers uho had landed Sunday morning while General Douglas MacArthur looked on from n flying fortress A headquarters statement dis closed that the enemy airfield had not been used by the Japa nese for months and was over grown with kxmai grass four to six feet high The field flat and level easily can be placed into operating condition Capture of the airfield effec tively helped close the trap on the defenders of Lae and Salamaua If If JJL The paratroopers landed on 3 sides of the Japanese air Hfofac guidedby J smoke screens whichoutlined the field perfectly As soon asthc pnrtroops landed the Australian ground force slarted to cross the nearby Mark ham river by means of a pontoon bridge Other down the river to the site of Hie field First Ll Monte Klcban San Antonio Tex who jumped with the paratroopers said the Aus tralian ground force which had scoured swamps for enemy detach ments during its 5day march joined the airborne Irnops several hours after they had landed We saw one another at the rame moment said Klebans an assistant public relations officer in MacArlhurs command With gleeful shouts the Australians ancl Americans ran toward one an other These strangers hugged and embraced like long lost broth ers The allied meeting closed the ring about the imperiled Japa nese Beautiful Wonderful ex claimed General MacArthur as he saw wave on wave of trans fiurls unload lie chutists with out a Japanese plane in sight to oppose the huge force of bomb ers and fijrhters The enemy was completely fooledSome advices said 1 Japa nese patrol managed to fire a few wild shots at the descending troopK That constituted the oppo sition This spectacular mission sprung on the 4th anniversary of Aus tralias entry into the war fol lowed by a day the landing of A r r i c a useasoned Australians above Lae Saturday from ships escorted by American men of war The Japanese believing the main allied drive was corning from Salamaua lli miles southeast ot Lac were so surprised by the Auslralim landings that they were able to inflict only a tew casual tics with their aitforce But the paratroopers surprise was even greater Not a plane was lost General MacArthur ivho later said he felt the responsibility of cheering on his men in their 1st such combat mission uilli his presence said on returning to his headquarters have closed Ihe ring at Iae and Salamaua The latest operations placed the allies on the offensive as never before in the New Guinea sector Paratroops are not a defensive organization one military man emphasized Therefore this is the first vig orous offensive move against the Japs in the Pacific Boiler Explodes in Locomotive 3 Crewmen Dead Canastola X V east bound 20th CenturyLimited New York Central extra fare Chicago New York train was wrecked Tuesday when the locomotives boiler exploded killing the 3 crewmen in the cab At least 7 others were injured when the flyer left the track at a m 2 miles east of Canns iola and 20 miles east of Syra cuse Joseph Entires Syracuse dis trict claim asent for the rail road who said the boiler ex plosion reused the wreck re ported 173 passengers were on the train He identified tlie dead is George Pierce of Syracuse engineer J Christian Larsen of Syracuse fireman and Clarence Urikcr of Albany traveling fireman Wrikcrs body was found in a field about fiO feet from lie 4 track right of way Parts of the engine were scattered over the field The locomotive coal car mail car and 9 of the 15 passenger cars were derailed The first 4 cars plunged down an embankment Others were strewn on the tracks all of which were ripped up ancl twisted into weird shapes Endres said an investigation would be made to determine the cause of the boiler explosion Aussies floated in assault boats lowan Cutting Grass Is Killed by Auto Cedar Rapids P BeaUy 70 of Cedar Rapids was killed in stantly when struck by an nuto mobilc while trimming grass along the curb fronting his home Monday The driver ot the cm had lost control Mrs Roosevelt Arrives by Plane in Australia Sydney Australia Eleanor Roosevelt arrived in a Extreme Nortbem Parts of State May Receive Light Frost DCS Moiiies Tne weather bureau said Tuesday in a special forecast authorized for radio broadcast that light frost may occur in the extreme northwest and north central portions of Iowa Wednesday mornin Light frost had been forecast for some northwest and north central sections Monday night but no reports or such frost had been received by the bureau euy Tuesday Temperatures however dropped to as low as 42 degrees at Mason City and 43 degrees at Forest City and Deeorah Tuesday morn ing Maximum reading for the state Monday was degrees at Ames Davenport and Kort Dodge AGKD IOWAN DIES Waterloo IV Services will be held Wednesday for Christian Margadant retired Illinois Central railroad machinist Mar gadant when he was 13 heard Abraham Lincoln speak at Du buquc Iowa E D llirsch Chicago a passenser in one of the cars that went down the embank ment said there was no panic and the passengers had no dif ficulty getting out P D AVeis Batavia a railway mail clerk said the boiler explo sion was more like a pop than an explosion Most of the passengers return ing home after the Labor day holiday were asleep when the ac cident occurred The main line was blocked completely Enstbowid trains were rerouted at Syracuse The Century is the fastest train on the Centrals New YorkChi cago run The wreck was the 2nd in New York state in 8 days On Aug 30 the Lackawanna Limited passen er train of the Delaware Lacka wanna and Western collided will a switch engine at Wayland 50 mile south of Rochester killin 2B and injuring 150 AXLE CUT OFF BY HOT BOX 123 ARE HURT Last Crumpled Coach Is Cracked Open by Crews Near Philadelphia Philadelphia AP Twisted wreckage of the Pennsylvania railroads Con gressional Limited gave up 7 more bodies to rescue work 2rs at noontime Tuesday winging to 65 the number uiown to have perished when he train piled up heading nip a curve in northeast Philadelphia Monday night At least 123 amongthe tabor day crowd of passengers were injured as the 16 car Washington Jo New York express developed a hot box ana crashed with a roar Many in overcrowded hospitals were re ported near death The newlydiscovered bodies and remnants of bodies were taken to the city morgue where cvowds of sonowing relatives some hys terical filed past long rows in an attempt to make identifications The 1st body discovered as res cue workers broke into the No 8 coach and raised it with a crane was that of a marine lieutenant Two other marine lieutenants and a sailor immediately ordered workers away and took the body and a marine detail which had stood guard through the night was ordered closer to the wreck age As the crane resumed lifting the decapitated body of tumbled from the raised coach Two more bodies were found when rescue workers crawled tinder New South Wales and State Pre mier William J McNcill When buying a pack of contribute Sc to CiKarets for Servicemen to huy pack for a man in service overseas I Report Steps to Make Rome Open City Are Nearly Completed London Germancon trolled Vichy radio broadcast Rome dispatch Tuesday sayint that measures to make Borne an open city had been practical completed with everything a military nature either removed 01 destroyed No army commant any longer exists in the city sa the broadcast which vvas re corded by the Associated Press All military and defensive in stallations have been demolished Military traffic through the city has stopped The only supplies coming in are for the civilian When buying a pack of cigarets contribute Sc In iKarcts for Servicemen to huy pack for a man in service overseas Weather Report FORECAST Workers immediately began dis secting the tangled racial No 7 coach and 3 more bodies were dis covered to the Vatican Eight cars of the Washington to New York Express wrenched loose and piled up Monday night in one ol the nations worst rail disasters The electricpowered t r n j n which makes the 22G mile run in 210 minutes with Newark N T tile 1st stop and carried 541 pas sengers many of them service men was heading into a curve at Frnnkford Junction in north east Philadelphia when the acci dent occurred at p m CWT A wastepacked journal box ran hot railroad officials said on the front of the 7th car of the 16 car train burning the wheel loose from the axle The coach hurtled into a steel pole supporting overhead power lines was cut in 2 vertically as though by a giant av The coach behind jammed accordionlike against it Six other cars behind them were thrown from the rails but all the dead and most oC the injured were in the 7th and Blh coaches Passengers were buried under the debris from which many ot the living were not released until hours later Some were thrown through windows galley workers in the diner were scalded One woman lay in the wreckage for 6 hours calmly telling rescuers Take your time I can stand it Robert Catvert of Birmingham Ala n veteran oC the fighting in north Africa who was walking in the aisle of the 3rd car said something hit him in the stomach and It seemed a million people were on top of me t couldnt Eel my breath I thought This is it I will die now NEW GUINEA Gulf of Papua PORTv LAND ON JAP Australian land ing and advance cast of Lac in New Guinea appeared to be forming the 2nd arm of a pincers on the Japs in the halamauaLae area The 1st arm of the pincers existed in the allied drive on Salamaua from the southeast Arrows indicate general direction of allied drives Mason City Continued cool Tues day afternoon Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon fresh winds Iowa Cooler Tuesday night ex cept in north central portion continued cool Wednesday fore noon light frost extreme north west and north central portions Tuesday night fresh winds ruruur imci ucpuiy uoroner Tuesday diminishing Tuesday Matthew Ross had estimated the night dead would total 150 Roy Howard president of the Nov York WorldTelegram and his wife and Lin Yulang the Chi Twelve hours after the crash the railroad placed the death toll at JH many of whom still were unidentified Earlier Chief Deputy Coroner Minnesota Continued tooi Tues day nipht and Wednesday fore noon Scattered light frost south west and west central portion Tuesday night Wind 35 to 40 miles an hour north portion and 25 to 30 miles an hour south portion gradually diminishing late Tuesday night MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 60 Minimum Monday night 42 At 8 a m Tuesday 55 YEAR AGO Maximum 70 Minimum BO Precipitation 23 ncse author were on the train bul escaped injury Another newspaper executive aboard was Lee Tracy promotion manager of the New York Mirror Also among the passengers were Mrs Patrick f Hurley wite ot the former secretary of war now a brigadier general and Mrs Myron C Taylor wife of the former pres ident of the U S Steel corporation and President Roosevelts personal Traffic on the mainline was still blocked early Tuesday but freight and through passenger trains rerouted around the city on a cutoff extending from Trenton N J to Coatesville Pa