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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 19, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             SAVE AM 1 Am Ammunition For Dont Waste or Throw Me Away THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORlSi IOWANS NEIGHBORS f VOL Associated Press and United Press FuH Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY JANUARY 19 19W This Paper Consists ot Two One NO S9 RAILROADS ARE BACK IN HANDS OF COMPANIES Estimate Settlement to Cost Roads About Annually Washington nations y rail transportation system was back in the hands of privaTc oper ators Wednesday but Senator Wheeler D Mont warned that it still faces a critical manpower problem President Roosevelt announced settlement the wage dispute with raises all around late Tues day and War Secretary Stimson thereupon ordered the seized rail roads returned to their owners effective at midnight The roads once threatened by later disputes of the 350000 mem bers of five operating unions and at 11MMO nonoperating work ers including shopmen clerks and others were taken over by the government on Dec 27 three days before a strikecall deadline The settlement and some earl ier agreements which labor and management sources estimated would cost the roads approximate ly annually plus retroactive pay awards provide generally for increases of 9 cents ah hour to the operating workers and increases of from 9 to 11 cents for The 15 nonop unions originally had asked fov 20 cents an hour more and the operating brother hodds a 30 per cent hike or S3 a day whichever might be greater In his announcement Secretary Stimson said the agreements which were approved by Wage Stabilization Director Vinson provide assurance that there will be no stoppage of rail service and that the employes of the roads will continue to discharge their responsibilities1 faithfully and con scientiously so that there may be no diminution in the rising tide I of our military might Senator Wheeler however who Is chairman of the senate inter state commerce committee said the military draft and the lure of higher wages In war industry are thinning personnel ranks to dan somefiilifg 7isirtT3oncptq re lieve this lahari said we are in for serious Ttrouble Railroad men are being drafted day and there are thous ands of experienced railroad men in the armed forces The railroads are so vital to the prosecutionof the war in the transportation ol troops arms equipment food and everything else that we can not afford to take chances on adding to the thous i ands of idle cars we now have I because the railroads cant find I experienced men so vitally needed He said there had been in stances of men being returned by line services for work in aircraft plants and other war plants and I that such a course to relieve the railroad manpower shortage merited consideration Meanwhile Wheeler and Sen fator Reed are await fing war food administration action on their request for rescission of an order diverting 1200 box cars daily to Canada for moving Canadian wheat feed into his country Reed said WFA Administrator iMarvin Jones has indicated that Ithe order will be vacated and the f railroads left to work it out 1 themselves If this isnt done Reed said he land Wheeler will introduce a res lolution to require that the order be vacated BATTLE IN NEW BRITAIN drenched marine left raises his hand for the signal to fire a 75mm howitzer as the Americans battle the Japs at Cape Gloucester New Britain in a pouring rain Fighting on the invaded western end of the island has been vicious YANKS TIGHTEN GRIP ON ARAWE Continue Drive to Knock Out Keystones By MORRIE LANDSBERG Associated Press War Editor American Bushmaster troops pioneers in deadly jungle war fare have tightened thc invasion grip on the Arawe peninsula ol New Britain as a part of the gen eral allied offensive to knock out n one way or another the Habaui Kavieng keystones of the ene mys southwest Pacific defense system Allied planes engaged the Japa nese in other sectors pouiidinpr at their installations alone the north east coast of New Guinea in sup port of ground forcesheaded to ward the Nipponese airshipping center at Madans Aided by pfcines tanks and ar tillery the 158th Bushmaster STIMSON SAYS TROOPS RESENT LABORTROUBLE Declares Industrial Unrest Must End to Keep Up Soldiers Morale Washington UP Secretary o War Stimson Wednesday asked congress for national service legis lation with the assertion that in dustrial unrest and a lack of a sense of patriotic responsibility on the hoiac front has aroused a strong feeling of resentment and injustice among the men of the armed forces It will be tragic indeed if the discontent and resentment felt by our gallant soldiers on the fighting fronts burn deeply and fester in their hearts he told the senate military committee Unless we set forth boldly to stamp it out the hot flame will destroy some of the great love of country which alone can make a man the hardship the pain and death which service above self has offered them The voices of these soldiers speak out very clearly today in demanding that all Americans ac cept the same liability which a soldier must accept for service to country They are far away now but someday they will return Reviewing recent labor troubles in the railroad coal and steel in dustries the secretary declared it does not require great imagina tion to realize the effect of these occurrences upon our troops and added I believe itis hazardous to be little the effect which such a situ Reds Gain 7 to 12 Miles in Drive for Baltic Sea Mrs Jetmund 24 Wife of Sailor Perishes as Fire Destroys Dows Restaurant Raymond Jetmund 24 was burned to death in a fire which destroyed the Sanders cafe formerly known as the Rock Island cafeat 3 a m Wednesday The fire was discovered by Dr G E Schnug who was returning home from making a professional call He turned in the alarm and aroused Mr and Mrs Sanders who lived with their daughter Mrs Jetmund in apart ntents above the cafe Mr and Mrs Sanders succeeded in making their escape from the burning building in their night clothing but It was impossible to arouse their daughter who per ished in the flames Mrs Jetmund occupied a room alone in the up stairs quarters and assisted her parents in the business Mrs Jctmunds husband is in the U S navy and has been sta tioned with our forces in the Ha 1 DIVISIONS OF NAZIS THROWN BACKINATTACK Devastating Barrage on North Front Made Before Tanks Advance vaiian Islands There are no chil dren The fire department was prompt in respondingto the call but the flames had made such great head1 London Russian way that it was impossible to save armies drove toward the Baltic the structure sea along a 25 mile front west of The origin of the fire was un1 LeningradWednesday and Soviet determined Wednesday morning Premier Josef Stalin announced but it was thought it might have been due to faulty electrical wir 105000 ing back 714 to 12j miles in 5 days No arrangements had been made Of bloody fighting for the funeral Wednesday morn m nazi been thrown ing pending word from thc band in Hawaii Blasting through German forti fications paralyzed by the massed guns of the red army soviet in fantrymen stormed and captured the fortress town Krasnoyselo 15 miles southwest of Leningrad on the LeningradPskov railroad line German field guns that had Newton flVDistrict Judge Henry N Graven Mason City Wed1 nesday denied a request for appointment of a receiver for the r7Tiiqt rinitil fell to Ihe 000 Iowa Southern Utilities company of Centervillc but ruled invalid et as they s w e p t 39460 shares of stock held in through Krasnoyselo and drove company by Martha Bechtel ot well as a number of other charges oll down the rail line toward the relating to Bechtel financing ac1 Estonian frontier 65 miles south Graven Rules 39460 Shares of Bechtel Stock Invalid LATEST STYLE FROM CAPE GLOUCESTER After stinking muck ofNew Britains hot steamy jungles U S marines in the CapeGloucester area loll near their foxholes awaiting the call to battle Leather neck at left has solved the sticky weather problem MAXIMUM FINES GIVEN ANACONDA 4 Defendants Sent to Jail in War Fraud Providence R I max i imum fine of 510000 has been im I posed on the Anaconda Wire and Cable company of Pawtucket and 1 4 defendants sentenced to jail and a fifth placed on probation in the war fraud conspiracy case against the company Judge John P Hartigan imposed the fine and sentences Tuesday and termed the company the chief culprit He said the company cor rupted these other defendants and did not hesitate to corrupt women employes and ordinary laborers Sentences of 18 months each were given William H Horley former manager and Jacob Eagleson former superintendent Lowell K Morrow chief inspector was sentenced to 15 months Wil liam Eagleson 64 head of the wa ter test room who is ill received a year and a day term Robert L Wright former electrical engineer who pleaded guilty and testified for the government was placed on probation for two years The company and the defcnd aants were found guilty of con spiracy to defraud the govern ment by production of substand ard army field wire for the signal corps JUGOSLAVS TRAP GERMAN FORCE Wild Fighting Reported in Rugged Hill Country Iondon parti sans have trapped a German mo torized division of 400 vehicles near Lipovac in western Bosnia and wild fighting now is pro gressing through rugged hill country against the encircled nazis and a second division rushed to its assistance Marshal Josip Broz Tito announced Wednesday The nazi relief expedition T i t os broadcast communique said broke through partisan lines toward Jajce Titos former head quarters 30 miles south of Banka Luka on the Vrbas river Bitter fighting ensued and thc issue ap parently was still in doubt at the timethe bulletin was issued Meanwhile units of the 3rc Jugoslav corps suddenly takinj the offensive were rcporlc pushing the Germans back in tlv vicinity of Maglaj Tuzla ant Vzornik in the eastern Bosnia The heaviest fighting was in thi Tuzla area where the partisan were attacking in force said Titos bulletin War Secretary Sir James Grigg Tuesday told thc house of com mons that Jugoslav partisan have tied down at least 12500 German troops and said the Ger man drive which began in Croa tia laic in December was a fail urc All possible aid was be ing supplied to Ihe partisans h added BOND CAMPAIGN GAINING SPEED Encouraging Reports Come From Rural Areas Des Moines The 111 War oan campaign for S17 000000 ained momentum in Iowa Wednesday as it moved into its nd day First reports to the state war inance committee indicated that esidents of the Hawkeye state ere swinging behind the drive vith reassuring vigor Several counties including Clay Madison anil Green indicated they loped In be completely over the op on their quotas within a few days Bond sales were reporter to be larticularly encouraging in a num er of rural areas Three town ships in Adair county and one ill Lucas county already had gone over the top War finance committee officials saidthe first statewide figures on towa sales probably would be an nounced Friday or Saturday by the federal reserve bank at Chi cago LI Clark executive manager of the committee cautioned that it would be a Ionic hard pull to reach Iowas F bond quotaof S66 000000 This is not a one day effort he will take sales effort right up to the final days of the campaign infantry i won IfJOO yards of Japanese terri tory close to the American defense perimeter above the neck of the Arawe peninsula The Bushmasters seirt in lo re inforce midwestem elements who landed on the southwest coast of New Britain Dec 15 and now hold the Arawe beach positions killed 139 Japanese at a light loss to themselves Their personnel made up largely of men from Arizona New Mexico Colorado andOkla homa includes Indians from 20 American tribes Thc Arawe attack and the U S marines successes on invaded Cape Gloucester northwest across the island fitted in with the gradual building up of the campaign against Rabaul prime Japanese base on the northeast corner of New Britain and Kaviens much bombed harbor at adjacent New Ireland As Rear Admiral Robert B Carney put it ihey are next on the list Games chief of staff at south Pacific headquarters declared we plan to put them out but adedd cruptically that it wont be accomplished in accordance with any familiar pattern He said loo that its not logical to expect the allies to permit con tinued Japanese occupation of lit tic Nauru island their only base between the Americans Solomons Gilbert island offensive arc ation will have upon the ultimate welfare of our democracy If it continues it will surely affect the morale of the army It is likely to prolong the war and endanger our ultimate success and when those troops come back to us it may have an effect upon the future of our nation which is dis turbing to contemplate The men in the army sec this country divided into 2 entirely distinct classes Stimson said On the one hand are the men who are fighting in the armed forces They have been told not only thatTthey must serve but the Davenport The ruling on the Bechtel stock method of tiieir service has been choserifor them They are facing a duty which they cannot escape and which involves the possibility of death or mutilation On the other side they see that the government imposes no cor responding duty upon the remain ing men of the nation and even permits them to leave tlic most important war jobs without re had the effect of removing from the utilities corporation the Bechtel interests which had been largely responsible for developing the company from a small single concern to a utility service sys tem which now includes 140 com munities in southern Iowa Attorneys declared the net ef fect to the stockholders of Judge Cravens decision was to increase the value of the holdings of the 4000 small stockholders by 11 per cent which was the propor tionate amount of stock held by Bechtels and ruled invalid In cluding the Bechtel stock there of cwnaxm stock outstanding in the company Martha Bechtel is the wife of George M Bechtel head of George M Bechtel and company Daven port bond firm through which most of the stock transactions in olved in the growth of Iowa Southern Utilities corporation have been handled By removing the Bechtel inter tions were not involved in the West case Receivership was not necesl Ropsha 7 miles west of Kras sary to make any recovery from noyselo and another strongpoint the the Bechtels he said gard to thc needs of the coun try The armed forces he stated are beginning to feel that they are being discriminated against Stimson branded as wishful thinking all talk that the war is al most over In fact the war is not almost over he declared To me it appears to be the plain duty of the congress to give our troops this allout necessary backing he told the senate mili For the present allied bombers gave Habaul and Kavieng a re because of the concentrated instead on northern New Guinea They dropped 120 tons of explosives on the enemys supply dumps at Han sa bay between Madang and We wak Other attacks hit Bogadjim southof Madang Naval units bombarded the Jap anese barge center at Gali south east of Madang while enemy ship ping suffered further crippling blows in attacks which destroyed barges and small craft along the coasts of the Admiralty islands and New Britain tary committee as it reopened hearings on national service leg islation requested by Presidenl Roosevelt to prevent strikes and make virtually alj ablebodied men and women subject to as signment to essential tasks Appearing as the first adminis tration witness before a commit tee which includes many senators hostile to thc idea of labor con scription Stimson said nationa service would hasten victory and asserted Every month the war is pro longed will be measured in the lives of thousands of young men in billions of dollars ests Judge Graven left full control of the firm in thc hands of more hail 4000 small stockholders In denying the receivership pe ition Judge Graven held that here had been no charge of in solvency against the company hat its management was compe tent and able that a receivership action and the subsequent sale of property would result in heavy loss to the stockholders and mean the financial death of the com pany The receivership action had been brought by J B Wcede Des Moines real estate man on behalf of the state Begun in 1938 it charged the company with al legedly violating state statutes in the issuance of certain stock and in other transactions concerning stock Other in Centerville and one in New York on file against the utilities coin any but are not a part of the ction ruled on Wednesday Each jit seeks 35000000 damages for ockholdcrs The judge held thc Bechlel lock invalid on the grounds that 8 BIG BARGES ARE LAUNCHED Floated on Missouri by Water From Fort Peck Kansas Kansasbuirt fleet of 8 seagdirig invasion barges floated down the Missouri viver Tuesday night in water released from the Fort Peck Mont dam a month ago for that specific purpose Launched at docks of the Darby corporation where the Kansas river empties into the Missouri the big boats capable of carrying tanks and men to hostile shores had been held in readiness for the rising water It was the first time that nav igation ever had been attempted on the Missouri in winter when the river is low A month ago army engineers had water released from the Fort Peck dam hundreds of miles up stream at a time when it would reach Kansas City at a period favorable for its temperature and water flow They followed the water closely as it twisted along the channel They knew several days ago it would reach Kansas City Tuesday at a time when mild temperatures prevailed and the stream was open Monday the stage was 29 feet Tuesday it was up to 49 and ris in the Germans hedgehog de fenses facing Leningrad also fell to thc attacking Russian armies Stalins order ot the day broad cast by radio Moscow indicated that Russian armored spearheads were striking into the nazi lines at several points along the 25 mile battle front in a series of lightning encircUngi moves that chopped the German front into scores of isolated pockets PRECEDES M o s c o w The battle of the war was bloodiest reported ing It was move lime or the fleet to Illegal Parking Notice Sent to Sailor Now on Duty in South Pacific San Pedro Cal Don Finch failed to appear in court on an illegal parking charge po lice got a bench warrant and wrote that if he didnt ccme in within 5 days theydcome and get him Finch replied Ill glady pay the fine if youll come and get me Hes a sailor somewhere in the south Pacific Report Badly Mauled Nazis in Ukraine Are Regrouped to Hold Line New York London ra dio said Tuesday there are signs the Germaqs are regrouping their badlymauled panzer divisions in the south Ukraine bulge in prepa ration for another desperate at tempt to hold the line of the Bug river and retain control of the great trunk railway running down to Odessa The broadcast recorded by CBS quoted dis patches from Moscow as the source of this information SCREEN STAR ENTERTAINS Clinton Karlpfl stage and screen star entertained pa tients at the Chick army hospital here WadeRAF Ace Dies in Flying Accident Allied Headquarters Algiers C Wade RAF squad ron leader from Tucson Ariz and topranking ace of this the ater met death in a flying acci dent in Italy Jan 12 it was an nounced Wednesday Wade re garded by many as this wars greatest fighter pilot had shot down 25 enemy planes in com bat ARRIVES IN ALGIERS Allied Headquarters Algiers Oveta Gulp Hobby head of the WAC arrived here Wednes day She was accompanied by Maj Betty Banelel WAC liaison officer with the army air corps FORMERLY OF ALGOXA Sioux City were held Wednesday for Mrs George C Call 70 widow of a Sioux Cily investment banker Mrs Call a native of Algona died Sunday Police Find Loot and Cooked Meal Ixw Angeles police men set to solve a clothing slorc burglary found S 10000 worth iif a SloOOO stock in a residence Al though thc occupants had fled they left a meal cooking on the stove which the officers ate while they awaited arrival of a truck Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy and colder Wednesday night lowest temperature about 20 fresh to moderately strong winds Wed nesday Thursday fair and mild Iowa Fair Wednesday night anc Thursday moderately coldei Wednesday night little temper ature change Thursday Minnesota Fair and cold Wednes day night Thursday partly cloudy and warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 51 Minimum Tuesday Jiight 25 At 8 a m Wednesday 31 Tuesdays maximum was th highest January temperature re corded in Mason City since Jar 28 1931 when 53 was reported It was also the highest of the cur rent winler since Nov 3 when 5 was recorded YEAI AGO Maximum Minus R Minimum Minus 20 Precipitation Trace t a meeting f the company and reclassifica on of thc stock on Aug 1 1338 j he Bechtel interests held some1 00000 shares of nopar common lock which Judge Graven termed worthless by reason the corn any while keeping up bond in ercst payments and so forth was n arrears about 82000000 on ireferred stock dividends Yet by the Aug 1 1038 mccl ng thc judge said the Bechlel lock was exchanged for 39460 hares of new common stack vorth S15 a share thereby put ing this stock on an equal basis vith preferred stock held prior to hat meeting He held the action was a case of taking 5600000 out of thc jockcts of the other stockholders or the Bechtel stock and termed t a gross wrong The judge held thai the records did not substantiate claims of the plaintiff Weedc that slock in the company had not been issued tor cash and that stock had been is sued in excess o authorization by thc state executive council which must pass on such matters To the charge that the com pany had not certified issuance of stock to the executive council he held that it had acted in good faith and had done so to the best of its ability Judge Graven who announced his decision in on oral opinion to thc attorneys in the case and a small crowd of interested specta tors said that charges that thc Bechtels sold utility properties to the Iowa Southern at higher prices than they paid for them as Gunner of Jap Descent Holds Flying Cross and 5 Air Medals Los Angeles Ben Kuroki flying fortress gunner ol Japanese descent and holder of the distinguished flying cross and 5 air medals Wednesday was headed for a crack at the Japs A veteran of 30 bombing mis sions in the European theater in cluding the Ploesli oil field raid Kuroki said the fighting had been easy compared to his struggle to be accepted as a regular crcw member Even the Spaniards considered him a Jap Forced down in Span ish Morocco and flown to Spain with thc rest of thc crew Kuroki had the Spanish officials talking to themselves he said raging deepjn Germanys defense belt west of Leningrad Wednesday after soviet tanks smashed through the nazi the wake of an artillery barrage so devastating that it left enemy troops literally numbed and speechless Thc pulverizing Russian push south of the Baltic town of Oran iciibaum coordinalcd with an other strong drive thai penetrated thc nazi right flank south of Len ingrad opened thc longawaited soviet offensive designed to roll back the besiegers of Leningrad to the Baltic Front dispatches said the north ern column was advancing stead ily through the worlds most for midable defense zone taking one concrete blockhouse and one forti fied village after another while mobile guns blasted enemy gun emplacements and firing points Swarms of soviet fighters and Stormovik assault planes strafed and cannoned German infantry as they emerged from trenches and forts for futile counterattacks Dispatches reported that the initial soviet artillery barrage loosed by hundreds oE massed cannon was thc most destructive ever luid down on a battlefield German prisoners brought into one Russian command post had They couldnt figure They wouldnt believe I it out was an American Japanese They thought an American Japanese wouldnt je fighting the axis Kuroki won his 5th air medal or volunteering for 5 additional oombing missions after completing the regular tour of duty of 25 To his squadron The Eager Beavers he is known as most honorable son His home is at Hershey Ncbr SHEPHERDS CROOK STOLEN Chicago Wednes day were looking for a shepherds crook which some crook stole from the automobile of Stephen A Ha boush Haboush said he doubted that the crook could get very much for the crook which lie used to tend when he was his fathers sheep boy in Palestine NEAR ROVNO Developments on the Russian front included A Russian forces striking hard in thc Leningrad area B also moving forward in thc sector north of Ncvcl C Gen Ro kossovskys army battled toward Pinsk D Gen Vatutins forces closed in on Rovnp and E heavy fighting north ot Uman   

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