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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 25, 1945, Mason City, Iowa                                or I 4 NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL U MAKES AkL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Press United full Leased wlrac Cenlj a Copyl MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MAY 85 1945 SUPERFORTS RAIN Paper Consist ot Two Section On HOME EDITION uimi NO Heavy Hailstorm Causes Damage at Manly ON TOKYO LOCAL STORM STRIKES AREA DURINGEVENING Windows Broken Trees Stripped Crops Hurt by Rain Hail Manly Damage which will teach into thousands of dollars was caused by a terrific hail storm which swept xiver Manly community at p m Thursday breaking windows stripping trees and flattening early gardens Hailstones of considerable size were still found on the streets Friday morning nearly 10 hours Marine William Pritchard Killed in Okinawa Battle Enlisted When 17 in March 1943 Home in October 1943 Marine Pfc William D Frilch arij son Mr and Mrs Paul Pritchard 832 1st N W was killed in action on Okinawa on May 12 according to a telegram just received from the war de partment Deeply regret to inform you that your son Pfc William D Pritchard USMCR was killed in action May 12 1945 on Okinawa island Ryukyu islands in the per formance of his duty and seriice of his country read the mes sage signed by A A Vandegrift marine commandant When in formation is received regarding burial you will be notified To after the storm Hardly a business house or uumc residence in town escaped dam ftls snip station Please accept YSIour heartfelt svmnnthv prevent possible aid to our ene mies do not divulge the name of aee from the storm which came up quite suddenly from the east with a terrific rumble which sounded like a freight train The hail was accompanied by a hard rain and electrical storm Residents described the hail stones as the largest they had ever seen They easily passed tlirough windows in the business section and perforated roofs of buildings and tops of automobiles Many business places in town reported extensive damage when rain came through openings left by hailstones some of which struck with terrific force after they had congealed Residents of town were busy Friday mornlnf pot tins up tern r dnrinjr the sternal I Most of the windows that were is Droken were on the east side of I the L I Practically every tree in town was completely stripped ot branches giving appearance of midwinter There was hardly a leaf left on a tree Even the smaller branches appeared to have been clipped from the trees What crops were out of ihe ground in the near area are be lieved to have been totally de stroyed Gardens are described as being cut to pieces Fruit trees which were blossoming had noth ing but naked branches Friday morning The storm continued in a northwesterly direction Violent hail storms also were reported Friday at Blue Earth and Win dam Minn Insurance men in Manly Fri day said there was not a house in town that had not been dam aged to some extent Every church in town was dam aged Bethel Evangelical and the Lutheran being hardest hit The damage was confined largely o the windows on thr east sides Homes which still had storm jy windows on were the worst dam JV aSed ancl that includes about every one in town Screens gave some protection fron the hail Manly seemed to be in a soli tary hail spot as little trace of damage could be observed north and west of town Friday Much water was standing inthe fields however our heartfelt William was born in Garner and came to Mason City with his ents 10 years ago He was gradu ated from the local high school in 1943 He had enlisted in the ma WIULIAM D PRITCHARD private rines at the age of 17 in March ot that year and as soon as he was graduated left for training at Millsaps college Jackson Miss His last time home was in Oc tober 1943 following completion of his training at Millsaps After further training at San Diego Cal and Camp Kliot Cal he was sent overseas last June Besides his parents he is sur vived by one sister Mrs Patrick OHarrow living with the Pritch ards while her husband is in the service and one brother Officer John S Pritchard sta SENTENCE TERUZZI Rome Milan dispatches Friday that the Assizes court had sentenced Attilio Teruzzi former commander ol the black shirts and minister of colonies to 30 years imprisonment following his conviction on charges of politi cal and military collaboration with the Germans Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and continued mild with scattered showers and thunderstorms Friday night Saturday partly cloudy and cooler Iowa Cloudy and continued mild Friday night with scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday partly cloudy in the west showers in the east and cooler in the north and west portions Minnesota Cloudy and cooler Friday occasional very light showers Saturday partly cloudy Cooler except extreme north west portion Rather windy Sat urday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette Weather Statistics Maximum Thursday Minimum Thursday At 8 a m Friday Precipitation YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 77 53 58 11 inches 59 10 PREP ARE FOR RECONVERSION Auto Manufacturers Given Green Light Detroit Automobile makers answered the government bugle in the newcar derby Friday eager to race but discouraged by the handicaps and the empty grand The war production longawaited authorizatidrlof pas sengercar production beginning July 1 was greeted in official industrial circles as offering no substantial improvement lot either the industry Or the car hungry public This is a piece of paper said George Romney managing di rector of the automotive council for war an industry wide agency it doesnt provide release from the bonds of govern ment restrictions and it wont put cars in the garages ol the people who really need them Nevertheless every major plant announced readiness to restore output swiftly passenger cars possible under as the per will be in production by Oc 10TH CLOSING SHURI PINCERS Yanks Expand Lines Below Yonabaru City Guam 10th armys flanking pincers on fortress Shuri Big Powers Line Up Enough Support to Block Attempts to Override Veto Control serve peace oc WOrM designed I to Dle in the center of the Okinawa front was pulled tighter Friday as infantry troops expanded bulge below Yonabaru The 32nd regiment pushed ahead to 1800 yards south of the j tin CIILCLO lib their 2nd month and Secretary of State nr Stettimus returns from talks K east coast seaport while the 184th jny are striving to moved into positions 1500 yards by this week southwest of Ihe town V mainend Public dis tain the pace Gen AreWbaW of tneir reporls V Arnolds units set denie 6 4 Wfr commis ellwlnr mud wnichaVraiSred mud thins on wheels up another defense line 2 to the south miles TTTl MIIUCli mC WPBs quota of 200000 for the remainder of 1945 and 2000000 within the next 14 months Ford Motor company powerful ylone wolf of4the industry said it hoped to be in production within 60 to 90 days Hudson Motor Car Before Shuri in the center ot the line 77th infantrymen moved through a small village meeting only small arms fire while and south of the fortress town fife marines seized Asato village kill ing a dozen of 60 some Japanese encountered Small counterattacks were beat en back by the 96th infantry east of Shuri while tough marines fought through the streets of Naha on the extreme wesi The move by Maj Gen Lemuel C Shepherd Jrs 6th division of leathernecks could become a flanking movement to the east for the conquest of the principal slrongpoint at the fortress city of Shuri With grenades flame throwers and small arms the marines were moving through rubble virtually remaineddf thf city a result of weeks of heavy air bombardment Strong points were beinr re duced the slugging marines who crossed Asato river in strength Thursday on bridges their engineers built under heavy enemy artillery fire One of the bridges appears to be large enough to support mechanized units when weather permits their use The weather continued bad however and with mechanized units mired in mud the campaign is wholly a foot soldiers war all the way across the line from northeastern Naha to a point south of Yonabaru on the east coast Near Yonabaru the 7th di vision infantry men were enlarging the Americanheld area south and west in a move that may become an encirclement of Shuri fortress in the central sector of the little Siegfried line Meanwhile in the center of the win we in piuuuction oy uc m tober according to a company Shur more than 50 per spokesman General Motors a cent clrcled the 77th in high official told the United Press gh the 77th in 11 luu llle ujmea tress fantly division decking from the doesnt want to come 2nd to sllli v more than half anybody 1T i ujjuntoc it AU companies agreed that they to slow its progress j a mile away Mud combined with Japanese artillery and mortar fire had anticipated the government action by manyweeks and already had highlytrained squads of skilled engineers patternmakers tool makers and die planners busy with the reconversion solutions The 96th infantry division un mentipned in Fleet Adm Chester W Nimitzs communique Friday presumably was moppingup around captured Yonabaru port city on the east coast This veto power of any or the big 5 over settlin teriiahonal disputes or using force to smash an tne critical remaining for this assembly of 49 nations The decision comes as the conference enters aecision ANNOUNCE12 Mop Up Stage LOST IN LAST RECORD RAID n Washington with President Tru man big power proposal for the past 2 weeks There the test will come To block the small mil AO DIOCK tne small Many committees are striving to nation amendments the big pow Rcha ind UD hfir hv i i ers need at least 17 advan ji Lwuimros or tne ong their latest accomplish bers voting to put over an amend league and to outlaw secret vote UULIUW i3CUltL treaties once the world organiza tion is functioning In the veto dispute many small nations are demanding that the authority of the big powers in a projected world organization be restricted sharply so that an 11 nation security council could try by peaceful means to settle trou bles between nations even over bigpower objections The British delegation has pro posed a compromise to meet that demand Some United States dele gates like the compromise idea but say that in view of commit ments already made to Russia at Talta hey can not press it Russia has been standing firm on the YaKa formula which provides that any one of the big powers can veto a council decision to take action Thursday night a Committee of United StatsRussian British and Chinese officials drafted a state ment in reply to small nation questions about this formula This statement promises that any na tion great or small may bring a dispute before the security council and that the council may discuss it without taking a vote Thus the veto could not be used to prevent the airing of charges and counter charges Beyond that point when the council was deciding whether to investigate the dispute or what other action to vote would be required and any one of the big Britain the United States France or China could prevent council action by voting no The only limitation under the Yalta formula is that if one of the big 5 or any other of the 11 members on the council was itself involved in a dispute It could not vote as long as only 1 investi gation and 2 peaceful settlement decisions were being made Once it came to a question of using force however each of the pow ers would have a vote accused or not The statement worked out by the big 4 technicians now goes be fore Stetrinius Britains Earl of Halifax Ambassador Andrei Gromyko of Russia and Foreign Minister T V Soong of the chiefs of their respective dele gations They could change it drastically but there is no indi cation that they will Once they have put it in final form it goes before a conference committee which has been debat need at least 17 Manila on Min danao island was officially termed in the moppingup stage Friday but thousands of Japanese troops remain to be dug out ot mountain positions before the big southern Philippine island can be consid ered won The enemys Mindanao garrison once estimated at 50000 troops was bisected Wednesday when Ihe 31st infantry division sweeping north along the Sayre highway met the 40th and America divi sions which came down from Slac ajalar bay Associated Press Correspondent Richard Bergliolz reported leas their near im 12 othcrsThe word aluta recent headquar that they have al Th T Japanese 35th army Assured The Japanese pulled mto the hills tvvolhirds o thc of the mem nations After that point however the shoe will be on the other foot The big boys among nations will need twothirds to win affirma tive approval of the Yalta for mula That means Hie small nations may have to decide in effect whether they want a united na tions organization with the veto or no organization at all The tentative statement drafted by Hie United States Britain Russia arid China as the original backers of the Yalta formula is about 12 paragraphs long and de signed in the opinion of its authors to put the veto issue into perspec tive It argues 1 Even though it requires unanimity among the big powers on decisions regardingthe settle ment of disputes it is an advance over ihe old League ot Nations re quirementwJbicb required unan imity amonc all member nations 2 Small nations on the 11 mem ber security council would have some veto authority themselves Affirmative votes by 2 of them would be required to make up the specified majority of 7 3 If the big5 representing about half the population of the world did not have the veto then half the worlds peoples might be outvoted on the council by nations representing a much smaller frac tion of the population The argument advanced for re taining the veto over investigation and peaceful settlements of dis putes is Those steps in any case may be preliminary to a decision to use force the great powers therefore should be in agreement from the inception of any trouble While the behindthescenes ar gument raged over control of force another conference commil tee decided Thursday to defer un til its next session a vote on a French and Australian proposal that the security organizations should always have air land and sea forces at its call for instanta neous action The Dumbarton Oaks formula provided only that air forces should bo held in constant readi ness although other land sea and air contingents would be prompt ly available SeventyEour women medical officers now serve in the TJ S army holding the ranks of ma jors captains and lieutenants ice elements met near that ture was lightly opposed Splitting the island from north to south was largely a victory for the engineers Scores of enemy blasted bridges were rebuilt hast ily to keep the swift columns roll ing The campaign forced the Japa nese from the central plateau into mountains where the inevitable cave by cave clcanout now con fronts the doughboys The heaviest lighting on Min danao was north of Davao where the 24th division still was rooting out laststand Nipponese between the Davao and Talomo rivers Gen Douglas MacArthur said Friday the juncture in northcen tral Mindanao completed the Yank hold on the central road net ol the island Japanese troops in the in terior he reported in his com munique have been forced into the hills where throughout the island our guerrillas are elim inating his the enemy isolated garrisons The Mindanao campaign has reached the moppingup stage Organized resistanceceased in the IDO dam trap northwest of Manila on Luzon island Bitter fighting still was in progress but a headquarters spokesman said the Japanese no longer were under central control To the north 3 Yank divisions maintained steady pressure along the important Balete pass closely supported by bombers and fight ers Formosa took another heavy aerial pasting Escorted heavy and medium bombers dropped 235 tons of bombs on air bases railway yards barracks and industrial plants Two 5th air force Liberators flying up Chinas Yangtze river sank or damaged 5 freighters the largest of 5000 tons A navy privateer set 9 Japanese landing craft afire 60 miles north west of Foochow The 13th air force and 7th fleet sent 90 planes against Borneo tar gets An 8000ton freighter was sunk at Balifcpapan Australian troops on New luinea captured Cape Moern 4 miles west of Wewak A strange sidelight on that campaign was the finding of 7000 small boxes of Japanese ashes at Winvui Mis sion 3 miles south of Wewak The ashes were believed to be those of ttm ware cremated Japanese dead from houses of thehighly important fighting bombing and disease J since the Nipponese landed in that sector in December 1942 Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy 550 B29s Attack Capital Still Burning From Wednesday Strike Washington big fleet of Superfortresses rained fire on Tokyo Friday as 20th airforce headquarters announced the loss of 12 B29s in Wednesdays record attack It was the heaviest loss yet suf fered by a B29 mission The 13 Superfortresses were shot down out of a 530plane fleet the biggest Jhus far sent asalnst the Nipponese capital A heavy concentration of anti aircraft fire was primarily re sponsible headquarters here re ported adding that fighter plane opposition was less severe The highest previous loss was in midApril when 11 planes went down under enemyaction during a Tokyo attack In that instance however the percentage of loss was higher because fhe size of the force was smaller Fridays raid on the stillflamlne capital was carried out by per haps as many as 500 of the bir warplanes The Nipponese capital slill was burning from the record 550plane fire raid early Thursday Japa nese time inwhich preliminary reconnaissance photographs show ed at least 32 square miles of the Shinagawa industrial center was damaged by fire Haze and smoke obscured pic tures and Maj Gen Curtis E Le mays headquarters said consider able additional damage probably was inflicted The target area lor Fridays task force that struck shortly aft er Japanese L time about 10 a m Friday CWT was south central Tokyo bor dered on the north by the im perial palace and on the south by the Shinaguiva area bombec Thursday Fridays target area runs west ward from Tokyo Boy through the citys equivalent of Chicagos Slate street department store and office building district On the outskirts of the Ma runouchi district is the Imperial hotel designed by the American Architect Frank Lloyd Wrirhl which survived the 1923 earth quake Major government build ings also are situated there One end of the Ginza which is the citys Broadway runs into the The new area to fall under the B29 bombsights probably has the best built and most modern buildings in Japan These include the nations largest socalled fire proof and earthquakeproof office structures Damage achieved in this strike will be the supreme test of the effectiveness of the new fire bombs which have laid waste al ready 359 square miles ofTokyo in 6 previous incendiary raids In the target area also are piers docks wharves and ware sector of Tokyos waterfront north of the Shinagawa rail mar shalling yards bombed Thursday Outside the Marunouchi busi ness district the target area is known to include several im portant war plants producing air JUST LIKE SNOWFALL Benjegerdes 9 and Joyce Tietjens 9 farm children living west of Manly came town to attend Bible school and found hailstones on the ground a foot deep 10 hours after the storm SHOVELS Gawey found 6 inches of hail on her sidewalk at 9 oclock Friday morning and she got some brisk exercise shoveling it off The roof of the house was ruined windows broken and leaVcs stripped from trees ALL GLASS Rothmel of Manly finds al Uie glass broken in windows on the east side of his house Everybody in town was fixing windows Friday Several cars got stuck in hailstones on streets REPAIRING DAMAGEG L Harnack left and Victor Harnack are repairing damage done to windows of Bethel Evangelical church at Manly after Thursday nights hail storm fcot a single street light in town wa unbroken   

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