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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 28, 1945, Mason City, Iowa                                HISTORY DES KOJ or AN0 NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Associated Presi and United Presi Full Leased wires IFlvo Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JULY 28 1915 NO 15 DIE AS B25 HITS EMPIRE STATE LANES BLAST AP WARSHIPS AT NAVAL BASE 29990 Ton Japanese Battleship Destroyed in PreInvasion Attack YOUTHFUL BATHING BEAUTIESPeggy smring instructor at Clear Lake reviews a lineup of some of her pupils from the splasher class The young men standing m the water and casting appraising glances are David Entner and Mike Overland The junior pinups from left to right are Linda Falkenheimer Marcia Goettsch Mary Phillips Mary Jane Miller Nancy Noll Marlene Belthius Susan Overland Ina Lee Beth and Juciie Heiffner Rosemary Josten Lock photo K A engr INSIDE WASHINGTON McLean House Offered For Gls Capitol Club By HELEN ESSARY Central Press Columist Washington Mrs E y a 1 y n Walsh McLean has offered her residence at 2020 Massachusetts avenue Washington to war veter ans as a club house The Massachusetts avenue home of the fascinating Mrs McLean Washingtons most exciting host ess has been used for the past few years as a Ked Cross center Now Mrs McLean thinks the need of the hundreds of returning veter ans for a central gathering place is so great that the District of Col umbia Chapter of the American Red Cross society will be glad to relinquish its occupancy The Red Cross society has paid no rent on the house The taxes far from small approximately a have been carried by Mrs McLean and will continue to be carried when the veterans take the place over Twenty twenty Massachusetts avenue is a fine old house It was built by Mrs McLeans father Thomas F Walsh the fabulous bonanza king Records show the house cost Quite a sum of money in 1903 when the man sion was completed and its doors were first opened for an era of elegant hospitality at The Walsh House The Walsh House was then one of the few really luxurious resi dences in the capital Its location on the edge of Dupont Circle was the smart address of Washington and continues to be an important residence neighborhood Tom Walsh spared no dollars and cut no corners in making his Washington home as near a palace as the taste of the day allowed He went even further than his con temporaries in such handsome features as a very rare crystal chandelier imported marble man tels and carved woodwork Mrs McLean has taken most of the furniture from the Walsh House to her Georgetown estate Friendship Undoubtedly how ever there will be ways of fur nishing Walsh House to suit the wishes and needs of a Veterans club At present there is no spot ir Washington which returning fight ing men can call their own Hole space continues to be very scarce indeed The Massachusetts avenue house will easily accommodate 25 men in its bedrooms The down stairs of 2020 is spacious Large drawing rooms libraries and din ing rooms will make agreeable recreation rooms and cafeterias Part of the Tom Walsh mansion is already being used for the en tertainment of wom9n governmen workers This building was the olc carriage house and garage anc stables Now known as the Walsh club it has been a charming anc badly needed center for women war workers newly come to the capital CAA Gives Approval for Mason City Airport Lights True Light Certificate Given to As Bid for Plane Stop In Buffalo Bills time there wa no market for the meat of the buffalo which was left to ro where it lay after the skins had been removed its approval of he lighting of the Mason City municipal airport and a certifi cate of a true light has been awarded according to Mayor Howard E Bruce which will clear final objections to airlines stopping in Mason City Information of the approval las been submitted to MidCon inent Airlines acceptance through Vfason Citys airways consultant at Minneapolis as the first step in getting the big planes to land at the local airport Mason Citys port has already seen approved on the north south MidContinent line as soon as the port was in readiness for day or night landing The true light was turned on at the port Friday night and remain on continuously each night from now on Runway lights are turned on only in the event of landing or takeoff The granting of the approval of the true light by CAA is one of the milestones in getting the huge airport into activity next in importance perhaps to the ac tual construction of the port for the turning on of this light means in fact a complete port Japs Hold First Free Election at Tinian Camp Churo Tinian free general first in Tinians history was held here Saturday by Japanese and rean civilian refugees Supervised by the American military govern ment the voting drew 90 per cent of eligible males to the polls Campaigning was spirited with gifts of cigarets food and other favors frequent in the competi tion for 10 Japanese and 4 Ko rean council seats Dies While Swimming Spirit Lake B W Jones county coroner said Victor R Johnson 82 of Duluth Minn died of a heart altack Friday while swimming in West Okoboji lake Johnson had been visiting here with his son A R Johnson operator of a West Okoboii lake hotel Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Saturday night and Sunday Warmer Sunday Iowa Fair Saturday through Sun day except thundershowers near Mississippi river Saturday morning Slightly cooler Satur day and warmer Sunday Minnesota Fair Saturday night and Sunday Warmer Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 84 Minimum Friday 61 At 8 a m Saturday 62 Precipitation in Mason City Friday 26 YEAR AGO Maximum 84 Minimum 52 ATTLEE GOES POTSDAM New Prime Minister Is Freshman Member London fP Prime Ministe Clement R Attlee went to Pots dam Saturday as the freshman member of the big 3 Herbert Morrison new Ion president of the council and Alt lees principal undersludy wa left in charge of the country Attlee departed after he senior members of his cabinet named Friday night took the oatl from Kinff George VI With Attle away it seemed unlikely tha other members of the new labo party cabinet would be announce over the weekend Morrison and Ernest Bevin longtime trade union leader who i the new foreign secretary nr destined to play principal role in the government that ouste Winston Churchill Morrison wi devote most his time to leadin labors 2 to 1 majority in common He will also be responsible fo the parliamentary timetable an will preside over the cabinet i Attlees absence Attlee addressed the meetini which was held in private The new government leader were sworn in after several mem bers of Winston Churchills gox ernment saw the king and r Hnquished their seals of office Attlees selection of the 6 labo party stalwarts as the nucleus ills cabinet was hailed by th British labor press as constituin a new deal in British govern ment The rest of the cabinet will b named later Chief among the liew cabin members received by the king blunttalking Ernest Bevin 64 bi spectacled 250 pound trade union leader who succeeds Anthony Eden as Britains foreign secre tary Bevin who said shortly be fore his appointment that he thought blunt Lancashire better than polished diplomatic phrases in present international relations will accompany Altlee to Pots dam Attlee himself took the posts of minister of defense and first lord of the treasury which were also held by Churchill Other cabinet selections were Hugh Dalton chancellor of the exchequer Herbert Morrison lord president of the council and leader in the house of commons Arthur Greenwood lord privy seal Sir Stafford Cripps president of the board of trade Sir William Allen Jowitt lord chancellor BULLETIN Sail Francisco War orrespondent Ray Clark broad ast Saturday that the city of Ogaki one of the 11 Japanese war ities listed for attack in Fridays lotd new policy announced by the L S 20th bomber command was bombed Sunday Japanese By LEONARD MILLQIAN Associated Press War Editor Coordinated preinvasion air tlacks on Japan which have al eady virtually wiped out the im lerial navy and 150 square miles f war producing cities blasted 3 Nipponese warships and scores of airfields Saturday Perhaps 1000 American and trilish carrier airmen struck for he 3rd time this week in their elentless campaign to transform ivure from Japans greatest naval lo the empires largest ship ping graveyard They reported the 29990 ton lattleship Hyuga lay in the mud her decks awash and her super tructure burned a w a y The Hyuga was one of 26 warships isted by Admiral Nimitz as dam aged in earner sweeps Tuesday and Wednesday along Theinland sea Altogether 238 surface craft and 290 airplanes were destroyed or damaged in those 2 days At least 3 of the warships were hit again Saturday Hundreds of P51 fighter planes Iwo Jima were reported airdromesaround Tokyo EYEWITNESS REPORT By JAMES IV IRIVIN Written for the United Press New York about 10 a m Saturday I was sitting alone in my office on the 75th floor of the Empire State building Outside the windows there was a dense log The roar of airplanes going overhead is a familiar sound to those of us who have offices in this giant structure But Saturday morning I heard one coming that seemed to be headed right my way I ran into the hall as the roar increased Just as I hit the hall the plane struck A girl elevator operator had just opened the door of the elevator shaft on my floor The blast blew her all the way across the hall She is in the next office as I dictate this to the United Press No first aid has reached us yet We are isolated I am told that the plane struck the building several floors above my office That would be hard to tell from hereThe halls are still so full of fumes that we are afraid to use the stairs There are at least 11 other casualties on this floor alone Mostly women some of them badly burned The screaming and general hubbub up here is so terrific that I can hardly hear over the telephone but now things are quieting down All of my windows are gone and the hallways are littered with glass I dont want fo claim too much but I must say that I am not too surprised at what has happened We hear these planes all the time and frequently they sound like they are coming awfully close Fortunately the building was not too full of tenants this morning because so many people take Saturday off I dont know what hap pened to the people on the floor where the plane struck This was a variable foggy morning Sometimes I could see other buildings in the neighborhood and then the fog would close in and 1 couldnt see anything That is the way it was when I heard the plane roaring in It was spitting rain Now at I can hear noises from the street below Glass seems to be falling continually Returning to my office after the blast I saw how lucky it was that I got out into the hall I would have been full of splintered glass if Id been in here when it hit The first firemen have reached us on the 75th floor They came panting up the stairs and said anybody who was able could start walking down the 75 flights They said the fumes were clearing out Bomber Crashes Into 79th Story New York B25 BiJly Mitchell bomber roar ng low across Manhattan from a northwesterly direction rashed into the 79th floor of the 102story Empire State luilding at a m Saturday and immediately burst into n inferno of flame Bodies of 12 of them charred beyond rccogni recovered Police and other unofficial estimates ilaced the death toll as high as 15 Mayor F H La Guardia said an army official at the Newark airport told him the army bomber was enroute from Bedford Mass where it had arrived from Sioux Falls S Truman to Seek Majority Vote Approval in Charter Asks Both House and Senate Ratification of Future Agreements Organize Clubs DCS Moines More chairman of the state democratic central committee was authorized at a meeting of young democrats here Friday to appoint a commit tee to organize young democratic clubs by counties in the 8 Iowa congressional districts Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy from raking blasted last week by carrier forces Superforfs showered warnings to civilians to flee from 11 Japa nese industrial cities marked as new B29 targets The bis bomb ers have blasted more than 150 square miles of industrial Japan 20th air force headquarters an nounced after photographs showed 3 more Tsuruua and Kuwana were from 64 to Si per cent wrecked In the face of this pounding Gen Jiro Minami head the Nipponese totalitarian party con ceded Japan might be whelmed by armed force but the people of the Rising Sun would fight to the last Thiswas the first semiofficial rejection of the Potsdam ultimatum for uncondi tional surrender which the Tokyo press ridiculed as preposterous nonsense and bluff Saturdays carrier attacks cen tered again on the Inland sea and the great Kure naval base ran into the heaviest opposition en countered in the 19 days Adm Halseys combined American British Pacific flee has been op erating off the coast of Japan Waves of dive bombers torpedo planes and fighters streaked through intense antiaircraft fire to score direct hits with 1000 pound bombs on battered but still floating warships in Kures har bor Several were left flaming furiously We really smacked said one pilot returning from the 3rd attack this week on Nippons largest naval base The imperial fleet had already been pared down until it had no surface force left that couldnt be handled by one American de stroyer force unassisted Asso ciated Press War Correspondent Morrie Landsberg reported from Guam that all the 10 battle ships Japan had when the war started have been knocked out of action The Tuesday Wednesday car rier sweep alone damaged 2B warships including 6 carriers 3 Sev and smaller craft were sunk 4 prob ably sunk and 135 damaged All were medium sized or small Japan has no large ones left Also heavily hit were ground installa tions and transportation including 21 locomotives knocked out The cost was 40 American air men and 42 planes 12 British fly ers and JO planes In 19 days Halseys forces have destroyed or damaged 796 surface craft and 862 planes More of each were added Saturday and General MacArthur listed 12 caught by his bombers in other waters Typical of the fierceness with which the Yanks hit Saturday one pilot scraped ground as he came out of a 6000 foot dive and brought back a little of the sacred soil of Japan clingin to the wheels of his plane Other Superforts rained pamph lets on 11 Japanese cities warning civilians to run to the hills before the B29s struck Washington IP President Tru man made known Saturday he will seek majorityvote approval of both thp house and senate for any agreements reached under the United nations cnarter alternative would be sub mission of a treaty to She senate alone which would require a two thirds vote for ratification From Potsdam the president dispatched a message as the sen ate neared vote on ratification of the 50nation agreement for a world organization It was ad dressed to Senator McKellar D senate presiding officer Action on legislation requires only a majority vote of both houses Charter sponsors generally have favored this course as op posed to a treaty sent only to the senate and needing a twothirds majority The military agreements refer red to would allocate American troops to the proposed world se curity council to be available along with those of other nations lo act in the interests of maintain ing world peace if the council voted to move Just 25 days after he 50nation agreement for the formation of a peace keeping organization was signed in San Francisco members were ready to reverse the stand the senate took 25 years ago in rejecting Americaji entry into the league of nations Even Sen Morse R who wouldnt agree to fixing an hour for a roll call left the road open He told a reporter he doesnt want to hold up action on the to Newark The plane The control tower at LaGuardia ield disclosed that the pilot had seen warned only a few minutes efore the crash that the Empire State tower could not be seen and hat he should fly according to over the city The air ways traffic control a federal agency which controls air traffic said that 1500 to 2000 feet was the minimum called for in the resolutions The first 2 injuries reported were those of Kay Oliver an ele vator operator and John Mate They were on the 79th floor and were reported badly burned charter which he supports 1L merely wants every senator who desires to talk about it lo havi a full say Democratic Leader B a r k 1 e y Ky said every senator wouli have his chance to talk Seven were listed for formal speeche in a day beginning at 9 a m central war time 2 hours earlie than usual The seriate is in the mood t vote on this charter Barfcley de Glared The vote may be unanimous Sen Johnson K lone re corded opponent was ill and no expected to appear Meanwhile Sen McKellar D the presiding officer an nounced he had received a cable gram from President Truman at Potsdam saying he will present the military agreements to fulfill the charter to congress for its ap proval This question has aroused considerable discussion in debate on the charter The issue was whether the pact would be executed as an execu tive agreement or would be sub mitted lo congress either as a resolution requiring only major ity approval of both houses or as a treaty requiring a twothirds vote by the senate The agreement with the secur ity council would define use of American troops in the proposed postwar peace organization Big 3 Nears Near Final Agreement Potsdam Big 3 con ference neared its climactic stage Saturday and the conviction per sisted that the final conclusions may be signed within the next lew days Clement R Attlee Britains new prime minister was due back ac companied by Ernest Bevin his newly appointed foreign secretary Attlees decision to return to the meeting promptly clearedawaj misgivings over possible undue prolongation of Hie session which the future of Germany and of devastated Europe is at stake There was no official announce ment concerning the duration ol the conference but the feeling prevailed that it would be con luded some time next week at le latest Despite the surprise here at the iverwhelming defeat of the hurchill government neither the United States nor the soviet dele appeared lo have been un prepared for that eventuality Accident Victim Keokuk Azinger 16 son of Mr and Mrs Ed Azinger Keokuk was injured fatally Fri day when the motorcycle which he was riding and an automobile col lided in the westend residential district battleships and 4 cruisers entytwo merchant ships Mason City Golf and Country Club Is Sold to New Group Lloyd R Beck Heads New Corporation Changes Hands Nov 1 Articles of incorporation are being filed for the Mason City Country club a new corporation formed to acquire the present Mason City Golf and Country club properties consisting of a 110 acre 18hole golf course and club house The property is being pur chased from George and Louise Streeter owners of the stock of the Mason City Golf and Country club Heading the new corporation ore LJoyd R Peck president Paul S Pritchard vice president and Carl O Klath secretary treasurer The board of directors consists of the following F R Fockler Frank J Enbusk Erdix Swift Lloyd R Peck A C Frisk Paul S Pritchard George S Marty Carl O Klath and B A Webster The new corporation will take over the Country club Nov 1 at the conclusion of the 1945 sea son The transaction marks the re tirement of Mr and Mrs George Streeter from the management of the Country dub which they have operated for the past 30 years the last 10 years as their own es tablishment Substantial improvements have LLOYD R PECK New Corporation been added by the Streeters thi past decade outstanding of which is the addition of the Lark room The real estate transaction wa handled by Richard Romey of the Romey Realty company Harvey J Bryant represented the new corporation and Garfield Breese Mr and Mrs Streeter Mr and Mrs Streeter will con tinue to live in Mason City ACCUSES PETAIN OF DEALINGS French General Says Marshal Wanted Nazis Paris Paul Andn Doyen testified Saturday tha Marshal Henri Philippe Petain jrged French collaboration with he nazis even after the sensa ional arrest of Pierre Laval ii December 1040 Doyen was head of the French armistice commission clclegatioi n 194041 He testified at retain reason trial that after the arres of Laval for his temporary bail shment from the Vichy regime he received a letter signed byth old marshal which said Lavals departure does not mean the end of collaboration with the Germans This will continue as before Bald 72 year old Michel Clem enceau son of Frances 1st World var Tiger opened the 6th day of testimony as the states 5th witness Doyen followed him Petain shuffled listlessly into the French high court and sat slumped impassively in his chair as the witnesses testified Clcmenceau his white waxed mustache bristling by inference accused Petain of guilt in the im prisonment of Former Premier Paul Reynaud and the assissina lion of Georges Mandcl Rey nauds interior minister He told of visiting Reynaitd and Mandel in their portalet fortress prison before alas for them they were handed over to the Germans by Petain and sent to a German prison Reynaud escaped German justice but you all know what happened to Mandel Who is to blame in this horri ble affair He who guided the criminals hand These men told me We only want justice Clemenceau said he went to see Petain in Vichy A colonel in Pe tains military setup told him the marshal had no confidence in the people arovmd him and did not appear to be interested in what was going on around him While in Vichy Petain asked him said to stay for dinner But he he replied in the French idiom that I dont eat in 2 mang vas believed by the army pokesmau to have 3 passengers Lt Col W FSmith Jr of New Bedford Mass a mechanic iden ified as Sgt Dimilrivich and an unidentified naval officer who md hitchhiked a ride Several stories near the level vhere the plane hit were engulfed n flame and horrified hundreds of spectators far below ran and uddled lor shelter in doorways as debris showered down over a vide area from the crash scene at 34th street and Fifth avenue Those killed mostly were per sons at work in 79th floor offices vhen the plane struck The 12th body that of Paul Dearing of Buffalo N Y was on he offset of the 72d floor Mgr Patrick A OBoyle of the Na ionnl Catholic Welfare confer ence said Dearing was seated at desk only a few feet from where he plane struck and was blown 7 stories down Dcnring first identified ns a re jorter for the Buffalo Courier Express as a publicity man for he conference Eleven of the building ibove and below the 86th floor ot hc lowering structure were in Ilames and the spire of the build ing soon was enveloped in a vast smoky foggy screen Flaming gasoline and fumes pouredinto the building through a huge scar on the 34th street side and n soldier vho saw it said it looked like a flame thrower in action Showers of broken glass ma sonry and other objects flew into the air and broken glass splat tered into 5th aVenue as far south as 20th street When the fog Ufled briefly 45 minutes after the crash 1he bomb er could be seen still wedged amid the flames A naval officer on the SOlh floor of the structure located at 34th street and 5th avenue said he be lieved part of the plane sheared off when it struck passing com pletely around the tower and land ins on the south side A building on 33rd street was set afire and parts at the plane were found Fire Commissioner Patrick Walsh said 4 tennnnts were killed on the 79th floor and one on the 78th floor The commissioner said 2 elevators crashed from the 80th floor to the basement at the time of the accident He added that from one of them 2 persons were taken out a man and a woman He said he believed one person still was trapped in the other lift A naval officer who declined to give his name said the building swayed as though it was struck by a typhoon A man who was on the 70th floor describing the crash said The buildimr moved about 2 feet Bits of it bcffan to fall Ele vators were stopped Crowds of those in the office were ushered to stairways and some had to be assisted down the stairs Meantime thousandsof persons gathered in Fifth avenue but po lice stopped traffic at 39th street The bomber passed over La Gunrdia field shortly before the crash and the pilot radioed a re quest for weather conditions stat ing he wanted to land at Newark N J The plane was enroute from MiKsachusetts it was reported at LaGunrdin airport D K De Neuf of Huntingdon NT Y who saw the crash said the bomber seemed to have only one ensine in operation just before it hit Mayor LaGunrdia arrived at the building shortly after the crash shook his head and said Low flying low flying Father Swanstron of the Na lional Catholic Welfare council said the plane stuck at the 79th floor ot the councils windows I saw 4 bodies burned to a crisp he said There were 20 persons in the office Many ot hem cot out I dont know hosv mnny When Mayor LaGuardia camo down from the upper floors he said It was like an oven 1 was on the 77th 78th and 79th floors There was a hole in the north wall of the 79th floor There was a propeller blade 40 feet from the gash in the wall There were 4 bodies there The mayor said which encircled the the flames crash were ers meaning he did not serve 2 j brought under control within 10 masters minutes   

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