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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 2, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTOHY AND ARCHIVES OES MO INCs 1 A Trlt NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY THIS CONSISTS OTWO t jitJTiij k Or TWO SECTIONS M SECTION ONENO 148 JAPS LAND TROOPS ON WEST BURMA Attack Apparently Mad to Halt Sorties Against North Supply Routes By JOE AtEX MORRIS United Press Foreign Editor An armada of British bomber several hundred struck across naziheld western Europe during the night The heavy attack extended from the suburbs of Paris across Bel Eium and Holland and deep inti Germany The assault evidently was aimed at crippling and disrupt ing the supply centers of Ger manys anticipated spring drive on Ihe Russian front and at pre venting German naval forces from interfering with the flow of BritishAmerican aid to Russias Arctic ports The aerial attack which ap pears to have been one of the big gest yet undertaken by the RAF coincided with a continuation o the navalair struggle for contro of the Arctic route of supply to Russia and mounting signs tha Adolf Hitler may be ready to start his springoffensive on the southern Russian front Attacked by the British armada Which included longrange bomb ers of the latest of them undoubtedly from the Unitet nazioperated war in the tar gets in Belgium and Holland airdromes railroad centers and docks and shipping at Le Havre big Frenchport Some of the planes dropped mines in waters to bottle up German Uboats and naval units from attacks on allied convoys along the northern supply route similar to one last weekend in which five nazi warships and submarines were either sunk or damaged along the route to Murmansk by British warships guarding a large convoy Indicating the size of the attack ing British aerial force the British air ministry admitted that 15 its planes had failed to return The Germans claimed to have brought down only 10 of the planes par ticipating in what they called a nuisance attack One of the chief targets the big Matford factory 10 miles northeast of Paris which makes motor trucks needed by the Ger mans for their armies on the Rus sian fronts Under the light of a full moon the raiders were said to have dropped large demolition bombs of new type on the Matford plants previously bombed by the RAF on March 8 A Vichy report said the British planes also attacked factories in the western Paris suburb of Reuil RUSSIAN BATTLES CONTINUE TO RAGE The battles on the Russian iront whose outcome may be im portantly affected by the stepped up British aerial blows raged with unabated ferocity according to soviet dispatches More German reinforcements including occupation troops shift ed from France were reported by the Russians to be moving info he Crimea and the Donets basin in preparation for a spring of fensive aimed at smashing through 1o the east with graver menaces for Turkey and India The Germans are expected to begin Iheir big assault in he south with an estimated I 250000 troops attempting to take the Crimean center of Scmstopol which has been un der siege for 151 days Russian accounts told of batter ing the Germans back in the north around Leningrad where 3000 Germans were killed and 22 blockhouses seized in a twoday batfle B e w Leningrad the trapped 16th German army in the Staraya Russa region was said to nave lost 1800 men in a new at tempt to break out of the red armys ring of encirclement On central front the Russians said they had cleared the enemy from large areas in the Vyazna re gion IOWAN IS CHOSEN CHICAGO W Peterson special agent of the federal bu reau of investigation at Boston has been named operating direc tor of the Chicago crime commis sion He was born in Iowa and was graduated from Parsons col lege Fairfield Iowa British Air Armada Blasts WestEu EXTENDED AREA IS COVERED IN RAPS ASSAULT Damage in German City Published in the March 5 1942 edition of a German Picture of bomb damage inflictedby on a street in the business quarter of Aachen Germany This picture7 was copied from the being sent to the Sed f UNIDENTIFIED BODY FOUND Kossuth County Officials Seek More Information county ol icials are seeking information and further identification of the sody of a man about 55 years old and thus far identified only as Deafy Anderson who was found dead in the Whittemore stock yards Tuesday The man seemed almost unknown to Whittemore residents and is believed to have drifted there when he became ill Other transients one of whom dentified himself as Edward ink told officers they found him Tuesday morning and believed he lad suffered a heart attack By he time a doctor had been noti fied and reached him the man was dead It Is believed that death oc curred about a m There vcre no personal effects found on lis body and was found in lis pockets County Coroner Dr R A Evans of Algona investigated and re ported the man to be a resident of the road The body was takes o Marion Hyink Whittemores embalmer and arrangements are eing made to turn the body over o the state medical department 10 claim for the body by relatives s made within the required period of time Run Over by Train Lives to Tell Tale OMAHA Omaha boy as run over by a locomotive and nother leaped 15 feet off a rail vay trestle to avoid being hit and oth lived to tell the tale Thurs ay Donald Travato 12 and Walter vash Jr were sitting on a irder extending between two ets of tracks on a trestle watch ng the trains pass After a train roared by on one rack they climbed on the other et without noticing an approach ng engine Walter yelled and jumped over he side Donald was knocked to the ties etween the tracks and the engine assed over him as he lay un onscious Donald suffered a severe scalp laceration on his left leg nd bruises while Walter escaped a fractured left wrist feuy your defense savings stamps rom your Globe Gazette carrier oy or at Ihe GG business office AYRES BEGINS WORK IN GAMP Movie Star Faces Labor in Conscientious Objectors Schedule WYETH Ore in the timbered Cascade mountain coun try started Thursday for Holly woods Lew Ayres who chose life in a conscientiousobjectors camp rather than enter military serv ice The slim 33 year old motion picture star of All Quiet on the Western Front and the Dr Kil dare series turned in Wednesday night wtih some 40 dormitory mates who came from farms work benches and office jobs From now until the end of the war Ayres will arise at 6 a m and leave for the woods at to hew trails make clearings need forest fires He has another assignment that of first aid which lie shares with another cnrollee His work day will end at 5 p m and his light must be out by 10 p m Three times a week he will be permitted toleave camp for walks in the woods In those woods he will hear the Columbia river will look through clearings at the river bank where a band of marauding Indians once massacred the settlers and where men of the United States army took up the pursuit 525000 FIRE LOSS LAMONI 525000 fire demolished the Banand Moon mill and hatchery here Thursday Moon the owner said the blaze which started in a brooder room of the frame struc ture also destroyed a large slock of feed and thousands of baby chicks Sharp Bataan Skirmishes Are Reported WASHINGTON wai department reported sharp skir mishes on the Philippines Bataa peninsula Thursday in the wake of the latest large scale Japanese attack on the AmericanFilipino defenders there Enemy artillery and dive bomb ers shelled and bombed the de fenders positions but no genera action followed Wednesdays bat tle a communique said Meanwhile intermittent air attacks continued around the clock on the Manila bay harbor defenses but the war depart ment said the Japanese bombers were forced to fly at such alti tudes their bombingwas inef fective At the same time the big guns of Fort Mills on Cor regidor Island engaged in a duel with Japanese batteries on the south shore of the bay if The communique said rieithei bombing nor shelling inflicted damage on the forts Japanese broadcasts in Tokio quoted imperial headquarters Thursday as claiming that anti aircraft batteries an airfield bar racks and other military estab lishments on Corregidor had been damaged beyond repair by re peated Japanese naval air attacks between March 24 and 31 PREDICT NATIVES WILL AGAIN RAID INVADERS AmericanFilipino troops have raided two Japanese bases on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao and military observers predicted that the in vaders would be attackedfre na tive fighters hidden in teak and ebony forests of the island One raid was on the hamlet of Digos 23 miles south of the main Japanese base at Davao A small force of V S troops burned 22 warehouses of food gasoline and ammunition de stroyed military equipment and escaped to the forest of Colo bafo some 10 miles to he west without losing a man The supplies were believed to be part of the stores the Japa nese are accumulating for the drive against New Guinea and Australia and such raids may up set the enemys timetable Units engaged were identified in the armys communique Wednesday as merely our troops with no indication of whether they were American or Filipino Some 250 miles west of across the Moro gulf a native Sulu unit fought to the heart of the important Japaneseoccupied city of Zamboanga in a surprise raid The Sulus destroyed several machinegun nests inflicted heavy casualties and withdrew unscathed apparently to the for ests just north of Zamboanga Mindanao has thousands of miles of rough country where na tive fighters can mass for sudden swamps and loresls of ironuood rattan leak ebony and juniper The Lanao Moros of the island already have 10000 bolomon sworn on the Soran to drive out the Japanese Weather Report FORECAST IOWA Somewhat colder Thurs day afternoon Thursday night r and Friday forenoon Thursday afternoon Windy MASON CITY Somewhat colder Thursday afternoon Thursday night and Friday forenoon Rather windy Lowest tem peratures Thursday night 32 MINNESOTA Colder Thursday afternoon and Thursday night not much change in temperature Inday forenoon IN MASON CITY weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 61 Minimum Wednesday night 37 At 8 a m Thursday 40 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 52 29 1350000070 REGISTER NEXT Census Bureau Makes Estimate of Men to Sign Up April 27 WASHINGTON UR More than 13500000 men from 45 to 65 years old must register April 27 for selective service to an estimate made Thursday by the census bureau Men in this age bracket total white and 1073400 bureau estimated Those born during the period April 28 1877Feb 16 1897 in clusive must register Their ages on registration day will range from 45 years and 70 days up to 60 years exactly A small proportion of this age group such as men already in the armed forces will not have to register rope KILLS 3 IN 24 HOURS IS GIVEN LIFE SENTENCE Youth Was Released From Prison 2 Weeks Before Rampage PONT1AC Mich nick Piccone 20 year old ex convict who killed three Michigan farmers in a wild 24hour mur derous rampage was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor and solitary confinement in circuit court here Thursday Michigan law provides no more severe punishment Piccone who was captured by slate police on a country road near Otisville Mich at a m Thursday was brought before Circuit Judge H Hussell Holland shortly before noon lie pleaded guilty o first de gree murder in the colablooded shootings of Cassius E Barber 71 in Barbers farm home 10 miles east of Oxford Mich Tuesday night W Piccone had threatened to kill Barber after the two engaged in an argument over spending money while the youth was employed on the farm as a paroled juvenile delinquent several years ago In a formal confession to Prose cutor Charles L Wilson an hour before he was taken into circuit court the youth told this story of his encounter with Barber Tues day Mr saidJits you and t said and I said I told you I was go ing to do it He raised up his PLAN NEXT COURSE IOWA CITY Univer sity of Iowas next civilian pilot training program will open about June I E C Lundquist of the engineering college who is in charge of the course reported The program will be expanded he said adding that details were not available hand and I shot He started to say dont and thats all the farther he got At the time Barber was shot Piccone already had slain Bar bers cousin Romaine C Potter 75 who had struggled with the youth in an attempt to prevent him from going to Barbers house Potter was killed in the Potter farm home a mile from Barbers Kidnaping 56 year old Roy Thorpe a farmer living nearby Ficcone forced him to drive on a wild 900mile journey through several sections of lower Michi gan and while they were stopped in a woods near Con cord Mich Piccone shot and killed Carl McKenzie 40 when he approached the spot Piccone and Thorpe were driv ing without a tail light showing on Potters car near Otisville early Thursday morning when they passed a state police car contain ing Troopers Roy Perkins and Jo seph Godlewski The triple killer made no move at resistance when the police overtook him and pointed sawedotf shotguns in his direction Following sentence of Piccone sheriffs deputies made immediate arrangements to lake the youth to southern Michigan prison at Jackson from which he was ic leased only two weeks ago atler serving a term for felonious as sault Formally charged with murder ng Barber his former employer and wanted as suspect in the ther two shootings Piccone had een sought since Tuesday night was then that Barber and Pot cr had been killed Early Thursday a state police car containing Trooper Perkins and companion officers was cruising in he vicinity of Otisville a Genesee ounty town some 45 miles from icre A car drove by with its ail light out A few minutes later Perkins said the shortwave radio from headquarters instructed them to look for such a car as one sus pected o be bearing Piccone and Roy Thorpe 56 a neighbor of the Oxford victims who was believed being held as a hostage by the killer Trooper Perkins said tlic car vas overtaken and stopped Pic one was seized without a strug gle and both he and Thorpe whom Perkins described as very nervous were returned to Pon tiac Fighting was reported drawing near Promc A afti u 0rCrrihaf a tra in the Toungoi u sector Arrow points to Akyab on the western Cripps Indian Chiefs Are Willing to Seek Compromise British Envoy Agrees to Postpone Departure as Negotiations Go On By H R STIMSON NEW DELHI India Sir Stafford Cripps special Brit ish envoy to India and the all India congress party indicated Thursday a willingness to negoti ate a compromise solution of the Indian independence problem The executive committee ot the party Indias most powerful po litical organization delivered Thursday night its detailedrrejec tion of a British offer of postwar dominion status in return for full war participation now under Brit ish fiuidance But it was understood that the committee also was drafting counterproposals to be submit ted to Cripps if the British war cabinet member so desires X By postponing his departure for home in the midst of the evident stalemate over Britains takeit or leaveit offer Cripps seemed to nave left the door ajar for nego tiation on counterproposals Before he did this and before it became known that the congress party committee was drafting a counterplan virtually all hope for the success of the Cripps mis sion had vanished Announcing that he was pro longing his stay a short lime Cripps said the points of diffi culty are coming down to fairly narrow limits and with goodwill we may be able to solve the diffi culties The implication was that Brit ain which had submitted her offer on a basis of allornoth ing might modify her terms lest the whole scheme be doomed by Indian opposition to some points Whether India already under he shadow of Japanese invasion would direct her own defenses Sheriff Spencer A Howarth of Oakland county identified Pic cone as a former convict who had served a prison term for at tempted rape in his home city of Highland Park a Detroit suburb Sheriff Howarth said Barber had testified against Piccone in connection with the rape case Howarlh said he was informed that Piccone had threatened Bar ber afterwards with the remark get you for this if its the last thing I do1 M VH USC A Hill appeared to be the crux of the ssue There were indications that Britain miglit give up her insist ence on keeping Indias defense in ier hands until after the war Cripps who had arranged to eave next Monday said he had postponed his departure because I think I can possibly do somo hmg useful next week He told a press conference that t was rather natural in a state of keen excitement that the peo ple tended to overcommit thcm clves in a particular direction at ather too early a But iic added I think that judging from what I Iiavc seen m the press this morninc that it is sobering doivn a little nosv to a more thoughtful frame of mind Cripps said there was no sub stitute for the plan on which India s divergent people have been deliberating but he parried in quiries about the possibility that they might win authority over their own defenses Asked whether if he had no power to agree to the appoint ment of an Indian defense minis ter he could obtain such author ity from his government the en voy replied I can obviousjy consult the cabinet at any moment if I con sider it necessary To the question whether he had referred that issue to his govern ment he answered I have kept his majestys gov ernment informed but I have not got any alternative scheme or plan on which to consult them The allIndia congress party working committee representing Indias Hindu majority hns ap proved its draft resolution on the British offer and it will be handed to Cripps Thursday night Advance predictions during the live days of the commiltecs de liberations had been that its ver dict would be unfavorable The committee has been summoned again for Friday morning pre sumably to discuss Cripps reaction to the resolution Reports 54 Funeral Shrouds Are Stolen From Parked Auto MINNEAPOLIS Walter L Gardner of 1105 Clark street Charles Cily Iowa report ed to police Thursday that thieves lac stolen 54 funeral shrouds from ins parked automobile Bar Public From Latter Day Saints Tabernacle SALT LAKE CITY public will be barred from the famed Latter Day Saints church tabernacle for the duration of the war Daily noonday recitals on he massive organ will be con mued but the audience will hear the programs from public address yslcin in the assembly hall nn ther structure on Temple square PROTECT MOVE AGAINST AKYAB BY 12 WARSHIPS Surprise Action May Be Attempt to Trap Allies in South Burma By KOBEKT P MARTIN CHUNGKING Cliina Thousands of Japanese troops protected by at least 12 warships have landed at the Burmese west coast port of Akyab only 75 miles from Indias border in an attempt to entrap allied troops in southern Burma a Chinese spokesman said Thursday The landing gave the Japanese possession of Burmas last port through which supplies for the BritishChinese forces in central Burma have been moving An estimated 5000 Japanese troops were disembarked in the first landings made 011 March 27 from four large transports the military spokesman said At least IB enemy ships were in volved in the operations The surprise landing constitutes not only n new threat to the al ready serious allied positions on the Promo and Toungoo fronts in Burma but to nearby India at a time when British and Indian na tionalist leaders are striving to avert a breakdown in negotiations on Indias detense The spokesman said the Japan ese warships protecting the land ing forces included two heavy cruisers three light cruisers five destroyers and two auxiliary ships Akyab is Burmas chief port on the Bay of Bengal about 75 miles from ILndias Bangal border and less than 350 miles by directlines across Jiie Bay of Bengal from some lime sector of south 3 Boys Play Hooky From School and One Is Drowned DES MOINES boys answering the call of spring and the great outdoors played hooky from junior high school Thursday and one of them drowned Lawrence Thomas 17 was the victim of the tragedy With Calvin Lee 17 and Fred Jones 14 he started off to school But the spring day was too much for them We thought wed be pretty smart sobbed young Lee to po lice One of the boys had gone back after a 22 caliber rifle Another got a loaf of bread Then the three trudged off westward to the DCS Moincs river On the way the boys shot three pigeons At the river one built a fire on the river bank while the others dressed cooking Seated about the pigeons lor the fire eating the boys spotted a wild bird in tree nearby Lcc picked up the fired Thc bird the eddying backwater at the mouth of a creeklike overflow draining off the nearby swamps Young Thomas went after the bird He waded into the shallow creek But he stepped too far flipping off into the deep river water I dont know whether he could swim or not lie had said he cocild a little Lee said I could swim belter and I tried to get to him hut I just couldnt swim in that stuH I couldnt reach him Calcutta The British abandoned this ern Burma Akyab is approximately 185 miles southwest of Promc on the Irrawaddy river key allied de fense point on the western flank in Burma where British forces arc dissine in to meet an anticipated strong Japanese as sault aimed at 1enanffyaung if Tlie Japanese occupied port lies about 300 miles northwest of Ran goon around which Japanese naval forces previously have been re ported after seizing the Andaman islands astride the Bay of Bengal approaches to India At Akyab the Japanese were barely 200 miles from Burmas main trunk railroad and in a po sition to strike at the rear of the allied defenders The Chinese spokesman said that the landings evidently were designed to outflank the entire western flank of the British and Chinese forces in Burma Thc landing he said may have influenced the British withdrawal on the Frame front i Sea Attack on Moresby Expected By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Meanwhile dispatches from Australia indicated that Japans nvasion forces in the southwest Pacific hailed in their attempted overland drive in New Guinea verc preparing to launch a sea jorne attack on the key allied base at Port Moresby only 300 miles across the Torres strait from Australia itself The Sydney Sun declared such an assault was suggested by recent movements of enemy ships which ire being constant ly attacked at Lac and Sala maua by the allied air forces V Lie and Snlammia lie on the northeast coast of New Guinea less than 20 miles above Port Moresby Thc Suns correspondent at united nations headquarters said eight fullyequipped Japanese di visions between 120000 and 150000 troops were massed in Java and at Singapore awaiting the signal for Japans next ma jor offensive The enemy forces were said to include large numbers of para chute troops Thc newspaper also reported that the Japanese were receiving considerable aerial reinforce ments threatening to challenge the air superiority won by United States and Australian flyers in the battle for the approaches to Australia FIKST NIGHT RAID MADE OX DARWIN A Brilish broadcast said Ameri can and Aussie flyers had de stroyed or crippled 96 Japanese ;