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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 4, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND NC COMP VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY APRIL 4 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONI v J A Jt A 4 VL JJ cat vvsiioiti I o i 5JLUT1UNS A ONE NO 150 U S BOMBERS SET FIRE TO CRUISER Searching Party Finds Body of Mrs Cecil Even Lewis 21 The body of 21 year old Mrs Cevil Evon Lewis 223 Fifth street northwest in Mason City was re covered in Clear Lake waters at a point between the Thayer fish ing resort and the island Friday afternoon at oclock Mrs Lewis drowned when a canvas boat capsized about 4 oclock Fri day afternoon Mr Lewis a government meat inspector at the Jacob E Decker and sons plant was rescued about a half jnile out from the Thayer resort and is recovering satisfac torily Lewis was rescued by Jake Thayer and Hed Kennedy Mrs Lewis body was recovered by a searching party headed by Percy Fistler and A R Huey using grappling hooks Charles Huey took the body from the water Assisting in drag ging the lake were H C OBrien Joe Hunt Dave Huey E E Lud wig John Baago Jake Thayer Red Kennedy Ed Davis and others whose names were not ob tained The body was taken to the Ward undertaking parlor in Clear Lake Mrs Lewis was the daughter of James West of Blakesburg southwest of pt tumwa where she was borri County Coroner Ralph E Smiley indicated no v inquest will be held Lewis taken to the office of Dr A B Phillips for treatment for cold and exposure asked his res cuers over and over again Wheres my wife Did you get her The Lewis couple who moved to Mason City last November had parked their car on the North shore a block and half beyond Bummies boat livery and appar ently launched their canvas boat there The first indication of trouble came when 16 year old Dale Baumgartner at Bummies place noticed there was no one sitting in the boat With no others at home at the Baumgartner estab lishment he dashed to the near by Thayer resort from where Thayer and Kennedy went to the rescue They found Lewis clinging precariously to the edge of the canvas boat as one of the men described it almost ready to drop The Lewis couple came to Mason City from Ottumwa Mrs Lewis had taught a country school near Ottumwa before her mar riage two years ago Her parents reside on a farm near Ottumwa Sing CECIL LEWIS in Clear La ike Blase Holdup Victim Tells Nervous Bandit to Take It CHICAGO A Gcrt zakin has been held up five times in recent months and is when a bandit enters his liquo store Friday night lie noted th gunman who held him up wa nervous His gun hand was shak ing Take it easy Gertzakin told the bandit You can have th money without any trouble t have been shot at twice night the gunman retorted o take it easy I might forget The he fled with Womans Body Recovered From Lake HUSBANDSAVEO AFTER CANVAS BOAT CAPSIZES Flying Fortresses Pound Japs in Bay of Bengal Ilying Fortresses American bombers of the type above with a cruising speed of more than 300 miles an hour made their first attack from bases in India and set fire to a Japanese cruiser and a troop ship and probably damaged two other ships The attack was made on vessels in Port Blair in the Andaman islands Sliding Scale to Limit Profits Proposed SENATE GROUP APPROVES BILL Cost Plus Fixed Fee Is Incorporated in War Fund Measure WASHINGTpN sliding scale for limiting profits under war contracts was approved by the senate appropriations com mittee Saturday as it reported out a new war fund measure carry ing more than 519000000000 Before agreeing upon the grad uated new profit limit proposal the committee rejected on a tie vote 1 to 8 a substitute proposal by Senators OMahoney DWyo and Overton DLa which would have given the war department navy department or maritime commission flexible authority to limit profits without any rigid schedules Chairman McKellar DTenn said the provision finally adopted was 01 compromise containing broad provisions of the Overton OMahoney amendment and one offered by Senator Thomas D Okla providing the new sliding scale Thomas claiming broad con gressional support for his slidiii scale profit limitation said his proposal would amount to a costplusfixed fee basis for all profits He added that it would give the little fellows a higher limit than the multimillion dol lar The Thomas proposal came be fore the appropriations commit tee as it considered recommenda tions for the new wartime ap propriation measure which passed the house carrying a rider limiting war contract profits to a flat 6 per cent The sliding scale provision would allow a profit up to 10 per cent on war contracts of S100000 and less and the profit ceiling would decrease on larger amounts until contracts above 550000000 would carry a profit limit of 3 per cent on that amount with 2 per cent on all above 550000000 MacArthur Asks for Divine Guidance in Leadership of Allies GENERAL M a cARTHURS HEADQUARTERS IN A U S TRALIA an Easter mes e sage General Douglas MacArthur r Saturday asked Divine guidance for his leadership in the forth coming struggle in the southwest Pacific The allied commander meanwhile continued conferences with Australian and American ie civil and military leaders in his vast organization task He planned to work through Easter which will be a particularly sober n holiday throughout Australia this year n 68 Lake Realtor Sticciumbs at Hoin6 Funeral Rites to Be Sunday Afternoon at Methodist Church CLEAR E Free man 68 realtor in Clear Lake for more than 30 years died at his home at aH South Second street about 2 oclock Friday afternoon following an illness of about three weeks He haiu been suffering from a heart ailment While he was associated with the firm of Freeman and Kenyon and later by himself he did much to popularize lake shore property for vacationers and summer resi dents Mr Freeman was born at Grundy Center Feb 1 1874 on a farm The family later moved to Worth county and from there to Clear Lake locating on a farm south of the lake He attended Clear Lake schools and became interested in real estate as a young man opening an office in Mason City with his brother C R Free man Later he moved o Draper S Dak and then returned to Clear Lake where he has since resided For the past two years had been president of the Clear Lake school board He was a member of the Masonic Lodge the Eastern Star and Rotary club Surviving Mr Freeman are his wife and three children a daugh ter Mrs Howard GalushaRiver side Cal and two sons Harry Freeman Jr and John Freeman both attending school and one granddaughter Rosemary Ga lusha Funeral services will be heldat 3 oclock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church at Clear Lake with the Rev Thomas B Collins in charge Burial wil be at the Clear Lake cemetery The body was taken to Ward s funeral home at Clear Lake HARRY E FREEMAN 10 JAP PLANES ARE SHOT DOWN DARWIN Australia ed nations air forces shot down six Japanese planes over Koepang Dutch Timor Friday and four more over Darwin it was an nounced Saturday Two additional Japanese planes were probably shot down in the Darwin aerial fighting it added Of the four definite Japanese losses over Darwin two were shot down by fighters and two others by antiaircraft batteries The announcement said the at tacking force was intercepted be fore reaching the target area and only a few bombs were dropped Two civilians were killed at Dar win but there was no property damage BRITAIN ITALY TRADE WOUNDED Prisoner Exchange Is Started at Western Turkish Port Smyrna LONDON and Italy started exchanging their sick and wounded prisoners of war Saturday when ships carrying the broken captives met at the west ern Turkish port of Smyrna Negotiations conducted through a third only as a protecting set in motion the machinery for the exchange the foreign office said In view of the nature of the operation further details can not be Riven at this stage but a full statement including the names of those repatriated will be issued when it is completed the announcement declared A British said the Italians to be repatriated will be far more numerous than the Brit ish from the inevitable fact that the British empire holds far more prisoners than Italy He insisted that the British side of the negotiations were being conducted on the lines of the Geneva and International Red Cross conventions on prisoners of war that the obligation to repat riate is absolute and takes no ac count of the relative numbers on either side Independent medical commis sions arc reviewing cases on both sides he added REPORT RAINS STARTING BERLIN From German Broad spokesmen said Saturday that temperatures have risen above freezing along the main Russian batllefronts and that the first heavy rains of spring have started in some places HELD FOR SEDITION Charged With Making False Statements to Help Foes of U S Di WASHINGTON William ludley Pellcy goatecd leader of the silver shirts was arrested Saturday on charges of distrib iting false statements intended to lurt the United States and pro mote the success of our enemies FBI agents pickcU him up in Darien Conn the justice de partment announced under di rect orders of Attorney General Biddle If convicted in a forth coming trial at the arrest warrant was issued at Noblcsville faces a possible sentence of 20 years in prison a fine of SI 0000 or both Seditious activities under the espionage act of 1917 was the for mal charge The department said that Policy lately had been serving as editor of the Galilean published by the Friendship Press of Indian apolis until it suspended publica tion when recent issues were de clared nonmailabc by the post office department Since the United States declared war the department charged Pellcy has made and caused to be distributed in the Galilean false statements intended to inter fere with the success of the mili tary and naval forces of the United States and intended to pro mote the success of our enemies An acknowledged antisemitic publicist Peltey has divided his time between publishing activi ties in Ashevllc X Car where he had his silver shirt head quarters and in Nobesvillc Ind Between limes he has been in volved in prosecution by North Carolina authorities on charges of violating the state blue sky law and in appearances as an urbane witness at congressional commit tee hearings He is currently ap pealing the justice department said from a prison sentence in North Carolina Nazis Broadcast Jap Claim That Bataan Line Has Been Pierced BERLIN From German Broad casts German radio quoting Japanese front reports from the Philippines said the American line on Bataan has been pierced by the Japanese and Gen eral Waimvrights troops are be ing hard pressed by Japanese tanks The German announcer went on to say that the fall of Corregidor fortress was expected at any moment since the water reservoir has been smashed by di rect bomb hiU and food supplies have nin JAP VESSELS IN ANDAMAN ISLES ARE ATTACKED Brereton Leads Assault Which Also Set Nippon Troop Transport Afire By JOE ALEX MORRIS United Press Foreign Editor BULLETIN WASHINGTON flJR The navy announced Saturday that U S submarines in the south west Pacific have sunk a Jap anese light cruiser prohably an other and damaged five other ships The light cruiser was sunk near Christmas island soutii of Java The other light cruiser was damaged in the same vicinity by a direct torpedo hit was tracked down by the suh and hit aeain The second shot was believed to have sunk the cruiser American flying fortresses stiff ened the allied front in the battle for Burma Saturday but Japanese shock troops were again pressing a costly advance toward the oil fields north of Prome Tlie first blows struck by big United States bombers under direction of Maj Gen Lewis II Brereton in India fell on enemy warships and transports in the Andaman islands south of Bur ma in the Bay of Bengal and on the approach to India One cruiser and a troop ship were hit and set afire and two other troops ships were believed damaged by the flying fortresses which defied Japanese antiair craft fire and fought oft enemy planes A New Delhi communique the first issued by U S air force headquarters InIndia said Major General Brereton the commander personally led the flying fortress attack on Japanese warships in the bay of Bengal Tlie communique said a squadron of the hujre Ameri can bombers defying intense antiaircraft fire blasted the enemys shipping at Port Blair in the Japaneseoccupied An daman islands Port Blair is 600 miles from Calcutta and 800 miles from Ceylon the nearest likely bases for the attack AH l aircraft returned safely the communique said JAPS CLAIM SUPERIORITY IN CENTRAL BURMA AIR But on the central Burma front the enemy claimed complete nir control and launched heavy bomb ing attacks on the British lines north of Prome on the ancient city of Mandalay and on two other unnamed towns At Mandalay an allied hospital was hit On the Frome front Hie enemy forces emerged from the jungle in a continuation of their flanking and infiltration opera lions and attacked British lines in the wake of aerial bombard ment V if The fighting was somewhere between Prome and Minbu which is at the southern entrance to the oil fields and a British communi que issued at New Delhi indi cated that the Japanese were making some progress in severe clashes On the eastern flank the Chi nese armies under Lieut Gen Joseph W Stilwell were reported striking counter blows having pushed southward again toward Toungoo and taken the Kyungon airdrome But it was acknowledged that the enemy was massing greatly superior forces on the Toungoo sector and the immediate positions were uncertain Tokio broadcasts claimed com plete air control and said that 104 allied planes were destroyed Burma from March 21 to 31 ALLINDIA CONGRESS IS ACUTELY AWAKE OF DANGER In India there was liltie that was factual or new to encourage belief that an agreement was near between the British war cabinet and the Indian nationalist leaders on Indian independence and aid in the war But at the same time the majority allIndian congress party emphasized for the first time that it was acutely aware of the danger of Japanese invasion and that India would be defended In that connection there was a new turn in the negotiations when he congress leaders dis closed that they had sousht the guidance of Mohandas G Gan dhi on the moves to be taken in event of a Japanese attack f Gandhi is an advocate of non violence but the congress leaders generally are in favor of fighting an invader and want Gandhis aid as spiritual leader of the masses Sharp Drop Predicted in Temperature By PAUL HANSELL DBS MOINES nut your old gray bonnet with the eannuffs upon Thats what youll need for the Easter parade The weather man turned out to be a killjoy Saturday Kiglit in the middle of one of those gorgeous days we lowans like to think can happen only in Iowa in springtime he jumped out with a horror story Mama isnt going to get to pa her new bonnet Sunday un less she wants to take a chance on it being ruined by even snow And it wont be much fun anyway because its going to be cold and squally So great is the coming change lie weatherman authorized radio broadcast of his forecast and warned farmers to protect live stock With the mercury standing at 72 at Des Moincs at noon the forecast was unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon for the en tire state with the temperature dropping sharply Saturday night and Sunday morning Freezing weather was reported in pros pect for the west and northwest Scattered showers also are forecast for Saturday night and Sunday morning changing to snow squalls in the northwest Fresh to strong winds arc coming to sail those new toppers in to a convenient mud puddle Friday nights low temperature was 41 at Ames and Fridays high wns 72 at Council Bluffs The shippers forecast was for low tem peratures Saturday night ot 28 in the northwest 32 in the north east and southwest and 50 in the southeast NAZISATTEMPT COUNTER DRIVES German High Command Declares Activity on North Front Increasing By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adolf Hitlers invasion armies slowly recoiling atter a winter of bloody setbacks were reported making very hard counter at tacks on the Russian front Satur day in evident preparation for the heralded nazi spring offensive The German hiph command said activity had increased on the northern front where a heavy battle was reported rag ing around loncbcsicffcd Len ingrad and acknowledged sov iet attacks on the Moscow and Ukraine fronts A bulletin from Hitlers field headquarters summarizing the first three months of 192 de clared the Russians had sufffered very heavy losses in men and material in an unsuccessful at tempt to shatter the German east ern front and during German of fensive operations Meanwhile Itussiin authori ties credited guerrillas with the slaughter of 800 Germans and aggressive action asiinst supply lines on the central front Satur day and several more settle ments were reported captured by the red army Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon Showers and much colder late Saturday night and Sunday forenoon turning to snow squalls with strong winds Pro tect livestock IOWA Unseasonably warm Sat urday afternoon becoming mud colder Saturday night and Sun day forenoon temperatures low ering to freezing in north and west portions Scattered show ers Saturday night ami Sunday forenoon changing to snou squalls in northwest portion Fresh to strong winds Protec livestock MINNESOTA Cold wave Satur day night and Sunday Much colder beginning over northwes portion early Saturday after noon extending over state Sat urday night and Sunday show crs Saturday afternoon chang ing to snow squalls Saturday night and Sunday fresh U strong winds Advise stockmen IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistic Maximum Friday 63 Minimum Friday night At B a m Saturday r0 At 2 p in Saturday 76 YEAR AGO Maximum 40 Minimum 3 Precipitation 23 NAVY REVEALS LANGLEY LOSS IN JAVA BATTLE Tanker With Survivors Also Sunk About 700 Reported to Have Died WASHINGTON The navy is announced that virtually un opposed Japanese bombers sank he aircraft tender Langley and wo other warships in the battle of Java but the southwest Pacific air tide was believed Saturday o be turning and navy ship Juilding is far ahead of losses About 700 officers and men were lost when the Lanslcy was sunk off Java Feb 27 and the naval tanker Pccos was sent to the bottom nearby on March 1 The Pccos had been carryins the Lanplcy survivors and only about onethird ot the crews of the two ships were saved the navy announced Friday night The old fashioned flush deck destroyer Peary was bombed and milk about Feb 19 at Darwin Australia going down with her Tuns firing The loss of life was Jclieved light Meanwhile fuller details ot an larlier engagement came to light It was disclosed that destroyer division 59 of the U S Asiatic Heet steamed back and forth hrougli a Japanese convoy in a Macassar strait night attack late in January sent a number cn 3my ships to the bottom with tor pedoes and pointblank gunfire and escaped with only minor dam age to one ship Naval observers pointed out that when the battle of Java was fought U S vessels were handi capped by lack of air support o w howeverthe growing strength oj American landbased units in northern Australia may reverse the picture Both fighters and bombers of General MacAr thurs forces siveep regularly over waters north of Australia where the Japanese effort in the south west Pacific has been concen trated The new sinkings brought to 25 the number of U S naval losses in the war Thus far ten destroyers one battleship three aircraft lender two coast guard vessels two tankers one target ship one carffo ship one uun hoat and two miscellaneous type vessels have been officially listed as sunk But the launching of 15 destroy ers a battleship two cruisers two aircraft tenders and T number of other naval craft since Pearl Har bor dwarfs these losses And tragic as they arc the losses became in significant when compared with the official published list of naval vessels under construction as of June 30 last by 17 battleships 12 aircraft carriers and 35 cruisers The Japanese on the other hand have lost al least 30 war ships including a battleship six cruisers and two airplane carriers Their rate of new building is be lieved to be only a fraction of that the United States From official and eyewitness accounts of the new sinkings came talcs of individual heroism which matched anything in naval history When one gun crew was knocked out by the blast ot a bomb another took over imme diately An officer stayed on a sinking ship to fight off a Jap anese bombers strafing attack helpless men in the wafer An enlisted man gunnery control talker refused to leave the bridge when he was wounded and later risked his life in an attempt to save the ships pay records The Langlcy converted from a collier to become Americas first aircraft carrier and later turned into a tender to serve both sea planes and airplanes had been claimed sunk by the Japanese at least three times during the first month of the war During this time the historic vessel known to bluejackets as the old covered wagon had gone undamaged Commander Robert P McCon ncll who commanded the Lang ley and LieutenantCommander Elmer P Abernethy of the Pccos gave details of the Java battles at San Francisco Friday night Lieu tenantCommander John AI Ber minghiim of the Peary was killed in action The story of the convoy attack by destroyer division 59 was told by Commander Paul Talbot who led the division THE LANGLEY Early on the morning of Feb 27 a Japanese observation plane sighted the Lanslcy and her escorting de stroyers in the combat zone ot the Indian ocean north of Australia ;