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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 29, 1943, Mason City, Iowa HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR FULL SHARE DEPARTMENT OF K1ST03Y A NO AR DES MOIJvcJi I is COUP THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED CRESS FUU LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPX MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 29 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 173 F R ORDERS MINERS BACK TO WORK it Returns From Visit Favors PostWar Service by Every Youth YANKS GAIN IN SAVAGE BATTLE AROUND JEFNA British Checked by 2 Fierce CounterAttacks in Last Range oi Hills By VIRGIL FINKLEV ALLIED HEADQUARTERS North Africa in fantry gained important ground in savage fighting against prepared German positions in north Tunisia a communique disclosed Thurs day but two fierce axis counter attacks checked the British first armys drive into the final range of hills guarding the Tunis plain The bitterest fijrhting cen tered around Djcbel Bou Aou kaz northeast of Bab and approximately 21 miles from Tunis as the first army beat off one nazi tank and in fantry counterattack Wed nesday afternoon but was forced to five ground slightly during1 a second enemy A dispatch from Edward W Beattie United Press correspon dent with the first army said tha the British had captured 200 mon prisoners around D j e b e 1Bou Aoukai bringing their total since April 21 to more than 1500 piis oners The dispatch describe fighting as furious with the Ger mans counterattacking desper ately and using devastating mor tar fire against the allied forces The first army forces about t miles northeast MedjezEUBal made a small gain on the riort side of the road to Tebourba cap turing Sidi Ahmed height whic should not be confused with Sic Ahmed airdrome near Bizerte The British had stormed to within 400 feet of the crest of the last big barrier to the Tunis plain be fore the first counterattack by about 500 infantrymen and 30 tanks stopped them sonic nine miles southwest of Teuuurba LEWIS DEFIES L Lewis president of the United Mine Workers is shown addressing delegates to the policy committee meeting of the UMW in New York in connection with the bituminous coal contract negotiations dispute Lewis again refused to go before the war labor board Rites Planned at Rockford for Victim of Tank Accident Lichtsinn Killed at Camp Chaffee Leayes Bride of Two Weeks The Germans whose key de fenses on the front from Kedjez to Pont Du Fans in the south were threatened with collapse suffered heavy casualties in their first counter attack which was re pulsed An hour later however they made a second attack and this tijne their infantry and tanks suc ceeded in forcing the British back down the slopes Again the axis suffered severe casualties On the Pont Du Falls sector where the French had advanced close to that important junction and threatened the German flank on the whole southern front al lied troops made only local gains or engaged in active patrolling V Only local gains were re ported from the liorthcrn front too out in that area the Ameri can 2nd corps continued to pun ish the enemy in iurd fighting around Jefna on the road to Matcur and Pizerlc About 12 000 to 15000 German roops are in carefully prepared hill positions on the Matcur sector and the allied forces are mak ing slow progress The Americans continued to at tack in bitter combat for Bald Hill on the Jefna sector 12 miles west of Matcur They also advanced on the sector seven miles cast by southeast of Sidi NSir capturing the northeastern slope of Djebcl Meftah an important hill com manding a valley that runs south ward to Hcidous This valley forms a junction with the British first army north east of Medjez The first army is still punching at the enemy de fenses about four miles east of Heidous but has made no im portant advance Allied air forces continued to strike hard at the enemy but weather conditions were unfav orable A number of attacks were made on the strongest German hill positions facing the Ameri cans and the British eighth army The allied bombers also de stroyed six enemy ships and set another afire in attacks on axis supply lines Dispatches from the front em phasized the powerful effect of American by planes and by ene my mountain positions It was es timated that the American big guns including 155 millimeters ROCKF The body of Charles Herman Lichlsinn 25 who was killed in a tank accident at Camp Chaffee Ark Tuesday was placed aboard a train at Camp Chaffee Thursday afternoon foi Rockford where funeral services have tentatively been set for Sat urday afternoon at oclock at the Rockford American Lutheran church with the Rev Walter Fritsehel of Charles City offici ating A brief service will be held at he Harm Eggena home at 2 oclock Ivan C Walker post American Legion will have charge of military rites Burial will be at Riverside cemetery He was born April 5 1918 on a farm near Little Rock and came to Rockford with his mother and NAZIS DECLARE REDS OPEN BIG SCALE ATTACKS Russian Offensive Directed at Kuban Bridgehead in Caucasus BULLETIN LONDON Ludui Sertorius the German military commentator said in a German broadcast Thursday that the Russians launched their ex pected large attack on the Kuban bridgehead in the Cau casus early Thursday mornins MOSCOW The red aii force is continuing its heavy at tacks day andnight upon German communications and airdromes the Russians reported Thursday de claring they had destroyed more than 50 planes within 24 hours had raided two enemy airdrome and had smaslied German truck supply columns The German communique broadcast by the Berlin radio am recorded by the Associated Press and that Russian attacks Wednes day against the Kuban bridgcheut and southeast of Leningrad were unsuccessful The German ail force it was declared destroyed 52 Russian planes without any los of axis planes Nikolai Akiniov a military re viewer of the Moscow News re ported the Germans were expcri encing great difficulty in protect ing their supply lines across th Kerch strait from aerial blows Akiing said soviet planes of a types were taking part in raids i those sectors on the fringe of th Kuban valley in the Caucasus a well as in the northern Donet basin There was some increased activ ity in the land fighting Cannonading erupted in varioi sectors of tho front and there three reports of bloody clashes be twcen scouting parties with th Germans operating behind smok screens in some places From the northern fleet came dian rcserval lispatcb telling that the submarine ll Civil Air in War Department WASHINGTON oosevclt issued an executive or er Thursday transferring tlie vil air patrol from the office of ivilian defense to the war depart nent There are approximately GOOOO ivilianowned planes operating in le service now under control of ames M Landis OCD director hese planes have flown subma ine patrols on the eastern coast nd also have maintained patrols long communications line s uarclcd against forest fires and crvecl in emergency transporta ion service for the army and ther government agencies The transfer order becomes el ective immediately Strikers Must Be on Job Saturday Morning President Declares WASHINGTON walkouts of more than 70000 soft coal miners strikes against the United States government itself President Roosevelt Thursday set a deadline of TVT CHARLES LICHTSINN brothers and sister in 1922 father died in 1920He was siactu ated from the Rocktorcl high school in 1935 and had been engaged in farming with his stepfather Harm Eggena two miles northeast of Rockford On Dec 10 1942 he was in ducted into the U S army at Des Moines and sent to Camp Chaffee Ark where he served with a tank corps On April 16 1943 he was married to Miss Phyllis Lines daughter ot Mr and Mrs Ed Lines of Rockford and had just returned to Crimp Chaffee April 18 after a brief honeymoon trip M172 had returned to base after sinking 10 transports and two tor pedo boats CONVICTED IN UTAH SLAYING Death Sentence Is Mandatory in Case SALT LAKE loscph Roedl 20 of Oklahoma ily was convicted Thursday of first degree murder in the slaying of a San Lean tiro Cal teacher the death penalty mandatory Persons sentenced to death in Utah must choose between hanging and a firing squad The federal district court jury which deliberated five hours read its verdict in the presence of a jury trying Roedls companion LeRoy Edwiird Hitchey 24 of Gowrie Iowa on similar charges Roedl who wept during his at torneys plea for leniency Thurs day took the verdict impassively Since the jury did not recommend leniency the death penalty must be imposed ludgc Tillman D Johnson said Roedl would be sen tenced May 8 He and Ritchcy were charged uitli beating Mrs Abigulc Agnes Williams 18 to death with a claw hammer on the UnitahOuray In dian reservation in eastern Utah last pet 12 and stealing her auto mobile and from her purse 10 oclock Saturday morning for a return to work or action by him to prevent interference with the war effort Coupled With his flat state incut hat he would use all he powers vested in me as presi dent anil as commander in chief to protect the national interest was uu appeal by 31r Koosevclt as the friend of the men ivho tvork in the coal mines for them to return to their jobs and let the war labor buurd handle the controversy between the United Mine Work ers anil the operators W Tiie chict executive stepped into he wage dispute between miners and operators after it had been turned over to him by the war la bor board which has been ignored by John L Lewis and his associ ates in the United Mine Workers Mr Roosevelt sent telegrams to Lewis and Thomas Kennedy relarylrcasurcr ol the union in which be asked the men in the mines to work immedi ately and submit their case to the national war labor board for tinal determination Thus far the union leaders have ignored efforts of the board to handle the case through a threeman panel set up to inves tigate the facts The strikes and stoppages in the coal industry that have oc curred and are threatened Mr Koosevclt declared are in clear violation of the no strike Transport Truck Runs Over Cardboard Box Boy Inside Is Killed PASSAIC N J trans port truck ran over a cardboard carton Wednesday and the driver later found in it fatally crushed a 5 year old boy Detective John Van Hoven quoted the driver is saying that after bis vehicle ran over the ap Suiviving are his widow his 1 patently empty box in the road stepfather and mother Mr and c heard a scream He returned Mrs Harm Eggena one sister Mrs George Uhlenhopp Dumont and found the injured child in two brothers Bill George Lichtsinn Nora Springs one half brother Harm Eggena Jr two halfsisters Maye and Helen Eg gena Greene Rudolph Eggena Clark S Dak awl Albert Eggena Camp Chaffcc Ark and one step sister Mrs Vernon Klundcr Cherokee fired 10 times for every the German lines reply Spring Showers Soak Many Parts of Iowa DES MOINES fP Sprin showers soaked many parts of Iowa Thursday Heaviest precipitation reported wcaUicr bureau here was 135 inches at Fort Dodge Other amounts 92 at Alta 70 a Sioux City 53 at Chero kee 52 at Car roll and 32 at DCS Moines Top t e m peraUirc read ing Wednesday was 68 degrees at O n a w a Frofetf yourself f City And Stomps during the night was 39 degrees at Inwood and Mason City At Beth Isiael hospital three blocks away the boy John Milch ell died of a skull fracture and nternal injuries Police said they had not yet dis covered why the child was in the Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Showers and thun derstorms Thursday afternoon and Thursday night cooler Thursday night not much change in temperature Friday forenoon fresh to strong winds Thursday afternoon nnd Thurs day night IOWA Showers oast portion early Thursday night cooler Thurs day night and Friday forenoon and fresh lo strong winds MINNESOTA Rain north and cast portions early Thursday cooler Thursday night and Fri day forenoon fresh lo strong winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 68 Minimum Wednesday night 39 At 8 a m Thursday 47 Rain is inch YEAR AGO xwlburg A i 50 STATUTE MILIS Roiu Charleston Is Home of Navy Training Base CHARLESTON S Car From the inshore patrol section base at Charleston conic trained fighters for the United States Navy This base one of the finest naval training schools in the coun try gives the raw recruit instruc tion in every type of modern sea warfare At the inshore base the training j is staggered with acUial active jduly When not engaged in essen tial duty at the base or at sea the linen are at school In a regular T schedule of classes officers learn Maximum Minimum 71 55 NOVGOROD TO Germanradio accounts indi cated that the Russians have captured Novgorod lower ar To the north upper ar rows there was a brief burst of fifhtins in the Volkhov sec tor Pilot Meets Girl Is Wed to Her 4 Hours and 10 Minutes Later TUCSON Ariz Wil liam J Crum accustomed to dc ciding important things quickly while piloting a bomber over Eu rope met 19 year old Ella Jean Tenncy in a hotel lobby Monday night Four hours and ten minutes later they were married The 24 year old Scarsdale JJ Y flyer is pilot of the Bli bomber Jack the Ripper whicl penetrated Germany and occupiec France on 11 bombing missions He is one of a group of air offi cers sent from a British base lo instruct DavisMonthan field pi lots These are not mere strikes against employers of this Indus try lo enforce collective bargain ing demands They are strikes against the United States govern ment itself These strikes arc a di rect interference with the prose cution of the war They challenge the governmental machinery that has been set up for the orderly and peaceful settlements of nil la bor disputes They challenge the power of the government to carry on the war The continuance and spread of these strikes would have the same effect on the course of the war as crippling defeat in the field Voicing confidence in tho patri otism of Ihcminers iVIr veil said he is sure they will re turn lo their jobs when they re alize Hie effect that sloppin work would have on men at the fighting front He save no hint as to what action lie would take if the miners do not meet his Satur day morning deadline lie has the power however In order government seizure and opera tion fif the minps Coal production must go on he IMPROVING US WAR EFFORT IS SEEN ON TOUR President Completes 17 Day Tour Going as Far as Mexico WASHINGTON Joosovell returned Thursday from i 17 day war inspection trip pre ia red to explore the possibility ol laving every young American contribute a year of service to the government in peace as well as in The chief executive w a s jjrcally impressed by the physi cal and mental improvementf the country he saw during his TiiiK mile trip and he attributed this to the war training pro grams in industry and the armed services So lie IIOM in tends to examine the question of whether this training should be continued after the emergency The president went into 20 states as far west as Colorado and into Mexico for a meeting with President Avila Camachu during his journey which began on April 13 and ended this morn Monday a bill by Senator Coiuitly ing He visited 12 army posts a rilESIDENT ROOSEVELT to Washington he senate voting to consider o ic latest in gunnery commimicaj localise war industries can ions executive administration and not ou tanks guns am Derations mmition without it And without In training ships off he coast loth officers and men make prac icablc application of the lessons earned ashore Among Ihc training vessels is a IDTexas authorizing tile gov crnmont to seize struck mines or ndustrial plants Connally called Lewis a dictator Whether troops might be called out in the mine dispute was only a mnlter of speculation at this stugc Secretary of War Stimson said I no comment uheii asked at his press conference whether the army had any plans for moving soldiers into liic mine fields Underscoring importance of the I crisis to war production was the call of Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins for the work stoppages to cease at once ami the charge of Col Roanc Waring American Legion national commander that ihc threatened full scale stoppage is a stab in the back of the America fighting a war Waring spoke at a Legion rally in Memphis Wednesday night and Ilis assertion that now is the time to determine whether the govern ment set up by the votes of our people is running this country and this war or whether John L Lewis is running it came shortly after Ihc labor secretarys appeal and the WLB action W W Tile hoard said its orders anil appeals for continued pro duction during negotiation for a Ihc key to he spreading crisis had been ig nored leaving it no recourse hut to refer the case to the presi dent Y Lewis is asking that he new Appalachian contract include a S2 daily wage increase S8 a day brsic wage underground travel pay aiid unionization of minor bosses The contract covers most marine training base a naval air station and four war plants He met and talked with the gover nors of 12 stales and numerous industrial officials He saw the nations growing army being trained under actual fire with live ammunition He saw combat planes and biillcts lac them coming from the production lines Ami all mil together the president found evidence that the nations war effort has iniprnvcil srcatly since he covered 8754 miles on a coast locoasl trii last fall The first half of the new trip was made public after Ihc presi dent swung down through the southeast into Texas and on to Mexico The final phase which was olf once the pleasure craft of a multimillionaire manufacturer At sea on crisp orders from the bridge men and officers spring nio action in a rapid scries of Irills Dragging fire hose forward leaving collision mats over the side getting the boat over the side and manning the ship armament ire a few of the drills that make up the days business Officers take squints at Ihc sun with the sextant con the ships ourse and progress from the jridge and get the experience of a ship afloat which prepares them tor the command which one day will be theirs On Ihc shore gun crows slam shells into dummy guns They learn the fine art of handling ropes and lines perfect their knowledge of signal flags and codes sec tech nical movies in class rooms and study arts and skills which make an efficient navy man The inshore patrol section base school is operated under the gen eral supervision of Commdr Wal lis Gearing and is directed by Lt F E Carey Jr IN REHABILITATION WORK COUNCIL BLUFFS Cross officials announced that re habilitation work affecting 39 families in the Poltavaltamic county Missouri river flood area will be completed within ten days lie weapons be added our sail rs on the high seas and our arm es in the fieid will be helpless ainst our enemies After reciting some of Ihc re the record until at Corpus Thursday be Christi Tex where he bade Avila Camacho farewell on April 21 Then Mr Roosevelt stopped in Colorado Kansas Nebraska Missouri In dinna and Kentucky In a press conference with the three press association reporters who accompanied him on the lust phase o the trip Mr Roosevelt said this trip had raised in his mind the question oE what to do with the widespread and more or less permanent installations that have been creeled during the war tor the training oE Anieiricun youlh He said the present training programs for military service and industrial employment were producing a vast improvement in the health and mental alertness t the nation and that the country want a net loss on the facilities for xvliich mil co operaUo in salc In used as a basis for wage agree ments in several other slatcs cent history of the coal dispute lie president called attention lo the membership of the panel ap lointcd by the WLB David B Robertson of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engine men to represent the employes Walter White lo represent opera tors and Morris L Cooke to rep resent the public Such personnel he said assures impartial investigation of the facts to be used by he board in settling the controversy in accord ance with law Yet his Iclegram noted US1W officials have ignored the WLBs request that the case be presented to the panel together with n re quest that the strikers be urged to return to thoir jobs He said tclcsrams from sonic members of the UMW hail reached him complaining that OPA price rcculations hail been disregarded and he cost of liv ing hart tone up disproportion ately in mining areas I have directed OPA the president said to make an im mediate investigation of the facts and wherever a violation of the law is disclosed by that investiga tion to see that the violators of the law are prosecuted1 Action came also from the leg islative branch oC the government V dicnled he was thinking in terms of continuing the training pro grams after the war He said that it did but be indicated lie hid no definite Ilan in mind just the question of how the nations wartime machinery lo train youth should used in peacetime The president also was im pressed by the advances made by the armed forces and industry since his last trip Itc said he re turned lo the white house with increased confidence about tho showing the American forces and equipment will make in the forth coming battle of Europe As in the case of bis western inspection trip last fall the presi dent returned to the white house in a headshaking mood over what he felt was the mild war spirit of Washington as compared with the country at large lie said he found two things that A dispatch from Folkestone said j country had that Washington that big formations of highflying I did not have WILHELMSHAVEN HEAVILY RAIDED LONDON bombers itlackeel the German naval base f Wilhclmshavcn Wednesday light and also carried out un jrcccdcnted mining operations in Baltic waters it ivas announced Thursday Twentythree bombers were re ported missing from the missions which marked the resumption of nrgcscale raids on the continent after a onenight lull Wilhclmshavcn was last at tacked on March 22 when United States airmen carried out a day light raid on the base bimbers which may have been United Stales craft streamed across the channel Thursday morning in he direction of Abbe ville and Boulogne in northern 1 A sense of proportion The people outside Washington he explained know they are in a war and understand this fact They do not magnify what he called the France indicating a resumption wrong things which are of rela of roundtheclock pounding of the continent The emphasis placed by the air ministry on the nights mining operations was taken as an indi cation of a campaign to disrupt German submarine training in the Baltic and interfere with nazi preparations for the next phase of the war on the eastern front lively minor importance 2 A sense of perspective THr Roosevelt said he found through out the country a tendency toward correct evaluation oE world events and actual combat developments which he found lacking in Wash ington The sviiolc temper of the coun try he added is far more sober ;