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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 11, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME C 0 P DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY A NO ARCHIVE1 MO IKES A astSsrsSctsfi VOL XLIX THE NEWSPAPER THAT ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULfc LEASED WIRES MAKES ACL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 11 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SUCTIONS SECTION ONE HOME EDITION mm F R MILLION YANKEES OVERSEAS Initiative GERMANS FAIL TO TURN RIGHT ALLIED FLANK American Parachutists and Tanks Strike Toward Gulf of Gabes By JAMES M LONG Associated Press War Editor Two Gorman tank columns have been repulsed after anattack which carried at one stage to within 2000 yards of the Tunisian road junction town oE Medjez El Bab 20 miles southwest of Tebour ba allied headquarters announced Friday The attacks down the Medjerda river from Tebourba and from the direction of Tunis 35 miles to the cast apparently were an attempt to turn the right flank of allied forces in the hills near Tebourba and Mateur A second Tunisian battlefront appeared to be taking form Fri day as United States parachutists and tank forces struck toward the Gulf of Gabes 150 miles south of the mired Tebourba front and the axis rushed troops by transport and glider train to meet them Other German forces pushed inland from their coastal bases of Sfax Gabes and Sousse lo meet the Americans whose swiftly developing thrust threat ened to cut off the axisheld bulff of Tunisia from lalian Tri poli Unia can forcesunder Edson Raff are French infantry artillery and camel corps experts In desert war This is the mixed command which gave German advance troops a decisive licking last week near Tebessa in the Algerian Tunisian border mountains 100 miles south of the Mediterranean and then swept on toward the Oulf of Gabes 150 miles to the southeast A British communique from Cairo said the British eighth army had not yet touched off its new offensive against thc El Affheila line in Libya but re ported that axis forces were be coming increasingly jumpy as they awaited the onslaught Although no major engagement has taken place the communique said enemy reaction to constant activity of our patrols indicates nis forward troops are in a state of some nervousness The Italians reported more in1 tense activity on the Libyan front and said without specifying the sector that axis forces supported by planes had gained new posi tions m the Tunisian fighting A delayed Associated Press dis patch from an advanced Libvan airfeld said the United States black scorpion fighting cock and penguin fighter squadrons moved up to R new base close to the E Agheiln front three days ago On their first day there they downed seven Messerschmitts and brought their collective toll of axis planer to 50 Allied bombers and figlilcr bombers struck anew at the Marble Arch airfield behind the El Agheila line thc Tunis air drome docks at thc La Goulcttc port of Tunis and supply ship Pine and warehouses at Sousse The axis was using its largest planes to speed men and supplies to the North African front The Cairo communique said long range fighters encountered a tormation of sixengined planes ThHrsay of Tripolilnnia and snot down one and damaged an other Brings Bock Rising Sun Memento Is Shot Down Service Flag Will Indicate Progress in Cheer Campaign Fund Dedicated This to Gerro Gordp Cotiniy Boys in Service I9IJ CHEER FOVD OAL PREVIOUSLY REPORTKU NEW CONTniEUTIONS Clfrar Lake Taxi Carol Ann Itabcock Frtlund Oroup I CoilEregalinnal Church V F IV Auxiliary 133 L R llartutll Past Xoble Grand Edith Lyle Washington Schcrol HDnroeWashitigtoii P T A Monroe Elementary School Anonymous Tuekibatehce Sunday School Class Fir Melhodist Church Grade Teachers Association Congregational Womens Guild Group y M 31 K A F 11 M N 11 Wertnestlay Britige A Oqod Fellow cthlchcm Lutheran Club Worker Ladies Aid ol Bethlehem Lutheran Church SfHNIOtl 41817 1011 1IJJI lco lftit 4IIII auy TODAYS CONTRIBUTIONS TOTAL RAISED TO HATE5 OOa TOTAL XEE0EU TOR EC A US P this yea rs Christ mas Cheer fund is being dedica ted to our Cerro G o r d o county boys in the service of their country it has seemed appro priate to let a Service Flag measure thc progress of the campaign For cath S100 re ceived an additional star for the flag will be added until the field is covered with 20 stars repre senting the 32000 goal of this campaign The art work and thc engraving for this service flag arc contri butions from thc Kayenay En graving company Thc idea and the drawing were the work of Al len Patton From a glance at the first show ing of the flag it will be noted that the total thus far raised in the solicitation rates five service stars Thats just onefourth of the field it will be further noted How rapidly stars arc added is up to YOU Thc faster the giving the faster the addition of stars Waiting for the other follow wont do the job Theres no bolter time than now lo pass along that gilt youre prompted io make Address Christmas Cheer fund Mason City Iowa 20 STARS NEEDED rvice Battered Heroic Ship Plows Into Frisco Bay SAN FRANCISCO battered cruiser San Francisco which fought and whipped a Japanese battleship in an epic en gagement off the Solomons last month plowed in through the Golden Gate under her own power Friday The ship which survived oie of the most amazir chap ters in modern naval history came in for repairs and inci dentally for Ihc homage of her proud home port and the nation at large She is the first Ameri can combat vessel of the war for which n decoration has been des ignated for gallantry in action Burglar Fires at Piggy Bank to Get Loot DES MOINES Kecfncr head of a building mate rials company reported to police that a burglar broke into his home and opened a piggy bank contain ing about S3 by placing it on a bed and firing at it with a gun pillow was used to muffle tlie sound of the shot Detectives said nothmg but the money was missed JAPS ATTACK IN WEST YUNNAN ChineseCommandiHad Expected Major Assault CHUNGKING Slron Japanese forces recently rein forced from Burma have at tacked Chinese defense lines in western Yunnan the area in which the Chinese command has been expecting a major enemy of fensive a communique reported Friday night The high commands war bul letin reported two days of heavy fighting in the area north of Teiigyueh west of the upper Sal ween river in which it said the Chinese resisting bitterly held theiilines At last reports the fighting was continuing The Japanese were said to have begun the assault Dec j throw ing three columns totaling some 6000 men against the defenders This buttle one is in the small slice of western Yunnan into which the Japanese penetrated last spring after their conquest of Burma Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Slightly colder Fridaj afternoon and Friday night Low Friday night 5 IOWA Not much change in tem perature Friday night and Sat urday forenoon except slightly colder in extreme southeast portion and not so cold in northwest portion Friday night followed by rising tempera tures in north portion Satur day forenoon MINNESOTA Continued cold ex cept not quite cold extreme west portion Friday night ris ing temperature Saturday fore noon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazelle weather statistics Maximum Thursday 26 Minimum Thursday night 1 At 8 a m Friday i At 2 p m 9 YEAR AGO iMavimum Minimum 7 IOWA PILOT KILLED SARDIS Miss Cadet Carroll D Whitacre whose parents are Mr and Mrs Chester O L Whitacre ot Centerville Iowa was one of three pilots Killed in a trio of army training Plane crashes in northern Mis sissippi Wednesday night Youths Recently Reaching 18 Begin Signup for Draft DES MOINES ff Another batch of potential fighters under the stars and stripes registered Friday for military sixth national draft lottery regis tration since thc selective service law became effective Fridays Iowa registrants were youths who reached their eigh teenth birthdays between last July I and Aug 31 This group has until next Thursday to go to the local draft boards to register Those who became 18 between up 18 Sept 1 and Oct 31 will sign during thc period from Dec through Dec 24 A third divisiu of 18 3ear olds those who became or will become IB between Nov and Dec 31 are to register Dec 26 through Dec 31 Men who turn IB after the firs of the year will sign up under a continuous system of registration This requires registration withi five cloys from the date of one eighteenth birthday starting Dec 2fi from fi ngi two nor CAIRO Enters shot down a giant six lined axis plane and damaged i others in a battle off the irth coast of Tripolitania Thurs iy a British communique re orted Friday A fourenginctl enemy plane ilso was reportedseverely dam ped by allied fighters in the same area While the sixcngincd planes referred to in thc communique were not identified by name in lispatches from Cairo British ources in London said they pvob ibly were Blohm and Voss222s jennanys largest transport planes It was presumed they were engaged in ferrying rein ircemenls to North Africa One of these giant flying ats said to be capable of car ring 80 men with full equipment as shot down by longrange fighters between Tunis and Sicily jvvarcl ihe end of November Thc Australian pilot who destroyed it said when he first saw thc plane on thc horizon lie thought it was i merchant ship of about 3 QUO tons The BV222 originally was do signed as a commercial airliner with a range of 4500 miles The plane weighs 45 tons and is be lieved to have a speed of about 170 miles an hourJ fo boa w Will Get to Hunt OKLAHOMA CITY las Aircraft company workers who walked off the job Wednesday and Went rabbit hunting are going to anralU gBme Japs quarry instead of rabbits The electricians returned to work Thursday on orders of lie International Electricians union One union member who declined use of his name said a series of smalt grievances caused the men to take the day off for a rabbit hunt Countered J B Watson chair man of county draft board No 3 rabbit hunters will be re classificd so they can do some real hunting I dont think its right for workers making SI05 a week to leave their jobs while our soldiers arc giving their lives for S50 i month7 lowan Dies in Truck Cab From Gas Fumes BfJRLINGTCN e r b e r t Wilcox 24 of Oituimvii was found dead in the cab of a parked truck here at a m Friday Coroner R O Giles said that death was due to monoxide fumes Wilcox apparently had been asleep in the truck since midnight Firemen here tried for an hour and two minutes to resuscitate him but without success The truck be longed to the 1 Young truck ing company GAIN IN NEW GUINEA BEACH Repulse Another Major Effort of Japs Between Buna and Buna Mission By BKVDOX TAVES GENERAL M a c A RTH U R S HEADQUARTERS Australia URI holding the allied salient between Euna and Buna mission on the New Guinea front have repulsed another major Japanese attempt to wipe them out it was reported Friday V Australians who cleaned the enemy out of thc village of Gona were advancing along thc beach southeast toward other Japa nese strong points in the Killcrton and Sainuinnda sec tions f Gen Douglas MatArthurs air force continued to pound the Japanese air strip ntur Buna mis sion where ground forces made further slight gains Thursday There was heavy artillery fire Thc Japanese used 75millimeter guns and mortars The Americans lobbed shells up to 4inch size inlo the Japanese antiaircraft positions using 81millimeter and 105millimeter mortars brought in by planes from Australia Don Cassvell United Piess staff correspondent at the front de scribed in a dispatch written Wednesday the Jast hopeless at the escape from Gona when the Aussies closed in there Australian patrols pursued one group inlo rough swamps along thc Ainbujju river killing 18 md capturing three Thc Australians destroyed Japa nese molorboats to prevent an escape by sea In the second Japanese attempt lo rejoin their forces at Buna and Buna mission enemy forces at tacked the Americans from two directions They yelled ami shouted and tossed firecrackers tryinjr to make the Americans think they were surrounded but ran into firm lines and sheets of rifle and machine gun fire They fell back with heavy casualties as Ihcy had Tuesday Navy Tried to Get Along on Enlistments WASHINGTON Roosevelt revealed Friday for the first time that because of pure sentiment on his part the navy had tried to get along on voluntary enlistments instead of relying on selective service for its men The president replying u press conference qucsions had said hc did not think an order banning voluntary eiilislmenls of men 18 to 37 inclusive would hurt the drive for new navy personnel He said hc those who expressed a desire for navy assignment would gener ally get Ihcir wish fulfilled rl Bade in the first World war when he was assistant secretary of thc navy the navy relied on at hisuggestion Mr Roosevelt said and got 515000 men At his suggestion I lie same plan was followed until navy strength reached mciV he commented but then the lime came when hc had to discard sen timent SAYS CONDITION TO U 5 CIVILIAN WORKEKS UNFAIR President Roosevelt suggested to congress Friday thai unless it is able to arrive at a solution within the next few days that it delegate authority to him to deal with government wage salary and hours of work problems be cause of a present condition which he described as grossly unfair1 to many civilian em ployes In letters to Vice President presiding officeripfthe senate and Speaker Rayburn D of the house Mr Roose velt said The government of the United States which is the largest single employer in the nation has per mitted a condition to develop re garding rates cf pay hours of work and overtime compensation for its civilian employes which is grossly unfair is one of the major causes of needlessly high person nel turnover and is impeding the successful prosecution of the war effort DISCOUNTS REPORT OF APPEAL TO SPAKE KOMK President Roosevelt told of a re port that Pope pealed to Ihe United WAR NEW PHASE AS ALLIES ATTACK President Emphasizes More Planes More Tanks and More Ships Needed WASHINGTON Kooscvclt informed congress that by thc end of this muiuh American forces overseas will number more than 1000000 men The president in Hie seventh unartcrly report on lend lease operations said in a letter of transniittal that the axis pow ers have temporarily at least lost ihe initiative and added We must do all can to keep them from regaining it Lend lease aid in the last three months up lo Dec 11 totaled he reported This was more than a third higher than the figure for the previous and four times the total for three months immediately preceding United States entry into the war The president said that since the last report the war had en tered a new phase with united na tions forces attacking from Egypt anil Norlli Africa and contesting with the axis for control of the African coastline of the Mediter ranean The soviet army having held with stubborn bravery at Stalingrad lias now assumed the offensive he added The Japanese have beenrecklessly expending stiipsand men inutile Solomons i battleground of our own The axis powers have tempor arily u leas lost Ihe initiative We must do all we can to Icccp them from regaining it The chief executive went on to say that we must bring the full strength of all the united nations to bear directly against the ene my1 adding We must bring together our joint productive capacity and our material resources our finished munitions and our fighting pow ci and we must do this in accord with a single world strategy That we are making good Pius XII had api progress in this direction I think ales and s shown by recent developments Police Broadcaster Shouts Turn on Your Radio to Get Messages CHICAGO police broadcaster exasoerated because a squad car failed to respond to a message over its twoway radio system bellowed into his micro phone Turn on your radio io you can gel messages e jics unci Britain lo spare Rome from aerial I by mis report t bombardment said Friday the rclPayed by lend lease port should be taken with a grain j V He prescribed the same course in replying to a press conference questioner who told him report i were current that thousands ot report on the part antiVichy persons still were lan guishing in jail in North Africa despite orders by American tlioritic1 for the release of litical prisoners au po Tlic president said llul as the allied striking power grows and new territories arc liberat ed a new task plying medicines food and clothing to he peoples who had been plundered despoiled and starved The nazis and Japanese he said have butchered innocent men and women in a campaign ul Scrap Heap at Bengasi Buy Uar Savings Bonds ami i Stamps from your GlobeGazette I carrier boy i stripped the lands they hold oE I food and other resources They i organized terror They have bombs those twisted battered hulks filled the cntcrccl Ulc port in Rursuit of thc have used hunger as an instru ment of the slavery Ihcy seek lu Allied policy is the direct op posite he continued adding United nalioiisforces will bring food tor the starving and medi cine lor the sick Every aid poi sibltwill lie given If restore each of thc liberated countries io soundness and strength so that each may make its full contribu tion lo unitednations victory and to thc peace which follows Total value lend lease roads Iransfcrrcd and services rendered since the beginning of thc program on March 11 1S41 to Xov 30 19J2 was placed at in the report This compared with 5512900000 re ported in the stvlh report three months ago V For the 12 months ending Nov 30 the first year of American par ticipation in the war lend lease aid totaled SU5jOUU000 Thc report placed the current rate of assistance at approximately SI0000000000 annually This is about 15 per cent of thc current rale of spending on hc overall United Slates war piogrum thc president said and Ihus we are mw putting about cincicvenlli our total effort into tend lease aid to the other united nations The report said that while lend lease aid continued to new record levels in the last quarter the Unit ed States at the same time had equipped and supplied rapidly growing numbers of American forces overseas who will number more than one million by the end of this month And in combination ;