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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 6, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AtL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY HOME EDITION tmnri CONSISTS or TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE L UAE JVJO EISENHOWER HEADS AFRICAN FORCE Jury Frees 94 British Amv unw MOVIE STAR IS ACQUITTEDON3 Frees Flynn After Studying Case 24 Hours Press Corps Dashes From Courtroom as If to 3 Alarm Fire HOLLYWOOD Plynn was acquitted of triple charges of statutory rape Saturday by a jury of nine women and three men who refused to believe the stories of two movie struck girls who said they had been intimate with the dashing handsome movie hero Wonderful news sighed Flynn Just wonderful The jury had deliberated al most 24 hours after it received the case shortly before noon Friday The nine housewives and three elderly men filed into the court at 11 a m Saturday and announced in effect that they did not believe the charges of Peggy Satterlee IK and Bet ty Hansen 17 Flynn had paced the halls of the courthouse nervously for 11 hours Friday and for three more Satur day too jittery to go away and wait Mrs Ruby Ann Anderson the foreman announced the verdict taking up first the charge pre ferred by Miss Hansen who said Flynn attacked her in a Bel Air mansion and then the two Miss Satterlee who insisted that the movie hero vio lated her twice aboard his yacht giiilty and not Flynn almost leaped out of his seat whgn Mrs Anderson an nounced her final hot guilty said I felt like room while GoshJ he whooping Flynn had sat in court for almost a solid month hearing himself denounced by the slate as a violator of two younsr eirls who told larid talcs of how he had attacked them this just goes to show he said that there is justice in the United States And am I glad that I now am a citizen of this coun try The court was locked tight When the verdicts were recorded finally by Clerk E C Averre Judge Leslie Still adjourned one of the longest trials of its kind in Los Angeles and immediately the flash bulbs began to boom and crackle as photographers smashed them on the floor in their hurry to record Flynns jubilation The press corpsdashed from the as to a threealarm fire the spectators cheered crowded around the handsome Flynn and thumped his back The jury reached its verdict only 15 minutes before it entered the court Early Friday all nine of the housewives and one of the men agreed that the movie hero was an honest man who old the truth he said he had had no relations with either of the tirls Two of the elderly men held out and held held until even Flynns attorneys began to wonder whether the case would result in a hung jury When Flynn finally got a chance to get his breath he gulped a couple of times and made a more formal statement My confidence in American justice kept me hoping for such a verdict he said f realized the fairness of the court and I was confident that a right verdict would be brought in His attorney Jerry Giesler known as one of Americas most successful criminal lawyers said he waj client I was convinced of his inno cence and the jurys verdict bears out my contention he said Giesler went down the line shaking hands with each juror and introducing Flynn to every one The ladies beamed The Jurors saM they tossed ont Mbs Kansens charges at once decided immediately to ignore Miss Sattertees second accusation of being lured below to view the moon through a porthole and began to wonder whether she was telling truth about her first experi ences in which she said Flynn burst nto her cabin But we finally decided that couldnt be true cither said one of the feminine jurors They all agreed that they had been under a serious strain and EKROL FLYNN said they had tried hard not to read anything about the case This was difficult said one of the jurors but 1 believe we all managed it Thank you for your lonr service Judge Still said to the jury I have enjoyed the case and I think you have The evidence in this case was sufficient for you to have rendered a verdict in cither direction Under the circumstances I think you have arrived at the proper verdict More than 30 minutes after the verdict was in Flynn decided to make a dash for home He left the courtroom with Giesler to be surrounded immediately with a hysterical women They clung Jo his coat tails and hung to his lapels Those behind fought to get closer 1 just want cried one young to touch iirl him very happy for my Flynn eventually moved to the elevators with his crowd of fem inine admirers still clinging around him b The man with the bad luck was Deputy Prosecutor John who had orated tor hours about how guilty lie believed Flynn was Unaware that the jury had reached its decision he was outside drink ing a CUD of coffee When finally he learned that verdict was being delivered he rushed to the courtroom where bailiffs refused to let him in He remained outside fuming and when he learned the nature of the verdict he stalked away His associate Thomas Cochran said he was certain the jury had tried to reach an honest verdict And so he said I most cer tainly have no complaint When Flynn eventually got rid as gracefully as he could of his admirers he said he probably would go to Mexico for a lengthy Ive got to get my health back he said referring to his 4F draft rating Then Ive eot this military mission in Europe Nope I cant tell what it is about When finally the courtroom was cleared an elderly member of the jury Mrs Nellie S Minear widow of a minister strolled out with her fag under her arm to tell a some what different story of the de liberations We knew Flynn was not guilty a long time ago she said but we cbdnt want to come out too soon because we wondered what the public might think if we did Neither of Flynns accusers was m court Miss SnUerlec left last night to join her mother and father m a small railroad own near Lake Tahoe while Miss Han sen remained in protective custody of juvenile court which was ex pected soon to send her back to her home in Nebraska Babies to Get Prior Consideration in Any Canned Milk Rationing WASHINGTON UBGovern ment officials studying several proposed methods of rationing canned milk when such a step becomes necessary said Saturday that in any program adopted baby needs would be given prior consideration It was conceded that canned milk supplies are ex remely short and that the situa tion is worse in some localities than in others The agriculture department which has bought some 16000000 cases chiefly for leaselend purposes recently re leased 2000000 cases to case the domestic situation CLAIM IL DUCE NIPPED CIANOS PLAN ON PEACE German Intervention Said to Have Caused Shakeup in Cabinet LONDON UR Diplomatic sources in Sweden said Saturday that Premier Benito Mussolini shook up the Italian cabinet to nip a plan for a separate peace by his soninlaw Count Galeazzo Ciano and two other prominent Italians Ciano whom Mussolini removed foreign minister Count Dino Grand discharged as justice min ister and Marshal Pietro Bado 2ho former chief of the general staff were reported to have de manded that Mussolini withdraw from active politics to enable them to pave the way to peace a Stockholm dispatch said The Germans however inter vened and threatened immediate military occupation the dis patch said Fridays shakeup thus was believed the result of German interference Badoglio who often has openly shown his distaste lor fascism resigned as chief of the Italian general statf in December 1940 and has taken no further part in World war II He is known as Italys ablest soldier and was re sponsible for the Italian conquest of Ethiopia Besides Cianp and Grandi the latter a veteran fascist Mussolini f riday ina shake up sweeping it startled Europe ap parently even Germany and touched of J a wide range of spec ulation A Swedish telegraph bureau dis patch from Rome interpreted Grandis dismissal as a move against the monarchist influence1 m ihe government It was believed here that more startling moves were to come but wellinformed quarters warned that Mussolini was so thoroughly in the clutches of Adolf Hitler that any open move away from him was hardly possible The cabinet changes mast dras tic in their significance in Musso lini s 20 years in office followed immediately the dismissal of Marshal Ugo Cavallero as chief of we Italian general staff and the surprising dispatch to Ankara as ambassador of Augusto Rosso many years ambassador to the United States where he has manv contacts At Ankara Rosso would be able to effect contact with Laurence A Steinhardt American ambassador whose friend he was when both were stationed in Mos cow Germany as well as allied countries was slow t comment Mussolins action But it was suggested that Galeazzo Ciano dismissed as foreign minister and the others who lost their Dosts were beinj made scape toats for the disasters which had cost Italy its entire African em pire and made it Ihe butt of rid icule in Germany as well as in allied capitals With new men all veteran fas cists like those who went it was suggested Mussolini would try to rebuild his shattered personal prestige GALLEAZO CIANO bjrDuce ss ssai 4 More Axis Ships in Mediterranean Sett LONDON more axis supply ships and a tanker have been sunk and another supply ship left in flames by British subma rines in the central Mediterranean the admiralty announced Satur day Both torpedoes and gunfire were used in the seriesof attacks four of which were reported made in an area very close inshore off the eastern Tunisian coast under the noses of axis shore batteries The admiralty communique said a British submarine surfaced close inshore had also near Co trone on the sole of the Ital ian boot and bombarded a rail way bridge scoring many hits Discharge Program for Men Over 38 Is Tightened by Army WASHINGTON war department has tightened its dis cnarge program for army enlistee men over 38 making ineligible for discharge those who reach that age after Feb 28 That was listed among five re quirements for discharge in an an nouncement which said that the program would not result indef initely in the discharge of men as their 38th birthday solely because they have reached this age To induct a man into the military service and then return him to civil life after a compara tively short period in the army would be uneconomical the war department said CRASH 2 Bombers Collide Near Newberry S Car NEWBERRY S Car T Long Newberry policeman said Saturday thit two medium army bombers crashed on a farm 12 miles south of here late Friday killing 15 Long said apparently the bomb ers had collided and then plum meted to the ground One of the planes burned after it crashed he said Long quoted employers of New berry funeral parlors as saying they removed 15 bodiesfrom the wreckage He said the crash oc curred in a pine woods on the farm of Hubert Carlisle Two un identified Negroes were said to have been eyewitnesses to the crash he reported British Army Is 60 Miles Inside Tunisia By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LieutCen Dwighl D Eisen hower U S A was diclosed Sat urday to have been named com mandcrinchier of all allied for ces in north Africa even as an Algiers broadcast reported that the British 81li army was now 60 miles inside Tunisia for the coming showdown with the axis Creation of the separate north African theater relieves Eisen hower of his joint command over the European theater of operations which now is a separate unit un der LieutGcn Frank M An drews Authorities said that such forces of the British eighth army as entered the North African the ater would come under his com mand BRERETON HEADS YANKS IN MIDDLE EAST AREA CAIRO Maj Gen Lewis H Brcieton commander of U S air forces in the middle east has succeeded Lieut Gen Frank M Andrews as commander of all REDS MOVE TO CUT OFF PATH FROM ROSTOV Allied Troops Reported Dislodged From Djebel Mansour in Tunisia By ROGER GREENE Associated Press War Editor Soviet dispatches pictured the red armies as knifing through the Donets river basin Saturday in a sicklelike sweep to cut off the escape route of 250000 German troops at Rostov and London heord without confirmation that Russian shock troops wore storm in into the suburbs of Rostov it self f London aiiviccs declared that at some points the Russians were within five miles of the city proper Dispatches Friday put the Rus sians 30 miles south of Rostov at American1 forces in this area itf the nearest poinL was announced Saturday General Andrews is the new commander of U S forces in the European theater His appoint ment to succeed Lieut Gen Dwight D Eisenhower now com mander in chief in French north Africa was disclosed in London Friday BRITISH BEAR DOWN ON MARKTII LINE LONDON Algiers ra dio broadcast said Saturday that Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomerys troopsfrow are a good 60 miles inside Tunisia and are swiftly bearing down on the Mareth line where Marshal Rommell was ex pected to make a last hid to hold the and Skunk Grease Donated1 to Fat Salvage Drive LINCOLN Ncbr flVExpIo siyes made with fats and oil con had tributcd by Nebrnskans should be effective m more than one way The state salvage committee re ceived word from R Rj Bilstein of Hyannis Grant iCouhty salva chairman that uted four pou Moderate W A S HI N G T O N Japanese and American air and surface forces have suffered moderate losses in the devel oping new Solomon islands Secretary Knox reported Saturday The navy secretary told a press conference that there was so far nothing specific to indicate the exact Japanese objective in re newing violent activity through out the Solomons area and he added that the size of the force the enemy might eventually ihrow into the fight also was not known The action is still in a pre liminary stage Knox said bnt various activities now in progress would ordinarily pre cede an engagement of some size y y The secretary declared that the losses included nothing signifi cant nothing of a major char acter and while he did not elab orate this apparently meant that no aircraft carriers or battleships possibly no been sunk S a 1 v a R e ie rnati contrib of skunk grease fpertsestimated it rizr it would glycerine to make explosives for 13 orH anti aircraft shells Bur War Savings Bonds and an from your GlobeGazette earner boy French War Comniitee Set Up Under Giraud Africa Establishment Believed Outgrowth of Parley Held at Casablanca By WES GALLAGHER HEAD3UARTERS IN AFRICA The French imperial council set up by the late Admiral Darlan was replaced Saturday by a war com mittee designated by Gen Henri vj ijun nenri mignt DC aug uiraud m a move believed to be the direct result of his conferences with President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill at Casa blanca The new committee was regard ed as less strongly political in character than its predecessor and its creation apparently opened the door for further developments in the liaison agreement reached at Casablanca by Giraud and Gen narlos De Gaulle fighting French leader The members of the war com mittee include Giraud as com mander in chief for military and civil affairsJean Bergercl who is givenJHe new title of sccvetary gonerarrto the commander Gen r governorgeneral of west Africa and Marcel Pey governorgeneral oi Personnel thus is the same as mthe imperial council but it was announced that the commit tee might be augmented by any lgeri The iv chief may statement generally taken to mean that posts would be left open for representa tives ot DC Gaulle at some future date The tone of the announcement created the impression that diffi culties impeding the GiraudDe Gaulle liaison program had been smoothed out in London and that it would bear fruit shortly It was believed that Gen Georges Ca troux Fighting French high com missioner in Syria would come to Algiers soon to take a place in Girauds administration s known here heavy cruisers so far as was A navy communique was issued at the secretarys conference cov ering action in both the north and south Pacific but throwing no further light on the seaair fight ing in the Solomons area The communique said that American troops had continued their ad vance along the northwest coast of Guadalcanal island against weak enemy resistance Some pa trols reached points a mile and a half past Tassafaronga near the Umasani river on Thursday As Gen Douglas MacArlhurs bombers returned to their bases from a vast raiding arc which left enemy shipping ablaze from Ambon west of New Guinea to Talasea on the cast the troops on Guadalcanal due into newly taken territory after another major advance And the story of how 17 enemy planes were shot down in the sea at the start of the nine day old battle told how well a navy task force was guarding the gates to Guadalcanal Despite the navys tight clamp on details of the naval actions it appeared clear that the sporadic encounters it reported at sea were part of a crucial struggle to determine whether the Japs could get reinforcements through to their weakening Solomon island forces A navy communique told Fri day how American troops had ad vanced along the north coast of a northwest of Since this was beyond the village navy officials assumed it meant m o a m iai capture or at least encirclement of YEAR AGO the enemy clearly Maximum eliminated Tassafaronga beach as Minimum an enemy landing point Precipitation On other fronts in the slobal conflict little change was noted LULL PltEVAILS IX EASTEKN FLANK In Tunisia the German radio DWIGHT D EISENHOWER Commander 5 Killed as Nail Is Driven Through Box of Railroad Torpedoes RICHMOND Cn nail driven accidentally through a box of railroad torpedoes caused an explosion which killed four wom en and one man at the Chcmursic Chemical company it was be lllu lieved Saturday Lieut Ivor De lies are supplied from bases 3000 Kirby of the U S army ordnance miles away district said be believed a packer had pierced a torpedo with a nail while boxing a shipment when the explosion occurred The tor pedoes arc used by the railroads for signals reuovted thnt American and Brit ish troops launched wave after wave of attacks against axis strongpoints southwest o Pont Du Fans 30 miles below Tunis and had torn small breaches in the German lines The broadcast said the attacks had been re pulsed Latest advices from LicutGen Dwight D Eisenhowers head quarters said allied troops had been dislodged from Djebel Man sour six miles south of Bou Ara da in the same area V lull prevailed on he east ern flank of the twonay al lied drive uidt Brilish head quarters reporting only patrol activity by Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomerys 8th army alone the LibyanTunisian frontier While nazi Field marshal Erivin Rommel moved to consolidate his battered legions with the axis Tunisian armies commanded by Col Gen Juvgcn Von Arnim dis patches from allied headquarters in North Africa save a revealing picture of the difficult task con fronting the joint AmericanBrit ishFrench armies headed by General Eisenhower Wcs Gallagher Associated Press correspondent on the Tunisian front disclosed that in the past few weeks of mudbogged fight ing the axis have swelled to a veteran army of perhaps 170000 troops and that the allied army probably is considerably less in numbers Moreover Gallagher said ful ly onethird of the German air force is apparently massed in the Mediterranean for the show down buttle when it comes and the German hisrh command has poured its best material into new Riant tanks never seen on the Rus sian front f Capping these advantages the Germans are pumping their sup plies and reinforcements to North Africa over sea lanes less than 100 miles long into ports less than 70 miles from the front while the al FORECAST MASON CITY Colder Saturday afternoon and Saturday night Lowest temperature Saturday night in Mason City 2 below Not much change in tempera ture Sunday forenoon IOWA Slightly colder extreme cast portion and continued cold west portion Saturday night Warmer west portion late Satur day night and Sunday forenoon MINNESOTA Continued cold Saturday night except slightly colder northeast and east cen tral portions Rising tempera ture Sunday forenoon and ex treme xvest portion early Sun day morning Light snow north west portion Sunday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday Minimum Fridav night At 8 a m Saturday 31 Trace V Even from the nearest African main bases allied troops and sup plies must be funncled through a bottleneck over four mountain roads BOO miles lojhe battlefront Allied troops have been dis lodged from Djebel Mansour six miles southeast of Bou Arads alter a brief occupancy a com munique issued at allied head quarters in North Africa said Allied headquarters reported Wednesday that British forces had captured the strategic height known in the sector as hill 648 and held it against German coun terattacks The Italian hich commands communique broadcast frafe Itomc said that in Tunisia Ger man and Italian combat croups carried out intense exploring activity and conquered an im portant position after lively fighting It did not identify the Position The communique also slated Air activity over Tunisia was limited by bad weather The docks at Bizerte were bombed the night of Feb 45 None of our aircraft ismissing Of the en aircraft reported missing in Fridays communique four have returned to their bases and the pilots of two others are safe In Russia the lightning pace sel by the red armies racing south and west across the Donets rivei valley threatened to repeat Ult ;