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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 21, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CCVC D E P A 1 T V N T Or H I 5T Dil Y AN D ARCHIVES DES MOINtS I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVII1 fED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS NO Ill NAVAL BATTLE RAGES OFF JAVA r 5 Dutch Blow Up Jap Cruiser and Damage Other Warships How Japanese Encircle Java ENEMYALIENSIN 13 CALIFORNIA TOWNS RAIDED More Than 100 FBI Agents Many County Officers Join Drive SAN FRANCISCO eral agents made their most ex tensive raids on enemy aliens in California Saturday striking swiftly on a 300mile front in their campaign against fifth col umn and espionage activities More than 100 F B I agents participated They were assisted by several hundred local county and state law enforcement offi cers Nat J L Pieper chief F31 agent for northern California said raids were made at Red dine Stockton San Jose Santa Cruz East Bay ana San Fran cisco peninsula communities Sacramento Monterey Watson ville Santa Rosa Castroville Santa Cruz and Salinas The raids were directed against potentially dangerous Japanese Italian and German nationals and against axis nationals who hac failed to turn in contrabanc radios cameras signalling devices and weapons The roundup was on the Pacific coast More extensive cleanups o dangerous nationals and even 01 American citizens of axis blooc are expected later in view of President Roosevelts executive order issued Friday permittin the army to clear both aliens and citizens from vital areas Depart ment of justice spokesmen indi cated the order would be used to clear second generation Japanese from much of the western defense zone The army and justice depart ment have not indicated whei they would apply the autriorit given in the presidential order For weeks the west coast through city councils and city of ftcials patriotic organizations am civic groups has been demanding all Japanese be removed from the coast as a safeguard against fiftl column sabotage and invasion threats 20 Die in Flaming Oil Tanker Sinks JACKSONVILLE Fla inking of the tanker Pan Massa husetts off the Atlantic coast Thursday afternoon by an enemy ubmarine was announced by the navy Saturday after the landing here o 18 survivors They told harrowing story of their escape nd the death of 20 fellow crew men in an inferno of burning oil Capt Robert E Christie 52 year old sea veteran who lost the first ship of his career said two tor jedoes exploding in quick succes sion turned the ship into a mass of lames and the sea soon was afire for half a mile around us as the asoline and oil spread Christie of Corpus Christ Tex said three or four shells also ex ploded on us after we were ablaze out the submarine was not seen by any of two lookouts died n the fire aboard ship and they are the only men who might have it The survivors were picked up by a ship which Captain Christie said Aas about five miles back when the Pan Massachusetts was tor pedoed He declared the men or the rescue ship came to their as sistance despite the danger of also being torpedoed launched boais and saved all who were that is The survivors were landed here Friday afternoon but the navy withheld news of their arrival and of the sinking until Saturday pre precaution for safety of the rescue vessel The vessel is owned the Na tional Bulk Carriers Inc The Pan Massachusetts was the 31st ship attacked in the current series of sinking in North Atlantic coastal waters Japanese landings on the island of Bali A again shortened the radius of the semi circle of the attack moving southward against Java from various bases flag svmbols where a large naval battle raged Saturday Tokio also reported landings on Timor B near Dilli and Koepang Civilians at Darwin Are Evacuated CANBERRA Australia Evacuation of civilians from Dar win northern Australian naval sta tion which was bombed by Japanese air raiders Thursday was ordered Saturday as military authorities clamped strict con trol on all activities in the area All will be removed from Darwin except nurses an announcement said Australian authorities m e a n while issued a flat denial of Jap anese claims that heavy damage had been inflicted on allied naval units in the Darwin raid They said however that for military reasons a detailed statement of the damage actually inflicted by the raiders could not be made at present Prime Minister John Ciirtin denying a statement by the Tokio radio that a hospital ship at Dar win was not attacked during a Japanese raid on tluit port said that the hospital ship was at tacked and damaged and there were casualties It was reported also that the Japanese machinegunned the Ber rima andBagot hospitals at Port Darwin causing some casualties The premier of Victoria issued an order meanwhile that no lights be shown at night on any building within 10 miles of the Victoria coast of southeast Aus tralia Reports from Sydney said that the eastern Australian command embracing all New South Wales had begun catling married men from 18 to 35 years of age to service Sailors Win Plea to Have Mermaid Included in Barracks Murals NEW YORK weeks ago 11 artists were assigned to paint murals on the walls of the navy receiving barracks in Brook lyn Soon ships and maps and formal naval heroes brightened the rooms But sailors were in almost con tinual conference with the artists pleading and arguing They won the argument Satur day a lovely mermaid beams from the library wall REPORT SHIPS SENT OUT SOS Chilean Naval Radio Stations Say 7 Boats tylade Appeals for Aid RIO DE JANEIRO naval radio stations reported Sat urday that they had heard dis tress calls from seven ships three of them American within the last 24 hours apparently appealing for aid against German submarine attacks The Antofagasta naval station reported that it bad heard SOS calls from two American freight ers apparently in the Caribbean at a m Friday The position of the ships was not determined WOMAN 90 BURNED CHARITON Mrs John Frcclander 90 alone in her home burned to death Friday when her clothing caught fire from a coal range Claims Kittens Climb Up Beside Hen to Go to Roost at Night COFFEYVILLE Kans mother cat on the Carl Rich farm didnt minti so much when Rn old hen butted in and took over the raising of two new kitten But Rich figures the cat has legitimate complaint now Each night when the hen goes to roost the kittens climb up beside her to snooze Swastikas Observed on Airplanes Attacking Isle North of Darwin SYDNEY Australia man swastikas were observed on enemy planes attacking Bathurst island 50 miles north of Darwin an Australian Royal Air Force communique revealed Saturday as the Darwrin defense zone girded for new aerial assaults if not an invasion attempt Keep Em Frying BISBEE Ariz Joseph Evans sent her son Jack cadet at a naval air base a batch of dough nuts and asked if hed like an other Back came the reply Keep em frying1 Old Man Weather May Have Been Taking U S Car Tax Seals DESMOINES may be old man weather stealing those federal automobile tax seals from automobile wind shields here At least thats what DCS Moines police believe Detective Sergeant George Ces sna was about to report the theft of his seal when he found it lying on the running board nf his car Warmth from the car heater ap parently had combined with the damp atmosphere and steamed the sea off Detective Chief Paul Casteline advised his men and other motor ists that they can eliminate the hazard by using clear varnish to affix the seal Buy your defense savings stamps from your Glolie Gazette carrier boy or at the GG business office Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY ISTot much change in temperature Saturday after noon and Saturday night IOWA Warmer except in ex treme southwest portion Satur day afternoon not much change in temperature Saturday night MINNESOTA Not much change in temperature Saturday afternoon and Saturday night with occa sional light snow IN MASON CITY GlobeGazeUe weather statistics Maximum Friday 20 jviinimum Friday night 5 At 8 a m Saturday 17 YEAR AGO Maximum 13 Minimum 2 Fire Hinders Train Rescue crashed headon JUDGE TO DECIDE ON OPERATION MotherIsOpposedto Amputation of Girls Grossly Distorted Arm SEATTLE the face of a mothers opposition Washingtons lighest court must decide wheth r a judge can order the ainpula ion of an 11 year old girls gross y distorted arm Patricia Hudson born with licr eft arm disproportionately large the pawn in the tragedy that las aligned her mother against icr four brothers and five sisters n the controversy The children first brought the case before Superior Tudpc William C Lonff in juvenile court here Little Patricia wearing a cape to shield her greatly overgrown member supported their appeal for an amputation order even in the face of what she knew was a grave risk Seattle doctors to whom Judge Long recently submitted the case expressed the fear that death would be almost certain a few years if the arm were not amputated Arguments Friday which showed the arm to be 10 limes the weight of tlic other the court ns sigued the case for a written opin ion The mother Mrs Patricia Hud son asked the supreme court to prohibit a court order for an am putation expressing fear that the operation would bring death The father Claude E Hudson 58 is an invalid Im afraid the operation will kill her the mother explained But even if 1 knew that she would come through alive I would still be against it be cause I bclicve that theres a chance that some day medical science may find some way to cure her arm I dont think it will kill her if shes left alone as Ihc doctors claim I had her examined my self and was told that the arm isnt getting bigger any more than the rest of her gels bigger as she grows She skates like other children and even sews She doesnt run and hide when people come to the door like it was claimed She only runs sometimes to get her cloak to cover her arm The father indicates he did not share his wifes wholehearted op position to the operation but said he was leaving it up to mama The girl dropped out of school two years ago and now has a tu tor at home ROLES PLAYED BY U S FLYERS ARE DESCRIBED War Department Also Reports Jap Artillery in Bataan Has Reopened BULLETIN WASHINGTON P The navy announced Saturday six destroyers accompanied by Dutch warships sank two enemy destroyers off the island of Bali with only slight damage tu Ihc United Stales vessels and minor loss of personnel Tlic navy also reported that considerable equipment salvaged from flic Cavite navat base in the Philip pines ami from other sources 1ms been used to good advan tage in the defense of Bataan peninsula WASHINGTON war department announced Saturday that American bombers in a scries of altacjcs Japanese warships and transports off lie Netherlands Indies island of Bali shot clown four Japanese planes and scored direct hits on three enemy cruis ers and four transports Meanwhile ill Hie Philippines there was heavy artillery firing in the Balaau ncninsula and Japanese siege guns resumed fire on the Manila bay fortifi concentrating on the exposed island outpost of Fort Frank At least 10 heavy American bombers took part in the air and sea fighting off Balo from which the communique made clear com plete reports were still lacking The American planes in volved in the action off Bali represented the largest num ber specifically mentioned in a vrar department commumitic thus far Japs Claim Dutch Lost 2 Destroyers TOKIO From Japanese Broad smashing Japanese iaval victory against heavy odds n a midnight fight between the islands of Bali and Lnmbok an other Japanese air raid on Bata ia and the flaming destruction of 27 planes and military objec tives on a Java airfield were re ported Saturday by the Japanese Two Dutch destroyers were sunk and a third heavily damaged by two Japanese destroyers in the naval engagement n communique said The Japanese destroyers then were reported to have chased two Dutch cruisers three miles before two move Japanese de stroyers rushed up and helped score torpedo hits on the fleeing cruisers before they escaped in the night The sea battle tool place early Friday morning in the Strait of Lombok which is about 15 miles wide at the narrowest point The Japanese acknowledged one of their destroyers was slishtly dam nged but said the craft did not lose her steering ability Dome reported the Japanese raid on Balavin capital of the Netherlands East Indies but did ot say what results were chievcd A communique Issued by the apanese imperial headquarters aid Japanese army bombers Fri ay swooped down on Kalidjatic irfield CO miles cast of Batavia nd unleashed tons ol high explo ives Twentyseven planes were1 shot own in flames or destroyed 01 lie ground there the communique aid other objectives were de troyed and fires were started Domei declared the raids dcm Uiat the Japanese hold ir supremacy over the Dutcl1 asl Indies and that the Japanese lircraft taking part in the latest were nnl challenged by ingle enemy plane IS INJURED Wash TOWAV TACOltA Arnold K Bell son of Mrs Hazel Bell of Fort Dodge Iowa was in jured Friday in the crash of an air corps bomber in which two airmen were killed The bomber was from the nearby McChorcl air base Tivo days agt 10 army fighter phmcs were mentioned in a fight over Snerabaja Java and they were credited Uilli destroy ing six enemy planes in tiie continuing fighting off Bali an other formation of 1C fighters served as an escort for seven army dive bombers The dive bombers were reported in action for the first time The communique number 117 based on reports received unti a m eastern war time said I Philippine theater Heavy artillery firing on both sides characterized the action in Bntaan during the past 24 hours Infantry patrols were active re sulting in numerous skirmishes In the air enemy aircraft made frequent flights over our lines dropping incendiary bombs Hostile artillery fire on all out fortifications was resumed will Fort Frank bearing the brunt o the attack Our harbor defense batteries returned the fire 2 Netherlands Indies American aircraft participated in continuing attacks on Tapanes shipping off the coast of Bali An enemy fleet consisting of two cruisers four or five de stroyers and four transports ap peared off the southeast coast of Bali and was attacked by a formation of heavy American army bombers accompanied by two American army A24 dive bombers The heavy bombers made three direct hits onone or more cruis crs and two direct hits on th transports One enemy cruiser anci one transport were hit by smallc missiles from our dive bombers Four enemy fighter planes wor shot down Our aircraft suffere no losses in this attack Later seven American army A24 divo bombers with an es cort of 16 P40 fighter planes re sumed the attack on the enemy vessels In this fight a Japanese cruiser seriously damaged Two of our dive bombers and two of our fighter planes were lost In a subsequent action three of our heavy bombers attacked another enemy cruiser off Bali scoring three hits A later attack was made on the Japanese vessels by 10 American army bombers of the flying fortress type Results of this action have not been re portcd t is believed that this aerial fighting off Bali is the action pre viously described in press reports from Batavia Java 3 There is nothing to report from other areas A Tabulation BATAVIA Java Japanese hips including Civ cruisers and two sunk or damaged in a grca Ihrcc dny naval battle in dcfens of Java it was officially report cd Saturday The battle continues Saturda night as American and Dutcl warships and planes arc strikin back hard at the Japanese assaul toward the united nations head quarters The allied losses included a cles troyer sunk by a torpedo and an other ship damaged with the loss of 10 lives More than 18 Japanese vessels were bombed in the allied attacks on Thursday and Friday accord ing to Saturdays comminmiuc but it was pointed out that there may have been duplications The official of boinbing at tacks including possible repeat or duplication attacks for the hv days up to Friday night showed 1 Three Japanese cruisers bit by American flying fortresses and dive bombers off southeast Bali and two or three enemy cruisers including one that exploded damaged by American and Dutch warships off Bali 2 Two enemy destroyers di reclly hit by allied aerial bombs off the important Den Pasar air port on the south Etiti coast which the Japanese assaulted 3 Two enemy destroyers dam IS FIRST ALLIED OFFENSIVE SEA FIGHT IN INDIES Struggle Potentially Greater Than Macassar Straits Is Developing BATAVIA N E I a Java sea fight an lounced as the first allied mval offensive in Lite battle or the Indies United States uul Dutch warships strongly upported by dive bombers nd fighting planes blew up ne Japanese cruiser and seri ously damaged another cruis Jiiiil two destroyers the 3utch and united nations commands declared Saturday The announcement indicated that a third Japanese cruiser inifih have been hit ant TR porletl direct heavy bomb hits on an imspciified number of other mostly transports One allied destroyer was lost after having been hit by a torpedo fTlie war department in Wash gton announced that American bombers winging into the fight off Bali just cast of Java shot dovvn four Japanese planes and scored bomb hits on three Japanese cruisers and four transports Foul United States planes were lost Thus there was developing in the waters east of closely guarded Java and the invasionstruck Bali a naval bittle potentially greater than the fight for Macassar strait A Dutch communique said Ihr allied striking force consisted of Netherlands rruisers and Neth erlands and United States de stroyers recently grouped unclrr the command nf the Dutch Vice Admiral C E I Ilelfrich a sub marine expert and an exponent of lliis very type of offensive slab Among the enemy ships1 a supplement to the war report said thevc were also cruisers carrying guns of six inches The communique said it was the first time Dutch cruisers en gaged in offensive action1 adding that up to now they have been busy all the time with other du ties1 The United States and Dutch figiitcrs bombers and dive bomb ers supported the attack and struck blows of their own at in vasion transports over a wide area from Bali on the cast ir Bangka Strait off Sumatra to the west aged by American naval forces off Bali and Dutch Four ships apparently trans ports hit by U S dive bombers off the Den Pasar airport 5 Three enemy transports anil supply hips totaling 21000 tons hit directly or damaged by near misses in the Musi river on Su Thcir parl i reported y a command war credited them large Japanese the liclit was united nations bulletin which with sinking a transport and scoring hits on numerous other transports and warships It said that during one attack on tu o Japanese cruisers and two destroyers Japanese 7erof naval fighter planes tried to protect heir warships but were driven off Several hits were reported scored by dive bombers on four Japancsc ships engaged in land ing operations near airfield and coastal town on southeastern Bali Here again the united nations command said Japanese fighters clashed the allied planes matra 6 Two enemy transports or supply ships including the 5000 ton merchant ship Koapang hit in the Banka strait oft Sumatra Harrington to Report for Physical Tests WASHINGTON army has notified Representative Vin cent Harrington D to ap pear for a physical examination May 1 in connection with his of fer to join the armed forces Tho congrcsrman was turned down temporarily because of overweight when he submitted to a previous physical examination He ims since gone on a diet Three Japanese planes were shot down and tvo allied planes were lost the communique reported The American and Dulrh bomb ers were operating the length Javas northern senfront the communique disclosed It required that in the Bangka Strait a direct hit was scored on one transport ship and a direct hit and near miss on the 5000ton merchant vessel Koapang Hanging over the Musi river where Japanese invasion forces iron their foothold on Sumatra allied planes were said to have scored two direct hits on an 8000Inn vessel 1 bomb hit squarely on the bridge of a 5000ton ship and several near misses on another ship of 8000 Ions In the sea ficht with Japanese cruisers nnd destroyers the Dutch reported that he Japanese war ship which wn sunk was in iflamcs after having been hit by a ;