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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 24, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVII1 ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES F1VK CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24 1942 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 117 STORM WRECKS 2 USSHIPS 189 DIE JAVA DEFENSE FORCES GIRDED FORJAPATTACK Roosevelt Discloses U S Forces Steadily Growing in Far Pacific See 1 for Report on Address fcy President Roosevelt By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor President Roosevelts pledge that the united nations would take the offensive soon aroused shin ing new hope in the antiaxis lands Tuesday as defenders of Java girded for a climactic assault by Japans seaborne invaders In the first official disclosure that a sizable A E F vanguard was already on the scene of action Mr Roosevelt declared that United States forces in the tar Pa cific were steadily growing ami that thousands of American troops are today in that area London newspapers gave the presidents speecli an enthusiastic indorsement with the Daily Sketch commenting that Mr Roosevelt gave the world a tremendous message of confidence and cheer never has America faced greater dangers than she does today never has she shown such invin cible ability to meet them Axis reaction was typified by Domei official Japanese news agency which asserted that the was like a pep talk by an irate football coach and that commentary was report thaV a Japanese warship was shelling the mainland at about the same time he was speaking from the white house Other w a r 1 dwide develop BURMA London military quarters said the Japanese drive into Burma appeared nearing its maximum power and that the in vaders were throwing fresh troops agajnsl British positions along the Sittang river 20 miles from the BangoonLashio railway Fighting stubbornly British troops were to withdraw across the 30 mile area between the Bilin and Sittang rivers but fresh Chinese reinforcements were reported streaming into Burma to stem the Japanese onslaught A London spokesman said Japan had 26 divisions at least 390000 troops and possibly as many as 500000 now fighting in the far Pacific theater and acknowledged that we do not have so many DUTCH Dutch and al lied troops were reported still re Pledge of Offensive Soon Boosts Hopes of A Hies DESTROYER AND ES VESSEL Judge Awards Parkersburg Quccjpibs Following Stroke for Prominent North Iowa Jurist to Be Held Wednesday sisting fiercely in Sumatra and Bali Royal Australian airmen attacked Japaneseoccu pied Rabaul New Britain island overcoming Japanese fightei planes to bomb airdromes and shipping in the harbor New Aerial Blows Struck at Java BATAVIA N E I Urged by the governorgeneral of the Dutch East Indies to face the foe with faith and an iron will the allied defenders of Java nearec the zerohour Tuesday in the battle for this last bulwark block ing the Japanese from the vital united nations supply lines in the Indian ocean There was no new official word on the situation in southern Su matra and in Bali where the in vaders have wrested their lates footholds directly west and eas of this island citadel in the face of stubborn opposition from out numbered defense forces A brief Indies high command communique reported only fresh aerial blows at Java the heav iest of ivhich was aimed at mili tary objectives around Ban doeng Dutch army headquar ters Three lowflying formations o enemy bombers apparently with out fighter escort were greeted by a blasting barrage of antiaircraf fire from Dutch guns and new Britishmade cannon which gavi the Japanese an explosive wel come At least one bomber wai shot down and others were dam aged But in the face of this inlensivi fire the planes circled the city an then swooping even lower ma chinegunned various parts of thi town causing a few casualties One other bomber was listed a probably shot down Monda M F Edwards of Parkersburg 83 who retired from the district court bench a year ago after 28 years of service as a jurist in the twelfth judicial district died at the Pres byterian hospital in Waterloo it 10 oclock Monday morning He had gone to the hospital two weeks ago or treatment and rest and a stroke suffered Monday proved ratal Funeral services for the prom inent North Iowa judge will he held here at Wednesday af ternoon at his home and at Z oclock at the Methodist church Active pallbearers will be D R Van Eman R H Mulder and John Behnke all of Parkersburg W Shepard of Allison George Slake of Charles City and Harvey Carter of Clarksyille Honorary pallbearers are R F Mough of Mason City president if the district bar association John A Senneff of Mason City E lager of Waverly state supreme justice Burton Sweet of Vaverly former congressman W i1 Evans of Waterloo Burt J Thompson of Forest City former of the state bar associa ion and District Judges Henry J Graven T A Beardmove Tom Boynton and M H Kepler A considerable number of members of the Ceiro Gordo county Bar association planned to attend theservices at Park ersbure Judge EdwaVcjsjs survived by his widow and A daughter preceded him in death Judge Edwards assumed his duties on the bench Jan 1 1913 and was active until 1940 when he announced his retirement which was effective Dec 31 1940 Counties in the judicial district in which he had jurisdiction consist of Cerro Gordo Butler Floyd Winnebago Brcmer Hancock Worth and Mitchell At the time of his retirement he was dean of all Iowa judges in point of service Born near Muncie in Lycoming county Pa Oct 22 1858 son of William and Catherine Smolc Ed wards Judge Millard Fillmore Ed wards gained his early education in a commercial college course at Williamsport in that state Later he attended the Central State Nor mal school at Lock Haven Pa being graduated with honors there in 1882 and took up teaching soon becoming a school principal After one year this work however he came west to enter the University of Iowas law de partment He was graduated there with the class of 1884 and returned to Williamsport in his native state to begin the practice of law in the office of B S Bejitlcy One year later the young lawyci again came west this time lo take up permanent residence becoming a partner of O B Courlright Parkersburg attorney Subse night Java near Malang in eastern JUDGE HI F EDWARDS in Waterloo quently he was in partnership will Robert F Camp and J V Gregory both in Parkersburg Mr Edwards served as But ler countys representative in the twentyeighth and twentyninth sessions of the Iowa general as sembly At Parkersburg on July 21 1887 he married Miss Ida Whiting In addition to the highly capable administration his duties on the bench and as an attorney membered in Parkersburg for hi productive and progressive effort as mayor school board director president of the library board anc guiding hand in several other pub lie offices of trust He assumed tru responsibilities entrusted to hirr by the community and much c the progress of Parkersburg wa directly due to his farsighlcd inter cs in the towns welfare Leaders Hurt in Saber Duel BUENOS AIRES ilashecl at dawn Tuesday and when the duel had ended the hairman of Argentinas Dies jommittee and the retired army colonel he had criticized were led bleeding from the field of honor Paul Damontc Taboida head of congressional committee iuves subversive activities was wounded twice in the right avm His 51 year ok antagonist Col Snrique Rottjer had a saber stab iii the chest and two other wounds in his right arm The colonel who had demanded satisfaction for an election cam paign remark had demanded sabers despite the civilian Da monte Tabordas insistence on pistols Rottjer claiming lie was the aggrieved party hatl vhc choice of weapons Both combatants were visibly tired as their seconds sutured their wounds and ecl them from the field of honor on a secluded estate outside Buenos Aires The duel prohibited by Argen tine law was strictly secret and reports of the fighting were heavily censored by the handful of spectators The men fought two twominute rounds before the referee stepped between them lo end the encounter 26 DIVISIONS IN FAR EAST USED IN JAP ATTACKS Churchill Says Nippon Rules Air Has Waning Command of Sea LONDON Minister Churchill told the house of com mons Tuesday that Japan rules the air and is exercising a tem porary and waning command of the sea in the area of her opera tions but he predicted i final vic tory which he said might come unexpectedly over the axis The Japanese also are em ploying numerically superior land forces of about 26 divisions probably 390000 combat troops and 100000 additional men in supply and auxiliary in the ABDA American Brit ish Dutch Australian area he added and llicir command of the air makes V costly and difficult for our air reinforce ments to establish themselves and secure dominance SUB SHELLS CALIFORNIA U S FORCES PUSH HUNT Little Damage Is Caused by Shells Aimed at Refinery SANTA BARBARA Cal An enemy submarine fired its reply to President Roosevelts war address in ihe very middle of his chat Monday shells badly aimed toward nn oil field and refinery near Golcla seven miles north of here Witnesses said the shells pre sumably of the shrapnel type exploded large volumes of dirt from beaches and pastures frightened horses into scream ing hit only one well The pumping plant and derrick of that well were dam aged However no fires were started No one was killed or injured It was the first attack upon United States soil in this war although Japanese submarines ofl Ihe Pacific coast and German submarines off the Atlantic have sunk some ships and damagcc others Once before in the World war a German submarine disguised as j a freighter shelled the mainland Efforts to reinforce inc area are in an ittnck on a tug and a string in Products Reported Removed From France LONDON UR An official spokesman commentating Tues day on German depredations in France said that up to the end of 1941 the Germans had removed up to worth in dustrial products and food stuffs in addition to many securities He said it was estimated that on the basis of the rate of ITS French francs to the pound ster ling the Germans had removed 5800000000 worth of industrial products and anywhere between 5600000000 and Sl000000000 worth o food stuffs He added Unit he was unable to say regarding the removal of securities SW IOWA DIGS OUT OF SNOW DES MOINES Iowa dug out from under a deep snow blanket Tuesday while colder weather moved into the state and subzero temperatures were forecast for the northern half Tuesday night The snowstorm expected to cx fcnd heavy snow over southern Iowa Monday night failed to reach southeastern sections and the area of blocked roads and drifted streets was limited largely to west and southwest portions of the state Six to IS inches of snow were dcpositeH by a raging winter storm Monday Most of the state lelt the teeth of the winddriven snow but it centered in the southwest Snowfall reported included 7 inches at Leon and at Lamoni it drifted two feet in depth Shen andoali and surrounding territory reported 9 to 13 inches Clarinda had 11 inches Atlantic 2 SiouJc City 4 Iowa City 2 Davenport and Dubuque less than an inch Des Moines li inchcsand Ottumxva a light snow The colder weather forecast for Monday night and Tuesday morn ing was slowed down in reaching Iowa and may not be so severe as first indicated the weather bu reau said further complicated by Britains very heavy shipping losses since 1339 losses which he admitted had shown a most serious increase in the last two months Thus as a result of Japans entry into the war Britain must reckon with an evident prolong ation of the war perhaps until 1943 or 1944 But he announced that shortly would submit a scheme for postwar be cause we cannot be sure as in the last war that victory may not come upon us unexpectedly Even without sensational vic tories he suggested a successful conclusion of the war might come Jtor the united nations through the effects of attrition It would not be necessary even lo push back the German lines over all the territory they have absorbed Germany might be defeated more fatally in the fourth or fifth year of the war than if the allies had marched inlo Berlin in the first year Announcing that Generalissimo Chiang Kaishek has accepted an invitation to join the Pacific war council a body upon which Brit ain the Netherlands East Indies Ready to Carry Troops to Battle The world s largest twomotored transport the 25ton CurtisCondor Til is pictured above as it was completed in an aircraft factory somewhere in the United States It is u scveral that are nearing completion The big plane dwarfs a tinsCurtis riawk P40 pursuit plane standing next lo it New Zealand and Australia al the war if we ready are represented for purposes recommendin strategy he declared that can look forward across the ini tial setbacks since Japan entered the war we can see very clearly thai our position has been enor mously improved not only in the last two years but in the last few months lie said he had no more news f what had happened at Singa pore upon the fall of which he would not attempt lo pass judg ment which would be an unsea sonable and a very ungracious task Declaring he was satisfied with the present assignments of vari ous cabinet members in the re shuffled government and the chiefs of staff he said he had no intention of making further major changes Only n few undersecre taries may be shifted it was in dicated lowan Burned to Death as Home Is Destroyed OSKALOOSA Dar fand SJ burned to death Monday in a fire which consumed his farm home His sister Mrs Frank Podc bauch was seriously burned Mrs Darland and the Darlands soi were burned slightly in attempting a rescue Weather Report FORECAST MASON Colder Tuesdaj night Lowest temperature Tues day night 5 below IOWA Colder Tuesday night MINNESOTA No decided change in temperature north and west colder southeast Tuesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 20 Minimum Monday night M At 8 a m Tuesday in YEAR AGO Maximum 30 Minimum 19 Precipitation trace Snowfall trace of barges oft Orleans Mass Only casualty was a helmsman who lost part of n hand Witnesses said the first shell was fired at p m p m W T and that the attack con inued until p in twilight The coast was blacked out at p m from Goleta 25 miles south o Carpentcria Radios only were iilenced in the remainder of south ern California The all clear was Jivenat Jt m a m Z W Several flares were sighted just off lie coast during the blackout Police at Ventura 27 miles south of here presumed they were dropped by U S airplanes searching for the sub marine However army offi cials gave no information re garding the flares or whether planes were sent in search of the submersible f Witnesses at Goleta said the submarine seemed to head south after it ceased firing The Rev Arthur Bushman of Pomona vis iting at Montecito saw a vessel he Ihought was a submarine flashing signal lights as it left Santa Bar bara channel about p m The Los Angeles district press office of Ihe lllh jjava district made public the following account of the shelling obtainec from S W Borden supcrintendeii of the Bankline Oil company a Ellwood near Goleia At p m one large sub marine came to the surface abou one mile off shore and fired ap proximately 15 shells from a deck gun One direct hit reached on well causing minor damage I the pumping unit and derrick There were several close misses on n crude oil storage lank and i gasoline plant Apparently n damage was caused by these shells A complete survey of the ground has not been made and there may have been superficial damage Whatever other damage is dis closed will not be extensive No fires were started as a re suit of the firing No tanks were hit From fragments of shell found and marks on the ground it is be lieved a 4 or 5 inch gun was used The liring was done leisurely ap parently only one gun being used It required about 25 minutes to fire the approximately 15 G O Brown an oil worker off duty said the submarine was only a mile off shore and so biz I thought it might be a destroyer or cruiser I have seen many submarines and this was larger than of those In the U 5 navy that I have seen It was lying idly on the sur face Then it began shelling Shot after shot with great regularity I counted 12 shells that burst most of them on the Staniff place where Brown lives and the Barnsdall Oil Company lease I spotted the last shell at pm The submarine still lay on the surface It started to get twilight I watched it as long as I could distinguish its form and then it grew dark It didnt submerge and there were no airplanes heard Brown said Barnsdalls main ab sorption plant almost on the beach seemed to be the subma rines objective Wells extend out into the Pacific to form one of the largest submarineoil fields in the western hemisphere but the sub mersible made no attempt to de stroy these One of he shells whistled three miles inland to the Teco lotc ranch where it exploded Another cleared the highway and 1 Planes and Ships Carry Out Search for Submersible WASHINGTON war department announced Tuesday that army and nury aircraft and surface vessels have started a search for the enemy submarine which shelled the Bankline oil refinery near Santa Barbara Cal Monday night The departments communiriiie said ilamajjc from the shelling was slight and no casualties were reported The submarine apparently Japanese fired 25 rounds of fiveinch shells at the refinery the department said In the Philippine fighting the department said there wns no ground activitjon either side in the last 24 hours but enemy air craft dropped a number of incen diary bombs The text of the communique number 122 ot the war based on reports received here up to 830 i m C W T I West coast An enemy submarine appnr ly Japanese fired twentyfive of fiveinch shells at the Sanktine oil refinery near Ellwooc Ca last night at abovit p n Pacific war time Slight dam age was done and uo casualties were reported The submarine ap peared on the surface of Ihe occai about onefourth mile off Ellwooc which is twelve miles west o Santa Barbara Firing was Iron two liveinch guns Army an navy aircraft nnd surface vessel have instituted a search lor th submarine Z Philippine theater There was no activity of Kround troops on either side durinjr the past 24 hours Enemy aircraft dropped n considerable number of iiicpn tliary bombs behind our lines There is nothing to repoi from other areas LOST BY NAVY Roaring Gale Tears Boats Apart Off Rocky Newfoundland Coast WASHINGTON United talcs destroyer and a naval tores ship have been pounded to ieces off the rocky cast coast of lewfoundland in a roaring gale lie navy announced Tuesday vita i loss of at leasi 18D officers nd men Amonjr the dead was Lieu tenant C o m in a u 1 e r Ralph Ilickox 38 of Washington D C who commanded the destroyer the Truxtun an old fourstacker of World war vintage The com mander of the stores ship Ihr Pollux was not identified but the navy reported him safe V V The heavy loss of life was ittribulcd to the fact that the two hips constituting a portion of a unvoy were lorn to wreckage inclor the merciless battering of ivinrt and wave very quickly after hoy ran aground The double disaster occurred in daylight but visibility was ex rcmcly lov Hocks nntl reefs made the coast line indistinct and regular aids to navigation were obscured by low sweeping scud The point at which the ships went aground was des cribed as near the entrance tr Lawrence harbor on which is lo cated the town of Lawrence New foundland Residents of that place were praised by the navy for their heroic efforts in pulling such men as survived through the icy storm tossed seas to safety certaiii Truxlun were placed at seven officers and 90 men and there was a possibility that three more deaths would be firmed later lie navy Bead aboard the Iollux one officer and 91 men con said were Curtain on 2 Famed Attractions of Times Square Is Rung Down NEW YORK cnrta rang flown on two of Tim Squares most famous attractioi Monday night and the great whi way lost much of its whiteness each wriggled through its finn performance The rippling waves and bub bleblowing fish on the huge Wrigley sign played their last act of a six year run voluntarily and License Commissioner Paul Moss forced the Gaiety heater Man hattans last burlesque to close refusing to renew its license The propiieiors promised a court test of the closing Broadways largest sign con sumed enough electricity lo illu minate n citv of IpOOO sticl Presi dent Philip K Wviglcy of the Wil linin WHgiey Jr company i Chicago He announced it would be dismantled and its eighty miles of copper wire and other materials converted lo war use burst in foothills Others fell short on the beach Browii said some of Ihe shells landed awfully close lo the ab sorption plant must have been 20 or 25 men working in the field and nobody was injured Their shooting wasnt very good he added Lawrence Wheeler proprietor of an inn north of the oil field said he nncl his patrons felt con cussion of the shelling but one soldier who weie in mv place said it was probably just target practice A bit later they heard that the field was being ntlackcd and rushed out Wheeler said they saw the submarine and flashes of tile gun as it went off One shell whined over my head The blackout tied up traffic 25 miles or more inland and wns re ported 100 per cent effective by officers Al midnight shortly before the all clear sounded the Ven tura sheriffs office arrested four Japanese anc an Italian Sgl Leslie Williams said the Kalian and two Japanese were driving about the city despite a ban on traffic in blackouts lie said they were armed The other two Japanese were questioned because they had bee near Goleta about the time of th attack They aid they wcr ciriving from San Luis Obispo tn Los Angeles where hey were produce merchants and knew nothing of the shelling The Truxtun was the same type nf old destroyer as the Reuben James which was torpedoed and sunk in the north Atlantic rift Iceland with the loss ot 100 offi cers and men last fall Tlie normal complement of the Pollux n new I30R5 ton merchant vessel which luicl been taken over by the navy only last year was not given Disclosure of Hie loss of he Truxlun following closely the navys announcement Monday that he coast guard cutter Alexander Hamilton had been torpedoed and atcr sunk off Iceland with a moderate loss of personnel was made in a communique which lersely described efforls at rescue nitl how difficult they were on I lip coast and in the oil spilled from the broken ships Efforts lo put lines ashore from he stricken vessels failed A irecches buoy finally was rigged lo a ledge at sea level but some iurvivors were Hashed bp ore they could be got to the lop or the cliff that lined the rocky coasl The Truxtun the navy said rokc up almost immediately after grounding and soon afterward the Pollux also went lo pieces under the pounding of ihe violent seas Such as did survive owe their rescue in larcc measure the navy declared lo he tireless efficient anil in many cases he roic action of the people of St Lawrence Newfoundland The announcement of the double sea tragedy was made in navy communique number 44 based on report1 received up to a m eastern war time Tues day The communique Atlantic U S S Tnixhin a World war destrovcr and the U S S Pollux a CRign ship mn aground in foul weather off the roast of Newfoundland and were lost Due tn the cxtremelv difficult surf caused by the gale raging in Ihe Atlantic and the bitterness of the winter weather loss of life was heavy on both vessels Heroic efforts to swim lines ashore failed due to the inability tn handle them when they became oil soaked A breeches buoy was finally rigged to a ledge at sea level but some of the survivors were washed away before they could be got to the top of the cliff that lined the rocky shore The Truxtun broke vtp almost immediately after grounding and soon thereafter the Pollux did likewise The survivors owe their res cue in large maesure to the lireless efficient and in many cases he jtrnc aciion of the people ot St j Lawrence Newfoundland i The next of kin of those lost ;