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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 10, 1942, Mason City, Iowa COUP DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES OES MO I NES I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED W1BKS FIVE CENTS A COPV MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JANUARY 10 1942 THIS PAPEH CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 79 JAPS CLAIM KUALA LUMPUR TAKEN Y Powerful Japanese Transports Massed Off Mindanao Island RUSSIA CLAIMS MANY GERMANS HAVE GIVEN UP Reds Declare Hundreds oi Small Placer Moves Directed at Nazis BULLETIN KUIBYSHEV Saturday night asserted that She Russian air force striking at German rear lines to prevent movement of reinforcements to the central front had smashed many as 85 troopladen ene my trains and 32 railroad sta tions halting German traffic on several main lines in the Baltic and western Russian sectors KUIBYSHEV Russia UJ9 Russia asserted Saturday that German troops were starting to surrender in mass and that in the Staritsa northwest of Mos cow German units were retreat ing southwestward abandoning arms guns vehicles and ammuni tion A Tass agency communique re porting the start of mass surren ders said This testifies to the growing demoralization of the fascist arm ies Izvestia the official newspa per asserted that the Germans were rushing planes to the Star itsaKalinin front from other sectors and that German infan try units were being brought up from position to the rear desperate attemptto re trieve the situation Dispatches said that at points in the Staritsa area the German rear guards were resisting fiercely but that the Russians were advancing relentlessly cutting important railroads and highways A war communique indicated that theRussians were striking deep into the German lines in hundreds of small pincer move ments which were parts of a gi gantic whole Red army men southwest of Moscow broke into and routed the headquarters of a German battal ion and killed 168 officers and men the communique said One sergeant was credited with breaking into a Germanheld house in a village and killing 20 men with his automatic rifle It was asserted that in the Kharkov area guerillas raided a German police headquarters and killed 20 policemen includ ing the chief of police Pravda the official communist party paper said the crack 5th guards division breaking the Ger man line in one sector killed around 5000 Germans and cap tured or destroyed 17 tanks two armored cars 55 mine throwers 30 field guns 254 machine guns more than 6000 automatic and or dinary rifles 600000 cartridges a large quantity of artillery shells and mines 13 motor cars and 35 trucks Adolf Hitler was reported by thi army newspaper Red Star to be flying reinforcements from western Europe to the Moscow front in a desperate attempt to save hundreds of thousands of his finest fropps from encirclemenl and annihilation Russian shock troops were at tacking the Germans mercilessly on an 1100 mile front from Len ingrad to Ihe Black sea and the air force extended its operations to the Latvian and Lithuanian borders more than 300 miles to the west to blast railroads hrinjinc reinforcements to the hardpressed Germans To bomb the railroad which ex ends westward into Latvia and Lithuania from Rzhcv 135 miles northwest of Moscow big Russian bombing planes were operating up to 600 miles from their bases Pilots specially trained in blinc flying were fighting througl raging blizzards over westerr Russia to dive bomb railroads am stations and Red Star said thej had disrupted traffic on severa lines Reports from the front said masses of reserves were arriving and Russian striking power was increasing like a rolling snowball It was asserted that shock forces were pressing the Germans so hard on the Moscow front that strong nazi guards were unable to disengage themselves from the main German forces or to break contact with the Russians At the extremities of the front Leningrad in the north and the Crimea in the south the Russians were advancing all along the line Congressman in Army Slazi Foreign Office Takes Jnusual Measures to Deny Reports of Internal Unrest By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adolf Hitlers own press chief prepared the German na Private Frank vho left his job as congressman from New Jersey to enlist as a private in the army was shoveling ashes a truck at Camp Lee Va as his share of fatigue detail when this picture was taken Warmer and This Time the Weatherman Really Means It Temperatures Expected to Reach 10 to 15 Degrees Above Zero DBS MOINES Wanner Saturday afternoon and Saturday night And this time the weather man really meant it Temperatures generally were expected to reach 10 to 15 degrees above zero over Iowa Saturday afternoon and the minima forecast for Sunday morn ing were zero in the northeast 5 above in the southeast and 10 above in the northwest and south1 west Regulations forbid forecasts ex lending beyond 24 hours but it looked to the lay observer like this might be the end of the ex treme cold wave that lias kept lowans under wraps since Jan 1 Winds of 2030 miles an hour were expected to add to the misery of still chilly weather Saturday but they arc to diminish Saturday night The mercury plunged lo new record lows in some places during Friday night before the respite appeared Marshalltown had 29 below Ames 25 Waterloo 23 Cedar Rapids and Mason City 24 Cedar Rapids also recorded Fridays state high of 14 above Other low readings included Muscatine 22 Iowa City 22 Crcston 22 Webster City 22 Ot tumwa 20 Fort Dodge 20 Des Moines airport 20 Story City 19 Clinton 19 Charles City 19 Davenport 13 Sioux City 18 Cherokee 17 Dubuque 16 Bur lington 14 Council Bluffs R Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Fair and mud warmer Saturday afternoon Saturday night increasin cloudiness and warmer wind 2535 miles per hour diminish ing Saturday night lowest tern perature Saturday night Masoi City o above IOWA Fair to partly cloudy am warmer Saturday afternoon an Saturday night lowest Saturda night 1520 east and 2025 portion Wind 2030 mph dimin ishing Saturday night MINNESOTA Fair to part cloudy and warmer Saturda afternoon and Saturday nigh lowest temperature Saturda night 1015 north nnd 152 south portion Wind 2535 mpl diminishing Saturday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 5 below Minimum Fri night 2 below At 8 a m Saturday At 2 p m Saturday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Asks for Duplicate of Draft Registration Card Made Out in18 KANSAS CITY Mo selectee service board clerk Charles Dameron Saturday re ported a somewhat belated re quest for a draft registration card A New Yorker wrote I regi stered with your draft board in the summer of 1913 but I have misplaced my draft card Please send me a duplicate Dameron passed the matter on to Washington 1OWAN ON BOAKD WASHINGTON sen ate Friday confirmed the nomina tion of L Welch Pogue of Grant Iowa to be R member of the civil aeronautics board t 10 below 14 above 12 At the same time advices from somewhere on the German fron ier said persistent reports of incipient revolution in Germany co nciding with the debacle on lUe ussian war front had impelled he German foreign office to issue middleoftlienight denial These advices said the helmstrasse called foreign cor respondents from bed one night this week and told them of the reports and the official denial The foreign office asserted that the reports were spread by British and American sources Some of the correspondents ex pressed surprise that the stories so much concern in the Vilhemstrasse that it was felt necessary lo make an immediate denial In a backhanded way7 the Ber broadcast a dispatch from Bucharest to show that all was quiet in Berlin itself Rumors of growing dissatisfac ion in Germany spread by Anglo V m e r i c a n propEigancla w ere aunched in the hope of influenc the forthcoming PanAmeri can conference at Rio DC Jan eiro according to the Berlin cor respondent of the Rumanian news paper Timpul the Berlin broad cast said The correspondent affirms that not the slightest disorder could be seen anywhere Jn Ber lin whose inhabitants were calmer and more resolute than ever The broadcast declared that Ru manian correspondents now in Berlin were easily able to con vince themselves that not a single ane of the machine guns invented ay AngloAmerican propaganda was to be found on the roofs of any Berlin hotel Previous reports from outside Germany said Hitler had posted machine guns manned by SS elite guard troops in Berlin and other German cities as a precau tion against revolt 3 TRAITORS ARE EXECUTED IN BERLIN STOCKHOLM Sweden All Swedish correspondents in Berlin have been requested au toritatively to deny that any signs of an impending or imminenl coup are visible there well in formed quarters said Saturday At the same time it was made known that three traitors had been executed Friday at Berlin One was charged with illcga possession of a store of arms Informants said German author ities weretrcating with surprising seriousness the rumors published abroad that the German govern ment was faking measures to pre vent an uprising in Berlin The nazi propaganda ministry which usually has dismissed such rumors with a few contemptuous words this time emphatically de nied the coup rumors Thursday and Friday Berlin broadcasts had denied re ports published in allied capilals that machine gun posts were bcin erected at strategic spots in Ber lin Reports also had been denied if visions between Adolf Hitler nd the army command V RETURNING RUMANIANS AILED TO GIVE UP ARSIS By UNITED PRESS The German radio hinted at reparations for an armed revolt gainst nazi rule in Rumania Sat irriay The Berlin radio said in a news ispatch from Bucharest that many Rumanian soldiers returning rom the Russian front had failed o surrender their arms and then evealed by indirection that al east some had political motiva ions Tlie Russian radio extended re ports current in allied countries or a week of serious and growing dissension between Hitler and his generals Radio Moscow said Hit er had ordered the aestapri to in crease its xvatch over Field Mar shal Herman Goering his officia leir because Goering had been caught conferring with nrmy lead ers Hitler was said to have madi unflattering remarks about thi he Russiatifront The air force i perings DENY DEFENSE BUILT ALONG ODER RIVER SOMEWHERE ON THE GER MAN FRONTIER Ger man press now acknowledging the ieriousness of the situation on thi eastern front has denied bow ever reports that the German are building a defense line aloii the Oder river in western Gcr many Increasingly information frori reliable sources indicates that th erman armys troubles begar when Adolf Hitler overruled Fiek Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch1 reputedly was to fa back to the Berezina river bcfor winter set in The Berezina is in While Rus iia almost 400 miles from Mos cow It was said that Hitler hoped t press on whereupon von Brauch itsch resigned Hitler reportedly took over per sonal command then when othe high officers declined to take res ponsibility for an effort to con tinue the offensive By that time it was too late I turn back Real winter set in be fore the construction of barrack could be started The counter offensive by th Russians was said to have force the Germans to abandon many tlic winter quarters they did which German dis patches faid were modeled afle Russian peasant huts Mickey to Be Wed Mickey Rooiiey of the movies and Ava Gardner have applied for a license to marry it was learned in Santa Barbara Mickey gave his age as 2J Miss Gardner listed hers as 19 Under California law the couple must wait three days before the license can be issued CHINESE CHASE REMNANTS OF DEFEATED JAPS Correspondents Taken on Battlefields Tour Observe Many Bodies CHANGSHA C Ii i n a loolies were digging two tombs or the unknown invaders Sal rday while Chinese soldiery pur ued the remnants o a Japanese rmy which suffered a crushing efeat in an attempt to take this apital of Hunan province The tombs were for the bodies f innumerable Japanese SCEU ered through the suburbs and the ountryside Correspondents taken n a tour of the late battle field aw many piles of bodies contain ng 15 to 75 Japanese corpses ach Gen Li YuUing who conducted he tour estimated the Japanese asualties at 21000 for the imme iate environs of Changslia The correspondents were per riittcd lo interview a Japanese Kiyoslii Knwu lara 25 who before he was taken nto the army was a clerk for an nsurancc company in Nagoya Before he was captured he had lot eaten and had had no water or 24 hours he said The main actor in the Japanese rout he laid had been a shortage of food and supplies He still wore the summer uniform because his unit lad not been supplied with wintcr ciothing GALL OFF U S GOLF TOURNEYS Open Amateur Wome and Publinx Events Are Canceled for 1942 NEW YORK Unite States Golf association Saturda canceled all of Us 1S12 nation championships including theope the amateur the womens tit event and the public links tourna mcnt While canceling all of its lional championships Hie U G A said it would not take an action on sccu9nal tournament leaving that lo sectional officials t determine Joe Dey secretary of the U S G A pointed out that the actio would have no effect on the win tcr tournaments since they ar controlled largely by the Profes sional Golfers association Bol organizations however are work ing together on exhibitions fo the benefit of various war reli funds he said The U S G A amended its by laws to permit amateur golfers receive up to S100 in defense bone as prize money in any touniamen Hcrettoforc amateurs won on trophies Approval also was give for three nationwide one da tournaments lo be played May 3 July and Sept 7 as part of th Hail America physical program Understatement SIOUX CITY understatement Hollis B Francis son of Mr ind Mrs G C Francis of Win side Ncbr formerly of Sioux City told his parents in a letter senned by a fellow marine n Pearl Harbor that lie wasnt writ himsclf because of a broken finger Then came a telegram from the ivar department Three shrapnel wounds in the side and arm it said in part It added that Hollis will be con fined lo a hospital for several in California 8 Miners Trapped by Blast in Silver Mine SILVERTOiV Colo fcetive wiring was suggested Sat urday as the possible cause of an oil explosion which converted the Pride of the West silver mine into a lethal gas chamber for eight trapped miners While wives anc families of the victims watched their bodies were brought lo tlic surlacc Friday night nearly seven hours after the explosion Arti ficial respiration was ndminstercc for two hours before hope abandoned Drive Against Dutch Indies Is Expected WASHINGTON UP Japan Saturday massed powerful trans port concentrations off the south ern Philippine island of Mindanao in probable preparation for a sweeping mopup campaign of stillunoccupied islands and an of fensive against the Netherlands East Indies The war department reported that a considerable number of Japanese vessels have been sighted along the Mindanao coast where the Japanese have established a powerful base at Davao 500 miles south of Ma nila V The intentions of the Japanese ivere not clerir but because of the strategic location of Davao just lorth of the Dutch island posses lions it seemed probable thatTokin s rushing troop arid war disposi ions for an opening attack on the Dutch positions There are many Philippine Islands between Mindanao on the south and Luzon on the north which have not been occupied toy the Japanese These islands in clude the important one of Ccbu with which American communica tions have been rccstablishcd At least part of the new Japan ese forces may be deployed in a mopup drive against these areas On the Luzon front where General Douglas MacArlhur and most of his American and Fili pino forces hold strong defen sive Vines in Bataan peninsula and in the fortress of Corregidor defending the approaches to Manila Bar there were further indications of an imminent Jap anese offensive A Tokio propaganda report claimed that the offensive against MacArthur has already started and that the first U S defense lines have been cracked The latest word from MacAr lhur released in a communique limed a m Saturday Ixtt re porting on operations Friday said that action was confined to in tensive patrolling and artillery duels while heavy enemy rein forcements were observed mov ing up to front line jumpoff po sitions in preparation tor a big at tack The Japancse air fleet again limited itself MatArthur advised lo observation flights presumably attempting to plot American strong points and defense lines for bombardment The unfolding Japanese offen sive striking on a front of thou sands of miles had nil but en gulfed the Philippines brought a grave threat to the key bastion of Singapore and threatened at any moment to bring the opening of the campaign for the Dutch East Indies An American freighter was lost in the Dutch Indies but whether it was bringing in rein forcements earring out rubber or neither was not revealed BRITISH ADMIT TROOPS FORCED TO FALL BACK Increasing Allied Air Offensives Hoped to Halt Singapore Thrust SINGAPORE de fenders of Malaya fell back again before furious Japanese pressure on the Kuala Lumpur front Sat urday md dispatches said it was questionable how long military headquarters could be maintained in the fighting zone some 200 miles north of Singapore A Japanese news agency dis patch broadcast from Tokio saitl that it was indicated British forces had abandoned defense lines in the Kuala Lumpur sector permitting the peaceful entry of Japanese forces into that key communica tions and rubber cily Although British bombers struck hard at bases in north iUulaya anil on the Thai land border the seriousness o the enemy offensive was indi cated by a delayed messacc from United Tress Correspond ent Harold Guard filed late Fri day as lie started southward after a tour of the fighting zone It is questionable how much longer headquarters can be main tained and it seems probable that rear headquarters may soon be come forward headquarters That is how the fighting is shaping up British defense forces however were expected to malic their strongest stand in improved posi tions south of Ihe Kuala Lumpur sector and well north of Singapore Coordinated British and Ameri can aerial operations were be lieved in progress in connection with attacks from Burma and other points on Japanese bases in North Malaya and southern Thai alncl as well as raids against Bang koK It was asserted here that a program of steadily increasing allied aerial offensives against the Japanese rear lines and bases was assured lo Iicln break im the enemy drive toward Singapore V A general headquarters com munique said imperial forces had withdrawn in the Slim river area That left the location of the front such could be maintained by either side in the fighting peculiar to the Malay doubt The Slim river is on the west side of Malaya 50 miles north of Kuala Lumpur strategically im nortant capital of the Federated Malay Stales and 250 miles north west of Singapore Bombers of flic far eastern com mand struck at Singora anrl Sungei Patani both in eastern Thailand just across the border and at Jap aneseoccupied Ipoh in the north ernmost Malayan stale smashing Tokio claimed new gains m western Malaya 1 whiic Singapore admitted heavv fight ing on that front Japaneseoccupied Bangkok Thailand capital was the target of allied airmen In the Philippines U S forces braced themselves for an allout attack Jj massed Japanese forces Penetration of an enemy submarine to within 100 miles of lokio J was disclosed by the Japanese announcement of the torpedoing of a Japanese ireigntcr off the Japanese coast ;