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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 7, 1942, Mason City, Iowa CEPASTVENT OF H I T C 3 r A N 0 A R C H LV 0 3 U 0 I N E 3 I THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS OL XLVIII PBTOLL LEASED WIRES NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JULY 7 1942 CLAIM RED RAIL ARTERY CUT AxisWithdraws South Flank in Egypt ALLIED PLANES J L James 83 Pioneer SET FIRES AND Residept of Thomton Dies LASH SHIPPING Cannonading by Both Sides Reported in Alamein Battle Area CAIRO continued pressure on the ground and heavy attack from the air the axis in vaders of Egypt have drawn back westward on their southern flank in the battle area of El Alamein a B r it i s h communique disclosed Tuesday Several small enemy columns were engaged and dispersed the British announced but the prin cipal land activity was cannonad ing on both sides Aloft American and British heavy bombers by daylight set fires and hit shipping at Ben gasi principal axis supply port deep in Libya and British air raids just behind thc lines spread fire and confusion among the enemy The main allied blows appeared to be these widespread air The fact that the Germans and Italians were pulling back their southern flank despite absence of any land fighting indicated a fear of being outflanked British military in London said the once straight north arid south now was bent like a fishhook and that Rommel appeared more reluctant to join action as his communica tions came more into dnger While the enemy struck at the Nile delta area 65 to 70 miles eastward with an overnight air raid described as fullscale al lied aircraft bombed and strafed areas about El Daba and between Matruh and Tobruk Thc British nevertheless were under no illusion that the threat of Egypt and their Alexandria na val base was erased V V f Although a steady stream of troops tanks and guns was mov ing un to strengthen the British they conceded that Rommels po sition was strong and that he probably was receiving rein forcemenfs also The heaviest British ground blows thus far in the attempt to clinch the struck by initiative have been artillery Big guns rumbling almost constantly for 48 hours have knocked out numbers of German tanks A night assault n which the British took an axis strong point between El Alamein and a ride the south was General Sir Claude J E Auchinlecks most important gain tr be reported iru to Tuesday in the comeback ef fort Britains commander in chief now m active command at the iront is facing almost all Rom mel s North African forces con centrated in an area running about 12 miles inland from the El Ala niein region and roughly 12 mile to the west Both sides are spent after al weeks of ceaseless battle utuij was jose mine tiring dry heat of thc desert Key and the other a rina it is too early yet lo whether the British have the strength left to try for a knockoul Accounts from the axis side in dicated that the British at least temporarily were winning the to mass the greater strength me and arms on the critical El Alamein line Swiss correspondents in Berlin said nazi military sources conced that the British mi i They noted a tone of reserve in AfrCa Iowa Collects 8800 Tons of Scrap Rubber WASHINGTON fPl Iowas scrap rubber collections for thc 3 0alcd LLEWELLYN JAMES Claim Million Japs Slain in 5 Years By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS China marked the of Thornton armies army against Japans invasion Tuesday as a Chinese a imi spokesman declared Japan had lost 1000000 killed and 1300 000 wounded since the war began on July 7 1937 as well as 2504 planes and 29924 prisoners in 14 major oattles and 10375 minor engagements The spokesman es timated 900000 Japanese troops were jnvolved in the China cam paign In Tokio imperial headquarters said only mooo Japanese had been killed in China and asserted that Chinese losses exceeded 0000000 killed wounded and missing including 2338000 slain In Washington War Secretary btimson and Navy Secretary Knox saluted the Chinese as comrades in arms an in a joint or dcroftheday read to nil army and navy forces pledged Ameri cas determination to help China expel the aggressor from every foot of Chinese soil In the battle of Australia Gen Douglas MacArthurs headquar ters allied bombers struck again at Tulagi Japaneseoccupied base in the Solomon islands while 33 enemy planes raided the allied outpost at Port Moresby New Guinea Father of Local School Board Secretary Lived in Iowa Since 1859 John Llewellyn James 83 for mer cashier of the First National bank of Thornton and interested for many years in various farm and business enterprises in that community died Tuesday morn ing at a local nursing home which he entered about a month ago Mr James who was the father of Raymond L James secretary of the Mason City school board was born in Council Hill 111 March 8 1959 the son of Richard and Mary James who came to Iowa in 1881 and settled on a farm on the edge of Sheffield A year after thc family came to Iowa Mr James father died and the son at the age of 23 years took over the management of the home farm for his moth er which work he continued for five years On Feb 10 1886 he was mar ried to Martha Farnham of Apple River III who died in 1919 They lived in Sheffield about a year and then moved to a farm one and threefourths miles south Thornton which Mr James which is still in 2 ENEMY SPIES ARE EXECUTED Bnton and Belgian National Die Appeals in England Are Denied tiP Two enemy of them a British sub executed Tuesday in Wandsworth prison Tne Briton was Jose Estella tional was Alphonsc Timmerman Timmerman a 38 year old ships steward entered this country last autumn posing as a refugee but said the announcement his reai mission as a spy was detected be fore he could do any mischief It said he ultimately confessed that he had been sent to Britain by the German secret service to try to learn naval and military secrets Gibraltarborn Key 33 ea iuonaay that the BritUh 33 op taken the offensive with tronS crled at tilc British Rock gath land sea and air reinforcements8 cem on movements of British land and vM i UL i ecervp in unu German reports in contrast with by way of tle western last weeks confidence emphas 2 Mldhlte7nea mg nazi mention of surprisinE s placc last May British tank resistance large num T appeals were dismissed in June ae tons campaign headquarters here announced 1 Ships Torpedoed in Mozambique Channel LOURENCO MARQUES POR TUGUESE East Africa ships one Norwegian and thc other Swedish have been torpe doed in the Mozambique Channel Two others believer to be British were attacked by submarines with un Known results Upon formation of the First National bank of Thornton in 1907 Mr James was made cashier which position He held 15 years and when he retired his son Paul James succeeded him After retiring from the bank he devoted his time to the Thornton hardware store which he owned and operated until about three years ago He also was interested in many other business enter prises He served on the hoard of education and as township as sessor He was an active mem ber of Ihe Methodist church and for many years a member of the board of trustees which po sition he held at the time of his death Besides Secretary James of the school board Mr James is sur vived by six other children Paul cashier of the First State bank of Thornton Richard who for years operated the home farm but just this year retired and lives in Thornton Wesley cafe owner at Mitchellville Mrs Clarence Ulm who lives nn a farm near Swale eJale Mrs E O Paulin Le Mars and David state representative in Montana and resident of Joplin One daughter Stella is deceased There are 26 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren Four sisters Mrs R Atkinson Sliel field Mrs L H Bowcn Brook Haven Miss Mrs Gcorae Benzler Brill and Miss Ella James Sheffield survive Three sisters and a brother preceded him in death The James family reunion was held June 21 at Thornton but Mr James was too ill to attend His sister Mrs Bowen accompanied by her husband was here from Mississippi and only left for their home last week Funeral arrangements were not complete Tuesday morning Bur ial will be in thc family lot in Thornton cemetery Lonesome Lloyd DES MOIiVES Theyve nicknamed him Lloyd the Lone Iowa State Fair Board Secretarv Lloyd Cunningham sat alone in the stalehouse fair board office Tuesday pecking away at a type writer in an effort to handle his own correspondence He is the only employe of the fair board now The army has taken over the fair board office staff for administration of the fair grounds as an air corps storage depot The transfer wasnt sup posed to have been made until Wednesday but the army decided it needed thc office help quickly and hired thc four office workers Monday Thc fair board several days ago canceled thc 1942 exposition upon request ol the office of defense transportation Cunningham said he will con tinue as secretary at his present salary It has been 54200 a year Paratroops Attack Scores of paratroops from Fort Bragg N Car float to earth above as they staged an attack on the Ford air port and other military objectives at Dearborn Mich The attack was made as a demonstration of modern military tactics for thousands of Detroiters who watched Smashing Blow Against Bund Is Started by U S Agents Indictments Charge Conspiracy to Evade Defense Regulations NEW YORK smashing blow at the GermanAmerican bund involving 57 of its highest officers and active members over the nation was begun Tuesday by federal agents on newly returned indictments charging conspiracy to defense regula evade national tions Twcntysix were named in in dictments charsrinr conspiracy to evade the selective service act and conspiracy to counsel bund members to resist service in the armed forces of the United States and of conspiracy lo con ceal bund affiliations in fillinc out alien registration forms Three more were accused of al but selective service violation The balance of those among them national and sectional officials and principal leaders of the the objects of denaturalization proceedings We intend lo put the bund out of business said United States Attorney Mathias Correa Fritz Kuhn former national bund leader now in prison and Gerhard Wilhelm Kunzc a subse quent bund chieftain arrested re cently in Mexico and returned to this country Monday were in volved in the federal proceedings Dcnaluralization proceedings were Instituted asrainsl Kuhn serving a term for larceny and Kunzc was charged with eva sion of the selective service act a charge upon which he was held in bail Monday Kunzc is wanted also in Hart ford Conn to answer a federal charge of violation of the 1317 espionage act Nominally defunct since the outbreak of the war between the United States and Germanv the bund was charged in the indict ments with continuing certain acts which Correa said confirmed a belief that the bund was operat ing with underground tactics Correa said that numerous sing ing societies in the Yorkvillc sec tion of New York and elsewhere had taken over bund activities and continued to foster nazi be liefs He said these would be the subject of further investigation Correa said that under the cloak of the name A Militant Organization of Free Americans the bund organizations sought to further the political and propa ganda aims of the German reich The indictments strike at lead ers in New York New Jersey Pennsylvania Illinois Minnesota Indiana Washington state and California One indictment alleged that on Oct 1 1940 a command was is sued over the name of Kunze to all bunciists which technically urged compliance with the selec tive service act but added We represent the standpoint however that an induction in the military service is not jus tified as far as it concerns bund members and American Ger mans for in the selective serv ice law the citizenship rightsaof bund members and the defend ers Gcrmandom arc uncon stitutionally severed Every man if he can will re fuse lo do military duty until this law and all other laws ot the country and ot the states which confine the citizenship rights of bund members arc revoked Correa declined to say how many bundists inducted into the army had followed the command but did say that army officials had arrested a number of men who said they would not fight against the German fatherland Weather Report FORECAST MASON Tuesday afternoon Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon Tuesday after noon and Tuesday night Scat tered thunderstorms in west portion Tuesday night quite so cool Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 74 Minimum Monday night 4R At 8 a in Tuesday 65 AGO MaNimum RS Minimum 53 SPAATZ HEADS U S FLYERS IN EUROPEAN AREA Honors Awarded to Americans Who Took Part in July 4 Raid LONDON Gen Carl Spaatz who in 1929 made aviation history as commander of the army endurance plane Question Mark has been appointed com manderinchief of the United States army air forces in the Eu ropean theater of war it was an nounced Tuesday As his first public act in his new post General Spaatz Tuesday awarded distinguished flying crosses to three members of one of the American bomber crews who participated in the first United States air raid on Germanheld western Europe July 4 General Spaatz himself wears both thc distinguished service cross and the distinguished flying cross the former for bringing down two German planes during the St Mihiel offensive in thc first World war and the latter for piloting the Question Mark to its then record continuous flight of 150 hours 40 minutes and 15 seconds over Los Angeles in Jan uary 1929 Thc redhaired 51 year old commander has been in England since June preparing the ground work for the American bombing against Germany A native of Boycrlovvn Pa General Spaatz ivas in Britain m 1940 as assistant military at tache studying German aerial tactics during the worst of the blitzkrieg Jtf J IL From chief of thc plans division of the air forces hewas elevated to chief of the air staff and as sistant to the chief of thc air forces last year He is married the father of three daughters General Spaatz who lias been assistant to the chief of the air corps also announced thai mem bers of the two Americanoper ated planes were missing from thc July 4 raid The first plane was shot down by antiaircraft fire and was seen to crash said the headquarters announcement while the second probably met the same fate al though when last seen by mem bers of the raid it was flying over the target Public Looks to Peace Officer as Expert in IOWA CITY public regards the peace officer as an expert in limes o emergency State Public Safety Commissioner Karl W Fischer tolci Iowa peace officers attending the opening ses sion of the annual short course here Attorney General John M Rankin told the 250 stale county and city enforcement officers lhat crime increased in other countries may be similar conditions peeted here Say Voronezh Main North and South Connection Captured By ROGER D GREENE Associated Tress War Editor Adolf Hitlers invasion armies exploiting a swift 120 mile break through appeared to have cut direct communi cations between Russias northern and southern armies in a grave turn of events in the soviet campaign Tuesday Hitlers field headquarters reported that lankled nazi troops had captured the important city of Voronezh on the MoscowRostov railroad which is the principal rail communication between the red armies of Ihe north and south Simultaneously the nazicontrolled Paris radio asserted thai the Germans are advancing from Voronezh in thc of Porovino 140 miles east of Voronezh While the Germans lunged across the upper Don a Vichy broarcast reported that Marsha Semeon Timoshonkos armies had opened a violent counteroffensive it Izyum ami Kupyansk on the flank of thc Ukraine biittlefront and had driven the nazis back across thc Krasnaya The goal of this drive would be o imperil the German flank and possibly bring about thc collapse CLAIM 29 SHIPS IN CONVOY SUNK Germans Declare U S Cruiser Destroyed in Arctic Sea Battle BERLIN From German Broad Germans Tues of thc farthest nazi sweep to Vor day claimed the sinking of an American heavy cruiser and 28 merchantmen out of a convoy in Arctic waters between Spitzber gen and the Norwegian north cape There was no confirmation ot the German claim from any other source In thc last previous big Arctic convoy battle the Germans said they sank 18 allied ships sunk vr A special announcement from Hitlers headquarters Tuesday said the convoy consisted of 38 mer chant ships carrying planes tanks ammunition and food supplies bound for Archangel with a heavy escort of allied warships The attacks upon the convov started on July 2 in Arctic waters 300 to 400 miles off the north Norwegian coast The convov es cort was said by the Germans to have included battleships cruis ers destroyers and corvettes fn close cooperation German submarines and air formations sank a heavy American cruiser and 13 merchantmen totalling 122000 tons thc announcement said Submarines sank nine ships totalling 70400 making a grand total of 23 ships of 292400 tons remaining vessels were dispersed The battle still is coins i German Red Cross planes res cued a number of American sail ors Accused of Poisoning Uncle 2 Maiden Aunts KDWARDSVIILE 111 UPy Murder warrants accused Sam Hall 39 a fanner Tuesday of having poisoned his uncle and two maiden aunls whose nGacre farm he inherited after their deaths three years ago A coroners jury at Edwardsillc returned verdicts of homicide after its investigation of the deaths No inquest was held at the time of thc deaths because the victims wore believed to have 1 died of natural causes Nazis Claim Rail Center As the German swung tnlo hifrh thc armies claimed to have cut trie MoscowRostov railroad by a pincers attack on Voronezh onezh Voronezh a city of 212001 population lies 10 miles east of the Don river about half way be tween Moscow and Rostov The Paris radio said the Mos cowRostov railway the last major rail connection between Moscow and the Caucasus had been cut The line runs through While the Russians gave no indication that Voronezh had fallen red army headquarters indicated lhat Gen Ilcinz Gu derians nazi tank columns sweeping 50 miles bcyoml the line of their greatest 1041 ad vance had foujjht their way across thc upper Don Soviet dispatches said the rcrt armies were falling back in good order inflicting a bloody toll on the invaders with half a dozen buttles costing the Germans 3550 in dead alone During July 6 our troops waged fierce battles west of Voronezh and southwest of Stari Oskol the Russian command said Our troops evacuated a num ber of populated places Voronezh is 130 miles enst of Kursk the startingpoint of the new German offensive Stari Os kol lies 65 miles southwest of Voronezh Soviet dispatches sail fresh German divisions were moving into Hie halite and hat almost 200000 nazi troops were now throwing llicir wcisht into llir drive which ultimately cotiht turn cither south for a thrust into thc prrcat Caucasus nil fields or north for a flan I in sweep around Moscow Although military experts ex pected Hitler to strike for Die oil treasures of thc Caucasus they did not discount the possibility that he might also be intent on thn prize that so bitterly eluded him in capture of Moscow German communiques recently have stressed action in the Rzhev zone 120 miles northwen of Mo cow and Tuesday Hitlers field headquarters reported In attacks in thc Rzhev area the enemy was thrown from his positions on a brond front This may be thc start of a northern pincers movement against Moscow synchronized th thc southern sweep through Voronezh some 300 miles below the soviet capitnl In claiming the capture nf Voronezh thc German hijh command said hat red army counterattacks were defeated and that a silicic nazi panzer di vision destroyed GJt soviet tanks Russian dispatches which have been Ijchintl thc latest German reports declared red army tanks ranging along thc cast bank of the Don river were throwing back successive waves of nazis attempt ing to cross thc stream These dispatches indicated that thc Germans had failed in initial efforts to penetrate the Russian defenses in depth but acknowl cclgcd that the invaders were swarming across in barges and boats at several poinis under dev astating fire The terrific harvest of casual ties was reflected in Russian dispatches declaring that trains loUIinff 2IT cars jammcrt ;