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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 9, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DCfARTUEKT OF HISTORY ANO ARCHIVES IKES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AU NORTH IOWANS NSIGHtOtS HOME EDITION frmrri VOL XL1X ASSOCIATED PKBSS AND UNITED PRESS FULL IFASrD WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JULY 9 1943 THIS PAFK8 CONSISTS Or Tl SUCTION ONE NO 234 BIG TANK FORGES CLASH IN RUSSIA Showdown Fight for Munda Thought Imminent JUNGLE TROOPS CLOSING IN ON JAP AIR BASE Skirmish 2 Miles From Nippon Plane Field Reported by Patrol ALLIED HEADQUARTERS SOUTHWEST PACIFIC showdown battle for Munda main Japanese base in the central Solo mons was believed imminent if if not under way Friday as U S jungle troops closed in for the kill alter meeting a Japanese patrol in a skirmish only two miles from the base A Japanese communique broad cast by the Tokyo radio said allied forces moving into Guibiana is iand south of Munda were at tacked by Japanese planes that shot down 31 allied planes sup fporting the operation Another Japanese broadcast acknowledged that the Americans have won a j foothold on New Georgia but as I serted that their casualties to taled well over 11000 Field reports indicated that the Japanese have all bat aban doned their other positions on New Georgia island for a last stand at Munda site of an air field 150 miles southeast of the enemy naval anchorage at Buin Faisi in the northern Solomons AXIS SEES SIGHTS LIKE THIS MUCH gases black smoke roll skyward above after a Jap plane had scored a direct hit on an allied gasoline dump somewhere in the Port Moresby area of New Guinea Such spectacular and costly sights as this however are much more familiar BOW to the axis because allied planes are main taining a constant assault on axis supply bases U S army signal corps photo Pushing four miles through the jungles along the south coast of New Georgia Irom their new beachiiead at Zanana American soldiers fnd marines engaged and disperseda Japanesepatrol Thurs day at Eielo only two miles east of Munda a communique from Gen Douglas MacArthur supreme commander of the south and southwest Pacific offensives re ported Authorities warned however against assuming that the early success of the New Georgia opera tions necessarily presaged quick conquest of Munda itself since the main defenses of the air base have not been engaged American troops who landed at Rice Anchorage on the northeast em coast of New Georgia may have cut the Japanese supply line from Bairoko harbor four miles to the southwest to Munda dis patches hinted No further light ing has been reported from that area and the troops were said to be consolidating their positions rapidly Quiet also prevailed around American bridgeheads in south eastern New Georgia In a purely diversionary raid 29 Japanese troops crept ashore on Dusiri a small island off the northeast coast of Rendova five miles sooth of New Georgia but easily were repulsed by Ameri can patrols The landing attempt was de scribed as part of a general move ment of small parties of Japanese in barges during the past several day The operations were on too small a scale however to herald any serious attempt to reoccupy Rendova Aside from the Japanese naval and destroyers in the battle of Kula gulf early Tuesday the Japa nese have made no major attempt to contest the American invasion of the centralSolomons f A delayed dispatch George E Jones United Press staff corre spondent with invasion forces on New Georgia said the Japanese were believed to have landed re inforcements at the secondary base of Vila on Kolombangara is land across Kula gulf from New Georgia before being engaged by the American naval force American dauntless and aveng er bombers with fighter escort dropped 21 tons of bombs on sup dumps and bivouac areas at Vila Thursday and a strong force of fourenginecl liberators droppec 23 tons on Kahili airdrome in the BuinFaisi area to the northwest Japanese planes made another feeble raid on Rendova dropping only two bombs that caused slight damage Some 700 miles to the west of the Solomons Australian patrols skirmished again with the Japa nese around Bobduri four miles southwest of the enemy base at Salamaua on the northern shove of New Guinea Ronneberg of DPMA to Be Giraud Says French Will Battle Japs WASHINGTON W General lenri Honore Giraud disclosing hat President Roosevelt had iromised to eciuip a French North African army of iOOOQO men jledged Friday that French forces will help fight the Japanese after defeat of the axis powers in Eur ope Giraud tokl a roomful of cor respondents gathered in Secre tary of war Stimsons conference cliambcr I give you the following pledge France will bu at your side to liberate the Pacific from Japa nese lonnnation even ns she will remain with you to build a peace that will be lasting and just but also realistic General Giraud spoke in French to the press conference He avoided discussion of the political situation in North Africa where he shares the chairmanship of lite French committee of national lib eration with General Charles DC Gaulle The conference was held under war department auspices and at its beginning the department handed correspondents the fol oiving statement The member of the French committee for national liberation General Giraud does not wish to take a political position that might involve the whole commit General Giraud opened the con ference by reading a prepared statement followed by an in formal summary ot his impres sions on a visit Friday morning to PLANES CARRY OUT ATTACKS IN SHUTTLE PLAN Hundreds of Allied Aircraft Drop Bombs on Sicilian Bases By RELMAN MORIX ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA of allied planes shuttled back and forth across the Mediterran ean Thursday for the sixth con secutive day to rain explosives upon the Sicilian airdromes and ports which constitute Italys first line of defense it was announced Friday Heavy and medium bombers fighterbombers and fighters from northwest African bases Malta and the middle east joined in the missions of destruction Triphammer blows were loosed upon familiar targets and the lighter craft also went on freelance missions across the length and breadth of Sicily shooting IIP trains radio sta tions and troops One axis troop convoy was causht on a road Mount Vernon WILL NOT ASK LEWIS TO SIGN Roosevelt Wont Make Request of UMW Chief WASHINGTON board What 1671000 lowans Get War Ration Books No 3 DES OINES 3 war ra tion books have been mailed to 1671000 lowans the Des Moines office of the OPA reported Of the total 935000 were mailed by the regional OPA office in Chi cago and 736000 from the Fort Madison penitentiary the Ana mosa reformatory and the Eldora Training Sciiool for boys The fi nal 729000 for which applications were made vcili be mailed before Roosevelt save a clear indication Friday that he has no intention of asking John t Lewis to sign a new agreement with coal operators as the mine union chief has been or dered to do by Ihe war labor good would H do Mr Roosevelt aslced at a press confer ence if he sent Lewis a note in longhand on pink paper asking him to please conform with the order and Lewis did not sign Reporters informed the presi dent that the board apparently felt it needed some governmental re aCfirmation of Its order presum ably from him After all thc chief executive re marked that was action by a quasijudicial body and speaks for Chicagoan in Federal Post Five Years to Succeed Roy Storvick A L Romieberg Chicago gen eral manager of the dairy products marketing association for the last live years has been named man ger of the Iowa State Brand Creameries Inc Mason City it was announced Friday by M P Christiansen Algona corporation secretary Christiansen returned home Fri day from Chicago after making final arrangements with the new manager Ronneberg as head o DPMA has been handling the gov ernments cheese subsidy program He is a graduate of the Univer sity of Minnesota and before talc ing over the federal post was with Armour and company and thc Land O Lakes Creameries Inc Ronneberg will succeed R O Storvick who resigned flic man agership effective Sept 1 force virtually wiped out by the thc end ncxt wcek OPA offi aestniction of nine to 11 cruisers 1 cjis SOLOMON ISLANDS itself What happens if Lewis does not conform a newsman inquired The president shot back What would you do I dont know his qucstioncr responded Im not president II would be awfully difficult the president asserted if he or dered any one to sign his name to something and got a refusal He said he knew of nolaw that could compel any signing and that an awful lot of rot had been printed about the whole matter R R Wage Increase Question Still Being Discussed F R Says WASHINGTON ques tion of nn eightcent wage in crease tor a million nonoperating railroad workers President Roosevelt said Friday still is being discussed back and forth He said he did not expect any develop ment until the first of nextweek An emergency board recommend ed thc increase but thc economic stabilization director Fred U Vin son turned it down and suggested drastic modification MYSTERY IN OAKES DEATH Wealthy Mine Owner Had Been Injured NASSAU Bahamas er details which seeped through censorship Friday served only to deepen for the outside world the mystery surrounding the deatVi of one oc the British empires weal thiest baronets Sir Harry Oakes Tlie only fact known generally was that there were injuries on the body of the 68 year old Americanborn gold mine who was found dead in bed Thursday by a friend who called tor an appointment Foul play was indicated iow ever by the summoning Vrom Miami of two American police experts to aid the Nassau con stabulary in the investigation The aircraft nests above Ger were blasted again by day and by night whipsawed from the southwest and southeast Catania Comiso Sciacca am Cap Passero the latter at the southeast lip of Sicily only 05 miles from the RAF base at Val letta were hit anew NorthwestAfricanValletta and middle east communiques told of the shooting down of 21 axis fighters and the destruction of otber enemy planes on the ground against the loss of 11 al lied aircraft Cairo bulletins announced that V S ninth air force lib erators dumped 250000 pounds of high explosives on Catania in a twowave attack Thurs day this following up a flame setting raid upon axis barracks at that city by KAF heavy bombers the preceding nishl The ftalian high command said in a Romebroadcast com munique that 01 persons were Heavy Attack Made by RAF OH Cologne LONDON RAF re turning to the assault on Germany after a fournight lull in the allied aerial offensive made a heavy at tack on the Rhineland industrial center of Cologne Thursday night the air ministry announced Friday Eight bombers were lost in the raid the announcement said Mines also were laid in en emy waters during the night and British lighters on intruder pa trols simultaneously attacked enemy airfields and railway tar sets in France and northwest Germany Three German mine were reported dam aged in sweeps along the French coast The heavy British bombers had scarcely returned from their night foray over Germany when forma tions of allied fighters swept put across the channel in the direction of northern France to continue the ffenswe by daylight Britain meanwhile passed a aidfree night The attack on Cologne was the 19th on that bomb battered city arget ot thc RAFs first grea 000bomber raid a year ago The jig Rhineland industrial center lad been attacked twice before within the past two on June 28 and again last Satur day night Both assaults wer highly concentrated The RAFs Ing bombers had not been out since last Saturday nights raid when they also struck at Hamburg and targets in the Ruhr Operations since then have been limited to com paratively minor operations against communications and air fields in occupied territory by intruder patrols A Berlin broadcast recorded b the AssociatedPress following th usual line taken propa gandists described Thursday nights assault on Cologne as a terror raid directed against resi dential areas Thc broadcast indi cated that other targets in the Rhincland were hit in addition to Cologne however Thc HAF night raiders were fa vored by good weather thc skies clearing Thursday evening after a day of thunderstorms Despite the unfavorable condi tions Thursday RAF typhoons and mustangs carried out offensive pa trols over northern France and the low countries Thc planes were re ported to have destroyed one Ger man aircraft and damaged several locomotives One RAF plane was listed as lost in these sallies REDS BELIEVED WINKING FIERCE ARMORED FIGHT Hundreds of German Tiger Tanks Ablaze in Belgorod Sector MOSCOW front dispatches reported Friday lhat hundreds of 50ton German Ti ger tanks wore ablaze in the Jelgorod sector reflecting a growing belief that the red army as gaining the upper hand in le biggest armored battle of alt nie We have tamed the terrible ger was the war cry ringing irough the field reports which lid Russian tanks bad stormed nto the titanic battle to rein orce soviet artillery armorbust rs and against ic nazis steel monsters The great urmored battle swirled t h r a u e h penetrated soviet defenses in the Belgorod region at thc southern end ol the thundering battle line uliere the red army was throw ing in every ounce of available strenclh to stem tlie nail on rush The British radio said Moscow correspondents expected a climax n the battle within 41 hours A Stockholm report of the National Jroacicasling company said the Germans admitted that rivers of blood had been drawn from both sides As the Soviets threw in their armored forces into a concerted effort to close tlie Belgorod breaches in their positions and stop the long delayed German summer offensive red army killed and 209 injured at Catania in repeated raids which ruined buildings and started fires in the heart of the city It declared 26 raiders Sieily were shot down over Mexico City Sees Pachuco Changes I Mind on ZootSuiters Waterloo Boy 121s j Found Dead in Pool WATERLOO R Johnson 12 son of Mr and Mrs G D Johnson route 4 loo was drowned Thursday ofter noon in the Falls Avenue pool I He Waterloos first drown ing victim of the summer The youths body was first discovered on the bottom of the pool by two children who notified life guards There were no witnesses that the joy was in distress according to Dr Sidney D Smith Black Hawk county coroner STEPPING STONES TO S forces solid arrow are entrenched in the New Georgia group after a naval victory at Kula gulf A which military observers believed was the opening gun of a new offensive in the Solomons Subsequent moves broken arrow appear to be upon Japanese bases at Buin B and at Rabaul Meanwhile occupation by U S forces of Tobriand and Woodlark islands affords bases for air attacks broken arrow plane symbol upon Rabaul in New Britain NOTED CONDUCTOR DIES NEW YORK Pruc ver 69 conductor of the famed Berlin Philharmonic orchestra from 1924 to 1033 and professor of conducting and orchestration at the New York college of music died Thursday He was born in Vienna SUSPECT IS AKKESTED CEDAR RAPIDS Nci Olson of the Nebraska state penitentiary scheduled to ar rive here Friday in connection with the arrest of a suspect whom city detectives Leonard Sttisnh and Harley Simon have identified as Richard Stoddarcl 30 wanted in Nebraska for escaping July 3 from a prison farm Buy War Savings Bonds and Sumps from your GlobeGazeltc carrier boy CONDITION SATISFACTORY HOLLYWOOD condi tion of Screen Actress Veronica Lake and her son born two months prematurely Thursday re mains satisfactory attending phy sicians reported Leave My Heart Alone Intriguing romance between o trailercamp hero and Palm Beach palace heiress Sparkling new serial by Adelaide Humphries storting in this issue of the Globe Gazette Turn to Comic page A coroners inquest was called behind closed doors Bahamians mourned mean while the loss of a colorful citi zen who had become the islands principal landowner and busi nessman He came here in 1035 attracted by the colonys low tax rates He spent large sums in var ious developments Among his friends was the Duke of Windsor who canceled appoint ments Thursclpy to take a hand in thc investigation Oakcs body will be sent to Bar Harbour Ale Lady Oakes the former Eunice Myrtle Mclntyre of Sydney Auslralia was at their Bar Harbour summer estate with three ot their five children Thurs day when she received news of her husbands death She expressed amazement at news dispatches of the Baham ian investigation saying she had understood her husband had played tennis only Thursday and that she presumed his death to be due to a heart disease Sir Harrys baronetcy created in 1939 goes now to his eldest son Sydney 15 Born at Sangerville Me Dec 23 1871 Oakes became a Britisl citizen in 1915 while he was a rest dent of Canada Ho built up his great fortune a result a quirk of fate For 1 years he had sought gold in man parts ol the world without success His funds ran low anci he was pu off a train near Kirklanci Lake i northern Ontario Cannon becaus he could not pay the fare He met a Chinese storckccpe who convinced him that gold coul be found right there Staked by hr mother Oakcs tried again and came upon the vein which now is the Lake Shore mine second larg REFUSE TO AID ROBE OF FCC Army Navy Departments Act on F R Orders WASHINGTON ciirec on of President Roosevelt thc rjiv aiut departments refused Friday to cooperate in in invcsti ation of the federal communica ions commission undertaken by a MEXICO CITY town Mexico City saw its first pachueo Thursday night and changed its mind about the Los Angeles zoolsuil riots Countrymen or not was the general opinion anybody who would wear an outfit like that ought to be beaten up The pacbuco in question was a lifgsizecl wax model of a popular local comedian clad in a thigh length plaid sport coat balloon pants tight at the ankles hanclle ation of the federal communion widebrimmed hat bedecked wilt a brilliant colored feather from an unidentified bird counterattacks steadily improved the situation to KurskBelgorod region The fifth day ot the offen sive brought a growing convie tion in soviet quarters that the Russians had mastered a tccli nic for handling the 60tonners spearheading the German ar mored onslutfilit The tigers are burning was the caption over dispatches in the government organ Izvestia and the army organ Reel Star tolling of dozens of mites of battlefront studded with flaming German tanks The Russian tigerhunters have averaged a daily bag oE roughly 500 German tanks so lat in thc battle and the tiger is not black as Hitler painted him1 he dispatches sakl Despite the mounting confi ieiice here the struggle was rc lorted developing at an unslack enecl pace and some soviet qviar crs predicted even more massive anil intense fighting Thc titanic tank battle followed four clays in which soviet artillery antitank guns and infantrymen armed with gasolinefilled pop bottles had knocked out nearly twothirds of Ihe Germans 3000 available tanks in bearing the brunt of the heaviest armored as sault of all time aimed al either end of a IGfimilc sector of the pecial house committee headed y Rep Cox DGa Both departments notified the ommillec they xvould not permit he appearance of officers the ommitiee desired to Question nor produce documents it had re quested in an effort to support charges lhat thc FCC interfered with intelligence operations of the irmcd services est in the world Body of Robbins Taken East for Burial in Arlington Cemetery CEDAR RAPIDS The body of Col Charles B Robbins assistant secretary of wnr in the Coolidge administration was en route cast Friday after services Thursday Military services will be held at 2 p m Saturday at fort Myer Va Burial will be in the Arling ton national cemetery General George Marshall army chief of staff will be among thc honorary pallbearers Colonel Robbins 65 died Mon day following a long illness He was manager and general coun sel ot the American Life Conven tion a national association of in surance companies Appearing in a downtown store window the model was dis played as an advertisement for a current Follies show that is burlesquing the Los Angeles pa chucos nightly to a packed house Before the display decorator had finished adjusting the pa chucos tic a crowd had formed en deep before the window H lad nnt diminished at a late hour Thursday night Hs opinion of the pachueo was unanimous Buy War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Continued warm Friday afternoon Friday night and Saturday forenoon IOWA Continued warm Friday afternoon Friday night anc Saturday forenoon widely scat tered thundcrshowers along north and west border Fridn afternoon M1NNFSOTA Continued warn Friday nigh antl Saturda forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 89 Minimum Thursday night 61 Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier tor At 8 a m Friday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 76 southern front Though soviet forces al the northern end of Ihe sector held firm and even Ma Hied ground in counterattacks those around Bel gorod to thc south gradually fell back under the overwhelming weight of the attack When 60ton lifTcr tanfcs nched two new holes in the snxiel outer defenses Thursday thc red army ordered Hs own armored forces into the battle xnd at last reports the opposing 1ink forces were battling it out on thc Russian planes X The Gcrma high command aid a tremendous tank battle had evelopcd behind breached soviet positions with the Russians niak ng thc greatest efforts to stem everadvancing wedges Russian osses were given as 420 tanks many guns and 117 planes A Home broadcast said the crmans already had achieved their immediate objective of short ening their line on the southern front and forestalling a possible Russian offensive The broadcast discounted reports that the fight ing was a prelude to a general of fensive British military experts said Ihe soviet position in the Belgo rod area appeared precarious A German broadcast said axis forces pierced the Russian line at so many points that tho defenses had been overcome in great depth and exploit ihelr fourth advance in as many days he Germans poured a constant stream of tank and infantry re serves1 into thc breached Rus sian lines in desperate ;