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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 2, 1942, Mason City, Iowa MONDAY MARCH 2 1942 NORTJ iOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANJ NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY THIS PAPER CONSISTS SECTIONS f w i vvu SECTIONS IAVA FIERCELY BATTLES JAPS MARSHALL ITS flME TO CARRY WAR TO ENEMY Arrny General Says i Subs Sent Near U S to Restrain Our Offensive sen itepassed and sent back to the jouse a military ippropriations billMonday after ieing informed by General 3eorge C Marshall chief staff must proceed with the business of carrying the war to the enemy Approval of the measure on a vote came quickly after i Senator Austin RVt had j read to the senate a letter from Marshall explaining that the I army must disregard some pleas forsoldiers to guard continental Installations because it could greater portion of armed forces and our material to be iratno blazed within the United States j Forecasting isolated air raids on this country General Marshal said such forays might constitute a part of a plan to prevent Ameri can efforts to engage our planes jtndr groundtroops so far as prac ticable offensively in distant the In passing the huge appropria bill largest in history the sen ate v increased by 5691836000 the funds previously voted by the house of this amount being for clothingand equippage for the army and 395000000 foi Warehousing lendlease goods I Of thetotal amount in the measure would be allocated to the war depart ment of which would be for army ordnance and supplies and 53011513000 for expediting production Included in the measure was 51502000000 cash and 52350 000000 contract authority fov maritime commission purchase of 1476 cargo ships boosting the present production program to 2 877 ships i Besides making available up to onehalf of the war department appropriations for lendlease allo cations the bill carried 000000 to finance commitments expected to be entered into this year ENEMY TRIES TO RESTRAIN OFFENSIVE OF U S The time has come the letter said when we must proceed with the business of carrying the war to the enemy and not permitting the greater portion of our armed forces and our valuable material to be immobilized within conti nental United States The enemy calculating on public reactions is undoubtedly employing submarines close in shcrc for the purpose of re straining our efforts to engage our planes and ground troops so far as praciicable offensively in distant theaters Further I feel that we must expect isolated air raids of a few planes directed against us for no other purpose ban to create a public reaction vviich will ad versely affect the sound military purpose of defending America by engaging and defeating the en m theaters distant irom our snores General Marshall said he hoped Jftat members of congress would take the lead in offsetting the present unfortunate He apparently referred to the I army s failure to meet some de mands for guard units The American people have the courage and resolution to face the harsh necessities of this desperate struggle if they understand the situation Marshall wrote In presenting the letter to the senate Austin called it the armys answer to the attempt of our enemies to divide us or separate us from each It outlined f sad a sound basis for in vincible prosecution of war by democracies y Orders Streamlining of US Army WASHINGTON Roosevelt ordered Monday a streamlined reorganization of the army giving new recognition to the importance of the air forces Abolishing numerous time honored bureaus Mr Roose velts executive order grouped military functions into three basic units The army ground forces army air forces and service of supply Each will be under a commanding general and all will be under the chief of staff Gen George C Mar shall The eftect was to group all the old arms such as infantry artil lery and cavalry into one unit and the air forces into another sep arating the function of supply in a third The air forces were given a semi autonomous status under their own chief Lieut Gen Henry H Arnold last year at a time when congressional champions were demanding independence for the air arm from the army and navy The reorganization was ordered after weeks of study given urg war of means to ency by improve the the armys efficiency during the projected expansion to 4000000 or more officers and men The secretary of war was au thorized to create additional overseas departments to em6 brace task forces base com mands defense commands com mands in theaters of operation and other commands he deems necessary To the commanding general army ground forces were trans ferred the functions duties and powers of the chiefs of infantry cavalry field artillery and coast artillery corps except those re lating to procurement storage and issue The functions duties and pow ers of the commanding general jeneral headquarters airforce air orce combat command and of he chief of the air corps were transferred to the commanding army air forces The commanding general of the new senices of supply will take over the functions duties and lowers of the chief of coast artil ery relating to procurement stor age and issue Officers now Jn charge of branches transferred by the order will hold their respective offices until reassigned to suit able duties The order is effective March 9 and will remain in force dur ing the war and for six months thereafter The order further authorized he secretary ol war to prescribe uch functions duties and powers r the commanders of the various orces and commands the army the United States and the gencies of the war department nd to issue from time to time uch detailed instructions regard ing personnel funds records property routing of correspond ence and other matters as may be necessary to carry out the order GETS CHRISTMAS GREETING PITTSBURGH La bash has just received a Christ mas card from Private Joseph Ma Slice Pittsburgh soldier in the Philippines mailed Nov 24 It is a wonderful coun NAZIS CONFESS INITIATIVE LOST TO RED ARMY German People Given Inkling That Forces Are All on Defensive By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Hitler high command gave the German people Monday an inkling of the scope of the Rus sian counteroffensive with the added admission that the reichs armies were fighting only defen sively The first sentence of the daily war communique confessing this loss of initiative said In the Crimea on the Donets front and southeast from Len ingrad o Lake Ilmen defen sive figbtinjr still continues It was one of the broadest ad missions thus far of the red armys striking power The communique added vaguely that aditipnal Russian tanks had been destroyed on the Kerch peninsula a part of the Crimea front that a 6000ton transport bad been sunk by German torpedo planes off Kerch strait and that a Russian enginefactory and air drome had been bombed LIBYA IS REPORTED The communiques from Berlin Rome and Cairo unanimously re ported patrol activity in eastern Libya the British declaring that a small axis column was repulsed by artillery fire east of El Mechili Rome outdid Berlin in reporting that the Germans had destroyed 12 British planes Berlin claimed only 10 Both Rome and Berlin reported the customary air attacks on Malta In the western air and sea war fare the Germans said two con voys were dispersed by gunfire from the French shore of the Eng lish channel The Hitler command reported a February toll ot 73 merchant ships totaling 525400 tons in which submarines were credited with 66 sinkings 448 400 tons A British motor torpedoboat at tack on a German ship in the English channel was admitted in the communique which said how ever that one of the little attacfc ers was sunk REDS TIGHTEN CORDON AT STARAYA RUSSA Wrecked houses of the resort city of Staraya Russa where 90 000 trapped Germans were said to be running out ot food lay From 3 Bridgeheads COUNTER DRIVE IS LAUNCHED IN FIGHT FOR ISLE ALEMBAN SUMATRA 2 BOYS DROWN AT WAVERLY Children From Lutheran Home Fail Through Ice of Cedar River WAVERLY bo Irom the Lutheran children home in Waverly drowned Sun day when they fell through th ice of the Cedar river here The bodies of the two youth Vern Storey 8 and Jimmy Bale ken 10 were recovered in 10 fee of water by Waverly firemen soo after the tragedy Another boy Eddie Fischer 9 clung to the ice and was rescue alter he had attempted to rescu Storey who had fallen throu the ice abouhSO feet from shore Bakken was drowned while trvin to aid Storey Officials of the childrens horn reported that the three were tolu not to go near the river but hac been given permission to hike into a wooded area near the home The scene of the drownings is nearly two miles from the home f T t was the son of John Storey of Waterloo His mother is dead A sister Vera The Bakken boy lived at the Home with a brother and four sisters Dr James Whilmirc of Srnnner Iowa Bremer county coroner said no inquest is planned nr J wish you were here Engineer Fireman Killed CHATTANOOGA Tenn Derailment of the ChicagoJack sonville Dixie flyer N it L railway train near Chat lanooga took the lives of the engi anfireman Sunday Rail road officials declined comment on the wrecks cause but other sources blamed a defective nul Weather Report FORECAST CITY Somewhat colder tee 2T ight MINNESOTA Somewhat colder Monday night IN MASON CITY j Sunday Minimum Suntiny night At 8 a m Monday Snow YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum in night At 8 a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 35 26 27 trace 35 29 36 22 25 28 19 within sight of the Red army Monday Russian frontline dis patches reported as the Russians tightened their cordon around the German 16th army The dispatches quoted a Ger man prisoner as saying that nazi morale in Staraya Russa center of German communica tions on the northwestern front had cracked during the past few days Staraya Russa is 280 miles northwest of Moscow and HO miles south of Leningrad Its fall to the Russians would be a heavy blow to the Geimans besieging Leningrad and to their fighting on the entire northwestern front Elsewhere the Russians were jniun uu me reported advancing on Smolensk AtIantlc coast Thursday night m the face of German countcrat cnPPmg herwith one toipcdo and ndctling her from stem to stern with more than 100 shells mcm bcp of the ships 33 man crew related on their safe arrival at Norfolk 24 hours later The fifth naval district permit ted interviews with the crew Saturday but withheld public an nouncement of the sinking until Monday The S214ton freighter owned oy tnc Ore Steamship company of New York was northbound with tons of iron ore when at J directed an other ship to the rescue of 25 crew members after they had been alloat in two lifeboats for 12 hours 3SUBSHT 0 S FREIGHTER Cripple Vessel With Torpedo Use 100 Shells to Riddle Her NORFOLK Va WThree axis submarines combined their strik ing power to sink the American freighter Marovc off the middle tacks and pushing on Dnicpero petrovsk in the Ukraine against ine planes tanks and men of the German army It was disclosed in London that hundreds of Britains 12gun hur ricane planes were fighting on the Kussian front piloted by Red air lallght to handle them oy KAF flyers who now have re turned to London Think Mac Hide r in S W Pacific A cablegram received Sunday Mrs Han lacNider from Colonel Mac Wider reported All right Thumbs up but did not state his Whereabouts Colonel MacNider left home six weeks ago and sailed from New York on the morning of Jan 22 in a convoy or 12 ships n is believed that he is i m the southwest Pacific s fourteen crewmen in the third iovmtu m me third lifeboat rigged a Eail and landed at Cape Hatteras Kiuitatc projected drives to cut and Soerabaja Tokio claims allied ships were Taxicab Army Departs Prom Bandoeng to Battle Japs SmashingAir Assaylt Causes Havoc Among Nipponese on Beaches Mich HOME A fam am ily of six died Monday in fire whrch destroyed the tarpapcrcd frame home still unfinished that the father had built with his own hands By WITT HANCOCK BANDOENG Java ported by a smashing aerial as sault which has brought havo among Japanese on the beaches a desperately determined taxicai army has been rushed into counterattack and may already have fought a vital cngagemen against invaders who in two shor days have swept to within 30 miles of this military headquarters of the united nations Attack and not defense mus be our said an or der of the day which disclosed that British troops had gone into action Indicating that a crucial stage lad been reached in the plans ol he Dutch defenders the Nether ands command said nothing con cerning the landing fighting But for all eyes to see was the slream of Jaxicabs and camou flaged trucks loaded with green clad Dutch and Malayan reserve troops which rumbled down the volcanic slopes toward the northern coastal plains where the invaders had established footholds in three places on Sat urday night Anela Dutch news agency said be Japanese had attempted no more landings on the island since Saturday night and a special ommunique of the high com mand pointed to the probability hat the terrific hammering Jutch and American planes may ave upset the Japanese schedule f reinforcement The communique said a smash ng attack by Dutch fighter lanes Sunday sank nearly every ne of the heavilyladen barges ngaged in landing men and tanks om 20 transports near Rembang Swooping low with light bombs and machincguns the ng planes overturned and sank he barges scl afire tanks which had been put ashore on the beaches and caused others to be dropped into the water the communique saifl It was this beachhead near embang which threatened Soer baja the Dutch naval base at he eastern end of the island Allied planes continued strong the air maintaining a continu us ferry service with bombs etween their bases and the achhcads and driving off ene y planes which caused two air aid alarms here Monday morn g The Japanese planes apparently ere attempting to operate from distant bases in Sumatra Bali and Borneo and they were able to give their troops little support To combat the column which had driven in from Indramajoc towards Bandoeng all but mili tary traffic was ruled off the roads and it was all moving in one the front ALGONA MAYOR DIES SUDDENLY Funeral Services Being Arranged for C F Specht 68 C F Specht 08 was found dead in bed abou Sunday morning by his wife Mayor Specht had been in ap parently good health on Saturday and was seen on the streets dur ing the day He died suddenly Funeral arrangements were in complete Sunday pending arriva of some of the children Mayor Specht has lived in Al jtona the past 22 years and was a former Lakota mayor and busi nessman He was born Jan 30 1874 in Wright county near Dows he son of Fred and Sophia Specht Se received his early day educa tion in the Wright rural schools and later attended the Ellsworth Business college at Iowa Falls In 18D5 he purchased a farm near Buffalo Center and lived here until 1912 when he moved o Lakota He served as a town hip school director there Eleven fears were spent in Lakola where was associated with A W Jehrends in the hardware store md later was manager ot the La rota Farmers Elevator company le was appointed assistant cash er when the Lakota Citizens Sav ngs bank was organized and later erved as the Lakola mayor The family moved to Algona in 920 where he has since resided He became mayor of Algona in 931 and was elected for four suc essive terms In 1939 he was de eated by Leighton Misbach and n 1941 was reelected by the vot rs A member of the First Pres ytenan church here since 19n e served many years as trusfee nd was a past officer of the tens club His widow survives besides four hildren Mrs Harry Larson For st City Mrs F E Kutzli Mile Preston nd William at home Two broth rs L J Specht of Elk River Minn and J W Specht of Dows also survives besides four grand children Girl Faints Robber Flees Without Cash LOS ANGELES one year old Hetty Leitchman didnt exactly plan it that way results have been This is a holdup a stranger informed her shoving a gun into the cashiers booth at a movie house Hetty fainted and fell off her stool The robber couldnt think of anything else to do so he without the cash Believe Jap Thrust Cut Of fat Base By CLYDE A FARNSWORTH Associated Press War Editor Fronlally and aflank the unite nations armies in Java mightily Monday Co smash thre Japanese spearheads thrust int that rich and strategic isle and on report suggested that the dcepes one of these had been sheared of from its shore base The immediate goal of the de fense was to shatter the invader before they could be reinforce from the sea The invading force were reported to have suffere enormous losses already A Reuters dispatch from Ban doeng reporting British troops in action against the foe said there was reason to believe that allied forces had knifed through the supply line of a Japanese column which had driven 40 miles inland to capture Soebang Soebang less than 30 mile northeast of Bandoeng headquar ters of the united nations com mand fell to the Japanese withi tne first 24 hours of their inva sion Japanese troop casualties ma be reckoned in the thousands an thenlosses in tanks armored car and artillery in the hundreds Reutcls crorresponden But still they come on If the allied forces in Java ha Been about twice as strong th Japanese attack would almost cei tainly have been doomed t failure Dutch command giving n fresh details of the fighting b land said that one of its moto torpedoboats had sunk a Japa nose flotilla large de by night In the eastern part of the Java sea An order of the day to British troops in Java said the Japanese arc likely to be in superior numbers They fight better on attack than on defense and therefore our best chance is to attack whenever we can At tack and not defense must be our watchword As British imperials American and Filipinos were fighting onb delaying actions in Burma and the Philippines the present main ef brt of the united nations pivoted on Java island keystone of th Dutch East Indies BRITISH HOLD LINE ON SITTANG RIVER A London military commentator aid that the British still were lolding their Sittang river line northeast of Rangoon in Burma and that the Japanese still were unable to organize a new offen ive It was conceded however that iie enemy probably could out lank the Siltang river line on its lorth and knife through the rail vay leg ot the Burma road Rangoon now deserted by all soldiers looters and incendiar ists has been virtually given up As a port of entry for supplies to the battling Chinese it al ready had been nullified Stabbing again into the Indian Japanese naval planes were eported by Tokio to have made heir first attack on Christmas is and a pinpoint British possession bout 220 miles south of the west rn end of Java NEW PRINCIPLES OF TRATEGY DESIRED With the Woody fight raging in ava the united nations best bar icade against the Japanese drive oward Australia representatives f Australia New Zealand and ther united nations reached im ortant decisions on new prin iples of high strategy a Mel ourne dispatch said If the New Zealand government pproves the secret decisions of he advisory war council at Mel it is likely to rong representations for their cceptancc in high strategy will be forwarded to President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill The Dutch o the united nations troops in Java straining every effort to check the headlong rush of un known thousands of Japanese whose transports had run the gantlet of warships and warplanes in extreme western middle west ern and middle eastern Java Man Loses Watch to Pickpocket PHILADELPHIA Cavanaugh was mighty mad after he paid his income tax but it had nothing to do with Uncle Sam Someone in the huge crowd jamming the tax office litled his 555 gold watch U S Bombers Go Out to Attack New Armada Reported to Be on Way By H McDOtJGALL ALLIED HEADQUAR TERS Java Via Tuesday armed torces includingAmerican ailplanes Dutch armored wedges and British imperials struck crushing offensive blows against Japanese inva sion forces Tuesday in a fierce battle for Java Official information meager and failed to make dear th e trend of grave for the early Monday morning the Ancta fws agency circulated an au thoritative statement that action is proceeding satisfactorily A dispatch from Java to the London Star said that the allied counteroffensive was in full swing and that British troops were advancing in extremely bit ter fighting although enemy penetrations were acknowledged at some points blows have been in flicted on the enemy it was stated authoritatively following a cal by Gen Sir Archibald TUyell for all allied forces 1o strike at the enemy g Erases which had damaged heavily the Japanese invasion fleet in the first phase of fighting swept out over the Java sea again Tuesday to oomb a new force of enemy ships reported headed for this island Dutch official sources said that the enemy was believed to be at tempting to reinforce troops landed at three points on Java Out there was no information early Tuesday morning as to whether the U S bombers had succeeded in locating a new Japa 0 m armada The Aaeta agency iaid that no new landing had been made and that no word had been received of a new invasion fleet reaching these shores The Japanese penetration of the aland largely by infilter terine methods that avoided the main highways was serious enough to prompt the Dutch to begin destructions of installa tions at Batavia although it was asserted that the capital was not menaced immediately The other enemy drives were nccted toward Bandoeng mili tary headquarters and Soerabaia naval base Already virtually the whole of he allied naval strength had been the baltic a oil of 32 or more Japanese war hips and transports sunk or badly damaged Allied aircraft smashed u Japanese landing barges and loops Snubnosed Dutch tanks clatter ng armored cars troop trans orts and fleets of light requisi loncd private automobiles rushed Dutch Australian British and American forces to threatened oints on Java No new landing of Japanese forces was reported fllonday Bui the invasion advance guard already had pushed ahead to points only about SO miles from Balayia less than 40 miles from C E L HELFRICH East Navy Chief ;