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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 8, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME r OF HISTORY AND ARCHI MO 5 t A VC THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS ruli LEASED WUilS FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY iqWVMONDAY MARCH 8 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OK TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE i i j lliXliVVjli O UUN51ST5 OF TWO SECTIONS STr TR BRITISH REPULSE ROMMEL ATTACKS mmmr Contracts for 9000 More Tents to Mason Mfe H KB AT FOR 2 NEW ORDERS Tent Total 33400 When Contracts Are Filled in September The Mason City Tent Awning Canvas company has been award ed tivo new contracts for pyra midal tents to be used by the Unit ed States army The two new orders are for 9000 tents bringing to a total of 33400 made and ordered from the Mason City concern The new contracts total 000 of which there is a labor al lowance of approximately 000 The tents are to lie deliv ered through the Jeffersonville quartermaster depot Jefferson ville Ind This order will require 1071000 yards of fireproof and waterproof duck Also needed for the new contracts will be 675000 feet of webbing 6840 pounds of thread 4194000 feet or approximately V9t miles of ropes as well as 1 080000 eyelets Because of an overproduction in the last few months the Mason City Tent Awning and Canvas company has pared down its force of workers from 162 to 125 The present contract will take until the first part of September to com plete The33400 tents we will have completed by that time will have provided housing for 267000 men C W Gasswint proprietor slated COLDWAVT TO CONTINUE Mercury Dips to 13 Below at Davenport DES MOINES tion of the cold wave that caused lowans to shiver during the week end was forecast Monday by the weather bureau The bureau said it would be warmer Monday night bul would become colder in the northwest bureau said Light snoxv was forecast for most of the state The mercury dropped to 13 be ow zero at Davenport Sunda night High reading in the state Monday included 23 at Council Bluffs USJANPOWER SSSSSx NEEDS PROVIDE CRITICAL ISSUE WASHINGTON house svays and means committee ap proved tentatively Monday the source collection feature of a pay asyougo income tax svstem in cluding a 20 per cent withholding levy against the taxable portion of pay envelopes and salary checks Chairman Doughton D N Car said the committee prob ably would vote later in the day on the Ruml plan which pro poses to skip a tax year as a means of transition lo a current collection system The approval of source collec tion indorsed the action ot a sub committee which worked out a method tor payasyougo collec tions against Americas 44000000 individual income taxes The subcommittee bypassed the issue raised by Rum and it is this question that the full com mittee was to consider later The current collection mechan ics approved by the committee may cover income from all sources Under the plan all taxpayers must file their 3942 returns and pay the first installment by March 15 and the second installment by June 15 After July1 the committeeap proved collection system would provide 1 Waee and salary withholding levy of 20 per cent covering both income and vic tory taxes on the taxable portion oE pay monthly or monthly deductions These collections would not be an additional tax but would be ap plied to actual taxes computed at the year end at the statutory rates and exemptions The wage and salary earners would file income tax returns each March 15 as us ual 2 Men in Ihe armed services domestic servants and agricultur al be exempted from the withholding levy of 20 per cent 3 pay two thirds ot their current year liabil ity including income and victory taxes at any time on or before December 31 of the current year and the remaining amount when the annual return is filed March 15 of the following year be required lo make quarterly returns and pay quarterly onefourth of their estimated annual tax income and victory for the current years in come This would affect Servicc envelopes and salary through weekly semi portion late Monday night It will comcThls wcmW all be colder Tuesday morning the mcn domeslics and agricultural eau said labor exempted from the with holding levy business and profes sional men income from interest rents royalties etc the tax on low zero salaries above that part covered night High reading in the state y thc 20 Per cent withholding One Killed and Three Hurt When Car Turns Over in Deep Ditch TAMA Louise Villers IS was fatally injured and three other youths were hurt severely when the car in which they were riding overturned in a deep ditch near here early Sunday morning The injured were Harry Villers 20 driving the car Pauline Reben 16 and Raymond Biriwell 17 All are of the Tama vicinity and Har ry Villers is a brother of Louise Harry Villers suffered fractures ot the left thigh and right elbow and both hands and feet were frozen JUiss Rcben suffered n broken left thigh and frozen feet and hands She and Villers are in the hospital at Marshalltown Bid well suffered two fractured ribs and frozen hands All three were blistered by gasoline which spilled on them and suffered shock as well as exposure in the subzero temperatures levy ONLY 137 CAST SCHOOL VOTES Polls to Close at 7 P M in Mason City Only 137 votes had been cast in the school election up to 2 oclock Monday afternoon a survey of the four polling places revealed This is less than 1 per cent of thc total number of eligible voters it was pointed out by Secretary R L James The polls opened at 7 a m and close at 7 p m he said Thc four voting places and the number of votes cast in each during thc first seven hours the polls were open were reported as follows First ward school administra tion votes Second ward votes Third ward Lapincrs Chiefs Hope to Meet Farm Needs Without Reducing Military Goal WASHINGTON criti cal manpower problem was at tacked on a broad front Monday as reliable reports made clear that administration leaders still hope to meet farm labor needs without cutting down on the armed forces Over the weekend 1 Selective service announced a fourpoint program for draft deferment of essential farm work ers and men over 38 were or dered reclassified in a move to get them into farm work or possibly into the armed services 2 A special committee headed by Economic Stabilization Direc tor James F Byrnes was disclosed to be preparing for President Roosevelt recommendations cov ering a program aimed at meet ing manpower problems gener ally It was stated on high authority that thc white house which includes Bernard M Ba ruch Harry Hopkins Admiral William D Leahy and Justice Samuel I Rosenman of New York reached agreement on Die principal that whatever is done there should be no reduction in 1943 military goals calling for a total of10800000 men Meanwhile a congressional group led by Senator Bankhead DAla has demanded that this figure be reduced to leave more men on the farms to cope vith a threatened looct shortage Bankhead plans to attempt to brinir before the senate Tuesday a bill deferring all farm work ers from the draft bat the ad ministration apparently is ready to throw its support behind a less drastic measure which is expected to be offered by Sena tor OiMahoney Mahoney probably will propose retention of the present system of excusing farm workers from military service on an individu al rather than on a blanket basis Steps in this direction were taken by the war manpower com mission over the weekend when it moved to give local draft boards wider latitude to hold up the in duction of farm workers In still another move selective service headquarters eliminated the 4H classification for men be tween 38 and 45 and ordered local boards to reclassify them in the same categories as 3rounger mcn Chief aim ot the new order is to induce mcn over 38 to take up farming It provides that any man over 38 who is engaged in farm work by May 1 shall be reclassi fied into the farm deferment classes 2C if single and ZC if married if he meets thc other fa rmdcferment qualifications Other men over 38 are to be put into the regular draft classifica tions as soon as possible after May I They will under Sundays or der however be given special H designations Thus some will be put in 1A UK 2B 3A H and similar classes The H specifies a subdivi sion of the draft class A man designated 1A for instance would bo in the 1A class but would not be subject to immedi ate induction like one in that category without the H rating The order to local boards stipu lated that mcn in the 4H class I were to be transferred into one of Lift Bread Slicing Ban WASHINGTON The agri culture department Monday agreed to remove restrictions on bakers slicing of bread for home use H xvas learned authoritatively The action was taken after the paper and wax situation improved it was said and followed consulta tion between agriculture depart ment officials and the war produc tion board Formal announcement of rcraov al of thc ban is expected later Monday It was explained the ban was ordered primarily because of the paper and wax situation sliced bread requiring a greater quantity of wax to keep it from drying out The ban went into effect Janu ary 18 applying to all bread How ever it subsequently was amend ed to exclude certain commercial types of bread Bakers were understood to have appealed thc ban power commission said men over 38 would be inducted if ami when the armed forces determine they can be used in the military establishment Four other new selective service regulations were issued over thc weekend designed to keep agricul tural workers on thc farms They provide 1 When a man is granted defer ment for farm work local boards have no further discretion and must keep him deferred If this makes the local board unable to meet its quota for the armed ser vices the military call should be left unfilled 2 Any man with farming ex perience now in other work is to get farmer deferment it he returns 6 Have Accepted Invitations toCornbelt Parley March 15 Wickard and Nelson Will Be Unable to Attend Conference FIRST LADY AIDS Franklin D Roosevelt donates the 3000000th woolen l clothing drive ior evacuated nid destitute Russian civilians at the Russian Relief warehouse in New York Citv At left is Airs Edward C Carter head of the womens division and at right James Raf fee baling operator to farming before he is notified to appear for induction 3 A farm worker in danger of losing his deferment through fail ure to meet production require ments must be referred lo the county farm war board and 30 days must be allowed for his placement in another farm job be fore he can be drafted 4 County farm boards may re quest the deferment of farm work ers or appeal draft board rulings if the worker himself or his em ployer does not act Senate Republican Leader Mc Nary of Oregon said he favored the objectives ot the Bankheati measure but expressed the opinion that it might need some modifica tions McNary said he concurred in n recent statement of Secretary of Agriculture Wickard that there was not going to be enough food this year to meet all of the de mands Every well informed person must concur in the statement of the secretary of agriculture that there will be a shortage of produc tion in the crop season of 1943 as compared with last year McNary sakl That situation is inevitable because of the draft ol farrrilaboi ami because of the attraction for farm workers of the higher wages paid in industry MRS HITCHCOCK SUFFERS STROKE Found Unconscious Near Shepard Home Mrs Ella Shepard Hitchcock Hampton sislciof Hugh H Shep ard of Mason City was found un conscious on the sidewalk at the side of the Shepard home at 115 Tenih street northwest Sunday afternoon suffering from a stroke Mrs Hitchcock was taken to the Park hospital where she re ported to be in fair condition Monday morning Investigation revealed that Mrs Hitchcock boarded a bus Satur day night at Hampton for Mason City apparently to visit her brother and a number of friends here Mr and Sirs Shepard found the woman lyinsr on the ground beside the house Sunday after noon Her face was badly bruised and covered with soil to the extent that she was not rccoRimed She was taken to Ilic hospital isi an nnilitilancc 2 RED COLUMNS CONVERGING ON VYAZMA FRONT Take 114 Settlements and Pour Through Gaps in Germans Lines By THE ASSOCIATED TKESS Two Russian columns whose advance was measured by tlie roar of their cannon poured through gaps in the German lines and converged on the German bate at Vyazma Monday after capturing 114 settlements in the enemy sail lent west of Moscow Ttic Russians who on Satur day had battered Hjcirway into Gzhatsk 100 miles west of the capital announced the capture of 91 towns and villasres as they smashed toward Vyazma 35 miles farther to the DES MOINES Bourkc B Hickenlooper said Monday he had received acceptances from more than half of the II mid western governors whom he has invited to attend a war manpower machinery and food production conference on March 15 Divight II Green of Il linois Gov John W Bricker of Ohio Gov Henry F Schricker of Indiana and Gov John Moses of North Dakota sent word they would come in per son and Gov A n d r c iv F Schocppel of Kansas and Gov S Goodland of Wiscon sin plan lo send representatives the governor said Hickenlooper said Gov Harold Stassen of Minnesota has told him he planned to attend but had not yet sent a written acceptance Secretary ot Agriculture Claude Wickard notified Governor Hick enlooper that he will be unable to attend because of the press of re sponsibility but he said he hopes may contribute c a coer ence can render a great national the conference importantly to additional Another red army spearhead Donald M Nelson chairman of from the north was pointed at the the war production hoard also rear of Vyazma from the Olenino sent regrets sector 70 miles northwest of I agree with you Govcrnoi Gzhatsk Here the Russians an Green said that such a confer nounced the capture of 20 more ence settlements in a smash toward the service VyazmaSmolensk road Russian dispatches said the roar of the Russian cannon already was barely audible in Gzhatsk so rapid was the red armys advance Vyazma he last of the three cor ner stones of the Velildc Luki RzhevVyazma triangle remaining in German hands apparently was NAZIS RETREAT AGAIN TO HILLS IN MARETH LINE Montgomerys Men Stop 4 Thrusts and Push Germans Back By HAROLD V BOYLE ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA Erwin Rommels initial smashes at the British eighth army have completely failed and round one is over with his tanks and in fantrymen in retreat toward Marcth line positions north and northwest of Modenine a com petent military source said Mon day one has been won by tiic eighth army he added Gen Sir Bernard Montgom erys men after stopping two German attacks Saturday morn iiij disrupted four more thrusts in the course of the afternoon ami forced Ilommcl to withdraw again into the hills it was announced Battered by ground fire and harassed by aerial bombardments 33 of Rommels Uuiks were de stroyed while not a single Britisli ank was knocked out a com i ni merman nancl doomed to fall The bodies of more than 4300 Germans were counted on the battlefields of Gzhalck the Rus sians said and strongly forti fied Places were included in the positions overrun in the drive from Olenino Tlic Germans re treating in disorder in some places left much war material to be salvaged by the Russians if The German radio admitted that the iiai troops had been forced to withdraw from Sychcvka 30 miles north of Vyazma Farther north where Marshal Scmcon Timoshcnko was devel oping his offensive below Lake 11 men the Russians announced the capture of another stronglv for tified position From German an nouncements it was evident that marsh and lakesurrounded strong point of Staraya Russa was close ly threatened from several sides Hundreds of German dead were reported in this sector The Russians also continued their advance northwest of Khar kov where a spearhead from the Sovsk area below Orel was less than miles from the important w K BryanskKiev raihvav the hoipital that evening Weather Report ieli lElla Silcavd The Shepard am rUKCiCAal lily was called and then identified MASON CITY Snow Monday her night and Tuesday forenoon j Mrs Hitchcock is a pioneer rcsi rismg temperature Monday aft dcnl of City having cume crnoon Monday night and1 here with her parents while a Tuesday forenoon lowest Monbaby in 1871 from Maquoketa The day night in Mason City 10 Fresh lo strong winds IOWA Warmer Monday night ex cept becoming colder north west portion late Monday night Colder Tuesday forenoon Light snow south and moderate snow north Monday night Fresh to strong winds MINNESOTA Warmer Monday night and Tuesday forenoon ex cept becoming colder west por tion late M o n d a y nisht and family lived on the second floor of the building now occupied by thc Osco drug store i She attended Mount Holyoke college in Massachusetts two years and then returned upon the death of her father to take over his ab stract business which she handled for nine years until her brother Hugh Shepard was graduated from the university and Jook over the non late Monday night and In 1897 si Tuesday forenoon light to mod gust Iliahe crate snow fresh to strong winds south and central por tions IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday lo Minimum Sunday night 7 At 8 a m Monday 2 YEAR AGO Maximum 47 Minimum 24 Snow Trace Thc figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum Sunday night 7 At 8 a m Monday 2 YEAR AGO Maximum 43 Minimum 32 In 189i she was married o Au ost Hitchcock and a few years later moved In Twin Kails Idaho where Mr Hitchcock died about 20 years ago Mi Hitchcoclc thcn returned to Mason City and later went to Hampton she was employed for many years bv the Robinson Brothers abstract firm Mrs Hitchcock has a son Clar ence al Hibbing Minn and a grandson Dean in the armed services Bul in Ihc Donets basin they were silent concerning the counlcroffcnsivc in which the Germans were reported putting iarsc numbers of tanks and mo torized troops if f About 25 German bombers vis ited England Sunday night drop ping bombs about London that caused a number of casualties But only one plane was re ported over the city itself dur ing the alert Three of the German planes were reported shot down one of them a fourmotored bomber The RAFs offensive against the reich was at a temporary stand still Saturday and Sunday nights for the first lime since the bomb ing ot Wilhelmshaven on Feb 24 Although the Germans said raiding planes were over Helgo land Sunday night the British air ministry announced only mine laying operations were in prog ress DIES FROM PILLS DES MOINES L Cook 15 month old daughter of Mr and Mrs Paul Cook of DCS Moincs died Sunday night as a result of taking several sleeping capsules which she had found lying on a table Saturday night Rayon Stocking Price to Be Reduced by OPA WASHINGTON office o price administration announced Monday that on April 15 it will cut the prices of womens rayon stockings by from five to 40 cents a pair On that date a new set of stan dard prices will go into effect and to help consumers enforce the new schedule every pair will have to be stamped on the welt with exact in formation ot thc quality and legal price The Illinois chief executive will head a party of 15 from that state including officials of the Illinois Agricultural asso ciation the Illinois Grange tlie University of Illinois and mem bers of state departments Governor Schocppel explained he could not come because thc Kansas legislature will be in its closing hours at that time Governor Schricker of Indiana is bringing LieutGov Charles M Dawson who is also Indiana com missioner of agriculture Larry Brandon vice president and sec retarytreasurer of the Indiana Far m Bureau Col Robinson Hitchcock head of Indiana selec tive service and Harry flccd dean of thc Purdue University School of Agriculture Governor Moses of Ninih Da kota said he will try to be al thc conference or will send the lieutenantgovernor Herbert Hoover former presi dent and national food adminis trator during World war I is scheduled to address thc confer ence food j muiuciuc disclosed The heavy action at the south ern end of the Tunisian front was accompanied by aggressive allied patrol activity and local gains in thc north and destructive aerial blows at an axis convoy sighted in thc Mediterranean be tween Sicily and Tunisia Bombers vith lighter escorts sank two vessels of the convoy left another sinking set five oth ers afire and shot clown six es corting planes tlie communique said MILK DRYERS ORGANIZE AMES association of milk dryers of Iowa composed ot managers of milk and buttermilk drying plants in Iowa has been formed at Iowa State college Matt Junker of Gliddcn is presi dent and Burst Tlidgeway of DCS Moincs is secretarytreasurer III all axis aircraft were declared destroyed during the lay while none of our air craft is missing V American patrols in two sor ties captured sr Italians some 20 miles west of Gafsa Authorities said however that other United States patrols had withdrawn westward from the town ot Pitrhon 100 miles to the northeast to avoid heavy axis fire from the dominating hills north and south of the town All was quiet in the Oussirllin valley above Pichon In northern Tunisia our ng gicssivc palrol activity continued and several local gains were made the communique said V V H Allied air forces were cred ited with a contribution to the stemming of the attacks Satur day moreover oT the 15 axis aircraft destroyed Sunday nine were said to have been shot down while challenging allied bombers and fighters sweeping the southern In addition Cairo dispatches said 20 others were probably destroyed or damaged Lightningescort B25 Mitchell bombers and H17 flying fur ROflDS RfllLROflDS GROLND lost by the allies when the Afrika korps went on the offensive recently in Tunisia now has been retrained by American and allied troops ;