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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 29, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT Of HISTORY AND ARCHIVES OES WOINCS THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PBESS U5ASEO WISES MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MARCH 29 1943 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS TU1S PAFEIl CONSISTS OK TOUR SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 146 MARETH LINE COLLAPSES Corridor Along Coast GOP LINE BACK End Parleys BIG AIR BLOWS OF RUML PLAN Sacfn7S FALL ON NAZIS MADE TIGHTER IN MANY RAIDS Democrats Continue Running Battle Against Tax Abatement Measure WASHINGTON IP Repub lican leaders adopted a no com promise tax policy M a n d a y lightening their lines behind the Ruml plan while Representative Cox DGa contended that they risking a reversal of the rising tide of popularity gained by the GOP in last years elec tions House Republican Leader Martin of Massachusetts called a special meetms of his partys steering committee and after ward said there would be no compromise and that I now feel certain the proposal to skip an income tax year would pass the house f f Cox who frequently has joined republicans in opposing what he terms bad legislation de scribed the Rum plan as consti tuting the most gigantic steal in all history and asserting it vio lates every concept of decency and fairness By its adoption lie said congress would convict it self of being an aggregation of either scoundrels or fools He called even more Iniqui compromise plan ad vanced by Representative Robert son DVa to abate the G per cent normal and 13 per cent fiist bracket surtax on 1942 income for all taxpayers in easing the transi tion to a payasyougo basis The republican committee meeting was held in Martins office a view of planning strategy when voting begins probably Tuesday on various payasyougo income tax pro posals We cant discuss our strategy Martintold newspapermen but we are contident Meanwhile the democratic leaders continued their running battle against the plan originally advanced by Beardsley Ruml of the New York Federal Reserve bank and embraced in modified form a bill by Representative Carlson and various plans for a compromise thai would abate a large part but not all of one tax year were in the air As the fourth dayof one of the bitterest tax battles in history opened on the house loor Repre sentative Jenkins ROhio dc lared that 90 per cent of the American people want the Carl sonRuml bill and that the no abatement measure submitted by a majority of the ways and means committee has practically been abandoned by many leading dem ocrats WARSHIPS SPAR IN NORTH PACIFIC U S Reports Jap Ships Put to Flight By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sparring between surface naval forces in the north Pacific in the vicinity of the Aleutians was re ported Monday radio broadcasting a communique itjuiidiii wus re Morgan Kinth claiming that two enemy cruis ers and a destroyer were damaged in an engagement six days ago This announcement was at al most complete variance wiih a U S navy communique Sunday which said four Japanese heavy cruisers and four destroyers con voying two large cargo ships west of the Aleutians were engaged at longrange by light U S forces lour days ago and that the Japa nese were put to flight In the southern Pacific the Japanese also attempted a blow with a 40 bomber raid on Oro bay a united nations base in New Guinea but a communique from Gen Douglas MacArthurs head quarters said 25 of the raiders and their fighter escorts were shot out of action at least 13 of them de stroyed The Japanese succeeded however m sinking a small vessel during the attack WASHINGTON TjA group of high ranking army and navy officers from Pacific war theaters has just completed a series of conferences in Washington on plans for future campaigns against the Japanese In making this announcement Monday the war department said the United States joint chiefs of staffs called the meetings to ac quaint commanding officers in the the Pacific combat zones with strategy approved at the Casablanca conference of Presi dent Roosevelt and Prime Min ister Churchill in January None of the decisions was dis closed if Heading the group of 15 offi cers were Lt Gen Delos C Em mons commanding army forces in Hawaii Lt Gen George C Kenney commander of allied air forces in the southwest Pacific and Lt Gen Millard F Harmon commanding army forces in the south Pacific The announcement said the of ficers would be returning to their overseas stations in the near fu ture Representing Admiral Chester W Nimitz commander in chief of the Pacific fleet were Emmons Rear Admiral R A Spruancc Brigadier General L R Boycl U S A Capt F P Sherman U s N and Capt E G Small U S N Representing General Douglas MacArthur commanding general in the southwest Pacific were Kenney Major Gen Richard K Sutherland chief of staff to Mac Arthur Brigadier Gen s J Chamberlain U S A and Capt H J Ray U S N Harmon was here us a repre sentative Admiral William F Halsey commander in the south Pacific Others from this com mand were Maj Gen N F Twin ing U S A air force comman der Brigadier Gen DeWitt Peck of the marine corps Capt Miles R Browning U S N Col T D Roberls U S A and Commander W H Ashford Jr U S N 900 VOTES CAST IN MASON CITY Returns to Be Aired After Polls Close Nine hundred votes had been cast in the Mason City municipal election up to 2 oclock in thea ft ernoon compared with 197 two years ago and 1156 at the same hour four years ago The vote follows PREC 1P1W 2P1W 1 P2W UP2W 1P3W 2P3W 1P4W 2P4W TOTALS Heaviest by precincts was as 1S43 115 74 173 164 104 134 55 19fi 22 2f 3 17 31 10 3i 17 197 vote in a 1939 132 93 257 110 175 140 163 84 1156 municipal election customarily is in the laic afternoon and evening The polls close at 8 p m The balloting is to elect two councitmen to take office April 1 1941 to succeed Councilmen Car Grupp and John Gallagher who are not candidates for reelection The candidates for he two offices Carl Holvik Paul Prilchard y and Carl The election returns will be broadcast over station KGLO as soon as the count is available Monday evening it was stated The polling places are located as follows First ward first precinct School administration building First ward second Mason City Lumber company Second ward first precinct Courthouse Second warti second pre cinct MeKinlejr school Third ward first Lapintr Motor company Third ward second Roosevelt school Fronrth ward first precinct S R Chevrolet garage Fourth ward second precinct Nichols Farm Equipment com pany ight after the greatest raid of he war on Berlin Saturday night 900 Tons of Bombs Hit Berlin and Start Brew of Solid Flame LONDON iP RAF bombers resumed their assaults on Ger man submarine bases Sunday nig by blasting the base at St Nazaire with a concentrated attack the air ministry announced Monday Two bombers did not return from the St Nazaire raid which was carried out in considerable strength and added new damage to a Uboal haven has been attacked often and heavily in the past Squadrons of es corted by fighters crossed and recrossed the southeast coast Monday hinting at a continuation of the intensive Mows directed at Germany and her satellites on the continent during the week end Tlie German radio meanwhile announced that German bombers retaliating for the Saturday night HAF raid on Berlin and a day light raid Sunday by American fortresses and liberators on the railroad yards at Rouen France smashed at Norwich during the night Hit and run German raiders appeared over the south coast Monday morning and made a di rect hit on a school clinic in a coastal town Bcscue workers began digging in the wreckage for members of the staff and any pupils who might have been trapped there Authorities said two enemy aircraft were destroyed during night raids on Britain w The great load of almost 900 tons of bombs hurled down on Berlin Saturday night was al most double the heaviest total of explosives and incendiaries the German air force dropped on London in its heaviest at tack A force of several hundred Ian casters Hatifaxes and stirlings gave the German capital its sixth raid this year and the 59th of the war Saturday night showering down tile 900 tons of bombs in cluding many two and four ton blockbusters Major Sydney S Bartlctt U S air force observer who acted as bombardier in one of the British planes attacking Berlin described the city as one hells brew of solid flame The intensity of ihc 30 minute bombing during which explosives were dropped nt therate of 30 tons a minute exceeded even that of the severe battering handed the capital March 1 hitherto the heav iest of the war Buy War Savings Bonds ami Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Warmer Mondav afternoon Monday night and Tuesday forenoon fresh to strong winds Monday afternoon IOWA Not quite so cold in east portion little change in tem perature in west portion Mon day night and Tuesday fore noon strong winds Monday aft ernoon MINNESOTA Little change in temperature south and central porlions and cooler extreme north portion Monday night and Tuesday forenoon strong winds cast and south portions Monday afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 44 Minimum Sunday night 31 At 8 a m Monday 33 YEAR AGO Maximum 09 Minimum 19 Precipitation 02 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 30 Minimum Saturday night 24 At 8 a m Sunday 27 MAKNASSY on the alert American soldiers take over the railroad station at Maknassy note sign in Tunis as they drove axis forces back toward the sea and threatened Rommels liie of retreat from the jMareth line This picture was radioed from Africa and released by OWI Husband of Slain Woman Admits Giving to Divorcee TULSA pkla At torney Dixie Gilmer began an in vestigation Monday of a statement by T Karl Simmons Tulsa oil man that he gave in 1912 lo Mrs Ella D Howard slender divorcee charged with murder in the shooting of Mrs Simmons Gilmer said that Simmons in a signed statement related that lie met the divorcee in Fort Worth eight years ago and began see ing Mrs Howard regularly Mrs Howard 44 pleaded inno cent when arraigned on the mur der charge Assistant County At torney M S Simms said she re lated that Mrs Simmons 55 a widely known horsewoman forced her way into her room at the fash ionable MayoTibtel at gunpbint that she grabbed the gun and that it was discharged in a glc that followed Wounded three limes Mrs Sim mons died almost instantly 23 KILLED IX CRASH MELBOURNE Australia March 29 government an nounced Monday that two United States army officers were among 23 persons killed in the crash of a royal Australian air force trans port plane near Brisbane Satur day BIZERTE Maknassy SMASH ROMMELS LINES States troops punched their way through axis defenses in central Tuni sia to capture Fondouk allied headquarters in North Africa announced while in the south General Montgom ery s eighth British army struck toward El Hamma 2 in a threat to axisheld Gabes Another eighth army column battered the Mareth line along the coast The British first army in the north 1 beat back the Germans and made some gains Rommel and Force Placed in Dire Peril By UEUITT SIACKENZIE Wide World War Analyst The cracking of the Miireth line by General Montgomerys great eighth army one o the sensa tional feats of the placed Marshal Ro mr mel and the tire axis force in Tunisia in dire peril from which j there w o u 1 d seem lo be no escape The break has f come on i twen ty five mile front on the powerful coastal end of the line and dispatches indicate that the nazi marshal is making a run for the north in an effort to join up with General von Arnim before he can be cut off His chances of escaping the trap which the allies laid for him didnt seem good for American and Brit ish forces were northwest ot him and driving hard for tlio coast in an effort to close the trap Our young fighters under Genera TwoGun Patton liail been doius a workmanlike job over the weekend Ialton not only held steady the wedge which lie is trying lo drive lo the coast in the SousseSfax sector but even advanced it some mi its northern cdue by capturing Fon douk in a surprise attack IMacKcnzic Axis Forces Retreat Northward in Tunisia After Heavy Losses By EDWARD KENNEDY ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA Marshal Enviu Rommels Mareth lino defenses have collapsed under tho pounding ot the British eighth army and his forces arc retreating northward with heavy losses it was announced Monday Scattered pockets of resistance were left behind but Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomerys infantrymen were re ported mopping them up one by one as allied aerial squad rons joined ground forces in powerful atlacks along the axis escape corridor j The jMarcth line broke on a 25mile front at three points ranging from 20 Lo 30 miles from the axis supplv port of Gabcs Beset by powerful forces forward and the desert flank ing column at El Hamma in his roar Rommel yielded Mar eth iMatmata and Ton jane at the northern end of the Mareth fortifications Sunday and dispatches said that every strong point oC that 40 mile lony little Magmol in allied hands from the Allied Warships Pouring Shells Into Gabes Area BULLETINS A L U f E D HEADQUARTERS i NORTH AFRICA I warships have joined in the bat Meantime the flying coin m n tie of Tunisia subjecting the which Montgomery got round the Gabes area to a heavy shclfin southern end of the Mareth line had made a sensational advance auvance inc uase irom me souin lo El Hamma about 20 miles west it was revealed Monday of the important port of Gabes It looks as though he were straining to capture Gabes which is Rom mels nearest coastal base If Montgomery could reach Gabcs before Rommels main force raced northward the marshals predica ment would become increasingly grave REDS FIRM ON UPPER DONETS Break Up 2 Efforts lo Crack Defenses MOSCOW red army fought on in the mud during the night breaking up two German efforts to crack its line along the upper Donets river and capturing four more villages in the slow drive toward Smolensk the fius sums said Monday but the once flnminj bntllo line apparently had subsided temporarily to a scries of local and inconclusive engagements The midday communique re ported that there were no ma terial changes on the fronts and was devoted almost exclusively to isolated engagements involving relatively small forces The German communique re corded by the Associated Press said thai only local engagements were fought in the central nnd southern sectors of the Russian front Sunday but that the Rus siansrenewed their attacks south of Lake llmcn and near L a k e Ladoga The fighting lasted all day the communique said and the Russians were repulsed with heavy In the push toward Smolensk which had carried to within 32 miles of the great German base the Russians reported one village was laken by the column which has been driving westward from Vyazma and three more by the column which for weeks has been moving southward from Belv about S5 miles lo the northeast of Smolensk the land forces pressed in toward the base from the south and west The allied naval units dove tailed their shelling perfectly with the land and air advance on Giibes Late reports said allied pilots were giving ihc entire Gabes region a pasting ARTILLERY DUEL IV 1KOGUESS BEFORE PLAIN WITH THE A M 1C H 1 C A N FORCES BEYOND EL GUE a ican infantry in a night attack bus captured the strong enemy position of Djebe Mcheltal The axis troops now are en trenched on Djebcl Chcmis far line was now They were wrested enemy in some of the fiercest combats or the in which more than KOOO German and Italians soldiers were cap tured Thousands of tons oC bombs bad been loosed upon the line by day and by night to sup plement continual heavy artillery barrages DisDutchcs from Cairo said it was officially announced that axis air fields protecting Galirs were lieiiijj plowed up which would he u sure sign that Itom mcl intended lo abandon that area In the allies Since air protection would be necessary for a Dunkcrque escape by Rommels army through Gabcs any further withdrawal probably would mean he intended to at tempt a righting retreat for 200 miles or more up the coast to a junction with tho command of Col Gen Jurgcn von Arnim in the TimisBizertc region Threatening his escape corridor for a slrelch of 100 miles were Ihe United Stales troops of Lieut Gen George S Patlon pushing toward the coast from newly cap Fondouk Maknassy and U MONTGOMERY DECLARES AIR SUPPORT SUPEKH ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA March air forces unceasingly hammering enemy forces on land and sen have reached a new heigh of olfcnivc power The British and American air arms in the pasl week sank nine axis ships damaged GO others anil carried out such effective raids on enemy ground forces that Gen Si Bernard L superb tween them and the Gulf of Gabes First reports told of the capture of prisoners and said the chief opposition was from Italian mortars TIic attack which was lunncliPd on Ihe afternoon of March r on flip rncniys strong position south of El Hamma has forced Ihc enemy lo withdraw from ihc Marelh area the rumniimiuur said in opening its account of the victory Montgomery cried The southern fron develop ments were coupled with allied Denied Extra Gas to Get Tooth Pulled FARMINGTON U I a h Gasoline rationing is prolonging an unidentified sufferers tooth ache Stating it was impossible to get a dental appointment be fore April UG in cither nearby Og dcn or Salt Lake City he applied for extra gasoline rations for a trip to Denver to get the tooth pulled The board denied the application The bombers making 10 attacks during those three days destroyed between KO and 100 vehicles and damaged at least IOO Montgomery praised Ihe nil forces ina message to Air Vice Marsha Harry Broadhurst uf he western desert command I would like lo convey to you my great appreciation superb support to the laud battle that has been given by the nir foices under your command Sun day and in fact every day since the battle began Montgomery said Hiiins both 1 the center tt lv the United Slates troops made progress Monday through difficult country cast f El Ciietar in one movement of Ihe push toward the ixis escape corridor across the Gabes plain the Maknassy and Fondouk areas to llic north our patrols were very active tincoinmuni iue announced Iti the north in the Djebcl Abiod area some THI miles south cast of Bizcrtc local advances were mode and a considerable I iijku i LUIialULl ilDIC Such intimate cloc support number of prisoners were taken has never to my knowledge been achieved before It has been an in spiration to all the Iroops The results have been first class I sin cerely trust you have not suffered many losses Air blows also aided American i troops in capturing and holding the Maknassy El Guclar nod Fondouk regions Bees Swarm Into R R Switch Box Causing Snort Circuit in Wires PHOENIX Ariz Pacific trains were snarled for on hour at the railroad yards The reason Bees A swarm Hanged i switch box shortcircuiting electrical wires v y Fallinc hack toward the area of Gabcs 20 miles northwest of the village of Mareth Rommels troops were lnmtcd anil shot im in smashing attacks by al lied air forces The collapsc on the ninth clay of Gen Sir Bernard Mont gomerys offensive against the muiinlainoiis Mareth line posi tions It was the same time that Montgomerys men artillery and bombers needed to break through Rommels first line at El Alamcin 1500 miles farther cast The attack upon El Hamma which cut to 15 miles the axis cor ridor past Gabes was made with the powerful and very effective support of our air forces the communique said H reported ihc enemy lost ;