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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 5, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME D E P A 3 T M E NT OF HISTOSY AMD ARCHIVES CCS IA HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WTOES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 5 1942 THIS PAPOl CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 176 BRITISH GAIN MADAGASCAR TTXTT ft Commandos Storm Base From Rear Ships Attack Froniallv NIPPON TROOPS INVADEYUNNAN CHINAPROVINCE Bitter Fighting Is In Progress Around Border Town of Wanting CHUNGKING Jf Japanese troops invaded Chinas Yunnan province Tuesday after driving up the Burma road and crossing the shallow Wanting river 670 miles from this capital a military spokesman said A Chinese communique said that Japanese troops advancing on Chukok on the Burma side of the frontier opposite the Chi nese town of Wanting had been halted but that lighting was continuing with unabated fero city The spokesman said Wanting remained in Chinese hands but that bitter fighting was in pro gress in that area also Bitter fighting is in progress in the area around the border town Wanting still in Chinese hands the spokesman reported He declared that destruction of the Chinese section of the Burma road which winds through sheer mountains and yapins srorges haa not yet been necessary but that theChinese carry out their scorched earth policy Unnecessary The Japanese claimed their air force already had carried the war far into Yunnan province with a heavy raid on Yungchang abou 100 miles inside the province where the Burma road crosses the upper reaches of the great Mekong river A dispatch to the Tokio newspaper Asahi indicating tha an air base had been established there said the raiders destroyed nine planes seven of which were grounded The dispatch added that the town had been left in flames Thus in little less than two months the Japanese invaders o Burma had driven 500 miles from Rangoon to Chinas back door The great Burma port which the Japanese have since utitilized as ils main supply base fell March 8 The advance to Wanting rep resented a 90 mile drive along the Burma supply road Iron Lashio the railhead which wa wrested from the outnumberet and outgunned Chinese a r m j commanded by United State Lieut General Joseph Stil well The army spokesman de scribed the Japanese forces as small The vanguard how ever appeared to pose a dis tant threat to the Chinese capi ta of Chungking some 670 miles away across high moun tains and deep gorges The Japanese appeared inten upon severing communications be tween the Chinese of the left flan and the British of the the wild mountain approaches t India the spokesman said The enemy was expected concentrate his main effort towar capturing the strategic n o r t Burma town of Bhamo some 17 miles north of devastated Man dalay to seal off an alternate ter minus of the Burma road th spokesman added A column a ready is moving north from Man dalay along the Irrawaddy river Chinese troops far to the soul of the main battlezones at Atung gyi have started guerrilla warfar he said tacitly acknowledging th collapse of a sustained againstthe Japanese rear The spokesman said ther would be To Chinee withdraw from Burma until the war is won We mustcontinue to reinforr our allies in Burma irrespectiv of the difficulties he declared Allied Airmen ilaid Japs at Rabaul Tries to Sign Up Sugar Card for Baby Not Yet Born SPRINGFIELD 111 fl vornan registered for the suga rationing for her brother and sis terinlaw and the couples ne baby When asked the color of th babys eyes and hair she calle the hospital only to find it wa not yet bom The anticipated on was denied a card ALLIED HEADQUARTERS ustralia air forces ain have smashed forcefully at apanese island bases above Aus ralia and beaten off another en my raid on Port Moresby a ommunique announced Tuesday It listed five Japanese planes as it by allied fighters defending he united nations New Guinea utpost against a raiding air quadron of nine heavy bombers scorted by ten Zero naval fight rs Four of the hit raiders were ombers the communique said nd trie at an air without effect Airdromes also were the objec ves of allied raiders over both ae New Guinea and Rabaul New ritain At Lae the communique aid an undisclosed number oE rounded enemy aircraft were amaged by attacking fighter orces and at Rabaul bombers cored direct hits on three planes pread bombs over an area where 0 others were dispersed and tarted fires in supply dumps tits Traffic Ticket n Frame and Wants to Retain Possession SALT LAKE CJTV Barkas brought his traffic icket with neatly enclosed ri a four by six inch announced he was ready to pay is fine The court clerk asked for the icket to close the case Chris balked and only after a prolonged argument gave it to the clerk Ill see my attorney That icket is mine I paid for it anc m going to have it insistec 3arkas as he left the courtroom IS JAILED FOR SLAYING SON 5 Man Decided to Settle Feud by Disposing of One of His Babies OAKLAND Cal Seal 35 a garage mechanic de cided he could settle a feud be ween his babies only by dispos ng of one of the kids police said Tuesday He disposed of Lyndon Jr 3 by swinging the boy by the ankle and beating him to death agains a stone culvert Held in jail facing a murde charge Bcal told police Lyndon goi my goat H wouldnt mind He and his HU1 brother kept fighting 1 dccidec the only way lo stop it was to dis pose of one of the kids I disposec of Lyndon The boy was slain Monday i the East Oakland hills where Bea had taken Virginia Allison 22 with whom he was living an their two sons Lyndon Jr ani Melvin 18 months Lyndon Jr had wandered of and failed to answer his father calls Miss Allison told police When he returned Beal grabbe him by the ankles and swung hi against a culvert I ran toward him screamin and when I saw what he wa going to do screamed a prayer she said It didnt do any good He swung him up and dowi twice I grabbed Melvin ou younger boy and ran down th hill She hailed parsing motorists a Bcal put his sons body in his ca and drove away Two youths Ca Demmger and William Edesoi found him parked on a dead en street and held him until polii arrived Beal pale and morose was ta ken to jail in his bloodstaine denim work clothes I wasnt trying to escape from you fellows he said I just drov around trying to get a grip on m Miss Allison told police tha Beal had a wife and eightyear old daughter living at La Junt Colo She said Beal met her i Oregon six years ago and sini had sought in vain to get divorce Bomber Blockade Sy Japanese Jrorn sses Effective Somber ggrge from Ocean Going Submarines Can Strike MADAGASCAR U S ATTITUDE TOWARD VICHY BECOMES FIRM Statement Indicates KidGlove Policy With France Has Ended By EDWIN STOUT WASHINGTON British vatships and troops held Mada ascar Tuesday and American orces were pledged to tight any ixis attempt to grab the great Drench island which the Japanese ipparently had hoped to wrest rom the weak and possibly wili ng hands ot Vichy jThf importance of Madagascar in the Indian ocean and vital supply lines is indicated in the above map RAF Bombs Arms Works in Pilsen DROP LEAFLETS Report Nazi Generis Have Plan if 42 Campaigii FLARES IN VICHY Stuttgart Foundries Attacked Nazi Night Raiders Attack England By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS British warplanes heavily bombed the great Skoda arma ment works at Pilsen in nnzioc cupied former CzechoSIovakia before dawn Tuesday dropped lares and leaflets over Vichy capitil of unoccupied France and ittackcd the big war foundries city of Stuttgart in southwest Jermany Stuttgart population 500000 is the reported headquarters of tile Bosch Electrical works the Daimler ana Bez airplane cn irinc factories and other vital military targets A German broadcast said that he RAF attacked Vichy with incendiary bombs and that French antiaircraft batteries went into action but Vichy dispatches said the planes merely dropped propa anda and observation flares The raiders also over Cler montFerrand 30 miles from Vichy Oilier RAF plane carrying out widespread scries of night at tacks pounded the docks at Nan ies France nnd bombed shipping off the coust of Holland nnd Nor way German night raiders struck back with a 30planc attack on the English south coast dropping incendiaries and highexpio sivc bombs on Cowcs and East bourne The British air ministry said giant new fourmotored Stirlings capable of carrying eight tons of bombs each were sent on the long foray against the Skoda works in the second attack there in 10 days Girl With Flashlight Finds Night Prowler Shouts Scram Buddy SEATTLE 12 year old Ann Lindbcrg alone at home heard a night prowler She got a flashlight and caught the intruder squarely in the beam as he was climbing in a window Scram buddy before I call the police blurted Ann The prowler scrammed Girl 11 Is Marble Champ of Missoula M1SSOULA Mont soula boys arent talking much about the city marble champion ship It was won by Josephine Campbell 11 who will goon to the state finals Declare Hitler Agreed to Place Birauchitsch in Supreme Command By ROBERT BUNNELLE LONDON group of Adolf Hitlers generals headed by Field Marshal W a 11 h e r von Brauchitscli was reported Tuesday o have told the fuehrer bluntly hal if his 1342 campaign in Rus sia fails they will try to institute or Germany an alternate plan of heir own calling for abolition of he nazi system A responsible source with un isually reliable information about conditions inside Germany said ilitler had accepted this chal enge calmly and appointed von Brauchitsch a member of the su preme command Hitler relieved von Brauchitsch as commander in chief last Dec 21 and announced that he himself relying on his intuition had assumed direct command of his armies The source said the incident might be interpreted in two ways 1 That Hitter was confident of victory but needed he help of his former commanderiuchier and von Brauchilschs friends and hopei his appointment would win over his critics or 2 That lie Avas beginning lo recognize his weakness and was seeking compromises Von Brauchilsch was one of the strongest opponents of Hitlers plan for holding the forward po sitions in Russia through the win ter and counselled a fall back from Moscow long before Hitler agreed Von Brauchitsch was said to have the confidence and backing ot such important military leaders Field Marshal Fedor von Bock Col Gen Franz Haider and Field Marshal Gen Karl Rudolf Gcrd von Rundstedt recently appointed commander ot the German and occupied coasts of Europe All three were reported distrust ful of Hitlers intuition general ship and his extension of greater powers to the gestapo with which the army frequently has clashed There was no hint in the in formation r c ac h i n g London whether the von Brauchitsch clique threatened Hitler with displacement or promised him some kind of chancellorship in he new order they would in stitute if his plans failed the source said The informant added that he believed the dissident generals might want to turn the campaign elsewhere rather than to Russia and to halt offensive warfare and seek to hold Germanys gains by defensive fighting The clique might even the removal of gain a negotiated peace favorable to Germany the source said The informant said there had been hints of some kind of Ger man political friction involving ficichsmarshal Hermann Wilhclm Goerjng BRITISH GUNS ON CHANNEL FIRED Roar at Nazis While RAF Continues 24 Hour a Day Offensive LONDON big gun on the channel coast roared Tues day while Royal Air Force plane streamed toward France in thei 24 hour a day offensive after night of bombing southern Cai rn any The big guns began firing a a m p m EWT shak ng windows and awakening in habitants along a wide area of thi coast They fired until 1 a m am 30 minutes later went into action again while n big force of RAF planes crossed the channel Between the blasts of the bi Suns fierce heavy ahtiaircraf fire was heard on the French coas between Boulogne and Calai from midnight until 2 n m Fron then until 1 a m RAF bomber roared toward franco in an ua broken stream Buy war savings bonds and stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier liny Weather Report MASON FORECAST CITY Showers and thunderstorms Wednesday forenoon fresh to moderately strong winds IOWA Slightly warmer in cast portion Tuesday afternoon and in extreme east portion Tuesday night becoming cooler in ex treme west portion Wednesday forenoon showers and thunder storms Tuesday night and Wed nesday forenoon and in west and central portions Tuesday afternoon fresh to moderately strong winds MINNESOTA Continued rather cool Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night and Wednesday forenoon occasional light rain south portion Tuesday after noon Tuesday night and Wed nesday forenoon and in north east portion Wednesday fore noon occasional thundershow ers southeast and extreme south portions Tuesday night Winds becoming fresh to moderately strong south portion Tuesday night IN fllASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics 56 42 Maximum Monday Minimum Monday night At 8 a m Tuesday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum RO The coup Viy which a British land and sea force took over protection of Madagascar was announced in Washington and London Monday night Dropping its kidclove policy of dealing with Vichy the United Stales warned bluntly that if Pierre Lavals jrovernment per mitted ii warlike act againsl Ihc occupying forces U would be an act of war against the united nations The British move thwarted HIV Japanese plans to seize Madagas car cither by force or by a pro tective occupation agreemen similar lo the one Japan took over French Indo China last summer as a spring board for war against Britain and the United States Recent axi diplomatic maneuvering ha pointed toward such a deal Madagascar guards the nations sea lanes to the Middle East India and China Japanes possession of the island wouli have made the defense of India extremely hazardous and migh even have afforded a foothold fo an assault on Africa itself The Washington statement said Vichy Ambassador Gaston Henry Haye summoned to the state de partment at oclock Mondaj night was given this informa tion The president of the Unitei States has been informed tha Madagascar has been occupied bj British forces This occupation ha the full approval and support o the government of the Uniiec States The island of Madagasca presents the definite danger to th united nations of occupation o use by the axis powers especiall Japan Such occupation by th axis powers would constitute definite and serious danger the united nations in their figh to maintain the kind of civiliza tion to which France and lo whic the united nations have been s long accustomed The government of Ihe United Stales is at war with he axis powers ami if it be comes necessary or desirable for American troops or ships to use Madasascar in the common cause the United Stales w not hesitate lo do so at any time United States and Grea Britain arc in accord that Mada gascar will of course be restore to France after the war or at an time the occupation of Madagasca is no longer essential to the com mon cause of the united nations In view of the fact that tl island of Madagascar will be he in trust for France in order protect it from attack by any on of the axis powers any warlik act permitted by the French crnmcnt against the govcrnmen of Great Britain or the goven ment of the United Slates wou of necessity have to be rcgarde by the government oC the Unite States as an attack upon the united nations as a whole The occupation was in line with President Roosevelts w a r n i n g April 28 that the united nations would take whatever measvires necessary to prevent the axis from using Vichy territory as bases It demonstrated the harden ingof Washingtons attitude since Lavals appointment as chief of government on April 14 The day before Laval came to power the state department had announced it would recognize and deal with whatever French government was in control lo cally of French cither Vichy men or free French aval Wont Break With Jnited States VICHY France of overnment Laval declared Tues ay night he had received a note r o m President Roosevelt clc lancling that France not defend ladagascar against British at tack and that the Vichy govern nent regarded this note as iuad nissable Nevertheless France under ntf circumstances will make the first move toward a rupture with the United Stales Laval said Addressing a press conference aval declared in a husky voice The French government leaves 0 President Roosevelt his part of he responsibility of the eventual onsequences of this aggression Laval said he had given this vord lo the US charge d affairs 1 Pinckney Tuck in a 15minutc onference this morning atwhich Roosevelts note was delivered He aid In response to the American note the French government raises the most energetic protest against this aggression and takes notice that Madagascar will be returned lo France and rejects as inadmissible the pretence lo forbid the French government lo defend its territory Laval said Tuck gave him a note from President Roosevelt anc received Vichys reply answer to the American note I recalled to him the conditions of essential rela tions between the two countries and on the other hand my conver sation with Ambassador Leahy in which I said no final gesture be tween the two countries will come from France BITTER BATTLE IS UNDER WAY CHUTISTS USED Surprise Landing Made on Island by British Diego Suarez Is Goal By UOGEll D GREENE Associated Press War Editor British commandos ma rines and infantry were ve jortetl storming the big French naval base at Diego Suarez Madagascar from the rear w h i 1 e squadrons of warships and airplanes at BRITISH USE LIGHT ARMORED UNITS IV ATTACK The British landed on Mada gascar Tuesday morning precedec by waves of aftci the governor had rejected an ulti matum with the reply we wii defend ourselves to the very end it was announced Tuesday night The announcement was made b Paul Marion secretary of slate fo information in the presence oi Pierre Laval Marion said the British attach was made in Courrier bay 20 kil ometers south of the naval base of Diego Suarc Following Ihc parachutists land ing he said light armored units were then landed and attacked the defending forces HAMMER AT NAZI UKRAINE BASES Timoshenko Message to Residents of Area We Will Free You By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Marshal Scmeon Timosheukos red armies were reported ham mering at three key German in the Ukraine Tuesday attacking in the vicinities of Kursk Khar kov anc Taganrog while in the north the defenders of Leningrad strove desperately nari siege ring to brcnk the Timoshenkos hugescale apsaults on a 300mile front ranging from the sea of Azov hrlf way to Mos cow coincided with a special mes sage he sent Monday to residents of the Germanoccupied Ukraine The red army is on its way to liberate you Northwest Nebraska Gets 8 Inches of Snow OMAHA slate high way dcpartznenl reported snow ranging from four to eight inches in northwestern Nebraska as an unseasonal May storm swept into that area Tuesday Measurements included eight inches at Harrison four at Chadron Crawford anci Hemingford an inch at Alliance and Scottsbluff CINELLI NOVELIST DIES BERN Switzerland fino Cinelli 50 novelist and bi ographer of Tolstoi died in Flor ence Italy Monday the Swits telegraph agency said He had acked tlte harbor irontally late Tuesday after British seaborne forces had made a surprise landing on the is land Bitter fighting was reported raging for control or the 1000 milc long island a Vichy French possession off the coast ot East Africa Dicco Suarez one of the fin csl naval bases lu the Indian ocean lies at Ihc norlli cmi of the island which is fourth larg est in tile world A Vichy broadcast said Ihc government had announced of ficially thatthe British also were using parachute troops The Iroops landed at Courrier bay started pushing 10 miles across Ihe northern isthmus against the base A Vichy broadcast said the Brit ish naval forces consisted of two cruisers four destroyers two troop transports and probably an aircraft carrier Two British planes were reported shot down Francos 8G year old Chief nt State Pctain and Admiral Darlan antiBritish chief of French armed forces were reported to have sent a message tn the com mander in chief at Madagascar urging the troops to resist at j lack and defend the honor of the French flag1 London military iiuarlcrs sairt he British striking lo forestall a threatened axis attempt lo seize the strategic territory had captured a French battery A German broadcast said there had been French casualties and that fighting continued more than 36 hours after British troops landed early Monday at Courier bay 10 miles across the Isthmus from Diego Suarez The broadcast said it was ivit known yet whether the British landing operations had succeeded and added The French government may be expected lo react most sharply its military effect probably will become manifest during the course of the day There was no immediate in dication whether Japanese naval units llic nearest axis striking force were cnroule lo dispulc the British coup A Japanese armada of three bat tleships five aircraft carriers and flotillas of destroyers as well as cruisers was recently reported op erating in the bay of Bengal German dispatches said British naval and air forces first ap peared off Diego Suarcz Monday and that GovGen Armand Annct rejected a sevenhour ultimatum The British attack then started British military quarters said Ihe landing was executed about A o in British time 8 p m Mon day central war time DXB llio German news agency reported that a French submarine and a lender had been sunk at Madagascar resisting the British landing French reservists were said lr have been called up with orders to fight the British The island 800 miles off the cast coast of South Africa com mands allied sea lines lo Ihc middle cast India and China A British war office commun ique said the landing force con sisted of regular troops and a small contingent of special serv ice as com met little opposi tion Our forces have landed at Courier bay covered by naval hvcd for long period in the United j aircraft with the intention of pro slatcs I feeding across the Isthmus to the ;