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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 17, 1943, Mason City, Iowa JL NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME T OF HISTORY A C H i v C S 01 S is 0 I r C 1 i THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIOftS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED FftCSS AND U KIT ED FUCSS TUU LJA8KD WWES HVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 17 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 188 RAF BLASTS 2 HUGE GERMAN DAMS Japs Report U S Reinforcing Attu Attackers NAVAL AND SEA ASSAULTS TOLD BYTOKYQRADIO Heavy Fighting Is Declared Raging on Northern Coast NEW YORK Tokyo radio quoted a Japanese army spokesman Monday as saying that attacking United States forces were landing a steady stream of reinforcements on Attu island un der cover of a naval and air bom bardment Japanese troops however are holding on to their positions and have made a number of damaging counterattacks against tremen dous numerical odds the spokes man declared The acknowledgment that American troops still are pour ingashore at Attu was subordi nated at the end of the broad cast which sought to emphasize successes which the Japanese were said to have gained in the early phases of the ClghtinR The broadcast which was re corded by the Associated Press said heavy fighting was raging on thenorthern coast The Japanese spokesman Maj Gen Nakao Yahagi chief of the army press section was quoted in Navy Emphatically Denies Gas Used in Attu Attacks W ASHING TON navy denied emphatically Mon itor claims on enemy radio broadcasts that poison jas had been used by United States troops on Attu island in the Aleutians Enemy claims that the Unit ed States forces in the Aleutians have used sas are absolutely untrue a navy spokesman said The Tokyo and Berlin radios quoting a Japanese officer had broadcast reports that American troops began use of gas in the drive to force the enemy out of their Atlu island base Grimsley Sworn Into Navy as Lieutenant Senior Grade Expect Mohawk Coach to Be Assigned to Duty in Athletic Conditioning of the Aleutians The main attacking the Tokyo broadcast as saying that the Americans had launched a threepronged attack against the strategic island at the western end said a landing on the southern coast on the morning of May 12 and succeeded in moving inland and attacking Japanese po sitions only to be driven back to the beach that night A pitched battle is now in progress yahagi said between Japanese troops and another American force which landed simultaneously on the northern coast The third American force which attempted to land on the east coast was completely annihi Its Lt John Avril Grimsley senior grade United States navy Mason Citys high school coach and athletic director took his ac tive duty physical examination and was sworn in at the navys recruiting headquarters in Des Moines Monday morning His orders received in con nection with the swearinf in ceremony call for reporting at Chapel Hill N Car where he will take a four weeks in doctrination course beginning July 1 After this it is expected he will be assigned to instructional duty in the athletic conditioning pro gram for naval aviation cadets at one of the five oreflight schools at Iowa City Athens Ga Chapel Hill University of North Caro Del Monte and St Marys Cal Lieutenant Grimsleys commis sion in naval aviation is dated April 12 years and 1 day from the date on which he was mustered into army service for World war No 1 Request has been made of the Mason City school authorities for a leave of absence for the dura tion of the war and its assumed that it will be granted Wilh Coach Grimsley at Des Moines Monday morning when he was sworn into service were four members of the Mohawk tennis team Bob Cerney Jack Rees Bill Sheahan and Dick Bruns They were scheduled to play in a district tennis tourna ment at Fort Dodre Monday afternoon For the time being Mrs Grims ley and their two children Susan and Jack will continue residence in the family home 682 Third street northeast Mr Grimsleys commission as senior grade lieutenant whic corresponds in rank to a captaincj in the army follows more than i year of continuous effort to ge into the war At age 44 he fount the gatesmore or less persistence had its reward Just what the athletic setup fo the local high school and junio college will be next fall hasn been determined It is expected however that extra responsibili will fall on Coach William Bud Suter Coach Joe Rogers recently acquired from the Rock well City school and Volley Han sen whose specialty has liaen phy sical education Coach Grimsley will be leav ing an athletic nwntorship rec ord of years here which is probably unequalled in Iowa high school and junior college annals climaxed by the present year in which wearers of the lo cal hish school colors have not met defeat in 56 interscholastic contests Mr Grimsley is a Kansan by birth having taken his undergrad JUDGE GRIMSLEY His 1940 team was un defeated for the year wiiiuinic 32 consecutive games This year the Mohawks were unde feated in their 30 case con tests A favorite argument amon ports fans is whether the lf4 five was better than th 1940 outfit with a rather unani mous agreement that the tw vere the strongest in Iowa liig school basketball history Scores of Grimsleytutorcd ath etes have gone on to gain en inencc in college competition am later in bigtime coaching Among these are Bud Foste Wisconsin basketball coach Joel of Oregon George Baird ITALYS GRAVE OUTLOOK GIVEN NEW EMPHASIS Unconfirmed Reports Indicate Internal Crisis Stirs Nation BERN P Italys grave posi ion in an alliedcontrolled Medi erranean was being hammered ome to her people Monday as a art of Premier Mussolinis re loublcd efforts to tighten his de cnses reports reaching neutral Switzerland said At the same time the situation confronting Mussolini gave rise to x flood of rumors concerning the internal situation in Italy the most sensational of which was a eport by the Morocco radio that King Vitlorio Emanuelc would abdicate in favor of Crown Prince Umberto These reports were without any confirmation how ever and telephone calls later in the night by neutral journalists gave no indication of any unusual situation The rumor was received skeptically in London where it was pointed out that King Emaiiucles prestire was higher than at any time since the fascist march on Rome ill 1322 It was recalled that the Rome radios accounts of the fi nal fighting in Tunisia had closed with Long live the king LOUR live Italy conspicuous ly omitting Mussolinis name For Loved Ones in Service Pay an added that is personal and each of your relatives and loved ones now serving in the army navy coast guard or marines Wear a sterling silver Star of Honor for each of them These simple dignified little emblems of proud patriotism are now sweeping the country from coast to coast in popularity bidding fair to rival the V for Victory as a symbol ot national loyalty The Mason City GlobeGazette is now able to offer them to you at surprisingly low cost Stars of Honor may be obtained al the office of The Mason City GlobeGazette for only 23 cents each plus 2 cents federal jewelry tax by mail for 30 cents the added pennies to cover cost of postage and handling Get yours today WLB Collides Headon With Lewis New Tieup Threatens Says Issue Is Whether UMW Chief Is Above and Beyond Laws WASHINGTON labor board risked The war its existence lated on the beach Yahagi was quoted as saying There was no confirmation of this Japanese version of the cam paign from any American source official sources in Washington maintained silence on the prog ress of the fighting although Navy Secretary Knox said several days ngo thatthe battle was progress ins satisfactorily Yahagi also was quoted as al leging in the Tokyo broadcast that American troops had resorted to poison gss on May 14 and 15 in an attempt to dislodge the Japanese lie declared however that the Jjiunnese have not retaliated This Japanese assertion brought Tin comment from the U S war or navy departments which have adhered to a policy of ignoring axis propaganda reports Both President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill have de nounced the use of poison gas but have said that the allies would re taliate promptly on evidence that it had been used by the enemy FATALLY INJURED DES MOINES 1943 Iraffic death toll rose to 89 over the weekend when Anthony Bipn di 26 of Madrid died in a hos pital here of injuries suffered when he was struck by a car while walking home on highway 6 west of Des Moines Bay War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier uate college work in Southwest ern at Winficld where he was a letter winner in 4 in football 2 in basketball 3 in base ball and 1 in tennis and was all conference end in 191718 His graduate work in football basketball baseball track and physical education has been at the University of California Los An geles University of Kansas Uni versity of Illinois and University of Southern California with sup plemental work in coach schools and as faculty member at numer ou coaching schols After coming out of service in World war No 1 Mr Grimsley spent a year at Mcade Kansas as coach and teacher Next year he was at Mt Hope Kansas and in the fall of 1923 he came to Mason City to take over junior college ithlctics and physical education With the departure of Coach Ray Allen some 17 years ago he took over high school basketbal along with junior college footbal and when Clayton Sutherland moved on to Iowa State college three years ago he added high school football to his responsi bilities Since 1934 Grimsley coachec football teams have been unde feated during five seasons with five state championships in high school and junior college compe tition coming to his charges Beginning in 1S32 his high basketball have been in the stale finals nine times winning the title in 1935 an4 ot Iowa Howard Stoeckcr of Southern California Ross Ander son of Iowa and Willis Parrott of Wisconsin In the coaching profession Coach Grimsley has been signally honored numerous times He has served as president the Iowa state high school coachs associa tion and as a member of the national basketball coachs asso ciation In tlie first World war he local coach was a member of the Fifth corps combat group in the 89th division of he 5lh corps combat croup which fought alongside the Second di vision Hanford MacNiders out the 42nd 90th and 1st divisions Front line action was experi enced by him in the St Mihiel drive the Argonne and Meuse Argonne He drove an ambulance most of the time and for a while was a stretcherbearer attachec to advanced dressing stations His division was at the front for 99 days I was n buck private when I went in and I finished in the same position1 he recalls with a chuckle After the armistice in 1918 Mr rimslcy participated in the A F athletic program playing on ic strong 89th division basket all team Among his close professional riends Coach Grimsley numbers Dr Forrest Phog Allen of ansas Ward Piggie Lambert f Purdue Harold Bud Foster f Wisconsin Eddie Anderson of owa and Louie Menze ol Iowa State Other unconfirmed reports in cluded an assertion by the Dakar radio that the Italian cabinet had and a Moscow broadcast hat more than 300000 people had led from southern Italy to Rome within the past two weeks in lopes that Rome would not be jombed The Swiss newspaper Die Na ion commenting on Italys de fense preparations said that Italy does not expect further help from Germany in case of an invasion since Germanys own preparations to beat off an invasion attempt Monday in an allout headon con flict witli UMW President John L Lewis Interpreting the mine leaders refusal to appear at a WLB meet ing to arrange a resumption of collective bargaining in the coal wage dispute as n defiance of the lawfully established procedures of the government the board in structed the soft coal operators not to proceed with negotiations un til both parties are ready to pro ceed under the instructions of the division of the board No other agency of govern ment the statement added now authorized to direct other wise The possibility of another tie up of the industry thus became more with txpiratton of the present 15day truce under which the mines have been op era tine due at midnight Tucs day The board made no official ref erence to the truce and Lewi has declined to say whether hi would extend it He said Sunclaj he was ready to bargain with th operators at New York but refusei to make his arrangements througl her full attention Swiss neutrality are demanding and because would bar the use of railways through Switzerland for military preparations Two went fur that Hitler is pre paring to withdraw his troops through Brenner pass and leave Italy to the mercy of the allies The German gestapo and army of ficers have returned already and there are unmistakable signs that the army will follow shortly the newspapers said Mussolinis realistic attitude oward the Tunisian ippiircntly designed to bolster Uliui morale for a lastditch nvasion been ac ompanied by further parly purees and a tightening of his control Describing Italys defense prep rations it was pointed out here iat Italys geography prohibits e defcnseinspacc strategy The igh command has constructed ong staggered defenses in the orth and south protecting the Po alley plain and the passes be ond A natural defense line xists between Genoa and Venice long the lower course of the Po s to every other citizen of nitcd States the board as it directed The WLB made known it views first in a forma stalemen declaring the issue is whcthc Lewis is above and beyond th laws applying to other citizen and secondly in n transcript of closed meeting held by division of the board with the operators It was not immediately clear what the boards next step would be since it lacks subpena power and presumably could not itself institute proceedings against Lewis At Pittsburgh meanwhile a union spokesman who declined to be quoted by name said no con work decisions had In demanding a wacc in crease and at the same time rc fusine to seek the approval of the national war labor board Mr Lewis is defying the law fully established procedures of the Rovemment of the United States This is not only a defiance of nir laws but it is also the only hing that stands in the way of he working out of a new contract or the mine workers by orderly peaceful procedure in accordance vith the order of the national war abor board of May 14 1943 and he national stabilization policy mdcr the act of congress of Octo ber 2 1942 This defiance challenges the sovereignty of the United States in time of war and gives aid and comfort to our enemies Lewis had said in New York Sunday that the UMW wpuld not attend Mondays session The mines now are Iwiiif op erated under government con trol They were seized by fed eral authority as a result of a walkout which preceded the 15 day truce Since then a threeman WLB panel has been studying the con troversy The UMW ignored invi tations to send representatives to the panels hearings On Capitol Hill lawmakers were busy on questions of taxes appropriations and reciprocal trade pacts Test Soon Cerro Gordo county will have u practice blackout this week That warning was issued Mon day by Jack Wagner chief air raid warden for Mason City Sheriff Tim Phalen and Chief Harold E Wolfe Only 15 minutes oC warning or less will be given before the blackout begins they added InMason City police and fire apparatus with sirens screaming will go through every part of the city during the 15 minute warning period to inform residents that the blackout signal may be expected within a mutter of minutes Busi nessmen thus will have an oppor tunity to get to downtown stores and turn out all night lights sine signs Members of the civilian de fense services also will use the time to get to their posts The blackout signal is a two minute continuous blast by the in dustrial whistles of the city Tin same signal will sound the al clear The sheriff will notify al mayors of the county during th alert period that a blackout is com Ing See story on page 10 NAZI OFFICIALS ADMIT FLOODS CAUSED DEATHS Smashing Attacks on Berlin Other German Targets Are Continued LONDON bombers attacked Berlin ilie environs lome the Ruhr and the Rliinelnnd Sunday night and burst two ot he largest clams in Germany flooding the valleys of the Ruhr Started by Lightning Destroys Farm Home 3 Dead KEOKUK lone sur of a tragedy which tool lirce lives Mrs Virgil Russet 31 was being treated here to burns and shock which resultec when the Russell farm homi turned late Saturday night aflc being hit by lightning Mrs Rus 36 year old husband am their children Pauline 0 am Robert 7 perished in the blare Russell had guided his wife t saCcty but lost his life when h went back into the burning horn to attempt to rescue the children KILLED BY EXHUSBAND NEWTON Services fo Mrs Marjorie Forsylhc Miner 3 formerly of Newtonwill be hel here Tuesday afternoon Mr Miner was fatally shot last Wcrt nesday at El Paso Tex where sh had lived the past three years He husband from whom she was d vorced several months ago is be ing held in the slaying nd much recent attention has icen given the Po line In the past Italian defense rlans have been centered on fleet md airforcc to meetan invasion efore it could reach Italian beatlies Italys fleet is still potent with ix or eight battleships heavy md light cruisers and 50 to 60 de stroyers But it would be highly vulnerable to air attack by supe rior allied forces based on North or on Sicily and Sardinia should those overrun Following its strong showing in ihe Ethiopian and Spanish wars She weakness of the Italian air force is described in the Swiss press as one oC the surprises this war been made by about 70 per cent of the UMW locals in western Pennsylvanias bituminous field One Pennsylvania local however refused to take any action on the matter of a work stoppage at Us meeting Sunday It was the Gal litzin local whose members stay ed at work in the only Pennsyl vania mine unaffected by the walkout two weeks ago Fourteen northern West Vir Kiiiia locals also voted not to work at the expiration of he truce unless a contract is sign ed hul elsewhere there was no word of any action by the mine workers At Birmingham William Mitch district 20 president countered questions as to whether Alabamas 22000 miners would stop work with whats your guess Lewis was informed of the boards statement at the New York office the united mine workers He sent out word through a secre tary that he had no comment The issue said the statement now confronting the nation in Ann Sothern Wins Freedom From Pryor HOLLYWOOD n n Solhern the Maisie of the mov ies has won her matrimonial free dom Superior Judge William S Baird signed a decree which made final her divorce from Roger Pryor actor and son of the late band leader Arthur Pryor Miss Sothern received an interlocu tory divorce May At that time she complained her spouse insisted on flying wherever he went although he knew it worried her Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Showers with lit tle change in temperature Mon day afternoon and night warmer by Tuesday noon IOWA Occasional rain north west L and moderate to heavy showers n cA thunderstorms south and east portions Monday afternoon and Monday night occasional light rain extreme cast portion early Tuesday fore noon no decided change in tem perature winds becoming fresh to moderately strong MINNESOTA Occasional rain south and central portion Mon day night and cast portion Tues day forenoon slightly warmer Monday night and Tuesday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 53 Minimum Sunday night in At 8 a in Monday 17 YEAR AGO Maximum il Minimum T0 Precipitation 03 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday MinimumSaturday night A At B a in Sunday 13 and Eder in huge waves y sf Sir Archibald Sinclair air minister suid walls of the Mnhue and Eder dams were broken One backed up 134 000000 tons of water and the other 202000000 tolls he said Their destruction constituted a powerful blow to industrial Germany he added W Tlic Germans themselves re ported officially on the Berlin radio that the floodtide took a heavy toll of casualties Boll dnms produced hydroelec tric power for Ruhr valley indus tries The German yearbook lists War Industries in Area Received Power From Dams By THE ASSOCIATED FRESS Both the Mohiic and the Edcr dannsblastcd by British bomb ers were sources of hydroelec tric iMiwer which served the German war effort through the industries of the oftbombed Etihr valley Lying in the Irussian uplands east of the Rhine they also served to regulate the water levels in the navigablerivers they fed The IHohne is a trib utarjof he Kuhr the Eder flows into the Meser The Mohnc dam backed up a lake four square miles in area and 125 feet deep in the hills 48 miles cast of Essen The structure ivas rated by A 1938 German statistical yearbook as Ihc fourth largest dam in the reicli The Edcr dam also known as the was Germanys second largest among 30 dams which the German yearbook listed It lies 10 miles southeast of the Mohnc dam It was imcfourth mile lonp Backed up behind this dam a reservoir of four and a half siiuarc miles ItM feet deep The reservoir used to maintain navigation levels in the river and to feed the Elms and the Wcser canals Mo tor boats operated upon its sur face Rain YEAR AGO inches Maximum Minimum Last Fvost island outposts be DIES AT STORM LAKE STORM LAKE services will be held Tuesday aft ernoon for W C Skiff who served 22 years as Buena Vista county treasurer Skiff for 15 years was superintendent of tickets at the Iowa state fair Buy War Savings and Stamps from your GtoneGaxetle carrier hov this dispute is whether Mr Lewis is above and beyond the laws which apply to all other citizens of the United States The labor dispute in this case ike all other labor disputes is within the jurisdiction of the na ional war labor board under exe cutive order 9017 of Ian 2 1942 Under the national policy economic stabilization established by the act of congress of October 2 1942 and the presidents execu tive order of October 3 and its supplements issued in accordance with that act of congress if any wage adjustment is justifiable on the merits it must be approved by the national war labor board and if it is such as to require an increase in the price of the pro duct produced then it could not be put into effect until it is also approved by the director of eco nomic stabilization This law applies to the coal miners and coal operators as well HELPED IN BIG couple of Yanks Pvt John Jaros of Philadelphia and Pvt Berlin Shields of Morgan town W Va arc working over one of the many mules that served U S forces well in Tunisia They were able to carry supplies over terrain too hazardous for trucks The soldiers call the sturdy animals North African Jeeps Ai only 30 dams so the RAFs night work probably was a great blow to German industries it was stat ed Repairing dams is a lengthy task Both dams were considered even more important for their water supply and Hood control than for power The Aloljne dam was near the owi of Socst It was the largest ourcc of water for Ruhr indus rics and homes It tacked up a 125foot deep Inke four miles iciuavc in the hills 18 mites cast of Es5cn The Edcr dam near Hem furth formed the largest reser voir in Germany and was used to rcsulatc the level of the AVescr river and canals which jammed with traffic as the result of RAF attacks on all communications Second Urc est in Germany it hacked up a lake four and a half miles in area and 164 feet deep The bomber command did not say the dams were hit with bombs and there was the unique possibility that torpedoes were slanted into the dam faces Mines might have been dropped in the water for the current to carry them against the targets Sinclairs disclosure was made in a speech celebrating Norwegian Independence day al Albert hall The operation was one of cx riordinary difficulty and hazard he air ministry declared eight big Lancastcrs were lost with their precious crews but Wing Com mander Gibson who commanded an aircraft engaged in the opera lion pressed home the attack against strong defenses and re gardless ot danger Wellington bombers which roared from north African bases carried the war close lo Komr nattering the seaplane base at Lido Ii Roma at the mouth of the Tiber only 15 miles from the Italian capital Sir Archibald called the RAF i attack on Germany Sunday nighh f ;