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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 24, 1943, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF H I Y AND AM t j V C I S E i I THE NEWSrAfER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 24 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTONS SECTION ONE NO 194 RAF MAKES GREATEST RAID OF WAR 14 Die 89 Hurt in RR Wreck DECLARE TRAIN WAS EXCEEDING LIMIT ON CURVE Engine Leaves Tracks and Plunges Down Embankment on Turn DELAIR N J A crack Pennsylvania railroad passenger train roaring north from Atlantic City to New York with nearly 1 300 passengers homeward bound alter a weekend at the sUore wrecked on a curve in this south ern New Jersey community Sun day night killing 14 persons and injuring at least 39 others At the break ot dawn Monday weary workers gave up the search lor more bodies and turned to the task of clearing the right of way blocked since the crash at p m And in two hospitals in Cam den three miles south of Delair police and railroad officials be gan the grim task of attempting to identify nine horribly mangled bodies including those of a mother and child to which she gave birth in the wreclv Both were tated Alreadv identified dead were C H Bohr of New York conductor on the train H N of New York the fireman Christian P Horn 248 East Hanover street Trenton N J Bennie Shapiro 126 Midland avenue Montelair N J Fist Fights Break Out Near Gates of Goodyear Factory Men Reporting for 2 p M shift Meet arm Youth Dies cannon street New Yerk City Five of the unidentified dead were women It was the Pennsylvanias worst in years W C Higginbottom general manager of the railroads eastern division said a preliminary in vestigation indicated the engineers was exceeding the 15 mile speed limit a 14 degree curve Early checks show that the equipment and track were in good condition the official said in a statement but definite indica tions are that the train was moving faster than the authorized speed limit when the derailment oc curred Investigations were begun by the railroad local officials and the federal bureau ot investi cation Most of the passengers only a lew hours before had been enjoy ing a gay holiday at shore resorts Many had just left sons and sweet hearts stationed at Atlantic City The engine pulling a 15car train left the rails on a sharp curve plunged down an embank ment dragging four of ears behind it All the cars formerly were Pull mans and had been converted to coaches by installation of wooden seats Passengers and bagjragc were hurled brutally to the floor Screams of women rose above the crash One car perched atop the engine Another landed on its side near the tender with its rear telescoped by the third The fourth slid underneath the wreckage and two others re maining upright on the rightof way tilted rakishly on their crumpled trucks Police railroad crews and civil ian defense volunteers struggled to nid the injured and rescue trapped passengers For five hours workers using acetylene torches cut into the wrecked first car seeking additional bodies Then two huge cranes pulled the car away from another lilted it and four bodies dropped out They were crushed so badly that at tempts at identification were con fined to a search of their posses sions A soldier seated in one of the cars praying for his critically ill mother whom he was rushing home to see suddenly found him self thrown to his side other pas sengers and their baggage piled on top of him his foot squeezed so tightly against the side of the car he could not remove it The MUfer Pvt Felix A Shajrin 19 of Passaic V J took his knife cat away his shoe to Int his foot and in doing it badly cut the foot He was treated at a hospital then continued his journey home Someone screamed fire as wisps of steam curled through the car from the shattered engine Blockade of Pickets AKRON Ohio Several fist fights broke out Monday out side the gates of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber companys plant one as workers reporting for the 2 p m shift were met by a shoulder toshoulder blockade of pickets participating in a war production stoppage of 38000 CIO workers at Akrons three major rubber com panies Several thousand persons gathered outside the street main sates at the Goodyear plant The fights were quelled by ottiers in the crowd anil by Goodyear company policemen These men are not all from Goodyear by any means declared a company spokesman who declin ed use ot ills name Theyre the same bunch that carne over from Goodrich and Firestone Sunday night The company said a few of the 2 p m shift passed through the picket line while several pickets declared no one had gone through the gates Goodyear officials said they were asking Mayor George J Hartcr to assign Akron city po licemen to duty at the plant Harter announced earlier after conferring with leaders of the United Rubber Workers it it very hopeful that all workers will be back on the jab by Tues day morning These developments came as full production was resumed at the General Tire and Rubber com pany not directly affected by the WLB decision limiting wage in creases to three cents an hour five cents less than approved by a WLB panel under the little steel for mula as Auto Upsets Near Mason City Henry Eichmann Jr 23 who resided four miles west of Mason City on the 25lh street road died at a local hospital about oclock Sunday night from in juries received when his car over turned near his home about oclock Sunday morning Eichmnnn was alone in the car at the time of the accident ac cording to the sheriffs office re port The car was wrecked by the accident This is the first traffic fatality reported in 1943 in Cerro Gordo county Mr Eichmann was born April S 1920 at Mason City Surviving re his wife parents Mr and Mrs Fred Kichmanu Sr three rothers Fred Mason City Alec vith the armed service at Port La John Mason City a lister Marie Mason City Eichmann had spent most f his life on a farm near Mason and spent three years at 3arner He was i member of he Bethlehem Lutheran church He was preceded in death by his daughter Barbara Dec 4 1041 Funeral services will be held at he Bethlehem Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon ut oclock with the Rev C A Hinz pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran church in charge Burial will be at Elmwood cemetery The Major funeral home in charge SHOOT DOWN 5 PLANES MAKING RAID ON ATTU Second Wave of Bombers Reported 2 American Planes Lost in Battle WASHINGTON Five o Japanese twin engine bombers ridding American forces on AtUi in the Aleutians were shot down by United States fighter planes Sundav the navv reported Mon day One United States fiffhter plane is missing and another was shot down in Dealing off the bomber attack the second raid in us many days On Saturday 15 twinengined bombers made an unsuccessful raid on two naval vessels HULL PRAISES RUSSIAN MOVE Comintern End Will Promote Greater Trust WASHINGTON of State Hull said Monday Mos cows announcement of dissolu tion ol the communist interna tional would promote greater trust among the allies and con tribute very greatly to the coop eration needed for winning tin war and postwar undertakings Asked at his press conferenci for comment on the development Hull dictated this the first offi cial statement from any Unitcc States government source The dissolution of the commu nist international is w e 1 c fi m e news The elimination of thator ganization from international life and the cessation of the type of activity in which that organiza tion has in the past engaged is certain to promote a greater de gree ot trust among the united nations and to contribute very greatly to the whole hearted co operation necessary for the win ning of the war and for successful postwar undertakings To a question whether the United States government had in any way influenced the Moscow decision Hull said he did not care to discuss that at this time House Clears Way for Vote on Tuesday on AntiPoll Tax Law WASHINGTON house opened the way Monday for a vole Tuesday on antipoll tax legisla tion by discharging its rules com mittee from further consideration of the measure The house action came despite declaration by Representative Cox D Ga that the legislation is a bid for Negro support and the assertion that if the new deal persists in heaping indignities on the states that have kept it alive theres no telling what might hap pen The legislation would make it unlawful to levy a poll tax as a prerequisite to voting in any elec tion in which a federal office is at stake Seven southern states Virginia Arkansas Georgia South Carolina Mississippi Alabama and Texas now charge poll taxes The Sunday raid was reporiei navy communique imjnbcr 388 North Pacific 1 On May 23rd The pressure of the Unit eel States army forces agains pockets of Japanese resistance o Attu island continues A numbc of enemy points of resistance hav been liquidated During the afternoon 1 Japanese twinengine bomber were attacked by six army light ning Lockheed 038 fightei over the eastern part of AtU Five ot the enemy bombers wer shot down One United State fighter ismissing Another fighte was shot down but the pilot wa rescued The navy gave no indication whether the bombers succeedc in their mission presumed to have been bombing and strafing of American troops battling Japanese ground forces on Altu BUSINESSLIKE SNOUT OF ANTIAIRCRAFT pokes its way skyward while members ot the crew get down to business At extreme left is the talker with his tele phone on his chest Behind him are the ammunition parsers handing up projectiles from ammunition dugouts on either side of the emplacement Just at the right of the gun a shell is going into the fuzesetter which sets the fuze to burst at a predetermined altitude Sitting at cither side of the gun are the men who match pointers on the dials of the mechanism which keeps the muzzle of the gnu on the intruders Blast Pantelleria Isle HIT DORTMUND N 2000 TON BOMB ASSAULT Vast Flames Started in Heaviest Attack Ever Made by Planes LONDON AP the greatest air attack in his orv the RAF dropped more than 2000 tons of bombs Sunday night on industrial Dortmund and raided other targets up and down the waterlogged Ruhr valley of crmrtiiy Scores of four and two ton onibs and tens ol thousands of incendiaries kindled vast blazes in Dortmund the smoke of which licked angrily into the sky three miles above the city of 500000 The weight of explosives loosed Sunday night topped the previous record of more than 1500 tons dumped May 12 on Duisburg also in the Ruhr The importance of Dortmund had increased greatly recently he cause the saturation battering of Esseii had caused the shift ing tn Dortmund of many war industries The British lost 38 bombers Returning pilots described the hammer blow as highly success ful although accurate observa ORWITH ROUTS WIOTA 80 SPORTS BULLETIN MANSON routed Viola 8 to 0 in the opening game f the Iowa high school baseball championship hero Monday Man Who Was Never Drunk Never Swore Never Wed Dies at 106 LOS ANGELES iff James C McLaughlin who claimed he was never drunk never uttered an oath and never married died Sunday 106 years old His grand mother evidently had a belter for mula for longevity She lived be 129 to Buy War Savings Bonds am Stamps from your GlobcGasette carrier boy Women shrieked in panic as every one fought to get out Then cool headed soldiers restored order began helping the safe and the in jured outside Two priests Fathers Raymonc Cavanaugh and Cletus Moran o nearby St Cecilias church climbed into the wrecked coachc to administer to the dead an dying the last rites of the Catholi church It was assumed by some of ficials however that the bomb iiiK flight was intercepted before it had opportunity to attack the S round forces As in the first bombing raid there was no official word on the base from which the enemy bomb ers were operating However it was assumed that they came either from Paramushiro or from a carrier But where the 15 twin cngined bombers went was in doubt They could have returned to their base flown on to strengthen the enemy positions at Kiska or some could have been shot down Hundreds Evacuated Floods May Have Reached Crests But 50000 Acres More Are in Flood Palh as Wolf Lake Levee Breaks JAPS DEVELOP CHINA DRIVE 1 hreatei Chungkings First Line of Defenses Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Not much change in temperature Monday after noon slightly cooler Monday night not much change in temperature Tuesday fornoon fresh lo strong winds Monday afternoon and Monday night IOWA Cooler Monday night warmer by Tuesday noon mod crate to fresh winds Monday af ternoon and Moday night MINNESOTA Light showers northeast Monday afternoon and Monday night much cooler Monday night and Tuesday forenoon fresh to strong winds frost Tuesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 63 Minimum Sunday night 50 At 8 a m Monday 53 Raih 36 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 72 Minimum By UNITED PRESS The Chinese prepared Monday lo meet an expected bigscale Japanese offensive dcvelopin along the Yangtze river in west ern Hupeh province and already were reported threatening the first line of defenses to the ap proaches lo Chungking A Chinese report said Japanese vanguards had thrust to Yu yangkwan 34 miles southwest o Ichang which is 29S miles from Chungking and that behind them at least six divisions Japanese troops A Chungking spokesman warned of the seriou nature of the fighting Air activity died down in llv southwest Pacific but allied flyer machine gunned 40 Japanes barges and canoes operating alon the northeast New Guinea coast line evidently in aid of cmbattlec troops and battered Kavicng New Ireland in an hourlong raid By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Evacuation of hundreds more families continued Monday in the flooded middle west but officially ptimistic reports indicated the ircading waters of the Missis ppi Missouri and Illinois rivers ay have at last reached their cstriclive crests However about 50000 acres lore were in the path of flood which collapsed the Wolf ike levee extending five miles oug the Illinois side of the Mis ssippi south of the town of Volt akc and near the confluence of ie Big Muddy river These waters rushed into the quarter of Union county 11 and were expected to sweep ito Alexander county compcllin ome 4500 residents to evacuate ifty amphibian jeeps were on and to assist residents in an rca 20 miles long by five miles vide Civilian defense officials ho first Icarcil the water might ush on to the Oiiio river and solatc Cairo 111 said later Ihe crrain was such Hint the flood vould run off into the Mississipp bove Cairo At St Louis the Mississippi held teady at a stage of 3894 feet Monday and the weather bureau aid probably that was the crest lighcst since 4139 feet in 1884 ff ff The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum Saturday night At 8 a m Sunday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 40 78 56 59 67 38 Report Nazi Troops Are Now on Sardinia LONDON iP Reuters sal Monday that the German radi announced for the first time tha German troops now arc in Sar dinia lOUAN IS KILLED COLORADO SPRINGS Colo Jeanne A Tusow Hen ning Minn army nurse and Cp Cecil L Blanc Bedford low were killed when a B17 bombc crashed near Peterson Field arm air base the air base public re lations office announced Monday AXIS PLANE TOLL IN 5 DAYS 305 Heavy Attack Made on Sardinian Airdrome By WILLIAM B KING ALLIED HKADQUARTERS IN NORTH AFRICA IPl J S medium bombers and fighters at tacked Pantelleria three timcs within five hours Sunday and RAF Wellingtons followed up Sunday night with a blockbuster raid on the docks nnd air field of that for tified Italian island it was an nounced Monday The missions against Piintclleria 45 miles cast of Cap Bon encoun tered no enemy air opposition Delayed reports however boosted to 305 the number of axis planes destroyed in the Mediter ranean theater offensive by the northwest African air forces alone Several houses were swept in five days against announcec The coast guard reported the sit uilioii easing on the Missouri and moved additional boats and men lo the Mississippi around Wolf Lake Another encouraging report came from Peoria III where the swollen Illinois river had dropped 03 oE a foot to a 2879 stage from its high of 2882 at which it held from 2 p m Sunday to about 3 a m Monday The concrete sea wait gave out Sunday at Claryville Mo and flood waters engulfed 23000 acres of Perry county isolating 900 inhabitants of Claryville Bel gique McBride and Menfro vil lages A second break occurred later between St Genevieve and St Marys adding 12000 additional acres to the flooded land in that area away by onrushing waters when the Grand Tower drainage dis trict levee on the Illinois side broke in two places Already more than 100000 persons are homeless and more than a million and a third acres flooded in the affected sixstate area where coast guard army slate mililia Red Cross and representatives of other re lief and health agencies were on 24hour duty Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazetlc carrier boy FLOOD troops patroled the Mississippi river from Alton 111 to Cape Girardeau Mo 1 in mid west flood zone At Beardstown 111 the situation was reported grave along the Illinois river with St Charles Mo district 8 described as critical At Mnsko gee Okla water service was discontinued to 10000 inhabitants Levee breaks relieved pressure at Vincennes Ind Only four of 29 levees between Fort Smith and Pine Bluff 6 in Arkansas remained intact 5 Times That of Heaviest German Raid on London By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS London quarters saidMonday the total of more than 2000 tons of bombs dropped ou Dortmund by the RAF in the greatest air attack in history Sunday night was almost five limes the amount dumped by the Germans in their greatest raid upon Lou don April tlj 1941 which was calculated at iust under 450 tnns It was eight times the 250 tons iif explosives dropped hy iKiyi airmen upon Coventry Nov 14 1940 1 raid which killed 300 persons anil injured hundreds tion obscured by clouds of smoke and flame The raid was carried out in excellent weather V The magnitude of Sunday nights operations became ap parent early in the evening when watchers on the channel coast saw the procession of bombers pass nonstop for two hours toward their targets losses of 18 aircraft a ratio of al most 17 for one In addition mid dle east and Malta squadrons have accounted for at least a dozen oth er axis planes in the same period f It was disclosed also that 10 me dium bombers had dcslroyec on the ground in a marauder rate ii the Dccitnomnmiu air field iardinia Friday Sardinian targets were blasted j gain by bombcarrying lightning ightcrs Sunday and a middle cast omnuiniquc disclosed that heavy iAF bombers smashed Saturday light at the ferry terminal of San iovanni on the toe of the Ital an boot The allied bomb shower on Pan ellcria which lies in the center C the Sicilian channel followed i welllaid pattern The fighters ind bombers carried out their as ignmenls with a precision that eft waste and wreckage in their It gave life to the words oE Winston Churchill before the American congress last week suggesting that Germany and Italy might he bombed out of the war Opinion is ci i v i d cd as lo whether the use of air powrr could by itself bring about the collapse ol Germany or Italy The experiment is well worth trying so long M other methods arc not ex cluded Well there is certainly no harm ill finding out But however that may be we arc all agreed that the damage done to the en emys war potential is enormous Neatly coordinated with the devastation in the Ruhr were powerful new blows against Italy by allied planes based in north Africa and the middle east The main targets were the rocky island outpost of Pantelleria and the San Giovanni ferry termi nal in Italy leading to besieged Sicily The 41st assault on Dortmund umlay night was the first con centrated bombing since Mr Churchills address The Ruhr valley which cradles a crcat percentage of Germanys coal coke and steel industries already was pock marked from one end lo the other hy previous British raids which has cut sharply into war production Only a week ago mine tossing Lancaster bombers breached the crcat Filer and Mochne dams which supplied power and water to the Ruhr and Wester valleys The rtam breaks loosed vast de structive floods Dortmund is the easternmost city on the Ruhr and the terminus ot the DortmundEms canal It is the main transportation outlet from the Ruhr and the center of the Wcstphalian coal basin To get to the RAF flew 700 mile round trip The heaviest bombers in the British hangars began their rec ord breaking effort to cripple Ger manys war potential a month ago when more than 600 planes sat urated Iilscn and Mannheim DE GAULLE WILL GO TO ALGIERS Path Appears Cleared for French Unity Move LONDON French national committee announced Monday that the way appeared clear for formation of a central authority of antiaxis French forces and that Gen Charles De Gaulle probably would leave for Algiers this week for a confer ence with Gen Henri Giraud The fighting French announce ment said that after hearing the report of Gen Georges Catroux the committees liaison man nothing now appears to oppose speedy formation of a central au thority at AlgiersT The communique raid that De Gaulle would be accompanied to Algiers headquarters of Girauds North African provisional French government by Rene Massigh the committees foreign affairs commissioner and Andre Phillip interior and labor commissioner 1 That was the strongest force since ;