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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 20, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME C 0 W P 0 E P A S T E H T OF I f V A I IL J f U f 1 THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRtSS AND UNITED PRESS FUU LJiASED WIRES K1VE CENTS A COPV MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20 1942 THIS PAPEa CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 36 AIDES 30 MILES ROM BIZERTE 1 t i v I 15North Iowa Hemp Plant Sites Picked Bob Cavanaugh of R C A F Is Killed in Action Overseas Local Flyer Joined Canadian Forces September 29 1941 ASK GUARANTEE OF 4000 ACRES AT EACH PLANT Factories to Pay Million a Year to Workers and Farmers Hemp processing plants will be located at Algona Brilt Mason City Osage Greene Hampton Iowa Falls Eagle Grove Hum boldt Fort Dodge Webster City Boone Story City Grundy Center and Traer A A Loveland Wav crly chairman of the Iowa agri cultural war board revealed at a meeting here Thursday afternoon V Only one condition remains to be fulfilled to guarantee the establishment of each plant he sakt Each community must havft 4000 acres under contract within a reasonable radius Tor the growing or hemp Plants costing from to 5350000 each will be erected at the stalk separates easily SGT BOB CAVAXAUGH The stalks are spread on the ground by the harvester and must lie from to ten weeks while they ret When the fiber each of the 15 points designated the war board chairman said and each will mean approximately 51 000000 in revenue yearly for the community The estimate in cludes the annual payroll and the amounts to be paid to the hemp growers Each plant will employ 100 per sons for 10 months the year onethird of the employes being women Most oi toe men would be employed the year around however he said because during the two summer months in which the plant would be shut down lor repairs the men would be needed in the harvest fields The Uvo buildings to be built for each plant would be 80 by 100 feet and 80 by 120 feet in size masonry walls with wood roofs and trusses The plants must be located on a good paved highway but do not need much ivater or electricity The machinery would be operated on steam boilers fired with the wasle from the hemp which is processed Mr Lovclantl explained The contracts to be made with the farmers arc tn be written during lite month of December he added tiaste being impera tive in order that location of he plants may be assured so that acquisition of land and con struction may be started 1 Good corn soil fertile and well drained which is capable of pro Iducing a 60 bushel an acre corn crop on a five year average is the type which will be taken under contract according to E S Dyos Iowa State college extension service specialist who accompa nied Mr Loveland The hemp affects soil fertility about the Fame as corn he as serted and is a good smother crop for weeds Net returns from the crop should be at least as good as from corn or soybeans the ex tension specialist asserted In good seasons it undoubtedly svould be higher Its a wonderful opportunity to do something thai will rcally add up in the war effort sug gested IWr JLoveland Farmers cant go out and buy a good hay rope now because of the short age of fiber occasioned by the ivar If dont produce hemp the navy is going to suffer Practically all we produce ivill go directly to the navy Land on which hemp is to be from the rest the plant fur nishes a pickup binder to tie the stalks into bundles These arc loosely shocked to dry anil arc then hauled to the mill ivlierc employes slack the flax until it can be processed Approximately 50 acres are needed for the plant site Mr Loveland explained in order to have sufficient ground space on which to stack the hemp until it can be used The one objection to growing hemp which has been voiced by farmers said Mr Dyas is that it must be turned by hand once while it is retting He said that experiments are now going on however in an attempt to invent a machine which will perform this operation successfully Mr Dyas suggested hat be cause of this hand labor it might bo well for farmers to limit them selves to 15 or 20 acres on each farm particularly the first ycav Contracts arc not yet avail able Sir Loveland explained hut be mailed to cnunty war boards shortly so that war board cooperators may begin signing up the necessary acre age Attending the meeting here were Mr Olson Fred A Cahalan county war board chairman F Lee Stewart farm security ad ministration supervisor Marion E Clayburg and the following representatives oi the Chamber of Commerce Carl Parker M C Lawson B A Webster Secretary Lester MilHgan C E Strickland Charles Weaver and M D Jucld ire wholeheartedly in back of this said Mr Lawson chair man of the special committee which has been working to as sure establishment ol a hemp pro cessing plant here Even though the government has indicated that the plants probably will be oper ated only a short time after the war is ended there certainly will be some use to which we can put 5350000 plants after the war Bob Cavanaugb 21 Mason Cityan in Ihe Royal Canadian air force has been killed in ac tion according to a re ceived by his mother Mrs Catherine Cavanaugh 1421 Quincy avenue northwest The telegram stated that he had been killed in action overseas with the rank of sergeant The local flyer a fighter pilot enlisted in the R C A F Sept 29 1941 at Montreal Canadu He began his training in initial train ing schools near Toronto Canada and later attended a service fly ing training school in Ontario for instruction in combat flying He was sent overseas after receiving his wings as a fighter pilot He was graduated from Ilolj high school ill 1938 While attending the local school he was a star athlete earning allstate football honors as a halfback ir his junior year Sergeant Cavanaugh is survived t by his mother five brothers and six sisters Arrangements for fu neral services are incomplete FIND CHEMICAL POISON CAUSED DEATHS OF 47 Officers Attempt to Learn Who Tampered With Hospital Food Picture on Page 2 SALEM Ore po lice investigators faced the grim possibility Friday that a mad poisoner had tampered with food fed the inmates of the state men tal hospital causing what Oov HALSEY NAMED FULL ADMIRAL Doolittle to Be Major General WASHINGTON Ad miral William F Halsey Jr who ied an American fleet to a spec tacular victory over Japanese naval forces in ihc southwest Pa cific last week was nominated by President Roosevelt Friday to be a full admiral At the saiTie lime the president gave recognition through promo tions to two leaders in the North African campaign Brigadier General James H Doolittle charge of American air forces in North Africa was nominated to be major General Doolittle also commanded the men who raided Tokio Rear Admiral Henry K Hewitt who had a leading role in bring ing the invasion forces success fully to North Africa was nomi nated to be a vice admiral Charles A Sprague described as the mass of 47 mental patients Pathologists determined that the scrambled eggs fed patients in five wards of the institution for Wednesday niirhts dinner contained sodium fluoride a deailly sail commonly used in roach poivdcr V w As soon as I received the re ort that deatiis at the state hos were caused by a chemical Sprague said 1 directed he state police to take charge of he investigation and to leave no tone unturned in an effort to fix lor this mass mur 45 Out ofl 00 Boeing Employes Are Women SEATTLE of every 100 Boeing aircraft em ployes now are women Building the big flying fortresses no longer is a mans business Boeing offi cials said Friday predicting that by the yearend the percentage of women among the plants thousands of employes will be grown should be fall plowed more than 30 per cent Last April of what it grew this sea it uas 3 per cent son added Marion E Olson Ccrro Gordo county extension agent who also attended the meeting Hemp usually is grown as a fol low on corn A legumccorn hempsmall grain rotation has been found best when growing the fiber he said and it is important to use fertile soil A well ma nured field is best The hemp will not affect corn allotments and shouldnt interfere i too much in the work season said Mr Dyas Hemp is seeded be tween the pals and corn plant ings he said an even distribu lion oi seed being very important i Hemp must be planted thickly so that the stalks will grow uni formly about the size of a lead pencil and ai l 5 feet tall i After planting the hemp takes I no cultivation It is harvested in i late August or early September Ihc plant furnishing the harv i csting machine and operator Weather Report FOKECAST MASON CITY Colder Friday afternoon through Saturday forenoon lowest about 28 prob ably occasional light rain Satur day forenoon Allied Planes Sink Cruiser Destroyer By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Japans naval losses in the south seas during the past week prob ably reached the staggering total ot at least 30 ships sunk and H damaged Friday as American and Australian troops ncared the end of their seven week old drive against ho Japanese in New Guinea Gen Douglas SlacArlhurs headquarters reported that al lied ronps now were attacking on the outskirts of the last en emy strongholds on the Pap uan coast at Buna anil Gona after allied flyers hart smashed a Japanese seaborne relief tlirusl Flying through rain squalls ami heavy clouds united nations heavy bombers sank a cruiser and a destroyer and sent another de stroyer fleeing as the enemy tempted to reinforce or evacuate trapped Japanese land troops at Gona Dispatches said landing barges iid small boats some filled witl apanese troops were seen mov ng between the warships and the bore but darkness and the rail jbscured the direction of thcii they were Sliding reinforcements or pulling ASSAIL PLAN TO MAKE DELAY IN GAS RATIONING Rubber Office Hits Postponement Proposal of NonPartisan Bloc WASHINGTON spokes nan in the office of rubber Ad riinistrator William Jcffcrs said the office was unaltcr ibly opposed to postponement of latioiiwidc gasoline rationing as bipartisan congressional bloc sought a iO to 30day stay ot the order now effective Dec 1 Inquiry at lie office of price administration as lo reports from Representative IS o r c n D Okla that hundreds oC residents of Oklahoma were re fusing to resislcr for rationing brouKht the reply They just wont get gasoline or tires after Dec 1 if they dont have coupon books The governor emphasized there was nothing wrong with the quickfrozen egg yolksIrom the meal was prepared They were part of a consignment re ceived six months ago front the ederal surplus commodities com mission and kept at the hospital subzero temperatures Un opened tins of the eggs were tested Thursday and found to be n perfect condition nothing wrong with these eggs Sprague said The iioison was evidently added in the preparation ot the food Dr Tohn C Evans superin tendent of the hospital hesi tated lo say whelhcr the poi soninff of the food was inten tional or due to carelessness Capl Walter Lansing of the slate police and Dr Frank Memic University of Oreson pathologist who determined the identity of the fatal poison said they remained openminded rc KardmK an intentional poison ins theory SVo have no opinion yd Lan sing said It is not fair to say i definitely was homicide but the fact that the police are hanging around shows were still investi gating the possibility Evans and his staff of six doc tors and 10 nurses who have beei on duly since Wednesday eve ning still fouyht to save the live of others who partook of th deadly meal About a of the British Punch Ahead Toward Gulf of Sirte CAIRO imperial 8th army pounded forward toward the Gulf of Sirto Friday with Ben gasi abandoned by the naris and British forward columns punching through to the coastal road southwest of Bengasi hav ing brushed through a thin Ger man rear guard deployed along the coastal escarpment The German high command admitted the evacuation of Ben gasi The German rear guard which wa encountered Thursday by British columns Irom Mekili about miles east of the coastal road south of Bengasi reported to have been broken up and forced lo fall back south toward Age dabia The British advance luul knocked out or captured 21 more German substantial por tion ot the slim armored force still available to Marshal Urwin linmmcl Many of the tanks were found abandoned due to lack of gasoline ARMY SMASHES THIRD OF NAZI ARMORED UNIT 2 Other Axis Tank Columns Driven Into Retreat in Tunisia By ROGER U GREENE Associated Ircss Editor Allied uemiduarters announced Thursday that American and British troops locked in the first heavy fighting in Tunisia had driven back every German at tempt to thrust out from their newly formed linesaround Tunis and Bizertc while proallied IYcnch soldiers caplvircd small nazi forces in eastern Tunisia An allicci spokesman said Brit ish and American troops were closing in on all landward sides of the bis axisheld naval strong holds of Bizertc and Tunis Allied vanguards were reported within iO miles of both cities Somu i8 guns were captured as well as 250 motor vehicles Five of the captured RUIIS were the fai Iroro several directions Members of the congressional j mous mvl 8J mnijmotct antitank weapons The American air force slill was pacing the advance side by tide with planes of the royal air force The Americans smashed six more planes on the ground at Jlagrun committee expressed the view in general thai the only way they could get a delay was per suasion rather than compulsion because the Dec sy near 1 deadline out Previously eight Japanese de stroyers had been reported hover ng off the BunaGona sector where General MacArthur an nouncedthat enemy troops were now pinned down in the 30 mile coastal strip Coupled with these new blows lo Japans navy off New Guinea Washington disclosed that delayed reports on Saturday nights final jattlc off Guadalcanal island in Ihc Solomons told of the sinking of a Japanese battleship or heavy cruiser three large cruisers and a destroyer This report may include som of the damage already reported in le threeday battle a commu nique said but a naval spokes man expressed belief that if there Representative Hope R Kans a member ot a special committee formed to gain a delay in the order through legislation ex pressed belief that afurther study would prove helpful but conceded that I dont think there is much that can be done Meanwhile the its membership made up large ly of lawmakers and congressmen from the oilpro ahead with their plans for an executive session later Friday to draft the strateKv for the fisht Last night after lf house mem bers at it caucus had unanimously votedto demand r 90day post ponement of nationwide ra tioning Speaker Hayburn dis closed he was seeking to get hijih officials to postpone the program at least until Jan airdrome in the Bengasi area be fore tile field was captured by Vile eighth army It was reported from the front that the weather had turned aHainst the British but that the advance was rolling ahead de United nations headquarters said allied troojis including American mobile artillery units drubbed the axis in three sharp clashes Thursday destroying about oncUiird of a German armored column and driving tuo other nazi columns into re treat Buy War Savings Boinls ami spite atrocious conditions in Rapids Whisky Case Even as Frances old Marshal Petain appealed to Frenchmen in north Africa to resist the Anglo Saxon aggression French colon ial troops were officially reported to have bagged a group Fnrfolfc fl flftn Rnrvrl attempting to push OrreilS JJUUU DOna the Gulf of Gabcs in eastern Tu Dispatches said the opening bat tle for control of the strategic north African buffer state devel was any duplication it was prob1 rrnm yollr GlobeGazette CEDAR RAPIDS W Linn Cqunty Attorney W W Crissnum said Friday he had received re ports from officials in California that Maxwell P Oxman had for feited a extradition bond in Los Angeles posted in connection with the whisky warehouse re ceipts case here The bond Criss man saitl had been posted in a Mate case charging Oxman with defrauding Monsignor J M Alil loy of Ccdnr Rapitis of nearly ably not extensive patients were considered 1VILUAM F HAtSKY as Admiral IOWA Colder Friday night and Saturday forenoon east and south portions Friday night and Saturday forenoon continued cold northwest portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 64 Minimum Thursday night 35 At R a m Friday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 37 4fi 28 carrier boy in a transaction warehouse receipts DEC 7 TO BE DAY OF SILENCE WASHINGTON Deciding against tensing any official notice oi the anniversary of Pearl Har bor Dec President Roosevelt disclosed Friday that he thought itshould be observed as a day of silence in remembrance of a great infamy Mr Roosevelt made up his minti against taking cognizance j of the anniversary at a confer critically ill suffering acute ab dominal cramps and partial res piratory paralysis as did those who succumbed Dr Joseph Bccmnn director of the state crime laboratory sain n Portland that the organs of Lhosc who died and the cooked eggs showed the presence of so dium fluoride in considerable quantity He described the ap pearance of the poison as a white crystalline substance very simi lar to salt Five grains about the weight of an aspirin tablet is fa tal he said The noison in the form of roach powder was available at j the hospital It was kept in the fruit cellar accessible from the kitchen Bui ihc fruit cellar door was locked Wednesday nijrhl as it is at all times Only regular kitchen employes had keys Other kitchen supplies such as sail bakinc powder or powdered milk which resemMc the roach powder in appear ance were kept in a separate room A B McKillop the chief cook said he put the egg batter in big bowls Wednesday night then went to the basement and came back with milk powder He said there was nobody in the fruit cellar McKillop met Mary OHare another cook on his re turn from the basement While she rolled biscuits he mixed the scrambled eggs which were made of the egg yolks powdered milk salt pepper and water LOCAL BOY IS SHOT IN CHEST Youth Held After Reporting Shooting Carl iVettifee 17 is being held by police pending charges fol lowing the shooting of a compan ion George Ynhousc 16 a the iNcltifce iiomc Mlfi Massachusetts avenue southeast about IJ oclock Thursday night rfiooiing followed an argu ment which started outside of the home Yuhotise was shot with n T2 caliber long rifle bullet used in what is apparently a crudely remodeled revolver according lo police Netlifce reported the shooting himself at the police station at oclock Thursday evening after a companion had taken Yu house to he Park hospital for treatment The bullet entered Yu houses chest a little to the right of cenlcraccording to attendants at the hospital His condition was reported as luir Friday Only one shot wis frrccf the shell clogging the heavy barrel evidently a sawedoff rifle barrel which had been soldered to levolvcr handle and trigger and hammer The explosion tove the un barrel rom the revolver handle According to statements ob laincd from the boys by police Friday the argument started over n Rirl ns they were riding about town The argument continued at the front of the VcUifec home and Yuhouse followed Ncltifec into the home although the lat ter told him to stay out Newest Battleground PRACTICE BLACKOUT HELD IOWA CITY City and ence with Elmer Davis head county held their first I the office of war information I practice blackout Thursday night to Ncttifec admitted he went his room toget the pistol Now get out of here he said he lold Yuhouse and took a shell from his pocket and put it in the gun Get out or Ill shoot Go ahead and shoot me Yu house admitted saying Ncttifee fired then dropped the pun and jumped through a win dow only to show up later at the police station to report the shoot ing A companion vyho had been with the boys look Yuhouse lo the hospital BOKUJ iim oVn V oped between 10 and JO mile from Bizcrte big axisheld naval stronghold with Die Germans us ing their best medium tanks and dive bombers Allied losses were described as minor American and British mechan ized troops now have driven SO miles eastward from the Algerian frontier ami were reported mov ing toward climactic assaults on Bizcrtc and Tunis the capital German headquarters gave a noncommittal version o the initial clash dedalins In the AlgerianTunisian fron lier area closerange German fighters attacked enemy advanced units and De Gaulle fighting French units which attempted to slop our advance X i Allied headquarters said crack new American mobile artillery hart combined with British and French troops lo shatter an advance by a German motorized force 20 miles south of the scene of Ihc main liatde If appears are diggin i loves of the allies and the axis in the battle for possession of Tunisia can be traced on the map above Pre ceded by American and British paratroops allied columns are advancing on the German and Italian forces reported at Tunis and Bizette that the Germans about 30 miles southwest f Bizcric and in the Tunis area umi arc propnrmK to make their stand there an nllied olv0sinin snid The spokesman declared that the French situation was ex tremely confused1 but that ap parently almost all ihc rest ot Tunisia except Bicrtc and Tunis was cither controlled by proal lied French garrisons or occupied l by the allies themselves Some French garrisons were in open conflict against German and Italian invasion forces The spokesman said German fosses in Thursdays actions were quite heavy but they are pouriiic in reserves and it looks tike arc in for considerable On the flunk of the giant allied vic Marshal Ersvin Rom mclb retreating armics in Libya were officially reported to have evacuated the port of Bcngai un der pressure by onrushing British forces Berlin conceded that axis troops had abandoned the port as Rom me fell back toward the frontier of Italian Tripolitania On the west British and American troops swept over the coastal spur of the Atlas moun tains and reached the plains and rail line which leans to Blzcrte axis broadcasts acknowledged Latest dispatches said the pow erful AngloAmerican expedition ary column commanded by Gen Kenneth A N Anderson surging ahead within 33 miles oi Bizertc Seventeen German armored ve hicle including 1 1 tnnk uei wiped out by allied oauols and ;