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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 21, 1941, Mason City, Iowa DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES MO IKES I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED FBESS AND UNITED PHESS FULL LEASED WIRES THE NEWSPAPER THATMAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21 1941 Tills PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 37 BRITISH DESTROY 134 NAZI TANKS 10 Wounded in Hour Long Mine Battle w PICKETS CLAIM ATTACKS MADE FROM AMBUSH Flareup Occurs Along Road Leading to Mine Near Uniontown Perm PITTSBURGH blazed again Friday in the coal fields of Fayette county wounding at least 10 men in the most serious flareup of the five day old United Mine Wjorkers strike for a union shop in the steel company owned cap tive mines Hundreds of shots were firefl as the battle between pickets and nonstrikers raged tor more than an hour along a valley road leading to the H C Frick Coke companys Edenborn mine IS miles north of Uniontown where three pickets were wounded in gunplay Thursday Three wounded men who iden tified themselves as pickets were treated at the Uniontown hospital and seven at Brownsville John Stepanik 26 of Coal Center one of those taken to the Uniontown hospital claimed the pickets were waylaid by non union men We were ambushed near the company store and shot down without warning said Stepanik who was shot in the hip The company store is a quarter of a mile from the mine gates where more than 200 pickets most of them from coal mines in county across the i river had Amassed J Despite the sunfire Mine Superintendent Edward Mason reported a number of our men went into the mine and are working Most of the wounded were re leased from hospitals Only one was described as seriousiy hurt He was hit by pistol and rifle bul lets and buckshot Bullets zipped from both sides of the mine road after the first volley was fired Irom a little hill As reinforce ments of pickets arrived their automobiles were flagged down and the drivers were ordered to douse their lights Shouts broke the quiet between the sporadic outbursts of firing Lights at the mine gleaming brightly when the shooting started were turned out Rocks were hurled from the hillsides striking some of the cars Sheriff Charles T Frock ar riving at the scene later report ed he searched the pickets and found a box of shells on one man but no guns Frock was called away by a re port that nine workers had been cornered in the Frick companys Kyle mine by pickets who crossed mine property and entered the pit William Hynes president of district 4 of the United Mine Workers visited the hospitals in Uniontown and Brownsville and then issued this statement Our men were ambushed from the hills and slag dumps We were shot down by pistols runs and rifles We intend in the future to meet our opponents on equal terms Frock saidhe believed Ihe situ ation was rapidly getting out of hand adding It appears it is going to get steadily worse The Edenborn mine isone of 34 cautive mines in western Pennsyl vania producing coal for the big flee companies The H C Frick Coke company a subsidiary of the U S Steel corporation operate nearly a score of the mines in Fayette county and has claimed operations have been going on a 25 pel cent of normal since th strike was calledfive days ago Whereas the company claims r about 3400 men are still working in the Fayette mines the union i places the figure at about 300 From 25000 to 28000 captive pit miners in the western Penn sylvania area are involved in the syivama area are involved in the i ciosea or open shops J strike for a union shop which in Plants thus seized prohibit un would require theriiners to join ion Jurisdictional disputes and the union after a stipulated period PrPYide for the establishment of of pmnlnvmpnJ a waze adjustment boarri of employment mine employs 882 men Eleanor Powell to Wed Movie Art Director HOLLYWOOD Eleano Powell tap dancing film star and Merrill Pye movie art director will be married next February probably on St Valentines day they announced Friday pyie c closed that they had been i gaged more than a year The met on a movie set R Awaits Lewis Reply on Saturday WASHINGTON toosevelt indicated Friday that no ederal action might be expected n the captive coal mine dispute oerore he receives a reply Satur ay from John L Lewis stating he position of the United Mine Vorkers policy committee on the hief executives latest appeal lor settlement Mr Roosevelt had asked for either maintenance of the status quo on the issue of a closed shop as he phrased it or an agreement to arbitrate with any resulting decision being accepted in advance While Lewis gave a clear cut in dication that the appeal would be ejected by the United Mine Workers Mr Roosevelt said he lid not think there would be any levelopments in the coal situation until Saturday Asked at his press conference vhether he meant developments m your initiative Mr Roosevelt aid no he expected to hear from ewis and his policy committee iaturday and that was what he lad meant Have you decided what to do on labor legislation a reporter nquired There is no news on that the chief executive responded Sympathy strikes in commer cial mines not covered by the strike call had spread to 76 Pennsylvania pits employing 46000 men while between 25 000 and 28000 miners were in volved in the captive mine walkout Steel companies own the captive mines and use their output while the productof commercial mines is sold on the openmarket As the spreading sympathy stoppages caused a steady dwind ling of the nations sott coal sup Dlies a senate subcommittee started spadework on antistrike legislation The increasing gravity of the soft coal situation which held a potential threat to the operations of railroads and diverse other in dustries was calculated to speed lie iudiciary subcommittees con sideration of the measure spon sored by Senator Connally CD Moreover there were over night reports that troops at Camp Forrest Tenn momentar ily expected to start moving in on one section of Pennsylvania coal fields However the war department here disclaimer all knowledge of any orders that would send army units to the idle pit heads Portable Air Field Using a portable landing strip set up in 10 days by aimy engineers the air force operating with the First Army blues in games against the Fourth CorpsVwas tenipbravy field rieaiJMSrstoii N Gar The landing surface is constructed of ings 10 feet long and 18 inches wide moved by truck and fastened together after arrival Officers Believe Recluses Robbery Report Is Delusion 1 f f 1 ITT 1 Cash Found Pillow and in Securities in Closet City and county police officers investigating an alleged robbery attempt reported by an 85 year old Mason City recluse Joe Jiral 210 Seventh street northeast re ported Friday noon that they had found in cash in the old Irans bed and a little more than ysOOO in securities in a nearby closet and expressed the opinion that the robbery attempt was a delusion The authorities are convinced according to Police Chief Harold E Wolfe that Jiral suffered a fainting spell at his home and fell miming speu ai nis nome ana lei One defense spokesman aid down the stairs sometime during INr 4 the V Thenr Tio categorically that the government doesnt want to use troops in the strike but he stressed tha U will not give in As the capital saw it the situa tion Friday was this All but a few of the captive mines had ceased production in obedience to the strike call issued at the start of the week by the CIO United Mine Workers when they failed to win their demand for a union shop in the pits The accompanying wave of sym pathy strikes promised to continue unabated in the commercial mines where a UMW union shop prevails In of the five states affected fay captive were predicting a complete shutdown of commer cial production by nightfall Addi tional sympathy walkouts also were expected in the remaining commercial pits of West Virginia Alabams Kentucky and Illinois The legislation which he sen ate subcommittee was convened to consider would empower the government to take over indus tries vital to defense whenever production was threatened by a strike or labor disturbance or other cause Connallys bill also would freeze the status of closed or open shops the night Wednesday They be lieve Jiral imagined the robbery attempt The ascd eccentric had re ported that he was jerked from his bed sometime after mid night Wednesday by tivo men who beat him in an effort to make him surrender his bank book He said that they broke the bed down and that they then took htm downstairs where they struck him when he re fused to give them the deposit book if if if The investigation established that Jirals bed was not touched other than having been slept in and the 5250 in currency was a wage adjustment board As the Connally bill hearings opened capital hill heard talk of another measure which would au thorize federal operation of the coal mines and for the use of in junctions against any labor leaders or pickets who tried to interfere with production Indians Bay Bonds ALBUQUERQUE N UP of Taos Pueblo have puchased 52000 in defense bonds from their community fund de rived from photographic charges and guide fees at the pueblo stove have found under a pillow A downstairs was found to been tipped over but the author ities believed that Jiral had fallen against it while darcd following his fall down the stairs The recluse has suffered pre vious fainting spells on the streets here and onceor twice has be come lost police said They have taken him io his home several times followingsuch instances Conducting the investigation were Officer R R Oulman Dep uty Sheriff Cal Dwan and Chief Wolfe The Jiral home is one said to have been built by the aeed man without Hghtine or lieatin facilities Because the robbery report said the two alleged rob bers did not carry a flashlight or other light the police were tnclfned lo believe there had been no robbers Jiral had reported two years ago that two men entered his home and robbed him of approxi mately S40 Neighbors consider him eccen tric pointingout that he spades UD his front yard and parking to plant potatoes Authorities said that he usually spent cold weather in bed between two feathcrbeds to keep warm walking downtown once a day to get something to Jiralis recovering from the eC ects of his experience in Mercy lospital Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Northwesterly gales of 30 to 40 miles an hou will accompany cold w a v reaching the area Friday night and continuing Saturday tem peratures zero Saturday morning with lowest reading after sunrise light snow Friday night and Saturday livestock and turkeys should be protected cloudiness Fri day followed by light snow Fri day night not quite so colt northwest portion Friday night Saturday cloudy with snow and much colder Increasing south west winds late Friday afternoon and Friday night shifting to northwest and north 30 to 15 miles per hour Saturday M 1 N N E S O T cloudy southwest and partly cloudy to cloudy north and east with ligh snow flurries and not quite so cold Friday Wind norlhwes backing to soulhwest and in creasing 30 to 35 miles per hour Friday afternoon over west por tiohs Mostly cloudy Friday night with light snow wind shifting to northwest and nortl and increasing to 40 to 50 miles per hour extreme northwest por tion late Friday afternoon ad vancing southeastward across stale by 6 a tn Saturday fol lowed by moderate to heavy snow snow and much colder EXTENDED FORECAST Upper Mississippi valley Iowa andIllinois Wisconsin and Min nesota Friday to Wednesday temperature will average consid erably below normal Tempera lures in Illinois will be near normal beginning of period falling to much below normal Saturday night through Sunday and wanning slowly thereafter Temperature will become much below normal Saturday and Sun day in Minnesota Iowa and Wis consin warming slowly remainder of period Precipitation will aver age moderate occurring princi pally as at beginning of pe riod in Minnesota and over the weekend in Iowa Wisconsin and Illinois IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 34 Minimum Thursday night 21 At 8 a m Friday 27 YEAR AGO Maximum S8 Minimum 27 Precipitation 45 DO NOT PERMIT OUTPUT DELAY BUREAU URGES Iowa Convention Wants U S to Maintain Farm Industrial Production DES MOINES Iowa farm Bureau Friday declared the government should insist jpon uninterrupted production from both industry and labor to meet defense needs In resolutions adopted at the close of the organizations 1941 convention the bureau took this stand on the current labor situa tion No man in the senice of his country and no citizen shall go hungry or illclad because of the Farm Bureau policy In their own fields neither industry nor labor has the moral right nor can afford in their own inter ests to follow shortsighted and selfish programs which impede the production or transportation of necessary defense material Allan B Kline Vinlon was the resolutions chairman The resolutions also asserted agriculture is not only willing but anxious to prevent exorbi tant food prices Our opposition to readjusting parity for the purpose of raising the ceiling on farm prices to the extent that surfed indicated our definite re alization of the great stake which farmers have in preventing infla tionary boom Farmers cannot permanently profit from runaway inflation History indicates that in the long run agriculture suffers most from such inflation It is for this reason that if price control be comes necessary to prevent infla tion we are willing to support it In any price control program we insist that agricultural prices bo treated on the same basis as other prices and wages The convention elected Fran cis Johnson Terril to his fourth consecutive two year term as president lie was unopposed The following committeemer were elected to twoyear terms Second district H F Lubkeman Hampton fourth J Otto Gidel Lake City sixth Charles Martinson D e 1 m a r eighth W Herbert Hasty Indi an o 1 a New committeewomen elected were First district Mrs Floyd Dittmcr Strawberry Point fourth Mrs H P Collison Car roll Other officers will be electee next year The FarmBureau also recoin mended 1 Provision for adequate farm equipment program under the prioritic 2 State financial aifl to publii schools 3 Continuation of 3i per cen interest on federai land bank loans until 1946 4 The whole program should be on a selfsus taining basis 5 Although the present farm lomarket road law has madi some progress in getting the farm ers put of the mud it has been administered in such 3 manner a to destroy much of its potcntia effectiveness 6 That farmers vote next jea in favor of a state constitutiona amendment forbidding diversion of gasoline taxes for other thai highway purposes 7 That REA lines not be taxed on the same basis as public utili ties 8 Reinstatement of former fed eral restrictions on the coloring of oleomargarine T J J J f 4 if Offensive in Libya Black arrows indicate main British thrusts in the new Libyan offensive extending from the Salum area 1 to the Giarabub oasis British reported driving far into Libya but Germans said axis counterattacks had thrown them back west of Sidi Omar British appeared to be bent on flanking Bardia and heading for Tobruk 3 where a British force has been besieged for months Brrr Weatherman Expects Sharp Cold Wave to Hit Iowa Strong Winds and Zero Temperatures to Sweep Across State DESjMOINES sharp sarp cold waveaccompanieax By 3D to 40mile an winds and light snow will advance across Iowa Friday night from the northwest the weather bureau forecast The storm is expected to have the same severity as the Armistice day storm of a year ago except for the amount of snowfall the bu reau said Therell be the same high winds and the sudden temperature drops the weatherman said Very little snow is expected however Temperatures will drop from 20 to 25 degrees as the storm spreads over the state Storm warnings from the bu reau suggested early protection for livestock and turkeys against the anticipated high winds and zero temperatures Shippers were warned to prepare for 5 degrees below zero In the northwest zero in the northeast and southwest and five above in the southeast And definitely the weather man said the day wont be ap propriate for football a gloomy note for the Iowa StateKansas State players at Ames Saturday Temperatures were four degrees below normal in the state this morning and skies were clear Scattered snow flurries were re ported during the night Cold Snap Is on Waif From Canada By THE ASSOCIATED THESS The first real cold snap of the season for the midcontinent par ticularly the central west and the eastern half of the nation is on its way from Canada the United States weather bureau in Chicago reported Friday Temperatures already v ere tumbling in Montana and in north western North Dakota Paul H Kutschenreuter forecaster of the Chicago bureau reported Storm warnings were ordered posted for Lakes Superior Michi gan and Huron for Friday night By Saturday morning Kutchcn rcuter said the cold front will have advanced south and east to near Chicago and the chilling tempera tures would overspread the north eastern states Saturday night and Sunday ending the mild weather that prevailed Thanksgiving day and for several days earlier in the week CHARLES CITY WOMAN KILLED Auto Collision Fata to Mrs Stevens Son Recovering in Hospital CHARLES Manual Stevens 00 died late Thursday a the Cedar Valley hospital here HS the result ot injuries suffered in an automobile collision at the cor ner of E street and 7th avenue al n m Tuesday Her son Lyle 20 is still in the hospital suffering from a heac injury They were both passengers in the car owned and driven b Glenn Kerlin of Rudri when i collided with a Peter Pan brcac truck driven by Wesley Young o Waterloo Mrs Stevens her son and Ker TELL OF TWO BIG BATTLES ON LIBYAN DESERT English Report Several Hundred Prisoners Taken at Rezegh BULLETINS CAIRO Erypt II officially announced Friday night that 131 German tanks had been destroyed in two big battles on tlic Libyan desert A communique said the Ger mans lost 70 tanks and 33 ar mored cars and several hun dred prisoners in a Iiattle Thursday in llic vicinity of Ke Other tanks were reported destroyed in a clash between a British formation and a Ger man concentration which ad vanced southward from Hie BardiaGambut area The communique added hat other British columns h a d made deep apencriatiun in a number of directions all threat ening the enemys main lines of communication BATH EneJand An al most immediate junction is ex pected between Britains offen sive into Libya and troops al Tohruk striking out in syn chronized assault from their besieged positions at the Libyan port Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound said here Fri day night Addressing an audience at Bath he said it is a case of Tobruk bursting forth at a very inconvenient zmoment for the Germans lin were m a 1951 Studebaker ludor which was demolished the impact Young is in the hos pital with a leg injury Mrs Stevens had been cm ployed on a WPA sewing projec here The body is at the Hause funeral home Arrangements on incomplete This was the first traffic fatalit in Charles City since May 1939 Mrs Stevens suffered n crushct chest and other injuries She wa unconscious most of the time fol lowing the accident Buy Christmas Seals Northwood Woman Is 3rd in Pie Baking Contest at Convention DES MOINES T W Van Dyke of Decatur Thursday night won the Iowa Farm Bureau pie baking championship but sol diers from the Fort Des Moincs army post got the pie Mrs Van Dyke was crowned champion before several thousand persons attending the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation convention Mrs C H Taylor of Earlham was second and third place went to Mrs Albert Gullickson of North wood After the contest the pies were presented to six soldiers from the armypcxsl State vs City Low PARSONS Kans ei ginemen piloting trains througl Parsons are stumped A state requires trains to whistle at cross ings A city ordinance prohibit blowing of train whistles CAIRO Egypt British tank columns vorc reported fighting axis mechanized units south of Tohruk Friday while other imperial forces battled German infantry units threat ened with encirclement near Bir Sidi Omar A third column dashed westward in an effort to cut off retreat of German forces ill Libya Fortyfive Italian tanks were knocked out in one of the first clashcas he Brit ish offensive swept info Libya the Exchange Telegraph corre spondent at the front reported FROM CABLE REPORTS Great Britains mechanized armies have smashed 100 miles into the Libyan desert in an ef fort to break axis military power in North Africa On the fourth day of the British offensive into Libya it was indicated that an unprece dented desert battle was im minent or already bad started in an effort o Krt the seven months siege of Tobruk and to open the way for a westward sweep that London hopes will knock tlic axis out of North Africa American tanks appeared tn be standing up well in their first oig test against the Germans but with British forces about IB miles from Tobruk the main action was yet to be reported against two German divisions and one Italian division Which the offensive is at tempting to trap The big battle according In British sources may come west of Tobruk probably depending upon the ability of the besieged Air ViceMarshal Arthur Con insham an Australian represents the RAF in the joint alrlandsea British command for the new Libyan offensive Lieut Gen Sir Alien Cun ningham above is field com mander of British forces which have launched a drive Into Italian Libra ;