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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 24, 1941, Mason City, Iowa HISTORY AND DES MO IKES ARCHIVES I A HISTORY DES AND NES AftCH I VES I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION THE NiWSPAPiR THAT MAKtS Alt NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY NOVEMBER 24 1Q41 MASON CITY THC BRIGHT SPOT 4 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS NAZIS CLAIMED TO BE 31 MILES FROM CAPITAL Defenders Report Wedge Driven Northwest of City by Shock Troops By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Germans claimed Monday that their Moscow offensive had carried to a point about 31 miles from the Russian closest yet Moscow lay under the gravest threat of the war so far the Rus sians admitted The defenders said that Ger man shock troops had driven a new wedge between Moscow and Kalinin on the northwest of the capital and had swarmed against the red armys second lines of defense to the south and west Military sources however said that the Russians had recouped in 1he Donets region of the southern front with the greatest counter attack of the war a storm of fire that drove the Germans back as much as 37 miles across the Donets plateau The Russians declared that Ros tov the big Don river port was still torn between attackers and defenders with fighting in the streets after German tanks had battered a path into the city The Germans claimed capture of Rostov last Saturday The Russians admitted that 40 German 680 by half of HiUergavailable taak Moscow defenses The German high command said that among new gains on the cen tral Russian front they had cap tured Solnet Schnogorski about 31 miles northwest of Moscow Russian dispatches admitted that a revitalized German central front offensive had led to fighting at Klin only 50 miles northwest of Moscow a Russian withdrawal from battlescarred Mozhaisk 57 miles west of the capital and an mchbymch retreat southeast of Tula munitions center 100 miles below Moscow Again however soviet a g e n cies said three German transports had been sunk in the Barents sea and claimed victories afield on both northern and southern fronts More than 7000 Germans Germans have been killed de clared the Moscow radio in a 37 mile pursuit by red army troops of a German infantry division and tank division in the Rostov area These troops per haps were cut off while they were moving op to reinforce the German divisions in Rostov the Don river port which the Ger man high command announced as a prize of war Saturday Russians said there was bloody street fighting within Rostov in what they said was a continuing battle which had cost the Germans 33 tanks and thousands of men in a 48hour period Russians told oftherecapture of Malaya Vishera on the Mos cowLeningrad railway 100 miles southeast of Leningrad and a number of other points in the Volkhov and Tikhvin regions JoyRiders Put Smashed Auto Back in Garage LOGANSPORT Ind Wilham Barnetts automobile was practically scratchless when she drove it into the garage but the next morning still in the garage it was a wreck She checked the gasoline and found the car had been stolen driven about 100 Declares Moscow Gravely Threatened DUTCH CUIANA Church Near Joice Is Razed by Fire Britain Axis Forces Wage Big Battle of Planes Tanks and Infantry in Libya Desert Germans Rally After First British Surge to Stem Onslaught By JOE MORRIS United Press Foreign Editor Great Britain and the a battle of tanks airplanes arid in fantry in the Libyan desert The battle raged like a nonsto dog fight over a vast fluid fron with neither side able to get th upper hand German dispatches said that th axis forces had taken the initia Uve in Libya while British sources at Cairo said that both sides were suffering heavy losse and that British captured the important enemj fuel base of push ing into the battle in increasin strength miles back banged up and brought Buy Christmas The main tank battle was in the Sidi Rezegh sector south west of Tobruk from which forces were pushing through enemy fortified lines to within two or three miles of the main invasion army It was obvious however that after the first British surge into Libya the Germans had rallied and were as the Cairo spokesman said fighting like hell with every thing at stake The spokesman pointed out tha neither side had been able to gain the advantage but that the out come of the whole campaign might be decided by even a mo mentary turn of the tide which would open the way for the high ly mobile units involved to strike at a weakened enemy It was ap parently because of this acute danger that the British infantrj forces were rushing forward with antitank guns to attempt to stab ilize the gains already made and complete the entrapment of the Germans Fighting is very Tiard and very confused the British said but with American tanks and airplanes showing that they pack a wallop the trend con tinned in favor of the attacking allied forces About 15000 axis prisoners were reported captured more than 200 tanks were knocked out and 78 enemy planes were downed by the RAF according to preliminary re ports while the British navy said that an Italian cruiser and a de stroyer were believed sunk and other vessels hit by torpedo and aenal atacks in the Mediterranean The Germans apparently were en countering such dangers in at tempting to reinforce the Libyan units by sea that they had resorted to extensive use of air transports including gliders The battle of Libya continued on four main fronts while Italian dispatches indicated that a fifth front was forming far to the west of Tobruk where it was said a British column from Giarabub oasis had reached a line south of pema The main axis defense line in the west is said to be based on Derna extending southward into the desert The other battle centers were On the EgyptianLibyan Fron units were holding strong defensive positions in the HelfayaSolum sector but were being encircled by Indian and An zac troops which already have taken Capuzzo and Bardia On the Coast of imperials pushed westward in thi desert behind a sweeping tanl encirclement and took Gambut half way to Tobruk axis mechan ized force wasreportedsplitof and encircled here but fightin continued severe on a wide fluc tuating front TobrukSidi R e z e c imperials aided by Czechs and Poles broke out of besieged To bruk in a drive to Rezegh intend ing to make a junction with the mam British forces They took a number of German positions anc artillery but ran into stiff oppo sition and were fighting fiercely apparently within two or three miles of Rezegh The biggest battle appeared to be centered around Rezegh al though the movement of tanks and mechanized columns supplementec by fleets of airplanes extendec over a vast desert area the Ger mans obviously were putting up an increasingly stiff battle and for the time being at least had bottle between managed to keep open neck road runnin Tobruk and Rezegh This would give the desert panzer divisions trapped by the British east of Tobrnk a chance to fight their way out but Brit ish sources said that the bottle neck was so closely covered by artillery and aerial bombard ment that the entrapment actu ally was completed The only chance they indicated is that the Germans will be stronp enonsh to fight their way out The Royal Air Force claimed control of the air but acknowl edged that German reinforce ments were arriving including some of the crack ME109F fighter planes that are probably equal to any in the world Neither Rome nor Berlin gave any specific positions in regard to the lighting but both said that axis counterattacks were con inumg The Italians reported that the Bntish had been pushed bacfc n the Tobruk Sector with heavy osses including destruction of 50 anks that the British 4th armored brigade had been destroyed and a reneral taken prisoner west of Solum Pistol Fails to Halt Prowler But Singer Causes Him to Flee PHILADELPHIA lev pistol didnt disturb a roof op prowler early Monday blt he voice of Singer Eleanor Kade quickly put him to filght Miss Kade and her mother Mrs Eleanor Kade heard the prowler of the HoleJ KinS ich Mrs Kade manages The mother pointed the pistol but he prowler lunged and grabbed er before it could be used The aughter screamed The prowler I ve a most unusual voice 20 ear old Miss Lade told police 1m the only singer in the city vim a 34 note range and I creamed all 34 notes FIRE DESTROYS JOICE CHURCH Defective Chimney Believed Responsible Pews Equipment Saved Sunday morning Bethel Lutheran destroyed the Brethren church near here with only the pews and other contents ofthe building saved It was not insured The fire is believed to have started because of faulty chimney construction It was discovered burning near the chimney on the roof a short time after James Dahlby had built a fire to warm the church and had returned to his home The Lake Mills fire department was called but because of a lack of water was forced to use only chemicals in an effort to extinguish the blaze The fire was discovered about 10 a m The chimney was struck by lightning last summer and it may have been damaged so that the fire was given an opportunity to start The building was moved to the present location in 1S35 It was built in 1907 and had an auditor ium capacity of approximately 200 Pastor of the congregation is the Kev E L Rcisem GARAGE GRANARY MACHINE SHED BURN destroyed a com bined garage granary and machine shed Sunday night at the Ed Berg land farm IV miles southeast of Joicc The building was formerly a schoolhouse The bark of a dog attracted the Berglands to the fire and they saved the car in the garage Lost in the blaze was much machinery several hundred dol lars worth of tools and 700 bushels of oats The corn crib and barn caught fire but the Lake Mills fire de partment saved those two build ings F R IN FAVOR OF ACT TO DEAL WITH STRIKERS Price Control Bill Debate WASHINGTON Aftei four months of study price con trol legislation finally reached thi house floor Monday for a weel of debate with administration forces committed to lastditch ef forts to bring the bill into lint with President Roosevelts wishes Speaker Rayburn and Demo craticOteader McCormack of Massachusetts informed friends that hoped the house wouirfer estore original sections whicbn puld create a system of licensiix business to make the program effective And they served notice too that they opposed the limitation which the banking and currency committee imposed on the gov ernments authority to buy or sel commodities to stabilize prices Under strong administration pressure Chairman Steagall D Ala called a lastminute meet ing for Monday morning to dis cuss those two major changes But many members predicted more serious trouble would de velop over attempts that will be made on the floor to substitute an overall price fixing program which would apply to rents and wagesas preferable to the com mitteeapproved scheme of ceilings on individual commodi ties when their prices got out o line and on rents in defense Representative Gore D Tenn and Bernard M Baruch World war industries chieftain have ar gued that price control would be ineffective unless it applied to al major elements of the cost of living Gore has offered legisla JAPAN SENDS COMMUNICATION New Development Is Expected Shortly Domei Agency Reports TOKIO Japanese for ign office has sent a new commu nication to its mission negotiating vith the United States government n wishington and a new devel opment is expected very shortly Domei the authoritative Japanese news agency said Monday night ihere was no immediate indi ation as to the nature of the communication and Domei warned hat optimism was not warranted It was understood that the for ign office regarded its message o the Japanese delegates as ur gent The newspaper Nichi Nichi in a Berlin dispatch said that while apan would participate in the nticomintern conference open ng in the German capital Monday his would not violate the Russian apanese neutrality pact since the nticomtntem agreement is aimed t the third international and not t the soviet union A Henderson price administrator and house lead ers contended that a wage ceil mg would be difficult to en jina besides would aronse strong congressional op position It became apparent meanwhile that the administration now re gardedas futile its original in tention to fight a third section of the measure which President Roosevelt was reported to have condemned strongly That provision would prohibit theiznposition of ceilings on farm prices below the 1S131029 aver government statisti cians said would permit farm crop prices to rise another 20 per cent This section also provided two optional Oct 1 price level and 110 per cent of parity Parity would give farm products the same value in terms of pur chasingpower that they enjoyed in the base period 190914 THORNTONlRL DIES IN FENCE THORNTON Althen 9 year old daughter of Mr and Mrs J A Althen who reside southwest of Thornton was found dead by her mother Saturday af ternoon strangled in the wires of a picket corn crib at the home of ler parents Funeral services will be held Tuesday She was the only child of the family MAKE AIR ATTACKS LONDON Royal Ai carried ovit attacks upon German naval facilities at Lorient and Brest and the docks at Dun kirk during the night the air min istry reported Monday Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Fair with rising temperatures Monday night and Tuesday Lowest temperature Monday night about 30 IOWA Fair Monday through Tuesday with slowly rising temperature MINNESOTA Fair Monday through Tuesday with slowly rising temperature IK MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 25 Minimum Sunday night 13 At 8 a m Monday 19 YEAR AGO Maximum 29 Minimum TJ The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 27 Minimum Saturday night 8 At 8 a m Sunday JO YEAR AGO Maximum 31 Minimum 29 Situation Improves as Captive Coal Miners Resume Production WASHINGTON a marked improvement in the strike situation President Roosevelt was said Monday to favor legislative remedies against a recurrence o the recent series labor crises Moreover congwas was in no mood to let the matter drop anc Speaker Rayburn was expected to make a formal announcemen during the day that labor legis lation would be called up in the house just as soon as the cham ber disposes of the pending price control bill Rayburn declined to Indicate what type he labor bill would be but he looked for an ex tended discussion of the top ic when Capitol Hill leaders see President Roosevelt for their regular Monday conference at the white house Chairman Norton NDN J who hopes the house labor com mittee will work out some kind of a bill by the weekend of fered a hint as to Mr Roosevelts attitude My impression she said is that the president favors legisla tiom to prevent a repetition of what has happened last week He had hoped that labor would do something itself Mrs Norton ap parently referred to the captive coal ended abruptly and unexpectedly Saturday when the policy committee of CIOs United Mine Workers voted to ac cept President Roosevelts peace formula and submit the disputed union shop issue to a threeman board of arbitration Besides the coal strike end the weekend also brought an agreement which erased the threat of a telephone strike af fecting lone distance communi cations in 42 slates This dispute involved the Ameri can Telephone and Telegraph com munication system and the Fed eration of Long Lines Telephone Workers an independent union representing 35000 workers The agreement reached Sunday night provided for wage increases total ling annually and for the creation of two boards to make further wage adjustments and to study geographic wage dif ferentials Still unsettled was the railroad wage dispute which has led the operating brotherhoods to issue a strike call for Dec 7 Labor and management representatives held separate meetings Sunday and planned to resume joint confer ferences Monday The belief in the capital was strong that some agreement would be worked out this week or fail ing hat some further government action would be taken to avert the Walkout RISING MERCURY IS PREDICTED Fair Weather Also Forecast Monday Night and Tuesday in Iowa DES MOINES Mon day night and Tuesday with ris ing temperatures With those kind words the weatherman brought the good news to Iowa Monday And making good his pledge Ihc mercury climbed fairly rapidly n all parts of the state Monday under sunny skies after tempera ures had averaged 10 degrees bc ow normal with an official low of 12 degrees at Mt Ayr and Bur ing ton Thermometers arent expected to get much below freezing Mon day night and a further rise i predicted for Tuesday Sundays high was 33 at Sioux City GATE KILLS INFANT TENNANT ser vices were held here Monday for jaPrarrett 2 only child of Mr and Mrs William Barrett of Tcn nant The child was killed Friday vhen a steel barnyard gate fell on um Bomb Wrecks IndoChina WASHINGTON state department announced Monday that the United States consulate at Saigon French IndoChina was by a bomb Sunday night The department said no mem ber of the staff was injured The text of its announcement The department lias been in formed that the American con sulate at Saigon French Indo Lhina was wrecked by a bomb Sunday night It was reported that no mem ber of the staff of the consulate was injured The members of the staff of the consulate are Sidney H Browne consul and Kingsley w Hamilton vice consul and one American clerk Miss Carolvn E Jacobs State department records indi cated that Browns home is in Short Hills N J Hamiltons at Wooster Ohio und that Miss Ja cobs had given her mothers ad dress as Richmonds Mo The department said it had no information aside from that con fined in the brief report which t released to the press Further details were eagerly awaited in view of the possibility that the action might affect cur rent conversations between Jap anese envoys and Secretary of State Cordell Hull It was Japans march into Indo Uuna which caused the United States to freeze Japanese funds in tins country and impose an almost complete embargo on trade with that country In the current discussion it has been reported one of the points raised was whether Japan would withdraw its troops from Indo China where they constitute a threat to Thailand the Malaya peninsula and the British naval base at Singapore CANADA SENDS ARMORED UNITS 5th Division Is Largest Convoy to Get to Great Britain A BRITISH PORT oth Canadian armored division has Innded safely in Britain in the largest troop convoy ever to reach was announced Mon Britain day It took several days to bark the contingent so large was it Thousands upon thousands of Canadians in battle kit poured ashore and into trains which took them to training camps in flic south of England SEVERAL DAYS REQUIRED TO UNLOAD CONVOY OTTAWA arrival in Britain of the fifth Canadian di vision an armored unit was an Monday by the depart ment of national defense which said the division crossed the At lantic in the greatest troop convoy ever to leave Canadian shores The convoy also carrying the largest group of graduates of the empire air training scheme yet aken overseas sailed recently from an east coast Canadian port at dusk It had taken several days to load the ships Train after train had rolled into the port with units from the interior United States army nir corps made up one unit in the convoy FROM DANGER Move Arranged With Netherlands Rulers Brazil Gives Approval WASHINGTON white house announced Monday that a contingent of American troops would move into Dutch Guiana to protect valuable bauxite mines which supply the United States with large supplies for raw alum inum The arrangement was made by the United Slates and Nether lands governments with the government of Brazil giving Us wholehearted approval Dutch Guiana lies on the north east coast of South America and is bordered on the south by Brazil It lies between British Guiana and French Guiana The capital is Paramaribo an Atlantic open port The population approximates 170 000 and the area of Pennsylvania and New Jersey A formal white house statement referring to the country by its Dutch name of Surinam asserted The bauxite mines in Surinam furnish upward of 60 per cent of the requirements of the United States aluminum industry which is vital to the defense of the United States the western hemisphere and the nations actively resisting aggression It is therefore necessary that the safety of these mines should be as completely assured as pres ent conditions demand Normally the statement said the Netherlands government would draw oi Netherlands In dies forces to strenstheiuUjede fenses of Dutch In rieir of the present situation in the southwestern Pacific it is thought inadvisable to follow that course As a result of consultations be tween the governments of the Netherlands and the United Stales it was agreed that an American army contingent go to Surinam o cooperate with the Netherlands forces in assuring the protection of the bauxite mines in that territory As soon as the present danger to the mines is this danger was not further described at the conclusion of hostili ties at the latest the white house said the American forces would be withdrawn Diplomatic sources advanced the opinion that the situation in French Guiana which borders on the Dutch colony may prompted the decision to send troops There have been recurrent reports of nazi activities in French Guiana coupled with advices to the effect that doubts existed as to the attitude of many French residents if The implication of these re ports was that nazis might with the support of certain Frenchmen take over the French colony But whether any information had reached the government that the mines might be sabotaged or an attack made on Dutch Guiana was not revealed American forces already have been sent to Greenland and Ice land as steps in guarding the western hemisphere The xvhite house did not dis close however whether any troops actually had moved into Dutch Guiana yet or when the soura AMERICA possession where United States has the oupost thc United ac J ;