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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - November 30, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HISTOSY AND ARCH COMP THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH JOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLIX ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASEB WIRES MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY NOVEMBER 30 1942 HOME EDITION umjj v jijyiDJCjtt 5U Jy4JJ PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTION OVE NO 44 RAF AGAIN LASHES ITALY Press OFFICIALS LOOK INTO REPORTS OF VIOLATIONS Terrific Problem in Identification Provided in Morgues of Boston BOSTON and county law enforcement officers went into immediate action Monday to determine whether any law vio lation had contributed to the Sat urday night fire that suddenly converted the Cocoanut Grove night club into a house of flamin death for 477 merrymakers Moving under instructions from Acting Public Safety Com missioner John F Stakes State Fire Marshal Stephen C Gar turned over to District At torney William J Foley of Suf folk county a preliminary re port of the fire that Oared from a matchflame lighted by a 16 Jear old bus boy as he sought to replace a light bulb re moved by a club patron The bus boy said that he escaped by rushing to a kitchen and thence up astairway to a Shawmut street floor after making a futile attempt to extinguish the buming decora tions Meanwhile ahundred bodies stOl lay luinamed and unclaimed citys morgues pdsing a temf ic problem of identification to officials who said that many Jiad been burned almost past rec ognition In undei king establishments thioughouf ew England prepa rations under way for Oie hundreds funerals that will carry the bodies of the victims to their graves than 170 other trampled and burned of whom hovered close to death in the wake of one of the worst holo causts in the nations history Ashe entered a conference with A state fire marshal District f urne Foey If some of thc stories I have read are true there have been several law vio lations in connection with the on eration of tile club Fire Marshal Garritys prelim inary report embodied information given at inquest which was to be resumed late Monday including the testimony of the first Boston lire chiefs to reach the scene They testified that the searing flames spreading through paper palm trees and other decorations sent a thousand patrons stamped ing in a fighting frenzy toward a w A deputy fire chief told of finding bodies near a closed door whose safety lo open under out of order Police Commissioner Joseph F Timilty indicated in an interview that under the law a 16 year old boy isnt supposed lo work m a place where liquor is sold kusboy whose match started the inferno was identi fied by Deputy Police Superin tendent James R ciaflin as Stanley F Tomaszewski Th related Ciaflin said lhal he was trying to replace an electric light bulb which had been unscrewed by a prankster in the recently opened Melody room the club when the match flame fiimsy palm and set fit the devastating blaze The flames swept througn the Highly inflammable decorations as the orchestra leader raised his baton to signal for the national anthem as a prelude to the Sat urday night floor show Within seconds the crowded night club w as a bedlam as screaming wom en and horrorstricken men S i cxlts tumbng aver on thc jarnpacetj District Fire Chief William J M Inghlfally bumed bodies were f2Urdf2r flve and ttut tables and chairs were scattered and tipped in a Btnonr the dead As speedily as possible physi cians and specialists in the treatment burns mustered by the Boston committee on public safety were mercifully minister Fire Inquiry Smoke Pours From Night Club Toll 477 ing to the injured using blood plazma rushed from the Red Cross in Washington and pain and poisonallaying sulfa drugs Meanwhile long lines of rela tives and friends stood two abreast outside the citys morgues throughout the cold night waiting for a chance to identify bodies many of them charred beyond recognition A board of inquiry including fire officials U S Navy repre were service men among the two representatives of the federal bu reau of investigation which be gan its probe Sundav reconvened Monday Thc death loll ranked only behind the steamship General Slocum fire of 1904 in New Yorks Easl river in which 102 died Chicago Iroijuois theater fire of 1903 which claimed 603 lives and the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 in which 500 died Deputy Fire Chief John F JMc Donough told investigating offi cials that he found a number of bodies some within ten feet of a door equipped with a panic lock designed to open under pressure put it was out of order and had been secured by another lock The death of many of the vic 1 tims ascribed by Medical Examiner Timothy Leary lo monoxjdc poisoning and smoke inhalation He said that a number were terribly burned after death The stampede for Ihe exits be gan fire officials said when a girl detecting a thin wisp of smoke curling along the walls shouted Eire and within sec onds thc crowd broke for the doorways The wrecked stucco building resembled a husc brick oven afler thc flames had been ex tinguished with hardly a scorched spot on thc ontsiric walls ami rnof but with thc in terior a mass of debris lowan Is Among Victims in Fire IOWA CITY Eugene L Goss about 22 of Blairstown Iowa was one of several hundred persons who perished in the Bos ton Cocoanut Grove night club fire Gofs was enlisted in thc army signal corps technical school Harvard university Cambridge Mass and apparently was cm weekend furlough while in Boston 10 Killed When Army Plane Crashes Near Base at Sioux City SIOUX CITY men were killed Monday in the crash of an army plane a half mile southwest of the Sioux City air base the public relations office REDS ARE ONLY 60 MILES FROM LATVIA BORDER Germans Occupy French Forts Around Toulon BERLIN From German Broad forts surrounding j the great French naval base at j Toulon where nearly all the j i French home fleet was scuttled i Friday have been occupied by I German troops and strong Ger man infantry detachments arc chartered in the vicinity of Tou lon Transoeenn reported Mon day in a dispatch datclincd Tou lon Soviet Tanks Infantry Smash Ahead With Fury Like That of Blizzard MOSCOW red army its tanks and infantry pressing westward with the fury of a Rus sian blizzard blasted new holes in Hitlers Stalingrad defense lines Monday and threatened similar envelopment of thc salient run ning northeastward from Smo lensk to Kzhev Russian units reportedly had advanced to within 60 miles of the Latvian border in an of There were apprehensive German reports that the Russians also were preparing a third big offensive around Voronezh mid way betwecnStalingrad and Mos cow where the Soviets were said lo have massed great forces of tanks and infantry Similar Ger man reports preceded the Rzhev offensive The Russians were driving hard against Novosokolniki west of Ve likie Luki and only 60 miles cast of Latvia Railroad connections be tween he towns had been severed in Ihe offensive west of Moscow and it appeared that Velikie Luki might be cut off al together Rzhev appeared to be meeting a similar fate In the Stalingrad area where the Germans fought desperately against impending annihilation Russians crossed the river Don some 35 miles northeast of Kalach breaking through thc east bank fortifications and occupying Vcrtachy and Peskovotka The two towns six miles apart were pivotal points in the German defensive system The newspaper Pravda reported that in Ihe area northeast of Sta lingrad the Germans had been forced io turn to Iransport planes to bring up reinforcements be cause their railroad communica tions had been cut The soviet air force was shooting down many of the transports Pravda said It was believed that Col Gen Hermann von Hoth could not hope lo receive sufficient German re inforcements from hc west or southwest to give him any chance of blasting his way out of the pocket Soviet artillery on the front northwest of Moscow was handi capped by blizzards but thc Ger mans managed to put planes into the a strong counterattack with tanks and reserve infantry which the Russians bloke in bit ter fighting The noon communique reported Monday that the Russians had captured 38 fortified dugouts and blockhouses in Stalingrad and in 10 days had taken 6GOOO nriaon ers there alone while Ihe German dead mounted to 100000 Only 29 Iowa Draftees Have Appealed to F R DKS J1OINES Oliver P Bennett legal adviser lor Iowa i j selective service reported that only 29 men of the 65000 men from the state inducted into the army through selective service have carried appeals to the presi dent Major Bennett said 20 of thc cases were matters of dependency four involved occupational defer ments four were conscientious ob jectors to war and one was a case of ministerial status an nounced The crash occurred dining a blinding snowstorm Capt Fred Shick post public relations officer said all lo men were dead when help reached the plane which he said was on n routine flight The crash occurred about 215 a in A suard was placed around the area immediately and ho civilians were permitted near the craft Capt Shick said the names and ranks of those killed in the crash would not be released until their next of kin had been notified The plane apparently was on a routine training flight to drop bombs on practice field up the Missouri river about 23 miles from Sioux City The bomber burned immediately after it plunged into a level corn field It was the worst plane ever occurring in Iowa Bob Feller Engaged to Girl at Waukegan m engagement of Virginia daughter of Mr and Mrs M P of Waukcgnn io Robert Feller former Cleveland Indians pitcher now in the navy was an nounced Monday by Miss Win thers mother She said no date for thc wedding had been set Weather Report FORECAST MASOM CITY Snoxv Momlay afternoon Monday night and Tuesday forenoon not quite so cold Monday night Lowest temperature in Mason City Monday night 25 I O W A Moderate snow in the north light snow in thc south portion Monday afternoon and Monday night mixed with vain in the southeast portion late Monday night light snow Tues day forenoon warmer Monday afternoon and in east portion Monday night becoming colder Tuesday forenoon and in west portion Monday night MINNESOTA Light to moderate snow south Monday night oc casional light snow Tuesday forenoon not quite so cold Monday night and northeast portion Tuesday forenoon cold er southwest portion Tuesday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistic Maximum Sunday 20 Minimum Sunday night 12 At a a in Monday is Snow Precip 1J2 Inches 06 Inch YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation THE FIGURES FOR SUNDAY Max Saturday 18 Above Mm Sat night 6 Below At 8 a m Sunday I Below YEAR AGO Maximum GQ Minimum 45 Precipitation Trace 31 33 Trace CHURCHILL with broadcast Britain Urges Italians Split With Nazis LONDON Prime Minister Churchills warning to the Italian to get out of the war or expect a pro longed scienti fic and shat tering air at t a c k was pounded home igain and again to the Italians Monday by the British Broad cast i n g cor poration The BBC pre ceded Church ills victory speech Sunday appeals to the Italians to make a separate peace and followed up by rebroadcasting at intervals the full text of the prime ministers 30minutc speech addressing Germany and franco as well as Italy Churchill promised hat Hie war would be carried to Italy in manner not hitherto dreamed by its en illy leaders ami added It is for lie Italian people to say whether they want this terrible thine to happen to them not lie reviewed allied strategy on the African and Russian fronts discussed what he called a union with France and its resurrection and spoke som berly of the portents of as boding new tests in the face of victory I promise nothing I predict nothing Churchill said 1 can not even guarantee that more successes arc now on the way The dawn of 1943 will soon loom red before UK ami we must brace ourselves to cope with the trials and problems of what must be a stern and terrible year But he emphasized that now al this moment the first British army is striking hard at the last remaining footholds of the Ger mans and Italians in Tunisia American British and French troops arc pressing forward side by side We expect to expel the enemy before long from ihe 2000 miles of African coastline But Africa is no halting place It is not a scat but n springboard We shall use Africa to come to closer grips Our operations in French North Africa should enable us to bring the weight of the war home to the Italian fascist slate in i manner not hitherto dreamed ol i by its guilty leaders or still less by the unfortunate people Mus solini has led exploited and dis graced Churchill pointed to the sc ries ot punishinc raids the KAF has inflicted on Italian indus trial and shipping centers and remarked Already the centers of war industry in northern Italy arc being subjected to harder treatment than any of our cities experienced iti lie winter of 1910 V The Russian battles are mov ing forward to a climax and weakened German divisions must prepare themselves he said for second dose of what they got last year But Englands war leader also warned his audience know of nothing that has happened yet which justifies the hope that the war will not be long or that bitter bloody years do not lie ahead It may be that the war in Europe will come lo an end before the war in Asia Then he added in that event vc should of course bring all our forces to the aid of the United States and our kith and kin in Australia and Xew Zea land 5n the struggle against the aggressions of Japan Till er Up Is Motorists Order to Filling Stations DES MOWES er up That was the cry as thousands of Iowa motorists visited filling stations Sunday and Monday to I fortify themselves against the starting of gasoline rationing Tuesday One operator who ordinarily sells 700 gallons of gasoline a day reported that his sales Sunday were 4700 gallons Other stations made similar reports Paul F Hill executive secre tary of thc Iowa highway traffic advisory committee predicted that Ihe additional load due to gasoline mileage rationing would canllv be felt gradually by public trans1 portation systems Everyone is sailing into this with a full tankful of gasoline and it will be several days before the full effects arc felt by the transportation companies he said RADIO IN PARIS STATES ALLIES SHELLING TUNIS Report 300000 Flee Turin After Repeated British Plane Raids BULLETIN LOXUOV German controlled Paris radio reported Monday that allied forces were shelling Tunis anil thil heavy fighting was in progress near Gizcrtc By KOGEIl D GREENE Associated Ircss War Editor RAF war ulttncs blasted Italy before dawn Monday for thc sec ond time in hours pounding home Prime Minister Churchills warning to the Italian people loget out of the war or suffer a pro longed scientific and shattering air attack Simultaneously a Kcutcrs British news agency dispatch from thc Italian frontier rc liortcci that 300000 persons hail fled the Italian arsenal city of Turin normal population 622 009 since the IIAF lieftan its new transAlpine aerial offen sive Oct 22 Tlie British air ministry said Turin was again thc targetof the latest assault and that fires started Saturday night were still burning Other bombers attacked rail way communications in Hull Expects Explosive News Inside Italy WASHINGTON Secre tary of State Hull indicated IHonday the government was expecting explosive develop ments in Italys internal situa tion soon Hull was askcii at his press conference about reports of serious unrest in various parts of that ivarueary country in cludingmutinous behavior in the army He replied that he still was assemliliiifr reports coming in m that situation and might have some comment lo make later Meanwhile he added one should not be surprised lit hear of just such developments in Italy In reply to another ciucstioii Hull expressed hope that the people of Albania which was invaded without warning on Good Friday 19M would lake advantage of any opportunity to turn against their oppressors ami shoot on sight every Italian soldier there Asked almiit reports that flic Japanese had arrested some 200 of the Americans interned in Shanghai Hull refilled he understood thc Japanese had arrested some there and else where the air ministry paid icporting Uvo RAF planes rnisfiiiR More than 100000 inccmliar irs in addition lo 8000 pound blockbusters were unloaded on Turin in he HAKs Saturday night raid nid 1 Ciiiailiin pilot declared the citys buildings were left seething as though they were bubbling wilh molten lava Travelers arriving in Turkey from Italy said the Germans were hurriedly building fortifications along the GermanItalian frontier and along thc Balkan Fide of thc Adriatic sea against the clay that Italy the war Other reports said Adolf Hitler had sent tourists1 into Italy in an attempt to prevent the Italians from making a separ ate peace In a victory broadcast Sunday rrime Minister Churchill promised that She war would soon be car ried to Italy u a manner not hitherto dreamed of bv its guitly And he added signilf Keports were coming into Hills office Monday from various citicj of the state on what is being doncj Africa lo relieve congestion through staggering of work hours and shar ing rides We expect lo thc enemy before lone from thc 2000 miles of African coastline But Africa is no haltitiR place It is nol a seal but a springboard We shall use Africa to conic to closer grips On the Tunisian front in Xortli ica American and British mercan an ritish troops were rcoortcd in position for a climactic isiult on Tunis hc axisheld capital after occupy inr 1 Ilimactie 15null on Tunis thc axisheld capital after occupy ;