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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 14, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP KCwr or HISTORY AKO ARCHIVES OES MOi THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITYTOWA WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14 1942 THIS PAPEIt CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE S SINKS 2 HEAVY JAP CRUISERS Will Reach Total of 7500000 in STIMSON SAYS 2200000 TO BE IN AIR FORCE Urges Draft of 18 Year Olds to Keep Army From Getting Old WASHINGTON WjSeciefary of War Stimson arguing for draft of 18 and 19 year olds esti mated Tuesday that the armv now had 4250000 men and next year would swell to 7500000 He gave this breakdown of 1943s army needs to the house military committee Air forces 2200000 Organized ground units 3300 Services of supply and related duties 2000000 The secretary told the commit tee the United States wants to have in 1943 the largest air force with sustaining units which production and transportation will permit His figure of 2200000 in the air farces he described as a con servative estimate adding that any changes will be upward The army he said is trainin and will continue to train as many ground units as can be sent over seas Stimscn estimated that the ground forces needs for 1913 including those now abroad and in training at home to go over seas at 3300000 Stimson was the first witness in the committees hearing on legis latipn ta lower the draft ajge in accordance OYJth Presjdent Boose velts request tion Monday night cast to the na He pointed out that the original draft law had contained provision for drafting men of 18 and Iti years but congress deemed it prudent then to postpone the induction of the younger men He warned Our army is getting too old There are men cominp from the induction cen ters who are too old for front line fighting Stimson told the committee that a study of one army group dis closed that 50 per cent of the men of that outfit were over 35 and 23 per cent over 40 He gave the average age of men in divisions recently activated as follows years 2 months June years 5 months years 10 months and 28 years 2 months mhat is high he said When the crack comes the older men will have to be supplanted with younger men untrained with the divisions then in battle and this would weaken the fight ing army Men over 40 should not go into the kind of fighting into which American armies have got to go Stimson told the committee there was no comparison be tween the 1918 armies and the American army of today in the elements of prelraining and in tegration that army now is trained for a war of ma neuver Slimson was to be followed by Maj Gen Lewis B Hcrshev selective service director and General George C marshal army chief of staff They said Chairman May D were the only witnesses the house committee planned to ques tion before reporting the legisla tion late Thursday for house ac tion Friday or Saturday There is no need for prolonged hearings the Kentuckian said The president who is comtnan dermchief has stressed the ne cessity of drafting 8 and 19 yearolds and I for one am going to cooperate cent One of Those Famed Block Busters7 Himmler Sees Duce Stirs Talk with him JOO per Following the speedy pace set by the house leadership the sen ate was expected to revise plans announced earlier by Chairman Reynolds DN Car of its mili tary committee to hold hearings for four or five weeks Among the first witnesses called for Wednes days senate session were Gener als Marshall and Hershey Apprised of the house prn senators predicted the legislation would reach the house by the end of next week and would be signed im mediately by the president While both the senate and house committees have had pending bills to lower the draft age May late Tuesday offered a new pro posal which he said would be the one considered by the house group It contained two provisions ex pected to be opposed by army and selective service officials would grant deferment un il the end of the academic year or any student in a high school 01 similar institution of learning who is ordered to report for in duction during his last acedemic year The other would forbid the as signment of draftees under 20 to combat service until they had re ceived at least 12 months of mili tary training Emphasizing that U was my own idea and not the war de partments May said the latter clause was put into the bill in order to open he way to ques tinmitK witnesses regarding the training program V Stimsons tetsimony was ex pected to be an elaboration of the views he outlined in a letter to May Tuesday In it the war secretary empha sized the need for an army of men with physical stamina and enthu siasm and said the 1819 group furnished better soldiers And never before in its his tory has the American nation more urgently needed exceptional sol diers he said Iowa Woman Suffers Severe Burns When Home Catches Ablaze CENTERVILLE Bert Pompiem 33 Corydon is in the Corydon hospital suffering severe burns and complete loss of her hair as the result of a fire at the Pompiem home Wednesday morn ing Mrs Pompiem and a baby daughter Life two years old and a small son found themselves trapped in the blazing home The js said to have taken the baby in her arms and gone through flames to get out of the lower story of the twostory house The boy upstairs made his way to a window and out onto tbe roof of the porch and jumped to the ground Flames unknown origin filled the home before Mrs Pompiem and her children or neighbors realized that it was on fire Mr Pompiem a traveling man was out on his route ancl has not been located according to Corydon au thorities 60 AXIS PLANES ARE DESTROYED Major Attempt to Cripple Malta Opens By UNITED PRESS A major axis attempt to cripple the vital Malta base Wednesday was under way presumably to clear the way for rapid and large scale transport of men and ma terial across the Mediterranean to Marshal Erwin Rommel Royal air force spitfire squad rons ran their bag of axis planes up to 60 destroyed and more than SO damaged since Saturday They got another 18 axis planes Tues day Flight after flight of axis fighters and bombers was being sent over the Mediterranean fort ress in an obvious effort to wear down the defending British fight er squadrons So far the Germans and Italians had lost heavily in their attacks but there was no indication of lessening air action London observers expressed be lief that Rommel may be prepar ing to launch a new drive for Alexandria and the Suez canal They believed the Germans were moving to transfer large numbers ot troops from Russia to Africa i anticipation of the long winter tieup in the east There also was a possibility hat the allies may be preparing slows in the African theater and hat the axis reserves are being rushed there to meet this poten ial threat Sioux City Community Fund and War Chest Go Far Over Top SIOUX CITY com munity fund and war chest drive ended Tuesday with pledges total ing 5256508 The goal was 520 WOMAN 80 KILLED DES MOINES Laura Walters 80 died Tuesday night a few hours after she was struck by an automobile driven by John T Clarkson 80 Iowa industrial com missioner and former state senator from Albia Clarkson held was not Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Continued mild HU1LI temperatures Wednesday after noon Wednesday night Thursday forenoon and IOWA Somewhat warmer Wed nesday afternoon through Thursday forenoon Occasional light rain extreme cast portion and in southwest portion late Wednesday and Thursday lore noon MINNESOTA Slightly warmer Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon and in south portion Wednesday afternoon Scattered light rain in extreme west cen tral portion late Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday Minimum Tuesday At 8 a m Wednesday YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 71 36 6 42 06 NAZIS DECLARE PARLEY CORDIAL Others Indicate Hitler Doubts Italys Attitude By The Associated Press Berlin announced Wednesday that Heinrich Himmler chief of Hitlers dread gestapo is in Rome for a private visit as guest of the fascist government but reports of GermanItalian friction current in neutral European capitals sug gested that it might be more than a social call These reports indicated strolls ly that German suspicion of Italys attitude toward the United States vas a source of trouble A DNB dispatch from Rome broadcast by the Berlin radio said Himmler has been received by II Duce with whom he had a lengthy and cordial conver sation But the broadcast gave no hint of what Himmler the man chiefly responsible for bending the occu pied territories and even Ger manys allies to Hitlers will may have told the Italian dictator Reports were current in An kara and Istanbul that one de mand Germany was about to make was for full control of Italys Adriatic port of Trieste An informed Balkan observer in London suggested that such rumors might be perhaps a German propaganda move to screw down more pres sure on Italy The suggestion that recent ItalianAmerican developments figured in the reported rift be tween the European axis part ners came from the Stockholm correspondent of the National Zeituns of Basel Switzerland He quoted the Stockhold Da gens Nyheter as reporting that the differences were accentuated Italian permission for Myron C Taylors plane to land at Rome when the special envoy of Presi dent Roosevelt was on his way recently to Vatican City for con ferences with the pope and by developments in the treatment of Italians in the United States Mentioned specifically was Ihe announcement by U S Attornc Biddlc that ef Italians in the General Francis fectivc Oct 19 JM United States no longer would m under restrictions as enemy aliens CHARLES CmAN ELECTED CEDAR RAPIDS Sam T Shumate of Davenport was re elected president of the Womens Baptist Mission society of Iowa Mrs J H Cochrane Jr of Charles City is secretary Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Heavy RAF plff IM Next Week Fleet Ill mTh Blasts Base at Kiel LONDON WPjAn RAF bomber fleet of well over 100 planes struck Kiel Tuesday night with a concen trated blast of explosives in a raid possibly as destructive as any of 70 which have been made against the nazis naval and Uboat base British sources said the results well compensated the RAF for the loss of nine planes The exact number m the raiding force was not disclosed but on the basis of normal five per cent losses the British crowded probably 180 bombers over the target one of the most vital in Germany The attack was on the new saturation technique of the RAF means throwing so many bombers over the objective in such a short space of time that anti aircraft defenses are swamped and their fire made relatively incffec li ve A German broadcast put British h 10 said nat the North sea port of Hamburg inked by water with Kiel through the Kiel was bombed during the night Kiel C6 miles northeast of Ham burg is important not only for its big docks and strategic position as a hub of water transport but also as a center for coal iron and oil lumber railroad supplies cement and food American Lutheran Church Backs Move for Closer Relationship MENpOTA 111 mTbe sev of the American Lutheran church unani mously declared readiness Wed nesday to establish pulpit and al tar fellowship with etier O1uot of the two largest Lutheran bodies m the country the United Luther an church and the Missouri synod These three groups represent a oaptized membership of 3500000 and negotiations looking toward closer relationship have been ear ned on for several years The resolution embodying the ac tion said the American Lutheran church had adopted the Pittsburgh Agreement of the United Lutheran church and accepted the Brief Statement of the Missouri synod as a basis Tor pulpit and altar fel lowship It said also the two docu ments differ in wording yet both express the true position of the Lutheran church The convention secretary Doc tor t J Braulick of Waverly lowa was instructed to send a copy of the resolution to Dr F H Knubel president of the United Lutheran church which is meeting in Louisville Treasury Announces 50 Per Cent Cut in Penny Production WASHINGTON treas ury announced a 50 per cent cut n production ot pennies to about 60000000 a month ancl appealed o the public especially children o slop saving pennies in pi banks v Mrs Nellie Tayloe Ross direc tor of he mint suggested that if every family dug up 10 pennies and put them in circulation this would save 1000 tons of copper needed for war industries Friday and Saturday of this week Special Harvest Values will be offered by Mason City stores Friday and Saturday Oct 16 17 An opportunity to save money on your fall needs So read the Harvest Festival ad vertisements in your Globe Gazette then you will know what stores are taking part in this special event what merchandise is being featured and the harvest festival prices OF STALINGRAD Defenders Recapture Street From Germans in Battle in City By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press War Editor Marshal SeMeon Timoshenkos reel armies were reported to have driven two newwedges Wednes day into the 40 mile German bar rier northwest ot Stalingrad while inside the city the defenders re captured a street yielded to the nazis on Monday It was Stalingrads alsl day of siege Pravda reported that the Ger mans had also been thrown back in a salient south of the city and declared that advancing soviet troops hail seized a basic point in the German lines and Jield it against counterattacks Thus the red armies were pic tured ns gaining ground and taking initiative iri three main sectors around the embattled city For the fourth consecutive day Hitlers field headquarters re ported no gains in the siege area and indicated that the initiative was passing o the Russians In Stalingrad and on the Don iront some counterattacks and advances launched by the Soviets were repelled a nazi commun ique said tersely The German command said axis troops drivng toward the Black sea port of Tuapse in the northwest Caucasus stormed additiona dominating mountain ranges anc mountain positions and asserted that a single division captured over 100 fortified strong points rhe Russians however de clared they had improved their positions along the Black sea coast southeast of Novorossisk ivhen red fleet marines wiped out two axis infantry company in a battle for a coastal high way In the central zone not mentioned in Wednesdays German Rus sians said they bad beaten otf an attack by two tankled German infantry battalions killed about 300 nazis and driven the survivors back lo their original lines Military reports indicated that the heaviest fighting raged on the German left flank above Stalin grad Dispatches to Red Star IIWVI Oltii bcilil Russian shock troops advanced in two sectors on the northwest steppes along the vital corridor between the Don and Volga rivers in fighting that swirled around trench lines hills and villages Red army tanks followed up the infantry assault soviet head quarters reported and killed about 300 Hitlerites and de stroyed four guns cijcht mor tars 20 machine Runs and sev eral rucks with supplies V V Latest accounts said the Ger mans already beginning to shiver in the chill autumn air were at tempting to dig in for another long winters campaign Inside the Volga metropolis the battle appeared to be waning as mass attacks generally gave way to artillery and mortar duelling YANK FIGHTERS WIN DOGFIGHT 12 US Planes Meet 20 Messerschmitts CAIRO jP United States fighter planes won their first ma jor victory of the middle east war Tuesday when 12 of them fought 20 Messerschmitts over the Ger man lines and shot down two a statement from United States army headquarters said Wednesday A third German plane was dam aged and the rest forced to dis perse the statement said Although American heavy and medium bombers have plajcd an active role in this theater for sev eral months this was described as the first important combat for United States fighters HEADS INLAND PRESS CHICAGO C Hudnutt of Elyna Ohio was elected presi dent of the Inland Daily Press as sociation succeeding John W Pot ter of Rock Island III who was named chairman of the board Be Completed i ii DlfJ gest tax bill in American history may be ready by the middle of next week for rich and poor alike after more than six months of congressional adding and sub tracting snarling and pleading More than 51000000 a day in increased excise levies will begin flowing into the treasury imme diately after the president signs the measure although the fruits of steeply increased individual in come and corporation taxes will garnered until next year Cigar and cigaret taxes are due to go up The tax on whisky and other distilled spirits will rise from S4 a gallon to The tax on railroad plane and bus tickets now 5 per cent is scheduled to double The federal chaic against telephone tolls will rise to 20 per cent of the total price I resent tax is 6 per cent on calls costing under 25 cents and a nickel for each 50 cents of higher priced calls The first conference on the ba bill was scheduled Tuesday but house conferees asked for addi tional time Estimates of yield from the new bill range from about 000 a year to first figure by the treasury the latter by Chairman George D Ga of the senate finance com mittee It is expected to increase total federal revenues lo some where between 524000000 000 and MRS HESS ASKS TO JOIN HUSBAND Request Revealed in House of Commons LONDON wife of Rudolph Hess Adolf Hitlers hoi who flew to Great Britain appar ently to try to induce the British to join Germany in a war against Russia has asked permission to join her husband it was asserted Wednesday in the house of com mons William J Thornc labor made the assertion in asking Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden what reply was made to the request of Frau Hess wife of Rudolph Hess who is now somewhere in Eng land for permission to join her husband The press association quoted re ports from Vichy that Frau had recently asked the Interna tional Red Cross to aid her in joining her husband H was expected that Eden would answer Thomes question submitted in writing Thursday Lewis Pledges Drive to Organize Great Agricultural Segment CINCINNATI L President John L Lewis announced Wed nesdRy that the United Mine Workers of America would start nn organization drive among 20 000 chemical workers in West Virginia 50000 coalmine super visory employes and great seg ments of agricultural labor As the 37th UMW convention came to i close and alter conditional igrccmcnt to work a sixday week and postponement of wage demands Lewis made a 45minute ize the unorganized boy ANOTHER LARGE WARSHIP ALSO BELIEVED SUNK Many Smaller Vessels Sent Down by American Subs Ships and Planes By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS United States worships planes nnd submarines smashing at Ja pans farflung invasion forces were officially credited Wednes day mm sinking at least two and probably three heavy enemy cruisers and inflicting havoc on the Japanese from the Solomons to the Aleutian islands These blows made up for the or e loss of three United States cruis ers sunk in the Solomons on AUR 89 while covering the landing of laii I marincs Guadalcanal Capping previous bulletins reportinjr American naval and air forces in the Solomons had sunk one heavy Japanese cruis er and damaged another so badly that the crew abandoned slup the navy in Washington announced at noon Wednesday tnal U S submarines operating in the western Pacific had def initely sunk a third Japanese heavy cruiser Moreover the latest navv com munique said American under seas raders sank four other ships probably sank another and dam aged two This report of successful under sea attacks on eight enemy vessels in recent operations raised the an nounced United States submarine toil of Japanese naval and mer chant shipping to 79 vessels sunk 20 possibly sunk and 24 daraased a total ot 123 Navy communique No 151 said Far East 1 United States submarines have reporter tlic following re sults of operations against the en emy in far eastern waters fA One heavy cruiser sunk B One medium sized cargo ship sunk e iOllc smn ship sunk D One small tanker sunk Sne damaged t One medium sized cargo ship damaged and probably sunk CG One medium sized tanker damaged One small trawler sunk These actions have not been an nounccd in any previous navy de partment OTHER COMMUNIQUES SAY 6 JAP WARSHIPS SUVK Communiques from the tiirce active war fronts presented this picture of United States and ai lied lighting successes SOLOMON ISLANDS heavy cruiser four destroyers and a transport sunk another de stroyer probably sunk three cruisers torpedoed and bombed one severely eight bombers four fighter planes and three sea planes destroyed ALEUTIAN ISLANDS Japa nese ships camps and hangars at Kska the invaders lone remain foothold blasted by aerial and burned byinccndi fiesistancc was relatively bombs aries weak NEW ground irccs pushed back in the Owen Lanley mountains toward their ivokoda base by Gen Douglas MatArthurs allied troops while heavy bombers dropped 1000 11Vllvv nninnpn i i speech pledging his union to pound explosive on the T great continued efforts to organ lirtSsc at Rabau P n Buy War Savings Bonds and e merican forces the navv Stamps from your GlobeGazette reported lost a destroyer and two Britain Grounded aircraft smashed by di American forces the navv fighter planes the Solomons The navy department disclosed the establishment of bases m the New Hebrides and Fiji islands whichi sbength cn united nations supply Imes to Australia and make it virtually impossible for the Japs to succcssfullv launch a fullscale attack against that continent l nc a ;