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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 12, 1942, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF H I STORY AND A SOU V MO I THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATE PKSSS UNJTg MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY ILUONNAZISINSTALINBRAD DRIVE 12 Die Probe Started IfimsPflRGES 39 OTHERS ARE INJURED WHEN CRAFT PLUNGES PUot Tries to Put Out Blaze Then Jumps to Safety inChute BUFFALO N Y IP The federal bureau of investigation investigated Saturday the possi bility of sabotage in the crash of a flaming pllotless Cuitiss plane which ripped through the rool oE a building at CurtissWrjght air plane division late Friday kill ing 12 persons and injuring 39 Special Agent Kenneth M Piper said the FBI is making an inquiry to determine wheth er or not there was sabotage involved He added there is Plenty of motor left from the plane to be examined by tech nicians Test Pilot J Bertrand Jack Purnell veteran of more than 3508 hours in the air parachuted to safety two miles from the plant but suffered severe burns Eyewitnesses in the plant said there was no panic as the plane tore a hole in the roof and smashed to the concrete floor L Fellow employes doctors and I nurses speedily rescued victims wild the plane was said by eyewitnesses to have done several loops before It plummeted Into the building with a roar which one of the workmen inside described as like a bomblne Purnell 34 said in a hospital interview he stayed up there iji until I couldnt stand the heat and longer then bailed out Im trying to figure out what couldnt say definite that the engine caught on fire he asserted I certainly tried to put out the flames before I jumped I saw vapor coining up I think the plane xvas on fire though I tried to shut it down but it was too late The plane had started to burn The flames kept coming up and hit tingme in the face I couldnt stand the had to jump Killed outright were Francis KRyan 37 Kenmore N Y and an man Lester Glenn a civilian employed as a U S army inspector died six hours later in a hospital Paul Chase 41 of Glens Falls 1 N Y Martin Till Frank Warda Joseph Sciolino 47 Salvatore Palmeri Norman Savage Laverne I Voelker 20 and Carson Rauh died i early Saturday i William Davey general man ager of the plant said Furnells ship caught fire at high altitude from an unknown cause An injured workman Winston J Dandreau 24 who was standing almost under where the plane struck asserted the impact was like a what he thought it was at first First there was the crash of the plane through the roof and then almost simultaneously it seemed a blinding Hash oc curred as the plane exploded he related Jmt when it exploded I cant on the floor or be tween the roof and floor but I do know that the plane was torn to pieces by the explosion Bits of flame and metal went shoot ing in all directions Dandreau who marveled at his escape said a bit of metal struck him in the arm Right near me a man was knocked against a ladder and had difficulty extricating himself he continued I pulled him free and we both beat it as fast as we could Later we came back to help the other injured One very badly burned man was on his hands and knees and screaming constantly Others had their clothes all horned off them Nearly oil the injured many of them m critical condition were burned by gasoline from the planes tanks Purnell who began flying in Philadelphia at the age of 13 has been a Curtiss air pilot since May and has more lhan 3500 logged hours of flying Allied Bombers Slash at Jap Supply Lines in New Guinea Report Nipponese in Thrust at Port Moresby Have Been Checked GENERAL MacARTHURS HEADQUARTERS Australia Allied bombers including a number of flying fortresses slashed at Japanese supply lines on land and sea in the New Guinea war theater Friday set ting one enemy destroyer afire and leaving her to sink as both sides reorganized their forces for a showdown battle on the road to Port Moresby The destroyer was observed sinking by the stern with life rafts and Japanese sailors in the water about her after the allied bombers finished their attack off Normanby island a com munique said The bombers also scored a very near miss on a second destroyer which was believed to have been dam aged Normandy island is north of Milne bay on the southeastern tip of New Guinea where a Japanese invasion force was ambushed and destroyed recently all of the al lied planes returned safely NO FURTHER GAINS MADE IN NEW GUINEA For the second successive day General MacArthur reported the enemy has made no further advances in the Owen Stanley mountains 44 miles from Port Moresby the vital allied base on the southern coast of New Guinea The positions of the opposing forces apparently remained the same as previous day when Lieut Gen s F Rowell onetime deputy chief of the Australian general commands the allied troops de fending Port Moresby New Guinea of Efogi on the south slope of the mountains There was no disposition here however to assume that the Japanese definitely had been stopped in their drive on Port aioresby The terse announce ment that no further advances had been made was taken ra ther to indicate that both sides were regrouping their forces for a continuation of the important battle One wounded Australian re turning from the mountain fight ing said the Japanese taking part in the drive were big men some nearly six cunning feet wellbuilt and Allied bombers raided the Buna area twice destroying three grounded aircraft on an airfield and a number of trucks The air men said they encountered heavy antiaircraft fire but no opposi tion in tfie air Buna is the supply base for the Japanese forces moving against Port Moresby Allied bombing units also at tacked a building and a small ves sel on Teoen Teun Island north east of Timor but results of the raid could not be observed the communique said It was the first reported attack on this island REVIVED AFTER TOUGHING WIRE Respiration Given George Sharp in Cement Plant Pit George Sharp 10IS Quincy avenue northwest narrowly es caped death by electrocution Sat urday at the pit of the Northwest ern States Portland Cement com pany where he is employed as a foreman He picked up some power lines carrying 440 volts of electricity when the middle finger of his right hand touched an ex posed portion of the wire The power was turned oft im mediately and Bob Cody a work man gave artificial respiration with such success that Sharp was sitting up when the salvage crew of the Mason City fire department arrived The firemen bandaged the burned ginger and Sharp was taken to Mercy hospital where his condition was not believed to be serious IOWAN FATALLY HURT KNOXVILLE Kilt employed at the veterans hos pital here was killed Friday when he was struck by an auto mobile while crossing a street on INMADAGASCAR PUSH FORWARD Vichy Concedes Full Occupation of Island Is Matter of Time By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Three columns oi British impe rial troops were reported driving rapidly across French Madagascar Saturday advancing toward the capital city of Tananarive and other key points on the 1 000 milelong island against little op position In Vichy the French radio conceded that full occupation ot the strategic island was just a matter of time asserting that defense garrisons totaled only 1400 troops against an esti mated 30000 British Gen Sir William Platt British commander in chief in East Afri ca said British forces already had advanced 90 miles from the coast on the 200mile road to Tanan arive a fortified city of 92000 lying atop a 4000foot ridge Other British seaborne forces supplementing Wednesdays mul tiple landings on the west coast were reported to have embarked on the northeast coast and cap tured the town of Vohcmar 80 miles below the big Diego Suarez naval base which the British oc cupied last May 7 The southward advance of our columns down coastivas delayed throughout the day by destroyed bridges but by evening we were within 20 miles of Am banja General Platt announced Our patrol encountered ma chinegun fire at one point but there were no casualties Still another British column striking inland in he far south advanced 30 miles to the vicin ity of Mahaho where opera tions are continuingsuccessful ly a communique said Despite British assertions tba Japanese submarines were usinj the island as a base for attacks 01 the vital allied supply lanes to In clia the middle cast and Russia the proGerman Vichy regime continued its outcries against thi attack and some axis collators tionisls demanded blowforblov reprisals A resolution urging an activ Mrs W B Hathorn 31 Is Fatally Hurt in Car Crash 2 Autos Collide in Rainstorm One Mile West of Airport MRS W B HATHORN RETURN TO WORK AT ALTON ILL Strikers Go Back to Jobs in Cartridge Plant After Warning by Green ALTON III Employes whose fourday strike virtually stopped production at the Western Cartridge companys huge East Alton plant returned to their jobs Saturday in accordance with a blunt backowork ordoi from AFL President William Green Several thousand strikersFri day night ratified a returnto work agreement reached by com pany representatives and union officials the Mediterranean by Jacques Doriot policy in French popular party implied a ihreat of sending remnants of the once powerful French fleet into action against the British DROWNS AT FORT DODGE FORT DODGE Han son lo of Fort Dodge drowned rriday white swimming in the Des Moines river here Prisoners in Jap Internment Camp BT v are held Armed guard at left or days basking in the sun on game of baseball and the sco CS e den show Wake and Guam v fields on warm P Americans to a Olds AFL organizer called the meeting following a warning from Green in Washington that because the plant was engaged in vital war production work the union charter of the AFt chemi cal workers local might be re voked unless the strikers returned to their jobs without delay Green said he was confident the war labor board would come to a just decision if the case was sub mitted in an orderly manner At the same time be belt the com pany directly responsible for this strike because of its arbitrary antiunion tactics The WLB will open hearings on the dispute Sept 21 in Washing ton Marie Harrer Hathorn 31 wife of W B Hathorn CPT flying in structor at the Mason City air port died Saturday morning of injuries received in an automo bile collision about oclock Friday evening Sirs Hathorn was on her way Jo Clear Lake to net her hus band who had been helping a student with ground school work A mile west of the air port on highway 18 durins a rainstorm her car collided with one driven by Dean Davis route 3 Clear Lake if if if Davis a 19 year old youth told Sheriff Tim Phalen that Mrs Ha thorns car swerved just before it reached his and was broadside on the road at the lime of the impact Dr R E Smiley county coroner said the Hathorn car was struck in the center of the lef side which was driven against the steering wheel and bent the wheel The seat on which Mrs Hathorn was sitting was torn loose from the car the coronet salct The coroners preliminary in vestigation indicated that the ac cident probably was unavoidable he reported At the time of the accident Davis was 011 his way to Mason City to return his two passengers Francis and Juanila Paine to their home 525 Harrison ave nue northwest All threewer taken to Mercy hospital followin the accident but were sent t their homes after treatment The front end of the Davis car was badly smashed and it careened into he ditch on the south side oi the road after the crash The Hathorn car re mained standing across the pav ing until moved by a wrecker Mrs Hathorn is survived bv her husband her father George H Harrer 153 Crescent drive three sisters Catherine H Harrcr Chicago and Dorothy and Mary Ellen Harrcr Mason City three brothers Robert G Harrer glider Big Blush belatedly it can be revealed The red glow axis forces saw behind allied lines in Egypt a week ago was Wen dell Willkie Inspecting a guard of honor at a U S air force airdrome dur ing his recent visit Willkie in a moment of Hoosier enthusiasm asked whether there were any Indiana men among the airmen and troops at the base Sure said Maj Gen Lewis H Brerclon but theyre all the guard house1 in Francis Bunzy the unions lo cal president over whom the strike was precipitated will not return to work Bunzy was sus pended June 19 for allegedly en tering a restricted area of the plant The war department after investigation ordered him rein stated but the company agreed only to put him on a suspended status subject to action by the companys disciplinary committee Builds status will be that of i suspended employe until the WLB hears the dispute Burgler Held as Police Climb Trees for Jewelry SEATTLE UR William B Morris 27 a dairy worker was held by police Saturday while officers climbed trees looking for asorted jewelry Morris ques tioned concerning two recent bur glaries told police he took jewel ry from one home and tossed it up in the trees Police recovered several hundred dollars worth of bracelets and necklaces hanging from twigs pilot trainee Mcx Donald Albuquerque N G Harrer flying Buy ttar Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Cooler Saturday afternoon Saturday night and Sunday forenoon IOWA Cooler Saturday and Sal urday night scattered thunder showers southeast portion Sat urday forenoon MINNESOTA Cooler southeast portion continued cool remain der of stale Saturday and Satur day night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday Minimum Friday night At 8 a m Saturday Rain YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 88 55 59 23 inch 75 50 u ncn i tj tlj IIIL cadet Santa Ana Cal and Jerome f Harrer Mason City and a grandmother Mrs Mary Harrer Norton Grove III She also is survived by Dr and Mrs C W Tyler Polk City who reared her following her mothers death Jan 14 1911 Mrs Tyler was a sister of Mrs Hathorns mother Mrs Hatliorn was born at Lake Charles La Jan 11 1311 She was a graduate of Drake univer sity music department at DCS Moines and a member of Alpha Chi Omega and Beta Sigma Phi sororities and the Phoenician club She was a student pilot under her husbands raitiins She taught school five years at An Kcny precedingher marriage She had been a resident of Mason City for the last seven years her home beins at 9 Jack son avenue southwest Funeral arrangements are in complete The Patterson funeral home is in charge FATALITY Capital of Iraq Is Reached in Willkie Trip BAGDAD Willkie arrived Saturday in this capital of Iraq after visits to Egypt Turkey Lebanon and Palestine on a flight which will take him also to Russia and China on a special mission for President Roosevelt Hunt Army Deserter for 2 Slayings ST PAUL federal bu reau of investigation has insti tuted a nationwide hunt Agent Clinton Stein announced Satur day for Robert Taylor Bailey army deserter for questioning in connection with the sex slaying of Uvo sconsin social welfare workers near Tomah Wis this week Stein agent of the FBI in this irea said that J T Peterson banker in LcSuer lind positively identified a photograph of Bailey who deserted from Fort Bragg N Car Sept 1 last as the sol dier who cashed a check last Tuesday after forging the name of one of the two victims Miss Neil Pietrancli 25 Slain with her was Miss Dorothy Baun Their nude bodies were found in the woods early Tuesday Stein said Bailey stole a 45 army revolver No 3041 when he deserted It was his sec ond desertion After bis arrest in Kansas City July 10 last for trespassing he was returned to the army where he served sii months in the guard house He LONDON HEARS ENEMY PUSHED FROM STREETS Enormous Losses Are Suffered by Invaders Russian Reports Say By HARRISOV SALISBURY United Press Staff Correspondent German forces Saturday ap peared to be driving deeper into the Stalingrad defenses with in dications that the most critical hour in the battle for the Volga river key city was at hand W The official Russian com munique indicated no substan tial change in the Stalingrad battle lines in the last 21 hours However a Moscow radio re port heard by the exchange telegraph asency in London said nazi troops had fought their iray into Stalingrads streets and then had been thrown out A German radio report claimed that he red army had been compelled to rclrcat further to the center of the city Estimates indicated the Ger mans had massed a force of pos sibly 1000000 men for the cli max of their drive on Stalingrad They were backed by hundreds of tanks and at least 1000 planes I no exact sue of tlic Russian cle rending army was not known but presumably numbered several hundred thousand troops The nnzi high command re ported that Russian counterat tacks designed to break the weight of the German attack the Volga river also had been arrested for minor violations at Fayetteville Ark and Claiksdale Miss Bailey is 21 He was born at Hattiesburg Miss May 31 1921 Stein said he is five feet 11 inches tall weighs 141 pounds and bas brown hair brown eyes ruddy complexion and is a plumber by trade J F R Stresses Life of Tires When Speed Is Kept at 30 m p h WASHINGTON Roosevelt stressed Saturday a chart showing that tires on a car driven at 30 miles an hour would last twice as long as one driven 50 miles an hour The Baruch rubber investigating committee recommended other things a national speed limit af 35 miles an hour The president has said he would put most of the committees recommendations into effect Monday The chnrt made public by he white house was prepared by the automobile and rubber industries committee of the society of auto motive engineers war board Using 100 as the normal life of a tire it showed that ires driven 20 miles per hour rate 200 or dou ole the normal life at 30 miles ate 140 at 40mile speed is nor nnl at 100 50 miles drop the life o ibout 70 60 miles to SO 70 miles to 30 and 80 miles to 18 fended city had been ore in battles raging the Stalingrad fortilica iowa Soybean Producers Told Theyll Have to Provide Farm Storage DES MOINES J Love and state agricultural adjustment chairman warned owa soybean producers Saturday hat they will have to provide farm storage for a major portion of the states indicated record pro duction of 43336000 bushels of beans In normal times be said elevators terminal warehouses and processing plants could be counted on to store the states soybean production until such a ime as the beans could be handled by the plants but Ihcsc are not Jormal times Not only lias Iowas production of soybeans more than doubled ut also commercial storage facil ties arc filled already to near ca pacity with a bumper crop of vlieat and other small grains ie added Loveland said there is only one ipparent solution to the problem ind that is the provision of a maximum amount of farm stor age space for he beans 2 SUNK YORK MVA German roadcast heard here by CBS at nbuted to the Japanese Saturday i claim that their submarines ank two United States transports vitn 4000 men aboard in the Tas rian sea between Australia and Mew Zealand The report had no onfirmalion among tions Moscow dispatches emphasized the heavy pressure of more than 1000 German planes many tanks and a huge attacking force A report from the usually un reliable Vichy radio attributed to Ankara said that the Ger mans had crossed the at some unspecified point on the Stalingrad front Moscow revealed that the Rus sians have launched another di versionary attack apparently oE considerable strength in the Leningrad area Soviet troops were said to have advanced six miles in a smash at Cingavino sit miles south of Schlussclburg if Declare Nazis Losses Terrific By ROGER D GREENE Associated Press AVar Editor Soviet dispatches pictured Ger man losses before Stalingrad as among the wars greatest Satur day with the invaders at times walking kneedeep in blood and at midday the Russian high command indicated that the reel armies had held their lines with out a backward step for more than 24 hours Frontline reports to Red Star the soviet armv newspaper sairf nazi Field Marshal Fcdor von Bock had sacrificed 1500 men and 30 tanks in a series of sev en vain assaults ajainst a Rus sianheld settlement west of the Volga metropolis Under orders to fight to he death the Russians were officially declared to have beaten oft Ger man attacks west and northwest of the city and the noon commu nique added Southwest of Stalingrad fierce fighting continues In broari terms German field headquarters reported merely that heavy fighting was continuing within the fortifications of Stalin grad and declared that soviet relief attacks had been repulsed Red Star said the flower ot German aviation had been sent into the climactic assault on Slal mgrad and hat 300 nazi bombers pounded Russian positions in a single attack While Hie picture as a whole appeared brighter the Russians made no attempt to minimize the CNtrctnc danger Soviet dispatches said the Ger mans were throwing as many as 50000 troops into narrow sectors and that enemy forces massing north of the city suggested that General von Bock might be pre paring still another offensive So far it was said this threat has been held off by Russian ar tillery but German reinforcements were reported moving up in a steady stram Nowhere was there a report of a major breakthrough Meanwhile the first snows of approaching winter felt in Ihc ;