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SAVE ME--I AM PAPER-- I Am Ammunition For War-- Don't Waste or Throw Me Avray D E P A R T M E N T O F H I S T O f t Y AND AN OC« HOIIIS I THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION imnn Associated Pr«4» and UnilwS Press full Leased Wire* {Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITX, IOWA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 1941 ·This Paper Consists at Two Sections--Section On* NO.- 91 IS SENT DOWN IY BRITISH SUB Victory Within Few Hundred Miles of Singapore Reported London, (U.R) -- A British sub- Inarine. penetrating to within a ew hundred miles of Singapore ank a 5,100-ton Japanese cruisei ji the northern approaches to Malacca Straits, the admiralty an- lounced Friday in a communique liat in effect proclaimed this lountry a full partner in the Pa- lific sea war. The cruiser, of the 2! year old class, was blasted to the Cast at 2 in City Election Mason City voters had cast 1,979 votes at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon in the question of abandonment of the city manager form of government. The figure compares with 2,422 cast at the same hour in the regular city election of 1933 when Mason City's record municipal vote was cast. The vote by precincts at o'clock with comparative figure for 1943, 1939 and 1933 was follows: Free. 2p 1W 1W IP, 2W 2P, 2W P, 3W P, 3W P, 4W P, 4W 1914 250 218 373 235 240 262 240 161 ttom of the Bay of Bengal with torpedo hits from a submarine Operating under the command of the "chief of the eastern fleet," be admiralty said. The same submarine also sank large Japanese supply ships, the fcommunique added, but did not ipecify the 'locale of these sink- The communique provided the Itirst official mention in recenl nonths of a British "eastern fleet" in- of British naval units operating as far afield as the northern ·approaches to the Malacca Straits livhich separate Singapore and the iMalay states from the -Dutch is- iand of Sumatra, with the excep- [lion of a tew Australian warships co-operating with the U. S. navy The action bore out unofficia Jreports of the shift ot considerabl Ifiritish naval units to the eastern ·theater, where they presumably twill operate under the over-all di Irection of Admiral Lord Loui JMountbatten, supreme allied com [mander for southeastern Asia. The sinkings increased to 211 I the number of Japanese warships, land to-an-even 1.000 the number I of mil types of Japanese ships, sunk by the allies since the start of the. I war. The Knma class warship was I the 55th cruiser to be sent to the I bottom. at 8 p. m. The Kuma class originally comprised S cruisers, all built in 1920 and 1921. but some presumably [have been sunk by. American' i planes or naval units. Each had a normal^complemeht of 439 officers and.men-- - .··.'.'-,· · · - - - - i ; i .. ThV admiralfy · sajd -the;'cruiser[ was sightect.'.in;'company .\yjtii a I destroyer, presumably between [Malaya and Sumatra on.the north- J e r r i ' approaches to the Malacca [Straits. "Proceeding at .maximum speed, jhis majesty's submarine closed to 1 within a mile of the enemy, when salvo of torpedoes was fired," [ the communique said. "Two hits were observed on the [cruiser. Which sank. An ineffec- Itive counterattack by the escort- ling Japanese destroyer then de- |vcloped." The communique gave no de- It ails of the sinking of the 3 Japanese supply ships. It said the victorious submarine was commanded by Lt. Comdr. L. W. A. Ben- Inington, holder- of the distinguish- led service cross and distinguished [service order. Naval sources said the sinkings I marked a comeback for the roya I navy in the far east, where Brit- lish naval fortunes reached a low I ebb following the sinking of the |35,00b-ton Prince of Wales and [other units. It was only ·with the [greatest effort that Admiral Si I James F. Somerville, commande I in the far east, scraped togethe I a small force when the Japancs I threatened lo invade India in 11942. The allied conquest of the Med I iterranean, plus the sinking o the 26,000-ton Schamhorst in, th I Arctic ocean, reduced the Germa | sea menace in the west and per milted a further shift of nava strength to the eastern theater. With the acquisition of, Italia and French warships and the con slant building of new vessel Britain can be expected to ex pand her striking forces in th east rapidly, informants said. 1933 350 250 425 274 345 300 235 133 1913 115 74 173 69 164 104 134 ,55 HEAVIEST RAID RIPS BERLIN 193 132 93 257 110 175 140 165 84 Totals 1,979 2,422 888 1,156 The vote in 1933, when the "new deal" council was elected after he hottest fight in the city's po- itical history. 1 was 5,661. If voles during the remainder of the day are proportionate with those cast before 2 p. m., Friday's total was Resuits Will Be Aired Over KGLO Special news bulletins, reporting progress in tabulation of results and the trend at the time of broadcast, will be aired by station KGLO at 8:30, 9. "9:30 and 10 o'clock Friday night. If election returns are hot complete by 10:20 they will be broadcast as soon as available. REDS ROLL ON IN ATTEMPT TO TRAP GERMANS Dispatches Indicate Large Nazi Force Is Facing Disaster London, (.'P)--Russia's northern armies, engaged in 2 tremendous drives which in 6 days have lifted the 2-year siege of Leningrad, captured the ancient bastion ot Novgorod and slain 40,000 Germans, rolled on Friday in an effort to complete the entrapment of upwards of 250,000 other Germans remaining in the Leningrad sector. Dispatches from Moscow indicated the Germans were facing one of iheir worst disasters since Stalingrad and the Moscow radio declared jubilantly. The Germans have been driven 2,576 Tons Fall on City; Big U. S. Force Rips "Rocket" Coast London, (AP)-- The RAF's heavy Lancastcrs and Hali- faxes smashed at Berlin with over 2,300 long tons (2,576 U. S. tons) of bombs in the greatest of. the 11 bluws at the -- - *veich's capital city at dusk ' Thursday night, and Friday American heavy b o m b e r s launched attacks on the mysterious targets of the Pas-de- Calais area of France. The air ministry, announcing the sreat weight of explosives expected to be about 4,500. This is somewhat lighter than had been expected by some forecasters. far away from Leningrad. German forces are bleeding profusely. They are panic-stricken u n d e r the threatening tcuacle of a mighty soviet army of retribution." Capture of Novgorod, 100 miles southeast of Leningrad, by troops of Gen. K. A. Meretskov's army opened the road to Lake Peipus and southern Estonia. The city hac The total vote in other munici- j t, een i n German hands since Aug- pal elections included 2,802 1,943, 762 in 1941; 3,691 in 1939. Heaviest vote in a municipal election customarily is after 2 p. m., particularly in the late afternoon and evening. The polls close The polling places are located as follows: · 1st ward, 1st precinct--School administration building. 1st ward,-. 2nd-precinct--Mason City Lumber..company-. house. . . 2nd ward, 2nd precinct--McKinley school. 3rd ward, 1st precinct--Lapiner garage. 3rd ward, 2nd precinct--Roosevelt elementary school. 4th ward, 1st precinct--S R arage. 4th ward, 2nd precinct--Mason ity Motor Coach company. Soldier Vote Compromise Wins Support Washington, (fP)--The congressional log jam on soldier voting showed signs of breaking up Fri- WOUNDED REMOVED FROM CAPE GLOUCESTER--Wounded American invaders of Cape Gloucester, New Britain island, are lifted by litter from a jeep at bow door of a coast guard manned landing craft for trans-shipment to a place for further treatment. Wounded were placed in landing craft officers' wardroom which was converted into tin emergency hospital. Says Husband Locked ier in Home Without ·ood and Disappeared Chicago, (U.R) -- Mrs. Theresa Spellman, 30, rallying at St. Cathrine's hospital from shock anc mnger, told police Friday of be- ng locked in her home without ood by her husband who has disappeared. Police were searching for John Spellman, 40, a war worker, who las not reported at his job since Jan. 13, the day that he beat hi wife, forced her to drink severa glasses of wine,- then left he locked in their home. Mrs. Spellman broke a windp\ in the home Wednesday night ah attracted the attention of a t a x i cab driver who took her to th hospital where she was so wca that she could not stand wilhou support. ust. 1941. Other red army forces operating in the Leningrad sector under Gen Leonid A. Govorov were reportec to have encircled large units o enemy troops caught in the 5 | square mile Strelna corridor, run ning north from Uie Krasnoye Sel sector to the Gulf of Finland These troops face certain captur or annihilation, Moscow dispatche said. ; · Go voro v's armjes,Jhese dispatcl for approximately 250,000 Germans fighting southeast of Leningrad. The soviet war bulletin said spearheads, .of Govorov's forces were less than 9 miles from Krasho- gvardeisk, rail junction directly south of Leningrad, through which most of the threatened enemy ·oops -would be forced lo with- raw toward Estonia in order to scape capture. Govorov scaled off the Strelna orridor at a point 20 miles south- vest of Leningrad after seizing he town of Strelna itself, 5 miles southeast of Pelerhof and 10 miles cross the bay from Leningrad, the lussian communique said. Merelskov's troops were push- rig westward from Novgorod in pursuit of the fleeing garrison and atest reports placed them more han 10 miles along the roads to Estonia. Of this victory, the Moscow radio said: "Falling back hastily they (the Germans) cannot hope to stem the onslaught of our troops, nor stand up to "the deluge o£ artillery fire rained upon their heads." In addition to the 40.000 Germans which the Russians said they had slain, 4.000 more were reported captured. Govorov's men accounted for 25,000 of the slain enemy troops, the other 15.000 dying in the storming of Novgorod by Meretskov,'s troops on the Vol- khov front. French Threaten to Outflank Nazi "Gustav Line" Defense Allied Headquarters, Algiers, (fl't--French troops, crossing the Rapklo river in difficult mountain fighting, have captured the foot of Mt II Lago. north ot Cassino. and arc threatening to o u t f l a n k ihe Germans' -'Gustav line" of defense in Italy, allied headquarters announced Friday. British forces of the 5th army, supported by the f i r e of cruisers and destroyers, smashed forward along the Appian Way, capturing Minturno, 76 miles from Rome, and taking 300 prisoners. They are assaulting the twin nazi defensive villages of Castelforte and Ventosu on the.slopes of 1,000-foot Mt. Santi Cosina E Dammno, 6 miles -·*· In weather which German pris- lers described as "worst than eningrad," American patrols of U Gen. RJark ^V.' Clark's 5th i rnnrrsia!slie«^ri«oss^rsrivcr-:?!e-ih HANRAHftN DIES OF PNEUMONIA Harman Acting Head of Iowa Navy Pre-Flight · Iowa'City, (Pj--Capt. David C. Hanrahan, (38, pioneer naval avia- hurled down on the German capital, indicated that the attack was made by the biggest fleet yet sent against Berlin since the campaign day after the senate elections to erase the city was launched Z committee came out with a com- moll ths ago. promise bill providing for a uni- On tne ^asis 0 £ the previously form federal ballot but leaving unnoLm ced figures Friday night's u n d e r raiding force probably numbered around 800 4-engined planes. The attack, it was officially announced, extended over 30 minutes, giving the huge bomb con- surc, and its co-sponsor, Senator centration of about 77 tons a min- Lucas (D.-I11.), predicted it would be passed by the senate, which earlier rejected another federal ballot plan and substituted a re- uirement that service personnel ast state absentee ballots or none t all As ' re-drafted, the bill omits ontrovcrsial sections v o i d i n 3 Germany say the progressive^ m- Uite poll tax and registration re- tensity of the RAF's air raids on liiirements. In addition, it sp ecit- Berlin is reflected "en in the cally provides that duly consti- way Berlmers vote-cotinting authority state control. Several staunch senate defend- j ers of states' rights swung quickly behind Hie compromise mci-| inland from the Tyrrhenian. Buy War Savings Bonds an Stamps from your Globe-Gaiett carrier boy. "^-.--.r 11 - i-" 5 - .. · iir" - --.·· IS INTERNED Held in Switzerland Under Police Watch Bern, Switzerland. IIP)--Count- ess Edda Ciano, daughter of Bcnito Vlussolini and widow of the former Italian foreign minister, is in- :erncd in Switzerland under strict police watch along with her 3 children, it was officially announced Friday. The countess took refuge in Switzerland Jan. 0, the day aftei the trial of Count Ciano on charges of treason was started at Verona She was placed in internment immediately- Her children arrived 3 days later when it was announced that Ciano had been exe. cuted for voting with 18 othe: members of the fascist grand council to oust Mussolini from tlv dictatorship last July. The Swiss announced that Din Alfieri, former Italian ambassa dor to Germany and also con demned to death in absentia a the Verona trials, had crossed int Switzerland last October. ', Because of the death sentenc against him. the Swiss revoked fo the time being an order that h leave Switzerland as soon as h health is restored. He was place in a hospital immediately upon h a r r i v a l in Switzerland and is no The Russians reported the cap- lure of .265 guns on the Leningrad sector since Jan. 14. including 85 heavy siege guns which had been shelling the city. at a clinic. Q J Niaht" t o «wvu i ^ i y i i i »v» ^ HoDG I OU SurVIVG , Stockholm, (/P)-- Travelers from tell in each othei war they , * · · .'--r-j. -,~ ;;-^,~ - - · JV;-.'.', W Cassino -in probing, ons and retired. Eighth army pa- ols likewise were active in wea- hcr that was growing, colder. Although the French push -from aplured Sant' Elia, north of Casno, if continued would allow hem to lake Cassino from the ear, German prisoners said there ·as another German line of for- fications called the "Adolf Hiter line." G miles behind the Gus- iv belt which the allies are now ttacking. For the first lime in many veeks cruisers and destroyers of he British navy engaged in heavy ction against nazi shore defenses long the western end of the line, hrowing several hundred rounds of steel ahead of the 5th army at- ack last Tuesday and Wednesday.. The heaviest shelling wab concentrated on the Appian Way where the road runs close to the sea near the village of Terracina Minturno was taken by the British after "hard fighting." the communique said. The German already had announced evacua lion of the town.'' The British attack on Castcl forte and Vcntosa was in a sec tor approximately 2 miles beyonc the Garigliano and about ti mile i n l a n d . H was around Castclfort Hint the Germans apparently ha b u i l t their most formidable dc tenses in the const:il sector. The launched several strong counterattacks in this sector but all were repulsed. lor and commandant of the Iowa navy pro-flight school, died unexpectedly of pneumonia Thursday afternoon. He had been in the hospital only slightly over a day Cmdr. Harvey Harmon, director of athletics at the base and. rank -teE-^n^rc^JICTcr^.-teoitisaVCTirFrt day as" a'cting commandant. Captain Hanrabah. a salty figure known affectionately at the school ns "The Skipper," was a veteran of 32 years of navy service and his activities covered many elds of naval operations. He was one of the first advo- otes of the pre-flight school sys- em of training and came here in April, 1942 when the Iowa estab- ishmcnt was set up as the first of Is kind in the country. The range of Captain Hanra- lan's experiences included combat eslroycr duly in 1917. command of the northern bombing squad- on in France later in World War and various assignments in dip- determine w h e t h e r service men or women are quali- ;ied to vote. Now the expression I used is "bleib uebrig." which Senator Tydings (D.-Md.) hailed freely translated means "hope you t^|| ic latter provision as a ."great survive. _ . - · · ' 'f£.c\sfj pro- for states' rights advo- I " :--'--r' the cates. He said the local control I ute--less than the record of, 87 amendment would give state and 1 tons a minute set in the Brunswick precincts officials..all .the author-I attack, of Jajn. : 11. . .. . . . . . 'its^Ti*\^-vr(*^~r^^enfm ce-^stataT i ^'Oif"a J '^eSfr6as' altjfckttiriHtTJnJli^" Nov. 22, Berlin received a ' l i k ^ bath of fire when 2,300 long tons were dropped. The new attack on German military installations in France started at dawn with streams of RAF fighter-bombers and fighters streaking across the channel. Soon afterward great formations of V. S. fortresses and liberators, escorted by thunderbolts and light- nings, droned across the 20-mile streicli of water, returning in mid- afternoon. They took more than a half hour to cross the coast. Meanwhile fleet marauder mediums, escorted by RAF spitfires, swept across to pelt more Ions oE omalic fields. He wcnl tu sea in 1898 after he vas graduated from the naval academy :lt Annapolis. His assignments in the year that followed ncludcd many responsible posts at sea and at naval shore establishments. He was awarded the distinguished service medal for his destroyer and aviation services. After the first world war he commanded the cruiser Galveston and later [itted out the light cruiser Omaha and assumed command when she was commissioned. Captain I t a n r a h a n retired Oct. 1. iy2K. but was recalled lo acitivc d u l y in August. 1941. and ordered lo London ns a naval observer. His next assignment was to Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at election statutes. · Senator . Connally (D.-Texas) long a foe of federal legislation to repeal state poll taxes,: expressed a similar view. Approved 12 to 2 by the committee, with Senators Revercomb (R.-W. Va.) and Moore (K.-Okla.) opposing, the bill authorizes a federal ballot under which service men at home or overseas could vote for president, vice president or members of congress by writing in names of candidates o. political parties. It directs the army and navy to distribute where practicable postcard forms on which application could be made for state absentee ballots for voting for stale and local candidates. A 4-membcr bipartisan federal ballot commission would be appointed by the president, but its authority would be limited to preparing the federal ballot form and co-operating with the army bombs on a ontory of forest-dolled prom- approximalely 50 and navv in getting the ballots distributed to service personnel throughout the world. JAJCE RETAKEN BY JUGOSLAVS Partisans Re-Form and Roilt German Forces London, (U.R -- Jugoslav partisans under ^{arshal Josip (Tito) Brozovich tyave recaptured the Bosnian stronghold of Jajce. scat of their provisional government, a communique announced Friday. Other partisan units have cleared the first German Alpine divisiofi- and a motorized division from the arca-between Glamoc, 28 miles southwest of Japce, and Mrkonicgrad, reducing the enemy threat to Jajce from the south. German units fought their way into Prozor. 40 miles southeast of Jajce, but were driven out after luffering heavy losses. Jajce was captured by the Germans at the climax of a heavy offensive more than to week ago, but the partisans re-formed and routed the enemy. Strychnine Found in Pigeons in New York New York, IIP)--Strychnine was reported Friday the cause of death Thursday of a flock of St. Patrick's Cathedral pigeons as more dead birds were found in the city. Traces 'of the poison were found in 4 of the 21 pigeons which fell dead on 5th avenue Thursday to the consternation o! strollers. Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Fair Friday night and Saturday: somewhat colder Fri- clav night; lowest temperature in Mason C i t y ' a b o u t 16; fresh to strong winds Friday, diminishing Friday; night. Iowa: Fair Friday night and Saturday. Slightly .colder night. Mild Saturday. Frida; Judge Gets Only "Bare Necessities" on $10,000 New York. (U.W -- Magistrate Ambrose J. Haddock, in sentencing a meal dealer to jail for violating ceiling prices, said: "The cost of living is so high any salarj is almost nothing to me today nnd confines me to the barest neccssi- . ... -- . -- -- lies How can other people who (he navy base here at '-! p. m. Sun- I m a k e fal - less livc today at all?" tions. ing to naval rcgula- Airfields Near Rome day. The funeral, which will be Ar.f.i,, Aro AttftrJfPfl i c p c " to Ulc )ublic ' w i l l . b c c ° n - r\.yttlll r\i e /i.C*tWCrvc.lt- ducted accordn Allied Headquarters, Algiers. (If) --Heavy and medium bombers igain conccnlratcd on German airfields and communications in central Italy, flying fortresses and ibernlors s t r i k i n g damaging slows at Ciampino and Centocelle airfields near Rome for the 2nd day in succession, and blasting Guidonia airfield. 14 miles northeast of Rome, as well. Invader dive-bombers and marauders teamed up to attack the airfield and railroad yards at Vilcrbo, 40 miles northwest of Rome, while fighter-bombers and light bombers, escorted by h u n - dreds of fighters siipporlcd the 5lh army attack. RAF Wellingtons bombed the rail line at Leghorn heavily al night. American Mitchells raided the railway and highway .near Carsoli, 31 miles cast of Rome. Over the Adriatic RAF kitty- hawks loft 2 German ships ablaze off tile Jugoslav coasts. The lack of enemy fighler op- Haddock's salary is $10,000 a year. square miles which a few years ago was a favorite terminus of channel swimmers. This was the first big raid on the so-called "rocket gun coast" since the all-out attack by a combined allied force a week ago. Friday's assault was the 3rd time a month that fortresses and liberators have been used to hit the area. It was possible that 2,000 tons of bombs crashed down on the Pas-Dc-Calais area Friday, which with the RAF's total at Berlin would brin:; the allied bomb weight cast on the' enemy ill less than 24 hours to around 1.500 Ions. The massive l l t h blow in the 2- month battle of Berlin was struck by a procession of 4-cngincd bombers which took of£ almost in daylight and took three-quarters' of an hour to cross the channel on the 600-mile flight to central Ger- niany, Thcy began their thunderous I Minnesota: Fair and cold B'riday I position was illustrated by the night, becoming partly cloudy f a c t that Capl. Harold L. Buscn- Prairie Fire Sweeps Over 5 Cars Which Collided; 2 Are Dead Hishmorc, S. D a k . . iiP\ -Whipped by high winds, a midwinter prairie fire swept over 5 automobiles which collided in smoke along a country dirl road iiciir here laic Thursday, leaving 2 dead ;md 5 others badly burned and injured. All the cars were rushing from surrounding f a r m s and towns to iielp quell the blaze, thought to nave started when a farmer's automobile backfired. The order of collision had not been clearly established. Firemen from Miller, Higlimore a n d ' R c c Heights joined the estimated 500 persons who battled the furious flames which threatened farm and ranch buildings. CONSERVE BEET MOLASSES Washington, «)--In an effort j hammcl . ing ~ al the j r target at 7 p. "' m.. and returned before' midnight with 35 bombers missing to conserve beet molasses, the current crop of which is estimated lo be 35 per ccnl short, the war production board Friday prohibited its use in mixed feed for livestock. Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. ENDANGERS NAZI FORCE--The fall of the German- fortified bastion of Novgorod after a 6-day onslaught by the Russians in the northern sector of the Russo-Gcrman battlefront has imperiled German forces in the Leningrad area in danger of being outflanked. and mild Saturday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics: Maximum Thursday 51 Minimum Thursday night 29 At 8 a. m. Friday 30 YEAR A~G£5Y "''-· Maximum . . 15 M i n i m u m : . Minus 4 barger of Osborn. Ohio, operations officer for an A-36 invader squadron, w a s ' credited with shooting down Ihe only German plane seen during 90 minutes of attacks on military targets in the Rome area. FILES YACHT CLAIM DCS Moincs, (IP)--George O'Dea ot Des Moincs has filed suit in federal court claiming 523,500 for his 55 foot yacht taken over from its Mississippi river berth at Davenport in 1942 for use by the coast ' guard under provisions of the Buy War Savings Bonds and merchant marine act. O'Dea de- Slamps from your Globc-Gaictlc clined an SROOO government of- froiji this and other operations. The great Berlin raid, the first since the night ot Jan. 2 on that objective, sent huge fires raging through the capital' where three- fourths of the important facilities already are believed to have been . destroyed. U proved lo be another illustration of the.RAF's remarkable b u 11 s e y c bombardments through clouds. The clouds blocked the defend] ers' searchlights, and blanketed a ;ood portion of their fighters. · But Swedish reports said rc- | inforccd German anti-aircraft bat- 1 Icries put up an unprecedented ! barrage and the RAF suffered the I second highest loss of the Berlin campaign. The RAF's record bomb load of 1 the war was 2,500 long tons I dumped on Hannover on Sepl. 22 by 700 to 750 bombers. ! A total of around 16,000 tons ! of explosives now has been hurled ] upon the cily since the start of sustained effort to eliminate the German capital. The RAF's first reports of the raid echoed with a grim refrain. The air ministry communique said "large fires were left burn- carricr boy. for. Your newspaper boy is not required to carry a Globe-Gazelle ing. height." smoke rising lo a great q u r e o carry a o - . , to anyone who owes him more Indefatigable t w i n - e n g i n e d mosquitos at the same time laid than 40e

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