The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 3, 1945 · Page 14
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January 3, 1945

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 14

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14 Yamashita May Launch Counter Drive By DEWTT MACKENZIE Associated Press War Analyst _ The Marshal von Rundstedt of the Philippines is bull-voiced and bull-headed General Yamashila, the Japanese commander in chief, ! who is showing signs of intending to emulate his hazi opposite i In Europe and i launch a coun- f i t e r - d r i v e ' j against General i M a o A r t hur-- and our newly I acquired p o s i- I tion on strategic ! Mindoro island -- is . likely to be MACKEZIE an early objective. The battle of the Philippines archipelago is rushing towards its crisis, and the MacArthur-Niiriitz MASON GITY GLOBE-GAZETTE partnership is crowding the Jap invaders hard. Yamashila has · sworn'.to force MacArthur to surrender unconditionally, and there's no doubt that the war-lord means business. Yamashita isn't to be regarded lightly, for he's one of the outstanding generals of our time. Don't forgel that it was he who made that sensational drive down through the jungles of the Malay peninsula, clearing out the British ana finally capturing the "impregnable" base of Singapore early in the war. I . As recently appointed commander- in the Philippines, .Yamashita is the mikado's, right arm. for these" islands are the key to victory The general is showing particular concern over the new American acquisition -- air bases on the southern end of Mindoro, which nestles up against the main island of Luzon. These bases place our air power with less than halt an hour's flight of Manila. The significance of the winning of this base on Mindoro was gravely noted in Tokyo at the time. The widely read newspaper Asahi warned the public that an American victory on Mindoro would give WOLFS the United States forces "full control of tomorrow's military-situation." ' ' . . . .' · ' Now American bombers based on Mindoro are .sweeping- all Luzon in force. aiacArthur's intention to invade Luzon, for the final great engagement of the Philippine battle, is au open book. As a natural curallafy we see Yamashita carrying out military operations on southern Luzon--only a stone's throw, so to speak, from Mindoro --with the apparent, design of-trying to 'oust MacArthur's forces from'the smaller island. 'Of course an attack on our Mindoro .base isn't the.only offensive Yamashita'h'as'iri mind, but if he's going to carry out that attempt he may be expected to strike soon so as not to give the Americans further time to i build up their strength. Actually MacArthur was able to announce only 3 days after his invasion of Mindoro that "our hold on the southern part of the island is now secure." Naturally his position has been greafly reinforced. The Impending crisis of the battle of the Philippines will produce some of the bloodiest fighting ol the: bitter war in the Pacific. Ad OVERCOATS MEN! NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY AN OVERCOAT You will seldom hove the opportunity to get values like -These: Because of our annual clear away sale we offer you your choice of one:- group which includes, ulsters, raglan ' ! .Lhesterfield and other styles in tweeds, worsteds etc-' -Don t wait, see them tomorrow. · ' · - . ' Regular 19.75 Regular 29.75 Regular 35.00 Regular 42.50 Regular 60.00 Now 14.50 Now 19.75 Now 24.75 Now 32.50 Now 45.00 Clearance of This group of suits taken from our regular . stock and . now priced for clearance. Goad selection of styles and materials, all priced at figures that mean super savings for you. See them tomorrow--we have your size. OFF SHOP EARLY COR THESE WEARABLE WONDERS In this group of Topcoats you'll find extra warmth extra lightness and extra wear--plus disrinctive style and fabrics. Don t miss your once-a-year opportunity to make a real saving. BOYS' OVERCOATS and FINGERTIPS Boys, stop in tomorrow and see this group of fine overcoats and finger tips. The sizes range from 10 (o 20 ONE-FOURTH OFF NOW NOW _ Reg. Reg. D Reg. 7 NOW Reg. 59 - 00 I If 50 NOW 29 OPEN AN ACCOUNT Men's LEATHER JACKETS irroup. lUosf all sizes. While hcjr last ONE-FOURTH OFF WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1945 miral Niriiitz, naval chief in the Pacific, is optimistic but realistic. He has made it clear .trial rough going is just ahead. The admiral, just back at Pearl Harbor after inspecting . forward areas in the fighting zone, told a press conference that landings on the China coast remain high on the allied plans. He added the highly important remark that Japanese tenacity makes it necessary !o contemplate invasion of Japan itself. Success in the Philippines is the prelude to the grand finale. Iowa Motor Vehicle Registrations Show 17,586 Drop in Year Des Moines, (£)--Motor vehicle registrations in Iowa for 1944 numbered 793,015, a decline of 17,586 from the previous year, Dale Shaw, state, superintendent of motor registrations, reported Tuesday. Receipts dropped 5378,166 from 1943 to $11,735,970 in 1944. The major drop, Shaw said, was in automobile registrations \yhich declined 17,166. Truck registrations were slightly higher while motorcycles and trairers dropped, slightly. Allison--Dotha Stackhouse returned from the. Hampton hospital Saturday where she was a -"·'"" ' for 6 days. - , . FRANCE PLANS TO NATIONALIZE ITS SHIP LINES Nation Now Has .Only . One-Twentieth of Its 1939 Merchant Fleet Paris, (U.PJ--France now has at her exclusive disposal only about 150,000 tons of merchant shipping, which is one-twentieth of her entire merchant fleet in 1939. It-totaled then r 2,900,000 tons. This extraordinary low figure is due to the fact that part of the fleet has been sunk or destroyed, and another part either is used by the allies or has been requisitioned by foreign countries such as Japan and the Argentine republic. It is confirmed that 800,000 tons of French merchant vessels have been -destroyed; although the fate 'of 1,000,000 tons, remains uncertain, loss of A the greater portion of this latter tonnage is probable. Thus there are still ,1,100,000 tons of French merchant shipping afloat, But 850,000 tons being used by the allied navies, and 100,000 tons held in Japanese and Argentine ports, it means France has practically no merchant marine at present. . . . , . ' ; . The reconstruction o f - a merchant fleet is one of the major problems the French government will face as soon as it becomes materially possible to tackle it. French shipowners' are anxious to have a free hand but. Minister of Transport Rene' Mayer announced the government contemplates nationalization of regular lines. Accordingly,' cargoes having no fixed itineraries and tramp steamers .can continue in the hands of; private concerns, but instead of .continuing to cash big government subsidies, the other companies must fall under direct' state administration. ' Minister Mayer said that 1 or 2 "societies of public service" will be formed to operate in accordance with the'different conditions of administration. At least 2 organizations will function, 1 for north and south Atlantic traffic, aud another for the Mediterranean and far eastern traffic. These societies will be under strict Rovernment control, but organized on a commercial basis. Until nationalization can be accomplished, a provisional committee will replace the-boards-of administration in- the subsidized companies: This committee is to include civil servants, union delegates a n d representatives of technicians in _the shipbifllding industry, all of whom will be designated b'y the minister and trans- port. The" committee will administer the fleet belonging ,to each subsidized company, control the company itself, and prepare 'the organization of (he Society of Public. Service. In suite of that prospect, French shipowners are planning for postwar purposes a closer co-operation between sea and air transport. Many feel that such cooperation can be developed much more than it has been in the past. As early as 1935, .one'"French company doubled its merchant traffic on the line from French Senegal to Congo, using transport planes for that purpose. It was quite successful, and the combined sea and air services on the same line worked smoothly under the same management. More services of this nature may be started. There has been no fresh development in the question of French ships requisitioned by the A r g e n t i n e government. The French companies owning these ships have adopted the De Gaulle g9vernment point of view and expressed their opinion that the 3 ships held in the Argentine should be returned to their French owners. It is probable that this question will come up again shortly. Kensett -- Mrs. Orland Tenold and daughter, Faye, of Kensett, will return this week from Williamsburg where they have been visiting relative Yank Wins Cluster to ^\ Air Medal An 8th Air Force Bomber Station, England--Sgt. James J. Moove erf Spirit Lake, Iowa, 22 year old waist gunner on the crew of a B-17 Flying i Fortress, has recently been · awarded an oak leaf cluster.to the air medal. He won the decoration for. "courage, coolness and skill" and his outstanding performance of. duty during a number of 8th air force attacks on German war targets. Before entering the army air forces in February, 1943, he was employed by the Hunter Flying service of Vernoh, Tex., as a mechanic. Sgt. Moore .is the son of Mrs. Lona M. Moere o£ Spirit Lake. The gunner won his wings at Las Vegas gunnery school in December, 1943. He is now a member of the 486th Bomb, group, a unit of the 3rd bombardment division', the division cited by the president for its historic shuttle bombing of the Messerschmitt plant at Regens-" burg, Germany. · A volcano,- located at Colima, Mexico,, produces ice. Hailstones fall^ continuously around this seething crater and are sold to distant towns by the rtati ·-WOLFS-- C 0 A T CLEARANCE BEAUTIFUL FUR-TRIMMED WINTER COATS An exceptionally fine group of luxury-furred coats-- now priced at a savings of one-third. Finest all wool fabrics--best of tailoring and the fine$t °f fur trim. Most all styles and sizes. REDUCED ONE-THIRD OFF One,Group of New Winter COATS Values to 30.00 $ Large Groups of Ladies' SWEATERS SKIRTS PURSES SLACKS Most All Sizes DRESS 200 Dresses EEEESE 1 CLEARMCJ Hurry--Every one's a Beauty, every one a Real Bargain. Think of it 200 W.nter Dresses at just one-half price. Th« is the only time of the year you will f,nd such values. You've every reason to be here when our doors open tomorrow. Stop in, see for yourself the wonderful values being offered^ durmg^our January Clearance Sale. Yes, open an account--your HALF-PRICE S U I T Your Choice CLEARANCE PRICE Here's the event you have been waiting for all season--actually more thrilling than you ever dreamed it could be. You must see these beautiful two and three piece suits tomorrow--they're sure to go fast at one-half price. Half-Price Three and Two Piece Suits WERWOLF SONS FUR C O A T S SAVE! up to $60.00

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