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18 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 1945 Uncle Sam Not Too Busy to Answer Requests About One of Millions of Fighters The United States government is a pretty big institution with plenty of details to.take care of during these war days--but not too busy to reach down and give extensive individual attention to the request of a father for information about his son wounded in battle. That is what Harry Halkis, operator of the United Fruit store in'Mason City, is thinking these days. "My boy is only one of millions on the fighting fronts," he said. "My inquiries were promptly answered by 2 ot the biggest departments in Washington." Mr. Halkis then displayed letters and telegrams. This is the story they told: 'On Jan. io, Mr. Halkis sent the following telegram to Henry Mor- gepthau, Jr., secretary of the treasurer: Â· "I, as a food merchant, have contributed to the war effort 100 per cent. In my little place of business have sold almost-a half million dollars worth of war bonds '.'Jan. -T, 1945, I received a telegram from war department in. forming me that my son, ftc. John _H. Halkis,. was wounded in action Dec. 23, 1914, somewhere in ^Germany. "I do feel that I should get* some consideration from the war department as to the condition of my son." ; Three days later he received the following letter from R. W. Coyne, field director, 'war. finance divi-- siori, Washington, D. C.: "This will acknowledge your telegram of Jan. 10 to Secretary Divorce Bill Reported Out by Committee Des Moiues, (Â£")--A 5-part di^ vorce bill was reported out by a senate judipiary committee Tuesday and Senator Frank C. Byers (R-Cedar Rapids) said it would be introduced soon in the upper chamber. ' . Â· One measure would provide interlocutory decrees. At present an Iowa divorce becomes final when the decree is filed. .Under the pro. posed p'rovision, no divorce decree would become final until 6 months after the hearing. The bill also would, incorporate separate maintenance actions in the divorce laws, provide that final hearing of a divorce case could not be held until 30 days alter the filing date, allow courts to appoint trustees for handling alimony and child support receipts and allow divorce case transcripts to be sealed. The house social security committee reported it was studying a bill to allow increased payments to cases receiving aid under the aid to dependent children program set up by the 1913 general assembly. The measure would raise the maximum payment to one child from $15 to $18 .a month and for a 2nd child, from $10 to $12. The bill also would eliminate the maximum per case. The law now provides that grants to Â· one family may not total more than $50 a month. - ' Funds for the program as set up by the last legislature are provided half by the federal govern- ment, and one-fourth each by the state and counties. Senator Robert Keir (R-Spencer) said the senate school code committee" planned to introduce this week the first of the 20 school code proposals. It would re-organize the state department of public instruction. A $450,000 claim by Mrs. Johanna Kalleneyne charged her health was damaged by improper treatment at the Mount Pleasant State hospital. She has been discharged from the institution. NAVY BOMBER CRASHES New York, (U.PJ--A. twin-en- gined navy patrol bomber on an operational flight from Floyd Bennett field with 9 men aboard, crashed into Jamaica bay' Wednesday. One crew member was killed, another seriously injured, and 3 were reported missing. Names were withheld, pending notification of : nex't of kin. Mars Force * Defending * Burma Road Itfyitkyina. Burma, flJ.R) -- The American Mars" task force has cut the old Burma road near Hosi, 35 miles southwest of Wanting, and w,as reported Wednesday to be battling Japanese forces attempting to break the block which protects the recently cleared Burma- Ledo road to the north. - The Mars force, under command of BrUr. Gen. John P. Wfi- ley of San Antonio, Tex., was disclosed to nave inarched 300 miles for the operation, Its first on the Burma road in almost three years. Its activity was "blacked out'' a urine the last month while a specially trained penetration force moved into position to cut the road. . The road block cut the retreat route of an estimated 600 Japanese troops caught in a triangle formed by the Burma and Bhamo roads. Â· . Â· Â· Â· Â· Artillery commanding the road was set up seven days ago and troops oh either side had kept in continuous contact for the last six days before the road was cut Tuesday. One Japanese group of 300 marching down the road was pinpointed by artillery Tuesday and was believed exterminated. .The Japanese, faced with the necessity of breaking.the block if they are to get heavy equipment through, have put the Mars positions under constant nirht attack. A communique reported Tuesday that troops.of the loth Indian corps have captured Kyaukpu a( ;he northern edge of Rarriree sland, which was invaded by landing forces Sunday, off the west Burma coast and had, advanced more than three miles south of the village. Officers Are Elected by Ridgeway Creamery |, --- Uidgeway--The annual meeting of the Lincoln Creamery company was held at the Community hall and the following were elected officers for 1945: President, Thomas Benson; vice president, P. L. Anderson; secretary-treasurer, O. T. Sime; directors, Carl Qualley,- Edwin Vbra, P. L. Anderson, Elmer Bergan, O. C. Hovden, Thomas Benson and B. J. Bouska. There were only 32,920 automobiles registered in the United States in 1903. .. ' Mbrgehthau, concerning news of your son. "l:regret that there is little the treasury department can do about this matter except to forward your telegram to the casualty branch of t the war department here. "We are sure the war department is doing everything passible "to give all the information it can as soon as it can.. There are inevitably many delays considering the larger number of men .to be accounted for, particularly since they are constantly on the move. "May I express my personal sympathy with your situation and hope that you will soon have more ; information on your son's welfare." Mr. Halkis also received .the following telegram from Robert , H. Duhlop, acting adjutant general at Washington, D.' C.: '"Reference your telegram 10 January, 1945, addressed to the secretary of the treasury report received in war department states your son, John H. Halkis, was slightly wounded in action on 23 .December, 1944. No further information-was contained in the'cas- "tialty message. You. may rest assured your son is receiving excellent medical attention. Periodic reports of His condition will be submitted by the theater com. mander." Simultaneously Mr. Halkis received the following letter from C. R. Roderick, major of infantry, director, personal affairs division, army service forces, headquarters 7th service command, Omaha: "Your letter of 10 January, 1945, addressed to MaÂ£ Gen. Danielson, has been referred to this office for reply. We regret to inform you that this headquarters has no additional information as to the extent of the injury or injuries of your son. Â· "It has been the policy of the war department to inform' the next of kin of all available information received by the war department. As you can no donbt appreciate the conditions under which battles are being fought, and the many transmission difficulties, very often information is received by the war department in fragmentary form. "It is our suggestion, that if you so desire, you may direct a letter of inquiry to your son's commanding officer or chaplain for further information. It has -been the policy of the war department to notify the next of kin if the soldier is not making normal recovery. "We hope this information will be of some assistance to you, and if we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us." Prisoner of Japs Writes Calmar Home Calmar--Mr-and Mrs. John Kry- son received a card from their son, Gordon, who is being held prisoner of the Japanese presumably on one of the islands in the Philippines since his capture there shortly after the war began. The card, a printed form, was dated July 15. It was signed in his own fiandwriting. The card stated he was well and praying to be with them soon. ' Â· * Â·Â· Gordon was employed by the Pacific Island Employes Foundation company with headquarters ,at Boise, Idaho. The Krysons heard from him once before about a year ago. Detectives Continue Search for Clues in Kasherman Slaying Minneapolis. (U.R! -- Detectives Wednesday intensified search for typewritten copy for a forthcoming issue of the "Public Press," said to contain "dynamite" and which they believe to be the key to solution of the slaying of Arthur Kasherman, 43, the paper's editor. Three brown cardboard file boxes were in possession pÂ£ : the. police, but they believe a '4th file is missing, the one containing copy on which Kasherman was working shortly before he was 'shot down Monday night in typical gangland fashion. The 3 other files, all containing copy and notes from past issues of the scandal sheet, were found in Kasherman's office and living quarters Tuesday^ The fact that all of Kasherman's files and correspondence were in order led detectives to believe that someone, perhaps :Kasherman's'killers, had removed the telltale file. . Roy Phillips, caretaker for the apartment at 1712 Portland ave., where Kasherman lived, said the victim had boasted that the box containing his most recent copy was "dynamite." Phillips told police that Kasherman had b e e n typing constantly day and night during the days immediately preceding his death and that the vie 1 tim 'had explained he was working on a new issue of his paper. Harold Burthel, who lived next door to Kasherman but never saw him, also said he heard the typing in Kasherman's quarters. Sergeant Writes Home From Jap Prison Gimp Cresco---Mrs. Bertha Hanneman received a letter from her son, S/Sgt. Herbert Hanneman. It is the first letter she has received from him since he was taken prisoner by the Japs at the fall of Corrigedor or Bataan. Mrs. Hanneman is not certain at which place, he was taken. Previous to the receipt of the letter Mrs. Hanneman had several prisoner of war form postal cards from her son. About Hi years ago she received word from the war department that Sgt. -Hanneman had been transferred from the Philippines to a prison camp in Japan. BANK ELECTS Clarion--Officers of the First National bank re-elected at the the annual meeting arc president, C. J. Birdsall; cashisr, Mrs. Ruth Bunn; assistant cashier, D. J. Jerde. The board of directors consists of Dr. E. D. Tompkins, M. F. BirdsaU, F. W. Walker, C. H. Crowe and C. J. Birdsall. Report200,OOOSpanish Political Prisoners Held in 1,500 jails , On the' Franco-Spanish Frontier, Jan. 20--(U.R)--Spanish republican sources said Wednesday that some 200,000 political prisoners are being held in 1,500 jails throughout Spain--nearly 10 iimes the 22,900 recently announced by the-Spanish government as being held. . The republican sources a.id about 20,000 ot the prisoners are at present in Madrid's 10 prisons, more than 10,000 at Barcelona. 9.000 at Valencia, and hundreds of others in the Basque provinces of Galicia, the Balearic Isles, and elsewhere in Spain. The same sources said 3,000 of the political captives now are toiling in mercury mines at Almaden while others are working in forced labor gangs on canal road building. About 70 per cent of the prisoners were said to be suffering dysentery and other diseases. PLAN MEMORIAL Kanawha -- Memorial services for Kenneth Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Olson, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Kanawha Lutheran church. Kenneth was killed in action Dec. 7 while on duty with tht navy in the south Pacific. Decorah GI Wounded; Air Fighter Returns Decorah--On invasion day In the Philippines, Lt. Norman Ellingson, sonÂ«of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ole Ellingson was wounded. Word of his hospilalization came by letter from his brother. Chaplain Richard H. Ellingson, who is located in Scotland. Harold Rogan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rogan, arrived home from the European war theater last week, having completed 50 flying missions. He was one of the 1,300 American fighting men who arrived in New York 2 weeks ago. final week WOLFS WOLFS WOLFS COAT SUIT CLEARANCE Here's the Suit event of tlje year--^-Rarely will your money buy so much for so little. We offer the very best in style and material at amazingly low price. 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