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D E S K O I N E S i A NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" VOL. XLIX LÂ£ASED WIRES MASON CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1943 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS NO. 89 35 KILLED WHEN U. S. PLANE FALLS Report Rommel Forces Fleeing Tripoli LAST OF DIKE'S* AFRICA EMPIRE IS HEARING END Allied Planes Make Shambles of Retreating Axb Force on Desert By ROGER GREENE* ' Associated-Press War Editor Final collapse oÂ£ Premier Mussolini's African empire appeared to be only a matter of hours Thursday amid signs that Field Marshal Erwin Rojnmel was hastily abandoning the burning city of Tripoli, and British 8th army columns stormed forward within 35 miles of the axis stronghold. Tripoli is the last citadel of Italy's dark continent domain which once embraced Eritrea, Italian Somaliland, Abyssinia, Girenaica and Tripolitania. A bulletin from Gen. Sir Bernard L. Montgomery's 8th army headquarters said British troops Wednesday captured the towns oÂ£ Tarhuna and Horns, respectively 40 and 56 miles from Tripoli, and continued their pursuit of Rommel's fleeing armies. Frontline dispatches said Bommel's troops and equipment were already, streaming westward from Tripoli toward the Tunisian frontier, 100 miles away, with allied . planes making a shambles of the enemy's line of retreat. 1 A 50 mile stretch of coastal roac between Tripoli and Zuara was --described .as littered with the b o m . b e d and bullet-smashec ; wreckage.,, ot trucks and other British headquarters indicated that Tarhuna and Boms fell early Wednesday and said that "during the day our troops were In close contact with the enemy retreating to the west." In the African campaign, Horn roel's battered forces were nov pinned down to a narrow strip along the Mediterranean coast a the British 8th army'moved swift ly upon Tripoli from the east and Brig. Gen. J a c q u e s LeClerc' fighting French troops drove \i\ from the south after a I,000-mil march across the Sahara despr 'from Lake Chad, in the heart'o equatorial Africa. General LeClerc said his force were in firm contact with the on rushing 8th army, "brilliant! taking part with their British al lies in the advance on Tripoli, thus effectively sealing the ar which the allies have throw around the last axis foothold i North Africa. Liaison had previously been es tablished between' LeClerc's col umns and American-B r i t i s h French forces on the western flank in Tunisia. Multiple signs indicated that Rommel might abandon 'Tripoli without a fight-in his urgency to reach Tunisia. The Berlin radio reported that the city Â«-;is ablaze and under incessant allied bombing attack. * * * Moreover, violent fighting in central Tunisia, where strongly reinforced German troops smashed at French positions southwest ot Pont du Fahs, suggested an effort to clear the way for Rommel's weary forces enroute to the Tunis-Bizerte zone in northern Tunisia. Italian headquarters asserted that in the last three days the axis had captured 1.500 allied prisoners in Tunisia--evidently referring to the fighting around- Pont du Fahs --and the French admitted Wednesday that they had fallen back about seven miles in Ihis sector. Allied headquarters said Thursday that Col.-Gen. Jurgen von Arnim's Tunisian forces again had netted "a small advance" in the mountains southwest of Pont lu Fahs, and dispatches from the front said a German thrust into the French sector had thrown the whole front into a state of fluidity. ieds Closing in on 5 Key ities Held by Germans as Spearheads Continue Advance Famous German SS RAIL STATION BURNS -- Four railroad employes were sti-oyed the union railway station at Burlington and firemen fought roaring flames in 8 below temperature. Seventy-five persons in a temporary waiting room provided while the building was being remodeled escaped injury. -Â£he~fira started-4V0m-an .overheated oil burner-near the waiting room door and engulfed the buildmgMn a lew minutes. (Iowa Daily Press photo) ArmyTroops Take Over in Solomons WASHINGTON, f/Pj--Undersec- retary of War Robert Patterson disclosed Thursday that army ground troops have replaced ihe marines in the Solomons and arc commanded by Maj. Gen. Alcsnn- der Patch, who has moved his headquarters from New Caledonia to Guadalcanal. "The marines who fought so long and so well in the Solomons are now getting a chance to rest," Patterson said at a press conference. Patch, who commanded the army troops which landed in New Caledonia last year, relieved Maj. Gen. Alesander A. Vandergrift of the marines not quite a month ago, Patterson said. The army troops and Patch are under the general command of Maj. Gen. Mitlard F. Harmon, who commands all army troops in the South Pacific, but the operations in that entire area are slill under Ihe command of Admiral William F. Halsey, Patterson said. The American position in the Solomons has improved further during the last week, Patterson said, but the Japanese are expected to make new efforts to reinforce their troops on Guadalcanal. GRIP OF COLD WAVE RELAXED Temperatures Rise in General "Warming Up" DES MOINES, fr 1 la.vc'd its sub-zero )-- Winter rc- grip on Iowa Plucky Girl LONDON, (/P)--A rescue worker Thursday afternoon climbed to the top floor of the shaky remains of the London school smashed in Wednesday's noontime German bombing r a i d . There he found three children about 5 years old. Two were dead. The third, a girl with an injured Â»rm, was sitting on the floor more than 24 hours after the bombing. "It's all right; I can walk," she said and, scrambling down to the ground, ran straighl into a waiting crowd and found her mother. Thursday as the state received | ni c r M a so what the weather bureau described] Cityan. as a "general warming up.'' Mrs. P 1 u n- An expected cold wave, a fol- k c 11, formerly low through from the biltcr cold Miss Marjorie lemperalures ,of earlier in the O ' C o n n o r , week, failed to spread across Iowa teacher in the Wednesday night. It did, how- M a s o n City ever, toucli parts of northwest s c h o o l s , and Iowa, sending the temperature to two small chil- nine below at Spencer, lowest re- d r e n, Denice, ported to bureau here. 2M years, and Other low marks last night: John, 9 months, Sioux City -6; Mason City -5; survive Charles City -3; Cedar Rapids 2; Iowa City 3, and Ames 4. The early morning Iowa forecast said "warmer today and in north and east portions Thursday night; snow Thursday night.in north and! extreme west portions Thursday;! fresh lo slrong winds." Funeral Will Be Held Here for Victim Leo C. ,Plvmkett. one of four victims of Ihe passenger station fire at Burlington, was a for- PLUNKETT Minister Advertises Sheep Strayed; Gets "Baa's" by Telephone FAIRVIEW, Okla., (ff)--Stormy weather cut his church attendance so the Rev. C. L. JVIoser advertised in the lost-and-found column. His sheep had strayed, the no- lice read, and "only 23 came for their feed in the morning." Shortly thereafter his telephone began to ring. Each time he said "hello'" he got the same reply. Â·'Baaa-a-a!'* 2 lowans on Flights Over Airdrome at Lae S O M E W H E R E IA T N E W GUINEA, Jan. 19, (Delayed), (#) --Two lowans piloting liberator bombers, conducted armed reconnaissance flights in conjunction with a raid on the Japanese-held Malahang airdrome near Lae. New Guinea, by a group of American B-25 bombers. The lowans were Lieutenants Roy Olson ot Cedar Falls and Frank Dowie of DCS Moines. Mr. Plunkett was telegraph operator for Clark Brothers, stock, bond and grain market offices in the Foresters building, from 1! to 1935. The body will arrive Friday morning and will be taken to the ! Meyer - funeral home. Funeral FIREMEN STILL HUNT 2 BODIES Work Through Ruins o Burlington Station BURLINGTON. MV--Firemen worked through Ihe burned ruins of the Chicago. Burlington and Quincy passenger station Thursday in an attempt to f i n d the bodies ot two persons still missing following a fire which swept through the building early Wednesday. Two bodies were found in the ruins late Wednesday and were identified by relatives as P. E. Carlin, a conductor waiting to inke over a train which was behind schedule, and Leo C. Plunkett, formerly of Mason City, a telegrapher on duty at the station. Still missing were Miss Doris Kenning, telephone operator, and L. H. Hervey, of OHumwa, a civil i engineer. I All four were last known to have been on the second floor of tile station when the fire broke LONDON TOLL IN RAID PUT AT 44 50 Children Injured by German Attack By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS London counted a known toll of 44 children and teachers killed Wednesday when German raiders, attacking in the biggest daylight raid since the battle ot Britain, bombed a school in the capital. Three teachers were killed. Fifty other children were injured, and rescue workers dug in the wreckage for victims still pinned under Ions of masonry. Man Jailed for Setting Blaze in Fire Station LOS ANGELES, (U.R)--Edward Sullivan, 50 year old laborer, thought firemen dp too much sitting around. Warning engine company No. II to "get on your hook and ladder and get ready," he set fire to the station house. One fireman put out the blaze. Now Sullivan is sitting around--in jaii. Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. Rockwell, lormer home of Mrs. Plunkett. The rosary will be said at the Meyer funeral home Friday evening at 8 o'clock. T h e Calholic Daughters of America will meet at the Meyer funeral home for the Rosary Friday evening. Also surviving Mr. Plunkett are one sister, Mrs. Sam Cashmere, Fort William, Canada; two brothers, William Plunkett, Sioux Lookout, Canada, and James Plunkett. Helena, Mont. Preceding him in death nre his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Plunkett, and three brothers, Tom. Henry and Frank Plunkett. Mr. Plunkett was born in Eagle Grove March 9, 1894, He was married lo Miss O'Connor July 20, I937. Following their marriage they went to Racine. Wis., then Chicago and Victorsville, Cal. Three months ago Mr. Plunkett accepted the position of wire chief at Burlington. amid the burned ruins. Service was restored on a makeshift basis .with the express office and railroad coaches on sidings being used lor emergency tclc- raphic and ticket-selling purposes. The Union hotel lobby was pressed into service as temporary passenger waiting room. THOUSANDS GO DACK TO WORK IN COAL MINES Return to Job Only Few Hours Before Deadline Set by F. R. WILKES-BARRE. Pa., M'l--A hree-weeks old wildcat strike in he Pennsylvania anthracite fields --the nation's costliest in man lours lost since Pearl Harbor-- ipparently ended Thursday a few lours before a back-to-work .leadline set by President Hoo.sc- Â·clt. Enthusiastic miners by the thousands trooped buck lo their jobs in all major strike-closed collieries in what one strike leader described as "a courtesy to the president" rallicr than an acceptance of defeat. Of the 24,000 who once participated in the revolt against United Mine Workers' leadership, bare- y 3,000 were known still to be .die as the crowds of ovcrallec workers rode down colliery shafts Lo their pits, many for the first time since Dec. 30. Two of the four small UM\\ locals still out announced meetings for later Thursday and many members believed back-to-work votes would result. Only one of the four was com milted to "wait out" Mr. Roose veil's zero hour sometime Thurs day afternoon, when, he had saic the "necessary' step's" : would b taken* if necessary to "end thi strike which is doing serious dam age to the war effort." Strikers and others look the president's warning to mean lhat troops would be sent lo take over any collieries still strike-bound at Ihe end of the 48-hour cracc he allowed when his o r d e r was telegraphed shortly after noon Tuesday. "There is nothing to gain b staying out," said Hugh Cava naugh, president of the Sout Wilkes-Barrc colliery local oC Glen Alden Coal company, the world's largest anthracite producer. "We do not want to embarrass the president," he added. "But we will continue to fight against the 50-ccnts -f month union dues increase and also for an increase in wages." The dues started tlie wave of walkouts December 30. Demands for a S2 a day cost-of-Iiving bonus followed. It was evident before starting whistles sounded at 7 a.m. (EWT) Thursday that the back ol the strike had been broken. Strikers returned to the South Wilkes-Barre, Woodward. Huber and Lance collieries of the Glen Alden company and the Prospect- Henry colliery of the Lchigh Valley Coal company. Davicl Cummings. president of the United Mine Workers" Lance colliery local, said two miners not members of the local appeared at :hc mouth of the colliery before ihe .starting whistle blew but left at his request. There was no disorder. Â· 1 roop Combat Regiment Smashed by Russians MOSCOW, (U.P.) -- Red armies losed in on five key nazi-hold ities between the Ukraine and ic North Caucasus Thursday. Their spearheads were w i t h i n 9 miles of Kharkov. 50 miles of Rostov. 30 miles of Voroshilov- rad. Donets basin industrial cen- cr, 18 miles of Salsk railroad unction and 4!i miles of Arma- ir. where . the Baku-Rostov oil ailroad joins with that to the Maikop oil fields and Tuapse, oil iorl on the Black sea. Thursday's noou communique revealed that in a ferocious three-day battle fur I'roletars- kaya, 20 miles cast-northeast of Salsk on the Stalingrad-Tini- horelsk railroad, the Russians .smashed Ihe famous German SS troop combat regiment "Germany" and remnants of other regiments concenlraled there, before the Maliych. with bin artillery, mortar and tank forces. Russian storm troops led by the Juards broke inlo Ihe town and ,hc railroad station Wednesday. They routed Ihe Germans in street fighting, Ihe comrnimkiue said, and threw the remnants beyond the Manych. In overnight fighting the Russians took nearly 1,700 prisoners specific claim, including a battalion of 1,000 Hungarians who with their officers downed arm* and surrendered, in addition lo many laken in local fighting The midnight communique had announced Ihe capture of more than 10,000 prisoners Wednesday including 3,000 in one group, and an entire German artillery regi .ment, perhaps 1,500 men, in an other. - : One giant red army pincers claw, last reported 79 miles from Kharkov, industrial capital of the Ukraine and fourth city of Russia, was believed to be advancing steadily. CRAFT CRASHES IN FLIGHT OVER DUTCH GUIANA The Russians were reportcc within 65 miles of Rostov froir the north and only about 50 mile away on the southeast. It was indicated that LI. Gel Rodion Y. Malinowsky's army act Â·ancing on Salsk, which rcachei point IB miles from lhat rail oad junction Wednesday, v;a tow materially nearer after hav nj* crossed the Manych. Thrusting southwestward. flus ian pincer claws were w i t h i n '^ nilcs of Voroshilovgrad in Ih Â·ich Donets basin mining and in lustrial area from the cast and 2 niles from the north. West of Stalingrad city, where tlie Russians arc liquidating the remainder of 22 (rapped German divisions, a red army unil during the night stormed am! captured a strongly fortified defense point, killing 300 Germans and taking 96 prisoners the norm communique said They fanturcd seven tanks. 13 Runs. :t9 machine Kims, Iwr radio transmitters :md other spoils. RETURN GERMANS TO BRAZIL BUENOS AIRES, (U.R)_Four German citizens, who entered the country clandestinely from Brazil, have been returned to Brazilian authorities, the ministry of interior has announced. The Germans, who were suspected of espionage activities, declared that they hsd fled from the persecutions of the Brazilian government 23 BARRACKS BUILDINGS BURN None Injured in Fire at Internment Camp COLORADO SPRINGS. Cc-lo.. Pi--Fire destroyed 23 barracks buildings Thursday at Camp Carson, an internment camp. Army officers- in charge said no one was injured. Firemen from Colorado Springs prevented the blaze from reaching warehouses, but were unable to check the blaze before the barracks were destroyed. Cause of th'e fire and damage estimates were not made by camp officials. CONVALESCING IX HOSPITAL HUMBOLDT, (Â£)--F 1 e t c n c r Millcr of Humboldt, previously reported missing in action, now is convalescing in a U. S. navy hospital at Oakland, Cal. DIES FROM INJURIES SIOUX CITY, (ff)--Clifford D. Riepers. 35, died of injuries suffered when struck by a truck Tuesday night. Ripcrs lost a leg in an accident several years ago. His wile and six children survive. Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY: Warmer Thursday afternoon. Not much change in temperature Thursday night and Friday forenoon. Snow Thursday night. Lowest temperature Thursday night 0. IOWA: Slightly warmer in north and cast portions Thursday nighl and Friday forenoon: occasional light snow in extreme north portion. MINNESOTA: Occasional I i g h snow and nol quite so cole Thursday afternoon through Friday forenoon: fresh to moderately strong winds. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 4 Minimum Wednesday night -5 At B a. m. Thursday 4 YEAR AGO: Maximum 40 Minimum 26 On the southwestern front nor of Rostov ihe Russians claime several additional inhabited places during the night. In capturing Kamenslc. 90 miles north of Rostov on this southwestern front, the Russians took thrce trains loaded wilh motor Irucks, war materials nnd food dumps and many parked trucks and olher spoils. Tile noon communique said of Ihe situation on the soulh-Voron- ezh front whore the Russians threatened Kharkov, lhat rings were being tightened around encircled divisions. On this front there were many broken groups of satellite troops and it was indicated that there might be mass surrenders soon. One Russian unil killed more than 200 axis troons during the niglft on the south-Voronczli front, the noon cnmmuniriuc said, and took P.tiO prisoners along with a tank, four antitank g-uns, 60 war material carts and other material. It was in another sector of this front that an entire Hungarian batlalion laid down its arms. The noon communique noted German resistance in the north Caucasus but said the red army broke it and captured several more small towns and villages. A special communique and the midnight communique had reported the smashing of resistance by axis troops circled at Oslrogozhsk. 55 miles south of Voronezh, where the Russians captured two railroad trains loaded with motor Irucks. Knight, Author of 'This Above All,' Among Victims in Disaster WASHINGTON. (U,R)--A four- igincd American transport plane ironic overseas crashed Jan. 15 Dutch Guiana, killing all the 33 vilian officials, army officers :nd 'c\v members aboard, the air ansport command of the war tie- artment announced Thursday. The accident was believed lo Ijave taken more lives thai) any other crash of an American !icavier-llian-air craft. Two stale department officials, I'illiam Hodson of New York and '. E. Henryson of Washington, -ere among the victims. Two other dead were from ths cdcral bureau of investigation--E. Foxworth. assistant director charge of the New York of- ice of the FBI, and H. D. Haber- elO, a special agent. Both were nroulc on secret missions abroad, 'ox-worth had worked on most of lie big espionage cases which the Bl has investigated in this war, Deluding that of the eight German aboteurs landed by a German ubmarinc. Habcrfckl until rq- cntly was assigned to the Buffalo "BI office. The oilier dead included Maj. Eric M. Knight, author of the best scllins novel "This Above All,"' and Charles II. Brown of the California Arabian Oil company. 'Â·i- '-i- Â¥ Maj. Gen. Harold L. George, commander ol the air transport command, said an army board of inquiry was investigating the crash. *.Â· Â· Â· , - . - -Â· -. - -.-Â·.,.Â·Â· - Â· Â· Secretary of State Corclcll Hull said that the two stale department officials "died in the performance" of their duties and have been added to the list of those other Americans who have given their lives for their country." Henryson, -orn at Story City, Iowa, was on lis first state department assignment. The plane, tinder contract with the army, was piloted by Capt. B. II. Dally, who was regarded as one of the best of the civilian transport pilots. The other passengers were: Dr. S S. Dorrance, flight sur.,'eon: First Lt. Charles W. Camp-/ bell, Second LI. Robert B. Walker,' Second Lt. Jo.hu P. Girline, Second Lt. Tolunas L. Gallagher, Staff Sgt. Russell A. Baughman. Staff Sgt. Robert M. Stoflel, Staff Sgt. Ellis M. Roberts. Jr., Second Lt. Carl A. Matlco, Flight O f f i c e r Charles S. Shivcly. Second Lt. Max Solomon, Sst. Charles S. Roberts. Jr.. Staff Sgt. Hey ward O. Wylie, Sgl. Oscar Spahr. Capt. Basil D. Gallagher, First Lt. Donald C. Martin, First Lt. Peter D. Barnhart, Morris Lewis, James W. Sec- ger, Capt. Albert L. Sccman. Members of the crew in addition to Dally were: First Ofifccr T. M. Wagner, Second Ofifccr E. L. Bacon. First Navigator .1. E. Voss, Second Navigator .1. M. Kane, Flight Engineer C. E. Quiscnbcrry, First Jiadio Operator Leonard La Frank, Second Radio Operator .1. L. Moriarity, Flight Purser K. Bcinpfix. AH of the next of kin ot army personnel have been notified. General George said he did not know the cause of the accident. As far as- he knew, (he weather was all right. lie said the crew was one of the best operating planes anywhere. George did not disclose the exact type of transport nor the company operating it on behalf of the army. He pointed out thai as larger airplanes come inlo the transport service casually lists from single crashes will tend to become larger. Lewis. 3J. was an information specialist for the army services of supply. He was one of several persons who wrote "A Short Guide to Great Britain." one of a scries of pockcl guides rtis-- tribiitcil bv the army to troons Kohig aboard. His home was in New York. Â·Y- Â¥ * Knight, the author. -15, lived at Pleasant Valley. Va. He was born in Yorkshire, England. April 10, 1397. He was attached to the special services branch of the war department which undertakes various morale activities. Hodson, Now Yor!c' City welfare commissioner, was on leave and engaged by the state department on foreign rehabilitation work. Hodson has been associated with child welfare work for many years, lie was born in Minneapolis in 1891 and did welfare work in Minnesota before going to New- York in 1922.