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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 25, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             SAVE AM I Am Ammunition For War Worts or Tfcrow Away VOL L TAVERN BRAWL IN DEATH OF LOCAL MAN 2 Brothers Serving Waiters on Christmas Eve Are Held in Jail A Christmas eve brawl at the Friendly tavern in Central Heights ended in death lor James C Ten ney 38 years of age 1519 Harding S W and the jailing of 2 broth ers John C Frank 18 and Joe L Frank 24 both of 1619 President County Attorney M L Mason Sheriff Tim Phalen who were InvesticaUnc the affair said that John Frank told them he and bis broiher were working as waiters at the roadbouse and that Tenney became involved In an argument which Frank went to settle The got into a fight immedi ately he told the officers and then Tenney slumped suddenly to the floor Tenney was carried out doors to an automobile and efforts made there to revive him Mrs Dale Hill proprietress of the Friendly tavern and daugh ter ol Tag Tageson Clear Lake tavern operator said that she poured cold water on Tenney try ing to bring him back to con sciousness When she was unsuc cessful Tenney was brought to a Mason City hospital Attendants there called the police to report that he was either dead or badly injured Coroner Ralph E Smiley said that Tenney died from possibly a skull fracture but that an au topsy would be performed later Saturday to determine the cause definitely The man died soon after the fight the coroner stated and his lace was badly mauled One eye was black the nose was bleeding and there were other bruises on the face John Frank was discharged re cently from the navy because o physical disabilitiesaccording to the county attorney and his brother also has a physical dis charge from the anny No charges have been filed as yet Tenney is survived by his Widow June and 3 children Sttauafftrjcrry 8 and He also is survived by his mother Mrs Hannah Tenney 642 Jer seySE 3 brothers Francis 516 8th S E Raymond of Monte zuma and William of tos Angeles and a May Brisbane He was born March 22 1905 at Dougherty and on June 17 1928 was married to June Pal mer at Rockford He was em ployed by Jacob E Decker and Sons No funeral arrangements have been made HOME EDITION Press and United Press Full MRS E G DUNN 54 SUCCUMBS Funeral Arrangements Are Not Complete Mrs E G Dunn 54 wife of E G Dunn Mason City attorney died at her home 2U 5th N E at oclock Friday afternoon following an illness of several months She had resided in Mason City for the past 31 years Mrs Dunn was born tnura Helen Delker Febi 18 1889 at Henderson Ky She grew to womanhood at Henderson and was married there to E G Dunn June 26 1912 They moved to Mason City and established their residence here at that time Surviving are her husband 3 children Edward Dunn Jr and Dorothy of Mason City and Lt George Delker Dunn Red Springs N Car and a grandchild Michael Dunn Two brothers Frank Delker of Henderson Ky and Alfred Del ker Evansville Ind and 3 sis ters Miss Mary and Miss Kate Delker of Henderson Ky and Mrs Andrew Reichert St Peters burg Fla also survive Mrs Dunn was a member of the Holy Family Catholic church Funeral arrangements are in complete Burial will be in Mason City The Rosary will be said at the home 211 5th N E Saturday and Sunday nights The Meyer funeral home is in charge Fire Guts Furniture Store in Fort Madison Fort Madison es timated at from 518000 to resulted when a fire which started in an elevator shaft gutted the Home Furniture company store Friday afternoon Only the frame of the 3story brick structure re mained The stock which in cluded a number of undelivered Christmas gifts was a total loss Paul Masters owner of the store reported DIES IN KESTAfKANT Millersbvrg will be held Sunday for L Vf Hatter 83 former state representative who dropped dead in a restaurant Thursday ALL NORTH IOWA SATUKPAY DECEMBER 25 IMS WHITE HOUSE TREETraditional Christmas tree at the white house m Washington is erected and decorated by workmen above Each of the 2000 ornaments bears the name of a serviceman to whom it was dedicated President and Mrs Roosevelt spent the holiday at their Hyde Park N Y family home PACIFIC DRIVE CARRIED AHEAD Tokyo Telis of Heavy Allied Raid on Rabaul By MORRIE LASDSBEKG Associated Press War Editor Christmas 1943 found the al lies on the offensive throughout the Pacific carrying forward fas saults by air and by the outer line of island defenses for Japans empire American soldiers sailors and marines celebrated the holiday in war zones as varied as Kiska in the Aleutians to Bougainville in the Solomons To his army forces in the central Pacific Lt Gen Robert C Richardson Jr sent a Christmas message declaring No one can say when we will be back home but our course ahead is clearly defined The lime it takes to complete the job laid out for us may be shorter than some think Allied communiques based on actions from Tuesday through Thursday told further raids calculated to smash enemy air and supply bases in the New GuineaNew BritainBougainville sector and in the regularlyhit Marshall islands to the north Hinting at renewal of attacks on Rabaul Vice Admiral Aubrey W Fitch commander of allied air forces in the south Pacific said at an advanced base that the Japanese are expected to re inforce the air strength of their Nexv Britain fortress but that it would be neutralized just as we out the Bougainville broadcast a Japanese knocked fields Tokyo r high command report that 135 lied planes had attacked Kabaii Friday at a cost of 53 aircraft shot down against only 6 lost by the defenders It also said that Japanese warships had bombard ed American 6th army positions on Cape Merkus New Britain and offlying Pilelo island Friday morning In a2day series of strikes allied bombers added 300 more tons of explosives to the campaign to paralyze enemy air and supply installations at Cape Gloucester on the western tip of the invaded island That sector now has re ceived more than 2500 tons of bombs since Dec I Across the Dampier straits in New Guinea the Australian drive to occupy the Huon penin sula encountered stiffened Japa nese lines within 2 miles of Wandokai a coastal village 20 miles northwest ot captured Finschhafen Japanese and allied light naval vessels clashed at Japero in Dutch New Guinea but details were lacking It was known however that allied units had suffered a new casualties in the engagement last Thursday Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Says 34ths of Invasion Troops Will Be Yanks Washington The United States will furnish 73 per cent and Great Britain 27 per cent of the troops to be used in the gigan tic European attack on Germany Senator Johnson DColo says he has been informed J6nnsona thennilii taryaffairs committee whomain tains close touch with army devel opments says he obtained this estimate from what he considers a thoroughly reliable source He adds that he believes the slated proportions justify the selectionof an Dwight D Eisenhower as commander in chief of the allied invasion forces Since we are going to furnish most of the men and have to do most of the fighting the Colo radah observes I am glad that an American is to be at the head of the invasion forces While noting that it might shock some Americans to learn this country is being called upon to throw nearly 3 times as manv men as the British into the fighting Johnson did not challenge in any way the overall strategic decision From other sources it was learned that he decision calling on the American forces to bear the major burden of the invasion rested on the fact that the British do not have reserves which would permit them to pour an unlimited number of men into the invasion force Eisenhowers command of the European assault troops announ ced Wednesday by President Roosevell will put him in the practical position of a field mar shal yet subordinate to Gen George C Marshall army chief of staff The fact that Marshall appar ently will remain as chief of staff with direction of army operations m the Pacific as well as the Eur opean theater was highly pleasing to congress Almost to a man the lawmakers believe Marshall has done about the best possible job as chief of staff Congress does not want Marshall sent to London where he might become engrossed in one front to the exclusion of others Besides a large bipartisan bloc of sen ators definitely does not want Lieut Gen Brehon B Somervell to succeed Marshall as chief of staff There has been no criticism of Someivells mammoth job of or ganizing the armys service of supply However many congress men dont like him because he is friendly to Harry Hopkins the presidents advisor Others in cluding members of the Truman war investigating committee found fault with some of his decisions such as that which got the Canol oil project underway in Canada without congress prior knowledge Half of Steel Workers May Go on Strike Pittsburgh 4 Ohio steel mills down and more than 40000 employes idle the United States Saturday faced the possi bility of a yearend strike of nearly onehalf of the industrys workers The contracts of the 4 plants with the CIO united steelworkers of America expired Friday at midnight as didthose of 210 oth er steel manufacturing process ing and fabricating plants Some of the other mills also were re ported closed but most of them have Christmas and Sunday holi days and stoppages there would not be apparent before Monday The 214 companies have a total of about 350000 employes The mills closed in Ohio were those of the Republic Steel Corp at Cleveland and Youncstown the Youncstown Sheet Tube com pany at Youngstown and the CorricanMcKinney Works at Cleveland Stoppages also were reported at the Shenango Furnace company Sharpsville Pa and the Valley Mold Iron company Hubbard Ohio but detailsas to the number of employes affected were not available At other points there was no that walkouts were At Buffalo the Re indication imminent public Steel Corp and the Don nerHanna Coke Corp reported the scheduled number of men on the job and police said they had heard of no walkouts CIO Reg ional Director Hugh Thompson said there was no indication of immediate trouble At Chicago Republic Steel Workers reported at midnight as usual and M E Goetz district manager of the plant said the union had notified him of no pending strike action Furnaces were operating on schedule at Birmingham Ala Although the CIO claims some 800000 workers aligned under the banner of the USWA only about 350000 are affected at pres ent Another 150000 in some 268 companies including the United States Steel Corp have contracts which expire late some of them Jan 3 and 4 Other steel employes are under term or annual con tracts and have no share in the controversy On Wednesday the war labor board whichasked that current con tracts be kept In force during ne gotiations and that any pay raise be made retroactive Philip Mur ray president of both the CIO and the USWA declared that the boards action created situation a grave Asked about the Ohio stoppages Friday night Murray at his home in Pittsburgh said he had re ceived no official word ot them and had no comment to make The union is lighting for a 17 centanhour wage raise which it granted would crack WLBs little steel formula At the time the wage demand was formulated the USWA reaffirmed its no strike pledge for the duration ot the war 17 ARE DEAD IN NEW YORK FIRE Blaze Sweeps Quickly Through Lodging House New York and fire officials said Saturday that a fire which swept through a cheap mid town lodging house Friday kill ing at least 17 persons had been caused by a cigaret dropped either on a mattress or in a storage closet Charred fragments ot bodies found in the burnedout interior of the 30centabed Standard hotel indicated that many more may have perished in the blaze which raged for 3 hours Authorities hampered by the fact that only fragments of many pages of the hotels register were salvaged believed the total death toll may never be known The bowery type lodging house patronized largely by res taurant and other night workers had accomodalions for 248 per sons in beds placed in threeby six foot cubicles Police said it was well filled at 2 p m Friday when the fire believed to have been smoldering for 3 hours broke out with fury that trapped many in their sleep nd sent other screaming panic stricken lodgers scrambling down fire escapes or jumping from upper floors of the fourstory structure At least 2 of the victims were killed by leaping to the street Sixteen persons were injured some critically as the flames ate up the thin partitions separating the little sleeping stalls RUSSIANS LESS THAN 20 MILES FROM POLAND Push Forward After Capture of Gorodok Key Nazi Defense Point London If Spurred by cap ture of powerfullydefended Goro dok mainstay of the German de fense line 20 miles north of Vi tebsk the Russian Baltic army Saturday pounded at enemy forces 30 miles from Polotsk hinge ot the nazis eastwest supply artery in north Russia and less than 20 miles from the old Polish frontier A Moscow communique placed advance sections Gen Ivan Ba gramians army within 15 miles of the VtebskPolotsk rail line from the north At the town of Dubki swept up along with Goro dok and 60 other communities in Fridays drive down the Nevel Vitebsk railway they resumed their march toward Polotsk with ski troops and cavalry spearhead ing the way The Germans admitting increas ing pressure on their elaborate de fenseindepth fortifications north of Vitebsk said the Russians were also attacking toward Vitebsk from the east and southeast enemy attacked with strong new forces the Berlin radio said in order to gain con trol or a network roads Heavy battles are still in progress In Moscow Premier Stalin hailed the capture of Gorodok in a special order the day and saluted Bagramians army with a victory salute ot 12 salvos from 124 guns The battle for Gorodok cost the Germans more than 2000 killed the Moscow war bulletin said Another 2000 were reported slain in the area southwest ot Zhlobin in White Russia as the red army successfully repulsed fierce counterattacks Soviet guns wrecked 38 nazi tanks in this encounter the bulletin added In the Kiev bulge 30 miles south of the Vitebsk front Mos cow dispatches said the Russians bare definitely gone over to the offensive after many of de fensive fighting against a massive tack drive Uvnehed Tty Marshal Fritz yon Madnstein Eddy Gilmore Associated Press correspondent in Moscow called Gen Nikolai Vatutins repulse of the German attack in this sector One of the greatest accomplish ments of this war The Saturday German com munique acknowledged that the Russians have launched an attack along a wide front east of Zhitomir in the Kiev bulge As an indication of the massive tank forces both sides are em ploying on that Ukrainian battle front the Germans claimed that 58 soviet tanks have thus far been knocked out The communique acknowledged also that the Germans continue to light heavy defensive battles in the Zhlobin sector Cheer Fund Final Report Lists AST MINUTE CON TR1BU TIONS have brought t hc 3943 Christ m a s Cheer Fund total to This i s S 5 8 915 above the goal or SI500 set for this years campaign The full amount has been turned over to the Social Welfare league and many a Christmas stocking was bulging with gifts Christmas morning as a result of the communitys generosity here reflected Miss Doris Bruce secretary ot the Social Welfare league has added her voice to that ot the GlobeGazette in thanking all who have helped to make this years venture in applied Christmas spirit such a whopping success All moneys not required for this years needs will be put into a trust fund in the form of war bonds for use in the future when the requirements will be greater The final list of gifts follows WrtVIOUS TOTAI li XFlnt Mcik Chmrch Nine Girntr City Many in Uniform Attend Bethlehem Services For the 4th time since World war II began this holy village gleaming like a halo in the Judean hills became the scene of Ihe reenactment of Christendoms greatest and most vital drama Thousands of pilgrims mostly in allied battledress were present with as many as possible standing within the Church of the Nativity itself as the great bells of Bethlehem pealed out the tidings of a new Christmas There were even pilgrims from China among the Russian Czech British American and Palestinian Christians Many of the latter perhaps were descendants of the same townspeople who thronged Bethlehems cobbled streets on that night nearly 2000 years ago when the 3 wise men offered their first gifts Christmas tradition was born The pageantry they witnessed was the legacy of centuries o heritage that in itself is a reaffirmation that the principles for which Christ died have not been surrendered Furious Battles Reported Raging on Italian Front Grand Allied Command for Assaults Generally Approved London pjThe grand allied command as announced by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill under Gen Dwight D Eisenhower for the final assault upon Europe was Ken erally approved here Saturday as one of the finest teams of expert military leadership Every commander from Eisen hower down apparently was picked for his knowledge and ability successfully to accom plish a specific mission In the other changes Gen Sir Henry Maitland Wilson became the supreme commander of the entire Mediterranean area in suc cession to Eisenhower Gen Sir Harold Alexander the comraand erinchief of allied armies in Italy Gen Sir Bernard Mont gomery the commanderinehief of British armies serving under Eisenhower and LtGen Cavl A Spaatz the commander of the strategic American bombing force operating against Germany Eisenhower is expected in Lon don shortly to take up his new duties Some staff officers who served with him in Africa already are here Here are sketches of the men who will devise final plans for the destruction of Hitlers Euro pean fortress great allied coordinaior His appointment caused no surprise in African military circles and was hailed there as a direct result of his out standing success in welding the allied armies airforces and na vies into one striking force While specifically he is in charge of the western front he undoubtedly is earmarked for ad ditional responsibilities as hinted by President Roosevelt in saying that Eisenhower would lead from other points also Eisenhower also is the most experienced am phibious commander in either Britain or America He reorgan ized American forces last Febru ary when they suffered a crush ing defeat at Faid Pass in Tunisia anditookperspiipl ebnunanabf ail allied forces fotthe Sicilyinva sions He is willing to take big risks if the stakes justify it Few appointments said Reuters could have been more generally popu lar and the news will be gener ally interpreted as portending the opening of the second front at an early date commander oC British forces in the middle east who now takes over Eisenhowers duties Calm as a constable he has faced the axis on many fronts in the middle east and has usually come out on top deputy cpmmanderinchief in North Af rica A great strategist and so able a military commander that his reputation is unsurpassed among professional officers American officers especially hold him in high regard Montgomery Perhaps great est winning general on the allied as good as Alex ander is good an officer whose prestige as a field commander and implacable at tacker is highly regarded and should be worth many divisions when the invasion gets under way He led the British 8th army to vic tory in Africa Sicily and Italy the north west African air force prior to his new appointment where he will be in cor mand of the greatest fleet of bombers ever assembled To Spaatz creator of the Ameri cans 8th and 12th air forces goes the task ot dealing the air blow which may bring Germany down m ruins before the western front is opened Spaatz for more than a decade has championed airpowcr as a deciding actor in war Charged With Beating Child 2 Unable to Say What Gift He Wanted Minneapolis Minn Scott 25 spent Christmas in jail on a charge of beating his 27 months old son because the child could not tell him what he wanted from Santa Claus Scott was charged with assault and battery after his wife told po lice that the child had been taken to a hospital as a result of the beating My husband got mad when the baby couldnt say what he wanted for Christmas she told authori ties Scott will be tried Monday Weather Report FORECAST lawa Partly cloudy Saturday through Sunday Warmer Sat urday and Saturday night be coming colder in northwest Sunday afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 32 Minimum Friday night 15 At 8 a m Saturday 15 YEAR AGO Maximum 22 Minimum x 1IENKY MAITLAND WILSON Mediterranean chief WAS GREATEST AIR ASSAULT 2000 Planes Attacked French Coast Targets London allies mighty and growing Britainbased air arm rested for at least part of this Christmas day after flinging upwards of 2000 planes Friday against mystery targets on the French coast and losing not a single ship in that greatest as sault in history Wave alter wave including 1 3M V S planes of which over 7BO heayy bomb ers striking in their greatest num bers the channel to blast special military installa tions in the Pas De Calais area The pulverizing attack climaxed a week of steady raids on that sector popularly known as the nazis1 rocket gun coast but the official joint communique still gave no hint as to the nature oC the objectives There was specula tion also that the immense raids might be preinvasion softening blows The Germans mustered virtual ly no fighter opposition to the tremendous armadas but at places threw up a heavy umbrella of antiaircraft fire Heavy and accurate bombing ot a dozen separate targets was re ported by gleeful allied flyers who disclosed that one objective was a long row squat concrete buildings I picked one building out and saw it blown off the map by bombs dropped ahead of us said Lt Herbert Reynolds flying for tress bombardier of Valley Cot tage X Y 1 bet they thought the inva sion had started declared Lt William Ohio The Calais S Breincr ot Akron sector pummeling followed an early morning blast ing ot Berlin Friday by RAF heavy bombers with 1000 tons of explosives that set fires burning through the nai capital in the 7th great attack in 5 weeks The RAF foxed nazi defenders by coming in through the upper Rhineland then turning on Ber lin and one veteran of 7 raids on the city said This was the quiet est of all recent attacks Stock holm dispatches said the raid was aimed principally at war indus tries in the western suburb of Ncukoeln that had not been hit previously The raid lasted 90 minutes they added GERMAN CHUTE TROOPS TRY TO RETAIN ORTONA American Troops Take 2 Hills Although Hampered by Rains By WES GALLAGHER Allied Headquarters Algiers furious Stalingradlike battle without letup for the Yule holidays raged on the Italian front as the Geimans threw in parachute troops in an attempt to hold the strategic port city of Ortona on tlie Adriatic it was an nounced Saturday The Cairo radio said that Or tona last important bastion pro tecting Pescara is now in allied hands The German first parachute division reinforced by fresh bat talions from the Rome area joined the fighting at Ortona where the Germans are clinging to the northwest corner of the city There are now elements from 3 German divisions fighting for Oriona Allied motor torpedo boats cruising off the Jugoslav coast torpedoed the ancient German cruiser Dalmacija On the 5th army front across the Italian peninsula to the west rain restricted most activity but American troops captured 2 hills and high ground 2 miles east of Acqua Fondola Aerial operations also were hampered by the weather Ameri can marauders however attacked the Cecina railroad yards on the LeghornRome highway motor Torpedo boats found the small German cruiser DalamcUa stranded off Silba island between Zaraand Ppla and sent several tor pedoes into thr craft ton ship formerly belonged to the Jugoslav navy having been pur chased from the German govern ment in 1926 and used as a train ing ship It formerly was the Ger man cruiser Mobe built in 1890 It is not known how the cruiser happened to be stranded but it is thought the ship might have been damaged by an aerial attack In addition to the first para chute elements the German 26th tank pud 90th gren adier division are fighting for Or tona The Germans placed tanks in the basements of houses where they were almost impossible to root out as the more rubble falls on a tank the stronger it becomes a military commentator said Canadians who have been fight ing in the city for 6 days are now storming these basement strong holds one by one with hand gre nades and Mololov cocktails In one action the Canadians took 44 prisoners Some progress was made be yond the OrtonaOrsogna road but vigorous fighting raged around Villa Grande On the 5th army front patrol activity went on in the snowcov ered mountains eflst of Acqua Fonclola Several sharp actions wore fought In thn lowlands of the Lira valley swollen rivers flooded large areas Aerial activity dwindled to the lowest point in many weeks with virtually no sweeps being made over the front because of low hanging clouds and rain Ameri can marauders of the 5th air force that bombed rail communications at Cecina were believed to have destroyed a bridge in addition to causing severe damage in the yards One German plane was destroyed during the day The fleets daylight escorted allied bomber by clouds of iijrhters wrecked he French tar jets identified to atlackinc crew men also only as military objec tives Whatever they may have been using those targets for they wont be doing it again for a long time declared Harry G Mumford of El Paso Tex a group leader Otehr crewmen gave similar re ports of highly accurate and de structive bombing and one said the great fighter escort may have scared the Germans away Weath er was ideal Attacks also were staged on airfields at Morlaix and BrestGuipavas hitting dispersal huts and runways Save That Paper The government has asked that all Christinas wrappings and other waste paper accumulated Christmas time be salvaged most North towns the In Boy Scouts Mason City ready have collect it In if you do not al Scout making col MM 2M and will be sent yew lowan Found Frozen in Car Heart Attack Is Blamed for Death Dr T F Hersch Linn county coroner attributed to a heart attack the death of Arthur B White 63 of Anamosa whose frozen body was found slumped in the back seat ot his car Friday The car had been parked near a Coggon filling station since last Sunday when the death presum ably occurred No one had investi gated the car until Friday Minnesota Father oflO Volunteers for Service Mankato Minn CUR Ralph Jesse Lloyd 33 Amboy the fa ther of 10 children was not con tent to let the national selective service catch up with him so hf has volunteered for the anned services Lloyd will be included in the draft contingent from Blue Earth county leaving Mankato Tuesday morning for physical ex amination and induction at Fort Snelling   

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