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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1943, Mason City, Iowa                             SAVE AM PAPER I Am Ammunition For War Dont Waste or Throw Me Away COUP DEPARTMENT OF AHO ARCH I A VOL L Associated Press aad United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy GETS SENTENCE FOR SLAYING IN MANLY IN 1932 Underwood Bothered by Conscience Planned to Surrender Twice Before Northuood Roy Underwood 43 was given a lite sentence in the state prison at Fort Madison Friday morning for the murder of James E Hill at Manly in 1932 Underwood pleaded guilty to 1st degree murder before Judge M H Kepler Wednesday in Worth county district court Sentence was passed Friday morning Appeal bond was set at Underwood was brought back to Northwood recently from Red Bluff Cal after he confessed to the slaying of Hill more than 11 years ato At the hearing at Northwood Friday Hugh H Shepard of Mason a boyhood friend of Hill information regarding the slaying of Hill in 1932 Hill was on his way to Mason City at the time of his murder intending to transact business in regard to his land holdings in that area While on his way to the bus depot at Manly Hill was killed in the vicinity of the railroad cross ing when 2 shots were fired into his body The murderer escaped without leaving a single clue of value There were all kinds of theories at that time as to his death but rfothing which turned out to be of value upon investigation Not until Dec 3 when Under wood turned himself over to offi cers at Ked Bluff Cal and cou fessed to the crime was the final chapter of the case begun Assisting in the final stages of the solution of the case was Max H Studer Mason City agent for the state bureau of investigation County Attorney L E Plummer represented the state E M Sabin Northwood was attorney for the defendant In a statement to Agent Studer and Worth county officers Under wood said he came back to Man ly in 1935 and 1939 for the sole purpose of giving himself up but each time he lost his nerve Underwood said he was at Min neapolis on Jan 26 1932 and pur chased a revolver for which tie lHe said tharabout that night he train from Minneapolis and arrived at Manly about 3 or 4 oclock in he L I got off the train and hune around the depot he said wait inf tor another train to go out After a short time I went across the tracks to a restaurant which I thought I might hold up When I got there I found women were running the place changed my mind because I didnt to bother any wom en I ate some lunch and a cup of coffee The women waited on me I finished eating and went rout Underwood said he headed for another restaurant intending to hold it up On rny way I noticed a man walking ahead of me he con tinued He said the man was about 50 feet in front of him I walked past him then I slowed iip and let him pass me I decided to hold him up and get his money called to him to stop He turned around and looked at me and Itold him this was a stick up He saidno arid set his grip down Tasked Tiim Do you want me to shoot you and he replied Yes to ahead and shoot me and he ran his hand down the inside of pocket 1 fired at his head and rhit r Hefell to the street He laid there for about 30 seconds for air I then fired a second shot from my revolver into his head as I wanted to be sure he was dead and I didnt want him to lay there suffering any more than necessary search him then for money or anything else He was a well dressed man Following the shooting I be came frightened and ran across railroad tracks in a south westerly direction where there an elevator caught a ride with a milk trucker I rode with him to Ma son City When we reached the north part of Mason City I got out I walked cast to the M St L tracks and boarded a freight train to Marshalltown While at Marshalltown I bought a newspaper and learned that the name of the man 1 had killed was James E Hill From Marshalltown I caught a bus to Waterloo At Waterloo I threw the gun away List Hampton Soldier as Missing in Europe among those missing in action as announced by the war department at Washington Friday was S Sgt Svend A Krogh of this city He was reported missing in the European area MASON C1TT IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER SI IMS This Paper Coiisists of Two One NO Reds Pour Through Big Hole in Nazi Line Near Bug River See Story and Map on Page 19 1943 MARKED START OF AIRPORT runway extends toward Ilia biggest civic project concerning Mason City during 194 was the beginning of construction work bythe gov ernment at the Mason City municipal airport The air plane view above which was cleared by army censors shows the progress of the work to date The northsouth runway pointing at the upper right haiid corner of the picture has been completely graded except for some grave fill north of 12th street The first of two 4inch layers of stabilized gravel base already has been laid on the south era end The striped area in the middle of the 5600 foot long runway is caused by the windrows of gravel which have not yet been mixed with stabilizer and spread across the 150 foot width The 5500 foot northwestsoutheast tlle lPPer left of the picture trading ot the southeastern half nearest the camera also has been completed on this flight strip The artist has outlined also the taxiways which are 50 feet wide and connect the flight strips with the administration center where the control tower hangars and weather station will he located The Nicholas house is to be used as administra tion center according to present plans the roof being taken off and replaced with a flat deck surmounted by the control tower After construction of the flight strips has been completed the house is to be moved to the ad ministration center and remodeled it is planned Lock photo from airplane piloted by Sylvan Hugelen Kayenay engraving Charge 2 With Manslaughter in Death at Tavern A joint indictment for man returneJ byutlie Cerro Gordo county grand jury Friday afternoon against John and Joe Frank now being held in connection with the death of James G Teriney in a Christmas Eve fight at the Friendly Tavern Judge Tom Boynton fixed bond at 52500 each Claim Berlin Is Scarcely Recognizable By HUBERT UXKULL Stockholm Ludwig Steed of Berlin told foreign cor respondents that British bombs have left the German capital al most the nazi controlled Scandinavian Tele graph bureau said Friday while Berlin still burned from its 2nd heaviest raid of the war A Ixmdon broadcast said trav elers reaching Sweden from Ber lin described Under den Linden as a street of skeleton buildings with only Adolf Hitlers reich chancellery and the air ministry standing Industrial districts south and southeast of the city appeared hardest hit the broadcast said and damage nt Tempclhot was re ported to Steed said the huge number of personsbombed out of their homes had created a serious housing shortage but promised all feas ible would be taken to cope with the situation Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps From yotyr GlobeGazelle carrier boy U S Heavy Bombers Smash at France Paris Is Struck London heavy bombers supported by American and RAF fighters smashed at targets in France Friday it was an nounced and the Paris radio said the bombsrained in the suburbs of Paris Exact nature oftheobjectives ol the daylight assault Wre not announced by head quarters as the yearend aerial had sent more than 3000 planes thundering against enemy targets in the pre vious on to a climactic finish American planes last bom barded Paris on Sept 15 strik ing at the Cam Ballbearing Works and the HispanoSuiza and Cau dronRenault Airplane and Motor Works Other American raids on the Paris region this year were on April 4 when the Renault Works was hit Sept 3 when the Mes serschmitt repair factory was smashed and Sept 9 when an air factory was the among 6 French craft engine target Paris was towns warned in BBC broad cast on Nov 17 of impending al lied air attacks Later announcement that American marauders and KAF medium Hsrht and fighterbomb ers escorted by swarms of fight ers were slamming at the French coast indicated that the sreat for mations hammering the socalled rocket gun coast and other French targets might equal Thursdays record assault The allied medium and lighter craft attacked unspecified mili tary objectives in northern France the brief announcement said A later Paris radio broadcast said 200 persons were killed and 2000 injured at Paris Paris administration center for German occupation authorities also is war production cen ter The Renault works on Seine island at Billancourt is reported to beproducing transport vehicles Head 1944 Bond Drives B A WEBSTER City Chairman A Gordo Chairman Story ii tnaks andairplane engines Near by is the GnomeRhone works which turns out airplane engines for the Germans Fridays attacks were in the wake an assault on an objec was not announced but which may have been the chemical and poison gas works ot the Germans at Ludwigshafen deep in southwestern Germany Thurs day by the greatest fleet of U S bombers and fighters perhaps 1 500 strong ever sent against the reich Twentytwo bombers and 12 fighters were lost in the weighty operation The closing raids oC 1943 Fri day also followed fresh blows Thursday night by RAF mos quilos which hit targets in west ern Germany and northern France and new minelaying operations in which not a single allied plane was lost The targets of an estimated 500 United States medium and RAF and allied medium bombers and fighterbombers Thursday an nounced by the officials only as military objectives in northern France possibly were the emplacements of the nazis in the Pas De Calais area The daylight operations Friday were launched in cold fine weath er by flocks of medium bombers which returned in an hour Another great force went out between Folkestone and Dungc ness heading toward the French coast with numerous squadrons of fighters flying lop cover The fortresses and liberators with their fighting escorts shot down 23 nazi planes in their day light forays Thursday which fol lowed the RAFs 2240ton block busting of Berlin on Wednesday night In return the Germans stabbed only lightly at southeast England Thursday night cailsiiig slight damage at one place but no cas ualties In a yearend review the RAF declared Thursday night that Ger many had been struck with 134 tons of bombs this year nearly 4 times the Weight dropped ill 1342 It said the allies had achieved air superiority in every theater of war anct that 9 of nazidoms 21 greatest industrial cities of more than 250000 population had been so seriously devastated that in all probability they have been forced for some time to consume more than they produce 2 Bombers With 24 Aboard Are Missing Wendover Utah w o heavy bombers with 24 officers and men aboard have been miss ing since late Wednesday and are presumed to be lost in the wilds of southern Idaho north of Salt Lake Wendoverair base officials said Friday The planes were en route from Wenriover to Pocatello Idaho on a combat training mis INITIATIVE IS SEIZED BY YANKS Large Scale Raid NorlK Allied Headquarters Algiers ViFifth army troops carried ou a large scale raid along the wes coast of Italy north of the Garig liano river Thursday and seized the initiative from the Germans along the stalemated and water logged front in that sector all headquartcrs announced Friday The announcement confirmed a least in part German broadcast that the allies had made an am phibions leapfrog attack in tha area and had established a bridge head Gen Sir Harold Alexander headquarters gave no details o the raid but it apparently wa aimed at junctions controlling thi coastal road to Rome over lb Tontine a highway tha for centuries has been known a the Appian way Berlin broadcasts Thursday sai that the allies had been preventct from reaching the Appian waj and that the fighting had been lo calized on the beaches with heav casualties for the landing forces The key city in this battle area i Minturno slightly inland from the coast The attack by the allies couu tered a heavy 2day offensive by the German 10th army in the Garigliano sector aimed at the town of Ponte Fiume at the mouti of the river Headquarters gave no addition al information about the drive o American troops to take San Vit lore last fortified village m lh valley leading to Cassino Bitte fighting has been raging there anc the town has been reduced tc rubble by allied artillery advice from the front said but the Ger mans were dug into wine cellar underlying the town where it wa difficult to reach them with ar lillery fire The communique said thnt action elsewhere on the 5th armv fron was confined to patrol activity ex cept for German shelling of Mig nano 1 F R SUFFERING FROM GRIPPE President Ordered to Remain in Bed Washington Roosevelts cold had turned inli the grippe Fridayand the whit house said he had half a dcgre of fever Rear Admiral Ross T Mclntirc the presidents physician ordcrcc him to remain in bed Fridav anc said he probably would have tc stay inched Saturday The regular Friday afternoon cabinet meeting was cancelled along with the morning news con fercnce The illness will proven the presidents participating for mally in any observance of fscv Years day which he has pro claimed a day ot prayer F R Effort to Settle R R Pay Dispute Meets Rebuff Washington attempts to arbitrate he railroad wage dispute met with rebuff again Friday pushing even farther nto the future any prospects for return of the government seized Jnes to private management Insisting they HITLER ALLIES ON LANDING TO BE WELCOMED Says War to Have No Winners But Merely Survivors Annihilated London Hitler in a rim and defiant new years mes sage to the German home front in the face of the gathering threat of allied invasion Friday declared with the fullest confidence that wherever they land the allies will receive an appropriate welcome Grimly warning that in this war there will be no victors and losers but merely survivors and annihilated he said that capitu lation cost the Germans victory in the last war and added This time we shall not fall vic tims to sireu songs such as Presi dent Wilson sans for this time our enemies announced their war aims prematurely and wilh brulal frankness It is childish for the British and American press to discover now that it would have been better propaganda to have proclaimed different terms We realize that this is a merciless struggle in which the question is to be or not to be and therefore must and unfor tunately will be countered by us in the same merciless manner said the message as broadcast from Berlin Hitlers cheerless creeling to be home with familiar charge that Germany had the war thrust upon her and then turned into a hymn of bate against England with this new twist Britain lias lost her balance of power position and is at the mercy of her allies He said the British had for gotten that only bolshcvism could profit from the war My compatriots we know the existence of our Germany alone guarantees the existence of Eu rope he declared Germanys collapse would mean the end of the continent with its 2500 years of cultural tradition and its re placement by barbarism which only those can imagine who know the bolshevik cast were entitled to a ruling on overtime independent of every other consideration the 15 nonoperating unions rejected President Roosevelts proposed basis for arbitrating their wage demands A letter in reply to qjie from he president Thursday said wo do not agiee to arbitration on the Jasis you propose They said the sliding scale at ncreases of 4 to 10 cents which ihey have accented was allowed correct substandard conditions and to preserve wngc rate rela tionships and asserted Certainly substandard wages dp not depend on rates paid for overlime To now suggest the possibility that the nonoperating employes should directly or in directly purchase time and one half after 40 hours by giving up part of the overtime or reducing the meager wage rale adjustments granted by Stabilization Director Vinson would in our opinion be a gross injustice and do violence to N Y READY FOR LARGE CROWDS New York York wil throw a 530000000 binge Friday night in what is expected to be its wettest noisiest New Years eve With a crowd ot wcl over a million expected to throng the Times SquareBroadway distric and another million inillin through the night club and res taurant areas experts said the average cost of 6000000 cele brants including those who cele brate at home would run at leas to with thousands spending 10 times that much Most New York ers were expected to do their cele brating at hearthside parties Special police and military po lice were ready to handle crowds Most night spots hotels restaurants and theaters reporter standing room only Liquor shortages forced some restaurants to ask patrons 4o brinj their own bottles but 50 per ccn of the fancier restaurants plannec lo close at 10 p m to conserve low slocks of food and drink Night clubs said they would dig deep into reserves before takin any such steps as rationing drinks and it was generally believed the liquor would hold out general until the 4 a m closing time Weather Report FORECAST Iowa Mostly fair Friday Fridaj night and Saturday No import ant change in temperature Mason Ciy Fair Friday night an Saturday Slightly warmer Sat urday Minnesota Mostly fair Friday night and Saturday Little change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 36 Minimum Thursday night 7 At 8 a m Friday 7 YEAR AGO Maximum 25 Minimum 15 the prevailing tion policies The president ge detcnnina liuit outlined o them the scope of the dispute as he saw it He lumped togelhcr the sliding scale increases the overtime but the unions contejiil the sliding scale increases have been removed from the arena of arbitration by their acceptance of them The president saici in his letter Friday the 4 to 10 cents would not be disturbed but there was no as surance that overtime compensa tion would not thereby be reduced The unions feel they are en titled to 6 cents an hour in lieu of time and onehall after 40 hours a week This would make total increases graduating from 10 to 16 cents an hour instead 4 to 10 The president had advised the unions he planned to proceed to a decision on the basis he outlinec heheard objectidns from the unions or the carriers by 10 a m Friday It was understood the presi dents terms for arbitration were acceptable to the carriers With continued darkened pros pects for any early settlement oC the wage dispute army control ot the governmentseized railroads for an indefinite lime appearec likely 6 New Cars Destroyed by Blaze at Chariton Chariton flj Six new auto mobiles were destroyed when fire razed the Ream Motor com pany garage Friday Miller Ream owner estimated the loss al 000 and said part ot it was cov ered by insurance In addition to tbe 6 new cars which were store in the basement 2 other cars which were being repaired tires a supply of ant ifreeze solution and all equipment burned The flames broke out in the basement of the onestory brick structure RUSSIANS ONLY 43 MILES FROM POLISH BORDER Routed Remnants of Von Mannsteins Forces Split by Soviet Forces BULLETIN London ant railway tenter in the tlkraino which had been outflanked by Gen Nikolai Vatutins Ukrainian urmy rushiner toward the ottl Polish and Rumanian bor ders has fallen Moscow an nounced Friday night By HENRY C CASSIDY Moscow forces streaming through the greatest liole yet torn in uazi defenses broken into the outer Bug river defenses in a driving offen sive that has split the routed rem nants of Nazi Gen Von Mann steins legions and carried to within 30 miles ot the river it self Trout line dispatches said Fri is endangered That only line from Poland winds RUSSIANS NEAR OLD POLISH Russian 1st Ukraine army Dec 30 was past Korosten less than 48 miles from the old Polish border and was closing in on Zhitomir In the north Russias Baltic troops con tinued envelopment of Vitebsk To the south the red army gained west of Zapoiwlie an apparent drive on Nikopol Shaded area is Germanheld I 14 The Russian cirlunm sweeping toward the Buf Germanys next line of defense alone the south central front west of the Dnieper river thrust down the Kicv Zhmcrinka railway to open a deep wedge in thereelingnazi army Vatuliivs vanguards were re ported to be within 43 miles ot the old Polish border and within 90 miles the Dniester river which forms Rumanias old east cm boundary With the WarsawSmela rail way severed at captured Kazatin only 1 supply line remained open to the retreating nais before the main OdcssaLwow lineitself supply south eastward through the Ukraine and the rcu army advance has carried to within the fappTy link Cutting of this line would mean that all supplies for nazi forces in the Dnieper betidibd westof Kiev would have to move over tiie OdessaLXvow railway The advance column sweeping soulhwcstward toward the old borders of Poland and Rumania was but 30 miles from the pro vincial center of Vinnitza on the upper Bus river Vinnitza lies only 60 miles from the Dniester The Friday German communi que also indicated that the Rus sians were on the offensive again north of Kirovograci in theDnie per bend where German forces were reported to have been coun terattacking Thursday A gap in the German lilies north of Kirovograd had been closed the announcement said tersely adding that numerous prisoners and extensive booty were taken H said only that heavy tight ing was continuing in the Zhito mir area west of Kiev and hear Vitebsk farther to the north The Russian spearheads knifed through Hie remnants of marshal Fritz von Mannsteins 2S defeated 1   

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