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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 25, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             AM PAPER I Am Ammunition For Dont Waste or Throw Me Away DEPARTMENTOF HISTORY UO THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION rmmi irou Auodxtcd PreM and United Pten Full leased Wires Five Cents 4 Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JANUARY 25 1914 ThSj Paper ComLili of Two One NO Mi ussians Push German orces Toward Estonia ajPilQKV IBLE TRAP NORTH AREA Briggs Indicted for Forgery in Hopkins Letter Affair Washington N Briggs suspended assistant to In erior Secretary Ickes was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday 11 connection with the celebrated Hopkins letter affair The 55 year old Briggs a former newspaperman was charged forgery false pretense and Principal Escape R R West of Leningrad Sector Is Severed t e n d o n Russian forces Rave severed the principal Ger escape railway leading west the Leningrad sector and esday a nazi army estimated number at least 250000 was facing possible entrapment by 2 oviet armies south of Russias city The Germans were being herd west and southwest toward the Ionian border by Gen Leonid Govorovs Leningrad front forces and Gen A K A Meret Ikovs Volkhov army based on Novgorod 100 miles to the south function of these 2 armies ef fected last week forms a semi lircle around the enemy which is Constantly being squeezed tighter jiccording to advices from Mos Most telling blow against the jlaborate nazi communication and Lupply system below Leningrad Eyas struck Monday by Govorovs forces They stormed down to cut trunk tie near the village of Smolkovo miles southwest of Leningrad 16 miles westsouthwest of snojrvardeisk soviet communique said the Russians killed 1500 Germans on he way and captured 10 tanks guns and other valuable war aterial Soviet vanguards were orted but 2 miles from Kras ogvardeisk itself Further to east other units Govorovs army battled their through 40 towns and vil iges including historic Pushkin tTsarkoye Selo and Pavlovsk ISlutsk important rail junctions i Nuys 69 of New Deal Policies Dies Washington Frederick Van Nuys 69 year old chair man of the judiciary committee died early Tuesday at his home near Vienna Va after a brief illness He had served in the senate since March 4 1933 taking an active part in legislative affairs and leading democratic opposition to some new deal measures Last fall the Indianan started a sweeping investigation of the liquor industry introducing a for a probe into the shortage of whisky and al leged monopoly of supply His committee had scheduled a hear ing in this investigation for Tues day In addition to the judiciary chairmanship Van Nuys also was a member of the senate commit tees on foreign relations Indian affairs and executive expendi tures Frequently at odds with the administration Van Nuys fought President Roosevelts court re organization plan in 1937 and was aligned against the adminis tration on many other issues However he was a staunch supporter of President Roosevelts foreign policies even in the con troversial period before the war His announcement that he would support repeal of the arms em bargo in 1939 assured that ad ministration measure majority support within the foreign rela tions committee which had been almost evenly Van Nuys was the senate spon sor for the controversial anti lynching bill which still is pend ing before the judiciary commit tee He made several attempts to force senate action on the meas ure always being balked by a southern filibuster He also ad vocated federal legislation to out law the poll tax as a qualifica tion for voting His death reduced the demo craticheld seats in the senate to 57 with the republicans holding 37 and the progressive party one However Indianas democratic governor Henry F Schricker doubtlessly will appoint a demo crat to serve out the year remairi SENATOR VAN NUYS 4 and 18 miles south of Lenin W of Van NuyVjerm Schricker for the democratic nomination succeed Van Nuys Van Nuys whose home was Indianapolis unseated James E Watson veteran republican in the 1932 democratic landslide and was reelected by a tight margin ii 1938 after fighting the Indiana democratic organization for the nomination The state organization had op posed him because of his bitte fight on some new deal measures in this drive saidthe Rus icommunique and a sizeable of prisoners was counted as jovorov swept on to capture iJlianovka on the Leningrad Moscow trunk railway Capture of Pushkin and Pav lovsk which between them con trol at least 12 lines out of Len ingrad won a citation for Gov troops from Premier Stalin Meretskov meanwhile s en t olumns west from Novgorod to kithin 20 and 30 miles respcc of Batetskaya and Luca ondary rail hubs on lines lead to the Estonian boarder and i Pskov at the lower end of Lake Command of these lines ap pared necessary to the Germans they hope to escape disaster as was doubtful they could ex Hcate their immense military achine without railway facili Seizure of these towns would so materially tighten the soviet finccr on the nazi forces Meretskov not only jeopardized lese escape routes but he also nashed down the west shore of ke Ilmen to capture Borok 14 liles north of Shimsk another junction leading to the rear German troops based at Staraya just below the lake More lian 3000 nazis were killed in operations which also net the red army forces 18 more and villages in the Noy orod area the communique said Moscow made no mention of lighting in the White Russian or rimean sectors but reported sav German counterattacks in lower Ukraine near Vinnitsa Ivhere Gen Nikolai Vatutins first Ukrainian army was pushing flown toward the Rumanian Iron All these attacks were re bulsed Moscow said WAREHOUSE AT DUBUQUE BURNS Structure Across From Fire Station Gutted Dubuque Fire of unde ermined origin gutted a 2 story arehouse building owned by the F Stampfer department store arly Wednesday with a loss es imated by Capt H H Cosgrove f the department at 5150000 Sixteenstreams of water were layed on the blaze and firemen vere still watching the ruins Tues ayTalterTioon5 The building is located directly closs from the Central fire sla ion and the alarm was sounded vhen firemen were awakened by he sound of breaking glass at a m notably court reorganization After Van Nuys had threatenec to run as an in dependent if de nied renominatipn the Indian democratic convention gave him the nomination SENATOR WAS FOUND DEAD IN BED Washington J Mat tice a close friend of Senate Van Nuys said that Van NUJ was found dead in bed by th caretaker of his Vienna home a about 5 a m Dr John Wynnkoo of Washington was summonet Mattice said the cause of deal had not been determined and autopsy would be held in Wash ington later Mattice said that th senator had suffered from a col which appeared Mondayi night be developing into influenza Explosion Kills 5 But Plant Goes Ahead With Scheduled Bond Rally Chicago an explo on which killed 5 persons and injured 11 others employes of the south Chicago plant of the Carne ieIllinois Steel corporation went ahead with their scheduled war bond rally The tragedy occurred Monday afternoon when a recentlyover hauled steam turbine which had been undergoing tests exploded with a terrific roar whipped pieces of steel around the room like shrapnel and blew out a sec tion of brick wall Officials how ever said war production would not be inlerupted and doubted that sabotage was responsible The dead were E E Stricklen 29 John Minford 33 Harry Branch 56 and Joseph Hlinka 40 Bernard Nawrocki 41 died of in juries later All were of Chicago ar Crashes Through ce Number of Lives jst Not Determined Faribanlt Minn 3ause Robbinsdale diver planned Tuesday to assist authorities in Determining how many persons hied when a car crashed through ihin ice on Lake Mazaka 9 miles of here Only 3 persons witnessed the Iragedy and they were too far pway to observe the number of ersons in the car George Pe richa Faribault his brother Etnil Montgomery and George fcepechla Longsdale told Sheriff pohn Simon that they saw the nachine cross the ice about 3 p a Monday top an ice ridge about half mile from the east shore hen suddenly start sinking They told the sheriff they saw figure emerge from the car as setUed flounder and sink out sight by the time they reached the car A mans glove was found the lip of the 25foot break in ne ice The car can be seen in about 30 et of water EDEN SAYS NAZI AGENTS HELPED BOLIVIAN COUP Britain Jobs With U S ia Refusing to Recognize New Regime BULLETINS London joined the United States Tuesday in refusing to recognize the new government of Bolivia Foreign Secretary An thony Eden told commons he be lieved the coup in that country had been aided by German agents Santiago Chile is expected to break relations with the axis before Saturday night it was learned reliably Tuesday Washlngtbn joint action by the American republics to uproot and destroy any pro axis movements under way in South America was foreshadowed Tuesday by refusal of the United States and 7 other western hemi sphere nations to recognize the revolutionary rulers of Bolivia The immediate goal in this dip lomatic maneuvering is believed to be a break between nazi Ger many arid Argentina which now is the only American nation main taining relations with Germany Talk of axis intrigue has been linked with the Bolivian revolu tion so that every development involving Bolivia now is studied closely for its effect on Argentina That Argentine reaction would j not be long in forthcoming be came apparent when Foreign Minister Alberto Gilbert an nounced at Buenos Aires that he would have important news momentarily His statement was made after conferring with U S Ambassador Norman Armour British Ambas sador Sir David Victor Kelly and the Gennan Ch arge DAffaires Erich Otto Meynen The United States nonrecogni tion policy was announced by the state department late Monday The statement linked the Bolivi an regime with subversive groups hostile to the allied cause No reference was made to eco nomic sanctions or other mea sures and the intention of the United States and cooperating governments apparently was to await reaction in Bolivia and Ar gentina to the purely diplomatic step before doing anything else Along with issuance of the an nouncement a state department official disclosed that Ambassa dor Pierre De L Boal 48 who has been in La Paz since March 1942 was being ordered back home The next immediate action by the cooperating governments is expected to be announcements in still other American capitals that they also are adopting nonrecog nition policies The United States was the 4th nation to act being preceded by Uruguay Cuba and Venezuela Foreign Minister O s w a 1 d o Aranha of Brazil declared in Rio De Janeiro Monday night that in view of information brought to light about the origins of the Bo livian regime he could not rec ommend that his government rec ognize it Guatemala Peru and the Dominican Republic also turned thumbs down Nineteen American governments have ex changed information on the rev olution and all are expected to decide against recognition Such action is expected to im ply a strong warning to Argen tina Axis activities in that coun try were tacitly recognized by the Buenos Aires government itself last week when it announced that an ample investigation had been undertaken of the alleged existence of a spy ring in the country and that several persons have already been detained Speculation that Argentina might break relations with the axis arose from the fact that the Washington announcement on Bo livia omitted all mention of Ar gentina although a blast at that nation had been confidently ex pected by Latin American diplo mats here Several expressed surprise that it was not named and that its suspected link with the Bolivian revolution was not brought out The Washington statement was worded with extreme caution It not only failed to mention Ar gentina but also carefully left the door open so that the question of recognition of a new or reconsti tuted Bolivian government might come up again at nay time use of the mails to defraud The grand jury said Harry L Hopkins presidential adviser Dr Umphrey Lee and Frank Phillips prominent members of the mys tery thrillers cast had no knowl edge of the letter Three indictments containing total of 11 counts were returnee against Briggs who was sus pendcd from his position ii Ickes office when his name wa brought into the ease recently The maximum possible penalty upon conviction of all counts 53 years imprisonment and a fin of 58000 The letter in question purport ing to be from Hopkins to Di Lee president of Southern Meth odist university Dallas Texa predicted Wendell Willkies re nomination by the republican again this year and broadly im plied that some sort of coopera live understanding existed be tween the writer and Willkie The Hopkins letter affair de vcloped like this C Nelson Sparks former mayor of Akron Ohio published a book which made grave charges con cerning the tactics of Willkie backers at the Philadelphia re Allies Push 12 Miles Inland From New Landings in Italy Most Lawmakers in Favor of Taking Up Soldier Vote Only By JOHN H CHAPMAN DCS Moiiies informal survey of Iowa lawmakers Indicated Tuesday aClernoon they would not take up anything except the soldier vote matter at their special session opening Wednesday Most of those interviewed said that while there had been consider able talk about suspending or eliminating the state income tax and other matters the general seemed to be that they would meetfor only a lew days to pro vide means for soldiers to vote in this years elections Representative Henry W Burma R speaker of the house said I personally doubt it they will take up anything hut the soldier vote The legislators were expected to decide at caucuses Tuesday whether any matters other than soldier voting would be taken up publican convention of 1D40 where during the session Republican senators scheduled caucus lor 2 p m at the Kirk ood hotel and house republicans will meet there Tuesday night Democratic senators and represen TOillkiewon the partys nomina tion On the basis of this book Sena tor Langer RN asked the senate to investigate the con vention asserting the question had been raised whether attempts to buy votes of delegates had fig ured in the conclave Langer said the inquiry should specifically seek to determine if Hopkins President Roosevelts close friend and adviser was in any way con nected with the proceedings Willkie termed the whole mat ter absurd said he would be glad to undergo crossexamination by a seriate committee In the furore that followed Sparks released to the press photo copies of a letter which he had mentioned in his book Typewrit ten on stationery headed The White House Washington dated Aug 17 1943 it read Dear Umphrey What has been done about the ink blot matter Will you write me please What developments in the other situation Willkic is go ing to be the man in my opinion and you good co operation from that quarter if you think it would be helpful Sincerely yours Harry Hopkins At the bottom it showed it was addressed to Dr Umphrey Lee president of Southern Methodist university Dallas Texas Hopkins promptly termed the letter a forgery asked an FBI in vestigation Dr Lee said he had never received such a letter Sparks stated emphatically at that time he was convinced the authenticity of the document Subsequently he said he had ob tained it from Bviggs after Briggs had gotten it from his employer Ickes In some quarters an old Ickes Ilopkins feud was recalled but Ickes after goinff before the grand jury convened to investi gate the affair said he was not the villain of the piece Briggs stated before testifying before thejury Monday that he felt he had been caught in a game of power politics He ac cused Senator Langer who re viewed the letter case at length in the senate a week ago of seiz ing an opportunity to crack 3 men he wants to Harry Hopkins and Wendell Will kie Briggs saidLangers ref erences to BriggsSparks corre spondence which preceded publi cation of the disputed letter was an attempt to throw him to the wolves Said Briggs I shant be thrown to the wolves Briggs at his home in Fairling lon Va when his indictment was announced had no immediate comment tatives will hold a caucus at Hotel Fort DCS Motnes Tuesday night Gov B B Hickenlooper will address the assembly when it con venes at 10 a in Wednesday There have been predictions that WASHBURN HEAD OF PREFLIGHT Successor to Hanrahan Now on West Sea Duty Iowa City Edward D Washburn hasbeen appointed to succeed the late Capt David C Hanrahan as commander of the navy prcflight school here Rep Thomas E Martin Rla said Tuesday Capt Washburn now is on duty in the western sea frontier Date for his arrival here was not given Capt Hanralian who had been commandant of the school since NAZIS REDUCING ATTACKS ALONG CASSINO FRONT Some Enemy Forces Pulled Back to Meet Invasion Flank Threat the session will last only 3 days Hotel lobby discussion Tuesday morning indicated that although the session was called primarily to provide for the soldier vote the lawmakers were doing considerable thinking about other things par ticularly proposals to forgive or repeal the state income tax at least for the duration Comments of early arrivals in cluded Representative H c r m a 11 M Knudson R Mason think we ought to do this one job and go home1 Senator Leo Elthon R Fertile and dontthink it is a political sin to have a little money in the state treasury I voted against the 3 point tax bill when it was passed in the first place because I didnt like the sales tax idea I thought the income and corporation taxes were all right but it has worked out Hvonderfulljvtlthink it ought to be left alone Senator K A Evans R Emer they do remit the other half of the income tax this year I think they ought to require peo ple to file returns anyhow so that when it is picked up again there wouldnt be a gap there Representative Joe F Gardner R the income tax is taken off now it will be hard to get it back when we need it again Representative Arch W McFar lane Ii Waterloo dont think we ought to take up any thing but the vote question it was established in April 1942 died last Thursday of pneumonia Cmdr Harvey Harman director of athletics at the base has been acting commandant Rep Martin who is in Wash ington announced the appoint ment in a telegram to the Press Citizen Capt Washburn commanded the battleship California from January 1038 to June 1939 and since that time has been attached to the office of chief of naval operations New Record Set as Temperature Goes Up to 59 Weather records were smashed Tuesday noon when the mercury zoomed to 59 the highest Janu ary temperature shown in local weather history This figure of 59 was recorded at the KGLO transmitter Ameri can Crystal Sugar company and civil aeronautics station at the airport The previous January tempera ture approaching Tuesdays record was 53 on Jan 28 1931 Tuesdays 59 was the highest recorded here since last fall when GO was reported on Oct 23 EACH IOWAN MUST DO PART State Has Not Always Put Bond Drives Over DCS Jloines to popular belief Iowa doesnt al ways attain its war bond quota the state war finance committee reported Tuesday Last November the state war bond sales totaled only 512570000 against a quota of and in December sales amounted to compared with a quota of S16200OOC1 The committee called attention to the figures in asserting that some lowans have adopted a let George do it attitude toward the war bond drives In some counties there is the attitude that Iowa always goes over the top and there is nothing to worry about the committee declared This let George do it1 attitude has been apparent for some time and must end We must have everyone behind the 4th war loan drive We must not let down or we might fail War bonds must be our first consideration from here on out SHIP SACKS OF TEXAS Dallas Texas bit of Texas is going be deep in the heart of North Carolina Twelve sacks of Lone Star state soil were shipped by the Dallas Morning News to a unit of homesick Tex ins stationed at Fort Davis N Car The soldiers said they would lant a flagpole in the soil Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy BUS AFTER is the rear part of a St Louis Mo city bus after it got into the path of a Wabash train at a suburban station Jan 23 Eight of the bus passengers were killed The bus was carried a block by the train and then broke in 2 No train passengers were injured HIT FRENCH COAST TWICE Strong Formations Are Seen Crossing Channel London formations of allied bombers struck twice at enemy installations across the channel in daylight Tuesday re turning in the afternoon after a morning operation British southeast coast residents saw squadrons believed to be me dium bombers flying very high towards France Tuesday afternoon while RAF typhoon fighterbomb ers crossed at low levels Swarms of fighters roared back from the direction of Calais across the Folkestone district It was the 3rd consecutive day of tile crosschanel offensive Coastal watchers said the planes BOLIVIA APPARENTLY NOT were more numerous than in the SURPRISED BY MOVE 2 previous days La Fax Bolivia forTwentyone German planes eign ministry said Monday night I were destroyed Monday in battles it had not been officially notified 1 which developed when escorted of Washingtons decision to with1 U S flying fortresses and liber hold recognition of the braved bad weather to blast ment of President Villarroel butlhinspecificd objectives in western the aclion apparently came as no Germany a communique an surprise nounced Monday night Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday cold er Wednesday lowest Tuesday night in Mason City 37 Iowa Mostly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday with oc casional light rain east and cen tral portions Tuesday night and extreme cast portion Wcdnes day colder Wednesday and wes portion Tuesday night Winds 20 to 25 miles an hour Minnesota Cloudy with occasiona light rain southeast and ligh snow north portion Tuesday night Wednesday partly cloudy to cloudy with snow flurries northeast and extreme cast por tions Colder Wednesday and west and north portions Tuesday night Winds 15 to occasionally 25 miles an hour IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday BULLETIN LONDON radio de clared Tuesday lhat Velletri on the Appian Way 22 miles south east of Rome had been destroyed and indicated the allies had cap tured the town American troops are finding debris anil ashes there after their own bombs transformed the little town into a heap of ruins the broadcast said Velletrj is about 18 miles north east of Nctluno Allied Headquarters Algiers iP troops have driven 12 miles inland from their Ncttuno Anzio beachhead and patrols are pushing deeper headquarters an nounced Tuesday with no for midable German opposition yet encountered The famous Appian Way to Rome and the main coastal rail line are about 12 miles inland from the landing area but it was not specifically stated that the in vasion forces had reached them It is obvious however that they are at least under allied tion Tlic Geneva newspaper La Suissc quoted the fascist press Tuesday as announcing that al lied forces now had occupied the entire 30mile coastal stretch from Nettuno to the mouth of the Tiber and were thrcatcningOstii the port of Rome 3 miles up the river OWI reported this dis patch German planes made their strongest attacks Mondayseeking to halt seaborne reinforcements and battled over theinvasion bridgehead but lost D planes The allied spearheads met has tily organized battle gronps of Germans apparently moved north ward from the 5th armyfront around Cassino The nazis still were launching fierce counterattacks on that main front but these blows have de creased somewhat in number and intensity in the last 24 hours in dicating thai enemy forces were being pulled back to meet the in vasion flanking threat The beachhead has been length ened headquarters declared with out disclosing the area it covers Reinforcements and supplies con tinued to pour in with little enemy interference and the communique said the town of Anzio bordering Nettuno to the west had been taken The capture of the town whoso outskirts are contiguous with Net tuno was announced as one of the grimmest battles of the Italian campaign being fought on the Cas sino front All allied communique Tuesday said the amphibious forces which landed south of Rome Saturday have continued to thrust farther inland without encountering any formidable nazi opposition On the Cassino front allied troops lunged ahead at 2 points against fierce German resistance Minimum Monday night At 8 a m Tuesday Rain 49 34 46 Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 4 Minimum Minus14 Snowfall Trace   

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