Wednesday, February 9, 1944

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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 9, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME vou iv REDS DRIVE ON FORKRIYOIROG ORE CITY DCPAATHCNr Of HOME EDITION Aaoclated Press ana United MAKES AU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Sweep Ahead After Capturing Nikopol Manganese Center Moscow Gen Rodio Y Jijalinovskys 3rd Ukrainian arm drove on Wednesday toward th iron ore city of Krivoi Rog lab major Germanheld objective i the Dnieper bend following th capture of Nikopol main source o Germanys vitally needed man ganese Loss ot Krivoi Rog on top Nikopol where 15000 nails wer killed and captured woul heavy blow to Germany war industry The vital metal these centers has fed th war machine forthe past n I l Krivoi Kog is about voiles northwest of Nikopol vc After Gen Feodor I Tolbuk t ans 4th Ukrainian army ha liquidated the German hel kridgehead on the south bank o the Dnieper river opposite Niko pol Malinovskys veteran stormed the city itself climaxin a great 4day Battle which sen 7 nazi infantry divisions fleein m headlong retreat safely in hands Malinovsky then sent hi right wing toward Krivoi Ro from the captured rail junction o Apostolovo 22 miles away Nikopol was taken only afte the bitterest housetohouse fight ing front dispatches declarec Tremendous stores of booty wer abandoned by the enemy and Russian i communique asserted the victory has returned to th country one of the largest in dustrial centers of the Ukraine German prisoners were quotei by the communique as saying tha Adolf Hitler had ordered th Nikopol bridgehead 75 miles Ion and 21 miles deep to be held a fj all costs Formidable defenses ir depth dominated by height manned by powerful siege guns were blasted by the Russian on 11 slaught which wiped the Ger tory4the communidue said the Russians enemy V routed7 divisions A largegroup of Germans was driven to the I Dnieper and completely wiped out Forty other towns were cap tured in the Russian drive which d the tip of the German easternmost position in army con 9 i I armys Russia As Malinovskys uverged on KrivoiRog other Kus mtaan forces under Gens Nikola and Ivan S Konev were adily crushing the remnants o German divisions trapped ncai 65 miles further north On the Baltic front Russiar wops under Gen Leonid A were driving on the big defense stronghold o Luga on the LeningradPskov Warsaw railway Further south several towns fell to Gen M M Popovs forces in the Novosokol mki area The Russian communique madi no mention of developments in the red armys drive into Estonia along the coast of the Gulf of Finland or the progress of Rus sian forces in the Rcivno and Lutsk areas more than 409 miles west of the Dnieper bend WJLpjflBE IN IOWA 2 DAYS Program for Feb 15 arid 20 Announced Moines Will kie the 1940 republican presiden tial candidate will be in Des Moines Feb 19 and 20 at the con clusion of his western speaking tour Charles Van Werden Win terse t announced Wednesday Van Werden who will be Will xies host as member of the Iowa republican state central commit tee for the Sth congressional dis trict said Willkie would be guest of honor at a party banquet at Hotel Fort Des Moines the eve ning 19 Attendance at the banquet will be limited o county chairmen and vice chairmen members of the state central committee and elected officials Van Werden said On Feb 20 Willkie will hold a press conference at p m and republican editors of the state will be invited to attend A public re ception for republicans will be held at p m party will include Mrs Willkie Ralph Cake his campaign manager Lem Jones his secretary and a press group He will have headquarters at Hotel Fort Des Moines for the 2 days PLAN HOLIDAY Des Moines ff The Iowa statchouse will be closed Feb J2 Lincolns birthday and Feb 22 Washingtons birthday MASON CITy IOWA WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9 BY U S Lone maime seaiches a Japanese food dump on Namur isl irded it in the preinvasion of Kwai PICTURES ON PAGE 2 Use Kwajalein as Base for New Assaults on Jap Forces By CHARLES H McMURTRY U S Pacific Fleet Headquarters Pearl Harbor organized Japanese resistance h as been snuffed out on Kwajalein worlds largest atoll Already American warships and planes are diverting fire power from that nerve center of the Marshalls to other fortified atolls In the midst of these develop ments the overall strategists spoke hopefully of setting our ground and air forces into China as early as possible for the show doivn against Nippon Highly significant the navy im posed a policy of semisecrecy Tuesday night in announcing that Ihe fleet and air arm are swinging punches elsewhere in the Mar shalls The navy did not disclose the targets figuring that commu nications between those supply severed bases and Japan are pre atjd lack ipf the informa tion would seriously impede the These attacks occurred Sunday and Monday Meanwhile Roi and Kwajalein islands in Kwajalein atoll are being swiftly repaired and modernized to send planes daily againstIUarshall bases al ready largely neutralized and virtually stripped of air cover Based at Kivajaleins spacious rooii a large and as yet unchal enged even attacked by enemy alert against attempts io succor the ene mys Marshall garrisons Organized resistance on Kvvaja ein atoll has ceased and its cap ure and occupation have been completed Adm Chester W limit announced Tuesday Con juest was completed 8 days after Kwajalein was invaded Jan 31 It can now be disclosed that on eb 5 the commanderinchief of the Pacific fleet stood at the in vasion 2500 miles rom observed Henceforth it will be very dif ieult for the Japanese to use the Warshalls as for ubmarines The victory will serve Io speed up the tempo of the Pacific war It definitely shortens rommu ications to the south Pacific and he southwest Pacific It is a great pleasure that we id it with such smalllosses 286 uner ican Japa Japanese plane strength par icularly naval air power obvi ously is considerably under it peak The enemy lacks destroyers t escort their supply convoys or t make up an adequate battle fleet H o w e v e r Admiral Nimit firmly believes that Japan can not be defeated from the se alone and said Tuesday afte returning from the Kwajalein in spection his objective is to ge our ground and air forces int China as early as possible To correspondents at a pres conference he remarked the Jap can only be defeated from base in China and although givin no indication of such an offensiv time table added I think that if youll watch th communiquesyoull see us mov ing on He hinted strongly his navy armyand marine corps forces in tended to take si leading part i the China offensive Weather Report FORECAST Y Mason CityIncreasing cloudines Wednesday night Lowest tem peratuie at Mason 8 Thursday snow with much cold cr late in afternoon or night Iowa Cloudy Wednesday nigh and Thursday with snov Thursday and in west and cen iral portions Wednesday night not so cold becoming coldc west portion Thursday forenoon and east portion in afternoon with cold wave Thursday night strong winds and blowing snow Thursday and Thursday night with temperatures falling to zero or slightly lower by Fri day morning Minnesota Snow Wednesda night becoming flurries Thurs day Increasing winds Wednes day night becoming 25 to 35 miles an hour Thursday with blowing snow Not so cole Wednesday night becoming colder again Thursday IN MASONCITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 47 Minimum Tuesday night 10 At 8 a m Wednesday 10 YEAR AGO Maximum 33 Minimum 17 Blue Is Candidate for GOP Nomination for Governor v D Blue lieutenant governor and former tne Iowa house of representatives announced Wednesday republican nomination for governor peaker at he Blues announcement followed y 24 hours Goy B Hicken oopers declaration of candidacy or the United States senatorship t had been generally understood n political circles that Blue rould seek the governorship ever nee it became knownthat Hick nlooper had his eye on a senate eat The primary election is June 5 Blue is the 2nd republican to nnounce his candidacy for the overnorship Henry W Burma 1 Allison who served with Blue n the house of representatives rom 1937 to 1941 and who suc eeded Blue to the speakership eclared his candidacy last fail Blue is an attorney a veteran f World war I and a graduate of rake university He also attend d Iowa State college He was Wright county attorney years and state representative 8 ears He was his partys floor ader in the house for 4 years efore he was named speaker He as elected lieutenant governor Blue was born at Eagle Grove ept 24 1898 His father was a iiroad engineer The lieutenant governors in rests now include the owner KOBERT D BLUE ship and operation of a ISOaero stock farm near Eagle Grove Mrs Blue was the former Cath Icne Beale of Tama The Blues have 2 children Barbara Ann 16 and Donald Robert 14 4F Man Beats Up 3 Soldiers Singing Derogatory Songs Belleville 111 Taylor 30 classified 4F becaus of defective vision just got mad Tuesday night when 4 soldiers from Scott Field began singing a derogatory song about 4Fs and as a result beat up 3 of then and caused the other to shorten his supply lines Two of the soldiers landed ir the hospital 1 was floored wit 1 punch and the other fled be fore Taylor could land a blow Pvt Willard Barrel from his hos prtal bed said He didnt hurt m as much as my pride I was a boxer before joining the arm and had 25 knockouts to my credi out of 28 bouts Leaps From 3rdFlor6f Roy A Taylor 856 1st N W was in Park hospital here Wednes day after an unexplained leap o approximately 30 feet from a 3rd floor window of the Cerro Gordo county courthouse about p m Tuesday He suffered a concussion of tht brain in the leap according to physicians who examined him His condition was reported as fail Wednesday Taylor landed headfirst in a large bush and suffered a severe laceration of the scalp according to Deputy Sheriff Cal bu walked across the street from the courthouse to Jhe hospital seemed to have suffered broken bones Passersby said Taylor kicked out the lower half of the large stormwindow in the west side of the courthouse and then launched himself out the window headfirst His hat and topcoat those ot a well dressed man were found in the room from which he jumped it is a room used particularly by the district court reporters Frank OHearn a case worker lor tnp county overseer of the poor saw the man land outside nc office window in the base ment of the courthouse and went ntt to give assistance Deputy Sheriff Dwan also came almost immediately and the 2 helped lay lor across the street to the hospital The manslaughter trial of John Frank was going on In the large ourtroom on the cast side of the courthouse and County Attorney II X Mason was interrupted in his closing argument by the sound of the glass being kicked out he sard Others in the courtroom vere not aware or any unusual ocident however Taylor had been attending the rial every afternoon according to his wife who was unable to ac count for his action She said her msband had called her by tele phone a short time before the in cident and that nothing seemed vrong at that time The injured man is 68 years old and is a retired chief clerk of the Chicago and North Western rail oad and was stationed at Eagle jrove until his retirement about year ago He was married at lagle Grove about 2 years ago W Revere Fined 1350 for Speeding Minneapolis Reveres ide cost him S1350 in justice ourt here Revere a St Paul ruck driver was charged with riving 45 miles an hour in a 35 mile limit zone Your namesake had good rear on to be in 3 hurry said Jus ice of the Peace Thomas Bergin i passing sentence but you idnt Buy War Savings Bonds and tamps from your GlobeGazette carrier ThU Consists ot Two Section On NO jj Planes Blast Cisterna on KAIUo UN NAZI w n i n INazi Lines Below Rome COASTAL WALL German Installations in France Pounded Again and Again by Air London S maurauders roared back to northern France to pound German Atlantic wall installations Wednesday for the 3rd time in little more than 24 hours along with RAF medium light and fighterbombers The daylight formations swung out after RAF night bombers struck objectives in Germany and France including the Rhone air craft engine factory at Limoges without loss British Bostons Mitchells mos quitos typhoons and hurricanes joined in the assault on nazi in stallations in northern France which were attacked twice by marauders Tuesday and have been bombed almost daily for 2 mnoths Fighters bombers escorted the The renewed pounding followed daylong attacks upon the conti nent Tuesday by a heavy flying fortress blow upon Frankfurt Observers on the English coast said the day began exactly like Tuesday with various types of bombers and fighters streaming toward northern France in the early morning haze Some big bombers were ob served returning later from the direction of Boulogne and Calais as other formations were setting out Tuesdays flying fortress attack on Frankfurt was the 3rd such assault on that city in 11 days A communique said 19 German Planes were downed during the Frankfurt operation American lighters accounting for 16 while the others fell to the bombers Two other nazi planes were de stroyed by Brittany RAF typhoons over Allied losses for the day were 12 heavy bombers 1 medium bomber 1 light bomber 2 fighter bombers and 9 fighters the com munique said The air ministry disclosed Wed nesday that RAF mosquitos pa IroUihg the Bay of Biscay area r English coast had shot 3bwn a big 6 cngined German transport over its base near Bordeaux Tuesday night The plane was of the same type as those employed by the Ger mans in trying to ferry troops to Tunisia during the north African campaign A number of the giant aircraft were shot down over the Mediterranean GIRL VICTIM OFCAVEIN Sidewalk Opens Up Swallows 2 Year Old PUtston Pa miners built an evergrowing rnound of earth Wednesday as they dug without rest for the body of a little girl swallowed Tuesday by a cavein over an abandoned an thracite mine The mound contained 350 tons at noon Wednesday but the min ers neighbors of the girls father a navy enlisted man said it might be increased by several days fur Ihcr discing before the body of litlle Jule Ann Fulmer is recov ered Mrs Marie Mitchell aunt of the 2 year old girl told this story of he tragedy She and Jule Ann and the childs 5 year old brother David were walking along the sidewalk in a residential street after shop ping at a grocery store Mrs Mitchell peeled a tanger ne and handed it to Jule Ann and the child fell back a few steps Then the earth cracked I leaped back pulling Jule with one hand and knocking David back with the other Mrs Mit chell said But the rush of earth lore Jule from me There was nothing I could do to save her She just disappeared The tangerine thrown from Jules hand rolled down the side only evidence that the ir had stood there a second be re Virtually all or this mining city of 18000 is undermined by coal vorhings During the last several ears there have been many cave ns wrecking many homes and inildings The caveins or subsi lences occur when rotting mine imbers suddenly give war After miners T T if 5j Nazis Battle Fiercely in Effort to Pierce Allied Line By REYNOLDS PACKARD The Combined U S Press Anzio Beachhead Below Rome Feb S Monday night the sth army beachhead line sagged somewhat before furious assauIs by enemy tank and infantry spearheads but each time the line snaiirmH VnrL uiii unit me line snapped back like a rubber after some 4 hours of savage handtohand fighting The 2 enemy attacks hurled in bright moonlight in 2 different sectors were only 2 of an ever accelerating series of German at tempts to pierce this semicircular front preparatory to their prom ised drive to throw the Anglo American invaders back into the sen Daniel de Luce representing the combined U S press reported that German attacks were launched at a half dozen points along the fanshaped perimeter with the British lines bearing the brunt ot the assault He said the enemy pressure against the beach head appeared stronger Tuesday than at any time since the allies went on the defensive last Thurs day De Luce said no vital allied ground had been lost up to noon Tuesday and that the Germans had been solidly counter punched after shallow penetrations in some sectors Homer Bigart also a combined press correspondent said Monday night s fighting began at 10 p m and that an infantry division from southern France and other fresh reinforcements were thrown by the enemy Bigart said fighting broke out all along the front and that an American counterattack succeeded in liquidating a combat patrol of Reithfuehrer SS troops which managed to infiltrate the allied lines Tuesday nights attacks were carried out by heavy German pa trols sneaking along the shadows of Italian hillside barns and farm houses They were followed by Dig German tanks moving slowly straw ana branches Ml buttons and metal gadgets were darkened lest they glisten in the moonlight Most of the enemy raiding parties numbering from 100 to 300 picked soldiers each carried shovels and picks and immedia tely dug machine gun nests from which they attempted to resist being ousted However the raid ers were cut off everywhere after bitter skirmishes and were either taken or killed by allied columns I rode in a jeep to within a few miles oC embattled Cisterna Tues day and through field glasses watched the weekold battle for the town continuing unabated Houses and barns have been con verted into pillboxes which fre quently change hands twice in one day in bitter close quarter fighting for that southern anchoi of the allied line below Rome Bigart reported that the bat tling was so fierce and the line within Cisterna so static that the capture of a single farmhouse was considered a considerable achieve ment The concrete farmhouse Pillboxes below Rome were prov ing as tough an obstacle for al lied troops he said as were the Apennine mountains on the south ern Italy front below GOLD SNAP IS MOVING SOUTH Mercury Drops to 1 8 Below at Bemldji Minn Chicago The most cold snap of the winter which will bring belowzero tempera tures to the northern plains and Great Lakes region strike within the next 24 to 48 hours Forecaster H A Downs said Wed nesday The mercury already had fall en Wednesday to 15 below zero in Minot N Dak 18 below at Bemidji Minn and G below at Duluth Minn Mild temperatures which have prevailed in Montana will be dis sipated by blasts of cold Arctic air that will move southeast through the Dakotas Wyoming Nebraska and Minnesota Wed nesday night The cold wave will reach Wisconsin Iowa and Illi nois within 36 to 48 hours Downs said SNOW WIND COLDER Off THifnei The weather bureau Wednesday forecast snow wind and zero weather for Iowa Thursday Snow will begin falling in the west and central sections of the state Wednesday night the bureau forecast Strong winds and blow ing snow were forecast for Thurs day afternoon and night The bureau said the mercury would begin to drop Thursday with temperatures of zero or slightly lower in prospect by Fri day morning Lowest reading in the state Tuesday night was 10 at Mason City It was 11 degrees at Spen cer The mercury climbed to 47 at Sioux City and Charles City Tuesday and there were snow flurries throughout most of the state Dolliver Seeks 6th District Representative Nomination Jule Ann disappeared attracted by Mrs Mit hell s screams scanned the yawn ng feet deep and 10 feet began digging The york went forward under Hood ights during the night while housands watched A second squeeze or sub idencc occurred Tuesday night nd rescue crews installed pro cctive cribbing They worked in elays suspended in the deep hole y ropes and passing up the dirt ucket by bucket P 1 James I Dolliver is n formei Iowa commander of the Ameu an Legion For many years he lias been active in civic and pub Jic affairs He was Webster county attorney from 1925 to 1929 He is a member of the Fort Dodge school board a former trustee of Mornmgside college and has been prominent nationally in the Methodist church serving as reserve lay member of its jui cial council Dolliver is married and the father of 4 children He is a member of the American Legion Lions club Masons and B P O E His sister Mary M Dolliver is with the American Red Cross in Italy His oldest son Jim is a naval aviation cadet at the Iowa City preflight school Two years ago he was a can didate for the republican sena torial nomination for the seat now held by George A Wilson Never before in the history of our republic said Mr Dolliver has there been n greater need for a strong independent and courageous congress The drift toward centralized authority in our federal government could easily wind up in some form of totalitarianism unless congress is ever vigilant and determined to maintain our American form of government The first job ahead of us of course is to win the war as quickly as possible Nothing must be permitted to interfere with this Total war necessarily in volves the enactment of emerg ency legislation We must see to it however that with the return of peace there is a return to sound Ameri can principles and methods with JAMES I DOtLIVER out delay This is the responsi bility of the congress The boys and men in the armed forces from our district are fighting on land sea and in the air throughout the world They want the America to which they return to be basically the America they left Thats what theyre fighting for We on the home front must not let them down Congress should now pass adequate legislation to protect their rights Only through the preservation of our American in stitutions and ideals will it be possible for us to work in co operation with other powers to maintain peace in the world The 6th congressional district comprises 15 counties The pres ent congressman is Fred C Gil christ of Laurens TRYTO CRIPPLE POINT IN WHICH TANKS GATHER Allies Consolidate Positions Further Wth Patrol Activity By EDWARD KENNEDY Allied Headquarters Algiers U S planes poured tons of bombs Tuesday on Cisterna to cripple that main strongpoint the nazi line around the invasion bridgehead below Rome while al lied troops struck out in aggresive patrol activity allied headquar ters announced Wednesday The allies further consolidated their positions headquarters said American Mitchells in mommy and afternoon raids pounded buildings in Cisterna where the enemy had concealed tanks and guns and crewmen said the bombs leveled a large part of the town 15 miles northeast of Anzio Cisterna has been a model town of the Pontine agriculture devel opment The Germans have con verted it into a fortress From it they have launched some of their fiercest attacks on the beachhead Wednesdays German commu nique declared the nazis had ad vanced several bridgehead area miles capturing the 700 prisoners Strong enemy counterattacks with support of tanks and naval artillery were repulsed the bul letin broadcast by Berlin added A dispatch to Stockholm by the Germancontrolled Scandinavian telegraph bureau declared the wa ters off Ncttuno looked like a ship graveyard as a result merman air attacks on allied ship ping rv American troops battUu Caastar oh the main oecnpied about one fourih town front dispatches saif the doughboys at one time fought to within 75 yards of the Bene dictine Abbey onMt Cassiao The U S forces launched a full strength attack in the pre dawn darkness Tuesday to take the cliffs surrounding the mon astery on the mountain The Ger mans have held the mountain top for 6 days ot stern battle British troops also made a gain on the main 5th army front Allied planes flew 1500 sorties throughout the day striking hard at German troop concentrations airfields and railyards over a wide area and losing not a single plane More guns were brought up to join the artillery barrage support ing the American assault against Cassino to the east and fighting continued in the streets of that key own U S forces made slight sains in the mountains to the northwest The Germans still hold the greater portion of Cassino the crest of Mt Cassino overlooking it and still cling to a corridor leading to the town On the 8th army front a Ger man patrol of 60 men with weap ons including flamethrowers thrust into allied territory near Orsogna but allied forces killed 14 of them and captured G The rest of he nazis fled abandoning their flamethrowers Five German planes were shot down during the day Medium bombers besides ham mering Cisterna bombed the rail yards at Siena north of Rome Allied warships also joined in the assault bombarding Formia on the gulf of Gatea below the bridgehead and blowicgr up an ammunition dump Heavy bombers blasted railyards at Verona and Prato and airfields at Tarquina and Viterbo while fighter bombers lashed at ship ping off the Dalmatian coast The Germans have begun to bear down all along the allied beachhead but dispatches from the front said the increasing nazi blows had succeeded only in forc ing a slight retirement by the British in one sector The nazis appeared to be throw mg the greatest weight against the British in the area of the model village of Carroceto Aprilia only 16 miles below the capital Buys New Mail Box First Letter Is Notice to Report for Draft Tacoma Wash Edward Wittmeier garage Mechanic bought a new mail box Next day he saw the postman smile as he used the box for the first time Then Wittmeier rushed out to get his mail It was a notice from his draft board to report for induction