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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 17, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DCS lip I HES I NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 1OWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION rmnri Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Cents a Copyj MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17 1944 Cerro Gordo Tops Bond Quota With ONLY OF f Paper Consists of Two One NO 114 SALES MADE IN COUNTY SO FAR Knutson Voices Hope Individual Purchases Will Climb to Goal Cerro Gordo county topped itsiquota1 at the end of the regular fourth war loan cam paign period ij t Tuesday eve ning it was a bounced Thurs day The fedeWreserve bank of Chicago reported purchases of 654798 creditedrio Cerro Gordo county on its quota of 52497000 drive has now been ex tended to Feb 20 on individual Purchases of series E F and C bands and C tax notes Cerro Gor do county was credited with only 65 per cent of its E bond quota up id Tuesday evening A total of in E bonds have been credited against the quota of for the county according to the federal reserve report to Clarence A Knutson Clear Lake Cerro Gprclo county war finance committee chairman Some optimism with regard to the E bond purchases was ex pressed oy the chairman however He pointed out that purchases in that type of bonds were reported for Monday and Tuesday alone and that the pur chases were holding up well on Wednesday also I believe that Cerro Gordo comity still will get its job done now that the time has been ex tended to Feb 26 he said We cannot afford to let the boys on the fighting fronts hear that we have failed Sales bytowns and townships were reported as follows up to Tuesday TOWNSHIP Giant Lincoln Lime Creek Falls Clear Lake Lake Mason Portland Union Mount Vernon Bath Owen i Grimes Pleasant Valley Geneseo Dougherty TOWN Ventura Plymouth Thornton Swaledale Meservey Rockwell Rock Falls Dougherly Clear Lake Mason City Outside corporation purchases credited to county AMOUNT 3821875 2954375 2296300 1327500 3115625 4951250 2138125 1463125 3343125 2166250 3097550 1687600 1435000 17450OQ 1230525 AMOUNT 2I55G25 2016750 2593125 878125 1008750 3G36375 745000 956250 16727900 120835800 75523500 400 Planes Raid Helsinki Report Peace Talks Started Stockholm hundred red air force bombers raided Helsinki Wednesday night in what may have been an attempt to hasten Finlands decision to get out of the war and the Stockholm newspaper Tidningen indicated f z that former Finnish Piemier Julio K Paasikivi may have begun peace discussions with the soviet envoy to Sweden Mine Alexan dra Kollontay The newspaper said that many signs pointed in the direction of more tangible contacts between the Finns and the Russians here and that the first real peace talks occurred between Mme Kollontay and PaasikiviTid ningen said it also was rumored that Faasikivi had met M Sem jonov chancellor or the Russian legation Foreign reports that Paasikivi has lelt lor Moscow appeared at least prematureHe still was in the Grand hotel here Thursday morning The London Daily Mail quoted a Vichy broadcast as saying that Paasikivi had left for Moscow CBS heard radio Bern broadcast ing that Helsinki had confirmed Paasikivis departure and also hod announced an official exchange of notes between Finland and Tidningen said it had learned that the first real peace con versation between Paasikivi and Mme Kollontay occurred Wed nesday Another report circulated that Paasikivi had met MScm jonov chancellor of the Russian legation Mme Kollonlay arrived in Stockholm Wednesday from Saltsjoehuden where she had been recovering from a slight ill ness First reports indicated Wednes day nights 2 raids by forces to ailing 300 planes were the heav est ever made on Helsinki The first attack began at 8 p m and asted little more than an hour jut later waves pounded the cap ital from shortly after midnight until 6 a m a United Press dis patchfrom Helsinki said Fi n n i s h cejnsorship clamped bndetaiis the Stockholm Svenska Dagbla dets correspondent reported that more fires were set than in the 2 Russian raids the night of Feb 6 The Finnish legation in Stock holm said that Helsinkis defenses shot down some of the raid ers Other Finnish sources said Russian planes also had raided Abot 95 miles west of Helsinki thrice during the night Swedish observers discounted suggestions that renewal of Rus sian air raids on Finland should be interpreted as an indication of a breakdown in Finnish peace ef forts In the RussianFinnish war of 193940 soviet planes pounded Finnish positions after an armistice had been signed and right up to the time it took effect Iowa Short in E Bond Campaign DCS Moincs is S2fl 000000 short of its E bond quota in the 4th war loan campaign the state war finance committee re ported Thursday We will nothave done our job unless the series E bond quota is made asserted V L Clark ex ecutive manager of the committee To date we have done only two thirds of the job on E bonds Weve a long way to go and it will take continued effort right up through the last few days of the month The latest report on Iowa pur chases of bonds of all types showed the states total to be 5171400000 or 96 per cent of the quota The report covered pur chases through Tuesday Largest Fund in History for 45 Navy Is Sought Washington resident Roosevelt Thursday asked the largest appropriation in history The outlay subjccl to congres sional approval would compare with 527435037198 appropriated for the 1944 fiscal year and 808852547 for the preceding year The tentative 1945 estimate for the war program of the war de partment is SI8OOI451840 com pared with a 1944 appropriation of 559036297571 Mine Alexandra Kollohtaj soviet minister to Sweden is reported by a Finnish source to have conferred with Juho Paasi kivi Finnish leader in Stock holm Army Approaching Maximum Strength Washington of War Henry L Stimson told a news conference Thursday that the army is approaching its maximum strength and the induction of men limited military service is being reduced The chief need now is for combat replacements he said adding that partly disabled veterans henceforth will be given limited service assignments WILL TELL EXPERIENCES Mount Ayr Harold E Korris of Redding lone survivor a flying fortress which crashed in France with a crew of 10 last November is scheduled to relate his experiences at a public gath ering here Friday afternoon 15uy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier hoy Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy GOLD WAVE IS FORECAST Zero to 10 Below in Northwest Predicted Des Afoines cold wav with temperatures falling to zer to 10 below in the northwest an ranging from zero to 8 above i the extreme southeast by Frida morning was forecast by th weather bureau Thursday The minimum temperature fo the state Thursday morning was degrees above zero at Spencer an Mason City and other minima in eluded Sioux City 4 Charles 7 Maximum for the slate Wednesday was 37 at Lanioni The weather bureau said light snow fell Wednesday night m most of the south and east por tions of the slate and the amount ranged generally from a trace to half an inch Snow still was fall ing lightly in the south Thursday morning Colder weather was moving into the state slowly the weather bureau said adding a forecast of fair and considerably colder weather Friday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cold wave Thursday afternoon and Thursday night Temperature by Friday morning in Mason City 8 below Friday fair and continued cold Iowa Cold wave Thursday nighl with temperature likely to range from 10 below zero in the northwest to 5 to 10 above zero in the extreme southeast portion by Friday morning continued cold Friday partly cloudy to cloudy Thursday night becom ing fair Friday Minnesota Cold wave with tem perature falling to near 20 be low zero north and 5 to 10 below zero south portion by Friday morning fair Thursday night Friday fair and continued cold IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 25 Minimum Wednesday night 3 At 8 a m Thursday 10 YEAR AGO Maximum 29 Minimum 7 Report Red Chutists Have Landed Behind Nazi Lines in Narva Stockholm para chutists have landed behind the German lines a I Narva and Rus sian naval vessels in the gulf of Finland arc pounding the defenses of the ancient Estonian city as soviet forces press in from Ihe east Helsinki dispatches said Thursday The dispatches said the para chule landings were made in the vicinity of Vaivara which is about J5 miles west of Narva on the road to Reval Estonian capi tal German troops were reported still fighting from positions on the east bank of the Narova river which flows through Narva into the Gulf of Finland but the Rus sians were said to have encircled them The Russian bridgehead south of Narva is still intact the Hel sinki advices said but is difficult to supply due to weak ice cover ing the Narova river VETO TAX BILL AS INADEQUATE Administration Chiefs Surprised Say Congress Wont Pass New Act Washington JP President Roosevelt was reported aulhori atively Thursday to have in ormed congressional leaders that e plans to veto the new 52315 00000 tax bill because it fails to iroduce sufficient additional rev nue The presidents reputed decision ame as somewhat of a surprise to dministration lieutenants who urged him earlier in the week to ign the measure contending that ongress was unlikely to pass any ither revenueraising bill this As it finally went to the presi dents desk the measure was eared to extract about 00 additional in individual in come taxes add 550210000 to cor oratkm tax bjlls anct collect Sa05l300000 more in excise evies However the measure was far short of the addi iomil revenue originally requesled ty the treasury Recently Wendell L Willlcie the 1940 republican presidential nomi lee called for at least 00000 additional taxes and the told a pressradio con ference that he and Mr Wililrie were both looking toward the wel fare of future generations in asking for higher tax payments now The Dresident a smile that ic had not had the nerve to ask congress for as much as Mr Will kie suggested While the president had ob jected to some proposed changes in the new revenue actundei which the urmy navy and mari time commission renegotiate wat contracts the revisions in this section of the act finally made by congress apparently were accep table io administration leaders The presidents chief objection to the bill as it finally was ap proved was said to lie in the fact that it failed to make sufficient in creases in individual income tax ROTATION PLAN IS EXPLAINED 200000 Troops Have Been Sent Home Washington than 200000 overseas troops not count ing sick and wounded have been repatriated since the start of the war the war department said Thursday in announcing details of its plan for rotation of men between foreign and domestic as signments Some were brought home under the rotation policy under which replacements w e rt furnished against advance requisitions from theater commanders Others were repatriated under a return per sonnel classification and required no special replacements These in clude men sent home for emer gency reasons for discharge or for more efficient distribution of highly qualified individuals Soldiers become eligible for re patriation in rotation after 18 months service in North Africa and 2 yearn in Alaska and the Caribbean The intervals lo be prescribed in the southwest Pa cific and elsewhere arc now under study Eligibility does not bestow the right to be relieved from an over seas theater the announcement said but only establishes a basis for selection the actual relief be ing dependent upon the person nel situation exigencies of the service and prosecution of the war Availability of shipping space for replacement is one of the main controlling factors Purpose of rotation is threefold first to insure efficiency of a command by replacing those whose morale or health has been adversely affected by long and severe duty second lo briny home experienced personnel for training and forming new units third lo repatriate those deserv ing it including men woundedsin aclion more than once Persons brought home under rotation will be granted leave or furlough by port or station com manders enabling Ihem to spend 3 weeks wherever they choose They will not be ordered overseas again unlil after service in the United States Nazis Launch Heavy New Attacks on Beachhead Allies Holding Own AMERICAN TANK WRECKED IN BEACHHEAD American soldiers eye a wrecked American tank knocked out of action during heavy fighting near Cistcnui in the allied beachhead south of Rome Reds Develop New Threat to PskovRiga Trunk Railway By EDDY GILtUORE Moscow red army met increased resistance as it drove upon the great communications hub of Pskov from 2 directions Thursday but northwest of the city where Lake Pcipus joins Lake Pskov soviet troops who the town of Samoiva developed a new threat to the PskovRiga iiours the reel army met going as it pressed clown trunk railway Samoiva is on the eastern shore of the Lake Peipus narrows which are less than a mile wide in some places Any push across heve followed by a drive to the south would land the Russians along the railway and highway leading to Riga All told it would mean a march of only 25 miles This newest threat to Pskov is the most dangerous confronting theL cits anchor of the German defense system in that area The arinJc newspaper Red Star said that the Germans were coun terallacking violently south and southeast of Gdov in the Luke Peipus region where the Rus sians are 30 miles from Pskov On the twin drive south and southwest from Lviga where the Russian troops swept up 30 towns and villages during the past 24 hard both sides of the LeningradPskov rail way Red Star said the nazis were blowing up all railway and road bridges in the sector and were building tree barricades across the trunk highway which runs in a southwesternly direction be tween Luga and Pskov The Russians however are using tactics which the Germans seemingly arc unable lo going oft the highway to cut around fortified villages and then seizins German communications in the rear In the upper corner ot the Dnieper bend the red army sub dued Field Marshal Fritz von Mannsteins heavy tank thrusts north of Zhenigorodka Wednes day and recaptured 2 Hfiportant towns Yablonovki and Tarasch cha respectively 10 and 22 miles southeast of Bolya Tserkov Defeated here von Mannstcin launched new cbumerblosvs to the southwest of Zhenigoroclka seeking to penetrate Russian lines and relieve the encircled 10 German divisions near Korsun but dispatches reported the at tacks were repulsed and that the toll of nazi tanks soared toward the 100 mark Thousands of prisoners have been taken dispatches said A dispatch from the Cherkasy sector to the newspaper Pravda said that the condition of the roads which forced the Russians to carry all ammunition food and supplies to their advanced units had prevented extermina tion of the ID trapped German divisions before this On the most southern reaches of the Dnieper river red army forces are massed on the rivers eastern an attack on Kherson A dispatch to the news paper Izvestia said Thursday Soon the dark night over Kherson will end A new soviet day will break over the city Our troops can sec the city from the left bank BERLINERS ARE DAZED BY RAID Mass GravesPrepared for Some of Victims By HUBERT UXKULL Stockholm UP Bcrliners many slill dazed from Ihe impac of Tuesdays heaviest air raid ii history were reported digging ii the ruins of hundreds of build ings Thursday for the dead am trapped Fires continued lo burn in th center of the city and its outskirls though they gradually were bein controlled The Stockholm Morgonlidnin gen reported from Bern that E many persons were killedin th RAFs 2800 ton attack that mas Gas Fumes Escaping From Cleaning Fluid Overpower 41 Workers Council Bluffs fumes escaping from a N cleaning fruid used in Ihe manufacture of radio parts temporarily overpowered 41 employes of the Howard Mami facuiing company here Wednes day night j much more rigid than after previ released after ous raids on the capital and the emergency graves were pre pared for some of the victims A Stockholm resident who wa in Berlin during the raid told th Swedish telegraph agency tin damage couldnt have bee greater The traveler said the widely known hotel Bristol on UiUer de Linden previously hit but re opened was struck by a land min One report he said was that 20 persons were buried in the dcbri but this was not confirmed The Bristol was near the helmslrasse and it was possible that many government buildings also were hit The Hcnkel Chemical factory was understood to have been dam aged German censorship appeared Loss Caused by Manchester Blaze Manchester esti mated at was caused here when fire destroyed the Clarence Torrey building occupied by clothing store Thursday morning The entire block was threatened for a time All bul 5 were examination al Mercy hospital The 5 whose condition was re ported good early Thursday were Lillian Bell Isabel Ware Lc nore Tlion Clarissa King and Mrs Edna Bascom all of Coun cil Bluffs Production Manager A C John son said about 350 employes were working when the gas fumes com menced escaping The plant was closed after the accident but ic opcnccE Thursday full story of destruction still re mained lo be told FrankfurlonOder 50 miles east of Berlin and Tuesday nights secondary target had its heaviest attack of the war Morgontid ningcn said The city was crowded with bomb refugees from Berlin and other German cities STOLEN IN rrusov Sacramento Cal Joseph 1 L George Folsom prison guard reported to the sheriffs office that his radio was ripped from his it was inside the prison walls FIRE 7 of M twinengine bombers caught on Engebi island airfield by fighters and dive bombers from an American aircraft carrier arc burned and blasted The rest of the bombers also were destroyed SHIP SURVIVES 2 ASSAULTS Bvedeson of Decorah Is Critically Injured Washington by a submarine attack bomb hits and a 3day fire in her hold the liberty ship James Iredell is back in an undisclosed home port pre paring tor another voyage tilt i war shipping administration anj nounccd Thursday i Carrying a vital war cargo the ship was in a convoy which was attacked by submarines in the i Mediterranean and was damaged t by concussion when a ship beari ing high explosives was blown out ot the water by n torpedo jusl ahead Fifteen soldiers in jurcd seriously After discharging her cargo at j Palermo Sicily the James Ircckl loaded aviation gasoline and Bailed lo Naples where German bombers struck before she had a chance to unload A bomb crashed the ships No 2 hatch and started a fire in the hold As crewmen fought the blaze 2 more bombs exploded in the hold Chief Officer Kenneth S Thur low of Long Island City N Y and 3rd officer Norman Bredeson of Decorah Iowa i injured j With flames apparently beyond control Capt Alfred L Jones Mobile Ala gave the order to I abandon ship Three navy fireJ boats then battled the blaze and j brought il under control 63 hours after the first bomb fell Emergency repairs by army i welders at Naples and at Oran j made the James Iredell seaworthy i for the voyage home BOTH SIDES USE TANKS AS FIGHT GROWS INTENSE Germans Are Reported Throwing Full Force Into AllOut Effort BULLETIN Allied Headquarters Naples UP armored forces attack UK with fanatical fury over a attleficid Uttered with their dead and the wreckage of burnedout anks broke in waves against an unyielding allied line on the An zio beachhead Thursday in an all out attempt to drive Jhe British and Americans into the sea Almost 36 hours afler the open ing of their big offensive which ivas the second major nazi effort o crush the 5th army beachhead he Germans were striking with redoubled fury at the northern and southern flanks of the allied lines Front dispatches said the Ger mans came on in endless waves heedless of their losses and the overwhelming superiority of the allied air forces swarming over the battlefield Allied Headquarters Naples fierce battle has broken the lull on the beachhead south ol Rome with the Germans launch ing heavy attacks in the northern sector but all evidence Thursday indicaled the nllied forces were holding against continuing enemy thrusts An announcement at headquar ters said the Germans struck Wednesday morning after a heavy artillery preparation Both sides threw tanks into the heavy fighting The Americans and British weie said to be grimly holding to their positions in the Jace of trer mei idous press u MJ It was the second altout Ger man attempt to smash Ihe allied beachhead The enemy was said to be throwing his full force of infantry tanks and artillery into the struggle which was hourly increasing in violence Enemy aircraft swung into the battle in unusual force some 130 sorties attacking objectives in the battle zone But the allied air forces met the air atlack blow for blow shooting down 9 of the attackers and blasting targets in the fighting area The beachhead fighting far eclipsed that in strategic Cassino where however American forces still were bilterly conlcsting the nazi stranglehold house by house RAF and Australian kittyhawks again bombed the ruins of the Monte Cassino monastery Ameri can planes hit German positions elsewhere on Abbey hill n a day of extensive and widc ransing air activity allied bomb ers large and small and fighters ftew approximately 1200 sorties The enemy railway yards in Rome were hit for the 2nd straight day and heavy and medium bombers attacked communications at many points north of the Italian capital Four allied planes were lost The sweeping air offensive cov ered 15 main and secondary rail lines around Rome After the long and concentrated German artillery barrage Wed nesday morning the lirst enemy shock Iroops struck in the first phases of the new beachhead at tack with tanks in support The CARHOCETO I O S T Allied headquarters have announced the loss of Carroccto 10 miles north of Anzio in the beachhead sector south of Rome Shaded area is allied occupied   

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