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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 27, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME o T r H I I JT Y AN THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wirca Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY APRIL 27 1944 Paper Consists of Two One NO 174 Biddle Declares Avery Failed to CoOperate SEEKS NORMAL OPERATIONS OF CHICAGO STORE Rep Dewey Declares Action Savors Strongly of Gestapo Methods Chicago soldiers of the army delail which seized the I Montgomery Ward and company Chicago plant forcibly ejected Sewell L Avery company chairman Thursday from his own offices which he refused to yield to authority even of Presi dent Roosevelt Ally General Francis Biddle said ejection of the uncompromis ing foe of the government pro cedure invoked after a labor dis pute was ordered after Avery re fused to cooperate with the gov ernment officials who have taken charge The entire dispute centered on the fact that Avery refused to comply with directives by the war labor hoard and President Roose velt that Warfls extend a con tract with a CIO union pending further determination of the uions claim to majority represen tation Taylor who took charge Wed nesday under instructions froir the secretary of commerce backed by the secretary of war uncle white house direction said Thurs day that Mr Biddle is here t advise me as operating manage for the U S government Taylor added that we hav done everything possible to obtai cooperation of Mr Avery and hi staff but thus far it turns out tha is impossible Therefore we inten to operate this plant and hope t do so without loss of efficiency I the operating staff and employe and without loss to stockholders Biddle said federal official were interfering as little as pos sible with normal functions ot th firm and added As a matter of fact we ai the people being interfered with He asserted John A Barr an Sfuart Ball company attorney who were present when Aver was ejected had declined to operate and that Harold L Fear son vice president and treasurer refused to turnover the firms books A reporter told Biddle that Avery had stated the proceedings were a by the government Weve called his bluff the at torney general commented Repercussions of the melodra matic maneuvers at the nerve center of the huge mercantile business embracing 9 mall order plants and 640 retail stores were evidenced elsewhere In Washington Rep Dewey R 111 offered a resolution in the house for an investigation by a special committee of this high handed and unAmcrican pro cedure which savors strongly of gestapo methods Montgomery Ward slock ad vanced a bit early in the day Stockholders were scheduled to meet Friday a Ward spokesman said Avcvy was scheduled lo preside i Biddle Taylor and Ugo Carusi executive assistant to Biddle ar rived at the firms headquarters at a m and went to Averys office Taylor distributed a statement to officals of the firm which made the following points The government is in posses sion of the concerns Chicago units Taylor Is the operating manager for the government All employes arc to perform Iheir usualduties and to complywith President Roosevelts order The American flog is lo be flown on each buildingBooks are to be sel up for the period of fereral con trol Ten lop flight executives of the company were in a closed meet ing on the 6th floor of the big plant shortly before noon a com pany spokesman disclosed and it was reported they were discussing whether they also should leave their offices Those in Ihe meeting were Clement D Ryau president Har old L Pearson R S Stevens Bertram Frail Harold E Mac Donald vice presidents Stuart S Ball secretary and counsel John A Barr assistant secretary and counsel Ralph G Crandal as sistant secretary Arthur R Cahili and Robert S Smith assistant treasurers Other executives are Phillip W Harris and Harry T Eaton vice presidents Carl D Berry mail order coniroller Lester F Crews retail controller Earl G Ward general coniroller Soldiers with bayonctted rifles patrolled the administration build ing offices and the entrance to the retail store shooing out re porters although a company Avery Kicks and Squirms But Is Carried Out by Soldiers Chicago husky soldiers picked up Sewell Avery 69 year old head of Montgomery Ward and company Thursday and carried him kicking and squirming from the executive offices of the JAP DEFENSES ON NEW GUINEA LINE COLLAPSE 4 Airfields 3 Coastal Bases Are Captured by Allies in 4 Days pokesman said press quarters nations 2nd largest mail order house to enforce the govern ments seizure of the firms Chi cago plants The soldiers accompanied by 3 other members of their detail carried Avery out of Iiis paneled greencarpeted office loaded him into an elevator and hustled him out through the main lobby to the sidewalk where they put him down on his feet They carried him past startled employes of Wards while Avery struggled and complained You cant do this to me Reporters who did not witness the eviction because the army re stricted them to one room in the plant got the description of the scene from Atty Gen Francis Biddle who had come here from Washington to help enforce the seizure order and from Lt Gilbert Cnttanach Nekoosa Wis who de tailed the 5 soldiers to rush Avery outside BIddles first account said Maj J R Weber who is commander of the army forces patroling the plant had carried Avery out but later he and Lt Cattanach ex plained that the actual eviction was clone by a sergeant and a pri vould be made available later IHaj J R Weber of the 6th ervice command was in charge the detail of some 35 soldiers i token force which Taylor said Wednesday simply emphasized the act lhat the United States gov ernment had taken charge Taylor also declared business would proceed as usual except hat Averys voice no longer would be recognized Only the Chicago properties were involved There was no immediate word from Avery or company counsel on Wards next step although it was speculated the company might make some court move promptly United States soldiers equipped with rifles patrolled the spacious grounds of theplant overlooking the Chicago river and others were on duty in the merchandis ing plant Printed notices signed by Jesse Jones secretary of com merce and stating that all Wards Chicago properties now arc un der federal government control were posted in the building The dispatching of a delach ment of troops to the plant late Wednesday climaxed the govern ments 3rd effort during the day to successfully carry out Presi dent Kooscvelts directive issued when the company failed to com ply with his and a war labor board order to extend an cx pircil contract with a CIO union In Washington Attorney Gen eral Biddle said in an opinion pre pared for Mr Roosevelt that the president based his right to seize the plant on the powers and au thority granted the president un der the constitution and laws of the country The government in several labor cases between com pany and union has taken over war plants when settlement failed Averys initial refusal to obey the presidents order came when Taylor and Ugo Carusi executive assistant to Attorney General Biddle presented to him the chief executives order After conferring by telephone with Secretary Jones they re turned later with Federal Mar shal William McDonnell and 11 deputies But again the 69 year old Avery head of the vast mer chandising establishment since 1931 challenged their authority Instructed not to use force to lake possession Ihe federal offi cials took another method of ful filling their orders and troops were called in from nearby Camp Skpkie Valley at the direction of Brig Gen John R Davis of the Sixth service command There was no untoward inci dent at the plant upon arrival of the troops numbering about 35 A fcxv boos and some cheers catnr from a crowd of 1500 assembled n the street Averys labor disputes with the sresident and the CIO extends over a 2 year period and the cur ent controversy follows a 12day strike an undetermined num ber of employes in the mail or der division At the request of President Roosevelt Avery in De cember 1942 signed the original contract with the union the United Mail Order Warehouse and Retail Employes At expiration iiist Dec 8 the management contended the CTO no longer represented a majority of the 5500 employes The WLBs order that the company continue the contract pending an election was rejected and last April 12 the CIO unionists went out on strike However they returned Tuesday acceding lo President Roosevelts request vate who arned umden tfied Advanced Allied Headquarters New Guinea collapse of Japanese defenses at both ends of a 430 mile New Guinea war front resulting in seizure on the west of 2 airfields at Hollandia and a 3rd on the east at captured Madaug was reported Thursday by Gen Douglas MiicArlhur In 4 days 4 airfields and 3 coastal bases were wrested from the Japanese One airfield already is in use and engineers are rush ing repairs on the other 3 A 5th airfield the big Hollandia airdrome was expected to fall mo mentarily lo pincer forces ending the assault phase of a big military operation undertaken last Satur day On thewest a force has moved 11 miles to the edge of tile drome On the east another force is Hearing a juncture At Madang bypassed in the amphibious thrust into Dutch New Guinea Australians who for months had moved slowly coast ward from the Ramu valley over came enemy rearguards to invest the supply base and ils airfield on Ihe shores of Astrolable Bay Large quantities of supplies and equip ment fell to tiie captors The entire invasion front of 150 miles between Hollandia and Aitapc was crumbling Hollandia Butter Ration Values Cut to 12 Points Washington office of price administration greeted housewives Thursday with a 4 point cut in butter and margarine effective Sunday but at the same time raised choice beef cuts by one point a pound Lamb and mutton point values were sliced in half while those for veal and most pork cuts wore held at April levels For the new ration period which extends from Sunday through June 3 Price Administrator Chester Bowles put creamery but ter at 12 instead of 16 points a pound farm or country butter at 8 instead of 12 points and mar garine at Z instead of the present 6 points a pound In paring tlie butter value from its previous position as the most expensive redpoint item on OPA I 2000 Planes Drop 6000 Tons of Bombs on Germans Biddle said Averys eviction fol lowed his refusal lo cooperate with commerce department agents who had taken control of Mont gomery Wards Chicago facilities or to leave his office Describing the incident Cat tanach shaid I was detailed lo evict Mr Av ery I ordered 5 ot my men to stand by Two of them grasped Mr Avery one on each side by a leg and an arm He said the soldiers carried Av ery out that way They went down S floors in an elevator and outside The lieutenant said that while Avery who is slightly less than fi feet tall and weighsabout 160 pounds struggled and tried tc free himself from Ihe soldiers grasp no one was hurt Biddle described the stormy scene in Averys office before the soldiers took the millionaire ex ecutive away The attorney general said that after Averyrefused the govern ment his cooperation in runnng the plant he was asked to leave Biddle said Avery then replied I wont Im the boss here Wayne C Taylor undersecre tary of commerce who came here to run the plant for the govern ment turned to Maj and village was taken on the 2nd day Thursday headquarters announced the occupation Tuesday of Aitape ration lists Bowles explained lhat increased seasonal output and an estimated cushion of 20000000 pounds held over from April com bined to justify the reduction April supply generally exceeded j demand because of the 10point ration value Bowles added Beef points were raised because demand has been running ahead of supply and the May supply aclually will be less per person in that the new rationing periods ex tends for 5 weeks Bowles pointed out Meat supplies for civilians in May probably will total 1414 290000 pounds after retail trim ming compared with 1233900000 pounds last month but the total when divided into 5 weekly allot menls is less than the weekly April slock he said Increased supplies made il pos sible to cut margarine values and to keep shortening and salad and ACTION FLARES ON RUSSIAN Breaking the lull on Russian front red army killed hundreds of Ger mans in flanking attack driving the enemy back south east of Stanislawow in ok Poland Moscow announced A Romanian communique said the red army had alsu launched an offensive on wide front on lower Dnestr river where fighting raged south oC Dubossary and Tighina said Will you please escort Mr Av ery out According to Bidciles account ot the incident Weber asked Avery to leave but the executive who was sitting at his desk snapped f will not move from this chair It was then that the major called in Lt Chattanach and the 2 sol diers picked Avery up from the chair Biddle claimed that Averys last words shouted over his shoulder as he was carried from the room were You new dealer The attorney general said Av ery put up quite a fight After being ejected Avery left the premises without making a statement 5 miles from Tadji airdrome which the Americans seized on the 1st day of the invasion and now is used by the 5th air force Xouhere from Madajig oHol landia between which some 60 000 Japanese are believed to be caught was there a report of stiff enemy opposition The thousands of 6th army troops now about to join their pincers along a 34 mile road linking the original beachheads at Tanahmerah and Humboldt bays in the Hollandia sector were slowed mainly by muddy jnnrle trails and swamps All resistance ceased Tuesday around Aitape where 120 Japa nese had been killed and more than a dozen taken prisoner One dead enemy soldier was found in the village At an encampment a meat had been set out for 70 men before the small garrison tied At Hollandia invasion columns which struck inland from Hum boldt bay pushed down to the eastern of Lake Senlani then crossed an arm of the lake on amphibious craft to reach Nefarr on the north shore late Monday Early Tuesday afternoon they seized both the Cyclops and Sen lani airfields after killing 100 Japanese in scattered fights Despite the rugged terrain the invaders moved so fast that air cooking oils off the rationed list Cheese also remains unchanged during May The only change in pork values put spare ribs back on the list at one point a pound a move which Bowles said was requested by the meat trade to slow down spare ribs sales and to assure equitable distribution The beef increases placed por terhouse Tbone and club steaks at 12 points a pound rib steaks 10 and 7inch at 8 and 9 points respectively sirloin at 11 round at 13 and flank at 10 Flank steaks however were cut 2 points to Rumproasts will cost 11 points 2 more than in April while other beef roasts were raised one point putting round tip at 11 rump with bone in at 7 rib standing chine bone on 10inch cut at 7 and rib standing chine bone on 7Inch cut at 8 The slash in lamb values re flected increased marketings re sulting from poor grazing condi tions Bowles said Lamb loin chops dropped 4 points to 6 a pound rib chops down 4 to 3 shoulder chops down 3 to 3 leg roasts down 3 to 4 Breast flank shank and neck stew parts of lamb were made pointfree Tinned and glassed meats gen Reds Launch New Offensive in Northeastern Romania London Russian forces have launched a new of fensive in northeastern Romania Berlin reported Thursday and Moscow said the Sevastopol siege army had captured a network of Not Opposed to Dog Races If Convinced System Not Gambling Council Bluffs W A Byers said that he has no ob jcclion to operation of the do races at Dodge park here if the proprietors can assure him that their option system is not gambling He said a ruling from the dis trict court where a case on the options is pending or a ruling i from the Iowa supreme court or attorney general would constitute such assurance Meyer Lansky and William Syms heaus of the Dodge Park Kennel club said in statement that in their opinion it would be better not to open the track this year on account of the war but that they would be guided by the suggestions and desires of the citizens Iowa law does not sanction parimutuel betting Under the plan in operation at the Dodge Park track speclators buy op tions on the dogs planes had to drop supplies as the troops pushed beyond vehicular roads The Humboldt bay columns struck west to join other columns from Tanahmerah bay in the im pending capture of the main Hol landia airfield last of 3 in the area All are within bombing range of the southern Philippines Monday night the seldomseen Japanese airforce sent in 12 tor pedo planes to attack a destroyer off Hollandia but they were driven off without damaging the warship This kept intact the rec ord of no losses among the naval armada many of them units ot the central Pacific fleet which supported the invasion The Australians occupied Ma dang Tuesday then pushed north in the direction whence the bulk of the enemy force is believed to have withdrawn a month ago Fifth airforce bombers contin ued to thwart enemy efforts to get set at bases to the northwest of Hollandia for counterblows At Kamiri airdrome on Geelvink bay 400 miles beyond Hollandia liberators destroyed 20 parked Nipponese planes and shot down 3 interceptors in a 30minule battle erally will cost one point less in May although dried beef fell from 16 to 12 points and beef tongue was halved to 2 Dried beef slices and tongue slices of the readyto eat variety dropped 2 and 1 points to 12 and 3 points respectively Bomb Hits Underground Shelter in England London number ot per sons were killed Wednesday night when a German raiders high ex plosive bomb hit the underground shelter in which about GO adults j and children had sought haven at j a south coast own Bombs foil in a tenement district smashing a mission hall and several taverns The town cannot be namedThe German radio said Portsmouth was subjected to a sharp attack trenches in which red marines defended the cily 2 years ago The German high command re ported the 2nd red army offen sive in 2 days on the southern front in a communique which said troopssupported by tanks and battle planes swung over to the attack north of lasi in an at tempt to break through toward the Galati gap Despite stubborn resistance by German and Romanian forces the nazi communique said the Russians wedged into the axis positions at some points It claimed In the customarj prop aganda working that local pene trations were sealed off Berlin also said other red army assault forces continued heavy at tacks In the lower Dnestr valley southeast of lasi where earlici axis reports indicated the Rus sians were storming wcstwarc toward t h e Bcssarabian strong hold of Chisinau and rolling ur Ihe extreme southern flank o the axis defenses Moscow has not yet announced the reported southern offensives The red army usually reports on neiv operations only after the have developed over a period o days Soviet front dispatches relayec by Moscow indicated that th siege of Sevastopol Black se naval base was gathering mo menlum after a pause for moy ing up troops and equipment i the wake of the whirlwind through the Crimea Moscow newspapers publishc an eyewitness report dateline SINK 9 GERMAN SHIPS OFF ITALY 2 German Destroyers Damaged in Battles Allied Headquarters Naples UP naval and air forces sank enemy ships and damaged 2 leslroyers in n series of night ac ions off the west coast of Italy communique disclosed Thurs day Coastal warships sweeping the southeastern part of Hie Ligurian ca in search of nazi blockade miners intercepted an enemy supply convoy Monday night and sent 4 small supply ships 3 light ers ami a tug lo the bottom after brief battle Numerous prisoners were taken in the action and all allied units rclurned to base without damage the communique said On the same night American warships supported by allied war planes attacked 2 nazi destroyers and a corvette blowing up the corvette and damaging the other 2 vessels Brisk patrol fighting and arlil lery exchanges continued on the Italian ground fronts but there were no important changes in Ihe battle lines British army forces beat off 2 smallscale German attacks on the last linebefore Scvas1 the Adriatic front inflicting cas topol It said the Germans and Romanians were defending Ihe i city from 5 points blasted oul of overhanging mountain crags sim ilar lo those at Cassino where neither shells nor bombs can pcnclratc PIPER IS REELECTED Clinton R c v E A Piper of Fairficld was reelected president of Iowa Lutherans at the closing session of their con vention Wednesday Plane Performance in Pacific Theater Is Studied by Lindbergh Honolulu iff Charles A Lindbergh is studying reports of aircraft equipment performance in the Pacific war theater His ar rival in Hawaii as a civilian rep resentative of an American air craft manufacturer was disclosed Wednesday Weather Report FORECAST Mason Cily Fair and continued cool with frost Thursday night Friday increasing cloudiness and warmer Iowa Moslly fair and slightly cooler southeast and extreme cast Thursday night Friday in creasing cloudiness and some what warmer Mimicsota Mostly fair Thursday night becoming partly cloudy Friday Litllc perature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday I Minimum Wednesday night 33 At 8 a m Thursday 41 YEAR AGO Maximum 53 Minimum 43 Precipitation 10 Altstadt President of Waterloo Baking Company Succumbs Waterloo F Alstadt 69 president of the Alstadt Lang las Baking Co here since its founding in 1903 died earlj Thursday of H heart ailment which had confined him to his home for 1 years A native of Franklin county Iowa he had been prominent here in civic and fraternal circles anci change in lemi was nationally known in the bak i ing industry as a past governor of the American Bakery associa tion and past president of the Iowa Bakers and Iowa Wholesale Bakers organizations His widow a daughter Mrs Charles Forsbcrg Waterloo two brothers and one sister survive tallies on the enemy The first enemy thrust was atmched against allied positions a mile south of Canosa uhcrc 2 German platoons attempted a raid at dawn Tuesday Both were dis persed by mortar fire before Ihcy could reach the allied lines The nazis altcmplcd a 2nd as savill Wednesday morning strik ing at 8th army defenses west of Ortona but again were driven off Bad weather grounded most of the allied Mediterranean air forces Wednesday except for a few re connaissance sorties over the bat tle areas One allied plane was lost and one German plane was j shot down over the Anrio beachj head U S BOMBERS LASH AT NAZIS ATLANTIC WALL RAF Assault Made on Essen Schweinfurt and R R Yards Near Paris London thousand al ied planes slammed perhaps 6000 cms of bombs on nazi targets in the gigantic pruhivusion air of fensive S bombers joumliny lieuvily at the German Atlantic wall after an RAK as sault on lessen Schweinfurt and railyards near Paris Well over 1000 British bombers aincd possibly 1500 tons of ex plosives and incendiaries on the nazi cities and rail targets by moonlight opening the 13th con secutive day of bombing Then lo U S liberators and flying fortresses lashed out against military objectives in northern France supported by to 500 fighters The German radio declared al lied planes roared into southern and southwest Germany Thurs day coining from Italy to make the day opera tions a 2way that great air battles were raging Twentynine big liritish bomb ers were lost in the triple assault on the armaments city of the of Schweinfurt and ils ballbearing factories anil Ihe railways at Vil Icncuve St Georges 15 miles southeast of Paris Mosquito bombers also attacked the port of Hamburg with 2 planes lost and other bombers laid mines German bombers apparently in lent on harassing invasion mo bilizations struck at the English coast X times during the night and Berlin identified objectives as the naval base of Portsmouth and other harbors Two hours niter he main as sault on Essen home of the Krupp Works a great area of fire over spread the city and smoke rose 20000 feet the air ministry de clared The Schweinfurt bombing was well concen trated The nazicoiitrollcd Iaris radio declared that Paris had been un der attack for more than an hour and said the raid cost the lives of many Frenchmen The KAF has been hilling steadily at prime rail largcls in this sector The RAF slrike against Essen and Schwcinlurt followed an as sault on Brunswick Wednesday by 250 to 500 American fortresses and liberators wilh 1500 tons of bombs in which nol a bomber was losl No German fighters rose to challenge the bombers large fighter escovl In other operations Wednesday light bombers struck military ob jectives in northern France and Belgium marauders thunderbolts and A20 havoc light bombers raided the rail centers at Louvain and Saint Ghislain Mitchells and Bostons also plastered Saint Ghis lain U S fighters attacked Ger man airdromes in France destroy ing grounded planes md HAK spitfires penetrated into Germany for the first time shooting up parked gliders without loss Six American fighters were lost during all operations Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy WOULD KMAXn WORK DCS Moiiics Presenting a request for S 1400 in additional funds with which to expand the work representatives of the Iowa commission for the blind told the legislative interim committee 29 Iowa bliml total of S42r or an average of S14748 per per son in war induslries in March Wednesday thnt persons earned Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Mud Captures Pursuing Officer as Well as Liquor Runner HEAR BLAST ON FRENCH COAST British Towns Along Coast Are Rocked London terrific explo ion on the French he same direction us others heard i recent Deal and ither British towns along Dover Strait Thursday suggesting the Germans were doing an Illhhnur order blasting job for thcir wall defenses A deep rumbling noise pre ceded the blast The ground shud dered houses rocked doors were sprung and locks flew open The explosion might have been part of the allied night aerial at tack but coastal residents said thai it so it must have been a supercolossal blockbuster The explosion was preceded by a halt hour of gunfire out in the strait possibly indicating another naval skirmish Iowas spring mud got the best of a SI Paul man hauling liquor into Iowa but it also got the best of the highway patrolman who arrested the Minncsotan Wednes day night near Manly officer following him southward on highway 65 he admitted after his arrest Attempting to elude the patrol man he turned west on highway 9 at Manly and then northward on Bernard Chervanisky 22 St side road That proved his tin Paul was on his way to DCS I doing He had gone only a short Moincs with 16 cases of whisky distance when his car stuck in and gin when he discovered thethe mud Behind him Palrolrian Earle Shoeman ot the Alason Cily office was having troubles of his own The officer as a matter of fact got not even as far as Chervanisky on Ihe mud road before the palrol car bogged down But Officer Shoeman walked to the top of the hill on which he was stuck and lo and behold there was his quar ry stuck on the other side The arrest followed A nearby farmer with a tractor greatly amused by the situation pulled Ihe 2 cars out of the mud Chcrvamsky was taken lo North wood and lodged in jail there lo await a preliminary hearing on charges ot illegal transportation of liquor Ills elderly mother who was in the car with him was taken to Northwood hospital for the night Officers said she was suffcrin INDICTED BY GRAND JURY DCS Moincs St Marclc Hull of Council Bluffs Iowa was indicted by a federal from heart trouble and told them I grand j u r y Wednesday on a she did nol know what her sons charge of violating the Mann act errand was until the car had enI in connection wilh alleged trans lercd Iowa No charges will be j portalion of 3 girls from Council filed against her it was indicated Bluffs lo Omaha between Nov 1 by the officers 1194 and Jan 1 1044   

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