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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 4, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY kHO A CQti THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L MASON CITX IOWA THURSDAY MAY 4 1914 Consists of Two Report Heavy Action on Italian Front STRONlAlllED FORCES MOVING INTO POSITION Paris Radio Predicts Assault to Be Timed With West Invasion Allied Headquarters Xaples UR British and Americai ground forces were reported mov ing into position for a major of fensive in southern Italy Thurs day as allied bombers attacked nazi railway communications fron the outskirts of Rome to Bucha rest The tempo of Ualtle iiuickencd all along the main ground fronts below Rome as German combat patrols attacked a score of points in an effort to unmask the allied preparations Simultaneously the Canadian army newspaper Maple Leaf said that action was imminent on the long stalemated Italian front The nnzicontrolled Paris radio said allied armies in Italy have taken up battle positions for ncw allout offensive timed tc coincide with an allied invasion ol western Europe and a red arm drive from the The Canadian forecast followed publication of a report in the Badoclio government newspaper 11 Corriere of Milan of feverish activity behind the allied lines in Italy in preparation for new operations on a vast scale German skirmishers particular ly were active Wednesday along the Adriatic coastal front and in the hills north of Cassino where they launched repeated reconnais sance raids that touched off furi ous smallscale battles with al lied forward units American and British patrols also were on the attack on all fronts probing for weak spots in the nazi defenses RAFheavyand medium bomb ers climaxed the battering aerial offensive against the enemys lines of supply north of the fighting lines striking in force at the big Bucharest rail yards in the pre dawn darkness Thursday In their first night attack of the war on the Romanian capital British Wellingtons Halifaxes and liberators dumped a great weight of explosives on the 2 mile Ion rail yards starting large fires i rolling stock and repair shops The raid followed a smashing series daylight sweeps by American and British mediun bombers against enemy railroac targets in central and northern Italy Formations of marauder struck along the Riviera hitting railroad bridges at Taggia on th MarseillesGenoa line and at Im peria 10 miles further cast Th marauders also bombed the Veil timiglia rail yards on the coasta railway line 18 miles cast of Nice In central Italy Mitchell medi um bombers bombed key bridges at Orvieto Spoleto and Ficulle on the HomeFlorence line while JACK MacNIDER IN Pvt Jack TMac Nicler 17 practices the kneeling position as part ol his re cruit training in firing the ill rifle Private MacNider is the sun of Brig Gen and Mrs Hanford MacNider 20o 10th N W Mason City Brig Gen MacNider is overseas with the U S army stationed in the southwest Pacific area Marine MaeNider is stationed at the marine corps base at Sail Diego Cal while receiving his recruit train ing Official marine corps photo ON FIRMS PUT ON BLACKLIST Crackdown Will Be Continued After War in U S and Britain Washington United States and British governments cracked down Thursday on 15000 businessmen and fivms blacklisted because of their alleged assistance to the war machines of Germany and Japan A state department official anj nounccd that economic warfare sanctions imposed on those con cerns would have to be continued indefinitely into the postwar period at least until the transition from war to peacetime conditions is well advanced This will sivc an initial competi tive advantage to firms which have played ball with I lie allies and in many instances especially in the European area suffered for it through axis economic discrim ination The policy has been formulated and made public at this time it was learned with the deliberate purpose of putting more than 5000 borderline firms in European neu tral countries on warning not to yield to increasing pressure to trade with Germany lest they suf fer the same fate This is the first time in the cur rent campaign to strangle Gci many in an economic blockade that Britain and the United States have gone beyond the neutral gov ernments to strike directly at in dividuals and organizations con tributing commercially to the en emy war effort The policy was disclosed by Francis H Russell chief of the division of world trade intelli gence of the state department in a speech to the American Dru Blast Dutch Airfield Nazi AntiInvasion Targets in France LATEST is a formation of the latest spitfires the spitfire mark XII in flight Note clipped wings for low altitude fighting pointed rudder FBI Seizes Ward Official Taking Down U S Poster Chicago D Sowell assistant operating manager lontgomery Ward and company was seized by federal bureau ot investigation agents at the governmentcontrolled mail order plant hursday and charged with ng or injuring1Ur S government property William J Connor first assist ant US attorney told U S Com missioner Edwin K WaiKcr that Sowell was seized as he was tak nz down a government poster Connor said the poster informed employes that any discharges since April 2C the day the gov ernment took control of the plant were invalid and the cases would be heard by John D Goodloe overnmcntiiamed grievance ficer dealing with the CIO united mail order warehouse and retail employes The poster also said there would be no further dis missals without hearings before Goodloe Sowell was arraigned immedi ately before Walker and released on S250 bond pending u hearing May 11 He pleaded innocent The complaint prepared by Connor accused Sowell of tak ing purloining stealing or injur Blackout in Hawaii Rigidly Enforced Since Pearl Harbor Lifted Honolulu black out rigidly enforced since Pearl Harbor was completely lifted Thursday by a general order is sued by Lt Gen Robert C Rich iirdson Hawaiian area army com Tiander The order warned only that householders must be ready to jlackont at a moments notice be cause it is entirely within the capabilities of the enemy to at tempt a raid and must never forget Manufacturcrs association Thurs day at Hot Springs Vt An au thoritative explanation of his statement in Washington devel1 oped its full significance in rela tion to the prcinvasion economic I warfare drive on Germany It has apparently been assumed by some of the firms that have cooperated with the axis Rus sell said that the proclaimed list U S blacklist and the Brit ish statutory list and the sanctions which are based upon them tvill terminate with the cessation of hostilities in Europe and that list ed firms and individuals will then be restored to normal trade fa cilities according to the place and cir cumstances ot the firms listed There are about 1500 firms on the American list and the British list roughly duplicates this Of the total about 10000 of the firms arc j in Latin America and the other five thousands in the European area PREDICT NORTH IOWA FREEZE Rains Cease High Rivers Will Recede There is no basis for such an I day other raiders hammered Civita vecchia and enemy supply dumps in the battle areas Three allied planes were lost in the daylight operations and 2 1 Tr were destroyed ng property of the U S govern ment Sowells attorney James C Lcaton demanded of Walker Sowell be freed contending the government had used high hpnd ed procedure in hustling Sowell to the U S attorneys office enemy planes LetUc also said he was not per Claim Nazis Map 3 Point Defense London Stockholm this fact we Richardson said lights may be burned at any hour of the nig Curfew rules requiring all pi sons to be off the streets by 10 p in will continue in effect however nutted to see Sowell immediately and that Sowell was fingerprint ed in the U S marshals office before service of any warrant No testimony was offered before Walker Outside the hearing room Sow correspondent of the London I ell told reporters that when he Daily Telegraph said information1 brought by observers from Ger many France and Holland indi cated the Germans had mapped the following 3point plan to counter the invasion from behind their 20mile deep Atlantic wall of coastal defenses the allied invasion fleet is approaching it will be at lacked by radiocontrolled bombs and Uboats including a new 30 foot 2mnn midget submarine and electricallycontrolled mine fields will be set off Salute Royal Birth With 21 Sabotage Acts New York to cele brate with the usual 1 gun sa lute the Danish underground movement marked the birth of a i 2nd daughter to Crown Princess forces will make every effort to delay a break through ot the Atlantic wall which they realize is not impreg nable and inflict the maximum losses on the enemy forces will be brought up from the rear to coun terattack in an attempt to drive the enemy into the sea From Ankara came a that tla German government ha ordered all German civilians Turkey gradually to assemble Istanbul aw the poster Thursday morning ic noticed it had to do with rcla ions between employes and man iscmcnt and that rather than jland in the hall rcadimr it I was removing the thumbtacks in order o take the poster into my office ind read it in its entirety and abide by it of After all I have quite a few employes under my direction Sowell said Richard Hostcny FBI agent told reporters FBI agents were stationed at the Ward plant at the direction of Attorney General Francis Except for this incident calm prevailed Thursday in the Mont gomery Ward situation as Federal Judge William H Holly studied briefs and evidence offered by the company and the government in the legal fight over the govern ment seizure ngrid by arranging acts of sabotage instead the British raid reported ThursdayThe London broadcast said this ex plained a series of explosions in Copenhagen last Sunday Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and colder with diminishing winds Wednesday night frost or freezing temper atures for about 6 hours Friday morning lowest Friday in Ma son City 2G Friday fair with rising temperatures in the af ternoon assumption It need not be slated that this does not consider the proclaimed list as an appropriate part of the type of normal peace time trade policies wThich it hopes eventually will be established It is clear however that there will inevitably be a transition pe riod from war to peacetime con ditions and that the lists cannot be withdrawn upon the termina tion of armed conflict In view of the total character of the present conflict and its vast impact upon commerce it will necessarily take time to effect acl Ijustments of economic warfare controls Such adjustments will be carried out with regard to specific circumstances Russell said that elimination of economic warfare controls could be accomplished more promptly in regions far removed from the such as Latin countries where axis spearhead firms have been destroyed j Those arc the hundreds of firms great and small which the axis countries used as instruments of their foreign policy They include such outfits Russell said as I G Iarben Ferroslahl Tubos Man iciniann Mitsui Mitsubishi and Siemens Schuckert The BritishAmerican policy toward branches of those strictly Repulse Raids by Japs in Kohima Area Southeast Asia Headquarters vandy Ceylon troops lave repelled a series of Japanese in the vicinity of the Indian frontier base of Kohima and have successfully beaten off 2 enemy counterattacks in northern Burma Admiral Lord Loui Mountbaltcns an nouncecl Thnrsday On the southern end of the Bur mese front meanwhile a cojnmii niquc said the allies now arc in DCS Moincs brief flurj firm possession of hish siomul overlooking the AIaunsdawIn thcdiung road for which the Japanese have been battling with great determination Near Buthcdnung the Japa neses who had penetrated one of our positions were driven out in a counterattack supported by tanks the bulletin said No change was reported in the situation around the Indian base of Imphal iO miles south Ko hima on which the Japanese in vaders have been maintainin pressure diaIJunna theater duriio the last 2 days with no allied plancs miss inc from the operations In north Burma Chinese uiule Lt Gen Joseph W Stillwcll sue essfully repulsed a Japanes ounterattack at Maniiin 32 niles northwest of Mogaung and east of the Mogaung river the HEAVY ATTACKS MADE AT NIGHT BY RAF PLANES Allies Continuing to Bombard Hitlers Waning Air Power on West London flying fortresses blasting at Hitlers wan ing air power in the 20th consecu tive day of prcinvasion aerial as saults bombed a German airfield in Holland Thursday The new blows by American heavy bombers coincided with morning attacks by both Ameri can and British bombers on Ger man antiinvasion installations ill northern France They fell only a few hours after 2 great allied armadas of night flying bombers hit targets in Bu charest from bases in Italy and the big military depot of Mailly south cast of Iteims from British bases ossibly 750 KAF bombers made the trip from British bases A preliminary U S announce ment indicated that the fortress formation which slammed explo sives into the airfield somewhere in Holland probably numbered less than 250 planes U made no var bulletin said adding that se mention of fighter escort Nevertheless the combined as sault by this streamlined force and the lighter bombers brought to around 6000 tons the weight of bombs loosed on the continent by something like 1730 bombers Wednesday night and Thursday Not a single marauder or havoc was lost from the morning medi um bomber attacks on numerous installations in northern France t land U S thunderbolt and RAF ry of snow was reported from Charles City Mason City Cher okee and Esthervillc T h u r s and the weather bureau predicted freezing weather in the northwest and north central por tions of the state Thursday night and near freezing in the south west and remainder of the north west Fair and somewhat warmer weather were forecast for Friday Jtcanwhile liht rains of the 24 hours ended early Thursday and the cessation of rains now indi cated would permit the rivers of fighting zones America and in the slate to fall within banks in about 48 hours the weather bu reau said The temperature dropped to vcre casualties were indicted on the enemy surprise Japanese attack Warinkaung south of Tiangxup spitfire pilots who escorted them was driven off the communisaid such vast clouds of smoke and oiTrsiirl dust arose from the targets that q were unable to estimate the damage inflicted airforce mustang fighters making a sweep over the Hanno ver and Brunswick areas Ger many while the heavy bombers were over Holland saw only one German was shot down promptly by Capt Frank OConnor of San Francisco The kill boosted OConnors total to 10 Crewman back from northern France encountered no fighters but reported heavy flak over the targets The RAF heavy bombers which flew from British bases in bright moonlight met fierce German Capt Don Gentile on Way Home on Leave From Base in Britain London Don S Gen tile top United States ace in the European theater and his flying mate Lt John T Godfrey have left their base in Britain enroute home on leave Thursday For security it was learned reasons their travel schedule was not disclosed i fighter opposition the air minis 1 have a months fur The communique said that RAF medium bombers destroyed a U boai with depth charges which in i lc sighted last Tuesday in who hails from fi 1 i minimum for the state of 1 Oe Indian ocean southwest of So js credited with 17 shot down bombi Both lough Gentile a native of Piqua Ohio leads American flyers in this theater with enemy planes downed in combat and 7 others destroyed on the round Godfrey Iowa Clearing hard frcc7c ght axis concerns was said is to destroy them If the parent com panies survive the final impact of rocs at Esthcrville Inwood and I Onawa Thursday morning after reaching a maximum for the state of fiB degrees at Davenport and Dubuque Wednesday Precipitation for the 24 hours ended early Thursday included Inwood 95 of an inch Sioux City 91 Cherokee Mason City 45 Alts 46 Decorah 45 Iowa City 33 Eddyville 30 Council Bluffs 2S The weather bureau gave the following rivers reports as of in Thursday The DCS Moincs river at Tracy i rose 204 feel UP a stage of IGB4 I feel or 284 feet above flood tsage The rise was becoming lc rapid and a crest stage of slightly above 17 feet will be reached be fore Friday morning At Eddyville the DCS IMoincs river rose 190 feet to a stage of 1870 feel or n70 feet above flood slasc It will continue to rise more slowly to a crest of about 19 feet cotra This British island is sonic 200 miles off the coast of Italian Somalilami H forms part of the Aden protectorate and formerly was a British coaling station The communique d i d specify the nationality of not the submarine but the description of it as a Uboat suggested the undersea craft may have been German allied air activity was reported along the entire Ini ing cough and C on the ground try announced and 43 planes failed to return from the opera tions which included an attack on the oftenbattered western German chemical center ot Lud wigshafen In addition to Mailly other h targets hit by the British nbcrs were aircraft stores and Suffers First Illness at 93Whooping Cough Danielson Conn Provost 93 of Danielson is out and around again after the first illness of his life lie had whonp equipment at Montdidier 23 miles southeast of Amiens and an ammunition dump at Chnteau dun about 30 miles northwest of Orleans The air ministry said that several enemy aircraft were destroyed by gunners on the bombers The 49 bombers lost Wednes day uishl constituted the largest UAF loss since the record of 96 on the March ft raid on Nurn the war on Germany and exist i by Friday moniiiiK into the new German era they j At Ottumwa the DCS Moines have to begin again at the bottom in their quest for interna tional business Russell said that while elimina tion of blacklist sanctions may be swifter where these spearhead have been destroyed that will not be true everywhere and especially in the European neutral coun 100 Flee as 5 Story in Hotel Is Destroyed WILSONS SOX 1IONORKD Moincs univer sity chapter of Sigma Alpha Ep silon has announced selection of Pvt John Wilson son of U S Sen George A Wilson for the annual Koolbeck award given for the outstanding pledge of the year Young Wilson now sta tioned at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds Md entered Drake last September and left for the army a month ago Modesto Cal A1 One man was killed and a hundred patrons fled down fire escapes and lad ders Thursday night when the 180room 5story Hotel Modesto occupying a quarter ot a down town block was destroyed by fire An unidentified man was killed when he missed his footing and fell to the pavement while attempting to step on to from the 5th floor a ladder with frost Thursday i temperature likely to range from 25 in the north portion to 31 in J withdravai of such ron the extreme south portion rn d b expected day morning rnday fan and to bc slowcr lviHl adjacent to the scene of conflict and particularly with respect of nationals of ir residents in neu tral countries who have engaged j warmer Minnesota Slow clearing with hard freeze Thursday night Temperature will range from river rose lGO feel to a stage of 981 feet H began overflowing at a stage ol 9 feel Wednesday night It will continue to rise slowly to a crest stage of about 11 feet during Friday or about 2 feet above flood stage The Raccoon river at Veil Meter has started to fall considerably extreme north to 28 extreme j n equipping or servicing the mil south Friday morning Friday itary machine of the cncmv or fair and wanner Slowly diminishing winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 62 Minimum Wednesday night 30 At 3 a m Thursday 32 Rain 45 inch Snow flurries were observed Thursday morning YEAR AGO Maximum fiS Minimum 37 who have rendered other portant aids to the enemy Firms on the blacklist have had their assets in this country frozen by the treasury they cannot ob tain export licenses or other eco nomic facilities customs officials prevent shipments of goods to them all their communications are listed and American firms are kept fully advised of their blacklist status so they will not trade with them Those are the restrictions which would be continued after the war Appendectomy for 16 Day Old Baby Reported Williamsiiort 1a geons at the Williamtport hos pilal reported Thursday a suc ccssful appendectomy on a 16 day old 5 pound infant The babys mother Mrs Uo Figcls underwent an appendectomy 5 months before he was bom i berg i In targets in the flo inaiiian capital of Bucharest Wcd icsduy night the allied heavy and ncciium bombers made a shift from a scries of repeated liam nerings during the past week igainst German communications in northern Italy The air offensive in Italy was kept going Wednesday however by medium bombers which hit bridges at a number points beyond Rome and a rail yard at Vcnlirniglia on the northwestern coast near the French border SUNSHINE RECORD SMALL DCS Moines received 40 per cent of the normal ex pectable sunshine in April but this was the least since sunshine records first were kept in 1894 Meteorologist Charles D Reed re ported Thursday FOOLPROOF LIFE RAFT IS imsinkable life i raft is what this one is said to be It is made of ICgaugu cold rolled steel is 1G feet 2 inches long with an 8foot beam and has a bow to aid sailing or rowing The welder above is assembling complete sections of the new raft which when entirely empty weighs 2425 pounds The raft which is under construction in Los Angeles Cal will ODT Says Dairy Cant Boost Deliveries Even If It Does Use Horses Las Vegas Nov direc tive is a directive and Thursday the office of defense transporta tion notified the Anderson Dairy that even with horses and wagons it cant deliver more than 4 times a week a rule designed to save gasoline and tires The amazed dairy proprietor who thought they were doins something for the war effort by converting to gasless and tire less transportation announced they would ignore the ODT Oldest milk distributors in southern Nevada the company ad vertised 7day a week deliveries and thereby drew the ODT wrath If the dairy doesnt stop it will lose all gasoline allocations in cluding those for wholesale de livery So said Kenny Searlef a f iU OUj twiiiij always float top side up regardless ol now it hits tne wa lpartner Well just use horses for ter since both sides are exactly alike i wholesale too   

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