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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 6, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES DCS 110 I NET I A THE MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL 1 Associated Press and United Full Leased Wires Five Ccnls a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 6 19U ROMMEL SAYS INVASIONALONG WEST IMMINENT Field Marshal Adds His Voice to Guessing Din Among Germans London Marshal Er win Rommel added his voice Sat urday to tlie invasion guessing din declaring the attack must be reckoned ab imminent assorting tlie G e r m a n soldier armed w i t h n e w w capons is Quiz Dozen in Chicago Trunk Probe Chicago Police questioned more than a dozen men and wom en Saturday as they hunted rot additional clues to aid in solving the mysterious death of a woman w I o s e seminude body vvas shipped from Chicago to Los An geles in a trunk Search also was intensified lor the man who ar ranged the shipment Packed in salt and a mass of blood soaked clothing the body was discovered by a Los Angeles railway express clerk Friday when he opened the trunk after he had and seen brine seeping from it lnat No injury was found on the body but Los Angeles authorities ready or the utmost The allies lie declared in a German broad will come gainst great surprises This is par UculaiJy true or tf ROMMEL those enemy formations which may try to land by parachute or from gliders behind the coastal front Rommel declared The broadcast said he ad dressed his commanders after completing a tour ot Medilerran ean coast defenses him as saying and quoted My inspection of the interior of the country has shown the exist ence of an interesting system of tactical measures which can be described as a complete novelty Rommel whose forces were driven from Africa by the triumphant 8th army troops of Gen Sir Bernard L Montgomery made a reference to that experi ence Before the attack on El Ala inein Rommel said Montgom ery asked his men to kill Ger mans wherever they meet them On account of this order wounded and captured German soldiers were murdered at El Alamcin We German officers do not give orders to our men which arc said further examinations were to be made to determine whether the victim had been poisoned had died from a blow or had been smothered They identified her as between 30 and 40 years old Police Lt Philip Brietzke of the homicide division said detec tives had established that tne trunk was shipped early last Sun day morning by a man about 42 years old He was accompanied to the railroad station bv a 13 year old boy Brietzke said the man had told Charles R Heniff a rate clerk at a railway express agency in the station the trunk contained his personal belongings and he had given the name of John Lopez as both shipper and addressee The was April 22 and was successful NO 182 Yank Flyers Rip 5 Romanian Cities in NonStop Drive officer related Heniff told him one or the cords around the trunk had broken and the man borrowed a hammer and wire to repair it The trunk was sent C O D Brietzke said Heniff reported aft er the clerk had told the man the charge for the 245pound ship ment which had been valued at S50 would be S25 He added Ihe man told him he intended to trav el Los Angeles by bus Earlier investigation of the mys tery turned to a small hotel neat Chicagos loop when towels from the hostelry were found in the trunk Police said they had learned that a man and woman registered as John Lopez and wife had lived there last winter leaving 2 Claim Russians Massing on Enormous Scale in Poland London reports relayed thiouth Stockholm said Saturday that the Russians had massed men and equipment on an enormous scale in old Poland ror a new drive on the path to Berlin The reports said the red army was concentrated in great in the vicinity of Kowel 170 miles southeast of Warsaw and also was in crass contrast to military hon aso without leaving a for ol ward address In a speech for delivery at 3 p m Capt II H Balfour under secretary for air declared that for all practical purposes seme 138i 090 allied airmen already have opened the main battle of the In vasion He asserted that the destruction executed during April through out the length arid breadth of oc cupied Europe by these airmen would make the invasion path from the coast to Berlin moredi rect Looking to the peace beyond the invasion the London Dailv Herald said Saturday that the European advisory commission now had practically completed a detailed document settinsout armistice terms to be presented to Germany The commission authorized by the Moscow conference has been meeting behind closed doors since last December 15 Although it is understood to be chiefly con cerned with plans for dealing with Germany after the war it is empowered to make recommen dations on any matters concern ing the conflict Reports received here through Stockholm possibly Germanin spired said the nazis had sent 20000 reinforcements into restive Denmark and 30000 into Norway ns antiinvasion moves See Signs of Move Into Scandinavia Off Johnson Ration Board Iowa City L Records resigned from the Johnson county ration board Saturday the fourth person to quit or be discharged from the board this week Records chairman of the gaso line panel said in a letter to Wal ter Kline acting director of the Des Moines office of price admin istration district that he was re signing after a week of delibera tion IOWA WEATHER OUTLOOK BRIGHT Farmers Gardeners Hope to Work Soil Soon DCS Sloincs IfPi The weather outlook in Iowa was bright Satur dav near Kolomyja 30 miles southeast of Stanislawow near the old Czech border Russian Tass agency military commentator s a i d meanwhile that the sectional struggles which have been going on near Stanis lawow since midApril were sig niti cant because ol strategic rail ways in that part of former Po land A soviet communique said 300 Germans were slain in a 2 hour battle in that area Friday The bulletin also said that liusi sian air and sea units had sunk WARNS AGAINST PHONEY REPORTS Davis Says Allies to Reveal Real Invasion Washington Infor mation Director Elmer Davis said Saturday that announcement ol the invasion of western when it come only DEJECTED JAPS ARE GIVING UP IN NEW GUINEA Planes and PT Boats Continue Attacks on Enemy Escape Routes By WILLIAM B DICKINSON Allied HcudMuartcrs Southwest Pacific Groups of Japanese troops halfstarved and dejected are surrendering in record num bers in northern New Guinea it was disclosed Saturday as allied planes and PT boats continued their attacks on the enemy es cape routes and sank or damaged at least 20 barges along the coast Reports from the American beachheads at Hollandiu and Ailape disclosed that the Japa nese were surrendering in num bers never equalled before in any previous southwest Pacific cam paign indicating that the isolated enemy troops realize there is no Ask Swiss to Cut Supplies Sent to Nazis Washington United States has taken another step toward plugging up the channels ot vital war goods flowing to Germany negotiations are in progress to reduce Switzerlands exports to the nazis The talks are being held in London between delegations from Switzerland and this country and have already been underway for several weeks Expected result new trade hope of supplies or rein He said he stated in his letter that he resigned because Harry ivonshot field man for the DCS i er farmers and sardencrs The sun was shinint throughout most of the state after 2 days of intermittent snow and rain and the weather bureau forecast fair weather Sunday with rising tem peratures in most sections Frost was reported during the night at Charles City Masin City Iowa FaUFand J3es Mqinesjind the mercury dropped below the freezing mark in the western half of the northeast sections of the state Tn the southeast minimum temperatures ranged from 33 to 35 degrees Lowest temperature in the state Friday night was 24 at Onawa All sections of the state had addi tional traces of snow Friday but it melted as it hit the ground Highest temperature Friday was 43 at Decorah Marshalltown and Dulnique The weather bureau said flood j waters in the DCS Moines river valley between Tracy and Ot tumwa were receding and would be back within the river banks over the weekend With the return of clear wcalh 5 more German and Romanian escape ships of Sevastopol in support of the red armys siege of the big Crimean port Of the siege itself a asked American from the allied c o in m a n d in L o n don lie the pub lic meanwhile to ignore axis inspired reports of second front operations I hope the spondent with the red army said the Russians were burning and squeezing the enemy out of near ly impregnable stone nests The German communiquesaid the Russians were attacking at Sevastopol with heavy artillery and varpiane support but that all blows had been repelled and 30 soviet airplanes had been shot down Major soviet attacks also were thrown back east of the Siret river in Romania the bulle tin added Moines OPA district had made ac cusations against C R McCann former of the board at a time when McCann was absent from the board Records added that Konshot re fused to permit McCann to be brought in Another reason for the resignation Records said was that Kline declined to permit R J Phelps ousted board chairman to present his side of the case Phelps and McCann were dis charged from the board early this week and J W Anderson member of the gasoline panel then re signed Kline said in removing the two London clisI nicn that the Tohnson county board patches Saturday reported mullii as loosely operated and IfKit Panels for various rationed items had not been established as pro vided in OPA regulations In DCS Moines Kline said he not yet seen Records letter of resignation and declined comment Friday night Henning E Larson assistant board operations execu tive of the Chicago regional OPA district said he was confident the controversy would be settled in the next few days to the satis faction of all concerned plying signs that the allies intend to invade Scandinavia and said the Germans have rushed 80000 more troops to Denmark and Nor way to meet the threat Brig Ccn Leroy Collins com mander of the northern Ireland base section for the u S army said in a speech at Belfast Fri day that allied armies would fin ish the job in Europe in 1944 but warned losses probably would be heavy The London Daily sketch re ported from Stockholm that the Germans were understood to have received information of large allied shipping concentrations at Iceland obviously s possible springboard for a landing in Nor way Coincidentally German recon naissance planes flew over north east Scotland Friday night pre sumably attempting to spv out hoping the ground would dry quickly so they could set in crops which already arc far behind schedule because of the heavy rains during April The weather bureau said the average rainfall for the state last month was 457 inches 185 inch es above the 70year average The average temperature last month was 45 degrees A below normal Clyde Spry assistant state sec retary of agriculture said Satur day that although the rains had been heavy recently they had caused little erosion damage The only serious damage of that kind sion is a day alter a NfiLB elcc in the state occurred in Lucas ind Monroe counties last month when DAVIS American peo ple remember that Joe Gocb bcls is in bus iness for his own not for theirs the OWI chic declar ed in an interview Davis warned that there un doubtedly will lie phoney axis invasion reports but he recalled Churchills state ment that there may be many agreement with Switzerland to take the place of an interim pact signed last December Switzerland sends the na fuses chronometers precision i strumenls and a small quantity of ballbearings The strategic importance of these products is quite disproportionate to the amount sent since they require highly skilled workmen and top quality materials both extremely short in Germany today Switzerland cut those exports by more than half when the De cember agreement with the ORDER AGAINST WARD EXTENDED Judge to Rule Wednesday on Company Request Chicago Judge William H Holly Saturday ex tended his order restraining of ficials of Montgomery Ward and Company from interfering with government control of the huge mail order firms Chicago plants The judge said he would rule at 10 n m Wednesday on the companys motion to dissolve the restrainer and the governments plea to have it replaced by a temp orary injunction The time for Judge Hollys dcciI fcinls before the real operation takes place its really the works Davis said you can be sure the allied command in London will announce it shortly after it be gins Davis asserted that the under ground in enemyoccupied terri tory has learned to be wary of naziinspircd reports of second front operations The American people he must adopt a similar attitude The OWI chief has promised the nation a blowbyblow account nl the invasion and in the past 2 months has implemented this pledge by tightening tiic liaison between his agency and the mili tary in Washington and London As a result of this arrange ments have been completed to expedite the flow of invasion news back to U S through a sys tem of single censorship of all dispatches OWI reported Friday night that British and American military authorities have agreed to the simplified plan which calls for one set of rules to govern second front copy censorship forcements through the allied en circlement Japanese casualties in the Hol landia area alone totaled b97 killed and more than 150 cap tured through Wednesday The predicament of the enemy was apparent from one typical Ameri can report which said A group of 35 halfstarved and dejected Japanese have surren dered The disclosures came as bomb ers and fighter planes teamed with speedy PT boats to batter every enemy attempt to evacuate or relieve the trapped troops Heavy and medium bombers hit tlie enemy airdromes at Wcwak 85 miles below Aitape with 105 tons of bombs which started huge fives while light naval patrols on 2 nights destroyed 2 barges and damaged 7 others on the coast Fighter planes and naval pa trols raided the Hansn Bay area south of Wcwak as heavy and medium bombers again struck United States was negotiated and further reductions are now being asked in line with the al lied policy ol blocking every pos sible German channel ol highly strategic war supplies The United States is also asking a cut in credit extended to Germany by Switzerland In return Switzerland is re questing increased supplies from this country mainly food cotton and TNT BOMBERS LASH RAIL TARGETS PLANE FACTORY Other Heavy Assaults Made in Balkans Dam Across Pescara Smashed Allied Headquarters Naples liberators and flying fortresses perhaps 500 to 750 strong hurled explosives into 5 Romanian cities Saturday slam ming rail targets and an aircraft factory in a nonstop assault on the Balkans The big bombers and their fighter escorts struck through a screen of German interceptors hammering rail yards and an air craft plant at Brasov 75 miles north of Bucharest Campina site of oil storage and railway yards 10 miles northwest of Ploesli ofl ssaulted TurnuSeverin rail bot leneck on the Romanian side of he iron gate and Pilcsti and Craiova rail cities on the Buch irestBudiipcsl line about 70 miles lOLthwest and 120 miles west re flectively of the Romanian capi al It was the first attack of the var on Pitesli and Craiova Immediate reports on damage allied losses were unavailable into Dutch New Guinea to at tack the Sarmi coastal section near Wakde Island 110 miles west of Hollandia and Mokmor airdrome on Biak island in Gcel vinfc Bay 340 miles fartherwest Twelve enemy fighters attempted to intercept Ihe allied force over Biak but a communique said the opposition was ineffective Solomonsbased bombers hit the Rabau area at the northern lip of New Britain again drop ping 97 tuns of bombs on air dromes anil supply sectors During the last days the i inches of lain fell in 30 minutes 4 STARS BUT NO SONS Minneapolis UR Mr and Mrs Oscar G Crook dont have any sons in service but there arc 1 service stars in their or their daughters tion set for Tuesday to determine whether the CIO United Mail Order Warehouse and Retail Em ployes Union still represents a majority of nearly iOOO eligible employes George B Cliristcnscn ward attorney said he had opposed Judge Hollys aclion and had re quested the court to decide the injunction phase of the case be fore the election is a question whether the election would be valid while the employes and employes of the U S government as they are un der the sweeping terms of Prcsi on their wedding day The chef clent Roosevelts order for seizure Newlyweds Salvage Rice for Honeymoon New York OPi A chef in a mid town hotel sat slarrycycd in his kitchen touched by the ro mantic dish he had concocted for a Baltimore couple on their honeymoon The newlyweds had salvaged from their clothing and luggage the rice thrown at them had cooked it for the last meal of thcir 10day stay nf properties because the na PISARIMINI LINE BLASTED No Trains Sent Over Tracks Since April 24 Mediterranean Allied Air Force Kith U S army air force dropped more than 1300 tons of bombs in 1800 sorties over New Britain New Ireland and the northern Solomons at a loss of 7 liberators Maj Gen Hubert R Harmon dis closed at an advanced South Pa cific base He said personnel casualties were less than of one per cent in that period during which the most important targets were Truk in the Carolines and Ra DK CLARK APPOINTED DCS Moines nf Dr Hugh Clark as president of DCS Moiues Still College of Oste opathy succeeding Dr John P Some enemy aircraft were shot down The heavy daylight bloxvs quick y followed up heavy overnight HAF assaults on Romania and Fri days daylight attacks oil Balkans larccts and the spectacular breaching of the Tcscara dam in Italy The oil center of Campina was hit Friday night by British Hali faxus and Wellingtons for the first time of the war TurnuSeverin was still reeling from Fridays as sault in which the daylight raid ers also hammered Ploesti Of ficial photographs of the latter at tack showed bombs had wrecked workshops warehouses and were well concentrated on the railyards which serve as a particularly im portant transshipment center for Danube river traffic Saturdays newest blows on the Balkan communication system came as German forces dug in op posite the British 8th army on the Adriatic sector of the Italian front were believed to be suffering ex treme communications hardships as the result of the destruction ot the Pescara river dam by RAF divebombing Kittyhawks and mustangs Reconnaissance p l o t o c r a phs made Saturday afternoon showed that all waters in the river form erly impounded by the dam were Bone but the official Mediter ranean airforcc report said it had been impossible so far to assess the fall damage which will be done to German communications The flood resulting from the dam break apparently inundated a considerable urea In all operations in the Mediter ranean theater Friday embracing lDliO sorties lu heavy bombers and B other allied planes were lost headquarters said Eleven German planes were destroyed The dam 19 miles up the Pes cara river from the port of the same name had penned up a Schwarlz who resigned was anj confidence as to the makeup o nounccd Friday by the board of the committee which probabl trustees Headquarters Italy f Re lentless air bombardment has vented the Germans from mov ing a single train since April 24 from the PisaRimini line HO miles north of Rome to the lighl ing front area iMaj Gen John K Cannon U S I2th air force comj mandcr said Saturday any allied preparations thrust across the North for Sea Denmark one of the shorten routes to Berlin Other Swedish press reports said the Germans had sent 50000 men to Denmark and 30000 to ISorway to reinforce the garrisons in those countries while the Lon don Daily Mail relayed a Stock holm rumor that German naval units were moving between the Baltic and the North Sea The rumors are unconfirmed but there seems to be tension in the Oresund between Sweden and Denmark and vague talk also is heard of naval activity the Daily Mail said American and British aerial reconnaissance units were re Weather Report FORECAST cold Saturday night Sunday fair vcalcd to have completed the photographing of the cnlirc 3 nOOmilc Atlantic coast line of axis Europe o a considerable depth in preparation for the inj Iowa Fair with frost Saturday V3SIO11 The photographic mapping of the invasion battleground began more than 6 months ago and reached its peak last month when nearlyperfect visibility en abled the completion of hundreds of successful camera sorties Most photographs were taken from an altitude of 7 miles but for detailed pictures of defense areas the unarmed mosquitoes mustangs and lightnings dived on their targets nt 400 miles an hour Photographic dark rooms arc working overtime rushing out prints to dozens of vitallyinter ested commands the air ministry news service said told reporters Christensen Harold Smith and Charles Caldcrini ward counsel City Fair and not ciuilc so j and U S Attorney J Albert Woli ana warmer night Sunday partly cloudy anil Warmer Minnesota Partly cloudy Satur day night and Sunday Warm er Sunday and in west and north portions Saturday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 39 Minimum Friday night 29 At 8 a m Saturday 32 Precip 13 inch Heavy frost was observed Fri day night YEAR AGO conferred with the judge in chambers on the injunction mat ters Vierecks Son Killed in Action in Italy Maximum Minimum Precipitation R4 4H 25 freight yards in central Italy and although the Germans j were able to repair single lines rapidly American planes had kept cutting them and cicslroyin bridgi and tunnels so regularly was no through i that Ihcvc traffic In the nixsent batllc lull the Gcrmanb by shifting cargoes by truck across the cut lines and by employing coastal and road trans portation could keep their front going on limited supplies but to I again resulis of the strangling The War DC again results of the strangling parlmcnt reported Friday that air campaign should show Can New York George Sylvester Viereck jr son of the writer serving a prison term for failure to register as a German agent was killed in action on March 2J in Italy Last February Cpl Viereck in the infantry served in some of the bitterest fighting on the Anzio beachhead The elder Vicrcck is on trial in Washington with 23 1 charged ith sedition others non said GEORGIA CARROLL NAMED Hollywood Georgia Carroll was notified Saturday that she has been named by the members of the army air raining BELIEVE FR TO BE UPHELD Administration Aides Look to Ward Probe Washington tion leaders in Ihe house Salurda privately expressed belief hat a impartial investigation of the Montgomery Ward and company seizure would uphold the presi dents order By an overwhelming vote of 30C to CO the house Friday authorize an investigation of the broad is sues involved in the seizure to be conducted by u special commit tee composed of 4 democrats anc republicans The senate author ized a parallel investigation Wed nesday to be carried out by its judiciary committee Only a week ago such a vole in the house would have been im probable because of the opposition that developed in democratic ranks This opposition was dissolved among most of the democratic leaders after they read the opin ion of Ally Gen Francis Bicldle which staled the governments ease against the firm Among those who dropped their opposi tion was Chairman Adolph J Sa balh D III of the rules commit tee a staunch new deal supporter who held in his hands Ihe power to prevent iho proposal from teaching the floor Speaker Sam Knyburn tempor arily delayed Ihe start of an in vcstigation when he did not lake At last reports a great immediately lo appoint Ihe com mittee Other house leaders said fiayburn had taken no otic into his f probably be named early next week center Fresno Cat blond their vond hi Thr vocalist cur1 OFF ON ANOTHER AIR Capt James F Hunt left of Rialto Cal the pilot and S Sgts Charles I Vieantl f Joseph Dothwell of Little Sioux their flak vests parachutes and s cur rcnily is working in an unnamed I other gear into a jeep as they rush for their B26 marauder musical at Columbia studios I plane for another flight Picture taken in England vail of flood waters was moving own stream toward Pescara The ermms had depended on the dam for electric power The announcement was the first isclosure here that the Amcrican rtiill Pol mustangs now arc being used by allied fliers Heavy forces of American four Kincil bombers struck into Ro mania Thursday and hit the oil and mil center of Ploesti and the railway city of TurnuSeverin Ilocsti the bombers and their escorting fighters encaged in a 30minntc running battle with about 100 German fighters Light bombers attacked an am munition dump west of Albano in Italy and other aircraft hit roads and railways both north and south of Rome Bad Weather Fails to Halt Offensive London libera tors dumped bomb loads into Ger man installations in the Pasde Calais area of France Saturday as the allies preinvasion air of fensive continued for the 22nd day despite miserable flying weather over the English chan nel It was the 12th consecutive day of heavy bomber operations from British bases but once more it was only a small force probably less than 250 bombers with an equal number of escorting light nings thunderbolts and mustangs which hopped the channel to hand Hitlers Atlantic wall emplace ments their filh blow by heavy bombers in 7 days The daylight blow followed a night in which British planes laid   

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