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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 16, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CEPARTMEKT HISTORY Av MO I HE THE NEWSFAKR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Press and Unjted Press VuU Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 16 1944 This Paper Consists of Two One NO IM SOUTH ENGLISH COAST BOMBED BY NAZI PLANES 300 Planes Believed in Attack Berlin Reports Portsmouth Heaviest Hit By W W IIERCHEK London German air force striking with possibly 300 planes of its own counterinva sion aerial offensive attacked the southern coast of England Monday night for the 2nd consecutive night and the Berlin radio said Tuesday the assault was concen trated on Portsmouth Defensive forces shot down 6 planes as the nazis came over iu 2 waves shortly after midnight Four other coastal towns felt the weight of enemy bombs A hos pital was hit causing a number of casualties Allied operations from British bases Monday night were confined to attacks by Mosquito planes against the industrial city of Lud wigshafen objectives in northwest Germany and an enemy airfield in France Four aircraft failed to return from these and mine lay ing missions LiUdwigshafen was last bombed the night of May 10 by Mosquitos which have now made 7 night penetrations over Germany this month After a week of the most inten sive bombordment in preparation for the impending invasion allied aerial activity from British bases has been on a greatly reduced scale for the last 60 hours It ap peared to be a grim pause for more crushing blows The German operation against the south coast seemed in about the same strength as Sunday nights sharp attack against the southwest coast In that foray the nazis lost 15 planes and since 5 per cent of any nisht attacking force is considered a sooA average the luftwaffe might have used as many as 300 planes The nazi loss of only 6 planes Monday night was attributed to the fact that the Germans hit channel targets and did not cross England to the west coast thus avoiding the longer exposure to British 1 Describing Ports mouth the German radio said large quantities of high explosives and incendiaries were dropped on most important targets in this coastal town In spite a very fierce enemy defense the attack was carried out with good ef fect the Germans claimed Mediterranean army air force activity slackened Monday but chalked up were about 1800 sor ties in close support of the ad vancing 5th and 8th armies Me dium bombers struck harbors and railroad installations Shipping off Murray 53 Local Jeweler Dies Suddenly at Residence Was Overseas in World War I Leaves Wife 6 Sisters I Brother Edward J JUirray 53 Mason City jeweler died suddenly at his home 3 Georgia avenue S E Monday night Funeral arrange ments are incomplete Mr Murray was born July 20 1890 in Dubuque the son Mr and Mrs John B Murray After 19 months overseas service in the last war he was married to Mary Elizabeth Campbell Dec 28 1921 The Murray Jewelry store was established here in August 1922 Surviving are Mrs Murray 6 sisters Mrs Nate Murphy anu Mrs A L Pannalee of Dubuque Mrs Frank Lynch Minneapolis Mrs J G Muldoon and Mrs Clint Balheim of Waterloo and Mrs Walter Keenan of Aipcna Mich and 1 brother Dr J B Murray of Dubuque The body is at the Meyer fu neral home Bishop Lifts Suspension of Orlemanski Springfield Mass The Rev George A Shea chancellor of the Homan Catholic diocese of Brand Widely Known Author Killed in Italy Allied Headquarters Naples Faust war corre spondent for Harpers magazine and better known under the pen name of Mas Brand as a fiction and movie writer was killed in Yugoslavia and coasts came in western Italian fo a drubbing Springfield announced Tuesday that the suspension of the Rev Stanislaus Orlemanski for his trip to Moscow had been lifted by the Most Rev Thomas OLeary upon receipt of a letter of apology from Fr Orlemanski who is ill at his parish house Bishop OLeary had informed Fr Orlemanski on Saturday shortly after he returned from his flight to Moscow that his priestly privileges had been suspended in definitely for leaving his parish without permission Monday the chancellery an nounced Fr Orlemanski was going to a monastery in fulfilment ot the Episcopal decree but later the priest was reported by his physi cian to be on the verge of a com plete physical and mental break down Dr William C KoUrski said the Polish American priest who twice conferred with Premier Josef Stalin appeared very ner ous and upset and that he had ordered him to remain in bed for several days The doctor said the pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary church was visibly affected by develop ments since his return from Rus sia and that his condition pre cluded the immediate carrying out of plans to enter a monastery Father Orlemanskis priestly privileges were suspended by his superior the Most Rev Thomas M OLeary bishop of Springfield as punishment for leaving his action Thursday night on the lower Garigliano sector it was disclosed Tuesday Faust who wrote under 4 other pen names was creator of the Dr KJldare stories which had wide popularity in motion pic tures He wrote 85 books and also quantities of fiction and became known as Kins of the Pulps Faust was killed on the open ing night of the 5th army offen sive He previously had been re into the Eight allied aircraft were lost and 7 enemy planes were destroyed New evidence of the Germans mounting tension and fear of an uprising of conquered peoples when the allies begin the western invasion was an order broadcast by the GermancontroJfed Paris radio that all arras must be sur rendered by May 2ft with the death penalty for failure to comply As the month advanced into its 2nd half the German people were warned by the Berlin radio that postinvasion fighting will not be limited to divisions on the Atlan tic wail or to points under the main attack but small waves will reach far behind them Then Ger many will be called upon to stand her greatest and most dangerous test Reports told ot additional disor ganization of German transport preparations to reinforce troops that might be cut off from the rear and Philippe Henriot of the French propaganda ministry said in a broadcast The last breath ing space before invasion has ar rived We do not know where the main allied blow will fall parish without permission The suspension was announced last Saturday and since that time Father Orlemanski has made no public appearance His Z brothers uriesls stationed in Cleveland Ohio and New Kensington Fa respectively were believed to be with him in Springfield Tuesday The Rev George A Shea chancellor of the Springfield diocese told a press conference Monday that he thought it like ly that material Father Orle manskL brought back from Rus sia might be forwarded to Ro man Catholic church officials but he declined to say whether that meant his bishop the apostolic delegate at Washington or the Holy See The chancellor added that Father Orlemanski would not be restricted from writing about or discussing his trip so long as he covered only historical facts and did not touch on faith and morals ported wounded He went the opening assault with troops only a short time after arriving in this theater Henry Buckley correspondent for the British news agency Reu ters was wounded when a shell burst close to his jeep on Sunday He is making satisfactory recov ery in a field hospital Fausts body was found on the battlefield southof the hillside villageof Santa Maria Infante which is near Minturno and the Gulf of Gaeta He will be buried in the cemetery of the division with which he was assigned Faust would have been 52 on May 29 His widowa son and daughter surive Mrs Faust is noxv in Los Angeles He was one of the best known and most prolificwriters of action thrillers and western stories in the United Stales Among his 85 books were The Untamed Destry Rides Again Outlaw South of the Rio Grande and Long Chance His output during the last 20 years was estimated at 25000000 words an average of a full length novel every 3 weeks He was a native of Seattle KEY POINTS IN NEW OFFENSIVE Tokyo Radio Indicates New Airbase May Have Been Won in Drive By RICHARD C BERGUOLZ Associated Press War Editor Chinas new offensive on the Salween river front has swept through several strategic points and Tokyo radio broadcast a re port which indicated the allies may have a new airbase within bombing range ol the Japanese homeland Formosa and the Phil ippines The radio broadcast claimed Nipponese plaues hit Suichwan 225 miles northnortheast of Can ton and termed Suichwan the advancebase of the American air force Tokyo said the main force was wiped out that pos sibly 7 plaues were shot down and more than 38 others set afire or severely damaged Neither the raid nor the losses have been confirmed by allied sources If Suichwan has been built into an effective striking base Maj Gen Claire L Chen naults 14th ailforce would be less than 1000 miles from the Japa nese home islands 675 miles from Luzon in the Philippines and 450 miles from Formosas within bombing range British continued to clean up pockets of enemy resist ance around Kohima in eastern India General MacArthurs headquar ters announced 220 tons of bombs have been dropped on Japanese installations at Wadke island and the adjacent Dutch New Guinea coastline raising the twoday bomb total there to 554 tons Other planes hit the Schouten islands for the llth straight day Adm Chester W Nimitz head quarters reported raids on Shu mushu in the farnorth Kurile islands on Trukand Ponape in French Pour Through Breach Ripped in Gustav Line on Liri Valley Edge ALLIES IN NEW ITALIAN mechanized French and American col umn enters Cosma e Damiano on the outskirts of Castleforte as the new allied offen sive gets under way in Italy south of Cassino The Germans evacuated the town after a powerful allied attack on isolated the eastern HOUSE STUDIES G I MEASURE Debate Looms Over Education Provisions Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday with occasional scattered thunder showers Kot quite so warm Wednesday afternoon Iowa Partly cloudy with scat tered thundershowers Tuesday night and Wednesday Cooler northwest and extreme west Tuesday night and extreme north Wednesday Minnesota Partly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday scattered thunder showers extreme south Tuesday night and southwest and extreme west portions Wed nesday cooler south and east central portions Tuesday night warmer northwest Wednesday afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 86 Minimum Monday night 61 At 8 a m Tuesday 63 Rain 23 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 57 Minimum 43 Precipitation 165 ISBELL NAMED PURDUE COACH SPORTS BULLETIN Lafayette Ind Is bcll former Purdue xmivcrslty and Green Bay Packer star Tues day was appointed head football coach at Purdue Athletic Director Guy Mackey announced The ap pointment is effective July 1 and Isbell will direct summer football training at Purdue Heat Blamed for Death of Minneapolis Man Minneapolis heat death of the year in Minneapolis occurred late Monday as the tem perature soared to a high of 85 degrees when Sievert Eggan 57 collapsed while digging pestholes Coroner Russell R H e i m said that death was due to a heart at tack induced by the heat BOY ACCIDENTALLY SHOT Carroll bullet wound in the chest proved faUl Monday to Virgil Earnest 10 of Lohrville who died in a hospital here He reportedly received the wound Sunday when a rifle in the hands of a playmate accidentally dis Washinclon UR The most ex tensive veterans benefit bill evcr before congress Tuesday moved toward house passages as mem bers began scrutinizing the esti mated 56510000000 G I bill ot rights for possible amendments Passage was expected soon possibly Wednesday or Thursday At least one section of the leg islation the educational provis ions promised to produce a vig orous fisht wilh members limns up behind two committees the veterans and education commit tees Both have accused eacl other of attacking states rights during 3 days of debate on the senate approved bill The cduca tion committee seeks to substituti its own education bill for the ed ucation provisions of the G I bill The senate meanwhile sent other veterans benefit measure to the white house for the presi dential signature that would mak them law They provide 1 Cost of living pension in creases for veterans with service connected disabilities Veteran who have received a pension con linuously for 10 years will b given 560 instead ot 550 monthlj The same increase applies lo to tally disabled veterans who hav reached the age ot 65 2 A flat 15 per cent boost i payments to all World war I an II veterans with servicecon nected disabilities 3 Authorization for a SI 00000 appropriation for seeing eye dog for blind veterans 4 Artificial limbs for disable veterans The senate also approved an sent lo the house a measure provide that payment of deal benefits lo families of veteran shall begin at the date of death a the Carolines and enemy garrisons in Marshalls LandfRoute Sought by China 3y CLYDE A FARNSWORTH With the Chinese Expeditionary Force on the Sallvecn Front The big object of the current Chi nese offensive across the Salween river is to secure a land route lo bring in heavy war equipment which will permit a military showdown with Japan a Chinese military leader said Tuesday It is to obtain as quickly as possible heavy artillery m e c h anizcd equipment and motor transport that the Chinese have launched their offensive across the Salween with 20000 troops at a dozen points in the hope of joining up with Lt Gen Joseph Stilwelis forces 150 miles away in north Burma Once armed wilh this cquip ent the Chinese hope to con uct the inland phase of a joint mericanChinese drive on one the Japaneseheld ports on the hina sea making China the set ng for a decisive test of Japans illitary power This broad outline of strategy ame from the harddriving Chi ese Geri Hsiao IHsu chief of taff for Marshal Wei LiLung Gen I s i a o acknowledged apan would be hard to whip He ees eye to eye with 42 year old rig Gen Frank Dorn Gen Stii vells chief of staff for the Y orcc American liaison force vith the Chinese who has been clping prepare the Chinese ex icditlonary force to accomplish he first phase of this strategy by Breaking the Japanese blockade f the BurmaLedo road Barring the possibility of a Russian move into north China PRISONERS TAKEN IN NEW ITALIAN DRIVE allied vehicles move toward the front German prisoners trudge down a mountain road in the opposite direction after their capture in the Mt iMaio area by French troops during the new allied offensive iu Italy Mt JIaio is near Castleforte south of Cassino determined by war or navy the secretary other units down to the squad if necessary Wherever there is a soldier who doesnt know what his weapon can do and how to make it do it we show matter where he is one colonel ex plained The Americans do not com mand they advise recommend urge and suggest Chinese troops train under Chinese command They will take the offensive only upon orders of the generalissimo Chiang a public re lations statement said This correspondent has seen in Chinese American collaboration at the outset of the Salween of fensive the Iirst fruit of Uic Stil wellDorn program Two Ameri can officers could not work iu double harness better than Dorr and Gen Hsiao IHsu Photos Reveal Huge Invasion Armadas Off British Coast lly KOBE11T DAWSON London photographs disclosed Tuesday hat the allies already have massed a huge invasion armada off Ihc 3ritish coast and German broadcasts reported intensified shipping movements in the ports ot against the Japanese Gen Hsiao crave the opinion that Japan her clf intends o make China the ast bit battleground of the orien al war Obviously Japans po sition in China would be unten able or nearly that if the Rus ians should move against her Further he said that despite the boasted selfsufficiency of Japa nese armies in China they could not survive if the United States should conquer the home islands by direct assault However Gen Hsiao said he was banking on neither possibility and regardedChina as the place for decisive use of American Chinese military resources The present Chinese offensive is the test of a unique American military adventure upon which Gen Stilwell counts to change the course of the war in the cast In late March 1943 he dis patched Gen Dorp then a col onel from Chungking to solve the problem of China with her great reservoir of military manpower to help herself The Yforce sometimes called yokeforce was grafted the CEF Chinas southwestern army Essentially an organiiation ef sol dierteachers the Yforce now continues as tactical advisers to their pupils in action American liaison teams with the lower ech elons use Chinese who have taken training as iastractiBf cadres for ern England Frankly concerned over the in creased port activity the Germans sent around 300 bombers against the soutli coast early Tuesday Bombs and flares were dropped the latter to facilitate the taking of reconnaissance phlotographs A spokesman for the German air force reported over the Ber lin radio that reconnaissance planes had noted fresh move DR B E PURGELL DIES SUDDENLY Specialist Stricken on Way Home From Farm B E Purcell eye car nose and throat special ist here for more than 40 years died suddenly of a heart attack late Monday Dr and Mrs Purcell had been looking after a farm near Owasa in the evening and he was stricken on his way back to Iowa Falls dying before he reached home Surviving are the widow and a son Lawience Purcell of Syra cuse Y There arc 5 grandchil The body was taken to the Woods funeral home where fu neral arrangements were being made Only One in Mob Gets Autograph of Sinatra Chicago of bare legged high school girls and some boys jammed a station here Mon day to get a glimpse of Crooner Frank Sinatra Finally the great showed up and the mob of fans rushed forward to greet their idol and get his autograph Only one got coveted signa ture He was 16 year old Joseph Squardo who admitlcd he was a Bing Crosby fan ments of invasion barges in the ports of southern England since last Friilay Several hundred vessels had been assembled at Bristol alone the luflwaffcs main target Sun day night for what looked like immediate action the German spokesman said Tacitly confirming axis reports that the allies were massing the greatest number ot ships off Brit ain since the Dunkirk evacuation the London Evening Standard pub lished photographs of a large con centration of tank landing ships lyinj somewhere off the British coast and of a number of other ships captioned second front landing craft lyipg off the coast An American shortwave Broadcast to Europe recorded by CBS said the London newspapers also published photographs show ing large concentrations of trans port ships and every type of land ing craft lying off the coast of Britain Though newspapers previously had published photographs of masses of weapons ashore these were the first to show large as semblies of landing ships admit tedly lying off the British coast The British railway executive committee announced that in ad dition to the number of passenger trains already discontinued many more trains will have to be withdrawn during the summer without notice because of increas ing pressure on the railroads pre sumably in connection wilh the transportation of troops and sup plies for the invasion A Berlin dispatch carried by the nazicontroltec Scandinavian tele graph bureau reported that Mar shal Gerd von Rundstedt Germa commander in France rather lha Marshal Irwin Rommel woul have supreme command of anti invasion forces in western Europi liommcl instead has been place in comivuuui uf an aviny grou under Rundstedt as has also Gci Johannes STB snid i Marshal Huge Sperrlc was said to have been given command of ttic luftwaffe In western Europe and an Admiral Francke command ot antiinvasion sea units GERMAN FLANK THREATENED BY NEWEST WEDGE Remnants of German 71st Division Chased Allied Armor Massing Allied Headquarters Naples troops poured through a breach in the Gustav line on the south edge of the Liri valley Tuesday in pursuit of disorgan ized remnants of the German 71st division whose break was endan gering the flank of the nazi line blocking British troops at thc val leys mouth The German radio said violet fighting was rasing against strong allied forces hcivily reinforced all along the line from Cassino to the sea and that German troops had been forced to fall back in night retreats especially in Ihe coastal hills which make up two thirds of the fighting area The Liri valley affords a strongly guarded corridor north toward Rome and at its mouth fast British armor was massing for a big battle in the shadow Cassino Although the French were plunging ahead Gen Alexanders staff member emphasized that ic Adolf Hitler line which backs p the broken Gustav line had ot yet been reachetl Allied troops had smashed for ard three lo eight miles since icy opened their full scale spring ffensive Thursday night American troops have overrun Ipigno in the lower Garigliano alley The French in a violent ttack have taken Monte Fam mera miles west of captured Ausonia and 7 miles north of the Tyrrhenian seacoastThey threw ack disorganized elements of the German Tlst division Meanwhile British and Indian roops of the 8th army repulsed eries of nazi counterattacks sup 3orted by tanks Monday and re Covered ground southwest of Cas ino which the enemy had man iged to regain In a series of vio ent thrusts allied headquarters announced The bag of prisoners taken since he allicd offensive started last Thursday night rose to 3000 and official reports said Tuesday that he prench virtually destroyed the 131st infantry regiment ot the 44th Hoch and Dculschmeislcr erman division Grim French warriors thirsty for revenge against the Germans pursued disorganized remnants of the enemy northward and west ward from the upper Garigliano valley capturing the important town of San Giorgio immediately south of the Liri river This sxvift thrust put the allies in a position to flank the whole German defense system guarding Cassino and facing the 8th armys Kanido bridgehead The Americans climaxed their smash from Ihe lower Garigjanr to the base of the lofty Arunci mountains by capturing Spigno They also misted the enemy from the village of Capo Dacqua irul forged on northwest to win Allied Casualties in Italy Are Fewer Than Were Expected Allied Headquarters Naples casualties in the new of fensive in Italy have been less than we a member of Gen Sir Harold Alexanders sUiff said Tuesday in a rcvieiv o the campaign The allied command Italy Ie Civita and hills which are links in the last enemy defenses in this area The Germans counterattacked farther south and a fight raged for possession of Hill 108 with the enemy holding Us western slopcy Official reports said The Ger mans holding high ground west of the 5th army front now are de pendent on rough mountain trails for their lines of communication but enemy demolitions made es tablishment of our lines of com munication likewise difficult Flying 1800 sorlks in support of Kriinml forces the Mediterran ean air force Monday sent mcdi um Iiombcrs against Fiombino lias been very pleased with thcl and Ancona harbors rail bridges work of allied airmen said thclat Orviclo and Pontcdera as well staff member who singled cut for as industrial objectives at Port special praise the rrcnch empire I oferraio troops who have been in the thick of the drive But lie said il was obvious the troops of the fifth army would not be able to advance the next few days as they did the first five He emphasized in this connec tion the difficulties imposed by terrain in bringing up guns and ammunition to the newly taken positions and the necessity of re pairing bridges UNVEIL TAINTING Hampton A of the Mothers day service at the Meth odist church Sunday morning was the unveiling of a large oil paint ing a reproduction of Hoffmans Christ Among the Doctors It is the sift of Mr and Mrs A K Rankin Buy War Savings Bonds Light bombers and fighters continued the assault in the bat ile area against supply dumps gun positions bridges troop con centrations and motor transport After winning San Giorgio the French captured Santa Lucia and Leforchc to the southwest and in the area between they seized the villages of Casalc Annunzita and Castel Nuovo cutting theroad from the northwest of Caslcl Nuovo West ot Ausonia other French men pushed the enemy off Monte Castello and Monte Fammera Gen Alphonse Juins troops captured the commander of the 194th German grenadier regiment with his whole headquarters in cluding both battalion comman ders As a result this regiment also was considered eliminated as and i a fighting force Stamps from your GlobeGazette Allied naval forces gave their carrier boy I support to the ground offensive   

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