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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 17, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AVL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL 1 Associated Press and United Pica Full Leased WirM Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY MAY 17 1944 This 1aper Cunsbts ol Two One NO fife REPORT STRIKE OF FOREMEN IN DETROIT ENDED Leaders Act After Arnold Cites Setback to U S Air Forces Washington fP The leader ship of the Foremans Association of America called off a strike Wednesday at 13 Detroit war plants which Gen H H Arnold had termed one of the most seri ous setbacks the air force has had since its inception and if con tinued might enable the German air force to recover just when it is reeling under our blows1 The board acted within an hour and a half after the chief of the army air forces told the union its strike may even affect our in vasion operations and after WLB Chairman William II Davis declared that a wartime strike against the government cant win The foremens leadership issued this one sentence statement The national executive board of the Foremans Association of America in extraordinary session Herbert Hirsch Mason City Furrier Dies at His Home Survived by 3 Sons Operated Mason City Fur Shoppe cap yourself by putting the United States government on the other fellows side and you just cant win You cant win J Your strike will be broken The work will be done II you take on the United States government in time ot war Herbert H Hirsch BO Mason City furrier died suddenly at his home N Federal at p m Tuesday Funeral arrange ments are incomplete Mr Hirsch was born May 11 1884 in Quincy 111 one of 7 children of Herman and Rosalia Jonas Hirsch He spent his early childhood in Illinois and laler moved with his family to Albert Lea Minn where he associated with his father in business In 1907 he moved to Mason City and established the Mason City Fur shoppe which has been business 37 years He married Henrietta Schlesinger at Hampton Oct 16 she preceded him in death Aug C Surviving are 3 sons Joel of East Orange N J Capt Robert S of Ft Dix N 7 and David at home a granddaughter Helen of East Orange N J 2 sisters Mrs at Washington D C unanimous ly directed officers of the 6 chap ters ol the association now on strike to at once call meetings of their members for the purpose of immediate return to work The board delivered its decision to Davis at the conclusion of a caucus that interrupted a WLB hearing summoned to determine why the strike had not been terminated Arnold chief of the United States army air force told a war labor board hearing on the strike that it might require him to change his limetable for destruc tion of critical industries in Ger many and might cost the lives of bombing crews through lack of sufficient fighter plane protect tion We of the military forces he declared are not interested in the relative merits of the dispute but it is inconceivable from our point of view how you can have strikes which stop war production on materials which are so essen tial they may even stop operations in connection with the bombings in Speaking rapidly1 the general said the war production involved was so essential the strikes might even affect invasion operations He said there were strikes in Detroit involving the Packard Motor Car companys plant mak ing airplane engines Briggs Mur ray Hudson and Gar Wood all you are licked Davis said 2 More Plants Are Shut Down Detroit outcome of a long struggle by the Foremans Association of America to gain recognition as a bargainingagent for supervisory plant employes lay at stake Wednesday as top officials of the union engaged in a showdown battle with the war labor board over a series of strikes responsible for the idle ness of nearly 50000 war work ers in Ihe Detroit area The exact total made idle be cause of the foremens dispute could not be determined since the Hudson Motor Car company an nounced only that it was shutting down some of its assembly lines Wednesday and did not make known the number of employes affected Claiming they were acting with the approval of army officers Hudson officials said the shut down was because of the un authorized absence of certain supervisors and in order better to insure the quality ot its product Their action followed by only a few hours the closing of the Briggs Manufacturing company Mack avenue plant which man agement attributed to the refusal of the navys bureau of aeronau tics to accept any more of its Tracy Blum of San Francisco Cal and Mrs Minnie Joseph of Los Angeles Cal and a brother Arthur of St Paul Minn He was preceded in death by 3 brothers Abe Fred and Leo and by his 2nd wife nee Mrs Mary Kubiak who died Dec 22 1942 Mr Hirsch was a member of the First Church of Christ Sci entist and of the Mason City Rotary club Funeral arrangements will be completed after the arrival of Joel and Capt Robert Hirsch from Nevr Jersey The body will lie in state at the MeAuley funeral home until time of the services BANKERS HEAR LANGUM VOICE POSTWAR VIEW High Employment After War Major Economic Problem Faced by U S The one overshadowing postwai problem is that of maintaining an economy with high stable employ ment John K Langurn vice presi dent of the Federal Reserve bank at Chicago told 150 members o group 3 of the Iowa Bankers as sociation at the Hotel Hanforc Wednesday afternoon If such can be maintained then the interest on the debt and higl peace time expenditures will not appear excessive the Chicago banker stated It appears now he said that the national debt will reach the neigh borhood of 300 billions The in terest on such a debt at the going over all rate of 2 per cent will be 6 billions This along wilh continuing military expenditures expenses Fall of Cassino Appears Imminent as Allies Drive Behind Nazi Stronghold producing fighter plane or truck parts We have been working for a long time to get maximum effi ciency in the bombing of Ger many he declared adding that it was necessary to develop longr range fighting aircraft to accom pany bombers on their raids In Germany Fighter planes determine the success or failure of some mis sions and how far the bombers can go into Germany he said These strikes may it impossi ble for me to meet my obligation Arnold declared How can I fur nish fighters where they are needed at the time they arc needed when I here are strikes That will require me to change my plans Must I cut down on the strength of bombers sent into Germany and change the time table for the destruction of criti cal industries in Germany Must 1 tell the bombing crews thai I cannot furnish them fishier pro lection they must have with their bombers Fighters determine the life and death of crews of bomb ers The air force chief said that since its inception the strike had cost the U S air force an esti mated 250 P51 fighters It is most serious at this par ticular time because we arc go ing all out on our air he said Asserting that he has a respon sibility to both crew members and families he added How can I explain to the rela tives of those killed the lack of fighter aircraft which 1 do not have to send in for protection of bomber and protection of May I ask the general a ques tion asked Walter M NIeson counsel for the foremens associa tion I am a busy man and I do not have time Arnold replied We are not interested in the merits of this dispute Let the record show that Gen eral Arnold refused to permit a question the union attorney said as the general strode from the room The hearing adjourned shortly after II a m after Union Presi dent Robert H Keys agreed to call the meeting immediately with his executive board to give WLB Chairman William H Davis an answer as soon as possible on the question of calling off the strike Davis had told officers of the foremens association of America they cant win1 a war time strike against the United States govern ment The only way you can gc grievance machinery is Ihrougl the war labor board You handl output Nearly 10000 Briggs em ployes were involved What effect these 2 latest shut downs will have on the position of the United Automobile Work ers which represents pro duction workers at both plants remains to be seen UAWCIO officials have protested to the WLB and the war department that 35000 employes have been kept from their important de fense jobs at the Packard Motor Car company because of the com panys dispute with the independ ent foremens union The Packard plant has been closed since last Friday MOSQUITO CRAFT ATTACK BERLIN PoolWeather Reduces Raids Against Nazis London RAF Mosquito bombers blasted Berlin Tuesday night the air ministry announced Wednesday as the Britishbased heavy bomber fleets rested up for a renewal of their smashing of fensive against fortress Europe The raid which was carried out without loss was the first at tack onBerlin since the night of May 9 Britain meanwhile had a raid free night as German air force remained at home alter 2 successive sharp night stabs al the English south coast There was no indication of ac tivity over the continent Wednes day as the weather which has brought a lull in the allied aerial offensive continued poor Allied operations Tuesday were restricted to offensive sweeps by fighters during which one swarm of Canadian Mosquitos bagged 7 enemy planes over northern Ger many One allied plane was re ported lost of providing for war veterans and other needs makes it certain that we will have a postwar annual budget of 20 billions of dollars or more he said This estimate leaves out any possible provisions for relief or pump priming That means that holdings of government bonds should as much as possible be in the hands of pri vate individuals and institutions and not in the banking system The total money supply in Ihe United States has already in creased 50 per cent since Pearl liarbor the bank executive stated That increase he added reflects Ihe fact that a substantial part of the war deficit financing by the government is through borrow ing from the banking system From the end of December 1941 to fairly recently this yeai about 47 per cent of the increase in the public debt has been ab sorbed by the banking that is the federal reserve banks and the commercial banks Th1 remainder of the debt is owed I individuals and nonbanking in stitutions IOWA WOMAN KILLED Rapid City S Dak W N Bragg 65 Davenport was killed and her husband 67 seri ously injured in an automobile accidenl in Cusler state park Tuesday The car overturned in a ditch Bragg is in a Rapid City hospital Shes Woman Women in Crash Scene Pocatello Idaho was i said Pfc A K Stewart a woman among women because When their automobiles col lided Stewart said the woman driver of the other car acknowl edged immediately that it was all her fault And I want to thank you she told Stewart I want to thank you so much for not jumping oul of test to the your car and giving me the verbal i dickens as most men would have There is a possibility almost likelihood that there will be futher increase in deposits afte the war This large increase i money is a threat to the pric structure in the immediate post war period If we can maintain a his rale of employment after the xva that will mean tremendous pro duction wilh little likelihood inflation he said We have hug production facilities if we can onl put them to use in peace as we have in war The hankers were called lo or der at oclock Wednesday aft ernoon by Harry S Lekwa Ack ley chairman of the group Invo cation was given by theRev George Marsh following which the visitors were welcomed by Mayor Ray Pauley wilh response by E A Heiden of Osage Iowa Bankers and War Time Banking was discussed by V W Johnson Cedar Falls president of the Iowa Bankers association Cul Icn N Wriffhl Omaha discussed humorous vein the question of Where Are We Headed For Tile latter part of the session was taken up with discussion of prob lems arising in war time with H L Ollenburg Garner secretary of group 3 as presiding officer Frank Warner DCS Moines secretary ot the Iowa Bankers association dis cussed various problems of inter Underground in Poland Is Awaiting Sign London under ground army awaits only a signal from allied headquarters before starting a general uprising ac cording to 3 of the undergrounds leaders We are adequately armed and will be able to cio a lot of dam age Stefan Slarisluvski special delegate of Ihe Polish vice pre mier said Tuesday night are fighting day ant night but what we have done will appear smalt compared to whai we will be able to do when we get the allied signal Slarislavski came here will ygmiant Berezowski member o le Polish national democrat arty and LI Andrze J Pomian fficer in Ihe underground army Widespread attacks by under round forces on vital Germai ife lines will amount to a gener prising Pomanian said Th clion will be closely connccle vith allied military plans and wi 3e carried out on orders of Ih olish government in London Ev cvything is prepared for a genera noboliration w hen the tim comes Tiie underground has formed skeleton staff to take charge whc he country is liberated the leac crs said Secret schools have been estab lished tu give training in all phases of civil affairs Admin stration has been divided into 14 departments similar to those of the Polish government in Lon don Berezowski said 30000 admin istration officers from the un derground were carrying out their duties now These officers he added were so fearful of being caught in a German roundup that all carry poison so they can com mit suicide rather lhan risk dis closing any plans or identifyin any comrades PLANE CRASHES INTO HANGAR 10 Killed in Accident at Lakehuvst N J Philadelphia navy train ing airship crashed into the hugi nangar at the Lakehurst N J naval training station Tuesda night killing 6 officers and 4 en listed men and injuring an lit crew member the 4th naval dis tricf announced here There was no fire the navy ex plained because the th patrol training non inflammable helium gas The dirigible crashed inlo Ih hangar when student pilots failc to clear the west end of the buik ing during a practice takcof The envelope ripped causing tl control car to crash 258 feet I a concrete rumvay a navy spokci man said An official announcement said Berlin Reports Rommel Has Completed Defense Checkup London radios rumbled steadily with talk ol Highly united nations offensives in the offing from the west and east while Berlin announced Field Marshal Erwin Rommel had completed whati may be his Checkup of the German Atlantic Lt Gen Kurt Diftmar nazi FRENCH RAIL AND 2 air views of approximately identical sections of the rail marshalling yard at Chambly France show how the RAF found it and how they left it bottom after a dev astating bombing oil the night of May J2 commentator acknowledged hat Hitlers leyions might be thrown back on both sides jJnVC DcCl llltO Hills We know only too well the elements of uncertainly that arc factors of war he said There is no sucti thing as cmnplclc preparedness A dispatch from Stockholm said it was reported there that the crman preparations included the designation of bield Marshal Gen Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstcdt as supreme commander of the antiinvasion defenses wilh Rom mel and Col Gen Johannes heading army groups Rommel previously had been re ported in supreme command Although Oittmar said that the question of when and where tiie blows will fall both cast and slill is evading as far as the Ger nrvn T A mans are concerned other broad 11IU lowans Are casters expressed the view the pc lUWdllb riod of waiting would not be long The Germancontrolled Tari radio said that wo are about ti witness Ihe raisins of the curtain for the last act of the play Broadcasting from Moscow to to Make Big Dm and Slicarfish S Dak Warden Dave Harris found a use for all the racket a small normal boy visually deer driven from the Black Hills by Ihe winters snows1 became a nuisance as truck and flower gardens began flourishing Harris sought means to drive them back into the hills without injury He rounded up 40 or 50 young sters gave them bells tin pans and other noisemakers and sel out to give the deer tiie fright of their lives His plan worked iind the deer fled back to Hie hills in Services Only 200 Refused to Serve BRITISH UNITS DRIVING NORTH N LIRI VALLEY Hundreds of Guns Open Heavy Barrage Against Benedictine Monastery Allied Headquarters Naples units drove north vard inlo the Liri valley toward lighway I behind Cassino Wed icsclay and the fall of that slrong lold al last appeared imminent Front line dispatches said crack German parachute troops which lung had defended that bloody liustion appeared in danger of winding up their careers in the forsaken The Germans have been thrown out of most of their positions across the pillbox and gunstud ded Liri valley in swirling tank battles and the entire Gustav line south of that avenue toward Rome has been overrun allied headquarters announced French troops came inlo close contact with 21100 foot Ml DOro believed to he one of the strong est forward positions of the Adolf Hitler line advices from the front said II u iv d r c d s of British guns opened ui with a concentrated barrage on Benedictine monastery above Cassino Wednesday after noon Associated Press Corres pondent Lynn Hcinzerling re ported from the Liri valley The artillery attack probably exceeded in concentration even the barrage that opened the of fensive Thursday night when the allies threw the greatest hail of fire yet seen in the Mediter ranean or ill western Europe in this war he said Cassino appeared closely hemmed in by Poles in the hills to the north and British reaching around from the south The nth and 8lh armies are plunging on close to he Adolf Hitler line the main defenses barring ho way to the Anzii beachhead below Uie Italian cap ital and allied commanders ap peared to have wim the chance at which they destruc tion of the German forces in Italy The Liri valley floor spread out west and south of Cassino reaches lorlluvcstward for 20 miles be fore it is traced through a bottle neck in the mountains at Ceprano miles from Rome It represents the right allied flank of a 25 mile front stretching inland from the Gulf of Gaeta In the Liri valley tiie enemy has now been eviclcd from most of his original positions by Brit ish and Indian Iroops said the allied communique The enemy is resisting otir ad vance from further prepared po sitions in the rear South of the Iiri river ail positions in the Gus lav line have been overrun it Killed German communique de clared a gvcut battle of attrition vns raging and admitted thnt Ger MILK DUMPED IN DELIVERY oE the Georgia Milk Producers Confederation pour out part of 1000 gallons of milk that went down the drain in Atlanta Ga as the result of a dispute with the office of defense transportation Left to right are Plant Superintendent J I Perry Manager J D Gay and Assistant Manager J C Newton Gay said the milk was poured out because the ODT would not permit Sunday deliveries and his plant had inadequate storage facilities North counties Hancock Winne o Worth Cerro Gordo Frank in Hardin Butler Chickasaw and Mitchell The accident nccurrccl on the same field on which the mammoth German Zepplin llindcnburg filled with hydrogen exploded in 1937 killing 31 American armies In his personal inspection of German invasion defenses Rom mel was said to have paid partic 3 Youths Believed Witnesses to Strangle Slaying Are Sought Council Bluffs Three un denlified lo have been witnesses to Ihe strange slaying of Mrs Pearl Mac Wcath erill last Saturday night were being sought by Council Bluffs police Wednesday Police said they had been tipped off that the youths were seen sit ting on the fender of a parked truck where they would have been able to see all that occurred in the vacant lot where the Coun cil Bluffs womans body was found Officials did not disclose where the tip came from Lost 1200 Ring in January Finally Finds It in Trouser Cuff Portlaml Ore L Jackson professional wrestler lost a SI200 diamond ring last January He found it Wednesday a trouscr cuff Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Considerable cloudi nlar attention to Normandy and its Cherbourg peninsula directly across from England where Ger man dispatches to Sweden de clared the allies might make their main assault Here in Britain 3 Poles who re cently cscapcil from Europe said at a press conference that 1 xvcll Iraincd Polish underground army is ready to strike at a signal from ness with occasional thunderlhc cxilcd in London storms Wednesday night and a move Keen both as a sccur Thursday Not so warm TluirsI ity measure ami as a doublecheck day aflerndon I against absentees and deserters j military police at midnight comi thundcrshowcrs pletcd a mass checkup on every man wearing the United States army uniform in Britain AH unitsexcept those in transit were confined to barracks for the have been from Iowa violations LI Col repc sent to pcriitcntinfics since IHtO for draft O P Bennett hands several times within a short timearc giving these fights the character of the great attrition battles of the last World war the legal advisor for selective service i communique said estimated about 30 in conscien trrmps now fir days lions objectors camps have been offcrim heroic resist lowa Scattered Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon clearing in afternoon Cooler west portion Thursday cloudy Wed nesday night and Thursday with showers and thunder storms Thursday and south and west central portions Wednes day night Cooler southwest and west central portions Wed nesday night cooler extreme south Thursday FN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 84 Minimum Tuesday night 63 At 8 a m Wednesday B3 Rain 04 inch YEAR AGO previous 24 hours while creden tials were sculinized Maximum Minimum Burns Are Fatal to Waterloo Woman 25 r s Francis Platt 25 critically burned Mon day in a trailer house fire which claimed the life of her 3yearold daughter Joan died early Wed1 nesday in St Francis hospital Her husband a war plant worki cr here and her parents Mr and j Mrs John Trapp Aovca Minn survive i AMERICANS FRENCH GAIN IN OFFENSIVE IN indicate allied drives in Italy Solid line is front nn basis of allied announcements Broken line is front from which the offensive was launched last Friday Biggest allied gains were on the left flank   

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