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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 2, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COUP DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES koes UOINCS IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Pros and United Prcts Full CenU a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY OCTOBER 2 1944 This Papir Coosijtj of Two Oaf London Hyde Park Hears Wild Ideas By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Managing Editor Letter No 31 London S Bomber Transit Ive just heard it charged in open meeting that there isntan honest fiber in Win ston Churchill that Morrison and Bevin have sold out the cause of labor and that noth I ing about the i war is being run right Youve tgucssed it Ive I been attending a Sunday after noon session of the Marble Arch forum in Hyde Park In Chicago the same kind of institution is known i as the Park Bug club Everybody with a speech on his chest comes to this area at the end of ritzy Oxford street with his own soapbox and orates to his hearts content His audience de pends entirely on how entertain ing he is No holds are barred for either the speakers or long as the orators stay short of es pousing open revolution Bobbies stand in the background wearing where Icame in look At any given time you have OPEN BIG PUSH IN AACHEN AREA Mighty Air Land Assaults Follow Artillery Bmtage Editor Hall Returns After Winds Delay Ocean Flight HALL j your pick of 20 or more speakers Subjects range from strange re i ligious dbctrinesto violently left wing politics Three communist speakerswere doing their stuff 2 of them runder the red flag I Not infrequently the hecklers i are more entertaining than the speakers themselves There are hecklers who heckle the orators and then there are hecklers who heckle the hecklersl Participants in the forum arent permitted to solicit money But theymanage to drop some pretty pointed hints abouttheir need of thatsubstance Thats what Ma bel jvas when I arrived on r the scene today Mabel a girl of 30 summers and probably tvice that many win ters wa3 under handi fnp a frout leeth thJt that vei moaning she was going alone the street in Londons east end when she looked down and saw a pound note Im sure she added in her broad Cockney that God sent me that money because He knew how badly I needed it i Rubbish shouted out a heck lei that money was lost by somebody Why didnt you try to find the rightful owner Some of the soapbox boys are masters of repartee To one heck ler who sought to throw doubt on the Christian religion by pointing out that even though it had been practiced for nearly 2OQO years the world was in a frightful state All right brother shot back the ad lib evangelist water has been with us even longer than that and I can readily see that your neck needs washing Neither water nor Christianity is any good unless you make use of it In the midst of an academic dis sertation about the virtues of com munism by an earnest well dressed young woman an insist ent and persistent inquirer de i inanded to know whether she I would i be permitted to make a speech favoring capitalism and democracy in Russia The explanation that because conditions were so nearly perfect under communism that nobody needs to talk about other forms of i government seemed to fall a bit short of satisfying the inquirer Strangest perhaps of all the volunteer orators was a colored man decked out in red white and blue feathers and a robe He calls himself an Ethiopian Indian Above him were the flags of all the allied nations Where he really comes from I didnt learn But he engaged in a line of rapidfire gags suggestive of Bob that some of them were a bit more suggestive The communist orator holding forth next to him and losing most his crowd to him kept refer ring to him as stupid vulgar and blasphemous My own notion however was that he was the only one of the lot who could get by on the stage The one thing demonstrated by this whole institution is that Bri tain even in wartime is clinging tenaciously to its best tradition of free for its nuts Plane Was Almost To Middle of Atlantic and Then Turned Back W Earl Hall managing editor of the Mason City GlobeGazette was back at his desk Monday fol lowing an absence of almost 2 months during which he visited England Scotland Ireland and France as a guest of the British ministry of information Mr Hall arrived in Mason City Sunday morning after having landed in an airplane at an east ern port The ocean flight was delayed almost a week because of strong headwinds during which time he and his fellow passengers were marooned in South Ireland The plane came out over the Atlantic to within 30 miles of the middle of the ocean when it turned back because it became apparent the fuel supply might not hold out against the strong winds Occupants of the plane went tc bed thinking they would be set down in Newfoundland by sun rise When they awoke they were surprised to see the sim rising in the west The planehad come back to southern Ireland where it remained until weather condi tions improved During this period no word ol the delayed trip reached the out side world and there was some anxiety in Mason City when Edi tor Halls previously announced arrival did not materialize It will be recalled that in hi letter describing the eastboum ocean trip Mr Hall stated he dii not once see the water The re turn trip was itmilar except tha he did glimpse the ocean betw ee NewfouiiJLrad nd the C S Mr Halls articles on his tnp in which he saw the effects b war at close range will continu as a daily feature in the Globe Gazette Readers will be able t follow his experiences in som 23 additional articles Meanwhile Mr Hall is bus with a huge stack of correspond ence which accumulated durin his absence and dealing with large number of requests fo speaking engagements throughou the state So many dramatic events wer observed that there will be dif ficulty in sifting down his ex periences for a talk Mr Hall ofa served There were so many highligh it will be difficult to know whic ones to use he said Among the highlights wei these Mr Hall and his associate Ed tor Fred Christopherson of th Sioux Falls ArgusLeader wer the first Americans in civiliar clothes to enter liberated Paris His visit to a giant robot bom launching platform half com pleted in Cherbourg He saw and heard the buzz bomb terrify Londoners GRIER IS HONORED Des Moines The lov Shorthand association at its an nual convention here Saturda honored Matthew C Gricr Em metsburg 75 who has been court reporter more than 50 year and 10 others who have served as court reporters more than 35 years W EAEL HALL Editor Back Confesses He Stole Cattle Here Floyd Smittkamp Marble Rock confessed Monday afternoon that hestole 11 head of Hereford cat tle early Sunday morning from the Lund Sales Karn here Sheriff Tim Phalen announced Phalen said that Smittkamp had taken the cattle to a farm 5 miles west of Marble Hock and put them in a pasture probably with the intent of marketing them soon The Herefords were the property of J R Dorsey a Mason Cityauctioneer and will be re turned to him The cattle were led from the barn where they were awaiting sale down a chute to a truck parked in a lane the sheriff said The group included a roan bull 9 steers and a heifer worth about 24000 red ration points and Police throughout the state as well as packers in Iowa and Chi cago were notified by the local officials and warned to be on the watch The Floyd county sheriff and a deputy aided the Ccrro Gordo county sheriff and his men in ap prehending Smittkamp No charges have been filed against Smittkamp yet but he will be bound to the grand jury on an information filed by County Attorney M L Mason Phaien said SOVIET PLANES HIT YUGOSLAVIA IN HEAVY RAIDS Russians Gain Steadily on Curving Front Southeast of Belgrade Moscow fighter bombers swarmed over Yugosla via in roundtheclock raids on German forces as Russian ground troops gained steadily Monday along a curving mountainous front 70 to 100 miles southeast ol Belgrade in a drive that is bot tling up an estimated 200000 nazi troops in the lower Balkans The Germans were fiercely de fending their Balkan life line southeast of the Yugoslav capital but Sunday red army troops with Marshal Titos Yugoslav partisans acting as advance scouts dented nazi defenses another 23 miles to within 43 miles of the Belgrade Nis railway Moscow announced Soviet pilots Monday reportec silencing 50 enemy batteries de stroyihg 5 military trains anc knocking out score of trucks anc tanks along the vital escape hatch for the imperiled nazis Meanwhile an unconfirmed Budapest dispatch from Turkej said other soviet and Romanian troops had penetrated 22 mile southeastern Hungary in an of fensive aimed at Budpest Mag yar capital less than 100 miles distant Russian gains in that sec tor were officially acknowledged by Hungary but their depth was not disclosed Moscow was silent about the Hungarian dme and about the situation at Wafaaw wTucli was described as critical by Polish patriots as Berlin said the nazis were overwhelming the dwindling guerrillas Soviet progress toward the Mo rava valley route of the Belgrade Greece railway was the only im portant advance claimed Monday alone the entire eastern front Aerial observation and infor mation from Yugoslav partisans pinpointed the location of Ger man reinforcements diverted to the Serbian invasion sector Stormoviks augmenting their usual role of flying antitank guns were sent out along with relays of light bombers in par alyzing assaults against these troop movements Pilots said roads and spur rail ways east of the Morava valley were dotted with fires of burning enemy transport Man Leaps Out of Window Hes Gonna Jump Someone Cries Detroit C Fisher 34 a building electrician leaned out of a top window of a 16story office building Hes gonna jump someone yelled below Within a lew minutes the street was filled 8000 thrillseekers A fire crew quickly strung lifenets while police ran upstairs to dis suade Fisher Then they reported He was just looking at the city and the more people there were the more interesting it was He vvent back to work when we asked him to Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Cloudy and cool with occasional light rain Monday night and Tuesday Iowa Cloudy and cool with oc casional rain Monday night and Tuesday Minnesota Cloudy with rain south and east central portion Monday night and southeast portion Tuesday forenoon be coming partly cloudy in the afternoon not so cool Monday night and warmer Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weatner statistics Maximum Sunday 54 Minimum Sunday night 46 At 8 a m Monday 46 Rain 03 inch YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday Minimum Saturday night At 8 a m Sunday Rain YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation 68 33 70 46 48 trace Yanks Drive Wedge 2 Miles Deep Against Nazis Siegfried Line London US 1st army striking one of the GREATEST OFFENSIVE blows of the war in an effortto break a new hole in the Siegfried line drove a steel wedge 2 miles deep on a 6mile front north of Aachen Monday Lt Gen Courtney H Hodges infantry and tanks rushed forward toward Geilenkirchen in Germany from the Batch village of Grbenstraat 10 miles north of Aachen and splashed across the little Wurm river coursing near the DutchGerman border in the first 45 minutes of the attack The assault made across wooded andpasture land pitted wth thousands of foxholes and mineshafts which had been converted into strongholds was aimed at driving a 4th hole HANDIWORK OF YAN ENGINEERS shattered sitel jjiUbdxVgmbiiaslireisgiyerra closeiiiiBpeci r tion by jfvt Royce Vick Pitt Tex at an unnamed point in the Siegfried line The structure had heldup U S forces for a while until army engineers blasted it to pieces Signal corps photo Air Armada Assists 1st Armys Drive London thousand Amer ican heavy bombers attacked Ger man industrial objectives at Co logne and Kassel in the Siegfried line area Wednesday while an other 1000 or more planes joined the V S first army in assaulting the west wall near Aachen Gen Eisenhower broadcast a warning to Dutch residents of is lands in the Schelde estuary to evacuate before the bombers starl work there Cologne 5th city of greater Germany with 768000 people is 30 miles eastot Aachen near where the American first army Adolf Hitlers west wall he Americans already held breaches in the line near The attack still was going for vard Monday night in the face if heavy resistance from enemy pillboxes and fire from artillery and 6barreiled mbrtars Surging into the rubble of Ger man defenses almost before debris had stopped flying one of the greatest aerial bombardments the A were reported pouring t ane of ruin pointed at the between Cologne aiid side door to the Ruhr an I lowan Killed as Car Skids Into Railing of Bridge Makes Plunge Perry IP One youth was killed and a sailor and 1 other persons injured early Monday morning when the car in which the 4 were riding skidded into the concrete railing of a bridge north of here during a light rain Lyle Konkhe 20 Churdan was killed Quartermaster Milo Hyland 22 Churdan Vincent Gaffney 21 Lohrville driver of the car and Elva Ferguson 22 Jefferson were injured The accident occurred 8 miles north of Perry on highway 144 After hitting the bridge the car fell nearly 25 feet into a newly graded ditch and was not discov ered until about an hour later Miss Ferguson said she re gained consciousness and climbed on to the bridge where she stopped a gasoline truck to summon help She and the 2 injured boys still unconscious were taken te the Perry hospital The 4 were on their way home after taking 2 girl friends to Des Moines Greene county Sheriff Harry Upton said it appeared the drived had dozed a little and ac cidentally skidded into the rail ing The accident was discovered about 4 a m Bay y o u r War Bonds and Stamps from carrier boy BRICKER CITES TRUMAN TALKS Charges Administration With Inadequate Plans Bowling Green Ky John W Ericker of Ohio asserted Monday the democrats own nomi nee for vice president had said the Roosevelt administration was responsible for inadequate over all planning and delay in deter mining basic policies of the war program The republican nominee for vice president opening a 4week west ern campaign that will carry him into eastern Iowa and to the Pa cific coast quoted from speeches writings and official reports which he said had been made by Sen Harry S Truman his democratic opponent Yet Bricker asserted in a pre pared text releasel by his cam paign staff Sen Truman now would have the American people believe that the welfare ofthis nation and its future as well as the peace of the whole world de pend upon another 4 years of Roosevelt and the new deal Bricker remarked to his out door audience that Truman had obtained facts as chairman of a senate committee which investi gated the war effort so we may be confident that he is revealing the painful truth Truman he continued wrote for the American Magazine in 1942 The reasons for the waste and confusion the committee found were everywhere the same The lack of courageous unified lead ership and centralized direction a the top With the worldTJfang up in flames about us we owe it to our selves to insist that the presiden act promptly to halt the selfish fights for powir the endless bick ering and disssnsion which have so far blocked the complete utili zation of our gies RETURN ENGAGEMENT Boston UR When Percy ohnson was fined for gam bling on the Lords day a court ttache looked at Johnson close y recognized him and recalled hat the man still owed the court 3 from a fine imposed for a imilar offense in 1925 Survey Shows Heavy Toll Is Taken of Jap Surface Craft i By LEONARD MILLOIAN Associated Press War Editor At least 1220 Japanese surface craft were destroyed or damaged last month including 303 ocean going ships definitely sunk a re capitulation of allied communiques disclosed Monday No other month has approached it for sheer had an overall total of some 800 eluding about 175 shipsunques tionably sunk although some may have surpassed it in tonnage Twothirds ot the September to tal consisted of barges luggers ampans rivercraft and other mall boats The losses that really hurt iapan were the 303 transports reighters tankers coastal vcs els and warships sent to the bot om Of these 201 were sunk by ilanes and warships of Adm Chester W Nimitz and Gen Douglas MacArthurs commands mostly in and around the Philip pines The remaining 102 were livided almost equally between American submarines British iubs and Chinabased planes American air forces in China ost their 4th advanced base when Japanese armies trying to split the country in two overran Tanchuk n southeast China Maj Gen Claire L Chennaults 14th air force lad already destroyed their own 3ase at Tanchuk as they did their airdromes at Kweinlin threatened jy Nipponese armies only 30 miles away A Chinese spokesman blamed lack of adequate aid or the poor showing of Chiang KaiSheks armies He said all of the Ameri can equipment delivered east Monday The Prussiancityonlhe Rhine is one of Hitlers greater arsenals and also is a communica tion center for supplying the northern end of the German front Kassel a city of 217000 is one of the most important German railroad centers in the west I lies 150 miles beyond Aachen Some 500 Mustangs and Thun derbolts convoyed the Flying Fortresses to and from the Ger man cities The bombers attackec through clouds Marauders and fighter bombers shook the ground around Aachen for miles around with blows a pillboxes gun positions and troop concentrations front reports said Estate lopes Chinaforces since PearJ Harbor wouldnt sustain an American di vision in combat for a week The only real help in that sec tor he said came from Chen naults air force East of the invasionthreatened Philippines American marines and soldiers established firm control over 9 southern islands and islets of Palau Nimitz said only 2 pock ets of Japanese remained in the deadly honeycombed umorbro gol hills of Peleliu now blasted by 1000 pound bombs anc on nearby Angaur island Two Japanesebuilt airfields fell to the conquerors who have killed a least 10000 defending soldiers It looks as if we are going into the Philippines very soon com mented Carson Taylor veteran Manila publisher Japanese in southwest Burma put up stiff resistance as Indian troops reached the chocolati staircase a treacherous trail lead ing to the enemys Tiddim base Bay your War Bonds am Stamps from your GlobeGaiett carrier boy PLAN REALTY INSTITUTE Des Moines large per entoge of Iowas 4100 licensed trokers and salesmen are expected o attend a real estate institute icre Oct 11 and 32 The institute vill be sponsored by the Iowa Real Estate association and Real Commissioner Wayne was line Youth at Dubuque Is Fatally Wounded While Duck Hunting on Sippi Dubuque Meyer 16 died in a hospital here Sunday from what Coroner F S Leonard said was a hemorrhage from head wound suffered earlier in the day while duck hunting A companion George Gruber told authorities he and Meye were hunting from a boat on th Mississippi river when Grube shot at a low flyina duck He said the shot accidentally hit Meyer in the head highway to Berlin WHERE 7TH ARMYMOVES TOWARD PASSES TO GER locate drives by the American 7th army with its French units toward the strategic passes leading to Geimany from southeastern France W 1 doubt if they will until they have reach1 Rhine said one front lin spondent Lt Gen Hodges stalemate of almost 2 off the assault a u whicltl thundered salvoes into the enemys fixed positions and an hourlong aerial attack by hun dreds oE medium and fighter bombers Many of the enemy positions were shattered and the defenders of others were pinned helplessly in their concrete posts Great lowers of earth stone and debris rose as the explosivestore great holes in the green German countryside and blew apart nazi buildings while residents of near by German Belgian villages watched the spectacle Then the American infantry men who had been shivering im patiently in their muddy wind swept foxholes fordays leaped from their outposts with bayonets fixed to spear the enemy before he could rally from the shock and surprise First news ot the attack came from front line correspondents Late Monday afternoon Gen Dwight D Eisenhowers head quarters had given no word as to the exact location of the attack But it cautioned correspondents not to count too immediately on a breakthrough Racing out of gray cloudy skies at about 9 a m the planes dropped hundreds of tons of ex plosives on nazi pillboxes and gunposts while in scores pfnear y French Belgian and Nether ands villages the people watched he silverwinged armada unload ng its bombs on Adolf Hitlers est wall Hardly had the ground stopped haking from the bombardment efore Hodges veteran dough oys crashed forward through the moke and rubble The attack was launched at a ew sector of the Siegfried line ear Aachen where the Ameri ans already had pierced the ene my defense belt at 3 places front ine dispatches said Crushing 2 of the strongest Ger tian counterattacks in the west ern campaign British troops broadened their corridor inHOT and Monday and Americans closed into the entrance of the Belfort gap and advanced further eastof theFrench city of Nancy The German army sagged bade o the defense in the ruin of the 2 big counterthrusts after its strongest attempt bat les at Caen to wrest temporarily the initiative Led by hardhitting armor the British won a 5mile front com manding thenazi defense line 3 miles east of S Hertogenbosch supreme headquarters announced The Germans identified this ar mored unit as Marshal TJontgom eryjs old desert rat 7th tank di vision which helped chase Field Marshal Erwin Rommel across Africa It was through S PttUgen hesch that tbe were tempting to keep Mfety vmKe between tkeBrititb cataff ami tbe HeBand an ettwury the MMS A correspondent reported in creasingsigns of a pullact through this tightening   

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