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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - October 23, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME 0 E P A 8 T N T Or H I STORY AND ARCH I VES DCS KOIKES I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL U Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY OCTOBER 23 1944 Tills Paper Consists of Two NO IS Big Plane Smooth in Heavy Winds By EARL HALL GlobeGazette Managing Editor Letter Ko 49 Over the the notes for this letter are being jotted down in the spacious cabin of a Boeing Clipper on the last leg of a flight from South Ireland to a point not far from our national capi tal an 87 mile an hour hurri cane is raging about us Thats the in formation I have from the navigators pan el Amazingly enough I wouldnt know it if he hadnt told me Though were heading squarely into this violent than any Ive ever experienced on monster plane is riding more smoothly than the B O Capi tal Limited which a little less than 2 months ago carried me from Chicago to Washington The up and down motion isn as pronounced as it was an hou or two ago when tor some 200 o 300 miles we were over the lake country of Nova Scotia Air i habitually bumpier over land than over sea It seems that the only effect o a wind except the tornado vari ety is either to increase or cu down the speed of a Clipper de pending on its a head wind or a tailwind or a quarter ing wind If a planes cruising speed i 150 miles an hour and it encoun ters a 50 mile headwind it auto matically is reduced to 100 miles BUILD STRONG BASE ON LEYTE Nazis Retreat in East Prussia ADMIT GOLDAP 18 MILES INSIDE GERMANY LOST HALL Reds Provide Great New Threat to Nazis in Southern Europe London troops lave captured the East Prussian jighway center of Goldap 13 miles inside Germany aiid have oroadened their offensive along the entire eastern bound of the province the German communi que said Monday Deep penetrations in nazi lines between Goldap and Suwalki were acknowledged The Germans said the front now was 150 airline miles long from besieged Memel northernmost German claimed city and Augus tow in the Suwalki sector at the southeast corner of East Prussia REDS SMASH THROUGH NORTHEASTERN HUNGARY Moscow forces in troduced a great new threat to the HARBOR leaking from atanker in Los Angeles harbor is believed to have resulted in fire which burned this LSM navy craft Nine men were killed in the blaze Present Impromptu Interview in One nazi lifeline Mans Opinion and Vienna Because this weeks One Mans Opinion commentary by Man agite Editor Earl Hall took the form of an impromptu interview it is not reproduced in this issue of the GlobeGazette in the customary way Next Mr Hall will have to do with his unscheduled visit of 6 days in South Ireland and will be re produced in its entirety in Mon days editions The One MansOpinion fea ture is heard at p m each Sunday an hour A tail wind of the same velocity would step up the ships speed to 200 miles an hour Incidentally the speed of our plane at the moment these notes are being written is approximate ly 65 miles an hour And thats what you call loafing on a trans entire German position in south eastern Europe Monday by swiftly developing an attack through northeastern Hungary which un less checked shortly can cut the between Budapest ocean flight On this particular flight we have been dogged by adverse winds Were taking just one night of a full week lor a trip London which normally short from would be made in than 2 days An army of Cossacks and tanks drove northwest of the fallen Magyar keypoint of Debrecen in the direction of Kassa which con trols the pass into Slovakia and a way through Moravia and Bohe mia to Prague Czechoslovakia capital To the north of this attacking group Gen Ivan Petrovs 4th Ukrainian army appeared ready to join in the assault exploiting his newly won positions south of the Carpathian mountain passes Strong patriot partisan forces in Czechoslovkia awaited the on rushing soviet armies which Mon day were reported already attack ing German communications lead ing back onto the Bohemian pla teau A joinup of the Czechoslo vak and Russian fighting groups appeared imminent Capture of positions in central Slovakia by the Russians would represent a probable disaster for Hitlers high command which is seeking desperately to hold on to Budapest and Vienna It would endanger not only Vienna and Budapest but Bratislavia and all the German held territory to the SHERIFF KILLS CRAZED VETERAN Former Soldier Shot After Knife Assault Clarion discharged army veteran of the south Pacific cam paign was shot and killed Sunday night by Wright County Sheriff Roy E Wilson after he had threat ened 2 women with a knife eluded efforts of authorities to subdue Mm with tear gasand attempted to attack Wilson and a group of deputies with a pickax Wilson said the man Joseph Simco 39 had been discharged from OHeilly general hospital in Springfield Mo on Sept 30 after seeing action in the Marshall is lands After leavingthe hospital he returned to the Dolly home near Rowan 12 miles east of Clarion where he had been em ployed as a farm hand lor 4 years prior to his induction in February 1943 Miss Riley told Sheriff Wilson that after finishing the milking Sunday eveninff about 7 oclock Simco suddenly broke all the bot tles which he had filled ready for delivery to neighbors whom the Rileys regularly supplied He then ran into the house where Miss 9 ARE DEAD IN HARBOR BLAZE 100 Injured and 200 Feet of Dock Wrecked Los Angeles men are dead 5 missing and more than 100 injured following a harbor fire Saturday that wrecked 2 na val landing ships 200 feet of dock a large crane and about 15 weld ing trucks San Pedro police said witnes ses indicated the fire started when a welder on one of the landing craft dropped some hot spark into the water covered by toluene apparently spilled from a navy tanker Toluene resembles hightest gasoline in odor and appearance the report explained The dead include 6 navy men ALLIED DRIVE IN LOW COUNTRIES SWEEPS AHEAD Berlin Reports Yanks Have Brought Up Vast Tank Reinforcements London The allied offen sive in the low countries swept forward steadily Monday as Brit ish lunged within 3 miles of the prized communications hub of S Hertobenbosch and the Canad an first army tightened its noose around the Schelde pocket North of Antwerp the Canad ans hammered methodically ahead in their drive on Roosen daal sweeping the enemy from Ssschen on the DutchBelgian abrder and gaining along the highways above Wuestwezel and Achterbroek in their double drive flank the enemys anchor at Bergen op Zoom While these operations began to assume the proportions of a gen eral offensive to clear the badly needed port of Antwerp for allied shipping pressure increased against the enemy far to the south Gains were made against heavy resistance northeast and east of Lnheville and northeast of Epi nal Berlin said the American first army had massed its strength for as Provisional Government Washington United States and Great Britain Monday recognized the De Gaulle administration as the provisional govern ment of the French republic Moscow radio reported that soviet Russia had taken the same and similar announcements came from Ottawa and Canberra The American action was an nounced by Acting Secretary of State Stettinius who also disclosed that most of France including Paris had been designated by al F R BACKED BY GOP SENATOR Ball of Minnesota Abandons His Party Washington e n Joseph H Ball Minnesota republican announced Monday that I shall vote for and support President Roosevelt The senator abandoning his party for the presidential race said Mr Roosevelt had met the foreign policy issues more squarely than had Gov Thomas E Dewey In his Saturday night speech on foreign relations Ball said President Roosevelt kept a record of action by meeting squarely and unequivocably the 2 vital and controversial issues on which the isolationists kept us out of the league of nations and will fight our entry into the united nations security organization The senator added in a state ment lied military authorities as an in terior zone in which tie French authorities have sponsibility complete re a little more Once after a 24 hour delay in South Ireland we got ont over the Atlantic to within 20 miles of the midway point and had to tarn back The TO mile an hour head wind had cut too deeply into our fuel supply We flew ont at 75 miles an hour and back at 225 My heart fairly aches as I think of the 3500 gallons of precious gasoline consumed on this fu tile jaunt What it wouldnt do in the tank of my automobile And I presume I rank as Iowas version of Wrong Way Corrigan American flyer who a few years ago started out from New York to San Francisco and ended up in Ireland according to his own version In my case Ive crossed the Atlantic twice to get across once I went to bed on this Clipper one night expecting to awake on the North American continent When I peered out the window of my commodious berth however I beheld what appeared to be an amazing phenomenon the sun south With of the Sundays announcement capture of Nyiregyhaza rising in the west Youve guessed it hack to the place from which we were started And our 5 unsched uled days in the region of the River Shannon were not without their compensation I came to know and understand a kindly race of people But more about that Jater in a special commen tary north of Debrecen and the slaughter of 2000 Germans less than 90 miles remained between Petrovs most westward troops in CzechoSlovakia and other big redarmy units moving northward in ower Hungary Farther to the east the distance is even smaller The red armys Hungarian front was about 180 miles long extend ing from the Yugoslav border to the place of the new breakthrough along the shoulder of the Tisza beneath the Slovak frontier Meanwhile the arrival of the red army at the frontier of Nor way west of captured Petsamo and close to the nazi naval base at Kirkenes poised the Russians on the threshold of liberating still another nation of Europe from the nazi yoke It is expected here the Russians will continue pursuit of the Germans through the northern tip of Norway in an effort to clean up the entire north cape and liquidate its use by nazi aircraft for convoy raids Although the red army high command has remained silent on We the Berlinreported breakthrough into East Prussia all Moscow awaits confidently for an official soviet announcement of Russian entry into reich territory there Kiley and her elderly mother were alone and took his army knife shouting that the Japs were after him According to the officers Simco threatened the women with the knife and forced them back into the house when they ran out side Mrs Riley was able to call the sheriffs office in Clarion and notify Deputy David Neilly who with Glen Doctor Clarion chief of police hurried to the Riley home Neilly notified Wilson who brought tear gas grenades With him was Joe Fatten Rowan con stable The sheriff parked his car in front of the house at the end of a lane The women immediately ran from the house and got into the car Wilson tossed a gas grenade from the back porch through the screen door into the house but Simco who apparently was be hind the door ran outside before the grenade burst Republican Rally at 8 in Armory Cerro Gordo county republicans were making final plans Monday for a political rally to be held at the armory at 8 oclock Monday evening at which addresses will be given by Gov Bourke B Hick enlooper party nominee for Unit ed States senator and other can didates Leading candidates to be here for the occasion include John W Gwynne Waterloo republican nominee for reelection as 3rd dis trict representative in congress and Kenneth A Evans republi can nominee for lieutenant gov ernor Visiting candidates will be guests the young republicans nt din ner in the Green Mill before the meeting The governor is expected to de vote the major part of his address to an analysis of the agricultural situation The Mason City high school band will provide music tor the rally the Met sector with and fighter bombers armed with the Jong bladed Gl knife officers said Still Car Strikes Telephone But getting back to Wrong I Pole IoW3 Girl DlCS PhU af Way th used to be As I near my destina tion heres my own testimonial Ive seen the ocean only once in approximately 6000 miles above that only a few minutes ago Clouds have blanketed it by day and both clouds and darkness by night The delay to which our party of 20 has been subjected I should explain in fairness to ocean trav el was the first experienced by this line on this route for more than 6 months I just happened to be unlucky Or was I The comforts of aerial trans ocean travel are wonderful almost beyond description The berths are more roomy than on a Pull man the food is tasty the loung 16 daughter of Mr and Mrs Les ter Dixon of Bloomfield died Sun day from injuries suffered earlier when the automobile in which she was riding crashed into a tele phone pole and overturned Her companion Charles Barnett 18 was uninjured ing cabin about 12 by 12 offers every facility for reading cards or what have you On short hops when sleeping accommodations are not required this ship can carry as many as 70 passengers Personnel on board at this time includes 20 passen gers and 12 crew members The fleecy cloud layer below is a continuous panorama of beauty Simco chased the sheriff down the lane to the gale Returning to the farmyard he picked up a hoe drooped it and seized a large pick ax with which he charged down the lane toward the sheriff Wilson said he stood at the gate and called to Simco in an effort to Quiet him down but the man failed to stop Wilson and the 3 other officials ran out into the road and Simco headed toward the 2 women in the car Wilson fired a warning shot over Simcos head which did not halt him He shot again and missed in the darkness The 3rd shot hit Simco in the abdomen As he fell he threw an iron bar which Wil son called a wrecking bar at the sheriff This had been fastened to his belt inside his trouser leg acording to Wilson Siroco was taken to Clarion gen eral hospital where he died 3 a m Monday His army papers give his place of birth as Pottsvillc Pa and the date as April 1 1905 Jso livinj relatives are listed Wilson said His discharge papers state that he was married but his inductior papers do not An inquest was to be held a Rowan Monday afternoon at oclock BLIND LAWYER WINS Springfield Mass pre cedent was established in probat court when Attorney John F Nagle a blind lawyer read ques lions to witnesses by means o Braille Nagles client won th rVilcken of Waterloo HleS1 Earned President of owa Moose Association Council Bluffs Wilcken f Waterloo was named president f the Iowa Association of the xjyal Order of Moose at the clos ng sessions of the 31st annual con ention of the order Sunday Des tToines was chosen as the 1945 onvention city Wilcken succeeds E B Hassen ratz of Burlington who was lamed chairman of the board of rustees Lawrence Dawson of Vaterloo accepted the office for Vilcken who was riot present at he session Other officers named Sunday ncluded S Emmett Fines of Des Moines reelected secretarytreas urer Harry Eckman of Clinton and C A Schwartz of Burlington trustees and these regional vice presidents John Specht Ft Madison Charles Crumley DeWitt William Beckwith Charles City Oren Mickle Boone and Joseph B Katelman Council Bluffs a new assault at Geilenkirchen above Aachen In the region of Aachen itself the allied communique said ac tivity was confined torooting en emy stragglers out of the Wur ri A Berlinbroadcast said the American first army seemed to have completed its regrouping had brought up tank reinforce ments and could be expected to attack at any moment along the front between Geilenkirchen and Stolberg east of Aachen In the center of the 475 mile western front troops of the American 3rd army were in ac tion in fighters supporting the ground operations by attacking enemy transporta tion A bitter struggle still rages for the town of Maizieres Les Metz Farther south American Infan try captured Bezanse La Petitie 19 miles east of Nancy East of Epinal where enemy resistance was stiffening fight erbo inters struck a concentration of enemy troops and allied infantry took Brolevieures and entered 3 more Verezelte and Belmoum In the rapidly developing drive to clear the enemy from the Schelde estuary the capture of the ferry port of Breskens was followed by a strike which took Fort Frederick Hendrik and the pocket was squeezed tighter by the capture of Schoondijke and allied gains from Aardenburg in the area of Draaiburg Struck by a series of allied at tacks along the whole western front from the Netherlands to the the Germans their flying bombs against frontline targets for the first time Sunday Robots were seen over positions of the American first army but it is believed the flying bombs do not have sufficient accuracy to He insisted that the united na tions organization be formed without delay before hostilities cease arid that it be granted power to use military force against future aggressors withoul requiring individual approval of each member nation Governor Dewey has opposec delay but has not met squarely the second vital issue He has spoken for a strong Internationa security organization but in each speech has so worded his com mitment that both isolationists and internationalists comfort and support inwhat he said A substantial part of his support is talking straight isola tionist doctrine to the country Mr Hoosevelt Ball said is in a position on this great issue to re ceive a clear and tremendously forceable mandate from the Amer ican people While man date he added would be confused and weak and his leadership ham percd by a serious division among his own supporters On that basis he concluded I shall vote for and support Pres ident Roosevelt The effects of Balls announce ment on the campaign remain to be determined The Minnesotan said that in the domestic field Dewey would not reverse or abandon any major ob jective or policy of the present ad ministration although he con tinued Dewey does promise more efficient administration and a friendlier attitude toward business which the senator said were need ed Ball added that domestic issues however cannot be separated from international issues The war of fers proof he said that in todays shrinking world Americas action at home has terrific repercussions abroad and that solutions for in ternational problems will shape and limit choices at home The miraculous record of the This interior zone covers every thing except the combat areas and points essential to combat supply Stettinius statement recalled that the French leaders including Gen Charles De Gaulle have de clared on several occasions their intentions to hold elections as soon as possible Pending the expression of the will of the French people through the action of their duly elected representatives Stettinius said the provisional government of the French republic in its efforts to prosecute the war until final ictory and to lay the foundations or the rehabilitation of France an count on the continued full nd friendly cooperation of the government of the United States Canada and Australia announced imilar recognition in statements at Ottawa and Canberra The action of recognition com ileiely changes the basis of rela ions between France and the al ied powers the United States Britain and Russia De Gaulle in stead of ranking only as the leader of a de facto authority now ranks as a chief of government and head of state approximating ADVANCE FROM TOWNS SEIZED IN PHILIPPINES Yanks Make Captured Area Powerful Base to Avenge Bataan By LEONARD MIIAIMAN Associated Press War Editor Behind steadily advancing American combat troops Leyte island in the central Philippines is being transformed Monday into a great base for Gen Douglas MacArthurs campaign to avenge Bataan and the site of the first constitutional government in the Archipelago in more than 2V years Tanks rolled down the roads the positions held by Presiden Roosevelt Marshal Stalin am Prime Minister Churchill Among thepractical results wil be the right of the French authori ties tolay claim to French funds tiedup in this country since German troops over ran the French nation It also appeared that De Gaulles position of insistence on French representation in the higher allied councils such as the European ad visory commission would be greatly strengthened The French funds which have been tied up in this country are estimated at about credited to the bank of France plus several hundred millions more of private funds making the total far in excess one billion dollars into Leyte valley from the cap tured coastal towns of Dulag and Palo spearheading infantry ad vances against the outnumbered Japanese who retreated to the west The advancing line lagged behind in the 11 miles between hese 2 securely held extremities f the Philippines front At Dulag and the temporary Philippines capital of Tacloban engineers were converting 2 cap Ured airfields into advanced bases for U S landbased bomb ers and fighters Carrier planes and aircraft based outside the Philippines were steadily hammering enemy air bases and transport centers throughout the islands In 10 days of preinvasion and invasion supporting blows they have de stroyed more than 1500 enemy to a months production for Nipponese factor CLEVELAND FIRE TOLL NOW 98 10 Man Board Begins Inquiry in Disaster Cleveland IP As workers Monday resumed combing rums for additional victims of Cleve lands greatest disaster a 10man board of inquiry appointed by Mayor Frank J Lausche began ar investigation of the liquid fuel gas storage plant explosions and fire which devastated a 50block east side area The death toll in the catastro make them of any real value on the battlcline proves it is stronger than ever Ball said despite changes in federal policy and administrative mistakes i the last 12 years It can and will survive domes c blunders he asserted but our democratic institutions will survive a third World war There soared to 98 while 108 persons icially were listed as miss of them plant employes However many of those carried on the county morgues missing Boy Playing Indian Around Bonfire Dies St Paul Minn Zehnder 9 West St Paul died Sunday at West Side General hos pital as the result pi burns suf fered while playing Indian around a street bonfire A blanket he had wrapped around himsell caught fire in the blaze Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and colder Mon day night and Tuesday Low Monday night expected to be 3 to 36 at Mason City Iowa Generally fair Monday nigh and Tuesday cooler Monda night Minnesota Partly cloudy Monda night and Tuesday scattere light rain northwest portion Monday night cooler south por tion Monday night and near Lake Superior Tuesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 62 Minimum Sunday night 46 At 8 a m Monday 46 YEAR AGO Maximum 64 Minimum 39 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 55 Minimum Saturday 23 At 8 a m Sunday 26 YEAR AGO Maximum 61 Minimum 29 American people choose for their in this election be comes allimportant Another 49 men women and Stamps from your GlobeGazette in critical Estimates of property damage ranged from to S15 East Ohio spokesmen listed damage to the liquid gas storage plant first of its kind in the nation at more than IBS Pres Sergio Osmena and his Filipino cabinet reestablished the Free Philippines government at Tacloban where Gen Douglas MacArthur announced bringing back to the island sacred right of selfrule It was he said prelade to the liberation of the entire terri tory of the Philippines MacAr thur declared null and void all laws and proclamations of the Japanese controlled government of Pres Jose P Laurel After several small but fierce Japanese counterattacks and stub born resistance in the center of the line where warships moved in close to the shore to knock out enemy strong points MacArthur said his ground forces are stead ily extending their positions on all fronts while back of the lines a great base for all arms forfuture operations was being developed The 96th infantry division in its first combat beat off 2 enemy tank and infantry attacks as it ad vanced inland from Dulag In the north the Japanese veterans of Bataan fled from both the town and airdrome of Tacloban offer ing no organized resistance to the first cavalry division The enemy has been virtually cut off from sea reinforcements and their remaining airforce was limited to dusk and dawn sorties against the great American fleet of more than 600 ships in Leyte gulf As U S forces rolled ahead Seizo Kobayashi president of Ja pans imperial rule assistance po litical society moaned over Tokyo radio The enemy with great mil itary strength and numerical su periority is attempting to wipe us His plaint coincided with Mac Arthurs cold warning that imper ial warlords would be held respon sible for the brutal mistreatment of prisoners such as the death march perpetrated on Bataan prisoners by the present defenders of Leyte Chinese counterattacks sup ported by U S warplanes pene trated Japanese positions threaten ing Liuchow only remaining American airbase in southeast China Aegean Island of Ewoia Is Cleared Completely Rome large Aegean island of Ewoia adja cent to the Greek mainland north of Athens has been cleared com pletely of Germans allied head quarters announced Monday The island is a mountainous stretch of 115 miles and 33 miles at its greatest breadth It is sep arated from the mainland by a narrow channel the northern parl of which is known as the channe of Atalanti Dispatches from Athens said the islands chief city Khalkis sur rendered to a combined force o British and Greek patriots an that a small number of troops let behind in a German evacuation were taken prisoner 3tn Army Takes Cervia n Italian Campaign Rome army troops nching their way up the Adriatic coast have occupied Cervia on the coastal road 4 miles north of cap ured Cesenatico and only 12 miles lelow Ravenna but bad weather igain hampered operations on the 5th army front allied headquar ers announced Monday Cervia 19 miles above Rimini ison the main highway from Rimini to northeastern Italy BURNS TO DEATH Burlington Fox 8 burned to death at his home Saturday night in a blaze which Fire Chief Robert P Collatt said was caused by the explosion ot a kerosene stove He said the lire was confined to the interior the kitchen where Foxs body was found   

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