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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 9, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME p r or DRY AND ARCH THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Press and CnJted press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATUHDAY DECEMBER 9 1914 NO 53 NAZI LOSSES IN 3 WEEKS 152000 YANKS THRUST INTO OUTSKIRTS OFORMOCPORT Japs Are Caught Off Balance by Amphibious Blow on Leyte Island Allied Headquarters Philip pines UPJ The American 77th division thrust into the outskirts of Ormoc last sizeable Japanese port on Leyte Saturday in a drive threatening to roll up the rear of enemy forces fighting to the last man against a frontal as sault nearly 20 miles to the north The division overran Camp Downes an old American military camp dating back to the Spanish American war on the outskirts of Ormoc Friday alter a 3 mile ad vance from the beachhead they had carved out only 24 hours ear lier in a surprise landing The speed of the advance indi cated that the Japanese caught balance by the amphibious blow would not be able to or ganize sufficient resistance to pre vent the speedy tail ofOrmoc their main supply and reinforce ment gateway Radio Tokyo claimed that Japanese ground forces aided by paratroops have virtually cap tured the American airfield a Burauen more than 9 miles be hind the American lines on Leyte It also acknowledged the Ameri cans landed south of Ormdc anc claimed that Japanese planes had sunk 9 American ships and dam aged 6 others off the east and west coasts of Leyte Six other American divisions sent the allout offensive on Leyte into its 3rd day by further tight ening their stranglehold from the north northeast east southeast and south on 40000 to 50000 Japanese hemmed into 2 Bookkeeper Played Role of Robin Hood New York Robin Hood storywith a Fifth avenue luggage shop the Sherwood forest locale and a blond bookkeeper in the role of the beneficent outlaw unfold ed Saturday in felony court There a pretty accountantMrs Madeline Dunnigan 22 was ar raigned on a grand larceny charge prosaic phrase to describe this story whichAssistant District At torney Francis X Clark said Mrs Dunnigan told him In the past year Mrs Dunnigan told Clark she had stolen approxi mately from her employer Oscar distributing the money in increased salaries to fel low employes cash gifts to triends including servicemen and her par ents One fellow employes salary increased from 30 to a week Another employe was raised from to 515 a day One friend re ceived weekly Mrs Dunnigan who earned a week used some of the money to purchase clothes for herself Clark said Cropper learned that his money bagswere empty when creditors asked for checks and Mrs Dunnigan told him funds were not available Mrs Dunnigan waived examin ation before Magistrate Matthew J Diserio and was released in bail pending grand jury ac tion in the central northwest corner of Philippines island the The 7th division moving up the west coast beloiv Ormoc captured Balogo forced theTabgas river and seized high ground over looking Albuera to come within 5 miles of a junction with the 77th division Substantial enemy forces trapped between the 2 di visions face annihilation Gen Douglas MacArthur reported in his communique Closing in from the southeast other forces captured the pass at Mahonag in tough mountain fight ing and pressed on toward Albu era 6 miles farther west and miles south of Ormoc The bloodiest fighting of the Leyte campaign was raging south of Limon 20 milesabove Ormoc where the Japanese had concen trated the bulk of their forces in an attempt to prevent a frontal breakthrough on to the Ormoc plateau Spearheaded by tanks and flamethrowers h o w e v e r the American 32nd division was re ported officially to be advanc ing slowlyto the south against stubborn resistance Enemy pock ets bypassed in earlier fighting were eliminated Other limited gains also were reported elsewhere around the rim of the Japanese pockets north and south of Ormoc Belated reports from MacAr thurs sea and air forces disclosed that 22 enemy vvessels had been sunk in a series of previously un disclosed raids in Philippine wa ters beginning last Tuesday night TOKYO REPORTS RAID BY B29S Giant Planes May Have Sought Out Jap Fleet Washington UR B29 Superfortresses raided the Seto Naikai coastal area of cen tral Japan for more than an hour Saturday radio Tokyo reported touching off speculation that the giant bombers may have sought out the Japanese fleet at the Kure naval base Tokyo also said lone Super fortresses for the 3rd straight day made 2 nuisance attacks on the Japanese capital itself during the morning Only during the first at 3 a m 3 p m Friday CWT were any few incen the broadcast said The 2nd sortie over Tokyo at a m was followed by an hourlong raid on the Seto Nai kai coastal area Tokyo asserted The broadcast did not say how ever how many B29s partici pated or whether any bombs were dropped Seto Naikai or Inland Sea Hows between the main Japanese home islands of Honshu Shikoku and Kyushu The Kure naval base lies on the southeast coast of Honshu BLAST WRECKS 2 2 Killed 25 Hurt in Powder Plant Explosion Pinole Cal explosior of nitroglycerin in the Hercule powder plant Saturday demol ished 2 Wooden buildings spray ing debris so high it could be seen 5 miles away and rocked build ings and shattered windows fo many miles around Sheriff James N Long of Con tra Costa county said there prob ably were 2 or 3 persons killed and at least 25 injured some seri ously Four doctors and 8 nurses were dispatched to the scene promptly by the Richmond chapter of the American Bed Cross Don Cramer disaster director for the Pacifi area reported Victims were being treated at the scene A naval medical unit also wa dispatched from the Mare islani base OBLWEIN undetermined origin caused damage estimated at early Saturday morning at the 3 story brick building of the Wardell Chevro let company at Oehvem The fire was believed to have started on the top floor where Jiarl Moore m partnership with Howard Wardell operated a machine shop engaged in de fense work A contract of approximately was about half completed Harry Wardell who operated the garage celebrated his 25th year in business in Oel wein last week u stYted about 3 am and the building a total wreck The front walls of the building fell into the street and the rear walls into the ally There were between 40 and 50 cars and trucks in the garage at the time it burned from Independence helped fight the fire and keep the flames from spread ing to other buildings The picture was obtained through the courtesy of M H Nicols iormerly of Mason City and now business manager of the Oelwein Register The photos were llown to Mason City by Lawrence Liebe manager of the Ford garage at Oelwein in a JaylorKraft plane in an hour and 15 minutes accompanied by Mr Nicols Plates were lurnisned by the Kayenay Engraving company and were returned Saturday via plane lor use in the Oehyein Register LIST DEATHS OF 13 JAP ADMIRALS Many Probably Died in Philippines Territory By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The deaths of 13 Japanese ad of them probably in the air and sea battles related to American reinvasion of the announced Sat urday by Japanese headquarters at the Yokosuka naval station Vice Adm Hideo Yano former chief ofNhe navy press section who on last Oct 4 himself an nounced the deaths of 7 other ad mirals was in the list The federal communications commission recorded the Tokyo broadcast The broadcast said the men met gallant and heroic deaths while fighting dauntlessly and gallantly at the front lines in the southern region Domei news agency identified the other dead as Vice Admirals Takehisa Tsu jimura Hideo Yano Ito and Ichimatsu Yasunoshin Takahashi Rear Admirals Senzaburo Tono muta Rinzo Kurosaki Kakuo Kishigawa Saburo Ashina Horiuchi Shigeri Takeshita Iwao Oka and Masayasu Tsuji and Surgeon Rear Admiral Yokichi OdTjima The fact that Yokosuka which covers the coasts off Tokyo Aomori Iwale Miyagi Fukushi ma Karafuto and Hokkaido made the announcement indicated the admirals were operating out of that largest Nipponese home nav ai base CHINESE CLAIM JAPS ROUTED Assert Grave Crisis for Army Weathered Chungking has suc cessfully weathered one of the grayest military crises of the war a high government spokesman de clared Saturday in announcing the rout of a strong Japanese in vasion force that had penetrated within 65 miles of the big Ameri can air base at Kweiyang Gen Chen Cheng newlyap pointed Chinese ministerof war told a press conference that the critical phase of the present cam paign was passed with the crush ing defeat of 2 Japanese columns at Tuhshan and Paichai Friday Both towns were recaptured by heavilyreinforced Chinese troops who slashed across the enemys supply lines to the south and west and then sent the invaders reeling in retreat under a series of smash ing frontal attacks A communique reported that pursuing Chinese troops advanced 20 miles south o Tuhshan by nightfall Friday and occupied the railway town of Shangssu 15 miles north ot the Kweichow Kwangsi border An estimated 6000 Japanese spearheaded the invading force at i Tuhshan 75 miles southwest ofj Kweiyang while another 3000 had pushed up along the Hank to Pa chai 65 miles below the American air base Chen emphasized however that the 2 defeated columns were only the vanguard of 6 Japanese divi sions and a brigade known to be operating along the Kwangsi Kweichow provincial border south of Tuhshan Parts of the enemys 3rd and 6th divisions were identi fied in the Tuhshan and Pachai areas No Soviet Comment on Greek Situation Moscow soviet press and radio gave extensive coverage to the Greek situation Saturday but made no editorial comment Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Report Chiang Agrees in Principle to Reds in Chinese Government Chungking Chiang KaiShek has agreed in principle to the participation ot the communists in the national government and in the direction of Chinas military affairs it was authoritatively reported Saturday This agreement following upon recent government ticularly the appointment of For eign Minister T V Soong to the additional post of acting premier the most important develop ment which could have occurred in the present critical phase of Chinese history The communists it is believed if properly equipped would be able to launch successful diver sionary offensives in north China It was expected here that Gen Chou communist dele gate who recently returned to Yenan from Chungking woutd be back shortly for implementation of any conclusive understanding that may be reached The communists originally sought a formal agreement for the establishment of a coalition government and joint direction of the Chinese armies Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy and continued rather cold Saturday night and Sunday lowest Satur day night in Mason City 20 Snow Iowa Mostly cloudy and contin ued rather cold Saturday night and Sundaywith snow flurries Shippers forecast Northwest 15 all others 20 Minnesota Cloudy and colder Saturday night and Sunday Snow flurries Saturday night and in east portion Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 27 Minimum Friday night 24 At 8 a m Saturday 26 YEAR AGO Maximum 44 Minimum STUTTGART IS SHAKEN IN RAID Flying Forts Blast German Railyards London iP American flying fortresses from Britain shook Stuttgarts railyards with 1500 tons of bombs of a 2ply air attack on Germany from the west and south The Berlin radio said heavy bombers ranged into the Munich area from Italy before noon Fewer than 30 Mustang and Thunderbolts accompanied 400 BlTs to Stuttgart in south western Germany headquarters of U S strategic air forces in Europe said British Lancasters and Mosqui tos punched twice Friday at Duis burg Rhine river city on the western edge of the Ruhr using 3000 tons of bombs against the railroad yards and a synthetic oil plant An air ministry communique said 6 fighters were lost from the SpitfireMustang escort but all bombers returned lOWABAPTISf MINISTER DIES The Rev A W Caul 76 Served Iowa Assembly Iowa Rev A W Caul 76 retired Baptist minister died at his home at Iowa Fall Saturday morning after a short ill ness He had for a short time been serving as interim pastor of th First Baptist church in Mason City Mr Caul held pastorates a Manchester Vinton and Ames Fo the past 0 years he was custodian of buildings and grounds of th Iowa Baptist Assembly at Iowa Falls Surviving are the widow and daughters Mrs Charles Olney o Waltham Mass and Mrs Phylli Cram of Oak Park 111 Funeral arrangements had no been completed Saturday morn ing British Envoy to Reds Arrives in London London Sir Archibald ClarkKen British ambassador to Russia arrived here Saturday by plane from Moscow THE REV A W CAUL Woman in Reducing Machine Freed After 45 Minutes of Work Cleveland sai Mrs Richard Humes is a matte of applying means to an end an the means should be careful pondered She arrived at this phh osophy after firemen and rescu squads spent 45 minutes extricat ing her arm from a reducing ma chine She was bruised BIG GAME RAIDED Dallas Tex afte this city began a drive again gambling the police vice squa was informed by an anonymou telephone tipster that there was big game going on in a down town hotel room Raiding office found 2 men deeply engrossed a game of checkers RIFT DEVELOPS AMONG CHIEFS N EAM GROUP British Claim They Have Cleared 5th of Athens of Armed Bands Athens ff A rift developed aturday among leaders ot the party EAM coalition as the Jritish announced that onefifth f Athens had been cleared of rmed bands Gen Stephanos Serafis com ander in chief of the EL AS was eported to have assured Maj Gen R M S coble head of Brit ish and allied troops in Greece bat he was remaining under the atters command Former Transport Minister As outsis 1 of 6 leftists who re igned in the dispute over dis rmament of the EAMs military Donations from the cabinet of Dremier George Papandreou said n an interview that he former finance Minister Svolos and Fi lance Undersecretary Anghelo ioulos never belonged to the EAM They previously had been dentified with the right wing of Club he EAM The liberal section of the EAM eaded by former National Econ imy Minister Elias Tsirimokos also was reported to be breaking way Our role said Askoutsis has ieen one of reconciliation and o m p r o m i s e However since 3reek affairs have been compli cated and wound up in civil war ve have stated to both sides we cannot take part in a strife the results of which would be dis astrous for the country Wenow are striving as mediators with a view of finding some possible means oi negotiations Although about 20 per cent of Lhe city cleared of ELAS Dands heavy new concentrations of leftist militia were repbrte d north of the Sapitalaltfera march from the provinces The EiAS within the city were reported lo consist of about 250 death or glory members of in ner communist cells There are about 25 of these cells each its own headquarters scattered over the capital and suburbs These diehards were still snip ing in the uncleared sections of the city often at extreme range A force estimated at between 300 and 1200 men was said to be aesieging a Greek mountain bri gade stationed in a barracks to the northeast Heavy sniping fire was reportfed The 2nd and 13th ELAS divi sions drew up Friday night to the village of Hassia northwest of the capital on the road between the port of Piraeus and Elcvsis A British ambulance driver was killed Friday on the Athens Piraeus road and his vehicle cap tured One ELAS battalion Is known to be equipped with 75 mm guns During Fridays fighting the left ist forces employed mortars against British tanks The Cairo radio said Friday night word had been received from Athens that a member of the leftist EAM had met a Greek government representative to dis cuss cessation of fighting On the island of Crete where a German garrison remains the 2 major guerrilla forces the EEAS and the reported to have agreed on common mea sures to avoid civil war Cretan nationalists make up the EOK U S and Britain Far From Agreeing Washington UP Diplomatic observers believed Saturday tha the United States and Great Bri tain were far from agreement on allied policy toward liberatec European governments despite British Ambassador Lord Halifax assertion that substantial under standing existed between the 2 allies British Prime Minister Winston Churchills fighting speech and his vote of confidence from the house of commons Friday strengthened belief among Amer ican authorities that the policy breach would remain until the next RooseveltChurchillStalin meeting Halifax told reporters that un derstanding existed between U S and Britain on policy in liber ated countries after conferring Friday with Secretary of State Edward R Stettinius Jr Many were quick to draw a dis tinction between understanding and agreement as it applies to the weeklong dispute that has caused both governments to air publicly their divergent views on the right of big powers to inter vene in the internal politics of lib erated nations British has claimed the right ot intervention while the U S has championed a handsoil policy Must Speed Up Tempo of Cheer Drive SUM 100 1000 100 2300 100 21M iiOU 300 PREVIOUSLY REPORTED St James Lutheran Ladies j C Redeker Children of Monr4e and ton Elementary Schools Lulu Gaffney Mason City Lions club Mrs Ernest A Scheelz Our Saviors Dorcas Clr Wesley W S C S TOTAL TO DATEJ J11II3 M4 GOAL liM YET NEEDED ITH 3 days of the 1944 Christ mas Cheer so licitation past and with al most of the cash goal yet to be raised it is apparent thai the tempo of giving must be greatly accel erated in the remaining12 giving daysiThats a simple mut ter of mathematics of course At those times when the out look appears a bit discouraging however those associated will the solicitation effort always re call that the people of this com mittee have never been found wanting in the past That leads us to believe that they will no be this year There is a need though for quick action If youre planning to give we hope you you please act now Address jour contribution larg or small to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa EXECUTION OF KASTER DEC 29 Details for Hanging Announced by Governor Des Moines Percj A Lainson of the state pern ten tiary at Fort Madison conlcrrci Friday with Gov B B Hickcn looper concerning the execution o Stanley M Kaster scheduled fo Dec 29 for the slaying of Glcm Winchell Wavcrly utilities guard Following the conference the governor announced details of the hanging set for a m At midnight Dec 28 Kaster will be served a meal if he de sires and he will cat breakfast at 7 a m the morning of his execu tion The trip to the scaffold will begin at oclock He will be allowed to make a statement be fore the trap is sprung Governor Hickenlooper also made public a letter he had re ceived from Rasters mother Mrs D E Kaster of Orlando Fla in which she expressed doubt that her sons mind was normal and requested that he be examined by the examination AMERICANS JAB 1 MILE DEEPER IN SAAR SECTOR Report 4th of German Divisions Along West Front Destroyed Paris U S 3rd army ifabbed a half mile to a mile deeper beyond the Saar Saturday while at supreme headquarters it vas estimated the Germans lost 52000 men in the first 3 weeks of the winter offensive At present strength that toll is qual to 17 enemy divisions The attrition rate of 6600 Ger mans a day from Nov 8 to Nov 30 represents destruction of al most ONEFOURTH of the 72 di visions which military sources had estimated earlier this week as the otal German strength on the western front It was learned at supreme headquarters that 7 German divi ions are regarded as UTTERLY they are 10 longer appearing in any form on the 22 others of them armored or armored grenadiers are very severely battered Of the 15ZOOO Uurman casual ties 84000 have been taken pris oner he rest killed or permanent ly put out of action Some of the divisions wiped 47lh 48lh 91st 275th and been counted as destroyed once before in the 6 months since the invasion but were reformed from reserves and sent back to action Observers pointed out in con nection with the statistics that normally an attacking army suf fers at least as heavily as the de fenders Third army men were lighting housetohouse hvthe eastern part of Sarfeguemines after one ofthe ncw crossings of The 3rd army was beatiiiir against 8 Saar valley steel towns smouldcrmsr from fighterbomber atlacks and field guns ripped the provincial capilal city of Saar brucken Americans were within a couple of miles ot Saarbrucken but su preme headquarters had no con firmation of reports that the citys outskirts had been reached Above Saarlautern their com rades repulsed a STRONG German counterattack and then seized 12 more pillboxes in the Siegfried line Farther south the nazis last Al satian stand was cracking up and divebombers gouged at the Nelf Brisach escape bridge over the Rhine near Colmar On the northern ftank of the long allied front both sides main tained thunderous artillery lire but a relative lull in ground ac tivity suggested the American 1st and 9th armies were gathering strength to smash the last German hopes of holding along the flooded Koer river before Cologne The German high command communique indicated the whole western bank of the Roer river at Julich had been surrendered at last declaring that the bridgehead garrisons there battled their way back to the eastern bank of the Roer after repulsing firm enemy attacks The allied communique had reported only 2 small pockets remaining west of the river near Julich The IhirlyIjflh infantry carved out the new crossings of the Saar and Saturday was fighting through the streets of Sarregue mincs 8 miles southeast ot Saar a psychiatrist Decision on would be up to Warden Lafnson who could order it made at any time before the execution Hunger March Set for Dec 16 by New Organization in Rome Rome fP Demonstrators raided 3 stores on a square in Rome Friday following Thurs days attack on 3 black markets in which food was spilled into the streets and trampled Demonstra tions are regarded as patrol ac tivity preceding the big hunger march scheduled for Dec 16 by a new organization calling itself brucken and extending a bridge head below the city to a mile Sar rcinsming on the cast bank just southeast of Sarrcgucmines was captured The 2Gth division edging north ward alone the cast bank of the Saar had almost joined the 35th but also was meeting stout opposi tion It reduced 5 pillboxes pre sumably part of the old Maginot dcfenscsv The Germans Dillingen 3 miles northwest of Saarlautern counterattacked with 600 infan trymen and 11 tanks but were knocked back by the 90th infan try division The enemy quit the town after a closequarter battle The wedge into the Siegfried line was not appreciably deepen ed however in the face of such stubborn resistance Germans forming up for an as sault on the 95th division near Saarlautern were scattered by ar tillery German guns from Sieg fried positions continued to ham mer at the 90th and 95th divisions The U S seventh army had driven within miles of the German border prying loose the last German hold on northeastern Lorraine and was making prog ress against stiffening naii resist ance the movement of the famished carrier boy Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette
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