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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 16, 1944, Mason City, Iowa                                NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Associated Pica and United Press Full Leased Wires MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEI6HBORS MASON CITY IQWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 16 1944 JOi 1914 T YANKS GET FIRM GRIP ON MINDORO FRESH GERMAN ARMORDIVISION PUT INTO FIGHT Big Guns Open Against Yanks in Effort to Halt New Drive Into Reich Paris U S 7th arm poured more troops into its 4 pronged invasion of German Saturday seized the French bor der town of Lauterbourg only miles from the Rhine and beu against the first pillboxes of th Siegfried line in Bavaria German west wall artillery re acted violently aud a fresh na armored division was flung in a reinforcements in attempts to stem the 7ths thrust into the Bavaria palatinate Two hundred miles to th north U S first army infantr and armor cleaned out more Ger man pockets west of the Roe river and added to their holding along a 27 mile stretch of th rivers west bank The Germans demolished th remaining bridges over the Roe sign they have abandone hopes of holding anywhere on th west shore Heavy German artil Jery fire harassed the first arm front Southward the American 3r army scored fresh but slow gains The 90th division crawled anoth cr 300 yards into Dillingen wit fierce fighting in the souther part of the city The 95th divisio advanced 250 yards inside Ens oprf east of Saarlautern Nin of Sarreguemines doughboys moved half a mile be yond Erching and reached th Geiuian border The 45th 79th and 103rd divi sions of the 7th army were battl ine into Germany at points alon a 17 mile front meetingheavy re sistance tr s artillery thundere in a duel with Siegfried line can Hon Four crossings of the nazi bor fler were forged by LtGen Alex ander M Patchs veterans witl the 79th division entering th reich at 2 points near Lauter bourg 3 city only 2 miles from the Rhine But the 7Sth immediately ran into a stiff fight The German command pulled a panzsr division from another sec tor and flung it into battle to stop the threat to the chemical and industrial centers of Mannhein and Ludwigshafen 35 miles to th north Units of the 45th and 103rd di visions crossed at points west o Wissembourg 11 miies west o Lauterbourg and were closing 01 that gateway city to Germany from northeastern Alsace Both these divisions apparently made deeper penetrations of Ger many The 45th advanced 6 miles Friday after opening its attack in ine morning 4 miles below the border Third army troops farther wesi again began boring through the serried Siegfried defenses in tht Dilligen and Saarlautern zones and gained up to 300 yards Sat urday But German artillery drumfire increased The Germans slammed 6000 rounds into the Saarlauternarea alone Friday On the Duren front before Co logne the first and 9th armies occupied or controlled 27 miles along the west bank of the Roer Linnich down to Bergstein South of Mariaweiler a mile and a half west of Duren there still were some German pockets but these dominated by U S guns were being mopped up Fightei bombers battered at German for tified towns and supply centers across the Roer Supreme headquarters said the first army had buried 17078 Ger mans since Dday Alliedplanes spotted heavy Ger man transport movement in the Knhr by road and rail presumably indicating strong efforts to rein force that great industrial area German patrols seeking infor mation raided a British outpost east Venray in the southeastern corner of Holland Ninth air force planes support ing the third army wrecked damaged 170 railroad cars and locomotives Black widows a night punished a road convoy be tween Saarbrucken and Homburg General Patchs seventh army became the sixth allied army to break down a western door to German soil The seventh armys attack was a major peril to the Germans since a breakthrough in this sector could outflank Germans facing arm on the Saar front s fiercely Fight 7th Army V II fe J or I 7 at the REDS ENTER WEST SLOVAKIA Press Drive to Open Routes to Vienna London If Striking into Slovakia for the first time Russian riroops Saturday pressed a offensive irora captured Ipolysag Junc tion attempting to smash open the roads to Vienna llSimiles to the west and at the1 same time trap German divisions to the east Ipolysar on the Budapest Bratislava Vienna highway was seized by red army spearheads which bridged the Ipoly river frontier from Hungary 34 miles northwest of beleaguered Buda pest Danube straddling capital already twothirds encircled by he Soviets Moscow announced that Ipoly ag fell Thursday after a hitter allnight fight in which 800 Ger mans were hilled It is a half mile inside Slovakia In taking t the Russians skirted the 2700 oot Borzsony mountains between the town and the big Danube river bend to the south German troops reeled back into Slovakia along a 125mile front from Ipolysag eastward to Sato raljaujhely in the face of the in creased tempo drive of the Russian Berlin reported the Russians ilso were attacking more heavily n the DebicaTarnow area of onthern Poland and speculated hese renewed thrusts may be the egmning of a northern envelop ment movement against Slovakia as well as a winter offensive aimed at Krakow The stroke northward from lungary by 2nd Ukraine army roops appeared likely to aid a ighting force of 25000 free Czech oslovak troops Other red army troops skirted he northern Borzsony mountains nd reached positions leading downhill into the plains extend ng westward to Bratislava Moscow said the combined rives toward central and eastern ilovakia had swept through 31 more localities among them the manganese center of Szendro 20 miles north of toppled Miskolc nd 85 miles northeast of Buda est Moscow pictured the fighting long the Ipoly river front as etermmed effort to break the talemate at Budapest where eavy rains had interfered with rogress of the huge Russian pin the strifetorn Claim ELAS Failed to Turn In Arms to Fulfill Terms new government were formed to deal with the question of dis armament of guerrillas and i suspected collaborationists were brought to trial BBCCorrespondent John Nix on Athen ihat Scobie rejected the conditions for a temporary truce CBS reported The British reporter said Sco bie pointed out that one of the British all ELA forces in Athens and Firaeu ers strangling ity JURY GETS CASE Los Aogeles trial of ol Joseph Canella formerly of urlington Iowa in federal court to a federal jury Friday anella former Santa Ana army ir base quartermaster was ac used of conspiracy to sell con essions and jobs at osf the army SENTENCED TO DEATH Oran Algeria Bouaty louloud Ahmed a Senegalese entry who shot and slightly oundeo Gen Henri Giraud here st Aug 24 has been sentenced death by a military tribunal Buy your War Bonds and tamps from your GlobeGazette arrier boy cease resistance and hand in their been ignored and added that the British commander insisted on satisfactory fulfill ment of this condition Fighting slackened in Athensas the British were reported to be continuing negotiations with the EAM for a solution of the Greek crisis British parachute troops blocked the between the suburbs and Omonia Square by which ELAS armed forces ot the EAM had been infiltrating at night The EAMs radio also was be lieved knocked out when RAF Spitfires strafed the Leossia sta tion just outside the city The British broadcast over the same wave length Friday night The Cairo radio said the sta tion had been recaptured by the British Gen E 31 Scobie British xmSMder in Greece Harold MacMiIlan British minister of state in the middle east and Greek Premier George Papandreou were understood to be pinning their lopes on the formations of a re cency in their negotiations with he ECAS Archbishop Damaskinos of Ath ns undersecretary of foreign af airs Philip Dracoumis and Nicho las Plastiras who led the 1922 Greek revolution and was recalled from an 11year exile bv Papan dreou were the proposedmembers of tne regency to rule for King George 31 until a plebiscife de termines whether Greece will be a monarchy or a republic Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and cold Satur day night Lowest about 10 Sunday increasing cloudiness and rising temperature Prob ably snow Sunday night Iowa Partly cloudy Saturday night Sunday mostly cloudy with occasional light snow Somewhat warmer in east por tion Saturday night becoming colder laic Sunday Shippers Forecast Northern half 5 above southern half 10 above Fridays maximum 37 at Council Bluffs Dubuque and Ottumwa mini mum 9 above at Mason City Minnesota Occasional light snow Saturday night and flurries Sunday not so cold Saturday night colder Sunday fresh to strong winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 32 Minimum Friday night 8 At 8 a m Saturday 9 YEAR AGO Maximum 14 Minimum Minus 5 EXPECT REPLY Think Prime Minister Will Broadcast Views London UP prime Minister Winston Churchill under heavy fire from many quarters for his international policy probably wit broadcast to the world this week end perhaps Sunday night No 10 Downing street sources said Churchill was inclined fa vorably toward a broadcast but had not yet decided definitely If he should broadcast Church ill was expected to appeal for a Greek armistice urge an immedi ate tripower conference and re iterate his invitation to the United States to make public its attitude on the Polish problem Otherwise Churchill probably will speak in commons Tuesday on his governments policy in Greece in answer to demands al ready on file The gravity of the crisis in united nations relations was re flected in a statement of the lib eral Manchester Guardian Satur day that Britain was confronted with a dilemma which niigni force her to abandon her alliance with either the United States jor Russia smashing the tripower concept and opening the way for a 3rd world war The Guardian Joining in a con certed British press appeal for an AngloAmericanRussian confer ence at the earliest possible mo ment said the allied crisis ex enis far beyond the Polish crisis the full import of which was bared by Churchill Friday Premier Tomasz Arciszewski and his Polish government in ex ile stood silent Saturday on hurcmlls demand that it restore Stamslaw Mikolajczyk to power and accept the Curzon line as the PolishRussian frontier Is the price of Russian friend ship a denial of the Atlantic char ter and will that in turn mean American isolation the Man chester Guardian asked On the one hand we are bound to soviet Russia by common in erests in the peace of Europe on the other are bound to the ideal United States by a common iea we are loath to relinquish Must ve hen sacrifice one for other the ir dane s 50 rcat Mr Churchill did not hesitate to warn the house of a 3rd great var Allies Ban War Study n German Schools London allies will ban caching in German schools of mil anything dealing vith the art of war Gen Eisen jower told the German people Saturday m a message broadcast the Luxembourg radio Buy your NVar Bonds sfamps from your GlobeGazette arricr boy and SECURITY LEVY FREEZE SIGNED BY ROOSEVELT Raps Congress for Measure Review of Entire Program Asked Washington President Roosevelt reluctantly signed Saturday a bill freezing social se curity taxes for another year at the one per cent rate He announced he planned soon to recommend a comprehensive plan for broadening and improv ing the social security system In a formal statement Mr Roosevelt rapped the knuckles of congress for freezing the social security tax This tax is now 1 per cent each on the payrolls of employers and the paychecks of employes Without the legislation the rate would have automatically increased on Jan 1 to 2 per cent on each Declaring it would be incumbent upon the next congress to review thoroughly methods of financing social security benefits the presi dential statement added At an early date I plan to sub mit to the congress a comprehen sive plan for broadening and im proving the social security system At that time I hope that a clear understanding of the governments financial responsibilities for social security will emerge and that a longterm plan for allocating the costs of social security will be de veloped The executive branch of the government Mr Roosevelt as serted will always stand ready to help congress work out a satisfac tory solution Congress had expected a veto of the freeze legislation It had however enacted the bill by mar fins greater than the twothirds necessaryIu each house to over ride a veto x When Speaker Hayburn an nounced the presidents action to the house cheers arose in the chamber and many members who had been delaying a departure in expectation of a roll call on the question of overriding a presi dential veto prepared to get away at once for the Christmas holi days The presidents statement re leased at the white house said he had felt in the past and still felt that scheduled increases in the social security vote which have been repeatedly deferred by con gress should be allowed to go into effect Longrun financial re quirements of the security system justified sticking to the schedule he said and an increase was con sistent with warlime fiscal re quirements He said he was sure congress did not intend to jeopardize bene fit rights built up in the past and due to grow in the future But he said he was less disturbed about comprehensive coverage under oldage and survivors in surance in view of expressed com mitments of both the republican and democratic parties Two matters should be clear ly understood the chief execu tive declared The congress should realize that this bill de ferring a statutory increase in contributions toward existing so cial security merely defers until next year the necessary fiscal re ceipts to pay the benefits Also it does not seem to me wholly sound lo enact a tax law and then defer the taxes year after year Chairman Doughton D N Car of the house ways and means committee said he was pleased that the president rec ognized the overwhelming ma lorities for the social security freeze in congress as the senti ment of the people of the country in the first major issue since his reelection Mr Roosevelt previously had indorsed a broader social security system He gave no idea Saturday of what he had in mind specifi ally but for some time the ques ion of bringing into the plan larmcrs domestics and other groups now outside the system has been under consideration HES COUNTING ON YOUThis little reminder of the broad purpose of the Christmas Cheer Fund seeing that there are no Empty Stockings in Mason City was drawn especially for us by a former Mason City boy Artist Jay Conley It tells its own story It is reprinted at this time in the hope that it will remind some of our readers that they haven t as yet sent their contribution to this years fund which has a long way to go to reach the goal Cheer Goal Half Reached 1 Weekto Go Barges Meanest Thie Stole Diapers Off Line Tnlsa Okla meanest hief of the year Mrs T J Lynch nominates the one who stole cur ently irreplacable diapers and lothes pins from her line DIES AFTER HEART ATTACK Ames Rev Fred A ggs 61 lifelong resident of owa died Friday following a heart attack A member of the fate board of administration of Jnited Brethren churches the Rev Mr Uiggs had been pastor f the Brethren church here since PREVIOUSLY REPORTED ienlor H S Ocyi rhysitl Truin inr Classes liKh School Home Room 111 Boom in Kooseveit Junior High 3iih School Home Boom 302 Dlfh School 3rd Ptrlod Boom liEh School Home Roomlfll lifh Scfioot Komr Room 32D Jlrclf C or Wcslty w S C S Club From A Friend K Storrc Circle No 13 Iirit Mclhoilil Ghurrh Marslon DirUion Baplist Church Nancy Kay Mulltr Inter Nos Club Circle aiethodiii thurch II Ebec Bclhlehem willinr Workers T A T Club 5oros Club Mon Cllr NO 40r frti Tubbciinr I E M In Memory of Somebody iridows Mile nci Moinesl SGI1U LOG lOftl xriil M KiOtl lnu est single additions made to the Christmas Cheer Fund in its IS years of going over the top The schools are now closed for the Christmas vacation There will be no more organized from this source iving Its up to other groups and in dividuals totake over at thii point and boost the fund to its 51500 goal by Saturday noon when it will be formally closed If in the office or plant where you work nobody has yet started a solicitation why dont YOU take the lead Theres no time to waste Gifts large or small should be sent to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa More Money Found Under Old RR Bridge Colorado Springs Colo The take home pay of 0 railroad workers was well over each when they discovered in cur rency under a railroad bridge near here The bridge is the same un der which more than 32500 has been found in recent months By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS General MacArthurs Head q u a r t e rs Philippines A huge 20 mile long American warship convoy moving 600 miles among enemy islands of the central Philippines while carrier planes knocked out up wards of 300 Japanese airi craft landed mechanized troops Friday on Mindoro within 155 miles of Manila headquarters disclosed Satur day mechanized troops Friday on Mindoro within 155 miles of Manila headquarters dis closed Saturday They swarmed ashore with lit tle loss This boldest amphibious stroke of the Pacific uar unlocking the seaapproaches to embattled China by crossing to the western side of the Archipelago from Leyte was completed with stun ning ease but preparations were made for violent Nipponese reac tion Tokyo radio reported Satur day without allied confirmation that a violent sea and air battle already is ragingoft Mindoro Three strong beachheads on southern Mindoro were overrun at dawn Friday by fith army troops of Lt Gen Walter Krueger who were greeted excitedly by Fili pinos the Japanese having fled inland under bombardment of de stroyers and rocket ships Between that beachhead and the big American base on nearly conquered Leyte Yank and Fili pino guerrillas were disclosed Sat urday to have seized strategic air fieids and ports on intervening Panay Ncgros Cebu and Bohol as well as a 125mile stretch of coast on northern Mindanao The guerrillas some of whom fought the losing battle or Bataan did their work so well that the huge convoy moving south and west from Leyte was able to steam within sight ot the rugged coastlinesof those islands The operation has driven a corridor from east to through the Philippine Archipelago is now enable usto dominate the seaand air routes which reach o the China coast some 900 miles away Gen Douglas MacArthur said Conquests of Japan lo the south are rapidly being isolated destroying the legendary myth of he gieater east Asia coprosperity so sphere and imperilling the called imperial lifeline Employing new tactics rocket firing planes of a fast aircraft carrier task force of Vice Adm John S McCain kept Luzons 100 airfields including the network around Manila under attack night ind day for more than 24 hours More than 300 enemy planes were knocked out in raids which Jegan the day before the iMindoro anding The hulk were trapped on the ground but Rembcrt James Associated Press war correspond int aboard Admiral McCains iliffship reported the biggest bag of 27 was shot down while roar xoo DO fiOO iono 5IKI 300 00 300 200 100 200 100 TOTAL TO DATE OMETH1NG of a coincidence it is that as we come down to the final week of the 1944 Christ mas Cheer Fund solicita tion there re mains almost exactly half of the needed amount yet to be raised To go over the top it will be necessary to bring in dur ing the remaining 6 GIVING days the same amount that has been received in the 2 weeks since the campaign opened Can it be done Well the an swer to that question rests with all who havent yet done their part in this venture in applied Christianity How well the boys and girls of the community have done their job is reflected in the first 7 en tries in the foregoing list of donors The contribution from the sen ior high school boys physical training classesis one of the larg landed the above map shows the lo island on which American troops have I   

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