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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 2, 1945, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL11 Associated Press and United Press Pull Leased Wins Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JANUAKY 2 Thtl Paper Consists of Two One REPORT NAZIS OPEN SAAR ASSAULT German Planes Wrecked U S Bombers Attacking Again M Bl 4lhBM4h t J M f m m m m mm i U S REPLACES KEY PERSONNEL IN WARD FIRM Army Charges Top Officials and Others Refuse to CoOperate Chicago army began replacing key personnel in seized Montgomery Ward and company properties after Maj Gen Joseph W Byron the mili tary manager said top officials and other employes had refused to cooperate in army operations Armydischarged personnel faced possible selective service reclassification Gen Byron said adding that any employes who interfered with the army would be subject to severe penalties Under the law Three ol Wards Chicago of ficials were subpoeaned to appear before a federal grand jury Eight officials in Wards St Paul store were discharged in cluding the manager and were replaced by 4 army officers head ed by Maj Paul A Petty The army said 7 of those discharged refused to leave the store but would not be evicted The St Paul auditor left the store Managers of 3 stores in the De troit area were replaced byarmy majors Thegeneral said that at each property in Chicago Detroit St Paul Demer Portland Ore San Rafael and Jamaica N Y an opportunity was given to rep resentatives of Wards to conduct under my direction ipormaltonaatipiisi Jprsjuuicujg legal fightsorthisCcoiftpaiiy Sewell Ayeryi chairman other representatives of the company refused I accordingly issued orders to them to do cer tain acts which were necessary fa me to carry out by mission Again they refusedThis will make i necessary for me to place operat ing personnel at each of the prop ertlesi This personnel will inctud officers of lonr experience in th merchandising field H L Pearson vice p reside n and treasurer of Wards wa served with a federal grand jury subpena by a U S deputy mar shal who also carried subpenas fo the company chief of guards am head of the protection department The government purpose of thi action was not immediately clari fied Subpenas also were served on F S Schirmick head of the com pany plant protection service Stanley Houda chief of guards and on 2 unidentified army offi cers Posters signed by Gen Byroi and addressed to all employes sal Yon are now working for th United States and you have n other employer The poster said cases of ob struction of our work will be re ported promptly to the Federa Bureau of Investigation and th department of justice for action It said employes or superiors in terffiring with the army would b subject to severe penalties unde rthe law Mentioning the possibil ity of selective service reclassifi cation for employes who might b discharged the poster said I hop it will not be necessary to invok these penalties against anyone expect your cooperation The poster introduction said th government had placed upon th the responsibility for operat ing the property and manageme has refused to carry out its shai of this responsibility thus put ling the responsibility squarel up to each and every one of you Specifically the general name Sewell Avery chairman of th board and other representatives as having refused to operate th properties under his directio since the seizure under presiden tial order Thursday Avery re fused to recognize the seizure a constitutionally valid and sai the company could not accept c obey it Gen Byron also announced a m central war time Tues day the army seized 2 warehouse in Detroit necessary for effe live governmental operation the 4 Wards stores in the 1 troit area This made a total 16 retail stores mail order houses and 3 ware under army contro Avery was in his office ne that being used by Gen Byr Vvhen the military managers p Jiminary report to Secretary War Stimson was released ome ng correspondents question at a conference Monday at which Vimitz pledged that his com manders would use all available espurces against the Japanese without loss of time American reverses on the west front he conceded had upset he offensive schedule for the At the same time he said the 7nited States must be prepared o seize bases on the China coast nd to invade the Japanese home and occupying enough of it to vin the peace Returning from a tour of Lmerican forward bases with a nrecast of a very unhappy 1915 or the Japanese Nimitz told lewsmen at a press conference hat the success of the German ountetoffensive in Belgium and Luxembourg would delay the re deployment of forces in Europe particularly the air forces However the Pacific command jrs will continue to carry on our operation with what is available vith the goal of defeating Japan completely at the earliest possible moment Nimitz said Nimitz said he had had a very satisfactory series of conferences with Adm Sir Bruce Fraser com mander of the new British Pacific leet and the future of coordi nated AmericanBritish efforts looks very bright Indeed Referred to 1945 he said I dont know yet the capacity of the Japs to take punishment in their homeland What we will do this coming year will give us some idea of what they can stand Ji Nimitz disclosed in has lost 6650 d Jif v ships including 2 battleships carriers and 7 heavy cruisers in the past 12 months De pre Buy your War Bonds Stamps from your GlobeGazctt carrier boy Would Welcome Russias Aid Against JapanNimitz Heavy Strikes Pearl Harbor Arirnirnl i J T T at Luzon Isle Pearl Harbor Admiral Chester W Nimitz would ne the Russians as allies in the war against Japan The Pacilic commanders first ontherecord statement regard i the Soviets came in answer ALL OF BUD A NEAR GERMAN ARMY WEAKENS Report Nazi Garrison Crumbling Before Attacking Russians London ol Buda west ern section of Danubestraddling Budapest appeared to be only a matter of hours Tuesday as the loomed nazi garrison crumbled Jefore attacking Russian forces itilizing virtually every weapon known in modern warfare A communique broadcast earjy Cuesday from Moscow said the reatly outnumbered German and Hungarian defenders had lost more han 1000 men killed Monday in savage street fighting and had Ken compressed into an area less ttian 4 miles wide and a mile deep ACairo radio broadcast Mon day night said all the Germans lad been driven from Buda but there was no confirmation from Russia or German sources The communique also said soviel forces had occupied 200 additional blocks in Buda Monday bringing to 600 the number now under Rus sian domination The Russians knocked out 24 German tanks am armoredtrpop carriers and took 429 s7xthe r f big 1ajjS since through the western defenses 6 the capital several days ago Katushas giant rocket mortars were brought into the capital on fleets of American made trucks to blast street fortifications Other Russian forces captured 14 more places and drove within 2 miles of Losong Slo vak communications hub on fhe Hungarian frontier above Buda pest Moscow reports said a new of fensive against Austria was ex pected to get underway as soon a the conquest of Budapest was com pleted The German high command was reported to have included Vi enna in the threatened zone and started partial evacuation and oth er emergency measures in thi Austrian capital Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday with scattered snow flurries not quite so cold Tuesday night with lowest temperature about 10 be low at Mason City Iowa Cloudy with occasional ligh snow and not quite so cold Tues day night andWednesday Ship pers Forecast Northern half 1 below southern halt zero Minnesota Increasing cloudines and not so cold Tuesday night Wednesday cloudy with ofcca sional light snow and warrriei becoming colder north Wednes day afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 2 below Minimum Monday night 18 faelow At 8 a m Tuesday 18 below At a m Tuesday 19 below At 2 p m Tuesday 2 above The mercury Tuesday mornin dipped lower than the ininimui registered in the 194344 winter when the bottom was recorded a 17 below on Feb 12 YEAR AGO Maximum 45 Minimum 11 Engineer Killed as Train Is Derailed Youngstown Ohio Th engineer was killed and the fire man injured early Tuesday when the engine and 3 baggageexpres cars of an eastbound Erie railroai passenger train derailed nea Sterling Ohio A E Gleeson general manager of the railroai reportedGleeson said all pas senger coaches remained on th tracks The ChicagoNew York train was enroule from Marion Youngstown Buy your Uar Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Yanks Launch By LEONARD MILL1MAN Associated Press War Editor Squadrons of landbased U S lanes making their first strong doublestrike at Luzon Island vhere the decisive battles of the Philippines will be fought blew up i Japanese ammunition train and irobably sank 8 enemy ships in luding 3 warcraft The successful attacks revealed apparent Japanese1 preparations o meet an expected invasion of or to strike at nearby Min doro island where Tokyo radio has aid Americans were bringing in reinforcements New ship arrivals and the outhward movement of ammuni ion trains emphasized a Pacific leet comment that Japanese lead ers know they must not lose the battle of the Philippines U S bombers and attack planes aught the ships in Lingayen gulf he original Japanese invasion route 150 miles north of Manila They left 3 large freightertrans ports 2 small freighters and 3 es corting warships sinking On southwestern Luzon across narrow water channel from tfindoro 50 marine Corsairs at acked 4 ammunition trains One was blown up and 3 damaged Fifteen Nipponese planes raided Mindoro while U S air forces damaged 5 Japanese vessels in raids reaching from the Dutch In dies to Iwo Jima southern out post of Tokyo which was hit fo the 24th consecutive day Premier Gen Kuniaki Koiso warned the Japanese that they must look forward to increasinj air raids and greater difficulties asxitlie American attack with A Pacific fleet review said that FBI SAYS THEYRE GERMAN federal bureau of investigation released these pictures at New York Monday night describing them as of William Cole paugh left and Erich Gimpel right German agents who landed from a Uboat on the Maine coast last Nov 29 Associated Press wire photo Kayenay engraving Intensified Nazi EffortV to Send Spies Here Revealed New York Edgar Hoover director of the federal bureau of investigation warned Tuesday of a new intensitied effort by Germany to send saboteurs to ACTRESS SHOT ACCIDENTALLY Bullet Lodges in Spine of Susan Peters 23 San Diego Cal fP Susan 5eters 23 year old Hollywoot jctress underwent an operation n Mercy hospital early Tuesdaj o relieve the pressure caused by i Juliet which lodged in her spim when a 22 caliberrifle was dis in a accideri holds ashes open of 2 agents landed a month ago by submarine on the coast of Maine The men arrested in New York were William Curtis Colepaugh 26 a native of Connecticut with a discharge from the U S navy and Enrich Gimpel35 a German citi zen interned for a time in this country but sent home as an ex change prisoner onb to return as a spy They landed Nov 29 in Frenchman Bay The 2 men trained in espionage and sabotage in Berlin Dresden and the Hague were equipped with 560000 in United States cur rency forged birth certificates copied af ter those theCohriecV ticutrtepaiUmeiitspItbealthj forged discharges from the S navy bnnLaae Z pistols whan arrested and had as cautioned the road to Tokyo is rough and long The hardest battles in the Pacific war are still to come sirng BES the German government has campaign on Leyte island in the Philippines svhere 995 more Japa nese were killed and Burma with Japanese withdrawing from vir tually every front The only active Nipponese op position was to prevent reopening oj the Burma road Associated Press War Correspondent John Grover speculated the end of the Burma campaign is merely a matter months British troops occupied the vil lage of Kadurna on the rim of Burmas rice bowl Advance units were 86 miles from Mandalay In the south unopposed British units took over the east bank of the Mayu river 25 miles north of Akyab Fireman McGillicuddy to Use Steps Next Time Xew York Jer emiah McGillicuddy will be taking the stairs down the next time he hears the station house alarm Early Tuesday he slid down the shiny brass pole and fractured his left leg Hes 56 transmitter The landing of these t men and of the Z Japanese balloons in the northwest and other matters a very intensified program of training and sending agents into the western hemisphere Hoover said The FBI chief said he was con fident that no others had been landed at the same time as the 2 now in custody The balloons re ferred to by Hoover were disov ered at Kalispell Mont and Portland Ore A 3rd balloon was reported by 2 youths at Tacoma Wash but its origin was never announced The balloon found at Kalispell was made of processed paper covered with Japanese characters and carried an incendiary device Severed cables indicated that it might have carried a cage for pas sengers Hoover said the purpose of the balloons had not yet been determined It is at least conceivable1 however he said that they were released for the purpose of smuggling enemy agents into this country Hoover asked the public to alerl itself against possible spies anc saboteurs A great many people have an idea this war is over he said This landing should dispel lhav feeling Obviously the German government doesnt think so It is important I think to in dicate the necessity of immediate reporting to the nearest FBI office of any suspicious activities of any character noted by persons in thi country Hoover revealed the arrest o Colepaugh and Gimpel at a pres conference Monday night Then assignment he said was to mingle with service men in barj and pick up bits of valuable information which they planned to transmi to the enemy They had not ye attempted to send any informa tion he said Hoover declined to reveal hov the attention of the FBI was at tracted to the 2 but said both them had made a complete state ment Their activities are still un der investigation but the FBI chief said he had hastened toan nounce their arrest as soon as pos sible Sfazis Make Assaults on J S Airfields London Ameri an heavy bombers invaded west rn Germany before noon Tues ay primed to meet any repeti ion of the nazis sudden New ears day show of aerial strength was the llth consecutive day f heavy bomber activity Revised tallies showed at least 21 German planes wrecked in londays widespread combats vhile Berlin declared 427 allied ilanes were destroyed most ol hem on the ground in morning woops on fighter bases behind he western front Some 300 German planes darted n at treetop level over scattered American and British bases a few minutes after daylight Monday jut some allied fighters already vere in the air and swirling dog fights developed At least 188 raiders were knocked down 105 by BAF fight ers 35 by American Mustangs tnd 48 by British and American yround gunners Thirtythree other German planes were reported destroyed in ther daylight operations 17 of them falling to American fight ers Escorting 800 big bombers raiding Coblenz and an oil plant 20 miles cast of Hannover The bag of gunners aboard the iieavy bombers was not disclosed immediately nor was the number of bombers lost Allied headquarters conceded some aircraft were wrecked aground on fighter bases but did not confirm German claims of 323 actress studio said details wer lacking but that he was informec Miss Peters was shot in the stom ach as she was preparing to re turn froma duck hunt at the Gun Mesa gun club south of San Diego With Miss Peters on the hunting trip were her husband Richarc Quine coast guardsman and for mer actor Quines brother aho sisterinlaw Mr and Mrs Torn Quine and Toms son SUSAN PETERS Shot British and American ruined aground 79 in air ships duels and 25 by antiaircraft fire over Germany a grand total of 427 Allied announcements listed 21 ATTACK SEEMS TO BE AIMED AT WULFERDiNGEN U S 3rd Army Crushes German CounterAttack on Bastogne Corridor BULLETIN London Fraser of the blue network in a dispatch carried by the American army radio reported Tuesday that the Germans had launched a heavy at tack against American forces in the Saar valley Fraser said the spearhead of the attack which burst into action before daybreak seemed to be aimed at about 13 miles southeast of Saarbruckeri He added however that it was too early yet to see how serious the German threat was BULLETIN Paris headquar ters said Tuesday that the German attack In the Bitche area of France had gained a mile and a half and was continuing with enemy forces now active all the way from Bitche to the Rhine Up to Monday morning the 3rd army drive Into the flank of the Ardennes salient gained another couple of miles in a number of sectors and overran the towns of Ilubermont Harlange and Neffe in the Bastogne area Paris Germans were reported PULLING OUT of the western half of the Ardennes sal ient at top speed Tuesday as American 3rd army forces crushed fighters and 2 imedium bombers thei heavy bombers during night as sault on a fuel plant near Dort mund and railyards at Veoh winker near Dusseldorf Big 3 to Meet Soon F R Indicates Washington President Roosevelt indicated to congres sional leaders Tuesday that he plans to meet sometime soon with Prime Minister Churchill and Premier Stalin Leaving a white house confer ence Senate Majority Leader Barkley told reporters The president indicated that some time indicat ing the date or will meet with Churchill and Stalin House MajorityLeader McCor mack hastened to add probably Whether the projected meeting ol the united nations trio will be held promptly after Mr Roose velts 4th term inauguration Janu ary 20 was left in the air Bark Icy said that was in the realm pure speculation The congressional chieftains ar ranged to receive Mr Roosevelts annual state of the union mes sage next day the senate and house meet jointly to count the electoral ballots The presidents budget message will be delayed until next week prob ably reaching congress around Tuesday Barkley said Mr Roosevelt would not deliver the message in person A good deal of the time at Tues day mornings conference the sen ate leader said was devoted to hazing Vice President Elect Harry S Truman Senator Tru man will succeed Henry A Wai REPORT23 FOR DECORAH Mason City Reports Minimum of 19 Below Des Moines mercury j on also dropped to 23 below zero at Was ManTicks corah early Tuesday to hit a new 4tl weather M3I1 TICKS wdenersdnyf TuesdDy nisht and i Him Up From Icy Walk Decorahs minimum tied with I J U 11 T T the and tscorts Him Home IOWAN OVER TOKYO TwentyFirst Bomber mand Saipan Cpl nson Massepa tail gunner on a which claims the Com D L Johnson of Massena Iowa was Superfortress distinction of being the last bomber over Tokyo in J944 When the B29 was 45 miles from Tokyo Johnson said he saw explosions so powerful that a great glow was reflected in the clouds ahead that oC St Cloud Minn for coldest in the nation The bureau said it would be cloudy with occasional tight snow and not quite so cold Tues day night and Wednesday Tem peratures were not expected to drop below zero in the southern Half of the state and 10 below in the northern half Tuesday night Iowa Falls reported 17 below during the night Mason City had 19 and McGregor 16 The maxi mum reading in the state Mon day was 15 above at Ames Other low temperatures during the below cluded Fort Dodge 15 Charles City 13 Iowa City and Spencer 12 Dubuque 10 Cedar Rapids 9 Davenport 8 Sioux City 6 Bur lington and Lamoni 4 Ottumwa 3 and DCS Moines 2 Chicago hands aided Darwin A Palmer when he slipped and fell on an icy street near his home The unidentified man not only assisted Palmer to his feet but insisted on walking him home Later Palmer reported to police he discovered that the stranger who gave him a helping hand apparently had relieved him of his wallet containing 520 a cigaret lighter and case and other articles ho valued at SKATING ACCIDENT FATAL Cambridge England David Theodore Fyfe 69 promi nent British architect died Tues a nazi counterattack on Bastogne and wheelednprthwaraintothe sagging eiierny flank pii a front of more that 15 v A field dispatch at 8 oclock Tuesday morning 4 a m EWT said all contact had been lost with the nazi armored di visions that had been holding the western tip of the salient and that the Americans were advancing eastward against light rear guard resistance United Press War Correspon dent B o y d Lewis reported the German withdrawal which appar ently ended for the time being Field Marshal Karl von Rund stedts threat to the Meuse river line Apparently alarmed by the growing threat of Lt Gen George S Pattons 3rd army assault on their southern flank the nazis were believed gathering their crack panzer units in the center oE the Ardennes in preparation for a NEW ATTEMPT to break through the American haps north toward Liege and Ant werp or south against Pattons troops Lewis censored dispatch did not specify the location of the American forces advancing against the nose of the German salient The Yank counterdrive at last reports now more than 36 hours old had punched back some 12 miles from positions only miles cast of the Meuse to re capture Rochefort 24 miles north west of Bastogiic Coincident with the reported German withdrawal in the Ar dennes supreme headquarters an nounced a sudden flareup of en emy activity on both sides of the focal battleground Nazi patrols stabbed aggressive ly at the American and British lines to the north while consider ably stronger enemy forces coun terattacked on the U S 7th army front along the Rhine plain in a pattern very similar to the opening stage of the Ardennes of fensive United Press War Correspond ent Clinton B Conger reported that the Germans threw in sev eral attacks of battalion strength some 800 to 900 men each against the 7th army lines around Bitche Sunday night and were continu ing their onslaught with increas ing force early Monday There was no further indica tion of the scope or intent of the new thrust which succeeded in pushing back the 7th army lines slightly on a front of about 12 miles Headquarters spokesmen de clined to speculate whether the new assault was a diversion to weaken Pattons drive In the Ar dennes or the beginning of a full scale offensive to split the 3rd and 7th army fronts Meanwhile the shaef commu nique and field dispatches from Pattons attack delayed 24 to 36 hours by the 3rd army was grinding stead ily into the southern flank of the Ardennes salient in a broadening front north cast and west of Bas togne a sjcating ardent Veterans of the American 9th when ice on a pond gave way j armored division gave the nazis a   

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