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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - April 29, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME D t P A i r M H I 0 T 0 1 Y DCS 110 N T o f AND R C K I t NE5 I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOVVANS NEIGHBORS1 VOL L Associated Press and United Press ALLIES REPORT SUCCESS ON 5 NIPPON FRONTS Declare Jap Invasion of India Is Being Chopped to Pieces By J B KRUEGEK Associated Press War Editor Allied reports from all quarters pictured the Japanese Saturday as taking a beating on the 5 fronts rimming his inflated empire The enemys invasion of India was being chopped to pieces His offensive in Norlh China was los ing its steam Lt Gen Joseph W Stilwell maintained his steady ad vance in Burma and in the south west and central Pacific zones it was all take and no give for the Nipponese Around Kohima the Indian city guarding the AssamBengal rail way supplying Stilwells troops allied forces were reported liq uidating enemy strongpoints Southeast Asia headquarters also said that British and Indian troops were advancing southeasl of Kohima while a superior alliec air arm struck hard in support o ground operations The genera success of the British counterof fensive seemed about to wipe out Japanese hopes of seizing Ko hima before the heavy rains come in 3 weeks In response to Associated Press inquiries southeast Asia head quarters said there was no justi fication for American uneasiness concerning the invasion of India It said the Ledo road was goin forward and the allied strategii schedule was not being delayed In China enemy troops wen thrown out of Hulao Pass will heavy casualties Chungking re ported and the threat to Loyan in northern Honan was thereb reduced Two other Nipponese column were forced to halt and retreat the Chinese high command an nounced and generally the situa lion was better Like capturec Chenghsicn to the cast Loyang i a railhighway line leading t Chungking the wartime capita GenJ Stilwells forces took putting his Chines it Mogatmg valley eriemy base t S bombers and fighters set larg fires in Myitkyina key to reopen ing the Burma road which i Stilwells major objective The HollandiaAitape invasio was finished From the new base in New Guinea allied planes too off for raids against Sorong o western New Guinea at Babo t the south at Wewaks oftenhi airdromes and at Rabaul an Kavieng Adm Chester Nimitz mai ained his aerial offensive wit strikes against Guam take from the U S in the first mont of Truk and Ponape i the Caroline islands The Gua raid on April 24 was the first b landbased army and navy bomb ers based in the Marshails There was no substantiation o a Berlin report reputedly out o Tokyo that Japanese submarine had damaged 2 American aii craft carriers at or east of th Marshails Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY APRIL 29 1944 V NO 176 A VERY CONGRATULATED ON Avery chairman of the board of Montgomery Ward and company is congratulated by stockholders after his reelection to the board of directors at the annual meet ing of stockholders in the Blackstone hotel in Chicago Nazis Kept Guessing on Attack Point By LOUIS F KEEMLE United Press War Editor An appraisal of the tangible re sults achieved in the concentrated continuous allied air offensive in the last 2 weeks impossible allied seem grimly satis fied as they continue to send bombers a KEEMLE j thousand or more at a time to blast selec targets all the way from to The probabil KILLED UNDER TRAIN WHEELS Rail Layer Victim at Marshalltown Paulmann about 42 of Arlingloi Minn temporarily employed hci ns a rail layer died early heavily mined the Bay ol that the enemys intricate traffic system back of the invas ion coast has been badly snarled by the precision attacks on key junctions and may be kept so un less there is an inexplicable pering off in operations This result is particularly vita to the success of invasion It wil be nailed down when the troops land Then the allies with com plete command of the air cai plaster every road and highwaj artery leading to the key point 01 points of invasion They svill knov exactly where to strike The en emy will not at which of i score ot points he should concen trate his spreadout defense re sources The uncertainty caused by the wide range oC allied operations is evidently the chief prooccupa tion of the Germans The allies have struck at the principal rai centers feeding the coastal systcn all the way from Tours nnd Le Mans in central France througl France and northern France to Belgium and the German Rhine land The latest outgiving a Ger man military commentator places the probable invasion point a either the coastal area from Cher bourg to the mouth of the Scim below Le Havre or between Ca lais on the Strait of Dover to 11 Netherlands border It is obvious ly a worried guess but indicativi of the wide area the German may try to cover in force leaving wide loopholes elsewhere Further indications are given by the German report that they STALIN GREETS POLISH PRIEST Orlemanski Says Results of Meeting Excellent Moscow UP Premier Josef Stalin received the Rev Stanis aus Orlemanski of Springfield Mass for an unprecedented con ference on the Polish situation Friday night and Saturday the Catholic priest said the results of the meeting were excellent Moscow newspapers devoted about onethird of their front pages Saturday to the first known pictures portraying Stalin with a Roman Catholic priest Orlemanski is a leader oE the Kosciuosko league which opposes the exiled Polish government and supports the Union of Polish Pa triots in Russia The conference at the Kremlin attendedby Foreign ComiiussaL V M Molotov was regarded as highly significant and believed to reflect a deep interest of the sov iet government in achieving a so lution of the Polish problem now mired as far as the Polish gov ernment in London is concerned by factional disputes and recrim inations Thesoviet press published 2 triplecolumn photographs of Sta lin with Orlemanski and Molotov They showed Stalin smiling cor dially seated with the other 2 at a baize table Stalin held a pen to a sheet of paper before him The priest was seated on his left Molotov on his right Another pic ture showed them standing Iwill say only this regarding the results were ex cellent Orlemanski told report ers before his departure by special train for a visit of 2 or 3 days with the Polish army in After that he expected to re turn as speedily as possible to the United States where he said he would campaign for a democratic Poland and friendship with the soviet union TROOPS LEAVE CHICAGO STORE OF WARD FIRM Company Union Agree to Bargaining Election II NLRB So Decides Chicago fV Army tfoops withdrew Saturday from govern ment held Chicago property of Montgomery Ward and company shortly before company and CIO union counsel agreed that a new collective bargaining representa tion election should be held if the national labor relations board so decides John A Barr Wards attorney and Francis Heisler union coun sel told Samuel H Jaffe NLRB trial examiner conducting a hear ing on the union certification question ihay would stipulate that an election to determine whether the union represents a majority of eligible employes was appropriate but would leave tile question of deciding whether a new election be held to the NLRB The lawyers said the NLRB could order a new election or could decide it was unnecessary and recertify the union as rep resentative of the majority with out further balloting They also said they were not in agreement on the number ot bargaining units involved and whether part time employes should vote if an election is ordered and would leave those points too to the NLRB Wayne C Taylor undersecre tary of commerce now in charge tinder government seizure said 2000 U S Warplanes Smash Berlin in Biggest Daylight Assault in History lie had requested ff Gen John F Davis of the Gth service com mand to withdraw the troops be cause there is now no reason for the presence of troops Taylor said this referred to the federal court restraining ordei obtained by Atty Gen Francis Biddle prohibiting the companv and its officers from interfering with government officials ii charge under direction of Presi dent Roosevelt The troops moved in last Wcil nesday night following a contro versy in which the company AC fused to extend r contract wilHa CIO union at Wards Chicago j plant General Davis immediately ur dered the platoon of about 35 soldiers to leave the patroling posts they had held at the gen eral offices retail store and the warehouse TWO WAY SMASH AT HITLERS INNER FORTRESS According to reports si multaneous drives will be made by the allies and the Russians when the Dday sign sounds Hitlers inner fortress shown on this map soon may be cracking in sever places and will be the target of allied thrusts from the west and the east Allied preinvasion poundings 1rom the air continue know the union will win theelec tion Jaffee said he had no power to grant ur deny the union motion for H show cause order that it would have to be submitted to the NLRB itself The parties then agreed to proceed with the hear ings on tlie question of the union petition for recertification The next round in the federal court injunction batile comes up Monday with a decision possible Tuesday Avery although barred from his offices by the government got a vote ot full confidence from shareholders and was rcclccteil chief executive officer Friday day morning in a Marshalltowi hospital of injuries received when he was run over 2 hours earlier by an Mnnd St L freight train ac cording to Ben S Wells Marshall county coroner Paulmann was believed to have been climbing between 2 cars when the train started suddenly throwing him under the wheels said Revolutionary Plot in Bolivia Is Uncovered La Paz Bolivia was under a state siege Satur day following discovery of a vast revolutionary plot to overthrow the regime of President Gualbcrto Villarroel The plot was disclosed Friday night in a government communique w h i c h announced that the revolutionists would be placed at the disposal ot the courts for a trial according to the law of the country ASKS FOR LIBERALIZATION Des Moincs JP Mark G Thornburg secretary of the West ern Grain and Feed association and former state secretary of ag riculture said Saturday he had asked federal officials to liberalize the corn freeze order for feed mixers selling chick starter which he said is 40 per cent corn Biscay coast by their minelay ing activities in the channel by their preparations to flood The Netherlands by he extensive mining of the Danish coast and by their feverish military activi ties within Denmark It is a guess ing game in which every advan tage lies with the allies who know exactly where they are going to attack and when Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Mostly cloudy Satur day night and Sunday Occa sional showers Sunday War mer Saturday night Cooler Sunday afternoon loxva Cloudy Saturday night and Sunday Scattered showers Sun day and in west portion Salurj day night Warmer cast portion Saturday nigh t Moderately strong winds IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 65 Minimum Friday night 36 At 8 a m Saturday 45 YEAR AGO Maximum eg Minimum 39 Precipitation 18 Coxey 90 Returns to Capital on Anniversary With Protest to Taxes Washington Sech ler gave America a figure of spcceli with his army of back in Wash ington under new auspices Satur day with a new cause but with out an anny The leader of the 5000 strong Coxeys army that descended on the capitol in 1894 to demand relief for unemployed came back lo celebrate on Monday the 50th anniversary of the march and to protest against federal taxes He will also make note of the 30th anniversary of a 2nd and less spectacular march he made in 1314 Thirteen days past his 90th birthday the old general came here under sponsorship of King Jeff Davis of the Hoboes of America Inc He hopes tocele brate the events by appearing on the capitol steps Coxcy asked capital architect David Lynn Friday for permission to have his picture taken on the capitol steps Lynn said all right to that but that if he wanted to make a speech about taxes he would have to go elsewhere or get permission from Vice Presi dent Henry A Wallace or Speak er Sam Rayburn The soldiers hclmcted xviUi bayoneted rifles and with full field kit left while Saturday morning shoppers did their trad ins in the now federallyoperated store Taylor also announced he had appointed John D Gooclloe spe cial assistant to the secretary of commerce and general counsel for the RFC as grievance officer to deal with the union the CIO United Mail Order Warehouse and Retail Employes Iocal 20 Taylor said business of the na tions 2nd largest mail order house was proceeding as usual but that the government had not yet obtained possession of the company books desired to set up separate books reflecting opera tions during the period of federal control Meantime Samuel H Jaffee NLRB trial examiner opened a hearing on the demand of the union for recertificnlion as major ity representative for collective bargaining of the 5500 employes eligible for union membership This represents one of the prin cipal itucstions at issue since Sew ell I Avery board chairman re fused to extent a union contract which expired last Dec 8 largely on lic contention hat the union no longer represented a majority Averys refusal to extend the contract on Orders of the war la bor board and President Roose velt led to the white house seizure order army control ns well as Averys forcible ejection Thurs day from his office Francis Heisler union attor nes in an oral motion to Jaffce asked an NLRB order on the com pany to show cause why original certification of the union in February 1942 should not be Nazis View Air Assaults as Virtual Start of Invasion London dispatches to Stockholm declared Saturday ihat the invasion of western Europe practically speaking began a week ago when the Americans and British threw numbers of reserve ITALIAN WEST COAST BOMBED Allied Planes Make Assaults on Ports Allied Headquarters Naples heavy bombers struck at the Italian west coast ports of Piombino Orbelcllo and Santo Stefano Friday and other planet i aided Genoa and other harbors by night allied headquarters an nounced Saturday All land sectors were quiet dur ing he day a communique said Medium forces of heavy bombers raided Orbetello and Santo Slcfano 75 miles northwest of Rome and Piombino 120 miles northwest of the Italian capital Medium bombers joining in a day of 1700 sorties attacked rail communications and bridges and lighter planes struck supply dumps and gun positions Eleven allied planes were lost during the day and 5 enemy aircraft were destroyed Summarizing months of oper ations on the Anzio beachhead the allied command announced that the total of prisoners taken there noiv exceeds 4000 The summary credited beach head gunners with 18fi out of a total of enemy de stroyed by fifth army antiair craft guns since the beginning of Housebreakers Only Want to Read Books Philadelphia ers with a literary turn of mind left this note after breaking into the home oE Benedict Gimbel Jr We didnt take a thing Honest we didnt All we wanted to do was read your books1 And they didnt cither held valid and existing n reply John A Barr com pany counsel said the represen tation cpjeslion arose 5 months ago and the union has done all it could to avoid an election this motion is just another step to avoid rn election I submit there is no question of an election before this board that question has been settled hy the WLB he president the at torney general The only ques tion is when lets hold it In the interests of justice and fair play we demand an election be held to determine if the union represents a majority of the em ployes the company welcomes an election7 Heisler then said he was willin to stipulate with Barr that an election be held providing they colud come to some agreement on what a contract would contain after the election Barr retorted that I cant fore see what will happen how do we the Italian campaign 125 probiiblcs Dawn well i r raids air crews and aircraft into continuing continental air assault The Stockholm Tidningcns Berlin correspondent quoted cap tured allied flyers as saying they regarded themselves as invasion troops and the invasion began for them when they went into ac tion The dispatch added German military circles inter pret the flyers statements meaning the invasionair force hewis actually in the fight1 The Germans announced Ihcir antiinvasion command was ready ti into action and simultan eously occupation authorities in Denmark suspended telephone communication between Copen hagen and Stockholm for the 2nd time in a week A Berlin broadcast gave no de tails concerning the anti invasion command but the Rus sian news agency Tass quoted No Confirmation of Finn Claim on Invasion Starting Stockholm IP The Helsinki newspaper Sanomat said Satur day without disclosing the source nf its information that the allied invasion of Europe is already un der way according a dispatcli til the Stockholm Aflonbhidct landinss probably arc in pro gress at several places now thr Helsinki ncxvspapcr said it hai learned There was no information from any allied source substan tiating this rumor Stockholm sources as saying that rumors persisted in the German capital that Field Marshal Erwin Rommel has replaced 70 year old Field Marshal Gen Karl Rund stcdt as commander ol Hitlers socalled west wall Away from a welter nf fable and fancy dealing with when the strength with i f i T j vji au 11 it llliUl 11 till Id a in Saturday as its iirst LosiUon but saitl m0st of it in choice lul said if he attack d1 thei waB alld di reeled against American strag BIG FORCE ALSO LASHES TOULON PORT SUB PENS 75000 Tons of Bombs Have Fallen on Nazis in Past 15 Days London thousand U S warplanes smashed at Berlin Saturday with probably the great est daylight attack in history Bombers flying from Italy at the same time hit the port and sub marine uens of Toulon France to cap the 15th day of the pre invasion onslaught in which al lied aircraft have rained approx imately 75000 tons of bursting and flaming steel upon Hitler ter ritory A force approaching 1000 heavy tiomhcrs escorted by at least as many fighters from British liases to licrlin The German cap ital was believed to have audit up to 2500 tons of bombs in Ihc operation making it ncrhaps the wars sreitcst daylight assault Fortresses and liberators from Italy rained tons of bombs on the port installations in southern France an official announcement said From 250 to 500 heavy bombers were estimated to have taken part in this attach The first group of fortress pilots returning to Britain from Berlin told of some German fighter op should be ready at a m Sunday A Swedish army strategist fixed the probable strength of BritishAmerican assault forces at 200 divisions against a German land force of about 40 divisions German aircraft possibly re connaissance planes feinted at Englands southeast coast during flic night at about the same time a Berlin broadcast asserted that another huge allied fleet is form ing in the ports of that section tilers The sky over Berlin was overcast but bombardiers found holes in the clouds and saw big fires as they left the city Some ot the Berlin flyers set a record lb NAZIS ATTACK BELOW LWOW 1200 Germans Die in Futile Assault on Reds Moscow UP The Germans were reported Saturday to have stepped up their counterattacks Lwow in old Poland in one sector forcing Hungarian troops into action nt the point of ma chine guns Some 1200 Germans were killed in the 7i07i commands latest fu tile attempts to drive into the Russian flank southeast of Stan islawow 70 miles below Lwow a supplement to the soviet midnight communique said soviet detachment at one point routed the garrison of an enemy stronghold with a flanking maneuver four hundred Hungar ians were taken prisoner and told Ihcir captors that the Germans had placed machine gunners and tommy gunners behind them af ter they had refused to join in counterattacks Kcd air fofce phjncp striking in on their titli heavy 6 days returning later from the Berlin run said they hail hacked their way throuEh heavy enemy opposition with German fighters attacking in boxes of 150 to 200 planes The German fighters largely held off over Berlin to escape the fire from the capitals own ground defenses which the Americans said was the most thunderous they ever had encountered Industrial and military tar gets were singled out for the daylight assault which hit the capital city about noon the U S headquarters announcement said The Berlin radio whose own operators were thrown into con fusion by the blow acknowledged serious damage The great nir fleet was the sec ond such armada the American command has sent into Europes skies this week Munich and Fdcdrichshafen were hit and by a U v II V k V ic beachhead have been virtu1 whidi the allies will attack tl ally abandoned by the because of the severe losses the counterattacks Girl Killed as She Prepares to Go to Dance Randolph Nr V Grace Towers If was shot iind killed accidentally Friday night by a Gyoarold boy as siic was pressing a dress to wear to her high school junior class chince Catturaugus County Sheriff M I Sigel said a rifle in the hands of James Smith who was visiting at the Towers home accidentally discharged when the boy before joining some older boys who were preparing to go hunting picked it up on the back porch of the Towers home Man Fleeing in Police Patrol Car Is Killed Buffalo Y from a patrolmans bullet Friday night ended an escapade by a 30year old man who twice tried to steal a greyhound bus drove oft in a police patrol car and led 5 other patrol cars and a score of police men on a wild chase through Buf falo to Lockport Assistant Police Chief John Golombeck said the man was identified as Stanley Drozdowski of Detroit by a selec tive service card classifying him as 4F were these overnight develop DwiRht D Kisenhower ments Gen similar force Monday Saturdays assault was thr sec ond loiiRranse blow at Hitlers air force in a little more than 12 hours Friday nisht a small fleet of KAF lancastcrs thundered 3 similar distance more than 1200 miles across the North sea and hit a major German airhasc re pair dciiof at Kjellcr 11 miles ontsidi Oslo The Berlin radio said that other fleets of American bombers were over northwest and southwest Germany Saturday and claimed they were met by strong forces of German fighters Residential cuftntcis of the bat suppurl of ground forces bombed I leretl capital city were severely making a quick tour of air fields In England from which the allied preinvasion blows arc being de livered told the flyers that as much as you have done in thr pasl more is going to lie required of yon Marshal Pclain in a broadcast from Vichy tense with an elev enth hour expectancy urged Frenchmen to keep a loyal and correct attitude to the occupation troops He asked particularly that Frenchmen ignore calls to revolt Stockholm advices said thai not even official calls were being ac cepted Saturday morning as the German occupying forces in Den mark suspended telephone com munications between Stockholm and Copenhagen for the 2nd time in a week Danes who reached Sweden after the naxis isolated Denmark Monday at the beginning of a campaign to stamp out under ground activities were quoted by the newspaper Dngcns Nyhrler as saying 40000 Danes were armed and ready to help allied invasion forces There was no satisfactory cx as to why telephone service had been interrupted again A new guess concerning the hour of invasion came from Ar riba Generalissimo F r a n c os m mthpiccc in Madrid It picked concentrations nf military trains at Lwow Thuiidiiy ight is well as a nearby airfield German trucks on roads leaving Lwow were raked with cannon and ma chine gun five Russian navy planes were cred ited with sinking a 1000 ton transport and a fast landing barge and seriously damaging two other transports on the approaches to besieged Sevastopol Crimean naval base Gar Wood Is Struck by Lightning Black Eye Is Only Injury Miami Fla Gar Wood Saturday added the experience of being struck by lightning to the list of narrow escapes he has had during a long career as a motor boat racing champion A black eye was the only ap parent injury sustained by the year old racer when a lightning bolt struck in the middle of a group which had just alighted from his private plane alter ar riving at a Miami airport Friday afternoon Wood spent the night in a hos pital but his companions Miss Gertrude Robinson a friend ot the family and M Vandcnbcrg mechanic for Woods plane needed only first aid treatment All 3 were knocked flat when the lightning struck damaged and fires were left ras ing by tlic daylight atiackcrs the brtKKlcast con tinned It said air battles developed all over Ber lin The daylight assaults followed up night RAF Lancaster blows on an aircraft plant at Oslo Norway Germanys capital was last raid ed by American sky fleets on April 18 when large formations ot heavy bombers and fighters hit the cly downing at least 34 German planes and destroying some 21 others on the ground to the loss of 19 bombers and G fighters At noon the German radio said allied formations in the Berlin area arc flying toward western and northwestern dicating they had turned about The broadcast with no reports of bombings or combats might have been a fictitious report to impress the German public with the effec tiveness of their defenses RAF rnosquitos ran a diversion ary feint to the battered North sea port of Hamburg Friday night while the Lancaster formations in a sudden shift of Wows oil nazl air strcncth struck the Kjeller nirframc factory II miles north east of Oslo in a 1500 mile round trip All the planes returned The RAF said The target was clearly identified and first reports indicate the bombing was well concentrated The Kjeller factory repairing German fighter and troopcar rying planes was bombed in day light by U S liberators last Nov 18 in the 2th airiorces 3rd and ;