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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - August 12, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME Or HISTORY 0 THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Presi and United Press Full Wires Five Cents Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY AUGUST 1Z 1944 NO KC CLOSING IN ON NAZIS FROM 3 SIDES Florence Captured NAZIS RETREAT NORTH ENDING 2 WEEK SIEGE Allies Administer Relief to Civilian Population of City Rome ancient treasurehouse of Italian Renais sance art fell into allied hands Saturday as the Germans with drew most of their troops from the city to new positions north ward ending a siege that started 2 weeks ago While the British 8th army troops had not yet crossed the Arno river which cuts the city in half allied military government officers moved into the northern sector and began administering relief to the civilian population For the last 2 nights a special communique announced Saturday the Germans have been with drawing their main forces from Florence to a new line north of Mugnone canal w h i c h runs through the northern outskirts of the city Front dispatches reported that enemy snipers however still were active in the citys northern sec tion Florence with a prewar pop ulation of approximately 250000 was reported in recent dispatches to have had some 100000 civilians still within its gates when the British drove the Germans back of the Arno and began jockeying for positions to take the city with out resorting to artillery fire which would damage its priceless art treasures was noimmediate indi cation that the Germans intended making a largescale withdrawal farther northward to the heavily fortified Gothic line spanning the peninsula from the Tyrrhenian sea to the Adriatic It was revealed for the first time Saturday that Marauders bombed railroad yards in Florence on March 11 March 23 and May 1 The primary targets each time were the Camp Di Marie rail yards in the southeastern suburbs but in some instances smaller for mations hit other yards Intelligence reports indicated that damage to civilian property was light West of Florence where the Germans still held a pocket south of the Arno the British were driven back a half mile by heavy enemy artillery fire but far to the east in the Adriatic sector Po lish troops of the 8th army forged the Cesano river 2 miles inland and established a small bridge head on the north bank Governors Days Celebration Opens at Lake 1st Events in Extensive Program Held Clear Gth annual celebration of Governors Days and water carnival moved off like a piece of well oiled machinery Satur day under the direction of ward It Boyle and corps of com mitteemeu and women and as sistants Among early registrants at the Lake Shore hotel official head quarters for the 2day event were of course Gov and Mrs Bourke B Hickenlooper and fam ily who are spending the month in Bex cottage on the north shore Others to arrive early were Lt Canale Miss Freda Jean Dodder Larry Griswold and Jack lias kins Mmes C A Knutson and Ar thur H Latimer were assigning the guests to the homes in which they are to be entertained with Boy Scouts and citizens commit tees taking them in tow and show ing them the intricacies of Clear Lake geography Pier on Hudson River Nearly Destroyed by Fire Loss 4 Million Hohoken N J iP A 1100 foot pier on the Hudson river was almost destroyed by fire which raged about 4 hours before being brought under control early Sat urday Acting Fire Chief Andrew H Keller said the fire was of unde termined origin and began on a barge which was transferring its cargo to a ship moored at pier No 4 Keller said there was no indi cation of sabotage He said there was no immediate estimate of the loss but it O5jas unofficially re ported at Fourteen persons were taken to St Marys hospital for treatment of burns and smoke poisoning while more than 50 others in cluding firemen were given first aid treatment at the scene Keller said none was seriously injured Three barges and a derrick moored at the pier were burned one of the barges sinking Police quoted Rocco Albro stevedore on the pier as saying the fire occurred when drums of oil or nitroccllulose exploded ig niting both the pier and the barges ov and Mrs Robert D Blue Wayne Ropes secretary of state and Mrs Hopes Harry D Linn secretary of agriculture and Mrs Linn all of Des Moines and Judge and Mrs T G Garfield Ames Dean M D Hclser Iowa State college Ames and Mrs Kaiser Bruce Mahari University of Iowa Iowa City Carl Heed Cresco and David B Long Des Moines members of the commerce com mission with Mrs Reed and Long Mr and Mrs C C Clifton Des Moines and Fred Poyneer member of the state conservation commission Cedar Hapids were also early arrivals The training school band from Eldora gave a marching demon stration on Main street in the morning after which they gave a concert and marched at Mclntosh Woods new state park whose dedication was the high light of the Saturday afternoon program Under the leadership of Ted Wolfram chairman and L L Bless Ventura residents turned out enmasse for the picnic dinner at the park furnishing a sump tious repast for all visiting offi cials the Eldora band and a group of WAVES from Cedai Falls who later gave a marching demonstration at the park The Clear Lake band directed by John Kopecky and the navy band from Ames played for the waterfront programs Saturday evening and were also scheduled for Sundays programs j An unexpected attraction was Wendell Weidline Webster City vas was hooked at the last mo ment for 3 appearances on water skis on the lake His wife drives he boat for him Carroll Swift Mason City was to appear in a ike role Sunday afternoon being owed by the Ollenbcru boat Water skiing is one of the most spectacular amusements known and Clear Lake was fortunate to obtain the added attractions At the dedication Fred T Schwob director of the state con servation gave an address Fred Six huge floodlights are in stalled in front of the governors reviewing stand insuring ade quate lighting for the evening programs of swimming diving water ballet skiing and other members closing with the Vene tian Nights parade Bleachers were set up on the water fron and a public stalled WAVES are being housed b the Navy Mothers club Hegistra tion is in the hands of H M Knudson and Miss Marvy Stevens Acting as the governors escor at all times and places were Di and Mrs A B Phillips and Mi and Mrs C A Knutson RUSSIANS LASH ACROSS SOUTH ESTONIA FRONT New Drive Aimed at Destroying 300000 Nazi Baltic Troops Moscow ff The red army slashed across southern Estonia Saturday in a new drive aimed at destroying an estimated 300000 nazi Baltic troops whose fate was sealed in advance by Hitlers blind refusal to extricate them when etreat was feasible At the same time other soviet orces driving forward on a 100 mile front northeast of Warsaw n what may be the greatest stra egic maneuver of the summer ampaign smashed within 15 miles of East Prussia from broken 3ermaii lines east of the Biebrza iver Gen Ivan Maslennikov striking rom the Pskov area southwest of Peipus shattered an enemy ront on a sector 43 miles wide md more than 15 miles deep and sent an armored vanguard racing last Petseri 115 miles east of the ulf of Higa Petseri an important rail and lighway junction was among 200 Estonian border cities and villages captured in the massive drive dooming possibly 30 German divi sions The troops of Gen Andrei Yere menko below Maslennikovs forces thrust westward toward Riga from central Latvia occupy ing 50 settlements including Grave nderionly 55 miles south east Gen Ivan Bagramian held the Gentians around Riga pocketed on the south and west by his heavy tanks and selfpropelled guns With methodical efficiency Marshal Stalins supreme com GIS IN ALEUTIANS LUNCH WITH Roosevelt center at ta ble sits between 2 GIs at a naval operating base in the Aleutians for lunch on tin inspec tion tour which followed his trip to Hawaii The president paid a surprise visit to the en listed mens mess The GIs are Pfc William Goff left of Batesville Ark a marine and Pfc Ferdinand Rutschev of Irvington N J right of the army Associated Press wire photo from navy engraving by Kayenay F R Will Give Report on Trip Saturday Night VISIT REVEALED Broadcast to Be From Bremerton Navy Yard Seattle Wash President Roosevelt Saturday night will give his first report to the nation since he accepted a 4th term nom auns supreme com thus carefully set a 15 day Pa Block of Buildings Is Destroyed by Flames Wilduood N J block long row of buildings along the oceanfront boardwalk including the Strand motion picture thea ter and 7 stores was destroyed by fire early Saturday Ten persons were injured fighting the flames which Mayor Benjamin C Inger soll estimated did more than damage J Poyneer commission chairman FIRE DESTROYS OIL REFINERY Tanks Blow Up in Newhall Cal Blaze Newhall Cal punctu ated by shattering explosions de stroyed the Newhall refinery Sat urday and forced residents of a mile square area to evacuate their iiomes for hours as the flames threatened the entire district All workers escaped but one un identified woman was reported missing after a frenzied dash into the flames in the belief that her husband was there Witnesses said they saw her rush frantically to ward the refinery stumble and fall into a river of burning oil Loading truckmen escaped but all 3 trucks were blown up One trucker was blown from the cab oT his truck and injured only slightly Another was injured crit ically The blaze started when a lab oratory flame ignited fumes from a bursted Naptha line and in secj onds a 10000 gallon tank of Naphtha blew up shooting flames hundreds of feet into the air Flames and heat from the burn mand has motion all but one of the Baltic armies that will participate in ex ecuting these isolated Germans Only Marshal Leonid A Gov orov in the salient beyond Narva in the northeastern tip of Estonia cific war tour which in his own words took him far away from politics The chief executive will speak by radio from the Bremerton navy yard near here at 7 p in central has not yet joined the erandjwar time The broadcast will be sweep westward The steel jaws of the Russian nutcracker was clamped tighter on East Prussia as soviet armored of intensive military conferences He said later the discussions charted new offensives against the Japanese hut he gave no hint of their imminence or nature Throughout his Pacific tour the president kept publicly away from 4th term politjcs which reached a midsummer climax at where the democrats renominated he had left Washing ton to begin his inspection and talks Mr Roosevelt said he had received a nice telegram from Sen Harry Truman of Missouri his vice presidential running mate but otherwise he talked no politics j with reporters In his acceptance speech he id he would be too busy this ear to campaign in the usual po ical sense thur and Admiral Chester WNim ilz Mr Roosevelt made a whirl wind 4hour inspection tour o this island Bastion which littl more than a year ago was only short distance from encmyhck territory Itwas Mr Roosevelts western most penetration of the Pacific war theater Suntanned from his travels and wearing a battered felt hat he rode in an army car over the island inspecting airfields warehouses dock facilities and other installations ALLIES SMASH TOWARD SOUTH FRENCH PORTS Secrecy Continues to Cloak U S Spearheads Striking Near Paris By VIRGIL PINKLEY Supreme Headquarters AEF battle of France went into its decisive stage Saturday as allied assault power swept around the German 7th army in the Nor mandy pocket iind sent some 100 000 nazl troops reeling back on Paris and the Seine as allied forces were closing in on the hard pressed nazis from 3 sides British and Canadian troops smashing at the German bolt po sitions below Caen were the handle of a great allied assault ckle while the slashing tanks and ifnntry columns of the American st army north and east of Le Mans ormed a gigantic GOmile long lade that threatened almost mo mentarily to chop through the ear of the entire nazi army LI Gen Omar N Bradleys ar mored columns were fanning out cross the rolling terrain beyond Le Mans In every direction at a peed that appeared to have tunned the German forces thrown across the southwestern roads to Paris Headquarters spokesmen said the battle had entered the black ut stage so far as the Americans were concerned The Germans hcmsclves apparently were com pletely confused by the whirlwind American tactics and unable to determine the direction and units reached the upper arms of the Biebrza river past Tykocin after a terrific defensive struggle ay the nazis Tykocin commands the rond leading to Lomza 27 miles to the west More than 150 populated points were seized by red army troops in a continuation ot this decisive blow aimed at the nazis East Prussian divisions from the south The enemy is locked in battle with Gen Ivan Cherniakhovskys troops at the northeastern extrem ity of the Tunker province Meanwhile Marshal Konstantin K Rokossovsky has not only spurred on the great East Prus sian attack but has wiped out Ger man nests of resistance at Dobrc Pniewnik and Korytnica 25 to 30 miles from Warsaw At the same time he has maintained pressure against the capital itself presented the park to the state and Gov Hickenlooper accepted it Others on the program were C A Knutson Clear Lake Ken f chairman of the state sen a t e appropriations committee Herman M Knurison Mason City and Clear Lake chairman of the house appropriations committee and the Revs Verne A Spindell and J J Biizynski Clear Lake C E Strickland was chairman of the state park dedication commit tee The women guests were enter tained at a tea and bridge party at the hotel at 3 oclock Mrs R E Hayden chairman was assisted by presidents of the various pa triotic organizations sponsoring the event Mrs Hickenlooper and all visiting women were presented to Clear Lake women at this time The banquet to be held at P M park at 6 oclock was under the direction of E B Stillman chair man of the entertainment com mittee Henry Volstad was direct ing the assembling and lighting of the floats in the Venetian Nights parade to be staged at 10 oclock Saturday evening follow ing the first appearance of the noted swimmers and divers Cid ing tank ignited others and one by one the tanks in the 10acre area Began blowing up In the first few minutes 6 tanks slew up with thunderous rumbles tieard throughout the area At one time 16 of 25 tanks were burning as sheriffs officers the California highway patrol county and fed eral forestry men and soldiers from nearby Camp Balmdale fought the blaze A bulldozer was rushed in to throw up an earthen dam to halt a burning river of crude oil from pouring down the canyon toward the town of Newhall BOY 2 HURT BY HORSE Onslow Hoist 2 year old son of Mr and Mrs Marin Hoist suffered ribs and chest injuries when he wandered nto an orchard and was trampled by a saddle horse SENTENCE IS SUSPENDED Dubuquc Irma Gra ham 25 pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of embezzlement by lar ceny and was sentenced to not to exceed 5 years in the womens re formatory at Rockwll City Sen tence was suspended during good behavior She was charged with embezzling from the Kirch hoff Ice Cream company where she was employed as a bookkeeper for about 3 years Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Saturday night and Sunday Cooler Saturday afternoon Warmer Sunday aft ernoon Iowa Fair through Sunday Mon day increasing cloudiness with scattered thundershowers Warmer Sunday cooler Mon day Minnesota Fair and warmer west portion Saturday night Sunday partly cloudy anc warm except thundershowers and cooler northwest portion in the afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 88 Minimum Friday night 53 At 8 a m Saturday 63 YEAR AGO Maximum 87 Minimum 64 Precipitation IS carried by 4 major networks Mr Roosevelt boarded a cruiser at San Diego Cal July day after he accepted a 4th term nom ination and arrived at Pearl Harbor July 26 tp confer with Admiral Chester W Nimitz Gen Douglas MacArthur and other top rank Pacific chiefs From there he moved on into the Aleutians The announcement that he will speak from the Bremerton navy yard gave no indication of the Presidents immediate where abouts Neither did it discuss the nature of his address but he told a news conference in Honolulu that he would report to the na jlion on his Pacific first var lour this year Mr Roosevelt was acompanicd nto the Pacific by Admiral Wil lam D Leahy a member ot the oint chiefs of statf and other high nking white house military ad The entire party which lefl Vashinglon with the presiden 13 did not go with him to the Aleutians The fact that the president had gone from his 3 day Hawaiian in pection on north to Alaska to ook over the Aleutians became public Friday night with the rc ease of delayed dispatches datec a week ago Friday Norman Bell Associated Prcs correspondent at an Aleutian is and base quoted Air Kooscvel as saying he was thrilled and gratified by his visit there which ike Pearl Harbor saw him fo he first time since the war began Bell said Mr Roosevelt salutee members of the armed forces par icipating in the Aleutian cam and military construction Lhere He termed incredible th speed with which the Japancs were driven out and the island converted into offensive bases Apparently Mr Roosevelts re action to the Aleutian develop ments was identical to the en thusiasm with which he viewc the land sea and air fightin might at Hawaii While he in Honolulu the president ex pressed amazement at the change made on the island which Ja Ijombs littered with the dead an wreckage that plunged this natio into war on Dec 7 1941 Scars o the Japanese raid were gone Ion before Mr Roosevelt arrived Secret servicemen told Bell Ih presidents Aleutian visit was jn a vacation bat that was not tl case in Honolulu where M Roosevelt went through a scri U S Never Vill Trust Japs An Advance Aleutian ase Aug 3 Delayed Island resident Roosevelt visiting this ogshrouded far northern outpost American military and naval light said that the United States ever again would trust the Japa ese and must see to it that they ever again set foot in the Alteu ans Arriving here aboard a new raiser 5 days after leaving Pearl larbor and his strategy confer nces with Gen Douglas MacAr Reveal Base Visited by F R Was Adak Washington Aleutians base which President Roosevelt visited on Aug S was Adak far out in the Adreanof islands chain pointing toward Japans northern outposts This disclosure was authorized by the white house Saturday after news and photo copys on the presidents Alaskan trip previous ly had been censored to delete specilic identification of the base visited Mr Roosevelts service hosts there were Capt A 1 Price com manding Adaks naval operating base and Brig Gen Harry F Thompson commander ot the army post strength of Bradleys main attack A Jloocl of wild reports came from the German radio through out the day as the nazis fished desperately for information and one American radio station broad cast an apparently unfounded re port that the Americans had reached the outskirts of Paris The Germans hinted Friday that Yankee spearheads were probing the capitals outer de fenses at Chartres 46 miles southwest of Paris and Chateau dun 28 miles farther south Saturday they announced that Bradleys tanks and riflemen passed through Alencon moving north to join the British and Canadian spearheads above Fa laisc now only 35 miles away Iess than r0 miles northwest of Alencon 4 or more German ar mored divisions were fighting for their lives in the Mortain salient with the threat of envelopment by the Americans in their rear increasing hourly Mortain itself which had changed hands repeatedly since the beginning of the German cuunterattack in that sector was recaptured by the allies Satur day and American and British forces were squeezing in on the enemy pocket from the north and south Berlin commentators admitted their forces had lost Sourdeval at Noqent La Ferre Bernard POSSIBLE AMERICAN THRUSTS FROM LE arrows indicate possible American drives from captured Le Mans Black arrows indicate allied thrusts including various drives said unofficially to be under way in the Lc Mans area An American push northward from Le Mans might entrap German forces in the Caeu sector A drive through Orleans minhr imer at Paris ;