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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 11, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME OCfARTiJtNT OF HISTORY AND OES WOlNtS IA COUP VOL LI Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary bj W EARL HALL MonagingEditor BROADCAST SCHEDULE KGOMason City Sunday p m WOI Araes Monday p m KUMO Haunlbnl Ttsesdaj p m KSC1 Sioux City Wednesday p m 1VSUI IOWA City Wednesday p m KICD Spencer Fzlday p m Those British Still Speak Their Minds ONE Sunday afternoon this fall I wondered down Park Lane avenue London England in quest of an answer to this question Does freedom of speech still pre vail in wartime Britain I was toward the famous Marble Arch Forum at the head of Ox lord street in Hyde Park There every evening and every Sunday afternoon Britishers with a soap box and a gift of gab fore gather to tell the world whats on their mind In Chicago a like in stitution is known as the Wash ington Park Bug club New York and other cities in this and other countries have like forums But this one in Hyde Park is the daddy of them all Its fame is worldwide In peace times It has become almost synonymous with free speech Among its illustrious alumni thats the right such renowned world figures as George Bernard Shaw and Kamsey Mac Donald For a century or more fiery tongued orators have held forth in a specially assigned area about Z blocks square in the region of Marble Arch Under the protec tion of the government which they have assailed they have bloused off to their hearts con tent LX of this I knew to be true ALL of how about an England at war With bombs still dropping on her greatest city with millions of her boys lighting for national exis tence throughout the world were these orators on the homefron still at liberty to speak their minds That was the question wantedto have And within a minute of the time I arrived at Marble Arch that Sunday afternoon J had the compleieaiswer to ray questiob I wasnt free dom of speecfistill prevails in completely as in the United States of America but no more completely I should add in fairness and honesty Ifound myself in a crowd o perhaps 500 which was being harangued by a blackhaired rugged squat little middleaged man by the name of Charlie Bradley Like 4 others of the more than 30 orators who were hold ing forth at Marble Arch tha afternoon he was operating un der the red flag with its hammer and cycle And here was the firs complete sentence I heard from his lips You can examine the recort of Winston Churchill since thi day he entered public life more than 40 years ago and I defy yon to find one fiber of honesty in telligence or even common de cency ALTHOUGH during the next 3 hours that afternoon am later on the 2 evenings when visited Marble Arch I saw anc heard plenty of additional evi dence this sentence from the mouth of Charlie Bradley con tained proof complete that th principle of free speech Is stil alive in wartime England I chanced to be standing alongside a husky London bobby when Mr Bradley delivered him sell of the choice morsel Ivi quoted I detected a slight yawn reflecting a sort of Heres where I came In attitude Hi wasnt interested Hed heard like sentiments expressed in that set ting a thousand times From this bobby I learned tha there arc only about 4 restraint on these Marble Arch orators They mustnt beg for money they mustnt preach direct r e v o 1 against the armed forces the mustnt indulge in lewd and lascivious language For thes things they are hustled off to the for nothing else CHARLIE BRADLEY interested me He reminded per appearance including hi turned up nose and in his ora torical the late Huey Long with whom a dozen year ago I had become acquainted dur ing a national party convention in Chicago As a rabblerouser he was infinitely more effective than Gerald L K Smith whom I had seen in action two months previously As a matter of fact Bradley i recognized as one of the ables speakers in the British empire in his own way His vocabulary and his voice are superb nothini short of it If youd accept hi premises youd have to go righ along with him to his conclusions His logic beyond his premises was unassailable The Bradley story boiled down was that Russia has the only gov eminent which gives common man a square deal Morrison and Bevan no less than Churchill he contended have been guilty o selling labor out in Britains coal Continued on Tagc Z Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY DECEMBER 11 raper consist ol Two One NO 54 YANKS SURGE AHEAD IN SNOW Local Officers Nab Escaped Convicts 2 CAPTURED IN VACANT HOUSE TAKEN TO JAIL Pair Seized While Preparing Breakfast No Resistance Offered The sheriff s office reported the capture Monday morning of 2 men escaped Saturday night from the Anamosa state penitentiary The men had been working on a pri son dairy farm at Independence and after abandoning a car stolen near Jesup had made their way to Mason City on a freight train they said The men Neal Keasey 28 Des Moines was serving for desertion and had 70 days of his sentence left it was reported Charles Bow ers 23 Hastings Nebr was in for a term 10 years on a forgery sentence They are in the county jail to be held until removal by the Anamosa authorities The men offered no resistance lo the officers who surrounded a vacant house in which they were discovered but came out when called They were not armed Of ficers assisting Sheriff Tim Pha len in apprehending the men were deputies Jack Burnett and Cal Dwan Leo Allstot of the police department and lughway patrol men Walter Hilbert and Sgt Lou Kreiger Officers reported the men were getting a breakfast of rolls and coffee when they arrived The houseabout 15 rods southeast of the golf house at the American Legion golf course had been en tered thrpugh the doors being locked the officers stated A storm window had been broken and the other window pushed out they said The prison ers said they had entered the house on Sunday night They ap parently had been sleeping on an old mattress left at the house the officars said Bowers was taken to a hospital soon after his arrest to have a steel splinter taken from his knee suffered when hopping a box car at Fort Dodge The prisoners said they had no statement to make Word of their escape had been re ceived from Anamosa and the lo cal officers were on the lookou for them BULLETINS With U S Seventh Army in Al sace important communications and supply city IS miles north of Strasbourg fell to American troops Monday London Paris and Algiers broadcasts said Monday night red army vanguards had entered the flaming Hungarian capital of Bud apest Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boiv 17000 Yank Airmen Take Part in Raid London ff Sixteen hundred American heavy bombers and 800 the GREATEST fleet of 4engined craft ever mounted in aerial western Germanys rail centers Monday with 6OpO tons of explosive The Fortress and Liberator fleet rom the Britainbased U S eighth airforce was part of a co ordinated operation that shook the with heavy bombers from all 3 airforces in the European the British Laneasters and Mosqui as jolted 3 German cities in the before noon Kailyards and a fuel plant at Osterfeld and refin eries at Meiderick and Bruckhau sen were the targets The size of the Britishbased force meant that almost 17000 pilots navigators bombardiers and gunners were in the skies over ermany An eighth airforce spokesman said every main railline leading rom industrial centers in central and southwestern Germany to Serman defenses in the west had been ripped apart by British and American bombs in the past week Monday the eighth airforce heav ies bombed the mainline rail cen nearby Hanau CAPTURE ESCAPED CONVICTS Officersand the 2 convicts escaped from Anamosa they captured here Mon day morning are from left to right Police Sgt Leo All stot Charles Boweis sentenced f 01 desertion Neal Keasey serving a 10 year sentence for forgery Sheriff Tim Phalen highway patrolmen W S Hilbert and Sgt Lou Kreiger and deputy sheriff Jack Burnett Lock photo Kayenay engraving Iowa 6ity Beports 13lnefies of Snow Driving Hazardous Des Moines heaviest snowfall of the season ranging up to 13 inches at Iowa City fell in lows over the weekend slowing traffic interrupting tion facilities and making driving hazardous It was still snowing Monday morning in Dubuque Burlington Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Occasional light snow Monday afternoon becom ing partly cloudy and colder Monday night Lowest temper ature 5 above Tuesday partly cloudy not so cold in the aft ernoon Iowa Snow flurries ending Mon day evening followed by clear and copier Monday night Tues day fair not quite so cold west portion in the afternoon Ship pers forecast Northwest 5 above zero all others 10 above Minnesota Fair and colder Mon day night Tuesday fair and not quite so cold north and west IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Sunday 24 Minimum Sunday night 20 At 8 a m Monday 20 Precip 01 inch Snow inch YEAR AGO Maximum 33 Minimum 13 The figures for Sunday Maximum Saturday 27 Minimum Saturday night 21 At 8 a m Sunday 21 Snow 2 in YEAR AGO Maximum 30 Minimum 23 Iowa City and some other places in the eastern section of the state and the weather bureau forecast snow flurries during the day with clear and colder weather Monday night No deaths had been attributed to the storm early Monday al though several persons were in jured in accidents on icy streets Some country schools did not open because of drifted roads The heaviest snow was in the southeast part of the state but there was some new snow in all sections except the extreme north west A strong wind blew the snow into drifts and the state highway commission said driving was hazardous because of packed snow but most roads were open In some parts of the state the snow began Saturday night and continued most of the weekend Clinton had 0 inches of fresh snow making the amount on the ground 102 inches All bus traf fic in that area was at a stand still and the storm was blamed for 4 minor accidents Des Moines bus stations re ported all buses operating in and out of the capital city were mov ing although some were late Railroads reported all trains were operating but some were late as much as several hours Muscatine and Cedar Snpids also had 9 inches of snow Bur lington 8 Des Molnes and La moni 7 Marshalllown 6 Reports of 3 to 5 inches were common place Dubuque had 7 inches on the ground but only was new Davenport had 9 inches on the ground 63 of it new The mercury dropped lo 15 above zero at Spencer early Mon day and the maximum Sunday was 31 degrees at Davenport and Iowa City The highway commission issued the following report on road con ditions Central heavily drifting packed snow on all high ways Some oneway traffic on highway 163 Northeast of Ce dar Rapids highway 30 west open highway 30 east 2 to 3 inches of packed snow and slippery with oneway traffic in spots highway 149 from Cedar Rapids to junction of highway 6 open to oneway traffic highway 6 in Iowa county covered with packed snow Vicin ity of Mason City Marsha lltawn and Cedar Falls light snow lall ing highways open but slippery Northwest light snow falling highways normal Two inches packedsnow on high ways Southwest light snow falling highways icy Southeast highways this area open to oneway traffic except highway 92 west of Wash ington blocked 218 south of Iowa City blocked and 6 east of Iowa City to Davenport blocked NIPPON NAVAL CHIEF KILLED Vice Admiral Nigumo Dies in Saipan Action By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tokyo announced Monday the death of Vice Admiral Chiuchi Nigumo supreme commander of Japanese naval forces and said he had been killed in action on Saipan island The announcement raisedto 74 the number of Japanese admirals whose deaths the Japanese have listed since May 7 The Japanese capital also has listed the deaths of IB generals since May 23 The death of Nigumo was given out in a Domei broadcast recorded by the Associated Press which said The navy ministry today offi cially announced that Vice Ad miral Chiuchi Nigumo supreme commander of the Japanese naval forces who was killed in action on Saipan island in July of this year has been posthumously raised in rank to full admiral LEE COMPANY OPERATES WTAD Takes Over Ownership of Quincy 111 Station Quincy and op eration of radio station WTAD was assumed Saturday by Lee Broad casting Inc an Illinois corpora lion which is associated with Lee Radio Inc owners and operators Station KGLO of Mason City Iowa The stock ot Illinois Broadcast ing Corporation former owners and operators of station was purchased from W Emery Lan caster and his associates by Lee Broadcasting Inc Illinois Broad casting corporation was then dis solved and its assets and proper ties transferred lo Lee Broadcast ing Inc which began the opera tion of the station Saturday after noon Officers of the new company are Lee P Loomis of Mason City Iowa president Hearst R Dun can of Des Molnes Iowa vice president and F C Eighmcy of Mason City secretary and treas urer Mr Lpomisis president also of Lee Radio Inc and Mr Eigh mey is secretary and treasurer of 1 Mason that corporation and active mana ioni gcr of KGLO Mr Duncan is an Mnon attorney Active management of WTAD under the new ownership will con tinue in the hands of Walter Roths child and no changes are contem plated in the present staff the station Mr Eighmey will be a frequent visitor in Quincy and will devote a large share of his time to busi ness interests of the local station Behind Mark of Last Year 3500 N Y Butcher Shops Vote Holiday in Protest to OPA New York business hol iday beginning Christmas day and continuing until office of price administration regulations are adjusted has been voted by an estimated 3500 New York City meat dealers who say they will close 10000 butcher shops hand ling 80 per cent of the citys meat trade The action was taken Sunday after leaders at a mass meeting said OPA it vir tually impossible to do business becoming jailbirds said present ceiling without Speakers prices were set when livestock was selling at S1350 a hundred weight and now livestock is For n I hlghwaTs hundredweight but retail prices I Fort Dodge snow have remained unchanged DRAFT RULES ARE TIGHTENED Seek to Reduce Huge Turnover in Labor Washington of ficials expressed confidence Mon day that tighter draft regulations due this week will go a long way toward bolstering the war labor force The most important result of James F Byrnes directive to se lective service they said will be to cut down appreciably the huge labor turnover that has been number one problem in fighting lagging war production The director of war mobilization reconversion in instructions and to Draft Director Lewis B Hershey over the weekend ordered an in crease in the number of men 26 through 37 called to the armed services PREVIOUSLY Jean and iavs fallen Charles Wertz Garner Friend City Business and Womens Club Clly General IJn ion From IF L r From E I n Kayenay bncravinc Co il Womens Guild HolmiiQist Donean Old ters of Frankfurt and Giesscn One fighter group left the bomb ers and dived down to explode 8 locomotives near Kassel All the targets were obscured cloud and bombing was by instru air force Liberators ment Fifteenth and Fortresses from Italy bombed the Moosbierbaum refinery 22 miles northwest of Vienna ord nance and freight yards in Vienna and railroad yards at Graz in Aus tria AQQ 10O JAPS REPORT TOKYO BOMBED New Assaults by B29s Disclosed by Nipponese Washington Super fortresses bombed Tokyo for the 5th straight day Monday am again kindled fires in the heart o the worlds 4th largest city Japa nese broadcasts reported The early morning attack b small formations of B29s fol lowed 5 other attacks by the hug bombers over the weekend on central Japan and Korea includ ing 2 strikes at Tokyo the Japa nese said All fires were put out speed ily Tokyo said in reporting Mon days attack Air raid defenses of the city drove off the raider before they could do any rea damage Two Marianasbased Superfoit resses also attacked Tokyo abou p m a m EVVT Sun day with a shower of incendiary bombs that caused fires Tokyc said These fires too were exting uished immediately it was said Headquarters of the 2Ist bomb er command on Saipan made n comment on the reported raid and Monday but con firmed that a lone Supcrforlrcs had bombed the capital in a wen ther strike just before dawn Sat j urday 1st Lt John T Garvin ot North Bergen N a member of the French NAZI RETREAT FROM I TOWNS IN ROER VALLEY Hodges Pushes Ahead Through 6 Inches of Snow West of Duren Paris First army infantry and tanks advanced a mile and a quarter Monday in fresh snowfall driving the weakening but still de ermined Germans from the Roer valley towns of Dhorn and Echiz he latter miles northwest of he brown ruins of Duren The main force of Lt Gen Court ney H Hodges drive was along 10 mile front more than 6 inches deep in snow in the area west northwest and southwest of Duren a Hoer river stronghold of 39000 ust 20 miles over open country from Cologne To the south Lt Gen George S Pattons third army beat down ounteratlacks in the steel city of 3ilingen and near Saarlautern ind fought the severest kinds of battles from house to house in Sar raguemines notien and Fraula ern The third army was fighting in side the Siegfried line at Dillingen and beyond Saarlautern and prog ress necessarily was slow On Pattons right ihe seventh army was at grips with the Ger mans on the cast side of the big French base ot Haguetiau into which the 79th infantry division Toiced its way Sunday Heavy lighting raged at several places in the Haguenau area including the streets Heichshoffen a mile south of Nicderbronn The first army slogged through Dhorn 3 miles west of Duren The Germans had vacated this village as as Obergeich and Echtz Tanks played a prominent part m the pew thruit To the formations still fought in the streets of Pier 5 miles northwest of Dureii where the Germans had tanks Enemy armor also guarded the approaches to Schophoven where American infantry last was reported 500 yard away The first army opened a new predairn attack at a in from the vicinity of Lucherberg and covered 2000 yards reaching the outskirts of Merken very close to the flooded Roer and three and a half miles northwest of Duren Contrary to reports late Sunday that Gey 4 miles southwest of Duren had been cleaned out the Americans still were fighting for each house in that village Below Gey the Germans in the first light Monday launched a counterattack against Americans holding Strass Front reports said the doughfeet were holding the thrust The 35th and ZSfh infantry di visions of the third army extended their lines in the center of the western front east of Sarregue mines squeezing the Germans from some of the last bits of France in that sector No further progress was re ported either toward the Saarland capital of Saarbrucken 3 miles or so from U S troops or inside the nearby French rail center of For bach A front dispatch said the third army held only about a fifth of Dillingen where a tank factory and one of the Saarlands largest steel plants arc located fUlll 3C10 GRAND TOTAL ioo 1 crew told United Press War Cor respondent Mac R Johnson at Saipan that Tokyo was completely blacked out when the Superfort ress arrived over the target Dur 531490 mark AYBE it does not mean a thing But its a statistical fact that the Christ mas Cheer Fund total this day is S60 less than it was a year ago this date Last year on Dec li the 5th day of the solicitation total had reached the This year its S25465 or S6055 less Its to be remembered of course that the fund didnt go over the top last year until the very last day Take this comparison for what its worth If in reflecting on it you decide to hurry along your own contribution it will be mosi welcome The League office Social Welfare administrator of the trust will find ithelpful in making its plans to see that there are no Empty Stockings in Mason City this Christmas season Gifts large or small should be addressed to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa ing earlier night raids Tokyo lights had remained on 716 KILLED BY NAZI VBOMBS 1511 Seriously Hurt in Britain in November London Vbombs killed 716 persons and seriously injured 1511 in the united king dom during November the minis try of home security announced Monday nigh Of those killed 269 verc men 345 women and 102 children un der 16 years the ministry an nounced Among the seriously in jured were 197 children and 799 women Damage and casualties were in flicted on southern England again Sunday night the ministry said PREDICT TRAVEL RUSH Des Molnes officials have predicted the great est Christmas travel rush of the war and reported more requests for travel information and reser vations than ever before from persons planning holiday trips first army troops in southern Alsace captured the de fensive center of Thann 10 miles northwest of Mulhouse and pressed eastward against German units withdrawing across the Rhine REPULSE NAZI COUNTER DRIVES Germans Fighting Fiercely in Italy Rome Largescale Ger man counterattacks against the allied bridgehead west of the La mone river on the approaches to Faenza have been defeated de cisively allied headquarters an nounced Monday The fiercest of these counter Ihrusts was directed at gaining a foothold on the ridge running southwest from San Prospero to Pideura west of Faenza Both San Prospero and Pideura had boon captured by 3th army troops in bloody slugging matches The Germans fought desperate ly to prevent the inevitable en circlement of Faenza stronghold on the BolognaRimini highway They threw the crack 90th panzer grenadiers into the assault backed up by tanks and selfpropelled guns Bny your War Bonds Stamps from your GlobeGuette carrier boy ;