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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1943, Mason City, Iowa SAVE AM I Am ArnmuniHon For Dont Wtwte ot Throw COUP DEPARTMENT OF AHO AftCHIV IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHIORS TOL L iated press and Unittd Prea Full leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THUBSDAY DECEMBER 23 1943 HOME EDITION 111U1I V TUfk U ORTONA CTREE FIGHT GOES ON FOR THIRD DAY American Troops Take Snow Covered Peak French Forces Advance Allied Headquarters Algiers army tanks and in fought bitterly in the ot Ortona for tlie 3rd straight day with German forces who were turning the tiny Adri atic port into a miniature Stalin grad an allied headquarters an nouncement said Thursday the 5th army front to the west American troops captured snowcovered 3tM foot Alt Ca vallo miles northwest of Venafro and near Vitlcuso and French forces advanced in a mountain pass where a slruMle had raced for several days Other American infantry at tacking in the rain seized a hill near Monna Casale Swarming up the slopes of Ml Cavallo in a drenching rain the Americans placed the village of Viticuso 8 miles east of Cassino under shell and mortar fire The Germans tried to recapture the mountain but failed The systematic cleanup ol pill boxes around San Vittore a heav ily fortified village 6 miles south of Cassino continued but there was no indication that a full scale attack had yet been launched on this strong position guardin the road to Home The heaviest fighting surged back and forth in Ottona where Canadians have been fighting the Germans in the streets for 3 days The German 10th army threw new parachute troops fighting as infantry into the battle in a des perate effort to retain its hold on this anchor to the present line across Italy Ortona guards one of the main roads leading north to Pescara and its capture by the allies would cut the Germans main supply line to troops inlanc as well as along the coast Canadian tanks and infantry ad vanced from house to house ant everywhere were met by fierce opposition the Germans dying on the spot rather than retreating tef Farther inland army continued te push north of the OrUraaOnogna road ton arc the next lateral highway 6 miles coming np against the strongly fortified village of Ariel la 8 miles inland from Ortona Here another housetohouse bat tle appeared la prospect Nazi troops also launched small night attack on the 8th army positions at St Angelo in the cen tral mountains but were repulsed Although air activity in west ern Italy was greatly reduced by the weather fighters patrolled the Adriatic and shot up a schooner and radio station near Zara on the Jugoslav coast and bombers sup ported the attack near Orsogna American and British fighter bombers destroyed 3 trains near Tortoreto and Civitanova along the Adriatic Two allied planes were lost Murder of Iowa Filling Station Operator Probed Fleasantville Iowa on county authorities Thursday were investigating the murder o WH Bare 63 operator of s fill ing station and bus depot on high way No 60here Bares battered body was found about Wednesday night by a trucker who stopped at the station gasoline Sheriff 1aul Apple gate Knoxville said that Bare had been killed during the preced ing hour for the last customer reported seeing him visited thi station at Bare had been slugged and thei shot just above the heart The sta tion was in disorder indicating that a terrible tight had pre ceded Barers death Applegate re ported Although the sheriff expressee the belief that robbery was the motive he said that S174 re mained in the cash drawer Bare and his wife lived within a hall block of the station They have a married daughter ftSl MO U S British Bombers Hit French Gun Coast 3APS USED THIS AS MACHINE GUN NEST ON MAKIN Fourmotored seaplane winch undeigoing repairs when American forces attacked was used bv the Japanese as an effective machine gun nest on JIakin island What happened to the enemy soldiers who manned it can be deducedfrom the present condition of the plane American soldiers are examining it Trainmen Accept F R Offer to Arbitrate Others Silent Washington of Railway Trainmen Thursday accepted President Roosevelts offer to decide their wage dispute with the carriers but 4 other operating brotherhoods tempor arily withheld their tlecision A F Whitney chief of the trainmen said that he had given the president his answer on the spot when the offer was made in the white house conference earlier in the day Subsequently all 5 brotherhood chiefs convened with their execu tive committees at a local hotel A half hour later Whitney and his committee left the general meeting end announced he had iiven ttre The war cannot wait the president told both sides when the reported their inability to reach an agreement and I cannot wait American lives and Ameri can victory are at stake The presidents quoted remarks were made public by the white house The statement said he was prepared to decide the controver sy unmediataely and said that his decision of course must be within the law of the land Both sides held prompt sep arate conferences to see whether they could agree upon the presi dent as the final judge in settling the dispute Earlier after negotiations last ine little more than a halfhour the management and employe representatives broke up and headed for the White house to re port their inability to agree When they left the White House Presidential Secretary Ste phen Early read this statement to the press The president has offered his good officesIn doing so he said I want to know whether you object to my deciding this con troversy immediately and wheth er you will abide by my decision which of course must be within the law of the land The carriers are now under stood to be willing to concede something under the heading of riers first offer was 4 cents an V hour in addition to the 4 cents recommended by an emergency board but the 2nd 4 cents would be labelled either as overtime or awayIromhome expenses The brotherhoods are unwilling to sac rifice their claims to these con cessions at that price and want the 2nd 4 cents as a Hat basic rate increase and the overtime expenses and vacations as well carrieislcontend thestabili zatipn policy limits basic rate in creases to the 4 cents recom mended by the emergency board Reports from Wednesdays ses sion indicated Ihe joint conference was a preliminary skirmish with both sides sparring for position without display of antagonism The 5 brotherhoods which rep resent about 350000 engineers conductors I i r c m e n trainmen and yardmen have come down in their demands from about a day to 64 cents and extra conces sions The overtime they propose for yardmen would be worth from to S391 a week The road men instead of a change in over lime conditions would get their expenses at terminals away from home They estimate these run as high as S25 a month The national mediation board headed by Chairman William M Leiserson reported it had con sulted the white house about the nonoperating wage dispute and would not take jurisdiction until the president or his stabilization aides authorized mediation The nonoperaling unions whose members perform the of fice shop and track work signed an agreement with the carriers last August for an increase of 8 cents an hour but Stabilization Director Fred MVinson refuses approve it He has authorized idunted increases of 4 to 10 its which the group of 13 ions have rejected Says Allied Officials Regard Nazi Rocket Secret as No Bluff New York officials regard Germanys rocket secret weapon as no bluff says Allan A Michie oC the Readers Digest Magazine Arriving here by transAtlantic Clipper Thursday Michie said Allied officials in London have been gathering information from refugees and agents for 5 months on the secret weapon the Germans are talking about They have enough information to know that it is no blulf saidtheallics a re reason ably sure of the broad outlines of the weapon is a Brockettype pro jectile weighing approximately 50 he declared It can be shot from the French coast into Eng land Michie said that otter a recent RAF raid on Peenemund agents reported that 5000 workers in cluding skilled technicians had been killed and many blueprints and much machinery destroyed The secret weapon has not yet been used he added you must draw your own inference 1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 Cheer Fund Drive Soars Over the Top rKCYlOLSLY friends Sandra Sue and II r b i e Ohrt KGIO pledsc Mr T A Nrtileion famiH American Legion Auxil iary 40 and X Service Mrus Den 2 Pack Cub Scouu IMknoun friend of IllUc folks V Jewish Council o Mason City United Packing House No in BirdeUa and Ralph Hanson Twins Pvt I F F Somewhere in Iran Bank flanr Roys Boys First CoiErrzational Church Cant regal Jon at Womens Guild Group f Madam Queen Master Barbers ot Citv Connie Rar Lee KCiLO Iledrc Club Mrrkel Employ es Timmend Club KGJ0 Pledge A SlranRtr Circleof Trinity GarHeia Circle Trinily Lutheran Ladies Aid Trinity Lincoln Circle Vance Company KGIO ptedcet The White Children Rock Falls A ft C Mary Evrlyn Mm 2KIU iim SIIO 301 SJH T1W VIMI tno WARNED BY WPB Washington iP The war production board Thursday warned motorists against rumors of shortages of antifrec7e solu tions Allocations of industrinl alcohol ntc entirely adequate to meet current anlifreeze needs and an ample supply will he maintained throughout the danger period the agency said 0IES AT CEDAR RAPID S Langland 60 died at Mercy hospital in Cedar Rapids of spinal meningitis Satur day Mr Langland was born Sept 2 1883 in Highland town I ship son of Mr and Mrs Mons II Langlnnd Burial services were conducted Sunday at Highland ville with the Rev William T Hexom officiting Mr Lingland is survived by 2 brothers Charles M and Henry and 4 sisters MEET WITH an effort to avert the threatened strike of the 5 operat ing railroad brotherhoods President Roosevelt calls leaders of the unions and of the na tion s railroads to the white house for a conference Presidents of the brotherhoods are pictured left as they arrived Left to right are T C Cashen switchmens unionH M P rasherrailway conductors A F Whitney railroad trainmen Alvanley Johnston lo comotive engineers D B Robertson firemen and enginemcn i 11X1 1110 50 iw JIH IGOft ini J12 3M llll 11 5W SMI 131 Sharon Aim erard A friend Lso Club II iled FrieniKhin Club Friend Cily Lodge rl 1 O o r American AKjociatiaii of Univer sity Women Illectric Company lett Swear Refinery Employes IJnion JJI4KK leckers Casing Department jUbeGaaette News Room iftnt GtobeCjazette CBmposInc V Former Resident Wallace Walton Gerald Mulhfajon SK Cali rornia IIHh District Una Aviociatioii ot Nurses Thela Phi Class Graft Kvanfclical Church Patricia Ann Kelroy KCIO PJrdre Tyler Ryan Furniture Co K M Clear Lake From Friend From Ann and Mary Jean From f L R W C and L E Sharon Late Zerble and Barbara Sne Zerble From Grandma MonroeWaihinzlon Parent Edu cation Group Mason Cily Family From airs Gurine Cory Frankie and Davli The Joe Daniels Rerappinr Plant XETC TOTAL J7TI OVER THE TOT FULL day be fore the schccl uled closing the 1D43 Christ mas Cheer Fun solicitation th goal of SI50 hat b ee reached an the gifts wer still rolling at a merry clip There were in dicntions t Ii a ii the f i n a count including mcrchanclis coniribntions the total for thi years campaign will not be fa S2000 Gifts thus fa listed have been almost 00 pe cent cash As was staled by Miss Dori Bruce secretary of the Sod Welfare league in launching thi years Amd any amount receive in excess of current needs will b set aside in a special fund prob ably in the form of war bonds ior use in subsequent years whc local needs may wii than this year In at least one previous vea the goal was set at wit the final amount raised inexecs of 53000 This year the need not that great on the homefron Thus the reduced goal which ha now been passed While gifts will be gratefully re ceiveri up lo Christmas we sug gest as a matter of fairness that the Salvation Army churches and other agencies with worthy Christmas enterprises be made the beneficiaries of your generosity Contributions listed above in clude 3 items from GlobeGazette source This raises the total from this organization to about onetenth of the goal We arc proud of this proof that our peo ple believe in their product A final report on the fund will be presented in Fridays HOME edition RUSSIANS TRAP THOUSANDS OF NAZIS IN MARSH Fierce Battles of Annihilation Reported Raging Below Nevel Moscow armies losing against the Baltic front astions of Vitebsk and Polotsk lave trapped many thousands of Germans in the marshlands below Vevel and now are wiping them ut in fierce battles of annihila ion field dispatches said Thurs day The swift advance of Gen Ivau C Bagramiaus Siberian veterans enveloped a number of German garrisons which stood pat under he illusion that they were safe ichind their iron nail defenses rout reports said While the bulk of the rirst Bal ie front troops drove on to within striking distance of Vitebsk and 3ololsk foundation stones of the jevman defenses powerful dc achmeuts remained behind to crush the trapped nazis A German communique re ported only local attacks which were repulsed in ihe Vitebsk irea Wednesday It said strong tUissian infantry and tank forces tried to break through the Ger man positions in the Zhitomir area southwest oE Kiev indicating the red army again held the initiative in the sector where the Germans had spent their best effort in a counter offensive The German command threw large forces of tanks and planes into frantic efforts lo break the soviet rings around the garrisons south of Nevel But they failed to check the Russian campaign o reduction marked by what th press called terrible hand to ham combats whicl threw their full tveight against th red army cordons were reporter beaten back mercilessly to awai the death blow At one point a soviet battalioi surrounded J000 Germans vh counter attacked repeatedly in an effort to rejoin their main forces Russian infantrymen heat them back with rifle butts spades anc knives finishing off hundreds ii their trenches The famous red army cavalry now was in action on the Balti front cooperating with tanl units knifing in between marshe and lakes to surprise the German from the rear and showing th way to armored units drivini deep wedges in the nazi lines In some sectors the German were pulling back to better pre pared positions Low clouds hung over th swamps and rivers of the Vitebs region where the weather at thi season is a succession of blizzards rains and fogs Mercury Dips o 11 Below n Mason City Des Moines Subzero Gather swept through Iowa dur ng the night and the weather bu au said temperatures through at the state Thursday morning Icraged about 15 degrees below they were Wednesday eve ing The coldest temperature re orted was 11 below at Mason ity at 9 a m The minimum here during the night was 10 elow It was 10 below at Spirit ake early Thursday The weather bureau said it vould be fair and not quite so old Thursday night and warmer friday However it forecast mini mum temperatures Thursday night s low as 8 below at Mason City nd 6 below at Waterloo No precipitation accompanied he cold wavrj and skies through ut the state were mostly clear Thursday morning Temperatures of 8 below svere rommonplace across the northern lalfof the state while the mini mum along the southern border vas 2 or 3 below Minimum temperatures all be ow zero included Sioux City Waterloo and Spencer 9 Carroll ort Dodge and Marshalltown 8 Jerry and Red Oak T Cedar Rap ds and Charles Cily 6 Musca ine Iowa City Ames Lamoni jiid Newton 5 Council Bluffs Jurlington and Ottumwa 3 Des Moines Dubuque and Daven port 2 The highest temperature Wed nesday was 22 at Council Bluffs Forecast Relief From Cold Wave By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A cold wave that accompanied Uie official arrival of winter chilled most of the northeastern quarter of the nationThursday but prompt relief was forecast The United States weather forecaster in Chicago said slow moderation would begin Thursday in the upper Mississippi valley Holdup Man Gives Wallet to Victim Identity Established New York Felci man politely asked 3 holdup me to return his wallet after the had filched out the cash One o them graciously did so When policearrived Feldma discovered the wallet was not hi but Ihe holdup mans And contained identification papers Police made an arrest shortl afterwards BOY FATALLY WOUNDED Des Moines Deal Jr 16 was wounded fatally Wed nesday when the 22 caliber rifle of a 15 year old companion ac cidentally discharged while the 2 schoolboys were making prepara tions to go on a Christmas vaca tion hunting trip HlPOCKETS With Christmas coming on Saturday your carrier sales man will collect a day earlier than usual this week Yon can save him time and extra steps by having your money ready for him when he calls to col lect Hell appreciate this con sideration PRIME TARGETS ARE SPOTTED IN HEAVYATTACKS American and British Plane Fleets Thrown Against Nazi Points BULLETIN London bombers in what London newspapers called in banner headlines A blitz on the rocket coast carried the heaviest assault on north western France since 1940 well into its 4th day Thursday with heavy smashes at areas where the Germans have been reported set ting up secret weapons to bom bard England London American British and bomber forces have where the wave struck its subzero blow Wednesday first Thursday the zero belt extend ed from Portland Maine and Albany N Y westward to the North Dakota Montana line In the 12 hours ending at a m CWT Thursday ihe nations lowest reading recorded by the Chicago weather bureau was 25 below zero at Canton N Y Although upper Mississippi valley temperatures svere ex pected to moderate Thursday residents ol the Ohio valley low er Great Lakes states and the middle Mississippi valley were warned of continued cold Thurs day night with the mercury be ginning to rise Friday Lowest temperatures in stales affected by the wave were Roseau Minn 22 Caribou Maine 20 Pembina N Dak 14 Huron S Dak 11 Lincoln Nebr 6 Mason Citj Iowa 11 Park Falls Wis 17 Sault Ste Marie Mich 14 Rockford III 8 Kirksville Mo 6 Toledo Ohio zero McCooi Ind 1 Bur lington Vt 10 Winchester Ky 8 above Phillipsburg Kans and Guymon Okla 5 Miami Fla enjoyed the na tions warmest temperature comfortable fi5 The cold was nol accompanied by any snow o consequence the weather bureau said except for a few squalls in the Great Lakes region been thrown into attacks against the rocket gun coast ot France it was disclosed Thursday with the RAFs heavy raider fleets for the first time diverted from such targets as Berlin for smashes at targets in northern France An RAF strike at this coast Wednesday night made it evident that targets of great importance had been spotted and marked for destruction in northern France nd along the coast Thursday a big force ol high ying bombers streaked across he British southeast coast appar ntly bound for daylight blows t the same targets The Pas De Calais area the part the French coast nearest Eng and has been battered inces antly since Monday and the day ght forces evidently were tretching the offensive into a 4 ay affair The RAFs armadas hit argets 11 western Germany Wednesday ight as well as iii northern Vance and suffered no loss The air ministry did not ideo ify the objectives of the night aiders that lashed out after a 3 lay hammering of the fortifica ionstudded French coast and a lovverful American heavy bomber Mow by daylight Wednesday into lorthwcst Germany Mines also were iaid in enemy Iaters All this week allied planes have icen hammering nabi installa ions in northern France in prac ically daylong assaults but ap wrently this was the first time he RAF heavy bombers had oined in this drive Some quarters in London be ieve the boasted German rocket tin emplacements in France are he objective or these concen rated raids The great forays by day and light Wcdnesdiiy raised to per laps 4000 or more planes the al acking force that has battered nazi targets in the last 3 days The fortresses and triking an undisclosed location in lorlhwest down 8 German fighters while losing 21 heavy bombers and 4 fighters Crewmen said they hit the objec ives on the nose despite clouds and intense cold of 50 below xero At the same time formations of RAF mosquitos Bostons and ty hoons with Tighter escort hopped he channel in great strength to lit military objectives in Four planes were lost in Late to Work for 1st Time in 15 Years Catches Thug on Way New York the first time in 15 years Police Sergeanl John Sinnott reported late foi duty Instead of receiving an up braiding his superiors offered him to work he had nabbed a thug attacking a mer chant seaman Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and continued cold Thursday night lowes temperature in Mason City below Friday fair and warmer loua Fair and not quite so cok Thursday night Friday parti cloudy and warmer Minnesota Fair and not so cold Thursday night Friday parti cloudy to cloudy and warmer IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistic Maximum Wednesday 7 above Minimum Wednesday night 10 below At 8 a m Thursday 10 below At 9 a m Thursday 11 belov At 2 p m Thursday 14 above YEAR AGO Maximum 31 Alinimum i the 3rd day of on prime objec hese assaults rocking blows ivcs there Five hundred u S ith air force heavy bombers had Bounded Bremen Monday with showering bombs on Frank urt and MannheimL u d w i g shafen that night Mosquito wmbers raided western Germany Tuesday night U S bomber crewmen downed 23 enemy planes in their strike nto Germany with 15 nore falling to fighter escorts apposition was spotty the flyers said with the Germans concen trating on some formations while Jthers were virtually unopposed by fighters The RAFs first photographs of scarred Berlin after the 6 heavy bombinjs started Nor 18 showed at least great factories covern ment buildings and other import ant structures damaged the air ministry announced The pictures leave no doubt thaat the damage during these 6 attacks goes far beyond anything done before the night of Nov 18 it declared London morning newspapers interpreted the damage reported to mean that 40 to 50 per cent of the German capital had been de stroyed with the area of utter desolation already exceeding that of Hamburg Western Berlin was ravaged ihe worst The RAF an nouncement showed severe dam age to the Rheinmetal Borsic arm ament plant the largest plant ot the reichs 2nd greatest armament manufacturer to the war interior justice food and propaganda min istries and many areas ot Berlin ;