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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME iJISTORY uoues THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL LI Associated Press and Sotted Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 23 1944 This Paper Consists of Two O MAKES ALL NORTH JOWANS NEIGHBORS AIR ARMADAS RIP ADVANCING NAZIS 38IAP PLANES DESTROYED AIR PLANTS RIPPED Yanks Only 10 Miles From Nippon Escape Port on Ormoc Isle By LEONARD HILL3IAN Associated Fress War Editor Japans aerial candle was burn ing at both ends Saturday in sky battles over homeland aircraft factories and Philippine battle fronts Thirtyeight nipponese planes destroyed Friday mostly in the growing American air offen sive over the Philippines where Yank infantrymen pushed through the mountains of northwest Leyle island to drive the disorganized enemy into the sea Forward elements of the 77tti division pouring out of Ormoc valley advanced 3 miles along the road to Palompon placing them only 10 air miles from the nip ponese escape port which Amer ican artillery is shelling These American units and other divisions mopping up pocketed Japanese in Ormoc corridor killed 154G more Japanese slightly less than the recent daily averages Tokyo radio claimed air victor ies over Japan and the Philippines even as it reported new recon noitering raids by single super fortresses over Tokyo and Hong kong An imperial communique as serted 20 superforts were shot down and 20 damaged in Fridays Saipanbased B29 strike at one of the big Mitsubishi aircraft plants at Nagoya Japan The U S war department an nounced not a single superior was lost although returning airmen re ported 150 Japanese Interceptors made one of the strongest fighter attacks have yet faced The war department said Japanese were shot downand Tokyo ad mitted the loss of 4 An official Tokyo report claim ed suicide air squadrons blew up 2 American warships off Mindoro island in the Philippines Saturday Japanese communique said 8 war ships and transports were sunk and 12 damaged in Philippine waters during the 3 preceding days Both reports were uncon firmed The attacks over Mindoro cost the Japanese 9 planes shot down Gen Douglas MacArthur an nounced Twentyfour otfiers were wiped out in U S air strikes at more than a dozen air fields ex tending over 1000 miles from Manila to Malang Attacking planes some them operatini from new Mindoro fields cratcrcc Japanese airdromes on Negros Panay Cebu Mindanao and Masa bate islands with more than 130 tons of explosives Others struck at oil refineries in Borneo E Celebes nickel mines Lowflying Mitchells sank a troopladen freighter in the Ban da sea General advances against light opposition were reported in North Burma The 36th British division captured Tigyaing 125 miles north of Mandalay Chinese cut the BhamoNamhkam road close to its junction the Burma rood No change was reported from central China where 3 Chinese columns beseiged reinforced Jap anese in Hochih Buys 2 Pairs of Hose Gets Bag With St Louis Boyd Rog ers daughter Gov Forrest C Donnell asked for 2 pairs of hose at a department store and reccivec a paper bag from the clerk Re turning home she found the store had been frantically looking for her Inside the bag supposed to contain the hose was of the stores money LANGDOX RITES TUESDAY Hollywood serv ices will be held Tuesday for Har ry Langdon 60 veteran comedian who died Friday after an illness of several weeks The body wil be cremated Thank You to All Who Had a Part PREVIOUSLY REPORTED tt From B Salph S Shepherd P B B From the Metiiter ranean au5enlV0rden Xo 101 Ameri can Left an Auxiliary KGZO Staff WaTanYe Supplemental D A R Circle A Wesley Melhadbt Circle A Wesley Methodist Church Just x Friend Know Your Club Clear LaKe Office of Defense Transportation Employes Mason City Assembly No 13 Junior Hih Iubils Hcijbls School of Central STRONGATTACK IN N W GREECE MADE BY ELAS British Land on North Side of Piraeus Port Report Progress Made Athens strong attack by leftwing ELAS forces in north west Greece against rightist guer rillas led by Gen Napoleon Zervas was announced Saturday by Brit ish military headquarters The announcement asserted the attack was in violation of an agreement signed by the opposing Greek forces ol Caserta before al lied forces landed In Greece to drive out the Germans The official communique said a deep penetration into the rightist CEDES territory had been made by the ELAS It was reported un officially that these ranged up to 20 miles The ELAS forces are commanded by Gen Sarafis British forces landed Saturday morning on the north side Piraeus harbor the communique said and have made good progress in clearing out the insurgent forces Progress also has been made in Athensin subduing the ELAS A 25 minute truce silenced a WomensCatholic Order or For esters Coople cfBueks Corrint and lana Hanson No CC8 A J E Iowa Hitaivare Mntuat Employe Younker Employes Decker5 Casing rept FLVAt DAYS TOTAL GBAND TOTAL 200 200 100 100 JOO 500 noon hour chimed Saturday a n d the 1944 Christ mas Cheer Fund came formally to a close the amount r e cei ved had zoomed past the mark Another v e n ture in applied Christianity the 19th in a been chalked up as an over the top success Everybody concerned was mighty proud of and grateful to the gen erous people of Mason City Its quite possible that a few contributions belatedly started on their way or delayed in Iran be received These will be transmitted at once to the So cial Welfare league administra tor of the fund and included in the final listing Tuesday There is good reason to believe that in one way or another of the families of Mason City have had a part in the success this years Cheer Fund through in dividual or group contributions This communitywide aspect is probably the one best explanation of why it has proved so success ful year after year As for ourselves we have pride in the fact that contributions from those associated with the Globe Gazette itself have accounted for approximately a 10th of the total raised this year Weve beleivcd in our own product We bring the 1944 solicitation to a formal close by expressing a hope that every donor large or small may experience that sat isfaction which comes from know ing that youve helped make this Christmas season a bit happier for some needy person than otherwise it would have been the heart DIES IN JAP PRISON London Air Commodore Benjamin James Silly who ap peared in the British film Target For Tonight the record ot a typ ical RAF bombing raid on Ger many has died in a Japanese pri son camp in Formosa it was dis closed Friday night section of Athens Friday night while an ELAS messenger deliv ered a reply to Lt Gen R M Scobie British commander on his cease fire ultimatum The contents of the note were not immediately revealed Firing resumed after the truce was ended and there were Indi cations the ELAS were unwilling to agree flatly io Scobies terms A Cairo broadcast recorded by the FCC said the ELAS headquar ters already had been removed outside Athens in accordance with Scobiesfirst conditionand that there were reports the EtAS had accepted almost all the British commanders terms Ankara radio said it was be lieved that the ELAS hah agreed to evacuate Attica that ELAS troops in Athens and Piraeus would be disarmed and that a new national unit governmenl should be formed Small arms iire still echoed through Athens Saturday as Sco bie considered the reply to his ultimatum The ELAS apparently were withdrawing from the south ern suburbs to the north A British warship bombarded ELAS concentrations north ol Piraeus in the clearing operations which continued throughout Fri day on the west side of Ihe main harbor Stiff opposition was en countered by the British north of the Kallipolis peninsula Buy your War Bonds alu Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and colder Sat urday night and lowest temper ature about 10 below Sunday rising temperature with Sunday afternoon Iowa Fair early Saturday fol lowed by increasing cloudiness late Saturday night and snow Sunday colder extreme eas part Saturday night not so cold Sunday Shippers forecast Northern half 10 below south ern half 5 below Minnesota Fair Saturday night Sunday increasing cloudiness with occasional light snow south portion Not quite so cold IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 22 above Minimum Friday night 3 below At 8 a m Saturday 2 below At 9 a m Saturday Snow Precip At 2 p m Saturday YEAH AGO Maximum Minimum below 1 inch 07 inch 11 above Minus 11 Break in Weather Aids lilies Germans Now 29 Miles From Sedan Iaris ailmight LASHED FIERCELY Sat urday m a break in the weather at nazi armored columns dealing repeated bomb smashes against the German offen sive tide that by Thursday noon had reached within 29 miles of historic Sedan Preliminary reports indicated effective blows had been delivered by hundreds of heavy and fighter bombers at Field Marshal Karl von Rundstedts surging drive Bad weather for a week lias tied down the allied air arm t batwday its weight was thrown into the crucial balance GERMAN TOWN SHELLED BVT BOTH SIDESBuildings of the town of Pier aboift o er aoi TT Q f EscjnYeiieir in Germany are reducedto rubble by shellfire ofxboth U b 104th division and Germans firing from positions across the Roeiriver Asso ciated Press wirephoto from signal corps Kayenay engraving Terrorists Hunted in Palestine Bethlehem UP A troubled j er thin and shabby There is not Christmas approached the Holy Land birthplace of Christ as re inforced police continued theh campaign Saturday to eliminate the Irgon Zvai Leumi and the Stern gangs comprised of hun dreds of political extremists Using trained dogs police are hunting the terrorists who in the past 12 months have killed some 60 policemen wounded Sir Harold MacMichael former high commissioner and killed Lord Moyne British resident minister to the middle east in Cairo At the same time Palestine is little downatheel Yet it enters the season of good will with more hope than it has for a long time There are still many soldiers in Jerusalem but not quite as many as there have been in the past lew Christmases In appearance Palestine is rath much fresh paint And there are not many new clothes to be seen Hopes that utility suits would be made available under a govern ment controlled scheme were dashed when 50 Irgon Zvai Leu mi desperadoes raided the govern ment stores in Tel Aviv and stole worth of goods There is a housing shortage in Palestines 3 principal towns which has been accentuated by new arrivals from the 10000 Jews who have been given immigration certificates under the last ot the 1939 white paper Iroops from Britain and the United States are wondering whether this is he last time they will eat Christmas turkey in the middle east The comfortable United Stales army leave camp somewhere in Palestine is filled to overflowing and Terra Santa college in Jeru salem has been appropriated to billet GIs The big YMCA building in Jer usalem with its pencilthing bel fry from which most service men get their first birdseye view ot the Holy City is packed with doughboys on leave and is fra grant with the smell ol roasting turkeys Hundreds of Americans con verge on Bethlehem for Christmas eve services from a radius of Dakar on Africas Atlantic coast the periphery ol tropical1 is lands 6fC Arabia and Ihe sovie frontier in Jran The eyes of all the world aie on this little market town a few miles from the capital a crescenl shaped village with steep rocky streets which cling to the curving side of a hill in Judea Reds Wreck 101 Tanks in 24 Hours Big Drive Indicated BULLETIN Ixindqn forces have broken into Budapests southern and eastern outer suburbs the German broadcast said Saturday night declaring that the battle for the Hungarian capital is nearine its rlimav Moscow official soviet announcement of the destruction of 101 German tanks in a 24 hour period ending Thursday night ffave realistic support Saturday to man reports that the red armys great winter offensive ir getting under way The fact that the long eastern front now lies under hard firm snow with deep freezes offers the Hussians just the kind of weather neededfor their slashing attacks Throughout the war they have always commenced their biggest winter operations in just such weather and temperatures The Soviets are better equipped than the Germans and the record shows conclusively hat they are consistently able to outfight them when the cold sets in The Russian high command did not say where the nazis suffered this huge loss ot panzers The Ger mans however reported that a mighty force of 270000 winter hardened Russian troops was on the move in snow swept Latvia where an estimated 30 nazi divi sions are pocketed against the Baltic Further official reports of the huge tank losses would mean that a terrific panzer battle is going on somewhere and the sector is not likely to be Slovakia for it is a mountainous country not suited for tank operations There was a likelihood that largeseal fighting was taking place in he 5 mile wide strip be tween the Ipoly and the Gran rivers north of Budapest although soviet surge in Latvia as a big push of extreme operational im portance the high command nothing about St was saying Berlin broadcasts described the SNOW COVERS ALL OF IOWA Snowplows Are Out in Some Parts of State DCS Moines ranging up to 3 inches fell thoughout Iowa overnight and in some sec tions Snowplows went into action for the second time this season to open roads blocked by drifts The highway commission re ported 3 inches of new snow over much of the northern half of the state It said that in the northwest section roads were packed with snow in sports and snowplows were out Considerable drifting was reported in some areas al though all roads in the state were reported open The weather bureau forecast additional snow for Iowa during the day and Sunday It will be colder Saturday night and warmer tomorrow the bureau added The lowest reading in the state Friday night was 9 below at Carroll Americas fighting men but that respect alone will it be like the traditional yulctide A great proportion of the doughboys mil tie fighting for their lives Some have the prospect of spendingChfistmas surrounded by Germans others of 7leldinff guns in counterattacks designed to drive the Germany enemy back into As on Thanksgiving turkey has been taken to the front for every U S soldier But not all will get key will be saved and they will have Christmas dinner when they come out of they come out Some Germans may feast on American Christmas turkey too for they have captured much ma terial in their winter offensive and it is probable that yuletide items were included in the booty Hundreds of thousands of Christmas parcels from home al ready have reached the troops in France But some soldiers are The Christmas dinner planned for each soldier of the British 2nd army consists of canned chicken tig padding a box of cigarets and candy and a small flask ol rum In his annual Christmas mes sage to his British and Canadian troops Field Marshal Sir Ber nard L Montgomery told them that together you and I we have achieved much And together we will sec the thing through to the end In Britain many English fam home In Birmingham alone more than 500 Americans will be en tertained in private homes The army has decorated mess halls with evergreens The Red Cross is planning dances and oth er entertainments The Yanks themselves are play ing Santa Clans in a big way An example is one U S hospital irhere the patients have donated their own candy and other gifts for a party at which 700 British youngsters will be feled Similar Theres Christmas caroling too One group of 40 American army men and women is traveling Lon don singing carols in underground shelters and on the streets Brit ish choirs are singing at Ameri can hospitals air fields and camps For several hundred British children this will be the first Christmas at home in 4 years They returned recently from war time stays in Canada and the United Stales NEAR RIOT IN RUSH TO TRAIN 30 Policemen Sent to Chicago R R Station Chicago policemen were sent to the Illinois Centra railroad station Friday night when a near riol developed among an estimated 3000 persons attempt ing to board trains for holiday trips No one was injured in the dis turbance which reached its peak when 20 ticketholders rushed the gates prior to the departure of a train for New Orleans police said An estimated 500 persons were left behind when the train finally departed 20 minutes behind time Throngs of holiday travelers many of them servicemen with families crowded every bus ant railroad station in the city in ai attempt to get accommodations on trains and busses already taxed ti capacity Transportation officials said the peak of the rush would come Sat urday and predicted that holiday travel would equal or surpass las years record Every piece of available equip ment was pressed into service tc handle the record crowds offical said but Supreme headquarters and field reports disclosed thelGer mans were only 29 miles from Sedan by Thursday noon after a 40 mile drive through Luxembourg and into Belgium and had entered the bypassed Bel gian road hub of Bastogne In the northeast a dugin XT S ank force at last report still held ts own in a terrific 3day battle ust west of St Vith 4 miles inside Selgium This furiouslyfought stand was teeping the deep dangerous cen tral German wedge split from the northern thrust that had struck Beyond Stavelot The Germans miled the full force of their armor nto attempts to merge the 2 pene trations It was one of the supreme headquarters said one of the most of the fight ocheck the nazi onslaught The American armored iorce was fighting on high ground between St Vith and Vfelsalm 9 Nazis Lose 84 Planes in Air Battles London of war ilanes pounced on the German counteroffensive Saturday despite anatical nazi opposition as the weather suddenly broke in allied a vor Waves of Gerinan fi hters bunched in tight formations of 40 and 50 were tackled by American ighters and by nightfall at least 14 nazi planes had been shot down by Thunderbolt Lightning and Mustang pilots of the U S 2th and 9th air forces Railroad yards junction points and columns of German tanks und rucks were silhouetted in bright sunlight against the snowcovered jround affording perfect targets or some 400 Flying Fortresses and Liberators from Britain and their 700 fighter escorts Besides the railyards at Ehvang ar Trier and part of the 1500ton bomb load of the big planes fell on 3 road junc tions squarely behind the counter attacking Germans Returning pilots said most tar gets were hit visuhlly as the snow and mist which has shrouded the German advance for days cleared and a brilliant sun shone on the battlefield Attacks on all objec tives were rated fair to good by U S strategic air force officers after interviewing returning air men Bad News From Front Boosts Bond Sales Minneapolis UR Banks throughout Minnesota Saturday reported unusually heavy buying of war bonds as a result ot bad news from the war fronts and buying of bonds as Christmas gifts As a result sales of E bonds neared the 90 per cent mark and the prospects of the states making its bond drive quota appeared more favorable War finance of ficials reported the sales at 700000 or 885 per cent of quota in the 6th war loan Boredom Ends With Pop for Iowa Woman Council Bluffs ended with a pop for Mrs Tillie Carberry of Council Bluffs Friday At Mercy hospital where she was treated for a dislocated jaw she told attendants that while at home she had become bored yawned and pop went the jaw yet miles to the west Von RundsteoTs strong central wedge had battered 18 miles be yond Bastogne to St Hubert 29 miles northeast of Sedan and scene of the 1940 German break through into France 48 hours ago Subsequent events had not been disclosed Bright sunshine lit the snow clad wove been praying for1as one pilot said Up to noon alone Satur day just one tactical air force re ported 12 tanks and armored ve hicles knocked out and more than 30 trucks destroyed and the air assaults continued through the af ternoon Twentynine German planes were downed in 3 dogfights near Trier Coblenz and Euskirchcn Five Thunderbolts were lost over the 2 former towns Saturday afternoon 400 big U S bombers hammered German positions with 1500 tons of explo sives Fighter bombers strafed German columns moving into Bel gium Supreme headquarters kept tightlipped sileVicc on German broadcasts saying LtGcn George S Pattons third army had been hurled northward into counterat tacks on Von Rundsledts south ern flank and had slowed nazi progress there Headquarters disclosed third army troops had withdrawn from Ensdorf in the southeastern sec tion of Saarlautern but German reports that U S bridgeheads at Saarlautern and Dillingcn had been abandoned were described as unfounded A field dispatch said the Ger mans had entered the surrounded city of Bnstogne 4 miles inside Belgium and had won control ot Wiltz 10 miles farther east inside Luxembourg These actions also occurred Thursday Events of the last 48 hours still were cloaked in the security news ban The plunge to St Hubert mark ed the deepest penetration by the Germans Sweeping clear across Luxembourg and 20 miles on into Designate New Nazi Secret Weapon as Vi London if Several British newspapers without giving the source of their information des ignated the newest German sec ret weapon Friday night as V l3 The weapon has been in use during the present German offen sive The newspapers suggested it might be a selfpropelled a weapon having some features of the Vl flying bomb and the V2 rocket No Paper on Christmas No GlobeGazette will be printed for distribution Mon day Tuesdays editions will con lain a double page of comics so lhat there will be no break in the continuity This is to wish all readers a Merry least as merry as it can be under the conditions GERMANS PUSH INTO BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG arrows indicate main German penetrations of Belgium and Luxembourg as disclosed by allied head quarters Smail arrows indicate other German drives ;