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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME OF HISTORY AHO ARCHIVES MO IKE 5 I A co M THE NEWSPAPER THAT VOL LI MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS and United Press Full Leased Wire Crate a Cop I MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 27 19M consists ol Two SreUomSccUon On NO 61 YANKS GAIN WEST FRONT INITIATIVE Fleet Hits Tokyo in Day Assault JAPS DECLARE 50B29STOOK PARTINATTACK Marks 5th Major U S Raid Against Plants in Nipponese Capital Washington Super fortresses 50 to 70 strong by axis accounts resumed their aerial bombardment of Tokyo in daylight presumably again hit ting the big Musashino aircraft works in the western suburbs ol the capital The attack the fifth in strength on Tokyo inaugurated the second month of the mounting B29 of fensive against Japan from Saipan bases Some 1500 tons of bombs were unloaded on the Japanese homeland during the month ended Dec 24 an average of 50 tons a day A Japanese communique said 50 the huge raiders participated in the raid of which 14 including 5 probables were shot down and 27 damaged A German transocean dispatch from Tokyo however es timated the number of bombers at 70 Tokyo had had a respite from largescale raids sinceDec 3 though lone B29s have dropped bombs on the city during weather and reconnaissance flights in the interim A brief war department an nouncement said only that the Su perforteessesiibambed industrial targets in 2 ol theprevipus 4 raids were di rected against the Musashino works among the most important in Japan and other targets were chosen only when visibility was poor Brig Gen Heywood Kansell Jr chief of the 21st bomber com mand at Saipan acknowledged in a press statement Tuesday that re sults so far at the Musashino plant had been inconclusive In other words he said we destroyed a few buildings in the factory area and possibly inter rupted production inside the plant but ive did not knock it oat The Japanese Domei agency said that B29s dropped explosive and fire bombs at scattered points in the Tokyo area shortly after noon Tokyo time Wednesday bul claimed no effective damage had been done Details of the war results in flicted against the raiders by our air and ground resistance are now being investigated Domei said Another Tokyo broadcast saic downtown Tokyo cheered and ap plauded when a B29 broke out of formation amid a cluster of anti aircraft bursts and hurtled to ward the ground The Japanese also claimed thai 1heir planes had struck back a Saipan Tuesday night for the sec ond straight night They describee their raid as devastating anc said huge explosions occurred a1 several points on the air field anc among ground installations Leyte Fighting Is Now Only Mopup By LEONARD MILLIMAN Associated Press War Editor As ground fighting in the Philip pines dwindled temporarily to mopping up operations on Leyte island the Chinese communist 8th route army reported it had de feated a Nipponese force 30 miles east of Loyang in new fighting in western Honan province Four American divisions wiping out the last vestiges of enemy re sistance on Leyte killed 899 more Japanese soldiers and took l prisoners Seven Yanks were killec and 21 wounded Japans war minister Field Marshal Gen Sugiyama told th 86th session of the diet tha American forces had suffered 503000 casualties since Pear Harbor He interrupted the read ing of his war report to the low er house to announce Approximately 50 B29s have penetrated the skies over the TokyoYokohama area dropping explosives and incendiaries on several points Player Loses More Than Enthusiasm Craftsbury Vf IP Embar rassing moments A Barton academy basketball player substituting at a crucial stage of the game with Crafts bury academy Tuesday night dis covered himself on the playing tloor without his trunks In divesting himself of his iweat pants the anxious substi tute also pulled off his trunks unnoticed and was on the floor eporting to the referee before he omission was observed Other players surged around him quick ly Score Barton 21 Craftsbury 18 WHERRY DIES IN OTAH Salt Lake City Arthur Cornelius Wherry 64 a pas president of the American Denta Association and in 1933 Utahs re publican candidate for U S sena tor died Tuesday night BY CHURCHILL British Papers Laud Conference in Athens London British press Wednesday praised Prime Minister Churchills journey to Greece as a genuine effort to end the civil strife and demonstrate that Brit ains only aim is to protect the rights of the people Not even the most embittered of the governments critics could fail to be impressed by the jour ney said the Yorkshire Post pointing out that the prime min ister had risked much to make the trip DailjMail characterizing the trip as an astonishing spec tacle said Churchills action shows the extent to which He has taken the Greek trouble to heart It is the first constructive move toward a settlement to come from the Greeks or British said the Daily Herald Nazis Say 70 Yank Tanks Knocked Out London Berlin high command said Wednesday that a major tank battle broke out Tues day north of Laroche in Belgium and declared 70 tanks of the U S 3rd and 7th tank divisions were knocked out The largescale battle in south eastern Belgium and central Lux embourg is increasing in vio lence the German communique added There was no allied report oE a big tank engagement north of would put the action along the northern rim o the Germans Belgian corridor be tween Marche and confirmation of such tank losses Berlin said 158 allied tanks were shot up or captured on the west ern front Tuesday The high command said Ameri ca7i efforts to relieve Bastogne and assaults in central Luxem bourg had failed but admitted U S gains west of Ecbternach FIRE DAMAGES HOTEL Oskaloosa fire at th Irving hotel here did damage amounting to more than Tuesday The blaze started in storage room Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Wednesday night and Thursday Colder Wednes day night Lowest Wednesday night in Mason City 10 below Iowa Fair Wednesday night and Thursday Little temperature change Shippers forecast Five below in all sectors except 10 below in northeast Minnesota Fair and continued cold Wednesday night and Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday s Minimum Tuesday night 0 At 8 a m Wednesday 10 At p m Wednesday 29 Snow 3 4 inches Precipitation 18 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 43 Minimum 15 CONDUCTGREEK PEACE PARLEY IN SEMITRUCE Churchill Pleads for Coalition Government and End of Civil War BULLETIN Athens fP Greek populist party members declared Wednes day that peace proposals by rep resentatives of the leftwint ELAS were unacceptable and the con ference called by Prime Minister Churchill ended its 2nd meeting without an agreement The ELAS offered terms which former Pre mier Stylianos Gonatas said are inadmissible He declared that if accepted they would mean complete dissolution of the state Athens tUR Greek factional leaders Wednesday resumed their peace conference called by Prime Minister Winston Churchill under a semitruce which ELAS armed forces broke by firing on warships and naval installations at Piraeus Exhorted by Churchill to cease their civil war and establish a coalition government the Greek delegates met for the 2nd session of the conference after an order to cease lire for 45 minutes along certain streets permitted ELAS representatives to enter central Athens Churchill warned that ifc the rebels fail to come to terms Bri tain will feel bound to aid mier crnment in rescuing Athens from anarchy and themiserable condi tions now prevailing Authorities announced that 10 minutes after the beginning the semitruce incident to the con ference Wednesday ELAS guns hurled 2 75millimeter shells into Piraeus One landed near the navy house and the 2nd in the harbor between the house and a warship The British had agreed to re frain from air attacks to enable ELAS delegates Jo go safely to the conference site Where the con ferees were meeting was not dis closed but it appeared fo be in the Great Britain hotel headquar ters of the British and Greek gov ernment After the first meeting ended Tuesday night the ELAS dele gates returned to a part of Athens controlled by their leftist fac tion the EAM national liberation front The 3 ELAS representatives at the first session wore British bat tle dress as did their aide who carried a tommy gun Their wea pons were checked during the meeting and returned to them when it was over Churchill had been talking for 5 minutes when there was a knock at the door and a British officer entered with the 3 ELAS dele sates They had been brought through the British lines in an armored car flying the white flag After checking their sidearms out side they joined the conference and Churchill rcstarled hi speech Churchill called upon the ELAL to accept Scobies demand that the organization evacuate Attica and surrender its arms as a prequisite for peace He said Britain in in tervening in the Greek politica crisis on the side of the govern ment was only doing her duty That duty we shall discharge inflexibly and faithfully to th end he said We do not want one inch of your territory Churchill said We seek no commercial advan tages save those which are offered by Greece to all nations of thi world We have not the slightes intention of interfering with the way in which a normal and tran quil Greece carries on its affairs Whether Greece is a monarchy or a republic is a matter for th Greeks and the Greeks alone tc decide He urged the formation of broadbased Greek governmen possessed of sufficient power ii the Greek national army and tht Greek police to preserve itself in Athens until fair and free election can be held all over the country AWARDED SMALL PLANTS Chicago total of 4000 small plants in Iowa Illinois In diana and Wisconsin were award ed contracts amounting to 117349 during 1944 for war work and essential civilian production Thomas Burtch regional directo of the smaller war plants corpor ation announced Tuesday i S EEADS 5TH NAZI ARMY Caption accompanying this German photo which reached America through a neutral nation describes it as Gen Eccarcl von Manteuffel from right conferring with officers Tuesday Gen von Manteuffel was revealed leading the 5th panzer division in the German offensive in Belgium ciated Press wirephoto Kayenay engraving U S Sub Sinks Nippon Carrier BIG BAG MADE Dick Knudson Is Missing x in Action in Pacific Area X BY PIGBOATS 6 More Warships 20 Washington of a large Japanese aircraft carrier 3 additional enemy warships and 20 other Nipponese vessels by American submarines was reported by the navy Wednesday Few details were given on the ift bag by the subs operating in ar eastern waters announced by Secretary Foriestal at a news conference The aircraft carrier was not dentified beyond the statement hat t was large The other war ships blasted by the underseas fleet included one converted light cruiser a destroyer 2 escort ves sels and 2 destroyer transports Other ships sent to the bottom by American torpedoes and depth guns were 2 large transport1 10 medium cargo vessels 3 small cargo vessels 1 small transport 2 medium cargo transports and 2 medium tankers These sinkings bring to 1090 the number of Japanese ships sunk probably sunk or damaged since the war started Included are 99 warships definitely sunk11 prob ably sunk and 16 damaged Forrestal in issuing the subma rine report said the sinkings of Japanese vessels of all types now represent more than 2500000 tons of enemy shipping destroyed by American submarines alone said that it is with true re gret that we arc unable to tell the full story of submarine activities because of the need for keeping in formation from the enemy Speaking specifically of the de ptruction of the large aircraft car rier he declared This is hitting one of the most painful spots in the Japanese body at the mo ment Cheer Fund Final Total Is With the last precincts heard from Tuesday the 1944 Christmas Cheer Fund passed into history with a grand total of which is within 3 cents of S350 over the 51500 goal The final cash contributions which brought that total to this figure were as follows PREVIOCSLr REPORTED J C Penney Donili w Lallimcr Ft Pierce Fla A A Brlgls IW GRAND TOTAL Jisi907 sales through Not the least of those to be afe thanked lor the success of thi years Christmas Cheer Fund the Social Welfare league which Buy your War Bonds carrier boy Yank Flyers Lash German Rail Centers London thousand U 8th air force planes from Brit sh bases raided secondary rail raffic centers in western Ger many Wednesday after photo re connaissance officers reported the principal rail artery from Berlin 10 the west had been knocked out f commission Six hundred heavy bombers sscorted by 400 Thunderbolts and Mustangs lashed at 6 railroad rards and 1 important junction Favorable weather permitted al ied planes based on the continent to join the attack on Field marshal iou Uundstedls counleroffeii sivc The Thunderbolts and Mustangs bagged at least 25 nazi fighters in a furious battle with enemy planes southwest of Bonn Targets included the traffic glutted yards at Euskirchen and Andernach northwest of Coblenz Homburg southwest of Kassel and Fulda 60 miles south of Kas sel as well as a rail junction 40 miles west of Coblenz A staff officer at headquarter of the U S strategic air forces in Europe said all the tarsete were on the alternate route which the Germans began using during the past week The main rail route from Ber lin to the western front was by way of Hannover to Hamm Mini ster and Osimbruck he said The American air force and the RAF concentrated attack on this network and photo recon naissance on Christmas day showed all 3 of the yards empty Pictures taken on Christmas day showed yards along the southern route through Kassel crammed with backlogs of traffic much of it apparently for the repair of bomb damage the officer said Son of State Senator Served as Turret Gunner on Bomber Sen and Mrs Herman M Knudson 24 loth St S E Mason had word Wednesday morn ing from the secretary of the navy office that their sailor son Dick Knudson was missing in action in the Pacific The Mason City lad graduate of iie local high school in 1940 was turret gunner with a bombing squadron lie entered the Pacific war theater about May 1 Where the action was from which he was reported missing is not indicated in the message re eived from Washington Two brothers are also in the na service All have been in the Pacific Ted oldest of the trio is a lieutenant junior grade and Bob the youngest is with the seabees In May of this year Dick and Ted had a surprise meeting in Hawaii Ted who had been in that vicinity since the first of the year had a tip that Dicks crew might be arriving and was on the look out for him Dick entered the service on Sept 2 1942 After induction and boot training at Great Lakes he was transferred to Memphis for spe cial aviation ordnance training Later he was assigned fo a gun nery school at Hollywood Fla After completing the course at Hollywood he was stationed for a time at Lake City Fla En route from there to Seattle his next post he stopped off in Mason City in August 1943 for an 18 day leave His father is head of the IClipto Looseleaf company For a number of years he has represented Cerro Gordo county in the lower house of the legislature and in Novem ber of this year he was elevated to the senate to represent Frank lin Hancock counties and Ccrro Gordo 27 COUNTIES MAKE QUOTA But State Must Sell 7 Million in Bonds DCS nioincs Iowa Is to reach its series E war bond quota in the sixth war loan drive ap proximately 37000000 in bonds must be sold before the Jan deadline V L Clark executive manager of the state war finance committee reported As the total number counties IM making their E bond goals reached would like to see Iowa go over the me OUCHU wejiare league which woum nice 10 see Jowa go over the before a verdict was reached anri as for the past 19 years has had top with several million dollars to anothers death sentence was corn charge of administering the fund spare mutcd to ufe imprisConmaent Latest counties to reach their K firr rv Tnn v uy DICK KNUDSON Charlie Chaplin trial Wednesday to fortify his firm but mostly soft voiced denials that he is the father of Joan Berrys 14monthsold baby The whitehaired comedian al most sphinxlike in contrast to the outbursts of his first day on the witness stand in Miss Berrys suit to have him declared the father said No I did not That is not true or otherwise voiced the neg ative 34 times Tuesday He specifically denied allega tions of 4 intimacies in December 1942 The intimacies were alleged from the stand previously by his 24 year old former drama pupil who contends her daughter Csrol Ann was begotten by him in that month WILL TESTIFY ON BLOOD TESTS Physicians to Aid in Defense of Chaplin Los Angeles transfusion of physicians testimony about blood tests was due for injection on into the stream of evidence at the anc weather conditions at micl NAZI OFFENSIVE SUFFERS FIRST REAL SETBACK Salient Driven Into Lines of Germans Now on Defensive By JAMES M LONG Paris S troops tanks regaining the ini tiative have driven a deep salient into German lines within the hist 24 hours and dealt the German offensive its FIRST SERIOUS SET BACK a front dispatch de clared Wednesday The location of this Ameri can plunge and details could not be given in the dispatch sent at 2 p m 9 a m central war time from the Stavelot area of Belgium II followed supreme head quarters announcement that Americans on Christmas day had folded back German ar mored columns Which thrust within 4 miles of the Mouse river in their deepest pene tration into Belgium All along the northern rim of the German drive said the dispatch from the Stavelot sector there are indications the Germansare on the de fense for the moment with infantry replacing1 tanks Field Marshal Karl von Rund stedt apparently still is trying to turn the American line to the west but from here east huge losses have convinced him the line is firmly held it said Asingle U S army vehicle broke through the German ringaround Bastogne near the middle of the German bulge and reached the American garrison holding there against furious nazi attacks a dis patch from U S first army head quarters saki Reports indicated the Germans at least temporarily had tost the initiative on flanks of the German breakthrough Fighterbombeis tore into Ger man Sank columns again Wednes day Allied officers in the field esti mated that more than 2000 Ger man SPIES IN AMERICAN UNI FORMS were being used in the German drive either infiltrating or being dropped behind U S lines A Germanmanned American Sherman tank and 2 lank destroy ers slipped into a U S column on one road late Tuesday shooting it up and escaping Damage was SNOWFALL OF INCHESSHOWN Slippery Roads in Many Sections Are Reported Des Aloincs Fresh snow ranging up to 4i inchesat Boone and Carroll fell throughout Iowa overnight and it was still snowing Wednesday morning in some sec tions Temperatures were moderate compared with Tuesday however Mason City reporting a minimum of zero early Wednesday and all other cities reported above zero readings Early Tuesday the mer cury dropped to 22 below at De corah The weather bureau forecast snow and freezing rain for the state Wednesday with fair weath er and little change in tempera lure Wednesday night Highways were slippery and snowplows were removing the t ciwupins Damage was snow from roads in the northeast heavy for the size of the opera section of the state Fort Dodge had 4 inches of nev snow overnight making 8 inche on the ground Other reports all new snow Charles City and Ma son City 35 inches Perry am Muscatine 3 Creston and Ame 25 Marshalltown and Burlington 2 Des lAoincs 17 The state highway commission gave the following report on road morning Central area Cloudy Two nches of snow Highways slippery n spots of Cedar Rapids one inch of packed snow on roads Snowing in other areas About 3 inches of snow on ho ground Highways slippery Snow being removed cloudy Three inches of new snow Highways near normal Some packed snow Roads slippery in spots Two inches of snow Highways normal Southeast snowing becoming slippery iys 8 Members o Gestapo Are Executed Paris military firing squad Wednesday executed Henri Chamberlain alias La Fonlc Pierre Bony and 6 other members of Vichys French sestapo who were convicted of collusion with the Germans against French patri ale5 last Saturday toots during the occupation of taled 554300000 or 89 per cent of France Of 128 members of the French gestapo who have been want to be a state that brought to trial 2 were given life f ciark declared We imprisonment sentences one died to mo beforc a verdjct was reached Latest counties to reach their E bond quotas were Marshall Black and Hawk Wayne Greene Clarke nawK wayne ureene Clarke Stamps froni your GlobeGazette OBrien Marlon Sac Story Fay elte and Van Burcn Gen DC Gaulle Buy jrour War Bands ana Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Bastogne areas extremely fluid i Warn Nazis Not to Harm Foreign Workers London General Eisen hower warned the nazis Wednes day not to harm foreign workers in Germany declaring grave pen alties will fall on those who nre Suilly of treating them badly The Luxembourg radio said the allied commanders warning was carried in leaflets printed in many languages and dropped over Ger many German General Geib Dies of Battle Wounds London Gen Theodore Geib commander of a German army group has died of wounds received on the western front the Berlin radio said Wednesday The broadcast which described Geib as an artillery officer said he had head ftrr P h uns ry gasonepertap after rcccivng hs command i indication of the results of tion Incomplete reports from 2 sec tions of the breakthrough area listed destruction of more than 250 nazi tanks and selfpropelled guns and capture of more than 2300 prisoners since the offensive started The German lo tie powered with some 250000 sent light armored comliat teams to Ccllcs and Cincy a bill to reach the Mouse But mshboys in a Christmas day bat tle rolled fhcm back one to miles supreme headquarters dis closed A dispatch from the field Wed nesday declared U S armor and infantry slowly regaining the in itiative have locked in a series of sharp battles with probing Ger mans on both flanks of the 20 mile gap between the Hotton and Fighting still is in this sector it added Supreme headquarters said Field Marshal Karl von Rundstedt had beenheld virtually without gains in the 24 hours up to Tuesday morning But the German southern flank nl that same time stiffened against the American push to relieve the encircled garrison at Bastogne The Yanks nl last official reports still were 4j miles south of the city Hundreds of Ions of supplies were parachuted Wednesday to the Bastostnc garrison Von Rundstedts advance tank units had speared into Cellcs only 4 miles from the Meuse and 8 from the French frontier and into Ciney farther northeast 14 miles below Namur At Cellcs his men were only 50 miles from Brussels and had penetrated 57 miles from the takeoff position By Tuesday morning Celles was firmly back in American hands The Americans folding back these thrusts found at least a dozen tanks and self propelled an ah ;