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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - February 4, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF HISTOaV ANO DES UOINES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION mm VOL L Associated Press United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4 1944 This Paper Two One NO ItS Hunt 2 Who Fled From namosa Prison Farm ION YOUTH S ESCAPE IND NO TRACE Northwood Man Who Got Away in 1939 Is Caught in Minneapolis Anamosa Sweet 9 and Paul Smith 22 convicts escaped from a milking detail the Iowa mens reformatory ihursday night were still at large riday fWarden Foss Davis returned to e reformatory Friday morning iter leading a searching party of guards highway patrolmen id sheriffs officers on a fruitless Ul night quest He said the found no trace of the men The 2 prisoners fled from the institutions ctairy barn It was the 3rd escape at the reformatory within 5 weeks Sweethad been sentenced from Clarion Iowa and Paul Smith from Spencer Both were serving 10 year terms Smiths home town is Davenport The wardens office said the prisoners were members of a 9 man milking detail and that they dashed into the darkness before the guard onduty could shoot at ithem The escape occurred only a few hours after Clinearlh Lindely 31 who tunneled out of the reforma Itory in November 1939 had been reported arrested in Minneapolis Lindelys was serving a 40 year term on a charge of slaying his jbrother EUert Lindely 37 at liNorthwood in 1937 Lindelys arrest had reduced to 2 the number ol escapees who had fled the institution and remained uncaptured since Foss Davis be ame Anamosa Julyl NEARLY 10000 TRAPPED NAZIS KILLED BY REDS Extermination Goes On Systematically in Upper Dnieper Bend CLINEARTH LINDELY iu Minneapolis itconditions at Anamosa was con linuing The investigation had been or ileredby Gov B B Hickenlooper the wake of 2 breaks earlier jihis year i The wardens office said Herds aan William Vincent saw Sweet nd Smith make their break Vin jj ent who unarmed shouted t Guard Archie Bender but the len were reported out of sight cfore Bender could fire It was not possible for Bender give chase without leaving the her men in the milking crew aguarded the wardens office lid An alarm was given within a ort time the office said but eir trail had not been picked up a late hour lasfs night Sweet and Sfh were not trust ies They within the walls but taken outside to perform chores under guard Sweet en tered the reformatory in July 1942 to begin a forgery term and Smith was sentenced in June 1942 on burglary charges The first of the series of escapes occurred New Years day when 4 1 inmates armed with knives seized a deputy warden and a guard as hostages and fled in a reformatory The hostages were released unharmed 4 were recap tured the following day The second took place Jan 12 when 4 trusties walked from a reformatory farm They were re captured within 36 hours MeanwhileFriday v Iowa au thorities were in touch with Min nesotapolice oh the Lindely case Lindely arrested in Minneapo lis on a complaint that he sold car fraudulently gave his name as Arthur G Olson 39 He was lentified through fingerprint rec as an escaped Anamosa con Arneric Moscow exter mination by the red armies of 10 encircled German divisions in the Upper Dnieper bend was well un der way Friday the army news paper Red Star said while the main soviet forces continued to forge westward from the Ukraine to the Baltic The midnight communique indi cated nearly 10000 of the trapped Germans already were killed The situation west of Cherkasy where 9 infantry and 1 tank divi sions have been trappedby a grea 5day offensive presented the same picture as Stalingrad Mai avel Orender said in a Red Star Ispatch Thousands of German units hav iccome groups of wanderers vithin the ring which the troop if Generals Nikolai Vatutin auic van S Konev are tightenin around them Orender asserted The Germans were said to be i an exhausted condition althoug dispatches said nothing ot thei surrendering in any large num 3ers Generally the nazis were try ing to congregate on the banks o swollen streams and in swamps No dispatches estimated tl number of surrounded Germans but it was sate to assume that the total was in the neighborhood of 100000 and may be higher Rivers within the encirclement include the Olshanka and Sukhoy Tashlik emptying into the Dnieper and various streams which pour into the unfrozen Irdyn swamps north sf captured Smela The weather wasSprirlgJiKe corr 1 said A dispatch to Izvestia said that the situation ofthe trapped Geri mans could be gauged from some of their messages which had been intercepted Conditions critical what shall we do one asked The reply was Assemble near What shall we do with guns then asked the commander Abandon guns save y o u r lives came the answer The dispatch said the Russians blockade runners were were capturing tremendous down by the cruiser amounts of gxms tanks and ma 3 NAZI BLOCKADE RUNNERS SUNK Caught With Materials From Jap Held Ports Washington If Three Ger man blockade runners laden with war materials from Japanesehole Pacific ports have been i sank by ican destroyers in the soutl Stalemate on Soldier Vote Is Indicated Washington from a smashing house defeat the ad ministration won a crucial senate test for its fedarul war ballot plan Friday by beating clown a states rights substitute offered by a co alition of southern democrats and republicans By a vote of 4fi to 42 the sen ate rejected a proposal to scrap the GreenLucas federal war ballot bill and supplant it with a plan to provide state absentee ballots for those in uniform The administration victory pointed toward a passible stale mate betweeu the senate and louse since the latter rejected the ederal ballot proposal in passing slate absentee ballot measure Thursday night The Vote was a decisive senate est because the opposition to the dministration bill was united be lind the substitute However it means little unless e oversvhelming house deter mination to stick with a states bill cambe reversed The defeated senate substitute vould have retained a semblance of the federal war ballot but it could have been used only in cases where states failed to set up their absentee voting system for military absentees The house stood up to he count ed and made clear its position Thursday night after an 11 houi session by first rejecting the fed eral ballot plan on a 224 to 168 roll call vote and then passing 328 to 69 a bill leaving the elec tion machinery in the hands of the states Rep Vursell one of the champions of the states rights bill termedMhe house action a great victory for constitutional govern ment for which we are fighting All efforts to put through com promise proposals in the house were defeated the state ballot ad vocates centering their arguments around the belief that any federal bobtailed ballot limited only to candidates for federal offices might be declared unconstitutional and thus endanger the election re sults next November Germans Open Big Offensive Against Beachhead Near Rome Are Repulsed ALLIED FLOTILLA LANDS BELOW vast allied armada top stietclies over the harbor in the AnzioNettimo Italy area after landing tfoops of the British American 5th army behind the German Gustav Line Bottom Tractors areon the beach after navy men set up this pontoon causeway for the unloading of LST s These are 2 of the firstoriginal pictures of the landings Demand for Free djo Voiced by Lindely was sentenced Oct 9 11937 after pleading guilty to2nd if degree murder after allegedly con fessing he clubbed his brother t death with a chair robbed him o S172 and set fire to the brother home Lindely then an auto me chanic at Austin Minn was ar j rested several months after the body of his brother was found in the ashes of the farm i home where the brother lived alone southwest of Northwood Couple Hurt as Stolen Auto Rams Into Pole tey said thatf the holds of thi ehemy ships filled to ca pacity with thousands of tons 6 rubber fats and strategi ores Some of those materials particularly hundreds of tons o baled rubber were salvaged anc many prisoners were takers y Seeking tosneak through the American blockade the 3 the Burgenland Rio Grand and sighted and sunk within a 48hour period early in January the navy reported The chased Omaha which already had one blockade runner to its credit the destroyer Jouett which bagged a German submarine in the Atlan tic several months ago and the destroyer Somers First surface contact was made by the Somers ivhich ran down the in the darkness of early morning identifying the vessel as an enemy The Somers minediately opened fire with her main battery of 5inch guns The initial salvo battered direct y into the German ship and the crew hastened to abandon ship but before they leaped over the side or into their life rafts they carried ouf their orders to scuttle the ship Violent internal explosions Blasted the Weserland but she re mained afloat Shells from the Somers guns completed the job of sending the blockade runner to the bottom Many of her crew were picfied up when daylight came The cruiser Omaha and the de stroyer Jouett accounted for the 2nd of the 3 enemy craft A lookout in the Omahas fore top and the pilot of her scouting plane sighted the 6062ton Rii Grande almost simultaneously Racing in the Omaha and Jouet were drawing near to the strange when she burst into smoke an flames Demolition charges th navy said had been placed am fired by the crew of the Ri Grande Again the Americanwar ships turned their 6inch and inch guns on the vessel and sh soon sank The OmahaJouett team joine again in sinking the 7320ton Bui genland As they sped in for a tack internal explosion of demo lition charges rocked that enem ship and again destruction wa completed by shell fire PUT PRESSURE AGAINST SPAIN F R England and US Work Together Washington resident Roosevelt told a pressradio con ference Friday that Britain and the United States are working lo gether toVsce that chine guns There were no Russian reports from the sector farthest west where Vatutins first army of the Ukraine was last reported closing on Rovno from 3 sides but icre was reason to believe that his front was active again The German high command nnounccd Thursday that Rovno nd Lutsk 50 miles from the Bug vcr had been abandoned by azi troops At the Baltic end of the 1200 ile front the red army com manded by Gen Leonid A Gov rov bypassed Narva on both the orth and south and indication ere that the Germans had vaitcd too long to evacuate sty Waterloo Steph ens 26 and his wife 19 of Ak ron and Davenport were in se rious condition Friday in Presby terian hospital here under treat ment for injuries they incurred late Thursday when the automo bile the sheriff said they had stolen from a parking lot here crashed into a telephone pole and burned near Raymond at Ornalia Convention Omaha A demand for a free radio was voiced here Friday by C E Arney Jr Washington secretarytreasurer and acting managing director for the National Association of Broadcasters Arney speaking before approxi mately 100 delegates to the 10th district NAB convention from Ne braska Iowa and Missouri urged more control over programs by he broadcasters and less capri cious interference by the Federal Communications Commission We want the power of the com nission clearly defined by con gress so we will know just what its powers are Arney said Other speakers included Maj Gen Clarence H Danielson com mander of the 7th service com mand ord Is that effort working1 S re orter asked The chief executive said he did ot kndw and could only say he oped so Asked whether there has been ny change in relations with pain or any new developments he president said nothing hac ome to Nhim but that inquiries might be made at the state de artment He said the situation rpvides a good many headaches Word from Madrid Thursday ight reaffirmed Spains position f strict neutrality Man in Well 30 Feet Deep Buys War Bond Athens Ala Car los Thomas was digging in a 3 foot well when Homer McLemor found him The war bond com mitteeman lowered a blank chec in a bucket The farmer signed check for 56000 worth of bond resumed his digging Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy W B Thomas Retiree Merchant Dies Friday B Thomas SO retired merchant and former bank president died Friday He was a former member of the city council and was a mem ber of the West Union committee in the Fayette county seat fight of 1922 Mr Thomas was a son of G H Thomas born at Solon and came to West Union about 87 years ago His father was a well known drygoods merchant Complete Conquest of Kwajalein Atoll Is Near for Americans By CHARLES II McMTJRTRY V S Pacific Headquarters Pearl Harbor Fightin pouring ashore tb ROMMEL IS IN ITALY TO LEAD NAZI ATTACKS Terrific Firepower Tank Charges Support Thrusts of Germans BULLETIN A Forward Command Post Near Cassino UR American troops were driven from the streets of Cassino Friday mornine after a terrorfilled night fight against overwhelming odds but they surged back into the ruined town Friday afternoon and are now locked in a death battle with the nazi garrison By RICHARD G MASSOCK Allied Headquarters in Italy Marshal Erwin Hommel master dont get trapped tactics was eported back in Italy directing azi strategy Friday and allied eadquarters disclosed that the ermnns have launched their ex ected big offensive against the Anzio landing head below Rome upporling their assaults with errific firepower and tank harges On the main 5th army front were fighting fiercely n the outskirts of Cassino bat ling with tanks against Germans vim had to be cleaned out of rubble cushioned dugouts and cel ars in methodical and bloody fashion The offensive aimed at driving the British and Americans back into the sea from their beachhead and the tough housetohouse re sistance offered at Cassino ap peared to be the twin parts of a tanks an of conquering all Vichy Radio Rleports Air Raid on Toulon London Vichy radio said that Toulon naval base on the southern coast of France was raided Friday A Berlin broadcast said that American bombers carried out heavy terror raids against the Ital ian towns of Trieste Rimini Al faano Formia and Porto Hecanati Describing the Toulon raid the Vichy radio said that 2 waves of planes flew over bombing several quarters of Ihe city The number of victims and the damage appear to be even higher than caused in the raid of Nov it continued Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy largest atoll in the Marshalls and core of that enemy defense sys tem As the momentous invasion moved through its 3th day pre liminary reports told of amazing ly light American losses during the achievement of a strong en tering wedge into midPacific positions Japan has held for 24 years Rear Adm Richmond K Tur ner commander of the amphibi ous he was last November during the bloody in vestment of the our assault losses were tar under what had been expected The situation was so well in hand that Admiral Turner on the 2nd day of the operations ordered all troop transports and most of the supporting inside the lagoon where they would be against enemy sub marines by the surrounding reef Associated Press War Corre spondent Leif Erickson repre senting the combined allied press sent his story from Turners flag ship inside the lagoon U S 7th division reinforce menls and mechanized equipmen in great force moved against tot tering Nipponese resistance at th Nazis Claim U GERMANS FALL BACK IN indicate major Russian offensives on Europes eastern front black line where the Germans have abandoned Rovno and Lutsk in old Poland Other Russian drives are underway soutli west of Leningrad into Estonia aiid north of aimed at Latvia Broken line through Poland denotes RussoGerman border established in 1939 Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Increasing cloudiness and warmer Friday nightlow est temperatures in Mason City 30 Saturday rain and colder changing to light snow and colder Saturday night increas ing winds Iowa Cloudy occasional light snow west and central portions late Friday night snow flurries Saturday forenoon warmer east portion Friday night be coming colder northwest por tion late Friday night much colder Saturday and Saturday night winds 2030 miles an hour Minnesota Moderate to heavy snow north light snow south portion Friday night ending Saturday afternoon becoming colder west portion late Friday night Much colder Saturday and Saturday night Strong winds with blowing and drifting snow IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics I Maximum Thursday 36 Minimum Thursday night20 I At 8 a m Friday 23 YEAR AGO Maximum 3S Minimum 24 south end of the atoll where 125 of an estimated garrison of 200 Had been wiped out by Wcdnes day night American casualties were place at 27 dead 9 missing and 130 j wounded The north end of the atoll the airdrome at Roi and the ad jacent repair and dispersal base of Namur were entirely in the hands of 4th division marines Roi wasquickly overrun Tuesday and the slaughter of bitterend de fenders of Namur was announced Thursday Preliminary estimates ot American losses at Roi and Namur were less than 100 killed and 400 wounded It seemed unlikely that the full report would show marine losses anything comparable with the cas ualties of approximately 3000 suf fered in capturing the air base of Tarawa in the Gilberts costli est battle in marine history The bulk of Kwajaleins more than 32 islets now are in Ameri can hands The only remaining enemy op position of consequence appcarcc to be on Kwajalein island at the southern end of the aloil There where an airfield and a deep anchorage are the prizes army troops which landed Tuesday pushed the Japanese against the northeastern part of the island We have landed more troop and mechanized equipment in force and are proceeding with the annihilation of the enemy Adm Chester W Nimitz commumqui referred confidently tothe situa lion The surprisingly light losse among the invaders were ac counted for in large part by th devastation of the intensive pre paratory naval and air assault Concrete and steel defenses I ripped open by battleships firin their 16inch guns at point blai range and by 1000 and 2000 nound bombs of raiding planes What resistance remained as the en went ashore on Roi Namur nd Kwajalein Tuesday was inned down by artillery firing rom nearby Cays overrun in the nitial landings Monday Secret ype weapons and new tactics also Dlayed their part Last night Admiral Nimitz an icunced that the overall objective f the invasion the entire sys em of more than 32 Marshall bases spreading over an 800 iiile square ocean area con tinues to feel the neutralizing lower of American bombers The announcement covering iaids Tuesday and Wednesday extended the offensive to 2 atolls never previously mentioned as targets Rongelap northwest of Kwajalein was pounded Wed nesday by liberators which dam aged ground installations with nearly 8 tons of bombs South east of Kwajalein navy search planes hit a small beached cargo vessel at Namu atoll Tuesday Carrierbased planes joined in the attack as the invasion opened Official reports through Thurs day made no additional mention of the more than 2000000 tons of carrier battleship cruiser de stroyer and other naval might Rome Encircled Rhode Island First with j Over Top in Bond Drive Washington Island mallest state in the union is the rst to go over the top in the S14 00000000 4th war loan the trcas ry announced Friday as the ational drive passed the CO per ent mark with 58502000000 in ash sales Rhode Island met its 580000000 luota Thursday Your his newspaper boy pays bill every week Do you do your part by paying him every week London German com munique said Friday that nail troops had encircled strong allied forces in the beachhead area south of Rome and all attempts to bretk the trap had been repulsed The communique which was not borne out by late allied dispatches from the front indicated trapped forces were American It asserted the encirclement was in the Net tuno area of the beachhead German strategy to fight off the allied threat aimed at trapping a large part of the German 10th army On the 8th army front there was vigorous patrolling and the Brit ish occupied Torricella southwest of Orsogna and 20 miles inland where the Germans withdrew from a considerable mountain wedge and left the allied line run ning almost straight from Casoli to Sant Angelo The Germans reinforced along the perimeter of the Anzio bridge head struck 4 times against the British and Americans who are reported to have poured more than G divisions ashore The German air force almost absent from Italian skies for several days returned to summit the thrusts In each case allied headquarters I said the Germans were repulsed heavy losses and the allies improved their positions slightly The enemy opened his offensive iVith I successive thrusts north of Padiglione 8 miles northwest of They also lunged out at he Americans in the area west of Cisterna where the Americans iad driven to the outskirts ot that Appian way town 14 miles north east of Anzio Padiglione is about G miles be low Campolcone farthest ad vance of the British who had ap proached to within 16 miles ot Rome Allied headquarters an nouncements that the German at tacks had been repulsed indicated however that the British had not been thrown back that distance The German attack nay have been aimed at the British flank In repulsing the attacks the al lies captured 140 prisoners Some of the fiercest fighting ever seen in the hcatcr was taking place at Cas Jno where the Germans held on grimly in the face of the fury of the American attacks and the storm of artillery shells American patrols once penetrated toward the center of the town but were forced to fall back to the outskirts when they encountered antitank guns and strong posts The Germans also put in 2 un successful counterattacks in the Mt Castellone area 3 miles north west of Cassino Farther north the Americans found the Germans had been reinforced in the Terelle area and were buried in strong concrete pillboxes The Germans obviously were making a most desperate effort to prevent the allies from breaking through into the Liri valley and the via Casilina leading to Rome ;