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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - January 29, 1944, Mason City, Iowa 3 MO IMCS THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS1 HOME EDITION fTTTTTT I VOL L id United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JANUARY 29 NO 98 IUSJISSOURI IS LAUNCHED AS GREATEST SHIP 16 Inch Guns Other Armament Make tier Most Formidable Craft New York OJR The 45000 ton battleship Missouri slid down Jhe ways at Brooklyn navy yare fiturday to the accompanimen a warning that this greatest Carship of all time illustrates the Incisive answer which the de fiocracies ot the world are mak ig to the challenge of the aggres pr nations J Before the Missouri whose 16 lich guns and other armament lake her the most formidable lattleship afloat was launched lenator Harry S Truman D Ho in the principal address at Hie ceremonies said that warship I reduction last year made our master of the seas His only daughter Mary Mar aret 19 a sophomore at George Ivashington university christened The ship with a bottle of cham lagne pressed from Missouri I rapes The ceremony was at tended by members of congress Listinguished Missourians navy William Allen White 75 Sage of Emporia Is Dead Emporia Kans Allen White famous editor of the Emporia Gazette and widely known as The Sage of Emporia died quietly Saturday Ke was 75 years old White had been in failing health for nearly a year and his friends and associates had known for some time that his condition was seri ous No public announcement of his condition was made however due to the familys desire to be spared any added burden In an attempt to regain his ro bust health White entered the Mayo clinic at Rochester Minn last October and submitted to a major operation A month later he returned to Emporia but was unable to re sume his usual duties He had been confined to his home most of Ihc time since Mrs White the editors close associate In the op eration of the Gazette for nearly a half century had been constant ly with him during his illness Although his condition was weaker Friday night the family was not alarmed and his death at a in was unexpect ed The editors only son W L White himself a noted author made the announcement Whites death Whites last editorial Gazette was published time before he entered the Mayo clinic It was titled The New Baby and concerned a new linotype obtained for the Gazette plant for the a short lard workers and their families llcar Admiral Monroe Kelly USN lard commandant introduced Iruman Emphasizing that the Missouri Ivill be commissioned 9 months of schedule Truman said It is such records as these which Imabled the navy to commission new vessels in total than all the ships pos lessed by the navy at the begin liing of that year This not only leplaces all our losses but vastly Increases the fighting strength of Imr navy and makes it beyond liuestion master of the seas The size of the great warship be appreciated through fig ires released by the navy al hough detailed specifications be disclosed for security leasons The ways for sliding her into the East river were coated Ivith more than 90000 pounds of overall length of 880 Beet is only 149 feet less than that the USS Lafayette formerly the French linerNormandieSner displace enough water to llood46 acres of land or 933 city fcts The area of decks or platforms I 418000 square feet or the Iquivalent of a 15story office luilding 150 feet square It took 130000 mandays for the plan de gn and 3300000 mandays for ie total equiva Int to 2 draftsmen and 18 me Tianics working 5 days a week Ir 506 years Plansalone required 175 tons blueprint paper sufficient pa ir to print 700000 newspapers I 54 pages each with an attack of influenza near ly a year ago when he was in New York He returned to Em poria and continued his work however but went to Colorado for thesummer It was shortly NufSCS Loiigh OS They Go Ashore after his return that he decided to undergo the operation in an attempt to recover his health White who bought the Gazette in 1895 with he borrowed was the friend and counselor of presidents and governors In his later years he was an elder states man of the republican party Only once in his long career did White swerve from the party of his choice That was in 1912 when his good friend Theodore Roose velt ran for president on the bull moose licket Roosevelt bit me and I went mad he explained years later Whites famous editorial Whats the Matter With Kansas which he wrote a year after he took over the Gazette skyrocketed him lo prominence It was a masterpiece publican party in particular Of himself he once wrote in an As for me I believe he has al as slightly The elder Whites illness began a jigger of in the secret for mula of my hearts blood on New Beachhead By DON WHITEHEAD OND SALES ilVEN SPURT Nation Aroused to New Heights of Fuiy By UNITED PRESS i nation aroused to new heights fury by the degradations and Hrocities committed by the Jap fiese against American prisoners ken in the Philippine campaign Iigdccp Saturday to buy one for lie boys of Bataan Soaring war bond sales testified the nations reaction to the Iiint statement released by the Jar and navy department which Documented the depravity of the Iacific enemy J The rising crescendo of war sales was expected to reach peak Saturday when the full Inpact of the horrible saga of suf and death struck the Amer people Fridays oneday sales records Lill be shattered Saturday treas officials said with war in lustry cities and the home towns If the fallen heroes leading the I Marion county Ind including Indianapolis the home town of Vmdr Mclvyn McCoy navy of Ecer who escaped from the Japa tese and furnished one of the jtatemenls on which the atrocity Ijtory was based sold 52600000 in Ivar bonds Friday Average daily Tales are less than SI000000 J Mrs Marajen Stevick Vyess tVidow of Lt Col William S another of the men who jscaped but who later died in a lane crash was among the thou ands of persons who thronged he bond booths at Los Angeles fcond sales reported waiting lines bnger than ever before with most tuyerepurchasing larger denomi Lations The stale of New York which Averaged in daily sales jf series E bonds since the start the fourth war loan drive dou fcled its sales Friday Other clas also showed tremend ous gains Fromthen on his fame grew not only as an editorbut as an author Hewrote numerous books most of which concerned politics and political figures His Masks In a Pageant reviewed the life and times of the 10 presidents he knew intimately Despite his keen interest in poli tics White sought public office only once and then wras unsuccess ful That was in 1924 when in the midst of a bitter fight against the Ku Klux Klan which he branded as unAmerican and cowardly he ran independently for governor of Kansas The klan had indorsed the other 2 candidates for that office However with his defeat the i klan soon died out in Kansas and White felt he had won his objec During the past several years White had been writing an auto biography He had completed the first draft and completed parts of the final version His son plans to finish the autobiography for pub lication at an early date Whites last political editorials were written a short time before he went to the Mayo clinic They Representing Combined U S Press The Fifth Army Bridgehead South of Rome Jan 27 Delayed first American nurses to land on the Fifth armys beach head within German lines ran ashore from their ship Thursday laughing happily at being on land once more after harrowing ex periences on the voyage from Naples Tossed about on a light infantry landing craft until most of them were seasick shifted from one vessel to another at night while at sea and bombed continuously 21 girls among the first contin gent to step on dry land were so relieved to have the voyage ended that KeypaWvIfttle a tten t io n t d the booming guns on the front or the planes zooming overhead lo the field hospital to which they were attached The field hospital is known as YANKSSTRIKING FOR GASSINGS SUPPLY ROUTES Beachhead Troops Within Light Artillery Range of Cisterna By EDWAPxD KENNEDY Allied Headquarters Algiers iP beachhead troops striking toward the Appian way1 and the main rail line to the Cas sino front have advanced to with in light artillery range of Cisterna astride both arteries 14 miles northeast of Anzio it was an nounced Saturday At the time other allied forces pushing north from Anzio up the Anziate road captured a bridge 2 miles beyond Carrocelo the British routed a Ger man unit Thursday This allied force was about 19 miles south east of Rome and 12 miles north of Anzio The Germans launched heavy air attacks against shipping on the beachhead Friday and again suf fered badly at the hands of the allied airforces which shot down 21 enemy planes over the area Fourteen more planes were shoi down during a heavy bomber raic on Ferrara The clays total bas was 36 nazi aircraft for a loss o 5 allied planes Violent fighting raged north o Cassino where American tanks anc infantry hacked oul gains agains fierce opposition and repcatcc counterattacks Farther nortl French troops seized 2 hills nort of Belvedere mountain an smashed down 3 German counter thrusts Action on the fanshaped in vasion front brought spectacula FRANKFURT AND RERUN ROCKED fi Iictura by Couriesy of County Advance the Baylor university unit be cause most of the doctors and nurses were recruited from the Texas institution The trip was so rough and I got so sick I wanted to die said Marguerite Martin Sioux City Iowa Also among the group who landed was Avis Dagit Williams Iowa were titled pects and Republican Democratic Pros Pros pects In them he discussed trends as he noted them in the present political scene The world had beaten a path to the cluttered desk of The Em poria Gazette in Kansas He ad skull and brain concussion SECOND PERSON IN CRASH DIES Others Injured Near Hubbard Recovering Iowa Falls Alphonzo Wolfe 32 Austin Minn who was in jured in the Jefferson Trans portation company bus crash near Hubbard Friday morning died at Ellsworth hospital here at mid night Friday Mr Wolfes occu pation was a butcher Physicians at the hospital said death was clue to a fractured artillery fire from British an American warships supporting til drive as well as great aerial duel The communique said durin daylisht a heavy and accurate bombardment by his majestys ships silenced German batteries broke up attempted movements of enemy troops on roads and inflict ed damage and casualties on en emy transport The accuracy of the salvos from the long range naval guns syas evidenced by one direct hit which ul reported thVtV the Germans had been pushing back oul of range of the guns of de stroyers but still were being ham mered by cruisers which can reach between 7 and 8 miles in land Naval guns also blasted at Formia on the Gulf oC Gaeta to the south and continued their harassing fire into the night Fighting was waged in a driving rainstorm but in spite of the weather sky battles over the beachhead continued in violence unmatched since the last slaircs of the Tunisia campaign The 3C planes brought dowi Friday boosted the 2day total ii the air over Italy and southcri France to 85 nazi craft destroyed More than a hundred Germui planes started attacking the in vasion fleets landing troops aui supplies at dawn and in the firs 6 hours of daylight allied fighter knocked down 21 of the enemy This furious pace apparently re buffed the Germans for durin the afternoon the luftwaffe al tacks dwindled to almost nothing Negro pilots in P40S who th day before had shot down 8 plane in 2 dogfights over the beach head accounted for 4 more Thurs day hero This picture shows Sgt Franklin Zip Koons frequently referred to as Iowas No 1 LO oi the present war being interviewed by W Earl Hall GlobeGiwette managing editor at a home town reception and war staged Friday night in the Swea City 800USPLANES RIP FRANKFURT IN RECORD RAID RAF Loses 47 Bombers in Night Attack on Capital Other Cities BULLETIN London long range transmitters at Berlin went off the air early Saturday night new allied air raids against thereich and per haps the 3rd in a row against Berlin London eighth Amer ican airforce sent the greatest number of heavy bombers in its over 800 in a thunderous assault against indus trial Frankfurt Saturday even as Berlin smoked and burned anew from Friday nights second heavy RAF blow in a row Fighter escorts probably num bering several hundred accompan ied and assisted the liberators and flying fortresses in the blow at public school gymnasium Soons Be Worthy of Those Who Gave LivesBuy Bonds Swea best way to be worthy of the boys who have laid down theirJives in this war is to buy war bonds ThisNvas theprincipal note sounded by Sgt Koons jlvan interview taik given by the local ranger home from an ex lended period of distinguished service in France Norih Africa Sicily and Italy The appeal was made in con nection with a request by the Hero of Dieppe for a moment of standing tribute by the well filled auditorium for the 5 boys of the Swea Cily community who thus far have given their your friends and mine as the vised presidents and governors conferred with statesmen talked with the great and the near great Wolfe is survived by his wife and 4 children Others injured in the crash wlio were taken to the hospital here are reported getting along favor ably Mrs Anna Calwell of Coun was dismissed Satur In his writings he alternately amused and praised the country Heavy bombers with ightc escorts also struck at the import Gertrude Decker Prominent Local Leader Is Dead Miss Gertrude Decker laugh ter of the founder of the lacob E Decker and Sons packing plant ind for many years active in tiie civic and social progress of Mason City died at a local hospital about p m Saturday following an illness of about a month She was token ill shortly before Christmas Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist church Mon day afternoon at 3 oclock with Doctor Marvin B Kobcr pastor officiating Surviving Miss Decker arc her mother Mrs Jacob E Decker a sister Mrs E R Dunlop a broth er Jay E Decker and a number of nieces and nephews Miss Decker had been a lifelong resident of Mason City and had been active in many clubs and or ganizations among the most re cent activity having been her in terest in the Mason City Art Cen ter She was also a leader in the Y W C A and the Methodist ant railway junctions of Verona I church and Fcrrara in northern Italy to cut supply lines leading to the i Dvlflsk front l1 iCSb the airfield at viano 40 miles north of Venice shooting down 14 planes Medium bombers railway bridges at Orvieto Qrte and Terni and altogether the allied airforce sent up more than 1500 sorties during the day approximately 100 more than the day before Five allied planes were missing Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Buy War Savings Bonds and I SUmps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy TOP SHEARED OFF low hanging limb sheared off the top of a Des MoiresMinneapolis bus after it struck a cement bridge and careened into a clump of trees near Hubbard Iowa Two persons were hurt fatally and 14 in jured as the bus was demolished at Japanese Atrocities Pledge Full Penalties London London Daily Express asserted Saturday that the revelations of Japanese atrocities against allied prisoners should dispel any last doubts that Britain would hurl her full might against Japan when Germany is defeated If there lingered in any mans Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Saturday be coming cloudy Sunday no im portant change in tempera ture lowest Saturday night in Mason City 22 Iowa Increasing cloudiness Satur day night becoming cloudy Sun day with occasional rain west portion Sunday aftevnoon War mer Sunday and west portion Saturday night Minnesota Fair with little change in temperature Saturday night Sunday increasing cloudiness with occasional rain extreme southwest portion in the after noon EN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 31 Minimum Friday night 24 At 8 a m Saturday 26 YEAR AGO Maximum 30 viumum 13 mind thread of doubt that Britain would throw the whole weight of her military power against the Japanese the day Hit ler is dead it must snap now the paper said The British press as a whole lashed out against the Japanese calling them barbarians and sav ages and demanding retribution FCC monitors said they had heard no mention of the allied charges on any Tokyo broadcast to the Japanese people modest young sergeant put il No place on earth looks quite so good lo me as peaceful Iowa lie admitted in his talk Like al the other boys who arc fighfiii this war I want to get this job over with as soon as possible am get back home The corollary to this was Ihal a tiuick and generous purchase of war bonds would hasten the day of victory and make this possible In answer to questions put to him by Earl Hall Sgl Koons sketched his experiences since starting his training at Camp Claiborne La some 3 years ago He touched briefly on his time in North Ireland his entry into the ranger service American counterpart of the commando branch the Intensive preparations for the raid on Dieppe in England and Ihc raid itself in which he was credited with bein probably the first soldier of the United Stales army lo kill n German in j Ihis war I Following Dieppe it was North Africa with initial landing near Oran Then the Tunisian cam paign Then the invasion of Sicily and more recently Italy itself following participation in the bloody action al Salerno Reflective of his unspoiled mod esty was the absence of decora lions from his uniform There was just the simple service bar One of the decorations nol worn by him was the citation which came lo him at Casablanca during the epochal ChurchillRoosevelt con ference I like my present status of ser hc said I havent been interested in the offers of a com mission because that would mean leaving my buddies The evenings program opened with a concert by the Swea City F R PHYSICAL CONDITION GOOD President Will Have 62ndBirthday Sunday See uaRC 12 for slory and pic tures itf Mason City participation in polio drive Washington resident Roosevelts personal physician re ports him physically in surpris ingly good shape Rear Admiral Ross T Mclnlirc who makes a daily check on the president said the chief execu tives recent bout with influenza Falls 80 Feet Into 3 Feet of Grain at Bluffs Council Bluffs Wi Ralph Stephens 31 Council Bluffs re mained in a serious condition Sat urday from injuries suffered when he fell 80 feet into 3 feet of grain while working on top of the Omaha Grain Elevator company He suf fered a fractured left leg broken hips and ribs and possible internal injuries high school band Mr Hall in troduced by Supl A H Schuler spoke briefly about the values at slake in the present war During a war bond sale con ducted after the Koons interview the Swea City areas total pur chases was run up past the 556000 mark A uniformed guard from Fisher post of the American Le gion presented and retired the colors In a closely contested specia benefit basketball game between Algona and Swea City high schools the visitors were victor ious by a score of 29 to 24 Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobcGaiettc carrier boy 3 FISHERMEN FINED Red Wing Minn St Paul Minn fishermen latt Friday paid fines of S10 each ii municipal court for fishing through ice on Clearwater lak using more than one line PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT Fine Condition vas only incidental and Mr ooscvelt fortunately had been ersuadcd to slow down and void the relapse so common in he epidemic of the ailment Recalling that Mr Roosevelts 2nd birthday will occur Sunday he physician asserted that he is basically in fine shape for a man if 62 Birthday Balls Saturday Night Washington Pt Rationed shoes and frail slippers will dance nilcs of dollars in fancy ballrooms Saturday night to honor Presi dent Roosevelt and help the cas ualties of polio attacks to walk again The president will deliver a radio address at p m cen iral war time to the anual na tionwide celebrations of his birthday for the benefit of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis In the nations capital some thing new has been added to Mrs Franklin D Roosevelts tour of the balls at a halfdozen Wash ington hotels Last year it was the Stage Door Canteen This year its a couple of U S O one for Negro service men The presidents wife has al lotted less than 2 hours to appcar at 9 parties scattered throughout the District of Columbia Just be fore midnight she will conclude her tour at the capitals Slatler hotel to cut a huge birthday cake Also making the rounds will be motion picture and radio stars and musical artists the highlyindustrialized German city Losses were not announced immediately Swedish reports said the com plete evacuation of burning Ber lin was contemplated and the naris clamped a light censorship on details ot the second successive devastating RAF blow to mop up the rubblestrewn capital We have gone through one ot the most horrible nights since the Englisrf raids of annihilationbegan gainst Berlin said the Stock olm newspaper Aftonbladets Berlin correspondent Disastrous fires are blazing in he shattered city he wrote afld is that the nazi censorship pro ibitcd him from giving a detailed picture of the damage and the lumber of victims AH Swedish correspondents nade it clear the attack was one it the severest yet directed against 3crlin felt the ground shaking as the result of the enormous air mines which crushed whole apart ncnt house blocks one corre spondent reported and a rain of incendiaries was followed by a hurricane of five The explosions the heavy anti aircraft fire and the RAPS Christmas tree flares made up a concert of hell he said When the sirens announced the last bomber was gone the corre spondent said the streets were full of incendiaries as he drove home to sec if his house was still standing mid Berliners were racing through the streets trying to stamp out the blazes Berliners by the hundreds could be seen carrying what they had suitcase ora bun dle wrapped in blankets and sheets he added The American raid by more than 800 bombers obviously was the greatest daylight attack of the war on a single target The great swarm ot fighters accompanying the armada ot 4 cugined aerial battlewagons prob ably made up a force that ex ceeded the 1500planc mark reached by the Americans late 1943 The first flyers to return ve ported light opposition and soon afterwards it was announced that U S medium marauders also es corted by RAF and allied fight ers had attacked objectives in northern France Saturday also They pounded secret antiin vasion installations in Ihc 28th attack in 40 days since the be ginning of the campaign to flat ten the Atlantic wall The American heavies inaug urated a new fanning out tactic to cover number of sections of the cily by several spearheads instead of the usual oneforma tion ramrod attack We saw FockcWulfs and Mef scrschmiUE poke their noses out of the clouds and poke them right back in again as soon as they saw our big escort said Sgl M M Lcvcnlhal Brooklyn N Y The flak was heavy over the target but they couldnt see us and we dropped our bombs right in the middle added Tail Gunner Sst David Robb Philadelphia Pa The strategy of picking targets 300 miles apart apparently left most of the German air force stranded around Berlin while the Americans went to work on Frankfurt but later returning bomber groups said the opposi tion developed as the operation progressed Some rocketfiring planes put ;