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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 7, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME coup OF 0 A R C Hi V THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOUL mod United Pno Full Leased Wiiw Five Onto a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY JULY 7 1944 Thia Faster ot Two NO ESS SUPERFORTS AGAIN HIT JAPAN SASEBO NAVAL BASE YAWATA MILLS BOMBED Huge B29s Make 2nd Heavy Attack on Nipponese Mainland Washington Superfort resses of the U S 20th allforce bombed the Japanese naval base of Sasebo and the steel center ot Yawata on the island of Kyushu Friday night in the 2nd attack by the huge B29s on the Japa nese mainland Gen H H Arnold chief of the air forces announced the assault in a communique at Washington It Hits the 3rd time since Fearl Harbor that American planes have rained bombs on Japan pro per Sasebo comparable to the US naval establishments at Norfolk Va or Bremerton Wash was hi for the first time since the star of the war It lies to the west o Yawata which was the target o ttfe first B29 Superfortress at tack on the Japanese home island on June 15 Arnold who also is command ing general oE the 20th air forci which operates directly under th joint chiefs of staff issued thi communique Headquarters 20th air force Communique No 3 B29 Superfortresses of 1h 20th bomber command attacked naval installations at Sasebo Ja pan Thursday night Bombs were dropped also on industrial objectives at Yawata target of the Superfortresses June 15 assault on Japan Both cities are on the island Kyushu No additional information was available immediately Sasebo is on the island of Kyu shu west of the steel center of Yawata which was struck June 15 by the B29 superfortresses in the first air attack on the Japa nese islands since medium bomb ers under U Col James H Doo little were launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet to hit Tokyo and other Japanese cities on April 18 1942 The target of Fridays attack which occurred on the 7th anni versary of Japans initiation of the war with China lies just north of the great Japanese port of Nagasaki The attack on Yawata also by superfortresses of the 20th bomb er command based in China oc curred in the predawn hours of June 15 Tlie great weight of explosives was poured on the factories of that city at the northern end oE Kyushu island and air force of ficers reported a high degree of successful hits on the industrial targets Four of the B29s failed to re turn to their base in China after the Yawata mission One was shot down by antiaircraft fire over the target and operational acci dents prevented 2 others from getting back The 4th is listed as missing NAGASAKI Mihi JAPAN BOMBED AGAIN The above map shows the general area lower left hand in which Superfortresses made their attack Friday while the inset map shows in greater detail the location of Sasebo 17 Killed When Troop Train Plunges Into Mountain Gorge workers recovered the bodies of 17 persons Friday from tliff of a troop train that plunged into a rock strewn SOrfoot mountain gorge while speeding around the curve Thursday night Two of the dead were the en gineer and fireman The re mainder were understood to be soldiers The army said the wreck oc curred while the soldiers were preparing to retire for the night Many of them were in wash rooms separated from their clothes and personal property which made identification slow Many ot the dead soldiers were found in a coach which was crushed beneath the coal tender as they plunged into a shallow mountain stream Daylight aided the rescue YANKS LAUNCH NEW ASSAULT ADVANCE MILE Concentrated Hail From Big Guns Dazes Nazi Machine Gunners Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force IP Lt Gen Omar N Bradleys American army springing at dawn Friday in a new attack on the nazide fended bottlenecks through the marshy lowlands of Normandy stabbed forward more than a mile across the Vire river and cap tured the village of Airel This attack toward the west above St Lo surged forward under a concentrated hail from big guns which dazed enemy machine eun ners and sent German artillery observers scampering Local American attacks around La Haye du Puits at the western end of the blazing 25mile front almost surrounded that pivotal point The Americans were now at tacking along a huge samicircular front with the newest offensive pressing in from the eastern side of the arc and the German grip slowly melting under the pressure around La Haye at the western end Airel 8 miles northeast of the important road junction of St Lo was taken in the first hour of the new attack across the Vire The barraee which initiated it was one of the heaviest yet seen in Normandy and the American advance was so rapid the Germans did not have time to blow up one of the bridges across the river Alter taking the bridge Hold 5 in Circus Fire Toll 146 CIRCUS FIRE CLAIMS spectators and employes of tlie Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus were dead when fire swept tiie big top during a perform ance at Hartford Conn Above is a view of the big top taken just before the show went on at Trenton N J last year POSTWAR PLANS ARE SUBMITTED Jacobson Urges Iowa Sales Tax Repeal workers who were pulling apart Hails Car and Gets Taken to City Jail Salt take City crieda pedestrian who obviously had imbibed too freely He got Ihe far as the city jail He had hailed a police car the debris coaches in which was rocks More than were injured of the strewn the splinjered narrow gorge with sharp 100 other soldiers Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Scattered thunder showers Friday night and Satur day Cooler Saturday Iowa Partly cloudy Friday night and Saturday with scattered thundershowcrs Cooler in northwest and extreme west portions Saturday Moderate winds except briefly 25 to 30 miles an hour in thunderstorms Minnesota Scattered thunder extreme north west cooler except extreme east Friday night Saturday fair and cooler IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 86 Minimum Thursday night 61 At 8 a m Friday 68 Bain 36 inch YEAR AGO Maximum 78 Minimum 60 Precipitation Trace The men were crushed in the cars when the train left the track while rounding a curve at high speed The engine careened into a gorge pulling 6 coaches with it Ten other cars did not overturn The dead included J C Rollings the engineer and J W Tummins fireman both ot Etowah Tenn Names of the dead soldiers were withheld pending notification o relatives Maj Harold Tyler pub lic relations officer for the fourth service command said the trail was enroute from Cincinnati to Knoxville Scores of townpeople from thi village of 2000 and neighboring farmers rushed to the scene with floodlights flashlights and lan terns to assist in searching for the dead and injured Many of those hurt were treated in clearings beside the roadbed Jellicos only hospital was filled and cots were placed in hallway to accommodate the injured Am bulances carried many to nearby towns for treatment The office of civilian defense and the Red Cross immediately mobilized units to assist the in jured and to aid in clearing the tracks of wreckage Jellico is 60 miles from Knox ville and is near the Kentucky state line DCS Moines tate sales tax Repeal of the was among half a dozensuggestions received Fri day by subcommittees of the state jostwar rehabilitation committee The suggestion was offered by Phil Jacobson of Mason City sec p the Retail Hardware association in the meeting of the small business subcommittee lacobson said the small business man in the hardware line now required to make out at least 40 state and federal forms a year aside from those for OPA and WPB Some tax relief after the war would help the small business man to aid in the postwar de velopment he said Another suggested addition to the committees program arose from the recent flood damage in the state Prof P H Elwood of Iowa State college postwar planning consultant raised the question at a meeting of the subcommittee on municipal projects I know that the legislature will be hearing soon from farm ing interests which suffered in the recent floods and will expect the state to take some responsi bility Oliver Reiley Burlington Chamber of Commerce secretary and chairman of the subcommit tee said Rules Bequest to Buy Meat for Cats Against Public Policy Los Angeles with the meat situation Superior Judge William R McKay has ruled that a 51000 bequest to buy hamburger for cats is against public policy He declared that the sum left in the will of Eliza Anderson to the cats of her next door neighbors Mr and Mrs J W Kendall should go to Mrs Kendall without re striction upon her assurance the cats would get proper food 1 1500 PLANES HIT GERMANY Yanks Destroy at Least 70 Nazi Craft London JP A great fleet of 1500 American heavy bombers and fighters attacked airplane fac tories and oil refineries in central Germany Friday morning and the enemy reported another U S force attacking the rcich from the south The Americans destroyed at least 70 German planes in the most des perate battles the Germans have offered aloft in several weeks At one point near Leipzig 100 planes rose to the challenge Capt Fred Christenson of Watertown Mass claimed 6 fighters shot down by his record for the European theater American flying Fortresses and liberators drove deep into the heart of Germany and dropped thousands of tons of bombs on the Leipzig suburb of Mockau Lulz endorj and other places fantry pushed on for over a mile toward the road junction of St Jean tie Daye 2 miles distant Around La Haye one American column took La Surelleric less than a mile south and only slightly west of the town while the col umn working around from the east closed in to a similar position 3 miles southeast of La Haye At La Surelleric the Americans were within a few hundred yards of the road running south from La Haye to Lessay the main road out of the town and the Germans only escape route A BBC broadcast as reported by NBC in New York said La Haye had fallen but later BBC broadcasts did not bear out the report and it was not confirmed by supreme headquarters While the Germans here iverc in grave danger of being trapped headquarters announced no major action on the British front around Caen at the eastern end of the battlefront Earlier reports to headquarters however said one of the patrols of the British 2nd army had reached the dock area of Caen The report said no Germans were encountered in the penetra tion However front line dispatches reported no indication that the Germans were abandoning their longcontested eastern pivot It was believed the Germans were holding only parts of the town as strongpoints as the result of se vere bombings Although all but one escape bridge from Caen a pontoon bridge across the Orne river had been destroyed Roger D Greene Associated Press war correspon dent said the Germans still were strongly entrenched at Caen The new American thrust was toward the west in the St Jean De Daye area 8 miles north of the highway center of St Lo It got underway behind a shattering artillery barrage arching the Vire river A field dispatch said the dough boys waded across the stream in the halflight of dawn e s t a b lished a bridgehead in low marshy country and then hit the enemy on the flank The attack was launched at a m and American artillery still was pumping shells on Ger man concentrations beyond the stream 5 hours later The new drive in an area 5 miles southeast of Carentan broadened the American offensive front across the base of the Cher bourg peninsula to approximately 25 miles The U S first army forces of Lt Gen Omar N Bradley mean while scored gains of from one to 2 miles in their drive to grab La Haye Du Puits the western an chor the enemys Normandy line One column curled around the base to the southward against furious enemy opposition BIG TOP and smoke are shown bursting from the Ringling Brothers Barn um and Bailey big top Thursday afternoon in a fire which took a heavy toll of life Associated Press wirephoto Kayenay engraving China Breaks Nippon Siege at Hengyang By J B KKUEGER Associated Tress War Editor China crowned 7 hard years of war Friday with a tory which broke Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from yoar GlobeGazette carrier boy smashing vic the siege of Hengyang and threw into a 25 mile retreat a great Japanese army menacing the Hankow Canton railway This sudden stunning blow to Japanese arms made the Pacific war news unanimously unpleas ant for Tokyo which also had to reckon with the imminent Ba taanIike end of its troops on Sai pan and a new island invasion in the southwest Pacific And a Japanese general conceded de feat in the attempt to invade India On the first day of the 8th year of its resistance to Japan the Chinese announced the main body of enemy troops driving south from Hengyang had been forced back 25 miles toward the northeast The sudden turn in fortune thwarted for some time to come Chungking said the all out Japanese drive to cleavi China along the 1000mile rail road from Canton north to Pel ping Along this line the Nippo ncse hoped to construct a bar rier which would stand agains allied forces converging on coast al China from the west and east Chungkings announce ment said scattered enemy forces were being wiped out at Leiyang 34 miles south qf Hengyang An other force driving out of Canton toward Hengyang was stalled in its tracks Hengyang is a key junction on le rail line some 300 miles north E Canton It had been besieged or days and its stubborn garrison illcd at least 6000 men assault ng it from allsides With supplies roppcd from U S bombers the Chineseheld on until the rclicv ng armies made the victorious trikes announced Friday On Saipan 10 lo 15 thousand livilians pinned on the islands lorthcrn tip with doomed Japa lese troops were offered sanctu ary by U S commanders A road vas designated for their entry into American lines and fond water and safely were promised But for the troops evidently spurning surrender death await ed American marines and infan ry closed in on the pocket AP Correspondent Rembert James said no one could doubt that the end of military operations was in sight In Gen MacArthurs sphere troops covered by ships and planes landed unopposed on Manim island and set up artillery to bias at Japs holding Namber airfielc miles distant on Noemfoor island The operation flanked en emy troops defending the airstrip which when captured will the Americans 3 airfields on Noemfoor 800 miles from tlv Philippines Adm Chester Nimitz discloset that 5 more enemy shins wer sunk in the carrier task force as sault on the Bonin islands thi week This raised the Japancs losses since the Marianas opera tion started Jane 10 to 58 ship sunk 91 probably sunk or dam aged and 835 planes destroyed Adm Lord Louis Mountbatte told his troops Lt Gen Muta guchi had confessed failure in th northeast India invasion and ac mitied his 15th Japanese arm was in desperate straits The Jap anesc arc now either in retreat o trapped SENTENCED FOR MERCY SLAYING Charged With Killing Mentally Deficient Son Pittsfielil Ulass F Jr 47 year old lawyer sentenced Friday to death in he electric chair for the clectro ution slaying last Sept 22 of his month old mentally deficient son Lawrence Sentence was imposed by Judge ibraham E Pinonski after Noxon vailing himself ot the privilege if addressing the court said I want to repeat again what said during the trial that I did lot kill my son Im innocent of his terrible charge Calmly and stolidly Noxon icord Judge Pinanski sentence lim to die by the passage of a current of electricity through your CLAIM CANVAS TREATED WITH GAS PARAFFIN Many Witnesses Tell of Oily Billowing Fire and Smoke in Big Top Hartford Conn iP While grief among parents relatives and friends grew hourly deeper of ficials placed the list of dead at 146 Friday as they counted and recounted the victims of the greatest fire in circus history which Thursday turned the big top of Ringting Brothers circus into a flaming inferno At least 250 other victims many of them seriously burned and trampled were scattered about the citys hospitals Identification of the dead con inuod slow as friends and rela Jves of missiing persons trooped through the huge state armory where the dead many of them charred beyond possibility of rec ognition lay in somber aisles The death at one time was feared might reach 200 slowly as duplicating identifications were corrected but the condition of many ill the hos pitals indicated it might rise sharply again Meanwhile investigators sought the origin of the blaze which was variously asserted by some to have started from a discarded cigaret but byothers to have first appeared high above the crowd in the lofty tent top as 6000 specta tors watched the opening act of the show Held in high bail Friday on charges of manslaughter were 5 officers of the circus company as Mayor William Mortensen an nounced he was considering the probability that the city would have lo bury many of the pros pective unclaimed dead A variety of investigators pressed an inquiry into the or igin of the inferno which quickly changed a gay throng into a panicstricken mass of humanity with only one object in to escape the horror of a fast settling flaming shroud of fiercely burning canvas from the big top War Manpower Area Director William G Ennis announced that employment ceilings for all per sons needed as undertakers helpers cemetery workers and various relief agencies had been lifted Mayor Morteuscii said I am told that a large number of bodies are beyond recognition The dead are still in the custody of the coroner but it may be im possible to keep the bodies in their present condition much longer Back on the circus Tot roust abouts and performers alike wandered fitfully about At the performers quarters life went on listlessly women washed and hunc out clothing to dry artists examined the spangled contents of their costume trunks or sat idly and dully about quickly mobilized ody at by law time and place provided The court then stayed execution of the sentence and Judge Pinan ski concluded May God in his infinite good ness have mercy on your soul The words of the sentence in part were identical with some of the text of the grand jury indict ment which charged Noxon with killing his Mongoloid child by causing the passage of electricity through his body The court recessed for a confer ence defense and prosecution counsel in the judges chambers and meanwhile the length of delay in the stay of sentence remained unannounced emergency corps went about the task of counting the full cost of the tragedy eye witnesses piled one detail of horror upon an other There was Mrs Rose Dunn of Hartford who with her 2 children counted themselves among the fortunate even though they suf fered numerous scalchcs and burns Said Mrs Dunn I was sitting only a short dis tance from where the fire broke out I immediately sensed some thing was wrong and even though I was about 10feet high tossed my 5 year old son Herbert down to the ground after telling him to remain there Then I lifted my 3 year old daughter Betsy over my shoul der and jumped with her Grab bin Herbert and carrying Betsy I crawled under several animal cages meantime stepping over a few bodies and managed to get outside I still dont I did it A physician and his wife listening to a loud speaker on a state police car suddenly broke Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from yoar GlobeGazette carrier boy out in nervous smiles as they learned that their 2 children who had left the house for tho circus had changed their minds and gone instead to a neighbor hood movie where they were found It cost as much as SI a call for liantic persons escaping the fire ;