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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - July 11, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL Associated Presi rat United Pros Full Leased Five Cent MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY JULY 11 This Paper Consists of Two NO JUS F R WILL ACCEPT RENOMINATION Reds Push Deeply Into Lithuania Form Trap REPORT NAZIS LOSSES HEAVY IN NEW SURGE Russians Beat Toward BailystokRR Center Pinsk Directly Menaced London troops streaming deep into Lithuania thrust within striking distance Tuesday of the East Prussian frontier and moved swiftly to ward the Baltic coast in wide enveloping advances which threat ened to trap 2 German armies in the north Southward in old Poland other army groups beat toward the rail center of Bialystok and directly menaced insk The Germans re ported a massive new soviet of fensive in Romania north of the rail center drive threat ening the Galati gap and the Plo esti oil fields already extensively ruined by American bombs The Moscow communique said the Germans suffered tremend ous losses in a general Russian forward surge all the way from the Latvian border to the middle of the Pripet marshes some 400 miles southward A powerful wedge was driven into Lithuania at about the mid way point of the 100mile battle front between Daugavpils in southeastern Latvia andj passed a rrd doomed German of now of bloody street fighting Advancing not less than 2B Monday Col Gen Ivan C Bagramians Baltic troops cut the Siighway betweenDaygavpils and the Lithuanian city of Kaunas in a drive within 120 miles of the Baltic port of Riga capital of Bagramians forces also pene trated to within 20 miles of Dau l gavpils in a frontal assault Ten miles westward i am Wil i no rampaging soviet soldiers t overran the rail junction of warow on the route to an advance that supported Bril ish press dispatches that red army vanguards were within 60 miles of East Prussia The Swedish newspaper Morgon Tidningenre ported the Germans Vvere empty ing East Prussia of civilians Premier Stalin announced in an order of the day that the first White Russian army of marshal Konstantin K Rokossovsky pounding westward on the sonth ern sector of the front had oc cupied Lunniec 30 miles east of Pinsk on the rait route to Brest Litovsk and Warsaw and Slonim 28 miles west of Baranowicze on the railway to the Polish com munications hub of Bialystok now i only 85 miles beyond Other columns striking north through the Pripyat marshes moved within 9 miles of Pinsk The fall of Luniniec and the pressure of a companion column driving the Pripyat marshes on the south was rapidly making the German position in Pinsk un tenable Nearly 500 places fell in Mon days westward surges Utena formed the advance peak of the wedge thrust into Lithuania Here the Russians stoou within 175 Baltic seaport of Munich Area Toulon and Berlin Raided London skyblackening fleet of 2000 American planes at tacked the Munich area of south ern Germany Tuesday while an other force of L S Liberators struck from Italy at Toulon in the south of France By night British Mosquitos bombed Berlin with 2ton explo sives Some 1100 of the Munich attack force were heavy bomb ers the rest were fighters Toulon graveyard of the scuttled French fleet lies to the east of the Rhone valley a his toric invasion avenue It was the 6th attack on this port from Italy the last previous raid be ing on July 5 Crewmen reportec a good pattern of bombs on th harbor installations includin German submarine pens A Swiss communique said American bombers landed i that country southwest o Munich With American planes operal ing on Munich and Toulon Bri tains great blackwinged Lou casters with fighter escort at POUND WAY TO KEY ROAD HUB IN NEW DRIVE Fall of City Would Force Nazi Withdrawal From Last of Peninsula Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force S troops and tanks pounded Tues day lo a point within 2 miles of St Lo key road hub forming the Germans central fortress in Nor mandy gaining 2 to 3 miles in a furious new offensive spreading the American attack over a 40 mile front Spearheads of LlGen Omar N Bradleys American 1st army jumping off under the screen of a pulverizing artillery barrage reached the outskirts of Luzerne and MesiiilRoxelin just north of the road junction in the heart of Normandy The attack was coordinated tacked flying bomb installations in northern France from which the nazis despatched more robots at tter dawn The targets were not immediate lyidentified Weather was foul forcing Fortresses and Liberators to cast their high explosive loads fay instrument through clourl lay ers The Munich attack was the 2nd massed American blow at the retch in 5 days Jast Friday a Star Spangled armadabombed oil re fineries and airplane plants around Leipzig destroying 114 German planes at a rice of 36 bombers and 6 fighters The Germans told of sky bat tles over Munich itself southern German shrine city of the nazi party Intense flak was declared thrown up at the attackers Munich population 828325 is a railway center for traffic into Italy and France and a frequent allied target It is Germanys 4th city the capital of Bavaria and 25 mills north of the foothills of the Alps While one group of Mosquitoes gave Berlin burghers another sleepless night other formations of this night cavalry of the air coursed over northeast France harassing German trooj bivouacs and transport Berlin said Mann heim near the reichs western border was one of the industrial rom the north and northeast of St Lo Fall of that city of 15 000 would force a German with drawal from the remainder of the Cherbourg peninsula and nazi lines were under steady heavy pressure along a front curving 40 miles to the sea YANKS ENTER KEY FRENCH American infantrymen take cover on the side of the road as 2 others run forward to be among the first of the Yank troops to en ter La Haye du Puits the key German defense town in France captured by our tioops Associated Press wirephoto via signal corps radiophoto engraving by Kayenay targets One Mosquito was lost The Mosquito penerations into France were concentrated in the AmiensIiilleSt Quentin Laon Compiegne area extending north east of Paris to the Belgian border Bridges over the Seine being em ployed by the Germans to rush forces to the battlefront 50 miles lo the west were attacked once more In one of the few operations in Mondays murky weather rocket firing 1 yphoons Spitfires and RAF Mustang poured explosives and fire int German troops driven into th woods southeast of Caen by th BritishCanadian capture of tha city The attaclc opened after hun dreds of field guns bellowed steadily for hours wrecking Ger man hedgehog positions and numbingthenerves of even some of themost fanatical nazis hold ingthe line BritishCanadian forces to the east meanwhile cleaned out nests of resistance southwest of Caen unning into stiffening opposition Other doughboys advanced 1 to miles elsewhere on the front hiding across Cherbourg pcnin ula making flank penetrations hreatening to force a German ithdrawal southward along the peninsulas west coast The German radio asserted that lerman troops had reentered La Haye du Puits strategic road cen er captured by the American 1st rmy Sunday Bad weather and strengthening German resistance slowed the British 2nd army assault in the aen sector and heavy fighting lamed south oC the Odon and Orne rivers The Germans forced he British to withdraw to the north of Maltol a town 4 miles southwest Caen A costly price still was being exacted of the enemy and a Brit sh headquarters officer estimated 30 to 35 nazi tanks had been knocked out on the front south west of Caen The German position west of he Orne appeared hopeless in the long run but the fanatical nazi opposition against the drive ot both the British and the Canad cans drove within 4 miles ot Periers key road junction leading to the La Haye Du Puits front The doughboys drove about a mile south of Sainteny making good progress on the west side of the road where they captured La Forges just south of Sainteny In expanding this sector the Americans also captured Graig nes 4V miles south southwest of Carentnn Similar progress was registered by Americans smashing west from the Viro and south along both banks oE the river The Americanscaptured and pushed southof Pont Hebert 4 miles northwest of St Lo East oE the river they captured La Mea uffe 4 miles north the same city These advances represented gains of more than a mile and onehalf in the past 24 hours The capture of Graignes prac tically merged fighting with Carentan the Vire river that south of miles of the Memel A Reuters dispatch from Mos cow said soviet forces in the vi cinity of Daugavpils had crossed into Latvia Bagramians forces were fight ing forward avund 3 vyati Drivyati and shield the town from the south east In the advance beyond Wilno Chemiakovskys cavalry and light tanks were only 48 miles from Kaunas and 37 miles Irom the Ber linEast Prussia and KaunasRiga railway In Wilno the Russians were stifling the last German resistance Moscow dispatches said it was ex pected that the total trapped might be as large as that in the Minsk area Associated Press correspondent Eddy Gilmore writing from Mos cow said the Germans appeared to be making their last defense of Pinsk in the south For all practical purposes Pinsk is lost to Hitler he wrote It has Russians on 3 sides closing in rap idly The nazis obviously must fall back hurriedly to Brest Litovsk or become encircled i SUES HARRY JAMES Hollywood Leade Harry James Tuesday was faced with a suit bVocalist Helen Ward who charged she had been signed to sing with James band for a year but was dis charged atter 5 months Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy with scattered thundershowers Tues day night and Wednesday Not much change in temperature Iowa Partly cloudy with scat tered thundershowers Tuesday night and Wednesday No im portant change in temperature Minnesota Partly cloudy with no important temperature change Tuesday night and Wednesday scattered thundershowers south and east and showers northwest portion Tuesday night and Wed nesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Monday 80 Minimum Monday night 59 At 8 a m Tuesday 65 Rain Monday a m 35 inch YEAR AGO ians was forcing the fighting line back temporarily in some spots and limiting progress to a few hundred yards in others Part of the loss power of Montgomerys punch was caused by bad weather which made it impossible for the allied air force to put in strong close support Canadian troops cleared all the Germans from the north bank of the Odon river down to its junc tion with the Orne The British duns fiercely lo hill 112 just north of Esquay which controls land observation between the 2 rivers Waves German infantry were chopped to ribbons in a vio lent battle for this hill wrote Associated Press Correspondent Roger D Greene in a front dis patch He quoted a British field officer as saying The Boche was slaughtered while we were sitting where we were This sturdy stand forced the Germans to retreat from the hili Continue Drive to Put Iowa Over Top in E Bond Campaign Des Moiues little man and the little small in vestor and the Series K War Bond going to get most of the at tention in the war bond drive the remainder of this month Leaders of the state war finance committee said county workers would push the sale of Series E bonds the sale of which up to this week amounted to 548100000 or G5 per cent of the quo ta Total sales had reached S227 600000 112 per cent of the over all quota but war finance com mitteemen said they would not be satisfied or consider Iowas war drive a success until lowans had over the top in the Series E THYE ALLEN WIN IN MINNESOTA GOP Vote Twice That of DemoFarmLabontes Minneapolis Minn Re publican Gov Edward J Thye and Byron G Allen democratic farmerlaborite indorsed by the convention Lwhich last April formed that new party were chosen as nominees of their parties for governor on the basis ot unofficial returns from Mon days Minnesota primary elec tion Thye was picked by former Gov Harold E Stassen to take over when Stassen joined the navy 15 months ago Allen ta former lowan who describes him self as a Wallace democrat based his primary campaign on a plea for continued support of the present national administra tion and reelection of President Roosevelt In its first appearance before the voters the democraticfarm erlabor party a union of the who filed both for the DFL nomination for lieutenant gov ernor and for congress from th firsl district led in the forme race and trailed in the latter I led Paul Tinge of St Paul coi venlion endorsee in the lieuten ant governor contest 11757 t 11379 but was ubout 200 vote behind Andrew Meldahl Northfield in the congress race In the 9th district congre race Rep Harold Hagen wh switched this spring from t FarmerLabor lo the republica party led John Padden his ge era election opponent of 2 yea ago 3207 to 2235 in returnsfrom 110 of ihe districts 622 precincts Other incumbent congressmen led in early returns Four ot the 9 all ot whom are republicans had no primary opposition Leaves 2nd Demo Place Wide Open Washington P resident Uoosevelt Tuesday announced that he would accept u 4th term re nominalion by next weeks demo cratic national convention With this advance announce ment he abandoned the only means at his disposal of compell ing selection of Henry A Wallace to run with him again Mr Roosevelts renomination is assured It appears now that the ucstion of Wallaces renominu on will be a matter for free oice by the delegates wlio will serhble July 19 in Chicago Four years ago Mr Roosevelt ithheld his acceptance oC the emocratic presidential noinina on until he had been assured lat an unruly convention would eluctantly nominate Wallace for ice president Now that the resident has committed himself o accept the 1344 rcnominalion ic can only hope to suggest choice Wallace tha ic wants not to le convention to do his vice pres lential bidding Coincident with the president nnouncement it was reliably re orted here that Wallace migh limself say something Tuesday night or Wednesday which wouk ake him out the race Mean ime there were reports tha Thomas G Corcoran and othe past and present white house ad viscrs were booming Associal Justice William O 10 ier cent new the vie presidential spot farmer labor and democratic parties which 3 times helped to carry Minnesota for Roosevelt polled only a little more than half as many votes as the re publicans on the basis of ballot ing in 806 of the states 3703 pre cincts The vote for governor at that point stood Republican Thye 65439 John G Peterson of Min neapolis 6132 James D Scars dale of Minneapolis 1939 Dem ocraticFarmer Laborite Al len 22219 Emil E Holmes of Minneapolis 12710 Mabel Weis ner of Minneapolis 2362 However several close repub lican contests notably for nom inations of lieutenant governor and warehousecommissioner Woman Admits Killing Feminine Roommate Says She Was Jealous Springfield III A moth er of a 4 year old girl confessed to police Tuesday that she killed her feminine roommate by feed ing her a sandwich of rat poison mixed with peanut butter because she was jealous of attentions paid to the other woman by a service man Mrs Roberta Steigcr 25 a Nurses Aide who wears her hair in a boyishbob confessed that she put the poison into a sand wich for Helen Hovey 24 States Attorney A M Greening an nounced Miss Hovcy died in a hospital Saturday and police be gan questioning Mrs Steiger aft er investigation revealed poison in the dead woman Greening ordered Mrs Steiger held on a murder charge In her confession Mrs Steiger NIGHT IS FREE OF ROBOT BOMBS Day Assaults Resumed From Changed Directio London bombs started slamming down on Lon don and southern England Tues day after the capitals first free night from the German terror weapon in almost a month The attacks were below the peak at previous assaults While the buzzbomb attacks continued on southern England even these assaults were not as heavy as they have been and damage and casualties were re ported light An alert was sounded in Lon don during the night but il did not bother the blitzhardened residents a great deal They ex perienced great relict however through the absence of the terri fying buzz which makes every flying bomb anywhere near sound as if it were coming in the bed room window While there was no immediate explanation for the letup in the assault on London coastal watch ers noted that the flying bombs were approaching from a more easterly direction than hereto REVEALS VIEWS ON4THTERMAT PRESS PARLEY Says I Have as Little Right to Withdraw as Soldier to Leave Post Washington if President Roosevelt declared Tuesday he ill reluctantly but as a good Idler accept renomination by 10 democratic national conven on and serve another 4 years in e white house if elected In a letter to Democratic Chair an Robert E Hanncgan Mr o o s e v c 11 said lie personally anted to retire and avoid public esponsibilities and the publicity lat follows every step of the resident But if the people command me o continue in this office and in lis war he added I have as ttlc right to withdraw as the oldicr has to leave his post in he line The presidents letter was made lublic at a white house news con erence which grew tense with xpcctancy when Mr Roosevelt old 99 reporters gathered in his oval office that the doors had bocn ocked A reporter said that must mean something important was coining Another reporter raised the fa riiliar 4th term question and grin ling Mr Roosevelt disclosed that this time the big news was coming He then read his exchange of letters with Hannegan Hannegan wrote the president in a letter dated July ID that enough dele gates lo the parly convention starting a week from Wednesday are committed to his renomination to assure it If the convention should carry this out and nominate me for the presidency I shall accept Mr Roosevelt wrote Hannecan the people elect me I will serve helped bring out that parlys ouota The ath war loan campaign I vote ended nationally last Saturday 1 Frank Murphy of Norlhftcld fore This evoked conjecture that the Germans were using emplace ments farther east along the coast possibly because oE the al lies smashing bombings of the Pas do Calais area said she prepared another poison sandwich with which she hoped lo end her own life but could not force herself lo eat it TRUSTY MAKES ESCAPE Lincoln Ncbr Cnr 21 Sioux City trusty at the The president said he would prefer to retire but I will accept and serve in this office if I am so ordered by the commanderin chief of us sovereign people of the United States The president sprang the news of his political intentions on a news conference Tuesday morn ing when a reporter asked him he lutd anything to say about the convention Grinning the president replied that the reporter was only guess said this time he was right Getting quickly to the corres pondence before him the presi dent read Hannegans letter say ing renomination is assured and replied If thu convention should carry this out and nominate me for the presidency I shall accept If the people elect me I will serve The president said however that he would not run for re election in the accepted political sense but if the people command me to continue in this office and in this war I have as little right to withdraw as the soldier has to leave his post in the line With that statement the presi dent was referring to his war time role of commandcrinchief of the armed forces For myself I do not want to slate penitentiary escaped Mon day by driving away in a truck lie was serving a three year sen tence for forgery When Roosevelt Accepted Nomination Befon Maximum Minimum SO 61 British armored cars pushed down to the west bank of the Orne at Athis a tiny hamlet be tween Maltot and Caen but with drew later Although Maltot was lost tem porarily British tommies clung to Eterville and Canadians cleared the Germans from Louvigny in the loop between the Orne and the Odon rivers The first signs that Field Mar shal Gen Erwin Rommel was be ing forced into a general with drawal in the Cherbourg penin sula came when U Gen Omar N Bradleys columns pushing south from Carentan and down the west bank of the Vire river threatened German flank posi tions South of Carcnton the Amcri I pledge in this world of ours in other I pledge myself to a new lands there are some people who in times deal for the American peo past have lived and fought for freedom pie i propose to you my and seem to have grown too weary to carry friends that government be on the fight Only our success can stir made solvent their ancient hope I say that no call of parry would prevail upon me to accept reelec tion to the presidency I have asked myself whether I have the right as com manderinchief of the army and navy to decline to serve my country run Mr Roosevelt said By next spring I shall have been president nd cominandcrincliief ot the mod forces for 12 nics elected by the people of this untry under the American con itutionnl system From the personal point of ew 1 believe that our economic rstem is one of a sounder more uman basis that it was at the me ot my first inauguration After many years of public crvice therefore my persona noughts have turned to the day I could return to civil life that is within me cries out to o buck to my home on the Hud on river lo avoid public respon ibilitics and to avoid also the lublicily which in our democracy ollous every step of the nations hief executive In Albany N Y Gov Thomas E Dewey republican presidential nominee had no comment on Mr looscvells statement His choice Mr Roosevelt said would be to retire but he assured iannugan he would for go it it the convention drafted him and the icoplc elected him for another erm Mr Roosevelt made no mention ot the second place on the ticket and the status of Vice President Wallace who Monday night after a 2 hour conference with the presi dent told reporters thai their conversation dealt solely with China from where the vice presi dent has just returned A reporter asked it you mean that the 1944 political situation was not mentioned That is right Wallace replied As he completed reading his correspondence Tuesday a report er asked Mr Roosevelt what ho ;