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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - June 24, 1944, Mason City, Iowa COME VI rim DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS i tot Daltad Full TtMiil Wtzm Ccnt Copj MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY JUNE 14 1M4 NO CM RUSSIANS CLOSING TRAP ON VITEBSK TollFrom Tornado in East Reaches 130 HUNDREDS ARE HURT TWISTER HITS 2 STATES Many Others Homeless in Pennsylvania West Virginia Rained Area Pittsburgh Mounting re ports of death and destruction in the tornado which tore with ruinous fury through parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia sent the death toll to at least 130 Saturday while more victims were sought in wrecked commu nities In West Virginia the death list stood at 95 and in Pennsylvania at 35 with hundreds injured and many others homeless along a narrow twisting path mainly in rural areas Maryland state police reported that possibly 15 additional per sons had been killed and many injured when the storm which broke at nightfall Friday night hit Garrett county just across the West Virginia line Landslides hampered relief crews Red Cross workers at Pitts burgh estimated the damage would run into millions of dol lars Scores of persons were reported missing from homes demolished by a sudden deadly swirling wind which Friday night spent its fury on towns villages and farm and coal country from the outskirts of Pittsburgh more than 100 miles into West Virginia Authorities feared the list of dead would increase as rescuers battled their way through the wreckage and searched the hills and hollows of West Virginia first SEARCH DEBRIS FOR STORM VICTIMS Above is shown a scene as firemen dig into debris of wrecked homes at Dravosburg Pa after a storm Friday night which took a heavy toll Associated Press wirephoto Kayenay en graving County Past HalfWay Mark in Bond Drive SI795443 IS TOTAL TO DATE jawK Belshaped cloud descended on Peansyryanla and then in its neighboring state rescue squids redoubled their efforts to locate bodies Every hour brought reports of death and destruction in new sec tions of West Virginia The death toll there rose steadily Saturday morning from 53 to 95 victims In Pennsylvania 31 were reported dead in ruralareas from McKees port near Pittsburgh to the state line near Wayriesburg Pittsburgh itself was not hit Hundreds were made homeless as whole blocks in some communi ties were leveled Hospitals were filled with the injured Worst hit apparently was the little town of Shinnston a coal town of 2800 a dozen miles from Clarksburg W Va A Red Cross representative reported 58 bodies had been recovered from that vi cinity i The representative Mrs Lola Heavner said possibly a hundred persons still were unaccounted for The Red Cross immediately sent disaster relief crews into the stricken areas with blood plasma medical supplies food and cots for the injured and homeless Civilian defense organizations and military police and army medical corps units from Pitts burgh and other cities worked side by side with local police fire and relief agencies The devastation was terrific Striking at nightfall the storm trapped many families In their homes Through the night rescue workers dug by the light of flash light and torch to extricate the bodies of the dead and injured from the rains The storm was described by A D Johnson of McKeesport as a white whirlwind shape that came roaring across the city then leaped the Youghiogheny river and traveled south I saw at least a dozen houses blown right off their foundations Johnson said It was estimated at least 100 homes in the McKeesport area were demolished completely and hundreds more were unroofed or damaged West Virginians described the funnelshaped cloud as a regular Kansas twister Don Potter Mo nongahela W Va power company manager said It was a regular Kansas twister funnelshaped with limbs and sticks floating around in its middle It was a greasy green color and lazy looking The time was p m That was verified later because a lot of clocks stopped at that time Hardest hit Pennsylvania com munities outside of the Pittsburgh area were the mining towns of Clarksville and Chartiers in Greene county approximately 40 miles south of here Virtually every house in Char tiers visited only 2 weeks ago by a mine explosion and fire that killed men was leveled There were 8 known dead there and be tween 40 and 50 homes de stroyed The destruction in Chartiers is almost unbelievable said Stan ley Granger collector of internal revenue at Pittsburgh who lives in nearby Waynesburg He added The entire town appears to have been Morethian400 were believed jflred in Shinnston W tVa and 3 surrounding counties arid am bulance drivers frantically try ing to get over blocked roads up Shinns Run near Shinnston said they had reports of bodies along the roads A survey in West Virginia showed more than a score of people reported missing Reports were slow coming in from iso lated communities paralyzed by failure of facilities and with highway arteries clogged with trees and debris Hospitals presented tragic scenes Hundreds oftmen women and children filled the 325 room McKeesport hospital to overflow ing Children cried and moaned Some people lay on the floor some sat up and others jus leaned against the walls bu nearly everybody had a bandage on Nurses said they never saw anything like it Peoria R R Charges U S Operation Costly Macorab HL Toledo Peoria and Western railroad seized by the government in 194 after a protracted labor dispute filed suit in circuit court to hal what it termed unnecessary ex penditures of the company fund by federal operators The sui asked the court to halt installation of 100 pound rail of several miles of trackage in McDonough county to replace lighter rail the com pany contends was adequate ROGCASTRADA IN ITALY CAPTURED Threaten Flank Around Lake Trasimeno forces drove 6 miles through Ger man mountain positions inland rom the Tyrrhenian sea and cap ured Roccastrada threatening the flank of nazi forces fighting a strong delaying action around Lake Trasimeno to the east it was announced Saturday The seizure of Roccastrada by the American troops pushing up highway 73 opened the way to key road junction of Siena 23 miles to the north and only 32 miles be low Florence tht next major ob jective of the Italian campaign Another column of the American units on the left wing of the al lied 5th army struck up the coasta highway below Pisa anchor of the next German defense line across the peninsula The enemy continues to offer strong resistance on his presen delaying position east and west o Lake Trasimeno the daily war communique said in reporting little change in the general situ ation on the Italian front The nazis were putting up stub born resistance against the Britis 8th army on either side of Laki Trasimeno in the region of Chiusi which had changed hands a num ber of times and above Perugia t the east The official designation of th opposition as a delaying action however indicated that the Ger mans were bidding for time to di in along more defensible positions farther north probably along th RiminlPtea line Front dispatches revealed tha the Germans had carried out ex tensive demolitions at Roccastrada eclares Minnesotas usion Party Places State m Prominence Minneapolis y ro n G Allen Detroit Lakes convention ndorsed candidate for the D Lguiierhators al nomination saXd Friday night hat both major national parties give more heed to leaders from 2 party states and that the DFL usion is making Minnesota that kind of state Addressing a meeting under iponsorship of the Minnesota DFt club at the Curtis hotel here he said that contrary to the alleged wisdom and predictions of the dominant republican press Min nesota is in the doubtful class this year in the governors race and other state campaigns Fusion of the Liberals into a single party has restored the sys tem of checks and balances of 2 strongly contending political par ties in the state he said He said that it also made certain that Min nesota again would be found over whelmingly in the Roosevelt col umn as it was in 1932 1936 and 1940 Sale of E Bonds Still Lags in iii war bonds have been sold inCerro Gordo county thus far in the 5th war loan drive according to a compilation of figures from the larger bond selling points in the county The countys quota is 000 NAZI EFFORT TO FLEE SMASHED AT CHERBOURG Defenses at Port Show Signs of Crumbling Gains Are Slow By WES GALLAGHER Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force motor torpedo boats smashed a German attempt to flee Cher bourg sinking or damaging 5 of 7 merchantmen in a nightrunning convoy supreme headquarters an nounced Saturday as an Ameri can spearhead battered to with in 2000 more than a the port from the south Field dispatches declared Ger man defenses ringing Cherbourg showed signs of crumbling and supreme headquarters said Ger man resistance at the transAt lantic port might turn into stub born street fighting The German high command ap parently tried to sneak valuable technicians and important ma terial out of Cherbourg under cov er of darkness Friday night but the swift torpedo boats crashed through the protecting German escort ships into the center of the convoy Two of the 7 merchantmen were sunk and 3 damaged before the convoy ran for the refuge of the channel islands west of the jutting Cherbourg peninsula The British ships suffered some damage and casualties Supreme headquarters declared the nazi garrison at Cherbourg had been ordered to fight to the last Street fighting would de lay allied capture of the great supply port The roaring attack on Cher bourg went Into Its 3rd straight day with progress being meas ured In bloody feet from pillbox Signs Point RAILWAY LINES TO FORT CUT IN NEW RED DRIVE to Dewey on First Ballot By W EARL HALL GlobeGazette Managing Editor it isnt Thomas Dewey on the first ballot a lot of newspaper men on the ground here in advance of the national republican con vention are go ing to be set down as notor iously poor po litical prophets Certainly all the signs point that direction What little fanfare there is in the precon vention scene is being provided by delegates HALL supporting John Bricker of Ohio Some of them are wearing large B A Bricker Back er and others have Bucklers The Ohio trademark suspendec by string from their lapels Dewey spokesmen are maintain ing pseudohe ad quarters in the Stevens hotel too but they are somewhat handicapped so far as open display is concerned by the fact that their candidate still in sists that he isnt a candidate At a press conference Friday aft ernoon in Brickers behalf but not attended by him Rep Clarence J Brown oE Ohio let it be known that the Bricker strategy would be to stop Dewey on the first 2 bal lots Then he added the swing will be to Bricker Thats what Mr Brown thinks pretends to think But that isnt what disinterested observers think Plainly Dewey has a very large nucleus of pledged strength going In And even more important More Than 150 Places Captured as Russian Push Gets Rolling BULLETIN London Stalin an nounced Saturday night in a sec ond special order at the day that the red army has extended 1U breakthrough northwest of Vi tebsk In White Russia to a width of 50 miles BULLETIN London armies on the Finnish front have surged across the Svir river on a 100mile front between Lakes Ladoga and Oneih skoe hammering forward to 19 miles in 3 days Pre mierMarshal Stalin announced Saturday By EDDY GILMORE Moscow Military ob servers in Moscow pointed oat Saturday that the drive in the Vitebsk sector Is probably the tint phase of Russias summer offen sive recalling that last winter Stalin drove swift feints in sev eral directions then struck home with his main blows The red armys tactics of late have been based wholly on attri hard at one point then when the Germans shifted to meet the attack hitting some where else The process was re peated again and again The red army has made major preparations for the summer of fensive Numerous trips to frontal areas this spring and early snm Norwegian Sub Sinks German Supply Ship London IP The Norwegian submarine Ula sank a 2000 ton enemy supply ship probably sank another of 2500 tons and damaged a third of 8000 tons during recent patrols in northern waters a Nor wegian naval communique said Saturday The 8000 ton enemy vessel was part of an escort con voy intercepted off the west coast of Norway War bond members regarded this as an excellent showing except for possibly one thing The sale of E bonds the bonds especially provided for in dividuals isstill lagging On the basis of the latest report from state headquarters this county is 7 per cent behind on E bonds as compared with the other series Following is a list of places and amounts of 5th war loan bonds sold thus far purchasing value First National bank of Mason 70500000 United Home bank of Mason City 44000000 Clear Lake Bank and Trust company 11500000 Clear Lake postoffice 510000 Mason City post office to pillbox against elements of 4 nui Progress was slow There was no letup in the American attack The battle became a struggle for one point after another It fol lowed deadly pat tern of first an rtillery barrage and then an infantry assault with handtohand fighting to take a pillbox to gain 20 yards and then repeat the process American positions along the city varied in depth and meant little as long as the Germans 720000 Ventura State bank 2194350 Rockwell Credit 1100000 Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GIobeGaxette carrier boy Dougherty postoffice Plymouth bank and postoffice First State bank of Thornton Allotments from in dustries and other firms Rock Falls bank union 750000 700000 3500000 fought with the fiercenessthat characterized the struggle thus far Supreme headquarters said Lt Gen Omar R Bradleys Infantry was fighting within sight of the greatest prize At last reports 2 key fortified hills south and west of the city still were in German hands but the Germancontrolled Vichy radio said the Americans had driven through German defenses to Fort du Roule less than a mile from the docks Falling winds and bright sun light in the English channel per mitted much more rapid unloading of supplies and allowed use of allied air superiority in support of the invasion Friday bad weather held the allied air forces to 3000 sorties directed at nazi rail and road communications 43500000 570000 The allied said another supreme German command divisional VICTORY TAKES ITS the last tribute to comrades who fell beside them in battle U S army soldiers are pictured here as they dig graves for the blanketed dead somewhere in Normandy TOTAL CHINESETHINK HENGSHAN LOST Japs Advance Rapidly Down Vital Railroad Chungking last important stronghold in the path of the Japanese advancing rapidly down the CantonHankow rail way against the vital rail junction of Kengyang probably has fallen the Chinese high command in dicated Saturday night A communique placed the fight ing along the Siang river about 20 miles from Hengyang and Hengsha is 25 miles northnorth east of the city The high com mand said fighting was raging at points about 4V4 miles south and 12 miles southeast of Hengshan There was a possibility that the Japanese intended to bypass Hengyang rather than launch a frontal assault The fighting on the broad front north of Hengshan and south of Changsha continued unabated the communique said but there waslittle chance in position commander had been killed in the fighting He was Gen Salley of the 91st division Besides the 9Ist division ele ments of the 243rd 77th and 709th German divisions now have been identified in the peninsula trap Supreme headquarters said there were indications that only isolated pockets of German resistance were left on the eastern and western tips of the peninsula and these are being cleared up The main force of the attack is being di rected at the port itself In the La Haye du Puits sector 24 miles south of Cherbourg American patrols found resistance had strengthened considerably theres a minimum of favorite son stalking horses Quite largely its true that delegates opposed to or lukewarm toward the New York governor will have no alternative candidate except Bricker Backers of the Ohipan try to draw a parallel between this convention and the one 4 years ago when Dewey was defeated despite his advance superior strength But thats a synthetic parallel At Philadelphia there was a groundswell for Willkie There is none for Bricker at this juncture Anything can it looks like Dewey on the first bal lot The vice presidential nomina tion however is something else Gov Warren ofCalifornia is a favoritebut there is a mounting doubt whether he will accept As recently as 2 weeks ago he con fided to a prominent lowan that he definitely wasnt interested in the nomination nnd that he wasnt sure what his course would be if nominated Gov Warren is conceded to be an estimable and able gentleman but party leaders are thinking of him in terms of Californias large electoral vote next fall votes which hive gone to President Roosevelt 3 times in the past 12 years Theyre thinking also of Illi nois Ohio and Pennsylvania in the same way Gov Dwight Green of Illinois and Gov John Bricker of Ohio are both real vice presidential possibilities if War ren declines Gov Martin of Pennsylvania cast in a favorite son role is handicapped in this regard by the fact that his is a mer have disclosed preparations such as I have never seen before in 3 years of war here There Is every indication that Hitler will experience the mightiest offensive of all from the east Moscow jtUR Red armies clamping a siege arc two thirds of the way around the White Russia fortress of Vitebsk drove toward a junction Saturday in the first phase of a soviet summer offen sive on the sameroutethat an other Russian army took to Berlin 184 years ago The enemys reinforcement and escape railwaysradiating from Vitebsk were cut Friday In the first 24 hours of the offensive which carried through powerful fortifications both northwest and southeast of the city and liber ated more than 15ft towns and lages Three secondary roads running southwest from Vitebsk remained in German hands but these were seaboard state Suggestion that Sen Harry Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Saturday night Sunday partly cloudy Warmer Sunday afternoon Iowa Fair Saturday night Sun Byrd Virginia old line democrat be placed on the republican tick et for vice president has induced no enthusiasm among dele rates That would be a hybred ticket and hybreds have never not any where one observed Few of Iowas delegates had arrived on the scene up to noon Saturday Those present how ever indicated that Iowa would be listed in the Dewey column when the convention poll call starts National Chairman Harri son Spangler made no attempt to conceal his belief that it would be on the first ballot Its a matter of comment that Mr Spanglers will has prevailed in setting up the convention pro gram He is known to have fa vored Herbert Hoover for a fea tured address and he is known to have favored Sen Robert Taft as chairman of the all important resolutions committee day partly Sunday cloudy Warmer Minnesota Fair Saturday night Sunday partly cloudy warmer Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 78 Minimum Friday night 55 At 8 a m Saturday 6 YEAR AGO Maximum JO Minimum 68 being pounded by scores of soviet planes and guns and appeared in imminent peril of being cut by the converging Russian armies seek ing to encircle the fortress The offensive set in motion the third phase of the master plan agreed upon by President Roose velt Prime Minister Churchill and Premier Stalin at Teheran for the defeat of Germany and brought Hitlers fortress under at tack simultaneously from the east west and south The Russians launced their at tack in the northern sector of the historic Smolensk gap on the shortest invasion route to War saw and Berlin the latter 730 miles west of Vitebsk During the 7 years war the Russians ad vanced against the Russians along this same road and in 1760 actu ally reached Berlin and ran sacked the capital The offensive also hen lonr threat to tens of thousands of German troops in the Baltic states since the Soviets may drive west from Vitebsk alonr the Dvina river to Rica and the Bal tic trapping them German reports said the whole 300 mile long northcentral front from Pskov gateway to Latvia south to Mogilev 87 miles below Vitebsk was flaming into action but Russian reports told only of soviet attacks around Vitebsk Nazi Leaders to Shoot Cherbourg If They Try to Surrender London Germans threatened with shooting by their commanders if they attempt to surrender were fighting a door die battle from their steadily shrinking pocket some 15 miles long and only 2 to 3 miles deep in the Cherbourg area Saturday Northwest of Smolensk the Russians drove 7V4 to 9 miles through fortified forests water ways ravines and marshes on a 19 mile front and cut the Vitebsk PolotskiRiga railway some 18 miles beyond Vitebsk More than 100 towns and vil lages including Sirotino 25 miles northwest of Vitebsk and Yaz vino 18 miles northwest were seized in this drive At Yazvino the Russians were only 6 miles from the Dvina river the enemys main defense line between Vitebsk and Polotsk Simultaneously other soviet forces advanced 5 to 6 miles on a mile front southeast Vitebsk and cut the hi th way and railway Unking the city with Orsha 41 miles to the south More than 50 towns and vil lages were captured including Zamostochye on the Vitebsk ;