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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 4, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COMP DEPARTMENT OF ANO I HO I NES THE NEWSPAPER THAT GfVE MORE MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL L Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wij Five Cents a Copyl MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MARCH 4 1944 NO 127 EDGE OF PSKOV IS REACHED IN RUSS ADVANCE Report Germans Put Torch to Estonian Fort Town of Narva London UP Russian troops have smashed their way into the outskirts ot the Baltic gateway city Pskov from the east Mos cow announced Saturday and un official soviet reports said the Germans have put the torch to the ancient Estonian fortress town of Narva as the Soviets lunge nearer Red army units now hold posi tions in the environs of Pskov from 2 directions Even before Fri days advance they had plunged to within G miles of the city from the north Seventeen miles southeast ol Pskov soviet spearheads fought their way to within G miles of the PskovWarsaw railway one o two last escape rail routes open to the Pskov garrison the Moscow bul letin said and were closing in on the rail town Ostrov On the Narova river bridgehead south of Narva Gen Leonid A Govorovs troops pressed west ward against stubborn nazL re sistance and succeeded in enlarg ing their foothold on the west bank killing more than 2300 Ger mans within the past 48 hours Moscow reported Govorovs troops had previously reached Auvere 9 miles west of Narva cutting the railway leading to Reval practically isolating the Narv garrison Berlin admitted Russian gains in the Narva area described the fighting as exceptionally embit tered and said the enemy con tinues to attack without interrup tion Indicative of the fisrht the Ger mans were prepared to put up t hold Tskov key to what is lef of their communications mid supply system in northern Kussia Moscow said that the enemy has transformed all populated places situated on the approaches to Pskov into powerful centers of defense and is putting up strong artillery resistance Nevertheless according to the Russian communique the red t army troops captured 17 towns 1 and 4 railway stations in Fridays lighting bringing their lines to a point 3 miles southeast of Pskov at Pokhvalschina Another town engulfed in the soviet drive was Sysaeva 17 miles sotheast o Pskov and 6 miles from the Pskov Warsaw trunk line Republican Primary Election Pruwry KUciioB itll oa Sti ot Jut 1U4 rvR iMiro St ITOR QJOHS QUMJV fUTlWE COVMJJ310MIC iwOui jj iOKK QCLSCV ADAMS a TICIir IOR AnORLV JOM V A DAK T1CKZT JOX lOHNSHlrCLUJk QUNCVAtlAHS a D DtSTWCT 01 a Q Eujiriii Q JOKSQUNCV lOi BttlKD C1F HVILllllSUKS Trn ioj Pttctvcr roMgrnn t 1Uui Q JOH V a JOHX QCINCV ATAM5 a CAtriu stectiAkv ir sriTE JO QLLMT ADAiSS STAli RtFafcSEv TAT VC 3 J031S QVtNCV TrTSt JlH JOKi QUNCY ADAMS UElLCtTL3 11 COIMT j Qctxcr ACAUI OR AVUIIOK or a a1 D T1CSTT IUR CIILMV JLSTITE rUCL Q JOH qiixcr D cniSTk run inrvsnirn or JOliS QaiCY40Al 5 JOHN HAMS Q AMI HOLS lstl IN JORSymcY TICKIT KT1TLS ILVATOK JOHVfJUSCV v s H 1 11 Rin corMV KrcxituER QJOHWQllJfCriDAMS JOHN QLINCy n WANTS BALLOT of State Wayne M Ropes Saturday asked the Iowa War Ballot Commission of which he is chairman to approve this specimen official war ballot The ballots actual size is 9 by 12 inches That for the democratic primary election presents a similar ap pearance Provisions of the emergency legislation de signed to permit every lowan in the service throughout the world opportunity to vote this year require ihat each county auditor be supplied with specimen ballots to assist printers in attaining uniformity IDPA photo Tentative Approval Given to Iowa Official War Ballot Des Hlohics members oC the war ballot commission meeting Saturday at the siatehouse tentatively approved a specimen official war ballot For the primary election for both the democratic and republican parties Secretary of State Wayne Ropes met with Mrs Sam J Burroughs of Albion and C F Cody Du buque the democratic members LIST AMERICAN ACE AS MISSING Beckham Was Credited With 18 Nazi Planes U S Fighter Station England Walter C Beckham of DC Funiak Springs Fla Americas leading ace in this Ihe atcr with 18 planes to his credit disappeared in a flaming fighter over Europe Friday after strafing a German airdrome from only 10 leet in the lacs ol mur derous ground fire Saturday he was listed officially as missing in action Beckhams last words as he climbed for altitude to bail out after directing his flight of thun derbolts on their course for home were I cant make it Ive been hit Ill see you all later of the 5 member commission which was created by the special iession of the legislature to ad ninister details of the service mens ballot law C A Bowers Council Bluffs vas snowbound at Oakland Iowa and Mrs Hanford MacNidor Ma on City the other republican was unable to at tend Hopes said the tentatively ap jroved specimen would be sent o the absent members and that hey hoped to be able to send jallots to county auditors next week The commission also approved printing paper for the ballots and 375000 envelopes in sixes for delivery return and affidavits Having Wonderful Time Private Gets Furlough Extended Camp Kcarns Utah Sidncy Blotter of Milwaukee wired his commanding officer No death no emergency Re quest extension of furlough Hav ing wonderful time Maj George A Lloyd wired back Reward for honesty extension of 5 days on present furlough granted Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Clearing and coldei with diminishing winds Satur day night lowest Sunday morn ing 15 al Mason City Sunda sunny and warmer Iowa Partly cloudy and consider ably colder Saturday night Sunday partly cloudy lo cloudy with little change in tempera ture except occasional ligh snow and warmer northwes and extreme west portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 39 Minimum Friday night 30 At 8 a m Saturday 30 YEAR AGO Maximum 30 Minimum 18 London war is begin ning Jo get on Eires neutral nerves li was reported in London Sat irday that a few wild shots lired 10 days ago by a drinkbefuddled icd soldier who crossed the bor der from northern Ireland into Nearly All Animals in Circus Escape Injury in Oklahoma Tornado Huso Okla al animals in the Al G Kelly circus which has winter headquarters 3 miles east escaped Friday night in a tornado that caused approx imately damage to equip ment Chiefly trained dogs raccoons and the like none of the animals were of a wild nature Four ele phants in a barn were untouched Seven trucks and trailers were destroyed The twister injured S persons and damaged or destroyed about i5 homes in the southeast section of Hugo Two buildings of the Goodland Indian school nearby were wrecked The state highway patrol estimated total damage at Eire Jittery no word to be from the country Sire brought on a case of invasion Jtters The Daily Express quoting travelers said the Eire army was ordered on a 5day stand to alert following the incident Forts ivere manned bridges mined ma chinegun posts set up and local defense volunteers called out So far nothing official has come Trom Dublin as to the incident and the strict Eire censorship appar ently allowed printed But reports said Eire became a great rumor factory especially Dublin where slorics grew to the extent it was said the allies have presented an ultimatum and the allies want ports and other facilities On Sunday President Eamori dc Valera spoke at Cavah and con demned rumors saying there was no justification for public uneasi ness though he added that at any moment war may come upon us The danger becomes greater as the theater of war moves more in our direction and the efforts of the belligerents against each other reach a climax ALLIES DEFEAT 3 SMALL JABS AT BEACHHEAD Slashing Air Blows Are Struck at Lines in North Italy and Rome Allied Headquarters Naples Mi small German attacks against the beachhead below Rome were smashed Friday and Thurs day as the nazis continued to stab weakly at the allied lines after the failure of their latest allout of fensive headquariers announced Saturday Adusk assault against Ameri can troops along the Cisterna Montcllo road Thursday was beat en back by artillery fire and 3 tanks were destroyed Two strong enemy patrols probing British po sitions around Carroccto were dis persed and infiltration attempts in the Moletta river area also failed Unfavorable weather curtailed ground operations on all the fronts a communique said with action in the Cassino area limited to normal patrolling and ex changes of fire The 8th army re pulsed a small nazi thrust in the Allied officers estimate that at least 5 nazi divisions were used in the recent costly offensive against the beachhead Three German di visions had previously been iden tified in the assault but the al lied command later learned the crack Hermann Goering Panzer di vision and the 715th infantry also were employed The latter outfit suffered heavy casualties in both of the last 2 offensives Since the British and Americans landed below Rome Jan 22 they have taken move than 3500 prison ers a spokesman said The allied airforces Friday struck slashing blows at German communications in northern Italy and in Rome blasting railways destroying a number of locomo tives and camionadinj slapping and dock areas Eleven German planes were destroyed for a IDSS of 10 allied craft One company of German in fantry attacked Indian troops near the mountain village of Fallascoso southwest of Torricella on the 8th army front but were driven off WTlhcastialliesTleaving 4 prison ers in allied hands Spitfires again blasted the Jugoslav coast smashing 2 loco mo lives and machinegunning trains and Wellington night bombers followed up the blows with a smash at Zara Italian port on the Dalmatian coast with 2ton bombs Zara is one of the major intakes for German rein forcements and supplies in the battle against Jugoslav partisans BERLIN ATTACKED BY U S BOMBERS YANK BOMBERS HIT air view of Berlin capital of Gcmmny raided by American heavy bombers by daylight Saturday for the first time is shown above CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS DCS Sloincs if Ralph N Lynch DCS Moines attorney an nounced Saturday he be a candidate or the democratic con gressional nomination in the 5th district Supreme Court Rejects Buchalter Maneuver Washington supreme court rejected Saturday a last minute legal maneuver by coun sel for Louis Lcpkc Buchaltcr to save the onetime chief of Murder Inc from execution Sat urday night The court announced its decision about an hour and a half after Lcpkcs attorney filed a petition for a writ of ccrtiorari asking the high tribunal to review the denial by lower federal courts of an application for a writ of iiabeas corpus for the New York gangster Midwest Food Stores Will Be Visited by OPA Officials Soon ChicaRO F Walters re gional OPA administrator said Saturday that all retail food stores throughout the midwest would be visited by OPA officials beginning the week of March 1318 to de termine if price regulations were being observed Price panel assistants volun teers and OPA paid personnel in cluding employes of local boards will conduct the study he said Instructions for the survey have been sent to 853 local boards in Iowa Nebraska Illinois Minne sota Wisconsin North and South Dakota Ten popular food items will be checked for both selling and ceil ing prices Walters said and a second check will be made a ucck later at stores where violations were found to determine if errors have been corrected CONTEMPT CASE MAY BE BROUGHT Daniels Refused to Answer Questions Washington scniiie ag riculture subcommittee voted un animously Saturday to recom mend citation of Jonathan Dan iels administrative assistant to President Roosevelt for contempt of the senate for refusing to an swer questions in an official in vestigation rural electrifi cation administration The recommendation goes to ihe full committee which is expected to vote on it next week After a 2hour closed session of Ihe subcommittee Chairman Smith DS told reporters The subcommittee will make a report to the full committee rec ommending that action be taken to bring Mr Daniels before Ihe bar of tile senate to shou cause why he should not be adjudged in con tempt Yanks on Los Negros Fight Off Nippon CounterAttacks Uy KIClIARl C BEUCHOLZ Associated Iress War Editor American bulldozers snorted over rainsoaked Momote airdrome the invaded Admiralty islands Saturday while reinforced first cavalry division troops supported by daylong aerial sweeps fought off determined Japanese attacks Seabees skilled construction workers landed on Los Negros island Thursday along with other troops when Gen Douglas Mac Arthur decided to change the Admiralties operation from a reconnaissance in 1o complete occupation Frequcnl drenching rain storms Much of Iowa Records Snow 2 Inches Reported in Ames DCS Moiues Mj A wet snow blanketed most ot Iowa Saturday ranging from 6i inches al Ames to traces at Spencer and Sioux City The snowfall measured 6 inches at Des Moines 5 at Iowa City and Bnrlinyton 4 al Cedar and 2 at Council Bluffs and Lamoni Where Ihe snow was the heavi est it was accompanied by a considerable amount of rain the weather bureau reported In ad dition to the snow Ames had 61 inches of moisture Des Moines 98 Iowa City 30 Burlington 46 Cedar Rapids 91 Council Bluffs 64 and Lamoni 64 The heaviest snow the weather bureau said extended from Ames and Des Moines eastward to Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and south Except in the southeast most of the snowing had ceased at Saturday morning Lighter snows were recorded as follows One inch at Dubuque I at Davenport and A at Fort Dodge Other rainfall reports were Albia 124 Davenport 90 Marshalltown 70 Fort Dodge and Dubuque 09 Only 3 of the 8 army planes scheduled to be in Mason City this week to give free rides to young persons wishing flights will arrive the rest being snowed in The planes are to be here in the interest of the army air corps and the airWACs recruitment program Injuries Suffered in Crossing Accident Cause Womans Death Mount Plcasaiil suffered in a crossing accident near the Burlington railroad sta tion Thursday night resulted in the death Saturday of Miss Bon nie Kigcr 25 of Mount Pleasant She suffered a skull fracture and fractured legs when the car in which she was riding was dragged 115 feet by a freight train Fred Rcnnick 52 driver of the car suffered chest injuries He is employed at the Iowa ord nance plant at Burlington Miss Kiger daughter of Mr and Mrs O W Kigcr of Ottumwa had enlisted in the womens army corps and was awaiting call Asks Ration Points for Meat to Feed to Rats Albuquerque N Mex Charles B Wells city manager Saturday appealed to the office of price administration for ration points lo buy meat for the citys rats The meat is to be used as bait in a drive to rid the city of the rodents EAST GERMANY IS BLASTED BY YANKEE AIRMEN Only 10 Nazi Fighters Seen Over District of Berlin Which Was Hit London ffJJ U S uimy hcucl iiiinuuiiccd SiiUirdiiy that American huavy buuibcrs atvackcd turrets in eastern Germany and that one formation at tacking a in the Berlin dis The hciitlciuarters aunounccmont telling ol the attack un the Gcr capital ljr the first time bv Amurican bombers auid Formations oi heavy bumbcvs Saturday attacked targets in cast crn Cicrmany Otie funnalioii reported attacking a target in the Berlin district The night was matc through difficult flyiny conditions irloiifls often as high as 30 QUO The first flyers to return thn attack on the Merlin district said they only 10 German fight CTM over lhil district of the Gcrmuu capital and I hat these were out numbered 4 to I by American JONATHAN DANIELS Contempt Action have mired down repair work on tile airdHTme prize of the Los Negros landing but Associated Press War Correspondent Robert Eunson reported from allied headquarters the airstrip hud been carefully spared previous during prcinvasion bombings and can he repaired quickly once the weather clears Japanese defenders surprised and outmaneuvered by the land ing have been pushed back slightly Saturdays communique said but resistance is still slron and enemy reinforcements are reaching Los Negros from larger garrisons on adjacent Manus island For the first time since the landing Tuesday enemy aircraft attempted to interfere uilii allied operations tiic communique said but al least B out of a 15 plane force were knocked down by American flyers The weather T n k y o radio agreed is terrible Fiffhtiufe is continuing in torrential rain and deep mire a broadcast for American consumption said and reinforced Japanese troops arc reported preparing o launch a Bcncral offensive Inclement weather spared Ra baul Japans battered New Brit ain base from its ifith consccu j live daily pounding from the air t bul Adm William I Halsey re ported destroyers swept into Ha bauls harbor Tuesday for the 3rd U S Spurns New Farrell Regime for Argentina Washington Wi United Stales Ambassador Norman Armour Jias been instructed lo refrain from cnlering official relations with the Farrell regime in Argentina pend ing developments Acting Secre tary of Stale SteUiniuK an nounced Saturday j In a formal statement Stcttinius said that this government has rea son to believe that Argentinian groups not in sympathy with the declared Argentinian policy nf joining the defense of the western hemisphere were active in the re tirement of President General Ped ro Ramirez and the assumption of the presidency bv VicePrcsiclcnt Farrell Slcltinius said that since the American foreign policy is at present primarily by j considerations of support for the prosecution of the the depart mcnt o state has instructed Am bassador Armour lo refrain from entering official relations with the new regime pending develop ments This is the present status of our relations with the existing Ar gentine regime Stcttinius said In all matters relating to the security and defense of the hemis phere we must loo to the sub stance rather than the form 9800 Entertainment Places in Tokyo Are Ordered Shut Down New York total of 0800 highclass entertainment places in Tokyo ranging from the Im perial hotels restaurant to a long string of Geisha houses were to be closed Sunday under a measure adopted by Premier Hideki Tojos government to fit the mode of public living to wartime require ments the Japanese Domci agen cy said Saturday In a wireless dispatch beamed lo North America and recorded by U S Foreign Broadcast Intelli gence service Domci said the clos ingdown decree would affect 4 300 Geisha houses 850 restaurants and about 2000 cafes cabarets tea rooms and similar establish ments as well as 9 leading the aters The dispatch said 35000 em ployes would be released for mo bilization in muni lions factories and other wartime industrial plants SIGNS JUDGMENT Des Moines Judge Charles A Dewey Friday signed a judgment for S46689 against Fred A Schuttcr of Pleasant Val ley for allegedly selling onions at levels above OPA price ceilings We are in a ruthless enemy imhided I rave issues on hitter war will a Earlier a German broadcast by the propaganda agency interna tional information bureau sairt bombs had showered Berlin but DNB the otticial nazi n auencyf declared not a shiyle ex plosive fell on Berlin itself This confusion in Berlin broydcasis however apparently was the re sult of spUUiny ns to Berlins boundaries The S headquarters an nouncement hiil other formations in the impressive armada and their swarming escorts had at tacked targets in eastern Ger many hinted that the daylight assault possibly was a record pen etration of the reich The last deep penetration was on Oct 9 airplane factories In east Prussia were hit The formation which took the aerial assault lo Hitlers vcrv tluorstep and tin other bombers in tin vast assault thundered through brutally cold substrato sphere temperatures as Isnr as 58 decrees bcloxv ycro Fahrenheit toll intense lhat it sometimes and other equipment and inflicts severe frostbite in a few seconds of exposure Antiaircraft batter its opened Lip on the Americans as soon as the forma lions swu tig over G cr many early returning crewmen said 0 The air was full of American planes there were hundreds of P47s and P5Ls escorting us Fortress Copi lot Li Ira Munn of Prcsque Isle Me recounted As far as yuu could see ahead there were vapur 1 fail of bom bers md beyond hose you could purely technical time in 2 weeks to shell shore inj basis would be in close our eyes slnMalions Ham obscured obscr to the realities of the situation valion of damage see specks that were other bom plan has j Hum valley flak opened up n eluded conquest ol the western j niil nubody ot into ihis An ovcr icrnksiihcre To dcLil sucii al ioul IUOUU Iccl eciveieri 3 Surviving Infants in Quadruplets Are Only One Senator Is Present as Langev Reported Doing Nicely Asks for Correction London UR The 3 surviving infants of the quadruplets born to Staff Sgt William Thompson Jr of Pittsburgh and the English girl he cannot marry until he gets a divorce from his American wife were reported doing Sat urday at a nursing home in Heanor Derbyshire Thompson grief stricken over the death of MacDonald lastborn of the quadruplets was back in his camp Saturday after having been granted leave lo visit the mother Nora Carpenter Thompson issued a statement through army officers asking that he and the unwed mother be left alone so that we can work out our problems and destinies He said he would continue lo seek a divorce from his wife Eleanor in Pittsburgh ICE MOVES OUT EARLY McGreEor Slyfield river observer said Saturday that the Mississippi river channel was clear of ice as far north as the dam 15 miles iiprivcr Movement of most of the ice from the river in this area has occurred at one record ol Ihe earliest dates on a long senate speech Senator Langer RN Dak recalled an error in the congressional record and said it should be fixed Senator Danaher UConu in terrupted Was it the senators intention to ask unanimous con sent to correct the record Thats right Langcr replied Then I ask that it be noted paid Danaher I have no objec tion That made it unamnVHis lie was dangers entire audience at the lime Is Injured When Auto Backs Into Train Hammond Ind Presut 42 Gary Ind was in a critical condition Saturday alter the automobile which he was driving beat a train to a crossing then backed into it The engineer of the train said Fresuls car crossed in front of the train slopped and backed into the path of the locomotive Presut is too seriously injured to explain Germany bul over that we could for miles and miles Our bunch saw only uvo enemy fighters One FockcWulf minded his own business and went cruis ing off lie saw uur A Mestersdiinill came under us and went after one sagging B17 but two P47s got him He went clown out of control and smoking badly The German broadcast said the raid on the German capital was a rcpclitinn of an attack which failed Friday U S Iicadiinartcrs announced Friday however only thai American fishier planes had made an offensive sweep over Hcrlin ami made no reference to bombers This lime the attack was flown from a westerly direction the broadcast said Only a small part of the American which was strongly escorted by Berlin it con tinned They cncnmitcrcd very stiou deLenHe and had to jettison then bombs or wen compelled to re lease them without taking aim as they were hard pressed Ijy Ger man fighters Several U S A planes brought downcrashed in the immediate vicinity of the capital At the time when the bombers approached reich territory the sky was clouded On their return the bombers once more were engaged in fierce air combats Planes were observed to crash all over arcns defended by antiaircraft guns Hcrlin has been a soal for Am erican flyers ever since they began operations in Ihe European theater ;