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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 10, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CQMP DEPARTMENT OF H i TOR v Am ARCHIVE THE NEWSPAPER THAT GIVE MORE IN44 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a Copy I MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH 10 1944 This Paper Consists of Two Otic NO 13X NAZI AIR FORCE FAILS TO HALT STEADY BLOWS Shakeup of Top Men in German Air Command Reported by Sweden London 4engined Lancasters striking again at Germanys aireratt production reached far into southern France Thursday night and bombed the large factory at Marignane near Marseille the air ministry an nounced Friday The RAF strike kep1 lied aer ial blows going around tiie clock following Thursdays bombing of Berlin through dense clouds b the American 8th air force Already a shakeup of the top men of the German air force hac been precipitated by the series of heavy assaults of Berlin in which at least 324 nazi planes were de stroyed Swedish press dispatche reported The air ministry communique telling of the night operation saic the large aircraft factory at Ma rignane was attacked in brigh moonlight and first reports indi catcd the bombing as accurate am concentrated At the same time mosquilos giving western Germany no ease struck objectives in that area The air ministry said none o its planes was missing The Lancaster raid was tb TiAFs 3rd night precision attac on German aircraft factories i France in a month but the date has not been set On Feb 8 a similar force usinj irvj the new 6ton factorybuster bomb hit the GnomeRhone air plane engine factory at Limoges and on March 2 smashed at plants near Paris and Albert in north ern France Cobb Humorist Dies Fails o Fulfill Promise to Keep Newspapers Fully Advised New York S Cobb 67 humorist whose sparkling wit nd homely humor illuminated thousands of written pages the motion j ijctures and slage died at his Hotel Sheraton apartment Friday of omplications after a 3 months iiness The man who contributed hand omely to the fame of his native aducah Ky died unable to fill promise made last December to lent Cooper executive director and general manager of the As ociatecl Press that it as and vhcn I get ready lo depart else vhere I promise to keep friendly lewspapers fully advised Cobb whose heavy rugged fea ures belied his nimble lightning lumor was the author of many jooks and magazine articles ranging in subject from broad comedy sketches to the lender Judge Priest tales As an ex temporaneous speaker he was un urpassed and was in constant demand for afterdinner engage ments Reported seriously ill In De cember Cobb answered in person telephone calls made to the hos pital by the press concerning re ports he was dangerously ill His letter to Cooper followed After crediting himself for omitting to remark that reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated Cobb concluded his r note by saying that doctors are still tapping me for impulsive lit tle freshets of dropsy but the re sults of these acquatic sports and pastimes will they believe di minish as time passes His widow and a daughter Mrs Elisabeth Cobb Brocly of New York survive Funeral services will be private IRVIN S COBB A U S communique Thursday uight said T h u r s d a ys blow against the reich capital and a coordinated raid on unspecified objectives in central identified by the Berlin radio as 7 heavy bombers and one fishter figures that con trasted sharply with 68 bombers and 11 fighters last Monday Although the flying fortresses their escorting mustangs tliunderbolts and light nings plunged through heavy antiaircraft fire to reach Thurs days targets most of the Ger man airforce apparently was grounded The American flyers reported only minor encounters with the enemy and made no claims of any nai planes destroyed The Swedish dispatch pub lished in the London Daily Mail and quoting neutral sources said that under a reorganization of Hitlers air command now in progress Beichsmarshal Hermann Goering would take a back seat and younger men with more spe cialized knowledge of lighter de fense would come to power Goering was described as ut terly bewildered by the strength of the allied aerial blows No accurate assessment of the new punishment inflicted upon scarred Berlin by the Americans has yet become available but a Stockholm dispatch quoted a trav eler as declaring it has ceased to be a capital or even a town The Cairo radio quoting another Swedish report said the city had been without electricity gas and water all this week The everincreasing might of American air power was reflected in a V S army headquarters an nouncement Thursday night that the Britishbased 8th air force and Italianbased 15th air force dropped 24000 tons of bombs on Germany in February aircraft factories being the chief targets Escorting fighters knocked down 905 enemy planes during the month the announcement said de claring this total was consider ably more than the monthly fight er production capacity left in Ger many at the end February This allied domination of the air over Germany has brought the suggestion the London Daily Mail said Friday that Amer ican bombers striking into the rcich radio German civilians to lice Without saying who made the suggestion or mentioning the HAFs night bombers the news paper said that warnings such DS this be sent This United States stra tegic bomber force calling on the people of Berlin At today approximately 10000 high explo sive bombs will be rained on mili tary objectives in your midst Clear out if if Replying to a statement Sun day by 28 American clergymen and writers decrying allied oblitera tion attacks on German cities Bishop G Bromley Oxnam of Bos Ton said Thursday nijht that the best military judgment is that to end the war as speedily as possible this bombing is necessary Bishop Oxnam secretary of the council of bishops of the Methodist church said those who had con demned the attacks speak lor a Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb whose flashing wit made him famous on both sides oC the Atlantic leaped into big time journalism as the start of a career as writer speaker and Film actor from that traditional seat of inspiration a park bench Jt was 1904 6 weeks after Cobb had gone to New York fresh from gratifying success as a newspaper man in his home state of Ken tucky He was doing badly had only S18 in his pocket and was sitting on the bench cogitating on the in hospitality of Manhattan He glanced at anewspaper I was struck with something I hadnt noticed before the fli pant tone used towardimportant unheard of in southern journalism Cobb re ated Well I lust said to myself f this kind of derisive attitude is what they like maybe the same tone in a these editors The letters he sent hit several editors and Cobb selected a job on the New York Sun A year later he was on the staff of the Evening and Sunday World one of the highest paid evening paper reporters in the world He was with the famous Joseph Pulitzer publication until 1911 For the following 11 years he was on the staff of the Saturday Evening Post covered the World war for that periodical and came back from abroad to establish a repu tation as a lecturer afterdinner speaker and pungent commenta tor on people and things From 1922 on he was with the Hearst publications more especially the Cosmopolitan magazine He got to Hollywood when he sold the movie rights to his fic tion character Judge Priest and was made unofficial adviser in the filming of the judge Then to ocrat After 3 years of this work he trekked to New York and came to rest on his park bench Cobb married Laura Spcnce Baker of Savannah Ga on lun 20 1900 A daughter Elizabeth was credited with several success ful novels She married Frank M Chapman Jr a singer in 1924 bu this union was terminated by di vorce in 1930 She later marricc Alton A Brody of New York Cobbs lavorile among his shoi stories was The Escape of Mi Trimm published in 1913 and hi first essay into the field of tic tion It svas based upon a tri which he covered in New Yor and was anything but funny Whe he told his wife he intended to tr fiction she said Humorously course And said Cobb she prove wrong for the first time in he life when the grim tale was pui chased by the Saturday Evenin Post This was the start of an amaz ing output stories book plays musical comedy libretti and miscellaneous articles pouretiij forth in such volume that he lost count I guess something like 60 full length books more than 300 short stories and anywhere from 2000 to 5000 feature articles and I NAZIS DECLARE LISSA INVADED BY COMMANDOS Report Churchills Son Leader in Landing Near Daimatia Coast London Berlin radio id Friday that British and merican commandos under the ommand uf a British general rith the name of Churchlil had mded on Lissu island off the lalmatian coast of Jugoslavia There was no confirmation ere of the landing hut U was idely believed Ihal the German roadcast was talking about Capt andolph Churchill son of Prime Iinistcr Churchill who is re orled to have gone to Jugoslavia resumably dropping by Para hutc The broadcast said Churchill ad taken command of allied i roops on the island but it re lained to be seen whether liis i orces would include 2000 follow of Marshal Tito Josip Broz here Youngt Churchill recently con erred with Marshal Tito The Berlin broadcast identified him is a British general with the uune of Churchill but there was 10 doubt here that Berlin was alking about the prime minis ers son Churchill 32 was the first member of parliament to become LI paratrooper The allies have seen giving aid to Titos partisans but there lias been no official an nouncement of the presence uf British commandu or American ranger troops in Jugoslavia The Berlin radio said Events taking place at Ussa arc of major interest A British general with the name of Churchill arrived there a few clays ago and has taken over command of allied island troops Whether these troops also in clude the Tito followers of whom i there are about 2000 on the is land remains to be seen At any rale there arc several American and British commandos under the command of General Churchill comprising a total strength of about 1500 men These detachments are prob Uman Nazi Base in Ukraine Taken in BreakThrough GUY M GILLETTE Candidacy Raised in Red Cross Campaign letter might hit some of dont know huw much alleged humor he estimated in 1936 The fact that most of my stuff has been published is either a tri Jjute to my own salesmanship or maybe theres a good percentage of agreeable suckers among editors and publishers Cobb big beetlebrowed and with decidedly rugged features at tributed whatever be gained in life to taking chances I took my greatest chance he said when I became an after dinner speaker Of that art he liked to tell this paraphrase of an old anecdote After dinner speakers should learn the beautiful lesson of brevity from the gifted parrot which always had been a profuse and ready conversationalist until it acquired the curious habit of laying square eggs After that all it ever said was Ouch Of being a wit in general A man who gets the reputa Buy Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazelle carrier boy ably desisncd to the island as a supply base and to xuard American and British supplies lo cated on the island on behalf of the Tito bands in southeast Europe As these troops are solely comprised of single formations socalled commando raids must be expected at some points on the Dalmatian coast and oti Dalma tian islands These raids are of only small military value but can well be cx ploiled for reasons of propaganda particularly towards Tito bands which during the last few weeks have complained about the lack of British and American support Lissa an island about 10 miles long and 5 miles wide is in the Adriatic 30 miles off the important port of Split It is 120 miles east of Italys mainland his surprise he was drafted as an actor He appeared first in 4 short omcdies then with Will Rogers n Steamboat Round the Bend le never thought much of his own listrionic abilities Cobb settled down in a former lome of Greta Garbo in Santa Monica with his wife daughter and 3 grandchildren He continued o write daily newspaper articles and as the spirit moved him to produce his dryly humorous fic ion Cobb ivas horn June 23 1876 n Faducah Ky the son of Foshua Clark and Manic Marshall Saunders Cobb His father and 4 uncles served in the Confederate army and one of Cobbs proudest possessions was a commission as colonel on the staff of the mander in chief of he United Confederate Veterans conferred on him in 1316 when he was chief orator of the veterans reunion at Birmingham Ala Cobb also was a colonel by virtue of commis sions granted by the governor of Kentucky in 1918 and 1921 He always considered this a real honor and used to voice his in dignant protest when the corps of Kentucky colonels expanded into a list of amplitudious propor tions His first ambition was to be an artist When forced by family fi nancial difficulties to leave school at 16 he became a cartoonist for the Paducah Daily News For pic torial delineations of quilting bees and sewing circles lie received S175 a week He also made some money by contributing squibs and sketches to comic weeklies but soon became a fullfledged re porter and at 19 was made editor of the paper From 1898 to 1901 besides these duties he conducted a column Sour Mash in the Louisville Evening Post Then there was w merger of Paducah papers and Cobb became managing editor of the Paducah NewsDem BLISS TO SEEK REELECTION Candidacies Announced by High Court Justices Gillette Will Seek ReElection to U S Senate WasliiiiKton Guy M Gillette announced Friday he would seek reelection In a telegram to Jake More democratic state chairman Gil lette declared I have repeatedly asserted my purpose to retire from congres sional service Your wire stales that 24001 petitioners insist that my public duty is lo continue in senate service All right Let the people of Iowa make the decision Gillette announced his decision to More after receiving the fol lowing telegram from the state Over 24000 lowii democrats have signed your nomination pa pers which were only placed in the hands of precinct people last Wednesday Our people stand uniied behind you Present day conditions make it necessary that you consider your decision serious ly Many lova republicans are looking lo you and our party for leadership in this critical period regard held for you by our parly friends in Washington and thewholehearlcd supporl of your thousands of Iowa friends leave you only one decision In this cri tical period you cannot fail Ihem You must yield to their demand and become a Gillette dictated iiis decision shortly before leaving his office lo allend a meeting of senate democrats with officials of the parlys national committee ai a luncheon given by Sen OMahoncy recently named chair man of the democralic senatorial campaign committee Party leaders long have been Gillette to reconsider his decision to retire in the belief that his candidacy offered their great est hope for a victory this year in normally republic A frrciucnt crillc of administra tion policies Gillclle won demo cralic rcnomimition in 1038 despite administration efforts to defeat him An outspoken opponent of a 4lli Icrm for President Roosevelt Gil lette was just as critical of the 3rd term I would even oppose my own father If he ran for a 4th term he told a reporter recently Nevertheless Robert E Hamic Close lo 55000 in additional contributions to the Cerro Gorclo county Red Cross chapter war fund campaign was reported Fri raising the total for the drive thus far to Included in Fridays figure were the reports of Clear Mcser vcy Thornton and Clear township all of which have at tained their quota Joining in the procession too was the womans army of Mason City in charge of a residential can vass under the chairmanship of Mrs Charles B Hardinc This also has reached its quota This puts the lolal raised lo date close to the 35 mark of the goal of the campaign which was set at for Cerro Gordo county The national goal of the Red Cross war fund campaign is Improved weather conditions is expected lo speed returns from the rural sections where work ers hampered by storm and snow the early part of the com TOGO Fridays Ked Cross campaign report of S29878fi9 practically fills A arms of the Kcd Cross symbol When Ccrro Gordo county reaches its goal of S51 500 in the war fund drive Ihc whole symbol will be blacked out Each arm represents S10 OOD and the center S11500 Returns from teams canvassing the employes of industrial plants are also being awailcd Reports from olhcr scclions of the slate and inilion where the Red Cross cmpaign is going on simultaneously arc thai a num ber of communities have reached their quotas General Chairman Paul Pritch ard Friday called upon workers throughout the county to com plete their lerrilories as soon as possible sooner Ihc job is done the betlcr il will be for everybody he said tion deserved or not of being a wit suffers the same fate that L do Some of the lines of which 1 inmy vanity was proudest have been credited to others and a great many even better lines originated by others have been credited to me Now my mind obligingly re fuses to remember which ones I coined and which were wished on me When in doubt I always choose the best ones Cobb started his after dinner speaking and lecturing when he returned from the European battle fields in December 1914 There was an intense public interest in America in accounts of the fight ing and already the antiGerman propaganda campaign of the allies had begun to spread stories ol Belgian atrocities Cobb had been with the Ger man forces early in the conflict I general election ba He got with them by mistake and designations remained because he was tained at headquarters in Aix la Chapelle on suspicion of being a spy He had some harrowing ex periences with the kaisers officers before he was released after be ing held almost 6 weeks He cabled word of his safe arrival in Holland on October 13 went to London nterviewed Kitchener and other notables and arrived back in New York in December He bad no tales of atrocities to tell his lecture and dinner table audiences but his account of What 1 Saw At The Front brought him engagements throughout the United States and Canada Hove Trouble in Figuring Taxes So Does President Washington fVP So you cant get anything done for figuring on that blasted income tax Move over brother youve got some company President Roosevelt II seems Is struggling with form 1040 which you probably can see in your sleep by now Youd think wouldnt you lhat hcrcl just call up the treasury and have Henry Morgcnthau send over an expert or two But not FDR He does it the hard way computes the whole thing himself Theyll loll you al the white house that the presidential desk at a given hour during the last 3 days has been piled high with papers and forms Because the operation of his mothers estate involves among other things the renting of some bungalows the Roosevelt return is more complicated this year but a couple of more whirls at it and PUT SQUEEZE ON LIQUOR IMPORTS Quota Limits Ordered on Cuba Porto Rico Washington govern ment Friday put a twoway squeeze on imported whoopee A war production board order placed strict Quota limits on im ports of rum gin cordials anc whiskies made from cane sugar in Cuba Mexico Porto Rico the Virgin islands and elsewhere ant the office of price administration ruled that one type of alcoholic beverage produced in Cubii anc Mexico and heretofore sold a gin will liave lo carry a new label The latter order cut maximum prices for this particular import Government sources left no doubt that the actions were de signed to curtail sugar cane distil lates for drinking purposes among the southern neighbors so that greater quantities of molasses might be available lo produce war essenlial industrial alcohol WPBs order which is effective March J5 is designed to level off j the sharply rising rate of drinking imports from the south holding 1944 imports to approximately the 1943 level gan new chairman of the demo H ought to be ready for the in Dcs Jlnincs three Iowa supreme court justices whose Icrms expire In January anj into the lace i nouncccl jointly Friday Ihcy would I nccessury that seek rcclcclion They arc Justices Frederic M Miller DCS Moincs Oscar Hale Wapello and William L Bliss Mason City AH arc republicans All 3 arc completing their first term on the high court Bliss how ever served briefly in 1932 by appointment following the resig nation of the late justice John M Grimm Hale had served more lhan 25 years on the district court bench in the 20lh district before becoming a supreme court justice The 3 names will be presented at the slate judicial convention j which probably will be held in r July 11 the convention nominates TOSS IVlaiine ACC IO them the names will go on the cralic national committee trying to patch up differences within the party is reported to stand ready to render assistance to Gillettes candidacy More is late as March 3 tclc raphcd Gillette nskiifg him to get erling that it is your sUite and country be placed ahead of your own personal desires Only 3 clays ago replying lo that telegram Gillette reminded the chairman that immediately upon his reelection in 1938 he had announced his desire to retire at the end of his present term There is still time to take ac tion to place on the party ticket one or more of the fine men and women whom we have available the senator declared With deep regret but with deep sincerity 1 rcannouncc my wisli to retire tcrnal revenue collector CLERGYMEN CONVICTED Uniontown Rev George Elmer Schott 54 year old clergyman convicted last Thurs day night of aggravated assault on his wife resigned Friday os pastor of 3 Fnyctlc county churches the Rev William S Hamilton of Dunbar announced I Return to South Pacific San Francisco Joe J Fuss marine pilot ace credited with 26 planes is returning to the South Pacific as commander of a icwly organized marine air snuacl VOTI marine headquarters an nounced Friday The Sioux Falls S Dak aviator tied Eddie Rickcn baekcvs World War I record af ler bagging 4 zeros in a dogfight over Guadalcanal Ocl 23 1942 Weather Report FORECAST iMason City Much warmer with dtsappcaring snow cover Fri day afternoon and Friday night temperatures Friday n i s h I above freezing increasing cloudiness Friday night Satur day mostly cloudy and mild fresh to strong winds Iowa Partly cloudy and warm er Friday night and Saturday fresh to strong winds Minnesota Partly cloudy to cloudy and warmer with a few snow flurries north portion Friday night Saturday mostly cloudy with snow flurries slightly colder north and ex treme west portion in after noon Winds 25 to 35 miles an hour IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 21 Minimum Thursdav night 13 At 8 a m Friday 18 YEAH AGO Maximum 29 Minimum 15 Precipitation 4 Snowfall 0 inches Heaviest single March snow fall since Mickey Rooney to Be Inducted Into Army Within Next 3 Weeks Hull y w o o d UR Mickey Pcioneys draft board Friday said he bad passed his physical ex amination and would be in ducted into the army within Ih c next weeks The foot movie star w a s rcclassi ficci after hav ROONEY ijeen 4F for a year because of high blood pressure The movies A n d y Hardy asked for army service in preference lo other branches his board said PLAN AIRPORT COMPLETION DCS Moincs city coun cil has made an agreement with the Civil Aeronautics administra tion looking toward expenditure of 3800000 in federal funds to complete the Des Moincs munici pal airport in its present dimen sions WILLIAM L BLISS ReElectfon Mohawks to Face Indians at Friday Odds Drop The highlight same of the district tournament is on tap for Friday night when Mason Citys defending champion Mohawks tangle with onccbcalen Forest City as each club seeks a berth in the class A finals Saturday nishl A slight favorite in prccame dope the odds have dropped to where the Mohawks may enter the contest as the The npcninc chiss A same will pit Hampton and Algona at The two victors will meet Saturday at Doors will open at Friday No season or reserved scats will be sold Admission is 55 cents for adults 35 ccnls for children Special rootinc sections wilt he marked off by signs for the respective schools REMEMBER OUR NEWSWPERBOY LIKES TO 9HOP KN 300 TOWNS AND VILLAGES WON WITH ADVANCE 10 German Divisions Defeated Vast Booty Is Reported Seized London strong Ger man base in the western Ukraine fell to Iho red army Friday Premier Marshal Stalin an nounced capture uf the base in a broadcast order uf the day short ly after the German high command tad announced its abandonment Stalins announcement said the lew Ukrainian breakthrough at he hinge between one Russian of ensivc toward the naval base of Vikolaev and another into old Po and to the west had swept up 300 occupied places Russian forces have driven from 5 to 47 miles along a 108mile Yont in the last 5 days of fighting n the area the order of the day idcled Heavy defeat was inflicted on 10 German divisions roughly 100000 men including 0 lank 3 infantry and one artillery divi sion Vast booty including more Lhan 500 German tanks and sclf lironcllcd KUIIS were suiil to have iiccn captured Khristinovka 15 miles west of Uman and less lhan 20 miles east of the Bug river also fell to the advance Stalin said along with Talnoe which lies 18 miles south west of Zvenigorodka Uman is 25 miles from the Bug about midway between Kirovo grad and the German stronghold of Vinnitsa Stalin ordered a 20salvo salute from 224 guns to roar out in Moscow Friday night in celebra tion at the newest victory The entire southern Ukrainian front blazed with n great Russian offensive which Moscow said has esulted in the capture of Staro XonMnntiiiov storming of the in ner defenses of Tarnopol and the breaching of the German lines guarding the Black sea ports of Nikolaev and Kherson Most spectacular of tiie days developments was the disclosure by Premier Stalin of a new Rus sian drive launched Gen Ro dion Y Malinovsky southwest of Krivoi Kog Here in 4 days of in tensive fighting the 3rd Ukrain ian army driving westward across the Ingullets river routed 9 Ger man divisions and captured Nbvi Bug atid Grozhany respectively 53 and 40 miles above Nikotaev and Kazanka 17 miles northeast of Novi Bug Eight thousand Germans were killed and 1000 captured in this advance the Russian communique asserted Nazi forces were driven back from 19 to 37 miles More than 200 localities were liberated by Malinovskys troops the bulle tin added Besides menacing the Black Sea ports of Nikolacv and Kherson Malinovskys advance was a direct threat tn the several hundred thousand troojis still in the owcr Ukraine and along the coast of the ISIaek Sea toward Odessa front dispatches iniutcil nut Capture of Sleirolvonstantinov 20 milcs north of Proykurov by Marshal Gregory K Zhukovs first Ukrainian army netted large stocks of war material Moscow said It left the Germans in this sector only a 20mile corridor along the railway south of Pros kurov ns a retreat route toward Rumania Proskurov itself was threatened with capture by red y troops last reported only 7 nilcs away Zhukovs right wing made short work of the Ternopol defenses Russian udviccs indicated Previ ously reported 9 mile from that cy rail junction on lite Odessa Warsaw trunk railway red army infantry buttressed by tank tmits swept over enemy lines burst into the town and cnpnped the enemy in street fighting Moscow bulletin said the Your newspaper boy is busy too He will appreciate netting his money when he calls the first time Almost as Many War Bonds Redeemed as Sold 1st Week in March Washington n d i c atinK that many people are cashing in war bonds to meet tax payments the treasurys daily statement showed Friday that almost as many bonds were redeemed as were sold in the first week of march Redemptions were S62 290859 against sales of 574313 514 However for the whole period since Jan redemptions equal only 9 per cent of sales i made in that time And of all the war bonds bought since they were placed on saleMay 1 1841 only 7 per cent have been cashed in ;