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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 16, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME CGVP DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVE WO I HE 3 I A THE NEWSPAPER THAT GIVE MOBS IN44 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL L Associated Press and United Press Full Wires Five Centi a Copy MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MARCH 16 1914 This Paper Consists of Two One NO Ruins Delay Allies in Advance Into Cassino SOME HOLDING OUT IN WRECKEDTOWN Nazi Mortar Fire Hinders Efforts to Clear Away Debris Allied Headquarters Naples fP Covered by a thundering artil lery barrage 5th army infantry and tanks plunged into the ghost city of Cassino Thursday but al lied headquarters said the advance was impeded by continuing Ger man resistance and the ruins left by Wednesdays record aerial bombardment The enormous destruction wrought by the weight of some 2 500 tons of bombs actually de layed allied armor From sur rounding hills the Germans were laying down heavy mortar fire on the town to hinder sappers strug gling to clear the debris Steady progress was reported however both in the devastated cily and in the hills to the north west As the troops drove into the piles of wildlychurned rubble lef by historys most concentrated ail attack several hundred British am American artillery pieces poundec the enemy back On the beachhead below Rome allied ground forces also were 01 the move taking 2 German de fense and holding them against forceful enemy counter attacks Lt Gen Ira C Eaker com mander of the Mediterranean al lied air forces called the Cassino bombardment a fumigation and expressed the belief few enemy defenses were left intact On the basis of information available at headquarters Thurs day morning it was certain some Germans still were holding out in Ihe immediate vicinity of Cassino but whether remnants remained in the town itself was not imme diately determined It was known however that there were many underground hideaways in the town At any rate file Germans were obeying Hitlers orders that this key strongpoint on the way to Rome must be held at all costs and were fighting to the end of ficial reports indicated In the northwest hills where allied infantry a s penclratin the Germans still hold many strongpoints immediately adja cent to the town The enemy was reported fighting stubbornly from these points many which arc concrete emplacements reinforcec by steel plate similar to that used in tanks Lt Charles M Kerancn ar air support officer who observed the Cassino attack from the ground said Just as the second wave o heavy bombers came into sight I lines along the beachhead peri Tieter During the height of the air Jttack on Cassino Wednesday the ermans rocked French forces vith a strong assault 5 miles north of the battered city but cven ually were repulsed Another enemy assault blunted itself against an Indian army formation iear Cassino with heavy casual ies Some prisoners were taken iu patrol actions on both the 5th army and 8th army fronts In creased enemy shelling by night vas noted in 2 8th army sectors Allied aircraft made farrang ng attacks Wednesday Spitfires aombed Durazzo harbor in Al bania hitting the jetty and also attacked ammunition dumps north of Rome and small ports alon the Italian west coast Light and medium bombers attacked the railway station at San Benedetto on Italys Adriatic coast and Kittyhawks bombed the railroad west of Terni above Home saw 20 German soldiers dash from a building at the south end of town They were running like mad for some dugouts outside town In the 2500 sorties sent agains Cassino and other targets in Italj Wednesday the allied air force lost G planes it was announcec officially Although 5th army forces on the beachhead threw back irst enemy efforts to regain the 2 enemy strongpoints taken Wed nesday southwest of Carroceto latest reports Thursday said fight ing still was going on under har assing enemy artillery fire The Germans were said to be using a new grappling device in an effort to explode allied Allied Airmen Blast Jap Supply Bases By RICHARD C BERGIIOLZ Associated Press War Editor A 350 mile segment of southwest Pacific defense line wa ripped with a 500 ton air smash Gen Douglas MacArthur com munkiued Thursday while Amor ican flyers in the central Pacifi picked oul a new the eastern Carolines From Wewak New Guinea to he west to Bougainville Solomon slands on the east southwest acific airmen had a field day blastintr bombcratered Japanese apply bases starting fires and destroying vital ground installa ions For the 4th straight day Wewak nain enemy supply and air base northern New Guinea was Jounded by allied flyers Monday Sight interceptors were shot down when they tried to dull the 170 ton blow More than 600 tons of explosives have been poured into Wewaks defenses during the 4 day assault The communique reported oth er heavy raids on enemy posi tions including a 68ton blast at Rabaul New Britain and a 123 ton strike supporting ground troops repelling suicidal Japanese lunges at Empress Augusta Bay Bougainville Two of the heroes of earlier raids on Wewak ivere scratched from the active roll when head quarters listed Col Near Kearby San Antonio Texas credited with 21 enemy plane victims as miss ins in action and Lt Col Thomas Lynch Catasaqua Pa 19 plane ace as killed in action Adm Chester W Nimilz allied commanderinchief in the Pa cific accompanied by Lt Gen Robert Richardson central Pa cific army commander returnee from Washington conferences and announced navy planes on Mon day hit Oroluk for the first time in the war The small atoll lies 190 miles east of Truk Other planes smashed Japanese on Ponape and Kusaie in the east ern Carolines and 4 outflanked enemy bases in the eastern Mar shalls In northern Burma a drive by Chinese troops to clear the Hukawng valley brought the cap ture of a small village south of Walaubum and placed them al most in the Mogaung valley through which run key Japanese communication lines SOVIET TROOPS CROSS MIDDLE BUG PUSH ON New Disasters Are Piled Up for German Troops in Ukraine BULLETIN London army troops lave cautured Vapnyarka cutting the LwowOdessa railroad Pre mier Marshal Stalin announced Thursday night A vigorous attack by lank and infantry formations smashed into the railroad junction 25 miles east of the Bessarabian border said an order of the day broadcast from Moscow London army troops have smashed across ihe middle Bug river and sent spearheads within 30 miles the prewar Rumanian border Moscow an nounced Thursday opening the way for a drive down the Bugs west bank that would offer grave new threat to the already hardpressed Germans in lower Russia Elsewhere on the long front a soviet communique said the Rus sians continued to pile up disasi ter for the hundreds of thousands of Germans in the Ukraine smashing to within 17 miles of the large Black Sea port of Nikolaev Hi the eastern bank of the lower Bug and slaying thousands more if the trapped Germans in the inigerevka pocket north of Kher on The crossing of the Bug the mlletin said was made southwest of Uman by Marshal Ivan S Kon evs 2nd Ukraine army which ripped over on a 63mile front and then hurtled forward for 12 and 18 mile gains toward the Dniester river frontier of Bessar abia sweeping up 100 villages in the surge Using even empty barrels as rafts Koncvs forces leaped the river between Nemirov 23 miles southeast of Vinnitsa and Gaiv F R Calls on Finland to Quit Nazis Washington UR President Roosevelt Thursday put new pres sure on Finland to withdraw from her hateful partnership with nazi Germany Mr Roosevelt issued a state ment voicing the sincere hope Finland will now take the oppor tunity to disassociate herself from Germany Mr Roosevelts statement is sued while RussianFinnish ne gotiations were still hanging fire said It lias always seemed odd 1o me and to the people of ihe United Stales to find Finland a partner of nazi Germany fighting side by side with the sworn en emies of our civilization Finnish people now have i chance to withdraw from this lateful partnership The longer they slay at Germanys side the more sorrow and suffering is bound to come to them Yank Bombers Blast South Germany After Attacks by 1000 RAF Craft Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy oron 62 miles southwest oE Uman The Russians also reported the capture of Olgopol only 15 miles from the OdessaWarsaw rail line already cut 200 miles to the north west at Tarnopol Moscow said soviet troops were successfully exterminating the trapped German forces trying to get out of the Snigerevka trap 45 miles northeast of Nikolaev The Russians also announced the capture of and Snikerevka hinges of the trap between the Ingul and In gulets river The capture of the rail station of Kopany brought the Russians within 17 miles of Nikolaev which was virtually cut off by water and threatened from 1 sides on the land The fall of Nikolaev would menace German troops re treating from Novo Ukrainka Nikolaev is but C5 miles north east of the nazis main supply base at Odessa North the Bug river crossing the red army took Pisarevka only G miles southeast of the German stronghold of Vinnitsa the soviet bulletin said while further north on the Proskurov front near the old Polish border 1500 Germans were reported killed in vain coun terattacks The soviet communique again failed to mention fighting at Tar nopol the hinge between Ihe Ger man southern and central fronts where fighting has raged for a week But the Bug river crossing might neutralize the German stand there giving the Russians quicker access to routes into Ru mania think I can speak for all Americans when 1 say that we sincerely hope Finland will now lake the opportunity to disasso ciate herself from Germany Finns Dig In for Last Ditch Fight London P Warned by a British broadcast that she faces the most momentous decision of her history Finland was re ported drafting a negative reply Thursday to Moscows peace pio posals and wearily digging in for a lastditch fight beside the Ger mans A Helsinki c o m in u n i 4 u e Wednesday night said that the Finnish parliament had unani mously approved a motion re turn to the order of the move tantamount to approval o the Finnish governments rejec tion of the soviet terms At almost the same time tha parliament was considering the question of peace or war a BBC broadcast obviously officially ap proved gave what it called fina warning to the Finns to accep Moscows moderate terms ano get out of the war at once or faci the prospect of national suicide To reject the terms will be t court national disaster said th broadcast directed to the peopl of Finland to accept means th survival of Finland as an inde pendent sovereign state The British appeal to the Finn said The world at America and th armistice terms as acceptable an in the circumstances even moder ale It regards them as such in th light of facts which Finnish ccn sorship has kept from you The Finnish people must de cide whether to accept the armi tice terms for which the Finnis government asked and thereby re tain the sovereignty and indcpenc ence of the Finnish state or rejcc the terms and thereby court th full horrors of war The statement declared that the final defeat of Germany is at hand and asserted that the world regards you Finland as the aggressor nation A dispatch irom Stockholm said it was expected there that Fin lands final reply would be for warded to Moscow Saturday or Sunday From Helsinki Associated Press Correspondent Edwin Shanke re ported that the Finns were pre paring everywhere for resumption of hostilities Pessimism predomi nated in Helsinki1 he snid POLICE NAIJ ILLEGAL William Palenyk is shown in the office of Police Chief Harold Wolfe with some of the haul of illegal liquor taken early Thursday evening when Capt Leo Risacher arrested 2 Des Monies men as they parked their car with the load Many kinds of liquor all bearing Minnesota seals were taken in the haul Unbroken cases ot licjuor are shown in the background as well as sacks of various kinds of liquor from broken cases Lock photo Kayenay engraving 20 Cases of Liquor Seized Here Des Moines Men Held A liquor haul of approximately 20 cases of Bourbon King Havana Cuban rum Puerto Rican rurri Polar Club dry gin B L Scotch whiskies and Club Royal Bourbon all packed in cases and sacksin 1941 DeSota business coupe was made by police at a m Thursday Ralph Blackburn 30 DCS Moines salesman and Joe F Gil espie 32 Des Moines tavern operator arc being held in the city jail here in connection with the liquor haul They are charged with illegal transportation of NAZI FIGHTERS RESTRICTED BY SNOW CLOUDS Great Strength of American Planes Participate in Raid London down on southern Germany in great strength U S heavy bombers struck another hard blow Thurs day in quick sequence to a record night attack by the RAF which hit Stuttgart Munich and other targets with more hun 1000 4 enKincd bombers carrying over tons of bombs It was the U S strategic ail forces 2nd aerial invasion Germany in as many days First detailed accounts of the smash came from the German radio which said widespread falls of snow and close cloud caused great difficulties in getting fight ers off the ground to meet the on slaught Nevertheless the German re ports said fierce air battles took place along the bombers course over eastern France and western German provinces Similar radio accounts Wednes day however dwindled off into emphasis on the cloudy weather and it developed that only a small Tells Rescue Squads to Mind Own Business Boston Howard 77 looked clown on the crowded street as fire rescue squads erected ladders toward him nnd told the policemen who sought to coax him from his precarious perch on a Ith floor window sill to mind their own business Im only frxing this broken window cord he explained ALLIES SMASH AT CASSINO Following one of the greatest concentrated bombings of the war allied infantry and artillery drove against the German strongpoint Cassino blocking tho road to Rome Arrows indicate allied drives on both Italian baltlefrouts black On the beachhead south of Rome British forces improved their positions south of Carroceto Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Light snow Thursday afternoon becoming partly cloudy and colder Thursday night 1 o c s t temperature Thursday night in Mason City IS Friday partly cloudy with rising temperatures Iowa Partly cloudy Thursday night becoming mostly fair Fri day slightly colder Thursday night warmer Friday Minnesota Partly cloudy to cloudy Thursday night and Fri day Snow flurries extreme north portion Thursday night and north portion Friday Slightly colder southeast por tion Thursday night colder north portion Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 32 Minimum Wednesday night 26 At 8 a m Thursday 26 2 CAPTURED AFTER ESCAPE 2 Trusties at Anamosa Farm Quickly Caught Anamosa trusties al the state reformatory escaped from a prison farm Wednesday after locking the farm managers wife in the basement but were ar rested 45 minutes later while hid ing in n private garage at Marion Iowa 20 miles west of here Warden Foss Davis said the mer were Albert Beckner 26 serving a 10ycsr sentence for robbery and Lloyd Sclby 20 serving I years for malicious mischief It was the 4th break from the reformatory or its forms this year All 10 prisoners involved in the other breaks were rccaplurcc within hours An investigation of the rcforma lory ordered by Gov B B Hick cnlooper as a result of the previou breaks is scheduled to be con eluded this week Snow Prccip YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Rain inch 01 inch fi B First thunder of year also trace of snow Claims Man Bit His Nose Asks Indianapolis Ind F Campbell a hotel clerk ha filed suit for S50000 against Rog er Ferguson Detroit and th SoconyVacuum Oil company fo damages to the end of his nose Campbell charged that Fersuison an agent Tor the oil firm bit the i end of his when he told him there were no rooms available in i the hotel ist Damage After ar and Tank Collide Los Angeles automo ile and a Ifi ton army tank fol ded at an intersection injuring ie cars 5 occupants Police traf ic investigators reported Esti mated damage to automobile 800 to tank Si GETS SILVER WINGS Iowa T Newman on of Mr and Mrs R Ncw ian Iowa Falls received his sil cr wings and was commissioner 2nd lieutenanl at Pecos Texas Sent Wife With to Pay Income Tax Hasnt Seen Her Since Milwaukee youngman appeared at the office of the col lector of internal revenue on the last day lor filing returns and asked for an extension of time in settling his federal income tax Asked for n reason iie replied Well its this way I sent my wife up here with S150 to pay our laxcs and well I havent seen her since liquor Capt Leo Risacher of the Ma son City police department ar rested the men as they parked their car at 3rd and N Federal The captain talked with the men before they got out of the car when he became suspicious of the load Although they had 2 pistols in the glove compartment of the car the men offered no resistance Officers William Pal enyk and Ed Christensen as sisted in the arrest of the 2 men Ail of the liquor bore Minne sota seals It was believed by police that the liquor was en route to Des Moines A preliminary hearing will be held for Blackburn and Gtlliespie before Police Judge Morris Laird Thursday afternoon with County Attorney M L Mason appearing for the state Within the past week 2 other hauls of Minnesota liquor were made inNorth Iowa by the lova State highway pa trol Engineer Dies at Throttle of Train Dublin oc lTi A heart attack caused the death early Thursday of William F Bach 57 a Milwau kee railroad engineer at the throttle of a freight train engine in the Dubuque yards His fire man noticing that the train which was moving slowly was jerking said Bach home was in Dubuque slumped over and stopped the locomotive Cor oner F S Leonard ruled un in quest was unnecessary New Type of Nazi Plane Encountered by U S Bombers London LfR A new type of German foiirengined twintailed reported by some American pilots to have risen to challenge Thursdays United States air raid on the reieh One formation of flying fort resses also met heavy resistance from about 100 twinengined ficht ers which fired rockets Most of the formations of Amer ican bombers however met little enemy opposition in the air WANTS TO CONTRIBUTE Philadelphia fP Eleventh hour mail at the deputy collector of internal revenues office in cluded a S10 check from a Chinese who didnt owe any tax but wanted to contribute to the government defensive force was able to meet Ihe challenge when the Ameri cans bombed the aircraft produc tion center of Brunswick with a loss of 3 heavy planes Thursdays sally was officially described as in great strength contrast to Wednesdays me dium force whose fighters shot down 36 of these enemy fighters The bombers Wednesday claimed none Stuttgart received the main shock of the RAFs weight At the same time that this im portant industrial target 300 miles southeast of Berlin and 450 miles southeast of London was being ground to pieces by the impact of the terrific load other British airmen hit at Munich in southwest Germany other targets in northwest G c r m any and smashed at railway objectives in Amiens F r a n c e with their heavy bombers Forty British aircraft follow ing up the blow at the aircraft center of Brunswick Wednesday by the American fortress and lib erator fleets were lost in the huge night invasion the German air The weather prevented imme diate observation of the results but towards the end of the at tack the glow of large fires seen through the clouds the air ministry said in announcing the Stuttgart attack Only a few hours after the RAF returned from the multiple attack a big force of American bombers roared out across the English channel to continue the onslaught by daylight Meanwhile allied headquarters announcements from Naples re ported a twoway operation against Germany and her satel lites with n heavy and medium bomber attack from Italy Wed nesday night against Sofia capi tal of Bulgaria followed by a raid in force by HAF Wellingtons which rained twoton blockbust ers on that main junction in Hit lers Balkan rail doubly vital for the German forces in Russia Dispatches from Naples said it was believed that the railway was severed at least temporar ily The record load un a single short was tossed on Berlin on Feb 15 may have been exceeded in the hammering of Stuttgart a manu facturing center of ball bearings DaimlerBenz engines and Bosch ignition and electrical appliances although the air ministry did not specifically say thai a new mark had been sel HIT I5KKIIN IN DAYLIGHT spectacular picture was taken as of U S army bombers blasted Berlin in that largescale daylight air raid on March 6 The Yanks knocked down 83 German fighter planes Smoke below is from bomb hits I Kny War Savings Rnnds and 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