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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 23, 1945, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITJD FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT Or HISTOSV AND ARCHIVE DES M01HES IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL LI Associated Press and United Press Full Leued Wires five Cents a Copy MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY MARCH 23 1945 INSIDE WASHINGTON Nimiti Sense of Humor Delights Capitol Folk Central Press Capital Staff social circles are still chuckling over the great good humor that is Adm Chester W shining through all the burdens of war he carries on his shoulders as com manderinchief of the Pacific fleet When Admiral Nimitz wants to tell a story be tells it Witness bis Australian story which had listener rolling in the aisles when Insisted on telling it Nimitz told how a baby kanga roo kept popping out of its moth ers pouch and when Papa kan garo3 asked the baby what the trouble was it replied Mama has the hiccups Expect Zhukovs Berlin Attack Very Soon The recent visit of Admiral Nimitz to Washington stirred spec ulation on 2 matters of great mo ment in the global war First it was assumed that his presence in the nations capital was to plan for the transfer of huge masses of men and material from Europe to the Pacific followingthe collapse of eventu ality which appears to be not far distant Second it was thought extreme ly likely that a part of his con ference in Washington would cov er the longpending matter of the selection of an overall command er to lead allied forces in the Pa cific drive against Japan Nimitz gave partial substantiation to both of these possibilities particularly the latter The one peculiar void in his Washington trip was absence of any announcement that he had con ferred with President Roosevelt This was strange for it was Nim itz first visit to Washington in more than a year although he hat conferred with FDR at Pearl Har bor last summer As a matter fact Nimit did go to the white house and did see the to dis cuss the war against the Japs It is believed that Nimitz failed to announce his meeting with the chief executive because hethough It was up to Mr Roosevelt to make the statement What is less easy to answer is why the president did not make the disclosure Thousands of dollars havu beenauthorized iby congress over a period pirnanyT months for a food investigation by the house agriculture projected probe however has never started and when its au thority expired in the 18th con cress the 79th came through with another resolution calling for the continuation of the committee which has not functioned Representative John W Flanna gan Jr of Virginia chair man of the group promises how ever it will get under way thi year The study is designed among other things to ascertain thi spread in price of foodstuffs be tween the farm and dinner table th At the present writing odds are against a coal strike Despite the action of John L Lewis in filing a 30day strike no tice with the National Labor Rela tions Board even union sources di not anticipate a work stoppage Insiders report that both Lewi and the coal operators are deter mined to work out a new contrac without government intervention KIRKETEG DIES IN DES MOINES State Senator Was Serving Third Term Des Mohies Senato O J Kirketeg 53 RBedford recently was appointed member of the state tax commis sion died Thursday night in Des Moines hospital after suffer ing 2 heart attacks Kirketeg serving his 3rd term in the senate had been appointe by Gov Robert D Bine to a 6 year term starting July 1 on th fax commission The Bedford attorney was tak en to a hospital Thursday morn ing after suffering a heart at tack at his hotel room He ha a 2nd attack Thursday at the hos pital Born in Humboldt county Ker keteg was graduated from low State Teachers college in 1912 an received his law degree from th State University of Iowa in Me was in the army 2 years dur ing World war 1 and siartc practicing law in Bedford in 191 He served in the senate durin the 47th and 48th general assem blies 193640 He was Taylo county attorney in 192930 Kirketegs death was the 2nd among members of the senate since it convened B C Whitehill JIarshalltown died of a heart at tack on the opening day of the session Survivors Include his widow Mrs Kathlyn Kirketeg This Paper Consists otTwc Sections NO 142 NAZIS REPORT ALLIES READY KONEV PUSHES DRIVE TOWARD SLOVAK AREA Germans Claim Reds Have Mounted Assault in Kuestrin Area German high com mand said Friday that Russian anks and infantry mounted an attack in the Kuestrin area east Berlin after a strong artillery barrage and scored some minor accesses A Moscow broadcast said that Marshal Gregory K Zhukovs ihowdouii assault on Berlin can e expected very soon now that both his flanks have been secured The nazi commands report of a redarmy attack in the Oder val ey some 38 miles east of Berlin did not make clear its scope and weight Its communique said After a strong artillery bar ragre the enemy went over to the ttack with infantry and tanks against the flank of the Kuestrin ridgehead but was brought to a standstill by the effective defense ire of our Oder defenses after achieving some minor initial suc cesses Meanwhile advancing into the Sohemian mountains northeast and east of Prague Marshal Ivan S Konevs first Ukraine army group steadily brushed aside Ger man resistance seeking to bar the way into Czechoslovakia Moving westward and south westward in southeastern Ger many on an 8ft mile front follow ing a bir breakthrough heralded Thursday night f by a salute by Moscows victory guns his troops thrust within striking distance of 5 big Lcobscbuetz Ziegenhals Frankenstein and Hat ibor They already have captured the war production city Neustadt in industrial upper Silesia killed or captured 45000 German troops in a trap forged by twin advanced of 25 miles and advanced within 1 mile of the Czechoslovakia border Storm units were reported fight ing in the streets of Neisse after pushing forward from captured Stephansdorf 3 miles northeast of the city Neisse lies 28 miles south west of Oppeln Oder river city Konevs offensive swept forward several days ago west and south of Oppeln 47 miles southeast of Breslau Frankenstein on the direct westward route toward Prague of the toughest stacles before the red army for the Germans strung out in the region of Meunsterberg 10 miles to the east put up a sharp series of counterattacks with selfpro pelled guns and numerous types of smaller antitank weapons Soviet tanks and mobile infan try however beat back and there seemed a good probability the Russians would be within shelling distance of Frankenstein a major rail and highway junc tion by nightfall Southeast of Frankenstein red army units fought their way to places northeast of Neisse and some seemed to have reached the NeisseOttmachau highway Oth ers crossing the hump of hills north of the city were said to have plunged into the Neisse streets South of Neisse soviet units cutting the railway between Ncisse and Ziegenhals approached the latter city to the point where they could turn their guns on its de fenses Another force moved on Ziegenhals from captured Neu stadt through heavilymined ap proaches Southeast of Neustadt the Rus sians jammed into several suburbs of Leobschuetz near the Siesian border hitting hardest from the captured village of Grobnig less than 2 miles to the east On the southernmost tip of Konevs advance his troops reached the Zilna river south and southwest of the captured village of Matzkierch There they had outflanked the big city of Ratibor Pilots Say Ruhr Valley Flaming Ruin London of al lied ivarplanes rained bombs on the Ruhr all day Friday and air men said the industrial valley was a wasteland of burning ruins More than 1250 American Fly Fortresses and Liberators spearheaded he assault on the in vasionmarked Ruhr For 3 days it had taken perhaps the worst aerial wallopingof the war The Ruhr valley is all lit up First Lt Homer Powell Port land Ore a Mustang pilot re ported That area is messed up all ruined The cities are dead I dont see how they can get any thing out of there any more ex cept by horse and buggy at night First It Dale Dunn of West Bend Iowa said that everything beyond the Rhine was even the apple blossoms Right everthe Duesseldorf said was a solid over cast of 10000 feet the smoke from I dont know how many fires AH day Friday there was a steady stream of planes from heavy bombers clown to fighters 5oing in and out smashing up the Ruhr in high and medium alti tude bombing and dive bombing Every time I turned my back there were more bombs Koinfr down on another place and more smoke and fire coming up Allied headquarters in Paris re ported 1300 fighterbomber sor ties up to noon Friday The eighth air force heavy bombers and their escort of more than 350 Mustang fighters blasted and gunned the German traffic lines in the path of a reported al lied offensive about to explode across the Rhine into the Ruhr Earlier Friday British Lancas r heavies dumped 11 ton cano bombs and a railway bridge at Bremen main transport link between northwest Germany and the western front The tf S heavy bomber tar gets included Osnabrueck Rheine Muenster and Coesfeld north ol the Ruhr and Recklinghansen Gladbeck Hengstey Geisecke V n n a Borgumnz llolzwickede and Siegen in the east and south east reaches of that industrial area Throughout the morning and into the afternoon allied bomb ers streamed across the channe in waves By midafternoon a least 4 large forces had flown to ward Germany Mustangs escorted the Lancas ters to Bremen Germanys 2nd largest port American Flying Fortresses and Liberators also were ranging Ger many softening up nazi defenses for an impending allied smash across the Rhine The 8th air force announcec that its planes were over Germany again but listed no targets Radio calls from Berlins warn ing systems however told of low flyingaircraft again shooting through the smokefilled Ruhr where for 2 days they have been ripping German forces waiting for the allied offensive Other planes were as far nortr as Bremen Germanys 2nd por Berlin said Late planes tinent including Italy flew up wards of 10000 sorties Thursday for a 2day total of at least 20000 sorties most of them against lar gets behind the western front RAF Mosquitoes hit Berlin with block busters Thursday night for the 31st straight night Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy YANKS CLOSE IN ON BAGUIO FROM 2 SIDES Gen MacNiders Group Continues Drive Against Slight Jap Resistance Manila troops and Filipino guerrillas closed in from 2 sides Friday on the north ern Luzon city of Baguio Japa nese headquarters for the Philip pines i The 158th combat cam under Brir Gen Hanford of Mason City contin ued its drive around Lake Taal in southern Luzon against light re sistance entered the outskirts of Cuenca and cut the main road leading eastward from the town The advance brought the 158th only a few miles from a Junction with the llth airborne division moviujr from the north Elements of the 33rd division which linked vith strong guer rillas forces on the Lingayen gulf reached within 10 miles north of Baguio while another American column moving up from the south was less than 6 miles from the former Philippines summer cap ital The 33rd troops met only light opposition as they advanced east ward to the Nasruilian river where they were poised on the outskirts of Naeuilian town together with its airfield A Tokyo broadcast recorded by the FCC said Japanese planes raided American airfields at Lin gayen and San Fabian in western Luzon at dawn Thursday and staffed 11 In the campaign east of Manila Gth division troops battled through strong Japanese artillery to near the crest of 460foot high Mount Baytangan 15 miles north east of the capital At the same time 43rd division units pushed through Bosoboso valley 10 miles to the south and neared the twin mountains of Qnitaeo and Tanauan 6 miles east of Antipole Fortieth division forces mean time sealed the southern ap proaches to the important Iloilo anchorage at Panay in the cen tral Philippines with a 2mile amphibious top across Iloilo straight to seize control of Gui maras island Guiraaras midway between Pa nay and Nejrros was the 27lh Philippines island invaded by Gen Douglas SlacArthurs American troops The landing was made Wednesday without opposition A communique disclosed that Liberator bombers have opened a heavy campaign against Cebu which together with Negros and Bohol are the last major islands still held by the Japanese A total of 214 tons of bombs was poured into Japanese bivouac areas near Cebu city Monday Tuesday and Wednesday causing extensive fires and explosions EXECUTED Hatttesbure Miss iP Wil liam Usrey 40 died early Friday in the states portable electric chair for the murder of his sister because she nagged at me about a sentence J was serving in Cali fornia RAF Pilots Make Nightly Berlin Raids Between Social Duties Washington air force pilots like the nightly Mos quito plane bomb run to Berlin according to the British informa tion services One pilot the BIS said ex plained it this way We can take off after tea and be back before the Officers club bar closes reports showed thai allied Joseph MacAvOV DlCS from Britain and the in Electric Chair for Slaying of Girl Lincoln Xebr Pi Joseph Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Occasional thunder showers and cooler Friday night and Saturday winds Strong shifting lowa Showers Friday night and Saturday Cooler Saturday and in west portion Friday night Strong shifting winds Minnesota Considerable cloudi ness with scattered thunder showers Friday night and Sat urday except none indicated in the extreme southeast portion Friday night Warmer in south and central portions Friday night Continued mild Saturday Rather windy IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette Weather Statistics Maxinjpm Thursday 72 Minimum Thursday 41 At 8 a m Friday J3 At 10 a m Friday 56 YEAR AGO Maximum 38 Minimum 27 Thomas MacAvoy former army sergeant from Brooklyn N Y died here Friday in the electric chair at the Nebraska state prison for the slaying of a 16 year old Sutton Nebr girl in August 1943 The first shock was at a m the 2nd at S a m He was pronounced dead at a m by Dr B A Finkle prison physician Smoking a cigaret the former Harvard Nebr army air field sergeant walked steadily the 5a steps from his death cell to the execution chamber sat down in the electric chair immediately and was composed while he was being strapped in His last words to those nearest him were Goodbye chaplain and Goodbye warden The chaplain was Father Frank Sherman ot Lincoln a Catholic priest His mother Mrs Mary Mac Avoy of Brooklyn was with her son Thursday afternoon until 3 p m when she left the prison She reportedly was hysterical Thursday afternoon after leaving the prison Fire Destroys Gas Plant at Charles City Charles City Fire completely destroyed the gas plant at the Iowa Public Service company here at 3 a m Friday The loss had not been estimated Friday atter noon but it is believed it will be close to total W E Taylor is man ager The 2story structure at 912 D street consisted of storage rooms upstairs and equipment and tools including purifying boxes on the first floor Three separate explosions which came in rapid succession were heard by persons in the vicinity a short time after the fire started Plant officials were unable to as certain tlieir cause Friday after noon Insurance adjusters were study ing the fire Friday in an effort to ascertain the cause and estimate the damages TERRITORY WON IN MONTH ON WESTERN Shaded area indicates territory won by the allies since the big American offensive pushed off from the Koer river Feb 23 Boxes locate the allied armies The American 3rd finer ir AT itr7iofsvrVin s fighting in Mainz and Ludwigshafen and driv ing toward Speyer Seventharray Yaiiks cyiished up from the south In the northU S 1st army troops expanded their Rhine bridgehead northward Heavy line is approxi mate battle front B29S SCOUT INLAND JAP SEA Tokyo Says 150 Planes Damaged in Fleet Raid Guam said 5 Su perfortresses scouted Japans wreckagelittered inland sea Fri day charting the destruction in flicted by the fifth fleet and map ping new targets Japanese imperial headquarters simultaneously admitted the loss of 150 Japanese planes in attacks on the fifth fleet during the In land sea raids Sunday and Mon day and as it moved southwest Tuesday and Wednesday Radio Tokyo said Japanese planes broke off their attacks on the fleet Wednesday evening an indication that they have lost track of it An earlier Tokyo broadcast haci reported the force east of the Okinawa islands 300 miles southwest of Japan Wed nesday night There has been no word from Pacific fleet headquarters on the activities of the fifth fleet with its huse force of carriers since the announcement Wednesday that Its planes had crippled 17 Japanese warships and 600 planes in the Inland sea raids Tokyo said the 5 Superfor tresses flew over the Inland sea during a 12 hour period ending at noon Tokyo time No bombs were dropped by any plane Tokyo said The B23s presumably were seeking evidence whether any of the warships which headquarters said were crippled in the carrier borne raids since had sunk The damaged warships included 2 bat tleships and 7 carriers New targets for forthcoming raids by both B29s and carrier planes also were believed sought SENATE REJECTS WILLIAMS 362 Wont Confirm FDRs Choice for REA Chief CLAIM ARMIES MASS FOR BIG SCALECROSSING 3rd Army Captures Mainz Fortified Landau Road Center BULLETIN London German ra dio reported Friday night that an American shock formation with amphibious tanks crossed the Rhine near Oppenheim south of Mainz Thursday night and was mostly wiped out The broadcast said elements of Lt Gen George S Pattons 3rd army made the crossing under strong artillery protection and ar tificial fog The Americans crossed the river in assault craft and amphi bious tanks the broadcaster said They were engaged immediate ly by German motorized forces and most of them wiped out but a few remnants remain Paris Berlin reported shortly after noon Friday that Field Marshal Montgomery seems to be ready lor a grand scute crossing ol the lower Rhine on a smoke shrouded G5mile front from Duesseldorf to Arnhem where German targets were blast ed by massed artillery and bomb ers Au earlier enemy report said assault crossings already had been started Supreme headquarters maintained a cagy silence front reporters were cramped by se curity regulations Far to the south in the closing battle of the Saarland and Pala tinate which has cost the Germans more than 100000 prisoners alone PATROL SKIRMISHES Rome VP Brisk patrol skir mishes occurred Thursday on both the 5th and 8th army fronts with the enemy reacting to allied raid ing parties ivith heavy machine gun and small arms fire allied headquarters announced Friday Marine Brothers Meet in Iwo Jima Cemetery Bountiful Utah ma rine brothers hadnt seen each other for 20 months but knew that each was in the western Pa cific The brothers fighting on Iwo each thought that the other might have been a casualty there and both went prowling through a cemetery reading the inscriptions on the grave markers Then suddenly the 2 Grant and Karl Winegar came face to face Mrs Brewer Gets Year in Reformatory Osage Helen Schullz Brewer known as the former Iowa bus queen wns convicted Friday of a charge of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and was sentenced to one 3enr in the uomens reformatory at Rockwell City Possibility was seen that a more severe sentence might be imposed later because of violation of parole granted her after con viction of a felony charge in 1941 Her conviction Friday culmi nated a trial which started Tues day and stemmed from an alleged attack by Mrs Brewer on Floyd county Sheriff E F Atherton when he went to the farm of her father Joseph ScVvultz in a sarch for stray calves The jury returned the verdict at 2 a m after tile case since J p m Thursday Before Judge M H Kepler pro nounced sentence which included costs of the trial Wesley Henke a prosecuting attorney presented evidence of malicious destruc tion of a Catholic church at Ionia Iowa in 1941 which led to Mrs Brewers conviction on a felony charge Henke contended thai her lat est brush with the law violated the good behavior parole given her at that time Mrs Brewer heard the sentence without emotion and was lodged in the county jail pending her re moval to the reformatory Appeal bond was set at 52000 Mrs Brewer went on rial here after several continuances and a change of venue from Charles City The oriffinil charge affainst her was assault with intent to commit murder but in charging he jury late Thursday ludgc Kepler presented these alterna tives The jurors could convict or ac quit her on charges of assault with intent to commit murder as sault with intent to commit man slaughter assault with intent to commit great bodily harm or as sault The jury took the case after hearing closing arguments of 3 minutes by Mrs Brexver and hours by Wesley Henke a prose cuting attorney Washington senate re jected Friday President Roose velts nomination of Aubrey Wil liam as rural electrification ad ministrator The vote was 2 to 3G agains confirmation Senate action came 2 months and a day after the president sub milted the name of the former I the 3rd army captured Mainz national youth administratorCor I pop capital of Hesse a lending program opj and road center ol ponents said soon may teach he proportions of a billion dollars Some southern democrats joined with republicans to defeat the 54 year old Williams an ar dent new dealer It was the first senatorial re jection of a presidential appointee other than a postmaster since June 1939 when a nominee for United States attorney for Nevada was turned down Some other nominations were iv i t h d r a n however Supporters contended that AVil llams was falsely accused of com munist leanings Opponents said he was not fitted for the job Majority Leader Barkley of Kentucky pleading for confirma tion shortly before the vote was taken called Williams a champion of the underprivileged Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy SAVED WOUNDED Guam one quarter of the 15749 marines wounded on Iwo Jima were saved from death by some 14000 pints of whole blood Lt Herbert R Brown Rochester N Y said Fri day RAID DESTROYED HEADQUARTERS Speculate Death of Gen Von Rundstedt Paris supposed Ger man headquarters for the western front was destroyed in an allied air raid a week ago it was dis closed Friday and speculation grew that Marshal Karl von Rund stedt may have been killed or wounded Marshal Albert Kesselrmg re placed Rundstedt as supreme Ger man commander in the west about the time of the raid German prisoners captured on the British 21st army RrouD front reportetl The prisoners did not know Rund stedts fate or whereabouts Allied fighter bombers were re vealed to have dropped their aux iliary gasoline tanks on a clump of buildings in Germany believed headquarters for the whole west ern front The tanks exploded with a terrific burst of flame that quickly destroyed the central building and a garage filled with 150 cars It was believed certain that many occupants of the buildings were killed or wounded Even if the top commanders escaped oth er key headquarters personnel probably were slain and vital maps and other data destroyed rtundslcdt was known to hive been in supreme command as Ink is March 13 and possibly later German prisoners said Kessclrinj lately in command of the Italian front was called to replace him Supreme allied headquarters commented that the shift was not unlikely in view of the recent de feats suffered on the western front A dispatch from army group headquarters said Rund stedt may have been removed for suspected halfheartedness in the military defense of the west He was known to favor a policy of withdrawing to maintain his armies intact as opposed to Adolf Hitlers policy of stand and Landau Bctueen these fronts the 1st army troops east of the Rhine captured the factory city of Neu wied oil the Rhine 8 miles northwest of Coblenz and widened its front to31 miles and deepened it at places to 3 All night long and into the dawn of another bright bombing allied planes by the hun dreds kept up their attacks on the 50mile Bremenbox north of the Ruhr and east of the Rhine bend at Wesel where the Germans said the allies had massed a mighty offensive force of 4 armies Correspondents at supreme headquarters were told however that there was no change in the tactical situation oil Mont gomerys 21st army croup front but there was intensive patrolling back and forth across the Rhine by both sides It appeared increasingly evi dent that Field Marshal Albert Kesselring the brutal Bavarian who as an air general bombed Rotterdam after it surrendered and tried vainly to subjugate Britain and Malta by air attacks would face his first great test as supreme nazi commander in the west either north of the Ruhr or in that great industrial basin itself The American 9lh British 2nd ami Canadian 1st armies stood in massed might along the lower Rhine generally a half mile or more wide and up Jo 75 feet deep between Duesseldorf and Arnhem The Germans said great parts of the American 1st army were there as well There was no suggestion from cither side of the where abouts of the U S 151h army and the allied 1st airborne army The massed power on the lower Rhine was termed by Berlin the greatest concentration since Nor mandy Britain was tense The Germans themselves were tense as fiddle strings and their radio reports of the northern front were contused and contra dictory Shortly after midnight Berlin said the British and Cana dians launched an allout assault By dawn they reported no im portant developments but indi cations that Montgomery within the shortest time possible would launch his grand style attack to gain the right bank of the Rhine Then further reports said the as sault crossings were started In the absence of comment in allied or enemy communiques it was impossible to divine the truth of the assertions Only the ters est reports came from the 21st army group front these spoke only of patrols At the underlip of the Ruhr the American first armys crossRhine assault cleared Henef on the Sieg river 9 miles east of the Rhine Its hold on the left banfc of the little stream lengthened to 9 miles On the Sieg the first army was less than a dozen miles from the Ruhr and Cologne At the southern end of the cast Rhine front where opposition was light the first army advanced up to 4 up the rivers ;