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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - March 28, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT OF H I STORY AND ASCri I V DCS KOINES 1A THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL 1 Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MARCH 28 1941 This Iapcr Consists of Two One NO 148 Butler Named District Judge by Hickenlooper WILllUCCEED GRAVEN GIVEN BARS SUPPORT Appointment of Mason Cityan Will Betome Effective Wednesday Des Moiiies 3 Gov B B Hickenlooper Tuesday appointed William P Butler Mason City at torney as district judge to suc ceed Henry N Graven newly ap pointed U S attorney for north ern Iowa Butler a republican is a World war veteran and was indorsed by the bar associations of Cerro Gor do and several other northern Iowa counties The governor received Judge Cravens resignation effective Wednesday and said Butlers ap pointment would become effective immediately thereafter MrButler is a member of the firm of Marty and Butler the old est law firm in Mason City with the original members still active Mr Butler and George S Marty became partners on March 1 25 years ago He was born at Centerville Jan 8 1889 and received his bachelor of arts degree in 1912 from Simp son college of which he is now a member of the board of trus tees He attended the University of Chicago in 1916 From 1912 to 1913 he was high school principal at Audubonand for the next 3 years a high school teacher at Boise Idaho He was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1916 and began practice in Mason City the following year remaining here since that time except during the first World war He entered the army in Aug ust 1918 and was at the Camp Zachary Taylor Ky field artil lery officers training school when he was discharged the following December From 1921 to 1926 he served as Cerro Gordo county attorney He is a past president of the Cerro Gordo county bar association and past member of the executive committee of the Iowa State Bar association He was republican 22 Die in Inferno Set by FireBug Incendiarist Who Set Series of Fires Hunted Sail persons died in an inferno set by lirebug Tuesday and move may die from burns and injuries Fire Marshal Frank Kelly said the fire which flashed through the Red Troops Fan Southward in Conquest of Bessarabia NEW new wider hollow steel elec tric propellers designed by CttrtissWright help jjive Re public P47 thunderbolts a 30 per cent faster rate of climb Gerard Demnnck test pilot looks over the new blades commander as signal and naviga tion officer Howard 19 look basic training at Camp Roberts Cal and later was with the field artillery obser vation battalion at Camp Riley Tex He now is with the 7th field artillery observation battalion at Camp Shelby Miss The youngest son David 15 is a sophomore in Mason City high school He is a life scout and senior patrol leader He won his M as a member ot the high school de bating squad this year and also a member of the high school band WILLIAM P BUTLER Judge county chairman in the 1930 and 1932 political campaigns Mr Butler is now president of the Mason City Community Chest and in 1939 was general chairman of its campaign He is a former member of the board of trustees of the First Methodist church of Mason City and of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors He wears the pin signifying 25 years of service to the Winnebagu council of the Boy Scouts of America as well as the Silver Beaver award of that organiza tion He formerly was commodore of the Sea Scouts of the council and now is chairman of the sen ior scouting committee He also has held a number of other high offices in the council Mr and Mrs Butler and the youngest of their 4 sons make their home at 24 10th N in Mason City Mrs Butler a past president of the Parent Teachers association of Mason City and is an active mem ber of the P E O the Occident club and the Womens Society ol Christian service or the Firsi Methodist church The oldest son William 24 is a radar engineer for the Radio Corporation of America attached to the U S navy since January 1942 He is now in north Africa servicing equipment on ships o the allied fleets Charles 21 is a quartermasle 3rd class in the U S navy re cciving his training at the signa school at Farragut Idaho He also was trained with the amphibious forces at Solomons Md and is now on the staff of an LCT group Senators Ask 34th Division Get Furloughs Washington from linnesota North and South Da ota Nebraska and Iowa and John Alexander former Minnesota rep esentative urged war department fficials Tuesday to grant fur oughs to members of the 34th di ision now in Italy Alexander said the men for merly in national guard outfits rom the states were in north Vfrica and more recently engagec n the fightnig at Cassino He sai were anxious that the be granted furloughs to compen sate for the hard campaigns No commitment was made by the de partment and conferences wil continue seeking to get approva of the plan he added Senators Shipsteid ft Minn danger R N Gillette D Bushficld R S Dak Wilson R Wherry R and Gurney R S attended the conference Motorist Calls on Firemen to Save Tires Pa P When nis automobile caught fire a mo torist telephoned the fire depart ment Please send firemen in a hurry so they can save the tires The car isnt worth much Both car and tires were saved Report More Nazis Arrive in Finland London dis patches said Tuesday that Ger man reinforcements have arrived at Turku and Hango in south western Finland and Swedish quarters feared Germany may be contemplating occupation of her northern partner Supporting the belief that a lew crisis was brewing in Fin and the Stockholm newspaper Svenska Dagbladet carried a icavilycensored dispatch from Helsinki predicting that events which will interest the whole world were likely shortly caus ing domestic problems to recede in tjic background The dispatch guardedly men tioned growing diplomatic and military activily behind official taciturnity In addition to sending re inforcements to Turku and Hango the Germans were said to have massed large concentrations of troops and materials at Stettin and other Baltic ports for im pending operations It is an open secret thai the German elements in Finlands de fenses in the Baltic sea are con siderably more prominent than they were a few weeks ago a dispatch from the Stockholm bureau of United Press said Swedes are anxiously follow ing developments in Finland and would be shocked but not sur prised if events take a Hungarian German troops marched into Hungary and set up a puppet gov ernment at Budapest morethan a week ago to forestall a reported Hungarian peace move and bol ster Germanys outer defenses against the advancing red army Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Girl Gets Double Surprise on Street Chicago Elaine Ol sen 19 got a double surprise on her way home from work A man stepped in front of her and kissed She was so surprised she dropped her purse but the young man who had kissed her picked it up The later was found New Amsterdam hotel in the in dustrial district south of Market street unquestionably was started by an last of ij incendiary fires of Monday night and early morning Twenty men and two women were dead and so badly were the bodies burned that several hours after the fire only one of the vic tims was identified She was Mrs Mamie Pulosky 43 wife of a navy man She jumped from the 3rd floor to her death About 30 others were injured There were about 100 roomers in the 3story structure They leaped into lightwells and per ished in the flames they piled into areaways and suffocated and burned some jumped from win dows and were injured gravely Fire Marshal Kelly said the en tire arson squad was on the street during the night There were 4 incendiary fires in the city Sun day night he said and f Monday night climaxed by the New Am sterdam hotel tragedy Four hours after the fire had been discovered ambulance crews and rescue squads still were car rying out the bodies of the dead and the unconscious forms of those overcome by smoke The fire broke out at p m and immediately became so in tense that firemen worked 2 hours before they were able to control the flames Water from firemens hoses continued to send up streamers of hissing steam Ion after the flames were put out Three times earlier Monday evening firemen were summoned to fires in other small hotels and rooming houses in the same dis trict In all cases they were ex tinguished before any serious damage was done Police believed all fires were the work of an arsonist In all of them a definite odor of gasoline or ker osene had been noted The blaze severe in the last 10 years police said The district in which the Amsterdam is situated is one of pawn shops saloons and cheap rooming houses nearly all of wood construction and ready tinder for a blaze The Amsterdam fire broke out in all 4 floors of the building at the same time and spread with lightning rapidity to all parts ot the building During the 2 hours the flames were at their height the downtown area of the city was overcast by a rosy glow re flected in nearby skyscrapers The hotel contained about 50 rooms according to police records most of which were occupied by sleeping shipyard workers Many ot them fled to the nearest win dows and attempted to lane nets held beneath them by fire men One woman wras believed to have broken her back when she landed Huge crowds poured out of bars and nightclubs at the time the fire was discovered and followed the fire trucks which dashed through downtown traffic to the scene ol the conflagration Extra police reserves were sum moned including every radio car in the city to hold back the on lookers and prevent them from hampering the work of the fire fighters Predominent in the crowds were sailors on their back to Treasure Island naval base Police in San Francisco anc Oakland both agreed that the fire undoubtedly was the work o the same person who set fire to 11 hotels in Oakland last Satur day In both cities the fires broke out in the same class of dislric and in the same type of building Total damages in the Oaklanc fires were estimated to be 000 POUND GERMAN KEY POINTS IN RUINED CASSINO Allied Artillery Breaks Up Attack by Nazis North of Town By RICIIAKU G MASSOCK Allied Headquarters Naples artillery broke up a Ger man attack north of Cassino and continued to hammer the 2 hotel key point areas of the German j defenses within the ruined town headquarters announced Tuesday The nazi attack was broken up on the road from Terellc which lies about 4 miles of Cassino The Germans replied to the shelling of the Hotel Continen tal and Des Roses with a night long bombardment of allied posi tions south of the town Meanwhile it was disclosed that 3 small German attacks of platoon strength on the left side of the beachhead below Rome were beat en oft Sunday afternoon and the Germans remained on the defen sive in that sector Six different patrol clashes were reported in the beachhead mainly in the Cis terna and Carrocelo areas Gunfire diminished in the lower Garigliano sector of the main 5th army front but patrols clashed at several points The Germans shelled the Orsogna area on the 8th army front but that sector also was generally quiet except for patrol clashes near Tollo and was one of the most j Arielle Allied artillery bearing the runt of the battle on the Cassino rent for the 2nd straight day considerally battered the Con inental and TJes Roses hotels a lilitary spokesman said Bursting hells also started a fire in a Ger an dump south of Cassino Allied planesV flying about 1100 sorties blasted at railway lines ifonday striking targets in cnn ral Italy swarming over the bat le area and lashing shipping he Italian west coast and the almatian shore Mosquitoes lion day night continued the blows blows against the nazi supply ines Strong formations of Boston ight bombers and invader divc aombers attacked railway yards warehouses and factories at Settc Bagni on the northeastern out skirts of Home Marauders es corted by spitfires bombed a rail road bridge at Poggibonsi hittin a 40car train Other marauders struck again at Fano the railroad bridge on the east coast 25 miles northwest ot Ancona Mitchells bombed railway bridges at Masrsciano 70 miles north of Rome Perugia 15 miles farther north and Grossclo DC miles northwest of the capital Baltimores hit at a railroad bridge 35 miles southwest of Ancona anc scored a direct hit on a power house near San Valentino south west of Pescara Airacobras bombed highway anc rail bridges at Monte Pescali ant a railway bridge at Montalto d Castro 50 miles nortliwesl of Rome Kitlyhawks strafed planes cm the ground at Rimini and Forli About 65 enemy planes were reported active over the battle area Two were destroyed for a loss of 3 allied planes Woman Posts Letter in Fire Alarm Box Salt Lake City visiting here from Provo Utah provided a new ending to the ol story about trying to post a lette in a fire alarm box She quickly realized the error but leave until the firemen had rived so she could apologize Expect Full Scale Work to Be Under Way by MidApril FROM STALINGRAD TO IRUT area is approximate territory regained by the Russians in their 800mile march from Stalingrad to the Prut river in 1911 one of the starting points for the nazi attack on Kussia Solid line marks deepest German penetration Broken line is approximate present baUlcfront Germans ami Ruman ian satellite still hold the Crimea part of While Russia and part of the Ukraine 6RITT FLYER IS DEAD IN CRASH Savannah Ga Archie L McCormick of Britt Iowa was one of 10 nirjnen killed when a heavy bomber crashed Sunday night while attempting a landing at the Melbourne Fla air base Weather permitting full scale construction work on the Mason City municipal airport will be under way again in midApril City Vlanager Herbert T Barclay revealed Tuesday James Gtcnn resi dent engineer for the civil iiulics administration wliirh is i building the SGQUOuO airport was j in with Mr Barclay Tuesday following his return from Kansas City where he spent the winter Two members of Mr Glenns engineering staff accompanied him and they will begin work immediately preliminary n the resinning of construction The en inccr expressed his gratification at the way the project had come through the winter weather Work had progressed sufficient ly before winter set in Mr Bar clay pointed out so that the pav ing and grading contractors can operate independently this spring without interfering with each other The first 4 inch layer of sta bilized base already is laid on the soulh 1000 feet of the north south runway he pointed out Another inch layer must be placed on top of that before the final coats of hot asphalt one ot 2 inches and the other 1 inch making a total slab of 11 inches The A T Nolan company meanwhile can continue with grading work on the north wesU southcast runway and the taxi ways One of the first pieces of i moved to work for the McCrce Construction I where he company will he the fencing con tract which they hold as well as the paving work the manager said Bids on the installation of the lighling equipment arc to be taken in June he revealed The equipment arrived in Mason City a number of weeks ago and is being stored here until it can be installed YOUTH INJURED IN FARM MISHAP Falls Into Water Tank Doing Evening Chores Hun In n Sclmcitcr son of Mrs Christ Schncitcr fell into a water lank at their farm home north of town Sunday eve ning Me had gone out to do the eve ning chores and when he did not return to the bouse at the usual time his mother called for assist ance thinking something wrong The young man managed to get into the house before help arrived but was unable to speak and soon lost consciousness He is believed to have fallen while near the water tank and had been in the water for some time His clothes were wet ant frozen and hewas suffering trosr cold and shock PRUT CROSSING BEFORE IASI IS IN RUSS HANDS Thousands of Nazis Trying to Scramble Across River Slain BULLETINS London Ucrlin radio said Tuesday that Russian troops hat crossed the upper Irul river hi prewar apparent acknowledgement that the red army hail cut the LwowButhar cst railroad the last direct link I between the split southern Ger man army group London red army captured the big Black sea port of Nikolaev Tuesday unhinging the last German salient in the Ukraine ami Berlin said the Rus sians tried to take the Rumanian stronghold of lasi by storm in an apparent drive into Kumania proper Moscow mobile forces fanned southward through Bessarabia Tuesday seizing Ihc Prut river crossiing before lasi German defense bastion ot north east Rumania and former head quarters of Marshal Fritz von Mannstein Marshal Ivan S Ivoucvs drive doxvn the Prut vulley brought the rail junction of lasi under artil lery fire and cut one of the few remaining roundabout rail ilncs of retreat for 1110000 Germans in the 200mile long enemy salient along the Black sen Storming in against the Prut crossing C miles east of lasi the soviet vanguard of tanks mobile artillery and infantry slaughtered thousands of German troops as they scrarnbed in panic forthe Rumanian bank of Ihc river A Turkish broadcast quoted by the British radio said Rumania had taken measures for the im mediate evacuation of Bucharest according ot CBS To the northwest other red army units massed along tiic up per Prut across from Ccrnauti biggest city of Bucovina province after a spectacular advance of 24 miles at a speed of one mile an hour Pounding forward in concert to clean up the entire bank of the up per Prut and clear the way for grand scale surge into Rumania the first and second armies of the Ukraine drove spearheads within 22 miles of a junction which would close the neck of a German salient looping northeastward from cap tured Kamenets Podolsk trapping thousands of enemy troops There no word here to in dicate that the Russians had crossed the Prut But iron I dis patches describing extreme Ger man demoralization and the prob able soviet command of riven crossings suggested that they could ford the river at will All signs indicated that the Kus sians hid paused deliberately at the 1iut lu straighten their saw ioolh lines through ihe Ukraine deal A doctor was called huniedi ately On Monday he was yc amUild IoUmd and perhaps to a Mason was still in scions condition and unable to City hospital with the menaced GLTIIKIM salient an uncoil along the Black sea tipped by tile unable In besieged NikuUicv Only Congenial Insects in Jungle Washington jungle isnt what it used to be the war department in effect said Tues day Basing story on reports re ceived from headquarters in the south Pacific the department said that this business of cobras maneating beasts and fierce crocodiles is strictly story book stuff Troops in south Pacific jungles this report went on have found only the most congenial insects in their jungle a couple of exceptions What ex ceptions First there arc the mosquitoes When Ihc boys come home youll probably hear more about those mosquitoes and how one of them carried off an undcrsizc lieuten ant one dark night Then went on the story there are gentle friendly centipedes that crawl into foxholes during the night One bite and the vic tim is in agony for 24 death would be a welcome re spite and only morphine can case the pain Another congenial pet the de partment said is found on New Georgia where millions of land crabs scramble like an invading army down to the beaches from the interior when the moon is bright These ungainly creatures which can move in 4 directions by use of their numerous legs caused much anguish during the battle for Munda airfield by crawling into foxholes in the dead of night the report said Since they are so clumsy they sound like a man moving through the jungles and many troops became trigger happy often with tragic results for their buddies in nearby fox holes The crabs arc harmless it said On the gentler side there arc hundreds of mongooses and mil lions of toads he report continues The mongooses were imported to destroy snakes and the toads to get rid of insects Both multiplied to the extent that they replaced the snakes and bugs as pests There are a few deer and thats about all the boys have found Most deadly adjunct to the jungle is still the Japanese soldier and he is being rapidly eliminated in the battle for the Solomons the department concluded its les son in jungle lore Divorce Complaint Is Filed Against Heir to Dodge Fortune j New York unfaithful acts of Maj Horace E Dodge heir to a SI00000000 motor for tune during the past 4 years may well run into the hundreds his pretty blond exvanities wife Martha Mickey Dcvine Dodge charged in filing a divorce com plaint in supreme court She charged that her husband solaced himself after his daily military duties with a bevy of 7 beauties Most of them she said were cafe society girls but one was identified as a lieutenant in the army nurse corps My husband gave LI Clara Tinsley a gross of nylon stockings for which he paid over SI400 she charged tell what had happened Buy Unr Savings Bomis and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier hoy NonFarm Deferred Registrants Under 26 to Get Tests m April PCS Moines Ralph Lancaster assistant state director of selective service said Tuesday all Iowa draft boards had been instructed to have registrants un der 26 holding nonagricultural deferments report for pieinduc tion physical examinations during April Col Lancaster said the men under 26 who qualify for service will be called first in filling fu ture quotas but that older per sons would be called too to meet the quotas because not enough young men were available in most communities The action is in line with a na tional regulation announced last Friday Col Lancaster also said that all men passing the physical exam inations now were likely to go into the service immediately after their 21 day furlough He the April call for Towa men had been received and was about the same as the March call1 Goes Down Anchorage Alaska kan imbibers who have been disii ing out as much as S20 for a 5th of black market whisky now can quench their thirst for S65 a 5th The new figures arc cour tesy of the office of price admin istration which has placed ceiling prices on most brands of liquor sold in the territory Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair Tuesday and cooler Tuesday night Warmer Wed nesday afternoon Iowa Decreasing cloudiness Tues day night Wednesday fair colder Tuesday night and slight ly warmer in west portion Wed nesday Minnesota Occasional light snow noithcast and extreme east por Thc German command acknowledged that the third army of the Ukraine bail forced the lower Bug near Nikolacv by passing the bij port cast of Odessa It also reported heavy defensive in the Baltic area fif Bcssanihin south of Proskurov northwest of Ccrnatiti and in the I Tarnonol region j Front dispatches siid Marshal I Ivan S IConcvs 2tul army forces i were waiting only for the signal j to smash across the Prut into the long narrow Rumanian plain be tween the Prut and Sirct rivers German and Rumanian troops were reported retreating ill dis order on all sectors of the south ern ironl In one area Russian I mobile dttacJmnonts broke through t to the enemy rear and routed an entire regiment Other soviet j forces rushed into a railway sta tion and killed more than Germans and Rumanians as they were embarking on a train Hnoty was mounting hourly Eighty suns abandoned intact by the Germans were found in one sector while in another 15 tanks tion early Tuesday night fol lowed by clearing fair Colder Tuesday night Somewhat warmer wcst portion Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Mnoday Minimum Monday night M At 8 a m Tuesday YFAR AGO j Maximum 30 Minimum 2i Precipitation Hfi i Snowfall I inch were recovered in full working order Zhukovs first army forces reached the approaches to Cer nauti capital of Bucovina and a city of 110000 persons after forc ing the upper Dniester straight from the inarch over a number ot crossings which the Germans i bad no time to destroy in their i Ilight The capture of Suciagura on i the north bank of the Prut river i put the directly opposite jCuriiuuli on the Fouth bank Sa Ulagura cs 22 miles north of ICcrnauti ;