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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 11, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL L Associated Press and United Prej ymi Leased wires Cents a MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY MAY 11 1911 ROMMEL TAKES OVER FRANCES RAIL SYSTEMS All Passenger Trains Will Be Canceled After Next Monday London Erwin Rommel German antiinvasion commander has seized control of Frances bombcrippled railways the London Daily Mail said Thurs day presumably in a desperate effort to keep supplies and re inforcements moving to his west wall defenses A Vichy broadcast reported that oil passenger train service France will be cancelled from next Monday as a further step toward keeping the lines free foi essential military traffic Nonstop allied air attacks al ready had reduced passenger traffic iu France to the barest skeleton service the Daily Mai said in asserting that messages from Vichy indicated Rommel hat assumed full control of the rail way administration Ail efforts are now concen trated on keeping arms trains and army supply trains moving tin Daily Mai said AH else sacrificed to this Thousands oE German railwav workers rushed into France fron the rcicli have been unable ti keep pace with the destructioi caused by thousands ot tons o American and British bombs llv newspaper said Though complete seizure of Ih railways was inevitable at som stage of the invasion the Dail Mail added normally it woul have come later Stockholm dispatches said Rom mel had told his westwall com manders that they must expect the allies to use the most modern equipment ever unveiled on a battlefield This is going to be the most modern battle ever fought he said It will demand the ut most of our officers Rommel also revealed that spe cialists in street fighting have been organized to man a 2nd line of defense behind the coastal for tifications The new units were formed around a nucleus of troops who foughtItheBritish and Ca nadians at St Nazaire and Dieppe he said and will be armed with new and surprising weapons In Algiers Interior Commis sioner Emmanuel DAstier Do La Vigerie of the French national committee disclosed that the com mittee soon will Incorporate members of the French under ground formally into the French army under the name of French Army of the Interior German estimates have placed the under ground army at 175000 persons The official German DNB agency reported that 1400000 men had been enlisted last month in a organiza tion of the German people or ganized by the nazi party militia as an axis version of the British home guard to help resist any in vasion of the reich Awoits Mothers Doy 5 Sons in Armed Services 707 PRISONERS HELD BY JAPS ARE SET FREE Fresh Accounts of Nippon Cruelty to Captives Released Advanced Allied Headquarters New Guinea ili Liberation of 707 Japaneseheld prisoners of war by the American conquest of north central New Guinea was announced Thursday as fresh ac counts of the enemys cruelty to ward captives came to light Gen Douglas MacArthur an nounced that 462 of the liberated allies were Sikhs Indian soldiers captured in Malaya by the Japa nese early in the war Javanese numbered 8G and the rest were Americans Australians Chinese Dutch Filipinos Poles and Czechs Many were missionaries and other civilians This was by far the largest number recaptured from the en emy in any phase of the Pacific war and the only sizable eroiip yet liberated except for a detach ment of Sikhs found in the Ad miralty islands in March The Sikhs were quoted by the Australian department of infor mation as saying they were herd ed like cattle on an 18 day march 5400 Tons of Bombs Rip Airports Railroads in German Defense Area There is an air of expectancy these few days preceding Mothers day in the home 819 3rd N The house in this war time NAZI SHIPS OFF HOLLAND ARE HIT British Reported Artnec Trawler Is Destroyed London armed Ger man trawler was torpedoed and sunk and 2 others were damaged off the Dutch coast Thursday when light coastal forces of the British navy attacked a strong force of enemy patrol vessels while on a preinyasion offensive sweep of the English channel the British announced The admiralty reporting that the British ships returned to har bor after suffering only super ficial damage and minor casuallies among the crew said one of the damaged trawlers was left burn ing A German broadcast before the admiralty announcement told of the encounter off the Netherlands and also of one off Elba island in the Mediterranean in which Brit ish speedboats attacked a German convoy Losses on both sides were reported The presence ot a German con voy in the Elba area raised the possibility nazi communications in northern Italy were so badly dis rupted by allied air blows in Italy that the enemy now was forced tosuse the sealanes to supply his forces in the south in iui3 ii CIL unit la a JUI itllA JldUlJ UJSUU LO a family of 9 children about I go upstairs and there is nothing but empty beds and ail I see of my boys is their pictures but I always have them out said Mrs Traub ing wistfully at their A Washington D C who was to l married there on Friday and i Of the Tiaubs 9 children coming here with her husband one is at home Bernard 16 their honeymoon So with all junior in high school The the house should resume sons 5 ot them are all in of its former gayoty service of their country It is the 4 other sous who cannot ough thing to raise a family home Sam meialsmith E hat and then have a just arrived in New Cale ike Hitler come along and in the southwest Pacific i it for jou she 2nd lieutenant is an instruc But on Sunday one of in navigation at Monroe La may be home and the house is machinists mate is sta n readiness First Lt at Mare island San Fran Traub is expected home and Joseph is studying England where in the navy V1Z pro completed his 26 missions at Clinton college Clinton bombardier on a Flyins over Europe with the 8th Traub not only mtssons in air service Her niece whom she I believe I made every as one of her children sion with him said Mrs brought her up with the who a few weeks ago reported he had only 2 more to go atter is a WAVE in Providence he would be granted a I Mrs Traubs other daugh Also expected home on Ruth is in California Lock ers day is a daughter Kayenay engraving BRICKERHITS CORN Subdue Dog Before Entering Room Where Mistress Is Dead Calls for End of Moines ifi Police and i When War Is A E Shaw had to subdue a bulldog before they found i Des Moines Declaring the recent corn freeze order is further proof again of the fact that no central government authority can completely regulate the processes of agriculture Gov John W Bricker of Ohio called Thursday for abolishment of the entire AAA program as soon as the Lulu Houston 65 dead in her apartment Wednesday night The dog Miss Houstons faithful guardian had refused to let them enter her bedroom The body was found previously by Mrs E A Rice the occupant of another apartment in a cottage Death was believed due to pneumonia is Houston an old age pen No administration this or had been living alone for several years other Governor Bricker J the republican party for president declared in a press conference can v nci nnr ulate the complete field of agri culture There arc too many things beyond the control of any board or bureau The corn freeze order is unnec essary he asserted for the gov ernment could obtain corn it it would make a price for it Corn prices could be raised without raising the price of hogs he said because now it is more profitable to feed corn to the hogs Workers under the AAA pro gram are political appointees and not representatives of the farm er nor sympathetic towards him Gov Bricker said Their exercise of authority is arrogant and ar bitrary Bricker said he thought the best way to prevent postwar inflation was to produce more Even now move could be produced he said if farmers were not hampered by government regulations Bricker was in Des Moines to make a public address Thursday night on Agriculture Today and Pants Afire But He Unhitches His Horse Harrisbnrg Pa own trousers afire a local junk dealer unhitched his horse from his burning wagon on a downtown street before beating flames in his clothing out the Bay War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Woman Who Received Cafe in Separation Settlement Complains Chicago Evelyn Shook told Circuit Judge Robert J Dunne that she would rather have alimony than the restaurant which her estranged husband Thomas bought for her a year ago She said the business is headache because of the help shortage and other problems and she cannot operate it profitably Judge Dunne said he will rule on the alimony petition May 18 from Singapore and at one place we saw a number of Chinese who had been nailed to palm recs with iron spikes driven through their foreheads They told of being beaten fre quently with sticks and rifle suits and ol seeing their com rades put to death because they were ill Lance Naik Gurinan Singh re lated in this respect A close friend of mine reported to me the death of Havildar Baha dur Khan He had become ill and apparently the Japanese decided against wasting time and medical supplies on him Bahadur Khan was given an injection and he died almost im mediately The same thing done to at least 14 others that know of in the same camp1 Associated Press Correspond ent Olen Clements said in a story from Momotc airfield in the Ad miralty islands thatPunjab an Sikh troopers told from their hos pital cots of cruelties at thehand of the Japanese Of the original 9500 prisoner in the group 1200 died from lacK of medical attention and malnu trition he said and 300 other were down with malaria For al most 3 years they said they livei on nothing but 2 spoonfuls of ric and salt a day General MacArthurs account o he New Guinea jiberation sail of the prisoners were freei n the Hollandia area and the res it Aitape 150 miles to the south east Both points were invade April 22 American patrols cleaning up he Hollandia perimeter killed 63 more Japanese and captured 32 jringing the total for the entire HollandiAitape invasion area to 1502 Japanese killed and 291 cap against American losses of 28 dead and 95 others Mounded The heaviest raid reported on Thursdays communique in weight of bombs was a 100ton assault on the WewakHansa bay area at the northeast shoulder of New Guinea bypassed by the Hollandia and Aitape landings Heavy bombers returned to the Schouten islands and other tar gets far to the west of Hollandia and hi I enemy positions on New Britain and New Ireland islands to the cast AT SHELDON 329 Inches Causes Flooding in Fields Des Moines ii A length downpour deluged the Sheldoi vicinity with 329 inches of rain iate Wednesday It caused the Floyd creek to overflow sweep across the country club ground and leave water standing in fieldi and forming lagoons along the highways The Des Moiiies river went out of its banks at Estherville after 59 of an inch of rain there but next to Sheldon in amount of pre cipitation was 170 inches at In wood Sioux ALLIED BOMBERS SPOT ATTACK ON VITAL Mosquito bombers at tacking at low level with delayed action and incendiary bombs destroy building in Hague housing documents vital to the Germans Tower in center background is on Peace Palace in the Netherlands city This is a British official photo Jap Menace Looms Larger in JOINT ALLIED North Central China Sector Rl TQ f AM By RICHARD C BERGIIOLZ Associated Press War Editor A Japanese menace to all of northcentral China loomed larger Thursday than at any time in i years with the immediate objectives he historic city of Loyang he rich wheatlands of northern Honan province Chinese headquarters announced strong enemy forces have crossed the Yellow river from Shansi province at Yuanchvi 45 miles northwest of Loyang Another Japanese army has broken through Hulao pass and is within 6 or 7 miles of Loyang from the east Japans northwestern attack on Loyang threatens to outflank the stubborn defenders ot the time capital and may force them to retreat westward to Sian natural gateway to the present provisional capital Chungking I Other Japanese troops ap peared to have driven the Chi nese from their last hold on the PeipingHaiikow railroad but Chi nese reports on the fighting were obscure American planes scored with a 100ton strike at the Wewak Decisive Actions Will Strike Army Band Arrives in London to Lead Parades in Pans and Berlin London United Slates army band which followed Gen Dwight D Eisenhower on his vic tory path through Africa and Sic ily has now reached London and DArcy an nounced H had come to do tbo same in parades through Paris aifd Berlin 8 LARGE RAIL CENTERS GIVEN HEAVYBOMBING 3000 Allied Planes Continue Intensified PreInvasion Air Drive London IPt Three thousand allied planes dumped an esti mated 5100 tons of explosives on German airports and rail centers in western Europe Wednesday in the 27th day ot the great pre invasion assault In one of the strongest assaults of the war on Hitlers already dislocated system of military railways allied formations late Wednesday night and Thursday singled out 8 large rail centers serving the western defense wall 011 wliich to loose most if their explosives Three of the key centers were hit in daylight Thursday by a force of up to 250 American Lib erator bombers escorted by possi bly 500 Thunderbolt Mustang and Lightning fighters and other bombers smashed military instal lations across the channel The entire German radio net work left the air about p m strongly indicating a continuance of the BritishAmerican attacks iftcr Londoners heard great for Is Born to Widow of Maj Gen Wingate Aberdeen Scotland w of a son to the 26 year old widow Hansa bay sector of New Guinea MaJ CcnOldc Charles Win and raided the Schouten islands Sate leader of the Wingat Moscow Commis sur Viacheslav M Molotov has Germany soon will feel the full strength of joint 11 11 i e d blovs from the east and west Mos cow newspapers reported Thurs day as another lull settled ovei the Russian front Now the time lias come when the armed for ces of the allies MOLOTOV lor decisive northwest of New Guinea Hollandia Dutch Lt Gen Joseph W Slilwclls Chinese troops have swept up 2 more villages in their drive on the key railroad towns of Myit kyina and Mogaung in north central Burma Dive bombers in great strength are helping allied de fenders fight off the Japanese in vaders of India around Imphal and Kohima Central Pacific planes raided Ponape again and also struck iso lated Japanese positions in the Marshalls Ponape Caroline island guardian to Truk 440 miles to the west has been hit every day since March 11 with but 2 excep tions ingatc Raiders of Burma was an nounced Thursday Wingiilc was killed in a plane crash in Burma last March 24 I Boys Say They Stole Cleaners for Mothers New York IB year old boys admitted to police that they had stolen 2 vacuum clean ers from a store Their explana tion We wanted to give them to our mothers for Mothers day Buy War Savings Bonds ami Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy i re joint preparing operations Pays for Pavement Blocks Stolen in 1900 Aurora III tp A u r o r as I conscience fund is S4 richer and a debt of 45 years standing is cleared City Clerk William Given says he has received S4 from a man in Los Angeles a former Aurora resident who said the money was payment for wooden pavement blocks he took in 1900 He wrote Given that he removed the blocks from the street and used them for firewood Mayor Andrew J Carter said the money would be accepted with thanks Other rainfall included City 69 Cherokee 14 Spencer 13 and Alia 07 Highest temperature Wednes ay was 82 degrees at Council Bluffs Wednesday nights low was 52 at Charles City The weather bureau forecast scattered showers in the west and north Thursday and in the cast Friday NAZI FREIGHTER SUNK Stockholm P Apparently striking a mine the 10000ton German freighter Odin sank Wed nesday night just outside the har bor at Narvik Norway Advices from Kiruna Sweden said the vessel was carrying a cargo of Swedish iron ore to Germany Buy War Savings Bonds and from your GlobeGazette carrier boy Has Recommendation Within Few Minutes Farrauut Idaho cation specialist at Farragut naval center advised Carter Short of Fayetteville Ark to apply for a commission and suggested that he submit a recommendation from his bankers Within a few min utes Short placed the recommen dation before the surprised spe cialist explaining that he didnt have to wait because his bankers Vice President Jasper Pycatt and Cashier Powers Fowler of the Mcllroy bank at Fayelteville were fellow recruits DIES OF INJURIES Sioux City Olson 54 Ames died in a hospital here Wednesday ot injuries suffered April 29 in an automobile acci 1 dent near Creightpn Nebr C HI I IN A ugainst our common enemy Hit lerite Germany and the enemy will soon feel the strength of Hie joint blows Molotov was quoted as saying in a speech thanking British Ambassador Sir Archibald Clark Kerr Wednesday Tor con ferring 118 British decorations on soviet soldiers Military observers expected the present lull in ground action to continue until the decisive joint operations designed to squeeze Germany out of the war begin Front dispatches reported that a pall of smoke from German de molitions and the destruction wrought by soviet bombs and shells slill hangs over Sevastopol Crimean naval base liberated Tuesday after a 3tlay battle Only n buildings survived dispatches said Historic monu ments and other structures were transformed into heaps of nibble Only 24 hours before the city fell it was said the gcslapo rounded up a group of Russian boys and placed them on a barge which was towed out intu the 1 roadstead sunk Other barges which the Germans drowned housaiKls of inhabitants during heir nearly 1 years of occupation verc said to be visible in the ransparcnt waters of the bay nations streaking toward Eur ope whose groundshaking roar was the loudest of the war Since the fullscale assault on the rail network behind the At lantic wall began on March 2 the allies have made at least 57 at tacks against at least 64 rail tar gets Some key points have been hit 4 and 5 limes Also Thursday night western Switzerland alerts were sounded indicating the offensive was roll ing nonstop into the night and perhaps aiming at southern Ger many The Liberators thrust under cover of Lighlmngs Thunderbolts and Mustange marked the return of Britishbased American heavy bombers to the prcinvasion of fensive after a oneday lay off The daylight armadas followed up Wednesday nights 4th assault on Budapest by bombers sinking from bases in Italy London observers said the thun derous vibrations of the follow up daylight fleets were the loud I cst heard since the war began The Paris radio network left Ihc air immediately Wednesday nights heavy and medium bomber attack on the Jghtning Kills lowan Operating Tractor Plow Early Iowa Mil er Jr 41 Sac county road main cnance man was killed by light JAPANESE OFFENSIVE IN show Japa nese drives in China which have wrested all but a few miles of the PeipingHankow rail route from the Chinese Japanese driving south have taken Sniping on the rail way and another force pushing north has seized Cliuma tien West of the railway line Japanese offensives arc aimed at Loyang and Lushan Shaded area is Japanese controlled while operating a tractor in his field at the cdsc o ling llow own Wednesday Hungarian capital came close on the heels of daylight blows Wednesday in which more than 3000 allied aircraft winging in from both Italy and Britain poured some 4500 tons of bombs into Europe At inidaftcrnoon a heavy as sault began on the mainland across the English channel vio lent explosions from the Calais area shook buildings in Folke stone on the English side and heavy rumblings were as severe as ihofc heard Tuesday night when Hie RAF hit French coastal areas in llieir hardest night blow f the war on those Berlin programs with the familiar Achtung Ach tung warning Germans of allied formations approaching soulhwest Germany Allied nirmen flew at least 1500 sorties in the opening stages of Thursdays activities The medium Marauders re turned in the afternoon to attack military objectives on the north ern French const after their morn ing blow upon EcaumontLe Rogcr airfield 70 miles west of Paris All the mediums and their escorts returned from that attack there and the raid on Cormcilles FiiVexin 20 miles northwest of Paris Both heavy and medium bomb ers ol the Mediterranean allied air force attacked the Hungarian hit May a noc followup to daylight Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Partly cloudy to cloudy with sloivly rising terni lurnal pcralures Thursday night and I blows against an aircraft factory Friday ind an airfield at Wiener Neu lowa Partly cloudy to cloudy Thursday night and Friday with widely scattered showers or thunderstorms Continued warm except cooler in portion Friday afternoon Minnesota Mostly cloudy with showers Thursday night and Friday Warmer extreme north portion Thursday night and cooler Friday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 65 Minimum Wednesday night 59 At 8 a m Thursday 62 Rain irncc YEAR AGO Maximum r6 Minimum 37 Precipitation 01 stadt Austria and the Yugoslav rail center of Knin The air ministry announced that Britainbased RAF heavy bombers in strength Wednesday nilfhl attacked railway yards at Lens and Lille France and at Gent and Courtrai Belgium white other bomber formations struck at military objectives on the French invasion coast Speedy Mosquitos also raided Ludwigshafen Germany In other aerial operations the communique said British planes laid mines in enemy waters From all of the overnight op erations the ministry announced 15 planes were reported missing It was 2nd straight night that the RAF sent heavy bombers against mysterious emplacements the Germans have thrown up to ;