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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 27, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME COMf DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVES DCS KOINES IA THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS Ued Press Full Leased Wires Five Cents a MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY MAY 27 1944 NAZIS BLASTED BY 5000 CRAFT IN 2 WAY DRIVE Planes From Britain and Italy Bombard Transport Systems London 5000 al lied planes smashed simultane ously into Germany and France from Britain and Italy Saturday in one of the greatest coordi nated blows ever struck at Hit lers transport system Up a 1000 Liberators and Flying Fortresses strucfUcross the channel from British buses pounding the German rail centers of Karlsruhe Mannheim Ludwisr shafen and Saarbrucken and air craft plants in the French cities of Metz and Strasbourg Simultaneously other powerful formations swung over the Medi terranean battering 2 rail yards at Marseille the rail center of N lines in the Rhone valley and Avignon 40 miles from the mouth of the Rhone Enemy airdromes at Salon 20 miles northwest of Marseille and Montpellier Aimargues 15 miles southwest of Nimes also were pounded by the Italybased bombers Britainbased bombers and their escorts which raised the to tal force striking from the vest to approximately 2000 American planes apparently encountered only slight fighter opposition the Berlin radio claiming that un favorable weather hindered de fense efforts Rounding out the powerful day ligttt thrusts other Italybased heavy bombers raided the Jugo slav port of Razanik 10 miles north of Zara and RAF Mitchells made daylight sweeps over the continent from Btriam in support the poundings of Germany and France Britainbased heavy craft were grounded Friday because of weather conditions but the allies kept the daynight assault thun dering with attacks on Europe by lighter craft from Britain and with Italybased 4engined bomb ers striking southern French rail centers Itwas the 2nd assault in a little more than 12 hours on the chem ical center of Ludwigshafcn hit Friday night by KAF mosquitos which also pounded the Rothe Erde rail yards at Aachen The Berlin radio said the Rhine land cities of Karlsruhe and Mannheim had been hit uith substantial quantities of explo sives and incendiaries It added that weather conditions had kept all but a few of Germanys fighter interceptors from making contact with the American bomb er formations and their escorts London observers said that al lied formations including hun dreds of Flying Fortresses and Liberators crossed the channel for 3 hours during the morning Kirschbaum 39 Is Killed While Fixing Electric Pump Firemen Believe Water in Basement Caused Current Short Circuit Otto Kirschbaum 39 1629 S Wilson was electrocuted Friday night when an eleclric pump which he was repairing in the basement of his home developed a short circuit Mason City firemen who were called to the scene with a resuscitator said that water on the basement floor apparently caused the short circuit Mr Kirschbaum was pro nounced dead by Corouer Ralph E Smiley at p m after the resuscitator had been used since p m Mrs Kirschbaum and her sis ter Shirley Jilek of Crystal Lake who was visiting at the Kirsch baum home were in the living room at the time of the accident Hearing Mr Kirschbaum scream Mrs Kirschbaum ran to the base ment and shut offthe motor Three neighbors who w ere called applied artificial respira tion until the fire department ar rived with the resuscitator Mr Kirschbaum was borri June 11 1904 in Wesley the son of Mr and Mrs William Kirschbaum now of Sexton He was married lo Rosa Jilek in Albert Lea Minn Sept 10 1933 They had 3 chil dren Gary 6 Joseph 4 and Michael 2 Surviving are 5 brothers Peter of Ayrshire Robert of Garner Aloysius of Crystal Lake August of Sexton and Albert of Mason City 3 sisters Mrs Harry Mele ney of Mason City Mrs Eugene Cink of Algona and Mrs Richard Garnen of Luverne The Kirschbaums had lived in aiason City for 11 years Mr Kirschbaum was employed at the Decker meat packing company lie was a member of Holy Fam ily Catholic church Funeral arrangements are in complete The body was taken to the Meyer funeral home OTTO KIRSCHBAUM Opens Package With Uniformed Lb Sergeant Finds Skirt Camp Edwards Mass is the army Mr If you dont believe it ask Sgt Louis Fosburgh of Brattleboro Vt whose stylish stout 280 pounds are distributed compactly over his 5 foot 9 inch frame The sergeant wears outsize uni forms and decently ordered a pair of summer khaki trousers size 46 for warm weather wrear Friday he strolled inlo the sup ply room for his new finery opened the package Found a beautifully tailored 12 Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy NEW RISE IN FLOOD EXPECTED Otturnwa Authorities Ask Again Des Moines Weary floo watchers renewed their vigi along the Des Moines river Satur day as water from Thursda nights heavy rains in centra Iowa poured inlo the stream from the Raccoon and other tributar ies Both the Des Moines and the Raccoon were expected to returi to their previous high levels o early in Ihe week but official hoped new flood damage might b averted In preparation for the new rise Oltumva authorities asked th naval air station there for hell again and state guard and coas guard units were busy in the Bur lington area Large blocks of farm land DCS Moines Henry Louisa an Lee comities were under watei due to record high stages of th Mississippi Iowa Des Moine and Skunk rivers The weathe bureau predicted that by Sunda the Mississippi at Burlingto would reach a crest of 172 to 17 the highest level since 1888 U S highway fil was unde water south of Burlington i Iowa and south of Keokuk i Missouri The Burlington railroa line also was covered with wate south of Keokuk and trains wei being detoured into Illinois Army engineers considere opening another flood gate in th power dam at Keokuk in orde lo hasten the crest downstream while delaying it above the dam Highway traffic into Keoku from Illinois was cut off whe water covered the approach the only bridge In Des Moines South We Twentyfirst street knojyn as th Virport Road was closed again r the rising waters of the Rao ion river after being open ti aflic for a day following th rst rise Iowa storm sufferers were as ured of federal help in their abilitation tasks with receipt o orcl that Brig Gen Clarence H anielson comnianding officer o he 7th service command a maha had assigned 100 prison rs of war to work in Webstei lory Pocahonlas and Sa ounties The men were lo be sen ut in groups of 20 each Floyd Johnston Ames or of Iowas emergency farm la program estimated 2 or ecks would be required to clea ebris from fields and farm yart n some areas Lafe Young stale director le farm security adminislratioi aid loans will be available needing financial help A J Loveland state agricul ural adjustment chairman ap lealed Thursday night to federal uthorities at Washington for as istance for Iowa storm and flood ufferers Europeans Warned to Stay Off Roads When Allies Make Invasion London were warned Saturday to keep off the roads when allied armies of in asion strike inlo the continent A spokesman from Gen Dwight D Eisenhowers h e a d q u a rters gave these instructions in the 4th of the scries of instructional broadcasts beamed to the Euro pean underground When the uniformed forces arrive the fighting may pass through your district This will be the time when you will be able to give them the most trouble and obstruct their progress In the common interest there fore at that time do not on any account leave theneighborhood of your village or town Do not let the Germans entice you on to the road II is there thai the greatest danger lies They will as always use you for their own purposes safest place against bom bardment is anywhere below ground level The cellar is the safest place in the house Narrow trenches and sunken roads also were recommended for shelter ALLIES RECORD NEW GAINS ON LINE IN BURMA Chinese Forces Take Warong Japs Escape Trap at Tatangtzu By DEAN SCHEDLEK Associated Press War Editor Allied troops have advanced a mile and a half toward the Japa nese north Burma base of Myit tyina bringing the inevitable de feat of the outnumbered Japanese ever nearer southeast Asia head quarters announced The Chinese have scored addi ional victories over Japanese forces by capturing the north Burma town of 12 miles northeast of Kamainr and seizec a supply dump in the Mogaung valley Heavy casualtieswere in flicted on the Japs Chinese are in pursuit of re treating Japanese who escapee with severe losses from a trap a Tatanglzu the highest battlefield in the world on the Salweer front the Chinese high commanc announced Tatangtzu is 23 miles northeas of Tengchung and heavy fight ing was believed in prospect fo that strategic pivot of Japanesi communications north of thi Burma road Fighting in sleet an ice in the high mountain passes the Chinese are continuing thci pressure against the Japanes have been unable to mak a successful stand the higl command said Meanwhile southwest of Impha in India a Japanese battalion wa reported to have been practical ly annihilated and the command er killed In direct support o he ground troops royal air fore nd Indian air force fighters an ivcbombers registered 2 direc ills on the Manipur river brid gain cutting off communication erring the 33rd Japanese divisio t the edge of the Imphal plair Planes from the ChiiieseAmer can wing of the 14th army air irce strafed enemy troops in th vicinity of Loyang the ancicn Chinese city whose probable fa o the Japanese has been con eded a communique from L Gen Joseph W Stilwells heat Allies Near Main Escape Route for 10th German Army Sezze Captured RAIN DIDNT STOP HER Stahl Mo rain and Ihick mud didnt deter Mrs Flora Wellman who wanted t donate a pint of blood when tin Red Cross blood bank was a Kirksville 7 miles away She took off her shoes and walked the dis tance barefooted FINDS LOST RING Belmont Mass vie lory gardening Friday Edward Hill turned up a wedding ring hi molhcr lost 36 years ago Found m Attic at Algona Camp German prison rs of war reported missing from he guard house at the internment amp here since Thursday were ound late Friday hiding in an ttic in one of the compound buildings an official spokesman disclosed Friday night The pair Karl Braun 24 and flarris Schippnuim 22 had been aplured near West Bend Iowa on Wednesday following an earlier escape Discovery of the 2 men was made by prison guards on a hunch that the prisoners had lever left Ihe premises following heir caplure at West Bend An official spokesman at the camp said there was evidence to show that the men had escaped igain but when FBI operatives the highway patrol sheriff and deputies and prison authorities nade a thorough search of the nearby area and found no indi cations the men had left the 2nd lime they returned to camp and found the men in an attic of one of the buildings When captured at West Bend Wednesday the men had in their possession road maps and other equipment which appear to have been furnished by persons out side the camp Prison authorities said Saturday it has been definitely estab lished lhat the men had an ac complice or more than one out side of the camp Officers said the men were wearing their own prison clothts when captured Friday between and 4 p in It was indicated at the prisoner camp that investigation of the es cape of the 2 men would con tinue in an effort to discover the accomplices The lie actquarlers s t a t e jn e i t said Japanese were killed and at least 30 trucks were de stroyed Army navy and marine flyers in the central and north Pacific ain have bombed Japanese ases In the Kurile Caroline and Marshall islands These new slows announced by Adm Ches ter W Nimitz were the 22nd in May on Ponape in the eastern Carolines the 3rd on nearby Kusaie island the 14th on the Kuriles and continuation of the daily assaults on isolated enemy Marshall atolls In the southwest Pacific Gen eral MacArthurs planes lashed out through the 22nd day of the MOHAWKS BEAT NORTH 51 SPORTS BULLETIN Mason Citys diamondmcii pened the Big Seven tournament ere Saturday morning by defeut 11 North high of Des Moines 1 and thereby earning a berth n the semifinals against East Waterloo at Dodge was to 30 oclock pounding islands against the Schouten Mass Desertions by Bulgarian Troops in Yugoslavia Reported Bari Italy deser tions by Bulgarian troops in southeastern Yugoslavia were re ported by the headquarters of the Yugoslav partisan military mis sion Saturday with a spokesman asserting that morale is weaken ing noticeably as tension mounts in the Balkans Whole platoons and companies are deserting the spokesman said Another report reaching here which was unconfirmed said the Germans had begun disarming Bulgar troops in southern Serbia Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy EARLY SUMMER CRUISE IN OTTUMWA Busy with the evacuation of families from flooded areas when the Des IHoines river went out of its banks John Huston Wa pello county Red Cross disaster relief chairman super vises the calls on refugee families from a in one of the rescue boats Huston publisher of the Ottunnva Courier is seated 2nd from the left Iowa Daily Press photo REDS ASSAULT GERMAN SHIPS IN BARENTS SEA Large Scale Troop Movements in Arctic Waters Is Observed London Russians re ported Saturday an air attack on German troopships in the Barents Sea north of Norway It was the first time in months largescale German troop movements been noted in Arctic waters The midnight war bulletin from Moscow said 2 transports and a destroyer were sunk and 3 other ships damaged Whether the ships were carrying new German forces to Norway or withdrawing some was not specified Earlier the Germans claimed lo have shot down 69 of the 80 at tacking red fleet air force but the Russians said only 7 bombers were losl and 10 German planes were downed Skirmishes southeast of Stanis lawow in old Poland comprised the only activity reported on the long eastern land front The Berlin radio in a broad cast recorded by the Daily Ex press reported red forces had oc cupied the island of Lavansaari in the Gulf of Finland 70 miles west of Kronsladt big Russian naval base and 50 miles northwest of Narva No Confirmation of New Red Drive New York Ander son a NBC report from Lon don quoted the Vichy radio Sat urday as saying the Russians have started an offensive qn the eastern front No details were given and tiicre was no confirmation from any other source Wont Defend Rome Vichy Radio States London UR The nazicon Irolled Vichy raiclo said Saturday that the Germans will abandon Rome without a fight and fall back on a longprepared defense line lo the north Though the allies have had proof that the German command has been using Rome as a com munications center and for other military purposes the Vichy broadcasl claimed the enemy would not defend the Italian capi tal because il already has been declared an open town The capture of Rome would bring no new element in the gen eral conduct of the war except for the prestige that would be gained by this success Vichy said It is well known lhat the German high command has slalcd on many previous occasions it would accept battle only north of Rome on a line of resistance prepared many months ago Stockholm dispatches suggested that the success of the allied of fensive in Ilaly may result in the invasion of western Europe begin ning sooner than previously had been planned The Stockholm correspondent of the London Daily Telegraph said the German people were being lold that the battle for Ttome now ncaring a decision will pro bably be Ihe signal for an allied invasion from the west coorclin ilcd with a Russian offensive from the east Radio Berlin attributed the col lapse of German defenses in Italy to the German commands refusal lo diverl troops massed in western Europe to a minor theater of war By withholding reserves in western Europe Berlin said The German command is keeping its full freedom of movement On the other hand every day of the southern Italian campaign weak ens the power of oclock Fort face Waterloo at The final contest is carded at 6 Johnny Nelson hurled his first ame for the Mohawks and had a lohitter until 2 were out in the ast inning when Catcher Fein erii scratched an infield single The Mohawks gathered I ies from the offerings of Keith Baker and sent over 3 runs in the ourth frame on Diz Christiansens louble 2 errors and 2 walks The score Mason City 000301 forth Des Moines 000 000 oebbels Says Nazis Cant Protect Downed Flyers From Civilians Stockholm Tj Propaganda Blind lowan Reports Theft of Watch With Figures in Braille Philadelphia Pri vate First Class Donald E Kelly a native of DeWilt Iowa who lost his eyesight at Vella Lavello re ported Friday that a pickpocket had stolen a watch with Braille figures that had teen presented lo him by the American Founda tion for the Blind I could tell the lime swell and that watch was a kind of pal Youve no idea how 1 miss it lie said Kellcy now a patient at the U S naval hospital was married at Oakland Cal after his injury and expeclcd to return there soon with a secingeye dog We figure we can make it swell but Id like to take lhat watch back too he declared Cuts Off Limb Against Which Ladder Leaned Cherokee Collins Minister Paul Joseph Goebucls definitely doesnt want to be a writing bachler in the Volkischer Bco deelared Saturday that the nazi government no longer would give allied airmen bailing out over Germany police and military protection against wrath ful civilians AngloAmerican terror flyers he wrote in recent weeks be sides bombing at random residen tial quarters have openly and directly without showing any re spect for international war con ventions started an attack on the Germnn civilian population firing at them and murdering them coldbloodedly It is only possible to protect the life of any enemy pilot shot down after such an attack with the aid of armed force as they would otherwise be lynched by the affected population Goebbcls said then added It would be asking too much for us if we were expected lo j employ German soldiers to pro tcct the murderers of children against parents seized by panic and rage The article did not say whether German civilians had attempted to attack British or American airmen forced to land in the rcich lumberjack He climbed up in a tree to trim it became so inlcr csted he cut off the limb agains which his ladder was leaning am had to stay in the tree an hou before his wife got help lo ge him down BODY IS RECOVERED Hastings Minn body t Mrs Frank Dabrashn 440 31air avenue St Paul was found loating in the Mississippi river miles south of here late Friday She hnd been missing since May A when her purse and some of icr clothing were found on the ligh bridge at St Paul Weather Report FORECAST Mason Cily Fair Saturday night Increasing cloudiness Sunday much change in tempera ture Iowa Mostly cloudy with showers extreme south portion Saturday afternoon south portion Satur day night and south and east portions Sunday Monday partly cloudy No important tempera ture change through Sunday Warmer Monday Moderate to occasionally fresh winds Minnesota Fair north and partly cloudy south portion Saturday night and Sunday Not much change in temperature IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday Minimum Friday night At 8 a m Saturday YEAR AGO Maximum 37 Minimum 40 Precipitation 01 GERMANS LOSE TANKS MASSES OF EQUIPMENT Conquering Annies Within 2V Miles of Cutting Via Casilina By NOLAND NORGAAED Allied Headquarters Naples UP army troops occupied Sezze 13 miles northwest of Ter racina Saturday in a drive to join other forces widening a deep salient from the former Anzio beachhead a penetration which already is within miles of cut ting the Via Casilina main escape route for a major part of the Ger man 10th army Sezzc a city of 20000 is the largest town taken in the current offensive Advance units of the beachhead force pushing out 12 miles threatened lo cut the Via Casilina below blow that would imperil Ihe retreat of at least 8 nazi divisions battling des perately since the breakthrough of Ihe Hitler line Capture of Sez e brought American forces squarely up against the lalesl defenses that 2 nazi divisions tried to establish in the Lepini hills north and east the Pontine marshes to proteLt the flank of the Germans in the Liri valley and their retreat route on Via Casilina toward Rome The American armored force pounding upon Valmontone was continuing its thrust Saturday The advance Friday carried it to the vicinity of Artena only miles below Valmontone Of the 17 iazi divisions en gaged below Rome are in a line where their escape would be highly complicated by cutting of the Via Casilina They haxe other allernative retreat roacls but Uiese would be easily clogfied and the Germans probably would be forced lo lose many men much equipment Valmontone is 21 miles south east of the Eternal City Thirtysix miles to the south cast of this spcarpnmt flung out of the Auzio beachhead Germans on the main front were defeated in heavy tank fighting and fell back leaving masses of equip ment including auks behind them LI Gen Mark W Clarks re connaissance troops in the Arlena area pacing Ihe drive fromthe beachhead had advanced about 124 miles north of the former beachhead perimeter after the allies beat back sharp enemy counterattacks in which 15 huge 72 SB 62 Tiger tanks participated An official report said the en emy appeared to be pulling back heavy artillery from the Cislerna Valmonlone road Surging up the Liri valley the 3th army defeated the Germans in a furious tank battle west the Mclfa river knocking out 12 tanks Then Canadian and British forces pushed to within 2 miles of Arcc near the confluence of the IJri and Sacco rivers and o I in 1 or 3 miles of Ccprano im porlanl road junction on the Cas sinoRnmc highway These vital road junctions con trol communications at the head of the Liri valley where highwav G the Via Casilina begins its long straight stretch through a wide valley to Rome Desperate nazis threw in rein forcements at several danger FRILEY WILL SPEAK DCS Moines Charles E Friley president of Iowa State college at Ames will speak at Drake universitys G3rd annual commencement here Monday Buy War Savings and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy ALLIES SCORE NEW show allied drives on the Italian front as allied troops continue to sweep northward in the steady advance toward Rome ;