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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - September 2, 1944, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT or HISTORY AND ARCHt THt NEWSPAPER THAT HOME EDITION MAKES AU NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS VOUL Asaociated and United ftea Fun Leased London Press Jubilant With Allied Gains By W EABL HALL GlobeGazette Managing Editor Letter No 6 London AirMail I ar rived here last week and ran the gamut of London newspapers I was seized with a very great fear that British journalism had gone violently over optimistic Each of the many papers here seemed to be trying to outdo the others in the extent of its enthusiasm o v er allie d gains in south ern France and about P ar i s I frankly concerned about the trend In the mean Patriotic Themes Dominate Fair Revue HAUL time however Ive seen a cabled digest of headlines and news stor ies from leading American New York Washington and Chicago And my report on this occasion is that the emphasis if not the journalistic treatment itself has been substantially the same in the United States as in London With this knowledge Im going to read my London newspapers with new assurance Perhaps my formula for judging accuracy anc reliability isnt entirely under standable to my British friends But thats the way it Js Nothing about perhaps the buzz bombs the nightly blackout and the rem nants of the 1940 been more interesting to me than these London newspapers It isnt a matter of common knowledge in America but its a fact that a considerable number of them have greater daily circu lation than any of our and for a most interesting reason Distances are such in theBrit ish Isles that papers printed heri in the evening can be in the hand of the remotest reader in Scot land Wales or Ireland as he eat his breakfast next morning This means that London news papers are national in the real est sense 6f the term whil American newspapers even those in New York are provincial As a result the newspaper here whicj couldboasf orronfyamUHon cir culation counted verj successful v Newspapers here have been drastically cut in their paper sup ply They have at their commani only a small fraction of the news print which before the war reached them from Canada an Scandinavia particularly the lat ter place In the beginning some of th papers tried holding somewhat if their old site and accomplishei their paper saving by reducin circulation Others reduced their number of pages by virtually elim inatine advertising and cuttin news content to the bone How the provincial papers Manchester Yorkshire Notting ham etc have fared I don know But for London newspa pers there has been a sensationa spurt in circulation There are periodic newscasts o the governmentowned BBC ra dio but the people are hungry a never in history for news in th printed form It has been calcu lated that a copy of a Londo newspaper is read by from 7 10 persons on the average That a reflection of popular interest Practically every inch of ever first page is given over to th war Except for top headlines j Gothic type the reading matter i in small type and a bit difficult o reading for one accustomed to U S papers Much of tjie inside pages and the papers have bce7 reduce to from 4 to 8 devote to the war including interpretativ articles by staff military experts which frequently run to seven columns In practically every paper too space in varying amounts is given over to personality and human in terest features Pictures are and small Comics where ther are comics at all are confined t a onecolumn panel It will be interesting to se whether English papers bonne back to their oldtime format an character after this war is ove In condensed and tabloid form theyve done arather good job i the war But its my guess tha the reading public will expect little more from their daily jour nal after the bombs have qu falling Prospective Maid Eats and Then Quits House Hays Kans housewi thought she had engaged a mai for the day Finally at a m the mai strolled in The lady of the hous hurried to the kitchen to prepar lunch Eating over the maid eag erly helped with the dishes It was 1 p in by then and th girl calmly excused herself ex plaining she had an engagemen at p m and asking if th housewife would please pay he off Tin Centi Cogyt MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2 1944 NO ZM NAZIS ADMIT MAGINOT LINE CUT CATCHYDANCES AND SPARKLING MUSIC OFFERED Big Holiday Weekend Scheduled forNorth Iowas Exposition Ernie Youngs Victory opened the North Iowa tfair Fri day night with the old time glamour and sparkle associated witn the fair season and lines of high spirited girls danced and capered to the tunes of Vince Borellis band and to the delight 3f about 4000 persons who at ended the opening show Its a high class show through out this Victory Revue and will ae held over Saturday night Also opening Saturday was the Hoag lan Hippodrome and Circus Acts in front of the grandstand And the John Francis Shows are on the midway A complete change of billNis scheduled for Sunday when the Cavalcade of Hits will come here direct from Louisville Ky enroule to the South Dakota state fair This show has won loud ac claim wherever it has been and is being held over at Louisville An entire change of bill is scheduled for Monday also when new vaudeville will be presented and The Follies of 1944 will be presented in front of the grand stand in the final show of this years fair Two hours of last moving and colorful girl and tune show passed in review before the eyes of the spectators when the Victory with Dave Mal colm master of ceremonies ingthat the show moved withoul a pause the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Miss Louise Bailey to the grand finale of the parade and allied flags the pro gram had a more or less wartime slant and the success of the show leaned heavily on the girls older men and youngsters who have been left at home Malcolm stooped the show once to have the audience pay respect to the men and women in service with an effective moment of lights out Numbers of the show were varied in tempo and color open ing with Spanish tambourine number then swinging into un usual Hawaiian number which placed the hula in more OF less uptown clothes which was fol lowed by a pinup number of beautiful girls and gowns and the 4HSTOCK READY FOR stock tent was the busiest place on the North Iowa fair grounds Saturday as the 4H youngstersreadied their prizecalves for Mondays big Baby Beef sale Hero is a view inside the big tent at the fairgrounds where hales of straw calves curry combs pails and 4H youngsters are everywhere Judging of this stock was to be continued throughout Saturday Lock photo Kayenay engraving CEst la Guerre But North Jowa Fair Rolls Along Despite Handicaps If there is anybody in these parts who doesnt know there is a war on it is certainly not the officers and direc tors of the North Iowa fair Truethe opening day was marked by excellent weather True the 4H exhibits particularly featured this war year are larger than ever before True the opening iiight show before thegrandstand was of theibest outdoor shows seenherein years though the Distances to Berlin From Fronts Listed show closed with a in military style grand finale One of the hits of the show was the ballroom dancing of the team of Claude and Andre or the little man with the pinup girl that really needs pinningdown The antics of this conple will counter balance a large part of the show for sheer entertainment on any stage Displaying perhaps even more talent however are the Three Ambassadorettes beautifully cos tumed girls who trip rope in a modern fashion This is some thing new in ground tumbling and about as fast as 3 girls can make it The Lovable Vagabonds which in fact is a man and his dog or rather 3 dogs is another side tickler not somuch after the fashion of regular dog acts but rather for the antics of this best friend of man which in this case gets him into plenty of trouble being his friend Phil and Bonny do a high perch act tor the thriller of the bill and finish with a rollover that has punch Professor Cheer adds the fun to the show with his trick accordion trick ear trick saw and trick handkerchief Two youngsters on the show give a novelty act that should take them places BUI and Nancy Long are the two on a pedestal a mov ing pedestal who perform a se ries of acrobatic poses that have a freshness about them unusual in the general run of perform ances of this type Three young girls who make a practice of deceiving as the MakeBelieves also clicked with Friday nights crowd Their art of timing is down to a fine point which puts this act across in grand style And Joe Thomas and His Three Jesters in a saxophone band close the vaudeville show with an act that tosses music about Jike a hive of bees Everything from bullfrog band to She Scotch pipers presented by Merry Andrews this Quartet of Buy your War Bonds and Stamps from your GlobeGazette carrier boy one Maybe in wartimes thats enoughgooil fortune f 6r one day but listen to the other side of the story The first wagons of the John Francis shows on the mid way pulled into the grounds Friday morning The lastones arrived during the night Friday night Not one of the rides except the merrygoround was working when the last of the visitors left the grounds late opening night Lack of transportation was the first difficulty lack of help to get therides and attractions set up was the other It was not until noon Saturday that things on the midway had taken normal shape War conditions also forced another change in plans but this time the board welcomed it Ernie Youngs Victory Revue which opened before the grandstand Friday evening was scheduled for the Friday night date only and the Cavalcade of Hits playing this week at Louisville Ky was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday nights But the Cavalcade of Hits was held over at Louisville for an extra day to be presented to service men at Fort Knox and the splendid Victory Revue remains here for the Saturday evening engagement Des Moines income of Iowa liquor stores during the year ended June 30 totaled 54305662 the state liquor control commis sion reported FridayThe total was below the previous years figure Strafe Nazis Fleeing From Balkans Area Rome air force Liberators hammered rail com munications and fighters strafed nazi transport jamming the high ways in Jugoslavia Saturday as the German armies apparently be gan a mass flight out of the Balk ans A force estimated up to 500 Lib erators pounded bridges and 2 railyards on lines which air headquarters said were handling enemy troops and supplies moving up from Romania Bulgaria and Greece through Jugoslavia The fighters strafed nazi trans port between Belgrade and Nis on the main bne of the retreat which evidently was impelled by the progress of Russian armies across Romania toward the Jugoslavia borderthreatening to cut off Hit lers Balkan forces Nazi transports strafed by Light enings and Mustangs were re ported blocking the Jugoslav escape routes from the Belgrade and Nis areas Norris Condition Is Very Critical McCook Nebr IP Former Sen George W Norris tempera ture reached 108 Saturday and the well known liberals condition is now very critical Dr E f Leininger said The 83 year old legislator is still weakening and his pulse is very fast the physi cian said Norris who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage Tuesday lost all consciousness Friday LANDED IN BUCHAREST Rome William H Aspengren Des Moines was among crewmen of 2 Flying Fort resses which had to land at Bucha rest Aug 29 when only Romanian forces were holding the capital against the Germans The planes were loaded with signal equip ment medical supplies land a spe cial evacuation party The road to Berlin front 322 from eastern suburbs of miles War saw France 410 miles From Sedan France 595 miles From Voiron Italian front 590 miles From Pesaro Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Fair and Saturday afternoon Partly cloudy to cloudy Saturday nigh and Sunday with scattered thundershowers Cooler Sunday Towa Mostly fair with few scat tered light showers Saturday night and Sunday Warmer Sat urday afternoon Cooler in and central portions Sunday Minnesota Partly cloudy Satur day night and Sunday with oc casional light rain late Saturday night and Sunday Cooler wes and south portions Sunday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather Maximum Friday statistics 83 Minimum Friday night 57 At D a m Saturday 62 YEAR AGO Maximum 79 Minimum 43 BULGAR FRONT FACING STRONG RUSSIAN FORCE Tense Moment Strikes for Bulgaria Rioters Urge War on Germany Moscow that Bul aria declarewar on Germany vere shouted in the streets of Sofia y rioters battling police Moscow leard Saturday as the red army aced the frontiers of that Balkan ountry from the Black sea to the anube river ferry crossing be ween Giurgui and Ruse 140 miles inland The tensest moment of the war tad struck for Bulgaria whose Premier Ivan Bagrianov resigned while his peace envoys were con with representatives of reat Britain and United States in Cairo Reports from Cairo said the caused a suspension of he armistice talks which had en tered the preliminary phase Ap parently they will not be resumed until a new government is formed A Cairo report said Bagrianov might form a leftist government and continue the conversations Russian armored columns which had procured the Ploesti pipeline terminus at Giurgiu were only 155 miles northeast of Sofia and 150 miles east of Jugoslavia Germans in southern Jugoslavia and Greece were declared in direct peril id Bulgaria capitulates Col Gen Geza Lakatos newly appointed premier of nazioccupiec Hungary declared in a domestic broadcastover the Budapest radio reported by OWI that everything northern Transylvania The Ro manian army has begun such op erations the British radio said in quoting a Bucharest report As the fuse in the Balkan pow der keg sputtered threatening to destroy the Germans in a sudden explosion the farthing eastern front in Poland and the Baltic lapsed into uneasy quiet For the first time since Premier Stalins tremendous summer of fensive started soviet command ers for the most part reported only reconnaissance activity The Russian war bulletin said however that red army forces had captured a dominating heigh in a lightning thrust against thi Germans near Praga Warsaws eastern suburb and held it agains counterattacks that cost the Ger mans 2 infantry companies No one in Moscow supposed tlia most of the eastern front wouk remain static for long but it wa an obvious fact that the red army had crashed against a major par of the German forces committet to a last ditch defense of the east ern limits of the reich An intensive buildup is viewei as necessary before Stalins steam roller can get moving again The combined forces of the Ukrainian armies speared up th Danube valley bound for a June tion with Marshal Titos offensiv in northeastern Serbia Allies Close n Steadily Against Lyon Rome scattered ains that hampered progress in ome areas American and French lumns at the 7th army were osing in steadily Saturday on he great French city of Lyon the retreating Germans reported feverishly digging arguard positions in an attempt slow their pursuers Lt Gen Alexander M Patchs eadquarters said heavy motor movements continued on the oads north and northwest of the ity as the nazi command sought a escape from the jaws of an al ed trap closing in from both the orth and south An allied headquarters an ouncement said the count of risoners taken since the landing n southern France exceeds 55000 f which French troops captured 5000 including 15000 at Mar eille and 10000 at Toulon On the eastern edge of the in asion front allied troopshave en red Contes 8 miles northeast of ie captured Riviera resort town f Nice Official sources were vague in escribing movements of Patchs triking forces in the area north f Grenoble from which thrusts ould be made to bypass Lyon on he east ami get astride of routes long which the nazis are trying o escape with what is left of their lattered 29th army The communique said only that some American elements are be yond Voiron which is 43 miles outheast of Lyon American columns on the east ide of the Rhone river made a ew contacts with enemy rear uards Friday between Tourhbn 7 miles south of Lyon and Bourge le Reage but only patrol clashes were reported On the west side of the Rhone Trench forces advancing rapidly igainst virtually no enemy re jistance have occupied Charmes 14 miles south of Tournon and St Agreve 22 miles west of Tournon Advance alUedelements in unc east of Vailey arc4ind ng increasing difficulties in pur suing the Germans Because o engthening supply lines a state ment from allied headquarters said PARIS FRANCE LeMans ALLIES SWEEP THROUGH NORTHERN FRANCE ArroW3 indicate bept 1 m northern France Americans have uushed through Verdun and n and allied drives A TT have pushed through Verdun and St Mihiel en Another U S drive was near Belgium at Sedan The Canadians took troops were at Arras 5 COLUMNS OF YANKEE TANKS ARE AT BORDER Clandestine Radio Station Says Allies at Namur in Belgium BULLETIN Supreme Headquarters AEF American armored col nuis moved on the borders of ermany Belgium and Liuem iourg alone a front of more than 00 miles Saturday and nazi pokesmeu warned their people hat allied invasion forces might reak through into the fatherland L any hour BULLETIN New Atlantic de lared Saturday that advanced ank units have crossed the Bel ian border and have reached amur and Charleroi NBC heard ie broadcast by the secret radio tation Supreme HcadquarteA AEF American col mns pounded toward Germany rom Verdun Saturday while army comrades struck within 5 to 8 miles of Belgium on 30mile front west of Sedan Berlin radio declared the Ver un push had neared Thionville nly 11 miles from the German rentier This would mean a dash hrough the old Maginot line and vithin some 20 miles of Saar river utposts of the Siegfried line here Hitler may hope to estab ish a homeland defense Thion ille is on the west bank of the Jeuse river 17 miles above Metz The battle for France was end ng in a blazing victory with iromibe of swift liberation of the ow countries where the Germans had unleashed flood waters The pace of the official word lacking behind cor Claim Hitler to GiveSensational Speech1 Sunday London Hitler wil make a sensational speech sometime Sunday German dip omats in Lisbon announced Sat irday as allied armies beat towarc Germany on all sides nearing ant perhaps even crossing the front ers of the reich and Belgium There was no immediate ampli fication of the German diplo mats statement in neutral Libson nor indication of what decisior Hitler might broadcast to the peo pie this darkest hour of German fortunes in 5 years of war Pressure from allied war migh piled up on Germany at a terrifi rate as a new offensive crackec the nazis gothic line in Italy an Americans hammered close to th Siegfried line from Verdun eastern France Berlin itself reported U S forces had reached near Thion ville only 11 miles from the Ger man border with France The Germans themselves al ready had written off the battl of western Europe as lost am military propaganda leaders wer trotted forth to beg the homefolk not to despair The German armies they declared still coul be regrouped and reinforced fo a stand in Germany Hitlers Voelkischer Beobachte said the high command intende to form a cohesive line far behind the present battl zones in France A Berlin military spokesman said German counter moves will be made from deep i Tdair the rear Report South French Forces Are Already 7 Miles Inside Italy New troop striking east of Nice in southern France are already 7U miles ir side Italy and have captured Vei timiglia a British radio broadca heard by CBS said Saturday CONTRACTS AWARDED Akron Ohio generc contract for construction of th Firestone Tire and Rubber com pany tire plant at JDe Moines Iowa has been awardec to George Sollitt Constructio company of Chicago the Firesto company announced Friday he doughboys by now like n Belgium perhaps already in arid probably would ie on Uie retchs borders ime this weekend While LtGen George S Pat ons 3rd army thundered east vard from the Verdun area the irst army of itGen Courtney H Hodges reached Charleville and Hirson swinging within 5 to B miles of Belgium on a front of 30 miles Virtually paralleling the Amer cans northward push British ar mored columns jabbed 15 miles northeast of Arras to Douai 14 miles from Belgium and raced over Viray Ridge ot World War 1 ame to within 18 miles of Arrnen iers and Lille Capture of Abbeville near the 3ommes mouth was not yet claim ed but British and Canadian roops linked up between that own and the coast seizing 3 ridges and isolating all nazi re sistance pockets to the south The allies were within 2 miles ot Le Havre far behind the allied spearheads The nazis were fleeing outright rom the PasdeCalais vengeance coast studded with rocketbomb platforms and appeared to be withdrawing as far from Bfilgium and the Netherlands Berlin said Americans were aut 2 miles from the Luxem bourg border In the last hope of a delaying defense the Germans opened flood gates in the low countries and ap parently were preparing for a largescale withdrawal from Bel gium and perhaps much of Hol land A nazi commentator gave his farewell broadcast Friday night on the Brussels strange mix ture of threats and pleadingSat urday the Luxembourg station too was silent and there were un confirmed reports that the nazis had evacuated Nancy The last of the nazi 15th army the guardian force of the rocket bomb coast was in open and out right flight from the PasDeCal ais coast abandoning sites of known and yet unknown weapons of vengeance to which Hitler turned when hope of victory failed Abandonment of the PasDe Calais area as clearly as any thing wrote finis to the fight for the Germans would have held on there if any stand was possible long enough to per mit them at least to get their threatened giant V2 rockets into action Following a nishlIong roar of Kunfire in which the Germans shot 200 crosschannel shells from their his PasDcCalais coastal guns the English cities of Folke stone and Dover teemed with ru mors that the Germans pulled out at dawn Saturday morning from Boulogne and likely were plan ning to give up Calais as well At the same time London eased back cautiously toward normal in a flying bomb lull which sug ;