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\SAVE,ME-- \ AM PAPER- I Am Ammunition For War-- Don't Waste or Throw Me Away D E P A R T M E N T , O F H I S T O R Y UO "THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES. ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS" HOME EDITION rmmi irou Auodxtcd PreM and United Pten Full leased Wires (Five Cents 4 Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY. JANUARY 25, 1914 ThSj Paper ComLili of Two Sections--S«Uon One NO. Mi ussians Push German 'orces Toward Estonia ajPilQKV IBLE TRAP NORTH AREA Briggs Indicted for Forgery in "Hopkins Letter" Affair Washington, (JP)--George N. Briggs, suspended assistant to In- erior. Secretary Ickes, was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday 11 connection with the celebrated "Hopkins letter affair." . The 55 year old Briggs, a former newspaperman, was charged *with forgery, false pretense and Principal Escape R. R. West of Leningrad Sector Is Severed t, e n d o n, (/P) -- Russian forces Rave severed the principal Ger- escape railway leading west |rom the Leningrad sector and esday a nazi army estimated |o number at least 250,000 was facing possible entrapment by 2 oviet armies south of Russia's city. The Germans were being herd- west and southwest toward the .Ionian border by Gen. Leonid Govorov's Leningrad front forces and Gen. A. K. A. Meret- Ikov's Volkhov army based on Novgorod, 100 miles to the south. [function of these 2 armies, effected last week, forms a semi- lircle around the enemy which is Constantly being squeezed tighter jiccording to advices from Mos- |:ow. Most telling blow against' the j-laborate nazi communication and Lupply system below Leningrad Eyas struck Monday by Govorov's forces. They stormed down to cut |he .Krasno£vardeisk-Narva trunk tie near the village of Smolkovo, . miles southwest of Leningrad 16 miles west-southwest of snojrvardeisk. soviet communique said the Russians killed 1,500 Germans on he way and captured 10 tanks, guns and other valuable war aterial. Soviet vanguards were orted but 2 miles from Kras- ogvardeisk itself. Further to the* east other units Govorov's army battled their »ay through 40 towns and vil- iges, including historic Pushkin tTsarkoye, Selo) and Pavlovsk ISlutsk) important rail junctions i Nuys, 69, Ofter}.Critic of New Deal Policies, Dies Washington, iP)--Senator Frederick Van Nuys, 69 year old chairman of the" judiciary committee, died early Tuesday at his home near Vienna, Va., after a brief illness. He had served in the senate since March 4, 1933, taking an active part in legislative affairs and leading democratic opposition to some new deal measures. Last fall the Indianan started a sweeping investigation of the liquor industry, introducing a resolution^calling for a probe into the shortage of whisky and alleged monopoly of supply. His committee had scheduled a hearing in this investigation for Tuesday. In addition to the judiciary chairmanship, Van Nuys also was a member of the senate committees on foreign relations. Indian affairs, and executive expenditures. * · Frequently at odds with the administration, Van Nuys fought President Roosevelt's court reorganization plan in 1937 and was aligned against the administration on many other issues. However-, he was a s t a u n c h supporter of President Roosevelt's foreign policies even in the controversial period before the war. His announcement that he would support repeal of the arms embargo in 1939 assured that administration measure majority support within the foreign rela-., tions committee which had been almost evenly divide/!. Van Nuys was the senate sponsor for the controversial anti- lynching bill, which still is pending before the judiciary committee. He made several attempts to force senate action on the measure, always being balked by a southern filibuster. He also advocated federal legislation to outlaw the poll tax as a qualification for voting. His death reduced the democratic-held seats in the senate to 57, with the republicans holding 37 and the progressive party one However, Indiana's democratic governor, Henry F. Schricker, doubtlessly will appoint a democrat .to serve out the year remairi- SENATOR VAN NUYS .4 and 18, miles south .of Lenin- W of Van NuyVjerm. Schricker id-.-Another--800· 'nSiis--were- himself"T3 s --6«~5'«nentiohed for " · - - " - ' - - - ' :j "" ""-- the democratic nomination succeed Van Nuys. Van Nuys,' .whose home was Indianapolis, unseated James E Watson, veteran republican, in the 1932 democratic landslide and was re-elected by a tight margin ii 1938 after fighting the Indiana democratic organization for the nomination. The state organization had opposed him because of his bitte fight on some new deal measures in this drive, said-the Rus- i,.communique, and a sizeable of prisoners was counted, as jovorov swept on to; capture iJlianovka on the Leningrad- Moscow trunk railway. Capture of Pushkin and Pav- lovsk, which between them control at least 12 lines out of Leningrad, won a citation for Gov- troops from Premier Stalin. Meretskov, meanwhile, s en t olumns west from Novgorod' to kithin 20 and 30 miles, respcc- |vely, of Batetskaya and Luca, ondary rail hubs on lines lead- to the Estonian boarder and i Pskov at the lower end of Lake ·ipus. | Command of these lines ap- pared necessary to the Germans they hope to escape disaster, as was doubtful i£ they could ex- Hcate their immense military achine without railway facili- Seizure of these towns would [so materially tighten the soviet finccr on the nazi forces. · Meretskov not only jeopardized (lese escape routes but he also nashed down the west shore of ke Ilmen. to capture Borok, 14 liles north of Shimsk, another junction leading to the rear ! German troops based at Staraya |.ussa just below the lake. More lian 3,000 nazis were killed in ·iese operations, which also net- the red army forces 18 more |wns and villages in the Noy- orod area, the communique said. Moscow made no mention of lighting in the White Russian or rimean sectors but reported sav- |gc German counter-attacks in lower Ukraine near Vinnitsa, Ivhere Gen. Nikolai Vatutin's first Ukrainian army was pushing flown toward the Rumanian Iron- All these attacks were re- bulsed. Moscow said. WAREHOUSE AT DUBUQUE BURNS Structure Across From Fire Station Gutted Dubuque, (IP)-- Fire of unde- ermined origin gutted a 2 story arehouse building owned by the . F. Stampfer. department store arly Wednesday with a loss es- imated by Capt. H. H. Cosgrove f the department at 5150,000. Sixteen'streams of water were layed on the blaze and firemen vere still watching the ruins Tues- ayTalterTioon; 5 " ·/·;: ~.~'.;·-;·:\\''~rr' The building 'is located directly closs from the Central fire sl'a- ion and the alarm was so'unded vhen firemen were awakened by he sound of breaking glass at 2:30 a. m. n o t a b l y court reorganization After Van Nuys had threatenec to run as an in dependent "if de nied renominatipn, 'the Indian: democratic convention gave him the nomination. SENATOR WAS FOUND DEAD IN BED Washington, (U.R)--Floyd J. Mat tice, a close friend of Senate Van Nuys, said that Van NUJ was, found dead in bed by th caretaker of his Vienna home a about 5 a. m. Dr. John Wynnkoo of Washington was summonet Mattice said the cause of deal had not been determined and autopsy would be held in Wash ington later. Mattice said that th senator had suffered from a col which appeared Mondayi night be developing into influenza. Explosion Kills 5 But Plant Goes Ahead With Scheduled Bond Rally Chicago, (fPt--Despite an explo- on which killed 5 persons and injured 11 others, employes of the south Chicago plant of the Carne- :ie-Illinois Steel corporation, went ahead with their scheduled war bond rally. The tragedy occurred Monday afternoon when a recently-overhauled steam turbine, which had been undergoing tests, exploded with a terrific roar, whipped pieces of steel around the room like shrapnel, and blew out a section of brick wall. Officials, however, said war production would not be inlerupted, and doubted that sabotage was responsible. The dead .were E. E. Stricklen, 29; John Minford, 33; Harry Branch, 56, and Joseph Hlinka, 40: Bernard. Nawrocki, 41, died of injuries later. All were of Chicago. -ar Crashes Through [ce; Number of Lives jst Not Determined Faribanlt. M i n n . , (U.PJ--Carl 3ause, Robbinsdale diver, planned Tuesday to assist authorities in Determining how many persons hied when a car crashed through ihin ice on Lake Mazaka. 9 miles |urthwest of here. Only 3 persons witnessed the Iragedy and they were too far pway to observe the number of ersons in the car. George Pe- richa, Faribault, his brother, Etnil, Montgomery, and George fcepechla, Longsdale. told Sheriff pohn Simon that they saw the nachine cross the ice about 3 p. a. Monday, top an ice ridge about half mile from the east shore, hen suddenly start sinking. They told the sheriff they saw figure emerge from the car as . setUed, flounder and sink out ·f sight by the time they reached the car. A man's glove was found |n the lip of the 25-foot break in ne ice. The car can be seen in about 30 et of water. EDEN SAYS NAZI AGENTS HELPED BOLIVIAN COUP Britain Jobs With U. S. ia Refusing to Recognize New Regime BULLETINS London, (IP)--Britain joined the United States Tuesday in refusing to recognize the new government of Bolivia. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told commons he believed the coup in that country had been aided by German agents. Santiago. Chile, (if)--Argentina is expected to break relations with the axis before Saturday night, it was learned reliably Tuesday. Washlngtbn, (IP)--Further joint action by the American republics to uproot and destroy any pro- axis movements under way in South America was foreshadowed Tuesday by refusal of the United States and 7 other western hemisphere nations to recognize the revolutionary rulers of Bolivia. The immediate goal in this diplomatic maneuvering is believed to be a break between nazi Germany arid Argentina, which now is the only American nation maintaining relations with Germany. Talk of axis intrigue has been linked with the Bolivian revolution so that every development involving Bolivia now is studied closely for its effect on Argentina. That Argentine reaction would j not be long in forthcoming became apparent when Foreign Minister Alberto Gilbert announced at Buenos Aires that he would have "important ,news" momentarily. His statement was made after conferring with U. S. Ambassador Norman Armour, British. Ambassador Sir David Victor Kelly and the Gennan. Ch arge. D'Affaires, Erich Otto Meynen." The United States non-recognition policy was announced by the state department late Monday. The statement linked the Bolivian regime w i t h "subversive groups hostile to the allied cause." No reference was made to economic sanctions or other measures and the intention of the United States and co-operating governments apparently was to await reaction in Bolivia and Argentina to the purely diplomatic step before doing anything else. Along with issuance of the announcement a state department official disclosed that Ambassador Pierre De L. Boal, 48, who has been in La Paz since March 1942 was being ordered back home. The next immediate action by the co-operating governments is expected to be announcements in still other American capitals that they also are adopting non-recognition policies. The United States was the 4th nation to act, being preceded by Uruguay, Cuba and Venezuela. Foreign Minister O s w a 1 d o Aranha of Brazil declared in Rio De Janeiro Monday night that in view of information brought to light about the origins of the Bolivian regime he could not recommend that his government recognize it. Guatemala, Peru and the Dominican Republic a l s o turned thumbs down. Nineteen American governments have exchanged information on the ' revolution and all are expected to decide against recognition- Such action is expected to imply a strong warning to Argentina. Axis activities in that country were tacitly recognized by the Buenos Aires government itself last week when it announced that an "ample investigation" had been undertaken of the alleged existence of a" spy ring in the country and that several persons have already been detained. Speculation t h a t Argentina might break relations with the axis arose from the fact that the Washington announcement on Bolivia omitted all mention of Argentina, although a blast at that nation had been confidently expected by Latin American diplomats here. Several expressed surprise "that it was not named and that its suspected link with the Bolivian revolution was not brought out. The Washington statement was worded with extreme caution. It not only failed to mention Argentina but also carefully left the door open so that the question of recognition of a new or reconstituted Bolivian government might come up again at nay time. use of the mails to defraud. The grand jury said Harry L. Hopkins, presidential adviser: Dr Umphrey Lee and Frank Phillips prominent members of the mystery thriller's cast had no knowledge of the letter. Three indictments containing total of 11 counts were returnee against Briggs, who was sus pendcd from his position ii Ickes' office when his name wa brought into the ease recently. The maximum possible penalty upon conviction of all counts 53 years imprisonment and a fin of 58,000. -The letter in question, purport ing to be from Hopkins to Di Lee, president of Southern Meth odist university, Dallas, Texa predicted Wendell Willkie's re nomination by the republican again this year and broadly im plied that some sort of co-opera live understanding existed be tween the writer and Willkie. "The Hopkins letter affair," de vcloped like this: C. Nelson Sparks, former mayor of Akron', Ohio, published a book which made grave charges concerning the tactics of Willkie- backers at the Philadelphia re- Allies Push 12 Miles Inland From New Landings in Italy Most Lawmakers in Favor of Taking Up Soldier Vote Only By JOHN H. CHAPMAN DCS Moiiies, (IP)--An informal survey of Iowa lawmakers Indicated Tuesday aClernoon they .would not take up anything except the soldier vote matter at their special session opening Wednesday. Most of those interviewed said that while there had been considerable talk about suspending or eliminating the state income tax, and other matters, the general opinion* seemed to be that they would' meet-for only a lew days to provide means for soldiers to. vote in this year's elections. Representative Henry W. Burma (R.. Allison), speaker of the house, said "I personally doubt it they will take up anything hut the soldier vote." The legislators were expected to decide at caucuses Tuesday whether any matters other than soldier voting would be taken up publican convention of 1D40, where during the session. Republican senators scheduled caucus lor 2 p. m. at the Kirk- ood hotel and house republicans will meet there Tuesday night. Democratic senators and represen- TOillkie'won the party's nomination. On the basis of this book, Senator Langer (R.-N. Dak.), asked the senate to investigate the convention, asserting the question had been raised whether attempts to "buy votes" of delegates had figured in the conclave. Langer said the inquiry should specifically seek to determine if Hopkins, President Roosevelt's close friend and adviser, was in any way connected with the proceedings. Willkie termed the whole matter absurd, said he would be glad to undergo cross-examination by a seriate committee. In the furore that followed, Sparks released to the press photocopies of a letter which he had mentioned in his book. Typewritten on stationery headed "The White -House, Washington," dated Aug. 17. 1943, it read: "Dear Umphrey: "What has been done about the (ink blot) matter? Will you write me, please. What developments in the other situation? Willkic is going "to .be the man, in my opinion, and -I"can'-promise you good cooperation from that quarter if you think it would be helpful. "Sincerely yours, "Harry Hopkins." At the bottom it showed it was addressed to Dr. Umphrey "Lee, president of Southern Methodist university, Dallas. Texas. Hopkins promptly termed the letter a forgery, asked an FBI investigation. Dr. Lee said he had never received such a letter. Sparks stated emphatically at that time he was convinced o£ the authenticity of the document. Subsequently, he said he had obtained it from Bviggs after Briggs had gotten it from his employer, Ickes. In some quarters, an old Ickes- Ilopkins feud was recalled, but Ickes after goinff before the grand jury convened to investigate the affair, said he was not "the villain of the piece." Briggs stated before testifying before the- jury Monday that he felt he had been caught in a game of "power politics." He accused Senator Langer, who reviewed the letter case at length in the senate a week ago, of seizing an opportunity "to crack 3 men he wants to crack--Ickes, Harry Hopkins and Wendell Willkie." Briggs said- Langer's references to Briggs-Sparks correspondence which preceded publication of the disputed letter was an attempt to throw him "to the wolves." Said Briggs: "I shan't be thrown to the wolves." Briggs, at his home in Fairling- lon, Va.. when his indictment was announced, had no immediate comment. tatives will hold a caucus at Hotel Fort DCS Motnes Tuesday night. Gov. B. B. Hickenlooper will address the assembly when it convenes at 10 a. in. Wednesday. There have been predictions that WASHBURN HEAD OF PRE-FLIGHT Successor to Hanrahan Now on West Sea Duty Iowa City, (IP)--Capt. Edward D. Washburn has- been appointed to succeed the late Capt. David C. Hanrahan as commander of the navy prc-flight school here, Rep. Thomas E. Martin (R.-la.) said Tuesday. Capt. Washburn now is on duty in the western sea frontier. Date for his arrival here was not given. Capt. Hanralian, who had been commandant of the school since NAZIS REDUCING ATTACKS ALONG CASSINO FRONT Some Enemy Forces Pulled Back to Meet Invasion Flank Threat the session will last only 3 days. Hotel lobby discussion Tuesday morning indicated that although the session was called primarily to provide for the soldier vote, the lawmakers were doing considerable thinking about other things, particularly proposals to forgive or repeal the state income tax, at least for the duration. Comments of early arrivals included: Representative H c r m a 11 M. Knudson (R.. Mason City)--"I think we ought to do this one job and go home.' 1 Senator Leo Elthon (R., Fertile) and --"I don't'think it is a political sin to have a little money in the state treasury. I voted against the 3 point tax bill when it was passed in the first place because I didn't like the sales tax idea. I thought the income and corporation taxes were all right, but it has worked out Hvonderfulljvtl-think it ought to be left alone." Senator K. A. Evans (R., Emerson)--"If they do remit the other half of the income tax this year, I think they ought to require people to file returns anyhow so that when it is picked up again there wouldn't be a gap there." Representative Joe F. Gardner (R., Waverly)--"If the income tax is taken off now, it will be hard to get it back when we need it again." Representative Arch W. McFarlane (Ii., Waterloo) --"I don't think we ought to take up anything but the vote question." it was established in April, 1942, died last Thursday of pneumonia. Cmdr. Harvey Harman, director of athletics at the base, has been acting commandant. Rep. Martin, who is in Washington, announced the appointment in a telegram to the Press- Citizen. Capt. Washburn commanded the battleship California from January, 1038, to June, 1939, and since that time has been attached to the office of chief of naval operations. New Record Set as Temperature Goes Up to 59 Weather records were smashed Tuesday noon when the mercury zoomed to 59, the highest January temperature shown in local weather history. This figure of 59 was recorded at the KGLO transmitter, American Crystal Sugar company and civil aeronautics station at the airport. The previous January temperature approaching Tuesday's record was 53 on Jan. 28, 1931. Tuesday's 59 was the highest recorded here since last fall, when GO was reported on Oct. 23. EACH IOWAN MUST DO PART State Has Not Always "Put Bond Drives Over DCS Jloines, (JP--Contrary to popular belief, Iowa doesn't always attain its war bond quota, the state war finance committee reported Tuesday. Last November the state war bond sales totaled only 512,570,000 against a quota of §16,000,000 and in December sales amounted to $13,989,000 compared with a quota of S16,200,OOC1. The committee called attention to the figures in asserting that some lowans have adopted a "let George do it" attitude toward the war bond drives. "In some counties there is the attitude that Iowa always goes over the top and there is nothing to worry about," the committee declared. "This 'let George do it 1 attitude has been apparent for some time and must end. We must have everyone behind the 4th war loan drive. We must not let down or we might fail. War bonds must be our first consideration from here on. out." SHIP SACKS OF TEXAS Dallas, Texas, (U.R)--A bit of Texas is going \to be deep in the heart of North Carolina. Twelve sacks of Lone Star state soil were shipped by the Dallas Morning News to a unit of homesick Tex- ins stationed at Fort Davis, N. Car. The soldiers said they would lant a flagpole in the soil. Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. BUS AFTER CRASH--This is the rear part of a St. Louis, Mo., city bus after it got into the path of a Wabash train at a suburban station Jan. 23. Eight of the bus passengers were killed. The bus was carried a block by the train and then broke in 2. No train passengers were injured. HIT FRENCH COAST TWICE Strong Formations Are Seen Crossing Channel London, (;P)--Strong formations of allied bombers struck twice at enemy installations across the channel in daylight Tuesday, returning in the afternoon after a morning operation. British southeast coast residents saw squadrons believed to be medium bombers flying very high towards France Tuesday afternoon while RAF typhoon fighter-bombers crossed at low levels. Swarms of fighters roared back from the direction of Calais across the Folkestone district. It was the 3rd consecutive day of tile cross-chanel offensive. Coastal watchers said the planes BOLIVIA APPARENTLY NOT were more numerous than in the SURPRISED BY MOVE 2 previous days. La Fax, Bolivia, (IP)--The for- Twenty-one German planes eign ministry said Monday night I were destroyed Monday in battles it had not been officially notified 1 which developed when escorted of Washington's decision to with-1 U. S. flying fortresses and liber- hold recognition of the govern^iators braved bad weather to blast ment of President Villarroel butlhinspecificd objectives in western the aclion apparently came as no Germany, a communique an- surprise. ' nounced Monday night. / _ . . ' ,, . , ,, Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Mostly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday; colder Wednesday: lowest Tuesday night in Mason City 37. Iowa: Mostly cloudy Tuesday night and Wednesday with occasional light rain east and central portions Tuesday night and extreme cast portion Wcdnes'day: colder Wednesday and wes portion Tuesday night. Winds 20 to 25 miles an hour. Minnesota: Cloudy with occasiona light rain southeast and ligh snow north portion T u e s d a y night. Wednesday partly cloudy to cloudy, with snow flurries northeast and extreme cast portions. Colder Wednesday and west and north portions Tuesday night. Winds 15 to occasionally 25 miles an hour. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics: Maximum Monday BULLETIN LONDON'. f.^P)--Berlin radio declared Tuesday lhat Velletri, on. the Appian Way 22 miles southeast of Rome, had been destroyed, and indicated the allies had captured the town. "American troops are finding debris anil ashes there after their own bombs transformed the little town into a heap of ruins," the broadcast said. Velletrj is about 18 miles northeast of Nctluno. Allied Headquarters, Algiers, (iP) --Allied troops have driven 12 miles inland from their Ncttuno- Anzio beachhead and patrols are pushing deeper, headquarters announced Tuesday, with no "formidable" German opposition yet encountered. The famous Appian Way to Rome and the main coastal rail line are about - 12 miles inland from the landing area, but it was not specifically stated that the invasion forces had reached them. It is obvious, however, that they are at least under allied domina- · tion. (Tlic Geneva newspaper La Suissc quoted the fascist press Tuesday as announcing that allied forces now had occupied the entire 30-mile coastal stretch from Nettuno to the mouth .of the Tiber, and were thrcatcning-Ostii, the port of Rome,' 3 miles up the river. OWI reported this dispatch.) " . . .-.. German planes made their strongest attacks Monday- seeking ; to halt sea-borne reinforcements, and battled over the- invasion bridgehead, but lost D planes. The allied spearheads met "hastily organized battle gronps" of Germans apparently moved northward from the" 5th army'front around Cassino. The nazis still were launching fierce counterattacks on that main front, but these blows have decreased somewhat in number and intensity in the last 24 hours, indicating thai enemy forces were being pulled back to meet the invasion flanking threat. The beachhead has been lengthened, headquarters declared, without disclosing the area it covers. Reinforcements and supplies continued to pour in with little enemy interference, and the communique said the town of Anzio, bordering Nettuno to the west, had been taken. The capture of the town, whoso outskirts are contiguous with Nettuno, was announced as one of the grimmest battles of the Italian campaign being fought on the Cassino front. All allied communique Tuesday said the amphibious forces which . landed south . of Rome Saturday have continued to thrust farther inland without encountering any formidable nazi opposition. On the Cassino front, allied, troops lunged ahead at 2 points against fierce German resistance. Minimum Monday night At 8 a. m. Tuesday Rain 49 34 46 Trace YEAR AGO: Maximum 4 Minimum ' Minus-14 Snowfall Trace

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