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^y^J^^^fli^^fe-^iT-i^-^-^ x ^ V NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME D E P A R T M E N T O F H I S T O a V A N O DES U O I N E S THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS'- HOME EDITION [mm VOL. L Associated Press »nd United Press Full Leased Wires (Five Cents a Copy) MASON CITY, IOWA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1944 This Paper Conslst»-ol Two Sections--Section One NO. ItS Hunt 2 Who Fled From namosa Prison Farm ION YOUTH S ESCAPE; IND NO TRACE Northwood Man Who Got Away in 1939 Is Caught in Minneapolis Anamosa, UP)--Bernard Sweet 9, and Paul Smith, 22, convicts /ho escaped from a milking detail ·t the Iowa men's reformatory ihursday night, were still at large riday. f'Warden Foss Davis returned to )e reformatory Friday morning i'ter leading a searching party of ·ison guards, highway patrolmen ,id sheriff's officers on a fruitless Ul night quest. He said the: found no trace of the men. The 2 prisoners fled from the institution's ctairy barn. It was the 3rd escape at the reformatory within 5 weeks. Sweet,had been sentenced from .Clarion,' Iowa, and Paul Smith, 'from Spencer. Both were serving 10 year terms. Smith's home town is Davenport. The warden's office said the prisoners were members of a 9 !man milking detail and that they (dashed into the darkness before !the guard on- duty could shoot at ithem. - . The escape occurred only a few hours after Clinearlh Lindely, 31, who tunneled out of the reforma- I'tory in November, 1939, had been [reported arrested in Minneapolis. Lindely's was serving a 40 year term on a charge of slaying his jb'rother, EUert Lindely, 37, at liNorthwood in 1937. ' Lindely's arrest had reduced to ;2 the number ol escapees who had !fled the institution and remained [uncaptured since Foss Davis be- -ame warden:at Anamosa July.-l, NEARLY 10,000 TRAPPED NAZIS KILLED BY REDS Extermination Goes On Systematically in Upper Dnieper Bend CLINEARTH LINDELY --Held iu Minneapolis ,»».;.;-.^--..ii,-.. --..,. ; .. -=--y. ·airie eventsa'?tate·Investigation' it-conditions at Anamosa was con- linuing. ' · · . ' . The investigation had "been or- ilered'by Gov. B. B. Hick'enlooper ||n the wake of 2 breaks earlier jihis year. : i! The warden's office said Herds; 'aan William Vincent saw Sweet ; .nd Smith make their break. Vin- jj ent, who \vas unarmed, shouted :t Guard Archie Bender but the len were reported out of sight cfore Bender could fire. It was not possible for Bender give chase without leaving the .her " men in the milking crew aguarded, the warden's office [lid. An alarm was given within a ort time, the office said, but .eir trail had not been picked up a late hour las fs night. Sweet and Sf,;h were not trusties. They wer^confined within the ·), walls but taken outside to perform chores under' guard. Sweet entered the reformatory in July, 1942, to begin a forgery term and Smith was sentenced in June, 1942, on burglary charges. '. The first of the series of escapes occurred New Year's day when 4 1 inmates, armed with knives, seized a deputy warden and a guard as '.' hostages and fled in a reformatory '·.'car. The hostages were released (unharmed and"the 4 were recaptured the following day. '- The second took place Jan. 12 [' when 4 trusties walked ot£ from a reformatory farm. They were recaptured within 36 hours. Meanwhile,- Friday. v Iowa authorities were in touch with Min- nesota'police oh the Lindely case. Lindely, arrested in Minneapolis on a complaint that he sold car fraudulently, gave his name as Arthur G. Olson, 39. He was lentified through fingerprint rec- as an escaped Anamosa con- Arneric Moscow. (/P)--Systematic extermination by the red armies of 10 encircled German divisions in the Upper Dnieper bend was well under way Friday, the army newspaper, Red Star said, while the main soviet forces continued to forge westward from the Ukraine to the Baltic. The midnight communique indicated nearly 10,000 of the trapped Germans already, were killed. The situation west of Cherkasy where 9 infantry and 1 tank divisions have been trapped.by a grea 5-day offensive, presented "the same picture as Stalingrad" Mai 'avel Orender said in a Red Star Ispatch. Thousands of German units hav iccome "groups of wanderers vithin. the ring which the troop if Generals' Nikolai Vatutin auic van S. Konev'" are tightenin around them, Orender asserted. The Germans were said to be i an exhausted condition, althoug dispatches said nothing ot thei surrendering in any large · num 3ers. Generally the nazis were try ing to congregate on the banks o swollen streams and in swamps No dispatches estimated tl number of surrounded Germans, but it was sate to assume that the total was in the neighborhood of 100,000 and may be higher. Rivers within the encirclement include the Olshanka and Sukhoy Tashlik emptying into the Dnieper and. various streams which pour into the; .unfrozen Irdyn swamps north sf captured Smela; , .] '·f. -The. weather wa's'SprirlgJiKe, corr 1 ^respondents said. .·.'':;'.-,'vi^'lf · · A dispatch to Izvestia said that the situation of'the trapped Ger-i mans could be .'gauged from some of their messages which had been intercepted. "Conditions critical, what shall we do?" one asked. ' The reply was, "Assemble near railway/' "What shall we do with guns?" then asked the commander. "Abandon guns, . save y o u r lives," came the answer. The dispatch said the Russians blockade runners were, we re capturing t r e m e n d o u s down by the cruiser amounts of gxms, tanks and ma- 3 NAZI BLOCKADE RUNNERS SUNK .Caught With Materials From Jap Held Ports (Washington, (If) -- Three German blockade runners laden with war materials from Japanese-hole ' " Pacific ..ports ..'have been . i "sank, \ by : · .. .. . , ican : destroyers in the · soutl tife^^^fesSJT^f??^^-" Stalemate on Soldier Vote Is Indicated Washington, W--Rallying from a smashing house defeat, the administration won a crucial senate test for its fedarul war ballot plan Friday by beating clown a "state's rights" substitute offered by a coalition of southern democrats and republicans. By a vote of 4fi to 42, the senate rejected a proposal to scrap the Green-Lucas federal war ballot bill and supplant it with a plan to provide state absentee ballots for those in uniform. The administration v i c t o r y pointed toward a passible stalemate betweeu the senate and louse, since the latter rejected the ederal ballot proposal in passing slate absentee ballot measure Thursday night. The Vote was a decisive senate est because the opposition to the dministration bill was united be- lind the substitute. However, it means little unless e oversvhelming house determination to stick with a "state's ·ights" bill cambe reversed. The .defeated senate substitute vould have retained a semblance of the federal war ballot but it could have been used only in cases where states failed to set up their o\yn absentee .voting system for military absentees. The house "stood up to he counted" and made clear its position Thursday night, after an 11 houi session, by first rejecting the federal ballot plan .on a 224 to 168 roll call vote and then passing, 328 to 69, a bill leaving the election machinery in the hands of the states. Rep. Vursell (R-lll.), one of the champions of the states' rights bill, termedMhe house action "a great victory for constitutional government for which we are fighting." All efforts to put through compromise proposals in the house were defeated, the state ballot advocates centering their arguments around the belief that any federal "bob-tailed" ballot, limited only to candidates for federal offices, might be declared unconstitutional and thus endanger the election results next November. Germans Open Big Offensive Against Beachhead Near Rome; Are Repulsed ALLIED FLOTILLA LANDS BELOW ROME--This vast allied armada (top) sti-etclies over the harbor in the Anzio-Nettimo, Italy, area after landing tfoops of the British- American 5th army behind the German "Gustav Line." Bottom: Tractors a r e - o n the beach after navy men set up this pontoon causeway for the unloading of LST s. These are 2 of the first.original pictures of the landings. . ^ Demand, for "Free" djo .Voiced by \Amey -. . Lindely was sentenced Oct. 9 .11937, after pleading guilty to-2nd if degree murder after allegedly con fessing he clubbed his brother t [death with a chair, robbed him o [ S172 and set fire to the brother' home. Lindely. then an auto me ,chanic at Austin. Minn., was ar j rested several .months after the ^·charred body of his brother was :; found in. the ashes of the farm i home where the brother lived ' alone southwest of Northwood. Couple Hurt as Stolen Auto Rams Into Pole tey, said that f the : holds .''of-' thi ehemy' : ships Hvere^ filled to capacity with thousands of tons 6 rubber, tins/. fats and strategi ores. Some of those materials particularly hundreds of tons o baled .rubber, were salvaged anc many prisoners were takers, y Seeking to- sneak through the American .blockade, the 3. ships-the" Burgenland, Rio Grand .'and Weserland--were sighted and sunk within a 48-hour period "early in January," the navy reported. The ' ' chased Omaha; which already had one blockade runner to its credit; the destroyer Jouett, which bagged a German submarine in the Atlantic several months ago,, and the destroyer. Somers.' · · · · · · First surface contact was made by the Somers, ivhich ran down the \Vcserland .in the. darkness of early morning, * identifying the vessel as an enemy. The Somers minediately opened fire with her main battery of 5-inch guns. . . The initial salvo battered direct- y into the 'German ship and the crew hastened to abandon ship, but before they leaped over the side or into their'. life rafts they carried ouf their orders to scuttle the ship. " . V i o l e n t internal explosions Blasted the Weserland but she remained afloat.' Shells from the Somers' guns completed the job of sending the blockade runner to the bottom. Many of her crew were picfied up when daylight came. The cruiser Omaha and the destroyer Jouett accounted for the 2nd of the 3 enemy craft. A lookout in the Omaha's foretop and the pilot of her scouting plane sighted the 6,062-ton Rii Grande almost simultaneously. Racing in, the Omaha' and Jouet were drawing near to the strange when she burst into smoke an- flames. Demolition charges, th navy said, had been placed am fired by the crew of the Ri Grande. Again the American.war ships turned their 6-inch and inch guns on the vessel and sh soon sank. The Omaha-Jouett team joine again in sinking the 7,320-ton Bui genland. As they sped in for a tack, internal explosion of demo lition charges rocked that enem ship and again destruction wa completed by shell fire. PUT PRESSURE AGAINST SPAIN F. R: England and « U.S: Work Together Washington. (fP)--P r e s i d e n t Roosevelt told a press-radio conference Friday that Britain and the United States are working lo- 'gether toVsce that ~--=- --;··-«-- "~* "" chine guns. There were no Russian reports from the sector farthest west where Vatutin's first army of the Ukraine was last reported closing on Rovno from 3 sides, but icre was reason to believe that his front was active again. (The German high command nnounccd Thursday that Rovno nd Lutsk, 50 miles from the Bug !vcr, had been abandoned by azi troops.) At the Baltic end of the 1,200- ile front the red army. commanded by Gen. Leonid A. Gov- rov by-passed Narva on both the orth and south and indication,, ere that the Germans had vaitcd too long to evacuate sty- Waterloo, (P)--Richard Stephens, 26, and his wife, 19, of Akron, and Davenport, were in serious condition Friday in Presbyterian hospital here, under treatment for injuries they incurred late Thursday when the automobile the sheriff said they had stolen from a parking lot here, crashed into a telephone pole and burned near Raymond." at Ornalia" Convention Omaha, (IP)-- A demand for "a free radio" was voiced here Friday by C. E. Arney, Jr., Washington, secretary-treasurer a n d acting managing director for the National Association of Broadcasters. Arney, speaking before' approximately 100 delegates to the 10th district NAB convention from Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri, urged more control over programs by he broadcasters and less "capricious. interference by the Federal Communications Commission." "We want the power of the com- .nission clearly defined by congress, so we will know just what its powers are," Arney said. Other speakers included Maj Gen. Clarence H. Danielson, commander of the 7th service command. ' ord. -" ' '·'/·· '·'';.:*-/--·' "Is that effort working?.' 1 S re- orter asked. The chief executive said he did ot kndw' and could only say he oped so. ' Asked whether there has been ny change in relations with pain, or any new developments he president said nothing hac ome to N him but that inquiries might be made at the state de- artment. He said the situation rpvides a good many headaches (Word from Madrid Thursday ight re-affirmed Spain's position f strict neutrality.) Man in. Well 30 Feet Deep Buys War Bond Athens, Ala., (fl)--Farmer Car los Thomas -was digging in a 3 foot well when Homer McLemor found him. The war bond com mitteeman lowered a blank chec in a bucket. The farmer signed check for 56,000 worth of bond- resumed his digging. Buy War Savings Bonds and L/ Stamps from your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. W. B. Thomas, Retiree Merchant, Dies Friday ^yesl Union--W. B. Thomas, SO, retired merchant and former bank president, died Friday. ' He was a former member of the city council and was a member of the West Union committee in the Fayette -county seat fight of 1922. Mr. Thomas was a son of G. H. Thomas, born at Solon, and came to West Union about · 87 years ago. His father was a well known drygoods merchant. Complete Conquest of Kwajalein Atoll Is Near for Americans By CHARLES II. McMTJRTRY V. S. Pacific Fleet* Headquarters, Pearl Harbor, .(fl*j-- Fightin ' ' pouring ashore ;tb . X - ' ~ - - -- - ROMMEL IS IN ITALY TO LEAD NAZI ATTACKS Terrific Firepower, Tank Charges Support Thrusts of Germans BULLETIN A Forward Command Post Near Cassino, (U.R) -- American t r o o p s were driven from the streets of Cassino Friday mornine after a terror-filled night fight against overwhelming odds, but they surged back into the ruined town Friday afternoon and are now locked in a death battle with the nazi garrison. By RICHARD G. MASSOCK Allied Headquarters in Italy, (/P) -- Marshal Erwin Hommel, master "don't get trapped" tactics, was eported back in Italy directing azi strategy Friday and allied eadquarters disclosed that the ermnns have launched their ex- ected big offensive against the Anzio landing head below Rome, upporling their assaults with errific f i r e p o w e r a n d tank harges. On the main 5th army front \mericans were fighting fiercely n the outskirts of Cassino, bat- ling with tanks against Germans vim had to be cleaned out of rubble. cushioned dugouts and cel- ars in methodical and bloody fashion. The offensive aimed at driving the British and " Americans back into the sea 'from their beachhead and the tough house-to-house resistance offered at Cassino appeared to be the twin parts of. a 'tanks an ' 'of : -conquering" . all Kwajalein,* Vichy Radio Rleports Air Raid on Toulon London,. UP)--The Vichy radio said that Toulon, naval base on the southern coast of France, was raided Friday. A Berlin broadcast said that 'American bombers carried out heavy terror raids against the Italian towns of Trieste, Rimini, Al- faano. Formia and Porto Hecanati." Describing the Toulon raid, the Vichy radio said that 2 waves of planes flew over, bombing several quarters of Ihe city. "The number of victims and the damage appear to be even higher than caused in the raid of Nov. 24,"' it continued. Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your. Globe-Gazette carrier boy. largest atoll in the Marshalls and core of that enemy defense system. As the momentous invasion moved through its 3th day, preliminary reports told of amazingly light .American losses during the achievement of a strong entering wedge into mid-Pacific positions Japan has held for 24 years. Rear Adm. Richmond K. Turner, commander of the amphibious operations--as he was last November during the bloody investment of the Gilberts--said our assault losses were tar under what had been expected. The situation was so well in hand that Admiral Turner on the 2nd day of the operations ordered all troop transports and most of the supporting w»rshiBS inside the lagoon, where they would be ·protected against enemy submarines by the surrounding reef Associated Press War Correspondent Leif Erickson,. representing the combined allied press sent his story from Turner's flagship inside the lagoon. U. S. 7th division reinforce menls and mechanized equipmen in great force moved against tot tering Nipponese resistance at th Nazis Claim U. GERMANS FALL BACK IN POLAND--Arrows indicate major Russian offensives on Europe's eastern front (black line) where the Germans have abandoned Rovno and Luts_k in old Poland. Other Russian drives are underway soutli- west of Leningrad, into Estonia, aiid north of ^itebslt, aimed at Latvia. Broken line through Poland denotes Russo-German border established in 1939. Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Increasing cloudiness and warmer Friday night;.lowest temperatures in Mason City 30: Saturday rain and colder changing to light snow and colder Saturday night; increasing winds. Iowa: Cloudy, occasional l i g h t snow west and central portions late Friday night; snow flurries Saturday forenoon; w a r m e r east portion Friday night, becoming colder northwest portion late Friday night: much colder Saturday and Saturday night; winds 20-30 miles an hour. Minnesota: Moderate to heavy snow north, light snow south portion Friday night, ending Saturday afternoon, becoming colder west portion late Friday night. Much colder Saturday and Saturday night. Strong winds with blowing and drifting snow. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics: I Maximum Thursday 36 · Minimum Thursday night.20 I At 8 a. m. Friday 23 YEAR AGO: Maximum 3S Minimum 24 south end of the atoll where 1,25 of an estimated garrison of 2.00 Had been wiped out by Wcdnes day night. American casualties were place at 27 dead, 9 missing and 130 j wounded. The north end of the atoll, the airdrome at Roi and the adjacent repair and dispersal base of Namur, were entirely in the hands of 4th division marines. Roi was.quickly overrun "Tuesday and the slaughter of bitter-end defenders of Namur was announced Thursday. Preliminary estimates ot American losses at. Roi and Namur were less than 100 killed and 400 wounded. It seemed unlikely that the full report would show marine losses anything comparable with the casualties of approximately 3,000 suffered in capturing the air base of Tarawa in the Gilberts, costliest battle in marine history.) The bulk of Kwajalein's more than 32 islets now are in American hands. The only remaining enemy opposition of consequence appcarcc to be on Kwajalein island at the southern end of the aloil. There where an airfield and -a deep anchorage are the prizes, army troops which landed Tuesday pushed the Japanese against the northeastern part of the island. "We have landed (more) troop: and mechanized equipment in force and are proceeding with the annihilation of the enemy," Adm Chester W. Nimitz' commumqui referred confidently to- the situa lion. The surprisingly light losse among the invaders were ac counted for in large part by th devastation of the intensive, pre paratory naval and air assault Concrete and steel defenses \vcr I ripped open by battleships firin their 16-inch guns at point blai range and by 1,000 and 2,000 nound bombs of raiding planes. What resistance remained as the, en went' ashore on Roi, Namur nd Kwajalein Tuesday w a s inned down by artillery firing rom nearby Cays overrun in the nitial landings Monday. Secret ype weapons and new tactics also Dlayed their part. Last night, Admiral Nimitz an- icunced that the overall objective f the invasion, the entire sys- em of more than 32 Marshall bases spreading over an 800 iiile square ocean area, continues to feel the neutralizing lower of American bombers. The announcement, covering i-aids Tuesday and . Wednesday, extended ,the offensive to 2 atolls never previously mentioned as targets. Rongelap. northwest of Kwajalein, was pounded Wednesday by liberators which damaged ground installations with nearly 8 tons of bombs. Southeast "of Kwajalein, navy search planes hit a small beached cargo vessel at Namu atoll Tuesday. Carrier-based planes joined in the attack as the invasion opened. (Official reports through Thursday made no additional mention of the more than 2,000,000 tons of carrier, battleship, cruiser, destroyer and other naval might. Rome "Encircled Rhode Island First | , with j Over Top in Bond Drive Washington, .W.I--Rhode Island, mallest state in the union, is the rst to go over the top in the S14,- 00,000,000 4th war loan, the trcas- ry announced Friday as the ational drive passed the CO per ent mark with 58,502,000,000 in ash sales. * Rhode Island met its 580,000.000 luota Thursday. Your his newspaper boy pays bill every week. Do you do your part by paying him every week? London, (U.R)--A German com- munique said Friday that nail' troops had encircled strong allied forces in the beachhead area south of Rome and all attempts to bretk the trap had been repulsed. The communique, which was not borne out by late allied dispatches from the front, indicated the* "trapped" forces were American. It asserted the encirclement was in the Nettuno area of the beachhead. German strategy to fight off the allied threat aimed at trapping a large part of the German 10th army. On the 8th army front there was vigorous patrolling and the British occupied Torricella, southwest of Orsogna and 20 miles inland, where the Germans withdrew from a considerable mountain wedge and left the allied line running almost straight from Casoli to Sant' Angelo. The Germans, reinforced along the perimeter of the Anzio bridgehead, struck 4 times against the British and Americans who are reported to have poured more than G divisions ashore. The German air force, almost absent from Italian skies for several days, returned to summit the thrusts. In each case, allied headquarters I said, the Germans were repulsed | \vith heavy losses and the allies | improved their positions slightly. The enemy opened his offensive iVith I! successive thrusts north of Padiglione. 8 miles northwest of -\nzio. They also lunged out at he Americans in the area west of Cisterna where the Americans :iad driven to the outskirts ot that Appian way town 14 miles northeast of Anzio. {Padiglione is about G miles below Campolcone, farthest advance of the British who had' approached to within 16 miles ot Rome. Allied headquarters announcements that the German attacks had been repulsed indicated, however, that the British had not been thrown back that distance. The German attack :nay have been aimed at the British flank.) In repulsing the attacks the allies captured 140 prisoners. Some of the fiercest fighting ever seen in the Mcdilerranea* :hcatcr was taking place at Cas- Jno where the Germans held on grimly in the face of the fury of the American attacks and the storm of artillery shells. American patrols once penetrated toward the center of the town but were forced to fall back to the outskirts when they encountered anti-tank guns and strong posts. The Germans also put in 2 unsuccessful counter-attacks in the Mt. Castellone area 3 miles northwest of Cassino. Farther north the Americans found the Germans had been reinforced in the Terelle area and were buried in strong concrete pillboxes. The Germans obviously were making a most desperate effort to prevent the allies from breaking through into the Liri valley and the via Casilina leading to Rome

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