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NORTH IOWA'S DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME C O U P D E P A R T M E N T O F H I S T Og.Y A M O A R C H I V E ' i £ j y^ufSff £· ^t A THE NEWSPAPER THAT GIVf MORE ' N '44 MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS' HOME EDITION V3L. L. Associated Press and United Press Full Leased Wires (Five Contb a Copy) MASON CITY. IOWA, THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 1944 This Paper Consists of Two Sections--Section One NO. 132 American Subs Sink 16 More Japanese Vessels LARGE TANKER $24,900 in Red Cross, Nearly Half of Quota IS INCLUDED IN LIST OF SHIPS Submersibles Score Victories in Enemy Controlled Waters Washington. f/P) -- American submarines have sunk lii more Japanese ships in enemy controlled waters. The biff bug, announced Thursday by the navy, included one large tanker which could have been loaded with badly needed fuel for enemy bases. The toil brought lo 627 the number or Japanese ships sunk, probably sunk or damaged by submarine action alone. Sinkings 'by other causes--airplanes and warships--boost the total damage to Japanese shipping to 1,389 enemy vessels of all types. Pursuant to policy, the navy communique announcing the latest sinkings did not report the · areas in which the submarines, operated. However, our submarines are known to have been operating along the coastal waters ot Japan itself. Ill addition to the large tanker. other ships sunk by the far-ranging undersea craft included 5 transports and 1G cargo vessels all of which presumably were endeavoring lo keep men and materials moving to bases scattered over the Pacific. Such heavy damage to the enemy's shipping lines has been accomplished with steady regularity and only Tuesday Admiral Chestei W. Nimitz, commander in chief o the Paeilic fleet, commenting or the submarine campaign in the Pacific, said "I think it has taken such a heavy toll of their shippinj that lack of shipping may soon bi a controling factor in what thej are able to do.'.' ._ Nimitz also expressed opinion J. that our submarine activities have ·.forced the Japanese to* withdraw their heavy naval units from thei . South Pacific base at Truk by cut ting off supplies of fuel. ^ 2 Counter-Attacks by Japs Reported By RICHARD C. BERGHOL/i Associated Press War Editor Two Japanese counter-attack in the Bismarck Sea campaig were reported in Thursday's al lied communique. One, on Lo Negros Island in the Admiral! group, was smashed, and the oth or, on New Britain's Willaume peninsula, is being bitterly re sisted. Veteran American marine shock troops are fighting lo hold their Willaumez peninsula beachhead, which they established Monday, against fanatical Japanese counter-assaults. Associated Press War Correspondent Murlin Spencer repWrled from the scene the landing met the bitterest opposition of any such operation in the southwest 3 YOUTHS HURT IN AUTO UPSET Car Rolls Over 3 Times Returnirig,Frbm Games Riceville -- Three R i c c v I I 1 young people, who were injurec when their car left the road am turned over 3 times while on thei way home from a sectional bas ketball tournament, were recovering Thursday. Most seriously hurt was Glcnt Grossman, son of Mr. and Mrs Forrest Crossman, who \vas driv ing his father's car. He suffered a broken collarbone, a wrenched back and painful hip injuries when thrown 10 feet from the car. Jimmie Regan suffered several broken ribs and Helen Hughes a cut above Hie knee that 'required 14, stitches. Jim Hughes, Joe Duffy and Or- villc Dana, who were riding in the rear seat, escaped with a severe shakeup. Grossman and Regan w e r e taken to a farmhouse where they spent the night and were taken to their homes by ambulance the following morning. I Weather has slosved up the pace of the Ccrro Gorclo county Red iross war fund campaign, but the return of sunshine Thursday rought \vith it a substantial rise -I : the amount reported. ] Paul Fritchard, general chair- nan for the eounty drive, re- orted a total of $24,900, a gain f $5,680 since Tuesday when the ast report was made, near half he goal of $51,500. This increase came from busi- icss solicitation in Mason City, ome residential returns and also nother addition made by advance vorkers. No returns have been received rom the rural sections, where the olicitation has been slowed up py the bad weather. Some rural vorkers, however, are reported to lave completed a large share of heir territories. A meeting for rural workers In he northeast section uf the couu- y was held Wednesday evening n Mason City and a postponed meeting of southeast county rural vorkers was planned at Rockwell Thursday night. Substantial reports from the ·esidential sections, where several ·Kindred women have been canvassing the city, was expected Thursday afternoon. The work of the Red Cross in providing aid and comfort to service men from the time they leave home for camp, on war fronts al! over the world and even aftei :hey return from service has made the war fund campaign one of uni- ersal appeal, workers state. The amount sought over the entire nation in the Red Cross campaign is 3200,000,000. Two arms and practically half of the 3rd arm of the Red Cross symbol have been filled as the Cerro Gordo county Red Cross war fund r e a c h e d 824,900 Thursday. When the county reaches i(s goal of 551,500 the whole symbol will be blacked out. Each arm represents $10,000 and the center, the remaining 511,500. PLANE CRASH TOLL REACHES 7 2 Parachuted Safely From Second Craft Atlantic, Iowa, (P)--Pottawalta- mic County Coroner Jack Tyler said Thursday that 3 additional bodies were removed from the wreckage of a plane from the Harvard, Nebr.. air base 10 miles west of here, bringing the total number of victims from Wednesday's plane crash to 7. The plane, one o" 3 flying in a formation nt .20.00(V! feet, crashed after colliding with" aiiother. Two men parachuted from the. plane that did not crash, and it and the 3rd plane returned safely to the Harvard base. The crash occurred on tile Andy Schuttloffcl farm, which is in Pot- tawaltamie county. The men who parachuted were identified as 2nd Lt. W. J. Matthews. Lakewood. N. J., and Sgt. Leland Bradley, gunner. Fort Wayne, Ind. Bradley was treated for a sprained shoulder a n d Matthews bruised a muscle in his leg. The lieutenant said he dropped 5.000 feet before his parachute opened. At the Harvard base officials said 7 men had been aboard the ship that crashed. Elton Schuttloffel who works on the Andy Schuttloffel farm, said the bomber crashed 500 feet from his farm home, burst into flames and exploded. Schuttloffel said he Reports U. S. Tapped Wires Out of Pearl I Tacific and was accomplished I T T 1 F f \ 1 without naval or air bombard- ! flai'DOr DCFOrC AttHCK men!. The leathernecks are driving for the unused Talasca emergency landing strip 5 miles f rom ^ the beachhead. The airstrip is 170 airline miles from Rabaul. main Japanese base on New Britain's northeast tip. While small forces of Japanese planes darted through the night, cluster of troop-filled enemy barges attempted to land on Los Negros Island Tuesday. Gen. Douglas MacArihur communiqued. But American artillery caught the barges off-shore and every landing attempt was i-epulscd. Allied forces leap-frogging up the coast of New Guinea have strengthened their positions west of Saidor and are now 23 airline miles from their objective, Ma- dang. South Pacific planes, some of them springing from the newly- rarvcd allied airfield on Green Island at the north tip of the Solomon Islands, pounded 'Kahaul with 55 tons of bombs, hit Kavicnjr. New Ireland, with 62 tons, and racked other targets throughout the Bismarck archipelago. For the Gth lime, Japan's installations on Paramushiro on the northern Kurile Islands were raided Sunday, Pacific fleet headquarters reported. Other planes dropped 31 tons of bombs on enemy bases in the eastern Marshalls Monday. DAMAGED BY FIRE Waterloo. (.7t--The Colony club, dine and dance establishment on the west city limits of Waterloo, \vas damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon. Loss from the fire, which was blamed on an overheated furnace, was estimated at S5.000. The club had been closed since Sunday for rcdecoration. RUSSIANS OPEN NEW DRIVE ON UKRAINE FRONT Stalin Reports Gains of 19 to 37 Miles on Line 105 Miles Long; L o n d o n, (if)--Premier Josef talin in a special order of the day broadcast from Moscow an- lounced Thursday that the Russians have opened still another offensive on the Ukrainian front under Gen. Rodion Malinovsky. He said the offensive launched across the Ingutets river--which would be aimed at the German defense bastions of Nikolaev and Kherson on the lower Bug and Dnieper rivers--had gained from 19 to 37 miles along a 105 mile front in 4 days of fighting. Kazanka and Novi Bug, 25 and 40 miles respectively west ot ICrivoi Rog, have fallen before the Russian forces in the new advance, said the announcement recorded here by the soviet monitor. Three German tank and 6 infantry divisions, probably totaling more than 125,000 troops, have been routed in the course of the new advance, Stalin said. Novi Bug's capture placed the Russian forces across the main northern rail line into the great Black sea base of Nikolaev and threatened to flank the base from the north- T h e Russian advance also places soviet forces only 6 miles east of the Iiifful river, which flows into the Bug at Nikolaev and forms the last natural barrier to a drive on the naval base which lies 55 miles below Novi Bug. Stalin said that 200 other populated places had been captured in the new r offensive, and ordered 224 of Moscow's guns to boom out 20 salvoes Thursday night to celebrate the major victory. Marshal Zhukov's red army troops drove forward through the deep mud of the southwestern Ukraine Thursday toward the important junction ot Proskurov, capture of which, Moscow dispatches said would give the Russians a firm .grip on a 40 mile stretch of the Odessa-Warsaw trunk railway .between Prosku- roy '.;and Volochisk. A s o v i e t communique announced that Russian forces already had captured Chcrn^Os- Irov, only 11 miles northwest of Proskurov. and said a furious battle was raging inside Staro- Konstantinov, which was described as a vital German base 25 miles to the north. Failure of the Germans to hold Prokurov, it was pointed out. would force'them to fall back on a circuitous rail line running from Lwow to Ccrnauti, Rumania, thence back to the Odessa- Warsaw line at Zhmcrinka, if they hoped to maintain contact with the partly isolated German forces in the lower Dnieper river bend. Capture of Chcrni-Ostov was followed by the storming of Gru- zhevitsa, four miles further cast and only seven miles from Pro- Yank Bombers Again Strike Blazing Berlin With Furious Aerial Siege was watching the 3 planes fly over his farm when pieces began dropping from one of, them and it crashed. FLYING FORTRESS CRASHES IN FLAMES--Hit by nazi flak over Paris, a B-17 flying fortress plunges toward earth trailing a blaze ot smoke. This is an official United States army air force photograph. Ask Omaha Mayor to Appear in Iowa Night Club Probe OMAHA, (IP)--Mayor Dan Butler disclosed Thursday that he has been asked by -a ·Polawattamic.ccounty, Iowa, grand .jury to appeal- before ii and relate his charges that gambling is being .permitted at the Chez Paree night club in Car- Washington, (/P) -- The armed forces and the federal bureau of investigation tapped all the wires out of Pear! Harbor before the Japanese attack, Chairman James L. Fly of the federal communications commission testified Thursday in seeking to show congressional investigators that his agency was not responsible for this phase of national security. Fly added that "the law prohibited such wire tapping but the justice department felt it was justified in doing it in the circumstances. Republican members of the house investigating committee, asserting that Ihe commission was to blame for information leaks from Hawaii to the Japanese homeland or fleet, drew from Representative Magmison (D- Wash.): "Do you want to get down to the blame for Pearl Harbor'.' Exa m i n e the voting records of members of congress on appropriations for national defense. All America was responsible for Pearl Harbor.' 2 Irwans Among 7 Victims of Louisiana Airplane Collision S h r c v e p o r t. La., ef*i--Two lowans were victims of a plane sh here Wednesday in \vhich 7 airmen were killed. The crash rcsultdd from a col- l i s i o n ' i n f l i g h t between a Barksdale medium bomber and a pursuit plane from the Deridder, La., air base, field authorities said. The Iowa airmen killed, occupants of the bomber, included Lt. Erwin L. Ew r art. 2C, bombardier, whose home was in Carroll. His wife had been living in Shreveport. -Staff Sgt. Everett D. Tordoff, 27, armorer-gunner, whose mother, Mrs. Jessie Peterson, lives at Alden, Iowa, was the second victim. SHUNS INFANTRY Topcka. Kans.. OJ.Rl--When K. L. Ketchcrside. Topcka postman, was drafted recently, he had only one wish--to stay out of the infantry. Kelchersidc got the habit of whistling constantly as he walked around on his mail route, and he's afraid the derstand. skurov, the Moscow bulletin said. This narrowed the escape corridor for the Germans fighting in the Staro-Konstantinov area to a 26 mile long gap between Gruz- hevitsa and Volosovtsy. Field Marshal Fritz von Mannstein threw g r e a t reserves of tank forces and infantry against the surgiiiR red army advance. r. T oseow saUl, but was hurled back on all sectors. More than 3,000 nazis were slain during the day's operations, according to the communique, which also listed 100 additional towns and hamlets swept up by Zhukov's forces. Forty-two out of 100 tanks that von Mannstein used in a single counter-drive were destroyed, the Russians said. Staro-Konstantinov is the midway station on the railway running from Shcpetovka to Prosku- rov and a main prop of the entire nazi defense system in the area. It already has been outflanked by the capture of Volosovtsy, 16 miles to the southeast, but the rail line to Proskurov is still in German hands and is a possible escape route if t h a t town holds. FINLAND SENDS REVISED REPLY Terms Acceptable to Russia, Paper Thinks Stockholm. (/P;~F i n l a n d h a s sent a revised reply to Russian armistice demands which may be a satisfactory basis for furthering the negotiations, it was strongly indicated here Thursday. Aftonbladet said the reply should be acceptable from the Russian viewpoint and declared it had the backing of Field Marshal Baron Carl Gustaf Von Manncr- heim and other high Finnish military, officers. The reply originally was prepared for delivery last Friday, but apparently because of its sharp tone it was held back for revision and modification and the final draft was not transmitted to the Russians until Tuesday. Aftonbladet said the modifica- j in the pas).'' tion was the result of objections \ . , rasied in certain Swedish circles r\ \ r f* which persuaded the Finns to ] DrCaKS llltO L Tdopt a milder tone. The new note was said lo seek further explanation and more precise statement of terms, whereas the first draft rejected soviet demands for the internment of Gcr- ler Lake, Iowa. Mayor Butler, who has asked Gov. Hickcnloopcr of Iowa to I order the night club closed, said that he received a letter from Harry Hoist, Council B l u f f s grand jury foreman, asking him to appear and testify. ' . The grand jury is now in ad- i journcd session, and can be convened at any time. Mayor Butter said "1 am going lo answer the letter, but whal I am going to say in it 1 cannol state at this time." Butler said there has been a report quoting him as saying he would not appear before the grand jury, but that the report is not true. "I never made such a stalc- meiit,' 1 Butler said. "I do not know at the time what I am going to do except that I am going to answer the letter." Butler added that he presumed the grand jury would expect him to testify as an individual. ''I have never been in the place (Che?. Paree) in my life," he said. "My investigators have given me information and it is oirthcm t h a t I base the statements I have made ! District Cage Tournament Opens Here Thursday Night Class B teams will square off on the Roosevelt fieldhouse floor Thursday night in the opening round of play in the district basketball tournament. At 7:30 Hayfield will take on Sheffield, while the St. Joseph's quintet meets Swea City at 8:-55. Doors will open at 6:15 o'clock. There will be no season tickets sold for the 3-day meeting, and no reserved scats will be available Admission prices Tor children--35 cents, adults, 55 cents, tax included. There will be signs in the gymnasium indicating the various rooting sections, but spectators will not be obliged to sit in them. Officials will be Roy Martin of Eagle Grove and O. F Moore of Goldficld. Friday night the class A teams will play. Algona f a c i n g Hampton at 7:30 and Mason City tangling with Forest City at 8:45. President of Armour Received $102,560 in Pay Past Fiscal Year Philadelphia. (fP)--Armour and company of Chicago paid its president, George A. Eastwood 5102,560 during the past fiscal year, the company's a n n u a l report to the securities and exchange commission disclosed Thursday. Henry W. Boyd. Armour's vice president, received $70,514 and Charles J. Faulkner, Jr., general counsel, 577,500. Other companies and salaries reported included: Oliver. Farm Equipment company, Chicago--Cal Sivright, president. S72.000: A. King McCord. executive vice president, S50.000. The Cudahy Packing company. Chicago--E. A. Cudahy, president. 855,100: F. E. Wilhelm, first vice president, S54.220. reaks into Lar; Finds Out It Is Not His man troops in Finland, withdrawal J of Finnish troops to the 1940 frontier and partly rejected the demand for repatriation of some prisoners, particularly those residents of the Baltic states who went to Finland when the Russians occupied those countries in 1939. The Morgon Tidningcn reported lhat the Finns had rejected the principal Russian demands "in their present form" but this apparently \vns a reference to the earlier drafi. which was understood t o have proposed ncgoation for a "free retreat"' for the German troops in Finland. Ilolyokc, Mass.. iff)--A resident here accepted a bill of damages Thursday because, unable lo unlock the car parked in front of his home, he smashed a rear window, carefully removed the g 1 a s s. crawled inside and discovered it wasn't his. CASUALTIES OF NAZIS 9,00(1 German Losses Near Cassino Announced Allied lleaduuarleis. Naples, (fi*)--Fifth army forces have inflicted B.OOO casualties on the Germans in .and around Cassino since the end of January, bringing total enemy losses in. Italy for lhat period to approximated ·10,000. allied headquarters announced Thursday. The Cassino casualties, iuclud- nc 1,500 captured and the remainder killed or wounded, were disclosed as a communique told of the repulse of 2 new minor G e r m a n thrusts against the American beachhead positions southeast of Carrnccto. German losses on the beachhead have · been announced as about 2-1,000. In addition, the enemy has suffered other casualties at the hands of the British along the Garigltano, - at the hands of the French in the mountains north of Cassino, and on the eighth' army front. Except for the 2 minor stabs on the beachhead, all fronts remained relatively quiet Wednesday aside from routine patrolling, artillery duels, and a German night air I raid on Ihe beachhead in which a n t t - p e r s o n n e 1 bombs were dropped. In the Garii;)i:mn sector British artillery got two direct hits on a house which the Germans were observed occupying. Eighth army Canadian p a t r o l s engaged i n skirmishes with the enemy around the caves in the vicinity of Tollo and Polish artillery shelled enemy movements near Ateleta in MANY FIGHTERS PROTECT LARGE RAIDING CRAFT Quick Follow Through Made After Record Fire Raid on Capital London. (U.R)--Maj. Gcu. James I. Doolittle sent the heavy bomb- era of his 8th air force against Berlin again Thursday for the 2nd straight day in a quick follow through of I he biggest fire raid history on the capital. Four-motorcti American bombers .struck at Merlin while the city stil! blazed from the record daylight assault 24 hours earlier, and carried on the first week of the United States aerial siege of the battered heart of nazism. Powerful groups from U. S. 3th and 9th air forces and British fighters again threw a protective shield around the bombers, an army headquarters communique announced. "Heavy bombers of Ihe 8th air force again attacked targets in the Berlin area Thursday," the com- Is One of Most Exhaustive Weeks for Nazi Air Arm London. (IP}--The first bunch of 9th airforcc mustang pilots back from the raid on Berlin Thursday said they saw hardly one nazi fighter and for the 2nd day in a row did not lose a plane. The first announcement cave no hint as (o how Thursday's bomber formations compared in strength wilh previous raids. First B e r l i n announcements failed to crow over (he "great aerial battles" as during (he previous American raids and Thursday's formations may have.reached.the-- city wilh comparatively minor-resistance from German fighters. It was certain that Ihe German air arm was experiencing one of the most exhausting weeks of the wa r. munictue said. "They were escorted by strong forces of fighters ot the Blh and 9th air forces and Ihe royal air force. "TIic atlack on Itcrlin was flic, Ith by heavy bombers in the last (i days, and was the 5lh time ill 7 days AAF aircraft have been over Ihe city." The 2nd straight bombardment of Berlin and the 3rd in 4 days emphasized the weight of the d r i v e to stamp out the remaining military potential of Ihe charred and pitted city and at the same time knock the Hiflwafl'e out of tile skies over its homeland. The new attack reflected the powerful reserve strciiKth «r American air forces massed iit Britain, now able lo strike repeatedly despite such losses as a rec- oril 68 bombers Monday ami 38 Wednesday. U. S. headquarters announced lhat l:r German planes were shot down Wednesday. -12 by fortress ami liberator gunners and 83 by their fighter c.seorl. From the small licginniiig last Friday when f i g h t e r s made the first American aerial pass at Berl i n , the campaign had grown to the formidable proportions of heavy bombers parading in .strength over the capital Tor 2 consecutive day5. The daylight offensive still was picking up m o m e n t u m , and noa* j rivaled Ihe best 3 n i g h t s the RAF Buy War Savings Bonds and Stamps from your Globe-Gazette carrier boy. KING SENDS SYMPATHY Paris. III., (U.R)--Mr. and Mrs. O. M. O'Hair. Paris, possessed a message of condolence from King George of England and a Silver Star award, posthumously awarded their son, Sgt. Orvillc Stotts O'Hair, 27. RCAF. O'Hair was shot down over Germany on a bombing mission. The message was written on Buckingham Palace stationery. H read: "The queen and I offer our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. We pray that your country's gratitude for a life so nobly given may bring you some- measure of consolation.'' Weather Report FORECAST Mason City: Fair and cold Thursday nighl. Lowest temperature about zero. Friday fair and farmer. Iowa: Fair Thursday night and increasing cloudiness Friday: warmer Friday and west and central portions Thursday night. Minnesota: Increasing cloudiness with light snow northwest portion Thursday night, Friday mostly cloudy with light snow- north and extreme west portions. Warmer Thursday night and Friday. IN MASON CITY Globe-Gazette weather statistics: Maximum Wednesday 22 above M i n i m u m Wednesday night 2 below At 8 a. m. Thursday 2 below the mountains of middle Italy. j ever had against the most bombed The weather was fair to cloudy | capital in the- world. Thursday and allied air craft got ofr on approximately i)00 flights, including marauder attacks on the harbor of Santo Slcfrano 80 miles northwest of R o m e and Mitchell blows ayainsl the rail yards at Ortc north of the capita!.' Tlic announcement nf 125 German planes destroyed Wednesday raised to 301 the number downed in the first :. hip; American a(tacks on Berlin. Tliirly-eight American bombers were tost Wednesday, as against GX Monday. | Thursday's .nmuunccmcnt said Invaders hit rail ami road tar- that one fishier previously rc- Igcts at Montalto di Castro on the ported lost h:ul turned up, rcduc- wcst coast about six miles above j n g the number Insl to IS continued Rome while British spitfires and , . , , , I Nearly 2.000 American planes, kittyhawks attacked road t r a f f i c more-than 800 of (hem r i v i n g for- the Rome area, ·'--'-- ; - ' "' destroying enemy vehicles and damaging Buy War Savings Bonds and i YEAR AGO: Stamps from your Globe-Gazette I M a x i m u m carrier boy. I Minimum li'csscs or liberators, were believed literally to have obliterated the I main objective at Berlin, n plant I that turned oul 95 per cent of Are YOU Crazy? SaVS Germany's ball bearings, Wednes- Draftee in Examination Before Psychiatrist New York. (/Vi--An army psychiatrist's eyes lighted up when he noted that a draflce, taking his pre-induction examination, was an automobile salesman. "Maybe you're the man who can help me. I've been looking for a good used car," said the doctor. "Are you crazy?" retorted the selectee. T h e psychiatrist tons of the at- day. More than 1,500 bombs were dropped tack. Though German censorship clamped down lightly on neutral correspondents in Berlin, the Stockholm Morgonlidniiigcn reported from Bern t h a t hundreds of fires were kindled by the 350,000 incendiary and 10,000 explosive bombs dropped by the raiders. The Erkncr district, 16 miles cast southeast of the center of Berlin and site of the wrecked ball bearing plant, was reduced to "complete ruin," Morgontidningcn said. The American communique q u i c k ) y ( said the bombers achieved "good changed his expression, said j results" at Krkncr and reports stiffly: -I'm supposed to ask t h e ! from returning airmen indicated questions." i ii was one ot their best precision

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