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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 4, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                                DEPARTMENT or HISTORY AMD ARCHIVES DCS MO IKES I A NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA THURSDAY DECEMBER 4 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF FOUR SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 47 FIRE AT LAKE CAUSES LOSS TWO BUSINESS BUILDINGS ARE IN BLAZE PATH Roof of Ward Furniture Store Collapses Bass Pharmacy Is Wrecked CLEAR LAKE Firemen after battling seven hours brought a fire under control here Thursday morning after the Bass Pharmacy and Ward Furniture store build ings in the main business section of Clear Lake had been gutted by lire with a loss estimated at The fire started at about oclock in the morning Al though the flames were report ed under control at 10 oclock firemen were kept busy as smouldering ruins continued to blaze up At oclock the rool of the Ward building caved in and fire men were tearing out the brick wall on the west side of this struc ture in an effort to get at the flames on the inside It is understood that tlie mer chandise and equipment in the two buildings were practically total losses Insurance will cover the losses in part according to Uie owners The fire started in he Bass Pharmacy about a m and quickly spread through the build ing The entire on shift of the Mason City fire department was called to assist the Clear Lake and Ventura firemen Prom the Bass pharmacy the fire broke through the wall to the Ward establishment The fire also threatened the Stunkard meat market adjoining the east for a time The grocery stock was moved out of the market The Ward building a two story brick structure is owned by Mrs Georgre Knutson of Clear Lake while the Bass building is the property of Mrs John Etzcl who Jives in California The front part of the Bass pharmacy had two stories with Dr Sidney Brownstone occupying the sec N ond floor Origin of the fireavas believed to have been in the basement of the Bass Pharmacy The blaze was first reported by Jim Car men driver for the Clear Lake bakery Mr Bass reported Thursday that he had closed his store about oclock Wednesday night and that everything had seemed to be as usual at that time Nineteen firemen and Chief Dan Shire of the Mason City fire department responded to Chief P W Fistlerscall for help in fight ing the Clear Lake fire Engine No 1 left the Central station at oclock on the first call from the lake and the Combination company left at oclock on the second call The off shift of the Mason City department was called on duty to the local sta tion SEE STOBTT AND PICTUBE ON TAGE 10 Call Defense Witnesses STATE RESTS IN MRS BRUNNER MURDER TRIAL 3 DIVISIONS OF GERMANS FIGHT IN JUGOSLAVIA Germans Also Rush Troops to Bulgaria Along Turkey Frontier BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adolf Hitlers invasion armies hardpressed on the sands ot North Africa and flung into head long retreat in the Russian Ukraine had a new fight on their hands Thursday as Serb guerrillas were reported battling three axis divisions in old Jugoslavia At the same time a London broadcast reported that fresh Ger nau troops had been rushed to XJinls along Bulgarias southern rentier with Turkey to which President Roosevelt lias extendet American lendlease aid The broadcast said that naz military preparations all along the frontier had been stepped up and that the Germans were tight ening their control on Bulgarian ports and air fields There was no immediate indi cation whether Germany feared that Britishallied Turkey en couraged by Russias counteroffensive in the Ukraine might open a new back door front in the Balkans or whethe Hitler planned to move into Tur key himself A Seru communique issued said jthe Germans had Smoker rolled fromthe Ward furniture store and the Bass pharmacy Clear Lake Thursday as firemen sought to locate the blaze which showed up in various places throughout the morning Above is a picture taken in front of the stores shortlyafter daylight Lock photo Kayenay engraving BRIDGE FALLS 6THOUGHTDEAD 3 Spans of Structure Being Erected Over River Fall 150 Feet HAHTFORD Conn least six workmen were believed killed Thursday when three spans of a bridge being con structed over Connecticut river collapsed and plunged 150 feet into the water Hospitals admitted others for emergency treatment Several were described in a critical con dition No accurate check was avail able as to the number of men on the spans when they gave way as a 98 ton girder was being slipped into place by a traveling crane The sections which col lapsed were a part of the 842 fool river spans hristmas Cheer Fund Is Really Beginning to Roll Effort to Sew On Tip of lowans Nose Fails DBS MOINES attempt 1o sew back in place the tip of Henry Clergys nose after it was severed in an airplane crash here Nov 25 has failed doctors reported Thursday Instead skin from the Des Moines flying instructors forehead is being grafted to his VV CaLIlCl nose Clergy 44 and Eldon Woltz I 25 a student of Des Moines es caped serious injury when their plane crashed in a field near the Municipal airport here Green Says AFL Plans AntiStrike Bill Fight WASHINGTON WilliarrfGreen the American Federation of Labor said Thursday his organization would exert its every resource to defeat the Smith antistrike bill which Green de scribed as the nations first move toward totalitarianism GROCERY IS ROBBED DES MOINES masked armed man held up a Melbourne Iowa grocery store Wednesday night and escaped with about or S20 in cash the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation reported 17 Bug Christmas Seals FORECAST MASON CITY Cloudy with oc casional rain and colder Thurs day night and Friday Tempera tures above freezing Southerly winds 20 to 30 miles an hour Thursday afternoon shifting t northwest late Thursday night IOWA Cloudy rain and colde northwest portion Thursday cloudy rain and colder Thurs day night and Friday South li southwest winds 2535 MPH shifting to west and northwes Thursday afternoon and Thurs day night MINNESOTA Cloudy rain an colder Thursday and Thursday night with some snow nort portion Thursday night Friday cloudy rain or snow and cplde in south and east portions Shifting winds 2530 MPH be coming northwest Thursday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 58 Minimum Wednesday night 42 At 8 a m Thursday 43 YEAR AGO Maximum 29 Minimum 12 Precipitation trace Snowfall 250 Three Encouraging Items Are Noted in Latest Gift List REVIOUSLV REPOETED SICOIW ason City Rotarr Club 4001 tear Lake Know Your Neighbor Club Jr xnd Mrs J E Mason lio Club n Amjand Lon Irs C R Mlllcnbcrtcr 4 L toddard Stone Products E W V I E O Club Irs W C Redckcr t James Ladies Aid SEW TOTAL SlStOO Asa GOAL MOUlh1 YET NEEDED SJOGGOQ HREE THINGS WERE especially encouraging about T h u r s d a ys contributions to t h e annual Christmas Cheer Fund which is designed to send packosnacks to Cer ro Gordo county boys if in service as well as preclude Empty Stockings as in the past here on the home front First several of those sending n addresses of boys in service sent along cash contributions adequate o cover the packosnacks parcel and its mailing cost Second Ithcre was a contribution rom an outoftown club reflect ing he fact that this venture is expanded beyond Mason City di mensions Third a Mason City organiza Rotary note ofthe fact that the cash need this year is appreciably greater than in the past Its former gift of S25 was stepped up to S40 It is especially desired that the Cheer Fund be provided AT ONCE with the names and addrcsss of Cerro Gordo county boys serving in distant places Hawaii the Philippines Alaska Iceland Trini dad Guiana that the packosnacks parcel may be gnt off to them in time to reach them by Christmas Those at Camo Claiborne and other places within continental United States can be reached with in a 10 day period Addresses should be checked and doublechecked The best form of transmission is by postcard with name and address printed or writ ten most of course where a gift accompanies the ad dress Then an envelope will be needed The requircemnt for EARLY GIVING still is transcendent Contributions by organizations are extremely important but thev wont do the full job There must be some generous giving by indi viduals Why now while its down and ad dross YOUfl contribution to Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa IS RUN OVER BY TRACTOR Garner Man Preparing Machine for Delivery Is Seriously Injured Henry Waage 40 Garner was seriously injured Thursday morn ing when a tractor accidentally ran over his chest and shoulders as he was preparing the machine for delivery to a purchaser The accident occurred at the Wesenberg Implement store Gar ner where Waage is employed The tractor motor was running at the time of the accident and in an unexplained manner the super high gear became engaged The tractor started so rapidly that Waage was knocked down and the rear wheel of the tractor passed over his body The tractor ran over a new manure spreader before it could be stopped by the proprietor of the shop Mr Waage suffered injuries to his chest and shoulders several fractured ribs a punclured lung and injury to one arm He was taken to the Mercy hospital at Mason City general offensive against posi tions held by unconquered guer illa forces of Gen Draja Mi hailovic in a valley of the west ern Jlorava river Our forces are resisting suc cessfully in the face of furious on slaughts the communique said although in the sector of Uzicc enemy tank attacks have obliged one of our units to withdraw Uzice a battletorn town of 12 000 population is about 80 miles southeast of Belgrade Our troops are in high spirits the Serb bulletin said German troops in Jugoslavia have been estimated at five di visions about 75000 while General Mihailovic is said to have 80000 soldiers sworn to wipe out the nazi conquerors A Havas French News Agen cy dispatch said 1500 persons were killed by a munitions dump explosion at Oujitza Serbia in a New Chicago Paper The Sun Is Born CHICAGO great new newspaper was born Thursday in the heart of the nation the Chi cago Sun pledged to the credo hat the best interests ol America can best be served by the com lete defeat of Adolf Hitler and verything he stands for A first edition totalling up wards of 750000 copies carried to a supposedly isolationist middle west the conviction of Suns founders and editors that the people of America would not risk losing freedom by re fusing to fight for it A front page cartoon in Thurs day mornings Chicago Tribune bore the caption The Great Mid dle West Where We Raise Beef Not Our Slaughter For two years the Tribune hundering voice of noninlervcn ion in foreign affairs had on oyed a monopoly in the Chicago morning newspaper field until Sun founder Marshall Field pressed a button which set press es spinning out the first copies of the new paper The Sun was born under the glare of kleig lights as newsreel and still cameras recorded the newsroom andpressroom panor amas for the future The story was broadcast and reporters from all over the United States and from London covered the event as Field told the United Press in pro gressed from idea ant ink reality in the amazingly span of 115 days It was not until last August that I determined to make this venture Field said For years friends had urged me to found a new morning newspaper in Chi cago I was talking with Mr Silliman Evans publisher of the Nashville Tenncssecan when the conviction came to me that here was the man to pub lish a new Chicago morning paper He agreed and immedi ately we set about to survey the field Within 10 days they had 3ineers report showing C Picloquiz Contestants PLEASE NOTE THIS After you have completed a Pictoquiz do not send or mail it to the GlobeGazette Keep it until you have finished the entire first weeks contests 6 in all and then forward them to the GlobeGazette The first Pictoquiz appeared in this newspaper on Thursday Nov 27 The sixth one will be run on Wednesday Dec 3 When you have the first six completed then bring or mail them in a single envelope or package to the GlobeGazette The Pictoquiz is a weekly con test so please finish each days Pictoquiz and hold it until you have the first six ready for the judges Please do not send or mail any single days Pictoquiz to the GlobeGazette Your coopera tion will be greatly appreciated Tables Turned WITH THE ADVANCED BRIT ISH STRIKING FORCES Libya most em barrassed man in the desert is the German prisoner who tells this story I had a group of 20 British prisoners to take to the rear near Tobruk before dusk They kept spreading apart Id round them up but theyd start spreading again Finally two made a break running as hard as they could I fired a blast with my tommy gun over their heads yelling to them to halt Up leaped the whole crew of an Italian gun ahead and surren I dered to the running Tommies The Tommies took the Italian guns and captured me 127 Head of Cattle Herd of Hogs Burn LONE TREE OP A fire which burned to death 27 head of cattle and a herd of hogs leveled a huge barn on the farm of Lacey Brinkmeyer near here late Wednesday night Brink meyer estimated the barn and stock as worth S10000 and also reported a loss in feed of 52000 Cause of the blaze was not deter mined fight between guerilla and gov ernment troops Official London anouncemenls recently have reported 350000 persons killed in mass executions in Jugoslavia since its fall last spring CLAIM 4 XASI ARMY DIVISIONS KNOCKED OUT On the Russian war front so viet dispatches repurtcd Thursday that Gen Ewald von Klcists Ukraine armies had been driven in chaotic retreat beyond Tagan rog 40 miles west of Rostovon Don with four nazi divisions 60000 men knocked out of ac tion In the battle of Moscow the Russians declared that red army troops had thrown the Germans back 16 to 31 miles in the Stalino Gorsk sector 120 miles southeast of the capital and recaptured the important town of Defense Savings Stamps for sale at GlobeGazclc Business office Klin 50 miles north ot and four villages on the northern flank Around Leningrad the Rus sians said that 5000 Germans had been killed and 32 tanks rtcstrojcd in the Tiklivin area 110 miles southeast of the old czarisl capital and that the nazis had been frustrated in an attempt to cut off Leningrad from the east Dispatches to the Moscow news paper Pravda said the two months old German offensive against the capital was clearly slackening with the nans thrown back on to the defensive in the north although the situation was acknowledged to be most seri ous in the Mozhaisk sector 57 miles west of Moscow A communique from Hitlers field headquarters asserted that strong enemy attacks were re pulsed with heavy bloody losses for the Russians in th Donets basin in the Ukraine It did not specify the locale of the attacks whether in the RostovtoMariu pol zone or the Kharkov sector 200 miles to the north Soviet reports claimed the in itiative in both regions i an en gineers report showing Chicago and its environs were the largest area in the country served by a single morning newspaper Development followed with kal eidoscopic swiftness famous edi tors were hired arrangements were made to use the plant of the afternoon Chicago Daily News full United Press news wires were contracted for Almost overnight the bare skele ton ot an executive staff blos somed into a fullfledged news paper to handle a newspaper hundreds of thousands circula tion Eight practice editions which never saw the light outside the Suns plant set the stage for Wednesday nights polished per formance under the kleigs In appearance the Sun is a standard newspaper with the ex ception that Gilbert P Farrar famed type creator has given it a modern dress of metro sans serif type Editorial comments the edi tors asserted will be confined to the editorial page the other pages shall be devoted exclu sively to news advertising and features Evans disclosed that the Sun had been compelled due to limitations of space to reject half as much again advertising as appeared in the wellpadded pages A dozen pages were devoted to a special supplement of congrat ulatory messages from statesmen and personages all over the world A photostat of a letter from President Roosevelt to My Dear Marshall was spread four col umns wide The presidents letter of felicitation concluded with the paragraph The very simplicity of your motto An honest newspaper is appealing In living up to that hign ideal you will in Mark Twains phrase gratify some people and astonish the rest Generalissimo Chiang KaiShek Character Witnesses Called Objections Limit Testimony of 2 The defense began presentation of its case in the tickling bride murder trial of Mrs Jennie Brun ner in district court here Thursday morning after County Ally M L Mason had rested the case for the prosecution Most of the opening witnesses placed on the stand by Defense At torney L R Boomhower testified as to the good character of Mrs Brunner when they had known her The testimony of two other witnesses one of them Albert Decker the defendants father was blocked in part by objec tions of the prosecution during the morning session Mr Decker was not allowed to repeat con versations with Sam Brunner and his wife regarding the 45 automatic pistol which IMr Brunner often had it his pos session w Another witness Walter Mer kel of near Klemme was unable to relate circumstances sur rounding a visit he made to the Brunner farm last June The pros ecutions objections held that the of thistype had not The state rested its caseshortly after the opening of the morning session Thor J Jensen Globe Gazette reporter returned to the stand briefly to answer a state question regarding Mrs Brunncrs pocketbook which he had seen at the Brunner home One question was all that Mr Boomhower asked in the cross examination that also concerning the purse Only other witness on the stand for the state was Deputy Sheriff Cal Dwnn who was called to clar ify a statement he had made previ ously Character witnesses for Sirs Brunner included Mr and Mrs Ray Benson Winnebajo county farm couple Mr Benson the first on the stand told the jury that he had known Ihc defend ant when she lived in the neigh borhood of his home and that her reputation for moral char acter was good Much same testimony was given by his wife Next to testify was Chris Cook of Crystal Lake president of the consolidated school board there He told of knowing Mrs Brunner several years ago when she was attending school there and said that her character was good He said that at one time the super intendent of he school had re ported to him that Mrs Brunner saw in the Sun new proof of vigor for Americas democratic ideals One more support for the democratic will hailed President Fulgencio Batista of Cuba Lucille Ball of the movies asked for a job sitting on the bosss desk like girl reporter Enter my subscrip tion wrote Harold L Ickes bit ter opponent of the Tribune The first issue ran in three edi tions was not attending school but was not allowed to say why she was not in school on the grounds that it would be hearsay Others to take the stand were Mr and Mrs Clair C Graham oi Mason City They both said that they have employed Mrs Brunner to care for their children and that she was of good moral character V The defense was unable to get the testimony wanted from Mr Merkel because of the objections of the prosecu tion that it was improper at the time He told of being in Mason City for the North Iowa band fes tival last June and of driving out to the Brunner farm during the afternoon to see the place He had once farmed there Mr Mer isel said After Retting to the farm hr drove into the driveway and turned around to return to Ma son City Sam Brunner and a woman he did not know were on the porch at the time the witness said He was unable to say xvhethcr or not the woman was Sirs Brunncr saying he dill not know her then Efforts of Mr Boomhoucr to have the witness tell of something that happened as he was turning the car around were hailed by the county attorney and the court Mr Deckers testimony brought tears from his daughters eyes He gave some of the family back ground and told of a visit to the home of his daughter and sonin law a few days before the slay ing The pistol with which Brun ncr was killed was frequently in Brunncrs hands during his stay there Mr Decker said The bride of 7 months admit ted holding the gun at eye level and sishtinc H at her husband   

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