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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 9, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             OF COWP NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HIST Ofl V AND ARCHIVt DES HOINES I A HQME EDITION VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED FIVE CENTS A COPY THS NIWSPAPtR THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY DECEMBER 9 1941 MASON CITY THE BRIGHT SPOT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE AIR ALARMS TEST N NO 51 DEFENSE Acquits Jennie Brunner fe IS FREED AFTER JURORS STUDY CASE 5 HOURS Comments to Bailiff I Thought Sure I Would Get the Chair Christmas for Jennie pecker Brunner this year came on Dec 8 when a district court jury found her innocent of murder and re leased her from the jail cell which had been her homesince Sept 30 when she admitted to officers the fatal shooting of her husband Sam The jury was out exactly five hours including one hour spent eating the evening meal It re ported at oclock the same hour that Sam Brunner was shot except that his life ended in the morning hours Only two ballots were taken it was revealed The one taken be fore the supper recess resultedin a 10 to 2 vote for acquittal One woman and one man voted for conviction it was said Mrs Brunner showed the same composure when the verdict was announced as she had throughout most of the 6 days of trial She sat with her face in her hands as the jury filed into the jury box arid only looked thever dict was read by Stanley H Mac Peak clerk of the district court Her lace still was emotionless the jury was released and past her out of the court room she arose from her chair and shook hands with each with a simple thank you A trace of a smile flickered across her face twice as women jurors spoke to her in a low Voice Only her attorney L R Boom hower was with her at the time but her father Albert Decker Crystal Lake truck farmer ar rived a short time afterward and the two kissed and embraced each other in tears I thought sure Id jet the chair she told Bailiff Charles F Clark Mr Boomhower took Mrs Brun ner and her father to the home of her brother Jake Decker 620 Vj Sixth street southwest to spend the night Her father has lived there since the fatal morning in order to be near his daughter The jurors included Mrs Mar jorie Billiet 215 Thirteenth Place northeast Mrs Jennie Dull 305 Washington avenue northwest Mrs Lola Zell Davis 630 East Stale street Mrs Ina 1 Roberts 810 Ninth street northeast B W Banker 926 Harrison avenue northwest A V Clapper 570 Madison avenue northwest J C Bitterman 718 Carolina Place northeast and E R Netcott 207 Seventh street northeast all of Mason City Miss Maria Hunst R F D Clear Lake John Rezab Ply mouth CharlesTerpenney Port land and John McBride R F D Mason City The defense attorney based his case on a plea of self defense as serting that Mr Brunner had threatened to kill his wife with the gun which eventually took his own life He introduced testi mony by a number of witnesses lo show that Sam Brunner habit ually carried the 45 caliber auto matic and that he was a vicious and dangerous character The couple was married on March I and Jived together Just seven months Mrs Brunner in her signedstatement con cerning the shootingsaid that she awoke on the morning of Sept 30 and started to tickle her husband idling him to get up and milk the cows made if ceeded in getting his gun from be neath the pillow He then fhreat him again or continued to say that she was going to leave him They then got out of bed and walked to the kitchen to see the clock As they turned back into S the bedroom she took the gun from him and fired two shots On the witness stand she asserted that to this day I dont know how it happened1 and went black F R ADDRESS TO DEAL WITH NAZI PATTERN Reports Received That Germany Will Clarify Position in War Soon WASHINGTON Roosevelts address to the nation Tuesday night will be devoted largely to a discussion of the nazi pattern of the present war in volving the United States the white house said Tuesday Secretary Stephen Early said at a press conference thatthe chief executive would spend most of the day working on his address which would deal more with the nizi pattern of this overall situation than with spe cific details of war operations with Japan in the Pacific Earlys comment followed the white house accusation Monday that Germany had done every thing possible to push Japan into the war against this country ONKGU President Roosevelts address at 9 oclock Tuesday night will be broadcast by Station KGLO JENNiE DECKER BRUNNER photo rFound Heres Your Opportunity to Give Aid to Our Boys Packosnacks Will Be Forwarded to Those Who Transfer Posts BEPOBTFn S 333V1 Hifh School MoMe Mothers CInl 700 Past Noble Grands Association I O O F Circle First Presbyterian Church Mts Nick Srhmlll Jr Marble Bock K K S LaVerne A Friend Mr and Mrs John Pearce Mr and Sirs G C Barley Ed Rnnz Joseph E Coyle Tenth District Iowa Statt Asso ciation of Rectslered Norses Bob and Les NEW TOTAL CASH GOAL AMOUNT YFT NEEDED ERHAPS YOU ARE asking yourself this question What can I do RIGHT NOW to show my appreciation to the Cerro county boys who are facingwars dangers in defense of their country If you we 5I8KJI an we hope you we have this simple s suggestion to make Send a gift at once to Christmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa Scores of the packosnacks have already been sent on their way to boys in service Others will be sent in the next few days The coming of war has accen tuated the arguments for this re membrance from the hcmefront Remember that In cases where men have moved from their previous bases for warding addresses have in all cases been left The packosnacks will get to them later And because the packosnacks are made up of tasty prepared meats their contents will taste as good weeks from now as they do today Then theres the complete task lash right here for he youre Worried because mounting as rapidly on the streets of Mason City car rying a suitcase are you going she was asked Im leaving for Texas she said Her father operates a truck ti tl UVIV everything wen bldc to Mrs Brunner was seen Tuesday each spring as you hoped it would Again we hope you are For iXypu are really concerned youll do something about it And that something about If will take the form of a contribu NOW No gift too too small BULLETINS WASHINGTON of charred paper floated down to the street in the vicinity of the Ger man embassy Tuesday reviving rumors that attaches in the big avenue were on Massachusetl MANILA planes again attacked the Manila area Tuesday night but were met by heavy antiaircraft fire from the American defense batteries s WASHINGTON of the axis tripartite pact Congressional leadershave signi KiireRvledge Avajfv and Italy well if two axis partners join Japan Reports from Germany that the nazi position would be clarified perhaps within the next 24 hours led administration officials here to prepare for any contingency A hint as to possible things to come was a report uncon firmed that the German em bassy had begun to burn secret papers usually a forerunner to a break in diplomatic relations The embassy had no comment on the reports The house naval affairs com mittee meantime summoned Sec retary of Navy Frank Knox and Chief of Naval Operations Harold R Stark to explain in secret ses sion Wednesday why Japan was able to carry out the devastating attack on Pear Harbor Sunday Asked for latest news of the war as received by the while house Early said the president had checked his official dispatches with newspaper stories on the battle of the Pacific and had found that the newspapers had most the facts that the government has at this time About reports of air raids on Sar Francisco Early said you know as much about it as the president does How was it if the reports from San Francisco are true the Jap anese planes could get so near our west coast Early was asked You can be sure that the army and navy on the presidents in structions are on the alert for de fense he said adding that this alert not only involved the Pacific coast and San Francisco but other areas The picture is much bigger Early added Japanese Rector Who Always Prayed for Peace Is in Jail OMAHA TheRev Hiram for peace the adopted was a prisoner in Douglas county jail Tuesday He was arrested at North Platte and brough here by FBI agents under the attorney generals order to round aliens listed for internment He is heliTfor immi gration authorities WASHINGTON IT is rMtor for Japanese Roosevelt placed Japanese Ita Ne William Albert McCurdy 54 a A c Methodist missionary whose guaiq against a sudden German born at x City Iowa cgc Report Japanese Land Forces Making Attack in Area of Singapore By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Japanese warplanes reconnoiteving over the San Francisco bay area and reports that Japanese forces were off the Aleutian the narrow Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia stirred new alarms Tuesday in the threedayold battle of the Pacific Coincidentally Japanese land forces were said to have opened an attack on the area of Singapore Britains great Gibraltar of the far it appeared that one of the first Japanese aims was to knock out that powerful naval stronghold Britains new 35000ton battleship Prince of Wales was recently reported to have arrived at Singa pore at thehead of a strong squadron of British warships Berlin radio quoted Japanese Communique as I Fie1Jr military airdrome 40 miles savino r Vi a f JTararoco rlh Mmla and at least 150 saying that Japanese troops also were advanc ing in northern Thailand toward the Burma Road now guarded by United States planes Meanwhile bulletins on the gi gantic new conflict broke in rap idfire sequence 1 Berlin vibrated with rumors that toe reichstag would meet Witdijesdaytilmake known Ger warpossibly war on the United States 2 Japanese troops were re ported to have seized Lubang Is land 50 miles off the entrance to Manila bay in the Philippines The island is of paramount strategic importance virtually controlling waterways between Ihe middle Philippine Archipelago and the China sea 3 The first Japanese aerial as sault on denselycrowded Manila itself was apparently in progress at a m E S T p ro Tuesday Manila time as the Ma nila radio station was heard to re peat over and over again Air 4 DNB German news agency quoted imperiod Tokio headquar ters as announcing that Japanese warships had fiercely shelled liny Midway Island American posses sion 1300 miles west of Honolulu DNB said airplane hangars and fuel depots were set afire 5 Singapore dispatches reported that British reinforcements were being rushed to northern Malaya as 25 Japanese troop transports attempted new landings in sup port of forces already engaged in bitter fighting in an attempt to gain control of Kota Bharu air drome near the northern termi nus of the rail line lo Singapore 6 Japanese troops occupied Bangkok the capilal of little Thailand which yielded Monday atter a brieflived loken resis tance lo the Japanese invaders 7 The Berlin radio said the Ja panese embassy at Bangkok an nounced that Japanese troops have thrown back English forces which attempted to enter Thailand from Burma The British have denied entering Thailand 8 Domei said the Japanese fleet in China waters announced the capture of the 10509ton American liner President Harri son and several hundred other vessels along the Chinese coast 9 Great Britain informed Ja pan that she will abide strictly by the terms of the Geneva poison gas protocol and asked Japans assurances that she intends to do the same This followed British unconfirmed reports that Japanese planes had already dropped poi songas bombs Dispatches from Manila said unofficial casualty estimates listed 200 killed and wounded at Clark Buy Christmas Seals Manila area Ihc immediate Besides llie Japanese seizure of Iubang island fears were expressed that the invaders might effect a landing on the big island of Mindanao where 10000 of the 25000 Japanese settled in the Davao area were said to be armed and ready to cooperate with an Invasion at tempt The capture of Lubang is land was reported carried out igyyjjidiof tif th columnists posing airifahefinen A new batch of Japanese claims official and otherwise re ported the V S defense base at Guam taken without resistance an American seaplane tender sunk off Honolulu and a bag of 300 U S warplanesin the HawaiiPhil ippine operations Domei said Ihcsc include 30 Jong range bombers and 30 fortress planes IHISTLETOE IS BANNED HORNELL N Y pal Edward W Cook announcing plans for the week before the Christmas holidays at Home high school decreed No one is to be allowed to bring in any mistle toe in the building or on the school grounds Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Cloudy with snow flurries and colder Tuesday lowest about 8 degrees IOWA Partly cloudy Tuesday and Tuesday night Wednesday mostly cloudy and colder with snow flurries north portion MINNESOTA Mostly cloudy occasional litjht snow north Tuesday and Tuesday night and snow flurries over entire state Wednesday colder Wednesday IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather slauslics Maximum Monday 32 Minimum Monday night 22 At 8 a m Tuesday 2G YEAR AGO Maximum 34 Minimum 28 EXTENDED FORECAST Extended forecast for the period from p m Tuesday Dec 9 to p m CST Saturday Dec 13 Upper Mississippi valley Colder early in the period Tcm perattircs will average below nor mal Snow occurring intermittent ly throughout the period in north ern sections and occasional rain or from middle to end of period in southern sections will average light PICTOQUIZ IS FUN TRY IT HOW MANY CAN YOU ANSWER i Look on Want Ad Page of This Issue Hunt Enemy Off Western U S Coast SAN FRANCISCO The rmy and navy were on the prowl or an enemy aircraft carrier which sent at least two squadrons of planes in reeonnaisance flights ivei industrial plants rinsing Ian Francisco drop ung a bomb The 30odd planes ranged from an Tose at the south tip of the iay to the huge naval yard at Mare Island the fourth army in terceptor command reported The flight caused the first black it in San Franciscos history Two other blackouts followed in the darkness of early morning but army authorities did not disclose whether enemy planes again ap proached I dont think theres any doubt the planes came from a carrier said Lieut General John L De Witt commander of the fourth irmy and the western defense command San Francisco learned of the presence of enemy planes after hours of confused and conflicting reports given out during a sudden early evening air raid alarm first on the black out lasting two and a half hours Afterward while searchers still sought whereabouts of one croup of 15 planes that flew southward from San Jose 50 miles south of San Francisco blackouts were placed in effect in almost every major west coast city Army sources said the enemy planes flew inland over the coast line west of San Jose about 6 p m PST then the formation split into two squadrons of 15 planes One squadron flew southward and vanishes The second squadron flew north ward past the San Francisco Bay Cities and up the bay to the vital Mare island navy base 25 miles from San Francisco After scouting tlie navy yard from a great elevation this squad ron flew westward and through the Golden Gate out to sea Reports from the army did not indicate any antiaircraft fire The enemy planes themselves did not fire a shot General DcWitl talking with newsmen said finding the carrier at sea might prove difficult The carrier would have moved after they the planes were launched and they would rendez vous in another spot the general said At Los Angeles principal con cern was felt for the San Pedro harbor district with highly im portant oil resources and de fense works An area of 15 miles around the harbor was blacked out Simultaneously 200 women and children families of army officers were evacuated from the Fort MacArthur militry res ervation at San Pedro Coming with startling sudden ness to a city that had never even practiced a blackout the first air raid alarm taught San Francisco with a still incomplctcd warnint system Police ordered motorists to driv with only parking lights Street cars turned off most of their lights and motor buses proceeded without lights From district firehouses all over the city came the wail of fire sirens as engines were driven into the streets and their emergency noise makers turned on All local broad casting stations were oft the air Along the citys western beach anil at he blackedout presidio of San Francisco 15 huge searchlights were placed in op eration a halfhour after the air raid alarm Their rays plunged miles into the cloudless skies but fount nothing In Victoria B C Mayor Andrew McGavin announced tersely The Japanese are ott Hit Aleutian islands we expect them here any time The situation very serious His warning was supplemented by Air Commander A F Godfrey with the declaration that there is every reason to believe there will be an attack in Ihc Pacifi northwest KGLO FOLLOWS THE WAR Win 12 Regular Day anil Nigh I NEWSCASTS BULLETINS FLASHED AS THE NEWS HAPPENS By KGLO and CBS 1300 ON YOUR DIAL OFFICIALS SAY PLANE REPORTS WERE NOT TRUE Eastern Seaboard Is Electrified When Orders Are Issued BULLETIN NEW YOKK CP Public safety officials revealed Tues day that a series of air raid alerts and alarms which electri fied the eastern seaboard Tues day afternoon were merely a dress hcreatsal and that reports of approaching enemy planes were false NEW YORK great metropolitan area ot New York ity was put on an air raid alert vice within an hour shortly af ter noon Tuesday amid varying and unconfirmed reports of an im minent attack by hostile planes Although no official of any of the tnmed services would confirm them reports were circulated widely that the alarms were part of a fulldress rehearsal for de fense of the area One source of these reports was Major Elmer Haslett manager of LaGuardia field cityowned airport The first alarm sounded at p m EST and the call clear fol lowed 20 minutes later But at 205 p m the wailing of police and fire sirens sounded another warn ing The second all clear sounded at p m It later developed that the second alarm was the resui of a small fire which broke bntat and In the confusion of afire alarm a second alert had been sounded The vast stretch of Long Island from the city to Montauk Point also braced itself for the reported possible attack A million school children in New York and thou sands on Long Island were sent home The New York information cen ter on defense said that as far as they knew there was absolutely no reason for the second alarm and said that the metropolitan area had liecii all clear since the previous all clear signal was sounded Army planes took the air after tho first alarm was sounded II is was not clear from whence the reports originated and In Washington Jhe while house said it had been unable to confirm through the air force the pres ence of any hostile planes Nevertheless New Yorkers were directed by frequent commercial radio announcements to keep calm and stay off tho streets There was little excitement and generally citizens appeared to be taking the warnings calmly many going ahead with their usual business as if nothing was happening Rear Admiral Adolphus An drews commander of the North Atlantic naval frontier said the navy and army were patroling Boston which had been on an air raid alert signal for more than an hour finally sounded an all clear at p m In Washington the white house war and navy departments said they knew nothing about the re ported presence of planes off the east coast Capt Lynn Farno public re lations officer at Mitchel field said the field was on the alert and that every necessary precau tion had been taken He said the reported presence of planes did not originate with the air corps but that the air corps was acting on the theory that the reports micht be substantiated Familes of flyers stationed at Mitchel field were ordered to evacuate frotn their homes bor dering tneairport and they pre pared lo do so at onto Emergency refueling were set up in the vicinity of the field to be used in the event that the main refueling plant knocked out Air raid listeningposts throughout Long Island were manned by volunteer spotters An air alarm was sounded at the navys huge new air base at Quonsett R J and all civilians were ordered to evacuate Offi cers said all men were at their battle stations Civilian employes also were evacuated from the Boston navy Schools throughout the greater Boston area were ordered lo re lease all children at once and there was a great outpouring from the school buildings The Bethlehem Shipbuilding companys largest plant at For   

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