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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 12, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                                OfPA3TUENT OF AND ARCH I Y f NORTH IQWAS PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION VOL XLvnr ASSOCIATED PRESS THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBOtt MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 12 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OP TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 54 JAP FLEET ELUDES U S SHIPS r Burlington Explosion Causes Many Casualties Only One Building Hit Adamson Says I Suppose Some Are Dead BURLINGTON terrific explosion in tlie No 1 melt unit of the partlycompleted Iowa ord nance plantnear here Friday aft ernoon shook the neighborhood injured a number of workmen and possibly killed some Lieut Col Keith F Adamson commanding officer described the explosion as very bad but added the blast had been limited to the one building in the plant I have Just returnedfrom looking over the damage he said Its pretty bad There were a great number of injured and I suppose there may be some dead in there The blast occurred just after 1 pra Col Adamson estimated rough ly that some 50or 60 persons may havebeen in the building at the time although because of the hour he thought the number might have been larger or smaller the blast couldbe j and the MANILA United States navalflyer who trailed a Japanese battleship for a long time in the face of frequent antiaircraft fire until other naval planes could fly to the scene and seriously crip ple the huge ship was officially cited Friday for his work The story was told in the re port of Admiral Thomap C Hart commander in chief of the Asiatic fleet on the attack on the Kongo or a ship just like her off north west Luzon island the same time the far east ern army command announced the death of Capt Colin P Kel ly Jr who scored three direct bits on the Japanese battleship 1 of the Haruna class and left her in flames No further details were given The war department in Wash ington has announced that the ship to Hospitals fir Burlington and othertowns iri the The huge 20000 Sere shell load ing plant is located just outside Middletown a village five miles westof here ohhighway 34 Although three production lines have been in partial operation for several weeks the No 1 line which was loading81 millimeter trench mortar shells was the only one in fulltime production The No 1 unit is about a mile long and is widely separated from the powder storage and other fa cilities of the plant From Col Adamsons descrip tion of the damage it appeared only the building in which T N T is melted and poured into the shell affected 4f rp Every possible safety precaution hadbeen installed in the plant The No I unit one of eight eventually to be constructed here was about a mile in length Shell casings manufactured elsewhere were brought in one end They were cleaned there then carried along a long conveyor system to tlie melting unit which was the scene of the explosion Friday I afternoon The T N T with which they were being loaded and winch was obviously the source of Fridays blast was brought in from an otherwidelyseparated building by conveyor It was melted in special equipment and poured into the shells in a molten condition After it cools the shells are taken along another Ion con veyor to the finishing rooms where they are drilled the per cussion cap attached the expul sion charge inserted and packed for shipment Although the unit was com pleted it had been operated re cently only on an eighthour shift presumably because of a lack of trainedpersonnel LIEUT COL K F ADAMSON of Arms Plant Foes Thrust at Legaspi OT I UNIT OF PLANT Commend American Flyers for Daring Raids on Jan Shins Zambales WASHINGTdN NT DAMAGED attacked by Captain Kelly was sunk Admiral Harts account of the attack on the Kongo was the first detailed action by the naval flyers to be reported from the far east ern1 front The Kongo was last seen out of control and we are sure seriously crippled the announcement said This action already had been announced in Washington Lieut Gen Douglas MacArthur commander of the far eastern army commended First Lieut Boyd p Wagner of the army air corps who distinguished himself by his daring attack on a Japanese air detachment at Aparri Thursday morning When attacked by five pur suit planes he said lie shot two planes out of the air and machinegunned 12 on the ground leaving five burning Wagner ended his terse report by saying My gas was running low so I returned home Admiral Harts announcement said that Lieut C A Keller pilot ing a big plane sighted the Kongo or a ship just like her off north west Luzon and held contact a long time despite frequent antiaircraft fire Other planes arrived and Lieut Commander J V Petersen and other pilots in the attack group pressed home the assault under heavy antiaircraft fire The announcement said they made at least one hit and we think two The ship was definite ly out and we are sure she was seriously crippled There was no fire when she was last seen so she may have been able to FEturn to port Admiral Hart revealed that the a Day Needed if Fund Is to Reach Goal Job Wont Be Done If YOU Wait for the Other Fellow FBEVIOUSLY REPORTED Mr anil Mrs H F Gepbkri Bobby and Rojer Frld McKtaley P T A V F w Auxiliary Wf firs Harvld Campbell Nevel A Mra Fruk WJlbir Joe ING days left Bwtet Dlvisln Cirtle M P P Womens Union Gnop No 6 Kmsik Topsr Mr Mrs J H Murray Mra B I Brijbl and HMene Mr and Mrs Ljndrttn Albenian dob and Girls or Fourth Grade Lincoln Seneol Philip Lynch Monroe Girl Scout Troop No H f C mnd L E M o Sir and Mrs Tom Kiwanis CInb NEW TOTAL i CASH GOAL AMOUNT YET NEEDED JI61073 Chri s t m a s Cheer Fund drive for is really a race against time If there were three lull weeks re in aining the goal would be reached at the present rate of giving But there isnt that much time In fact there are only ten GIV This means that the cash con tributions have got to pour in at the rate of at least a day A number of merchandise gifts have been received and will be listed later The minimum cash requirement however U if the twoangle job is to be done Packosnacks costing on the average must be sent to all Cerro Gordo county boys in the various branches of service This part of the job may run up well toward the mark Then there remains the estab lished task on the homefront that has been admirably accomplished for the past fifteen years under the direction of the Social Welfare a single failure to reach goal This much can be said about the 1941 venture Success will not come it YOU sit back and wait for somebody else to do the giving The appeal is to all who think that the boys doing our fighting for us are worthy of a remem to those who want to have no EMPTY STOCKINGS right here in Mason City Give as much as you early as you can The address Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa Jap Chicks Thoroughly Americanized at Show WJapancse ies exhibited at the Greater Orleans Poultry Show and Agri cultural fair have been thorough lyAmericanized The pure white chickens on display have been aycd and are now red white and BULLETINS NEW YORK The 000 French liner Normandie tied up here since the beginning of the war was seized Friday by the coast guard MANILA armed forces battled Japanese attacks on three sides of Luzon island chased enemy warships from Philippine coastal waters and fought aerial raiders until heavy storms Friday night disrupted operations A driving for midDe cember in these the spirits of the defenders of the Philippines and provided a res pite for weary military and civil populations after five days of des perate fighting BERLIN Official DNB Ger man broadcast record by United Press Capt Saijiro Furuhashi of imperial headquarters at Tokio said the Japanese lost about 30 planes in their attack on Hawaii Defense Savings Stamps for sale at GlobeGazette Business office WAR NEWS ALL DAY i AND ALL NIGHT ON KGLO Complete Coverage of Developments as They Through Services of ASSOCIATED PRESS UNITED PRESS COLUMBIA NETWORK 1300 ON YOUR DIAL American navy had lost three large planes since the war started during the daylight raid on the Gulf of Davao about an hour after the Pearl Harbor attack Air force casualties thus far have been small hot there have been plenty of attacks on our planes he said Captain Kelly 25 was born in Florida and was graduated from the U S military academy in 1937 He was made a captain Sept 9 1940 after training in various flying and bombing schools The announcement his feat was made in one sentence of a communique issued by Lieut Gen MacArthur It said MacArthur announced with great sorrow the death of Capt Colin P Kelly Jr whoso dis tinguished himself by scoring three direct hits on tlie Japanese capital battleship Haruna leaving her in Ilames and in distress w Giving further details of aerial spokesman fighting the army said a pursuit ship apparently that of Lieut Wagner that was sent to Aparri on the northern shore of Luzon island found 12 Japanese pursuit ships on the ground and two in the air The American pilot shot down those in the air and machine gunned those grounded and re turned unscathed the spokes man said Admiral Harts report said most of the damages suffered by Ameri can naval planes were minor bul let holes He said one plans was hit in one of its tanks but the craft managed to return to its base on the other tank F R DECLARES Nazi Armies Reported MARINES STILL to Be Retreating in North Africa Russia HOLDING WAKE Declares Small Force Is Doing Magnificent Job of Defending Isle WASHINGTON Roosevelt reported Friday that tlie United Statesstill field island speaking at almost the same time that the American Fed eration of Labor announced that the navy had informed it of the loss of Midway and Guam and the Capture by the Japanese of about 1000 construction workers The president toldhis press conference that the small force of marinesat Wake island was doing a magnificent job but the reported loss of Midway and Guam and new word of in vasion in the Philippines off set some of the elation felt over three smashing blows reported against the Japanese fleet The AFL said it was told by the navy that about 700 workers were captured by the Japanese at Mid way and about 400 at Guam It added that some 10000 building trades workers taken to Honolulu for defense work in the last year or so were believed safe Later an official navy spokes man asked about the AFL re port which was the first attrib uted to United States official sources that Guam and MidXvay had fallen said the navy had no information that they had been lost The naval successes an nounced in the past 24 iiours three enemy warships sunk and a fourth badly especially sweet to the man in the street They represented the first thumping down payment on the Pearl Harbor score and they provided a fighting answer to the BerlinRome declarations of war Beside this there was a def inite optimism over the attitude taken by Russia in rejecting Ger man peace feelers and announcing thatno peace would be concluded without the acquiescence of the United States and Britain Although the Russian attitude toward Japan remained indefinite that fact was considered not without its strategic advantages As long as Russias final stand is in doubt Japan is compelled to immobilize considerable strength to equalize the threat of the red forces in Siberia And with Rus sian bases only 60D miles away Japan had no lasting assurance that her own cities might not get a return dose of Pearl Harbor tactics The government ordered a sharp new reduction in the pro duction of passenger cars and began studying whether to halt entirely ihe production of auto mobiles for civilian use there by freeing skilled men and ma terials for the war effort Another 510000000000 arms appropriation Was ready for a vote in the senate which had ft w vvw ijui u thS sum s4on nfm nnn aomuonal sum Force planes carried the war bacV IP lr contvact authority to Germany during the night witt was earmarked for more navy attacks on targets in western Get planes JdN war lepartment announced Friday the apanese were attacking the Phil ppinc Island of Luzon from sev directions on the east as well the west coast In a communique the depart nent said Lieutenant General Douglas MacArthur reported ene my concentrations at Legaspi and off the west coast of Zambales Legaspi is the major Phillippine port on the Pacific side of the is ands about 220 miles from Ma nila Zambnles is the peninsulu northwest of Manila extending southward toward the fortress of orregidor which guards the cn rance to Manila bay The communique said 1 Philippine theater The commanding general of he far eastern command reports he Japanese are making a series if concentric thrusts on the island Luzon Enemy concentrations ire reported at Legaspi and off he west coast of Zambales The inemy is augmenting its forces at Aparri and Vigan 2 Hawaii No operations re ported By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reported in retreat in north Africa and irorrt rriday as Russia rpipptorl Hojn theUnited f v In I he Libyan desert battle Cairo headquarters reported that British imperial troops driving through a twoday sandstorm had swept 50 miles or more beyond Tobruk and thrust advance spearheads with in 60 miles of the axis supply port of Derna London military quarters said that British forces had surround ed axisheld Gazala 40 miles west of Tobruk and that other German and Italian troops not bottled up in the town wcre re treating to tlie west British warships were reported heavily shelling Derna as imper ial columns slashed their way across the desert in a quickening offensive now directed by Maj Gen Neil Ritchie who succeeds the veteran Gen Sir Alan Gordon Cunningham in command of Lib BODYNEABLr DECAPITATED Well Dressed Oriental Found in Seattle Slain on Execution Block SEATTLE nearly de capitated body of a well dressed Oriental was found Friday in a south end alley Coroner Otto H Mittelstadt and police said been slain on an execution block The Seattle Times quoted a de tective lieutenant as saying an investigation of a secret nature which began Thursday may link this man with Japanese operations here If this inquiry holds up this death will be one of the most sen sational that ever happened in Seattle Mittelstadt said the man was kneeling when killed body so far unidentified with hand tied behind the back and the neck nearly severed was found 18 fee north of Main street between 5th and 6th avenues south in an Ori ental district yan operations On the RussoGerman war front soviet dispatches said that red army troops had recap tured 300 villages in the Olets sector 220 miles southeast of Moscow and that Marshal Sem eon Timoshcnkos Ukraine armies hzd taken 28 villages in pursuing theGermans along the Azov sea from UostovOnDon While Hitlers high command again asserted that only local operations were taking place in the bitter cold of Russias deep ening winter advices reaching London indicated that local soviet drives wcre developing into a full scale counterattack along the whole line The Hitler gang dreams of peace with us if only our gov ernment would talk with them said the official soviet newspaper Pravda adding that Germany would never get peace until Hitler had been ousted V At the same lime the Soviet information bureau issued a statement declaring Hitlers alibi that an early ivinler forced halt in the German of fensive was a iic from begin ning to end On the contrary the weather has favored the Germans as the advent of winter this year has been late and slow the state ment said It is not the terrible frost but our valiant red army that now in flicts defeats on the German fascist invaders while frosts real Russian frosts are still ahead The Russians said the Berlin newspaper Tageblatt issued a peace feeler claiming that Mos cow wasready for peace if Ger many guaranteed not to ococupy GlobeGazette weather Russia and abandoned the policy Maximum Thursday of attempting to annihilate com munism many it was nnnounced Fridav Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Occasional snow or drizzle Friday night Satur day partly cloudy not muc change in temperature Lowes Friday night about 22 IOWA Cloudy occasional Ijgh snow Friday and Friday night Saturday snow east cloudy be coming fair west not much change in temperature MINNESOTA Cloudy light snov Friday and in south Fridaj night Saturday partly cloud north and west cloudy will snow southeast Not m u c I change in temperature EXTENDED FORECAST Extended forecast for the peri from p m Friday Dec 12 u p m Wednesday Dec lY Upper Mississippi Valley slow upward trend in temperatun over the district will be followeo by cooler weatherover northern sections toward the end of thi period Light lolocally modcrati precipitation is indicated ove northern seclfons and moderate t locally heavy over southern sec lions occurring early in the pe riod IN MASON CITY statistic 20 17 22 Thursday night At 8 a m Friday Precipitation Snow YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum Precipitation Snowfall 13 inch 2 inches 24 22 04 HART DECLARES DARKNESS PUT END TO ACTION Encounter Produced No Result Sizes of Forces Not Disclosed MANILA war hips fled from American surface hips in the first encounter of the wo fleets since the war began nd darkness prevented the Americans from renewing the ac ion it was reported Friday as Js ian hurled fresh land and air Stacks on the Philippines Admiral Thomas C Hart com nanderinchief of the U S Asi 3 West Coast he situation No in BRITISH HOLD OWN IN MALAYA Impression Prevails That Japanese Blitz Tactics Are Slowing Up perials defending the Malay pen insula against Japanese invasion were holding their own Friday and temporarily at least even Japanese airplane raiders ap peared to have reduced their ac tivity There has been no change in the general situation in Malaya and at Hong Kong during the pas 12 hours said a communique is sued at noon Friday Consider able damage was done to civiliai property in Thursdays raid 01 Penang but no military objcctivi was hit Singapore now lias had foiu nights in a row without air raids and until noon there had been no attacks from the air Friday The impression prevailed here there had been a slowing up of Japanese blitz tactics Singapore hardly has been touched since the first surprise raid of the war The situation on the peninsula was regarded as in hand with the repulse of Japanese landing at tempts at Kuantan The imper ials were reported in good fettle and they were believed in position to make further landings difti cult Lose Pants SAN FRANCISCO Cal Citizens whod literally lost the pants in this four day old wa Friday let out a yelp to Washing ton Clothing in scores of Japanese cleaning shops was being hcl under the treasury department order freezing Japanese assets The U S attorneys office be sieged with irate demands for L Washington probably would issue an order allowing persons to make affidavits tha their coats and vest not Japanese assets Human Torpedoes By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Human Torpedo exploits b fanatical Japanese navy Dyer were reported officially by Tokii nounccd Nine Japanese naval plane have been lost Their crew rammed their objectives er with the Japanese warships mt that ended without result he size of the fleets involved vas not stated However he acknowledged iliat the Japanese air force had scored heavily in the success ful raid Wednesday on the Cavite naval yard off Manila and that the raid caused a con siderable loss of life He said a single direct bomb hit smashed a navy dispensary in Cavite killing all nurses doctors and patients in the building Their number is not yet known Admiral Hart Said the Japanese liad not been bombing hospitals but that the dispensary was in the midst of a legitimate military ob jective At the same 4imevthe farrcast ern Japaii nese planes had raided wide spread sections of tlie Philippines and an army spokesman saida small Japanese force apparently had landed at Legaspi 250 miles southeast of Manila The Japanese attacked Olon gapo miles west of Manila one of the most important naval installations in the Philippines and province of Satangas and Clark field 40 miles north of Manila The spokesman also declared that the Japanese had improved their strength in northern Luzon but that the situation remains un changed materially In a lengthy report on Ihe naval actions thus far Admiral Hart announced a naval flyer railed a Japanese battleship the Kongo or a ship similar to her off northwest Luzon until other naval planes could come up and scri with The army also cited one of its aviators Capt Colin P Kelly Jr for scoring three direct hits on a Japanese battleship of the Haruna class and leaving her in flames That same announcement told of Captain Kellys death No details of Captain Kellys feat wcre given but it was pre sumed he died in the attack nn the ship The war department in Washington said the vessel later sank The Japanese attack on the ManilaCavite area was made by a large number of planes flying high above the antiaircraft gun range Admiral Hart said the tcchnic efficiency of the Japanese were of a veryhigh order and that all in all U must he con sidered that the Japanese raid ously cripple the vessel bombs ADMIRAL THOMAS C HART Japs Ships Fled   

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