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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 13, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME OCPAflTMENT Of ANO ARCHIYCS M 0 I N S A P THS NEWSPAHft THAT MAKCS AU NORTH IOWANS NEU5HBORS MASON CITY IOWA SATURDAY DECEMBER 13 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE HOME EDITION umu BELIEVE REDS TO WAR ON JAPAN v KusstansLlaim Tremendous Military Victory Over Germans iffsslAIAVmti TJ Jl ITT TVT DISASTER FORIts the Old PLUS NAZI CAMPAIGNforl941CheerFund SEEN8YLONDQN Moscow Claims Utter Defeat of Nazi Army of 750000 Soldiers By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A disastrous end to Adolf Hitlers invasion of Russia was freely predicted by Lon don military quarters Satur day as Moscow proclaimed Sue Md DIrt the utter defeat of a T A strong German army and clliu WasMnrfon School Filth Grade signs multiplied that Hitler might be planning a new sDS soud ciub campaign through Bulgaria into Turkey and the middle east The prospect that the nazi fuehrer heartily sick of bloody losses and bitter hardship suffered on the frozen steppes of Russia may have decided to lash out in another direction found these supporting omens 1 was sending uninedi ate aerial since British armies alreadyhad the Germans and Italians oh the runitf north Africa 2 German dominated Bulgaria which had remained neutral and hence legally not entitled to serve as a base opera tions declared war on Britain and the United States 3 Germany has officially an nounced that her armies in Russia were withdrawing to new defense positions for the winter a subterfuge to mask the shifting of these forces to the middle east M Russian reports of new Ger man peace feelers to Mos cow which the Soviets have bluntly rejected indicated that Hitler wanted to free his hands for another military venture 5 Heavy German troop concen trations have been reported from time to time in southern Bulgaria including her Black sea ports in position for an attack on Turkey if that country refused to permit transit of nazi legions across the Turkish land bridge between Europe and the middle east 6 In this connection observers recalled with new meaning President Roosevelts declaration ihat the defense of Turkey was essential to the defense of the de statement made by the president last week in dis closing that U S leaselend sup plies have been flowing into Tur feey There was always the possibil ity of course that Hitler might now make the desperate gamble he had avoided so at tempt to invade the British perhaps inspired by Japans dar ing attempt to invade the Philip pines across 2000 miles of water j v from Japan and a haU between now and ip K Christmas a sum slightly greater than the cash goal of other years But the fuehrers most urgent is Soing to have to be raised need was in the middle east the ran ater where latest dispatches from north Africa reported that British mobile columns sweeping 50 miles ja headquarters re ish imperial ported Our main forces continue their advance wesl and north west from the area sooth of Gaxala wounded Both the German and Italian Jiujidj in cases rm ncreas ing enemy pressure in the Libyan desert struggle with a fascist wa east and west of Tobruk and heavy tanksupported British at tacks Addition to Task Is the Reason for More and Increased Gifts PREVIOUSLV REPORTED J Mr and Mrs Frank Barney A Friend Garfietd P T A Bethlehem Willini Workers Hardinr Ctrl Scouts Troop Xo fi Trinity Hlchland Circle Balnoow Division Am North Chapter Mr and Mrs Grant Enerrttle Class Coatrelational Church ModernWoodmen of America A Friend From Ooagbertr Queen Reoekah circle Mrs Maud A Friend Mary N David Huey Womens Labor Auxiliary Sue and Diet Owen Township H D Washington School Fillh Grade Sans Souci Club Saviours Dorcas Circle jTord Aid Society Iowa Shoe Brokerage Company Mr and Mrs E C Westcott NEW TOTAt CASK GOAL AMOUNT YET NEEDED SlisSSJB T SHOULD BE remembered by all that the C h r istmas Cheer Fund this year is planning to do all that it has done in the past plus the job of sending p a cko snacks a ges of erpr epated meats to Cerro Gordo countys boys in service Thisis why it has been necessary to ask for an additional 5750 in cash with a goal of in steads of the customary which has been reached every Christmas for the past fifteen years The major part of the job lies ahead That is obvious from the table printed above In the week Counting on Readers for Names of Boys If you know of a Cerro Gordo county boy in the military serv branch of have reasons to believe that his and address have not yet been forwarded to the Christmas Cheer Fund for a packosnack please act at once Print or write his name and address as legibly as you can A postcard will suffice for this unless you desire to pass along with the name a contribution The average cost of getting a packosnack into the hands of a boy in service is S125 The GlobeGazette is having to depend on relatives and friends for the names and latest addresses of these men The one requirement and we regret the necessity for it is that those thus remembered be from Cerro Gordo county The time until Christmas is becoming short All packosnacks should be on their way from the Decker Packing plant by the middle of the coming week So if you have a name and address to forward please act at once Address Christmas Cheer Fund zette Mason City Iowa Can this be accomplished Well the answer to this is squarely up to YOU If you HAVENT contributed in or more beyond Tobruk were inlhe you will wish to flicting havoc among scattered do so this yfiarWe hope youll GermanItalian forces attempting feel that waV about it If you HAVE given in the past perhaps you will wish to give a more generously this year to escape toward Derna or Bengasi The rout of Gen Erwin Rom K mels German north African corps eneroxl appeared almost complete as hope so ish imnerial Oroupgiving is tremendously important But it will not in it self suffice There must be a lot of individual giving By this time in every plant and office in Mason isnt such a program sua K Trss YOU take the lead to start one In 99 cases out of 100 thats all In the meantime gifts from in Christmas Cheer Fund GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa BRITISH BOMB BREST DUNKIRK Other Objectives in Northern France Germany Are Hit eraattacked docksat Brest arid Dunkirk occupied France Friday night Coastal command planes at tacked other objectives in northern France especially an oil refinery at Donges near St Nazaire where a large lire was started An Americanbuilt Hudson plane attacked a supply ship off Texel and left it enveloped in black smoke and steam The air ministry said British fighter planes maintained an of fensive patrol of German air dromes in France and Holland One coastal command plane was lost For tlie third successive day Royal Air Force bombers executed daylight raids Friday on northwest Germany and occupied territory air ministry said an oil re finery was bombed at Emmerich in Germany on the Dutch border and objectives in the Nieuport Netherlands and Calais France areas One bomber and one fighter plane were missing TOJlfWMOE LONG HARD WAR TOKIO Domei news agency broadcast recorded up in New Minister Gen Hideki Tojo warned Saturday against intoxication by initial victories and said Japan should be prepared for a long hard war necessitating sacrifices Addressing a large public rally m Hibiya park Tojo said that in its history of 2600 years the Jap anese empire never once has drawn the sword save in selfde fense and in the cause of right eousness He said for months Japan sought to keep the peace in the Pacific but our selfish enemy flatly re fused to lend an ear RECALLED TO DUTY MANILA H Yette 9 BOffXre WE COOX Buy JTuy fgtj 7 Killed in Explosion at Burlington 7 v Deaffi Toll in Burlington Ordnance Plant Blast Is 7 U S Officials From Washington Fly to Scene to Investigate By BAUL 1IANSELI account for hvo of ihem Twentyone men were rushed to Burlington hospitals by ambu lances automobiles and on a fire truck Four of them were report BURLINGTON terrific od to I a tlitical condition NT iLi Some 20 others were treated for T N T explosion which destroyed a melting unit at the Iowa ord nance plant here and killed at least seven men left officials Sat urday with even greater confi dence in the construction sound ness of the defense project than before the tragedy Four of the dead were identi fied from fingerprints parts of two other bodies were recov ered ana seven persons were listed as missing by George B Tard personnel director for Day and Zimmerman Inc Philadel phia operators of the govern mentowned shell loading plant The list of those unaccounted for as released by officials Satur day Dwight Strawhacker 20 Bur lington Tracy A Perry 54 West Burlington Virgil Hopkins 0 Middletown Gora Gore 34 Bloomfield R I McKay Wash ington IowaLE Rqbbins 33 Keosauqua J D Stuteville 3i Chariton Wayne T Hoefle 36 Fort Madison Hoefie was a gov ernment inspector the others were plant employes More than 40 other men were injured a score seriously in the blast at p m Friday which rocked this southeastern Iowa area for a dozen miles in each di rection and left a heap of dead and dying in rubble the piled up concrete Declaring I dont think theres a fiddlers chance of sabotage officer cited the demonstratio camrtiHnd KSXS srsr happened during the World we wouldnt have had any plant left he said ex plaining the type of construction used and the safety distances in corporated had prevented any chain detonation in adjacent units Yard identified the dead as E C SchilJersirom 50 Agen cy Pearly J Pettlt 48 Lansinr John K 36 Bunch Woodrow Wehrle 26 Rome lyle M Teal Z7 Keosauqua minor injuries at the plant field hospital and most of them were released immediately Colonel Adamson and E F Johnstone general manager for Day and Zimmerman said they had no idea what caused the blast which virtually demolished the unit in which the explosive is melted and poured into the 81 millimeter trench mortar shells being loaded There was no fire A duplicate unit to the north and another processing unit to the south in the milelong group one loading line were not damaged The officials in pointing out how the safety construction nf heavy walls had prevented further casualties said unexploded T N T remained in buckets and filled shells in the loading bays The explosion appeared to cen ter in the meltingrooms and the dead all ivere found in that section The men inthepouring bays suffered least Although women are employed at the plant none was In this building About 3000 workers are em ployed in current operations and another 5000 in construction work Johnstone estimated that about 75 per cent of the one building was destroyed There are to be four loading lines when the plant is completed Three are in partial operation Three explosives experts left Washington to investigate the blast while agents of the fed eral bureau of investigation and Chief K W IVebergali of the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Inves tigation also were looking into Ihe affair Colonel Adamson expressed doubt that any official inquiry will be made and added that the explosive experts are not expected to make a report until they return to Washington He praised firemen guards and safety workers for their calm handling of the disaster Johnstone said employes in other groups remained at their work and 40 extra highway patrol men rushed to the area by Gov George A Wilson found little to s me unidentified bodies probably building 20 in Hospital After Blast BURLINGTON 20 men who were hospitalized after the ordnance plant explosion here Friday are WilburC Tock 35 Oakvillc skull fracture condition critical Sherman JMullikin 31 Kco kuk skull and back lacerations critical Merle C Adams 26 Stronff hurst 111 lacerations serious Alvin Hood 50 Mount PJcas ant Lowell Boyer Burlington C K Sullivan 39 Burlington Kenneth Sparrow Hanni bal Mo Lawrence Bagliy 34 Fairfield E RBrown 33 Burlington Elmer Gulick 36 West Bur lington Harold Russell 18 Williamson William Pratt 22 Btfrlington Raymond Nieters 35 Fort Madison Donald Brooks 24 Burlington Charles Elmorc 22 Fairficld Tuloycl Layman 43 Eldon Lawrence Fisher 36 Burling ton Wcston Sloan 19 Danville Edwin Seitz 23 Garden Grove BertA Selby 53 BurlinBlon Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Fair Saturday night and Sunday colder Sat urday night lowest night about 5 above Saturday IOWA Cloudy to partly cloudy Saturday becoming fair Satur day night and Sunday colder east and south Saturday nighl MINNESOTA Cloudy to partly cloudy snow flurries northeast Saturday fair Saturday night and Sunday Not much change in temperature IN MASON CITY v GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday 26 Minimum in Night H At 8 a m Saturday H Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO Maximifm 23 Minimum Ig Precipitation 01 Snowfall 50 RUMANIA FIGHTS U BRITISH aes Minister Franklin M Gunther was told it added that Rumania had acted because complete solidarity with the powers Litvinoff Hints Russ Ready to Join US Fight With Nipponese Optimistic Development Comes as Nazi Reverses Mount U S Forces Clear Japs From West Luzon BULLETIN MANILA UP defense forces Saturday turned back the main strength of Japanese land and air attacks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Russias ambassador to the United States dropped an intimation Saturday that his country with a vast army massed in Siberia at Japans back door might be preparing to declare war against the axis faieast partner when he termed Japan the common enemy Meanwhile the navy announced that Japanese cap ture of U Sowned Guam island far out in the Pacific was probable Tl1en1avr sad it was unable to communicate with the island either by radioor cable tending to confirm an official lokio claim two days ago that Japanese troops had cap tured the tiny islands capital citv tural the tiny islands capital city Less than 400 naval and 155 marines were stationed on Guam the navy said adding that defenders Wake and Midway islands were still resisting In blunt language the soviet envoy Maxim Litvinoff called the sSls gangsters Litvinoff further indicated that Russia may be ready to play a fighting role in the far cast con flict when he told newsmen that complete understanding exists or will be arrived at among the anti axis powers Were all in the same boat the ambassador said and must crash or triumph together over the greatest menace of our we will triumph This development whose sig nificance was heightened by mounting German reverses on tlie soviet eastern front came as United States armed forces were officially reported to have wiped out seaborne Japanese troops at Lingayen on the west coast of Luzon island 10 miles north of American fighter planes were also reported pitching into waves of Japanese bombers in a dramatic series Of dogfights over the Philip pine capital Other bad news for Tokio was reported hy the Batavia Dutch East Indies radio which said 4000 Japanese troops lost their lives when Netherlands sub marines sank four Japanese troop transports off southern Thailand near Malaya Simultaneously imperial Tokio headquarters obliquely conceded that American forces were still holding out on tiny Wake island about midway between Honolulu and Manila where U S marines have been lighting off savage Japanese air and sea attacks for days Japanese headquarters said military objectives on Wake island had been severely damaged in an attack by Japanese naval units Thursday The Japanese suf fered some losses it was admitted A Tokio communiane said planes were shot down in aerial attacks fcn the Philippines and 11 others destroyed on the ground Eleven American flying boats also were claimed destroyed In the far east Domei broadcast n dispatch from Saigon French IndoChina asserting that Brit ish troops defending Hongkong had withdrawn from their first line of defense following Japanese capture of Kowloon on the main land facing the great British naval base Domei declared tiiat British forces in Hongkong have been trapped and the fate of the crown colony is virtually sealed A bulletin from the Manila headquarters LicutGen Doug las MacArtliur U S army com manderrinchief of the far east indicated that Japanese forces at tacking the Philippines had failed to gain any new bridgeheads on Luzon island The situation on the ground i has not changed the communi que said1 adding that mopping up in the Lingayen area has been concluded Manila itself experienced a wild gun blaring night in which sen tries and police battled fiftli col umnists who fired red signal rockets over the city Rifle fire crackled in the sec lions where the rockets were sent up and sentries shot into several houses showing lights in violation of the citys rigid blackout Reuters the British news agency quoted a Domei dispatch from Shanghai as saying Hono lulu had undergone six Japanese air raids within nine hours after Secretary of the Navy Knox ar The U S navy department reveals the heroic saga of a marine garrison on tiny Wake island above which ia holding out against a combined Japanese air and naval Ci i stated that four heavy attacks were launched against the lone garrison but the stars and stnpcs continued to fly Wake is one of the threeStrategic the CS the PadCiC that Hnk Hawaii and   

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