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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 19, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME C M t OF H i STOS V AND ARC s i vi DES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWAN5 NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION VOL XLVII1 AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CEKTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE t NO 60 FEAR FALL OF HONGKONG IMMINENT Finland BRITISH CLAIM TQ HAVE TAKEN DERNA AIRPORT Radio Says Finn Report Shows German Armies Withdrawn in Hurry By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Adolf Hitlersbattered invasion J armies reeling in retreat in Russia and North Africa were reported to have abadoned their Finnish allies Friday as soviet dispatches an nounced huge new gains in the 17 day old counteroffensive on the central front Reports from Helsinki Finn capital Friday morning say that all German troops have been withdrawn from Finland in a great hurry the British radio declared The broadcast said Finnish lines had been shattered between Lakes Onega and Ladoga by a red army drive in the vicinity of the Lenin gradMurmansk railroad BRITISH CAPTURE DERNA AIRPORT IN LIBYA On the Libyan desert battlefield British troops were officially re portedtc have captured Derna air port 100 miles northwest of To bruk Derna itself was said to be Community Now Awake to Christmas Cheer Task Cash Goal Can Be Reached if We All Do Our Part PREVIOUSLY REPORTED NEW CASK CONTRIBUTIONS Benevolent Protective Order of Elks A WWows Mite J B Hanner M Mrs Grorie Turnbull Ann and Mary Jean T A E Cl ub Bernlee and Clarence Hicklc JustBite Club C A KJser Mr and Mrs S M Kistr Central Heights Club Buth and Ptg Tom and Bill Burke D Sullivan E N Anderson Johnnie Crawford PhrJHs and Stanley Mrs T M Coterie Club ff Speed Wallace ayal Billiard CHanna Krall Mr and II V Odle Mr and Mrs Earl Drury AmericanLet Ion Auxiliary Clftu Unil No IOI The Crispin Family Bethany Missionary Circle Church of Christ Ted Adams June Parent Edu cation Group Wlfror and David Clesson Mr and MrsGeorge Solura Mr and A A Major W P M Club Mr and Mrs Harry Lindsay Me Kin ley Girl Reserves Louis LWaller Family Mr and Mrs C Matheson Karen Pat and Mike Twedl Orphan Annie MarlesteUe Charles and Babe Dr T A Nettlelon Service BCens Club Inc 40 and X and CUuenWordett 101 JAPS SPEED UP AIR LAND RAIDS ON PHILIPPINES Heavy Bombing Over Manila and lloilo on Panay Isle Reported WASHINGTON war department announced Friday there was a marked increase in enemy air and ground activities in the Philippine area during the Wake Island Continues to Counter Blows From Japan WASHINGTON island The first occurred department Friday announced two additional enemy air attacks on Wake island one which was described as comparatively light and the other in greater force Of the central Pacific the com munique read There have been two addi tional air attaclis by the enemy on on the night of the 17th18th and was comparatively light The sec ond was in greater force and oc curred in the forenoon of the 19th Wake island continues to counter these blows The situation reported existed as oC 9 a m eastern standard time Knox 3rd Attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7 Was Beaten Off Speaks at Graduation Exercises Held at U S Naval Academy past 24 hours There was heavy bombing IT50 10J1 1SO 101 150 1000 100 500 JflOII 300 iou no 300 stiU inaxis hands v British forces vere reported ad west and M Italians fleemgIn tiyb heading toward Derna and the othertoward Bengasi on the Gull of Sirte The thrust to Derna airport meant that the British bad fought their way approximately 195 miles across the desert rom the Egyptian frontier since Nov 18 when the new campaign was launched with Americanmade tanks and planes A British spokesman said im 7 perial troops had captured Gazala 40 miles west of Tcbruk on Wednesday morning In axis counter blows Premier Mussolinis high command assert ed tliat Italian torpedo planes and German flyers hadhit five British cruisers in the three in attacks on a major naval N Iff Bell Tclepboqe Cvmpany Maintenance Two DoHar BIN and Mrs B B ilirloo 1 Alma J Onlman Sue F J Gamer Lions Club F S rosase Andrew Faatori Familr Miser Old Scidfcr I Confrecatianal Womens Xa 7 VE1T TOTAL CASH GOAL AMOUNT 1ET NEEDED J formation off the coast of Eastern Libya The German high command said a nazi Uboat had sunk one ofthe cruiser the 7276ton Lcander the Alexandria Egypt naval base SPAIN REFUSES TO CHANGE STAND IN WAR While axis fortunes waned in the winterfrozen land of the Soviets and on the sands of North Africa a new and important blow to the RomeBerlin aggressors was obliquely dealt by Spain Blasting axis hopes that Spain might now enter the war in the worldwide alignment of he democracies against the dicta tors the Spanish government announced that Spain would maintain her position of nonbc In effect this means that Spain has flatly rejected pressure for the passage of German troops through Spain for an attach on Gibraltar and a shortcut to seizure of North and West African bases Meanwhile Portugals position in the conflict awaited clarification as rumors circulatedin Lisbon that Britain had twice in recent weeks demanded the Azores from Portu gal Dispatches from Bern Switzer land indicated that newspapers in both Germany and Italy were drumming up propaganda to swing Portugal into the axis camp with ttie nazifascist press expressing alarm lest the allied seizure ot Portuguese Timor in the South Pacific be followed by antiaxis occupation of the Azores and Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic The Berlin correspondent of the Swiss newspaper La Suisse said Germany was anxiously awaiting Portugals attitude on the Timor move for tts bearing on the situa tion of the Atlantic islands RATE OP RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE INCREASES On the Russian war front soviet disoatches said that the red armies had reached the approaches of Ruza 50 miles due west of Bios cow and that the rate of our of fensive is growing noticeably OMEHOW THE WHOLE story of the Christmas Cheer Fund seems to us to be told in the first two dona tions in the list presented above First isa large cash largest ever re a great organiza tion the Mason City Elks club Next a gift of designated A Widows Mite is the universality of the appeal of this venture in appliec Christianity I am my brothers keeper The addition to the fund set out in the list above is most encour Blanket Money It may be its still negotiable This was the message which ac companied a blanket sixe bill in Fridays batch of contributions to the Christ mas Cheer Fund The gift listed as Two Dollar was of the type of folding money that went out of vogue a decade ago It will be used to make some Mason City boy or girl happy on Christmas morn ing aging being the largest rung up on any one day since the campaign got under way three weeks ago The battle isnt won by any mean theres real hope in th above evidence that our com mnnlty is wholly awake to th size of the task Letters expressing grati ude rom oys in camp eived t h e ir who have packosnack re ve membrances from the Christmas Cheer Fund The last large con gnment of these packages of tas y prepared meats was dispatched rom the Decker packing plant hursday afternoon in time to each all but those in remote ilaces before Christmas day IJp to Friday a total of 509 packosnacks bad been forward isbelieved to inclade wearinjr the uniform of their therearesbme however who have been missed names and addresses will be received and acted upon as late as IMenday noon next It is a matter of re Bret that this list had had to be confined to Cerro Gordo county boys Finishing touches were being laced on the special Christmas Cheer Toy shop at 123 North Fed eral avenue Friday preparatory to ts initial opening set for 9 oclock Saturday morning On Saturday Monday and Tuesday beneficiaries of the fund have been invited o drop in to do their own Christmas shopping Further particulars about this venture will be pre sented in a special news story elsewhere in the paper Solicitations were under way numerous offices an plants of the city The Standard Oil com pany hit upon a novel plan of ac tion in this Regard by announcing that all checkroom receipts from a dance at the Clear Lake Country Club Friday night would be turned over to the Cheer all limits off as to individual contri butions there The total to date stands almost exactly at the twothirds out of a cash goal of S2 nfn over Manila and over the city of lloilo on the island of Panay south of Luzon the communique added There is nothing to report from other areas the number It outlined the military situation as of a m E S T Friday ANTIAIRCRAFT BARRAGE THROWN UP MANILA anti aircraft guns threw upa tremen dous barrage against Japanese bomber squadrons striking at military bases in the Manila area Friday and eyewitnesses arriv ing from the west coast of Luzon reported that three Japanese transports had been seen in flames oif Vigan An official communique said that 34 Japanese bombers at tacked Cavite about noon Later 250 Can the remaining be raised in the four remaining GIV ING days YOU hold the answer to that question The address is Christmas Cheer Fund Mason City Iowa By JOSEPH L MYLER ANNAPOLIS Md tary of Navy Frank Knox dis closed Friday that Japan made three separate assaults upon Pearl Harbor on Dec 7 but the third hours after the lirst got home because army and navy forces then were ready to meet it The Japanese now have by far the largest naval force in the western Pacific he said warn ing that Japan was a strong enemy Knox spoke at graduation ex ercises for 1942 class at the United States naval academy The class of 547 midshipmen was scheduled for graduation next spring but the time was advanced because of the war Half an hours warning before the first attack on Pearl Harbor Knox said would have made all the difference in the world In his report earlier this week he said the Hawaiian defenses were not on the alert Despite their cripple d cpnditi on BANK ROBBERY TRIAL STARTED Prospective Jurors Are Examined at Northwood to Try Lewis Case NORTHWOOD Insanity n s the basis of questions asked by counsel for both plaintiff and de ffacArthur Named by F R to Rank of Full General WASHINGTON oosevolt Friday nominated Lieut en Douglas MacArthur com mander of U S forces in the far ist to hold the temporary rank a full rank cus omarily reserved for the chief of tail of the army The president promoted Ifi other fficers aiso serving in the PJiil ppines to hold temporary higher anks Tlie promotions were viewed as ccoladcs for these officers suc essful conduct of the defense of lie in he case of MacArthur And the ossibility was discussed in unot icial quarters that MacArthur nay be in line for the supreme of lie allied forces in he far east Offiqially the war department aid These officers have demon trated their leadership in the field md avc at present exercising com at command appropriate to the to which they are being ad fense m examining prospective where jihey met arillaJ pft Tinsel Falls on Light Connection Fire Starts BOONE pieces rf furniture were destroyed by fire in the Ed Elliott home here Thursday Firemen said the blaze was caused by a piece of tinsel falling on a Christmas tree electric light connection craft fire American airplanes smashed re peatedly at the Japanese forces including warships and at least two aircraft carriers in the Vigan operations refugees reaching Ma nila said but considerable ene my forces were landed despite heavy casualties A war communique issued at Washington said that United States submarines sank a Japa nese transport and probably a des troyer presumably in the Philip pines area The enemy forces landed at Vigan were engaged later and driven back by American and Filipino forces which also were fighting a Japanese landing force in the Legaspi sector on the south eastern tip of Luzon The third enemy landing in the northern Aparri area still was being contained by defense units according to latest word reaching Manila Refugees returning to Manila from Legaspi said Filipino de fenders often using knives were fighting furiously against the Japanese usually in handtohand combat Enemy air raids were renewed at noon Friday by 24 black winged Japanese bombers that flew in from the north and dumped num erous bombs near the Cavite naval base about eight miles across the bay from Manila The planes forced to a high al titude by defense fire from the ground then turned toward Cor regidor the most strongly forti fied point in the Philippines about 25 miles out from the capital The antiaircraft fire was par ticulnrjy strong in the Corrcgidor area and huge white puffs could be seen in the sky over the fort ress Previously he Japanese had raided populous lloilo onPanay island and had attacked military establishments at Tarlac 50 miles north of Manila Civilian defense preparations were going ahead rapidly in Manila and elsewhere army aad havy mustered all their remaining resources lor the third and laid down such a barrage from lard and sea that enemy planes were forced to sheer off he said Not a single torpedo found its mark or did the slightest damage to our ships or to our equip ment ashore he said of the third assault i But the United States must not underestimate the combined mili tary and naval powei of the enemy he warned adding Their forces include a huge and highly efficient army which Until very recenrly carried all be fore it on the continent of Europe COMEDIAN ARRESTED HOLLYWOOD UPJ Oakie 38 year old m o v i e comedian was arrested early Fri day in Van Kays and booked fox driving while intoxicated He was released on bail Traffic investi gators said Oakie was driving a car which collided with one driven by G F Marbut of Van Nuysv They include a large well trained air force They include a very consid erable present by far the largest naval force in the western Pacific where most of the sea fighting will be done jurors in the Ernest Lewis bank robbery trial Thursday Of the 60 called for possible jury duty 12 were excused from duty anc 27 others had been examinee when court recessed at 5 p Thursday County Attorney L E Plummei for the state asked jurors whethe if the jury did find the defend ant had committed the offens he was charged with would hi entering the bank and holding i up indicate he was of unsoun mind H D Kepler Northwood attor ney assisting with the defens conducted most of the questionin on behalf of the defendant askin ifit wassjSrby ed Je feni antimight have been insane o was insane at the time of th crime it proven against him would they accept the courts in sUuclion that an insane pefso could not be convicted of a crim Questioning of jurors was re sumed at 9 oclock Friday morr ing when courtconvened Two o those examined Thursday wci excused from service when the said they had formed opinion that would require testimony t overcome Mr and Mrs Earl Kusse Lewis parents of the defenuan and their son Larry aged 2 year his younger brothers all of Ma drid Iowa and his two sister Mrs Goldii Stout and Miss Zo Lewis both of Evanston 111 u attending the trial The defendant seldom moves and never anced The list included idlergenerals to be four brig made tem porary majorgenerals and 14 col onels to be temporary brigadier ienerals VIOLENT NIGHT ASSAULT MADE ON ISLE COLONY Tokio Claims City of Million Is Captured Many Fires Started BULLETINS Japanese broadcast recorded by United Press at re ports Friday saifl that Houz kontr had been In Japanese hands since 11 a m Friday 8 p m EST Thursday The Japa nese report claimed that Hone kone was covered by a heavy pall of smoke from fires started by air and artillery bombard ment A Japanese army spokesman at Shanghai was quoted as claiming that the British air force in Malaya has been de stroyed and he Jate of Singa pore has been sealed The spokesman contended it was only a matter of Hmc before Singapore falls POSTVILLE MAN KILLED BY TRAIN Jacob Swenson Steps Into Path of Freight Is Badly Mutilated aboutSa T Jacob Swenson killed at 8 o clock until spoken to his attorneys as he sits near Spain Announces Her Role in Pacific War Is NonBelligerent MADRID an nounced Friday that she is a non belligerent in the Pacific war in volving Japan on one side and the United States and Great Britain on the other The announcement ot the Span ish position followed reports that Spain would declare herself a neu tral The decree published in Fri days official journal was signed by Generalissimo Francisco Franco and his brotherinlaw Foreign Minister Ramon Serrano Suner who is avowedly pronazi and pro fascist as well as leader of the Spanish falangist fascist pary BULLETINS WASHINGTON if Com promise legislation for the regi stration of all men from IS to 64 inclusive anil making those from 20 to 14 inclusive sub ject to military service was ap proved by the house without debate Friday and sent to the senate The house action came soon after a joint senate and house committee had agreed to recommend that the minimum service age be 20 years in place of 21 as voted by the house pre viously or 19 the senate fig ure Friday morning when struck by a freight train on the city limits of Postville Swenson was mutilated when he stepped in front of the train and officials could not iden tify him for several hours He was employed on the Law rence Dresser farm just outside the city limits and was walking to work when the accident oc curred Swenson was walking be tween the Rock Island and Mil waukee railroad thicks when the train approached him Engineer George McCIeef of Cedar Eapids blew tlte train whistle three times he said after seeing Swenson 150 feet away As the train neared him according to the engineer the Postville man umped in front of it and was car ried 35 feet by the train McCIeef las been engineer on the Dccorah Cedar Rapids run for 38 years Surviving Swenson are his vidow three children and three brothers Defense Savings Stamps forsale at GlobeGazette Business office Man Working on Cable Hit by Auto Killed AMES A Veach 61 was fatally injured and two other men were seriously hurt when a speed ing automobile struck a cable on which they were working hurling them about 40 feet The injured men were I Perry 60 and Oscar Sandvig 65 6000 lowans to Work in DefenseJJond Sale DES MOINES Plans are under way to enroll about 6000 lowans as active workers in a continuous drive for the sale of by door to door a payroll savings defense bonds canvasses and plan Vernon L Clark deputy admin istrator ot the drive in Iowa said each county is being organized with a chairman and voluntary workers In rural areas the houseto house method will be handled by Farm Bureau county agents AAA agents mail workers carriers and local All business firms will be ap proached and will be offered a voluntary plan under which em ployes would permit deduction of a certain amount from each pay check toward the purchase of a bopd The employe may buy as many bonds as he wishes and may cancel the arrangement at any time Clark said Iowa life insurance underwriters have offered to serve in the payroll savings plan cam paign Nonbelligerency is a term us ually taken to mean a pronounced sympathy for one Spains case Japan Spain is closely asso ciated with the European members of the and and is a signer of the anlicomi tern pact She often is classified as nonbelligerent rather than a neutral in thewar involving Brit ain and Germany Defense Savings Stamps for sale at GlobeGazette Business office NEW YORK British broadcast in French Friday claimed that British forces in Libya have driven to a point within 50 miles of Benghazi This would place British forces far beyond the Ucrna area where they ivcrc reported in of ficial Cairo communiques Fri day Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY No precipitation Friday afternoon and Friday night colder Friday night Low temperature for Mason City 20 IOWA Fair Friday afternoon ant Friday night colder northeast Friday night little change else where MINNESOTA Fair to partly cloudy Friday afternoon and Friday night rather cold north and central becoming colder ex treme south during afternoon colder east slowly rising tem perature Red River valley Fri day night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 52 Minimum Thursday night 29 At 8 a m Friday 30 YEAR AGO Maximum 32 Minimum 23 Precipitation 01 Snojvfall LONDON p m p m sources acknowledged Friday night that they have been out of communication with kong since early Friday raorn ing and cannot tell what if any new progress the Japanese have made in their assault on the British crown colony Reu ters British news agency an nounced Friday night receipt of a German broadcast of a Tokio dispatch acknowledging that the British still held key positions on the island of Hong hong By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The fall of Britain s great far east stronghold of Hongkorig a cit3of 1000000 population fortii fied at a cost of 540000000 ap peared imminent Friday as Tokio reported that Japanese troops in a violent night assault had cap tured half the 32 square mile is land A Berlin radio broadcast said Cat Sir Mark Young governor and commander in chief of Hong kong had escaped from the col ony o an unknown destination The colonial office in London however denied that Sir Mark had fed the besieged colony de claring had been iif tele graphic communication with the governor Friday morning1 London military sources ac knowletlging a Japanese in considerable force on the is land reported tersely Heavy fighting is going on and the position is serious Only a comparatively small garrison of British and imperial Indian troops were reported de fending the 100 year old British MANCHUKUO VLADIVOSTOK Allies seized strategic Timor 1 but admitted that a Japanese advance toward Penang Sarawak 2 was invaded Japanese bombers raided airports near Manila 4 and claimed that a pincers movement was developing from Aparri and Legaspi Hongkong gravely threatened Chinese reported a Russian army in Mati chukuo 6 immobilized Japanese troops
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