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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 24, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME HOME EDITION VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATE PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WHIES FIVE CtNTS A COPV THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH 10WANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 24 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS Of TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 64 TANKS MOVE AGAINS INVDER Manila Threatened From 2 Sides May Be Declared Open City KB JBL m It U CHARGE NAZISWake Island OVER THE TOPI Apparently SPREAD RUMOR IN NERVE WAR British Spokesman Says Reports of Thrust Into Spain Are Groundless LONDON A foreign office commentator labeled rumors an impending German invasion of Spain a nazi ruse Wednesday and said there was nothing to confirm either such a move or a report that Marshal Petain had resigned as French chief of state His statement came amid specu lation over Germanys next under taking spurred fay Hitlers assump tion of command of the nazi ar mies and a Reuters report that Petain had yielded his leadership to Admiral Jean Darlan vice pre mier under intensified German pressure presumably to get a Trench North African base or for other collaboration concessions The commentator said it seemed evident that the Ger mans themselves were spread ing rumors of a nazi campaign in the Iberian peninsula prob ably with a view io producing another of those German nerve with which we have be come so familiar f He declared there is no con firmation whatever of these re ports and said that any similar crop ol rumors about an imme diate nazi thrust against Turkey v should be treated with similar re genre He put the Pefam s re placement by Darlan in the same category and said moreover that it appeared to have been denied in Vichy In some quarters it was sug gested that German military capac ity was insufficient for an imme diate new military adventure into the Iberian peninsula but the Germans would have good reason for starting a war of nerves Observers and military writers called attention to the increased tempo of airraids against Malta and speculated on the possibility that Its capture might be he first attempt by the axis in the winter campaign to wrest the control of the mediterranean from the British and turn the tables in Libya They said the axis could better spare planes ancJ small forces of parachute troops for an invasion of Malta than big armies for oper erations elsewhere The Reuters report which came from somewhere in Europe was denied by a Vichy news ugency which quoted authoritative sources as calling it ridiculous True or not the report spread as Spain and Turkey at opposite ends of the Mediterranean were figuring in speculation over Ger manys next move Advices in Bern Switzerland Tuesday said German troops were moving through occupied France to join previously collected nazi contingents on the Spanish border Considerable military equipmen IS NAMED SECRETARY IOWA CITY J Neils associated with the Davenport day The chamber of commerce for two will inherita fortune when si years has been named secrelary is 21 and DC Cicco will be ma of the Iowa City chamber of com ried next Sunday at Mission mcrce succeeding George position at Cedar Rapids guests Has Fallen JTEIV CASH CONTRIBUTIONS ircla Kerr L L ii Mr and Mrs Tom Fatland Cummirifs tocltill Tampa Fla acl and Lorraine Ir and Mrs M D Lattimer II Oreene I I McQuattrrs 111 and Mrs John Groueite lob Sayles 5 F C WASHINGTON is land coralstudded U S island in PREVIOUSLY REPORTED v the Pacific apparently has fallen to the Japanese after a heroic resistance by the marine garrison Leonard oison for 16 days against 14 attacks Stanley Johnson which cost the enemy four war ships and several planes The navy announced that radio communication with Wake has been cut and that the islands cap ture is probable The navy communique indicated that Ihe heroic marine garrison fell Tuesday just before Christmas came to Wake island It is now ii Christmas on the little outpost which lies 2004 miles west of Honolulu and across the interna tional dateline Guam was taken on Dec 13 But midway another island base which lies between Hawaii and Wake is still holding out The marines at Wake went down fighting the navy indicated Two enemy destroyers were lost in the final and successful Japan ese attempt to put a landing party ashore on the fourmile long island In Ihc early days of the war the defending garrisons air men succeeded in sinking a light cruiser and a destroyer attempting to support an enemy landing oper ation The garrison had fought off 13 air and naval assaults but in the 14th attack the enemy managed to gain a foothold on the island TATTERED NAZIS FALLING BACK Russians Report Red Armies Are Grinding Out Miles in Drive By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Soviet dispatches reported that the red armies grinding out the miles in a sustained offensive had recaptured 94 populated places on the southern Moscow front Wed nesday and that the Germans had been driven back at least 30 miles in the Leningrad sector The Russians said tattered win ter pinched remnants of ColGen Heinz Guderians once proud Ger man tank army were now retreat ing toward Orel 100 miles south west of Tula A red army bulletin announced the recapture of Gorbachevo 45 miles west of Tula and 150 miles south of Moscow and reported that soviet vanguards had driven about 20 miles westward beyond the town A bulletin from Hitlers field headquarters acknowledged that incessant Russian attacks had driven gaps in German defense lines at some points but asserted that the breaches were quickly scaled by nazi counteraltarks The German communique also mentioned bombing attacks on Russian troops crossing the ice on Lake red army defenders from Leningrads millionman garrison sallying forth to bolster the offensive against the Finns north of Lenin srftss Subsequently at the other end of the Mediterranean Istanbul reports said Germans there had been advised by their embassy to be ready to close their busi nesses for a short lime in January The British took that lo be part of a German war of nerves to keep the Behind Petains reported res ignation lay an agreement gcrter uuimg 1 ueavy japanesi ally believed here to have been aenal attack on Rangoon capita forced from him by Reichs Mar f Burma Wednesday morning liable advices said Wednesday 12 Japanese planes had been shot down during a heavy Japanese and that three British planes were forced from him by Reichs Mar shal Hermann Wilhelm Goering at St Florentin Dec 1 At that time Petain allegedly promised the lme fighter and nine bombing Germans all the bases they wanted planes of thc Japanese force were snoj jown it was said No delails of damage or casual ties in the raid were received Britain claimed nine Japancsi bombing planes and one in Franch Africa provided these could be reached without using interned remnants of the French fleet Since then Petain has been pic lured as stalling the Germans with S ne ln a raid on Tues all sorls of excuses for failing to make good on the agreement be cause public opinion in French jlnna Vannprnilfr and Africa jvas not ready for the step VJJUIia v dllUerOlH and and because he wanted to judge the outcome of the British Libyan offensive sill c who ttadc i A Barbara with a mall of BrtNi air close Irtand Delaware IIV A Union Painter L I Dlxori Ham yilhU narllelt Mr and Mrs A K Warner and Family liver Side Ban inn i Jarvis lohii Iegen I S larl Hunl Elmrr and Neva ncl Jimmy Jones William Garriu C W Flood llr fiennlnrsen Mrs O nrrt arson lam and Ben Traub tji trtd Will Grade Boys al Pi Presbyterian Church Marshal and Sn it t and Employes Jimmie Gardimer Mrs Olsons Grandchildren Raymond Stauffer Mr and Mrs E A Klarun Jean Marie and Rulh Ann Arnold Bee Line Service Garae Taspfr Werstein Mr an1 Mrs Everett IValters Mrs Sale KiUis Mr ard Mis Monlje Kemn Ollal Department Deckers From the Maynards Ward En Mary Erelyn John Strom rat and Mike the White A Friend Harold Zieclrr Camp Texas and TruIn J Ziecler Jane and Robhr Johnston lJr And Kay nowninr Kooievell Cirl Scout Troop Naney and Sally Jack surf Rulh Holt Triple W Gary IVarrcner The Crazy Group Ernie Anderson Auto Repair Vivian Knutjon Deckers Machine Shop Willis Bauth C JI 1 A S Knapp I J Fillers Elhel Khlrrs John A Gravelie Auto Another Widows Tile P R Murphy Vada Head Mrs Santa IVarner Coal Company and Mrs c W Strate Kock ford Mr and Jlrs Then Thompson Mr and Mrs D L Yoho Manlv S R Chevrolet Co Inc Ella Marir and Georte Kennun Kenneth Hulzell Dog Stanley Johnson Record Mrs M B Major SpSrts Vanolis Pappajohn Boys Mr and K Slone R V Wilkinson Joans Friend Betty Lon Helene and llelene Bruns J C Penney Company Employe Viola Baker Clear fjike Ctiih and Cleaners Panl Foote Jwn Friends trom Sheflield i mi It mi ii lCM lW 1033 100 100 IOfl Roo 75fl 100 100 too 500 200 soo Trf DO Marilyn and Hariri GRAND TOTAI Eveland AMOUNT OVER GOAL Eulogy to Eggs WASH IN TON Iff Irs everyday fare to many American uv w but a real thrill to Prime Report 12 Jap Planes Snot Down in Heavy Attack on Rangoon v uid I iIIC Wilt IP CHUNGKING China distinguished guest had eggs on a ister Churchill Two breakfast tray Mrs Franklin D Roosevelt con t n in o that the white merchandise and materials turnd nu s distinguished guest had ovcr he Social Welfare league that interrupted war conferences with administrator of the Christmas shot resident Roosevelt to eulogize Cheer Fund Nor is H possible at ahntiT lii i U i t tJU JUHlZ1 about his of fruit juice eggs bacon toast anct coffee that are just routine in many homes this side of the Atlantic Almost with boyish glee Brit ain s wartime leader recounted to his hosts his delight when he saw two poached eggs on his break fast tray when it was delivered IP his room In England he gets one egg a week on a ration just like everyone else there ana British Bomb Brest License bomb occupied Royal Air j objectives at Co ogne and elsewhere in westerr lany an air ministry commu said Wednest as at Ostcnd Dunkirk and Calais One bomber was missing Record Total for Christmas Fund Communitys Generosity Mounts to a New High A Hearty Thank You and Merry Christmas for All Who Helped HE STORY OF THE 1941 C H R I STMAS CHEER FUND is summarized in the Clarence Meilang c a r toon Take above look at Ihis drawing then cast an eye on the fig ures in the ti nal list or cash donors YouH note that our community has run up the largest total of voluntary cash donations in Mason Citys history It should be remembered also that there has been no listing of this time for the reason that these contributions were rolling in at a fast and furious rate all dav Wednesday In other years when such do nations were listed from day to day and included in the current campafjn total as much as S500 or S600 has been realized from this source A full report on this important phase of the campaign will be presented in the next issue Those wilh ma terial to give that they think would be helpful now or through the year ahead in bringingrelief to the needy of our community should tele phone 161 The success of this venture ha brought great joy to everybody ith it of course Al n success seemed a bit unlikely because of the other de mands upon our communitys gen erosity a recordbreaking amount has been realized This showing constitutes a magnificent tribute to the character of our people This joy is increased loo by the wordthat the Red Cross war rc t Uv iief campaign for xvc ap pealed in the last issue is over the top too It slrenglhens us in our faith that the good people of our community will never be found wanting when theres a call for support for a worthy cause Thank you one and may your Christmas be a hit mer rier by reason of your knowledge hat you have Helped to bring Chrislmas Cheer for our boys in service and for those not so for the boys and on the home scene Have We Missed Any Cerro Gordo Boys in Service Do you know of a CERRO GORDO COUNTY boy in service who hasnt been re membered with a Christmas Cheer packosnock If you do please forward his last known address to the Globe Gazette Even though tard ily received these will be greatly appreciated Up to this time some thing less thon 600 of these parcels of tasty prepared meats hove been dispatched from the Decker packing plant It is believed that there are at least a hun dred more Cerro Gordo county boys in uniform And wed like to bring remem brance to EVERY ONE OF THEM Will you do your part fay forwarding any name you think has not been included thus far A list of all thus far handled has been re tained to check against duplications Print or write the name legibly on a postcard and mail it to the GlobeGazette Pockosnacki DUTCH WIPE OUT JAPANESE FORGE Sink 3 Transports and Tanker Off Borneo Miri Attackers Beaten LONDON of ficial sources declared Wednesday thai air and naval action of Dutch East Indies forces culminating in the sinking of three Japanese transports and a tanker oft Bor neo liaci wiped out with serious losses of men and material the entire supply fleet which had at tacked Miri Miri was one of two closely spaced Japanese landings in Sara wak on the north coast of the is land of Borneo close to the fron tier between Sarawak and British North Borneo proper Previous air attacks had ac counted for all other ship in volved in the Miri action these U S Forces MANILA Douglas MacArthur commander U S forces in the far east took llic field Wednesday assuming per sonal command of American and Philippines forces combating an allout Japanese air and land as sault against this capital and bas tion of American defenses in Hie Pacific MacArlhiir sen into the battle raging on the Liiifrayen fiulf 135 miles north of Manila anil on the eastern Atimonan area 15 miles distant the for ward echelon of his general headquarters The announcement was taken to indicate thnt the grand battle of the Philippines has now been joined The Japanese having moved an expeditionary force estimated at 80000 lo 100000 men tn the Lingaycn gulf approached the southeast coast with a force pos sibly half that large and started a concentrated nir attack on Ma nila that gave this capital four air alarms between dawn to dusk MacArthur playing a waiting gime until the full strength and tactics of the Japanese had been revealed had refrained from com mitting his main forces to battle The announcement that he liad gone to the front to lake personal command of operations and that GIIQ units arc rushinff lo the firiiiE line clearly pointed a major engagement in which the immediate fate of the Philip pines may be decided The odds of numbers were on the side ot the Japanese They ap pear lo have sent against the is land of Luzon alone a force of up wards of men In iddition to the major landings at Lingayen and Alimonan there were smaller forces landed at Vigan Lcgaspi and Aparri The size of MacArthurs defend ing army is i military secret However U S communiques re ported that American troops on the Ungiyen far the most vital since it is linked by a broad valley and easy terrain to outnumbered by the Japanese On MatArthurs side howev er was tlic advantage of in terior communications and a central position which enables him to shift troops from front to front as Japanese attacks de velop The Japanese in contrast were operating on the perime ter of the island without direct contact between the separate at tacking forces The Japanese air force wa heavily engaged Wednesday In addition to attacking Manila arcr objectives the Japanese utlemptcc lo bomb Clarkfield near Forl Slolscnbcrg northwest of Manila One of three attacking planes wi shot down by antiaircraft gun The town of Mascola in Mon cada province was bombed a were Tarlac and Luccna No firca damage or casualties were report ed in these attacks sources said They declared that advices reaching London said the Japan ese in retaliation had bombed and machinegunned small out lying Netherlands islands inflict ing civilian casualties Persons Going Through Ida Grove Report Fire Damage Put at IDA GROVE es timated at S30000 was caused by a fire that broke out in the Cemc ron cafe building here early Wednesday morning destroying that building and two others A frame structure to the cast of the cafe building that housed a tavern and another building to the west housing the Max bootery also were a total loss The fire was discovered about a m by young persons who were passing through town They turned in the alarm but the blaze had gained such headway fire men iverc unable to keep it from spreading to the two other build ings Defense Savings Stamps for sale at Business office ESCAPES AT HOSPITAL DBS M O I N E S fl JacI Brown 38 a Montana cowboy who officers said is sought in Ore gon under the name of Jesse Lcc Webb ns a parole violator cs capcd from deputy sheriffs at 1 hospital here Tuesday by climbing through a window while awaiting the doctor The doctor was to have cared for a fractured Tinge Weather Report MINNESOTA Partly cloudy Wed ncsday afternoon followed by mostly cloudy Wednesday night snow flurries and not quite st cold Red River valley Wednes day night colder southcasi Wednesday afternoon IN MASON CITY GobcGazettc weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 31 Minimum Tuesday 2fi At S a m Wednesday 8 YEAR AGO Maximum 37 Minimum si FOES STRIKING IN FROM COAST Tokio Asserts Capture of Luzon Inevitable Makes Supremacy Claim By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS Powerful U S tank columns verc reported hurrying lo combnt seaborne Japanese i n v a d e r s threatening Manila from two di Wednesday as Japan as serted that the capture of the Philippine island was inevitable and U S army headquarters con idcred the possibility ot dcclar ng Manila itself an open un fortified city Tokio reports declared that Hie Japanese had won absolute supremacy of sea air and land in the islands Imperial Tokio headquarters several hours earlier had claimed hat Japanese troops completely occupied Wake island whose tiercefighting leatherneck de fenders stoodl off 14 assauHs by air and sea Tlie navy also announced that Japanese submarines had shelled Palmyra and Johnston islands in the midPacific Damage was neg ligible and no casualties resulted Ill the Philippine struggle Jap anese forces unofficially estimated at between 120000 and 150000 were reported striking at Manila from the Lingaycn gult in the north and from the AUroonansec tor only 75 miles south ol tffe capital In addition a war department communique reported that sev eral enemy transport troopships appeared off Batangus south if Manila indicating the prob ability of an attempted laiidhur in that region However an army spokesman in Manila said that a BataijKis landing attempt had been beaten off If Manila were declared an open city it would mean thnt the capita with its 625000 popula tion would not be defended if the Japanese invaders should veachit Similar action was taken during the present war with respect lr Paris Brussels Athens Rome and other capitals A bulletin from Gci Douglas MacArthurs headquarters said ffi atly outnumbered American and Filipino troops were offer ing fierce resistance in the two key sectors north and south of Manila where the Japanese are attempting to execute a pincers squeeze apinsl the capital The grave new threat against Manila from the south material ized during the night when Japan ese troops from 10 perhaps 10000 to 50000 slipped ashore at Atimonan on it cost const of Luzon island Thu estimate of Japanese strength here was based on Wash ington figures several days ago listing about 80000 to 100000 Japans on 80 transports in an other sector Very heavy fiRhtins continues on the north and south fronts MacArthurs headquarters re ported In both areas otir troops are re sisting stubbornly The enemy continues lo land reinforcements Before tandinc al Antimonan Hi Japanese were i ported tn liave been beaten off in an at tempt to cain a beachhead on the southwest coast near Ba tangas the north in the Lingaycn gulf sector tlic Japanese were said to be attacking savcly against Americaheld lines north of Da mortis 120 miles above Manila re ported tersely that the invaders were exerting great FORECAST MASON CITY Cloudy Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night not much change in tempera ture Lowest temperature 18 Tniir i ii mums mncs aoovc iM 1UUA Mostly cloudy Wednesday anc an army communique attcrnoon and Wednesday nighl some light drizzle extreme eas early Wednesday afternoon in termittent light snow beginning in southwest and extreme west A 11 rri by Thursday morning colder ex 1 IO and Split Defenders WASHINGTON war department announced Wednesday the appearance of enemy troop ships of Batangas on the southern tip of Luzon island about 65 miles from Mrnila indicated the prob ability of another thrust in that region The cnciriy has landed a heavy force in the vicinity of Antimonan 75 miles southeast of Manila Tlic new threat would civc the Japanese two points appar ently irjinjr to decoy Gen DOUR las niacArthur into splitting his defending force Anlimonan is   

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