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   Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 25, 1941, Mason City, Iowa                             COMP T OF HISTORY AND ARCHIVE DCS MOINES IA NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME VOL XLVIII THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH lOWANSNHCHMRS i UttUifiMBER 25 1941 ima PAPER COKSSTS HOLD OWN MARKS SWEEP OF 340 MILES SINCE NOV 18 Russia Reports Spirit of Nazi Soldiers h Deteriorating Further By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Britains desert armies were of ficially reported Thursday to have captured Bengasi chief axis sup ply port east of Tripoli after a 340 mile sweep across the Libyan desert since Nov 18 Fortified by thc Italians at a cost of millions of dollars Ben gasi is the provincial capital of Cirenaica Libya and the sec ond biggest city of the fast dwindlinir fascist norlh African empire II lies on thc Gulf of Sirte Only Wednesday strong Italian infantry forces were reported bottled up in Bengasi and a Brit ish spokesman said they had little nope of escape German armored legions head ing the flight of axis armies back into Tripolitania were reported to have been cut off south oi Ben British middle east headquar ters said British troops occupied the gulf city Wednesday An of ficial Rome broadcast Thursday however quoted Premier Mus solinis high command as assert ing that tankled British forces otf m m The German high command re ported merely that in north Africa operations continued ac cording to plan GERMAN SPIRIT IN On the soviet front Russia great counteroffensive was re ported fo have driven the Gei mans out of 50 more villages i the Kalinin sector 95 miles north west of Moscow and a red arm Bulletin said newlycaptured pris oners testified to the further de ot tne German fightin frontline dispatches told of the Germans stumblinc baek in retreat from point after point suffering bloody lasses and abandoning tanks trucks Runs and ammunition dumps fi w from Adolf Hitler lield headquarters reported tha violent fighting continues alon the entire front but there was n Mention of German counterblow anrf tehm the Russian steamrolle and the communique mentionec only aenal attacks to harass th pursuing red armies Mexico Permits U S to Use Her Soil for Military Purposes MEXICO CITY States land sea and air force Thursday were free to use Mexico soil i0r military purposes after acton by the Mexican senate Which literally dissolved the fn ternational border as far a American troop movements are concerned The senate in secret session ao provcd the legislation which had been urged by President Manuel Avila Camacho who said he con sidered the move indispensable in view of the grave and evident danger to Mexico which would result from the slightest weakness in continental defense Although there was no con on t was reported here that a number of American T Happy Day for a Tommy Tobruk nn y rs SOltrec s Uc r a prifon Ule cw give in LibyaThe group Reports From Various Parts 9 DIE IN BUS Cheer Funds Total Passes Mark Gifts of Materials Boost Figure to an Unprecedented Level HEN Christma dawned on Ma son City Thurs day the Globe Gazettes an nual Christma Cheer Fund had soared to un p r e c c d c n lee heights Casl Sifts totaled S2 48819 m e r chandise contri o merca troops were stationed at strategic places along the border and it was beUeved that they might havl moved across after formal signing of the legislation late Wednesday Weather Report FORECAST IOWA Rain with some glazing Thursday changing to light to locally heavy snow Thursda colder Thursday night west portion IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Wednesday 3 Minimum Wednesday night 27 At 8 a m Thursday 31 v Rai trace YEAR AGO Maximum 41 Minimum 34 Avy of World on Christmas Day Show Weight of Wars Hands By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JVars bloody hand lay heavy this Christmas day upon a tortured thC riVSthOC thiS bonshe hadbuilt on the western front ihe thendaughters Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose JERUSALEMWilliam C Bul President Roosevelts special representative in the near cast marked clown Christmas in the Holy Land as a memorable cxpcr UA LUIS war Avne he deadly rain of bombs oh Gres Britain and Germany was halte under a Christmas truce This is the story oi the thir hristmas of this war BETHLEHEM wa predominately a soldiers Christ mas Christian worshipers drawn t the shrine of Christs birth mostl were uniformed women Bethlehems bells pealed as o a sign of the war wa the guard kept over the Chi of the Nativity by sentries o Britains frmous household cav airy soviet informa lion bureau distributed Christma cards bearing the title Tanner and showini a dead German soldier under a trie snowladen Christma army organ Star published its own Christmas card Arf Santa CIaus 8vin Adolf Hitler a Christmas calendai opened at the date Dec 22 It said Congratulations Herr Fuehrer iotiay is just six months since as a day of work is accented at the hue house in the first wa Umstmas there in 24 years fol lowing Christmas eve ceremonies m which both President Roose velt and Bntish Prime Minister Churchill spoke The president said vtien we make ready our hearts for the labor and the suffering and the iltimate victory which lie ahead her we observe Christmas with all its memories and mean we should unusually cold dcs rt weather British imperials ontinued their pursuit of broker of axis forces in Libya Beer and other luxuries wcr lown to some units for Christma celebrations Behindthelincs for mations had full Christmas din plum n some cases gleaned from cap ured war booty CALLANDER OntIfs a Drench yulctide for the 7 year old iur me i year old Dionne means hat most of the Pere Noels bl urprises will come New Years morning For Thursdays big Christmas inner with the family Cecile ex ressed one wish To pick a bon It isnt proper she said but t lastes better that way wartime black ut snuffed gay Christmas lights Because of the war gift pacfc ges for Americans failed to ar ive from home The shipping shortage also pre ented the transportation r hristmas trees and fighting to tie oith halted the shipment of rom the Baguio district George VI nor to his usual Christmas broad ast set the pattern for following he tradition of Christmasathome v spending the holiday in the untry with Queen Elizabeth and of Rcminiscing he recalled another unusual Christmas spent years ago m a desert with his daughter Mh trce a small ub he said and the trimmings were three dead liz ards tnJVGAPOREChurehes echoed to the ring of tramping feet Thurs day as soldiers trooped in for spe cial Christmas services placing their tin E and servces their tin hats on the floor Lhinesc Indians Malays thc peoples of of S K con at Jap Destroyer Claimed Sunk by Dutch Sub BATAVIA Java N E I OT A Japanese destroyer of the ion and CIass was and sunk Wednesday night by a dcDth ubmarinc which escaped deth charges of another dcstroy Aneta AUTO COLLISION Victims Were Returning Home From Midnight Mass in St Louis ST LOUIS in a flaming bus which exploded after a collision with motor car nine persons burned arid 21 others were injured several pos sibly fatally Not a passenger on the street railway company bus loaded with parishioners ot St Vincents Cath olic church who were returning home from midnight mass escaped uninjured The driver oC thc auto was alsocritically hurt Two witnesses Edward James and Albert Paul Hammer rescued many of the panic stricken passengers who were attempting to fight heir way from the blazing bus and were past Christmas Cheer Fund totals by almost S700 Thc final cash contributors to the fund were Albert StoltcnberrV ton of coal 51050 Robbie 50 cents V E B and C H 51 Mr and Mrs Henry Chris IPill eI news agencv nounced Thursday night y Aneta said that the N E comander was informed that tiacK took place in NET s but the position was mil otherwise identified Japanese destroyers of the Vmagiri class carry crews of 200 Bumper of Car Hooks IT Vom Had More tans Purse Which Than The bus swerved at the intersec tion of Ninth and Allen streets in anattempt to avoid a collision wiih an automobile It struck a parked car and crashed through tne wall of an apartment house into the bedroom of Mr and Mrs James Fowler The Fowlers were not at home Their bed was buried under the debris from the wall Mrs Margaret Brethold who was sitting near the center of the bus was the only passenger who managed to escape unaided She said there was an explosion at the front of ihe bus after the collision The front burst into flames Passengers screamed and started stampeding for the exits I dont know how I managed to escape One minute I had hold my sons hand and the next ung I knew I had fought my way to the rear Apparently I was the first to reach the rear exit I dont remember getting out I did and then the door slammed shut and the others try ing to gel out couldnt open it 111 never forget those agonized faces that clamored forescape from that flaming bus She suf fered only minor injuries Donations In materials this ycai assumed just about every form that one could food clothing toys jewelry baskets and what have you While much of it was dispatched to needy homes foi Christmas some remains on hand to be distributed in the weeks ahead thus extending Christmas into the new year As In former years many stores enext i1 to the So cialWelfare leafnc many items of soiled or shonwom merchan disc not salable hut iiffhly ac ceptable for the leagues pur poses Those wishing to contrib ute in this manner have been asked to telephone No 161 v The gifts of materials received up to Christmas eve included the following Sears Roebuck Co A R loys inrij snioo F worlh Km ij KathtVinV Amlinj canned joods E O Charier CiN 1Oj Occident Club lltivs Narlhntsltrn Btil Co phont ny shot Croup BViy Circle mit I Seoul Troop jji g alJi and dol orat tcznnet mods fr Iranned CO 00 Co firl Mrtholi Circle Xo n epper Jenelrs s c sl Co odd endj Club loji fclernentarr School TOKIO FLASHES NEWS OF FALL AFTER FANFARE Domei Reports British Governor Meets With High Nippon Officials 0mdal broadcast re cmded by hcad quarters announced Thursday night that the British crown colony of Hongkong had folio and with in the hour the news heralded by a fanfare of martial music was flashed to the Japanese people radio as a Christmas prescnr from heir armed forces The annouiieement was brief The enemy at Hongkong no onger able to withstand our co tnuoiis attacks surrendered t p n n m CST Dec Consequently imperial were ordered lo cease firing at 7 a m Domei reported a short time Wer that Ueh reprcsentalhcs and Sir of H Britlsh governor Hongkong were meeting at the Peninsular hotel in Kow arbor irom Hongkong island u lllat rivc the surrender two British noncombatants brought the p anesc a message nom the British governor declaring would no UP Stance The gaiTi A Domei broadcast of the sur render describee Hongkong as a fo the apanese nation and said the n mYCUlC havc Mhicvcd n much shorter order had it nnt for the stubborn disesard by he Bntish garrison for rcpo led Japanese advices to abandon e siblance m the interests of ll safety of residents of ne if Although the hour was laic on a holiday nfeht news rushed out extras which lay is not celebrated as instmas in pagan Japan but wer as the jsth anniversary of EmPcror Hirohito many the day is the anniMersarv the death of the old emnerm fall of dfclarid f tho t as the f the last vestige of British im hlnae si U S Bomber Sinks Sub Off California Coast WASHINGTON PAn Ameri can army bomber sank an enemy submarine off the California coast the war department said Thursday m a Christmas communique The bomber was from the western d e fe n s e command headed by Lieul Gen John I Dewitt In the Philippine theater the communique said fierce fighting continues on all important fronls on island with Gen Doug las MacArthurs fighting men launching counter attacks Local successes were reported The department said enemy acnal activity continued heavy In the bomber attack on tiie submarine thc commLiniciue said a bomb was dropped The sub marine emerged and then sank Two additional bombs appar ently scored direct hits the war department said The text of thc communique o It covering thc situation us ot a m E S T 1 Philippine theater Intense fighting OTiitinucs on all important fronts on Luzon Island American and Philippine troops launched counter attacks which met with local successes particularly in the vicinity of An tionan southeast of Manila Enemy aerial activity eon tnuicd heavy with attacks on various towns in central Luzon coast An American army bomber from General Dewitts western defense command successfully at ackcd an enemy submarine oil he California coast Soon after the submarine was sighted it made an emergency dive A bomb was dropped and Hie submarine emerged and then sank Two more bombs were dropped apparently coring direct hits and filling the r with debris is nothing to report from other areas FIGHTING ALONG ALL PHILIPPINE FRONTSGOESON Hart Reports Sub Sank Large Jap Transport and Minesweeper By FRANK HEIVLETT MANILA troops are more than holding their own n an lighting fronts in the Philip pines an army communique kite Thursday and Admiral Tbom Hart commander ihe Umicd States Asiatic fleet c ported that American submarines Japanese trans pot ind a minesweeper and prob ably had sunl a large enemy SCn plaiic tender and another trans an earlier communique the arny had said tliat laud fizhtme continued on all fronts and that Japanese invading forces lined o be reinforced Thc late afternoon communique howev er took a more optimistic tone it said News Is scarce but all report beinff received show that our troops are more Han holding Ihcir own on all fronts Up to midafternoon four nir laid alarms were sounded in the Manila area but while Japanee Planes soared over thc city iu lumbers they dropped few An army spokesman said thrrn as no further mlormSion iuiing U1 announcement from headquarters of Gen Dou4s MaeAilhur that authorities were considering From Berlin Yule Greetings NEW YORK United Press hstcning post Thursday heard radio Berlin broadcast as lollows listeners in America even it you arc enemies we wbh you a merry Christmas Japanese had twice rejected de mands for surrender of the island capital one of the worlds busiest ports m peacetime Hongkong lias 0n molc tna The fall of Hongkong long an ticipated by the British means a serious but not fatal blow to Bri tain s far east defenses and further fo aiu Jnn n dragged many of the DES MOINES rear eTaLfr1 af hooded f a larti PUrSe in the i a lady waiting to cross the AetDaatnrd1carried the PUSC rolman save chase The Then the car appeared la circled the blockami h lucked the purse off the bumper nd continued her Christmas s tens taken into custody since ar was declared spent Christmas aa under guard at the Fort DCS Monies army post here Hearings for thc aicns none of whom Japanese will be held this week here and at Sioux City Do You Know a Boy Whos Been Missed Do you know of o Cerro Gordo county boy in the service of his country who hasnt been included in the fist of some 550 who have received Christmas Cheecr Fund packosnacks If you do please mail his last known address to the Globe Gazette and a parcel will be got off to him at once Even though tardily re ceived these tasty pre pared meats packed here in Moson City will be greatly appreciated Roosevelt Fcdtrat Clothrj Shop Sunn fit Crocerj USE TOTAT CASH TOTAL GRAND TOTAt i lhc causc tanie as the result of Cheer broadcasts over KGLO on recent nights with the band of Huck Shaffer Macs Triickc and BiNy Hughes providing tne music Several hundred contribu tons and bds totaling nearly olUU r from fource rJiTFS merchandise for the Cheer Fund auctions on the air were Vance Music com CaSSicaI rccordings and thc Cas1 Larry Coal company a ton of 8 16 pound ham Mrs Ben Hend nckson a turkey Emil Wastage Bob duck Gnppen Paper company TvTer paper TylerRyan Furniture company a 3n Mutuf OWa Mutual Insurance company auto mobile insurance policy Everybody who has had any Part m the appeal for the Chris ma Cheer Fund or r ministration is immcnsci pleased and heartened by the response of a srenerous public this jcar Thc success of llc venture under trying condilinns has renewed faith hat rc Ma son City community will never be found wanting when asked to support a worthy cause Defenders Resist Stoutly TLUZON Jr Ot H n l l d you about told correspondents I doni ou f do when lilci hit ajl lhut of larsc and one minesweeper of w l havc of luo that are probablc One is a large seaplane tender I bc I115 tynlcr was a K Probably is an other transport I wish 1 tould give you more news today Our submarines are 5 have been so good But t his S present following is the text of s communique Fighting continues on alt fronts Ihe Tlr hl thc TI 111 tne sit uation ihe enemy continues to be reinforced No enemy air activity has been reported The communique was issued be fore a series of air raid alarm During one which was sounded at Pm a row bombs were on the northern end if Manilas port area Smoke rose from ihe bombed area but it van ished quickly indicating that anv blaze which may have been started vas extinguished speedily iuarfcrs am mat Japanese pressure still iras beingexerted on defending forces in both north and south Mizo but it was said that nertiicsclay nighl action was lim ited chiefly to nalrol aclivily Most conspicuous Japanese air activity occurred in early after noon when 27 Japanese bombers m three of mc planes each circled over thc city for more than on hour j Some bomb were dropped into Manila bay but ihcy failed to hit shipping Outnumbered by Japanese land ng forces American and Filipino tiomKwere putting up a slUf An American commander in thc lT Mid that ttle of Lingayen gulf the roops that rendered the most gi ant service have been thc rcgu y K Philippines scou s g cavalry and artiller scouts thc to rii v tC C2urae to oul he added avc or devotion c 6a north O hT telephone that Tarlac a provincial capital was bombed by three Japanese fl persons were killed and many civlu were wounded At lac time of the air raid a crowded passenger trai rfr in within 100 yards of one the struck build   

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