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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 3, 1941, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME C C ft DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND ARCH MOJrtES I A HOME EDITION VOL XLVIII ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS FULL LEASED WIRES FIVE CENTS A COPY THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS MASON CITY IOWA WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 3194T MASON CITY BRIGHT THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 46 BED TROOPS RECAPTURE TAGANROG House Committee Approves 8 Billions for DefenseCOUNTER BLITZ AID TO BRITISH Thanks f or the Names But rn REDS INCLUDED IN NEW OUTLAY Brings Total Defense Sums to Staggering Figure WASHINGTON addi tional 58243839031 appropriation entirely for defense but including lendlease funds for a vast increase in production of cub Goal Still to Be Raised for Christmas Cheer Fund NEW COJJTBIBUTIONS Mason City Hans Clab f SI H II BetMehem LDthrran Mens Club O T Club Mason City Friraarr Congrega Church Junior Department Coierefation a Church The Midland ClDb Employes of Witwer Grocery Co HEbee Frevibnslj reported ToUl to dite tanks and guns for British and Russian forces was approved Wednesday by the house ap propriations committee The huge new outlay would bring the total cash and contract authorizations provided for defense since July 1 1940 to the staggering sum of In recommending the new e5c penditure the committee turned down a request by the war de partment for broader leeway in transferring to other countries on a lendlease basis equipment pur chased for the army with funds appropriated since last March 11 the date of enactment of the lend lease act Instead the committee recom mended a 51556496246 increase in the 522985000000 already ap propriated for the lendlease pro gram and proposed that the army be authorized to transfer as much as 5500000000 worth ol addi tional equipment if the military situation warranted it Both funds would provide tanks antiaircraft an titaak jrtUJery combat vehicles small arns and ammunition the committee said and Gen George C Mar shall army chief of staff de clared their production in larje quantities was the necessary superiority of force is to be obtained over the axis powers The question of the nationality of those who use the weapons Marshall said in requesting great er flexibility of the transfer au thority seems of relatively lesser importance than is the imperious requirement that they be immedi ately produced for such use Although only of the bills total was earmarked specif ically forRussian requirements Marshall declared that as long as American ground forces are not involved in war many of the tanks for the production of which funds are requested might well be diverted in order to assist the Russian army to remain on its feet That would be my urgent ad vice m such a situation he added In addition to for the war department and lendlease the bill carried Sl 129870000 in cash and con tractual authority for the navy including 5419720000 for 2020 additional airplanes and S120 000000 for gun mounts ammu nition storage and other items in connection with the proposed armingof about 1000 American merchant ships and 000 for about 400 patrol and mineIkying vessels Apart from its strictly military funds the bill alsocarried 179000 for purposes indirectly re lated to defense chiefly new or augmented power projects 500000 for foreign war relief and foreign property control and SS 711333 to carry out nondefense activities authorized in several new laws The armys share of the Iota included funds to boost its enlist ed strength to 1840934 an in crease of men and for 27 905 more commissioned officers and 5765 additional warrant offi cers Marshall disclosed during his testimony on the bill thai while congress had appropriated money for approximately 25800 combat planes for the army the air arm is operating with only about such planes In formed sources said that indi cated the tremendous number of planes being sent abroad A total of was in cluded in the bill to finance the Philippine army of 160000 men recently mobilized into the federal service Part of the army fund was ear marked for the purchase of 100 718 multiwheeldrive motor ve hicles such as troop carriers and tankkiller guns and testimony before the committee indicated that large numbers of them would be shipped to foreign powers Marshal said at one point that about 20000 jeeps bantam combat included 7000 Axis Weve Got to Have Cash Too Prisoners Reach Egypt AMOUNT VETNEEDED AMES of Cerro Gordo county boys in ser vice with addresses are coming in much faster at this time than cast contribu tions with which to forward packo snacks which are being mailed eacl clay from the Deckel packing plant If there wasnt a record of 15 successful years for the Christmas Cheer a single failure to reach situation might be a bit discouraging But those working on the venture have full confidence that the necessary money will be forth coming Up to Wednesday noon a total of 51 addresses had been turned over to O W Wallmo of the Decker company and by the time this story reaches readers the packosnacks spiced ham luncheonette and readytofeat frankfurters will be on their way r It has been necessary to issue a reminder that this Christmas gift service has to be confined to Cerro Gordo county boys in senice To go beyond the Cerro Gordo county hounds would be to take oa a task that couldnt be completed along with the job on the Mason City home that there are no Empty Stockings here Letters have been sent to the various clubs of Mason City which have given to this cause in the past suggesting that because the cash goal this jear is larger than in previous in stead of contributions should be increased if possible That goes for individual donors too As in the past Miss Doris Bruce of the Social Welfare League is to be the administrator of the fund Gifts are turned over to her as soon as they are received and payments for the packosnacks for service men will be handled out of her office Because of the large success which has been experienced the past two years with a special Christmas Cheer Fund store at which local beneficiaries of the fund may do their own shop ping the plan will in all prob ability be repeated this year Let this appeal be repeated If you plan to give to this cause remembrance to Cerro Gordo county boys in service as well as to needy families here at act at once If you can increase your gift at least proportionate to the in creased need of the enlarged pro gram please do so Either bring your gift to the GlobeGazette business office or mail it to Christmas Cheer Fund Care GlobeGazette Mason City Iowa Those wishing to suggest the names of men in service may either do so by postcard or by dropping in at the business office of the GlobeGazette Lets go Good Fellows of Cerro Gordo county Defense Savings Stamps for sale at GlobeGazette Business office W Buy Christmas Seals NAZI MEDICAL OFFICER SHOT PAItfs Occupied France The German command in Paris announced Wednesday that a German medical corps officer had been shot Tuesday night in the Boulevard Magenta and immedi ately imposed a p m curfew on the entire 10th arronctisscment The announcement said the curfew would continue indefinite ly and specified that German au thorities reserved the light to take graver Weather Report FORECAST MASON o s 11 y cloudy Wednesday night and Thurs day warmer Wednesday night all temperatures above freezing south to southwest winds in creasing to 20 to 30 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Tuesday 50 Minimum in Night 31 At 8 a m Wednesday 35 YEAR AGO Maximum 11 Minimum 19 LOOK INSIDE FOR 3 C CHUNK WILLIAMS Pioneer ofOid West Dies at Clear Lake PAGE 2 Youth Conference Planned at Goodell STATE PAGE U P AilAmerican Grid Team Announced SPORTS PAGE BULLETIN ALEXANDRIA Eevpt Seven thousand axis prisoners captured on the Libyan desert many of them German flyers arrived here Wednesday and were transferred to internment camps They came on warships in truck convoys and aboard a 14coach train LONDON rein forcements fought to regain the asamst initiative on the main Libyan bat charged tlefield Wednesday but for the time being at least German arm ored units dominated the vital front south of Tobruk Authorized sources said the vugue communique issued by eeneral headquarters at Cairo indicated the battle front con tinued very fluid but that axis forces which recaptured Sidi Rezesh still maintained control of the corridor leading to Tobruk Arrival of British reinformecents on the front and at Tobruk which is open to British seaborne sup plies was expected to put suffi cient weight behind the British counterdrive to reestablish con trol the situation The fact that there are no solid fighting lines in the desejl made it difficult for London military spokesmen to give an exact esti mate the immediate trend of battle but in any event it was not opimistic Gen Sir Alan Cunninghams time table for the offensive ap peared to have been seriously disrupted or failure to wlpeont the main German striking power that is tanks in the desert battle cast of Sidi Rezcgh Loss of domination of the cor ridor from Rezegh to Tobruk did not mean that it was impossible lor units to reach the besieged city over the desert but it broke up the main British connecting lines and made necessary Ihe recapture of the RezeghBir El HameeZaafran triangle in order to resume the of fensive Reserve tanks infantry and ma terials arrived in a stream for the imperial forces which had been reorganized for the next phase of the campaign after the Germans had succeeded in reuniting their 15th and 21st tank divisions Military experts said the im mediate objective was to close the gap which the Germans had cut in the British corridor hetween Sidi Rezegh and Tobruk on the coast AntiItalian Band Attempted to Kill Mussolini in 1938 ROME vast revolution ary plot which included a before hewar assassination attempt Premier Mussolini is to 60 persons on trial be fore a fascist court at Trieste Wednesday The 60 including students were declared officially to be members of an antiItalian ter rorist band of 71 The other 11 defendants were reported miss ins presumably fugitives abroad if ifi Arevolt in the northeast corner of the country annexed from Austria after the World war was Ihe aim of tlie conspirators the tate contended Prosecutors said communists dreamed of a soviet republic that would embrace the Slavic regions of Italy Austrian Carinthia and Jugoslavia The state said it had definite and material proof of espionage three powder factory explosions blowing up of railroad tracks an attempt to dynamite a bridge slay ing of a couple and an attempt lo kill Premier Mussolini while he was visiting Caporetto in 1938 Mussolinis escape from death at Caporetto declared by fascists to have been miraculous tut exact details of the incident were jMfr disclosed There have been eight other announced at tempts to kill the premier since he became head of the Italian government In 1922 The prosecutors said they could prove that the organizations aims were distributed in schools of Plezzo Oltresonzia and Plusina Defendants were charged inciting soldiers to desert distrib uting antiItalian literature and holding subversive demonstrations under the cover of sports cultural and charitable meeting which the penalty may be death All prisoners were accused of acting directly or indirectly for foreign powers On their heads were laid the BULLETINS WASHINGTON UPJ Advo cates of strong measures to end strikes in defense industries won the first test vote in the house Wednesday with adoption of i provision to ban importation of pickets to a struck plant The voe was 105 to 68 By overwhelming voice vote the house then adopted an amendcnt by Representative Martin Dies D Tex to deprive unions of their legal status under the Wagner act if they knowingly or negligently allow a communist a member of the GermanAmeri can bund or a person convicted ol a felony to hold office WASHINGTON ttJR Basic differences in the national poli cies of the United States and Ja pan were emphasized Wednesday by Secretary of State Cordell Hull in a press conference dis cussion during which he charged Japan with setting up military despotism in conquered coun tries Hull pictured a Japan which depended on force and conquest and oppression of con quered peoples He said that the monthslong exploratory con versations had never yet reached a stage where actual negotia tion toward a peaceful settle ment of U SJapanese issues could be undertaken deaths of 42 persons in a Piaccnza powder factory explosion Aug 8 1940 in which 756 other were in Sured and 95 deaths with more than 300 injured at Bologna 17 days later These were preceded Feb 25 1940 by a blast at Clana that caused serious destruction of ar tillcry mortars machine u n and millions of rounds of rifle cartridges but no deaths The hail of the Trieste court of Assizes was packed at the open ins of the trial Tuesday before six fascist judges for the de fense of the slate under An tonio Grinsali Casanunva lieu tenant general of militia Carlo Fallace is prosecutor general There are 18 defense lawyers Conspirators were motivated by various political beliefs according to the indictment ranging from democracy and liberajjsm to communism and terrorism All were accused of bcins anti Italian and of using the Slovene minority to create an atmosphere PLOT TO REVOLT Contend Brunner Kept Gun 60 ON Pillow as Protection TRIAL IN ITALY Iowa Woman Hit by Automobile Killed DUBUQUE heavy fog was blamed partially for the death here Tuesday night of Mrs Frank J Weber Si wife of a Mil waukee railroad car repairer ok Dubuque Mrs Weber was struck and killed by while crossing a lion in a heavy said an automobile street intersec fog authorities BEMTO MUSSOLINI on Life Made Dwan Testifies Mrs Brunner Told Him of Breakin Attempt Evidence lending to show that Sam Brunner kept a gun beneath his pillow as protection against night prowlers was introduced by the state Wednesday in the mur der trial of Jennie Brunner who lias admitted using the gun to kill her Fmsband Deputy Sheriff Cal Dwan testified that Mrs Brunner liad told him that some nights be fore the fatal shooting someone inserted a key in the back door of their farm home and tried to open It and that on another occasion she saw the flash of 3 gun beinfr fired outside the bed room window and heard the re port Her husband quieted her by saying that the window had fallen shut she told the officer accord ing to the testimony V Mr Dwan also read the confes sion by Mrs Brunner which he said she dictated the day after the shooting While he read Mrs Brunner sat with her hand over her face but did not weep She has appeared dryeyed throughout cntire trial On cross examination of Mr Dwan he was asked by Defense Counsel L R Boorohower to produce a pair of brassknuckles and any other weapons which were found by officers at the Brunner home after thefatal shoolingr The officer produced them explaining that they were of aluminum rather than brass and that they had been found in a closet of the home three or fpur days after the shootihc Elsie Ramsay sheriff was next on the stand and told of typing a confession ot the shooting dictated by Mrs Brun ner who read it aloud and signed it On cross examination by Mr Boomhouer Mrs Hamsay insisted that the confession was dictated by Mrs Brunner in full with out interruptions by County At torney M L Mason or Mr Dwan who were the only ones present at the lime Paul E Hodgson DCS Moines special agent for the Iowa slate bureau of criminal investigation an expert on firearms identifica tion testified that an evidence bullet delivered to him by Deputy Sheriff Dwan had been fired from the 45 caliber automatic which Mrs Brunner has admitted using to kill her husband Mrs Brunner lived in horror and fear for her life from a few days after her marriage to Sam Brunner until she shot and killed him on Sept 30 7 months later her attorney told the jury The English language is in capable ot portraying the evil of this mans character Boomhower told the jury of five women and seven men He was a hot tempered vio lent dangerous character Be fore this trial closes you will probably lislen to one of the most sordid cases ever heard in any courtroom Mr Bruniier had a veritable arsenal in his home Mr Boom hower asserted in his opening statement before the stale began introducing its evidence The ar senal included not only the 45 caliber atomatic with which he was killed but also a 3030 rifle and a pair of brass knuckles which he used to strike his wife The attorney also told of Mr Brunner having blown out the brains of his wifes pet dog a Tea days before his own death and gloated to his wife over the clean job done by the bullet Mrs Brunner will testify in her own behalf the attorney in dicated She will tell you of the horror she had of his demeanor and his threats against her life he told the jury County Attorney M L Mason in his opening statement recounted in detail the story of the fatal shoot ing as it was reenacted by Mrs Brunner the same day When the couple awoke on the morning of Sept 30 she tickled Sam Mrs Brunner told the of ficeis according to the county attorney It always made him mad she said During the scuffle he jumped over her in the bed and she lay on his pillow under which he kept his automatic After two fruitless attempts he succeeded in getting the gun and told her that if she did not stop tickling him and saying that she was going leave him he would kill her They then srot out of bed and walked lo the kitchen to see what time it was She told him JENNIE it was time for him to milk the cows and he answered that he didnt care and walked back into the bedroom She followed him and took the gun from his hand and when he turned around she shot at him and missed Dont shoot honey he pleaded but Mrs Brunner admitted level ing the gun again and shooting the countyattorney related said andturned attemptingtoshow theiwoulic in his back where thebullet ha emerged He walked toward th bed and she helped him to Hi down on ii She then look the rifle from lh doorknob on which it hung drcssec and hurried from Ihe house hiding the gun in the nearby milkhouse She then drove to the home of hci husbands parents about a mil away and happened told them what hac Max E Rilcy employed in the city engineers office was lie first witness and told of drawing a floor plan of the Sam Brunnei house which the state introclucet into evidence W Deputy S h e r 1 f Dwan fol lowed him on the stand and was questioned for nearly three hours by the county attorney before the trial was adjourned until Wednesday morning The deputy sheriff told or the incidents of Sept 30 when he received a call about the shooting He told in detail of Mrs Brun ncrs several reenactments of th shooting He said he asked her i she were not afraid to take cocked gun from her husband anc she answered that she was strong cithan her husband could throw him and had done it several When the deputy asked her she took the gun from her hus band she said he handed it t me the officer testified The fatal weapon was inlro duced as evidence and the office showed how it was operated Those in the courtroom laughed when the county attorney movec as the muzzle of the gun swun toward him where he was stand ing beside the witness stand dur ing the questioning Every one of the 128 seals in th courtroom was filled with specta tors most of them women Judg Tom Boynlon instructed bailiff hat only those who could seated were lo be admitted to t courtroom because its floorwa known to be weak An additions 50 persons waited in the halhva for admittance PICTOQUIZ IS FUN I YOU TRY IT HOkV MANY CAN O YOU ANSWER i Look on Want Ad Page of This Issue 40 RUSS TOWNS Germans Sent Reeling Back 12 to 24 Miles on Cold Moscow Front BULLETIN MOSCOW Moscow radio announced Wednesday night that let forces had captured Taganrog and 40 villages on the southern front By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Russias Ukraine armies iressing triumphant counter jlitzkrieg w er e reported Wednesday to have advanced nto the suburbs of Taganrog 40 miles west ol Kostpvon 3on and driven the Germans out of 40 villages while on he blizzard swept Moscow rout other soviet troops sent the Germans reeling back 12 to 24 miles A soviet radio broadcast announced that bloody battles were fought Tues day evening in the suburbs of Taganrog and soviet dispatches said the nazis were in headlong flight A Reuters British news agency dispatch said the Germans had fallen back 36 miles in three days in the retreat from Rostov On the central front the nazis siifterirjg further revcrsesi Quoting latest advices from Moscow the British radio said the Russians had sent the panzer forces of Col Gen Heinz Guderian spinning in reverse A cpmimmiriuc from Adolf Hitlers field headquarters claimed fresh gains in violent lank and infantry battles before Moscow but the Russians said Ihe Germans had been thrown back in two hey sectors and gen erally painted a brightening ture of tlie two montli old strug gle for the capital In Ihe Ukraine soviet dispatch es said red armies counter marching back through lie Don ets river industrial basin were finding the frozen bodies Ger mans wrapped in flimsy blankets huddled in roadside ditches and that tosave themselves from the bitter cold the nazis were fight ing with suicidal fury lo hold vil lages where they could lind warmth and shelter A London broadcast siiil Hitler had rushed Field Marsha Walthcr von Brauchitsch com mandcrinchicf of Hie cnlirc German army to the Ukraine in an attempt to stop the rout at all cost German armored reinforce ments were reported hurrying along the Mariupol road to combat the Russians sweeping counter offensive which so far appeared to have hurled the Germans back more than 75 miles from their far thest eastward thrust to the Novo cherkassk region 35 miles beyond Rostov According to soviet reports the Germans are falling back somewhere between Taganrog 40 GENERAL VON BRAUCHITSCH Into Ukraine ;