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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 26, 1941, Mason City, Iowa COMP OePARTUENT OF HiST03v ANO ARCHIVE DCS MOINES 14 NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALL NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII FIVE CENTS A COPY MASON CITY IOWA FRIDAY DECEMBER 26 1941 THIS PAPER CONSISTS TWO SECTIONS SECTION ONE NO 66 CHURCHILL BIC DRIVE TO BE IN 43 Japs Intensify Drive Against Manila in 2 Way Assault CITY DECLARED OPEN TANKS STAGE BATTLES Navy Reports 2 Japanese Warships Sunk Attacks on Lingayen Front Are Repulsed Operations Pressed Artillery Fight N W of Manila Reported Casualties Are Heavy By R F CRONIN Jr MANILA p m a m twoway Japanese assault on Manila has intensified an artillery fight northwest of the capital and a tank battle to the southeast where Japanese pressure was increased and casual ties were heavy an army com munique declared late Friday The war bulletin was the last issued from the United States armed forces of he far east headquarters here before all staff officers left Manila de clared officially to be an open cily to spare its residents fur ther bombardment Japanese aerial activity over the city continued through most of the day however with one siren sounded alarm after another The Japanese bombers appeared to be striking beyond the city it self at military bases nearby Su burban Nichols air field was one of their objectives The army communique de scribed aerial activity over the capital during the preceding 16 said he was transferring his office outside Manila Sayre declared that we know our fight is Americas fight Americas help is sure There can be no shadow of question as to the ultimate victory President Manuel Quezon an nounced he was leaving Manila on the advice of General Mac Arthur and would administer of the civil government from the outside Meanwhile a noon communique acknowledged increasing Japanese pressure on the southeastern front from Atimonan 75 miles south east of Manila to Mauban on the Lamon bay 20 miles above Ati monan The communique said Action on the northern lines was confined to artillery duelling On the southeastern front from Atimonan to Mauban the enemy pressure is increasing Earlier it was reported the Japa nese driving southward from Aparri on the northern coast of Luzon had reached Tuguegarao 50 miles inland and that it was planned to declare the summer capital of Baguio an unfortified and open city Observers said Baguio might al ready have been occupied by Jap anese driving across the mountains from the Lingayen zone in the west coast At 8 a m the army spokesman AH Tailors been nwve4 Manila by Fri day afternoon to accordance with the annonncement that the city was not defended Antiair craft batteries were dismounted and unmovable military stores destroyed For the first time since the war started no tanks or other motor ized equipment moved through the city streets The final war bulletin from the Manila headquarters said there has been very heavy pressure by the enemy on the southeastern front where the Japanese were attacking toward Manila from their Lamon bay beachheads 55 to 75 miles from the Tank battling on that front the communique said has re sulied in heavy casualties on both sides It repeated an earlier war bul letin that enemy action on the northern front some 110 miles from Manila was largely heavy and concentrated artillery fire Despite the strength of the Japanese attacks the army de clared the fighting was going well in all sectors and Francis B Sayre United States high com missioner pledged that we will fight to the last man An hour after General Douglas MacArthur commander of the far eastern army of the United States officially proclaimed Manila an open city to spare the metropoli tan areafrom the possible ravages of attacks either in the air or on the ground the air raid sirens screamed However no enemy planes ap peared over the city proper and water front observers said the Japanese might be concentrating against the Corrcgidor islands at the entrance to Manila bay This belief was based on the fact that waves Japanese planes after circling over the city flew to the west above Manila bay One wave dropped bombs in the direction of Nichols air port on the outskirts of Manila General MacArthur in a procla mation dated two days Manila was declared an open city without the charac teristics of a military objective In one midmorning raid he Japanese bombers concen trated on a government pier in the harbor but most of their bombs fell in the water One striking the edge of the pier killed at least two workers A freighter tied up at the pier was not damaged Some oil stores were set afire in another raid near the city Hardest hit were installations of the Standard Vacuum Oil com pany Flaming oil spread on to the Pasig river The proclamation said thai in order that no excuse may be given for a possible mistake the Ameri can high commissioner the com monwealth government and all combatant military installations will be withdrawn from its en virons as rapidly as possible As son as the order was an nounced Commissioner Sayre declared pur line is still holding on both the north and south fronts although Japenese pressure is continuing No additional land ingshave been reported Against Submarines on US West Coast WASHINGTON navy confirmed the sinking of two Japanese warships in the far east and the probable sinking of two others in a communique Friday as the army reported repulse of re peated enemy attacks on the main Lingayen front in Luzon largest of the Philippine islands The navy said that Admiral Thomas C Hart commander of the Asailic fleet listed one enemy transport and one mine sweeper sunk with the probable sinkingalso of another trans port and a seaplane tender Naval operations are being pressed against submarines in the western Pacific where attacks have taken place off the Califor nia coast the communique said H announced that Manila hai been declaredan dpcii city ar attempt to save the capital of the Philippines from possible devasta tion by air raids and land attacks The war department said that General Douglas aiacArihur commander of the United States forces in the far east had re ported from the field that he had reorganized and strength ened the positions held by his troops in the vicinity of Linga yen gulf Heavy enemy rein forcements were indicated President Roosevelt arranged conference with British and Unit ed States militaiy and naval lead ers for oclock this afternooi to continue mapping strategy as tle latest official re ports were released FIGHTING HEAVY ON PERAK RIVER Japanese Shock Troops Reported Suffering Suicidal Losses SINGAPORE UR Japanese shock troops were reported suf fering suicidal losses Friday in a desperate battle on the Perak river 300 miles north of Singapore On the east coast the Japanese were approaching the Kemaman area only 225 miles from Singapore A Malaya command communi que reported empire lines hold ing firm with the situation un changed It noted engagements between patrols in the Sunset Siput and Perak areas on the west side of the peninsula and north of Kamaman in Treng canu province on the east coast The positions cited indicated that the empire forces were hold ing still their new eastwest line across the peninsula and that on the east side a real test ol strength was imminent It was admitted that there had been no further news from Ku ching capital of Sarawak in Bor neo where communication had been cut off since late Wednesday when it was indicated that the Japanese were landing troops in the area Special dispatches described a ferocious battle on the west Ma laya coast where the Japanese were attacking the empire line on the Perak river regardless ol frightful losses British empire forces were holding a bridge over the river al Ensgor five miles north of Kuala Kangsar against Japa nese troops who were attacking in waves in what was described as one of the grimmest battles of the Malaya campaign The Japanese threw dive bomb ing plane formations into the fighting but it was asserted offi cially that the bombing was very haphazard and little damage and few casualties resulted A communique reported hat British planes attacking Japanese shipping anchored off Kuching capital of Sarawak scored a direct hit on the stern of a merchant ship and scored at least six near misses calculated to do damage against other ships Prettiest Girl Writing to Claiborne Soldier on Way to Visit Camp DES MOINES Ken neth Miller 28 of Milford Iowa who was chosen as the pretties girl writing to a soldier at Cam Claiborne La in competitio with 500 otherletter writers wa enroute Friday to visit her hus band there Miller 25 a selectee and the former Miss Cleone Ewe were married last July 19 Babys Bank Wedding Ring and Diamond Found in Rats Nest DALLAS Tex was the babys bank which dii appeared from the A Presle house A couple of days ago Mrs Pre leys wedding ring and a diamon vanished Papi called the cop He called again after he found the wedding ring diamond bank and various other articles in a rats nest wall in the IOWA EDITOR ENLISTS WYOMING Iowa F Falb 46 managing editor of the Wyoming Journal and the Lost Nation Press has been accepted for enlistment in the Photo graphic section of the navy air corps A World war veteran he expects to be called about Jan 1 CLAIM SWIMMING TROOPS USED Japanese Say Athletes Helped Prepare Way for Capturing Hongkong TOKIO Official Broadcast re corded by special detach ment of swimming soldiers whr had been trained by two Olympic games pointscorers helped pre pare the way for the Japanese capture of the British island stronghold of Hongkong it was revealed Friday The members of this newly formed troop swam across the narrow waterway between the Kowloon mainland and the island located British mines and ex ploded them by riflefire thus en abling the Japanese troop trans ports to cross in safety The soldiers were trained by Reizo Koike and Saburo Ito Koike took second place back of a teammate in the 200meter breaststroke championship at the 1932 Olympic games at Los Ange les and was third in the same event at Berlin in 1936 Ito fin ished fifth in the latter race NOWFALL OF 9 NCHES FAILS TO BLOCK TRAFFIC Slippery Highways Make Travel Hazardous but No Drifts Reported North loiya lay blanketed in a lick covering of snow Friday norning as winter made its first onnal appearance in this section f the middle west The snoxv anged from 5 to 9 inches deep Highways were being Jcept open n this area without too much dil iculty the highway commission office here said although a wet coating of snow and ice under lying the snow made driving condi tions hazard ous The highway patrol office said that al patrol cars are SNOW on higil ways and that in numerous in stances the patrolmen had helpec stranded motorists who h a c slipped from the road or beconv Jogged down in snowdrifts before jie roads were cleared The patrol warned of slipperj onditions in many places on the lighways and urged extreme cau iion in driving It urged that per sons not ventureforth unless ab solutely Drifting was very mid morning Friday reports sent t the local highway commission of Eice showed and to date there ha been no barricades The heavy snowfall is genera although it seems to have been little fighter in Kossuth and Em met counties on the west and i the Postville area in the east R R Zack district engineer said H listed snowfall in Kossuth am Emmet counties as around inches and that at Postville at Snow in Cerro Gordo county amounted to about 9 inches ac cording to the highway commis sion measurements There were 8 inches ot snow in Bremer and Butler counties 7 in Franklin and 5 in Worth reports to Mr Zack said Cerro Gordo countys n i n snowplows were1 pushing the snow clear of the county highways and according to County Engineer R E Robertson were having no par ticular difficulty Drivers were having trouble mainly he said be cause of the slippery roads Those with smooth tires usually got stuck if they slid off the main traveled portion of the road The plows started going out at day light Mr Robertson said and would be able to handle the job mless the wind rose and the snow began drifting The railroads reported no blockades and traffic was mov ing at or near normal Railroad men also were watching the wind ffuajre however for they admitted that if it rose the re sulting drifts would ccrlainly slow traffic The four plows and one large maintainer of the Mason City street department went to work at 1 a m and had the situation under control during the forenoon according to City Manager Her bert T Barclay We expect to begin lilting and hauling the snow from Federal avenue this after noon he reported Numerous minor accidents were reported throughout North Iowa as cars skidded into each other on the slippery roads but nothing of a serious nature was reported to the highway patrol White Christmas Nine Inches of It Wilma Abbey Lake Mills school teacher lilcc hundreds of other North Iowa motorists found their cars buried tinder nine inches of snow Friday morning Others had to shovel their way out of garages Cars skidded off highways causing numerous minor accidents as the sudden snowstorm brought a belated white Christmas Lock photo Kuycniv en graving places and moderate temperatures clear in of the state The wind Friday afternoon was expected to cause some drifting of what snow was falling at that time The sticky snow which covered trees wires and everything else outdoors with a white blanket caused relatively little communica tions difficulties but the pros pects of colder weather and wind caused fears among transmission companies the heavy snow might pull down wires if x Mrs Lena lUdravy of Prcs cott Iowa died and two other persons were hurt in an au tomobile collision on a snow covered highway near Creston Thursday night and Mrs Bess Johnson of Sioux City was in jured fatally in a car collision on slippery pavement there The heaviest snow fell in the north central and north east por tions of the state Charles City reported inches on the ground there and more snow falling Fri day while the weather bureau listed 10 inches in that area BUUiNED WHILE COOKING ATLANTIC Max Ross of Atlantic was treated at a hos pital after being badly bumed about the face neck and hands Killed While Taking Snow From Switch CALMAR James Sccora 65 railroad section foreman was killed lale Thursday night when lie was struck by a Milwaukee passenger train while cleaning snow out of a switch near the de pot here Sccora and his crew had been called out lo help clean the tracks during the snow storm Secora a resident of Fort At nson was killed when the rain which was backing up struck lim Elmer Bulgren of Calmar who working with Secora witnessed the accident The Fort Atkinson man died instantly His body was taken lo the French funeral home in Cal mar Funeral services will be at Fort Atkinson Surviving arc his widow two sons and a daughter CHARGE ISLE BROADGASTDATA Free French Offer Reasons for Action South of Newfoundland LONDON French na tional committee Free French charged Friday that it was com mon that the radio at St Pierre when it was under Vichy domination was broadcast ing meteorological information useful to the enemy St Pierre is the seal of admin istration of the French islands o St Pierre and Miquelon off the southern coast of Nrcwfoundlanc which naval forces of the Free French have taken out of Vichy control The national committee issued a statement in explanation the seizure of the islands which the United Slates department has con demned Two Cars Damaged in Accident at Burcninal Two cars were badly damagcc but the drivers of both escapee serious injury about 5 p m Thursday in an intersection col lision at the northwest edge o Burchinal The mishap was in vestigated by Sheriff Tim Phalens office The cars involved were driven by Clarence Johnson near Burchinal and Joe McDon ough of west of Mason City The mishap occurred before Thursda nights snowfall began ALLIED WAR COUNCIL FORMED Secret Session of Military Chiefs Is Held in Chungking CHUNGKING Chin a rilish and Chinese military dele ales have formed nn allied war ouncil or the far east to function I Chungking is the result oE a hrceday secret meeting it was nnoiiiTCCd Friday Gen Sir Archibald Wavell Uritish commander in chief in India and Generalissimo Chi aig Kai Slick the Chinese lead er were the principals No word was permitted to leak ut until the niilitary leaders had oncluded their council on prob ems connected with joint war ac on by the democratic countries On Dec 23 a military counci vas created at Chungking Chinese government communique aid A British embassy said that the delegates discussed questions o ROBS MINNEAPOLIS CAFE MINNEAPOLIS ties Friday sought an armed ban dit who held up a cafe Christina morning and fled with SGO in casr after beating the proprietor Mrs Gladys Tracy IB into uncon sciousness while cooking her Christmas turI packed snow Sharp Drop in Mercury Expected DKS MOINES white Christmas came a day late as leaden skies dumped up to 10 inches of snow in all parts of the state Thursday and Thursday night A 2030 mile wind was scheduled Friday afternoon fol lowed by a sharp drop in tem perature and cicarins skies Fri day night The state highway commission reported all highways open Fri day and no drifting of the heavy wet snow but roads were slippery and dangerous with ice and key Rain preceded the snow in most Confiscated Home Brew Explodes Hand of Police Chief Hurt EL DORADO Kas The Christmas holiday quiet of this peaceful Kansas community was broken by a shattering explosion But Police Chief Ray Byera wasnt unduly alarmed He got up and taped the cut on his hand The departments confiscated home slill illegal blown up Defense Savings Stamps for sale at GlobeGazelle Business office Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Snow diminishin Friday afternoon clearing am colder Friday night Wind 203 miles per hour some drifting Lowest temperatures Fricla night Mason City 5 OWA Colder snow diminishin Friday and clearing Friday nigh wind 2030 MPH diminishin slowly Friday night MINNESOTA Colder light sm Friday clearing Friday nigh wind 2030 MPH slowly dimin ishing Friday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Thursday 32 Minimum Thursday night 25 At 8 a m Friday 25 Precip 65 Snow 9 inches YEAR AGO Maximum 50 Minimum 31 k trategy in the far east Every BRITISH PRIME MINISTER GIVES CONGRESS TALK Declares Allies Will Provide Lesson to Axis World Will Not Forget WASHINGTON Prime Minister Winston Churchill told congress Friday the allies would be lo Uikc the initiative on an imple scale by 1943 and in the end give the iixis powers a lesson the world will never forget Standing in tlic center of the greencarpeted senate rostrum the stocky Briton asked his intently listening audience these question1 ibout the Germans Japanese and Italians What kind of people do Ihcy think we arc Do they not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them until we have taught them a Icssim which they and the world will never for get This brought a rour of applause C r o ni the packcdandjammed senate chamber where house members were sandwiched in be tween the regular senate desks Members of the supreme court the cabinet and the diplomatic corps were also in his audience The prime minister spoke also of the masses awaiting the hour ot liberation when they too will be able lo play their pail and strike their blows like men The United States British production within a year or 18 months Churchill said would result in war power output be yond anything ever seen in the axis states Tlie youth of Germany Japan and Italy had been taught the Britisher said that aggressive warfare was the duty of the citi zen and should begin as soon as the weapons were available They have plotted and planned for war he charged The stocky prime minister stood in tile center of the senate rostrum and spoke in a calm quiet voice He was cheered lustily when lie entered the chamber which was jammed to capacity Churchill said it was natural that the planning and plotting by the axis powers had placed the United States at a disadvantage But saying that we should be thankful that we had time to pre pare for war he added If Germany had tried to in vade Britain in June 1940 and Japan had declared war on the United States the same day no one can say what disaster might have come Churchill said that within IK months production in the United States will produce results in war power beyond anything that has been seen and that by the ispcet for the future of the cam aiyn in the far cast was consid ered and complete harmony MCW for the purpose was General Wavell left by airplane or Rangoon on his way to his icadquarters in India on Christ mas eve end of 1942 we will be quite defi nitely in a better position than of WP arc now By 1D43 he said production will enable us to assume the ini iativc on an ample scale Ap jlause halted his remark Tiie British leader said he and resident Roosevelt did not hesi Wavell was Clown to Chungking and back in a plane of he China National Airways company His secret arrival here came as a complete surprise and those in the capital who knew of the conference were excitedly absorbed in it while the atten tion of other allied capitals was fixed on the mcclinK of Presi dent Kooscvclt and Prime Mini ster Winston Churchill at Wash ington Gen Ho YingChin war mini ster and numerous other Chinese army leaders took part in the dis Wavell was aided by Maj Gen L E Dcnnys British military at lachc here WOULD REVERSE JAP ADVANTAGE Australian Prime Minister Hints New Move in Far East CANBERRA Australia Prime Minister John C it r t i n broadcasting Friday said thai Britain the United States and Australia had launched an effor to reverse Japans present offen sive advantage Speaking only in general terms Curtin said he could not state ihc precise form of the movement but he added that he was greatly en couraged by growing reinforce ments for the allies talc to forecast a long and hard war because our people would know the truth With the spirit which has de veloped he said it did not matter if it was 1942 43 or M The task ahead he said is not be yond our strength and endur ance us Ions as we have faith in our own cause Mighty strokes of war already have been dealt against the ene my he continued and with men tion of Russian victories the audi ence again applauded at length Maxim LHvinoff the Russian am bassador sat unsmiling For the first time since Ihc war began Churchill declared the British had been able to fight the axis forces with equal weapons in Africa For the first time he aid we have made the Hun feel 1he sharp edge of the tools with which be had subjugated Europe He noted that the axis had about 130000 men in Africa onethird of them German The British had set out to destroy this army he said adding I have every reason to believe this aim will be fully accomp lished Throughout Washingtons down town section crowds clustered around business places to hear the broadcast of the speech RcMau Viint keepers likewise turned up their radio Churchill was slid tic went on lo be able to stand before congress and say shortly after American entry into the war lhat the British were able to prove that with ctiual weapons ;