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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1941, Mason City, Iowa DEPARTMENT OF KISTOSY AND NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AU NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS VOL XLVIII JAP BOMBERS BLAST MANILA HOLDUP MAN IS CHASED NORTH ABOUT 5 MILES Robber Escapes With Life When Gun Used by Bless Misses Fire lone gunman who escaped with his life because a daring bankers gun missed fire attempted to hold up the Ventui State bank here Saturday The man refusing himself to fire at the banker backed from the institution and sped away in an automobile driving north from this Cerro Gardo town of 250 population about 15 miles west of Mason City Lawrence L Bless cashier go a gun from the vault and intendei to shoot it out with the bandi but the weapon refused to dis charge No money was taken In vault and tills of the bank at the tim was 54000 The bandit entered the bank a 1110 a m and walked to a Laura FJIKJFTERJENTURABANKER DRAWTfiUH H war the ronman marled pointlnt t revolver at toe Tonne woman She screamed Bless saw was happening he related and backed into the bank vault to obtain the gun I was going to shoot it ou with him the cashier recalled I got the gun but the darnec wouldnt go off Bless safe 1 5ndlts gun looked as thougl it had been enameled When he saw I had a gun h Backed to the door and got As the gunman jumped into hi ffJT a Cresco ston label fell to the pavement Homer Grim of Ventura followed the bandit about five miles but was unable to keep pace with him Grim reported the holdup man was going toward highway 69 Miss Velma Hyde bookkeeper also was in the bank at thet im of the robbery The women wen Irightened and nervous but wen unharmed No shots were exchanged The gunman was described as f iUt 3Vears 5 feet 7 inches tali and weighing about 155 pounds He had a dark complex ion He was dressed in a red and yellow stocking cap and a dark Kneelength overcoat He also wore gloves Witnesses said he was driving a 1939 or 1940 Chevrolet coach o dark color Bless related three youngsters and a fourth person whose name he couldnt recall immediately were m the bank lobby at the time of the attempted holdup They were Bob Halford Bobby Wolfram and Bernicc Ball Boy 14 Found High on Fire Escape Admits Breaking Into Places DES MOINES Over the housetops click click It wasnt St Nick it was Des Momes policemen and they werent crawling down chimneys were after a 14 year olri youth ho had climbed the pe the Des Mones build The officers went right up the Paul Castelline the climb was not in the boy admitted breaking into 11 ST PAUL Minn tscaped Friday Ahen their automobile plunged 7a feet down an em bankment and landed upright on s i reel below WITH BULGARIA LONDON UPThe London Gazette announced Saturday that Britain was at war with Bulgaria Because Bulgaria declared war on toe United States on Dec 13 Dutch Sink 2 Additional Jap Vessels BATAVIA N E I large Japanese transport and a on the transport which the Dutcl army planes in a new attack on Japanese shipping off Kuching Sarawak island of Borneo the Netherlands high command said Salurday It brought lo 17 the number of Japanese vessels sunk by the Dutch Several have been damaged Severaldirect hits were scored on the transport which the Dutch army command described as the largest in s concentration ot Jap anese shipping off Kuching Ribbentrop Sets 42 as Victory Year BERLIN URJCOfficial Broad cast Recorded by United Press in New von Ribben minister 1aturday as the year 1 e year or final German Italian and Japa nese victory In of German and janesenevv year messages rf Powers approach the decisive battles of 1942 con vinced that it um bring final vic tory over their adversaries Then they will work in common to cieate a new order in Europe and east Asia and thus create the basis lor final improvement of t world and a long peace On Jan 1 1941 Adolt Hitler said in an order of the day Sol diers the year 1D41 will bri consummation ot the greatest vi lory of pur Greeting Japan as our brave ally and brother in aims Rib bentrop said Japan had sought peace m face of the aggressive and insupportable policies of Great Britain and the United States But Japans peaceful policy like that ot Uermany was misinterpreted as weakness he continued and Tokio Radio Repeats Play Christmas in the White House SAN FRANCISCO UR The 3kio radio heard here Sat urday repeated several times a entitled Christmas at the J House in which the United Stales navy was belittled and President Roosevelt was depicted istemng to a Tokio radio broad cast of the fall of Hongkong ihe Japanese actors portraying president Roosevelt and Prim Minister Winston Churchill spoke with a nearBronx accent JAPS REPORTED NOW 55 MILES S E OF MANILA U S Troops Defending North Outnumbered But Fighting Fiercely By GEORGE TEODORE WITH U S FORCES ON SOUTHEAST LUZON FRONT Japanese flag is flying Saturday night at Lucena 55 miles southeast of Manila This indicated that the Tayabas isth mus virtually had been cut by the enemy isolating the peninsula that extends from Lamon bay to Legaspi in southeast Luzon American tanks and Filipino defense regiments cariier had been moving in considerable force into the southeastern front to stem the Japanese advance from the AtimonanJIauban sec tor A battle for control of tlie mountain roads was forecast Lucena a commercial and lumber center is an important railroad and highway junction It lies south of Mauban andabout 25miles west of Atimonan If it was reacHea by Japanese advance ing from the AtimonanMauban sector the enemy apparently was cutting southward toward Tay abas bay and Batangas important port and rail head south of Ma nila This however would also open a good communications route toward the capital Withdrawing to Stronger Line By FRANZ TOEISBLATT NTTED STATES ARMY HEADQUARTFRC NORTH LUZON FRONT United States and Philippine foices heavily outnumbered are ightmg ferocious new Japanese nvasion drives on Manila from north and south and in the north are withdrawing to a stronger line ess than 100 miles from the capi al army communiques disclosed The combined defense forces directed by GenDouglas MacArthur personally after his withdrawal from his Manila command headquarters faced arivinff Japanese troops who were attachine regardless of heavy losses and were recciv iag a steadjflow of reinforce ments from transport fleets off Ihe northwest and southeast Lu zon coasts 4 K The first commiminno from Manla Fiercely Raided MANILA AS SEEN FROM THE AIR j communique irom icld headquarters of MacArthur s commanderinchief of United tales forces in the far east after nday s declaration of Manila and of the reinforcements Fighting is desultory in the north but very henvy in the south oast The enemy is steadily bringing reinforcements from his fleet of transports off LingyCn Luzon coast and Atimo Southeast Luzon coast Ihe enemy air activity is heavy A dispalch from Georsc Tco dorc United Press staff corres pondent with he United Stales forces in southeastern Luzon described American tanks rumbling through tlic mountain passes and Filipino regiments wheeling into the fighting lines to meet in piicned battle the Japanese driving on the capital irom the Alimonan sector The fighting which had been desultory in the words of the Philippines command communi que had become Saturday a ma jor battle Maj Gen Jonathan M Wain wnght commanding United States and Philippines forces in northern Luzon announced that tne defense forces were with drawing to a strong line before Japanese who had entered the t ampagna plains less than 100 miles from Manila Heavily outnumbered by the Japanese who had driven down from the west Luzon coast in two columns one along the coastal plain Ihe other inland on the main Manila highway the Unilcd States AntiAircraft Guns Other Arms Removed From Manila lokio Is Silent on Civilians Fleeing for Shelter Are Machine Gunned by Jap Flyers By FRANK HEWLETT MANILA UP Waves of Japanese bombers blasted s hipping historic churches and colleges in the defenseless city of Manila for three hours Saturday At least 50 persons were killed and 150 wounded bv Japanese plote who dumped two big salvos of bomb on the t Inlvjimuros district and reportedly m a c h i n e gunned civilians as they fled for shelter Many more cas ualties were believed im reportcd as yet UtJS were fighting stoutly and making apanese drive in the southeast 11 T u j IHUIVIH tne Japanese pay for mile Battered Freighter After Attack Assault but German Radio Gives Excuse By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS The mass raid on Manila came the day after General MacArthur proclaimed to the world that Manila was open hence forth the characteristics o military objective The proclamation itself was dated Dec 24 but there was no word here whether the Japanese had been told through other chan nels of its purport before it was announced Significantly the proclama tion contained this paragraph In order lhat no excuse may be given for a possible mistake the American high commission er he commonwealth govern ment and all combatant mili tary installations will be witli drawn from its environs as rap inly as possible Immediately upon announce ment of General MacArthurs ac tion all military stores lhat could not be moved from the open city were destroyed antiaircratt guns were dismantled and moved out of the zone the far eastern com mand headquarters were set up at a point outside Manila and the commonwealth government bead ed by President Manuel Quezon left the city The United Slates high commis sioner Francis B Sayrc also left the open zone but not before he had declared that we will fight to the last man Philippines lo protect the was no word from the Japanese themselves regarding the proclamation but a broadcast Fri day from Saigon Japaneseoccu pied IndoChina said that as from Dec 25 the Japanese were con sidering Manila as an open city While Tokio remained silent on the assault the German radio asserted that the Japanese military docs not recognize that Manila is to be treated as an open city The broadcast gave the tlimsy explanation that because the de cision was taken by General Mac Arthur without consultation with the Philippine the Japanese could not agree to an open city designation RECOVERING FROM WOUXDS ELDORA Johnson 12 is recovering at a hospital here from stomach and am ri s from the acci dental discharge of a shotgun earned by his brother Harris Th 1 Mr and carl son of near here were hunt ing rabbits JAP GARAGE OWNER SLAIN Police Redouble Patrol of Nippon Settlement at Stockton Cal STOCKTON Cal Saturday redoubled patrol of the large Japanese settlement here adjoining a Filipino residenlia seclion twice as large after the murder of a Japanese owner and the smashing of win dows in four Japanese establish ments A witness who identified the slayer of Jungo Kino 65 as a skinny Filipino was described by Police Chief Harold Vogelsang as a case and Vogelsang did not believe a Filipino neces sarily was involved in the attack But because of the window smashings a few hours later the police increased their patrol of the Orienlal district to prevent ence between Ihe Filipinos the Japanese the majority whom Vogelsang poinled out are intensely loyal Americans There are about 5000 Japanese m the county about 2000 of whom live in Stockton Most of them are engaged in farming the rich delta lands of the San Joa tnn and Sacramento rivers Adjoining their district here is Hie Filipino settlement with a population of 5000 Principal source ot their livelihood is work ing the celery asparagus potato and onion crops raised on the Ja panese farms There has been a long hislory of labor trouble between the em ployerJapanese and the laborer Filipinos Japanese farmers asked police prelection when Filipinos began quitting their fields outbreak of the Pacific war after Holiday Shift Set Steel Output Record GARY Ind The worlds largest steel mill set a new pro duction iecord when a holiday shift of 22000 men gave the na Christmas steel ingots Plant officials the CarnegieIllinois Steel com pany largest subsidiary of the Pt SdJStatcs Stcc corporation withheld actual figures for holi day production but reported a new record was set Defense Savings Stamps for sale al GlobeGazette Business office Fleets Pour Japanese Into Philippines WASHINGTON M The war department reported Saturday fleets of Japanese troopships were pouring invasion reinforcements asiore north and southeast of Ma nila and very heavy fighting was m progress southeast ot the Philippine capital A communique said that mean while fighting in the Lingaycn fuilf area north of Manila was of a desultory character At the same time heavy enemy air activity was said to have con tinued over all the battle fronts of the islands The communique covering military developments up to I Philippine theater Fighting in the Lingayen ulf ca north of Manila is of a desul tory character Combat ope rations in Ihe southeast in the general vicinity W Lamon bay arc very heavy The enemy is being continually reinforced fiom fleets oC troop ships in Lingaycn gulf and off Ali monan Enemy nir activity continues heavy over all fronts There is nothing to report from other areas Atimonan is some 75 air miles from Manila and Lnmon bay on winch it is situated extends north ward to a point where the bay only about 45 air miles from the la I The bombing attack was a Wm Japanese answer to lie action of American and Fili pino officials in declaring Ma nila an open and undefended city in an effort to save the 100000 in the walled from bombing attack Churchill Prepares for 2 Day Visit in Canada Will Speak WASHINGTON UR British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Saturday was preparing to end iiis stay m the United States for a twoday visit to Canada Canadian Prime Minister Uc Kcnzic King who arrived here rriday for conferences svitli Presi dent Roosevelt Churchill and other allied leaders disclosed Hint the British prime minister would address a joint session of the Ca nadian parliament Tuesday and attend a meeting of Canadas war cabinet Exact time of the departure of Britains wartime leader for Ot tawa wss not disclosed but King said he and Lord Bcaverbrook British minister of supply would make the trip with Churchill Churchill will be the Ruost of the governor general the Earl of Alb Ion c Since parliament is not in ses sion special invitations arc being sent to senate and commons mem bers to attend Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITY Cloudy snow flurries and colder Saturday and Saturday night Low tempera tures Mason City 5 IOWA Mostly cloudy with scat tered snow Hurries Saturday and Salurday night slightly colder cast and south portions Saturday and not quite so cold extreme west portion Saturday night MINNESOTA Cloudy lo partly cloudy with scattered snow flur nes Saturday and Saturday night Slightly colder southeast portion Saturday continued cold Saturday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maximum Friday if Minimum Friday night 15 At 8 a m Saturday 15 YEAR AGO Maximum 3fi Minimum j9 And Saturday night Filipinos stumbling through Hie glass and debrisstrewn streets fighlin fires caring for the wounded and preparing for another day of frontline war were fighting mad as they declared We can take it Huge fires reddened the sky late Salurday nighl over Ihe 16th century Jmramuros or walled city district but firemen appeared to have overcome the danger ot spreading blazes in Ihe narrow crowded streets Fire department officials said they believed they could save the Manila cathedral the army and navy Y M C A building and Sanlo Tomas college unless the wind increased Dominican fa thers estimated that damage tn 52000000 in addition lo which many priceless relics were lost including an imigc that legend said contained 5330000 worth of jewels Everywhere there were de mands that ihe army and air loi cc winch left Manila when the capital was declared an open Hull States Jap Method as Cruel as That of Nazis WASHINGTON tary of Slate Hull declared Sal urday that Japan in lie city of Manila was Practicing llc samc barbaric methods of cruelty anil inlni maiiily that Hitler has been iismir in Europe The secretarys statement came in reply 0 a request for comment on Japans apparent lack of respect for international Jaw in bombinff Manila which lias been declared an open city undefended to spare civilian Hull said Japan had an en tirely consistent record in re cent years especially since the invasion of China in 1D37 in lirachcinir the same barbaric methods he same methods of cruelty and inhumanity as Hit ler practices and has been practicing in Europe city return lo make a bitlcrcnd fSK Anscr against the Japa nese mounted among all sections the population I watched the winged bombers flying in grim formation and totalling about 4rt over the cily just be fore noon For the first time Ihcrc was no answering fire from the ground or air No antiaircraft thunder greeted the squads of Wanes as they circlet over the bay No fighters went up to challenge them The bombers struck first at the ships in the port area Smoke bil lowed up from an oil fire in the Pandacan section Standing near by I saw a vessel shudder and twist as bombs exploded around it Slowly it went down althouh 1 did nol see sny direct hits more bombers and tiicir piojcclilcs began droppinc on the city proper A furious explosion shook the ola walled cily an area about ii miles in circumference as R lirzh explosion salvo crashed into its ;