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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1941, Mason City, Iowa COUP DEPARTMENT OF H I STOfilY AND ARCHIVES OES MO INE5 I A NEW YEARS EDITION HOME EDITION THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES AU NORTH IOWANS N11GHB0RS VOL XLVIII ASSORTED MESS FUIX USASZD WIRES MASON CITY IOWA WEEKDAY THIS PAPER CONSISTS OF POUU SECTIONS SECTIONS ABCD SECTIONS ABCD NO 70 CEMENT PLANT Fight Rages CITY IS STUl HOtMNGOUTAS 1942 IS BEGUN U S Defenders Battle Valiantly Against Overwhelming Forces ALEX MORRIS United Press Foreign Editor American defenders of the Phi ippines fought a valiant lastditc cattle for Manila Wednesday The struggle against over whelming Japanese air and mech anized forces outside the gates o the Philippine capital continue furiously as the darkness of Nev Years eve settled over Luzon island but communications t Washington showed the defender still were holding out as midnigh struck American and Philippine troops continued to offer strong resistance inflicting heavy losses on the enemy a war depart ment communique said after the interruption at least tempor ally of all except military communications with Manila I The enemy continues to ever heavy pressure on all fronts with extensive use of dive bombers anc armored units the communiqu Said The communique said that the defense lines had been readjusted morOMl but the broadcast and Vichy claimed the Japanese within lour or su miles of Manila The ef normal communications witlt the Phil feptaes was apparently to rfeorviu military control as the battle sorted along the high ways toward the capital The navy was In touch with Manila by radio however at 10 a m EST and the army was In touch with the headquarters of Gen Dowlas MacArthur near we city f The navys message at 10 a m iiTthe jpade it clear that Manila still was BOIdlng out as the year ended and 1842 began west of the interna tional dateline But commercial communica tions were interrupted New York received no word hours Chungking reported that it had ceased to hear the regular United Press news report sent by radio from Manila and that commercial stations were nol heard was evplanaHon of tne interruption of communica was pointed out that Height be temporary but tte the assault indicated that New Tears eve had bronchi a cli max to the battle of the Pa cific Latest messages from Manila prior to the interruption had in dicated that the city was calm al though military dispatches gave the impression that the fighting vvere so co c that the of guns might be heard in the capital OneXoI the last dispatches re ceived fay the United Press before with Bishop James McCloskey 1 the archbishops palace in tne bombshattered wailed city sec tion of Manila The bishop sent a message to Cardinal Dougherty of Philadel phia in which he hoal and I are well thank God But news from the fighting front already indicated the grav ity oZ the situation Enemy divebombers sweep Jnr atone ihe Lmon hirhwajs enemy tanks and Infantry ad vancing over piles of their own north and south oC the capital and enemy planes that failed in an effort to Mast Corrector fortress in Manila bay seemed to be throw ing every nonce of power into the assault American and Filipino defend ers were fighting back with tre mendous courage and inflicting heavy casualties on the Japanese but one report relaed by the pro axis Vichy radio claimed that the had advanced to within four miles of Manila The defenders of the Philippines were writing an epic chapter in the story of a bitter jear of world Wide conflict and there seemed lo Gates Were in Poth of Northwestern States Cement Plant Blaze TOP PHOTOThe outlined portion of the aerial thcf by the Wednesday i fhrT h n ale four in the portion outlined al though all are connected They are from left to rijrht storage house No 2 the packing storage house fo 1 and the bepaiato house Also connected to these buildings are the stoiage silos at the left west end and the finishmg ipom at the east end neither of s t tTtime picture w5s takn A roofs and upper walls left is room from which the to lfc house the top of which was burned i Tfr 5the house whne the fuestarted Its upper portion includingthe interior was burned Bel yond itw storage house No 2 with the overhead mflfiurT way connectmg it wth storage 3 Me the Picture at the right Both storage House No 2 and thl nrit can be seen at the upper right The flames can be seen above and beyond it in atream or water they were able to stem the flames be little question that the battle would go on even if Manila were taken In the hills and valleys of Luzon md on the countless islands of the Gen Emiho Aguinaldo the turn of the cen ury earned on a furious guenlla fight against the invader vas expected to go on indefinitely he exact battle positions Wednes ay were uncertain due partly to the fluid natureof the front and artly to communications prob ems The Japanese had thrown huge emforcements into offensives rom the north and southeast weeping across the Pampanga lams north of Manila to within 0 mles of the capital Tuesday n driving up along wide high vays from the southeast to within 0 miles of their goal They paid heavily lor every mile hey advanced but overwhelming umbers gradually pushed back le defending forcesunder Gen Jouglas MacArthur which took p new positions during Tuesday n a line hinged on Ml Maquihng nd extending along the border of ayabag and Batangas provinces Beginning in his Issue No Refuge rom Love erial story written by erry Brondfield SEE COMIC PAGE Station KGLQ Is Granted Increase to 5000 Watts Boost WiU Materially Add to Listening Area Provided by Mason City Announcement that radio sta tion KGLO m Mason City had been granted an increase in power from 1000 to 5000 watts was made Wednesday morning m Washington by the Federal Com munications commission The power boost will materi ally enlarge tbu KGLO listen Puts the Mason station arnonj a compara tively small select groap In the SUOons How soon the power increase wiJ be put info operation is some what uncertain according to Manager F C Eighmey owing to the priorities situation The KGW manager said however thatthe necessary new transmitter equip ment had been purchased and that it is assumed that in stallation will be made withm three months Application for 5000 watts was made by the KGLO management last spnng foilowuig the action Qy the FCC in changing the Mason City Columbia outlet from a local horn a a regional station inhe Proress Wall to a 5000 H in less than five years is believed to mark a rather unique advance ment program in this countrys radio station history WJen KGLO first went on the air Jan IT U was a 1M watt station Within the first year il was granted 250 walls oaytime 100 watts at nitht became a foil 25fl watt outlet On Sept 25 1940 ye local sta tion was granted 1009 watts pow er day and night This Increase became effective last March as js more fully explained in tHe year end story of KGLOs operations on page 10 section C of this edi tion Weather Report FORECAST MASON CITYSIostlycoludy with intermittent snow flumes Wednesday afternoon and Wed nesday night moderate cold wave Lowest temperature 5 below IOWA Mostly cloudy with inter mittent light snow Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night moderate cold wave east with temperature zero to 10 de grees above colder west por tions Wednesday night IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics Maxinum Tuesday 26 Minimum Tuesday night 10 At 8 a m Wednesday 10 Precipitation 01 YEAR AGO Maximum 31 Minimum Jg Precipitation 07 ARRESTED DES MOINES youths all but one of juvenile age havebcen arrested by Des Moines police in a drive against illegal coasting on Ihe cilyfs streels WOMAN DIES MANCHESTER Funeral services will be hddhcrc Thurs day for Mrs Martha Jenkins who ded at her home here Tuesday atthe age Of 101 She waa the oldest resident of Delaware coun ty and had lived here 7V ydars BLAZE SWEEPS 4 BUILDINGS AT NW COMPANY Fire Origin Unknown Firemen and Workers Halt Spread of Fire Damage which is expected to exceed was done by a fire which swept four buildings of the Northwest ern States Portland Cement company early Wednesday morning The roof and upper walls were burned off two huge storage houses containing an estimated 70000 barrels of bulk cement the packing house connecting the two and the separator house on the east end of the one storage house Officials of the comuanv slated they not be able to make any estimate of the amount of the loss until after a check of the extent of llir damage to buildings and ma chinery They said most of he cement in the two storage houses could be salvaged since water would have formed a protecting cap over it and cement could be re moved from the bottom The loss is covered by insurance company officials said Most of the damage can be repaired before operations are begun in the aprinr as usual It was stated V Approximately 150 the nad gone home Tuesday mght with the expecta tion of an extended layoff due to the annual repair period were back on job Wednesday morning cleaning up debris and starting the huge job of repair ing damaged buildings Of undetermined origin the fire started in the upper part of the packing house and spread east and west to the two storage houses fire was discovered shortly before 2 oclock Wednes day morning by Jesse F Ray a mgbtwatchman making his regu lar rounds Another watchman had found nothing wrong an hour previously Just after 4 disco very of the fire an explosion occurred in the top of tlie building and thick black smoke billowed out as itfrpm an oil fire the watch man reported His call to the fire department was received at a m V A number of plant were called to the scene by tele phone and by the sound of the plant whistle blowing inshort blasts Efforts of the firemen and employes to fighflhe flames were hampered at first by lack ot water pressure in the plants dis tdbutipn system L Vi The 1941 operations of llieplAit had just been closed down Tues day aftcihoon and the highpres sure boilers were turned off at 10 p m It was a miftefore steam pressure could be brought up sufficiently for them to take over the load from the low pres sure boilers anS the pres sure The fire brought under control short time later and was prevented from spreading on eastward to the finishing room of the plant where the enormous kilns and other ma chinery is situated Firemen workingfrom the inside on lerics close up under the roof slood unOr a rain of fallinjc sparks and burning wood from the root of the separator house which showered thctr rubber coats and helmets At first they workable toget only a small stream of water from their hose insufficient to reach the peak of the separator house roof above them Thelack ol iva ter at first was attributed to in sufficient pressure from the ce ment plant pumps but when the high pressure boilers took over ana boosted he pressure the si1 uation was very little better An examination of thehose i nozzle then revealed that it was partly clogged It was dismantled and a wooden plug about JO inches long with a half inch hole through its center was found in side the nozzle Later investigation revealed the wooden plug was a nozzle holder which had come loose from the wall when the nozzle was put nto use Meanwhile plant employes anoter with a full stream of water the firemen shortly had the firA ;