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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - February 2, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TEL Continued Cold FEBRUARY 1942 PRICE 3 Japanese Invasion Fleet Pound Jap Bases MacArthur FLEET ASSUMES OFFENSIVE Many Jap Ships Sunk or Hit in Surprise Raid on Gilbert Isles 11 PLANES MISSING By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 2 The United States Pacific fleet was be lieved here today to have recovered a considerable measure of the strik ing power lost at Pearl Harbor December 7 and new offensive ac tion against Japanese vulnerable garded as entirely This heartening view of the stra tegic situation in an area where the initiative had been almost solely in the hands of the enemy was held by naval experts as a result of the Navys disclosure yesterday that fleet units had attacked Japanese naval and air bases in the Marshall and In a surprise action wholly offen sive in United States sur face and air craft raided five island bases in the and one in the Gilbert Amid fierce fighting they sank or severely dam aged many enemy fleet shelled and bombed vital shore in stallations and destroyed numerous enemy at a cost of 11 American aircraft missing two sur face vessels slightly damaged and personnel losses which were offi cially estimated to have been The only disappointment for the American forces was indicated in the Navys statement that Admiral Chester commander ot the Pacific had reported that no large enemy combatant vessels were Six Islands Attacked The Navy communique said surprise attack has been made upon Japanese and bases in the Marshall and Gilbert The attack was executed by sur face and air units of the United States Pacific In the bases on the islands of Roi and Taroa were Makin occupied by the Japanese since December also was Admiral IJimitz reports that NAVY ATTACKS ISLANDS AS JAPS PRESS PINCERS CEL1BESO NDAftl AMIOINA MAC ARTHUR STANDS FAST large concentration of Japanese troops and apparently preparing for a mass invasion of Corregidor and other Manila Bay to day was shattered by the concen trated fire of longrange American The War Department communi que yesterday said An enemy force assembled at Ternate on the south side of Ma nila opposite ap parently with object of at tempting a landing on our island Numerous launches and barges were collected near Ternate for the projected expedi Our big guns were suddenly The United State Navy reported a surprise attack by warships and planes of the Pacific fleet on Japanese naval and air bases in the Mar shall 1 and Gilbert 2 Islands had done great The raids struck five enemy bases in the Marshall group and one on Makin Island northern isle of the Gilbert group which stretches southward toward the Meanwhile the siege of Singapore was but one incident in the broad Japanese plan of conquest in the south west plan which presented this mappicture of pincerIike thrusts aimed mainly at invasion of the fabulouslyrich Dutch Island of POSTMASTER DIES AT while no large enemy combatant vessels were many enemy fleet auxiliaries were beach or otherwise damaged exten Japanese military installations on shore were hit hard by naval aviation units and Many enemy airplanes were both on the ground and in the Our naval aircraft struck the enemy positions and ships torpedoes and with Our surface ships meanwhile heavily bombarded several of the enemys key shore Two of our surface vessels re ceived minor bomb damage from near Eleven American aircraft failed to return from the Our total personnel losses are not yet but are believed to have been Turn to Page 7 1424 CAR STAMPS Post Office Remained Open Saturday to Handle Rush The last minute rush to buy the federal automobile stamps Saturday at the post office ricaled the Christmas mailing rush of a few weeks ago and the lobby of the post ofice was so jammed with late buyers that clerks remained at the windows until 6 The usual Saturday closing hour is 1 A total of federal auto mobile stamps were sold to Adrian car owners in the last two weeks in compliance with the nationwide regulation that all motor vehicles carry the stamp February More than half ofthe Adrian stamps were sold in the last four days of last About 450 of these were handed out in the last three hours assistant said today About of the stamps were sold through the AAA office and another 100 were handled by the city treasurers The sale of the use tax stamps in the county was carried on through the village post No record has been received of the total county Quite a number of stragglers who failed to make the deadline Saturday appeared at the post of fice today for The stamps are good until July when a good for the next will be sold to replace the original Services for Bert Lowery Will Be Wednesday Special to Thv Telegram 2 Bert postmaster of Manchester since died at St Josephs Mercy hospital in Ann Arbor at one oclock this He was 62 years He was born on Judy at Brooklyn and attended Manchester high school and Adrian Business On September he was married to Miss Edith who preceded him in death on July In 1901 he entered the lumber business in Manchester with Wil liam and later became sole He sold out to Pardee of Clinton in 1919 and from then until 1936 was an automobile sales man in Ke was ap pointed postmaster in 1936 and served until the time of his He was elected president of the village for three terms and was a member of the council for several He served as supervisor of Manchester township for four years and was township treasurer for two For eight years he was a member of the Washtenaw county Board of Poor He was a member of the Man chester Chapter and Meridian chapter He was a member of Man chester chapter Order oE the Eastern and served as Worthy Patron for eight He was a charter member of the Man j Chester He is survived by two Marjorie Auten of Holly and Miss Mary a student at the University of Michigan a Al Military Situation Is Critical In Both Knox Says By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS tary of the Navy Knox has told Congress that the navy is havii ng bert Lowery of Detroit Abbie Lowery Bridgewater and two Lowery of Jack son and Roy Lowery of Bridge water The funeral service will be held at the Center Funeral Home in Manchester Wednesday afternoon at 2 oclock with the John pastor of the Manchester Methodist The burial will be in Oak Grove ceme where Masonic rites will be MATURE AS mm Winter temperatures returned to Adrian and the vicinity today to break the monotony of mild days and spring At 9 oclock this morning the mercury in the gov ernment weather instruments hit a low of five degrees above zero be fore starting on an upward At noon a bright sun had succeeded in pulling the mercury up to the 16 degree Last nights low mark was eight Weather experts predict that the cold are to continue for tonight and to morrow at least j difficulty in getting 24hour pro duction for its tremendously ex panded armaments program be cause manufacturers can induce only about 10 per cent of their em ployees to work in the early morn ing dog watch Discussing the navys general pol Knox said that the military situation with respect to both oceans was In testimony made public today on the naval sup ply Knox declared that the greatest bottleneck faced in the production program was in turn ing out aircraft The navy would boost its production to 000 planes yearly with funds pro vided in the There was every indication the bill would be sent to the President for signing before the week making appropri ated and authorized in a month for the war We are apparently getting the capacity for the bodies of planes faster than we can get the engines with which to equip them and we have got to expand tremendously our engine production to keep up with this enlarged he The secretary said the Navy was having a great deal of difficulty in finding competent men to keep the machines busy all of the He said roughly about 60 per cent of the men em ployed by any one factory worked the day up until about 3 or 4 oclock in the Thirty per cent then till mid but only about 10 per cent of the total number of employees was at the machines from midnight un til the day shift came on Turn to Page 7 RETREAT IN LIBYA Fall Back 100 Miles Bengasi from 2 British have fallen back about 100 miles from Bengasi under attacks by Axis forces in considerable the Midle East command acknowl edged The war bulletin mentioned In Equivalent of Defense Stamps Sold Here in Four Weeks Telegram carrier boys led many of the outstate papers in Michigan during the first four weeks of the nationwide news paper effort to stimulate the sale of defense stamps and The equivalent of defense savings stamps of ten cent de nomination were sold in Adrian during the first four weeks of the the bonds being re duced to their equivalent in stamps for the purpose of compiling sales Telegram carriers have been selling stamps and bonds for five weeks but the reports of last Saturday were not complete to comparison with the fighting at 85 miles east ten cent defense stamps sold in of and in the Slonta areaAdrian during the first four weeks Prepare for Third Draft Registration 2 state director of selec tive reported substantial progress today in preparations for the third draft Febru ary He reemphasized in a prepared statement that men between the ages of 20 and born be tween February and De cember have not been registered in either of the first two must register in the third The colonel cautioned registrants that they are expected to register with their own local draft boards If this is but that those un avoidably away from home must register stating their home addresses so their registration cards may be forwarded to their local In some industrial area boards have been authorized to establish registration depots in factories em ploying substantial numbers of to reduce Only persons in the affected age brackets exempt from Rosecrans are those already those serving or enroll ed in the armed men in training or accepted for training for military or naval and persons in the diplomatic which is about 19 miles still far ther roughly midway be tween Bengasi and Derna on the hump of lies east of which Axis statements re ported today also has fallen to Ger man Field Marshal General Erwin Rommels At the British the llth infantry brigade car ried out a successful counter attack in which many casualties were inflicted on the enemy and counterattacked also to check the enemy in the Slonta The statement said that the seventh Indian infantry which had held fought its way almost intact around Axis territory to reach eastern but that engineer and other units left behind to demolish installations in the last port probably had been Although the statement said the fourth Indian division was with drawing in the highlands east of Barce in close contact with the enemy who is following up this movement in considerable it indicated that British forces of some size were passed by the Axis advance and were receiving air Turn to Page 7 Late Bulletins 2 Allied bombers have blasted Jap anese forces on Kadu in the Salween River estuary between occupied Moulmein and the rail of the the Ann Arbor News reported the Jackson Citizen Patriot and the Kala mazoo Gazette During first two weeks the Lansing State Journal sold stamps and in three weeks carriers sold FORCE AND EQUIPMENT DESTROYED LongRange Artillery Pre vents Japanese Effort to Control Manila Bay concentrated on this surprise was complete and The the force and its equipment were de the Army re ported that Douglas MacAr thur in the last 24 hours had re pelled several strong thrusts at his AmericanFilipino lines stretched across the Batan The fighting was the communique but all of our positions were firmly En emy losses were relatively Thus was begun the ninth week of war against overwhelming odds in the MacArthur Protected For the it to days longrange breaking up of concentration for invasion had pro tected effectively MacArthurs for ces from enemy assault and pock eting fromthe at the same time kept the Jap anese forces from acquiring use of Manila Ternate is about 20 miles south west of the American na val base which was abandoned ear ly in the Philippines Across the water from Ternate is Corregidor Forts Frank and Hughes are only about five miles Previous enemy at tempt to silence their guns by re peated aerial bombardments have Whether reinforcements have reached MacArthur was a ques tion that remained unanswered That reinforcements con tinued to bolster the enemy forces on the already outnum bering the AmericanFilipino army Vas believed To military observers how ti appeared that the Mac Go Afield In Search Of Ground Hog 2 ff winterweary nation paused in its prosecution of the today to watch a ground hog True believers from Maine to particularly mem bers of the Slumbering Ground Hog Lodge of Quarryville popula tion anxiously Did he see his shadow Its common knowledge that six more weeks of cold weather are on tap if the woodchuck sees his shadow when he ends his hiberna tion each February If there is no shadow two and two make the earth is round and spring is practically Wearing top hats and long night members of the 39yearold Quarryville Lodge took to the hills early this morning to ferret out their indispensable brother and ob serve his There was some talk of calling off this years because 1 government restrictions forbid long range and 2 George hibernating and several other lodge members are laid up with bad Pish and declared Wil liam secretary and bondless its our duty to tell the Army and Navy what kind of weather theyll have six weeks from the lodge still has a couple of whippersnap pers who can take The lodge did cancel its annual banquet at the village church be cause the times are not propitious for celebrating and highpowered Pennsylvanias tail the two other shirt Gobblers Knob Club of Punxsutawney and the Grundsow Lodge of Allentown all three organizations coldly ig nore each observed the big The Punxsutawney dub with1 FLOWER OF JAP ARMY REPELLED HandPicked Troops Hurled Back by Batan Defenders in Furious Fighting FOES LOSSES ARE HEAVY By THE ASSOCIATED PHESS reported a Douglas MacArthur that his troops had repelled with heavy enemy losses the latest ser ies of Japanese which were made by the foes best troops who employed new A War Department statement reporting developments of the past 24 hours and also summarizing savage fighting of the several days said that two Japanese divi sions were hurled simultaneously against AmericanFilipino On the west the south Chi na Sea the invaders wers forced back to the coast and either captured or the statement General MacArthur said the Ba tan west coast attack was made by picked groups known as Tatori who have made simultaneous at tacks at several He paid tribute to their courage in a re port which the statement thus quoted All enemy thrusts on the west coast have now been completely The enemy troops em ployed in this desperate venture were his They were shock units especially trained and select They have now been entirely They resisted with the courage which is characteristic o the end They are Japanese troops but at were glad to being treated with the respect anc consideration which their gallantry so well Two Japanese the held its forecast as a military cret but will celebrate at dinner Allehtowns faithful shot the went hunting for their pet grundsow and planned a ban Arthurs rnanding forces still positions on held com the penin from which they could meet greater numbers and hold them the Ypsilanti Press The Bay City in four weeks sold All the above cities are much larger than The 22 Michigan newspapers tak ing part in the effort sold a grand total of The22 including the Detroit News and Detroit are represented in the sale by eight carriers are selling stmaps and bonds for The Telegram in Up to January 493 newspapers in the nation in 443 cities sold the equivalent of savings A total of carriers participated in the The num ber of stamps sold by the carriers is increasing every MERCURY TAKES A SHARP DROP By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A sharp overnight temperature drop pushed the mercury below zero insections of The Upper and the central portion of the Lower Penin appeared to bear the brunt of the cold It was 15 below zero at Sault Marie and four below at with the minimum not yet in at 9 A clear sky and brilliant sunshine took the edge off the zero road city of Mmrtmban to the I temperature at an RAF communique an nounced 2 President Roosevelt asked Con gress today a loan of to China to provide economic and financial assist Speaker who made public a letter from the introduced a resolution authorizing the loan and said Chairman Bloom of the Foreign Affairs Committee would report the bill tomorrow for panage thii Battle Creek reported a minimum Ann Arbors minir mum was degrees at 7 The weather was a little milder in western which had heavy snow last Grand Rap ids reported six above at 8 although unofficial readings at the Rapids airport were below Kalamazoos lowest eight above at 1 From Sundays high ot 25de the temperature dropped to seven above in Detroit this morn Skies were clear and there was a brisk READY FORJNEMY Bombard Japanese Moving In to Johore Bahru By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 2 defenders of on guard against an expected Japanese thrust across Johore blasted three small enemy craft which ap peared yesterday in the narrow waterway and sank one of theves British headquarters announc ed At the same time artillery on Singapore island bombarded Japan ese forces moving into Johore directly across the j The bulletin said air reconnais sance had disclosed considerable troop movements on the all headed southward in apparent preparation for an all out assault upon this island fort Enemy air activity over Singa pore has increased throughout the last 24 the statement ad Some damage was caused but military casualties have been Bolstered by the arrival of long awaited the Brit Australian and Indians massed here swiftly put the finishing touches to preparations for a last ditch It was presumed the Japanese would require a few days to re organize after their long push down the but Singapore was proceeding on the theory the invaders might launch their attack at any Along the 35mile front formed by the milewide strait which lies like a moat between the main land and Singapore British artillery up a sporadic fire designed tobreak up the Japanese assault Turn to Page 2 and were specifically fled by the War Department anc constituted what appeared to be the largest force yet hurled at one time against the American and Filipino The attack was directed by Lieutenant General who was not otherwise iden Turn to Page 7 Hasten to Put Secret Defense Measure Into Effect By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Au stralian government moved swiftly today to put into effect secret de fense measures decided upon yes terday as Australian bombers lash ed out again at Japanese forces bat tling to extend their foothold on New Britain island in the Bis marck A statement said Australian air men had twice attacked Japanese shipping In the harbor of Rabaul capital of New but the re sults were not immediately dis It was announced i that Japanese who landec Saturday on Amboina site of an important Dutch naval base some 635 miles north of the tip ol had fought their way close to the Amboina Turn to Page 7 Elite Battalion of German Guards Destroyed By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fresh Russian successes on the jagged winter front from Leningrad to the Crimea were reported highlighted by accounts of a 55mile advance against the Axis in the Ukraine and the destruction of a battalion of Nazi elite Place names generally were omitted from the Turn to Page 7 Sergeant Greenberg Is Back in Army FORT 2 Hardly anyone was the wiser when Sergeant Hank Greenberg returned to the The star Detroit Tiger ball play er here three days but it was not until yesterday that his to army life was made known to the forts public relations This office said that Hank report ed to the Fort Dix reception cent er after receiving induction orders while he was in New Hank jecarrie a sergeant at Fort from which he was dis charged before the war began since he was over 28 years j Dutch Guerrillas Still Offer Stiff Resistance 2 The Netherlands Indies high corn man said today that unconfirmed reports indicated that Japanese forces had occupied main cityon the west coast of Dutch Japanese landings at Pemang 85 miles north of were acknowledged by the Dutch last The Tokyo radio said yesterday that Pontianak had been but the announcement here today constituted the first confirmation of the The communique said that Dutch guerrillas on narrow northern peninsula of east of still were offering fierce resistance to Japanees de spite Tokyo claims that conquest of the peninsula had been com No further news has been re from on the southeastern shore of where the Japanese also have established a or from Am boina site of a big Dutch naval base between Celebes and New the communique de The Tokyo radio reported yes terday that Japanese landing forc es on Amboina were approaching the big military airdrome Increased Japanese was reported over an is land off the Sumatra coast about 225 miles southeast which is noted for its rich tin de Moderate enemy aerial opera tions were noted over various oth er parts of the the com muniqife Some airdromes and small places were it In a kampong native sec tion on one of the small islands four persons were killed and sev eral were One person was reported killed and four were slightly wounded in an attack on in central Ce During these air operations a Netherlands flying boat engaged Japanese fighter plane and shot it emerging from the fray only slightly the high command AUCTIONS Auction northwest or See on Market Auction sale northeast or Vic See on Market   

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