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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - February 3, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM NOT SO COLD SNOW PROBABLE TONIGHT DMMto m FEBRUARY 1942 PRICE 3 JAPANESE PLANES POUND SINGAPORE MAC ARTHUR HALTS f AH ATTEMPTS Americans Counter Attack and Overrun 3 Lines of Japanese Trenches ENEMY LOSSES HEAVY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS at tempts by the Japanese to iSnd troops on the west coast of Batan peninsula the night of February 2 were repulsed with heavy enemy the War Department an nounced and General Doug las MacArthurs forces also suc cessfully counterattacked the Jap anese on their right over running three lines of enemy The landing attempts on MacAr thurs left consisted of a first raid by special shock which were repulsed by artillery and a second and more serious attempt at when Ameri can night flying pursuit planes dis covered a large number of barges approaching the coast under naval The planes attacked the convoy immediately with light bombs and machine and as the enemy troops approached the shore the American and Filipino beach de fense force attacked them with ar tilleryNone of the barges reach ed although a number were found disabled and burning along the beaches the next On MacArthurs where the Japanese had attempted to drive a wedge into the defending the Americans counterattacked and captured large amounts of enemy MacArthur reported to the War Department that Brigadier General Clinton Pierce had been wound ed slightly in the recent IS ABf AT PEAK Wickard and Henderson Want Cost of Living Stabilized 3 nations farmers heard straight from headquarters today that the war boom in the market for their products has gone about as far as the Agriculture Department and the Office of Price Administration will permit Leon the price ad and Secretary of Ag riculture Wickard disclosed yester day they were in complete agreement that the cost of living should be The Agriculture will do its part by using government owned stocks of grains and cotton to supplement private stocks and by keeping feed prices at levels which will encourage production of meat and livestock The price administrator will re ciprocate by bearing down on the prices of things farmers The joint statement did not dis close how high they planned to let farm prices but Wickard pro vided a clue Saturday when he told the Senate Agriculture Com mittee he thought around parity would be about right Parity is a price which would give farm products the same pur chasing power as they had in a stipulated previous period for most the years Farm prices averaged 102 per cent of parity as of January the Agriculture Department re Some were much some much Turn to Page 3 HAS BACK BROKEN TO MAKE HIM ELIGIBLE FOR ARMED SERVICE NEW 3 Chicago Daily News foreign correspondent who was ex pelled from Rome because his dis patches displeased the wants to enlist in the United States He is so determined to enlist that has had his back broken to correct an old in jury and to make him eligible for who fractured his back while boxing in college entered Polyclinic hospital 16 lor the He said the fracture had never healed Of his intended Whit aker said After watching them The Ger mans beat a lot of poorly equip ped Td like to partici pate with American troops when they make tham Car Owners Are Urged To Avoid Waste 3 on private car owners to avoid waste of automobiles and tires in the war Governor Van Wagoner demanded that state gov ernment set an example and cen sured what he said was waste by the State Liquor Control Commis He said he was annoyed because 15 liquor staff members used 11 cars recently to make a trip to Detroit for a routine He proposed a pooling of stateowned automobiles under which one car might do the work of three or four in transporting inspectors for var ious governmental branches to scenes of their labor and Private car he will be encouraged to pool the use of their that neighbors working in the same plant may ride together in one instead of in two or Van Wagoner disclosed he was studying the problem of waste space in common carrier pointing out that some vehicles are licensed to carry freight only one way on a round When there is such a shortage of rubber and he de that just isnt good busi Its waste and be He said he might propose a relaxing of interstate commerce and public service com mission rules in the war emer While suggestions have been heard at times that stateowned cars might be taken from state of ficials who now use them princi pally for transportation to and from their no one has stepped forward with a plan for aggressive Brown said he felt he and Budget Director Leo who have statutory authority to allow or withdraw stateowned should not be too arbitrary about Nowickis records show the state owns 737 passenger carsand commercial assigned to various officials and Another Lenawee Call Likely Later in Month Lenawee countys second draft contingent of 1942 will leave the armory Thursday morning about oclock for Fort Custer where they will be inducted into the army later in the Twentyseven men are included in the The men are Gerald Glenn Carmen Paul Walter Miller and William Dauber of Adrian Kenneth Allen Alvin Palmer and Walter Ferguson of Morenci Clarence C Glenn and Clyde Allan Mitchel of Ralph Claude Sebring and Harold Sackett of Clinton Earl Hartman and Ed gar Rose of Hudson Paul Dye of Neal Aldrich of Lyle Reinhart of Tip Frank Schadwald of Deer Elmer Miller of Joseph Kosha of Robert Todd of Leonard Butts of and Merlin Knisel of Another February draft call is later in the TOLOfElT Pearl Harbor Pictures On page five of todays Telegram will be found the Navys official pictures ot the damage wrought by Jap anese Pearl Harbor was Hershey Says Men With De fects to Be Taken by Hun dred Thousands 3 Lewis selec tive service said today that army entrance standards in evitably would be lowered as the need for manpower and predicted that men with minor de fects would be taken in for limited service by the hundred He appeared before a special House committee investigating migration of defense workers and concentrating now on methods of mustering all available manpower for prosecution of the war effort A prepared statement Hershey brought with him said Allowance and allotment legis lation has been and if enacted in proper it will re lease for induction many regis now deferred on the grounds of He noted at one point that dependency still would remain an outstanding condition of de Hershey asserted flatly that com petition among the various employ ers of manpower must be con trolled or adding Although war industrial pro duction must be maintained it should not be permitted to draw unnecessarily upon the supply of potential 1A men or upon men en gaged in war or agricultural pro Turn to Page B16 INDIES SEA BASE Japanese Strike at Soerabaja HAir Fields Planes Sink 2 More Jap Ships SOME DAMAGE REPORTED By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 3 Strong Japanese air forces smashed at the Indies great naval and its flanking air fields today in an evident attempt to cripple the United Nations striking power in the wake of an American aerial attack which sank and possibly more invasion trans ports in Macassar Strait It was the first enemy thrust at one of the strongholds of the Indies and the Dutch ac knowledged that the raiders had scored some damage to naval es tablishments at which lies close to the southern gate of Macassar and to a few air craft lying en the Aneta news said antiaircraft batteries and mo bile antiaircraft guns defending the base went into instant action and at least one bomber and several fighter planes escorting the 26 bombers in the enemy The main objectives of the raid military observers told the Dutch undoubtedly were to cripple the Soerabaja whose importance to the United Nations in the Pacific has become para mount now that Singapore is under and to incapacitate airfields at Madoien and Bases Menace Jap Action Like Soerabaja all those fields are at the disposal of United Nation forces now in Java and are a serious menace to Japanese They lie along an arc from the port of about 100 miles west of to roughly distance to the southeast J The first war bulletin details were available except that there had been rather consider able damage to material and a supplement mentioned only the specific damage to planes and naval establishments at Aneta said that there were no casualties and only slight damage to the Malang field and that it still was in In addition to these special op said the the fourth to be issued from the Java offices of General normal attacks on enemy air dromes and bases have been car ried out with satisfactory results over the area between Malaya and east Turn to Page 9 State Board Indorses New War Time 3 iPf The Hate Administrative Board went on record formally today indors ng the new war time enacted by The Decision means that the state government will enter no protest against the federal order advanc the time schedule a full The boards decision was recom mended by Governor Van Wagon who read communications from he Consumers Power Company nd the Detroit Edison Company hat a saving in electrical power nd energy would result from the aylight saving time The Consumers Power stimated the saving at between wo and three per cent of its an mal production of The Detroit Edison Company said it vould result in a net saving of 10 ilowatt hours per customer per A question had arisen concern ng Michigans attitude because ago it abandoned its tradi ional place in the Central Stand rd zone and shoved its clocks ahead an hour under a state law dopting Eastern Standard time as he states official Some citizens have questioned whether Michigan should be ex lect to comply with the new fed iral time law or whether the stat ute should be viewed as bringing the rest of the United States into ine with The boards resolution was a re jly to contentions that an extra lours advance would defeat the imposes of daylight saving by engthening the dark hours of the The resolution made it clear hat certain Upper Peninsula mu nicipalities which operate on Cen ral Standard time could advance their clocks only one hour if they SAYS ALLIED THRUST fANESE ARMADA Seen as Move to Make Up for Heavy Losses in South west Pacific 3 huge Japanese convoy including 41 war ships and enough transports to car ry an entire division has been sighted steaming south in Formosa Strait off Amoy in one of several moves by the Tokyo high command to make up for its heavy losses in manpower in the southwest a Chinese army spokesman said to He said the convoy consisted of 69 ships in with nine one medium and eleven smalltrans six launches and a hospital ship in addition to the The spokesman said several other divisions which had been re ported moving south along the railway on 23 were diverted at Tsinan to the North China port of where they embarked on waiting Tens of thousands ot additional Japanese he were pouring into Shanghai by train to board ships As one of the heaviest blows to the Japanese in the Pacific the spokesman reported the virtual annihilation of the Japanese 16th division at Johore across the narrow Johore Strait from He said bodies already had arrived at in French The spokesman told a press con ference the Japanese were making thorough preparations for a drive into Burma from northern Thai and already had thrown pon toon bridges across the Salween The concentration point for the Japanese he was at 100 miles due east of the river and 175 miles north east of city at the Sal ween River mouth which already has been evacuated by the Public auction cast of Pal Ai Linehan See on Market Australian Minister Urges De fenders of Singapore to HoldOn 1 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Australian Army Minister Fran cis Forde declared today that a big movement by the allies is under way to counter Japans sweep in the Far Addressing especially the men of the Australian imperial force at Forde declared that each hour that the Japanese are held at bay permits the concentration and development of more rein forcements and the accumulation of more It does not need my words to impel to hold he Bomb Foe on Malay Penin sula Helping in Defense cf Singapore GERMANS CLAIM 63 ENEMY MERCHANTMEN DESTROYED IN JANUARY BERLIN From German Broad 3 German warplanes and submarines destroyed 63 enemy merchant ships totaling tons during Jan uary the German high command declared Of the submarines were credited with sinking 56 ships ag gregating During the same a com munique the British navy lost three one a motor torpedo a mine sweep er and an escort Twenty eight British merchant ships were listed as damaged by torpedoes or bomb hits in addition to the craft reported The high command said the figures for enemy shipping losses during the month did not include Russian AIR STRENGTH INCREASES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS new American air and sea attacks to slow the onrush of Japanese forces in the southwestern Pacific were confidently expected today on the basis of official An army report that formations of heavy American bombers were helping the defense of Singapore by raids on Japanese airfields gave evidence of increasing air strength in that vital Small formations of flying fort ress type bombers raided the Jap anese airfields at Kuala Lumpur and the Malay Penin the army Poor visi bility prevented a check on results of the but the planes re turned safely to their Another consisting of four heavy was inter cepted by Japanese fighter planes while onthe way to attack ship ping in the Borneo port of Balik One of the bombers was lost but nine Japanese planes were shot down in the ensuing As for the warfare at Ad miral Chester com manderinchief of the Pacific declared that eVery man and every vessel of his command was being used to the fullest extent to take the war to the enemys front In a statement at Ad miral Nimitz said his fleets assault on Japanese concentrations in the Gilbert and Marshall islands Sun day followed United States Navy tradition of seeking out the enemy to destroy He said the attack answered in part the question where is the fleet that has been uppermost in the minds of the American people for The fleet is busy across the vast reaches of the Pacific areas where it can most effectively harass the he The admiral explained task was a gigantic one because of the squaremile expanse of the but added I can attest that every every every officer and man of the Pacific aloft and is being utilized to the fullest both to safeguard America and to bring the war to the enemys front Troops Concentrate At Tip Of Malaya For Attempt To Storm British Fortress State Has Volunteers fn Civilian Defense Program 3 las volunteers enrolled in the civilian defense program to Lieut Harold Fur State Defense Council ad reported He has estimated will be need id for the complete civilian pro tection Furlong said that 70 counties submitting information showed training as auxiliary police as auxiliary as nurses as air wardens and about taking first aid instruction in the first of Eive basic courses given to all de iense Pointing out that the defense corps had increased in January from to Furlong said February should show anoth er large increase for we find that jeople are catching the spirit of Jie program and are offering their services more freely than ever Several he are just beginning to enroll Highlights of the county le were Wayne county has volun teers and the Red Cross De troit reports air raid war dens in to Rush Reinforcements Southern Front 3 Ger mans are sending air and tank reinforcements to parts of the southern front to combat Marshal Timoshenkos active but are being more than matched by Red Army Red dispatches reported fDespite the reinforcements which have already been brought up to the Russian front from the Germanoccupied the German generals have demanded from Hitler the immediate dispatch of 20 fresh picked the BBC said in a broadcast heard by NBC in New iThe generals have it that otherwise it would be very if not to prevent a general Russian break Testifying to Red air force super dispatches from the front credited one Russian air unit with destroying 17 enemy planes in a week and longrange bombers with deepening their offensives far into the German Turn to Page 9 Salvage for Victory WHAT TO SAVE This is one of a series of three articles discussing the Salvage for Victory program and explaining how the work of salvage mill be carried on in Lenawee the land of Is facing a shortage in certain raw materials that are needed desper ately for the sinews of The nations factories need still more Waste Paper Scrap Old Bags and Old Waste paperwill make new pa perboard shipment of mu clothing and food for Amer icas fighting men at home and Right here in Lenawee county tons upon tons of waste pa per will be converted Into con tainers the armed Scrap metal will provide much of the lead and aluminum for the tanks and ships that the nation must build for final Old rags will be used in compo sition material for the erection of emergency they will be used as wiping rags for war indus try and for reworked Old rubber will be converted into new rubber for our motorized for for planes and battleships and for essential civilian the land of be came a rich storehouse for all these materials during the days of pros In farm cellar cor hi in stores and millions of tons of salvage mater ials now are lying idle and In many instances they put aside for a rainy that rainy day is Those hia terials are needed it is up to and John Citizen to collect his salvage ma terials and make certain that they get Turn to Page ADUp LIBYA British May Make Stand Athwart Cirenaican Hump 3 cover of sharp rear guard the main body of Britains North African army sought today to es tablish a solid front athwart the Cirenaican hump which would enable it to halt the eastward thrust of General Rommels re inforced Axis It was obvious enforced evacuation of Bengasi and the area to the east had rendered futile any hope of smashing Rommels of fensive by a counterattack aimed at his left In view of this British strategy appeared to call tor a general withdrawal which would stretch Rommels vital lines of communication and finally force a showdown on ground suited to a strong There was no disposition here to deny that the British had been caught unawares ability of the Germans and Italians to re inforce their North African armies with armored units and transport in a short Turn to Page 9 With an intensive registration scheduled for the first 10 days in Bay county already had volunteers with 500 aid raid wardens enrolled and first fire fighting and police courses under Charlevoix county has reg istrations and is planning an elab orate aid raid spotting Saginaw County Saginaw county has approxi mately volunteers and the city of Saginaw with more than assigned to classes or In nearly five times as many voluntary policemen have enrolled as will be needed and the city has perfected a traffic block ade system to isolate any part of the Munising has 700 enrollments and the number is growing Calhoun county has volun teers plus another 1000 auxiliary firemen and Berrien with vol divided defense opera tions into zones and will conduct countywide registration next Isabella with vol has gathered 150 tons of scrap iron and 30 tons of waste paper hi a salvage campaign in which housewives and business men Midland county reports 650 vol unteers training as nursing aides and three shifts of auxiliary fire men in Gratiot county reports 276 aux iliary firemen and policemen while other enrollments listed by the council included St Clair 700 Montcalm Mus kegon and Monroe The council said the Hollard fire department had taken the initia tive uv sponsoring industrial fire brigades based on a survey of manufacturing plants NAVYJLL PASSED Senate Sends It to House for Consideration of 6 Billions in Addition 3 Cheered by the assertion that the Navys attack on midPacific bases was merely the opening gun of a farflung offensive the Senate unanimously approved Mon day a recordshattering naval appropriations With only about an hours ex planation and the cham ber passed the measure on a voice vote and sent it back to the House for consideration of more than in the major share of which would be poured into the production of new Senator Overton brought the bill before the Senate with the declaration that the meas ure constituted a clarion call by Congress to the American people to endure supreme financial and sacrifices to achieve total Offensive Begun The navys battering attack on Japanese bases on the Marshall and Gilbert islands was only the open ing gun in an offensive that might find American garrisons all over the world fighting on every con tinent except our Overton de Senator McNary of the Republican interrupted Overtons explanation to inquire why the committee found it neces sary to add to the to al approved by the House a week Overton replied that some of the estimates were made before the Japanese attack on Pearl Har bor and the Navy had been busy bringing up to date Turn to Page 9 FOR Germans Deport 100 Others to Eastern Europe VICHYj Unoccupied 3 retaliat ing for continued outbreaks of vio lence against Nazi forces in Occu pied have executed six Parisian youths and ordered de portation to eastern Europe for 100 others described as Communists and The retaliatory measures were announced by Ernest von military com mander in who said that be tween 7 and 28 there were six bombings and shootings in which German army installations or sold iers were the Simultaneously it was learned here tnat two Raymond Soupart and Henri had been executed at Mons recently on order of a German military court Soupart was accused of commit ting acts of violence against Ger man troops possessing while Jouvenois was charged with Communistic Von Schaumburg said the six youths executed in Paris had con nections with the parties respon sible for the latest acts of but did not say whether the 100 condemned to exile were in any way connected with A precedent for mass retaliation measures was set by the Germans last October when they ordered the execution of 200 hostages in Nantes and Bordeaux for attacks on German One hundred persons were shot but so much resentment was aroused that 100 of the condemned later were re A recurrence of violence in the occupied prompted the Germans to execute 100 more hostages in Paris in but this time they were selected from elements which authorities said they deemed undesirable to Vichy as well as is Jews and alleged Nevertheless the Petain govern ment saying the severe measures had caused profound uneasiness among the French JANUARY WAR COSTS 3 costs of the Treasury reached in the first full month of the conflict This was nearly more than was spent in December and represented a doubling in the speed of defensewar expenditures in about six The January total brought such expenditures in the first seven months of the fiscal year to Firemen and Police Battling Raging Fires Set by Jap anese Bombs By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 3 Wave after wave of Japanese bombers hurled high explosives at this great British bastion today while Jap anese troops concentrated at the tip of conquered Malaya for an attempt to storm the With imperial forces drawn along the milewide moat of Johore Strait and watchful around the en tire 70 miles perimeter of this firemen and police were kept busy throughout the interior controlling fires lit by the Jap anese In the section of Singapore city which bore the brunt of this morn ings authorities and ARP squads cleared away the debris within a few minutes to make way for fire trucks which quickly played water on a number of high leaping When one of the shirtsleeved civilians who was laying hose straightened up for a Sir Shenton governor of he Straits Settlement was He was working alongside scores of Per commander of the defending army was directing men re moving valuable materials from a warehouse in the path of the Singapores civilians and ranking military men plunged un hesitatingly into the most danger ous spots to v from the governor general down to the lowliest bent to his tasks with No Military Action Aside from the air attack virtual ly no military action worthy of mention occurred during this fourth day of The big guns poised along the narrow Johore Strait fired inter but so far the targets have been well The gloomy wail of air raid sirens filled the off and through out the RAF reconnaissance showed a considerable movement of troops southward through the Malaya Two separate formations of one numbering nine planes and the other swept over the island during the morning in a swift hitrun Confident of their ability to make the invaders pay dearly for a mass assault across the Johore imperial forces kept sharp watch to thwart any repetition of the sly infiltration tactics which forced them to the Malayan main Bombing activity was described by a communique as considerable during the last 24 high level and divebomb attacks being car ried out and causing some British Raid Kluang The countering the aerial blow with a bomber smash at on the Malay Peninsula above the Johore carried out a lowaltitude attack on the Jap aneseheld airdrome and on enemy motor A Rome broadcast of Tokyo reports said Japanese artillery was subjecting British positions to a heavy With British naval silenced at one point and the great naval base and docks rendered useless by the Turn to Page 9 Late Bulletins 3 authorization for a war loan to China was approved unan imously today by the House For eign Affairs Members said the action was tak en in a few without after four cabinet officers told them behind closed doors that the loan was nec esary to help China carry on its war effort 3 volunteer to join the navy since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 enlisted yes The navy department said today that day and night operations of the navy recruiting on a sevenday week basis had brought an average of enlistments a day during the eight weeks per iod since the war During the first 30 days after Pearl Harbor men were sign ed up and during the remaining 26 days have volunteered lor naval   

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