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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - February 11, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Snow UMaiu Tm FEBRUARY 1942 PRICE 3 SINGAPORE CITY JAPS SAY NORMANOIE SABOTAGE DISCOUNTED Ship Set Afire by Flames j and Sparks from Welders Officials Say SALVAGE PLANS STUDIED NEW 11 OP Whether the Normandie ever canj be salvaged remained unanswered today as the former French hulk settled deeper in her bed 01 j Hudson River i And even before that question can be answered by a special Doard of technical the ship is in for many months of lying on her port side in eight fathoms of wate and silt alongside her i As a salvage experts prepared to i launch a lengthy survey on the possibility of saving the liner that became the naval before fire swept her for four hours the navy indicated it had not aban doned The navy supports no such con tention at this was the third naval districts reply to a question whether the shiy was beyond Should the task be deemed the ship is expected to be found littie more than a shell oi her former Salt water and silt are already gnawing at her engines and electri cal while her upper decks are a blackened mass of flame seared Sabotage Rumors Denied JAPANESE POUR ONTO SINGAPORE ISLAND REINFORCED FOE OF GEN JAC ARTHUR Little Room Left for Doubt That Batans Defenders Plight Is Desperate British sources called the Singapore situation very i bad as Japanese forces poured onto the along Tnah down past Tengah airdrome toward Kukit Timah across Johore Strait be PACIFIC PICTURE IS BLACK By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS heavily reinforced invaders of the Philippines hammered at General MacArthurs little army in an all out offensive today as allied arms in the Pacific faced their blackest hours since Pearl The Japanese evidently were in tent on following up their spec tacular Singapore campaign by an nihilating the only potential threat to their southern stub born AmericanFilipino forces on Bataan War Department communiques left scant room for doubt on the almost forlorn nature ol MacArthurs but President Roosevelt brought out by indirec tion yesterday the value of its con tribution to the present grand j strategyof the United The prime objective of that MrRoosevelt explained to his press was to prevent an enemy breakthrough the world while inflict tween Mandai and and over the causeway iV 11UI1L which they had repaired They still held a threatlng the maximum punishment on ening foothold on Palau Udin but no move to bridge the strait had been noted RELIEVED IN Rumors that saboteurs weie re sponsible for setting the blaze that injured 220 and killed one of workmen and naval personnel aboard the vessel were discounted by Rear Admiral Adolphus An commandant of the third naval and District Attorney Frank The salient fact Hogan attributing the Kre to sparks from a welders is a causing sparks to was used within two or three feet of hundreds of bales of inflammable There is no evidence sabo Carelessness has served the enemy with equal Hogan scouted the theories of sabotage as of crackpot origin and revealed that all the witnesses were in substantial agreement that the fire had started when the sparks from an acetylene torch bounced back into a pile of life preservers which were wrapped in burlap Tne fuzzy nap flared up so quickly that nearby workmen were powerless to ex tinguisn the flames and had diffi culty in escaping with their Hogan said that it had been es tablished that workmen were cut ting down four steel stanchions in the main Alphonsus Gately was the boss Your Car Knock Heres the Reason Says Navy Dutch Admiral the Takes His Place 11 The Navy announced today that Admiral Thomas Hart had been relieved of his assignment as chief of Allied naval forces in the west ern Pacific and that Vice Admiral Helfrich of the Royal Netherlands Navy had been des ignated as his The Navy said Hart was ilL 64yearold native of Mich requested to be relieved from the all important naval command because of his health but no in formation as to the nature of the illness was given Hart formerly was commander of the United States Asiatic This was reorganized last the reorganization being announc ed February and at that time 11 your automobile motor has devel oped an unusual blame it on All oil companies have quietly reduced the octane conten of their Premium which formerly ran about 80 have been re duced to 78 and in some cases 76 Regular which were about 75 are down to 72 and The changes were made at the request of the federal petroleum coordinator because of increased war needs for 100 octane aviation gasoline and because of a shortage of An official of a leading Ohio oil company said We considered tell ing the public but were afraid we would defeat the purpose and start a run on the higher octane gaso We did tell our operators about so they could answer any complaints from the Hart became commander combined naval forces of in the the on the burlap ian American British Dutch Austral burner in charge of the operation which was being done by the Robj Admiral who bins Drydock and Repair acting com hinpri navnl fnrrpc nvfn ic The American commanders act ually in direct charge of the Unit ed States naval forces operating in that area were then announced as Vice Admiral William Glass in the southwest Pacific and Vice Admiral Herbert in the AustralianNew Zea land now be Thp torch was being operated by onp Clement Turn to Page 9 mm i n lei gging Work Will Begin asjaaetion Soon as It Arrives bined naval ABDA is the supreme commander of the Netherlands East Indian He is 55 years a native of and a graduate of the Naval Col lege of Den The Nether Admiral Hart normally would have been retired on his 64th birthday last but President Roosevelt kept him in his Asiatic command because of the increas tension of the international sit when war actually came last Hart was in the naval hot Heavy digging machinery for layj On December 17 he added to his Ing the new natural gas pipe line I duties as chief of the Asiatic fleet T his responsibilities as commander of the Allied forces in the western Lenawee county has been ship from Mississippi according to project engineer for the Panhandle Eastern and actual construction work will j begin as soon as it Accord ing to last Hall said 1he machinery had reached It is expected that constiuction will begin near Riga where the big natural gas line between Texas and Detroit crosses Lenawee Pipe now is being placed slong the right of Little has been awarded the contract for the construction Hall Little now is working near Saginaw but is ex pected here as soon as the machin ery is Reed Taylor has been named foreman in charge of the Lenawee county operations and his office is located at The new natural gas line will ex tend north from Riga and will con tinue up state to serve Flint and other communi A branch line will be laid to Adrian from a point near Turn to Page 9 the foe and his resources during the period the Allies are creating a superior military The it was acknowl edged have broken through past the Philippines into the In but Mac Arthurs resistance is still exacting a heavy toll from the enemy both in men and ma Defenders Face 5 Divisions The War Department communi que last night gave some indica cation of the greatly superior en emy forces which MacArthur has been keeping from other theaters SERVICES TO BE FRIDAY On it re ported at least five enemy divis HIES AFTER ACTIVE CAREER Served as Director of Building and Loan for Years Many Charles Sumner a prom inent retired Adrian business died this morning at oclock in his home at 236 Dennis Street after a year of failing He been seriously sick and con fined to his home for the last He was nearly 81 years Park was born in Adrian February the son of Jona LITIGATION ENDS NEW 11 checks totaling were hand ed out around a conference table yesterday and as many creditors of onetime film film producer Wil liam Fox pocketed although their claims had amounted to Thus ended six years of litiga tion revolving around the estate of who when he went bankrupt in listed his liabilities at 261 and his assets at 5100 Biggest creditor sharing in the made before Referee Al len Endicott was the which accepted 000 on a claim for income penalties and amounting to Samuel Stewart attorney for the Capital second largest which had present ed claims of for rentals on the Fox theater in San Fran settled for WRITER DEAD 11 Alice Hegan social worker and authoress of the Wiggs of the Cabbage died last night of an attack of heart Her first and best known novel was published in 1901 and trans lated into many foreign Since then she had written numer ous articles and Snyder Case Takes Queer Turn Indian Reports He Is Alive AUCTIONS Auction northwest of Linfhan See ox Market Page west of Linens ket Public auction northeast of Russell See on Market Auction sale northeast ol Vic See on Market Auction southwest of Pal See i Market The strange case of the disap pearance of Junior Sriyder while on a hunting trip to Round Lake last November took another queer twist yesterday afternoon when a man described as a halfbreed In dian appeared at the home of Snyders parents on West Beecher Street and said that Junior was According to Hariey the missing mans mother who was alone in the house when the mys terious stranger the man identified himself as Buck and said in broken Junior is He was hit on the head and is Hes being held prisoner in a shack near Im Juniors friend and I sneaked He said that Junior wanted his father to take the truck Evidently the truck used by the missing man to go hunting on the day of his Snyder said that the stranger said that Juniors captors were a large man and a The informant told Snyder that he didnt want anything to do with the law and wanted to be kept out of it She said that he left hurriedly in a black sedan when he saw a man an insurance agent Prudenville is a small town on the south side of Houghton Lake where Junior and John who accompanied him on the duck hunting expedition the day he dis went hunting last au Members of Snyders family noti fied state police of the Blissfield post of the strange story and the police agreed that the story was worth looking Nearly every day since Snyders members of his fam ily have continued their search at Round Lake and its Dur ing the weeks immediately follow ing his the lake was dragged with grappling hooks day after day near the spot where his overturned boat and several articles of clothing belonging to him were Dynamiting operations were carried out but they also failed to revea any clue to the missing hunters Members of the Snyder family did not place too much faith in the strangers story but they were con vinced that it warranted an in vestigation and were anxiously awaiting the report of the Charles Park than and Emily Berry He attended the public schools and graduated from the high school in His first position after leav ing school was in his brothers dry goods the present Park Later he had interests in the ClarkeMason a wholesale grocery on South Winter For 20 years he was a district sales manager for the for mer Page Wire Fence Turn to Page 6 RETREAD RATIONING WILL BEGIN 19 11 Price Administrator Leon Hender son announced today that rationing would begin February 19 and that it was probable that there will be no crude rubber available for re except for the small num ber of vehicles already eligible to obtain new tires and The new rationing which includes the rationing of the rubber compound used in the retreading will be carried out by the present tire rationing Henderson said the War Produc tion Board would determine each which could be used in making month the amount of crude rubber which could be used in making the compound and that a certain amount will be made available each month to per mit the retreading or recapping of truck None will be available this month for the retreading of pas senger car and perhaps none for the month of ions have been identified as par ticipating in the heavy fighting of recent The strength of a Japanese division is men and the fact at least five have been in actiongivessomeidea of the tremendous pressure the en emy has been able to apply on the peninsula which is be lieved now no wider than 15 Turn to Page 9 11 JP British bombers with fighter escorts attacked Japanese positions in the Martaban sector at the mouth of the Salween River yesterday and also raided enemy concentrations at Chengrai in extreme northern an RAF announced communique Other RAF planes carried out reconnaissance flights over enemy while the only Japanese air action reported was an attack on about 40 miles north of British Report Violent CounterAttacks In Face Of Overwhelming Forces SITUATION NO But Valiant Stand Is Not Ex pected to Prevent Fort resss Final Fall By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS forces defending Singapore have slashed back at the Japanese invaders in two violent defy ing overwhelming forces of enemy guns and British sources said in a desperate effort to save the But it was a forlorn and British commentators said it would only postpone the inevitable fall of the island rein chiefly in the ar rive in And that apparent ly was not The Tokyo radio broadcast a re port that the invaders had entered the city of Singapore this There was no information in Loni Profiteering In Defense Charged By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 11 A congressional committee charged today that defense brokers have amassed untold millions profiteer ing on war and demand immediate steps both to get the ARE IS JAPANESE CLAIM End of American Footholds in East Asia Predicted by Jap Commentator By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO From Japanese Broad casts head quarters declared in a communique today that Japanese forces entered profits back and to prevent city area of Singapore at S orbitant commissions in the In a report based upon weeks of investigation and public hear ings the committee told Congress it had uncovered evidence that com mission of them without previous experience in the obtained commissions ranging from three to 75 per cent on defense Under the chairmanship of Faddis the House Military Affairs subcommittee studying procurement of defense materiel called for Complete reorganization of the don to indicate that the Japanese I and supervision by the War had entered any part of the city of Department of the performance of costplusafixedfee contracts for The counterattacks were said to have scored some measure of suc cess and British commentators de clared that the position of the bas tions backtothewall fighters certainly is no worse and indica tions are that in some ways it is Until news of the counterattacks reached London this the fall of Singapore and its gallant but tired garrison of British impe rials was believed to be a matter of days at perhaps only of A Forlorn Hope was a forlorn tendency to regard the attacks as more than checking the situation for a few hours and commentators were silent on the question of The Japanese already are at a point where they threaten Singa pores its food supplies and vital One counterattack was said to the operation of ordnance Action by the War Department or the Department of Justice to obtain reimbursement of losses to the government resulting from failure of or partnerships to perform proper ly the services stipulated in their A provision to permit the War Department to deduct from future local time 7 Eastern War Time The city area of a city of population might extend four or five miles beyond the main business and government Three Japanese columns driving south across Singapore have trapped of the defense forces in the central and southeastern sections of the and the fight is near a Domei re German news reported in a dispatch from that Japanese troops penetrated the western part of the city of Singapore at 2 local 3 Eastern War Domei said the Japanese air force had won complete supremacy in the It reported that army bombers and fighters cleared tha way for the ground troops yester day in a daylong assault on and around the Fortifications were smashed and LU UCUUUL AULUie o rtrtn contracts all profits over one per ton m Singapore Harbor was Domei cent obtained by commission brok ers handling Turn to Page 9 TAKEN BY Germans Killed in Fighting By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from Sungei on the Johore Strait northwest of the city of south to the village of and the other against the line southeast from Sungei Kranji to the midisland village of IBerlin reports quoting Tokyo sources declared the Japanese had penetrated the western limits of had captured German fortifications in stubborn fighting on a south western sector and invaders were reported to have been killed in a series of Russian offensive operations extending from Lenin grad to the southern Guerrilla grenadiers killed a Ger man general by blowing up a staff Ull auuuL uuiea uui ui ii There are details Military commentators declared yet regarding casualties or the Japanese had not landed at the sairi the RAF naval baseon Johore Strait oppo Smgapore m the southeast car in the Sraolensk ion west corner of the island and Russian soldiers re it was reported that the Britpulsed a counterattack which cost ish had blown up all stores and in stallations in the naval base to keep them from into enemy said the After a night of quiet in which no air raids were reported any where over Rangoon had a 35minute air raid alarm this morn But no Japanese planes were site the enemy line on the Malayan and said that the rail road crossing the island from Jo hore to Singapore city had not been Turn to Page 9 AP Correspondent Sends On Last Dispatch From Singapore Editors note I am That brief written at the end of a fragmentary but poig nant dispatch telling of fearful air raids on Singapore during its last stand against the was the last word received by The Associat ed Press from its staff reporter in Yates McDaniel was the last American reporter to remain in the Instead of placing the routine timeslug at the beginning of his McDaniel marked it defi nitely McDaniel has spent much of his life in the The To the north columns of black smoke billowed skyward from burn ing oil providing a somber backdrop for the stage on which the Germans 850 dead on the southern the information bureau Our units operating on one sec tor of the Leningrad front in one days fighting annihilated men and the communique went Soviet artillerymen and scouts destroyed three German six five heavy three mortars and 46 fortified posi Tass reported that Germans in one southwestern zone were ex erting every effort to retain their strongly fortified with trench wire entaglement and large mine but had been thrown from a number of The invaders were said to have counterattacked with tanks and automatic rifle squads in a vain effort to recapture one Following up this success our was Domei While the main Japanese forces are encircling the principal British defense position from the iouth the news agency a big battle of annihilation is beginning in the centratsector of the Japanese analyses of the signifi cance of the fall of Singapore al ready were Oshikazu commentatoi international said in tlis Keponea February number of Reconstruc widelyread Japanese maga zine The fall of Singapore means the complete retreat of British arms from entire East Asia be with Britain will be powerless to wield any either politically or The fall of Singapore not only means the loss of an AngloAmer ican military base but also extends the radius of Japanese military ac tion to the Indian There if Germany and Italy advance to the Near a liaison will be effected among the Axis He contended that the United States industrial expansion pro gram would be too late to accom plish asserting it would take at least three to four years to train by which he all conceivable American footholds in East Asia will be the grim drama is reaching its clijunits contimled pursuit the max dislodged him from his The opposing guns ceased their fortifications and captured a num pounding for a brief moment her of other uopulated the darting in and out of the drifting news agency HUSHED Intercepted by Dutch Indies Fighter Planes 11 Netherlands Indies fighter planes intercepted and broke up a Japan ese bombing formation before it could reach its the Soer ebaja naval the Indies high command announced The issued through the news acknowl edged a direct attack on Macas clouds of Japanese dive bombers were delivering their last loads of the day before darkness called them back to their Near the center of the clouds of light grey smoke arose from rubber canneries and factories to which the owners had dispatch received this morning wasiapplied the torch to prevent their the first word from him since he sent a bizarre account of the con trasts in Singapore life Tuesday than 24 rours be fore his definitely last message was By YATES From dawn to dusk Japanese greatly strengthened by new land ings from across Johore beat with rising fury today at British defenders who are falling back from the outer ring of Singapores defenses under merciless enemy assaults by air and Events will dictate the future In their hour of production of this OPA is providing regulations broad enough to ration as much camel back as the War Production Board can make available out of our limited rubber Two groups of eligibles are es tablished under the retreading Turn to Page 9 Imperial forces fought bitterly and making the invader pay dearly for every inch of Antiaircraft batteries manned their guns but stiU the hordes of heavy bombers and divebombers I looked down on Singapore in the late afternoon on a scene of striking agency The information bureau said the Germans lost 400 killed in a battle on the central Its communique listed 16 field 60 motor vehicles and seven jlebes on the islands southwestern in saying the Japanese had carried out landings at Ba use by the The scene to the south was onej of unnatural In the far dis wisps of smoke spiralled j slowly over fishing villages on the LONDON small Dutch islands which dot the tanks among the implements of war wrecked or captured in all the Turn to Page 9 Late Bulletins But the Dutch asserted the destruction which had straits between Malaya and Su Inside Singapore steam Chinese Malay fishing craft and sampans rode anchor just as they did when I first looked over the waterfront a year Along main roads in the fore motor trolleys and The Singapore heard in London shortly after 5 12 noon today said the situation on the island was very serious but that it had not deteriorated in any The broadcast was heard by the official British monitoring serv ice raid on airdromes the Indies Unoccupied airmen were that been previously ordered in the Macas sar area has been thoroughly Yesterdays communi que had reported only that there were landings in the vicinity of Dutch troops were said to have inflicted losses on Japanese units advancing on north of Ma while four Indies soldiers were wounded slightly in a ma chinegunning attack by an enemy Three Dutch planes were ac knowledged lost in last Mondays near Four of the d n m e rickshaws were carrying people aynamne home after the davs against offices of an extreme right home after the days Attend Daily Tea Dance In front of the famous Raffles hotel cars were depositing patrons of the daily tea dance and outside the movie house immediately below people were lining up at the box office to see Joel McCrea and Ellen Drew in Reaching for the Turn to Page 2 ist organization which favors col laboration with Germany were re The also reported a new Japanese machinegunning attack on Fak on the south west coast of New which ported today from the occupied did little zone of A bomb exploded at the head quarters of the social revolution ary movement at Sevres while an other explosion occurred at the offices of the same organization at Both towns are near GERMANY RAIDED 11 bombers raided northwest Ger many last night and again attack ed docks in the Naziheld French port of
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