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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - February 12, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADBIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Fear Not Much Change in Temperature FEBRUARY 1942 PRICE 3 TROOPS SENT TO DUTCH ISLANDS Defenders Of Singapore Reject Japanese Demand To Surrender FOR FORKS FAIL Tokyo Radio Declares Con quest of Entire Island Is Only Matter of Hours By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS scorning a Japanese de mand for an unconditional surren fought on today against heavy odds but London was grimly pre pared to hear at any hour that th cross of George no longer flut tered over the long re garded as an impregnable outpos of the farflung British The latest official word receivec from a commander of the Singapore gar was a communique issued a yesterday Singapore time EWT Wednesday acknowledging that his men were being driven slowly back on the western side of the Dispatches from New In said the Singapore radio was still on the air at mid night London time 7 EWT indicating the city still was in British hands al though the reception was so bac the text of the broadcast could not be Percivals disclos ing that he had ignored a Japanese demand for was accept ed here as evidence of his deter mination to fight on to the but there was little in the terse bulletinto raise hopes that he might be able to hold out for Push Vigorous Attack It said The enemy drive from the west has been directed on Singapore city and has been pressed with vig or during the In addition there has been some infiltration to to Page 8 UNION DISPUTE HALTS Army Sources Alarmed UAW Chief Pleads for Peace 12 ser ies of shutdowns in the Ford Mo tor Companys Paver Rouge which yesterday threw an esti mated men off warwork brought expressions of alarm today from Army sources and a peace appeal from a union For a fourth time in three days the new tool and die department shut down last night An earlier shutdown was reported to have been followed by complete or par tial shutdowns of the pressed steel department and the tool depart ment of the rolling In an appeal from Washington through union headquarters president of the United Automobile Workers CIO urged workers as true Ameri cans to resume the job for the very existence of our Machine tools for the great Wil low Run airplane bomber plant are being produced at the tool and die and Thomas said national security depended on the speedy completion of that He promised that any grievances DRAFT BOARD PREPARES FOR REGISTRATION Ralph Tew George Prentice Harry Clerk John Howell CIO UNION STRIKES Contract and Pay Increase De Officials Say Operations of the Ervin Manufacturing at 30 East Michigan Street were sus pended today as the result of a trike called by Local 963 of the UAWCIO at oclock last night pproximately 100 men were work ing in the plant which was engaged mainly in the manufacture of steel abrasives used in cleaning opera ions in defense Members of the local voted to Jill a strike at a meeting yesterday a strike notice having een filed with the state mediation aoard last November according to union Tim Staples of De international representative f the said night that the union is demanding that the com iany sign a contract to replace a iresent verbal agreement covering forking conditions at the Staples said that the union is demanding minimum wage rate f 75 cents an The union also s asking that seniority rights be The CIO claims a membership of S workmen in the plant which nion officials say represents about 5 per cent of the taples also said that efforts are eing made to organize an indepen ent union in the general manager f the Ervin said this morn ng at 11 oclock that so far the nion has presented no demands o him although the plant has been lut He said that it would ot be possible for him to make a atement on behalf of the company ntil demands were He said that 90 per cent of the plants out Village and Township Officials Receive Instructions at Armory About Men Between 20 and 45 Expected to Register Monday Forty village and township clerks and persons who expect to super vise the draft registration of men from 20 to 45 years old in the coun ty Monday gathered at the Adrian armory yesterday afternoon to get instructions and It will be the third enrollment of men under the selective service The registrars for Adrian will report to the armory tomorrow afternoon at 1 oclock for their in All workers have volun teered their services and none will receive For the past several weeks the Lenawee county draft com posed of the George Pren Ralph Tew and John and clerk Harry Cole has been preparing for the registration of an estimated men in the county February About of these will at the armory from 7 to 9 with the assistance of 115 volunteer registrars drawn from he roll of men and women signed up with the Civilian Defense Coun Turn to 2 PENSION LAW REPEAL Wave ofPublic Indignation Sweeping He Says 12 UP Warning that public indignation is sweeping the Represen tative Michener RMich urged Congress yesterday to repeal imme diately its recentlyenacted pension act The whole thing has been most said The Congress is entitled to censure if it does not at the earliest moment create a parliamentary situation where the roll may be called and our constituents advised whether or not we favor retirement pay for members of For my I am opposed to this I think its passage was unwarranted and unjus I feel confident that passage of the bill does not represent the view of a majority of the House and that a roll call will so Congress should give immediate consideration to repealing this Army quarters here sent a full report to Mean a spokesman commented With men dying because of our lack of it is an outrage that tools being prepared for the bomber plant should be crippled in this manner by such a trivial Major George chief of the Army Air Corps procurement division termed the situation Union spokesmen said that tool and die workers protested the presence in their department of an employee who allegedly had struck a fellow Since the start of the demonstrations have taken Each it was the company has turned off the power and sent the work ers The man guilty of the alleged assault was described by unionists as a former American Federation of Labor member who joined the Cio union after award of the un shop contract to that organi 4 DIE IN CRASH McCHORD 12 air corps officers an nounced today that four men were killed last night in the crash of a McChord Field bomber in swamp land near 20 miles east of The men were identified as Lieut pilot Second Lieut copilot Bentley Pvt No addresses or ages were Turn to Page 6 Late Bulletins 12 The defenders of Burma and the vital Burma Road have smashed Japanese attempt to cross the Sal ween River in the Faan 40 miles the British com mand announced 12 British imperial garrison of Singa pore made four desperate counter attacks against the Japanese be siegers according to mili tary dispatches reaching One of the counterthrusts was regarded as successful but the other three 12 Sing apore Radio told its empire listen afternoon that radio communications were still In British RERUN From German Broad caste 12 JFhThe latest re ports from Singapore were quoted today in Tokyo dispatches as say ing that fighting in the streets of the city has practically come to an end and the entire in cluding the big establishments of the commercial is firmly in Japanese The Tokyo communique an nouncing the storming of the city lias not been followed by any fur ther official the dispatches Investigation of Unemployment Compensation Group Suggested 12 two pronged investigation of the poli cies of the Michigan Unemploy ment Compensation Commission and of proposals to liberalize un employment compensation bene fits was suggested in the Senate Resolutions proposing the dou ble inquiry are being prepared by Senator Hale Stanton Republican and President Pro Tempore of the He asserted that if the legisla ture accepted his pian a recess of at least two weeks probably would be No opposition to the suggestion arose Even the executive office offered no tuarial experts to testify as to the actuarial soundness of proposals to pay maxima of 520 weekly ben efits for 20 Turn to Page 6 Lincoln Is Honored By Nation By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tuned to wartime the United States today honored its BrakesaidVe surcested that War PresidentAbraham Lin sam suggestea tnar tne th f House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Judiciary and State Af fairs which have jur isdiction over bills to liberalize un employment be in structed to call as witnesses ac NEW RECREATION ROOMS OPENED BY CHISHOLM Chisholms newly remodeled recreation hall at 118 West Church Street will open this week end with facilities for dancing and a soft drink and lunch The sec ond floor of the formerly occupied by the Michigan Employ ment Service agency which has been moved to the first has been extensively The one large room extending almost the length of the building attractively finished in tan and dark with black and chrome chairs and The counter and soda fountain room opens off one end of the large hall and is decorated in dark white and two shades of The recrea tion rooms will be open after school hours on week days and Saturday and Sunday The rooms will also be available for private parties on week on the anniversary of his birth in February The New York Stock exchange and other major markets as well as banks and many public of fices in New York and other states were closed for the a legal holiday in 30 National commander Lynn Stambaugh of Fargo led the annual American Legion pilgrimage to Lincolns tomb at Lord the British ambas placed a wreath on the He participated in a Lincolns birthday celebration at Springfield last night Hundreds of visitors thronged Il linois places hallowed by Lincolns white frame house in which he lived while serving in the Illinois legislature the village of New which has been re stored and the court house where he tried cases while a circuitrid ing Across the seas in London United States ambassador John speaking at a Lincoln birthday said that Lincoln like hated the tyranny of man over man and therefore would have grasped the reasons that made Britan and United States allies again MISTAKES BLAMED EOR L OF BATTLE Cecil Brown Charges British Failed to Prepare for or Foresee Crisis CALLS TROOPS UNTRAINED By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW radio correspondent whi was censored off the air by thi British authorities at Singapore be cause of his charges that the Brit ish were was back on the air last night for the first time through the Australian cen sorship at broadcast his charges in The tragic story of said is not all one of Jap anese numerical fanati cal and brilliant military The Japanese are at Singapore also because of what the British failed to pre pare and meet at the crucial Before 7 the British thought a Japanese attack was unbeliev said adding they ne glected to train their soldiers for jungle were unable to distinguish between Chinese and Japanese and permitted establish ment of what he called an amazing fifth column organization in Ma After the Japanese Brown the British failed to carry put the scorched earth despite assertions to the and they created con siderable difficulties with the na tivesin Malaya by favWtrtfEuro peans in the evacuation of the Island of Australia Attack declaring that at no point are the Japanese being held sy the allied predicted the fall of Singapore City in from 24 to 72 said Dutch Sumatra may be that the fate of Java would be decided within a and that Australia will be attacked n the very near Turn to Page 2 SHIPS HIT WJER TODAY Completed Months Ahead of Schedule 12 Three new fighting rushed io completion months ahead of slide down the ways today as this districts contribution to he nations celebration of Lincolns In private ceremonies ar ranged to coincide with lunch per ods noon so that those who built the ships can watch without interrupting work on other the destroy ers Butler and Gherardi take the water at the navy Across the Delaware River at the cruiser Mont one of about 30 ships of the Cleveland class authorized in 1939 receives its name from officials of its sponsor n the closelyguarded yards of the VTew York Ship Building Corpora At the navy yard giant cranes were poised to drop into place keel dates for two new escort vessels ust as soon as the destroyers clear the Keels for the boats named for the ate Major General Smedley Sutler of the Marine and the Jate Rear Admiral Bancroft herardi of the navy were put down last September Usually construction schedules for this type of ship is about nine The Montpelier was rushed to readiness about six months ahead of Its sponsor is WU iam wife of the Ver mont citys who was es corted here by her and other state Sponsor of the Butler is Fohn a daughter of the late marine corps The Gherardis spon sor is a grandaughter of its name Christopher Robinson of AUCTIONS west of See on Mar t Public auction northeast ot Russell See on Market Auction sale northeast at Vic See on Market Auction southeast of Tecum See n Market Auction northeast of Fay on Mar ket To Guard Oil Refineries On Aruba And Curacao Off Venezuelan Coast JAPANESE PUSHING ON TOWARD RANGOON By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS perilled British forces battled today to stem a Japanese drive across the Salween River by which the invaders have hurdled the greatest barrier between them and sea gate of the Burma Road and pathway to Some qualified observers ex pressed belief that the Japanese might attempt to exploit their crossing of the Salween as their next major After having held them at Moul on the east bank of the river at its broad mouth on the Gulf of the British acknowl edged that strong enemy forces had achieved a crossing and that the city of Martaban presumably was in enemy The plight of the British defend ers was evident from the com last night locating the crossings although it said the Jap anese had suffered heavily in the illls east and west of British troops defending the rail road which curves north and west Americas Housewives Face New War 12 sharp reduction in the supply of tin cans posed a fresh war time problem today for Americas already facing sugar doing without silk hose and walking to Jhej3toreto save The War Production Board an that March 1 such common products as pork and dog to acco and oil must not be packed n tinned Use of tin cans for certain secondary and special products will be restricted o the 1940 and the manu facture of smallsize cans will be No limit was on he use of tin for preserving such erishable products as important fruits and tomato milk and Tin is on the list of critical met als as a result of the war in the America customarily has obtained most of its tin from Ma WPB experts estimated that he new order would cut the use of tin by can manufacturers as much as 40 per saving at east tons a Assurance that thepublic need have no fear that there will be any hortage of the essential food pro ducts came from Paul president of the Associated Gro y Manufacturers of le said that warehouse stocks of canned goods were so large that he public would not notice the effect of the order for some research experts are working on substitute packaging Willis The secondary food cans for which will be limited to ast years include prunes and ther fruits and vegetables not re tarded as of primary Special products covered by the or der take in den al and industrial ward around the gulf head towart this vital port were endangered be tween Martaban and muchbombec the first railroad station to the Martaban is 80 mile by air from Rangoon across the gulf and 140 miles by rail around Turn to Page 2 n SMASH ANOTHER JAP LANDING PARTY Enemy Strikes at His West Flank Driven Off With Heavy Losses SEVERAL BARGES ARE SUNK By CLAKK LEE WITH AMERICAN Forces on Bataan 11 Delayed ff American shore defense guns have into complete and costly failure another Japanese effort to crack the west ern flank of General Douglas Mac Arthurs lines on Bataan and have inflicted heavy losses on the enemy in doing The Japanese tried a beforedawn landing from a number of barges towed by a seagoing but were driven off by artillery and machine gun fire which sank several barges and killed a r number of troops When daylight came the American guns scored a direct hit that sank the tug and left the barges drifting helplessly toward sev eral more were sunk and others were These barges carried lifesaving and other equipment which Gen then a brigadier anc commander of Philippine sent to Japan in 1923 after the disastrous earthquake and fire Turn to Page 13 FORMER DEIS LAKE John who for 27 years was proprietor of the Pleasant Grove hotel at Devils diec at his home in Rome township this morning at 5 He was 74 years Wilcox had been ill for two weeks of a heart He was born in Adrian township and lived in Lenawee county all his He moved to Rome township four years ago from Devils On March he married Miss Carrie Cole of Rome town whose death occurred on De cember He is survived by one Ficie and one Robert both of Rome township and one granddaughter Joanne Shad bolt one William Jer rells of Adrian and three Amos Wilcox of Wilcox of Clayton and Jerome Wilcox of Detroit The funeral service will be held at oclock Sunday afternoon n the Everiss Funeral Home with the Laurence Taylor of Ad dison The burial will 3e in Lakeside cemetery at Devils Japanese Seeking Footholds For AilOut Java Attack By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 12 OP The Dutch Indies high command reported continued resistance against Japanese invasion forces oday in various parts of the wide pread but gave no pecific information on the outcome if the The news agency Aneta said the Dutch forces on Celebes and Borneo were believed to be fighting des erately to thwart Japanese drives in capital and chief port f and main ort on the southeast coast of In each instance the invaders were striving for key footholds for an allout assault on for Ma cassar is only 500 bomber miles rom the United Nations naval sta ion at Soerabaja and Bandjerma in is 300 miles almost due iorth across the Java A lone Japanese bomber which approached Soerabaja yesterday morning was off by Dutch ighter todays communique The only other actions report ed was enemy reconnaissance over arious parts of the The last official reports Celebes indicated the city plainly was marked for encirclement in the Japanese plan of For the invaders had won beachheads at north of Macassar below it on the south ern tip of the and at directly across the peninsula from Macassar on the Gulf of Japanese Plan Aided The fact that Djeneponto and Macassar are connected by a good coastal highway was a factor aid ing the Japanese But the forces advancing from Balangnipa would have to negotiate the formid able barrier of mountain The peril is grave that the United Nations will lose the Dutch East these islands whose import ance rises with the loss of Singa pore and whose security is under mined by and there is no attempt here today to deny When war in the Pacific the with their wealth of resources and their were deep behind the Democratic separated by the whole length of the China Sea from Hongkong and to Nation Urged to Redouble Ef forts to Send Arms to In Australia By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Congressional leaders told the na tion today it must do its utmost to offset the loss of Singapore by redoubling efforts to get quanti ties of tanks and guns to the East Australia and This earnest admonition came again after a fresh demand on the countrys existing military resourc es by the dispatch of Army contingents to the Dutch Island of Curacao off the northern coast of The troops reinforced the Dutch units which have been guarding the highly important oil refinery centers on the main island of Cu racao and on another is land in the This move was another tacit re minder of the worldwide character of the for the Curacao colony lies well behind the AngloAmerican shield of bases commanding the southern approaches to the Caribbean and thus would seem protected ade quately enough American and Dutch military authorities evidently de cided that this was not sufficient because of the possibility of a de structive sneak and the gar risons were Profit by Previous Mistakes The decision ination not to repeat in this hemi sphere the costly mistakes of the Singapore and other key Pacific points where inade quate garrisons have helped make possible spectacular enemy suc The Army contingents which have been sent to help guard Cu racao and Aruba also will be op erating under Dutch the State Department disclosed last night in announcing that the troops had been sent at the re quest of the Netherlands govern ment The Department said that the forces would be under the gen eral supervision of the governor of Curacao and would be with drawn at the end of the This was the second instance where troops have been as signed to help the Dutch protect heir possessions in this hemi Late in a Army contingent landed in 3utch Guiana to help the Nether ands forces there guard that col onys rich bauxite which supply much of the ore the United States needs for the manufacture of Turn to Page 10 Annihilate Enemy Troops in January 12 ontributions to Russias winter of ensive were cited anew here today vith a declaration that irregulars striking in the Leningrad zone had annihilated at least Ger man soldiers during Russian patriots blew up eight munition dumps and several rail way trains in the rear of the a communique The gravity of the behindthe ines threat was emphasized in a Serlin report relayed by way of Resistance of the Russian popu ace in Germanoccupied territory s such that it could not be over ooked by any army in the world without endangering its own secur the German foreign office was The statement was issued to answer a Moscow radio charge that 1 Russians were executed recently because they complained to Ger man The Berlin re port said fighting behind German ositions was strong and that no one was sentenced to death for merely Of fighting yesterday on the long ront from the blizzardridden bat le zone of Leningrad to entrench rients about the in ormation bureau said Our overcoming enemy continued to advance md occupied a number of popu ated Twelve German planes were said o have been destroyed in combat The Russians acknowl edged the loss ot   

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