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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - February 25, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Cloudy Colder FEBRUARY 1942 PRICE 3 UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT DRAWS GUNFIRE Moves Slowly Down California Coast From Santa Monica May Have Been Blimp WAS UP FEET By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS aircraft guns fired round after round of ammunition and tracer bullets at an unidentified object which moved slowly down the coast from Santa Monica and disappear ed south of the rich Signal Hill oil fields early Army officials declined to com ment but speculation quickly arose that an enemy blimp might have passed over the This was based on the fact the object re quired nearly 30 minutes to travel some 20 or 25 slower than an An official source which declin ed to be quoted directly told the Associated Press that Army planes quickly went into just before anoth er official said no craft had gone in pursuit because of danger from their own antiaircraft He said antiaircraft gunners re ported seeing unidentified The al clear sounded at Landis telephoned po lice that fragments of metal fell about her home and a chunk of something dug a hole in her back An arms expert said the fragments were from antiaircraft Police at 14 miles west on the arrested three Japan ese for investigation of reports they were sending flashlight sig nals from the Venice is jusl outside an area ordered evacuated by Japanese A newspaperman at San Pedro said airplanes passed over the Los AngelesLong Beach harbor The craft were not No Bombing Reports There were no reports of any at tempt to bomb this the air although many warvital fac shipyards and other defense industries were on the route the object Although some watchers said they saw airplanes in the semi official sources said they were the Armys Observers said the object ap peared to be feet or first heard shortly after 3 ceased suddenly at after the object disappeared south of Signal Aircraft guns fired steadily for two minute per were silent about 45 and continued that routine nearly half an All of Southern California from the San Joaquin Valley to the Mex ican border was blacked Los Angeles doused its lights at San just 17 miles from the did not receive its lights out order until Unofficial sources said Army ficials at 40 miles east of Los ordered the black It came 32 hours after a subma rine fired 25 shrapnel shells at the Ellwood Tldelands oil fieldduring President Roosevelts war address to the nation Monday night Dam age in that attack was negligible about 5500 to an oil well engine housing and power Only two of the shells scored hits 23 fell harmlessly into foothills and the HEAVY TYPE JAPANESE SUBMARINE 3 JAPANESE SHIPS SUNK IN SENATE House Vote Is 3897 Senate Acted 755 All Michigan House Members Vote Aye Hitlers 16th Field Army Is Crushed By Russians Germans Are Killed Af 5AWTA fMfcTT SAN BERNARDINO where a presum ably appeared and firec about 25 shells at an oil refinery near the One shell damaged a pumping plant and Here navys heavy type Note the large gun A subma rine appeared near and fired about 25 shells at an oil refinery near the fires were started and there were was minor and there were no casuno The raider evidently This map locates BATTLE OF BATAAN IS INJTALEMATE Japanese Appear to Have Given Up Efforts to Crack MacArthurs Line By CLARK IXK WITH MACARTHUR ON THE BATAAN battle of Bataan appears to have entered a definite with the Japan ese abandoning at least tempor arily their hitherto costly efforts to crack General Douglas Mac Arthurs line across the There are at present no indica tions whether the Japanese are awaiting planning attacks against Bataan and the is land fortress of Corregidor from new or whether they are content to tighten their encir clement in an attempt to starve the AmericanFilipino defense for ces into eventual capitulation when supplies and provisions are ex In the past week infantry acti vity on the Bataan front has been while artillery duels be tween Japanese batteries on thi south shore of Manila Bay and the guns of Corregidor and other fortified islandshave been inten The Japanese have firec hundreds of shells against Corregi Turn to Page 2 HALF OF CAR PLATES STILL JO BE SOLD Almost Sets Sold Up to Present Time Almost half of the 1942 automo iile license plates required by Lenj awee count motorists remain to ie sold as long lines of buyers be gan crowding the office of Budd county distributor yes With four days remaining be ore the March 1 a total of full year plates and lalf year plates had been In the late days of the sale a larger percentage of halfyear plates are expected to be The total reg istration in 1941 was Office hours for the remainder of the week will be from un il 5 with the windows op en through the noon The sale also will continue through Sat urday Considerable confusion has been caused by buyers of halfyear li cense plates for farm trucks and commercial Many pur chasers have brought in their 1941 plates and dropped them into e hute for discarded Ac halfyear purchasers are re quired to keep their 1941 plates on their and a windshield sticker is After they lave been dumped into the it is necessary to go into the base ment and sort them out of a 14 ton pile of Goodwin said that new li cense plates will be furnished for halfyear truck license purchasers when it is time to renew them in but it is necessary to keep the old plates until A salvaging crew has already re moved about three tons of old li cense plates from the scrap The remainder will be picked up and taken to Detroit to be remelt ed and used for the manufacture of new Excellent coopera tion has been received from buy ers who have returned their old In many cases they have brought them for several years About 14 tons have been collected in this Japanese Bombers Strike Again at Port Moresby 25 and Japanese air blows along the outer rim of islands guarding the approaches to Australia today amid indications that the enemy was pushing strong air and naval forces steadily into areas only 400 mile north and northwest of this conti While Japanese bombers struck again at vital Port Moresby on the southern shore of New than 400 miles from Cape York bombed a large force a Australian bombers again attacked Japaneseoccupied Rabual in Nev Britain to the east where buildings searchlights and antiair craft guns were blasted and fire were One Australian plane was reported To the a large Jap anese naval was reported in the vicinity of capital of the northern Portuguese portion of Ti only 450 miles from bomb scarred Turn to Page 9 hree large Japanese art of a concentration possibly massing for the expected direct as ault on have been sunk by Ulied bombing planes off nemyheld port in southwest Cele es within 400 miles of Javas east ern the Dutch East Indies high ommand reported At the same Japanese lanes concentrated their attacks n this fortified islands airdromes sixth day in succession that ie Japanese have followed the fa miliar pattern of softening up Al icd air defenses before launching fullscale invasion Tokyo asserted 68 Allied planes vere shot down or destroyed on the round yesterday in air raids on vestern and claimed direct iits on a light cruiser and two ships in the harbor of presumably Tandjong Allied planes also raided an air drome near Japanese iccupied city in southern and set three enemy planes t was Japanese fliers continued recon naissance operations and raids on defense obviously in prep iration for an attack which the expect them to launch as oon as pjssible against both ends of Sumatra and andprobably also from the AVAILABLE FOR Quota of is Granted to Michigan Plus 917 In Reserve 25 quota of cars for elegible buy plus a reserve of 917 fo necessary county wa granted Michigan today under th MarchMay rationing schedule o new 1942 passenger The breakdown of the national quota of as announced bj the Office of Price Administration shows that Michigans quota is ex ceeded only by those granted Call Illinois and New Th is exclusive of placei in Rationing starts March Turn to Page 2 Reconstruct the Cabinet Bjr WALTEK It took eighteen months to in duce the President to make the de cision which led to the appoint ment of Donald As a re when the war came not even the blueprints existed for the con version of the great mechanical in dustries of the AUCTIONS Auction south ot Virgil See on Mar Auction sale west of See on Market Auction west ot by a home guard See on y a Market on Market See taken months seemly It has two of un contro versy to make a new start in organizing civil ian As a result thous ands upon t h o u s a nds of combat sorely in need of intensive training for are on the Pa and elsewhere doing guard duty which should be done It has taken two months to cre March Auction sale northeast of ate the elementary war powers tJ U Xlniirlnu r needed in any threatened area such as Alaska and the Pacifi Coast for internal security agains the fifth As a result o this inertia a great work of polic ing which should be done decisive ly and humanely by civilian au thority has been unloaded upon th military commanders who ought t be left free to put their whol minds upon the fighting The war cannot be conducted b an endless series of cri and agitations to break on bottleneck after The boi tleneck of all the bottlenecks is ir the White House itself in th inertia and complacency of Mr Roosevelt himself when it is question of divesting himself of au thority and of detaching himse from friends who are not equal i their Churchill has re organized his Th time has come when Rooseve should cease to fight his delayin actions against reform and shouJ reconstruct his Turn to Page Concentration Possibly Massing for Attack on Java By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 25 BOYS ARE ON SPOT By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS gress has washed its hands of the pensions for congressmen which has brought tons of angry mail from taxpayers since it was signed by the President The House vote was 389 to Ac tually it was on a technical motion instructing House conferees to re tain a Senate amendment to a minor naval The Senate amendment repealed the congress ional In the House all 17 mem bers of Michigans delegation voted We are on a one Repre sentative looking ahead to the fall and dont you think a lot of the boys arent wor Regardless of the repeal vote the fact remains that no one op posed the pensions when they came up originally on unanimous con sent Next when the con gressional campaigns get going a lot of opponents are going to base their campaigns on this sin gle They are going to say the incumbents voted for pensions ori ginally by not blocking them un der the unanimous consent when the harassed in cumbent points to his repeal vote his opponent is going to counter with the charge that vote was cast under pressure from the peo ple back and that a congress man who has to be forced to vote the way his constituents want him ought to be The handful of no votes in eluded that of majority leader John McCormack of Massachusetts Turn to Page 2 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 25 Japanese oops threw themselves against e British line along the Sittang iver in Burma without a letup iday despite increasingly heavy military commentators here The which is the last atural obstacle of any size be tveen the Japanese and 400 yards wide at this Some observers predicted that if he Japanese crossed the river in Rangoon would fall in less me than Singapore The Sit ang River front is about 60 miles rom OUTNUMBERED FIGHTERS PROMISED Rl NEXT DRAFT CALL SE1FOR MARCH 10 Blood Tests Again Will Be Given By County Physicians The Lenawee county draft boaVd has been notified that the next rroup of draftees is to report at Tort Custer March The contingent will meet at the Adrian Armory and go by bus at 8 The board did not reveal the number Harry said that or ders to report would be sent to the Class 1A registrants at but heir names will not be definitely oiown for several A move to speed up the draft pro jram was announced today by state selective service director of Local draft boards are to resume blood testing of registrants before they are sent to army examining boards at induction he local draft board physicians conducted complete physical including blood before reg strants went to induction As a a number were reject ed by army physicians after having made preparations to enter the The system was then changed about two months ago so that the Kahn test was taken at the preinduction examination by army The change will be in stituted as soon as Rosecrans chairman of the Lenawee county examination said that no notification of the change had yet been received Browns Amendment Puts Farm Bloc on Spot 25 Administration leaders offered the Senate farm bloc promise today and then called for a showdown vote on legislation re striding sales of government stock of cotton and othei agricultural Protesting that the original bil to restrict such sales might to living Sena tor Brown urged farm state Senators to accept his amend ment Intended to keep market prices of corn and whea near present Majority Leader Barkley plannei a floor speech in support of th Brown proposal before the vote ex pected later this My amendment puts the farm bloc in a bad position if they d not accept Brown Al they haye been asking for is parity price and they will get i under my The Bending approved un animousTy by the Senate Agricul ture would prohibi sales of any government stocks o farm products below a parity price which is one computed to give farm product the same relativ buying power it had in a past per usually the years Pointing to the recent averag annual farm benefit payments o about Brown aske that these be deducted from th parity level to fix floors for sale of the government This would permit governmeh sales at about present th Senator noting that whea now was at 82 per cent of parity cotton at 94 per corn at t percent and that benefit paymenl already voted by Congress raise each crop to about a parity leve Turn to Page 2 Bulletins 25 The Navy announced today that the Norwegian had been torpedoed by an enemy sub marine off the Atlantic No details of the torpedoing were made 25 Japanese fighter planes were destroyed according to an official The an nouncement did not say whether the planes were shot down in the air or destroyed on the 25 President Roosevelt stepped direct ly into the Senate dispute over farm prices today with a letter protesting that a pending bill rep resented selfish at a time the very existence of the country was at in a letter read at the opening of the Senate said that a proposal to re strict sales of governmentheld stocks of farm commodities would do irreparable damage to the war effort and fanners of the Hitler Too Busy To Leave Front MUNICH From German Broad 25 for the final struggle this sprin against the Russians kept Ado Hitler from a Nazi party celebra tion here last night for the firs time in The Fuehrer sent a message from his Russian front headquarters 1 Nazi chiefs observing the 22nd an niversary of the declaration of th Nazi party saying tha the snow was melting in Russia an It is impossible for me to leav my place where preparations hav been made for the final struggle He placed blame for the disrup tion of his Russian plans upon win try weather which as has not ha pened for more than a century descended as early as the end Snow and frost then brough to a temporary standstill the se ies of victories of the Germa unique in Our en emy then hoped to inflict on tl German army the fate of the N poleonic This attempt h collapsed The coming spring 1 will be a settling up with th conspiracy which was hatched the banking houses of the plut crats and extended to the vaul of the apanese Troops Smash At British Lines In Burma tnox Pledges They Wont Be Outnumbered On Not Far Distant Day COMPLACENCY IS FADING By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW Sec etary Frank Knox promised out umbered American fighting forces ast night that they would receive einforcements on a not far dis tant You men of our naval service are now being in most o fight a foe who outnumbers you n men and Knox said n a Naval Relief Society address vhich was broadcast to the nation and shortwaved to naval units It is not necessary to add tha ou can never be outmatched in courage and devotion to your coun But I can promise you here ant the United States or America to witness my pledge ani to share the pledge wholeheartedly with can promise you here and now that the day is not too far distant when you will not be out I can promise he con that the man behind thi man behind the man who now stands behind man s a strong and angry an American with his jaw set and his sleeves rolled That man is a personification of all America iant of a man who is slow to but who is terrible in thi majesty of his might when he is That man who is standing be lind you men of the fleet is al he will not let you The Navy Secretary declare hat complacency in the Unite in the face of the greates war in its has be come the attribute of a very smal whose ranks grow thinne every day as the terrible urgency of our peril confronts The commentator discounted re orts that the Japanese were em oying men in the attack i British He said the best timate was two divisions attack with one in or a total There was no confirmation here a Japanese claim of Sunday that ley had taken a junction on le RangoonLashio railroad that as fed supplies to the Burma The commentator how his information was limited the situation of Monday It was said that if Japanese were ot able to bring pontoons up to ross the Sittang as they did Johore rait in the assault on icy could obtain small boats which bound in villages along the If the invaders once crossed the it would be almost im ossible to prevent them from cut ng the railway and the main road and thus securing a grip on Bur mas chief overland communica ons While Rangoon holds traffic along the Irrawaddy iver to the west probably would ot be But it is at Rangoon that the main Japanese thrust probably will e leaving upper Burma o be mopped up From Pegu to Rangoon the coun try is and at this time of year ehicles can go almost anywhere ver the short stubble of the rice Once past the main nly light scrub and jungle would resent any kind of natural bar ier to the The British in Burma have one dvantage over the defenders of combined forces of iie RAF and the American volun eer groups have inflicted heavy osses on the Japanese air DEATHJN STORM 189 Die As Warship an Supply Vessel Break Up On Rocks Feb 25 survivors o the United States Trux and the Naval suppl owed their lives toda to the hardihood of wome and children from the village o Lawrence who rigged up a bo suns chair in defiance of the storm that smashed the and pulle the seamen to safety over a 200 foot The survivors were hospitalize in Argentia at a naval has across the bay from the plac where the vessels were wrecke with the loss of at least 189 The story of the rescue was th first report ofthe number of me Yesterdays announcemen from Washington merely estimate the number of Word that the two ships wer in distress brought the villagers o Lawrence to the scene from across three miles of snow covered windswept They found a cluster of me clinging to a cliff and began hau ing them to the top with the bo suns a rough wooden sea slung from a Other rescuers attempted to sav some in the surf by a dory lowere from the top of the cliff but th little boat was Its ere was The battered seamen first wer taken to homes in the village an near the and supplied wit additional clothing and with foo Then they were taken to Argen Bodies of the dead also wer taken A third ship struck th shore in the same storm whic wrecked the destroyer and supp but floated clear and reachec ACTION 1ST STAGE IN E Authorities Nab Killer After He Had Eluded Them 25 young boy friend confessed Coro ner Brodie that he fat ally shot Dorothy in the mlcony of the downtown Palace a mystery that had been more baffling than the one being hown on the Brodie named the killer as Clar ence of suburban He was picked up after lolice questioned a girl friend of he She told investigators she knew of a theater date Dorothy had with The clue was obtained shortly after the identification of Doro hys body in the morgue where il tad lain among the unknown dead for almost 11 hours after the Identification was made y an uncle who said al so of was the daughter o a real estate man and that she fin shed high school this Police had obtained only a vague description of the youth who step ped across Dorothys bleeding body sprinted up an aisle and escaped in the dark and confusion of the the Turn to Page 2 Dispatch Indicates That Star aya Russa is Recaptured By Russians By EDDY GIUIORE 25 troops were credited officially to day with crushing Germanys 16th field shattering three divi sions and killing men in what was described as only the first stage of a smashing new offensive in the Staraya Russa sector 140 miles be low A Russian datelined Staraya Russa appeared to indicate that the town hitherto be lieved to be in German had been recaptured in the Soviet on a communique said only that the defeat of the jermans took place in the region f Staraya Reports from the battlefield said ie Red army was advancing through territory Uttered with the odies of Nazi dead and fields cov red with abandoned big auto mobiles and A special communique said la onically that northwestern front nits commanded by Lieutenant General Kurochkin set the trap ebruary 15 and a few days ago lie operations were Units Smashed The 290th Infantry Sec nd Army Corps 13th Infantry Di 10th Army Corps and an elite guard division were it and the field was ittered with German dead and quipment abandoned by the sur The of a scope rivalling activity in the bloody Smolensk one 200 miles farther evi lently represented a major stroke in Russian efforts to clear com munication lines of the Lake H men region in preparation forfur her thrusts at the rear of invasion units entrenched before Lenin to Page 9 Strand of Wire Disrupts Entire Telephone System For 30 minutes yesterday after noon Adrian was without telephone ervice due to technical difficulties n the central office equipment of the TriCounty Any of the subscribers who attempted to make a call between and oclock were informed olitely by the operator that the ine was out of manager of the Adrian said today that the ringing circuit of the system was put out of order when a small particle of wire RAID DAMAGE Si IS Californians Jolted Into State of Alert By Attack By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SANTA Feb increas ingly casual toward the war in recent were jolted into a state of alert by the enemys firs attack on the continental Unitec Damage was only but here and elsewhere along the Pacific coast the cries it cant happen here had been drowned out by whining fiveinch rocketing from a big Japanese submarine intc a tidelands oil There was little and universal compliance with military and blackout regulations whicl brought high praise from author Perhaps a farmer wb shouldered his gun and marche into the sheriffs office personified the general Turn to Page 2 Cambridge School Sells Load Of Waste Paper Children from Cambridge town ship 1 con tributed their part to the national defense effort yesterday when the brought a full truck load of sal vaged waste paper into Adrian an sold it for The money was promptly invested in defens The with the hel of their Clifford Tripp gathered the paper They all came to Adrian yesterda with the which was gail decorated in keeping with their jecame dislodged short The and caused companys gineers had to search through thou sands of strands of wire before finding the tiny piece of renegade wire about the size of pencil Frey said that prior to this the equipment was be ing cleaned with a vacuum 3e said that it was possible that the wire was dislodged during that It was just one of those freak occurrences that happens once in a long BOMB HURLED AT VONPAPEN IN ANKARA By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS bomb thrown at Franz von the German ambassador exploded only 50 feet away from him on an Ankara boulevard but both the Ambassador and his wife escaped with minor One man was blown to pieces and an official announcement said he apparently was the He was seen in the vicinity a moment earlier carrying a package wrapped in Two young girls were slightly injured and the Von Papens were thrown to the pave The blast occurred on Boulevard Ataturk while the Von Papens were The closeness of the explosion to the Ambassador and his wife strongly an official an nouncement that an attempt might have been on his Police are energetically investigat ing the Foreign Minister Sukru Sara coglu hastened to the German Em bassy to inquire about their wel fare and Prime Minister Refik Say dam sent his private Von Hitlers ace diplo matic troubleshooter in this was military Washington early in the last war and was ex pelled as a A radio report said that Joseph secretary of the United embassy in was standing not far from Von Papen when the bomb exploded but was not Satterthwaite is the son of and Satterthwaite of   

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