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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - February 26, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADEIAN DAIIiP 5nou Flumes FEBRUARY 1942 PRICE 3 Japanese Paying Heavy Price for Conquests But Foe Con tinues Atlantic NAVY RELEASES FIGURES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS United States was exacting a pun ishing price from Japanese sea power for Pacific conquests but German Uboats kept striking bard with frequent in the In the savage twoocean war of the capital sought to strike a balance of the gains and The toll taken of enemy shipping In the Pacific was Army and Navy reports disclosed that since 10 a total of 74 Japanese combatant and noncom batant vessels had been seven more probably sunk and 33 dam If losses on such a scale can be inflicted on Japan for the remain der of the naval officers in dicated last her ultimate de feat is because her ship building resources are not equal to providing the necessary replace ments and In the Navy statistics testified to the unre lenting vigor of the Uboat cam 1 From 1 to 23 the number of submarine attacks on shipping of the United Nations in the western half of the ocean alone was 114 and 45 of them occurred In American coastal Dur ing this the sinkings of 34 ships have been reported from Can ada to the Raiders Fay The raiders have paid for their The Navy said last night it had good reason to believe that three more enemy submarines have been sunk by action in the others This was the first announcement on the subject since 21 when Sec retary Knox said that 14 underseas raiders had been destroyed or dam there was evident need for more effective counter for JPrime Minister Churchill declared on Tuesday that the shipping losses of the United Nations in the last two months had shown a most serious Figures on the Navys work against Japan were by Knox at confer ence He said that units of the fleet had sunk 15 combatant and 39 noncombatant He listed three more combatant and four noncombatant in the believed sunk In addition two combatant and three noncombat ant ships were Turn to Page 2 GAS BIG ML HID ATM 26 State Public Service Commission will take testimony March 5 on the petition of the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company for permission to supply Adrian and Battle Creek with natural gas from Texas and Kansas gas The petition proposes to connect the Battle Creek Gas Company to the pipeline now running between Jackson and with a threemile and to con nect the Citizens Gas Fuel Com pany of Adrian through a seven andahalf mile extension to the main pipeline running north from the state line to connect the Con sumer Power Company lines in the Saginaw Carl commission gas said Adrian especially re quires additional capacity to meet industrial The hearing was described by general manager of the Citizens Gas Fuel Com as a routine procedure that Is required to learn if there are objections to supplying Adrian with natural So he I havent heard any objections to natural only to the delay in getting it It was expected that full scale digging operations would get un der way for the natural gas line A large amount of ma chinery and equipment already has arrived at Riga and has been dis tributed along the right of way by Pipe welding al ready is under NORMANDIE DICKSTEIN DECLARES 26 Representative Dickstein charged in the House late yesterday that the liner which burned and capsized at her Mew York pier on February was sabotaged with a deliberate design to and that more than thirty Nazi agents were employed as workmen on the ship at the These Dickstein were supplied by William Drechsel of New York whom he de scribed as the number one Nazi In the United States and organizer of the Oceanic Service Corporation of New York ACCTIONB Furniture Gnenmld Auction Fnd auc See on Market March Auction northwest of Mont Day Jlaxfect ftM JAPANESE TRYING TO CLOSE THE NET Japanese raiders bombed Port Moresby 1 a sec ond and their naval units were reported off Dili 2 in while parachute troops were reported landing at Japanese transports in Dili har bor were The Japanese hit hard at airports on Java 3 and claimed they had struck a mortal A Dutch communique said Allied aircraft sank two Japanese transports off Celebes JAVA IS AWAITING United Nations Intend to Stand and Fight There By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Javas tensely alert for Japanese invad ers set to pounce from any direc readied their defenses today with the knowledge that on this is land the United Nations intend to stand and eventually start the drive back against the The role of core of the Netherlands East was set out in plain language last night by Lieutenant GovernorGeneral Hu bertus Van Mook in a broadcast to its The time for destruction and withdrawal has now he told The time for holding out and attacking has Van Mook spoke straight from the shoulder of the ordeal awaiting Javas he have a job such as perhaps never has been done anywhere in the He made no promises of only of a reasonable fighting throughput his speech and Van Mook hinted that the defense of Java may be only the beginning of the United Nations He told the resolved islanders that the foreign troops which are here will remain and will be main tained through a regular stream of Let there be no lighthearted optimism and let us prove J our worth during the few months which separate us from a large scale Allied he Almost as Van Mook was ob serving that Singapores defenses had been authori ties announced the safe arrival here of Major General Henry Gor don commander of the Australian imperial forces in Ma after a hairbreadth escape which began in a sampan and end ed in an Cites MmcArthnrs Stud Van Mook commented that Sin gapores loss had made a deep im but he said this has since been wiped out and he counselled the people of Java to learn from General MacArthurs stand in the Philippine that the enemy is not invincible if we only stand and at We must derive inspiration and wisdom from what has been achiev ed and the mistakes which have been he Clear your minds of the hypnosis of Japanese invincibility and we will prove that we can carry the Before General Bennett along with eight members of the Singapore volunteers and seven British he had been pre sumed to be a prisoner of the Jap Turn to Page 13 Stimson Calls Indies Defense Magnificent 26 Secretary Stimson said today that the United Nations were making a magnificent defense of the Neth erlands Indies and had inflicted heavy losses on the enemy which he said the Japanese had not dis We realize fully the importance of the situation in Java and we are giving every bit of aid possi the War Secretary told a press In a tribute to British General Sir Archibald Stimson re ported that the southwest Pacific commander in chief sustained a broken rib in an aircraft accident on a visit to Singapore the day be fore Singapore he proposed to visit the Bataan Peninsula fighting front in the Philippines but General Douglas MacArthur ad vised in a message not to take the of Men Decorated for Heroism 26 The text of a War Department 124 of the based on reports received here up to 4 Wednesday Netherlands Indies Six American army heavy bombers of the flying fortress type attacked Japanese shipping off Macassar sinking two large enemy A formation of American army pursuit planes of the P40 type in tercepted fiftytwo Japanese bomb accompanied by forty fighting over In the en suing one enemy bomber was shot down and several other Japanese planes were but their destruction was not None of our planes was dam aged in either Philippine theater The War Department will an nounce in general orders the award by the in the name of of the Congressional Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant WUlibald 45th Philippine for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action and beyond the call of The award was made by the Pres on the recommendation of General Turn to Page 13 TO BE SENECA POSTMASTER 26 ator Prentiss Brown of Michi gan sent the name of Frank Hau enstein to the postmaster general with the recommendation that he be appointed acting postmaster at the fourth classoffice of Lenawee Adrian Fireman Too Old for Army And Too Fit for Marines It everyone has as much difficulty getting into the nations armed forces as Fireman Norman McKen zie of the Adrian fire the ranks of the Navy and Marine Corps may be a bit The final straw came yesterday when McKenzie was refused en trance into the Marine Corps be cause he was physically fit Thats because he was fit It all started Tuesday morning when McKenzie with his Kenneth Yeutter of went to the Army recruiting office at Toledo to enlist Officialsthere told them that they had the wrong papers from the county draft So they came back to Adrian and obtained the needed papers and returned to Toledo only to be told that McKenzie was a few months over the Army age limit of 35 s McKenzie and Yeutter were sent to Detroit by Marine Corps recruiting officers stationed in Adrian to enlist in a limited duty branch of theservice for men be tween the ages of 30 and In the examining physi cian rejected them because they actually were physically Out of seven men In the group for lim ited duty in the corps only one man who was 47 years old and 40 pounds overweight was The physician advised the Adrian men to join the Army as they wert in good physical Upon being told that they had been re jected by the Army because of the age the officer went to an other office in the building occupied by the Army recruiting service and returned with the information that in Detroit age limit was 31 years and six months instead of the 35 years at That was worse yct Now the two Adrian men arent sure just what they will Ifs either wait for the draft to take them into the Army or make one more attempt to enlist in the Commissioner Louis Gennond said today that he would be per fectly satisfied if McKenzie remain ed with the Adrian fire department where his ability Is Mem bers of the Lenawee county draft board have told Commissioner Ger mond that they have no authority to defer members of police or file deparfanentSt British Fight With Backs to Wall to Save City By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS British imperial fighting with their backs to the wall in a desperate effort to save have fired vital installations there to prevent them from falling into Japanese advices from the capital said Travelers arriving here from Rangoon said smoke was rolling over the city from blazes touched off by demolition squads and that a vital oil refinery had been left a charred Although British lines were said to be holding on the west bank of the Sittang River above the vir tually depopulated all that the imperial forces could ap was a delaying At the line of the Sittang the Japanese had reached the top o the Gulf of less 70 miles from and had cross ed all but the last of the river bar riers on the path of their Some British and Indian battal ions had lost heavily in the pro longed fighting against heavier numbers which have staggered Burmas defenses back across Salween fhp same appareritly second offensive frioin their Thailand bases at Chiengmal and Chlengrai aimed toward the upper reaches of the Sittang in the Shan states of Bur On that the invaders face a collision with thou sands of Chinese who have moved in to northeast Beyond 100 miles to the the secondary port of Bnssein was reported unofficially to have been pounded heavily byJapanese Like it has t railroad running northward into the Official Information has been scarce for war correspondents since they were ordered from Ran goon last Friday and they find that even some officers newly assignee in central areas have only scant in GERMAN RESERVES INSTARAYA AREAJE BEAIEN Russians Tighten Ring Around Survivors of Smashed Nazi 16th Army RUSSIAN FLIERS ACTIVE By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Rus sians declared today they had defeated reserves which the Ger mans were putting into the battle of the Staraya Russa where a Russian ring closed tighter upon survivors of the smashed Nazi 16th One of the reserve units said to have been beaten when it attempt ed to break through to aid the trapped troops was identified as the 56th regiment of the German Fifth Dispatches from the front said Russian fliers and antiaircraft guns were up attempts by the Germans to bring supplies into the Staraya Russa area by trans port The Russians said captured Ger man orders disclosed that troops had been caught in the Staraya Russa are a dis patch Their situation is Soviet fliers dropped leaflets over the encircled divisions prom ising them good treatment if they On the southwestern the Russians reported decisive vic tories over German and Rumanian The first Rumanian division was declared with more than killed and 200 Turn to Page 13 GASFILLED HOME CLAIMS FOUR LIVES Police Find Girl Unconscious On Floor She Lives 26 members of an East Detroit family died in thengasfilled home late yesterday while an 18yearok daughter miraculously survivec after falling unconscious in the midst of an effort to bring Apparently saved from death only she fell near two floor holes cut for heating ducts and near a room with anopen window Barnardine Foster had firsl crawled to the telephone and made a feeble effort to get The sensing something called When Ber nardine was found On the kitchen floor were the bodies of her Frank 36 yearold motion picture and Carmel also On a bedroom floor lay the bodies of 16yearold a A fifth member of the Katherine mother of was taken to a hos pital in serious 6 2S Hurt In TrainBus Crash 26 t Rock Island freight train ripped through a bus today killing six en listed men in the Army Air Twentyfive others were injured in the crash which occurred bf a blinding snow half west of mile MAYOB JOINS NAVY 26 ing Ishpemings youth ful but veteran has given up that job for one of second who made history here election to five successive sent word from Chicago yesterday that he had been accepted into the He is Michigans first may or in the 2 Japanese Troop 2 Other Vessels Sunk By American Submarines Priorities Halt Manufacture Of Home Guard Uniforms 26 priorities have placed stumbling docks in the path ofthe Michigan State state officials dis closed While William man ager of the Prison re ported wool priorities were halting manufacture of uniforms for or more home State Building said there was a possibility some units of the national guard armory NAZI BATTL Ships Which Fled From Brest Out of War for Some Time to Come By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ton German Scharn horst and Gnelsenau and the ton Prinz appeared on the basis of official Brit ish to have been for some The twobattleships which escap ed fjrom with the Prinz Eugen and ran a gantlet of surface and aerial attack in Dover Strait and the entrance to the North Sea on February were severely it was One now lies in dry dock at Kiel and the other in the dockyard at Their present whereabouts have been recorded by aerial an official spokesman The Prinz at least a cruiser of her success fully attacked by the British sub off the Norwegian coast on February anAdmiralty communique A torpedo hit was Aerial reconnaissance subse quently showed a ship of the Eugen class in Trondheim Norwegian port in tow of and damaged a spokesman It seemes probable that the ship was the Prinz in which case all the ships which escaped from Brest have been May Have Hit Destroyer The Admiraltys communique on the Tridents attack on the added that it is possible that one of the destroyers escorting the enemy cruiser was also hit by tor Whether the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were damaged In the aerial and surface attacks during their dash through the channel or were caught later by British war ships or submarines closer to their North Sea bases was not at once made Despite the blows to the two bat tleships and the the spokes man warned today that the United States and Britain may be near the beginning of a new period ol surface raider both Ger man and after nearly a year of no mercantile losses from such craft Turn to Page Fl Feb 26 count of men rescuei from the shipwrecked United States and the naval supply stood today at more than were accountec for in first The United States Navy had an nounced in Washington that 189 of ficers men were lost in gale churned Canadian where the two vessels were cast on the rocky shoreand but die hot give the number of What the casualties might have been had not four sailors from the Truxton braved the soueaster to make shore on a raft could only be As it the ships had been pitched on the rocks four hours before the sailors could sum the aid from shore inhabitants for which President Roosevelt has expressed his admiration and grati Make First Substantial vance Since Retreat Onto Bataan 26 War Department reported today General D ou g 1 a s MacArthurs troops in a surprise thrust forced back the Japanese several kilome ters on the Philippine Bataan A communique said that fighting was still in progress with continued local The main positions of the enemy have not been it was The attack brought the first sub stantial advance for the American Filipino defenders since they were forced to withdraw into the narrow peninsula nearly two months Me a n w h i 1 e small bodies of American and Philippine troops were reported to be harassing the Japanese in guerrilla fighting in central and northern scor ing considerable More than 500 miles to the on the island of desul tory patrol action The invaders there have been reinforced by a detachment of Japanese ma A War Department spokesman advised reporters to make your own interpretation of the reversal inflicted on the Japanese In Four times in recent weeksthe hadUadMsedJthat the Japanese were bringing up re inforcements and reforming their forces for a renewal of the series of full scale offensives which dwindled to inconclusive fighting a month Instead came the lull of the last several days and the counterattack reported RATIONINGiARDGETS Complete Orders for Program Expected Here Within Next Few Days Preliminary instructions on the sugar rationing program were re ceived from the state office in Lan sing today by the Lenawee ration ing board but complete instructions are not yet available but are ex pected to arrive within the next few Instructions received today state that the rationing program is to go in effect in a few days The initial phase of the registartion is to be handled jointly by the ration ing board and the county school commissioner and this will take three or four After the initial phase is finished the full task of the sugar program will fall on the rationing According to the plans registra tion for the sugar rationing is to be done through the school system with civilians going to the nearest school to make application for the War Rationing Book which is the sugar booklet Teachers are being asked to cooperate in the Presidential Veto Predicted In Dispute Over Surplus Prices 26 W The prediction of a Presidential ve to today tempered the smashing victory of the Senate farm bloc in the dispute over prices for govern mentheld surplus stocks of wheat and Senator Brown leader of the group which sought to sus tain President forecast that if the House approved the Senate restrictions on sales of gov ernment surpluses below full pari ty prices it would run Into a cer tain Whats Brown I think the Senate would sustain it Secretary of Agriculture Wick ard meanwhile declared that desir ed Increases In production of milk and dairy products were being re tarded by growing labor shortages and by increases in the price of feed Agriculture officials said Congressional pressure for the pricelegislation had tended to raise feed expansion program may not be completed because of difficulty In obtaining Burke said he planned to appeal o Washington against point ing out wool supplies will not be saved by requiring the state to buy lie uniforms from a private sup He said approximately 00 heavy trousers and douses were invoved hi the de and about Langius asserted that work irmories at South Muskegon and the second unit of one at Lansing would stop within iO days if materials were not re Most of the delay affects plumbing supplies and steel for strong room The Jackson armory Is about 65 per cent that at South Haven 70 percent and at Muske gon 60 per he Langius said he had asked LeRoy quartermaster general of to appeal to the national Guard bureau at Washington and the Armys Sixth Corps Area headquarters for spe cial consideration for the used as assembly and training bas es for the state troops in the ab sence from Michigan of the Na tional projects at Srayling and one unit at Lansing have been Langius as while one at Coldwater is 38 per cent Jobs at Ypsi Owosso and Adrian are ready to he while that at Kalamazoo still is in preliminary stages of Architects are working on plans for 18 other community EMlS LOS ANGELES SCARE Says Objects Were Possibly Flown By Enemy Agents 26 Secretary Stimson said today that possibly as many as which may have been operated by enemy over Los Angeles early yesterday and were fired on by army anti aircraft Stimson said the described late yesterday by Secretary of the Navy Knox as a false oc curred between Pacific War Antiaircraft guns of the 37th coast artillery brigade fired rounds of ammunition at the which Stimson told a press con ference were officially reported as flying at speeds ranging from very to 200 miles an and at heights of to feet The planes dropped no Stimson there were no cas ualties among American none of the planes was shot and no American Army or Navy planes were in Since no bombs were Stimson it was possible that the planes might have come from commercial sources operated by en emy agents to dis close the location of antiaircraft gun and slow down war operations by causing black The said his informa tion was contained in a report from General George Army chief of and apparently was based on reports to Marshall from Army officials in My only Stimson is that perhaps it is better to be too alert than not alert Stimson said he had no explana tion of the statement that neither Army nor Navy planes were in ac and he did not explain what was meant by commercial sour Stimson said the Armys investi gation of the incident was continu ANOTHER WARSHIP IS BELIEVED HIT UBoat Forced to Submerge Before Observing Full Effect of Torpedo By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS United States carrying on an intensive Allied naval offen sive touched off by the Japanese invasion of were credited ficially today with torpedoing two enemy troop a naval auxili ary and a freighter and probably scoring a hit on a Japanese cruiser or destroyer within the last two The submarine which attacked the warship was forced to sub merge before it could observe the full effect of its The location of the action was not specified by the Dutch East Indies high which ported yesterday that Allied bomb ingplanes had sunkthree trans ports hi the waters off Macassar in southwestern At the same Dutch defense forces in the outlying portions of he Indies Archipelago stillwere ighting vital delaying actions de signed to hold off as long as pos sible the expected allout offensive against Jnited Nations stronghold of The Dutch communique said that even on the Indies ondary naval base which the Jap anese claimed to have occupied completely three days it is quite well possible that our still continue to Battle Ragea on Celebes In southern the battle against the invaders also raged with unabated the com munique In western Bor neo commander was orced to withdraw from Simpang n the face of a superior Japanese Ibrce driving down the coast from Pontianak but he reported he would continue to despite a Japanese demand to surrender or s wiped out Simpang is about 100 miles below Pontianak and 425 airline miles northeast of Only in south Sumatra were the Japanese making rapid headway in lushing their advance bases closer Javas western The fact hat Dutch naval forces today were reported to have bombed enemy storage yards near on Sumatras southern was the lirst officialacknowledgment that n this area the enemy had reached the shore of Sundra which separates Sumatra from Java by only 15 miles at its narrowest point The communique also admitted enemy occupation of part of Ben the residency on Sumatras southwest and of the tin producing island of off the southeast Sumatra coast only 200 miles from inYLate Bulletins 2C Speaker Rmybunt cleared the way today for House debate on atpro posal to suspend operation of the fortyhoar week mad the eight Honr day during the He did this by aanrandns that he would not rule out on a techni cality pending dratt ed by representative Smith D to suspend the maximum hour requirements and extra pay for overtime work now provided for in seventeen separate From Japanese Broad 26 head quarters enemy declared aircraft today that aa carrier was severely damaged and set afire 21 when several Japanese naval planes plunged headlong to detonating their still rack ed bombs in the In view of the extent of Ike the vessel b believed to be lost although the sinking to not the It pictured the attack as m suicidal assault in the tradition of NoStrike Pledge Observance Urged By Union Chief 26 dent Thomas of the United Automobile Workers CIO ap ealed to the membership today to abide by the unions nostrike ledge for the wars both or the safety of our nation and protection of the Thomas said that the prospect of defeat for our nation is such a errible one as American make every ef tort to promote defense produc ion and reach adjustments with employers through peaceable It is the duty of every local on and Thomas to support this both for the safety of ournation and for the protection of our nation against attacks by the enemies of labor who would most certainly use strikes during war time to our Thomas advised that when em ployers appear to be stalling in legotiations union officers should bring all possible pressure on governmental mediation appealing to the War Labor Board f Garters Are Ruled Out 26 Further production of womens corsets and mens sus penders and definitely ruled out today for the The War Production Board said no more rubber would be available for the thread essential to such The announced late reinstated an earlier nomorecorsets order which had been modified to some extent last Corsetieres promised they would do the best they could with the ma terials on mentioning the pos sibility of employing knitted gussets In miladys KIEL BOMBED BERLIN From German Broad 26 air raiders bombed Kiel during the news agency reported   

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