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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - March 2, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Snow MARCH 1942 PRICE 3 TAXI CAB ARMY BATTLES JAPS IN JAVA TRAPPED GERMANS Russians Within Sight of Wrecked Houses of Staraya Russa NAZI MORALE CRACKING By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March Red army was reported today within sight of the wrecked houses of the key northwestern city of Staraya where Germans are said to be trapped with dwindling food while farther south the Russians pushed toward Smo lensk and Dnieperopetrovsk against German Hundreds of Britains 12gun Hurricanes are fighting daily on the Russian piloted by Red air force it was disclosed in London with news of the return of the RAF wing of two squadrons from The wing fought in an Arctic sector of the front but its primary task was disclosed to have been to train Russian airmen to use British The fliers declared on their return to England that the Rus sians certainly learn Dispatches from the Staraya Rus sa region said the Russian army was drawing its steel noose tighter around the German 16th army each day and quoted a German prisoner as saying morale in Staraya Russa had cracked within the past few The Germans transformed Star aya once a Russian resort city famous for its brine into a base for communications on the northwestern front below Len The near Lake is 280 miles northwest of Moscow and 140 miles almost due south of Bitter fighting continued in the Leningrad where the Rus sians are attempting to lift the siege of the second Russian The Soviet War said Red detachments in one Lenin grad sector had killed Ger man soldiers and 491 officers during the past six including two generals and 160 secret police Germans Wiped Out On the central with the Russians concentrating on the Smo lensk troops under Red Gen eral Golubev were reported by the Moscow radio to have wiped out two infantry battalions and smashed the headquarters of two infantry In some sectors of the central it was the Germans have counterattacked with the support of Both the Russian and German armies were throwing tanks and artillery into the fighting on the southwestern and southern fronts where the battle field is a vast quagmire under rain and melt Ing The Russians said the Germans brought up the 257th and 85th in fantry divisions to help hold the Red advance but that Russian air men killed many of them before they got near the front There were almost no Russian reports on the fighting in the Cri mea but the Germans claimed Soviet soldiers were killed and 66 tanks destroyed on the Kerch pen The Russian midnight communi que reported only vaguely that Russian troops occupied several in habited Beyond reports that the Russians were driving on Smolensk and had encircled Staraya Russa and were attempting to break the Leningrad there was no clear outline of the long winter Official reports for weeks have been purposely general to keep the Germans confused on the progress of the winter offen Russians have BETSEY mm NEW March 2 his valet and secretary among the John Hay Jock one of the nations weal thiest was married yesterday to Betsey Gushing former wife of James eldest son of the President Secret service on hand because of the presence of the Presidents Kate and Sara Delano aged 6 and also attended the simple ceremony in the home of the brides former husband of Mary Elizabeth Altanus Liiz wore a plain blue busi ness and grayblue afternoon costume as The George pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of united two famed Immediately after a reception at the apartment of the brides sis Vincent the couple left for a short honeymoon at Greenwood a Whitney estate at With in a few days they planned to go to where Whitney is di rector of the motion picture divi sion of the office of Coordinator of InterAmerican TORPEDOED TANKER BURNS OFF JERSEY COAST Black clouds of smoke pour from the port side of the tanker torpedoed off the New Jersey coast at night Seas wash over the center of the drifting already buckled in the PLATE OFFICE Sets of License Plates Issued Saturday A steady stream of automobile icense plate purchasers still arrived at the office of the county distribut or today for 1942 plates as the of fice force recovered from its biggest day in history The final day for plates before the March 1 deadline saw a total of sales A line of purchasers began forming outside the office about Saturday morning and ex tended down the sidewalk two or three doors most of the Budd county distribut said that considerable delay was caused Saturday when it was dis covered that the numbers on the outside of the plate envelopes did not agree with the numbers on the About 50 plates were dis ributed before the discrepancy was The persons who re ceived this plates will be notified by hi order that their registra tion numbers may be Compared with the peak number of the number of registrants on the final days last year was and in 1940 it was only The number of sixmonth regis Mtions exceeded all others in passenger plate sales in this cate ory reached Full year pas senger plates totaled Trailer plate sales for the full year were 108 and sixmonth trailer sales were The largest single transaction Saturday took place when a repre sentative of a large company came in to get plates for 250 He was taken care of in about a half Police Commissioner Louis Germond of Adrian said that driv ers will not be arrested for driving with 1941 plates until If drivers who are arrested then can prove that they are on their way to get their licenses at the time of they will be released with out MacARTHURS LOST BATTALION ROUTS JAPANESE March 2 A lost detachment of American Filipino cut off more than 150 miles north of Douglas MacArthurs Bataan peninsula has forced the Japanese out of a 45mile stretch of the Abra River valley with guerilla the War Department has an No details were other than that the guerilla forces have forced the enemy to evacuate the Abra valley from Cervantes to The military value of the maneu ver was discounted here as of little though army experts emphasized it gave new evidence of opposition to the invader carried on by natives arid troops outside the Bataan The communique announcing the action also carried a proclamation of Commonwealth President Man uel Quezon to his assert ing that our spirit of resistance remained CAN GET VIEW OF WHIPPLE COMET NEW March 2 OP Threefourths of the United States can get out the field glasses this evening and look for the Whipple Comet in the eastern sky just west of a total eclipse of the rising Though blacked out the moon still will be visible as a dull cop percolored due to light from the earths a glow which would be seen from the moon as a red halo girdling the The moon will rise hi the Eastern War Time zone at oclock at Sew York with a black bite of the Earths shadow already showing on the lunar But in the Central and Mountain Time zones the moon already will be completely eclipsed when it ris In the coast moonrise comes after the Earths shadow has begun to leave the lunar Moonrise will be at approximate ly in each time but with the eclipse progressively farther along to the The moons face will pass totally under the shadow at New York at t will remain entirely covered in the eastern zone for twoandahalf In the central zone the visible part of the total eclipse will last an hourandahalf and in the mountain zone a The Whipple which has been coming closer to Earth for be just under naked eye It will be visible through any small telescope and should be easy to see with good Its magnitude will be sevenandahalf CONVOY IS ATTACKED At Least 4 Ships Sunk By Pack of UBoats AN East Coast Canadian March 2 tale of wholesale disaster striking suddenly in the night far at sea has been brought here by survivors of a convoy which lost at least four of its merchant ships when it was caught by a pack of UBoats in Rescued 111 men from the four were brought to port Their in dicating that the westward plod ding convoy may have been tailed by submarines for put as high as nine the number of merchant men Some of the the crews of three tankers and one were picked up by a United States How many of the other torpedoed ships went down and how many men were lost was not Survivors from one of whose crew 38 men are said vessel was struck at 3 and sank before a boat could be The 39man crew of an other ship arrived rescued after several hours in three life boats on the tossing One seaman said seven vessels were torpedoed on the night of the attack more than a week ago and that two more were nit the next morning Another said the attack went on for three days a third re ported that sounding devices de tected five Uboats in the There were plenty of torpedoes that missed their said one They let loose almost enough to sink the British High praise came from several men for the rescue work of a fast British coastal ship in the One man described her work as one of the most heroic acts of the merchant marine In this It was said victim of his fourth the way the coaster came within a couple of hundred yards of our ship She was there a few minutes after the fourth torpedo hit us I was waiting for her to get one at any moment The Panamanian hit by a torpedo off hauled an important oil cargo into the of unaided and with the loss only of the oil stored in one bashedin it was disclosed In formed sources said there were no injuries among her Enemy Is Increasing His Patrol Pressure March 2 once great Oriental seaport of Rangoon now by virtually all except weary British Empire troops and looters defying military control today the final assault from reinforced Japanese Scant official reports indicated that the enemy was increasing his patrol presumably search ing for a soft spot at which to es tablish a bridgehead the west bank of the Sittang River for an attack on the An Associated Press correspond dent with theBritish forces on the Pegu front itvBunnasaid yesterday that the driven off in an approach toward the main BurmaChina highway north of Pegu after crossing the Sittang under cover of A vivid picture of desolated city was given in a dispatch from Rangoon yesterday by Philip Jor dan of the London How long the water supply here will last no one Jordan In some parts of the town it has stopped At night there are several red glows in the A form of military control has been declared in the city but it is not safe to go into the center of town now without some kind of weapon often as the only way to deal with looters is to shoot them without In the harbor are what ships the navy can spare to safe guard At present their main job seems to be to fire on raiding warcraft There were reports from Manda lay that Japanese bombs had hit oil stores Saturday in Toungoo on the RangoonMandalay railroad north of Flames were said to have wrecked at least a square mile in the heart of the WOULD DOUBLE ARMY PAY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 2 A new and potentially explosive issue pay for men in the armed on the legislative horizon today as Con gress began its third month deep ly immersed in war time problems and Discussed in closed committee sessions for the pay ques tion threatened to become a live legislative problem just at the time when Congress was trying to complete repeal action on the troublesome pension law and to reach a settlement on the contro versy over price regulations for farm Introduced by Senator Johnson the military pay bill has been the subject of intermittent hearings since last November 17 but members of the Senate Mili tary Committee said they were now Hearing a showdown on its Johnson originally proposed com prehensive basic increases from privates and seamen to generals and but several commit tee members predicted that if any bill finally was laid before the Senate it would provide benefits only for those in the possi bly including second lieutenants and As thus the basic pay of those inducted into the Army would become a instead of the present They would continue to receive that amount throughout the first whereas their pay now is increased to at the end of three the present ten per cent increase in basic pay after one years service would be The proposed in en listed grades in theArmy and bring top Ar my master sergeants and chief pet ty officers of the Navy to a month instead of the present with corresponding boosts for oth er Turn to Page 2 YEEHUNGFOTKS SELF N LAUNDRY Lived Here With Yee Sing For Three Months Yee Hung 54yearold Chi nese who is a distant cousin of Yee the Adrian com mitted suicide by hanging himself this morning in the back room of the laundry at 218 West Maumee Street Yee Sing found his countryman hanging with an electric light cord knotted around his neck when he arose about oclock this morn Coroner Paul Mott and city police were Mott esti mated that the man had been for about an indicating that he hanged himself immediately after awakening this He was fully dressed except for his He evidently had jumped off a low wooden The cord was tied above around a Mott said that inquest will be Funeral arrangements await the efforts of city police to locate relatives of Fot in De troit Yee Sing said this morning that Yee Hung Fot had been living at the laundry with about three Yee Sing said that he slept in the same room with Fot but that as he was a heavy sleeper he did not hear him get out of bed this 1 The body is at the Mott Funeral AUCTIONS March 14 mile north of North Adrian Grange Linehan A See on Market March Auction sale northwest of of Al See on Market PUN TO INCREASE PAY Congress Trying to Complete Repeal Action On Pen sion Measure March 2 The House appropriations commit tee recommended today that the Agriculture Department be provid ed with of new funds tor its work during the fiscal year beginning July or less than the appropriation for the current The committees appropriation by embodying a provision that no farm stocks held by the Com modity Credit Corporation may be sold at less than the parity pushed forward again the running tight between President Roosevelt and Congress over such which the Chief Executive contends are In its report accompanying the the committee also accused the Farm Security Administration of carrying on experiments in collect ive farming of Communist The bill contained a prohibition against any new projects of such nature and a ban on loans of more than to any farmer under the rural rehabilitation Commenting on the parity price provision the committee said The committee does not believe that Congress intended to vest the secretary with power and duty to so handle governmentowned stocks of agricultural commodities as to prevent such prices rising to parity or even for the purpose of bearing the prices of such com modities below minimum ceilings iH CLAIMS IE OF DREFKE First 1942 Traffic Victim In Accident William 41 years whose home was in Riga township six miles south of Blissfield died at oclock this morning in Bixby hospital from Injuries suffered at oclock Saturday night in an automobile accident at the intersec tion of the Berkey and Ogden Cen ter roads three and a quarter miles south of It was the first 1942 traffic fatality in the Drefke was driving north on the Berkey road and his car collid ed with one being driven west on the Ogden Center road by Paul Gordon of 231 Seeley Street Gordon was injured about the chest and also was brought to Bix by His condition is not Both men were alone and both cars were State police of the Blissfield post investi gated the accident Drefke never had married and he and his Adolph livedHogether on the Drefke He also leaves a sis ter Andrew Thompson of Riga township and two aunts Albert Kolz of Adrian and Frank Houfmaster of The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 oclock in the home and at oclock in Johns Lutheran church In Riga with the Schmelzer offi The burial will be In the Riga KIMMEL ARE TO FACE COURT MARTIAL March 2 Major General Walter Short and Rear Admiral Husband charged with dereliction of duty for failure to take proper safe guards against the Japanese attack on Pearl have been order ed to stand trial by court possibly after the war has Brief statements by Secretary of War Stimson and Secretary of the Navy Knox late Saturday suggested that the trials will be delayed un til such time as interest and safety would permit Meanwhile the former army and navy commanders of the Hawaiian defenses were permitted to retire to civil life on the regulation re tirement pay of a year for officers of their The charge of dereliction of duty was made by the Roberts in quiry commission and preparations for their court martial trials were ordered on tii3 basis of the findings of their Invaders Sweep To Within 30 Miles Of Bandoeng CounterAttack Is Launched Recommended For Agriculture Department fixed by Congress in recentlyen acted pricefixing Parity Is a price calculated to give farm products the same rela tive buying power as they had in a stated usually No Parity Money For the first time in many the bill carried no money for direct parity although it con tained for the usual soil conservation The parity about omitted because farm prices are high enough without those The bill would empower the department to make commitments for the if prices Other substantial reductions from last years appropriations in cluded for the soil con servation for disposal of surplus commodities in loan authorization of the Rural Electrification Adminis tration and for conser vation and use of agricultural land Turn to Page 2 PRESIl REOR ENT mm By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March dent Roosevelt ordered today a streamlined reorganization of the giving new recognition to the importance of the air Abolishing numerous timehonor ed Roosevelts exe cutive order grouped military functions into three basic units The Army Ground Army Air Forces and Service of Sup Each will be under a com manding general and all will be under the chief of General George The effect was to group all the old arms suchas artillery and cavalry into one and the air forces into separating the function of supply in a The air forces were given a semiautonomous status under their own Lieutenant General Henry last at a time when congressional champ ions were demanding independence for the air arm from the army and The reorganization was ordered after weeks of given ur gency by the of means to improve the armys efficiency dur ing the projected expansion to or more officers and The Secretary of War was au thorized to create additional over seas departments to embrace task base defense commands in theaters of operation and other commands he deems To the commanding army ground were trans ferred the and powers of the chiefs of field artillery and coast artillery corps except those relat ing to storage and The duties and powers of the commanding General Headquarters Air Force airforce combat command and of the chief of the air corps were transferred to the commanding Army Air The commanding general of the new Service of Supply will take over the duties and powers of the chief of coast artil lery relating to stor age and Officers now in charge of bran ches transferred by the order will hold their respective offices until reassigned to suitable The order is effective March 9 and will remain in force during the war and for six months there Turn to Page 7 WATER SUPPLY SHUT OFF March 2 break in the principal water main on the Belden Road caused a complete shutoff of the citys water supply shortly after io oclock this morn many of them engaged in defense were instruct ed to pull fires from under their other industries where water is used for cooling were also Fifth Degree to Be Conferred At An Evening Session Glenn Larke of the education al department of the Farmers Manufacturers Beet Sugar Associa tion of Saginaw will speak Thurs day afternoon at the meeting of the Lenawee County Pomona Grange to be held in Rome Grange Larkessubject will be The Story of Other numbers on the program which is open to the public will include a reading by Zearl music by and Irving skit by three members of the North Rome Grange and a vocal solo by Charles Lee of Rollin An evening session will be held at which the fifth degree will be conferred on a large class of candi James Marr is master of the Pomona and will pre side at the morningsession at and the evening Members of the North Rome Grange will serve a dinner at noon and a sup per at 6 Late Bulletins March 2 British command indicated tonight that lines were holding un changed along the Sittang facing a growing number of Jap anese apparently preparing for a new assault toward Rangoon and March S of all vital installa tions in thU capital of the Nether lands East Indies has been started as a precautionary Aneta Agency said quoting an au thoritative It how that there was no question of any immediate threat to the By Tele phone to New York 12 noon EST March 2 allied counter stroke delivered against Japanese forces wedging into Java was declared of ficially tonight to have developed satisfactorily but all details of the hardfighting defense were kept March 2 Senator Thomas said to day that members of the Senate farm bloc had abandoned efforts to obtain a conference with President Roosevelt on parity price legisla tion Thomas added that he would not offer a proposed amendment to the pending military ap propriations bill to prohibit use of any of the measures funds for the purchase of governmentheld crop surpluses at less than March Senate passed and sent back to the House a military ap propriation bill today after being informed by George C Mar chief of that we must proceed with the business of carry ing the war to the Approval of the measure on a voice vote came quickly after Sena tor Austin BVt had read to the Senate a letter from ex plaining that the Army must disre gard some pleas for soldiers to guard continental installations be cause it could not permit the greater portion of our armed forces and our valuable material to be immobilized within the United HAVOC IS WRO Vital Engagement With In vaders May Already Have Been Fought By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March Supported by a smashing aerial as sault which has wrought havoc among Japanese on the a desperately determined taxi cab army has been rushed into a coun terattack and may already have fought a vital engagement against invaders who in two short days have swept within 30 miles of this military headquarters of the United Attack and not defense must be our said an order of the day which disclosed that Brit ish troops had gone into Joined also in the defense of this richest island of the Indieswere who with Australians and British made up some thou sands of reinforcements for a slim Dutch army variously estimated at from to Indicating that a crucial stage had been reached in the plans of the Dutch The Nether lands command said nothing con cerning the landing But for all eyes to see was the of taxi cabs and camou flaged trucks loaded with green dad Dutch and Malayan reserve troops which rumbled down the volcanic slopes toward the north ern coastal planes where the in vaders hadestablished footholds in three places on night IA Reuters dispatch to London from said there was reason to believe that the counterat tack the allied troops already had cut off the Japanese column which had penetrated 40 miles inland to within 30 miles of Ban Dutch news said the Japanese had attempted no more landings on the island since Sunday and a special com of the high command pointed to the probability that the terrific hammering of Dutch and American planes may have upset the Japanese schedule of reinforce Barges Sunk The communique said a smash ing attack by Dutch fighter planes Sunday sank nearly every one of the heavilyladen barges engaged in landing men and tanks from 20 transports near Swooping low with light bombs and the fighting planes overturned and sank the set afire tanks which had been put ashore oh the beaches and caused others to be dropped into the the communique It was this beachhead near Rem bang which threatened the Dutch naval base at the east ern end of the The extensive fleet of Dutch tor pedo boats also has gone into ac along with to ex tend the toll of 27 Japanese trans ports and warships or burned the com munique The communique said one tor pedo boat had sunk a flotilla lead adding one to yesterdays total of 26 ships sunk or damaged of the approximately 50 transports and 20 warships sent by the Japanese on this By flotilla navy men us ually mean a large destroyer used by the commander of a group of Allied planes continued strong in the maintaining a continuous ferry service with bombs between their bases and the and driving off enemy planes which caused two air raid alarms here this The Japanese planes apparently were attempting to operate from distant bases in Bali and and they were able to give their troops little support Traffic Baled off Roads To combat the column which had driven in from Indramajoe toward all but military traffic was ruled off the and it was all moving in one ward the Turn to Page 2 124 ALIENS ARRESTED March 2 eral Bureau of Investigation agents announced today the arrest of 124 enemy aliens in this area in early morning and confiscation of a large amount of Aiding the FBI were members of the Army and Navy intelligence di city and county FBI agents said some of the con traband was cleverly one such cashe containing 700 rounds of   

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