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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - March 11, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Warmer Detain Xm MARCH 1942 PRICE 3 McNaughton Ends Confer ences With President and Cther High Officials WARNS OF NAZI INVASION By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March das veteran army leader in Great Britain Mc three days of important conferences here today confident over prospects for a new offensive against Hitler in None of us think we can win the by sitting on our the commander of the Canadian Expe ditionary Force told reporters yes terday in summing up conferences with President War Shipping Administrator and British and American Engel from Robert Army and Navy Asked specifically whether he talked with the President about a possible offensive in the who came here at Roosevelts said he could not say but added I have never done anything else but talk that I believe in Canada believes in it It must be obvi even to our that we are building up our forces so that one of these the time is ripe we will put something sharp into the belly of the This coupled with the remark that he had never had such a heartening experience as dur ing his brief stay in led observers to beliece the United Nations might not delay much longer some offensive stroke against Feeling of Confidence General McNaughton said he would take back to his troops in England a feeling of very much increased Asked when an allied offensive against the European continent might be he replied That is not for me to but weve got a group of people whose minds are on the problem and no effort will be let McNaughton at the same time said it was quite possible that Hitler might try a spring invasion of Britain even though engaged with Russia on the and added That would be one of the most dangerous things that could happen to us and weve got to be on the alert against it at all It must be a sore temptation to Hitler not to swing a club against us there and put us out of Asserting lost its intention of training its troops for offensive action in McNaughton said the Canadian Ex peditionary Force in England now comprised three infantry an armored an army tank and and base He said there has been a steady flow of Canadian troops to Britain with shipping space the only limiting Asked whether American troops in England would be integrated with the Canadians who have been there much the general said that American observers had long been welcome visitors at Cana dian training headquarters and no doubt will consider some of our points and reject Nelson Put On Spot By Engel March 11 ff Engel RMich issued a statement today again charging that the CIO Amalgamated Cloth ing Workers headed by Sidney and similar or ganizations making mens cloth ing were favored by a govern ment order that only the manu facturers at mens clothing were permitted to bid on Army cloth ing Engel released a letter he had written to Donald chair man of the War Production saying that he was amazed at the mis quotations in a letter written him by Nelson about the matter after Engel discussed it in a Attached was a letter to Undersecretary of which said that the quartermaster was in structed by the Office of Produc tion Management that they were not to give mens clothing business to Jadies garment It explained that reasons for this are that the mens clothing indus tries are losing their customers when the young men go into the The controversy arose when En gel charged that the prohibition against award of contracts for mens clothing for the Army re sulted in denial of a contract to the Manistee Garment Company of even though it was low Was OPM CoDirector in charge of labor pol icies for the was a codirec tor of the which the WPB Turn to Page 9 March 11 ff Red army troops were reported today to have captured an important junction in the Lake Ilmen where the 16th German army is under assault A dispatch from the Lake Hmen front said German strik ing in groups of 30 or were dis persed by Russian fighter craft and some were forced to drop their loads on the lake Supply transport planes are shot down regularly by Russian airmen and antiaircraft gunners and diaries and documents found on prisoners disclose that the Ger mans sis suffering from a short age of munitions as well as food and the dispatch The Red information bureau an nounced the capture of three vil lages on the Central where garrisons of Rzhev and reported virtually German Vyazma are Units operating on the South western Front destroyed a number of enemy firing positions and blew up a large German ammunition the information bureau A number of casualties were inflicted on the CEILING SET ON PRICES OF USED TUBES March 11 The government has answered widespread complaints of price gouging with an order setting a celling on prices of used tires and tubes on the basis of prices pre vailing between Oct 1 and Oct The ceiling becomes effective March On stardard four ply x 16 the type used by most it varies from to depending on The or der prohibits dealers from adding any charges for repairs or service charges which were not made by the seller prior to March AUCTIONS March north of Riga Fred See on Market March Furniture Ii42 Michigan Fred auctioneer See on Market Papers Appeal For Re doubled Efforts to Achieve Victory March 11 ng the British publics anger over Fapanese atrocities in Hong ondon newspapers unanimously called for revenge today and ap peared for dedoubled efforts to achieve Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden old the House of Commons yes erday that the Japanese hod to ileted cruelties upon Hong had bound 50 offi ers and men and bayoneted and had raped both Asiatic and Suropean The British reaction was immedi A Daily Mail cartoon showed an apelike Japanese soldier clutch ng a handful of women in a hairy right crushing others under his left hand and trampling dead and wounded scattered on the ground or tied to a The Daily Mail said editorially Jiat the people must get their blood The Japanese have performed prodigies because we were un it forces a fighting and they can smash this The Daily Mirror declared that for the present a sufficient war aim is to prevent the bodies of every woman and child in this country as in our dominions and colonies from being slowly tor tured to bayo or stuffed halfstarved into liceinfested and typhusstricken Is not the pitiful message from the slaughtered victims of Hong Kong audibly this Stop and Throw yourselves into the struggle with desperate and incessant Revenge us with your not your words and sympathy HIRER SEEKS FOR mm Calls for More Men from Italy and Slovakia Report Says RED FRONT LOSS HEAVY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March was reported today to have called upon Slovakia and for as many as fresh troops to bolster Hitlers army for spring offensive operations after its hard winter in Factory production was adjust ed to fit the A Berlin dispatch to the Stockholm newspa Dagens said more than twothirds of Germanys in dustries were producing war ma terials that the state spent more than twothirds of the whole na tional income to cover the ex Fresh manpower was needed for replacement of the wounded and Russian authorities declared February 22 that Ger many had lost men on the Russian Compilations a month earlier indicated had been killed and ser iously Russians Advices received by way of Bern from various parts of Europe on the call for fresh troops indicated Hungary is to provide Slovakia and Italy many more than she has yet sent to the Eastern with some unverified reports mentioning one Axis staff officers have conferr ed also with Bulgarian leaders in recent weeks and diplomatic cir cles believe the question of a Bul garian declaration of war on Rus sia was it was Ordered to Register In all Germans fit for military service who live within the occupied province of French Lorraine and Yugoslavia have been ordered to Rumanias contribution of 000 troops was regarded as exempt ing her from further im mediately at and growth of a Finnish peace party was re ported to have led Germany to dis count Finland as an Slovakia and have supplied little more thantoken divisions for the war against With trained men and Hun gary switched premiers this Budapest dispatches said Nicholas former Minister of Agri had formed a new govern ment to succeed that of Premier Count Laszlo de who re signed ostensibly because of poor Turn to Page 9 Michigan Needs More Defense Volunteers March 11 avMichi gan has less than one third of the citizen defense corps volunteers it Lieut Harold Fur state defense reported today to the Michigan De ense The council was told per sons are enrolled and assigned to study courses or duty with the citi zen defense Furlong ap pealing for further At east persons will be he Approximately persons lave enrolled in all civilian de fense Furlong He reported persons were en rolled at the end of 000 more than in an other was estimated in scat tered counties not Furlong and Don state commander of the ap pealed to employees of public util ties to participate only in those activities of the The officials said trained public utilities personnel were being re cruited in other branches of civil an defense where their special tal ents were and that such a procedure may result in critical situations during an The council assembled today for a study of its accomplishments in fields of civilian ra agricultural production and crap chairman of the councils agricultural said his group would suggest exten sive use of conservation officers in developing better fire protection for isolated areas north of the Mus kegonBay City Most conser vation he were train ed to combat fires and might pro vide instruction to rural residents in cooperation with local defense councils and war ON LANSING MEETING The Lenawee county board of meeting in the third day of its annual March this morning heard reports from members who are delegates to the annual convention of the Michigan Association of Supervisors in Janu ary at Hillard Leland of Fairfield Brighton of Elmer Cambridge township and John Robertson of Ogden township gave the outlining the activities of the convention and telling or their Other business before the board this morning included only the rou tine reporting and approving of Yesterday the board held only a brief session in the after attending to a few minor matters before adjourning until Churchill Repeats His Promise Of Dominion Status for India By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 11 Prune Minister Churchill repeated today Britains promise of Dominion status for imperilled India after the war and announced that his rank ing Sir Stafford would go to India as an emissary to seek assurance that a precise plan al ready drafted fay London would gam general Indian The promise of Indian selfgov ernment within the British com monwealth of nations after the first made in so far has failed to mollify Indian na But Churchill disclosed that the in order to clothe these general declarations with pre cision and to convince all races and creeds in India of our sincere had gone a step forward and agreed to a detailed He did disclose the exact nature of the concessions by which his government hopes to win the loyalty of Indias who has returned from the ambasadorship to Moscow to become lord privy seal and who is known as a proponent of Indian has the task to produce in India the necessary measure of not only from the Hindu but also from those great minorities amongst which the Moslems are the most numerous and on many grounds Churchill We must remember that India has a great part to play in the world struggle for and that her help must be extended in loyal comradeship to follow the Chinese people who have fought he Sir a member of the war had volunteered for the Churchill and goes with the full confidence of the government Turn to Page 9 SEES NO INDICATION GERMANS INTEND TO SEIZE FRENCH FLEET Brit there March U ish source declared today was no indication at present that the Germans intend to take over the French fleet He said French Admiral Jean Darlan was Very proud of the French fleet which he created and I doubt whether he would allow it to fall into the hands of the Ger The French Dun was damaged pretty se verely in the battle of he Temporary repairs enabled her to be transferred to he but it is not likely that she will be ready for action for a good many Hands and Arms are Burned as Stove Explodes An Adrian woman suffered sec ond degree burns about her hands and arms and an automobile was damaged in two fires in the city yesterday and this Pasternacki of 305 Street was burned about ler hands and arms when a gas stove in the kitchen of her home exploded at oclock yesterday The fire spread rapidly in the damaging furnishings and destroying food The Adrian fire department was called and the firemen confined the fire to the one A 35 gallon tank of chemical was used to ex tinguish the Pasternacki was treated by her husband who is a The Pasternacki family moved to the formerly occupied by Judge Arthur several days The interior of an automobile owned by Elmer Powers of 822 Ormsby Street was damaged ex tensively at oclock this morn ing when it caught fire while Powers was driving on Treat Street near Oak Street The owner told firemen that the fire was started by a The entire interior of the car was burned but the motor was un A 35 gallon tank of chem was used by the firemen in putting out the Late Bulletins March 11 Don state commander of the citizen defense reported today that plans for n temporary air raid alert system for Michigan would be completed this Leonard told the State Defense Council that methods to warn of the approach of enemy aircraft were being forwarded to police and sheriff throughout the state at a substitute alert system until the army outlines Michigans regular March 11 Selective Service officials today set 6 Eastern War as the hour for starting March 17 the draft lottery which will determine the order of liability for service of estimated men who registered February March 11 heavy which shore observers said appar ently came from the Atlantic rattled windows along a ten mile stretch from Manasquan to Lavallerte The coast guard communications center at Point Pleasant within the affected reported it had no word of the BIO DE March U JP Getulio Vargas issued a decree today enabling him to de clare a state of emergency and pot the country at war at any moment March 11 Australian bombers struck smash ing blows at Japanese warships to day and claimed to have sunk or damaged at least but un official reports said the enemys great invasionbent convoys con tinned moving toward their even tual jumpingoff bases in New THEY ARE AT 50 Nelson Bespeaks Public De mand for Faster Produc and No Fooling Planes Strike At Jap Invasion Armada Gathering Off New Guinea LAST HE WARNS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March nations war industries were told today that they were operat ng at only 50 per cent of although face to face with an en emy determined to destroy Bespeaking a determined public demand for faster and no Donald Nelson blamed the current output lag on these main causes Reluctance to increase the number of shifts lack of imagination in meeting produc tion problems the issue of extra pay for holidays and Sundays faulty flow of materials time re quired to train new men and shortages of certain specialized fa The war production in a radio address to the country last voiced his belief that these difficulties could be overcome by labor and manage ment working together in con certed If all our equipment now in volved in war production were used 24 hours a seven days a he we would practically double the manhours being put into military produc By a the enemy helped emphasize Nelsons urgent Before he the Tokyo radio Japans hopes of ul timate victory on her ability to outdo both the United States and Britain in the battle of No NameCalling In his survey of the present pro duction Nelson said that no single group was respon Namecalling wont he Such stuff is dis It takes the eye off the sight when it should at all times be on the he told labor and management that they were get ting their last chance to deliver the Lets be perfectly he Neither management nor la bor in plants working on war or ders nor management and labor together in those could sur vive the public wrath should that wrath be turned against nor could we here on the War Pro The he was determined to get production and would not wavier in that deter mination until it got production one way or the Turn to Page 9 AXIS UBOATS SINK TWO MORE VESSELS IN NEARBY WATERS mam Third Cruiser They Say Has Been Lost from Japanese broad March 11 Imperial headquarters declared today that a Japanese cruiser squadron op erating in the Indian Ocean west of Australia had sunk the United States The sinking was said to have oc curred March A Japanese the an nouncement sank the Dutch Jan Van Amstel be tween Bali and Java on March On March it a Japanese unit shelled Christmas a British possession in the Indian Ocean south of causing heavy damage to military instal The Marblehead was the third United States cruiser claimed by the Japanese as sunk during the battle of Java without any corroboration from other The others were the Augusta and both of and it was possible that with all three the Japanese were issuing the claims either for their propa ganda effect or in an effort to ex tract denials which might betray the disposition of United States naval forces in Oriental The completed in is one of 10 cruisers of the Omaha She carries a nor mal complement of 458 arma ment including ten sixinch guns and six 21inch torpedo four planes and is capable of 35 The Dutch mine sweeper Jan Van Amstel was one of a class of 525ton The little with one threeinch gun as her heaviest was fitted also for mine Fighting on Bataan Reported Stabilized March 11 The War Department reported to day that the situation in where General Douglas MacArthur faces numerically superior Japan ese apparently has been sta bilized The text of the brief based on reports received here up to Eastern War Time L Philippine theater The situation in Bataan remains There was no air or ground activity during the past 24 The positions occupied by both sides have become tem porarily There is nothing to report from other By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW March bolder and swifter in their Axis submarines have sunk two ships in nearby waters in as many In the latest and most brazen approach to the east coast since the United States entered the an enemy submersible with one wellaimed torpedo split in half the Gulf Oil early yesterday less than four miles off Some time between 7 and EWT either the same raider or another with an almost as good blew asunder the Brazilian cargo passenger about 130 miles off Ambrose British Break Out of Southern Burma Trap March 11 withdrawal of British troops from the southern Burma trap left the Japanese in posses sion today of the great Irrawaddy Delta which bulges 100 miles into the Andaman Sea and extends 160 miles from the Gulf of Martaban to the Bay of Its Rangoon and now are open to the Japanese and it seemed likely that Ja pans next sea move might be di rected against the harbor of Ak close to the frontier of Ben gal and the Chit tagong coast Japanese submarines as early as January lurked off the Irrawaddy Delta in wait for shipments of supplies sent via Rangoon and the Burma Road to Depending upon motor couriers for reports from the land war military circles said the ex act situation in the south was un and was changing It can be said now that always regarded as a probable loss because of its exposed might have held out if some of the best imperial battal ions had not been depleted serious ly in the disastrous struggle be tween the Bihn and Sittang Riv ers in Chinese sources said the repeat ed defeats in Burma could have been stopped earlier if Chinese forces had been sent into action on Burma battlefront these sources thousands of crack Chinese veter ans were immobilized on the Thai land and IndoChina frontiers by Japanese who were just active enough to keep the Chinese from being moved south to the defense of the actual FOR THEFT OF TIRE Hudson Man Is Sentenced in Circuit Court Two prison sentences were im posed by Judge Arthur Rathbun in a session of the Lenawee circuit court An uncontested divorce decree and a decree quiet ing title also were granted in ses sions today and Joseph Omler of Hudson was sentenced to serve from six months to five years in prison for stealing a wheel and tire off an automo bile owned by the Harper Motor Sales in Omler had pleaded guilty to the It was the first sentence for tire theft since the tire rationing pro gram went into effect William Grout was sentenced to serve from one to three years in prison for abandoning and fail ing to support his wife and minor child hi He also had pleaded Both Omler and Grout were sentenced to the South ern Michigan State Prison at Jack The divorce decree was granted yesterday to Viola Sands of Htllsdale on her crossbill filed in the suit begun by her husband George The divorce was granted on grounds of extreme cruelty and nonsupport Her at torney was Lawrence Hammond of Adrian while James Baker represented the hus of Adrian The decree quieting title was granted this morning to Jens Tourborg and his wife in their suit against John Craft and other The decree cleared the Tourborgs title Ridgeway to land in Their at beacon for New York The two numbers 28 and 29 on the officially announced list of ships sent to the bottom off the east apparently resulted in heavy loss of with a total of 78 still Sixteen of the 35man crew of the Gulftrade were picked up by coast guard boats and landed safe ly at Staten while 22 of 75 seamen and four of ten passengers were rescued from the The captain of the Torger Olsen of Port said his ship was struck a few min utes after he had ordered the run ning lights put on in order to avoid a collision with two ships ahead of All I he is that they would put me aboard a coast guard cutter so I could get out to sea and hunt that sub that sank my Cruises Between Halves One of seven survivors who re mained aboard the stern half of the split tanker until Chief Engineer Guy said that after bisecting the Gulftrade the submarine impudently cruised back and forth between the halves for 30 to 45 before dis When she came cruising in be tween the bow and he re the men called her names you couldnt The third naval district said it took two torpedoes to sink the the first failing to It was the fourth Brazilian ship to be lost in American waters and the government of nonbelligerent Brazil prepared to protest a sec ond time to Turn to Page 9 IT REPORTS ON LEASE LEND PROGRAM Total Value of Aid Is Set at 11 President Roosevelt informed Con gress today in a message analyzing the first years operations of the lendlease program that the offens ive the United Nations must and will drive into the heart of the Axis would take the entire strength that we The war can only be won by contact with the and by attack upon he assertedin a letter transmitting the lendlease That takes for the United Nations need more and still more equipment and transporta Success will come at the price of defeats and Roosevelt said lendlease was a prime mechanism through which the United Nations were pooling their entire The covering operations since the original lendlease law was signed a year ago show ed that the total value of aid was This aid includes not only mili tary items such as tanks and but also raw ma expansion of production facilities and Turn to Page 9 ATTACK RUHR VALLEY March 11 bombers battered industrial areas of Germanys Ruhr Valley last night for the third night in suc cession in a new aerial offensive of gathering The British said observation of results of the bombing was made dificult by poor but that considerably weight of bombs was dropped on an industrial Total Score of RAAFs Violent Attack on Enemy Still Is Not Known By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 11 An announcement that at least five Japanese one of them a war have been smashed by Au stralian bombing squadrons in the heaviest blow so far against an ene my invasion armada gathering off Sfew Guinea indicated today that the battle for the approaches to Australia had burst in full The total score of the RAAFs repeated smashes yesterday still was not An air state ment indicated that the Japanese might have lost six transports and a cruiser or large destroyer and that other hits whose effect had not yet been determined might raise the toll even Waves of RAAF planes made the principally at which appears to have become a main assembly point for the forces which Australia expects the Japan ese to throw at her with the least possible The commonwealths leaders are convinced that Australia has been marked next on Japans time ta ble of aggression and that the ene my will rush the onslaught in or der to strike before this island con tinents defenses can be further built up and reinforced from Take Offensive Offensive has become the watchword not only of Australias air forces but of her land forces in order to smash the enemys accumulating strength on the stepping stone islands off the continental mainland and delay the invasion thrust Reconnaissance has shown the Japanese to be working swiftly to transform Salamaua and the other occupied New Guinea Lae and into supply depots behind what some Australians pre dict will be a scatterblow invasion attempt to open up many fronts in thinly populated northern Australia by sending in large forces at several widely separated The first RAAF wave struck at Salamaua yesterday Just before the air ministry and at tacked a Japanese cruiser despite a thick wall of antiaircraft The effect of that attack has not yet been Turn to Page 9 Roads Reported Slippery in Most Parts of State March 11 sleet and freezing rain plagued Michigan motorists today and handicapped highway crews seeking to restore traffic on main trunk lines snowclogged for two The State Highway Department reported road surfaces generally very slippery in the Upper Penin sula and slippery in spots in the Lower Traffic was restored on and south roads US27 and US131 all the way to the Straits for the first time since Mondays severe but a number of other main routes still remained choked with snow drifts in both Road crews said they expected to open these to traffic before night fall and to restore twolane traf fic on other highways on which only a single lane now is Still blocked with snow drifts are a seven mile stretch of M66 in northern Kalkaska county por tions of M65 south of M32 in Al pena county and in Presque Isle county M30 in Gladwin county and M14 in Montcalm Men Who Wont Work Not Fit To Serve in Lear Declares March 11 Those who wont work arent good enough to serve in the Lieut Ben Lear declared to I do not appreciate nor does any soldier the remarks we sometimes read when there is a strike Make them work or the Second Armys com mander The individual who is unwilling to work we dont want picked up and sent to us to join combat He isnt good We dont want his and we dont want his An aide said the generals re marks hi a speech to the Cleve land Advertising Club should not be interpreted as passing judg ment strikes in but rather as an expression of resent ment against the work or fight slogan as derogatory to the If you want to discipline and make useful those who have refus ed for Lear Let tomey was Glenn Williams of led to work faithfully with the let labor battalions be form such men be given the job of building the highway to of being put to work in Labrador in Draft yes but our so ciety of men being trained to fight and die for this republic is not a reform General Lear declared civilian ability to withstand the pressure of enemy propaganda has an in fluence on the Army just as it has on all civilian life in this A devils game is being played with us by unscrupulous enemies and by their traitorous agents within our he many gentlemen of the press and unwittingly and with the best of are ac tually conducting a war of nerves that is not contributing construc tive programs but will deplete the nervous strength to our people unless editors properly use their blue pencils to correct or eliminate exaggerated and un sound conclusions and   

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