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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - April 2, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM APRIL 1942 Warmer Weatber Details on Tm PRICE 3 Officers Continue Search fo John Harsh Bertram Tells of Escape ADMITS THEFT OF CAR Officers today were continuing their intensive search for John 27 year old prisoner whc broke out of the Lenawee county jail yesterday morning while Ezra his accomplice who is somewhat shaken by the exper is back in the same cell The hole the two men broke through the brick outer wall the jail was repaired quickly to prevent any more State police have continual been reported on Harshs trail ani this morning a man believed to answer his description was re ported in a truck driving between Charlotte and Benton Offi cers were tracing down all possible Caught Near Tecumseh Bertram was caught yesterday morning by state police from the Clinton post at the home of Laura Hill near He and Harsh had gone there but Harsh left before the officers ar Hill hurried to the Tecumseh airport to call the state troopers and Bertram was found Bertram refused to talk to the officers at but later told his Deputy Harrington said that Bertram admitted he and Harsh stole an automobile owned by Loren Elliott of Adrian on Ormsby Street and took it to Divi sion abandoned it and stole another owned by Waldo Left Car in Woods Bertram said they took the James car to a woods near the Te cumseh airport and left it there while they went to the Hill They hid until Hill left and then went into the house according to The two men had no further Bertram said according to Bertram said they got out of the jail about 3 oclock yesterday morning and did all the work of prying the steel door open and breaking through the wall dur ing that PICTURE STORY OF JAIL BREAK Two Weeks Out of Forces Fourth Man to Flee With Him HIS HOSTAGE UNHARMED April 2 nick 20yearold excon vict who killed three Michigan farmers in a wild 24hour mur derous was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard la bor and solitary confinement to Less than a foot of clearance was all that was necessary for John Harsh and Ezra Bertram to squeeze out of the inner cell block of the Lenawee county jail when they made their escape early Wednesday Sheriff Roscoe Scott is shown above examining the half inch steel door which was pried A heavy bar and lock across the center of the door failed to but the two prisoners were able to exert enough leverage with a plank from a bench tospring the lower half of the door open to allow them in Pay Raises Given Budget Only More Than Year Ago A school budget of for the year beginning July 1 was approved by the board of educa tion at its monthly meeting las The total is 5259 mor than for the current and th voted to be asked o the district is the Tuitio federal funds for voca tional education and state aid ar counted on to supply the remain ing In adopting the budget the boar approved wage increases for th teachers and janitors aggregatin about more than the out lay for this Savings to b realized in other school costs ar counted on to keep the total bud get close to this years expendi tures the board ex peels to wind up the current year with enough surplus to pay nex winters coal bill and accordingly i is asking bids for delivery of tha coal within the next few The board approved the em ployment of Henry Pries Roy Carr and Pearl Da mon as enumerators for the schoo census to be taken in It au thorized the starting of five de fense training in ma chine shop practice and three in blueprint reading next Mondaj and to continue through June 1 Several defense classes forfactory begun earlier in the are being concluded this Six contracts for teachers to join the school system in Septem Four elemen tary grade the Misses Jean Jeanette Beth Siddall and Margaret Exel and Miss Anne home and Miss Barbara physical were Likewise the board went on rec ord as rescinding for the duration of the at its rule against employing married women as Superintendent Lit tle informed the board that there is a shortage of experienced teach ers for next year and suggested the temporary change In The board also decided to grant leaves of absence to men teachers who join the armed The only other business last eveniag was the reemployment of George Little as superintendent at a safary of a 21 POLES EXECUTED April 2 mes sagfc received in Zurich reported today that 21 Polish citizens had been executed for the murder of two Exchange Tele graph said AUCTIONS April Household auction at Fred C See on Market Aprfl 313 Pottawataftle Milford See en Market April southeast of Vic See on Market Paee By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April Police climaxed the melodramatic case of ihe killing of three farmers by cap uring the killer on a dark far from the scene of the deaths early today and announced his con Trooper Roy one of the arresting said that 20year old Dominick exconvict two weeks out of had ad mitted shooting one farmer to death in vengeance and killing the two others to protect his meanwhile seizing a fourth man to help him Within a space of 24 hours two Cassius and Romaine had been killed with rifle fire in their neighboring homes and Carl was killed on his farm at 90 miles dis Formally charged with murder ing his former and wanted as suspect in the other two Piccone had been sought since Tuesday It was then that Barber and Potter had been Early today a state police car containing Trooper Perkins and companion officers was cruising in the vicinity of a Genesse county town some 45 miles from A car drove by with its tail light Turn to Page 9 AT TREE SERVICES War to Cast Even Deeper on Good Friday Adrian will bow its head in sor rowful prayer between the hours of 3 oclock tomorrow aft on the cross at Calvary years at the city hall and the court house and most business places will close tomorrow after noon between noon and 3 oclock in observance of the The shadow of world wide war will cast an even deeper gloom ov er mourners as they gather to honor the One who died that might live in everlasting Many places of business will close their doors during the three hours while continuous Tre Ore services are conducted in Adrian Good Friday services will be held in both Catholic churches of the city and Stephens Lutheran The downtown churches will join in the three hour services at Christ Episcopal While worshippers meditate on the price paid for mans redemp the story of the crucifixion will be recalled to them by hymn and Turn to Page 2 Henry Gordon Ben nett Appointed Command er of Corps ANDERSON CHIEF OF STAFF By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April 2 The reorganization of the Austral ian rapidly being keyed to a peak war was virtually com pleted today with the appointment of Lieutenant General Henry Gor don Bennett as a corps commander and the assignment of various other high officers to important The appointment of who commanded the Australian imperial force in Malaya and escaped after the surrender of was announced by Army Minister Fran cis Bennetts chief of staff will be Brigadier who formerly was attached to an arm ored division and served in the Middle East last General Douglas supreme was expected to disclose soon how United States higher commands would be dove tailed with Anzac Millions of pounds already have been allocated to provide United States forces in Australia with air living quarters and some forms of Air Minister Arthur Drakeford and more millions will A number of former Royal Aus tralian Air Force stations used for training aircraft assem bly factories and other facilities also have been turned over to the United States he Drakeford also disclosed that Americans were taking part in the conversion of Royal Australian Air Force pilots from advanced trainer types of aircraft to fast combat This aspect of the he is of tremendous value to Australia and has assisted in speed ing up the final stages of the em pire training all Australians who AllIndia Congress Cripps May Negotiate Independence Compromise Axis Paying Terrible Price For Attacks on Ships in Atlantic ELIZABETH April 2 Admiral commandant of the fifth naval dis said Wednesday that the ac tivity of Axis submarines on the Atlantic seaboard was hitting in a very vital but declared that the Axis had paid a terrible price in both submarines and I Speaking at the commissioning of the navys new lighter thanair base from which will op erate antisubmarine Admir al Simons asserted the new base would mean more in the fifth dis trict than the average citizen can possibly He described the submarine ac tivity as our worst menace on the Atlantic seaboard at present had completed their flying train ing had to undergo their conversion course abroad or in operational training units in An added he was that members of the Australian and American forces rapidlywere be coming buddies and producing a welloiled fighting The at least of the Japanese is Drakeford cooperation had a truly iron ring about it Step 2 in the escape of Harsh and which must have kept them busy some was to burrow their way through the side of the jail Deputy Sheriff Arch Wilson is examining the hole where they went The heavy concrete slab weigh ing 500 which had to be loosened and lowered to the floor is shown at the bottom of the With improvised tools from a bed they then worked at the fourbrick thickness of the Judging from the appearance of the one of the prisoners piled them carefully to one side as they were handed back to him by the man with the American Troops Burn 22 Warehouses Destroy Gas and Ammunition By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April 2 ff American Filipino commando troops have raided two Japanese jases on the southern Philippine island of and military observers predicted todaythat the invaders would be attacked fre quently by the thousands of native fighters hidden in teak and ebony forests of the One raid was on the hamlet of 23 miles south of the main Japanese base at A small force of troops burned 22 warehouses of gasoline and destroyed military and escaped to the for est of some 10 miles to the without losing a man Turn to Page 9 Did Poor Job of OverAll Plan Committee Reports Aprl 2 Criticizing the nations armed for ces for a poor job of overall plan the Senate Defense Investi gating Committee recommended today that the War Production Board draft a trained aircraft ex ecutive to direct a drive to break the bottlenecks which are holding up production in the war plane program Summarizing a subcommittees visit to the west the commit tee reported that plane assembly lines in big plants were not run ning to capacity because of recur ring shortages of some vital parts being produced by A poor job of overall from aluminum ingots to finished by the armed services and the old OPM Office of Production Management must be blamed for the present the commit tee said in its The usual red tape and delays in making con tracts also were partly Deputy Sheriff Norman Harrington points to the outside wall the prisoners squeezed through an opening about a foot deep and less than two feet across to gain their The on first floor of the Is about six feet from the April 2 ish air force bombed industrial ob jectives and communications In west and northwest Germany and he environs of Paris last night in farranging raids from which 15 jombers are the air min istry said In occupied the air ministry bombing attacks were made on the Matford truck Works at Poissy a suburb of Par is and on the docks and shipping at Le were laid in enemy The committee recommended that the WPB set up a section charged with overall planning for aircraft headed by a trained production executive draft ed from the The subcommittee had been the report that the WPB still does not have a sin gle top notch aircraft production man in its Turn to Page 6 Brings War Within 100 Miles of Indian Frontier April 2 Chinese spokesman in Chungking said to day that covered by a force of cruisers and destroy had landed at the chief West Burma Port of bringing the war within 100 miles of the Indian frontier and posing a new flanking threat to the main British lines guarding the central Burma oil There was no official confirma tion of the statement in But British observers did not mimi mize the and predicted that any Japanese flanking attack from such a base soon would make the present British based on the town of Prome 180 miles south east of At the same time the Nazicon trolled Paris radio broadcast re ports that powerful enemy forces sent up the Sittang River to land at some 18 miles north of were threatening anew the Chinese lines centered on Nan only above along the MandalayRangoon rail f en the western coastal plain is separated from the Irra waddy River basin by the Arakan Yoma mountain But ob servers pointed out that a trail leads from Akyab across the moun tains to on the Irrawaddy 100 miles north of Prome and 20 miles below center of the Burma oil fields which are the chief goal of the Japanese The British and Indian troops now holding Prome already are outnumbered by the Japanese and hostile Burmese which at the last census had a population of lies 350 miles across the Bay of Bengal from It is one of the few serviceable ports between Jap aneseheld the former Burma and Chittagone to the and said it was perfectly staple for critics to sit in their homes and offices and call our armed forces inefficient because they permit these submarines to sink so many The same citizens who criticize our navy for not sulking more of these he glory in the fact that our Ameri can apparently with complete operate for weeks at a time in Japanese waters and sink dozens of Japanese ships and then return to their bases un These same citizens if they criticize the Japanese ineffi ciency in permitting such a thing to Admiral Simons said that with out undue exaggeration or boast that know more about sinking submarines than most of those who have seen fit to criticize the countrys efforts in this With perfect truth and without Indians Draft Counter Propo sals After Hope for Agree ment Was Abandoned By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW April Both Sir Stafford special British envoy to and the All India Congress party indicated to day a willingness to negotiate a compromise solution of the Indian independence The executive committee of the Indias most powerful po litical was expected to deliver tonight its detailed re jection of a British offer of post war dominion status in return for violating any of my war participation now under I can tell you honestly that the Axis has paid a terrible price in both submarines and men to achieve her record of sinkings on the Atlantic It is true that we would sink more submarines had we more de stroyers and more planes at our disposition to use against But it might be well to consider that had we diverted more destroyers and more planes to submarine we would have achieved much less It would be well for the average citizen to remember that those in high command make their choice of the disposition of their forces so as to win this and to win it as fast as The district commandant predict ed that the the most part the type of airships which will operate from the new greatly lessen the number of sink ings in our coastal and the lighterthanair base at Elizabeth City will help us to destroy the Axis submarines operating in this vicin itybefore their toll mounts higher than it is at British But it was understood that the committee also was drafting coun terproposals to be submitted to Cripps if the British war cabinet member so By postponing his departure for home in the midst of tKe evident stalemate over Britains takeitor leaveit Cripps seemed to have left the door ajar for negotia tion on Before he did and before it became known that the Congress party committee was drafting a virtually all hope for the success of the Cripps mission had The AllIndia Radio said that Cripps received the congress partys resolution of reply to theBritish proposal this afternoon when he was visited by Maulana Abdul Kal an party and Pan dis Jawaharlal past presi Mines Fighter command aircraft at tacked objectives in Belgium and Northern France and during 5 wuulu thrusts an enemy bomber was dehave been 110 years old next July the ministry died By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April Nether ands Government in exile an nounced tonight that 740 of Dutch sent by the Germans to enforced labor in the salt and sulphur mines at had died and that the Germans had deliberately sent them without pro tection into the poisonous The protests of the civilized when informed by The Netherlands were un the made on Radio Urgent requests by the Red Cross to be admitted to the vic tims were bluntly refused because the matter was called by the Ger mans our private said the announcement as carried by news DD3S AT 109 April 2 John a Negro who would Clemens Paper Bought by McKay April 2 McKay became the owner of the Clemens Daily Leader today by completing a transac tion and announced plans to merge the Leader and Daily Monitor in the Macomb Publishing under presidency of Paul for mer member of the Monitor board of The Daily Leader Corporation recently organized by ob tained title to the newspaper after McKays George Nor turned over checks for 520 000 and to Donald Quaife federal master in under a purchase plan approved by Federal Judge Edward Moinet An additional had been on deposit with Earl leader trustee since the paper sus pended publication now on trial in federal court on mail fraud said he would not be a board member of the new publishing The government has accepted the purchase price in payment of social security taxes waiving all interest and penalties on back Labor claims amount to and additional ad ministrative costs remain to be de The balance of the pur chase price will be devided among the Leaders of whom McKay is Late Bulletins April 2 W The Sydney Suns correspondent at United Nations headquarters re ported today that eight fully equip ped Japanese between and now are believed massed in Java and at Singapore awaiting the starting sig nal of Japans next major These forces are said to include large numbers of parachute April 2 medium sized Norwegian merchant vessel has been torpedoed off the Atlantic the Navy announced but no detail as to the tor pedoing was made available Murray Says Program Will Aid War Effort April 2 Senator Murray said today the pending small business loan together with the power given to the Navy and the Maritime Commis sion to make advances to would do a substantial job in the war production Murrays providing for loans aggregating and establishing the Smaller Plants Corporation to line up small indus tries for the war passed the Senate yesterday without a senting vote and was sent on to the Murray said it may be necessary later on to get more but the is enough for a trial and it will not interfere with the RFC Senator Bailey with the support of Senator Glass D sought unsuccessfully to write into the measure amendments re stricting loans to firms with or annual turnover and to companies which either were solvent last December or which could show that they could make a substantial contribution to the war Senator Taft ROhio protested that such amendments would de stroy the effectiveness of the bill by prohibiting loans to firms which might not now be solvent but which could be revitalized to produce es sential Turn to Page 6 JAPANESE MUNITIONS SHIP TORPEDOED BY YANKEE SUBMARINE NEW April 2 sinking of a Japanese munitions ship steaming toward Australia was described from Pearl Harbor MI the CBS network last night by give remain out Commander Willis A Lent in the first radio interview of a submarine commander to be broadcast during the present Commander Lent has just re turned to Hawaii from Japans back where he said his crew had chalked up a few nice The munitions freighter was described as a home We fired at him from close the officer Our torpedoes lashed him He stopped dead in his How did he look sinking the commander was Id rather tell you how he was the He sounded like 500 Fourth of Julys all happening at It was exciting for the Commander Lent Our crew cheered a he without turning from their Then we sighted some thing else to Just like huh asked the Just came the The two Indian leaders stayed for an and upon their de Cripps told reporters I hope there will be many more meetings between CBS record ed the AllIndia Radio announce ment The partys approved af ter five days of was reported to be detailed in reasons for the Want to Run Own Defense It was understood to criticize the British proposal that direction Indian defense remain entirely in British hands rather than Indian military and to question both the option which Britain would certain provinces to remain side the future Indian union and the representation of the Indian principalities in the future consti tutionmaking The Congress partys decision not to turn down the Cripps offer with out suggesting an alternative was considered a hopeful espec ally as Cripps had indicated there might be a chance of compromise on the defense Editorials in the Nationalist In ian press expressed resentment over what the editors understood to be the tone of the American They have received word of unfavorable reaction to the reluct ance of Indias leaders to strike a bargain with the British Indian Nationalists declared that American editors do not under stand all the angles of the Indian political situation and that Ameri can press reaction would not affect their Official Washington however was under close watch for any sign that theUnited States govern ment might use its influence to ob tain a BritishIndian settlement Sir Girja Shankar Bajpai In dian general agent in Washington conferred with President Roosevelt for an hour and a half late yester Leaving the White said that the Pacific war council and other matters were discussed but that talks did not concern Brit ishIndian Turn to Page 9 TO CHILD Mildred Counts who was Adrians celebrated child bride1 little over a year ago when she married Floyd West when only 13 years wasgranted a decree of annulment this morning by Judge Arthur Rathbun in the Lenawee circuit court The decree was not Now 14 years Mildreds maiden name was returned to In testifying at the hearing this she said that she didnt want to be I was too young she but you know you can grow up Her attorney was Rex Martin of Kuney Judge Rathbun granted the de cree after it was established that she was married to West Decem ber through fraud and She testified this morning that her age was given as 18 years old at where she was Mildred said she had not been living with her husband sines January
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