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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - April 4, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TEL Warmer Detail OB Two APRIL 1942 PRICE 3 ARE SET ON IndiaBased Bombers Pound Jap Vessels Moored In Bay of Bengal 2 VESSELS PROBABLY HIT By THE ASSOCIATED PBESS April 4 Japanese ships moored in their newlywon lair in the Bay of from which Japan presumably hopes to prey on the United Nations supply route to India and have taken a heavy pounding from United States Flying Fortress bom bers operating for the first time from bases in the Daily Sketch reported The newspaper said the first communique issued by the new Delhi headquarters of the air forces in India announced that the huge flown under the personal direction of the air commander in Major General Lewis set fire to one Japanese cruiser and a troopship and probably damaged two other Major General who flew with the American Expedition ary Force in France during the first World War and was comman der of the army air force in the Philippines before going to was said to have led his bombers into action at Port Blair in the Andaman The Japanese occupied the islands last Van Mook Believes Jap In vasion Attempt Would Be Very Risky By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April confidence in the growing strength of Australias bolstered by men and equipment from the United Lieut Huber tus Van Mook of the Dutch East Indies declared today that any at tempt to invade this continent would be very risky for the Van who sought refuge here when the Japanese overran said in an interview that an allout assault on Australia would involve vast transportation jrob lems and extended lines of com I do not thinkthe Japanese will attempt a full occupation of Aus declared Van expres sing belief that Burma was the real danger spot in the Pacific war Van Mook said he thought it likely that the Japanese would try merely to neutralize Australia as a base for potential offensive operations by the United Nations Their progress southward has been slowed down Van Mook Perhaps they never were prepared to advance further in this More reinforcements are arriving here more Belief Not Universal Van Mooks views on the possi bility of an invasion attempt were not shared in all despite a lull in Japanese Some observers interpreted the lull as merely the prelude to a major as while others expressed be lief that the Japanese had over reached themselves and been com pelled to slow There was general that continued heavy at tacks on Japanese bases nearest Australia by United Nations bomb ers had affected the enemys abil ity to continue his earlier offensive It was believed the Japanese also might be experiencing difficulty in operating from their air at New because of the winds which at this season of the year usually spread vast clouds of corrosive dust from Matupi volcano over the surrounding Allied reconnaissance maintained a ceaseless vigil against surprise Mili tary experts said these patrols should give Australia three or four days warning of an impending in vasion attempt from any base un der Japanese per because of its near LULL IS NOTED IN April 4 W A relative lull was noted yester day in the fighting on Bataan Pen During the night of April a War Department communique there were several fcght attacks by the enemy at var ious points along our front All of these assaults were repelled by our troops with considerable ene my Bombing of our front lines by the Japanese continued The Japanese launched light air attacks on the forts which com mand Manila and enemy batteries on the Cavite shore join ed in the The American forts returned Jie AUCTIONS April southeast of Vic auctioneer See on Market Aircraft Tender Langley 2 Other Warships Are Sunk Sick and Wounded to Move On Two Other Prisoners Will Be Taken to Jackson Today Ezra 23 year old Adrian man who was caught after his brazen escape from the Lenawee county was taken to the Southern Michigan State Prison at Jackson yesterday afternoon but ils jailbreaking John was still at large serve in five to15 is for breaking and iie charge for which he first was Another is one year or escaping from The third is one to five years for stealing an automobile after the jail Bertram was taken to the prison yesterday by Sheriff Roscoe Scott along with John Counts of who was returned to prison as a parole Two more prisoners were to go to the prison at Jackson One of Robert Crozzar of was an admitted accomplice of Bertrams when the Southern Michigan Produce Company ware louse was broken The other is Jacob Lewis of Route parole Sugar Ration Plan May Be Scrapped NEW April 4 onghearalded sugar rationing program may be the Gerald Tribune said tonight in a dispatch from The paper said the now tentatively set to get under way with a nationwide registration May might be dropped if esti mates of current sugar supplies compiled by the War Production Board prevail over the insistence of the Office of Price Administra Approximately tons more of Cuban sugar will be avail able for United States consumption than originally accord ing to WPB because of a speedup in the production of industrial alcohol from grain and corn in the middle The pro duction replaces and augments the stocks of alcohol usually produced on the Atlantic seaboard from black strap a byproduct of the manufacture of raw The paper said the matter of transportation was the big diffi culty in newly found surplus in Cuban sugar available for A final decision was predicted week end conferences in New York and Washington on the shipping situa SHIPPING ATTACKED April 4 Vichy quoting German sources today that Nazi dive bomb ers yesterdayattacked shipping in Kola on which the Russian Arctic port of Murmansk is situ setting a vessel Late Bulletins April 4 VP The War Department reported to day that the antiaircraft gunners of the Philippines Corregidor fort ress shot down two more heavy Japanese increasing their bag to 17 destroyed in less than two Guerrillas Aiding Red War Effort By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April to the Red army of 250 tons of food stuffs assembled by collective far mers working hi Germanoccupied territory was announced here to day among dramatic guerrilla con tribution to Sovietwar Organized iind and within the invasion iave killed 800 Germans and hampered road and railway com munications in two Rus sian authorities Irregulars operating about Smol Dnieper river stronghold 230 miles west of were said to have killed 500 cap tured 22 and destroyed 36 three tanks and 300 Nazi munitions Exerting their control of a num ber of the announcement the guerrillas have compel ed the Germans to move over these roads only in big In the Bryansk sector south of Smolensk 300 Germans surprised at the railway station of Poluzhy were reported wiped out to a Raiding guerrillas also were cre dited with disabling all Nazioperat ed locomotives they found at a Bryansk depot The information bureau announ ced that Red army troops occupied several additional settlements in of fensive thrusts One de tachment was credited with killing more than 450 Germans in a days fighting on the northwestern front Red navy torpedo boats and motor launches were said to have sunk at least 12 enemy submarines since the beginning of the German Russian war in the which shares attention in maritime opera tions with Arctic and Black Sea A Berlin broadcast asserted that two invasion infantry the 257th Brandenburg and the 97th upper killed more than cap tured and destroyed or cap tured 60 tanks in combatting 472 Soviet attacks in the last few Rationing Is Not Immediately Contemplated April 4 Top prices were fixed today on al household electrical gadgets from the toaster in the kitchen to the curling iron on the dressing table While the Office of Price Ad ministration set the price appliances lev next Leofi was jack in town from a vacation trip n time to study sweeping plans for the freezing of virtually al consumers goods The electrical price ceiling cov ers manufacturers and wholesal ers figures as well as retail prices and will remain in force until June unless superseded by a new Rationing of the articles was no immediately said Acting Administrator John because there was a suffi cient stock on hand or in manufac turing stages to meet demands for most of this The War Pro duction Board already has ordere production to cease May 31 on a long list of electrical appliances while vacuum cleaner manufactur ing must stop April Hamm said the ceilings were fix ed to prevent runaway prices in view of the WPB As to a general price the DPA has reached no sut the idea is to prevent general inflationary price FORT CUSTER TROOPS TO PARTICIPATE IN ARMY DAY PARADES FORT April 4 Two contingents of Fort Custer troops will participate in Army Day parades it has been announced by 5th Infantry Divis ion To be reviewed in the Detroit parade by Lieut Gen Ben commanding the Second will be 400 soldiers commanded by Lieut Philip 605th Tank Destroyer One company of the 605th Tank Destroyer Battery C of the 21st Field Artillery Battalion with its 105mm a de tachment of the 7th 46th Ordnance and the 5th Medical Battalion will leave here Sunday and bivouac in the Detroit recreational Battery A of the 21st Field Aarti lery will move its 105 mm howit zers to Jackson on Monday in com mand of Lieut Charles Equipment on display will in clude bridging and ord nance ambulances and equip ment of the tankdestroyer com ITALIANS FEAR OF ATTACK AIIorNone April 4 for eign office announced today that an exchange or sick and wounded British and Italian prisoners of an all or none will begin shortly at also mown as a port In west ern Negotiations conducted through a third only as a protecting set in motion the machinery for the ex the foreign office In view of the nature of the further details cannot be given at this stage but a full statement including the names of those repatriated will be issued when it is the an nouncement A British spokesman said the Italians to be repatriated will be far more numerous than the Brit ish from the inevitable fact that the British Empire holds far more prisoners than He insisted that the British side of the negotiations were being con ducted on the lines of the Geneva and International Red Cross con ventions on prisoners of war that the obligation to repatriate is ab solute and takes no account of the relative numbers on either Independent medical commis sions are reviewing cases on both he The BritishItalian plan is the second effort to repatriate sick and wounded prisoners since the start of this A previous attempt negotiated between Great Britain and Germany failed last October the British the Ger mans declined to release entire prisoner irrespective of their The Germans asked for a pris oner prisoner exchange which theBritish The British told the Souse of Commons the British had intended to release about 150 Germans for Brit ons held in Reich Waning Moon Gives Country Greater Night Protection April 4 of a direct German attack on Syria this month has diminished as a waning moon provided this country with greater night A full moon this week was so bright could easily read a newspaper in the streets and the city and its although blacked were sharply silhou etted against the background of mountains which rise just By the next it is felt it will be too late for Hitler to throw a force against this area with any lope of having the operation cleaned up by the time he opens lis expected drive against One of the difficulties of a direct attack on Syria is that the Dode canese the nearest hopping off are too distant to permit Jie Germans the fighter protection n the air they had in To achieve they must firsttake some halfway place such as Cy defense preparations are The New Zealand including veterans of Crete and last winters campaign in he western has joined Aus Free French and British Work on frotifications is be ing pushed and more manpower and materials are scheduled to ar The while nervous over the possibility of is intern ally peaceful and enjoying the greatest boom in its Labor is scarce and thousands are work ing for British receiving wages undreamed of in normal The cost of living has quadrupled in the past partly because of real shortages but largely because of unchecked speculation and profi Many Syrian and Leba nese business men have rolled up large fortunes uTelght months of Discusses Course to Take On British Proposals NEW April 4 Iff The AllIndia Congress working representing the most powerful of the factions to which proposal for increased Indian au tonomy have been addressed Sir Stafford met for about two hours Maulana Abdul Kalan congress said the meet ing considered the situation in Bengal and Assam in view of the warfare nearing from and discussed what lead the organiza tion should give the He added that Mohandas revered Nationalist had delayed his departure from the capital for a day to give the com mittee the benefit of his Mohammed Ala leader of the Moslem declared in Allahabad that the Moslems would never accept any British plan that would prevent their achievement of a separate Addressing the Moslem he referred to the current plan as a bare skeleton of proposals which obviously require a lot of filling in and adjusting before it can be made It is obviously oneof those ci he where and will become more vital than a bare statement of certain princi INNAUARDS Trains Routed Over Siding After Accident The main line of the New York Central railroad here was blocked from 7 to 5 yesterday afternoon when a freight engine and tender from the Airline Junc tion was The accident occurred when the Houlton of misunderstood the signal at the Wabash tower and the engine and backing hit a rail obstruction and went off the end of a spur opposite the Clark Manufacturing The tender was halfburied in the earth and a large amount of coal and water was scattered in the The of the 2500 also jumped the The 130ton wrecker and a machinist from the Airline Junc tion were It was necessary to remove several parts of the engine before it could be put back on the The railroad men could not disconnect the tender from the engine because of the danger of the engine tipping over on its The engine had brought in string of freight cars from the junction and the intention was that it would return without freight Two of the train crew jumped to safety after the engine hit the de Grass of Toledo was the fireman and Hart was the The derailed engine and tender blocked the main track and a sid but traffic was routed over another siding during the day and no interruption in schedules oc Todays Map For a map of the Middle which may become the worlds next major war turn to page seven of todays April 4 5VBritish bombers escorted by fighter planes thundered across the channel this apparently headed for in German occupied A British fighter bomber swooped on a German airfield in northern France last night and de stroyed a Heinkel 111 just return ing from a raid against England the British The air ministry announced other British craft at tacked airdromes and a railway junction in the same A German aircraft caused sligh bomb damage in southwest England on a solo attack last a com Naval Tanker Sent to Bottom Off Java March 1 Destroyer Peary Sunk at Darwin 19 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS April Navy has announced hat virtually unopposed Japanese bombers sank the aircraft and two other in the battle of but the southwest was believed today to be and Navy shipbuilding is far ahead of About 700 officers and men were lost when the Langley was sunk off Java February 27 and the naval tanker Pecos was sent to the bottom nearby on March The Pecos had Deen carrying the Langley and only about one third of the crews of the two ships were the Navy announced last The old flush deck destroyer Peary was bombed and sunk about February 19 at going down with her guns The loss of Me was believed fuller details of an earlier engagement came to It was disclosed that destroyer division 59 of the Asiatic fleet steamed back and forth through a Japan ese convoy in a Macassar Strait night attack late in sent a number of enemy ships to the bottom with torpedoes and pointblank and escaped with only minor damage to one Naval observers pointed out that when the battle of Java was fought vessels were handicapped by lack of air he growing strength of American landbased units in northern Australia may re verse the Both fight Allied Some of the population These are main ly salaried employees whose wages have not kept up with unprece dented price rises and residents bi those parts of the country where no big military projects are being carried 2ND GUN DUEL VICTIM SANTA April 4 Evelyn Wenstrom died second victim of a gun duel between retired Army Her William was killed the night before in the point blank Buell his pel bone shattered by a bullet from Wenstroms clung to life in a who emptied a au tomatic at his former in an argument said he fired in self EXPELLED April 4 Axel correspondent for the Stockholm Dagens has been expelled from Norway he Major Vidkun premier of the Germansponsored ob jected to his stories on conditions Tunberger declared the situation in Norway was daily growing more with opposition to Quis ling PLAN TO LIMIT WAR IS Thomas Urges CdstPlusFixed Fee Basis of Action April 4 Thomas DOkla today claimed broad congressional sup port fora sliding scale of limiting profits on war contracts as the Senate Appropriations Committee considered this newest My proposal would amount to a costplusfixed fee basis for all Thomas It would give the little iellows a higher limit than themultimillion dollar con The Thomas proposal came be fore the appropriations committee as it considered recommendations for a new wartime appropriation measure which pas sed the House carrying a rider lim iting war contract profits to a flat 6 per cent Thomas said his proposal was ap proved in principle by an appro priations subcommittee and order ed combined with a profit limit pro vision by Senators OMahoney DWyo and Overton also offered as a substitute for the flat 6 per cent limit voted by the The sliding scale provision would allow a profit up to 10 per cent on war contracts of and and the profit ceiling would de crease on larger amounts until contracts above would carry a profit limit of 3 per cent on that amount with 2 per cent on all above Chairman McKellar DTenn of the subcommittee which held hear ings on the new appropriation and profits dispute told reporters that the latter question was undecided and will be left up to the full committee or the entire Thomas told reporters that a number of details were unsolved in his but confidently as serted that these would be worked out by the SenateHouse commit tee which must adjust differences in the ers and bombers of General VlacArthurs forces sweep regularly over waters north of Aus tralia where the Japanese effort the southwest Pacific has been con The new sinkings brought to 25 he number of naval losses the Thus far ten one three one aircraft two Coast Guard two one tar jet one cargo one gun and two miscellaneous type vessels have been officially listed as New Launchings But the launching of 16 destroy a two two aircraft tenders and a number of other naval craft since Pearl Har bor dwarfs these And tragic as they the losses became in significant when compared with the official published list of navalves sels under construction as of June 30 last by 17 battle 12 aircraft carriers and 35 The on the other iave lost at least 30 warships in cluding a six cruisers and two airplane Their rate of new building is believed to be only a fraction of that of the United Turn to Page 7 Financial And Trade Experts Help Uncle Sam To Wage War April 4 Eleven experts oh finance and for eign including Henry 41year old son of banker are helping Uncle Sam prosecute the war in a big without All government officials in var ious they meet five days a week to do spade work and make the recommendations for one of the largest and most important war Board of Eco1 nomic They comprise the little heard of policy committee of the The itself has met only a few times since it was organized last fall as the economic defense Its name was after the United States entered the Vice president Wallace is chairman of offi cers are as well as Nel son coordinator of in terAmerican Milo Perkins is executive The hardworking policy com mittee maps plans to keep import ant materials away from enemy countries through a system of rigid export blacklisting of for eign firms that do business with the and preclusive buying of foreign also originates financial projects to help friendly countries produce scarce commodi ties needed by the United One may recommend aid in rehabilitating a railroad in a South American country in order to facilitate the movement of a raw material wanted The next meeting may bring forth a recommendation to improve dock facilities or to buy up in advance the entire copper output of 46 year old Philadelphia textile machinery is chairman of the policy Although in the he is attached to the and devotes all of his time to its Some of the other members spend only part of their time on the committee as liaison men rep resenting other war known to his banking associatesas is a lieuten ant commander and represents the Navy on the Morgans advice on financial matters is said to be frequently sought by the as is that of Maurice another New York investment banker who at tends the meetings as a consultant for Leon Hendersons Office of Ci vilian Anthony of the former New York lawyer and onetime head of the Securi ty Commissions reorganization di vjsion In New is the commit tees vice and Howard anotherNew York at is executive British Say No Military Dam age Is Done April 4 storied city in Eastern Burma toward which the Japanese have pointed an invasion was heavily bombed yesterday by the Japanese air force but no military damage was the British re ported A communique said a hospital caught fire and the patients had to be moved to safety during the It also reported two other towns in central Burma were bombed yesterday but said damage was Japanese bombs have fallen on Mandalay On the Japanese they scored di rect hits on military installations and inflicted heavy The communique said British troops had completed their with drawal from in western despite hard infantry at tacks by the Japanese and severe air QUIET EASTER IN PROSPECT FOR CAPITAL April 4 quiet Easter is indicated for war tune There has been no bid for the tourist traffic of former The capital is jammed to capacity with government thous ands of whom are spending their first Easter on the The Japanese cherry trees along the tidal basin wont be in pink blossom for several New buildings and excavations for more flank Constitution Aven a favorite The White House has cancelled the traditional Easter Monday egg rolling for No announcement has been made of the Presidents but Vice President and Wallace will attend an Easter Sunrise service at Arlington National The weather A military
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