Adrian Daily Telegram, May 12, 1942

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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - May 12, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Showers WeUher Detalll Pact Two British Report Nazis Driven Back After 4 Days of Fierce Fighting NIGHT ATTACKS EASED By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May German offensive against Russian positions blocking invasion of the Caucasus died down overnight as quickly as it had flared up on the Kerch pen insula of the the Russians disclosed ast night indicating the Nazi push ha ceased at least Whether Red army resistanc halted the attack for the German reverted to their old tactics fighting by day and resting night could not be determined im This was hi sharp contrast wil the midnight which told of stubborn battles against German offensive on the Kerch The German high commani declared On the Kerc peninsula German and Rumanian troops opened an attack May 8 sup ported by strong formations of th German air The battle sine then has been in full A British commentator hi Lon don said the Russians had drive the Germans back after four day of fierce fighting which may hav been intended as the forerunner o a major offensive by the The British radio quoted a Ber lin broadcaster as speaking of ol fensive and defensive actions fought east of the KerchKharko which would cover mainland area of more than 20 miles in the lower Donets basin as well as the Report Restrained The clash of machines ani planes across eastern reaches o the which were lost anc then regained by the Russians in was disclosed in a restrainec midnight report of the Russian in formation During May 11 in the Kerch it our troops wag ed stubborn battles against Ger man troops who had taken the of On other sectors of the front nothing of significance oc Turn to Page 9 NEMMBERS ADDED TO Fox and Powell to Teach On Part Time Basis Next Year Two new members will be addec to the Adrian College faculty autumn and Dean Fox and Professor Homer Powell will be given emeritus standing with part time teaching duties it was an nounced today by President Sam uel Harvey of Nashville who at present is ex ecutive secretary of the nationa conference of Methodist will replace Dean Fox as professor of sociology and director of religious activities at the Powell will be replaced by Clarence of Syra New who has been pres ident of colleges in Iowa and Ore Greene also served in the physics department of Albion Col lege and is responsible for the con struction of the present physics building at and Greene will move to Adrian about September Dean Fox graduated from Adrian College in He attended Au burn Theological Seminary and la ter Columbia University Union Theological transferred his work to Adrian and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in He then became president Gittings In 1925 he join ed the Adrian College He has served as Dean of the college since Dean Fox will continue as half time teacher in history next Powell graduated from Findlay College in He became professor of science at that insti tution and later was principal of Barkeyville He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Chicago and a mas ter of science degree from the Uni versity of He became professor of mathematics and science at West Lafayette College in joining the Adrian College faculty with the merger of Adrian and West Lafayette in Powell will also have an emeritus relationship andwill continue with parttime teaching activities next Green will find the college physics department in the stages of Moving the phy sics laboratory from Science Hall to the rooms now occupied by the business offices and administration will be undertaken this summer and is expected to have been com pleted by the of the second semester of next With the college committed to the Navys VI Har rison it is important that the physics department be Greene holds three degrees from the University of Michigan and two from Michigan State Nor mal College and is well qualified to take charge of the department Seifert is a graduate of Evansville and also Boston from which he received three Martinique Crisis Hinted By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May 12 Sus pense and uncertainty were injeci ed into the question of Martiniqu and other French overseas posses sions today by the sudden decisio of Chief of State Marshal Petain to cut short a Riviera vacation an hasten back to State Department officials sai they had no information whic would shed light on Petains move but in other quarters it was sug gested the Axis powers might b exerting pressure on the Vichy government to undertake som action in retaliation fo Madagascar occupation an what they called the American threat to French Western Hem isphere It was recalled that ProNazi Pierre Lavals sudden return tc power in Vichy a month ago was accompanied by reliable reports that he was considering a grandi ose campaign to reconquer pre sumably with German assistance the French colonial possessions now in British and Free French Saw Jap Sway In this connection it was noted that Laval yesterday conferret again with Takonobu Ja pans ambassador to It was forestall Japanese seizure ol Madagascar after the man ler of the Japanese occupation oi Trench that Britain aunched her occupation of the big sland dominating the United Na tions supply line to Suez and the Persian The official Vichy announcement said reasons of imperious concern ompelled the chief of states re urn to the capital of Unoccupied and referred to undisclos ed events demanding his atten Whether the events in cluded developments on Martinique vas a matter of but it ivas recalled here that President loosevelt sent Admiral John loover and his mission to Martin que only a few days after he had et it be known that the United itates stood squarely behind Brit liii in her occupation of strategic There still was no official word the reaction in Martinique to he American proposal laid before Admiral Georges French ugh commissioner by the American mission last No Comment State Department officials refus d comment Berlin reports the had de manded demilitarization of French varships at Martiniqueand estab shment of American garrisons Nor was there any official isclosure of the details of the arrangement proposed to Admir al Robert whereby Martinique and ther French Caribbean possessions be safeguarded against be involved in Axis operations gainst the United States or its Informed sources that negotiations had tarted with Admiral that they were continuing with and that the State Department had ermed him the ultimate govern ng authority of French Caribbean In view of French Ambassador iaston Henry Hayes rather engthy conversation with Secre ary of State Hull this fas considered highly significant he ambassador told newspaper len he had not come to protest le Martinique negotiations anc oped they would bring a satisfac ory His conciliatory remarks were in harp contrast to the tirade aunched by Nazicontrolled Paris ewspapers against the cynical ypocrisy of the American propos which they described as an ul 1942 THREE PLACES WHERE JAPS GOT SLAPPED PRICE 3 The War Department has revealed some details of the April 18 devastation spread in Tokyo 1 and other populous Japanese centers by Army bomb in its first communiqufi giving Japan as the scene of Allied headquarters in Australia reported that two Japanese submarines were raising the sevenday Coral Sea 2 area total to 21 Japanese vessels either knocked out of action or badly Chinese troops on the Burma front 3 trapped and then smashed the main body of the E Union Asks Wage Boost and Better Working Hours Construction of the natural gas ne connecting Michigan cities vith the Texas oil fields came to halt Monday morning four miles orth of Blissfield on the Adrian Deerfield road when State Loca 1191 of the International Hod Building and Common an of af called a The union is seeking an increase in the base pay of 65 cents an hour nd better working Pat Jrady of business man ger of the State Is nego ating with president f the construction vhose headquarters are at Sagi Members of the union voted to egotiate for higher wages at a night at the A meeting Thursday of hall in wb hour layoff resulted Friday lorning Installation of the 20 ich main under the New York entral railroadtracks east of the ty had just begun and operations ere resumed Friday and continu d Saturday in order to complete AUTO CRASH INJURES KILLS ONE May 12 vilian was killed and five soldiers ere injured in an automobile col sion last night on Gratiot Road ear Fifteenmile The dead man was identified as ewis Newmeyer of Detroit The jured all from Selfridge included Donald Daugher who was taken i a hospital here with serious in iry to one Investigating officers planned to uestion survivors further today to arn the cause of the ley said that Newmeyer was one and that those in the other ar were uncertain as to The car occupied by the soldiers as driven by Allen of ear Mt The four other jured also hospitalized at e field base hospital with cuts and were Le Roy Edward Tenni James Mt and ingelo STRIKING FORCE OF 9 MILLION MEN IS BEING CONSIDERED May 12 nited States military striking rce of nine million men is being insidered hi Washington legislt ve Vinson chairman of the House Naval Affairs Commit said he believed the ultimate oal of the army would be from to men and that e navy probably would need Vinson said these figures ere he Monday morning work again Approximately 90 per ent of the 125 workers on the pro ict are from out of the The construction job began lortly after the first of the year out two miles south and of Uga where the main gas line to etroit was A 20inch line being installed to a point at leasant near here a junction will be formed or lines going west to Jackson and Kalamazoo and north to Pontiac and Flint Adrian is scheduled to receive natural gas from this source by means of a 4inch main which will tap the 20inch main near Hollo Precinct air raid wardens in the city tonight will begin a series o lessons and instructions designed to fit them for the task of protecting their own areas during Paul Johnson of Tecumseh who re cently took the American Legion course of instruction for wardens at Jackson will be the Each precinct chairman will be as ssted by a high school teacher in carrying the instructions back to lis own precinct The meeting tonight will be in the commission room at the city hall at Three changes have been made among the precinct Melvin Brown of 662 French Street has replaced the Peter as Precinct 11 warden because Peter has Carl Granger of 121 North locust Street is substituting for Clyde Duncan who has been ill and Bruce Thompson of 750 Dennis Street has replaced Hoig Gay in Precinct 12 because the lessons conflict with Gays other de fense Red Cross Profits From Civics Lesson On NonEssentials Members of civics classes taught by Matt Lunn at the Adrian junior high school gained first hand ex perience in essential and nonessen tial spending last week contrib uting the money they ordinarily spend for luxuries to a common fund for the Red The project grew out of a com mon curiosity in the amount that is spent for A box la beled I Dare You was placed at the front of the room and students agreed to deposit what money they cared rather than spending it in customary At the end of the week the sum of was accumulated by the 180 students who are members of the Lunn said that the box would remain in the although the experiment during the week had given the students a good idea of the difference between necessary and unnecessary The money they gave was over and above their usual expenditures for war savings Last month the civicsclasses madea collection ofwaste which was sold for All funds collected by the civics classes will be given to the Red VICTIMS CAR PLUNGES OVER BANK 1 4 HURT May 12 of De was killed and four other per sons were injured when their auto mobile plunged over a 10foot em bankment near here last night after a tire blew out The injured were Katherine wife of the dead man her Sue and the atters Mary 6 and Julie all of Detroit Chey were taken to ahospital at Meacham died instancy of a iroken Meacham suf ered a broken collar bone and the aby a broken The group was en route to St J UBoats Fired Upon But Are Not Believed to Have Been Hit LAKE May U 3 Three two American and one were the recent victims of submarine warfare off the Atlantic the navy announced but the Jnited States got in some retalia tory Crewmen making their way to ward shore in life boats after an American vessel was attacked said a navy boat fired on two sub marines which came to the surface Another merchant ship was in ine of and before the navy craft could maneuver into position he undersea boats had crash dived Johnsen of master of the attacked said he doubt ed that the submarines were da There was an apparent loss o five lives in the three incidents of which the navy A heroic assistant engineer who stayed below long enough to cut off the engines sacrificed his life when one of the ships was tor apparently by two sub Subs Sink Japanese 2 Cargo Ships In Far Navy Says WPB Makes Glean Sweep Of Natibns Breakfast Beverages May 12 The War Production Board has Service Clubs Will Carry 0 Campaign In Adrian of organizational dlffi Adrians campaign to ge residents to sign pledges to buy war savings stamps and bonds durin the c o m i n year will star next Monda a week late than in mos c o m m unitie of the nation George H chair man of th Adrian drive BUY UNITED STATES BONDS AND STAMPS VI11 Turn to Page 9 May 12 ff vanguard of Japanese forces which thrust into Yunnan Province from Burma has retreated back to the Yunnan frontier town of Wan a Chinese army spokesman declared He said the deepest penetration into Yunnan Provuue was to a point 12 miles northwest of Lungling but that the invaders were beaten back 30 miles in the Chinese At present Chinese forces from the north and south are trying to encircle the Japanese and the Jap anese are trying to do the same thing to the and who will succeed remains to be the spokesman The spokesman drew attention to strong enemy reserves in Bur ma and said the danger of invasion of Yunnan still Wang of in said the Chinese tactics n Burma and were to ress the Japanese giv ng them no pause for ile added that air support was of he greatest importance in order i to achieve this said today that the campaign her will be carried out through fou service the Rotary Exchange and Kiwanis Clubs an the Junior Chamber of Commerce Plans for a house to house canva have been abandoned in favor of campaign to be carried out mahil through the business and industrial firms of the Four one repre sentlng each beenchosen and they will organize committee among the members of their or sanizations to conduct the drive The four subchairmen are Lesli Brown of the Rotary Ellis Berndt of the Junior Chamber Barf Schober of the Kiwanis Clu and Milton Nicolai of the Exchang Each man will organize committee of six Four Divisions The campaign will be carried ou on four separate One branch of the drive be conductec through the industrial firms of th Committee members will in lerview the management of each firm and ask that the plan be pre sented to the employees of the firm by the A like plan will be carried out in the commer cial firms of the city with the man agement in each store or business asked to conduct the drive in each Turn to Page 6 Life is Normal At Diego Suarez PORT Ma 12 is normal at the big Madagascar naval base of Diego Suarez under British occupation and Vichy authorities apparently still occupy the capital of Tana reports reaching here to day The British have set up a radio transmitter working on the same wave lengths as Radio Tananarive Indications that no land communi cations exist between Diego Suarez and the capital was seen in the fact that the British broadcast messages from prisoners and inhabitants oi the occupied region to the capital Transmissions are made daily on the British immediately after the French The British announced that French and British wounded in the occupation of the great island off Africas coast were being treated in exactly the same man ner on a British hospital The radio at Reunion Island which lies near this British posses sion in the Indian ocean and about 350 miles east of went air several days ago undei stations The Reunion Radio was under direct supervision of a high pro Vichy government Caliet and Madame Desvantes oth It was believed that public pressure forced the radio to remain silent JAPANESE REPORTED 25 MILES INSIDE INDIA May 12 M The British Exchange Telegraph agency said today the Paris radio reported Japanese troops fighting in the Bay of Bengal area had reached a point 31 miles from If this would place the Japanese about 25 miles inside In dia from the Burma The Paris has been lighly inaccurate concerning the Burma campaign made a clean sweep of the nations favorite breakfast beverages today cutting cocoa processing about 30 per cent after previously curtail ng tea consumption 50 per cent and coffee drinking by All three of these products are mported from the hot countries and imports are subject to he hazards of war and the short age of cargo WPB said the shipping space al oted to cocoa raw ma for such delectables as chocc ate cocoa and hot fudge cut to 20 per cent of normal for the rest of this The beans come mainly rom the African gold and ivory coasts and from This whose citizens consume about 15 pounds ofcandy and confectionery apiece each is the worlds largest user of cocoa The average American does away with almost four pounds of chocolate WPB but thats all changed for the dur Supplies in this country on April 1 would have lasted something less than one year if unreplenished and WPB officials Under the new curbs they will be stretched out to last about 16 The curtailment was on quantity of cocoa beans which might be ground or pressed by pro and not upon the sales of the processed Therefore it was not immediately possible to tell on which type of consumer the restrictions would fall most heav or whether they would fall on all The effective carries through May and WPB will issue orders for subsequent months at a later Anothet WPB order required that glass bottles have thinner walls and come in fewer sizes and TAX EX1PHDN GUI Vigorously Opposes Wartime Sales Tax May 12 The House Ways and Means Com nittee moved toward a vote later his week on counter proposals for increased personal income with strong likelihood its decision would prove a major factor in de ermining whether the nation will lave a wartime sales Chairman Doughton DNC said today the committee probably would vote on that phase of the measure hi two or three olin tax expert for the oint committee on internal reve was recalled for further tes imony Doughtons announcement thai he committee was approaching a vote came after Price Administra tor Leon Henderson yesterday in dorsed Treasury Secretary Morgen thaus proposal that exemptions or single persons be cut from o those for married couples Tom to and for de pendents from to The purpose is to maki the available molds and glassmak ing materials produce about 30 per cent more containers than former ly without the installation of new equipment Bottles for ale and other malt beverages henceforth may be made in three sizes only twelve one quart and onehalf gal Whisky and other distilled spirits may come in fifth fourfifth pints and half This would appear to elim inate the miniature bottles fre quently used for individual high ball Bottles for cocktails and specialty liquors may not be made with a capacity of less than onehalf WPB The order will take effect grad through a provision requir ing thatno wornout mold can be replaced except by a mold con forming to the specifications of the standardized containers approvec by After January only standard glass containers may be Despite considerable support in he committee for a sales tax Henderson told the members in ex ecutive session that he was vigor ously opposed to that form of levy m the ground that it would add o our difficulties in doing a ra ioning job in the lower income in urging the low red maintained that hey would add to he which he has es imated would be produced through lis original program of individual That program called for re ention of the present four per cent lormal with a surtax starting t 12 per cent on the first As an the commit ees own tax experts have suggest d boosting the normal assessment o six per with an accom anying surtax program heavier by ar than the present program but ess severethan those sought by ihe E Mayor Harry Lundahl was otified today that Judd of he Cleveland office of the OPA rill speak here tonight at 8 oclock t the armory on general maxi mum price regulations recently announced by Leon rice Similar meet ngs are being held at 42 different Michigan cities The OPAhas urged all Lenawee ounty retailers to attend tonights neeting for general instructions ind a discussion of the price ceiling Six hundred persons are ex Although the meeting is arranged primarily for thers interested in the price ceil ig regulations may i SEMEJAY BILL Studies Financial Plight of Fighting Men and Dependents May 12 financial plight of Uncle Sams fighting men and their dependents received the undivided attention of the House today While the militarycommittee called upon Security Ad ministrator Paul McNutt for his views on legislation to make finan cial provision for dependents of the House itself set aside Lwo hours for debate on a Senate approved measure boosting the pay of fighting There was no known opposition to the increase proposal hasbeen voiced to a rider tacked on sions to specially qualified civilians lor technical and professional Jc amendmentwhich would have jarred such commissions except in the cases of dent veterinarians and lie rider would require the War Department to file with Congress every 60 days the qualifi cations and ages of those receiving Committee members ind i c a t e d the War Department wanted neith er proposal and an attempt to strike it from the biU was expected o be made on the pay provisions of the bill affect service sail Marines and members of the Coast the coast and geodetic urvey and the public health serv Turn to Page 6 IT Probably Three More Vessels Damaged By Allied Airmen May 12 Navy issued the following com munique yesterday afternoon The issued by the Navy Department Far East Information has been re ceived that submarines oper ating hi the Far East have sunk the following Japanese ships One One naval cargo One medium sized cargo These sinkings have not been reported in any previous navy department communique and are not related to the recent engage ment in the Coral There is nothing to report from other Tourists Finding Go Home Sign On Gas Stations May 12 The go home sign was hung oui to tourists along the Eastern sea board today as resident motorists from Maine to Florida started lin ing up for the gasoline ration cards they will need after Registration of the Au tomobile owners in the 17 coastal states and the District of Colum bia started alphabetically and will continue through The Office of Price Administra tion estimated about onethird of those applying for cards would be classified as nonessential and limited to 21 gallons during the 47day period from May 15 to July when rationing that regular system of may last for the wars duration will be set The nonessential motorists may splurge their allowance all at once a motoring or spread it out on the basis of three gallons a Drivers who need their automo Diles to get to or who use them in thecourse of will be allowed extra bas ed on their usual mileage require or their will e required to sign an application orrn which points out that it is a criminal offense to false statements to the punishable by 10 years imprison ment and Tourists from other parts of the country were advised by the OPA o get home if possible before ra tioning starts in the East Those who remain after Friday must ap ply for ration cards the same as although if they can show they need extra allowances of gasoline to complete their busi ness here they will receive consid Essential such as busses tractors and will receive X permitting un imited Rationing was made necessary curtailed deliveries due to the oss of either through sinking through conversion to war By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALLIED Aus May apparently still was paying a disastrous price for her defeat in the Coral Sea as General MacArthurs head quarters announced that allied liers tracking down the liding remnants of the great emy invasion armada and other units had damaged and prob ably more This raised the count of Japanese osses in the sixday battle in the sea gateway northeast of Australia and in its a ceaseless search of island to 23 or 24 ships in the eight days from the start of the Coral Sea battle through Japans plans have only been delayed and the threat hangs over Australia that she will try again to smash air minister Arthur Drakeford Two more enemy asualties numbers 22 and lit yesterday in the Solomon Is enclose the Coral Sea n the a communique from GeneralMacArthursJieadquarters Large Tanker Possible Victim The possible 24th Japanese cas ualty was a large tanker on he communique air raiders registered two hits or near misses in the Deboyne Islands of the Loui iade a cluster of tiny islets n the Coral Sea off the southeast tip of New The presence of a large Japanese anker in the treacherous waters of the the largest of is only about four miles would indicate that the apanese invasion forces were seek ng shelter from the allies sea couring air patrols wherever they ould find Turn to Page 9 MEN KILLED IN MINE FORT May 12 explosion at the Peerless Coal Company mine at nearby in which five miners were killed and two others seri ously apparently was caused by gas or mining company said to An official investigation of the which occurred last night feet is planned by Arkansas mine Those killed lived hi They were George 53 Arthur 32 Newt Dur 32 Wallace 45 and 50 Harris and Tony Far rante Excelsior were severely They were part of a 14 man crew working in the slope producing bituminous State Troops End Armory Guard Duty The guard detail of Michigan State Troops which entered their third week of duty at the Adrian armory yesterday were dis missed last night upon orders from state The men were originally scheduled to end their duties Saturday but the or ders were delayed by being missent to Late Bulletins NEW May 12 iritish column withdrawing along ihe Cindwin River in western Bur ma has turned with fury upon the Fapanese to drive a column of more 300 enemy troops south from a small river town about 140 miles northwest on a communique said Japanese had been pushing north apparently in May 12 Brit sh admiralty announced today that hree British destroyers had been unk by German bombs in the The destroyers the Jackal and More than 500 officers and men rom the three ships were 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