Tuesday, May 26, 1942

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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - May 26, 1942, Adrian, Michigan ADRIAN DAILY TEL Weather Details Two MAY 1942 PRICE 3 Pules arid Directions Will Be Submitted to Civilian Defense Officials TEST LIKELY IN JUNE Provisions for Adrian blackouts and special protective measures against possible enemy air raids are included in a new city ordi nance adopted yesterday by the city commission and effective im The ordinance gives the mayor broad powers to direct the black out of all lights in the city and to organize special police and air raid gardens to be in charge during future The ordinance is the first step ito bring Adrian into line with many other Michigan cities that already have held blackout prac tices and have completed organiza tions to handle the Adrians first blackout will not tie held for two or three jMayor Lundahl said yester Tlfe first blackout practice here awaits the completion of the organization and training work be ing done in the air raid warden Although it had been nearly threemonths since the war dens were Chief War den Kuney has had some dif ficulty in getting the men under him to do their Eules Already Drawn The actual rules and directions for a blackout in Adrian have been drawn up by City Attorney Clarke Baldwin but they are to be submitted to the state civilian defense officials for approval be fore being put into Jt is expected that the necessary approv al will be forthcoming in a few As soon as the approval is city officials plaa to distrib ute the rules for blackouts as well as safety suggestions in pamphlet form to all residents of the city so that there may be no question about is to be done if and when an emergency The ordinance declares that a state of emergency now exists and gives Mayor Lundahl the power to direct all phases of blackout operations in Adrian sub ject onlyto the orders of the Army and One section of the ordi nance declares that any lights dis played during a blackout are a public and gives police the authority to enter any premis es on which a light shows during a and reasonable force taextinguishing The mayor is empowered to ap point special police and airraid wardens to serve Special police al have up forduty in emergencies underthe civilian defense program as have air raid The ordinance does that special police and air raid wardens shall special emblems to identify them and shall not attempt to en force blackout provisions unless they are wearing these At the present no emblems have been provided either for the Wardens or for the Turn to Page 9 WPB EMPLOYEES ARE ACCUSED May 26 Nebraska engineer testified today that he could build the necessary plants and produce tons of synthetic rubber from corn and less than cost of hauling the grain for conversion into alcohol at existing distilleries further east George chief engi neer of the Central Nebraska Pub lic Power and Irrigation also charged before a Senate agri culture subcommittee that prac tically all of the important of ficials of the War Production Boards chemical division former ly worked for the Industrial Alcohol Company or its subsidi and sought to stave off com petition for that It seems tfiat if they can pre vent they are not going to per mit anybody to build any plant that would be in competition with that Johnson That seems to be their principal Issue Viewed as Packed With Political Dynamite May 26 ff Fearful of the outcome of a rec ord vote on whether to establish a S50 monthly minimum pay base for the armed House pro ponents of a floor cast about today for some means of averting a rollcall when the bill comes up to They conceded privately that it be difficult to retain recommended by a SenateHouse conference committee if the issue put squarely to a which Representative Rankin DMiss said he would Turn to Page 9 The Lenawee county draft board notified yesterday that the next contingent of men for military service is to report at the Detroit Army induction station Tuesday June The men will report at the Adrian armory Mon day evening June at and will leavefor Detroit by bus at 7 Notices of call will be sent out to the draftees this accord ing Jo the draft and for the first men between the ages of 20 and who registered Feb ruary willbe included in the Roughly 16 per cent or one in six men be from this age The remainder will consist of original 1A anc reclassified from and men and those who received stays of induction will also be in the George coordina tor of selectiveservice boards in the the draft board during a visit here thai the next calljixras tentatively set for June Butthe official notice received yesterday said nothing about this data The June 8 call will be approximately the same size as the contingent which left here May INNOCENT OF MAILFRAUD By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May federal court jury of six men and six women found Republican National Cpmmitteeman Frank McKay and seven codefendants innocent of four counts of mail fraud The verdict came just twelve weeks from the opening of Mc Kays The original pro ceedings ended in a jury disagree ment last The retrial jury deliberated for only three and a half Begun March the present case was a retrial from that which end ed in a jury disagreement last McKay and the seven codefendants were accused of conspiracy to de fraudliquor distillers of by selling political The defensecharged a political con spiracy was responsible for the indictment Judge in his pointed out that in order to find the eight defendants guilty the jury must be convinced thatthere was a single conspiracy involving If are several independent even if you find them to be fraudulent then you must find all of the defendants Judge Miller said that the govern ment must unity of the in obtain V L v The hi contained eight counts Four were dismissed by Judge Miller during the He also dismissed charges against three original Louis James Trim ble and Don Acquitted with 58year old Grand Rapids politician who served as state treasurer from 1925 to were Former Mayor William Mc Keighan of Fred Ehrmann of Grand twice secretary of the Mich igan Liquor Control having served during both admin istrations of the late Governor Frank John of Iron Moun secretary of the late Isaiah Fisher Flint druggist and former head of the Layton Sales a liquor sales Earl of Detroit and associate in another liquor sales agency described in the governments indictment as a dum my front for liquor graft collec Charles Leiter and Isadore both of Detroit THOSE WITH GENUINE DEPENDENTS SAFE FOR HERSHEY ASSERTS May 26 JP Lewis director of civil said last night that men with genuine de pendency would be reasonably safe from draft call for 1942 any The selective service is inter ested in maintaining the es pecially the home engaged in the nurturing of little children f and we want to avoid jeopardizing the genuine Amercan family that is the basis of American citizen he told members of the Har vard Forum arid a Nieman Jour nalism Foundation Institute on War Asserting that a fathers service to the home isnt measured merely in dollars and but that it in cludes such things as mowing the lawn and tending the furnace and other things of family Hershey said The family must be nurtured and but it must not be come the refuge of those who would evade military CHRISTENS NAVY SHIP May 26 Evelyn Sims of in the past 23 years has had from one to five sons sailing with the To honor her as an outstanding navy officials invited her to christen the a fleet she saw the ocean for the first It was a big of she what I want is to be catapulted off the deck of a warship in an Informed Sources Report Italy and Germany Cooling Toward Laval MAY OCCUPY ALL FRANCE By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS sources with underground contin ental said today that both Germany and Italy apparently are cooling toward Pierre French proNazi and that the indications are that Hitler is planning a coup detat to seize the French fleet at Toulon The sources said Laval had given Hitler permission to train a con siderable number of German sailors at French naval yards and training stations to familiarize themselves with the characteristics of French These declared that virtually all major units of the French fleet at naval base near had been drained of oil and did not have enought to reach Algeria in an After dispatches from Bern yes terday said both Germany and Italy appeared cooling fast toward Berlin writers spoke of the stag nation in GermanFrench rela One of the sources in London said Hitlers coup detat at Toulon pos sibly would be through the use of fifth columnists in cooperation with airborne and then man the fleet with German the Germans are using Italian territorial demands to force France to give up the fleet at the same time insisting that Laval produce for the Axis or get it was The temper of the Frencb people is such that Laval does not dare carry out wholehearted co operation as he knows it would cause his the source The opinion was expressed that there was no Frenchman the Ger mans could put in Lavals place and that the next step could only be occupying all of France and ap pointing Jacques turncoat Communist as a JAPANESE FAIL TOTAKE CHINESE ASSERT 26 OP A army declared today that the Japanese were whipped in an attempt to storm Kinhwa yesterday and were forced o withdraw with heavycasualties from the strategic Chekiang ince military The he was launched from two miles from citys southern by one of four Japanese columns pressing on Notwithstanding this strong con centration of men with mechanical support in the Chinese maritime spokesman said the enemy apparently was pre paring another perhaps of even larger in Fukien province which borders Chekiang to the He said this apparently was be ing made ready with troop trans ports and including air craft at bases in the Jap anese island of which lies across the Formosa Strait from the Fukien coast Previous Chinese reports put the Japanese strengthin the assault on Kinhwa at men and called their defeat the first major hinese victory since the start of the fighting in The Chinese Central News Agen cy said two Japanese gunboats had shelled the Fukien near the port of for 10 minutes yesterday while enemy planes bombed nearby At the same it four Japanese gunboats and two motor Doats were observed in the Min on which Foochow and where the invaders recently have made heavy landing BodyPlantIs Shattered May 26 men were killed and three were serious ly injured in an explosionwhich shattered part of theFisher Body Corporation plant here Thedead were identified as Wallace Grand Roy Police Chief John OBrien said a third body was believed to be buried in the He said the explosion apparently had been caused by an accidental gas explosion and that some men had been doing welding repair in the damaged There was no sign of Chief OBrien Only a skeleton crew was at work when the explosion he adding that the plant was tooling up for war material One of the injured men was iden as Kenneth Eaton and his condition was described as fair at St Law rence Plant officials declined to com ment on the explosion and said an Army official was en route from Detroit a URGE APPROVALOF BILL TO BOOST RFCS BORROWING POWER May 26 IP The high cost of coal and wool was advanced by Senators to day as a pressing reason Con gressional approval of a bill in creasing the RFCs borrowing pow er by and authorizing the payment of government sub sidies to maintain present price ceilings Senator Brown ar ranging to call the measure up for immediate Senate told that if the bill be come law speedy steps were ex pected to be taken to subsidize coffee imports and the movement of coal to New Under terms of the measure the Commodity Credit Corporation would be empowered to borrow up to used to sup plement the incomes of producers and processors of such oil bearing crops as soybeans and with the prospect that wool soon would join this list Brown explained that ceilings fixed by Price Administrator Leon Henderson general pricefixing orders were such that the produc processors and distributors of these crops could not sell at these levels and make a profit RAF ATTACKS May 26 ish planes in an attack on the oft bombed airport at caused violent explosions and left fires which were for 70 the RAF middle east com mand reported Martuba is halfway between the Libyan port of Derna and the Axis with attacks on Derna and stronghold of The raid took place Sunday night simultaneously with attacks on Derna and Army And Navy Criticized For iSlot Cutting Rubber Requirements To The Bone Food for Progress Will Be Checked at Legion Home Meeting A general meeting of the 63 AAA township committeemen of Lena wee county will held at the American Legion Memorial Home here Thursday for the purpose of checking the progress in the Food for Freedom program of Ameri can The AAA War Production survey will made during the next few weeks in Len awee county and all other agricul tural counties of the ten midwest Sern states included in the North Central breadbasket ojf the and will continue until 4 At the gathering will hear the broadcast of the na tional Farm and at which time Secretary of Agricul ture Claude Har ry director of the North Central Region of the AAA will be In the Food for Freedom sur data will be gathered from farmers regarding the efforts they are making to increase production this year over past years and to obtain preliminary estimates of what they can do next year in the The data will serve as a report to the nation status of the agricultural war production effort in this area and will be the basis for future planning on agricultural output for The wives of the AAA communi ty committeemen have been invit ed to attendthe meeting and to participate in the Believed CoOrdinating Strat egy for Master Blow Against Germany HIGH OFFICERS WITH THEM By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May United States mission headed by Lieut Henry head of the army air and Rear Admiral chief of naval has arrived in Britain for conferences which the British believe are designed to co ordinate strategy for a master blow against arrival coincided with au thoritative statements that the Al lies were preparing harder air blows against Germany and with increasing demands for more direct action against It was indicated that with the heads of two branches of United States flying forces on the spot it would be possible to arrive at de cisions without reference to Wash greatly speeding up Amer ican war preparations in the Eu ropean war Among the officers accompanying General Arnold and Admiral Tow ers were Major General Dvvight head of the operations division of the War Department general and Major General Mark chief of staff of the army ground The arrival of the mission so quickly after the landing of the largest American troop convoy of the war to reach northern Ireland was regarded here as more than a The inclusion of both the white haired head of the army air forces and his counterpart in the navy recalled a recent authoritative Brit ish statement that the day was not far off when the Allies wouldbe able to throw bombers a night against Uncle Is Notified of Status of Clifford Sneyd The War in a letter to Luther Sneyd of 807 Ave reported today that Private Clifford Sneyd was missing in action in the Luther Sneyd is the uncle and guardian of Clifford Clifford enlisted June and went to the Phil ippines last September after sign ing up for foreign service He was 19 years The War Departments ietter said that in the last days before the surrender of Bataan there were casualties which were not reported to the War The same also holds true of the surrender of Corregidor and pos sibly other islands of the Philip The indications are that the Japanese will conform to the terms of the Geneva Convention concern ing the exchange of information regarding prisoners of In the the War Department is considering the persons serving in the Philippine Islands as missing in action from the date of the surrender of Cor May until definite information to the contrary is re Clifford Sneyd has two OMER BOMBED May news papers said today that fighter escorted British bombers had By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May Senate Defense Investigating Com mittee criticized the army and navy today for not paring their rubber requirements to the asserting that if the production of synthetics did not come up to sche dule the military forces may find themselves without rubber at some future In a 57page the com mittee said National gasoline rationing on a sensible basis and the requisi tioning of tires must be given seri ous consideration to conserve tons of rubber now on the wheels of motor There may be no new or re claimed rubber at all for nones sential uses within the next three The best that could be expected from a successful synthetic pro gram would be to supply military needs and essential civilian require such as tires for cars tran sporting defense Resources in this hemisphere of fer little hope of adding substan tially to United Nations supplies of crude which Price Admin istrator Leon Henderson testified would be exhausted by even with the greatestpossible curtailment of civilian uses The committee recommended that some one person be designat ed to assume full responsibility over the rubber Much space was devoted to the committees investigation of the former tieup between Standard Oil New Jersey and the Ger man Dye L Farbenin OF18pIOLDS Hill Says Compelling Reasons Must Be Given for Such a Move By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May bipartisan opposition developec today against any move men In the yearage classes for military Senator Hill of the De mocratic declared he woulc oppose any change of this nature in the selective service change which the army was re ported to request the some Senator Mc Nary of the Republican predicted that any such proposal would be certain to arouse lengthy controversy in the which once voted to draft 19 year olds but subsequently compromis ed with the House on 20 the present Hill said that unless the War Department presented some strong and compelling reasons why younger men should be brought in to the he doubted that any good purpose would be served by interrupting their or taking them out of essential jobs Senator Taft ROhio said he thought there would be little to be as far as the overall war effort by placing these youngsters hi the military Could Work in Factories The boys could be used in fac releasing somewhat older men for keeping the man power level he Of if the army says itmust have then it But if they are taken there will be many of them who will never finish their education and that will not be a good thing for the future Senator Shipstead suggested that youths of that age now attending school be recruited to do farm work during the sum offsetting what he said was becoming a serious shortage of agricultural are taking about every body off the farms now except the and if they take I dont know who is going to do the he Turn to Page 9 ITALY SENDS LAVAL DETAILED NOTE ON TERRITORIAL DEMANDS NEW May 26 has sent to Pierre Laval a detailed note on territorial demands against according to trustworthy advices from Europe Wellinformed diplomatic observ ers in Europe said the Italian rep resentations did not constitute an ultimatum hens the Vichy French government still had hopes of justing matters by They said that Vichy had indicated a willingness to dis Seeks to Determine If Ration ing Is Necessary in Middle West By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Political representatives of Michigan were active on widely separated in connec tion with the states concern over possible rationing of In Representative Detroit Demo announced he would ask a Congressional investigation to de whether rationing was necessary for the Middle likely he wouiiT present a resolution ing Congress for the tioning and rubberrscarcity inves said that we all know the reasons for gasoline shortage in East but do we have to im mobilize great strategic centers in the West About the rubber he said weve been getting word about these things in nibbles and dribbles andwe ought to air the whole thing before a Dingell is a member of the House Ways and Means Meanwhile State Highway Com missioner Donald Kennedy said in Chicago that he would go to Washington later this week with definite aims in connection with gasoline If there has to be Kennedy I am hoping that the quantity of gasoline will be more liberal than that allowed in the East because we have a more plentiful supply here in the Mid Henry Schricker of Indiana issued a proc lamation designed to ease restric tions against outstate trucks and war workers automobiles for the wars Motor vehicles engaged in trans portation of or being used by workers in war industries will be permitted to operate in Indiana even though licensed provided that the governors of the licensing states issue similar proc The committeesaid that Stand ards agreements with L Farben seriously impeded the develop ments of bunas synthetic rub ier in this It on the other hand that Standard was not backward in offering plans for arge plants for raw materials and rubber to be built under govern ment auspices for it and Urged to Exercise Care Urging that the armed forces exercise the same degree of care that is recommended to civilians to assure the conservation of rubber the committee said its best avail able information indicated the Serman army was built and has ieen rolling on less than tons of rubber a There is no question that we should supply the men in our fight ing line with the very best equip ment that is said the by Chairman Tru man and other The only issue is by failure to face now fact that rubber may not be available at all in anything like the quantity de manded if the synthetic rubber is not obtained on the army and navy may find themselves without rubber at some future Military specifications might be too high in view of the conceded ly short life of some the committee noting that the English have not used any quantities of rubber comparable to those our army now is Declaring that 55 per cent of all driving had been found the committee said that national gasoline rationing on a sensible basis must be considered in order to cut down the other 45 per Because of the controversy over gasoline the report attention has been diverted from the fact that even if drivers could have all of the gaso line their motors could they would still have to reduce driving to a bare minimum in order to con serve Requisitioning of tires was not a present the commit tee adding that such action might become essential before long if shortages develop in speci fic areas where defense workers must drive comparatively long dis Only the most optimistic of the committees informants believec that as much as tons o synthetic could be producet in The report said that a shortage of from which the principal type is was felt at recomnienfled gram be considered as a source ofthis product have claimed since before the World Current Italian pressure was re ported directed mainly atacquis ition of Nice and the island of persons and bombed St hi Occupied I The Italians were reported first France just behind the Dover Strait to have informed Vichy on May 18 that they wanted to discuss territorial and then to have listed Italys demands in a note de livered to Chief of Government La val during his weekend round of conferences killing six wounding eight It was not clear the at tack occurred last night the night The raiders appar ently were BY ALLIES No Reference Made to Jap Offensive Activity DALLIED May 26 bombers shot their through interception squadrons to blast again yesterday at Japanese airdromes at Rabaul New and New Guinea was announced officially today General Dougles MacArthurs headquarters said four Japanese planes two on each One allied plane was lost in combat Lae where heavy antiaircraft fire and a strong fighter force were encount For the second time within 24 the Vunakanau airdrome and its installations were the tar gets at Aircraft on the ground were damaged and large fires were started in the building said made no reference to Japanese offensive ac At same it was an nounced thecrash of a plane in central Australia early yesterday killed several American in cluding an and an Austral ian flight lieutenant and noncom missioned The crash attributed to mo tor Names of the victims were not learned 3razilian Merchantman Tor pedoed Await Survivors in Port Violent German Surprise As sault Hurled Back By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May 26 Russian troops again consolidated positions before Kharkov overnighl and beat back a violent German surprise assault led by 150 tanks in the IzyumBarvenkova sector to protect their southern the Russians said Repulsing attacks of German troops in the IzyumBarvenkova di our troops are inflicting heavy losses on enemy tank the information bureau announced The bureau also reported the consolidation of positions of Mar shal Timoshenkos divisions hi the Kharkov This coming after indications that they were again moving forward in the offensive launched 14 days Of other theaters it was announced that Kalinin fron forces had repulsed a Nazi attack and the enemy lost more than 200 A Jarge scale battle of mounting ferocity was indicated in th IzyumBarvenkova roughly 80X miles south of Ger manheld key to a wide area of the eastern Dispatches said large formations of German planes and heavy artil lery bolstered armored units and infantry in repeated attempts to break the but the Russian lines repulsed all Evidently speaking of feeler thrusts that preceded the main the information bureau saic Red army troops had destroyed 11 German tanks and killed more than 500 German soldiers in bat ties within the sector in three days Russian fliers were reported to have demolished or damaged 1 German tanks Sunday a tota somewhat smaller than generally announced in recent communiques and only 10 German planes were listed as destroyed that Our losses were seven the information bureau Bad weather may have limited all aerial A Picture Page Of Service Men Another page of pictures of Lenawee county men in the service appears today on Page 5 of Telegram and the usual pictures on Page 6 are Other full pages of pictures of service men will be printedfrom time to time as it becomes neces sary to keep with the ever increasing number of county men in the armed JJ MYSTERY SHROUDS EVENTS By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RIO DE May activity off Brazils including the reported sink ing of a submarine by North American a torpedo attack on another Brazilian merchantman and the expected arrival of sur vivors from an unidentified vessel caused Brazil to step her de tense preparations Considerable mystery attached to wo of the Authorized quarters announced yesterday that a North American jatrol plane presumably a Jnited States the submarine off Brazils northeast coast and with the aid of three planes sent it to the United States authorities here denied any knowledge of the in cident and Brazil ian officials at Fort where the announcement first was made were not permitting fur her information to be At the rescue Rto with survivors from an un identified ship variously reported to number from 52 to was ex pected almost Authorities were unable to con firm Axis broadcasts that the sur vivors were from a United States battleship of Maryland class which the Italians have claimed was sunk by one of their sub Officials said United States au thorities had not communicated with port the usual pro cedure when a vessel is arriving with United States and expressed doubt that the men aboard the Rio Iguazu were from a United States United States naval authorites said they had received no tions on the Bearing out the report of great activity off the Brazilian re ports from Fortaleza said the Axis submarine sunk by the planes was signaling for aid during the Severino Statero of the torpedoed Commandante in an interview charged that attack on was theresult of fifth column acti andydeclared he had informa reveai JfTpnly to the naval Adding that the submarine fired on his vessel after torpedoing he said The enemy not only knows the route of our but even has information of the cargo aboard and where it is I am certain of this because the submarine fired incendiary shells at the point be low the bridge where we were carrying a quantity of instead of firing at the hull in an attempt to sink the Turn to Page 9 County Farm Bureau Plans Meeting June 2 The Lenawee County Farm Bu reau will hold a meeting at the Adrian court house Tuesday eve June at oclock to form a program of opposition to the reapportionment plan which is being proposed for the state gov The reapportionment plan would change the number of representatives in the state legis lature by redistricting the state according to Lloyd president of the said today that the pro posal is backed by labor interests who are now seeking a sufficient number of signatures in order that the proposal may be placed on the ballot in Stanley Powell of near who has been active in Grange and agricultural work as well as being a former member of leg will be the At the present Powell s a fulltime counsel for the State Farm Late Bulletins May 26 By a roll call vote announced as 344 to the House passed and re turned to the Senate today legis lation designed to expedite the granting of war contracts to small May 26 The Navy announced today that the World War had been damaged by an enemy torpedo in the Caribbean but had reached port with ten members of her crew reported missing and sfcc The Blakeley was the 13th naval vessel announced as sunk or dam aged from all causes and was the firstcombatant ship reported at tacked in the May 26 Smallgauge oddcaliber and certain and Other types of firearms not needed by the armed forces or for other essential purposes were released by the War Production Board today for general sale to the All stocks of such weapons have been frozen since February