Saturday, September 12, 1942

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Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - September 12, 1942, Adrian, Michigan DAILY TEL Cooler Showers Weather on SEPTEMBER 1942 PRICE 3 IS SET QN ALLIED 1RPLA1S Bombers Smash at Foes Sup ply Lines In New Guinea Area MOUNTAIN LINES HOLDING By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GENERAL MacARTHURS Sept including a number of Flying slash ed at Japanese supply lines on land and sea In the New Guinea war theater setting one enemy destroyer afire and leaving her to as both sides reorganiz ed their forces for a showdown bat tle on the road to Port The destroyer was observed sink ing by the stern with life rafts and Japanese sailors in the water about her after the allied bombers finish ed their attack off Normanby Is a communique The bombers also scored a very near miss on a second which was believed to have been damag Normanby Island is north of Milne Bay on the southeastern tip of New where a Japanese invasion force was ambushed and destroyed All of the allied planes returned safely from By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS report Stalingrads Do or Die defenders stand firm after killing 500 more Nazis and smashing 30 tanks in beating off seven Russians admit fall of Black Sea naval but claim big toll of foe in central Caucasus and report offen sive on northern Leningrad front and continued attacks on central Moscow front and air duel punctuate otherwise static front Bri ish forces advance on capital city and other key points for cleanup of island against weak NEW fortresses blast Jap destroyer as Allied land forces halt Jap drive toward Port with both sides regroup ing for showdown ITCHES JAP GET the For the second successive General MacArthur reported that the enemy has made no further ad vances in the Owen Stanley Moun tains 44 miles from Port the vital allied base on the south ern coast of New The positions of the opposing forces apparently remained the same as on the previous day when bitter fighting was reported south of on the south slope of the Regroup Forces There was no disposition to assume that the Jap anese definitely had been stopped in their drive on Port The terse announcement that no further advances had been made was taken rather to indicate that both sides were regrouping their forces for a continuation of the im portant The allied base is defended by a sizeable garrison and it was as sumed the Japanese were massing ali available strength for the at One wounded return ing from the mountain the drive were big some nearly six wellbuilt and cun Allied air units to sup port the ground the com muniqu6 indicating that bomb ing and strafing flights had been carried out against the Japanese In allied bomb ers raided the Buna area destroying three grounded aircraft on an airfield and a number of The airmen said they en countered heavy antiaircraft fire but no opposition in the Buna is the supply base for the Japanese forces Port moving against Allied bombing units also attack ed a building and a small vessel on Teoen Teun Island northeast oi but results of the raid coulc not be the communique It was the first reported at tack on this War At A Glance Many Enemy Ships Nearly 1OO Planes Shot Down By CLARK LEE AT SEA With the Fleet Off Solomon 25 Delayed airplanes partially smashed and turned back a large seaborne Japanese force attempt ing to recapture the southeastern Solomon Islands in a twoday bat tie yesterday and Many Japanese ships were dam including an aircraft car two destroyers and one sub and nearly 100 enemy planes were shot The Japanese aircraft which was attacked by American Navy dive bombers and torpedo was first identified as the smallest and one of the oldest of the enemys reg ular was This indefinite and all that is known for certain is that it was a small carrier with a ca pacity of between 40 and 50 In near misses were scored on two of the enemys larg est carriers by Navy and Army and both probably were although the extent was unknown Our total which were in finitesimal compared with the en emys were one ship damaged but not put out of action and five said the Japanese nartin JIavy and Marine lots Turn to Page 7 SHD7YAKDS BUSY Sept 12 Shipyards geared to warpace are delivering vessels at an average of every The Maritime Commission re ported yesterday that this is the fastest rate in The Oregon Shipbuilding a Henry Kaiser outfit had the highest ten yards making liberty When contracts for these were awarded it was estimated that 105 days would be The California Shipbuilding was next with an average of days in August The Bethlehem Fairfield was a close at a rate of days per Lenawee Valuation Is Boosted 10 Millions By State Board County to Get More Primary Money Tax Load Wont Be Increased The State Board of Equalization and the equalization committee of the Lenawee county board of sup ervisors differ in their estimates of the cash value of real and personal property in Lenawee county by ap According to the estimate made by the state board during its August Lenawe county is worth The equalization committee of the Lenawee county board of supervis ors at its June meeting assessed real and personal holdings in the county at The report of the state board of equalization was received this week at the office of County Treasurer Harry Each year during the month of August the state meeting under the authority of the state tax commis examines the assessment re ports of the several counties of the state and determines the estimates of the township super revised by the county equalization are a just estimate of the cash value of real and personal properties in the vari ous Equalized Then Up In the case of Lenawee county this the 22 township super visors brought in assessments which totaled The equaliza tion committee took the reports and revised them so that the total amounted to When this figure was submitted to the state equalization the state consisting of the Com missioner of Agriculture and three members of the State Tax Commis took the original assessment of and added to bring the assessment to over 64 million According to Bradley and Howard Swift assessor for the city of Adrian and a member of the county equalization the action of the state board will make no difference in the amount of taxes that Lenawe county property owners will pay this The 54 million dolar figure which was set by the equalization committee in June will be the basis for tax revenues At the June meeting of the board of supervisors a tax rate of five mills was set which will yield ap proximately to operate the county government and schools for the coming County to Benefit Although the 10million dollar differential in the estimates of the two equalization boards will not af fect the Lenawee county the view here this morning was that the higher state figure wiU be an advantage to Lenawee The equalized assessment made by the state is the basis for the distri bution of primary school and the higher 64 million dollar figure means that a larger share of the primary money will be sent since the fund is allocated on the basis of assessed Taxes paid on all public such as telephone com gas and electric are the source of the primary funds and are paid directly to the The report from the state board of equalization indicated that real and persopal property in Lenawee county amounts to approximately one per cent of the total state valuation of Ap proximately half of the states valuation is in Wayne which was assessed at At the same time that the state board tilted Lenawees valuation upward by five million it took opposite action for Wayne The Wayne county assessment was reduced by PIOILESS PIANE t Test Seriously Parachutes to Safety Nearby AIRPLANE WAS ON FIRE By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sept death toll taken by a fiery pilotless Curtiss plane which plunged through the roof of a building at CurtissWright airplane division rose to nine early with 40 others Although seriously burned before jumping from the ship last test Pilot Bertrand Purnell parachuted to safety two miles Flying the plane was said by eyewitnesses to have done sever al loops before it plummeted into the building with a roar which one of the workmen inside described as like a Killed outright were Francis and an unidentified Lester a civilian employed as a army died six hours later in a Paul of Glens Martin Frank Sal vatore Carlson Rauh and Joseph Sciolino succumbed early to William general manager of the said Purnells ship caught fire at high altitude from an unknown An injured Winston who was standing almost under where the plane asserted the impact was like a what we thought it was at first First there was the crash of the plane through the roof and almost it a blinding flash occurred as the plane he Plane Torn To Pieces Just when it exploded I cant on thefloor or be tween the roof and the but I do know that the plane was torn to pieces by the Bits of flame and metal went shooting in all who marvelled at his said a bit of metal struck him in the Right near me a man was knocked against a ladder and had difficulty extricating he I pulled him free and we both beat it as fast as we came back to help the One very badly burned man was on his hands and knees and scream ing Others had their clothes all burned off Nearly all the many of them in critical were burned by gasoline from the planes Ambulances and station wagons carried the injured to six jamming emergency The entire air raid precaution disaster unit of Curtiss was called into who began flying in Philadelphia at the age of has been a Curtiss test pilot since May and has more than logged hours of He qualified as a transport pilot at helped found the Montgom school of flew the first plane on the American Eagle Line between and and was an in structor at the Mississippi Institute of Sheriff Will Train Auxiliary Officers For Defense Duty The appointment of Sheriff Roscoe Scott as chief of the Lenawee county auxiliary police by Squire commander of the county defense was announc ed As head of the county Sheriff Scott will be in charge of training the auxiliary police in the methods prescribed by the Michi gan Defense It is planned to train police in all towns and vil lages in the county in preparation for any Exact plans for the training pro gram are to be worked out next CLOSING OF DAM GATES IS DELAYED ONCE AGAIN The war production program is the latest factor to step in and de lay the scheduled closing of Ad rians new Wolf Creek dam and the subsequent formation of the citys proposed artificial water works super hoped to be able to close the valves tomorrow Consum ers Power Company officials have not been able to shut off electricity over the transmission lines in the vicinity long enough to transfer the lines from the temporary to the permanent steel Main lines to Tecumseh pass through the lake area and it would be necessary to cut off power to a war plant there before the lines could be moved to their per manent Smith said he has been told that the transfer of lines may take place between Sunday night at 7 oclock and Mon day In that event the valves will be closed as soon as the temporary wires and poles are re moved from the lake PLEAD INNOCENT Sept 12 and Elmer William pleaded innocent when they were arraigned before a commissioner yesterday on charges of sedition and Their hearing was set for Sept 29 and bonds were fixed at Albert Woll said a Chicago statisti admitted composing and mailing from Detroit and pamphlets which afforded the basis for the a Chicago mimeograph admitted mimeographing the pamphlets in the office of Newell Chicago attorney arrested Sept 5 on a charge of conspiracy to inter fere with the operation of military and naval forces through the distribution of IINFLATION LAW President Told of Congresss Divided Opinions 12 IP Congressional leaders renewed ef forts today to settle differences over the form of antiinflation legislation amid indications that the specific method of stabilizing wages and farm prices would be left to President Roosevelt At a conference with leaders the President was in formed of the Congressmens di vided opinions but Senate Majority Leader Barkley of Kentucky as serted that Roosevelt appear ed chiefly concerned with obtain ing Congressional sanction to sta bilize living The Barkley ex pressed no personal preference for either of two forms the legislation might The Majority Leader that whatever bill is evolved would give the Pres ident authority to determine the specific method of limiting wages and farm One group of lawmakers con tended the legislation should be so general as to leave all action nec essary to curb inflation up to the Objection to Barkley came from some leg islators who contended such a measure might allow the Presi dent to curb farm prices even be low parity levels and raise or low er wages Farm bloc particular suggested Presidential author ization for stabilization of both wages and farm prices instead of wages Other Congressmen said this would lead to a delaying Congressional battle over inclusion of other factors in the inflation has told Congress that if some antiinflation legisla tion is not approved by October he would take the necessary action Because of the Barkley said that the Senate Banking Committee might have to defer scheduled hearings on the bill until Tuesday because of the continuing He he expected identical measures to clear committees of both Houses next week and be passed the following 12 ff An overall limitation of 5 per cent on war profits may be con sidered by the Senate Finance Committee in connection with the new revenue members said to Chairman George DGa told reporters the committee expected to take up the question of repeal ing or amending the present law giving the Army and Navy author ity to renegotiate war contracts to scale down He said such action might be considered in sep arate legislation or made a part of the tax In the George has favored a formula by which the total earn ings made during the war years by companies with government con tracts might be adjusted after the end of hostilities so that none could retain more than 5 per cent profits on their investment after payment of He has contended that all of the business done with the govern ment during the war period ought to bp averaged in effecting this rather than attempting to calculate and curb the profits on each contract The committee heard complaints from numerous business execu tives that the continuing process of regeneration of their war con tracts with the government left them in a state of confusion as to their ultimate profits or Senator Vandenberg RMich told reporters he believed this un certainty on the part of plant op erators was slowing down war pro adding it was his opinion that something ought to be done about it Army and Navy officials were reported to be agreeable to some modification of the present which leaves the exact terms of contracts open to renegotiation for a period extending three years after the Their principal suggestion was said to have been that the law be revised to permit only one action to change the terms of a contract so that once the profits had been scaled down to a point considered reasonable by the armed manufacturers would feel certain that no action would be taken lat er to demand further Destroyed Bridges Check But They Meet Little Opposition FRENCH ARE INDIGNANT By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sept 12 British and African making con siderable progress into the interior of Madagascar against negligible are swiftly ward Tananarive and other key points which the Axis might a communique from the expedition ary force announced A communique from the com mander in Sir William head of the British East African said west coast landings were supplemented by the unopposed occupation of Vohemar on the northeast 80 miles from the naval base of Diego Destroyed bridges slowed up a task force moving down the west coast from the latter naval base which the British took over early last This force is seek ing a junction with troops landed in the NoseyBe By evening we were within 20 miles of the major city the communique Our patrol encountered machine gun fire at one it report but there were no The Vichy radio expressed belief that full occupation was just a matter of with the French defense garrisons totaling only 400 Yesterday the southernmost column from Morondava reached the vicinity of Mahaho where operations are continuing success the British report Mahaho is 30 miles in the interior and about 130 miles from On the 200mile road from Majunga to Tananarive our troops reached the great bridge over the Betsiboka River 130 miles from the communique Broadcasts Restrained Broadcasts from the colonial gov ernment radio station at Tananar the were described by British listeners at Port on the island of as cur iously impartial and Indignation was how in radio messages from both where Pierre Laval said the United States shared equal re sponsibility with the and Some Axis collaborationists France demanded blowforblow re prisals and Jacques Doriots French popular party urged adoption of an active policy in the Mediter Doriots followers also called for immediate closing of con sulates in both unoccupied France and her Internment of British citizens at camps next to allied bombing objectives was sug gested by the ProAxis Marcel Vichy reports said a British task force advancing from Majunga had crossed the Betsiboka river and covered half the 200mile road to a fortified city of 000 upon a basaltic ridge feet above sea level and linked to the port of Tamatave by a 135mile railway A second column pushed east ward toward Antsirabe from the beachhead at A third moved southward from Diego Suarez toward Ambanja apparent ly to supplement the newly land ed British detachments in that The French also told of a fourth major approach to the west coast with the arrival of British war ships off southernmost of the big ports on the Mozambique HUDSON LABOR DISPUTE STILL IS NOT SETTLED Special to The Telegram 12 The wage dispute between the Hardie Manu facturing Company and its em ployees who declared a holiday Thursday morning when they fail ed to report for still remains Between 75 and 80 members of the UAWCIO are affect ed and the factory is The men ask a pay increase of ten cents an hour and the company offers an increase of five The em ployees also declare they are dis satisfied with the amount of war work being the plant being only partly on war Willemain of Detroit a representative of the state labor relations board met last night with Perrine president and general manager of the com Chester Acker of union and a committee of but no settlement was Lautzenheiser declares the men are on an unauthorized strike but the employees say they are merely on a CLAIMS REJECTED 12 Expense vouchers of William for use of a private truck in the delivery of federal surplus commodities have been re jected as Auditor Gen eral Vernon Brown said yester The claims amounted to Brown said auditors of the state social welfare commission and his department reported Carefelles claims invalid Greatest Battle Of War Images Before Stalingrad Germans Held At Bay Apathetic Election Campaign To Be Brought To Close Next Week Sept 12 Topped by Mondays general elec tion in next weeks voting will virtually wind up candidate picking for the November con gressional and state After Tuesdays twoparty pri maries in five a Democratic state convention in and a senatorial primary runoff in Mississippi only Democratic and Republican state conventions in Rhode 28 and and three House nomination runoffs in Louisiana remain to close one of the most apathetic election cam paigns in The primaries will be held in New New Michigan and Wis Outstanding battles include an effort to unseat Republican Sen ator Henry Cabot in the attempted po litical comeback hi the same state of 68year old Democrat James running for the and the first try for public office by Dorothy relative ol Franklin candi date for the House in Sharing interest with the Maine election of a governor and three members of the House will be a contest in Connecticuts Re publican district convention be tween Clare Booth and Miss Vivien president of a manufac turing who seek a House nomination in a fourway battle with former Lieutenant Governor Clifford Wilson and Daniel wealthy Calendar In Brief The weeks political calendar in brief MAINE Election featuring third term nomination bid of Sen ator Wallace White Re who won reelection in 1936 from Louis Brann by less than in a total vote of more than opposed Monday by Democrat Fulton Port land In one of two congressional former Democratic gover is opposing Robert Re publican lawyer of Portland who i J election in a contest with George Lewiston banker and veteran Democratic district Republican to name candidates for 14 house seats and Senator seeking second term nomi is opposed by Courtney 61yearold Boston lawyer who has centered his campaign on Lodges prePearl Harbor voting onetime former threetimes Boston seeks Democratic nomination in llth congressional district in race against Thom as grandson of former president of Lev erett seeks Turn to Page 6 Margaret Chase Re is opposed by Bradford Redonnett while Frank has no Sumner is seeking re 12 Ger man radio today threatened heavy reprisals for the RAFs devastating assault on Dusseldorf Thursday promising counterraids ex ceeding the massed attacks on Brit ain in the winter of We shall not fail to give the answer to our declared a Nazi air force spokes in a broadcast Ex tensive raids on an unprecedented scale will be launched against the British by heavy new Despite the German threats there was no sign of increased Nazi aerial activity over Britain last night The government said a few enemy planes flew over the coast of East Anglia but that no bombings had been There was no of any extensive activity last night by the which had been over Germany on seven of the 10 pre ceding The British Broadcasting Com broadcast a play byplay account of the raid on Dus seldorf to occupied The program included a recording made at an RAF describing the arrival of the bomber crews and the loading of the planes and end ing with a roaring crescendo from their mighty ON 48HOUR WEEK 12 The entire lumber industry of the Pacific Northwest was ordered on a 48hour week yesterday by Pro duction Chief Donald Nelson to avert a threatened lumber short age brought about by a lack of Nelson said efforts to effect voluntary lengthening of the work week had not brought about de sired results because a substantial number of employers had failei to comply with the The telegraphed by Nelson to Frederick western log and lumber administrator at directed him to establish the 48hour week immed but specifying that time and a half must be paid for work over 40 CADET DIES IN CRASH 12 Aviation Cadet Frank Atkins died yesterday in a crash that end ed a solo training flight from Thunderbird II His and his and Frank liye in Detroit The cadets widow is the former Evelyn Eggon of Grand Move Ordered By President of AFL 12 ployees whose fourday strike vir tually stopped production at the Western Cartridge Companys huge East Alton plant returned to their jobs today in accordance with a blunt backtowork order from AFL President William Several thousand strikers last night ratified a returntowork agreement reached by company representatives and union offic Fred AFL call ed the meeting after a warning from Green in Washington that because the plant was engaged in vital war production the un ion charter of the AFL Chemical Workers Local might be revoked unless the strikers return to their jobs without Green said he was confident the War Labor Board would come to a just decision if the case was sub pany responsible for this strike because of its arbitrary antiunion The VVLB will open hearings on the dispute Sept 21 in Washing Francis the unions lo cal president over whom the strike was will not return to Bunzy was suspended June 19 for allegedly entering a restricted area of the plant The War after investiga ordered him reinstated but the company agreed only to put him on a suspended status subject to action by the companys dis ciplinary Bunzys status will be that of a suspended employee until the WLB hears the Union demands which will be heard by the Labor Board include these That the company agree to an NLRB election and that it be held as soon as possible to determine who shall represent employees as a bargaining That all employees working on an hourly basis be given pay in creases of 29 cents an The company has agreed to ex tend the union contract another 30 days pending negotiations for a new The contract had ex pired August Leo Boyle said 12 companies of the Illinois Reserve Militia ordered mobilized as a pre cautionary measure would be dis SAYS SKILL OF JAP FLIERS ON DOWNGRADE 12 UP James undersecretary of the reports after a close up view of Japanese aviators that both their flying skill and their determination were below the grade of what our fellows met early in the who has returned from an inspection of the Pacific held a joint press conference with Secretary Knox He said American airmen were of the opinion that Japanese flying skill and determination were on the He said also that the Japanese Zero fighter highly were nevertheless very vulnerable because of lack of and that American air men outmatched the not only because of superior but also through their own skill and It would be a tough he for the Japanese to recapture Guadalcanal in the Solomon In the he they have met equally tough and alert people for the first Todays Map For a map of the area In China from which the Japanese have re cently been staging their puzzling turn page seven ol They married two years todays Telegranu New German Activity Height ens Threat to Volga River City By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sept defenders for whom retreat was declared impossible held the be sieging Germans at bay today in perhaps the greatest battle of the a battle which overshadowed five others flaming on a Russian front of more than Despite the heroic stand of the fled army for 18 days against the battering Nazi apparently without a backward step for the past 24 fresh German ac tivity on the north of the Volga River city menaced it as never be Even in the midst of that strug gle in which Joseph Stalin has or lered that there be no the Russians found strength to launch an offensive of their own on the Leningrad front far to the some 60 miles east of beleaguered the Rus sians were storming the railroad station at Sinyavino in an action mentioned for the first time in a communique issued at midnight Sinyavino does not appear on available maps but the Russian re ports indicate that it is on the rail road east from Leningrad and about 50 miles west of which had been the point of deep est Nazi penetration on that front north of The Volkhov River is crossed by the railway at about that and this may be the German bridgehead against which German reports have men tioned many attacks At the southern tip of the long new German efforts to ex pand their bridgehead south of the Terek River on the road to the valuable oil fields of Grozny were said to have met failure as the first snow in the high Caucasus ranges heralded another Russian t Peril But where probably more men and more armor were locked in fiercer combat than on any other battlefield of this stood in its gravest The Germans hammered continu ously at the weary Russians who could look back from high points in the battle zone and see the tank and tractor major ar senal of their they were At some places the enemy threw as many as men into narrow sectors at junctions in Red army At isolated spots they wedged into the lines but no where was there a report that they had broken New German activity north of the adding to the main weight of the onslaught which has cen tered to the west and southwest suggested that the attackers might be trying to set still another offens ive into motion with reinforce ments coming up in a steady So this threat was reported held off by Russian Turn to Page 2 Farm State Senators Call Closed Conference On Policy to Pursue 12 Disagreement mounted in some congressional quarters today over the merits of the Baruch rubber committees report and the neces sity for nationwide gasoline ra Senator advo cate of increased production of syn thetic rubber from farm termed the disappointing while Senator Byrd DIVa called it courageous and statesman farm state sena tors headed by Senator Gillette D lowa called a closed conference today to decide what policy to Gillette is chairman of the agri culture subcommittee which spon sored a bill to set up an independ ent agency to stimulate production of synthetic rubber from grain al The measure was vetoed by President a member of the farm told reporters that the rub ber investigation committee headed by Bernard Baruch failed to settle the rubber The issue is whether synthetic rubber should be made from grain or petroleum he declar That question is just where it was in the Senator Byrd suggested that Baruch be asked to eliminate many other dangerous bottlenecks due to the inefficiency and over lapping authority of present to Page 6

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