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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - December 1, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN DAILY TELEGRAM Colder Weather Details on Page Two DECEMBER 1942 PRICE 3 ALLIES NEAR THEIR GOAL IN TUNISIA Lengthen Two Wedges Aimed At Separating Axis Forces CLEAR AIR OF ENEMY By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 1 Allied col striking across Tunisia under skies being rapidly cleared of the enemy air steadily are lengthening two wedges aimed at separating Axis forces in Tunis and Bizerte and cutting them off from their last land route to Trip it was announced at Allied headquarters in North One British and American force was reported today stabbing close to the only a few miles short of its goal of severing the last highway communication left to the enemy garrisons at Bizerte and Another force of Americans and Free Frenchmen was plunging to ward the coast farther to the south in a race to seize the TunisTripoli road skirting the Mediterranean shore in east central Allied air strength is mounting by the it was reported au and the German air force was declared on the down grade after being soundly thrashed in clashes thus far with Allied air Despite the growing Allied com mand of the this who could not be identified by stressed that much bitter fighting still is expected before the Ger mans and Italians finally are thrown out of North A Fighting French communique announced that French forces ent ered Pont du about 30 miles southwest of Tunis on the inland in an advance towards the Pierre governorgeneral of French Equatorial was in conference with Admiral Jean Dar lan in North Africa in the first re ported meeting between them since Boisson aligned his em bracing the strategic port of Da with the United General Auguste com mander in and Admiral chief of cabinet to Dar also conferred with Darlan on the North African ChuteTroops As the ground forcesthreaded their way through a maze of Ger manlaid British parachute troops floated down far ahead of them yesterday and seized a small airfield in the Tunis region with out opposition from the mili tary sources in Algeria The allied blows against the great Germanheld naval base at Bizerte and the Tunisian were expected to fall at any The British and American forces were reported officially within 12 miles of Tunis two days ago and the Berlin radio broadcast a dubious dispatch from Tangier last night saying Bizerte was being shelled by the Railroad communication be tween the two Axisheld cities al ready has been cut at British and American ar tillery and motorized infantry forces were said to be only a few miles west of the coast road be tween the two cities and engaged in heavy fighting with German A military spokesman in Algeria said the Germans were using both light and medium tanks with some artillery They appeared 1o he the heavy concen trations of mobile artillery used so effectively in earlier Libyan drives whose battered forces were fac ing a showdown with the British Eighth army in Libya some 900 miles east of Allied reconnaissance patrols re ported that Italian troops appar ently were guarding the coastal line of retreat toward Tripoli be tween Sfax and Gabes in central If the allies in cutting the coastal road farther the only withdrawal possible for the Axis forces in Bizerte will be by air or French sources predicted that the Germans would try above all to hold Bizerte and earlier reports said their forces had been with drawn into a tight half moon around the land side of the The German defenses were report ed to be well French troops under General Giraud who have joined in the drive to expel the Axis from were being supplied with Ameri can equipment as quickly as it be came it was reported to DOG WINS WINGS FORT 1 A 90pound rust colored boxer has been awarded his silver wings after making the nec essary five jumps from a plane in flight and landing without The mascot of the 505th parachute has been men tioned in the regimental orders of the day as a qualified parachutist James regimental commanding pinned the wings on Maxs jacket at a review given in his AUCTIONS south of Mclor See on Mar ket souUnvest of Tecum Victor SM on ITALY ON THE SPOT o MILES f ISLES CP Q bl DENMARK DITCCTA RUSSIA LUKI m ij LATVIA t I STALINGRAD Atlantic Ocean v FRANCE P6JRTUGAL MADRID LISBON SPAIN GIBRALTAR GREECE SPANISH j Mediterranean Sea f MOROCCO y Tj EL AGHEILA LIBYA I EGYPT ALGERIA 1 Prime Minister Churchills warning to the Italian people that the war will be carried to Italy in a manner not hitherto dreamed of points up the apparent number one objective in Allied to knock Hitlers ally out of the possibly through a separate From the British Isles will continue the air attacks which Churchill said would be pro scientific and the western prong of the Allied pincers has wedged be tween the Axis Tunisian strongholdsof Tunis and and the British eighth armys eastern prong in Libya is advancing on El will become a springboard into southern Rus sias two sweeping new timed to coincide with the Allied drives in North also help to put as well as Germany on the First Report Dinner Will Be Held Tonight A group of 66 solicitors who will conduct the Adrian an nual membership drive this week attended the organization dinner last night in the associations build ing on South Main They learned that the Y faces the problem of replacing some 75 merberships belonging to mem bers now in the armed a shift that leaves a large gap in the associations 400 Three other dinners for the workers are to be held before the campaign is with a different program planned each Last business manager of The spoke on the The In his he Adrian is I pre dict that it will become much We shall see an increase in our police our fire de our other government If were going to be much of a were going to have to increase our character building institutions in proportion to the increased Mind and Body is more than a It should typify the entire Now more than ever this Amer ica of ours is the hope of the The meeting was in charge ol Russell chairman ot the and Howard God win who took the place of chairman of the member ship who was To Await WLB Action on Strike At Consumers 1 Dan vice president and general manager of Consumers Power said today that the company will await the action of the War Labor Board in a threatened strike of operating Karns statement said Since the whole controversy has been certified to the War Labor the company will await the boards As we see the main issue is the closed which the union prefers to call the union That is the only issue upon which there has been any break down of Karns statement was issued aft er leaders of the utility workers WALK OUT SOUTH 1 employees of the South Portland Shipbuilding Cor poration walked out a com pany official in a flareup of a wage dispute of long standing at the Arthur assistant to President William Newell re ported only that a number of men walked out today and said the situation isnt too He declined further saying he expected to issue a statement later in the nounced that unless the Consumers Company accedes to demands made by the union a strike of operating employees will be called at mid The War La bor Board has announced that it will attempt to avert a PROMISES CREATION OF NEW FRENCH NAVY VICHY From French Broad 1 IP Admiral Jean Marie secretary of the navy and commanderinchief of naval told crews of the French fleet scuttled at Toulon today to remember having worn the uni form which all must put away and promised that a new navy would be created The text of the admirals order of the day General quartermasters and seamen the supreme to which you were led by the religion of has been In the naval history of France are found only of abnegation and discipline which compel the respect of the entire Pre serve the memory of having worn the uniform which all must put and guard in your hearts the spirit of union which made the navy a great The last groups of the marshal and chief of state Petain were faithful to he watchwords in scribed on our honor and valor and Soon from our immortal and fruitful traditions will be recreated a new Police To Escort Children Home When Found On Street At Night A campaign to control the in creasing number of boys and girls found on Adrian streets late at night is to be put into effect im mediately by the Adrian police de Commissioner Louis Germond said Children under the age of 16 who are found on the streets after 10 oclock on week nights or 11 oclock on Friday and Saturday nights will be given an official escort to their homes by the of At the the parents of the children will be asked why they are on the If the in vestigation indicates that the par ents are not doing their part in keeping the children at home at further action will be The problem of youth on the which from all reports is becoming more acute in almost all was brought to a head in Adrian yesterday through a communication to the city com mission from Garrison of 404 Ormsby Street Garri writing on behalf tf the citys ParentTeacher asked that a curfew ordinance be enact ed as it has been in a number of other Commissioner Germond lavored the enactment of such an ordi nance but Mayor Lundahl suggested that the modified plan be tried I am in favor of curfew ordinance only as a last the mayor I dont want to penalize all children just to control a Lets have the po lice lake the children home when they are found on the street and ask the cooperation of the par If that doesnt then well have to adopt a The city officials emphasized the fact that the burden of respon sibility is placed on They will be asked to explain their childs late hours on the streets and if court action is the not the will be the You would be surprised at the number ofxeight and nine year old children that hang around pool rooms and other places these Commissioner Germond Ive taken groups of them out of these places several times recently but it wont do much good if the dont Some of the parents are working long hours in factories but that still doesnt relieve them of re sponsibility toward Buck Jones Dies of Burns Suffered In Boston Night Club Tragedy Only eight clays before a flash fire cost the lives of 449 men and women in the Cocoanut Grove night club Saturday a Boston fire de partment inspector examined the premises and pronounced condi tions The Boston Committee on Pub Safety announced the new death loll decreasing its total of 4S4 after check and recheckmg the list of dead ft liasbuilt upsirice the The committee said all but five ol the victims had been four women and one at the same time placed the number of injured at As the name of Charles Buck moving picture cowboy was added to the death In spector Lieutenant Frank Lin ney told an inquest yesterday of visiting the club He testified that he had removed pasts of artificial palm trees deco rating the club and struck a match to You were of the opinion they were notinflammable Fire Com missioner William Arthur Reilly asked the stocky They were Ill treated to my Linney He added that there were a sufficient number of Do you still feel in the light of what has happened that the condi tion of the Cocoanut Grove prem ises was good on 20 Reilly said Other witnesses testified to the speed with which the flames raced from one end of the club to the and some testified that four of the six exits were John Boston civilian defense public safety saic he was sitting with a party about midway in the building when the fire broke How much lime elapsed before the flames were all over the build ing he was Not over a minute or aminute and a declared Walsh said he and other men forced open a door to John a said his first intimation of the fire came when he saw an artificial palm tree ablaze in the downstairs melody I pulled it down and hollered for water and tried to put water on it but it jvas too late the whole ceil ing was he his head swathed in said he threw three pans of water on the fire but the more you threw on the worse it Turn to FIRE Page 2 8 ZEROES ARE DOWNED By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALLIED HEADQUARTERS In only a of yards separating the Japanese and allied lines in the savage fighting flamed on he left flank of the New Guinea attlefront A spokesman for General Doug as MacArthur said today the fight ng was close in and particularly icavy on the Gona end of the 20 mile strip of beach which repre sents the sole Japanese foothold eft in Between Gona on the west and Buna on the allied patrols already had driven a at east succeeded in reaching the Artillery hammered both sides vesterday and the allies called on teavy mortar fire to destroy some Japanese machinegun posts in the ona Reports from New luinea said artillery hits destroyed four barges and started towering fires among stores around Allied fliers actively supported the ground units carrying the air battle to the Japanese with smashing destroyed eight Zero fighters in the New Guinea area while antiaircraft fire ac counted for another over In the biggest of the days sky a dozen American P40s and an equal number of Japanese Zeros tangled in dogfights over the Owen Stanley mountains and along the coastal jungle strip where the ground forces are locked in com The American fighters blast ed seven of the foes aircraft out of the They lost two or their own but the pilots were Another Zero fell the victim of the guns of a Flying Fortress over Vitiaz off the coast of New Guinea between it and New Bri The ninth Zero of the days bagged by Darwins antiaircraft was one of four which ap peared early in the morning on a reconaissance mission over HEAT RAIE A communication from William secretary of the Michi gan Public Service Commission noti0ed the city commission yes terday that the Consumers Power Company has applied for permis sion to increase its rate schedule for steam heat in A large number of store and office build ings in the business district as well as the city library and engine house are heated by steam supplied by the The is expected to take action on the request in the near City Attorney Clarke Baldwin is to look into The mat ter and report his findings to HW GUINEA Savage Fighting Flares On Left Flank of Jungle Battlefront 10 BE INVESTIGATED An investigation of the operation of wartime censorship pro jected today by the Senate Judi ciary committee as a result of complaints made by Ernest Gruening of Chairman Van Nuys announced the committee would call Byron director of tho Office of before it next week for an inquiry into the or ganization and methods used in the attempt to prevent military in formation from falling into enemy Van Nuys told reporters Gruen ing had complained in a closed committee session yesterday that the censorship office at which checks communica tions with was deleting material from private mail which had no connection with the wa Governor Gruenings protests were not so much against censor ship itself but the way it was be ing Van Nuys Hs added that he and other commit tee members desired to see how the whole censorship setup is Senator Norris said the committee had been inform ed that the Seattle censorship staff often sent excerpts from the mai read there to persons on a list of 35 officials they felt might be in That violates all form of Amer ican Norris asserted None of it is serious as but it was not within the There is no more reason for censoring a let ter from a person in Alaska to a person in one of the states than there is to censor a letter from Washington State to another At the suggestion of Senator Danaher the Senate yesterday recalled a bill it had passed last week authorizing the extension of censorship to com munications between the United States and its territories and pos as well as communica tions between the territories and possessions The law now authorizes censor ship only on communications be tween the United States and for eign Van Nuys ad ding that the bill originally was proposed to cover operations the committee since had found already were underway in the case of Alas vfJJOESNT NEED GAS Pittsburgh meat packing house was asked today if it obtained enough rationed gasoline to make all necessary Replied the sales manager We dont need We havent any Praise And Protest Voiced As Nation Wide Gasoline Rationing Goes Into Effect Discloses Vichy Cabinet Refused To Declare War On 86 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Pierre Lavals Vichy cabinet came within two votes of declar ing war on the Allies after Ameri can troops landed in North Afri it became known today as the melancholy story of Vichys trials m the German occupation of all France trickled out of The vote was 8 to The story came from a French diplomat who remained in the ac tive service of the Vichy regime until last Friday when the Ger mans attacked Toulon and the Trench home for four submarines so far accounted went to the bottom of the harbor n deliberate mass suicide rather than serve the Two Casabian ca and the arrived at Algiers Le reported enroute there and a the was held at Bar celona where her crew is The French now some in said Laval went to Munich after the Allied occupa tion of North Africa and found Joachim von German foreign greatly perturb ed by the turn of events and unde cided about the proper course to The Italians were to move into France and occupy Nice HIRER APPEALS TO By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS own appeal was reported today to be spurring the Nazis in a desperate but unsuccessful fight to recapture railway lines south of Rzhev and southwest of Velikie and Luki on the central Russian front west of So vital is Rzhev to the Ger vast network of communi thatHitler telegraphed there emphasizing the threat to the city and warning that the loss o Rzhev is equal to the loss of hah of Every thrust in a new series of counterattacks was beaten the army newspaper Axis troops trapped before Stal ingrad also were counterattack but Russian reports stiffening German resistance had failed to stem the Red armys With another invaders list ed by the noon communique as killed in overnight Red Star said German losses in dead were close to on the two The toll announced in communiques so to taled only Within Stalingrad the Soviet garrison was said to be making slow but steady progress in heavy There were1 no that the besieg ers had been driven from any areas of major One dispatch said the Russians had advanced from three to six near Stalingrad but did not specify whether this was northwest or southwest of the In the Russians moving southwest from Stalingrad down the Tikhoretsk Railroad near Ko have taken a number of populated centers in sharp clashes with enemy Drop Supplies From Air Northwest of Ger man transport said to have dropped food and munitions to encircled The Russians said Nazi officers were trying to conceal from their men that they were cut How Turn to RUSSIANS Page 2 and the Island of Corsica immed the diplomat but Von Ribbentrop was worried about the temper of the French In the midst of these delibera tions apparently undisturb ed about the reaction of French bluntly ordered the occupation of all of France except Toulon and sent his personal let ter to Marshal telling him Turn to FRENCH Page 9 Gets Navy Cross From Nimitz Captain Leon Williamson Leon Williamson of who took part in two at tacks on an enemy carrier and an other on a battleship in the bat tle of was decorated along with 15 other marine heroes yes Captain Williamson received the Navy Cross from Admiral Chester admiral at the same time wished the speed on their next They departed again for the bat tle zone Admiral Nimitz said You officers and men who have cheerfully remained on the lending your battletrained effort to the task of preparing new squadrons for have made a material contribution to a quick er termination of the May God bless you in your new ven The son of Leon Williamson of Captain Williamson is a member of the Marine Air Corps and was serving in the Hawaiian Islands at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Har bor Later he was stationed at He is 25 years A been serv ing with the Navy since BULLETINS 1 the most sweeping plan of Eovcrnment sponsorctl social security ever put forward in any Sir Wil liam BevericlRes planning commis sion proposed today that Britain establish a new ministry of social security and virtuallydouble the present expenditure of 000 annually on health insurance and Dec 1 House Ways and Means subcom mittee agreed unanimously today to place before the full committee a modified war powers granting President Roosevelt dis cretionary authority to suspend tariff laws and Gas Rationing Here Car Tanks Are Full Fill er up That was the general order at all Adrian and Lenawee county gasoline stations yesterday as mot orists prepared for the beginning of gasoline rationing at midnight last We got so we didnt ask mot orists how much gasoline they onestation attendant We just filed up the tanks from force of We served a lot of customers but most of the sales covered only three or four Tanks already were pretty Today station attendants report ed an absolute minimum of At oclock this morning one of the larger downtown stations hadnt yet made a single sale of gasoline and had yet to receive its first ration jbook Some sta tions reported that the last min for gasoline exhausted their immediate Others reported that station tanks almost were Most bulk have an adequate supply of He Gets Ride Most motorists took gasoline ra tioning in stride and expected to experience some One clerk who said that he cus tomarily drove downtown because he was so tired by afternoon thai he needed the ride put on rubbers and prepared to walk this He pbtained a ride with a neighbor after the first few Im still going to he said whenever its or al least as long as my legs hold If any difficulty actually devel ops from gasoline how itprobably wont be af ter motorists use up gasoline already on hand and that called for in their A A rumor that it is unnecessary to turn in gasolinerationing cou pons when purchases are made was quashed by the county ration TurntORATIONING Page 9 Vandenberg Calls Program Premature and Inad visable By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS About passenger cars and commercial vehicles went on a mileage reducing diet today as nationwide gasoline ra tioning set in to the accompani ment of both praise and For 17 eastern states where the fuel curb was inaugurated six and a half months it was just an other day of restricted But for motorists the old cry of fill up the was new ly Since May when a temporary card system was succeeded on July 22 by the coupon book ar the east has been on short More than 90 per cent of the drivers in todays rationed area lave their basic A ration the Office of Price Administration entitling them to four gallons a to be a weeks The eastern with the exception of West Vir gets three gallons a Opposition to the gasoline con imposed to save Drought a retort from Undersecre tary of War Robert Patterson ast night that we cannot and will not deny our soldiers the finest equipment in order to cater to the whims of those who dont seem to realize that their country is at Declaring that the army already las cut rubber uses several times at he expense of maximum efficiency n some Patterson added that we cant reduce our use of rubber any more without risking the safe ty of our men and hampering our Senator Vandenberg RMich told the Senate yesterday that ex tension of the rationing program was premature and He predicted that totally inade quate arrangements will bring and chaos and an in evitable breakdown in the Face Impossible He contended that rationing of ficials were depending upon their experience in the East as a basis for curtailing gasoline consumption in the wide open spaces out west and that thousands of drivers are confronted by impossible curtail OPA said the A book ought to give sufficient mile age until local ration boards can issue supplemental B or C Issuance of new transport rations for taxis and other commercial vehicles on a ba sis of certified war also vas reported nearing Commercial operators who have not yet their certificates may obtain temporary fuel In the newly rationed mo torists who have not asked for the basic A books may apply at local boards starting Their dealers and distributors must reg ister with the local rationing boards today or tomorrow to report gasoline supplies on hand at today when the program be If car owners want to continue obtaining OPA they must file their tire serial numbers with local boards in time to get a tire inspection record by The deadline was post poned from 1 because the Railway Express agency was un able in many places to cope with a last minute rush of pickup orders for idle In order toobtain all extra tires over five for each pas senger car must be sold to the Farm state renewed a demand for immediate construction of plants to manufac ture grain alcohol for synthetic rubber Chairman Gil lette DIowa of an agriculture subcommittee said the group will seek to out why Rubber Ad ministrator William Jeffers fail ed to start projects to make gallons of alcohol annually from Turn to GAS Page 9 Initiates First Veteran Of Second War Seaman First Class Ralph son of and Elsy Walden of 1103 East Church was initiated into the AnnisFint post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars last the first service man of the second World War to be admitted to the Adrian Seaman Walden recently re turned to the United States after iparticipating in the invasion of North Africa with the United States forces and he now is en joying a ten day furlough with his He arrived home yester day and on the basis of has service in North Africa was admitted to the His a veteran of the first Worla also is a member of the   

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