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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - December 16, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                ADRIAN Continued Cold Snow Weather Details on Page Two V1942 PRICE 3 Nazis Drive Armored Wedge Into The Left Wing Of Red Army BACKUP ATTACKS But Russian Offensive North west of Moscow Rolls Steadily On By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JP Ger man troops slashing hard at the left wing of the Red army south west of were reported today to have driven an armored wedge into the Russian lines after mounting full scale attacks bol stered by tanks and Red the Soviet army news said the Germans struck heavily and repeatedly at positions occupied only repently by the Rus sians who had not had time to con solidate Dispatches from the front cated that the enemy had advanced toward a water line and along an important their heavy artil lery pounding a path before them and their infantry pushing into sa lients in the wake of the The Red armys offensive on the central front northwest of rolled steadily on through snowcovered forests studded with Nazi The Russian positions on this front were described as roughly 190 miles west of Kalinin in the Velikie Luki the Commu nist party said that despite violent counterattacks several ba sic German defense points in the mine fields west of Rzhev had been Strongest Axis Attacks The Axis attacks were described as evidently the strongest they have been able to muster since the be ginning of the Russians winter of fensive 19 but the dispatches declared there was still no signthat they had succeeded in shattering the encircling ring in which they were caught before Seme German advanced units in the Iresh counteroffensive were even forced to the Russians but others were managing to hold ground until reserves could be brought The pace on other parts the long winter front was slow moving but and in the west of Pjshev soldiers of the Red army slogged into two more villages after violent The Rzhev and Stalingrad areas provided the sharpest fighting in recent The midday communique said that 700 German officers and men were killed west of Rzhev within 24 hours as at least two fierce en emy counterattacks were repulsed and several enemy strongpoints were In another sector of the Rzhev battle the Germans were thrown out of a populated point and among the armament captured was a tank in good working the Rus sians Preference to Velikie Luki fight 90 miles from the Latvian bor has been missing from recent communiques but todays noon war bulletin noted that the Red army was attempting to wipe out Ger man garrisons it Turn to RUSSIANS Page 9 PLANE CRASHES 1 ARE 2 CHEAT DEATH Big Transport Ploughs Into Desert 55 Miles South of Salt lake City More Than Score of Firemen and Coast Guards Sent to Hospitals third major fire of the past month swept through Sallingers Depart ment Store in the heart of the re tail district early sending more than a score of firemen and coast guards to hospitals and caus ing damage estimated unofficially at Five alarms were sounded for the stubborn blaze in the sixstory brick structure stocked with Christ mas including a number of fur and approximately 2301 coast guards responded to aid the fire and police Most of those taken to hospitals were suffering from smoke inhala although some were injured by falling debris and flying The first alarm was pulled short ly before Six hours later the fire was under but smoke stSll poured from the build located on one of the citys main Washington at the corner of West Described by firemen as an in side one that burnec largely under floors and behind walls and difficult to overcome it sent volumes of smoke through the citys business section but few flames were visible from the APPOINTMENT OF BOURNS AS ADRIAN POSTMASTER IS CONFIRMED BY SENATE The appointment of Henry Bourns as postmaster at Adrian was confirmed today by the Senate in Bourns first was appointed postmaster in Adrian in 4 WOMEN AMONG DEAD By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS doughty 23yearold leatherneck tightened his safety belt and rode out a Western Airlines transport crash that killed 17 and left a sec ond survivor battling for his life Gardner of Alexan and the Marine Corps smiled through a bruised face from his hospital bed at Lehi as he said I nearly froz to but Im lucky to be Mallett of the only other person aboard to escape death when the big ship toppled into a stretch of sagebrush desert about 55 miles south of Salt Lake City was much more seriously hurt than the Four women including Steward ss Cleo Booth of Los two military eight other men passengers and three crew mem bers died in the some of lingeringly as Lieutenant Gardner told of awful screaming and groaning in the smashed The pilot apparently was groping for the emergency landing field at four miles from the crash as the ship was pointed It had failed to report by radio after taking off for Los Two of the victims were copublisher of the Daily News since who had attended a loan ompany directors meeting in 5alt Lake and Donald head of the industrial hygiene depart ment of the University of The women passengers were Leona Salt Lake City Carolyn and George Others Killed The others killed were Thomas Baldwin of the Iowa Second Hugh McCrae of the Army Air believed to be from La Pilot Edward Loel Copilot J Clifton Douglas St Petersburg copilottrainee Knight Ben Glendale Fred Loi Angeles Guy Talbot Great Airlines traffic man ager Salt Lake City Omaha and Rich ard Salt Lake Gardner suffered a fractured right leg and shoulder injuries but fearful that flames might break out any he dragged himself clear of the it did not The marine shivered through bitter night of the Cedar Valley desert before rescuers reached the lonely spot nearly 12 hours He that his first intima lion of trouble aboard was when I felt the pilot pull the nose almost steep enough to send the ship into a I grabbed my safety belt and pulled it Apparently the pilot was trying to dear a Then theships nose came down and it seemed to shake from side to Next thing I knew it People were thrown to ward the front of the Fumes from the smashed gaso line Gardner filled the cabin so thick you hardly could I was afraid the plane would catch on so I started dragging myself along trying to find the Finally I made then I pulled myself along the ground for a I spent the night out there in the sagebrush and it was mighty the was a former Salt Lake City the son of and Roland Lee of that Before joining he was a civilian pilot training in structor at BECOMES MIOJOOAY Stamp 10 of the War Ra tion Book became valid today for three pounds of The quo la remains the same as in the onehalf pound per week to each Stamp 10 will be valid for six The board also said that industrial and institution al users are to register between nowand January 5 for their next Industrial users will be allowed 70 per cent of their regis tered amount for this and institutions will receive 60 per BRITISH DRIVE ROMMEL BACK MediterraneanSea AS Britains 8th Army Pushes 100 Miles West Of El Agheila Air Fleets Batter Rommel J aps Gain New Foothold In New Guinea Pounded From Air The British eighth army has turned Rommels Axis forces out of their positions at Mersa El Brega and was pursuing them past El Agheila black arrow with Tripoli broken arrow as the ultimate object the Axis forces might make a stand at Allied headquarters STORES TO BE OPEN 50 or 60 Merchants Agree to Close December 26 Tuesday and Wednes day evenings next Adrian retail stores will remain open un til nine oclock for the benefit of last minute Christmas Thursday Christmas the stores will close at six Between 50 and 60 Adrian mer chants have agreed to remain closed on the day after according to petitions circulated this week by the Cham ber of The list of those who will not be open in cludes department and den tists offices and The larg er grocery stores and 4he drug stores will reinain open for busi The decision to close December 26 is voluntary with the individual The reason for the majority of stores closing is that it will give employ ees an additional holiday and an opportunity to enjoy a real Christ secretary of the Adrian It will also aid irt the conservation of the remaining sihce in most stores will be near ly depleted by the he pointed Window cards announcing the closing December 26 will be dis tributed to the merchants who signed the agreement Those who did not sign but who decide later to close may obtain the cards at the Chamber of Com merce office on North Main The Lenawee county rationing board has virtually completed the processing of applications for sup plementary rations The last of the applications will be completed with the excep tion of approximately 100 forms which are and all such applicants have been notified come in and make The assisted by many vol unteer workers from the Civilian Defense Council has been working day and night for four weeks on the automobile Night work was finished last ana no new applications will be con sidered until the next regular meet ing of the rationing board Tuesday The board also stated that it is not open Saturday The Jim Brown Store on East Michigan one of nine erated in the middle will move January 1 to the building formerly occupied by the Auto Parts Company at 116118 South Winter Laverne Pfister local announced For the last four years the Jim Brown Store has occupied a new store building near the Brown Fence Wire Company factory on Michigan Because expanding defense work at the the store building will be converted into factory space anc the merchandise will be moved to the downtown The store has carried a general line of home and farm merchandise and the stock will be enlarged with the change in The East Michigan Street store will close Christmas DRAFT GROUP LEAVES FOR CUSTER THURSDAY Leaving to begin active military duty at Fort the men of Lenawee countys latest selective service group will meet at the Way Lines bus station on West Church Street at oclock tomorrow The bus for Battle Creek will leave at These men are completing a furlough was granted to them after they received final physical examinations fend were Inducted formally in Detroit De cember LEGISLATIVE LIFE eatured Titanic Struggle to Keep Job of Arm ing Nation for War N 715 DAYS By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS worn and the 77th Congress comes to the end of its legislative ife today after an historic two year first with the prob lems of a tremulous then ivith the robust job of arming the nation for global The House and Senate formally agreed to adjourn at the close of todays furnishing a breathing spell until the new Con ress takes over on Longest in the77th Con gress was in session 715 The House met on 404 legislative days Five senators and 14 representa tives died during the two It leaves a tempestuous record of prewar battles over foreign sharp skirmishes and lipiilsts and then of sijdden cohes ion on war measures as bombs fell on Pearl The shadows of war already were stretching eastward from westward from Europe when the present Congress first con vened in as they there was fash ioned for the nation one of the greatest military programs in all history the lawmakers op ened wide the countrys purse strings to provide funds for a war All in approximately was appropriated during the two and of that total was ear marked for By about 000 was appropriated in 191718 for theFirst World Spend ing between the two conflicts its lowest point in 1924 and when the 6Sth Congress voted a total of Turn to CONGRESS Page 11 Elizabeth Jackel and Henry Howe Ordered to Clean Up Property Judge Arthur Rathbun order ed compliance with state fire reg ulations this morning in two hear ings brought by the attorney gen eral against Elizabeth who owns property at 713 and East Front and Henry owner property at 117 West Front In the Jackel William Massengill of the Michigan State who is attached to the State Fire Marshals and Fire Chief of the Ad rian fire department testified Tlv court ordered Miss Jacke to re arrange the property to allow an aisle at last four feet wide in the buildings facilitate fire fight and to remove rubbish from the who was represent ed by Henry was in structed remove the fire hazard from his within 30 Harry oE the attorney off who appeared for stated the de fendant for tornake Improvements in this time no action will be Howe was instructed to follow the rec ommendations of Chief Hawley in removing the The case was adjourned untif January 18 Virgil Helen 38 years 1208 Lowe was put on probation for two years by Judge Arthur Rathbun of cir cuit court this She hac pleaded guilty to a charge of sell ing liquor illegally after her ar rest by city police December 9 Jenkins will live with her sis who lives in and was in not to leave Wood or Lu cas without the permission of the A jail to be served at the discretion of the was also By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALLIED HEADQUARTERS In Mac Arthurs air forces have ceaseless y bombed the Japanese lodged in i new foothold near the mouth of the Mambare river while his land troops exerted heavy pressure on the invaders dwindling Buna area ihore positions to the advices from the front said Allied airmen also pounded anew he Japanese bases flanking the Papuan the headquarters noon communique They dropped a number of 500 pound bombs on the airdrome at on the northeast New Guinea in the face of heavy anti aircraft and roared across the water strip to pock the airfield with a dozen A covey of anese planes came up to meet them and they shot down three and damaged two the com munique There were few details of the ground action but a spokesman for General MacArthur said that there was undoubtedly still heavy fight ing at Sanananda north east of Buna and at Buna Mission between which Allied troops had driven a To the the Japanese attempted to come off landing barges let down neaf the mouth of the Mambare from cruisers and destroyers before dawn Advices from the front indicated that as many as Japanese might have effected a shore An air force beat back the war ships and dropped bombs Monday night among the landing It returned to the attack after dawn pounding the sold iers who had managed to reach aiming for landing barges and watertight drums of supplies was a decrease in the number of barges and supply rafts still Japanese soldiers were seen swimming among attempt ing to salvage ammunition and food supplies the drums sup posedly The entire area is strewn with derelict wreckage and en emy the communique still floating in on the west bank of the was machinegunned and houses set afire All probable landing beaches in the area were also the targets for At the end of the bombing oper pilots reported that there Blissfield Man Leads Attack On Pillboxes The story of a sevenman patrol led by Staff Elmer Buchanan Blissfield is told in press dis patches from New Buchanan and his men vol unteered to attack Japanese pill boxes along what the Army de scribed as the main line of resis The pillboxes were near an un completed airfield which the Japs had abandoned because of marshy Some of them were con nected by The patrol attacked the Jap defense with grenades and followed up with Three of were wounded but Buchanan and three others escaped Buchanan is the son of Wal ter Buchanan of Blissfield and has been in the Army since 7 BELIEVED KILLED Tenants Will Receive Copies in About 3 Weeks j Malcolm Lenawee Wayne Suffers a coimiy rent control Cracked Pelvic Bone Special to The Telegram five year old son and Cloyd suffered a crack ed pelvic bone and other injuries about the hips and legs at yesterday afternoon when he fell in front of a The owned by the Deer field Cooperative Association and driven by Silas was go ing north on Carey Street when yie child started to run across the Because of the slippery pavement Duval was unable to stop and the boy slipped and fell in front of a rear Tienvieri Petersburg was called and Wayne was taken to Monroe hospital in a Deerfield said today that 900 landlords filed OPA rent ceiling forms at his of fice Monday and the last allowed for the registra The percentage of landlords in the county who have not filed ceiling prices is Line han The exact of forms which have been filed for the county is not known since some of may have been sent to the Toledo office of the The number is over however according to Line A form for all rented living quarters must have been filed with the maximum rental fee not to ex ceed the rent charged on March FINANCIALHIGHLIGHTS OF THE 77TH CONGRESS Financial highlights of the 77th Congress Appropriations in 1941 in as contrasted with in the World War with for low est twoyear total since Contract in 1941 and in 1942 most of it for naval vessels and for the Merchant in revenue in of which came from boosted indi vidual the balance from in creased corporation assessments this added another During the two drop ped exemptions from to 5750 to for married from to to a five per cent victory effective Linehan stated that the number or landlords who failed to file forms probably wont be known for about three By that all tenants should have received copies of the forms through the mail from the OPA showing the rental they should If tenants fail to re ceive their copies after three weeks they are to report the failure to the rent central office in the Masonic Temple in A copy alsowill be sent to the Under OPA tenants shquld not pay more than the March 1 rent and may reduce any rental fee over that level without consulting the rental office or the AUCTIONS north or Lewis See on Market northeast of Deer AI Market See on 16 army men were believed to have been killed in the crash of a bomb er shortly after its takeoff from the Louis airport Ralph commanding officer of the army air force vice said there were nine men butjthat their names be withheld jmtil members of their families were Eyewitnesses said two men esr caped from the flaming They were taken to a Louis county hospital suffering from the The plane then plunged While waiting for an ambulance the two survivors repeatedly warned spectators to keep away because of the danger ot A motorist who said he saw the crash reported the ship seemed to have trouble gaining and as it passed a barn one wing struck the The plane then plunged to the ground and skidded until it came to a stop and burst into he The blaze set fire to a nearby house but the occu pants escaped Page said eight of the men in the ship were members of the crew and the other was reported to be a soldier on furlough who was riding as a Witnesses said wreckage was scattered for 300 OF AXISS HEAT Rain and Mud Slows Ground Activity on Tunisian Battle Front By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS eighth paced by Allied air fleets littering the road to Tripoli with the blasted wrecks of Rom mels were reported to day as probably approaching Zauta En 100 air line miles west of El This report by a competent Brit ish military since the breakthrough at El a rate of advance exceeding that of the eighth army after it cracked Rommels El Alamein line in On the opposite side of the Allied squeeze on the Axisdwindling last foothold in North other strong forces of British and Unit ed States planes were striking heavily at enemy in Tunisia while winter rains and brown mud mired the land front in relative Mileages were not given in the British With Rom mel apparently unable or unwill ing to shield his retreat with more than delaying rear guard the speed of the British pursuit was governed chiefly by the eighth armys agility in picking its way through the maze of mines Rom mel left behind and by its flow of The British communique empha sized that our leading forces still are greatly impeded by Its that ground forces now are well west of El Agheila and that the air arm has struck as far as Zauta En Nofilia suggested that a wide lane soon would be cut through the enemys deep field of TNT and boo by Naples Attacked Allied planes set new firei in the harbor area of Naples Mon day theBritish communi que and pounded the Tuni sian harbors of Tunis and La Gou A Capitol guessing game overa1 fu ture administration assignment for Senator Prentiss Brown of Michigan continued today without any specific aid from President Nor was there any substantiation from the President for reports that Leon Henderson would with Senator Brown to take over the job of price President Roosevelt told a press conference yesterday that there was no truth at all in reports from some quarters that Henderson had submitted a letter of resignation or had indicated he would This talk was linked with reports that Brown would get the price ad ministration As to the possi bilities of Browns being Roosevelt said he thought he had no news on the subject and that he would have none for some Senator Brown visited the White House Late in the day he issued the statement in response to many inquiries The President invited Justice Byrnes and myself to We talked over various matters in con nection with the administration and the legislative Discus sion was had as to how I might be of assistance to the but no definite commitments were principally affect amateur snap FILM CUT photographers will get half the film they obtained a year ago and professional 24 per cent The War Production Board an nounced the cut citing increasing needs of the armed ices for film and the materials from which film is The percentage reductions apply ing to the 1941 level of Robert spokesman for said last night that his boss has indicated no intention of Horton is deputy ad ministrator in charge of OPA Henderson is not a Horton Since these developments did not close the door on the possibility that Brown might take a place in the price administration dis cussion continued on his qualifica Brown is said to oppose allinclu sive application of price ceilings and favor more of a voluntary system of de centralization of This would involve local controlof ra tioning and price a retires from the Senate with the end of the He was defeated last month for reelection by Judge Homer DIES ON GAIXOWS New Roland Hutch former died on the gallows in the county jail yard here early this morning for the murder last June of Bernice 19yearold Blacks Har bor Arrested four days after the body of Miss Connors was found In a field on Deadmans Harbor convicted and sen tenced to death He walked to gallows vclad in RAF tunic and Studio and commercial newspapers and similar enterprises are affected by the 24 per cent MSC HOLIDAY STARTS EAST Michigan State Colleges stu dents today began a threeweek Christmas holiday one of the longest on record due to calen dar juggling in with e Office of Defense Transporta The holiday began three days earlier than usual in reward to the students who gave up the custom ary Thanksgiving holiday to ease the transportation problem at that President John Hannah ex Classes will resume Jan uary BULLETIN 16 United States raiding the Japanese installations at Bum on Bougainville Island in the Solo mons met no enemy the navy reported No explanation was available oi the lack of opposition at con sidered one of the Jap air bases and located about 275 miles northwest of The navy also reported a sixth attack on Munda under construction by the Japanese on New Georgia Island and the wip ing out of two Japanese machine gun crews on Jette again in force the same The Italians yesterday disclosed that Naples again had been Shifting to the far eastern end of the long a quiet the Italian high command said its longrange bombers had raided oil depots at the Syrian port of Tripoli and oil refineries at Bei the chief port of the Syria Lebanon The British said that at least four more southbound Axis trans port planes in a heavily escorted air convoy were shot down by Al ierf fighters near Lampeduso Is between Sicily and where the enemy has lost steadily trying to fly reinforcements across the Besides scoring hits on ships and letties and a fuel depot at Tunis and La it two small vessels off the Tunis coast also a railway between Sousse and Sfax was bombed and an airlaunched torpedo hit a beached vessel near A British source reported that the Allies had reinforced Malta with no particular incident despite Axis attempts cut the supply lines to North Africa to a degree which has lessened the Uboat menace Activity Cant Be Revealed This source said the Allies whole naval strategy in the Medi terranean was to prevent a great auildup of troops and supplies for the defense of While there has been a recent dearth of naval he added its not because nothing is going on its because it cannot be revealed at this While bad weather over the Si cilian narrows gave enemy air with hardsurfaced runways in Sicily and edge over Allied fliers based on the primi rainsoftened fields in North one of the brightest spots was the Allies virtually uncontest ed air domination over Rommels line of Damage to Axis un doubtedly has been one Britihs source and the com muniques stress on vehicle tar gets on the road to Tripoli indicat ed that the enemys flight was be coming hasty and American fliers of the Ninth United States Air it was of ficially were operating with British and Australian air men in the destructive attacks on Rommels hapless Americans Strafe Rommel A delayed dispatch from the Lib yan desert said American fliers made their strongest fighter attack against Rommels forces since their arrival in the Middle East shooting down six Messerschmitts and spraying Axis forces with thou sands of pounds of While Rommels sorry trek across the desert proceeded and the battle for Tunisia was reported comingout a heavy RAF bombers slipped across the Medi terranean two nights ago for a new smash at the important Italian supply port of i See MEDITERRANEAN Page   

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