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   Adrian Daily Telegram (Newspaper) - December 19, 1942, Adrian, Michigan                                DAILY TELEGKAM Continued Cold Weather on Page SliJ DECEMBER 1942 PRICE 3 EASTS GOLINETAP Prospects Are That Fuel Sup ply To Be Thinner Than Old Rationing Volume DETAILS ARE WITHHELD By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The eastern seaboards gasoline ordered closed to an emergency appeared likely to be turn ed on again Monday but with pros pects that the flow of motor fuel will be thinner than the old ration ing The Office of Price Administra tiofn which shut off gasoline pur chases at noon yesterday to the average motorist in 17 eastern states and the District of Colum sought to work out today what Price Administrator Leon Hender son termed a thoroughly integrated plan replace the drastic suspen And we said Henderson last night to be able to announce it by Sunday and put it into effect Monday OPA officials indicated the new plan at least will eliminate some of the inequities resulting from the temporary But in view of Petroleum Administrator Harold Ickcss announcement that gasoline distribution in the east will be cut nearly 20 per cent during the rest of December and about 25 per cent next it was expected that forthcoming rationing restrictions will be more severe than speculation on what the new program will provide ranged from reduction of unit val ues of the B and C rations to elimination entirely of the A coupons which are worth three gal lons apiece in 16 of the eastern states and four in West The value of B and C issued for essential is four New Rules Not Revealed There was no official what the new rationing regulations will While all noncommercial ve hicles in the area continued eligible for normal the motorists with B and C books were instructed they may buy only one coupons worth of for emergency Confusion over the emer and protests that war work ers might be unable to reach their jobs brought instructions from Henderson that fuel may plied workers in war plants where their transportation to and from work depends on their getting gas Turn to GAS Page 2 Juvenile Institute Commission Acts On Trumans Position 19 GOT The state juvenile institute commission yesterday placed the position of superintendent of the Girls Train ing School at Adrian under civil The incumbent is Anela ARMY BOMBER CRASH KILLS THREE Jhis tangled wreckage was an Army which crashed near Cottage eight min utes after taking off on a routine The three crew members aboard Witnesses said the bomber had been flying hit a high tension wire and Officials of the war price and rationing board which will move its headquarters from the court house lo National Bank building at 115 East Maumee Street next Saturday are convinced that the enlarged quarters will al low the staff to increase greatly the efficiency of its service to the The office records and equipment will be moved next Saturday after the noon closinghour and will be reopened for business in the new quarters Monday Decem ber Since the board has been in oper ation in its present the rationing of rubber fuel oil and other items added confu sion to the upper floor of the court house where an attempt is made to carry on rationing activities in two small rooms Guy secretary who re signed said that in the new todivide the various the staff so that persons may line up at a certain window in the for mer bank quarters for gasoline ra tioning business and at another window for tires and other Cramped space prohib ited such a system in the present Nemire said today that he has no immediate plans for the future but intends to take a rest before accepting another Esther his has been appointed to take his place awaiting only the approval of a Detroit civil service No successor has yet been found for the chairman vacated Thursday by Harry Bradley still is serving until a re can be BABY DIES IN MONROE FIRE 19 baby died in a fire which destroyed a house trailer near here at 3 today and the parents were severe ly burned trying to rescue A second baby was saved and three other children The victim was Nancy 22 months Her James was burned se riously about the arms and face and was taken to Monroe The gashed bis hands in breaking a trailer window in a vain attempt to reach His hands also were The parents saved one The oth er three 5 Har and out safe Coroner Edward Rupp said the fire apparently was caused by ah overheated oil The trail er was parked on the lot of Ed ward a from the city TheDeWachter home was slightly i AIR 19 Henry Kaiser and army Chairman Ernest said corps are conferring on iere would be no change in of air ambulances to 1here would be np change in Trumans since she has been paid at the civil service rate for some The commission also squelched rumors yesterday that man would be We have given Truman a vote of confidence to clarify her Bridge of reports she was being We any have had any plans to dismiss her nor have we discussed it at 19 planning trips on the nations rail roads during the Christmas holi day period will find shortage of space on practically every George vice president of the Pullman said At the same Kelly the traveling public has been co operating with the railroads and army in allowing the Jines to give preference to troop movements and to other duties in connection with the war Because of the in creasing strain on existing railroad civilians recently were urged not to make any unneces sary train trips during the month extending to Kelly said it was a compliment to the good sense and cooperation of the traveling public that the shift from peace to war giv ing troops the right of has been accomplished smoothly and without panic or Discussing the prospects for or dinary civilian travel this the Pullman official said three fac tors would determine the rail and sleeping car accommodations avail These he size of troop movements regional condi with demands heavier in some sections than and the cooperation of the public in ob serving travel suggestions made by the railroads and the Office of De fense j carry wounded menfrom battle fields to base or even overseas to the United Fred chief consultant surgeon to the Kaiser hvpes to build large planes for transporting troops and there be quickly made into ambulance air ships to bring back wounded earnest in this and wants 1o get into productibn WANT FAVOR JSETtfRNED SANTA 19 Company of ficials believe their company has sent the army and navy many a Nowthey think its time for services to return the Witliinthe next 30 or 60 days we can use an army person nel Army and navy officials have been asked to all qualified 38years of agewho are being released from service to one of the ax Douglas 19 Efforts of President Roosevelt and other administration leaders to keep Senator Norris IndNeb in government service appeared today to be of no Latest reports on Capitol Hill are that the veteran who was defeated in the Novem ber election after nearly 40 years in wasurged by Presi dent Roosevelt to take a position as an advisor who could umpire disputes among var ious government agencies and re commend their it was were dis putes among war bureaus over how far their operations should as well as encroachments in the field covered by such established agencies as the federal power Declining to discuss the results of a conference with President Roosevelt earlier in the the 81yearold Norris told reporters his present plans were to return to his home in Jan uary to engage in magazine writing and other similar He planned to attend a dinner in his 29 and said he would return to Washing ton to start homeward after the first of the stopping in Louis for speech at a Convention of rural electrification VISITS WAR PLANTS Wladyslaw premier of Poland and commanderinchief the Polish war plants here The Polish welcomed at the Michigan Central depot last night by Polish is touring the United States as a guest of President He came to this country 1 from General Sikorsky will be guest of a rally of Detroit Poles Fears Criticism In Ousted Case School Lunch program 19 D state director expiessed fears today that recent criticism directed at the distribu tion of surplus sted would harm a good program whichis helping Michigan school Referring tothe states free lunch program for school OConnell to criticism that the surplus commodities should not have been distributed in a pros perousagricultural county such as Malnutrition is no respecter of nor of economic OConnell Well todo people and farm ers dont always gel the proper Every mother doesnt al ways provide her children with a balanceddiet The free lunch is do a grand job in building strong young like some of the young men who have been re jected by their draft boards be cause of childhood nutrition mis Earl Michener RMich condemned the food dis tribution uvOnsted as wasteful and I am proud that our nation is able and feed the chil dren of OConnell as But I think it oughtito be able to do the same for its own The welfare director declared the principals of Michigan schols are operating under the free lunch program and think It a valuable contribution to the pres ent and future health of states 19 wartime an evangelistic crusade by the Michigan and De troit conferences of the Methodist Church has brought new members into most of the denomi nations in the The executive commit headed byBishop Raymond Wade of met here yester day to make the first report of the twomonth campaign for new In the Detroit com prising the eastern half of the state and the Upper new members were while the Michigan conference re ported were The 61 churches of the Detroit metropolitan area reported new while the Ann Ar bor district has the Flint dis trict AlbionLansing district and the Grand Rapids dis trict Previous state eluding in the Detroit con ference arid in the Michigan it was district super intendent at Grand safd the was but had fallen below Many he were un able to contact prospective church members because of long working both in defense plants and on The campaign was the first at tempted on a statewide Babbitt and involved missionary efforts both by min isters and trained It con sisted of a week of evangelistic preaching and a week of home visi at each Both lay men and going in homes of infrequent church goers or transfer Committee officials pointed out that the crusade in a large meas ure was intended lo cope with population shifts due to war Northern it was particularly was being drained by migration to defense AXIS WARSHIP IS HIT By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS British chase of Rommels retreating army rolled swiftly westward today and the Morocco radio reported that vanguards of the pursuers were within 19 miles or 155 miles beyond El starting point of the current and only 240 miles from The British communique said only that Axis forces continued their flight yesterday on the road to Tripoli under daylong ground and air The only gauge of the speed of General Montgomerys forces was that the enemy had abandoned Zauta en 100 miles airline west of El and that allied air forces had moved onto an adr vanced base in the Sultan area more than 30 miles further The Morocco broadcast said ad vance units of the Eighth army had been in heavy fighting with Rommels rear guard 55 miles west of Zauta en Nofilia on Across the enemys narrowing foothold in North the in creasing fury of the allied air at tack on Axis strongholds in Tuni sia and widespread patrol probing all along that hilly front in im proving weather suggested that the allout allied drive on Tunis and Bizerte may be Warship Set On Fire In the eighth day of the sus tained battering of Axisheld ports in Flying Fortresses yes terday hit and set ablaze an Axis believed to have been a off The same planes set new debris flying among the docks of the great naval base and shot down three of 15 enemy planes which attempted to stop Six more enemy planes were reported Only one fortress was See MEDITERRANEAN Page 2 BLIND MAN TO TEACH REPAIRING OF RADIO SETS INTHE DARK 19 ing men in the United States army signal corps how to repair radios in the dark is the job to be under taken by a blind 23yearold Chi cago He is Byron who today finished his studies at De Paul Uni and received a bachelors degree in physical Webb will begin his new duties in a blackout room at a laboratory where his extrasensitive fingers will teach soldier students in the army signal corps classes how to make emergency repairs on radios under Harry who during Webbs four years in college has been his eyes in his said that the youths outside school activities have been in radio and that he has been a li censesd amateur wireless operator for several She said that he had developed his special talents to such an ex tent that his fingers and keen hear ing take the place of his eyes in radio repair The method he lias developed depends largely on the use phones instead of which are more commonly used in radio Whereas normally voltage is checked by or the repair man breaks in a coil by means of a Webb estimates the volt ageby the strength of the signals he hears in He can lo cate any break in the wiring by the same For the rest of the his fingers His services were sought by the army after service asso ciation reported his unusual talent Todays Map For a the three gateways into page of todays Axis Troops Continue Flight Under Daylong Ground And Air Attack THE ASSOCIATEDPRESS air battles on the Slalin gjad German air force sought to relieve the hardpressed Nazi army between thel Don and Volga rivers with mass while all along the battle line German troops were reported counterattacking fierce The German aerial blows failed to dislodge Red army men from their and their ground activity resulted in heavy losses to the Axis the Russians Infantry and tanks were massed in the struggle southwest of Stal near with the Germans offering some of the heaviest fighting of the and there was no letup in the bloody tempo on the central west of Rzhev and along the Rzhev Vyazma The Soviet midday communU 6 spoke of waves of German counterattacks west of all of which were reported and in another sector of that battleground the Russians said their units stormed through barbed wire entanglements to the enemys advanced In the RzhevVyazma the Germans are striving to stem the advance of our units and are con stantly launching counterattacks by infantry and the war bulletin During the day in this sector our troops re pulsed several counterattacks and caused heavy losses to the Enemy Attacks Repulsed The communique said that in one sector of the battle near Kot our troops repulsed attacks by enemy tanks and in After fierce fighting in one sector the enemy suffered heavy losses and was forced to re treat leaving many dead on the battlefield and losing 17 63 and14 machine guns de Dispatches from the front said that the German high command continued to pour transport planes the Stalingrad Eight of them were shot down and one was at the very gates of the Russians An earlier communique carried the belated report that 99 German places including eight weredestroyed in the area Dec The Russiaij winter offensive be an one month ago today and Ger man counterattacks have been mounting in number and ferocity last 10 The Russians have even acknowledged several temporary Axis successes but they where have gained nth the Red has toward Kot and northwestward to the top of the Don river loop and from which points Mora have been thrust the east bank of and to on the Chir 90 miles due west of ACCTIONS south vtUaze limits ot Llnehan and on Market British Cross Indian Border And Advance 40 Miles Into JapaneseOccupied Burma Prompt Confirmation Of Brown As Price Chief Is Expected If Name Goes To Senate Next Month By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ad ministration checkup indicated to day that Senator Prentiss Brown of Michigan will win prompt con firmation as price administrator if President Roosevelt submits his name to the Senate in January to succeed Leon Despite opposition expressed privately by some farm Browns name is expected to go to the Senate shortly after the new CoTigress convenes and to receive favorable action so he can take over the reins of the Office of Price Control by January Senator Aiken who has criticized an interpretation Brown placed on the language of the price control act which permitted the fixing of agricultural price ceilings at a point lower than farm bloc members contended was said Correspondent John des ignated by President Roosevelt to receive a German Iron says he is at a complete loss to under stand the Washington writer from the New York Daily asserted that paragraphs which he termed obviously facetious had been misunderstood at the White ODonnett issued a state ment after Earl radio reported that Presi dent Roosevelt had given him the cross for relay to I am at a complete loss to un derstand the action of the Presi dent this ODonnels statement I am told that the President handed the Ger man decoration to Godwin for delivery to me because of para graphs I had reprinted from letters sent to me by two of my former newspaper colleagues now in Aus ODonnell recently quoted letters from Australia as indicating the boys have turned to flutes and pic colos just to keep their fingers ble for the time when censorship1 lets them beat the keys of their portable typewriters to turn out a tellall These letters came to me through army They came from close George former White House cor respondent and now a captain in the was a coworker with me before Roosevelt entered the White The President in giving the German decoration to Godwin after I had left the room after a Presidential press conference said it was for delivery to me because of what I had written about It is true that Captain Durno is a friend of the Captain Durnofor years has been and I trust still is a friend of These paragraphs were obvious ly They were fantastic ally exagerrated pictures of army life humorously presented by newspaper men for the enter tainment of a colleague who in turn thought they would entertain I regret they have been misin terpreted and misunderstood at the White I am amazed and bewildered by the length to which such misunderstanding has he believed there would be no or ganized opposition if Brown is picked for the job Henderson re signed The accepted by the will be effective with appointment of a Senator Gillette an other farm state predict ed speedy confirmation and Sen ator Johnson saidhe felt a very bad situation might be cor rected with the proposed Senator Brown is the very man for the if he can be induced to accept Johnson Hes familiar with the the attitude of Congress and with the problems of the Hes from a farm state and a small a Democrat from who was defeated for is understood to have agreed at a White House con ference earlier this week to accept the Farm organization leaders are known to have protested privately to some Senators that they would have preferred to have Henderson remain in the price control post rather than to see Brown take Their opposition was represented as stemming from the successful fight made by Brown in the Sen ate to prevent adoption of an amendment to the pricewage salary stabilization bill which would have boosted agricultural parity price standards by taking into account farm labor In the course of that Brown named the heads of several farm organizations and urged his colleagues in a Senate speech not to turn the legis lative of the government over to these he were not hired by the Ameri can people but hired by the peo ple whose interests they The farm labor cost approved later by the House in a separate will be brought be fore Congress again shortly after it convenes and is expected to pro vide one of major 19 President Wallace believes that adequate solutions of postwar problems can not come by fiat from Moscow or Lon but would come when and if the common people do some united and constructive thinking on the subject wherever they His views were outlined in an interview printedyesterday as a Christmas message in the Christian official publication of the Methodist Told that public opinion was not being created tosupport postwar the vice president stated If it be true that oficial Wash ington does not feel that the time is ripe for a thoroughgoing discus sion of postwar I can not agree that that is wholly the is to prevent private such as the from engaging in such dis cussion and making recommenda tions as they feel will help the gov Asked if there were signs that such problems as trade economic and political racial antipathies and hatred and vengeance were being he said The I am sorry to all point the wrong but I have faith that men of faith in ev ery walk of seeing the signs pointirfg thew rong will swing into the action necessary to pre vent the coming peace from being just another Interval in a long ser ies of SUB till 19 W Weakening Japans grip on the South Pacific by a steady slashing at her supply American sub marines seen today its an undersea vanguard of an eventual largescale allied offensive against With seven more enemy ships under their undersea the subs emerged inthe role recently cast for the fleet by Navy Secre tary of softening Jap anese outposts for Yesterdays navy communique which told of the latest jolt at the Japanese Pacific grip gave no de tails of how the undersea raiders but Knox previously had pointed out that the submarine blows would be aimed at cutting off supplies and reinforcements from Japans island he enemy shipping was slashed near a point where such Deliveries were no longer be ing made on a scale adequate to maintain the garrisons at full Latest toll of the American subs was listed as a large a large cargo a mediumsized two mediumsized cargo one mediumsized trans port and a This brought to 105 the number of vessels known to be sunk by counting 22 listed as probably sunk and 28 The specific area of the sub marine operation was not but Knox had given the undersea raiders much of the credit for carving Japanese and ob servers interpreted this as mean ing the subs were operating far closer to Nippons home waters than other parts of the 88 JNDICTED IN LOTTERY PLOT fed eral grand jury indicted 88 men and women yesterday on charges of conspiracy to violate the lottery laws in a widespread system which District Albert Woll said grossed more than Woll said that the combine oper ated a lottery based on baseball treasury balances and the mutuel numbers posted at race He said as many as baseball pool tickets were printed each The ringleaders resided in the he and other defendants are residents of a num ber of eastern and southern Five of the men also were charged with actual violations of the lottery Maximum penalties that could be imposed in event of conviction are two years in prison and Among those indicted were Frank Reiber of Paw ana Ernest Grand Japanese Withdraw Wavells Goal Appears To Be Vital Port Of Akyab By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW troops crossed the Indian border and advanced some 40 miles into Japaneseoccupied Burma to the MaungdawButhidaung about 60 miles Akyab on the Bay of the British announced The British started af ter a terrific aerial bombardment of Japanese positions between the Indian bprder and was made without Japa nese forces withdrew before the approaching the commun ique Both British and United States planes have been bombing Japa nese concentrations between the Indian frontier and Akyab for a While there was nothing to indi cate that the British thrust was part of a general allied the action did put the initiative in hands at temporarily the first time since the Japa nese occupied Akyab last There was no indication of the size of Wavells attacking and the communique did not disclose whether American and Chinese units were taking part in the commanderinchief of Britishforces in launched his first step toward the promised reoccupation of the for mer British the monsoon premitting large scale The monsoon had held the India Burma front in a state of stabiliza tion for six There was no immediate explanation as to why the Japanese chose not to defend the positions they had built along the During the past few the communique some of pur troops have advanced south ward from the Arakan border into western and occupied the MaungdawButidaung 4 area about 60miles northwest of No Opposition The who had been in oc cupation pf this area since our withdrawal from Burnfa and had prepared defenses withdrew with out offering The British thrust obviously was aimed at an important Bur man port which was occupied by the May winding up to all practical purposes the cam paign in For the second day in succession the RAF yesterday attacked the Japaneseocupied village of Rathe about halfway between Maungdaw and Heavy dam aged was inflicted on the village arid fires were left Fighter planes swept down the Mayu river searching out Japa nese The Mayu flows into the Bay of Bengal a few miles north of Akyab was hit by bombers last night the results of the raid were not Turn to BURMA Page 2 ACQUITTED JERSEY Hudson county grand jury has acquitted Louis 48yearold Newark of a manslaughter charge in the tube train wreck which killed five per sons and injured 217 others at Jer sey Citys Exchange Place Station April Vierbuchen had been indicted on a charge of operating a train while under the influence of intoxicating liquor as well as on five man slaughter The intoxica tion indictment has not been moved by the War At A Glance By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wavells army of beating Japanese to punch as monsoon rains drives 40 miles into Japaneseheld Burma to within striking distance of Port of Allied headquarters hides scope of which may be designed to reconquer XOKTH AFRICA Quickening patrol action and continued aerial blasting of Axisalong MedjezEl Bab front hints zero hour near for renewed Allied push in while in Libya British pursuit of Rommel approaches 155 miles from start at El Agheila report smother ing of Nazi counterattacks on RzhevVyazma front and about where land and tank battles submarines bag seven more supply ships in growing stabs at Japanese Land fighting intensified as Allies press remove Japanese from final Buna strip in New Guinea Allied bombers pound survivors of 14 Japanese landing at Mam bare   

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